Neale Cooper expecting a hard game at Colchester

MANAGER Neale Cooper is expecting a full-blooded reunion with former boss John Ward as his Hartlepool team travel to Colchester this afternoon.

Alan Pardew urges NUFC to seize the moment

ALAN Pardew has urged his Newcastle United players to “seize” a unique opportunity to return to Europe – as he prepares to welcome skipper Fabricio Coloccini back into contention for Bolton.

James Perch's United future secured by good form

THE excellent form of James Perch since the turn of the year has secured his place in Newcastle United’s plans for the future.

Cheick Tiote targeting an Easter win double

CHEICK Tiote is aiming for two wins this Easter to turn this season into one of the best of his career.

Martin O'Neill proud of Sunderland players' efforts

MARTIN O’Neill has told his Sunderland players to forget what might have been and remember all they have achieved under him this season.

Martin O’Neill up to the challenge of changing perceptions

UP in the gods at the Stadium of Light, Roy Keane might have been excused a feeling of deja vu.

Gateshead FC still confident of points target

THE points tally required may have skipped up a notch or two, but Ian Bogie remains quietly hopeful his Gateshead side can reach the play-offs.

Derry City entitled to a slice of James McClean

SUNDERLAND boss Martin O’Neill has indicated that if League of Ireland side Derry City are entitled to any monies from a sell-on percentage clause that may be included in James McClean’s contract, they should get it.

Peterhead 1 Berwick Rangers 2

TEENAGER Danny Handling put a smile on the face of Berwick boss Ian Little with a debut double against Peterhead at Balmoor.

This could be a classic year for North East sport

WHAT better time than Easter to complete the North East and Cumbria’s remarkable sporting resurrection?

Leon Best hopes to return for final European push

RECOVERING striker Leon Best is hopeful of returning for the final stages of Newcastle United’s Europa League push – and wants to put himself in the frame for summer national service in the process.

Middlesbrough 0 Crystal Palace 0

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray admitted the intensity of the congested fixture card is having an effect on his depleted squad as a listless performance saw them grind out a goalless home draw.

SAFC boss Martin O'Neill plans to play it simple

MARTIN O’NEILL has learned from some of the best managers in the game - and plans to put their ideas into action at Sunderland, writes Matt Leslie.

NUFC captain pledge offered to Fabricio Coloccini

ALAN Pardew has promised “perfect character” Fabricio Coloccini he will be his captain for the next four years if the Argentina defender signs a new contract.

Crystal Palace 2 Middlesbrough 1

CRYSTAL Palace last night ended Middlesbrough’s proud unbeaten run by winning an entertaining Carling Cup third round tie 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Middlesbrough's quality Crystal clear

RECORD-BREAKING Middlesbrough clawed to the top of the table with a gritty ten-man win at Crystal Palace - but boss Tony Mowbray wasn't impressed.

Scottish League Third Division

BERWICK RANGERS boss Jimmy Crease is looking to put the last seven days behind him with a return to winning ways.

Defeat to spur on Berwick manager

BERWICK Rangers managers are used to delving deep into the history books to inspire their men to cup heroics.

Stranraer 2 Berwick Rangers 1

BERWICK Rangers slipped to a second successive league defeat on their travels in going down to Stranraer at Stair Park, with manager Jimmy Crease admitting “it is a bit worrying”.

Dumbarton 0 Berwick Rangers 2

BERWICK Rangers’ impressive cup run goes on. The Borderers have now booked their place in the third round of the Ramsdens Cup after last night’s victory against second division Dumbarton.

Hibernian 0 Sunderland 0

THE torture is over for Steve Bruce. Sunderland’s manager views pre-season football in much the same way as a trip to the dentist.

Berwick Rangers 0 Hibernian 3

BERWICK Rangers’ boss Jimmy Crease was not put off by the scoreline after his side went down to SPL outfit Hibs at Shielfield Park, insisting: “It is not really important”.

Mowbray: No guarantee of Boro's promotion

MIDDLESBROUGH’S final flourish may have raised expectations of a future Riverside promotion push but Tony Mowbray has warned there are “no guarantees” they will be tilting for the title next term.

Give it all you have got insists Darlington boss Mark Cooper

FRESH from committing his future to Darlington, Mark Cooper has challenged his players to follow suit and give their all to what remains of their league season.

Hopes of a top-half finish are receding

Hayes & Yeading 3

Blyth Spartans 0 Gloucester City 2

MICK Tait has stressed Blyth Spartans cannot afford to take it easy in their three remaining Blue Square North fixtures following a lacklustre 2-0 home defeat by Gloucester – as they have a cup final to prepare for.

Pardew has no Jose Enrique worries

ALAN Pardew is confident José Enríque’s latest injury scare is not going to be a serious problem as he insisted the left-back had taken himself off at Stoke as a precaution.

Joey Barton has doubts over Carroll cash

NEWCASTLE midfielder Joey Barton can sum up a situation with the timing of a perfect tackle and the crispness of a sweetly struck volley as it fizzes towards the top corner.

Crystal Palace 1 Middlesbrough 0

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray is backing his team to bounce back in a mammoth month of testing clashes against the big boys.

Double swoop as MIddlesbrough bolster ranks

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray took steps to bolster his squad for the battle against the Championship drop yesterday as he landed two new signings before the close of last night’s transfer window.

Craig Gordon buys into derby day hype

Craig Gordon is no stranger to a fiery local derby but, he admits to Matt Leslie, the Wear-Tyne affair is on a different planet to the rivalry in his home city

Craig Gordon not hoping to be the hero

DERBIES are usually the stuff that legends are made of and while it is those who bang in the winning goal who are written into folklore, goalkeepers occasionally have their day in the sun.

Berwick Rangers can create history

A CHANCE to rewrite history is Berwick Rangers boss Jimmy Crease’s message to his troops ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup clash against Celtic.

Chris seeks new assistant as Colin Calderwood leaves

AFTER a turbulent 24 hours on Tyneside, Newcastle United have begun the search for a new assistant manager to support under-pressure boss Chris Hughton.

MK Dons 1 Hartlepool 0

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MICK Wadsworth accepts refereeing is a thankless task, but was left bewildered by the manner in which Craig Pawson got a game-changing decision wrong on Saturday.

Carlisle United 4 MK Dons 1

POSSIBLY the loudest roar of the day in Carlisle on Saturday was when the League One table flashed up on the television screen in the home dressing room at around ten-to-five, shortly after the manager had finished his post-match debrief.

Date with destiny for Turner's men

HARTLEPOOL United officials have been quick to make known their sense of injustice that what could have been a gentle end-of-season game at Brentford today will be critical in the fight for League One survival.

Hartlepool battle is down to wire

HARTLEPOOL United’s fight against relegation from League One will definitely go to the last day of the season and possibly longer after they were deducted three points yesterday.

Pool are urged to Turn on the style

AN uncomfortable two points clear of the League One relegation zone with two games to play, Exeter City face a must-win trip to Victoria Park today.

Walsall 3 Hartlepool 1

WITH two games remaining, Hartlepool United still do not know which division they will be playing in next season.

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