Fulham v QPR in the Premier League

Live text commentary as relegation-threatened QPR lose to Fulham in a thrilling west London derby in the Premier League.

5 April 2013 Last updated at 14:35

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  1. 2230: 

    Well that was a thrilling match to end the Easter holidays on. We've got live text commentary on the Champions League action this week before domestic football returns next weekend with some more tantalising fixtures in the battle to remain in the Premier League. Cheerio for now.

  2. 2226: 

    Harry Redknapp absolutely fuming and who can blame him after the first half performance from his players. Wouldn't like to have been anywhere near the QPR dressing room when he unleashed his volley of anger. He is not giving up hope, but the realisation of the enormity of the task was etched all over his face.

  3. 2222: 

    More from QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "I was disappointed with the last 10 minutes. Christopher Samba put himself up front and then we started launching balls up and that is not how we play. We are not giving up. We have to beat Wigan on Sunday, that is where we are at now. We need another 14 points from the remaining games and we have to try to do that. We have to win four and draw two but it is getting harder."

  4. 2219: 

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "We gave away the worst goals I have ever seen in my life. Scandalous goals. Penalty, losing the ball and own goal. It was an absolute disaster. We got a goal back and came back in the second half and absolutely murdered them. When it went to 3-2 I could only see one winner, I wouldn't have even taken a draw at that point."

  5. 2218: 

    Dimitar Berbatov's goals tonight also maintained Fulham's incredible record of having never lost when he has scored.

    Dimitar Berbatov
  6. 2214: 

    Fulham boss Martin Jol on Steve Sidwell's red card: "The red card was a bit harsh I think. I can see why the referee gave it but he was unfortunate because you could see Steve wanted to pull out of the tackle."

    On whether 39 points will be enough to stay up: "Hopefully 39 points is enough but it is a tough competition, probably the only one in the world where the team in 10th could still possibly go down."

  7. 2212: 

    Fulham boss Martin Jol: "It was two different halves. We played much better than QPR in the first half but we gave them the present with the 3-1 and then in the second half we made mistakes like they made in the first half. I think we will be fine but we shouldn't have conceded a second goal and we needed our keeper again to save a penalty, but overall disappointing that after being 3-0 up we made it difficult for ourselves."

  8. 2208: 

    Massive game for QPR on Sunday with Wigan the visitors. Anything less than victory for Harry Redknapp's side would effectively seal their fate with some tricky games in the run in. They can take heart from the second-half performance tonight but by the same token they should not forget their first-half horror show.

  9. 2204: 

    So victory for Fulham means they are 10th in the Premier League with 39 points, nine clear of relegation. Another win and the club's players can probably start pencilling in their summer holiday destinations. Not the luxury the QPR squad have, however, with defeat leaving them seven adrift of safety but Wigan, in 17th, have a game in hand. Tough task for Harry Redknapp.

  10. 2203: 

    Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov: "We almost threw the game away. The second half was a bit childish maybe and they scored the second and started to believe, but in the end we held on and three points was good for us."

  11. 2158:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley: "You can't play like QPR did in the first half in the Premier League and expect to stay in the division. From Fulham's point of view they were excellent. Their fans are buzzing, they think they've sent their local rivals into the Championship. QPR will have to rely on teams around them having an absolute nightmare from now on."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live


    Greg Matthews: "That's it now. QPR have had it. That was last chance. They're down now."

    Holly Evans: "QPR could have got something out of this game, had they applied themselves more in the first half. Disappointing for them."

  13. 2156: 

    And breathe, what a derby match that was! Let me know if I missed anything out but five goals, a penalty, a missed penalty and a sending off. A fantastic spectacle but that won't be of any consolation for QPR, despite that fight back they still leave without a point and escaping relegation looks very tough indeed.

  14. 2154: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 3-2 QPR
  15. 2151:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley: "I can't see now where a goal is going to come from I could see it earlier but I think they've run out of ideas now."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live

  16. 2150: 
    YELLOW CARD- Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Phillipe Senderos is the next Fulham player to be booked for time wasting, with QPR looking the most likely to snatch a dramatic late goal at the moment.

  17. 2149: 
    Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Christopher Samba is waved on by the QPR bench to get up and join the visitors's attack as five minutes are added on.

  18. 2148: 
    YELLOW CARD- Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Sascha Riether is booked for time wasting as Fulham try to hold on to their slender advantage.

  19. 2146: 
    Fulham 3-2 QPR

    This is nail biting stuff for QPR fans as their side go close again, this time Jermaine Jenas tries his luck from around 25 yards or so with a dipping effort that bounces wide of the Fulham goal, much to the relief of Mark Schwarzer. Barely three minutes of normal time remaining.


    Enzo Khan: "For the next 10 mins remaining excited is an understatement."

  21. 2142: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Jamie Mackie is on for QPR with Armand Traore coming off. All or nothing for Harry Redknapp now.

  22. 2140: 
    LAST-10 Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Into the last 10 minutes of a thrilling West London derby. Plenty of time for QPR to utilise the man advantage and grab an equaliser you would think.

  23. 2138: 

    Urby Emanuelson, himself a substitute in the first half, is replaced by Emmanuel Frimpong for Fulham.

  24. 2137: 
    RED CARD - Steve Sidwell (79 mins)- Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Steve Sidwell is sent off for Fulham following rash challenge on Armand Traore to set up a tense finish to this encounter.

  25. 2136: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Ooh that was close! Fulham boss Martin Jol picked out Bobby Zamora as QPR's main dangerman for tonight's game and he almost equalises when his shot from distance is just pushed wide by Mark Schwarzer.

  26. 2134:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley: "Taarabt's been in the game more in the second half, you might find that as a surprise but if he's bringing Hoilet on then who else could he take off? He couldn't take off any of his strikers."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live

  27. 2132: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Junior Hoilett comes on for Adel Taarabt as Harry Redknapp looks to inject some pace into his side against a tiring Fulham defence for the final 15 minutes.

  28. 2131:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley: "It's been an amazing turnaround from QPR but will they ultimately rue those three first half goals?"

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live

  29. 2128: 
    Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Armand Traore whips a low ball into the area for Christopher Samba who, with his back to goal, takes a touch to bring the ball under control before turning to lash a dipping effort just wide of the Fulham goal. Good chance for QPR and the defender, who is looking much better after a shocking the first half.

  30. 2122: 
    Fulham 3-2 QPR

    Would not like to call who will score the next goal with both sides looking very capable of scoring when in possession at the moment. Jose Bosingwa's low ball is too close to Mark Schwarzer as QPR push foward, while Damien Duff and Urby Emanuelson are keeping the visitors's fullbacks on their toes.


    Hayden, via text: "England should have two managers really - Roy Hodgson for the first half, Harry Redknapp for the second!"

  32. 2117: 
    Fulham 3-2 QPR

    A tale of two halves at the moment with QPR looking every bit as energetic as Fulham did in the first 45 minutes. Mark Schwarzer is called upon to keep out a rasping driver from Andros Townsend, before the lively winger crosses for Bobby Zamora but the ball is just too far for the striker.

  33. 2115:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley: "Fulham have been guilty in this half of doing what QPR did in the first half and that is to give the ball away. QPR are getting on the front foot now and Berbatov is much more frustrated this half."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live


    Hendrik Hansen: "Harry has said some magical words at half time and QPR are really energetic."

  35. 2109: 
    GOAL- Fulham 3-2 QPR - Loic Remy (52 mins)

    Scrap what I said earlier it is very much game on! Loic Remy wastes no time in making amends for not scoring from the spot as he races on to a superb ball by Stephane Mbia, shows great composure before firing beyond Mark Schwarzer. What a cracker we have here!

  36. 2107: 

    Oh that was a massive moment for QPR as Adel Taarabt is fouled inside the area by Giorgos Karagounis and Loic Remy has the chance to reduce the deficit futher but his low penalty is superbly saved by Mark Schawarzer. QPR boss Harry Redknapp turns to his substitutes and screams in frustration.

  37. 2106: 
    PENALTY TO QPR- Fulham 3-1 QPR
  38. 2104: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 3-1 QPR

    The second half is under way. Can QPR get themselves back into this?

  39. 2103: 

    Clint Hill is off for QPR, with Nedum Onuoha coming on.


    Lesley Keech: "Warnock is not a man for a fight, he likes easy work only. Not surprised he's going, didn't think he'd last the year anyway."

    Dazzler: "Think it's a good time for Warnock to go. Bring in Curbishley/McDermott for last few games, get ready for next season."

  41. 2100: 

    Here is what Warnock had to say in his post-match media conference: "We are not going to get into the play-offs now so it is a good time to put somebody else in charge until the end of the season. I don't think they should rush into a permanent appointment because there are no outstanding candidates at the moment, but there will be in the summer.

    "I have been a manager for 33 years and this last 12 months have been the hardest. I have given it my best shot but being honest we haven't been good enough in the final third of the pitch.

    "I have not resigned at this moment but I am speaking to the owners and I think a statement will be made in due course. It would appease the fans if I go now and I will recommend putting Neil Redfearn (Development Squad Manager) and Gwyn Williams (technical director) in temporary charge until the end of the season."


    Enzo Khan: "Harry needs to do the team talk of his life! He needs more then Houdini's's help now."

    Ikram Miah: "That one goal changes everything. It will give QPR some hope to believe in. Well done Taarabt."

    Tim Shotbolt: "Think it's safe to say QPR are going to have the most expensive Championship side ever assembled."

  43. 2055: 

    To matters elsewhere and the news that has filtered through after Leeds's defeat by Derby earlier this evening is that Neil Warnock does not expect to be in charge for the club's next game against Charlton. Thoughts Leeds fans?

    Neil Warnock
  44. 2053: 

    Half-time in the SPL between St Johnstone and Dundee Utd where the visitors have a 1-0 lead. The home side have had the best of the play, but Ryan Gauld's first goal for the club separates the sides.

    Text commentary of this match comes from BBC Scotland.

  45. 2051: 

    A face like thunder does not even begin to describe the look that Harry Redknapp had as he trudged off the pitch, QPR players around him rightly looking very sheepish. Adel Taarabt's goal has given them hope but cannot disguise how so much off the pace they were in that 45 minutes.

  46. 2049:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley: "I would love to be a fly on the wall in that QPR dressing room at half-time. Never mind Harry Redknapp, Joe Jordan is the one you want to watch out for. Go hide in the shower I'd say."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  47. 2048: 
    HALF-TIME- Fulham 3-1 QPR
  48. 2047:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley: "QPR have managed to score something out of absolutely nothing. I think Martin Jol will be pretty disgusted with that as it was not a good clearance. It has just given the QPR a glimmer."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.


    Shem Gallagher: "Well done to Taarabt, that was a brilliant goal. Come back?"

  50. 2045: 
    GOAL- Fulham 3-1 QPR - Adel Taarabt (45 mins)

    Hope for QPR as Giorgos Karagounis slips and Adel Taarabt is on it like a flash, racing towards goal before stabbing a shot beyond the dive of Mark Schwarzer.

  51. 2044:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley at Craven Cottage: "When you have got opposing centre-halves in your own penalty boxes on 40 minutes and playing back-heels, and good ones, it's embarrassing. Berbatov is on a different planet to the Fulham players so far. QPR have been atrocious so far but Fulham have been excellent."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  52. 2040: 
    GOAL- Fulham 3-0 QPR - Clint Hill OG (41 mins)

    It is just going from bad to worse for QPR as Fulham add a third, this time courtesy of the shoulder of defender Clint Hill. He tries to get out of the way of John Arne Riise cross but can do nothing as the ball flies off him and into the net. Still a few more minutes of misery for QPR.

  53. 2038: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 2-0 QPR

    Fulham forced to make a change as Ashkan Dejagah picks up an injury following a foul by Armand Traore and he is replaced by Milan loanee Urby Emanuelson.

  54. 2037: 

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock has said he has not resigned but is suggesting someone else is put in charge for the next match at Charlton.

  55. 2036: 
    Fulham 2-0 QPR

    QPR just cannot handle Dimitar Berbatov tonight, but in fairness the striker is in inspired form at the moment. The former Tottenham striker shows great persistence to wrestle his way into the area on the right before crossing low and Jose Bosingwa almost diverts the ball into his own net, but Julio Cesar scoops up the ball to spare the defender's blushes.

  56. 2034:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley at Craven Cottage: "Every time Fulham break forward, they look as if they are going to score. They are dominant at the moment. QPR have to get Adel Taarabt on the ball, he is getting smothered in midfield, he may need to go out wide to make things happen."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  57. 2033: 
    Fulham 2-0 QPR

    QPR win a corner Loic Remy's shot is deflected behind by Philippe Senderos and Christopher Samba jogs up, no doubt hoping to make amends for his early error. Instead though, it is Fulham who clear and then break but QPR recover to prevent the hosts getting a chance on goal.


    Oscar Haines: "Harry is going absolutely explode at half-time. Never seen a man twitch so much, can see the anger bottling up inside him."

    Michael Blighe: "Good to see all that money QPR spent over January (including Samba's ludicrous pay packet) has been well worth it!"

  59. 2027: 
    Fulham 2-0 QPR

    First chance of note for QPR as they break down the left before Armand Traore sends in a cross that meets the head of Loic Remy. He, in turn, tees up Bobby Zamora but the former Fulham man shoots over.

  60. 2022: 
    GOAL- Fulham 2-0 QPR - Dimitar Berbatov (22 mins)

    Oh deary, deary me. Remember that 6-0 win for Fulham against QPR I mentioned earlier? There could well be a repeat here as some shambolic defending allows Dimitar Berbatov to add a second. Christopher Samba inexplicably dwells on the ball and Fulham steal possession, before Berbatov races in to fire home from close range. This could get very unpleasant for the visitors.

  61. 2021: 
    Fulham 1-0 QPR

    Fulham continue to pour forward as as a corner is flicked on by Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov heads just wide before a Brede Hangeland from Damien Duff's free-kick clips the back of Christopher Samba and flies just wide of his own goal.

  62. 2021: 

    Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has said tonight he does not expect to be in charge for the club's next game at Charlton.

    Neil Warnock
  63. 2017: 
    Fulham 1-0 QPR

    Credit to Harry Redknapp for naming such an attacking line-up tonight but things not going to plan at all at the moment. Adel Taarabt is finding himself isolated as QPR struggle to get the ball out of their own half and it is very much all Fulham.


    Statisticians Opta Sports: "QPR have conceded their first penalty of the season in the Premier League, now only Man Utd are yet to give one away. Untimely."

  65. 2013: 
    YELLOW CARD- Fulham 1-0 QPR

    QPR's Clint Hill is shown a yellow card following a clumsy challenge on Giorgos Karagounis.

  66. 2013: 
    Fulham 1-0 QPR

    All Fulham at the moment and quite rightly Harry Redknapp looks riled on the QPR bench as Bryan Ruiz almost dances his way through the visitors's defence but the ball is eventually scrambled away. One-way traffic though at the moment.

  67. 2007: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-0 QPR - Dimitar Berbatov (8 mins)

    Disastrous start for QPR as Dimitar Berbatov scores for the fourth successive game, but it was clumsy stuff from QPR really. Christopher Samba needlessly brought down Ashkan Dejagah inside the area and Berbatov stepped to take the spot kick firing to the right of Julio Cesar, who had committed himself the other way.

  68. 2006: 
  69. 2004: 
    Fulham 0-0 QPR

    First shot in anger goes the way of Fulham's John Arne Riise, who launches a speculative effort from over 30 yards that smacks against Christopher Samba, who then turns and casually heads the ball back to Julio Cesar.

  70. 2000: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 0-0 QPR

    Under way at Craven Cottage as former Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is immediately booed by the home crowd with his first touch.

    John Motson, BBC Radio 5 live

    "If QPR win tonight then they are still in the fight against relegation. If they don't win then they are going down. It's as definitive as that."

    You can listen to build up to Fulham v QPR, followed by full commentary from Craven Cottage, on BBC Radio 5 live.

  72. 1958: 
    Fulham v QPR (2000 BST)

    The Fulham and QPR players are making their way on to the pitch on what looks like a positively pleasant evening on the banks of the river Thames. Kick off minutes away.

  73. 1956: 

    Over in the Scottish Premier League fifth-placed St Johnstone face Dundee United, who currently sit in ninth. A draw would see the home side clinch a top-six place, while a Dundee United win would lift the Tannadice side into the top half of the table.

    Live text commentary of this match comes from BBC Scotland.

  74. 1955: 

    Craven Cottage has not been a happy hunting ground for QPR in recent years. The Hoops have lost on their last three trips across West London and will still be smarting from that 6-0 mauling in October 2011.

    Andrew Johnson scored a hattrick for Fulham in that game. He is now on the books of QPR but there won't be a chance for him to make amends for that today. He is not in the team having been MIA for much of this season with injury and was most recently linked with a loan switch to League One Swindon.

  75. 1950: 
    Fulham v QPR (2000 BST)

    Fulham boss Martin Jol: "We've had a very good spell with only two defeats in eight games. We've got two games in hand and our goal difference is good but on the other hand we need one or two wins to be safe. Losing to QPR in December was our worst game of the season and we would like to do something about it tonight."

  76. 1945: 
    Fulham v QPR (2000 BST)

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "They are all big games for us now. We have to come here and play well, just like we did at Southampton and at Villa. We're in a good frame of mind and I'm looking forward to it. We need to win games, it's key that we pick up points and go on a run. We need at least four wins, maybe even five from our last eight games."

    On his team selection for tonight's game at Fulham: "Park ji-Sung has been unlucky but I've brought Adel [Taarabt] back in tonight. He has great ability, trains well and did well at Villa, so he's back in tonight."

    Joey Barton, Marseille's on-loan QPR midfielder

    "Best of luck to QPR tonight. Massive game. If they lose, I think it's curtains, if they win, a few will be looking over their shoulders."

  78. 1943: 

    Huge congratulations to Aston Villa's Under-19's after they were named champions of Europe this evening by beating Chelsea 2-0 in the NextGen Series final - Graham Burke scoring both goals.

    Villa are the first English side to win the competition, which was set up in 2011 to provide players the chance to test themselves against the best youngsters from the big clubs across Europe.

    Things might not be going particularly well for the senior team at the moment but the youth team's success has got to bode well for the future.

  79. 1937: 

    Will get the thoughts on tonight's game from Harry Redknapp shortly, but it will also be interesting to hear what the QPR boss thinks of Paolo Di Canio's appointment at Sunderland, given the mutual respect the two have for each other.

    Di Canio has always spoken fondly of Redknapp, who he played under at West Ham, and has even perfected an impression of him. I say perfected, have a listen to our clip of it and judge for yourself.

  80. 1933: 
    LINE-UPS- Fulham v QPR (2000 BST)

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Dejagah, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Frimpong, Richardson, Hughes, Rodallega, Frei, Emanuelson.

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Mbia, Jenas, Taarabt, Zamora, Remy. Subs: Green, Park, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Ben Haim, Hoilett.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)


    Keith Glendinning: "Harry Redknapp the 'Harry Houdini of football'? Really? Don't think Southampton fans would agree. QPR are doomed."

    Elliot Nixon: "All or nothing for QPR today, lose and we are down, Taarabt better work hard today, he's got the skill, now's time to show it."

    Stuie Neale: "Must win for QPR tonight!"

  82. 1928: 
    Fulham v QPR (2000 BST)

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham: "QPR manager Harry Redknapp succumbs to the temptation to hand maverick playmaker Adel Taarabt his first start since 23 February. He replaces Park ji-Sung and will line up behind Loic Remy and Bobby Zamora, who has overcome an ankle injury and a bout of flu. Fulham are unchanged from the team which beat Tottenham 1-0 in their last outing after Bryan Ruiz passed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury picked up while playing for Costa Rica during the week."


    But enough about what I think, these live text commentaries are nothing without your contributions so what are your thoughts? Can QPR climb out of the relegation mire? Is tonight a must win game or would a draw by a credible result against a Fulham side unbeaten since 2 February?

    Send in your thoughts on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcfootball or via text 8111 (Uk only)

  84. 1920: 

    So things were looking up for QPR after successive wins against Southampton and Sunderland last month, but defeat to relegation rivals Aston Villa last time out leaves their situation looking pretty bleak.

    Harry Redknapp, of course, is the Harry Houdini of football, and if anyone can pull off a great escape, he can. His skills of escapology will be firmly put to the test in the run in but beating Fulham tonight would go a long way to avoiding another chain being strapped around QPR.


    Josh Hobbs: "I hope the Leeds owners are willing to put their hands in their pockets in the summer, this squad is as weak as I can remember."

    Dan Else: "Can see Warnock getting the chop before end of season."

  86. 1916: 
    Fulham v QPR (2000 BST)

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham: "After a setback against Aston Villa, QPR desperately need to beat Fulham to get their survival hopes back on track. Harry Redknapp's men go into the west London derby seven points from safety as they look to emulate their 2-1 victory over the Cottagers in December. But Fulham are unbeaten in four league games and will take confidence from their 6-0 thrashing of QPR in this fixture last season."

  87. 1914: 

    Fulham unchanged from the side that defeated Tottenham. Dimitar Berbatov partners Bryan Ruiz in attack.

  88. 1912: 

    So Adel Taarabt back in the QPR starting XI. He was left out of Harry Redknapp's side for two games before coming off the bench in the 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa last time out.

    Taarabt scored both of QPR's goals in the 2-1 win over Fulham earlier in the campaign - the only time he has scored more than one goal in a game this season - can the mercurial Moroccan repeat that feat tonight?

  89. 1907: 

    Adel Taarabt starts for QPR at Fulham, his first since 2-0 defeat by Manchester United on 23 February.

  90. 1903: 
    Fulham v QPR (2000 BST)

    So from West Yorkshire to West London as we turn our attention to today's solitary Premier League tie - Fulham against Queens Park Rangers.

    Fulham are sitting pretty in mid-table but it is, as Sir Alex Ferguson once so eloquently put it, "squeaky bum time" for QPR, who are seven points from safety with just eight games remaining.

  91. 1858: 

    All over at Elland Road and Derby fight back to continue their good form against Leeds, beating them for the ninth successive time. Fair to say Derby are very much the definition of a bogey team as far as Leeds are concerned!

  92. 1857: 
    FULL-TIME- Leeds 1-2 Derby
  93. 1855: 

    Derby make a change to wind down the clock as the impressive Ben Davies is replaced by Valentin Gjokaj.

  94. 1853: 
    Leeds 1-2 Derby

    The 90 minutes are up and Leeds have four added minutes to find an equaliser.

  95. 1850: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-2 Derby - Jake Buxton (88 mins)

    What a turnaround at Elland Road as Derby take the lead, but it had been coming. Ben Davies's free-kick is superbly palmed behind for a corner by Paddy Kenny but Davies whips in the set-piece and Jake Buxton launches himself at it to turn the ball beyond a dumfounded Kenny. Leeds's bad luck against Derby looks set to continue.

  96. 1846: 
    Leeds 1-1 Derby

    Leeds having to soak up a bit of Derby pressure at the moment as first Jason Pearce heads away Ben Davies's corner before Stephen Warnock just gets ahead of Richard Keogh when the ball is pumped back into the area. Tense final few minutes and you can sense the agitation from the home fans.

  97. 1842: 
    Leeds 1-1 Derby

    Well after those frantic few minutes the game has settled down again a bit now as we enter the last 10 minutes. Paul Coutts whips in a teasing cross but it is just ahead of the onrushing Connor Sammon. Could go either way this.

  98. 1837: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Leeds 1-1 Derby

    The first half of this game is very much a distant memory with this game swinging tirelessly from one end to the other. No sooner had Derby equalised and Leeds almost regained the lead but Sam Byram's fierce header smashed against the crossbar.

  99. 1835: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-1 Derby - Paul Coutts (73 mins)

    Derby win a penalty after Jason Pearce scythes down Chris Martin and the referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Connor Sammon steps up but his penalty hits the post and Paul Coutts races in to poke home the rebound. Game on!

  100. 1833: 
    PENALTY TO DERBY- Leeds 1-0 Derby

    B. Seadach: "Every week, Leeds' chances for playoffs look slim, yet, a couple of good results and we're in with a chance. Love the Championship."

    Cant argue with that, Leeds five points off the play offs as things stand.

  102. 1828: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-0 Derby - Ross McCormack (67 mins)

    Great change by Neil Warnock and a great finish by Ross McCormack. The ball comes to the Scotland international on the edge of the area and he curls a first time effort into the top right corner of the goal. Just the tonic this game needed.

  103. 1825: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Derby have the ball in the back of the net as Jeff Hendrick works his way into the area before feeding a low pass across goal. The goal hits the foot of Jason Pearce but and flies into his own net, but the Leeds defender was being impeded by Derby's Connor Sammon. Still 0-0.

  104. 1821: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Neil Warnock makes his first change of the game as youngster Chris Dawson, dubbed by his manager as "the future of Leeds United" is replaced by striker Ross McCormack.

  105. 1820: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny earns his coin for the first time in the game as he dives at full stretch to keep out a well-struck effort from Derby's Jeff Hendrick, before El-Hadji Diouf twists and turns before clipping a cross to the far post but is unable to find a Leeds player and the chances passes.

  106. 1816: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Game has opened up a bit as Connor Sammon scampers forward after a Leeds attack breaks down but the imposing Rudolph Austin charges in to take the ball away from the big Derby striker's feet, before Leeds counter quickly through Steve Morison, who works some space on the left of the Derby area but his cross is too far for Luke Varney.

  107. 1811: 

    Paul Green is looking fired up against the side he left last summer to move to Elland Road and he tries his luck again with another powerful drive from the edge area. This time his shot is charged down by the Derby defence.


    Eddie, via text: "The championship this year is crazy! 17 out of 24 teams could realistically still go down!"

  109. 1808: 
    KICK-OFF- Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Off we go again as the second half gets under way at Elland Road.

  110. 1806: 
    FA CUP

    Quick look back on today's FA Cup quarter-final replay tie between Chelsea and Manchester United, which was settled by Demba Ba's fine strike.

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie complained prior to the game of having to play twice in three days, but if he thinks that is bad he should spare a thought for non-league side Bridgwater Town. Today they played, and lost, their first of 15 games this month after having 35 games postponed this season. Now that is a hectic fixture schedule.

  111. 1802: 

    Incidentally, no team has been relegated from the Championship on 53 points, with the most a team going down on being 52 - poor old Leicester back in 2008. It is looking like more than that will be needed this year, wonder what the magic number will be?

  112. 1757: 

    Our stats says that there were only three shots in total in that half with just Derby managing one on target.

    I say that this has the hallmarks of a midtable clash but looking at the Championship table it is amazing just how congested the bottom half is. Derby are just five points off the relegation zone and, despite being on 52 points, they are probably not out of the woods just yet. Crazy to think really when 50 is usually enough to do the job.


    Eddie, Lincoln: "Why oh why does Warnock leave McCormack on the bench? There is no bite in this forward line whatsoever. Defeat today must be the end of Warnock and owners GFH must stand up and give him the push!"

  114. 1753: 
    HALF-TIME- Leeds 0-0 Derby
  115. 1752: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Two minutes of added time and it looks like the half will end goalless. Not the best halves of football to be fair but Leeds need a win to keep on the coat tails of the play-off contenders, so I'd imagine Neil Warnock will have some strong words to get them fired up for the second half.

  116. 1746: 
    CLOSE!- Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Best chance of the game so far as Chris Dawson, making his professional debut, steals possession to set Leeds on the attack, feeds El-Hadji Diouf before the ball comes to Paul Green on the edge of a congested area. The midfielder rifles a first-time shot that beats Frankie Fielding but smashes against the underside of the crossbar before Derby clear.

  117. 1742: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Derby are forced into a change as Craig Bryson hobbles off and is replaced by Michael Jacobs. Blow for Derby, with Bryson having been influential in midfield for Nigel Clough's side.

  118. 1740: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Chance for Leeds as El-Hadji Diouf's cheeky flick sends Luke Varney clear down the left of the area but the former Derby striker's cross-come-short bobbles just wide of the post. Better though.


    Dazzler: "Seven points separate 18th and 19th in the Premier League. Seven points separate eighth and 22nd in the Championship. Competitive."

  120. 1736: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Still not really much threat from either side as we approach the half-hour mark with both sides lacking bite in attack. Leeds fans will probably point to their lack of a goalscoring threat as to the reason that their play off hopes have faded.

    They have not been quite so threatening since the departure of 15-goal top scorer Luciano Becchio to Norwich and it must be doubly frustrating seeing the Argentine spending his time warming the bench at the Premier League club.

  121. 1732: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    A promising moment for Leeds as Rodolph Austin picks up the ball midway inside the Derby half, spots the run of Sam Byram and feeds a pass between two defenders, but it is too heavy for the run of his team-mate, who can only watch as the ball rolls over the line and out for a goal kick. Groans from the home crowd as a consequence.

  122. 1727: 

    Gillingham extend their lead at the top of League Two to eight points thanks to a 1-0 win against Rotherham. That gap could have been bigger but second place Port Vale snatched a 2-2 draw against Chesterfield.

  123. 1725: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Derby keeper Frankie Fielding is called upon to make his first real save of the game as Stephen Warnock floats a free kick towards the far post. Routine stuff for Fielding really, but he opts to punch away the ball just to be on the safe side.

  124. 1723: 

    Barnsley's 2-0 win over stalling Leicester carries them clear of the relegation zone, at least until Huddersfield and Peterborough's matches tomorrow evening. Also down the bottom end of things, Wolves now have four wins from their last five games as they push on up to 18th with a 3-2 win over local rivals Birmingham.

    With seven games to play, leaders Cardiff have a comforting 11 points separating them from third-place Watford after their 2-0 win at Blackburn. Nottingham Forest salvaged a point that may be crucial come the play-off shake-up with a 1-1 draw away to Burnley.

  125. 1721: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Great challenge by Derby skipper Richard Keogh as Luke Varney breaks into the area from the left. A second too late and it could have been a penalty but Keogh times his tackle to perfection to stop Varney's run and set Derby up for a counter, but Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny confidently catches Connor Sammon's cross.

  126. 1718: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Very scrappy opening 10 minutes at Elland Road and nothing much to shout about just yet. Both sides guilty of playing some wayward balls and ironic cheers ring out from the away end as El-Hadji Diouf sidefoots a pass out of play when under no pressure.

  127. 1716: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Today's results means Leeds are seven points off the play-offs and boss Neil Warnock isn't quite giving up hope of late charge just yet, although he accepts his side will probably have to win all their remaining games. Probably best not to remind him that Derby have won the last nine consecutive meetings between the two sides...

  128. 1713: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    Leeds's first foray towards the Derby area sees Sam Byram loft a high ball into the area towards the far post, but it is easy pickings for Derby keeper Frankie Fielding who runs off his line to calmly pluck the ball out of the air.

  129. 1711: 

    Bournemouth are up into second in League after beating Scunthorpe 1-0, with in-form Brett Pitman's fifth goal in as many games settling matters. Even better news for Cherries fans is that third-place Brentford failed to win, the London side losing 2-0 to MK Dons and they now trail Bournemouth by three points.

    At the other end of the table Oldham moved out of the bottom four with a draw against Colchester, while Portsmouth did their survival hopes a world of good with a 1-0 win against Tranmere.

  130. 1709: 
    Leeds 0-0 Derby

    It has been a dramatic afternoon of Championship action with plenty of goals flying in up and down the country. Could be a case of after the lord mayor's show with this game at Elland Road, though, with both Leeds and Derby looking set for a mid-table finish this season.

    Steady start to the encounter so far, with a promising Derby move ending with Connor Sammon slipping in the area allowing Leeds to clear.

  131. 1706: 

    We are under way at Elland Road where Leeds meet Derby in the final Championship game of the day. Gary Rose is here to take you through that and the Premier League meeting between Fulham and QPR.


    Jack, Hull: "Palace, Forest and Leicester all dropping points and the big game tomorrow against Watford at home. Us Hull fans are daring to dream."

  133. 1703: 
    FULL-TIME- Burnley 1-1 Nottingham Forest
  134. 1703: 
    GOAL- Burnley 1-1 Nottingham Forest - Lewis McGugan (90+7 mins)

    Lewis McGugan puts away the spot-kick and Billy Davies' unbeaten start to his second spell in charge at the City Ground is still rolling. If his side can hold out to the end that is...

  135. 1701: 
    PENALTY TO FOREST- Burnley 1-0 Nottingham Forest

    Henri Lansbury drives into the box and is fouled to give Forest a chance to pull a point out of the fire.

  136. 1659: 

    Only one match still going in the Championship, with Burnley 1-0 up on Forest deep into injury time.

    FULL-TIME- Blackpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
    FULL-TIME- Birmingham 2-3 Wolves
  139. 1657: 
    GOAL- Birmingham 2-3 Wolves - Wade Elliot

    Wade Elliot puts away the rebound after his own penalty is saved by Dorus de Vries.

    FULL-TIME- Cardiff 3-0 Blackburn
    FULL-TIME- Bristol City 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
  142. 1656: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 3-0 Blackburn - Peter Whittingham (90 mins)
    FULL-TIME- Millwall 0-0 Ipswich
  144. 1655: 
    PENALTY TO CARDIFF- Cardiff 2-0 Blackburn
  145. 1655: 
    PENALTY TO BIRMINGHAM- Birmingham 1-3 Wolves

    Jack Robinson's handball gives Birmingham a chance to grab a late lifeline from the spot.

  146. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Barnsley 2-0 Leicester
  147. 1653: 
    GOAL- Bristol City 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Sam Baldock (90 mins)

    The bottom side look like they will grab a point as Sam Baldock finds the net after Chris Kirkland spills a cross.

    LINE-UPS- Leeds v Derby (1705 BST)

    Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Peltier, Pearce, Warnock, Green, Dawson, Austin, Varney, Morison, Diouf. Subs: Ashdown, White, Brown, Tonge, Norris, Habibou, McCormack.

    Derby: Fielding, Freeman, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Davies, Martin, Sammon. Subs: Legzdins, Jacobs, Doyle, O'Connor, Bennett, Gjokaj, Hoganson.

    Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

  149. 1651: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Cardiff 2-0 Blackburn

    Blackburn's Colin Kazim-Richards hits the top of the bar with a chip. Surely too little to late for interim boss Gary Bowyer's side?

  150. 1648: 
    GOAL- Blackpool 1-0 Crystal Palace - Matt Phillips (85 mins)

    Fine work from Tom Ince who darts down the wing before laying the ball into the path of Matt Phillips on the edge of the box. Phillips' curling shot does justice to the build-up, finding the corner of the net.

  151. 1646: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 2-0 Blackburn - Joe Mason (86 mins)

    Joe Mason fires the ball between the legs of the goalkeeper's legs to make the game safe for the leaders. David Dunne is wagging his fingers at his team-mates.

  152. 1644: 
    Birmingham 1-3 Wolves

    Birmingham's Nathan Redmond spoons a finish over the top when he should have done better. The angle was tight, but he did not make Dorus de Vries work. This could still be an uncomfortable finale for a Wolves side who led 3-0 at the break.

  153. 1642: 

    We are entering the final 15 minutes of action around the country in the 1500 BST kick-offs.

  154. 1641: 
    Bristol 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

    Big moment at Ashton Gate as Bristol City are denied a penalty. Greg Cunningham appears to be brought down inside the area and the home crowd are roaring for a penalty. Instead, the referee books Cunningham for diving. Less than 15 minutes left for City to salvage something against Sheffield Wednesday.

  155. 1640: 
    Birmingham 1-3 Wolves

    Wes Thomas battles his way through the Wolves defence with a combination of power and pace but he cannot find a finish to match. The Birmingham striker drags his shot wide of Dorus de Vries' post.

  156. 1635:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCardiff 1-0 Blackburn

    Former Wales defender Mark Bowen: "At this stage if Blackburn come away with anything other than a point then they will be delighted. Cardiff have completely dominated from start to finish, while Blackburn look devoid of ideas."

    You can listen to commentary of the final 20 minutes on BBC Radio 5 live.

  157. 1633: 
    GOAL- Burnley 1-0 Nottingham Forest - Junior Stanislas (68 mins)

    Junior Stanislas' shot takes a big deflection off Chris Cohen on its way past Karl Darlow as the hosts go in front.

  158. 1632: 

    Jamie Roberts: "Let's just hope this loss does not cost Nigel Pearson his job. He needs another season we have improved immeasurably."

  159. 1630: 

    Bradford are firmly on course to collect three points from their long, long trip to Torquay with the West Yorkshire side winning 3-1. Rory McArdle, Garry Thompson and James Hanson with the goals for Bradford. Victory will keep Bradford's play off hopes alive but for Torquay, defeat will leave them in relegation trouble.

    Little difference in the scores elsewhere, with second-place Port Vale still losing 2-1 at Chesterfield and with leaders Gillingham a goal up against Rotherham, the gap at the top currently stands at nine points.


    Statisticians Opta Sports: "Tom Eaves has now scored four goals in his last four games for Shrewsbury."

  161. 1629: 
    Barnsley 2-0 Leicester

    Barnsley are still in control at Oakwell, keeping Leicester at bay with relative ease. Leicester have brought on Jeff Schlupp for Chris Wood as they search for a way back into the game. The Foxes took just two points from six League games in March.


    Jeremy Meyer: "Leicester's fall from grace so dramatic, yet almost nothing about it in media. From second to this in two months. Pearson out."

  163. 1625: 
    BREAKING DERBY TEAM NEWS- Leeds v Derby [17:05 KO]

    The Rams, who are one spot and one point behind their 11th-placed hosts, cannot call on the services of top scorer Jamie Ward at Elland Road. Ward is suffering from tightness in a long-standing hamstring problem and is replaced by Ben Davies.

  164. 1624: 
    Birmingham 1-3 Wolves

    Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has hobbled off the pitch with an apparent ankle injury. Nouha Dicko is on in his place for Wolves.

  165. 1622: 
    Blackpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace are showing signs of making their numerical advantage count after Barry Ferguson's dismissal as Glenn Murray's header from Jonathan Parr's cross is well saved by Matt Gilks.

  166. 1621: 

    Portsmouth are giving their hopes of beating the drop a boost as they lead 1-0 at home to Tranmere. David Connolly's goal eight minutes into the second half means they could move to within three points of safety, if they hold on for the win.

    No change at the top of the standings, with Bournemouth still 1-0 up against Scunthorpe. Brett Pitman's goal the difference and the in form striker almost had a second but rattled the crossbar from Matt Tubbs's cross.

  167. 1619: 
    BREAKING LEEDS TEAM NEWS- Leeds v Derby [17:05 KO]

    Leeds boss Neil Warnock hands a first-team debut to promising teenager midfielder Chris Dawson. The 18-year-old signed his first professional contract in October and is rewarded for some impressive recent displays for the Whites' development side.

    Leeds are without a win in five and lay seven points off the relegation zone at the start of play today.

  168. 1616: 

    "I never have a problem in my past. I expressed an opinion in an interview many years ago. Some pieces were taken for media convenience. They took my expression in a very, very negative way - but it was a long conversation and a long interview.

    "It was not fair. I know it is a part of my job to do interviews because I am well-known, but sometimes it suits their purpose to put big headlines and a big story."

  169. 1616: 

    "I don't have a problem with anyone. I haven't had a problem in the past and I don't know why I have to keep repeating my story, to be defending myself on something that doesn't belong to me every time I change clubs.

    "Talk about racism? That is absolutely stupid, stupid and ridiculous. The people who know me can change that idea quickly. When I was in England my best friends were Trevor Sinclair and Chris Powell, the Charlton manager - they can tell you everything about my character."

  170. 1614: 
    GOAL- Birmingham 1-3 Wolves - Wade Elliot (55 mins)

    Wade Elliot steps up and sends Dorus de Vries the wrong way from 12 yards. Is there a way back into this game for the hosts?

  171. 1614: 
    PENALTY TO BIRMINGHAM- Birmingham 0-3 Wolves

    Ravel Morrison's acrobatic volley comes back off the woodwork, but Jamie O'Hara gives the Blues another chance with a needless shove on Wes Thomas.

  172. 1612: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Barnsley 2-0 Leicester

    After a foul on David Perkins, Jason Scotland has a chance to put the game to bed but Kasper Schmeichel pulls off a save.

  173. 1611: 
    PENALTY TO BARNSLEY- Barnsley 2-0 Leicester
  174. 1610: 

    "Something can happen many years ago but what counts is the facts. My life speaks for me. Of course it hurts me because people try to take your dignity and that is not fair. I believe in my pillars and I have values. What offends me more than anything is not because they touch me; they touch what my parents gave to me; the values they gave to me. This is not acceptable.

    "What I can say is that if someone is hurt, I am sorry. But this didn't come from me, it came from a big story that people put out in a different way to what it was."

  175. 1609: 

    Paolo Di Canio, named as Sunderland manager yesterday evening, has just released a statement on the reaction to his appointment.

    The former Lazio striker has previously admitted to having fascist leanings, telling the Italian news agency ANSA in 2005: "I am a fascist, not a racist."

    Former foreign secretary David Miliband immediately resigned as Sunderland's vice-chairman and non-executive director after Di Canio was named O'Neill's successor on Sunday night, citing the Italian's "past political statements".

  176. 1606: 

    We are back up and running around the grounds.

  177. 1605: 

    Gillingham and Port Vale are both sitting relatively pretty in the automatic promotion places in League Two, but the battle for the third automatic place is looking interesting. Northampton currently occupy that spot but they are losing 1-0 to Cheltenham at half time, and as thing stand they are fourth, level on points with their opponents.

    The battle to stay in the divisions remains incredibly tight with just two points separating the bottom six at the moment. Aldershot and York, in the bottom two at the moment, are winning 1-0 and 2-0 against Oxford and Plymouth respectively.

  178. 1605: 

    Nick Shakir: "This afternoon could not be any worse for Huddersfield. Seven games left, five versus teams in bottom eight - talk about six-pointers."

    Ross Lawson: "The unpredictability of the Championship: Birmingham thump Palace away, but losing heavily to Wolves. Great for the neutral!"

  179. 1600: 

    Bournemouth are up to second as things stand with Brett Pitman's fifth goal in five successive games giving them a 1-0 half time lead against Scunthorpe. Third-place Brentford are trailing 1-0 at MK Dons, while Yeovil are into the play offs places with a goal from in-form Paddy Madden putting them ahead at Notts County.

    At the other end of the table, Oldham need at least a goal to move out of the relegation zone, with Lee Johnson's side a goal down at home to Colchester, Drey Wright the scorer.

  180. 1600: 

    There is plenty of movement at the foot of the Championship where Barnsley's 2-0 lead over Leicester has taken them out of the drop-zone at the expense of Huddersfield and Peterborough as it stands. Birmingham walloped Crystal Palace last time out, but are on the receiving end so far today with Wolves 3-0 up at St Andrew's.

    Leaders Cardiff are on target to steady a slightly rocky ship, leading 1-0 at home against Blackburn. Victory would take them seven points clear with second-placed Hull playing Watford tomorrow.

  181. 1553:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCardiff 1-0 Blackburn

    Former Wales defender Mark Bowen: "Right from the first minute, Cardiff have showed why they are the league leaders with the intensity and quality of their play. They are coming off the back of a poor result at Peterborough on Saturday and they are really up for this game as they look to bounce back. Blackburn simply can't cope."

    You can listen to live commentary of the second-half from Cardiff City Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live.

  182. 1552: 
    Blackpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Blackpool may be a man down but they still look the more likely side to score. Just before half-time, Tom Ince sprints past a host of Palace defenders down the wing and plays the ball across the face of goal, just out of the reach of Matt Phillips and Nathan Delfouneso.

  183. 1551: 

    The half-time whistles are following in grounds all over the Football League.

  184. 1550: 
    Birmingham 0-3 Wolves

    You wouldn't know it as Wolves manager Dean Saunders heads to the tunnel grim-faced, but his side are almost over the hill and away with all three points against Birmingham. The travelling fans are less tactful, greeting the half-time whistle with a big cheer.

    Stephen Hunt

    Statisticians Opta Sports: "Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman has scored in five successive league appearances for first time since May 2010. Hotshot."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wales defender Mark Bowen: "Fraizer Campbell is the signing Cardiff needed to boost their promotion push in the final stages of the season. He has got too much ability for this league - and that's no detriment to the Championship. He has got quick nimble feet, plenty of pace and a good football brain."

  187. 1546: 
    RED CARD- Barry Ferguson (Blackpool, 42 mins)

    Still goalless between Blackpool and Crystal Palace at Bloomfield Road, but the hosts's task has been made harder by the sending off of Barry Ferguson. The midfielder brings down Yannick Bolasie and he is shown his second yellow card. Blackpool had had the better chances during the early stages, but this sending off could change matters.


    Lee, Sheffield: "So infuriating supporting someone at the bottom of the Championship. Everyone else keeps on winning. Ridiculous."

  189. 1542: 
    GOAL- Barnsley 2-0 Leicester - Chris O'Grady (40 mins)

    Jason Scotland's first-time ball springs Chris O'Grady who bears down on Kasper Schmeichel before slotting past the Danish goalkeeper to put Barnsley two up against his old club. Barnsley are out of the relegation places as it stands.

  190. 1541: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 1-0 Blackburn - Fraizer Campbell (40 mins)

    Blackburn narrowly escape as they clear off the line from Craig Bellamy, but their let-off lasts less than a minute. Fraizer Campbell nods in unmarked at the back post to put the leaders ahead.

  191. 1540: 
    Burnley 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    After an opening half hour dominated by Nottingham Forest, Burnley come close to taking the lead. Junior Stanislas is played through on goal but his shot is brilliantly saved by Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

    BBC Radio 5 liveCardiff 0-0 Blackburn

    Former Wales defender Mark Bowen: "Josh Morris's chance for Blackburn shows Cardiff have got to keep their concentration levels, otherwise you can go easily concede despite dominating. And then Ben Turner was delighted to see the flag up against Leon Best. The warning signs are there for Cardiff."

  193. 1538: 
    GOAL- Bristol City 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Jermaine Johnson (36 mins)

    This could be a big goal at the bottom of the Championship. Jermaine Johnson shows a superb burst of pace to get to the ball ahead of Liam Fontaine before rounding keeper Tom Heaton and rolling the ball into the empty net.

  194. 1538: 
    GOAL- Birmingham 0-3 Wolves - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (37 mins)

    Sylvan Ebanks-Blake thumps the ball past Jack Butland and Wolves are three up inside the half-hour and in dreamland.

  195. 1537: 
    PENALTY TO WOLVES- Birmingham 0-2 Wolves

    Jack Butland chops down Kevin Doyle and is lucky to escape with just a yellow card. No doubt about the spot-kick.

  196. 1537: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Cardiff 0-0 Blackburn

    Leon Best has the ball in the back of the net for Blackburn against Cardiff, but the assistant referee's flag is up to rule it out.

  197. 1535: 

    Gillingham are looking good to strengthen their place at the top of League Two, with Deon Burton scoring against former club Rotherham to put the Kent side ahead.

    With Port Vale currently losing 2-1 at Chesterfield, Gillingham are nine points clear at the top as things stand. Plenty of time for all that to change yet though.

    Elsewhere, York are giving themselves a fighting chance of retaining their Football League status as they lead 2-0 at home to Plymouth while Aldershot, bottom of the standings, are 1-0 up at home to Oxford.

  198. 1535: 
    Cardiff 0-0 Blackburn

    The Championship leaders are continuing to dominate proceedings against lowly Blackburn - but it is the visitors who create the game's best chance. Young full-back Josh Morris finds himself in acres of space inside the Cardiff penalty area and flashes a fierce drive from an acute angle across home stopper David Marshall and past the post.

  199. 1532: 
    Millwall 0-0 Ipswich

    After successive wins over Bolton and Leeds, Ipswich may well be safe for another year in the Championship. Millwall, a point better off, are trying to turn around a four-match losing run at the New Den in the lead. Still scoreless in south London.

  200. 1528: 
    GOAL- Birmingham 0-2 Wolves - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (27 mins)

    Bjorn Sigurdson's cross is met by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake who nods home to double the visitors' advantage. Wolves have won three of their last four.

    BBC Radio 5 liveCardiff 0-0 Blackburn

    Former Wales defender Mark Bowen: "Cardiff have enjoyed all of the play and are camped in the Blackburn half. Rovers boss Gary Bowyer might need to get some more numbers in the midfield because at the moment they are getting overrun."

    You can listen to live commentary from Cardiff City Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live.

  202. 1524: 
    Bristol City 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Bristol City, bottom of the Championship, have come storming out of the blocks in their relegation six pointer at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

    The lively Sam Baldock is causing all sorts of problems on the wing for the Robins and he has created the best chance of the half so far, crossing for Steve Davies at the far post but Miguel Llera made a vital intervention to keep the scores level.

  203. 1521: 
    GOAL- Birmingham 0-1 Wolves - Stephen Hunt (20 mins)

    Dean Saunders' side take the lead in today's Midlands derby as Stephen Hunt reacts first to get to Jack Butland's parry and turn the ball into the net. Wolves began the day in the relegation zone, but it is very busy down the bottom. They are also only four points off 16th.


    James Gibbins: "Re: Anonynonynonymous {1450 BST] - Millwall have a great chance!"

  205. 1519: 
    Burnley 0-0 Nottingham Forest

    Nottingham Forest have been the form team in the Championship, with Saturday's 2-2 draw with Brighton ending a run of six successive wins for Billy Davies men. Could Forest yet secure an automatic promotion spot? They are ten points off second-placed Hull at the start of play. Still scoreless at Turf Moor against Burnley so far this afternoon.

  206. 1516: 

    Significant goal at the top of League One as Bournemouth go ahead against Scunthorpe. Brett Pitman with the goal in the 11th minute, finishing off a nice one-two with Harry Arter. As things stand they are up to second.

    The only other goal to go in in the league is at Leyton Orient, who have taken the lead against Bury through Jimmy Smith.

  207. 1513: 
    Blackpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Ian Holloway is back at former club Blackpool with his Crystal Palace side today and has been pressing the flesh with most of the spectators at Bloomfield Road. Not sure if that will include the Tangerines owner Karl Oyston though.

    Still scoreless there with the hosts needing a result to stave off relegation fears and Palace wanting to shore up their place in the play-off spots.

    Ian Holloway
  208. 1510: 
    FULL-TIME- Southend 1-1 Fleetwood

    A late Barry Corr goal has rescued a point for Phil Brown's Southend side at home to Fleetwood in the early League Two kick off. Alan Goodall fired the visitors ahead after just two minutes and it looked like they would escape with all three points but Corr struck at the back post with four minutes remaining to keep alive Southend's faint play-off hopes. They are ninth, seven points off the top seven with Fleetwood one place and three points better off.


    JB: "I think the Real Madrid game killed Man United's drive this season. They've already won the league, but now they are feeling the tiredness and not adrenaline in every game to put in that something extra."


    Anwar: "Chelsea's win is a good news for Arsenal, I see the Gunners finishing third now."

    Ruridh Allen: "This is excellent news for Arsenal. With Spurs and Chelsea both still in cup competitions, time for us to sweep into third/fourth."

    Phil Arundell: "Good solid performance and a couple of moments of pure class from Ba and Cech were enough to get the job done."

  211. 1505: 
    GOAL- Barnsley 1-0 Leicester - Michael Keane o.g (4 mins)

    Bobby Hassell's cross is turned into his own net by Leicester's on-loan defender Michael Keane. Early days obviously, but that goal has Barnsley climbing out of the Championship relegation zone as it stands.

  212. 1504: 

    You can follow all the goals, red card and final scores on the BBC Sport videprinter.

  213. 1503: 
    Cardiff 0-0 Blackburn

    Jordan Rhodes, who has scored 24 goals this season, is on the bench for Blackburn at Championship leaders Cardiff. With the Lancashire side just two points above the relegation zone they desperately need to be picking up points, so a brave or foolish move by caretaker boss Gary Bowyer? Time will tell.

  214. 1500: 

    We are under way around the country...

  215. 1459:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC COVERAGE

    There is live commentary of Championship leader Cardiff's match against Blackburn on BBC Radio 5 live. The Bluebird lost to relegation-threatened Peterborough on Saturday and have won just once in their last five. They couldn't throw away an eight-point lead could they?

  216. 1456: 
    INJURY NEWS- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Chelsea defender Ashley Cole faces "at least two weeks" out with a hamstring injury picked up in today's match, interim manager Rafael Benitez has just confirmed.

  217. 1455: 

    In League Two, it is all about the battle for survival with second-bottom York hosting fifth-bottom Plymouth in a proverbial 'six-pointer'. Fellow strugglers Aldershot, Accrington and Barnet are all hoping for vital wins, while third-placed Northampton travel to a Cheltenham side just two places and three points behind them.

  218. 1455: 

    After League One leaders Doncaster's win against fellow high-fliers Swindon, the focus switches to second-placed Bournemouth who host relegation-threatened Scunthorpe. Crisis club Coventry travel up the M6 to West Midlands neighbours Walsall looking to provide some cheer to their long-suffering fans. And there's also a big game at the bottom as Oldham know they can climb out the bottom four and above visitors Colchester by beating the Essex club.

  219. 1455: 

    Elsewhere, fourth-placed Crystal Palace head to Blackpool as Eagles boss Ian Holloway makes his first return to Bloomfield Road since leaving the Lancashire club in November. Both Blackpool and Blackburn are nervously looking over their shoulders with just three points separating the 17th-placed Tangerines and second-bottom Barnsley. The Tykes could move out of the bottom three if they beat visitors Leicester, as could third-bottom Wolves who travel to West Midlands neighbours Birmingham.

  220. 1454: 

    Easter is always regarded as a pivotal weekend in the football season and there is plenty at stake at both ends of the Championship table this afternoon. None more so than at the Cardiff City Stadium where the home side are aiming to forget about their miserable March. The Championship leaders won just once in five attempts, but begin the new month knowing they could move a step closer to bringing Premier League football to the Welsh capital. Victory against 18th-placed Blackburn Rovers could move the Bluebirds 11 points clear of third-place with six matches remaining.

  221. 1453: 

    Right, time to turn our attention to matters Football League where things are coming to a crunch.


    Chelsea matchwinner Demba Ba: "What a game, what a team, what a performance and....what a goal!!"

  223. 1450: 

    That is a good stat Anonynonynonymous. Although I reckon that Chelsea were wearing yellow for their 2-1 win over Everton in 2009.

    Chelsea's other recent Cup final wins came against Manchester United, Portsmouth and Liverpool in 2007, 2010 and 2012.


    Anonynonynonymous: "All FA Cup finals at Wembley this millennium has been won by a team in blue. Only reason why I knew Man Utd had no chance."


    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez: "I am really pleased because the players were doing a great job. Manchester United are a very good team and we did really well. We have good balance between the defence and midfielders. Physically you could see one or two challenges we could not cope but with the ball we were much better.

    "It was a fantastic goal by Demba Ba but everyone's performance was really pleasing. Petr Cech made some good saves but at the end of the day we deserved to win."


    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "We spoke about Demba Ba, with the players's experience of playing against him when he played for Newcastle. He scored that exact type of goal against us a while back and we were caught napping. Their counter attack caused a few problems, especially with their players like Mata and Hazard. Fortunately we did not conceded another goal but I couldn't really see us scoring ourselves.

    "We should have been four up at half time in the previous game and today in the first half we were absolutely comfortable. They did not really have a threat to us but the goal, as they always do, changed the game."

  227. 1442: 

    Rafael Benitez and Sir Alex Ferguson are out to meet the television cameras. Ferguson has basically done the pundits' job for them with a pithy deconstruction of where the game went wrong for his side.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Two moments of real quality settled this FA Cup quarter-final between Chelsea and Man Utd. Ba goal and that sensational Cech save from Hernandez."

  229. 1437: 

    That Petr Cech save was an absolute stone-cold stunner of a stop. It was a similar situation, covering his far post from a deep cross, to the one from which he pulled off a world-class save from Liverpool's Andy Carroll in last year's final.

    Only this one, with him stretching back with his 'wrong' hand, might have topped even that.

    Petr Cech

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech: "It was a great win. There is only one way to win the cup, we had to win the game and we did in good fashion. We love Wembley, we respect the FA Cup as a whole and we always want to win."

    "For my save it was a great ball into the box and I just went as fast as I could and let me left arm do the job and luckily I was able to reach it."


    Chelsea goalscorer Demba Ba: "To be fair I have scored similar goals like I did today against Manchester United for Newcastle. It was a brilliant pass for my goal and the win is great for confidence for the rest of the season."

    See 1340. Great minds Demba.

  232. 1431: 

    Chelsea's extraordinary FA Cup record continues. They are still on target to lift the trophy for the fifth time in seven seasons.


    Lisa, London: "Cech's worldie save v Hernandez , RVP skying it from six yards out - looks like our name is on the cup yet again."

    Akalpa Acharya, United fan: "Not seen United play with such a lack of passion for a long time. Pathetic."

  234. 1428: 

    Next Monday's Premier League meeting will be the only Manchester derby left this season then. The FA Cup semi-finals, both of which will be held at Wembley, are as follows:

    Millwall v Wigan; 1715 BST Saturday 13 April

    Manchester City v Chelsea; 1600 BST Sunday 14 April

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Great joy at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea set up an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. The top four is interim manager Rafael Benitez's top priority but Chelsea are still in the hunt for the FA Cup and Europa League - and he enjoys any victory over Sir Alex Ferguson. United now left to wrap up the formalities of winning the Premier League."

  236. 1423: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    David De Gea boots the ball forward for a final time but Phil Dowd blows his whistle while it is still high above the pitch. Chelsea are into the FA Cup semi-final and will play Manchester City.

  237. 1420: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Fernando Torres, with protective mask in place, is on for Demba Ba, who leaves to a standing ovation.

  238. 1420: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Ashley Young torments Cesar Azpilicueta down the left before arrowing a cross onto the forehead of Robin van Persie. The Dutchman can only divert the ball over the top though.

  239. 1418: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Waves of Manchester United attacks but Javier Hernandez's cannot get on the end of Ryan Giggs' cross at the back post from the latest. Four minutes of injury-time held aloft by the assistant referee.

  240. 1416: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Was that Manchester United's chance? It was certainly a clear opening. Ashley Young and Patrice Evra combine neatly down the left, the Frenchman's cross picks out Robin van Persie, but the Dutchman balloons his volley over the top from seven yards.

  241. 1414: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Demba Ba almost robs Chris Smalling as he dithers in the penalty box. Phil Dowd rules he has been too rough though.

  242. 1412: 

    The clock ticks past 85 minutes. This might well need Fergie time for United to extend the contest.

  243. 1412: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Oscar fails to get the required bite and curl on an effort from 20 yards. Wide it goes, but Chelsea look just as likely to score a late goal.

  244. 1411: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Ashley Young overcooks a ball down the left channel for Robin van Persie and the ball easily beats the Dutchman to the byeline. Time is ticking down for United, who will have little beyond a Manchester derby to play for if they lose here.

  245. 1409: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    The game is opening up as we go into the final 10 minutes. Robin van Persie goes close at one end before Juan Mata has time and space to line up one from 20 yards at the other. The Spaniard sweeps a curling effort into the advertising hoardings.

  246. 1407: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Ashley Young has been introduced, with Danny Welbeck the man withdrawn by Sir Alex Ferguson. Ten minutes for Manchester United to find an equaliser.

  247. 1406: 

    Doncaster extend their lead at the top of League One to five points with a 1-0 win over Swindon at the Keepmoat Stadium.

  248. 1404: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Cesar Azpilicueta goes into the book as he pokes his foot into the wheels of Danny Welbeck in midfield attempting to chase down a loose ball.

  249. 1403: 
    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez

    Rafael Benitez may be close to deciding to shore up and hang on rather than continue the search for a second, probably knockout, goal. There are 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

  250. 1401: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Ramires canters forward to make the extra man after Phil Jones gives the ball away cheaply. The Brazilian shanks his shot into the stands from Eden Hazard's lay-off though.

  251. 1359: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Phil Jones slides in to toe the ball away from Eden Hazard and nip another Chelsea counter in the bud.

  252. 1357: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata look like they will revel in the increased space in the attacking third as United press forward in search of a leveller. Phil Jones is in fire-fighting mode with the majority of the midfield further upfield.


    Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "What a save!"

    That is high praise indeed for Mr Cech...

  254. 1356: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Chelsea are a whisker away from a second as the bright and sparky Eden Hazard latches onto Michael Carrick's loose pass, whisks the ball past Phil Jones, only to scuff a finish just wide of the post.

  255. 1353: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Ryan Giggs is on for Nani for Manchester United as Sir Alex shuffles his pack once again. Ryan Bertrand went into the book for a foul on Javier Hernandez about five minutes ago by the way.

  256. 1352: 
    Demba Ba celebrates scoring for Chelsea

    Demba Ba's goal was only his second in his last 11 appearances for Chelsea.

  257. 1350: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United have introduced Robin van Persie at the expense of Tom Cleverley.


    Zach Kingsbury: "Think it's time for some Dutch magic. Get him on Fergie!"

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "That is probably the greatest save you will see this season. It was absolutely astonishing. It gets better time very time you see it. Hernandez walked over to him and said 'how on Earth did you do that?!'"

    You can listen to commentary of the final 30 minutes from Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

  260. 1349: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    An extraordianary save from Petr Cech stops the cheers in the throats of the Manchester United fans. Javier Hernandez's header looks for all the world like it is destined for the net before the Czech reacts in a flash to stretch back and tip over. Hernandez can only laugh.

  261. 1347: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United are having to batten down the hatches. David De Gea is off his line sharply to punch the ball away with Demba Ba's forehead poised to apply a finishing touch.


    Statisticians Opta Sports: "Chelsea have now scored in 34 successive FA Cup matches at Stamford Bridge."

  263. 1345: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Antonio Valencia and Nani combine well down the right wing for the visitors and the former's deep cross looks like it has looped over Cesar Azpilicueta for Danny Welbeck. Referee Phil Dowd has spotted a sneaky shove in the back of the Frenchman from Welbeck though and awards the free-kick United's way.


    Richard Powell: "Super Chelsea go BAllistic. Man U are atrocious!"

    Andrew Priestley: "Spectacular finish. Brilliant vision to even think about finishing that half chance. Hopefully that sparks this game into life!"

    Brian Yerkes: "Ba goal was very similar to a goal Mark Hughes scored for United in last minute of an FA Cup match against Oldham in the 1990s."

  265. 1342: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Tom Cleverley has swiped the legs from under Ramires after over-playing in midfield. The crowd are shouting for red but Phil Dowd is sensibly just booking the Manchester United man.

  266. 1340: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    That goal was not unlike the one that Demba Ba scored for Newcastle in their 3-0 win over Manchester United in January 2012. Same athletic stretch and precise finish.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Quite a few people this weekend have been talking about Andy Carroll's goal - that was great technique but it wasn't anywhere close to Demba Ba doing a similar thing here. There didn't seem to much on but he just threw a leg at a wonderful pass from Mata. That should open up this game now."

    You can listen to second-half commentary from Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

  268. 1336: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd - Demba Ba (49 mins)

    A lovely, lovely finish from Demba Ba who watches Juan Mata's lofted ball drift over his shoulder and stretches to volley it into the corner beyond a wrong-footed David De Gea. It was impressive just to get to the ball, to apply such a delicate, precise finish was sublime.

  269. 1336: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    Demba Ba gets an improvised flick to cross from the left wing but his effort lacks the power to trouble David De Gea.

  270. 1334: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    David Luiz gives away a free-kick out on the right edge of the box, 20 yards from his own goal. Nani takes on the set-piece, but bashes it straight into the wall, before dollying up the rebound for Petr Cech to claim with ease.

  271. 1332: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United get us up and running in the second half at Stamford Bridge.

  272. 1330: 

    In the day's other early kick-offs League One leaders Doncaster are still locked at 0-0 against Swindon with an hour gone, while Fleetwood lead Southend 1-0 though a goal from Alan Goodall in their 1300 BST kick-off in League Two.

  273. 1326: 

    Not a lot of incident to discuss, but on a more general point are we seeing the future of what it is to be a central defenders here?

    Branislav Ivanovic is the only old-school stopper out there with David Luiz, Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all able to create with the ball at their feet.

    With John Terry on the bench and Nemanja Vidic creaking, is no-nonsense enough nowadays?

    Chelsea's Demba Ba (left) tussles with Manchester United's Chris Smalling

    Big John: "Nani looks like a player low on confidence. A lot breaking down via him. On his way out this summer?"

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "The first half was interesting purely looking at it as a tactical exercise. Manchester United are keeping their shape and looking to hit Chelsea on the break. It doesn't make for an open game of beautiful football, but Manchester United know there is more than one way to skin a cat. And it could work for them."

    You can listen to second-half commentary from Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.


    Dom Daniells: "This is a very tame match. I knew the fixture pile up would affect the game."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "A few signs of life from both sides as the first half came to a conclusion - with both goalkeepers forced into saves with their feet - but so far a bit of non-event."

  278. 1318: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    The teams head down the tunnel and neither will be happy with a disjointed, tired-looking first half.

  279. 1316: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    Ryan Bertrand's backpass to Petr Cech looks like it might be undercooked. Bertrand has a little grapple with Nani, who is sniffing around looking to capitalise, and the United players appeal for a penalty. However, referee Phil Dowd decides there is not enough there to point to the spot.


    Mike: "Cech and De Gea clearly signed a 'look, no hands' clause before the game to spice things up."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "That has turned out to be a great save by Petr Cech. How much must that have moved in the air? It must have moved direction at least twice - there's nothing a goalkeeper can do about that."

    You can listen to commentary from Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

  282. 1314: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    Javier Hernandez is sprung by a long kick upfield by David De Gea. He rattles off an effort from 30 yards which looks like it should be meat and drink for Petr Cech. The Chelsea goalkeeper is almost deceived by some late swerve though and in the end only gets some studs to the ball with his body committed the other way.

  283. 1311: 

    Five minutes to go until the break.

  284. 1311: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    Chelsea's Eden Hazard looks like the man most likely to breathe live into this match. The Belgian cuts in off the left flank, plays the ball into the feet of Oscar and is there to smash the return pass narrowly over the top.

  285. 1309: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    Nani has a decent effort off his left foot from 30 yards, but it trundles just wide of the upright. Petr Cech looked like he had it covered anyway had it been any closer.

  286. 1308: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    Nani catches an accidental elbow in the chops as he attempts to challenge Ramires. He is flat-out for a minute, forcing Chelsea to put the ball out, before a quick application of the magic sponge has him up and running.

  287. 1306: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    David Luiz doesn't lack confidence. The Brazilian lines up a free-kick from 30 yards and a tricky angle. It is going to have to be some shot to beat David De Gea and his effort certainly isn't it. Luiz's strike soars over the bar. He looks entirely unbothered as he trots back towards his own half.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I'm beginning to wonder whether David De Gea can save with his hands. Everything he saves is with his feet! But he uses them very well and that was another good stop."

    You can listen to commentary from Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.


    Shravan Bhat: "This is like watching two uni teams on Sunday morning after a night out. Hangover at Stamford Bridge."

    Paul Baker: "Any chance of a game of football breaking out?"

  290. 1302: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    First shot in anger and it comes from Chelsea. Eden Hazard floats dangerously between the lines and Chris Smalling is caught in two minds as to whether to come and challenge him. The Belgian plays in Demba Ba who hammers a hard low shot from a tight angle, which David De Gea blocks with his boot. Half an hour gone.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "That was the best position either team has got into so far, but the final ball was not good enough. However, it is exciting times for the Manchester United fans as they will feel their team is getting into the game now."

  292. 1259: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    United have Chelsea stretched as Javier Hernandez drops a shoulder and cuts inside David Luiz on the edge of the box. The Mexican has a clear sight of goal but opts to try and dummy back onto his favoured right boot and miscontrols. Tom Cleverley had found a bit of space down the left a minute before and United are growing into the game.


    Chinedu: "One word to describe the game so far - lethargic."

    Callum Alexander: "Welbeck playing brilliantly again. Really starting to think his future is out wide."

    Martin Hutchinson: "Why does Fergie persist with Nani? Not fit to lace Ronaldo's boots and hasn't stepped up to the plate since he left."

  294. 1256: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd
    Manchester United's Danny Welbeck (second left) is tackled by Oscar of Chelsea

    It has been a bits-and-pieces scrappy affair so far with neither side really imposing themselves on the game. John Terry looks as if he has slipped into a catatonic state behind Rafa Benitez's shoulder.

  295. 1254:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Never a good sight that. Ashley Cole pulled up very sharply holding his hamstring in that footrace with Danny Welbeck. Knew instantly damage had been done."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "It is a blow for Chelsea, but I don't think it weakens them too much because Bertrand is a good player. But certainly Manchester United will look to test him. Ashley Cole may now be finished for the season."

    You can listen to commentary from Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

  297. 1253: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    That is the end of Ashley Cole's afternoon. He hobbles to the sidelines as Ryan Bertrand comes on in a straight like-for-like swap.

  298. 1252: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

    Danny Welbeck knocks the ball round Ashley Cole deep inside his own half and scampers upfield. Cole looks like he has pulled a hamstring in attempting to keep up with Welbeck, pulling up mid-stride to jeers from the away fans. A promising counter-attack for United comes to grief, pretty inevitably, at the feet of Nani who misplaces a pass to Javier Hernandez.


    Raj, United fan: "Life isn't like a box of chocolates, it's like Nani - you never know what you're gonna get!"

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