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 Post subject: Match Reports: Middlesbrough v Sunderland Sat 06/01/18 13:00
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https://www.safc.com/news/opinion/2018/january/media-mash-up-v-boro



Media mash-up continues as James Hunter, Richard Mennear and Paul Fraser pen their pre-match thoughts ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Middlesbrough.

The trio share their thoughts on the Emirate FA Cup Cup clash, pinpoint the areas in which the game will be won and lost – and much more…

James Hunter (@JHunterChron) – The Chronicle


Sunderland's injury problems have left Chris Coleman down to the bare bones this weekend, but he would rather face this situation in a cup game than when scrapping for points in the Championship. The Black Cats lost at the Riverside in the league in November and this is a chance to restore some pride in front of the 4,500 fans who will be making the short trip down the A19. Depleted in numbers or not, those fans will expect their team to put in maximum effort against Middlesbrough and – whatever the result – a major improvement on the New Year's Day performance at home to Barnsley is a must.

Paul Fraser (@paulfraserecho) – The Northern Echo


With more than 4,000 travelling supporters from Wearside, the FA Cup tie at the Riverside should be a fantastic occasion. But who is best placed to actually progress? Middlesbrough or Sunderland? On the face of it you would have to suggest Boro. The Championship table has a huge gap between the two sides, even though things have not gone exactly to plan for the men from Teesside either this season. Both clubs have had a change of manager and Middlesbrough's has been more recent than Sunderland's even though it was only in November when Chris Coleman took charge. But Coleman has seen improvements. Middlesbrough should find that out, a lot could depend on what players Coleman chooses to play when clearly the priority is survival. Middlesbrough are in a similar boat. Tony Pulis has only recently taken over and after guiding them to a win at Preston he could actually want to try to build some momentum rather than mix things up too much. Either way you would expect a few changes in both teams. Who goes through is likely to be determined by which set of players wants the FA Cup run more than the others. A run might not be the priority, but it could still brighten up a pretty miserable season for both so far.

Richard Mennear (@RichMennearJP) – Sunderland Echo

Patched-up Sunderland head to the Riverside on Saturday for the FA Cup third round, with Chris Coleman battling a huge injury list. The Black Cats only have around 11 fit senior players so the team will probably pick itself with Coleman already confirming Jason Steele will start in goal after impressing in training. The bench is set to be packed with academy graduates. Coleman is a fan of the FA Cup and had pledged to name his strongest team possible when the draw was made. He will have little choice over team selection this weekend given the injury list. As for Middlesbrough, Tony Pulis is set to ring the changes to assess various players who could be available for transfer this window. With all that in mind, it is hard to predict how this one will go. One thing Sunderland don't need is a replay to add to a busy fixture schedule. Coleman will be hoping an FA Cup run sparks a good run of form in the Championship.

The views expressed within this article are the views of the individual contributors and not necessarily those of Sunderland AFC. (or Black Cat Chat of London, Hew York, Tokyo and Sunderland)


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/january/press-conference-v-boro

Chris Coleman speaks to trhe media ahead of the game. Video, please follow the link.


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http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/extra-officers-drafted-middlesbrough-sunderland-14114884

Extra police drafted in. Are the natives restless?


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https://rokerreport.sbnation.com/2018/1/5/16853134/fan-focus-boro-fanzine-chief-drops-in-to-give-roker-report-his-thoughts-ahead-of-fa-cup-clash

Borough Fanzine look at the game


Fan Focus: Boro Fanzine chief drops in to give Roker Report his thoughts ahead of FA Cup clash!
Rob Nichols of Boro fanzine Fly Me To The Moon joins Rory to discuss tomorrow’s game in the FA Cup, current goings on around the Teessiders and the player they most fear (spoiler... it’s James Vaughan).


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/january/galllery-pre-middlesbrough-training

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A slideshow of sweaty footballers. Not what you want when you are eating.


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http://www.skysports.com/football/mboro-vs-sland/preview/386130

Middlesbrough v Sunderland preview

Last Updated: 05/01/18 9:50am

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is likely to make changes for Saturday's FA Cup third-round clash with derby rivals Sunderland.

Pulis is still assessing the squad he inherited from predecessor Garry Monk and could use the tie to have a look at players who are yet to have an opportunity since his arrival at the Riverside Stadium.

The manager, who drafted Cyrus Christie, Adlene Guedioura and Adama Traore into his team for Monday's 3-2 Sky Bet Championship win at Preston, has a full squad available to him. However, full-back Fabio is unlikely to be involved after asking to leave the club as he seeks a return to his native Brazil.


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Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis could make changes for Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie against north-east rivals Sunderland.

Cyrus Christie, Adlene Guedioura and Adama Traore all featured against Preston, while Fabio is unlikely to play as he seeks a move away from Boro.

Sunderland will be without Darron Gibson, who is out with a groin injury.

Midfielders Paddy McNair (groin) and Aiden McGeady (calf) will be assessed, but are both doubtful to feature.

MATCH FACTS

  • These two north-east rivals have been drawn together five times previously, with three of those ties going to a replay - Middlesbrough progressing twice and Sunderland the other three.
  • In the league, the two clubs met as recently as November, with Middlesbrough winning 1-0 at home thanks to a sixth-minute strike from Marcus Tavernier.
  • Middlesbrough will be playing an FA Cup game at the Riverside for the sixth consecutive fixture, winning three of the previous five.
  • Sunderland are looking to win their first FA Cup game since February 2015, losing three of the last four and scoring just once.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/january/match-preview-v-middlesbrough

Sunderland will be looking to reach the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 2015 when they face Middlesbrough on Saturday (KO 1pm).

Read all you need to know about the game here…

TREATMENT ROOM

It’s not been a happy New Year in the Sunderland treatment room, but it has been a busy one with Darron Gibson the latest casualty. The Republic of Ireland midfielder has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks due to a groin injury, and the news comes as a bitter blow with the 29-year-old enjoying his best football for the club. Gibson joins Lamine Kone, Lee Cattermole, Didier Ndong, Jack Rodwell, Jonny Williams, Duncan Watmore, Lynden Gooch and Lewis Grabban on the sidelines, with Adam Matthews also ruled out of Saturday’s game as Paddy McNair and Aiden McGeady face late fitness tests.

PULIS ON THE MARCH

Garry Monk’s dismissal caught many off-guard, but those on Teesside quickly forget their former manager when Tony Pulis arrived at the Riverside Stadium. The Welshman was a swift and high-profile appointment by Boro chairman Steve Gibson, with Pulis out of work for just over a month after being dismissed by West Bromwich Albion. His tenure began with a late defeat against Aston Villa, but Boro started 2018 with a win as Preston North End were beaten in a five-goal thriller. And Pulis has been quick to make changes off the pitch as well, bringing in long-time assistant David Kemp and goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould earlier this week.

DESTINATION: ROUND FOUR

Sunderland are hoping to reach the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time since 2015. The Black Cats were beaten by Burnley in a third-round replay last season, with their 2016 exploits also ending in a third-round exit as Arsenal clinched a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium. 2014 and 2015 yielded better results, though, as the Lads reached the quarter-finals and fifth round. Sunderland lifted the cup in 1937 and 1973, reaching their first final in 1913. Boro, meanwhile, reached the quarter-finals last year but they have never won the competition, with their best showing coming in the 1996-97 season when they fell to Chelsea in the final at Wembley Stadium.

FA CUP HISTORY

The two sides have met on eight previous occasions in the Emirates FA Cup – and Sunderland hold the edge winning four to Boro’s one, with three ending level. The most recent clash was a fourth-round replay in February 2012 and the tie required extra-time as Stephane Sessegnon struck to seal a 2-1 win, and the Black Cats would go on to reach the quarter-finals where they were beaten by Everton. The first-ever meeting between the sides also came in the FA Cup way back in 1887 – and once again a replay was needed to settle the tie. The first game ended 2-2 before Sunderland returned home to triumph 4-2.

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Tickets are sold out with 4,400 Sunderland supporters set to back the Black Cats on Teesside.

If you’re not attending the game we have comprehensive coverage of all the action as it happens across our digital channels.

Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett will be in the commentary booth from 12pm, with minute-by-minute analysis available right here and across social media from Twitter to Instagram.


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Suspect the real interest in this game is whether or not we see any/many of the U23s involved on the pitch. Apart from that I'm not getting the "magic of the cup" feeling, more a case of a "free hit" where the result is irrelevant. That said I'd love a win :)



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Worst result would be a draw and more injuries. Much as I want us to win if it is even coming to full time I would settle for an own goal to put us out.


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Well, that went well.


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SAT 06 Jan 2018FA Cup - Third Round
Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Sunderland

Gestede (10' minutes), Braithwaite (42' minutes)

FT / HT 2-0

Goals from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite gave Middlesbrough a routine victory over Sunderland in their FA Cup third-round tie.

Gestede opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he slid the ball under Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele.

Braithwaite tapped home Boro's second three minutes before half-time after Steele failed to deal with a corner.

Josh Maja came closest for Sunderland when he headed off the crossbar at a corner early in the second half.

The only other meaningful opportunity in this Tees-Wear derby for Chris Coleman's side, who sit bottom of the Championship, came from another second-half corner but Darren Randolph spectacularly tipped over Tyias Browning's header.

Sunderland's Steele was arguably at fault for both goals, mostly notably for Boro's second when he came off his line to meet Stewart Downing's corner but failed to make any meaningful contact with his punch under pressure from Gestede.

Gestede and Braithwaite caused problems throughout as did Adama Traore, who produced a driving run from his own half before playing in Gestede for the opener.

Victory for Boro puts them into the fourth round for a second successive season - having reached the quarter-finals last term - and gives new manager Tony Pulis a second win in a row.

Middlesbrough

25Randolph
5Shotton
4Ayala
6Gibson
3FriendSubstituted forChristieat 90'minutes
7LeadbitterBooked at 50mins
16Howson
37TraoréBooked at 55minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 81'minutes
10BraithwaiteSubstituted forClaytonat 65'minutes
19Downing
39Gestede

Substitutes

1Konstantopoulos
8Clayton
9Assombalonga
18Fletcher
21Johnson
22Christie
34Forshaw

Sunderland

1Steele
2Jones
18Browning
16O'Shea
36Wilson
3Oviedo
26HoneymanBooked at 25mins
22LoveBooked at 57mins
28RobsonSubstituted forEmbletonat 81'minutes
13McManamanSubstituted forAsoroat 53'minutes
20MajaSubstituted forVaughanat 74'minutes

Substitutes

9Vaughan
15Galloway
25Ruiter
29Asoro
31Beadling
38Gamble
40Embleton

Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
26,399


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Middlesbrough 0-2 Sunderland

Sunderland exited the Emirates FA Cup in the third round following a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Rudy Gestede opened the scoring after ten minutes and Martin Braithwaite doubled their advantage before the break, but there was no way back as Josh Maja struck the crossbar and Ty Browning forced an excellent save.

Recap all the action below…

ROBSON AND MAJA RETURN


Chris Coleman was without 11 first-team players – and Lewis Grabban following the end of his loan spell – at the Riverside Stadium, so there was clear a blend of youth and experience in the starting XI. Ethan Robson made his full debut and Josh Maja returned to lead the line, with Paddy McNair and Aiden McGeady, who were rated as doubts, not included. Jason Steele faced his former club as Robbin Ruiter dropped to the bench, with John O’Shea captaining the side as Billy Jones made his first start since a 1-0 defeat on Teesside in November.

TRAORE TERROR


Sunderland made a confident start to the game but Adama Traore was the star of the show early on as Boro opened the scoring. The former Barcelona winger fired an early warning sign when O’Shea poked his menacing cross behind, but within minutes he was tearing through the heart of the Black Cats’ midfield before picking out Gestede. The Frenchman applied the finish touch, rolling the ball under Steele and into the net. And within a minute of the restart the home side were piling forward once more, as Braithwaite’s effort was pushed away by Steele after fine play from Traore.

BORO IN COMMAND

Middlesbrough continued to surge forward but the Black Cats remained in the game as another vital interception stopped a testing cross from Traore. However, Coleman’s men went within a whisker of an equaliser on 25 minutes as Bryan Oviedo dashed to the byline before pulling the ball back into the six-yard box where Maja waited to pounce. Last-ditch defending denied the striker just as he looked to pull the trigger, though, and Boro responded with a volley of efforts as Steele saved from Jonny Howson before Braithwaite dragged a shot wide.

HOME SIDE DOUBLE UP

Tony Pulis’ side weren’t done there and before the interval they piled forward in search of a second – and they were rewarded. Downing mustered a couple of notable attempt before they struck, seeing an effort blocked following a blistering counter attack, engineered by George Friend, before his second thumped inches wide. But three minutes before the interval Boro found a way through, as Steele came and missed a corner and bodies dropped in the box, allowing Braithwaite to tap the ball into the empty net.

BACK UNDERWAY

Sunderland came closest to a response just two minutes after the restart, as Maja beat his man at the near post before glancing a header agonisingly against the crossbar. The attempt shocked Boro back into life and it didn’t take them long to reassert their dominance, as Oviedo denied Traore at the back post before the winger cut inside and force Steele into another save. With 53 minutes played, Coleman made his first change as Joel Asoro replaced Callum McManaman, but it was Robson that continued to stand out as the midfielder impressed on his first senior start for the club.

TRADING BLOWS

Sunderland’s second-half performance was far better than their showing in the first, but they were left frustrated as Boro continued to shut up shop. After seeing Maja strike the woodwork, Coleman then watched on as Browning powered a header towards goal where Darron Randolph made a stunning point-blank save. And that proved to be that at the Riverside Stadium, as the Black Cats exited the cup and Boro marched into the fourth round.

Attendance: 26,399 (4,476)

Middlesbrough: Randolph, Friend, Ayala, Shotton, Gibson, Leadbitter, Braithwaite (Clayton 65), Howson, Downing, Traore (Johnson 81), Gestede.
Subs not used: Dimi, Assombalonga, Fletcher, Christie, Forshaw.

Sunderland: Steele, Jones, O’Shea, Browning, Love, Oviedo, Wilson, Robson (Embleton 81), Honeyman, McManaman (Asoro 53), Maja (Vaughan 74).
Substitutes: Ruiter, Galloway, Beadling, Gamble.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/january/boro-cup/coleman-post-boro

Chris Coleman's interview


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Poor team that had no pace at all. When we did get the ball, we played a couple of nonchalant passes then hoofed it to nobody. The players were playing out of position and formation was non-existent. We couldn't keep up going back allowing them to carve us open.

Steele is a liability. He made too many mistakes and isn't commanding his box. Both the goals were his fault.

Special mention for Robson. It's tough getting chucked on in this situation but he put his heart and soul into it. Shame he team mates didn't.


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