LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, March 1, 2014

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  • Hull City v Newcastle United - Steph Clark
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough - Richard Mason
  • Hartlepool United v Torquay United - Nick Loughlin
  • Padiham v Darlington - Craig Stoddart
  • Capital One Cup final:
  • Manchester City v Sunderland - Paul Fraser, Scott Wilson, Richard Mason


Sheffield Wednesday 1 Middlesbrough 0

Match report here


Padiham 0 Darlington 2

Darlington win their tenth successive league away game. Goals by Dowson and Fisher. They remain fourth in the table.


Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Niuhiu 87 pen) Middlesbrough 0


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0




Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0

Fine save by Mejias from Coke - super stuff.


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0

Still goalless. Curtis Main is on for Boro, and that's their final throw of the dice.


Hull 1 Newcastle 3

Drama at the KC Stadium with Alan Pardew sent to the stands after a confrontation with David Meyler. The Magpies boss leaned in with his head after the midfielder brushed past him.


Padiham 0 Darlington 2
Final change for Darlington, Jonny Davis for Rob Ramshaw.


Padiham 0 Darlington 2
Nathan Fisher scores from close-range after a Terry Galbraith free-kick into the penalty area was headed into the six-yard box by Alan White. A training ground move that worked to perfection. 69mins.


Hartlepool 3 Torquay 0

Marlon Harewood's first goal for the club, quick  break from halfway, drew the keeper and put it through his legs. 

His celebrations indicated he quite enjoyed himself.....



Padiham 0 Darlington 1
The one-goal lead is looking fragile. Padiham’s Kieron Pickup has just fired a shot wide from 20 yards. Quakers are being overran in midfield and Leon Scott needs to make an impact quickly.
Darlington’s poor second half summed up by Thompson putting a corner into the side-netting.


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0

Big big chance for Boro there. Butterfield slipped it in for Graham, who advanced on goal only to be denied by Kirkland, who got straight back up and tipped Nathaniel Chalobah's shot over on the rebound. Keeper's kept it goalless.

At the other end, Sam Hutchinson had a long-range effort saved by Mejias.


Padiham 0 Darlington 1
Leon Scott for Dale Hopson. No surprise, Hopson looked like he wanted to be anywhere else but the pitch.


Padiham 0 Darlington 1
Another fine save by Bell, this time showing fine reflexes and leaping to his right to push wide Louis Mayers’ header after a Boyle cross from the left.
At the other end, Dale Hopson looks to a player lacking in confidence. Lost possession when dribbling towards a back-peddling Padiham defence, and then lofted what should’ve been a simple pass high over Thompson and out of play. 55mins.


Hull 1 Newcastle 3 (Sissoko, 55)

Newcastle's two-goal cushion is restored by Sissoko, who followed in and scored after McGregor parried Gouffran's shot.



Hartlepool 2 Torquay 0

Luke James, his 14th of the season, puts Pools well in command.

Barmby's low corner met at the near post, flicked header towards the far stick crept in. 


Padiham 0 Darlington 1
Two good chances for Padiham at start of second half, Darlington lucky to still be in the lead. Danny Boyle received a diagonal pass that took him into penalty area and although his shot beat Mark Bell it rolled agonisingly wide of goal.
Seconds later Bell made an athletic save to tip over Boyle’s dipping effort.


That's some way to mark Jack Barmby's oipening goal isn't it!



Hull 1 Newcastle 2 (Davies, 46)

The Tigers are back in it before everyone had retaken their seats after half time. Krul came to collect Tom Huddlestone's free-kick, but Curtis Davies beat him to it and headed in.


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0

Half-time substitution for Boro - Ben Gibson on for Jonathan Woodgate.

Back under way.


Padiham 0 Darlington 1


Padiham 0 Darlington 1

David Dowson’s 14th minute goal is the difference here at Padiham, his 12th league goal of the season. DFC far from their best so far.


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0

Poor half of football - but Boro should be one-up after Butterfield's shot looked to have crossed the line. Since then, Boro have been poor and it took a save by debutant Tomas Mejias from his own player - Nathaniel Chalobah - to keep the visitors in it.


Hull 0 Newcastle 2 (Sissoko, 10, Remy, 42)

The Magpies go in at the break with a two-goal cushion thanks to Sissoko and Remy. 


Hartlepool 1 Torquay 0

Pools will take that - and I expect them to hunt for a few more and finish Torquay off pretty sharpish.



Hull 0 Newcastle 2 (Remy, 43)

A second goal for the Magpies and it was an absolute gift from Maynor Figueroa. The defender's weak back pass was chased down by Remy, who went past McGregor and finished.



Hartlepool 1 Torquay 0 

Pools rightly in front, deserved lead. Fair play to Torquay, keeping two up front and trying to ask questions of Pools. Walker roaming around and looking very comfortable on the ball for Pools, Burgess coasting it at the back. 


Hull 0 Newcastle 1

Another chance for Hull to level but again they fluff their lines. Elmohamady's header from the back post wide after great work by Long to cross the ball in. 


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0

Dean Whitehead's gone in the book for a poor challenge on Best. Wednesday had countered after Boro went down another dead end. Desperately lacking when it comes to options going forward.


Padiham 0 Darlington 1
Nathan Fisher for David Dowson, who leaves the field clutching his hamstring.


Padiham 0 Darlington 1
Chance wasted by Hopson, no conviction in the shot from inside the penalty area. David Dowson had chested the ball down into Amar Purewal’s path and he played in Hopson, who should’ve done better. 31mins.


Hartlepool 1 Torquay 0

Jack Barmby scores his second goal for Pools since moving on loan from Man Utd. 

Pools kept the Gulls boxed in during a decent spell of possession and pressure. ball fell for him and he turned, quick feet and bent into the top corner from inside the area. 

Lovely finish. 


Padiham 0 Darlington 1
Darlington not as convincing yet with most attacks breaking down on edge of Padiham penalty area, but they’re untroubled at the back.
Amar Purewal headed wide at close-range after a Terry Galbraith corner, which had been won when Thompson’s volley from outside the penalty area was deflected wide.


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0

Close one for Wednesday. Liam Palmer nipped past George Friend and swung in a lovely ball for former Newcastle striker Leon Best, who skewed his shot wide of Mejia's post.


Hull 0 Newcastle 1

Hull close to an equaliser after Jelavic headed wide from Elmohamady's cross. Tiote has also been booked, although it was a very soft decision from Kevin Friend.


Hull 0 Newcastle 1

Both sets of fans singing in protest against their respective owners. Meanwhile, on the pitch Newcastle are just shading things. Hull growing as time passes, but visitors looking very dangerous on the break.


Hartlepool 0 Torquay 0

20 mins in, nothing to report really. Couple of half chances for Pools - shots straight at the keeper - and a couple of incidents in the Pools penalty area when Flinderrs was booted half a dozen times in a scramble. 



Padiham 0 Darlington 1
David Dowson got it, latching on to a long pass from the back, holding off pressure from Jack Overson to dink ball past the keeper. 14mins.
And soon afterwards Chris Hunter headed goalwards after meeting a Thompson corner, but it was cleared off the line by right-back Ashley Carter.


Padiham 0 Darlington 0
First shots of the game, Dale Hopson fires a low effort into the body of goalkeeper Sean Davis from 20 yards and within a minute Max Jones saw a drive saved by Quakers’ Mark Bell.


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0

Remarkable stuff here. Jacob Butterfield's 25-yard shot beat Chris Kirkland, hit his near post, then his far post, before trundling along the line into the keeper's hands. For me, it looked a goal. Unfortunately, no goalline technology in the Football League.


Padiham 0 Darlington 0
Referee having a mad couple of minutes. Should’ve awarded a penalty when Dom Craig shoulder barged David Dowson off the ball, and then didn’t play the advantage when Stephen Thompson broke into the penalty area and instead gave Quakers a free-kick for a foul on the play-maker outside the box.
Bit scrappy so far, neither team has settled.


Hull o Newcastle 1 (Sissoko, 10)

Newcastle take the lead in the tenth minute. Remy to Debuchy down the right and he cut back to Sissoko, who curled in with a first-time effort.

Huge moment that. Just seconds before Tim Krul made a fantastic double save to deny Alex Bruce twice from a free-kick. Both point blank saves.



Padiham v Darlington


Hull 0 Newcastle 0

Positive start from Newcastle. Putting plenty of pressure on Hull. Gouffran's just shot wide from the edge of the area.


Sheffield Wednesday 0 Middlesbrough 0


Padiham v Darlington

Disappointed Darlington aren’t wearing their pink away kit today. Thought it would’ve been a fitting tribute to the Pink Pigeon of Parkside.


Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough:

All the talk is about the Capital One Cup Final tomorrow, but here, today, it's all about Middlesbrough at Sheffield Wednesday. There will be a little interest in the cup for two players at least - Danny Graham's parent club Sunderland will be at Wembley, while Gary Gardner, a Wednesday substitute, will be cheering his brother Craig on tomorrow.


Padiham v Darlington

Darlington have named an unchanged team as they bid to return to winning ways in today’s game in Lancashire at Padiham.

Quakers saw their 12-game unbeaten run come to an end in midweek – a 2-0 loss to Lancaster City – and need three points to keeps alive hopes of automatic promotion.

Despite defeat, manager Martin Gray was satisfied with his team’s display on Wednesday so it is no surprise he chooses the same line-up.

The only noteworthy absence is Joe Tait, who is not in the squad for the second successive game.

Padiham: Davis, Carter, Morris, Greaves, Overson, Craig, Jones, Turner, Boyle, Pickup, Mayers. Subs: Parkes, Blackburn, Jordan, Sharples, Britton

Darlington: Bell; Harrison, White, Hunter, Galbraith; Robinson, Ramshaw, Hopson; Thompson; Dowson, Purewal. Subs: Jameson (gk), Brown, Scott, Davis, Fisher


Hartlepool v Torquay

Greetings from a bright Victoria Park. Pools out to bounce back from last weekend's defeat at bottom team Northampton... against the team now bottom Torquay.

Two changes for Pools - Monkhouse and Richards in for Duckworth and Williams. 

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden; Barmby, Walton, Walker, Monkhouse; James, Harewood. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Franks, Poole, Compton, Sweeney, Rodney, Hawkins.
TORQUAY UNITED: Poke; O’Connor, Downes, Pearce, Nicholson; Harding, Lathrope, Stevens, Benyon, Goodwin; Showumni. Subs: Tonge, Hawley, Cameron, Chappell, Rice, Stockley, Wilkinson.

Referee: Fred Graham (Stanford-le-Hope, Essex)


Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough:

Hello, and welcome to a sunny Hillsborough for Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough.

The big news here is that Jason Steele has not travelled to South Yorkshire, with Aitor Karanka leaving the goalkeeper out altogether. Tomas Mejias makes his Football League debut between the sticks, with Dimitrios Konstantopoulos on the bench.

Albert Adomah and Kei Kamara will start on the wings with Danny Graham in the middle, in front of Jacob Butterfield with Nathaniel Chalobah and Dean Whitehead sitting in front of the back four.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (4-4-2): Kirkland; Palmer, Loovens, Onyewu, Mattock; Maguire, Coke, Hutchinson, Maghoma; Lavery, Best. Davies, Johnson, Helan, Afobe, Llera.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1): Mejias; Varga, Omeruo, Woodgate, Friend; Whitehead, Chalobah; Kamara, Butterfield, Adomah; Graham. Subs: Konstantopoulos, Leadbitter, Tomlin, Ledesma, Gibson, Main, Morris.


Hull v Newcastle

ALAN PARDEW has made two changes to his side for this afternoon’s visit to Hull City.

With Fabricio Coloccini back in Argentina following a family bereavement, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is preferred to Steven Taylor and he will partner Mike Williamson at the back.

Papiss Cisse has also dropped to the bench with Luuk de Jong handed a start alongside Loic Remy, who scored on his return in the win over Aston Villa last Sunday.

HULL CITY: McGregor; Bruce, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady; Rosenior, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Jelavic, Long.
Subs: Harper, Chester, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko, Quinn

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran; de Jong, Remy
Subs: Alnwick, S Taylor, Haidara, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.


Hull v Newcastle

ALAN PARDEW has made two changes to his side for this afternoon’s visit to Hull City.

With Fabricio Coloccini back in Argentina following a family bereavement, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is preferred to Steven Taylor and he will partner Mike Williamson at the back.

Papiss Cisse has also dropped to the bench with Luuk de Jong handed a start alongside Loic Remy, who scored on his return in the win over Aston Villa last Sunday.

HULL CITY: McGregor; Bruce, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady; Rosenior, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Jelavic, Long.
Subs: Harper, Chester, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko, Quinn

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran; de Jong, Remy
Subs: Alnwick, S Taylor, Haidara, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.



Rosenior Bruce Davies
Elmohamady Livermore Huddlestone Meyler Figueroa
Long Jelavic



Debuchy Williamson Coloccini Dummett

Sissoko Anita Tite Gouffran 

Remy Cisse

Hull subs: Harper (gk), Chester, Koren, Boyd, Quinn, Aluko, Sagbo.

Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Gosling, de Jong, Shola Ameobi.

Team news: Hull boss Steve Bruce will make a host of changes from the side that beat Brighton in the FA Cup on Monday, and is expected to revert to the line-up that trounced Cardiff in the Premier League last weekend. Former Sunderland midfielder David Meyler is expected to get the nod in midfield ahead of Stephen Quinn and Robert Koren. Newcastle are still without Davide Santon (knee) and Hatem Ben Arfa (groin). Despite his recent lack of goals, Papiss Cisse will be preferred to Luuk de Jong.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicester)
Odds: Hull 7/5; Draw 21/10; Newcastle 21/10

It's a fact: Hull City are the only current Premier League club that Newcastle have never beaten in the Premier League.

Comment by SCOTT WILSON: Last weekend's much-needed victory should have boosted confidence, but Newcastle remain fragile and Hull are in a rich vein of form. 2-1


Sheffield Wednesday


Hutchinson Llera Onyewu Mattock

Coke Gardner Palmer Maghoma 

Helan Nuhui



Varga Omeruo Woodgate Friend

Whitehead Chalobah

Adomah Leadbitter Carayol


Sheff Wed subs: Martinez (gk), Loovens, Johnson, Lavery, Best, Oshilaja, Maguire.

Middlesbrough subs: Osorio (gk), Gibson, Butterfield, Tomlin, Ledesma, Main, Kamara.

Team News: Boro Goalkeeper Jason Steele will return to the lineup after Shay Given returned to Aston Villa. Ben Gibson returns after a suspension but is unlikely to start after Omeruo and Woodgate led their side to a clean sheet against Leeds last week.

Sheffield Wednesday are without winger Michail Antonio who was ruled out for a month earlier this week.

Referee: Andy D'urso (Billericay)

Odds: H8/5; D12/5; A2/1

It's a fact: Boro havent scored for a club record of 10 hours, 14 minutes.

COMMENT BY FRANCES RAMSEY: Jason Steele will return to an already successful Boro defence but it is up front where they need to improve if they are to beat a Sheffield Wednesday side that have lost three of their last four matches. 2-0


Hartlepool United


Richards Collins Burgess Holden

Walton Walker

Barmby           Monkhouse 

James Harewood

Torquay United


O'Connor Pearce Downes  Nicholson

Stevens  Mansell  Lathrope Goodwin

Benyon Wilkinson

Pools subs: Rafferty (gk), Poole, Sweeney, Rodney, Compton, Franks, Hawkins.

Torquay subs: Rice (gk), Tonge, Hawley, Bodin, Cameron, Harding, Stockley.

Team News: Hartlepool are without right-back Michael Duckworth through injury and on-loan striker Luke Williams has returned to Middlesbrough. Torquay Captain Lee Mansell should return from injury while fellow midfielder Joss Labadie serves the last game of his suspension.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire)

Odds: H 11-10, D 5-2, A 3-1

It's a fact: Hartlepool have a fantastic recent record against Torquay. In their last seven meetings theyve won five and drawn two.

COMMENT BY NICK LOUGHLIN: It's important than Hartlepool get back to winning ways, particularly following Luke Williams' departure. 2-0


Sunderland are quite rightly the underdogs when they face Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday. Chief football writer Paul Fraser looks at the probable teams and how they compare


The Romanian has proven himself to be a more than capable replacement for Joe Hart if the England goalkeeper is left out at Wembley. 7

Not only can he defend strongly, the Argentine’s attacking runs on the overlap will give the Sunderland left flank plenty to worry about. 8

Internationally the South American has a fine reputation but the 33-year-old has struggled since arriving from Malaga and could be a weakness. 5

The Belgian has developed in to one of the best defenders in the world, not just the Premier League.  9

He has won the battle for the left-back slot this season ahead of Gael Clichy and his ability from free-kicks could also cause big problems. 8

The Spanish winger has not really lit up the Premier League like many expected since his £14.9m switch from Sevilla. His speed still causes problems. 7

The £30m signing from Shakhtar Donetsk has adapted quickly to the English game and has made a place his own in the City midfield. 8

If the Ivorian is played in a more withdrawn role it could help Sunderland, but City always have the option of moving him further up the pitch. 9

When he turns up in his best form there are few better than him, particularly in the Premier League. Sunderland will have to beware. 9

Since moving from Sevilla for £20m he has scored 23 goals for City and will be in confident mood in World Cup year. 8

For a big man his biggest strength is his feet and the Bosnian will be keen to stay on the pitch with Sergio Aguero back from injury. 8



The Italian could not have wished for a better first season away from Arsenal and has highlighted his ability between the post this season. 7

The boyhood Manchester United fan will be one of the first names on the Sunderland team sheet after being a key part of the team’s revival this season. 7

While capable of making an error of judgement, the defender has been at his best more often than not since his return from a long lay-off. 8

The Irishman has looked far better when he has partnered Brown at the heart of the Sunderland defence. 7

Since arriving from Fiorentina he has shown a willingness to attack, he can also defend and is good in the air. 7

If the tenacious midfielder is in the right mood he will make Sunderland tick at Wembley, but he needs to stay focused. 7

His early season displays would have put his place in doubt, but his recent form has put him on the fringes of an England recall and could be a real threat to his old club. 8

The South Korean has shown he is more than capable of holding down a starting role at a Premier League club. It will be a big test to keep Toure and Fernandinho quiet. 7

He has thrown himself right in to Poyet’s team plans for the longer term and it will be hoped his energy in the middle can track the City runs. 6

The Italian has improved hugely at Sunderland, even chipping in with important goals from out wide. He remains a little inconsistent. 7

If the big American shows the quality he did against Newcastle then he could cause problems. More often than not this season he has not justified his £6m price-tag. 5


Manchester City subs (from): Aguero, Nasri, Hart (gk), Javi Garcia, Richards, Milner, Lescott, Clichy.
Sunderland subs (from): Ustari (gk), Gardner, Celustka, Cuellar, Giaccherini, Larsson, Scocco, Vergini, Fletcher.

TEAM NEWS: Sunderland will have a decision to make on whether or not to start the fit-again striker Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole will take the place of Liam Bridcutt, who is cup tied. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero returned to training this week but will most likely be on the bench behind Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds)
Odds: Manchester City 1/3, Draw 5/1, Sunderland 9/1
It’s a fact: Underdogs Sunderland have won four of their last eight matches against Manchester City.
COMMENT BY PAUL FRASER: As much as it would be easy to get carried away as a North-East football writer, it is difficult to imagine Manchester City failing to turn up to win the first trophy of the season. 2-1


It's going to be a memorable weekend of football, with a North-East team playing at Wembley when Sunderland face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final.

But Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington will all be playing on Saturday. Over the next few hours the team news will be dripping in to this live blog.

Firstly on here there will be a more in depth look at the probable teams for this Sunday's final at Wembley. Do you agree with the ratings?


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