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Pardew: 'Magpies not good enough'

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says his side's overall performance this season has been below par.

Despite finishing 5th last term the Magpies are languishing in 16th in the Premier League table, and sit just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Speaking ahead of Newcastle's home match against Reading this weekend, Pardew said: "Our game plan that we had last year and the way we played might need to change to just make sure that we continue being a stable Premier League side.

"For us, it's now about getting the right complement of players and making sure we're strong and put some excitement on that football pitch between now and the end of the year, because in the first half of the season I don't think it's been good enough."

Mowbray looking for strong finish

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says he's hopeful his side can continue to challenge for automatic promotion to the Premier League this season.

Boro are one of three teams tied on 47 points in the Championship table, and sit just two points behind second-placed Hull. The Teessiders were in a similar position at this stage last season, but slipped out of the play-off places after a poor run of results.

However, Mowbray is confident his side can compete with the other teams around them.

Speaking ahead of tonight's trip to Leicester, he said: "To be more than half-way through the season to be two points off an automatic promotion place, I think we'd have bitten your hand off if you'd have offered it us at the start of the season.

"So with players coming back I would be hopeful we would get stronger.

Mowbray added: "If we have a 90 percent fit squad for the remainder of the season then we won't be too far away I'm sure.


Early exit from FA Cup for Sunderland

Sunderland Manager Martin O'Neill couldn't hide his disappointment as his team were knocked out of the FA Cup by Bolton Wanderers.

The Black Cats paid the price for missing a host of chances against their Championship opponents in last night's third round replay.

Bolton striker Marvin Sordell opened the scoring from the penalty spot and his second goal sentenced the Wearsiders to an embarrassing early exit from the competition.

O'Neill expects tough evening ahead

Sunderland Football Club expects tonight's FA Cup 3rd Round replay against Bolton Wanderers to go ahead despite the bad weather.

The club say the pitch at the Stadium of Light is in good condition, but they are advising fans to allow extra time to travel to the game.

The winners of tonight's replay will earn a home tie against Everton in the fourth round.

Sunderland are favourites, having fought back from two goals down in the original tie at Bolton ten days ago, but Martin O'Neill still expects a tough evening ahead of them.

Big Sam: Performance 'difficult to accept'

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Venue: Stadium of Light

Result: Sunderland 3-0 West Ham

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce says his team's performance during their 3-0 defeat to Sunderland was "difficult to accept".

The loss came a week after the Hammers almost knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup, with the Premier League leaders salvaging a 2-2 draw late on.

Speaking after the match at the Stadium of Light, Allardyce said the comparison of his side's performance over the two games was "staggering". He said: "The level of difference of performance between that game and this is just staggering.

"All last week we were absolutely brilliant in all departments. This week we were poor in all departments. Hence we've got beat comprehensively by a team that deserved to beat us."


O'Neill highlights important win

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Venue: Stadium of Light

Result: Sunderland 3-0 West Ham

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has highlighted the importance of Saturday's 3-0 victory over West Ham.

A stunning strike from midfielder Sebastien Larsson, and further goals from Adam Johnson and James McClean made it a comfortable afternoon for the Black Cats. The result was their first win of 2013, and puts the Wearside club six points clear of the Premier League's bottom three.

Speaking after the match, O'Neill said: "We played very well today.

"I think anybody in the bottom-half of the table has to be looking anxiously over one's shoulder.

"But it was an important win for us. I think it's our fourth in seven games, and in the context of things it was good to win."

Zola happy with performance

Competition: npower Championship

Venue: Riverside Stadium

Final score: Middlesbrough 1-2 Watford

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola says he was pleased with his side's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

The victory meant the Hornets are now unbeaten in their last six away league games, and puts them within four points of Boro in the Championship table with a game in hand.

Speaking after the game, Zola admitted that his side were fortunate to be leading at half-time but says they were worthy winners. He said: "We didn't deserve to be 1-0 up. I think it was a present from them to be 1-0 up.

"They had their chances in the first-half and they played well, but they didn't take their chances. In the second-half we stepped up our game a little bit and that was the difference really."

He added: "It was a good performance in the end."

Mowbray disappointed at Watford defeat

Competition: npower Championship

Venue: Riverside Stadium

Final score: Middlesbrough 1-2 Watford

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has spoken of his disappointment after watching his team slip to a 2-1 defeat at home to Watford on Saturday.

Boro dominated the first-half but it was striker Matej Vydra who opened the scoring for the away side against the run of play. The Czech Republic international then added a second goal for the Hornets late on.

Scott McDonald headed in an equaliser for Middlesbrough in stoppage time but Gianfranco Zola's team hung on for the win.

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