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Live text commentary as West Ham thrash Barnsley, Newcastle see off Swansea 2-0 and Reading beat Leeds to move top of the Championship.

6 April 2012 Last updated at 19:27

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As it happened

  1. 1927: 

    And that is the end of our coverage, which I think was slicker than average. Join Tom Rostance tomorrow for a whole load more football, including seven Premier League matches. I'll see thee.

  2. 1925: 

    Sir Trevor Brooking on Match of the Day live talking about the England managerial role: "You have flurries of speculation but nothing will be happening with that until the latter end of the season, but Mick has given me his CV."

  3. 1924: 

    Former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy on Match of the Day: "Blackpool are coming aren't they! The play-offs are fabulous for those not involved but for those involved they're terrible."

    On Wolves: "I'm still involved emotionally at Wolves and it's been tough for Terry Connor coming in. I think we'd have stayed up with me in charge, we did have a bad run of results and you take it on the chin and it's onwards and upwards for me."

  4. 1924: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 0-2 Newcastle

    BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth reports: "The statistics will show Swansea dominated but the scoreline tells a different story as Pappis Cisse enhanced his reputation as the Premier League's most lethal marksman as his third successive double secures a textbook smash-and-grab win for Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium"

  5. 1923: 

    We're nearing the end of our coverage for this Good Friday. Here is a reminder of today's Premier League result...


    From Dan, via text: "As a Newcastle fan I'm ashamed of the fans still slagging off Mike ashley - good signing and business decisions."

  7. 1917: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce on Match of the Day live: "We broke an away win club record today and I'm very proud of that for the players and the fans. We gave them something to cheer about. In fairness we've been very good away from home and it's a shame we can't transfer that to home form. It was well deserved and it was a great performance and the fans will go home happy. The quality of the finishing was outstanding and the all important clean-sheet to go with it is important too. Automatic promotion is still within our sights, the Reading result obviously affected them in the right way."

  8. 1914: 

    Former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy on Match of the Day live: "West Ham should come here and win. It was a good performance today and they took Barsnley apart but Keith Hill will keep them up."


    Luke O'Neill on Twitter: "Fail to see how #NUFC fans can still be bitter with Ashley given their recent success.#MUFC fans have got over the Glazer thing #bbcfootball"

  10. 1913: 

    West Ham have responded to the defeat to Reading in emphatic fashion. Reading's own win over Leeds earlier means the Hammers stay third, but the gap between them and Southampton is three points instead of six. Sam Allardyce called for six wins to finish the season. That is one of them.

  11. 1911: 
    FULL-TIME- Barnsley 0-4 West Ham
  12. 1911: 

    Time almost up at Oakwell...


    John in Brighton via text: "As a Toon fan I am torn - do I support Sunderland or Spurs tomorrow?"


    Mark in Newcastle via text: "Can't believe some Newcastle fans still want Ashley out. He is running this club extremely well and long may it continue. Imagine if he did go, we'd be back in turmoil with new owners, possibly new management and unsettled players. Anyone who seriously wants Ashley out must be mad, it would be a huge set back for us."

  15. 1908: 

    Three more minutes at Oakwell courtesy of the fourth official's board.


    Olie RG on Twitter: "Wow a centre back as man of the match when they conceded four. Sounds like they picked his name out of a hat."

  17. 1906: 

    Rob Green is tested in the West Ham goal. A dipping shot from Jim O'Brien forces the keeper to palm away. The hugely thinned out crowd at Oakwell offer a round of applause in support of what is a very rare display of attacking intent from the home side.


    Connor Hamand on Twitter: "Vaz Te is the spitting image of Neymar, shame his ability isn't as similar #WHU #bbcfootball"

  19. 1904: 

    We're into the last five minutes at Oakwell. I think both sides would be happy to see this out with minimal fuss and get off home.

  20. 1901: 

    Swansea manager Brendan Rogers on Sky Sports: "Newcastle have done very well this season, but I thought we totally outplayed them today. The only thing we couldn't do was put the ball in the net and the only difference was the quality. It stuns you when the game develops like that. We had enough shots on target but couldn't make the breakthrough. I couldn't have any complaints on the performance level."


    Steven Schmidt on Twitter: "This season's success has nothing to do with Mike Ashley but everything to do with Graham Carr and the rest of our scouts #NUFC #BBCFootball"

  22. 1900: 

    Barnsley have a rare chance from a free-kick on the left. It is swung in and Kallum Higginbotham nods on but it goes past the far post. Decent effort but it doesn't test Rob Green.

  23. 1859: 

    West Ham have a fifth... no they don't. Nicky Maynard goes just a fraction early to collect the ball inside the box and the flag goes up before he finishes neatly.


    Sean on Twitter: "If we had spent more time conga-ing and less time booing at home, we could be top of the Championship now #bbcfootball #whufc"

  25. 1857: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on Sky Sports: "We were flat today, some of our flair players looked like they needed energy, but we have discipline and a good camaraderie in the team that saw us through. We sacrificed possession, we knew we had to be patient and we knew they were vulnerable in certain areas. Papiss Cisse is no a mystery he's scored lots of goals in Germany and we're lucky to have him, it's a fantastic win for us, and our home games could see us through to getting fifth or sixth place.


    Kasum Tharmalingam on Twitter: "The Swansea vs Newcastle game shows that stats mean nothing in a football game. Well played Newcastle #BBCFootball"


    moobie on Twitter: "Great game for Newcastle today and is that a Zoolander-type quote I spy?"

    moobie, you is talking loco and I like it!

  28. 1853: 

    West Ham substitute Henri Lansbury looking to make a mark on the game at Oakwell but his shot from distance is gathered at the second attempt by David Button. This game is really drab now. West Ham have it won and are exerting very little energy beyond just holding Barnsley at bay. Which isn't very hard for them.


    Stuart Ellar on Twitter: "Ashley has got rid of everything 'newcastle'. How can 'fans' forget that. Still want him out. From a true fan #BBCFootball"


    M. Groomtings on Twitter: "Newcastle two points of Champs League, I'm starting to think we merely exist on the inside of Pardew's Footy Manager save #BBCFootball"

  31. 1850: 

    Apparently, possession is currently 50-50% between Barnsley and West Ham. That is the only single thing that is even about this match. West Ham have wpied the floor with the Tykes. It could get worse as well, there are still 20 minutes to go.

  32. 1848: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham - Henri Lansbury on for Gary O'Neil
  33. 1847: 

    That sums up Barnsley's afternoon. A corner from the right is swung straight out of play. The home crowd groan in utter defeat.


    Jack Anniky on Twitter: "NUFC demonstrated the perfect away performance today, long may the 'unattractive' football continue"

  35. 1842: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Barnsley - David Perkins on for Craig Davies

    That's the substitution of Craig Davies. Signed, sealed, delivered.


    Louis Coelho on Twitter: "Senegalese strikers from German teams are so in right now!"

    But have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good at scoring goals?


    BBC Sport's Conor McNamara on Twitter: "Papiss Cisse has matched Les Ferdinand's #NUFC record of nine goals in his first eight Premier League games for the club. #BBCfootball"

  38. 1838: 

    We have ourselves a conga in the away end at Oakwell. Nice to see them enjoying themselves. They were booing their heads off last week at Upton Park.

  39. 1837: 

    What an effort from Nicky Maynard for West Ham. He fires it from 25 yards with not a Barnsley defender in sight to put him under pressure and only the bar denies the striker making it 5-0.


    Stu in Glasgow via text: "Newcastle are getting the results but they don't play attractive football at all. Very direct and poor passing/possesion but very effective."

  41. 1835: 

    Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez on Sky Sports: "We had to work so hard, we knew it was difficult to get a win. You have to be compact against Swansea but we know when we have the ball we can expode with our quick players. We now want the other strikers to score, we want Demba Ba to come back with some goals but Papiss is scoring which is fantastic for us."

  42. 1832: 
    GOAL- Barnsley 0-4 West Ham - Ricardo Vaz Te (55 mins)

    George McCartney has acres of space down the left and cuts inside before shooting. The Barnsley keeper is able to palm the effort away but only as far as Ricardo Vaz Te, who pokes in from a few yards out. The former Barnsley man doesn't celebrate which is to his credit. His modern restyling of the Kid N'Play haircut isn't.

  43. 1831: 

    West Ham have a vice-like grip on the game at Oakwell. They do not look like letting go, even in the face of Barnsley trying to get stuck in. The Hammers' promotion bid needed this badly.


    Richard Gibbs on Twitter: "You can rename Craven Cottage to whatever you want if we can have the same success that Newcastle are having #bbcfootball"

    The Michael Jackson 'hee-heee shamone' Memorial Ground?


    Dave Philpot on Twitter: "Papiss Cisse has more goals than Carroll and Torres combined, and he's been here for three months. If Torres is world-class...... #bbcfootball"

  46. 1828: 

    West Ham with the first chance of the second half at Oakwell as a cross from the right is met by Kevin Nolan, but he glances his header past the far post.

  47. 1824: 
    KICK-OFF- Barnsley 0-3 West Ham

    Tom Smith on Twitter: "I'd feel invincible if I sold Carroll for 35m and replaced him with Ba and Cisse for 10m.... without mentioning the midfield. #BBCFootball"

  49. 1824:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "They came here and set up to stop Swansea playing and that's exactly what they did. Papiss Cisse was the main difference between the sides, scoring two sensational goals that Swansea could do nothing about."


    Sean in Farnham via text: "I dont really see why people are acting as though Papiss Cisse has come out of nowhere. He scored 24 goals in 34 games last season in Germany. Prolific."

  51. 1824: 

    Four wins on the bounce for Newcastle. They are up to fifth, two points behind north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham in third and fourth. Three successive defeats for Swansea. They stay 11th.

    The day belonged to Papiss Cisse. Two more goals takes him to nine from eight games for the season.


    Simon Morrissey on Twitter: "Newcastle finally learning how to win these types of tough games Surely a sign that they have made a big breakthrough"

  53. 1822: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 0-2 Newcastle
  54. 1822:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "Joe Allen has been named man-of-the-match and he deserves it. I watched him as a young boy and he's developed into a great build of player and a physical presence with some super ability despite teh result today."

  55. 1821: 

    Final chance for Swansea to create something, from a free-kick about 25 yards out. Gylfi Sigurdsson shoots but straight into the arms of Tim Krul. Seconds to go...


    Andrew Greenan on Twitter: "I'm torn between delight at Newcastle's classy players and the fear that clubs paying huge wages will rob the lot in the summer #BBCFootball"

  57. 1818: 

    A great interception by James Perch on the edge of his own box prevents a Gylfi Sigurdsson pass reaching Danny Graham before the ball is cleared. We're into the last minute in Wales. Three minutes of stoppage time to play. Newcastle on the verge of victory.

  58. 1817: 

    West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking: "West Ham are passing the ball well and it comes from confidence really. Barnsley didn't pressurise them and West Ham grew in confidence as the game went on. It's an uphill task for Barnsley now."


    Craig in Leeds via text: "Liverpool should forget about buying Newcastles strikers... Just buy their scouts!"


    Jonny Kelly on Twitter: "Mike Ashley will not have a chance to be seen as a good chairman until the Stadium we all know and love has it's name back! #bbcfootball"

  61. 1814: 

    We are nearing the last five minutes at the Liberty Stadium. No sign of Swansea fighting back. They have had plenty of possession to have created something to hurt Newcastle but they have simply failed to do so.


    Roo Bridges on Twitter: "Forget #NUFC receiving loads of bids for Ba in the summer, I think it might be Cisee bids they get swamped with #bbcfootball"

  63. 1812: 

    The Newcastle fans are understandable loving every second of this. Their team is less than 10 minutes away from securing a win at one of the toughest places to visit in the Premier League. It is a win that will lift them to fifth in the league and just two points behind third place.


    Hashim Albahbahani on Twitter: "Can't remember the last January signing to have such an impact on the Premier League... Papiss Cisse on fire! #bbcfootball"


    Ricky in Weston via text: "Just tucking into a packet of crisps and nearly choked after all these bad Craig David jokes. But Phil what's your flava?"

  66. 1809:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "We haven't seen Tim Krul tested too much today if we're honest. He's not had much to do and it's been a frustrating afternoon really for Swansea trying to chase the game for the majority of it. Alan Pardew's set Newcastle up perfectly and they've managed to nullify any Swansea threat."


    Rob J via text: "Mike Ashley, I wish he was Villa's chairman and I am sure some other fans of other clubs will think the same. Good management appointments in the end and great signings. A good job now surely Newcastle fans?"

  68. 1808: 

    Swansea look to stir a fightback into life as Scott Sinclair cuts in from the left and fires low at goal, but it is a tame shot and Tim Krul gets down well to save.


    Adam in Watford via text:"That Cisse goal was Messi-like! And on a cold Friday evening at Swansea! Well, it's not far off....."

  70. 1807: 
    HALF-TIME- Barnsley 0-3 West Ham
  71. 1807: 

    Steven Caulker almost gifts Papiss Cisse a hat-trick as his back-pass is short and Michel Vorm has to rush out to clear before the striker can nip in. The keeper's kick hits Cisse but goes behind for a goal-kick.


    Zach Goodchild on Twitter: "Dare I suggest that Papiss Cisse is better than Demba Ba... #BBCFootball"

  73. 1806: 

    Newcastle now having their longest period of possession in the game. They are stroking it around at leisure around the half-way line. They are fully in control of this game now.


    Emmy on Twitter: "Papiss Cisse reminds me of Anthony Yeboah's time at Leeds, Clinical! #bbcfootball

  75. 1804: 

    Papiss Cisse has now scored three successive braces in the Premier League. He has nine goals in eight matches. He's an utter bargain at \u00a38m.


    Jack Evripidous on Twitter: "Nobody realised Sir Alex is watching Cabaye, not Ben Arfa. He still need Scholes' replacement. He can go elsewhere though #BBCFootball #NUFC"


    Mark Drummond on Twitter: "I think the newcastle scouting system have earned their bonuses this year..."

  78. 1801: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle - Dan Gosling on for Yohan Cabaye

    Kunal Gupta on Twitter: "Newcastle are 2 points off third place as it stands. Who'd have thought it at the start of the season? Pardew - top manager #bbcfootball"

  80. 1800:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "I am taken aback by that it was senational. It is a great first touch and then to dink the dink the ball the way he did over the keeper is unreal. It's an absolute superb finish and I'm speechless. Very worthy of the number nine shirt at Newcastle. To have that picture in your mind to do something like that is unbelievable. Two completely different finishes but two magnificient finishes too."

    GOAL- Swansea 0-2 Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (69 mins)

    This guy is just sheer class. It is Papiss Cisse again for Newcastle. Yohan Cabaye finds him in the box once more, but this time he has more to do with an advancing keeper and the ball slightly stuck in his feet. But the striker produces a glorious chip that floats over Michel Vorm and into the net. Simply sublime.

  82. 1757: 

    Scott Sinclair's first touch for Swansea sees him advance into the Newcastle area and fire on goal, but it is deflected wide.

  83. 1757: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea - Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair on for Luke Moore and Nathan Dyer
  84. 1756:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "Swansea have looked more likely to score in the second half, they are finding the space easier than in the first half. Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair can certainly find the back of the net."

  85. 1754: 
    GOAL- Barnsley 0-3 West Ham - Mark Noble (35 mins)

    This game is as good as over before half-time. It is an error from Barnsley keeper David Button that leads to the goal as he loses possession in the box under pressure from Nicky Maynard. The rest is all down to Mark Noble, though, who chips a shot over the advancing keeper and into the net from an angle. Great finish.

  86. 1754: 

    Papiss Cisse's confidence makes him believe he can score with every shot. He cuts in from the right and fires low but just past the far post. It is almost a surprise when the net doesn't bulge every time Cisse shoots.

  87. 1753: 

    Hatem Ben Arfa skips in down the right byline and crosses for a trio of Newcastle forwards to convert, but before they can do so the referee whistles to show Ben Arfa had taken the ball out of play. 25 minutes to go. Newcastle still lead 1-0.


    Drupad Parmar "I wonder if craig davies has a "hidden agenda" for today's game"


    Ed Gutteridge on Twitter: "Some players have to train hard for hours to become professional footballers but Craig Davies was just 'Born To Do It'"

  90. 1748:  
    BBC Sport's Mark Bright at Oakwell:

    "West Ham have had a good sequence of passing in midfield and Barnsley have given the Hammers too much space. It wasn't the power of Nicky Maynard''s shot which beat the keeper but more the accuracy. The biggest difference between the two teams is that when West Ham are out of possession they chase down the ball and I don't think Barnsley are doing that."


    Andy Hudson on Twitter: "My god! Watching Mike Williamson takes me back to the days of Darren Peacock. Heart in mouth most days... #bbcfootball"

  92. 1747: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle - Shane Ferguson on for Demba Ba

    Ba has been a bit of a passenger this game. Maybe Alan Pardew feels he needs to shore things up. Shane Ferguson makes it three left-backs (by trade) on the field for Newcastle.


    Andrew Whyley on Twitter: "The football Swansea play is simply majestic. If you got points for possession then surely they'd be top by miles? Outstanding #BBCFootball"

  94. 1747: 

    Again Swansea threaten as Nathan Dyer crosses from the right but it is behind Luke Moore and he cannot turn a shot on goal.

  95. 1744: 

    Swansea are looking more threatening now. Gylfi Sigurdsson is again given a chance to get an effort on goal, but his header is weak and gathered by Tim Krul.

  96. 1743: 
    GOAL- Barnsley 0-2 West Ham - Nicky Maynard (23 mins)

    Nicky Maynard runs at the Barnsley defence before easing a 22-yard shot into the bottom corner past the despairing dive of keeper David Button. Lovely finish.

  97. 1741: 

    Joe Allen is so close to getting an equaliser for Swansea. Mike Williamson gives the ball away in midfield with a poor clearance and Allen strikes a shot that takes a deflection en route to goal causing it to move in the air and almost catch out Tim Krul. The Dutch keeper scrambles it away, though.


    Marcus in Torquay via text: "Hope Craig Davies is on a long contract. The last thing Barnsley need is him 'Walking Away'... "

  99. 1741: 

    A rare Newcastle foray into Swansea territory sees Hatem Ben Arfa in possession down the right but his shot/cross (?) is blazed well behind the goal.


    Rob in Newbury via text: "I see Ravel Morrison has gone from failing to get on the bench at Man United to failing to get on the bench at West Ham."

  101. 1740: 

    It's been a day for heavy tackles and we've just seen another at Oakwell. Stephen Dawson is off the ground and both feet are in against James Tomkins. It isn just a yellow card for the Barnsley man. Could, and maybe should, have been a lot worse.


    Alex on Twitter: "I imagine Craig Davies is wishing he could re-e-wind time. Oh no, my mistake... #BBCFootball"


    Tim Love on Twitter: "I'm from the Craig David 'era' and it took me a while to work those jokes out, anybody born post-1999 must be very confused #bbcfootball"


    Angus Forfar on Twitter: "#BBCfootball If the Swans had a 20-goal a season striker like Ba or Cisse they could easily challenge for a European place next season."


    Chris in London via text: "Not a Norwich fan, but why Brendan Rogers for manager of the year and not Paul Lambert?"

  106. 1735: 

    They're queuing up to have a shot for Swansea in the first attack of the second half. Nathan Dyer stumbles over the ball but finds Gylfi Sigurdsson, but his shot is wide of the far post.


    Luke Gibbons on Twitter: "Newcastle have proven that if you have faith in your scouting network that true gems can still be found. A well run club #bbcfootball"

  108. 1734: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-1 Newcastle
  109. 1732: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle - Ryan Taylor on for Cheick Tiote

    Tiote has tweeked a hamstring apparently. He was impressive in the first half. Will this upset Newcastle's midfield dynamic?

  110. 1731: 

    Craig Davies looks to make amends for his part in the West Ham goal with a 25-yard curling shot but it is saved Rob Green in the West Ham net. Davis is well involved in this game. Still, he can always chill on Sunday. Oh, sorry, my mistake again...


    George in Watford via text: "I could see Sigurdsson at a top six side next season. He has real quality and is only 22. George in Watford."


    Emma Gregory on Twitter: "When was the last time half-time possession was 80/20 and the team with 80% were losing?! #bbcfootball"

  113. 1725: 
    GOAL- Barnsley 0-1 West Ham - Kevin Nolan (7 mins)

    West Ham strike early at Oakwell. Matty Taylor's corner is allowed to dip into the six-yard box where it deflects off Barnsley's Craig Davis and is tapped home from practically on the line by Kevin Nolan. Terrible start for Barnsley and Craig Davies in particular, who sacrificed making love for the third day in a row to play today. Oh no, wait, my mistake...

  114. 1725: 

    For those of you still tweeting and texting who didn't notice I'd already told you who the other player to score his first eight Premier League goals in five games. It was none other than Coventry City's Mick Quinn.

  115. 1723:  
    BBC Sport's Mark Bright at Oakwell:

    "I think we all know it's West Ham's home form that has been their undoing. Fans look at why that is and it could be the expectation they are under at Upton Park."


    Liam Watson on Twitter: "Leon Britton is overrated. How can he be compared to Xavi when he has 0 goals and assists this season. #BBCFootball"

  117. 1721: 

    Apparently, Swansea had about 80% possession during that first half. The fact that it is 1-0 to Newcastle tells you all you need to know about where the Swans flaws lie.


    Daniel Arnar on Twitter: "Sir Alex must be watching Ben Arfa and Gylfi season perhaps? #bbcfootball"

  119. 1719: 
    KICK-OFF- Barnsley v West Ham (1715 BST)
  120. 1719:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "Cisse has been the difference, one chance and one real opportunity for Newcastle and he scores it. You've got a goalscorer there and he does the job to put it in the back of the net and you go in 1-0 up."


    Dan in Bromley, via text: "Is it Mickey Quinn playing for coventry in the first premier league season?"

    Dan in Bromley I salute you. Mick Quinn is indeed the other player to have scored his first eight Premier League goals in five matches.

  122. 1717: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-1 Newcastle

    BBC Sport's Peter Suttleworth reports: "Swansea City have dominated but it is Newcastle that have penetrated as Papiss Cisse's early strike is the difference in an enthralling Good Friday showdown at the Liberty Stadium"


    Ollie Smith on Twitter: "If West Ham lose today then they have to settle for Playoffs.. Disappointing considering the quality of their squad! #bbcfootball"

  124. 1716: 

    Barnsley manager Keith Hill: "We're in the safe zone but we've still got points to get on the board. We've made progress which people won't see but it's been a difficult season points wise."


    Stewy in Newcastle via text: "If the past few performances were Newcastle playing champagne football. This week it is definitely more brown ale!!"

  126. 1716: 

    We are into the final minute of the first half at the Liberty Stadium. Newcastle have done extremely well since their early goal to keep Swansea at bay. A lot of neat passing but no punch from the home side.


    Rob in Burnley via text: "For everything that is wrong with English football watch Brighton play for 90 minutes. Diving, feigning injury and abusing the ref. Disgraceful today."

  128. 1713: 

    Infostradalive inform me that Papiss Cisse is one of five players that needed only eight matches to produce their eighth Premier League goal. Only two players were faster, both within five games: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is one. Can you guess the other?


    Spurs fan via text: "Good to see Chelsea in sixth place. The five-point gap looks wider."

  130. 1711: 

    From the free-kick Gylfi Sigurdsson swings a shot on goal from 25 yards+ but it is saved low down by Tim Krul.

  131. 1710: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle - Mike Williamson

    First man into the book is from Newcastle as Mike Williamson goes through the back of a Swansea player and earns yellow.

  132. 1710: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "Reading winning adds that extra bit of pressure on us and we have to do the business tonight. The way Reading and Southampton playing, you have to focus on each game at the moment and we have to beat Barnsley. If we don't win, it won't be over but would be very difficult."


    Jonny Kelly on Twitter: "Loving the style of Newcastle's play. 4-5-1 when defending, switching to 4-3-3 during counter attacks. Looking tasty. #bbcfootball"

  134. 1709: 

    Swansea still seeing more of the ball, but still doing too little with it. They are trying to move it quicker across midfield but so far Newcastle's well-drilled team are coping well. Cheick Tiote is once again playing a superb anchor role for United.


    Rohan Borpujari on Twitter: "I'm gonna be bold and say Swansea are the best 'passing' side. Bara are more of a 'pressure defence-give ball to messi' side. #bbcfootball"


    Eddie, Hull, via text: "Am I right in guessing you hope Barnsley don't need to bring on their sub keeper?"

    I did the text commentary for the Europa League last night. After that cut-and-paste marathon, Lukas Lidakevicius is a breeze.

  137. 1705: 

    The two 1500 kick-offs in the Championship have ended:

    Burnley 1-0 Brighton

    Watford 0-2 Blackpool


    Jesal Patel on Twitter: "Sigurdsson really is a quality player, can shoot powerfully with both feet and definitely one for the future!"

  139. 1703: 
    Barnsley v West Ham (1715 BST)

    West Ham midfielder Mark Noble was expected to be missing with a thigh strain but starts for the Hammers. Defenders Winston Reid and Guy Demel come into the starting line-up along with striker Nicky Maynard as Abdoulaye Faye, Julien Faubert and Carlton Cole drop to the bench. Barnsley make one change from the defeat to Ipswich last time out. Injured midfielder Matty Done makes way for Kallum Higginbotham to start.


    Dave, via text: "Who would have thought it 3 years ago that Newcastle would be a model for other teams to aspire too. Well done NUFC!"

  141. 1702: 

    Now Swansea have tested Tim Krul. Gylfi Sigurdsson lines a shot up from 22 yards and strikes it superbly, but Newcastle's Dutch keeper is equal to it and palms it behind. Sigurdsson has shown already that he could be the Swans best chance of getting back into this game.

  142. 1659:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "What Newcastle are doing well is squeezing all the space for Swansea to run into. They are making it really difficult for Rodgers' side at the moment and they need to make more of the space they do have."


    Mitch in Newcastle via text: "Papiss Cisse has scored eight goals in around 520 minutes of Premier League football, simply sensational stats."

  144. 1658: 

    Swansea still looking to pick open the Newcastle defence but there are too many bodies in and around the box and they can't get through. It looks neat, but it is having no effect so far. Newcastle look solid and comfortable.


    Laurence Benson on Twitter: "Must win game for West Ham! Seeven points off Reading with five games remaining is a big ask! #bbcfootball"


    Jonny Kelly on Twitter: "Ben Arfa will end up at a top club next season? Being 5 points off 3rd place can surely be considered that? #bbcfootball"

  147. 1655: 
    LINE-UPS- Barnsley v West Ham (1715 BST)

    Barnsley: Button, Wiseman, Foster, McNulty, Golbourne, Cotterill, Dawson, Smith, Higginbotham, Gray, Davies. Subs: Lidakevicius, O'Brien, Perkins, Tonge, Collins.

    West Ham: Green, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Nolan, Noble, O'Neil, Taylor, Vaz Te, Maynard. Subs: Baldock, Cole, Diop, Lansbury, Collins.

    Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

  148. 1654: 

    Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa in full stride takes some stopping. He cuts in from the right, leaving his marker for dead and shoots low at goal from the edge of the area, but Michel Vorm gets down low to save.


    Tim HJ, Marlow, via text: "The home crowd at the Liberty is singing "When The Swans Go Marching In". Surely swans don't march - they waddle. When they're not swimming, that is."

    It's the same with penguins. And they banked a film title on that.


    James Lynch on Twitter: "Ill never understand Swansea leaving Scott Sinclair on the bench, they carry such a bigger threat when he plays"


    Lfc.fitz, via text: "Cisse's success a testament to pardew and team at nufc. Another cut price bargain to follow ben arfa, tiote, cabaye, ba etc. 'big' clubs take note, its not always about the money."

  152. 1650: 

    Swansea continue to dominate possession. Newcastle have not really ventured into Swansea territory since the goal, but then they don't really have to and are sitting quite comfortably on that early lead.

  153. 1648: 

    Swansea do make Tim Krul work now, but not very hard as Leon Britton's shot from range is saved low down with ease by the Newcastle keeper. Yes, that's the Newcastle keeper, unlike one of my earlier entries, which made a bit of a hash of this fact. That's been corrected now so you can calm down on Twitter you little scamps.

  154. 1645:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "It's not an easy time to break this Newcastle side down, especially with the way they have set up for this game wth both side's coming into it in great form."

  155. 1645: 

    Swansea have responded quite well to falling behind but they have yet to test Tim Krul. Newcastle are crowding out the middle of the pitch and making it very hard for the home side to pick holes in their defense. Angel Rangel has a shot following a dummy from Nathan Dyer but it swings past the post.


    Nick Carr on Twitter: "@bbcfootball1 Judging by how he ended his stint at Watford, Rodgers will be looking to jump ship at the earliest opportunity #bbcfootball"


    Barbar Arshad on Twitter: "Sick of top clubs fan's imperious attitude to demanding players from newcastle. This season has showed we are a club on the up #bbcfootball"


    Anthony Percival on Twitter: "Cabaye with a magic first time through ball and a clinical finish from cisse. Confidence flowing throughout newcastles team #bbcfootball"

  159. 1641: 

    Newcastle really are a side brimming with confidence. It helps when you've got a striker who looks like scoring every time he gets the ball. Swansea looking to rebuild now after that early setback. They are doing that in typical passing fashion.


    Barney Kiddle on Twitter: "Come on Newcastle being above Chelsea would be a good Friday indeed #bbcfootball"

  161. 1638:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "It was a wonderful finish, you can't deny him that, Newcastle have come just thundering out of the blocks."

  162. 1635: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (5 mins)

    First attack, first goal for Newcastle. No prizes for guessing the scorer. Yohan Cabaye's superb pass finds Papiss Cisse on the edge of the box and he gets the ball out of his feet before firing low past Michel Vorm. Cisse is absolutely on fire. That is eight in eight Premier League appearances and five in his last three.

  163. 1634: 
    GOAL- Watford 0-2 Blackpool - Stephen Dobbie (pen) (70 mins)

    Stephen Dobbie has scored his second of the game to make it 2-0 against Watford, slotting home from the penalty spot after Tom Ince was tripped inside the area by Hornets keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

  164. 1634: 

    Early Swansea chance. Gylfi Sigurdsson finds Nathan Dyer out wide and collects back from the winger before poking a shot past the far post. It was just behind him when he hit it.


    Football is war on Twitter: "Do the strikers and management team at #NUFC settle their arguments with a game of Papiss Cisse Stone? #bbcfootball"

  166. 1629: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea v Newcastle (1630 BST)

    Sekar C on Twitter: Ben Arfa wil end up at a top club next season.You really can't expect him to stay at #nufc.Wouldn't be surprised if its Man Utd #bbcfootball


    Simon Gill on Twitter: "#bbcfootball I think Rodgers would be a fool to leave Swansea, He needs to be there for a few more years to build on what he has done so far."

  169. 1627: 

    Another garish shirt on display at the Liberty Stadium as Newcastle take to the pitch in their orange ode to matchday stewards. Both teams are out. Kick-off coming up.


    Philippa Sims on Twitter: "#bbcfootball Rodgers won't leave Swansea as he's just signed a three-year deal. Leaving now will be worse than when Martinez left #unpopular"

  171. 1625: 

    We are about five minutes away from kick-off in the day's only Premier League match. As always, Newcastle have brought a big support with them from the north east of England, which is sure to make for a quality atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium.


    Joshings on Twitter: "A match up between the two surprise packages of the season and also the two front runners for manager of the year surely. #bbcfootball"


    BBC Sport Football commentator Connor Mcamara on Twitter: "Starship - We built this City - playing on the tannoy pre-match at the Liberty Stadium. "Knee deep in the hoopla" #BBCfootball


    Thomas Mills on Twitter: "Worst football cliche: "he loves to score goals". I'm sure even Wes Brown loves scoring goals, doesn't make him a number 9 #BBCFootball"

    I'm assuming this refers to Newcastle's Papiss Cisse? Yeah, but at the end of the day, he's set out his stall to score goals, during a game of two halves.

  175. 1617: 

    Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has done a sterling job of transforming the club into one of the Premier League's entertainers, but invariably this makes him a man in demand. Former Wales international Robbie Savage has voiced his fears that Rodgers could be taken away from the Swans by one of the top-flight's big-hitters, including Tottenham, who may lose boss Harry Redknapp to England.

    "The sad thing for Swansea fans is he'll be a target for big clubs in the summer if those jobs become available," said Savage.

    What do you reckon Swansea fans, are you worries about losing Rodgers? Or is he at the Liberty Stadium for the long-haul?


    Saqueeb Rajan "Phil any possibility of getting a birthday shoutout to my pal in Toronto who is also a massive massive Toon fan?"

    Can't really do proper "shout-outs" on here unless I type in capitals, so I guess HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAQUEEB'S PAL IN TORONTO.

  177. 1612:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    "I'm expecting a good game, but it's going to take an awful lot for Swansea not to be in the Premier League next season. Newcastle have an awful lot to play for still and they are both going to give us a decent game of football."

  178. 1612: 
    Swansea v Newcastle (1630 BST)

    BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth reports: "Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hailed Brendan Rodgers' impact at Swansea and called for more homegrown managers in the Premier League. The Swans have impressed with their attacking style of play and have already secured 39 points with seven games remaining and Pardew said: 'He's always had a very clear vision of how the game should be played and he's stuck to his principles and I admire him very much for that. Young coaches should be promoted, but in this country it goes the other way. If you've got an accent then suddenly bring in a different system on the pitch, you're applauded and given a top job in the Premier League. They've got themselves security I think for next year already so they can plan for next year and bring one or two players on top of the players they've got.'"


    Emma Bossom on Twitter: "Leeds battled hard but @ReadingFC do it again, well done boys. Top of the league if only for a few hours! #bbcfootball"


    Wayne Lamport on Twitter: "#BBCFootball This is a must win game for the Toon. We need to keep the pressure on Chelsea! Howay Toon!!"

  181. 1609: 
    Swansea v Newcastle (1630 BST)

    BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth reports: "It will be a case of friends reunited at the Liberty Stadium when Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers and Newcastle chief Alan Pardew go head-to-head in a battle of the manager of the year contenders. Rodgers was Pardew's youth team coach at Reading about 10 years ago and Rodgers admitted: 'I'm sure he is a contender for manager of the year, he has done very well. When Alan was manager at Reading, I was a young coach and even though his style was different, he was open to my ideas. He never killed that, he was always very open and we had a terrific relationship. I'm glad to see he has been given the opportunity, there were probably a few eyebrows raised when he went to Newcastle but what he has done this season has been fantastic. He has put his name on the map.'"


    Russell on Twitter: "What's the betting Warnock blames the ref for Leeds defeat. He's the worst Manager in England for excuses #BBCFootball"

  183. 1606: 
    Swansea v Newcastle (1630 BST)

    Swansea City have made three changes for the Premier League visit of Newcastle United as top-scorer Danny Graham and winger Scott Sinclair are rested. Nathan Dyer replaces Sinclair, striker Luke Moore comes in for Graham while Steven Caulker is eligble so he replaces Garry Monk.

    Italian right-back Davide Santon replaces Danny Guthrie in Alan Pardew's only change for Newcastle.

  184. 1605: 

    In the Championship promotion-hunting Brighton are behind at Burnley thanks to a Charlie Austin strike, while Blackpool have taken the lead away at Watford through Stephen Dobbie. In League One goals are few and far between but Ronnie Moore's resurgence at Tranmere is continuing and they have a comfortable 2-0 lead against in-form Stevenage, while in the battle of mid-table Hartlepool have a 1-0 advantage at Colchester. Rotherham and Port Vale lead at AFC Wimbledon and Aldershot respectively in League Two and Bradford are also 1-0 up at the break at home to Southend. Crewe are continuing their good run with a 1-0 lead at third placed Crawley while at the other end of the table Plymouth could open up more of a gap between them at the bottom three after taking a 1-0 lead at bottom side Hereford.


    Steffan Ladley on Twitter: "Why has Brown got so much stick today? If Scott Parker had put in the same tackles everyone would be saying Parker for England! #BBCFootball"


    James Randall on Twitter: "We're Reading FC, we're top of the league!"

  187. 1603: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Newcastle (1630 BST)

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

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cisse, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  188. 1603:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "Reading showed their passion and enthusiasm for wanting to get promoted and they kept their nerve. Neil Warnock's Leeds side were always going to be difficult but West Ham need to respond to this result later tonight."

  189. 1603: 

    Two late goals from Adam Le Fondre are enough to see off Leeds United, who played for 80 minutes with 10 men, put up stubborn resistance and could have snatched the lead themselves, but fall to a first away defeat under Neil Warnock. Reading's promotion charge marches on - they are now top of the Championship by a point, having played a game more than second-placed Southampton. Leeds are 10th with 57 points and now cannot wait until this season ends.

  190. 1558: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 2-0 Leeds

    Lee in Leicester via text: "All those Reading fans who left early must be kicking themselves! Leeds just not done enough to get anything out of this game today #bbcfootball"

  192. 1558: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading - Hayden Mullins on for Hal Robson-Kanu
  193. 1557:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "It's a great credit for everyone involved at Reading but so far this season they ahve been oustanding, it's incredible how they have kept it going."


    Stephen Poland on Twitter: "McDermott, legendary management. Le Fondre, legendary cameo performance. Come on you Royals. #premtime #bbcfootball"

  195. 1555: 

    We are halfway through five minutes of added time at the Madejski. Leeds still plugging away, but they are heading to defeat here.

  196. 1554: 

    It is half-time in both the 1500 kick-offs in the Championship.

    Burnley 1-0 Brighton

    Watford 0-1 Blackpool

  197. 1553:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "There's that man Le Fondre again, he's made himself a nuisance since he came on and suddenly the lid has come off at the Madejski and the Reading fans are beginning to believe it's going to be their season."

  198. 1552: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-0 Leeds - Adam Le Fondre (90 mins)

    Adam Le Fondre gets his second to seal Reading's win. Jason Roberts gets the ball from Mikele Leigertwood and muscles off Paul Robinson before firing low towards goal, where the substutute is waiting to tap home from close range. Reading will be top of the Championship tonight.

  199. 1552: 

    Reading look to seal the win as Hal Robson-Kanu cuts the ball back to Mikele Leigertwood, but his shot from inside the box is saved by Andy Lonergan.


    Matt Nichols on Twitter: "#bbcfootball Justice has been served! Leeds for the majority have shown no intent on winning this game so full credit to Reading!"

  201. 1549: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leeds - Mikael Forssell for Luciano Becchio
  202. 1548: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leeds - Danny Webber and Robbie Rogers on for Ross McCormack and Robert Snodgrass
  203. 1545: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-0 Leeds - Adam Le Fondre (84 mins)

    This time the ball is in the net and it does count. Hal Robson-Kanu meets a cross from the right at the back post and his header back across goal beats Andy Lonergan and is bundled in by substitute Adam Le Fondre. Finally, Leeds resistance is broken and it could be the goal that sends Reading to the top of the Championship.


    James Hunter on Twitter: "Amazed to see some Reading fans leaving. How can they call themselves supporters with ten minutes still to go?! #bbcfootball"

  205. 1545: 

    Reading have the ball in the net. But the flag is up. Jobi McAnuff fires it at goal and it deflects off a Leeds man to Adam Le Fondre, who slots in from close range. However, rightly, flag is up and it won't count. Eight minutes to go. Still 0-0.

  206. 1543:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "The gloves are off in this one now. Reading are just running with the ball now and they need to do more, you have to make Leeds run and they are getting carried away. Leeds's support has been magnicificent, over 3000 fans here, and it could go either way but both side's are making it obvious that they want to win this."

  207. 1543: 

    Again, Reading - and Jimmy Kebe in particular - fail to provide a decent delivery from the right as he looses control and allows the ball to run out for a goal-kick. Then, from another move, Mikele Leigertwood is given chance to shoot from inside the box but fires over the bar.

  208. 1542: 

    Some news from the Blue Square Bet Premier division where Luton Town have appointed former Bristol Rovers and Torquay United boss Paul Buckle as their new manager. Buckle takes over from Gary Brabin who was sacked last week.


    Jared via text: "Fair enough Leeds have made some hard tackles, the majority of which won the ball, but no one mentions Hunt's knee up at Lonergan in the first half, Gorkss' dirty elbows at Becchio or the Reading players incessant need to get as close to the ref as much as possible."

  210. 1542: 

    This game is finely balanced now. Reading are understandably going for it, but 10-man Leeds look dangerous on the break. It could go either way.


    Callum Keown on Twitter: "Many are confusing physicality with dangerous tackles. Physicality should be part of the game, dangerous tackles should not #bbcfootball"


    A Northerner on Twitter: "#bbcfootball For all the anti-Leeds words today, Leeds have just put together the two best attacking moves of the match. Fact."

  213. 1539: 

    Reading frustrated as Leeds are having a decent period. A foul on Robert Snodgrass by Mikele Leigertwood gives the visitors a chance. Ross McCormack strikes it well from 25 yards and Adam Federici gathers at the second attempt. Then, down the other end, a Reading cross is fumbled by Andy Lonergan and then scrambled clear by the keeper.


    Jordan Stewart on Twitter: "Dobbie has scored three in two games for Blackpool now, why wasn't he played at Swansea?! #bbcfootball"


    Gareth Davies on Twitter: "Reading need to find some way of finishing Leeds off. If they fail, it'll spur West Ham to a better performance tonight. #bbcfootball"

  216. 1537: 

    15 minutes to go at the Madejski. Leeds have played over an hour with 10 men. They have done really well to keep Reading at bay, but can they keep it up? Reading need to do more to test Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan if they want to go top of the Championship this afternoon.


    Laurence Benson on Twitter: "And still Madejski doesn't offer Harte a new contract! He's played such a massive part for us this season, regardless of age! #bbcfootball"

  218. 1536:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "That should have been 1-0 Leeds, McCormack once again involved and you're just waiting for the net to bounce. Snodgrass should have done better really there."

  219. 1536: 

    What a chance for Leeds! Ross McCormack runs into space deep in Reading territory and draws out the defender before playing in Robert Snodgrass. The Scot has a clear sight of goal from 12 yards but his effort is palmed away by Adam Federici. Leeds have had two chances this half and they are arguably the best two of the game.


    Rory Millar on Twitter: "A lot being said about Leeds' dirty performance, but all credit to Andy Lonergan in goal.. Dealing with tough crosses very well #bbcfootball"

  221. 1533: 

    Great effort from Ross McCormack - Leeds' first of the half. He gathers possession on the edge of the area and curls an effort towards goal but it clips the outside of the post and goes wide. They've been undfer the cosh for most of this half but almost nicked the lead then.

  222. 1531: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading - Adam Le Fondre on for Noel Hunt
  223. 1530: 

    Reading's problem remains their delivery. They are seeing plenty of the ball on the wings but have yet to really deliver a telling cross. Ian Harte's free-kicks and corners remain their most dangerous weapon.

  224. 1529: 
    GOAL- Watford 0-1 Blackpool - Stephen Dobbie (25 mins)

    Blackpool take the lead against Watford after Stephen Dobbie sensationally jinks his way through the Hornets defence to slot home.


    Luke Stephenson on Twitter: "#BBCFootball Pugh needs a substitution or a red card before he hurts someone. Reckless."


    Andy in Carlisle via text: "Ian Harte has the best left foot in the country. Can't believe we were lucky enough to have him at Carlisle. Premiership quality player."

  227. 1527: 

    Leeds defender Alex Bruce is in the wars now and he walks to the sideline to get treatment for a bloodied nose. Not sure how he suffered that. In his absence, an Ian Harte corner almost creeps in but Andy Lonergan claws it behind.

  228. 1525: 
    GOAL- Burnley 1-0 Brighton - Charlie Austin (23 mins)

    Burnley take the lead against promotion-chasing chasing Brighton at Turf Moor through Charlie Austin. The former Swindon frontman sees his initial shot well saved before reacting quickest to thunder in the rebound.

  229. 1525: 

    Leeds are offering nothing going forward now. They don't even appear interested in trying to push into Reading territory. They are holding out so far, but you have to wonder if they can keep this effort up?


    Kathryn Watkin on Twitter: "Leeds should have had several players sent off! The ref from Chelsea v Benfica would be having a field day if he was in charge! #bbcfootball"


    Alex Bishop on Twitter: "#bbcfootball This is embarrassing from Leeds. Everything I hate about British football in one match."

  232. 1523: 

    It is all Reading now, who are starting to make the most of their numerical advantage. However, they haven't been able to demonstrate that bit of composure they need near the Leeds box to make their domination count.

  233. 1522: 

    Very lively start at Watford, with Troy Deeney and Sean Murray going close for the hosts but Blackpool have had the best chance with Tom Ince only finding goalkeeper Matt Gilks when clean through on goal.

  234. 1522: 

    It's Burnley 0-0 Brighton at Turf Moor. Ross Wallace has had the best chance of the game so far for the home side, hitting a long-range effort narrowly over the bar before Brighton's Vincente dragged a shot inches wide.

  235. 1522: 

    Decent chance for Alex Pearce at the back post for Reading. Another well-delivered free-kick from Ian Harte reaches the defender buthis header goes over the bar.


    Anton Martin on Twitter: "#bbcfootball Why do England encourage physical play so much? People wonder why England don't produce players like Messi and Xavi...."

  237. 1519: 
    YELLOW CARD- Leeds - Danny Pugh

    Once again, a Leeds player piles straight into a Reading man on the touchline as Danny Pugh goes through Jobi McAnuff. Was that much different from Zac Thompson's red card? It gets just a yellow, though. This game could easily get away from referee Darren Drysdale.


    Stuart Miller on Twitter: "Leeds are playing perfect tactics in this match. Keep it up, and Saints stay top! #BBCFootball"

  239. 1518: 

    Reading again come forward as Hal Robson-Kanu is found by Jason Roberts on the left, but, after getting past Paul Robinson, the midfielder looses control and the ball skips away from him.


    Ross Hitchman on Twitter: "#bbcfootball I fail to see how this is the way "football should be played", as some have said. This Leeds display is just plain ugly."

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "The referee has got some decisions to make now, it's just too stop-start - I don't think I've ever seen a game like this before."

  242. 1515: 

    Reading so close to a goal as Ian Harte swings over a free-kick from the right, but a team-mate cannot make contact to send the effort goalwards and Leeds clear. The home side really starting to increase the pressure on Leeds.


    James in Hackney via text: "I've seen Leeds a good few times this season, the last time under Grayson at Watford when they got a late lucky draw and they were the same, maybe a little worse than this. Warnock was letting flair players like Tarrabt do his stuff in the Champ last year."


    Dominic O'Caollai on Twitter: "How can people claim that is 'good old fashioned' football? Will it take another broken leg to convince them? disgraceful!! #bbcfootball"


    Aaron Briggs on Twitter: "#bbcfootball There should always be a place in football for strong, fair, tackles, but none of these two footed tackles or diving from Leeds."

  246. 1512: 

    Jem Karacan is sat down on the Reading bench with a strapped up leg and a pair of crutches. Meanwhile, on the pitch, from a Reading corner, Luciano Becchio has a hold of a Reading player right in front of the referee, but no penalty is given. The way it is going, there's a good chance we'll see more cards before we're through.


    Timmy Fisher on Twitter: "Scott Parker has been praised all season for playing the tough old fashioned style of football that Leeds are playing #BBCfootball #lufc"


    Sol via text: "Hate it how the Reading players act like Barca by crowding the ref after every challenge to get someone sent off. Man up and get on with what you're paid to do!!"


    James Hunter on Twitter: "I'd rather see a booking for a physical tackle than for a dive. Keown should have played in the lower leagues. Proper football. #bbcfootball"

  250. 1509: 

    Robert Snodgrass tests Adam Federici from the free-kick but the keeper gets down low to his left to tip it behind. The Leeds corner is half-cleared but put back in by Michael Brown for Ross McCormack to flick an effort just over the crossbar.

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "Games like these are what you have to come up against at the top of the table in the Championship. Reading will be looking for a better performance in the second half.

  252. 1508: 

    A free-kick immediately for Leeds as Kaspars Gorkss collides with Luciano Becchio. The Leeds platers have a few choice words for the referee. This half, it would seem, is going be as tasty as the first.


    Matthew Duffy on Twitter: "Well they say Football should follow Rugby's lead! I'm not sure this is what they meant though boys!! #LUFC #BBCFootball @PhilDawkes"


    Wresting news source on Twitter: "Everyone's too accepting of Premier League standard "tackle and fall over" style, occasional bit of aggression adds to a game #bbcfootball"

  255. 1507: 
    KICK-OFF- Reading 0-0 Leeds

    10-man Leeds get the second half under way at the Madesjki.


    Sam Charlton on Twitter: "Leeds have good spirit, such a spirit is rarely seen in the Premier League. #bbcfootball"


    Rob Hughes on Twitter: "30 years ago Leeds were good ... wait no they were relegated 30 years ago! #bbcfootball"


    Sean via text: "People need to stop complaining. Leeds are playing the game as it should be, apart from the two poor tackles. They've been physical, something we dont see enough of nowadays."

  259. 1500: 
    LINE-UPS- Burnley v Brighton (1500 BST)

    Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Wallace, McQuoid, Bartley, McCann, Stanislas, Austin, Ings. Subs: Jensen, Marney, Hewitt, Fletcher, McCartan.

    Brighton: Brezovan, Calderon, El-Abd, Greer, Mattock, Jara Reyes, Dicker, Navarro, Vokes, Mackail-Smith, Vicente. Subs: Ankergren, Barnes, Noone, LuaLua, Buckley.

    Referee: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire)

  260. 1459: 
    LINE-UPS- Watford v Blackpool (1500 BST)

    Watford: Kuszczak, Doyley, Taylor, Nosworthy, Dickinson, Eustace, Yeates, Murray, Hogg, Deeney, Iwelumo. Subs: Loach, Bennett, Buaben, Garner, Assombalonga.

    Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, Harris, Dobbie, Southern, Angel, Taylor-Fletcher, Matt Phillips, Ince. Subs: Crainey, Ormerod, Sylvestre, Ferguson, LuaLua.

    Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight)


    Dale in Twickenham via text: "Everyone needs to stop moaning, the game would be dull without different playing styles, keeps our game retaining an edge."


    Jonathan Barrett on Twitter: "This is how football should be played. Not like the Premiership fairies diving all over the place #bbcfootball"


    Samuel Lao on Twitter: "#bbcfootball Under Simon Grayson, I doubt that Leeds would be playing like this. Disgraceful."

  264. 1458: 
    Swansea v Newcastle (1630 BST)

    BBC Match of the Day commentatorAlistair Mann reports: "The Liberty Stadium plays host to a meeting of two sides who are equally well-placed to win the title of surprise team of the season. Back in August, pre-season predictions for Swansea and Newcastle could best be described as gloomy, with many experts tipping both to face a season-long struggle, and almost all making the Swans favourites for an immediate return to the Championship. In truth, it's hard to determine which team has embarrassed the critics more. The form book suggests that the visitors will be favourites off the back of three wins, while their hosts have lost their last two. But as both teams can play their football without being inhibited by tension, an entertaining spectacle seems assured."

  265. 1455: 

    While we have a break from the action at the Madejski, let's look forward to today's Premier League game between Swansea and Newcastle...


    James in Hackney via text: "Leeds have bog-standard all season. It's nothing to do Warnock. Bar McCormack and Becchio, it's just a very average squad. This idea that managers somehow control every single kick on the pitch is ludicrous. Michael Brown will always be a tough cookie no matter who his manager is."


    Thomas Knights on Twitter: "Scissor tackle on Karacan was a little OTT, Leeds crossing the line between hard and fair at times. #BBCfootball"


    Mayowa Olubowale on Twitter: "What an awful and completely unsporting performance from Leeds. And what is the ref doing? Shocking. #bbcfootball"

  269. 1454:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "Lets hope the game breaks out in the second half but I think Leeds will try and disrupt it even more."

  270. 1453: 

    Plenty to talk about that half, not much of it to do with chances, though. Leeds have lost one man to a red card, could have lost another and have been in combative mood all half. Reading will feel the visitors have been too aggressive, which has not allowed them to play, but they have also failed to provide enough so far to suggest a win is in the offing.

  271. 1450: 
    HALF-TIME- Reading 0-0 Leeds
  272. 1450:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "The referee seems to have made the decision to make the sending off early on and then refused to make any other decisions for the rest of the half."


    Jonny Lancaster via Twitter: "30 years ago Leeds approach would have been called 'soft by their standards' #bbcfootball"


    Ed via text: "Football is known as a 'contact sport' as the alternative to a 'collision sport' such as rugby. In a contact sport, participants make contact with each other but they do not intend to purposely hit or collide with each other. I'm not sure if you could really apply that to Thompson's tackle. Clear red for me."

  275. 1447: 

    We are into three minutes of injury time, which seems a touch short considering the stoppages we have had. It remains a stop-and-start game.


    Robby Bobson on Twitter: "#bbcfootball anyone else gt the feeling Karacan isn't the most popular player in the Leeds dressing room? Three times now hes been hacked"


    Jack Carter on Twitter: "Leeds playing under Neil Warnock as they would under Don Revie. Dirty.. #bbcfootball"


    Craig Worswick on Twitter: "Despite the odd eyebrow-raising tackle, Michael Brown's fearless desire to win the ball is a rare credit to English football #bbcfootball"

  279. 1446: 

    The Leeds fans remain in fine voice with a bout of sustained chanting and scarve-swinging. In the circumstances, it is a clear sign of solidarity with their disadvantaged team.


    WRT via text: " 'Leeds are just spoiling it'...That comment made me laugh, especially coming from Martin Keown who did his utmost best to disrupt the opposition when playing himself!"

  281. 1442:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "Karacan looks like he's been targeted for me, it's bad enough having one done but having both ankles done. Watching this game from a Reading point of view they need to keep their heads, frustration could creep in and they need to stay professional."

  282. 1442: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading - Hal Robson-Kanu on for Jem Karacan

    Jem Karacan's afternoon is over following that Brown. The Reading man is probably grateful considering how in the wars he has been. He is helped from the field to be replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu.


    Michael Graham on Twitter: "20 years ago Leeds' approach would have been called "getting stuck in" #bbcfootball"


    SiB on Twitter: "At the start Leeds were described as "competitive" now they have Warnock in charge, what I've seen so far is just ugly. #bbcfootball"

  285. 1439: 

    Another heavy tackle in midfield as Michael Brown goes in on Jem Karacan. It's a scissors-esque challenge, which sees the Leeds man get the ball and leaves the Reading man floored. Karacan is really getting some treatment today.

  286. 1437: 

    Leeds complaining about an elbow as Kaspars Gorkss rises with Luciano Becchio. No free-kick, though.


    Brian Charity on Twitter: "#bbcfootball I had Ian Harte in a Championship Manager 99/00. How is he still going?! Looks more dangerous than ever before! #OAP"


    Matt Nichols "#bbcfootball Didn't realise Warnock's managerial style was to kick his way out of the Championship?! Awful game plan"


    Frustration for the home players as Ian Harte's low corner into the box, which is designed to give Jobi McAnuff a shooting chance, is foiled when Noel Hunt also takes an interest and gets in his team-mates way. Good plan, bad execution.

  290. 1434:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "Jason Roberts is looking strong and quick and it wouldn't surprise me if he grabs one for Reading."


    Dean in Huddersfield via text: "The Reading players reaction got Zac Thompson sent off in my opinion. The referee is having a shocker though - Pugh should have seen red, and Thompson's challenge warranted a yellow at most."

  292. 1433: 

    Reading's Jobi McAnuff tries an effort from the left after cutting inside but his shot was always going over the bar from the moment it left his boot. It remains 0-0.

  293. 1431: 

    Appeal for a handball against Alex Bruce in the Leeds box but it was into the defender's chest from Mikele Leigertwood's cross. dad Steve watches on from the stands. That ain't no handball ref. Not my boy ref, not my boy.


    Richard via text: "Why does every slightly bad challenge now have to "be a red card". I thought football was a contact sport. Let the supposed grown men get on with it and stop sending people off. The game is being ruined."

  295. 1429:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Sport at the Madejski Stadium

    "Reading are the only team trying to play football at the moment, Leeds are just spoiling it. Reading need to take control of this game as it's being dictated by the Leeds players at the moment."


    Laurence Benson on Twitter: "That's a red all day long. Inconsistent refereeing, a possible leg breaker and worse than the initial red! #bbcfootball"


    The broken-up nature of this game is suiting Leeds at present as Reading can't get into their stride despite the numerical advantage. Leeds also possess players to hurt the Royals, including "poor man's Rooney" Ross McCormack, who shoots from an angle on the right but it bounces across the box and wide.


    Benjamin Mair on Twitter: "Hard to swallow the fact that @JasonRoberts30 might be in the PL next season and BRFC might not be, didn't see that coming #bbcfootball"

  299. 1427: 

    More boos from the Reading fans as Noel Hunt goes up with Andy Lonergan, who spills the ball but gets a free-kick as Hunt's knee was high and placed neatly into the keeper's side.


    Simon in Leeds via text: "Never a red card. A yellow would have been correct. Certainly not a 'crazy challenge' Mr Keown. No way. The Pugh challenge just now - now that was a red!"

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No movement 6 Brentford 35 12 61
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No movement 16 Huddersfield 35 -15 42
No movement 17 Bolton 35 -11 41
No movement 18 Reading 35 -16 41
No movement 19 Brighton 35 -3 40
No movement 20 Fulham 36 -17 39
No movement 21 Rotherham 35 -18 37
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