Bad night for North East football

Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough all lost their league games on Wednesday night.

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Middlesbrough beaten 2-1 at Derby

Middlesbrough held on for most of the match despite going down to ten men early on, but eventually lost 2-1 to Derby.

Curtis Main has his head in his hands after receiving his second yellow card for a bad tackle Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Boro's Curtis Main was sent off for his second yellow card after just 33 minutes and Chris Martin headed in a goal just before the break. Dean Whitehead made it 1-1 in the second half, but Conor Sammon put Derby ahead and the game ended 2-1.

Dean Whitehead scores for Middlesbrough Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Middlesbrough's players show their frustration after Conor Sammon scores the winning goal Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland show spirit but lose 4-3 to Chelsea

Sunderland put up a good fight, but were eventually beaten 4-3 at home to Chelsea, leaving the Black Cats at the very bottom of the Premier League table.

Jozy Altidore scores his first league goal for the Black Cats, putting Sunderland ahead Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Jozy Altidore scored his first league goal to put the Black Cats ahead, before Frank Lampard made it 1-1 with a header from close range.

Eden Hazard braves the North East chill to celebrate his second - and Chelsea's third - goal of the night Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Eden Hazard then showed his quality with two goals, first curling the ball in from 20 yards. John O'Shea levelled things up before Hazard struck again. Phil Bardsley turned the ball into his own net, making it 4-2, before he managed to score at the right end a few minutes later.

Phil Bardsley (bottom right) turned a cross from Demba Ba into his own net, but scored at the right end a few minutes later Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire


Newcastle beaten 3-0 at Swansea

Newcastle United have ended their four-game winning streak with a 3-0 defeat at Swansea.

Yoan Gouffran shows his side's dejection after the match Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Kieron Dyer scored the first goal at the Liberty Stadium just before the break, but it was John Jo Shelvey who proved tricky in the second half. He was responsible for the second goal (although it bounced in off Debuchy) and then curled in the third from 25 yards.

Kieron Dyer celebrate's Swansea's victory, only thir second at home this season Credit: David Davies/PA Wire
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