Sunderland U21 3 Blackburn Rovers U21 1

Sunderland U21s maintained their 100 per cent record as they beat Blackburn Rovers at Eppleton CW

Ryan Noble of Sunderland

Sunderland Under-21s 0 Blackburn Under-21s 2

SUNDERLAND will finish bottom of their group after suffering a third straight Barclays Under-21 Premier League defeat.

Boro's Lukas Lutkiewicz

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn Rovers 0

MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray believes his side’s scrappy 1-0 win over Blackburn at the Riverside was both well deserved and well timed.

Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter turns away from Blackburn Rovers Danny Murphy

Blackburn Rovers 1 Middlesbrough 2

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.

Middlesbrough Manager Tony Mowbray

Tony Mowbray looks for reaction at Blackburn Rovers

OUT of the frying pan, Middlesbrough leap into the fire tonight.

Matlock Town 1 Blyth Spartans 3

AS he drove through the Peak District en route to his daughters in Blackburn, Tommy Cassidy afforded himself a moment of satisfaction.

Steven N'Zonzi

Sunderland target Steven N'Zonzi wants a transfer

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

Dan Gosling is ready to fight for his place

DAN Gosling has no interest in quitting Newcastle United – despite the fact that Blackburn Rovers want to take him to Ewood Park.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew aims for a triple signing

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.

Junior Hoilett of Blackburn Rovers

Sunderland will have to spend big on David Hoilett

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

Sunderland must do better, insists Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill admitted Sunderland were “not good enough” as they were brought down to earth with a bump at Blackburn.

Scott Dann of Blackburn Rovers battles with Sotirios Kyrgiakos of Sunderland

Blackburn 2 Sunderland 0

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.

Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill transforms Sunderland in just 100 days

THE last time Sunderland met Blackburn Rovers on a football field, Martin O’Neill was filled with fear.

Jonas Gutierrez

Jonas Gutierrez pays tribute to Hatem Ben Arfa goal

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.

Yohan Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye looking to slay giants Manchester United

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.

Cheick Tiote

Newcastle United fight to keep Cheick Tiote for FA Cup clash

NEWCASTLE United are still negotiating for Cheick Tioté to play in Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Blackburn Rovers.

Martin O'Neill

O'Neill is missing his old pal John Robertson

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.

Phil Bardsley tangles with Blackburn's Michel Salgado

Sunderland 2 Blackburn Rovers 1

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.

Cheick Tiote

Injury hits Newcastle United duo - but no crisis

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.

teaser: Danny Simpson

Machine is in a winning gear, says Simpson

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.

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