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Kike Sola battles for possession on his Middlesbrough debut - but the Spaniard was substituted after just 45 minutes

Middlesbrough boss ready to ring the changes after admitting his faith was misguided

Jordan Rhodes applauds the Middlesbrough fans after making his debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Blackburn

Middlesbrough might have all the parts of their promotion jigsaw - but they still have to successfully put them together

Walk-out: The Kop end after fans walk out on 77 minutes in protest over ticket prices during the Premier League match at Anfield witH Sunderland

Jermain Defoe proving he can fire Sunderland to safety as a lone striker after Liverpool strike

STEPPING DOWN: Dave Mills (left) with Martin Jesper

Dave Mills to step down from Darlington

Daniel Ayala injured his ankle in Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw with Blackburn

Aitor Karanka hoping Daniel Ayala's injury is "not too serious"

Clinical: Jermain Defoe celebrates his equaliser with Lamine Kone

Allardyce thinks mood at Anfield paved way for Defoe's Sunderland equaliser against Liverpool

LAST TIME: Stephen Thompson on the ball during Darlington's visit to Salford City last season. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Final Darlington tickets for Salford City game available on Monday

Top man: Liverpool's James Milner congratulates man of the match Roberto Firmino after his goal

Match ratings: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2

Bruno Bravo was one of the try scorers in Darlington Mowden Park's win over Loughborough Students

Local Rugby Round Up: Mowden march on with 11th straight victory

Graeme Storm claims decent pay cheque in Dubai to get 2016 up and running

David Nugent celebrates after scoring Middlesbrough's equaliser against Blackburn

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

Red card: York City's Luke Hendrie was sent off at Northampton

Gateshead edge towards Wembley as York suffer further blow in defeat

Jordan Rhodes applauds the fans

Aitor Karanka defends decision not to start with Jordan Rhodes

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates his winner as Newcastle beat West Brom 1-0

Newcastle United 1 West Brom 0

David Nugent claimed Middlesbrough's equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Blackburn

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

Sidelined: Duncan Watmore was forced off after suffering this knee injury for Sunderland

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2

Liverpool v Sunderland

LIVE: Liverpool v Sunderland

Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers

LIVE: Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

Jordan Rhodes has been named on Middlesbrough's substitutes' bench for this afternoon's game with Blackburn

TEAM NEWS: No debut for Jordan Rhodes - but Kike Sola goes straight into Middlesbrough team

MATCH POSTPONED: Darlington Skelmersdale United

MATCH POSTPONED: Darlington v Skelmersdale United

Free day: Ronnie Moore

MATCH POSTPONED: Notts County v Hartlepool

Praise: Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren received some words of encouragement from Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park on Wednesday

Steve McClaren keen for Newcastle to do a 'Wigan' after chat with Roberto Martinez

Old boss: Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp will meet up with Jan Kirchhoff again today

Impressive Sunderland man Jan Kirchhoff reflects on life under Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola - plus that horror show

All eyes: Liverpool's Emre Can (left) and Sunderland's Fabio Borini battle for the ball at the Stadium of Light in December, with Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce looking on from the touchline

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce wishes Jurgen Klopp well after 'soft German' jibe

RETURN: Steven Taylor is expected to play for the first time since August. Picture: OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA

'We tried for left-backs' insists Newcastle boss as he looks for Baggies boost

Jordan Rhodes will be keeping his emotions in check if he scores against Blackburn later today

Jordan Rhodes pledges not to celebrate if he claims Middlesbrough debut goal against former employers

Jordan Rhodes speaks to the press following his deadline-day move to Middlesbrough

A tale of two roads as Jordan's journey eventually takes him to Middlesbrough

Sunday best? Ittirad is one to watch at Musselburgh tomorrow

The Aidan Coleman column: Four to relish at Sandown

Peace and Co ridden by Barry Geraghty (left) jumps the last with Zarib ridden by Harry Skelton (right) on their way to victory in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Pictur

The weekend's best bets with Charlie McCann of betvictor.com

Darlington Mowden Park v Wharfedale at the Northern Echo Arena, Darlington in National League One. Matthew Walsh of Darlington Mowden Park scores during the first half. (54994673)

Can Mowden make it 11 in a row?

Hartlepool United V Exeter City. Sky Bet League 2.Jordan Tillson and Carl Magnay get close. Picture: TOM BANKS (54980504)

Pools season starts now with a vital run of fixtures

OPTIMISTIC: Darlington midfielder Phil Turnbull

Darlington capable of ‘something special’, believes Turnbull

Middlesbrough Manager Aitor Karanka - Mandatory by-line: Paul Knight/JMP - Mobile: 07966 386802 - 16/01/2016 -  FOOTBALL - Ashton Gate Stadium - Bristol, England -  Bristol City v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship (54992014)

The North-East's best football bets of the weekend

Missing: Chancel Mbemba will be missing with an ankle problem

McClaren pinning faith on 'decent' Newcastle line-up despite injury problems

HONEST ASSESSMENT: Sam Allardyce has pulled no punches while describing Sunderland's current league position

Sam Allardyce: 'We're in a **** position" - but we can get out of it'

Aitor Karanka admits automatic promotion is Middlesbrough's sole objective following last month's squad strengthening

Aitor Karanka: 'If we fail to win automatic promotion - I'll be to blame'

Rob Elliot was Newcastle's stand-out performer in their 3-0 defeat at Everton

Rob Elliot hoping Newcastle's transfer-window feelgood factor survives their Goodison Park thrashing

TOP FORM: Gary Brown has shored up Darlington's defence. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

DARLO DIARY: Gary Brown is the signing of the season

LAST YEAR: Gary Brown on the ball during Darlington's game at Salford City last season. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Darlington tickets for match at Salford City on sale tomorrow

Nicely placed: Graeme Storm is under par in Dubai

Graeme Storm in contention in Dubai Desert Classic

Moors aim to bounce back with new assistant boss

Matt Walsh scores for Darlington Mowden Park against Wharfedale last Saturday – Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Mowden Park make it ten wins in a row

The respective captains line up ahead of the start of the Six Nations Championship, which begins this weekend

SIX NATIONS PREVIEW: Will an English resurgence be the story of the spring?

Hartlepool United V Exeter City. Sky Bet League 2.Nathan Thomas powers past Matt Oakley.Picture: TOM BANKS (54880206)

Moore backing Thomas to inspire Pools

Jordan Rhodes is eligible to make his Middlesbrough debut against his former side, Blackburn, on Saturday

Aitor Karanka confirms Jordan Rhodes' eligibility for Blackburn game

Impressive: Wahbi Khazri performed well against Manchester City and Yaya Toure on Tuesday (54686260)

Ex-Hull striker Dame N'Doye keen to avoid relegation repeat by staying with Sunderland in Premier League

BACK IN ACTION: Darlington striker Amar Purewal. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Purewal to make long-awaited Darlington return on Saturday

NEW ROLE: Darlington's Chris Hunter has switched to right-back. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Hunter relishing new role in Darlington team

Return: James

PRESS Conference update: Moore happy with his transfer dealings

Progress: Callum Tarren, middle front row, lines up with the other qualifiers for  the PGA China Tour which includes Teessider Michael Skelton. Picture: PGA China Tour

Callum Tarren has China in his hands after qualifying performance

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