Connor Wickham: I'll get the goals for SAFC

CONNOR Wickham is ready to be the goalscorer Sunderland have lacked since selling Darren Bent, driven on by the fear of failure.

Martin O'Neill praises John O'Shea and Wes Brown

SUNDERLAND boss Martin O’Neill has praised his veteran rearguard John O’Shea and Wes Brown for stepping out of their comfort zone and leading the team back up the table.

Sunderland 1 Chelsea 2

THE floodlights were starting to shine brightly through the dark cloud, the temperature dropped, the wind was whipping rubbish around the Stadium of Light.

Reputation boost for Magpies' boss Alan Pardew

FROM danger derby to dreamland, the outlook had changed drastically for Alan Pardew by the time Howard Webb brought a crackling Wear-Tyne tussle to a close .

Mark Cooper sets Darlington sights on promotion

PROMOTION is everything, Mark Cooper insists, as Darlington kick off their second season in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Leon McSweeney leaves Hartlepool United and signs for Leyton Orient

MIDFIELDER Leon McSweeney has joined Leyton Orient after being released by League One rivals Hartlepool United.

Gateshead FC recruit ‘talented’ Micky Cummins

GATESHEAD signing Micky Cummins is a “talented player and real competitor”, according to a delighted Ian Bogie keen to ensure the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is the first of many summer signings at the International Stadium.

Ian Bogie in stylish demand to Gateshead FC players

IAN Bogie has handed his Gateshead stars a two-pronged incentive to end the season in style.

Darlington FC under no pressure at Crawley Town

MARK Cooper insists Darlington head to champions-elect Crawley Town today under no pressure, but still require seven wins and a draw from nine league games to make the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs, writes STEVE BROWN.

Bogie preparing for 'big hitters' clash

IAN BOGIE insists his Gateshead side are “effectively playing a Football League” outfit in Crawley Town today, a team of “big-hitters, by far the best in the league”, writes STEVE BROWN.

Stoke's critics are potty, says Newcastle boss

STOKE City do not tick any boxes for the football purist, but you will not hear a bad word said against them by Alan Pardew.

Gateshead to embark on another run

UNITED in their disappointment at the end of a five-game unbeaten run, Ian Bogie and Kris Gate have urged their Gateshead cohorts to embark on another, starting tonight.

TV hosts sadly second best

PERHAPS Graham Wood watched Corrie instead. Unwell, the Gateshead chairman was not at the International Stadium last night, when his club served further notice of how far they have come in recent times by appearing on live television.

Gateshead boss Bogie is set for screen test

THE television cameras will be a novel addition to proceedings, but Ian Bogie insists his Gateshead side are ready to pass tonight’s screen test.

Luton Town 2 Gateshead 2

GATESHEAD shocked title-chasing Luton Town when they held Richard Money's side to a draw, despite playing the second half with ten men.

Ties that bind will end this afternoon at three

THE bond between Gateshead and Hampton & Richmond Borough is strong, but Ian Bogie insists good relations go out the window at three o’clock this afternoon.

Mark Cooper's challenge to push for glory

MARK Cooper has challenged his Darlington side to improve on the first half of their season and find the momentum for a promotion charge.

Darlington 0 AFC Wimbledon 0

DARLINGTON aim to continue their revival when hapless Histon visit The Arena tomorrow night.

Cooper calls for Barrow repeat

AFTER the “best footballing performance” Darlington have produced this season – and a week of oscillating fortunes in the transfer market – Mark Cooper has called for a repeat of the Quakers’ “most professional”, writes STEVE BROWN.

SAFC coach Eric Black on his life in football

IN the drive for improvement, change and progress often go hand in hand, but they are not automatically the same thing.

Alan Pardew alone in the spotlight

Alan Pardew is eager to stress he is not pally with owner Mike Ashley, but Newcastle United’s manager must quickly make friends on the terraces, writes Stuart Rayner.

Darlington 2 Bristol Rovers 1

IN added time at the Northern Echo Arena on Saturday, a Darlington fan - his side 2-1 up against Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup first round proper - chucked his black-and-white scarf at Mark Cooper.

AFC Wimbledon 0 Darlington 2

DARLINGTON manager Mark Cooper will be on the phone to his old Peterborough chairman Barry Fry today in an attempt to free Liam Hatch for Quakers’ big FA Cup tie against Bristol Rovers this Saturday.

Darlington are hoping to spring a surprise

IT is their “toughest test yet”, but with a little more consistency, Mark Cooper would not be surprised if Darlington end AFC Wimbledon’s unbeaten home record today.

Mossley hit for six as Keith deal is on

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Mark Cooper is wary of being the favourites

FOR Mark Cooper, the boot is on the other foot today.

AFC Wimbledon 1 Gateshead 0

GATESHEAD put up a brave show in the capital but came away with nothing after a 72nd-minute Ismail Yakubu header took AFC Wimbledon to the top of the Conference Premier.

Shaw has one eye on play-offs

GATESHEAD may well be heading to AFC Wimbledon for a tough tussle with one of the title favourites but four-goal striker Jon Shaw has other ideas.

Gateshead 3 Tamworth 1

GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie has urged his side to push for the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs after the Tynesiders showed their credentials with a hard-earned victory over Tamworth on Tyneside.

Tynesiders ready for a test of ambition

GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie says this afternoon’s clash with Tamworth at the International Stadium can be considered a test of his side’s aspirations.

Hard work begins for unbeaten Gateshead

UNBEATEN after two games and with a chance to go top by tonight.

Immediate return won’t be easy – Cooper

MARK Cooper has targeted an instant return to the Football League, but knows Darlington face an uphill task to achieve his aim.

Gateshead boss still unsure of his future

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Gateshead praying they get a reprieve

IN strictly football terms and with a keen sense of perspective, Ian Bogie insists it would be a “travesty” if Gateshead are relegated from Blue Square Premier today, writes STEVE BROWN.

Gateshead 0 Stevenage Borough 1

A controversial first-half penalty condemned Gateshead to defeat against Football League- bound Stevenage at the International Stadium.

Ebbsfleet United 2 Gateshead 0

GATESHEAD’S Blue Square Premier feat will be decided on the final day of the season on Saturday at home to AFC Wimbledon.

Bogie: Gateshead cannot afford to lose game

THERE are must-win games. Ian Bogie and Andy Ferrell are both in agreement: Gateshead’s today at Ebbsfleet United must not be lost.

Gateshead 0 Kidderminster Harriers 2

GATESHEAD have a “mountain to climb”, Ian Bogie believes, if they are to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Premier.

Gateshead looking for Easter success

GATESHEAD travel to Wrexham today looking to make it a productive Easter following Saturday’s important 2-0 win over Cambridge United.

Gateshead want to avoid last day jitters

CHALLENGING them to garner seven points from their next three games, Ian Bogie has warned his Gateshead side not to leave Blue Square Premier survival to the last game of the season.

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