Saturday football as it happened

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15 December 2012 Last updated at 18:04

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  1. 1800: 

    That is it for our coverage of today's football. You can read reports and reaction on this website. Match of the Day is on BBC1 at 22:25 GMT, followed by The Football League Show. Don't forget that you can also watch Chelsea v Corinthians in the final of the World Club Cup from 10:00 GMT tomorrow, which I will also be covering via a live text commentary. 606 is starting in a few minutes on BBC Radio 5 live. I'll see thee.

  2. 1758:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Britannia StadiumStoke 1-1 Everton

    "So many people thought this would finish 1-1 before it kicked off. It did, but no one could have foretold all the things that would have gone on. Both bosses will be happy enough but Ryan Shawcross has been in the wars with Marouane Fellaini. Fellaini and Everton are lucky he was not sent off but he will be banned."

  3. 1757:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at AnfieldLiverpool 1-3 Aston Villa

    "It was thoroughly deserved win for Aston Villa. Christain Benteke was a handfull all day. He scored two and created the other and what a huge win for Villa. Liverpool have to start again."

  4. 1757: 
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Carrow RoadNorwich 2-1 Wigan

    "Wigan merited all three points today. That blistering strike from Anthony Pilkington put them in front, Shaun Maloney's equaliser gave Wigan hope, but Wes Hoolahan - who was terrific throughout - restored their lead. Norwich make it 10 Premier League games unbeaten - their best ever run. Ali Al-Habsi was terrific, but for him it would have been even more emphatic. Wigan remain in the relegation zone."

  5. 1756:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Loftus RoadQPR 2-1 Fulham

    "It has taken 17 matches but at last QPR have now ended their wait for a first Premier League win of the season. Adel Taarabt was the hero for them as his brace was enough to see off Fulham. Martin Jol did not look happy at all as his team did not carry much threat at all. There was no sign of the ability which saw them come into the game as the fifth highest scorers in the Premier League."

  6. 1755:  
    MOTD’s Steve Wilson at St James’ ParkNewcastle 1-3 Manchester City

    "This was just the response Roberto Mancini wanted from his side following their recent Champions League exit and Manchester derby defeat. Newcastle had their moments but City produced a classy performance as they answered the doubters. For Newcastle, it is six defeats in seven league games and they need to return to winning ways quickly."

  7. 1755:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "I don't think there's any room in the club [Man City], much less the team, for Balotelli. Tevez and Aguero work and they're a different team."

  8.  

    James Blackwell on Twitter: "Villa are 9 points away from 4th, they are also 9 points above Reading now. These kids are starting to look good!"

  9. 1753: 

    Everton manager David Moyes: "We dug in and got a hard-fought point. Stoke are a good team, they make it difficult and anyone who comes here will find it difficult but we had a wonderful chance to make it 2-0. Leon Osman missed a great chance, we should have stopped their goal and we were a bit fortunate that Stoke did not get the winner."

  10. 1752: 

    More from Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "The first half was very even but they got the goal off the top of Ryan's head. They had a great chance to kill the game and if they had scored then it would've been a different game. We were let off and I told the lads at half-time to go and give it a blast and we had four other great opportunities to score a second. We've had chances in all of our games but we need to put the ball into the net more."

  11. 1750: 

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "I'll let David deal with Marouane Fellaini but the one thing I will say is we have now had three incidents this season. David Luiz for Chelsea made a poor challenge and Ciaran Clark at Aston Villa made a poor challenge and that, along with this today, are three incidents where we haven't had a decision go for us and that's disappointing. In my opinion all three of these incidents should been sending offs. I like Mark [Halsey], he is a good referee but maybe he has not seen it."

  12.  

    Bethany Smith on Twitter: "Nice to see Manchester United v Sunderland had no cards in it today, the only game out of the five played."

  13. 1748: 

    Fulham boss Martin Jol: "The boys will be frustrated as the play they came up with today was not good enough and they all realise that. Our quality is playing it out from the back and linking up in midfield, but today we could not do that. We could not get the ball forward. Sometimes you have to vary your game, and we did that last week. It was disappointing to see Taarabt's cheap goal, but I cannot complain as we did not deserve a lot today. You knew they were a vulnerable team, so we could have had a result. That is football, and I still had a slight hope we could have got a point."

  14.  

    James Baker on Twitter: "I hate it when players get called warriors. None would last in a real battle, that's why they play football."

  15.  

    From Aldwyn, via text: "Awful and frankly arrogant performance from Fulham, QPR wanted a win, Fulham didn't turn up. Fans disappointed with the lack of effort and midfield."

  16. 1746: 

    QPR goalscorer Adel Taarabt: "It is a joy to win a game after a tough five months. The performance was brilliant from all the team and we can now start to believe in ourselves. The second goal was fantastic, but the first one was not nice but very important for the team. The second goal was all I ever wanted. We started very good after 25 minutes, but we did not score. After half-time they started to get the ball more but the manager told us at half-time there was only one team in it. We know we can get out of this situation if we keep winning games."

  17. 1743: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp on Adel Taarabt: "Taarabt is an amazing talent, I sold him at Tottenham but I never wanted to do that. He is a fantastic footballer, he has the ability to be up there with the best. He has all the ability in the world. I thought it was one of the all-round great individual performances. Everything he did was top class. He has all the talent to be whatever he wants to be."

  18. 1740: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "I cannot ask any more than they gave today. [Fulham boss] Martin Jol has done a great job with them, but I thought we were much the better team. We defended for our lives and got what we deserved. That last four minutes when you see a 2-0 lead go to 2-1, you keep looking at the referee and there are not many better feelings in life when he blows that whistle."

  19.  

    Nick Griff on Twitter: "Respect Moyes for his comments on Fellaini, not often you get honesty from managers these days."

  20.  

    Andrew Shaw on Twitter: "And to think people were questioning if Van Persie and Rooney could play together?"

    Young Mostyn on Twitter: "Just think how great RVP would be if he hadn't wasted all those years at Arsenal..."

  21. 1737: 

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "It's a team effort, there's a real team desire to win football matches. Generally our form has been good all season, but sometimes there's something that changes - we beat Arsenal here and sometimes it's those pivotal moments. But it's mainly about a group of players working hard and working together for the club."

  22. 1734: 

    Martin O'Neill on Sunderland's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United: "It was a difficult first half because I felt we gifted them their goals. The last thing you want to do is give them confidence, but we kept going in the second half. We can take a lot of heart and a lot of encouragement from our second half performance.

    "Connor did very very well indeed when he came on. Naturally Steven Fletcher has been magnificent for us and has been our main goalscorer. To lose him half-time was a blow. I really don't know. How long he will be out for. The injury is not the same he had a couple of weeks ago. He hurt his back in the warm up but soldiered on Manchester United are not top of the league for nothing. They are what they are, but we should take a lot of positives from the second half."

  23.  

    Roger on Twitter: "Benteke is such a beast."

  24. 1730:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    Regarding Chris Hughton at Norwich: "There was a suggestion that he's consistently trying to prove himself but I think he's taken Norwich on, he's done a brilliant job and deserves to be taken seriously."

  25.  

    Kyle Kinton on Twitter: "Respect to Moyes - top top manager!!"

  26. 1725: 

    The late game has just kicked off in the Championship. It is a tasty South Yorkshire derby between Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday. It is also a relegation six-pointer between 24th place (Wednesday) and 22nd (Barnsley).

  27.  

    Daniel Garrettvv on Twitter: "Van Persie, best striker in the Premier League, amazing signing."

  28. 1722: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It's a disappointing result and performance from us. I don't know where that came from as it's not been like us. We were careless with our final ball and didn't end up taking our chances.

    "We will have to take that as a bad day at the office and move on. I felt today we probably weren't quite sharp enough. It was a clear penalty [when Ciaran Clark pulled Daniel Agger's shirt] and if you get that it is 2-1 and the pressure can start to build. But they got their third and we went a bit flat. Overall, we didn't do enough and we must learn from it and move on."

  29.  

    Thom Jones on Twitter: "Youngest ever Villa team in the Premier League for those that didn't know. So proud."

  30. 1718: 

    Everton manager David Moyes on Marouane Fellaini: "He deserves to get the punishment. I've seen it, it's a terrible thing to do and I expect him to be punished. It's down to the FA. I've told him it's not acceptable and whatever he gets, he and us deserve it."

  31. 1717: 

    More from Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "Tom [Cleverley] has been progressing well now and is an England international. It was a superb goal, fantastic finish. I'm delighted [Nemanja] Vidic is a back. He's a warrior, a defender. It will take him time to get full match fitness but it is a start. Rafael had a tight hamstring but he should be okay next week. You have to win these games [Manchester derby] and then go for the next one. We will try and keep the momentum going and consistency going. Hopefully by the time New Year is over we'll be top of the league."

  32. 1715: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tells BBC Sport after his team's 3-1 win over Sunderland: "For an hour we were fantastic. Some of our football was very good and we could have scored lots of goals. But I don't know what happened after that because Sunderland could have had two or three towards the end, it could have been embarrassing. I don't know if we were relaxed or Sunderland picked up the baton 20 minutes from time."

  33. 1712:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "QPR have got a run of games now, Newcastle away, who are having a difficult time at the moment, West Brom at home, and Liverpool, who are not playing well, at home, so it's do-able."

  34. 1708: 

    Stoke are unbeaten in their last seven top-flight matches, a run that equals a club record seven-match streak without defeat between January and February 2010. Unfortunately, you sense it will be unsavoury matters that dominate the aftermath of their 1-1 draw with Everton. There were three incidents involving Marouane Fellaini, in which the Toffees midfielder clattered Ryan Shawcross off the ball (the first - a headbutt - being the worst).

  35.  

    Norwich devotee Stephen Fry on Twitter: "Holy Moly, we're above Arsenal. Congratulations Mighty Yellow Army! #NCFC #OTBC And, mirabile dictu, Lawro got a prediction right!"

  36. 1705: 

    Manchester United's advantage at the top of the table remains at six points after a pretty routine win over Sunderland. The Black Cats were beaten from the 19th minute on after Tom Cleverley curled in a superb second to add to Robin van Persie's opener. United weren't as hot in the second half as the first but they didn't really need to be.

  37. 1704: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I thought we were outstanding. I thought we looked a threat with Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann and thought we deserved the win. We have been on a terrific run and collectively we have been brilliant. Hopefully, we can continue to climb the table."

  38.  

    Riz Zabar on Twitter: "Liverpool have no plan B. Brendan needs to buy 1 quality striker in January and MUST recall Andy Carroll as well."

  39.  

    Elliott Barnbrough on Twitter: "'Arry magic beginning to tell at QPR? 3 points & off the foot of the table. Will anyone dare to ask for the Xmas party back?"

  40. 1702: 

    Today, Norwich won a fifth consecutive Premier League home match. This equals their top flight record of home wins in a row - from September to October 1977. They are also now unbeaten in 10 top-flight games and are seventh in the table, just two points behind the Champions League qualification places. Who would have bet on that after that 5-0 loss at Fulham on opening day?

  41. 1700: 

    What a day for Aston Villa as well. Paul Lambert's side had only managed one away win and four away goals before today in the league. They doubled the first tally and almost doubled the second with a memorable win at Anfield. In Christian Benteke, they have a striker punching his weight.

  42. 1657: 

    What a day for QPR. They win their first game of the league season at the 17th attempt and lift themselves off the bottom of the table. There are still five points between themselves and 17th place but with a bit of belief and Adel Taarabt weaving some magic, the Rangers fans will have renewed optimism tonight.

  43. 1653: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Old Trafford: "An important victory for Manchester United and one that ensures their place at the top of the Premier League table this Christmas but it should have been far more comfortable. Sunderland fought all the way and had the better of the final 20 minutes, deservedly pulling a goal back. But this was United's day and a reminder of just how much they enjoy front-running."

  44. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 2-1 Wigan
  45. 1653: 

    Big chance for Wigan's Arouna Kone right at the death at Carrow Road. He has a sight of goal but home defender Sebastien Bassong dives in to block.

  46. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 2-1 Fulham
  47. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 1-3 Aston Villa
  48.  

    Julian Robertson on Twitter: "I'd like to point out that 'James in Warrington' (1643) doesn't speak for the majority of Liverpool fans."

  49. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 1-1 Everton
  50. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland
  51. 1650: 
    Stoke v Everton

    More controversy at the Britannia Stadium and Marouane Fellaini is at the centre of it again. Once again, he clobbers Ryan Shawcross during a corner but the officials see nothing.

  52. 1649:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "It's tense now at Loftus Road, you've got the entire QPR team sat back praying they can see this one out!"

  53. 1648: 

    Everton look to add a late twist at the Britannia but Darron Gibson's shot is deflected wide. From the resulting corner, a foul is given and Stoke survive.

  54.  

    SimonWiggy on Twitter: "Anfield is no longer a fortress, more a gift shop."

    Abdouelillah Lounici on Twitter: "No motivation, no effort. The way some Liverpool players are playing, they've already been told their future at the club."

  55. 1646: 
    SUBSTITUTIONS

    Wes Hoolahan is off for Jonny Howson - a well-deserved standing ovation at Carrow Road. He's been magnificent. Meanwhile, at Old Trafford, James McFadden is on for his Sunderland debut, replacing Jack Colback.

  56. 1644: 
    GOAL- QPR 2-1 Fulham - Mladen Petric (88 mins)

    Mladen Petric's deflected strike for Fulham has ensured a nervous finish for QPR. The substitute's shot looped off Alejandro Faurlin past the arms of goalkeeper Robert Green. No chance that QPR would do this easy.

  57. 1643: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-3 Aston Villa - Steven Gerrard (87 mins)

    Liverpool have found their way through against Aston Villa as Glen Johnson cuts in from the right and drives a shot-come-cross that Steven Gerrard dives to head past Brad Guzan. It offers the Reds hope but do they have enough in the tank and enough time to drag themselves back into this?

  58.  

    Matt from Bath, via text: "With Reading currently bottom, looks like the losing manager of Monday's Reading vs Arsenal fixture will be sacked! Crunch time..."

  59.  

    From James in Warrington, via text: "Rodgers has to go. The guy is tactically inept and shows no passion on the sidelines. NOT the man for Liverpool."

  60.  

    Antony Vaughan on Twitter: "Since Scholes has come on Utd have been terrible and Giggs only gives the ball away."

  61. 1640: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    Eight minutes to go at Anfield and some of the Liverpool fans have seen enough. They are leaving with their team trailing 3-0 to Aston Villa.

  62. 1638: 
    QPR v Fulham

    10 minutes to go at Loftus Road and QPR are closing in on their first win of the season. Adel Taarabt is the centre of attention, showcasing yet more trickery that Fulham's Steve Sidwell has no answer for other than a foul.

  63. 1638: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Old Trafford: "Sunderland deserve great credit for the desire they have shown at Old Trafford. Sunderland have battled on and their fans have been incredibly vocal throughout. It will certainly a source of frustration for Sir Alex Ferguson that United haven't managed to close this game out with a clean sheet."

  64.  

    From Duncan in Oxford, via text: "As a boy I used to support Liverpool as my 'big team' and Swansea as my 'small team'. Is it the other way around now?"

  65. 1638: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Has to be the shock of the day developing at Cardiff against Peterborough. They are now losing 2-0 to the Championship's bottom club after Dwight Gayle scored early in the second half. Crystal Palace are set to take full advantage and go top of the table as they lead 2-1 at Birmingham.

    In League One, the afternoon gets worse for Doncaster as they now trail Coventry 3-0, meanwhile the top-of-the-table clash between Tranmere and Sheffield United is still goalless. League Two leaders Gillingham have drawn level against Fleetwood and it is now 2-2 with around 15 minutes remaining. The point is set to move them five clear at the top.

  66. 1638:  
    BBC Final Score

    Matt Holland in the studio: "Liverpool have huffed and puffed but in the second half they've hardly created anything because Villa have been there to snuff out the danger."

  67. 1637: 

    Cameron Jerome is in the thick of the action at the Britannia. He has a shot from the edge of the area blocked near the line by Sylvain Distin, who then is able to backtrack and head Peter Crouch's chipped follow-up away from danger.

  68. 1636: 
    Norwich v Wigan

    Just over 10 minutes to go in the five Premier League games. It is fair to say Al-Habsi is over his wobble from before - he is now all that stands between Norwich and a comfortable last 15 minutes. The ball finds its way to Pilkington on the left-hand side of the box. Pilkington opens up his body and launches a drive towards goal with his left foot, but Al-Habsi's trusty right hand appears to deflect the ball away from goal. It might have been a bit too close to Al-Habsi for Norwich's liking, but a fine save nevertheless.

  69. 1635: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Old Trafford: "Sunderland deserve great credit for the desire they have shown at Old Trafford. Lesser sides, sides with less character anyway, might have crumbled after conceding two goals in four minutes but Sunderland have battled on and their fans have been incredibly vocal throughout. It will certainly a source of frustration for Sir Alex Ferguson that United haven't managed to close this game out with a clean-sheet."

  70. 1633: 
    Stoke v Everton

    Double chance for Stoke. Cameron Jones' first shot is blocked by Sylvain Distin and, from the follow-up, the striker hammers a shot wide. It remains 1-1 at the Britannia.

  71. 1633: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    No sign of Liverpool making any inroads into the 3-0 deficit they currently face against Aston Villa. Luis Suarez smashes a free-kick from 25 yards but it deflects off a couple of Villa men in the box to take the sting out of it before the ball is cleared.

  72.  

    From Sanjay in Watford, via text: "Game, set and match for QPR. Harry is working his magic again."

  73. 1631: 
    Norwich v Wigan

    Al-Habsi makes another good stop, this time from Bradley Johnson, his effort outside of the box needing a strong palm to push it behind the post. Norwich have taken control of the game once more since Hoolahan's goal.

  74. 1631: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Old Trafford: "Nemanja Vidic comes off the bench to a huge ovation at Old Trafford. The way in which Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney have combined is an ominous sign for the rest of the Premier League and on this form United are going to be hard to shift from the summit of English football."

  75. 1631:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "It is Adel Taarabt at his cheekiest, it's an exquisite goal."

  76.  

    Gerry Baboona on Twitter: "I honestly think 'Arry will keep QPR up. There it's been said and I wonder how many disagree? Looking much more a team recently."

  77. 1629: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland - Fraizer Campbell (72 mins)

    This goal won't alter the way the points are going but it is a special moment for Fraizer Campbell, who has just come on and scores against his former team. It is Stephane Sessegnon's cross and Campbell's header from six yards. Campbell doesn't celebrate, which is probably as much because of the circumstances of the game as respect for United.

  78. 1628: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    A big moment for Manchester United and Nemanja Vidic, who returns to action after three months out, replacing Rio Ferdinand.

  79. 1627:  
    BBC Final Score

    Matt Holland in the studio on Fellaini's clash with Shawcross: "I think he should be given a retrospective red card for that."

  80.  

    Nathan Blackman on Twitter: "When Brendan said we could finish 2nd, did he mean in this afternoon's game?"

  81. 1624: 
    GOAL- QPR 2-0 Fulham - Adel Taarabt (68 mins)

    Too often from QPR's point of view Adel Taarabt isn't at the races but when he is he is unstoppable. I present this to you as exhibit A to demonstrate the latter. He picks the ball up a few yards inside the Fulham half and drives on past away defenders before getting to the edge of the area, rolling his boot over the ball to set it and then finding the bottom corner with a shot with the outside of his boot. Simply glorious.

  82. 1623: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-1 Wigan - Wes Hoolahan (64 mins)

    That is how to celebrate signing a new long-term contract. Wes Hoolahan does superbly in the box to crane his neck back and head past Ali Al-Habsi. He owes a huge debt to Anthony Pilkington, who turned Emmerson Boyce inside out before crossing to the near post.

  83. 1623: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Manchester United Nemanja Vidic is getting ready to come on for his first game after three months out with a serious knee injury. He will be very warmly welcomed back by this crowd.

  84. 1621:  
    Phil Brown, BBC 5 live at Old Trafford

    "Wayne Rooney will claim Manchester United's third goal but we have seen it back three times now and it is hard to tell whether Jack Colback or Rooney got the last touch. Sunderland have had a bit more confidence about them in the second half but United have done their job."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  85. 1621: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    Liverpool pressing hard for a foothold in the game against Aston Villa. They trail 3-0 but could have clawed one back had Martin Skrtel's header from a corner had more accuracy. Instead, it drifts harmlessly wide.

  86. 1619: 
    QPR v Fulham

    Fulham have been awful this afternoon and Djibril Cisse curls a good effort wide of the post for QPR after Chris Baird is again caught in possession in a dangerous spot.

  87. 1618: 
    Stoke v Everton

    Controversy at the Britannia. It looks like Everton's Marouane Fellaini has head-butted Ryan Shawcross following a corner. It wasn't spotted by any of the officials, though, and so no action is taken.

  88.  

    Avigat Patel on Twitter: "Re (1602) Lee Jones, get the horse ready! QPR to stay up!"

  89.  

    Dan Wilkinson on Twitter: "On a bus with a Liverpool fan, said he would throw his phone out the window if Benteke gets a hat-trick! He's very nervous now."

  90. 1615: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland - Wayne Rooney (59 mins)

    Sunderland were facing an tough task before but now, surely, it is an impossible one. Robin van Persie exchanges passes with Ashley Young before skipping past a Sunderland defender down the left and crossing low for Wayne Rooney to finish from close range.

  91. 1613: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Stoke v Everton

    Kenwyne Jones nearly bullies his way to giving Stoke the lead as he drives into the box, beats one defender and then muscles the ball past the diving Tim Howard before deflecting the ball onto the post.

  92. 1613:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "QPR have got to close the game out, win ugly if you need to but they need three points, one is not enough."

  93. 1613: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Sunderland's James McClean nearly catches David De Gea out with a long-range shot that deflects off Paul Scholes and looks destined for the corner of the goal until the keeper slides in to clear with his boot.

  94.  

    Kieran Taberner on Twitter: "Liverpool need to realise they can't just keep living off history, expecting to be near the top. They're a mid-table team now."

  95. 1609: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-1 Wigan - Shaun Maloney (51 mins)

    The substitution pays dividends immediately as Shaun Maloney equalises. Kone finds the ball on the left-hand side of the box thanks to a lovely little ball by McArthur. He rolls it to the edge of the area, where Maloney waits, striking across the ball, which is always moving away from Mark Bunn and nestles into the back of the net. It's a magnificent finish, and Wigan's first away goal since Ben Watson's winner against Tottenham.

  96. 1609: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-1 Everton - Kenwyne Jones (52 mins)

    Stoke's Kenwyne Jones scores his first goal for 28 Premier League games when he out-jumps Phil Jagielka to head in from Ryan Shawcross's diagonal ball in from the halfway line. Jones had not scored in the Premier League since August 2011 but his header makes it 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium.

  97. 1608: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Tom Cleverley's goal for Manchester United was only his second of the season.

  98. 1608: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-0 Fulham - Adel Taarabt (52 mins)

    That is just the break that QPR were looking for after Adel Taarabt's shot from outside the box deflects off Fulham centre-back Brade Hangeland and rolls into the stranded Mark Schwarzer's net.

  99. 1607: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-3 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (51 mins)

    OK, hands up who saw this scoreline coming? Aston Villa, have now nearly doubled their away goals tally in an afternoon. Liverpool are partly the architects of their own downfall as Joe Cole is robbed by Christian Benteke, who then charges past the weak challenges of Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen before finishing from inside the box. Brendan Rodgers has a face like thunder.

  100. 1607: 
    Stoke v Everton

    The Potters put Everton under immediate pressure as they look to gain an equaliser at the Britannia Stadium.

    Charlie Adam's efforts to bundle the ball over the line from a few yards out are denied by Tim Howard, before Steven Nzonzi fires wide from the edge of the penalty area.

  101. 1607: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    Liverpool have a penalty shout turned down. Reds substitute Joe Cole heads back across the Villa box where Ciaran Clark appears to be pulling Daniel Agger's shirt but referee Neil Swarbrick waves away the home side's spot-kick claims.

  102. 1606: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich v Wigan

    Two substitutions for Wigan, with one appearing to be a forced change. James McCarthy is off after never shaking off his challenge with Bradley Johnson, with the youngster replaced by Shaun Maloney. Jordi Gomez is also off, David Jones replacing him.

  103.  

    From Jack in Nuneaton, via text: "Re Sam (1559) Liverpool aren't Utd - they are the true comeback kings, Liverpool are mid-table at best these days."

  104. 1605: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Manchester United miss another chance as Robin van Persie is put through and while his chip beats Simon Mignolet it bounces past the outside of the far post.

  105. 1604: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Manchester United v Sunderland

    Manchester United come within a whisker of making it 3-0 against Sunderland as Wayne Rooney is found in the box from a cross from the right but the striker fires his shot against the bar before Ashley Young shoots over from the edge of the box.

    Down the other end, Craig Gardner forces David De Gea into a neat save with a goal-bound effort.

  106.  

    Lee Jones on Twitter: "If QPR stay up I'll eat a scabby horse and you can hold me to that!! shocking team this year."

  107. 1602: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    A few changes at half-time. Fulham's Sascha Riether has an injury so Stephen Kelly comes on, Connor Wickham is on for the injured Steven Fletcher for Sunderland at Old Trafford and Joe Cole has replaced Jonjo Shelvey for Liverpool.

  108. 1602: 

    Paul Bygrave on Twitter: "On current results Norwich are up to 7th! I would have been happy with 17th...."

  109. 1602:  
    BBC Final Score

    Matt Holland in the studio: "We've seen some great goals today, Aguero's first for Man City, Cleverley scored with a really good finish but the goal from Villa goes from back to front, and the back heel from Benteke to Weimann was a sublime assist - and it was a sublime finish as well."

  110. 1601: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF

    And we are back under way in the five Premier League games.

  111. 1600: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Peterborough are currently on target for their first win in the Championship since October as they head down the tunnel at half-time 1-0 up at leaders Cardiff, Michael Bostwick scoring his third of the season. That scoreline means Crystal Palace currently top the standings, with Ian Holloway's side winning 1-0 at Birmingham.

    In League One, spare a thought for Hartlepool. They are bottom of the standings, have just one win all season and are currently losing 1-0 at MK Dons. Ryan Lowe scored after 16 minutes for the hosts. Doncaster still trail Coventry 2-0 and Shrewsbury are drawing 1-1 with Carlisle.

    League Two Bradford are clearly still high in confidence following their cup victory over Arsenal in midweek and they are 1-0 up at Southend. Finally, York, looking for a first win in two months, are winning 4-1 at home to Bristol Rovers.

  112. 1559: 

    You may have noticed that Lionel Messi scored another couple of goals this week in Barcelona's Copa del Ray win at Cordoba to take his goal tally to 2,343,967 for 2012. When Messi takes to the field against Atletico Madrid on Sunday night, he will be wearing a pair of boots designed by a fan after the striker chose one of the 14,200 designs posted in a competition on his Facebook page. Unless that fan has designed them with the studs on the inside, I'm backing Messi to score on Sunday.

  113.  

    From Sam, via text: "Anyone remember the last time Villa went 2-0 up (in the league)? When they played Man United. And we all know how that ended."

  114.  

    Daniel Mackay on Twitter: "How good a signing has Van Persie been!? RVP and Rooney are the best strikeforce in the league."

    Edward Thorold on Twitter: "As an Arsenal fan it hurts to see Van Persie continue to score the goals that we desperately need..."

  115. 1557: 
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Carrow Road:Norwich 1-0 Wigan

    "Anthony Pilkington scores his third goal in three games, the thunderous drive sufficient reward from Hoolahan's persistent approach work. Ali Al-Habsi never sniffed it. The goalkeeper would then get lucky, before producing a wonder save from a close-range header. On the other side, Wigan have offered little going forward. Norwich are worthy leaders at half time."

  116.  

    From James, happy Toffee on the Wirral, via text: "When Rodgers said Liverpool can finish 2nd did he mean in the Championship next year?"

  117. 1555:  
    Phil Brown, BBC 5 live at Old Trafford

    "It is damage limitation as far as Sunderland are concerned in the second half. They have a great bench. Fraizer Campbell, Connor Wickham and Louis Saha are three strikers who could grace any team in the Premier League. But it is all about seeing where you are at after 70 minutes."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  118. 1554:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Britannia StadiumStoke 0-1 Everton

    "Everton go into the break a goal to the good after Ryan Shawcross scored it for them. A Steven Pienaar cross was misjudged and Shawcross headed into his only net. But Everton should be 2-0 up at half-time after Leon Osman had missed a sitter. Work for Tony Pulis's Potters side to do."

  119.  

    Alex Hayes on Twitter: "Clearly the problem at QPR is not the manager nor has it ever been; it is lack of quality going forward and finishing chances."

    Cameron Laws on Twitter: "QPR need a striker and a centre back in January, if not then they have no hope."

  120. 1552:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at AnfieldLiverpool 0-2 Aston Villa

    "Not the script that most expected but one that will delight Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. The perfect away performance as Villa lead 2-0 having soaked up Liverpool's pressure. Liverpool have it all to do and some talking to do."

  121. 1549:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Fulham

    "There was a nice early pace and business about this game. The story was 'nearly but not quite' for QPR in the opening stages after some good chances for Cisse and Mackie were not taken. Slowly the first half headed downwards after that."

  122. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Norwich 1-0 Wigan
  123. 1549: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Old Trafford: "Manchester United could and probably should be out of sight at Old Trafford. Make no mistake, two goals in four first half-minutes has put them firmly in control of this match but Sunderland have had their moments and are being driven on at every turn my their manager Martin O'Neill who hasn't left his post on the touchline. United fans chant 'Shearer was right, you're going down."

  124. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Stoke 0-1 Everton
  125.  

    Alan Ferguson on Twitter: "I shouldn't use twitter when Liverpool are playing. Risk of throwing ipad through the window. Villa at Anfield? Seriously?? Despair."

    Ian Jones on Twitter: "If Villa keep playing like this we might not be last on MOTD tonight!"

  126. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa
  127. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland
  128. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- QPR 0-0 Fulham
  129. 1546: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Sunderland have barely given David De Gea anything to do in the Manchester United goal but James McClean does manage to get a smudge of dirt on the keeper's gloves with a low shot from range.

  130.  

    Phillip Lush on Twitter: "What was Brendan Rodgers saying earlier?"

  131.   
    Phil Brown, BBC 5 live at Old TraffordManchester United v Sunderland

    "It would be great if Sunderland could get a goal before half-time just for the quality of the second half. But it is so disheartening for them, they cannot get out of their own half. The United fans will enjoy half-time. It's a comfortable 2-0."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  132. 1543:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final ScoreLiverpool v Aston Villa

    "Benteke works from right to left, he's very strong, he looks wiry but he has great body strength."

  133. 1543: 
    QPR v Fulham

    I would not want to be in the Fulham dressing room at half-time judging by manager Martin Jol's furious expression on the touchline as his side continue to labour at Loftus Road. He has yet to voice his anger, but by the look on his face, he could explode at any minute.

  134. 1542: 
    Norwich v Wigan

    Anthony Pilkington and Ali Al-Habsi conspire to ensure Norwich do not double their lead at Carrow Road. Johnson stands the ball up to the back post, with Al-Habsi coming to claim - but he merely palms it back into the six yard box. Pilkington is waiting, but his right-footed effort is poor and he skewers the ball wide of the left-hand post. Not quite an open goal, but he scored a much harder chance earlier. Relief for Al-Habsi, who really should have dealt with it better.

  135. 1540: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa - Andreas Weimann (40 mins)

    Take a bow Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke. They have combined to produce a superb second goal for Aston Villa. Weimann finds Benteke in the box and then charges on to receive a glorious back-heel return and slot in under Pepe Reina from 10 yards out. No wonder Paul Lambert is applauding on the touchline.

  136. 1539: 
    Stoke v Everton

    Everton should be 2-0 up. It is a great run and pull-back from Leighton Baines and you would put your house and the house of everyone on your street on Leon Osman scoring but he somehow drags his shot wide. That's a whole street homeless Leon.

  137.  

    Hugh Cross on Twitter: "Lacking with the final ball" - how much have we heard that in any Liverpool match?"

  138.  

    Sam Pither on Twitter: "Typical Liverpool, total domination of the game, then we concede right before half-time. We need to make the possession pay!"

  139. 1538: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich v Wigan

    What a superb save by Wigan's Ali Al-Habsi! The ball is floated to the back post where Robert Snodgrass is waiting to head what he must surely think is a second home goal until Al-Habsi shoots out his right-hand to palm the ball away.

  140. 1536: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Everton - Ryan Shawcross og (36 mins)

    Everton soak up the pressure and then hit Stoke where it hurts. Steven Pienaar floats over an inswinging cross from the left which Ryan Shawcross can only glance over his own keeper and in with his head.

  141. 1535: 
    Stoke v Everton

    Stoke are putting Everton keeper Tim Howard under plenty of pressure. Matthew Etherington swings a wicked, swerving cross into the box and Howard has to dive forward to clear the danger with a strong punch.

  142. 1535: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson's attempted back header lets in Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann, who lifts the ball over keeper Pepe Reina but on to the roof of the net.

  143. 1534:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Liverpool are struggling to keep up with the pace, I'm impressed with the energy Villa are putting into this."

  144. 1534: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    It has calmed down after the early fireworks at Old Trafford, Manchester United coasting to a fifth straight league win and their 10th in 11 top-flight games. United have fallen behind 10 times in the Premier League this season. It will require a catastrophic collapse for them to go behind against Sunderland.

  145. 1534: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Shock on the cards at Cardiff? The Championship leaders are trailing 1-0 at home to Peterborough, who are bottom of the standings - Michael Bostwick with the goal.

    Ipswich have been in good form of late, but they are 1-0 down at Leeds, Jerome Thomas putting the hosts ahead. Meanwhile, Blackpool lead Blackburn 1-0 and Watford are drawing 1-1 at Burnley, Charlie Austin grabbing his 22nd goal of the season for Burnley from the spot.

    In League One, Doncaster, second in the standings, are losing 2-0 at home to Coventry, while Swindon have taken the lead at Oldham, Raffaele De Vita grabbing his fifth of the season. Finally, League Two leaders Gillingham are losing 1-0 to Fleetwood, who are without a win in their previous four games.

  146. 1534:  
    BBC Final Score

    Matt Holland on Final Score describing Christian Benteke's goal for Aston Villa at Liverpool: "He takes it very early and hits it very hard, Pepe Reina takes a slight movement to his left, reminded me a little of Joe Hart for the Van Persie goal, so then he's had to try and get back and the power and pace is too much, but it's harsh to criticise the goalkeeper."

  147. 1533: 
    Stoke v Everton

    Stoke clear off the line at the Britannia as Ryan Shawcross does superbly to hook the ball off the line from Steven Naismith's goal-bound shot. It remains 0-0.

  148. 1532: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    Liverpool look to hit back straight away against Aston Villa but Luis Suarez can only hit the side-netting after being put through in the box by Steven Gerrard.

  149. 1531: 
    QPR v Fulham

    Fulham are continuing to struggle to get into the London derby with QPR, but the hosts, with playmaker Adel Taarabt pulling the strings, have not yet been able to punish their opponent's lackadaisical start. Only Mackie will know how he missed from six-yards early on, and that could yet come back to hurt Harry Redknapp's side.

  150. 1528: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (29 mins)

    Villa are doing more than holding on now. They are leading. Christian Benteke enhances his growing reputation further by receiving a pass from Brett Holman before firing a long-range shot that beats Pepe Reina via the inside of his right-hand post. That is only Villa's fifth away goal of the league season.

  151. 1528: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    It is all Liverpool against Aston Villa at Anfield. The Reds are lacking with their final ball, though, and Villa are able to hold firm at the back.

  152. 1527: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Old Trafford: "Manchester United are squeezing the life out of Sunderland at Old Trafford and those two quickfire goals have completely changed the complexion of this match and energised the atmosphere inside Old Trafford. Every United player wants the ball, the runs are inventive and dynamic and the passes are finding their man with unerring regularity."

  153. 1526: 
    YELLOW CARD- Norwich v Wigan

    Good chance for Wigan to equalise against Norwich as James McArthur's shot from inside the box is saved by Mark Bunn with Mauro Boselli looking to snap on any loose ball. Soon after, Anthony Pilkington is booked for diving on the edge of the box.

  154.  

    Gareth Soye on Twitter: "If United stay in this mood today then goal difference won't come into it this year. Could be a cricket score here."

  155. 1525: 
    Stoke v Everton

    Stoke's best chance of the match so far falls to Matthew Etherington but the winger drags his effort harmlessly wide of the post.

    Kenwyne Jones has not scored in 27 Premier League games, a run stretching back to August 2011, and he shows why with a wild effort from 25 yards that ends up well over Tim Howard's goal.

  156. 1524:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "I've just seen Martin O'Neill looking lost, that's a living hell for a manager thinking 'I don't know how to stop this onslaught.'"

  157.   
    Phil Brown, BBC Radio 5 live at Old TraffordManchester United v Sunderland

    "We are witnessing a fine performance from United. That was an absolute world-class finish by Tom Cleverley. Revenge was mentioned in the build-up to this match after Sunderland fans taunted and teased United on the final day of last season. They are completely on top. Their passing and movement has been first class. Sunderland have to get to grips with this. It could be a cricket score."

  158. 1524: 
    YELLOW CARD- Norwich v Wigan

    A couple of bookings in the game at Carrow Road as Norwich's Bradley Johnson and Wigan's James McCarthy see yellow for a tussle. Johnson looked to come down on McCarthy's ankle but it is not clear if it was intentional.

  159. 1523:  
    BBC Final Score

    Matt Holland in the studio: "Cleverley's goal reminded me a bit of Paul Scholes, he played it to Carrick continued his run and curled it in - wonderful finish. I think he's improving all the time, what he's enjoying is Sir Alex Ferguson feels he is one of his main men."

  160. 1522: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Oh, how has Wayne Rooney missed that? Ashley Young's cross is headed down by Robin van Persie to his strike-partner, who has the goal to pick from but slices his shot a yard past the post. It should be 3-0 to Manchester United. Sunderland are getting utterly schooled.

  161. 1520: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    Aston Villa's Brett Holman sends striker Andreas Weimann clear and he is shepherded wide by Reds keeper Pepe Reina, who ends his good work by getting in an impressive tackle to put the ball out for a corner.

  162.  

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter at Old Trafford: "What a brilliant finish by RVP after fine work by Young on the left. Two sublime touches."

  163. 1519: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 2-0 Sunderland - Tom Cleverley (19 mins)

    Two goals in three minutes and United are cruising. It is a belter of a goal as well as Michael Carrick finds Tom Cleverley in the box on the left and he opens his body before slotting a shot into the far corner. Lovely stuff.

  164. 1517:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "QPR have got to take their chances, it's a very lively encounter but I'm worried for QPR, the longer it goes on and the more they don't put a goal in, the more desperate they're going to become."

  165. 1515: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 1-0 Sunderland - Robin van Persie (16 mins)

    Robin van Persie's 12th Premier League goal of the season has put Manchester United in command over Sunderland. The Dutch striker gives Simon Mignolet no chance with a left-foot finish from eight-yards after good work by Ashley Young.

  166. 1515: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Wigan - Anthony Pilkington (15 mins)

    We are up and running. Norwich take the lead and it is down to a combination off grit and skill. Wes Hoolahan loses the ball but wins it back 25 yards from goal with a strong challenge before finding Anthony Pilkington in the box and he makes no mistake with a cool finish at the near post. Ali Al-Habsi got a touch but there was too much power on the shot.

  167. 1514: 
    Stoke v Everton

    A bright start for Everton at the Britannia Stadium as Darron Gibson threads a ball to the overlapping Seamus Coleman, whose pull-back finds Nikica Jelavic inside the penalty area but the striker's effort is blocked by Ryan Shawcross.

    The visitors then have a shout for a penalty turned down as Steven Pienaar's shot hits Glenn Whelan's arm but referee Mark Halsey is not interested.

  168. 1514: 

    Nearly 15 minutes of Premier League football played over five grounds and we're yet to have a goal. There haven't been many chances either. Defences ruling the roost as I type.

  169.  

    Ben Bix on Twitter: "Bright, albeit patient start from Norwich. Playing through a packed Wigan midfield."

  170. 1513: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "Their best players played well today and were the difference, up front they were a real handful on another day it could have been our game Papiss had a good chance and if we take that it it's a different game. I was really proud of my players second half we came out with great intent. When you play against a team as good as Manchester City you need the big moments to come off for you and they didn't which is the way our season is going. You're always going to have problems against Manchester City, they played some great stuff today."

  171.  

    Dev T on Twitter: "QPR are unrecognisable. #HarryHoudini."

  172. 1511: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Manchester United should be ahead. A corner from the left is sliced away by Steven Fletcher but only as far as Patrice Evra, who is 15 yards out but fires his shot over the bar.

  173.  

    CJ On Twitter: "It appears that Mancini seems to be a bit obsessed with United recently ,wonder why that is? Fergie getting under his skin?"

  174. 1509: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Predictable start at Old Trafford where Manchester United have forced a flurry of early corners while Ashley Young has just fired narrowly over the bar from 20-yards. It could be a long afternoon for Sunderland.

  175. 1508: 
    Norwich v Wigan

    Nothing to report yet from Carrow Road. The home side have had most of the possession but as yet have been unable to break through the Wigan defence.

  176. 1507: 
    QPR v Fulham

    QPR need goals right now. And Jamie Mackie has just missed a massive chance to get them one. John Arne Riise's blind back-pass puts the Rangers striker in on goal but his shot goes a wide past the post. Will he come to regret that miss?

  177. 1505:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Ipswich and Charlton midfielder Matt Holland in the studio: "QPR Fulham is the one, if QPR are to have any glimmer of hope this season they have to get three points today, simple as that."

  178. 1505: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    Almost a disaster for Aston Villa as Eric Lichaj nearly slices a Stewart Downing cross past his own keeper. Thankfully for the visitors, Brad Guzan was sharp enough to save.

  179. 1504: 
    QPR v Fulham

    QPR have started brightly against Fulham and could have gone ahead after Djibril Cisse is put through on goal following a glorious pass from Adel Taarabt. The Frenchman's shot is easily saved by Mark Schwarzer but it looks like he could have been tugged back by Aaron Hughes.

  180. 1504: 

    Asked if Mario Ballotelli has a future at Man City, manager Roberto Mancini replied: "Yes. Why not? He needs to work and if he deserves to play because he worked well then he will do, but if not he will be in the stands or on the bench like all of the other players. He needs to train and when he starts to play like his quality he will play again. We won the championship last year because all four of the strikers were scoring goals and we want that again."

  181. 1503: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "The performance against [Manchester United] was fantastic but today it was difficult. After that defeat we needed to start quickly and the guys were really good. All of the players played very well and it could have been six or seven as we missed many chances to score. The best performance we have played was against [Manchester] United in the second half and we stayed in their half for all of the second 45 minutes."

  182.  

    Norwich City on Twitter: "Norwich are delighted to announce that Wes Hoolahan has signed a new and improved contract keeping him at Carrow Road until at least 2015."

  183. 1502: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa

    Fist big chance of the day in the top-flight goes to Aston Villa with Christian Benteke's header from a Barry Bannan free-kick drawing a save out of Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal.

  184. 1501: 
    KICK-OFF

    Now we've started at Carrow Road.

  185. 1501: 

    Wait, hold on a sec. The game has yet to start at Carrow Road, where Anthony Pilkington has the wrong colour socks on, causing a slight delay while he changes them.

  186. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF

    And we are under way in all five 3pm Premier League games and across the Football League.

  187. 1459: 

    There is a minute of applause taking place at Anfield for former Liverpool boss Phil Taylor, who passed away recently aged 95.

  188. 1458:  
    BBC Final Score

    Final Score with Mark Chapman is on now, with guests Garth Crooks and Matt Holland, bringing you updates from around the grounds. You can watch at the top of this page or on the Red Button and HD Channel.

  189. 1456: 

    Just a few minutes until kick-off in the 3pm kick-offs. Just enough time to top up the mulled wine and get comfortable.

  190. 1456: 

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure: "We deserved to win because we played well. After 20 minutes you know it's always hard to play here but the most important thing is the three points and we have to keep it going."

    Manchester City defender Kolo Toure: "It was really important to recover after the loss we had against (Manchester) United. Even when we were 2-0 up we were still in danger, they put pressure on us but Yaya scored the goal to kill it off. You need to be tough mentally here but we just kept going and we showed great character."

  191.  

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter at Old Trafford: "Man Utd look strong again today, with Vidic on the bench. Sunderland haven't won here since May 11, 1968."

  192. 1454: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Is Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers being realistic about his side's chances? He says: "We lie four points off the top four. For me the ambition is to grow higher. We are 11 points off second and that can all turn around very quickly." We'll find out more about the Reds when they play Aston Villa, whose manager Paul Lambert wants goals from more of his players. Lambert says: "You are looking for goals all over the pitch. You have got to spread it out if you can. The way we are playing we are certainly creating chances, which is the pleasing thing. You just hope the lads will be confident enough to go and take them."

  193. 1453: 
    Stoke v Everton (1500 GMT)

    Everton manager David Moyes: "Tony has done a great job in bringing Stoke into the Premier League, stabilising them, taking them forward and you never see them as a team that will be near the bottom of the league. They have a big, strong and powerful team which you have to be able to manage. But we've been playing really well and our players deserve to be in the top four, they're passing the ball ever so well."

  194.  

    Thomas Hewitt on Twitter: "I expect Man Utd to expose the lack of pace in Sunderland's defence today. Sunderland will miss Danny Rose."

  195. 1452: 
    Stoke v Everton (1500 GMT)

    Stoke City manager Tony Pulis: "We've played some good football but we don't get the credit for that. We work very hard on playing as a team and defending is a part of the game. Our target is still to get to 40 points. There are six or seven clubs that are outstanding and the rest of us our fighting for our lives. Our main objective is still to stay in the toughest and greatest league in the world."

  196. 1450:  
    Phil Brown, BBC 5 live at Old Trafford

    "It's a bit of a mis-match Sunderland back four and they really are going to get tested today."

  197. 1448: 
    Norwich v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Wigan have dropped into the relegation zone after one win in six games, but manager Roberto Martinez says his players are not looking at the Premier League table. "I'm very happy with where we are in terms of the way we are performing and the strong football concepts we have shown," said the Spaniard.

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton is confident his players will recover from their 4-1 League Cup defeat to Aston Villa in midweek. "I can't fault the endeavours of the lads for getting to a quarter-final. But it wasn't to be and it's back to our league campaign where we hope to continue the good form that we're in," said Hughton.

  198. 1446:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    A choice of commentaries on the BBC this afternoon, 5 live have Manchester United against Sunderland with John Murray and summariser Phil Brown, and from 14:55 GMT on 5 live sports extra there is Birmingham v Crystal Palace in the Championship.

  199. 1446: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Wayne Rooney has vowed to make the Black Cats pay for their fans' mocking Manchester United's title loss last season. When news broke of Manchester City's incredible late comeback after United's 1-0 win over Sunderland, the home support reacted by adopting City's "Poznan" celebration. "When the fixtures come out I look for three games — City, Liverpool and Everton. This time I checked the Sunderland game," he wrote in his autobiography Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League.

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill said: "had it been in reverse and it was Manchester City who lost out, I think Sunderland fans would have been cheering Manchester United."

  200. 1444: 
    QPR v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    QPR team news: Manager Harry Redknapp has made three changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Wigan. Nedum Onuoha replaces Jose Bosingwa at right-back, midfielder Alejandro Faurlin replaces Samba Diakite and striker Djibril Cisse's goal at the DW Stadium is rewarded with a place in the starting team as Shaun Derry drops out.

    Fulham team news: Fulham boss Martin Jol makes just one change from the team that beat Newcastle 2-1 on Monday and brings in winger Kieran Richardson for Sweden international Alexander Kacaniklic.

  201. 1443: 
    Stoke v Everton (1500 GMT)

    Stoke, who have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches, are forced into a defensive change as Andy Wilkinson replaces the suspended Ryan Shotton, who was sent-off in the Potters' goalless draw at Aston Villa last week. Midfielder Charlie Adam returns after a suspension with Dean Whitehead dropping down to the bench. But there is no place in the Stoke 18 for striker Michael Owen, who is still recovering from recent groin and hamstring injuries.

    Everton make one change to their side that claimed a dramatic 2-1 win against Tottenham on Sunday. Midfielder Kevin Mirallas suffered a hamstring injury in that game and is replaced by Steven Naismith, while Seamus Coleman continues at right-back as Tony Hibbert needs surgery on a calf problem. Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard makes his 200th consecutive Premier League appearance.

  202. 1440: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Liverpool, as expected, recall striker Luis Suarez from suspension and he replaces the injured left-sided player Jose Enrique as the only change from the win at West Ham last time out.

    Aston Villa make four changes from the midweek Capital One Cup quart-final win over Norwich. Keeper Brad Guzan, midfielders Ashley Westwood and Barry Bannan as well as striker Andreas Weimann start with Shay Given, Karim El Ahmadi, Fabian Delph and the injured Darren Bent making way.

  203.  

    Ben Seal on Twitter: "The result flatters City. Newcastle were quality in the second half and deserved something at 2-1 down."

  204. 1440: 
    LINE-UPS- QPR v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    QPR: Green, Traore, Hill, Nelsen, Onuoha, Faurlin, Mbia, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Cisse, Mackie. Subs: Julio Cesar, Diakite, Derry, Ferdinand, Granero, Da Silva, Hoilett.

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Richardson, Berbatov, Rodallega. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Dejagah, Kacaniklic.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  205. 1439: 
    Norwich v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Norwich make five changes from their midweek Carling Cup exit, with midfielder Wesley Hoolahan the notable inclusion in place of Steve Morison. Manager Chris Hughton also brings back Steven Whittaker, Michael Turner and Javier Garrido in his defence, while Alexander Tettey comes into midfield in place of Jonathan Howson.

    Roberto Martinez hands Argentine striker Mario Boselli his first Premier League start since December 2010. Boselli replaces Franco Di Santo, one of two changes for Wigan, with Maynor Figueroa back from suspension to replace David Jones.

  206. 1438: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Sir Alex Ferguson makes two changes from the Manchester United side that snatched that dramatic victory at the Etihad Stadium, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling coming into the side for the injured Jonny Evans and Rafael, who is rested. Wayne Rooney starts having overcome an illness in midweek, while Nemanja Vidic returns to the United bench, having missed the past three months because of injury.

    Sunderland make one change from their 3-0 midweek victory over Reading, which represented only their third win in their past 24 Premier League matches. Titus Bramble comes into the side of Danny Rose, who has an ankle knock. Adam Johnson has passed a late fitness test and starts.

  207. 1438: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 1-3 Manchester City
  208. 1438:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "I can't understand why Lescott doesn't play more. How much will City have to pay to get a centre-half like him?"

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  209. 1437: 

    Newcastle have a late corner which falls to Shola Ameobi in the box. He gives Vurnon Anita a chance to cross from the right but the delivery is hacked clear by Joleon Lescott.

  210. 1436: 

    There are just a couple of minutes to go at St James' Park. Manchester City are heading for a much-needed win to close the gap between themselves and leaders Manchester United to three points (at least for the time being). Newcastle remain in trouble with what will be a sixth loss in seven league games.

  211. 1433: 
    LEAGUE TWO PREVIEW

    Leaders Gillingham host Fleetwood, with the latter looking to end a run of four games without a win, especially as three points could see them climb into the play-off places. Big game at Vale Park, with second-place Port Vale hosting Cheltenham, who are one place and one point below them. Elsewhere, Barnet will want to pick up three points at Dagenham & Redbridge to avoid being further cut off at the foot of the table.

  212. 1433: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Midfielder David Melyer shoots into an empty net at the death to secure a 2-0 victory for Hull against Huddersfield. The win - which moved Steve Bruce's side level on points with second placed Crystal Palace before the rest of the afternoon's fixtures - was marred after the final whistle as defender Alex Bruce was sent off for violent conduct.

  213.  

    Matt Anthony on Twitter: "Re (1416) is Michael Owen not making a match day squad really breaking news #sicknote."

  214. 1432:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "Especially after what happened last week, to bounce back and play as well as they have, it was a real test of character for City."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  215. 1432: 

    Sergio Aguero has another chance for Manchester City as he tears into Newcastle territory. Vurnon Anita gets back close to him before he shoots but his chipped effort past the onrushing Tim Krul fails to reach the goal or provide a tap-in to an open goal for a team-mate.

  216. 1431: 
    Manchester United v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Hernandez, Vidic, Welbeck, Scholes, Fletcher.

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

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

  217. 1430: 

    Shola Ameobi - a recent replacement for Papiss Cisse - rises to plant a header on goal from inside the box but it is straight at Joe Hart. Down the other end, Sergio Aguero shoots from range after cutting in from the left but his shot is a foot or so wide.

  218. 1428: 
    LEAGUE ONE PREVIEW

    A top-of-the-table clash sees leaders Tranmere travel to third-place Sheffield United, where a win for the Blades could see them leapfrog their opponents into first place. At the foot of the table, Hartlepool head to MK Dons looking to end a horrendous run of form that has seen them record just one win all season.

  219. 1428: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Barnett.

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Lopez, Figueroa, Stam, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Kone, Gomez, Boselli. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McManaman, Fyvie, Golobart.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  220. 1428:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "Newcastle look a bit flat now, it's visible, it has taken the wind out of their sails."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  221. 1428: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

    It is top versus bottom in the Championship today as league leaders Cardiff host Peterborough. Cardiff have not lost in the league since 6 November, while Peterborough are without a win since October, so the stats would say a comfortable home win is on the cards. However, the Championship has been unpredictable this season - Darren Ferguson's side proved this earlier in the campaign with a 3-1 win at high-flying Hull - so anything could happen. Second-place Crystal Palace will be hoping Cardiff slip up as they head to Birmingham while elsewhere Millwall could move into the play-off places with a win against Leicester.

  222. 1428: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Everton (1500 GMT)

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

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

  223. 1426: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle keep plugging away and Demba Ba unleashes an effort from an angle from about 20 yards. It is well struck but flies over the bar. That is the cue for a home change with Shane Ferguson on for Danny Simpson.

  224. 1426: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Downing, Gerrard, Lucas, Allen, Shelvey, Suarez, Sterling. Subs: Jones, Cole, Henderson, Coates, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Wisdom.

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

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  225. 1425:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "City haven't been at their best in this second half but have looked a threat when they broke very quickly - a really good finish by Yaya Toure and that looks like game over. For all their pressure it's going to be difficult for Newcastle to get two goals back."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  226. 1424: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    City were going to make this change before the goal but go ahead with it anyway to strengthen at the back. Joleon Lescott comes on for Carlos Tevez. It is City's third change after Edin Dzeko was brought on for Aleksandar Kolarov five minutes before the goal.

  227. 1422: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-3 Manchester City - Yaya Toure (78 mins)

    That should be game over. City have had to battle this half against Newcastle but they restore their two-goal advantage as some patient play in and around the home box ends with Pablo Zabaleta crossing for the impressive Yaya Toure to poke in from six yards out.

  228. 1420: 

    Vurnon Anita and Jonas Gutierrez do well down the right for Newcastle to create space for the latter to cross but away keeper Joe Hart does well to palm away. The home crowd roar their side on. They sense there is something in this for them.

  229.  

    Tokunbo on Twitter: "Newcastle's set-piece delivery is shocking."

  230. 1418: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    It is an attacking change for Newcastle as Sylvain Marveaux comes on for Cheick Tiote in midfield.

  231. 1418: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    It has finished 1-1 in the Devon derby between Exeter and Plymouth in League Two. It remains 1-0 to Hull against Huddersfield in the Championship. They are into the closing stages in that match.

  232. 1417: 
    Demba Ba

    Demba Ba is now joint-second top-scorer in the Premier League with Manchester United striker Robin van Persie. The Newcastle forward has scored 11 of his side's 19 goals this season.

  233. 1417:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "It looks like two 4-4-2s now, you don't see that very often these days do you?"

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  234.  

    Nick Neill on Twitter: "I think Luton Town fans have everyone beaten in the emotional rollercoaster stakes. Prem sides know nothing."

  235. 1416: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Charlie Adam and Andy Wilkinson start for Stoke in place of Dean Whitehead and Ryan Shotton. There is no place on the bench yet for Michael Owen.

  236. 1415: 

    Carlos Tevez releases fellow Argentine striker Sergio Aguero down the left for Man City but is unable to make contact with an acrobatic effort after charging into the box from deep.

  237. 1413: 

    Demba Ba has a pop from range for Newcastle but it is straight into the arms of Joe Hart. This game is still in the balance. Newcastle are certainly more of a presence than they were in the first-half.

  238. 1411: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Nemanja Vidic is named on the bench for Manchester United. The defender has played just five games over the last 12 months because of injury. Wayne Rooney starts alongside Robin van Persie in attack after overcoming a midweek illness.

  239. 1411: 

    Newcastle come forward again and they whip over a cross from the left but Gael Clichy is very cool to chest the ball back to Joe Hart. Almost immediately down the other end, Fabricio Coloccini concedes a corner which Javi Garcia meets but heads wide.

  240.  

    From Tom in Luton, via text: "What a fine player Pablo Zabaleta has turned into. Fantastic work rate."

  241. 1409: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Andreas Wiemann returns for Aston Villa - replacing the injured Darren Bent. Brad Guzan is back in goal.

  242.  

    Henry on Twitter: "Re Dean (1402) Pretty sure Southampton fans might give NUFC fans a go for it, after their tumultuous last seven season of course."

    Chris Lord on Twitter: "Erm.. Dean? I'm sure us Arsenal fans know it probably more."

  243. 1408: 

    Newcastle maintain the pressure and force another corner - their eighth of the game. Vurnon Anita delivers again and Demba Ba muscles his way to a shot at the back post but his effort from close range fires into the side-netting.

  244. 1406: 

    Down the other end, Newcastle have a corner. Vurnon Anita delivers and City clear but only as far as Davide Santon and it needs a good Kolo Toure header to deny a floated ball reaching Demba Ba in space in the box.

  245. 1406: 

    Pablo Zabaleta does really well to get a cross in from the right for Manchester City but the ball rolls right across the face of goal. That was a great chance if only a City forward had gambled.

  246. 1404: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Adam Johnson is fit to start for Sunderland. The winger was a doubt with a dead leg.

  247. 1404:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "The momentum is right with Newcastle now, they're forcing City back now and forcing the issue. City could have tried to see the game out but they're not being allowed to do that."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  248. 1403: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Luis Suarez is back in the Liverpool side but Jose Enrique is missing through injury.

  249. 1402: 

    Newcastle corner. It almost produces something as the cleared ball falls to Cheick Tiote, but his shot from distance slices well wide.

  250.  

    From Dean in Newcastle, via text: "No fan quite knows the emotional rollercoaster quite like a Newcastle fan!"

  251. 1402: 

    This is end-to-end stuff now. Joe Hart gathers from a Demba Ba header before starting a City break that Tim Krul has to be sharp off his line to stop becoming a goal with a block on Carlos Tevez's shot.

  252.  

    Lawrence Houldsworth on Twitter: "Suddenly not all doom and gloom for NUFC? Yes to the 8 year contract."

  253. 1400: 
    YELLOW CARDS

    Manchester City have Yaya Toure down following a foul by James Perch but opt to play on. They pour forward but the attack breaks down. Newcastle look to break but a Kolo Toure foul prevents them. Both Perch and Toure go into the book.

  254. 1358:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "The home support are getting right behind their team and it's going to be difficult for Manchester City to keep Newcastle at bay."

  255. 1357: 

    Oh, that was a great chance! Newcastle nearly hit City again as Papiss Cisse feigns to throw off his marker on the edge of the box and buy space for a shot but he fires his effort just over the bar. It could so easily have been 2-2.

  256. 1356:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "It was a poor corner easily dealt with but the Newcastle players had read the ball going back into the box and all the Manchester City players stopped. Both teams going at the opposition now at it's the sort of Premier League football we want to see."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  257. 1355: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-2 Manchester City - Demba Ba (51 mins)

    Here we go. Newcastle have applied all the early pressure this half and are rewarded. Manchester City do well to clear a corner but Fabricio Coloccini hooks it back into the box where Demba Ba has acres of space to head past Joe Hart. Poor defending from the visitors. Game on.

  258.  

    Philip Hobbs on Twitter: "Who actually expected NUFC to get a result against the champions though? too harsh from NUFC fans."

  259. 1353: 

    Newcastle threaten again as Davide Santon skips past Pablo Zabaleta to buy himself space for a shot in the box but puts his effort into the side-netting. Maybe the home side can make a game of this yet.

  260. 1352: 

    Newcastle have certainly come out with intent. Cheick Tiote's cross from the right curls away from Joe Hart and is met at the back post by Demba Ba - who had risen above Pablo Zabaleta - but his header goes over the goal.

  261. 1351: 

    Joe Hart is the first of the two keepers drawn into action in the second half as he comes out to punch a Vurnon Anita free-kick away from goal. The ball comes back in but the offside flag is up against the home side.

  262. 1350:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "This sort of football is what we wanted to see from Manchester City in the Champions League this season, it has been a joy to watch."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  263.  

    JB Farrell on Twitter: "Attack-wise that's the best 45 mins I've seen from City this year. Fast movement, slick passing & cutting edge. NUFC can't cope."

  264. 1350: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City
  265. 1349: 

    Here come the players out of the tunnel at St James' Park for the second half. Do Newcastle have a fight-back in them or are City already home and dry?

  266. 1349:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Loftus RoadQPR v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    "I wonder if this is going to be the day when QPR finally win a league game for the first time this season at the 17th time of asking - or whether their neighbours from three-and-a-half miles down the road will inflict further misery on the Loftus Road faithful? The impression seems to be that the Rangers ship has been steadied and a win might just be around the corner following the goalless stalemate at Sunderland and further draws at home to Aston Villa and away at Wigan. Fulham, however, have been more than a match for their neighbours in recent history, winning the last four meetings and remaining unbeaten in the last half dozen."

  267.  

    From Stewy in Newcastle, via text: "One season of relatively small success and our fans let it go to our head. European football does not mean we are a 'big' club. We over achieved last year. Pardew won't be sacked. Stability is key. Rally behind NUFC rather than being negative!"

    Mike, concerned Newcastle fan, via text: "We've been cut apart in the first half and with Arsenal and Man United coming up I fear for the worst."

  268.  

    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "The problem with NUFC is without Cabaye and Ben Arfa they have no creativity. Ba and Cisse are not good enough ball players."

  269. 1348: 

    It is quite telling of the way Manchester City are performing today that this is the first time they have scored two goals in the first half of a Premier League match this season.

  270. 1345: 

    Devon derby update. It is 1-1 between Exeter and Plymouth with roughly 10 minutes to go. Joe Lennox scored Argyle's equaliser in the 73rd minute after Liam Sercombe had given Exeter the lead in the first half.

  271.  

    Rob Mitchell on Twitter: "Pardew shouldn't get sack as point of 8 yr contract is surely that he has time to build and allow for inevitable ups and downs."

  272.  

    Kit from London, via text: "No-one seems to be registering the impact that losing Cabaye and the Taylor bros has had on this team, especially the Frenchman. Watch the magic return with them!"

  273. 1342:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at AnfieldLiverpool v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    "It's less than two years since Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert faced each other in the Championship, with Swansea and Norwich respectively, before both of them guided their clubs into the Premier League. After one top-flight season they left last summer to take on the challenge of rebuilding their new clubs, and both have recently given supporters signs that some progress is being made. Liverpool go into the weekend just four points off the Champions League places and will feel, if they can continue their recent consistency, they could be closer than in recent years. Villa's confidence will have been boosted this week with the performance against Norwich that took them into the League Cup semi-finals."

  274. 1341:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Britannia StadiumStoke v Everton (1500 GMT)

    "Swindon Town and Valencia. Not clubs you see mentioned together often, but they carry the distinction of being the last two visiting teams to win at Stoke. Not since Sunderland won 1-0 on 4 February has an away team managed to rule the Britannia in the Premier League. It's even proved difficult to go there and score a goal this season, only Javi Garcia (Manchester City) and Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) have managed it in a league game. But Stoke host an Everton side who will go third in the Premier League if they claim a 4-0 win. With David Moyes's squad as small as it is, Everton were always going to be tested once an injury or two struck. But it's testimony to the way they are as a team that they're still fourth, having lost only two of their 16 Premier League games this term."

  275. 1340: 
    MOTD’s Martin Fisher at Carrow RoadNorwich v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    "Wigan come face-to-face with a Norwich side enjoying their best ever run in the Premier League. They boast home wins over Manchester United and Arsenal in an unbeaten nine-match run that's lifted them well clear of the danger zone. The intriguing question is will there be a hangover after the midweek quarter-final League Cup defeat to Aston Villa, allowing Wigan the chance to seize the moment, or will Chris Hughton be able to rally his players and get City on the ball again? Wigan have lost four of their last six games, with injuries and suspensions weakening an already paper-thin squad."

  276. 1339:  
    MOTD’s Jonathan Pearce at Old TraffordManchester United v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    "Sir Alex Ferguson will also ensure his Manchester United team knows the importance of another victory to build on the derby win last weekend. In the last three years the title has been won by the team standing top on Christmas Day. United's next five games all look winnable. If Manchester City slip up at any time, Ferguson could be nine or 10 points clear going into the New Year. Sunderland's midweek win against Reading was vital to stop their slump. With five former Old Trafford players in their camp, they will have the inside track on the home side."

  277.  

    From Olly in Bristol, via text: "Manchester City looking sharp and excited! If they carry on like this we can expect 6-0."

    From Mitch in Newcastle, via text: "Why are people blaming Pardew? No competition for places with such a small team, we look destined for relegation and we deserve that from recent performances."

  278. 1339:  
    Steve Wilson, MOTD’s Steve Wilson at St James’ Park:Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

    "It might have been a different story had Joe Hart not denied Papiss Cisse inside the opening 90 seconds. But prompted by the impressive Yaya Toure, City have been a delight and Newcastle can have few complaints about the half-time score."

  279. 1337:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "Totally different game from that first goal, the passing and interchange, every City player wants the ball and they're playing in really good fashion."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  280. 1336: 

    I don't think it is an exaggeration to say it could easily read 0-4 as opposed to 0-2 at St James' Park. The champions have been dominant and are finally showing some of the attacking brilliance that took them to the title last season. Newcastle actually started the brighter and had they scored early on it could have been very different. But Joe Hart made sure that didn't happen and the home side now have a mountain to climb.

  281.  

    From Mich, via text: "If Alan Pardew was to get the sack, is compensation of 7 and a half years wages a new record?"

  282. 1334: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City
  283. 1334: 

    Newcastle have a free-kick and the chance to deliver into the box with just a few seconds to go until the break. City defender Kolo Toure gets the decisive touch in the box from the delivery to head clear and the half-time whistle blows.

  284. 1332: 

    Danny Simpson has another chance to cross from the right for Newcastle but he drifts his delivery over everyone in the box and out for a City goal-kick.

  285. 1330: 

    Newcastle apply some pressure late in the half and it results in a corner, which Jonas Gutierrez delivers but Mike Williamson cannot rise high enough to reach. The ball dribbles out for a goal-kick and the board reads three minutes to be added.

  286.  

    Ben Seal on Twitter: "What are we actually doing in attack? We seem to run forward until we run into a City player and lose the ball."

    Morgan Campbell on Twitter: "Newcastle playing the strange tactic of having Ba knock the ball down to himself."

  287.  

    Nick Whitbread on Twitter: "That eight-year contract not looking like very good business now..."

  288. 1329: 

    It could get worse for Newcastle. City have a corner with just a few minutes to go in the first half. However, Tim Krul does well to come out and claim. St James' Park is very quiet, barring the section where the jubilant away fans are housed.

  289. 1326: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    The half-time whistle has gone at the KC Stadium and Robert Koren's strike sees Hull head into the dressing room 1-0 up against Huddersfield. Steve Bruce's side have impressed against his former club, and centre-back Jack Hobbs should have put further daylight between the teams just before the break when he headed Robbie Brady's cross wide from close range.

  290.  

    Gerry on Twitter: "It seems Ba and Cisse constantly go for the same balls. They're too similar to play together. NUFC are missing Ben Arfa as a foil."

    Trevor D Forde on Twitter: "I've got to say that City will miss Yaya. Massive massive player. Authoritative leader extraordinaire."

  291. 1326:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

    "Santon has misread the header. It looked like an easy clearance he's just got his hand resting on the post and he should have cleared it. He has had a bit of a run-around in this half and he's struggling."

    Live commentary of this match continues on BBC Radio 5 live.

  292. 1324: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City - Javi Garcia (39 mins)

    Manchester City have a firm grip on this game now. It has been coming. Just a minute before, Carlos Tevez had seen a shot from close range tipped past the post by the heel of Tim Krul. From the resulting corner, Javi Garcia rises and plants a header towards goal that Davide Santon makes an hash of clearing at the back post and allows to slip in.

  293. 1323: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Aleksandar Kolarov comes on for Samir Nasri just before Vurnon Anita floats a free-kick over everyone in the box and into Joe Hart's arms.

  294. 1322: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Nasri is now limping down the tunnel. He won't be coming back. Meanwhile, back on the pitch, Sergio Aguero is booked for dissent, which the home fans cheer with a sense of justice done.

  295. 1320: 

    This is a blow to City. Samir Nasri's afternoon looks like it might be over. He has come off worse after a challenge with Davide Santon and is in considerable pain. He is lifted to his feet but is limping badly.

  296. 1318: 

    David Silva isn't just an asset in attack, he is also putting a shift in at the back. Danny Simpson comes forward down the Newcastle right but Silva is there to tackle and nick the ball off him. City are clearly on a mission here.

  297.  

    Aleks Klosok on Twitter: "It was evident on Monday night and it's evident again today - NUFC lack width and pace. Marveaux should be a regular starter."

    Tom Davey on Twitter: It's just got to be Aguero and Tevez for City, they have to start them together most weeks.

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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
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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