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  • Tottenham v Newcastle United (12.45) - Paul Fraser
  • Sunderland v Arsenal - Steph Clark
  • Middlesbrough v Barnsley - Scott Wilson
  • Swindon v Hartlepool - Nick Loughlin
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Boro's crisis continues as they slip to a dreadful home defeat to Barnsley.

Tony Mowbray's side are still to claim a single league victory in 2013, yet somehow still find themselves four points clear of the side in seventh position, who are now Blackburn.




Cazorla goal wins in for the Gunners, but Sunderland came close to drawing level late on. Excellent game at the Stadium of Light.


Full-time: Swindon 1 Pools 1

Great turnaround in the second half after being under the cosh for long periods.

Real spirited defending from Pools kept them in it, as did three unreal saves from Flinders at the start of the second half.

Monkhouse scored the leveller from close range, after a cracking ball into the area from Humphreys. 

A very good point. 


Hebburn 1 (Stephenson), Darlington 7 (Galbraith, Gott 2, Purewal 2, Emms, Dowson).


Hebburn Town v Darlington

Craig Gott’s free-kick gives me a ‘seventh Hebburn’ headline. Hebburn 1, Darlington 7.


Hebburn Town v Darlington

Amar Purewal’s second goal of the game makes it 6-1 after a David Dowson cross. 


Hebburn Town v Darlington
Johnson’s flicked header saved by keeper Dan Regan and Amar Purewal’s attempt to ram the loose ball home was blocked on the line.


Hebburn Town v Darlington

David Dowson makes it 5-1 from 18 yards. The two-man advantage was always going to tell. 


Hebburn Town v Darlington

Chris Emms makes it 4-1 to Darlington with a terrific strike on 79mins. Struck the ball true from 25 yards, keeper had no chance. 



BARNSLEY 3 (Scotland 76)

Boro are behind again, and this goal really was a farcical one.

Jason Steele slipped as he was attempting to deal with a back-pass from Hines, and was forced to drop on to the ball to prevent Dagnall stealing it.

From the resultant indirect free-kick in the area, Jason Scotland drilled in a low free-kick that was deflected past Steele.


Hebburn Town v Darlington

Chris Emms dribbled into the penalty area and won a corner after which Amar Purewal drifted the ball across the penalty area, but it was just beyond the far post. 77mins, 1-3.




GOAL: Andy Monkhouse makes it 1-1 for Hartlepool at Swindon.

Lovely ball from Humphreys across goal picked out his man and Monkhouse scrambled in.

Pools had plenty of possession this half, and goal came after a rare spell of pressure. 


GOAL: Andy Monkhouse makes it 1-1 for Hartlepool at Swindon.

Lovely ball from Humphreys across goal picked out his man and Monkhouse scrambled in.

Pools had plenty of possession this half, and goal came after a rare spell of pressure. 



BARNSLEY 2 (Golbourne 69)

Boro concede for a second time, and this goal is straight from the Stoke City training manual.

Rory Delap, on loan at Barnsley from the Britannia Stadium, delivered a long throw into the box.

Jason Steele punched clear, Etuhu recycled the ball back into the area, and as three Boro defenders stood watching, Scott Golbourne stabbed the ball home.




Hebburn Town v Darlington
Darlington have now made all three substitutions with Steven Johnson on for Stephen Thompson. Chris Emms and Darren Richardson are on for Adam Nicholls and Terry Galbraith. 68mins, 1-3.


Still Swindon 1 Pools 0.

Flinders made three sublime and superb saves at the start of the half to keep it at that. 

Since then, plenty of Pools possession without really penetrating the home side. 




Hebburn Town v Darlington
Attendance is 489. 61mins gone, 3-1 to Darlington. Hebburn keeping their shape well, stubborn opposition. 


BORO 2 (Main 62)


Boro have turned this around in the space of 12 minutes and now lead 2-1.

Rhys Williams crossed from the right, and Foster, who was heavily implicated in the first goal, headed towards his own net.

Steele saved, but half-time substitute Curtis Main was on hand at the back post to head in the rebound from close range.



Jenkinson (second yellow)

The defender given his marching orders after rash challenge on Sessegnon. Gunners down to ten men and without Wilshere. Way back in for Sunderland?


Hebburn Town 1 Darlington 3

Amar Purewal scores his 16th goal of the season to make it 3-1 to Darlington. Slid home from close-range after a low Terry Galbraith cross. 





Hebburn Town v Darlington
Joe Tait’s header hits the side-netting. After Adam Nicholls had been fouled by Chris Jewels, he met Terry Galbraith’s free-kick at the far post.


BORO 1 (Carayol 50)


Boro level at the start of the second half.

Carayol pressurised Foster and managed to squeeze ahead of the defender to force in a shot.

The keeper parried it, but Carayol followed up and side-footed the rebound into the net.


Hebburn Town v Darlington
Chance for Hebburn. Dan Kirkup met Tony Stephenson’s corner to head powerfully at goal, but the effort was cleared off the line by right-back Stephen Harrison. 49mins, 1-2.





The second half is under way at the Riverside, with Curtis Main having replaced the ineffective Lukas Jutkiewicz at the interval.





Hebburn 1 Darlington 2. That’s what we called incident-packed. Three goals, two red cards, but Hebburn doing well to keep it down to 2-1.




Boro have been booed off at half-time - and deservedly so. Wretched first-half display, with only really chance being wasted by Jutkiewicz as he shot wide shortly before the break.

Devoid of ideas and cohesion - Boro will have to improve markedly after break if they're going to secure first league win of 2013.


Hebburn Town v Darlington
Thompson twice denied on half-time, first via a defender’s block and then by a save by Dan Regan. And now Adam Nicholls has blasted over the bar. Darlington on top against the nine men, but still only 2-1.


HT: Swindon 1 Pools 0.

Early goal from Ferry the difference, but Swindon the better team and causing plenty of problems. 




Hebburn Town v Darlington
Adam Nicholls shot over the bar after good work on the left by Stephen Thompson, and soon afterwards Thompson hits the crossbar. Dowson tucked home the rebound but was offside. In the build-up to Thompson hitting the bar, he had been flattened in front of the Darlington dug-out by Wayne Gredziak, but the ref called no foul.




Hebburn Town v Darlington
Thompson misses a chance to make it 3-1, hitting the side-netting after collecting a David Dowson back-heel. Hebbun down to nine men so playing 4-3-1 formation. 38mins, 1-2.



Cazorla (36)

Deadlock broken and Arsenal deserve their lead. Wilshere played in Walcott on the edge of the area, he dinked the ball back to Cazorla, who hit a low, hard drive past Mignolet.

As you'd expect, the Gunners are passing the ball beautifully. Sunderland not seeing a lot of the ball, but they are trying to hit Wenger's men on the break.





Boro struggling here and lacking any kind of cohesion in midfield.

Bailey in particular is giving the ball away much too cheaply, and Ledesma and Carayol aren't really seeing much of the action on the flanks.

All a bit worrying really.


Jeff Forsyth becomes the second Hebburn player sent off on 24 minutes, second bookable offence.


Hebburn Town v Darlington

Darlington 2-1 up from the resulting free-kick, Craig Gott’s effort taking a deflection.


Hebburn Town v Darlington
Lee Harrison sent off fouling David Dowson as he ran at goal. Hebburn’s second red card against Darlington inside four days.



Giroud goes close for the Gunners. Low shot rolls just past Mignolet's far post. Black Cats holding their own, though. Sessegnon looking lively and N'Diaye pressing well.


Pools one down at Swindon, Ferry sweeping move from one end of the pitch to the other. 

Three passes from penalty area to penalty area and Ferry swept in low. 




Boro have just about recovered their poise after conceding an early goal, but Barnsley look well organised at the back.

Ledesma curled narrowly wide after a lay off from Leadbitterm, but Luke Steele hasn't really been tested in the Barnsley goal yet.


Bit of an atmosphere here at Swindon - home fans making themselves heard as they endlessly chant about Paolo Di Canio. 

Two early chances for Swindon, Rooney shot wide, Williams header saved. 

One good one for Pools - a low shot from Wyke tipped around the post. 


Hebburn Town v Darlington
A penalty by Terry Galbraith, who is from nearby Jarrow, puts Darlington 1-0 up on 11 minutes. Jeff Forsyth had hauled David Dowson to the ground. But within 60 seconds striker Tony Stephenson equalises for Hebburn with his 13th goal of the season. 14mins, 1-1.


Bit of an atmosphere here at Swindon - home fans making themselves heard as they endlessly chant about Paolo Di Canio. 

Two early chances for Swindon, Rooney shot wide, Williams header saved. 

One good one for Pools - a low shot from Wyke tipped around the post. 



BARNSLEY 1 (O'Brien 6)

Boro have fallen behind early on.

Tom Kennedy released Jim O'Brien down the right-hand side and the midfielder's shot took a hefty deflection off George Friend and looped over Jason Steele.

It was a somewhat unfortunate way to go behind, but after conceding four at Ipswich last weekend, Boro need to display some mettle now.



Hebburn Town v Darlington
Paul Gardiner slipped a ball into Wayne Gredziak’s feet, but the former Northallerton striker could not get enough on his effort to beat Mark Bell. 8mins gone, 0-0.


Same again for Hartlepool at Swindon.

SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; Thompson, Flint, Ward, McCormack; De Vita, Ferry, Miller, Roberts; Williams, Rooney. Subs: Bedwell (gk), McEverley, Navarro, Collins, Storey, Oakley.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood; Walton, Humphreys, Baldwin; Poole, Franks; Wyke. Subs: McHugh (gk), Monkhouse, Luscombe, Rutherford, Richards, Holden, James.
Referee: Gavin Ward (Sittingbourne)


Jonny Davis has missed out on starting against his former club for Darlington’s visit to Hebburn Town today.

The midfielder drops to the bench as the only change to Quakers’ side which is bidding to record a quickfire league double over the South Tyneside club.

Craig Gott replaces Davis in the line-up that beat Hebburn 1-0 at Heritage Park on Wednesday.

Dan Kirkup retains his place in the Hebburn XI, despite being sent off in midweek. He saw red for a foul on Stephen Thompson, but suspensions in the Northern League start 21 days to begin.

Hebburn Town: Regan, Forster, Harrison, Wardle, Kirkup, Jewels, Nicholson, Gardiner, Stephenson, Forsyth, Gredziak. Subs: Walker, Croft, Nicholson, McDonald, Charlton

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


Middlesbrough 0

Barnsley 0

We're under way at the Riverside with Boro attacking the South Stand that houses the visiting fans.

Doesn't look like the biggest of crowds here, but it's certainly a big game in terms of Boro's stuttering promotion push.



Decent start fom both sides. Black Cats have first attack with Gardner crossing into Sessegnon, but the Gunners come straight back with Walcott forcing a save from Mignolet.


Teams are out at the Stadium of Light. Cheers echo around the ground as Danny Graham's name is called out. 



There's been a late change to the Arsenal line-up with Carl Jenkinson replacing Laurent Koscienly.

Just under ten minutes to kick-off.....


Here's what happened at White Hart Lane...


Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1

A Gareth Bale double was enough to inflict defeat on Newcastle despite Yoan Gouffran's first goal for the club.

Gouffran now faces a nervous wait to see the extent of his leg injury after he was taken to hospitals for x-rays. 

Full report to follow.


Middlesbrough vs Barnsley

Tony Mowbray has made three changes to the Middlesbrough side for today's Championship home game with Barnsley.

Seb Hines replaces Jonathan Woodgate at the heart of the defence, with skipper Rhys Williams remaining at right-back.

Nicky Bailey is recalled to add some bite to the midfield with Faris Haroun dropping out, while Mustapha Carayol makes his first start for almost five months in preference to Marvin Emnes.

Interestingly, Emnes is not even named amongst the substitutes after being booed from the field in Boro's last home game against Aldershot.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-1-4-1): Steele; R Williams, Hines, Bikey, Friend; Bailey; Carayol, Leadbitter, Dyer, Ledesma; Jutkiewicz.

Subs: Leutwiler (gk), Parnaby, Halliday, Smallwood, Zemmama, McEachran, Main.

BARNSLEY (3-5-2): Steele; Foster, Cranie, Kennedy; Delap, Perkins, O'Brien, Etuhu, Golbourne; Dagnall, Harewood.

Subs: Alnwick (gk), Hassell, Wiseman, Cywka, Mellis, O'Grady, Scotland.   


Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1 Bale 77

Adebayor missed long ball forward, Bale beat Coloccini to the ball and then just had Krul to beat.

He might not have done too much since his opening free-kick, but then his finish underneath Krul was the showed his quality once more.


There's noit many chances - and hasn't been throughout - but that could suit Newcastle. 

Adebayor has come on for Spurs in a bid to strengthen their attacking ranks, but the Magpies still look capable on the counter.



The big news coming out of the Stadium of Light is that captain Lee Cattermole starts for Sunderland against Arsenal.

Martin O'Neill makes two changes to the side that lost at Reading last week with Cattermole replacing Seb Larsson and Danny Rose coming in for David Vaughan.

Danny Graham starts from the bench again with the Black Cats boss keeping faith with Adam Johnson and Stephane Sessegnon to support Steven Fletcher.

SAFC: Mignolet; Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose; Johnson Cattermole, N'Diaye, Colback; Sessegnon, Fletcher.

Subs: Bardsley, Larsson, Graham, Vaughan, Mangane, Cuellar, Westwood.

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Arteta, Wilshere, Giroud, Walcott, Ramsey, Monreal, Cazorla.

Subs: Diaby, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jenkinson, Miquel, Mannone.


Gouffran is coming off injured. Looks like a bad one. Receiving oxygen and is being stretchered off after being caught late by Walker.

Marveaux being introduced. 

This could be a big substitution in the game. Newcastle can't lose their shape after working so hard to get themselves level and in with a chance.


No subs have come on. More of the same and Newcastle could pinch this. First attack was a Newcastle one but it came to nothing. 



Tottenham 1 Newcastle 1

Much better now from Newcastle, who go in to the interval level. Plenty of work going in defensively which has been earning a few good counter-attacks.

Should be an interesting second half.


Currently watching the Spurs vs Newcastle match in the Riverside press room ahead of Middlesbrough's game with Barnsley.

The Magpies' counter-attacking has really caught the eye with Moussa Sissoko prominent for the third game in a row.

With Gareth Bale in their side, Spurs will always carry a threat themselves, but as half-time approaches, Newcastle can be satisifed with their efforts so far.

Scott Wilson



Tottenham 1 Newcastle 1 Gouffran 24

Newcastle had started to show more going forward and have just got their rewards. Sissoko's cross, Gouffran afforded too much space and his shot deflected off Dawson and in. 

First Newcastle goal for Gouffran, who has been lively.


Cisse missed a free header from Coloccini's cross. That was a great chance for Newcastle to level - and Pardew knew it.  Frustrated on the sideline.  


Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0 - Bale 5

Alan Pardew singled out Bale as the danger man and he just showed why. The Welsh winger's free-kick was brilliantly executed, over the wall and bounced beyond Krul.

Not the best of starts for the Magpies.






Newcastle are unchanged this afternoon despite the return of Cheik Tiote. The Ivorian comes back on to the bench after his Africa Cup of Nations run outs, with James Perch staying in the middle following last weekend's win over Chelsea.


TOTTENHAM (4-4-1-1): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton; Bale, Parker, Holtby, Lennon, Dembele; Dempsey. Subs: Friedel (gk), Vertonghen, Adebayor, Gallas, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Assou-Ekotto.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-2-3-1): Krul, Debuchy, Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye, Perch; Gutierrez, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs: Harper (gk), Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Marveaux, Ameobi, Tiote, Obertan.


Travelling down to White Hart Lane for Newcastle's Premier League match with Spurs.

The Magpies are enjoying themselves again after a successful transfer window and back to back wins. Tottenham in north London, though, will be a tough ask.

- Paul Fraser



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