Live Sports Blog - Saturday, February 2, 2013

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5:00pm

Reading 2 Sunderland 1:

Full-time match report online now.

Not a good day at all for Sunderland. Reading good value for the win and their revival continues. The Great Escape theme plays out as the 24,000 strong crowd disperse from the Madejski Stadium.

4:58pm

FT: Hartlepool U 2 Notts C 1. 

First back to back wins in 17 months, fully deserved. 

4:57pm

Newcastle 3 Chelsea 2

A fantastic game at St James' Park comes to an end with Moussa Sissoko proving to be the match-winner late in injury-time.

Report to follow.  

4:56pm

IPSWICH 4 MIDDLESBROUGH 0

Boro got what they deserved at Portman Road. Mowbray's men remain winless in the league this year.

4:52pm

Newcastle 3 Chelsea 2 -  Sissoko 89

Moussa Sissoko has done it again. The ball fell kindly to him on the edge of the area before he rifled in a terrific drive low inside Cech's bottom right corner.  

4:50pm

Reading 2 Sunderland 1

4:47pm

Reading 2 Sunderland 1:

Into added on time here at Reading, Sunderland have 10 men in Reading's half as they chase an equaliser. Three minutes added on.

4:44pm

Reading 2 (Kebe 85) Sunderland 1:

Kebe heads in off the crossbar from Harte's free-kick. Sickener for Sunderland.

4:41pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Four minutes into his Sunderland debut, Graham has had two excellent chances. Both from Johnson deliveries, the first one was deflected for a corner and the second, from the flag kick, had to be well-saved by Federici.

4:39pm

IPSWICH 4 MIDDLESBROUGH 0

Smith gets his second of the game after heading in from Cresswell's corner.

4:38pm

Sub for Pools - Poole off and James on. Poole took his goal well and has never stopped all afternoon

4:38pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Graham's on - 80 minutes in here, and he gets a fine reception from the 2,000 travelling Sunderland fans. A few boos, but I think that is the Reading fans causing mischief.

4:35pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Danny Graham is stripped and ready to come on for Sunderland. Ten-minute cameo.

4:35pm

French journalist has just asked what the Newcastle fans are singing about Sissoko.

Safe to say "he's magic don't you know, you'll never get past Sissoko" will be appearing over  the English Channel in the next couple of days.

4:32pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Mignolet to Sunderland's rescue again - this time tipping Adrian Mariappa's header on to the bar from Ian Harte's corner kick.

4:29pm

Newcastle 2 Chelsea 2 - Sissoko 68

Counter-attack from Newcastle gains its rewards. Gouffran got behind the defence and had his shot saved by Cech.

But then Sissoko was on handed to side-foot over the line to level things up. That came against the run of play, now Newcastle need to make the most of the lifeline.

4:29pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Still level here. If this was on Match of the Day 10 years ago, it would be confined to the Gerald Sinstadt round-up.

4:29pm

And of course, it does mean that Hartlepool are winning 2-1 with goals from Hartley and Poole ! 

4:28pm

Notts on top with the momentum now. Putting Pools under pressure, and Campbell-Ryce needs to be culled, he's buzzing around out wide full of confidence after his goal. 

Pools need to come through this spell and settle down a bit. 

Oh and they have. A free-kick from Horwood curled to the back and Hartley scored from close range. 

4:23pm

Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2 - Mata 61 

Brilliant from Chelsea. Mata's first time shot from Torres lay-off curled high in to Krul's top right corner. 

Cisse and Cole booked for coming together during celebrations.

4:22pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Bad news for Sunderland. Adam le Fondre, the Premier League supersub, is on for Garath McLeary. 25 minutes to play here, it's 1-1. "We're going to score in a minute" sing the Reading fans.

4:18pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

James McClean's coming on for Sunderland. Meanwhile, Steve Walford will be in trouble with his boss - he's just flicked a loose ball into Martin O'Neill's face.

Vaughan comes off for McClean (62)

4:17pm

IPSWICH 3 MIDDLESBROUGH 0.

Aaron McLean adds a third for the hosts. Boro all over the place at Portman Road. Are the wheels coming off Boro's promotion hopes??

4:16pm

Newcastle 1 Chelsea 1 - Lampard 55

The Blues have been the stronger in the second half and Lampard has just struck an incredible drive from 25 yards inside Krul's top right corner.

 

4:12pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Sessegnon (55) foul

4:12pm

Pools 1 Notts 1. 

Jamal Campbell-Ryce levels on 55 mins. Skipped across and through the Pools defence on the right side to shoot low into the far corner. 

Decent individual effort.

4:12pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Chance there for Reading. Ian Harte lashed in a free kick from 30 yards out, Mignolet pushed away, Kebe crossed and Pearce headed wide.

4:09pm

IPSWICH 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 0

McGoldrick scores from 22 yards after Boro stood off and allowed the shot to be taken. 

4:06pm

One change at HT for Boro. McEachran on for Ledesma.

Jutkiewicz almost draws Boro level but his header goes wide.

4:02pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Half-time substitution for Sunderland - Danny Rose on for Seb Larsson

3:50pm

Newcastle lead courtesy of Gutierrez's first goal since February last year. Still plenty to do, but Chelsea will have to deliver in the second half without Ba.

3:49pm

Perch given a harsh caution for kicking the ball away after it went out.

3:48pm

IPSWICH 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 0.

Smith put the hosts ahead on 38 minutes. Boro not in game first half. Big improvement needed if they want to get their first league win of the year.

3:47pm

Positive performance from Pools, leading 1-0 at the break. 

Started well, and their workrate is seeing them through. Classy finish from James Poole for the lead and, while they've had a couple of worries at the back, they deserve the half-time applause. 

 

3:46pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1

3:43pm

GOAL: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 Gutierrez 41

Just double checking. It was, it really was. Jonas Guttierez has  headed the Magpies  in front from Santon cross. His first goal since February last year.

And to make matters wors for Chelsea, Ba has gone off. Torres on.

3:42pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Penalty shout for Reading as McAnuff fell in the box. Jack Colback proved to have won the ball from McAnuff who then brought Vaughan down. Mason gave the foul Sunderland's way.

3:41pm

IPSWICH 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 0

Tommy Smith puts the hosts ahead after he headed in Cresswell's corner.

 

3:40pm

Couple of scares for Pools as Notts edge a way back into it. 

Hartley stood up to block a Campbell-Ryce shot and from the corner, Austin knocked the ball off the line after Arquin met it.

Big five mins before half-time this for Pools. 

3:39pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Sunderland have settled since their equaliser. Five minutes to go until half-time and they have enjoyed a handful of attacks.

That was until Reading had a free-kick, arrowed in by Harte, which was glanced towards goal by Pogrebnyak and Mignolet had to paw away.

3:38pm

Another good chance for Newcastle. The best so far. Cabaye's shot blocked but fell kindly for Cisse. The striker's side-foot shot was struck reasonably well but Cech got down low to stop.

3:34pm

Ba ..... denied by Krul and then headed wide. receiving treatment now after clash with Colo. Cue chants of 'one greedy so and so'

Still 0-0 with 12 minutesd until half-time.

3:33pm

3:33pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

33: Bramble (foul) on Pogrebnyak

3:31pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

I say stroke of luck - Sunderland have been garbage so far, right up until they had those chances against Federici. But they're right back in it now.

3:31pm

Strong tackle from Ramires on Gutierrez lands the Brazilian a yellow card on half an hour.

3:30pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1:

Sunderland back on level terms, and it's a stroke of luck. Pavel Pogrebnyak fouled John O'Shea, the linesman gave it and Gardner makes it two from two in terms of penalty conversions, rifling it past Federici.

3:30pm

Gouffran looking very neat and tidy on the ball. His influence has started to grow. He just needs to find his man with a cross now. 

3:28pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 1 (Gardner 29)

3:28pm

Oh Davide. Santon dipping volley drops just wide of the far post from 20 yards. Newcastle gaining confidence and need to make the most of their chances.

3:27pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 0:

PENALTY to Sunderland.

3:27pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 0:

Seb Larsson is playing wide right today, with Sessegnon tucked in behind Fletcher, Adam Johnson wide left.

 

3:25pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 0:

Chance for Sunderland! Another chance for Sunderland! Alfred N'Diaye's shot was pushed away by Adam Federici, who managed to get his body in the way of Seb Larsson's follow-up. Two efforts to chalk against the 'shots on' column.

3:20pm

Cabaye just stung the palms (yes, stung the palms) of Petr Cech, who then got down low to deny Cisse. Things warming up at St James', although Lampard should have put Chelsea ahead earlier.

3:19pm

3:19pm

 

3:19pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 0:

19: Gardner (foul) on McCleary

3:15pm

Ipswich 0-0 Middlesbrough

Nothing significant to note so far at Portman Road. Boro need to get Dyer and Ledesma on the ball more. Playing too narrow at the moment.

 

 

3:10pm

3:09pm

3:08pm

GOAL: Hartlepool 1 Notts C 0

Great start for Pools, five mins in and James Poole scores. 

Quick break out started by Walton and Franks crossed from the right high into the area. Poole seemed to take too long in there, but a deft touch teed himself up for a finish from close range. 

3:08pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 0:

Awful defending as Sunderland go behind. Jobi McAnuff scoops a ball in for Jimmy Kebe, John O'Shea stood off and allowed Kebe to arrow a shot past Mignolet and into the top corner.

3:06pm

Reading 1 Sunderland 0: Kebe (7)

3:04pm

Reading 0 Sunderland 0:

Candidate for earliest booking of the season there, as McAnuff goes into the book for a foul on Fletcher inside 30 seconds. It gave us the opportunity to test out our shiny new buttons on the live blog. There's similar icons for red cards, goals, full time and half time. As well as fours, fifties, hundreds and wickets. Not sure whether there's going to be any need for those today, mind you.

3:00pm

Reading 0 Sunderland 0

1: McAnuff (foul) on Fletcher

3:00pm

 

2:59pm

Referee Lee Mason gets us underway as Sunderland play towards, erm, the stand to the left. Let's call it the Left Stand.

2:59pm

Half-time at The Northern Echo Arena and Darlington Mowden Park lead Bromsgrove 28-7.

The hosts scored their first ever try in their new home inside the opening minute, with Lewis Johnson crossing to the left of the posts.

They added further tries from Chris McTurk, Craig Dominic and Shaun McCartney to claim a bonus point before the halfway stage of the first half.

Fly-half Grant Connon successfully converted all four tries, but Bromsgrove finally got on the scoresheet as prop Stephen Blackburn crashed over from close range shortly before the interval.

2:54pm

Good afternoon from Portman Road, where Ipswich host Boro.

The big news for the visitors is that Kieron Dyer starts after completing his move to the Teessiders yesterday. 

Dyer returns to the club where it all started 16 years ago and he will want to get Boro their first league win of 2013.

Jonathan Woodgate starts alongside Andre Bikey in central defence, while Rhys Williams starts at right back.

Dyer starts on the right alongside Grant Leadbitter, Faris Haroun and Emmanuel Ledesma in midfield with Marvin Emnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz leading their attack.

Boro: Steele; Williams, Woodgate, Bikey, Friend; Dyer, Leadbitter, Haroun, Ledesma; Emnes, Jutkiewicz.

Mustapha Carayol also makes his first appearance on the bench since September after recovering from injury.

Subs: Ripley, Bailey, Hines, McEachran, Carayol, Parnaby, Reach

 

Ipswich: Loach, Stearman, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, Hyam, N'Daw, Murphy, Mclean, McGoldrick.

Subs: Henderson, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, Drury, Wordsworth, Nouble, Chopra.

2:54pm

Good afternoon from Portman Road, where Ipswich host Boro.

The big news for the visitors is that Kieron Dyer starts after completing his move to the Teessiders yesterday. 

Dyer returns to the club where it all started 16 years ago and he will want to get Boro their first league win of 2013.

Jonathan Woodgate starts alongside Andre Bikey in central defence, while Rhys Williams starts at right back.

Dyer starts on the right alongside Grant Leadbitter, Faris Haroun and Emmanuel Ledesma in midfield with Marvin Emnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz leading their attack.

Boro: Steele; Williams, Woodgate, Bikey, Friend; Dyer, Leadbitter, Haroun, Ledesma; Emnes, Jutkiewicz.

Mustapha Carayol also makes his first appearance on the bench since September after recovering from injury.

Subs: Ripley, Bailey, Hines, McEachran, Carayol, Parnaby, Reach

 

Ipswich: Loach, Stearman, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, Hyam, N'Daw, Murphy, Mclean, McGoldrick.

Subs: Henderson, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, Drury, Wordsworth, Nouble, Chopra.

2:54pm

Good afternoon from Portman Road, where Ipswich host Boro.

The big news for the visitors is that Kieron Dyer starts after completing his move to the Teessiders yesterday. 

Dyer returns to the club where it all started 16 years ago and he will want to get Boro their first league win of 2013.

Jonathan Woodgate starts alongside Andre Bikey in central defence, while Rhys Williams starts at right back.

Dyer starts on the right alongside Grant Leadbitter, Faris Haroun and Emmanuel Ledesma in midfield with Marvin Emnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz leading their attack.

Boro: Steele; Williams, Woodgate, Bikey, Friend; Dyer, Leadbitter, Haroun, Ledesma; Emnes, Jutkiewicz.

Mustapha Carayol also makes his first appearance on the bench since September after recovering from injury.

Subs: Ripley, Bailey, Hines, McEachran, Carayol, Parnaby, Reach

 

Ipswich: Loach, Stearman, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, Hyam, N'Daw, Murphy, Mclean, McGoldrick.

Subs: Henderson, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, Drury, Wordsworth, Nouble, Chopra.

2:45pm

2:45pm

Richard Mason, Reading v Sunderland:

Not surprised to see Graham on the bench this afternoon, with O'Neill keeping faith with the same XI for the third game running now. Possibly more attention will be on the respective teams' technical areas, with Adam Le Fondre and Graham likely to be tasty subplots to this fixture.

2:44pm

Looking forward to seeing Newcastle's new-boys in action. Sissoko, particularly, to see what the fuss is all about. 

2:40pm

 

Teams are in from St James' Park. Demba Ba gets the nod for Chelsea ahead of Fernando Torres.

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Taylor, Santon; Perch, Cabaye; Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse. Subs: Elliot (gk), Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Sh Ameobi, Marveaux, Obertan.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Lampard,  Oscar, Mata; Ramires, Bertrand; Ba. Subs: Turnbull (gk), Torres, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta, Benayoun, Ake.   

 

2:37pm

Hartlepool v Notts County 

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood; Walton, Humphreys, Baldwin; Franks, Poole; Wyke. Subs: McHugh (gk), Monkhouse, Luscombe, Rowbotham, Rutherford, Holden, James.
NOTTS COUNTY: Spiess; Sheehan, Leacock, Liddle, Judge, Hughes, Zoko, Arquin, Labadie, Campbell-Ryce, Boucaud. Subs: Kelly, Smith, Showumni, Mahon, Bencherif, Nagle, Pilkington (gk).
Referee: Steve Rushton (Stoke)

 

It's the same starting XI for Pools as they desperately seek back to back wins this season for the first time - and a first home win since September. 

They've lost seven successive at home and, after last weekend's win at Portsmouth, need to turn it around. 

Notts skipper for the day is Gary Liddle, the ex-Pools midfielder who moved to Meadow Lane last summer. 

2:36pm

2:35pm

Before we get to the football, Darlington Mowden Park have made a bit of North-East sporting history this afternoon by kicking off their first game at their new home, The Northern Echo Arena.

There's a healthy crowd in - must be more than 1,000 - and there were speeches from the Mowden chairman and Darlington's Mayor before kick-off.

On the pitch, things are going equally well, with Mowden leading 28-0 halfway through the first half. With four tries scored, they've already secured a bonus point.

2:35pm

Richard Mason, Reading v Sunderland:

It's an unchanged team for Martin O'Neill at the Madejski Stadium, with new signing Danny Graham settling for a spot on the bench. Danny Rose is in O'Neill's squad too, but cannot dislodge Jack Colback who will retain the left-back berth.

For Reading, Adam Le Fondre is on the bench, while former Black Cat Ian Harte starts at left back.

READING: Federici; Kelly, Mariappa, Pearce, Harte; Kebe, McCleary, Leigertwood, McAnuff; Pogrebnyak, Akpan. Subs: Shorey, Karacan, Le Fondre, Morrison, Guthrie, Blackman, Taylor.
SUNDERLAND (4-5-1): Mignolet; Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Colback; Sessegnon, Larsson, N'Diaye, Vaughan, Johnson; Fletcher. Subs: Bardsley, Rose, Graham, Mangane, Wickham, Westwood, McClean.

2:26pm

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