LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, April 12

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5:18pm

Sunderland 0 Everton 1

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5:11pm

Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 1

Here's your full-time match report

5:08pm

Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 1

5:06pm

Darlington 3 Padiham 0
Darlington (Thompson, Purewal 2). A very comfortable day. Another win needed for Darlington as a play-off place still not assured yet because rivals also won.

5:02pm

Darlington 3 Padiham 0

Amar Purewal in injury time,

5:00pm

Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

Full-time, and Newcastle have lost 1-0.

Sustained boos from the away end - after a lengthy chorus of "We want Pardew out".

These are not happy times on Tyneside.

4:59pm

Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough

Konstantopoulos is proving to be Boro's hero today, he's saved a string of Burnley shots in the final ten minutes. Go on son!

4:59pm

Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough

Konstantopoulos is proving to be Boro's hero today, he's saved a string of Burnley shots in the final ten minutes. Go on son!

4:55pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
Chance for 3-0, Nathan Fisher glances a header narrowly wide after an Adam Mitchell cross.

4:51pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
Attendance is 1,012. 82mins gone.

4:51pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
Padiham captain Martin Parkes goes in the book for a high challenge on Adam Mitchell.

4:51pm

Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

Newcastle finally create a second-half chance, but it goes begging.

Ameobi crossed from the left, but Anita failed to find the target as he stretched to make his header at the back post.

4:50pm

Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough

Boro still lead here, with eight minutes of regulation time remaining.

4:44pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
Darlington haven’t created as many chances in this half, but they’ve been on top again. Joe Tait has just hit the side-netting after a Terry Galbraith corner. Padiham have had difficulty defending set-pieces today. 75mins.

4:42pm

Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough

Dean Whitestone, today's referee, is having a nightmare in front of the Turf Moor crowd. He's given a foul against the Burnley attacker despite Ayala catching him with his boot. It's either not a foul at all, or Ayala's fault. Remarkable.

4:37pm

Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough

Great pair of saves by Konstantopoulos from Ashley Barnes then Kieran Trippier. Claims, meanwhile, by the Burnley fans, for a penalty from the resultant corner.

4:37pm

Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

Double change for Newcastle with Ben Arfa and Armstrong replacing Gosling and Cisse.

4:35pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
Last change for Darlington, Adam Mitchell for Jonny Davis. Looks like a change in formation too, to 4-4-2.

4:33pm

Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough

There will be no promotion party here today. Derby, who Burnley need to fail to beat Huddersfield, are 3-1 up, Huddersfield are down to ten men, while Boro show no signs of letting the hosts in at the back.

4:29pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
Nathan Fisher for Stephen Thompson. 60mins.

4:29pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
Nathan Fisher for Stephen Thompson. 60mins.

4:28pm

Hartlepool 1 Chesterfield 2

Poole on for Pools (Barmby off) and Humphreys on for Chesterfield to a rather decent round of applause. 

4:27pm

Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

A chance for Newcastle. Cisse's cross dropped for Williamson eight yards out, but his shot was blocked by Shawcross.

4:25pm

Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

First substitution for Newcastle - Steven Taylor sustained an injury overstretching, and has been replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

4:24pm

Sunderland 0 Everton 0

Great start to the second half from Sunderland. Plenty of pressure and high intensity in the team's play, even if Howard still not forced in to a save.

Johnson's deep cross has just been headed wide by Ki, which could quite easily have been the opener. Deulofeu has also shot wide at the other end after getting in behind Alonso. 

 

4:24pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
David Dowson on for Ian Ward. 54mins.

4:23pm

Darlington 2 Padiham 0
Amar Purewal’s goal drought is over. After 11 games without a goal he powers from a header after a Terry Galbraith corner on 53mins.

4:21pm

Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough

A cracking little counter attack from Middlesbrough here. Fresh after Albert Adomah heroics at the other end, where the makeshift wing-back denied Clarets twice, Lee Tomlin surged forward and managed to find Jacob Butterfield, who creamed his shot high past Heaton.

4:18pm

Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough (Butterfield 51)

 

4:16pm

Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

A good chance for Stoke to double their lead. Arnautovic crossed from the left, and Crouch powered a header over the bar from the edge of the six-yard box.

4:16pm

Hartlepool 1 Chesterfield 2

Big crossfield pass from left to right, Doyle controls it, Holden stands off, Doyle makes a doyle of the left back and lifts the ball in from an angle 

4:14pm

Darlington 1 Padiham 0
Second half underway, no changes to either side at the break.

4:13pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

4:05pm

Darlington 1 Padiham 0
Check your 50-50 ticket now because the winning number is 19656. The winner receives £245, not a bad sum. Always used to be much less At the Echo Arena.

4:03pm

Darlington 1 Padiham 0
Darlington and the only quibble is that it should be more. Game’s been played almost entirely in Padiham’s half.

3:57pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Boro finished the first half the stronger side after coming under initial pressure from Burnley. The hosts may be left to rue those squandered opportunities, while Boro will be buoyed by their late flourish.

3:56pm

Sunderland 0 Everton 0

Goalless at the break at the Stadium of Light. A couple of chances in the second half went unconverted by Sunderland, so both teams are level.

Not really the scoreline either side need come 90 minutes, so hopefully there will be more chances after the restart.

3:55pm

Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

Half-time and Newcastle trail.

There was nothing at all in the game for 43 minutes, and if anything, the Magpies had just about shaded things.

But then Krul allowed Pieters' cross to drift over his head, and now they're up against things again.

3:55pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

 

3:54pm

Hartlepool 1 Chesterfield 1

Fair outcome so far, both teams positive, both having chances. Not a lot in it. 

3:54pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

After Graham's effort, Jacob Butterfield got in on the action a minute later and saw his shot saved by Heaton, before Emmanuel Ledesma fires wide from the angle.

3:53pm

Stoke 1 (Pieters 43)

Newcastle 0

Stoke claim the lead thanks to a dreadful error from Krul.

Pieters completely mishit a cross from the left-hand side, but Krul somehow allowed it to loop over him and drop into the net.

The goalkeeper returned from a two-match injury absence today - that's not how he would have wanted to mark his return.

3:51pm

3:51pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Nice chance for Boro here, Lee Tomlin, who has looked pretty hungry for the visitors, finds Danny Graham who hammers a shot in from 25 yards - Heaton had to push it wide.

3:46pm

Sunderland 0 Everton 0

There has been chances at both ends, with Deulofeu and Naismith wasting good chances for Everton. Borini was denied by Stones at the other end after rounding Howard.

Everton do look more dangerous going forward, though. Sunderland have gifted possession back to the Toffees far too often.

3:41pm

Hartlepool 1 Chesterfield 1

Leveller on 31 mins. Corner hit into the six yards area and, amid some scramble, centre-half Cooper turned it in.

At the other end, Collins has just had a header cleared off the line from a Pools corner.

3:41pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Derby are 1-1 against Huddersfield at the moment, so as things stand, Burnley only need to win to go back into the Premier League. Very early days yet, mind.

Danny Graham has just volleyed over from Albert Adomah's cross. Nice little game, this.

3:41pm

Stoke 0 Newcastle 0

Not an awful lot to report on the pitch here - but chants of "We want Pardew out" audible from the away end.

Discontent is clearly brewing....

3:39pm

Darlington 1 Padiham 0
Goal has been coming. On 27 minutes Thompson scores, having been given the ball in a central position by Ward, after dribbling past a defender into the centre of the penalty area and firing weakly but accurately into the far corner.
It was his 24th league goal of the season.

3:36pm

Darlington 0 Padiham 0
One-way traffic, but Darlington can’t find the target. Latest off-target effort is by Ward, heading over after Walker cross from the right.

3:33pm

Stoke 0 Newcastle 0

Newcastle just had a penalty appeal turned down after Cisse went down following a challenge from Shawcross. It would have been a soft one.

Midway through the first half though, and the Magpies' new-look formation is working reasonably well.

3:33pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Michael Kightly hits the bar for Burnley with a header that looped over Konstantopoulos, after Scott Arfield saw his shot blocked by Dean Whitehead. Ashley Barnes headed the rebound over.

3:32pm

Hartlepool 1 Chesterfield 0

Barmby slide rule pass, Luke James got in behind left back Smith, and curled a lovely finish around keeper Tommy Lee from inside the area. 

Goal no 16 of the season for the striker. 

3:30pm

Darlington 0 Padiham 0
A break in play due to an injury to a Padiham defender gives me chance to raid the Burnley Express website for the following on Lee Ashcroft, Padiham striker:
“The former Kendal Town and Northwich Victoria boss, who won a single cap for England Under 21s in a 2-2 draw with Hungary in Budapest in 1992, had a combined total of £1.25 million spent on him in transfer fees during a career that saw him represent seven Football League clubs.”

3:30pm

3:29pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

A couple of chances for the hosts as Michael Kightly's cross finds Ashley Barnes, but the visitors clear, before Kieran Trippier hoisted one in for Danny Ings, who volleys well over despite being in considerable space. Clarets getting plenty of joy in the right.

At the other end, Lee Tomlin's low shot was pushed around the post by Burnley keeper Tom Heaton.

3:26pm

Hartlepool 0 Chesterfield 0

Fairly lively so far, but Pools guilty of pumping too many long balls up to James. 

Rafferty's handling has been very assured when called upon, neither keeper tested yet. 

3:24pm

Darlington 0 Padiham 0
Best chance so far. Joe Tait crossed, Ian Ward chested the ball down and held off right-back Ashley Carter but lashed his close-range effort over the bar.

3:23pm

Darlington 0 Padiham 0
Difficult to believe Padiham’s No. 9 Lee Ashcroft used to play for Preston and Wigan. Rotund, would be the word. 13mins gone, Darlington on top.

3:22pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Burnley having a right old go as you'd expect, but Boro are organised and the 3-5-2, with Graham and Tomlin at its tip, look pretty solid. Remains to be seen how Ledesma, playing wing-back, will do against Kieran Trippier, the division's leading assist-maker.

As you all know, the game kicked off at 3.07 to allow a minute's silence on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Unfortunately, that silence was broken by a small number of fans in the away end, who started chanting and applauding.

3:21pm

Stoke 0 Newcastle 0

And now Newcastle miss a sitter of their own.

Ameobi headed Anita's cross into Gosling's path, but he failed to make a decent connection as he volleyed onto the roof of net from inside the six-yard box. 

3:18pm

Stoke 0 Newcastle 0

A big early let off for Newcastle.

Arnautovic delivered a cross from the left, and Crouch headed against the left-hand post from six yards out. Alarming how easily he beat his marker though.

3:16pm

Stoke 0 Newcastle 0

Game hasn't really settled yet, but Newcastle already being extremely wasteful in possession.

Stoke trying to pass the ball more than was the case in most of their games against the Magpies in the recent past.

3:15pm

Darlington 0 Padiham 0
In the fourth minute a Stephen Thompson free-kick was tipped behind for a corner by Padiham keeper Sean Davis, and before that Jonny Davis had blazed a good chance over the bar.

3:14pm

Sunderland 0 Everton 0

Two midfielders of Ki and Cattermole playing in front of the Sunderland back four. Decent enough start from the home side. 

 

3:11pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough, as expected, start in a 3-5-1-1 formation, with Emmanuel Ledesma and Albert Adomah wing-backs.

3:11pm

3:10pm

Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough

3:09pm

Stoke 0 Newcastle 0

Under way at the Britannia, and Newcastle are lining up in a 3-5-2 formation as predicted, with Anita at right wing-back and Dummett on the left.

3:06pm

3:03pm

3:02pm

2:59pm

Stoke vs Newcastle

If you're sat reading this at home, then let's just say you're missing absolutely nothing in terms of the pre-match musical selection here at the Britannia.

It's even worse than most of Newcastle's recent displays, and that's really saying something....

2:59pm

2:50pm

Hartlepool v Chesterfield

Andy Rafferty keeps his place in goal for Pools, while Marlon Harewood is back at the expense of James Poole. 

For the visitors - who can clinch a play-off spot today - there's no start on his return to Victoria Park for Ritchie Humphreys. 

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Rafferty; Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Holden; Walton, Compton, Walker, Barmby; Harewood, James. Subs: Flinders (gk), Franks, Poole, Richards, Jones, Oliver, Hawkins.
CHESTERFIELD: Lee; Hird, Evatt, Morsy, Cooper, Darikwa, Smith, Kearns, Gardner, Doyle, Richards. Subs: Dunbavin (gk), Humphreys, Togwell, O’Shead, Roberts, Gnanduillet, Beesley.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Newcastle)

2:49pm

Sunderland v Everton

Apparently Liam Bridcutt's wife is in labour, so that is why he is not included in the squad to face Everton. 

2:46pm

Burnley v Middlesbrough

After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing and generally coming up one or two players short, here's your line-ups today.

BURNLEY (4-4-2): Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Mee; Arfield, Marney, Jones, Kightly; Barnes, Ings. Substitutes: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Stanislas, Wallace, Edgar, Baird.

MIDDLESBROUGH (3-5-1-1): Konstantopoulos; Ayala, Woodgate, Chalobah; Ledesma, Butterfield, Whitehead, Leadbitter, Adomah; Tomlin; Graham. Substitutes: Steele, Varga, Williams, Main, Morris, Atkinson, Jackson.

So that's a 3-5-1-1 for Boro, with Aitor Karanka plugging the gaps left by the suspended pair Kenneth Omeruo and Ben Gibson by bringing Dani Ayala back, throwing Nate Chalobah into a back three alongside Jonathan Woodgate and packing his midfield.

Albert Adomah and Emmanuel Ledesma are playing wing-back, apparently. Which is fun.

Burnley can go up today, so long as Derby County fail to win. We'll keep you posted on that.

2:43pm

A reminder that all of this afternoon's games will kick off at 3.07pm as a mark of respect to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.

There'll also be a minute's silence observed before all matches.

2:40pm

Darlington v Padiham

Darlington: Bell; Walker, Tait, Hunter, Galbraith; Davis, Brown, Scott, Thompson; Purewal, Ward. Subs: Jameson (gk), White, A Mitchell, Fisher, Dowson
Padiham: Davis, Carter, Clayton, Murphy, Parkes, Craig, Boyle, Sharples, Ashcroft, Fildes, Jordan. Subs: Cookson, Burgess, Bradley, Turner, Morris

2:40pm

Darlington v Padiham

Amar Purewal hopes to end his 11-game goal drought after being recalled for Darlington’s game with Padiham today.
The striker is one of two changes with Jonny Davis also recalled. The midfielder is in the XI at the expense of Adam Mitchell, who is on the bench following a trial with Brentford.

Nathan Fisher has made way for Purewal as Quakers aim to secure their place in the play-offs. A win today coupled with results elsewhere going in their favour would secure a top-five spot.

2:32pm

Sunderland v Everton

It appears that Gus Poyet has scrapped the three-man central defence which leaked five goals at Tottenham on Monday.

There is also no place in midfield for Liam Bridcutt, so Lee Cattermole is almost certainly going to be the lone midfielder in front of the back four.

Connor Wickham has been recalled to the front-line and could easily be on his own, although Fabio Borini could mix between out wide and up front.

SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1): Mannone; Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea, Alonso; Cattermole; Johnson, Colback, Ki, Borini; Wickham. Subs: Ustari (gk), Larsson, Gardner, Giaccherini, Cuellar, Vergini, Scocco.
EVERTON (4-4-2): Howard: Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Deulofeu, Osman, Naismith; Lukaku. Subs: Robles (gk), Hibbert, McGeady, Mirallas, Barkley, Garbutt, Alcaraz.

2:18pm

2:18pm

2:17pm

Stoke City vs Newcastle United

Alan Pardew has made four personnel changes and adopted a completely new formation as he looks to guide Newcastle out of their current slump with a win over Stoke.

Having watched his side concede 11 goals without reply in their last three matches, Pardew has switched to a 3-5-2 formation at the Britannia Stadium.

Steven Taylor comes into the side to play alongside Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson as a third centre-half.

Paul Dummett is preferred to Massadio Haidara at left wing-back, with Vurnon Anita expected to line up on the right-hand side.

Dan Gosling, Cheik Tiote and Yoan Gouffran will play in central midefield, with Shola Ameobi returning to the starting line-up to partner Papiss Cisse up front.

STOKE (4-4-1-1): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Ireland, Nzonzi, Whelan, Arnautovic; Odemwingie; Crouch.

NEWCASTLE (3-5-2): Krul; S Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson; Anita, Gosling, Tiote, Gouffran, Dummett; Shola Ameobi, Cisse.

Subs: Elliot (gk), Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Ben Arfa, de Jong, Armstrong.

1:45pm

1:44pm

1:44pm

Stoke vs Newcastle

It might feel like a meaningless game, but with almost 3,000 Newcastle supporters at the Britannia Stadium, Alan Pardew could do with his side producing a much-improved display.

There was growing discontent at St James' Park as the Magpies lost 4-0 to Manchester United last weekend, but the mood could turn even uglier if things go wrong again today.

Tim Krul should return in goal for Newcastle, but there'll be no Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko or Loic Remy.

1:38pm

Welcome to another busy afternoon of football involving the North-East clubs.

We've got reporters scattered around the country waiting to bring you live updates as the action unfolds.

The main focus will be on the Stadium of Light as Sunderland look to spark their survival battle into life with a surprise win over Champions League-seeking Everton.

Also in the top-flight, Newcastle are at Stoke City looking to put an end to a dreadful run that has seen them concede 11 goals in their last three games.

In the Championship, Middlesbrough head to Burnley looking to prevent their opponents winning promotion to the Premier League this afternoon.

Hartlepool entertain Chesterfield in League Two, while Darlington take on Padiham in the Evo-Stick League looking to confirm their place in the end-of-season play-offs.

6:03pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Stoke subs: Sorensen (gk), Muniesa, Wilkinson, Palacios, Arnautovic, Etherington, Guidetti
Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Dummett, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong.

STOKE TEAM NEWS

Stephen Ireland is set to return from illness to line up against Newcastle, having spent five unsuccessful months on loan at St James’ Park in 2011. Charlie Adam broke his nose in training this week, but is available for selection.

NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS

Tim Krul returns to Newcastle’s starting line-up, having missed the last two matches with a knee injury. However, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy are all still unavailable.

Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)
Odds: Stoke 23-20, Draw 23-10, Newcastle 5-2
It’s a fact: Stoke City are on course for their first-ever top-ten finish in the Premier League.

Comment by Scott Wilson: Alan Pardew continues to say the right things, but Newcastle’s players downed tools weeks ago and a trip to the Britannia Stadium is unlikely to spark them back into life.

Prediction: 3-0

5:58pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Sunderland subs: Larsson, Ustari (gk), Wickham, Colback, Brown, Gardner, Scocco.
Everton subs:  Barkley, Robles, Garbutt, Alcaraz, McGeady, Mirallas, Deulofeu.

SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS

Wes Brown looks the most likely Sunderland man from last week to miss out. He took a knock against Spurs and is being assessed. There are other knocks, including to Jozy Altidore, but nothing too serious.

EVERTON TEAM NEWS

Leon Osman is Everton’s only doubt with the five stitches he had to have on an eye wound. Defender Phil Jagielka (hamstring) is still missing but could return to face Manchester United next weekend.

Referee: Lee Probert (Preston)
Odds: H 17/4; A3/4; D14/5
It's a fact: Sunderland had not defeated Everton in 21 matches before securing back-to-back wins over the Toffees in their last two matches.
Comment by PAUL FRASER: Given Everton’s increased chances of claiming a top four place, Sunderland could find this afternoon another difficult one to deal with.

Prediction: 0-2

5:57pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Pools subs: Flinders (gk), Richards, Oliver, Hawkins, Compton, Barmby, Jones.
Chesterfield subs: Bennett, Hird, Richards, Dunbavin (GK), Gnanduillet, Gardner, Smith

HARTLEPOOL TEAM NEWS

Marlon Harewood and Andy Monkhouse are set to return after injury, while Andy Rafferty could keep his place in goal ahead of Scott Flinders after impressing last week.

CHESTERFIELD TEAM NEWS

Sam Togwell is back from a loan at Wycombe.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Newcastle)
Odds: H13/5; D5/2; A13/5
It's a fact: Spireites kit man Anth Lormor played 56 times for Pools from 2000-2002.

Comment by NICK LOUGHLIN: Pools are on a poor run of results, but should raise their game today with the return of Monkhouse and Harewood.

Prediction: 1-1

5:55pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Burnley subs: Cisak (gk), Baird, Edgar, Treacy, Wallace, Long, Stock.
Middlesbrough subs: Steele (gk), Kitching, Whitehead, Ledesma, Tomlin, Kamara, Main.

BURNLEY TEAM NEWS

Burnley are without their joint-leading scorer Sam Vokes, who had surgery to repair damaged cruciate ligaments this week. Winger Junior Stanislas (hamstring) is also out, but Dean Marney is available.

MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS

Middlesbrough are in the grip of a defensive crisis with Ben Gibson and Kenneth Omeruo both suspended following their dismissals against Birmingham, and George Friend unavailable because of injury. Daniel Ayala returns after ankle surgery, and teenage full-back David Atkinson is being lined up for his senior debut.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northampton)
Odds: Burnley 4-5, Draw 5-2, Middlesbrough 7-2
It’s a fact: Burnley boss Sean Dyche scored the penalty for Chesterfield's second goal against Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup semi-final.

Comment by STEPH CLARK: Despite missing a host of defenders, Boro’s recent form suggests they are more than capable of getting something.

Prediction: 1-2

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