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  • Norwich City v Newcastle United - Paul Fraser
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No wifi at the Stadium of Light (again), but I can tell you they eased to victory over West Ham.

Goals from Larsson, Johnson and McClean. Sessegnon outstanding, but there were great performances throughout the side. Looked like scoring every time they attacked. 



Scott McDonald scored a stoppage-time consolation with a header from Adam Reach's cross, but Boro nevertheless slipped to a deserved defeat.


After the final whistle Coloccini simply applauded the Newcastle fans along with the rest of the players. Time to go and interview him ... we will see.


FULL-TIME: Norwich City 0 Newcastle United 0

And that was that ... report to follow.


FT: Shrewsbury 1 Hartlepool 1.

Character from Pools to come back and draw 1-1. Wyke goal got Pools level and the back four were strong and organised as the game went on.

Normally Pools crumble after conceding first, but it didn't happen today. 

Saying that, the point was down to two magnificent Flinders saves in injury time. 



Game over now as Boro concede a second.

Deeney's through ball sent Vydra scampering into the area, and the Czech Republic international kept his composure to slot a low finish past Steele.


Still no goals at Carrow Road. We have had a shot on target, Krul saved Pilkington's effort. That's been about it with eight minutes left. 


Two Hartlepool subs - Walton and Wyke off, Austin and Poole on


Middlesbrough 0 Watford 1

Boro could well have been 2-0 down at the start of the second half, but Steele did well to deny Vydra as he broke clear.

Tony Mowbray has wasted no time making his first substitution of the afternoon, with Reach replacing McEachran.


Hartlepool  had a big big penalty shout rejected as Sweeney is pulled down in the box. Corner comes in and Howard header is hacked off the line. 


Shrewsbury 1 Hartlepool 1 

55 mins, cross from the right by Franks found Wyke, low shot deflected on its way past Weale. 

Signed on loan from Boro until the end of the season on Thursday, scored first goal today. 


Cabaye told to get ready, he has had the call and Pardew waiting for the next opportunity to bring him on. Newcastle need something extra.



Dreadful end to the first half as Boro concede in first-half stoppage time.

Rhys Williams tried to chest the ball back to Jason Steele after a deep cross arrived from the right, but the defender only succeeded in presenting the ball to Matej Vydra, who slotted it home.



HT: Shrewsbury 1 Pools 0.

Not much at all between the teams, both have had chances and openings on goal. 

Only difference a regular one we've seen before, Pools didn't defend well enough and failed to clear after being given a chance to on more than one occasion. 




A local suggests it is the worst half of football they have seen at Carow Road this season. Very uneventful so far.A local suggests it is the worst half of football they have seen at Carow Road this season. Very uneventful so far.


Middlesbrough 0 Watford 0

More of the same, with Boro dominating possession but struggling to carve out chances.

McDonald shot into the side netting, while McEachran wasted a great position by trying to pass to Jutkiewicz when he should have shot himself.

Watford still to record a single effort on goal.


Middlesbrough 0 Watford 0

Boro still well on top here, and should be in the lead.

Leadbitter delivered a typically dangerous corner from the left, and Hines headed over from inside the six-yard box. Waste.


Shrewsbury v Hartlepool.

25: Shrews one up, Taylor finish at the far post. Poor defending, Pools had two chances to clear and didn't take them. Cross comes over and it's too easy for Taylor to knock in. 

That after two decent chances for Pools - great curling cross from Richards for Howard, header straight at keeper Weale. 

Then Franks tried a long range effort which Weale tipped over. 

All too familiar this. 


Middlesbrough 0 Watford 0

Quiet opening period at Boro, with neither side really testing the opposition goalkeeper.

McDonald tested Almunia with a long-range strike, but a deflection took the venom out of the shot.

In other news, though, my Twitter followers will be pleased to know that the Bet of the Weekend has just won at Warwick!!!



Debuchy's first serious test was to stop Pilkington down the line. But the Norwich winger beat him to send in a dangerous cross.

Still 0-0 and Newcastle need to do more going forward.


Middlesbrough 0 Watford 0

We're under way at the Riverside, with Nicky Bailey playing at right-back.

Boro lining up in what appears to be a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Haroun and Leadbitter sitting in midfield and McEachran pushing on.


Shrewsbury v Hartlepool 

Same again for Pools - that's 4-1-3-2, third game in a row.  


SHREWSBURY TOWN: Weale; Grandison, Jacobson, Jones, Purdie, Richards, Morgan, Taylor, Goldson, McAllister, Rodgers. Subs: Anyon, Summerfield, Bradshaw, McGinn, Parry, Mambo, Gayle.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Richards, Collins, Hartley, Horwood; Murray; Sweeney, Humphreys, Franks; Howard, Wyke. Subs: Austin, Poole, Monkhouse, Baldwin, Holden McHugh, James.
Referee: Carl Berry (Surrey)


Middlesbrough vs Watford

Nicky Bailey is set to line up at right-back after Tony Mowbray opted to reshuffle his defence for the visit of Watford. 

Despite the availability of Stuart Parnaby, Bailey is expected to move from his usual position of central midfield to right-back.

However, Mowbray could opt to go with a three-man defence, having trialled the formation in last weekend's FA Cup win over Hastings.

Boro's injury problems are finally clearing up, with Seb Hines, George Friend, Josh McEachran, Emmanuel Ledesma and Scott McDonald all back in the starting line-up after a variety of knocks.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-4-2): Steele; Bailey, Hines, R Williams, Friend; Haroun, McEachran, Leadbitter, Ledesma; Jutkiewicz, McDonald.

Subs: Leutwiler (gk), Reach, Parnaby, Smallwood, Thomson, Zemmama, Miller.

WATFORD (3-5-2): Almunia; Doyley, Nosworthy, Ekstrand; Cassetti, Abdi, Chalobah, Battocchio, Pudil; Deeney, Vydra.

Subs: Bond (gk), Eustace, Yeates, Forsyth, Bond, Geijo, Forestieri.


Mathieu Debuchy set to start his first game in a Newcastle shirt following his £5.5m move from Lille.

And the biggest plus is that Fabricio Coloccini is at the heart of the defence for a game which manager Alan Pardew admitted his team could not afford to lose.

Coloccini's state of mind is said to be good following the uncertainty surrounding his future. Now he needs to find a performance befitting of a Newcastle skipper. 

NORWICH CITY (4-4-2): Bunn; Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Pilkington, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass; Hoolahan; Jackson. Subs: Rudd, Holt, Fox, E. Bennett, Barnett, R. Bennett, Kane. 
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-2): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Perch, Anita; Obertan, Marveaux, Gutierrez; Cisse. Subs:  Harper, Tavernier, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger.


Good afternoon from a freezing Stadium of Light. Here are your teams for SAFC v West Ham.

Sunderland (4-4-2): Mignolet; Gardner, O’Shea, Bramble, Colback; Johnson, Vaughan, Larsson, McClean; Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, N’Diaye, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Jaaskelainen; Demel; Collins, Reid, Potts; Diarra, Collison; Jarvis, Nolan, Cole; Cole.
Subs: Spiegel, Tomkins, Vaz Te, Taylor, Diame, Chamakh, O’Neil.

No debut for new boy Alfred N'Diaye. He's starts on the bench.  


Coloccini leads the Newcastle players out for their warm-up at Carrow Road. Applauds the away supporters already in the ground.

Hearing that he has been very relaxed in the build up to the game and that the speculation surrounding his future has not been affecting him or the squad. Time will tell.


Half-time in the early Premier League kick-off and it's goalless between QPR and Tottenham in the London derby.





Today's Middlesbrough game is scheduled to be the feature match on the BBC's Football League Show. Let's hope it's worth burning the midnight oil for....


It's absolutely freezing here in Middlesbrough, so if you're coming along to the Riverside, make sure you wrap up warm.

Boro should have plenty of players back today, with the injury list finally beginning to shorten, and will hope to move closer to the automatic promotion places.



There's no rain or snow at Carrow Road, but there is still time. It's a nice day so far for Fabricio Coloccini to make an appearance for Newcastle United. Will it be his last one?

All suggestions point to Coloccini starting and retaining the captaincy this afternoon, despite the uncertainty surrounding his future after requesting to leave.

The team coach will be due around 1.15pm and the team announced around an hour later. Keep up to date on here.

It's a big day for Newcastle, just two points above the bottom three, and Sunderland in the Premier League. But Middlesbrough could also do with another home win to stay in touch with the top two. 


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