Sunday football as it happened

Live text commentary as QPR are held by 10-man Everton and Sunderland grab a late draw against 10-man Newcastle.

21 October 2012 Last updated at 18:29

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  1. 1826: 

    And that's a wrap. Make sure you catch the goals (and red cards) from today's games in Match of the Day 2 at 22:25 BST on BBC One and this website. Thanks for keeping me company and I will see you very soon.

  2. 1825: 

    QPR manager Mark Hughes was happy with a point, but felt he should really have had three. He was pleased with his side's performance, though.

    Hughes said: "Overall I thought some of our play was excellent, we had a stonewall penalty that was ruled out, when the referee sees it he will wonder why he hasn't given it. That hurt us.

    "The little details are hampering us at the moment. People saw we are a good football side, we like to get the ball down and play in a positive manner and overall our performances have been good. It's a good point today, that gives us confidence to go on and build from here."


    Swansea defender Ashley Williams on Twitter: "Love watching Jagielka and Distin play! Different class!"

  4. 1822: 

    And here is Everton defender Phil Jagielka, reflecting on his own impressive performance and his side's draw at Loftus Road.

    "I thought I played well, I had a little bit to do obviously going down to 10-men and I nearly got a couple of goals as well. It was a good team performance," Jagielka said.

    "We obviously went down 1-0 down and showed real character to get back in the game, we did well to come away with a point.

    "As much as we don't feel as the rub of the green it is nothing horrific, we are not going to cry about it. Steven's sending off was the biggest disappointment of the game, I am not sure he even makes a tackle. We are obviously disappointed for Stevie but it gives someone else a big chance to come in for the derby."

  5. 1819: 

    Ken Mok on Twitter: "Jagielka was excellent today. Deserves to be a regular starter for England."

  6. 1815: 

    More from David Moyes, this time saluting Phil Jagielka's superb display at the back which helped the Toffees pick up a point at Loftus Road.

    "Jagielka played like a true England centre half today," Moyes said. "All the boys at the back played well, but I single him out because he got a couple of really good strong blocks in.

    "It was a hard fought point. We knew it wasn't going to be easy because QPR have got something to go to move up, but we are quite pleased we got something from the game in the end."

  7. 1813: 

    Everton boss David Moyes felt referee Jon Moss got it wrong when he showed Steven Pienaar his second yellow card, for clipping Jose Bosingwa's heel.

    "I think sending a player off under the circumstances is a ludicrous decision, I really do," Moyes said. "We had the same referee against West Brom he didn'y have a good game that day and he hasn't again today. The referee must have known he was on a yellow card. It ruined our opportunity to go and win three points but the players did well to hang on to get something out of the game."

  8. 1809: 

    Everton's next game? Only the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park next Sunday.

    Should be tasty, but will Marouane Fellaini be back from injury in time for the Toffees?

  9. 1806: 

    QPR goalscorer Junior Hoilett sees a point as a decent return against 10-man Everton and is confident his side will continue to improve.

    "We played well during the match and were unlucky not to get the three points we needed," Hoilett said. "But we will take a point and push on to keep getting more points on the board.

    "Everton made it hard for us. They got everyone behind the ball it was hard to breakthrough. But we had a few chances but we are happy with a point.

    "It is still the early stages of the season. We are working hard every day in training. You can see how we are gelling as a team and later in the season we will get the points we need."


    Albrighton on Twitter: "So much similarities today; Red cards,own goals and all stalemates with a 1-1 goal margin...interesting fixtures."

    Conor Parker on Twitter: "Collocini and Jagielka have produced two world class defensive displays today."

    Matt Fallon on Twitter: "Overall report today: early goal equalised by an own goal. Red card for the away team. Job done."

  11. 1804: 

    Got to agree with Nick and Nick below. Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini and Everton's Phil Jagielka were both top class today, and were a big reason why their respective teams both picked up a point despite being down to 10 men.


    Nick the Gooner in Watford: "Phil Jagielka has been absolutely immense today."

    Nick in London: "If defenders got points for tackles and blocks, Jags would have made up for a shocking weekend of FF for me."

  13. 1759: 

    Arsenal are indeed QPR's next opponents, next Saturday. I don't think Mark Hughes' future will depend on the result of that game but a win against Reading at Loftus Road on 4 November would appear to be vital for him.


    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "Good point. Lots of work to do. Everton are a top side. We were unlucky with some ref calls. Bring on Arsenal. Ill be there at the Emirates. Lots and lots of positives."

  15. 1757: 

    So, QPR's winless start to the season goes on. For the first time since 1991 they have failed to win any of their first eight league games. They went on to finish 11th that season, but does anyone see them repeating that finish this time around?

  16. 1755: 

    Where does that leave us? As we were, really.

    Everton stay fourth, seven points behind leaders Chelsea and three behind both Manchester clubs. QPR remain bottom, although they are now level on points with Reading.

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "I don't think either side will be hugely disappointed with this result. Both sides were very cautious and neither side really wanted to throw players forward and in that respect we had two teams that cancelled each other out."

  18. 1753: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 1-1 Everton
  19. 1751: 

    No, he feeds it wide to Jose Bosingwa, whose cross is easily cut out.

    That's not the end of the QPR attack though, because Samba Diakite plays it back into the area and Phil Jagielka has to react quickly to dive in and block Esteban Granero. Great defending by Jagielka, and not for the first time today either.

  20. 1751: 

    Better by QPR, well a free-kick for them anyway. This one will be launched into the Everton area, I expect...

  21. 1750: 

    There will be four minutes of added time at Loftus Road. QPR should be piling on the pressure, but they're not. Instead they are getting bogged down in midfield.


    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "QPR desperately need a win. Playing against 10 men and two of their subs have been defenders.. Am I missing something?"

  23. 1746: 

    QPR are looking more likely to get a winner, as you would expect against 10 men, but they are hardly knocking on the door. Djibril Cisse has just skewed a shot into the side netting from 25 yards out and he will have to do better than that to beat Tim Howard.

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "I think it would be a bit unjust if either team were to win this. I don't think either side have done enough to justify taking three points. Neither have picked up the mantle."

  25. 1745: 

    And, unfortunately for Everton, that's exactly what he does. Leighton Baines has team-mates queuing up at the back post but he goes for goal himself and blasts a shot high over the bar.

  26. 1744: 

    Maybe Mark Hughes knew something we didn't? Rangers have some defending to do when Jose Bosingwa concedes a free-kick near the left-hand corner of the QPR box and that means Leighton Baines will get another chance to swing his left foot at a free-kick.

  27. 1743: 
    SUBSTITUTION- QPR's Anton Ferdinand for Ryan Nelsen

    QPR are camping out in the Everton half but they are making a defensive change with six minutes left. Strange, because surely there is no way they are settling for a point against 10 men?

  28. 1741: 

    Another QPR attack? Yep, you guessed it. This time Adel Taarabt curls a free-kick around the Everton wall and into the side netting. The Toffees' 10 men survive again.

  29. 1740: 

    Here come QPR - and Junior Hoilett - again. This time he picks up the ball on the left and cuts into the area before bending a shot goalwards. Tim Howard dives full-length to his left to claw it to safety.

  30. 1740: 

    Back on the pitch and QPR want a penalty when Seamus Coleman appears to catch Junior Hoilett on the edge of the area. Replays show Coleman got something of the ball so referee Jon Moss was right to let play continue.

  31. 1739: 

    Everton's Steven Pienaar has had his early bath after his red card and is trying to catch a sneaky view of the action from the tunnel. Phil Dowd, the fourth official, ushers him away like a headmaster dealing with a naughty schoolboy.

  32. 1738: 

    This time the linesman's flag comes to Everton's rescue as Djibril Cisse runs clear. Replays show he had set off just too early, but he failed to control the ball anyway.

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "That was really good play there by QPR and quick feet from Junior Hoilett but what Tim Howard did well was he didn't palm the ball straight back out, he pushed it wide and makes it difficult for the opposing player."

  34. 1735: 

    Esteban Granero is quickly involved again, though, following up a Junior Hoilett shot but failing to find the target or a team-mate with his cross-shot. Moments later, Tim Howard comes to the rescue, beating Djibril Cisse to a slipped through-ball. QPR are pushing hard for the winner - can Everton hold out?

  35. 1733: 

    QPR force a flurry of corners but they cannot make any of them count. Adel Taarabt picks out Esteban Granero on the edge of the area with the last of them but he scuffs his volley and it bounces a long way wide.


    Joe Kelley on Twitter: "Based on this performance, it's frankly baffling how QPR didn't get relegated last season."

    Ranj Singh on Twitter: "I know it's early to ask the question, but is QPR's squad too good to go down? They have a lot of established internationals."

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "That was a fantastic opportunity for Everton, but a fantastic save from three yards out."

  38. 1731: 

    A change up front and at the back for QPR. Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is on for Bobby Zamora and Nedum Onuoha replaces Armand Traore in defence. Less than 20 minutes to go at Loftus Road.

  39. 1729: 

    In fact it is Everton who are pushing hardest. Kevin Mirallas's shot is headed away by Stephane Mbia for a corner and, when it comes in, Sylvain Distin meets it at the back post and sets up Phil Jagielka for a header that Julio Cesar somehow keeps out from point-blank range. The ball comes out to Nikica Jelavic, but he blasts over. QPR breathe again.

  40. 1728: 

    QPR have not made their numerical advantage count yet, in fact they have barely tested Tim Howard since Steven Pienaar was sent off. Bobby Zamora just tried to change that but his angled shot was easily kept out.

  41. 1726: 
    YELLOW CARD- QPR's Samba Diakite

    Samba Diakite, who likes a card or two, is cautiuoned for stopping a Nikica Jelavic counter-attack unfairly. Diakite is probably on a bonus for completing 90 minutes - it happens so rarely - so he cannot afford another rash tackle now.

  42. 1723: 

    Right then, game on. Just like the Tyne-Wear derby earlier, we have had a sending off and also a defensive performance straight out of the top drawer. For Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini, read Everton's Phil Jagielka.

    We have also had two goals, the total we ended up with at the Stadium of Light but, with 25 minutes to go, there is still plenty time for more at Loftus Road.


    El Yaro on Twitter: "It's almost hard to believe QPR are the only side to get anything off Chelsea so far this season."

    Fahad Khan: "I want QPR to win just for the sake of making the relegation battle a bit more interesting."

  44. 1720: 
    RED CARD- Everton's Steven Pienaar (61 mins)

    Instead, we get a red card. Steven Pienaar got away with a late challenge on Park Ji-Sung that might have seen him get a second yellow card a few moments ago but he is not so lucky here. In fact he is down right unlucky because his challenge on Jose Bosingwa is hardly a foul at all, let alone a booking. Referee Jon Moss thinks otherwise, and the Toffees are down to 10 men.

  45. 1719: 

    An hour gone and this game needs another goal. Failing that, we need a moment of quality.

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "Both sides are concentrating more on defending rather than attacking at this stage. Both sides are very cautious and when they do get the ball there is not enough men getting forward and supporting attacks."


    From Tim in Marlow: "In reply to Paul's text message, I would say that Liverpool have looked like a Top Four side. Top Four of League One, that is."

  48. 1715: 

    We are still waiting for this second half to really burst into life and both sides have just wasted opportunities to get things going.

    First Leon Osman and Kevin Mirallas combine down the left for Everton but cannot find a team-mate with the pull-back. Then QPR break forward through Junior Hoilett but, unlike with his goal, his decision to go on a solo run and ignore his team-mates does not pay dividends.


    Paul, via text: "Everton may not look like a top-four outfit but let's be honest. Chelsea aside what team has so far this season?"

  50. 1712: 
    YELLOW CARD- Everton's Steven Pienaar

    A booking to tell you about too - Steven Pienaar catches Junior Hoilett with a late lunge that has Jon Moss reaching for his notebook.

  51. 1712: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Everton's Steven Naismith for Victor Anichebe

    The Toffees make their first change, with Steven Naismith slotting into the right hand side of midfield.

  52. 1709: 

    Even better defending by Phil Jagielka, who has been a rock so far, to deny QPR.

    Samba Diakite dances into the area down the right and Park Ji-sung would have turned it home from close range if not for a magnificent block by the England defender.

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "The second half has pretty much carried on in the same manner as it finished in the first half. We have two teams that seem to pretty much cancel each other out and it is not the most fluent of games so far."

  54. 1708: 

    Good defending by QPR this time - and it's not often I've written that today. Kevin Mirallas gets the better of Esteban Granero as he runs toward the Rangers area but Armand Traore is across to muscle the Belgian off the ball.

  55. 1706: 

    Er, not a great start to the second half by QPR, who switch off at a free-kick, allowing Leighton Baines to advance down the left and send over a decent cross that Julio Cesar has to punch clear. That could have been costly.

  56. 1703: 
    KICK-OFF- QPR 1-1 Everton

    Everton get us back under way in west London. No changes from either side at the break.

  57. 1659: 

    One other talking point from the first half, which came when QPR were having their wobbly spell. Just before Phil Jagielka headed against the bar, Samba Diakite stepped on Nikica Jelavic's foot as the Croatian cut inside him in the box. David Moyes was convinced it was a penalty... but referee Jon Moss disagreed.


    Alex, via text: "Pretty typical half from QPR. Control the game for 42 minutes, self destruct for three mins and as a result find themselves lucky to be level at half time."

  59. 1654: 

    Seems to me that (a couple of moments of madness aside) QPR are not playing like a bottom-of-the-table side, but a Marouane Fellaini-less Everton are not looking much like a top-four outfit either. They are still pretty handy at set-pieces, though.


    Asfand Khan on Twitter: "Arsenal, West Brom and Tottenham lost. If Everton want to finish in the top four, They have to win this."

    Alex Berger on Twitter: "Wonder what the most own-goals was in one weekend? This has got to be up there, surely."

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Loftus RoadHALF-TIME

    "A first half of rich promise for QPR ends in frustration. The home side went ahead in just two minutes but an own goal by Julio Cesar levelled the scores."

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "This game has been OK. The atmosphere has been a little flat, but I think there is plenty to play for and it is tough to say which way this will go in the second half. There are one or two players for Everton who look a little uncomfortable in their positions. David Moyes has changed things a little bit, but it hasn't quite worked for him yet."

  63. 1648: 
    HALF-TIME- QPR 1-1 Everton
  64. 1647: 

    Play resumes and here come QPR, with Junior Hoilett looking to find Bobby Zamora in the box, but again Phil Jagielka is there to tidy up.

    That's not quite all we have time for... but Adel Taarabt's wasteful shot over the bar from distance turns out to be the last action of the half.

  65. 1645: 

    Two minutes of added time have been signalled at Loftus Road at the end of the first half, but we are likely to get more than that because Everton forward Anichebe has been hurt in a clash of heads and needs treatment.

  66. 1643: 

    Another QPR attack, and another inviting Jose Bosingwa cross... but this time Phil Jagielka does brilliantly to back-head it out of the path of Bobby Zamora inside his own six-yard box. Great defending, and his goalkeeper Tim Howard is quick to show his appreciation.

  67. 1642: 

    More pressing by QPR. Everton hold up Bobby Zamora on the edge of the area but Jose Bosingwa collects it on the right and sends the ball into the danger zone. Zamora is set to reach it before Phil Jagielka but Tim Howard is off his line to punch clear.

  68. 1638: 

    Hmmm, QPR's best form of defence is definitely attack, and they are showing more of a threat now after a dodgy spell following Everton's equaliser.

    Rangers have fired a couple of dangerous balls into the Toffees box in the last couple of minutes and they finally get on the end of one when a cross rolls into the path of Junior Hoilett, about 15 yards out. He has time to take a touch... but instead goes for goal and blasts his shot over the top.


    Allan Mugane on Twitter: "QPR set piece tactics - lets just stand here, occupy space and hope for the best..."

    Conor Parker on Twitter: "That's it QPR, just leave the massive centre back unmarked six yards from goal!!"

    Adam Jones on Twitter: "Lucky goal for Everton when they haven't really been in the game, let's hope this brings us into it though."

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "QPR got their bit of luck with the deflection for the opening goal but they did not get any luck there. The ball hit the post and unfortunately for Julio Cesar it bounced back off him and into the net. It was too easy, though, Sylvain Distin had a free header. I can see why QPR have conceded the goals they have."

  71. 1635: 

    Oh dear. What has happened to QPR's defence? They were solid for the first 30 minutes but almost concede a second goal immediately after the restart when Phil Jagielka gets on the end of a corner... and plants his header against the bar.

    Moments earlier, Nikica Jelavic wanted a penalty when Samba Diakite stepped on his toes inside the box... but referee Jon Moss was not impressed.

  72. 1632: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-1 Everton - Julio Cesar og (33 mins)

    Not any more they don't. Steven Pienaar punts a free-kick into the QPR area from deep and Sylvain Distin is left all alone to head it goalwards. It ends up in the net but it will definitely go down as an own goal because it comes back off the foot of the post, hits QPR keeper Juilo Cesar and rolls over the line.

  73. 1629: 

    QPR look quite fluid when they come forward too, moving from back to front down the left before Armand Traore's cross just eludes Bobby Zamora in the middle. Half an hour gone, and Rangers still lead 1-0.

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "Steven Pienaar is not getting close enough to Nikica Jelavic. Nobody is joining him quick enough when Everton attack. They have changed their system bit and when you change a system even slightly it takes a little bit for players to get used to it."

  75. 1626: 

    Oops, I'm not sure why Jonathan Pearce's scene-setter just popped up now. Anyway, play continues at Loftus Road, where Everton's bright passing play is not finding a way through QPR's resolute defence.

  76. 1622: 

    Yep, Esteban Granero swings it in and Ryan Nelsen gets on the end of it. He doesn't manage a clean header, though, and the ball bounces off his shoulder and flies over.

  77. 1621: 

    QPR have not threatened much since they took the lead but they have got a free-kick of their own in a dangerous position now, awarded after Park Ji-sung was fouled by Steven Pienaar near the right-hand corner of the area. Esteban Granero will take it (probably)...

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "Julio Cesar got that wall just perfect then and positioned himself well so that if anything did get round that wall he was there. Everton are a little bit slow at the moment and I would just like to see them react a bit quicker when they do get the ball back from QPR."

  79. 1618: 

    Twenty minutes gone at Loftus Road and signs that Everton are coming into this game. Victor Anichebe has just turned Ryan Nelsen inside the area and driven a ball across goal but Jose Bosingwa was in the right place to hold off Nikica Jelavic.

  80. 1616: 

    Oh. Leighton Baines steps over it and it is actually Nikica Jelavic who bends the ball over the wall. It is on target but QPR keeper Julio Cesar reads it well and pushes the shot away comfortably enough.

  81. 1615: 

    A few players slipping over at Loftus Road. Tim Howard went over again, and QPR's Samba Diakite has also just lost his footing. Everton have won another free-kick too, and Leighton Baines will be behind this one as well - from a central position about 25 yards out so very dangerous...

  82. 1614: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has been speaking about his side's late draw against 10-man Newcastle earlier, and admits they lacked a spark going forward.

    "We were knocked back by early goal which gives them a lift," O'Neill said. "They were very strong until the sending off. I thought we became anxious when they were down to 10 men. In second half, it was the sheer weight of pressure that led to the goal.

    "Newcastle played well with the 10 men. I must admit, slog or not, the noise that erupted from the stadium when we equalised is something that I will not forget."


    Conor Parker on Twitter: "A huge slice of luck on the finish, but that was a great break from Hoilett."

    Adam Jones on Twitter: "This is already shaping up to be typical Everton, doing really well and then losing games like this."

    Neil Leverett on Twitter: "Lots of goals in this methinks. 3-3?"

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sport

    "It has been a good start, a lively start, but Everton are a side that will try and force their way back into the game, no doubt about that."

  85. 1610: 

    Everton's first meaningful attack since falling behind sees Leighton Baines' free-kick find Phil Jagielka at the far post, but he cannot make enough contact on the ball to test Julio Cesar.

  86. 1608: 

    Another scare for Everton as their keeper Tim Howard slips as he fields a Leighton Baines back-pass and Junior Hoilett almost nips in before he can clear.

    QPR keep the pressure up from Howard's rushed clearance, though, and Armand Traore, on the overlap down the left from Adel Taarabt's neat pass deserves better than to see his driven cross fizz across the face of goal with nobody getting a touch.


    OptaJoe on Twitter: "Junior Hoilett's goal is the earliest QPR have scored in the PL since Les Ferdinand after 2 mins vs West Ham in December 1994. Burst."

  88. 1606: 

    QPR's fans - not to mention their manager Mark Hughes - won't care too much whether that goes down as an own goal or not, the important thing for them is that Rangers have the lead. Time to see what Everton are made of, I guess.

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sport

    "It was a great run, we were looking at the obvious pass, but he didn't give it. As the shot is taken by Junior Hoilett it comes off the inside of Leighton Baines's right foot and completely wrong-foots the goalkeeper. It has to go down as an own goal."

  90. 1602: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-0 Everton - Junior Hoilett (2 mins)

    Wow. Talk about a breakaway goal. That second corner is punched away by Julio Cesar and Junior Hoilett picks it up, midway inside his own half. Hoilett runs forward... and keeps running even though he has men with him in support. The former Blackburn forward makes it to the edge of the Everton area before letting fly with a shot that hits the heel of Toffees defender Leighton Baines and loops over Tim Howard and into the net. That's his first goal for his new club.

  91. 1601: 

    Everton take 80 seconds to force their first corner, and men in black are making all sorts of runs in the box. Jose Bosingwa clears it, but only at the expense of another corner.

    KICK-OFF- QPR v Everton (16:00 BST)

    Here we go. QPR in their hoops get us started against an Everton team wearing their nifty all-black away kit. It is raining in west London, and quite windy too.

  93. 1557: 

    The players emerge and at last the QPR fans make some noise. Their team are on a run of four straight defeats, so they need all the help they can get.


    Phil Durrant on Twitter: "QPR will be top four in three seasons if they lose today. Two points from eight games is that famous stat when Harry Redknapp came and saved Tottenham!"

    Jason Vowles on Twitter: "Everton have scored at least twice in their last four games. I reckon another two today as well."

  95. 1553: 

    There is a strangely subdued atmosphere at Loftus Road. It's alright lads, I'm not playing this time. Anyway, both teams are squeezed in the cramped tunnel, for their own sakes I hope they are not in there for long.

    Steve Claridge at Loftus Road, BBC Radio 5 Live

    "David Moyes has done a fantastic job at Everton and he is an example to everybody. Every year we underestimate the job he does with the budget he has. I think some people need to look and think what a fantastic manager they have on their hands. He gets the best out of his squad every season."

  97. 1551: 

    Everton boss David Moyes has also been speaking about his side's attacking play ahead of kick-off.

    "Our attacking play, the amount of opportunities we have created has been good to watch, let's hope we can see some more of it today," Moyes said. "We have not had many injuries, but we have to cope with Marouane Fellaini being out. It is a tough challenge with QPR having an experienced team. Our job is trying to keep them at the bottom and maintain our form. We are under no illusions at how difficult this game will be."


    Former Everton and Scotland striker Graeme Sharp, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about the threat posed by Toffees striker Nikica Jelavic: "All credit to Nikica. In Scotland, people looked at him and wondered if he could do it in the Premier League but his whole round play has given Everton an extra dimension. He has come in and is getting on the end of things and his goals have helped Everton get off to a good start."

  99. 1547: 

    It looks like a chilly autumn afternoon at Loftus Road, which is a ground I have played at. It was in a charity game about 10 years ago and at late notice when BBC men like Gary Lineker, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Hansen couldn't make it.

    I have got used to seeing disappointed faces when I've walked into dressing rooms down the years but nothing compared to that night when I arrived and announced I was there instead of Lineker.

  100. 1543: 

    Back to the Stadium of Light, briefly. You might think Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would be disappointed after seeing his side come within four minutes of victory, but he preferred to give credit to his players for playing for 65 minutes with 10 men after Cheick Tiote's red card.

    "It was a magnificent effort," Pardew said. "It was important to our fans and we showed how important it is to us. An hour with 10 men, we couldn't hold on to the lead, if we did it would have been one of the greatest victories here ever.

    "We were the better team before the sending off. At first, I didn't think it was that bad, but looking at it again, I can't have too many complaints."

    LINE-UPS- QPR v Everton (16:00 BST)

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Diakite, Nelsen, Traore, Mbia, Granero, Park, Taarabt, Hoilett, Zamora. Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Onuoha, Faurlin.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Duffy.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  102. 1539: 

    In contrast, Everton boss David Moyes is finding life at the other end of the table a lot easier, and knows a win today will see his side stay in touch with both Manchester clubs as they chase leaders Chelsea.

    "I enjoy being near the top of the league, and what comes with that is people thinking how well you're doing and talking in a positive fashion," Moyes said. "I enjoy that and it's something I would like to happen more often when we're talking about Everton at the top and how well we might do. We'll shoot for the stars and see where we end up.

    "Our attacking play has been excellent, we've probably created as many chances as anybody in the Premier League and had as many shots as anybody, so we're certainly up with the main teams doing that. We've got to make sure that we're a little bit harder to beat, but our points tally is good for this time of the season."

  103. 1537: 

    Lawro described QPR as being in a "false position" at the bottom of the table when he made his prediction for this game but under-pressure Rangers boss Mark Hughes says: "I understand why we are where we are.

    "The focus on us isn't going to go away until we start winning games, so why worry about it? It's only a matter of time before we turn things round. Ideally it will be against Everton. I know how well I work. I know what my staff do on a daily basis. I'd put my ability up against anyone."

    "We are probably two wins away from where we expected to be in terms of targets," he said. "That's not a million miles away from where we should be. But in our first 10 games we will have probably played eight of the top teams in the Premier League."


    QPR assistant manager Mark Bowen, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about today's opponents Everton: "Plaudits keep coming out for what David Moyes has achieved. They are a strong established Premier League club and full credit to them because they have done ever so well and we know we have to be at it from the off."

    QPR v Everton (16:00 BST)

    QPR manager Mark Hughes has dropped Anton Ferdinand to the bench for the visit of Everton, with Samba Diakite replacing him in defence alongside Ryan Nelsen. Bobby Zamora starts as a lone striker but he will get support from Junior Hoilett and Adel Taarabt.

    Victor Anichebe and Sylvain Distin return to the Everton side for what is David Moyes' 200th Premier League away match in the Premier League. It looks a bold selection from Moyes with Victor Anichebe, Nikica Jelavic with Kevin Mirallas all starting. Marouane Fellaini is still not fit enough to feature, but new signing Thomas Hitzlsperger is included amongst the substitutes after receiving international clearance.


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Kevin Kilbane at the Stadium of Light: "For long periods in the second half Sunderland had plenty of possession but didn't put Tim Krul under enough pressure. Sunderland seemed to come alive after Louis Saha came on but on the whole you would say Newcastle will be happy to come away from here with a point after going down to 10 men."

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Newcastle manager Alan Pardew clenches a fist in the direction of Newcastle's fans. Suggests he is happy with a point but he was only four minutes away from all three with ten man. Sunderland will take a point but they were desperately poor for long period and showed such a shortage of invention against ten men."

    QPR v Everton (16:00 BST)

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Loftus Road: "QPR are in danger of failing to win their opening eight top-flight matches for the first time since 1991. They recovered that season to finish 11th. But the Premier League is a tougher place these days. They have to stop the rot. Defeat on Sunday would make this their longest losing run in the top flight since suffering relegation in the 1995-96 season.

    "Injuries have been partly to blame for Rangers' run of five defeats in six league and cup games, but individual errors have been horrendous too. With so many new signings, the squad hasn't gelled yet, confidence is low and calls for Harry Redknapp to be installed as manager aren't helping.

    "Mark Hughes needs time. But this isn't the perfect time to meet one of his old clubs. Everton have lost just once in their last 16 league games. It took them to the end of November last year to reach their current tally of 14 points.

  109. 1528: 

    So, a goal in the first three minutes and another in the last four minutes at the Stadium of Light leaves us with honours even, with the 11 men of Sunderland finally breaking down the 10 of Newcastle. What treats will QPR-Everton serve up? We will find out from 16:00 BST onwards...

  110. 1527: 

    Lots of players not wearing Kick it Out t-shirts in the warm-up at Loftus Road. For QPR: Anton Ferdinand, Nedum Onuoha, Junior Hoilett, Djibril Cisse and Shaun Wright-Phillips. For Everton: Steven Pienaar, Sylvain Distin and Victor Anichebe.


    Martin McWhirter on Twitter: "Demba Ba is Newcastle's top Premier League goalscorer this season, and now he's second top goalscorer for Sunderland."

  112. 1524: 

    That point is enough to see Newcastle go up a place from 12th to 11th in the table. Sunderland stay in 14th, and Steven Fletcher is still their only player to score a league goal this season.

  113. 1523: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle
  114. 1522: 

    Sunderland are launching the ball into the Newcastle box at every opportunity. Anxious times for the Magpies, so they are grateful when the whistle goes for a foul by Steven Fletcher on Mike Williamson.

  115. 1520: 

    End to end stuff now, with Sunderland breaking forward and a delicate touch by Steven Fletcher giving Craig Gardner the chance to drive in a shot, which is deflected over. Newcastle could really do with bringing Fabricio Coloccini back on for the last few minutes, because this is going to be very tense.


    Andrew Latimer on Twitter: "What a joke. Completely undeserved. Set piece obviously, because they can't get close in open play."

    Liam Reilly on Twitter: "Sunderland's shooting is so bad, they need one of our players to score for them."

  117. 1518: 

    Hang on, because Newcastle have a free-kick at the other end. Yohan Cabaye whips it in and it it is headed behind for a corner. We will have four minutes of added time for someone to find a winner.

  118. 1517: 

    Sunderland won't just settle for a point, they want all three... and come close to getting them when James McClean's snap-shot whistles wide of Tim Krul's right-hand post. Just a minute of the 90 to go, and Newcastle are hanging on.


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Kevin Kilbane at the Stadium of Light: "Newcastle have dealt with everything going into the box, but it was a wonderful ball into the box by Seb Larsson, John O'Shea headed it and I think it was going wide but it took a deflection off Demba Ba."

  120. 1514: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle - Demba Ba og (86 mins)

    Amazing. Sunderland have not looked like scoring all day, so it is apt that Demba Ba had to do it for them. John O'Shea gets on the end of Seb Larsson's hoisted free-kick and his towering header hits Ba on its way past Tim Krul. Agony for Newcastle's 10 men, ecstasy for the home fans.

  121. 1512: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle's Mike Williamson

    Not long left now, which is why Sunderland look to turn defence into attack quickly, but Mike Williamson stops Louis Saha in his tracks. That's a free-kick and a booking.

  122. 1511: 

    A change for both sides. Sunderland bring on David Vaughan for Adam Johnson while Newcastle replace Hatem Ben Arfa with Gabriel Obertan.


    Lawrence Houldsworth on Twitter: "Reading about the Earl of Sunderland in the 1720s, even he is more interesting than Sunderland at the moment."

    Jabroni MacIntosh on Twitter: "Sunderland's final ball today has been so poor, not what you would expect form the likes of Seb Larsson and Craig Gardner."

  124. 1510: 

    A big chance for Sunderland, with Seb Larsson's corner being flicked on for Louis Saha at the back post... but he fires his first-time shot into the side netting. A big chance, and a big waste.

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Newcastle United supporters perched high behind Tim Krul's goal are making all the noise. Sunderland fans have been quiet - but who can blame them when their team has given them nothing to shout about?"

  126. 1507: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle's Steven Taylor for Fabricio Coloccini

    Fabricio Coloccini has been Newcastle's best player today, but he has a problem - a touch of cramp or something - and cannot continue. On comes Wearside's Mr Popular, Steven Taylor, for the last 10 minutes. He gets a 'warm' reception from the locals.


    Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on Twitter: "Great to wake up and know we [New York Red Bulls] have made the play-offs. In for recovery now and home to watch my blue boys Everton against QPR."

  128. 1505: 

    BREAKING: QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is on the bench for today's game against Everton. Bobby Zamora starts up front for Rangers on his own. Kevin Mirallas and Nikica Jelavic both start in attack for the Toffees.

  129. 1504: 

    Sunderland's shooting has been poor today, but this is a little bit better from Craig Gardner, who makes space on the edge on the area before firing a couple of yards over.

  130. 1500: 

    Newcastle's 10 men have less than 20 minutes to hold out, or should I say score a second? Yohan Cabaye clips a lovely ball over the Sunderland defence and Demba Ba is on to it, bringing the ball down beautifully under pressure but just losing his balance as Simon Mignolet comes out to close him down.


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Kevin Kilbane at the Stadium of Light: "Since Louis Saha came on Sunderland have moved the ball a bit quicker, they were pedestrian-like before that but Saha has come on and that appears to have lifted the crowd. You have to say, though, that it has been easy at the back for Newcastle."


    Richard, via text: "If Newcastle can hang on to win this will go down as a historic victory and will be a proud day."

  133. 1459: 

    At last, Tim Krul is called into action... and almost gifts Sunderland an equaliser. Krul spills James McClean's driven low cross and Fabricio Coloccini has to tidy up, with Louis Saha lurking.

  134. 1458: 

    When the free-kick is taken, Seb Larsson tries his luck again and - same as in the first half - he goes for the near post. No need for Tim Krul to make a save this time though, because Larsson's shot skids wide.


    Paddy von Behr on Twitter: "Sunderland should really try to use their numerical advantage to score a goal."

    Sean Gilbody on Twitter: "A serious question here, has Adam Johnson touched the ball in this half?"

  136. 1456: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini

    Sunderland still cannot turn their vastly superior possession into clear-cut chances but they will get another chance to try to test Tim Krul here. Danny Rose wins a free-kick on the left, about 30 yards out and Fabricio Coloccini is booked for contesting the decision.

  137. 1455: 

    As I mentioned earlier, Fabricio Coloccini has been terrific today and he is a thorn in Sunderland's side again here, twice in fact. First he blocks off Adam Johnson and then quickly closes down James McClean on the edge of the area. Brilliant defending.

  138. 1453: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland's Louis Saha for Stephane Sessegnon

    James McClean has a shot deflected wide and before Sunderland can take the corner, Martin O'Neill brings on former Newcastle striker Louis Saha. The Black Cats definitely need to try something different up front.

  139. 1452: 

    News from Loftus Road now, and QPR assistant manager Mark Bowen says he is expecting all of the club's players to wear Kick It Out t-shirts before today's game against Everton.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: "The only thing I would say on the matter is that when the question was raised during week, we went round all the playing staff individually and the players all said they are happy to wear them."

    Asked whether he believes Anton Ferdinand will also wear one, Bowen added: "As far as I am aware yes."

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Sunderland fans - and one or two of their players - agitated as another aimless long ball lands in the arms of Tim Krul."

  141. 1450: 

    Newcastle's only hope of adding to their lead is on the break, and they almost catch Sunderland out here when Hatem Ben Arfa's glorious long pass finds Demba Ba galloping on to it. Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet is out of his area quickly to clear the danger.

  142. 1448: 

    Another strange decision - Sunderland want a corner when Newcastle defender Mike Williamson heads a free-kick behind, but a goal-kick is given. An hour gone at the Stadium of Light and the 10-men Magpies are still holding on to their 1-0 lead.

  143. 1448: 

    Lots of free-kicks being given away at the moment, by both teams. Nothing too naughty going on out there, though, although Martin Atkinson just gave a Newcastle free-kick when it probably should have been a Sunderland one, and vice versa. That's about exciting as this game has been of late.

  144. 1445: 

    So far, no. Newcastle are well organised at the back and combative in the middle, while Demba Ba is still proving a handful on his own up front.

  145. 1443: 

    The Sunderland fans are roaring for a card everytime Newcastle commit a foul, but referee Martin Atkinson is unmoved when Yohan Cabaye blocks Danny Rose, settling for a free-kick near the halfway line.

    The Black Cats are seeing a lot more of the ball now, as you might expect against 10 men, but can they do anything with it?

  146. 1439: 

    Newcastle continue to defend solidly, this time clearing a dangerous low Seb Larsson cross. Fabricio Coloccini is pretty good, isn't he?


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Kevin Kilbane at the Stadium of Light: "I've watched the replays and the referee looked to have a good angle when he made the decision to send Cheick Tiote off. Steven Fletcher's momentum took him into Tiote and I think it looked worse than it was. Newcastle have played very bravely, they have played very high and Steven Fletcher has found himself isolated."

  148. 1436: 

    I'm pretty sure this will be a test for Newcastle's mettle, rather than their (sheet?) metal (see Darryl's text below) but then I described Shola Ameobi as a Sunderland striker when he got booked so I don't have much room to talk.


    Daniel, via text: "Regarding Tiote's sending off, the assistant made the decision apparently. I hope The St George Park's not only improves coaching but refereeing & assisting!!"

    Jason, via text: "RE: Tiote - perhaps a touch harsh given the earlier incident with Larsson, but had Fletcher's foot been planted when Tiote made that challenge, we'd be looking at a horror injury. Deliberate or not, it was dangerous."

    Darryl, via text: "A real test of Newcastle's metal coming up, if they can hold onto this win it will be a real statement of intent. oh, and it was never a red for Tiote."

  150. 1435: 

    Sunderland take precisely 85 seconds of the second half to deliver a dangerous cross. Seb Larsson picks out Steven Fletcher at the back post but, under pressure, he cannot direct his header on target.

  151. 1434: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle

    Let's all agree to disagree on that Tiote red card shall we? The second half has just started at the Stadium of Light.


    Chris Payne on Twitter: "How can anyone not think Tiote deserved his red? Shocking, leg breaker of a tackle."


    Tom Warner on Twitter: "If Tiote's challenge was a red card, why was there no card for Larsson putting his boot into Ameobi's chest? Consistency please!"


    Jamie Norwood on Twitter: "The Ref is having a nightmare, sent Tiote off for that challenge but didnt even book Larsson for his high kick on Ameobi."


    Richard Warner on Twitter: "Hope harsh red doesn't spoil this game. Guess Steven Fletcher will score with his only shot in the game in the second half."


    From Alan, who tells us he is a Man Utd fan so is not biased, via text: "I'm sorry but that was never a straight red card!!! Tiote was pulled off balance by Colback, was not looking at Fletcher and clearly had eyes for the ball. Terrible decision from Martin Atkinson made worse by lack of consultation with the Assistant who had a much better view."

  157. 1426: 

    So, the big talking point so far at the Stadium of Light is Cheick Tiote's sending off. It looked harsh to me, but what do you think? And remember Martin Atkinson ignored a chest-high challenge by Seb Larsson on Shola Ameobi a few minutes earlier. That was completely accidental, but is that an excuse?


    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at the Stadium of Light: "A very frustrating opening 45 minutes for Sunderland fans. They conceded early and then Newcastle had a Cheick Tiote sent off, but the frustration for Sunderland is that even against 10 men they have really struggled to create chances and they have not threatened Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal."

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterSunderland 0-1 Newcastle

    "Newcastle deserve their half-time lead. Sunderland may have the numerical advantage but Newcastle look the more composed and ordered team."

  160. 1418: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle
  161. 1417: 

    Sunderland are yet to seriously test Tim Krul, before or after Newcastle went down to 10 men. They fail again here too, with Adam Johnson's corner easily claimed by the Magpies keeper.

  162. 1416: 

    There will be three minutes of added time at the end of the first half. Sunderland are still being frustrated going forward, with Steven Fletcher being flagged offside just when it looked like he had found some space on the left after good work from James McClean to win the ball back.

  163. 1413: 

    About a minute of the first half to go. Newcastle's 10 men are still defending well and keeping Sunderland at arms' length. The Black Cats have had all the possession of late, but are struggling to open the visitors up.


    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at the Stadium of Light: "Sunderland have not managed to make the extra man count, in fact you would think it was 11 versus 11. They have not made Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul work enough."

  165. 1411: 

    Sunderland have been cranking up the pressure of late but Newcastle remain dangerous on the break. Demba Ba wins a corner and, when it comes across, Fabricio Coloccini's shot is deflected towards Ba, who goes for an acrobatic overhead kick to meet the dropping ball about six yards out. Those are either net-busters or end up in Row Z... and on this occasion it is the latter.

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Sunderland had experienced little other than frustration in those opening 25 minutes but Cheick Tiote's red card has given them an opening. Real air of expectancy around The Stadium of Light now from the home fans. The situation calls for calm heads and that takes some doing in this fevered atmosphere."

  167. 1408: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle's James Perch for Shola Ameobi.

    Not surprising to see Alan Pardew make a defensive switch, with his Newcastle side 1-0 up and down to 10 men. Shola Ameobi is the man to make way for James Perch, so no Mackem slaying for him today.

  168. 1407: 

    Another Sunderland free-kick, after Adam Johnson is fouled on the right of the box. Johnson takes it too, and cleverly pulls it back for Craig Gardner in a more central position. Gardner makes space for a shot but it is blocked and deflected wide.

  169. 1405: 

    Sunderland have not threatened too much since Newcastle went down to 10 men but they have just had their best effort of the match, with Craig Gardner fizzing a free-kick a fraction wide from 30 yards out.

  170. 1403: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle's Shola Ameobi

    It turns out Shola Ameobi was booked in the aftermath of Cheick Tiote's dismissal. Ameobi was one of the Newcastle players protesting that the whistle had already gone.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "There's always an early goal when I miss the start. Why is that?"

  172. 1402: 

    At long last, Sunderland get Adam Johnson on the ball, when Danny Rose and Jack Colback combine to find him on the right-hand side of the area. Johnson takes a touch and tries to curl it into the opposite top-corner of the net, but he does not quite catch it right and the ball flies wide.

  173. 1402: 

    The draw for the first round of the FA Cup has been made, and here are the headlines.

    Southern League Premier Division side Arlesey Town have been drawn away to 1987 winners Coventry City. Two-time champions Portsmouth are at home to fellow League One side Notts County, while cash-strapped Hereford United host rivals Shrewsbury Town.

    Isthmian League side Metropolitan Police are at home to Crawley Town, Hendon host Aldershot Town and Hastings are away to Bishop's Stortford. Cambridge City are at home to MK Dons.


    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "Idiotic by Tiote. He already got the freekick. Really stupid."

    Ian McKellar on Twitter: "Looked like ref was lifting whistle to his mouth before Tiotes challenge on Fletcher, was giving a foul for something else?"

    Trevor Stephenson on Twitter: "Never a red card this is what is spoiling the game, very bad ref, it needs sorting."

  175. 1401: 

    Newcastle have another free-kick, out on the left, and Yohan Cabaye tries to swing it goalwards. Unlike his last effort, he gets it all wrong and blasts it straight out of play.

  176. 1358: 

    It's all happening. Newcastle had a shout for a penalty moments after that red card when the ball appeared to hit Seb Larsson's arm from the resulting free-kick. Referee Martin Atkinson, who has had a busy few minutes, either misses it or is not impressed.


    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Kevin Kilbane at the Stadium of Light: "This sending off is a big turning point. Both Steven Fletcher and Cheik Tiote have gone in very hard but Tiote's studs were a bit higher."

  178. 1354: 
    RED CARD- Newcastle's Cheick Tiote (25 mins)

    This might change things though. Newcastle's Cheick Tiote battles for possession in midfield and catches Steven Fletcher with a wild kick. It wasn't an attempted tackle, just an attempt to kick the ball, but he sent Fletcher flying.

    Referee Martin Atkinson thinks about it... and produces a red card. Newcastle are down to 10 men but, bizarrely, they also have the free-kick because Atkinson had already blown up because Jack Colback had pulled Tiote back seconds earlier.

  179. 1353: 

    Almost 25 minutes gone at the Stadium of Light and Newcastle are bossing things. Sunderland cannot get Adam Johnson into the game at all, and the Magpies are looking far more dangerous when they get forward.


    Former Sunderland midfielder and BBC Radio 5 live summariser Kevin Kilbane at the Stadium of Light: "Sunderland have not managed to create many chances. Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul hasn't really had anything to do and if anything Newcastle could have doubled their lead. On the whole Newcastle will be happy. They have been able to play with a really high line and they have been very dominant in these early stages."

  181. 1349: 

    I don't think he meant it, but Seb Larsson just kicked Shola Ameobi in the chest. No booking but that's a free-kick for Newcastle about 35 yards out.

    Yohan Cabaye will take it... and he goes for goal too. It's a great effort but Simon Mignolet sees it all the way and tips it over.


    Laksh on Twitter: "Hope Danny Rose has a great game - no better way to bounce back from the awful Serbian trip than by showcasing his talent."

  183. 1346: 

    It is indeed Seb Larsson to take it... but he aims for the near post rather than the back stick which is where Steven Fletcher was waiting. Tim Krul reads the shot well, however, and saves comfortably.

  184. 1345: 

    Sunderland will get another chance to try to find Steven Fletcher now. Hatem Ben Arfa concedes a free-kick out on the left and Seb Larsson will bend this one in.

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Sunderland are trying to get Adam Johnson into the game but on one occasion he found himself surrounded by three Newcastle players on the touchline."

  186. 1343: 

    No lack of effort from Sunderland, but no joy yet either because Newcastle are defending well. Fabricio Coloccini stops Steven Fletcher getting on the end of Danny Rose's cross and then heads clear again when Fletcher looks to turn the ball back into the danger zone.

  187. 1339: 

    The Sunderland fans are shouting at referee Martin Atkinson too, after a couple of decisions go against their side. Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill looks a bit peeved too.

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew promised to keep his cool before the game but he is already cutting an animated figure in his technical area and has plenty to say to the officials as well.


    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at the Stadium of Light: "Sunderland fans are urging their team to get back into this game now. Newcastle only had one shot at goal but it was an important one."

  189. 1337: 

    Yep, Sunderland have won only one of their last 15 games against Newcastle and, if they are going to improve that record today, they will have to do it the hard way. The Black Cats have just mounted their first meaningful attack, though, with Seb Larsson's curling cross only just failing to find Steven Fletcher in the middle. Newcastle clear.

  190. 1333: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle - Yohan Cabaye (3 mins)

    Newcastle have dominated this fixture in recent years, and they have made the perfect start today too. Hatem Ben Arfa feeds Demba Ba on the right of the area and his shot from a tight angle is pushed away by Simon Mignolet... but only into the path of Yohan Cabaye, who slams a low shot home from about 15 yards out.

  191. 1331: 

    As you might expect, this game has started at 100mph. Steven Fletcher had to win an important header to clear a Newcastle corner, but here come the Magpies again...

  192. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland v Newcastle (13:30 BST)

    Sunderland get us started at a sunny Stadium of Light.

  193. 1329: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, also speaking just before kick-off: "The players understand the importance of this game for the fans and us as we need to get our league campaign going.

    "Shola Ameobi knows this game and has caused them some pain - that came into my thinking. I wanted to get in as many players who knew this game as sometimes it can pass you by. The key to winning is to compete."

  194. 1329: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill, speaking before kick-off: "We have been looking forward to this game for some time and hopefully we can perform on the day. We have to apply ourselves and play as well as we can.

    "To win you need a little bit of luck and along the way you need to be strong and durable."

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "The Stadium of Light is a sea of red and white as the teams come out."

  196. 1328: 

    The theme from TV's 'The Apprentice' (AKA Sergey Prokofiev's 'Dance of the Knights') is played before kick-off at the Stadium of Light, so it is a relief when both teams, rather than Sir Alan Sugar, emerge from the tunnel. They get quite a reception too.


    Brad Mitchell on Twitter: "Straight shootout between 2 of the league's most in form strikers, Demba Ba vs Steven Fletcher! Newcastle to sneak it!"


    Ben, via text: "Newcastle to win 2-1 with Shola Ameobi grabbing the winner."

    Matt, via text: "Stuck working but can't concentrate because of nerves. Expecting a tight affair, 1-1. Come on Shola!"

  199. 1320: 

    Part of the reason Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is getting a lot of heat from the home fans is that he said this week that no Sunderland player would make the Magpies XI. He also said he would rather retire from the game and "collect stamps" than play for the Black Cats.

    You might have already noticed that Taylor has also failed to make the Newcastle team today. He's on the bench instead - and I'm not sure he will be looking forward to being asked to go and warm up.

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Sunderland and Newcastle out and warming up - already getting a good idea about the atmosphere. Steven Taylor popular in these parts."

  201. 1316: 

    How big is the Tyne-Wear derby? Massive, according to Steve Howey. The former England defender grew up in a Sunderland-mad family, but made 242 appearances for Newcastle United during a 16-year professional career.

    "You've got same-city derbies, including the Manchester derby which I played in, but the Sunderland-Newcastle derby is the biggest," he told BBC Newcastle.

    "When you are from an area you know what it means and it's extra special.

    "Every time I played against Sunderland I never lost, and because all my family's from Sunderland when you're in the first team you want to win that bit more.

    "To get that win is great, but for fans it's a nightmare if you lose because it's so long for the next one to come round.

    "It's bragging rights and a massive boost if you win. The lads from the area will be telling the other lads exactly what it means."

  202. 1308: 

    We've also got the draw for the first round of the FA Cup coming up at 13:30 BST. Plenty of names with cup pedigree in the pot - including AFC Wimbledon, Coventry City and Sheffield United. And a few without it, like Met Police for example. I'll bring you news of which team got caught by The Fuzz when I get it.

  203. 1303: 

    Newcastle will go 10th if they win today but their boss Alan Pardew is aiming a bit higher than that, and thinks the Black Cats will be too.

    "It's a springboard to the top eight this game, we're both aware of that," Pardew told BBC Newcastle. "This Sunderland side is stronger than any one I've faced previously, and they look like they're going to be a good team.

    "I can say this, with my independent hat on, there are two good north east teams looking for a good season. With my Newcastle hat on I'd like to think it'll be us that finishes above them."

  204. 1300: 

    So, what are you lot expecting today? Thrills and spills are almost a given at the Stadium of Light, but will it be Sunderland or Newcastle climbing up the table?

    And will Everton stay in touch with the top three or will we see a first league win of the season for QPR? If not, it will be the first time Rangers have failed to win any of their first eight league games since 1991.

    Tweet me with your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text the commentary on 81111. Make sure you PUT YOUR NAMES on those texts, though, because I can't use them otherwise.

    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Newcastle (13:30 BST)

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

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Ba, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Perch, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  206. 1252: 

    We enjoyed a dramatic day of top-flight action on Saturday, with the top three of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all trailing at different points, but recovering to win. In City's case it was with 10 men and in the last minute too.

    The other things to make the headlines were Kick it Out T-shirts - who was wearing them, and who wasn't. More on that later, but it won't be a topic at the Stadium of Light because both teams are taking part in the campaign next week instead.

    Phil McNulty at the Stadium of Light, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterSunderland v Newcastle (13:30 BST)

    "Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill and Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew come face to face for the first time since their touchline confrontation at St. James' last season - a clear sign of the tensions and the prize at stake in today's Wear-Tyne derby.

    "Sunderland have won only one of their last 15 games against their fiercest rivals and this is a game that traditionally produces goals. The atmosphere has been building from early on around the Stadium of Light. This will not be a quiet afternoon."

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    BREAKING: Sunderland are unchanged from their defeat by Manchester City before the international break. Left-back Danny Rose, who was subjected to monkey chants when playing for England Under-21s in their win over Serbia in midweek, starts for Martin O'Neill's side. Full line-ups to follow.

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    You can see why Shola Ameobi has been recalled by Newcastle for this game. He is known as "The Mackem Slayer" for his derby scoring record - he has hit seven league goals against the Black Cats and only Magpies legend Jackie Milburn has managed more.

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    Sunderland v Newcastle (13:30 BST)

    BREAKING: Newcastle make four changes from the defeat to Manchester United. Keeper Tim Krul, right-back Danny Simpson, centre-back Fabricio Coloccini and striker Shola Ameobi all return to the starting line-up as Steve Harper, James Perch, Shane Ferguson and Papiss Cisse miss out. Sunderland news with you shortly.

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    Lawro describes Sunderland-Newcastle as being "one of those mad fixtures where people tend to leave their brains at home". That was certainly the case whern they last met, at St James' Park in March. Both managers clashed on the touchline and the Black Cats had Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Cattermole sent off.

    That won't happen today, though. Alan Pardew and Martin O'Neill have kissed and made up, and Cattermole won't play because he is suspended. It's probably for the best.

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    Hello. If you're hoping for a nice quiet Sunday afternoon you should probably go elsewhere...

    There are only two Premier League games today but the action starts with the Tyne-Wear derby and finishes with rock-bottom QPR taking on high-flying Everton. I can't see today being dull, can you?

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No movement 1 Chelsea 1 2 3
No movement 2 Man City 1 2 3
No movement 3 Arsenal 1 1 3
No movement 4 Liverpool 1 1 3
No movement 5 Swansea 1 1 3
No movement 6 Aston Villa 1 1 3
No movement 7 Hull 1 1 3
No movement 8 Tottenham 1 1 3
No movement 9 Everton 1 0 1
No movement 10 Leicester 1 0 1
No movement 11 Sunderland 1 0 1
No movement 12 West Brom 1 0 1
No movement 13 Crystal Palace 1 -1 0
No movement 14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
No movement 15 Southampton 1 -1 0
No movement 16 QPR 1 -1 0
No movement 17 Stoke 1 -1 0
No movement 18 West Ham 1 -1 0
No movement 19 Burnley 1 -2 0
No movement 20 Newcastle 1 -2 0