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10 March 2012 Last updated at 21:04

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  1. 2000: 

    That is it for this evening from us. Be sure to watch Match of the Day on BBC One at 2230 GMT and count all the afternoon's goals on your hands (you've even got a finger to spare). The Football League Show follows at 2340. Join me tomorrow from 1145 GMT for the rest of the weekend's football action, including Middlesbrough v Leeds, Man Utd v West Brom, Swansea v Man City and Norwich v Wigan. I'll see thee.

  2. 1958:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Goodison Park:FULL-TIMEEverton 1-0 Tottenham

    "Another one of the big guns has come to Goodison and fallen as Everton extend their unbeaten run to nine games. We have come to expect a slow start but Everton get better as the season goes on, with Nikica Jelavic getting the only goal."

  3. 1958: 

    Everton boss David Moyes: "Our run has been against the really good teams and I hope it keeps going. In the second half especially, Spurs put us under big pressure and they were maybe the best team we've played at Goodison so far so that tells you how well we played."

  4. 1956: 

    There might have been only nine goals in the Premier League today but they have helped give us a clearer picture of the relegation picture. Bolton and Blackburn will be buoyant, but QPR and Wolves will be distraught. Meanwhile, David Moyes celebrated his 10th anniversary as Everton boss in typically efficient fashion to extend Spurs' woeful recent run, while an equally out-of-sorts Liverpool crashed at Sunderland. Finally, Andreas Weimann spared Alex McLeish from the Villa Park boo-boys.

  5. 1952:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Molineux:FULL-TIMEWolves 0-2 Blackburn

    "A first clean sheet in 11 months helps Blackburn to a vital win at the bottom of the table which leaves Wolves in real danger."

  6. 1951:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the Stadium of Light:FULL-TIMESunderland 1-0 Liverpool

    "Sunderland registered a big home win against Liverpool. Nicklas Bendtner's goal was enough against a Liverpool side who have now lost three league games in a row."

  7. 1950:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Stamford Bridge:FULL-TIMEChelsea 1-0 Stoke

    "Chelsea played with pride and confidence and were comfortable winners despite the narrow score line. There will be much talk about who takes over at the Bridge but this was a morale-boosting Premier League start for Roberto di Matteo. Ricardo Fuller stamped down on Branislav Ivanovic, and it had to be a red card. Juan Mata was brought on during the first-half as a tactical change, but it was a happier Chelsea side today - that was quite clear. Stoke made it very difficult, but Chelsea hit the woodwork three times and it could have been more than 1-0."

  8. 1949: 
    FULL-TIMEAston Villa 1-0 Fulham

    MOTD's Steve Bower at Villa Park: "Not everyone in the crowd agreed with the substitution of Charles N'Zogbia after 70 minutes. It was a relief for Alex McLeish when Andreas Weimann scored."

  9. 1948:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the Reebok Stadium:FULL-TIMEBolton 2-1 QPR

    "A huge victory for Bolton and a really damaging defeat for QPR. What a lucky result this was for Bolton because Clint Hill's header crossed the line by about two feet before Adam Bogdan pushed it on to the underside the of bar. Rangers and manager Mark Hughes will be incensed."


    James Welham on Twitter: "Re. the Baines handball - it was identical to what Adebayor had a goal disallowed for against Man Utd. Awful consistency."


    Jack Evripidous on Twitter: "This has to be the best season in recent memory! Spurs, Arsenal, Newcastle and Chelsea all vying for Champions League spot!"

  12. 1944: 

    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp,when asked if his side deserved a draw: "A draw? It was the most one-sided second half we've seen. We've battered them in the second half.

    "We didn't do a lot wrong first half. It was one-way traffic. We just couldn't get the goal.

    "We got well beaten at Arsenal - they battered us second half. Last week we were unfortunate against Man United and we were unfortunate here."


    Mutelo R M on Twitter: "Re Dan at 19:37: Any chance of you being a Spurs fan, bitter much? Give credit when due. Everton were class today."

  14. 1940: 

    I'm just seeing replays of an incident at the end of the game where Jake Livermore's pass struck the arm of Leighton Baines in the box. It was possibly more ball to arm than anything deliberate but they've been given before. Maybe something Harry Redknapp will touch on when he chats about the game soon?


    Dave in Manchester texts: "Remember after their poor start to the season Redknapp said speculation over Modric had negatively affected his side? Well, is Harry big enough to admit that his own situation is now affecting his team?"


    Dan in Bexley texts: "Everton must be just about the dullest team in the Premier League. They've no ambition to keep the ball in play - they thrive on keeping the ball out of play and killing the game. What a bore to watch. And Tim Howard's time-wasting? Disgusting."

  17. 1937: 

    Everton defender Sylvain Distin: "This season the league is very close - everyone can beat everyone. We just need to take care of our business and that's what we did."


    David Willis on Twitter: "Re Chris: Spurs have been more consistent but experience shows, Wenger and Arsenal have it when it comes to CL qualification"


    Danny Cullen on Twitter: "Football sometimes. If Harry goes, it's gotta be Moyes. Tactically superb, crafted a team of absolute warriors. All fight."


    Dave in London texts: "Chris in Brighton (1925). Are you seriously suggesting a table could lie at this stage? The truth is Arsenal need to have their worst season ever, and Spurs their best, for it to be even remotely close."


    Jon in Eastleigh texts: "Heitinga and Fellaini have been superb today. Spurs have had no time on the ball whatsoever."

  22. 1930: 

    Everton hold on to extend their unbeaten run to seven on David Moyes' 10th anniversary as Toffees boss. They continue to climb the table and are now up to ninth. Spurs' season continues to falter. With this third successive loss, during which they have conceded nine goals, they now have the league's worst record since Valentine's Day. After being title-challengers a few weeks ago, Spurs must now rally quickly to cement a Champions League place.

  23. 1926: 
    FULL-TIMEEverton 1-0 Tottenham
  24. 1926: 

    Injury time is up. The ball is in Tim Howard's arms.


    Chris in Brighton texts: "I really cannot believe this Spurs team, who have been so impressive, can possibly be caught by Arsenal who have looked decent perhaps for 180 minutes this year. League doesn't lie? Pull the other one!"

  26. 1925: 

    Serious pressure from Spurs. Rafael van der Vaart's shot loops up off an Everton foot and lands on the roof of the net with Tim Howard beaten. Then, from the corner, Benoit Assou-Ekotto's shot finds Louis Saha, whp has a chance to shoot at goal from close range but a combination of the post and then Tim Howard rescues the home side. Big let off for Everton. Hair-tearing frustration for the visitors.

  27. 1923: 

    Tottenham trying to be too intrictate. Jake Livermore finds a small amount of space but tries to feed it out wide, but Everton are back in numbers to clear. Then, a minute later, a cross from the left is met by Younes Kaboul but with no power and Tim Howard claims.

  28. 1920: 

    We are into the final minute and it looks like we are going to have five additional minutes.

  29. 1920: 

    That's a waste from Everton's Jack Rodwell. He crosses to no-one in the box and gives Spurs possession.


    Sanj on Twitter: "Spurs are in real danger of throwing away six months of great work. Title challengers to no longer Champions League certainties so quickly\u2026"

  31. 1918: 
    SUBSTITUTIONTottenham - Jake Livermore on for Scott Parker

    Livermore should provide a physical threat in the box for Spurs, but the delivery needs to be good to utlise this.

  32. 1918: 

    Gareth Bale produces arguably his best cross of the game with an inswinging effort from the left, but an Everton leg pokes out to deflect behind for a corner. Luka Modric delivers but Everton clear.

  33. 1915: 
    FULL-TIMEBristol City 1-2 Cardiff
  34. 1915: 

    We are into the final 10 minutes. Everton are looking good for the win at the moment. Can Spurs produce something to alter that? Louis Saha tries but he is crowded out 20 yards from goal, much to the frustration of his team-mates.

  35. 1914: 

    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE: Match winner? Surely! There's only two minutes left to play. Cardiff work the ball beautifully, eventually reaching Joe Mason in the box, whose attempted cross ends up in the back of the net via a deflection off the unfortunate Kalifa Cisse. Bristol City 1-2 Cardiff City.

  36. 1912: 
    SUBSTITUTIONEverton - Phil Jagielka on for Seamus Coleman

    And now david Moyes opts to strengthen his backline with the experienced Phil Jagielka entering the fray.

  37. 1910: 
    SUBSTITUTIONEverton - Dennis Stracqualursi on for Nikica Jelavic

    The goalscorer has been largely anonymous this half and the hard-working Stracqualursi should provide Spurs with something fresh to worry about it their own half.

  38. 1907: 

    Tottenham have the ball in the net. Gareth Bale chests a cross forward and Jermain Defoe finishes, but the flag is up to, quite rightly, rule the goal out for offside.


    Will Rider texts: "Re Charlie (1849). On behalf of football, what? Seriously, what? Luka Modric overrated? We're talking about the Spurs midfielder right, not his evil twin?"

  40. 1906: 

    To be fair to them they are still plugging away but the delivery remains poor. Rafael van der Vaart was sent on to improve this, but his free-kick from the left is easily dealt with the Everton defence.

  41. 1905: 

    Tottenham have about 15 minutes to get an equaliser here. Tottenham have failed to score once in their last 26 Premier League matches. It also came on Merseyside - the 0-0 draw at Liverpool on 6 February.


    Steven Broadbent on Twitter: "Spurs are piling on the pressure and surely it's just a matter of time until they score, just holding on at present"

  43. 1902: 

    Everton respond with their first goal attempt of the half as Leon Osman is released on the right but the angle is slightly against him, narrowing the target so that Brad Friedel can come across and block his goalbound shot.

  44. 1901: 

    Louis Saha engineers himself a first sight of goal but his shot from an angle is prevented from reaching the goal by the face of Sylvain Distin.

  45. 1859: 
    SUBSTITUTIONTottenham - Rafael van der Vaart on for Sandro

    The Dutchman makes his entrance for fellow midfielder Sandro. Can the wily Dutchman provide the creative spark his team-mates have lacked thus far?

  46. 1858: 

    The travelling Tottenham fans sing Rafael van der Vaart's name. There's no doubt who they believe can change things for Spurs here.

  47. 1855: 
    SUBSTITUTIONEverton - Jack Rodwell on for Royston Drenthe

    David Moyes reacts to Spurs' territorial dominance this half by strengthening the middle of his midfield.


    F in north London texts: "This match demonstrates again that Spurs are lacking depth on the wings - we're a different team when Bale or Lennon are missing, and need like-for-like backups or the team loses all shape."

  49. 1855: 

    Seamus Coleman trips Sandro to give Spurs a free-kick in a dangerous area, 20 yards out and central. Younes Kaboul trots up to strike it with venom but from the moment it leaves his foot it is going wide. Harry Redknapp does not look happy on the touchline.

  50. 1852: 
    YELLOW CARDJermain Defoe - Tottenham (61 mins)

    The Spurs striker is carded for tripping Johnny Heitinga off the ball. A bit harsh maybe.

  51. 1850: 

    That's a rare sight from Gareth Bale. He steps up to take a corner and massively over-hits it over the heads of everyone in the box and out for a goal-kick to the home side. Bale, and his side, are well out of sorts.


    Charlie Demby on Twitter: "When was the last time Modric actually had a good game? Very over-rated in my opinion."

  53. 1849: 

    It's another chance for Tottenham but again it is spurned. Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross is poorly controlled by Everton's Marouane Fellaini in the box allowing Luka Modric to strike at goal but it flies five yards over the bar. The visitors are on top, but they need to make these chances count.

  54. 1847: 

    Sandro finds space at the back post to get his head on a corner for Spurs, but he is on the decline from his jump and can only tamely nod it wide.

  55. 1845: 
    SUBSTITUTIONTottenham - Louis Saha on for Emmanuel Adebayor

    Striker for striker - but Saha has greater pace than his Togolese team-mate.

  56. 1844: 

    It's a hat-trick of opportunities for Jermain Defoe now after the break. He breaks away but his low shot is saved by Tim Howard. That looks like the cue for Louis Saha to make his entrance to the action.

  57. 1842: 

    Scott Parker finds Jermain Defoe in the box again with a lofted pass. The striker cuts back inside but fires over the bar from a tightish angle. Much better already for Tottenham this half, but they still need more if they are to beat Tim Howard.

  58. 1841: 

    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE: Bristol City are back in the game and it's Jon Stead with the goal, steering the ball into the back of the net from Richard Foster's pass. We've got a game on our hands here. Cardiff 1-1 Bristol City.

  59. 1840: 

    Again Tottenham come forward, but before they can get a shot on goal, Emmanuel Adebayor is penalised for a foul on Johnny Heitinga in the box.

  60. 1839: 

    Louis Saha, one of the men Everton discarded as a solution to their goalscoring problems, is warming up for Spurs. he's started his Tottenham career reasonably well. Will he return to haunt his former club and get his new one back into this?

  61. 1837: 

    Jermain Defore tests Tim Howard early in the half. Scott Parker finds the striker who cuts inside and fires at goal. It is a good height for Howard, who palms away. Encouraging start to the half for the visitors.

  62. 1836: 
    KICK-OFFEverton 1-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham get us back under way.

  63. 1835: 

    The players are back out on the pitch at Goodison Park.


    Ryan Richards on Twitter: "Blaming Redknapp? No. For me we've played 3 of the toughest games in a row (Arsenal A, United H, Everton A). Can't win them all"


    Adam Newland on Twitter: "If Everton get 3pts today. A win on Tuesday will see them leapfrog Liverpool. Big incentive and with Moyes' 10th year."

  66. 1829: 

    If Nikica Jelavic can deliver further on the promise of his opening 45 minutes this evening, could Everton have the goalscorer they have been long searching for? 12 goals in their last 14 matches illustrates what they are lacking to step up a level. They certainly have the discipline and organisation at the other end sorted.


    Jacob Brookes on Twitter: "If Everton played in the first half of the season like they do in the seconds half they would be where Tottenham are now."


    Ben Lewis on Twitter: "The worst half of the Redknapp era. Make your mind up Harry. Stay or go, because it's rubbing off on the players now. No heart."


    Matthew Hastings on Twitter: "Looks like Harry is prepping for england job, spurs playing like England. Slow, frustrating and going nowhere. sort it out!"

  70. 1821: 

    As it stands, Tottenham are 45 minutes away from losing three successive matches for the first time under Harry Redknapp, while Everton are eyeing a seventh league game unbeaten - the perfect gift for David Moyes on his 10th anniversary as Toffees boss.

  71. 1819: 
    HALF-TIMEEverton 1-0 Tottenham
  72. 1819: 

    We are into the last minute of what, after a pretty poor opening, has been a reasonably entertaining first half. By the high standards they have set this season, Tottenham have been pretty average. Everton remain one of the toughest nuts to crack on their own turf.

  73. 1816: 

    Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor takes a big tumble into the advertising boards down on the near touchline. Tim Cahill helps him to his feet as the Everton fans give him plenty of stick.


    Matt, in Essex, via text: "Harry for England? Not on this form."


    Sam Borni on Twitter "If Everton play like this on Tuesday, Liverpool are going to be in big trouble. Every time they go forward they look a threat."

  76. 1814: 

    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE: Carling Cup runners-up Cardiff take the lead against Bristol City on the stroke of half-time with on-loan defender Stephen McManus diverts the ball into the back of his own net after good work down the right side of the penalty area by Joe Mason.

  77. 1813: 

    For those Spurs fans disgruntled by Gareth Bale's position on the right at the start of this game, he and Luka Modric appeared to have switched so Bale is back on his more favoured left.

  78. 1811: 

    Infostradalive have added further to the Everton/Tottenham comeback chat: only once in the last three-and-a-half years have Everton lost after taking the lead in a Premier League match at Goodison Park - the 2-1 defeat to Bolton on 4 January.


    Kev Clark on Twitter: "Bale on the left please!"


    Elliott Griffiths on Twitter: "Redknapp's over-complicated Spurs, allowing Bale to come off his wing means he tries to do too much, like Suarez at Liverpool."

  81. 1807: 

    Nikica Jelavic is warming to this playing for Everton lark. He strikes a centrally-placed free-kick from just outside the box at goal and is only denied a second goal of the evening by Brad Friedel diving to his left to palm the ball away. The game has significantly livened up now after that drab opening 15 minutes.

  82. 1806: 

    It is Luka Modric's turn to have a go from distance for Tottenham. His 25-yard effort is saved by Tim Howard low down, though.

  83. 1805: 

    However, Spurs have come from behind to beat Everton five times in the Premier League - only all of these were at White Hart Lane.

  84. 1804: 

    Tottenham's recovery skills from a goal down are not the best this season. They have lost five of the seven games in which they have conceded the first goal this season.

  85. 1802: 

    Gareth Bale has another shooting opportunity, this time from a 25-yard free-kick. This time, Tim Howard is forced to dart to his near post but only to watch the ball sail past the post.


    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Osman is a good player, by the way. Plays a bit like Iniesta!"


    Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville on Twitter: "Great work by Osman and a great finish!"

  88. 1759: 

    Bouyed by the goal, Everton come forward again and Royston Drenthe tests Brad Freidel with a low, deflected shot. The American is equal to it, though. Minutes later, at the other end, Gareth Bale shoots over from long range. It was never going to draw a save from Tim Howard, but the keeper makes it clear he's not happy seeing Bale given a shooting chance.

  89. 1754: 
    GOALEverton 1-0 Tottenham - Nikica Jelavic (21 mins)

    Moments after Marouane Fellaini is denied by a superb save from Brad Friedel from his back-post shot, Everton take the lead. Leon Osman nips past Younes Kaboul in the box before playing a neat sideways pass for Nikica Jelavic to side-foot inside the far post from 12 yards. Brad Friedel got a touch, but not enough of one. That's the strikers first goal for the Toffees since his January transfer from Rangers.

  90. 1752: 

    There has not been more than one goal scored in the first half of the last seven Premier League matches at Goodison Park. The way this is going that stat is only going to be extended further this evening.

  91. 1751: 

    Back in the Everton box and Jermain Defoe jinks past Johnny Heitinga and looks up ready to shoot but the split second pause allows the Dutch defender to recover and slide in to tackle and avert the danger.

  92. 1750: 

    At the other end, Seamus Coleman does get his shot away from range, but the sting is taken out of it by a Tottenham challenge and the ball loops harmlessly into the arms of Brad Friedel.

  93. 1749: 

    Luca Modric shapes to shoot on the edge of the penalty area for Spurs but an extra touch allows the Everton defence to rally and crowd him out.

  94. 1748: 

    Everton have yet to make any kind of mark on this game so far. Maybe they are missing Steven Pienaar, who could have been the perfect man to unlock his parent club's defence.

  95. 1746: 

    Gareth Bale finds space on the right and crosses with the outside of his left foot but it is headed clear by Sylvain Distin in the box. Still no real chances to speak of.

  96. 1745:  
    BBC Sport pundit Mark Bright on Final Score:

    "There's no pattern of play, no system. They're a mishmash. They were very fortunate last week in the Carling Cup final against Cardiff. Liverpool are no closer to the title now than they were under Roy Hodgson and Rafa Benitez."

  97. 1745:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Liverpool don't get in the box. They haven't got people who score goals. 27 points behind Man City? 7th place? Not good enough."

  98. 1744: 

    Very low-key opening to this game. The crowd has barely had justification to raise its collective voice above a murmur.


    Football Follower on Twitter: "Jelavic has it all up to him if everton are going to grab a point. Hold-up play is crucial vs the likes of King."

  100. 1741: 

    Spurs having the majority of possession and content to bide their time. Nearly 10 minutes on the board and not a proper effort on goal from either side yet.

  101. 1738: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis, whose side lost 1-0 at Chelsea after Ricardo Fuller was sent off: "Ricardo Fuller has been a good player for the football club he's got a short fuse. But what he's done today is ridiculous - he's given us a tough job today. Branislav Ivanovic has caught him but it's a poor reaction from Ricardo and we'll deal with it."


    Sam_22 on Twitter: "Harry Redknapp needs to sort it out. Defoe and Adebayor together up front? Both are selfish, it will never work out."

  103. 1737: 

    Couple of early corners for Tottenham. Neither come to anything. Everton have already had a sighter of Bale's pace down the right-hand side to win the first of these. Leighton Baines has got his work cut out.

  104. 1734: 

    Blackburn midfielder Junior Hoilett, who scored both his side's goals in the 2-0 win over Wolves: "We've been scoring a lot of goals this season but we needed a clean sheet - it feels like six points today. I was watching videos of Wayne Hennessey before the game and saw he is weak on low shots so for the second goal I just went for it early in the bottom corner. It's not out of the question that I could play for England in the future."

  105. 1732: 
    KICK-OFFEverton v Tottenham

    The home side get us under way at Goodison Park.


    Former Everton and England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has tweeted in response to David Moyes' interview on Football Focus earlier - Moyes says Martyn is his greatest signing in his 10 years at the club: "Thanks to everyone who tweeted me about what David Moyes said about me on Football Focus. It's very humbling for me for him to say that!"

  107. 1729: 

    Everton boss David Moyes on his team's resurgence in form: "The players have done a really good job and knuckled down. We've tended to do better in the second half of the season, I wish I knew why, but we've beaten Chelsea and Manchester City recently and in the games against bigger teams we tend to do better. Let's hope we do the same again today."

  108. 1728: 

    The teams are on their way out at Goodison Park.

  109. 1726: 

    Wolves manager Terry Connor after his team's 2-0 loss to Blackburn: "It was an even game up until the goal, we made a mistake and should have dealt with it better. The second goal we had it on the edge of their box and they break 70 yards and score at our end. We must do better. It's no surprise how tough it is, we've taken our fair share of knocks but the boys are up for it and they want to fight to stay in this division. We didn't take our chances and Blackburn did. You want to win your games but it's not always possible. We've got Manchester United next but strange things happen, we beat them last year and we still believe we can stay up."

  110. 1724:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Wolves are very, very poor, QPR are unlucky but have a tough run-in and Wigan are just diabolical, in my opinion."


    Something that may be of interest to Arsenal fans... Raphael Honigstein on Twitter: "Podolski very good in 1-0 win over Hertha but (unjustly) sent-off for violent conduct. first ever red."


    Ben Lewis on Twitter: "Huge game for Jermain Defoe. He can stake a claim to be the permanent striker that secures Tottenham's third place finish, starting tonight."

  113. 1721: 

    Didier Drogba speaking on Final Score: "To play Stoke is always difficult. Tactically they have a good shape, and we focused on the win today. It was a lovely pass from Juan Mata, knowing their defence played really high. We brought him in because he can change a game. He's very good."

  114. 1721:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Blackburn do score a lot of goals. In Junior Hoilett they had the best player on the pitch by far today. Wolves looked totally disjointed, all over the place. They haven't got a leader on the pitch. They were very, very poor."

  115. 1720: 

    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on whether there was a gentlemen's agreement not to play Louis Saha: "When we signed Louis, David Moyes said to me he'd rather he didn't play at their place but looking at the rules you're not allowed to do that anyway. I play Jermain Defoe today and if it's right for us, Louis will come on."

  116. 1719: 

    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has just been on TV saying that there is no gentleman's agreement regarding Louis Saha. So he's just been benched then, plain and simple.

  117. 1714: 
    Everton v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Everton make three changes to side that drew with QPR as Nikica Jelavic makes his first start for the club, Leon Osman replaces Steven Pienaar and Seamus Coleman comes in for Tony Hibbert with Phil Neville shifting to right-back. Tottenham leave Louis Saha on the bench, so Jermain Defoe makes a rare start alongside Emmanuel Adebayor up front. Scott Parker and Gareth Bale are among those in the midfield.


    Mark, in Cambridge, texts: "Fair play to Alex McLeish, a Villa goal made and scored by two youth players. Well done."

  119. 1713: 

    Today's game at Goodison Park also marks the 10-year anniversary of David Moyes appointment as Everton boss. The Scot has done a superb job with limited funds and again, this season, is guiding the Toffees to a strong finish.


    Bert from Lancaster has texted back: "Getting behind Kean and the Venkys would be signing the club's death warrant. Foolish football 'fans' like Craig Boyle (1654) haven't got a clue what's going on at Ewood Park, so need to keep their noses out."

  121. 1709: 

    LEAGUE ONE/TWO REVIEW: leaders Charlton lost at home for the second game running, this time falling to a 4-2 defeat against Notts County but second-placed Sheffield United won at Brentford. Three goals in the first 10 minutes was enough for Sheffield Wednesday to beat Bournemouth while Rochdale held Huddersfield. In League Two, leaders Swindon beat Cheltenham, Gillingham were defeated in a thriller against Crewe while at the bottom, Northampton gave their survival hopes a boost with a comfortable 3-1 win against Aldershot.

  122. 1709: 

    CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW: Southampton's 2-0 win over Barnsley means they extend their lead at the top of the table to three points after West Ham could only draw 1-1 at home to Doncaster. Reading continued their hot form with an impressive 3-0 win over Leicester and Ipswich came back from two goals down to draw with Hull. Elsewhere, Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Peterborough all won.


    Owain Evans on Twitter: "Liverpool need to heed Bob Paisley: 'If you're in the box and don't know what to do, put it in the net and we'll discuss options later'."

  124. 1708: 

    Blackburn boss Steve Kean, after his side's 2-0 win over Wolves: "It's been a long time coming but we've been working very hard on our shape. We defended from the front and we never gave Wolves time to play any quality balls. This has been a good ground for us and I'm delighted with our travelling fans. For everybody involved it's been tough but the results are coming. We have picked up eight points from our last few away games now, the fans are behind us and the atmosphere at Ewood now is fantastic. Let's put all that what happened behind us now. We knew that this month would be important, we have some good games coming up and we can put daylight between us and the bottom three. We've made progress today. The spirit and the togetherness that we showed today are as important as the points."

  125. 1708: 

    It is back to the top of the table that we look for our late game with Everton hosting third-placed Tottenham. The Toffees are unbeaten in their previous six league games and while Spurs come into this match having lost back-to-back matches for the first time since their opening two fixtures, they did get back to winning ways in the FA Cup against Stevenage midweek.

  126. 1706: 

    So QPR and Wolves come out of 'beat the drop' Saturday battered and bruised. Neither are down yet of course, but how much will the psychological blows landed on them by Bolton and Blackburn respectively tell for the rest of the season?


    Rowan Burrows on Twitter: "Ashamed of some Blackburn fans saying this win is bittersweet. What's the point of supporting the team if you really want them to lose?"

  128. 1702: 
    Everton v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Everton boss David Moyes celebrates 10 years in the job next week, but he admits the task to keep his team in the top six has been made harder by a resurgent Tottenham. "They have spent very well - and quite a lot of times - to get that success," he said. Spurs striker Louis Saha could face his old club at Goodison, having scored three goals in five games for his new team, with manager Harry Redknapp declaring: "He's a real talent."


    Phil Arundell on Twitter: "It's all about results for Chelsea at the moment - good victory over a Stoke team who didn't just park the bus but whole depot."

  130. 1700: 

    After his goalscoring exploits against Stevenage in the FA Cup, Jermain Defoe is in the Tottenham starting line-up for the first time since January against Everton. He has scored in each of his last four Premier League starts for Spurs.


    Paul Hayes on Twitter: "Bittersweet win for Blackburn. Great three points but that buffoon Steve Kean will remain in post telling the Venkys how amazing he is."

  132. 1656: 
    LINE-UPSEverton v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Jagielka, Stracqualursi, Gueye, Rodwell, Anichebe.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Sandro, Parker, Modric, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Van der Vaart, Saha, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Nelsen.

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)


    Craig Boyle on Twitter: "Shocking attitude from Bert in Lancaster (1644). "What a poor excuse for a "fan". Get behind your team and it might just help."


    George Smart on Twitter: "This is now an absolute embarrassment from Wolves. What on earth is going on? Ready to plan for the Championship, I think\u2026"

  135. 1654: 
    FULL-TIMEChelsea 1-0 Stoke
  136. 1654: 
    FULL-TIMEAston Villa 1-0 Fulham
  137. 1654: 
    FULL-TIMESunderland 1-0 Liverpool
  138. 1654: 

    Liverpool looking to salvage something at Sunderland. A cross causes some nervousness in the Sunderland area but Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt misses his header and the ball is cleared. Sums up Liverpool's afternoon.

  139. 1650: 
    GOALAston Villa 1-0 Fulham - Andreas Weimann (90 mins)

    Villa finally make the breakthrough at Villa Park. Gary Gardner's shot from the edge of the area is saved by Mark Schwarzer but Andreas Weimann steals in to follow up - firstly heading against the Fulham keeper before bundling home at the second attempt. It's the 90th minute - surely that's the winner.

  140. 1650: 

    It is a massive win for Blackburn, who move up to 16th, three points above the relegation zone. What a time to get your first clean sheet of the season. Wolves, though, look down and out.

  141. 1649: 
    FULL-TIMEWolves 0-2 Blackburn
  142. 1649: 

    Wolves look an all-but beaten side at Molineux. They are battling for something - anything - to give them the hint of a lifeline but Blackburn look relatively comfortable. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has a shot, but Rovers have plenty of bodies back to block. We're into the dying seconds of the game.

  143. 1647: 

    Chelsea close to a second at Stamford Bridge as Juan Mata strikes the post with a free-kick. Daniel Sturridge, on as a substitute, finishes the rebound but he is offside.


    Aaron Morris on Twitter: "The current bottom three will be the three who go down. QPR and Wigan aren't good enough and Wolves were mad to sack Mick McCarthy."

  145. 1645: 

    Carlos Cuellar with a half-chance to break the deadlock at Villa Park, but his shot goes wide of goal. Villa pressing but Fulham are holding out.


    Tony H texts: "Re Paul (1454) That ordinary player Mata just set up another goal with a great pass\u2026"

  147. 1644: 

    Wolves have struggled to trouble Rovers since that second goal, but they waste a decent chance when Matt Jarvis gets to the byeline and puts in a dinked cross which Nenad Milijas heads wildly over the top. Minutes later, Steven Fletcher forced Paul Robinson into a decent low save with an 18-yard shot.


    Bert in Lancaster texts: "If Steve Kean keeps Blackburn up it's because there are three terrible teams below us. He will never win the fans over, and neither will Venkys."

  149. 1642: 

    Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has been stretchered off at the Stadium of Light following a clash with Martin Skrtel. The Dane had a fair old grimace on his face.

  150. 1642: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWSEverton v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Nikica Jelavic makes a first start up front for Everton. Former Toffees striker Louis Saha is on the bench for Spurs, which apparently honours a gentleman's agreement between managers Harry Redknapp and David Moyes that the Frenchman would not start.

  151. 1640: 

    Stoke have shown some goalscoring intent since going behind but not enough to hurt Chelsea, who are comfortable but could do with a second to kill the game. It is a possession game for the Blues at present.


    Chris, via text: "I can't believe people want Kenny Dalglish's head after 14 months in charge. We've just won our first piece of silverware since 2006. Yeah, performances aren't amazing but would we have in charge instead? We'll fast become another Chelsea if we're not careful."

  153. 1638: 

    You can sense the anxiety at Villa Park amongst a disconsolate home support. Alex McLeish was never the most popular of appointments, but with his team continuing to struggle to break down Fulham the calls against him are growing in volume.

  154. 1637: 

    No signs that Steven Gerrard or Andy Carroll's introduction have made a difference for Liverpool. Sunderland are sitting deeper now to stifle the Reds as soon as they reach the 18-yard box.

  155. 1635: 

    An update on Didier Drogba's 100th Premier League goal - he is the first African player to recah this milestone.


    Russell Moore on Twitter: "If Steve Kean keeps Blackburn up he should be knighted. Pure British grit."

  157. 1634: 

    Wolves still battling for something at Molineux. Jamie O'Hara's long-range shot is palmed away by Paul Robinson before a cross finds Steven Fletcher to head wide at the far post.

  158. 1632:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Sacking Mick McCarthy and replacing him with Terry Connor is a shocking decision at Wolves. Why get rid of McCarthy and not bring in an experienced replacement? I just can't figure it out."

  159. 1632:  
    BBC Sport pundit Mark Bright on Final Score:

    "Fantastic by Didier Drogba. I'm a big admirer, but the ball from Juan Mata just split the defence. Stoke haven't given Chelsea an inch but that's the breakthrough they've been looking for."

  160. 1631: 

    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In League One, no prizes for guessing who has scored for Huddersfield, it's that man Jordan Rhodes again as his side lead 2-1 against Rochdale. Sheffield United go 2-0 up at Brentford with Ched Evans getting a brace and Charlton have pulled a goal back against Notts County. In the Championship, Southampton are now 2-0 up against Barnsley, with an Adam Lallana double, while Watford are 2-1 in front at Derby. In League Two, Crewe, Crawley and and Port Vale are all ahead.

  161. 1631: 

    At Villa Park, Fulham's Damien Duff has looked lively in this second half and he has just come very close to scoring, hitting the near post from 10 yards after being played in by John Arne Riise. Villa respond by taking off Charles N'Zogbia and sending on Andreas Weimann, a move the home fans boo.

  162. 1627: 
    GOALChelsea 1-0 Stoke - Didier Drogba (68 mins)

    What's going on?! Two goals in as many minutes. We've gone goal crazy all of a sudden. Juan Mata is the architect for Chelsea, threading a ball through for Didier Drogba to round Asmir Begovic and finish. It is the Ivorian's 100th Premier League goal and it is a big one for his Champions League-chasing team.

  163. 1627: 
    SUBSTITUTIONLiverpool - Steven Gerrard and Andy Carroll on for Craig Bellamy and Charlie Adam
  164. 1624: 
    GOALWolves 0-2 Blackburn - Junior Hoilett (69 mins)

    Blackburn have a firm grip on this game now and they once again have Junior Hoilett to thank. The midfielder picks up the ball from a Yakubu pass before firing a low shot into the right-hand corner of the Wolves net from 25 yards. Rovers fans are delirious, Wolves fans in despair. It looks like the precious three points are heading to Blackburn.

  165. 1624: 

    Wolves have brought Michael Kightly on in an attempt to craft an equaliser at Molineux but they are being frustrated by Blackburn. They are putting in the effort, but they are lacking any kind of quality.


    Ade, via text: "Liverpool have 40 points from 27 games. Good cup runs or not, that is a woeful return given the money spent. I can't be the only one who would swap the Carling Cup for a new manager, can I?"


    Liam Hadley on Twitter: "Maybe Lineker and company will have to come up with an impromptu dance to fill Match of the Day later\u2026"

  168. 1622: 

    Liverpool's recent history may suggest a win is now beyond them at the Stadium of Light. They have only scored more than one goal once in their last seven Premier League games.

  169. 1620: 

    Meanwhile, at Villa Park, the home side are pressing and Marc Albrighton is unlucky to see his 20-yard effort come back off the bar. Fulham survive and it remains 0-0.

  170. 1619: 

    As you would expect it is all Chelsea against 10-man Stoke at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are hammering the Potters door but can't break it down, with the decency of the final ball proving their Achilles heel. John Terry's long-range shot is the closest they have come.


    Connor McGinty on Twitter: "Bayern Munich are Barcelona-esque today!"

  172. 1617:  
    BBC Sport pundit Mark Bright on Final Score:

    "I fancied Liverpool today. They've won a trophy and I thought it would be a springboard\u2026"

  173. 1614: 
    GOALSunderland 1-0 Liverpool - Nicklas Bendtner (56 mins)

    Our second Premier League goal of the afternoon comes at the Stadium of Light, with the home side breaking the deadlock. There is a bit of luck involved as well. Fraizer Campbell's shot from the edge of the area hits the post, hits Pepe Reina's back as he dives and hits the post again before coming out to Nicklas Bendtner, who fires the ball into the roof of the net.

  174. 1614: 

    We almost had further fuel poured on the goal-line technology debate at Villa Park as Mark Schwarzer takes a Villa cross behind him in the goalmouth before spinning around. The ball wasn't over the line but the Fulham keeper was playing with fire then.


    Grant Jones on Twitter: "Liverpool, try keeping the ball for more than two touches. Awful game this\u2026"

  176. 1611: 

    Sunderland with a rare effort against Liverpool. Jack Colback pulls the trigger from range but if sails over the bar. Poor game in the north east.

  177. 1611: 

    Blackburn and Fulham are trying their best to rectify the goal drought. Mauro Formica has an effort from the edge of the area for the former but is is saved, while Damien Duff swings over a decent cross for the latter, but nobody gets on the end of it.

  178. 1609: 

    Bayern Munich are currently 7-0 up in their Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim. Any chance they could lend the Premier League a goal or two? The MOTD highlights reel is looking a bit threadbare at the moment.


    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "Re Sam Betley (1600). It is either breaking his duck or ending his drought. You absolutely cannot use that combination!"

  180. 1605: 
    KICK-OFFChelsea 0-0 Stoke

    And finally, Chelsea make it a full house of Premier League matches back under way. The Blues have made a second change with David Luiz on for Branislav Ivanovic.

  181. 1603: 
    KICK-OFFAston Villa 0-0 Fulham
  182. 1603: 
    KICK-OFFSunderland 0-0 Liverpool
  183. 1603: 

    They are sticklers for time-keeping at Molineux. Kick-off bang on 1600. Unlike elsewhere, where teams are just coming out on to the pitch. Wolves are almost rewarded for being back in action as Matt Jarvis crosses for Steven Fletcher, but he cannot connect properly with his spectacular volley and Paul Robinson saves.

  184. 1600: 
    KICK-OFFWolves 0-1 Blackburn

    Wanderers get the game back under way at Molineux.


    Sam Betley on Twitter: "With Stoke down to 10 men, Torres has got a better chance of breaking his drought!"


    QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Big decisions all wrong. Ref saying: "Don't blame us blame, the FA for not having goal line technology!" Sort of sums it all up. Baffled\u2026"

  187. 1557: 

    An encouraging stat for Wolves fans, though (and a worrying one for Blackburn backers) is that Rovers haven't kept a clean sheet for 30 games.

  188. 1555: 

    This is quite depressing stat for Liverpool fans to digest: This is the sixth time in eight Premier League games they have failed to score a first half goal this year. Even more depressing is this for Wolves supporters: Wanderers have conceded in each of their last 25 Premier League matches.

  189. 1552:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Goodison Park:Everton v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    "Everton come into this looking to extend their best run of the season to nine games unbeaten in all competitions, whilst Spurs need a pick-me-up after winning just two of their past seven league games and losing their last two. They haven't lost three in a row since October 2008 - a run that resulted in Juande Ramos being replaced by Harry Redknapp."

  190. 1551: 

    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Half-times around the grounds. A major surprise in League One where runaway leaders Charlton are being thumped 4-0 at home to Notts County, with Jonathan Forte bagging a hat-trick. MK Dons and Chesterfield are both 2-0 up in their games. In the Championship, title contenders Southampton and West Ham both lead, as do on-form Reading. Nottingham Forest are clawing themselves up the table, leading 2-0 against Millwall. In League Two, Northampton are climbing up the league, leading 2-0 against Aldershot. Swindon, Crewe and Hereford are ahead too.

  191. 1550:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Stamford Bridge:HALF-TIMEChelsea 0-0 Stoke

    "It's an uphill task for Stoke after the sending off of Ricardo Fuller. It was plain daft by Fuller and there's no doubt he had to go. Chelsea have hit the woodwork twice and have shown enough to suggest they will score in the second half."


    Greg, via text: "I'm heading down to Weight Watchers. At least they have goals\u2026"

  193. 1549:  
    BBC Sport Mark Bright

    On Final Score: "Kevin Doyle is marking Junior Hoilett, and Doyle just stands and watches the ball. He is nowhere near the man he's supposed to be marking. That small loss of concentration and you're 1-0 down."

  194. 1549:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the Stadium of Light:HALF-TIMESunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    "One would imagine Kenny Dalglish might be slightly the happier but only because his Liverpool are the away side. It's been a scrappy game of few chances and both teams have largely cancelled each other out."

  195. 1548:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Villa Park: HALF-TIMEAston Villa 0-0 Fulham

    "Alex McLeish's side have had far more opportunities and have been in far more promising situations but have failed to finish them off. Gabriel Agbonlahor has come closest for them."

  196. 1548: 

    Fulham with a rare chance at Villa Park, with Andy Johnson firing wide from distance. They've been largely under the cosh this half but are still level.

  197. 1547: 

    Liverpool threaten again at the Stadium of Light. Luis Suarez makes a typically elusive run that sees him junk past a couple of Sunderland players but his eventual shot hits Simon Mignolet before deflecting back off the striker and just wide.

  198. 1546:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Molineux:HALF-TIMEWolves 0-1 Blackburn

    "More Molineux misery for Wolves, who leave the field to groans from the home fans. Junior Hoilett put Blackburn into the lead and gives them a real boost."

  199. 1546: 

    A rare goal threat at the Stadium of Light. Charlie Adam swings a powerful free-kick in from the left and Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet is forced to tip the Liverpool midfielder's effort over the bar.

  200. 1545: 

    Chelsea looking to make their extra man count against Stoke. Branislav Ivanovic thumps a shot against the bar as the Blues turn up the heat on their opponents.

  201. 1545: 

    QPR manager Mark Hughes, reacting to the controversial game at Reebok Stadium: "I'm really disappointed in the performance of the officials. The referee was let down by his assistants. Clearly the ball was over the line. The linesman is there to see that - that is what his job is. The linesman didn't see it.

    "Laughably the FA have come out almost immediately as said they're in favour of goal-line technology.

    "What we're finding is that key moments and key decisions in games are going against us. Please just give us an opportunity to play the game and show how well we can play. And do it on our own merits.

    "Circumstances like today just bring us closer together. Today, it wasn't about football. We just need officials to give us a fair crack of the whip. "

  202. 1542: 
    GOALWolves 0-1 Blackburn - Junior Hoilett (43 mins)

    Finally we have a goal and it is fitting that it comes from the best piece of technical ability we have seen so far. Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw is flicked on by a Wolves head straight to Junior Hoilett on the penalty spot and he executes his first time swinging shot with aplomb to fire past Wayne Hennessey. First blood to Blackburn in the big relegation battle.

  203. 1542: 
    SUBSTITUTIONChelsea - Juan Mata on for Raul Meireles.

    An interesting tactical switch by Roberto di Matteo, who brings Juan Mata on for Raul Meireles, who didn't appear to be injured.

  204. 1541: 

    Around five minutes of normal time to go in the Premier League games and we are still to see a goal. Blackburn looking to change that, though, with Junior Hoilett robbing a Wolves player in midfield and driving forward before feeding Yakubu, whose shot goes over the bar. Just about every chance Rovers have had has come from a Wolves error.

  205. 1539: 

    Nicklas Bendtner with a chance for Sunderland. He fails to connect with a shot, though - the second time this has happened. Maybe the protective mask he is wearing is causing him a few vision-based problems?

  206. 1537: 

    Villa still on top against Fulham. They have had all the possession and all the, admittedly, half-chances. Fulham's only effort has been a tame Andy Johnson shot that Shay Given saved with ease. Hardly worth telling you about, but desperate times call for desperate mentions.

  207. 1535: 

    Hang on, though, what's this? A chance at Chelsea as John Terry rises to head against the crossbar. It's not a goal but it's an improvement.

  208. 1535: 

    We're getting dangerously close to a first half of goalless football in the Premier League. I wish I could bring you more excitement. But I can't. We're being somewhat let down so far.

  209. 1534: 

    It is a proper scrap of a game at Molineux. You won't be surprised to read that neither team are putting together long periods of intricate passing, but what they lack in finesse they are making up for with fight.

  210. 1532:  
    BBC Sport Mark Bright

    On Final Score: "I think Ricardo Fuller is frustrated because a free-kick has gone against it. As he left the pitch, I thinkTony Pulis says something to him, and Fuller says something back. It's all so unnecessary from Fuller."

  211. 1532: 

    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, Kevin Nolan has gives West Ham the lead against Doncaster and Reading are also ahead against Leicester. In League One, Sheffield Wednesday have made a blistering start to the game against Bournemouth, racing into a 3-0 advantage after just 10 minutes. Notts County are 2-0 up at leaders Charlton and Sheffield United are ahead too. In League Two, struggling Northampton have gone in front against Aldershot with a goal from in-form centre-back Kelvin Langmead.

    Former Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score: Robbie Savage

    "This Blackburn, Wolves game has 0-0 written all over it. Blackburn has been the dominant team. Both sides look a bit nervous."

  213. 1531: 

    Ominously for Stoke, Chelsea have scored 15 goals on the last three occasions their opponents have been reduced to 10 men in the first half of a Premier League game.

  214. 1528: 

    Some claret spilled at Villa Park as Danny Murphy is caught by the elbow of Stephen Ireland during an aerial challenge. Nothing malicious, but the Fulham man needs patching up.

  215. 1526: 
    RED CARDStoke - Ricardo Fuller (25 mins)

    It is a straight red for Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller and a completely deserved one. Branislav Ivanovic slides in to tackle him and slightly catches him with the follow-through but it is no justification for the reaction, which sees Fuller stamp violently down on the defender's thigh. He's put his side right up against it now.

  216. 1525: 

    Not a lot of quality at Molineux, as you would expect from two relegation-threatened teams. Plenty of effort, though, as you would expect from two relegation-threatened teams.


    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has tweeted: "I'm still as positive as ever. We will fix it."

  218. 1523: 

    Stoke get a sight of goal for the first time against Chelsea as Jonathan Walters goes clean through after John Terry loses his footing to allow him to advance. Walters shoots from inside the box, but Gary Cahill gets across to back a crucial block.


    Joe Blight on Twitter: "I think we can all say (Re Matthew, 1506) that Mata is, and has been, far better than Rosicky\u2026"

  220. 1522: 

    Sunderland have edged their way into the game at the Stadium of Light but they have yet to really test Pepe Reina.

  221. 1520: 

    Good chance for Blackburn Rovers to take the lead at Wolves. Again Mauro Formica is involved out on the right. He bends in a fine cross which Yakubu heads wide. Good defending from Sebastien Bassong to put him off. Wolves go straight down the other end though and should score when David Edwards fires in a cross from the right but Matt Jarvis can't react and the ball hits him and goes wide.

  222. 1519: 

    Villa have forced six corners already against Fulham. They've failed to capitalise on any of them, though. It's the old adage: you have to score when you're on top.


    Sarah Morgan on Twitter: "It's unfair that red cards and disciplinary points against players can be revoked. Why not points teams gain unfairly through referee error?"

  224. 1518: 

    Chelsea applying all the early pressure against Stoke as Gary Cahill drives forward unchallenged and draws a diving save out of Asmir Begovic, with a thumping effort from outside the box.

  225. 1515: 

    Blackburn flood forward at Molineux in search of the opening goal. Mauro Formica crosses from the right to find Yakubu but it is just behind the striker and he must check, which means his eventual shot lacks the requisite pace and power to test Wayne Hennessey.

  226. 1514: 

    For those debating the Chelsea starting line-up: Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata have been involved in 23 of Chelsea's Premier League goals this season, more than half of the 45 goals they have scored in total (excluding own goals).


    Pire Santiago on Twitter: "Chelsea need to field a strong line-up in the league. Even if we somehow advance against Napoli we are not good enough to win the Champions League."

  228. 1513: 

    Villa are well on top against Fulham as Marc Albrighton's header is saved by Mark Schwarzer. The Cottagers need to stem this early home tide or they will end up suffering the consequences.

  229. 1512: 

    Stiliyan Petrov attempts a long-range effort at Villa Park for the home side but it is over. Similarly, a Yakubu effort at Molineux is well over the bar as Blackburn look for an early in-road at Wolves.

  230. 1511: 

    Sunderland with their first foray forward against Liverpool but John O'Shea flicks his header wide from Sebastian Larsson's free-kick.

  231. 1509: 

    Quiet start at the Stadium of Light. Liverpool having most of the possession, but they have not yet tested Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

  232. 1506: 

    Early chance for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Branislav Ivanovic rises highest to meet a corner but his header is over the bar. The Blues looking to give Roberto di Matteo the perfect start on his home debut as caretaker boss.


    Tim on Twitter: "Not sure I agree with George (1454). I think Stoke are really capable of causing an upset."

  234. 1507: 

    Meanwhile, at Villa Park, Charles N'Zogbia has come close with a long-range shot for the home team.

  235. 1506: 

    Wolves looking for a strong start themselves against Blackburn. Premier League debutant David Davis retrieves the loose ball after a corner is cleared, and from his precise cross from the left Kevin Doyle sends in a powerful header narrowly over the top.


    Matthew, via text: "Paul (1454) is absolutely right, Mata has been very ordinary this season. Chelsea's stand-out for me has been Ramires, which says a lot about their season. Arsenal have a rejuvenated Rosicky who has boosted their season along with that one up front who scores from time to time. Chelsea don't have that."


    Lewis in Havant texts: "Up for a shock at Chelsea. Players still missing AVB and Stoke are in good form..."


    Jake Kelly on Twitter: "Juan Mata has been average this season (Re Paul, 1454)?? He's been world class for his first season. Second most assists other than David Silva."

  239. 1503: 

    Few big challenges flying in at Molineux. Jason Lowe slides in on Jamie O'Hara and gives away a free-kick. Tasty already in the big relegation clash.

  240. 1501: 

    Bolton manager Owen Coyle is speaking again: "There's no doubt we got a big break today, but we scored good goals. With 15 minutes to go, we threw on another striker and scored a terrific goal. It's a valuable three points, there's no doubt about it."

  241. 1500: 

    We have four games under way in the Premier League.

  242. 1459: 

    Terry Connor supping on an energy drink at Molineux. I'm not sure he needs to increase his heart-rate much higher than it will be during the next 90 minutes.


    David Webster on Twitter: "Just as Andy Carroll was finding a bit of form Dalglish has assigned him to bench duty again. Puzzling."

  244. 1457: 

    Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan is speaking about his save, where the ball appeared to cross the goal-line from a QPR header: "I just tried to save the ball, and the referee didn't blow his whistle. It's hard to make a decision because it's all so quick. I just made the save and I wasn't sure if it was in or it wasn't. It was a good feeling when there was no whistle."


    Paul texts: Have Chelsea fans actually watched Mata play? Bar the odd good goal he has been ordinary. Sums up Chelsea's season that he's marked out as one of their best players."

  246. 1454: 

    So Bolton are the day's big winners so far, having beaten QPR 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium. Thet are now out of the relegation zone and left QPR on the brink of the drop zone. It is over to Wolves and Blackburn now to scrap for their lives. That is one of four 1500 GMT Premier League kick-offs coming shortly.


    George, via text: "To be fair, Stoke at home on paper isn't the most difficult game. Resting Mata and Sturridge could be a good idea with Napoli on Wednesday in mind."

  248. 1452:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Molineux:

    "There are some unpleasant banners outside the main entrance of Molineux, and they are aimed at chief executive Jez Moxey for the way Wolves went about appointing a new manager. That man Terry Connor has to pick the pieces up."

  249. 1451: 
    Chelsea v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is not letting the pressure of working under Roman Abramovich get to him. "How am I going to cope?" he said. "I will still get up in the morning. Have a coffee. Still have my lunch, my dinner, and get on with my life as normal. At any club, there's pressure to achieve certain targets. It's always there." Stoke are closing in on safety for another season - a fine achievement according to boss Tony Pulis. "We had 23 years out of top-flight football and when people start getting complacent, you just have to remember that," he said. "Just being in the Premier League is fantastic for this football club."

  250. 1450: 

    Bolton manager Owen Coyle speaking after his side's 2-1 win over QPR: "I said prior to the game that it was going to be two teams going all-out to win, and so it proved. It was incident-packed and that's what's going to happen. Games will be like this until the end of the season.

    "Nobody's a bigger advocate than myself for goal-line technology. I can totally understand how Mark Hughes will be frustrated."

  251. 1449: 
    Sunderland v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    Martin O'Neill may not have been too enamoured with rival manager Alan Pardew after the north-east derby draw against Newcastle last week but it seems it's a different story when it comes to Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish. "He is back again and, not long involved in the job, he has got a trophy in the Liverpool cabinet. So from that viewpoint, I have got nothing but admiration for him," said O'Neill. Reds boss Dalglish will want points rather than plaudits and said: "We don't change too much wherever we play. We always want to win the game and we'll always put a team out we think is going to win."

  252. 1449: 
    Aston Villa v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has challenged his players to show "ruthless professionalism" as they search for their first home win since mid-November. "We've got to get back to getting those shut-outs," he said. "If we get a goal when we are on top, let's get another one." Fulham boss Martin Jol is sure Villa fans have nothing to worry about, saying: "I think Aston Villa have a very good squad and are too good to be in any trouble."

  253. 1448: 
    Wolves v Blackburn (1500 GMT)

    Wolves boss Terry Connor has called for the Molineux faithful to back his side in the relegation scrap. "It's massively important for the fans to get behind us," he said. "We've got to go out there and be positive and bring the crowd with us." Steve Kean can see a chance for Rovers to pull away from the bottom three. "We always knew March would be the big month for us," he said. "We want to ensure that there is a bit of daylight between ourselves and the teams underneath us."


    Andy Hornby on Twitter: "It's concerning when Blackburn fans fancy their chances against Wolves because of the turbulence at our club (Re Pole in Birmingham, 1417). Pot calling kettle?"

  255. 1446: 
    Aston Villa v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish tried a new-look system at Blackburn and he is sticking with it, naming an unchanged team in what is likely to be a 4-2-3-1 formation. Fulham, buoyed by their 5-0 thrashing of Wolves, make one enforced alteration. Defender Aaron Hughes is the man to miss out, due to a calf complaint, but Stephen Kelly comes in after recovering in time from his quad injury.

  256. 1445: 
    Sunderland v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    Wayne Bridge makes his first start for Sunderland as he comes in for left-back Kieran Richardson, who has failed to shake off a calf problem. The suspended Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon are replaced by midfielder Jack Colback and striker Fraizer Campbell in the other Black Cats changes. Liverpool make two changes from the loss to Arsenal last time out. Centre-back Sebastian Coates replaces Jamie Carragher and Craig Bellamy comes in for winger Stewart Downing. Jordan Henderson starts against his former club but captain Steven Gerrard is only fit enough to be on a bench where Andy Carroll is again sat.


    Dave, a Bolton fan, texts: "Never mind nail biting, I think I've just chewed my fingers off!"

  258. 1444: 
    Chelsea v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea are boosted by the return of captain John Terry to the starting line-up, with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou also handed starts. David Luiz, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres drop to the bench for Roberto di Matteo's first Premier League game in charge. Stoke make three changes from the side that beat Norwich last weekend, with Salif Diao, Kenwyne Jones and Ricardo Fuller returning to the starting line-up.

  259. 1444: 
    Wolves v Blackburn (1500 GMT)

    Wolves manager Terry Connor makes four changes to his side after the 5-0 humbling at Fulham last week, with David Davis making his Premier League debut in midfield and Sebastien Bassong returning to the defence. Steven Fletcher is also back up front alongside Kevin Doyle. Blackburn make two changes from the draw with Aston Villa, as Marcus Olsson comes in to join twin Martin in the starting XI, and Jason Lowe replaces Bradley Orr.


    Jamie Bishop on Twitter: "QPR have Liverpool, Sunderland, Arsenal, Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea and Man City left to play. Pretty sure they are gonners."

  261. 1442: 

    BBC 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Reebok Stadium: "What a win for Bolton in a game that's going to be long-remembered. We had a goal that never was, Zamora hit the bar, Cisse got a goal that looked a little offside. QPR looked the better team to me in the second half, but these are three crucial points for Bolton. QPR played quite well at times and they'll go home tonight really narked. But at this stage of the season it is the result that matters, not the performance."

  262. 1442: 

    Mark Hughes is giving referee Martin Atkinson the finger-wagging treatment in the tunnel. Understandably he is not a happy man.

  263. 1441: 

    Big win for Bolton. Big defeat for QPR. Rangers will complain about a goal not given, but it will not change the fact they have failed to pick up any points. Bolton are out of the relegation zone, but Rangers are peering fearfully over their shoulder.

  264. 1439: 
    FULL-TIMEBolton 2-1 QPR
  265. 1439: 

    QPR's last chance. Paddy Kenny launches it, but too far and the ball drifts behind for a Bolton goal-kick. Again Mark Hughes throws his arms up in disgust.

  266. 1438: 

    We've had the four minutes of injury time.

  267. 1438: 

    The ball is again launched into the Bolton box, and Adam Bogdan spills it but no visiting striker can capitalise. Bolton hanging on.


    George Mac on Twitter: "Di Matteo not starting Mata and Sturridge!? Two of our best players this season! Oh dear."


    Nathan Church on Twitter: "I had gained respect for Roberto Di Matteo when i saw he had dropped David Luiz, but I lost it all when I saw he's done the same to Juan Mata."


    Andy Robinson on Twitter: "That goal could prove fatal for QPR. Their run-in is horrendous."

  271. 1437: 

    The visitors are furious. they think theyb should have a penalty. Nedum Onuoha falls under a last-ditch Nigel reo-Coker challenge. It was a risky tackle, but just the rigth side of legal according to referee Martin Atkinson. QPR boss Mark Hughes is livid.

  272. 1435: 

    QPR desperately fighting for an equaliser. Bolton are throwing themselves in front of everything Rangers can throw at them, though.

  273. 1434: 

    We are into injury time now at the Reebok.


    Matt Hardy on Twitter: "People are really fishing for puns today!"

  275. 1431: 

    BBC 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Reebok Stadium: "It was a really well-taken goal, and that composure at the right time is the thing Bolton have been lacking. Klasnic is their leading scorer this season, and with three minutes left he couldn't have timed it better."

  276. 1430: 
    GOALBolton 2-1 QPR - Ivan Klasnic (86 mins)

    Massive goal for Bolton. Huge goal. I mentioned earlier that the last striker to score at the Reebok was Ivan Klasnic three months ago. Well, he has done it again, running on to Ryo Miyaichi's pass before side-footing a shot past Paddy Kenny into the far corner of the net. There are four minutes to play. It looks like Wanderers have snatched this.

  277. 1429: 

    BBC 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Reebok Stadium: "When Bolton get into the last third they lack real ideas. That must be one of their problems at home this season. At home their record's been awful."

  278. 1430: 

    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: It's full time in the Championship at the Ricoh Arena where it's ended in a 1-1 draw between Coventry and Birmingham. The two sides share the spoils in the West Midlands derby as Marlon King cancels out Gary McSheffrey's opener. The point isn't enough to lift Coventry out of the relegation zone but Chris Hughton's men move up a place to fifth in the table.

  279. 1429: 

    Now it's Bolton's turn to see a chance blocked. Chris Eagles is fed in on the left but his effort is stopped from testing Paddy Kenny by a superb diving interception from Nedum Onuoha.

  280. 1428: 
    LINE-UPSSunderland v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Bridge, Larsson, Colback, Gardner, McClean, Bendtner, Campbell. Subs: Gordon, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Elmohamady.

    Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Coates, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Henderson, Adam, Spearing, Bellamy, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Carroll, Maxi, Downing, Carragher, Flanagan.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  281. 1425: 

    How did QPR not smuggle that in? Djibril Cisse has a pop but it is blocked, so does Samba Diakite before Jamie Mackie, who has just come on as a susbtitute sees an eight-yard effort deflected over by the head of David Wheater. Big let-off for Bolton.

  282. 1424: 

    QPR again threaten with Djibril Cisse being allowed to flick towards goal while under pressure in the box. His effort goes wide of goal, though.

  283. 1423: 
    LINE-UPSChelsea v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Meireles, Kalou, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Essien, Romeu, Torres, Mata, Sturridge.

    Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Shotton, Whitehead, Diao, Fuller, Jones, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Pennant, Upson, Delap, Crouch, Jerome, Palacios.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  284. 1422: 
    LINE-UPSWolves v Blackburn (1500 GMT)

    Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Bassong, Ward, Doyle, Davis, Edwards, O'Hara, Jarvis, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Johnson, Berra, Milijas, Foley.

    Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Formica, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Givet, Dunn, Modeste, Petrovic, Goodwillie, Vukcevic.

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

  285. 1422: 
    LINE-UPSAston Villa v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Herd, Petrov, N'Zogbia, Ireland, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Heskey, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj, Baker, Gardner.

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff, Dembele, Murphy, Dempsey, Pogrebnyak, Johnson. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Orlando Sa, Hughes, Diarra, Etuhu, Davies.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  286. 1421: 

    Chance for QPR from a free-kick after Darren Pratley trips Nedum Onuoha 22 yards from goal. Bobby Zamora strikes it but it hits the wall and Shaun Derry's follow-up from 25 yards+ is also blocked.


    Will Greenslade on Twitter: "Chelsea's bench today is incredible. Just have to hope those on the pitch do their job or the selection will be dubious."

  288. 1419: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWSChelsea v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    John Terry starts for Chelsea for the first time since January, with Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba reinstated to the starting eleven. David Luiz, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres are on the bench.

  289. 1419: 

    Bolton's 10th corner of the game comes to nothing as Chris Eagles' delivery is easily cleared. Bolton are looking more of a threat now, but they're not testing Paddy Kenny.


    Pole in Birmingham texts: "I wish people would stop carping on about the poor old linesmen..."

  291. 1418: 

    Bolton's Chris Eagles is given an early chance to make an impact, but he can only hit the wall with a 25-yard free-kick. It remains 1-1 and the tension is cranked up further.


    Alex Jackson on Twitter: "Fancying our chances at Wolves today! A lot of turbulence there at the moment. Come on Rovers!"

  293. 1417: 

    Interestingly, considering the events at the Reebok, the Football Association has issued a statement calling for goal-line technology to be introduced "as soon as possible".


    Rod, sitting in the British Library and not doing any work, texts: "Linesman Bob Pollock was standing in the wrong plaice. Eel be herring more about that one. No-one would have thought they'd mackerel-ly bad decision again in the second half too..."

  295. 1415: 
    SUBSTITUTIONBolton - Chris Eagles on for Martin Petrov (70 mins)

    A somewhat like-for-like change from Bolton boss Owen Coyle, who clearly thinks Eagles has the invention to unlock QPR's defence.

  296. 1414: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWSSunderland v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    Steven Gerrard is only fit enough to start on the bench for Liverpool at Sunderland. Craig Bellamy is the the first XI though.

  297. 1414: 

    BBC 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Reebok Stadium: "It is QPR who are having most of the possession, passing the ball around. Perhaps Bolton have decided to try and hit them on the break. "

  298. 1413: 

    QPR applying pressure with Djibril Cisse prevented from getting a header on goal by a diving headed interception from David Wheater, wich goes behind. Seconds later Gretar Steinsson heads behind from a Joey Barton cross. Neither corner comes to anything, though.


    BBC Sport's Darren Fletcher reports from Wolves on Twitter: "Fans not happy at Molineux. Some outside dressed as clowns with Morgan and Moxey masks on. Also a sign saying Welcome to the Comedy Club."

  300. 1411: 

    The first mummerings of discontent from the home crowd as Bolton give away possession. QPR are looking more spritely at the moment and the fans' concern is growing.

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