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  • Brighton v Newcastle United - FA Cup
  • Bolton v Sunderland - FA Cup
  • Hastings v Middlesbrough - FA Cup



Middlesbrough 4 Hastings 1

It's Boro who are in the fourth round after avoiding a FA Cup shock at the Riverside to non-league Hastings.

Zemmama's brace and a goal each from  Halliday and Miller did the damage. For a full report see the match report section. 



Good comeback from Sunderland, who remain in the FA Cup.

They started dreadfully, but deserve a lot of credit for their comeback, which was unquestionably sparked by the arrival of Connor Wickham.


FT: South Shields 0 Darlington 3. Comfortable for Quakers, spurned chances to make the scoreline even more convincing. #echosport


And by the way, can you believe that the official attendance is more than 12,000 at the Riverside - including 1068 Hastings fans. You'd have thought Boro would lock the doors two away fans earlier. 


Goal: Middlesbrough 4 Hastings 1 (Miller 84)

Miller makes up for his penalty miss by slotting in a tidy finish after Haroun's pass. 



Sunderland are level thanks to a great strike from Craig Gardner.

A short corner ended with Adam Johnson crossing, and the ball was only cleared to Gardner 22 yards out.

Without breaking stride, he cracked a ferocious rising drive that arrowed into the net. Great goal.


GOAL: #Darlington 3-0 up now. Nice lobbed ball over defence by Jonny Davis and a calm finish by Joe Tait – definitely Joe Tait this time! #echosport


GOAL: Middlesbrough 3 Hastings 1 (Goldberg 69)

Goldberg, the son of former Crystal Palace chairman Mark, has scored a fantastic consolation. A terrific drive from outside the box flew high beyond Steele.


GOAL: Middlesbrough 3 Hastings 0 (Zemmama 68)

Zemmama has added his second. A long range strike which took a wicked deflection.


GOAL: Amar Purewal’s 15th goal of the season puts Darlington 2-0 up. A tap-in after South Shields keeper James Winter had parried Thompson’s shot. 


Lee Carey's 22 yard strike tipped on to the post by Steele. Lifts the Hastings fans behind the goal. That would have made it interesting. Boro still 2-0 up.



Sunderland have a lifeline thanks to Connor Wickham, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he scored.

McClean's shot was blocked in the area, and the ball fell kindly for Wickham, who had replaced the injured Carlos Cuellar, to drill a shot through Lonergan's legs.

Game on.



Sunderland have a lifeline thanks to Connor Wickham, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he scored.

McClean's shot was blocked in the area, and the ball fell kindly for Wickham, who had replaced the injured Carlos Cuellar, to drill a shot through Lonergan's legs.

Game on.


Bolton 2 Sunderland 0

More injury problems for Sunderland as Carlos Cuellar goes off feeling his hamstring. He's replaced by Connor Wickham, with Phil Bardsley going to centre-half.


Sounds like Boro will be the only North-East team in round four. Bolton have gone 2-0 up at the Reebok against Sunderland. 



Desperate start to the second half for Sunderland, who are now two goals behind.

A well-worked short corner routine ended in Bolton winger Martin Petrov crossing the ball into the box.

Simon Mignolet could only produce a weak punch, and after Darren Pratley headed the ball back into the area, Marvin Sordell reacted quickest to head into the corner of the net.

Long way back from here...


Vital last-ditch challenge by South Shields' Mark Brown takes the ball off David Dowson’s toes as he was about to shoot following  Adam Nicholls’ through-ball.


GOAL: Middlesbrough 2 Hastings 0 (Halliday 47)

Halliday on hand to turn in from Williams' corner. Boro should take complete control now. 


Richard Mason - Brighton 2 Newcastle 0:

It won't help Newcastle's mood to see Demba Ba open his Chelsea account today. Not even a little bit.


Richard Mason - Brighton 2 Newcastle 0:

Spoke to Alan Pardew and Mike Williamson after the game. The inquest will not be kind on the Magpies, but the mitigating circumstances were there. The squad looked leggy and will now miss an extra two players for the next game against Norwich, with Ameobi suspended and Perch a doubt with a knee injury. It doesn't rain...

Here's your post-match report anyway, if you wish to relive the game again. Go on.



A poor first half means Sunderland are just 45 minutes away from going out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle.

They've had plenty of the ball, but have sent a succession of crosses into the Bolton box without really troubling their opponents.

And they've been really poor at the other end, with Cuellar's error contributing to the goal and Bramble making a succession of mistakes and bad passes.


Approaching half-time and Steele just had to make a save from Halliday's goalbound block from Camara cross. Boro still leading 1-0.

Hastings fans have found their voice since Boro goal. They've had a few half chances and Mowbray will want to see more in the second half.


HT: South Shields 0 #Darlington 1. Only a one-goal lead, though DFC had chances to score more, especially early on. #echosport


Another save from Darlington’s Mark Bell, this time low to his left to deny Graham. South Shields encouraged by last 10mins.


Hastings have got their first corner, but then Boro break and almost add a second. But  Hastings' player-boss Sean Ray made a superb block on Ishmael Miller as he went clean through. 1-0 


Cracking save by Mark Bell keeps Darlington 1-0 up, tipping over a Steven Graham blast. South Shields' Tony Coe headed over from the corner. 


The peanut butter pitch has just made a fool of South Shields’ Mark Brown, hammering the ball out for a throw when he tried to pass back to the keeper. Or perhaps he just took his eye off the ball. 34mins, Darlington 1-0 up and balance of play more level now.


A hugely uninformed South Shields fan has just expressed surprise that George Reynolds is no longer involved with Darlington. “I thought he was dedicated to the club?”


Bolton 1 Sunderland 0

Sunderland coming back into this and forcing plenty of pressure, but the Bolton defence holding firm so far.

Plenty of crosses going into the box, but Zat Knight and Sam Rocketts have won a succession of headers so far.


Pitch is dreadful at Filtrona Park. Soft and boggy, for the South Shields and Darlington players it must be like playing on peanut butter.

No excuse, though for Joe Tait’s blunder which gave Tony Coe a shooting chance. The defender dallied on the ball inside his own penalty and was dispossessed, but recovered and blocked the resulting shot. 25mins, 0-1 still.


Middlesbrough 1 Hastings 0  (Zemmama 22)

GOAL: Zemmama curls the opening goal in from 22 yards, delightful. Hastings have started like a part-time team, need to show more if they are going to spring a surprise. 


Bolton 1 Sunderland 0

Sunderland's afternoon has just gone from bad to worse, with Danny Rose hobbling off with a hamstring injury.

The full-back went straight down the tunnel, and has been replaced by Jack Colback. He'll definitely be out for a few weeks.


Boro waste a penalty. Miller won it and then missed it. Rubbish penalty, comfortably saved by O'Brien. Still 0-0


Darlington on top. James Winter saved low down from Stephen Thompson who fired in a low effort 20 yards out. Minutes earlier, Amar Purewal tried a shot on the turn as Quakers looked for a second goal.


Darlington had already hit the woodwork after six minutes. Terry Galbraith’s free-kick towards the near post diverted onto bar by SS’s Tony Coe.



Dreadful start for Sunderland, who have fallen behind after Carlos Cuellar committed an absolute howler.

Cuellar could have cleared the ball anywhere from close to the touchline, but instead played the ball straight to Chung-Yong Lee.

With Simon Mignolet completely out of position through no fault of his own, Lee simply swept the ball home from 25 yards.

Hardly the first major error Cuellar has made recently.


GOAL: #Darlington 1-0 up at South Shields with Joe Tait’s fourth goal of the season. Back-post tap-in after a Terry Galbraith corner. #echosport


Bolton 0 Sunderland 0

Fairly low key opening ten minutes here at the Reebok, with neither side having created a chance of note at this stage.

Sunderland are lining up in a 4-5-1 formation with Craig Gardner playing furthest forward of the three central midfielders.




Tony Mowbray loves to mix it up and he has done so again.

This time the Boro boss has gone for Nicky Bailey, Rhys Williams and Andy Halliday as a three-man defene.

Adam Reach and Stuart Parnaby effectively join a four man midfield with Kevin Thomson and Richie Smallwood behind three-man attack.

No joy so far. Still 0-0 although Hastings yet to get near Boro box. 



Bolton vs Sunderland

There are 5,000 Sunderland fans housed in the away end at the Reebok today - on the first weekend of the new year, that's quite a statement of support.

The sun's gone in, but it's still unseasonably mild in a stadium that is usually right up there as one of the coldest in the country.

Let's hope the action's just as hot....


South Shields: Winter, Smith, Pickering, Renshaw, Brown, Graham, Wightman, Henderson, Ramsey, Coe, Feasey. Subs: Kane, Robinson, Burnicle, Anzevui, Robinson

Darlington: Bell, Harrison, Galbraith, Davis, Brown, Tait, Thompson, Scott, Purewal, Nicholls, Dowson. Subs: Sweet, Porter (gk), Richardson, Emms, Mitchell


Amar Purewal returns to the side as league leaders Darlington’s only change for today’s top versus bottom match at South Shields.

The forward returns to the starting XI ahead of Nathan Thomas in what is Quakers’ first match since the 4-2 Boxing Day win over Norton & Stockton Ancients.

That was Darlington’s last match as their game with Bishop Auckland last Saturday was postponed, but Martin Gray’s men remain seven points clear at the top of the Northern League.

They should be quietly confident of maintaining that advantage today as they face a side in freefall that has lost its last seven matches. Furthermore, South Shields have tasted defeat in 13 of their past 14 league fixtures.

After a blip in form, Darlington’s form has improved. Before beating Norton, they drew with second-placed Spennymoor and defeated Durham, which boosted morale following surprise back-to-back defeats at Team Northumbria and Newton Aycliffe.



Brighton might have made the most of Pardew's selection at the Amex, but if Hastings were to knock Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup this afternoon it would rank alongside some of the greatest shocks.

Surely not ...


Twenty minutes until kick-off at the Riverside. As expected Nicky Bailey looks set to play centre-back because of a long list of injuries.

Scott McDonald does make the bench along with Faris Haroun. There are also inclusions among the substitutes for 16-year-old Bryn Morris and fellow academy graduate Jordan Jones.


MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1): Steele; Parnaby, R Williams, Bailey, Halliday; Smallwood, Thomson; Reach, Zemmama, L Williams;  Miller. Subs: Leutwiler (gk), Jutkiewicz, Jones, McDonald, Morris, Burgess, Haroun.

HASTINGS (4-4-2): O'Brien; Cox, Ray, Jirbandey, Whitehead; Crelin, Dixon, Carey, Goldberg; Camara, Vickers. Subs: Howard (gk), Ellis, Okojie, Manning, Daly, Richardson, Abbott. 


Bolton vs Sunderland

Unlike Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, Martin O'Neill has decided to go with a full-strength side for Sunderland's FA Cup third-round game at Bolton.

Stephane Sessegnon is unavailable because of injury, while Matt Kilgallon and Jack Colback drop to the bench from the side that started Wednesday's 3-0 defeat at Liverpool.

Phil Bardsley and Titus Bramble return to the Black Cats' back four, with David Vaughan lining up in a five-man midfield.

BOLTON (4-4-2): Lonergan; Riley, Knight, Ricketts, Alonso; Pratley, Andrews, Lee, Petrov; Sordell, Ngog.

Subs: Bogdan (gk), Mears, Ream, Eagles, Spearing, Lester, Davies.

SUNDERLAND (4-5-1): Mignolet; Bardsley, Cuellar, Bramble, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, Vaughan, McClean; Fletcher. 

Subs: Westwood (gk), Kilgallon, Colback, McFadden, Wickham, Campbell.


FULL TIME: Brighton 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, going down to Brighton for the second year running. Alan Pardew has won just one game in the FA Cup for Newcastle and they never looked like winning it today. Brighton by far the better side.


Richard Mason - Brighton 2 Newcastle 0:

Former Rotherham youngster Will Hoskins scores Brighton's second. Game over. Newcastle were unlucky here last season, they've been absolutely terrible this year. Brighton march into fourth round.


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Newcastle have had a bit of a go, but they're getting nowhere here. You can't put your money on any of the Magpies' players out there to grab a goal.

Meanwhile, Kazenga LuaLua has skewed a low shot into the side netting. 1-0, 5 to play.


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Sylvain Marveaux coming on for Newcastle, they need something... anything. Something.


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Ameobi will be suspended for the Norwich game now. What is worse for Newcastle is that you can't appeal yellow cards, so the suspension will stand regardless. Seemed to be harsh for me. Would have to see it again to make my mind up.


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Shola Ameobi sent off for a second yellow card after he fouled full-back David Lopez. Dear, oh dear. Tough task just got tougher.


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Observing Paul Dummett closely. He's highly rated by Newcastle, and has just returned from a loan spell at St Mirren where he made 19 appearances this season.

For Brighton, Orlandi is replaced by Kazenga LuaLua. The former Newcastle youngster missed the chance to face his old team last season through injury.


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Change in formation has seen Newcastle look a bit brighter. But only a bit. Looking at both XIs on the pitch, it's hard to compare man to man and come away with any other opinion than this is Brighton's for the taking. Brighton have got potential and quality in Bridcutt, Mackail-Smith, Bridge, Lopez and Hammond. A huge indication that Newcastle need reinforcements this month.



Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Half-time substitutes an interesting one for Newcastle - James Perch off as Paul Dummett comes on, and Mehdi Abeid's afternoon ends as Nile Ranger comes on as the Magpies go 4-4-2.


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Former Newcastle manager - and the last one before Pardew to take a side into Europe - Glenn Roeder is in the crowd today, wondering what he makes of it.


Strong opinions on Twitter so far...


HALF TIME: Brighton 1 Newcastle 0

Brighton are ahead, but can't see that much wrong with Newcastle so far. Defending was poor for the goal, but we've seen enough evidence of that in the last few weeks. Newcastle will come out of the blocks in the second half and they will go for it. The last thing they need right now is taking this tie to a replay.


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Just before the goal, the usually mild-mannered (!) John Carver exchanged a few curt words with Brighton coach Charlie Oatway in the technical area. I've covered my fair share of Newcastle games this season and never does a game go by without him getting involved in some kind of handbags on the bench. I'm all for getting behind your team, but with Newcastle's record this season, shouldn't he be concentrating on his own team rather than starting fights with opposition coaches?


Richard Mason - Brighton 1 Newcastle 0:

Liking the look of Liam Bridcutt in the centre for Brighton. Sits in front of the Seagulls defence and keeps it neat and tidy. Seen him a few times over the last couple of seasons and he's one of those players that doesn't get the plaudits he deserves.


Richard Mason - Brighton v Newcastle:

Andrea Orlandi opens the goalscoring with a deft touch and finish from Wayne Bridge's cross.


Richard Mason - Brighton v Newcastle:

Here's your teams. As expected, Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini are left out, with Shola Ameobi ploughing a lone furrow up top. James Tavernier is given a run out at right back, while Mehdi Abeid, Vurnon Anita and Gael Bigirimana make up a youthful central midfield. Rob Elliot starts between the sticks.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION (4-5-1): Ankergren; Lopez, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Barnes, Hammond,  Bridcutt, Dicker, Orlandi; Mackail-Smith. Subs:Kuszczak, Dunk, Hoskins, Crofts, Dobbie, LuaLua, Buckley.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-5-1): Elliot; Tavernier, Williamson, Santon; Sam Ameobi, Anita, Bigirimana, Abeid, Obertan; Shola Ameobi. Subs: Krul, Amalfitano, Marveaux, Ranger, Ferguson, Dummett, Campbell.


Richard Mason - Brighton v Newcastle: 

Apologies for the delay. Technical gremlins have thus far prevented me providing you with action from today's FA Cup third round game between Brighton and Newcastle. It's on the TV anyway, so it's not as if you've been missing out. Unless you're watching Saturday Kitchen. If you are, I have to seriously question your priorities in life.


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