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Hartlepool 'won't fear' FA Cup upset

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore insists his team won’t fear an FA Cup giant killing after being drawn against Salford City in next month’s second round.

Salford, who are owned by five members of Manchester United’s Class of ’92, stunned Notts County in their first round tie on Friday.

Meanwhile, Hartlepool were far from convincing as they edged past Conference Premier outfit Cheltenham Town 1-0.

They’ll now face the Northern Premier side with confidence that they won’t be the victims of an upset.

“I think it’s a nation against Hartlepool isn’t it? I mean everybody will want Salford to win, the Class of ’92 being involved is a big thing,” Moore told ITV News.

“But we’ve just got to go and try and enjoy it, if it’s not a TV game I don’t know what is – it’s there for everybody who is looking for upsets.

“But not only that both teams are probably thinking they’ve got a chance of winning and if you do win it well third round the big boys are there for you and maybe Salford or ourselves will get the proper Man United and that’ll be an interesting cup game won’t it?”

– Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore

Sunderland brought crashing down to earth by Everton

Sunderland were brought crashing down to earth. Credit: PA

Sunderland have been trashed by a ruthless Everton side that put six goals past them.

Hot from last week's victory over Newcastle, the Black Cats were cooled down decisively at Goodison park.

Sunderland had four chances early on, hitting the same post twice, but they just couldn't find the back of the net.

It didn't take long for Everton to capitalise on the wastefulness. In the 19th minute Deulofeu broke away from the pack and finished confidently past Pantilimon, for his first goal of the season.

Deulofeu scored the first. Credit: PA

Arouna Kone scored the second, finishing well after a one-two with Lukaku.

Kone scored the second. Credit: PA

Hope returned before half time, as Defoe controlled a long ball and finished brilliantly, surrounded by Everton defenders.

Defoe finished well. Credit: PA

Sunderland started the second half with intent.

A high cross from Coates reached Steven Fletcher, who headed the equaliser.

But the recovery was short lived. Deulofeu's outstanding pass looked destined for Lukaku, but Coates got there first to put it into his own goal.

Lukaku then scored a superb solo effort, running past a tiring Black Cats defence, and rounding the goalkeeper.

Kone score his second after an impressive team move, and he then bagged a hat-trick with a header, making it six for Everton.

The result leaves Sunderland in the relegation zone, a point and a place below Newcastle.

Newcastle frustrated by Butland heroics

Jack Butland is already an England international. Credit: Steve Drew/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United remain in the Premier League relegation zone, after a goalless draw with Stoke City.

The Magpies were dominant from the start, but Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland made a series of excellent saves to keep the scores level.

Aleksandar Mitrovic struck the post for Newcastle in the first half, and the team were then left to rue a series of missed opportunities.

England international Butland excelled throughout, making six saves, but he kept the best for last, tipping a goalbound Jamaal Lascelles header over.

Northumberland FA chief executive steps down

Clive Oliver, Chief Executive of the Northumberland Football Association has resigned with immediate effect, according to a statement.

He has worked with the body for two years.

The Northumberland FA says Mark Woodhall will fill in as acting CEO until a replacement is appointed.

The Board and executive would like to extend its thanks to Mr Oliver for his service to Northumberland FA over the past two years and will now commence the process of recruiting a successor.

– Northumberland FA


Boro to face Everton in Capital One Cup quarter final

Leadbitter celebrating the club's win with Boro boss Aitor Karanka Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are to face Everton at home in December.

The championship promotion-chasers triumphed on penalties following a goalless draw at Old Trafford .

Grant Leadbitter, Stewart Downing and Ben Gibson all managed to get the better of United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias saved from Rooney and Young as Boro advanced to the quarter-finals.

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One Direction are among those celebrating Boro as they make it through to the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup.

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Arrive early for the Wear-Tyne derby this weekend

Fans at the derby in April this year. Credit: Chard Sellers/PA Archive/PA Images

Supporters are being advised to arrive early for the forthcoming Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday (October 24).

In light of the capacity crowd expected and enhanced safety measures in place, fans should allow additional time for their journey both to and from the stadium. There will be a number of changes to the normal match day arrangements, including to the traffic management and entrance and exit procedures.

The derby brings with it some changes to our usual match day operation, as we implement a number of enhanced measures for the safety of all supporters.

As with every game, we want to ensure that all supporters have an enjoyable day and have worked in conjunction with the police to ensure the safe arrival and departure of supporters. We strongly advise everyone attending the game to plan their journey in advance, arrive at the stadium in good time and to listen to the advice of stewards and police on the day.

Naturally with a large crowd and the additional safety measure in place, there may be some delays, particularly in exiting the stadium and we thank supporters in advance for their patience and understanding on the day.

– Sunderland AFC’s head of safety and security, Paul Weir
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