Saturday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Man Utd defeat Reading in the Premier League after earlier wins for Villa, Everton, Southampton and Arsenal.

16 March 2013 Last updated at 20:13

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  1. 1947: 

    Right time for me to wrap up what has been a decisive day at the top of the table, and one that has left us with a clearer picture at the bottom too. You can watch all of today's Premier League action on MOTD on BBC One (and this website in the UK) at 2230 GMT, followed by all today's goals in the Football League in the Football League Show at 2350 (ditto). Thanks for keeping me company today, and make sure you join Aimee Lewis on Sunday. Cheerio for now.

  2. 1945: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand will join up with England for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

    Ferguson is also not ready to celebrated his 13th title and United's 20th in total just yet. "The only thing you can do is go and win your next game," the United boss said. "We have got Sunderland away in our next game, which is always a tough place to go, and then we face Manchester City at home. You don't get points and medals for being complacent."

    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Old Trafford: "Manchester United were far from convincing against a hard-working Reading side but one step closer to the Premier League title will more than make up for any disappointment about the performance."

    MOTD'S Steve Bower at the Liberty StadiumFULL-TIME- Swansea 0-2 Arsenal

    "At the end of a big week, they have a big win. For once Arsenal did it the more comfortable way when Gervinho in stoppage time settled it. They aren't going to give up the Champions League places without a fight."

    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Britannia StadiumFULL-TIME- Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    "Right at the end Stoke could have won it through Kenwyne Jones. Is it a point gained for Stoke? I guess it is as they limp towards the safety line. But it's not the victory they craved and another blank for them. I'm sure West Brom will view it as a good point."

    MOTD's John Roder at St Mary's StadiumFULL-TIME- Southampton 3-1 Liverpool

    "A huge three points for Southampton as they recorded only a second win under manager Mauricio Pochettino. Southampton were very good value for the win on a desperately poor day for Liverpool."

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Villa ParkFULL-TIME- Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    "It has been agony from start to finish. Villa manager Paul Lambert lived every minute of it, and if QPR defender Clint Hill's shot from the last kick of the match had been inches lower it would have been a completely different result

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Goodison ParkFULL-TIME- Everton 2-0 Man City

    "This was an Everton performance full of fight, desire and spirit which had the Goodison Park crowd fully behind them. They scored two great goals and some fine saves from goalkeeper Jan Mucha helped ensure the win."

  9. 1938: 

    So, things are looking a little clearer at the top and bottom of the table tonight. Still a lot of football to be played but a bit more daylight at both ends.

    Here's how today panned out...

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Once again job done by Man Utd. It's over isn't it? Title number 20 on the way."

  11. 1930: 

    You don't need a calculator to work this one out. United need 13 points from nine games to guarantee their 20th title... but they might not need that many:

    If United beat Sunderland on March 30 (and Manchester City lose at home to Newcastle on the same day) then win the Manchester derby on 8 April, then they can wrap it up in their next match.

    If United lose their FA Cup quarter-final replay with Chelsea, a point against Stoke on Sunday 14 April would do the job and mean that, mathematically, City can no longer catch them.

    If they win that replay, they play City at Wembley that day so would have to wait until Wednesday 17 April when a point against West Ham would do the trick.

  12. 1926: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    At the top, United's lead is 15 points with nine games left. They chucked away an eight-point lead with six games left last season but it is very difficult to imagine that happening again.

    At the bottom, Reading remain joint bottom on goals scored, seven points adrift of safety and with eight games to play. Unless they are a miracle worker, whoever ends up being the Royals' new manager might soon be able to add a relegation to their CV.


    Hashim Albahbahani: "1-0. Professional. Ugly. Title-winning."

    Andrew Priestley: "Not a vintage Manchester United performance, like many this season, but a win's a win and the 15 point lead speaks volumes."

    L.Y.G: "One hand on the title."

    Faz: "Not a 5 star performance from united but the job is done to 15 points clear."


    Koketso Khala: "A win is a win, they all count ; job done."

    Usama Zafar: "Really hard earned 3 points for Man Utd, 15 points clear on top of the table... yeah Mancini please clean the trophy for us."

    Rippox: "And that, Sir is the 20th. Thank you very much."

  15. 1926: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Mind you, a lot of United fans did not hang around to see the final whistle. On top of the regular early departures you see at every ground, a combination of the dreadful weather and an announcement that some of the motorways near Old Trafford are closed led to a lot of people leaving early. The below-par performance from United probably helped them on their way too.

  16. 1924: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Big smiles from Sir Alex Ferguson and his coaching staff at the final whistle - not with their side's display, but because they are now 15 points clear at the top of the table with nine games to go. A 20th title looks to be in the bag.

  17. 1922: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 1-0 Reading
  18. 1921: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    United have to frantically clear their lines after a series of crosses are played into their area. It was hardly a big push from the visitors but at least they didn't just lie down.

  19. 1921: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Seconds left of injury time now. Reading launch a last-ditch attack...

  20. 1919: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    United appear to be seeing this one out by dithering over free-kicks and keeping possession near the corner flag... before remembering where the goal is. Shinji Kagawa raids down the right and gets to the by-line, picking out Robin van Persie with his clipped cross... but the Dutchman's acrobatic finish is off target. That would have been pretty special too.


    MancVandaL: "Not a great performance from United but still have 16 shots to Readings 3 so not entirely dismal. Back four been great."

    Gary Tumelty: "Difference between City and United? City play poor and lose. United play poor and win."

    Soccer Amz: "After the week we've had, the most important thing is to get a win under the belt. We can worry about style later."

  22. 1916: 
    INJURY TIME- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    United are still sloppy, with Danny Welbeck playing a dangerously misplaced pass in his own half. I don't think Sir Alex Ferguson was too impressed by that, and Rio Ferdinand definitely wasn't.

    There are FIVE MINUTES of stoppage time to be played before United's lead at the top of the table can be confirmed as 15 points.

  23. 1914: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sean Morrison for Stephen Kelly (Reading)

    Reading send on big defender Sean Morrison, who scored against United earlier in the season, for a late corner. He doesn't get on the end of it though and David de Gea still has not had a shot to save.

  24. 1913: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Shinji Kagawa for Anderson (Man Utd)

    Into the final four minutes at Old Trafford and a chance for Shinji Kagawa to stretch his legs. Reading are not out of this yet, but it is an awfully long time since their last shot on goal.

  25. 1912: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    A rare moment of quality from United in the final third. The ball is worked to Wayne Rooney who flashes in a fierce shot that only clears the bar by a matter of inches. Much more like it from him.

  26. 1909: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    I'm not sure Stuart Taylor knew too much about it but this was a great stop. United work a short corner and, in a whirl of quick passes, Ryan Giggs is surging into the box. His shot or cross is deflected but Taylor is in the right place to turn it around the post.

  27. 1906: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Thinking about it, the fact that Wayne Rooney's deflected goal is the difference between the two teams is a better summary of an untidy display by the Premier League leaders. It looks like United are going to get the job done tonight but they are certainly not doing it in style. Does that matter? Answers on a postcard...

  28. 1904: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    There are 13 minutes left at Old Trafford, and United have still not got out of second gear. Wayne Rooney tries to chip Stuart Taylor from 25 yards out but gets it badly wrong and the ball soars high over the bar. That sort of sums up United's unconvincing display today.


    Farah: "RVP hasn't scored in a good few matches yet United have still been picking up points in the league. Really a one-man team?"

    Mark Notley: "Ever since RVP sustained that back injury for carrying United for half the season he's just not been the same... shame that."

    Jay: "RVP hasn't been playing well for the same reason Barcelona couldn't play well at San Siro - poor state of pitch."

  30. 1903: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    From what I have seen of them today, Reading under caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan are pretty similar to Reading under previous manager Brian McDermott - committed, willing, well organised and full of running... but ultimately lacking in quality. A change of manager was never going to solve that last problem, was it?

  31. 1900: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Michael Carrick for Ashley Young (Man Utd)

    Ashley Young does not exactly limp off but he is obviously still feeling the effects of that tackle. Michael Carrick, one of the unsung heroes of title No.20 for United (assuming of course that they do go on to win it) is on for the final few minutes.

  32. 1858: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Ashley Young is on the wrong end of a late and painful-looking challenge from Garath McCleary. It does not result in a card from Lee Mason, but it was one of those tackles which looks atrocious in slow-motion. It definitely hurt too.

  33. 1856: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Adam Le Fondre for Hal Ronson-Kanu (Reading)

    Time for a Reading change, with 20 minutes to go. Adam Le Fondre, who likes a late goal or two, replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.


    Mosankomane: "Van Persie is off form."

    Jonathan Veall: "Robin Van Persie where are you? He's been missing for Utd for the last 6-7 games and it shows in the performances!"

    Tokunbo: "RVP, sort it out!"

  35. 1854: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Reading have been forced back of late but they are a bit unlucky when they launch their next attack, with Lee Mason stopping the game with the Royals in possession because he thought Wayne Rooney had suffered a head injury when he went up to head clear from a free-kick.

  36. 1852: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    More United pressure, which ends when Robin van Persie has an angled shot blocked on the right-hand side of the area. A second goal for the home side would kill this game off completely.

  37. 1850: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Reading need their full contingent because they have some defending to do. Robin van Persie, who needs a goal, decides to have a pop from a free-kick about 30 yards out and his swerving effort is pushed away by Stuart Taylor. We are into the last half-hour of a game that United have largely sleepwalked through so far.

  38. 1848: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Jem Karacan is back on by the way (and has been for some time) but Reading have not been playing with 11 men for some time. Noel Hunt had to go off for treatment on a nasty cut and has only just jogged back on after changing into a new and numberless shirt.

  39. 1846: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Suddenly United are beginning to crank things up. Danny Welbeck sees his shot blocked by Nicky Shorey and, from the resulting corner, Reading clear as far as Ashley Young - who volleys over from the edge of the area.


    Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp smashes home an unstoppable left-foot shot to give Leicester hope in the East Midlands derby against Derby County. It's 2-1 with just over 25 minutes left and the Foxes suddenly look like a different side. Derby 2-1 Leicester


    Aquelious: "Mike Dean 1836: He thinks City will win?? Is he reffing all their games then??"

    Matt Holford: "Re Mike Dean 1836: that's best joke I've heard all day."

    Chris Harvey: "Re Mike Dean 1836: That is crazy, United have dropped points only 5 times all season, City need them to lose five times in 9 games."

  42. 1844: 
    YELLOW CARD- Reading's Stephen Kelly

    As I was saying, United have not ventured forward much in this half. When they do, Stephen Kelly clips Ashley Young and gets a yellow card from Lee Mason.

    United are soon on the attack again, with Alex Buttner surging down the left wing. Jem Karacan stops him, but is injured in the process and, for now, Reading are down to 10 men.

  43. 1841: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    If the home crowd came to Old Trafford to celebrate United's inevitable-looking march to title number 20 then this display has only succeeded in killing the party mood. It's all a bit flat at the moment. The weather is not helping but the United supporters are groaning at misplaced passes, not the rain.

  44. 1839: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading
    Reading caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan

    The rain continues to fall at Old Trafford, and Reading caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan is still in his technical area and still absolutely drenched. He may be wet through but he will be pleased with what he is seeing. The Royals are behind but United have hardly got out of their half in this second period.


    Mike Dean in High Wycombe on 81111: "I know it sounds crazy but I can still see City winning it - United have by far the harder run in..."

  46. 1836: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Reading are still taking this game to United and Reading winger Hal Robson-Kanu is fouled by Alex Buttner out on the right. Robson-Kanu tells referee Lee Mason that Buttner has fouled him four times now but Mason decides against a yellow card.

    Nicky Shorey eventually takes the free-kick, and Reading force another corner. United are not exactly in trouble but they need to up their game.

  47. 1834: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    A scare for United here, and a penalty shout for Reading too. Nemanja Vidic shoves Adrian Mariappa as he tries to clear Nicky Shorey's corner and the ball deflects over off Robin van Persie in the ensuing scramble. Mariappa feels he should have had a spot-kick but Reading have to settle for a corner from referee Lee Mason, and this time United clear their lines.


    George in Edinburgh via 81111: "United may be poor, lacking, underwhelming and whatever other cliche you can throw at them. Thing is though, the ugly points win you a championship. City cant buy a point when they're bad."

  49. 1831: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    The players are back out for the second half at Old Trafford, where the rain is still sheeting down. Reading start the second half by winning their first corner of the game.


    Shohidur Rahman: "Not a great performance (from United) so far but we have the lead. Need to step it up end half though and put this game to bed."

  51. 1823: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Cheers at Old Trafford when the earlier Premier League results are read out over the tannoy, including Manchester City's defeat by Everton of course. I cannot believe there is a single person in the ground who did not already know that score but it was old news gratefully received.

  52. 1820: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Reading are only above QPR on goal difference - both teams are seven points adrift of safety - so they are going to need something similar to those five wins that Harry is looking for if the score stays the same at Old Trafford.

    Those wins for Villa and Southampton have left the bottom three with a lot of work to do but Wigan do at least have a couple of games in hand to try to reduce the deficit.

    Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    A bit more from QPR boss Harry Redknapp, talking about his side's target for survival with eight games to play: "We have to win five games. That is not impossible."

    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Not the resounding response you would expect from Manchester United after Manchester City's defeat by Everton, but save for Hal Robson-Kanu's shot for Reading, they have rarely been tested and look relatively comfortable."

  55. 1818: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading
    Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring

    So, United lead at the break through Wayne Rooney's deflected shot but, so far, this is a pretty underwhelming display by Sir Alex Ferguson's men. It's the points that matter though, right?


    Stephen Noakes: "If this Reading team had shown up against Wigan and Villa we'd be out of the relegation zone."

    Bob: "Reading have found something in the tank yet still don't threaten!"

  57. 1817: 
    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 1-0 Reading
  58. 1815: 
    INJURY TIME- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    There will be one minute of added time at Old Trafford. If nothing else, half-time will give Reading boss Eamonn Dolan a chance to try and dry off - he has been out in his technical area for the whole game, and no brolly for him.

  59. 1814: 
    YELLOW CARD- Reading's Noel Hunt

    Our first booking of the game. Noel Hunt is late with a lunge in on Chris Smalling and gets a yellow card for his troubles.


    Siddharth Verma: "What is this Manchester United team missing? Carrick."

    Osama Kimemenihian: "Man United really poor. The midfield is lost. Anderson out!"

  61. 1811: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Jobi McAnuff is soaking wet and screaming in frustration at referee Lee Mason after firing wide from the edge of the area. Not sure whether he felt Ryan Giggs fouled him, or if he wanted a corner. He didn't get one. Still, Reading are giving this a real go, and United are in their shells at the moment.

  62. 1810: 

    The rain is now teeming down at Old Trafford and it is fair to say United are not having things all their own way as we approach half-time. Reading are growing in confidence.


    Derby double their lead against Leicester just before the break with another goal from a simple cross into the box. This time it's Chris Martin who heads home - his first Rams goal. HT Derby 2-0 Leicester

  64. 1807: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Another sniff, of sorts, for Reading. Jobi McAnuff gets to the by-line inside the area and lifts over a decent cross... but there is nobody in a blue and white shirt there to get on the end of it.

  65. 1805: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Reading's strategy is to defend in numbers and counter-attack with pace, and it is keeping this game interesting... although it does invite pressure from United. Not sure that's a good idea.

  66. 1800: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Reading have had a shot now, though... and boy is this a close call.

    United get sloppy on the ball and the Royals break forward, eventually feeding Hal Robson-Kanu, who is lurking about 30 yards out. He digs the ball out of his feet before letting fly with a wonderful dipping strike that is only an inch or two wide of David de Gea's right-hand post. I don't think he would have got to it if it had been on target.

  67. 1758: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Reading have still not had a shot on goal after almost 30 minutes but they have managed a few half-decent crosses. Mikele Leigertwood is the latest Royals player to conjure up an inviting delivery but the home side deal with it easily enough at the far post.

  68. 1755: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    It's Danny Welbeck's turn to run at the heart of the Reading defence, which is looking a bit shaky to say the least. The England striker goes for goal himself from distance, though, and does not connect with his shot. He drags it wide and the ball barely makes it out of play.

    Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Rio Ferdinand showing a timely reminder of his capabilities following his re-call to the England set-up. It was his cross-field pass which set up Ashley Young's earlier shot and now the centre-back's surging run helped create Wayne Rooney's breakthrough goal."


    Bob: "Lucky deflection for Rooney all the work done by Ferdinand great."

    Jim: "Watching Rio Ferdinand is like watching a majestic old racehorse. Definitely Fergie's cup of tea."

    Sam Kamau: "What a run by Ferdinand!!

  71. 1751: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-0 Reading - Wayne Rooney (21 mins)

    United have just moved one step closer to their 20th title.

    Rio Ferdinand is again the architect-in-chief, charging forward before finding Wayne Rooney, who has time to take a touch on the edge of the area before letting fly. Alex Pearce tries to block his shot but the ball cannons off him, loops over the stranded Stuart Taylor and flies into the net.

  72. 1750: 

    United are definitely looking more lively. A cute Ryan Giggs pass dissects the Reading defence but Stuart Taylor is off his line and out of his area quickly to head clear.

    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "This is the sort of game this season where Manchester United have needed a goal against them to get going, but Reading haven't threatened yet. The hosts are getting closer, though, with Ashley Young and then Danny Welbeck shooting just off-target."

  74. 1744: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    It's not quiet anymore. United burst into life when a superb diagonal pass by Rio Ferdinand frees Ashley Young on the left. Young cuts into the area before letting fly with a curling shot that fizzes a yard or two wide of the far post.


    Bonky: "After City dropping points against Everton today, Utd need to grab 3 points against Reading, hope it's not one of those days."

    Sloth Expert: "Let's hope it doesn't turn out into as much of a nervous match as the last PL match between United and Reading."

  76. 1742: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    It's still very quiet at Old Trafford in terms of chances. United are seeing more of the ball now but seem content to pass it around in the Reading half rather than trying to find their way through the visitors' defence.

    Even when United get a free-kick out on the left touchline and about 35 yards out, Wayne Rooney's delivery does not beat the first defender.


    Derby take the lead in the East Midlands derby against Leicester at Pride Park. Captain Richard Keogh is the man with the all-important goal, leaping highest to head in Jamie Ward's superb inswinging free-kick on 16 minutes. Derby 1-0 Leicester


    QPR boss Harry Redknapp after his side's 3-2 defeat by relegation rivals Aston Villa in a topsy-turvy game:

    "We could have been three or four up and their keeper pulled off several world class goals. They broke and scored and they came in at 1-1 and they couldn't believe their luck.

    "We got back to 2-2 and gave a soppy third goal away. I thought we were fantastic in the first half. I thought Clint Hill had scored in the top corner at the end, and sometimes you get the breaks.

    "It is hard with the points situation but we are playing very well. That is all we can do with eight games to go."

    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Reading caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan is enthusiastically encouraging his players from the touchline and looks like he has no intention to sit down soon. Comfortable start for the visitors so far."

  80. 1735: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Not exactly a fast start by United, this. They are yet to mount a meaningful attack and their forays forward have been limited to a few hopeful long balls.

    Reading, with caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan cajoling them on the touchline, have managed a couple more crosses but nobody has got on the end of them yet.

  81. 1732: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    No goals so far, though, and no real chances either. Reading are not just sitting back, mind. They have fired a couple of crosses into the United area... but the home side have dealt with them easily enough.


    Fahud: "Match time! At home and a strong squad today. 3 points a must! #MUFC"

  83. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd v Reading (1730 GMT)

    We are under way at Old Trafford. There were seven goals in the first 34 minutes when these two sides met at the Madejski Stadium in December (when United won 4-3). I fancy there will be a few tonight too.

  84. 1726: 

    A change of referees at Old Trafford. Mark Clattenburg is injured so Lee Mason steps in instead.

    The players emerge from the tunnel at Old Trafford. No guard of honour just yet but, as discussed below, we might see that sort of thing in a matter of weeks.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "That Champions League performance from Arsenal has ignited the flame. Their performance against Bayern Munich was superb. That confidence has spilled into today's game."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "Manchester City will be looking over their shoulder now. They need to refocus and set new targets because they have slipped from a great height and are nowhere near the team of last season."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

    LINE-UPS- Man Utd v Reading (1730 GMT)

    Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner, Welbeck, Giggs, Anderson, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Valencia, Hernandez, Carrick, Powell, Kagawa.

    Reading: Taylor, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu, McCleary, Hunt. Subs: McCarthy, Gunter, Le Fondre, Morrison, Harte, Akpan, Blackman.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  88. 1723: 

    The title race looks all but over but it could actually be done and dusted mathematically very soon too.

    This is how it would work: If Manchester United win tonight, beat Sunderland on March 30 (while Manchester City lose at home to Newcastle on the same day) then win the derby on 8 April, then they can wrap it up in their next match.

    If United lose their FA Cup quarter-final replay with Chelsea, a point against Stoke on Sunday 14 April would do the job. If they win that replay, they play City at Wembley that day so would have to wait until Wednesday 17 April when a point against West Ham would do the trick.

    Got that? Good.

    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis on his side's, er, less than thrilling encounter with West Brom:

    "It was a very honest, committed game with very few chances. Probably the best opportunity fell for Kenwyne Jones right at the end.

    "The greatest thing about today was the crowd turned up and were great. There has been a bit of discontent around the place but they were fabulous from the first minute to the last minute."


    There's still more to come in the Championship as Derby and Leicester kick off at 1720 GMT, with the hosts at Pride Park looking to put a dent in the promotion hopes of their Midlands rivals. Leicester have slipped to sixth following today's earlier results but a point or more will move them back above their other midlands rivals Nottingham Forest. Nigel Clough's Rams are three points above the drop zone so could do with a win themselves.

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "Maurico Pochettino coming in and only having beaten Manchester City but today they were different class. Liverpool didn't turn up and it is unforgivable. They just did not perform."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

    Swansea 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on his side's win that moves them up to fifth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea (who have a game in hand) and four points behind Tottenham:

    "It was a difficult game away to Bayern in midweek. The spirit we showed today was fantastic. We're up for the battle.

    We are in a battle which is where we want to be - we want to win game. We won today because we gave everything to win."


    Pitchside Gooner: "Bold decisions by Arsene Wenger at a crucial stage of the season; showing his worth as a phenomenal manager and decision-maker."

    Harvey Austin: "Brilliant team selection from Wenger. Good calls on the substitutes. Credit where credit is due."


    Steve Downer on 81111: "HUGE performance from Saints, outplayed Liverpool from start to finish! Mid-table here we come!"

    Rob in Hemel on 81111: "Worst LFC display of the season. No passion, no desire, no effort, completely complacent."

    Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert after his side's vital - not to mention nervy - win over fellow strugglers QPR: "Some of the football we played was excellent, it was some game that.

    "I thought we could create and the goal before half-time was terrific. It was credit to QPR as they came at us really strongly. I was delighted to see it through.

    "Last week's win was huge, and the atmosphere today was electric."


    In the Championship, Wolves come from behind to beat fellow strugglers Bristol City but remain in the bottom three as Barnsley earn a valuable win. Cardiff move seven points clear at the top as they beat Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest beat second-placed Hull.

    In League One, Brentford scored late to beat Preston and move into second as Sheffield United suffered a shock 4-0 defeat by Stevenage while Tranmere dropped out of the play-off places following a 3-0 loss at MK Dons.

    In League Two, Plymouth are out of the bottom two on goal difference following a 2-1 win over Fleetwood while Aldershot take their place as they lose at home to Wimbledon. At the top, Gillingham's lead is cut to four points as they are held at Morecambe and Port Vale beat York.


    Andrew Ramshaw: "Thinks today's results has decided the champions and the three relegated teams."

  98. 1705: 

    What an important win for Arsenal. The Gunners have not finished out of the top four since the 1995-1996 season. The 2-0 victory at Swansea means that Arsene Wenger's side have closed the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea to just two points. The Blues play West Ham on Sunday.

    While the Gunners are chasing fourth, Everton are chasing fifth. They remain two points adrift of Arsenal after a 2-0 win over Manchester City. Seventh-placed Liverpool slipped up in their pursuit of European football as they slumped to a 3-1 loss at Southampton. They are now five points behind Arsenal.

    As for second-place Manchester City, they could find themselves 15 points behind leaders Manchester United if they defeat Reading - that match kicks off at 1730 GMT.

    Man Utd v Reading (1730 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Sir Alex Ferguson is true to his word in programme notes and freshens up his United side. Eight changes to the team that drew with Chelsea in the FA Cup as the likes of Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic, Anderson and Danny Welbeck all return. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie start in attack.

    "Reading make three changes to the side that lost to Aston Villa. Nicky Shorey, Jem Karacan and Garath McCleary come in for Ian Harte, Hope Akpan and Adam Le Fondre. Le Fondre is on the bench."

    Man Utd v Reading (1730 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "This is Reading caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan's first taste of Premier League management, having previously been in charge at Exeter when they were a non-league side. But the former West Ham striker and now Reading academy boss, who has suffered from cancer, says he will not be overawed by the occasion.

    "'Manchester United are the best football club in the world and Sir Alex Ferguson the greatest manager of all time, but I won't be thinking about that,' Dolan said. 'It's business on Saturday and we aim to get a result.'"

  101. 1702: 
    Man Utd v Reading (1730 GMT)

    Over to Old Trafford now, and back to matters at the top end of the table. A Manchester United win today would see them go 15 points clear with nine games to go. Reading, under caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan following Brian McDermott's sacking last week, would no doubt take a point now.


    Kek Woei Shyong: "Koscielny and Mertersacker playing well together, goodbye Vermaelen."

    Amardeep Dulay: "Great win for Arsenal Koscienly was the leader again today,Jenkinson fast becoming a quality right back."

    Ayush: "A good solid performance by Arsenal today!! Vital 3 points for us!!"


    What a topsy-turvy match at Villa Park. The 3-2 defeat for QPR leaves them bottom of the Premier League. The Hoops took the lead, went behind, levelled and were finally undone by Christian Benteke as the BBC's As It Stands table went into overdrive and Aston Villa claimed a vital three points.

    It is a huge win for Villa, who are now six instead of four points clear of the bottom three. Southampton, 15th, also gave their survival chances a massive boost. They are now seven points clear of the relegation zone. Reading, currently 19th, could move above 18th-placed Wigan, who play on Sunday if they get anything at Manchester United.


    Dov Shlomowitz: "Pathetic #LFC display. Yes, weather was atrocious, but whole team looked like still in bed. No energy, no passion, no effort."

    Dominic O'Caollai: "Every time Liverpool get a good run going, Rodgers makes a ridiculous change in line-up. Allen and Skrtel were terrible. Again."

    Gareth Soye: "Does this mean Liverpool won't win this season's "Next Year!" trophy?"

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "Right to the last, this game was on a knife edge. Aston Villa will be thinking they can now stay up but there is still plenty of football to play."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

  106. 1656: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 0-0 West Brom
  107. 1656: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 0-2 Arsenal
  108. 1656: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    Paul Lambert celebrates with his players on the pitch and hugs each and every one of them, while QPR trudge off.

  109. 1654: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    Oh my word... we almost have an equaliser with the last kick of the game. QPR throw everyone forward and tee up Clint Hill to let fly from the edge of the box. He slams it goalwards but it flies a yard the wrong side of the post (from QPR's point of view) and Villa survive.

  110. 1654: 
    Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    Paul Lambert is pleading for the final whistle. But here come QPR.

  111. 1653: 
    Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    Harry Redknapp and Paul Lambert can barely look as the corner comes in. Stephane Mbia is up to meet it... but his header loops over. We have just seconds left.


    David Willis: "Gervinho. Did well son! Pass was behind him. #Arsenal"

    fqiren: "When even Gervinho scores, you know that Arsenal are getting into the Champions League next season."

    Rob Davison: "Gervinho showing composure for the first time since... ever?"

  113. 1652: 
    Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    The Villa fans are desperate for the final whistle but there is no sign of it yet. QPR are camped in Villa's half and Andros Townsend's shot is deflected behind for a corner. This is real pressure.

  114. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 3-1 Liverpool
  115. 1651: 

    Let's not get ahead of ourselves, because this game is not over yet. Harry Redknapp is urging his side forward.

  116. 1649: 
    INJURY TIME- Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    Paul Lambert is red in the face now because there will be FIVE MINUTES of injury time. This is like the last day of the season, only in March.

  117. 1648: 
    Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    Here come QPR. Adel Taarabt is on a personal mission to rescue something for Rangers and he dances through a couple of challenges before seeing his eventual shot blocked. On the touchline, Villa boss Paul Lambert's complexion has turned a shade of green.


    Celtic are level! Gary Hooper squeezes the ball over the line to make it 3-3 against Aberdeen.

  119. 1646: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Jamie Mackie for Park Ji Sung (QPR)

    Jamie Mackie's last goal for QPR was against Villa, at Loftus Road earlier this season. Harry Redknapp badly needs another one from him now. Mackie is on for Park Ji Sung. I'd expect a nail-biting finish if I were you - just two minutes left now.

  120. 1645: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-2 Arsenal - Gervinho (90 mins)

    Arsenal make sure of the points when Aaron Ramsey finds Gervinho in the area with a square ball from the right, and he fires home.

    Man Utd v Reading (1730 GMT)

    BREAKING: Ryan Giggs and Nemanja Vidic back in the Manchester United team, with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie up front.



    Samual Steer: "Benteke keeping Villa up this season, just wonder where he'll go in the summer."

    Ben King: "Even if Villa survive I can still see Benteke leaving them. Wouldn't mind him at Chelsea."

  123. 1643: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Jordan Bowery for Andreas Weimann

    Villa's plan to tighten this game up sees Jordan Bowery come on for Andreas Weimann, who has more than played his part. Villa are still looking dangerous in attack... but then I reckon they need another goal to be sure of victory. Five minutes to go now and the score is still 3-2.

  124. 1641: 
    Aston Villa 3-2 QPR

    Er, in the end Villa are lucky the score stays the same for 60 seconds. QPR pour forwards and Loic Remy gets on the end of a cross inside the home area. He is in acres of space but misses the target completely. What will this game throw at us next?

  125. 1639: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 3-2 QPR - Christian Benteke (81 mins)

    Villa boss Paul Lambert celebrates so much he almost ends up in the crowd. Andreas Weimann chases a lost cause as the ball bounces into the QPR area and reaches it in time to hook it into the path of Christian Benteke, who is completely unmarked by the penalty spot to fire home. This time, Villa have 10 minutes to hang on to their lead - can they do it?


    In the Championship, leaders Cardiff could extend their lead at the top of the Championship as they are 2-0 ahead at Sheffield Wednesday while second-placed Hull are level with Nottingham Forest. At the bottom, Wolves have come from behind against Bristol City thanks to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle.

    In League One, Daniel Lopez's hat-trick has helped Stevenage to a 4-0 lead against second-placed Sheffield United while table-toppers Doncaster are level with Portsmouth.

    In League Two, Exeter could move into the play-off places as they lead Bradford 2-0 while leaders Gillingham have pulled it level against Morecambe. At the bottom, Barnet have now pulled two back but still trail Accrington 3-2.


    Abz Jr: "Well taken goal from Monreal. Need one more goal to kill this game off #Arsenal."

    Ruridh Allen: "Nacho Monreal! Sang to the theme of 'Macho, Macho Man'. You beauty. Just sit tight at the back now please."

    Russ Hamper: "Nacho nacho-man, I want to be a nacho-man."

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "It is like a boxing match, both teams have been on the canvas and both have got back up. QPR looking like they are playing the better football now. The quality of their football for the second goal is top play from a side at the bottom end of the table."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.


    Inverness retake the lead in a fascinating Highland derby as Billy McKay fires home from the spot following Mihael Kovacevic's challenge on Charlie Taylor. It's 2-1 to Terry Butcher's men.

    Aberdeen go 3-1 up at Celtic Park as Gavin Rae's shot is steered home by Josh Magennis. Celtic, stung by falling further behind, reduce the deficit through Charlie Mulgrew's deflected strike. Game on!

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text.

  130. 1637: 
    GOAL- Southampton 3-1 Liverpool - Jay Rodriguez (80 mins)

    It looks like Mauricio Pochettino decided to twist and whatever happens at Villa Park, this could be a massive goal in the Saints' battle for survival. Jay Rodriguez has precious little support as he picks up the ball in the Liverpool half but runs at the heart of the Reds defence to make space for a shot. His first effort is saved by Brad Jones but the rebound falls nicely for Rodriguez to slot home.

  131. 1635: 
    Aston Villa 2-2 QPR

    Villa and QPR look like scoring whenever they come forward. Adel Taarabt has been magnificent since coming on for Rangers and Loic Remy has just had a shot deflected wide. I'm not sure I can take much more of this.

  132. 1635: 
    Southampton 2-1 Liverpool
    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers (left) and Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino

    Liverpool are starting to pile on the pressure but are missing a cutting edge in front of goal as they try to engineer an equaliser. Southampton are looking to capitalise on the counter-attack - but should their manager Mauricio Pochettino stick or twist when it comes to committing men forward?


    Gavin Foody: "What a game at Villa Park, proper relegation battle."

  134. 1632: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Arsenal - Nacho Monreal (74 mins)

    It is a first Premier League goal for Spaniard Nacho Monreal, who scores with a low strike from 10 yards into the bottom corner.

  135. 1631: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 2-2 QPR - Andros Townsend (73 mins)

    QPR are not looking too desperate anymore, and Villa did not even get close to the finish line. Park Ji-sung lays it off for Andros Townsend on the edge of the area and his deflected shot spins away from Brad Guzan and into the bottom corner of the net. We are all-square again... but don't bank on it ending up this way.

    Man Utd v Reading (1730 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "In his programme notes, Sir Alex Ferguson has underlined the importance of keeping his players fresh in the title run-in and has revealed that the club will be chartering private jets for Mexico's Javier Hernandez and Japan's Shinji Kagawa, who have long trips away on international duty next week. 'It will cost the club an awful lot of money,' the Scot said, 'but it is something we feel we have to do.'"

  137. 1629: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    QPR are looking desperate at Villa Park and they are almost caught cold on the break when Charles N'Zogbia bursts forward, only to be caught by Stephane Mbia. The Villa fans are in good voice to try to roar their side to the finish line - they have approximately 19 nervous minutes to go.

  138. 1628: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Gervinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Arsenal

    Yep, here they come. Aaron Ramsey gets booed for his Cardiff connections so he can't really win today. Abou Diaby and, perhaps surprisingly, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, are the players making way.

  139. 1626: 
    Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger demanded three points from his team before this game but they have not kicked on in the second half after seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hit the bar twice before the break. I think Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey are about to come on, which might not be too popular with Gunners fans.

  140. 1625: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Adel Taarabt for Fabio (QPR)

    All-change for QPR boss Harry Redknapp who knows he has to turn the tide here. Adel Taarabt is on for Fabio and Rangers have gone to three at the back. They have less than half-an-hour to salvage something.

  141. 1623: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 2-1 QPR

    Villa should be further ahead. A neat build-up ends with Matt Lowton running into the area but he rushes his shot and drags it wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post. Villa boss Paul Lambert thought that was in.

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "Paul Lambert may be worried on that touchline now. If his side can see this out now, it will be a fantastic result for them. They can't rush forward in numbers because QPR have real pace. You don't want to lose it trying to win it."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.


    Des in Chessington on 81111: "The Forest strikers aren't a 'patch' on Boyd!"

    Colin in Devon on 81111: "Forest should have kept an eye on Boyd."

  144. 1620: 
    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    It is still goalless at the Britannia, but I am not sure how. Chris Brunt's free-kick hits the wall and Billy Jones collects it near the right-hand by-line. His driven cross hits Romelu Lukaku inside the six-yard box and is spinning goalwards before flying off Asmir Begovic and looping over the bar. I don't think Lukaku or Begovic knew too much about that.


    In the Championship, Wolves Carl Ikeme has been taken off by manager Dean Saunders at the break for Dorus De Vries despite it being the last change they could make following two first-half injuries. Ikeme was at fault in David Davis' own goal that put Bristol City ahead. At the top, Nottingham Forest have equalised against second-placed Hull as leaders Cardiff lead Sheffield Wednesday.

    In League One, Stevenage are now two up against second-placed Sheffield United while MK Dons lead Tranmere 3-0. In League Two, leaders Gillingham trail Morecame as second-placed Port Vale lead York.


    Reverend Andrew Lyon: "Did Boyd score from a cornea?"

    Richard Powell: "Boyd now has visions of a double."

  147. 1618: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 2-1 QPR - Andreas Weimann (59 mins)

    Villa make their pressure count and it is Andreas Weimann who applies the finishing touch. From the resulting corner, QPR are unable to clear their lines and Joe Bennett's slipped pass finds the Austrian in the area. The QPR defence are expecting a one-two but instead Weimann turns to drill home. Villa were 1-0 down after 45 minutes - now they are ahead.


    Simon in Manchester on 81111: "Boyd's goal really has brought the spectacle to life."

  149. 1616: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    Yep, Villa are on top here and really going for this. Christian Benteke charges through the QPR defence and the ball breaks to Joe Bennett on the left. Bennett looks up to pick out a peach of a cross and Andreas Weimann sees his back-post header tipped over by Julio Cesar.

  150. 1616: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR
    QPR boss Harry Redknapp

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp looks a bit concerned on the touchline because it is Villa who are applying the pressure now. Rangers keeper Julio Cesar flaps at a corner and appeals for a foul - nothing given by referee Kevin Friend. That's another corner, and this time Cesar is off his line confidently to collect.


    Will in Sheffield on 81111: "Did Boyd score a blinder?"

    Ollie in Southampton on 81111: "A short sighted decision not to sign Boyd."


    What were we saying earlier about manager Craig Brown's ideal retirement present? The Dons have stunned the Celtic support by taking an early lead in the second half. Josh Magennis's shot goes straight through Fraser Forster and Aberdeen on course for their first win at Celtic Park since March 2008. It's Celtic 1-2 Aberdeen.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text.

  153. 1612: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    It is Villa who are applying the pressure now. QPR keeper Julio Cesar flaps at a corner and appeals for a foul - nothing given by referee Kevin Friend. That's another corner, and this time Cesar is off his line confidently to collect.

  154. 1611: 
    Southampton 2-1 Liverpool

    Considering the dramatic way the first half ended at St Mary's, it has been a lot more mundane since the restart. Both defences look a teeny bit shaky, though, and Daniel Sturridge fired wide after Steven Gerrard teed him up.

  155. 1611: 

    Scott Vernon's header on the stroke of half time saw Aberdeen draw level with Celtic and punish further slack defending while cancelling out Kris Commons's early strike. It's also 1-1 in the Highland derby. Paul Lawson's superb effort drew Ross County level after Andrew Shinnie had opened the scoring for Inverness. Plenty to play for in the second 45…

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text.

  156. 1610: 
    Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    Over in west Wales, Arsenal are still waiting to make the breakthrough. Santi Cazorla has just fired in a 20-yard shot for the Gunners but Michel Vorm was right behind it to make a comfortable stop.

  157. 1608: 
    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    It's been pretty scrappy at the Britannia Stadium too, although Albion have just forced Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic into an early second-half save - although it is a routine one for the Bosnian.

    Baggies striker Romelu Lukaku barges into space inside the home penalty area to meet Jerome Thomas's left-wing cross with a firm header that goes straight into the keeper's chest.

  158. 1605: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    Villa may be level but the home fans are still pretty quiet. This is a scrappy game, probably because of the tension involved. I think the players and supporters might be feeling the pressure that QPR boss Harry Redknapp referred to before the game. Mind you, I reckon Redknapp is too.


    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "No need for a team talk from Sir Alex Ferguson after Manchester City's loss at Everton. If Manchester United can beat Reading they will open up a 15-point gap with nine games to go. You'll be hard pushed to find anyone who thinks City can come back from this now and the atmosphere here is understandably buzzing."


    GoonerJohn: "Did Boyd score for Hull v Forest by cutting in on the blind side???"

  161. 1604: 

    All four top-flight games are back under way.

  162. 1603: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Junior Hoilett for Bobby Zamora (QPR)

    Talking of players carrying injuries, QPR striker Bobby Zamora has a permanent hip problem which means he cannot complete 90 minutes. Junior Hoilett is on for the second half.

  163. 1603: 

    Manchester United play Reading at 1730 GMT. Victory for United would see them widen the gap between themselves and City to 15 points. City, of course, lost at Everton earlier in the day.

    Everton's win lifted them into fifth spot, although if Arsenal draw against Swansea - and that game is currently goalless - then a point will see them reclaim that position from the Toffees because they have a superior goal difference. Liverpool were only two points behind Arsenal at the start of the day, but they are behind at St Mary's.

  164. 1602: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Lucas Leiva for Joe Allen (Liverpool)

    It's fair to say Joe Allen did not have the best 45 minutes of his career in the first half. The Welsh midfielder has a shoulder injury, so he has got an excuse, but you can see why Brendan Rodgers has hauled him off and put Lucas Leiva on instead.


    Tom B in Peterborough on 81111: "Boyd scores - bet the Forest owners didn't see that coming!"

  166. 1600: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    Talking of late goals to change a manager's mood before the break, Gabriel Agbonlahor's equaliser for Aston Villa will undoubtedly have done that for his boss Paul Lambert and QPR manager Harry Redknapp. Up until then, Rangers had been completely dominant.


    Daniel Georgiou: "Probably the worst game I've seen Joe Allen play in a Liverpool shirt.. but that Coutinho goal can bring on the come back!"

    Luke Mitchell: "Coutinho looks like a solid signing."

    Paul: "Has anyone else thought that Swansea getting rid of Joe Allen is one of the reasons why they have been so good this season?"

    Cody Haine: Need to take off Allen, bring on Lucas ASAP! Rodgers trusts Allen too much for my liking! Done nothing for us!"


    Hull's goal against Nottingham Forest in the Championship came from George Boyd just before the break. The striker almost signed for Forest in the January transfer window from Peterborough but failed a medical because of his eyesight. He gave Forest's staff a reminder with his celebration as he mimicked wearing glasses with his hands.

  169. 1559: 

    We'll start at the bottom because, as things stand, there has been a bit of movement. QPR have moved up from 20th to 18th - their game at Villa is currently 1-1. Reading are currently 20th - they play at Manchester United in Saturday's late game - and Wigan, who play on Sunday, are 19th. QPR are currently four points adrift of Villa, who are 17th.

    It's been a very good 45 minutes for Southampton. If they hang on to their 2-1 lead against Liverpool then they will extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three from four to seven points.

  170. 1552: 
    Southampton 2-1 Liverpool
    Morgan Schneiderlin scores for Southampton

    Southampton took the lead through Morgan Schneiderlin's instinctive strike and his side could have been three or four goals up before Philippe Coutinho replied for Liverpool before the break. Saints still lead 2-1 but their boss Mauricio Pochettino probably feels their half-time lead should be a lot more comfortable.

    Jimmy Armfield, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "Aston Villa have lifeline at the end of the first half which I did not think was going to come. QPR got the goal and they looked comfortable, but Villa are back in the match through Gabriel Agbonlahor's head."

    You can listen to the commentary of Aston Villa v QPR on BBC Radio 5 live.


    In the Championship, Bristol City lead fellow strugglers Wolves in a huge relegation clash while Barnsley lead high-flying Watford. At the other end, leaders Cardiff are ahead against Sheffield Wednesday but they are not extending their advantage as Hull are 1-0 up against Nottingham Forest.

    In League One, Doncaster could go six points clear at the top as they lead Portsmouth while second-placed Sheffield United are 1-0 down to Stevenage.

    In League Two, Accrington's Lee Molyneux has hit a hat-trick to hand them a 3-1 lead over Barnet while Plymouth could move out of the bottom two if they maintain their 2-0 lead over Fleetwood.

    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Britannia StadiumHALF-TIME- Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    "There have been so few opportunities on which to reflect at the break. Stoke have enjoyed greater pressure but neither goalkeeper has been truly stretched. The main talking point has been the lack of invention from both sides."

    MOTD'S Steve Bower at the Liberty StadiumHALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    "In a game Arsene Wenger says they must win at all costs, they are all square at the break although Arsenal have come the closest to breaking the deadlock. Twice Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hit the crossbar while at the other end Michu was a whisker away from giving Swansea the lead."

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Villa ParkHALF-TIME- Aston Villa 1-1 QPR

    "Aston Vila had the lion's share of possession without creating anything like a real chance before Gabriel Agbonlahor's late goal. With fewer tools in regards to possession, QPR looked like they had built a platform in which they could go on to win the game before the goal."

    MOTD's John Roder at St Mary's StadiumHALF-TIME- Southampton 2-1 Liverpool

    "A fascinating first half. Southampton were in charge through goals from Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert. Liverpool were distinctly out of sorts but have been given real hope by Philippe Coutinho's late goal."


    Akinpelu Kayode: "Liverpool are by far the most consistently inconsistent team in England. I almost thought they were in red shirts today."

    Jim Harrison: "Give Rodgers a chance! He inherited chaos and debt. Look at what happens to manager-bashers after David Moyes last week!!"

    Chris: "Just because Liverpool are the 'bigger' team, it doesn't mean they're playing badly now. Just that Saints are playing well."

  178. 1550: 

    It is half-time in all four of our 1500 GMT Premier League games.

  179. 1548: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-1 QPR - Gabriel Agbonlahor (45 mins)

    Drama and stacks of it at Villa Park, all of it concerning QPR's Jose Bosingwa.

    First Jose Bosingwa fires against the post with a free-kick that has Villa keeper Brad Guzan completely beaten. The home side counter quickly and, from Matthew Lowton's hopeful deep cross, Gabriel Agbonlahor rises at the far post to nod home. Bosingwa was meant to be marking him, but was nowhere near him.

  180. 1546: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-1 Liverpool - Philippe Coutinho (45 mins)

    Liverpool give themselves a timely boost just before the break as Philippe Coutinho reminds Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino why he was so keen to sign him. Steven Gerrard nods a cross back across goal and, after Jose Fonte blocks Darren Sturridge's shot, the ball rolls loose for Coutinho to slot home.


    George in London on 81111: "What is going on with Liverpool FC... Just as we seal a cracking win against Tottenham and the momentum starts to build, Rodgers is now throwing it away against a very average Southampton side. What is his mentality?!"

  182. 1544: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 2-0 Liverpool

    It's been a while since Liverpool's last chance, but for all their defensive woes, they are still a threat at the other end.

    Glen Johnson's pass release Philippe Coutinho in on the Southampton goal but his shot is saved by keeper Artur Boruc, who had quickly come off his line.

  183. 1541: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    So close for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain again, who has just fired against the bar for a second time today. This time he is outside the box and lets fly with a dipping effort that bounces back off the woodwork. Swansea breathe again. It is chucking it down at the Liberty Stadium, incidentally... but not raining goals. Still goalless.

  184. 1539: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 2-0 Liverpool

    Villa are having a shocker, and so are Liverpool. The Reds need this first half to end, and quickly. Southampton are looking dangerous every time they come forward and this time Jay Rodriguez has a pop from the edge of the box that whistles a fraction off target.


    Stephen Briscoe: "That's the story of LFC's season 1 step forward and 1 step back, very poor."

    Adam Nash: "Excellent display from Southampton so far, deserved the luck in that strike."

    Dave Canty: "LFC very poor, just not the same team without Lucas. Changes needed quickly, does Rodgers have the courage to change?"

    Michael Grimwood: "Liverpool will do nothing until they turn up against the teams at the bottom. Terrible."

  186. 1537: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 QPR

    Almost complete silence at Villa Park, punctuated by angry shouts from Villa fans. QPR are dominating and could easily be further ahead - the home defence stood off and watched Loic Remy as he advanced to the edge of the box and his curling right-footed shot is tipped wide by Brad Guzan.


    In the Championship, Bristol City are leading Wolves in a relegation six pointer and are currently out of the bottom three as Barnsley are goalless with Watford.

    In League One, Bournemouth are currently in the play-off spots as they lead struggling Oldham. Colchester have come from behind to lead bottom-club Bury.

    In League Two, Accrington are now 3-0 up against Barnet but have moved back into the drop zone as Plymouth lead Fleetwood while Torquay are 1-0 down to Southend who could close the gap on the play-off positions.

  188. 1536: 
    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Still not much happening at the Britannia Stadium but Stoke are starting to crank up the pressure a tad. Potters forward Jon Walters lets fly from distance with a shot which loops off an Albion opponent before dropping just wide of Ben Foster's right-hand upright.

    Martin Keown, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "Liverpool are playing without Jamie Carragher in defence today, who is the leader, who is taking charge? He is not going to be there next season."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

  190. 1533: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-0 Liverpool - Rickie Lambert (33 mins)

    Things are getting even better for Southampton and a LOT worse for Liverpool. Rickie Lambert, Liverpool born and a Reds fan, curls in a free-kick that deflects off Daniel Sturridge then somehow flies through a gap in the wall and into the net. Saints have breathing space.

  191. 1532: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-1 QPR

    QPR go close to extending their lead. Andros Townsend surges forward and, after he is brought down, Bobby Zamora's free-kick fizzes narrowly over.

  192. 1531: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Jose Fonte for Jos Hooiveld (Southampton)

    When Jos Hooiveld slipped over (see 1528) he actually did himself some serious damage. He cannot continue and Jose Fonte is on for Saints instead.

  193. 1530: 
    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Another big call for linesman Darren Cann who flags Daniel Sturridge as he runs on to a Stewart Downing pass. Sturridge sees his shot saved anyway, but replays show he was onside.


    Another Character: "Lambert claimed he wasn't thinking about relegation?... Yeah, alright. Not sure about that now."

    Conor Hall: "Is Jenas QPR's version of Tevez for West Ham?"

    Brett: "#QPR are showing really desire to stay in the Premier League."

  195. 1528: 
    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    I gave him some stick earlier but Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is on the wrong end of a decision here.

    He chases a ball over the top with Jos Hooiveld, who falls over. Suarez races clear but the linesman flags for a foul on the Saints defender - and replays show he actually slipped. Suarez, as you might expect, is none too pleased.

  196. 1527: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 QPR

    Villa have had plenty of possession since they went behind but they cannot get into the final third of the field. QPR are keeping them at arm's length.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "QPR can put this game to bed if they carry on playing like they have been doing in this first half. Aston Villa are suffering from nerves. It is suicidal defending from them, when you need to keep it tight in the first 25 minutes."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.


    Jim: "Goalkeepers like Guzan and Mignolet have massively outperformed the big names like Hart and Reina this season."

    Sam Bate: "Lukasz Fabianski, possibly one of the most under-rated keepers in the Premier League.. Real chance to prove himself today."

  199. 1523: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 QPR - Jermaine Jenas (23 mins)

    A nightmare start for Villa sub Joe Bennett and a BIG goal in the relegation scrap. He gives the ball away and Jermaine Jenas feeds Bobby Zamora, whose low shot saved by Brad Guzan's legs... with the ball rolling loose for Jenas to slide in and knock it into the net. As things stand, QPR are off the bottom of the table and up to 18th, one point and one place below Villa.

  200. 1522: 
    Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    The chances keep coming for Southampton. This time Jay Rodriguez fires over an empty goal after Adam Lallana's effort is kept out by Brad Jones. Liverpool are being torn apart at the back.

  201. 1523: 

    In the Championship's 1500 kick-offs, there are no goals yet but in League One, MK Dons lead promotion-chasing Tranmere with Crewe also 1-0 ahead against struggling Shrewsbury.

    In League Two, Exeter could move from seventh to fourth as they lead Bradford at home, while Accrington could move out of the bottom two if they hold on to their 1-0 lead against Barnet.


    James Elton: "Arsenal don't currently look like they want the ball. No pressure off the ball and careless on it."

    Shanmugaraja CK: "Not a single Arsenal player is closing down on Swansea players, great passion Arsene!"

    Jim: "Good to see the Ox get a start for Arsenal, players like Aaron Ramsey have had too many chances."

  203. 1521: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Joe Bennett for Nathan Baker (Aston Villa)

    To be honest, who wouldn't come off worse in a collision with Chris Samba? Anyway, Joe Bennett is now on instead.

  204. 1519: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 QPR

    An enforced change for Aston Villa. Nathan Baker came off worse in a collision with Chris Samba and cannot continue. Villa are down to 10 men while they wait for his replacement to get ready.

  205. 1519: 

    Everton boss David Moyes reflecting on his side's 2-0 win over Manchester City and the response to last week's FA Cup defeat by Wigan: "We have been good for the majority of season. We have had one or two dips but that was more like us today. I thought we had a bad performance last week, which the fans rightly reminded us about, but we just reminded them they are supporting a really good team.

    "I thought we played really well in the first half. We were playing the champions so we knew it was going to be tough. When we had to be resilient we were and when we had to play well, we did. We scored a goal which was wrongly disallowed. I'm really pleased with how the players performed."

  206. 1516: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    A couple of warnings for Arsenal over at the Liberty Stadium, where Swansea have woken up and have just created their first meaningful chances.

    First, Ki Sung-Yeung threads a through-ball to Angel Rangel, who only has Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski to beat, but screws his shot wide.

    Then, Jonathan de Guzman plays in Michu who swivels before firing a low shot about an inch wide of the post.


    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson on Twitter: "Manager Neil Warnock admits he may leave Leeds before end of season if owners find right replacement."

  208. 1516: 
    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    It has all been a lot more low-key at the Britannia Stadium, where it is pretty cagey stuff between Stoke and visitors West Bromwich Albion.

    Baggies midfielder Chris Brunt has had the only shot on target so far, which Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic fumbled before gathering at the second attempt.

  209. 1513: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool's slow start almost becomes a disastrous one. Saints striker Rickie Lambert beats the offside trap and is clean through but has his shot blocked by on-rushing keeper Brad Jones.

  210. 1513:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "A slow start by Liverpool but it is a poor goal to give away. I still expect them to get something from this game."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.


    Douglas McMahon: "Joe Allen lacking confidence in the holding role causing problems for Liverpool already."

    Nick Peckham: "We are the masters of early goals - just a shame we can never hold onto the lead #saintsfc."

    FEMI JOHN ATOYEBI: "#Liverpool have been 1 step forward and 2 steps backward under #Rodgers their recent good spell under threat at #Southampton."

  212. 1510: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 0-0 QPR

    It worked too. It takes two absolute top-class stops from Villa keeper Brad Guzan to keep the score at 0-0. First he throws himself to his left to keep out a looping Chris Samba corner that looked destined for the top corner.

    Guzan has to repeat the trick seconds later when the resulting corner is not cleared and Samba's side-footed right-foot shot is again clawed away. That one wasn't quite as good as the first, but still a crucial stop.

  213. 1509: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 QPR

    Villa have made the more composed start against QPR and they are seeing a lot more of the ball. No chances to speak of yet, and Rangers boss Harry Redknapp and his assistant Joe Jordan have been busy in their technical area to try and gee up their players.

  214. 1506: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    Almost a perfect start for Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cuts into the area and fires in a fierce shot that clips the bar and bounces to safety.

  215. 1505: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Liverpool - Morgan Schneiderlin (6 mins)

    It is Southampton who are first to score, though. Gaston Ramirez's inviting cross is nodded down by Jay Rodriguez at the far post and Morgan Schneiderlin dashes in ahead of Daniel Agger to flick the ball home.

  216. 1505: 

    Manchester City first team coach David Platt on his side's defeat by Everton: "Roberto Mancini is angry as you can imagine. He is taking stock of the situation and does not want to say things that would get him in trouble.

    "He is angry about everything in general. We got outworked by Everton, but there is no doubt in my mind about the handball.

    "It was not even on the line of the area, people can draw their own conclusions from that. Perhaps we could have got a bit more out of it if that decision had gone for us."

  217. 1502: 
    Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool are first to threaten at St Mary's. Daniel Sturridge finds space to fire in a shot when a corner is not cleared. Artur Boruc saves but the flag is up for offside so it would not have counted anyway.

  218. 1500: 

    All four of our 1500 GMT top flight games are now under way.

  219. 1459: 

    David Platt is facing the TV cameras instead of Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. I guess we might not get that explosive press conference after all.

  220. 1457: 

    Liverpool fans have just unfurled a banner in tribute to Luis Suarez at St Mary's Stadium. It reads: 'El Pistolero - To be loved is fortunate, but to be feared is to achieve distinction'.

    In case you are wondering what that means, Suarez has said that he thinks people boo him because they fear him. I think there may be a little more to it than that...

  221. 1456: 

    Arsene Wenger wants a repeat of Arsenal's performance in their 2-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.

    "We will need to repeat the game we had at Bayern Munich - solidarity, fighting spirit and win at all costs," Wenger said. We have to keep the positives and be inspired for the rest of the season by this positive result. I always believe we have the quality to be in the top four, 10 games is a long way to go and it is now down to consistency."

  222. 1454: 

    It's not just about Villa-QPR this afternoon. Far from it. There are three other top-flight matches at 1500 GMT.

    Southampton, another team sweating on their survival, take on an in-form Liverpool side who are looking to continue their rise up the table. Stoke's season has seemingly stalled with them in 11th place, but they will look to restart it against a West Brom side that has been inspired by Romelu Lukaku in recent weeks. And Arsenal swap Germany for west Wales as they take on Swansea in need of a win to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

  223. 1452: 

    Toffees defender Seamus Coleman, who put in a storming shift down the right flank to help his side beat the champions and move above Arsenal and Liverpool to fifth in the table, for a couple of hours at least: "We tried to repay the fans as much as we could and I think we did that. Winning games is what it is all about.

    "We still have a lot to play for in the league and we showed that today. Today showed what we are all about. We didn't turn up last week and even going down to 10 men we kept on working together as we are all mates."

  224. 1451: 

    Everton midfielder Leon Osman, who opened the scoring in his side's 2-0 win over Manchester City with a spectacular strike: "It was disappointing last week [in their FA Cup defeat by Wigan] but we showed when we are at the races we are a match for any team.

    "We've just got to keep our heads down and try to churn out results like that. It is going to be tough as we have some tough games against some of the teams around us."

  225. 1450: 
    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

    Pressure? What pressure? Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he is not "unduly worried" about relegation despite starting the weekend only three points above the drop zone.

    "I've always been positive in my football and the way we've been playing lately I don't see why we should be unduly worried," the Scot says ahead of the visit of QPR. "We're in the mix with a lot of other teams but I've got belief we're going to be fine."


    James Connolly: "Moyes out."

  227. 1449: 

    Judging from the way he celebrated his side's second goal, I think Everton boss David Moyes will be a lot happier with how his day has gone. What a difference a week makes...

  228. 1448: 

    I will bring you all the reaction from Goodison Park when I get it too. I get the feeling that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini could be in fairly explosive mood after that incident-packed match. Should be entertaining.

    Or, he might send David Platt in to do fulfil his media duties instead...

  229. 1447: 
    QPR manager Harry Redknapp

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp thinks (or at least hopes) the pressure is on Villa today as the midlanders chase their first back-to-back league wins since May 2011. "They're a massive club and they're a young team," said Redknapp. "The pressure of the home crowd can play on people's performances.

    "People wrote us off four weeks ago. But now we've got ourselves back in the picture. We were no hopers so the pressure is not so much on us. It is a big game for sure. We're both in a relegation battle so it's going to have an important bearing on the league. It'll make a massive difference to the look of the league table."

  230. 1446: 

    Before I continue, here's an important update for Formula 1 fans.

    An extra F1 qualifying highlights programme will be shown at 0515 GMT on Sunday following today's rain delay in Melbourne.

    The race itself is at 0600 GMT and will be live on 5 Live, with a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

    Highlights of the race will be shown on BBC 1 at 1420 GMT.

  231. 1445: 

    Lawro described this game as 'must-win' for QPR and 'must not lose' for Villa. Then he predicted a draw. Whatever the outcome, it is going to be a tight and tense afternoon. The small amount (three-points worth) of breathing space Villa have got above the drop zone will all but disappear if they are beaten but a Villa win would send them seven points clear of Rangers.

  232. 1444: 

    Yep, it looks like all you drama fans out there had better switch your attention to the bottom of the table for the run-in, starting in about 16 minutes or so.

    Basement battles don't come much bigger than the one coming up at Villa Park, where fourth-bottom Aston Villa take on rock-bottom but resurgent QPR.


    CJ: "Mind The Gap!!!"

    James Stewart: "That's the title done and dusted."

    Eweobaja Olumuyiwa: "Everton....Title spoiler."

  234. 1443: 

    Thanks Saj, and hello everyone.

    Saturday 16 March, 2013. Remember the date, because it looks like this is the day the 2012/13 title race was won and lost - about two months, nine games and 910 minutes earlier than it was last season. Or at least it will be if Manchester United beat Reading later and move 15 points clear of Manchester City.

  235. 1442: 

    What a superb start to this football Saturday. That's it from me Saj Chowdhury - I now hand the reins over to Chris Bevan.

  236. 1439: 
    Everton 2-0 Man City

    I've rarely seen David Moyes so ecstatic - that goal and win meant a lot to him. Will he extend his stay at Goodison now?

  237. 1440: 

    Richard Powell: "Bullseye! Phil Jones - Your medal is safe. Carlos Tevez - You've won your bus fare home!"

    Planet Zanussi: "They think its all is now. Taxi for Mancini!"

    Emilio Graham: "Jelavic!! What an end to the game and Manchester City's title hopes."

    Conor Hession: "Great goal by Jelavic, title race is over."

    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Dyer, Britton, de Guzman, Ki, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Lamah, Routledge, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli.

    Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Diaby, Walcott, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Ramsey, Coquelin, Gervinho, Gibbs.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  239. 1439:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park

    "It is a huge win for Everton this. They have been brilliant and fully deserve this. David Moyes will have wanted a reaction after the performance last week against Wigan in the FA Cup and he has got that. They have been on top for much of the match and have played very well defensively, being well organised since the red card."

  240. 1439: 

    Adedotun Lawal: "The referee and his assistants today are just ridiculous."

    James Boffey: "Unbelievable decision; penalty and a second yellow every day of the week."

    Josh Jones: "Fellaini is a VERY VERY lucky boy! Miles inside the area!"

    FEMI JOHN ATOYEBIL: "Awful decisions today by Lee Probert....dismissed a correct goal by Everton and now denied #MCFC a penalty."

  241. 1438: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 2-0 Man City
  242. 1436: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-0 Man City - Nikica Jelavic (90 mins)

    Substitute Nikica Jelavic seals it for Everton and possibly ends Manchester City's title hopes. The Croat is fed in by Marouane Fellaini and curls in a shot from 20 yards that beats Joe Hart in goal. Game over.

  243. 1436: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    He likes a good punch clear does Jan Mucha in the Everton goal. The goalkeeper has punched away everything that has been flung into the Everton area - a great performance for Tim Howard's stand-in.

    LINE-UPS- Stoke v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Wilson, Cameron, Jerome, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Adam, Whitehead, Kightly, Wilkinson.

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Thomas, Yacob, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Popov, Rosenberg, Long, Odemwingie, Tamas, Fortune.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v QPR (1500 GMT)

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Sylla, Westwood, Bannan, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Given, N'Zogbia, Holman, Bowery, Dawkins, Bennett, Carruthers.

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Da Silva, Park, Mbia, Jenas, Remy, Zamora, Townsend. Subs: Murphy, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Hoilett.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  246. 1433: 

    Leon Osman is booked for wasting time.

  247. 1434: 

    Tokunbo: "What do linesmen do nowadays?!!?!"

    Abbey Kun: "Poor referee today!! If you blow for the handball, then it's a penalty because the handball was in the 18 yard box."

    Sophie Gayter: "Lee Probert and the officials are having an absolute shocker."

    Will Downham: "Shocking decision from the officials, that was a yard inside the box."

  248. 1433: 

    There is one minute of normal time remaining. Victor Anichebe comes off and is replaced by striker Nikica Jelavic - appearing in his 50th game for Everton.

    Aston Villa v QPR (1500 GMT)

    Manager Paul Lambert sticks with the same starting side that claimed Aston Villa's second victory in 12 Premier League games at Reading last weekend.

    For visitors QPR, boss Harry Redknapp makes two changes to the team that won 3-1 against Sunderland a week ago. The fit again Julio Cesar replaces Robert Green in goal, while Jermaine Jenas - fresh from his stunning goal against the Black Cats - comes in for Junior Hoilett.

  250. 1431: 

    In the Championship, Huddersfield have earned a vital win in the race to beat the drop as they beat Yorkshire rivals Leeds United 2-1 in a cracking game at Elland Road. The result leaves Leeds' play-off hopes in tatters. In the other early kick-off, Millwall have beaten south London rivals Charlton 2-0.

  251. 1428: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    What drama at Goodison Park. Carlos Tevez runs along the edge of the area and smashes in a shot that strikes the arm of Marouane Fellaini. Referee Lee Probert awards a free-kick but TV replays clearly show that the Everton midfielder was inside the area - by a yard or two. The subsequent free-kick is blocked. Tevez is left fuming.

  252. 1431:  
    BBC Final Score

    As always, Final Score is the place to hear about the goals as they go in across the Premier League and Football League grounds. Mark Chapman is joined in the studio by former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

    It has just started on the BBC Red Button, HD Channel and at the top of this page. You can catch it on BBC Two from 1630 GMT.

    Swansea v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    Leon Britton and Nathan Dyer are the two changes to Swansea City's side which lost to West Brom last Saturday, replacing Wayne Routledge and Luke Moore.

    Following their midweek win over Bayern Munich, Arsenal make three changes with Nacho Monreal in for Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby replacing Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting in place of Tomas Rosicky. Lukasz Fabianski retains his place in goal and starts a Premier League game for the first time in over two years.

    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Rodriguez, Ramirez, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Fonte, Steven Davis, Forren, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Puncheon.

    Liverpool: Jones, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Allen, Downing, Gerrard, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Gulacsi, Henderson, Lucas, Suso, Shelvey, Ibe, Wisdom.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  255. 1427: 

    Gael Clichy comes on for James Milner, while Scott Sinclair is on for Kolo Toure. It's only Sinclair's eighth Premier League appearance for the club.

  256. 1425: 

    Nick of the Town: "Come on me ol' Mucha!!"

    Mohammed Danyal: "What a performance by the Everton goalkeeper. Muchas gracias."

  257. 1424: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    Everton's Seamus Coleman springs up to the head away a City cross into the area - Carlos Tevez was ready to pounce on any mistake. Nervy times for Everton fans.

  258. 1424: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    There are 10 minutes remaining. Is City's title challenge set to end at Goodison Park?

    Swansea v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    BREAKING: Leon Britton is back in Swansea's midfield to face the Gunners after missing last week's defeat at West Brom through injury.

  260. 1423: 

    Segun Agbaje: "Nasri is currently worse than Torres. No longer a game changer."

    Stevie Cohen: "I've seen slugs less sluggish than City."

    Niall Connaughton: "Nasri has a lot of pace to exploit Everton's ten men..could open up gaps for the strikers..hang in there Everton!"

  261. 1421: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Everton 1-0 Man City

    Goalkeeper Jan Mucha will be vying for the man-of-the-match award. The Slovak races out and makes a brave block to stop Pablo Zabaleta's powerful strike from ripping the net open.

    Southampton v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    Southampton make one change from the draw against Norwich. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne comes in for Jose Fonte, who is on the bench.

    Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is not fit and Brad Jones again deputises. The Reds make two changes from the win over Tottenham as centre-back Martin Skrtel and midfielder Joe Allen replace the absent Jamie Carragher and benched Lucas Leiva.

  263. 1421: 

    Leighton Baines's deliveries have been fantastic today. This time he swings in a corner from the right which Everton team-mate Sylvain Distin heads a foot over the bar.

    Stoke v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes one change from last weekend's last-gasp defeat at Newcastle as his side aim for only their second Premier League win of 2013. Winger Matthew Etherington returns to the Potters' starting XI after missing the past two matches with a back injury, with Andy Wilkinson dropping to the bench.

    His West Brom counterpart Steve Clarke also makes just the solitary switch as wide-man Jerome Thomas replaces Scotland international Graeme Dorrans. Dorrans does not even make the Baggies bench, which is boosted by the return of Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long after an ankle knock.

  265. 1419: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    There are 14 minutes remaining, but it's 10-man Everton who are on the attack.

  266. 1417: 

    James Vaughan has just grabbed a late goal for Huddersfield to put them ahead against Leeds. The Terriers striker side-foots the ball past Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny for what could be vital goal in their battle to stay in the Championship while Leeds' hopes of the play-offs are looking bleak.

  267. 1417: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    City are heaping pressure on Everton. They have a corner, but Edin Dzeko's attempt to come forward and flick the ball on for his team-mates ends disastrously.

    Swansea v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    BREAKING: No Thomas Vermaelen or goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in Arsenal's starting line-up - Lukasz Fabianski continues between the sticks. The Gunners make three changes from their midweek win in Munich: Nacho Monreal for Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby for Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Tomas Rosicky.

  269. 1415: 

    Adam: "How was that not a booking for Milner, he wrapped Mirallas up."

    Mayowa Olubowale: "Inconsistency from referees kills games. How does Milner not get a yellow for that challenge on Mirallas."

    Leopold Doom: "Milner has now been let off with 2 blatant fouls and 2 definite yellows? Shocking inconsistency."

  270. 1414: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    What do you make of Barry off for Nasri? Use the hashtag #bbcfootball

  271. 1413: 

    Rodolph Austin has crashed a volley off the bar for Leeds against Huddersfield as the hosts push for a winner at Elland Road. The Terriers goalkeeper Alex Smithies was also relieved as the ball hit his back and trickled clear but it remains 1-1. In the other early kick-off in the Championship, Millwall remain 2-0 ahead against Charlton at the Valley.

  272. 1413: 
    SUBSTITUTIONS- Everton 1-0 Man City

    Gareth Barry is replaced by fellow midfielder Samir Nasri. Everton's Kevin Mirallas comes off for Steven Naismith.

  273. 1413: 

    Two Scottish Premier League games being played on Saturday afternoon. Aberdeen boss Craig Brown, who will retire in the summer, looks for his first win at Celtic Park before calling it a day. The Dons face a Celtic side out to avoid a third consecutive league defeat.

    And a win for Terry Butcher's Inverness in the Highland derby would see them leapfrog in-form Ross County and move into third place in the SPL table.

    You can follow all the action on the SPL live text.

    Aston Villa v QPR (1500 GMT)

    BREAKING: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert names the same team that beat Reading last weekend. His QPR counterpart Harry Redknapp makes two changes from their win over Sunderland. Julio Cesar is back in goal and Jermaine Jenas, who got one of Rangers' goals in that game, replaces Junior Hoilett.

  275. 1409: 

    Jan Mucha makes two excellent saves to deny Carlos Tevez and James Milner. The Slovak blocks Tevez's toe-poke then rushes to the left to prevent Milner from slotting in the follow-up.

  276. 1409: 

    Adam G Bull: "Everton have outplayed City today, stopped them from playing their football. That Pienaar red card might undo all of that work."

    Ayush: "Pienaar's red card might just bring a ray of light for city's title hopes.. Still a big ask though..."

    Sham Gallagher: "This is a massive advantage for City, Pienaar is a massive loss to Everton though."

    Austin Brock: "Needless tackle from Pienaar. Going to be a tough task for Everton now."

  277. 1408: 

    John Morris: "It's a shame for his team and the game but that's probably the right decision."

    Kanayo Umeogu: "Oh dear Oh dear, Piennar might have just cost Everton the 3-points there."

    Amardeep Dulay: "Definite red, Javi Garcia was going nowhere as well."

    Alfie Jones: "Cards change games! City to win this now. So poor from Pienaar."

    Southampton v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    BREAKING: Just the one change for struggling Southampton from last week's draw at Norwich. Jose Fonte makes way for Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.

  279. 1407: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    We have less than 30 minutes left of the match. That gives plenty of time for City to get something - will Roberto Mancini bring on another attacking player?

  280. 1405:  
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park

    "I think this was worse than Nani's challenge, he has left his foot in there. Judging by what referee Lee Probert has been done in this game, the yellow was always going to come."

    You can hear live commentary of Everton v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  281. 1404: 

    Paul Thorne: "City are so missing Yaya Toure in the middle of the pitch!"

    Matthew Conroy: "Everton have dominated this match so far, City look so poor without Yaya Toure and Aguero."

  282. 1404: 

    Millwall are now 2-0 ahead at the Valley against Charlton in their Championship encounter as Shane Lowry has struck a fantastic free-kick to add to Jermaine Easter's opener. It looks an uphill task now for the hosts. At Elland Road, Leeds and Huddersfield are still locked at 1-1 with both sides pushing for a winner.

  283. 1403: 
    RED CARD- Everton 1-0 Man City - Steven Pienaar

    South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar gets a second yellow - although it could have been a straight red - for a late boot down the shin of Javi Garcia. Will City take advantage?

    Southampton v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    BREAKING: Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel both start for Liverpool. No Jamie Carragher or Lucas in the starting XI, and goalkeeper Pepe Reina again misses out. Southampton news to follow when we get it.

  285. 1401: 

    Leon Osman goes close to adding his and Everton's second. Leighton Baines drives a corner to the midfielder, whose shot flies over the bar by two feet.

  286. 1401: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    Roberto Mancini is still chatting to his staff. Coach Brian Kidd is now involved in the discussion with his boss and David Platt.

  287. 1358: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Man City

    Oh dear Javi Garcia. James Milner, at the far post, nods the ball down for Garcia who fails to get a good contact from three yards out. Shortly afterwards Matija Nastasic is then inches away from converting a fizzing delivery from the right.

  288. 1356: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    City seem to be missing the midfield drive of Yaya Toure. David Silva and Gareth Barry are being quickly closed down by Everton's men in the middle.

  289. 1353: 

    In the Championship, Leeds have hit back as Aidy White pounces amid confusion in the Huddersfield defence to prod the ball past goalkeeper Alex Smithies. It has really livened up at Elland Road now at 1-1. At the Valley, Jermaine Easter has just put Millwall 1-0 ahead against Charlton with his first touch for the club after coming off the bench following his loan move from Crystal Palace on Friday.

  290. 1353: 
    Everton 1-0 Man City

    Victor Anichebe is back on the pitch and goes straight into a fair challenge with Kolo Toure - he receives a cheer from the Everton fans.

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    Everton 1-0 Man City

    Everton striker Victor Anichebe is feeling a little bit groggy following a challenge with City's Javi Garcia. The home side are down to 10 men for the moment.

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    KICK-OFF- Everton 1-0 Man City

    The second half is under way.

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    Everton 1-0 Man City

    Everton come out of the tunnel about 30 seconds before City. I can confirm that Roberto Mancini is no longer in conversation with referee Lee Probert. The Italian, however, is deep in conversation with his assistant David Platt.

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    In League One, Sheffield United travel to Stevenage hoping to close the gap on leaders Doncaster who host struggling Portsmouth while Brentford welcome Preston as they look to break into the automatic promotion spots. Oldham will be hoping to get out of the bottom four but they host play-off chasing Bournemouth.

    In League Two, leaders Gillingham visit Morecambe while Fleetwood will be hoping to close the gap on the play-off spots against struggling Plymouth with seventh-placed Exeter hosting Bradford. At the bottom, there are a couple of big games with Accrington playing Barnet and Aldershot hosting Wimbledon.

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    In the Championship, Huddersfield have taken the lead at Elland Road through Neil Danns who hit a superb volley that gives Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny no chance. While Millwall's Alan Dunne has been booked for an early second-half challenge on Charlton's Callum Harriott at the Valley.

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    There is also plenty of action in the Football League - two Championship matches are into the second halves.

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    MOTD'S Steve Bower at the Liberty StadiumSwansea v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    "In the aftermath of the midweek events in Munich, Arsene Wenger described this match as "massive" for Arsenal. Quite simply that is because they have 10 games left to save their season. As Arsenal face up to an eighth successive season without a trophy, they'll face a Swansea team still on a high after their first major honour.

    "Swansea will attempt to win four successive top-flight home matches for the first time since John Toshack's side managed it 31 years ago."

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    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Britannia StadiumStoke v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    "It has certainly not been a happy new year for Stoke City, and while it's not taken on annus horribilis proportions just yet, the need for a pick-me-up is increasing. They ended 2012 on a 10-game unbeaten streak which left them with high hopes of a first top-10 finish - but they have added just four points in 2013.

    "West Brom arrive in the kind of position that Stoke will eye with enormous envy. Already through the magical 40-point barrier, they have never been out of the top half of the table this season."

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    MOTD's John Roder at St Mary's StadiumSouthampton v Liverpool (1500 GMT)

    "Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has had a mixed record so far: one win, three draws and three defeats - although that victory was over champions Manchester City last month. They come into this match four points above third-from-bottom Wigan.

    "As Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard said this week, qualification for Europe has to be the target for Anfield club, and they will travel to Hampshire hopeful of repeating their victory over the Saints back in December."

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    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Villa ParkAston Villa v QPR (1500 GMT)

    "Seven years ago this month I watched Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth side lose 1-0 at Villa Park to leave them with what looked like an impossible task to avoid relegation. That season was rejuvenated by a last-minute strike by Pedro Mendes against Manchester City, and after successive wins now, have QPR just begun a similar run?

    "For Villa, their victory at Reading last weekend was huge, but one over QPR could arguably be even bigger. Paul Lambert has certainly been resolute in the opinion that his collection of kids has more chance of keeping him in a job than some of the more famous and well-remunerated members of his squad, which is the antithesis of Queens Park Rangers' policy. The next nine games will determine who is right."

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