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Hartlepool United player-coach Matthew Bates admits drink driving charge

Hartlepool United player-coach Matthew Bates has been banned from the roads after admitting drink driving.

Keith Watson

Update on the fitness of Hartlepool United defender Keith Watson

Hartlepool United defender Keith Watson is set to have a second scan to determine the damage suffered to his injured knee.

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Newcastle fans would be ‘naive’ to look at table with excitement

Matt Ritchie says Newcastle United have achieved nothing yet – and still have everything to do in the Premier League.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin sets himself up to fire home Everton's opener against Sunderland. Picture by Frank Reid

Richard Mennear’s SAFC analysis: More important challenges ahead for Sunderland after cup exit

There was a brilliant statistic doing the rounds before last night’s Carabao Cup defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

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Michael Woods

Hartlepool United ‘the fittest bar none’ in the National League

Hartlepool United have got the fittest squad in the National League, according to boss Craig Harrison.

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Jonathan Franks shelved his continental dream for Hartlepool United’s promotion push and a taste of ‘home’

Jonathan Franks shelved his plans for a continental switch in order to return ‘home’ to Hartlepool United.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin puts Everton ahead. Picture by FRANK REID

Everton Carabao Cup hero Calvert-Lewin ‘always’ in Koeman’s mind

Ronald Koeman says Dominic Calvert-Lewin is “always” in his mind after his brilliantly-taken brace sank Sunderland.

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James Vaughan rises to get a header in on goal in tonight's defeat to Everton

Sunderland boss on Carabao Cup exit and bouncing back against Cardiff to kick-start Championship campaign

Simon Grayson was left to rue Everton’s ruthlessness after watching his side crash out of the Carabao Cup at the third round.

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Callum McManaman on Everton return and why he wears No.13 at Sunderland

Callum McManaman spent nine years honing his skills in the Everton youth set-up, and he is relishing his return to Goodison Park.

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Jonathan Franks.

Jonathan Franks’ under the radar work pleases Hartlepool United boss, just as much as his goals

Jonathan Franks has stolen the headlines thanks to his goalscoring exploits for Hartlepool United in recent weeks.

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Hartlepool United manager Craig Harrison.

Hartlepool United’s turnaround is no work of magic, it’s down to blood, sweat and tears - Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison insists he’s not got a magic wand, it’s blood, sweat and tears that’s turned Hartlepool United’s season around.

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Keith Watson

Who could replace Keith Watson? Craig Harrison’s options analysed, should key defender be ruled out

Five unbeaten, four wins, 13 points and just two goals conceded - it’s fair to say it’s been a prosperous 24 day period for Hartlepool United.

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Cost per game of watching your Premier League team on telly revealed

With the new football season well under way, armchair fans will be eyeing up the fixture list to plan their viewing of the crunch games coming up.

Patrick Bamford hit both Boro goals to sink Villa.

Boro boss Garry Monk delighted for two-goal Carabao Cup hero Patrick Bamford

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk was delighted to see Patrick Bamford bag his first goals of the season in last night’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win at Aston Villa.

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Adam Matthews has impressed on his return

Simon Grayson on Hull City criticism, improving defence and the return of Adam Matthews

Sunderland sold Jordan Pickford to Everton for £30million in the summer. The Washington-born stopper has quickly established himself as the Toffees No.1 and stands in the way of Sunderland progressing to the fourth round. Simon Grayson is short of attacking options, James Vaughan opened his account against Hull and will want to play, though Grayson may be tempted to rest him ahead of the huge home game with Cardiff City this weekend. If selected, can Vaughan get the better of Pickford tonight?

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Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin takes on Stoke's Darren Fletcher.

Newcastle defender Yedlin firing on all cylinders again

DeAndre Yedlin says he is finally up to speed at Newcastle United.

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Wayne Rooney driven to training for Everton vs Sunderland cup tie after driving ban

Everton striker Wayne Rooney was driven in to training for his club's cup tie with Sunderland this morning after being banned from driving for two years.
Hartlepool Uniteds Jonathan Franks.

Rolling up the sleeves, goalscoring form and fan criticism - Jonathan Franks opens up on his Hartlepool United return

Grit, determination and rolling up the sleeves – Jonathan Franks reveals the key to Hartlepool United’s recent upturn in fortunes.

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Newcastle United's Mikel Merino.

Mikel Merino reflects on a memorable start to his Newcastle United career

Mikel Merino feels he’s quickly adapted to Premier League football – thanks to his Newcastle United team-mates.

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Hartlepool United's Keith Watson.  Picture: TOM BANKS

Injury latest: Wednesday is D Day for Hartlepool United and Keith Watson

Hartlepool United will have to wait until Wednesday for news on the fitness of defender Keith Watson.

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