LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, March 22

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Newcastle United 1 Crystal Palace 0

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Middlesbrough 1 Queens Park Rangers 3 (Morrison 90)

And it has got even worse for Boro. A late break as ended with Morrison powering beyond Dimi. 

The final whistle has gone. What an ending. Horrendous for Boro.


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

A brief second-half rally from Sunderland, but in the end, you couldn't really argue with the two-goal scoreline.

In terms of the table, nothing has really changed with all of Sunderland's other relegation rivals losing.

However, in terms of morale and the fixtures that remain, this felt a little bit like a nail in the coffin.


Middlesbrough 1 Queens Park Rangers 2 (Zamora 90)

Awful moment for Konstantopoulos. With the game heading for a draw, Dimi has missed his kick on the edge of his box and Zamora has nipped in and converted. Oh dear, oh dear. 



Newcastle United 1 Crystal Palace 0


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Three games without a win now for Darlington. It was relentless Darlington pressure for the last 20 minutes. Adam Mitchell hit the bar and the Prescott keeper pulled off a brilliant save from Amar Purewal when he headed towards goal from a corner.


Newcastle United 1 Crystal Palace 0 (Cisse 94)

GOAL! From out of nothing, a Hatem Ben Arfa cross finds Cisse who nods past Speroni.


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

As if things we're bad enough for Sunderland, they're now down to ten men after Alonso picked up a second yellow card for deliberate handball.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Adam Mitchell hits the bar! Was probably a cross, was from a tight angle.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Scare for Quakers. Phil Howard allowed time to turn take a touch and turn in the penalty area after collecting a free-kick, but his shot was narrowly over. 87mins gone.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

Looking set for a nil-nil-er here. Fairly predictable. But Newcastle have had a go this second half.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Darlington playing three at the back and four up front. Five minutes to go and it’s one-way traffic, Quakers really pressing, hope they don’t get caught on the break....


Middlesbrough 1 Queens Park Rangers 1

Nothing happening at the Riverside. A spat between Barton, Kamara and Morrison is as exciting as things have got in the second half.

Adomah has just gone close from distance, but comfortable save for Green. Seven minutes left.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Darlington really pushing for this. Purewal like he was about to score but a heavy touch saw the ball run through to the keeper after Dowson’s flick to his team-mate.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

Shola Ameobi comes on for Yoan Gouffran as Newcastle chase a winner.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Steven Johnson for Stephen Harrison for Darlington in the 78th minute. DFC’s last change.


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

Sunderland's brief attempt at a revival is faltering here, and Mannone had to get down well to keep out Hoolahan's low strike.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Awful free-kick by Stephen Thompson, so high over the bar it was out of the ground.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Prescott’s Jamie McCulloch executes a fine tackle on Dale Hopson in the penalty area. Hopson too sluggish in possession after fine work through the middle by Stephen Thompson.


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

Final change for Sunderland, with Scocco coming on for Johnson.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Dale Hopson for Jonny Davis.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

Still goalless here, but Hatem Ben Arfa has brought a little bit of energy to the occasion, he's looked very bright for Newcastle. 


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

Sunderland have been much improved since the break, with Cattermole providing some much-needed leadership and urgency in midfield.

Norwich are starting to get a bit nervous, so if Sunderland could pull a goal back, you just never know....


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Major let-off for Darlington on 65 minutes. Phil Howard had only Mark Bell to beat after Alan White misjudged Phil Bannister’s pass from the centre-circle, and although the striker took a touch to steady himself his shot was weak and straight at the keeper.
DFC not as impressive in the second half, but the game is still there for the taking.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Dowson comes on for Fisher, a role reversal from most games.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

Hatem Ben Arfa comes on for Luuk De Jong, who didn't really see much of the ball. It'll prompt a wee bit of a shuffle in formation I'd expect, unless he's going to be playing No.10.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

Two chances for Palace here. First up, Kagisho Dikgacoi was denied by the onrushing Krul, while Yannick Bolasie curled a shot over Krul, skimming the crossbar.


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

Sunderland have just created their best chance of the game, but Ruddy produced a fine reflex stop to keep out Brown's header after the defender met Johnson's cross on the edge of the six-yard box.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Goalmouth scramble in the Prescot penalty area ends when Kusaloka goes down injured, though Fisher missed a great chance when he headed wide from a great position after a Galbraith corner, won by Mitchell.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

Jason Puncheon's fired a shot just wide of Tim Krul's post. That's the first piece of action this half. Meanwhile, Krul is receiving treatment.


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

Norwich continue to dominate at the start of the second half, with Mannone having to produce an excellent save to tip van Wolfswinkel's header over the crossbar.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0



Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
We’re underway in the second half, no changes. Attendance is 373, which is over double Prescot’s average.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Two bookings for DFC in the first half, Jonny Davis for tripping Isac Kusaloka and Alan White for dissent just before half-time when he shoved the ball into Phil Howard’s chest just before the Darlington defender took a free-kick.


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

Sunderland deservedly two goals behind at the interval.

They couldn't do anything about Tettey's wonder strike, but that was still a desperately poor performance in a game with so much riding on it.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0


Middlesbrough 1 Queens Park Rangers 1

That Benayoun goal means it is level at the break. That equaliser was harsh on Boro, but QPR had been starting to do more in the final third.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0


Middlesbrough 1 Queens Park Rangers 1 (Benayoun 45)

Kranjcar's shot was blocked and bounced kindly beyond the last defender for Benayoun to power high in to the net.

There was a strong suspicion of offside, but the assistant's flag stayed down and the Israeli forward has levelled just as the stoppag-time board was held up. 


In League Two, both York and Plymouth are winning. Hartlepool's defeat at Oxford last night is looking all the more costly for their play-off aspirations. 

Currently eight points short of the top seven and down to 12th. 


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Frustrating day for Darlington so far. They’re dictating play but can’t force a breakthrough. Thompson has just had appeals for a penalty turned down after being handled by Craig Haynes.


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

Lee Cattermole has been on the pitch for four minutes - and has already been booked for dissent.

It's been that kind of an afternoon for Sunderland....


Norwich 2 Sunderland 0

It's not half-time yet, but Gus Poyet has seen enough and has made a double change.

Cattermole is on for Ki, while Larsson has replaced Colback in an attempt to add some impetus.

There's almost an immediate response, but Ruddy gets down well to save Borini's driven shot from an angle.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Nathan Fisher goes for the spectacular by volleying at goal from 25 yards after Amar Purewal had flicked on a Terry Galbraith forward pass, but the shot was well off target.
Mitchell is DFC’s most impressive forward player today, has fired over a string of crosses.


Norwich 2 (Tettey 33)

Sunderland 0

Sunderland fall 2-0 behind as Alex Tettey produces a contender for Goal of the Season.

O'Shea produced a decent header to clear Hoolahan's cross from the left, but Tettey latched on to it and, without breaking stride, hammered a first-time volley into the corner from 25 yards.

It was an absolutely brilliant strike, and Sunderland have some mountain to climb now.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

Chance! A precious chance! Moussa Sissoko has put it on a plate for Papiss Cisse, whose sidefoot volley is superbly saved by Speroni. He's an excellent keeper.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Prescot’s first shot at goal sees an Isac Kusaloka effort bounce wide from 18 yards, though Quakers should’ve had a free-kick in the build up when Phil Bannister fouled Gary Brown.
To further frustrate Darlington, within minutes Jonny Davis was harshly booked after tripping Kusaloka.


Norwich 1 Sunderland 0

Sunderland not really showing any signs of rousing themselves since falling behind, and things would have been worse for the visitors had Mannone not beaten away Howson's shot from 20 yards.

Another Howson dribble has just seen the Norwich midfielder fail to chip Mannone from long range.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

A tight game here, as we expected in the run-up. You have to be impressed with how quickly Tony Pulis has got his side organised since coming in at the back end of last year.

Palace, at this stage of the season, simply don't need to go for it away from home, a point will suit them just fine and dandy and Pulis would be pleased with that.


Norwich 1 (Snodgrasss 20)

Sunderland 0

Norwich claim the opener, with Wes Brown at fault.

Olsson crossed from the left, and Brown's weak attempt at a clearance went straight to Elmander.

He squared the ball to Snodgrass, and the former Leeds midfielder calmly slotted home.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Mitchell is quick and direct, loves to dribble at players, just like Thompson on the left.
Thompson has just had Darlington’s best chance, broke into the penalty area after being played in by Purewal, but the play-maker fired wide of the far post.


Middlesbrough 1 (Friend 17) Queens Park Rangers 0

After a lovely counter attack broke down, Friend ended up reclaiming possession and charging in to the box by beating his marker. 

Hint of handball. But got the rub of the green before his effort had just enough power to beat Green, whose attempts to stop were unsuccessful.


Prescot Cables 0 Darlington 0
Adam Mitchell has fired over a handful of crosses, clearly Quakers’ game-plan is to play diagonal balls for him to chase up the right wing.
Darlington have made a positive start, though are yet to test the keeper. Stephen Thompson had a shot blocked on the edge of the area by Antony Shinks.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0

Cracking chance for Papiss Cisse and it stemmed from a lovely De Jong touch. Vurnon Anita threaded a pass through for De Jong who cushioned it in for Cisse, who sidestepped his man and fired in a shot straight at Julian Speroni in the Palace goal. Bright stuff, though.


Norwich 0 Sunderland 0

Mannone has produced the first real save of the game, collecting Howson's 20-yard shot that deflected off Brown.

Sunderland were their own worst enemies, with Ki hesitating and conceding possession deep in his own half.


Prescot Cables v Darlington
Prescot Cables:
Mottram, Cairns, Foy, Shinks, Haynes, Pinto Vierra, McCulloch, Bannister, Kusaloka, Howard, Gilroy. Subs: Dempsey, Coyle, Jarrett, McGann, Lowton
Darlington: Bell; Harrison, Tait, White, Galbraith; A Mitchell, Brown, Davis, Thompson; Fisher, Purewal. Subs: Jameson (gk), Wing, Hopson, Johnson, Dowson


Prescot Cables v Darlington
David Dowson drops to the bench as one of two changes to the Darlington side with Jordan Robinson also out of the side due to injury.
In comes Stephen Harrison and new signing Adam Mitchell, who has joined from Sunderland, while a manager Martin Gray has tinkered with his XI.
The 4-4-2 formation remains, but Gary Brown moves to centre-back.


Norwich 0 Sunderland 0 

Norwich the dominant side in the opening five minutes, with Sunderland barely getting out of their own half.

The hosts only have a wild strike from Snodgrass to show for their early work though.


Middlesbrough 0 Queens Park Rangers 0

An early chance for QPR. Konstantopoulos parried Barton's initial shot from distance and then Carroll's rebound was also turned away for a corner. Just 60 seconds were on the clock then.

The sun is shining now after heavy rain. 


Middlesbrough 0 Queens Park Rangers 0

Match has started after Boro's players took t-shirts off stating 'Get well soon, Muzzy' in reference to Carayol's anterior cruciate ligament injury.

He will not play again this season, but his team-mates could do with lifting the atmosphere here with an early goal.  


Norwich 0 Sunderland 0

Norwich get things started at Carrow Road.

As expected, Sunderland are lining up in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Johnson on the right and Borini on the left.


Newcastle United 0 Crystal Palace 0


Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

Not long until kick-off here. The Premier League match ball plinth has been erected, which means it's almost time...


Norwich vs Sunderland

We've currently got choreographed clapping with sponsored clapper boards going on in the stands at Carrow Road.

The game has well and truly gone....



Middlesbrough v Queens Park Rangers

Lee Tomlin has not been risked from the start against QPR. Tomlin missed training because of illness but has been named on the Middlesbrough bench.

Jacob Butterfield has an opportunity to stake a claim for the role behind lone striker Danny Graham. Following the injury to winger Mustapha Carayol, Boro have named Albert Adomah and Kei Kamara out wide.  

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-3-2-1): Konstantopoulos; Varga, Omeruo, Gibson, Friend; Chalobah, Whitehead; Adomah, Butterfield, Kamara; Graham. Subs: (not used): Steele (gk), Williams, Ledesma, Main, Morris, Atkinson, Tomlin.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS (4-4-1-1): Green; Hughes, Hill, Onuoha, Suk-Young; Benayoun, Barton, Carroll, Kranjcar; Morrison; Keane. Subs (not used): Simpson, Hoilett, Zamora, Murphy, O'Neil, Donalson, Petrasso.


Norwich vs Sunderland

With Jozy Altidore in one attack and Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the other, I think we can safely predict this isn't going to be a goalfest this afternoon.

From a Sunderland perspective, you suspect Adam Johnson and Fabio Borini are going to have to do most of the attacking work, perhaps with some support from Ki.


Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

Here's those teams in full:

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-1-1): Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran; De Jong; Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Haidara, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Taylor.

CRYSTAL PALACE (4-5-1): Speroni; Ward, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney; Puncheon, Jedinak, Bolasie, Dikgacoi, Ledley; Jerome. Subs: Hennessey, Ince, O'Keefe, Murray, Gabbidon, Guedioura, Bannan.


Norwich vs Sunderland

Gustavo Poyet has made two changes to his Sunderland side for this afternoon's crucial relegation battle with Norwich City.

With Steven Fletcher injured with an ankle injury, Jozy Altidore will start up front as a lone striker.

Altidore's presence means Fabio Borini will start on the left-hand side, with Adam Johnson on the opposite flank.

Sunderland's other change sees Jack Colback replacing Seb Larsson at the heart of midfield.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton has made five changes to the side that lost at Southampton last weekend, with Johan Elmander expected to partner Ricky van Wolfswinkel in a new-look 4-4-2 formation.

NORWICH (4-4-2): Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson; Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Hoolahan; Elmander, van Wolfswinkel.

Subs: Bunn (gk), Whittaker, Johnson, Hooper, Gutierrez, Becchio, Redmond.

SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1): Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Bridcutt; Johnson, Ki, Colback, Borini; Altidore.

Subs: Ustari (gk), Larsson, Celustka, Giaccherini, Vergini, Scocco, Cattermole.


Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

As predicted, no surprises for Newcastle, who are unchanged from the team that lost 1-0 at Fulham a week ago. Hatem Ben Arfa, who has recovered from injury, makes the bench.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, make two changes from the team that drew 0-0 at Sunderland last weekend. Jason Puncheon comes in for Tom Ince, and Cameron Jerome is in for Glenn Murray.


Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

Just awaiting team news now at St James' Park. Don't think there will be any surprises.


Norwich vs Sunderland

Team news expected in ten minutes or so. With Steven Fletcher injured, will Gustavo Poyet give Jozy Altidore yet another last chance up front?

Personally, I'd go with Fabio Borini up top and bring in an extra midfielder, but we'll see.....


Middlesbrough v Queens Park Rangers

Very low key around the Riverside at the moment. It already feels like Boro's season is effectively over, but QPR can't afford to think like that today.

The Hoops have dropped ten points shy of the top two, which is where most people expected Harry Redknapp's team to be this season.

Instead it looks like a play-off fight come May, but they will need to address a run of four defeats in five on Teesside to try to rediscover some confidence.

Middlesbrough know only three points will do if they are to have any chance of closing the 12-point gao to the top six. 




Norwich vs Sunderland

It's a lovely sunny afternoon at Carrow Road for a game that could well do much to determine Sunderland's fate at the bottom end of the table.

The Black Cats kick off today's game four points adrift of Norwich - if that gap is seven at full-time then they'll face a major battle to close it in the games that remain.

Not quite win or bust then, but surviving will be a whole lot tougher if Sunderland fail to claim anything today.


Away from the North-East, the early Premier League game is already something of a cracker, although it's hardly what Arsene Wenger wanted from his 1,000th fixture.

Chelsea are 4-0 up at half-time, thanks to goals from Samuel Eto'o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar.

That only tells half the story, however, as referee Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs when it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who handled the ball on the goalline. Quite a case of mistaken identity.... 


Welcome to another action-packed afternoon of live football involving the North-East teams.

Today's biggest game takes place at Carrow Road, with Sunderland desperately in need of points to ease their relegation fears as they take on relegation rivals Norwich City.

Back in the North-East, Newcastle United entertain Crystal Palace, although there'll be no Alan Pardew again as he serves the second game of his stadium ban.

Middlesbrough host QPR in the Championship, while in the Evo-Stick League, Darlington travel to Prescot Cables looking to bounce back from their midweek hiding at the hands of Curzon Ashton.


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Middlesbrough subs: Steele (gk), L. Williams, Atkinson, Tomlin, Main, Kamara, Brobbel
QPR subs: Lennox (gk), Suk-Young, Carroll, Kranjcar, Benayoun, Keane, Maiga


Mustapha Carayol will miss the rest of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, while Jonathan Woodgate suffered a setback in his recovery from a calf strain. Lee Tomlin limped off at Bournemouth but should be involved in some form today.


For QPR, goalkeeper Rob Green could return after missing the 3-0 midweek defeat at Sheffield Wednesday with a rib injury and midfielder Jermaine Jenas should overcome a hamstring niggle. Danny Simpson (back) could start, but Richard Dunne (suspended), Kevin Doyle, Ale Faurlin (both knee), Andrew Johnson, Matty Phillips (both ankle) and Charlie Austin (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire)
Odds: H 13/10 D 11/5 A 13/5

Comment by Richard Mason: QPR have gone through a rough patch but Middlesbrough have hardly been flying in recent weeks. They've solved the scoring problem but will find it tough going against Rangers.

Prediction: 1-2


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Norwich subs: van Wolfswinkel, Redmond, Elmander, Bunn (gk), Bassong, Hoolahan, Martin.
Sunderland subs: Ustari (gk), Altidore, Larsson, Gardner, Scocco, Vergini, Cattermole.


Norwich are still expecting to be without Jonas Gutierrez (calf), Michael Turner (hamstring) and Eliott Bennett (knee). Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Sebastien Bassong were both dropped last weekend and could be on the bench again.


Steven Fletcher is missing for Sunderland with the twisted ankle he suffered against Crystal Palace. That means a change at the top of the formation, with Fabio Borini likeliest to replace him him ahead of Jozy Altidore.

Odds: H11/10; A13/5; D9/4
Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)
It's a fact: Norwich's last four games are against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal so today's game is huge for the Canaries.

Comment by Paul Fraser: Sunderland know all about the importance of a positive result and away from home they could well deliver.

Prediction: 1-2


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Haidara, S Taylor, Gosling, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi
Crystal Palace subs: Hennessey (gk), McCarthy, Thomas, Guedioura, Ledley, Gayle, Jerome.


Newcastle are still without injured trio Mathieu Debuchy, Davide Santon and Loic Remy, so Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Paul Dummett will continue in the full-back berths with Papiss Cisse up front. Hatem Ben Arfa is available again after injury, but is only expected to make the bench.


Palace boss Tony Pulis is unlikely to make too many changes from the side that drew at Sunderland last weekend, but Jason Puncheon could return to the starting line-up to add more width in preference to Joe Ledley.

Referee: Lee Probert (Bristol)
Odds: Newcastle 17-20, Draw 13-5, Crystal Palace 15-4
It’s a fact: In the six games Newcastle have played without Loic Remy in the side this season, they have failed to score a goal.

Comment by SCOTT WILSON: Palace proved they know how to shut up shop at Sunderland last weekend, but even without Remy, Newcastle should have just enough to prise them open.

Prediction: 1-0


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