North-East Football Live: Saturday, January 4

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  • Newcastle United vs Cardiff City (Steph Clark)
  • Middlesbrough vs Hull City (Scott Wilson)
  • Darlington vs Clitheroe (Craig Stoddart)


Boro 0

Hull 2

All over at the Riverside, and that turned out to be a very tame FA Cup exit for Boro.

They were poor throughout, and goals from McLean and Proschwitz mean it'll be Hull who are in tomorrow's fourth-round draw.


Newcastle 1 Cardiff 2

Goals from substitutes Noone and Campbell seal it for Cardiff after Cisse had given Newcastle a second half lead.


Darlington 6 Clitheroe 0

Goals from Thompson 2, Purewal 2, Dowson and Fisher.


Boro 0 Hull 2

No prospect of a late fightback here from Boro, with Hull in complete control.

Rhys Williams headed Leadbitter's free-kick wide under pressure, but Steve Harper has not been extended at all in the Hull goal.


Darlington 6 Clitheroe 0
Hopson hits the post! 89mins played.


Darlington 6 Clitheroe 0
Purewal denied his hat-trick. Hopson sent an opponent to the floor with a dummy and played the ball into the six-yard box where Purewal’s shot was blocked by a defender.


Newcastle 1 Cardiff 2 (Campbell, 80)

Whittingham's corner is met at the back post by Fraizer Campbell. Newcastle went to sleep there.


Darlington 6 Clitheroe 0
Nathan Fisher hooks into the net after meeting a Terry Galbraith cross. Had been a period of possession beforehand, Darlington playing the ball through midfield and leading to Galbraith taking the ball down the left-wing before delivering the perfect cross.


Darlington 5 Clitheroe 0
Hope I’m not tempting fate here, but the referee John Matthews has had a good game. Worth mentioning when possible to praise the ref, doesn’t happen often. 81mins gone.


Newcastle 1 Cardiff 1 (Noone, 73)

Sub Craig Noone equalises for Cardiff seconds after coming on. Pardew fuming with his players for giving the midfielder time and space to get shot in.


Darlington 5 Clitheroe 0
Steven Johnson header cleared from near the line after meeting a Dale Hopson cross, and then Nathan Fisher blasted an effort just wide.


Darlington 5 Clitheroe 0
Steven Johnson cut inside on the right and had shot saved, and Leon Scott tried a powerful low effort that keeper Proctor did well to stop. The keeper also denied the Darlington midfielder when he broke into the penalty area midway through a half in which Quakers were, like the first half, rarely troubled.


Darlington 5 Clitheroe 0

Attendance: 1,016


Newcastle 1 Cardiff 0 (Cisse, 61)

PAPISS CISSE prods the Magpies ahead after Sissoko's shot was blocked by Hudson. Obertan on for Gouffran too.


Boro 0

Hull 2 (Proschwitz 61)

Hull double their lead with a lovely second goal, and that's surely game over.

McShane played the ball to Boyd in the box, and he pulled it back for Proschwitz to lash an excellent first-time effort into the roof of the net.


Darlington 5 Clitheroe 0
Just after the hour Amar Purewal poked home a one-on-one to make it 5-0.
Dowson now replaced by Steven Johnson.


Darlington 4 Clitheroe 0
Thompson makes it 4-0 with his second goal of the day. Fired home from inside penalty area after good work by Amar Purewal. Purewal chased a lost cause, following an Alan White pass into the corner and pulled the ball back for Thompson to rifle home. He was immediately substituted so won’t get a hat-trick today.


Boro 0 Hull 1

Boro have just wasted their best chance of the game. Figueroa made a complete hash of clearing Emnes' low cross, but Whitehead snatched at his shot from the edge of the area and dragged it wide.




Boro 0 Hull 1

Much brighter start to the second half from Boro, with Jutkiewicz's muscularity making an immediate difference.

Only a long-range Friend effort to show for it so far, but at least there's a bit of spark about the Teessiders.


Darlington 3 Clitheroe 0
Long-range hopeful shot by Ross Dent is saved by Bell, who gathers the ball at the second attempt.
Has been a strong start to second half by DFC.


Boro 0 Hull 1

Second half is underway, and Boro have made two changes in an attempt to alter things at the break.

Jutkiewicz and Adomah come in for Luke Williams and Ledesma.


Darlington 3 Clitheroe 0
Clitheroe keeper Ben Proctor makes a good save, keeping out David Dowson on the edge of the penalty area. Would’ve been a fine goal, he burst through after latching onto Leon Scott’s high ball and performed a great touch to bring the ball under control. 48mins.


Darlington 3 Clitheroe 0
Half-time change for DFC, Hopson for Davis.


Boro 0 Hull 1

Boro deservedly behind at half-time. They've been short of attacking ideas and profligate in possession, and trail to McLean's tenth-minute strike.


Newcastle 0 Cardiff 0

Pretty uneventful first half at St James' Park. Cardiff started well, Newcastle didn't, but they improved as the half went on with Ben Arfa's shooting against the post.


Darlington 3 Clitheroe 0


Middlesbrough 0 Hull 1

Boro record their first effort on target as Ledesma drills in a low strike from 30 yarder.

It was never going to trouble Harper, but at least the former Newcastle keeper had to make a save.


Middlesbrough 0 Hull 1

Boro still to record a shot on target here, although they're at least spending a bit more time in the Hull half.

Emnes is having one of those days though, with nothing at all going right for him at the minute.


Darlington 3 Clitheroe 0
Clitheroe’s first chance. Free-kick by Sean Miller goes over the wall and Mark Bell gathers at the second attempt. 37mins.


Darlington 3 Clitheroe 0
Big, big chance goes begging. Dowson played in Robinson who had burst through from midfield and was presented with a one-on-one, but his weak effort was wide of the post.


Newcastle 0 Cardiff 0

Ben Arfa hits the post with a beautiful curling effort after a sharp turn on the edge of the box. Yanga-Mbiwa collected loose ball on left and drilled it across goal but no-one was there to finish. NUFC appear to have finally woken up after a extremely sluggish start.



Darlington 3 Clitheroe 0

Galbraith's free-kick from out on the left swung into the six-yard box where Purewal headed home his 16th goal in all competitions.


Boro 0 Hull 1

Boro haven't really got going at all here, and they're struggling to hold on to possession in the Hull half.

There have been some tasty tackles going in over the last five minutes or so, and Luke Williams is the first player into the referee's book.


Darlington 2 Clitheroe 0
Very late challenge by Clitheroe’s player-manager Simon Garner on Stephen Thompson is punished only with a free-kick. Should have been a yellow. Thompson was close to 3-0 from the kick, putting his effort just over the bar from 20 yards. 26mins.


Darlington 2 Clitheroe 0

Route-one goal from Darlo. Mark Bell belted the ball up the middle, Amar Purewal flicked it on, David Dowson applied the finish on 18 minutes.



Middlesbrough 0 Hull 1

There hadn't really been anything in the game prior to Hull taking the lead, but Boro tried to be too clever with possession in their own half and were ultimately punished.

Goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos was injured attempting to stop McLean prodding home, but after treatment, he's okay to continue.

He was partially responsible for the goal too, as it seemed to take him an age to react when the ball broke free in the area.




Middlesbrough 0 Hull 1 (McLean 10)

Boro have fallen behind to the first real chance of the game in the tenth minute.

Boyd rolled the ball to Meyler on the edge of the area, and while the former Sunderland midfielder's shot was blocked by Friend, the ball broke kindly for McLean to prod home.


Darlington 1 Clitheroe 0
So close to 2-0. Alan White headed down to Purewal, whose close-range attempt was blocked on the line by goalkeeper Ben Proctor.


Darlington 1 Clitheroe 0
That was Thompson’s 18th goal of the season, his 15th in the league. Not sure if he struck from outside penalty area, will have to watch it back online.


Darlington 1 Clitheroe 0

A break-away goal on 7mins. David Dowson and Stephen Thompson exchanged passes up the left before the latter drove home.


Darlington 0 Clitheroe 0
Amar Purewal header six yards from goal over the bar, although the cross by Stephen Thompson was a bit behind his team-mate. The chance came after Thompson had seen a fierce drive blocked by Ben Cartwright flinging himself at the ball. 5mins.


Middlesbrough 0 Hull 0

We're under way at the Riverside, and there's been a very late change to Hull's starting line-up with Nick Proschwitz replacing Matty Fryatt.


Middlesbrough vs Hull

Good to see Pigbag back on the pre-match playlist at the Riverside instead of the Tony Mowbray-inspired Power Game.

All together now, "Da,da,da,da....da,da,da,da"


Darlington v Clitheroe

Dan Burn’s inclusion in the Fulham team means there is a cash boost heading Darlington’s way.

A clause was inserted in the deal that took him from Quakers to Craven Cottage in 2011 which assured Darlington of a financial sum when he made his first-team debut.

Burn starts for Fulham in their FA Cup tie with Norwich City, while in goal is fellow former Quaker David Stockdale.


Middlesbrough vs Hull

Big chance for former Hartlepool goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos today as he makes his Boro debut.

The Greek keeper was a massive favourite at Victoria Park, and steps in because Aston Villa wouldn't allow Shay Given to get himself cup-tied.

It's also a big day for Luke Williams, who makes his first start of the season after three substitute outings.

Williams was one of three Boro players who travelled to Atletico Madrid earlier this season for a training stint, so it'll be interesting to see if any La Liga magic has rubbed off on him.


Darlington v Clitheroe

Steven Johnson is a surprise inclusion in the Darlington that squad for today’s game with Clitheroe.

The striker announced his retirement before Christmas, but the lack of players available to Martin Gray means he has been called on for bench duty.

There are to changes to the line-up, with Dale Hopson and Nathan Fisher taken out of the XI and replaced by Jonny Davis and David Dowson.

After sterling work by the club’s supporters, the game passed a pitch inspection this morning.

Referee: John Matthews

Darlington: Bell; Harrison, White, Hunter, Galbraith; Robinson, Scott, Davis; Thompson; Dowson, Purewal. Subs: Jameson (gk), Mitchell, Hopson, Johnson, Fisher

Clitheroe: Proctor, Wedge, Walker, Cartwright, Dent, Lee, Wilkins, Dean, Miller, Garner. Subs: Byrom, Freeland, Johnstone, Heap, Parr


Newcastle v Cardiff

Good afternoon from St James' Park, where Newcastle host Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round.

The Bluebirds play their first game under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was appointed by controversial owner Vincent Tan this week.

Alan Pardew has made seven changes to the team that was beaten at West Brom on New Year's Day. In comes Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse.

Newcastle: Elliot; Santon, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara; Anita, Tiote; Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gouffran; Cisse.

Subs: Alnwick, Williamson, Remy, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett.

Cardiff City: Marshall; McNaughton, Turner, Hudson, John; Whittingham, Cowie, Bo-Yeung, Bunnarsson; Cornelius, Odemwingie.  

Subs: Lewis, Caulker, Campbell, Brayford, Smith, Noone, Conway.




Middlesbrough vs Hull

Boro boss Aitor Karanka has made six changes to his side for this afternoon's FA Cup third-round tie with Hull City.

Dimi Konstantopoulos makes his first start for the Teessiders in goal, replacing Shay Given who cannot play because of the terms of his loan from Aston Villa.

Jozsef Varga is expected to play at right-back, with Rhys Williams moving to centre-half to replace Daniel Ayala.

The midfield alterations see Dean Whitehead, Emmanuel Ledesma, Marvin Emnes and Luke Williams come into the side, with the latter making his first start of the season following a training spell at Atletico Madrid.

Whitehead is expected to play in a deep-lying midfield role, with Curtis Main continuing as a lone striker after scoring in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Bolton.

Hull boss Steve Bruce has made nine changes to his side, with rare starts for the likes of Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, George Boyd, Aaron McLean, Abdoulaye Faye and Gedo.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1): Konstantopoulos; Varga, R Williams, Gibson, Friend; Whitehead, Leadbitter; Ledesma, Emnes, L Williams, Main.

Subs: Ripley (gk), Richardson, Butterfield, Adomah, Hines, Jutkiewicz, Smallwood.

HULL (4-4-2): Harper; Rosenior, McShane, Faye, Figueroa; Boyd, Meyler, Gedo, Quinn; McLean, Fryatt.

Subs: Jakupovic, Chester, Sagbo, Elmohamady, Fletcher, Jahraldo-Martin, Proschwitz.


Welcome to The Northern Echo's live coverage of an action-packed afternoon of FA Cup football.

Newcastle United host Cardiff City looking to make the fourth round for only the second time in the last four seasons, with their opponents coming under the control of new boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer for the first time.

Middlesbrough are also in cup action, with Premier League side Hull City visiting the Riverside. With Hull boss Steve Bruce expected to make a number of changes, all the ingredients for a shock are in place.

Darlington also play today after a morning pitch inspection finished with their home game against Clitheroe getting the green light.


The Advertiser Series:

Middlesbrough subs: Ripley (gk), Emnes, Hines, R Williams, Smallwood, Carayol, Jutkiewicz.
Hull subs: McGregor, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Sagbo, McShane, Proschwitz.


Dimi Konstantopoulos is set for his Middlesbrough debut in goal and will replace Shay Given, who is ineligible under the terms of his loan from Aston Villa. Defender Daniel Ayala, on loan from Norwich, will also be missing for the same reason. Seb Hines is on stand-by if Jonathan Woodgate is not risked. Dean Whitehead returns from suspension.


Steve Bruce is certain to ring the changes. Tom Huddlestone, Curtis Davies and goalkeeper Allan McGregor are likely to be first in line for a rest. Jake Livermore is unavailable due to the terms of his loan from Tottenham. Stephen Quinn is fit after hamstring trouble and in line for his first appearance since November 9.

Odds: H31/20; A15/8; D5/2

Referee: Kevin Friend (Walsall)

It's a fact: Hull have only ever won once on Teesside since 1955 and that arrived in March 1986.

Comment by Paul Fraser: Given the number of changes Hull are expected to make, this could be a real opportunity for a confident Boro side to make progress.

Prediciton: 2-1


The Advertiser Series:

Sunderland subs: Pickford (gk), Celustka, Ba, Gardner, Larsson, Fletcher, Borini.
Carlisle subs: Symington, Noble, Beck, Guy, Brass (gk), Livesey, OHanlon.


New signing from Fiorentina, Marcos Alonso, will not make his debut for the Black Cats as his international clearance did not come through in time. Gus Poyet will still make changes though, with Swedish winger David Moberg Karlsson expected to start.


Tom Lawrence has extended his loan from Manchester United and can figure for Carlisle provided he has recovered from a foot problem. Courtney Meppen-Walter is also expected to be fit after thigh trouble. Loan men Max Ehmer, Ben Amos and Josh Morris are unable to play under the terms of their loans. Paul Thirlwell is ruled out with a calf injury.

Odds:  H4/11; A10/1; D4/1

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Preston)

It's a fact: On the two previous occasions these two teams have met on Wearside in the FA Cup, the tie went to a replay at Brunton Park. Sunderland won both.

Comment by Paul Fraser: With Gus Poyet set to make a number of changes and the Cumbrians expected to bring approaching 6,000 fans, this could be a difficult day for the Black Cats.

Prediction: 2-2


The Advertiser Series:


Newcastle are without Mathieu Debuchy, who is starting a three-match ban, and Fabricio Coloccini (knee), who faces more than a month on the sidelines. There are also major doubts surrounding Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye, both of who picked up knocks in Wednesday’s defeat at West Brom. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is expected to come into the back four, with Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse also set for rare starts.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unable to call on former Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy (knee) as he selects his first side as Cardiff boss. Gary Medel has shaken off an illness, however, and is available.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe)

Odds: Newcastle 7-10, Draw 14-5, Cardiff 4-1

It’s a fact: All five of Hatem Ben Arfa’s home goals for Newcastle have been scored in front of the Gallowgate End.

Comment by SCOTT WILSON: Newcastle have a dreadful recent record in the FA Cup, but despite Alan Pardew making a number of changes, they should have enough to make the fourth round.

Prediction: 2-0


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