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  • Newcastle United v Swansea City - Steph Clark
  • Chelsea v Newcastle United (5.30pm) - Scott Wilson
  • Middlesbrough v Millwall - Paul Fraser
  • Burton v Hartlepool - Nick Loughlin
  • Darlington v Farsley - Craig Stoddart

7:25pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2

A quite remarkable night at Stamford Bridge as Sunderland's survival bid receives a massive, and wholly unexpected, boost.

They've inflicted Jose Mourinho's first ever home Premier League defeat as Chelsea manager, and moved to within three points of safety with four games remaining.

7:12pm

Chelsea 1

Sunderland 2 (Borini pen 82)

Oh my word.

Sunderland lead after Borini scores from the spot.

Azpliicueta slipped to let in Altidore, and then brought down the striker as he attempted to atone from his error.

Is this to be Jose Mourinho's first Premier League home defeat as Chelsea boss?

7:01pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

Wes Brown into the book for a foul on Ba as the striker was threatening to break through.

And now Torres on for Chelsea - replacing Eto'o.

6:54pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

A double change for Sunderland, with Altidore and Giaccherini coming on to replace Wickham and Johnson.

The Chelsea fans are starting to get a bit tetchy as time ebbs away, and Mourinho responds by bringing on Schurrle for Salah.

6:49pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

Chelsea have brought on former Newcastle striker Demba Ba for Oscar.

The hosts continuing to dominate possession, but Sunderland's defence continuing to hold firm.

6:47pm

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6:44pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

Cattermole's run of giving the ball away in stupid situations continues, and the midfielder is booked for compounding his error by hauling down Oscar.

6:35pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

Back under way, and first chance of second half goes the way of Chelsea, but Eto'o sweeps a first-time strike just past the post after a fine break upfield from Willian.

6:18pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

Half-time, and Sunderland will be happy with 1-1.

They conceded another early goal, but have dug in well and probably deserved their equaliser through Wickham.

They've needed some crucial late saves from Mannone to keep the scoreline level though.

6:16pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

Three crucial saves in the space of two minutes from Mannone to deny Matic, Salah and Willian.

Chelsea also had a big penalty appeal during a manic spell, with Borini heading the ball against Alonso's arm in the Sunderland box.

6:08pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

A big let off for Sunderland, who continue to struggle from set-pieces.

Ivanovic powered in a header from Willian's corner, but Mannone parried the strike and the ball rebounded fortuitously off the crossbar and did not cross the line.

6:05pm

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1

Sunderland had an injury scare when Wickham went down clutching his leg, but the striker seems to be okay to continue.

Chelsea dominating possession, with Sunderland pulling ten men pretty much back into their own box when they don't have the ball.

The Black Cats are a threat on the break though and they're continuing to have their moments in the Chelsea half.

5:51pm

Chelsea 1

Sunderland 1 (Wickham 18)

And just like on Wednesday, Sunderland respond.

Larsson spotted Alonso completely unmarked 30 yards out as he lined up a corner.

The full-back's shot was only parried by Schwarzer, and Wickham reacted quickest to stab home the rebound ahead of Terry.

That's Wickham's third goal in four days after his double against Man City.

5:44pm

Chelsea 1 (Eto'o 12) Sunderland 0

Just like Wednesday, Sunderland suffer the concession of an early goal.

This was simplicity itself, with Willian delivering a corner from the left, and Samuel Eto'o holding off Lee Cattermole to hook home a first-time volley.

For the second time in four days, Sunderland are going to have to do this the hard way.

5:38pm

Chelsea 0 Sunderland 0

First chance of the game sees Borini drill a shot wide from 25 yards. The chance came about from some brilliant hold up play from Wickham, with the striker holding off Cahill to lay the ball off.

5:34pm

Chelsea 0 Sunderland 0

Scrappy start from both sides, although both Cattermole and Wickham have conceded possession cheaply in their own half, which is hardly a good sign.

5:31pm

Chelsea 0 Sunderland 0

Under way at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland adopting the same 4-1-4-1 formation they fielded at Manchester City.

5:25pm

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5:24pm

Chelsea vs Sunderland

Brilliant sunshine at Stamford Bridge - but will there be anything about brilliant about Sunderland's display as look to give themselves a lifeline at the foot of the table.

A mixed bag of results elsewhere with Fulham losing, Cardiff drawing, but a win at Newcastle for Swansea.

It's pretty much as it was though, with Sunderland six points adrift of Norwich in 17th position. The Canaries entertain league leaders Liverpool tomorrow.

5:02pm

Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

Here's what happened at the Riverside.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/11160274.Match_report__Middlesbrough_1_Millwall_2/

5:01pm

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2

Late, late heartbreak for the Magpies.

4:56pm

Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

It's all over now, surely. A defeat to Millwall leaves Boro seven points off the top six with just three games to go.

Report too follow soon.

4:51pm

Burton 3 Hartlepool 0

Pools well beaten, little spark or much to offer. All about Monday and Morecambe at the Vic now. 

4:51pm

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2 (Bony, 90)

Looks like Swansea have won it late on with a penalty from Bony after Marvin  Emnes was fouled by Tiote. Oh dear.

 

4:44pm

Darlington 3 Farsley 0
Attendance here at Darlington is 1,136. 87mins played.

4:43pm

Chelsea vs Sunderland

The team news is in at Stamford Bridge, and for only the second time in Gustavo Poyet's reign, Sunderland are unchanged.

Connor Wickham's two-goal salvo at Man City on Wednesday sees him remain in the team, while Santiago Vergini continues at right-back as Phil Bardsley serves the final game of his two-match ban.

There is one change on the bench from the Etihad Stadium, with Ondrej Celustka having been passed fit to take his place among the replacements.

The Chelsea line-up contains a number of surprises, with former Middlesbrough goalkeeper replacing Petr Cech between the sticks.

With half an eye on next week's Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid, Jose Mourinho has named David Luiz, John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres on the bench.

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Salah, Oscar; Eto'o.

Subs: Hilario (gk), Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Torres, Ba.

SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1): Mannone; Vergini, Brown, O'Shea, Alonso; Cattermole; Johnson, Larsson, Colback, Borini; Wickham.

Subs: Ustari (gk), Celustka, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Scocco, Mavrias.

4:41pm

Newcastle 1 Swansea 1

More chances created in the second half but neither side have been able to take control. Adam Armstrong is on for his home debut. 

4:41pm

Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2 (Ledesma 80)

 Boro have pulled one back. After Graham was fouled on the edge of the area, the linesman put his flag up for a free-kick.

Ledesma's brilliant left foot did the rest from 20 yards, curling over the wall and in to the keeper's top left corner.

Ten minutes to keep play off hopes alive, but still two goals needed really.

4:41pm

Burton 3 Hartlepool 0

Free kick from 25 yards by Bell, thumped into the bottom corner. Defensive wall, any idea please? 

4:40pm

Darlington 3 Farsley 0
Should be 4-0. Fisher missed a simple header after Thompson twisted and turned inside the penalty area, and then Dowson put a free header over from the corner.

4:38pm

Middlesbrough 0 Millwall 2

Boro started the half brightly, but Millwall have created the best chances.

Konstantopoulos has had to deny Woolford and Morison to stop Millwall from extending the lead. 

 

4:31pm

Darlington 3 Farsley 0
Nathan Fisher for Amar Purewal, final change for Darlington.
Chris Hunter required treatment, but able to continue.

4:31pm

Burton 2 Hartlepool 0

Third sub for Pools made. Compton on, Poole off. Franks also replaced by Barmby. Last roll of the proverbial dice and all that. 

4:24pm

Darlington 3 Farsley 0
A fantastic goal by Leon Scott makes it 3-0 on 66min. He won a tackle on edge of pen area, blasted at goal from 20 yards and the keeper spilled it.

4:21pm

Darlington 2 Farsley 0

4:17pm

Darlington 2 Farsley 0
Amar Purewal scores on 59mins, his 19th league goal of the season. A cool finish after David Dowson had played the ball in.

4:14pm

Burton 2 Hartlepool 0

57 mins, ball not dealt with in the area, teed up for Phillips to curl in from the edge of the area. Neat finish, but given too much time to pick his spot and fire in.

4:12pm

Darlington 1 Farsley 0
David Dowson for Ian Ward.

4:12pm

Darlington 1 Farsley 0
Leon Scott lashes an optimistic effort wide from 22 yards, and within 60 seconds conceded a free-kick within shooting distance at the other end, but the DFC wall does its job.

4:11pm

Darlington 1 Farsley 0
Adam Mitchell’s introduction sees a change in formation from 4-3-1-2 to 4-4-2, the sub on the right of midfield with Thompson on the left.

4:02pm

Darlington 1 Farsley 0
Adam Mitchell for Jonny Davis.

3:48pm

Burton 1 Hartlepool 0

Half-time and Pools are right up against it. Luke James, top scorer with 16 forced off with an uncomfortable leg injury. 

His replacement Marlon Harewood missed a great chance to put Pools ahead. One on one with the keeper, he put his finish too close to the keeper and the chance was gone. 

Then a long ball into the area was won by Billy Kee to head in past Andy Rafferty.

More, much more, needed from Pools in the second 45 minutes - and beyond. 

3:48pm

Newcastle 1 Swansea 1 (Bony, 45)

Shola Ameobi's first goal since December 2012 gave the Magpies a 23rd minute lead, but Wilfried Bony heads in an equaliser on the stroke of half time.

3:48pm

Middlesbrough 0 Millwall 2

The Lions have secured a two-goal advantage and the decision to stick with the wing-back system backfired in the first half.

Boro have it all to do. Karanka has switched to four at the back, but it would be no surprise to see George Friend and Varga introduced for the second half.

3:47pm

Darlington 1 Farsley 0

Ian Ward with the goal on 35 minutes. Very little between the sides, Farsley a strong side.

3:45pm

Darlington 1 Farsley 0
Farsley right-back Aaron Hardy has one of them fashionable haircuts that look only half-finished, shaved very short around the back and sides. Think he needs to go back to the barbers get it finished.

3:44pm

Darlington 1 Farsley 0
Amar Purewal misses a one-on-one. Big shock. Brown played the ball over the top, Purewal had only the keeper to beat as he bore down on goal, but he allowed Paddy Miller to get a challenge in. Big chance wasted.

3:40pm

Newcastle 1 Swansea 0

Two enforced changes for Newcastle in the first half. Debuchy came on earlier for injured Cisse and now Remy is on for de Jong, who also has a problem.

3:37pm

Darlington 1 Farsley 0
Ian Ward makes it 1-0 to Darlington with a cracking goal on 35mins, volleying home after a Jonny Davis right-wing cross.
After Purewal held the ball up, he played it back to Davis whose first-time cross to the near post was guided home by Ward for this third goal for the club.

3:35pm

Newcastle 1 Swansea 0

We've had a change of ref at St James' Park. Anthony Taylor now in charge after Chris Foy took a ball in the mush in the first minute. 

3:32pm

Middlesbrough 0 Millwall 2 (Maierhofer 30)

It is no surprise that the second goal arrived from Martin again. He has caused too many problems from the space afforded to him. 

Fine cross to the back post, perfect for the unmarked Maierhofer to nod down beyond Konstantopoulos. 

3:30pm

Burton 1 Hartlepool 0

After Harewood missed a clear and routine one on one chance, Pools go behind. 

A long crossfield ball from the left into the area saw Kee beat Collins to the ball and head in. 

Bristol Rovers have pulled level at 1-1 at Portsmouth. Not the best of days for Pools so far. 

3:30pm

Middlesbrough 0 Millwall 1

Far too much space going forward for Millwall's blue shirts. Karanka will have to change this ...

3:26pm

Newcastle 1 Swansea 0 (Ameobi, 23)

Newcastle take the lead through Shola Ameobi, who flicked the ball on to de Jong, who then played in the striker to score from close range.

 

3:21pm

Darlington 0 Farsley 0
This is a test for Darlington, Farsley a much stronger outfit than opposition of recent weeks. Quakers are gaining little traction in the final third, most forward passes – which have been long balls - reaching the Farsley defence and going no further.

3:18pm

Middlesbrough 0 Millwall 1 (Maierhofer 16)

Not the start Boro wanted. Lee Martin's cross should have been cleared, but instead Stefan Maierhofer has jumped to head beyond Dimi Konstantopoulos.

It's all to do now, after Danny Graham had seen an earlier shot turned against the post.

3:18pm

Burton 0 Hartlepool 0

15 mins in, little incident in the area. But Pools suffer a blow, with Luke James hobbling off. Lost his footing in getting the ball under control, went over and looked in a bad way when he was carried off, replaced by Harewood. 

3:13pm

Newcastle 0 Swansea 0

14: No chances so far for  either side and already the home crowd are getting frustrated. Newcastle struggling to get forward with any real penetration at the moment.

3:10pm

Darlington 0 Farsley 0
A couple of sights of goals for Farsley. An inswinging corner by Paddy Miller had to be punched away by Bell, and then 19-goal Aiden Savory sees a shot saved by the keeper’s feet. Encouragement for the visitors.

3:06pm

Darlington 0 Farsley 0
Heard some noise from the Tin Shed there, a rarity indeed. Been noticeably quiet this season.

3:05pm

Darlington 0 Farsley 0
Lively start. Keeper Tom Morgan gathers at Ian Ward’s feet after a Stephen Thompson ball over the top of the Farsley defence. And then Mark Bell saves easily when Adam Priestly shoots from 18 yards.

3:00pm

Darlington v Farsley

2:55pm

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2:38pm

Darlington v Farsley
Farsley inflicted Darlington’s first defeat of the season back in August, 4-2 with Aiden Savory scoring a hat-trick.
He has 19 goals for Farsley this season while strike-partner Adam Priestly has scored four goals in his last five games.

2:37pm

Darlington v Farsley
Darlington:
Bell, Walker, Tait, Hunter, Galbraith, Brown, Scott, Davis, Thompson, Purewal, Ward. Subs: Jameson (gk), Hopson, A Mitchell, Fisher, Dowson
Farsley: Morgan, Hardy, Grant, Hull, Dempsey, Miller, O’Brien, Daly, Priestley, Savory, James. Subs: Serrant, Taylor, Matthews, Owen, Young
Referee: Shaun Hudson (Houghton-le-Spring)

2:36pm

Darlington v Farsley
Darlingtn name an unchanged team for today’s game with Farsley, opponents who they could face in the play-offs.
As the table stands, Quakers are second and Farsley fifth, meaning this fixture would be repeated in the semi-final on April 30.
There are three games remaining, however, during which time Darlington are intending to seal second place whereas the visitors from west Yorkshire are battling with Bamber Bridge,Ramsbottom and Lancaster for a play-off place.

2:36pm

Burton v Hartlepool 

Changes for Pools - no surprise that Compton and Barmby are dropped, while Harewood is also out. 

In come Monkhouse, Franks and Poole, in what looks like a 4-5-1 set-up, with Poole playing just off James. 

BURTON ALBION: Lyness; Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, McFadzean; MacDonald, Bell, Weir, Phillips; Alexander, Kee. Subs: Hall, Hemmings, Holness, Palmer, Gray, Symes.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Rafferty; Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Holden; Franks, Walker, Walton, Monkhouse; Poole, James. Subs: Flinders (gk), Harewood, Barmby, Compton, Richards, Jones, Oliver.
Referee: Michael Bull (Chelmsford)

2:33pm

Newcastle v Swansea

The teams are in at St James' Park and the big news is that Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy have both returned, but they only start on the bench.

Alan Pardew has kept faith in the system he played in last weekend's defeat at Stoke City with Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett playing as a three at the back.

Newcastle (3-4-1-2): Krul; Williamson, Coloccini, Dummet; Anita, Gosling, Tiote, Gouffran; De Jong; Cisse, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Debuchy, S Taylor, Haidara, Remy, Amrstrong.

Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Rangel, Amat, Williams, Davies; Britton, Shelvey; De Guzman, Routledge, Hernandez; Bony.

Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Dyer, Bartley, Ngog, Fulton, Emnes.

2:31pm

Middlesbrough v Millwall

Teams are out at the Riverside. Aitor Karanka seems likely to stick with the wing-back system which served Boro so well at Burnley a week ago.

George Friend and Jozsef Varga are both included on the bench so Karanka does have the option of reverting to a flat back four if he feels like it.

If Middlesbrough can overcome Millwall today then that would set up Tuesday's trip to play-off contenders Reading nicely.

MIDDLESBROUGH (3-1-4-1-1): Konstantopoulos; Omeruo, Woodgate Chalobah; Whitehead; Adomah, Butterfield, Leadbitter, Ledesma; Tomlin; Graham. Subs: Steele (gk), Varga, Hines, Friend, Morris, L Williams, Main.
MILLWALL (4-2-3-1): Forde; Edwards, Dunne, Beavers, Malone; Bailey, Williams; Martin, Garvan, Woolford; Maierhofer. Subs: Robinson, Easter, Morison, Jackson, Abdon, McDonald, Bywater (gk).

2:29pm

It's another big weekend for the region's football clubs. 

While Alan Pardew will be hoping the fans go easy on him this afternoon as Newcastle face Swansea City at St James' Park, there are big issues for Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool to deal with.

Before Sunderland aim to claim unlikely points at Chelsea to boost their survival chances, Middlesbrough can boost their push for a play-offs spot with a fifth straight win over Millwall.

Hartlepool, however, could really do with defeating play-off hopefuls Burton to ease their own relegation concerns. There are now just two points separating Pools from the bottom two.

 

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