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1 September 2012

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  1. 1940: 

    And this is where I bid you farewell. Make sure you catch all today's Premier League action in Match of the Day at 22:10 on BBC One and this website, and do the same with all the Football League goals in the Football League Show (00:00, ditto). I'm back tomorrow for Liverpool-Arsenal, Newcastle-Aston Villa and Southampton-Man Utd - hope to see you all then.

  2. 1938: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has a few things to ponder after that performance but he thinks his side's biggest issue is that they need to start taking their chances:

    "I think we played well in first half but we have one problem at the moment and that's that when we have a chance to score we don't," Mancini said. "In the second half we did not play well but in the end it is important we take the three points. I said it is important that we improve because we can't concede a goal in every game."

    FULL-TIME- Wigan 2-2 Stoke

    MOTD's John Roder at DW Stadium: "Fantastic action in a game where Wigan twice led and Stoke twice equalised. Ali Al Habsi's wonderful stop to deny Charlie Adam is a save of the season contender - even at this early stage."

    John MotsonFULL-TIME- Tottenham 1-1 Norwich

    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart Lane: "Boos ring out at the final whistle but Norwich deserve this point. Spurs thought they had the points wrapped up when Mousa Dembele scored a debut goal but Norwich never gave up, deservedly snatching an equaliser through the tremendous Robert Snodgrass. There are protests from some of the Spurs players at the final whistle but they can't really argue about the result."

    Guy MowbrayFULL-TIME- West Brom 2-0 Everton

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at The Hawthorns: "What a start to Steve Clarke's tenure as West Bromwich Albion boss. Still unbeaten after three Premier League games and one cup match. Everton's winning run, though, is over. Albion were full value for this win over 90 minutes."

    FULL-TIME- Swansea 2-2 Sunderland

    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the Liberty Stadium: "Sunderland were twice in front as Steve Fletcher scored twice on his Premier League debut, but Swansea's dominant second half performance was worthy of a point. The visitors looked to settle for a point despite Chico's second off for the home side as both sides remain unbeaten."

    Jonathan Pearce, BBC SportFULL-TIME- West Ham 3-0 Fulham

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Upton Park: "The game was dominated by Andy Carroll. He made all the difference between the two teams in the first half and the game was over by half-time. Fulham were better after the break but just couldn't deal with Carroll. West Ham fully deserved their win."

  8. 1935: 

    Time for a quick reminder of what happened in the five Premier League games from earlier today, starting at Upton Park...


    Mark Weatherby on Twitter: "The scoreline flatters City, they are not looking good this year."

    Alex Dulovic on Twitter: "Not too bad a performance from QPR, considering some of the players only met today. Give them a few weeks and QPR will be fine."


    Stoke City's new midfielder Charlie Adam tweets: "Thank you to all the Stoke supporters for a fantastic reception. Thought we did enough to win the game. See you all at Britannia against City."

  11. 1934: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany on seeing his side struggle to see off QPR after dominating early on: "If we'd scored more goals in the first half it wouldn't have been the game it was. We did well to create chances but unfortunately didn't put them away. Credit to QPR, they worked really hard but what we can take out of it is that we have a lot of strength of character."

  12. 1930: 

    We had six games, and saw 19 goals. So, do you fancy a round-up of the best stats from today's Premier League matches? Here are Infostrada Sports with exactly that:

    Kevin Nolan scored after 54 seconds - the fastest PL goal this season and fastest since Daniel Sturridge scored after 45 seconds for Chelsea v QPR on 29 April.

    West Brom have seven points from their opening three matches - their most at this stage of a top flight season in 34 years. Then they had the equivalent of nine points in 1978-79 after winning all three opening matches.

    Carlos Tevez scored to become the first player to net 50 PL goals for Manchester City.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad StadiumFULL-TIME- Man City 3-1 QPR

    "Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho watched Manchester City get the win despite a performance that was not entirely convincing. The rejuvenated Carlos Tevez is so important to City - while QPR boss Mark Hughes looked like he could not wait to use all the new players at his disposal."

  14. 1924: 

    QPR, meanwhile, are down in 18th place with only one point to show from their first three games. Work to do for Mark Hughes, who has got to fashion a team from some of his many summer signings.

  15. 1922: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 3-1 QPR
  16. 1921: 

    City have not made the most convincing start to the defence of their Premier League title but they will soon have seven points from their first three games and will be up to fourth in the table. That defence looks awfully suspect, though.

  17. 1919: 
    Man City 3-1 QPR - Carlos Tevez (93 mins)

    Well, we did get an injury-time goal, but instead of providing drama it only serves to put this game to bed. In truth, it sort of sums up City's unconvincing day - Edin Dzeko's angled shot is going wide until it hits Carlos Tevez and flies in.

  18. 1917: 

    There will be five minutes of added time at the Etihad Stadium. Anyone for some late drama?


    Pavan Gill on Twitter: "Re Steve (1907): Yes, we must admire Kieron Dyer's determination and passion to keep playing and receiving his cheque for £50k each week."

    Chris Palmer on Twitter: "Man City's defence this season looks terrible, as does Chelsea's and United's. Arsenal have the best defence. What happened?"

    Akinpelu Kayode on Twitter: "It's apparent City won't be as invincible as they were last season. That's why its more difficult to retain than win a trophy."


    All over at King Power Stadium as Leicester win 1-0 and hand Championship leaders Blackpool their first defeat of the season. The visitors had gone into the game on the back of a 6-0 thrashing of Ipswich, but failed to replicate that kind of attacking prowess against Leicester.

    The decisive goal came after 54 minutes when Jamie Vardy was felled inside the area and Ben Marshall stepped up to smash home the resulting penalty. The Foxes had some defending to do in the closing stages, but ultimately it was a comfortable and deserved victory for the home side.

  21. 1915: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Abdul Razak for Samir Nasri (Man City)

    City make their final change, with just 30 seconds left of normal time.

  22. 1913: 
    YELLOW CARD- QPR's Bobby Zamora

    I'm not sure whether it was for fouling Carlos Tevez or for dissent but, just before Djibril Cisse came on, Bobby Zamora become the first QPR player to go into Chris Foy's book.

  23. 1912: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Djibril Cisse for Esteban Granero (QPR)

    One last throw of the dice for Mark Hughes, who throws on Djibril Cisse with five minutes remaining.

  24. 1911: 

    City continue to look very nervous at the back, inviting QPR on. Kieron Dyer tries his luck from range but sees his shot blocked.

  25. 1909: 

    We will forgive James Milner because it is his first touch but he should really do a lot better here. City have men over in the QPR area and Edin Dzeko is unmarked at the back post. Milner has time to pick him out but instead can only flick the ball straight to Robert Green.


    Steve from Ledbury on 81111 on text: "As a Newcastle fan and a huge admirer of Mr Dyer, I am really please to see he is back on a football pitch. He could have retired years ago, he should be given huge praise for his determination to keep playing."

    Mick on 81111 on text: "So pleased for Steve Clarke. Seems to be carrying on where Hodgson left off. Boing boing Baggies!"

  27. 1908: 
    SUBSTITUTION- James Milner for David Silva

    Here's a change that shows City know they need to plug some defensive gaps. David Silva, who has been their best attacking threat today, is replaced by James Milner who will no doubt be operating a lot deeper than the Spaniard was.

  28. 1907: 

    Ten minutes of the 90 to go and it looks like we are in for a tense finish at the Etihad. QPR are behind but they are on top at the moment.

  29. 1905: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City's Jack Rodwell

    Here's one I meant to tell you about earlier but got distracted by those QPR chances. In the middle of that flurry of substitutions, Jack Rodwell dived in recklesly on Esteban Granero and got a yellow card as his reward from referee Chris Foy.

  30. 1904: 

    City escape again. Esteban Granero swings in a free-kick that eludes Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart and, if Ryan Nelsen gets anything on it, QPR are level. He doesn't and they aren't.

    It's fair to say City are not defending like champions at the moment though.

  31. 1902: 

    City's defensive problems continue - and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will have enjoyed watching this. Nedum Onuoha rises unchallenged to meet a corner at the back post and his header falls for Ryan Nelsen to skew a volley wide. That was a real chance.

  32. 1901: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Kolo Toure for Pablo Zabaleta (Man City)

    Pablo Zabaleta has a hamstring injury so Kolo Toure is on to fill in at right-back.

  33. 1900: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Kieron Dyer for Alejandro Faurlin (QPR)

    We haven't seen a lot of Kieron Dyer in recent seasons, mainly down to a string of injuries, but he has the last 17 minutes or so to make an impression here.

  34. 1858: 

    Considering he is already on a yellow card, Aleksandar Kolarov is a bit silly here, and a bit lucky too. He charges into Nedum Onuoha as he chases a loose ball and takes out Onuoha in the same way he took out Anton Ferdinand earlier. Onuoha is able to continue and Kolarov escapes a second booking.

  35. 1856: 

    Oh dear. Edin Dzeko misses a great chance to give his side some breathing space, side-footing wide with only Rob Green to beat after more great work - and another precise pass - from David Silva. City seem to like making life difficult for themselves at the moment, don't they?


    Joseph on Twitter: "This game needed that QPR goal. But Dzeko quickly restores order."

    Chris Booth on Twitter: "No rub of the green for QPR there..."

    Paul Simon Heskins on Twitter: "Man City cannot concede like this through the season and realistically retain their title."

  37. 1854: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Nedum Onuoha for Anton Ferdinand (QPR)

    Anton Ferdinand has been struggling since he took that knock and he is replaced by former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha.

  38. 1852: 

    Hmmm, it seems QPR have worked out that City's backline looks more than a little bit nervous when it is under pressure.

    I don't think Roberto Mancini will be comfortable if his side's lead stays at just one goal, and he is glad to see Jose Bosingwa's bouncing shot from 30 yards or so fly straight at Joe Hart.


    Sunderland defender Titus Bramble tweets: "Good point away to Swansea today. Not an easy place to come. Good to see so many fans make the journey. Have a safe trip back."


    Just under 20 minutes remaining at King Power Stadium and Leicester are on course to hand Blackpool their first defeat of the season. The Foxes lead 1-0 courtesy of Ben Marshall's second-half penalty, but it could have been two just now as Alex Baptiste gets in the way of a goalbound piledriver from Lloyd Dyer.

  41. 1850: 

    That QPR goal definitely acted as a wake-up call for City, who retook the lead one minute and 38 seconds after Bobby Zamora's equaliser. Judging from their reaction on the touchline, I don't think either manager is too impressed by their team's defending at the moment.

  42. 1848: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-1 QPR - Edin Dzeko (61 mins)

    The scoreboard has got it right now. QPR are only level for a matter of seconds before Carlos Tevez escapes down the left, gets down the by-line and pings over a peach of a cross for Edin Dzeko to nod home at the near post.

  43. 1845: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-1 QPR - Bobby Zamora (59 mins)

    I don't know how, but QPR are level. Actually I do know how - Joe Hart can only parry a fierce drive from Andy Johnson and the bouncing ball falls for Bobby Zamora to head home into the empty net. The Etihad scoreboard currently reads Man City 1-2 QPR which really would be a shocker, but the fact his side are level in a game they have dominated is probably bad enough for Roberto Mancini.


    Luke Wilson on Twitter: "QPR are simply awful. Could do with signing some new players if you ask me."

    Richard Daniels on Twitter: "Are you lot judging QPR and their transfer policy based on 45 minutes against the Premier League champions?"

    Matt Dixon on Twitter: "People are being harsh about QPR. Give them time to gel and Caesar in goal and they will be fine!"

  45. 1839: 

    We are back under way and City are back on the attack, this time going within an inch of making it 2-0.

    David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta combine down the right, with Silva playing in his team-mate with a beautifully weighted pass that Zabaleta runs on to inside the area before clipping a curling shot against the bar with Rob Green a beaten man. So close, but QPR survive.

  46. 1837: 

    Anton Ferdinand is back on his feet, looking more than a little groggy. I'm not sure he knows who he is at the moment, but I think he will be able to continue.

  47. 1835: 

    Not much is going right for QPR at the moment. Anton Ferdinand is down and having treatment after colliding with Aleksandar Kolarov.

    Kolarov jumped out of the way of the ball as much as anything else but he seemed to catch Ferdinand on the back of the head and the QPR defender definitely felt that.


    Finally a breakthrough at the King Power Stadium as Leicester take a 1-0 lead against Blackpool. Jamie Vardy is felled inside the area and referee Michael Jones has no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Ben Marshall steps up and rifles the ball into the back of the net.

  49. 1833: 

    QPR have Rob Green to thank for keeping things that way too. Edin Dzeko slides Carlos Tevez clear down the right and he cuts into the area before firing in a fierce drive that Green beats away at his near post.

  50. 1832: 

    QPR get the second half under way. They have been pretty rubbish, to say the least, so far but they are still only 1-0 down.


    Thomas Brookes on Twitter: "QPR's dealings in the transfer market have led to this performance - they have overspent on 'old', high wage demanding players."

    Paul Thompson on Twitter: "Can't see a way back for QPR. Clearly the new signings need more time to gel. But will Hughes get that time? Not convinced."

    Tyrone Tucker on Twitter: "City have been lazy and too precise! We are still in this and with a bit more adventure QPR can get something from the game!"

  52. 1828: 

    What are we expecting from QPR after the break? They can't be any worse than they were before it, can they? Or can they? Tweet the text commentary using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111. Make sure you put YOUR NAME on those texts, though, because I can't use them otherwise.

  53. 1825: 

    So, did all the Chelsea players call Jose Mourinho 'daddy'? Or just Michael Essien? Anyway, I need to stop thinking about that because the second half is about to start at the Etihad Stadium. Dadd.. I mean Jose is there, remember.

  54. 1820: 

    Who's the daddy? Jose Mourinho, it seems. Yes, I know it's half-time at the Etihad but here's Michael Essien talking about his loan move from Chelsea to Real Madrid that sees him reunited with the former Blues boss.

    "Everything went very fast and I was in my hotel room and I had a call from my daddy and he said he would be very happy to have me at the club," Essien said.

    "I have had my injuries but I am in good form now and very strong. If I wasn't ready Real Madrid would not have brought me here.

    "Daddy knows me very well, he brought me to Chelsea, and he knows I can play in any position he wants - except goalkeeper."

  55. 1816:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad StadiumHALF-TIME- Man City 1-0 QPR

    "Total domination from Manchester City and there will be frustration they only have Yaya Toure's goal to show for it. QPR manager Mark Hughes has been a picture of complete frustration on the sidelines - may be a few harsh words for his players at half-time."

  56. 1815: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City's Aleksandar Kolarov

    We are into the last minute of the first half and we have just seen our first booking. Shaun Wright-Phillips looks to escape on the break for QPR but is stopped in his tracks by Aleksandar Kolarov, who is shown yellow by Chris Foy.


    Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tweets: "My worst game in a Everton shirt. Sorry guys."


    It is goalless at the break between Leicester and Blackpool at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes were the better side for much of the half, with Jamie Vardy causing the visitors a number of problems.

    However Blackpool, who have won each of their first three games of the season, improved as the game wore on and had two good chances just before half time.

    First, Gary Taylor-Fletcher threaded the ball through to the lively Tom Ince, but his shot was denied by Kasper Schmeichel before Barry Ferguson smashed a shot against the post.


    Niall Murphy on Twitter: "I can't see Hughes surviving Christmas. They've spent loads, but there doesn't appear to be any structure in QPR's play."

    Michael Boniface on Twitter: "Park Ji Sung proving to be a player that has been made to look better by previous team mates at Man United."

    Andy Neale Mann on Twitter: "Re Simon (1759): People who boo at grounds have the right to an opinion. They pays the money, they makes the choice."

  60. 1810: 

    Some slick passing from Man City sees them sweep forward again after referee Chris Foy plays an advantage for a foul by Ryan Nelsen on Edin Dzeko. It is a move that looks promising for Mancini's mob but it ends with Carlos Tevez blasting wastefully over. Nelsen? He escapes with a talking-to by Foy.


    Everton captain Phil Neville tweets: "Disappointing result going into the international break. Going to be a long 16 days til we play again versus Newcastle!"

  62. 1808: 

    Everton fans went into today's game against West Brom full of confidence after winning their first two games of the season and keeping hold of their star players during the transfer window.

    So, what went wrong for the Toffees in their 2-0 defeat by the Baggies? "We gave away a poor goal on the counter attack and if you concede first in the Premier League it becomes difficult," said Everton boss David Moyes.

    "We made changes to try and win the game, brought Kevin Mirallas on, opened up the game a bit more. We weren't playing well enough in the final third, but it didn't improve anything. Maybe when it was 0-0 I should have said 'sit back and take 0-0'. Sometimes you make decisions and they work - sometimes they don't."


    West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor tweets: "Great three points today. Buzzing with my first goal of the season."

  64. 1803: 

    QPR have a free-kick cleared and City swarm forward with Aleksandar Kolarov releasing David Silva with a sublime pass. Fabio gets back in the nick of time to block his shot but, in truth, it was a fairly tame effort.


    Mayowa Olubowale on Twitter: "QPR have spent a lot of money but hardly any of it on their defence!! Poor."

    Matt Atkinson on Twitter: "QPR's Team Chemistry = 0."

    Simon Essex on Twitter: "Question: Why do 'fans' who boo go to ground? Waste of a seat. Boo at home, let someone who supports the team have your seat."

  66. 1759: 

    After seeing them score eight goals without reply as they won their first two Premier League games of the season, Swansea boss Michael Laudrup saw something different from his side as they scrapped for a point against Sunderland to maintain their unbeaten record in a game that saw Neil Taylor suffer a serious injury and Chico sent off.

    "Today showed me a lot about the character of this team," Laudrup said. "Everything was against us from the beginning, the injury and then a mistake, but we came back. We had a great second half and wanted to go for the win, but then we were down to 10 men. We continued playing and kept the ball and it was really great for me to see the performance of this team."

  67. 1758: 

    City have taken their foot off the pedal a bit of late but they still look very dangerous when they come forward. This time they build down the right and only a fine reflex save from Robert Green denies David Silva when the ball breaks for him in front of goal.

  68. 1755: 

    QPR have had a shot now too. Esteban Granero lets fly with a low effort from 25 yards out but does not trouble Joe Hart, who dives to his left to collect.

  69. 1754: 

    Not much of a response from QPR so far, although they have strung a couple of passes together and advanced into City's half so I suppose that's a start.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad Stadium

    "Mark Hughes is in his technical area frantically demanding that his QPR team push out in an attempt to relieve intense pressure from Manchester City. Slight problem is that they have hardly touched the ball for the first 20 minutes."


    Blackpool have the chance to go four points clear at the top of the Championship if they beat Leicester this evening, but at the moment they are on the back foot with the Foxes dominant inside the first half hour.

    The lively Jamie Vardy had a shot saved by Matt Gilks after three minutes before seeing an effort blocked by Barry Ferguson. Blackpool, meanwhile, have struggled to get out of their own half, but on the few occasions they have the Leicester defence has snuffed them out. 0-0 after 30 minutes.

    Mark Bright, Final Score

    "Yaya Toure is such a solid player, so reliable. He can play in so many positions. He really is an awesome player and he doesn't seem to do anything other than play football. You never see him in magazines or newspapers."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad Stadium

    "On the basis QPR have hardly had the ball no-one can doubt City's lead is totally deserved."

  74. 1745: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-0 QPR - Yaya Toure (15 mins)

    To say it has been coming is the understatement of this fledling season, but City have finally made their pressure count. The ball breaks for Yaya Toure from a corner and he makes no mistake from close range - having seen it a couple of times I am still not sure what the QPR defence - if you can call them that - were doing.

  75. 1745: 

    Andre Villas-Boas might not be too popular with the Tottenham fans right now but Norwich boss Chris Hughton definitely enjoyed himself on his return to White Hart Lane. The former Spurs full-back, coach, assistant boss and caretaker manager left with a well-deserved point.

    "We were up against a very good Spurs team and they were always going to have the majority of possession, but I thought we had the better chances and got into the better areas," Hughton said. "Having gone one behind it's always pleasing to get back into the game and that was the least we deserved."

  76. 1741: 

    More pressure from City, who have had five corners in the first 12 minutes and have fired in shots from Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure that were well blocked in the QPR box.

    It's not completely one-way traffic, mind. Jack Rodwell unwittingly provided Rangers first effort on goal with an interception in the centre-circle that looped just over his own cross-bar. What an own-goal that would have been.

  77. 1739: 

    Sat in the Etihad stands, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has gone for a misty blue shirt over misty blue polo-shirt combo that looks cool on him but would be rubbish on anyone else.

    Not sure what he is going to learn from watching City today - QPR have hardly touched the ball yet, and you have to think Madrid might do a tiny bit better.

  78. 1737: 

    It's going to take something special to wrestle my 'Best Performance So Far By A Player Making His Premier League Debut For His New Club Today' from Steven Fletcher, who scored twice for Sunderland in their eventful 2-2 draw at Swansea.

    "I was delighted to get off the mark. It takes a lot of pressure off to get the two goals." Fletcher said afterwards. "The manager told me there's no pressure on me and hopefully I've repaid him with the goals today."


    Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole tweets: "Had to come off with a dead leg today. Nothing serious, will be OK for two weeks against Liverpool! Good point and still unbeaten!"


    Everton defender John Heitinga tweets: "Disappointing day in all ways. 2-0 defeat at WBA and 90mins on the bench. To see Everton lose is painful. I felt ready to help."

  81. 1736: 

    Tottenham were booed off after their 1-1 home draw with Norwich and boss Andre Villas-Boas says he understands why.

    "We are very disappointed with the way we have played," Villas-Boas said. "The players are down, we lacked the sharpness we needed to do and perhaps allowed some anxiety to creep into our game. I understand why the fans are frustrated. No one wants to draw two games at home like that but we will replay their faith. It is only our third game, so it may take some patience."

  82. 1735: 

    A first chance of note for City. Samir Nasri swings in a corner and Edin Dzeko rises above the QPR defence - just like he did on the last day of last season. On that occasion, he scored... this time, he glances his header wide of the far post.

  83. 1733: 

    Cries of "Shauny Wright Wright Wright" echo around the Etihad in recognition of a former City favourite now lining up for QPR. The home side have dominated possession in the first few minutes, and the visitors are defending deep and in numbers to keep them at bay. They have done, so far.


    Infostrada Sports tweet: "This is Roberto Mancini's 100th Premier League match. If he wins he will equal Sir Alex Ferguson's total of wins in his first 100 PL matches - 62 each."

  85. 1730: 

    Just time for a quick rendition of Blue Moon before Manchester City get us started in Roberto Mancini's 100th game as their manager.

  86. 1727: 

    The players are out on the pitch at the Etihad, which means kick-off is only moments away. Hopefully the QPR team recognises each other... they should do really because Esteban Granero is their only debutant.


    Jack from Norwich on 81111 on text: "Norwich were fantastic! Need another striker but a great performance on the whole. On a sad note Huddlestone's tackle was disgusting and cowardly, he should be punished severely."

    Chris on 81111 on text: "As a Spurs fan, I honestly expected more from today. Having said that, AVB made good changes when necessary. The fault lies with the players for switching off."

    Ravi, a Tottenham supporter, on 81111 on text: "This is not AVB's fault. Levy has sold two of our best three players and now we have no creativity. Moutinho was a necessity. Levy's failed in the transfer window."

  88. 1725: 

    Roberto Mancini might have missed out on the likes of Daniele de Rossi but he seems quite happy with his own summer acquisitions, including the biggest buy of deadline day in Benfica's Javi Garcia.

    "When you buy new players you think that you can improve your team. Only on the pitch can you say it is true or not, but we have got players with experience and who have played in the Champions League," Mancini said before kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.

    And what he remembers about the last day of the season? "I have good memories of an important day for us it was a difficult game and I think it will be again for us."

  89. 1720: 

    Someone who knows all about Mourinho is West Brom boss Steve Clarke, his former assistant at Chelsea who is enjoying a pretty, er, special start to his time at The Hawthorns.

    West Brom are up to third after maintaining their unbeaten start with a hard-fought victory over Everton today, and Clarke is understandably happy with how things are going.

    "It's been a pleasing start," he said. "I begin to sound like broken gramophone but the players have been fantastic. They work ever so hard and I think we deserved the three points.

    "I just felt in the second half we were a little more adventurous. We showed a little to much respect to Everton in the first half but got about them in the second. It was an evenly-balanced game and there wasn't much between two good teams."

  90. 1717: 

    The Special One is at the Etihad Stadium today - yep, Jose Mourinho is in town to check out City because his Real Madrid side are up against Mancini's men in that easy-looking (ahem) Champions League group.

    City start their European campaign in Madrid on 18 September.


    James Aylott on Twitter: "Why does AVB insist on five man midfield? Spurs at their best today with two up front. Two points from nine is simply not good enough."

    Richard Bound on Twitter: "Defoe is great finisher offers nothing else. We need to start Dempsey, Dembele and Adebayor to replace Van der Vaart and Modric."

    Johnny Calopsita on Twitter: "Recognition for Steve Clarke, please? Great start to his West Brom career. Good coach, even better manager."

  92. 1716: 

    In answer to my question at 1711, it was definitely QPR boss Mark Hughes with 12 signings - although Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini did his best to catch him up on deadline day.

    Hughes seems happy with the signings he has made though: "We've done a lot of good work. We've had a productive window we feel. I'm looking forward to making the group gel and to win games. I don't think anybody will ever forget that game against Man City last season. It might be a bit quieter today and, hopefully, we can reverse the result."

  93. 1715: 

    News now of injured Swansea and Wales full-back Neil Taylor, and it is not particularly good - he has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle.

  94. 1711: 

    There are only three QPR survivors from the team that started THAT game at the Etihad Stadium on the last day of last season - Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Bobby Zamora. In contrast, there are only three City changes, with Jack Rodwell, Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko the men coming in. No question who had the busier summer then?


    Nottingham Forest continued their unbeaten start to the season in the Championship with a 2-1 win over Charlton, goals from Lewis McGugan and Sam Hutchinson. Huge entertainment at Elland Road as a topsy-turvy encounter between Leeds and Blackburn ends 3-3. Rovers had raced into a 2-0 lead but Leeds fought back to go 3-2 ahead before Ruben Rochina makes it 3-3 late on. Big win for Derby as they ran riot against Gianfranco Zola's Watford, winning 5-1.

    In League One, Tranmere are top on goal difference after easing to a 4-0 win over Colchester. They are level on 10 points with Yeovil, who have made their best start to a season ever after edging Doncaster 2-1.

    A 1-1 draw for Gillingham at home to Chesterfield is enough to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. They are top of League Two with 10 points. Meanwhile 10-man Fleetwood eased to a 4-1 win over Aldershot.

    LINE-UPS- Man City v QPR (1730 BST)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Toure, Rodwell, Nasri, Tevez, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Sinclair, Clichy, Toure, Balotelli, Razak.

    QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Da Silva, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Park, Faurlin, Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Murphy, Derry, Cisse, Mackie, Onuoha, Dyer, Hoilett.

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

    Man City v QPR (1730 BST)

    Scott Sinclair is the only one of Manchester City's new boys on the team-sheet today - and the £6.2m signing from Swansea City is on the bench. Joleon Lescott, Jack Rodwell, David Silva and Edin Dzeko start after being left out at Liverpool. QPR's £8m signing from Real Madrid Esteban Granero makes his debut as former City boss Mark Hughes makes six changes.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad StadiumMan City v QPR (1730 BST)

    "Memories of May 13 2012 and the most momentous day in Manchester City's recent history will be revived by the visit of QPR. Sergio Aguero may be missing through injury but his name is all over this fixture after he scored the injury-time goal against QPR that won City's first title for 44 years.

    "QPR boss Mark Hughes has rebuilt his entire side in the summer while Manchester City were busy in spending £38m on transfer deadline day - now the mayhem of the transfer window has ended it is back to the football at The Etihad."

  99. 1702: 

    Just one top-flight game left for our enjoyment tonight, and it involves the champions - Manchester City take on QPR at 17:30 BST. There is no Joey Barton for QPR this time, so things are bound to be a bit quieter. And, although we might still get a couple of injury-time goals, they won't win the Premier League title this time, will they?


    Jon, an irate Spurs fan, on 81111 on text: "Levy has gutted our team and replaced them with mediocre players. We should have paid anything to get Moutinho. Without a creative central player supporting the play Bale, Lennon, Adebayor, Defoe, Gylfi, Dembele are all useless."

    Dawn on 81111 on text: "What is going on at Spurs? Are we destined to surrender every lead we take? Just not good enough."

    Aiden on 81111 on text: "Dear Mr Levy, can we have Harry back please?"

  101. 1656: 

    So, the natives are getting restless at White Hart Lane as Andre Villas-Boas' wait for a first Premier League win as Tottenham boss goes on. Norwich were good value for their point, though.

  102. 1656: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 2-2 Sunderland
  103. 1655: 

    A half-chance for Fraizer Campbell goes astray as Sunderland look to nick the win late on. Not long left at the Liberty Stadium now...

  104. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 2-0 Everton
  105. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 1-1 Norwich

    Boos ring out at the final whistle at White Hart Lane. The Norwich fans seem quite happy with their point, though.


    Kelvin Yip on Twitter: "Huddlestone a little late but that is never a red."

    Tom Calvert on Twitter: "Spurs try and protect a one goal lead at home. Can someone tell me why?"

    Erin Thomas on Twitter: "Wonderful goal for Norwich City! They really deserve something from this game!"

  107. 1653: 

    Swansea's 10-men are pressing for a winner but, deep into injury time, the chances seem to have dried up.

    Time is running out at White Hart Lane too - is a home draw against Norwich really good enough for Tottenham?

  108. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 2-2 Stoke
  109. 1652: 

    Tottenham are hanging on here. Steve Morison almost tees up Grant Holt with the Tottenham defence in tatters, but instead Holt's backheel set up Bradley Johnson to bring another great save out of Brad Friedel, before Johnson blazes the follow-up over.

  110. 1650: 

    There will be five minutes of added time at The Hawthorns. No sign of a late Everton fightback at the moment, although Marouane Fellaini just went close to pulling a goal back with a header from a corner.

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    On the sending off of Tom Huddlestone: "That was never, ever, ever a red card in a million years. When he appeals on that, that should be changed, rescinded. There was no intent."

  112. 1648: 

    Robbie Savage might be getting carried away (it is only September after all) but that was a brilliant reflex save by Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi to deny Charlie Adam. We are seeing a thrilling finish at the DW Stadium, where it is still 2-2.

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "I've just seen the save of the season at Wigan from Ali Al-Habsi. Charlie Adam struck a free-kick well, it deflected off the wall, and Al-Habsi, who was going thee wrong way, got a big hand to it. What. A. Save."


    Lots of goals at Elland Road as Leeds come back from two-goals down to lead Blackburn through Luciano Becchio, only for Ruben Rochin to make it 3-3. Plenty of goals too at Pride Park as Derby make it five with second-half strikes from Will Hughes and Jamie Ward before Matej Vydra pulls one back for Watford. At Portman Road, Ipswich fought back against Huddersfield through Luke Chambers and Michael Chopra to make it 2-1, but on-loan Norwich forward James Vaughan tapped home to make it 2-2.

    Three points look to be in the bag for League One leaders Tranmere as Jake Cassidy scores his third of the game to give the hosts a 4-0 lead at home to Colchester. Elsewhere, Crawley are 1-0 up at home to Leyton Orient while Portsmouth trail 1-0 at home to Oldham.

  115. 1646: 
    RED CARD- Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone (89 mins)

    Things just got worse for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas. Tom Huddlestone has only been on for seven minutes but he is already heading for an early bath after being shown a straight red card for a lunging challenge on Jonny Howson.

  116. 1642: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-1 Norwich - Robert Snodgrass (85 mins)

    Norwich are level, and it is far too easy. Russell Martin heads a deep cross down for Grant Holt and he tees up Robert Snodgrass to drive his shot past Brad Friedel.

  117. 1641: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-0 Everton - Gareth McAuley (82 mins)

    Everton have a mountain to climb now. Their defence goes AWOL from a corner and Gareth McAuley rises highest to power his header past Tim Howard.

  118. 1640: 

    Any sign of a second West Brom goal? They are knocking on the door, that's for sure. The Baggies have gone on the attack since taking the lead, with Claudio Yacob fizzing a shot wide and Youssouf Mulumbu bringing a diving save out of Tim Howard.

  119. 1637: 

    Norwich come forward in search of an equaliser with an attack that ends with shouts for a Canaries penalty. Loud shouts, as it happens.

    Referee Mark Halsey doesn't give this one but the Norwich fans are furious. Benoit Assou-Ekotto appeared to pull substitute Steve Morison's shirt as the ball dropped in the penalty area but nothing is given. A real let off for Spurs, that.

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "That was a ridiculous challenge from Chico Flores. He caught Louis Saha on his ear! It's a shocking red card."

  121. 1633: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-2 Stoke - Peter Crouch (76 mins)

    Stoke have got their leveller now, though. Cameron Jerome comes off the bench to feed Jon Walters down the left and his lifted cross finds Peter Crouch to nod home from about six yards out.

  122. 1633: 
    RED CARD- Swansea's Chico (71 mins)

    It was Chico (not Chicu, sorry) who angered Martin O'Neill with those heavy challenges on James McClean earlier but the Swansea defender did not learn his lesson, catching Louis Saha with a wild and high tackle that almost takes Saha's head off. Referee Roger East responds by marking his first Premier League game with his first Premier League red card.


    David Meacock on Twitter: "Oooh, Dembele... That's the first part of that fifteen million paid back."

    Joseph on Twitter: "Dembele is a damn good player. Only bright spot in a rather poor Spurs performance."

    Charlie Smith on Twitter: "Great for Dembele but it shouldn't cover the cracks of a poor Spurs team performance. Reality-check required even if they win."

  124. 1633: 

    Stoke have upped the tempo as they look for a leveller against Wigan, but Jon Walters wasted an excellent chance to make it 2-2 when he blazed over with a close-range volley.

  125. 1631: 

    Stoke have upped the tempo as they look for a leveller against Wigan, but Jon Walters wasted an excellent chance to make it 2-2 when he blazed over with a close-range volley.

  126. 1629: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Louis Saha for Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)

    No debut hat-trick for Steven Fletcher today. He is replaced by Louis Saha as Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill juggles his frontline.

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "Do you really need two holding midfielders at home to Norwich? Fair play to AVB, though, he made the change at half-time. And that was a great Cruyff turn from Dembele for the goal."

  128. 1628: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-2 Sunderland - Michu (66 mins)

    Michu just cannot stop scoring at the moment. He headed inches over a few minutes a go but this time he makes no mistake, meeting Jonathan de Guzman's clipped cross and nodding past Simon Mignolet for his fourth goal of the season. All square again at the Liberty Stadium.

  129. 1626: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Norwich - Mousa Dembele (68 mins)

    What a finish this is. Benoit Assou-Ekotto feeds Mousa Dembele on the edge of the box but he still has a lot of work to do, skilfully rounding Jonny Howson before arrowing a low shot past John Ruddy and into the bottom corner of the net. Relief for Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, and those unhappy Spurs fans too.


    Blistering start to the second half for Hull as two goals in three minutes has given them a 3-1 lead at home to Bolton. First, Abdoulaye Faye made it 2-1 in the 46th minute before debutant Stephen Quinn gave Hull a two-goal cushion minutes later. Great fightback by Leeds at Elland Road as they come back from two goals down against Blackburn, with Ross McCormack equalising in the 56th minute.

    In League One, Tranmere are firmly on course to hold top spot come 5pm as second-half goals from Jake Cassidy and Zoumana Bakayogo have given them a 3-0 lead at home to Colchester, while in League Two Steve McNulty has given 10-man Fleetwood a 2-1 lead at home to Aldershot.

  131. 1624: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-0 Everton - Shane Long (65 mins)

    The Baggies had just made their own attacking change, with Peter Odemwingie coming off the bench, and he makes an instant impact by charging down the left and curling in a precise cross to put the ball on a plate for Shane Long to convert and break the deadlock.

  132. 1623: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Kevin Mirallas for Steven Naismith

    Everton bring on another Belgian, with Kevin Mirallas replacing Steven Naismith. He immediately tees up Marouane Felllaini, who makes a right old mess of his attempted finish, ballooning his shot over the bar.

  133. 1620: 

    Rookie referee Roger East is having a busy day at the Liberty Stadium, with Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill going ballistic on the touchline as a couple of hefty challenges floor James McClean but East allows play to continue.

    Swansea are still pressing hard for a leveller, with Simon Mignolet sprawling to keep out a Wayne Routledge free-kick and the Sunderland defence only just recovering to deny Nathan Dyer.

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "I think Spurs should have just had a penalty. Jermain Defoe was standing on the line of the area and Sebastien Bassong fouls him. I think on the line is in. Penalty."

  135. 1618: 

    Blimey, definite murmurs of discontent from White Hart Lane (below), and it is only the start of September.

    They are still not looking much like scoring against Norwich, though. Sebastien Bassong brings Jermain Defoe down right on the edge of the penalty area. Tottenham want a spot-kick, but it is a free-kick which is eventually given. Defoe eventually takes it but that deflects off the Norwich wall and runs out for a corner which Norwich, eventually, clear.


    Si, a miserable Tottenham fan, on 81111 on text: "I cannot believe what I'm watching at the Lane! The system is wrong and it's so obvious..."

    Brent in London on 81111 on text: "So Spurs sell their two best midfielders and scramble on last day for replacements and it's good business, but when Arsenal did that last year it was panic buying?"

    James, a Liverpool supporter, on 81111 on text: "Am I the only person who thinks that Liverpool must resign Michael Owen? Fan favourite, replacement striker, natural goalscorer. Easy."

  137. 1615: 

    Everton have looked the livelier of the two teams so far in the second half but the closest they have come to breaking the deadlock is when Marouane Fellaini scuffed a shot wide when the ball broke for him in the West Brom box.

    Swansea, meanwhile, are pressing hard for an equaliser against Sunderland, but Nathan Dyer has had a powerful drive pushed away by Simon Mignolet, while Leon Britton volleyed over when well placed. He is still waiting for his first Premier League goal by the way.

  138. 1613: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Emmanuel Adebayor for Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham)

    Andre Villas-Boas needs to shake up his attack here, and he does exactly that by bringing on Emmanuel Adebayor to play alongside Jermain Defoe. Spurs will change to a 4-4-2 formation.

  139. 1612: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Billy Jones for Steven Reid (West Brom)

    An enforced change at the back for the Baggies, with Steven Reid unable to continue.


    Leeds are back in their game against Blackburn and it had to be former Rovers striker El Hadji Diouf to score. Suspicions that Luciano Becchio may have been offside but the goal is given and Blackburn lead 2-1 at the break. Derby are running riot against Watford as former Wigan striker Conor Sammon makes it 3-0 at Pride Park, while Crystal Palace lead Sheffield United 1-0.

    In League One, Tranmere's good start to the season continues as Jake Cassidy's goal five minutes before half time means the current league leaders have a 1-0 lead at home to Colchester. Notts County are 1-0 up at Bury through Lee Hughes while it continues to get better for Sheffield United, who are 3-1 up at home to Bournemouth. Unbeaten Gillingham are drawing 1-1 with Chesterfield in League Two, while Rotherham are firmly in control at home to Bradford, they lead 3-0 at half-time.

    Mark Bright, Final Score

    "Wigan have started this season how they finished the last one off. Their two strikers are combining really well, and it was a good finish from Di Santo."


    Hashim Albahbahani on Twitter: "Spurs look very reminiscent of Chelsea last January. Slow, lacklustre, and unable to penetrate the opposition's back line."

    James Cooling on Twitter: "I was buzzing last night, not so much now. Defoe poor as ever. Where are Ade and Dembele? Very worrying..."

    Aidan Monk on Twitter: "Poor poor half at White Hart Lane. Adebayor and Dembele on or our season is over before it's begun!"

  143. 1608: 

    The second half has started at the Liberty Stadium, where they are slightly behind schedule because of that nasty-looking injury to Neil Taylor earlier.

    There are still no goals at White Hart Lane, but Norwich are still looking dangerous, with Grant Holt getting on the end of Javier Garrido's cross but, falling backwards, he cannot keep his header down.

  144. 1606: 

    Apparently Maroaune Fellaini had the wrong colour tape on his socks. He is back on now though.

  145. 1606: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-1 Stoke - Franco di Santo (49 mins)

    Great play by Arouna Kone to hold the ball up in the Stoke area, and then to feed Franco di Santo with a low pass that allows him to beat Asmir Begovic with a low finish for his fifth goal in his last eight Premier League games. Wigan are back in front.

  146. 1605: 

    The second half has also started at The Hawthorns, but without Marouane Fellaini. Referee Jon Moss has told Everton's Belgian midfielder to go back to the dressing room to cover up or remove some jewellery - either that or he has told him to get his hair cut.

  147. 1604: 

    A decent start to the second half by Tottenham, with Aaron Lennon raiding down the right and finding Gylfi Sigurdsson to thump a shot straight at Norwich keeper John Ruddy.

  148. 1603: 

    We are back under way at White Hart Lane, and at the DW Stadium too. Will referee Martin Atkinson get his hat-trick of penalties in that one?

  149. 1602: 

    Lots of new boys yet to make their bow, of course. One of them is Tottenham's £15m signing Mousa Dembele, who is coming on for the second half in place of Sandro.

  150. 1559: 

    If there was an award for 'Best Performance So Far By A Player Making His Premier League Debut For His New Club Today' (there isn't but with a snappy title like, that I can't think why) then Steven Fletcher is edging out Andy Carroll at the moment.

    Sunderland's £12m new boy had work to do when Ashley Williams inadvertently played him him but found a brilliant finish. His second goal was less classy, but he won't mind and neither will the Black Cats fans.

    HALF-TIME- Swansea 1-2 Sunderland

    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the Liberty Stadium: "What an introduction by Steven Fletcher with two goals on his Sunderland debut. Work to be done for Swansea if they are to maintain their perfect start."

    John MotsonHALF-TIME- Tottenham 0-0 Norwich

    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart Lane: "No goals at half-time and the home support are not happy. It is only thanks to Brad Friedel they are still level."

    HALF-TIME- Wigan 1-1 Stoke

    MOTD's John Roder at the DW Stadium: "The first half started with a penalty and ended with a penalty. Stoke and their fans have been given extra buzz by the introduction of Charlie Adam as a substitute."

    Guy MowbrayHALF-TIME- West Brom 0-0 Everton

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at The Hawthorns: "By and large West Bromwich Albion had the best chances in the first half, Shane Long against the bar and Tim Howard keeping out James Morrison. But Everton have had more chances, notably in the air through Fellaini, with Jelavic and Pienaar also looking threatening."

  155. 1550: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 1-2 Sunderland
  156. 1551: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-2 Sunderland - Steven Fletcher (45 +6 mins)

    We are in the sixth minute of injury-time when Sunderland restore their advantage. Seb Larsson swings in a free-kick from the left and Steven Fletcher gets on the end of it at the far post to bundle the ball home despite the best efforts of Chico.

    Fletcher wanted a penalty a few moments earlier when he was pushed by Angel Rangel, who conceded the free-kick with a hand-ball following a beautifully angled cross-field pass from Adam Johnson.

  157. 1550: 
    HALF-TIME- Wigan 1-1 Stoke
  158. 1550: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 0-0 Everton
  159. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 0-0 Norwich
    Mark Bright, Final Score

    On Swansea's equaliser: "What a strike from Routledge! It was a lovely little ball chipped through and a great finish. Swansea have been keeping the ball in and around the Sunderland area for quite some time."

  161. 1548: 

    Everton keeper Tim Howard's turn to produce a spectacular stop, with a brilliant one-handed save to prevent James Morrison snatching a lead for West Bromwich Albion shortly before the half-time whistle.

    Morrison calmly skips around Sylvain Distin, after latching on to Phil Jagielka's wayward header, but Howard is equal to his fierce 12-yard drive.


    Steve McIntyre on Twitter: "Adebayor should have started ahead of Defoe as he's much more consistent and more creative."

    Khael Malik on Twitter: "Spurs look totally bereft of ideas. Having lots of the ball but not knowing what to do with it."

    Hilary Sledge on Twitter: "Your plea for Premier League goals seemed to work. Now please ask my ex to come back to me..."

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "At Wigan, Maynor Figueroa has his arm up and it's hit him. There's an argument that it's not a penalty - was it intentional? But after the earlier penalty things have evened themselves up."

  164. 1546: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Sunderland - Wayne Routledge (45 mins)

    A typical Swansea goal, this, with Nathan Dyer's clever flick releasing Wayne Routledge inside the Sunderland area to rifle home an equaliser. The Welsh side have not been at their best in the first 45 minutes, but they are finishing the half with a flourish.

  165. 1544: 

    Another superb stop from Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel, who shows superb reflexes to keep out Robert Snodgrass's diving header from point-blank range. Is he really 41?

  166. 1540: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-1 Stoke - Jon Walters, pen (40 mins)

    Jon Walters makes no mistake from the spot, beating Ali Al Habsi with a powerful strike into the corner.

  167. 1540: 
    Swansea 0-1 Sunderland - Steven Fletcher (40 mins)

    Swansea defender Ashley Williams makes a real hash of a backpass and Steven Fletcher can barely believe his luck, running in on goal to curl home a debut goal and put Sunderland ahead. It almost got worse for the Swans soon after too, with James McClean firing inches over for the visitors.


    Birmingham are without a win so far this season but things are looking promising at St Andrews this afternoon. Peter Lovenkrands has given them a 1-0 lead against Peterborough. Former Portugal international Nuno Gomes seems to be settling into life in English football very well. He has scored his second goal in four games to make it 2-0 for Blackburn at Leeds. Elsewhere in the Championship, Derby lead Watford 2-0 while Huddersfield are showing there is life after Jordan Rhodes as they go 1-0 up at Ipswich through Adam Clayton.

    Great fightback by Sheffield United at home to Bournemouth in League One. They had been trailing 1-0 but have turned the game on its head thanks to two goals from Ryan Flynn. In League Two, big-spending Fleetwood are 1-0 up against Aldershot but have just been reduced to 10 men with Dean Howell receiving his marching orders.

  169. 1539: 
    PENALTY to Stoke

    Referee Martin Atkinson points to the spot for the second time in the game, after the ball hits Maynor Figueroa's arms after Peter Crouch gets on the end of a ball into the box. Figueroa had his arms up but that still looked harsh because he did not know too much about it.

  170. 1539: 

    Tottenham are improving, slowly. Gareth Bale tests John Ruddy with a shot that moves all over the place, but that somehow Ruddy parrys away. Norwich can't clear and Spurs work a chance for Sandro which Ruddy copes with easily.

    Mark Bright, Final Score

    "I've just seen Shane Long's miss for West Brom. It was a great cross, he was all on his own and he headed against the crossbar. Against Everton you aren't going to get too many chances. That is one you have to bury."

  172. 1538: 
    SUBSTITUTION- David Meyler for Lee Cattermole (Sunderland)

    Nope, Lee Cattermole cannot continue. He hobbles off, to be replaced by David Meyler.

  173. 1535: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Charlie Adam for Andy Wilkinson (Stoke)

    This is a tactical change by Tony Pulis, because Andy Wilkinson is not injured. You can hardly blame Pulis for wanting to try something new, though, because Stoke have been poor so far and are yet to see whether new dad Ali Al Habsi's sleepless night has affected his reflexes.

    Will Charlie Adam, on for his debut, change that? His first touch of the ball is a curling free-kick that is scrambled clear by the Latics defence.

  174. 1534: 

    Swansea have scored eight goals in their first two Premier League games but they have not had so much as a sausage in front of goal so far today, save for a shot from Nathan Dyer that was blocked.

    Sunderland have had an injury scare of their own in the last few minutes, with Lee Cattermole needing treatment after landing awkwardly on his ankle. He is going to carry on for now, but I'm not sure how long he will last.


    Mark G on Twitter: "Lots of brand new strikers on display for their clubs this weekend. Who settles fastest might decide a lot this year."

    Wazza on Twitter: "Tottenham clearly missing Modric in that midfield. No creativity at all."

    Cameron Laws on Twitter: "Premier League teams are slacking here! C'mon lads, keep up with the high standards you've already set. More goals!"

  176. 1532: 

    The Baggies have been on the back foot for most of the game but they have just gone within inches of taking the lead. Shane Long meets Liam Ridgewell's swinging cross but sees his header come back off the bar with Tim Howard beaten.

    At the other end, Marouane Fellaini also goes close with a header, getting on the end of Tony Hibbert's looping delivery but seeing the ball come down on to the roof of the net. No goals at the Hawthorns, yet, but plenty of chances.

  177. 1529: 
    SUBSTITUTION- David Jones for Jean Beausejour (Wigan)

    Roberto Martinez is forced to make a change when Jean Beausejour limps off.

  178. 1527: 

    The chances keep coming for Norwich, courtesy of a rasping, fizzing shot from Bradley Johnson, who gathered a headed clearance on the edge of the area and drilled his effort narrowly over Brad Friedel's goal.

    Spurs break down the other end from the goalkick, where Defoe and Lennon almost combine to put Sigurdsson in on goal only for the Icelandic international to mis-control at the key moment.


    A goal has gone in at Elland Road and it goes to Blackburn, but not from the boot of £8m man Jordan Rhodes. Morten Gamst Pedersen plays a ball over the top for Markus Olsson and he charges away to finish 1-0. Elsewhere in the Championship, contrasting fortunes for two Lancashire clubs in the early stages of their games. Bolton lead 1-0 at Hull while Burnley are trailing 1-0 at home to Brighton.

    In League One, MK Dons, one of the favourites for the title, are 1-0 up at home to Carlisle with former Manchester United winger Luke Chadwick grabbing the goal. Work to do for another early season favourite, though, with Sheffield United trailing 1-0 at home to Bournemouth. Plenty of time to go yet...

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "The trouble with AVB's Spurs is that, with three up front and two sitting midfielders, they have no width. When they played so well last season they had Lennon and Bale on the wings. Look what they did to Inter.

    "Spurs should have qualified for the Champions League season, and Redknapp should still be the manager."

  181. 1524: 

    Not much of a response from Stoke so far. In fact, Wigan could be further ahead. Emmerson Boyce and Franco di Santo combine nicely down the right but the ball comes off Arouna Kone's chest in front of goal - the Latics striker wasn't expecting that to reach him.

    The only thing Potters fans have had to cheer so far is new signing Charlie Adam, who gets plenty of applause as he warms up on the touch-line.

  182. 1523: 

    Speaking of injuries and World Cup qualifiers, Sam Allardyce expects Andy Carroll to be ruled out of England's upcoming games against Moldova and Ukraine with a tight hamstring. The big centre-forward impressed on his West Ham debut as his new side beat Fulham 3-0, but he limped out of the action after 68 minutes.

    Allardyce said: "He will probably be on out treatment bench for a while. He was injured on the jump with their centre-half and he over-extended himself. We won't know the extent of the injury until he is scanned and we see how serious it is."

  183. 1522: 

    This looks serious, and it is bad news for Swansea and Wales because their left-back Neil Taylor has just been carried off on a stretcher after a serious-looking ankle injury.

    Taylor's left foot was trapped under him as he fell to the ground, taking the full weight of Sunderland's Craig Gardner. Bad news for the Swans today, and for Wales ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier with Belgium. Teenager Ben Davies comes on for his Premier League debut.


    Free agent Michael Owen tweets: "Not sure about some of you saying Spurs have done best. The players they have brought in will do well to match the players that they lost."

  185. 1521: 

    It has all gone a bit scrappy at White Hart Lane. Norwich have had another chance, with Simeon Jackson dragging a shot wide, while Jermain Defoe has done likewise for Spurs, who are mainly threatening on the counter-attack at the moment.

  186. 1519: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tony Hibbert for Darron Gibson (Everton)

    Darron Gibson appears to pull a hamstring as he delivers a ball into the Baggies box and his afternoon is over. Everton have brought on Tony Hibbert and pushed Phil Neville forward into midfield.

  187. 1517: 

    Everton's turn to shout for a penalty, when Nikica Jelavic goes down under a challenge from Claudio Yacob as they both go for a loose ball. There is definite contact but I think they just collided rather than any foul from Yacob, and referee Jon Moss agrees.


    Ruridh Allen on Twitter: "Really hope Everton keep this run of form up - Moyes deserves an excellent season."

    Ebbeli on Twitter: "Now AVB got almost everything on his wish list, it's time to prove his mettle..."

    Dimitar Kondonis on Twitter: "Got to feel for Norwich, having to play against Mousa Dembele potentially twice in their opening three matches."

  189. 1515: 

    Evetrton are still looking busy against the Baggies, although they did have a scare when Steven Pienaar went down and needed some treatment. West Brom cannot keep possession at the moment, while Everton are frequently finding Marouane Fellaini and trying to build in the West Brom half.

  190. 1512: 

    Sunderland are settling down and seeing quite a lot of the ball against Swansea. Adam Johnson has shown off some nice little touches down the right wing, although his side are yet to create any sort of chance.

  191. 1509: 

    Spurs may have made the better start but it is Norwich who have just gone close to taking the lead. Robert Snodgrass curls in a wicked free-kick from the right and Russell Martin's header is brilliantly tipped on to the bar by Brad Friedel, who I presume is playing for his first-team future following Tottenham's £10m signing of France keeper Hugo Lloris yesterday.

  192. 1507: 

    Everton have made the brighter start at The Hawthorns, with Steven Pienaar having a shot blocked, while Tottenham have done the same against Norwich at White Hart Lane, with Aaron Lennon escaping down the right and setting up Gylfi Sigurdsson to fire over. No goals, or penalty appeals, at either of those grounds yet though.


    The first goal to be scored in the Football League is at Bootham Crescent, and it is a quick one too. York City, who signed PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle recently, are ahead with barely 20 seconds on the clock through Michael Coulson to lead Oxford United 1-0.

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "The ball has hit Robert Huth on the arm, and I think it's harsh. But then he did have his arm held out, so it has to be a penalty to Wigan."

  195. 1505: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-0 Stoke - Shaun Maloney (5 mins)

    Shaun Maloney steps up to take the spot-kick and sends Asmir Begovic the wrong way with a confident low finish to put the Latics ahead.


    Joseph from Northampton on 81111 on text: "You have to be impressed with Villas-Boas' formation today. He has got all the players in their strongest positions. We should brush Norwich aside with ease."

    Ben in Bristol on 81111 on text: "There's no way Norwich losing at Spurs will put Hughton under pressure in terms of his job. We're not that kind of club."

    Alex, an Rs fan in London, on 81111 on text: "Let's hope for a repeat of the last QPR-Man City clash... Except with QPR winning..."

  197. 1504: 
    PENALTY to Wigan

    We don't have to wait long for our first penalty of the afternoon, though. James McCarthy's shot hits Robert Huth's hand and referee Martin Atkinson points to the spot.

  198. 1503: 

    An early shout for a penalty at the Liberty Stadium, when Swansea's Wayne Routledge runs into Craig Gardner inside the Black Cats box and goes to ground. Referee Roger East, in charge of his first Premier League game, is not impressed.

  199. 1501: 

    Norwich, wearing their all-black away kit, get things started at Tottenham. Does canary yellow-and-green clash with Spurs' all-white outfit then?

  200. 1500: 

    We are under way at The Hawthorns, the Liberty Stadium and the DW Stadium too. The Spurs team is still in a pre-match huddle at White Hart Lane.


    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson, watching Leeds against Blackburn at Elland Road, tweets: "A football first. El Hadji Diouf gets a warm round of applause from opposition fans as Leeds face his old club Blackburn."

    Diouf, who played for Blackburn from 2009-2011, starts for Leeds today.

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "Good business done by Spurs before the deadline. I think Dembele at £15m is the bargain of the transfer window."

  203. 1458: 

    I hope Norwich boss Chris Hughton remembers to go into the away dug-out at White Hart Lane... here he comes now, wearing a beaming smile - and yes, he has headed in the right direction.

  204. 1457: 

    League One Sheffield United unveil the newly named Jessica Ennis Stand at Bramall Lane ahead of their game against Bournemouth this afternoon.

    The Olympic gold medallist was unable to be there in person for the presentation, but has tweeted: "Such an honour to have one of the Sheffield United stands named after me!"

    Sheffield United are not the only ones who have a new stand name. Burnley have tied up a sponsorship agreement with a local electronic cigarette company calling itself 'Totally Wicked'. Consequently the 'The Bob Lord Stand', named after the club's chairman from 1955 to 1981, will from today be known as 'Totally Wicked Bob Lord Stand'. Not sure where tradition fits into that tie-up...

  205. 1456: 

    Swansea are showing off their new club record signing, Pablo Hernandez, who signed for 5.55m from Valencia on Friday - he is not playing today but he gets a big ovation as he steps out on to the pitch at the Liberty Stadium.

    A special mention to for Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi, who had his own deadline day drama - he became a dad yesterday evening, and did not get much sleep following the birth of his baby daughter. He is still in goal for the Latics against Stoke today, though.

    Mark Bright, Final Score

    "Clint Dempsey is the best American player in this league and he is a great addition for Spurs. AVB is putting his stamp on his team and he's an excellent signing alongside Mousa Dembele."

  207. 1451: 

    You lot are going to play your part too. Tweet the text commentary using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111. Make sure you put YOUR NAME on those texts, though, because I can't use them otherwise.

  208. 1450: 

    Striker Kevin Nolan, speaking about West Ham's 3-0 win over Fulham: "Obviously when you get an early goal it helps settle the nerves. Getting the second and third sort of puts it to bed but you have to make sure they don't get a sniff and I think we did that well. We were a bit slack in the final few minutes but overall a fantastic afternoon.

    And on the Hammers' survival chances this season: "I was confident at the beginning of the campaign. We are delighted with the quality of players the gaffer has managed to bring in. It has been a good start but back to the drawing board and hopefully we will do the business in the coming weeks."

    Robbie Savage, Final Score

    "Norwich have to get something today, or Chris Hughton will be under some pressure after their start. He shouldn't be, but that's football these days."

  210. 1445: 

    A decent little line-up awaits us actually - there are four top-flight games starting at 15:00 BST, with Man City versus QPR following at 17:30 - and you (hopefully) know what happened last time those two sides met.

    Before that, Swansea and Everton will try to extend their 100% winning starts to the season, West Brom attempt to remain unbeaten, Wigan hope for their first home victory and Sunderland, QPR, Norwich and Tottenham all go looking for their first wins full-stop. Got all that? Good.

  211. 1444: 

    Hello. So, Big Sam, West Ham and Andy Carroll look like a match made in heaven, but how will some of the other Premier League players adjusting to new surroundings and new team-mates fare this afternoon? Manually refresh this page so you can see who is talking to you, and let's find out...

  212. 1443: 

    That's it from me for this afternoon. Chris Bevan is here to guide you through the afternoon's thrills and spills. Enjoy.


    Mike from Widnes on 81111 on text: "Fulham will regret selling Murphy, Etuhu and Dembele without replacing them, and injury to Sidwell and Diarra and they're in trouble."

    Ben in Manchester on 81111 on text: "There is no-one more suited to Allardyce football than Andy Carroll; great move for all parties except for the striker-short Liverpool."

    Alex on 81111 on text: "Can someone please tell me how many goals and assists Carroll got today? Yeah... thought so. Stop bigging him up, it's embarrassing."

  214. 1439: 
    FULL-TIME- Millwall 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Two goals from Andy Keogh and one from Liam Trotter prove enough for the Lions, who beat a Middlesbrough side which had been enjoying a promising start to the season.

    Tottenham v Norwich (1500 BST)

    New signing Moussa Dembele is named among the Tottenham substitutes, while fellow new arrivals Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris were not registered in time to feature today. Gylfi Sigurdsson starts behind lone striker Jermain Defoe, while Steven Caulker is again given a chance to shine in midfield as Spurs seek their first win of the season.

    Robert Snodgrass has overcome a minor leg problem to take his place in the Norwich midfield while new signing Alex Tettey starts on the bench.

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "West Ham were very impressive indeed. But they did score after one minute and were able to sit back. And they scored from dead balls, something Big Sam Allardyce's teams do very well."

  217. 1436:  
    Conor McNamara, BBC commentator

    "Emmanuel Adebayor has taken over the number 10 jersey worn (briefly) by Rafael van der Vaart this season at Tottenham."

  218. 1436: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 3-0 Fulham

    Well that was a thoroughly satisfying afternoon's work for the Hammers, and Sam Allardyce can't help but have been thrilled with the impact made by Andy Carroll. The only blemish, though, was that the forward limped off injured and looked in some pain.

  219. 1435: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Sunderland (1500 BST)

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Shechter, Moore, Ki, Agustien, Davies.

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Johnson, Larsson, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Bramble, Saha.

    Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

  220. 1434: 
    LINE-UPS- Wigan v Stoke (1500 BST)

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli, Miyaichi.

    Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Whelan, Cameron, Whitehead, Kightly, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Pennant, Jones, Edu, Adam, Upson, Jerome.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  221. 1432: 

    Positive signs for Fulham, as Hugo Rodallega volleys against the post after being played in by Dimitar Berbatov. Those two may link up well for the Cottagers, but it won't help them today.

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Just think about last week's performance from West Ham, when I thought they got mullered by Swansea, who were just terrific. To come and play like this against another footballing side, and to win as comfortably as they have, well it's been a great performance from Big Sam's team."

  223. 1432: 
    LINE-UPS- West Brom v Everton (1500 BST)

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell, Yacob, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Long, Fortune. Subs: Myhill, Rosenberg, Brunt, Gera, Odemwingie, Dawson, Jones.

    Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Naismith, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Mirallas, Gueye, Coleman, Anichebe.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

    GOAL- Millwall 3-1 Middlesbrough (Andy Keogh)

    Republic of Ireland striker Andy Keogh surely seals victory for Millwall with his second goal of the afternoon at the New Den. He slots a left-wing cross past Middlesbrough keeper Jason Steele as the Lions close on their first home Championship win of the season.


    Chris Rollins on Twitter: "Fulham's problem the next couple of games will be learning to adapt without Dembele and Dempsey. They will get there though."

    Jonathan Brook on Twitter: "Carroll's signing has created the tsunami brand of football at West Ham - wave after wave of attacks that no defence can handle."

    Peter Weddell on Twitter: "Allardyce's teams are precisely why English football will never move forward with his win at all costs physical style."

    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Norwich (1500 BST)

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Sandro, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Adebayor, Naughton, Dembele, Townsend, Caulker.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Holt, Jackson. Subs: Rudd, Turner, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Tierney, Tettey.

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

  227. 1429: 

    It is not just Blackburn Rovers showing off their new signings in the Football League today as plenty of other teams strengthened on transfer deadline day.

    Jay Spearing starts for Bolton at Hull after joining on loan from Liverpool while Nottingham Forest, who host Charlton, have decided to name new signings Billy Sharp and James Coppinger on the bench.

    In League One, Ashley Westwood, who left Crewe for Aston Villa yesterday, is replaced by Abdul Osman in midfield for the Railwaymen's game against Coventry.

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Rodallega and Berbatov are having good moments of interplay on the edge of the box. On a different day with different circumstances they will be a handful for any defence, those two."

  229. 1427: 

    This game has long been over as a contest and seems more a question of whether West Ham want to go for more goals. Fulham, I suspect, want the final whistle to come as soon as possible.

  230. 1426: 

    Rob Hall nearly makes an instant impact. Following a Fulham corner, Ricardo Vaz Te breaks at pace and runs the length of the pitch, feeding the substitute, but his shot is blocked.

  231. 1424: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Rob Hall for Guy Demel (West Ham)
    Swansea v Sunderland (1500 BST)

    Swansea stick with the same side that beat West Ham 3-0 a week ago, with new singings Ki Sung-Yueng and Itay Shechter on the bench. Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher make their Premier League debuts for Sunderland.

  233. 1422: 

    Confirmation that Andy Carroll went off with a tight right hamstring. England manager Roy Hodgson will doubtless be concerned.

  234. 1421: 

    Plenty of eyes will be on Elland Road today as the Football League's most expensive striker makes his Blackburn debut. Jordan Rhodes, who scored 40 goals in all competitions last season for Huddersfield, was signed by Rovers on Thursday for £8m. To put the enormity of that fee into perspective, Clint Dempsey, who has hit double figures in the Premier League for the last two seasons, went to Tottenham for £6m on Friday.

  235. 1418: 

    It's worth mentioning that Mark Noble has had a strong game for West Ham, despite some speculation about his future during the transfer window. He had been linked with a move to Fulham, but I'd imagine he's pretty happy to still be at Upton Park right about now.


    Sarah Morgan on Twitter: "Fulham much more positive in second half and a surprise package of entertainment. If only they could get a goal at end of their lovely passes!"

    Owain Glyn Evans on Twitter: "Predictably, all those who were Carroll-haters last year were just in fact Liverpool-haters. What to do with the bandwagon now?"

    Tom George on Twitter: "The key to Andy Carroll? Kevin Nolan."

    Wigan v Stoke (1500 BST)

    New signings Charlie Adam and Maurice Edu start on Stoke's substitutes' bench although Dean Whitehead does come in for Jermaine Pennant. Jean Beausejour starts in place of suspended Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz.

    West Brom v Everton (1500 BST)

    Everton boss David Moyes also keeps faith with the same 11 men who started last Saturday's 3-1 success at Aston Villa. Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas starts on the bench, despite scoring twice in the midweek Capital One Cup thrashing of Leyton Orient.

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Andy Carroll has not been training to play for Liverpool. Now he's in the West Ham first team and, for me, he's done enough today. Get him off and get Carlton Cole on. He's been the best. He's done everything, playing like an old-fashioned striker."

  240. 1410: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Carlton Cole for Andy Carroll (West Ham)

    West Ham aren't taking any chances with Andy Carroll. There didn't look to be too much in his challenge with Brede Hangeland, but he fell to the ground clutching his hamstring. That could be bad news for England too, particularly with Wayne Rooney sidelined for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

  241. 1410: 
    SUBSTITUTION- James Tomkins for James Collins (West Ham)
  242. 1409: 

    So far it's been a dream debut for Andy Carroll, but the England forward is lying on the ground in some discomfort after a clash with Brede Hangeland.

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Matt Taylor got a sight of Berbatov and went and nailed him straightaway!"

    West Brom v Everton (1500 BST)

    Unbeaten West Brom, who host 100% starters Everton at the Hawthorns, name an unchanged starting XI from the one which claimed a last-gasp 1-1 draw at Tottenham last weekend.

  245. 1406: 

    While Fulham are not looking particularly threatening, they do at least seem to have got some sort of a handle on Andy Carroll. The striker hasn't been getting as much service in the second half as he did in the first, and hasn't been quite such a threat.

    SUBSTITUTION- Alex Kacaniklic for Kieran Richardson (Fulham)

    Not a particularly memorable debut for Kieran Richardson. The former Sunderland man was starting to look tired, and that's a like-for-like replacement for the Cottagers.

  247. 1401: 

    Millwall are still 2-1 in front against Middlesbrough in the Championship, by the way.


    Graham Abbott on Twitter: "As a Bolton fan, seeing Nolan and Taylor put West Ham ahead in the Premier League while we're in the Championship is particularly painful."

    Tony Brown on Twitter: "Where have all the people gone that were calling Carroll a carthorse?"

    Sunny Junejo on Twitter: "Match is nicely set up for a Berbatov hat-trick... believe!"

  249. 1400: 

    Fulham are preparing to make another substitution, with Sweden winger Alex Kacaniklic poised to come on.

    MOTD's John MotsonTottenham v Norwich (1500 BST)

    "Chris Hughton and Andre Villas-Boas have something in common right now: both are searching for their first league win of the season.

    Spurs have been so busy in the transfer market, so this match - which they'll expect to win - may be a day of discovery for the fans. I rate new signing Mousa Dembele highly, and his arrival has eased the disappointment of Luka Modric's departure.

    In contrast Norwich haven't broken the bank. Hughton's main job will be to ensure that second-season syndrome doesn't bite. I was there when Norwich won 2-1 at White Hart Lane in April, and to finish 12th in the Premier League after two promotions has set the bar pretty high.

    But Hughton will get a fantastic ovation today having come through the ranks at Tottenham to make more than 300 senior appearances in 13 years at White Hart Lane."

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fulham are playing nice football but it's all in their third of the pitch. They need to stop the opposition playing."

  252. 1355: 

    All the play is around the Fulham penalty area at the moment. Mark Schwarzer parries Matt Taylor's free-kick unconvincingly, before an almighty scramble in the area eventually ends in a Fulham free-kick. No signs of a recovery yet, and the home side are looking comfortable.

    Wigan v Stoke (1500 BST)

    Stoke's fans have been starved of goals, but Tony Pulis hopes Charlie Adam's arrival will change that. "It's no secret we've been looking to bring more goals to the squad and Charlie is a fantastic signing in that respect," said Potters boss Pulis. Roberto Martinez fears Wigan could suffer a backlash following Stoke's surprise midweek League Cup defeat by Swindon. ""They'll want to prove a point now," said the Latics manager.

  254. 1352: 

    Perhaps the most impressive aspect of West Ham's play so far has been their readiness to mix up their styles. It certainly hasn't been all long ball to Andy Carroll, though that has been a potent option. They've also played some nice stuff and Fulham have struggled to cope with their attacks, whether they have come on the ground or in the air.

  255. 1350: 

    Dimitar Berbatov's first touch in a Fulham shirt hints at a little rustiness, as he sends a wayward cross sailing into touch. Not quite the same immediate impact for the Bulgarian as for Andy Carroll then, whose side scored 53 seconds in to his debut.

  256. 1349: 

    Equally unsurprisingly, West Ham are unchanged. And we're under way in the second half.

    SUBSTITUTION- Dimitar Berbatov for Mladen Petric (Fulham)

    Manager Martin Jol didn't have much choice did he? Dimitar Berbatov surely can't be match fit and has yet to have a training session with his new team-mates, but Fulham badly need a lift. Can the Bulgarian spark an unlikely comeback?

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins on new manager Michael Laudrup: "The first two games have settled everybody down. We have made a new managerial appointment and, after today, we have a two-week break in front of us.

    "We did really well last year when Brendan Rodgers was with us. When someone leaves on a successful note it's always difficult bringing someone else in because they've got a tough act to follow. But Michael is doing brilliantly. We will continue to recruit the right managers and players for our football club."


    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, on Football Focus, reflects on his side's activity this summer: "It was a hectic summer but it was time to reflect and my chairman can be a very persuasive man. The media speculation and the talk is, as I see it, a positive thing. If we're doing well, clubs will be interested in our players or staff.

    "We send Victor Moses to Chelsea with our blessings and we will watch him from a distance. You don't plan on losing players - you want to get stronger and stronger. I do feel that the next six months are going to be a very important period for us."

    MOTD's Guy MowbrayWest Brom v Everton (1500 BST)

    "The Hawthorns should be a good place to be this weekend, with both clubs looking to extend their promising starts to the season into a third game. A win or a draw for West Brom would mean their best-ever start to a Premier League season. Everton have been superb in their opening games and could win three in a row at the start of a league season for the first time since 1993."


    Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique tweets: "Really happy for Andy. For sure he's going to score many goals there. Good luck my friend and all the best."


    So, Liverpool fans, what did you make of that first half? A penny for Brendan Rodgers' thoughts right now. Tweet us at #bbcfootball or text in via 81111. Don't forget to include your name on the texts.


    Paul in Wigan on 81111 on text: "As a Liverpool fan I'm heartbroken watching big Andy Carroll already."

    Neil from Canterbury on 81111 on text: "It's not rocket science. At Liverpool, Carroll was surrounded by short, average players. At West Ham, he is surrounded by tall, above-average players. It's win-win for Andy."

    Tim in London on 81111 on text: "Fulham have not sold their only playmaker - don't forget Bryan Ruiz is injured and has started the season well. Our away form has been rubbish, so let's not get carried away."

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "That half couldn't have gone any better for West Ham."

    Jonathan Pearce, BBC SportHALF-TIME- West Ham 3-0 Fulham

    "The half has been dominated by the home side and Andy Carroll, who had a role in Nolan's goal after 53 seconds and also played a part in the third for West Ham. The Hammers will surely go on to win this now."

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fulham were all looking at Andy Carroll with that free-kick, and both centre halves went for the same ball. When a ball lands on the left foot off Matt Taylor you always fancy him to score. There's no organising at the back for Fulham. There's fist shaking and getting each other to play, but they're 3-0 down and I don't think there's any way back from this."

    GOAL- Millwall 2-1 Middlesbrough (Marvin Emnes pen 43 mins)

    Game on at the New Den. Middlesbrough halve the deficit through Marvin Emnes's coolly converted penalty after a rare foray forward. George Friend gallops into the Lions' penalty area and is hacked down by Millwall's Jimmy Abdou, who is booked for the misdemeanour.

    GOAL- West Ham 3-0 Fulham (Matt Taylor, 41 mins)

    Directly, this goal doesn't necessarily have that much to do with Andy Carroll. But you have to think his presence played a major role in it. Three Fulham players surround him in the box as the ball is played in, none of them deal with it convincingly and it falls to Matt Taylor, who hits his shot into the ground and it flies past Mark Schwarzer. What a first half for West Ham.


    Sam Lockley on Twitter: "Enjoying watching West Ham, love this style of football - bullying Fulham, creating chances with knock-ons and pressing high."

    Zayd on Twitter: "Carroll didn't fit in with Liverpool at all. Put him in a system that fits, like with Allardyce, and you have a big threat."

    Chikere Asogwa on Twitter: "What's happening to Fulham - it is the result of selling your only play maker."

    GOAL- Millwall 2-0 Middlesbrough (Andy Keogh 36 mins)

    Millwall have been dominating possession at the New Den and double their lead to make their authority count. James Henry, who set up Liam Trotter's opener, is again involved as his low shot cannons back off the Middlesbrough post and Irish striker Andy Keogh pounces to calmly convert.

  271. 1319: 

    What answer have Fulham got to this excellent first half from West Ham? Dimitar Berbatov might be making an earlier-than-anticipated entrance if this continues.

    Wigan v Stoke (1500 BST)

    BBC Match of the Day commentator John Roder reports: "Wigan have a rather good Premier League record against Stoke. The Potters have won only one of the eight matches played, and Wigan are unbeaten in their last six against them, with two wins and four draws. One of those draws in December 2009 featured a strike you may remember well, as it was Goal of the Season - Wigan's Maynor Figueroa scored with a free-kick from inside his own half."


    Free agent Michael Owen tweets: "Pardon the pun but it's horses for courses. Carroll is a top player when in a team playing a direct style with crosses coming into the box."

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "For all Fulham's passing, and they look really good on the eye, West Ham have had more corners, more attempts, and of course they've scored the all-important goals. That was a fabulous delivery from the corner but Fulham were too concerned with Carroll. It was a great header from Reid and a fantastic goal.

    "It's not about how you play. Winning the game is all-important and West Ham are the better side."

    GOAL- West Ham 2-0 Fulham (Winston Reid 29 mins)

    Maybe Fulham were overly concerned about the presence of Andy Carroll, because they were powerless to do anything as Winston Reid surges from deep to meet a right-wing corner from Matt Taylor and power a header beyond Mark Schwarzer. West Ham now in total control.

    Swansea v Sunderland (1500 BST)

    BBC Sport commentator Martin Fisher at the Liberty Stadium: "A chance to reach the summit of the top division awaits Swansea as they welcome Sunderland to the Liberty Stadium. Not since the heady days of October 1981 under John Toshack have Swansea been top of the pile. Sunderland are itching to get back into Premier League action after last week's postponement at Reading spoilt their chance of building on an excellent point at Arsenal. The pricey purchases of Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher will be looking to make an immediate impact."

    GOAL- Millwall 1-0 Middlesbrough (Liam Trotter 25 mins)

    Millwall are looking for their first home win of the Championship season and make a great start against much-fancied Middlesbrough at the New Den. Lions midfielder Liam Trotter smashes a superb 20-yard volley into the Boro net after James Henry's flick.

  278. 1310: 

    Elsewhere in the Premier League this afternoon, Swansea can go top of the table if they beat Sunderland at home, while Manchester City take on QPR, and we all remember what happened the last time those two teams met.


    Stuie Neale on Twitter: "Wow, the Hammers have flown out the blocks..."

    James Smales on Twitter: "West Ham look really good. Carroll seems an inspired signing."

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "Fulham look like they're really missing Dembele. No composure in the middle of the park."

    Hard to disagree with any of you here.

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "The Fulham back four don't look like they can handle Andy Carroll at the moment."


    Infostrada Sports tweet: "Kevin Nolan scored the fastest Premier League goal by West Ham in seven years - since Marlon Harewood (52 seconds) v Man Utd in November 2005."


    Former QPR midfielder Joey Barton tweets from Marseille: "Watching West Ham v Fulham in French commentary is weird. Can see The Big AC being a West Ham legend after only 10 mins.

    "What a finish by Nobby Nolan as well. He scores for fun that boy..."

  283. 1302: 

    If Andy Carroll is looking like he's enjoying a new lease of life, then Kevin Nolan is clearly loving having his former housemate at close quarters again. The midfielder clips an effort just over the bar from the edge of the box. West Ham are continuing to look dangerous.

  284. 1300: 

    Fifteen minutes gone at Millwall and still goalless between the Lions and Middlesbrough. We'll keep you updated as and when there's anything to report.

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Andy Carroll is the England number nine. He will make goals and score goals, and that's what matters. That's what decides your future."

  286. 1258: 

    Ricardo Vaz Te appears a different player to the one we've seen in the Premier League on previous occasions. The former Bolton attacker looks really lively and goes close with a drive from the left side of the box, but Mark Schwarzer tips it wide.


    Stuart McKeown on Twitter: "Carroll suits West Ham perfectly. He thrives on high balls and they will play to his strengths."

    Daniel P Hockings on Twitter: "Fulham's away record has been terrible for the past two seasons! Three points could just the antedote for a top six finish!"

  288. 1255: 

    Fulham are struggling to cope with Andy Carroll. He nods down another long ball to Mohamed Diame, whose blistering drive is tipped over by Mark Schwarzer.

  289. 1254: 

    This is, of course, quite a new-look Fulham. In the last few days they've lost arguably their two best players, with Clint Dempsey - scorer of more than 20 goals last season - joining Tottenham and Mousa Dembele also moving to White Hart Lane. It's bound to be difficult for the Cottagers with those players gone.

  290. 1252: 

    Kieran Richardson, making his debut, drives a long-range effort for Fulham but Jussi Jaaskelainen, at fault for one of Swansea's goals last week, parries to safety.

  291. 1251: 

    It's been an extremely encouraging start for West Ham, who have had an otherwise mixed opening to the season. They followed up a home win against Aston Villa with a heavy 3-0 defeat by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, but that goal will give them bags of confidence.

    Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Kevin Nolan is an unbelievable finisher. He's played alongside Andy Carroll for so long, and he just gets on the end of the flick-on. He reads it. It dropped on to his left foot and it's a pile-driver. Great goal. That was a bit of British football at its best."

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    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Fulham (Kevin Nolan 1 min)

    And wouldn't you just know it, Andy Carroll plays a pivotal role in the goal. The big striker flicks a long ball on to Ricardo Vaz Te, who in turn prods it to Kevin Nolan, and Carroll's former team-mate at Newcastle drills a crisp effort into the bottom corner. What a start for West Ham and Carroll.

  294. 1245: 

    We're under way at Upton Park.

  295. 1243: 

    The teams are in the tunnel at Upton Park - expect a lot of noise when Andy Carroll walks out. He's wearing the number eight shirt. It doesn't quite seem right for someone who is so clearly a number nine, but then Wigan striker Arouna Kone wears the number two shirt.

    BBC Radio 5 liveWest Ham v Fulham (1245 BST)

    BBC Sport commentator Darren Fletcher at Upton Park: "This is the first of 10 London derbies for Martin Jol and Sam Allardyce. Berbatov is a sub for Fulham today but Carroll starts for West Ham. Kevin Nolan will support him. A lot happened with these two clubs yesterday, and they are both able to field new players in their starting line-ups today."

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    So while Andy Carroll makes his debut for West Ham, another of their deadline-day recruits, Yossi Benayoun, will watch from the stand. He's just been reintroduced to the crowd at Upton Park - he began his Premier League career with the Hammers - and received a rousing reception.

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    Here's how BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson thinks the weekend's matches will pan out. He goes up against Olympic champion Greg Rutherford this week, and who doesn't want to know what the long jump gold medallist thinks?


    Davey Jay on Twitter: "Happy for Berbatov. His style never suited United, but he still took his chances well. Deserves a chance to show his quality."

    Collins Owusu on Twitter: "Rodgers to convert Carragher to a striker and Liverpool to finish 17th. Shame on the Liverpool board."

    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "Liverpool can't lose by loaning Carroll out. First-team football, plus if he performs he increases his value and confidence."


    We're 15 minutes away from kick-off at Upton Park. Time for predictions I reckon. Carroll to bag a hat-trick? Berbatov to come off the bench and show Sir Alex Ferguson what he's missing? Let us know what you think will happen today via Twitter at #bbcfootball or send us a text on 81111.

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Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 8 15 22
No movement 2 Man City 8 10 17
No movement 3 Southampton 8 14 16
No movement 4 West Ham 8 4 13
No movement 5 Liverpool 8 1 13
No movement 6 Man Utd 8 3 12
No movement 7 Arsenal 8 2 11
No movement 8 Swansea 8 1 11
No movement 9 Tottenham 8 -1 11
No movement 10 Stoke 8 -1 11
No movement 11 Hull 8 0 10
No movement 12 Aston Villa 8 -8 10
No movement 13 Everton 8 0 9
No movement 14 West Brom 8 -1 9
No movement 15 Leicester 8 -2 9
No movement 16 Crystal Palace 8 -3 8
No movement 17 Sunderland 8 -7 8
No movement 18 Newcastle 8 -6 7
No movement 19 Burnley 8 -9 4
No movement 20 QPR 8 -12 4