Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Phil Bardsley celebrates his winning goal against Manchester City

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0 match report: Rejuvenated Phil Bardsley adds to City’s away day blues

City have lost four away league fixtures already this season

Jose Mourinho shows his displeasure with Chelsea’s performance at a damp St James’ Park

Toothless, not ruthless – Jose Mourinho ready to wield axe at Chelsea following 2-0 defeat to Newcastle

‘I don’t know my best team,’ admits manager angry with a side still to embrace his philosophy

Alvaro Negredo beats Tim Krul to put City 1-0 up
Alan Pardew knows Newcastle’s fortunes must change soon

Alan Pardew: The next three games will define Newcastle's season

Manager is under pressure to field weak team in League Cup game against Manchester City

Gus Poyet is ecstatic after guiding Sunderland to victory over Newcastle

Sunderland 2 Newcastle United 1 match report: Gus Poyet lifts Sunderland from rock bottom to a giddy high

Borini struck six minutes from time to spark Stadium of Light pandemonium

Lee Cattermole: The combative ex-captain has been restored to the Sunderland midfield

Lee Cattermole: I nearly quit Sunderland over Paolo Di Canio

Now restored midfield man is eager for derby win to give strugglers' season a late kick-start

Newcastle United's director of football, Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear versus Roberto de Fanti: Why this North-east derby is about lack of direction

When Sunderland meet Newcastle, it is not the managers who will get the blame if the worst happens...

Fabricio Coloccini has returned to Argentina to recover

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini likely to be out of action until Christmas

Defender has suffered a groin injury while on international duty and is a significant blow for the Magpies who also have Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa suspended

Brendan Rodgers has said sixth place would be a disappointment for Liverpool

Liverpool’s sights are raised to by Brendan Rodgers

There is a growing belief that Liverpool’s ascent to the top four will last. Manager Brendan Rodgers puts that down to finding players with the hunger to play well for Liverpool – not just to play for Liverpool.

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