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Results lift pressure on Fulham's Martin Jol and Manchester United's David Moyes.

 

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Saturday's results have relieved the pressure on a few of the managers who were under the cosh.

Non more so than Fulham's Martin Jol. A late Darren Bent winner saw them beat Stoke, who have now lost three on the spin and Mark Hughes is now under the spotlight.

Reports in some quarters suggested that former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss Martin O'Niel (pic) was being lined up to take over at the Cottage.

A relieved Martin Jol said his Fulham players "fought like lions"  to record their first victory in six Premier League games.

David Moyes saw his Manchester United side beat bottom club Sunderland. It was hardly vintage Unted, but anyhing but a win would have been a disaster for Moyes. Following a well earned draw in the Ukraine in the Champios League this win will at least have silenced Moyes' critics for now. United are now ninth in the table, six points behind Liverpool.

Another struggling boss is Sheffield United's David Weir and whilst a point at home to Crawley saw United climb off the foot of the table Weir's poistion remains precarious. United ended a run of six straight League One defeats as Marlon King's second-half goal secured a point. Jamie Proctor's header put Crawley ahead as he converted Andy Drury's chip after Billy Clarke's clever back heel.

Anthony McMahon came close to levelling for the Blades but hit the inside of the left-hand post, before Febian Brandy sent King clear to equalise.

With Notts County hammering fellow strugglers Crewe 4-0, Tranmere are now bottom with Stevenage, winless in six matches a place higher after losing at home to Coventry City. Stevenage boss, Graham Westley is finding life tougher second time around.

JB

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