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'No pressure' on Hartlepool in League Cup clash

Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett says there's 'no pressure' on his team going into tonight's League Cup clash with Preston North End.

Pools face an away trip to the Championship side in the First Round of the EFL Cup.

With the League Two club classed as the underdogs, Hignett believes the pressure will be on the hosts at Deepdale. He told ITV News:

I don't think anyone expects us to go there and win the game, except me.

– Craig Hignett


Newcastle beat Vitesse Arnhem in final warm up game

Newcastle United's final warm up for the new campaign was against the Dutch team Vitesse Arnhem at St James Park.

The Magpies took the lead thanks to an own goal midway through the first half. New signing Dwight Gayle doubled the advantage and Newcastle were cruising when Jack Colback added a third before half time. Vitesse fought back in the second half, but the Magpies held on to win 3-2.

Newcastle's Championship season begins away at Fulham next Friday Night.

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Middlesbrough target Subotic to undergo rib surgery

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic Credit: David Klein/Sportimage/PA Images

Middlesbrough target Neven Subotic must undergo rib surgery and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of year.

The 27-year-old defender was understood to be in talks with Boro over a potential switch to the Riverside. However, the deal is now off after a medical revealed the extent of the injury.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the Serbia international requires an operation and will remain with the Bundesliga club this summer.


Newcastle United sign Isaac Hayden

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden. The 21-year-old has agreed a five-year deal at St. James' Park and has joined up with Magpies' on their training camp in Ireland.

"Newcastle is a massive football club and to be given the opportunity to come here and progress my career is fantastic," said Hayden.

"Being at Arsenal was a great experience, I learnt a lot there and have a lot to thank them for, but I needed to move on and so when Newcastle came in for me I jumped at the chance.

"I am still young but I want to get as many games under my belt as I can and help the team bounce back to the Premier League."

– Isaac Hayden

"We continue with our plan to bring in players who are hungry to succeed and prove themselves, which Isaac really is.

"He is also a player who can play in different positions, which is very useful. "Isaac is a young, strong English player with fantastic potential but also with some experience already of the Championship. We welcome him to the Club."

– Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez
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