Sunday football as it happened

Man Utd beat Newcastle after Spurs overcome Aston Villa, while there are draws in the Liverpool-Stoke & Southampton-Fulham games.

7 October 2012 Last updated at 18:36

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  1. 1835: 

    That is it from me for today's English football action, but you can continue the fun with Tom Rostance and the madness from across Europe, starting with Barcelona v Real Madrid. So what are you still doing reading this? Go! I'll see thee.

  2. 1832:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Sports Direct Arena:Newcastle 0-3 Manchester United

    "Newcastle could have got something out of the game but you can't give Sir Alex side a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and you can't give a side like Manchester United that much space."

  3. 1828: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "Unfortunately, with all talent they have on the pitch it was set plays they scored from. We couldn't live with them in the first few minutes. The two goals killed us."

  4. 1828:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at White Hart Lane:Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa

    "Four wins in a row for Tottenham and it's the fourth loss of the season for Aston Villa. Not a game to linger long in the memory but Spurs are worthy of the victory."

  5. 1825: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "They were focused today. It's not easy coming to Newcastle - they're a big aggressive team. I'm pleased with the result and pleased with the performance."

  6. 1824: 
    MOTD’s Alistair Mann at Anfield:Liverpool 0-0 Stoke

    "Liverpool hit the frame of the woodwork three times but it was another afternoon without a victory at Anfield. Astonishingly, they are still in search of their third win at home in 2012. It was a good point for Stoke."

  7. 1822:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at St Mary's:Southampton 2-2 Fulham

    "First Southampton were close to winning it, then they were close to losing it but in the end both sides had to settle for a point following a memorable end to an otherwise forgettable match."


    Ernie on Twitter: "Someone should check Rafaels pockets before he leaves, he might forget to let Ben Arfa out."

    Henry on Twitter: "Feel bad for Jos Hooiveld, he's had no luck go his way this season. Another game, another own goal."

  9. 1819: 

    Do you like European football? Do you like derbies? If the answer to both of these question is yes there is only one place you should be right now and that is following our live text commentary for Barcelona v Real Madrid, Inter Milan v AC Milan and Marseille v Paris St Germain and Porto v Sporting Lisbon.

  10. 1818: 

    Liverpool drew 0-0 with Stoke earlier. It means the Reds have won two Premier League matches at Anfield in 2012. With six home league matches remaining this year, it means they can now only equal their previous lowest amount which was eight in 2003.

  11. 1810: 

    Women's Super League champions Arsenal finished the season unbeaten as they drew 1-1 at Birmingham City today - the last day of the campaign. If you want to read more about this then check out our reporter Tony Leighton's report of the day's action.


    Mark in Manchester on 81111 on text: "Replacing Kagawa with Valencia after 53 mins changed the game. United had total control from that moment onwards. A brilliantly professional second half performance."

    James Hallworth on 81111 on text: "Nice to see two of United's youth players scoring today after people questioned their ability a couple of years ago. Plus Evra was back to the form of four years ago, brilliant performance."

    Andy in Wigan on 81111 on text: "One replay of RVP's assault on Cabaye, no further mention in the commentary. Let's hope the FA don't sweep it under the carpet."


    Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld, who scored an own-goal earlier today, tweets: "Low as a snake's belly. Nothing to do with luck, just poor from me. (Again). Bad place at the moment."

  14. 1806: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "I thought the performance was excellent. Stoke are a difficult team to play against. There were a number of young players in the team and we handled it physically. We just needed the final touch in the box to round up some good play."

  15. 1803: 

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis after his side's 0-0 draw at LIverpool: "We are pleased. I thought we pressed them up and had a couple of chances. Liverpool came more into the game but we have defended very well and looked dangerous on the break."

    On Reds striker Luis Suarez going down too easily in the Stoke area: "Retrospective decisions are made on a Monday and Luis Suarez should be punished. The one in the penalty box was an embarrassment and how he wasn't booked I don't know."


    James Gilchrist on Twitter: "After all that a comfortable win for united 3-0. Get in there!! Good clean sheet to get before the international break."

    Keval Shah on Twitter: "Fantastic win. Great defensive concentration. Clinical from corners. Brilliant finish from Cleverley. Clean sheet. Magnificent."

    Zach Kingsbury on Twitter: "Oh, United I love you. Bringing the best out of you at crucial times. Something other teams lack!"

    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "Very impressive performance from Manchester United."

  18. 1757:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "When Manchester United had to step it up a bit, they stepped it up. Some of their best players didn't play well, but they didn't have to. If today's game is remembered for anything it will be remembered for Cleverley's goal."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Very good performance by Man Utd. De Gea had his moments but no arguing with the commanding nature of that display by Ferguson's side."

  20. 1756: 

    Newcastle were well beaten in the end but they will argue that for long periods they had the better of the game and had Demba Ba's finish being adjudged to have crossed the line it could all have turned out very differently. Manchester United weren't at their best but an early two-goal burst and stubborn resistance means they leave with the points that take them second in the Premier League table, above Manchester City on goal difference.

  21. 1753: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 0-3 Manchester United
  22. 1751: 
    YELLOW CARDS- Gael Bigirimana and Paul Scholes

    In the space of a couple of minutes, Newcastle sub Gael Bigirimana and Manchester United replacement Paul Scholes are the seventh and eighth men into Howard Webb's book.

  23. 1751: 

    Four minutes of stoppage time but this is redundant.


    Simon Mirren on Twitter: "De Gea's claw at 2-0 was absolutely crucial. Brilliant last minute stop v Cluj too. He makes saves others can't."

    Michael Behan on Twitter: "Cleverly maturing well this season."

    Jamil Satchu on Twitter: "Is Rooney better playing further back? The next Scholes?"

  25. 1749: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester United - Paul Scholes
  26. 1749: 

    We are into the last few minutes of normal time at Sports Direct Arena. Newcastle's heart isn't in the chase anymore. They are a beaten side. Antonio Valencia looks to fashion the icing on the cake for Manchester United by crossing from the right but it is too far ahead of Danny Welbeck for him to reach.

  27. 1746: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United - Ryan Giggs for Robin Van Persie
  28. 1746: 

    We are going through the motions now in this game. The points were settled a good 10 minutes ago.

  29. 1744: 

    Robin van Persie and Yohan Cabaye come together off the ball as Manchester United attack and the Reds striker looks to clatter the Newcastle player in the face. It floors Cabaye but the referee clearly hasn't seen it. That is something the FA may well have a look at later.

  30. 1739: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle - Gael Bigirimana for Cheick Tiote
  31. 1739:  
    Alan Green at Sports Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It would be akin to Europe winning the Ryder Cup last Sunday for Newcastle to get a point here. A miracle is needed."

  32. 1736: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United - Paul Scholes for Wayne Rooney
  33. 1739: 

    Newcastle are surely only in the market for a consolation goal now. After a corner is half-cleared by the visitors, the ball is swung back in and headed down but punched clear by David De Gea ahead of James Perch, who is penalised for a foul on the keeper.


    Ashley David Marks on Twitter: "Terrible cross from Cleverley..."

    Theo Kabala on Twitter: "What a goal by Cleverley! Will we see a better one tonight in El Clasico?"

    David Cowan on Twitter: "Even before that goal I thought Cleverly has been excellent today. Almost Scholes-esque."

  35. 1734:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "You will see that goal again at the end of May. You know why? Because that will be in the running for Goal of the Season, without a shadow of a doubt. There is no way that was a fluke. That was an astonishing, wonderful goal from a quality player. You must catch this on the TV tonight. I want to see that from eight different angles. Today, it was worth coming here for that alone."

  36. 1733: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle - James Perch

    Some Newcastle frustration coming out as Perch hammers into the back of Robin Van Persie.

  37. 1732:  
    Alan Green at Sports Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Tom Cleverley meant that! It was a shot, not a cross! Brilliant goal! I had no doubt in my mind once he hit the ball. Perfection."

  38. 1729: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-3 Manchester United - Tom Cleverley

    If Tom Cleverley meant this it is one hell of a goal! The midfielder picks up possession near the left corner of the Newcastle box, looks up and curls an unstoppable shot over Steve Harper and into the top corner. The little glance up suggests he did mean it, in which case take a bow. It is the killer blow from the away side. They'll be taking the three points away with them.

  39. 1729: 

    There are just over 20 minutes to go at Sports Direct Arena. The majority of the game is being played in the Manchester United half but Newcastle need to do something decisive soon.

  40. 1727: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villa-Boas on leaving out Brad Friedel after 310 consecutive Premier League games: "Nothing tipped the balance [in favour of Hugo Lloris], we understand that Brad has been immense. We wanted to give a continuous run of games for Lloris bearing in mind the Panathinaikos match and two France games coming up, so it keeps his form high and allows us to count on two great keepers. So we are fortunate that we can do this rotation. Obviously Brad was disappointed but as a great professional he ended up accepting the decision. We respect his performances and I'm sure he will be back in the team as soon as possible."

  41. 1727:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Newcastle have been killed off by Sir Alex Ferguson bringing on Valencia. All the joy they were having down the left-hand side has been ended of by one little tactical adjustment."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Took a lot of flak from Liverpool fans last week who said there was no hard evidence of Suarez diving. Waiting to hear back after today..."

  43. 1725: 

    Shola Ameobi looks to make an immediate impact as he rises to try and meet Yohan Cabaye's cross from the right but he is just beaten to the ball by Jonny Evans. It results in a corner but the home side are unable to fashion anything from it.

  44. 1723: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle - Shola Ameobi and Vurnon Anita for Shane Ferguson and Papiss Cisse
  45. 1725: 

    Manchester United have the ball in the net from Robin Van Persie's delicate chipped finish but the whistle had long gone for offside against the striker as he received Wayne Rooney's pass.


    Ned Neville-Rolfe on Twitter: "I'm so bored of seeing Man Utd playing badly. We haven't been able to completely control a game for years now."

    Gabba on Twitter: "I don't know how Welbeck stays on the pitch, he has regressed severely. Overruns the ball repeatedly."

    James Carter on Twitter: "Evra is being ripped apart for his season, but I think he is man of the match so far. He is having a belter."

  47. 1723: 

    Hatem Ben Arfa is not a player you want to give space to. The Newcastle midfielder picks up the ball 25 yards from goal and has time to turn and shoot but his effort fizzes past the post.


    Stoke striker Michael Owen tweets: "Disappointed to not be involved today after picking up a little niggle in training on Friday. Great result getting something from Anfield."

  49. 1720: 

    Manchester United are enjoying a decent little spell now. Wayne Rooney breaks forward into the Newcastle box and fires low across goal but Steve Harper does well to get down to block. Cheick Tiote completes the clearance.

    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "Spurs' relentless march up the table continues..."

  51. 1716: 

    Manchester United have a great chance to surely wrap the game up as Danny Welbeck charges into the Newcastle box, holds up and then lays off for Tom Cleverley, who blazes over the bar. That is the away side's first attempt on goal since the 15th minute.


    Opta Joe tweets: "Before today, Man Utd had been ahead by 2+ goals in 344 different PL games and had never lost (334W 10D)."

  53. 1714: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United - Antonio Valencia for Shinji Kagawa
  54. 1714: 

    Newcastle are giving this a real good go. Yohan Cabaye chips a cross in and Demba Ba rises to meet it but puts his header past the post. Sir Alex has seen enough to know a change is needed.

  55. 1713: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "We were well in the game, and had two brilliant chances through Christian Benteke. He has to score one of the two of them, especially away from home; he has to hit the target from the header. I've said that to him you have to score those at this level but he's a young player and he will learn every day."

  56. 1713:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Do you get a feeling Pardew has had a word with some of his players, and suggested that they put some balls on top of De Gea? I had thought De Gea had been improving, but he just isn't strong or powerful enough at the moment."


    Rachel T on Twitter: "Looking like a seriously good win for Spurs. No point beating Man Utd away if we don't win games like this. Well done AVB."

    Abhinav Reddy on Twitter: "I am true believer in Brendan Rodgers and his style, but 6 points from 7 is just not good enough, whatever might be the reason."

    Matt Fox on Twitter: "For all his philosophies, for all his style, Rogers is breaking all the wrong records at Anfield this season."

  58. 1709: 

    The home side's second post-break attack is much better and so nearly gives them the lifeline they need. Papiss Cisse gets up to head a cross on to the bar before Demba Ba follows up with his own header that David De Gea claws out. Newcastle think Ba's effort has crossed the line. Replays show that they may well have a case although it is not 100% clear if the whole of the ball was over the line. Did someone say goal-line technology?

  59. 1709: 

    Newcastle's first attack of the second half sees Hatem Ben Arfa play the ball into Demba Ba in the box but it breaks down when the cross is cleared by Tom Cleverley.

  60. 1708: 

    Manchester United will have been well aware of Newcastle's desire to come out strong at the start of the second half and they have countered this with a prolonged period of patient possession. Smart stuff from the visitors.

  61. 1704: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester United
  62. 1702: 

    Just to remind you, not long after 1800 BST we will have a special European derby text commentary featuring Barcelona v Real Madrid and Inter Milan v AC Milan on this very website. So you can prolong your Sunday stay on the settee for another few hours.


    Josh from Preston on 81111 on text: "Re James (1638): If a player is impeded by a challenge then it's a foul. Whether he goes down or not. The problem is refs won't give a foul if he doesn't go down. Going down is like appealing for the foul. If Welbeck was impeded by Harper then he has every right to claim a foul, if that means going down when he could stay on his feet then I think that's acceptable."

  64. 1659: 

    Possible reasons why Liverpool keep hitting the woodwork:

    1. Because hitting the post looks quite cool.

    2. Some sort of magnet system sneakily installed by Everton fans.

    3. The goal frame has let itself go and got a bit fat.

    4. Their shooting isn't quite accurate enough.

  65. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa
  66. 1653:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Sports Direct Arena:

    "Manchester United dominated the early exchanges at the Sports Direct Arena. Newcastle came back at them, but have yet to create a clear-cut opportunity."

  67. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 0-0 Stoke
  68. 1652: 

    Brendan Rodgers looks a very frustrated man on the Anfield touchline. His side have had plenty of chances to win against Stoke but are only going to have one point for their efforts. Three times they hit the goal frame.

  69. 1651:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Newcastle, and Alan Pardew in particular, will be pleased that they have got to half-time no worse than 2-0 down and not absolutely out of this game. It could be over by now."

  70. 1650: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester United
  71. 1649: 

    Liverpool can't say they haven't had their chances against Stoke. A ball is delivered deep into the box and controlled by Martin Skrtel, who then pokes the ball across the the empty net and off the far post before it runs away to safety. What is it with Liverpool and the woodwork?

  72. 1647: 

    Another chance for Newcastle as a free-kick is floated into the box but headed wide by Papiss Cisse. Cisse was having his shirt pulled by Patrice Evra. The striker had a decent case for a penalty.


    Rich in London on 81111 on text: "Lloris keeping a clean sheet today should help silence those questioning his selection as Friedel hasn't managed keep one yet this season."

    Ted on 81111 on text: "One good win and back to same old goal-shy Liverpool."

    Andy from Cambridge on 81111 on text: "Liverpool are better at finding the post than the Royal Mail."

  74. 1646: 

    Time is ticking away at Anfield. There is about five minutes to go and as it stands Stoke are frustrating the home side and holding out for a hard-fought point.

    At White Hart Lane, there is no fight in Aston Villa, who are heading for a defeat. Spurs look good for a fourth straight Premier League win.

  75. 1643: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle - Jonas Gutierrez

    That deserves a yellow. Jonas Gutierrez flies into a late tackle against Shinji Kagawa, sending the Manchester United man flying and Howard Webb's hand into his pocket.

  76. 1642: 

    Newcastle have Manchester United on the back foot now. Papiss Cisse collects a throw in before turning and crossing for strike partner Demba Ba, but his volley goes over the bar. The home side need the next goal and they are pushing hard for it.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Newcastle seeing so much of the ball now - but must make this period count."

  78. 1640: 

    Liverpool still plugging away hoping to get a winner against Stoke. Luis Suarez earns himself a yard in the box and fires a shot from a tight angle on the right but the ball strikes the outside of the near post and goes wide. Frustrating times for the home side.


    James from Liverpool on 81111 on text: "I know its unfortunately part of the game now, but I hate this talk of "if he'd gone down" and "could have gone down" (see 1614). If a player goes down when he doesn't need to it's a dive and it's cheating. It's just a shame going to ground easily has became so common that a point needs to be made when somebody doesn't throw themselves to the floor theatrically! Rant over."

  80. 1638: 

    This doesn't look good for Aston Villa's Joe Bennett. The defender is being carried off on a stretcher after crashing into the advertising boards after shepherding the ball out ahead of Gareth Bale. Villa will have to play the rest of this game with 10 men after making all their changes. Even with 11, though, they didn't look like getting anything.

  81. 1635: 

    The Women's Super League's second season is over with Arsenal's last day 1-1 draw at Birmingham City meaning that the Gunners and the Blues have again taken the top two places. The stalemate also gives champions Arsenal an unbeaten League record, while for Blues the key factor is that clinching the runners-up spot again takes them into next season's Champions League along with the Gunners. The two teams are now set to bring the curtain down on the WSL campaign when they clash in the league's Continental Cup final on Wednesday evening at Barnet's Underhill.

    Elsewhere on the final day of league action third in the table Everton have beaten fourth-placed Bristol Academy 1-0, Lincoln have leap-frogged Chelsea into fifth place with a 3-1 win at Blues and in the bottom of the table clash Doncaster Belles have won 2-0 at Liverpool to hand the Reds the wooden spoon.


    Chris Graham on Twitter: "A Newcastle goal would make this a hell of a game!"

    Stevie on Twitter: "Newcastle finally waking up! About time. I want to see a game, not a training session."

    Dominic O'Regan on Twitter: "Suarez not helping himself, bit Tom Daley there..."

  83. 1635: 

    Cheick Tiote provides his own brand of theatre at Sports Direct Arena after he is penalised for a foul on Wayne Rooney. The Newcastle midfielder drops to his knees in petulant protest.

  84. 1633: 

    Luis Suarez doesn't help himself sometimes. He drives into the Stoke box with the ball and looks to cut back, drawing an attempted tackle from Marc Wilson. There is no contact at all but Suarez throws himself theatrically to the ground. Nobody in the ground is fooled by that.

  85. 1631: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester United - Robin van Persie

    Another away player in the book as Van Persie takes down Davide Santon.

  86. 1630: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester United - Rio Ferdinand

    Ferdinand goes straight through the back of Demba Ba as the striker looks to turn in the Manchester United half and gets a booking.

  87. 1630: 

    It looks like Jonny Evans is OK to continue. It didn't look good but the magic sponge has worked wonders.

  88. 1628: 

    Raheem Sterling comes so close to giving Liverpool the lead against Stoke. Daniel Agger does well to carry the ball into the Stoke box before digging out a cross that rolls over to Sterling on the right. He has plenty of time to line up his shot but plants it against the outside of the near post.

  89. 1627: 

    Bad news for Manchester United at Newcastle. Jonny Evans looks to have picked up an injury after diving in to try to block a Demba Ba shot. He is helped from the pitch for further treatment.

  90. 1626:  
    Alan Green at Sports Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Presumably Mike Ashley checked if there are get-out causes in the eight year contract? This is not Alan Pardew's fault, but his side are being comprehensively outplayed."

  91. 1624: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa - Aaron Lennon

    Surely that is the points wrapped up for Tottenham now. Clint Dempsey spreads play wide to Aaron Lennon on the right and he drives at Joe Bennett, gets a yard in the box and drives a low shot across Brad Guzan and in.

  92. 1623: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool - Joe Cole for Suso
  93. 1623: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa - Darren Bent and Charles N'Zogbia for Marc Albrighton and Fabian Delph
  94. 1622: 

    Meanwhile, it remains 0-0 at Anfield. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez surges towards the Stoke goal and sidesteps past the visitors' defence but sends a shot the wrong side of the post.

  95. 1621: 

    Newcastle go close. Hatem Ben Arfa's cross from the left is headed out of the area, but only to Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, who drills his 20-yard shot a foot wide.


    Liam Reilly on Twitter: "I'm not even paying to watch this Newcastle performance, and I still feel like I'm being robbed of my money."

    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "Newcastle better wake up very quickly otherwise it will get ugly."

    Will Downham on Twitter: "If we say Kieron Richardson is a left back, then every Premier League goal so far today has been scored by a defender..."

  97. 1618:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Newcastle are being frighteningly dominated by Manchester United. They have hardly had a kick of the ball. United have scored two, could have had a third, and the keeper could have been sent off. This is a total and utter mismatch."

  98. 1616: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester United - Patrice Evra

    Newcastle are all over the place and Manchester United are simply tearing them apart. Wayne Rooney's corner from the left is met by Patrice Evra and his header rockets past Steve Harper. It is another unlikely scorer. That is only Evra's fourth Manchester United goal.

  99. 1616: 

    Tom Cleverley is in the wars, courtesy of some nasty stuff from Newcastle. Cheick Tiote stamps on the midfielder and is lucky to get away with it before he is then tripped by Papiss Cisse near the edge of the box. From the resulting free-kick, Wayne Rooney draws a good save from Steve Harper.

  100. 1615: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Aston Villa - Steven Caulker

    They only score in the second half at home. Tottenham take the lead as Gareth Bale's corner is swung over to the back post where Jermain Defoe is able to bring the ball down and fire a shot that deflects off Steven Caulker and into the corner of the net.

  101. 1615:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "If Welbeck goes down, Harper's off. 100%."

  102. 1614: 

    Steve Harper, you lucky lad. The Newcastle keeper tries to come out and misjudges the proximity of Danny Welbeck, which allows the striker to nip the ball off him and gain a shooting chance but he cannot get fully away from the keeper and his effort goes past the post. Could Welbeck have gone down? Either way it is a huge, huge let off for the home side.

  103. 1612: 

    Newcastle cannot get into the game at Sports Direct Arena. Manchester United are dominating. The visitors come forward again and Rafael drives into the box before flashing a shot past the far post from an angle on the right.

  104. 1611:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Manchester United are playing a diamond in midfield with two up front. More often than not Welbeck will be alongside Van Persie, but it is very fluid."

  105. 1611: 

    Liverpool have started the second half well. Left-back Glen Johnson runs on to a raking Steven Gerrard pass and he controls with his first touch but can only shoot high with his second.

  106. 1610:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Forget all the subtle intricacies of trying to get through the middle. That was a good old-fashioned ball. No-one, but no-one, followed Jonny Evans. He had a totally clear run on the ball and there was mix-up on the marking. Something went terribly wrong for Newcastle there. Great header, though."

  107. 1608: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd - Jonny Evans

    That has been coming. Manchester United have started strongly and, after Robin van Persie's shot at the near post is blocked by Steve Harper, the striker's resulting corner is met by Jonny Evans, who heads in his second goal for the club. All that talk about the attacking talent on display and it is a centre-back who scores the opening goal.

  108. 1608: 

    Glen Johnson tests Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic at Anfield with a dipping shot from range. Begovic does well to block the effort before getting up quickly to gather at the second attempt.

  109. 1606: 

    The first chance at Sports Direct Arena goes to Manchester United but after some very neat build-up play Danny Welbeck scuffs his shot from inside the box harmlessly into the grateful arms of home keeper Steve Harper.

  110. 1605: 

    Good chance for Villa at the start of the second half at White Hart Lane. Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses from the right and Christian Benteke meets it with a first-time shot but Hugo Lloris does well to block.


    Uzom Nnadi on Twitter: "The lineup of Man Utd team against Newcastle is very scary. It's going to be a very attacking football match."

    Cameron Laws on Twitter: "So refreshing seeing Nani nowhere near the squad..."

    Tom Worsley on Twitter: "Luis Suarez should go on Mastermind; he'd be great - he never passes."

  112. 1602: 

    The games at Anfield and White Hart Lane are back under way.

  113. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle v Man Utd
  114. 1559: 

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins, speaking after the 2-2 draw with Fulham: "The first half was OK but the second half was more open and we gave away two bad goals. However, you have to look at the positives, which were that we got a point and we came from behind to do that.

    "We had some really good chances, particularly in the first half, we could have scored more goals. We actually scored three today but we have to work on keeping them out of our net.

    "We can't afford to score two goals and not come away with maximum points. But we have a point though and we move forward."

  115. 1557:  
    Alan Green at Sports Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "There have been some great games between these two teams over the years, and I've been privileged enough to have seen many of them. I just hope Alan Pardew hasn't spoiled it for today, saying that it can't possibly be a 0-0..."

  116. 1557: 

    The teams are heading out of the tunnel at Sports Direct Arena. Newcastle v Manchester United. It is a game that promises much. Here's hoping it delivers.


    Daniel in Newcastle on 81111 on text: "Hopefully Ben Arfa can give Evra a roasting and provide some ammo for Ba and Cisse, because I'm not convinced by our defense."

    Harry in Nottingham on 81111 on text: "For all this talk about Newcastle's impressive strike force, it seems if Ba is scoring Cisse is not, and vice versa. Can they play together?"

    Henry from Cardiff on 81111 on text: "Are we sure Spurs and Villa are playing?"

  118. 1555: 

    So, Tottenham remain without a first-half goal at home in the Premier League this season. Reading and QPR are the only other two teams this season in the division to match that record (Infostrada).

  119. 1552:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at White Hart Lane:

    "A subdued first half, Paul Lambert will be the happier of the two managers with the way his team have played so far. Hugo Lloris has settled in comfortably and confidently, but it is a game that's yet to spark to life."

  120. 1551: 
    MOTD’s Alistair Mann at Anfield:

    "Not too many chances but Luis Suarez has been his usual waspish self. Most of the first half has been spent with referee Lee Mason having to blow his whistle in a niggly little affair."


    Newcastle midfielder Ryan Taylor tweets: "On my way to the stadium now. Three points would cap off a great weekend. I'd love to see a repeat of last season."

  122. 1550: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol, speaking after the 2-2 draw at Southampton: "It is always harsh to concede an equaliser so late on but we take into consideration our first-half performance, where we didn't play well. We were better in the second but it is always disappointing when you concede from set plays.

    "It is always difficult if you go to places like Southampton and concede a goal after four minutes, that is very disappointing."

  123. 1548: 
    Newcastle v Man Utd (1600 BST)

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lived through some epic encounters against Newcastle United. The 70-year-old Scot says Sunday's encounter will be another tough fixture and paid tribute to Magpies boss Alan Pardew.

    "It won't be easy, it is always a difficult place to go, Newcastle," he said. "I think under Alan Pardew they have become a really committed team.

    "I think he has done a great job, that is obvious. As we know, he was not anyone's choice in Newcastle, now he is everybody's choice."


    Cam H on Twitter: "You can smell a red card coming at Anfield."

    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Perch and Williamson are squad players - they give their all but lack the required quality. No Coloccini = no victory. Scared."

    Michael Kerr on Twitter: "United finally have the players available again to drop Nani for his recent poor form…"

  125. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa
  126. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 0-0 Stoke
  127. 1547: 

    Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic is not happy with Luis Suarez. He feels the striker left his boot in as the keeper came sliding out to claim at his feet. He stands over the fallen Uruguayan and lets him know exactly how he feels. There are a few minutes left of what has been a fractious first half.

  128. 1543: 

    Liverpool are playing some nice stuff. They sweep forward as Joe Allen releases Raheem Sterling down the left. He passes the ball on to Luis Suarez and his cross if played back in from the right by Suso. However, there are no home players in the box to finish and Charlie Adam is able to clear.


    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster on Twitter: "Gutted for Brad Friedel missing his first game for 310 Premier League appearances. Phenomenal record. Phenomenal goalkeeper."

  130. 1541: 
    Newcastle v Man Utd (1600 BST)

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes there are similarities between his striker Demba Ba, who has already scored six goals this season, and Manchester United forward Robin van Persie.

    "Van Persie's confidence levels set him apart at the moment," said Pardew. "He is one of those players who actually believes he's the best, and that's dangerous.

    "Usually even when things are not going well and they are missing chances, they still think they are going to score. Demba is a little bit like that - he has that kind of attitude. There will be great strikers on view on Sunday, for sure."


    Graham Drury on Twitter: "VERY attacking team put out today by Man Utd. 'You might score three, but we can score four' seems to be the mentality."

    Charlie Fee on Twitter: "Perch and Williamson aren't exactly the ideal centre-back partnership I would want to face RVP and Rooney..."

    Sam Pearson on Twitter: "Don't see why Defoe starts before Adebayor so much, whenever I see him play he misses almost every chance."

  132. 1540: 

    Stoke are overstepping the line at Anfield. Jonathan Walters jumps into Glen Johnson as the two rise for a header, sending the defender flying. Soon after Charlie Adam goes in heavy on Raheem Sterling. No yellow card for either from referee Lee Mason, much to the anger of the home crowd.

  133. 1536: 

    England striker Ellen White has grabbed an Arsenal equaliser, making it 1-1 at Birmingham as the second half reaches its midway point. Lincoln are now winning 3-1 at Chelsea but are down to 10 players after having midfielder Sophie Walton dismissed. Everton are beating Bristol Academy 1-0 thanks to a Jemma Rose own goal while at Liverpool it's as you were with Donny Bells maintaining their 1-0 lead.

  134. 1536:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Sports Direct Arena:Newcastle v Man Utd (1600 BST)

    "It's still very early in the season but this is a very important 'Signpost Sunday'. Manchester United's injury-jinxed defence must be greatly improved against a potent Newcastle attack at a rip-roaring St James' Park, otherwise they'll sink to a third defeat in the opening seven league games for the first time in Premier League history."

  135. 1535: 

    Another sweeping Liverpool attack starts with Raheem Sterling, has a little bit of Luis Suarez in the middle and ends with Steven Gerrard firing a tame shot wide of goal.


    Opta Joe tweets: "Jose Fonte has scored the 200th goal of this Premier League season."

    OK, come on, who had Jose Fonte in the sweepstake?

  137. 1532: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoke - Robert Huth

    Huth's battle with Luis Suarez rumbles on as he drags the striker down after he had fallen. The defender gets a deserved booking.

  138. 1532: 
    Newcastle v Man Utd (1600 BST)

    Newcastle name defender Davide Santon, midfielders Jonas Gutierrez and Hatem Ben Arfa and striker Demba Ba in their starting line-up. The quartet were rested for Thursday's 3-0 Europa League win over Bordeaux.

    Manchester United forwards Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie all start. Jonny Evans has recovered from a dead leg and partners Rio Ferdinand in central defence.


    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "Well Southampton are nothing if not entertaining!"

    Sarah Morgan on Twitter: "So glad Fox went on the run and got Southampton a point. Impressive talent and teamwork make them welcome addition to Premier League."

    Will Downham on Twitter: "I would never trust Southampton with my dog. They can't hold on to a lead..."

  140. 1531: 

    Tottenham are on top at White Hart Lane but are struggling to test Brad Guzan. Jermain Defoe turns on the edge of the box and fires low but his effort goes wide of the post.

  141. 1529: 

    Liverpool come within a few inches of taking the lead. Suso's chipped cross is helped on by Daniel Agger but after beating Asmir Begovic the ball bounces just past the post.

  142. 1528: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Man Utd (1600)

    Newcastle: Harper, Santon, Perch, Williamson, Ferguson, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba. Subs: Alnwick, Simpson, Anita, Bigirimana, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Cleverley, Carrick, Welbeck, Rooney, Kagawa, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Scholes, Wootton.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  143. 1527: 

    Liverpool looking to break the deadlock at Anfield. Steven Gerrard fires from range but Asmir Begovic is equal to it with a solid save.

  144. 1526: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-2 Fulham
  145. 1526: 

    Great ending to the game at St Mary's. The home side are really pushing for a winner. A corner is swung over from the left and Mark Schwarzer rises to punch away. The keeper also gets a free-kick for a foul on him by Richard Chaplow. That looks like it will be the final act of this match.

  146. 1524: 

    At half-time in the Women's Super League's final Sunday of the season leaders Arsenal are trailing 1-0 at second in the table Birmingham, third-placed Everton are goalless with Bristol Academy and there are 1-0 leads for the away teams at Chelsea, who are entertaining Lincoln, and at Liverpool where Doncaster Belles are ahead in the bottom of the table clash.

  147. 1524: 

    First decent effort from Aston Villa at White Hart Lane as Marc Albrighton leads the counter-attack but when he feeds Christian Benteke, the Belgian striker's shot is punched away by Hugo Lloris.

  148. 1524: 

    Chance for Stoke. Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina gives the ball away and Michael Kightly tries to dip a shot over the Reds stopper, who manages to tip the ball over his bar and save his blushes. Meanwhile, Stoke replace Glenn Whelan with Dean Whitehead.

  149. 1523:  
    Alan Green at Sports Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "I worry about Manchester United's width. Unless Rooney and Welbeck are to play wide, there is no natural width at all. And De Gea is in goal, which means Newcastle should play route one, lumping that ball high into the area."

  150. 1523: 

    That Southampton goal and the board showing five minutes of added time has caused plenty of Saints fans to reassess their decision to leave the ground. They are flooding back in.

  151. 1519: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-2 Fulham - Jose Fonte

    Would you believe it?! They were staring at another defeat with just a minute or so to play but Southampton have salvaged what looks like at least a point. Danny Fox's free-kick is well-delivered into the box and met by Jose Fonte, who doubles his tally for the afternoon with a header. Fonte is not the likeliest of sources for goals but the Saints won't care.

  152. 1517: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-2 Fulham - Kieran Richardson

    Fulham have turned it around at St Mary's and could well have nicked all three points. Substitutes Giorgios Karagounis and Kieran Richardson combine with the former crossing low for the latter to side-foot a first-time shot past Paulo Gazzaniga. It took a slight deflection off the unfortunate Jos Hooiveld - the scorer of the own goal that drew Fulham level - en route to goal.

  153. 1515: 

    Stoke asking questions at Anfield. Glenn Whelan fires over a free-kick from the right that runs through a host of bodies before Daniel Agger hooks away from danger at the back post.

  154. 1512:  
    Pat Nevin at Sport Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Sir Alex could select a cagey team to start, knowing he can bring on an attacking threat later on. If Newcastle have players unavailable then that is a problem. Fabricio Coloccini has been a big miss. We talked last year about their great strikers and they looked great in midfield, but take one or two out of that team and there's a big drop."

  155. 1512:  
    Alan Green at Sports Direct Arena for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This should be a physical encounter. I fully expect Rooney to start with Van Persie, but how will the United midfield line up? Will it be narrow and will they sacrifice some width? I think they will have to. They cannot be overrun by Newcastle."

  156. 1511: 

    Still Tottenham making all the running at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale runs through to collect a pass and falls under the challenge of the onrushing Brad Guzan but no free-kick is given and replays show there was no contact from the Villa keeper.


    Simon Gibbens on Twitter: "In fairness, a well-deserved equaliser for Fulham."

    Brendan Barnett on Twitter: "Southampton will do well to come away with a point from this game. Fulham looking threatening now."

    Jacob Savage on Twitter: "Can't help but feel that's a faux pas from Lambert. Bent will not be a happy man. I'm not sure how patient he'll be for Villa."

  158. 1510: 

    Kieran Richardson has a decent chance for Fulham at St Mary's as Sascha Riether breaks down the right before pulling back for the substitute. He can only hook his first-time effort high over the bar, though.

  159. 1507: 

    It's the final day of the Women's Super League season and Arsenal, already crowned champions, could be in for their only defeat of the campaign after second in the table Birmingham go 1-0 ahead through Emily Simpkins' 33rd-minute goal. Blues need only a point from the game to assure themselves of the runners-up spot and qualification for next season's Champions League along with the Gunners - but three points would be even better as a confidence booster ahead of Wednesday's Continental Cup final between the two teams.

  160. 1507: 

    Liverpool nearly gift Stoke a goal as Nuri Sahin gives the ball away and Charlie Adam looks to capitalise. Pepe Reina does well to block the effort from his former team-mate.

  161. 1505: 

    Luis Suarez is in the wars early at Anfield. He tussles with Robert Huth before falling to the ground and taking the defenders boot down on his stomach. It is hard to tell if there was any intent in that.

  162. 1504: 

    Tottenham continue their early assault as Jan Vertonghen's cross from the rigth is hit over the bar by Jermain Defoe on the half-volley. It wouldn't have counted anyway as Defoe was offside.

  163. 1503: 

    Interestingly, Nigel Adkins received criticism for taking off Jason Puncheon and Rickie Lambert when they were winning 2-1 against Manchester United. They ended up losing that game 3-2. Today, he has taken off the same two players at 1-0.

  164. 1502:  
    Steve Claridge at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is the fragile side of Southampton, when you are struggling for points and wins. For an hour they were good with no problems, but now the complexion of this game has completely changed. Now Fulham look the more likely to win..."

  165. 1501: 

    Tottenham have an earlty chance against Aston Villa as Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale break. The latter fires a shot from range but puts it wide.

  166. 1500: 

    The games at Anfield and White Hart Lane are under way.


    Alexander Hardy on Twitter: "Quantum of Lloris? Topical..."

  168. 1458: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-1 Fulham - Jos Hooiveld own goal (70 mins)

    The pressure has been building and the Southampton defence cannot hold out. A cross from the right runs all the way through to John Arne Riise on the left side of the Saints box. He drives a low shot that is going just wide until Jos Hooiveld sticks out a boot and diverts the ball high into his own net. Southampton's hopes of securing a first clean sheet of the season are dashed.


    Ollie Bennett on Twitter: "Bent on the bench for Villa? The guy needs to get out in January, too good not to play."

    AP Fred on Twitter: "Unsure about the comments towards AVB about the Friedel issue - we didn't pay £11m for an outstanding keeper to sit on the bench."

    Nick Tolhurst on Twitter: "Greg Taylor (1438), I can't think of a single successful club who have rotated goalkeepers for important games..."

  170. 1456: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton - Guly Do Prado for Rickie Lambert
  171. 1456: 

    Fulham are applying much more pressure now. They have another corner. Southampton clear but only as far as John Arne Riise, 30 yards from goal. It would take a special shot to score from that range and Riise doesn't come close.

  172. 1455: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham - Kieran Richardson for Alex Kacaniklic
  173. 1455:  
    Steve Claridge at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Undoubtedly Rodallega's is the best chance Fulham have had all game. I think he could have picked his spot, but he didn't. Really this game should be level now."

  174. 1454: 
    YELLOW CARD- Southampton - Maya Yoshida

    The Saints defender bundles Alex Kacaniklic to the ground and is booked.

  175. 1454: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton - Richard Chaplow for Jason Puncheon
  176. 1453:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on 5 live Sport: "Darren Bent doesn't need resting. He's played for mid- to bottom-end teams but he scores 20 goals a season regularly. He will be upset at having lost the captaincy then upset again at having been dropped. With Bent's record, his experience and his stature at Villa, he will be fuming. And rightly so."

  177. 1452: 

    How are Fulham not level? The Cottagers suddenly find their attacking verve as Adam Lallana concedes a free-kick in a dangerous area on the right. Bryan Ruiz delivers and a combination of Steve Sidwell and Maya Yoshida bundle the ball against the back post. Soon after, Hugo Rodallega has a clear sight of goal in the box but is denied when Paulo Gaazaniga springs into action to palm away his shot. A follow-up strikes Yoshida on the arm but the away players don't really appeal despite it looking like a decent shout for a penalty.

  178. 1449: 

    Alex Kacaniklic wins Fulham a corner, which Bryan Ruiz swings over but Southampton head clear.

  179. 1448: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says he was not worried by his team's poor start to the season, having now strung three victories together in the Premier League. "I have never doubted my abilities, I always trusted them," Villas-Boas said. Although Paul Lambert's Aston Villa have only one once in the league this season, he says: "The good thing about it is there is a really good feeling about the club at the moment. That's important."

  180. 1447: 

    Liverpool won just six times out of 19 home league games last season and are yet to win a top-flight match at Anfield so far this season. "The backing we get every time we play there is fantastic, so it is just one of those statistics there is no explanation for," says Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. "What you have to do is just try to work very hard." Stoke boss Tony Pulis was at Anfield to watch Udinese beat Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday. He says: "I'm expecting a completely different side. Maybe three players who started will play against us."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Downing not even on bench. Apparently upset with some verbal 'gee up' from Rodgers but he can't seriously think he's delivered at Liverpool."

  182. 1447: 

    Jay Rodriguez has a pop from range for Southampton but his shot lacks the pace and precision to beat Mark Schwarzer. Almost immediately down the other end, Hugo Rodallega has a very rare sight of goal but his effort is blocked by a sliding challenge from Jos Hooiveld.

  183. 1445: 

    The match is over in Scotland. Celtic have beaten Hearts courtesy of Giorgios Samaras' first-half goal. You can follow the reaction to this via a seperate text commentary.

  184. 1444: 

    If Southampton can hold their defensive nerve for the rest of this game they will end a long unwanted record. The Saints have conceded in each of their last 15 Premier League matches, since a 1-0 home win against Tottenham in March 2005.

  185. 1441: 

    There is a severe lack of cutting edge about Fulham in attack. They get within 25 yards of goal and then run out of ideas. In contrast, Southampton are creating chances but wasting them. Rickie Lambert is the latest culprit as he hammers a shot over the bar from the edge of the area.


    Grant McLure on Twitter: "Poor from AVB to drop Friedel today. The guy's been immense for years and still is."

    Greg Taylor on Twitter: "What's AVB supposed to do? Rotating two excellent keepers = good policy."

    Richard Steele on Twitter: "The media are a joke. AVB is castigated firstly for not picking Lloris, and then again when he does pick him!"

  187. 1438: 
    Tottenham v Aston Villa

    So Brad Friedel's astonishing run of consecutive Premier League appearances comes to an end as new Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris keeps his place after playing against Panathinaikos on Thursday. William Gallas and Sandro also come in for Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone. Aston Villa name the same team that drew with West Brom last Sunday, but that means Darren Bent is on the bench again despite scoring a late equaliser at Villa Park.

  188. 1437: 
    YELLOW CARD- Southampton - Morgan Schneiderlin

    The Saints player slides in late on John Arne Riise and is booked.

  189. 1437: 

    Southampton start the second half on the front foot and Jason Puncheon has a trio of chances to deliver a cross from the right. The first two are blocked by John Arne Riise and the last he hits too long and over everyone in the box. Riise took a knock during the last move and has a bit of treatment before returning to the action.

  190. 1435: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Aston Villa

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

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Bennett, Vlaar, Clark, Lowton, Holman, El Ahmadi, Delph, Albrighton, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Given, Bent, N'Zogbia, Westwood, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  191. 1434: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Southampton 1-0 Fulham
  192. 1433: 

    The teams are heading back out at St Mary's. We'll have roughly 30 minutes of Southampton v Fulham before Liverpool, Stoke, Tottenham and Aston Villa join the party.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Michael Owen not on bench for Stoke at Anfield - talk of a minor injury apparently but more will come later. Real disappointment for him."

  194. 1430:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on 5 live Sport: "I played with Brad Friedel [at Blackburn] for a while. He will be a disappointed man today. He has worked hard to get to this level, and to play that amount of consecutive games is impressive. He is dedicated to his craft and to be dropped from the team - probably just to keep the new man happy - is poor man-management. What message does that send to Brad and the squad?"

  195. 1430: 

    Right, we're going to revise the earlier stat. It is in fact 310 consecutive Premier League games that Brad Friedel has played prior to being dropped today. It is still a lot.

  196. 1427: 

    There is some dispute over how many consecutive Premier League matches Brad Friedel has played. Some sources say 320, others say 310. We are looking into this to try and work out which figure is correct.

  197. 1427:  
    Steve Claridge at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live

    "If I was Martin Jol I'd demand a few answers from my players at half-time. This game is in danger of petering out for Fulham, and there was very little reaction to going behind. Something has to happen regarding them getting something out of this game. At the moment it doesn't look likely.

    "Southampton let Fulham get back into game but then they got a grip on it again. At this stage they just have to keep things as they are. If they can beat sides like this they'll stay up."

  198. 1425: 
    Liverpool v Stoke

    Liverpool make eight changes from the side beaten by Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday as the Reds start with the same team which beat Norwich in the league last Saturday. That means right-back Andre Wisdom, midfielder Nuri Sahin, winger Raheem Sterling and playmaker Suso are back in the side (I've spelt those right this time. I've checked). Winger Stewart Downing, who was "upset" by some comments from manager Brendan Rodgers about him, is nowhere to be seen.

    Stoke name the same team which beat Swansea last time out. Striker Peter Crouch and midfielder Charlie Adam face their former club but there is no Michael Owen, who is missing with a minor injury.

  199. 1423: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Stoke

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

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

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  200. 1423:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at White Hart Lane:Tottenham v Aston Villa

    "Aston Villa haven't fared terribly well at White Hart Lane in recent years, winning on only one of their last dozen visits in the league and a win for Tottenham would be their fourth league success in a row. A note of caution for Spurs fans however - it was Villa boss Paul Lambert who was the most recent visiting manager to leave White Hart Lane with a win, as he did for Norwich last season."

  201. 1422: 
    MOTD’s Alistair Mann at Anfield:Liverpool v Stoke

    "Liverpool have stuttered to record just two home league wins from their 12 games in 2012, losing half of them. It's a run of matches which began with a goalless draw against Stoke in January, one of six occasions when the Reds have been unable to even muster a goal in front of their own supporters. Historically there seems little to encourage Stoke, who've never won a top flight match at Anfield in 49 attempts. Stoke, however, will feel they've rarely been as well-equipped to end that depressing run."

  202. 1421:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at St Mary's:

    "Jose Fonte's goal in the fourth minute is the difference between the two sides. Fulham have been edgy at the back and fairly toothless up front."

  203. 1419: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 1-0 Fulham

    Ian Harverson on Twitter: "So that's the end of Friedel's run of 64865976 games straight. He'll retire next week."

    Martin Julyan on Twitter: "Lloris in for Friedel. We don't need sentiment we need three points. Well done, AVB!"

    TVY on Twitter: "I don't care how good Lloris is, Brad Friedel has done nothing wrong. Unfair."

  205. 1416: 

    There will be four minutes added at the end of this first half at St Mary's. Fulham have another corner and Aaron Hughes meets it but Paulo Gazzaniga claims the header easily.

  206. 1414: 

    Fulham's best openings have come from corners and Damien Duff has another opportunity to deliver. His cross to the near post is flicked on by the boot of Chris Baird but Bryan Ruiz loses out at the back post.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Hugo Lloris gets his chance in goal for Spurs v Villa with Friedel on the bench. Very interesting move from AVB."

  208. 1413:  
    Steve Claridge at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Injuries knocked Southampton out of their stride, but they've regrouped and restored their ascendancy in this game. At this stage Southampton look more likely to score than Fulham."

  209. 1413: 

    With the FA Women's Super League title already wrapped up by Arsenal last weekend, the Gunners will hope to complete an unbeaten season by avoiding defeat against second-placed Birmingham in the last round of fixtures, which have just kicked-off. A 10-goal swing is needed if third-placed Everton are to usurp Birmingham for the second Champions League place as the Toffees play Bristol. Liverpool will hope to avoid finishing bottom of the pile, but they need to beat Doncaster by two clear goals.

  210. 1411: 

    Fulham are getting themselves into potentially dangerous positions but cannot find a final ball. Alex Kacaniklic has possession on the left but his attempted cross is blocked and deflects back off the Fulham man before looping over the goal.

    Southampton have had the clearer openings and forge another when Rickie Lambert is found at the back post. The striker has just Mark Schwarzer to beat but the keeper does really well to get down low to block.

  211. 1407: 

    Liverpool revert back to the team who beat Norwich with Suso, Andre Wisdom and Nuri Sahin coming back into the side.

    Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris makes his Premier League debut for Tottenham, meaning Brad Friedel's run of 320 consecutive top-flight games comes to an end.

    Darren Bent is on the bench for Aston Villa despite scoring last weekend.

  212. 1405: 

    Fulham get lucky. Mark Schwarzer's poor clearance goes straight to Steven Davis in midfield. Davis finds Rickie Lambert, who then plays a neat pass behind the Fulham defence for Adam Lallana, but his pull-back is behind Davis, who had burst into the box, and the chance is gone. Martin Jol will not be happy at how generous his side are being at the back.

  213. 1403: 

    Good break from Fulham as Alex Kacaniklic tears down the left but his cross is mishit and lands on the roof of the Southampton net.


    Opta Joe tweets: "Adam Lallana has now made four assists in the Premier League this season (4), a joint-high with Mata and Hazard."

  215. 1400: 

    Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam start for Stoke against their former club, Liverpool. The Potters are unchanged. Another former Reds player, Michael Owen, is not even on the bench. Word is he has a "minor injury".

  216. 1400: 

    It is a very even game now. Chances have been at a premium in the last 10 minutes or so. Martin Jol is out of his seat and barking instructions. Soon after, Nigel Adkins joins Jol on the touchline. Neither boss is entirely satisfied.

  217. 1356:  
    Steve Claridge at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Southampton have had to have a re-jig at the back. It's a far more even game now. The teams have settled and it looks as though it's going to be a pretty close contest."

  218. 1355: 

    Fulham have the chance to fashion something from a free-kick wide right. Bryan Ruiz takes it but swings it straight into the arms of Paulo Gazzaniga. That's a waste.


    Kanayo Umeogu on Twitter: "Southampton never have problems getting an early lead. The problem is holding onto it."

    Stevie Boy on Twitter: "I really like the way Southampton are playing. Defending from the front. Chasing every ball. Good football."

    Ben Elliott on Twitter: "Expecting a Southampton win, with 'Dr Do Prado' to come on and score the winner."

  220. 1354: 

    Southampton so close to adding a second as Rickie Lambert glances on a corner from the right and Jason Puncheon's poked finish is cleared off the line by Sascha Riether. From a second corner, the Saints have the ball in the net but the whistle had already gone for a foul on Mark Schwarzer by Puncheon. It was the softest of touches on the keeper, though. Anywhere else on the pitch and that wouldn't be a foul.


    Opta Joe tweets: "Southampton have dropped nine points from winning positions this season, the most in the Premier League."

  222. 1350: 

    Damien Duff is again the source of another Fulham attack as he chips over a cross from the right. Aaron Hughes rises but his flicked header drifts over the bar.


    Ryan Nolan on Twitter: "Goldwenger."

    Dave Brown on Twitter: "Neville say Neville Again!"

    Dan Goodswen on Twitter: "From Russia With Ndlovu."

    I've been given a licence to kill these Bond puns now. I thank you for your fine efforts but you can holster your Walter PPK and switch to football matters now.

  224. 1348: 

    Fulham again come forward and Bryan Ruiz looks to find Alex Kacaniklic in the box but the pass is over-hit and runs through to Paulo Gazzaniga. Soon after, down the other end, Jay Rodriguez's low cross is side-footed past the far post by Rickie Lambert. That was a good chance for the big striker. He should have done better.

  225. 1346: 

    Fulham have edged their way back into this game now. John Arne Riise wins another corner which Damien Duff swings over to the feet of Brede Hangeland, but he cannot get the ball under control and the home side hammer clear.

  226. 1343:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on 5 live Sport: "In our squad not a lot of the guys have played in the Premier League before. That can be either a positive or a negative. Look at Norwich last season, the way they attacked the league.

    "We all buy into going into a match trying to win it. We think we can take the big boys on, just like Norwich and Swansea last year. We are playing 4-4-2, trying to get in people's faces and play high up the pitch. It's a hard thing to do though, because at this level there are good forward players in the opposition. We now need to get that elusive win, and our performances have been better than our points tally."

  227. 1342: 

    The physio is on again, this time to look at Adam Lallana, who takes Steve Sidwell's elbow in his face as the pair rise for a header. There didn't seem to be much intent from the Fulham man and, after a bit of treatment, Lallana is fit to continue.

  228. 1341: 

    Fulham force their first corner, which Damien Duff delivers to the near post and is headed behind by a home defender. Morgan Schneiderlin does well to clear Duff's second delivery.

  229. 1339:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Southampton, Everton and England striker James Beattie on 5 live Sport: "Nigel Adkins has done fantastically well over the last two seasons, but this is the Premier League. If you make mistakes then harsh lessons must be learned. Southampton concede on average 3.5 goals a game so it's obvious where the investment needs to be. But they have shown they can score against the best."

  230. 1339:  
    Steve Claridge at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Southampton do attack the ball well from set pieces. This is Fulham at their flakiest, unfortunately. They've started very poorly, but Southampton have been right on the front foot. They deservedly lead."

  231. 1338: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton - Jos Hooiveld for Frazer Richardson

    Richardson departs on a stretcher. The injury remains something of a mystery. It looks like Maya Yoshida has gone to right-back with Hooiveld at centre-back.

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    Rickie Lambert is already causing plenty of problems for Brede Hangeland. The Fulham defender is a big fella... but for Lambert this is a full-time job. There is a brief break in play while Southampton's Frazer Richardson gets some treatment.

  233. 1335:  
    Steve Claridge at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This game, albeit very early in the season, is massive for Southampton psychologically. If they were to win this one they would have six points from seven games, including the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Man City.

    "They did get beaten by Wigan, which was massively disappointing, but they beat Villa and won very well. If they can beat Fulham today then they will know they can pick up points against these sorts of clubs and they could be OK."

  234. 1333: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Fulham - Jose Fonte (4 mins)

    Southampton's early pressure pays dividends as Adam Lallana's corner is met at the near post by Jose Fonte and his header loops over everyone and into the far top corner. It is Fonte's first goal in the Premier League. Cracking start for the Saints.

  235. 1332: 

    Southampton force the first corner and Rickie Lambert rises at the back post to head wide of goal. Positive start from the home side.

  236. 1332: 

    An early shot from Morgan Schneiderlin for the home side drifts well wide of the post. I've just been informed by my Fulham-supporting colleague that the Cottagers have a 100% win record in their black with white and gold stripe kit. Played one, won one. So you Fulham fans know who to blame if it all goes wrong this afternoon.

  237. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton v Fulham (1330 BST)

    The visitors get us under way.


    J in Birmingham on 81111 on text: "A little retro but... (Mart) Poomraker?"

    Danny R in Rotherham on 81111 on text: "Dyer-nother Day."

    Matt from Birmingham on 81111 on text: "A Mutu a Kill."

  239. 1327: 

    The teams are on their way out in Southampton. Fulham are the visitors. We're a minute or two from kick-off.

  240. 1326:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on 5 live Sport after Saturday's 2-2 draw against Everton: "At any time in a game when you're 2-0 up you expect to go on and win it. But they performed really well and in the end the draw was fair."

  241. 1325: 

    St Mary's is filling up in preparation for today's first game, which starts in about five minutes. Meanwhile, in Glasgow, Celtic have taken the lead against Hearts with Giorgios Samaras scoring the goal ten minutes before half-time.

  242. 1323:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Southampton, Everton and England striker James Beattie on 5 live Sport: "Fernando Torres is playing without pressure at the moment at Chelsea. There needs to be competition in a squad for any position, but without Drogba there he looks freer. It helps having the likes of Mata, Hazard and Oscar behind you!"


    Mark Taylor on Twitter: "The Levein Daylights..."

    Mike Hemsley on Twitter: "Steve Morrow Never Dies."

    Andrew Wise on Twitter: "Cassano Royale - It is the Milan derby today!"

  244. 1321: 

    Anyone who has ever lost a crazy bet will appreciate this story...

    Football writer Henry Winter did not believe that Alan Pardew would receive a long-term commitment when he was appointed boss of the Magpies two years ago and said he would swim across the River Tyne if he did. Following the eight-year deal handed to Pardew recently, Winter has honoured his side of the pledge. Mike Ashley either really likes Pardew, or really hates Winter.


    Mark Wheeler on Twitter: "Live and Li Tie."

    Matthew Williams on Twitter: "Tomorrow Dennis Wise."

    Neil Adams on Twitter: "For Your Reyes Only..."

    I tip my steel-rimmed bowler hat to you all. Lovely stuff. However, there are also some truly terrible puns coming in. Stop getting Bond wrong!

  246. 1315: 

    In fairness, Mark Hughes didn't show any signs of being fearful for his job after yesterday's 3-2 loss to West Brom. He was positively upbeat. "What we can deduce is that we're good enough, but we have to earn the right to stay in this league and we have to do it quickly," said Hughes.


    QPR owner Tony Fernandes tweets: "For all those calling for change, this is the team that that outplayed Spurs and gave Chelsea a damn good game. And you want change? No way."

    Very interesting tweet from Fernandes. Looks like Mark Hughes is going nowhere

  248. 1312: 
    Southampton v Fulham (1330 BST)

    Dimitar Berbatov misses out for Fulham in today's game against Southampton. The former Manchester United striker is still struggling with a hip injury, so Bryan Ruiz supports Hugo Rodallega in attack as the visitors look to record their third win in four games.

    Southampton make three changes as they look to claim only their second win of the season and move out of the relegation zone. Daniel Fox, Jason Puncheon and Morgan Shneirderlin all start as Gaston Ramirez and Nathaniel Clyne both miss out with dead legs.

  249. 1309: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Fulham (1330 BST)

    Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves.

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell, Duff, Rodallega. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kasami, Karagounis, Richardson, Briggs.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)


    David H on Twitter: "The Man with the Golden (Bryan) Gunn."

    Peter Steele on Twitter: "How about Koptopussy?"

    Chris Polhill on Twitter: "You Only Levy Twice..."

  251. 1306:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at St Mary's:Southampton v Fulham (1330 BST)

    "Southampton's rate of conceding three goals a game just cannot continue without terrible damage being done to their season. Nigel Adkins has some delightful attacking talent at his disposal but they are going to struggle to win any points if they need to score three times to even draw. Fulham have won four of their last 10 away games but they are still prone to some really bad away days and Southampton will hope to make this another."


    Chris T in Stockport on 81111 on text: "Diamonds are for-Evra?"

    And we're off and running...

  253. 1303: 

    Today's first Premier League game sees Fulham travel to Southampton. As already mentioned, Fulham have not won a league match at the Saints for 77 years. The Cottagers have made a decent start to this season, picking up nine points. In contrast, Southampton have found life back in the top-flight tough, although they did get an emphatic first win of the season a couple of weeks ago against Aston Villa.

  254. 1300: 

    Another bit of business to deal with early on is to point you in the direction of the BBC's SPOTY Unsung Hero Award, designed to celebrate people working in grassroots sport. You can nominate yours on the homepage of the BBC Sport website.

  255. 1257: 

    There is also a game from the Scottish Premier League today with Celtic hosting Hearts. The match is already under way and you can follow it via a separate live text commentary with Colin Moffat.

  256. 1254: 

    So plenty for you to get your teeth into today. What are your thoughts? Will Fulham get a first league win at Southampton in 77 years? Will Stoke's wily old pros be too much for Liverpool's youngsters? And can Cisse and Ba out-gun Rooney and Van Persie? As I've spent most of this week watching James Bond films, how about as a bonus you send us some 007-based football puns. I'll get the ball rolling with On Her Madejski's Secret Service and Quantum Rod Wallace. You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in on 81111 (UK). Make sure you put your name on the texts so we can use them.

  257. 1250: 

    There's a lovely natural pace to today's football action. Southampton and Fulham face off at 1330 BST to ease us in before we hit our stride with a double-header at 1500 as Liverpool take on Stoke and Tottenham host Aston Villa and then peak at 1600 as Newcastle clash with Manchester United.

    You'll want to hold something back, though, because as an added treat today we'll also be bringing you live text commentary of two of Europe's biggest derbies - Spain's Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid (1850) and Italy's Derby della Madonnina between AC Milan and Internazionale

  258. 1245: 

    In a week dominated by tube travel indiscretions and misjudged tweets, it is a relief to be able to end this last seven days by dealing with actual football. And have we got some football for you today.

    In contrast to last week's one-game effort, the good folk at the Premier League have given us a bumper four-pack of fixtures to lift Sunday from satisfactory back to super. So put your feet up, crack open the biscuits and let us throw some football in your general direction.

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As It Stands Table

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Liverpool 34 51 77
No movement 2 Chelsea 34 42 75
No movement 3 Man City 33 54 71
No movement 4 Arsenal 34 18 67
No movement 5 Everton 34 21 66
No movement 6 Tottenham 34 0 60
No movement 7 Man Utd 33 18 57
No movement 8 Southampton 34 5 48
No movement 9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
No movement 10 Stoke 34 -10 43
No movement 11 Crystal Palace 34 -14 40
No movement 12 West Ham 34 -9 37
No movement 13 Hull 33 -6 36
No movement 14 Aston Villa 33 -14 34
No movement 15 Swansea 34 -5 33
No movement 16 West Brom 33 -11 33
No movement 17 Norwich 34 -27 32
No movement 18 Fulham 34 -40 30
No movement 19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
No movement 20 Sunderland 33 -25 26