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Newcastle United beat Sunderland in FA Youth Cup

Newcastle United beat Sunderland on penalties in the FA Youth Cup Fifth Round last night.

It was a tight game at the Stadium of Light, with both teams mainly made up of respective under-18s players. Although both Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman have featured in the Newcastle first-team squad in recent times.

Neither side were able to break the deadlock in normal time and extra time and the match went to penalties.

It was goalkeeper Woodman who turned out to be the hero for Newcastle, saving spot kicks from both Dan Casey and Elliot Embleton. The Magpies won the shootout 3-1, handing them a Sixth Round tie against defending champions Chelsea.

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Middlesbrough prepare to take on the champions in FA Cup clash

Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough are currently riding high, just one point behind league leaders Bournemouth in the Championship. Credit: PA
If Boro can beat Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City side it will be a giant-killing of epic proportions. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are preparing to take on the Premier League champions, Manchester City, in the FA Cup.

The fourth round clash kicks-off at the Etihad Stadium at 3pm today.

The last time Boro faced Manchester City was five years ago when they suffered a 1-0 home defeat, also in the FA Cup.

Middlesbrough are currently second in the Championship, just one point behind league leaders Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, in another fourth round contest, Sunderland will welcome Championship side Fulham to the Stadium of Light today. That game is also at 3pm.

Defoe: 'Even Mum can't believe the Sunderland fans'

Sunderland's new striker Jermain Defoe said even his mother could not believe the support the "fantastic" Sunderland fans gave him during his first match, away at Spurs at the weekend.

"I only played 70 minutes the other day but the fans were fantastic. I spoke to my mum after the game and she couldn't believe it. She said the Sunderland fans did not stop singing the whole game."

Defoe was speaking to the media for the first time since joining the Black Cats from Toronto FC last week.

He said he had heard from other players that Sunderland was a "special" club, and had previously been told that if he ever had the chance to join them, he should.

The striker now says he cannot wait to play his first home match at the Stadium of Light.

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Poyet hints at Sunderland formation change

Gus Poyet has hinted that Sunderland might change their team formation after the signing of striker Jermain Defoe.

The Black Cats have played with a lone forward for the majority of the season so far. But Poyet said he's already started to introduce a new system in training this week.

Poyet said:

You need to adapt and find the right formula for players to be as much as possible where they're going to hurt the opposition. So we're working on it. It's still the early stages but there are things that we need to improve.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach
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