Bolton's Muamba collapses in game

The latest on the condition of Fabrice Muamba after he collapses during Bolton's game at Tottenham, which is abandoned as the player is rushed to hospital.

17 March 2012 Last updated at 20:20

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  1. 2100: 

    Everyone's thoughts are with Fabrice Muamba and his family, wishing him a full recovery. This live text commentary is ending now but stay across the BBC website for updates on his situation.

  2. 2050: 

    The last official news we have been told about Fabrice Muamba is that he was taken to hospital at 1833 GMT. We will bring you updates when we hear from either Bolton Wanderers or the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green, which is where the 23-year-old midfielder was taken following his collapse during today's FA Cup tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

  3. 2039: 

    Football Association chairman David Bernstein said: "On behalf of The FA, I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Fabrice Muamba and his family this evening.

    "Fabrice has played 33 times for England Under-21s, captaining Stuart Pearce's side during this time and is a player, and more importantly, a person we care greatly for.

    "We are in contact with Bolton Wanderers over Fabrice's condition and are awaiting updates."


    Arsenal captain Robin van Persie "I'm so sad about what happened to Fabrice Muamba today. Played with him for a couple of years. What a great guy. Always a smile on his face. Please Fabrice bring that smile back. My thoughts are with you and your lovely family!"


    Wigan's former Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi on Twitter: "All our hearts with Fabrice Muamba, one of my closest friends at Bolton. I am shocked, wishing him a fast recovery."


    Tottenham have tweeted: "Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Fabrice Muamba and his family."


    Tottenham defender Kyle Walker: "Doesn't matter who you support. Doesn't matter if you aren't a football fan. Doesn't matter if you aren't religious. Pray for Fabrice Muamba."

  8. 2003: 

    It is now an hour and 30 minutes since we had any news on Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during today's FA Cup tie against Tottenham. The latest update was that the Bolton midfielder was taken to hospital at 1833 GMT, with medical staff still trying to resuscitate him in the ambulance. A defibrillator had been used.


    Former Tottenham boss David Pleat at White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live: "There are many things far more important than football and this is far more important. You hear about these things but you can never visualise them. The crowd were incredible, they understood the seriousness of the situation."


    Fabrice Muamba's former club Birmingham have tweeted: "Everybody at Birmingham City would like to send their well wishes to Fabrice Muamba and his family at this time."

  11. 1950: 

    BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson on Fabrice Muamba's condition: "We just hope and pray for Fabrice and his family.

    "It's one of those very strange and unfortunate occurrences, I'm afraid. Apparently all the players who surrounded him were in total shock.

    "Howard Webb was refereeing and, once you realise the seriousness, you abandon the game. Football is absolutely and totally immaterial in comparison of what's happened to Fabrice.

    "He's 23. You have to be super-fit to play in midfield in the Premier League. He has a fantastic build for getting around a football pitch.

    "He is very tall, very strong and what they call in football a box-to-box midfielder. He is good at breaking the play. He stops the opposition playing, get the ball and pass it simply."


    Everton midfielder Tim Cahill: "This is now a day when football across the World comes together to pray for Muamba. puts everything into perspective. #prayforMuamba"


    Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live: "When something like this happens the footballing community becomes one."


    David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live: "The St Johns Ambulance, a voluntary organisation, attend football matches at every level to make sure players are looked after. They do a wonderful job and the work they did tonight was admirable."

  15. 1931: 

    Just to reiterate, there were no others players near Fabrice Muamba when he collapsed but it soon became clear from the grave reaction from players and fans close to the incident that it was a serious one.


    BBC Radio 5 live chief football reporter Ian Dennis at White Hart Lane: "When the medical staff arrived, Fabrice Muamba's face was on the turf. They quickly turned him over and within seconds were putting white pads and defibrillator on him. It was quite clear to everyone that he was fighting for his life. If he does pull through it will be down to the quick actions of the medics."


    The FA has tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Fabrice Muamba and his family right now. A wonderful person."


    Wayne Rooney: "Hope fabrice muamba is ok. Praying for him and his family. Still in shock."


    Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown speaking about Fabrice Muamba on BBC Radio 5 live: "He's a young man at the beginning of his career. It's an awful situation for everyone who knows him."


    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe: "Pray for fab god willing he will pull through #PrayForMuamba"

  21. 1923: 

    Both sets of fans sang Fabrice Muamba's name when he was being carried off, and applauded the decision by referee Howard Webb to abandon the game when it was announced at White Hart Lane.


    Spurs player Rafael van der Vaart was one of the players on the pitch when Muamba collapsed. He tweeted: "Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game. We're all praying for him."

  23. 1922: 

    To recap on events at White Hart Lane, Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch five minutes before half-time of Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Wanderers and received treatment on the pitch for 10 minutes while medical staff attempted to resuscitate him, using CPR and a defibrilator. The 23-year-old was not breathing when he was carried off, and the last news of his condition, which came at 1833 GMT, was that attempts to resuscitate him continued while he was taken to hospital. Bolton manager Owen Coyle and club captain Kevin Davies accompanied Muamba in the ambulance.

  24. 1917: 

    Bolton Wanderers have released a short statement to confirm the latest developments about Fabrice Muamba. It reads:

    "Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been taken to hospital following his collapse at White Hart Lane this evening during the FA Cup quarter-final. There is no further information at this stage."


    PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor on Fabrice Muamba's condition after he collapsed on the pitch during Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Bolton: "At the moment we are all watching, waiting, hoping and praying. For all the football family it's a terrible thing to see. We just hope it's not going to be a situation like that of Marc-Vivian Foe. This can happen on a pitch and one of the reasons why we insist all youngsters coming into the game have the ability to have heart screenings to avoid this happening. Fabrice is a very popular character. He's a great lad with great family. Everybody is just feeling terrible at the moment. I hope he can pull through."

  26. 1911: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis at White Hart Lane, and talking about Fabrice Muamba's condition: "I've been speaking to members of the Bolton backroom staff, who say he is one of the fittest players at the club. You could see medical staff using a defibrillator and he was electronically charged on to least two occasions. Everybody could see Fabrice Muamba was fighting for his life on the pitch."


    Fabrice Muamba\u2019s first club Arsenal have tweeted: "The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal Football Club are with Fabrice Muamba and his family."

  28. 1849: 

    The latest news on Fabrice Muamba is that medical staff were still trying to resuscitate him on his way to hospital. ESPN have reported that Bolton boss Owen Coyle and club captain Kevin Davies went with him in the same ambulance.


    Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan: "Puts all sport into perspective... Praying for Muamba. X"


    Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte, who came through the Arsenal youth team with Muamba: "I seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro please please stay strong. God is with you remember that."

  31. 1838: 

    More from ESPN's reporter in the White Hart Lane tunnel. Referee Howard Webb has spoken to all of the players and officials and none of them were in a fit state to continue while they wait for news on Fabrice Muamba. The Bolton midfielder collapsed on the pitch five minutes before half-time and received lengthy treatment while medical staff attempted to resuscitate him. Muamba has now been taken to hospital.


    Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone: "Thoughts with Fab and his family. Feel sick watching this, puts football and everything else into perspective."

  33. 1833: 

    The game has been abandoned because of the seriousness of Fabrice Muamba's situation. The Bolton midfielder has now been taken to hospital.

  34. 1832: 

    Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Bolton has been abandoned. Both sets of fans applauded the announcement at White Hart Lane. They were singing Fabrice Muamba's name when he was carried off the pitch.

  35. 1831: 

    ESPN's reporter in the White Hart Lane tunnel says Fabrice Muamba was not breathing when the Bolton midfielder was carried past him. Medical staff were still attempting to resuscitate him and a defibrillator had been used.


    Muamba's Bolton team-mate Stuart Holden: "Praying for you Fab. Hope he's OK. Thoughts with him and his family."

  38. 1829: 

    ESPN, who are covering this tie live on TV, have reported that Fabrice Muamba had CPR while on the pitch at White Hart Lane. The 23-year-old collapsed about five minutes before half-time.

  39. 1826: 

    Ian Dennis has also reported that Fabrice Muamba was being resuscitated for 10 minutes while he was lying on the pitch. He has now been stretchered off and I will bring you more news on his situation when I get it.

  40. 1823: 

    White Hart Lane is a very subdued place at the moment while everybody awaits news of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba. Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter, has just reported that Muamba is fighting for his life.


    Former Tottenham boss David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra on Fabrice Muamba: "The player just went down - no-one was near him. Straight away the other players knew there was something seriously wrong."

  42. 1820: 

    After talking to Owen Coyle and Harry Redknapp, referee Howard Webb has signalled for both sets of players to come off and return to the dressing room.

  43. 1819: 

    Fabrice Muamba is now on a stretcher and being carried off the pitch. This situation still looks serious.

  44. 1818: 

    The Bolton fans are chanting Fabrice Muamba's name. We still don't know exactly what the problem is but the game is no longer anyone's concern.

  45. 1815: 

    We are in for a lengthy delay here. Players and fans are looking on with real concern.

  46. 1815: 

    Bolton boss Owen Coyle is coming on to the pitch to see what the problem is with Fabrice Muamba.

  47. 1814: 

    This doesn't look good for Bolton's Fabrice Muamba. He is down on the floor and getting treatment. He went down when play was nowhere near him, so I'm not really sure what the problem is.

  48. 1811: 

    Just over five minutes to go until the break and this tie remains finely poised. Tottenham have been very neat and tidy at times but Bolton have soaked up most of their pressure and created some decent chances themselves. The scoreline (1-1) is about right at the moment.


    Waheed in Surrey: "Re 1748. Still an achievement if Spurs finish in a Chompions League spot. Sorry."


    Wigan midfielder James McArthur on his relegation-threatened side's draw with West Brom: "We are really gutted. It's the best performance we've had this season in terms of creating chances. We played brilliant and still didn't get the victory. We'll keep going and try to prove people wrong like we did last year. We'll keep fighting."


    David Pleat on 5 live sports extra: "Re 1806. That was the best chance of the game. Assou-Ekotto had gone flying forward but Klasnic made a real mess of the shot, that should have been a goal to Bolton."

  52. 1807: 

    Tottenham are still creating chances though, mainly thanks to some delicious balls into the box. Ryan Nelsen wastes a good one when he rises to meet a corner from the right but he cannot direct his header goalwards.

  53. 1806: 

    Yep, Spurs have gone off the boil a bit, and Bolton almost take advantage. With Benoit Assou-Ekotto caught upfield, Bolton break and Ivan Klasnic should really hit the target when he is played in... but slams his shot wide.


    Swansea winger Wayne Routledge: "It's been a pleasure to play in that game of football today! Proud to play in a team that play football with such poise and confidence..."


    British light-welterweight boxer, and Bolton fan, Amir Khan: "1-1 Bolton and Spurs, both teams going at it. What's your thoughts on the game, is Alan Sugar on edge of his seat?"


    Dave Herbert: "Re 1748. Spurs won't parade anything if their defence continues to Flake as it has recently. Other teams are having a Picnic at times."

    Look what you have started Toby... Allsorts of people are getting involved now.


    For all their impressive attacking play, Tottenham aren't half sloppy at the back. They fail to clear their lines when Ryo Miyaichi AKA 'the Japanese Messi' burst down the left and are relieved when Martin Petrov wraps that educated left foot of his round a shot but sends the ball fizzing wide.

  58. 1756: 

    Spurs are still playing some lovely football and are finding some gaps in the Bolton defence. This time, Benoit Assou-Ekotto whips in a cross from the left that finds Gareth Bale unmarked in the area... but the ball comes off his shoulder and zips over. If he'd scored that, Bale would have been on for a 'shoulder' hat-trick... (sort of).


    Reading striker Noel Hunt after his side moved second in the Championship with a 4-0 win at Barnsley: "Great team performance again today. Buzzing for Jobi [McAnuff], Jem [Karacan] and Jason [Roberts] all great finishes and a great clean sheet too!! Great support too!"


    Everton goalscorer Tim Cahill: "Day of mixed emotions. So badly wanted to win today but main thing is we are still in the FA Cup. Thanks for the amazing support."

  61. 1748: 

    Toby Lerone in Islington: "Don't care what anyone says Harry's impending departure is massive impact on recent results, they seem incapable of defending properly."

    Nice name, Toby. Wispa it quietly, but Spurs could still end the season by parading a trophy on a Double Decker bus.

  62. 1751: 

    More defending for Bolton. Jermain Defoe darts into the area to latch on to a quickly-taken throw-in, but Wanderers have enough men back to stop the England striker from troubling Adam Bogdan.


    Swansea's goalscoring midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson on his current hot streak in front of goal: "I've got a good rate of four in three games but it's thanks to the team setting me up."


    Former Manchester United and England right-back Gary Neville: "Kyle Walker makes up for his part in first goal. I like him as a player."

  66. 1747: 

    Tottenham are enjoying themselves at the moment, splashing quick-fire passes around like they are going out of fashion. Bolton need to dig in a bit here and try to hold up their hosts.


    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez on seeing his side held to a draw with West Brom in a game they should have won: "It is a real feeling of frustration. Scoring the first goal is always the hardest moment in the game - and we got that. Then we got heavily punished. But, if we perform like we did today, we will get enough points. I have no doubt about that."


    Former Tottenham boss David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Beautiful ball from Bale and Walker has this terrific speed, he decided to gamble and it was a terrific header."

  69. 1743: 
    GOALTottenham 1-1 Bolton - Kyle Walker (12 mins)

    Gareth Bale scored Bolton's goal, and now he has made Tottenham's leveller. He sends over a delightful cross from the left that invites Kyle Walker, arriving late near the far post, to power home a header past Adam Bogdan. We are all-square again.

  70. 1737: 

    Gareth Bale's own goal apart It's been a fantastic weekend all round for Wales. As well as the Grand Slam triumph in the Six Nations and Swansea's impressive win at Fulham, Newport County have booked their place in theFA Trophy final after beating Wealdstone. They will face York City, who squeezed past Luton, in the Wembley showpiece.

  71. 1739: 

    The travelling Bolton fans, all 650 of them, are making themselves heard now... singing (some of) the words with which I began this text commentary about six hours ago. Tottenham are not going to go quietly, mind. Their first attack since they fell behind sees Jermain Defoe cut in from the left before firing in a low shot that Adam Bogdan has to push around his post.

  72. 1737: 
    GOALTottenham 0-1 Bolton - Gareth Bale og

    Gareth Bale has got the first FA Cup goal of his career, but it's just a shame for him that it has come at the wrong end. Darren Pratley is first to a corner at the near post and his header flies off Bale's shoulder and into the net.

  73. 1735: 

    Bolton might have seen most of the ball in the first couple of minutes but Tottenham have harried them relentlessly. Not a lot for the home fans to get excited about, though.

  74. 1732: 

    Bolton, wearing all black with a few rogue flashes of yellow, get us under way at White Hart Lane.


    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, speaking about his line-up before kick-off at White Hart Lane: "Bolton are dangerous, I wouldn't under-estimate anyone, but if we play well we've got a good chance. We've got Stoke on Wednesday and then Chelsea so I've had to juggle it around. For Ledley King, three games in a week is not possible so I've kept him back, same with Younes Kaboul... but William Gallas and Ryan Nelsen are two experienced players. Emmanuel Adebayor has a hamstring injury but Louis Saha and Jermain Defoe are lively and I'm looking forward to seeing them together."

  76. 1728: 

    The players emerge from the tunnel at White Hart Lane. The weather has been all over the place all over the country today, so it probably won't surprise you to learn it is raining in north London.

  77. 1726: 

    We are fast approaching kick-off at White Hart Lane, which is a few thousand fans short of capacity by the looks of things. I was at Macclesfield at the start of January to see Bolton begin their cup run with a slightly fortuitous draw... Wanderers will have to defend a lot better tonight if they are going to reach Wembley for a second successive season.


    Everton skipper Phil Neville after his side's 1-1 FA Cup draw with Sunderland: "Thought we just did enough to win. Disappointed tonight. We've got a great two weeks coming up, it's why I love playing big games every three days."


    Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers hails his side after their impressive win at Craven Cottage: "It's a very tough league with some wonderful teams but today we were incredible. I felt it was our biggest game because last week we played well and won against a great team, but then comes a game raiser and we were phenomenal. The passing and tempo was fantastic, but defensive play such as pressing and blocking was tremendous."


    Sunderland and England striker Fraizer Campbell: "Good performance from all the lads today. What a great atmosphere we brought down! Bring on the replay! #hawaythelads"

  81. 1721: 

    So, following Everton's draw with Sunderland, Tottenham and Bolton have the chance to become the first team to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. It's difficult to pick the form team out of these two, but I'm standing by my prediction at 1137 (which is still on, as things stand). Agree? Disagree? Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though. Thanks.


    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists his team are fully focused on beating Bolton despite their faltering league form: "It would be fantastic to win The FA Cup; there's nothing I'd like better than to have a great day at Wembley in the Cup final and to bring it back to White Hart Lane."


    Reading striker Jason Roberts after his side moved second in the Championship: "Barnsley played well...especially in the first half. But we came out FIRING in the second half..."


    BBC Radio 5 live's Alistair Bruce-Ball: "Fulham 0 Swansea 3 - Sigurdsson (2), Allen - third win in a row, four wins out of six away from home, up to eighth in the Premier League, superb stuff."


    Bolton boss Owen Coyle speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham: "Coming into the FA Cup there is freshness and an energy, it's the best cup competition in the world bar none. We recognise we're playing the favourites but we've put out a team we hope can play to their maximum and, if they do, we can be a match for them."


    Motherwell move level on points with second-placed Rangers thanks to a solitary strike from Stevie Hammell against Aberdeen.St Johnstone were comfortable 3-0 winners at St Mirren, with Lee Croft, David McCracken and Francisco Sandaza on target.

    Tottenham v Bolton (1730 GMT)

    Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Five changes for both teams at White Hart Lane, Carlo Cudicini is in goal for Tottenham, with William Gallas and Ryan Nelsen forming a new central defensive partnership. Rafael Van der Vaart replaces Sandro in midfield and Louis Saha partners Jermain Defoe in attack. Bolton also change their centre halves, Dedryck Boyata and Zat Knight are the new pairing, while David Ngog is replaced by Ivan Klasnic up front. Marcos Alonso and Fabrice Muamba also start."


    BBC Final Score's Tony Lockwood after Championship leaders Southampton's 3-2 win at Millwall: "A game that didn't disappoint. Rickie Lambert, the Championship player of the year, was the matchwinner. Southampton unbeaten in 10 league games and still top of the table."


    West Ham's new loan signing Danny Collins salvages a point at Leeds with a late header in a Championship clash that crammed all its drama into the last five minutes. But the Hammers lose ground on the top two as Southampton beat Millwall 3-2 and Reading thrash Barnsley at Oakwell. In League One, Sheffield Wednesday beat Notts County to move level on points with rivals Sheffield United, while Stuart Beavon scores a hat-trick as Wycombe win 4-1 at Bury. At the bottom of League Two, Dagenham & Redbridge beat Macclesfield 2-0 while Plymouth stun high-flying Shrewsbury with a 1-0 win that moves the Pilgrims out of the drop zone.


    Matt Cartwright: "Re 1648. Ryan Nelson starts in defence?! My confidence is suddenly starting to fade."


    BBC Final Score's Harry Gration as Leeds and West Ham share the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road: "I wonder if either side will be happy with this scoreline. Leeds remain in the hunt for the play-offs and West Ham have got a vital point."


    James in Southampton: "Re Laurence Benson 1641. Not quite top yet. Unlucky, not over until the fat lady has sung."

    LINE-UPSTottenham v Bolton

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

    Bolton: Bogdan, Alonso, Boyata, Knight, Ricketts, Pratley, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Miyaichi, Klasnic. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Eagles, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Ngog, Ream, Vela.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

    Tottenham v Bolton (1730 GMT)

    Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Spurs may welcome a break from the rigours of the Premier League after losing their last three matches, but though Harry Redknapp has ridiculed suggestion of their season sliding to a halt, defeat at home today to end the chance of silverware as reward for some stylish displays this term would surely represent a crushing blow. Bolton lost 3-0 at Chelsea on their last visit to London three weeks ago but will be buoyed by last week's victory over QPR that took them out of the relegation zone. With that momentum, plus more fortune along the lines of 'the goal that never was', they could fancy their chances of springing the shock of the round."

  95. 1703: 

    Time to turn our attention to what is happening at White Hart Lane. Or, to be precise, what will be happening...


    Danny In Wigan: "Second game in a row Wigan batter the opposition and only get a draw."

  97. 1659: 

    Swansea, meanwhile, are heading in only one direction: upwards. Their comprehensive win over Fulham means they climb to eighth in the table.

  98. 1656: 

    Wigan stay bottom of the Premier League table, although they are now level on points with QPR and Wolves. If they do go down at the end of the season, then the Latics will look back at this afternoon as being a particularly costly one. Quite simply, West Brom were there for the taking, but Roberto Martinez's team only have one point to show for a game they completely dominated.

  99. 1652: 
    FULL-TIMEFulham 0-3 Swansea
  100. 1652: 
    FULL-TIMEWigan 1-1 West Brom
  101. 1651: 

    Just seconds left at the DW Stadium. Wigan are going to give this one last try.

  102. 1650: 

    Albert Crusat is on for Wigan now, and still they come forward. Yet another cross, from Crusat, comes off James McArthur and bounces back off the post. This is unbelievable pressure, but West Brom are holding out. Wigan have had 19 efforts, seven on target, and have hit the woodwork three times.


    It's all going off in the Championship. Rickie Lambert scores two quick-fire penalties to put Southampton 3-2 up against Millwall and keep the Saints top, despite Reading leading 3-0 at Barnsley. And it's bedlam at a packed Elland Road as Leeds take the lead against wobbly West Ham - Luciano Becchio putting the Whites ahead with a late header.

  104. 1647: 

    BBC Final Score's Harry Gration on Luciano Becchio putting Leeds 1-0 ahead against West Ham at Elland Road: "Leeds believe they can get themselves in that top six and earn a play-off spot. West Ham are sliding at the moment."


    Opta Joe: "Today is only the third time Swansea have ever scored three goals in a top-flight away game, after doing so in 1981 and 1982."

  106. 1649: 

    There will be four minutes of stoppage time at the DW Stadium. From another cross, Mohamed Diame fires against Franco di Santo - one of his own players - with the goal at his mercy. It wasn't Di Santo's fault either, because replays show Diame's shot was heading well wide.

  107. 1648: 

    Back to the DW Stadium now, where Jean Beausejour is still delivering those crosses from the left. Wigan continue to waste their chances, though, with Victor Moses glancing his header wide from their latest attack.

    Tottenham v Bolton (1730 GMT)

    BREAKING: William Gallas and Ryan Nelsen form a new central defensive partnership for Spurs and Louis Saha partners Jermain Defoe in attack. Bolton also change their centre halves, with Dedryck Boyata and Zat Knight the new pairing, while David Ngog is replaced by Ivan Klasnic up front. Full line-ups to follow.


    Sam Kiely: "Is the Europa League 5th spot now a realistic aim for Swansea?"


    Birmingham City are set to end their five-game winless run in style - the Blues are 3-0 up against Middlesbrough in the battle of the Championship promotion contenders. It's also looking like a good day for Sheffield Wednesday, who have doubled their lead at Notts County thanks to Gary Madine's effort. The Owls' League One rivals Sheffield United are being held by Tranmere. The form book is being ripped up in League Two as leaders Swindon are now losing 2-0 at Crewe, while the division's bottom club Dagenham & Redbridge are still 1-0 up against Macclesfield.

  111. 1642: 

    To their credit, Fulham are still trying, although they will need something really special to salvage a point today. Clint Dempsey latches on to a bouncing ball on the edge of the box and his fizzing shot is heading into the top corner before Michel Vorm stretches out a big paw to claw it on to the bar.


    Tom in Manchester: "Are you sure that quote's from Gary Nev and not Yoda?"

  113. 1641: 

    West Brom have made a change too, with Keith Andrews replacing Youssouf Mulumbu, and immediately proving a threat. He ran on to a measured angled ball as Wigan found themselves short at the back, but blasted his shot wide. Wigan should have this game wrapped up, but they could still lose everything here.


    Laurence Benson: "Very, very proud Reading fan. Fifteen points off first in December and now we're top of the league!!"

    BBC Final Score pundit Danny Mills on Swansea's third goal

    "Senderos was sloppy - he should never have given that ball away. Allen's finish was on target but Mark Schwarzer, as a top keeper, will be very disappointed."

  116. 1640: 

    A double change for Wigan, who are looking increasingly desperate. Callum McManaman and Mohamed Diame are on for James McCarthy and Shaun Maloney.

  117. 1636: 
    GOALFulham 0-3 Swansea - Joe Allen

    A horrible mistake by Philippe Senderos sees him give the ball straight to Scott Sinclair, who runs at the Fulham defence and plays in Joe Allen, who beats Mark Schwarzer with a low finish into the bottom corner of the net. Game. Over.

  118. 1636: 

    Swansea have got the points in the bag at Craven Cottage and are in total control... especially as this has just happened:


    Paul: "Every time something goes wrong in Wigan's defence it always involves Alcaraz messing up."

  121. 1634: 

    Wigan, needless to say, are badly in need of a winner here. They are still dominating possession and sending over some wicked crosses - mainly from Jean Beausejour's left boot - but they cannot make the most of them. This time Emmerson Boyce, under pressure from Jerome Thoas, cannot control the ball at the back post.


    As things stand, we have a new leader in the Championship. Reading, seemingly buoyed by the news that Southampton trail at Millwall, have raced into a 2-0 lead at Barnsley after the break, courtesy of goals from Jobi McAnuff and Jem Karacan. Ryan Lowe scores for Sheffield Wednesday as the Owls take the lead against in-form Notts County in League One, while Steel City rivals Sheffield United have been pegged back by Tranmere, for whom Lucas Akins makes it 1-1. Play-off chasing Gillingham lead League Two promotion rivals Cheltenham 2-0 after Jordan Obita bags his second goal of the day.


    Chris Dickinson: "Re 1600. Spain have agreed with their clubs to adopt the style known as 'Tiqui-Taca'. As well as Swansea play, it's not even close."

  124. 1626:  
    BBC Final Score pundit Danny Mills

    Re West Brom's goal: "Alcaraz has gone to sleep at the far post. You've got to get touch tight. You've got to stop your man. But he left Scharner with a free header."

  125. 1627: 

    A big let-off for West Brom here, as Youssef Mulumbu escapes with a yellow card after an angry reaction sees him chase after James McArthur - who had just dispossessed him - and shove him in the back. Jerome Thomas and Emmerson Boyce join him in referee Michael Oliver's notebook.

  126. 1626: 
    GOALFulham 0-2 Swansea - Gylfi Sigurdsson (66 mins)

    A vintage Swansea strike, this one. Another fluid move sees Gylfi Sigurdsson play a one-two with Wayne Routledge and sweep a low shot past Mark Schwarzer to double the Welsh side's lead. It gets better for Wales too, because (in the rugby) they have just beaten France in the Six Nations to win the Grand Slam.

  127. 1622: 
    GOALWigan 1-1 West Brom - Paul Scharner (65 mins)

    West Brom's first effort on target, and they are level. Franco di Santo heads over his own bar from a Baggies corner and, when Chris Brunt sends the ball over again, former Wigan star Paul Scharner dashes in to meet it with a header that flies into the net. Scharner, by the way, did not celebrate his goal against his old club.

  128. 1621: 

    West Brom just haven't turned up today, but Wigan still need a second goal to give themselves a bit breathing space. The Latics are not making things any easier for themselves - Antolin Alcaraz fails to control a deep cross at the back post, when he probably had time to take a touch.

  129. 1618: 

    Oldham Athletic star Filipe Morais has been injured in a car crash on his way to play in today's derby clash against Rochdale, the League One club has said. More information on that when we get it.

    BBC Radio 5 live football reporter Jacqui Oatley

    "Impressive first half miss by Jutkiewicz for Middlesbrough. Unmarked in centre, six yards out, somehow sent the ball back out to right wing. Birmingham winning 1-0."


    BBC Final Score's James Mason: "Reading take the lead through Jobi McAnuff and Jem Karacan makes it two! As it stands Reading are top of the Championship."

  132. 1615: 

    Fulham have brought on Damien Duff for Bryan Ruiz as they attempt to find a way back into things at Craven Cottage. Duff does not take long to have a pop but he is off balance as he shoots from outside the box and skews his effort over.

  133. 1611: 
    GOALWigan 1-0 West Brom - James McArthur (54 mins)

    Er, safe to say that this one will not win any goal of the month competitions, but after the way things have gone for Wigan today, they will take anything. Victor Moses is the architect, bursting into the box from the right after his initial cross is blocked. His second attempt hits Billy Jones underneath his own crossbar, bouncing into the path of James McArthur to bundle the ball home from point-blank range. The Latics have the lead, and how crucial could that goal be in their relegation fight?

  134. 1609: 

    Fulham midfielder Mahamadou Diarra certainly feels this, but he doesn't show it. He surges into the box but slips after being shepherded off the ball by Swans defender Steven Caulker and slides... and slides until he smashes straight into a hoarding. There is plenty of claret about and I'd hate to see what that sort of collision would do to a more fragile Premier League player. Diarra is made of sterner stuff, however, and after a quick patch-up and a change of shirt, he is back on the pitch.


    Injured Spurs and England winger Aaron Lennon: "Running and gym session done rehab going really well for all those asking. Next stop the Lane to hopefully see the boys win."

  136. 1604: 

    Hmmmn. Wigan are not getting any closer on this evidence. Maynor Figueroa lets fly with a free-kick from about 30 yards out... but his shot is a poor one, soaring about 10 miles over Ben Foster's crossbar.

  137. 1604: 

    And Fulham-Swansea has restarted too.

  138. 1603: 

    We are back under way at the DW Stadium. No changes from Wigan or West Brom at the break, although Latics boss Roberto Martinez might have reminded his side where the goal is.


    Only two matches kicking off at 1500 and only two first-half goals - but they were both screamers. Lee Croft hammered St Johnstone ahead at St Mirren in the second minute, while Stevie Hammell's piledriver has Motherwell in front against Aberdeen.


    @goonerbigsam "It appears the Latics are not heeding Martinez's words not to panic. They lack composure in front of goal."


    BBC Final Score's Tony Lockwood at the Den for Championship table-toppers Southampton's trip to Millwall: "The leaders are 2-1 behind, this was after they levelled through Rickie Lambert. Southampton are unbeaten in nine - that record is in jeopardy."

  142. 1600: 

    Harry from Nottingham: "Wigan really should look to bring in a striker on loan in order to stay in the Premier League. Di Santo does not look like a goal scorer and looking at teams like Fulham and Spurs have brought in Pogrebnyak and Saha respectively to bring them goals and Wigan should take that route as they do not have the firepower at the moment."

    A bit late for that now Harry: the transfer window closed a few weeks ago...


    Pete in Southampton: "Re Mark 1535. Swansea are compared to Barcelona in their styles and rightly so. Watching Bilbao on Thursday and the Spanish style of Swansea are the only team in the Premier League that are like that."


    A couple of eye-catching first-half turnarounds in the Championship. Kevin Phillips and Ian Evatt are on target as Blackpool score twice in three minutes to overturn Brighton's lead in the 'seaside derby'. And there's a shock on the cards at the New Den as Millwall come from behind to lead Southampton 2-1. In League One, Ched Evans gives Sheffield United a 1-0 half-time lead against Tranmere. And the big story so far in League Two is that bottom club Dagenham & Redbridge lead relegation rivals Macclesfield through Medy Elito's strike.

  145. 1548: 

    BBC Final Score's Harry Gration on Leeds v West Ham at Elland Road: "There has been a big shout for a penalty from West Ham. Their players were very upset when their appeals were turned down. But the assistant referee was in a perfect position and flatly turned it down straight away."

    BBC Sport MOTD's Steve Wilson at Craven CottageHALF-TIMEFulham 0-1 Swansea

    "In the January transfer window two players came to the Premier League from the Bundesliga and have made a big impression. So far today Pavel Pogrebnyak hasn't had a touch for Fulham but Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored to give Swansea the advantage."

    BBC Sport MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at DW StadiumHALF-TIMEWigan 0-0 West Brom

    "There were lots of eyebrows raised when Jean Beausejour was signed by Wigan but he's been causing lots of problems on the left. But for West Brom keeper Ben Foster and the woodwork Wigan would have been three goals to the good. They are showing lots of signs of scoring but score they must as this is a game they must win."

  148. 1547: 

    It is half-time at the DW Stadium and Craven Cottage.

  149. 1542: 

    Oliver Naylor: "Re 1532. Yeah, but Macheda is genuinely bad. One hit wonder and he'a been poor ever since."

  150. 1545: 

    The Coin Toss: "Sigurdsson has been an inspired signing by Brendan Rodgers. Slipped under a few managers radars there."

  151. 1547: 

    Franco di Santo gets within an inch or two of the impressive Jean Beausejour's arrowed cross as Wigan go close again. I doubt very much that the Latics have had a better 45 minutes in the Premier League this season. But the score remains 0-0 at the DW Stadium as we approach half-time.

  152. 1559: 

    Another chance goes begging for Wigan, with Antolin Alcaraz nodding Jean Beausejour's pinpoint cross towards Shaun Maloney, who tries to swivel to get his shot away but the ball is slightly too far behind him. West Brom somehow survive again but this is one-way traffic. Surely Wigan will take one of these chances soon? Surely...


    Nervy times for the Football League's division leaders. There are remarkable scenes at the New Den as Millwall come from behind to lead Championship front-runners Southampton 2-1: goal machine Rickie Lambert put Saints ahead but the Lions hit back through a Jose Fonte own goal and Paul Robinson's fine strike. League One leaders Charlton also let a lead slip against Scunthorpe, who equalise through a Jon Parkin penalty. And in League Two, highly-rated striker Nick Powell puts Crewe 1-0 up against top-of-the-table Swindon.

  154. 1539:  
    BBC Final Score pundit Steve Claridge on Swansea's goal

    That is typical of Sigurdsson. When he played for Reading he scored a lot of goals. He gets inbetween defenders and it's a good finish."

  155. 1541: 

    I'm really not sure how Wigan are not ahead against West Brom. They have just hit the woodwork again, after a long spell of pressure, with James McCarthy winning a tackle on the edge of the area and slamming a ferocious strike against the bar from the edge of the area. There was another chance for the Latics from the rebound too but Ben Foster - who might have got his fingertips on McCarthy's shot - got up and across to deny Victor Moses, dashing over to boot the ball wide.

  156. 1536: 
    GOALFulham 0-1 Swansea - Gylfi Sigurdsson (36 mins)

    The Swans had upped the ante and now they have their reward. A sweeping move down the right ends when Wayne Routledge sends over a cross which Scott Sinclair meets at the back post to knock the ball into the path of Gylfi Sigurdsson to score with a stooping header. Wales are beating France 10-3 in the rugby too, so it's all good news for that part of the world at the moment.

  157. 1535: 

    Mark in Norwich: "More irritating that McEachran not starting is people comparing Swansea and Barcelona. It truly is laughable."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park

    "A few comparisons between Mignolet's double save and Montgomery v Leeds in 1973. Let's just say that's the romance of the FA Cup talking."

  159. 1533: 

    I'm a big fan of Victor Moses at Wigan but his final ball does let him down sometimes, if he plays it at all... he's a fan of winding runs and dead ends. Anyway, the Latics had men over a few moments ago but Moses got his attempt to play in Franco di Santo all wrong and the chance was gone. Roberto Martinez's side still have nothing to show for an impressive first 35 minutes: it's still 0-0.

  160. 1532: 

    Saqueeb Rajan: "Re 1507. Same thing happening with Macheda over at QPR and who are in a relegation battle! Baffling."

  161. 1533: 

    Another Swansea chance. Mark Schwarzer lingers too long on the ball from a back-pass and Danny Graham nips in before feeding Scott Sinclair, who sees his angled shot kept out by Schwarzer's flailing arm.

  162. 1530: 

    Like I say, by their own high standards Swansea have been poor. But the Welsh side's best moment of the day so far sees Joe Allen and Angel Rangel combine to tee up Gylfi Sigurdsson, who slams his shot a whisker wide of the far post.

  163. 1529: 

    Clint Dempsey has just blasted over for Fulham, and it is fair to say that neither they or Swansea have really found their stride yet. Mahamadou Diarra, on his first start for the Cottagers, is beginning to see a lot more of the ball in midfield, but he has not done an awful lot with it yet.


    George Dabby: "Re Michael Wake 1507. Couldn't agree more - especially irritating after the way Rodgers talked him up."

  165. 1523: 

    Christian Stevens: "Re 1507. McEachran's good but we have our own Xavi and Iniesta in Allen and Britton. Our priority is Swans not Chelsea."

    Chris Palmer: "Re 1507. Yes because it's all about Chelsea. Arrogance personified. Swansea's midfield are fine without your darling Josh."

  166. 1524: 

    West Brom have been second-best so far, but they are still level and they are still getting the odd sniff. This time Gareth McAuley gets on the end of a Chris Brunt free-kick but he cannot direct his header on target.


    Alex R Williams: "Re 1509. Surely not attending the media conference is admission of defeat? Poor team selections!"


    Brighton are unbeaten in 2012 and they've notched the first goal of the day in the Championship, Joe Mattock's bullet header putting the Seagulls ahead at play-off rivals Blackpool. League One leaders Charlton , who have lost two on the bounce, lead at Scunthorpe through Bradley Wright-Phillips. In League Two, lowly Hereford have fallen behind to high-flying Southend - Neil Harris scoring after two minutes.

  169. 1520: 

    Swansea, in their bright orange away kit, are working hard to close Fulham down at Craven Cottage and it is all hands to the pump at the moment. The home side are not allowing them a lot of the ball, something the Swans normally do to their opponents.


    Michael Gray at DW Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "I've been impressed with the way Wigan have started this game but they've got to finish some of these chances."

  171. 1517: 

    Wigan should be ahead. They really should. Maynor Figueroa's delicious cross from the left finds Emmerson Boyce arriving late at the back post but his stooping header comes back off the bar with Ben Foster beaten.

  172. 1515: 

    Still no goals in our two top flight games, then, although John Arne Riise has just fired wide for Fulham after letting fly from the edge of the box.

    BBC Final Score pundit Danny Mills

    "Both Wigan and West Brom have had chances but Wigan have missed three decent chances. They've got good players with good build-up play but they cannot finish it off. They've started brightly."

  174. 1514: 

    Wigan's Victor Moses breaks clear after a neat passing move but he is correctly flagged offside and is denied by Ben Foster in any case. Meanwhile, West Brom are coming into this game more and more, with Jerome Thomas dragging a shot wide after getting on the end of a Shane Long flick. Thomas blames a bobble off the pitch for his mis-cue and, to be fair, it did take a nasty bounce just before he hit it.

  175. 1512: 

    Some news for you: the Sunderland-Everton FA Cup replay will take place on Tuesday, 27 March. So, will Toffees boss David Moyes rest players when his side travel to the Liberty Stadium to play Swansea on the Saturday before?

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park

    "Everton manager David Moyes not attending the written media conference. Club official says 'he's chosen not to'."

  177. 1509: 

    West Brom have barely touched the ball in the first 10 minutes but they are enjoying a bit of possession now. They have a corner too, which Emmerson Boyce heads clear.


    Michael Wake: "I know Swansea are playing well at the moment, but as a Chelsea fan I'm a little annoyed that McEachran has only started once."

  179. 1507: 

    Wigan went close from the resulting corner too, with Gary Caldwell trying to volley home but instead shinning his shot wide. Will Wigan live to regret these missed chances? We will find out about 5pm...

  180. 1505: 

    Over to Craven Cottage, where Fulham have just gone close too. Clint Dempsey runs from the halfway line before seeing his shot kept out by Michel Vorm.

  181. 1503: 

    Another Wigan chance, another Franco di Santo volley, another strike off target. He follows that up by firing a rasping effort over the bar from the edge of the area. I think Ben Foster tipped it over to be fair. Wigan have made an impressive start but it is still 0-0.

  182. 1502: 

    Swansea and Fulham have just got started too. The Welsh side are first to threaten, with Wayne Routledge playing in Danny Graham to fire straight at Mark Schwarzer.

  183. 1500: 

    Not the greatest start for the Baggies. They give the ball away and Franco di Santo volleys over for Wigan after the Latics hoist the ball forward in the first 30 seconds.

  184. 1500: 

    We are under way at the DW Stadium, where West Brom are wearing an all-red kit. Baggies boss Roy Hodgson will be hoping they don't remind him of his ill-fated stint as Liverpool boss.


    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill on his side's FA Cup draw at Goodison Park: "I think we deserved to stay in the cup. It was a fantastic double save by Simon Mignolet, very brave. We started very well. The equaliser of course knocked us back a bit. After that, it could have gone either way. The tie is very much in the balance despite our home advantage in the replay."


    BBC Final Score's Ivan Gaskell at Doncaster v Derby in the Championship: "Today's two managers [Dean Saunders and Nigel Clough] once played in the same Nottingham Forest team and both beat Forest as managers in recent weeks."


    Michael Eales: "Hopefully Yeovil can continue their amazing run of form today and stay unbeaten at home under Gary Johnson. Come on you Glovers."


    Infostrada Sports:Swansea drew 1-1 at Darlington in League Two on this day 12 years ago. The point put them top of the lowest tier of the Football League. They finished the season top and were promoted.


    Fulham fan Will Pogrebnyak: "Total Football meets Total Football at the Cottage today. Should be a fantastic game!"

  190. 1455: 

    So, will Sunderland see off Everton in their replay at the Stadium of Light or will the Toffees prove a tough nut to crack? And what about today's two top-flight games... Are we expecting a Welsh win at Craven Cottage, and/or a Wigan win at the DW? Those are the questions, tweet me the answers @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though. Thanks.

  191. 1452: 

    Swansea's trip to Fulham is not quite the biggest thing happening in Welsh sport today. Yep, I'm sure the rugby fans among you will be keeping one eye and/or ear on Wales' Grand Slam decider against France in the Six Nations. That match has just started and you can follow it with Ben Dirs, elsewhere on this website.


    Sunderland defender John O'Shea on his side's 1-1 draw with Everton in their FA Cup quarter-final at Goodison Park: "We are definitely the happier team. We are delighted to get them back to the Stadium of Light. But it's going to be no easy game just because we are at home."

    BBC Sport MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at DW Stadium

    "This could be a make-or-break game for Wigan in terms of relegation escape hopes. Should they lose today, I see little hope for them."

    Wigan v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has told his players to "not allow any anxiety to creep in" to their performance against West Brom as they continue their fight against relegation. "We've been in this situation time after time and we know how to cope with it," Martinez said. "It's not going to be easy and we're going to have to work extremely hard to get any reward but we're ready for it." However, Albion manager Roy Hodgson is hoping that the Latics' perilous position will play into his side's hand. "No-one plays well through fear," he said. "You don't make good decisions when you are panicking."

    Scottish Premier League update

    Dundee United edgeRangers2-1 thanks to goals from Keith Watson and Jon Daly and stretch their unbeaten league run to seven games. That's four defeats in six games for Ally McCoist's troubled side.

    Fulham v Swansea (1500 GMT)

    Fulham manager Martin Jol has called for his players to show their resolve after last weekend's last-gasp defeat at Aston Villa. "Hopefully they will respond well," Jol said. "It is not that we're not used to that as we have not won [enough] away games anyway." Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that survival remains the only ambition despite moving 14 points clear of the relegation zone after last Sunday's "prestigious" win over Manchester City. "We have not set any targets," he said. "The aim does not change and that was to make sure we stay in the league. It was well documented that we were one of the favourites with nearly everyone to go down so we're not going to get too carried away."

    Wigan v West Brom

    Wigan's Hugo Rodallega misses out through injury so Franco di Santo comes in while Shaun Malloney replaces Jordi Gomez in midfield. Shane Long makes his first West Brom start since New Year's Day after recovering from illness. The striker is one of five changes made by boss Roy Hodgson to the side that lost 2-0 at Manchester United last time out. Jerome Thomas comes in for the injured Peter Odemwingie while Billy Jones and Nicky Shorey start at full-backs and ex-Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner also start.

    Fulham v Swansea

    Fulham make two changes to the side beaten at Aston Villa last week. Mahamadou Diarra replaces Danny Murphy and Bryan Ruiz is for Damien Duff. A virus means Swansea City captain Ashley Williams misses out after a remarkable run of playing every minute of the last 169 consecutive games. Garry Monk replaces him at centre-back in the only change since last Sunday's win over Manchester City.

  199. 1439:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Goodison ParkFULL-TIMEEverton 1-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland will be delighted with the replay after barely being seen in attack in the second half - but Everton will feel they showed enough to travel to The Stadium of Light with some confidence."

  200. 1438: 

    Who wants to win this? Sunderland have a free-kick out on the left and this is dangerous. Seb Larsson fires it in, but the ball flies behind. That would have been some smash-and-grab if the Black Cats had nicked the win there.

  201. 1436: 

    James McClean blasts what I think is a cross into Row Z as Sunderland mount a rare attack. At the other end, Everton fans appeal for another penalty when Michael Turner backs into Denis Stracqualursi inside the box. Again, referee Andre Marriner is not convinced.

  202. 1435: 

    Sunderland just want to play out time, and they will have to last another three minutes of stoppage time to complete the job. The rain, by the way, is bucketing down again.

  203. 1434: 

    We are into the final minute of the 90. It looks like this tie is heading to the Stadium of Light for a replay, but Everton are desperate to get a goal to settle it today.


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser, and former Everton skipper, Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison Park:"What a double save that was from Mignolet. I thought Jelavic was going to score. That's the closest anybody has come in the second half."

  205. 1433: 

    Everton hope sheer attrition will wear Sunderland down. It almost does. A Leighton Baines corner is cleared but the ball is pumped back in and Simon Mignolet is at full stretch to keep out Johnny Heitinga's flicked header... before getting up quickly to block Nikica Jelavic's follow-up. Heitinga is left beating the ground in frustration and Toffees boss David Moyes has his head in his hands. Mignolet kept his side in the Cup then. Outstanding stuff.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park

    "Get the impression David Moyes doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at the contribution of Royston Drenthe."

  207. 1429: 

    Another Everton change. Denis Stracqualursi, who has scored in Everton's wins in the fourth and fifth rounds, replaces Royston Drenthe, who has been in infuriating form.


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser, and former Everton skipper, Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison Park: "I'm not sure if something is wrong with Tim Cahill - why is he playing so deep? He's switched with Fellaini. But he's not a holding midfielder. Cahill's just jogging about and not looking to get forward. I think he's injured."

  210. 1427: 

    Into the last eight minutes now, and Everton continue to huff and puff. No sign of them blowing the Sunderland defence down, though. And they will have to watch the Black Cats on the break.

  211. 1425: 

    Royston Drenthe is getting a bit of stick from his Everton team-mates for going to ground too easily, because he has just sparked a swift Sunderland counter-attack. Johnny Heitinga and Phil Neville had to get back to snuff out the danger.

    LINE-UPSWigan v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Kirkland, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, McManaman, Diame, Stam.

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Ridgewell, Shorey, Thomas, Morrison, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Long. Subs: Daniels, Andrews, Dorrans, Dawson, Tamas, Cox, Fortune.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  213. 1423: 

    Whoooop! Matty Jones has finished his Elland Road half-marathon (see 1236 GMT). Just the 68 laps of the pitch by the former Leeds midfielder today. A great effort for a great cause.

    LINE-UPSFulham v Swansea (1500 GMT)

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

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Monk, Taylor, Allen, Britton, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, McEachran, Lita, Moore, Gower, Richards.

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)


    Claire in Newcastle: "Split loyalties today as a Newcastle fan... My dad, a Mackem, promised me a Wembley trip if Sunderland win. My head says take me to Wembley, my heart says Everton!"

  216. 1421: 
    Scottish Premier League update

    Half an hour to go at Tannadice and Dundee United lead Rangers 2-1. Jon Daly knocked in from close range to add to Keith Watson's first-half cracker but Sone Aluko has pulled one back for the visitors.


    Swansea fan Rhys Hughes: "With the momentum from beating the league leaders last week and all but guaranteeing their Premier League status, I fancy the Swans today."


    Richard Hird: "Forget about the FA Cup and the Premier League, today it's all about the Championship. Leeds vs West Ham. Come on Leeds!"

  219. 1418: 

    Sunderland decide it is time for a change too. Striker Fraizer Campbell is coming off, and midfielder David Vaughan is coming on. That means Nicklas Bendtner is on his own up front, and seems to suggest Martin O'Neill will be happy to take this tie to a replay. Around 17 minutes left before we have one of those on our hands.

  220. 1417: 

    A first change for Everton. Seamus Coleman limps off with a groin problem, to be replaced by Magaye Gueye. Gueye will play on the left flank, with Royston Drenthe moving over to the right.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park

    "Everton continue in the ascendancy and Goodison Park responds as the pressure mounts, but Sunderland show real resilience under Martin O'Neill and are still right in this."


    Konrad Mould: "Re 1410. Definite handball by Paddy McGuinness...I mean John O'Shea."

  223. 1415: 
    YELLOW CARDSunderland's Michael Turner

    Everton are soon coming forward again, though, when Michael Turner is booked for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. Marouane Fellaini nods the resulting free-kick across goal but Jelavic cannot generate enough power with his downward header to trouble Simon Mignolet.

  224. 1413: 

    ... It all looks promising when Royston Drenthe fizzes over a delightful pass for Marouane Fellaini but Leon Osman's eventual cross is disappointing. Chance gone.

  225. 1411: 
    YELLOW CARDEverton's Sylvain Distin

    No question this is a foul, by Sylvain Distin on Fraizer Campbell near the half-way line, but a yellow card for the Everton defender looks harsh. Distin heads the resulting free-kick behind, though, and Everton break quickly from the corner...


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser, and former Everton skipper, Kevin Ratcliffe on Jelavic's header over the Sunderland bar: "He's very good at this, he just hangs back and makes sure he gets in front of somebody. It's so difficult to defend that. He got the slightest of touches. So unlucky."

  227. 1410: 

    What's this? A chance in open play? Yep, and a decent penalty appeal too. Marouane Fellaini hoists in a deep cross for Nikica Jelavic to meet at the back post and his downward header hits Sunderland defender John O'Shea on the arm. Jelavic appeals, loudly and repeatedly, but referee Andre Marriner is unimpressed. Play continues.

  228. 1408: 

    Yep, here we go again. Leighton Baines sends over another whipped free-kick from the left and Nikica Jelavic is a tad unlucky to see his header fly a few inches over the bar. Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet looks a relieved man.

  229. 1407: 

    This game is all about set-pieces at the moment, some of them better than others. Seb Larsson swings in a free-kick for Sunderland from the left after a foul by Seamus Coleman but his delivery fails to beat the first defender.

  230. 1404: 

    We have reached the hour mark at Goodison Park and it is still 1-1. Here come Everton again, though, with a curling Leighton Baines free-kick from the left which Tim Cahill cannot make the most of at the back post.


    Former Everton skipper Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park: "The quality is not there at the moment. It needs a break in the game, a goal to kickstart it again."

  232. 1403: 

    Everton are pressing hardest at the moment and they get another sniff when Marouane Fellaini heads down a Leon Osman corner for Tim Cahill, who cannot get enough power behind his shot to trouble Simon Mignolet. Not the first time today that Cahill has been in the right place at the right time, but just a shame about the finish.


    Pratik Singh: "Sense Swansea must not have recovered from their City win. Hangover and it's Craven would be an comfortable Fulham win."


    Arsenal fanClaud: "Re Dean in Guildford. It's called mind games."

  235. 1359: 

    Oh for a moment of inspiration from either side here. We are still getting chances, mind. First Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner runs on to a precise James McClean through ball but the flag is up for offside long before the Dane slots home. At the other end, Seamus Coleman darts in from the right but can only fire into the side netting.


    John Smith: "Great game at Goodison for the neutral but the referee has to take control of the game. Still more goals to come."

  237. 1355: 

    And it is the Toffees who respond with the best effort of the half so far. Tim Cahill finds space to send in a low shot from the edge of the aera which sends Simon Mignolet sprawling to his left to push it away. Wayne Bridge hacks away the loose ball to clear the danger completely.

  238. 1354: 

    Sunderland waste an opportunity to make Tim Howard work a bit harder when Seb Larsson bends a free-kick on to the roof of the net from near the left-hand touchline. A better delivery there would have put Everton under real pressure.

  239. 1353: 

    If you could can this game, you would label it as 'old-fashioned cup-tie'. We are still playing at a frantic pace and we are still short of quality in the final third. Only one save made so far in the second half, and it was an easy one for Tim Howard from a Jack Colback daisy-cutter.


    BBC Sport football reporter Alistair Bruce-Ball: "At the Cottage today for Fulham vs Swansea and practicing pronunciation of Pogrebnyak. Team news follows shortly..."

  241. 1349: 

    We are back under way at Goodison Park.


    Colossal contest at the bottom of the Football League today as basement boys Dagenham & Redbridge host Macclesfield, three places and four points above them. The not-so-silky Silkmen are winless in 2012, having drawn their last five. Relegation rivals Hereford and Plymouth will be aiming to upset the form book in their respective home games against promotion-chasing duo Southend and Shrewsbury, while high-flying Swindon face a tricky trip to play-off hopefuls Crewe.


    It could be a significant day in the race for automatic promotion as Sheffield United aim to strengthen their grip on precious second spot. The Blades host Tranmere while city rivals Sheffield Wednesday, two points behind in third, face a tough assignment at sixth-placed Notts County. The Magpies have won five of their last six, including an impressive 4-2 win at leaders Charlton last time out. The Addicks, looking to bounce back from two straight defeats, travel to Scunthorpe.


    In Football League terms, it doesn't get more glamorous than today's big boys' clash between Leeds and West Ham at Elland Road. The Hammers, who dropped out of the top two in midweek, will hope neighbours Millwall can do them a favour against leaders Southampton. There are more big games in the play-off shake-up as Birmingham take on Middlesbrough and Blackpool face Brighton. At the bottom, troubled Portsmouth must beat fellow strugglers Bristol City to revive their fading hopes of staying up.


    Dean in Guildford: "Re 1228. Redknapp has a point. Szczesny does talk about other clubs more than his own."


    Dundee Unitedlead Rangers at the interval thanks to a wonderful 20-yard strike from Keith Watson. The goal came from nowhere to light up what has been a scrappy game, low on quality.

    BBC Sport MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at DW StadiumWigan v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    "On current form, bottom-of-the-table Wigan look doomed. They might have won at the Hawthorns in December but they have won just once in 13 matches since then and their only home victory this season came seven months ago. By contrast West Brom have won six on the road - only the Manchester clubs have won more on their travels - and had won three successive games before last week's defeat at Old Trafford."

    BBC Sport MOTD's Steve Wilson at Craven CottageFulham v Swansea (1500 GMT)

    "Two footballing teams go head-to-head at Craven Cottage - a stadium which retains more character than all the boring new builds put together. Locked together on 36 points and in healthy mid-table positions, both clubs can forget about relegation and the unseemly scrabble for survival. Instead, they will be wondering whether a really strong finish could turn their seasons into a record breaker - Fulham's highest finish was seventh in 2009, Swansea's sixth in 1982. Fulham's in-from Russian forward Pavel Pogrebnyak will certainly be one to watch."

  249. 1342: 

    Right then, as discussed earlier, we have got two Premier League games at 1500 GMT, and loads of Football League action too. You want more details? Here they come...


    Former Everton skipper Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio 5 live: "I thought up to Everton scoring they weren't in the game. It was all Sunderland and they were well on top. But it could swing either way now. I think David Moyes will be the happier of the two managers, after a slow start they've got themselves back into the game."


    Richard Chernanko: "Excellent first half at Goodison, great to watch as a neutral. Everton on top after bright start from Sunderland."

  252. 1339: 

    So, things are very much still in the balance at Goodison Park. It's been enjoyable too. Anyone want to pick a winner? Thought so. Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though. Thanks.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison ParkHALF-TIMEEverton 1-1 Sunderland

    "Lively, niggly, highly-competitive. A trademark FA Cup tie which Everton ended in the ascendancy at half-time after a slow start."

  254. 1335: 
    HALF-TIMEEverton 1-1 Sunderland
  255. 1334: 

    How to turn attack into defence, the Everton way. Leon Osman's corner is easily cleared and, from Tim Howard's poor pass, Sunderland come forward. James McClean's low cross is heading straight for Fraizer Campbell until the Toffees get men back to put the ball behind. The Black Cats end the half on the front foot instead.

  256. 1332: 

    There will be two minutes of added time at the end of the first half, and it looks like Sunderland will spend it on the back foot. Everton have another corner after a neat build-up.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park

    "Martin O'Neill going through the full range of body language on the touchline - but Sunderland giving away too many free-kicks."


    Julian Dark: "Everton v Sunderland is lacking any real quality but it's hard to take your eyes off the match. Enjoying it."

  259. 1329: 

    What a strike this is. Royston Drenthe is behind it... and he is not far away. The Dutchman bends his shot over the Sunderland wall and sees it crash off the top of the angle of post and bar. Simon Mignolet would not have kept that out, but the Black Cats can breathe again.

  260. 1328: 

    Everton can put the ball in the danger zone here, though. Wayne Bridge barges Seamus Coleman off the ball and that means the Toffees have a free-kick about 25 yards out, to the right of the area.

  261. 1328: 

    It's all gone a little bit scrappy in the last few minutes, with neither side doing much with the ball when they get it. The Everton fans are roaring their side forward, but too often their side's final ball has gone astray.


    Clwyd in Cumbria: "Let Everton go on to win the FA Cup for Speedo now!"

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park

    "Everton were just showing real anxiety when Tim Cahill equalised. Suddenly Goodison Park has found its full voice - get the feeling there will be plenty to keep referee Andre Marriner occupied today."


    Martin: "Re Kenny 1121. My wife is from Ecuador and says 'Que sera, sera' is fine!"


    Former Everton skipper Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio 5 live: "Every time Everton break forward Sunderland are getting back in numbers. They're breaking their necks to get back."

  266. 1320: 

    Phil Bardsley is back on the pitch now, which is just as welll because Sunderland have some more defending to do. Leon Osman's corner is headed goalwards by Tim Cahill, who jumps to beat Michael Turner at the near post, but Simon Mignolet punches the ball away and Sylvain Distin blazes his follow-up wide.

  267. 1320: 

    Another Everton attack sees a lovely ball from Tim Cahill release Nikica Jelavic, who crashes a shot wide from the edge of the box. Sunderland have got other concerns, though, because Phil Bardsley is off the pitch and receiving treatment. They are down to 10 men for now.


    Alex Whittingham: "Re 1309. Not enough credit for Cahill there... great anticipation and fantastic adjustment."

  269. 1318: 
    YELLOW CARDEverton's Johnny Heitinga

    Half an hour gone at Goodison and it has been a breathless opening. Everton are in the ascendancy at the moment, possession-wise, but Sunderland look dangerous on the break. Johnny Heitinga becomes the latest player to go in Andre Marriner's book, sending James McClean tumbling as he tries to break up a Black Cats counter-attack.


    Nahum Goulding: "As a Newcastle fan, it pains me to say it but I can seeing the Mackems getting to the final. Defying the results on paper."

  271. 1314: 
    YELLOW CARDSunderland's Nicklas Bendtner

    Nicklas Bendtner barges Phil Neville in the back and his reward is a yellow card. There wasn't in that particular foul but I think the Sunderland striker was on his final warning from referee Andre Marriner after a couple of previous offences.


    Former Everton skipper Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio 5 live after the Toffees' equaliser at Goodison Park: "What a reaction from Tim Cahill. That's the first time Everton have put a quality ball in from the left hand side. It shows what you can do if you get a good delivery in."

  273. 1309: 
    GOALEverton 1-1 Sunderland - Tim Cahill (23 mins)

    A bit lucky this, but Everton won't care. Leighton Baines bends in a cross from the left, and Nikica Jelavic meets it... but the ball skids off his head and comes off Tim Cahill, who is running in behind him. He reacts well to adjust and get on the end of it, but I don't think the resulting header is the one he was planning if Jelavic had not got a touch. Still, it is in the back of the net and the Toffees are level.


    Aron Moore: "Re 1257. Anywhere else on the pitch and that's a foul. Bottled that."

    Adam Rathe: "Re 1257. How does the referee not give that? He was right in front of it. Drenthe nutmegs him and Gardner takes him out."


    Swansea striker Danny Graham ahead of the Welsh side's Premier League trip to Fulham: "On way to Craven Cottage now... Big game... Come on boys!!"


    Kenny in Walthamstow: "Re 1121. Worth noting the phrase 'Que sera, sera' is grammatically incorrect in Spanish and doesn't really make sense! It should be 'Lo que sera, sera'. Probably a difficult point to make in front of thousands of chanting supporters..."

  277. 1308: 

    This game is still being played at a great tempo. Everton are coming forward with a bit more intent but they cannot break down this Sunderland defence, and the Toffeemen keep giving away free-kicks in dangerous positions too. Here's another one... although, this time, Seb Larsson, floats his effort high over Tim Howard's bar.

  278. 1306: 

    ... Nope, it's Johnny Heitinga who lets fly. He fires wide of the target, though.

  279. 1305: 

    Here's a chance for Everton, when Phil Bardsley concedes a free-kick about 25 yards out. My money is on Leighton Baines to have a pop here...


    Crip Cooke: "Bardsley, bang, belter, bedlam, deadlock broken!"

    Jack Smith: "Great strike by Bardsley, Moyes' tactics backfiring at the moment."

  281. 1302: 

    Not much of a response from Everton yet. Sunderland are still on the attack, and James McClean has just forced a corner. Seb Larsson bends it in and Tim Howard is grateful to Phil Neville, who heads clear with his keeper all at sea. The Black Cats are running the show at the moment.


    Former Everton skipper Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio 5 live: "Sunderland are playing at the better tempo. They've come out of the blocks playing at the pace they want. And Everton switched off from the free-kick. They took an age to close Bardsley down and it allowed him to have a go. What a strike."

  283. 1258: 
    GOALEverton 0-1 Sunderland - Phil Bardsley (12 mins)

    The Sunderland fans are making a LOT of noise now. It looks like Seb Larsson is going to bend in a cross from a free-kick out wide on the right but instead Jack Colback squares the ball to Phil Bardsley, who smacks in an unstoppable low angled shot that zips past Tim Howard and into the bottom corner of the net.

  284. 1257: 

    I've just seen some replays of that Royston Drenthe incident, and he was a bit unlucky not to get a penalty there. Craig Gardner got a lot of him, and not very much of the ball.

  285. 1256: 
    YELLOW CARDEverton's Phil Neville

    Everton think they should have a penalty when Royston Drenthe tangles with Craig Gardner in the Sunderland area but referee Andre Marriner waves play on. When he does blow for a foul it is at the other end, when Phil Neville blocks off James McClean. That's a booking for Neville too.

  286. 1254: 

    It is still fast and frantic stuff. Everton clear a corner and break forward at brakeneck speed through Royston Drenthe. James McClean is back to nick the ball off him, just when it looked as if the Dutchman would keep running all the way into the Sunderland area.

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "A promise to fans of Fulham, Swansea, Wigan and WBA. Your team will be one of the first two games on MOTD tonight."


    Jason Kernke: "Hats off to Matthew Jones. Class act."

  289. 1250: 

    Everton don't take long to get going either. Seamus Coleman lifts over a cross from the right and Leon Osman, arriving at about 100mph, is first to it... powering his header over the bar. This has got the makings of what people might call a 'proper' cup tie. Fingers crossed, then...

  290. 1248: 

    Sunderland are the first to threaten. Seb Larsson whips in a free-kick fom about 25 yards out. James McClean gets on the end of it but glances his header wide.

  291. 1245: 

    Everton get us under way, with both sets of fans in full voice.


    Niklas Lanwehr: "Re 1228. Nothing wrong with Szczesny's comments. Why not show your confidence when you've got it?!


    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill speaking before kick-off at Goodison Park: "The players need to show strength of character. We've got fantastic support coming down. There's excitement - we are a step away from Wembley. The stakes are very high."


    Former Everton skipper Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio 5 live about David Moyes' team selection against Liverpool: "I got ready to go down the pub to watch the game and then I saw the team news - so I took off my coat and didn't bother. It was really strange. A lot of fans were annoyed but it will go a long way to forgiving Moyes if they win today."

  295. 1243: 

    There are 6,000 travelling Sunderland fans at Goodison Park today, and at least two of them have come dressed as leprechauns. Well, it is St Patrick's Day... so I suppose it will save them getting changed to go out after the match. They were carrying a tin-foil FA Cup trophy too, which earns them bonus points for extra effort.

  296. 1239: 

    It was sunny at Goodison Park earlier. It didn't last - it's raining now. Just five minutes to go until kick-off.


    Matt in Derby: "Re 1145. Keep the semis a single leg. More likely to get an exciting cupset!"


    Swansea midfielder Josh McEachran ahead of his side's Premier League trip to Fulham: "Woke up in a good mood this morning! Let's hope we can get three points today!"

  299. 1236: 

    While we wait for kick-off at Goodison Park, former Leeds United, Leicester and Wales midfielder Matthew Jonesis probably feeling a bit dizzy, not to mention tired. Jones,cruelly forced to retire at the age of 23 because of serious knee and back injuries, is running a half-marathon around (and around and around) the Elland Road pitch this morning to raise money in memory of fellow Welshman Gary Speed.

  300. 1229: 

    Troubled Rangers travel to Dundee United in the lunchtime kick-off. Ally McCoist's side have been terrible at home since they plunged into administration but have fared better on the road. Dundee United were enjoying an excellent run of form until they were brought back down to earth with a 4-0 Scottish Cup thumping from Celtic at Tannadice last week. Motherwell host Aberdeen and St Mirren take on St Johnstone at 1500. A live text commentary of all today's SPL action has just got under way.

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No movement 6 Tottenham 3 2 6
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