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Black Cats stars record cup final alarm calls

Sunderland's John O'Shea and Jack Colback Credit: Capital One

With more than 30,000 Sunderland supporters getting up early to make the long trip to Wembley for the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, the Black Cats are making sure that fans don't miss their alarm call.

Sunderland stars John O'Shea and Jack Colback have recorded special messages that fans can download from the Capital One Facebook page to set as their alarm on the morning of March 2.

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Pardew hails "two great goals"

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew said his side scored "two great goals" in their 2-0 victory over Leeds United in the Capital One Cup last night.

Striker Papiss Cisse grabbed his first goal of the season with a header after 31 minutes, before Yoan Gouffran sealed the win with an 18-yard effort in the second-half.

Speaking after the match, Pardew said: "They were two great goals. Both made by Sammy [Ameobi] in different circumstances. Good ability from Sammy for the first with a simple pass.

"The second goal was all about Gouffran setting himself and a fantastic hit."

Cisse's goal was his first in 11 games for Newcastle. Pardew added that he hopes the Senegal international can now return to his best form for the club. He said: "Goals can settle a player down and hopefully it will."

Cup derby tickets go on sale

Tickets for Capital One Cup clash at the Stadium of Light go on sale Credit: ITV

Tickets for the Capital One Cup clash between Sunderland and Middlesbrough have gone on sale to season ticket holders.

Yesterday Boro expressed "extreme disappointment" after learning that away fans have been restricted to just 2,800 tickets for the fourth round tie. Sunderland says the 15% allowance was reduced because of previous bad behaviour by visiting supporters.

The match will take place at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday 30 October.