LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, February 23

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7:22pm

Darlington and Stockton Times: Paul Fraser

Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

Despite some late excitement, including a disallowed equaliser from Scott McDonald, Millwall held on.

Boro have lost seven of their last nine in the league and will spend the next week at least outside the top six.

6:58pm

Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2 Main 75

Curtis Main does it again. Third in three starts this season gives Teesside hope.

6:27pm

Mowbray needed to change it and has. Rhys Williams and Kieron Dyer have both gone off. Boro are now playing with Miller, Carayol, Main and Emnes all on the pitch.

Bright start to the second half, but Boro trail 2-0. 

6:01pm

Middlesbrough 0 Millwall 2 Woolford 39

More bad news for Boro. This time Afobe got behind Friend and Bikey and had a shot stopped by Steele, but Woolford was on hand to turn over the line.

5:53pm

Middlesbrough 0 Millwall 1, Friend OG 25

In a crowded area, Friend was among a group of Millwall players trying to get to James Henry's free-kick. But John Marquis, who celebrated as if it were his, got a touch along with George Friend to put the Lions ahead.

5:23pm

Really low crowd at the Riverside considering they had sold more than 17,000 tickets. It seems many season ticket holders have not turned up.

5:21pm

Players are out, Kieron Dyer to start in behind Emnes and Main. Attacking line up from Boro, even if it lacks width. 

5:03pm

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4:56pm

Scunthorpe United 1 Hartlepool United 2. 

Six unbeaten for Pools - saw it out in the end... .just. 

Jimmy Ryan whislted a 30 yarder inches wide with the last kick of the match. 

Goals from James Poole and Jon Franks won it, and how they defended when they had to.

Form-team Pools now eight points from safety. 

4:54pm

4:53pm

Absolutely brilliant result for Hartlepool. This survival charge is well and truly on. Whatever John Hughes is doing he seems to be doing it well. Onwards and upwards. 

4:52pm

Two changes for Boro. Harsh on Smallwood to drop out at the expense of Dyer's return. Smallwood was solid at Burnley, but Boro need more than that at home. 

The only other change sees Main come in for Andy Halliday. 

4:49pm

4:42pm

Scunthorpe 1 Pools 2.

Five to go - could be a long five. James on for Franks, who has been outstanding and positive all afternoon. 

4:40pm

WBA 2 SUNDERLAND 1

Sessegnon gets one back for Sunderland with a curling shot from inside the area.

4:38pm

WBA 2 SUNDERLAND 0

Lukaku gets his second. Striker chased down Bramble's weak back pass and Mignolet's clearance deflects off him and in.

4:38pm

Boro v Millwall teams are in. Mowbray has named the same back four - and recalled Dyer and Main to his starting line-up.

Middlesbrough: Steele; Bailey, Bikey, McManus, Friend; Dyer, Williams, Leadbitter, McEachran; Emnes, Main. Subs: Ledesma, Hines, Carayol, McDonald, Miller, Ripley (gk), Smallwood.

MILLWALL: Forde; Dunne, Shittu, Wright, Marquis, Afobe, Henry, Beevers, Woolford, Abdou, Osborne. Subs: Taylor, Trotter, Tyson, Keogh, Nguessan, Smith, Malone.

4:34pm

Scunthorpe 1 Pools 2. 

Header at the far post from Iron sub Alabi - cross from the left by Duffy, held up for the striker. 

4:27pm

WBA 1 SUNDERLAND 0

Two chances for Lukaku. First saved well by Mignolet and second inches wide. Sunderland looking vulnerable at the back.

4:24pm

Scunthorpe 0 Hartlepool 2

Best spell of pressure from Scunthorpe now - penning Pools back, who are defedning in numbers. 

Howard replaced Wyke in Pools only change so far.

4:21pm

Brighton still beating Burnley at the Amex. That will see Middlesbrough slip out of the play-off places before they game with Millwall begins at 5.20.

4:12pm

4:08pm

WBA 1 SUNDERLAND 0

Second half is underway here. No changes at HT.

4:04pm

Arrived at the Riverside, brilliant to hear Hartlepool are showing more good signs of recovery. Could do with Sunderland hitting back at West Brom though.

No team news at the Riverside yet, will let you know as soon as something drops in.

> PAUL FRASER

3:50pm

WBA 1 SUNDERLAND 0

West Brom lead through Lukaku's penalty, but Sunderland denied a spot kick themselves after Johnson's shot hit McAuley's arm late on in the first half.

 

3:49pm

Scunthorpe 0 Pools 2.

Poole and Franks on target for a very deserved lead. 

Great team move for the opener, good individual run and finish for the second. 

Defending well, keeping the home side to minimal chances. Every player in a blue and white shirt wants the ball and is comfortable with it.

3:39pm

Scunthorpe 0 Hartlepool 2

Franks fed by a Walton pass in between centre half and right back, low angled finish across the keeper. 

3:36pm

WBA 1 SUNDERLAND 0

Baggies awarded a penalty after Gardner handball. Lukaku converts from the spot. Hard on safc, who have had chances, but hosts have come back in last 10 mins.

3:34pm

Scunthorpe 0 Hartlepool 1

Pools decent value for their lead so far. Started steady but confidence has grown as the game has gone on. Defending well and giving nothing away.

3:28pm

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3:21pm

Scunthorpe 0 Hartlepool United 1

James Poole low volley from 16 yards, first time from a Wyke lay-off after Humphreys nodded down in the area. 

3:20pm

WBA 0 SUNDERLAND 0 

Bright start from Sunderland. They've had a few chances already and have had their fair share of the ball. Graham and Fletcher linking up well together.

 

 

3:18pm

Scunthorpe 0 Hartlepool 0, 17 minutes in.

Nothing much going on, Flinders made a decent low stop from Ryan.

Ball hardly been in the home penalty area.

2:41pm

Welcome to The Hawthorns for West Brom v Sunderland.

The big news here is that Danny Graham makes his first start for the Black Cats and will partner Steven Fletcher up front. 

Stephane Sessegnon will operate on the left, while Adam Johnson plays on the right. 

The back five stays the same from the defeat to Arsenal two weeks ago, but Carlos Cuellar is on the bench.

Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Colback; Johnson, Larsson, N'Diaye, Sessegnon; Graham, Fletcher

Subs: Westwood, Cuellar, Kilgallon, Bardsley, Vaughan, Mangane, McClean.

WBA: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt; Lukaku, Long.

Subs: Myhill, Jones, Odemwingie, Tamas, Rosenberg, Fortune, Dorrans.

 

2:36pm

Scunthorpe v Hartlepool United at Glanford Park. 

It's the same again for Pools, for the sixth game in a row as they aim to make it six games without defeat.

Scunthorpe have won their last three at home and are one of the teams Pools are out to catch.

SCUNTHORPE UNITED: Slocombe; Nolan, Mirfin, Walker, Ryan, Sodje, Canavan, Duffy, Collins, Newey, Hawley. Subs: Severn, Ribeiro, Grella, Barcham, Jennings, Godden, Alabi.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood; Humphreys, Walton, Baldwin; Franks, Poole; Wyke. Subs: McHugh, Luscombe, Rutherford, Monkhouse, Howard, James, Holden.
Referee: Craig Pawson (Sheffield)

12:45pm

And then there was one. South Shields versus Hebburn Town has now been postponed, so the only one of 23 Northern League games on is Whitehaven v Jarrow Roofing in Division Two.

12:44pm

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion versus Tow Law Town has become the latest Northern League match to fall victim to the weather. As it stands, only two games of a scheduled 23 are on. It’s South Shields v Hebburn Town in Division One, while in Division Two it’s Whitehaven v Jarrow Roofing.

11:59am

Only three Northern League games today have survived the overnight snow. South Shields' match at home to Hebburn Town is the only game on in Division One, while in Division Two it’s Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Tow Law Town and Whitehaven v Jarrow Roofing.

11:41am

Darlington’s match with Bishop Auckland is one of a number of games postponed due to the heavy overnight snow in the North-East.

Northern League games off are:
Division One
:
Bedlington Terriers v Shildon
Billingham Synthonia v West Auckland
Consett v Marske United
Darlington v Bishop Auckland
Durham City v Whitley Bay
Guisborough v Billingham Town
Newton Aycliffe v Newcastle Benfield
Norton & Stockton Ancients v Celtic Nation
Spennymoor Town v Penrith
Team Northumbria v Ashington
Division Two:
Birtley v Alnwick
Chester-le-Street v Morpeth Town
Crook Town v Horden CW
Darlington RA v North Shields
Esh Winning v Seaham Red Star
Stokesley v Brandon United
Sunderland RCA v Dunston UTS
Thornaby v Ryhope CW
Washington v West Allotment
Whickham v Northallerton

Still on:
Division One
:
South Shields v Hebburn Town
Division Two:
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Tow Law Town
Whitehaven v Jarrow Roofing

10:10am

MATCH OFF: Darlington v Bishop Auckland

Today's game has been postponed because of the amount of snow on the Heritage Park pitch.

Two inches of snow fell overnight and with more forecast ahead of the 12pm kick-off, officials had no option other than to postpone the game.

No date has been announced for the rearranged game.

Darlington are next due in action next Saturday at Newcastle Benfield while Bishops are face Gateshead in the Durham Challenge Cup on Wednesday at Heritage Park.

4:19pm

Welcome to The Northern Echo's  North-East Football live blog.

This is the place to get all the weekend team news from across the region on a Friday and you can get involved using Twitter #echosport or post a comment on the bottom.

Then on Saturday - every week - the Echo's sports team will be reporting live from Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington's matches, updating events as they happen.

3:07pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Kick Off: Saturday, February 23, 3pm

WBA subs:  Myhill (gk), Jones, Tamas, Dorrans, Long, Odemwingie, Rosenberg.

Sunderland subs:  Westwood (gk), Mangane, Cuellar, Bardsley, McClean, Kilgallon.

Team news:  Sunderland will be without Lee Cattermole (knee) again, while full-back Danny Rose (hamstring) has gone back to Tottenham for treatment. There is also no David Vaughan, who has not shrugged off a foot problem during the two-week break, which could leave the Black Cats light on the bench.
West Brom are considering recalling striker Peter Odemwingie for the first time since his on-off move to QPR fell through. Manager Steve Clarke has no fresh injury worries, but left-back Goran Popov remains suspended.

Odds: H 1/1 ; A 11/4; D 12/5

Referee: Roger East (Salisbury)

It’s a fact: Only Stoke and  Reading have recorded a lower average possession than Sunderland  (43 per cent) in the Premier League this season.

Comment by PAUL FRASER: The Baggies overcame a poor run of form to beat Liverpool  and should make it difficult for the Black Cats after their break to Dubai. 2-1

2:49pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Kick Off: Saturday February 23, 3pm

Pools subs: McHugh (gk), Howard, Luscombe, James, Monkhouse, Holden, Rutherford.

Scunthorpe subs: Alabi, Grella, Barcham, Adelakun, Wootton, Mirfin, Severn.

Team news: Pools are likely to stick with the same starting XI and formation for the sixth successive game. Howard, James and Monkhouse, who all made an impact as subs last week, will again be on the bench. The Iron will give one-time Pools right back Eddie Nolan a start after Callum Kennedy was injured last week. New loan signing James Alabi from Stoke is in contention.

Referee: Craig Pawson (Sheffield)

Odds: H19/20; D14/5; A3/1

It's a fact: Pools win at Glanford Park last season was their first Football League victory there since 1989.

Comment by NICK LOUGHLIN: Five games without defeat, Pools are playing as well and as effectively has they have all season. 1-2

2:42pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Kick Off: Sunday February 24, 1.30pm

Newcastle subs: Harper (gk), Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Anita, Obertan, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi.

Southampton subs: K Davis (gk), Forren, S Davis, Richardson, Ward-Prowse, Chaplow, Ramirez.

Team news: Alan Pardew is sweating over the availability of Tim Krul after the goalkeeper injured his ankle in the closing stages of Thursday's Europa League win over Metalist Kharkiv - he is a major doubt. Cheik Tiote is available after missing the game in Ukraine because of an illness, while Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran return to the squad after being ineligible for European matches. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that shocked Manchester City in their last outing, although Gaston Ramirez is available again after injury.

Referee: Chris Foy (St Helens)

Odds: Newcastle 11-10, Draw 12-5, Southampton 5-2

It's a fact: Newcastle are unbeaten in their last nine home matches against Southampton.

Comment by SCOTT WILSON: After performing superbly on continental soil on Thursday, it is time for Newcastle to get their domestic house in order with a much-needed win. 3-1

2:35pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Kick Off: Saturday February 23, 5.20pm

Middlebrough subs: Leutwiller (gk), Morris, Halliday, Smallwood, Haroun, Emnes, McDonald.

Millwall subs: Taylor (gk), Dunne, Wright, Feeney, Marquis, NGuessan, Afobe.

Team News: Middlesbrough have injury concerns over Kieron Dyer (hamstring), Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle) and Scott McDonald (back), though the latter should make the bench. Jonathan Woodgate (calf) and Seb Hines (knee) are both ruled out. Millwall should have skipper Danny Shittu back having missed the last two games through injury and illness. While striker Nathan Tyson looks to have recovered from an ankle injury. The Lions will be without Shane Lowry (suspended) from the side that lost in midweek to Peterborough.

Referee: Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire)

Odds: H 15/13; draw 13/5; A 47/17

It’s a fact: Millwall have given away 371 fouls this season - only Bolton have conceded more (393)

Comment by JAMES STEVENSON: Millwall are actually on a worse run than Middlesbrough having lost their last five league games - shipping 12 goals. Boros excellent scoring record at home should see them pick up three points. 2-1

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