Premier League: Chelsea v Newcastle & Bolton v Tottenham

Live text commentary as Newcastle beat Chelsea and Tottenham thrash Bolton in Wednesday's top-flight games.

2 May 2012 Last updated at 22:44

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As it happened

  1. 2238: 

    Right, it's time for me to call it a night. I might make time to watch Papiss Demba Cisse's goals a few more times before I hit the hay, though. Thanks for keeping me company on what was a hugely entertaining night of Premier League football - this season just keeps on giving, doesn't it? I've got a feeling it has got a few more gifts for us before it finishes too but, for now, it's goodbye from me.


    Benji Berger "Fell off my chair watching Cisse's second strike. And again whilst watching the replay."


    Tom Hooper on Twitter: "Spurs still being in the mix despite going through that dogged run plays testament to how good they were earlier in the season."


    From Will in Somerset: "So many twists and turns in this season, don't write off Chelsea to finish fourth this season."

  5. 2233: 

    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, on missing out on the England job to Roy Hodgson, and whether it affected his side's season: "It [the England speculation] never bothered me from day one, to be honest. I didn't wake up on Monday and think 'oh my god'.

    "I've been through a lot this year, I'm very lucky to work with these players and I appreciate every day of my life. They are great players, it's a great club.

    "There are a lot of great managers in the league and I'm lucky to be up there with them. I don't think it [managing England] will ever happen now. Roy has four years and I hope he sees it out and has great success at the Euros. He will select a squad that is capable of giving it real go and I think he'll do well."

  6. 2232: 

    Bolton boss Owen Coyle on his side's 4-1 home defeat by Tottenham, with his side conceding two quick goals after battling back to 1-1: "We got more than back in game, we were in the ascendancy and looked like we could go on and win the game.

    "But we lost soft goals, it was self-inflicted and that's the disappointing thing. It was a wonder goal from Luka Modric but before the corner it should have been a hand ball. Sandro punched it but the referee did not see it.

    "We came roaring back but we were guilty of poor defending. That's when you need to stand up and be counted and weren't. We need to dust ourselves down and go and get three points against West Brom on Sunday."

  7. 2231: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo on his side's defeat by Newcastle that severely dents their hopes of a top-four finish, and how they will prepare for Saturday's FA Cup final: "We are going to keep pushing to the end until it is impossible. We only have two days so recovery is important with just a little training and we'll pick ourselves up and go again and everyone involved will be motivated for the game."

    FULL-TIME- Bolton 1-4 Tottenham

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at the Reebok Stadium: "Spurs produce a ruthless display of finishing to keep them fourth in the Premier League ahead of Newcastle and Chelsea."

    Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterFULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-2 Newcastle

    "Papiss Cisse produced two moments of special skill to keep Newcastle right in the hunt for a place in the top four. For Chelsea, the result makes it increasingly likely they will have to win the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich to reach next season's competition."

  10. 2228: 

    I know you probably don't need it but it's time for a quick reminder of what happened earlier tonight...


    James in Glasgow, via text: "Pardew for England Manager!!!!!!"

    It's a bit late for that now...


    Joshua on Twitter: "As an Arsenal fan, I'm feeling worried about 3rd now!"

  13. 2227: 

    Papiss Demba Cisse, describing his wonder strike that helped Newcastle beat Chelsea: "With the second goal, when I saw it coming back from Shola Ameobi I just wanted to kick it. I had no energy so I just wanted to hit it and it ended up going in. The goal came at the right moment, they were putting pressure on us so it helped release the tension. I am very happy to score 13 goals so far, as a striker I just want to feel good and score goals."


    From Si in London, via text: "Got to feel sorry for Modric, most full weekends that would be the best goal. Only two games tonight and he came third!"

  15. 2225: 

    At the top end of the table, it looks like any three from three for third-place, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle battling it out and simultaneously hoping Chelsea lose to Bayern Munich in the Champions League so that fourth place brings a place in that competition next season too.

    The Gunners have got to play Norwich at home and then West Brom away, while Spurs play Aston Villa away and then Fulham at White Hart Lane. Newcastle? The small matter of Manchester City at home on Sunday, then a trip to Goodison Park to play Everton.

  16. 2222: 

    Bolton's next two games? West Brom at home and then Stoke away on the last day of the season. It looks like the Potters will have a big say about who goes up and who goes down, because they play QPR next, with Rangers going to the Etihad Stadiunm on the last day of the season.


    OptaJoe on Twitter: "13 - Papiss Cisse has equalled the PL record of 13 goals in a player's first 12 apps in the competition (M Quinn & K Phillips). Incredible."

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "NUFC last won a league match at Chelsea on Nov 22, 1986 - same day Mike Tyson became Heavyweight Champion for 1st time. Tyne Mike."


    Prince, in Luton, via text: "Can't see Newcastle keeping Cisse and Ben Arfa next season with these kind of ridiculous performances."


    From Adam, Watford, via text: "One of the best goals I've ever seen. I think it bent even more than Roberto Carlos's classic strike. We'll be remembering that goal for a long, long time."

  20. 2214: 

    More from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, on Papiss Demba Cisse's second goal: "The first goal is special, but for the second, we are seeing clock down and I thought the game was there to win 1-0, but he has just taken a chance, hit it true and you have to say he meant it. It is one of the great goals.

    "I had a laugh with Didier Droga and said that you just have to take your hat off to him. You could not have predicted he would start so well but he was the top-scorer in the Bundesliga in a poor team and that is one of the best leagues in the world. His work rate is terrific and he has brought in to everything we are trying to do here."


    From Georgio, via text: "What's the betting Liverpool will buy Cisse next season and he'll end up not being able to hit a barn door!"


    Matt Jones on Twitter: "Crouch is going to be upset when he sees that goal from Cisse. I bet he had his goal of the season speech already written."

  23. 2211: 

    I'm just watching Papiss Demba Cisse's goals again. To be honest, I could watch them all night. The first one is top class, the second is world class. If you haven't seen it yet, you are missing out.


    Mark Jackson on Twitter: "In response to the Premiership bashers. Champions League must be fading if the sixth best team in England are in the final then!"


    Mads on Twitter, on whether Cisses's second strike was goal of the season: "The solo-run by Ben Arfa is still a contender in my opinion. But Cisse is stacking the charts with his endeavors!"


    From Rob, Toon fan, in Northern Ireland, via text: "Bend it like Beckham? Bend it like Cisse more like!"


    From Jack: "Just watched the replay of that Cisse goal eight times... Still smiling. Fantastic technique!"


    Man Utd fan Gary Snoad on Twitter: "If Cisse could do that again at the weekend against Man City it would be much appreciated!"

  29. 2208: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on Papiss Demba Cisse's very special second strike: "I actually thought we were going to win 1-0 with our 15th clean sheet of the season, but the goal was special. It sums him up. He feels he is just going to score whenever he is near the goal."

  30. 2205: 

    More from Perch, this time on Newcastle's next game, against title-chasing Manchester City on Sunday: "Saturday is a big game with us going for fourth place and City going for the title. I think we can beat them. St James' Park with 55,000 is where we like to play and we like to keep it as a fortress."


    Setor Conrad Awuye on Twitter: "Newcastle v City is shaping out to be a CRACKER and title decider. Forget the Manchester derby!"

  32. 2202: 

    Newcastle defender James Perch speaking after his side's impressive win at Chelsea, which keeps alive their Champions League hopes: "I think it was the best away performance of the season especially coming after we went away to Wigan and got beaten.

    "We just went back to basics and, when we do that, we seem to get results. Both goals were top, top class and that is what Papiss Demba Cisse has in his locker. It is no surprise to us now, Papiss just scores great, great goals."

  33. 2158: 

    It's tight and tense at the bottom end too, with that heavy defeat keeping Bolton in the bottom three - and not exactly doing their goal difference many favours. They remain third-bottom, level on points with QPR, three points above Blackburn and three points below Aston Villa and Wigan.


    Joseph Foster on Twitter: "After Roberto Carlos' goal I bought a plastic ball & tried to bend it like that all summer long, can see kids doing that with Cisse's."

    Good luck with that. Will take all summer too, I think.


    Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea really pressed but without really creating a good goalscoring opportunity, I don't think you could take anything away from Newcastle. it was such a big blow losing at Wigan but I was really impressed with them, Papa Cisse is a real threat to any defence."

  36. 2153: 

    So, how does that leave the chase for the Champions League? Let me tell you.

    Arsenal are still third, but are only a point ahead of Tottenham and Newcastle, who are now fourth and fifth. Spurs' goal difference is only inferior to Arsenal's by one goal now too. Chelsea? They are another four points back in sixth, and it is looking like they will need to win the Champions League to be in it next season.

  37. 2153: 
    FULL-TIME- Bolton 1-4 Tottenham
  38. 2152: 

    Yep, Spurs want more goals... and they are unlucky not to get one in the final few seconds when Gareth Bale bursts forward (again) and his cross is deflected against Adam Bogdan and, eventually wide.


    From Will, a Chelsea fan, via text: "Credit to Newcastle. They came at us from the off and deserves the victory. That Cisse goal was stunning. Well done to them and good luck for the final two games. You can see why they are fighting for the Champions League."


    Steven Slayford on Twitter: "Speculation over Harry is gone, Spurs start turning up. Coincidence?"

  41. 2150: 

    There will be three minutes of stoppage time at the Reebok Stadium. The game was up for Bolton a long time ago, though. Tottenham lead 4-1 and are home and dry.


    Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge: "There was a competition recently for the best goal of the last 20 years, if Cisse had scored that goal then he might have won it! It's so rare you see a player hit the ball from outside the area with the outside of the foot and for it to beat the keeper."


    Drew Crawford on Twitter: "Most exciting season ever? Two teams on the same amount of points at the top, in 4th/5th and 17th/18th!"

  44. 2148: 

    A few late changes at the Reebok Stadium to tell you about, with Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen on for Aaron Lennon and William Gallas. Jake Livermore has replaced Rafael van der Vaart for the visitors too. For Bolton, Ryo Miyaichi is on for Chris Eagles.

  45. 2145: 

    Papiss Demba Cisse goes over to the travelling Newcastle fans, who are applauding his sheer brilliance and the amazing industry of the rest of their team. Probably the only piece of good news for Manchester City fans, ahead of their visit to the north east, on Sunday is that Cisse is limping a bit.

  46. 2143: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-2 Newcastle

    JB, via text: "Now that is definitely goal of the season. What bend on that ball."


    BBC Sport's Alastair Magowan at the Reebok Stadium: "Fine goals by Van der Vaart & Adebayor but credit goes to wing men Bale and Lennon, and a superb Modric pass for third goal. It feels like Spurs have spoiled the homecoming but they have their own concerns."


    Shoaib on Twitter: "Chelsea in Champions League Final, Newcastle and Tottenham getting their points! getting precarious for Arsenal."


    Mohau on Twitter: "Thought Suarez goal was goal of the season but Cisse just took it tbh.. My word! Signing of the season by far! What a player."

  51. 2142: 

    Those 10 minutes of stoppage time are up at Stamford Bridge. The ground is already half-empty, though because most of the Chelsea fans have seen enough.

  52. 2141: 

    Less than 10 minutes left at the Reebok. Bolton are still toiling away but Spurs are happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.

  53. 2140: 

    More good news for Newcastle. Cheik Tiote, stretchered off earlier, is back on his feet and smiling and laughing on the touchline. We are deep into stoppage time but Chelsea need something extraordinary now, and they have shown no sign of finding it.

  54. 2139: 

    That goal was probably Newcastle's first attack of the second half but, with finishing like that, who cares? Magpies boss Alan Pardew smiles and shakes his head on the touchline. He can't believe it either. That strike was out of this world.

  55. 2135: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 0-2 Newcastle (Papiss Demba Cisse, 90+ mins)

    Oh my word. If you thought Papiss Demba Cisse's first goal was good, then wait until you see this one. The Senegal striker is out wide on the left flank when the ball bounces down to him off Shola Ameobi's flick but he does not hesitate, letting fly with an instinctive swerving, dipping half-volley that leaves Petr Cech clutching at thin air as it flies over and past him, bending under the bar. No keeper could save that - Cech probably wants to applaud it, because everyone else is. Goal of the season? Without any doubt whatsoever.

  56. 2134: 

    Bolton have not given up either, and are pumping some decent balls into the Tottenham box, but Brad Friedel is equal to all of them. Just 15 minutes left and Spurs lead 4-1. A few weeks ago, we would probably be saying 'Harry for England!". Not anymore we're not.

  57. 2133: 

    Newcastle keeper Tim Krul is getting booked for time-wasting - he has been doing that since the first half, to be fair. There will be 10 minutes of stoppage time, though, so there is hope for Chelsea yet.

  58. 2132: 

    Have Chelsea run out of ideas? They are getting desperate, with Jon Obi Mikel's long ball upfield flying through to Tim Krul. This is a bit like the Blues-Barca game, in reverse... and we know how that one ended up.

  59. 2130: 

    Another change for Newcastle, who are working incredibly hard to protect what would be a huge win for them in the battle for a Champions League spot. Gabriel Obertan is on for Hatem Ben Arfa.

  60. 2128: 
    GOAL- Bolton 1-4 Tottenham (Emmanuel Adebayor, 70 mins)

    Bad news for Bolton and surely no way back for them from this now? Gareth Bale slides Emmanuel Adebayor free and the Wanderers defence is nowhere to be seen as the Spurs striker runs through, rounds Adam Bogdan and slots home. Game over.

    Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Chelsea still struggling to land a blow on Newcastle and the game has lacked rhythm, especially with that lengthy delay for Cheick Tiote's injury. Stamford Bridge is a little noisier after hearing about Bolton's equaliser against Spurs."


    Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge: "It's been all Chelsea, they've thrown everything at them. Newcastle need to try and keep possession."

  63. 2127: 

    Frank Lampard is on for Chelsea now, by the way, replacing Raul Meireles. Newcastle have all their players in their own half as they look to defend their 1-0 lead.

  64. 2125: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes of the 90 at Stamford Bridge but that injury to Newcastle's Cheik Tiote means we are likely to get a sizable amount of stoppage time too. Chelsea are going to need every second of it, because Newcastle are still putting on an impressive defensive show.

  65. 2125: 

    A double change for Bolton sees Josh Vela and Ivan Klasnic on and Nigel Reo-Coker and David Ngog go off. Wanderers have got about 25 minutes of the 90 to salvage something from this one.


    Phil Brown at the Reebok, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "The first 15 minutes of the second half have been all Bolton, they must have had five or six corners but Gareth Bale has got away, and it was a little bit of class, he spotted Van der Vaart, played a lovely square pass and what a goal. The third was also great football, the wingers have got away for the first time tonight really, and picked out their men, fabulous."

  67. 2122: 

    Over to Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea have just had a big shout for a penalty... turned down. Didier Drogba tried to battle his way through to goal but ran into the brick wall that is Fabricio Coloccini. Both men go to ground, and Chelsea want a spot-kick... but Mark Halsey waves away their appeals.

  68. 2121: 
    GOAL- Bolton 1-3 Tottenham (Emmanuel Adebayor, 62 mins)

    Er, same goal, different flank. This time Aaron Lennon is creator in chief, with his pace taking him into the area down the right before he finds Emmanuel Adebayor in front of goal to provide the finish. Breathing space for Spurs, big trouble for Bolton.

  69. 2119: 
    GOAL- Bolton 1-2 Tottenham (Rafael van der Vaart, 60 mins)

    Oh dear. Just when Bolton are looking the most likely, Spurs apply a classic sucker punch. Gareth Bale breaks forward down the left and his low cross is perfectly weighted for Rafael van der Vaart to slot home from close range.

  70. 2118: 

    At last Chelsea get a shot on target, with Didier Drogba curling a 30-yard free-kick straight at Tim Krul. At the Reebok, Bolton have woken up and are piling on the pressure, with Chris Eagles fizzing a shot on to the roof of the net.


    From Rich in Devon, via text: "Quick Fergie... Hope you're reading this... Please sign Reo-Coker this summer..."

  72. 2117: 

    Time for another Newcastle change. Demba Ba is going off, to be replaced by Shola Ameobi.

  73. 2116: 

    Newcastle are unhappy with another Jon Obi Mikel challenge and Demba Ba brandishes an imaginary card to try to persuade referee Mark Halsey to show the Chelsea midfielder a yellow. Halsey is having none of it, though.

    The Magpies have a free-kick, though, and punt it into the danger zone. It falls for Hatem Ben Arfa, who has space to shoot but is off balance and blazes his effort well off target.

  74. 2113: 

    At the risk of tempting fate again for the second time in the last five minutes, Chelsea are not looking much like finding an equaliser. They are still applying most of the pressure but are not making Tim Krul work too hard. This time the Magpies keeper is happy to watch Fernando Torres' curling shot soar high over his bar.


    Phil Brown on Nigel Reo-Coker's equaliser at the Reebok: "You've got to take your hat off to this guy, since the Muamba situation he's really stepped up to the plate in the midfield. Great finish and it's 1-1."

  76. 2110: 

    Play has resumed at Stamford Bridge too. I'll keep you updated on how Cheik Tiote is doing.

  77. 2110: 
    GOAL- Bolton 1-1 Tottenham (Nigel Reo-Coker, 51 mins)

    Wanderers are not just working hard, they have reverted to a much more direct style, and they get their reward with an equaliser from out of nowhere. David Ngog's reverse flick finds Nigel Reo-Coker bursting into the box to rifle a low shot past Brad Friedel. We are all-square at the Reebok Stadium and Fabrice Muamba is on his feet to applaud his team-mates.

  78. 2109: 

    Bolton are certainly working hard but their industry is not earning them any clear-cut chances at the moment.

  79. 2106: 

    There is still concern over Cheik Tiote's condition at Stamford Bridge. He is being strapped into a stretcher, surrounded by plenty of medical staff from both clubs. The players are looking on anxiously.


    Peter on Twitter: "Further to your European update, in Ukraine, Shakhtar are close to winning the title as they won and rivals Dynamo only drew."


    Sophie on Twitter: "Seeing Newcastle today gives me hope as a United fan. There's no way they're going to go down easy on Sunday. Cracking Game."

  82. 2105: 

    The second half has just started at the Reebok Stadium.

  83. 2105: 

    Cheik Tiote is still down, and still getting treatment. It looks like he is going to be stretchered off, and in a neck brace too, so this is worse than first though. When he does come off, Ryan (not Steven, sorry) Taylor will replace him for Newcastle.


    From Mike, Newcastle fan, via text: "Annoyed about the Spurs goal as Sandro clearly handballed it just before the corner. Massive second half ahead in both games."


    From Dan, the Gooner, via text: "Wow... Modric has had an average season at best and scores one good goal suddenly making him the league's most valuable player - reality check needed people!"

  86. 2104: 

    Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote is down and getting treatment near the halfway line after coming out worse in an aerial collision with Jon Obi Mikel. While we wait for play to resume, Chelsea are making a much-needed change up front, with Florent Malouda replaced by Didier Drogba.


    Victoria Hoggarth on Twitter: "Someone please tell me what Di Matteo is thinking with his selection tonight? FA Cup is important but top 4 is a must!"

  88. 2100: 

    The Chelsea fans are jeering Tim Krul for taking too long with goal-kicks, a situation which is very similar to Petr Cech's behaviour at the Nou Camp a few days ago.


    Ayanda on Twitter: "Strange how Newcastle can only seem to have one in-form Senegalese striker at a time."

    Imagine what would happen if they had two?

  90. 2058: 

    Chelsea are persevering, though, and they earn a free-kick when Yohan Cabaye chases down and hauls down Ramires, who is rampaging down the right. Juan Mata takes it, looking to swing it into the danger zone... but he fires the ball straight out of play at the far post.


    From Charlie, via text: "Chelsea have been poor so far, no creative spark, Torres needs Mata to be able to score."

    He's got him now, so we shall see...

  92. 2055: 

    Fernando Torres drops a shoulder and tries to beat Fabricio Coloccini on the edge of the Newcastle box but the Magpies defender is not fooled that easily. The Blues are getting a wee bit frustrated here at their inability to find a way through to goal, and they show it when Jon Obi Mikel blasts over from 30 yards out.


    Ajax duly record their 13th straight win to seal their 31st league title. A straightforward 2-0 win over VVV Venlo gives Frank de Boer his second title as boss of the Amsterdam side.

  94. 2054: 

    Chelsea are definitely showing more urgency already, and are pushing plenty of men forward... but they have to be careful here. Papiss Demba Cisse is looking very dangerous when the visitors break, waiting for any slip from a man wearing blue.

    HALF-TIME- Bolton 0-1 Tottenham

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at the Reebok Stadium: "The rousing reception for Fabrice Muamba's return has failed to inspire Bolton so far. But even the out-of-action midfielder would have marvelled at Luka Modric's strike. Definitely worth tuning in for."


    Alex on Twitter: "Modric has had a poor last few games, but if we go on to win he's more than made up for it with that effort."


    DowningFrowning on Twitter: "Man U don't have the cash to by Modric, he's worth 50m."

  98. 2051: 
    HALF-TIME- Bolton 0-1 Tottenham
  99. 2048: 

    Bolton have been extremely poor for most of the first half but they almost draw level just before it finishes, when a Tim Ream free-kick is nodded back across goal for Dedryck Boyata, who is unmarked about eight yards out. The ball does bounce awkwardly for the on-loan defender but he makes sure he misses it, slashing wildly at the ball and clearing the bar by about 10 miles. Not exactly an example of cool finishing, that one.

  100. 2048: 

    We are back under way at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, unsurprisingly, have made a change with Juan Mata on for Daniel Sturridge who has been pretty ineffective tonight.


    From Liam the frustrated Bolton fan, via text: "Bolton have no link from front to back! 2 up top just doesn't work sometimes Mr Coyle!"


    Raj on Twitter: "Bolton have been shambolic. Not registered a single shot yet. Makes you wonder whether they know they might get relegated!"

  103. 2047: 

    Bolton are unhappy again, this time at the other end when William Gallas grabs hold of David Ngog as he tries to barge his way into the area... and then when Younes Kaboul seems to handle the ball as he comes across to help out. Nothing given, though, and a decent spell from Wanderers ends when Chris Eagles drags his shot wide from 25 yards out.


    Ben in Watford on Luka Modric's goal: "I believe that's what's known as a 'Humdinger'!!!"

    Phil, Chelmsford: "Oh my word! Somebody patch up the hole in that net! Phenomenal strike!"

    Ian, Bolton fan, with a rather different view: "Does Handball now automatically gain you a corner so you can have a better chance at a goal?"


    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at the Reebok Stadium: "Bolton fans booing referee Mike Dean after ball appeared to hit Sandro's hand in build-up to corner for goal."


    Jugtar on Twitter: "Fergie if by some miracle u see this tweet please spend \u00a335m on Modric."

  107. 2042: 

    Here come Spurs again, forcing their fifth corner. Bolton have managed none. Sandro is unmarked at the back post to meet it when Rafael van der Vaart but he makes a mess of his header and directs it well of target. A bit of a waste.


    Mark Bright at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "Newcastle have an impressive work ethic, very tight at the back and comfortable in possession."


    Phil Brown at the Reebok on BBC Radio 5 live: "Bolton had the best chance of the game but Brad Friedel makes a good save, the ball spills to the far end and a bit of brilliance, absolutely outstanding technique."

  110. 2038: 
    GOAL- Bolton 0-1 Tottenham (Luka Modric, 36 mins)

    It's been coming... and what a hit it is when it arrives. Adam Bogdan denies Rafael van der Vaart, and Bolton feel Sandro handles as he tries to meet the rebound... but referee Mike Dean allows play to continue and Spurs force a corner.

    When it is taken, the ball is fed out to Luka Modric about 25 yards out and he takes a touch before hammering an unstoppable shot past Adam Bogdan and into the top corner. Bolton are still unhappy that the corner was given, but it is a bit late for that now.

  111. 2037: 

    As discussed, Bolton attacks have been few and far between... but they go close here when Martin Petrov darts down the left. His cross eludes Kevin Davies in the middle but the ball is played back in for David Ngog to hammer a shot goalwards that is blocked by Brad Friedel and cleared by a startled Spurs defence.


    Jenny Lion, Bolton fan: "We have been incredibly lucky to not go behind. The nerves show how much we need the three points, but what about the drive? It's panic stations."

    Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterHALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle (Papiss Demba Cisse, 19 mins)

    "Newcastle United very comfortable after a strong Chelsea start. Manager Alan Pardew insisted they would respond to losing heavily at Wigan - and they have."


    Niklas Lanwehr on Twitter: "Chelsea lacking a lot tonight- creativity in midfield, runs from full-backs and wingers, support for Torres - all there for NUFC."


    Rob Kempton on Twitter: "If Bolton do go down, it's gonna be sad, but I won't miss the sight of Owen Coyle in his Kevin Keegan shorts each week."

  116. 2033: 

    Tottenham are still knocking on Bolton's door, but there is just no way in. Rafael van der Vaart bends a free-kick round the wall but it is drifting wide and Adam Bogdan is across in any case. More frustration for Harry Redknapp and the travelling Spurs fans.

  117. 2033: 

    Meanwhile in the Netherlands, Ajax are closing in on the Dutch title too. Needing only to avoid defeat to clinch the Eredivisie, they lead VVV Venlo 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining.


    From Bort, Shelbyville, via text: "With a weakened line-up, is Di Matteo gambling everything on Chelsea winning the champions league? Competing with Europe's elite again next season should certainly take precedence over the FA Cup, for both footballing and financial reasons."


    Kev Clark on Twitter: "Adebayor is meant to be a centre forward why is he never in the danger area when a cross comes over?"

  120. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle
  121. 2033: 

    In Spain, Barcelona are cruising in their La Liga fixture against Malaga, 4-1 they lead with Lionel Messi grabbing a hat-trick. Messi has now scored 68 goals in all competitions, an all-time record breaking German legend Gerd Muller's mark. League leaders Real Madrid travel to Real Zaragoza at 2200 BST, where a win for Jose Mourinho's side can all but put the title out of Barca's reach.

  122. 2032: 

    There is just no respite for Chelsea at the moment, and they need a serious rethink at half-time. They are lucky not to be two goals down at the break because, from the resulting corner, the ball is pulled back for Demba Ba, lurking near the edge of the box, to smash his shot against the bar with Petr Cech beaten.

  123. 2029: 

    Yep, Newcastle look dangerous and Demba Ba is definitely due a goal. He goes close to getting one here, with a jinking run to make space for a low shot from the edge of the box that Petr Cech has to claw behind.

  124. 2029: 

    Newcastle are not just defending, mind and they don't half look dangerous when they bring the ball forward. Cheik Tiote's chipped pass threatens to set Papiss Demba Cisse free but the linesman's flag is up before he can get a shot away. We are into the last couple of minutes of the first half at Stamford Bridge.

  125. 2027: 

    It is still 0-0 at the Reebok Stadium, but I'm not sure how, because Tottenham just keep coming at Bolton, and they are getting closer and closer. This time it is Gareth Bale who rides a couple of challenges as he bursts towards the bye-line down the left, but his pull-back somehow evades every single one of his team-mates in the box.


    From Jonny, via text: "Race for fourth and the relegation battle are much more interesting than title race. Tonight's got it all!"

  127. 2023: 

    Ah. Almost a case of the commentators curse hitting Newcastle. About two inches away in fact.

    Chelsea surge forward down the right and Fernando Torres pings over a pin-point cross that finds Florent Malouda running in at the near post to flash a header a fraction wide of the opposite upright.

    Branislav Ivanovic has just headed over from a corner at the far-post too, and it is fair to say the Blues have improved a heck of a lot in the last couple of minutes.

  128. 2022: 

    Chelsea are knocking it around well enough but they lack any sort of penetration in the final third. It's been a while since they had any sort of shot to trouble Tim Krul, and it is significant that those early efforts were all from distance.


    Former Hull boss Phil Brown on BBC Radio 5 live at the Reebok Stadium: "Out of the two teams at this moment Spurs are definitely the more dangerous."

  130. 2019: 

    Back to Stamford Bridge, where Newcastle have soaked up that Chelsea pressure and are venturing forward again themselves. Hatem Ben Arfa has had the chance to fire a couple of free-kicks into the Blues box but, with their 1-0 lead, the Magpies are not attacking with quite as much conviction as they were earlier.

  131. 2018: 

    As many of you have noticed, Aaron Lennon is enjoying himself so far. He cuts in past Sam Ricketts this time and sees his deflected shot fizz an inch over Adam Bogdan's bar. Still 0-0, but for how long?


    From Owyn, via text: "Like all men I'd love to be a footballer but I would not like to be in Sam Ricketts' shoes this evening. Early signs are not good; Lennon can smell blood."

    Yep, Lennon and Kyle Walker are seeing lots of the ball down the right. Lots and lots in fact.

  133. 2016: 

    At last, a chance for Bolton to apply some pressure. They have a free-kick about 30 yards from goal, and Martin Petrov's left foot is behind it. He curls it in for Kevin Davies but Brad Friedel is off his line to collect it... and holds on to the ball despite Sandro running into him at full speed. That must have hurt.


    Pedro on Twitter: "Must be said that Chelsea have been very poor. Don't fancy their chances to get back in the match at this rate."

  135. 2014: 

    Again, the Bolton defence is breached, but Emmanuel Adebayor's control lets him down at the wrong moment and the ball runs through to Adam Bogdan, who gratefully leaps on to it.

  136. 2013: 

    Tottenham's best moment so far. Adam Bogdan makes a bit of a mess of a Gareth Bale strike from distance, but recovers to superbly deny Rafael van der Vaart from close range. A terrific stop, but Bolton are not seeing too much of the ball at the moment and you get the feeling Bogdan could be in for a busy old night.

  137. 2012: 

    Not much of a response by Chelsea so far. Newcastle are sitting back and inviting the Blues forward, but the home side are not having much joy right now.


    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at the Reebok Stadium: "Stunning reception for Muamba at Reebok. Hairs standing up on the back of your neck stuff! Incredible to see him and a huge lift for Bolton.

    "Noisy Spurs fans contributing to a lively start. First thought is: pretty bold selection by Bolton v Spurs 5 man midfield with Modric."


    Charlie Kemp on Twitter: "Watch out City, Cisse is coming to spoil the party!"

    For those of you who have been living on the moon for the last couple of days, Premier League leaders Manchester City go to Newcastle on Sunday.

  140. 2011: 

    As soon as I wrote that last paragraph, Bolton had a sight of goal when Chris Eagles nipped into dispossess Danny Rose on the edge of the Tottenham box. Rose recovered to slide in and avert the danger though.

  141. 2009: 

    The crowd are still singing Fabrice Muamba's name at the Reebok Stadium. On the pitch, Bolton are yet to threaten and Owen Coyle is on his feet and yelling at his team to get going.

    Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Newcastle fans have had plenty of practice singing this one. "Papiss Cisse - he scores when he wants." Not far wrong actually with 12 goals in 12 games since his arrival on Tyneside."


    Mark Bright at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "Fantastic strike, Cisse reacted really quickly, swung the left at it and it's in the top corner."

  144. 2004: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 0-1 Newcastle (Papiss Demba Cisse, 19 mins)

    Papiss Demba Cisse must have dynamite in his boots because there is simply no stopping this shot. Davide Santon cuts in from the left and feeds Cisse on the edge of the area, who turns to arrow an unstoppable strike past Petr Cech, who is utterly helpless. A stunning effort to give Newcastle an early lead.

  145. 2004: 

    A decent move down the right for Tottenham, with Kyle Walker finding Aaron Lennon on the overlap. Bolton clear it behind for the corner and Younes Kaboul is within inches of meeting it when it is whipped in.

  146. 2001: 
    KICK-OFF- Bolton v Tottenham

    We are under way at the Reebok Stadium, where the crowd are still buzzing from the appearance of Fabrice Muamba.

  147. 2001: 

    Another sniff for Newcastle, who are finding a foothold in this game now. Mike Williamson gets on the end of a ball hoisted into the Chelsea box and Demba Ba swivels to meet his knockdown, but cannot keep his shot down.


    Timmy Fisher on Twitter: "Great to see Muamba back but hopefully the Bolton players don't get distracted."

    Ashley David Marks on Twitter: "Beautiful moment at the Reebok. Manly tears were shed."


    Cheik Tiote is in the thick of things for Newcastle tonight. This time he lets fly from 25 yards out, bringing a sprawling low save from Petr Cech low down near his right-hand post. Cech had to be careful there, because the ball zipped off the wet turf and was skidding towards the bottom corner.

  150. 1958: 

    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp speaking before kick-off at the Reebok Stadium about losing out on the England job: "My focus has never strayed away from Tottenham so it's not been a problem for me. We've got three big games left and we're still in a position to make the Champions League.

    "It's getting tougher every year, with the emergence of Man City. Four years ago it was Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, now you have Man City every year as well, but we're still in there. I don't want to talk about catching Arsenal or anything else we will just see how we go."


    Dan and all of the UK: "Class from the Spurs fans, class from Muamba."


    Football That's All on Twitter: "Fabrice Muamba coming out on the pitch is giving me goosebumps. What a fairy tale ending to such a traumatic night at the Lane."

  153. 1955: 

    "Fabrice Muamba" is the chant from all sides of the ground, and the man himself turns to salute all his well-wishers. Everyone is still on their feet and still clapping as he walks off. Fantastic scenes.

  154. 1954: 

    Fabrice Muamba is fighting back the tears as he walks out on to the Reebok Stadium pitch to a magnificent ovation from the Bolton and Tottenham fans.

  155. 1953: 

    The FA Cup final is three days away, so this is bad news for Chelsea. Cheik Tiote barges Ramires over and the Blues midfielder is down and needs treatment. I think he is going to be OK, though.

  156. 1953: 

    Newcastle's first meaningful attack sees Davide Santon advance to the edge of the Blues box before letting fly with a shot that is eventually blocked.

  157. 1951: 

    Fernando Torres fancies another pop here but it is Raul Meireles who eventually takes the free-kick. He whips the ball over the Newcastle wall, but it flies straight into Tim Krul's midriff. You have to do a lot better than that to beat the Magpies keeper.

  158. 1950: 

    Chelsea have dominated possession in the first few minutes and they have just won a free-kick in a dangerous position too. Cheik Tiote trips Fernando Torres about 25 yards out and that is a booking for the Newcastle midfielder.

  159. 1948: 

    A first chance for Chelsea, and a first shot on goal by Fernando Torres. The ball breaks for him on the edge of the Newcastle area and he blasts the ball about 10 yards over the top of Tim Krul's crossbar.

  160. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea v Newcastle (1945 BST)

    The Magpies get us under way at Stamford Bridge, where it is absolutely tipping down.


    From morrisbirdyellowhead on Twitter: "Neil Lennon starting for Spurs? we are in trouble!"

    Ahem. I'm sure Alistair Magowan will be happy for me to tell you that it is Aaron Lennon, not the Celtic manager, who starts for Spurs tonight. I've corrected our team news now too.

  162. 1938: 

    Fabrice Muamba, wearing a beaming smile on his face, is shaking hands with everyone he comes across in the tunnel at the Reebok Stadium. He will be out on the pitch in the next few minutes.

  163. 1938: 

    Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, speaking before kick-off at the Reebok Stadium about his recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest during Wanderers' FA Cup tie at Spurs on 17 March: "I'm getting stronger every day, I am happy to be back, I was overwhelmed with the support I got and it helps me every single day. I've still got six or seven boxes of cards to go through that I haven't opened yet."

  164. 1936: 

    I've just seen pictures of Fabrice Muamba being applauded as he walks into the Reebok Stadium - tonight will be an emotional occasion for him, and Bolton and Tottenham fans too.

  165. 1928: 

    I'm told Fabrice Muamba will be appearing on the pitch about 10 minutes before kick-off at the Reebok Stadium, and will be talking to the media before the game too.

    Meanwhile, at Stamford Bridge, injured Chelsea defender David Luiz is signing a mountain of autographs before kick-off. One fan, who threw her shirt down to the Brazilian from the top tier, has just had it chucked back to her, complete with Luiz's scrawl. She looks very pleased with it too.


    Vazza Singh-Mitter "Really hoping for a draw tonight in the Chelsea-Newcastle game. From a hopeful for third Arsenal fan."


    Jonny Kelly on Twitter: "Hopefully this attacking #NUFC line-up can take the game to Chelsea without fiddling about at the back. Wigan repeat? No thanks."


    From Ollie: "A bore draw between Chelsea and Newcastle followed by a Tottenham loss to the mighty Wanderers would be ideal for Arsenal!!"


    confused he said... "Slightly off-topic, but as a Norwich supporter, if Bolton don't win tonight Norwich are safe."

    Er, quite an appropriate Twitter name here - Norwich are already safe because Wolves, Blackburn and QPR are unable to catch them.

  170. 1920: 
    Bolton v Tottenham (2000 BST)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Reebok Stadium: "Both Bolton and Tottenham are unchanged after sealing a draw at Sunderland and a win against Blackburn last time out. Nigel Reo-Coker has shaken off a knock picked up at the Stadium of Light, while Spurs midfielder Scott Parker misses out. Aaron Lennon starts, while Louis Saha is on the bench."

  171. 1919:  
    Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterChelsea v Newcastle (1945 BST)

    Chelsea interim manager Roberto di Matteo has picked a team with more than a nod to Saturday's FA Cup Final against Liverpool at Wembley. Fernando Torres starts up front but Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Didier Drogba are kept back on the bench.

    In total, Di Matteo makes six changes from the team that beat QPR on Sunday with a complete switch of midfield three, with Lampard, Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou making way for Raul Meireles, John Mikel Obi and Ramires. At the back, Ryan Bertrand replaces Cole and Branislav Ivanovic returns from suspension to partner John Terry. Fernando Torres still leads the line, but Mata makes way for Florent Malouda.

    Newcastle make one change from the side that lost 4-0 at Wigan, James Perch coming in for Danny Simpson.


    From Dan, the confused Spurs fan: "Hey Chris. What happens if Chelsea win the Champions League and finished fourth?"

    Simples. The top three qualify for the Champions League, as do Chelsea. Fifth place equals Europa League.

  173. 1916: 

    Former Hull boss Phil Brown talking about how speculation (wrongly!) linking Harry Redknapp to the England job affected Tottenham's form, on BBC Radio 5 live: "There nothing worse if you're a manager trying to keep the great players at White Hart Lane and all of a sudden it looks like you're going to move, if there's just the slightest lack of trust in your manager results can start going the wrong way."

  174. 1915: 

    So, we all know what happened to Tottenham's form once Fabio Capello stepped down as England boss. What will happen to Tottenham now Roy Hodgson, and not Harry Redknapp, has been appointed as Capello's successor? I guess we will find out this evening.

  175. 1913: 
    LINE-UPS- Bolton v Tottenham (2000 BST)

    Bolton: Bogdan, Boyata, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Petrov, Ngog, Kevin Davies. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Klasnic, Sordell, Miyaichi, Vela.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, King, Livermore, Nelsen.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  176. 1912: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Newcastle (1945 BST)

    Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Meireles, Sturridge, Torres, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Kalou.

    Newcastle: Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Ferguson.

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

  177. 1911: 
    Bolton v Tottenham (2000 BST)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Reebok Stadium: Bolton boss Owen Coyle says he is "absolutely delighted" to welcome Fabrice Muamba to the game and he will hope his presence can inspire his team. "Tottenham at White Hart Lane are absolutely formidable, but at the Reebok we believe we have a real opportunity to win the game," he added.

    Spurs have never won here and manager Harry Redknapp says it will be tough but maintains his "team have not been playing badly" despite just two wins in 10 league games."

  178. 1910:  
    Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterChelsea v Newcastle (1945 BST)

    Chelsea interim manager Roberto di Matteo insists his players minds will not be on Saturday's FA Cup Final against Liverpool at Wembley. He said: "We cannot allow ourselves to think like that and I think we've shown before that we don't do that, in the semi-final against Spurs before the Champions League semi-final, and at Arsenal and so on."

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits they face a difficult task facing a resurgent Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, saying: "Is it a good time or bad time to play Chelsea? It has to be a bad time in terms of where they are. Chelsea have been galvanised by the managerial change and the senior players clicking into gear and producing their best form at the right time."

  179. 1909: 

    Oh, and when I said forget about the title tussle, I meant the one in England. There are some big games across Europe tonight and Juventus (Serie A), Real Madrid (La Liga) and Ajax (Eredivisie) can all win their respective championships. I'll be keeping you updated as fast as my fingers can type.


    Rob Hughes on Twitter: "Great to hear of Muamba's attendance tonight, amazing recovery and may it continue!"


    Bradley Walsh on Twitter: "I wouldn't rule out Newcastle tonight. Remember this is a side who beat Man Utd 3-0 in January... "


    From DB in Moreton: "This is what I am hoping not expecting Chris, Chelsea to win and go 4th as Bolton to take points off Spurs. Oh and also my wife to come home and say of course you can go to the FA Cup final on Saturday!!!!!"


    From Jonjo: "Just to inform and dampen the mood of every confident Spurs fan here: we never ever win at Bolton!

    Jonjo is almost right... Tottenham have never won in the Premier League at the Reebok Stadium. Their last top-flight win at Bolton came at Wanderers' old Burnden Park ground in March 1996.

  184. 1902: 
    Bolton v Tottenham (2000 BST)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from the Reebok Stadium: "As unimportant as a football match may appear when juxtaposed with the recent story of Fabrice Muamba, everyone inside the Reebok Stadium will know what is riding on this game. A win or draw for Bolton takes them out of the relegation zone, while Tottenham will aim to cling on to their Champions League hopes with back-to-back league wins for the first time since 11 January."

  185. 1901:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford BridgeChelsea v Newcastle (1945 BST)

    "Chelsea and Newcastle continue the pursuit of Tottenham in fourth place in the Premier League as the battle for a place in next season's Champions League hots up. Chelsea may yet secure a place by winning this season's competition, but interim manager Roberto di Matteo is not relying on victory against Bayern Munich in the final.

    "Newcastle have been the season's surprise team and want to bounce back from a 4-0 weekend loss at Wigan while Chelsea were emphatic 6-1 winners against QPR."


    From Rob in Belfast: "Re 1854. By the same logic at least one will drop points tonight. Hope it's Chelsea and Spurs as Newcastle will lose to Man City next."


    Manchester United fan Sam Robson on Twitter: "Cheering on the Toon tonight, need them to still be in the fight for a Champions League spot ahead of Sundays game v City."


    From Thomas, a Chelsea fan: "No worries for Chelsea, Di Matteo will work his magic... Again."

  189. 1857: 
    Chelsea v Newcastle

    BREAKING: Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres start up front for Chelsea, while Newcastle pick their attacking trio of Papiss Demba Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa. Full line-ups to follow in a jiffy.

  190. 1854: 

    Lots to look forward to then, but what exactly are you expecting from the next few hours? Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text us on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though.

  191. 1853: 

    But whatever happens at the Reebok Stadium tonight, it won't overshadow the fact that Fabrice Muamba will be there to see it. The Bolton midfielder is attending tonight's game, the first he has been to since he suffered a cardiac arrest during Bolton's FA Cup tie at Spurs on 17 March. It will be great to see him, and we hope to be hearing from him shortly too.

  192. 1852: 

    It's just as tight at the bottom too by the way. A draw will lift Wanderers out of the drop zone and plunge QPR into the bottom three, while a win would lift Owen Coyle's side level on points with Aston Villa and Wigan, and spell extremely bad news for Blackburn, who are already staring into the abyss.

  193. 1850: 

    Yep, I hope Arsenal fans are sitting comfortably because the three teams immediately below the third-placed Gunners are all in action, and at least one will make up some ground on the Gunners tonight.

    Sixth-placed Chelsea take on fifth-placed Newcastle while fourth-placed Tottenham are in action at relegation-threatened Bolton. in a scenario that is made even more intriguing by the fact that, if the Blues beat Bayern Munch in the Champions League later this month and finish outside the top four, then only the top three qualify for Europe's premier club competition.

    Chelsea fans hope their side can keep up their fantastic form, Newcastle need a prompt return to winning ways after their weekend debacle at Wigan, while Spurs have only just remembered what a victory feels like.

    All to play for, then.

  194. 1844: 

    Evening all. Forget about the title tussle, for the next few hours at least. The two Premier League games tonight are all about the race for third and fourth place... and the battle to stay up.

    There are only four teams in action, but five more will be watching on anxiously. A wonderful Wednesday? I guess that depends a lot on who you support...

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No movement 14 Southampton 0 0 0
No movement 15 Stoke 0 0 0
No movement 16 Sunderland 0 0 0
No movement 17 Swansea 0 0 0
No movement 18 Tottenham 0 0 0
No movement 19 West Brom 0 0 0
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