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Watford's Odion Ighalo piled the pressure on sorry Newcastle as his first-half double paved the way for a 2-1 victory at St James' Park.

The Nigeria international struck on 10 and 28 minutes as he took advantage of some pitiful defending to give the promoted Hornets what proved to be a decisive lead.

Bournemouth needed just 10 minutes to wrap up their first ever Barclays Premier League home win, claiming a 2-0 result at the expense of 10-man Sunderland.

The Black Cats had hardly touched the ball before Callum Wilson scored his fifth Premier League goal of the campaign before a stunner from Matt Ritchie put them out of sight of Sunderland, who had defender Younes Kaboul sent off in the second half after the France international had been given the run-around by Wilson.

A heroic performance from Dimi Konstantopoulos helped Middlesbrough claim a fourth consecutive victory and take top spot in the Championship, as Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 at the City Ground.

The Boro keeper made a string of saves - including a Henri Lansbury penalty - as Forest's own recent good form was brought to an end.

The region's League Two sides both recorded home draws - 2-2 for York hosting Carlisle at Bootham Crescent after a penatly for Luke Summerfield and a goal for Josh Carson - while Hartlepool against Cambridge was goalless at Victoria Park.


McClaren upbeat despite Arsenal defeat

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren remains upbeat despite his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

An own goal from Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was enough to secure victory for the away side. Newcastle were forced to play most of the game with ten men after striker Aleksander Mitrovic was sent off early on.

Watch Steve McClaren's full post-match press conference.

Team news: Newcastle United v Arsenal

Newcastle United: Krul, Haidara, Coloccini, Mbemba, Janmaat, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Tiote, Perez, Obertan, De Jong, Cisse.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott. Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Campbell, Giroud.

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