Newcastle United to unveil new boy Gabriel Obertan

GABRIEL Obertan will this morning be unveiled as Newcastle United’s fifth signing of the summer.

Magpies quoted £12m for Charles N'Zogbia

NEWCASTLE United will have to spend a huge chunk of their summer transfer budget to bring Charles N’Zogbia back to St James’ Park after Wigan Athletic told them they want £12million for the winger.

Alan Pardew unhappy as Joey Barton is fooled

ALAN Pardew accused Joey Barton of falling for a sucker-punch as his Newcastle United side were beaten at Aston Villa yesterday.

Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 1

THERE is only so much you should expect from a football match hampered by so many tired legs and exhausted minds at the end of a ludicrously hectic festive schedule, although there were few complaints after this encounter.

Aston Villa 1 Sunderland 1

SUNDERLAND’S spring-time revival is no flash in the pan. Two wins and two draws from four games had confined a winter of discontent to the history books.

Sunderland make their mark at Villa Park

STEVE Bruce saw his Sunderland side claim a hard-earned point at Villa Park last night, then challenged his players to show just as much spirit at some of English football’s less glamorous grounds.

Adam may be on eve of greatness

The odds on Adam Johnson joining England’s World Cup party shortened significantly in the space of a few hours on Sunday.

Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 2

STEVE Bruce hopes to swipe Martin O’Neill’s Aston Villa blueprint to turn his Sunderland underachievers into a genuine Premier League force, but a rain-sodden night on Wearside exposed the size of the task stretching ahead of him.

Bruce needs results to win over the doubters

STEVE Bruce has some familiar problems to contend with if he is to get Sunderland's season back on track.



Jordan Henderson distraught after penalty shoot-out drama

IT was a night Jordan Henderson will struggle to forget for all the wrong reasons, but the 19-year-old has grown in Steve Bruce's estimation after missing a crucial penalty for Sunderland this week.

Black Cats in a spot of bother as Villans win

PENALTIES were Sunderland's undoing as they were denied a place in the quarter-finals of the League Cup by Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Sunderland 0, Aston Villa 0

SUNDERLAND'S supporters were given a glimpse of the shape of things to come but it was not a happy experience as penalties cost the Black Cats a first League Cup quarter-final for eight years.

Gibson gives the faithful false hope

NEVER will the celebrations have hurt so much. On a day filled with premature elation, a 21-year-old from Derry handed Championship-bound Newcastle fans the most false of hopes.

Sébastien Bassong reveals: I’ll leave NUFC if we’re relegated

SÉBASTIEN Bassong has revealed he will leave Newcastle United after just one season if they are relegated to the Championship at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Middlesbrough 1, Aston Villa 1

GARETH Southgate won’t be short of character references if Middlesbrough’s impending relegation severs his eight-year association with the club.

We’ll do you no favours says O’Neill

MARTIN O’Neill has warned Newcastle United not to expect an easy ride from his Aston Villa side next week.

Sunderland 1, Aston Villa 2

IF we didn’t know it before the weekend, we know it now.

Edwards gets a chance to shine

CARLOS Edwards has been told to make the most of his opportunity to wrestle the right-wing slot from the suspended Steed Malbranque if he is unleashed against Aston Villa today.

O'Neill gives his big five a breather

ASTON Villa manager Martin O’Neill has defended his decision to omit many of his leading players for tonight’s Uefa Cup clash with SV Hamburg in Germany.

Capello clears air over injuries

FABIO Capello insists he has no problem with Premier League managers.

Aston Villa 1, Middlesbrough 2

BORO boss Gareth Southgate hailed his side’s victory at Villa as the best in his managerial career after a late Tunçay goal saw him take his first win over his former club since stepping into the dugout.

'Taylor has to cut out bad habits' - Kinnear

JOE Kinnear believes that Steven Taylor has “grown up” as a player during Newcastle United’s recent troubles, but he remains adamant the influential defender has to improve on his game if he is fulfil his vast potential.

Fears over future failing to jolt Joe

UNCERTAINTY continues to cloud the future of Newcastle United and Joe Kinnear.

Aston Villa 2, Sunderland 1

TRYING to gauge the extent of the progress made by Sunderland over the summer months is proving to be a treacherous business.

Half-measures for frustrated Reid

ANDY Reid cut a frustrated figure after Sunderland’s narrow defeat at Aston Villa, admitting to disappointment at both the result and having to come off the bench to make an impact.

Magpies’ plight is plain for all to see

ACCORDING to Steven Taylor, Newcastle United’s players are not even contemplating a relegation battle.

Capello’s snub helps United

Kevin Keegan was England manager the last time Michael Owen was dropped by his country but this time Newcastle United’s boss could see the benefits of his latest international snub.

Sunderland 1, Aston Villa 1

FATHER Christmas narrowly evaded arrest on Wearside at the weekend after letting his exuberance get the better of him.

Sam doesn’t need director – Keegan

KEVIN Keegan has declared Sam Allardyce would be a fool to allow anyone to come in as a director of football at St James’s Park.

Drenthe shines in his final test

Royston Drenthe signed off in style when Holland Under-21s retained their European Championship crown in Groningen with victory over Serbia.

We can go all the way: Milner

Newcastle winger James Milner goes into this evening's European Under-21 Champion-ship semi-final against Holland declaring: "England can go all the way."

On the spot training is lost on Lita

Leroy Lita missed a late penalty as England Under-21s drew a blank against the Czech Republic in their opening match of the European Championships, writes Mike McGrath.

Win was spot on: Pearce

England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce believes the penalty shoot-out victory against Slovakia could prove the difference between winning the European Championships and going home empty-handed.

Pearce puts his victors on spot

Coach Stuart Pearce has backed his under-21 players to end England's shoot-out misery if any of their matches at the European Championships go to penalties.

McClaren: I couldn't let Beckham fade away

England boss Steve McClaren has claimed he would have been "foolish" not to follow Fabio Capello's lead and usher David Beckham back from the wilderness.

Middlesbrough 1, Aston Villa 3

Consistent exclusively in their inconsistency, Middlesbrough were in Mr Hyde mood yesterday.

Premiership preview

Arsenal midfielder Gilberto (hip), striker Jeremie Aliadiere (foot) and defender Emmanuel Eboue (groin) are available - but there is still no place in the squad for midfielder Mathieu Flamini.

Newcastle United 3, Aston Villa 1

When Kieron Dyer's header found the back of the net to put Newcastle 2-0 up with seven minutes on the clock, it looked as though his side would win by a cricket score - or at least an England one.

Roeder fails to find his target

Glenn Roeder was last night forced to admit defeat in his bid to improve his meagre striking options at St James's Park as the transfer deadline passed before he could acquire the attackers he knows he needs.


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