Martin Hardy

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

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Joey Barton and Richard Dunne of QPR console Newcastle's Ryan Taylor

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Ryan Taylor reveals he has suffered 'no major problem' after going off injured after 32 minutes

Taylor left the field in tears but should only be out for a short time

Steven Fletcher

Scotland vs Republic of Ireland: Martin O'Neill may yet regret helping Steven Fletcher return to Scotland fold

The sides meet in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park

Sunderland players react as Leighton Baines of Everton (obscured centre) scores a penalty

Sunderland vs Everton match report: Referee Lee Mason's errors benefit Sunderland as Leighton Baines secures point for Everton

Sunderland 1 Everton 1: Gomez and Wickham played on for the home side when they could have been dismissed

Alan Pardew celebrates as Newcastle go ahead against Liverpool

Newcastle United's winning run puts spring back in Alan Pardew's step

Toon back on track after 1-0 victory over Liverpool

Manchester City vs Manchester United: 'We’ll go in hard' on Sergio Aguero, says defender Marcos Rojo of Argentina team-mate

Defender tells Martin Hardy how United plan to deal with Sergio Aguero

Alan Pardew celebrates as Newcastle go ahead against Liverpool

Newcastle vs Liverpool: Alan Pardew earns his night on the Toon

Newcastle manager can relax as last victory over Liverpool caps remarkable club revival

Alan Pardew applauds the travelling Newcastle support after the 2-0 win over Manchester City

Newcastle United vs Liverpool: Alan Pardew likens job at Newcastle to building furniture from Ikea

Pardew heads into this weekend's match against Liverpool on the back of three straight wins

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

Sunderland 0 Arsenal 2: Gus Poyet flummoxed by costly mistakes

The Blackcats made two huge errors against the Gunners

Gus Poyet is consoled by Southampton manager Ronald Koeman after Sunderland’s 8-0 thrashing
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