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30 March 2013 Last updated at 19:52

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As it happened

  1. 1946: 

    So Everton move to within four points of a Champions League place, while Stoke are just four points from the relegation zone.

    Make sure you catch Match of the Day at 2220 GMT, and remember to put your clocks forward an hour tonight. It's summer after all.

    Join us back here tomorrow for Aston Villa v Liverpool. Bring your Easter eggs.

  2. 1937: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Everton 1-0 Stoke
    Leighton Baines

    Everton left-back Leighton Baines: "It was a battle and we knew we would have to do that. It was a trough old game and the quality was probably not what we wanted.

    "It was a great goal and solo run. Kevin Mirallas has pace and skill plus a great finish, and he showed all those things.

    "We are fighters, and we will give everything we have got to reach Europe. It is a massive game coming up against Tottenham."

  3. 1934:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison ParkEverton 1-0 Stoke

    "It was away day blues for Stoke City once again thanks to Kevin Mirallas's stunning first half goal for Everton.

    "Everton rode their luck, they dug deep, and they knew they had to win today to keep alive their European hopes."

  4. 1934:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the DW StadiumWigan 1-0 Norwich

    "Wigan are out of the bottom three. It wasn't a great game, but Wigan won't worry about that."

  5. 1934:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Upton ParkWest Ham 3-1 West Brom

    "A victory for West Ham in a match where Sam Allardyce's men scored three excellent goals. Andy Carroll's second was absolutely superb and West Brom offered little throughout this game. Frustration told at the end with the dismissal of Youssouf Mulumbu."

  6. 1934:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the LibertySwansea 1-2 Tottenham

    "Helped by Gareth Bale's 22nd goal of the campaign, Tottenham pick up their ninth away win of the season."

  7. 1933:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at St Mary'sSouthampton 2-1 Chelsea

    "Three huge and thoroughly deserved points for Southampton, but this is not the way Chelsea wanted to start a hectic spell of games which could define their season. Rafael Benitez will be hoping Juan Mata can recover from illness in time to face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday."

  8. 1933:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the EtihadMan City 4-0 Newcastle

    "Manchester City might have lost their title but they have not lost their mettle. Roberto Mancini's side were simply too good for Newcastle and put in the kind of performance that saw them triumph last May. Sadly for Mancini, they have not done it often enough this time around."

  9. 1933:  
    MOTD's John Motson at the EmiratesArsenal 4-1 Reading

    "Reading were taken apart by an Arsenal side who are running into form. Their defeat could have been heavier and new manager Nigel Adkins will have to work hard before his side take on his former club Southampton. For Arsenal, it was a comfortable victory."

  10. 1932: 

    Time for a recap?Here's what went on in our games today...

  11. 1931: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Arsenal 4-1 Reading

    Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu: "Always going to be tough away at the Arsenal. I love scoring Premier League goals. Travelling fans were immense as always."

  12. 1929: 

    Everton v Stoke last on Match of the Day? Who would have guessed?

  13. 1928: 
    MATCH OF THE DAY

    Match of the Day on Twitter: "#MOTD running order @2230: 1.Soton/Chelsea 2.Swans/Spurs 3.Arsenal/Reading 4.Wigan/Norwich 5.ManCity/Newcastle 6.WestHam/WBA 7.Sund/ManU 8.Everton/Stoke."

  14. 1924: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 3-1 West Brom

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke, talking about Youssouf Mulumbu's red card for petulantly kicking the ball at Gary O'Neil in injury time: "I said to the group after the game that they must control their frustrations. It doesn't affect today's game but it affects our group and our squad and the next three games. We have a small group and it's a big loss for us.

    "The time to speak about it is tomorrow. He probably did it out of frustration."

  15. 1924: 
    BUNDESLIGA

    It finished Bayern Munich 9-2 Hamburg at the Allianz Arena. Goalfest.

  16. 1922: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    All over at the John Smith's Stadium and Hull have snatched a vital victory over Huddersfield thanks to George Boyd's goal early in the second half to move within four points of leaders Cardiff.

    Huddersfield pressed in the closing stages but found themselves frustrated by a resolute Hull defence and the defeat for Mark Robins's side leaves them just two points above the relegation zone. Tense times at both ends of the table...

  17. 1922: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Wigan 1-0 Norwich

    Wigan midfielder James McArthur: "Great result for the Latics. Great clean sheet from the boys. Roll on next week."

  18. 1921: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    ...Charlie Adam drives in the set-piece but Tim Howard fists the ball to safety and the whistle is immediately blown.

  19. 1920: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke win a free-kick right on the edge of the box...

  20. 1917: 
    INJURY TIME- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Robert Huth goes down under a late challenge from Nikica Jelavic as we tick into added time. Kitchen sink time for Stoke.

  21. 1917: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Man City 4-0 Newcastle

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany: "Great to be back playing with the team. Everybody played well. Really happy with the win."

  22. 1916: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 3-1 West Brom
    Andy Carroll

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, when asked whether he would like to keep on-loan striker Andy Carroll at the club next season after his two goals against West Brom: "The answer to that would be yes.

    "There is always a possibility. We will look at the end of the season and we will see what negotiations can be done."

  23. 1912: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke

    It looks like another grim away day for Stoke City. They are going to be just four points from the relegation zone as it stands.

  24. 1909: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Wolves 3-2 Middlesbrough

    Wolves manager Dean Saunders, after his side moved to within a point of safety: "The game was unbelievable to watch for a neutral. Both teams could have scored 10.

    "We went for it. We had to win and you are standing on the side there hoping we can take the chances. If we keep winning I think the way other results are going we have a chance of getting in the play-offs.

    "If we can win again at Birmingham City on Monday we could be just four points away from 10th spot."

    Dean Saunders' tongue was firmly in his cheek there by the way...

  25. 1908: 
    FINAL 10- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Into the last 10 minutes of a forgettable encounter.

  26. 1905: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    Less than eight minutes left at the John Smith's Stadium and it is still Huddersfield 0-1 Hull, however the home side are pressing.

    Tigers boss Steve Bruce has opted to try and protect his side's slender advantage and as a consequence there are often nine players back in the visitors's area, much to the frustration of the Huddersfield players. Half chances at best for the hosts and time is running out if they are to snatch an equaliser.

  27. 1904: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke almost level again!

    Ryan Shotton backheels the ball in to the path of Cameron Jerome, and he mullers the ball across goal, inches away from the top corner. Almost a cast-iron screamer.

  28. 1901: 
    EUROPEAN UPDATE

    Celta Vigo found a late equaliser to deny Barcelona victory in La Liga, while Bayern Munich are now 8-0 (eight) up at home to Hamburg. Hammered.

  29. 1900: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Wigan 1-0 Norwich
    Chris Hughton

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton, whose side are now just four points above the relegation zone: "We've got seven games left, four of those games are at home. I think clubs like ourselves are always going to be stronger at home than away.

    "It's disappointing today because I thought it was a really good opportunity to pick up at least a point."

  30. 1859: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Leighton Baines hands over free-kick duties to Nikica Jelavic, and the Croatian bends a lovely effort just past the post. Very, very nearly 2-0.

  31. 1858: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Southampton 2-1 Chelsea
    Mauricio Pochettino

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I have a lot of sympathy for Rafael Benitez's position. He is one of the best managers in the world and he has my full respect for what he has achieved in football.

    "Victories like those today prove that we are on the right path. It is very important for the confidence of my players and especially the people surrounding our club - the technical staff."

  32. 1858: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Leighton Baines takes the free-kick but he can only cannon it into the wall. Everton then win another one straight away!

  33. 1857: 
    YELLOW CARD- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Ryan Shawcross pulls down Nikica Jelavic outside the area and he is booked for his troubles. Free-kick in a dangerous area.

  34. 1854: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 4-1 Reading

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, talking about midfielder Abou Diaby who was ruled out for up to nine months with a serious knee injury earlier in the week: "That was the shock of the week for us, because I thought originally it was just a little twist of the knee.

    "When they told me it was a rupture of his cruciate, and when you know what this guy has gone through, how many times he has worked day and night to come back in rehab, it is just demoralising. I hope he will find the resources and the strength to come back, because he was quite down."

  35. 1853: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Nikica Jelavic forces a save from Asmir Begovic with a header, but the Croatian was always off balance as he tried to reach the cross.

  36. 1851: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man City 4-0 Newcastle
    Vincent Kompany and Roberto Mancini

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, talking about his captain Vincent Kompany who marked his return to the team with a goal: "Vinnie is important for us. We played without him for 60 days, which was very bad for us, like when we lost Yaya Toure for a month. There are some players that are very important and if they don't play for three, four, five games it is a big problem."

  37. 1850: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke pump another long throw into the mixer but Everton deal with it well. We are into the last 25 minutes.

  38. 1849: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Ipswich 3-0 Leeds

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock: "It's difficult doing a press conference when you think you should have won three or 4-0 and you've lost 3-0. It's a crazy day and I can't believe we haven't won. We've got one lad who's let everyone down (defender Tom Lees was sent off). He's let me down, the team down and all the fans who travelled here.

    "I've never been to Ipswich and dominated as much as that in my life and if I were (Ipswich boss) Mick (McCarthy) I'd fill in a lottery ticket tonight."

    Leeds remain 11th in the Championship, with Ipswich up to 16th.

  39. 1848: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Real chance for Stoke again! Marc Wilson whips in a fine delivery from the left, Sylvain Distin can only flick the ball on and Ryan Shotton almost capitalises, turning his header over the top from close range.

  40. 1846: 
    BUNDESLIGA
    Bayern Munich

    There was a chance that Bayern Munich could have won the Bundesliga today - that was scuppered by Borussia Dortmund winning earlier on, but Bayern haven't let that result stop them having a party.

    They are currently 7-0 (seven) up at home to Hamburg. With over half an hour to go.

  41. 1845: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Peterborough 2-1 Cardiff
    Grant McCann

    Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson, after his side beat table-topping Cardiff to move out of the Championship relegation zone: "We have beaten a team that is bound for the Premier League twice - and we have done it on merit on both occasions.

    "Hopefully it turns out to be a big win for us. I'm not fussed about our league position because it is points that matter to me. March has always been a good month for us and that has certainly been the case again."

  42. 1843: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Oooh a chance at last for Stoke! Glenn Whelan whips in a free-kick to the back stick and Robert Huth guides a header into the side-netting.

    Can Stoke find a way back?

  43. 1841: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Swansea 1-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon: "Great to be back but more importantly back to winning ways, boys worked their socks off against a good Swansea side #Buzzing #COYS."

  44. 1840: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke have come out fighting at Goodison Park but again there's no real finesses to their attacks and Everton's decision to play three centre-halves looks a good one. They are dealing with a flurry of long balls with ease.

  45. 1838: 
    MESSI MAGIC

    The last time Lionel Messi failed to score in a league game was back on November 3, 2012. That was against Celta Vigo, who he has just scored against.

    In this run of 19 games Messi has scored 30 league goals. Will we ever see scoring like it again?

  46. 1835: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Nottm Forest 2-2 Brighton

    Brighton manager Gus Poyet, after seeing goalkeeper Casper Ankergren's injury-time error gift Nottingham Forest an equaliser at the City Ground: "When you are a keeper you pay the price and Casper has done that today. He was having a very, very good game, making two or three good saves, coming for crosses and kicking very well.

    "Goalkeeper is a terrible position to play but we lose together and we win together - at least we got a point."

    Forest are fifth in the Championship, one point above sixth-placed Brighton.

  47. 1833: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 1-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas after his side's 2-1 win at Swansea: "When there are so many things that go well for the team it is hard to single out individuals but Gareth Bale is a world class player offensively and defensively, as he showed when he made the block at the end to prevent Swansea getting a draw."

  48. 1833: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    There is something about playing against Huddersfield that brings out the best in George Boyd as the Hull striker gives his side the lead just 30 seconds into the second half.

    A ball splits the Huddersfield defence and Boyd races through before rifling a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the area. That is his fourth of the season, three of those goals coming against Huddersfield.

  49. 1832: 
    KICK-OFF- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Back under way at Goodison.

  50. 1832: 
    MESSI MAGIC
    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi has just scored for the 19th La Liga game in a row, a run which has seen him score against every opponent, to put Barcelona 2-1 up at Celta Vigo.

    That's 43 league goals this season. Forty-three.

  51. 1828: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jamie, Stockport on text: "Re 16.50 - no surprise to hear some City fans jeering Nasri as MOTM. One of the most underachieving player in the PL and a key reason why we haven't performed well enough this season. A very frustrating player."

  52. 1827: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Wigan 1-0 Norwich

    Norwich winger Elliott Bennett, after his side lost 1-0 to Wigan - leaving them four points above the relegation zone: "Not good enough today, we were wasteful at times but still thought we deserved something from the game! Another tough one next week #belief."

  53. 1822: 
    PLAYER REACTION- West Ham 3-1 West Brom
    Youssouf Mulumbu

    West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu, who was sent-off against West Ham for kicking the ball at Gary O'Neil: "I'm really sorry about what happened this afternoon, it doesn't look like me. It's not a good example for the kids and all the WBA supporters."

  54. 1820: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke
    Nikica Jelavic

    If Everton can hang on to win this, they will be two points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and four behind the Champions League spots.

    With games against Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in Everton's run-in, nothing is out of the question yet.

  55. 1816:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison ParkHALF-TIME- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    "Everton need to keep winning and are in front thanks to Kevin Mirallas's stunning solo goal.

    "It was important that Stoke held firm at the end of the half, and one goal still separates the teams."

  56. 1812: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke

    You may recall that Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini was handed a retrospective ban for being a bit hands on when these sides met at the Britannia earlier at the season - and it's still more physical than a Hen night in Leeds city centre in that penalty area.

    Nikica Jelavic is all over Ryan Shawcross as a free-kick comes in, while Leighton Baines is blocked off by Robert Huth. Borderline impossible to referee at times.

  57. 1810: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    Half time in a scrappy encounter between Huddersfield and Hull and we are yet to see a goal, with both sides struggling to settle on a difficult pitch at the John Smith's Stadium.

    Chances have been at a premium, with Jay Simpson seeing a close-range effort well held by Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies, while at the other end Neil Dann's long-range shot flew just wide of the post. The tempo will have to be upped in the second half if either side are to take away three precious points...

  58. 1809: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    This is good stuff from Stoke, who have raised their game. Jon Walters cuts in from the left flank and forces Tim Howard into a flying save with a powerful drive from 25 yards. The Potters look likely to find a leveller at the moment, as they win a free-kick in a decent area.

  59. 1808: 
    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Juan Mata should return for Chelsea on Monday. Missed today with a fever but Rafa Benitez doesn't think Gary Cahill will be fit in time for Man Utd."

  60. 1806: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke manage some sustained pressure and have the ball in the net following a free-kick. Peter Crouch picks up the loose ball, only to be denied by a fine tackle from Phil Jagielka. Ryan Shawcross sweeps in but the flag is raised for offside.

  61. 1806: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd
    Jonny Evans

    Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, talking about playing Chelsea in an FA Cup quarter-final on Monday just 48 hours after a Premier League match: "I have never really been in this situation before, so it will be new to probably most of us.

    "It's just all about tonight. We will probably go back and get a good recovery session in and make sure we have done everything we can physically to make sure we are right for the game on Monday."

  62. 1802: 
    Everton 1-0 Stoke

    If I was a cynical man - which I am - I might be thinking that Steven Nzonzi could have fouled Kevin Mirallas on halfway there. Take one for the team. Can Stoke regroup? They've only won once in 24 away league games.

  63. 1800: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Stoke

    Everton's tails are up now and Kevin Mirallas almost weighs in with his second, driving a shot across goal from a tight angle after good work from Nikica Jelavic.

  64. 1757: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-0 Stoke - Kevin Mirallas (28 mins)

    Counter-attacking at its most brutal. Marc Wilson's cross from the Stoke left is punched clear by Tim Howard and Everton are in business. Kevin Mirallas is able to evade the challenge from Steven Nzonzi on the halfway line and he powers clear, leaving the midfielder in his wake. Mirallas then skips past Geoff Cameron with ease before firing in left-footed. Sensational individual goal.

  65. 1754: 
    Everton 0-0 Stoke

    This is more like it from Everton. First a teasing cross from the left is screwed away for a corner, before Seamus Coleman wriggles into the box but slashes a shot wide. He had Nikica Jelavic in space there, wrong option.

  66. 1753: 

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who returned from injury as a substitute in the 4-0 win over Newcastle: "It felt great to return to the pitch, especially with a great victory like this. A big thanks to all the Manchester City people for the warm welcome!!"

  67. 1752: 
    Everton 0-0 Stoke

    Leighton Baines works a one-two with Victor Anichebe but his touch lets him down as he bursts into the area. Better from Everton though, and they do fashion a chance this time as Baines tees up a cross for Nikica Jelavic, but his header is straight at Asmir Begovic.

  68. 1751: 

    As I mentioned a few hours ago now, you cannot fault Nigel Adkins for optimism. When your side have just gone bottom of the league, "the only way is up" is a good message I guess...

  69. 1750: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 4-1 Reading
    Nigel Adkins

    Reading manager Nigel Adkins, talking to BBC Sport: "I thought Arsenal were very good, they've passed the ball very well. Unfortunately, we've made our own downfall on a couple of goals.

    "We'll analyse the game, there's a lot we want to change but we can't do it all in one game. We'll have a good debrief on Monday and Tuesday and get ready for the next game. There's only one way we can go and that's up."

  70. 1750: 

    Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel: "Huge win for us today. Thought our two goals were superb! Looking forward to Thursday."

  71. 1749: 
    Everton 0-0 Stoke

    Both sides are looking short of quality in the final third. Darron Gibson sums up the play with a woeful cross which barely reaches the penalty area.

  72. 1746: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt, York: "Can you confirm, I just don't have a clue, I look with my eyes, can't believe what I view, is it really so real, is it actually true, Gervinho did score, and then set up two?!"

    Lovely poetry Matthew. And yes, I can confirm that the Ivorian wizard was on top form today.

  73. 1746: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 1-2 Tottenham
    Michael Laudrup

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, talking to BBC Sport: "They had the better start, especially Gareth Bale - he made the difference. We came out after half-time and dominated the second half.

    "I'm a little disappointed, not with the performance or attitude of the team, but this game was a perfect opportunity to beat Tottenham. After an international break, you won't get a better opportunity. It's important for us now, we have seven games to go and we should go for the points, we won't get ninth or 10th with 40 points that's for sure."

  74. 1744: 
    Everton 0-0 Stoke

    These 1730 games don't tend to be the best do they? The first 15 minutes of this one have not exactly flown by. Luckily I've got my Jimmy Nail and Pato Banton cds to hand...

  75. 1741: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Everton 0-0 Stoke

    Everton work the ball to Leon Osman for a long-range effort, but his left-footed strike squirms up off a defender before striking Marc Wilson on the hand. Everton want a spot-kick but the officials wave the protests away. He was trying to get out of the way I think.

  76. 1740: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Southampton 2-1 Chelsea
    Rafael Benitez

    Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez, talking to BBC Sport: "We have a game in hand on Tottenham. We have to carry on and be ready for the next challenge. We don't have too many options in some positions so we have to manage the squad. We are really disappointed. We were giving the ball away too easily. The players playing today were playing to be in the Champions League next season."

  77. 1740: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Goalless after 15 minutes in the Championship fixture between Huddersfield and Hull at John Smith's Stadium, but the visitors will no doubt be the happier of two sides so far.

    Steve Bruce's side are dominating matters in midfield, allowing them to pressure the Huddersfield defence and have gone close through Jay Simpson but his well-struck shot on the turn was held by Alex Smithies.

  78. 1739: 
    Everton 0-0 Stoke

    Apologies, I forgot to put those teams in...

    It looks like Everton have had a tinker with their system today. It's a back three of Johnny Heitinga, Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka, with Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines operating as wing-backs.

  79. 1738: 
    LINE-UPS- Everton 0-0 Stoke

    Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Gibson, Osman, Mirallas, Jelavic, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Stones, Duffy.

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

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  80. 1737: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 4-1 Reading
    Nigel Adkins and Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, talking to BBC Sport: "We played with good collective spirit, technical quality and always went forward. We created many chances, that's the most pleasant thing. We defended well, had good discipline and didn't become easy when the game became easy. We kept focus, it was a good performance.

    "He [Gervinho] was always lively and created many dangerous situations. I'm sorry because in the game he had an assist, he scored but he had more chances. He lacked a bit of confidence in front of goal."

  81. 1736: 
    Everton 0-0 Stoke

    Jon Walters should really score that chance you know. He bagged two for Ireland in midweek but that was a sitter. Stoke could rue that miss as well as Everton look to gain control.

  82. 1734: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Wigan 1-0 Norwich
    Roberto Martinez

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, talking to BBC Sport: "Today was about character - the players worked extremely hard. We stopped Norwich from having a shot on target. We weren't at our most fluent or sharpest, but found a way to win. The win was down to the character of the team."

  83. 1733: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Everton 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke so nearly in front! Without wishing to reinforce any stereotypes, the chance comes from a long throw pumped into the goalmouth, Robert Huth has a header well saved by Tim Howard and Jon Walters sees his follow-up come back off the crossbar.

  84. 1731: 
    Everton 0-0 Stoke

    Darts maestro Phil 'The Power' Taylor is at the match today as a guest of the home side. He's from Stoke, but he's a Port Vale fan so may be cheering on the home side today...

  85. 1730: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    League Two leaders Gillingham fail to move eight points clear at the top as two fortuitous Jamille Matt goals earn play-off hopefuls Fleetwood a point. Gillingham had looked on course for the win after Charlie Allen headed in just before the break, but a mistake at the back after the hour mark saw Matt complete his brace.

    Fourth-placed Burton Albion's bid to reach the automatic promotion places took a hit at mid-table Chesterfield as Drew Talbot fired in the only goal from range. That means Northampton, who made it 10 home wins in a row against Torquay last night, stay in third.

    At the other end of the table, bottom-placed York held Bristol Rovers to a scoreless draw.

  86. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Everton 0-0 Stoke

    We are under way at Everton.

  87. 1729: 

    Where will Andy Carroll be next season? That is a good question. The big man was superb today, with both of his goals taken brilliantly.

  88. 1729: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Joe L, Essex: "Fair play to Big Sam. He isn't fashionable but keeping West Ham up is a great achievement. Carroll to stay though!?"

    Stuart, Southampton: "Can Lawro keep predicting Southampton will get beat every week? We always win when he writes us off!"

  89. 1729: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Josh Simpkin: "Arouna Kone worth his weight in gold We finally have a striker who can bag at least 10+ every season, just hope we can keep him!"

  90. 1729: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 3-1 West Brom
    Steve Clarke

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke, speaking to BBC Sport: "We knew it would be a difficult game, and in the first half they were a little bit better than us. The goals we conceded are not like us.

    "We started the game quite well, but there are small margins in this game. After being 1-0 down, we had a difficult afternoon.

    "There are not been too many times this season that we have felt like this. We have seven games left and we want to finish on a high."

  91. 1726: 
    Everton v Stoke (1730 GMT)

    The theme from Z Cars is pumping out of the speakers which can only mean one thing - it's game time at Goodison. Both sides need the points.

  92. 1725: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    A thrilling batch of Championship fixtures threw up several vital wins at both ends of the table. The most noteworthy came at London Road as Peterborough move out of the relegation zone after battling back from behind to defeat leaders Cardiff, who have now only won one game in their last five.

    Nottingham Forest failed to equal a club-record seven-match winning streak as Henri Lansbury's late goal secures a draw with Brighton while play-off hopefuls Bolton surrender a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Charlton.

    Kevin Doyle's header secures a valuable win for Wolves against Middlesbrough in a thrilling game at Molineux, while Barnsley move back into the drop zone as they lose 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday thanks to close-range strikes from Gary Madine and Reda Johnson.

    Elsewhere, Leeds continue to sink as they lose 3-0 at Ipswich, who are now four points clear of the bottom three thanks to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and a brace from David McGoldrick.

  93. 1725: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 3-1 West Brom
    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, speaking to BBC Sport: "The points are more important than anything else but the performance and the fact that we won comfortably shows how good we have been at home all season. The quality of the goals show that.

    "Andy Carroll scored the goal of the season for us, it was a fantastic goal, a world-class finish. He scored two today and it was his best performance."

  94. 1724: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    The late Championship clash between Huddersfield and Hull has just kicked off with the two sides battling for three points to achieve very different objectives.

    Hull, second in the table, are fighting to get out of the Championship while Huddersfield, just two points off the relegation zone, are battling to stay in it. The Tigers will be buoyed by a defeat for league leaders Cardiff at Peterborough this afternoon but as that result shows anything can, and does, happen in the Championship.

  95. 1724:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Final ScoreSouthampton 2-1 Chelsea

    "Mauricio Pochettino has made a fantastic start at Southampton since replacing Nigel Adkins - it's been a case of 'the King is dead, long live the King'. I think this guy will keep them up."

    You can watch all the post-match analysis and reaction on Final Score through the video at the top of this page.

  96. 1723: 

    Some bizarre sights in the crowd at Goodison Park. After a child takes on an Easter egg the size of her own head, the cameras pick out a man wearing a pouch which is holding a doll. What's all that about?

  97. 1723: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ellie, Holyhead: "As a United fan I can't decide if I'm glad Chelsea lost today. Not sure if they'll be demoralised on Monday or if it'll spur them on to play the best they have all season."

    Liam, Stockport: "As a Chelsea fan, if we win on Monday then Rafa has made the right decision in my eyes. We will still be top three."

  98. 1720: 
    Everton v Stoke (1730 GMT)

    Everton will be pleased to have Tim Howard back in goal, despite the good performances of his deputy Jan Mucha. However, midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar are both suspended and will be a big miss against a physical Stoke side.

    For Stoke, centre-back Robert Huth returns after suspension and replaces the injured Matt Etherington. Michael Owen is on the bench for the first time since he announced his retirement at the end of the season.

  99. 1719: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man City 4-0 Newcastle
    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "They played with no pressure about them. There was a relaxation around their quality players, but we did not squeeze them enough.

    "We were not tight enough or aggressive enough.

    "We need two victories at least, and maybe a third, to get ourselves a strong position. We are missing some big players at the moment, but we are hoping a few players will be back for Thursday's Europa league game."

  100. 1718: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Elliot Hindes: "Six points between 18th and 10th - the fight at the bottom makes up for the anti-climax at the top!"

    Josh Pain: "Pochettino's style really seems to be suited to the Premier League. Even top defences can't cope."

    Sam Herring: "Can't see Sunderland staying up now. Fixture list is simply too tough."

  101. 1717:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Final ScoreArsenal 4-1 Reading

    "It threatened to be an unhappy start for new Reading boss Nigel Adkins - and that's how it turned out. They were never in this match. Perhaps Adkins is already planning for life in the Championship next season."

    You can watch Final Score through the video at the top of this page.

  102. 1713: 
    Swansea 1-2 Tottenham

    More from Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas: "The team was impressive from the start. We reached the 2-0 lead very early and at half-time we spoke about getting the third goal, it didn't happen but I think the boys showed great mentality to hold on.

    "It shows how ambitious they are to reach our objectives. I have to compliment everybody for their work rate defensively and offensively."

  103. 1713: 

    Tottenham are certainly playing for Andre Villas-Boas now. At times Spurs are superb to watch, and Gareth Bale is untouchable.

  104. 1712: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 1-2 Tottenham
    Spurs celebrate victory at Swansea

    Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas: "It was very important to bounce back after what happened in the last two games. It's a difficult ground to come to but a great win for us, and a great winning mentality from the boys."

  105. 1709: 
    TABLES

    As we wait for the game at Goodison Park to begin, I will steer you towards our tables page, as all four divisions make fascinating reading as we enter the business end.

    The relegation fight in the Championship is particularly tense.

  106. 1709: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Bloomfield: "Chelsea not only show a lack of respect to the opposition but Rafa and Roberto - can't just turn up and win, have to deserve it."

    James Carte: "It's very strange how it's always the top teams who 'play badly' against Saints, and not that we played well."

  107. 1707: 

    Injured Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere: "Great result today! #differentclass"

  108. 1704: 

    Statisticians Opta Sports: "Arsenal have only lost one Premier League home game in March under Arsene Wenger - overall record is W23 D4 L1."

  109. 1704: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man City 4-0 Newcastle
    Roberto Mancini

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, talking to BBC Sport: "It was a good performance. It was not easy because Newcastle are a good team but we played very well. Maybe it is too late [for the title]. We had a lot of chances to score and I am happy. It was important, after Everton, to start winning again quickly.

    "Samir Nasri played very well and if we play like this we won't have a problem in the last couple of months of the season. It's important to get second place and to win the FA Cup semi-final next week."

  110. 1704:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "One of the days we may look back on in Premier League. Big wins for Arsenal/Spurs & Southampton win v Chelsea has consequences at both ends."

  111. 1702: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Robson: "That Wigan result is great for neutrals, late game has more significance as Stoke have been dragged into the relegation battle."

    Ash Burdett: "Well played Southampton. But resting players for Monday could be done by playing them, then taking them off once the game's won."

    Chris Watkins: "Once again, inevitable cries of 'Chelsea were awful' and ignoring the fact Saints once again play superbly against a top team."

  112. 1701: 

    We've had 21 goals and a crazy red card already, but the day's Premier League action is not over yet.

    We are off to Goodison Park next, where Everton can take advantage of that slip up from Chelsea to close the gap on the top four to four points with a win.

    Stoke, meanwhile, are only four points clear of trouble.

  113. 1659: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matthew Dickman: "Southampton's appointment of Pochettino is looking like a good move the way things are going."

    KayC: "Can't wait for Benitez to be kicked out, only hope he doesn't pull us down to the Europa with these woeful tactics."

    Phil Arundell: "Well played Saints - Chelsea got what they deserved with a team selection that showed a complete lack of respect to the opposition."

  114. 1658: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Everton v Stoke (1730 GMT)

    Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka and Nikica Jelavic replace Jan Mucha, Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini for Everton, while Michael Owen is again on the bench for Stoke.

  115. 1655: 

    Well well well!

    Huge wins for Wigan, Spurs and Southampton, with ramifications at both ends of the table.

    Great days for Gervinho, Andy Carroll and Gareth Bale as well. Match of the Day will be well worth an hour or so of your time tonight. If only to see Youssouf Mulumbu's moment of madness...

  116. 1654: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Holly Evans: "Newcastle are playing themselves into a relegation battle. Poor strike force and poor defending letting us down again!"

    Jamie Jennrich: "Would Chelsea be in this position under Di Matteo? I seriously doubt it, great decision by our board ruining our club like always."

  117. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-1 Chelsea
  118. 1654: 

    Still playing in Southampton...

  119. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 1-2 Tottenham
  120. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 3-1 West Brom
  121. 1653: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- RANGERS PROMOTED TO DIVISION TWO

    Rangers fans reach for the party poppers as Elgin close out a 1-0 win at Queen's Park. The Ibrox side cannot be caught at the top of Division Three.

  122. 1652: 
    RED CARD FOR WEST BROM- Youssouf Mulumbu

    A crazy red card! Youssouf Mulumbu picks the ball up after a free-kick is given and absolutely smashes the ball at West Ham's Gary O'Neil who is stood right in front of him! Madness. Absolute madness.

  123. 1652: 

    Wigan are out of the relegation zone. For now anyway.

  124. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 1-0 Norwich
  125. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 4-1 Reading
  126. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 4-0 Newcastle
  127. 1650: 
    MAN OF THE MATCH- Man City 4-0 Newcastle

    Samir Nasri has been named man of the match at the Etihad Stadium and a few City fans jeered the announcement. Interesting.

  128. 1649: 
    INJURY TIME

    We are into stoppage time in our six Premier League matches. It's now or never boys.

  129. 1649: 
    Wigan 1-0 Norwich

    Wigan are close to a massive win...

  130. 1648: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Elliott Bambrough: "Wigan performing their Easter resurrection tricks again I see."

  131. 1647: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 2-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea don't really look like breaking down an eight-man defence, but Frank Lampard has threatened with a free-kick from 25 yards which flies just wide.

  132. 1647: 

    Statisticians Opta Sports: "Spurs have dropped 19 points from leading positions in the Premier League this season (only three teams have dropped more)."

  133. 1647: 
    Wigan 1-0 Norwich

    The Latics desperately need three points today and they are passing the ball about confidently now. They appear in total control with just two minutes left on the clock.

  134. 1645: 
    GOAL- West Ham 3-1 West Brom - Graham Dorrans (88 mins)

    Graham Dorrans is the man with the responsibility and he drives the spot-kick hard down the middle.

  135. 1645: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 1-2 Tottenham

    Another good save by Swansea keeper Michel Vorm, who denies Jermain Defoe's low shot. The hosts are continuing to cause unease in the Tottenham defence but Spurs are hanging on relatively comfortably, and with Bale, Lennon and Dembele there is always the chance of a breakaway goal for the Londoners.

  136. 1645: 
    PENALTY TO WEST BROM- West Ham 3-0 West Brom

    West Brom get a pretty soft penalty as Romelu Lukaku is sandwiched by Winston Reid and Matt Taylor as he goes up for a header.

  137. 1642: 
    Southampton 2-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea are bossing possession but Southampton remain comfortable enough. Can the Saints hang on?

  138. 1642: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    League Two leaders Gillingham remain on course to extend their advantage to eight points as they remain 2-1 up at Fleetwood.

    It is not so positive an afternoon for fourth-placed Burton Albion as their bid to reach the automatic promotion places is currently taking a hit at mid-table Chesterfield after Drew Talbot fired in from range.

    Elsewhere, it is still scoreless between bottom-placed York and Bristol Rovers.

  139. 1642: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Jones: "Why do Wigan think the season starts on March 1st every year? Incredible."

  140. 1641: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Into the last five minutes then. Chelsea, what have you got?

  141. 1641: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 4-0 Newcastle

    Carlos Tevez must fancy an early bath at the Etihad. He sprints from the pitch to be replaced by Scott Sinclair, before being informed by Roberto Mancini that he is still required and that it's David Silva who will get first use of the facilities.

  142. 1641: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Peter, Aldershot: "Well it wasn't going to be 0-0 at the Emirates was it?"

  143. 1638: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-0 Norwich - Arouna Kone (81 mins)

    If Wigan stay up this season they should name a pie after Arouna Kone. His goals could be priceless, and he has bagged another very important one. Jordi Gomez provides the slide-rule pass into his stride and the striker smashes in low, right through Norwich keeper Lee Camp. Massive.

  144. 1637: 
    GOAL- West Ham 3-0 West Brom - Andy Carroll (80 mins)

    Another great goal for the Andy Carroll scrapbook. James Collins pumps a long free-kick into the mixer, Carroll loses his man and watches the ball come over his shoulder, swivelling to control a great volley back across goal and into the corner. David Platt v Belgium, 1990. I'll say no more.

  145. 1637: 
    CLOSE!- Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    James McCarthy goes agonisingly close to giving Wigan the lead with an angled drive that whistles past the post. A few moments later Jordi Gomez sees his fierce drive bravely blocked by a combination of Norwich defenders. Wigan battering on the Canaries' door.

  146. 1636: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Truman, London: "Has Chris Hughton got a bet on how many times Norwich can get last on MOTD?"

  147. 1635: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 2-0 West Brom

    West Brom have turned to Peter Odemwingie to try and get out of the mess they find themselves in. The striker, who angered Baggies fans when driving to QPR on transfer deadline day, is being booed by the visiting supporters after replacing Claudio Yacob. Will he ever be able to win back their favour?

  148. 1634: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 4-1 Reading - Mikel Arteta (77 mins)

    Mikel Arteta has missed a few penalties of late, but he makes no mistake this time, calmly putting the ball into the corner.

  149. 1633: 
    PENALTY FOR ARSENAL- Arsenal 3-1 Reading

    This pretty much sums up Reading's display. Adrian Mariappa passes the ball straight to Arsenal sub Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, under no pressure I add, and he then bodychecks Oxlade-Chamberlain right on the edge of the area. Penalty given.

  150. 1633: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Thomas Lewis: "Forget the Special One for the minute, Chelsea need the Special Juan."

  151. 1633: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Benji: "People complaining about Benitez needs to grow up. He obviously is thinking ahead to Monday and has to rest key players. It's not his fault that the world-class players in today's first XI can't finish the job against a team lower down in the table."

  152. 1633:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Michu halves Spurs' lead and celebrates ferociously a la Stuart Pearce."

  153. 1632: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 1-2 Tottenham

    Just stop it Gareth Bale. He runs from inside his own half, leaving the Swansea defence for dead, before hitting the ball so early that it catches Michel Vorm off guard. He is once more rooted to the spot but the low shot hits the base of the post and bounces clear.

  154. 1631: 
    CLOSE!- Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    Antolin Alcaraz's header from a corner is cleared off the line by Norwich's Jonny Howson. That's the closest Wigan have been to scoring.

  155. 1631: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James, Brighouse: "When did Adebayor last have a good game? Awful first touch and just lazy. Spurs missed a trick by not signing a striker; could have made the difference!"

  156. 1630: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 4-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle's afternoon could get a whole lot worse, with Sergio Aguero being brought on to replace the impressive Samir Nasri for a rampant Manchester City. Vincent Kompany is also replaced, to a standing ovation, and Javi Garcia gets a run-out.

  157. 1630: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-2 Tottenham - Michu (71 mins)

    As we said, Michu may be the man to keep Swansea's hopes alive, and the Spanish striker this time finds a perfect header, smashing the ball in off the far post from a right-wing corner. Game on.

  158. 1627: 
    GOAL- Man City 4-0 Newcastle - James Perch OG (69 mins)

    How many men does it take to stop Yaya Toure? More than four, if they play for Newcastle anyway.

    Toure drives at the defence like Jonah Lomu, barging and bundling his way through three tackles before smashing in a shot which deflects in off James Perch.

  159. 1626: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 3-1 Reading - Hal Robson-Kanu (68 mins)

    Hang on a minute. Reading have a goal back out of nothing, with Jobi McAnuff picking out Hal Robson-Kanu at the back post and the Wales man stooping to net with a diving header. Nacho Monreal collides with the post in the process.

  160. 1625: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 2-0 West Brom

    West Brom are trying their hardest to get back into this contest but are finding goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in inspired form as the big Finn thwarts Billy Jones's effort after the full-back burrowed through the home side's defence.

  161. 1623: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 3-0 Reading - Olivier Giroud (67 mins)

    This is a horrorshow for Reading fans. Turn away now.

    Reading have a corner which is half cleared, but the ball is still with a Royals man until he needlessly gives the ball away. Nicky Shorey gives up on it and Arsenal counter at pace, with that man Gervinho at it again, backing the Reading defence up and teeing up Olivier Giroud to batter the ball into the far corner.

  162. 1623: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Some important early second-half Championship goals come at Molineux as second-bottom Wolves are again pegged back by Middlesbrough. The hosts took the lead once more when Bjorn Sigurdarson finished off an excellent team move by rounding Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele before Grant Leadbitter struck from long range to get his second goal of the game.

    Elsewhere, Ipswich look to be easing any relegation fears as a brace from David McGoldrick gives them a 2-0 lead against Neil Warnock's sinking Leeds side.

  163. 1622: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Taylor: "Man for man Chelsea have a world class team. Just need to learn to play with each other over the summer."

    Jamie Matthews: "Since when did Chelsea need their strongest team out to beat 14th in the table? Poor. Benitez will have Monday in mind though."

  164. 1620: 
    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    Ouch. Ouch indeed! Michu has his eyes on the ball all the way as he runs on to a raking pass but he doesn't half clatter into Scott Parker, a real head-to-head challenge which leaves Parker seeing stars. Michu is booked and Parker is able to carry on after some treatment.

  165. 1619: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    Spurs make a change up front as Jermain Defoe comes on in place of Emmanuel Adebayor. Who has been, well, terrible today.

  166. 1617: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Southampton 2-1 Chelsea
    Lambert scores for Southampton

    Chelsea continue to struggle to make any headway, and they still trail to that Rickie Lambert special. But here's a good chance for the visitors at last, Victor Moses scuffing his shot into the pitch, and forcing Kelvin Davis into a back-pedalling save as he tips the ball on to the crossbar.

    Will that spark the Blues in to life?

  167. 1617: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man City 3-0 Newcastle

    Rob Elliot has stopped Newcastle conceding a rugby score today - this time his strong hands beating away another stinging Edin Dzeko shot.

  168. 1617:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the EtihadMan City 3-0 Newcastle

    "This has been a throwback to last season, when City won the title. They are popping the ball about nicely and there is a flourish to their play."

  169. 1615: 
    CLOSE!- Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    It's not been a classic in Wigan but Norwich go close. Bradley Johnson makes an overlap in midfield and fires a low shot bouncing across goal, but it skids wide. Into the last half hour.

  170. 1613: 
    GOAL- Man City 3-0 Newcastle - Vincent Kompany (56 mins)

    Did he mean this? Vincent Kompany is back with a bang as he makes the game safe at the Etihad. Newcastle make a mess of dealing with a corner, and when Gareth Barry fizzes in a low shot from the edge of the box, Kompany is able to flick it towards goal with his boot and the ball flies in. Classy, or fortunate, I'm not sure. It matters not.

  171. 1613: 

    Lisa, London: "Re Aaron 1602. No Champions League means no Mourinho! Need Luiz and hazard on for some tempo and pace. C'mon Chelsea!"

  172. 1611: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    If Swansea are to find a way back into this one you fancy Michu may be the man to do it, but he should do better here as he heads wide from Dwight Tiendalli's accurate cross. Next goal is massive in this one.

  173. 1611:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final ScoreWigan 0-0 Norwich

    "Wigan are unrecognisable from the side which beat Everton in the FA Cup. That must be so frustrating for their manager Roberto Martinez."

    You can watch Final Score through the video at the top of this page.

  174. 1611: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham almost make it 3-0 but Swans keeper Michel Vorm claws away a Gylfi Sigurdsson curler bound for the top corner.

  175. 1609: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 2-0 West Brom

    West Brom are looking to get back into the game early in the second half, and come agonisingly close to halving the deficit when Romelu Lukaku's thumping, left-footed strike from the edge of the area flies narrowly over Jussi Jaaskelainen's crossbar.

  176. 1609: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Michael Churm: "Re 1559. What about China Black? Big Mountain? Aswad? There's more classics where they came from..."

  177. 1608: 
    Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    A win should be enough for Wigan to clamber clear of the bottom three today, but the home side have been pretty drab so far. Roy Keane won't have enjoyed this so far. You don't want to be making him angry either...

  178. 1608: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    Swansea are seeking a way back into the match and a quickly taken free-kick on the edge of the area puts Michu in on goal, but Spurs keeper Brad Friedel rushes out to block the shot.

  179. 1606: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 2-1 Chelsea

    The Saints are forced into a half-time change, we assume because of injury, as replacement keeper Kelvin Davis comes on for Artur Boruc.

  180. 1604: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-0 Reading - Santi Cazorla (48 mins)

    "Right lads, go out there, keep it tight for the first 15 minutes and then - ah." Nigel Adkins' half-time team-talk comes unstuck instantly as Arsenal double their lead. Gervinho picks up an assist to go with his goal as he dances away from a defender to find Santi Cazorla in space, and the Spaniard bends a beauty around Olivier Giroud and in to the corner.

  181. 1604: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Reading

    Gervinho almost weaves his way through right at the start of the half but he is forced wide and the chance has gone.

  182. 1604:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad

    "As I type, MCFC fan asks media for THFC and CFC scores. 'I suppose Gareth Bale scored' is his response to Spurs's latest."

  183. 1603: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are back under way in all six games.

  184. 1603: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jamie Henning: "Has Lambert got any Northern Irish grandparents because we will take him?!"

    Ian Hooper: "Rickie Lambert deserves his chance, even if it ends up as just a Kevin Davies-esque cameo."

  185. 1602: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Aaron, Chelsea fan: "Today is the day we miss out on Champions League qualification for next season. Leaving Hazard, Ba and Cole on the bench when we need them the most shows once again that Rafa is just not a good manager. I cannot wait for the return of the special one next season."

  186. 1602: 
    LEAGUE TWO UPDATE

    All the first-half goals in the three 1500 GMT games in League Two come at Highbury Stadium as top of the table Gillingham take a 2-1 lead at play-off hopefuls Fleetwood. Danny Kedwell's placed finish and a header from Charlie Allen came either side of an equaliser from Fleetwood's Jamille Matt as his cross/shot found the back of the net.

  187. 1601: 

    Here come the players ready for the second halves. Reading's lads look purposeful. They'll be glad to only be one down after that first 45 minutes. They only need to stay in the game long enough for Adam Le Fondre to get on of course...

  188. 1559:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad StadiumMan City 2-0 Newcastle

    "MCFC took a while to get going but deserve their 2-0 HT lead after creating a flurry of chances before the break. Newcastle have defended doggedly but done little else apart from that Papiss Cisse volley. Need to show a lot more attacking intent."

  189. 1559: 

    Good news for Jimmy Nail as well as he gets a whirl on the half-time playlist at Swansea.

    Jimmy Nail and Pato Banton in the same live text commentary eh? Classic. We just need a bit of Bitty McLean now.

  190. 1558: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    "Relegation-threatened Wolves looked to have been given a lifeline thanks to Stephan McManus's own goal, but Middlesbrough are allowed to draw level when Grant Leadbitter's shot bounces in off the crossbar.

    "At the other end of the table, Cardiff score the only goal of the first half away at Peterborough while play-off hopefuls Bolton are currently 2-1 up at Charlton as Johnnie Jackson gives the hosts hope after Bolton raced into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Marvin Sordell and Medo Kamara."

  191. 1556:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison ParkEverton v Stoke (1730 GMT)

    "This match brings together two managers who have both raised unrealistic expectations at their respective clubs. A win for the home manager (Everton's David Moyes), you feel, is imperative, whilst three points for the visiting one (Stoke's Tony Pulis) would be most welcome in their current climate. Everton begin the day six points off a Champions League place and, like Arsenal just above them, have a game in hand. Stoke quite simply need a change of fortune in a new year that has been anything but happy."

  192. 1555: 

    We've still got one game to come later on of course. Here's what Steve Bower has in store for us...

  193. 1555: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jamie Fraser: "Is Lambert realistically going to be considered before the likes of Rooney, Defoe, Walcott? Doing all he can but I can't see it."

    George Matthews: "People say Spurs are a one-man team but clearly we're clearly a two-man team. Vertongen and Bale."

    Phil Arundell: "Very poor from Chelsea in the first half. Too slow, no pressing and too much pass back to keeper route one stuff. Need to wake up."

  194. 1553: 
    AS IT STANDS

    A very good 45 minutes for Tottenham, who are motoring up into third place in the table as it stands.

    They are above Chelsea, who trail Southampton, while Manchester City are on course to cut Manchester United's lead to a still massive 15 points.

    At the other end, Reading are set to end the day on the bottom of the table, falling behind QPR thanks to goal difference. QPR play on Monday. Wigan remain in the drop zone, two points behind Aston Villa.

  195. 1550: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ricky, Bristol: "Saw Rickie doing that week in, week out for Bristol Rovers! Lambert for England!!"

  196. 1550: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gregor Hutchison: "City playing football like they did last season for the first time this season. Too little too late."

    Joe Pape: "Today we have learned the Brian McDermott is the world's best manager - getting 23 points with that team?"

  197. 1548:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Upton ParkHALF-TIME- West Ham 2-0 West Brom

    "Goals from Andy Carroll and Gary O'Neil have put West Ham in charge, but the Hammers owe a huge debt to Jussi Jaaskelainen who made a magnificent save to deny Romelu Lukaku when it was 0-0. Very good first half to watch. "

    Carroll
  198. 1548:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad StadiumHALF-TIME- Man City 2-0 Newcastle

    "Manchester City took their time to work up a head of steam against a doggedly defensive Newcastle side but got their reward for a flurry of chances just before half-time when Carlos Tevez put them ahead and David Silva's strike gives them deserved breathing space at the break."

    Tevez
  199. 1547:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at St Mary'sHALF-TIME- Southampton 2-1 Chelsea

    "It has been a poor first half by Chelsea. Southampton's lead is fully merited. Rafael Benitez will look to make changes but he will be disappointed he cannot make more than three."

    Lambert
  200. 1547:  
    MOTD's John Motson at the EmiratesHALF-TIME- Arsenal 1-0 Reading

    "Arsenal are in control after a completely one-sided first half. Gervinho scored their only goal and new Reading boss Nigel Adkins is fortunate it wasn't more."

    Gervinho
  201. 1547:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the LibertyHALF-TIME- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    "So far so very good for Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur. Swansea, so sluggish early on, finally woke up, with Nathan Dyer hitting the bar."

    Tottenham
  202. 1547:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the DW StadiumHALF-TIME- Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    "It's been a poor game, largely devoid of incident. Neither side has had the upper hand for any length of time. Neither side deserves the lead."

    Wigan v Norwich
  203. 1546: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-0 Newcastle - David Silva (45 mins)

    Manchester City find a deserved second goal, thanks to some lovely close control. David Silva picks up a pass from Samir Nasri despite there appearing to be no space to do so, he jinks the ball on to his left foot and thrashes in a low angled shot.

  204. 1546: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man City 1-0 Newcastle

    Manchester City are rampant here, this time Samir Nasri playing in Edin Dzeko down the centre and the Bosnian striker's shot is tipped wide by Rob Elliot.

  205. 1545: 
    Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    The stalemate at the DW should come as no surprise, Norwich have drawn 13 games in the top-flight so far, six of which have been goalless. This looks like a seventh in the making.

  206. 1545:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad StadiumMan City 1-0 Newcastle

    "I was going to say it had been a frustrating first half for MCFC. Same old story with wasted chances etc. Not any more."

  207. 1543: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Reading

    Roll up! Roll up! It's a shooting gallery for Arsenal.

    Gervinho fires over after neat footwork before Nacho Monreal drills wide from 20 yards. Reading's centre-halves need deckchairs, they're camped so deep in their own box.

  208. 1543:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea and Southampton defender on BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 2-1 Chelsea

    "Southampton fans are singing 'Lambert for England'. The only thing about that is that he is not particularly mobile and not one of those strikers who can get away quickly from an opponent. The international game doesn't always suit a player like that."

    Listen to commentary from St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live.

  209. 1542: 
    West Ham 2-0 West Brom

    West Ham are in total control of this game and should be more than two goals up, with Mohamed Diame and Matt Jarvis firing efforts over the bar. West Brom are unable to get the ball to Romelu Lukaku who is isolated up front.

  210. 1542: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ryan Nicholl: "Chelsea just aren't the same side without Mata or Hazard in the side. Marin has done nothing as of yet."

    Lawrence Houldsworth: "Lambert the highest-scoring Englishman - Hodgson paying attention?"

  211. 1540: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-0 Newcastle - Carlos Tevez (41 mins)

    The Newcastle resistance is over. Gael Clichy finds the killer pass to break through, picking out Carlos Tevez sliding in at the back post with a brilliant low cross, and the Argentine can't, and doesn't, miss from three yards out. That's seven goals in six games for Tevez in a City shirt.

  212. 1540: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 Reading

    Santi Cazorla is inches away from a second goal for Arsenal, upsetting the side-netting with a low shot from the edge of the box.

  213. 1539: 
    LEAGUE TWO UPDATE

    There are only three 1500 GMT games in League Two, with the only goal so far a predictable one as leaders Gillingham go ahead at promotion hopefuls Fleetwood thanks to Danny Kedwell's finish into the top left corner from the edge of the box.

    If Gillingham hold on to their lead, they will go eight points clear of second-placed Port Vale.

  214. 1539: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    Nathan Dyer heads against the bar for Swansea from inside the six-yard box with Brad Friedel beaten all ends up, following a superb cross from Dwight Tiendalli.

  215. 1539: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Man City 0-0 Newcastle

    City are knocking on the door - and they have the ball in the net as David Silva prods home from Samir Nasri's pass, but the Spaniard was clearly offside.

  216. 1538: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man City 0-0 Newcastle

    It seems only a matter of time before Manchester City break Newcastle's resistance. Gael Clichy is the latest player to force a good save from Rob Elliot with a stinging shot from 10 yards out. The visitors appear to have come for a draw - Elliot now being warned about time-wasting by the referee.

  217. 1537: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Reading

    Reading have looked all at sea at the back so far, but they just about stay in the game as first Santi Cazorla and then Aaron Ramsey have shots blocked inside the penalty area.

  218. 1535: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Lisa, London: "Re 15:20. Torres looks more like a lost Robin in search of Batman!"

  219. 1534: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-1 Chelsea - Rickie Lambert (35 mins)

    Yes. Oh yes! What a goal from Rickie Lambert, who is now the top English goalscorer in the Premier League. Free-kick, 30 yards out, you know the drill. Up and over the wall, Petr Cech clutching at thin air.

  220. 1534: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle are still holding out at Etihad Stadium but it is not pretty. They are kicking anything in blue that gets near their box.

    This physical approach is almost punished by David Silva as the Spaniard curls a free-kick just wide of Rob Elliot's post after Yohan Cabaye becomes the latest visiting player to receive a yellow card. Moments later, Edin Dzeko heads just wide from a corner.

  221. 1532: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-1 Chelsea - John Terry (33 mins)

    Chelsea have been ragged, but they find a way back into the match. John Terry is too elusive and too strong for his nominated marker Jos Hooiveld, who loses touch with the former England skipper, who nods home from a right-wing corner.

  222. 1532:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea and Southampton defender on BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 1-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea have got real problems. Frank Lampard is not sure whether to press or to hold. They're all looking at each other at the moment. There's an urgency about Southampton. Chelsea have to respond. Fernando Torres is working hard but is battling against two or three opponents at any one time."

    Listen to commentary from St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live.

  223. 1532: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Harry Short: "Fernando Torres unsuccessfully trying to hide his identity as a terrible striker with that mask."

    Oli Zesiger: "I admit, I was dead wrong on Rodriguez being an overpriced transfer. Worth every penny."

  224. 1531:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Absurdly brilliant goal from Gareth Bale. Worth watching MOTD for this alone."

  225. 1531: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    Gareth Bale, jinking past a series of defenders with wonderful close control, flicks another shot with the outside of his left foot narrowly wide. Is there anything this boy can't do?

  226. 1531: 

    Statisticians Opta Sports: "7 - Gareth Bale has now scored seven goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season; more than any other player."

  227. 1531: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Leaders Cardiff go ahead at relegation-threatened Peterborough as Aron Gunnarsson fires home from close-range. Bolton's race towards the play-offs continues as they take a two-goal lead at The Valley against Charlton when Marvin Sordell's smart finish inside the box is followed by Medo Kamara's 30-yard thunderbolt.

    At the other end of the table, an own goal from Middlesbrough's Stephen McManus gives second from bottom Wolves a valuable lead.

  228. 1531: 
    CLOSE!- Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    Arouna Kone's placed effort from the edge of the area drifts a few inches wide of Lee Camp's right-hand upright. That was Wigan's first effort on goal.

  229. 1529: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Chelsea

    This is more like it from the bemasked Fernando Torres as he runs through and pokes in - only for the whistle to go for handball.

  230. 1528: 
    WHAT A MISS- Man City 0-0 Newcastle

    Gareth Barry is currently looking for a giant hole to swallow him up from the Etihad pitch after an embarrassing miss. Samir Nasri did well on the right, pulled the ball across for Edin Dzeko and Rob Elliot made a good point-blank save. The rebound fell nicely for Barry, four yards out, but the midfielder blazed high, wide and not very handsome.

  231. 1528: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-0 West Brom - Gary O'Neil (28 mins)

    What a half hour of Premier League football. West Ham add another goal, as intricate and deft as their opener was basic.

    The Hammers counter from a West Brom attack and after Ricardo Vaz Te carries the ball 50 yards, he finds Gary O'Neil in support, and the midfielder clips a first-time shot over a defender and into the far corner. He did everyone with 'the eyes' there. Brilliant finish.

  232. 1526:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the EtihadMan City 0-0 Newcastle

    "Lots of banter between the fans in the early stages at the Etihad Stadium, with Newcastle's travelling contingent chanting "you're not champions anymore" at their Manchester City counterparts, who respond by singing "Champione, Champione, Ole Ole Ole." I suppose they may as well make the most of being title holders while they can."

    Tevez
  233. 1526:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Final ScoreWest Ham 1-0 West Brom

    "It's a great centre-forward's goal for Andy Carroll, but surely as a defender you have got to get tight to him. You have to get across him, but he is allowed to run five yards and no-one is with him. Olsson is just stood there as Carroll gets a running jump on him. Why isn't anyone marking him and stopping the run?"

    You can watch Final Score through the video at the top of this page.

  234. 1526: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ollie, London: "Re all the Pato Banton banter. My mate Joe thought he was called Pat O'Banton- an Irish reggae star. How we laughed."

  235. 1526: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham

    Just before that latest piece of Gareth Bale magic, Swansea almost levelled things when that man Michu got above the Spurs defence but heads the ball wide.

    Long way back for the Swans now.

  236. 1525:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea and Southampton defender on BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 1-0 Chelsea

    "I'm admiring Southampton's play at the moment. They are very well connected in midfield, where their players are happy to receive the ball. Chelsea are finding it difficult to hold their defensive line."

    Listen to commentary from St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live.

  237. 1523: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Chelsea - Jay Rodriguez (23 mins)

    The Saints like a scalp at home don't they? Lovely, lovely goal as well as Rickie Lambert plays the ball to Steven Davis, who threads a pass through for Jay Rodriguez, and the Southampton man steers a calm finish into the corner.

  238. 1520: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-2 Tottenham - Gareth Bale (21 mins)

    This is just brilliant. As the song goes, he scores when he wants doesn't he? Quality again from Jan Vertonghen as he steps out of defence to mop up an errant ball forward, he then picks out Gareth Bale on the edge of the D and Bale nonchalantly, almost arrogantly, flicks a shot into the top corner. Michel Vorm did not move in the Swansea goal. Bale is on fire.

  239. 1520: 
    Southampton 0-0 Chelsea
    Fernando Torres

    We've seen Chelsea striker Demba Ba sporting a mask in recent weeks - and now Fernando Torres has joined the party. Torres broke his nose in a recent Europa League game and now looks like a proper movie villain.

  240. 1518: 
    Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    A contender for howler of the day early doors as Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong takes aim from 30 yards with his right foot - and puts it out for a throw-in. Not even remotely close.

  241. 1518: 

    Statisticians Opta Sports: "2 - Gervinho has now scored in two successive Premier League appearances for the first time."

  242. 1518: 
    Wigan 0-0 Norwich

    The visiting side have started well at the DW Stadium. Apart from a dangerous centre across the Canaries area which the defence had to clear inside the first three minutes, the Latics have rarely been in the attacking third.

  243. 1518: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tim Wozencroft: "Never mind Defoe, Ade or Dempsey, Spurs could use Vertonghen as an emergency striker at this rate!"

  244. 1517: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-1 Tottenham

    Big, big chance for Spurs to double their lead. Mousa Dembele plays Emmanuel Adebayor in on goal but the striker has no conviction at all in his finish as he barely musters a backpass. Easy save for Michel Vorm. Woeful finish.

  245. 1516: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 West Brom - Andy Carroll (16 mins)

    Demand it! Hit Andy! Say what you like about Andy Carroll, but on his day he is unstoppable in the air. The striker rises beautifully to thump in a close-range header from a corner. You do not save those.

  246. 1515: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Blackwell: "Can't see Southampton, Newcastle or Reading getting a result. Could be a great day for Villa."

  247. 1515: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- West Ham 0-0 West Brom

    West Brom continue to push on at Upton Park and they are so nearly in the lead. Romelu Lukaku batters in a low free-kick which takes a horrible deflection, but Jussi Jaaskelainen springs away to his right to turn the ball on to the post. Fine save from the veteran.

  248.   
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    "MCFC fans singing 'we're the famous Manchester City and we're going to Wembley'. NUFC fans go for 'you're not champions anymore'."

  249. 1514: 
    Man City 0-0 Newcastle

    Not a lot has happened at Etihad Stadium so far, but the returning Vincent Kompany shows what has been missing for Manchester City in his two-month long injury absence.

    Goalkeeper Joe Hart's rushed clearance falls straight to Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko 25 yards from goal but the composed centre-back nicks the ball off the midfielder's toe with the minimum of fuss. A classy performer at his best there.

  250. 1514: 
    Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Terrific run by Jay Rodriguez who powers past John Terry as though he is not there, but the former Burnley man's finish is tame. Decent start by Southampton against a much-changed Chelsea side.

  251. 1513:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea and Southampton defender on BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 0-0 Chelsea

    "It's been a decent start by Southampton. Chelsea need to get on the ball and start off with a level of intensity they haven't done yet. Both sides are just trying to work out each other's formations. Southampton's best opportunities are going to come down Chelsea's sides."

  252. 1511: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Reading - Gervinho (11 mins)

    Nigel Adkins' start to life at Reading just got a whole lot tougher as Arsenal pick their backline apart. Gervinho starts and ends it, beginning with a mazy run in from the right. He finds Olivier Giroud, who in turn plays the ball into the path of Santi Cazorla. When Cazorla fires the ball across goal, Gervinho is just onside to smash home. Over to you Nigel...

    Gervinho
  253. 1510:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Final ScoreSwansea 0-1 Tottenham

    "Swansea look like they are already in end of season mode. They could have done an awful lot more to defend that Tottenham goal - they allowed Vertonghen to run 40 yards without being picked up."

    You can watch Final Score through the video at the top of this page.

  254. 1510: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd
    Martin O'Neill

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "Manchester United are the best team in the league and we gave them too much time and space in the first half, but we put a really big effort in during the second half and it bodes well.

    "Confidence is a major thing and the players should take a great deal of heart from the second-half performance. We have to put things right now."

  255. 1510: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- West Ham 0-0 West Brom

    Gareth McAuley has a goal disallowed for West Brom when, from Chris Brunt's corner, he batters everyone aside, including Jussi Jaaskelainen, to bundle the ball home. The effort is instantly chalked off for the foul.

  256. 1509: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Suzanne, Manchester: "Re Barry Dunne 1430: I've just turned 26 and loved Pato Banton- wore out the cassette in my mum's E reg Volkswagen Polo.

    That's more like it Suzanne...

  257. 1507: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Tottenham - Jan Vertonghen (7 mins)

    What a goal! Rampaging forward like the sweepers of old, Mathias Sammer or even Franz Beckenbauer would be proud of this one as Spurs centre-half Jan Vertonghen carries the ball out from the back. He plays the ball in to Gareth Bale and then continues his run into the area. Bale flicks the ball over the top for the Belgian, who kills it with a great touch before stabbing into the net. Wonderful stuff.

    Vertonghen
  258. 1504: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Reading

    Arsenal move forwards at the other end and Olivier Giroud tests Stuart Taylor with a flicked header but the former Gunners keeper makes a comfortable stop.

    What a forgotten man Taylor is. He has made a healthy living out of warming the bench down the years.

  259. 1503: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE

    Jason Banton's solitary strike at Home Park has repercussions at both ends of the League Two table as Plymouth move five points clear of the relegation places and seventh-placed Exeter's bid to remain in the play-off places takes a hit. Fleetwood, who are one place and five points behind the defeated side, face a tough ask to take advantage as they play league leaders Gillingham, while fourth-placed Burton Albion host mid-table Chesterfield.

    Elsewhere, with only six games remaining, bottom-placed York need a victory at Bristol Rovers.

  260. 1501: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Reading

    There are lots of empty seats at Arsenal today, maybe people have nipped off for a few days' rest over the Easter break. Arsenal's defence may have joined them as Adrian Mariappa is gifted a free header from a corner but he heads it wide. Decent opening for Reading.

  261. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF

    All six games are now up and running.

  262. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Tottenham

    We are away in today's 1500 kick-offs...

  263. 1459: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, talking to BBC Sport: "It was a battle in the second half and you have to give Sunderland credit as they had a real go at us. We picked up two or three injuries and our goalkeeper was hurt so it was a real battling performance. We've got to win four games out of the last eight and it's important we focus on the Manchester City game which is next at home."

  264. 1458: 
    Arsenal v Reading (1500 GMT)

    New Reading boss Nigel Adkins is warmly applauded by the band of loyal Royals at the Emirates. He's positively beaming. The great escape starts here?

  265. 1457:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    "Big screens at the Etihad showing MCFC's vital win at NUFC in May last year on their way to the title. That seems an awfully long time ago."

  266. 1456: 

    Players are emerging from tunnels around the land - we could have an all-sunny afternoon on our hands here for the first time in months and months...

  267. 1455:  
    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand

    "Buttner was nice today but Carrick was standout for me. Nice three points that now roll on Monday!"

  268. 1453: 
    Arsenal v Reading (1500 GMT)

    "Remember who you are, what you are, and who you represent" reads a banner at the Emirates Stadium, quoting former Gunners midfielder David Rocastle.

    Rocastle died 12 years ago tomorrow after a fight with cancer, and he is being remembered by the club today.

    Emirates Stadium
  269. 1453: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

    Leaders Cardiff seem to be heading towards their traditional end of season stumble after winning just one of their last four fixtures. While a trip to third from bottom Peterborough looks a great opportunity to get back to winning ways, the reverse fixture in December saw a shock 2-1 loss. Of the chasing pack, second-placed Hull travel to Huddersfield, fifth-placed Nottingham Forest are looking to equal their club-record of seven successive league victories when they host Brighton and a resurgent Bolton will look to close further on the play-off places against Charlton.

    At the other end of the table, second from bottom Wolves will hope to take advantage of the downturn in form from a Middlesbrough side which has won just two league fixtures in 2013. Yorkshire sides Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley sit just outside the drop zone, with their meeting at Hillsborough offering the chance to gain some daylight for the victors.

  270. 1451: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Doug, Leyland on text: "Great to get another three points. I'm not bothered anymore by the 12/15/18-point lead, now it's all about getting past the 86 points City can reach. 10 to go..."

  271. 1451: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd
    Michael Carrick

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick on opening up an 18-point lead at the Premier League summit: "We have ticked another game off, it's one game less and we have won again. We will enjoy today and then move on to Monday [against Chelsea]. We keep finding a way to win and even though we have another big game on Monday, this one was very important."

  272. 1450:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the EtihadMan City v Newcastle (1500 GMT)

    "The fact that it is a bright and sunny spring day at the Etihad Stadium and Manchester United have just won at the Stadium of Light is likely to bring back happy memories of last season's title triumph for Manchester City fans, but a glance at the top of the table and United's 18-point lead will quickly wipe the smile off their faces.

    "With only one defeat from 14 league games here this season, City's home record is not the reason their title defence is all but over before the clocks go forward but Roberto Mancini's men need to maintain that kind of form for the run-in if they are to win the race for second place."

  273. 1449: 

    Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane is in the stands at the DW Stadium this afternoon. I remember reading a tale of a very brave ticket office employee turning him away from a Wigan game as he wasn't on the database, but it looks like Roy is sorted now though.

    Will we see him back in a manager's job any time soon?

  274. 1449: 
    LINE-UPS- Wigan v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    Wigan: Robles, Scharner, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour, Maloney, McManaman, Kone. Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Espinoza, Stam.

    Norwich: Camp, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Howson, Johnson, Snodgrass, Elliott Bennett, Hoolahan, Kamara. Subs: Steer, Whittaker, Holt, Fox, Becchio, Tierney, Tettey.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  275. 1447:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    "The final whistle at the Stadium of Light and Utd's 18-point lead brings absolutely zero reaction from the MCFC fans around me at the Etihad. MCFC boss Roberto Mancini doesn't know United have won yet either. He's concentrating on watching his players warm up."

  276. 1445: 

    Nigel Adkins is without a doubt the most positive manager I have ever met. Will some Linford Christie style 'PMA' be enough for the Royals though? They are seven points adrift of safety at the moment and need wins fast.

  277. 1445: 
    Arsenal v Reading (1500 GMT)

    With Arsenal set to finish an eighth consecutive campaign empty handed, Arsene Wenger is challenging his players to prove they deserve to be at the club: "What will decide my attitude is how we do now until the end of the season."

    Reading have lost all 11 of their meetings with the Gunners and new boss Nigel Adkins says: "I am not a gambling man, but if people say 'you have not beaten them for ages', then you are due to beat them at some stage so why can't we beat them next game?"

  278. 1444:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-1 Man Utd

    "Never mind an Easter parade, it is the victory parade for Manchester United, and one which is going to be one of the longest in Premier League history. They were far from perfect today, but one goal was enough.

    "While the United fans are celebrating, Martin O'Neill's Sunderland team are still well and truly in the relegation mire with tricky away trips to Chelsea and north east rivals Newcastle to come."

  279. 1444: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chinedu: "Another snoozefest, another three points that's all that matters."

    Barney Kiddle: "Looking at their upcoming fixtures you have to feel that Sunderland are in deep trouble."

    Matt Flecknoe: "Solid from United! I worry for Sunderland, tough fight to stay up. Much improved second half from them though."

  280. 1444: 

    Cheers Higgo.

    So the Manchester United juggernaut rolls on. Sir Alex Ferguson's side go 18 points clear and are the first side in Premier League history to win 25 of the first 30 games. A stunning record.

    Almost as good a record as Pato Banton's collaboration with UB40 in 1994...

  281. 1440: 

    It's now time for me to hand over to my colleague Tom Rostance for the 3pm kick-offs. Can City cut that lead back down to 15 points? Let's find out.

  282.   
    Jimmy Armfield, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Sunderland showed more passion in the second half - I think they were overawed in the first half. But it has been another disappointing afternoon and they are looking at an awkward finale."

    You can listen to all the post-match reaction from the Stadium of Light on BBC Radio 5 live.

  283. 1437: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd

    Seconds after Simon Mignolet makes another superb save from Robin van Persie on the counter-attack, the full-time whistle goes. Their lead is now 18 points. No wonder Sir Alex is smiling.

  284. 1437: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd

    Jack Colback launches a hopeful ball into the box but, like so often today, it is easily dealt with by the United defence.

  285. 1434: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is looking edgy on the touchline. His side face trips to Chelsea and Newcastle next. Lose those and they will really begin to feel the pressure. On the United bench, Fergie is checking his watch.

  286.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Boboyen: "I hope Juan Mata's fever lasts till Monday - if it does, a United victory over Chelsea is guaranteed."

  287. 1432: 
    INJURY TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd

    Finally, a shot on target for Sunderland. Connor Wickham, who has been busy since coming off the bench, tries his luck from the edge of the area and David de Gea has to make a smart save. We're going to have six minutes of injury time. That'll please Fergie.

  288. 1432: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Reading (1500 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

  289. 1431: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Chelsea (1500 GMT)

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

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Mikel, Lampard, Moses, Oscar, Marin, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Hazard, Benayoun, Ba.

    Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

  290. 1430: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd

    Sunderland are finally raising the tempo with Stephane Sessegnon firing in a low, drilled shot which falls at the feet of Connor Wickham. However, the young striker is shepherded away from danger by Chris Smalling. The England defender has been superb today.

  291. 1430: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Tottenham (1500 GMT)

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

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Parker, Dembele, Bale, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Adebayor. Subs: Archer, Assou-Ekotto, Caulker, Livermore, Holtby, Huddlestone, Defoe.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

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    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd

    Another change for Manchester United, with Tom Cleverley replacing Anderson. They are five minutes away from that 18-point lead now. Sunderland have also made a change - Jack Colback coming on for Danny Rose.

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    Man City v Newcastle (1500 GMT)

    With the damaging defeat to Everton and the ardours of the international break in mind, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini makes five changes. The most noteworthy alteration is the return of captain Vincent Kompany after being out with a calf injury since the FA Cup victory at Stoke in late January.

    The centre-back is joined by Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure. Striker Sergio Aguero is fit enough to make the bench.

    Opposite number Alan Pardew makes four changes to the Newcastle team that was beaten 2-1 by Wigan. Injured full-backs Davide Santon and Mathieu Debuchy are replaced by Jonas Gutierrez and forgotten man Danny Simpson.

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Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Arsenal 0 0 0
No movement 2 Aston Villa 0 0 0
No movement 3 Burnley 0 0 0
No movement 4 Chelsea 0 0 0
No movement 5 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
No movement 6 Everton 0 0 0
No movement 7 Hull 0 0 0
No movement 8 Leicester 0 0 0
No movement 9 Liverpool 0 0 0
No movement 10 Man City 0 0 0
No movement 11 Man Utd 0 0 0
No movement 12 Newcastle 0 0 0
No movement 13 QPR 0 0 0
No movement 14 Southampton 0 0 0
No movement 15 Stoke 0 0 0
No movement 16 Sunderland 0 0 0
No movement 17 Swansea 0 0 0
No movement 18 Tottenham 0 0 0
No movement 19 West Brom 0 0 0
No movement 20 West Ham 0 0 0