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Summary

  • Wigan v Sunderland - Steph Clark
  • Newcastle v Reading - Paul Fraser

4:58pm

FULL-TIME: Newcastle 1 Reading 2

Adam Le Fondre's double turned this game on its head to pile ohn the misery for Newcastle, who had taken the lead through Yohan Cabaye.

Full report to follow, but the boos at the final whistle said it all. Worrying times for Newcastle.

4:55pm

FT #SAFC win 3-2. Cracking game. Nervy final few minutes but the Black Cats hold on.

4:35pm

GOAL: Newcastle 1 Reading 2, Le Fondre 77

You don't know what you're doing ringing around the stadium as Le Fondre slots in the second to put REading ahead.

4:33pm

A few chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' flying around after Cabaye - just back from injury - replaced by Bigirimana.

Newcastle - who have finally gone with two up front - could lose this. Reading pressing on. 1-1

4:29pm

GOAL: Newcastle 1 Reading 1, Le Fondre 71

Le Fondre equalises seconds after coming on and slots in Kebe cross. It's been coming. Newcastle have been second best second half.

4:20pm

Reading have had the better of the second half. Newcastle could do with stepping it up again or risk letting the lead slip.

4:20pm

Reading have had the better of the second half. Newcastle could do with stepping it up again or risk letting the lead slip.

4:11pm

3:52pm

HT WIGAN 1-3 SUNDERLAND

Goals from Fletcher (2) and Gardner (pen) put the Black Cats ahead after a Vaughan OG had given Wigan the lead.

3:46pm

GOAL! WIGAN 1-3 SUNDERLAND

Fletcher gets his second of the game after Johnson chests down Gardner's free-kick.

3:39pm

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3:38pm

 

3:37pm

GOAL: Newcastle 1 Reading 0, Cabaye 36

After Mariappa and McAnuff doubled up to concede a free-kick,  Cabaye marked his return to the team with a sweet free-kick in to the top corner from 19 yards.

3:33pm

WIGAN 1-2 SUNDERLAND: Fair play to Sunderland. Absolutely awful start but they've turned this game on its head. 

Travelling supporters in full voice away to the left and rightly so. Their side are in control now.

3:31pm

Exceptional save from Reading keeper Federici to deny Cisse's first time volley. Great move involving Debuchy and Anita in build up. Still 0-0.

3:24pm

GOAL! WIGAN 1-2 SUNDERLAND

Fletcher tucks the ball away on his second attempt after meeting N'Diaye's cross. 100mph here at the DW!!

3:19pm

GOAL! WIGAN 1-1 SUNDERLAND

Gardner finishes from the spot after McArthur handled Larsson's free-kick.

3:16pm

3:14pm

3:13pm

WIGAN 1-0 SUNDERLAND

 

The Black Cats have had two decent chances to draw level. N'Diaye and O'Shea have both seen headers go close from Larsson crosses.

Wigan knocking ball about well, though. Fast-paced start to the game.

3:12pm

Cisse has switched to the right and Shola has gone up front. Personally I'd stick them both up top and let Marveaux go wide.

3:09pm

Slow start at St James' Park. Newcastle starting with Shola Ameobi on the right of a three-man supply line behind Papiss Cisse. That'll never work ...

3:06pm

3:02pm

MARTIN O’NEILL has handed new signing Alfred N’Diaye his first start for Sunderland for this afternoon’s game against Wigan Athletic.

N’Diaye, who completed his £3.5m transfer from Bursaspor last week, came on as a substitute in last weekend’s win over West Ham United.

James McClean is the man to miss out at his expense, with Seb Larsson reverting to his natural position on the right, with Adam Johnson moving to the left.

Craig Gardner starts at right-back ahead of Phil Bardsley, while Jack Colback retains his place on the left.

Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, O’Shea, Bramble, Colback; Larsson, N’Diaye, Vaughan, Johnson; Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, McClean, Elmohamady.

Wigan: Al Habsi; Stam, Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa; Beausejour, McArthur, Gomez, McCarthy, Maloney, Di Santo.

Subs: Joel, Jones, Henrique, McManaman, Espinoza, Boselli, Golobart.

2:46pm

YOHAN CABAYE has been recalled for Newcastle United and is set to make his first start since November.

The French midfielder made his comeback against Norwich as a second half substitute but replaces James Perch in the centre of midfield against Reading.

The only other change to the Newcastle starting line-up sees Shola Ameobi come in alongside Papiss Cisse in attack. Gabriel Obertan, ineffective at Carrow Road, makes way.

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-2): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Marveaux, Anita, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ameobi, Cisse. Subs: Elliot (gk), Sammy Ameobi, Ranger, Taylor, Bigirimana, Perch, Obertan.

READING (4-4-2): Federici; Kelly, Mariappa, Pearce, Harte; McCleary, Leigertwood, Guthrie, McAnuff, Kebe; Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor (gk), Gunter, Karacan, Le Fondre, Hunt, Morrison, Akpan.

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