Saturday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Spurs win at Manchester United after a busy day in the Premier League that includes Chelsea defeating Arsenal.

29 September 2012 Last updated at 19:52

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  1. 1951: 

    That is it for our coverage of the day's football action. You can read all the reports and reaction on this website. Match of the Day is on BBC1 at 22:10 BST, followed by The Football League Show. You can join me tomorrow for Sunday's action, which features Nottingham Forest v Derby and Aston Villa v West Brom. I'll see thee.

  2. 1948:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old Trafford:Man Utd 2-3 Tottenham

    "The wait is over. It's been 26 games without a win at Old Trafford for Spurs since 1989. And no win at all against United since 2001- but now they have beaten them at their own home. AVB has won three in a row and this is the biggest win of his Premier League career. Man United lose at home for the first time in 2012 in the league. What a game."

  3. 1948: 

    It is now full-time in the Brighton v Birmingham match. It has finished 1-0 to the visitors. Albion remain top of the Championship on goal difference, ahead of Cardiff and Wolves.

  4. 1947:  
    MOTD’s Steve Wilson at Craven Cottage:Fulham 1-2 Man City

    "Manchester City inflict Fulham's first home defeat of the season. Roberto Mancini's men left it late and needed substitute Edin Dzeko's fine goal to settle it but in the end they probably deserved it."

  5. 1945:  
    MOTD’s John Motson at the Madejski Stadium:Reading 2-2 Newcastle

    "Reading are still looking for their first win and Alan Pardew shares the spoils on his return to his former club. Jimmy Kebe got the first goal for the Royals and Noel Hunt the second, but each time Demba Ba came up with the equaliser, although there may be a question on the second one; did it go in off his arm?"

  6. 1944: 
    MOTD’s John Roder at the Stadium of Light:Sunderland 1-0 Wigan

    "For the first time since March Sunderland taste Premier League victory. Steven Fletcher's early second half goal was enough to end a run of 12 Premier League games without a win, but it is now three successive defeats for Wigan."

  7. 1944: 
    MOTD’s Steve Bower at Goodison Park:Everton 3-1 Southampton

    "Everton's impressive start continues after Southampton were swept aside during 13 first-half minutes. While David Moyes's side go from strength to strength, the Saints must find a quick solution to their leaky defence."

  8. 1943: 
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at the Britannia Stadium:Stoke 2-0 Swansea

    "Two goals from Peter Crouch in the first half were enough to see off Swansea. Tony Pulis was looking for his first win since April and it duly arrived courtesy of the big man up front. Three defeats in a row now for Michael Laudrup to reflect on."


    Disco Dave Ireson on Twitter: "Last time Spurs won at Old Trafford, Jive Bunny was number one in the charts. C-c-c-c-c'mon everybody! Let's twist again!"

  10. 1942:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Carrow Road:Norwich 2-5 Liverpool

    "Liverpool won this match with embarrassing ease and gave the crowd a lesson in passing the ball. Plenty for Liverpool fans to feel positive about. Five-star Liverpool and Luis Suarez was the star of the show."

  11. 1942:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Emirates Stadium:Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

    "Arsenal's unbeaten record has gone after poor defending from set-pieces cost them again. Chelsea win and they have now moved seven points clear of the Gunners. Arsenal were unsettled by the loss of Abou Diaby to injury but were still only denied by the brilliance of Petr Cech."


    Match of the Day on Twitter: "MOTD tonight at 2210: 1.ManU/Spurs 2.Nor/Liv 3.Ars/Chel 4.Ful/ManC 5.Eve/Saints 6.Read/Newc 7.Stoke/Swans 8.Sund/Wigan."

  13. 1940: 

    Clint Dempsey on Tottenham's dramatic 3-2 win at Manchester United: "It was a roller coaster, up and down. We found ourselves 2-0 up and then in the second half it seemed we were chasing shadows. But we showed a lot of resolve and got the points. I'm delighted to score because as the games go on without scoring the pressure mounts. It's awesome. I've been in England five and a half years and this is my first time getting three points here."


    Alan, a very proud Spurs fan, Durham, via text: "I think the Gary Lineker stat can safely be retired now! Well done the lads."

    Kevin, Wales, via text: "Don't get too excited about AVB Spurs fans. Steve Kean won 3-2 at Old Trafford last season and look how that ended up!"

    Andrew, 21-year-old Spurs fan, via text: "I just witnessed something that has not occurred in my entire lifetime. Come on you Spurs!"

  15. 1938: 

    All in all, I think we can call this an entertaing day of football. 29 Premier League goals represents the most since on a single day since 11 February. Three top-flight teams got their first win of the season, Chelsea won a cracking London derby at Arsenal and Tottenham claimed their first win at Old Trafford in 22 years. Spare a thought, though, for fans of those teams who lost and probably don't share my enthusiasm.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "How Andre Villas-Boas will have enjoyed that. Spurs consign a painful statistic to the dustbin with that 3-2 win at Old Trafford."


    Graham Halsey on Twitter: "Three points!! Easy as AVB!!! Take a bow mate!"

    LudaChris on Twitter: "Utd probably would have won today without Rio Ferdinand in the team. Absolute liability."

    Theo Kabala on Twitter: "How ironic is it that United lost the game, but put on their best performance of the season so far in the second half?"

  18. 1933: 

    Now that our stats are working again, you will be able to see that Chelsea lead the Premier League with 16 points from six games. Everton's joint best first six-match points haul of 13 means they lie second, a point ahead of Manchester pair City and United. Tottenham are now fifth with 11 points.

    At the other end, QPR prop up the rest with two points - the same amount as Reading. Both os those have played five games. Norwich are 17th with three points, a place below Southampton, who have the same points but are a goal better off.


    Ed Woodhouse on Twitter: "Delighted for AVB. Seems to attract a lot of hatred for someone so new to football management."

    Chelsea fan Tom Warwick on Twitter: "AVB showing his potential now as a top quality Premier League manager. Good on him."

    Jake Tupman on Twitter: "Man City score a goal in the last few minutes, United can't find an equaliser. Power shift?"

  20. 1927: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "What a sensational game and a great victory for Tottenham. United threw everything at them in the second half and will feel unlucky not to have taken a point after twice hitting the woodwork.

    "Credit to Spurs for both their excellent first-half performance and for soaking up incredible pressure from United after the home side had pulled it back to 3-2.

    "Another concern for United was that Jonny Evans looked to be struggling with an injury in the closing minutes."

  21. 1926: 

    Meanwhile, over in Brighton it is still 1-0 to Birmingham against Gus Poyet's side. Chris Burke scored the goal. The second half at the Amex Stadium was delayed by 20 minutes because of a power failure.


    Joe, an ecstatic Spurs fan in Cambridge, via text: "AVB - already a Spurs legend."

    Superfish, ecstatic Spurs fan, via text: "AVB take bow, Tottenham is yours!"

  23. 1925:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old Trafford:

    "The wait is over. It's been 26 games without a win at Old Trafford for Spurs since 1989. And no win at all against United since 2001- but now they have beaten them at their own home. AVB has won three in a row and this is the biggest win of his Premier League career. Man United lose at home for the first time in 2012 in the league. What a game."

  24. 1925: 

    Tottenham have ended a run of 22 Premier League matches without a win against Manchester United, dating back to 2001. More significantly, they have ended 22 years of Old Trafford hurt with their first win here since December 1989.

  25. 1924: 

    The Spurs players, staff and fans go absolutely mad. AVB is punching the air in delight. That is three wins on the bounce for him now as Spurs boss.

  26. 1923: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 2-3 Tottenham
  27. 1923: 

    The ball is delivered and after a moment of pinball is cleared. It comes back but again Spurs hammer clear.

  28. 1922: 

    Tottenham are holding out, but Manchester United keep coming. Nani earns the home side a corner. This is it. Last chance. Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is up...

  29. 1920: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham - Michael Dawson for Jermain Defoe
  30. 1920: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd - Javier Hernandez for Rio Ferdinand
  31. 1920: 

    Nani has a go from the edge of the box but it is poor, well off target and a complete waste. It also gives Spurs opportunity to eat up the clock.

  32. 1918: 

    The board shows four minutes of added time. Can Manchester United capitalise on it or will Tottenham hold firm?


    Jordinhio on Twitter: "Instead of spending £30m on a new player, Man Utd should invest it in age reversing technology for Paul Scholes. He is unreal."

    Firoz Dawood on Twitter: "I'm expecting a late Van Persie equaliser, at about 15 minutes into 'injury' time!"

    Jack Allum on Twitter: "Remember, we still have 'Fergie-time' to go. That means as long as it takes that lot to score..."

  34. 1917: 

    Manchester United are camped on the edge of the Tottenham box. They can't find a way through, though. Gylfi Sigurdsson does superbly in the United half to draw a foul out of Paul Scholes and eat up time with a free-kick.

  35. 1915: 

    Another clear Manchester United chance. Patrice Evra gets in ahead of his marker in the box to meet a cross from the right but his header is straight at Brad Friedel, who saves. Anywhere else on target and he scores.

  36. 1912: 

    The woodwork saves Tottenham again as Michael Carrick's guiding header from a corner strikes the crossbar before being cleared. Time is running out. We're into the last 10 minutes.


    Suspended Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole on Twitter: "First win is always the hardest...let's keep this unbeaten run going! Well done lads."


    SJC961 on Twitter: "Scholes and Carrick running the show. Spurs missing Scotty Parker's terrier-like workrate."

    Vladmir Pazdinov on Twitter: "On the evidence of this match Rio will not be in Rio because Caulker is having a corker."

    Steve Kershaw on Twitter: "Rooney, Van Persie and now Welbeck too. If Spurs survive the next 15 minutes against those three they deserve six points."

  39. 1911: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham - Moussa Dembele for Tom Huddlestone
  40. 1911: 

    Manchester United keep coming. Wayne Rooney has a pop from the edge of the box but blazes his shot over the bar.

  41. 1910: 

    Good save by Brad Friedel. Paul Scholes latches on to a ball on the edge of the box and drives a shot on goal but the big American keeper gets down well to block.

  42. 1908: 

    More Manchester United pressure as Nani chips to the back post where Wayne Rooney tries to muscle his way onto. Kyle Walker stays string, though, to head clear. It is all United now. Tottenham will need to be uber-resolute for the rest of this game.

  43. 1906: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd - Danny Welbeck on for Shinji Kagawa
  44. 1906: 

    Everton Carter ‏(@therealeverton) says: "I see Everton as a top four side this season. They've already shown they can win without two of their major players #alt606"

    Robbie Savage replies: "I don't think they are top four. We'll see at the end of the season won't we! #alt606"

  45. 1906: 

    Great cross from Robin van Persie. He swings an effort across from the left and it is perfect for a team-mate to get on the end of it. Nobody does, though, and Jan Vertonghen can clear.


    Jonny, Leicester, via text: "This debate shows that the England selection is all about reputation. If any other English defender defends as bad as Ferdinand has been, they wouldn't in a million years be considered for England."

    Roy, Spurs fan, via text: "For the love of god put someone on Scholes!! Now!"

  47. 1903: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "Spurs have, to some extent, taken the sting out of Manchester United's tidal wave of attacks which have now subsided. The United fans are unhappy as they feel Tottenham are wasting time whenever they get a chance. Don't blame them one bit for trying to slow the game down as much as they can."

  48. 1902: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham - Gylfi Sigurdsson on for Clint Dempsey

    A Tottenham change to catch up on. The as-it-stands match-winner is replaced.

  49. 1902: 

    Another chance for Robin van Persie. Not as easy as his earlier one. A cross from the right is floated into the box and met by the striker but his header glances wide.


    Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta on Twitter: "Great victory by the team and three points very important for us. The boys played well today. Come on City!"


    Southampton substitute Richard Chaplow on Twitter: "Everton fans had me on toast while I was warming up, the random shouts of 'egghead' had me smirking all the way through!"


    Liverpool hat-trick hero Luis Suarez on Twitter: "Very important victory to gain confidence. So happy to help with a hat trick!"

  53. 1859: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "Not your normal atmosphere inside the stadium as Manchester United are firing at full tilt in search of an equaliser. Rooney's superb effort which struck the post almost gave them that while an offside effort from Robin van Persie has Spurs teetering at the back. My word, that looked like a handball by Sandro from 70 yards away in the press box."


    James, Telford, via text: "That will teach me for going to get drink after half time."

    Steve K, Swindon, via text: "Spurs need to score another three - and even they may not be safe."

  55. 1858: 

    What a chance for Robin van Persie! And what a miss! The Dutch striker is given a clear sight of goal on an angle on the right following Michael Carrick's superb pass, but he pulls it poorly across goal and wide. We all know Van Persie is much, much better than that. The Old Trafford crowd can't believe he hasn't hit the net.

  56. 1857: 

    Liam Stones ‏(@stonesliam) says: "#alt606 I know it's only Norwich, but hopefully a sign of things to come from Liverpool if they can finish like that every game top four will be back."

    Robbie Savage replies: "I'm not sure about top four yet. There are better teams. Can see what Rodgers is trying to do. Positive steps though #alt606"

  57. 1855: 

    That'll be a third shout for a penalty as the ball bounces up and strikes him on the arm in the penlty box. Chris Foy clearly feels that was ball to hand and no penalty is the decision. Soon after, Wayne Rooney has a chance as he turns in the box but fires his shot wide. I'll be very surprised if this game finishes 3-2.


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "There were only 139 seconds separating the third goal of the game (Nani, 50:40) and the fifth goal of the game (Kagawa, 52:59)."

  59. 1851: 

    The ball is in the net from Robin van Persie but the flag had long been up for offside as the Dutchman strayed beyond the last Spurs defender as Paul Scholes' pass was played.


    Matt, Bristol, via text: "Old Trafford resembles the final round of a world title fight at the moment. All attack, no defence."

  61. 1849: 

    The second half at Brighton - where Albion are losing 1-0 to Birmingham - has been delayed because of a power failure. No such problems at Old Trafford. This game is fully charged and as bright as you like. Wayne Rooney - who has really lifted Manchester United since coming on - comes within an inch or two of drawing them level with a 20-yard free-kick that beats the wall but strikes the post and goes wide.

  62. 1848: 

    Manchester United have been awarded a penalty in each of their last three league matches. The last Premier League club to get four in a row was Arsenal in 2007.

  63. 1848: 

    More big penalty shouts for the home side as Shinji Kagawa tumbles under a challenge from Kyle Walker. It was a risky challenge from the Spurs man, who tried to wrap his foot around to reach the ball, failed and got some of the man. Many a ref would have given that. Chris Foy is not one of them.


    Adam Shelton on Twitter: "WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AT OLD TRAFFORD?!"

    Matthew Stokes on Twitter: "Oh my word...I can't tweet quick enough to keep up with this."

    Dan Barnes on Twitter: "Will people still be saying Ferdinand should be called back to England after this? Pretty much at fault for all three goals."

  65. 1845: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "Three goals in as many minutes raise the temperature inside the stadium. Nani's goal was just the boost he needed, while Spurs must have thought they were home and dry after Dempsey tapped in their third in quick response only for Kagawa to pull another back for United.

    "Not a day to be remembered for quality defending!"

  66. 1842: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 2-3 Tottenham - Shinji Kagawa (53 mins)

    This is unbelievable! Manchester United hit back straight away. Robin van Persie feeds a superb pass to Shinji Kagawa in the box and he applies the neatest of finishes to slot the ball past Brad Friedel and in off the far post. You can't take your eyes off this for a second. It's a superb game.

  67. 1840: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-3 Tottenham - Clint Dempsey (52 mins)

    Nerves? Not a chance. Tottenham hit back straight away as Jermain Defoe skips away past Rio Ferdinand and feeds the ball in to Gareth Bale in the box. His shot is palmed out by Anders Lindegaard but straight to Clint Dempsey, who slots in to the empty net. Rio is having a bit of a shocker. And Tottenham are buoyant again.

  68. 1839: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham - Nani (51 mins)

    It is the early goal Manchester United desperately needed. Wayne Rooney make an immediate impact with a superb cross that Nani is able to steer across Brad Friedel and in to the goal. You'd expect the Spurs nerves to kick in now. Game on.

  69. 1838: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "No surprise that Wayne Rooney replaced Ryan Giggs as Manchester United look for an early goal in the second half. If one doesn't materialise soon then Danny Welbeck will probably feature fairly swiftly.

    "What now for Tottenham? Do they sit on their 2-0 advantage and risk letting United back into it or should they carry on as they did in the first period?"

  70. 1837: 

    On Blackburn and Steve Kean, Robbie Savage says: "I don't get it with Steve Kean, it's the right decision but why now? Why not when they went down? They need an ex-player now. Fans would love whoever goes in now and I think whoever it is will take them up! A great time to go there. Gotta have passion."

    Simon (@simonlucas4) replies: "Don't get it myself why he quit, Tim Sherwood would get respect, but I think a time-served manager is needed!"

  71. 1836: 

    As you'd expect, Manchester United start on the attack, roared on by an expectant Old Trafford. Gareth Bale does well to prevent Nani getting in down the right, though. Soon after, Nani does get a cross in but it is headed clear.

  72. 1834: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Man Utd 0-2 Tottenham
  73. 1834: 

    Sir Alex has twisted with Rooney on for Giggs. Can he make the difference? Well, he's scored seven in his last eight games against Spurs and scored home and away against them last season.

  74. 1833: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd - Wayne Rooney for Ryan Giggs

    Zeeshan on Twitter: "Fergie best be cranking up the hairdryer...Utd have been abysmal."

    Mark Walker on Twitter: "Right, where's Juan Sebastian Veron?"

    Charles Kasote Jr on Twitter: "Ferdinand is past it, Evra never had it, Evans has lost it and Rafael doesn't know what it is. Awful, awful, awful."

  76. 1832: 

    Reading boss Brian McDermott: "I'm absolutely gutted because we deserved to win the game. When you see [Demba Ba's second goal] back [the officials] have made a massive error. It was going away from goal and the scorer has handballed it into the net. It's a blatant error. We played fantastically today, that is the identity of our team and we played on the front and even at 2-2 we had chances and I think Alan Pardew would have been pleased with the point."

  77. 1830: 

    Robbie Savage on Man Utd v Spurs: "Dembele is running the show. Rio struggled for Bale's goal but I still think he should be considered for England." Send your tweets to Robbie using #alt606

  78. 1830: 

    Worryingly for Manchester United, so far this season Tottenham have come to life after the break. Spurs have scored a league-high 88% of their goals in the second half this campaign.

  79. 1830: 

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: "Stoke played a very good first half. We talked in the week about set-pieces being important and stopping Peter Crouch and we couldn't do that. Second half we played much better but without creating the chances we are used to. That is the worrying thing. We haven't scored for three league games in a row so that is something we have to improve on. But we are ok, the next six games start with two home games and we need to pick up points."

  80. 1828: 

    Martin O'Neill pays tribute to Steven Fletcher, who scored the winner for Sunderland against Wigan: "His display was incredible. He held the ball up and gave space for the others and when you are relying on him to get into the area, he does that. He has been terrific for us and long may his run continue."

    On only Fletcher scoring for Sunderland at the moment: "We hope to rectify that, eventually I think we will be able to do that so we don't become so reliant on him scoring the goals."

  81. 1828: 

    Brighton might be flying high in the Championship but Gus Poyet's side are currenly trailing 1-0 at home to Birmingham in a game which started at 17:30 BST - Chris Burke's goal dividing the two teams.


    Michael Noone on Twitter: "Breaking news: Bale has a right foot."

    Jordi Struys on Twitter: "Vertonghen and Dembele best two players on the pitch, the Man Utd old guard looks past it."

    Alex Lennard on Twitter: "As a Spurs fan I would like to congratulate Man U in advance for their superb second half comeback and victory tonight."

  83. 1823:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old Trafford:

    "Shock on the cards? Sir Alex Ferguson has some stern words to say to his team and perhaps he will make changes after Spurs take a deserved two-goal lead. United just haven't been at the races."

  84. 1822: 

    Steve Kean was 'forced to resign' from Blackburn last night, they only managed a draw today against Charlton. Was he treated fairly? Who do Blackburn fans want in charge next?

    John Terry led Chelsea's win against Arsenal in the lunchtime kick-off. Was his punishment fair? What's your reaction to Terry's four-match ban.

    A Luis Suarez hat-trick helped Liverpool thrash Norwich 5-2, it's Brendan Rodgers first three points in the league for Liverpool - is he the man to take them forward?

    Watford upset Huddersfield in the game of the day in The Championship. If you're a Watford fan - are you happy with the new regime?

    And who out of you and your mates has nominated themselves as the designated driver today? We'll also be celebrating the shandymen putting the miles in up and down the country.

    Get your tweets into Robbie using #alt606

  85. 1822: 

    Many of the younger current Manchester United players were not even born the last time Spurs won at Old Trafford in 1989. If they don't improve in the second half you better believe Sir Alex won't let them forget this display in a hurry.

    As for Tottenham... well, after a few early season wobbles, AVB could win over many a doubtful fan if his side play in the second half how they did in the first.

  86. 1818: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "A stunning first-half display from Tottenham. They are on course to end their nightmare run against Manchester United. No wonder Sir Alex Ferguson was in his technical area before the interval. He'll be fuming with his team's performance. The home fans want Wayne Rooney to start the second-half and I wouldn't bet against it.

    "Tottenham's fans are loving it. 'Just like a library,' was their taunt to the home fans."

  87. 1818: 
    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 0-2 Tottenham
  88. 1817: 

    Manchester United's half is summed up as Michael Carrick's routine pass out wide to Nani is sloppy and goes straight out of play.


    Manchester City goalscorer Sergio Aguero on Twitter: "We played well, we bested a tough rival on a tough field, and I found the net again - glad to be back on track!"

  90. 1815: 

    With BBC Radio 5 live focusing on the small matter of the Ryder Cup over the pond at Medinah, football's favourite phone-in 606 is taking a breather from the airwaves this week.

    However, listeners can still voice their opinions through Twitter, where former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage will take part in an 'Alternative 606' discussion.

    Tweet @BBC606 and use #alt606 to get involved.

  91. 1814: 

    Big penalty shout for Manchester United. They have a decent case as well as Nani's short is being tugged by Jan Vertonghen as he looks to get on to a ball that is flicked over the top. Perhaps the slightly theatrical dive from the winger counted against him in the referee's mind? Soon after, Nani fires low at goal from outside the box but Brad Friedel saves.

  92. 1812: 

    I imagine the Manchester United players will be facing a hairdryer on full heat at half-time. They have been second best here.


    Daz, Crewe, via text: "AVB critics are decidedly quiet right now. No matter how this game finishes Spurs are starting to look a quality side right now under AVB. COYS!!"

    Peter, Wainscott, via text: "Steven Caulker is showing today why he should be considered a serious contender to replace Terry in the England squad."

    Will, apprehensive Spurs fan counting zero chickens yet, via text: "Jan Vertongen is a goal scoring brick in the mould of Vidic, exciting times!"

  94. 1809: 

    Tottenham are proving a real tough nut for Manchester United to crack. Robin van Persie forces a corner off William Gallas but the delivery is headed clear before a second delivery from deep is also headed away by the dominant figure of Gallas.

  95. 1808: 

    Only once in Premier League history have Manchester United come from two goals behind at home to win. That was in April 2009. they won 5-2. The opponents? Tottenham.


    Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling on Twitter: "Great win from the boys. Enjoyable football both to watch and play in."

  97. 1806: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "Brilliant solo goal from Gareth Bale who sliced his way through the centre of the United defence like a hot knife through butter. There's no disputing the fact that Tottenham are full value for their 2-0 lead as we approach half-time."

  98. 1801: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 0-2 Tottenham - Gareth Bale (32 mins)

    What about this then? Tottenham are usually lambs to the slaughter at Old Trafford but they're the butchers so far today. Christian... sorry Gareth Bale collects a pass from Moussa Dembele just inside the Manchester United half and tears away from Rio Ferdinand and into the box before slotting a shot across Anders Lindegaard and in. Batman would have been proud of that.

  99. 1801: 

    Good work by Ryan Giggs almost fashions an opening for the home side as he drives into the box but his short pass for Robin van Persie is interecepted and cleared.


    Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on Twitter: "Great performance from the lads unlucky not to get three points. Was a blatant handball for their second goal! Onwards and upwards!"

  101. 1800: 

    Manchester United still struggling to mount a significant response to the Tottenham goal. They are enjoying decent spells of possession but hit a brick wall as soon as they get within 20 yards of the Spurs goal.

  102. 1757: 

    It's 0-0 with a 25 minutes gone at the Amex Stadium in the late Championship game between Brighton and Birmingham. The Seagulls start the game as they started the day, top of the table, after the three teams who could have feasibly overtaken them failed to win. Only a heavy defeat with see them relinquish their perch. Birmingham lost 5-0 at home to Barnsley last time out and last season's play-off semi-finalists will be hoping for a better result this time out - they're now hovering a mere two points above the relegation zone.

  103. 1756: 

    Good work by Nani. He drives down the right and gets a yard ahead of Jan Vertonghen before swinging a cross right in front of goal. It was just a bit too powerfully hit to give any of his team-mates a chance to get in on it.

  104. 1754: 

    Jan Vertonghen is central to everything for Spurs here. Again he drives into Man United territory and just cannot feed a pass through for Jermain Defoe, who would have been clear if he had.

  105. 1753: 

    Manchester United have a chance to deliver something dangerous with a Robin van Persie free-kick on the right. he drives it low but into the wall and out for a corner, which comes to nothing.

  106. 1751: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "Manchester United are trying to rouse themselves, but it's proving difficult against a very organised Tottenham side who are passing it about with great accuracy. The likes of Nani and Shinji Kagawa just can't get into the game."

  107. 1750: 

    Kyle Walker is clearly obstructed by Patrice Evra on the right wing and Tottenham have a chance to deliver from the free-kick. Gareth Bale swings it over and is met by Jan Vertonghen but he cannot control his header and it goes well over the bar.


    Frank, Cwmbran, via text: "Looking at Spurs' goal, United will continue to be vulnerable until they sign a midfielder who can tackle. Tiote? Or better, Strootman."

    Vern, Cardiff, via text: "And that viewers is why Rio no longer plays at international level. Still expect the usual white flag antics by Spurs in keeping with their annual trip to United."

    Alan, Spurs fan, Durham, via text: "1657? Gary Lineker's not quite that old, is he?"

  109. 1748: 

    Tottenham still looking dangerous on the break and Jan Vertonghen is really fronting up in attack. he earns his side a corner with a run down the left that draws a challenge from Rio Ferdinand. The first corner is easily cleared but a subsequent corner is met by Steven Caulker, who puts his header over. Man United are really rattled.

  110. 1744: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "We are struggling for rhythm this year, and are not playing with the same exuberance as last year and today was a sign of that. We can't rely on spirit all the time. No mistake, [Demba Ba's second goal] hit his hand. Shane Ferguson put the ball in a great area, and it hit Demba's head and hit his hand but it's about the delivery of the ball. Reading gave us a going over today, I have no worries about them staying in this division."

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Spurs ahead! I'm sick of THAT stat. Could it finally be put to bed?"

    Our Gary was the last Spurs player to fire the north London club to victory at Old Trafford remember [see 1657].

  112. 1744: 

    Van Persie has a mighty grimace on his face but it doesn't look like he's going to have to end his 200th Premier League appearance early.

  113. 1743: 

    Manchester United's first opening sees Robin van Persie have a chance to line up a shot on the left side of the box. William Gallas slides in to block, deflecting the ball off the Dutch striker for a goal kick. It was a crunching tackle which saw him take the ball and then the United player's ankle. Van Persie needs a bit of treatment.


    Everton defender John Heitinga on Twitter: "Very happy for Everton with the three points against Southampton. Thanks for your great support!"

  115. 1740: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "Manchester United need a response - and more urgency. Tottenham bossed the opening 10 minutes with Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele in control in the middle. No alarms so far for the visitors at the back either."

  116. 1740: 

    Everton manager David Moyes after his side's impressive 3-1 win over Southampton tells BBC Sport: "If I had paid to watch that then I would have been pleased. Some of our play in the first half had me clapping and smiling even though we never put it to bed completely. I'm not daft enough to get carried away. Hopefully if we get up there then we'll stay up there, but I don't think Manchester United or Manchester City will be too worried about Everton right now. The first thing is to avoid relegation and then the next thing is to see if we can get a Euro spot. For me that is the way it is always going to be - that's not me talking it down."


    BBC Sport's Hamish Marshall on Twitter: "George Elokobi suffers dislocation and fractured leg on Bristol City debut. Having an op now."

  118. 1739: 

    Spurs are really having a go here. Clint Dempsey fires a shot from distance just past the post before Aaron Lennon drives into Manchester United territory and sees his shot blocked. There are disgruntled voices already among the home crowd.


    Phil Vieira on Twitter: "Find it funny when people say AVB doesn't have a clue. He's a professional manager with cups on his CV. Average Joe knows more?"

    Andy Wilson on Twitter: "Why won't Spurs fans give Villas-Boas a chance ? Modern, fickle football fans really are unbelievable at times."

    Kwong on Twitter: "A great start for Spurs. Vertonghen drives into the area untouched and his shot is deflected in...23-year wait could be over."

  120. 1738: 

    No response from Manchester United yet to that early Spurs goal. Michael Carrick looks to swing a ball over the top for Ryan Giggs but it is too powerfully hit and skips away from the Welshman.

  121. 1737: 

    Newcastle striker Demba Ba on his controversial winner: "They dominated us the whole game and we were fortunate. Shane Ferguson crossed it, I headed it and it hit my hand on the way to the goal. It goes in and the referee said it was goal, it was not on purpose but it was unfortunate for Reading. For the first goal, the ball from Cheik Tiote was brilliant, my first mind was just to take it and hit it, and I think that one touch was more than enough."

  122. 1736: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, speaking after his side's 1-0 defeat to Sunderland: "We are disappointed on the three chances we could not convert in the first half. We stopped Sunderland gaining momentum but the red card affected us too much and leaving the Stadium of Light without anything is hard to take.

    "Playing with 10 men away from home is going to affect us and then they scored a goal it was a real mountain, but I thought we defended really well. Again, really disappointed we were unable to convert our chances in the first half and the referee's decision [for Jordi Gomez's sending off] is disappointing when he does not treat the two teams the same way.

    "I am not concerned with three defeats in a row. The way we played in the first half I was really pleased with ourselves. The sending off changed it for us but now we need to move onto the next game."


    Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld on Twitter: "Disappointing result after a flying start."

  124. 1736: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "Perfect start for Tottenham with that opening goal. Awful defending from Manchester United allowed Jan Vertonghen to waltz through the soft-centre defence and hit a shot which deflected off Jonny Evans. Sluggish from the home side."

  125. 1735: 

    Well, that's put the cat amongst the Man Utd pigeons. They weren't expecting that. Fair play to Spurs, though, they've been rewarded for a very positive start to this game.


    Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany on Twitter: "Great win against Fulham! We played very well today and we're glad we could do this in such fashion for our fans!"

  127. 1732: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham - Jan Vertonghen (2 mins)

    90 seconds played, Manchester United haven't touched the ball and Tottenham lead. Defender Jan Vertonghen bursts into the United box and fires a low shot that deflects in off Jonny Evans. It was poor defending from the home side, particularly Rio Ferdinand, who pretty much stood and watched as Vertonghen passed by.


    JB, via text: "Nani on the right is 1000x better than Nani on the left. Betting he'll have a good game today."

    Usman, London, via text: "That United bench looks very, very strong. Spurs' bench looks average at most. I think that's where United will win it."

  129. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd v Tottenham (17:30 BST)

    The visitors get the game under way.

  130. 1728: 

    League Two leaders Gillingham slipped to their first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at Rochdale. Port Vale closed the gap on Martin Allen's side to three points with a 1-0 win at Bradford, while promoted Fleetwood moved into third with a 2-1 at bottom side Barnet.

    There was better luck for fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers, who secured their first win of the season with a 2-1 scoreline at Exeter. They are replaced in the drop zone by managerless Wycombe, who suffered a fifth straight defeat with a 3-0 loss at Dagenham & Redbridge.

  131. 1728: 

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton after his side's 5-2 home loss to Liverpool: "It's a bad day for us. You can't afford a very clinical Liverpool side the chances we gave them today. We've made some bad mistakes. We have added to our own downfall and that is what has disappointed me."

  132. 1728: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on his first Premier League win for the Reds following their 5-2 success at Norwich: "The team was outstanding. I'm not surprised because in a lot of our games we have played very well and created a host of chances. It's just our conversion rate has not been as good. But today we were fantastic. For us to score five goals and play like we did was outstanding."

  133. 1727: 

    The teams are on their way out at Old Trafford. One Premier League game left to play today and it will be starting in just a couple of minutes.

  134. 1726: 

    Fulham boss Martin Jol: "We got a goal after 10 minutes which is the platform you need against the top teams but after that we didn't do enough to play in our style. When you have the ball you have to keep it and we didn't do that in the second half. Even so, if it is still 1-1 after 87 minutes then you obviously have the hope that you will get a result."

  135. 1725: 

    Steven Fletcher, who scored his fifth goal of the season with the winner for Sunderland against Wigan: "I think this is the richest form I have been in. When I came here I knew we would get chances and I've just been putting them away. We want to push on now, we have a win and seven points and we can take that into next week."


    Mark Edwards on Twitter: "Don't really understand how Spurs midfield is going to line up, lots of very similar players fighting for same space."

    Luke The Dinosaur on Twitter: "AVB doesn't have a clue what he's doing, I can see Spurs winning this one though."

  137. 1724: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins after his side's 3-1 defeat at Everton tells BBC Sport: "We are learning about ourselves all the time. At the moment we're conceding far too many goals. Are we too adventurous? No. We have got win, this game is all about winning. We started the game very well and scored a good goal. Had Jay Rodriguez scored when we were ahead then it would have been a totally different complexion."

  138. 1723: 

    In League One, Tranmere and Notts County could only draw 1-1 with Brentford and Sheffield United respectively, but both hold their automatic promotion places. MK Dons beat Crewe 1-0 to move into third, while Swindon are in fourth following a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury.

    Colchester moved out of the relegation zone after they came from behind to beat Hartlepool 3-1, their first game since sacking manager John Ward on Monday. Bury stay bottom but picked up a point after they held Stevenage 2-2 in Kevin Blackwell's first game in charge.

  139. 1721: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini after the Premier League champions' late 2-1 win at Fulham: "I think that we played a good game. To win the game we had a lot of chances, but it was a difficult match because we were 1-0 down. I'm very pleased with this.

    "For me, it was never a penalty (for Fulham's opener). But the guys today played a really good game. I was worried because we continued to play well and continued to create chances, but didn't score for 87 minutes. I was pleased for Edin to score such an important goal."

  140. 1721: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "The sprinklers suddenly sprung into life, bringing an abrupt end to Tottenham's warm-up. All set for kick-off as Manchester United aim to stay in touch with leaders Chelsea. Both teams are unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening weekend."


    Vladmir Pazdinov on Twitter: "Giggs and Scholes in the same starting XI. Thought SAF would atleast reward Anderson for his midweek performance."

    Phillip Leigh on Twitter: "I'd rather have seen Rooney out wide instead of Nani as he's been very poor. At least with Rooney you'll get some effort from him."

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "Hoping United actually win this game as opposed to grinding out another result. The current form (results aside) is worrying."

  142. 1720: 

    Apparently, according to an interview with Sir Alex Ferguson on ESPN, Tottenham have Christian Bale playing on the left wing this evening. I'm guessing Batman would be a pretty useful winger. He'd be great at sneaking in at the back post unseen.

  143. 1718: 

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis, following his side's 2-0 win over Swansea: "We are pleased. We've had a real tough start to the season so it is very, very important that we pick points up. I thought we played really well in the first half and we didn't want half time to come. Swansea had a good spell after that but we came back at the end. Peter Crouch was exceptional today and he is unlucky not to have a hat-trick."

  144. 1715: 
    LINE-UPS- Man Utd v Tottenham (17:30 BST)

    Manchester United: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Kagawa, van Persie. Subs: De Gea, Anderson, Wootton, Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Lennon, Bale, Defoe. Subs: Lloris, Dawson, Huddlestone, Falque, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Mason.

  145. 1714: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "Manchester United and Tottenham are warming up as Old Trafford slowly starts to fill with 20 minutes until kick-off. Two great stats today sees Ryan Giggs make his 602nd appearance for United while Spurs keeper Brad Friedel is playing his 320th successive league match. Talk about longevity."

  146. 1712: 

    Blackburn missed out on the chance to top the Championship table in their first match since the resignation of Steve Kean. Dickson Etuhu's strike was cancelled out by as Rovers drew 1-1 with Charlton.

    Huddersfield also missed out on chance to go top in a thriller against Watford at the John Smith's Stadium. Both sides threw away a lead to leave the score at 2-2, before Troy Deeney stepped up to score an 87th-minute penalty in his first start since being released from prison.

    Cardiff took advantage of the slip-ups above them to go second as they thrashed fellow promotion favourites Blackpool 3-0. Wolves won 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday while Leicester triumphed 2-1 at Middlesbrough to move into third and fourth respectively. Down the bottom Peterborough picked up their first points of the season on the eigth attempt as they won 3-1 at Hull.


    M Sowden on Twitter: "Valiant efforts from Crouch and Ba, but Fellani's 'hand-header' wins the Basketball Goal of the Month for me."

    Rob Cross on Twitter: "Re James Hunter. Man City were kings of the late goal since the last day of last season."

    Michael Cowlishaw on Twitter: "Starting to get the feeling this season for Norwich is gonna be like 04/05 again! Struggling right through to May!"

  148. 1708:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old Trafford:Man Utd v Tottenham (17:30 BST)

    "What were you doing in December 1989? I only ask because that's the last time Spurs beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. They've been the visitors 26 times since and lost 22 times - including the last nine in a row. Of course, none of that means that Spurs are without a chance this time, and I quite fancy them to at least run United close."


    Chelsea midfielder Oscar on Twitter: "Important victory today against Arsenal! Come on Blues. Come on Chelsea!"

  150. 1704: 

    So, Sunderland end a run of 12 Premier League matches without a victory and Stoke have ended a club record run of 11 Premier League matches without a win. City have now also gone 10 top flight home matches without a defeat for the first time since 1973. Liverpool have also claimed their first win of the season, while neighbours Everton now have 13 points from six matches - their equal-best ever record at this stage of the season.

  151. 1701: 

    Once again, I'd like to apologise for the incorrect information regarding scores on our pages at the moment. We're working as hard we can to correct this. Please be sure to bear in mind that a lot of the scores are out of date. Your best source of lastest score info for the Premier League games is in the key points at the top of this page.

  152. 1657: 
    BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Old Trafford:

    "It's bright and breezy at Old Trafford and Tottenham are seeking a first victory here since December 1989 when Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker scored the only goal for Terry Venables' team. Spurs right-back Kyle Walker wasn't even born Gareth Bale was only a few months old."


    James Hunter on Twitter: "Since when were Man City kings of the late goal? That crown belongs to Man Utd."

    Arthur Leventhorpe on Twitter: "Eden Dzeko does not fail to rise to the occasion and score a vital goal. Pivotal."

    James S A Watson on Twitter: "Great strike from Dzeko! Super sub once again!! He really is our not so secret weapon."

  154. 1655: 

    Celtic go a point ahead at the top of the Scottish Premier League, leapfrogging Motherwell with a convincing win at Fir Park, where Gary Hooper gave the Glasgow side the lead and Adam Cummins scored an own goal and was also sent off. Cillian Sheridan scored a hat-trick as Kilmarnock beat Hearts 3-1 at Tynecastle. There was an amazing game in Paisley as Steven Thompson scored twice to give St Mirren a 5-4 win over Ross County, for whom Rocco Quinn grabbed a double to bring the scores back to 4-4. Richie Foran's double helped Inverness to a thumping 4-0 win over Dundee United. It was a bad day for the City of Discovery as St Johnstone won their Tayside derby 3-1 away to bottom side Dundee.

  155. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 1-0 Wigan
  156. 1652: 

    Just one game still playing in the Premier League. Sunderland look good for the 1-0 win against 10-man Wigan. Arouna Kone's foul in midfield wastes a bit more time.

  157. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 3-1 Southampton

    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata on Twitter: "The winning streak goes on! Very important victory in the Emirates! Great week. Come on Blues!"

  159. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 2-2 Newcastle
  160. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 2-0 Swansea
  161. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 2-5 Liverpool
  162. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 1-2 Man City

    Amaresh Ray on Twitter: "How many important goals has Dzeko now scored for City? Vastly underrated."

    Haske !nc on Twitter: "Move over Maradona, Demba Ba has been ordained the new 'hand of God' goal!"

  164. 1648: 

    Final Score pundit Dion Dublin on Edin Dzeko putting Manchester City ahead at Fulham: "Fulham won't be happy with their defending. The ball just bobbled about on the penalty spot and Dzeko held off his marker and turned on a sixpence. Great goal."

  165. 1647: 

    Reading clsoe to going ahead again against Newcastle but the post denies Jobi McAnuff from his curling shot from distance. It remains 2-2.

  166. 1646: 

    Paul Scholes starts for Manchester United in place of Antonio Valencia, and Wayne Rooney is on the bench. Spurs make one change for the trip to Old Trafford, as Steven Caulker starts in place of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  167. 1645: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke - Kenwyne Jones for Peter Crouch

    Peter Crouch will not bag a hat-trick - he's been replaced to a standing ovation as Kenwyne Jones comes on. 'Crouch for England' is the chant.

  168. 1643: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-2 Man City - Edin Dzeko

    Talk about a super sub. Edin Dzeko has been on the pitch less than a minute and he looks to have won this game for Manchester City. Fulham fail to deal with Gael Clichy's ball from the left and John Arne Riise's header falls for Dzeko, who slams his shot into the roof of the net. Manchester City are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches against Fulham. Looks like that is going to become seven.

  169. 1642: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-5 Liverpool - Grant Holt

    It won't make a difference to where the points are going in this game but it is a significant moment for Grant Holt, who scores his first goal of the season to bag a second consolation for Norwich. The striker gets free down the left and fires a shot across goal and in to the bottom corner of Pepe Reina's goal.

  170. 1641:  
    Martin Keown, Final Score

    "I'm just wondering if Newcastle's equaliser has come off Ba's hand. The keeper should be coming for the ball in the first place and it's a howler really. But it does look like it has come off Ba's hand."


    Tom Henson on Twitter: "Forget Luis Suarez, the real hat-trick hero is Emile Sinclair, scoring three to put Peterborough 3-1 up at Hull!"

    Hashim Albahbahani on Twitter: "Sidwell has been immense against City today. Tackles, blocks and interceptions aplenty. MOTM for me."

  172. 1639: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-2 Newcastle - Demba Ba

    Demba Ba's superb goalscoring run continues. The striker gets in front of the Reading defence to put the ball past Alex McCarthy for his sixth goal in six games. It initially looked like he had headed it in but replays show that he actually steered the ball home with his trailing arm.

  173. 1639: 

    Luke Moore should have given Swansea a lifeline at Stoke. He muscles in to find himself with just the keeper to beat from eight yards out but fires over the bar.

  174. 1637: 

    Sunderland's job is being made easy at the moment by 10-man Wigan. The Latics have been unable to mount anything since falling behind. It looks like the Black Cats may be about to record their first win of the season and bring to an end a sequence of 12 Premier League games without a win, which is Martin O'Neill's worst run as a manager in the division.

  175. 1634: 

    Peter Crouch almost becomes the second top-flight hat-trick scorer of the day as he heads Matthew Etherington's cross against the crossbar from close range.


    Pembo, Leicester, via text: "Anybody else like to see Chico and Huth go at it bare knuckle style?"

  177. 1633: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Everton - Victor Anichebe for Nikica Jelavic

    Jelavic gets a standing ovation from the home crowd at Goodison Park as he is replaced with 15 minutes to go. He deserves it as well. Two more goals to add to his already impressive haul in an Everton shirt.


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Luis Suarez is only the second player to score two hat-tricks away from home on the same ground after Wayne Rooney at the Reebok."

  179. 1632: 

    Fulham want another penalty as Alexander Kacaniklic's ball into the box is blocked by the arm of Pablo Zabaleta as he slides in. The defender didn't seem to know much about it, though, and it would have been a harsh spot-kick to give.

  180. 1630: 

    Luis Suarez nearly makes it four goals for the afternoon as he runs into the box down the left before a Norwich tackle puts him off and his shot goes wide of goal.

    Meanwhile, at Craven Cottage, Joe Hart is called into action to save well from a snap-shot from the edge of the area by Bryan Ruiz. It is still Fulham 1-1 Manchester City there.

  181. 1628: 

    Stoke defender Marc Wilson is given an instant boxing-style shiner as he is caught in the face by Chico's stray boot. Swansea have been the better team this half but are yet to create a clear cut chance.

  182. 1627: 

    Manchester City applying lots of pressure now at Craven Cottage. Mario Balotelli curls a shot past the far post. Fulham are sitting deep and it could cost them.


    Nikhil Patil on Twitter: "Re 1608: Thank you Phil for letting them know about the kick-off!"

    Charlie Fee on Twitter: "Newcastle's defence really suffers without Coloccini, we can't concede two away to Reading if we want to challenge the top four!"

  184. 1624: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-5 Liverpool - Steven Gerrard

    We're not the only ones experiencing technical difficulties. Norwich are being thoroughly outclassed by Liverpool. Raheem Sterling shows fleet feet to pull away down the right before pulling back for Steven Gerrard to find the net with a shot that takes a huge deflection off Leon Barnett to wrong-foot John Ruddy. This is the second time City have conceded five this season. Lots of glum faces among the home crowd. Not so in the Liverpool end. The Reds are roaring to their first win of the league season.

  185. 1622: 

    Unfortunately we are experiencing some technical issues that are having a very serious impact on our latest football scores. We are hoping to have them fixed as soon as possible but in the meantime please accept our apologies.


    Andrew W on Twitter: "Norwich fans singing 'you know what you are'. Suarez knows that he is a world class player, but thank you for reminding him!"

    Canice Obi Fab on Twitter: "Suarez would wish to play Norwich every weekend because that's the game where he comes alive without the drama that goes with him."

    Prashant Shah on Twitter: "Luis Suarez has scored six goals at Carrow Road in 2012 (two hat tricks). He's scored three goals at Anfield in the same time period."

  187. 1619: 

    Motherwell defender Adam Cummins' day has just got even worse. Having already scored an own goal, he is sent off for hauling down Kris Commons. But Celtic captain Scott Brown has his second penalty kick saved in a week as Darren Randolph makes a block on the line. However, there looks like no way back for the SPL leaders, 2-0 behind and down to 10 men. Meanwhile, St Mirren have come from behind to lead Ross County 3-2, Lewis Guy's penalty being followed by a fine finish from substitute Sam Parkin.

  188. 1617: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-1 Newcastle - Noel Hunt

    This is getting crazy now. Nothing for nearly an hour and then three goals in less than five minutes. Reading back in front, as Jobi McAnuff again plays the provider as he crosses deep from the left and Noel Hunt meets his delivery with a glancing header. This is more like it.

  189. 1616: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-4 Liverpool - Steve Morison

    Is there a glimmer of hope for Norwich? Probably not, but at least they are up and running as Russell Martin's angled shot is blocked by Pepe Reina but slammed home on the rebound by Steve Morison for his first of the season. Liverpool's hopes of just a second clean sheet in 16 games has gone. They are still pretty much nailed on to get their first league win of the season from this though.

    Martin Keown, Final Score

    "Steven Fletcher has got very good feet, very good movement and it is no coincidence he keeps getting on the end of these chances. It is an unusual finish but he is that confident he knows he can score."


    Ryan Heatly on Twitter: "ANOTHER Fletcher goal. Scotland need him, that much is obvious."

    Aidan Smith on Twitter: "Steven Fletcher is a waste of money? Maybe not..."

    Luke Richards on Twitter: "Everyone questioned Steven Fletchers price tag with his move to sunderland, proved all the doubters wrong."

  192. 1614: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-1 Newcastle - Demba Ba

    Reading's lead lasts barely a minute and Demba Ba continues his scoring run with a fantastic goal. Cheick Tiote flights a pass straight down the centre of the pitch and Ba meets it onto the volley to fire past keeper Alex McCarthy.

  193. 1614: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-0 Newcastle - Jimmy Kebe

    Jimmy Kebe finally kicks the lethargy into touch when he cuts inside from the right to collect Jobi McAnuff's threaded pass and tucks his shot into the near corner.

  194. 1613: 
    GOAL- Norwich 0-4 Liverpool - Luis Suarez

    Norwich are going to be utterly sick of the sight of Luis Suarez. A hat-trick at Carrow Road last season, a hat-trick at Carrow Road this season. He picks up the ball on the left corner of the Norwich box and curls a shot that finds the bottom corner courtesy of a slight deflection off a home defender. Imagine if Suarez played for Norwich? He would score at least 54 goals every season.

  195. 1613: 

    Swansea think they have a penalty at Stoke as Ben Davies breaks into the area and goes to ground under a challenge from Jon Walters - but referee Jon Moss instead books full-back Davies for a dive. Replays suggest that was an excellent call by the official.

  196. 1612: 

    Decent penalty shout for Manchester City? Pablo Zabaleta falls in the box following a shove in the back from Steve Sidwell as he looks to latch on to a looping ball. Mark Halsey isn't interested though.

  197. 1610: 

    Swansea start the second half brightly and Ki Sung-yeung is only denied his first goal in England by a brilliant save from Asmir Begovic. Full stretch to tip it over

  198. 1608: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Wigan - Steven Fletcher

    It is a Sunderland goal so it must therefore also be a Steven Fletcher goal. The striker has scored all of the Black Cats' goals this season in the Premier League and notches up his fifth of the campaign with a good finish after James McClean's strong run and low cross.


    Ben Ilkay on Twitter: "When's the Reading-Newcastle game kicking off?"

    It has, but I don't think anyone told either set of players

  200. 1605: 
    RED CARD- Wigan - Jordi Gomez

    Wigan are going to have to play over 40 minutes with 10 men as Jordi Gomez is shown a staight red for sliding in on Danny Rose. It was a dangerous, late challenge.


    Matty, Liverpool, via text: "Re 1517. I don't care what you lot say! I'm loving Liverpool's away kit it's (hopefully) got three points in it!"

    Gaz, Oxford, via text: "Worst ever kit has to be the Oxford United away kit from the 93-94 season. A psychadelic deckchair number!"

    Chris, Newcastle, via text: "Surely the Hull City tiger print strip is the worst ever kit."

    Some great shouts out there for the most obscene kit to have ever graced English football, following David Cowen's stark sartorial assessment of Liverpool's latest away strip [see 1517].


    Chelsea defender Ashley Cole on Twitter: "Chelsea fans were amazing again today, thank you all."

    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live chief football reporter

    "Everton are flying! Three goals in 13 mins and the way they ended the first half there could be more in second half. Threatening with every attack."

  204. 1605: 

    Huddersfield lead the Championship as is stands - they're ahead against Watford through Oliver Norwood. Charlton have equalised against Blackburn thanks to a Johnnie Jackson goal. In a meeting between two pre-season promotion favourites, Cardiff are beating Blackpool 2-0. At the bottom of the table, Peterborough may well register some points at the eighth attempt - they lead 2-0 at Hull.

    Milton Keynes have taken the chance to close the gap on League One the automatic places, they lead 1-0 at home to Crewe, while managerless Colchester have come from behind to lead 2-1 at home to Hartlepool.

    League Two leaders Gillingham are one man and one goal down at home to Rochdale, while second-placed Port Vale are 1-0 up at Bradford.

  205. 1603: 
    GOAL- Norwich 0-3 Liverpool - Nuri Sahin

    They got the ball rolling with a goal in the second minute of the first half and now they have one right at the start of the second. Liverpool charge forward and despite seeing his first cross blocked, Luis Suarez has a second chance which he slides over for Nuri Sahin to finish from close range. That is three in two games for the Turkish international following his midweek double. It is a goal that buries Norwich.

  206. 1601: 

    We are back under way people and we've started with an amazing miss from Norwich. A cross from the right is fired back towards goal by Andrew Surman and somehow put over the bar from practically on the line by Robert Snodgrass.

  207. 1600: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich - Grant Holt for Simeon Jackson

    Norwich desperately need something to get back into the game against Liverpool. Can last season's top scorer - who hasn't scored in his last five Premier League games - provide it?


    Karl Davies on Twitter: "Norwich look completely toothless. can't score, can't defend, can't complain with the score. Almost hopeless..."

    David Gale on Twitter: "Can we play our home games at Carrow Road? Suarez absolutely loves it there."

  209. 1555: 

    Celtic appear to be heading to the top of the SPL after Motherwell defender Adam Cummins turned a Scott Brown cross into his own net to put the reigning champions 2-0 in front after Gary Hooper's opener. Richie Foran's double has Inverness in control against Dundee United. St Johnstone are 2-1 ahead away to Dundee in the Tayside derby, while Kilmarnock remain 1-0 in front away to Hearts. Grant Munro has put Ross County back in front after Steven Thompson had equalised for St Mirren in Paisley. In the Scottish Cup, Highland League outfit Deveronvale are 3-0 in front against Peterhead, while two other Third Division clubs, Clyde and Montrose, are behind to Nairn County and Edinburgh City respectively.


    Sanjay, London, via text: "Well done Liverpool. Now keep playing that way and get the first win. Liverpool's season starts today!"

  211. 1554:  
    MOTD’s Steve Wilson at Craven Cottage:Fulham 1-1 Man City

    "City had been pushing hard before they got their equaliser but had been denied again and again by Mark Schwarzer and, they would say, a refereeing decision or two as well. Certainly Fulham got one that went their way when they were awarded the penalty which gave them the lead."

  212. 1552:  
    MOTD’s John Motson at the Madejski Stadium:Reading 0-0 Newcastle

    "Reading have tested Steve Harper once, he made a good tip over from Pavel Pogrebnyak's header, and the hosts had a good moment at the end of the half but Newcastle had James Perch to thank for a good clearance. Still all square."

  213. 1552: 
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison Park:Everton 3-1 Southampton

    "The half time whistle could not come soon enough for Southampton, who set the tone for an open match by taking an early lead. But it has been all Everton since, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic both outstanding as the hosts came roaring back."

  214. 1551: 
    MOTD’s John Roder at the Stadium of Light:Sunderland 0-0 Wigan

    "A first half that was largely bereft of incident. Seb Larsson thought he had put Sunderland ahead but his free kick was cleared off the line by Ivan Ramis, while a wonderful save by Simon Mignolet denied Arouna Kone at the other end. The wind is causing plenty of problems for both teams."

  215. 1550:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Carrow Road:Norwich 0-2 Liverpool

    "What a key figure Luis Suarez has been and not for the first time in his career. He scored two goals, should have had another and was denied a penalty. All in 45 minutes. Norwich City are booed off and for the most part they have been awful. Liverpool playing with poise and they are dominant."

  216. 1549: 
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at the Britannia Stadium:Stoke 2-0 Swansea

    "What a half for Stoke who are without a win since April. Peter Crouch was the scorer of their last winner against Wolves and he looks to have put City on track for another victory."

  217. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 0-0 Wigan
  218. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Reading 0-0 Newcastle

    Joe, Bristol, via text: "Re 1517. What about Bristol City's 1992 purple and lime monstrosity?!"

    Jamie, Wolverhampton, via text: "Got to say the Coventry City brown kit was definitely the worst. They should have flushed that one straight down the toilet."

    Amos, Birmingham, via text: "Nothing beats the Arsenal bumblebee kit - just awful."

  220. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Norwich 0-2 Liverpool
  221. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Everton 3-1 Southampton
  222. 1547: 

    Everton close to making it 4-1 before the break but the crossbar denies Marouane Fellaini from a header. 3-1 will have to do for the Toffees.

  223. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Stoke 2-0 Swansea
  224. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Fulham 1-1 Man City
  225. 1546: 

    With that little flurry of activity I haven't had chance to tell you about the first decent chance of the Reading v Newcastle game. Good build-up play by the Royals leads to a Jobi McAnuff cross but the Newcastle keeper Steven Harper tips Pavel Pogrebnyak's back-post header over the bar.


    Ridhwaan Abdul Aziz on Twitter: "That's Suarez in a nutshell: Never scores the easy ones, only the difficult ones."

    Niall Stevenson on Twitter: "Liverpool playing wonderfully, great movement. Rodgers doing what Kenny failed to do, giving the youth a chance."

    Andy Hudson on Twitter: "Jelavic is a class act at Everton. He's got a Midas touch in front of goal. Excellent piece of business by David Moyes."

  227. 1542: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-1 Man City - Sergio Aguero (43 mins)

    It has been coming. Carlos Tevez lashes a cross in to the box that David Silva diverts towards goal. Mark Schwarzer saves but can only push the ball out to Sergio Aguero who has the simplest task to side-foot into the empty net for his first goal of the season. The champions level just before half-time.

  228. 1542: 

    Manchester City so, so close to an equaliser at Fulham. Carlos Tevez prods the ball past Mark Schwarzer who has to scramble back sharpish to hold the ball back from crossing the ine with help from a sliding intervention from Aaron Hughes.

  229. 1541: 

    Gary Hooper has scored his fifth goal in a week to give Celtic a deserved lead away to SPL leaders Motherwell. Liam Craig has put St Johnstone 2-1 up in the Tayside derby after Dundee's Ryan Conroy had cancelled out from the penalty spot Gregory Tade's early strike. Iain Vigurs put Ross County ahead away to St Mirren, Richie Foran has given Inverness the lead over Dundee United, while Cillian Sheridan has put Kilmarnock ahead away to Hearts. In the Scottish Cup, Kal Naismith has put Rangers ahead away to Highland League leaders Forres Mechanics, but Third Division side Peterhead are 2-0 down away to Highland League outfit Deveronvale, Highland League leaders Nairn County are 2-1 ahead away to Clyde and East of Scotland League side Edinburgh City could also be poised for a shock win over Montrose, where they lead 1-0.

    Martin Keown, Final Score

    "It's a real wake up call for Swansea manager Michael Laudrup. Tony Pulis makes no apologies - Stoke just smother teams. It is a nightmare to play against."

  231. 1537: 
    GOAL- Norwich 0-2 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (38 mins)

    Seconds before this, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was clean though on goal only to fire wide. But he quickly makes amends as he robs Michael Turner of the ball and strokes a shot past keeper John Ruddy. He really does love it at Carrow Road. That is his fifth goal here in two games.

  232. 1537: 
    GOAL- Everton 3-1 Southampton - Nikica Jelavic (38 mins)

    Everton are on the rampage at Goodison Park as Nikica Jelavic heads the Toffees 3-1 ahead following good work by Seamus Coleman. Southampton, who led, have capitulated and now conceded 18 times in five-and-a-bit league games.


    Joe, Newcastle, via text: "Re 1517. What about the Man U grey kit that lasted all of 45 minutes?"

    Luke, via text: "Northern Ireland's green and blue quartered kit in the mid 90s was a real shocker. Like a Bristol Rovers kit gone wrong."

    Mark, Thirsk, via text: "And Newcastle's atrocious yellow 'deck chair'."


    Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann on Twitter: "What has Suarez got to do to get a penalty. You won't see any more blatant ones."

  235. 1536: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-0 Swansea - Peter Crouch

    It is the Peter Crouch show at the Britannia. The big striker is there to fire in from close range after a cross is muscled towards goal by Jonathan Walters. Stoke have failed to win their last 11 Premier League matches. They don't look like extending that run today.


    Niall Hughes on Twitter: "Leon Osman once again making an impact. I wonder how many England caps would he have if he was at Liverpool?"

    Osman's goal was his 21st in the Premier League at Goodison Park. He is now level with David Unsworth and only Duncan Ferguson (38), Kevin Campbell (26) and Tim Cahill (25) have scored more at the stadium. Surely one of the first names on the have never played for England teamsheet?

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:

    "Wenger says Abou Diaby out for 'minimum three weeks' with a thigh injury. Not much luck other than bad luck for him."

  238. 1532: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-1 Southampton - Nikica Jelavic (32 mins)

    Everton have turned it around at Goodison Park. Marouane Fellaini plays his part to break forward and find Kevin Mirallas who then feeds through a ball for Nikica Jelavic and he makes no mistake with a finish across the keeper and in to the far corner. That is Jelavic's 10th goal in his last 13 matches. Not a bad little record.


    Christopher Hall on Twitter: "Re 1525. I'm not a Liverpool fan and I can't stand Luis Suarez...but that's a penalty all day long. Shocking decision from the ref."

    Colin Williamson on Twitter: "No penalty for Liverpool at Carrow Road. It wasn't a foul; Leon Barnett was just getting a piggy-back from Suarez."

    Douglas McMahon on Twitter: "Got to feel for Suarez. Another cast iron penalty. Referees must base decisions on the facts at hand and not on reputations."

  240. 1530: 

    Swansea threaten for the first time at Stoke with a typically patient move, which ends with Danny Graham touching the ball back to man-of-the-moment Michu, who toe-pokes an effort on goal from 25 yards which flies just wide.

  241. 1530: 

    That is a better chance for Manchester City. A cross is flicked on by Fulham's Chris Baird in his own box but Sergio Aguero cannot finish and instead finds the side-netting. City starting to come to life finally.

  242. 1528: 

    Crisis? What crisis? Blackburn lead the Championship as it stands, Dickson Etuhu's goal giving them a lead at Charlton. Barnsley won 5-0 last weekend, but they're one down at home to Ipswich.

    Milton Keynes and Crewe are both known for their passing style and it's Karl Robinson's side who lead 1-0 in their League One encounter.

    Bristol Rovers started today in the League Two relegation zone but they're ahead against third-placed Exeter thanks to a David Clarkson strike. Meanwhile, league leaders Gillingham are one down at home to Rochdale.


    Adam, via text: "Don't forget Chelsea's away kit in 95-96 - a superb grey and tangerine effort!"


    Benjamin Edmonds on Twitter: "Re 1517. Let's not ignore that shocking pink Everton kit now!"

  245. 1529: 

    Manchester City's best opportunity of what has been a pretty tame opening half hour for them. Carlos Tevez's cross-field pass is put back in first time by Pablo Zabaleta but Yaya Toure is denied a close-range finish by Brede Hangeland's challenge.

  246. 1525: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-1 Southampton - Leon Osman (25 mins)

    Everton are level. Kevin Mirallas' cross from the right is aimed for Nikica Jelavic but deflects of him to present the easiest of finishes for Leon Osman in front of goal. He lashes the ball in and Goodison Park erupts.

  247. 1525: 

    Big penalty shout for Liverpool. Leon Barnett's clumsy tackle on Luis Suarez sends the striker flying but the referee waves play on. Barnett was behind Suarez and gave him an amateurish "People's Elbow" on the Uruguayan's shoulder. Looks like Brendan Rodgers might have another thing to write to Mike Riley about.

  248. 1521: 

    Fairly tame start at the Madejski Stadium. Reading having most of the ball, but Newcastle looking a little more threatening on the break. Cheick Tiote went down with a nasty looking kick but he's back up and moving freely now.

  249. 1521: 

    Liverpool firmly in control at Carrow Road. That early goal helps of course, but they are passing the ball around very well. However, the Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League matches so they can't afford to switch off for a second.

  250. 1519: 

    No real response from Manchester City yet at Craven Cottage. They need to be careful because Fulham look handy on the break. Mladen Petric has blazed another shot over the bar from range after being set up by Hugo Rodallega.

  251. 1518: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "I am deeply disappointed. We gave two cheap goals away, they had three shots on goal and scored two goals. It is unacceptable to give goals like that away in the big games.

    "We lacked real authority and decisiveness at the back. We are a good side and that is what we have to take from the ganme. Certainly we can only blame ourselves for the goals.

    "We were a bit nervous at the start I felt. We lost Abou Diaby early and that unbalanced us but we put a lot of effort in. In the second half it was all us until they scored on their first attack. Petr Cech kept them in the game and if we had scored the second goal we maybe get the third."

  252. 1517: 

    What a lively start at Goodison Park. Soon after £12m record buy Gaston Ramirez heads Southampton in front, John Heitinga spurns a glorious chance to equalise with a close range header. Then former Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez flashes a shot narrowly wide of Tim Howard's post.


    Tufael Siddique on Twitter: "Well done to Rodgers for puttin faith in Suso and Sterling. But credit to Benitez as he signed them and rebuilt academy structure."

    Tom Dutton on Twitter: "Liverpool's right side of its team has a lower combined age than Ryan Giggs..."

    David Cowen on Twitter: "That Liverpool away kit has to be the worst in Premier league history!"

    I agree, it is pretty shocking but there's some stiff competition for that title David. For starters, Leeds had a kit in the early 90s that looked like someone had thrown up on the bottom of it

  254. 1516: 

    Great chance for Wigan and it takes an equally great save from Sunderland's Simon Mignolet to prevent the away side scoring. A cross from the wing presents Arouna Kone with a chance from near point-blank range but Mignolet does superbly to block.

  255. 1514: 

    Final Score pundit Martin Keown on Fulham going 1-0 ahead against Manchester City: "City just don't look like the Premier League champions. I know it's only the opening 10 minutes, but they are not exerting their authority on the opposition and Fulham are worth their lead."

  256. 1514: 

    Final Score pundit Dion Dublin on Southampton's opening goal: "It's awful defending. It was a great corner but Howard has punched the air and it went in. Howard is that good a keeper you expect him to collect it - but it was an absolute howler."

  257. 1512: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-0 Swansea - Peter Crouch (12 mins)

    Poor, poor marking from Swansea as the run of Peter Crouch is not tracked and he easily heads home from a corner. The corner came after Michel Vorm made a low save to deny Jon Walters.

  258. 1510: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-0 Man City - Mladen Petric (10 mins)

    The Champions are behind. Mladen Petric makes no mistake with the penalty, sending it to his right as Joe Hart dives left. Fulham have won their last four league home matches. They last won five top-flight home matches in a row between November to December 1966 in the old Division One. They've made a great start in chasing that record.

  259. 1508: 
    PENALTY- Fulham

    Mark Halsey points to the spot as Pablo Zabaleta is adjudged to have pulled back John Arne Riise. City will debate the validity of the spot kick and they look to have a case as Riise fell very easily.

  260. 1505: 
    GOAL- Everton 0-1 Southampton - Gaston Ramirez (6 mins)

    Simple as you like for Southampton. Adam Lallana's corner from the left loops to the back post where Gaston Ramirez is in acres of space to head in with ease. Tim Howard was nowhere. That is the £12m record Saints signings first goal for the club. Best start possible for the club who are looking to win back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time since beating Tottenham and Middlesbrough in March 2005.


    BBC Sport's Damien Johnson on Twitter: "Who's that shaven headed kid on the left for Everton? Oh, it's Steven Pienaar minus locks."

  262. 1505: 

    Chance for Wigan at Sunderland. Jordi Gomez latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box to lash a volley just over the bar. Meanwhile, at Fulham, Yaya Toure drags a shot wide of goal from 18 yards for Manchester City.

  263. 1501: 
    GOAL- Norwich 0-1 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (2 mins)

    What a start for Liverpool! The away side's first attack sees Glen Johnson's pass into the box come back out to Luis Suarez and he makes no mistake with a low shot into the bottom corner. A hat-trick here last season and now another goal. Luis Suarez loves Carrow Road. That is his 18th Liverpool goal in his 50th Premier League appearance.

  264. 1500: 

    Games on.

  265. 1500: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo: "It was a big challenge to play against a quality side like Arsenal. We are very pleased, we were excellent today and deserved the win. Fernando Torres was excellent, his contribution was very good. It was right to pick John Terry, he showed his leadership again today. We pressed Arsenal and didn't allow them to find their rhythm. We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world and that is why he is with us. He made two saves. We didn't just come and sit back we took the initiative and took the game forward. We have a few knocks and bruises but we will assess them all before the Champions League game."


    JB, via text: "I think everyone should give Arsenal a break. They didn't play well today but played fantastic last week at the Etihad. All it does is show how fantastic this league is and how open it is."

    Jack, Twickenham, via text: "If you look at Chelsea's spending over the past two years, anyone saying they didn't think they were genuine contenders must be a moron."

  267. 1459: 

    There is a well-observed minute's applause at Carrow Road for former Norwich boss John Bond, who died this week at the age of 79.

  268. 1458: 

    The attention in the SPL turns mainly to Fir Park this afternoon as Motherwell, who remain leaders after Hibs' earlier defeat away to Aberdeen, entertain reigning champions Celtic. Neil Lennon's side could overtake Well at the top - and with a game in hand - should they record a win at Fir Park. Dundee, seeking their first home points of the season, will hope to lift themselves off the bottom of the table as they host St Johnstone in the Tayside derby. Inverness host Dundee United, Kilmarnock are at Tynecastle to face Hearts, while St Mirren entertain Ross County. Meanwhile, little Forres Mechanics host Rangers in the game of the day in the second round of the Scottish Cup in perhaps the biggest game of the Highland League champions' history.

  269. 1458: 

    Teams are out on pitches all over the country ahead of kick-off, including Liverpool's, which at 24 years and 347 days old, is their youngest starting line up in a Premier League match in nine years, since a 1-1 draw at Newcastle in December 2003.


    Former Fulham, QPR and Man City player Rodney Marsh on Twitter: "Players have always dived (me included in penalty area) but the volume now is staggering..."

  271. 1453: 

    Stoke are yet to win this season but manager Tony Pulis is not reaching for the panic button just yet. He said: "What tends to happen is you have good times and bad times and when things are not going for you, you have to accept it, get your head down, work really hard and turn it around.But I don't think we have gotten to that stage yet." Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has called for calm after a heavy home defeat to Everton last time out. He said: "I think everyone got a little carried away with the way we started the season and forgot we are not competing with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, we are in another part of the league."

  272. 1452: 

    Reading boss Brian McDermott says former Royals manager Alan Pardew laid the foundations for the club's recent success, having been in charge between 1999 and 2003. McDermott said: "I believe he set the identity for this club over a period of time." Newcastle manager Pardew says he will be the "pantomime villain" today after leaving the club in acrimonious circumstances but may not worry too much after signing an eight-year deal this week "which hasn't quite sunk in".

  273. 1450: 

    David Moyes has put contract talks on hold as he looks to maintain Everton's bright start to the season. "Whatever happens, I'm here until the end of the season anyway," said the Scot ahead of Southampton's visit to Goodison Park. "There's no great panic." Saints manager Nigel Adkins believes stability at Goodison Park is the key to Everton's fine start. "There's a stable working relationship between the manager and the chairman," said Adkins.


    Sanj, Herts, via text: "Arsenal weren't horrific just got outdone by Chelsea at their own game. Lack of creativity in midfield which will almost certainly be filled by Jack Wilshere. Still have optimism for this team, just a question of when they will prove their title credentials."

    James, Telford, via text: "Torres has improved since going blonde again."

  275. 1449: 

    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres: "For us to win against the top teams is very important. That was the reason we didn't finish in the top four last season. This was our first big test and we have got the points. I always aim to improve. I had a very difficult start at Chelsea but I am enjoying the present and we are building a big team. We can see that we keep the ball better now and we are dangerous between the lines."

  276. 1448: 
    Reading v Newcastle

    Reading stay largely loyal to the team which beat QPR in the League Cup in midweek. Mikele Leigertwood and Jobi McAnuff are back in the side but there are first Premier League starts for Adrian Mariappa, Jimmy Kebe, Noel Hunt and Shaun Cummings. Jason Roberts is back on the bench after injury. Newcastle are without Yohan Cabaye and Fabricio Coloccini so Gael Bigirimana starts alongside Cheick Tiote in midfield, with Mike Williamson continuing alongside Steven Taylor in the heart of the defence.

  277. 1447: 
    Sunderland v Wigan

    Adam Johnson passed a late fitness this morning to take his place in the Sunderland side that faces Wigan today. The midfielder, who joined from Manchester City last month, has not played in the Premier League for the Black Cats since 1 September after injuring his thigh during training with England. Sebastian Larsson returns to the side but Lee Cattermole misses out as he begins a three-match ban. Just one change in the first 11 for Wigan with James McArthur starting, having been named on the bench in the 2-1 defeat to Fulham last weekend. Franco di Santo is on the bench despite being doubtful in the week.

  278. 1447: 
    Fulham v Man City

    Fulham are without Dimitar Berbatov, who was injured in training on Thursday, and in his absence Cottagers boss Martin Jol elects to recall Bryan Ruiz and Mladen Petric to lead his attack along with Hugo Rodallega. Alex Kacaniklic drops to the bench. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, whose side are without a win in four games in all competitions, gives Serbian centre-back Matija Nastasic his Premier League debut in place of Joleon Lescott in defence while Gareth Barry comes in for Scott Sinclair in midfield. Up front, Carlos Tevez replaces Edin Dzeko, partnering Sergio Aguero in an all-Argentine attack for the first time since the opening day of the season.


    Pancho Francisco Villa on Twitter: "A solid performance from Chelsea. Our best line up bar Luiz and Mikel, we would be stronger with Cahill and Romeu."

    Thaisight on Twitter: "Injury early on to Diaby, a big factor in the game...he has been in great form. Arsenal missing a cutting edge up front."

    Kevin O'Prey on Twitter: "I remember fans on here calling for RDM's head after the Atletico Madrid game. They still feel the same?"

  280. 1446: 
    Stoke v Swansea

    Swansea make four changes to the side that lost at home to Everton in their last league outings - Chico Flores, Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer and Pablo Hernandez all drafted in. Stoke are unchanged from the side which lost 1-0 at Chelsea.

  281. 1446: 
    Norwich v Liverpool

    Norwich make two changes from their last league outing, which ended in a 1-0 defeat by Newcastle. Centre-back Michael Turner replaces the injured Sebastien Bassong, while forward Simeon Jackson comes in for midfielder Wes Hoolahan, who is on the bench along with forward Grant Holt. Liverpool teenagers Andre Wisdom and Suso make their first Premier League starts. Wisdom replaces injured right-back Martin Kelly, while playmaker Suso gets the nod ahead of the benched Fabio Borini. Midfielder Nuri Sahin also starts after his two goals in the Capital One Cup win over West Brom as he comes in for the suspended Jonjo Shelvey. Central defender Daniel Agger is fit to play.

  282. 1445: 
    Everton v Southampton

    David Moyes makes one change to the side that defeated Swansea in the last Premier League outing, Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic replacing Victor Anichebe in attack. Frazer Richardson, James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez return to the Southampton side.

  283. 1445: 
    LINE-UPS- Reading v Newcastle

    Reading: McCarthy, Cummings, Gorkss, Mariappa, Shorey, Kebe, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak, Hunt. Subs: Taylor, Pearce, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Le Fondre, Roberts.

    Newcastle: Harper, Perch, Williamson, Steven Taylor, Santon, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Bigirimana, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Anita, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  284. 1444: 

    So Chelsea have now ended a run of eight matches away in London derbies without a win and in the process become the first side to win three times at the Emirates Stadium.


    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "Massive, massive win for Chelsea. Arsenal weakest of the potential top four in my opinion but still big statement of intent."

    Daniel Lee on Twitter: "We deserved to lose that, played absolutely terrible, same old Arsenal, nothing new about this season at all."

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "As a Man Utd fan I didn't see Chelsea as a genuine title threat. Until now."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:

    "Chelsea win 2-1 at Arsenal. Stay top of the table and indebted to those two fine 2nd half saves from Petr Cech."

  287. 1440: 

    John Terry clearly appreciates the support he has been given by the Chelsea fans. He removes his boots and hands them to a young boy in the away end.

  288. 1439: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Swansea

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Edu, Whitehead, Upson, Etherington.

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, Michu, Hernandez, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  289. 1439: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Wigan

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha.

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

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)


    Tyrone Lewis on Twitter: "Giroud AKA Chamakh."

    Mr O Kanenas on Twitter: "Throughout this game, Arsenal fans have been singing about RVP. If the last gasp chance had fallen to him, not Giroud..."

  291. 1438: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
  292. 1437: 

    If you refresh your page now you'll get a Final Score video at the top of your page. Meanwhile, at Arsenal, Chelsea are eating into added time by forcing a corner. Eden Hazard takes it short to Fernando Torres who protects the ball in the corner.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:

    "Giroud wastes chance to equalise by hitting the side-netting after rounding Cech. If I was being kind I would say the angle was tight."

  294. 1436:  
    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live at the Emirates

    "What a miss by Giroud. He had an open goal. I appreciate nobody does it on purpose but that is a very bad miss."

  295. 1434: 

    I was wrong. Arsenal did get a better chance as Olivier Giroud receives a neat pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the box before going round Petr Cech but firing into the side-netting. It was a tight angle but he could and probably should have scored.


    Alan, Southampton, via text: "Arsenal still miss someone with Fabregas's vision and range. How many times will a player make a run and the player on the halfway line not play him in?"

  297. 1434: 

    Santi Cazorla has been great for Arsenal so far this season but he hasn't had his best game today. He is set up on the edge of the area but swings his first-time shot past the post. Arsenal probably won't get a better chance than that in the four minutes of added time remaining.

  298. 1432: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Liverpool

    Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Turner, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Morison, Jackson. Subs: Bunn, Holt, Hoolahan, Tierney, Ryan Bennett, Tettey, Elliott Bennett.

    Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Sterling, Sahin, Allen, Fernandez Saez, Gerrard, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Borini.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

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