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Match Preview – Huddersfield Town vs Middlesbrough: Wilder hunts for first win as Boro face difficult away trip against Huddersfield

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Chris Wilder is still winless as new Boro manager and will be desperate to end his sides poor form against Huddersfield, after their 2-1 loss at home to Preston on Tuesday night.

Middlesbrough are without a win in their last five and travel to West Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon to take on 8th place Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium. 

Five points separate the sides as the visitors search for three points to try and kickstart their season under new manager Wilder.

Both teams will be looking to get back to winning ways after their midweek defeats – The Terriers lost 1-0 away to QPR on Wednesday. 

The home side are just three points adrift of the play-off places and will hope that they can secure the three points come 3:00pm and cement their push towards the top six.

The John Smith’s Stadium has been a fortress to Huddersfield this campaign who have collected 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five home fixtures – keeping a clean sheet on four occasions

 

Credit: @HTAFC instagram – The John Smith’s stadium has been kind to the home side this season…

However, Corberan’s side have failed to win back-to-back league games since the end of August, with their most recent attempt being at Loftus Road on Wednesday evening where QPR came out winners. 

The 1-0 defeat was unsurprising given their poor away record and the side from West Yorkshire were left frustrated by conceding a late goal.

They will be hoping for a routine victory tomorrow afternoon against a struggling Middlesbrough side who have lost their direction following a string of frustrating fixtures.

Boro Boss Wilder would have wanted to start his reign with at least four points from his opening two games in charge. However, after a home draw with Millwall and late defeat against Preston North End at the Riverside he has started slowly.

Middlesbrough are yet to burst into action this campaign and the Teesiders are stuck at a crossroads in 15th place with the margin to both the play-offs and relegation zone sitting at eight points. 

Wilder will be expecting a reaction from his players in West Yorkshire on Saturday.

The visitors have one of the more disappointing away records in the Championship but may be pleased with their recent run in unfamiliar territory as they have picked up four points in their last three games on the road. 

Head-to-head

The two sides have faced off on 96 previous occasions. Middlesbrough have the superior record with 43 wins under their belt. Huddersfield have been victorious on 33 occasions with 20 games ending in a draw.

The most recent clash between the two saw Middlesbrough claim a 2-1 victory at the Riverside last season thanks to goals from Duncan Watmore and Ashley Fletcher.

The game on Saturday is likely to be a tasty affair with the bookies tipping a home victory for the Terriers.

Form

HTAFC – L W D L W L 

BORO – W L L D D L 

The Championship table as it stands…

Team News

Boro have four players missing for the fixture with Huddersfield on Saturday. Dael Fry and Marcus Browne remain out until 2022 with substantial leg and ACL injuries respectively.

Darnell Fisher and Sammy Ameobi are also unavailable due to injury as the Teesiders have no suspended players ahead of the trip to West Yorkshire.

Duncan Watmore and Andraz Sporar may be rested as the pair underwent late fitness tests during the week. Uche Ikpeaszu could be given an opportunity from the start.

Josh Coburn is another contender to make it in the starting eleven as an attacking option. 

For Huddersfield, six players are set to miss out with injuries. Duane Holmes (muscle), Jonathan Hogg (knee). Aaron Rowe (broken toe), Alex Vallejo (knee), Pipa (hip) and Jordan Rhodes (back) have all been ruled out.

Corberan is likely to make a number of changes from the squad who lost 1-0 to QPR in midweek. Frazier Campbell may play ahead of fellow striker Danny Ward, with Ademipo Odubeko expected to remain on the bench. 

Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls was man-of-the-match in the last game, despite his side falling to a late defeat and will hope to bring his form into this one and make it five clean sheets in a row at home.

Potential Line-ups

Middlesbrough (3-5-2): 

Luke Daniels (GK)

Lee Peltier, Souleymane Bamba, Paddy McNair (CB’s)

Marc Bola (LM), Matt Crooks (CM), Marcus Tavernier (CAM), Jonny Howson (CM), Isiah Jones (RM)

Uche Ikpeazu, Andraz Sporar (ST’s)

Huddersfield Town (3-4-3):

Lee Nicholls (GK)

Matty Pearson, Tom Lees, Levi Colwill (CB’s)

Harry Toffolo (LM), Scott High (CM), Lewis O’Brien (CM), Sorba Thomas (RM)

Danel Sinani (CAM), Danny Ward (ST), Josh Koroma (CAM)

 

Pre-match thoughts? Can Wilder get his first win as Boro manager?

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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