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Birmingham Crystal Palace match report:

Birmingham 2 Crystal Palace 2: Diop pegs back Murray-powered Eagles

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17:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

Battling Birmingham fought back from two goals down to share the points with npower Championship promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace.

It looked like it was game over when Palace goal machine Glenn Murray made it 20 goals for the season as he completed his double to make it 2-0 on the hour mark.

But substitute Nikola Vidic and Papa Bouba Diop levelled things up to ensure Lee Clark's men claimed a share of the spoils.

On target: Papa Bouba Diop leaps to head home the equaliser

On target: Papa Bouba Diop leaps to head home the equaliser

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis (Hancox 58), Caldwell, Davies, Robinson, Burke (Zigic 65), Reilly, Diop, Elliott (Hall 56), King, Lovenkrands.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Morrison, Redmond.

Booked: Burke, Lovenkrands.

Goals: Zigic 66, Diop 82.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Garvan, Dikgacoi, Zaha, Murray (Wilbraham 82), Moritz (Gabbidon 77).

Subs Not Used: Price, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Booked: Parr.

Goals: Murray 39,60.

Att: 17,158

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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It was the hosts who showed first
intent, Chris Burke's 18-yard effort bringing Palace keeper Julian
Speroni into action after eight minutes.

Paul Robinson then tried his luck but his effort cleared the bar as the Blues dictated things at the start.

Clark's men had made all the early running but their enthusiastic
approach cost them after 29 minutes when Chris Burke was booked for
bringing down Andre Moritz.

Burke then tried to break the deadlock with a speculative shot from
distance which sailed wide of the target as the hosts continued to
dominate proceedings.

Speroni was in the action again nine minutes before the break when he
saved from Peter Lovenkrands' 12-yard effort, and the keeper was
relieved to see a header from Curtis Davies go wide following a Wade
Elliott corner.

There had been little seen of Palace's swashbuckling style in the first
half but credit had to be given to the Blues' approach that had denied
Holloway's men any space at all.

But having weathered the storm for most of the first half, it was Palace
who took the lead just six minutes before the break when Yannick
Bolasie's break from the right gave Murray an easy tap-in.

It was typical smash-and-grab stuff and Holloway will have been
delighted with the scoreline – if not his side's below-par performance –
at the break.

City picked up where they had left off after the interval, with Burke
again testing Speroni from distance as Clark's men kept up their
considerable efforts.

At the other end, Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi went close following an Owen Garvan corner.

Elliott was replaced by Robert Hall within 10 minutes of the restart as
Clark signalled a change – and hopefully a change of luck – in front of
goal.

But it wasn't to be as Murray grabbed his second of the afternoon for
Palace on the hour, stabbing home from close range after good work from
Jonathan Parr.

Zigic replaced Burke with 25 minutes to go and within a minute the
striker had grabbed a goal back for the hosts, heading home King's
cross.

And it was 2-2 with eight minutes left when Diop headed home Hall's cross.

Wolves 1 Birmingham 0 match report:

Wolves 1 Birmingham 0: King scores at wrong end to hand derby win to Solbakken's men

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19:43 GMT, 8 December 2012

Marlon King's own goal handed Wolves the derby spoils as they saw off neighbours Birmingham at Molineux.

King has bagged 13 goals for City this season, but he found the net at the wrong end in the first half to hand Wanderers their first home win in seven attempts stretching back to late September.

The striker sliced past Jack Butland when attempting to clear Bakary Sako's drilled free-kick at the front post, with Nathan Redmond also guilty of turning his back on the ball as part of a one-man wall.

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal

Unlucky: Marlon King put the ball in his own goal

MATCH FACTS

Wolves: Ikeme, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Foley, Henry, Sako, Doumbia (Davis 74), Ebanks-Blake (Pennant 84), Sigurdarson, Doyle

Subs not used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde, Nouble

Booked: Johnson

Goal: 34 (og)

Birmingham: Butland, Caldwell, Davies, Spector (Morrison 46), Caddis, Robinson, Mullins, Elliott, Redmond (Lovenkrands 72), King, Hall (Burke 80)

Subs not used: Doyle, Packwood, Hancox, Morrison, Diop

Booked: Robinson, Mullins

Referee: Taylor

Attendance: 21,339

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Wolves put in a much-improved
performance after the break and enjoyed several chances to extend their
advantage, but profligate finishing and some superb saves from Butland
ensured the result hung in the balance until the final whistle.

It was only the second time Wolves
have won back-to-back games this season after last weekend's 4-1 triumph
at Bristol City, a result which ended a nine-match winless streak.

Birmingham went into the clash also
underperforming this term and struggling at the wrong end of the npower
Championship table, although it was they who started the better, Paul
Caddis seeing his curling effort from 20 yards well parried away by Carl
Ikeme.

Bjorn Sigurdarson found the
side-netting for the hosts after good work down the left by Sako before
Ikeme had to be alert once again to tip over after Roger Johnson and
Jonathan Spector tussled to get on the end of Redmond's set-piece.

Blues were certainly posing the
greater attacking threat and looking the more lively, but Wolves were
steadily coming into the game more as the first half wore on.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake saw his appeals
for a penalty waved away before Kevin Doyle put the ball into the net
only to be denied by the assistant's flag.

But Wolves did get the breakthrough just minutes later.

Ebanks-Blake went down easily under a
soft challenge from Steven Caldwell right on the byline outside the
penalty area. Sako whipped in the resulting free-kick and King could
only divert the ball into his own net at the near post when trying to
clear.

It was a goal Wolves arguably did not
deserve on the overall balance of play in the first half, but that will
not have mattered much to under-pressure manager Stale Solbakken.

Wolves have been heavily criticised of late for lethargic second-half performances, but that was certainly not the case tonight.

Sigurdarson found himself clean
through almost immediately after the restart only to fire straight at
Butland, although the assistant's flag was raised.

Doyle's driving run ended with a shot
narrowly wayward of Butland's left-hand post before Sako finished
another mazy venture forward with an effort off target as Wanderers
dominated.

Stephen Ward brought a solid save out
of Butland at his near post, with Curtis Davies deflecting Doyle's shot
on to the top of the crossbar from the resulting corner.

Butland then produced a superb instinctive save to keep out Sigurdarson's header from Sako's corner, keeping Blues in the game.

But they could not force a late
leveller and Wolves were left celebrating only their third derby success
over their local rivals in 15 attempts.

Cardiff 2 Birmingham 1: Craig Bellamy sends Bluebirds top of Championship

Cardiff 2 Birmingham 1: Bellamy and Hudson send flying Bluebirds top

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21:01 GMT, 2 October 2012

Cardiff went top of the npower Championship following a hard-fought victory over battling Birmingham.

Keen to maintain their impressive 100 per cent home record from the start, the Bluebirds went in search of an early goal and after only three minutes a speculative effort from 20 yards by Craig Bellamy cleared the crossbar.

Craig Noone then tried his luck from distance, but again with the same result from his 18-yard effort.

Raining goals: Craig Bellamy (right) celebrates with Heidar Helguson

Raining goals: Craig Bellamy (right) celebrates with Heidar Helguson

The hosts were making all the early running but Lee Clark's side almost broke the deadlock after 14 minutes when a free-kick was floated into the danger zone by Keith Fahey and Leroy Lita's header brought a parried save by Cardiff keeper David Marshall.

The striker wasted another opportunity four minutes later after shooting tamely over the bar when well placed only 12 yards from goal.

Birmingham gradually grew into the contest as the half progressed and the hosts were reduced to shooting from distance, with a Mark Hudson effort sailing wide.

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Noone (Kim 84), Bellamy (Cowie 79), Mason, Helguson.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kiss, Turner, Velikonja, Conway.

Booked: Hudson,Bellamy.

Goals: Bellamy 39,Hudson 57.

Birmingham: Butland, Caldwell, Davies, Spector, Robinson, Burke,
Elliott, Fahey, Packwood (Hurst 52), Lovenkrands (Redmond 74), Lita (King 66).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Mullins, Ambrose, Zigic.

Booked: Davies.

Goals: Lita 54.

Attendance: 20,278

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

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The Bluebirds came closer 10 minutes from the break when Aron Gunnarsson brought a straightforward save out of Blues keeper Jack Butland.

And Cardiff got their noses in front after 39 minutes when Gunnarsson's cross was met by Mark Hudson and Bellamy did the rest from 12 yards out.

Bellamy then saw a 30-yard free-kick clear the bar as the Bluebirds went for a crucial second just before the break.

The hosts continued where they had left off after half-time and Heidar Helguson connected with Noone's cross only to see his effort pass over the bar.

It looked like proving a costly miss after 54 minutes, when Wade Elliott's cross was turned home by Lita from six yards out.

It was no more than the visitors deserved after their considerable efforts to restrict the Bluebirds.

But they found themselves behind again within three minutes when Hudson latched onto a Peter Whittingham cross to net from close range.

Cardiff went on the trail of a decisive third and after 61 minutes Joe Mason's 12-yard effort was again too high to trouble Butland.

It was Mason again who saw an 18-yard attempt blocked by Birmingham's Steven Caldwell, but at the other end Andrew Taylor was forced into decisive action to get in the way of a Keith Fahey effort.

The impressive Mason saw an effort brilliantly tipped around the post by Butland as Cardiff looked the side most likely to add to their tally.

Bellamy went close again with 14 minutes left, Butland again coming to the rescue for the visitors by clawing his effort away from goal.

Brighton 0 Birmingham 1: Chris Burke scores winner

Brighton 0 Birmingham 1: Blues stun leaders to bounce back from Barnsley drubbing

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19:11 GMT, 29 September 2012

A wonderstrike from Chris Burke ensured Birmingham bounced back from the humiliation of last weekend with an away win over Brighton in the npower Championship.

Burke put the Blues ahead on 27 minutes and his side were able to withstand considerable pressure from the hosts to hold on for the win.

Birmingham fell to a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Barnsley a week ago, but their defence, bolstered by the addition of new signing Paul Robinson, managed to keep the Seagulls out at the Amex.

Great Scot: Burke (second right) is mobbed after his goal

Great Scot: Burke (second right) is mobbed after his goal

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Calderon, Greer, El-Abd (David Lopez 61), Bridge, Hammond, Dicker, Bridcutt, Barnes, Dobbie, Buckley (LuaLua 72).

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Harley, Painter, Agdestein.

Booked: Greer.

Birmingham: Butland, Spector, Caldwell, Davies, Robinson, Burke, Packwood (Mullins 81), Elliott, Fahey, Lovenkrands (Redmond 69), Lita (King 88).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ambrose, Zigic, Hancox.

Booked: Elliott.

Goals: Burke 27.

Attendance: 26,121

Referee: Oliver Langford

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Brighton will feel they should have got
something from the match after dominating for much of the second half,
but were unable to unlock the visitors' defence and were denied their
sixth straight league win.

Both teams struggled to get a foothold in the match in the early stages,
but a 20-yard left-footed volley from debutant Stephen Dobbie gave the
encounter a much-needed injection of life after 23 minutes – his effort
drifting wide of the mark.

However, it was Burke who broke the deadlock for Birmingham in the 27th
minute with a superb 25-yard volley into the top-left corner of the
goal.

Leroy Lita could have doubled the Blues' lead almost instantly, but the
striker, on loan from Swansea, scuffed his shot and goalkeeper Tomasz
Kuszczak collected.

Brighton continued to look bright for the remainder of the half, despite
going behind, and a dangerous Buckley ball across the six-yard box in
the 36th minute was unable to find a team-mate.

Buckley looked a threat throughout the first half, but will have been
ruing his judgement of Birmingham's defensive line as he was punished
for being offside on four occasions in the first 45 minutes.

Eyes on the ball: Wayne Bridge (right) is challenged by Will Packwood

Eyes on the ball: Wayne Bridge (right) is challenged by Will Packwood

The Amex Stadium descended into darkness at half-time as a power cut
forced the players to return to the changing rooms after emerging for
the start of the second half.

Normal service was resumed after a 25-minute delay and it was Brighton
who carved out the early chances following the extended break.

Dobbie went close with a headed effort from a Wayne Bridge cross on 51
minutes, before the Scot had a 25-yard strike saved by Blues goalkeeper
Jack Butland.

At the other end, Kuszczak had little to do for much of the second half
as the hosts subjected Birmingham to lengthy spells of sustained
pressure.

Wade Elliott became the first player to enter the referee's book in the
66th minute after a foul on Bridge, while Gordon Greer earned Brighton's
only booking for dissent seven minutes from time.

Brighton kept pressing for an equaliser, but the visitors' defence held
firm to keep the Seagulls at bay and come away with a much-needed
victory.

Nottingham Forest 2 Birmingham 2: Harding hits late leveller to maintain unbeaten start

Nottingham Forest 2 Birmingham 2: Harding hits late leveller to maintain unbeaten start

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16:33 GMT, 15 September 2012

Nottingham Forest fought back from 2-0 down to preserve their unbeaten start to the npower Championship campaign.

All the goals came in an entertaining second half at the City Ground.

After having the better of the first half, Forest found themselves behind courtesy of goals from Hayden Mullins and Marlon King in the space of three minutes.

Substitute Simon Cox quickly pulled one back for the hosts with a superb effort after 73 minutes before another sub, Dan Harding, levelled things up with four minutes remaining.

On target: Hayden Mullins celebrates hitting the opener

On target: Hayden Mullins celebrates hitting the opener

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutchinson, Halford, Ayala, Collins, McGugan, Gillett (Majewski 80), Guedioura (Harding 74), Reid, Blackstock (Cox 60), Sharp. Subs not used: Darlow, Moussi, Moloney, Coppinger.

Booked: Ayala, Hutchinson, Collins, Cox.

Scorers: Cox 73, Ibanez 86 og.

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis, Caldwell, Ibanez, Murphy, Burke (Redmond 70), Mullins, Spector, Lovenkrands (Elliott 49), King, Lita (Fahey 79). Subs not used: Doyle, Davies, Morrison, Zigic.

Scorers: Mullins 69, King 71.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Attendance: 22,738.

With Cox only fit enough for the bench following a foot injury sustained while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, fellow summer signing Billy Sharp made his full debut for Forest alongside Dexter Blackstock in attack.

Leroy Lita was handed his Birmingham debut. The striker arrived on loan from Swansea last week and replaced Wade Elliott in the Blues' starting line up.

The hosts started brightly with Blackstock heading over from a corner following some early pressure.

A mistake by Jack Butland almost presented Sharp with his first Forest goal after 13 minutes. Butland spilled Sam Hutchinson's cross but Sharp's shot on the turn was straight at the England goalkeeper.

Butland was more assured soon afterwards when he did well to deal with a superb delivery into the box from Lewis McGugan.

A swift break by Forest should have seen them take the lead midway through the first half but Sharp, McGugan and then Adlene Guedioura could not capitalise after an almighty scramble in the Birmingham box.

After being on the backfoot for much of the opening 30 minutes, Birmingham nearly went ahead against the run of play.

Lita set up striker partner King but Lee Camp was quickly off his line to make a block. It was a brilliant piece of goalkeeping by the Northern Ireland international.

Daniel Ayala then denied King again from the resulting corner.

Frantic afternoon: Birmingham boss Lee Clark shouts instructions from the dugout

Frantic afternoon: Birmingham boss Lee Clark shouts instructions from the dugout

The final chance of the first half saw Andy Reid's free-kick from the edge of the area scooped over the crossbar by Butland five minutes before the break.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark made a change four minutes into the second half with the largely anonymous Peter Lovenkrands making way for Elliott.

Elliott got straight into the action, almost catching out Camp with a long-range shot but the Forest keeper held on to the ball at the second attempt.

Forest continued to get themselves into good positions but first Reid and then Greg Halford saw dangerous balls into the box narrowly elude team mates.

Cox came on after an hour, replacing Blackstock. But it was Birmingham's substitute Elliott that had turned the game in the visitor's favour since his introduction.

And Elliott was involved when the Blues took the lead after 69 minutes. He set up King whose shot was blocked by Hutchinson before Mullins fired a first-time volley into the roof of the net from 15 yards out.

Clark brought on Nathan Redmond for Chris Burke immediately after the goal, and it proved to be another masterstroke by the former Huddersfield manager.

Redmond evaded Halford and Reid down the right and cut the ball back from the byline for King who finished brilliantly from the edge of the area.

However, Forest's sub Cox had his say shortly afterwards. The Republic of Ireland international brought down Hutchinson's long ball forward with a sublime touch but his second touch was even better, brilliantly lobbing Butland to half the host's deficit.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll changed his formation to play three at the back as his side chased an equaliser, and it arrived with four minutes remaining.

Halford carried the ball deep into the Birmingham half before putting a deep cross into the box where Harding finished, with the aid of a deflection off Pablo Ibanez, at the far post.

Despite having the momentum the hosts did not push for a winner and had to endure some late Birmingham pressure to hold on for a point.

Sheffield Wednesday 3 Birmingham 2: Rodri scores on his debut

Sheffield Wednesday 3 Birmingham 2: Debut boy Rodri makes his mark

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21:12 GMT, 21 August 2012

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21:12 GMT, 21 August 2012

New signing Rodri marked a stunning debut with a goal as Sheffield Wednesday defeated Birmingham in the npower Championship at Hillsborough.

After Reda Johnson capitalised on a handling error from England goalkeeper Jack Butland to head the opener, the tricky forward – signed on loan from Barcelona B on Monday – rewarded manager David Jones for handing him his first start with a well-taken finish.

The former Spain Under-21 international should have converted Wednesday's first attack of the match, but made up for his miss six minutes before half-time by wrong-footing Steven Caldwell and firing in Wednesday's second.

Dream start: Rodri celebrates scoring the second goal for Sheffield Wednesday

Dream start: Rodri celebrates scoring the second goal for Sheffield Wednesday

MATCH FACTS:

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Llera, Beevers, Reda Johnson, Jermaine Johnson, Semedo, McCabe, Antonio (Maguire 90), O'Grady (Pecnik 81), Rodri (Madine 61).

Subs Not Used: Bywater, Mattock, Prutton, Coke.

Booked: Rodri.

Goals: Reda Johnson 14, Rodri 39, Jermaine Johnson 89.

Birmingham: Butland, Redmond, Caldwell, Davies, Elliott (Zigic 46), Murphy, Burke, Mullins, Spector, Ambrose, King.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Lovenkrands, Morrison, Gomis, Packwood.

Booked: Zigic.

Goals: Zigic 78, King 90 pen.

Attendance: 25,379

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

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Blues manager Lee Clark introduced
Nikola Zigic, the scorer of his side's equaliser against Charlton on
Saturday, at half-time and the tall striker reduced the deficit 15
minutes from time with a tap-in at the back post.

But Jermaine Johnson netted a late
third and, although Marlon King converted a last-gasp penalty, the
victory preserved Jones' unbeaten competitive record as Owls boss since
taking over at the helm from Gary Megson last season.

With just three minutes on the clock,
Rodri almost made an immediate impact. Jose Semedo received the ball
down the left from Johnson and provided a cut-back from the byline to
Rodri, who could only guide his side-footed effort wide of the post.

Birmingham started to settle and,
after a free-kick on the right from the lively Chris Burke found its way
into the path of Caldwell unmarked at the back post, the defender stung
the palms of Chris Kirkland.

It was Wednesday who deservedly took
the lead after 14 minutes when Olympian Butland, under no real pressure,
let an outswinging Semedo cross slip through his hands and onto the
head of Johnson, who nodded into the empty net for his second goal in as
many matches.

Blues midfielder Darren Ambrose –
making his 300th career league appearance – found space on the edge of
the box, but could only send a shot high over Kirkland's bar.

Wednesday made their dominance count
after 39 minutes when Rodri latched onto a well-timed through ball,
fooled the backtracking Caldwell with a clever step-over and fired the
ball left-footed beneath a helpless Butland into the bottom corner.

The visitors came out firing after
the restart, with Zigic leading the line, and King had a half-volley
tipped over by Kirkland, who denied the striker again after Burke fired a
glorious chance wide moments earlier.

Rodri was given a standing ovation
when he was withdrawn on the hour mark, but Blues gave themselves a
lifeline 15 minutes later when Zigic latched onto a David Murphy cross
to poke home at the back post.

However, Johnson raced clear within
two minutes remaining to fire past Butland before King's penalty, after
Burke was dragged down in the area, proved to be a consolation.

Newcastle v Sunderland live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Newcastle v Sunderland – the action from the Sports Direct Arena as it happens

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Newcastle host Sunderland at the Sports Direct Arena in the Tyne-Wear derby to kick off Sunday's action. Alan Pardew's side still have hopes of securing a top four spot but face a Black Cats team rejuvenated under Martin O'Neill.

7mins: Cattermole's clattering challenge aside, it has been a quiet start in Newcastle.

4mins: Davide Santon is fouled by Sebastian Larsson on the left wing but Ryan Taylor's free kick is cleared behind for a corner. Mike Dean then gives Sunderland a free kick for pushing in the area.

1min: Lee Cattermole is already in the book after a tackle from behind on Cheick Tiote. Could (should) have been a red.

12.00pm: And we're off…

11.55am: Since then, Martin O'Neill has taken charge of Sunderland and made a impressive start to life in the north east but his side remains 10 points clear of their great rivals. This will be his first taste of the derby from the touchline.

11.50am: The Magpies' most impressive triumph was of course the 5-1 hammering in 2010 when Sunderland were taken apart at the then St James' Park.

11.45am: Sunderland have not tasted victory in this fixture since 2008 when they won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. Since then, Newcastle have won twice while the points were shared on the other two occassions.

11.40am: Teams in full:

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Perch, Shola Ameobi, Obertan.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Richardson, Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, McClean, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Gordon, Bridge, Campbell, Kilgallon, Colback, Vaughan, Meyler.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

11.35am: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has named an unchanged team as he looked to complete a derby double over neighbours Sunderland.

Pardew keeps faith with the men who squandered a 2-0 lead against Wolves to draw 2-2 last weekend, and that means another start for Ryan Taylor, the man whose free-kick secured a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light in August.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill made just one change to the side beaten 4-0 at West Brom as striker Nicklas Bendtner replaced midfielder Jack Colback, with new England international Fraizer Campbell among the substitutes.

11.30am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the Tyne-Wear derby as Newcastle host Sunderland.

Gloves are on: Demba Ba is expected to lead Newcastle's attack going into the Tyne-Wear derby

Gloves are on: Demba Ba is expected to lead Newcastle's attack going into the Tyne-Wear derby

Leon Best ruled out for several weeks with knee injury

Blow for Newcastle as scan confirms Best sidelined by knee injury

Newcastle have confirmed striker Leon Best is facing several weeks on the sidelines as he recovers from a knee ligament injury.

The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international damaged his knee in a first-half block tackle with Stephen Warnock during Sunday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa.

A club statement said: 'Newcastle United can today confirm that Leon Best has sustained medial ligament damage to his left knee.

Crocked: Warnock slides in on Best during Sunday's game

Crocked: Warnock slides in on Best during Sunday's game

'The striker was forced off in the early stages of Sunday's home victory over Aston Villa having picked up an injury while trying to get a shot away.

'After being assessed by the club's medical staff, Best underwent a scan on Tuesday and will be out for a number of weeks.

'Best was hurt in the 11th minute of the game and was replaced by debutant Papiss Cisse, who later announced his arrival on Tyneside with a stunning 71st-minute winner.

The former Coventry frontman has played a significant role in the Magpies' excellent season, making 19 starts and two appearances as a substitute, scoring four goals.

Blow: Best will be out for several weeks

Blow: Best will be out for several weeks

However, perhaps more importantly, he has for much of the campaign provided the support to leading scorer Demba Ba, who scored his 16th goal in 16 league games for the club at the weekend.

The consolation for manager Alan Pardew is that Cisse's arrival from Freiburg lessens the impact of Best's absence, and he has Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Hatem Ben Arfa as back-up to his Senegalese double-act.

Newcastle head into Saturday's tough trip to high-flying Tottenham in good spirits having climbed back into fifth place in the table as a result of Sunday's win, but knowing they will have their work cut out to return from White Hart Lane with something to show for their efforts with Best, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye all missing.

Blackburn 0 Newcastle 2: Majestic Magpies make Dunn pay for penalty miss

Blackburn 0 Newcastle 2: Majestic Magpies make Dunn pay for penalty miss

Newcastle climbed to fifth place in the Barclays Premier League after a victory over Blackburn that left Steve Kean's strugglers rueing a host of missed chances.

The visitors went ahead in the 12th minute when Ryan Taylor's speculative 25-yard effort took a wicked deflection off Scott Dann, but Rovers dominated the rest of the first half, with Danny Simpson clearing off the line and Leon Best heading against his own bar before David Dunn saw his penalty saved by Tim Krul.

The second half was a quieter affair but Anthony Modeste, Scott Dann and Mauro Formica all missed good chances to earn Rovers what would have been a deserved share of the spoils before Gabriel Obertan rubbed salt into the wound with a late second.

Stroke of luck: Newcastle United celebrate scoring the only goal of the game at Ewood Park

Stroke of luck: Newcastle United celebrate scoring the only goal of the game at Ewood Park

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Givet, Olsson, Hoilett, Dunn (Rochina 78), Nzonzi, Pedersen, Petrovic (Formica 66), Modeste.

Subs Not Used: Bunn, Slew, Vukcevic, Hanley, Henley.

Booked: Lowe.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa (Perch 46), Guthrie, Ryan Taylor (Obertan 89), Gutierrez, Best (Lovenkrands 77),Shola Ameobi.

Subs Not Used: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Ferguson.

Booked: Ryan Taylor,Williamson.

Goals: Dann 12 og,Obertan 90.

Att: 20,817

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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There was still no Christopher Samba for Blackburn, the captain having been out of the side since his transfer request was turned down, but new signing Modeste did make his full debut while Fabricio Coloccini was back for Newcastle after injury.

Rovers had shown encouraging form of late, picking up eight points from their previous five games, but Newcastle dominated the early possession and took the lead in the 12th minute, albeit with a huge slice of luck.

A mix-up between Radosav Petrovic and Dann let in the visitors but Taylor's shot was speculative at best before it took a wicked deflection off the defender, leaving Paul Robinson helpless.

Rovers reacted well and were almost level immediately but Gael Givet's volley from Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner was cleared off the line by Simpson and the defender poked the rebound wide.

Modeste, a loan signing from Bordeaux, then beat the offside trap but Coloccini did well to get back and block his cross, with Petrovic volleying just wide after Newcastle struggled to clear their lines.

In front: Ryan Taylor (right) sees his shot take a deflection off Scott Dann as Newcastle take the lead

In front: Ryan Taylor (right) sees his shot take a deflection off Scott Dann as Newcastle take the lead

Rovers were certainly looking the
brighter side now and Krul was nowhere near a curling Junior Hoilett
shot that just missed the far post while Coloccini produced another
timely block to deny Modeste.

The Argentinian was then penalised
for bringing down Hoilett on the edge of the box – a decision that
infuriated Newcastle, who felt the winger had dived.

Come on ref! Fabrico Coloccini and Mike Williamson of Newcastle United argue with Phil Dowd over the penalty

Come on ref! Fabrico Coloccini and Mike Williamson of Newcastle United argue with Phil Dowd over the penalty

Taylor was booked for confronting
Hoilett in the heated aftermath but Coloccini escaped further punishment
despite arguably being the last man. Pedersen could not take advantage
of the situation, though, seeing his free-kick deflected wide.

Newcastle's luck continued to hold in
the 38th minute as Best headed a Pedersen corner against his own
crossbar while a mix-up between Krul and Mike Williamson presented
Modeste with an open goal from 35 yards but he fired way over.

Oops: David Dunn misses his penalty during as Blackburn lose to Newcastle

Oops: David Dunn misses his penalty during as Blackburn lose to Newcastle

Rovers at last saw something go their
way two minutes before the break when referee Phil Dowd awarded a
penalty after Simpson barged into Modeste. But Dunn's spot-kick was weak
and easily saved by Krul, who also stopped Givet's tame follow-up.

Blackburn failed to find the same
fluency after half-time and were relying mostly on long balls. Steve
Kean attempted to inject a bit more creativity by replacing Petrovic
with Formica, and they created a glorious chance with 67 minutes gone.

Handbags: Blackburn Rovers players surround Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor

Handbags: Blackburn Rovers players surround Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor

Pedersen released Modeste with a lovely ball but the striker showed a lack of composure in rushing his shot and screwed it well wide with only Krul to beat.

It was at least a glimmer for the Blackburn fans to cheer and moments later Dann headed Pedersen's free-kick straight at Krul from close range.

All over: Gabriel Obertan slots home to make sure Newcastle take the points (above) and celebrates (below)

All over: Gabriel Obertan slots home to make sure Newcastle take the points (above) and celebrates (below)

All over: Gabriel Obertan slots home to make sure Newcastle take the points (above) and celebrates (below)

All over: Gabriel Obertan slots home to make sure Newcastle take the points (above) and celebrates (below)

Rovers fans were celebrating with 10
minutes to go when Martin Olsson's deflected shot fell into the path of
Formica, but they then realised the Argentinian had in fact fired into
the side netting.

Blackburn were throwing everything at Newcastle and James Perch produced a great block to keep out a Givet shot after Krul had flapped at a corner while Modeste's well-struck volley was straight at the keeper.

Down and out: Blackburn's players are dejected after their defeat to Newcastle at Ewood Park

Down and out: Blackburn's players are dejected after their defeat to Newcastle at Ewood Park

But their hopes were ended in injury time when substitute Obertan ended a quick break with the sort of clinical finish Rovers had been so sorely lacking.

Brighton v Newcastle live

FA CUP LIVE: Brighton v Newcastle – all the action from the Amex Stadium as it happens

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium for Saturday's final fourth round tie. The Championship side are having a strong season in their return to the second tier and will fancy their chances against Premier League opposition. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Brighton 0-0 Newcastle (5.15pm)

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Brighton: Brezovan, Greer, Dunk,
El-Abd, Barnes, Sparrow, Mackail-Smith, Calderon, Bridcutt, Buckley,
Forster-Caskey.
Subs: Ankergren, Hoskins, Navarro, Harley, Vincelot,
Agdestein, Hall.

Newcastle: Krul, Santon, Cabaye,
Simpson, Williamson, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Perch, Gutierrez, Best, Shola
Ameobi.
Subs: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Obertan,
Ferguson, Kadar.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

18.11: New highlight. The Brighton cheerleaders are back on the pitch.

All jokes aside though, the home fans will be satisfied with that so far. They may not have seen much going forward but their team has been a match for their Premier League opponents.

18.06: Erm, first-half highlights….does REM's Losing My Religion being played over the stadium speakers after the half-time whistle count

Half-time: Brighton 0-0 Newcastle

45min: One minute added on.

44min: Buckley takes the corner, but at the near post Adam El-Abd heads over.

43min: A loose pass back from Ben Arfa picks out Mackail-Smith, who takes a couple of touches before blasting a shot that is blocked for a corner – the striker has only had them sort of scraps to feed off so far.

40min: Don't be surprised if Cabaye takes to the field with more protective padding than an American footballer next week.

The French midfielder is clattered again, this time by Matthew Sparrow, who is a little late with a sliding tackle and picks up a caution.

Animated: Managers Gustavo Poyet (left) and Alan Pardew bark orders to their teams during the first half

Animated: Managers Gustavo Poyet (left) and Alan Pardew bark orders to their teams during the first half

38min: Stalemate is the most diplomatic way I can describe this game so far. I've seen more tempo in a 1960's Serie A match.

35min: Decent chance that. Simpson bursts into the box but his attempt is blocked and the ball is cleared for a corner before he can pounce on the rebound. Hatem Ben Arfa's cross beats everyone by sailing out for a goal kick.

32min: Brighton respond on the counter but Craig Mackail-Smith's effort from the edge of the box flies way off target. Not an easy chance that though.

31min: Ameobi's neat feet earn his side a debatable corner but Mike Williamson can only nod Cabaye's delivery straight at Peter Brezofan.

29min: Confusion between Santon and James Perch allows Buckley to steal the ball on the Newcastle byline, but his low cross is gobbled up by Tim Krul. If nothing it at least sparked a loud reaction from the home fans – and woke me up.

26min: A rare moment where Brighton receive the ball, an even rarer moment when they step into Newcastle's half.

Despite Jake Forster-Caskey's run on the left though, he runs the ball out of play for a goal kick.

23min: Brighton are not keen on pressing Newcastle for the ball, but have so far proven rock solid at the back. For all of Newcastle's passing, they can't find a way through the centre-backs.

20min: Plenty of fans inside the ground, but not much to cheer. Newcastle now dominating possession but chances are few and far between.

17min: At the other end, Santon's low cross is poorly cleared by Brighton. But first-time and 25 yards out, Danny Guthrie scuffs his shot well off target.

Starved of servcie: Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith had little impact in the first-half

Starved of servcie: Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith had little impact in the first-half

16min: Will Buckley may just give Santon something to think about tonight. The midfielder cuts inside from the right and charges into the penalty area before his low cross is cleared for a throw in.

13min: And he WILL be disappointed with this. Danny Simpson's ball to the back post is headed back across goal by Shola Ameobi, and with a free header, Best nods over.

His head is in his hands before the ball even goes out of play.

11min: Excellent play from the visitors. A long ball into the Brighton penalty box is latched on to by Leon Best.

But after the striker brilliantly controls the ball, he fires a low effort just wide across goal. He may be a little disappointed with that.

8min: Yohan Cabaye must be getting sick of the English game. Like the match against QPR a couple of weeks back, the Frenchman has to go off for treatment after a collision in a 50/50. He should be okay to continue though.

5min: Brighton have settled a bit since then, and although they are not pinning Newcastle back, they are enjoying some early possession. No chances yet though.

2min: They looked nervous upon arriving but that is a positive start for Newcastle, as Davide Santon's inswinging cross just evades a Newcastle head .

Back in black: Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez holds off Brighton's Matthew Sparrow

Back in black: Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez holds off Brighton's Matthew Sparrow

Kick-off: Away we go then.

17.12: Out come the players then, with cheerleaders welcoming them too, always a bonus.

17.09: A chilly evening on the south coast, proven by the fact many Newcastle fans have opted against a topless attire and gone for the much warmer option of one layer in a replica shirt.

17.06: Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini is ruled out of this evening's FA Cup fourth-round clash at Brighton.

The Argentinian defender fails to recover from a groin injury so James Perch steps into the back four while Shola Ameobi takes the armband.

It is the only alteration from the team beaten 5-2 at Fulham last week while Brighton also make one change, Adam El-Abd replacing injured full-back Marcos Painter.

17.03: Line-ups from the Amex Stadium:

Brighton v Newcastle
Brighton: Brezovan, Greer, Dunk, El-Abd, Barnes, Sparrow, Mackail-Smith, Calderon, Bridcutt, Buckley, Forster-Caskey. Subs: Ankergren, Hoskins, Navarro, Harley, Vincelot, Agdestein, Hall.

Newcastle: Krul, Santon, Cabaye, Simpson, Williamson, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Perch, Gutierrez, Best, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Ferguson, Kadar.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

17.00: And today's action concludes as a confident Brighton side, having a strong season in the Championship, host a Premier League Newcastle side without their No. 1 striker Demba Ba. The cupset cards have been well and truly put down for this one. Team news coming very soon.

Chance to shine: Toon's Leon Best (left) is expected to start in the absence of Demba Ba and Pappis Cisse

Chance to shine: Toon's Leon Best (left) is expected to start in the absence of Demba Ba and Pappis Cisse