LiveSATURDAY LIVE FOOTBALL BLOG

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Summary

  • Manchester United vs Newcastle (12.45pm)
  • Birmingham City vs Middlesbrough (3pm)
  • Hartlepool United vs Coventry (FA Cup second round, 3pm)
  • Warrington Town vs Darlington (3pm)
  • Sunderland vs Tottenham (5.30pm)

7:23pm

Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2

It's all over here and Sunderland, despite a late surge for an equaliser, have lost again. There's still a five-point gap to safety and it's looking horrible for the Black Cats now.

Report to follow ...

6:41pm

Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2 (O'Shea OG 50)

After a lovely run to the by-line by Dembele, his cross was turned behind Mannone by O'Shea.

That was the fifth own goal scored by Sunderland this season. When it rains ....

6:18pm

Sunderland 1 Tottenham 1 (Paulinho 43)

Kyle Walker's free-kick dropped to the back post where Chadli was on hand to direct back across goal. Brazilian midfielder Paulinho then worked his way ahead of Bardsley to hit the equaliser.

It's all to do again now for Sunderland. Having got their noses in front, it could be difficult to regain the advantage. 

It's half-time now.

6:09pm

Sunderland 1 (Johnson 37) Tottenham 0

After a series of Tottenham chances at the other end, Sunderland have scored first. 

Ondrej Celustka's cross from the right should have been easily gathered by Hugo Lloris. Instead the goalkeeper misjudged his leap and he palmed the cross in to the path of Adam Johnson.

The Sunderland winger then powered the opener high inside the far corner to give the Black Cats the lead.

5:49pm

Sunderland 0 Tottenham 0

A couple of half chances at both ends here. Fletcher should have done better than an effort which rolled wide after a Bardsley pass. 

Both Holtby and Paulinho have gone close from long range at the other end.

And as I type, Colback has missed the target from 12 yards after a lovely lay-off from Altidore.

5:05pm

Sunderland v Tottenham

If there is a day when the Black Cats needed to start winning, this is it.

After wins for Norwich, Stoke and Crystal Palace, Sunderland are not only five shy of safety, they are also five short of third from bottom.

Sunderland need to give December a lift and Poyet's decision to turn to Altidore and Fletcher shows that he accepts that things need to change soon.

4:58pm

Birmingham 2 Middlesbrough 2

Another late goal breaks Boro hearts.

4:58pm

Sunderland v Tottenham

After Newcastle's earlier success was followed up by a draw from Middlesbrough at Birmingham, it's over to Sunderland to deliver now.

And Gus Poyet has surprised by including two strikers against Tottenham. While Spurs has named just Jermain Defoe in attack, Poyet has teamed Jozy Altidore and Steven Fletcher up front in the hope of sealing a crucial three points.  

SUNDERLAND (4-1-3-2): Mannone; Celustka, Brown, Bardsley; Ki; Johnson, Colback, Larsson; Fletcher, Altidore. Subs: Pickford (gk), Dossena, Gardner, Diakite, Giaccherini, Borini, Cattermole.

TOTTENHAM (4-4-2): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Capoue, Naughton; Lennon, Paulinho, Dembele, Holtby; Chadli, Defoe. Subs: Friedel (gk), Soldado, Lamela, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Fryers.

4:57pm

Birmingham 2 Middlesbrough 2 (Bartley, 90+3)

Sub Bartley heads home from Burke's corner to draw his side level

4:56pm

Warrington Town 1 Darlington 4

Superb performance and result. Darlington trounce league leaders Warrington, who were unbeaten in 17 league games

4:53pm

Warrington 1 Darlington 4

Ciaran Kilheeney pulls one back.

4:50pm

Warrington 0 Darlington 4

Don't think Darlington goalkeeper Mark Bell has had a serious save to make. Defence has been very solid. In injury time now.

4:47pm

Warrington 0 Darlington 4

Warrington had not lost in 17 league games before today. Darlington have smashed their record to pieces. Impressive stuff today. 87min gone.

4:42pm

Birmingham 1 Middlesbrough 2 (Ayala, 80)

Boro back in front. Ayala finished from close range after knock-down by Jutkiewicz.

4:41pm

Warrington 0 Darlington 4

Game over. Another header by Purewal after great work by Thompson and Fisher.

4:40pm

4:27pm

Warrington 0 Darlington 3

Second substitution for Darlington, Dale Hopson on for Jonny Davis. Darlington looking comfortable, surely there’ll be some fight from Warrington?

4:23pm

Warrington 0 Darlington 3

No hat-trick for David Dowson today, he's been replaced by Nathan Fisher for the last 25 minutes.

4:20pm

Birmingham 1 Middlesbrough 1 (Caddis, 59)

The hosts equalise from the spot after Gibson fouled Burke in the box. Afraid to say Boro have turned off since HT.

4:19pm

Warrington 0 Darlington 3

Header by Amar Purewal on 60 mins after a cracking cross by Terry Galbraith.

3:52pm

Warrington v Darlington

3:51pm

Warrington 0 Darlington 2

David Dowson with DFC's goals after 20 and 26 minutes.

3:50pm

Birmingham 0 Middlesbrough 1 (Carayol, 22)

Accomplished first half display from Boro. They've played some great stuff since going ahead. Front four of Carayol, Adomah, Emnes and Kamara finding plenty of space. Solid at the back, too. Boos from the home crowd at the whistle.

3:50pm

Birmingham 0 Middlesbrough 1 (Carayol, 22)

Accomplished first half display from Boro. They've played some great stuff since going ahead. Front four of Carayol, Adomah, Emnes and Kamara finding plenty of space. Solid at the back, too. Boos from the home crowd at the whistle.

3:41pm

3:32pm

3:25pm

Birmingham 0 Middlesbrough 1 (Carayol, 22)

Brilliant move from Boro sees Muzzy Carayol put the visitors ahead. Great work from Emnes to turn Caddis inside out before finding the winger in the area to turn and stab the ball home. Best move of the game so far.

3:14pm

Birmingham 0 Middlesbrough 0

Not much to report from opening ten minutes. Neither side has really created anything clear-cut yet. Ayala has started well at the back for Boro.

3:10pm

Warrington v Darlington

2:38pm

Warrington Town v Darlington

Warrington Town: Cook, Davies, Thompson, Meakin, McCarten, Robinson, Ruane, Mannix, Kilheeney, Evans, Gahgan. Subs: Dogan, Bowen, Newby, McKenna, Guest

Darlington: Bell; Pilatos, White, Hunter, Galbraith; Robinson; Scott, Davis; Thompson; Purewal, Dowson. Subs: Jameson (gk), Weldon, Edwards, Hopson, Fisher

2:38pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 1

History made here at Old Trafford as Newcastle beat Manchester United on their own ground for the first time since 1972.

More than four decades of hurt, eradicated in a swipe of Yohan Cabaye's boot.

Brilliant stuff from Newcastle, with Williamson, Debuchy, Tiote and Cabaye exceptional throughout.

2:34pm

Warrington Town v Darlington
Dale Hopson is on the bench for Darlington, as are Nathan Fisher, Curtis Edwards, Paul Weldon and Peter Jameson.

2:32pm

Birmingham v Middlesbrough

Aitor Karanka had made four changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's game against Birmingham at St Andrew's.

In comes Daniel Ayala, Grant Leadbitter, Marvin Emnes and Mustapha Carayol with George Friend, Richie Smallwood, Jacob Butterfield and the suspended Curtis Main dropping out.

Dean Whitehead retains his place after scoring in Wednesday night's defeat at Derby.

Lukas Jutkiewicz returns to the bench after injury, while Seb Hines also returns to the squad.

Middlesbrough (4-4-1-1): Given; Williams, Ayala, Woodgate, Gibson; Carayol, Leadbitter, Whitehead, Adomah; Emnes, Kamara

Subs: Dimi, Richardson, Hines, Smallwood, Butterfield, Ledesma, Jutkiewicz.

Birmingham: Randolph; Caddis, Burn, Robinson, Hancox; Dudka, Reilly; Novak, Lingard, Mclean; Zigic

Subs: Doyle, Bartley, Lee, Shinnie, Burke, Gray, Brown

 

2:31pm

Warrington Town v Darlington

Darlington have reverted to the team that won last Saturday for today’s game at league leaders at Warrington Town.

Having made eight changes for the midweek League Cup defeat to Ossett Town, the XI which overcame Mossley 2-1 seven days ago are selected.

Warrington, who are managed by Shaun Reid, Peter’s brother, are unbeaten in 17 league games though fifth-placed Quakers did beat them 2-0 on the opening day of the season.

2:23pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 1

Twelve minutes to go, and Man United gearing up for one of their traditional late surges.

Newcastle holding out well so far though, with Debuchy performing superbly.

Shola is on for Cabaye, and Cisse is about to come on too.

2:17pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 1

Man United just had the ball in the net - but van Persie's header was rightly disallowed for offside. 

Jones flicked on Januzaj's free-kick, and van Persie had strayed offside before he headed home.

Credit to assistant referee Sian Massey for getting that one right.

2:07pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 1 (Cabaye 61)

Well, well, well - Newcastle lead at Old Trafford.

Sissoko beat Evra down the right-hand side and pulled the ball back to Cabaye. The Frenchman's side-footed effort deflected off Vidic to beat De Gea, and 3,000-or-so Geordies went beserk.

Half an hour to hold on now.....

2:01pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 0

Big escape for Newcastle as Man United finally begin to generate some momentum.

Evra's header from a corner hit the post, and then the ball struck Anita on the arm on the way back out.

It would have been a harsh penalty, but had a spot-kick been awarded, Anita would almost certainly have been sent off.

Meanwhile, Ben Arfa is on for Gouffran.

1:35pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 0

Goalless at half-time.

Debuchy came close with a shot and a header in stoppage time, and if Newcastle can keep things tight at the back in the second half, Man United look to be there for the taking.

1:30pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 0

Dreadful bit of cheating from Hernandez, who dived over Coloccini's leg in an attempt to win a penalty.

No spot-kick - but no booking either. That's where retrospective punishment should be used.

1:18pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 0

Two closely-matched sides here, although Newcastle have been indebted to Williamson for a couple of superb defensive interventions. 

Since returning to the side a month or so ago, Williamson has made a real difference, and this has arguably been his best half-hour so far.

1:11pm

1:10pm

1:10pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 0

Newcastle will be happy with this start. There haven't been many chances at either end, but the visitors are knocking the ball around nicely and closing Man United's midfielders down quickly whenever they're in possession.

Remy had a brief sight of goal, but his header from Sissoko's cross went well wide.

1:02pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 0

Cheik Tiote setting the tone for Newcastle here with three midfield interceptions already.

Important block by Coloccini though to thwart Cleverley at the other end after a dangerous Nani break.

12:56pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 0

Committed stuff from Newcastle so far, with Cabaye already in the book for two crunching fouls.

They're clearly wanting to make their presence felt, with Tiote also throwing himself into tackles.

12:48pm

Man United 0 Newcastle 0

Under way at Old Trafford with Newcastle playing in their bright yellow kit, with blue shorts.

They're clearly celebrating yesterday's World Cup draw by dresswing like Brazil. Let's hope they don't play like Costa Rica......

12:38pm

12:37pm

12:37pm

12:35pm

Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Alan Pardew has made one change to his Newcastle side for today's away game at Manchester United.

Vurnon Anita comes back into the starting line-up, with Shola Ameobi dropping out of the side that lost 3-0 at Swansea on Wednesday.

Anita's return means a change of formation, with Newcastle lining up in a 4-3-3 formation instead of the 4-4-2 they have used for their last few games.

There is a significant piece of team news from the Manchester United camp, with Robin van Persie returning from a four-game injury lay-off.

MAN UTD (4-4-2): De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Nani, Jones, Cleverley, Januzaj; Hernandez, van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard (gk), Ferdinand, Anderson, Young, Welbeck, Valencia, Zaha.

NEWCASTLE (4-3-3): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye, Tiote, Anita; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran.

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

12:30pm

Welcome to another action-packed afternoon of live football. There are some cracking games involving the region's sides, but we start at Old Trafford where Newcastle United are hoping to pile more misery on the reigning champions.

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