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Newcastle 2 West Brom1

Full-time at St James' and Newcastle have won 2-1.

A deserved win given their general dominance throughout - and one that makes it four wins from four in November.


Newcastle 2 (Sissoko 57)

West Brom 1

Newcastle back ahead thanks to a cracking long-range strike from Sissoko.

Gouffran nodded the ball into the midfielder's path, and Sissoko hammered a swerving strike into the top right-hand corner of the net.

It's Sissoko's first goal since February - and it was worth the wait.


Newcastle 1

West Brom 1 (Brunt 53)

Newcastle are pegged back as West Brom score within eight minutes of the restart.

No one was marking Chris Brunt at the back post as Amalfitano crossed from the right, and the Northern Irishman lashed a fierce shot into the roof of the net.


Newcastle 1 West Brom 0

Newcastle deserve the half-time lead they gained through Gouffran's 36th-minute header.

Boasting a one-goal advantage, they might also have had one more man than their opponents had referee Phil Dowd not given Jonas Olsson the benefit of the doubt on the stroke of half-time.

Cabaye's through ball enabled Remy to turn towards the area, and the Frenchman crumpled to the ground after Olsson grabbed at his shirt.

The contact was minimal, and it would have been a harsh decision had a free-kick been awarded, but as the last man, Olsson would surely have been sent off had Dowd blown his whistle.


Newcastle 1 (Gouffran 36)

West Brom 0

Newcastle have gradually built pressure throughout the first half, and they've got their reward with an opener nine minutes before the break.

Cabaye delivered a corner from the left, and with Shola Ameobi jumping in front of him, West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill made an absolute hash of trying to punch clear.

The ball looped up in the air, and Yoan Gouffran had the simple task of nodding it into the net.



Newcastle 0 West Brom 0

Still pretty low key here, although Newcastle are gradually starting to exert some pressure in final third.

Remy failed to connect with a dangerous Debuchy cross from the right, and Cabaye whistled a long-range shot wide of the target.


Newcastle 0 West Brom 0

Scrappy start from both sides here at St James' Park. Shane Long has made a couple of dangerous breaks for West Brom, while Shola Ameobi has won a couple of useful headers for Newcastle.

Only one save so far though, with Krul turning Brunt's long-range free-kick around the post.

There's just been an 11th-minute round of applause in memory of former Newcastle midfielder Gary Speed.


Newcastle vs West Brom

Newcastle have made one change to their starting line-up for this evening's televised home game with West Brom.

Mathieu Debuchy returns from suspension after sitting out last weekend's win over Norwich City.

The Frenchman reclaims his place at right-back, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa dropping out of the starting line-up.

Alan Pardew has not made changes elsewhere, so Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse remain on the bench.

With Manchester United, Manchester City and Southampton all in action tomorrow, Newcastle will rise to fifth if they win tonight.

NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy.

Subs: Elliot (gk), Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse.

WEST BROM (4-2-3-1): Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Morrison; Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Brunt; Long.

Subs: Daniels (gk), Popov, Yacob, Lugano, Anichebe, Gera, Berahino. 


Hartlepool 0 Portsmouth 0

A strong finish from Pools was not enough to earn the points this afternoon. Former Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson denied Matty Dolan and Luke James in the closing stages.

Report to follow ...


Middlesbrough 1 Bolton 0

Grant Leadbitter's penalty enough to earn Aitor Karanka his first win as Boro boss.


Mossley 1 Darlington 2


Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0


Boro 1 Bolton 0

Beckford sends his penalty into the stand. Boro holding on


Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0

Four minutes added on


Boro 1 Bolton 0 (Leadbitter pen, 81)

Leadbitter sends Lonergan the wrong way after Ream brought down Marvin Emnes



Mossley 1 Darlington 2

Louis Horne pulls one back with a close-range header on 75 minutes after a free-kick.



Mossley 0 Darlington 2

Bit scrappy second half. Darlington have had to deal with a bit of pressure and keeper Mark Bell has made a good save.

Stephen Thompson has been subbed. Didn't appear to be injured, but therere's a big game next Saturday.



Boro 0 Bolton 0

Chances for both sides since the restart. Jermaine Beckford has missed two great chances for Bolton. At the other end, Kei Kamara found Richie Smallwood in space on the edge of the area, but he took too long and allowed the defender to block his shot.

Curtis Main has come on for Muzzy Carayol.




Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0

Villa had the better of the play here in the second half, Agbonlahor forcing a save out of Mannone and Westwood's long distance effort comfortably gathered by the Sunderland keeper.


Mossley 0 Darlington 2


Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0

Back underway here.


Middlesbrough 0 Bolton 0

Apologies for the lack of updates. Wifi/dongle issues. 

Anyway, there's not a lot to report from the first 45 minutes at the Riverside. In fact, it's had an extremely familiar feel to it. Boro have had plenty of the ball and have passed it okay, but it's been sloppy in the final third.

Bolton have plenty of men behind the ball and are proving difficult to break down.



Mossley 0 Darlington 2

Here's the match report from that game:


Mossley 0 Darlington 2

“I don’t believe you referee, you’re turning this into a farce!” - that's what the man on the PA said the last time Darlington visited Mossley for an FA Cup tie in 2010.

They'd just had a third player sent off, when they losing 4-2, during what turned into a 6-2 defeat.


Hartlepool 0 Portsmouth 0

Nothing to shout about really at Victoria Park. A couple of close shaves at both ends, with Hartlepool improving in the closing stages. That's about it.

Pools need to improve after the restart if they are to return to winning ways. 


Mossley 0 Darlington 2


Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0

Chances! Gilt edged chances!

Giaccherini has just scooped a shot over the crossbar from no more than three yards out after Bardsley headed across goal. It's a massive miss. You'll either laugh or cry. Or sob. Or hoot.

Before that, Sunderland had an appeal for handball turned down by Neil Swarbrick after Wes Brown's touch made contact with Ciaran Clark's hand.

Sunderland have had the lions' share of possession going into half-time and should, SHOULD, be 1-0 up. They're not. But on the plus side, they have finished the half with 11 men.


Mossley 0 Darlington 2


Mossley 0 Darlington 2



Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0

Still goalless here, Villa have been quiet since their lively start. Sunderland have had the ball in good areas but have not been able to do anything effective with it.



Mossley 0 Darlington 2

Purewal was one-on-one with the keeper, but a last-ditch challenge by Ryan Marley saw the ball go out for a corner. Marley suffered an injury in making the challenge and has been stretchered off.


Hartlepool 0 Portsmouth 0

After a relatively bright start by Pools' recent standards, Portsmouth almost took the lead. Goalkeeper Scott Flinders got down low to turn a Jed Wallace shot from 20 yards against the post.

The ball rolled to safety, but Hartlepool have been warned.


Mossley 0 Darlington 2

And now Leon Scott hits the woodwork from 18 yards. One-way traffic.


Mossley 0 Darlington 2

Amar Purewal lobbed the keeper from edge of the penalty area on 13 mins. His 11th goal in all competitions.


Mossley 0 Darlington 1

Stephen Thompson on eight minutes. Outside the penalty area. Again. 


Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0

Villa have had the early chances here, with Agbonlahor going close with a header and a shot, the second coming from a bit of a fudge-up by Ki, who lost possession and made a clumsy attempt to win the ball back.

At the other end, Andrea Dossena finished off a smart Sunderland move and drove a left-footed shot wide of the post, and into the side netting. Sunderland fans thought they had scored. Awkward.


Mossley v Darlington


Mossley v Darlington


Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0



Aston Villa v Sunderland

Teams are out. Sunderland are playing in their yellow kits this afternoon. Aston Villa in their claret and blue offering.



Mossley v Darlington
Been speaking to Gary Brown about his previous visit to Seel Park with Durham City. He says, at 2-0 down, he missed a sitter created by Stephen Thompson and was the at fault as his team went 3-0 down. But Durham recovered to win 4-3 with Gary scoring the winner. Sounds like a cracking game, wouldn’t mind something similar today.


Newcastle 2.40

Hey Big Spender has rolled back the years to win a thrilling finish to the At The Races Rehearsal Chase.

Colin Tizzard's ten-year-old won the same race two years ago, but struggled to fire in a series of lacklustre runs last season.

However, he displayed all of his old ability to hold off Vintage Star in a superb finish.

Hey Big Spender was clear going into the last, but Vintage Star jumped the final flight the better and looked to have all the momentum heading up the straight.

Hey Big Spender rallied on the inside though to lands off 5-1.

1. Hey Big Spender 5-1

2. Vintage Star 9-4 Fav

3. Baile Anrai 5-1

9 Ran


Mossley v Darlington

Mossley: Saunders, Marley, Horne, McGrath, McGonigle, Gallanders, Keogh, Bennett, Carroll, Wellbeck, Warburton. Subs: Haslam, Nightingdale, Anderson, Humphreys, Bennett

Darlington (4-1-2-1-2): Bell; Pilatos, White, Hunter, Galraith; Robinson; Scott, Davis; Thompson; Purewal, Dowson. Subs: Jameson (gk), Johnson, Edwards, Moore, Fisher


Newcastle 2.05

Class prevails as My Tent Or Yours runs out an impressive winner of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

Tony McCoy's mount is now as short as 7-2 for next March's Champions Hurdle at Cheltenham after comfortably disposing of a top-class field at Newcastle.

My Tent Or Yours stalked his way around in the midfield for the majority of the race, but after long-time leader Cotton Mill dropped away at the top of the straight, there was only going to be one outcome.

Last year's Supreme Novices' runner-up surged into the lead between the final two fences and McCoy was able to coax him home without having to resort to the whip.

Cockney Sparrow finished a creditable second, and Malton trainer John Quinn clearly has a lively candidate for the Mares' Hurdle on his hands.

Having won a listed hurdles race at Wetherby last month, Cockney Sparrow is a mare heading in the right direction.

Grumeti finished third, and appears to be back to something approaching his best after an injury-hit campaign last year, but second favourite Melodic Rendezvous was a major disappointment as he failed to claim a place.

1. My Tent Or Yours 8-11 Fav

2. Cockney Sparrow 6-1

3. Grumeti 9-1

8 Ran



Darlington and Stockton Times: Fabio Borini's second-half strike won it for Sunderland

The inclusion of Borini is an intriguing one considering his agent's comments in midweek. He hasn't really been given much of an opportunity for Sunderland, we know he's a useful player so maybe we'll see that today.



Aston Villa v Sunderland

Team sheets are in, with confirmation that Dossena, Gardner and Borini start this afternoon.

For Villa, Antonio Luna returns at left-back while Leandro Bacuna will occupy the opposite flank, with Christian Benteke, who hasn't scored in six games, starting up top.

Considering Sunderland's ability to allow opposition players to break a goal drought, I'd stick a cheeky quid on Benteke for anytime goalscorer here.

ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; Delph, Westwood, El Ahmadi; Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann. Subs: Steer, Baker, Lowton, Albrighton, Sylla, Tonev, Kozak.

SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1): Mannone; Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea, Dossena; Ki; Giaccherini, Gardner, Larsson, Borini; Fletcher. Subs: Pickford, Johnson, Celustka, Colback, Altidore, Cattermole.


Hartlepool v Portsmouth

It's quite cold here at the Vic, just thought I'd let you know.

Either way, teams are out, Pools have the same team as the one which started against Northampton seven days earlier.

That means Andy Monkhouse slots in at the expense of Jonathan Franks. That is Hartlepool's only change to the team which lost at Bury in midweek.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED (4-2-3-1): Flinders; Duckworth, Burgess, Baldwin, Austin; Dolan, Walton; Compton, Poole, Monkhouse; James. Subs (not used): Rafferty (gk), Collins, Franks, Sweeney, Richards, Walker, Rodney.
PORTSMOUTH (4-4-1-1): Carson; Devera, Whatmough, Bradley, Potts; Wallace, Ertl, Cooper, Barcham; Holmes; Bird. Subs (not used): N'Gala, East, Padovani, Connolly, Painter, Sullivan (gk), Maloney.


Middlesbrough v Bolton

Good afternoon from the Riverside, where Aitor Karanka makes his home bow as Middlesbrough boss.

Shay Given starts in goal following his loan move. Daniel Ayala drops to the bench after last weekend's defeat at Leeds United.

Middlesbrough (4-3-3): Given; Williams, Woodgate, Gibson, Friend; Butterfield, Leadbitter, Smallwood; Adomah, Kamara, Carayol.

Subs: Konstantopoulos, Ayala, Richardson, Ledesma, Whitehead, Emnes, Main.

Bolton (4-2-3-1): Lonergan; McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste; Spearing, Medo; Chung-Yong, Danns, Pratley, Beckford.

Subs: Lee-Barrett, Knight, Eagles, Moritz, Mason, Hall, Ngog.



Mossley v Darlington

Darlington (4-1-2-1-2): Bell; Pilatos, White, Hunter, Galraith; Robinson; Scott, Davis; Thompson; Purewal, Dowson.

Subs to follow.


Mossley v Darlington
Darlington make two changes. Leon Scott and Mark Bell return, so Curtis Edwards and Peter Jameson drop out of the line-up.


Aston Villa v Sunderland

"Villa Park is one of the easiest Premier League grounds to get to," I said last night, arrogantly eschewing the sat-nav and insisting I knew the way off by heart despite only having been there once.

Needless to say, I arrived 45 minutes late to the ground having taken a wrong turn and then a combination of incorrect turns before finally getting to my intended destination.

Bloody idiot.

Team news to follow shortly, Gus Poyet has made three changes from the team that lost 2-0 to Stoke a week ago. Andrea Dossena comes in for Ondrej Celustka, Craig Gardner comes in for Jack Colback and Fabio Borini comes in for Adam Johnson. Lee Cattermole is on the bench.







The feature attraction is next at Newcastle, with My Tent Or Yours going head to head with Melodic Rendezvous in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

Nicky Henderson's Champions Hurdle hope is the 8-11 favourite, with Melodic Rendezvous trading at around 11-4.

This is by no means a two-horse race though, so don't rule out Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Grumeti or John Quinn's Mares' Hurdle hope Cockney Sparrow.



Newcastle 1.35

Swing Hard has claimed the Anglo Scottish Handicap Chase a shade cosily under an authoritative ride from Ryan Mania.

Always in the leading pack, Mania produced Sue Smith's chaser into the lead at the top of the straight and wasn't required to work as the five-year-old readily pulled clear.

Palos Conti plugged away gamely enough to finish second, with Peachey Moment coming in third.

The favourite, See What Happens, received hefty support late on, but never looked like landing a blow.

1. Swing Hard 5-1

2. Palos Conti 5-1

3. Peachey Moment 9-2

8 Ran (NR 8)

Distances: 5L, 9L 


Newcastle 1.05

There's a huge shock in the French Furze Novices' Hurdle as leading Cheltenham ante-post fancy Oscar Rock fails to justify odds of 4-9.

Malcolm Jefferson's novice hurdler topped most bookmakers' ante-post lists for both the Neptune and Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at next year's Festival at the start of the day, but he didn't look a likely Cheltenham winner as he slipped to the first defeat of his hurdling career.

He was beaten by Ballyalton, who benefited from a typically rousing ride from Tony McCoy.

McCoy thrust Ian Williams' novice into the lead going over the final flight, and while Oscar Rock threatened to rally on the inside, Ballyalton eventually held on reasonably comfortably.

The winner must now come into the reckoning for some of the leading staying novice hurdles for the remainder of the season, but this is a major dent in Oscar Rock's previously formidable reputation.

1. Ballyalton 3-1

2. Oscar Rock 4-9 Fav

7 Ran (NR 5)

Distances: 1/2L, 31/4L


Newcastle 12.35

A win for North Yorkshire as Brian Ellison's Presented claims the Coopers' Marquees Handicap Chase.

The six-year-old was just touched off at Hexham last time out, but he was backed into 9-4 favouritism before the off and justified the support with an accomplished display.

Twice Lucky was the only runner to go with him down the home straight, but Presented was never really troubled as he ran out a cosy three-length winner.

There was an almighty scrap for third, with Shoal Bay Dreamer eventually coming from the clouds to claim each-way honours.

1. Presented 9-4 Fav

2. Twice Lucky 10-1

3. Shoal Bay Dreamer 8-1

13 Ran (NR 7)

Distances: 3L, 13L


Newcastle 12.05

The first race of the day goes the way of Green Flag, who stayed on dourly to complete a hat-trick for Lucinda Russell.

The odds-on favourite looked the likeliest winner from a long way out, but things might have been interesting had Streams Of Whiskey not fallen while upsides with the winner at the second last.

That fall allowed Green Flag to coast home, with Green Wizard edging out Scotswell in the run-in to claim the runner-up spot.

1. Green Flag 5-6F

2. Green Wizard 5-1

5 Ran.

Distances: 9L, 7l






Newcastle Races

The racecourse is bathed in sunshine here at Gosforth Park, with the crowds starting to flood in for the biggest day in the North-East's jumps racing calendar.

My Tent Or Yours and Melodic Rendezvous are the star attractions in the Fighting Fifth, with both horses laying their Champion Hurdle credentials on the line after successful novice campaigns last year.

Also watch out for Oscar Rock, who is running in the French Furze Novices Hurdle at 1.05.

Trained at Malton by Malcolm Jefferson, Oscar Rock is currently the ante-post favourite for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at next year's Cheltenham Festival.


Newcastle Races

The football action might be four hours away, but the live sport here in the North-East starts in an hour's time as the spotlight falls on Newcastle Racecourse.

Gosforth Park is the venue for the Fighting Fifth meeting, and as a little bonus, the Northern Echo's sport blog will be providing live updates ahead of the football action.

The opening race is at 12.05, with the feature race, the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, getting under way at 2.05pm.


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Pools subs: Rafferty (gk), Rodney, Collins, Sweeney, Franks, Walker, Richards. 
Portsmouth subs: Padovani, N'Gala, Sullivan, East, Bird, Maloney, Holmes.


Andy Monkhouse returns from suspension and will slot straight back in on the left of the three-man support line to lone striker Luke James. That is likely to mean Jonathan Franks misses out. Otherwise Hartlepool have no fresh problems.


Pompey caretaker boss Andy Awford is likely to name 17-year-old Jack Whatmough at the heart of the defence for the second game in a row. He made his debut in Tuesday's defeat to Southend.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Halifax)
Odds: H 5/4; A2/1; D 5/2

It's a fact: This will only be the fourth time these two clubs have met at Victoria Park and Hartlepool have never won.

Comment by Paul Fraser: Pools have started slowly in their last two games and have enjoyed mixed fortunes at the final whistle. A positive start could be the key to success today.

Prediction: 2-1


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Aston Villa subs: Steer (gk), Lowton, Bacuna, Tonev, Kozak, Delph, Herd.
Sunderland subs: Westwood (gk), Dossena, Roberge, Gardner, Larsson, Borini, Altidore.


Aston Villa are bolstered by the return of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann, who are both ready to return to the starting line-up after stepping up from the bench during Monday’s draw with West Brom. Left-back Antonio Luna has also been passed fit after recovering from a hamstring complaint.


Wes Brown will start for Sunderland after his red card against Stoke was rescinded, with Lee Cattermole also expected to be in the starting line-up after serving a three-match ban.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston)
Odds: Aston Villa Evens, Draw 12-5, Sunderland 10-3

It’s a fact: In their three away matches under Gustavo Poyet, Sunderland have picked up three more red cards than points.

Comment by Paul Fraser: I’ve had a hugely enjoyable week listening to Gary Barlow’s new album – he’s a bit of a hero of mine. Sunderland head off on the Open Road to Villa Park this afternoon, and if they were offered three points now, I think they’d Take That. Wes Brown and Lee Cattermole are available, and let’s hope they’re Back For Good.

Prediction: 1-0


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Middlesbrough subs: Leutwiler (gk), Hines, Richardson, Whitehead, Smallwood, Main, Jutkiewicz
Bolton subs: Lee-Barrett (gk), Wheater, Knight, Eagles, Lee, Moritz, Ngog.


Middlesbrough are without Jason Steele, who starts a three-match ban following his dismissal at Leeds. Shay Given will make his debut after joining on loan from Aston Villa on Thursday, while Rhys Williams will replace Fraizer Richardson at right-back. Jacob Butterfield is also in line for a return in midfield.


Bolton are also without their regular goalkeeper as Adam Bogdan is injured. Left-back Mark Turney is also sidelined with a broken foot.

Referee: Mark Brown (Hull)
Odds: Middlesbrough 5-4, Draw 23-10, Bolton, 21-10

It’s a fact: Shay Given will be making his 600th career club appearance when he starts for Boro this afternoon

Comment by Steph Clark: With Shay Given to provide some solidity between the sticks, Boro should be capable of securing the first win of the Karanka era.

Prediction: 2-0


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse.
West Brom subs: Daniels (gk), Dawson, Popov, Morrison, Berahino, Anichebe, Anelka.


With Mathieu Debuchy returning from suspension, Alan Pardew has a fully-fit squad to choose from. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is set to make way to accommodate Debuchy’s return, with Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse expected to remain on the bench.


West Brom are without Scott Sinclair and Billy Jones, but Liam Ridgewell should shake off a minor knock to retain his place in the back four.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke)
Odds: Newcastle 21-20, Draw 23-10, West Brom 11-4

It’s a fact: All six of West Brom’s away goals this season have been scored in the second half.

Comment by Scott Wilson: This should be an open, entertaining encounter, and with their confidence high after three straight wins, Newcastle are capable of coming out on top again.

Prediction: 3-2


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