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David Nugent retains his place in Middlesbrough's starting line-up after scoring his side's equaliser in Saturday's draw with Blackburn

TEAM NEWS: Four changes for Boro - but Jordan Rhodes still doesn't start

In tandem: Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game after being played in by Jonjo Shelvey (right)

Jonjo Shelvey is finally the man to replace Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle claims midfielder

Hopeful: Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka thinks he knows why his team have gone three games without a win. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

'Players wanted to leave and we lost focus' as Boro boss targets top spot

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Lamine Kone during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture: PA

Sam Allardyce can smell team spirit in Sunderland's push to stay up

Praise: Newcastle United Under-21s boss Peter Beardsley has hailed Seydou Doumbia

Newcastle new-boy compared to Asprilla by Beardsley

MATCH ON: Darlington manager Martin Gray

MATCH ON: Darlington v Matlock Town

Former Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson returned to the Riverside Stadium to celebrate 20 years of playing at the ground. Picture: Martin Walker

Middlesbrough celebrates 'Captain Marvel' 20 years on

Billy Paynter works around Christian Ribeiro as Hartlepool take on Exeter City. Picture: TOM BANKS

Three games in seven days - vital week to shape Hartlepool United's season

Product: Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing (right) is the most successful graduate of the Boro academy

Riverside ready for night of European cup football with Boro young guns

LAST TIME OUT: Nathan Cartman heads in Darlington's second goal last Tuesday against Buxton. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Darlington v Matlock Town preview

Sidelined: Daniel Ayala has an ankle problem

Aitor Karanka plans a "few changes" and one will be replacing Boro defender Daniel Ayala at MK

Six wins: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is banking on a run of wins after heartening displays against Liverpool and Manchester City

Sam Allardyce targets the six wins to keep Sunderland up after Liverpool point

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Kike Sola battles for possession on his Middlesbrough debut - but the Spaniard was substituted after just 45 minutes

Middlesbrough boss ready to ring the changes after admitting his faith was misguided

Jordan Rhodes applauds the Middlesbrough fans after making his debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Blackburn

Middlesbrough might have all the parts of their promotion jigsaw - but they still have to successfully put them together

Doumbia appears but Newcastle lose to Stoke

Walk-out: The Kop end after fans walk out on 77 minutes in protest over ticket prices during the Premier League match at Anfield witH Sunderland

Jermain Defoe proving he can fire Sunderland to safety as a lone striker after Liverpool strike

STEPPING DOWN: Dave Mills (left) with Martin Jesper

Dave Mills to step down as director from Darlington FC

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Daniel Ayala injured his ankle in Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw with Blackburn

Aitor Karanka hoping Daniel Ayala's injury is "not too serious"

Clinical: Jermain Defoe celebrates his equaliser with Lamine Kone

Allardyce thinks mood at Anfield paved way for Defoe's Sunderland equaliser against Liverpool

LAST TIME: Stephen Thompson on the ball during Darlington's visit to Salford City last season. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Final Darlington tickets for Salford City game available on Monday

Top man: Liverpool's James Milner congratulates man of the match Roberto Firmino after his goal

Match ratings: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2

David Nugent celebrates after scoring Middlesbrough's equaliser against Blackburn

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

Jordan Rhodes applauds the fans

Aitor Karanka defends decision not to start with Jordan Rhodes

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Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates his winner as Newcastle beat West Brom 1-0

Newcastle United 1 West Brom 0

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David Nugent claimed Middlesbrough's equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Blackburn

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

Sidelined: Duncan Watmore was forced off after suffering this knee injury for Sunderland

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2

Jordan Rhodes has been named on Middlesbrough's substitutes' bench for this afternoon's game with Blackburn

TEAM NEWS: No debut for Jordan Rhodes - but Kike Sola goes straight into Middlesbrough team

Free day: Ronnie Moore

MATCH POSTPONED: Notts County v Hartlepool

Praise: Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren received some words of encouragement from Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park on Wednesday

Steve McClaren keen for Newcastle to do a 'Wigan' after chat with Roberto Martinez

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Old boss: Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp will meet up with Jan Kirchhoff again today

Impressive Sunderland man Jan Kirchhoff reflects on life under Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola - plus that horror show

All eyes: Liverpool's Emre Can (left) and Sunderland's Fabio Borini battle for the ball at the Stadium of Light in December, with Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce looking on from the touchline

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce wishes Jurgen Klopp well after 'soft German' jibe

RETURN: Steven Taylor is expected to play for the first time since August. Picture: OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA

'We tried for left-backs' insists Newcastle boss as he looks for Baggies boost

Jordan Rhodes will be keeping his emotions in check if he scores against Blackburn later today

Jordan Rhodes pledges not to celebrate if he claims Middlesbrough debut goal against former employers

Jordan Rhodes speaks to the press following his deadline-day move to Middlesbrough

A tale of two roads as Jordan's journey eventually takes him to Middlesbrough

Hartlepool United V Exeter City. Sky Bet League 2.Jordan Tillson and Carl Magnay get close. Picture: TOM BANKS (54980504)

Pools season starts now with a vital run of fixtures

OPTIMISTIC: Darlington midfielder Phil Turnbull

Darlington capable of ‘something special’, believes Turnbull

Middlesbrough Manager Aitor Karanka - Mandatory by-line: Paul Knight/JMP - Mobile: 07966 386802 - 16/01/2016 -  FOOTBALL - Ashton Gate Stadium - Bristol, England -  Bristol City v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship (54992014)

The North-East's best football bets of the weekend

Missing: Chancel Mbemba will be missing with an ankle problem

McClaren pinning faith on 'decent' Newcastle line-up despite injury problems

Rob Elliot was Newcastle's stand-out performer in their 3-0 defeat at Everton

Rob Elliot hoping Newcastle's transfer-window feelgood factor survives their Goodison Park thrashing

HONEST ASSESSMENT: Sam Allardyce has pulled no punches while describing Sunderland's current league position

Sam Allardyce: 'We're in a **** position" - but we can get out of it'

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Aitor Karanka admits automatic promotion is Middlesbrough's sole objective following last month's squad strengthening

Aitor Karanka: 'If we fail to win automatic promotion - I'll be to blame'

LAST YEAR: Gary Brown on the ball during Darlington's game at Salford City last season. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Darlington tickets for match at Salford City on sale tomorrow

Moors aim to bounce back with new assistant boss

Hartlepool United V Exeter City. Sky Bet League 2.Nathan Thomas powers past Matt Oakley.Picture: TOM BANKS (54880206)

Moore backing Thomas to inspire Pools

Jordan Rhodes is eligible to make his Middlesbrough debut against his former side, Blackburn, on Saturday

Aitor Karanka confirms Jordan Rhodes' eligibility for Blackburn game

Impressive: Wahbi Khazri performed well against Manchester City and Yaya Toure on Tuesday (54686260)

Ex-Hull striker Dame N'Doye keen to avoid relegation repeat by staying with Sunderland in Premier League

BACK IN ACTION: Darlington striker Amar Purewal. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Purewal to make long-awaited Darlington return on Saturday

NEW ROLE: Darlington's Chris Hunter has switched to right-back. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Hunter relishing new role in Darlington team

Return: James

PRESS Conference update: Moore happy with his transfer dealings

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