Saturday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Liverpool defeat Fulham after earlier wins for Arsenal, Man City, Newcastle, Sunderland, West Brom and Everton.

22 December 2012 Last updated at 19:56

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  1. 1952: 

    Right - that's it for today. Thanks for your company today, join us back tomorrow for your last dose of football before Christmas. See you there.

  2. 1951: 

    Match of the Day on Twitter: "Running order - Man City/Reading, W Ham/Everton, WBA/Norwich, Liverpool/Fulham, Wigan/Arsenal, Southampton/Sunderland, Newcastle/QPR, Spurs/Stoke."

    Watch highlights of all the day's Premier League action at 2225 GMT on BBC One.

  3. 1951:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Anfield:Liverpool 4-0 Fulham

    "A deserved win for Liverpool. From the opening whistle to the final one, they have been far and away the better side. Steven Gerrard was in exquisite form and Stewart Downing was excellent. A miserable evening for Fulham."

  4. 1950:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Upton Park:West Ham 1-2 Everton

    "It was a highly charged game with contentious decisions but Everton deserved the victory. Victor Anichebe got them level and Steven Pienaar scrambled home what proved to be the winner. There are some strange decisions but the score-line was probably right in the end."

  5. 1949:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the HawthornsWest Brom 2-1 Norwich

    "West Brom are back to winning ways, with their first win in five. The long unbeaten run for Norwich - 10 games - is at an end. Romelu Lukaku headed the winner eight minutes from time after Zoltan Gera had levelled the early strike from Robert Snodgrass."

  6. 1948:  
    MOTD's John Roder at White Hart Lane:Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    "Tottenham pressed more as the match went on but couldn't find the breakthrough, while Stoke are now unbeaten in eight matches. It was more fun than going Christmas shopping, but not by much."

  7. 1947:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at St Mary's:Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

    "What a big win for Martin O'Neill and Sunderland. Never mind the quality of the match, this was all about the result and Sunderland took those three badly-needed points thanks to a close-range Steven Fletcher finish."

  8. 1946:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at St James' ParkNewcastle 1-0 QPR

    "It was not pretty, not a match you will watch over and over again, but the most important thing for Newcastle is the three points coming their way. They have been on an alarming slide down the table, but today they arrested that slide."

  9. 1946:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Etihad:Man City 1-0 Reading

    "Gareth Barry's stoppage-time winner secures victory for Manchester City - and how crucial might those three points prove? Reading will complain that Barry fouled Nicky Shorey for the goal, but the key thing is to watch Shorey's reaction. He had no complaints."

  10. 1945:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the DW Stadium:Wigan 0-1 Arsenal

    "Arsenal will finish the day back in the top four but they needed a penalty on the hour dispatched by Mikel Arteta to break the Wigan spirit. But, make no mistake, they had to dig deep. Wigan will spend Christmas in the bottom three. It's a big win for Arsenal and the resurgence continues."

  11. 1944: 

    So not a classic day of action today, but potentially an important one. That Gareth Barry goal in particular could be crucial. Here's what happened...

  12. 1942: 

    So all eyes now turn to Swansea v Manchester United and Chelsea v Aston Villa which make up our offerings tomorrow. United can go six points clear at the top again with a win, while Chelsea are back after their Japanese adventure.

  13. 1941: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Fulham

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Every level of our game was fantastic. The quality of our football was terrific. I knew we would get a reaction today because of the honesty of the group.

    "We worked hard in the week. Tactically we were ready for the game and you could see that from the performance. I thought Stewart Downing was brilliant. We had a conversation about six weeks ago of where he is at. We talked about the fact that if he is not a regular then we will look at it January. Since then, he has been in the team and he has shown he is an important member of the squad."

  14. 1938: 

    Statisticians Infostrada on Twitter: "Luis Suarez scored his 11th goal in 17 PL matches for Liverpool, equal to his total of 11 goals in 31 PL matches last season."

  15. 1932: 
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    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "Everyone is going to get carried with Liverpool now aren't they? Let's be realistic, Fulham can't play away from home at all."

  16. 1932: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Fulham

    Liverpool goalscorer Stewart Downing: "We let ourselves down against Aston Villa. Tonight it came together and there were some quality goals. I'm just trying to enjoy it, do the best I can and give the manager a problem."

  17. 1928: 
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    Mahesan Archary on Twitter: "RE 1923 - Joe Allen's classy. Just because he didn't play doesn't mean he caused Liverpool's bad luck."

  18. 1925: 
    Stewart Downing

    Stewart Downing will have a nice Christmas for sure. He had not scored a Premier League goal since May 2011 before tonight - for Aston Villa against Liverpool of all teams.

  19. 1923: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ryan Turner on Twitter: "Coincidence that with Allen left out the starting XI Liverpool play classy football and are cruising to victory? I think not!"

    James on Twitter: "To all the Liverpool fans who dismissed boss Brendan Rodgers, he'll be the man who wins you trophies."

    David Gale on Twitter: "Liverpool only five points off top four... It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"

  20. 1922: 

    Much better from Liverpool, but a worrying performance for Fulham fans. No bite or desire it seemed at times. Maybe they were just mentally tucking in to the turkey, but it wasn't good at all.

  21. 1921: 
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    Andy in Gloucester on text via 81111: "Stoke City might not be pretty to watch, but we are sitting pretty in the league, in manager Tony Pulis we have faith. Merry Xmas to all."

  22. 1921: 
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    Jack Degge on Twitter: "Wonder what 'Arry would make of this performance if he were Fulham boss today? They are making QPR look like Barca."

  23. 1920: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 4-0 Fulham
  24. 1918: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 4-0 Fulham - Luis Suarez (90 mins)

    He's deserved a goal tonight, and now Luis Suarez has got one. It's so easy again though, Jose Enrique collects the ball from a throw, is allowed to walk into the penalty area unchallenged and cuts the ball back into Suarez, who tucks home from six yards. Too easy.

  25. 1918: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    The best we've seen of Fulham. Hugo Rodallega flights in a free-kick from 25 yards and Pepe Reina has to get across to his left and make a one-handed stop.

  26. 1915: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    It's all over at Selhurst Park - it's finished Crystal Palace 1-1 Huddersfield.

  27. 1914: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Martin Lunt on Twitter: "But still QPR manager Harry Redknapp cannot get the best out of the highly paid players at QPR [despite his complaints about the size of their wages]. Will he fine himself?"

    Sophie Gayter on Twitter: "Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov has got to have the worst body language I've ever seen."

    Neil White on Twitter: "Not a Redknapp fan, but huge respect for saying it like it is tonight."

  28. 1913: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Into the last five minutes at Anfield. Luis Suarez whips in a free-kick from 30 yards and Mark Schwarzer has to turn it away.

  29. 1911: 
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    Riz, a happy Arsenal fan, on text via 81111: "I can't believe Arsenal are third in the table. Remarkable how fast things change."

  30. 1909: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Nic Billot on Twitter: "I don't understand that from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, he took Sterling and Allen out the team for a rest. What's the point of bringing them on?"

    Joe Sweeney on Twitter: "Downing man of the match last week, assist and goal this week, what next? It's *almost* like he's a professional footballer."

    Rob Satchell on Twitter: "I think Mark Schwarzer may retire this evening knowing that Stewart Downing has scored against him."

  31. 1908: 

    Dimitar Berbatov has been dormant this half, but he bursts into life to skip away from a man and test Pepe Reina with a low left-footed strike. He is now conducting play in midfield - berating his team-mates for a lack of movement.

  32. 1907: 
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    Aldwyn on text via 81111: "Berbatov looks lost for Fulham without Ruiz playing creatively behind him."

  33. 1905: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Luis Suarez takes on the whole Fulham defence on his own - and almost wins. He skips past Aaron Hughes on the edge of the edge of the area, just about keeps his balance but Mark Schwarzer again saves his shot with his legs. It's so easy for the Reds though.

  34. 1904: 
    YELLOW CARD

    I'd been complaining that there hadn't been enough fight and conviction about Fulham today, but Ashkan Dejagah has gone too far the other way here, lunging in to Glen Johnson.

    From the free-kick Steven Gerrard almost makes it four, but Mark Schwarzer saves his low shot well.

  35. 1901: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In a game that has had a bit of everything, Anthony Gerrard has now been sent off for Huddersfield after a lunge on Yannick Bolasie. So that's both sides down to 10 men as we go into the last 10 minutes. Still 1-1.

  36. 1900: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alan Ferguson on Twitter: "Love Redknapp on Bosingwa and his £130,000 fine. I'll sit on the QPR bench for £10k. I'm rubbish but the cash would be nice."

    Luke Dady on Twitter: "Doubt there's anyone saying that Harry Redknapp is wrong with what he's said..."

  37. 1858: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Keith Southern has equalised for Huddersfield at Crystal Palace after a goalkeeping clanger from Julian Speroni, who let the ball straight through his legs. There are just over 10 minutes left in that one.

  38. 1857: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Raheem Sterling is on for Liverpool in place of Suso. What an ovation from the Kop for the teenager who has just signed a new long-term contract.

  39. 1856: 
    CLOSE!

    Stewart Downing hammers in a shot from 25 yards which swerves just wide of the top corner. Almost a truly memorable day.

  40. 1856:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Even more astounding than Lionel Messi's 2012 tally for Barcelona... Stewart Downing has scored."

  41. 1854: 

    Glen Johnson shoots wide from 25 yards for Liverpool - this is like a testimonial. John Bishop will get on in a minute. No intensity from Fulham at all.

  42. 1854: 
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    Jake Sarjant on Twitter: "It's a shame Liverpool don't have any of their young strikers on the bench, perfect game for them to come on and try and grab a goal."

    Kristen Gilmartin on Twitter: "Got to love Harry, telling it like it is."

    Tom James on Twitter: "Downing looks like he could be the answer to England's left sided problem."

  43. 1850: 

    Everton midfielder Phil Neville on Twitter after the victory against West Ham: "Great to be back playing again, I've missed it so much. We deserved the victory today. Leon Osman was fantastic for us, back in the top-four!

    "Was selected for random drug test after game. Took me two hours. Drunk five bottles of water - team bus left without me, thanks lads!!!"

  44. 1849: 

    In the midst of all that from 'Arry, Fulham had a decent chance at Anfield. Hugo Rodallega was left unmarked from a corner but mistimed his jump and saw the ball just glance off his head.

  45. 1849: 
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    Jess in Surrey on text via 81111: "It's like Christmas has come early for Downing and maybe a birthday as well."

  46. 1847: 
    Newcastle 1-0 QPR

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp also confirmed that full-back Jose Bosingwa had been fined a fortnight's wages after refusing to sit on the bench for last weekend's 2-1 victory over Fulham.

    He said: "He didn't want to be on the bench and didn't want to be a substitute, so he went home.

    "He has been fined two weeks' wages, £130,000. Not too bad for two weeks, decent isn't it? Not too bad for playing on a Saturday, it's okay."

    Asked how he might handle a player like that, Redknapp said: "We'll find out in January."

  47. 1847: 
    Newcastle 1-0 QPR

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "There are a lot of players at this club who earn far too much money for what they are; far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club.

    "I don't really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. There's a lot of agents made money out of them."

  48. 1846: 

    Harry Redknapp has not been mincing his words. Some choice cuts coming your way...

  49. 1842: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gianluca M-Greenaway on Twitter: "Downing + Cash for Zaha?"

    Tim Purcell on Twitter: "Downing's got the moves on Dejagah"

    Hisham Abu-Taleb on Twitter: "I bet Fulham fans are more depressed that Downing scored and assisted than the score line."

  50. 1841: 
    CLOSE!

    Fulham are all over the shop. Luis Suarez is suddenly in on goal, he chooses to play the ball into Jonjo Shelvey and his shot is deflected over the top. Liverpool could rack up a fair few more if they want to here.

  51. 1841: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Martin Jol's reaction to that goal was to wave a dismissive hand at his players, and he's now made a change. It's Kerim Frei on in place of Kieran Richardson.

  52. 1838: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-0 Fulham - Stewart Downing (51 mins)

    What a day for Stewart Downing. After his first Premier League assist in the first half, it's a first Premier League goal in the second half. It's rank bad defending from John Arne Riise though as he shows Downing inside on to his left foot and the England man cracks in a shot from the edge of the box. Even then goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer could possibly do better but the ball is past him and into the net. Game over.

  53. 1834: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ryan Craven on Twitter: "Does this mean Downing is finally going to come good, or is it just a last hoorah before he's sold in the transfer window?"

    What do we think? Is he on his way out? He's had a good game today. Who would buy him for a big fee?

  54. 1833: 
    SITTER!

    Another sitter for Liverpool! Stewart Downing sees a shot deflected up and away, Luis Suarez latches on to it but with an open goal and Mark Schwarzer nowhere to be seen, Suarez smashes his volley wide.

  55. 1832: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

    We are back in play.

  56. 1832: 
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    Jack B from London on text via 81111: "Finally a half of football from Steven Gerrard he can be proud of. Looks to be adapting to his less energetic, more sophisticated passing role. Outstanding distribution!"

  57. 1831: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    The players are out on the pitch at Anfield. Fulham need to find a rocket or two. Martin Jol has made a change, Hugo Rodallega is on in place of Alex Kacaniklic.

  58. 1830: 
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    Muhamet Krasniqi on Twitter: "When the Mayans predicted something, I never knew they were on about Downing getting an assist."

  59. 1825: 

    Fulham's midfield has been anonymous in that first half. Someone has got to get a foot in.

  60. 1824: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Pete Jones on Twitter: "Fulham should just forfeit all away games and save energy for the home games."

    Calum on Twitter: "Embarrassed by Fulham today. We are missing Ruiz's creativity so badly in our wafer thin midfield. Hurry up transfer window!"

  61. 1824: 

    Sunderland defender Titus Bramble talking about the victory against Southampton on Twitter: "Great result today. That's the perfect Xmas present from the players to the fans. Fantastic away support as always. Have a safe journey home."

  62. 1821: 

    I concur with you all. That pass from Stewart Downing was absolutely top drawer. Brilliant.

  63. 1821: 
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    Sam Pither on Twitter: "Can't believe that assist from Stewart Downing for Liverpool, was almost David Silva-esque!"

    Dan Chowdhury on Twitter: "That's Stewart Downing's first assist for Liverpool in the Premier League. Not a bad return for £20m."

    Elliot Langan on Twitter: "What a pass from Downing that was. If Iniesta or Xavi would have done it we'd all be going crazy for it!"

  64. 1817: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Zaha just slapped that goal in the roof of the net for Crystal Palace!!! I like!"

  65. 1817:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Anfield:HALF-TIME- Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

    "Martin Skrtel gave Liverpool early control. Steven Gerrard has been immense and added the second. It's a case of so far so good for Liverpool and the opposite for Fulham."

  66. 1815: 

    Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell me that that was Stewart Downing's first Premier League assist for Liverpool. What? It's only his 45th appearance...

  67. 1812: 

    Here's another gem of a through-pass from Liverpool. This time it's Glen Johnson who plays in Luis Suarez, his touch takes him wide but he tries a shot at the near post anyway. Mark Schwarzer makes the stop though.

    Fulham are too easy to play against at the moment. There is no pressure in the midfield to stop Liverpool from playing these passes.

  68. 1810: 
    West Ham 1-2 Everton

    I said earlier that Sam Allardyce plans to appeal against the red card shown to Carlton Cole, and Everton counterpart David Moyes is considering doing the same after Darron Gibson was sent-off.

    Moyes said: "I think I will (appeal). I don't think you could say it would be frivolous. Most people would say there is a genuine case."

  69. 1808: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Grant, Everton fan, from Weymouth on text via 81111: "Got to admit, the West Ham fans were outstanding. Stood behind their team and were unbiased about the two dismissals, applauding Gibson off."

  70. 1805: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Fulham - Steven Gerrard (36 mins)

    Hello! What's this all about from Stewart Downing? The winger drifts in from his station on the right before playing a sensational through-ball, doing the entire Fulham backline with the eyes. They all went one way, he passed it the other, Steven Gerrard runs on to it and drives across Mark Schwarzer and in to the corner. A wonderful pass. Maybe he needs to be played in the hole...

  71. 1802: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Wilfried Zaha puts a few quid on his pricetag, smashing Crystal Palace into the lead at home to Huddersfield in style, wriggling away from a defender before whacking the ball in off the underside of the crossbar. He is going places. Fast.

  72. 1802: 

    Here's a bit of team news from La Liga - Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has not picked Iker Casillas in goal tonight - it's the first time he's been dropped in 10 years! That is a run in the team.

  73. 1757: 
    CLOSE!

    Fulham should be 2-0 down - but moments later they have their best chance so far. Kieran Richardson shoots from 30 yards, the ball takes a late swerve and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has to kick it away to safety. Reina has not been at his most convincing this season has he?

  74. 1756: 

    Wigan midfielder James McArthur talking about his side's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Twitter: "Fans were excellent today. Gutted we couldn't get a good result for them."

  75. 1754: 
    SITTER!

    What a miss! Daniel Agger puts this one into orbit from two yards out. Steven Gerrard's shot is blocked, the ball runs to Luis Suarez on the right of the box. He is just onside and cuts the ball back across goal, Agger is two yards out, sliding in - and puts the ball high into the Anfield Road end.

  76. 1753: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mathew Thorley on Twitter: "Don't know why people are moaning about Stoke so much, over the last five years they improve every season! They play to their strengths."

  77. 1753: 

    This is better from Fulham, as they have some possession for the first real time. However, Alex Kacaniklic is smothered by Glen Johnson down the left and Liverpool are able to clear. Luis Suarez then has his first sight of goal at the other end, shooting wide from long range.

  78. 1751:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score live talking about QPR:

    "QPR have invested heavily in the last few years. Former manager Mark Hughes thought his summer buys would kick them on, but when you struggle, those new players have never been in that position.

    "If QPR can improve their home form, that will keep them up. They travelled to Newcastle and tried to contain them today, maybe by getting a draw."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  79. 1748: 

    Everton defender John Heitinga after the win at West Ham on Twitter: "Important win for Everton. Happy to play again after a month. I have to perform better. But gave everything I had..."

  80. 1746: 

    Liverpool are still on top here, with Stewart Downing moving out to the right. Fulham haven't offered much, but Dimitar Berbatov then brings down a long ball with an amazing touch. That is quality.

  81. 1745: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Daniel McCluskey on Twitter: "Martin Skrtel is the hardest looking man in football. Could definitely pass as a Slovakian Bear Wrestling Champion."

  82. 1743: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    There is a late Championship game under way - and quite frankly it is all going on at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace have already been reduced to 10 men, Damien Delaney being sent off for a professional foul, and Huddersfield have also missed an early spot-kick. Still 0-0 somehow.

  83. 1742: 
    CLOSE!

    Fulham defenders Brede Hangelaand and Aaron Hughes ran into each other from that corner, which allowed Martin Skrtel all the time he needed to hammer that goal home.

    Stewart Downing then rattles a shot wide from 25 yards. Liverpool well on top.

  84. 1740:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "No-one can accuse West Ham fans of being one-eyed about the two dismissals. They were equally critical of Darron Gibson's red card for Everton as they were of Carlton Cole's."

  85. 1740:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Martin Skrtel's goal:

    "Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel reacted so well. His touch and finish was wonderful, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had no chance.

    "I did not score any volleys like that in my career."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  86. 1740: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Steff Morgan on Twitter: "Stoke may be a boring team, but they are eighth in the league. I'm sure the bottom three would much rather swap."

    Andrew Wright on Twitter: "Can't stand the negative tactics adorned by so many PL sides today. Play to frustrate and block everything? What's happened?!?"

  87. 1739: 
    Newcastle 1-0 QPR

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp said he hopes to buy some new players in the January transfer window, after his side's defeat at Newcastle: "We will try to improve in the window to give ourselves half a chance. We need one or two extra options, like Newcastle had today. They could bring a couple of forwards on to freshen it up but we couldn't do that. We are desperately short of one or two bodies."

  88. 1738: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Fulham - Martin Skrtel (8 mins)

    What a hit. Steven Gerrard's corner ends up at the feet of Martin Skrtel, and the centre-half thumps a wonderful volley back past Mark Schwarzer and into the net. He almost decapitated a Fulham defender on the line there. Thumping hit.

  89. 1737: 
    Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "It was a big performance from us today, and I am thrilled not only for the team but also the fans who have travelled down today. It is a long long time since they had something to shout about. We had to make a few changes we reverted to a back four that have played in recent times and I thought they were terrific. Fletcher has scored a lot of us and all of them have been important, there have not been any third goals in three-goal wins. He has been fantastic and at times I think we are struggling to keep up with him."

  90. 1736: 

    It's been all Liverpool so far at Anfield. No real chances of yet though.

  91. 1735: 
    Newcastle 1-0 QPR

    Shola Ameobi, who scored Newcastle's winning goal with a lovely left-footed finish: "It was great to score the winning strike. The finish was something I have been working on. I practised it before the match and it paid off for me."

  92. 1734: 

    Great run from Jose Enrique as he charges into the box, cuts past two defenders but is eventually crowded out. Liverpool win the corner which is headed over the top by Daniel Agger.

  93. 1732:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Liverpool:

    "Liverpool have dropped so many points at home this season against teams that they should have beaten. Aston Villa played well last weekend, but that loss will dent Liverpool.

    "You would expect them to beat Fulham today at Anfield, but you do not know for certain judging by their results this season."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  94. 1731: 

    Liverpool start with Jose Enrique at left-back and Stewart Downing ahead of him on the wing. The two have been the other way round in recent games, with Downing playing at full-back. Dimitar Berbatov is not wearing his tights today.

  95. 1730: 

    It's interesting that some of Manchester City's own players think it could have been a foul for their winner. You will have to make your own minds up on Match of the Day this evening.

  96. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool v Fulham (1730 GMT)

    Game on at Anfield.

  97. 1729: 
    Man City 1-0 Reading

    Manchester City goalscorer Gareth Barry:

    Was his goal a foul? "I haven't seen it again. Shorey was just standing there and I got over the top of him. The lads in the dressing room were saying it was possibly a foul but I'm delighted the referee did not see it as a foul. I will have to see it again to make my own mind up."

  98. 1729:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final Score talking about Newcastle's win against QPR:

    "It was a big win for Newcastle today against QPR but they were still at sixes and sevens. Tactically for me, manager Alan Pardew has been left wanting this season.

    "They had no natural width with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse on the pitch together, and that only improved with the substitutions."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  99. 1727: 
    Gareth Barry scores

    We will be hearing about Gareth Barry's late winner today for some time. Whether it was a foul or not, credit to the champions for keeping going to the end yet again.

  100. 1724: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "5 - No side have drawn 0-0 more often in the top five European Leagues this season than Stoke City (5). Snooze."

  101. 1724: 
    West Ham 1-2 Everton

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will appeal against Carlton Cole's red card and said: "It's not right. It's hard a massive effect and we lose Carlton Cole but we will appeal immediately and hopefully they will see the sense and knock it down to a yellow.

    "I don't mind losing but not on a refereeing decision."

  102. 1724: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Philip Venables on Twitter: "Can the FA force Stoke boss Tony Pulis to resign for sucking the life out of football on a weekly basis?"

    James E Stebbins Jr on Twitter: "The Defoe/Adebayor strike partnership that seemed so promising for Spurs has failed to blossom today. Spurs missed Clint Dempsey!"

  103. 1723: 

    We are 10 minutes or so away from Liverpool v Fulham. Can Brendan Rodgers' men get back to winning ways?

  104. 1720: 
    Liverpool v Fulham (1730 GMT)

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers confirms the benched Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen are being given a breather: "To be fair, we have been making steady progress and last weekend was a massive disappointment. We need to get back on the winning trail again today."

  105. 1719: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kevin Brandley on Twitter: "Maybe now's the time to start having ex-pro's as referees? More understanding of the game and can relate to scenarios."

    Oscar Craven on Twitter: "Looking forward to seeing Suso show his class for Liverpool and cement a first team place instead of Jonjo Shelvey."

    Ashley Williams on Twitter: "RE 17:08 - how is it negative tactics? Manchester City had three chances. Reading should've had a penalty and could've won it versus the league champions."

  106. 1719: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "Tottenham are a very good side with outstanding individuals who can win a game in a second. I thought we played really well in the first half and we had our chances. We're pleased that we limited them, with most of their chances coming from outside the box. Tottenham are on a different level to us really when you look at what they've got, but if you work hard you've always got a chance."

  107. 1718: 
    Man City 1-0 Reading

    Man City manager Roberto Mancini:

    How much of a relief was the winner? "I hoped, always. It was difficult. We had lots of possession but if you don't score early it is very difficult.

    "You have to be patient but if we had scored one goal in the first half it would have changed the game. You need to score quickly in these games and sometimes you take a risk to score. I think we deserved to win."

    Were you surprised it was Gareth Barry who scored it? "Not surprised because sometimes Gareth scores and he usually scores important goals."

    Was it a foul? "No. I don't think, absolutely."

  108. 1717: 
    Man City 1-0 Reading

    Reading boss Brian McDermott: "I cannot believe that has happened to us. That goal at the end is just wrong. He is on Nicky Shorey's back and it is an absolutely certain foul. That decision today has killed us.

    "I spoke to the referee and he said he hung in the air. You can hang in the air if you are someone's back - you have got to get those decisions right. I am gutted for our players tonight because they were terrific and they deserved a point."

  109. 1713: 

    It's safe to say that Reading manager Brian McDermott wasn't happy with that winner. I'll bring you some of his quotes in a jiffy...

  110. 1713:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final Score talking about the red cards at Upton Park:

    "It is difficult to understand the referee's decisions today at Upton Park. Carlton Cole's sending off was a farce, and the second for Darron Gibson was a booking."

    Watch Final Score now on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  111. 1712: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kyle Waaslin on Twitter: "Man City have looked poor this season, can't see anything but Man United winning the title, consistency is the key."

  112. 1711: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST

    Three SPL matches, three home wins, three players netting doubles. Reigning champions Celtic stretched their lead to five points with a resounding 4-0 win against Ross County, Gary Hooper on target twice. Terry Butcher's Inverness occupy second place after Billy McKay's brace contributed to a comfortable 4-1 victory against Dundee. And, at Pittodrie, Niall McGinn scored both of Aberdeen's goals in the 2-0 defeat of St Johnstone.

  113. 1710: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas on his side's 0-0 draw with Stoke: "It is difficult to break them down. We tried everything from the first minute but Stoke proved why they are on a magnificent unbeaten run. It's difficult to create chances against them. We had lots of possession and lots of shots from outside the box, but we can't be negative because we gave it a go. We tried to get the three points but we couldn't do it today."

  114. 1710:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Manchester City's performance:

    "Reading changed things around today and were stubborn against Manchester City. They did a good job on them, but it was the sort of goal that lifts spirits from Gareth Barry.

    "Can City now go on through the festive period and stay with leaders Manchester United?"

    Watch Final Score now on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  115. 1710: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In League One, James Bailey scored for the first time this season for Coventry as he gave Mark Robins' side the lead against Preston but Lee Holmes grabbed a goal back for Graham Westley's side mid-way through the second half. The result means the Sky Blues remain undefeated in their last eight matches in all competitions.

    Tony McMahon scored his first two goals for Sheffield United against Crawley to give the Blades a vital three points which took Danny Wilson's side to the top of the table in time for Christmas Day.

    Jose Baxter scored his ninth goal of the season to give Oldham a third minute lead at Yeovil but Gavin Williams' brace, and James Hayter and Paddy Madden's second-half strikes means it was all change at Huish Park in a 4-1 home win. It got worse for Paul Dickov's side when Robbie Simpson was shown a straight red card mid-way through the second half.

    In the only game in League Two that kicked off at 1500, Onismor Bhasera gave Plymouth the lead at Accrington but assistant manager and former England striker James Beattie won Stanley a point. Northampton had earlier beat Aldershot 2-0.

  116. 1708: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Muzzaaa on Twitter: "Still don't understand how players are punished for wanting to win a header more than someone who doesn't want to jump."

    Jon Robinson on Twitter: "Reading management are an embarrassment. How can you complain when your tactics are that pathetically negative?"

    Ed Shone on Twitter: "Terrible decisions today; Wilshere tackle, Barry climbing all over people, Cole red, Di Santo off for two mins for no reason."

  117. 1706: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In the Championship, it was goals galore at London Road with Lee Tomlin, Dwight Gayle, George Thorne, Mark Little and Gabriel Zakuani giving Peterborough a crucial three points in a crazy 5-4 win against Bolton. Keith Andrews had scored two penalty kicks and both Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov struck late on to make the final scoreline more respectable. Despite the victory other results in the Championship went against Darren Ferguson's side so they remain in the dropzone until at least Boxing Day.

    Watford could surge into the play-offs come the new year and Matej Vydra's brace gave Gianfranco Zola's side all three points against Nottingham Forest to help them on their way

    Sheffield Wednesday climbed off the bottom with a 2-0 victory over Charlton. The Addicks' manager Chris Powell was sent off at half-time over the decision not to award Charlton a penalty after a foul on Yann Kermorgant.

    Nothing could separate Bristol City and Ipswich who drew 1-1 in the battle at the bottom of the Championship.

  118. 1705: 

    Everton are into the top four again after that win at West Ham - but it's tighter than a post-Christmas dinner belt up there. Arsenal are in third place and are joined on 30 points by Everton, Spurs and West Brom. The race for Europe will be closer than ever this year.

  119. 1704: 

    Statisticians Infostrada on Twitter: "Everton came back from behind to win for the fourth time this PL season, only Man Utd have achieved this more - seven times."

  120. 1703: 

    Plenty of chat about that late, late Gareth Barry goal - it was his first Premier League goal in 16 months, since netting at Bolton in August 2011. A big goal as well. We will get reaction from both camps soon...

  121. 1701: 
    Liverpool v Fulham (1730 GMT)

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his team were given a dose of "realism" with the defeat against Aston Villa last Saturday. But he says: "The reaction of the players has been first class - their willingness to put it right and get three points this weekend is very high and I've seen that in training." Fulham have just one win in nine league games and manager Martin Jol says: "It is about winning games so if we can pull a few games together and have a few wins we will be fine again - but we need to come up with solutions and results."

  122. 1701: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Michael Behan on Twitter: "Definitely a foul by Barry for Manchester City's late goal against Reading. That decision could by the end of the season relegate Reading & clinch the title for Man City."

    Peter Roberts on Twitter: "I cannot believe that Chelsea are seventh in the table, makes tomorrow's game a must win now!"

    Deron Galloway on Twitter: "The defender backed into Barry to stop him getting a run on the ball and made no attempt on the ball. Barry wanted it more."

  123. 1700: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Fulham (1730 GMT)

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

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Baird, Richardson, Dejagah, Berbatov. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs, Rodallega, Frei, Tavares.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  124. 1659:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "Everton win 2-1. Important victory but sadly plenty of debate will centre around the red cards."

  125. 1658: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Christopher Hall on Twitter: "Barry has both arms all over the Reading defender there... That goal should never have been given. Poor old Reading..."

    Alex Johnson on Twitter: "Anyone bashing Stoke for being boring against Spurs should remember that it is the emphasis of the home team to entertain their crowd."

    Femi Longe on Twitter: "If you try at first and fail, try again. Way to go, City!"

  126. 1657: 
    Liverpool v Fulham (1730 GMT)

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers makes two changes from the defeat by Aston Villa. The left-sided Jose Enrique and playmaker Suso replace the benched Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen.

    Fulham manager Martin Jol makes three changes. Midfielders Giorgos Karagounis and Alex Kacaniklic plus striker Ashkan Dejagah come in for Steve Sidwell, who is suspended, Damien Duff and Hugo Rodallega.

  127. 1657: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gabriel, an Arsenal fan in London, on text via 81111: "THANK YOU STOKE!!!"

  128. 1655: 

    Manchesters City and United score so often in stoppage-time, it really is incredible. Reading's players were furious with the referee at full-time but Nicky Shorey just didn't jump. He planted his feet and Barry jumped right over him. Great header from Barry, it really was. that could be a big goal in this season as well.

  129. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 1-0 QPR
  130. 1654:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Manchester City's late goal:

    "Gareth Barry has attacked the ball for Manchester City and the Reading defender has just backed into him. He has his hand on the defender, but I do not think it was a foul."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  131. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 1-0 Reading
  132. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 1-2 Everton
  133. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 0-1 Sunderland
  134. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 2-1 Norwich
  135. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 0-0 Stoke
  136. 1651: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-0 Reading - Gareth Barry (90 mins)

    Incredible. How often do the Manchester teams score in stoppage time? David Silva crosses from the left and Gareth Barry gets up above a defender to thump a header into the bottom corner. Barry was all over his defender - should that be a foul? Reading think so.

  137. 1650: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Reading

    City do almost find a winner, Sergio Aguero shooting into the side-netting.

  138. 1650: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob on Twitter: "Spurs to get last minute winner against Stoke, which would make a change from the latter half of this season."

    Anonymau5 on Twitter: "You just know City are going to find a goal."

    Tom Smith on Twitter: "Reading to snatch a late winner..."

  139. 1650: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Thayyab in Gloucester on text via 81111: "Reading v Man City. Case in point why it's harder to defend the Premier League title than it is to win it."

  140. 1648: 
    RED CARD FOR EVERTON- Darron Gibson

    Curse that bouncing ball at Upton Park. Darron Gibson sees red in similar scenes to Carlton Cole, as he goes after a high ball and catches Mark Noble on the shoulder. Harsh? Well, it was as much of a red card as Cole's challenge was...

  141. 1648: 

    Statisticians Infostrada on Twitter: "Shola Ameobi scored his first PL goal in nine months for Newcastle, since netting the injury time equaliser at home to Sunderland on March 4."

  142. 1646: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 1-2 Everton

    Chances at either end. First, Leon Osman brings a save out of Jussi Jaaskelainen with a bending strike, the ball runs clear and Nikica Jelavic screws the rebound into the side-netting under pressure. Big chance.

    Kevin Nolan is then in on goal at the other end but also hits the side-netting.

  143. 1645: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 1-0 QPR

    Sylvain Marveaux is very close to doubling Newcastle's lead, smashing a free-kick wide from the edge of the box .

  144. 1645: 
    GET INVOLVED

    (Chris)tmas on Twitter: "I suppose Liverpool - Fulham will have all the goals. I predict a 8-5 scoreline in the away team's favour."

    Luke Massey on Twitter: "Winger Jimmy Kebe has put in such a shift for Reading! Been everywhere on that pitch against Manchester City!!!"

  145. 1644: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Here we go then - what drama can the Premier League serve up in the last few minutes this week?

  146. 1643: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Nathan Clarke on Twitter: "OOOHHHHHHHH AMEOBI! SHOLA SHOLA SHOLA AMEOBI!!!"

  147. 1643:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Newcastle's goal:

    "Newcastle have been knocking on the door and the change to bring striker Shola Ameobi on has changed it. Ameobi's finish was brilliant after he checked back inside skilfully.

    "We often talk about 'super-subs' on this show and he has delivered the goods against QPR."

    Watch Final Score now on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  148. 1642: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Scott Parker is on for Spurs, who have been limited to long-range shots. It has been a very scrappy game, with no real quality on display at all.

  149. 1641: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Reading

    Reading so close again! Alex Pearce gets up to cause havoc at a corner again, heading wide at the back post. This has not been good from Manchester City.

  150. 1638: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 QPR - Shola Ameobi (81 mins)

    Alan Pardew's change works as Shola Ameobi collects a pass from Sylvain Marveaux, cuts inside and scores with a left-footed shot. A moment of quality in an otherwise forgettable match.

  151. 1638: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-1 Norwich - Romelu Lukaku (82 mins)

    Here we go! Two goals in a minute. This is a cracking header as well, think Andy Carroll against Sweden as Romelu Lukaku climbs to meet a long ball forwards with the meat of his head and send it into the corner. Fine goal.

  152. 1638: 

    This has not been a classic afternoon. Still, it beats shopping...

  153. 1637: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Luca Salfi on Twitter: "Don't... Fall ... Asleep..."

  154. 1636: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v Fulham (1730 GMT)

    Raheem Sterling is rested by Liverpool, with Suso starting in his place. Joe Allen is also left out.

  155. 1634: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man City 0-0 Reading

    Pavel Pogrebnyak mugs Kolo Toure down the left and squares for Jay Tabb in the middle, the midfielder wants a penalty when he is checked by Karim Rekik - but it looks fairly tame to me. Tabb needs treatment though after holding his ribs. City have 10 minutes or so to break the Royals down.

  156. 1634: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Aidan O'Regan on Twitter: "Don't know why Tottenham bother taking corners. Should just give the ball back to Stoke for a goal kick."

    Alex Clark on Twitter: "All the teams still recovering from their Xmas parties obviously."

    Hugh Moxon on Twitter: "Would the rule book not say a high challenge with studs showing is a red? Doesn't matter what the intent was."

  157. 1632: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 0-0 Reading

    This is an interesting change, with Manchester City needing a goal. Carlos Tevez is off, with Scott Sinclair coming on in his place. Even Sinclair looks a bit surprised.

  158. 1632:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "If Everton nursed a sense of injustice about Leon Osman's disallowed goal then West Ham United can feel similarly aggrieved about Carlton Cole's sending off. And Everton turning the game on its head with Steven Pienaar's second goal is not designed to make Sam Allardyce feel any better."

  159. 1631: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Thomas on Twitter: "They say that the Premier League is the most entertaining league in the world, they have clearly never watched Stoke."

    Michael Doherty on Twitter: "I'm an Everton fan but the Carlton Cole sending off for West Ham seems bizarre. Yellow at most."

  160. 1631: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE SCORE UPDATE

    Manchester City 0-0 Reading

    Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    West Brom 1-1 Norwich

    West Ham 1-2 Everton

  161. 1629: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-2 Everton - Steven Pienaar (73 mins)

    That red card has cost West Ham as Everton go ahead for the first time. Again Leon Osman is involved, as he dances into the area with some great feet before cutting the ball back. Steven Pienaar is in the thick of it, and the ball ricochets in. It may have come last off of a defender but Pienaar is certainly claiming it.

  162. 1628: 
    West Brom 1-1 Norwich

    The rain is falling very hard at West Brom now, with both sides struggling to impose themselves on the game. West Brom have a free-kick in a good area though...that is driven into the wall and comes to nothing.

  163. 1628: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    Walsall have not won since September but they have taken the lead at home to Colchester through Niall McGinn. In the only game in League Two that survived the weather and kicked off at 1500 GMT, Onismor Bhasera gave Plymouth the lead at Accrington but assistant manager and former England striker James Beattie brought Stanley back into the game minutes after the break.

  164. 1627: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Goals from Lee Tomlin, Dwight Gayle and George Thorne have given Peterborough hope of exiting the dropzone in time for Christmas but two spot-kicks from Bolton's Keith Andrews means there is still all to play for in the final 20 minutes. There is nothing separating Bristol City and Ipswich who are drawing 1-1 in the battle at the bottom of the Championship. Matej Vydra's two goals are the difference for Watford as they lead Nottingham Forest. Millwall's Adam Smith has been shown a straight red for a full-bloodied challenge on Barnsley's David Perkins. The Tykes lead 1-0 through Stephen Dawson. Rhys McCabe could be sending Sheffield Wednesday out of the relegation zone with a stunning left-foot volley into the top corner. The Addicks' manager Chris Powell was sent off at half-time over the decision not to award Charlton a penalty on after a foul on Yann Kermorgant.

  165. 1627:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "West Ham's Carlton Cole sent off for a high challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines. Caught him but looked very, very harsh on Cole."

  166. 1627: 

    We are into the last 20 minutes or so around the grounds - can we have some goals please?

  167. 1626: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Adam Tyson on Twitter: "Take Marouane Fellani out of the Everton team and what do you have? Not much."

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "Reading are practically playing a back line of six when City attack. Impressively organized and disciplined."

  168. 1626:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final Score:

    "Everton have struggled to win enough games. Simply put, they draw too many.

    "Striker Victor Anichebe has come on leaps and bounds for me, and as an Everton boy, he celebrated his goal against West Ham with real emotion. That resonates with the fans.

    "Then the ball went over Carlton Cole's head and he is trying to control it with his foot and cannot see Leighton Baines. His red card says to me that the referee does not understand the game."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  169. 1625: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Reading

    Manchester City come close to breaking the deadlock as Carlos Tevez and David Silva combine to release Pablo Zabaleta in the right channel and his cross is marginally too high for substitute Edin Dzeko to head in.

    Dzeko then heads over the top again. City have dialled up the pressure - can Reading resist?

  170. 1622: 
    RED CARD FOR WEST HAM- Carlton Cole

    Carlton Cole is off. He stretches to control a high ball, Leighton Baines nip sin to win the header and Cole rakes him down his side with his studs. It looks nasty, but Cole's eyes were on the ball. However, referee Anthony Taylor decides to dismiss the striker. Sam Allardyce is bemused.

  171. 1622: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    It's a frustrating afternoon for Newcastle. Papiss Cisse has been hooked off and replaced by Shola Ameobi. He was furious with the decision and snubbed a handshake from his manager, Alan Pardew. He also turned down some orange juice from Steve Harper. He is really stewing on the bench. To compound United's misery, Cheick Tiote has been booked for the fifth time this season and will now miss the Boxing Day trip to Manchester United.

  172. 1620: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-1 Everton - Victor Anichebe (64 mins)

    It's been coming - and now Everton are level. Steven Pienaar is given all the space he needs to pick out a cross from the left and Victor Anichebe gets up to guide his header right into the corner. there was an element of shoulder in that one - but they all count.

  173. 1619: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

    The best chance Southampton have had, as Jose Fonte wins a header from a corner which is heading for the net until Jack Colback flicks it clear. The hosts looking to build up a head of steam here.

  174. 1619:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Reading's game at Manchester City:

    "Reading have started the half very well here. Winger Jimmy Kebe has proved to be a really good outlet ball for them.

    "Manchester City need to changes things and striker Edin Dzeko has come on for Javi Garcia."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  175.  

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "20 - No side have scored more goals in the final 30 minutes of Premier League matches this season than Man City. Expectations."

  176. 1618: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke have had more 0-0 draws this season than any other team in the top five divisions in Europe. This is what is known as tempting fate...

  177. 1617: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    It's that time of the game where you call for replacements - Newcastle have thrown on Shola Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan, while Manchester City send on the superest super sub of them all - Edin Dzeko.

  178. 1616: 
    West Brom 1-1 Norwich

    It's been a very drab second-half at The Hawthorns, with neither goalkeeper called into action as yet.

  179. 1616: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam on Twitter: "You wish Reading will get a result that helps their relegation cause against Manchester City but they can't even keep the ball! What do they do in training?"

  180. 1616:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "Not sure I've seen a player caught offside as many times as Nikica Jelavic has in this game."

  181. 1614: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Tottenham's two wingers combine well to fashion a chance - Aaron Lennon skips away down the left and stands up a cross which Gareth Bale heads over the top. AVB looks frustrated on the touchlines.

  182. 1614: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "28 - Nikica Jelavic has been caught offside more often than any other player this season (four times today). Strayed."

  183. 1614: 
    Man City 0-0 Reading

    Reading have a good chance to upset the apple cart, Alex Pearce is left unmarked from a right-wing corner but the Scot mistimes his jump and thumps a header wide. Manchester City are showing few signs of anxiety though - they have faith in their style of play.

  184. 1613: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST

    Inverness are on course to celebrate Christmas Day second top of the SPL, with Billy McKay's double helping them to a 3-1 lead at home to Dundee. Celtic, the league leaders, have a comfortable 2-0 advantage against Ross County while Aberdeen and St Johnstone are locked at 0-0.

  185. 1611: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Chances at either end. Jermain Defoe shoots over from 25 yards, before Ryan Shawcross heads over for Stoke. It's still pretty even, with Spurs maybe on top.

  186. 1611: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Williams Babatunde on Twitter: "Kolo Toure has been very outstanding today for Manchester City."

  187. 1610: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 1-0 Everton

    A goal is in the air for Everton. You can taste it. Darron Gibson is the latest to have David Moyes on his feet, bending a free-kick over the wall and into the side-netting.

  188. 1609: 
    Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland are getting some joy down the flanks, and there's been no sign of a Southampton equaliser as yet. Steven Fletcher remains out there for the Black Cats, but he's not 100% fit. We all know what happened last time I said that...

  189. 1608: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matthew McKenna on Twitter: "Think Sunderland will do the usual when they score first... Drop deeper and deeper until the opposition score."

  190. 1606: 
    SHOWBOAT- Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    Adel Taarabt had a blinder of a game last weekend for QPR, and he has just waltzed through three challenges with ease in the centre circle. Marvellous from the Moroccan. Djibril Cisse collects his pass but shoots into the side-netting.

  191. 1605: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 1-0 Everton

    Everton should score! Leon Osman breaks into the box, James Collins makes an agricultural challenge and the ball hits his own player before dropping nicely for Nikica Jelavic, unmarked in the middle of goal. But the Croatian is not a sensation, slicing his effort tamely at the goalkeeper. Poor finish.

  192. 1603: 
    KICK-OFF

    All six games are back in play now.

  193. 1603:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "Hear so many good things about midfielder Ross Barkley. Wonder if Everton manager David Moyes will be bold enough to give him a chance here in the second half against West Ham?"

  194. 1602: 
    KICK-OFF- West Ham 1-0 Everton

    We are under way at Upton Park - and at the Hawthorns...

  195. 1601: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Pete Thompson on Twitter: "Reading's Jay Tabb badly needs to get new boots. He looks like he's borrowed those old school, all black beauties off his dad."

    Nothing wrong with those Thommo - they're proper boots son.

  196. 1600:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Anfield:Liverpool v Fulham (1730 GMT)

    "Fulham and Liverpool ended last season with identical records in the Premier League - both finished on 52 points, having won 14, drawn 10, and lost 14. The Cottagers were responsible for two of those Liverpool losses as they secured a double over them for the first time in their history. Indeed, their 1-0 triumph in May was a landmark moment for Fulham as they finally won at Anfield at the 31st time of asking. In truth, it's been a calendar year of enormous disappointment for the Reds in front of the Kop, who witnessed their seventh Anfield league defeat of 2012 when Aston Villa emerged triumphant last weekend. Fulham's recent form doesn't suggest they're likely to inflict an eighth, though, as they're currently on a run of just one victory in their last nine games."

  197. 1600: 

    There's the late game to come of course...

  198. 1600: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Daniel White on Twitter: "RE 1542 - "What do people expect Reading to do? They are bottom of the league playing champions Manchester City, they shouldn't be playing like Barca."

  199. 1558: 

    Spurs are sneaking back in to the top four as it stands. West Brom are also on the rise. A big 45 minutes coming up.

  200. 1557: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam on text via 81111: "Yes, the referee may have got it wrong for the disallowed Everton goal against West Ham but the players are not being very professional the way they are taking it and are only embarrassing themselves."

  201. 1556: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In League One, James Bailey scored for the first time this season for Coventry as he gave Mark Robins' side the lead against Preston. Tony McMahon has scored his first goal for Sheffield United against Crawley Town to give the Blades the first-half advantage. Jose Baxter scored his ninth goal of the season to give Oldham a third minute lead at Yeovil but Gavin Williams' brace means it is all change at Huish Park at the 45 minute mark, while Walsall against Colchester remains goalless. In the only game in League Two that kicked off at 1500 Onismor Bhasera has given Plymouth the lead at Accrington.

  202. 1555: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Gibson on Twitter: "QPR's Clint Hill, Anton Ferdinand and Ryan Nelsen are the slowest defenders in the PL, and Newcastle are playing air balls. Get Shane Ferguson and Sylvain Marveaux on for pace!"

  203. 1555: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Peterborough's Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle scored in the opening six minutes against Bolton before Keith Andrews gave Dougie Freedman's side hope from the penalty spot. Neil Danns gave Bristol City the lead against fellow strugglers Ipswich before Tommy Smith's overhead kick drew the side's level. Watford have made a good start at home to Nottingham Forest, with Matej Vydra's brace giving Gianfranco Zola's side the advantage.

    Sheffield Wednesday could move out of the relegation zone with victory over Charlton and Rhys McCabe could be sending them on their way with a stunning left-foot volley into the top corner. Darius Henderson had a great chance to give Millwall the lead from the penalty spot but dragged his effort wide before Stephen Dawson gave Barnsley the lead.

  204.  

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "8 - Steven Fletcher has scored with over half (53% - 8/15) of his shots on target in the Premier League this season for Sunderland. Opener."

  205. 1552:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live summariser at Eithad Stadium

    "I actually feel City have played well. They've held the ball, tried to create, not lumped it upfield, not got frustrated. They're just coming up against mass ranks of Reading shirts. The problem for Reading is the longer you do it, the harder it gets. If they lose concentration, Aguero or Tevez will find that half-yard. It just needs one mistake and none of them have made one yet. Reading made three changes to their defence and it has worked so far."

    You can listen to commentary of Man City v Reading on BBC Radio 5 live

  206. 1552: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt on text via 81111: "RE 1539 - Having seen the effect of your recent Steven Fletcher comment can you say something similar about any Reading player please?!?"

    They are all shot Matt - every one of them. Good luck...

  207. 1549:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "West Ham 1 Everton 0 at half time. Everton still complaining about Leon Osman's disallowed goal as the players leave the pitch."

  208. 1548: 

    So if Manchester City are going to plunder 10 goals this afternoon, we are in for some 45 minutes. Reading holding out well.

  209. 1548:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Etihad:HALF-TIME- Man City 0-0 Reading

    "Cheers from the small group of Reading fans, frustration for the Premier League champions. They dominated play but clear chances have been hard to come by."

  210. 1548:  
    Presenter Mark Pougatch at White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Huge appetite and team work from Stoke. Tottenham winger Gareth Bale just clearing the dirt from the spark plugs & beginning to threaten more regularly, still 0-0."

  211. 1548:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at St James' ParkHALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    "A hot cup of tea will taste better than it's ever done today at a cold and wet St James' Park. It's not been a classic so far, where Newcastle have had most of the possession without creating too many chances."

  212. 1547:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Steven Fletcher's for Sunderland:

    "Steven Fletcher has been a really good signing for Sunderland. He has been excellent while fellow summer signing Adam Johnson has struggled.

    "He got fortunate with the break from Stephane Sessegnon's mis-placed shot, but he is so comfortable in front of goal. He did not panic and just stroked it into the net."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  213. 1547:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the HawthornsHALF-TIME- West Brom 1-1 Norwich

    "Ben Foster will feel he should have done better to prevent Robert Snodgrass' free kick from going in, and he will be reliving that moment over his half-time cuppa. Gera levelled two minutes before the break, ending a near six-hour goal drought for Albion. Mark Bunn might feel that he was impeded as he tried to get to the initial corner."

  214. 1547:  
    MOTD's John Roder at White Hart Lane:HALF-TIME- Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    "A generally low-key first period. You can see why Stoke don't concede many but you can also see why they don't score many either. Nineteen of the 24 goals at White Hart Lane this season have come in the second halves of games - let's hope that statistic is improved upon today."

  215. 1547:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at St Mary's:HALF-TIME- Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

    "It is a big game for these two and for all the hosts' neat play it is Sunderland who hold a slender advantage into the break."

  216. 1546:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Upton Park:HALF-TIME- West Ham 1-0 Everton

    "It's been an interesting first-half at Upton Park. Sylvain Distin might have put Everton in front, Osman thought he had, only to see his effort disallowed, and two minutes later Carlton Cole gave West Ham the lead. The big talking point at half-time is the disallowed 'goal' and Everton are desperately disappointed with that decision."

  217. 1543: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-1 Norwich - Zoltan Gera (43 mins)

    Chaos at The Hawthorns. A corner is met at the back post by Jonas Olsson, Norwich keeper Mark Bunn tries to turn it over the top under pressure but can only palm it against the crossbar, and Zoltan Gera is left with a tap-in.

  218. 1542: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-1 Sunderland - Steven Fletcher (42 mins)

    This is either an amazing pass or a terrible mishit from Stephane Sessegnon - I'm not sure which. Adam Johnson gets free down the left and cuts the ball back, Sessegnon then squeezes it across the six-yard box and Steven Fletcher is in the right place to pounce and smash home.

  219. 1542: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Samuel Davies on Twitter: "Anyone trying to get around Manchester by bus will struggle this afternoon - Reading have parked all of them at the Etihad against Manchester City."

  220. 1540: 
    Man City 0-0 Reading

    Carlos Tevez and David Silva link up beautifully inside the penalty area for Manchester City - at times they are so good - but when the ball is cut back Reading get it away. Yaya Toure wants a penalty for a tug on the shirt from Alex Pearce but nothing doing.

  221. 1539: 
    Southampton 0-0 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher has been struggling with injury for Sunderland for several weeks and I have to say that he is not looking 100% again out there. Maybe Connor Wickham will have to come on at the break.

  222. 1538:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "If Everton are to get back into this game against West Ham then Steven Pienaar looks comfortably their most creative option."

  223. 1538: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Some Body on Twitter: "All building up logically to an avalanche of goals in the second halves.... Isn't it?"

    Rory Fennessy on Twitter: "The referees get so much undeserved stick, the only impartial people on the pitch. It's their opinion, that's in the rulebook."

  224. 1537: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Reading

    The hiding feared by Reading is not on the horizon yet, but City do craft a decent chance. Carlos Tevez stands a cross up after neat work down the right but Gareth Barry can only head into the hands of Adam Federici.

  225. 1536: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    Some neat link-up play between Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse ends with Cisse going to ground under Fabio's sliding challenge - he wants a penalty but the referee is having none of it. This one's not really caught fire yet. Newcastle really miss Yohan Cabaye don't they?

  226. 1534: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ljaz on Twitter: "David Silva getting his flair back, Sergio Aguero giving his best. Manchester City can't afford to drop anymore points."

  227. 1533: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Gareth Bale is beginning to have an influence at White Hart Lane, sending in a couple of decent crosses from the left. His latest one is a beauty, picking out Emmanuel Adebayor at the back stick but his header is well off target.

  228. 1533: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "5 - Robert Snodgrass has scored (3) and assisted (2) five goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Norwich City. Form."

  229. 1532: 
    GET INVOLVED

    John in Dagenham, a West Ham, on text via 81111: "We have had our fair share of bad decisions like the winner against Manchester City that was chalked off."

  230. 1532: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-1 Norwich

    Albion go close again as Goran Popov thunders in a shot from 30 yards which has Mark Bunn worried in the Norwich goal. Unfortunately for the home side the shot flies a yard over the bar.

  231. 1531:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "Everton's John Heitinga not exactly dealing comfortably with West Ham's Carlton Cole. Heitinga has looked a ponderous figure this season."

  232. 1530: 
    Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    A slight injury concern for Newcastle as Vurnon Anita turns his ankle on the soft surface after being checked down the right by Fabio. He's going to try and run it off, but he looks sore. Newcastle are doing all the pressing, with QPR happy to try and utilise the pace of Djibril Cisse on the counter.

  233. 1530: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jonathan Hall on Twitter: "Linesman got it right - An Everton player was holding the goalkeeper's arms down to his side - Foul. Great finish from West Ham's Carlton Cole afterwards."

  234. 1530: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-1 Norwich

    West Brom are hunting for an equaliser, and they are close here. Gareth McAuley slides in at the far post to bundle a corner towards the goal but a Canary is well stationed to hack it clear.

  235. 1527: 
    West Ham 1-0 Everton

    Victor Anichebe is taking no chances of giving away another foul for Everton - at the next corner he stands with his arms folded across his chest like a stroppy toddler. The game is pretty even now.

  236. 1527:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Newcastle's struggles this season:

    "Newcastle have really missed Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote playing regularly in central midfield. That is one of the main reasons for their struggles this seasons, for me."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  237. 1527: 
    Southampton 0-0 Sunderland

    Southampton's Gaston Ramirez turns down the chance to slide in Emmanuel Mayuka, opting to put his laces through the ball from 25 yards out instead. It is a decent dipping effort that needs careful attention from Simon Mignolet, but maybe the pass to his Zambian strike partner was the better option.

  238. 1526: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE SCORE UPDATE

    Manchester City 0-0 Reading

    Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    Southampton 0-0 Sunderland

    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    West Brom 0-1 Norwich

    West Ham 1-0 Everton

  239. 1526: 
    GET INVOLVED

    THFC project on Twitter: "Don't like it, but the fact Stoke have a philosophy and successfully stick to it is something to be admired..."

  240. 1525: 

    I drafted in Robert Snodgrass for Marouane Fellaini in my Fantasy Football team this week. Early Christmas present that one...

  241. 1525:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "Everton midfielder Leon Osman still in dialogue with ref Anthony Taylor about his disallowed goal - utterly futile and Everton now need to get back into the game."

  242. 1523: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Norwich - Robert Snodgrass (23 mins)

    Ben Foster is back in the West Brom goal today after seven games out - and maybe he's a bit rusty. Robert Snodgrass whips in a 25-yard free-kick, he hits it very well, but Foster can only get one hand on to it and help it into the roof of the net. In-form Norwich lead.

  243. 1522: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Spurs have come back into the game after that strong start from Stoke, but we have not had any chances of note.

  244. 1521: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Marc Sepetowski on Twitter: "How many weekends will referees and linesmen be allowed to ruin football matches due to awful decisions?"

  245. 1521: 
    West Brom 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich have had a good spell at the Hawthorns, taking much of the ball, but West Brom then break well with Romelu Lukaku shooting straight at Mark Bunn. It's pretty evenly matched between those two.

  246. 1520:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "Everton doubly frustrated here - firstly by Leon Osman's goal being ruled out. The linesman obviously felt Victor Anichebe had impeded keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and now they are behind to Carlton Cole's goal. Osman still in dialogue with referee Anthony Taylor but all rather pointless and Everton now have bigger priorities."

  247. 1519:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about his former side's game against West Ham:

    "I think the referee gave a foul on striker Victor Anichebe against West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen as he certainly was not offside for Leon Osman's disallowed goal. It looked very, very soft.

    "It was a really good finish from Carlton Cole for West Ham's goal which came immediately afterwards. It is amazing how a small incident can change a game, as I think we all considered in the studio that Everton should have been ahead.

    "Everton manager David Moyes is not happy with that!"

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  248. 1519: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dom, an irate Everton fan, on text via 81111: "See these linesmen and referees getting BIG decisions wrong week in week out, I'm sorry but the whole system needs a review SORT IT OUT FA!"

  249. 1518: 
    Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    We all know it's a busy Saturday for everyone, and even QPR boss Harry Redknapp can't escape. He's on the phone in the dugout as he watches on. Who knows what he's having to deal with there. Picking up the fresh turkey? Sorting out Jamie and Louise's surprise presents? Or maybe flogging Jose Bosingwa...

  250. 1516: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Reading

    Manchester City are having more of the ball as you'd expect, but Reading don't look overawed and are holding their own. No clear chances for either side - but wait! Carlos Tevez should score, running on to a deft flick from Sergio Aguero but shooting straight at Adam Federici.

  251. 1514: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Everton - Carlton Cole (14 mins)

    David Moyes will be fuming. Moments after seeing Leon Osman's 'goal' ruled out, West Ham go ahead. And it's a great goal as well. Matty Taylor plays the ball in to Carlton Cole's feet 30 yards from goal, the big man turns Johnny Heitinga easily before lashing a low shot in at the near post. Excellent finish.

  252. 1512: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- West Ham 0-0 Everton

    Leon Osman heads in a Leighton Baines corner, he runs off to celebrate but the goal is ruled out. For what? I'm not sure. Victor Anichebe was standing with goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen but he was hardly doing much.

  253. 1511: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    It's all Stoke at White Hart Lane - fine start from the visitors as Spurs can't get out of their half.

  254. 1511: 
    Southampton 0-0 Sunderland

    Southampton have built up a bit of momentum at St Mary's and Rickie Lambert's fizzing free-kick whizzes just wide of the post with Simon Mignolet struggling to make up the ground. A couple of neat and tidy touches from Gaston Ramirez already as he attempts to make up for the absence of Adam Lallana for the hosts.

  255. 1510: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Benjamin Wills on Twitter: "I can see Reading getting something from today's game, this league can be so unpredictable sometimes!"

    Adam Oliver on Twitter: "Reading are doing well so far - 10 minutes gone and they haven't conceded!"

  256. 1509: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-0 Everton

    And another good chance as we await our first goal of the day. Leighton Baines sends in a free-kick for Everton, Sylvain Distin wins the header with ease but can't keep it down and it drifts over.

  257. 1509: 
    Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    The home side have the first half chance of the match as Jonas Gutierrez whips in a cross from the left and Papiss Cisse climbs above his marker and heads into the side-netting.

  258. 1507: 
    Man City 0-0 Reading

    Slack play from Joe Hart in the City net as he sells left-back Karim Rekik short with a pass which is intercepted by Jimmy Kebe. He crosses with Hart out of his goal but City are able to get it away. No sign of a 10-0 hammering for Reading at this rate.

  259. 1507: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Barney, a Spurs fan, on text via 81111: "RE Jonnie at 1451: Although Sandro has been fantastic this season, I think the team will be stronger when Scotty Parker is starting again. Kaboul will also give manager AVB some food for thought in regard to centre-backs."

  260. 1505: 
    West Brom 0-0 Norwich

    West Brom haven't scored for nearly five hours, but they go close early on here, with Romelu Lukaku flicking a header just over the top. Good start from the hosts.

  261. 1505: 
    GET INVOLVED

    John, a Southampton fan in London, on text via 81111: "QPR & Saints to win today, taking us up to 14th with a game in hand. Fulham next, we'll be mid-table come January. Happy days."

  262. 1504: 
    Newcastle 0-0 QPR

    There is some standing water in places on the pitch at Newcastle - but that's the only talking point of note so far.

  263. 1504: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sk Rayamajhi on Twitter: "Liverpool are the team with most crucial three points today to fight for today to keep their aspirations alive."

  264. 1503: 
    Southampton 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland have made a bright start on the south coast, with Stephane Sessegnon hitting a shot from range which forced Kelvin Davis into a save. Plenty of away fans have made the journey there as well.

  265. 1502:  
    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on Final Score talking about Gareth Bale's return for Tottenham:

    "Tottenham have really missed winger Gareth Bale in the last few weeks, he is now among the elite in world football. To have him back today against Stoke is huge for Tottenham.

    "I saw them against Everton a few weeks ago and I thought they were poor because Bale was not there."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  266. 1501: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    And we almost have a goal inside 45 seconds at White Hart Lane. Spurs' full-back Kyle Walker plays a terrible ball across his goal, it is intercepted by Kenwyne Jones but the striker shoots wildly over the top. What was Walker thinking of there? A let-off.

  267. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF

    There is a minute's applause at the Etihad - as there is at the start of the last home game before Christmas every year - but we are away in our other games...

  268. 1458: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mayowa Olubowale on Twitter: "That handball from Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs was more of a penalty than the Wigan "foul" on Walcott!!!"

  269. 1458:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final Score:

    "I can believe Sunderland are involved in the relegation battle ahead of their game against fellow strugglers Southampton. Martin O'Neill's arrival as manager has not worked as well as they imagined, though.

    "I only struggle to imagine what has been going on as O'Neill is a good manager, as he has proved over a length of time."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  270. 1458: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Grant Campbell on Twitter: "Think Reading will get a bit of a hiding today at the Etihad by Man City."

  271. 1457: 

    It's a big day for Karim Rekik as he makes his Premier League debut - the teenager has gone for an alice band in his hair. That is a big call on a winter day in Manchester.

  272. 1454:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:

    "Novelty pop act 'One Pound Fish Man' is currently being interviewed on the pitch at Upton Park. A famous character these days.

    "And 'One Pound Fish Man' will be back at half time to sing apparently. Will need to be some game to overshadow that."

  273. 1454: 

    We are five minutes away from kick-off then. Who needs the points the most today?

  274. 1454:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:West Ham v Everton (1500 GMT)

    "Everton will discover how much they miss the influence of Marouane Fellaini as he starts a three-game ban for headbutting Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross. They are pursuing fourth place while West Ham want to build on a solid start, although their last game at Upton Park ended in a 3-2 defeat against Liverpool."

  275. 1451: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jonnie on text via 81111: "With the exception of Benoit Assou-Ekotto for Steven Caulker with Jan Vertonghen pushed to left-back, this is surely Tottenham's best first 11?"

  276. 1451: 

    Here are some quotes attributed to Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak ahead of their game at City.

    "Maybe I'm influenced by my emotions but we're a bit afraid of travelling to Manchester," the Russian told Sovsport.ru. "At least I'm (afraid).

    "I hope we don't concede 10 goals (on Saturday). I hope our manager will find something."

    Pavel would settle for a 9-0 defeat then...

  277. 1450: 

    At the top of the table it's a chance for Manchester City to close the gap on leaders Manchester United as they host Reading.

    Anyone fearing a hiding for Reading? You are not alone...

  278. 1447: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "2 - Wigan have won only two of their last 19 Premier League games played in the month of December (W2 D9 L8). Humbug."

  279. 1447: 
    GET INVOLVED

    How many in-house arguments were there today about whether to hit the shops or not? The rest of the nation may be getting in a panic about the fact there are less than 72 hours until Christmas Day, but football doesn't care.

    It's a Saturday, it's 3pm. It's football time. Put the shopping down, step away from the wrapping paper, take the phone off the hook. Settle in for the games that have survived the weather.

    All set? Get in touch via text or Twitter.

  280. 1443:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Upton Park:West Ham v Everton (1500 GMT)

    "Everton welcome back captain Phil Neville earlier than expected after knee surgery but they are without Marouane Fellaini, who starts a three game ban. Victor Anichebe is preferred to Steven Naismith while Phil Jagielka could feature in an unfamiliar right back role."

  281. 1442: 
    MATCH POSTPONED

    This is what you call a late decision. North of the border, Berwick Rangers v Queen's Park has just been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. Surely it was waterlogged at least an hour ago?

  282.   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wigan manager Paul Jewell at the DW Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "That was not a classic performance by any stretch by Arsenal. But, it was horrible conditions and they have got the result they wanted.

    "There is great credit for the way Wigan played but they did not create enough chances."

  283. 1441: 

    Cheers Higgo. I'm more of a Lionel Ainsworth to be honest but here we go...

  284. 1439: 

    On that note, I'm going to hand over to the Lionel Messi of football live text, Tom Rostance. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon's offering...

  285. 1438: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 0-1 Arsenal

    That's it, all over at the DW Stadium. Mikel Arteta scored the only goal, but Arsenal had to dig deep there. Wigan will spend Christmas in the bottom three, but they can take plenty of heart from that performance.

  286.  

    Statisticians Infostrada on Twitter: "Karim Rekik becomes the youngest foreigner to make his PL debut for Man City."

  287.   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wigan manager Paul Jewell at the DW Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "That should have been a penalty for Wigan. Even though Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs did not put his arms out, he put them up."

    You can listen to commentary of Wigan v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  288. 1436: 

    Is that Wigan's final chance? Jean Beausejour cleverly picks out an unmarked James McArthur in the box but the midfielder shoots wide.

  289. 1436: 
    LINE-UPS- West Brom v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Morrison, Brunt, Odemwingie, Gera, Dorrans, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Long, Jara Reyes, Tamas, Fortune.

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

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  290.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Fqiren on Twitter: "Q: What can be worse than the world ending? A: Watching Arsenal defend a 1-0 lead."

  291. 1435: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Parker, Gallas, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend.

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

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  292. 1434: 

    Wigan come close again as Jordi Gomez fires in a shot which hits Kieran Gibbs on the arm, but their penalty appeals are turned down. Nervous times for the Gunners now. We're into stoppage time.

  293. 1434: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v QPR (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote, Perch, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

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

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  294. 1433: 

    Is there trouble brewing at Loftus Road? It is being reported that QPR defender Jose Bosingwa is not in the squad at Newcastle today after being fined for refusing to sit on the bench last week.

    It is understood the former Chelsea full-back, who was said to be injured yesterday, was punished for his reaction to being left out for the victory over Fulham last weekend. Hopefully we will find out more from Harry Redknapp later on...

  295. 1432: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Mayuka, Lambert, Ramirez. Subs: Boruc, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Do Prado, Richardson, De Ridder.

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

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  296.   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wigan manager Paul Jewell at the DW Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "This is the poorest I have seen Arsenal for a long, long time. They will lose games playing much better than this."

    You can listen to commentary of Wigan v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  297. 1431: 

    More frustration for Wigan, as Ronnie Stam and James McArthur link up well but Jean Beausejour sees the ball run away from him on the edge of the area. Just three minutes left for Wigan to find that equaliser now.

  298.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Hutchings on Twitter: "Top of the Christmas present list for Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has to be crossing lessons for his full-backs."

    Chris, I presume you are not the former Wigan manager?

  299.   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wigan manager Paul Jewell at the DW Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "Arsenal's Santi Cazorla has been pushed to the left-hand side of midfield from the centre and Wigan are now getting in behind him as the Spaniard is showing he is not very good at getting back from out wide. Wigan need to keep putting the ball into that area."

    You can listen to commentary of Wigan v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  300. 1425: 

    Wigan refuse to lie down. They probably deserve something out of this game as James McCarthy picks out Ronnie Stam down the right with a wonderful pass. The winger tries to find Arouna Kone in the box, but Per Mertesacker manages to clear the ball.

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