LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, December 21

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Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Match report


Hartlepool 1 Burton 1 

Fair outcome in the end, better second half from Pools. Walker's goal a peach. 


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Wes Brown sent off in the fourth minute of added on time for a foul on van Wolfswinkel.


Burscough 0 Darlington 7

Goals by Purewal (2), Thompson (3) and White (2). Happy Christmas, Darlington fans!


Burscough 0 Darlington 7

Alan White with a header on 86 minutes after a corner.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Crikey. Ki has just missed an open goal from 20 yards, choosing to lob rather than fire it in after Ruddy went walkabout. Frantic stuff here.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Much better from Sunderland now. They've got the bit between their teeth, look a lot hungrier now Fletcher is on.

The Scotsman saw an effort deflected out by Turner before Bardsley's header was saved by Ruddy.



Hartlepool 1 Burton 1

Bradley Walker. On the pitch for two mins, runs onto loose ball, outside of the foot anc creamed it in from the edge of the box. 


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Lee Cattermole has an appeal for a penalty turned down after being felled by Hooper in the area. Went down easily, but think the referee called it right.



Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Steven Fletcher on for Sunderland, Jozy Altidore makes way.


Hartlepool 0  Burton 1

Another one off the line for Monkhouse. Can't help but feel he could have forced the ball in himself rather than watching it get cleared. 

Two subs: Walton and Poole off, Franks and Walker on. 


Burscough 0 Darlington 5

Darlington make their final sub and it's Stephen Thompson coming off for David Mitchell.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Adam Johnson comes on. This is comfortably the worst game of football I've seen all year.


Burscough 0 Darlington 5

Alan White heads home a Dale Hopson cross in the 63rd minute. 5-0 to Darlington.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Nothing of any real import to report here. Other than another episode of pondering in the penalty area, this time Ondrej Celustka who tried to take a touch when a first-time shot was a better option.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Back under way here. No changes for either side.


Burscough 0 Darlington 4

Substitutions for Darlington, Fisher for Dowson and Hopson for Galbraith. Play about to restart.


Hartlepool 0 Burton 1

Not happening for Pools so far. Seem a bit subdued as things don't go their way. 

Plenty of room for improvement.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0



Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 2 (Cabaye 25, Gabbidon OG 39)

Impressive half from the Magpies, who have been brilliant on the break.


Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 2 (Gabbidon OG, 39)

The Palace defender poked Debuchy's dangerous cross into his own net. D'oh. 


Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 2 (Gabbidon OG, 39)

The Palace defender poked Debuchy's dangerous cross into his own net. D'oh. 


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Nnnngg. Two decent chances for Sunderland yet both Altidore and Ki were ponderous on the ball. Brown found Altidore who dilly-dallied inside the area before his eventual shot was blocked by Michael Turner. Sunderland took a quick corner and Giaccherini drove the ball into the area, it came out to Ki but the South Korean's effort came to nothing after he took a touch on to his left foot.

At the other end, Gary Hooper's long range effort was well pawed away by Mannone.


Burscough 0 Darlington 3

Think that's 15 goals this season in 26 app. for Thompson, and all but one goal has been from outside penalty area. Too good for this level.


Burscough 0 Darlington 3

Thompson. I've no idea how he did that. No idea. Immaculate first touch and volley from 22 yards on 38mins. What a player he is.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

As at Upton Park last week, Sunderland are getting plenty of chances from outside the box. Cattermole and Larsson have chanced their hand, while Borini had the best opportunity after a lovely run by Ki, who slotted the Italian in, but Borini's low shot was just wide.


Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 1

The hosts have responded well to going behind. Krul with a double save to deny Jerome and then Mike Williamson, who almost put through his own net.


Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 1 (Cabaye, 26)

Newcastle are in front thanks to some great work from Moussa Sissoko. He went past Chamakh on the right and pulled back to Cabaye, whose deflected shot sneaked in the near post.



Burscough 0 Darlington 2

Thompson won the free-kick too, after he was rashly scythed down by Joe Camozzi, who sounds like he should be in a US cop show.


Burscough 0 Darlington 2

What a goal by Stephen Thompson, Free-kick over the wall from 25-30 yards. 2-0 after 28 minutes.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Yowsers. Wes Brown did superbly to clear Sebastien Bassong's header off the line. It was academic as the Frenchman was offside. Sunderland need to wake up.


Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0

The visitors should be one up. Debuchy's glancing header agonisingly close from Cabaye corner. NUFC growing into game well. 



Hartlepool 0 Burton 1 

Visitors go in front with a low finish from Edwards, on the turn and volleyed under Flinders.

Referee Richard Clark getting pelters, however, after allowing a foul on Luke James to go unpunished in the build up.


Burscough 0 Darlington 1

Goal came after Scott saw a deflected shot tipped wide by the keeper. In the build-up, Dowson was tripped but no fk. Good start by DFC.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Bit of a sluggish start from the hosts here. Nathan Redmond's had the best chance so far, rifling a low shot toward the bottom corner, but Vito Mannone tipped it expertly around the post. At the other end, Fabio Borini had a lovely little run but his cross found no takers.


Burscough 0 Darlington 1

Amar Purewal scores a header after meeting Terry Galraith's corner at the far post in the 17th minute.


Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0

Slow start here with both teams adjusting to the horrendous conditions. A Santon long-range effort has just gone well wide for NUFC.



Burscough 0 Darlington 0
Positive start by Darlington and a first shot on four minutes. Galbraith crossed, Dowson back-heeled and Thompson shot first-time wide of goal.


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

Also, echo Nick's views on Paul 'Lord Smythe' Smith, who has completed his gruelling run between the North-East's league football grounds, starting at St James' Park at 12.01am, to the Stadium of Light, then on to Victoria Park, before heading to Riverside Stadium, turning around and going back to the Vic.

I was proud to join Paul for two miles in Middlesbrough this morning. He was on his last legs, he'd had a touch of the Paula Radcliffes and was really feeling it. Little wonder after the effort he'd put in. He's raised more than £2,000 now and he'd really appreciate some more cash.


Burscough v Darlington
New signing Stephen Harrison comes into the Darlington team at right-back today at Burscough after returning to the club this week.
The defender, a mainstay of the side that won the Northern League last season, has joined from Durham City and replaces Bruno Pilatos, who has been released.
Also released is Curtis Edwards and with Paul Weldon injured having sustained an ankle problem in midweek, Quakers include youth team players David Mitchell and James Coatsworth.
Burscough: Horn, Clarke, Short, Camozzi, Duff, Brookfield, Roberts, Toner, Beesley, Caddick, Williams. Subs: Dykes, Brown, Robinson, Quirk, McLaughlin
Darlington: Bell; Harrison, White, Hunter, Galbraith; Robinson, Scott, Davis; Thompson; Purewal, Dowson. Subs: Jameson (gk), Fisher, Hopson, Mitchell, Coatsworth


Sunderland 0 Norwich City 0

We've kicked off here at Sunderland. I must apologise for the delay in bringing you the match action, but I was delayed. No excuses, I was troughing a Christmas dinner - my first of the year.

Sunderland are unchanged from their last Premier League game but make three changes from the team that beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Capital One Cup. Out go Dossena, Gardner and Johnson, and in come Bardsley, Larsson and Borini. Steven Fletcher is left - once more - on the bench.

SUNDERLAND (4-3-3): Mannone; Celustka, Brown, O'Shea, Bardsley; Larsson, Cattermole; Ki; Giaccherini, Altidore, Borini. Subs: Pickford, Dossena, Gardner, Fletcher, Colback, Roberge.

NORWICH CITY (4-4-2): Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Fer, Johnson, Snodgrass; Hooper, Elmander. Subs: Bunn, van Wolfswinkel, Hoolahan, Garrido, Becchio, Bennett, Murphy.


Kick-off not long away now - but for one Hartlepool fan, the build up started at midnight as he ran to the four North-East grounds.  

Paul Smith set off from St James Park running to the Stadium of Light, Victoria Park, The Riverside Stadium - and back to the Vic for the game with Burton.

His 66-mile haul has just been completed and he's made it to the Vic, just in time. 

He's ran for the Bobby Robson Foundation and the Finlay Cooper Fund - two cracking and worthy North-East causes - and raised almost £2,500.

You can donate here



Hartlepool v Burton

Colin Cooper has made two changes to his side - and a shift in formation too. 

James Poole and Luke James start after a couple of games on the bench, Jon Franks and Brad Walker missing out. 

And it's a return to the 4-2-3-1 set-up. 

HARTLEPOOL UNITED (4-2-3-1): Flinders; Duckworth, Burgess, Baldwin, Austin; Dolan, Walton; Monkhouse, Poole, Compton; James. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Collins, Franks, Sweeney, Holden, Rodney, Walker.
BURTON ALBION: Lyness; Edwards, Hussey, Sharps, Weir, McCrory, Phillips, McGurk, Palmer, Cansdell-Sherriff, Kee. Subs: Siegrist, Diamond, Howe, Reed, Knowles, Dyer, Symes.
Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland)


Crystal Palace v Newcastle

Team news from a wet and windy Selhurst Park with Alan Pardew playing the same team that beat Man United at Old Trafford.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote, Sissoko, Cabaye, Gouffran, Remy.

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Ward, Jedinak, Puncheon, Bannan, Chamakh, Jerome.

Subs: Price, Parr, Campana, Bolasie, Williams, Phillips, Gayle.


Kick Off: 3pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Sunderland subs: Pickford (gk), Bardsley, Roberge, Colback, Gardner, Borini, Altidore.
Norwich subs: Nash (gk), Martin, Garrido, Hoolahan, Becchio, Elmander, van Wolfswinkel.


Sunderland welcome Steven Fletcher and Jack Colback back into their squad after the pair both missed Tuesday's Capital One Cup win over Chelsea through illness. Keiren Westwood and Carlos Cuellar remain sidelined though, with the former requiring surgery to repair a shoulder problem. 


Norwich boss Chris Hughton can call on midfielder Robert Snodgrass after he returned from a knee problem this week. Striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is also available, but Anthony Pilkington and Elliot Bennett are still injured.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds)

Odds: Sunderland 21-20, Draw 5-2, Norwich 3-1

It's a fact: Norwich have lost four of their last five matches on Wearside without scoring a goal.

Comment by Scott Wilson: There have been a lot of false dawns for Sunderland this season, but it is absolutely imperative they build on Tuesday's heroics with another win. They should, but it's likely to be tight.

Prediction: 2-1


Kick Off: 3pm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

Crystal Palace subs: Price (gk), Parr, Gomez, Bolasie, O'Keefe, Williams, Gayle.
Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.


Newcastle welcome Yohan Cabaye back into their side for today's trip to Selhurst Park after the Frenchman served a one-match ban during last weekend's draw with Southampton. Alan Pardew played two centre-forwards against the Saints, but is set to drop Shola Ameobi today to accommodate Cabaye's return.


Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is without Adlene Guedioura, Glenn Murray and Jerome Thomas, but is hoping Kagisho Dikgacoi recovers from the injury he sustained in last weekend's defeat to Chelsea.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston)

Odds: Crystal Palace 2-1, Draw 11-5, Newcastle 11-8

It's a fact: Newcastle have won all three of their Premier League matches at Selhurst Park, with their last defeat at the ground coming in the old Second Division in 1984.

Comment by Scott Wilson: Palace have rallied under Tony Pulis, but Newcastle are made of stern stuff these days, and provided they quell the home side's early storm, their superior class should tell.

Prediction: 1-3


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