North-East Football Live: Saturday, February 15

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  • Sunderland v Southampton (12.45) - Paul Fraser
  • Watford v Middlesbrough - Scott Wilson
  • Hartlepool v Newport - Nick Loughlin

4:59pm

Hartlepool 3 Newport 0 

Luke Williams finished it off in the 90th minute, low crisp shot under the keeper for his second in as many games. 

It's three clean sheets in a row for Pools now, and up to 8th in the table.

4:56pm

Watford 1 Middlesbrough 0

Full-time and Middlesbrough have lost 1-0.

They played fairly well, but the bottom line is that's more than eight hours without a goal now.

Any lingering hopes of the play-off have surely disappeared.

4:37pm

Watford 1 Middlesbrough 0

Main on for Middlesbrough, who have switched to three at the back in an attempt to try to get back into this.

They still haven't really tested Bond though, and Watford should have scored a second when Adomah's dreadful back-header sent Anya galloping clear. Thankfully, for Boro, the substitute dragged his shot wide.

4:19pm

Watford 1 Middlesbrough 0

It's ten against ten now as Boro are also reduced to ten men.

Having been booked in the first half, Ben Gibson received a second yellow card when he attempted to block goalkeeper Jonathan Bond's clearance from the Watford box.

It hasn't been a good afternoon for the Boro defender, who also conceded Watford's penalty.

4:18pm

4:16pm

Hartlepool 2 Newport 0

55 mins, OG puts Pools in command. 

Corner into the six yard area was supposed to be headed away by Worley, but he was challenged by his own man and knocked the ball against Sandell who, to be fair, didn't know much about it when it went in off him. 

4:14pm

Watford 1 Middlesbrough 0

Boro have been handed a lifeline here as Watford are reduced to ten men.

Diakite went over the ball as he attempted to tackle Whitehead in the central area, and the Watford midfielder received a straight red card as a result.

4:10pm

Watford 1 (Deeney 49 pen)

Middlesbrough 0

Watford break the deadlock at the start of the second half.

Forestieri broke into the left-hand side of the area, and he was felled by a reckless sliding tackle from Gibson.

Deeney stepped up, and casually rolled home his 14th goal of the season from the spot.

4:05pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

A half-time substitution for each side here.

Carayol replaces Ledesma for Boro - the winger's delivery left a lot to be desired in the first half - and Hoban is on for Watford in place of Doyley.

3:50pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

Half-time and Boro have been much the better side.

They've enjoyed the bulk of possession, but Danny Graham is dreadfully isolated in attack. Thus far, the ploy of playing Grant Leadbitter as the most attacking of the midfielders is not working.

3:48pm

Hartlepool 1 Newport 0

James goal the difference, very tidy it was too. 

3:42pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

Middlesbrough have the ball in the net - but it's disallowed.

Friend heads in Leadbitter's free-kick, but the linesman flags for offside. It was a good finish from the full-back, but he went too early.

3:41pm

Hartlepool 1 Newport 0

Luke James again.... Great work from Walton to chase a lost cause and cross into the area for the top scorer to turn and fire in low from 20 yards. 

3:38pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

First booking of the game as Gibson is penalised for sliding in and failing to win the ball.

Things have become very sloppy from both sides, with possession being conceded very cheaply.

3:34pm

Hartlepool 0 Newport 0 

Apart from the referee - Mr Trevor Kettle - attracting derision from crowd, players and coaching staff, there's not much going on. 

3:30pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

Adomah's pace is causing problems down the left. He's just beaten two players before finding Graham, but the striker's chipped shot drifted over the crossbar.

3:25pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

Watford create their first chance as Murray prods a half-volley harmlessly wide.

Boro have seen plenty of the ball so far, but could do with getting more men forward in support of Graham.

3:20pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

A Middlesbrough striker has scored.

The only problem is it's Lukas Jutkiewicz again for Bolton. The Boro loanee has two in two games now after finding the net against Millwall.

Here, Adomah has at least forced Bond into a save with a weak low shot.

3:15pm

3:15pm

Hartlepool 0 Newport 0 

15 mins in, nothing much to report. 

Couple of shots from outside the area from both sides, Pools from Burgess then Richards. 

3:14pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

Composed start from Boro, with both full-backs seeing a lot of ball and looking to exploit the gaps in front of Watford's wide defenders.

Just the one shot so far though - a wild effort from Leadbitter that spiralled miles wide.

3:08pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

Boro lining up with Adomah on the left-hand side and Ledesma on the right.

It's going to be a long afternoon for the ball boys - we've already lost two balls into the building site on the far side of the ground....

3:03pm

Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0

We're off and running at Watford, with Boro fielding a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Chalobah is playing alongside Whitehead, with Leadbitter pushing on to support Graham. 

2:58pm

Hartlepool v Newport 

Same again for Pools - one change on the bench, with Duckworth back in place of Rodney. 

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden; Walker, Walton, Monkhouse, Williams; Harewood, James. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Franks, Poole, Barmby, Compton, Sweeney, Duckworth.
NEWPORT COUNTY: Parish, Pipe, Chapman, Minshull, Willmott, Sandell, Juffers, Burge, Naylor, Worley, Howe. Subs: Hughes, Porter, Crow, Zebroski, Jackson, Jolley, Thompson.
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

2:48pm

Watford vs Middlesbrough

So with Sunderland safely through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, attention switches south to Vicarage Road as Middlesbrough take on Watford in the Championship.

Just one point separates these sides in the table, and if Boro are to mount a viable play-off push in the final two-and-a-half months of the season, you strongly suspect it will have to start here.

2:44pm

Sunderland go marching on after Saints win. Match report here:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/11014023.Match_report__Sunderland_1_Southampton_0/?ref=var_0

2:38pm

Sunderland 1 Southampton 0

Craig Gardner's second half rocket has clinched a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Match report to follow ...

2:30pm

Sunderland 1 Southampton 0

The Black Cats are still ahead here. Southampton are showing greater purpose going forward, but fimnding finding the home defence water tight so far.

It's getting colder by the way. Freezing in fact, just as Lambert somehow turns over a glorious chance from underneath the bar. Incredible miss.

2:23pm

Watford vs Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has made one change to his starting line-up for today's game at Vicarage Road.

Albert Adomah returns to the side, and is expected to line up on the right-hand side.

Adomah replaces Mustapha Carayol, who picked up a knock in last weekend's goalless draw with Blackburn and drops down to the bench.

Danny Graham will start as a lone striker as he returns to his former home, with Boro looking to end a run of 434 minutes without a goal.

Watford (3-5-2): Bond; Angella, Cassetti, Doyley; Faraoni, Murray, Tozser, Diakite, Pudil; Forestieri, Deeney.

Subs: Woods (gk), Bellerin, Battocchio, Merkel, Park, Anya, Hoban.

Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1): Given; Varga, Woodgate, Gibson, Friend; Leadbitter, Whitehead; Adomah, Chalobah, Ledesma; Graham.

Subs: Konstantopoulos (gk), Hines, Omeruo, Butterfield, Carayol, Main, Kamara.

1:55pm

Sunderland 1 (Gardner 50) Southampton 0

The Black Cats take the lead in style. After Scocco had been thwarted in the corner, the ball fell kindly to Gardner 30 yards out.

His first touch took him away from Wanyama and his second was a brilliant strike from 25 yards in off the underside of the bar.

1:50pm

Sunderland 0 Southampton 0

Second half underway and it has been confirmed there is only 16,777 fans here today. That explains the number of red seats around the Stadium of Light!

1:42pm

1:41pm

Watford vs Middlesbrough

Welcome to Vicarage Road ahead of the 3pm kick off between Watford and Middlesbrough.

It's a strange sight from the press box as the entire stand opposite has been knocked down as part of the ongoing redevelopment work.

It's a three-sided ground - and how Boro could do with three points to get their faltering play-off push back on track.

Team news should be with you in about 20 minutes or so....

1:36pm

1:35pm

1:35pm

Sunderland 0 Southampton 0

That's the first 45 minutes of the way. The second half can't be any worse, so hopefully there will be a goal or two ... otherwise the replay Poyet dreads will be secure.

Santiago Vergini has defendes strongly. Goalkeeper Oscar Ustari has looked solid. Lee Cattermole bright. Otherwise it's been a pretty uneventful opening period.

1:24pm

Sunderland 0 Southampton 0

This has got a replay written all over it. A tie of very few chances so far. In fact, with the exception of one save from Ustari, I don't think there's been any of real note.

1:01pm

Sunderland 0 Southampton 0

That looked a clear penalty. Saints survive. Luke Shaw clearly shoved Fabio Borini in the back in the area and referee Mike Deam has waved play on.

12:53pm

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12:44pm

Sunderland 0 Southampton 0

The players are on the pitch, almost match time. Can Sunderland claim another cup win this season, to put them in to the FA Cup quarter-finals - just one step from a second Wembley appearance this season?

 

11:56am

IGNACIO SCOCCO will make his Sunderland debut in this afternoon's FA Cup fifth round tie witH Southampton at the Stadium of Light.

The signing from Internacional has been included in Gustavo Poyet's starting line-up to the face the Saints and he is likely to be the long striker. Emanuele Giaccherini and Fabio Borini will provide the width.

There are also starts for other January recruits Santiago Vergini and Oscar Usari for the Black Cats, while Southampton field pretty much their strongest team. 

SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1): Ustari; Celustka, O'Shea, Vergini, Dossena; Cattermole; Giaccherini, Larsson, Gardner, Borini; Scocco. Subs: Ki, Wickham, Colback, Mannone (gk), Alonso, Mavrias, Roberge.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-3-3): Davis; Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw; S Davis, Wanyama,  Ward-Prowse; Do Prado, Lambert, Lallana. Subs: Gazzaniga (gk), Schneiderlin, Fonte, Rodriguez, Cork, Chambers, McQueen.

11:47am

11:46am

11:45am

Sunderland v Southampton

It's wet at the Stadium of Light, very wet. Conditions don't look too favourable for free-flowing passing football, but the game is on. 

Still waiting for the teams. There will be a minute's applause to celebrate the life of the legendary Tom Finney, who has passed away.

10:47am

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Pools subs: Rafferty (gk), Sweeney, Rodney, Harewood, Franks, Compton, Poole Newport subs: Thompson (gk), Anthony, Flynn, Porter, Jolley

HARTLEPOOL TEAM NEWS

Neil Austin (toe) remains sidelined, and Pools could recall Jack Barmby to the starting XI in place of Marlon Harewood in the only change to last weekend's win at Dagenham.

NEWPORT TEAM NEWS

Newport will have Chris Zebroski available from a knee injury, while Lenny Pidgeley (ankle) and Jamie Stephens (thigh) and defender Ismail Yakubu (foot) are out.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)
Odds: H 7/5; D23/10; A19/10
It's a fact: The last time Newport visited Victoria Park was in 1986 - on the day Pools boss Colin Cooper also played there for Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season.

Comment by NICK LOUGHLIN: Pools should know what to expect today after a poor show in Wales last November and are capable of continuing their decent run of form.

Prediction: 2-0

10:46am

SUNDERLAND

Ustari; Bardsley, Vergini, O’Shea, Alonso; Bridcutt, Cattermole, Colback; Giacherrini, Wickham, Scocco

Subs: Mannone, Celutska, Gardner, Ki, Larsson, Borini, Altidore

SOUTHAMPTON

Davis; Clyne, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld; Schneiderlin, Davies, Cork, Ward-Prowse; Rodriquez, Lambert.

Subs: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lallana, Wanyama, Do Prado, Gallagher

SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS

Wes Brown begins a three match ban for Sunderland after his sending off against Hull. Kieren Westwood, Steven Fletcher and Carlos Cuellar are also sidelined.

SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS

Southampton will be without injured duo Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez, but otherwise they have a fully-fit squad.

Odds: H:23/10 D:23/10 A:6/5

It’s a fact: The teams have met three times already this season, with the Saints yet to defeat the Wearside club.

Comment: Both sides are expected to shuffle the pack as fixture congestion begins to loom. Neither will want a draw and Southampton will be eager not to let Sunderland knock them out of another cup.

Prediction: 1-2

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