North-East Football Live: Saturday, April 5

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Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 4

Problems continue for Magpies in both boxes, as Manchester United continue to improve.


Portsmouth 1 Hartlepool 0

Four defeats in a row now for Pools - still in need of one more win to make sure. There's not enough room or points between the bottom two and Pools. Nothing to really worry about yet, but..... 

Better second half after a manic start to the game, but fell short. 


Middlesbrough 1 Derby 0

Back-to-back league wins for the first time since Janaury for the Teessiders thanks to Nathaniel Chalobah's second half strike. Not the return Schteve would have wanted.


Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 4 (Januzaj 90)

And another. This time Januzaj slotted in the fourth after a neat backheel from Mata put the chance on a plate.

All too easy. And the final whistle has now blown.

Newcastle lose. Two goals from Mata, one for Hernandez and then Januzaj finished things off.


Darlington 3 Radcliffe Borough 0
More goals in this for Darlington if they keep pressing. Radlcliffe have given up and DFC are finding gaps in the visitors’ defence.
Thompson has just dribbled into the penalty area, but did gave himself too tight an angle and Cheetham saved at the near post. 84mins.


Darlington 3 Radcliffe Borough 0
A block by a defender almost on the line stops Purewal from scoring after followed up the rebound following a save by Cheetham to deny Thompson.


Portsmouth 1 Hartlepool 0 

20 mins to go, Pools more in the game now. Chances in on goal scarce from both sides. 

Burgess going off, Harrison - on loan from Sunderland - coming on for his debut 


Darlington 3 Radcliffe Borough 0
That was David Dowson’s 14th league goal of the season, now only two behind Amar Purewal who has not scored in ten appearances (11 if he doesn’t score today).


Darlington 3 Radcliffe Borough 0
Game over. David Dowson lashed home after running on to Terry Galbraith’s ball up the left, the substitute striker showing a cool lead to power into the net using the outside of his right boot. 74mins.


Middlesbrough 1 Derby 0 (Chalobah, 70)

The deadlock is finally broken and it's Boro who take the lead. Chalobah receives the ball in space on the left hand side of the area and drills home.



Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Final change for DFC, Dale Hopson for Adam Mitchell. 66mins.


Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 3 (Hernandez 60)

If Newcastle still had some hope of getting in to it, that hope has just disappeared.

A Januzaj pass sent Kagawa to the byline. His squared ball was perfectly weighted for Hernandez to nip ahead of Williamson and apply the finish. 

Game over. Plenty home fans now heading for the exits.


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Save by Chris Cheetham keeps it down to 2-0, using both palms to beat away a fierce effort by Thompson who had blasted at goal from inside penalty area after taking the ball past a defender and breaking into the penalty area.


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
David Dowson on for Nathan Fisher.


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Fisher fires narrowly wide from 16 yards after being played in by Thompson, who’d received the ball following a Brown pass.
And with that effort we heard the first chants from the Tin Shed in weeks. They’ve been silent for far too long.


Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2 (Mata 50)

A second for United and for Mata. This time Coloccini and Haidara left the ball when the former chested in to the Frenchman's direction.

Hernandez nipped in and ran in to the box, squared to Mata, who rounded Coloccini before cooly slotting beyond Elliot.  


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Second half starts with Brad Robinson firing weakly at Mark Bell after Radcliffe gained possession following a wayward Gary Brown pass following kick-off.


Sub at the break for Pools - Hawkins on, Compton off. Hawkins was talked up by Cooper after last week's game, so big 45 minutes to impress here. 


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Change for DFC at the break, Amar Purewal for Ian Ward.
Purewal has not scored in ten appearances.


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Bit of Jake Bugg’s Lightening Bolt on the PA at half-time, happy with that. We’ve also had Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Great stuff.
Anyway, second half starts soon.


Portsmouth 1 Hartlepool 0

Half time and Pools will be happy with the respite of being able to get in the changing room. 

They need to regroup and up their game and start to try and impose themselves. It might prove hard to do as Pompey have been in their faces for 45 minutes, not allowing them to settle or get any sort of possession. 

One goal and one missed penalty at one end, nothing to report at the other. 


Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 1

Newcastle, who have not scored in ten of their last 14 matches, have it all to do now. Mata's goal has secured a half-time lead and they could have had another when Hernandez hit the post.

Newcastle have played reasonably well but could still do with a little more invention in the final third.


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Fisher (19) and Ward (34) with the goals. Workmanlike performance from Darlington, but they’ve been overran in midfield a little and Radcliffe are no mugs and have given DFC a few problems.


Middlesbrough 0 Derby 0

Although chances have been limited, Boro will feel they should be ahead at the Riverside. Have seen plenty of the ball while Derby haven't tested Dimi much.


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Like the look of Ian Ward, nicknamed the Hoss. Apt for Grand National Day. Winning everything in the air and has scored two in two starts.


Middlesbrough 0 Derby 0

Sustained pressure from Boro but they can't make it count in the final third. Some great work by Danny Graham to set Tomlin through on goal, but he disappoints with a weak shot that was easily collected by Lee Grant. Hosts should be one up.


Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 1 (Mata 39)

Stunning free-kick from Juan Mata puts Manchester United a goal up. 

After Gosling was deemed to have tripped Fletcher, Mata curled in a brilliant dead ball from 20 yards in to Elliot's top left corner. 


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Gary Brown in the book for a rough challenge on Danny Lafferty directly in front of the Radcliffe dug-out.


Darlington 2 Radcliffe Borough 0
Ian Ward scores his second goal for the club, heading home at close-range after a curling corner taken by Galbraith.
Ward had helped win the corner too, after trying to take the ball past a defender whose back-pass was over-hit and forced Cheetham to put the ball out of play.


Darlington 1 Radcliffe Borough 0
Should be 1-1, Sherlock heads powerfully over after meeting a terrific cross by left-back Sam Grimshaw.


Darlington 1 Radcliffe Borough 0
Change of formation for DFC, now 4-4-2 with Mitchell on the right and Thompson on the left.
Attacking down the wings could be the way forward, but the middle of the pitch is boggy and it’s difficult to see much football being played there.


Darlington 1 Radcliffe Borough 0
Should be 2-0. Thompson took the ball down after receiving a fantastic diagonal ball over the top by Hunter, but the forward’s shot was wide of Cheetham’s goal from ten yards.
Hunter deserved an assist there for the precision of his pass after a intercepting Sherlock’s through-ball.


Darlington 1 Radcliffe Borough 0
Nathan Fisher scores his sixth league goal of the season on 19mins.
Goal came after a Quakers throw, Stephen Thompson turned and saw a shot blocked with Fisher reacting quickest to ram the loose ball home.
The goal has fired Quakers into life as twice within the next two minutes they had shots saved by Chris Chetham, Adam Mitchell and Fisher both denied with speculative efforts.


Darlington 0 Radcliffe Borough 0
Better from DFC, Thompson shoots wide from outside the area after Ward had chested the ball into his path.


Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 0

Adnan Januzaj has been introduced for Ashley Young after 17 minutes. Young had started well, but he has fallen awkwardly on his left hand and could have broken it.

Newcastle have created a couple of early openings, decent encounter so far.


Darlington 0 Radcliffe Borough 0
Farsley have taken the lead in the sixth versus seventh game at Lancaster City. They’re among the six teams fighting for the four play-of places.


Darlington 0 Radcliffe Borough 0
Radcliffe score on 14 minutes, but it’s ruled out for offside. Quakers carved open again and the move ended with right-sided attacker Dave Sherlock playing the ball into the six-yard box where Brad Robinson sided-footed into the roof of the net, but a linesman’s flag was immediately hoisted.
A scare for Darlington, need to get a grip.


Middlesbrough 0 Derby 0

Pretty even start at the Riverside. Both sides getting on the ball and passing well. Luke Williams almost found Tomlin with a nice through ball but Buxton did well to intercept. 


Darlington 0 Radcliffe Borough 0
Ten minutes gone, Darlington looking a little open defensively. Radcliffe have gained grounded too easily with simple forward passes. That said, keeper Mark Bell had not been troubled as yet.
Going forward, everything goes to Ian Ward, Darlington playing directly.


Portstmouth 1 Hartlepool 0

100 miles an hour start for Pompey - scored on one min 22 secs and then missed a penalty on 3min 23 seconds. 

First up , a long free kick was headed across goal, Rafferty made a save and pushed the ball across goal for Taylor to tap in on the line. 

Then, Burgess felled Taylor in the area, clear penalty. Spot kick struck low to the keeper's right and Rafferty went down low to the corner to save it very well. 

All go, can things calm down now please? 


Darlington 0 Radcliffe Borough 0
Early chance for Darlington: Ian Ward screwed wide after being played in by Stephen Thompson in the second minute.
Radcliffe, in all red, are playing 4-5-1. They are third-bottom in the table, three points ahead of the relegation zone.


Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 0

Gosling is the first player to go close. A glancing header from 18 yards just flew wide. Decent effort and he was frustrated not to hit the target.




Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 0

The action is underway at St James' Park. Manchester United might be struggling to keep up with the top five, but they have the best away record in the Premier League.

Newcastle have their work cut out today, even if the Red Devils have made eight changes to the side which drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich.


Darlington v Radcliffe Borough
Darlington: Bell; Tait, Hunter, Galbraith; Walker, Scott, Brown, Mitchell; Thompson; Fisher, Ward. Subs: Jameson (gk), White, Hopson, Purewal, Dowson
Radcliffe Borough: Cheetham, Lafferty, Grimshaw, Ayers, Mullineux, Lambert, Sherlock, White, Burey, Robinson, Rokka. Subs: Thompson, Matupe-Ojo, Manning, Carden, Landregan


Darlington v Radcliffe Borough
Darlington name an unchanged starting XI, the only change is on the bench where Dale Hopson replaces Jonny Davis.
Quakers are bidding to cement their place in the play-offs in what is the first of four successive Saturday games at Heritage Park.
Curzon Ashton can win the title today if they beat Prescot Cables and Quakers fail to take three points.
A lot of rain fell this morning and the pitch looks a bit boggy down the middle, so it will easily cut up.



Newcastle United v Manchester United

Dan Gosling starts his first Premier League game of the season at St James' Park this afternoon.

Gosling, who is due to start for only the second time in his league since signing from Everton in 2010, is included in the midfield to face Manchester United.

The Red Devils face the Magpies with one eye on the midweek Champions League trip to Bayern Munich and are without both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-2): Elliot; Santon, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; Gosling, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran; De Jong, Cisse. Subs: Alnwick (gk), Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sh Ameobi, Taylor, Dummett, Armstrong.  
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-2): Lindegaard; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Evra; Fletcher, Fellaini; Young, Mata, Kagawa; Hernandez. Subs: De Gea (gk), Vidic, Nani, Cleverly, Buttner, Januzaj, Wilson.



Middlesbrough v Derby

TEAM NEWS: Aitor Karanka makes one change to his starting line-up for this afternoon's game with Derby County, which sees Steve McLaren return to the Riverside.

Nathaniel Chalobah comes in for Dean Whitehead in midfield, while Jason Steele is on the bench alongside youngsters David Atkinson and Mark Kitching.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos; Varga, Gibson, Omeruo, Friend; Leadbitter, Chalobah; Williams, Tomlin, Adomah; Graham.

Subs: Steele, Atkinson, Kitching, Butterfield, Ledesma, Main, Kamara.

Derby County: Grant; Wisdom, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth; Thorne, Hendrick, Bryson, Russell, Bamford, Martin

Subs: Legzdins, Sammon, Hughes, Whitbread, Eustace, Naylor, O’Brien


Portsmouth v Hartlepool United

Fratton Park, a new ground to chalk off the list for me. Didn't make it last year, got as far as Norton on the A19 because of snow....

Anyway, two changes for Pools today. 

Flinders is suffering from a migrane and is replaced by Rafferty in goal. Sam Collins will be back up in an emergency. 

James Poole starts, with Jon Franks on the bench. 

Pools will line up 4-4-1-1, with Cooper scrapping the diamond midfield he's used of late. 

PORTSMOUTH: Carson; Webster, Whatmough, N’Gala, Shorey; Fogen, Hollands, Ferry, Wallis, Holmes; Taylor. Subs: Smith (gk), Devera, Bradleyt, Ertl, Drennan, Jervis, McCabe.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Rafferty; Duckworth, Collins, Burgess, Holden; Compton, Walton, Walker, Barmby; Poole, James. Subs: Franks, Rowbotham, Richards, Jones, Harrison, Oliver, Hawkins.


The Advertiser Series:

Pompey subs: Smith, Devera, East, Adyemang, Ferry, Jervis, McCabe
Pools subs: Rafferty, Harrison, Rutherford, Richards, Oliver, Hawkins, Poole


Injury hit Pompey may bring back Danny East and Simon Ferry, but Romain Padovani and Andy Barcham are still out, as is suspended skipper Ben Chorley.


For Pools, Neil Austin (toe), Andy Monkhouse and Antony Sweeney (both hamstring) and Marlon Harewood (ankle) are still out. Sunderland loanee Scott Harrison and Conor Oliver are included.

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Billericary)
Odds: H6/4; D9/4; A9/5
It's a fact: The last two meetings between these sides have ended in goalless draws.

Comment by NATALIE RILEY: Colin Cooper has urged his side not to waste the end of the season - but Pompey have it all to play for and Pools away record of late is poor.

Prediction: 2-0


The Advertiser Series:

Newcastle subs: Alnwick (gk), Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, S Taylor, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong.
Man United subs: Amos (gk), Giggs, Young, Kagawa, Nani, Welbeck, Hernandez.


Newcastle are without five of the side that won at Old Trafford in December, with Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) having joined Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy on the injury list. Luuk de Jong is likely to start after being a second-half substitute at Southampton, while Adam Armstrong returns to the bench.


Man United, who face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, are still without Robin van Persie, and Rafael is also a major injury doubt.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicester)
Odds: Newcastle 16-5, Draw 27-10, Man United 19-20
It’s a fact: Newcastle’s last league double over Man United came in 1931, when they followed up a 7-4 win at Old Trafford with a 4-3 success at St James’ Park.

Comment by SCOTT WILSON: Man United are not the force of old, but their away record this season is excellent and it could be another difficult afternoon for Newcastle.

Prediction: 1-3


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