Saturday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Arsenal win at West Ham in the Premier League after victories for Manchester City, Chelsea and West Brom.

6 October 2012 Last updated at 19:51

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  1. 1950: 

    That is it for today's football action. You can read all the reports and reaction on the BBC Sport website. Match of the Day is on tonight at 22:30 BST, followed by the Football League Show. I'll be back on for tomorrow's football. I'll see thee.

  2. 1950:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Upton Park:West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

    "In end it might have looked comfortable but at the start West Ham took the lead via Mohamed Diame with Olivier Giroud grabbing his first Arsenal goal. Then a sizzling six-minute spell when Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla got Arsenal's goals pushed the Gunners above West Ham in the table."

  3. 1943: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Santi Cazorla: "It is a pleasure to watch him. It's a delight to see what he does on the pitch. I hope every young football player in England watches him. We started [the season] with many questions about us, but of course we need to build up belief and convince people around us we have a chance. Apart from the Chelsea game we have been convincing and we have belief we can do something special."

  4. 1942:  
    Guy Mowbray at DW Stadium, BBC SportWigan 2-2 Everton

    "David Moyes might just have a word to say to the referee, while Wigan will be disappointed, having led twice and led for so long, that they didn't take maximum points. Everton will be upset their mini-winning run is over. Four goals but lots more than the goals to talk about."

  5. 1942:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea 4-1 Norwich

    "A turbulent time at Chelsea but they were worth winners against Norwich as they won with room to spare. They stay firmly at the top of the Premier League going into the international break."

  6. 1941:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at The Hawthorns:West Brom 3-2 QPR

    "It was a terrific game of football. In the end West Bromwich Albion held on to secure their best top-flight start in 93 years, but they were made to work hard for it."

  7. 1940: 
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Liberty Stadium:Swansea 2-2 Reading

    "Honours even at the Liberty Stadium. Michael Laudrup's winless run continues but it's a point having been two goals down. Wayne Routledge in the end the one to get the point with the equaliser after Reading had led 2-0. They still await their first Premier League victory but it's a third point for Brian McDermott's team in an entertaining affair."

  8. 1940:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Erihad Stadium:Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland

    "This is day it all came together for Manchester City. A first clean sheet and the second half performance was particularly impressive. Sunderland were unlucky to be the team on the receiving end of it. This is the inevitable day that Manchester City hit champion form."

  9. 1939: 

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud: "I'm so happy to score the first goal and to assist my friend Theo. I hope so many goals come after this. Everyone talked to me about the [lack of a] goal, but I kept confident and concentrated on the work in training and in the games."

  10. 1938: 

    Arsenal winger Theo Walcott: "Santi Cazorla has come to the Premier League and has taken it by storm. He is our conductor. He's fantastic and I'm not even sure what foot he favours. We want to be right up there at the end of the season. The way we came back today showed we can do that."


    Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva tweets: "Important game tomorrow. I hope the lads are ready to get the three points. We need to keep climbing the table."

  12. 1938: 

    I'm sad to report that yet another unsavoury matter involving alleged racism has arisen today. The Football Association is investigating claims by Marvin Sordell that Bolton players were racially abused during their loss to Millwall. Sordell, 21, said on Twitter that derogatory remarks were made to him and team-mates Lee Chung-Yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe at The Den.


    Karl Buckton on Twitter: "Santi Cazorla is ambidextrous. His left foot is his weaker foot. Says a lot about the quality of the player."

    Jean-Pierre Laake on Twitter: "Cazorla goal shows he can eclipse Fabregas. Both are great passers, but Cazorla is quicker & can score from outside the box!"

    Chris Pilcher on Twitter: "Look out Manchester... this year, these London clubs look good."

  14. 1935: 

    We told you about this at the start of the live text, but here is a little reminder... The BBC has launched the SPOTY Unsung Hero Award, to celebrate people working in grassroots sport. You can nominate yours on the BBC Sport website.

  15. 1933: 

    I think I need to dedicate an entry to Santi Cazorla. I don't really need to wax lyrical about him - you either saw this game or already know how good he is. The only thing to add is that £16m is an absolute and utter snip.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Match of the Day running order: Che/Nor, Wig/Eve, WBA/QPR, WHU/Ars, ManC/Sun, Swa/Rea. Six games, 25 goals, some real beauties. BBC One, 22:30."


    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata tweets: "Glad for another win at the Bridge! The team keep improving and we continue at the top of the Premier League!"


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "That is the first time Arsenal have come from behind to beat West Ham at Upton Park in a Premier League match in five attempts."

  19. 1925: 

    Arsenal are up to fifth in the Premier League table with 12 points, seven behind leaders Chelsea. West Ham are seventh with 11 points.

  20. 1923: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 1-3 Arsenal
  21. 1923: 

    The five minutes are up. We're not going to see anything else significant in this game...

  22. 1921: 

    Two minutes of injury time to go. It is all Arsenal, who are happy to just run the clock down in possession. The points are in the bag for the Gunners.

  23. 1918: 

    There is going to be five minutes of stoppage time at Upton Park, largely because of the injury to Ricardo Vaz Te. Arsenal nearly use that time well as Olivier Giroud is found in the box by Santi Cazorla but the striker's shot from an angle is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.


    Thomas Rose on Twitter: "Santi Cazorla has got to be the best signing this summer and that's from a Spurs fan."

    K Fresh on Twitter: "If I was Mr Wenger I would unleash the speed of The Ox on West Ham at this moment and sink them for good."

    Owen Philp on Twitter: "I've never seen Cazorla when he's not had a smile on his face. And why not with a left foot like that?"

  25. 1918: 

    West Ham have a corner. Can they give themselves a slim lifeline? The initial delivery is cleared but hit back towards goal from 25 yards by Matt Taylor. Arenal keeper Vito Mannone is ready, though, and dives low to his right to save.

  26. 1916: 

    The Arsenal fans are enjoying themselves now, cheering every pass their side makes. Two minutes to go.

  27. 1914: 

    So Cardiff move back to the top of the Championship as they beat Ipswich thanks to a Heidar Helguson double which cancels out DJ Campbell's controversial first-half opener. The Tractor Boys have now gone eight games without a win which will surely put more pressure on manager Paul Jewell.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Corker from Cazorla!"

  29. 1913: 

    Arsenal are looking to embarrass West Ham now. Olivier Giroud has another opening in the box but swings his shot past the far post. Five minues left for the Hammers to endure.

  30. 1910: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-3 Arsenal - Santi Cazorla

    Game over. Santi Cazorla is a special player and he underlines this with a superb drive into the corner of the goal from 20 yards after being set up by Theo Walcott. That is his second goal for the club and it has surely given the Gunners all three points at Upton Park.

  31. 1909: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham - Carlton Cole for Mohamed Diame
  32. 1909: 

    Heidar Helguson heads in unmarked from six yards out to put Cardiff 2-1 ahead against Ipswich with just three minutes remaining. If the score stays the same, Cardiff will go back top of the Championship and Ipswich will go eight league games without a win.

  33. 1909: 

    That is a cracking little turn from Per Mertesacker in the box to open up a shooting chance but the defender's strike is deflected wide of the post.


    Oliver Render on Twitter: "Walcott showing that he CAN be a striker."

    Ian Dempsey on Twitter: "Exactly the reason why Theo Walcott should be a centre forward and Wenger should suck up his pride. Theo Walcott, born finisher."

    Jack Shulman on Twitter: "This yellow card for celebrating with fans is stupid. Just further distances fans from the game!"

  35. 1908: 

    Oh, West Ham should be level. The ball breaks to Kevin Nolan just inside the area and he has just Vito Mannone to beat but he blazes his shot over the bar. What a chance.

  36. 1904: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-2 Arsenal -Theo Walcott (77 mins)

    West Ham's resistance broken. Olivier Giroud scored the first and now has an assist to his name as he shifts the ball, after an initial Santi Cazorla break, to Theo Walcott, who speeds clear before finishing low past Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the near corner of the goal. It was a cool finish. I wonder if Arsene Wenger has ever considered playing him as a striker?

  37. 1903: 

    15 minutes to go at Upton Park and the game remains up for grabs. Arsenal are the ones applying most of the pressure but so far West Ham are holding firm.

  38. 1902: 

    Replays of the Taylor/Ramsey incident show that it probably was a foul but actually happened outside the box.

  39. 1902: 

    Is that a penalty for Arsenal? Arsene Wenger certainly thinks so. Aaron Ramsey and Matt Taylor tangle legs and both fall with the Gunners adamant it is a spot-kick. The referee doesn't think so, though. Soon after Lukas Podolski unleashes a shot from the edge of the area which Jussi Jaaskelainen gets just enough on to deflect past the post.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Great to see Leicester at the top of the Championship. Be even better to see them back in The Premier League..."

  41. 1859: 

    Apparently, Ricardo Vaz Te has a suspected dislocated shoulder. Not a pleasant injury, especially when it comes to popping it back in.


    Paul in Dubai on 81111 on text: "Am I the only person that thinks Ramsey isn't good enough for top flight football? His passing is dreadful, in fact his whole game isn't good enough. One good game a season isn't good enough."

    Camron, an Arsenal supporter, on 81111 on text: "So Giroud gets one goal in the equivalent of three-and-a-half games, plus one in the Cup. How did he end up under so much pressure?"

    Ryan in Manchester on 81111 on text: "Injured myself celebrating Giroud's first Premier League goal!"

  43. 1858: 

    Big chance for West Ham and Kevin Nolan as he gets clear down the right but instead of shooting when he has the chance he looks to cut back inside and is tackled by Per Mertesacker.

  44. 1858: 

    Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla again combine with the former once more crossing from the left for the latter but the Spaniard cannot get a shot away as the Hammers crowd him out in the box. This game could go either way.


    Wigan midfielder James McArthur tweets: "So gutted we didn't get the three points today. Felt we done enough."

  46. 1856: 

    Down the other end, Santi Cazorla unleashes a shot for Arsenal from the edge of the box but slices it past the post.

  47. 1855: 

    Andy Carroll should just have put the home side ahead. A ball is pumped into the box in the direction of the big striker, who rises and gets his head to it ahead of the flapping Vito Mannone but the ball bounces the wrong side of the post as far as the Hammers are concerned.

  48. 1854: 

    Arsenal look a threat on the break. Lukas Podolski thunders away down the left before playing a ball square to Santi Cazorla on the edge of the area. his shot, though, is blocked by a member of his own team before Olivier Giroud is just unable to steer a last-ditch shot on target neat the post.

  49. 1849: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham - Matt Taylor for Ricardo Vaz Te

    Vaz Te is not in a good way. It looks like a wrist injury. Taylor replaces him.

  50. 1849: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal - Theo Walcott for Gervinho
  51. 1848: 

    Ricardo Vaz Te and Vito Mannone are hurt as the striker catches the keeper in the head with his boot as he attempts to reach a through-ball. Vaz Te catches his own ankle on his way through, causing himself a mischief, and looks to have come off worse.

  52. 1847: 

    Mat Jarvis has been quite quiet this game but he gets a chance as Andy Carroll flicks a long throw on and he is able to control, turn and shoot from range. His effort is always rising, though, and clears the bar by some distance.

  53. 1846: 

    Arsenal force a corner that Santi Cazorla delivers but Mark Noble heads clear. We're coming up to the hour mark and West Ham and Arsenal are locked at 1-1.

  54. 1844: 

    Ipswich goalkeeper Scott Loach spills a Craig Conway effort that Heidar Helguson taps in from close-range to bring Cardiff City level at 1-1.

  55. 1844: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal - Andre Santos for Kieran Gibbs
  56. 1843: 

    West Ham on the attack. Mohamed Diame plays a short pass in that appears to put Mark Noble clear on goal but Vito Mannone saves his shot. It wouldn't have counted anyway as the flag was up for offside against the Hammers midfielder.

  57. 1842: 

    Down the other end, Kieran Gibbs has plenty of time and space to cross from the right but puts his cross straight out play for a goal-kick. His team-mates struggle to contain their frustration.

  58. 1841: 

    West Ham are giving it a good go to reclaim the lead at the start of this second half. Ricardo Vaz Te crosses from the left but Vito Mannone does well to dive and claim. Soon after, a Mark Noble corner is met by a West Ham head but cleared by an Arsenal boot.

  59. 1838: 

    In fairness, on the basis of this season, the odds of a second-half goal for the home side at Upton Park are slim. Arsenal have conceded one Premier League second half goal so far this season. West Ham have scored once in the second half and that was in the final minute of their last home match (Infostrada).

  60. 1835: 

    West Ham force an early corner in the second half. Mark Noble delivers and Vito Mannone is able to muscle his way through to punch away. He gets a free-kick for good measure to ensure the end of the home attack.


    Grant Tissot on Twitter: "One of our worst performances of the season but a hardworking team spirit on show. Have to praise Giroud for once for his goal."

    Theo Collier on Twitter: "Time for Arsenal fans to get over-excited about Giroud. He managed to kick the ball vaguely accurately, so he must be the next Henry."

    Ernie on Twitter: "Arsenal fans should remember that even Chamakh scored a goal..."

  62. 1832: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- West Ham 1-1 Arsenal
  63. 1832: 

    The teams are back out at Upton Park. Second half coming your way in a minute...


    Everton defender Shane Duffy tweets: "Good point away at Wigan. The lads did well to come back twice! Great support as always!"


    Chelsea defender Ashley Cole tweets: "Another great result, and some great football played. Once again I want to thank the Chelsea fans; amazing."


    West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell tweets: "Good win from the boys today. Keep up the home wins."

  67. 1823: 

    Olivier Giroud's goal for Arsenal came in his seventh appearance for the club. It ends a run of five hours and six minutes without a goal in the division for the Frenchman.


    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster tweets: "Not the greatest of performances but a win is a win! Great three points to take into the international break!"

  69. 1820:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Upton Park:

    "Good compelling stuff so far. Mohamed Diame with his first West Ham goal gave them the lead and then Olivier Giroud scored the goal in the league that's been eluding him."

  70. 1819: 
    HALF-TIME- West Ham 1-1 Arsenal
  71. 1818: 

    Oh, Kevin Nolan, there was your chance. Mark Noble swings over a free-kick which is headed down by Andy Carroll and straight into the path of Nolan, who cannot steer his side-foot shot on target and is wounded to see it dribble wide of the far post. The old Newcastle double act so close to clicking again for the Hammers.

  72. 1816: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal - Gervinho

    The Arsenal striker lunges out at Mark Noble and is booked.


    Ravinderpal Jit on Twitter: "The new Arsenal signings link up and what a connection it is!"

    Aza Hoque on Twitter: "He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants, it's Olivier Giroud, he scores when he wants."

    Chris Brown on Twitter: "What was that? That looked suspiciously like a strikers goal by Giroud in his seventh game. Some old Dutch bloke took seven games too..."

  74. 1816: 

    Two additional minutes at the end of the first half at Upton Park.


    Reading striker Jason Roberts tweets: "Decided in the full context of the game it was a point gained. We will bank that and move onto the next one."

  76. 1810: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-1 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud (41 mins)

    It is the moment Olivier Giroud and the Arsenal fans have been waiting for, and the Frenchman times it superbly, bagging just four minutes before the break to bring his side level. Lukas Podolski swings over a superb cross to the near post from the right and Giroud stretches out a boot to divert the ball in. He wheels away in utter delight. That is one happy striker.

  77. 1811: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Ham - Winston Reid

    Reid brings down Santi Cazorla and gets a yellow card for his trouble.

  78. 1809: 

    DJ Campbell puts Ipswich in front against Cardiff in controversial circumstances as he clearly uses his hands to turn the ball into the net just before the break.

  79. 1807: 

    Arsenal with a chance as Kieran Gibbs' cross from the right is glanced on by Per Mertesacker and just past the head of Olivier Giroud, who for a second was sensed an opportunity.

  80. 1802: 

    Andy Carroll is hardly a player you can miss yet Arsenal do their best to ignore him in the box as he rises unchallenged to head a corner at goal. Luckily for the Gunners he plants his effort straight into the hands of keeper Vito Mannone.

  81. 1800: 

    Arsenal don't look quite so comfortable at the back now. A free-kick is delivered deep into the box and rattles around a bit before the Gunners are given a free-kick and a chance to relax.

  82. 1759: 

    That's not pretty. West Ham's Mohamed Diame sends Mikel Arteta flying with a late challenge. It is a free-kick to Arsenal but no booking for Diame, who has already been yellow carded for his celebration after scoring.


    Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott tweets: "Good weekend all round. Three points for City. Clean sheet was a bonus"

  84. 1756:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Man City are starting to look like a team who have won the Premier League title and want to win it again."

  85. 1756: 

    Arsenal pick up where they left off from before the West Ham goal, looking to fashion chances with neat passing play. After a period of Gunners possession, Aaron Ramsey opts for a more direct approach with a piledriver from 30 yards, but his radar is off and the effort flies well, well wide.

  86. 1754: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott is not worried about the fact his side have yet to win a league game. The Royals squandered a 2-0 lead against Swansea and had to settle for a draw.

    "I don't look at it like that [waiting for the win to come], I just look at the performances," he said. "The wins will come with the performances, our belief and confidence is absolutely fine. We won the Championship last year, they know how to win games and they will do in this league."

  87. 1754: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "Chelsea have to investigate Cole's tweets and he's got to be punished for that. His language was poor."


    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney tweets: "In the hotel in Newcastle just waiting for the Grand Final to kick off. Good luck @leedsrhinos"


    Tom, a Liverpool supporter, on 81111 on text: "Baines should be starting for England whether Cole is in the press or not. Best left-back in the league last season, and so far this one too."

    Aaron in Surrey on 81111 on text: "Yes Leighton Baines is a fantastic left-back. But unfortunately Ashley Cole is the Worlds BEST left back, regardless of being controversial off the pitch."

    Ajay from London on 81111 on text: "If we want to maintain our top four status Arsenal should be putting teams like West Ham to the sword."

  90. 1750: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Arsenal - Mohamed Diame (21 mins)

    Now that is a finish. Arsenal have had the better of the first 20 minutes, but it is West Ham who claim the opening goal. And what an opening goal. Mohamed Diame, who joined the Hammers in the summer, cuts in from the left, beating a Gunners man in the process, before lashing a shot into the far corner of the goal from 12 yards. Upton Park erupts.

  91. 1750:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Mirallas was excellent again today for Everton. Jelavic was very good. Pienaar and Baines linked up brillaintly. They look worthy of finishing fourth or fifth this season."


    Daniel J Reid on Twitter: "West Ham v Arsenal. This is anti-football against Total Football."

    Elliott Bambrough on Twitter: "Nothing like an Allardyce team at home against Arsenal. 26% possession, 10 men behind the ball. How much for a ticket?"

    Thaisight on Twitter: "Arsenal's Jenkinson and Gibbs look much more accomplished this season. Arsene Wenger has found a couple of gems."


    Everton captain Phil Neville tweets: "Very good point. Difficult game. Scored one penalty and maybe should have had another. Baines and Pienaar were brilliant today. Thanks for support as always!"

  94. 1750: 

    With the units they have in attack, West Ham are primed to capitalise on any set pieces but Mark Noble's first chance to deliver is wasted as Arsenal hold firm to head clear. Down the other end, Carl Jenkinson is in down the right but his cross is blocked behind. Andy Carroll does superbly to block Olivier Giroud's shot from one Arsenal corner before the striker rises to head away a subsequent Gunners delivery.

  95. 1745: 

    Everton boss David Moyes on his side salvaging a 2-2 draw at Wigan: "It was a hard earned point - we worked really hard to get back in to the game. We didn't start well, but Wigan did. We kept at it and deserved to get a goal back. I thought we had another penalty shout with Nikica Jelavic in the second half which should have been given."

    On Leighton Baines: "He was outstanding today. At times he was unplayable he was that good."

  96. 1744:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "I would have loved to have played for David Moyes. There's something about him. I like the teams he selects and the way they play football. The fact that Leighton Baines is playing really, really well... well, Ashley Cole's international place is under threat. Excluding all the controversy, Baines is on top of his game."

  97. 1744: 

    QPR manager Mark Hughes following his side's 3-2 defeat by West Brom: "In the early part of the game we gave ourselves too much to do. We talk about the fundamentals of defending and we didn't do that. We didn't start correctly. We were slow and not dynamic. They produced two good balls and we didn't deal with that. If you go 2-0 down away from home it's nigh-on impossible to get back into it. For the vast majority of the game I thought we were in control but we need to take the defensive errors out of our game."

  98. 1743: 

    West Ham will get no joy with play like that. Winston Reid looks to launch the ball forward but he hits it straight into the arms of Vito Mannone.

  99. 1742:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "West Brom played very well today and the scoreline flattered QPR a little bit."

  100. 1742: 

    The play is sandwiched in the middle of the pitch at Upton Park, with the ball mainly at the feet of Arsenal players. Aaron Ramsey looks to create something but he drifts his cross from the right over everyone before the home side clear.

  101. 1741: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "Harry Redknapp is out of the job and QPR are a London club. People are obviously going to talk about it. There's no long-term plan in football if you don't win, and QPR looked disjointed today. That's a big worry."

  102. 1740: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez on referee Kevin Friend's decision to award a late penalty to Everton, which Leighton Baines converted to deny the Latics victory: "I haven't seen again [on the television]. But it seemed from where I was that there was a slight contact. I haven't seen it well enough to comment, but It looked as though it was a penalty live.

    "We managed to stop Everton being a real threat and the amount of chances we created against this Everton side showed how good we are."

  103. 1738: 

    Andy Carroll's first contribution is to, unsurprisingly, win a header on the edge of the Arsenal box but his flick-on has too much on it and Ricardo Vaz Te cannot capitalise.


    Prince Nnaji on Twitter: "Arsenal need to win today, whether dirty or clean."

    Daniell Fernandes on Twitter: "How long will Andy Carroll stay on? Hammy gone within 20mins I reckon."

    Nick Buckle on Twitter: "Don't understand all these Norwich fans wanting Hughton out. Did they really expect a win against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge?"


    Chelsea FC tweets: "RDM: 'We have a social media policy and there will be disciplinary action against Ashley Cole for his tweet yesterday'."

  106. 1737: 

    Cardiff are looking to regain top spot in the Championship as they face Ipswich at Portman Road in the late kick-off. It's 0-0 after the first 15 minutes, Ipswich are looking for their first win in seven games.

  107. 1737: 

    Arsenal hit West Ham on the break and Santi Cazorla is given a chance to shoot, but his first-time effort is blocked by a Hammers body.

  108. 1736: 

    West Ham haven't been out of their own half yet. To be fair they've hardly touched the ball. They have a chance to rectify both, though, as Kevin Nolan is fouled. Per Mertesacker rises to head the delivery away from the edge of the area.

  109. 1734: 

    West Ham are really under the cosh here early on. Kieran Gibbs is the latest to have a sight of goal for Arsenal but cannot get his shot away cleanly and the Hammers clear.


    Manchester United midfiedler Tom Cleverley tweets ahead of Sunday's game at Newcastle: "Rugby League Grand Final, Take Me Out, X Factor, MOTD. #hotelsaturdays #preparation"

    And to think I had Cleverley nailed down as a Strictly man

  111. 1732: 

    Arsenal continue on the attack and Olivier Giroud has time to strike a shot from the edge of the area that Jussi Jaaskelainen pushes behind. Andy Carroll rises to head the resulting corner clear from out of his own goalkeeper's hands. Positive start from the Gunners.

  112. 1731: 

    Arsenal start on the attack and Lukas Podolski hits a shot from range that flies low and past the far post.

  113. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- West Ham v Arsenal (17:30 BST)
  114. 1730: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "West Ham have a good squad with 16, 18, 20 good players. Arsenal don't like to play against physical teams but West Ham have got more about them than just physicality. They have players who can do things with imagination."

  115. 1730: 

    Upton Park rises as one and applauds for former West Ham player John Bond, who died last week at the age of 79.

  116. 1729: 

    There is plenty of mutual respect between Wenger and Allardyce. The two are all smiles as they emerge fromm the Upton Park tunnel. It hasn't always been this way.


    Rich in Kettering on 81111 on text: "Three years ago The Poppies took Leeds to a replay in the FA Cup to lose in extra-time. If we had won we would have gone to Old Trafford, how that money could have changed our future like it helped both Exeter and Burton. Here's hoping we survive!"

  118. 1727:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Di Matteo looks as comfortable in that job as any of his predecessors. I just wonder whether he'll be there after this season. That's a shame, because I think he's earned a long contract. But what if Abramovich can get Pep Guardiola? But Di Matteo will manage a big team, because he's proved he can managed big egos in a dressing room."

  119. 1726: 

    The West Ham and Arsenal players are on their way out of the tunnel and are greeted by the first sell-out crowd of the season at Upton Park.

  120. 1725: 

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "They showed the same type of quality in their finishing as we experienced against Liverpool last week. Against this opposition you have to be more sure at the back. We should have done better with their first and third goals. But I'm pleased with some of what I saw in the second half as we created some chances."

  121. 1725: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "I had my doubts about Di Matteo in the summer. But to build a team, work with them in the pre-season then start well is a whole different matter. I'm really impressed with the signings he made and they look championship contenders."

  122. 1725: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "Andy Carroll is biting at the bit and the quality he has is what we need in the team. It's harsh on Carlton Cole, but the way Andy performed against Fulham on his debut, if we get the right sort of service we can cause Arsenal problems. Anybody is defensively vulnerable if we get the right service into him. For me, I've always had greatest respect for Arsene Wenger and what he has done for Arsenal. This is our biggest game of the season."

  123. 1723: 

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: "I think when you're 2-0 down and come back you should be pleased and then you add we had three consecutive defeats.

    "When we don't play so well we lose and then when we play well we are still losing at half time. I said to the boys you're the only ones who can change this, had six or seven chances and then scored two goals and we should have had a penalty. I think it was obvious but then the referee did not give it - they can have good and bad days like me.

    "It is important that we stopped the losses. That was important, you can one point from four is quite poor but we are still five clear of the bottom. These are the games that show if your team has character and I think we showed that today."

  124. 1722: 

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke on his side's 3-2 win over QPR: "Both teams were out there to win it. There were a few mistakes and some casual play in possession, but we had some good moves and the quality of the goals were top class. Both teams looked as if they could score at any moment. We've got three points and that contributes to the great start we've had."


    Jack from Norwich on 81111 on text: "As a Norwich fan, I can safely say that we will not be visiting Stamford Bridge as a Premier League side for a very long time. We're a good Championship side at best, and Lambert was that little bit extra."

    Hodges in London on 81111 on text: "It's laughable that people seem to think Redknapp would come to Norwich. We have a good Championship level squad at best, did fantastic to stay in the division last year and this is just reality reasserting itself. Any new manager is not going to do much better with the squad we have."

    Sean on 81111 on text: "One of the problems with QPR is that they are signing players like A Johnson, Zamora and Nelsen who are old and way past it. Bad signings."

  126. 1720: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "Everton didn't panic, came back and got their rewards in the end. But Wigan played well, have more strength in depth than they have had in previous seasons, and I think that was a fair result."

  127. 1720: 

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo: "We had to focus on the game. I always think a lot about my team selection and the way they [John terry and Ashley Cole] behaved this week and trained gave me the reason to start with them.

    "Norwich scored a good goal and it was important to equalise quickly. From there on it was a lot of Chelsea. The players just controlled the game. We can be happy about the performance. We are slowly evolving but on the other hand we don't concede too many goals."

  128. 1717:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "West Brom are in a honeymoon period with their manager. Do they have the quality to remain up there? I don't think so, but they're doing great at the moment."

  129. 1717: 

    More from Arsene Wenger: "Gervinho will play more on the flanks, Giroud through the middle. Gervinho can play in any position up front now, Giroud is more dangerous through the middle. He can deal with the direct game also on set pieces, and going forward he is dangerous as well. He's just missing goals and hopefully he gets one today."

  130. 1716: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on ESPN: "We expect a very committed performance from West Ham, they were good against QPR. For us, it's a post-Champions League game and important we have recovered well. We need to be decisive in challenges because up front Carroll comes back and Nolan is very good in the air took. How we deal with balls in the air could have an impact on the result. The way we deal with that will certainly be very important today.

    "He [Sam Allardyce] is not on easy territory here but slowly convinces people. We'll see how it goes today. We've had some hot games and let's hope there is another one today."


    Andy Naylor on Twitter: "Neville and Osman as a centre mid pairing are costing Everton points and goals. Gibson can't be back soon enough."

    Joshua Roberts on Twitter: "Incredibly exciting period for us West Brom fans, although the typical Baggie thought process has to be '26 points till safety'."

    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "Oscar a delight - talented and works very hard. Mata is in great form. Still questions over Torres for me. Great header but could have had three..."

  132. 1715: 

    Not many Premier League managers get the better of Arsene Wenger, but Sam Allardyce has a pretty good record against the Frenchman. Wenger has won just two of his nine away games as a manager in Premier League head to head meetings with Allardyce (W2 D3 L4), the first one of these came against Big Sam's Bolton in April 2002 and the last one against Blackburn in August 2010.

  133. 1712:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Norwich were much better in the second half. They must start picking up results at home. That will be their lifeline."

  134. 1710: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "The way QPR lost their game today was most disappointing. You never really thought they were going to get back into the game, and West Brom looked comfortable. This is another defeat against a team that they could get result against."

  135. 1707: 

    Stirling Albion 1-0 Rangers. Ally McCoist's side lose to the team that propped up the bottom of the Third Division at kick-off.

  136. 1706:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Upton Park:West Ham v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

    "Arsenal have a great record against their east London rivals, but Andy Carroll's inclusion for West Ham would give them something to think about as the Gunners have looked a little susceptible to crosses into their box. In general, Arsenal have been pretty solid at the back, though, and if they can deal with Carroll's threat then they have plenty in attack to cause West Ham concern."

  137. 1703: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says his players will be up against a difference kind of test against Arsenal. "Can the players understand what they need to do or change their game slightly to get best chance of a result?" Allardyce asked. "We will need to concentrate that they don't get behind us." Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping Per Mertesacker is fit to thwart the potential threat of Andy Carroll. Wenger said his centre-back looked "very sharp" in training.


    Will, a QPR fan, on 81111 on text: "I can't understand our form. Please just give us Harry, Fernandes!"

    Jon in Bristol on 81111 on text: "Surely if QPR lose one more game, it's time to get old 'Arry on the phone? Two points from eight games..."

    Nick from Essex on 81111 on text: "Norwich were awful today, won't stay up this season. Ripped apart by Chelsea."

  139. 1700: 

    Leicester move top of the Championship with a 2-0 win over Bristol City, although Cardiff can regain their spot if they beat Ipswich in the late kick-off while Eric Black's chances of getting the Blackburn job permanently seem slim after a 1-0 defeat to Wolves. In League One, Tranmere remain four points clear with a 1-0 win at Notts County and Coventry are out of the bottom four with victory over Bournemouth. League Two leaders Gillingham have their advantage cut to three as they're held by Oxford and Port Vale beat Exeter.

  140. 1700: 
    West Ham v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

    West Ham have Andy Carroll back in the side coinciding with the return of Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker. The Hammers centre-forward replaces Carlton Cole, while George McCartney is in for Joey O'Brien in defence. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has shuffled his attacking pack since the Champions League game in midweek with Aaron Ramsey replacing Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  141. 1658: 
    LINE-UPS- West Ham v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, McCartney, Noble, Diame, Vaz Te, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll. Subs: Henderson, Tomkins, Cole, Maiga, Taylor, Benayoun, O'Neil.

    Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Ramsey, Cazorla, Arteta, Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski. Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Arshavin.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  142. 1657: 

    Hibernian are top of the table after beating Dundee 3-0 in front of more than 10,000 fans at Easter Road. With three home wins this season, Hibs have already surpassed last season's modest tally of two. St Johnstone made it four SPL wins on the trot with a 2-1 victory over St Mirren, while at Rugby Park Aberdeen came from behind to beat Kilmarnock 3-1. A power failure in parts of Lanarkshire meant the Motherwell-Dundee United match was abandoned without a ball being kicked .

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium for Wigan v Everton

    "Wigan 2-2 Everton FT. Fine game with action at both ends - Wigan superior in first half but Everton's second half pressure deserved point."


    Toby Morgan on Twitter: "Got the feeling we will have too much class for the Hammers to handle today, 4-1 to the Gunners!"

    Curtis Fleming on Twitter: "Leighton Baines has one of the best left feet that there is in the game. Cole out, Baines in for England."

    Bayo Valentine on Twitter: "Mark Hughes has to be the most overrated manager in the Premier League. He is at best going from bad to awful."

  145. 1656: 

    It took some time to warm up but we finally got some gold at the end of those Premier League second halves. Swansea came back from two goals behind to win a point for the first time ever in a Premier League match, Everton kept the momentum going by coming back to draw 2-2 with Wigan, West Brom made it four home wins on the bounce and no away wins for QPR in 17 attempts and Chelsea went four points clear at the top of the table.


    Tweet from Northants ET reporter Jon Dunham: "It's all over. Bashley have won 7-0. We have players in tears and the game is up. In my opinion Kettering Town are dead."

  147. 1654: 

    It's all over for Kettering, where 304 fans at Nene Park have seen the Poppies hammered 7-0 by Bashley.

  148. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 2-2 Reading
  149. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 2-2 Everton
  150. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 3-2 QPR
  151. 1652: 

    Four minutes of added time played at the DW Stadium. One more to play. Leighton Baines launches the ball into the box and Victor Anichebe chases but Ali Al-Habsi claims.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Mr Opta man in the corner tells me that's nine out of nine pens for Baines in the Premier League: eight for Everton, one for Wigan."


    Oliver in west London on 81111 on text: "Sack. Hughes. Now. No excuses, whatsoever. His dour demeanour is bad enough, but results speak for themselves."

    CK from Kent on 81111 on text: "Chris Hughton did a great job at Newcastle but he's not the man to keep us Canaries in the Premier League. We need to make a move for Harry Redknapp."

    Scott from Windsor on 81111 on text: "I find it hilarious how all these 'fans' forget that Norwich are a team made of lower division players and Chelsea spent more on one player than they've spent on their entire team. They are bankrolled by a billionaire!"

  154. 1649: 
    GOAL- West Brom 3-2 QPR - Esteban Granero

    West Brom can't relax just yet. Esteban Granero has given QPR a late, late lifeline as he collects the ball on the edge of the box, turns and curls a shot past the stranded Ben Foster. There's barely any time left, but can the London side nab a precious point?

  155. 1650: 

    The Liberty Stadium thrills keep coming as Swansea captain Ashley Williams heads Jem Karacan's looping header off the line.

  156. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 4-1 Norwich
  157. 1648: 

    Drama at the DW. Wigan are a yard away from a winner as Shaun Maloney is fed in behind the Everton defence, delays slightly before firing a shot that loops up off an Everton man and just over the bar.


    Joe Lennard on Twitter: "That's it. I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Hughes out."

    Steve Waites on Twitter: "Got a sneaky feeling the happy Hammers are going to grab something against Arsenal..."

    Matt Freemantle on Twitter: "Think there'll be a turn up for the books at Upton Park. Got a feeling we'll be too strong for Arsenal."

    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Leighton Baines is having a very, very good season. Depending on how the FA assess Ashley Cole's tweets, Baines could find himself in that spot in the England team. And his penalty there was excellent. He's looking more and more like an international every time I see him. Top class."

  160. 1646: 

    Drama at Swansea - as arguably the home team should be ahead. Pablo Hernandez almost gives the Swans an improbable victory, chipping over the bar amid claims of handball against Nicky Shorey.

  161. 1645: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-2 Everton - Leighton Baines (87 mins)

    There isn't a keeper in the world who could save that as Leighton Baines finds the roof of the net with his kick to break the hearts of his former club. Everton will fancy a winner now in the few remaining minutes.

  162. 1643: 
    PENALTY- Everton

    It could be two penalties as both Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas tumble under challenges. It is Maynor Figueroa's foul on the latter that results in the sopot-kick, though.

  163. 1642: 
    GOAL- West Brom 3-1 QPR - Youssouf Mulumbu (85 mins)

    Game over at The Hawthorns. QPR are picked apart as Gonzalo Yara plays a one-two on the edge of the box to gain space down the rigth before crossing for Youssouf Mulumbu to sweep in his first goal in nearly a year. QPR's long winless away run continues. The pressure on Mark Hughes increases.

  164. 1642: 

    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Graeme Le Saux: "The final whistle can't come quick enough for Norwich. Chelsea are just passing the ball around them."

  165. 1641: 

    Bakary Sako fires Wolves into the lead against Blackburn in what has been a dull Championship affair at Ewood Park. This is potentially Eric Black's last game in temporary charge of Rovers and he has about seven minutes to change this around or his chances of getting the job permanently seem slim at best.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium for Wigan v Everton

    "Phil Neville off and Anichebe on. Ultra-attacking from Moyes now. 10 minutes left."

  167. 1640: 

    About five minutes left to play in the 3pm kick-offs. Chelsea are home and dry but the other matches are still in the balance. There could be some twists yet.

  168. 1640:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Swansea threatened and threatened and threatened, and Reading are going to get a reputation. They can't close out games. That affects you psychologically, and means the opposition always have hope of getting back into it."

  169. 1639: 

    Huge shouts for an Everton penalty, from the visiting players and the Toffees fans packed behind the goal, as Nikica Jelavic tumbles in the Wigan box. Replays suggest Maynor Figueroa clipped boots with the Croatian striker as he shaped to shoot. I would argue it would be a harsh one to give against the hosts - thankfully referee Kevin Friend had to make the decision, not me, and he was not swayed.

  170. 1638: 

    West Brom looking the most likely to seal the game at The Hawthorns as opposed to QPR drawing level. James Morrison has a dig from 30 yards but it flashes past the post.

  171. 1638: 

    On-loan striker Andy Carroll starts for West Ham after recovering from a hamstring injury. He is likely to be up against Per Mertesacker, who returns in defence for Arsenal.

  172. 1636: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-2 Reading - Wayne Routledge (78 mins)

    Wayne Routledge gets the goal his play deserves as he exchanges passes with Luke Moore before smashing home an unstoppable equaliser for Swansea. It could be an excellent point for the Swans, but Reading, still looking for their first Premier League win of the season, will be kicking themselves.

  173. 1635: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Cesar Azpilicueta for Branislav Ivanovic

    A first Premier League appearance for Cesar Azpilicueta as he replaces the scorer of the fourth Blues goal.

  174. 1635: 

    Hibernian will be top of the SPL table at the end of play today. They lead Dundee 3-0 thanks to goals by Eoin Doyle, Leigh Griffiths and David Wotherspoon. St Johnstone are 2-1 up on St Mirren at McDiarmid Park, while Aberdeen have staged a comeback down Ayrshire way - Gavin Rae and Niall McGinn putting the Reds ahead after Ryan O'Leary's opener. The story of the day could be in the Third Division, though, where bottom-of-the-table Stirling Albion are beating Rangers 1-0.

  175. 1635: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "What impresses me most about Chelsea is that they are good at the eye and they can play teams off the park. They used to just bully teams, but now they re more open and are very exciting to watch."

  176. 1635:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Watch Ivanovic's finish on Match of the Day. It's a volley, a striker's finish. I would have been happy with that myself!"

  177. 1635: 

    Crystal Palace have come from 2-0 down at home to Burnley in the Championship at Selhurst Park to lead 3-2 with Damien Delaney adding to Wilfried Zaha's double. Sheffield United could be going up to third in League One as they lead against Leyton Orient through Nick Blackman's fifth of the season. Jeff Goulding's first of the season has Cheltenham level against Fleetwood in League Two and Barnet are now 2-1 up at Southend as they search for their first win.


    Sam Heaton on Twitter: "What a game this is! The boys are doing well, hopefully they can hold out for the win. Come on Wigan!"

    Prashant Shah on Twitter: "Arsenal need height and power today, so Per and Giroud in. Diaby and Szczesny will be missed."

    James on Twitter: "Tettey of Norwich has been worse than terrible..."

  179. 1632: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 4-1 Norwich - Branislav Ivanovic (76 mins)

    The game is over now at Stamford Bridge as Branislav Ivanovic slams home a volley from inside the box after the ball had somewhat fortuitously fallen to him courtesy of Juan Mata sticking a leg out to try and control. Chelsea look to be going four points clear at the top of the Premier League tonight.

  180. 1632: 

    Fernando Torres looks to seal the game for good for Chelsea against Norwich but John Ruddy does well to smother at his feet after the Spanish striker broke clear of the Canaries defence.

  181. 1630: 

    After a first half filled with goalmouth action, chances are few and far between at The Hawthorns. QPR began the day at the bottom of the table and manager Mark Hughes is doing his best to avoid ending the day there - he has just sent on attacker Junior Hoilett in place of midfielder Stephane Mbia.

  182. 1630:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Norwich are definitely playing better. I'd be interested to know what Chris Hughton said at half-time."

  183. 1630: 
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Graeme Le Saux:

    "If Norwich get good enough possession and ball retention they create good chances."

  184. 1630: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-2 Reading - Miguel Michu (71 mins)

    Swansea finally find a way past Alex McCarthy as Wayne Routledge's cross takes a slight deflection and Miguel Michu, diving at the back post, heads home. Shortly after the Royals keeper makes another good save to deny Luke Moore.

  185. 1629: 

    That looks nasty for Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi. He slips while taking a routine kick out and lands uncomfortably on his shoulder. He needs treatment but looks like he'll be OK.

  186. 1628: 

    Everton continue to press at Wigan. Leighton Baines swings over a cross which is designed to give Nikica Jelavic a headed chance but it is just out of his reach and he tumbles under a Wigan challenge. The away fans call for a penalty but Jelavic himself doesn't protest much.

  187. 1626:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "The Reading goalkeeper McCarthy is having a blinder! Twice Swansea have come close but they have been great saves."

  188. 1626: 

    Alex McCarthy's superb afternoon for Reading continues as the keeper gets an instinctive hand to Ki Sung-yeung's deflected shot, then saves low to his right to deny Ashley Williams from the resulting corner.


    Tom Sowerby on Twitter: "I'd choose one Juan Mata over two David Silvas. Words don't describe the madness of him not making Spain squad."

    Khalid Mohamed on Twitter: "Hope Giroud plays today. I have a feeling we are going to demolish West Ham..."

    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "Uh... what happened to the goals?"

  190. 1625: 

    Still no second-half goals. The trailing teams are certainly striving to get themselves back into contention but as it stands the first-half victors are holding on to the spoils.

  191. 1623: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Ramires for Frank Lampard
  192. 1622: 

    Steven Pienaar comes close for Everton with a decent shot from the edge of the box but Ali Al-Habsi is equal to it and palms away. The Toffees are throwing plenty at the Latics.

  193. 1621: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea - Pablo Hernandez for Nathan Dyer

    Sergio Garcia is out of his chair and applauding as his potential brother-in-law comes on for the Swans. Can the Spanish winger rescue his side?

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium for Wigan v Everton

    "David Moyes now giving a ball boy a few words for not returning the ball straight to an Everton player. Mind games from the ball boy!"

  195. 1620: 

    Chris Eagles' fifth of the season has pulled Bolton level at Millwall in the Championship while Wilfried Zaha's fourth goal in two games has Crystal Palace level with Burnley at 2-2. Cristian Montano's first goal for Oldham has them 2-0 up against Preston in League One with Tranmere still 1-0 up against Notts County. In League Two, John Coleman's return to Accrington has turned bad as his Rochdale side have let slip a two-goal lead while Barnet could get their first win of the season as Ricky Holmes puts them 1-0 ahead at Southend.

  196. 1620:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Chelsea have had two penalty appeals turned down. Hazard goes down very easily and ignores the appeal. The second one, though, was a clumsy challenge. Are Chelsea players going own too easily in the box? An interesting debate."

  197. 1620:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium for Wigan v Everton

    "Jelavic shown the yellow card after a tangle with Ramis. The Croatian pleads innocence - been an undercurrent to this game all afternoon."

  198. 1620: 

    Everton's Phil Jagielka could just have kept his side in this game. Shaun Maloney's pass across the box looks destined to be hammered into the net by Arouna Kone until Jagielka gets back to nip the ball away with a diving tackle.

  199. 1619: 
    YELLOW CARD- Everton - Nikica Jelavic

    A bit more controversy at the DW Stadium. Nikica Jelavic and Ivan Ramis come together off the ball and the latter falls, but it is unclear what serious contact - if any - was made. The home players aren't happy and the away players rally to their team-mates defence.

  200. 1617: 

    In contrast to that mad first half, we've not had a Premier League goal yet in the second. I'm hoping this entry alone is enough to tempt fate into radical action.

  201. 1616: 
    SUBSTITUTION- QPR - Jamie Mackie for Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Mark Hughes continues to twist in the search for an equaliser at The Hawthorns. As it stands, QPR are heading for another away defeat.

  202. 1615:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Swansea are trying desperately to get back into their game, but they're not having much luck. They're struggling, really."

  203. 1614: 

    Chelsea continue to pick holes in the Norwich back-line. Eden Hazard picks out Juan Mata with a neat through-ball but John Ruddy is quickly out to block at the Spaniard's feet. There is only one way the points are going in this game.

  204. 1613: 

    The effort of playing a whole game with 10 men is beginning to tell for Kettering - who have shipped three quick goals and are now 4-0 down at home to Bashley.

  205. 1612: 

    Alex McCarthy again comes to Reading's rescue as the goalkeeper claws Luke Moore's header out of the air and diverts the ball onto a post.


    Janniky on Twitter: "Seems a long time ago that everyone was waxing lyrical about Michael Laudrup at Swansea. What on earth has happened?"

    Nathan Clarke on Twitter: "I've said for years that Mark Hughes isn't a Premier League manager. I hope people are now listening."

    Sam Loaker on Twitter: "I fear the bottom five are sadly in place."

  207. 1612: 

    Great couple of chances for Everton's Kevin Mirallas to level matters up at the DW Stadium. Leighton Baines cuts in down the right and drives a cross at the feet of Mirallas, who fires over the bar. Soon after, the forward shoots from distance but straight into the arms of Ali Al-Habsi.

  208. 1610: 

    Leon Barnett may have just got very lucky there for Norwich. He attempts to shepherd the ball out of play but does not account for the onrushing Eden Hazard. To stop the Belgian getting the ball, Barnett brings him down. Looked like a spot-kick to me.

  209. 1606: 

    Luke Moore comes on for Swansea at the start of the second half and almost makes an immediate impact, only for Alex McCarthy to pull off a fine save with his outstretched right boot.

  210. 1604: 

    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Graeme Le Saux at Stamford Bridge: "The message from Chris Hughton to his Norwich team is surely that when they break they need to do so with more numbers. From Chelsea's point of view, they need to be more disciplined when not in possession."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium for Wigan v Everton

    "Heitinga off and Distin on for Everton. Heitinga has had little answer to Kone's pace."

  212. 1604: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea - Luke Moore for Danny Graham
  213. 1604:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Goals everywhere in that first half, and Chelsea have been all over Norwich. Chris Hughton needs to wind up his players and see if they can get something out of this fixture..."


    Will on 81111 on text: "Chelsea probably have more points now than QPR will come May. Troubling times at Loftus Road."

    Peter in London on 81111 on text: "So the Premier League sack race looks like its shaping up to be a head to head between Chris Hughton and Mark Hughes."

    Gareth, depressed at Liberty Stadium, on 81111 on text: "I can't believe Reading are winning. They have literally been awful and we have probably been even worse with the chances we've spurned!"

  215. 1603: 

    Early chance for QPR in the second half as Adel Taarabt cuts in from the rigth and fires a shot on goal but it is saved by Ben Foster. Meanwhile, at Stamford Bridge, Norwich have am opportunity to reduce the deficit as Grant Holt rises to meet a Bradley Johnson cross but heads wide.

  216. 1602: 
  217. 1602: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Everton - Sylvain Distin for Johnny Heitinga
  218. 1601: 
    SUBSTITUTION- QPR - Armand Traore for Clint Hill
  219. 1559: 

    Well, that was a jolly first 45 minutes of football. I vote we have another half like that. The teams have had 15 minutes. Time to deliver again...


    Lou on 81111 on text: "No wonder Ben Gathercole didn't make it in time to start for Kettering (1514). Too busy tweeting about Norwich-Chelsea (1537)!"

    Looking at Ben's Twitter profile it doesn't appear he's the same Mr Gathercole! Coincidences, eh?

  221. 1556: 

    Kilmarnock and Hibernian top the SPL table after 45 minutes of action. Killie are 1-0 up on Aberdeen at Rugby Park thanks to a goal from Ryan O'Leary after three minutes. In Edinburgh, Hibs lead Dundee 1-0 - Irish striker Eoin Doyle heading home Paul Cairney's cross. St Johnstone are two goals up against St Mirren in Perth, Nigel Hasselbaink and Murray Davidson the scorers, as the home side continue their good run of form. The Motherwell v Dundee United match was abandoned before a ball was kicked because of a power cut in the Fir Park area.

  222. 1555: 

    Luciano Becchio's ninth of the season has Leeds ahead in the Yorkshire derby against Barnsley in the Championship with Leicester still ahead against Bristol City. Tranmere could have a six-point advantage in League One as they lead Notts County while second-placed Stevenage are being held by struggling Scunthorpe. Port Vale and Fleetwood could close the gap on League Two leaders Gillingham who are being held by Oxford United.

  223. 1553:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium:

    "Wigan lead deservedly after a lively first half. Everton not showing too much of the invention that took them to second place in the Premier League before kick-off. And Marouane Fellaini must be very careful not to pick up that second yellow card as he looks on a short fuse."

  224. 1553:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at The Hawthorns:

    "It's been a good first half, perhaps not of the highest quality but it's certainly had its moments. It's not been good for QPR manager Mark Hughes, whose side started very slowly, but he'll be grateful that Adel Taarabt has pulled them back into the game."

  225. 1551:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the DW Stadium:

    "I didn't want the first half to end. Plenty to keep us entertained and plenty to keep your eyes on. What a half we have witnessed. Arouna Kone scored the opener - despite looking offside - before it was cancelled out moments later by Nikica Jelavic. Then Franco Di Santo restored Wigan's lead."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium for Wigan v Everton

    "Wigan 2-1 Everton at half-time. Wigan deserve that, although Everton showed signs of life as the half neared its close.

    "Mentioned earlier how Wigan seem intent on testing how short Marouane Fellaini's fuse is - and so far he has looked unsettled."

  227. 1550: 
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the Liberty Stadium:

    "A potential smash and grab on the cards here after all the Swansea pressure and chances. Reading have hardly been in this game but find themselves in a winning position at the Liberty Stadium."

  228. 1550: 

    Kettering leave the field 1-0 down at home to Bashley but are given a standing ovation by the sparse crowd in attendance. They started the game with just 10 men and have no substitutes in what could potentially be the troubled club's final ever game.

  229. 1549:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Stamford Bridge:

    "All the headlines have surrounded John Terry and Ashley Cole but what's been lost in that is that Chelsea are top of the league, their Champions League group and are playing some lovely football. For all Chelsea's good play, Norwich have scored and gone close a couple of times."

  230. 1548: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "Chelsea have caught my eye. They are in total control against Norwich and I think they will get more goals. They are genuine title contenders because they have players who can make a difference going forward."

  231. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-2 Reading

    Ijaz on Twitter: "Typical Brazilian footwork from Oscar. Starting to realise why he is worth £24m..."

    Thomas on Twitter: "I can see all three teams that are in there second season going down."

    Hawwa Hassan Katsina: "*Rubbing my eyes* Is that West Brom I'm seeing sitting third in the table? Someone wake me up from this dream."

  233. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Wigan 2-1 Everton
  234. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 2-1 QPR
  235. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 3-1 Norwich
  236. 1547: 

    Another booking, this time at The Hawthorns where QPR's Park Ji-Sung is shown yellow for a high tackle on Zoltan Gera.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Frank Lampard scores his fourth goal in Chelsea's last four home matches v Norwich."

  238. 1545:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "I think Fellaini is very lucky to still be on the pitch. He knows exctly what he is doing. He leads with his arm."

  239. 1545: 

    Was that an elbow by Marouane Fellaini? The Everton midfielder rises with Maynor Figueroa and plants a hand in the Wigan man's face. It gets the home crowd going but referee Kevin Friend doesn't deem it bad enough to warrant anything more than a yellow.

  240. 1545: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-2 Reading - Noel Hunt (44 mins)

    A shot deflects off Angel Rangel and drops perfectly for Noel Hunt to double the Royals' lead with a crisp volley. Reading have had two shots on goal in the first half and have scored from both.

  241. 1541: 

    Everton come within a lick of paint of getting an equaliser. Former Wigan full-back Leighton Baines is found in the box down the left and his toe-poke beats Ali Al-Habsi but not the post.


    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany tweets: "We played great today and we are where we need to be, well done boys!

    "Injury isn't too bad but I was carrying it since the last game. Will have to try and get fit for internationals!"

  243. 1540: 

    Chelsea are creating chances at will against Norwich. Some patient build-up play on the edge of the box sets up a chance for Oscar, who jinks inside a couple of challenges before firing a low shot that John Ruddy saves.


    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Graeme Le Saux: "Norwich look their most dangerous at Chelsea set pieces. It's a classic counter-attacking game that Norwich have to play. It's too easy for Chelsea at the moment. Whenever a Chelsea player gets the ball they have five metres of space to control it. Juan Mata is pulling the Chelsea strings at the moment."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium for Wigan v Everton

    "To give credit to Wigan they are currently quicker to every ball than Everton."


    Opta Joe tweets: "Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored eight goals from just 11 shots on target in the Premier League."

  247. 1538: 

    Leicester City are currently moving top of the Championship as they lead against Bristol City with Cardiff not playing until later while Blackburn and Wolves are locked at 0-0. League One leaders Tranmere are ahead thanks to early substitute Joe Thompson who replaced Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro in the 18th minute and scored four minutes later. In League Two, Fleetwood are ahead against Cheltenham thanks to David Ball as they look for their third win in a row.


    Jonny Kelly on Twitter: "Grant Holt was the closest Norwich player to Hazard when he scored the third. That says a lot."

    Joseph Jack Evans on Twitter: "Juan Mata just carved Norwich open like a Sunday roast."

    Ben Gathercole on Twitter: "Norwich may get a battering from Chelsea today but we've already shown more fight than we did in the whole match versus Liverpool."

  249. 1537: 

    Everton come close to getting back on level terms for a second time this afternoon. Leon Osman wriggles into some space inside the Wigan area, but see Latics keeper Ali Al-Habsi react smartly to claw his deflected shot on to the roof of the net.

  250. 1536:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "I see similarities between Swansea and Norwich. Second season in the top flight, new managers, but they are both finding it difficult. They need to pick things up quickly. Be brave, be bold."

  251. 1536:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Vorm is a top keeper and he will be mortified by that. It just goes straight through him. Poor. At home Swansea need a lift and they didn't need their keeper to, literally, drop them in it."

  252. 1534: 

    Troubled Kettering Town - who started their game with Bashley in the Evo-Stick Southern League with just 10 men - survive the opening half hour but are now 1-0 down thanks to a James Stokoe goal from close range.

  253. 1534: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-1 QPR - Adel Taarabt (35 mins)

    Maybe QPR can get something from this game? If any player was going to whip up some magic to save them it is Adel Taarabt and he does just that with a great run into the box to receive Park Ji-Sung's chipped ball forward before chesting down and volleying in. It is QPR's only attack of any worth in the game and it has dragged them back into the match.


    Striker Eoin Doyle makes it Hibs 1-0 Dundee, nodding home after good work by midfielder Paul Cairney down the left.

  255. 1533:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Norwich had six against three, but the three Chelsea players just pick them apart. The Canaries are all over the place."

  256. 1532: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Reading - Pavel Pogrebnyak (31 mins)

    Reading score completely against the run of play as Pavel Pogrebnyak breaks into the left channel before unleashing a shot that somehow sneaks under Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal.

  257. 1532:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "My eyes are drawn to The Hawthorns. QPR seem devoid of any ideas at all. They are defending as well as they can but they just hand the ball straight back to West Brom, who are all over them. They have no creativity."

  258. 1530: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 3-1 Norwich - Eden Hazard (31 mins)

    Chelsea are pulling away in impressive fashion against Norwich now. It is a goal forged by brilliance and finished with brilliance. Juan Mata picks up possession in midfield and is given all the space he could need to drive on before playing a superb pass for Eden Hazard to nip in and finish superbly past John Ruddy. Are Norwich staring down the barrel at another five-goal spanking? Or worse?

  259. 1530:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium:

    "Everton may be playing in a more expansive style this season but they are looking very vulnerable at the back against Wigan. The pace of Arouna Kone is troubling them while Gary Caldwell is doing his best to get under Marouane Fellaini's skin - and is currently succeeding."


    The SPL card was reduced from four matches to three when a power failure around Fir Park meant Motherwell v Dundee United was called off before the game had started. At Rugby Park, Killie top the SPL table as things stand thanks to an early goal against Aberdeen. Gary Harkins's shot was saved by Jamie Langfield but the ball cannoned off Ryan O'Leary's knee and looped into the Dons net. Nigel Hasselbaink has scored for St Johnstone against his former team St Mirren - it's 1-0 to the Perth Saints. There are no goals at Easter Road between Hibernian and Dundee.

  261. 1529: 

    The odds are on QPR's terrible away run continuing today. They have never come from two goals down to pick up a single point away from home in their Premier League history.


    Don from Norwich on 81111 on text: "Easy on the Norwich-bashing everyone! They're making an entertaining football match here, they're not that bad!"

    Tom in Selby on 81111 on text: "QPR need a win today or Hughes will no doubt get the vote of confidence. Spent too much with nothing to show."

    Dan from Essex on 81111 on text: "What's the record for most first half goals in one day of Premier League matches? I have a feeling it might be contested today..."

  263. 1528: 

    Franco Di Santo is really firing on all cylinders now. He jinks in from the Wigan left before unleashing a fierce drive which Everton keeper Tim Howard has to smartly push away low to his right. Then, seconds later, Howard has to race off his line to clear with his feet as Di Santo almost latches on to a clever throughball.

  264. 1528: 

    What a start to the 3pm games in the Premier League. It is pouring goals. It's not doing my fingers any good but Match of the Day is looking more and more attractive by the second.

  265. 1526: 

    Chelsea should be 3-1 up. Ashley Cole has had, shall we say, an interesting week but he could have given himself a big boost there from Oscar's cross. However, he plants his header past the back post and wide.

  266. 1525:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at DW Stadium for Wigan v Everton

    "Everton fans packing one end at the DW Stadium in full voice. Martinez will be furious at how sloppily/quickly Wigan conceded their lead."


    Opta Joe tweets: "QPR have conceded more headed goals than any other team in the Premier League this season (four)."

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Mr Opta man has thrown me this beauty: Jelavic's header was Everton's sixth of the season, twice as many as any other Premier League team."

  269. 1524: 

    In the Championship there has just been two goals so far with Watford getting off to a flying start as Troy Deeney puts them ahead in the first minute against Middlesbrough and Millwall could heap more woe on Owen Coyle's Bolton as they lead through Darius Henderson. Matt Ritchie's sixth of the season has Swindon in front after a minute against bottom side Bury in League One. John Coleman returns to Accrington today as Rochdale boss and his current side are ahead through George Donnelly in League Two.

  270. 1522: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-1 Everton - Franco Di Santo (23 mins)

    It is all happening at the DW Stadium as Wigan go back ahead. Arouna Kone turns providers as he burns off Toffees defender Johnny Heitinga down the right before showing great vision to pick out the pullback for Franco Di Santo. And the striker, making his return to the Latics starting XI, emphatically thumps the ball past Tim Howard.

  271. 1522: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-0 QPR - Zoltan Gera (22 mins)

    West Brom are in total control at the Hawthorns. Anton Ferdinand makes a horrible mess of a low cross and manages only to clear the ball to the feet of Zoltan Gera, who calmly slots a low shot beyond Julio Cesar.

  272. 1522: 

    Wayne Routledge is again involved for Swansea, taking Michu's pin-point diagonal pass in his stride but firing straight at Alex McCarthy.

  273. 1521: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-1 Norwich - Frank Lampard (22 mins)

    Chelsea turn it around in quick time. Fernando Torres' attempted overhead kick is blocked but the ball falls to Frank Lampard, who makes no mistake with a drive from the edge of the box that rifles past John Ruddy. I fear Norwich may have just made Chelsea angry by scoring first.

  274. 1521: 

    Big chance for Norwich to reclaim the lead at Stamford Bridge. Terrible miss from Alexander Tettey. A cross from the right is straight at the midfielder but he somehow contrives to stoop down and head the ball back where it came from. Considering his name, you'd expect him to be useful with his head. Little joke for the French speakers, there.


    Rob on Twitter: "If Holt was playing for Chelsea against Norwich he'd be an England international."

    Soccer Limey on Twitter: "If Torres can score like that on a regular basis, his critics will go away. Chelsea are a serious title threat this year."

    Rob Ridley on Twitter: "I'm expecting Chelsea v Norwich to produce 10+ goals today. Norwich are awful."

  276. 1517: 

    So nearly 2-0 to West Brom. The home side break at pace and James Morrison supplies a superb cross for Shane Long, but the Republic of Ireland striker stabs over from six yards. QPR are facing another long afternoon on their travels.

  277. 1517: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "Wigan's goal was down to great play by Maloney. But Kone is offside when he scores, just a yard out. For the equaliser, Pienaar's shot became a cross and Jelavic was there at the back post."


    And now the Motherwell v Dundee United match has been called off. The fans are making their way out of Fir Park. You can follow all of the action (but obviously not from Fir Park!) on the SPL live text.

  279. 1515: 

    Swansea have started brightly and Danny Graham powers a header goalward from Wayne Routledge's left-wing cross, but Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is on his toes to tip the ball over the crossbar.

  280. 1514: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-1 Norwich - Fernando Torres (14 mins)

    The pigeons can settle down now. Chelsea have shooed the cat away. Branislav Ivanovic crosses and Fernando Torres nods home from eight yards to level the scores at Stamford Bridge. That is the Spaniard's fifth goal of the season.

  281. 1514: 

    Kettering start their game with Bashley in the Evo-Stick Southern League with just 10 men - and a goalkeeper playing out on pitch. Ben Gathercole was named in the the starting line-up late on but did not arrive at Nene Park in time to start the game.


    Rumours are circulating Fir Park that the electrical fault that has delayed Motherwell's match against Dundee United is serious enough for the game to be called off. We'll update you as soon as we can.

  283. 1510: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-1 Everton - Nikica Jelavic (11 mins)

    Within 90 seconds of Kone's opener, Wigan have been pegged back by high-flying Everton. An off-balance Steven Pienaar shoots from 20 yards and his wayward effort fortunately finds Nikica Jelavic, who plants a firm downward header at the far post into the Latics goal. The Croatian striker continues his fine form for the Toffees - it is his 13th goal in 16 Premier League starts.

  284. 1510: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 0-1 Norwich - Grant Holt (11 mins)

    There's a cat amongst the pigeons at Stamford Bridge. Wes Hoolahan pings over a cross to the far post where Leon Barnett nods the ball down for Grant Holt to fire in a shot from just inside the area. Holt scored at this ground last season.

  285. 1509: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-0 Everton - Arouna Kone (10 mins)

    Wigan off to a flyer against in-form Everton. Arouna Kone starts the move, Shaun Maloney does the bulk of the work by weaving into the box with a superb run and cross and Kone finishes it from close range. Wigan are delighted but Everton will be fuming as Kone was clearly offside.


    Sean on 81111 on text: "I bet Wigan are still scratching their heads when they come out onto the pitch today as to how to handle Fellaini."

    Louis on 81111 on text: "Why isn't Di Matteo starting Azpilicueta or Romeu? Its only Norwich, for crying out loud!"

    Chris from Bolton on 81111 on text: "Kolarov scored the first goal, set up the second goal and won the free kick that led to the third goal. That's what I call a man of the match performance!"

  287. 1508: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "The highlight for QPR so far? Adel Taarabt has chosen to wear gloves. I wonder what he'll do when it gets really cold?"

    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Superb goal from West Brom. The cross from Shane Long was to die for. Anton Ferdinand was trying desperately to get back but he couldn't. The ball was so sweet it grounded the goalkeeper and beat the defender."

  289. 1505: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-0 QPR - James Morrison (5 mins)

    Great start for the Baggies as they go in search of a fourth home win on the bounce. Shane Long scampers away down the right before swinging over a perfectly-placed cross that James Morrison meets first time and fires into the bottom corner. QPR's away woes continue. Rangers have only picked up three points from the last 48 available away from home. They're going to have to do it the hard way to improve on that today.

  290. 1504: 

    Positive start by Chelsea. Juan Mata looks to float a ball into the box for Fernando Torres but John Ruddy comes out to punch away. Soon after, Torres is clear and able to run in on goal but delays and Leon Barnett is able to get back to tackle. That should be enough of a warning to the City defence.

  291. 1502: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "It remains to be seen with suspensions and injuries how Everton go. They haven't got a big squad. But this season Fellaini has been outstanding, a revelation. I think Everton will have too much for Wigan today."

  292. 1501:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Norwich either have to bring new players in to give the squad a lift, or find something from within. There's no doubt about it, at the moment Chris Hughton is struggling."

  293. 1501: 

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill on Adam Johnson, who was substituted during the game with Man City: "Adam Johnson is still unwell, the doctors are tending to him. He has pains in his stomach. I hope it is just cramp or something. The doctors are attending him as we speak."

  294. 1501: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "Eventually over the piece Man City deserved to win. When it was 1-0 we had a chance and just after the break we had an attacking threat, but overall they were much better and deserved to win the game.

    "They were electric. They are fine players, champions of this country and playing big Champions League games. It was always the possibility if they got the second goal, they would cause havoc and that happened. If another 10 minutes went by they might get a bit nervy.

    "You just have to take it, wait for international players came back and then prepare ourselves for Newcastle."

  295. 1500: 

    And we are off. Games on.

  296. 1458: 

    Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score: "If Reading don't win their home games it will be very hard for them to stay up. I've got them down as one of my favourites for relegation."


    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "Surprised Chelsea have such a strong line-up after a Champions League game!"

    Cameron P on Twitter: "How Shaun Wright-Phillips consistently starts ahead of Hoilett is beyond me. Still in Hughes we trust!"

    Gavin Brittin on Twitter: "Come on Latics! Not a great time to be playing Everton but we need something from today. Sin Miedo!"

  298. 1458: 

    Teams are out on pitches up and down the country. Before we get going, if you refresh this page you'll get a video showing Final Score.

  299. 1457: 

    Victorious European Ryder Cup team member Sergio Garcia is at the Liberty Stadium posing with Pablo Hernandez. The Swansea winger is Garcia's sister's boyfriend. I hope she likes sport.

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