LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, February 22

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Radcliffe Borough 1 Darlington 2

DFC have now won 11 of their last 12 games, but remain fourth and seven points off leaders Warrington.


Northampton 2 Hartlepool 0

Poor show from Pools. Deserved defeat. 


Arsenal 4 Sunderland 1 

Olivier Giroud (2), Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny scored for Arsenal with Emanuele Giaccherini adding a consolation for the Black Cats.



Northampton 2 Hartlepool 0


Little to add. Nothing happening, ten to go. 


Radcliffe Borough 1 Darlington 2
Davis for Hopson.


Arsenal 4 Sunderland 1 (Giaccherini, 81)

The Italian strikes from long range after Szczesny had punched a corner clear


Radcliffe Borough 1 Darlington 2

Radcliffe centre-back Mark Ayres red-carded for scything down Nathan Fisher on the halfway line, taking the substitution down from behind.
Stupid decision to challenge in that position as the play was nowhere near goal.


Northampton 2 Hartlepool 0

Pools most inspid performance of the season - outbattled and outfought by a poor team.


Radcliffe Borough 1 Darlington 2
Nathan Fisher for David Dowson.


Radcliffe Borough 1 Darlington 2

Bevan Burey pulls one back on 58 mins, firing into and empty net after Bell and White collided with each other when defending a free-kick.


Arsenal 4 Sunderland 0 (Koscielny, 57)

The defender heads in unmarked from a corner after losing Bardsley. Sunderland had started this half much better as well. 



Northampton 2 Hartlepool 0

Dickinson a minute after the restart. Cross from the right into the six yard area and midfielder got in between two defenders and goalkeeper to stoop and head in 


Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0

Double change for Sunderland at HT. Altidore and Johnson OFF and replaced by Giaccherini and Larsson. Wonder what that does to the outgoing pair's chances of starting at Wembley. Altidore more so mind. He was shocking in the first half


Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0 (Giroud 2, Rosicky)


Northampton 1 Hartlepool 0

Goal in six minutes of added on time. Soft free kick given against Holden, Hackett's free kick - akin to a short corner - knocked deep, ball headed in  by unmarked Widdowson and Doubme nodded in.

Pools not playing well, little going forward and it's too tight in the middle of the pitch. 


Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 2
Goals from Dowson and Galbraith (pen). Quakers were very strong for half an hour then eased up.


Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0 (Rosicky, 42)

Magnificent goal from Arsenal. One touch between Rosicky, Cazorla and Giroud around the box and Rosicky is left to dink it over Mannone.



Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 2
Bradley Robinson fires over for Radcliffe with an audacious effort, tacking a touch to control a ball down the line and then volleying over on the turn.


Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0 (Giroud, 32)

Sunderland punished for playing out from the back. Mannone passes out to Vergini he tried to go back to the keeper but Giroud intercepted and finished. Not a great warm-up for Wembley 


Northampton 0 Hartlepool 0

30 minutes in and I've yet to make a note. It's a bit quiet and scrappy.


Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 2


Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 2
Cheetham saves again, this time from Dowson after a Thompson ball.
And now a penalty to Darlington. Sherlock clearly tripped Ramshaw and was booked for the foul, up stepped Galbraith and he fired home for his fourth goal this season.


Arsenal 1 Sunderland 0

Pretty routine afternoon for Arsenal so far. Sunderland have made one meaningful attack but Alonso's cross was collected by Szczesny. Mannone denied Podolski with a great save too.


Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 1
Thompson blasts the ball high over the stand after Ramshaw played it back from the byline. Had been a measured pass by White to find Ramshaw out on the left.
And then Thompson drives a loose ball into the keeper’s body after Dowson and Purewal had played the ball between them on the edge of the penalty area.


Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 1
David Dowson scores his 11th goal of the season, keeping his composure to tuck the ball beyond Chris Cheetham to make it 1-0 on 19 minutes.


Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 0


Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 0
Brilliant chance wasted by Amar Purewal, one-on-one with the keeper, but he fired it straight into te keeper’s body, as he so often does when in those positions.
He’d been played in by Thompson, who hit the post 30 seconds later.


Northampton v Hartlepool

Blow for Pools early on - Duckworth forced off through injury, seemed to go over on an ankle as the ball went out of play. 

He's only just returned from a double hernia, but has been stretchered off and looks in a bad way 


Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 0
Darlington hit the post, Purewal at a narrow angle after Thompson played the ball in. Positive start by Quakers.
Meanwhile, Radcliffe have started with a No. 11 on the pitch. Instead, Bevan Burey is wearing No. 18.


Arsenal 1 Sunderland 0 (Giroud, 5)

Lovely stuff from the hosts. Rosicky and Wilshere move finished off by Giroud inside the area. The Gunners have had 93% possession so far....


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington
In other Darlington related news, Ian Miller starts for Camridge United in the second leg of their FA Trophy semi-final against Grimsby Town.
Cambridge won the first leg last week 2-1 and Miller is hoping to lift the Trophy again having won it with Quakers in 2011.


Northampton v Hartlepool 

Two changes for Pools today - Monkhouse and Richards on the bench, with Duckworth and Barmby starting.

With Boro failing to score - again - I would guess Luke Williams will be back there next week after this, his final loan appearance of an impressive month.  


NORTHAMPTON TOWN: Duke; McSweeney, Diamond, Doumbe, Widdowson; Hackett, Carter, Ravenhill, Dickenson; Sinclair, Marquis. Subs: Morris, Tozer, Snedker, Deegan, Connell, German, Robertson.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Duckworth, Collins, Burgess, Holden; Barmby, Walton, Walker, Williams; James, Harewood. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Monkhouse, Franks, Compton, Sweeney, Poole, Richards.
Referee: Darren Bond (Burscough)


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington
Radcliffe’s last six games: WLLDLD
Darlington’s last games: WWWWDW

Goals scored by Radcliffe in last six games: 4 0 1 3 0 1
Goals scored by Darlington in last six games: 5 3 2 6 2 7


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington
Match kicks-off in 15 minutes I’m hungry. Do I risk joining the queue for something to eat? I’m starving here. Have only had a boiled egg this morning – someone feed me. Please.


Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 0

The wait for a Boro goal goes on. Middlesbrough should have won.


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington
Today’s hosts, who are third-bottom, name only three substitutes for today’s game, which is the first meeting of the sides this season. Quakers have also yet to meet Wakefield and Padiham, who they travel to next Saturday. Darlington play Lancaster City on Wednesday at Heritage Park.


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington
Radcliffe Borough:
Cheetham, Lafferty, Lambert, White, Mullineux, Ayres, Sherlock, Carden, Thompson, Robinson, Burey. Subs: Landregan, Rokka, Manning
Darlington: Bell; Harrison, Hunter, White, Galbraith; Robinson, Ramshaw, Hopson; Thompson; Dowson, Purewal. Subs: Jameson (gk), Brown, Tait, Davis, Fisher


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington
Dale Hopson starts for Darlington, coming into the side ahead of Joe Tait who drops to the bench.
Quakers otherwise unchanged from the team which beat Kendal Town 5-1 three weeks ago, which was Darlington’s most recent game.


Arsenal v Sunderland

Poyet makes eight changes from last weekend's FA Cup starting XI, while Wenger makes five following Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. Interesingly, Mesut Ozil is left out all together after his penalty miss against the German side.



TEAM NEWS - Arsenal v Sunderland 

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Wilshere; Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud.

Subs: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Sanogo, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gnabry.

Sunderland: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Vergini, Alonso; Bridcutt; Johnson, Ki, Colback, Borini; Altidore.

Subs: Ustari, Larsson, Gardner, Celustka, Cuellar, Giaccherini, Scocco.


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington
I like Muse as much as the next man, but turning the volume up to a level which burst the ear drums of most people in the Greater Manchester area just now was a bit much. Steady on fella, you’re not DJing at Inside Out.


Radcliffe Borough v Darlington
Team news to follow, although it appears Gary Brown will be on the bench for Darlington despite what Martin Gay told the Echo yesterday.
The manager said that the dependable defender would be sent out on loan after recovering from an ankle injury sustained in pre-season.


Arsenal v Sunderland

Good afternoon from the Emirates, where I've just devoured posh steak pie, mash and veg followed by cheese cake and ice cream. 

I can feel myself slipping into a food coma, but I'll do my best to bring you team news when it arrives.  



Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 0

Far too quiet this for Boro. Leeds have just recorded the first serious effort, which flew wide of Shay Given's left post. 

It was a low drive from Luke Murphy and it has arrived with just five minites of the first half remaining. 

Middlesbrough struggling to create anything. 


Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 0 

After a bright start from Boro the tempo has dropped. Leeds looking more dangerous than the home side now. Still goalless and there has not been a decent effort on either goal yet.




Middlesbrough v Leeds United 

There's suggestions that Mustapha Carayol's omission from the squad is purely a managerial choice rather than through injury. Interesting move if true by Aitor Karanka, who will be asked post-match for the reasons behind the decision.

Boro do need goals and Karanka has been frustrated with the way his side have been playing in an attacking sense. Goals are required and they must arrive today if they are to avoid losing further ground on the top six.


Middlesbrough v Leeds United

Teams are out at the Riverside and Middlesbrough have packed the team with forwards in a bid to end a goal drought which stands at eight hours and 45 minutes. 

Strikers Curtis Main and Kei Kamara have both been included, as has Danny Graham, which suggests there could be a change to the way Boro line up today.

Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1): Given, Varga, Woodgate, Omeruo, Friend;  Leadbitter, Chalobah; Main, Butterfield, Kamara; Graham. Subs: Dimi, Tomlin, Ledesma, Whitehead, Morris, Atkinson, Adomah.

Leeds (4-4-2): Peltier, Wooton, Pearce, Warnock; Kebe, Murphy, Austin, Stewart; McCormack, Hunt. Subs: Brown, Tonge, Smith, Zaliukas, Poleon, Cairns, Mowatt.


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Arsenal subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Podolski, Bendtner, Gnabry, Giroud.
Sunderland subs: Ustari, Celustka, Wickham, Gardner, Colback, Giaccherini, Roberge.


Kieran Gibbs misses out for Arsenal after coming off against Bayern Munich, Nacho Monreal will fill in. Yaya Sanogo will play his third consecutive fixture having featured against Manchester United and Bayern. Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Kim Kallstrom and Thomas Vermaelen are all out of action.


Sunderland defender Wes Brown serves the last game of his two-match ban after his dismissal in Sunderland's last league defeat. Carlos Cuellar and Keiren Westwood are close to a return from injury, Steven Fletcher is back in training but Arsenal will come too soon for the striker.

Match odds: Arsenal 10/3; Sunderland 17/2; Draw 4/1.
Referee: Andre Marriner (Sheldon, West Midlands)
It's a fact: Sunderland are unbeaten in their last six away games this season.

Comment by RICHARD MASON: Today's game is an ideal preparation for next weekend's Capital One Cup final and is a game that suits Sunderland's passing game. Arsenal are bruised from their Champions League exploits but should avoid defeat today.

Prediction: 1-1


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor, Ben Arfa, Santon, Sissoko, Sh Ameobi.
Aston Villa subs: Steer (gk), Bennett, El Ahmadi, Helenius, Sylla, Albrighton, Holt.


Loic Remy returns from suspension, but Pardew will give late fitness tests to Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tiote.


Villa boss Paul Lambert has no new injuries concerns ahead of the trip with Jores Okore still missing with a knee injury.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds)
Odds: H: 11/10 ,D: 12/5 , A: 29/10
It’s a fact: The last time Newcastle went five league games without a goal was in the 1988/89 Division One season (on that occasion it was a six game barren run).

Comment by STEPH CLARK: The Magpies are desperate to avoid a sixth straight home defeat and the return of certain players could be the key to easing the pressure on Pardew and Co at the moment.

Prediction: 1-0


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Middlesbrough subs: Steele (gk), Hines, Butterfield, Ledesma, Main, Kamara, Tomlin.
Leeds subs: Cairns (gk), Peltier, Wootton, Brown, Tonge, Hunt, Smith.


Middlesbrough are without the suspended Ben Gibson following his dismissal at Watford last weekend, so Aitor Karanka must choose between Kenneth Omeruo and Seb Hines at centre-half. Lee Tomlin is available again after completing the suspension he incurred in his final game as a Peterborough player, but his lack of match practice means he is likely to be restricted to the bench.


Leeds signed Jack Butland on loan from Stoke City on Thursday, and with Paddy Kenny struggling with an injury, the England under-21 international is expected to go straight into the starting line-up.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Sale)
Odds: Middlesbrough Evens, Draw 12-5, Leeds 11-4
It’s a fact: Middlesbrough are the only side in the Football League not to have named an unchanged side this season.

Comment by SCOTT WILSON: Keeping Ross McCormack quiet will be the key to Boro’s chances this afternoon, but on the evidence of the game at Elland Road in November, it will not be an easy task.

Prediction: 1-1


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Northampton subs: Morris, Snedker, Tozer, German, Moyo, Toney, Dickenson
Pools subs: Rafferty (gk), Poole, Sweeney, Rodney, Duckworth, Compton, Franks.


Pools will stick with the same team and squad from Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Southend.


The Cobblers will give a debut to defender Zander Diamond, signed on loan from Burton, and called Emile Sinclair and Alan Connell up front.

Referee: Darren Bond (Burscough)
Odds: H15/8; D12/5; A9/4
It's a fact: Pools sold Steve Howard to Northampton for £90,000 15 years ago today.

Comment by NICK LOUGHLIN: Pools are playing well and are well drilled
- they won't let their standards drop today.

Prediction: 0-2


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