AA Wrap - Porter bangs in another double

Joel Porter continues to put his name up as a potential Qantas Socceroos candidate, after scoring another two-goal haul for Hartlepool in a 4-2 win over Tranmere United in the English League one.

Joel Porter continues to put his name up as a potential Qantas Socceroos candidate, after scoring another two-goal haul for Hartlepool in a 4-2 win over Tranmere United in the English League one.

Porter has scored 21 goals in 42 games (all competitions) for Hartlepool this season and the Gold Coast United bound striker is finding form at just the right time with Hartlepool hovering just above the relegation zone. His two early goals set Hartlepool on the way to a commanding win over Tranmere and they are four points and five positions above safety.

Porter was one of only three players to get among the goals on what was a relatively quiet weekend for our boys overseas.

In the English Premier League, Tim Cahill played 65 minutes as Everton routed Wigan Athletic 4-0, to stay ahead of the pack for a coveted spot in the UEFA Cup next season. Lucas Neill played a full game, as West Ham United won 2-0 at home against Sunderland, while Richard Garcia remained on the bench, as Hull City drew 0-0 at home against Portsmouth.

Mark Schwarzer-s goal lived a charmed life, as Liverpool hit the woodwork four times in the first half, but the Qantas Socceroos keeper was finally beaten in the 92nd minute, as Fulham lost 1-0 at Craven Cottage. Brad Jones endured a miserable day at Bolton Wanderers, with the home side putting four past him, as Middlesbrough slipped further away relegation safety.

Neither Vince Grella and Mark Viduka were included in Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United-s squads.

In the Championship, David Carney again started for Norwich, playing 82 minutes in a 1-0 loss at home against Sheffield Wednesday. Nick Carle played a full game, as Crystal Palace drew 0-0 away at Queens Park Rangers and Adam Federici remained on the bench, as Reading drew 1-1 away at Coventry City. Mile Sterjovski was not in the Derby County squad that drew 1-1 at home against Burnley.

In the lower leagues, Chris Coyne was not in Colchester United squad that lost 1-0 to Neil Kilkenny-s Leeds United. Kilkenny played 78 minutes, while Patrick Kisnorbo played a full game, as Leicester City drew 2-2 at home against Carlisle United. Leicester are well placed at the top of the table of League One and win promotion back to the Championship.

In Scotland, Danny Invincibile got himself another goal for Kilmarnock, opening the scoring after 8 minutes, but it wasn-t enough as home team Hearts came storming back to win 3-1.

Scott McDonald was replaced in the 71st minute, as Celtic won 4-0 at home against Hamilton Academical. McDonald wasn-t among the goalscorers this time around. Trent McClenahan came on with 15 minutes to go for Hamilton. Genclerbirligi featured Mile Jedinak, James Troisi and Bruce Djite in its starting line-up against Antalyspor, but Mile stayed on the park for the whole game in a 4-2 loss.

Staying in Turkey, Michael Petkovic played a full game as Sivasspor won 2-0 away at Denzilispor, maintaining its one point lead at the top of the table. Harry Kewell-s Galatasaray plays tonight.

Michael Beauchamp played a full game and picked up a yellow card, as AaB won 2-1 away at AGF Aarhus; Scott Chipperfield came on in the 74th minute, as FC Basel drew 1-1 away at Bellinzona; Jason Culina played a full game, as PSV Eindhoven won 2-0 away at Sparta Rotterdam; Luke Wilkshire played a full game, as Dinamo Moscow lost 1-0 away at Terek Grozny, while Ante Covic played a full game, as Elfsborg drew 1-1 at home with Covic-s former club Hammarby in Sweden. Nathan Burns continues to get game time in Greece, coming off the bench to play last 10 minutes in AEK Athens 1-1 draw away at Panthrakikos.

Meanwhile midfielder Kasey Wehrman rescued a point for his Norwegian club Fredrikstad, scoring a late goal in a 1- draw with Sandefjord.

Unfortunately, Mark Bresciano, Carl Valeri (ankle injury), Josh Kennedy and Brett Holman did not get on the park for their respective clubs, with Kennedy-s continued non-appearances for Karlsruhe baffling, given they have not scored a goal in seven games and sit at the bottom of the Bundesliga. Holman-s club AZ Alkmaar won 4-1 and continue to lead the Dutch Eredivise by a massive 11 points.