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Poyet pleased for Leicester striker Ulloa

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says it's pleasing to see Leonardo Ulloa in the Premier League with Leicester City.

Poyet signed the Argentinean forward when he was manager at Brighton and says "we helped each other" when the pair were together on the South Coast.

Ulloa has made an impressive start to his Premier League career, scoring five goals in 11 games.

The 28-year-old will be re-united with his former manager when Leicester host Sunderland on Saturday.

Young footballers visit WW1 graves to commemorate Christmas Day truce

Young footballers from Newcastle United and Sunderland visited the mass First World War graves in Belgium to learn about the lives of soldiers.

They were there to play football against other under-12 Premier League sides in a special commemorative tournament.

The event was inspired by the famous Christmas Day truce, 100 years ago, when rival soldiers put their weapons aside to play football for one day.

Jonny Blair reports from Ypres, Belgium.


Remembering the WW1 Christmas truce

Young footballers from Sunderland and Newcastle have just returned from what was, in their own words, the trip of a lifetime.

They were playing in Belgium to mark the centenary of The Great War with other under-12 sides from The Premier League for The Christmas Truce National Tournament.

Held in Ypres, the site of many battles and, now, countless war graves, the three day trip was about testing their football skills but, more importantly, opening their eyes to the horrors of The First World War.

Our reporter Jonny Blair was given full access to the teams and tournament.

Young footballers commemorate WWI Christmas Truce match

Troops met in no-man's land to play football on Christmas Day 1914 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Young footballers from Sunderland and Newcastle taken part in a special tournament in Belgium marking the centenary of World War One. They joined 18 other Premier League sides in Ypres. As well as playing football, they visited historic sites to learn about the horrors of The Great War.

Sunderland Under 12 players took part Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Christmas Truce Tournament was inspired by Christmas Day, 1914, when British and German soldiers met in no-man's land and bonded through playing football.

Newcastle Under 12 players took part Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

20 under 12s Premier League Teams took part. The tournament was eventually won by Chelsea who, along with runners up Liverpool, will return for the European version of the event in December.

However, it was really all about learning the history and effects of The Great War. Young players visited War Graves at Tyne Cot Cemetery and attended a service at the Menin Gate memorial.

Young footballers laid wreaths at the Menin Gate Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
They visited War Graves laying wreaths Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
One of the sites where a Christmas football match took place, 1914 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Christmas Day football matches took place in several locations in no-man's land Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Sunderland striker Graham joins Wolves on loan

Sunderland striker Danny Graham has joined Wolves on loan Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Sunderland striker Danny Graham has joined Wolves on loan for the remainder of 2014.

The 29-year-old, from Gateshead, has struggled to command a regular first-team place at the Stadium of Light since his £5 million move from Swansea City in January 2013.

Graham, who has also had recent loan spells at Hull City and Middlesbrough, will now be playing under Kenny Jackett at Molineux until December 31.

Wolves, currently 9th in the Championship table, confirmed the signing on the club's official Twitter account:

Sunderland hit with FA charge

Sunderland have been charged by the Football Association over their team's conduct during last weekend's 1-1 draw with Everton.

The charge relates an incident in the 76th minute, when Everton were awarded a penalty after Connor Wickham's foul on Seamus Coleman.

It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

The club has until 6pm on November 17 to respond to the charge.


Poyet reflects on 'tough day' for referee

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes Premier League referee Lee Mason had a 'tough day' during the club's 1-1 draw with Everton.

Several major talking points dominated the post-match discussion. Black Cats striker Connor Wickham could have been sent off after he brought down Seamus Coleman for a penalty, but Mason chose not to further penalise the England Under-21 forward.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard then later smothered the ball outside his area but Mason took no action against the American international.

Sunderland a 'dark' place before Palace win

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the club was in a 'dark' place before Monday's victory over Crystal Palace.

Prior to that 3-1 win at Selhurst Park, the Black Cats had suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats, including an 8-0 thrashing at Southampton.

But Poyet says it's been a 'different week' after that result.

Sunderland welcome Everton to the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

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