Live North-East Football Live: Saturday, January 31, 2015

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12:24pm Saturday 31st January 2015

Join the Northern Echo's sports team as they bring you updates from all of the North-East football action

Match report: Hull City 0 Newcastle United 3

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2:37pm Saturday 31st January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED picked up their first victory of the John Carver era with a straightforward 3-0 win at Hull City.

Forshaw warns Middlesbrough team-mates not to take Brentford lightly

The Advertiser Series: BEE-LINE: Adam Forshaw (pictured while playing for Brentford) will take on his former club in Middlesbrough colours this afternoon

7:02am Saturday 31st January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH new boy Adam Forshaw has warned his team-mates to underestimate Brentford at their peril as they prepare for this afternoon’s eagerly-awaited promotion battle at Griffin Park.

Ledesma to remain with Middlesbrough despite loan interest

The Advertiser Series: INJURY BLOW: Emmanuel Ledesma will miss the start of the season after breaking a metatarsal in training

7:02am Saturday 31st January 2015

EMMANUEL LEDESMA will not be leaving Middlesbrough on loan again this season, with Aitor Karanka keen to keep him on the books to provide cover during the promotion push.

Karanka delighted with Woodgate's input following Middlesbrough return

The Advertiser Series: BIG INFLUENCE: Aitor Karanka regards Jonathan Woodgate as a key member of his Middlesbrough squad - and is delighted to have him back on matchday duty

7:02am Saturday 31st January 2015

AITOR KARANKA has praised Jonathan Woodgate’s contribution following this month’s return from injury, and tipped the 35-year-old to play a crucial role in Middlesbrough’s promotion push whether he makes in onto the field or not.

Defoe and Wickham give Sunderland a lift to earn a home win

The Advertiser Series: Off the mark: Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (centre) celebrates his side's second goal

5:04pm Saturday 31st January 2015

Full-time: Sunderland 2 Burnley 0

'There will be no repeat of Pardew headbutt' says Magpies boss ahead of Hull trip

The Advertiser Series: Flashpoint: This was the moment Alan Pardew confronted Hull City's David Meyler before headbutting him during the Premier League match at the KC Stadium last March

6:42am Saturday 31st January 2015

WHEN John Carver takes Newcastle United to the KC Stadium this afternoon he will not make the mistakes of his predecessor – even if there are those who might expect him to.

'I would struggle to score in this team' says Sunderland boss as he plots Burnley win

The Advertiser Series: TACTICAL SWITCH: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane	Picture:  Stephen Pond/PA Wire

6:32am Saturday 31st January 2015

GUS POYET thinks that even he would struggle to score goals in this Sunderland team ahead of a fixture which he thinks will be pivotal to the rest of the Premier League season.

Carver settles in to Newcastle 'head coach' role and is desperate to stay

The Advertiser Series: Happy: Newcastle United's interim head coach John Carver wants to prove himself before the end of the season

6:23am Saturday 31st January 2015

JOHN CARVER has had the responsibility before, but never for this long – and he wants it to last longer, much longer. The role as caretaker manager now has the snazzier title of interim head coach at Newcastle United and he could not be happier.

Poyet's ignoring critics as he plots Sunderland turnaround

The Advertiser Series: Help: Sunderland's Jermain Defoe could help lead the revival with goals

6:16am Saturday 31st January 2015

AFTER 15 months in charge at the Stadium of Light, Gus Poyet admits he is still miles away from fielding a Sunderland team playing the way he wants after coming under fire from his critics.

Darlington defeated by Salford City

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7:50pm Saturday 31st January 2015

Salford City 2 Darlington 0

Match report: Hartlepool United 3 Plymouth Argyle 2

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7:49pm Saturday 31st January 2015

 HARTLEPOOL UNITED recorded back to back home wins for the first time in almost a year, as they saw off Plymouth 3-2 at Victoria Park.

Boro move back in to top four after stinging the Bees

The Advertiser Series: CAPTAIN: Grant Leadbitter of Middlesbrough Picture: MATT BRIGHT

2:24pm Saturday 31st January 2015

Brentford 0 Middlesbrough 1 

Darlington boss lauds Salford's management

The Advertiser Series: RESPECT: Darlington manager Martin Gray says he respects the achievements of Salford's managerial pair Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley. He is pictured following last week's win at Ossett Albion with Gary Brown, left, and Alan White. Picture: TIM HICKMA

7:08am Saturday 31st January 2015

Such is the situation at the top of the table, a Darlington win at Salford City would be a hammer blow for the second-placed hosts to deal with and it is one which manager Martin Gray wants to administer this afternoon.

Five reasons why Darlington will win, and five reasons Salford will win

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7:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

Darlington and Salford City go head-to-head in an eagerly-awaited encounter today, the promotion chasers both aiming to clinch the single automatic promotion place. A Quakers win would see them go level on points with the second-placed opposition with five fixtures in hand, while a Salford victory would represent a psychological boost for the hosts. Deputy Sports Editor Craig Stoddart looks at five reasons in favour of each team winning.

Woods flourishing and displaying his talent

The Advertiser Series: IMPRESSIVE: Michael Woods was outstanding last weekend Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:32am Saturday 31st January 2015

MICHAEL WOODS has waited patiently his chance this season and previous to that, and now he’s taking it.

Karanka confident no one will be leaving Middlesbrough despite strengthening Palace interest in Friend

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7:00am Friday 30th January 2015

CRYSTAL PALACE are hoping to sign George Friend ahead of next week’s transfer deadline, but Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka is confident he will not be losing any of his key players in the final four days of the transfer window.

Black Cats star urges fans to put their frustrations to one side for Saturday's crucial encounter with Burnley

The Advertiser Series: SAFE HANDS: Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:10am Friday 30th January 2015

SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has urged supporters to stand by the team even if Saturday’s crucial match with Burnley doesn’t go their way early on.

Senegal striker jetting in to give Carver's Newcastle a lift for Hull test

The Advertiser Series: Boost: Papiss Cisse is due to join up with Newcastle today

6:10am Friday 30th January 2015

PAPISS CISSE will fly in to join the rest of the Newcastle United squad today after interim boss John Carver pushed for the Senegal striker’s return ahead of the trip to Hull City.

Maddison to appear at Quakers talk-in

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2:06pm Friday 30th January 2015

Former Darlington midfielder Neil Maddison will appear at a talk-in later this month, looking back on a career in which he played for Southampton, Middlesbrough and Quakers.

Press conference update: Poyet thinks Sunderland could be at a 'turning point'

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2:17pm Friday 30th January 2015

GUS POYET wants his team to turn in a performance worthy of winning back the hearts and minds of frustrated Sunderland fans ahead of a huge game with Burnley at the Stadium of Light.

Gray proud of Darlington's large support

The Advertiser Series: LARGE SUPPORT: Martin Gray's Darlington team will enjoy the backing of plenty of supporters tomorrow at Salford City. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:08am Friday 30th January 2015

Darlington will tomorrow be backed by their largest away following of this season for tomorrow’s much-anticipated trip to Salford City, when they aim to puncture their high profile opponents’ promotion charge.

Fenwick gets every chance to play

The Advertiser Series: NO MISTAKE: Scott Fenwick cracks in Pools' equaliser at Tranmere last weekend Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

6:12am Friday 30th January 2015

SCOTT FENWICK will be given every chance to add to his goal tally at the weekend.

No more Middlesbrough signings after Forshaw addition

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2:30pm Thursday 29th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will not be making any more additions this month following the £2m signing of midfielder Adam Forshaw.

Boro new boy Adam Forshaw expects a battle for a place in Aitor Karanka's team

The Advertiser Series: Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka during the FA Cup Fourth Round match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

6:32am Thursday 29th January 2015

NEW Middlesbrough signing Adam Forshaw expects a battle for place in Aitor Karanka’s starting line-up, but the midfielder is ready to put a difficult few months behind him by helping the Teessiders secure promotion.

Black Cats are fighting for their lives but formation change is no excuse, insists midfielder

The Advertiser Series: NO EXCUSES: Liam Bridcutt in action for Sunderland against Fulham on Saturday	Picture: TOM BANKS

6:32am Thursday 29th January 2015

SUNDERLAND midfielder Liam Bridcutt insists Gus Poyet’s formation change is no excuse for poor performances after admitting the Black Cats are fighting for Premier League survival.

Carver issues rallying cry as striker prepares for Tyneside return

The Advertiser Series: BOOST: Papiss Cisse could return to Premier League action this weekend following Senegal's exit from the African Cup of Nations Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:17am Thursday 29th January 2015

JOHN CARVER will not allow Newcastle United’s season peter out - and Papiss Cisse could provide the head coach with a welcome boost following Senegal’s exit from the African Cup of Nations.

Press conference update: Carver not expecting transfer deals but does plan on keeping Magpies job

The Advertiser Series: EMBARRASSED: Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver feared the worst after Southampton	Picture: Adam Davy/PA

3:48pm Thursday 29th January 2015

JOHN CARVER has spoken of his relief at being handed the managerial reins at Newcastle United and is focused on proving he can do the job for the longer term.

Darlington striker Cartman is driven to succeed

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7:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

Nathan Cartman was the the most in demand player in the Evo-Stik First Division after topping the scoring charts with 30 goals before December, enough to convince Darlington to sign him. Ahead of this weekend’s trip to fellow promotion-chasers Salford City, Deputy Sports Editor Craig Stoddart spoke to the prolific striker

Harrison taking heed of Ball's wise words

The Advertiser Series: SPORTING ACTION: Hartlepool United's Scott Harrison in action against Luton Town's defence.Picture: DAVID WOOD (11639515)

6:11am Thursday 29th January 2015

AS far as mentors go, Scott Harrison is being well guided in his fledging career.

UPDATED: Karanka delighted to complete Forshaw signing

The Advertiser Series: Middlesbrough FC

2:00pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH have completed the signing of highly-rated midfielder Adam Forshaw from Wigan Athletic.

Sissoko admits admiration for Paris St Germain as French club prepare new attempt to sign him

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6:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

MOUSSA SISSOKO has admitted he would find it “difficult to refuse” an offer to join Paris St Germain, with the French league leaders poised to make a new attempt to sign the Newcastle midfielder ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.

Middlesbrough agree £2m deal for midfielder

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7:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will complete the £2m capture of Wigan Athletic midfielder Adam Forshaw later today, with the 23-year-old set to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s promotion clash with his former club Brentford.

Johnson and Brown offer Poyet injury boost, but Cattermole return not as clear-cut

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4:11pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

GUS POYET had revealed Adam Johnson and Wes Brown should be fit for Saturday’s match against Burnley, but admitted there are still question marks over Lee Cattermole’s return.

O'Shea focused on job in hand

The Advertiser Series: Shut out: Sunderland's John O'Shea (left) keeps an eye on Aston Villa's Christian Benteke

6:32am Wednesday 28th January 2015

JOHN O’SHEA insists Sunderland are not looking beyond next week’s FA Cup fourth-round replay with Fulham, despite the incentive of a fifth round tie against League One side Bradford City.

Newcastle freeze season ticket prices for next season

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2:22pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

Newcastle United have announced a freeze on the price of all season tickets for next season and have significantly reduced the price for its younger fans in the 18-21 seating area, with tickets being cut from £300 for the current season down to £250 for 2015/16.

Draw not the aim for Darlington in crucial encounter at Salford

The Advertiser Series: ON THE ATTACK: Stephen Thompson looks for an opening during Saturday's win at Ossett Albion. Picture: THIM HICKMAN

7:08am Wednesday 28th January 2015

Darlington know a draw would suit them more than it would Salford City in Saturday’s much-anticipated encounter, yet Quakers want three points from the crucial encounter, says Stephen Thompson.

Moore makes a trek to watch Morgan

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Scott Harrison and Marvin Morgan
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6:42am Wednesday 28th January 2015

RONNIE MOORE yesterday made a 775-mile round trip to try and attract a new striker.

Cisse could be back for Newcastle by the weekend after African exit

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8:21pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

PAPISS CISSE could be part of the Newcastle United squad for Saturday's trip to Hull City after Senegal crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea this evening.

Sissoko admits it would be "difficult to refuse" Paris St Germain

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4:53pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

MOUSSA SISSOKO has admitted he would find it "difficult to refuse" an offer to join Paris St Germain.

De Jong steps up fitness drive in Newcastle friendly game

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3:35pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

SIEM DE JONG is closing in on a first-team return with Newcastle United after appearing in a friendly game with Carlisle United this afternoon.

Middlesbrough set to complete capture of Wigan midfielder

The Advertiser Series: Star man: Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw scored and was an influential figure in Saturday's 5-0 win over Crewe Alexandra

1:47pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH are poised to announce the signing of Wigan Atheltic midfielder Adam Forshaw.

Newcastle to target McClaren in summer after extending Carver's spell in charge

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6:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED will target Steve McClaren this summer after confirming John Carver’s appointment as head coach until the end of the season.

Johnson to be charged with the task of increasing Sunderland's attacking threat

The Advertiser Series: Match-winner: Sunderland's Adam Johnson

7:02am Tuesday 27th January 2015

GUS POYET will hand Adam Johnson a roving attacking-midfield role in an attempt to inject some much-needed creativity into his stuttering Sunderland side.

'The older lads wish they could have played under Karanka years ago' says Boro forward

The Advertiser Series: Man of the match: Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin turns Vincent Kompany before hitting the post

6:16am Tuesday 27th January 2015

LEE TOMLIN has revealed the huge admiration and respect that there is within the Middlesbrough dressing room for Aitor Karanka as the head coach’s Riverside revolution earns its rewards.

Date for rearranged Darlington game is set

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12:18pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A date has been announced for Darlington's rearranged match at Padiham.

A case for the defence – how has Karanka turned Boro from Championship also-rans to promotion contenders in a year?

The Advertiser Series: NO SCORE DRAW: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson battles with  Blackburn Rovers Craig Conway during yesterday's 0-0 draw. Picture: Mick Walker/CameraSport

10:41am Tuesday 27th January 2015

PUNTERS were still shaking their heads in disbelief when reviewing the madness of last weekend’s FA Cup upsets, not least at Middlesbrough’s humbling of Manchester City.

UPDATED: Carver appointed as Newcastle head coach until the end of the season

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2:53pm Monday 26th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED will confirm John Carver's appointment as head coach until the end of the season later today.

Sunderland Reserves see off Man City

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9:07pm Monday 26th January 2015

SUNDERLAND RESERVES recorded one of their best results of the season as Mikael Mandron’s second-half strike secured a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

What kind of Newcastle United manager would you be? Take our personality test

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6:00pm Monday 26th January 2015

As Newcastle United appoint John Carver as head coach until the end of the season, try our fun quiz to see what kind of Magpies boss you would be. Are you a Sir Bobby, King Kev, Alan Pardew, or Joe Kinnear...









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