Sunderland's last Premier League outing ended in disaster, they lost 8-0 at Southampton last weekend, so they were hoping to make amends when Arsenal visited the Stadium of Light this afternoon.
In the end, the Londoners proved too much for them, the contest finished 2-0 to Arsenal.
In the Championship, Middlesbrough could not hold on to their lead, conceding to Watford mid-way through the second half. The game finsihed 1-1. Boro have now slipped to 5th in the Championship table but they remain in the play-off places.
And in League Two, Hartlepool went down to Cambridge but lost 2-1. There was better news for York, however, they drew 1-1 at home against Mansfield.
You can see more on all the day's action here.
Two big premier league questions this weekend. How do Newcastle build on their first win? And how do Sunderland bounce back from their record defeat ?
The Black Cats have a nice easy recovery game at home to Arsenal. So how does a team recover from losing eight-nil ? Watch Simon O'Rourke's full report here:
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While with Lyon, Reveillere made almost 300 appearances, winning seven trophies including five Ligue 1 titles. He was also selected by France for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the UEFA European Championships in 2012.
The defender spent last season with Serie A side Napoli, making 18 appearances and helping the Naples club to a Coppa Italia win, before his contract came to an end in the summer.
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Sunderland fans who saw their side lose 8-0 at Southampton have been given two weeks to claim back their costs.
The club says claims should be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 5th November. Fans can either take their match tickets to the Stadium of Light or post them.
Any money not claimed before the deadline will be given to the local children's charity Grace House.
You can see more details on how to get your money here.
Sunderland have said they will make a donation to a local children's charity after suffering their worst defeat for 32 years.
Grace House is a Sunderland-based hospice that provides care for children from across the North East with life-shortening conditions.
Sunderland lost 8-0 away to Southampton last Saturday (18 October). They announced this afternoon (Tuesday 21 October) that they would reimburse the travel and ticket costs of the 2,500 fans that made the 700-mile round trip.
However, the club added that any fans who do not want the personal refund will have their share donated to Grace House.
The charity's chairman, David Cook, said in a statement that he was "overwhelmed".
I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Sunderland Football Club and their supporters, this is an amazing gesture towards Grace House and children in our region with life-limiting conditions.”