Sunderland U21s maintained their 100 per cent record as they beat Blackburn Rovers at Eppleton CW
SUNDERLAND will finish bottom of their group after suffering a third straight Barclays Under-21 Premier League defeat.
MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray believes his side’s scrappy 1-0 win over Blackburn at the Riverside was both well deserved and well timed.
LUKAS Jutkiewicz grabbed a goal in each half to break Middlesbrough’s duck away from home and leave Blackburn boss Steve Kean facing familiar vitriol from the Ewood Park faithful.
OUT of the frying pan, Middlesbrough leap into the fire tonight.
AS he drove through the Peak District en route to his daughters in Blackburn, Tommy Cassidy afforded himself a moment of satisfaction.
SUNDERLAND have been given the green light to bid for Steven N'Zonzi after he handed in a transfer request at Blackburn Rovers.
DAN Gosling has no interest in quitting Newcastle United – despite the fact that Blackburn Rovers want to take him to Ewood Park.
ALAN Pardew last night revealed he hoped to sign three new players this summer and hinted that a move for former Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett could be imminent.
BLACKBURN Rovers have warned Sunderland they and other potential suitors will have to spend big on David Hoilett – even though the forward is out of contract.
MARTIN O’Neill admitted Sunderland were “not good enough” as they were brought down to earth with a bump at Blackburn.
AS three points drifted away from Sunderland on an evening of rank mediocrity, it was possible to make out an alarm bell ringing from the rickety Riverside Stand at Ewood Park.
THE last time Sunderland met Blackburn Rovers on a football field, Martin O’Neill was filled with fear.
JONÁS Gutiérrez has paid Hatem Ben Arfa the biggest compliment an Argentinian footballer can – comparing his FA Cup goal against Blackburn Rovers to Diego Maradona’s second against England in 1986.
THE last five days have been a reminder of why the Premier League is so loved around the world – Manchester United humbled by Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland beating Manchester City, Chelsea shocked by Aston Villa.
NEWCASTLE United are still negotiating for Cheick Tioté to play in Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Blackburn Rovers.
ONE notable absentee from Martin O’Neill’s bench during last weekend’s 2-1 win over Blackburn was his former Nottingham Forest team-mate John Robertson.
MARTIN O’Neill allowed himself only a brief leap of joy after starting his tenure with a triumph, with his second-half reshuffle having made all the difference.
NEWCASTLE United have calmed fears of an injury crisis despite their Carling Cup hopes being damaged by the enforced absence of key man Cheick Tioté and probable absence of Steven Taylor at troubled Blackburn tonight.
DANNY Simpson reckons Newcastle United have turned into a “winning machine” – and he wants the black and white thresher to show no mercy to former club Blackburn.