LIVE SPORTS BLOG - Saturday, November 17, 2012

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  • Newcastle United v Swansea City, Premier League, 3pm - Richard Mason
  • Cardiff City v Middlesbrough, Championship, 3pm - Paul Fraser
  • Hartlepool United v Coventry City, League One, 3pm - Nick Loughlin
  • Celtic Nation v Darlington, EBAC Northern League Division One, 3pm - Craig Stoddart

5:00pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0 FULL-TIME

 

It's all over here. The Bluebirds have ended Boro's nine-match unbeaten run courtesy of Matthew Connolly's first half header.

Report to follow online, but worrying for Boro is that full-back George Friend had to go off after pulling up with a hamstring problem.

4:57pm

FULL-TIME: Celtic Nation 1 Darlington 2. DFC overturn a half-time deficit to restore seven-point lead at top of the Northern League.

4:53pm

Full time and it's disappointment for Newcastle. Outclassed by Swansea. Ba goal a consolation.

4:53pm

Full-time: Hartlepool 0 Coventry 5. 

Well if John Hughes didn't know what's ahead of him, he does now. Welcome to Hartlepool United. 

4:51pm

FT: Newcastle United 1 Swansea 2

4:50pm

GOAL: Newcastle United 1 (Ba 90) Swansea City 2

Goal deep in injury time for Newcastle, Ba heading home after Marveaux had hit the bar. Ben Davies on the line could not prevent it going in. Lifeline?

4:50pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0 LATEST

Five minutes left at Cardiff. Boro running out of time to preserve their unbeaten run. Home fans sensing a result. 

4:46pm

GOAL: Newcastle United 0 Swansea City 2 (De Guzman 87)

Game over for Newcastle - De Guzman fires home after Danny Graham's low shot is parried out by Krul. Exodus here at SJP. One man is here though - Cisse in the tunnel. His non-appearance today will be the talking point I'd imagine.

4:38pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Final throw of the dice for Pardew now, Sylvain Marveaux on for Sammy Ameobi. Meanwhile, Newcastle-supporting Danny Graham comes on for Swansea, Michu replaced. 82 played, 0-1.

4:36pm

4:36pm

GOAL: Hartlepool United 0 Coventry 5. Another one.... Adam Barton has been on the pitch a minute and scored. Pools ripped apart, crowd turning on the players. Not a happy start for the new man in charge. 

4:36pm

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4:34pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0 LATEST

Bad news for Boro. George Friend has just pulled up with a hamstring problem as he chased Leadbitter's crossfield pass.

For some reason Friend has gone back on, limping. Not running comfortably, he needs to come off and will, surely. Bailey coming on.

4:33pm

Darlington’s supremacy in possession ended with David Dowson’s equaliser. Paul Arnison has just blocked Stephen Thompson’s shot on the turn, but Quakers aren’t tearing apart the hosts’ defence like they were before the break. 73mins, 1-1.

4:32pm

GOAL: Hartlepool 0 Coventry 4. Pools lost possession on the attack, right on the edge of the opposition area. They broke away, had runners and options and Moussa rollled in. 

4:32pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Gael Bigirimana is on for Danny Simpson - Anita will drop to left back, Santon to right-back, Bigirimana to partner Tiote in the middle of midfield. 75 played.

4:31pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Gael Bigirimana is on for Danny Simpson - Anita will drop to left back, Santon to right-back, Bigirimana to partner Tiote in the middle of midfield. 75 played.

4:28pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Newcastle looking no nearer to an equaliser. Ba has headed wide from Shola Ameobi's drilled cross, but that's about it. Kemy Agustien is on for the visitors as they look to shut up shop. 0-1. 72 played.

4:28pm

Two subs on for Hartlepool - Walton and Monkhouse on, Humphreys and Monkhouse on. Sweeney dropped deeper alongside Walton in midfield 

4:27pm

Poor miss by Darlington’s Amar Purewal. He met Dowson’s neat centre, but the winger blazed over. Still 1-1 after 67 minutes.

4:25pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0 LATEST

Marvin Emnes has now entered the game as a replacement for Juktkiewicz. But now Cardiff bringing on Craig Bellamy with less than half an hour remaining.

Only Ledesma looking like creating something for Boro. 

4:19pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Former Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge is introduced on 62 minutes, on for Nathan Dyer and will go wide left for Swansea. 0-1.

4:17pm

GOAL: Hartlepool 0 Coventry 3. 

Baker, back to goal, controlled, turned and volleyed in. game over. Three goals in 8 minutes. 

4:16pm

GOAL: Newcastle 0 Swansea 1 (Michu 58)

Michu heads home from Hernandez' cross. Newcastle's good start to the half counts for nought as Swansea, who have looked dangerous all afternoon, hit them on the break. Simple stuff for the Swans. Worrying for Newcastle.

4:15pm

Not long before David Dowson scored, Darlington’s Craig Turns made a cracking save. CN’s Michael Reed chased the ball after Gary Brown had inadvertently played the ball into his path, but Turns was sharp off his line and cleared the danger.

4:14pm

GOAL: Hartlepool 0 Coventry 2. 

Handball in the area against Hartley, McGoldrick penalty sends Flinders the wrong way

4:14pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Newcastle have come out of the blocks much improved. Vurnon Anita looks like he's had an almighty kick up the backside at half-time, while Demba Ba has had two chances on goal. Sammy Ameobi moving wide left has given the team another dimension.  At the other end, Hernandez has shot over from Michu's pass. 55 played.

4:13pm

GOAL: Second half underway at Celtic Nation. No changes in personnel, but we’ve had a change in the scoreline. David Dowson scored from 12 yards, a low shot on the turn, to level for Darlington.

4:09pm

GOAL: Hartlepool 0 Coventry 1. 

Low shot from Baker from 20 yards, bounced in off the inside of the post. Shot and goal from nothing. 

4:03pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Back under way here, and Shane Ferguson, who'd had a poor game, has been replaced by Shola Ameobi as Alan Pardew looks to shake it up.

3:51pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0 HT

McDonald should have put Boro level at half-time. Ledesma's clever pass behind the defence controlled by the Aussie but his chip over goalkeeper Marshall also flew over the bar.

3:51pm

HALF-TIME: Darlington could be 6-1 up here, but they’ve wasted chance after chance and are losing 1-0 to Celtic Nation.

3:49pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Newcastle have been poor so far, they go in 0-0 at half-time - they're lucky to be level. Dyer spurned the best chance of the half when he screwed his shot wide. Ben Arfa's shot saved by Tremmel was as close as they got.

3:48pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Newcastle have been poor so far, they go in 0-0 at half-time - they're lucky to be level. Dyer spurned the best chance of the half when he screwed his shot wide. Ben Arfa's shot saved by Tremmel was as close as they got.

3:47pm

Half-time - Hartlepool 0 Coventry 0.

A postive start to the game for Pools, but they allowed Coventry off the hook when  four chances went begging.

Coventry then came back into it and looked the most likely to score as the half went on. 

 

3:47pm

Half-time - Hartlepool 0 Coventry 0.

A postive start to the game for Pools, but they allowed Coventry off the hook when  four chances went begging.

Coventry then came back into it and looked the most likely to score as the half went on. 

 

3:47pm

Darlington just cannot score today. Joe Tait swung the ball in, but David Dowson and Amar Purewal couldn’t get a head to it.

3:46pm

HT: Newcastle 0 Swansea 0

3:45pm

A chance for Celtic. Dean Douglas cross from the left followed by Michael Reed’s flicked header which was off target. Soon be half-time, Darlington need a goal.

3:44pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0

Middlesbrough have started to show a little more going forward, Ledesma trying a few things, but only Leadbitter has seriously tested goalkeeper David Marshall.

There's been plenty of stoppages ... just to add to the long journey back to Teesside from South Wales.

3:42pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Michu has headed over from Hernandez' cross - it's just not clicking for Newcastle so far. 42 played so far. 0-0

3:40pm

Don’t know how many more times I’m going to have to write this: Another chance for Darlington. Stephen Thompson’s blast blocked by David Wallace after meeting a David Dowson pull-back.
And then Craig Gott saw keeper Ryan Smith save his low free-kick. 1-0 still.

3:40pm

Don’t know how many more times I’m going to have to write this: Another chance for Darlington. Stephen Thompson’s blast blocked by David Wallace after meeting a David Dowson pull-back.
And then Craig Gott saw keeper Ryan Smith save his low free-kick. 1-0 still.

3:34pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Gerhard Tremmel has pulled off a superb save to deny Ben Arfa. The Frenchman took Simpson's pass around Ben Davies and Leon Britton, and fired in a left-footed shot bound for the top corner, but Tremmel plucked it out of the sky for a corner. Superb stop.

3:34pm

Another two Darlington chances wasted. Craig Gott, playing at right-back, hoisted the ball into the area where Leon Scott headed over, and within a minutes the same player blasted the ball over from 18 yards. An equaliser is coming, surely...

3:31pm

Has gone a bit flat now at Hartlepool after a decent start, few other chances, little of note. Needs a lift. 

3:30pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City 1 Middlesbrough 0 LATEST

Cardiff have been forced in to two substitutions already. Former Boro full-back Andrew Taylor has had to be withdrawn after Ben Turner, with just 26 minutes gone.

Not to be left out, though, it's not Boro's turn. Richie Smallwood has now had to come on for Faris Haroun - no repeat of the Belgian's brilliant goal here last season.

3:28pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Demba Ba has nodded a peach of a ball from Ben Arfa just wide - Newcastle's best chance so far. The Frenchman picked out Ba with a delicious angled ball from 10yds inside the half and Ba glanced wide. 0-0, 28 played.

3:26pm

Chance wasted by David Dowson. One on one with keeper Ryan Smith in a central position, the Darlington striker steadied himself before pulling the trigger, but the shot was far too close to Smith.
Really poor by Dowson who punched the ground in frustration.

3:24pm

Darlington piling on the pressure. Thompson screwed a shot wide in the 21st minute, not long after the same player had been felled with a strong shoulder barge in the penalty area by David Wallace. But the referee reckoned it to be a fair challenge – they must play to different rules in the Northern League.

3:24pm

Darlington piling on the pressure. Thompson screwed a shot wide in the 21st minute, not long after the same player had been felled with a strong shoulder barge in the penalty area by David Wallace. But the referee reckoned it to be a fair challenge – they must play to different rules in the Northern League.

3:21pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Tim Krul saved smartly from Michu after being put in by Hernandez. Swansea have led the chances so far, Ben Arfa rifled a shot into the side netting but apart from that, Swansea will be the happier team right now. 21 minutes played.

3:20pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City v Middlesbrough:

GOAL: 18minutes. 1-0

Cardiff have taken the lead. Matthew Connolly has risen unmarked at the back post to nod in Whittingham corner.

Boro have started slowly, given the ball away too much. Work to do now.

3:20pm

GOAL: Celtic Nation 1-0 up on Darlington in the 13th minute. Slightly against the run of play, striker Michael Reed met a right-wing cross to score. Sixty seconds earlier Stephen Thompson had had the first shot on target of the day, the Darlington striker stinging the palms of keeper Ryan Smith.
But it was almost 2-0 when Gary Brown made a mistake, his pass out of defence on the poor pitch being intercepted and Crag Turns saved well from Reed.

3:11pm

3:10pm

Seven minutes gone and 0-0 still between Celtic Nation and Darlington. Celtic Nation forced two early corners and Tony Hopper was way of target with a shot from 20 yards.
There’s been a lot of rain here and the pitch looks heavy, it didn’t even cope well with the pre-match warm-up.

3:09pm

Seven minutes gone and 0-0 still between Celtic Nation and Darlington. Celtic Nation forced two early corners and Tony Hopper was way of target with a shot from 20 yards.
There’s been a lot of rain here and the pitch looks heavy, it didn’t even cope well with the pre-match warm-up.

3:09pm

That's a start for Hartlepool today. Great reception for the new boss and then three great chances in quick succession for Ryan Noble.

His first two at the keeper and then pushed a low finish wide and in between those, Jon Franks had a low one saved by Joe Murphy. 

Pools playing 4-2-3-1, Humphreys and Murray sitting in midfield. 

3:07pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Big chance for Swansea with 6 minutes on the clock. Pablo Hernandez played in Nathan Dyer, who went one on one with Tim Krul and slid his shot wide. Should have been a goal. Let-off for Newcastle.

3:06pm

Celtic Nation: Smith, Arnison, Smith, Wallace, Butler, Hopper, Wilson, Skinner, Reed, Archibald,, Douglas. Subs: Lee, Milburn, Porritt, Lynn, Hoolickin

Darlington: Turns, Gott, Brown, Tait, Smith, Nicholls, Keltie, Scott, Amar Purewal, Dowson, Thompson. Subs: Norton, Emms, Reay, Read, Richardson

3:02pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

We've kicked off here at St James' Park - Newcastle playing up the slope as per usual for the first half. Will be an interesting one - Magpies appear to be playing 4-4-2 with Sammy Ameobi partnering Demba Ba.

2:52pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Teams coming out soon. Looking forward to this today - should be a decent match-up. Newcastle sorely need a home win today.

2:34pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City v Middlesbrough:

THE good news for Boro is that England Under-21s midfielder Josh McEachran has shrugged off a knock sustained during international duty and starts at Cardiff.

And manager Tony Mowbray has made three other changes to the team that defeated Sheffield Wednesday.

Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Ishmael Miller in attack, Seb Hines comes in for the injured Jonathan Woodgate and Faris Haround replaces Marvin Emnes. Boro look set for a straight forward four-man midfield.

CARDIFF CITY (4-4-1-1): Marshall; Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Turner; Noone, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Kim; Mason; Helguson. Subs: Lewis (gk), Conway, Gestede, Ralls, Frei, Nugent, Bellamy.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-4-2): Steele; Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Friend; Haroun, McEachran, Leadbitter, Ledesma; McDonald, Jutkiewicz. Subs: Smallwood, Miller, Williams, Bailey, Emnes, Thomson, Leutwile (gk).

2:29pm

John Hughes, Hartlepool United's new boss, has made three changes to the team for his first game in charge. 

Ryan Noble, Darren Holden and Ritchie Humphreys all start, with Simon Walton, Steve Howard and Jordan Richards missing out. Evan Horwood and back-up keeper Adam McHugh are ill and there's a surprise return to the bench for Andy Monkhouse. 

Coventry include left-back Blair Adams, signed yesterday on loan from Sunderland. 

Hartlepool: Flinders; Austin, Collins, Hartley, Holden; Humphreys, Murray; Poole, Sweeney, Franks; Noble. Subs: Foden (gk), Walton, Monkhouse, Luscombe, Baldwin, Richards, Wyke. 

Coventry: Murphy; Christie, Edjenguele, Wood, Adams; Baker, Moussa, Bailey, Jennings, McSheffrey;  McGoldrick. Subs: Clark, Cameron, McDonald, Dunn, Barton, Ball, O'Donovan.

2:26pm

Paul Fraser, Cardiff City v Middlesbrough:

Word coming out of Bristol City today is that Matthew Bates, the former Middlesbrough skipper, has signed a deal with Bristol City until January. Hope the deal works out for him, he's very talented defender whose career spoiled by injury.

2:21pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Full teams are as follows:

Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Taylor, Santon; Sa. Ameobi, Anita, Tiote, Ferguson; Ben Arfa; Ba. Subs: Elliot, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Ameobi, Tavernier, Abeid.
Swansea City (4-3-3): Tremmel, Rangel, Williams Monk, Davies; De Guzman, Britton, Dyer; Shechter, Michu, Hernandez. Subs: Cornell, Flores, Graham, Routledge, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.

2:19pm

2:18pm

Here at Cardiff City, though, Tony Mowbray doesn't have such problems. But what team will he pick in a second versus third battle at the top end of the Championship.

Craig Bellamy, apparently, is fit and in  contention to figure for the Bluebirds. Team to follow shortly. 

2:17pm

After lengthy talks with the Senegal Football Federation, it is staggering to learn that Papiss Cisse is unavailable to play face Swansea today because of Fifa's five-day rule.

Newcastle had hoped a positive outcome  would come out of yesterday's discussions but, clearly, the longer the time went on without word it seemed inevitable Cisse would be the one to suffer.

It will be now interesting to see what Cisse does, given that he has already indicated to Senegal that he would be annoyed if he was prevented from playing today.  

2:10pm

2:10pm

2:10pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

The big news is that Papiss Cisse misses out, and Newcastle are not happy about it. Club statement reads:

 

Newcastle United is dismayed and angry at the position adopted by the Senegalese Federation, and supported by FIFA, which means that Papiss Cisse is unable to play any part in today's Premier League fixture against Swansea City. Immediately following the Premier League fixture against West Ham United on Sunday the Club went through the normal communication channels to advise the Senegalese Federation that both Papiss and Demba Ba would not be available for the international friendly match between Niger and Senegal scheduled for Wednesday, 14 November 2012 due to injury. No reply was received and as such further communications were sent to the Federation on Monday 12th November. The Club was not prepared to allow Papiss to travel to Niger as this would have been detrimental to his clinical condition. In accordance with FIFA Regulations the Club was more than happy for the player to be examined in England by a doctor of the Federation's choice in order to validate the player's medical condition. The Federation did not take this option and instead contacted FIFA to ask them to apply the Regulation that effectively prevents Papiss from playing this weekend. It is the opinion of the Club that it is wrong and wholly unjust for a national association to behave in this manner and for FIFA to endorse their stance and automatically apply the sanction without taking into account the specific facts of the case. The Club is disappointed, although not in any way surprised, that FIFA has disregarded its submissions and valid points in relation to this matter and instead have supported a national association which ignored repeated attempts by the Club to engage with them and, furthermore, insisted on a course of action which would have had a detrimental impact on the player's physical condition. The Club understands that in addition to Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba a number of other players were withdrawn from the Senegal squad. To the best of our knowledge Papiss Cisse and Newcastle United are the only parties that the national association has sought sanctions against. It is the Club’s genuinely held view that the Senegalese Federation have an agenda against Papiss and/or Newcastle United, possibly as a reaction to the Club's decision earlier this year not to allow Papiss to participate in the London Olympics 2012. The Club intends to take this matter up with the Football Association and any other relevant body within the game to try to stop national associations/federations and FIFA from preventing an employee (a player) from fulfilling their contractual obligations to their employer (a Club). The Club acknowledges the importance of international football and the great honour players undoubtedly get from representing their country. That said national associations and FIFA should have a duty of care to Clubs with regards to their players and it cannot be allowed to continue that national associations can, as in this case, seek to act in a way which is not in the best interests of a player and compromises their well-being and, furthermore, is then able to apply to FIFA who impose a sanction which damages that individual and his employer without a fair and equitable process being applied. The Club will be speaking to its legal advisors to see if it has recourse against the Senegalese Federation and/or FIFA. Papiss Cisse said: "I am deeply disappointed by the actions of my Federation which have punished me and my Club. I love playing for my country and would only withdraw from a squad – for either a friendly or competitive game - for a genuine reason. I am fully supportive of the position my Club has adopted in this matter and am sorry that the Federation seem to doubt my honesty and integrity. I will now consider if I wish to continue to captain my country."

Newcastle United statement

2:10pm

2:00pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle United v Swansea City:

Awaiting team news now. Conflicting reports about Papiss Cisse. Some say he's in the team, some say he's just left the ground. You'll know when we know. Perhaps before we know.

1:51pm

That's what Twitter thinks. And who on earth are we to disagree? Eh?

1:49pm

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1:42pm

Most intriguing game of the day is down at Victoria Park, where former Livingston boss John Hughes presides over his first game for Hartlepool this afternoon.

Echo sports editor Nick Loughlin spoke to him this week and found out about Hughes' footballing philosophy. Definitely worth a read during the half-time break of the Arsenal game.

1:38pm

Richard Mason, Newcastle v Swansea:

No news on Papiss Cisse yet - not expecting one until the teamsheets come out I'd imagine, and that's 20-30 minutes away.

1:33pm

Good afternoon, and welcome to this afternoon's sports blog - we're live from St James' Park, Cardiff City Stadium, Victoria Park and wherever Celtic Nation play to bring you updates from each game, wifi permitting.

What do you reckon for today then? Can Newcastle bounce back from their home defeat against West Ham last Sunday against Swansea City? Can Middlesbrough continue their unbeaten run or will the Manager of the Month curse befall Tony Mowbray? Can John Hughes get off to a winning start for Hartlepool? And, will Darlington put their off-field squabbles behind them and see off Carlisle-based Celtic Nation in the Northern League this afternoon?

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