LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, February 1

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Doncaster 0 Middlesbrough 0

Here's your full-time match report



Doncaster 0 Middlesbrough 0


Hartlepool 0 Scunthorpe 0

Harewood wernt close late on with a rasping drive. Perhaps Pools shaded it on points.


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 5

Goals: Beattie pen (16, 1-0); Purewal (30, 1-1), Thompson (71, 1-2), Robinson (81, 1-3), Hopson (86, 1-4), Hopson (90, 1-5)
Bookings: Tait (15, handball), Dowson (32, dissent), Robinson (61, foul); Hoctor (70, dissent), Coid (88)
Referee: Bernard Law
Attendance: 423
Kendal Town: MacDonald, Ross, Smith, Beattie, Bell, Brown, Mercer, Coid, Mitchley, McGeechan (Hoctor 57), Watson (Rushton 63). Subs (not used): Finney, Lloyd, Wilson
Darlington: Bell; Harrison (Davis 77), White, Hunter, Galbraith; Robinson, Tait (Hopson 65), Ramshaw; Thompson;  Purewal, Dowson (Fisher 78). Subs (not used): Jameson (gk), Lovegreen


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0

80 minutes played here and this has got 0-0 written all over it.



Hartlepool 0 Scunthorpe 0

Good opening for Barmby - beat two men, cut into space, shot saved low by Slocombe.

Then Wiilliams flashed a rising shot over from 20 yards. 


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0

Danny Graham comes on for his second Middlesbrough debut, to the Boro fans singing "he's one of our own".

Dean Whitehead's also on, the casualties are Curtis Main and Jacob Butterfield.


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0

Massive let-off for Boro here. Chris Brown's just skied a shot over the bar from Billy Sharp's cross which just evaded Omeruo. All the former Sunderland man had to do was tap it in but he leant back and put it high into the stand where the Boro fans are.

At the other end, Curtis Main's header from Ledesma's cross was easily saved by Johnstone - Boro's first attempt on goal.


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 2

Stephen Thompson goal from 25 yards. Mark Bell clearanace chested down by Amar Purewal into Thompson's path and the play-maker did the rest.




Kendal Town 1 Darlington 1
Another chance for Darlington, Dowson shot pushed wide by the keeper after a Thompson through-ball.


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0

Back under way here. Believe we have a new referee, which explains the ten-minute delay to the second half commencing, and the repeated PA announcement for a referee to come to the players' tunnel.

Jeff Winter is here - he could have stepped into the breach.


Hartlepool United 0 Scunthorpe 0

55 mins in, no breakthrough. Williams and Barmby linked up well, but former shot wide from 20 yards. 


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 1
Cracking save by Kendal’s Danny MacDonald. He leapt to his right to palm away Stephen Thompson’s dinked effort on 54 minutes.


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 1
Attendance is 423. We've had four minutes of the second half, still 1-1.


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0

Very little to report here, other than a Coppinger header, and a nasty Wellens challenge on Carayol. Boro struggling with the conditions, Rovers coping better. A poor game, all said.


Hartlepool 0 Scunthorpe 0

Pools showing plenty of talent going forward, little to show for it. Right on HT both Burgess and Monkhouse had shots hacked off the line.

At the other end, all is quiet. 


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 1

A scrap in awful conditions. At least the horizontal rain has stopped.


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 1
Scrappy game this, a real battle with not much football being played on what is an awful pitch.
Danny Coid has just flashed a drive wide of Quakers’ goal.


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0

Richie Wellens is booked for a late and reckless lunge on Mustapha Carayol. Arguably should have been sent off.


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 1
Referee loses some brownie points soon after the goal by not awarding a penalty when David Dowson was in goal. Dowson was booked for his protests while manager Martin Gray was heard to shout at the linesman: “Just do your job!”


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 1
Darlington equalise with Amar Purewal’s 18th goal of the season, a back-post header following Stephen Harrison’s cross.
Well done ref for playing on despite Kendal’s Maison McGeechan claiming to be injured and wanting the game stopped during the build-up to the goal.


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0

Very little going on here. James Coppinger nodded wide early on but that's about it. Chalobah has been quiet, Omeruo more so.

Wind is causing an issue. And that's just me.


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 0
Rob Ramshaw shot, not shot with full force, from outside the penalty area is gathered at the second attempt by keeper Danny MacDonald.
Bog of a pitch this.


Hartlepool 0 Scunthorpe 0

Best spell so far, from Pools. Attacked positivley, with Williams and Barmby quick on their feet to keep things moving forward and opening up the visitors, who are packing their back four. 

Five young prospects at the fore of things - Williams, Barmby, James, Walker and Holden. 


Kendal Town 1 Darlington 0
Kendal 1-0 up with a 16th minute penalty by Warren Beattie. Awarded after a handball following a corner, possibly by Joe Tait.
Mark Bell almost saved the kick, but the ball span off his hands and crawled over the line.
Was Kendal’s first successful penalty in six attempts.


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0



Kendal Town 0 Darlington 0
Horrendous conditions. Icy, horizontal rain and a wind blowing at Kendal’s backs. Darlington will have that win in the second half.
Scrappy start to game. Darlington have just won their first corner following a marvellous cross into the area by Rob Ramshaw.


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0
4,200 Boro fans here today.



Kendal Town 0 Darlington 0
Kendal hit the bar. After a long punt up field that had been flicked on, goalkeeper Mark Bell was too slow off his line and Danny Mitchley beat him to the ball, but his chip rebounded off the bar and Alan White headed the loose ball away.


Doncaster Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0


Hartlepool v Scunthorpe


Two changes for Pools . Of course, there's no Jack Baldwin, after he signed for Peterborough yesterday - for a healthy initial £500,000 fee (with add ons). He's replaced by Sam Collins, while Marlon Harewood is on the bench, with a first start for Jack Barmby.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin, Collins, Burgess, Holden; Monkhouse, Walker, Walton, Williams; Barmby, James. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Harewood, Poole, Compton, Sweeney, Rodney, Hawkins.
SCUNTHORPE: Slocombe; McAllister, Mirfin, Canavan, Hawkridge, Nolan, Syers, McSheffrey, Winnall, Williams, Hayes. Subs: Severn, Ribiero, Sparrow, Adelakun, Collins, Boyce, Madden.
Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancs)


Kendal Town v Darlington


Doncaster Rovers v Middlesbrough

Kick-off approaching here. You'll have no sympathy for me, I'm sure, but it's absolutely baltic here. Any concerns over the pitch have been allayed by the fact that the forecast rain did not materialise, it's actually quite sunny - but there's a wicked windchill in the air which is not helping at all.

Kick off is four minutes away.


Kendal Town v Darlington
Kendal Town:
MacDonald, Ross, Smith, Beattie, Bell, Brown, Mercer, Coid, Mitchley, McGeechan, Watson. Subs: Finney, Hoctor, Lloyd, Rushton, Wilson
Darlington: Bell; Harrison, White, Hunter, Galbraith; Robinson, Tait,  Ramshaw; Thompson;  Purewal, Dowson. Subs: Jameson (gk), Lovegreen, Davis, Hopson, Fisher


Kendal Town v Darlington
Darlington have made one change for today’s game at Kendal Town with new signing Rob Ramshaw replacing Dale Hopson.
Ramshaw has joined on loan from Gateshead for a month.
Hopson is on the bench, as is youth team defender Matty Lovegreen.


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3

Sunderland have comprehensively outshone Newcastle and deserved their 3-0 lead.

Cheeky chants of 'sacked in the morning' ringing out of the away end directed at Alan Pardew.

Two goals from Fabio Borini, a penalty, and Adam Johnson paved the way and then Jack Colback finished things off.

A deserved win for the Black Cats, which gives their fight to beat the drop another huge boost.

Newcastle, meanwhile, face a real crisis. A third successive defeat to Sunderland, questions over why Yohan Cabaye was not replaced and fans fury.

* Report to follow ... 


Doncaster Rovers v Middlesbrough

Here's confirmation that Danny Graham is on the bench for Boro today, while Kenneth Omeruo and Nathaniel Chalobah make their first starts for the club. For Omeruo it's his first involvement while Chalobah came on as a sub last week.

Omeruo will play right-back, while Chalobah in a deep-lying midfield position alongside Grant Leadbitter.

DONCASTER ROVERS: Johnstone, Husband, Duffy, Brown, Sharp, Khumalo, Tamas, Keegan, Wellens, Meite, Coppinger. Subs: Quinn, Furman, Cotterill, Maxted, De Val, Petersen, Stevens.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1): Given; Omeruo, Gibson, Ayala, Friend; Chalobah, Leadbitter; Ledesma, Butterfield, Carayol; Main. Subs: Konstantopoulos, Varga, Graham


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3

Sunderland fans chanting 'we always win 3-0' with five minutes remaining. 

But Newcastle supporters are livid. No sign of Mike Ashley or Joe Kinnear as fans demand their departure. 


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3 (Colback 80)

Another from Sunderland. This time Colback fired in after brilliant break and lay-off from Ki.

Newcastle fans going crazy now. Scarves being thrown on the pitch and hundres walking out.

One Newcastle fan has charged on the pitch and attempted to give season ticket to Pardew.

Another has gone on the pitch now and had to be wrestled to the floor by a steward.



Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2


Doncaster Rovers v Middlesbrough, 3pm

Jiminy Cricket it's cold here. And I'm indoors! But here's some team news to warm your cockles.

Hearing that Danny Graham is in the squad at the Keepmoat Stadium, while Chelsea loanees Nathaniel Chalobah and Kenneth Omeruo both start.

Understand that the Graham transfer was done in time to make an appearance today, which is surprising, and goes against what Boro said to me on Twitter last night!


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Altidore, who has been superb throughout, has wasted an incredible chance. He was clean through and Krul stopped him as he tried to go round the keeper.

Sylvain Marveaux has gone on for Anita with Newcastle pressing regularly. Sunderland counter attacking. Seb Larsson coming on for them. 


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Sunderland fans are singing 'don't worry about a thing, 'cos every little thing's gonna be alright'.

I reckon the whole of Wearside will be believing them at the minute. This is such a different Sunderland to three months ago.



Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

'Where's your signings Joe Kinnear' rings around the Gallowgate for the first time today, clearly unimpressed by a lack of activity on deadline day.

De Jong has done very little so far, although he is not match fit.


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Johnson curled against the post after decent run past Dummett, Taylor and Sissoko. That could have been it.

Newcastle have had a couple of good chances themselves. Mannone saved from Tiote's long range drive and Shola Ameobi headed wide. 

24 minutes left.




Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

De Jong wasted a great chance to put Newcastle back in it there.

The Dutchman's first touch was to take the ball back on to his right foot and that allowed John O'Shea to stop. 

Had De Jong gone on to his left, he had the space to have a clear shut on Mannone's goal. 

Sunderland still in command and Colback and just rolled a shot wide at the other end.



Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Newcastle are finally displaying a bit more urgency, with Ben Arfa becoming more of an influence after switching to the left.

Bardsley is handling him well though, and Johnson has just curled a free-kick over the top.


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Pretty even start to the second half. Newcastle still to seriously threaten Vito Mannone's goal. Sunderland's lead remains strong. 



Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Newcastle have switched to 4-4-2 in an attempt to spark some life into their attacking, but it's Sunderland who remain on the front foot.

De Jong has fired in his first shot, a tame effort that dribbled through to Mannone.



Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Half-time substitution for Newcastle, with Luuk de Jong replacing the ineffectual Sammy Ameobi. Will the debutant make any difference?


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Here's the link for the half-time report from St James' Park. It's been quite a 45 minutes, with Sunderland full value for their two-goal lead.


Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Williamson and the rest of the Newcastle defence really struggling to deal with Altidore. He might not be every Sunderland fan's favourite, but he's causing big problems.


 Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2

Newcastle have reacted strongly to Sunderland's second goal. Trying to get back in to, but Sunderland are defending strongly and look dangerous going forward.



Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2 (Johnson 23)

Altidore played neat pass to Colback. Midfielder's deflected shot saved by Krul but Johnson charged in and finished off. 

Newcastle have it all to do now. Great start by Sunderland, who looked rampant.





 Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1 (Borini 19)

Penalty to Sunderland. Great ball from Johnson, Bardsley fouled by Anita. 

GOAL: Borini powered in the penalty. Borini booked for celebrating in front of Newcastle fans, even though Sunderland supporters were high at that end.






Newcastle v Sunderland

"Que sera sera" being belted out by the Sunderland fans high in the Leazes End ... just as Alonso turned a free header over from Johnson's cross. Good start.


  Newcastle v Sunderland

Early chance for Newcastle. Debuchy turned and shot wide after collecting Sissoko's pass. Great atmosphere already. 


Newcastle v Sunderland

Every seat inside St James' Park has a black and white clapperboard. Great atmosphere already, with just five minutes remaining until kick-off.

Sunderland's players, new signings too, looked very comfortable and relaxed as they walked down the tunnel after their warm-up.


Newcastle vs Sunderland

Atmosphere building in St James' as fans from both clubs start to file into the ground.

There have been reports of some flares being thrown outside the ground, but thankfully nothing too major yet in the way of disruption.

New arrivals Luuk de Jong, Liam Bridcutt and Ignacio Scocco are all out on the pitch warming up - it'll be interesting to see what they make of their introductions to life in the North-East.


Newcastle vs Sunderland

No surprises in the team news for today's derby, with both sides making one change from the side that lined up in their last game.

Shola Ameobi returns to Newcastle's starting line up, having scored seven goals against Sunderland, six more than anyone else in either squad.

Ameobi replaces the suspended Lois Remy in the Magpies attack, with January signing Luuk de Jong named among the substitutes.

Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet hands a debut to Liam Bridcutt little more than 24 hours after the midfielder completed a £3m move from Brighton.

Bridcutt replaces Seb Larsson, who drops down to the bench, with Lee Cattermole nursing an injury.

Sunderland's most expensive January signing, striker Ignacio Scocco, is on the bench as the Black Cats look to secure a third successive derby win over Newcastle.

NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1): Krul; Debuchy, S Taylor, Williamson, Santon; Tiote, Anita; Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi; Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Elliot (gk), Dummett, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Marveaux, Amstrong, de Jong.

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

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


Newcastle vs Sunderland

Some 'interesting' programme notes from Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear given the events of the last week.

"For us, now is the time to look forward, not back. We have a number of hugely-talented midfielders within our ranks."

Can't imagine those quotes going down too well among the Toon Army regulars....


Newcastle vs Sunderland

Welcome to a quiet St James' Park. It's North-East derby day, and it's safe to say this is the calm before the storm.

Can Newcastle cope in the absence of Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy? Will Sunderland hand a debut to Liam Bridcutt at the heart of midfield? Are the police horses of the Northumbrian constabulary safe?

They'll all be answered this afternoon - so stick with us for the best live updates.


Ebac Northern League
A number of games in the League have been hit by the weather today. Here is the latest state of play:

Division One
Bedlington Terriers v West Auckland Town - POSTPONED
Billingham Synthonia v Morpeth Town
Celtic Nation v Shildon
Consett v Newcastle Benfield
Marske United v Billingham Town - POSTPONED
Newton Aycliffe v Durham City - POSTPONED
Spennymoor Town v Sunderland RCA - POSTPONED
Team Northumbria v Dunston UTS - POSTPONED

Division Two
Alnwick Town v Willington - POSTPONED
Darlington RA v Brandon United - POSTPONED
North Shields v Thornaby - POSTPONED
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Birtley Town
South Shields v Washington - POSTPONED
Stokesley Sports Club v Heaton Stannington - POSTPONED
Whitehaven v Northallerton Town - POSTPONED


Kendal Town v Darlington

Most of Quakers' promotion rivals are in action today. Their fixtures are as follows:

Padiham (17th) v Warrington (1st)

Curzon Ashton (2nd) v Ossett Town (8th)

Farsley (3rd) v Northwich Victoria (15th)

New Mills (18th) v Bamber Bridge (5th) - POSTPONED

Salford City (9th) v Lancaster City (6th)

Cammell Laird (13th) v Ramsbottom United (7th)



Kendal Town v Darlington

While Quakers' game has been given the go ahead, three matches in the Evo-Stik League First Division (North) have been hit by the weather, though only one involving Darlington's promotion rivals with fifth-placed Bamber Bridge out of action.

Postponed: Harrogate RA v Burscough, New Mills v Bamber Bridge, Wakefield v Clitheroe.



Kendal Town v Darlington

Darlington's game at Kendal Town today is on after passing an inspection this morning.

The fixture had been in doubt due to the amount of rain that fell yesterday, but the match referee inspected the playing surface this morning and has given the game the thumbs up.

However, more rain is forecast before kick-off, so Quakers are keeping their fingers crossed that there is no repeat of their visit to Kendal on January 1 when the game was postponed an hour before kick-off despite being told on the morning of the match that the fixture was not in doubt.


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Haidara, Marveaux, Gosling, Cisse.

Sunderland subs: Ustari (gk), Celustka, Vergini, Gardner, Larsson, Giaccherini, Scocco.


Newcastle are without the suspended Loic Remy and injured duo Fabricio Coloccini and Yoan Gouffran. As a result, there is likely to be one change from the side that drew at Norwich on Tuesday, with Shola Ameobi set to replace Remy up front.


Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet will hand a debut to Liam Bridcutt, little more than 24 hours after the midfielder completed a £3m move from Brighton. With Steven Fletcher injured, Jozy Altidore will start as a lone striker.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)
Odds: Newcastle Evens, Draw 5-2, Sunderland 16-5
It’s a fact: Adam Johnson has scored more goals in the last month than the whole of Newcastle’s starting XI for today’s game will have scored all season.

Comment by Scott Wilson: Sunderland head to St James’ in a buoyant mood, but Newcastle will be doing everything to avoid a third successive derby defeat for the first time since the 1920s. As a result, there’s every chance of a low-scoring draw.

Prediction: 1-1


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Doncaster subs: De Val Fernandez, Stevens, Maxted, Furman, Cotterill, Peterson, Quinn.
Middlesbrough subs: Gibson, Emnes, Konstantopoulos (gk), Main, Butterfield, Chalobah, Hines.


Aitor Karanka was never planning to play a deadline day signing at Doncaster, so he will decide whether to start with Kei Kamara or Curtis Main in attack. Kenneth Omeruo is battling with Ben Gibson to replace Rhys Williams following his Achilles injury.


Doncaster boss Paul Dickov is hoping to name the same team for the third game in a row. Chris Brown and Gabriel Tamas are both expected to shrug off knocks to retain their places after the midweek win over Charlton.

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire)
Odds: H11/4; A11/10; D5/2
It's a fact: Boro have scored in all but one of their visits to Doncaster dating back to 1902.

Comment by Paul Fraser: Rovers have improved in recent weeks but Middlesbrough know they need to return to winning ways after slipping back in last two games.

Prediction: 1-2

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8:07pm Sat 1 Feb 14

seaangler says...

How dare this maggot speak about this so early he should be under his stairs making out his resignation on the back of incompetence....howe
ver he is Ashley's puppet and has done as instructed.Please please Mike find an exit strategy and put the club in the hands of someone who has football ambitions.You have inflicted enough pain on a football community.
How dare this maggot speak about this so early he should be under his stairs making out his resignation on the back of incompetence....howe ver he is Ashley's puppet and has done as instructed.Please please Mike find an exit strategy and put the club in the hands of someone who has football ambitions.You have inflicted enough pain on a football community. seaangler
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