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Fulham vs Sheffield United

League Cup Round 02 1516 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 25th August 2015    KO: 19:45

Referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)
Referee Dean Whitestone
Referee Dean Whitestone, 39 years old, had been a goalkeeper in his playing days but changed direction to follow his father, Tony, a local referee. He progressed through the lower leagues joined the League list as an assistant referee in 2001 and succeeded in getting promoted to referee level in 2006.

He last reffed Fulham in the 2-1 league defeat at Blackburn. There were no bookings at all.

Mr Swarbrick last reffed Sheffield United back in September 2013 when they lost 2-0 at Wolves in League One.

Last season he refed 31 games and dished out 73 yellows and 4 reds, only 2.4 yellows per game.


Fulham Manager Kit Symons Beleaguered boss Kit Symons will hope to seize a Capital One Cup victory against Sheffield United to kick-start Fulham's floundering season.

Symons was booed regularly throughout Fulham's 1-1 Championship draw with Huddersfield on Saturday, increasing the pressure on his Craven Cottage future.

The ex-Fulham defender will be desperate for a home victory against the League One Blades on Tuesday night then, with his side still winless in league action this term.

New signing Sakari Matilla and Shaun Hutchinson will be doubts after sustaining knocks at the weekend.

Sheffield United

Nigel Adkins Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins has hinted he will make changes after Saturday's 2-0 home League One win over Blackpool, as he did in the last round.

Only three of the men who started the opening day 4-0 defeat at Gillingham - Kieron Freeman, Jay McEveley and Chris Basham - were retained for the 1-0 cup win at Morecambe three days later.

Adkins has pointed to the depth of his squad and with three away games to play inside eight days - at Fulham, in this competition, Swindon in the league and Hartlepool in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - knows he may have to be creative.

Defender Neill Collins and midfielder Stefan Scougall missed the Blackpool game with calf and ankle injuries respectively.


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