North-East Football Live: Saturday, February 8

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4:56pm

Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

Here's the report from today's Newcastle defeat in London.

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4:52pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 2

All over as Sunderland crash to their eighth Premier League home defeat of the season.

Brown's early red card was clearly calamitous, but Sunderland's performance after that was still extremely poor.

4:52pm

Chelsea 3 Newcastle United 0

Game over here at Stamford Bridge. An Eden Hazard hat-trick completed a routine victory for Chelsea, who proved too good for Newcastle.

Report to follow ...

4:51pm

Middlesbrough 0 Blackburn 0

Third successive stalemate for Boro, who really should have been home and dry by half time. Another two points dropped

4:47pm

Dagenham 0 Hartlepool 2 

Monkhouse knocked in from close range, Franks cross, James fed the winger who took his time to clinch the win

4:47pm

Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

The cries from the Stamford Bridge crowd are 'you're worse than Sunderland' after Marveaux wasted a great chance to reduce the deficit.

4:43pm

Dagenham 0 Hartlepool 1

Five to go - Pools positive on the front foot, defending well at the back. Monkhouse had a half chance to make it two, Franks cross - he's on for Harewood - towards the far post nicked off his toes. 

4:39pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 2

This is well and truly over as a contest now, with Sunderland limping towards the final whistle.

Hull have had chances for a third, but Jelavic and Long both failed to find the target.

4:28pm

Middlesbrough 0 Blackburn 0

It's gone a bit flat at the Riverside. Boro still can't find a breakthrough. Adomah has come on for Ledesma but the hosts have slipped into conceding petty fouls. Frustration?

And by the way, Lukas Jutkiewicz has scored for Bolton....

4:28pm

Dagenham 0 Hartlepool 1 

Luke Williams scored - a 30 yard volley took a wicked (nice!) deflection and spooned up over keeper Lewington into the net. 

 

4:23pm

Chelsea 3 (Hazard pen 63) Newcastle 0

Hazard has side-footed a penalty to send Krul the wrong way to put Chelsea three up.

Still not sure why, other than the assistant referee awarded the spot-kick after seeing Yanga-Mbiwa wrap his arms around Eto'o at the back post when a corner went in. 

4:21pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 2 (Jelavic 62)

Hull score a second - and that's surely game over.

Figueroa's shot looped into the air via a deflection off Vergini, and Jelavic powerfully headed into the corner of the net.

4:20pm

Dagenham 0 Hartlepool 0 

Not a lot going on. Half an hour to go and Pools could do with some attacking impetus. The bench has plenty of strikers on it, perhaps it's time to use them? 

4:19pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 1

Sunderland are having to live dangerously now, and Figueroa would have been clean through had Jelavic played him in as Hull broke.

There are signs of the home side carving out chances, but they clearly can't afford to concede a second goal.

4:15pm

Middlesbrough 0 Blackburn 0

Another chance for Boro, and another chance for Carayol. Graham sent a long clearance upfield for the winger to chase. He brushed Hanley aside and shot but Robinson saved again

4:14pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 1

Decent chance for Sunderland, who have started the second half with a bit more energy than they displayed in the first.

Ki's shot deflected off Figueroa, but wasclawed around post by former Newcastle keeper Harper.

4:12pm

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0

Tim Krul just got away with one huge error. Luiz's long ball bounced over Krul on the edge of his box and bounced away from Hazard to safety. Should have been three.

4:07pm

4:05pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 1

Back under way in the second half. Hull have brought on Koren for Rosenior at half-time and switched to a flat back four.

4:04pm

Middlesbrough 0 Blackburn 0

We're back underway at the Riverside. Blackburn have made a half time change. Adam Henley has come on to replace Todd Kane, who had a torrid first half marking Carayol. Boro unchanged.

4:02pm

Dagenham 0 Hartlepool 0 

Apologies for lack of updates - gremlins at the fore....

It's 0-0, nothing much to report. Couple of chances for Luke James when he probablt should have hit the target.

At the other end, Daggers hit a post from a header and Flinders has made a couple of regulation saves. 

3:49pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 1

Half-time, and Sunderland trail 1-0.

They haven't come to terms with Brown's dismissal, and need to come up with a tactical ploy that enables them to retain possession better in the second half.

On the positive side, they're only one goal down, and that would have been much worse had it not been for Mannone.

3:49pm

Middlesbrough 0 Blackburn 0

Boro have dominated the first half. Defending well and getting plenty of balls into the box. Just need that clinical final ball/finish. No shots on target for Blackburn yet. Muzzy Carayol has been a constant thorn in Rovers' side. They're doubling up everytime the wingers gets the ball, but even that isn't enough to contain his pace.

3:45pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 1

Sunderland enjoy their best moment of the half. Bardsley chips a ball forward, Figueroa attempts to head clear, and Johnson drills in a first-time voilley that is saved by Harper.

3:35pm

Chelsea 2 (Hazard 34) Newcastle 0

Another brilliant goal from the Blues.

A quick counter attack led to Willian running 20 yards before picking out Hazard on the left.

The former Lille man then worked his way in to the box and played a lovely one-two with Samuel Eto'o, whose little flick teed up the winger to side-foot the second beyond Krul.

3:34pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 1

Hull go close again as Long dribbles across the face of the 18-yard box before curling in a left-footed strike that smacked against the post with Mannone beaten.

Johnson has had one decent dribble at the other end, but Sunderland are just trying to cling on in order to reach half-time no worse than one goal down. 

3:30pm

Middlesbrough 0 Blackburn 0

Boro are well in control here, but aren't taking their chances at the moment. Carayol is causing all sorts of problems down the left, while Friend saw a shot deflected over by Kilgallon.

At the other end, Boro are doing well to snuff out any Blackburn advances. Getting plenty of men behind the ball when the visitors are in possession, which in truth hasn't been a lot. Carayol has just gone close again with a stinging effort after cutting inside.

3:29pm

Chelsea 1 (Hazard 27) Newcastle 0 

A lovely goal from Hazard has put the Blues one up. 

When Ivanovic rolled a pass across the box, there was still plenty to do. But Hazard curled in a superb finish with his right foot inside Krul's right hand corner.

Newcastle had started brightly, but they have it all to do now.

3:28pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 1

Mannone is keeping Sunderland in this game at the minute, clawing away a Jelavic header that was destined for the top corner.

Even given the fact they're a man down, Sunderland are really struggling here. Nothing is sticking up top, with Altidore giving the ball away repeatedly.

3:18pm

3:18pm

Sunderland 0

Hull 1 (Long 17)

Sunderland's resistance with ten men didn't last long.

Mannone produced an excellent save to deny Livermore, but from the resultant corner, Hull scored.

Altidore headed the corner clear, but Livermore shot from close to the edge of the area and Long glanced the ball into the net with a header.

3:17pm

Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0

Newcastle forced in to a change already. Mathieu Debuchy limped off and back on again with what looks like an ankle injury. Fell awkwardly but is trying to play on.

Yanga-Mbiwa warming up.

Ben Arfa has had a second effort saved by Krul. 

3:12pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 0

That's Sunderland's sixth red card of the season - three of which have gone to Wes Brown. Admittedly, one of those was rescinded, but that's still an awful record.

It's also worth noting that it's also Sunderland's third red card of the season against Hull.

Unsurprisingly, Poyet has made an early substitution, with Vergini coming off the bench and Borini the unfortunate player to make way.

3:07pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 0

It's a disastrous start for Sunderland as Wes Brown is sent off in the third minute.

Bardsley's awful backpass afforded Shane Long a clear run towards the area, and Brown clattered into the striker in an attempt to halt his progress.

It was a clear foul, and while the offence occured on the edge of the area so Sunderland at least avoided the concession of a penalty, Brown received a deserved red card.

 

3:06pm

Middlesbrough 0 Blackburn 0

Positive start from Boro, who have forced two early saves from Paul Robinson. The first came from Carayol after he rounded two defenders, before Chalobah's free header from a corner was saved.0

3:02pm

Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0

Santon has lined up in front of the back four for Newcastle. Interestingly Moussa Sissoko has started behind De Jong, with Hatem Ben Arfa on the right.

Ben Arfa guilty of losing possession in the middle there, Eden Hazard rolled an effort in to Tim Krul's arms.

3:01pm

Sunderland 0 Hull 0

We're under way at the Stadium of Light, with Hull City doing their best France impression in blue shirts and red socks.

As expected, the visitors are playing a 3-5-2 formation with Elmohamady and Figueroa as wing-backs.

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Mixed suggestions at Stamford Bridge over who will be lining up in the holding role today. Davide Santon and Paul Dummett have both been selected and the latter is likely to play left-back.

Alan Pardew indicated he could try something different - and we will soon see what that means against the in-form Chelsea.

It's been another crazy week at St James' Park, so Pardew could do with a decent showing after the departures of Joe Kinnear and Willie Donachie as well as a derby defeat to Sunderland.

January recruit Luuk De Jong does make his full debut for the Magpies, with Shola Ameobi dropping to the bench.

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Lampard, Matic; Hazard, Willian, Oscar; Eto'o. Subs: Schwarzer (gk), Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Ba.

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-2-3-1): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Taylor, Dummett; Anita, Santon; Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi; De Jong. Subs: Elliot (gk), Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Armstrong, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi.

2:51pm

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2:48pm

Sunderland vs Hull

A quick look at the fixture list underlines just how important this afternoon's game is for Sunderland.

After today, the Black Cats play three successive away games in a row in the league - against Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Their form has improved markedly in the last couple of months, but they could do with a bit more of a buffer before embarking on that little run.

2:46pm

The early kick-off in the Premier League became something of a massacre as Liverpool trounced Arsenal 5-1.

That puts a huge dent in the Gunners' title ambition, but leaves Liverpool extremely well placed in the race for a Champions League spot.

 

2:42pm

Middlesbrough v Blackburn

AITOR KARANKA has handed Danny Graham his second Middlesbrough debut for this afternoon’s Championship game against Blackburn Rovers at the Riverside.

Graham signed on a loan deal until the end of the season from Sunderland and returns to the club where he started his career.

Jonathan Woodgate also returns to the starting line-up for the first time since Boxing Day and he will partner Ben Gibson after Daniel Ayala was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Karanka makes four changes in all with Jozsef Varga and Dean Whitehead also coming into the side at the expense of Kenneth Omeruo and Jacob Butterfield.

Blackburn are unchanged with new signing Luke Varney starting on the bench. Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede spearhead Rovers’ attack.

Middlesbrough: Given; Varga, Woodgate, Gibson, Friend; Whitehead, Chalobah; Carayol, Leadbitter, Ledesma; Graham.

Subs: Konstantopolous, Omeruo, Butterfield, Hines, Adomah, Kamara, Main.

Blackburn: Robinson; Kane, Kilgallon, Hanley, Spurr; Lowe, Dunn, Taylor, Cairney; Gestede, Rhodes.

Subs: Eastwood, Varney, Williamson, Dabo, Henley, Evans Conway.

2:35pm

Dagenham v Hartlepool

Two changes for Pools today - one enforced, one by choice. 

Harewood starts up front ahead of Barmby, Austin misses out with a toe injury with Richards returning.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE: Lewington; Hoyte, Doe, Wilkinson, Connors; Elito, Ogogo, D’Ath; Hines, Murphy, Norris. Subs: Seabright, Ilesanmi, Saah, Bingham Dickson, Shields, Azeez.

 

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Richards, Burgess, Collins, Holden; Walton, Walker, Monkhouse, Williams; Harewood, James. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Franks, Poole, Barmby, Compton, Sweeney, Rodney.

2:17pm

Sunderland vs Hull

Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet has named an unchanged team for today's Premier League home game with Hull City.

Poyet has stuck with the players that secured a memorable Tyne-Wear derby win over Newcastle United last weekend.

Lee Cattermole is fit again, but the midfielder is only named on the substitutes' bench, with Liam Bridcutt retaining his place in the starting XI.

Cattermole replaces January signing Igancio Scocco among the replacements.

There are three former Sunderland players in the Hull starting line-up - Paul McShane, Ahmed Elmohamady and David Meyler - and the Tigers will be managed by former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.

SUNDERLAND (4-4-2): Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Bridcutt; Johnson, Colback, Ki, Borini; Altidore.

Subs: Ustari (gk), Vergini, Cattermole, Larsson, Gardner, Giaccherini, Wickham.

HULL (3-5-2): Harper; Rosenior, Davies, McShane; Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Figueroa; Jelavic, Long.

Subs: Jakupovic (gk), Bruce, Koren, Brady, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko.

1:49pm

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1:46pm

Sunderland vs Hull

Lee Cattermole is available again after injury for Sunderland, but it's hard to imagine Gustavo Poyet making changes after last weekend's derby win against Newcastle.

With Steven Fletcher still out, Jozy Altidore will again be preferred to new signing Ignacio Scocco, and it's hard to envisage too many other alterations elsewhere.

1:42pm

Welcome to another busy afternoon of football on The Northern Echo's live blog.

We're covering four live games this afternoon:

Chelsea vs Newcastle - Paul Fraser

Sunderland vs Hull - Scott Wilson

Middlesbrough vs Blackburn - Steph Clark

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Hartlepool - Nick Loughlin

Unfortunately, Darlington's home game with Curzon Ashton has been postponed.

 

10:32am

Darlington v Curzon Ashton

Quakers' game today was due to be one of three in which six of the current top seven faced each other.

Fixtures in the Evo-Stik First Division North today are:

Warrington Town (1st) v Kendal Town (11th)
Bamber Bridge (5th) v Farsley (3rd)
Lancaster City (6th) v Ramsbottom United (7th)
Burscough v Cammell Laird
Mossley v Ossett Albion
Ossett Town v Salford City
Radcliffe Borough v New Mills

10:26am

Darlington v Curzon Ashton

Quakers' match is one of three in the Evo-Stik First Division that has been postponed today. Also off is Northwich Victoria v Harrogate Railway Athletic and Wakefield v Padiham.

10:22am

Darlington v Curzon Ashton

Darlington's match against Curzon Ashton today at Heritage Park has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Overnight rain left standing water on the playing surface and with more wet weather forecast, the match with Quakers' promotion rivals must be rescheduled.

It becomes the same second consecutive Darlington home game to be hit by the weather as their fixture a fortnight ago with Cammell Laird was also called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

To avoid another blank weekend, manager Martin Gray has arranged a friendly match at Consett, where there is an artificial surface, kick-off 1.30pm. Admission is £6 adults, £3 concessions and £1 children. Consett's new ground is Belle View Stadium, Delves Lane, Consett. DH8 7BF. For older GPS systems use DH8 7JR.

Darlington's next league match is next Saturday at Heritage Park against Lancaster City.

Meanwhile, Darlington's club shop, Quaker Retail, in the covered market, will be open today 12-3pm.

12:03pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Middlesbrough subs: Konstantopolous (gk), Hines, Varga, Whitehead, Butterfield, Main, Kamara.
Blackburn subs: Eastwood (gk), Henley, Dabo, Conway, Olsson, Evans, Mahoney.

BLACKBURN TEAM NEWS

Gary Bowyer is expected to name an unchanged side from Blackburn’s 2-0 win over Blackpool last weekend.

MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS

With Daniel Ayala unavailable (ankle), a fit Jonathan Woodgate will step in to an otherwise unchanged back. Danny Graham is set to make his full debut after signing on loan.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Nuneaton)
Odds: H: 6/5, D: 9/5,  A: 9/5
Comment by ALEX LARKIN: After struggling for goals in recent weeks, the arrival of Danny Graham could put an end to the goal drought and see Boro sneak a slim victory at the Riverside.

Prediction: 1-0

12:01pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Chelsea subs: Schwarzer (gk), Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Oscar, Salah, Ba.
Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Dummett, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, Armstrong, De Jong.

CHELSEA TEAM NEWS

Chelsea are expected to name an unchanged team after their victory over Manchester City on Monday night.

NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS

Cheick Tiote (hamstring) is out for three weeks meaning Sylvain Marveaux will most likely fill in with Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko sitting back. Yohan Gouffran is also unlikely to be available.

Referee: Howard Webb (Rotherham)
Odds: H: 2/9, D: 5/1, A: 12/1
Comment by ALEX LARKIN: Things don’t look good for Newcastle going into this fixture at Chelsea after their third straight derby loss. Mourinho’s men should be fully fired up following the City result and could be rampant at Stamford Bridge.

Prediction: 3-0

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