Martin O'Neill

Fire back at last in Sunderland players' bellies

AN all-time classic YouTube clip featuring Martin O’Neill resurfaced last week in the wake of the Champions League quarter-final draw.

Adam Johnson celebrates his goal against Manchester City

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0 - Neil Cameron's match analysis

MARTIN O’Neill’s Sunderland turned up yesterday and in doing so inflicted a deserved and quite wonderful defeat on the Premier League champions.

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Hatem Ben Arfa out of action until 2013

NEWCASTLE United have been dealt a massive blow after discovering Hatem Ben Arfa will sit out the entire Christmas fixture card.

Sunderland star Steven Fletcher

Sunderland star Steven Fletcher aims to fire up Scotland

STEVEN Fletcher wants to breathe new life into the ailing Scotland national team by scoring the goals that takes his country to Brazil.

Jack Colback in action for Sunderland

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 0 - Neil Cameron's match analysis

FOR about 15 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, the Stéphane Sessègnon of last season showed up.

Adam Johnson of Sunderland

Adam Johnson warns stars of next generation

ADAM Johnson has warned England’s most promising youngsters signing for clubs like Manchester City can seriously harm their international health.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet's bravery up with greats says O'Neill

IN Simon Mignolet, Martin O’Neill thinks Sunderland have a goalkeeper whose bravery ranks alongside greats like Peter Shilton and Pat Jennings.

Boro keeper Jason Steele

'Manager' Jason Steele is on his way to top

BEING Jason Steele right now is a pretty busy business. Not only is he establishing himself as one of the best young goalkeepers in Britain, with Middlesbrough, the England Under-21 and Team GB in the Olympics, he is also now a manager in his own right at the ripe old age of 22.

Euro 2012: A point gained but not proven for England

England made a solid but unspectacular start to Euro 2012. For Newcastle fans, the performance of France right-back Mathieu Debuchy was equally concerning argues chief sports writer Mark Douglas

Euro 2012: When small is better

IT is 16 years since England hosted the European Championships. Back then, comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s Three Lions anthem told of the “30 years of hurt” endured by England since Sir Alf Ramsey’s side lifted the World Cup in 1966.

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Acclaim for Newcastle at a level previously derided

IT was a world away from the last time Newcastle finished a St James’ Park season with fifth place beckoning.

Sebastian Larsson

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 3

FUNNY thing, belief. If it were possible to mine it, bottle it and put it on sale to the highest bidder even the eye-watering wealth of Manchester City's munificent benefactor Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan might be under threat

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 3

Manchester City dropped two potentially vital points in the Barclays Premier League title race despite a rousing late fightback against Sunderland.

Nicklas Bendtner

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0

THERE may have been times this season when Ellis Short was wondering if he had been sold a pup, so it was a pity he was not at the Stadium of Light yesterday to witness just what Niall Quinn had promised him.

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Confidence remains after Newcastle United's first defeat

THE unbeaten record has gone but the confidence – and boldness – should remain.

Alan Pardew

Toon boss Alan Pardew writes his wish list

LIKE a child bombarded with toy adverts, December cannot come soon enough for some Newcastle United supporters.

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Shay Given relishing a return to St James’ Park

SHAY Given was frustrated not to be in Newcastle yesterday, but the former Magpies goalkeeper is already excited about returning on February 4.

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Vulnerable Craig Gordon is a target for Celtic

STEVE Bruce says he has taken no decision on the future of Craig Gordon - as Celtic weigh up a cut-price move for the Scotland stopper.

Keiren Westwood

Keiren Westwood on brink of Sunderland AFC move

SUNDERLAND are on the brink of clinching a deal for highly-rated Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood after beating off competition from Manchester City and Wolves.

Lee Cattermole

Manchester City 5 Sunderland 0

IT WAS not long ago that those of a red-and-white persuasion were contemplating the prospect of Sunderland playing in Europe next season.

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