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20 April 2013 Last updated at 19:28

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  1. 1919: 

    Stockport are still 20 minutes or so away from having their relegation from the Conference confirmed - and they have just gone 4-0 down to Kidderminster - but that's all from us for today.

    Congratulations to Bournemouth and Mansfield.

    Join us tomorrow as Rafael Benitez heads the agenda. Adios...

  2. 1917: 

    Just before we go tonight, here's a gem from Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway.

    Palace drew 2-2 with Leicester today and are close to securing a place in the play-offs.

    Holloway said: "We need to tweak the nose of fear and stick an ice cube down the vest of terror."

  3. 1914: 

    Mansfield beat Wrexham 1-0 to secure the Conference title and win promotion back to the Football League.

    The Stags will be back in League Two next season.

  4. 1911: 

    Brentford have drawn 1-1 with Hartlepool in League One - so Bournemouth are promoted to the Championship.

  5. 1910: 

    Opta Sports: "2012 - Eric Abidal has played his 1st league game as starter for Barça since February 2012 against Atletico. Strength."

  6. 1904: 

    Kidderminster are now 3-0 up against Stockport.

  7. 1903:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker

    "Wonderful to see Eric Abidal start for Barcelona. To play again after a liver transplant is as incredible as it is inspirational!"

    The French defender starts against Levante tonight.

  8. 1900: 

    Within moments of play resuming, Anthony Malbon makes it Kidderminster 2-0 Stockport. Thankfully there are no further signs of trouble, as some Stockport fans instead choose to leave the ground.

    County are going down as it stands.

  9. 1857: 

    Play is back under way at Aggborough.

  10. 1853: 

    The players are thankfully back out on the pitch at Kidderminster after a 28-minute delay. We will hear plenty more about this, without a doubt.

    There will be a three-minute warm-up and then we will be back under way.

  11. 1851: 

    Kidderminster Harriers: "Re 1836. Delay now over 20 minutes. Still no sign of the players."

  12. 1851: 

    BBC Hereford & Worcester at Kidderminster v Stockport: "It is 25 minutes since play was suspended. Within a minute of Kidderminster scoring some Stockport fans came over the fence and Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster player) was apparently punched. There are a number of police officers heading into the Stockport end to the ground. Hopefully the police can now restore some kind of order. It is a desperately sad sight."

  13. 1848: 

    With 20 minutes of the game between Hartlepool and Brentford remaining, the scores are locked at 1-1. If it stays like this then Bournemouth are all but promoted, while Brentford can still go up automatically as they play Doncaster on the last day.

  14. 1841: 

    It appears that the game between Kidderminster & Stockport is still suspended after that pitch invasion. Mansfield meanwhile are on their way back to the Football League.

  15. 1840: 
    Norwich defender Sebastien BassongNorwich 2-1 Reading

    "What a massive win today!!! We did it all together, these three points are just a big relief! Great support from you guys!!! Thanks."

  16. 1836: 

    Kidderminster Harriers: "Trouble at Aggborough. Fans from Stockport end invade pitch. Punches thrown at Kiddy players. Ref takes players off pitch."

    The pitch invasion follows Stockport falling behind to a Anthony Malbon goal. If County lose to the title chasing hosts, they will be relegated to Blue Square North - three years ago they were playing Leeds in League One.

  17. 1831: 

    Daniel Hogan: "QPR need to rebuild with quality, heart isn't enough in the Premier League."

  18. 1828: 

    Sounds like everyone's expecting a firesale at QPR in the summer. Buy Chris Samba, get Shaun Wright-Phillips for free...

  19. 1824: 

    Matt Youngs: " Re 1804. Who to keep at QPR? Mackie & Hill. That's it. Real question is how to get rid of so many overrated, over paid players?"

  20. 1823: 
    Paolo Di Canio

    Our man in Sunderland, Gary Rose, has just got out of Paolo Di Canio's press conference. The Italian was talking for over an hour...

  21. 1822: 

    At half-time on the final day of the Conference season, it's Mansfield who are heading back to the Football League as they lead Wrexham 1-0.

    Stockport are going down as it stands. Check out the latest scores and table on our website.

  22. 1820: 

    Alex, a QPR fan, via 81111: "Re 1804. Remy, Taarabt, Mbia, Julio Cesar are far too good for the Championship. Samba, Granero, Hoilett, Green and Bosingwa on far too high wages for the Championship. Some players like Wright-Phillips and Ben-Haim aren't good enough for the Championship. Squad next year needs to be built around Hill, Derry and Mackie, the only three who genuinely looked like they cared this year."

  23. 1819: 

    Sam Willson: "Re 1804. Green, Derry, Hill, Onuoha, Mackie and Faurlin; Fairly decent spine to a team that actually want to play football."

    That is still a good side for the Championship on paper.

  24. 1811: 

    What a story on the last ever game at Underhill. Barnet move to their new ground in the summer, and had a cracker of a day.

    First of all the game was delayed by 15 minutes as over 6,000 fans crammed in. Then they hit a late goal to go 1-0 up over Wycombe, before Graham Stack saved a 94th-minute penalty to secure three points which keep them out of the relegation zone.


  25. 1810: 
    Sunderland goalkeeper Simon MignoletSunderland 1-0 Everton

    "Two victories on the bounce and another clean sheet! Thanks for the support!"

  26. 1807: 

    Tolly Coburn: "Newcastle fans, remember Everton 2005-06 season, battling relegation, could have sacked manager David Moyes, look now, fighting for Europe."

  27. 1805: 
    Stoke defender Robert HuthQPR 0-2 Stoke

    "Get in! Massive three points, no red card. It's like Christmas!"

  28. 1804: 

    Here's one for QPR fans out there. If you get relegated, who out of the current squad would you expect to be there on the opening day next season? Who would you want to keep?

  29. 1802:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final ScoreQPR 0-2 Stoke

    "There are fine lines at this level, and losing one or two players can seriously disrupt your side. The loss of Bobby Zamora, who provides a target up front, was a huge loss today.

    "There is a lot of work now to do in the summer mould a side who can get back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking."

  30. 1759: 

    Lee Robson: "Newcastle fans saying manager Alan Pardew must go. Yes, it's been a bad season, but how long have we wanted stability for? Every team has a bad season."

    Jack Quinn Stacy: "People blaming former manager Mark Hughes for QPR's woes. But hasn't Harry Redknapp had plenty of time and money? He's done the same as Hughes."

  31. 1758: 
    Sunderland defender Titus BrambleSunderland 1-0 Everton

    "Two wins from two games at this time of the season is absolutely massive. Buzzing for the lads, and big thanks to the fans for their great support."

  32. 1758:  
    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland on Final ScoreFulham 0-1 Arsenal

    "Arsenal made hard work of it today despite having the numerical advantage for most of the game against Fulham. It has been a sign of Arsenal in the second half of the season, to have a bit of resilience.

    "There is big pressure on Tottenham now in the fight for the Champions League places."

  33. 1757: 
    QPR 0-2 Stoke

    Stoke picked up their first away win since they beat West Brom on 1 December - and it's only their second win away from home all season.

    QPR have won just four games all campaign. It's hardly surprising that they are in the bottom three.

  34. 1754:  
    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland on Final ScoreSunderland 1-0 Everton

    "Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is a great character, and some of his antics on the touchline take the pressure off the players.

    "He has also tightened them up defensively since he arrived."

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

  35. 1752: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    Sunderland captain John O'Shea: "The manager quietened everyone down afterwards to make everyone realise the job is not done. We weren't allowed to enjoy the win against Newcastle.

    "Paolo Di Canio has been fantastic. He wants total concentration. The players have taken to him because they realise he wants the team to grow with him."

  36. 1750: 

    Steven Mwalusi: "The season when the myth about miracle working bosses who can save teams from the drop was busted. Adios QPR's Harry Redknapp and Wigan's Roberto Martinez."

  37. 1747: 
    Tony Pulis

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "I still think there's hard work to be done. The pressure has built - we've had a poor 2013 but some of the performances have been very good but we haven't got the results. Even if we'd lost today we would have had four games and that was the talk beforehand.

    "They are very good on the break and we got caught four or five times. It was great for Peter Crouch to score before half-time and in the second half we tightened up and were a lot better.

    "It takes a bit of pressure off but there is still pressure there and the four games we'll play are very tough games. 40 points will be enough because we have good goal difference. A win or three draws, I don't care how we cook it."

  38. 1746: 

    Chittaranjan: "Everton looking to be running out of steam to challenge for a top-four finish. If they don't, will manager David Moyes head to Stamford Bridge to manage Chelsea?"

  39. 1743: 
    PLAYER REACTION- West Ham 2-0 Wigan

    West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan on his 100th career goal: "I've been getting the chances, but keepers have been making great saves. Thankfully it is done and dusted now. I'm just delighted to get it today and to get it when I did in the game, it took the pressure right off us."

  40. 1742: 

    Jamie from Kent via 81111: "Olivier Giroud sending off a blessing disguise for Arsenal? Would be good to see Lukas Podolski get the run out he deserves."

    Ben Kew in Leamington Spa via 81111: "With QPR boss Harry Redknapp saying he couldn't ask for more from his players, considering most of them have played at Champions League level and are on massive contracts, honestly, I think he could!"

    Ram via 81111: "Why is everyone saying that the last relegation spot is between Aston Villa and Wigan??? Villa beat Sunderland and it drags them back in. Up the Villa."

  41. 1742:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker

    "I have a MOTD running order for you: QPR/Sto, WHU/Wig, Sun/Eve, Nor/Rea, Ful/Ars, WBA/New, Swa/Sou. Trust you approve."

    Watch the programme on BBC One at 2230 BST.

  42. 1741: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Fulham 0-1 Arsenal
    Steve Sidwell

    Fulham boss Martin Jol: "I would not have given the red card [against Steve Sidwell] but I am not subjective. I think it was a mistimed tackle but he caught the guy. It wasn't his intention. It spoiled the game a bit but we fought like lions and had better chances than them. In the first half we did ever so well but conceded a soft goal."

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We had a positive first half but in the second half we became sloppy with our passing and played with less pace to our game. You have to give Fulham credit; they are a good side and they played very well. It became hard in the second half. We played with the handbrake on and tried to keep the lead without taking risks. We didn't give them enough problems. We lost pace and quality."

  43. 1739: 

    Fqiren: "Giroud's red card would allow Walcott, Gervinho & Podolski to stake their claim as Arsenal's main man up front."

  44. 1738: 

    The final day of the Conference season has just kicked off - with all eyes on the games involving Mansfield and Kidderminster. Leaders Mansfield will be definitely promoted if they beat Wrexham at their Field Mill ground, but could also return to the Football League with a draw or defeat.

    That depends on the outcome of Kidderminster's home match against Stockport, who are facing relegation. Kidderminster could be promoted as champions if Mansfield slip up - both matches are underway and currently goalless.

  45. 1737: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    Everton manager David Moyes: "We could have had a point quite easily but we didn't create enough clear opportunities. We probably didn't deserve to lose the game but we didn't play well enough to win it. It was a poor game. I don't think now we can make the Champions League.

    "Mathematically we still can, but I think it's unlikely the teams above us are going to drop points. What we'll do is see if we can reach the Europa League and keep pushing for that. We do our best to compete."

  46. 1732: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 2-1 Reading
    Nigel Adkins

    Reading boss Nigel Adkins tells BBC Sport: "We've done well in the first half and controlled the ball in the second half. But the damage was done with Norwich scoring two goals in two minutes. There's a reason for why we are where we are in the table. We need to analyse this and move on."

  47. 1731:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final ScoreWest Ham 2-0 Wigan

    "I think West Ham have really enjoyed themselves this year. Last season, they had a huge budget in the Championship, the pressure was on them every week to win, and that led to them having an awful home record.

    "The pressure has been off in the Premier League, and with the quality players they possess, they have done really well."

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

  48. 1731: 

    Jack Morant: "Remember Martin O'Neill's winning start at Sunderland? Same fate to befall Paolo Di Canio next season?"

  49. 1730: 
    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Stadium of LightSunderland 1-0 Everton

    "Everton boss David Moyes says top four hopes over after Sunderland defeat: 'We would have to win every game and that will be difficult now'."

  50. 1730: 

    As we have already pointed out (see 1656), they will be dancing on the streets of Gillingham tonight as the Kent club celebrate winning the League Two title. Port Vale's dramatic last-gasp leveller against Northampton means they are all but mathematically joining the Gills in the third tier next season. Vale are three points clear of fourth-placed Cheltenham - with the security of a mammoth goal difference of 28 in their favour.

    Bottom club Aldershot knew they may be relegated with a draw or loss against lowly rivals Dagenham & Redbridge - but they pulled a 1-0 win out of the bag to keep their survival hopes alive. A late winner lifted Barnet, in their final match at Underhill, out of the bottom two, while York also earned a vital three points against Southend. Two of the bottom seven teams can be relegated to the Conference on the final day of the season.

  51. 1729: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 1-0 Everton
    Paolo Di Canio

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio: "We did a good job. The lads have done an amazing job in the last few weeks and this is the result. I was a footballer at many clubs and it isn't easy when there's a change. The players can smile now.

    "But 37 points is not enough. If Wigan win their game in hand they'll be on 34 with four games to go. Today was a step forward but the main job is not done."

  52. 1728: 

    Ash Burdett: "Re Lisa 1718. Have you not seen Giroud play? His three-match ban can only help the Gunners finish in the top-four."

  53. 1727: 

    What do you think of that QPR fans? Anyone rushing out to buy a season ticket for next year?

  54. 1727: 
    Harry Redknapp

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "I couldn't have asked for any more, we gave everything we had, worked hard and in the first half we were the better team.

    "It looks in tatters doesn't it, it's very difficult. We've got to try to win a game or two, we've got to go to Reading next week and try to win. It looks almost impossible doesn't it. It would take a real miracle.

    "It's difficult but life is not always fun. What am I going to do - play golf every day? You don't walk into a side that hasn't won for 13 games and start winning every week. It's probably more difficult than I thought - there's an awful lot of work that needs to be done here.

    "People say this team will come straight back up -that's rubbish. There needs to be an awful lot of work done over the summer for this team to be in contention next season."

  55. 1724: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 2-1 Reading

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "We're certainly not safe yet although the win will help us get to where we want to be. All we can do is put ourselves in the best position we can. We have four more games to get the required points."

  56. 1723: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 2-0 Wigan
    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "I feel really good. While it wasn't the best performance, the bottom line is, if you score your goals and take your chances, you win football matches. Their possession was better than ours but the chances they had they either missed or Jussi Jaaskelainen saved them. We knew Wigan would push forward which left them defensively weakened and we exposed them."

  57. 1722:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultySunderland 1-0 Everton

    "In purely football terms, lots of questions asked about Di Canio appointment but two wins out of three for Sunderland is a superb start. All looks healthier."

  58. 1722: 

    Manic: "Harry Redknapp has a proven record, but even he can't work miracles with players who clearly couldn't care less about QPR."

    Mighty Duck: "Forget the money QPR have seen, the players have simply not been good enough. Should put entire squad up for sale."

  59. 1721: 

    Bournemouth are almost home and hosed after their 3-1 home success against Carlisle. Their return to the second tier, after an absence of 23 years, will be confirmed if third-placed Brentford fail to win at Hartlepool, where their late game has just kicked off.

    But, even if the Bees win, Bournemouth would need to lose 6-0 at Tranmere next weekend as second-placed Doncaster play Brentford - meaning one, or both teams, cannot take maximum points. Doncaster blew their chance of sealing promotion today with a 1-0 home defeat by Notts County.

    Scunthorpe boosted their chances of a miraculous escape from relegation with a 1-0 success at MK Dons. It means they must beat Swindon and hope Colchester lose to Carlisle, coupled with at least a three-goal swing, on the final day of the season.

  60. 1721: 
    Sunderland midfielder Craig GardnerSunderland 1-0 Everton

    "What a result, the lads are on fire."

  61. 1719: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 2-0 Wigan

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "We should have had something from the game. The second half was as one-sided a game as you will see and to lose [the half] 1-0 was difficult to explain. The team looked a little bit affected by the [Manchester City] fixture on Wednesday."

  62. 1718: 

    Nick in Shawford via 81111: "Manager Alan Pardew needs to go. It's painful watching him slowly ruin top class players like Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye. We're going nowhere long term with him at the helm."

    Lisa in London via 81111: "Important win for Arsenal but the three-match ban for Olivier Giroud could yet influence if they get Champions League football or not."

  63. 1716: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 1-1 Newcastle
    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I don't think so (in terms of us being safe) because we have to keep working. Hopefully, we can get a couple more wins which will be the ideal thing."

  64. 1715: 

    Jerome Simpson: "What a way to celebrate a wedding anniversary, defeating Wigan 2-0. Looking ahead to next year in the Premier League. Thank you Hammers!"

  65. 1715:  
    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland on Final ScoreQPR 0-2 Stoke

    "I looked at the QPR squad, and I wonder how many will get a move back to the Premier League? I can think of only Loic Remy, plus maybe Chris Samba and Adel Taarabt.

    "No Premier League team is going to want the other players, who will be hard to shift as they are on good wages."

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

  66. 1713: 
    QPR 0-2 Stoke

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp says his side worked hard and "he couldn't have asked for more" from his players.

  67. 1712: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 2-0 Wigan
    Roberto Martinez

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "Every game is must-win game. You look at the amount of points we have and it is not enough."

  68. 1711: 

    So where are we? Cardiff clinch the Championship title after a lunchtime draw at Burnley, but Hull must wait to claim the second automatic promotion spot after third-placed Watford thrash Blackburn. The 4-0 win also ensures Watford will finish in, at least, the play-offs.

    Nothing has been decided today in the battle against relegation, but undoubtedly Huddersfield are the big winners following their 3-0 lunchtime success against Millwall. They move out of the bottom three at the expense of Wolves who disastrously concede a last-minute winner at Charlton. Barnsley's goalless draw at Nottingham Forest fails to help the Tykes, while Peterborough and Blackburn are deep in trouble after heavy away defeats.

  69. 1711: 

    Rory in Oxford via 81111: "That match between Villa and Wigan on the last day looks like a tasty relegation decider!"

  70. 1710:  
    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland on Final ScoreWest Ham 2-0 Wigan

    "There are a few twists and turns to come, but it looks like the final relegation spot will fall to Wigan or Aston Villa after this afternoon's results."

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

  71. 1709: 

    I'd heartily recommend a good scout through our tables page - every division makes for fascinating reading as we enter the dying seconds of the Football League.

    Blackburn are in real danger of another relegation now, while the battle against the drop in League Two will also go right to the wire.

  72. 1707: 

    Kareem: "Would not have complained for one second if Fulham had levelled, Arsenal were poor all day and they were lucky to win."

    Shohidur Rahman: "A lot of people criticised Sunderland's sacking of manager Martin O'Neill. It's paid off."

    Kassim Sodiq: "QPR, basically, got relegated by the damage done by former manager Mark Hughes."

  73. 1704: 

    Who would win in a celebrating goals competition - the dream team of Steffen Freund and Andre Villas-Boas, or Paolo Di Canio?

  74. 1702: 
    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Stadium of LightSunderland 1-0 Everton

    "A fair few head slappings from Di Canio to his players, all playful, before he now walks out on to the pitch to deafening cheers from fans."

    Paolo Di Canio
  75. 1702: 

    An awful afternoon for the bottom three ends with defeats for QPR, Reading and Wigan, results which seriously dent their survival hopes. QPR and Reading, both now 10 points from safety with four games to play, could be relegated on Monday if 17th-placed Aston Villa stun leaders Manchester United and win at Old Trafford.

    Wigan, in 18th place, remain three points off Villa. However, Stoke's 2-0 win against QPR, Sunderland's 1-0 victory against Champions League chasing Everton and Newcastle's 1-1 draw at mid-table West Brom means the Lancastrians trail that trio by six points, albeit with a game in hand.

    Roberto Martinez's men are a further point in arrears to Norwich, who claimed their first victory in six games by all but condemning Reading to the drop. Wigan's 2-0 loss at Upton Park moves West Ham into the top half of the table on 42 points, 11 points ahead of Saturday's opponents.

    At the other end of the table, Champions League chasing Arsenal put the pressure on rivals Tottenham and Chelsea ahead of their games on Sunday by moving up to third with a 1-0 win against 10-man Fulham. Everton's loss at the Stadium of Light is a serious blow to their hopes of European qualification as they are still two points behind Spurs, who sit in the Europa league qualification spot, having played two games more.

  76. 1701: 

    A bitter, bitter blow for Wolves. A valuable point at Charlton is snatched away from Dean Saunders' men in the dying stages, as Jonathan Obika's injury-time goal looks set to leave Wolves rooted in the bottom three.

  77. 1700:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultyWest Ham 2-0 Wigan

    "Fantastic achievement to reach the FA Cup Final & understand the restrictions - but Wigan manager Roberto Martinez spends every season in the relegation zone."

  78. 1700: 

    Partick Thistle are crowned First Division champions following a 2-0 away victory against Falkirk, while in the SPL Dundee live to fight another day after beating St Mirren 2-1 in Paisley. Elsewhere, Hearts were 1-0 victors over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and Third Division champions Rangers slumped to a 2-1 loss at home to Peterhead, the second ignominious home defeat in the bottom tier this season for the former top-flight giants.

  79. 1659:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 1-0 Everton

    Former England manager Steve McClaren: "Over the 90 minutes, Paolo Di Canio has played his cards right. Two banks of four with Danny Graham and Stephane Sessegnon up front. Sessegnon was my man of the match. Everton were disappointing. They competed but never really threatened. Fully deserved. That's Sunderland just about safe."

  80. 1659: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the Stadium of Light: "The Stadium of Light is bouncing after a hugely important win for Sunderland, who have beaten Everton for first time in 12 years. Paolo Di Canio strolled out on to pitch after full time as fans sang his name in time to an Italian opera song played over the tannoy. Lots of love for the Italian in the north east at the moment."

  81. 1657: 
    QPR boss Harry Redknapp

    All eyes will be on Aston Villa's trip to Old Trafford on Monday now. A win for Villa would be enough to send both QPR and Reading down.

  82. 1656: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Gillingham are League Two champions

    Already-promoted Gillingham surrender a two-goal lead against AFC Wimbledon - but a 2-2 draw is still enough to clinch the Kent club's first title since 1964.

  83. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 1-1 Newcastle
  84. 1654: 

    Muhammad Yousaf: "Final Sunday 19 May: Wigan v Villa. Relegation showdown."

  85. 1654: 
    West Brom 1-1 Newcastle

    Still playing at the Hawthorns...

  86. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 2-0 Wigan
  87. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 0-2 Stoke
  88. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 2-1 Reading
  89. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 0-1 Arsenal
  90. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 1-0 Everton
  91. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Southampton
  92. 1650: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    Everton dominating. David Moyes's men camped in the Sunderland half but the home side are defending courageously. Two minutes of stoppage time remain. Sunderland's players all inside their own half and are happy to boot the ball anywhere.

  93. 1649: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    So close for Southampton! Steven Davis wins the ball tight on the Swansea touchline and squares it back for substitute Emmanuel Mayuka. The Zambian striker hasn't made an appearance for Saints since before Christmas but gets a shot away. Swans stopper Michel Vorm can only stretch out his left leg out but gets a block in and gathers it at a second attempt.

  94. 1648: 

    The natives are getting restless in Doncaster as their team up the ante against party-poopers Notts County. Leading the division before kick-off, Rovers knew a win would edge them closer to an instant return to the Championship. Brian Flynn's men are pressing but cannot find a way through the visiting defence as rivals Bournemouth still lead 2-1 against Carlisle. The Cherries are set to move above the South Yorkshire side to the top of the table.

  95. 1647: 
    RED CARD- Fulham 0-1 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud

    Another sending-off at the Cottage! Olivier Giroud is the man to see red this time, as he stretches to control a ball which had gotten away from him. His studs roll across the top of the ball and connect with the ankle of Stanislav Manolev. A straight red is shown.

  96. 1645: 

    Into the last five minutes or so...

  97. 1645: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 2-0 Wigan

    Andy Carroll has been a handful all game for West Ham, and after getting in behind he should probably score, but puts his shot wide.

    Wigan cannot believe the scoreline - they have dominated the second half at Upton Park.

  98. 1644: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the Stadium of Light: "David Moyes has his hands on his head following an Everton free kick inside the Sunderland area after Simon Mignolet caught a back pass. Mignolet received only a yellow card despite preventing a certain goal and when Everton's free kick was blocked, Moyes was frozen in disbelief before he shook his head in frustration."

  99. 1643: 

    Watford are cruising against Blackburn, with Matthew Briggs putting the Hornets' 4-0 ahead. It means, barring five away goals in the final 15 minutes, Watford move four points behind second-placed Hull with two matches left. Defeat will leave fifth-bottom Blackburn hovering just two points above the drop zone, although they have played one game less than their relegation rivals.

  100. 1642: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    Danny Rose tugs Nikica Jelavic's shirt and the Everton striker tumbles inside the six-yard box. Referee Phil Dowd sees nothing wrong with the challenge, though.

  101. 1643: 

    Ben in Newcastle via 81111: "Newcastle unravelling and looking to be a repeat of 2008-9 season when they were also 'too good to go down' and rued missed opportunities."

  102. 1642: 
    QPR 0-2 Stoke

    QPR are giving it a go still, but in honesty Stoke look comfortable now. They are on their way to a huge win. What will this do for Tony Pulis's future?

  103. 1641: 

    As things stand QPR and Reading could be relegated on Monday. If they lose (as they are at the moment), Sunderland beat Everton, Newcastle avoid defeat - and Aston Villa win at Manchester United on Monday, then Rangers and the Royals will go down.

  104. 1640: 

    Port Vale fans are dressed as the leader of the Catholic church in tribute to top scorer Tom Pope. And they need some divine inspiration in the next 15 minutes if their team are to clinch promotion today. That's because Roy O'Donovan has put Northampton 2-1 ahead, with Vale needing at least a point, coupled with a raft of other results, to secure an automatic spot.

  105. 1640: 

    Jon C: "Wigan are in serious trouble."

  106. 1639: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    Sebastian Larsson, on the half-way line, plays an extravagant backpass, which Simon Mignolet has no choice but to pluck from the air otherwise it would have drifted into his own goal. A yellow card for the keeper and an indirect free-kick for Everton. Leighton Baines steps up but the Sunderland wall hold firm. Chaos ensues. Mignolet punches away the danger and the home side somehow survive unscathed. Six minutes to go.

  107. 1637: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-0 Wigan - Kevin Nolan (80 mins)

    You've seen this goal before! Kevin Nolan finds his 100th career goal in a manner which is very familiar indeed. A free-kick is pumped from halfway into the penalty area, Andy Carrroll helps it on and Nolan hooks the ball home over his shoulder.

  108. 1637: 

    James in Newcastle via 81111: "If only QPR had snapped up Di Canio before Sunderland, they might have had a fighting chance."

  109. 1637: 

    David Ljunggren: "Yanga-Mbiwa is officially useless. He can't defend, he's clueless and he panics too easily. Yet another poor Newcastle buy."

    Ben Gathercole: "Please don't go and throw this one away Norwich. Need a third to make certain of three points."

    Thomas Silk: "Since Shane Long has come on, West Brom have been a different side, Billie Jones having another great game."

  110. 1637: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    Almost a goal at Swansea, Nathan Dyer plays Jonathan De Guzman through, but Saints keeper Artur Boruc charges off his line and makes himself big, pulling off a very decent save. All Swansea.

  111. 1635: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Fulham 0-1 Arsenal

    Fulham think they are level for a moment as Stanislav Manolev fires in from close range, but the flag was raised and he was offside.

  112. 1635: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-2 Stoke - Jon Walters (pen 77 mins)

    Jon Walters hammers the spot-kick into the roof of the net, a cleaner strike you will not see! But wait - he has to take it again. Walters keeps his cool though, firing into the corner and potentially securing some huge points for Stoke.

  113. 1633: 

    Robert Huth hits the post with a header, Peter Crouch is in there sniffing for the rebound and he goes down under a challenge from Clint Hill. Pen given...

  114. 1633: 

    Keep those corks in your champagne, Hull fans. That's because promotion rivals Watford are now 3-0 ahead against Blackburn thanks to two quick-fire goals at Vicarage Road. The Tigers will only clinch the second automatic spot today if Watford lose and Crystal Palace, who are 2-1 ahead against fellow play-off chasers Leicester, fail to win.

    Wolves suffer a big dent in their relegation battle when Charlton's Dorian Dervite pokes in, but they climb back out of the relegation zone as it stands as Kevin Doyle heads in an equaliser moments later.

  115. 1631: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 1-0 Wigan
    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez

    Pressure building for Wigan and Jussi Jaaskelainen is drawn into his best save of the day as Shaun Maloney cuts the ball back but James McArthur's shot from 10 yards is superbly stopped.

  116. 1631: 
    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Stadium of LightSunderland 1-0 Everton

    "Good spell of pressure from Everton with Jelavic particularly lively. The striker heading wide before flicking a shot at Mignolet."


    Richie Wilson: "Everton and manager David Moyes should part company in the summer. The time has come for a fresh start for both."

  118. 1629: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-1 Reading - Garath McCleary (72 mins)

    Is this a lifeline for Reading? Winger Garath McCleary offers the dimmest glimmer of hope with a cracking solo effort, running from halfway before cracking in a left-footed shot which goes straight through Mark Bunn and into the net. The Royals will have just under 20 minutes to find another...

  119. 1628: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal look very flat, you wouldn't know they had an extra man as they struggle to put any sort of fluid moves together. Jack Wilshere is coming on in place of Tomas Rosicky though.

  120. 1628: 

    Daniel in Newcastle via 81111: "Newcastle, every week, look a different team in the second half when we go in leading. Manager Alan Pardew needs to stop being so negative and attack teams."

  121. 1628: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    Swansea come really close, as the ball bobbles to Michu eight yards out. The Spanish striker passes to his right, where winger Nathan Dyer is advancing. His drive from inside the area beats Southamtpon keeper Artur Boruc but rebounds away off defender Maya Yoshida, and it remains goalless.

  122. 1627: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 1-1 Newcastle

    It's all West Brom at the Hawthorns now and James Morrison is only denied a second goal by a flying save from Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal.

  123. 1626: 

    Aldershot could be relegated if they lose or draw against Dagenham & Redbridge (depending on other results) - but it doesn't matter because they are winning against their bottom-six rivals. Michael Rankine's goal lifts them within a point of safety, while York and Barnet are both on course to pick up vital points in their quests to avoid the Conference.

  124. 1626: 

    Ruridh Allen: "Are Arsenal finally re-learning how to win without playing well? It seems like Fulham are the team with 10 men. Dreadful."

  125. 1625: 
    West Ham 1-0 Wigan

    Wigan are trying hard to find a route back at Upton Park, but standing in their way is Jussi Jaaskelainen, who has made a collection of comfortable saves to deny the Latics.

  126. 1625: 

    We are into the last 20 minutes. Can QPR and Wigan salvage anything?

  127. 1625: 
    CLOSE!- QPR 0-1 Stoke

    Big chance for Stoke to make it 2-0. Steven N'Zonzi's cross found its way to Charlie Adam at the far post, but the Scot's cushioned effort looped over the bar.

  128. 1623: 

    Midway through the second half at the matches across Scotland and Partick Thistle are well on course for top-flight football next season - they're leading 1-0 against Falkirk in the First Division. Hearts are still 1-0 up against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the SPL - Ryan Stevenson missed a penalty for the Jambos 20 minutes into the second half - and Dundee are staving off relegation with a 1-0 lead against St Mirren in Paisley. Meanwhile, in the Third Division, Rangers are now trailing 2-1 to Peterhead at Ibrox.

  129. 1623: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    Excellent juggling by Simon Mignolet! Marouane Fellaini's scuffed shot is deflected towards the Sunderland goalkeeper by Nikica Jelavic and Belgian grabs the ball at the third time of asking. All in all, a good save. Sunderland started the second half the brighter but Everton are now surging forward with more frequency.

  130. 1622: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-1 Newcastle - Billy Jones (64 mins)

    What a piece of centre-forward play from Romelu Lukaku! The big Belgian receives a pass inside the area with his back to goal and completely outmuscles the Newcastle defence to shield the ball and then lay it off to Billy Jones, the right-back sweeping home left-footed to become the first Englishman to score for the Albion all season.

  131. 1622: 

    Ryan Cowie: "You won't want to be out in Reading tonight if your name is Bennett! Surely the nail in the coffin for the Royals."

  132. 1622:  
    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland on Final ScoreWest Ham 1-0 Wigan

    "It is a big second half for Wigan. They are a goal-down against West Ham, with other results going against them."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  133. 1621: 

    Stuart via 81111: "Wigan desperately need to turn it around. At the moment every result at the bottom is going wrong for them."

  134. 1621: 

    Moments after a Carlisle equaliser threatened to ruin Bournemouth's hopes of sealing promotion today, the Cherries retake the lead through Harry Arter's strike. A win, coupled with a Doncaster defeat, would put them on the verge of automatic promotion, which could be confirmed if Brentford lose in the late kick-off at Hartlepool. This morning's leaders Donny are still trailing 1-0 at home to Notts County.

    Here's the League One as-it-stands table.

  135. 1620: 
    Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    Swansea are piling on the pressure now as Michu flicks a header wide from a Jonathan de Guzman corner. Southampton react by replacing Rickie Lambert.


    Phil Robins: "For the amount of money QPR boss Harry Redknapp has spent- he has done a pretty woeful job."

    Dazzler: "QPR January signing Chris Samba - Big man, big money, big disappointment."

    Lawrence Houldsworth: "Where has Harry Redknapp's magic gone?!?"

  137. 1618: 

    Statisticians Opta: "17 - Reading have conceded a goal in all 17 of their Premier League away games this season. Doomed."

  138. 1618: 

    We are past the hour mark in the Premier League games. It's looking bleak for the bottom three at the moment.

  139. 1618: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the Stadium of Light: "Everton boss David Moyes is pacing back and forth in his technical area, briefly exchanging words with his technical staff. The Scot knows defeat will be a real blow to his side's Champions League hopes and introduced Nikica Jelavic at the restart. The game is much more open but still Sunderland lead."

  140. 1616: 

    Big goal at Vicarage Road. Troy Deeney, enjoying the best goalscoring season of his career, fires in his 17th of the season as Watford edge ahead against Blackburn. That is a key goal for two reasons - one, a home win means Hull cannot be promoted today, while secondly it leaves Rovers right in the thick of the Championship relegation battle.

  141. 1616: 

    Belete Eshetea: "I now pronounce Reading and QPR Championship teams!"

  142. 1616: 
    Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    Swansea winger Nathan Dyer charges through the middle and, with Angel Rangel crying out for the ball, chooses to shoot but scuffs his effort wide.

  143. 1614: 

    It never rains for Harry Redknapp, it pours. Not only are QPR losing but he has lost two key attackers to injury, with Adel Taarabt and Andros Townsend both coming off.

  144. 1614:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final ScoreNorwich 2-0 Reading

    "It was bad defending from Reading for both goals against Norwich. If the scores stay the same, only Aston Villa will be in touching distance of the bottom-three."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  145. 1614: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 0-1 Stoke
    Stoke celebrate scoring against QPR

    QPR have Stoke penned in their own half now. Loic Remy nutmegs Ryan Shotton with a lovely touch and fires in a low shot which Asmir Begovic somehow keeps out.

    Everyone has been tipping Stoke to continue their slump but a win today and they could be six points above Wigan in the drop zone.

  146. 1611: 

    As things stand, QPR and Reading are 10 points from safety with four games left to play. Wigan are three points adrift of fourth-from-bottom Aston Villa, who are at Manchester United on Monday.

  147. 1611: 

    Millsotheblue: "This is a massive half in the context of manager David Moyes' future at Everton."

  148. 1611: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- West Brom 0-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle survive another scare as a Chris Brunt corner is headed against the crossbar by Romelu Lukaku. The home side are pushing hard.

  149. 1611: 

    Gavin Scott: "What a big goal that was from Norwich's Ryan Bennett."

  150. 1610: 

    Talking of miracles, it would take a near-miracle to stop Gillingham winning the League Two title today. They only have to avoid defeat at AFC Wimbledon and are 2-0 ahead - Gills boss Martin Allen is 45 minutes away from winning his first title.

    Meanwhile, Aldershot are edging closer to relegation - they need a second-half goal against Dagenham & Redbridge to boost their hopes of survival.

  151. 1609: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-0 Reading - Elliott Bennett (52 mins)

    Hard lines Alex McCarthy.

    The Reading keeper punches a cross away rather tamely, Elliott Bennett controls the ball on his chest and fires in a shot which hits McCarthy on the heels before looping up into the net.

    Double Bennett woe for the Royals.

  152. 1608:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 1-0 Everton

    Former England manager Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live: "What Sunderland are doing very well is that they're winning every challenge, every 50-50, which is unusual against a David Moyes side."

  153. 1608: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Reading - Ryan Bennett (50 mins)

    Hard lines Alex McCarthy.

    First the Reading keeper makes another top-class save to tip away Kei Kamara's shot, he then beats out Grant Holt's volley from the following corner, but is left helpless as Ryan Bennett sweeps home the loose ball from eight yards.

  154. 1606: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-1 Newcastle

    The good and the bad of Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot. First he fumbles a routine shot from Marc Fortune back into the danger zone, but he gets up quickly to just throw himself in the way of Shane Long's follow-up. He saves that with his face.

  155. 1606: 

    If all the results stay the same then Bournemouth will be all but promoted. The Cherries are leading 1-0 against Carlisle with Doncaster trailing against Notts County and, because Doncaster and third-placed Brentford meet on the final day of the season, it means only a six-goal defeat at Tranmere could stop Eddie Howe's men from returning to the second tier for the first time in 23 years.

    Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws say his team need a miracle to avoid becoming the fourth and final team to drop into League Two, but they are winning 1-0 at MK Dons through Karl Hawley. Could the miracle happen?

  156. 1606: 
    Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    Almost a goal for the Swans - and half-time sub Wayne Routledge plays a big role, getting in behind the Saints defence before crossing from the right, but striker Michu cannot quite keep his header on target.

  157. 1604: 
    West Ham 1-0 Wigan

    Wigan make a strong start to the second half, as Jordi Gomez and then Arouna Kone get early shots away.

  158. 1604: 

    Mike in London via 81111: "Re Shane 1556. One mistake doesn't undo a whole season filled with brilliant performances. Baines was an ridiculous omission."

  159. 1603: 

    And we are back under way.

  160. 1602: 

    The players emerge from seven tunnels around the land. QPR and Reading, it's now or never lads.

  161. 1600: 

    Third-placed Watford are still goalless against Blackburn which means the champagne is still sitting untouched in the fridge for Hull. The Tigers are second and know they will be assured of a return to the Premier League if the Hornets lose.

    Brighton are close to securing a play-off spot as they lead Blackpool 2-0, while it is fifth v sixth as Crystal Palace are level 1-1 with Leicester. At the bottom, Wolves and Blackburn are halfway to earning a precious point, with Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday both trailing 1-0.

  162. 1557: 

    It is not just the sunny weather that is lifting the spirits of Newcastle, Sunderland and West Ham, after a first half in which they have taken leads which could go a long way to securing their places in the top flight.

    Yoan Gouffran's goal at mid-table West Brom looks to be moving Alan Pardew's side eight points ahead of 18th-placed Wigan, who are a goal down against the Hammers.

    If the scores stay the same, West Ham will accelerate into the top half of the table on 42 points - 11 ahead of their rivals at Upton Park this afternoon. With Wigan losing, Stoke and Sunderland are taking full advantage of the Lancastrians struggles to potentially move six points clear of them.

    Crouch's goal could leave QPR 10 points from safety with four games to play, with Reading one point better off.

    At the other end of the table, Champions League-chasing Arsenal are putting pressure on rivals Tottenham and Chelsea ahead of their games on Sunday as they lead 1-0 against 10-man Fulham. If that score stays the same, the Gunners will spend Saturday night in third place.

  163. 1556: 

    Shane McMenemy: "Who still wants Leighton Baines on their player of the year list? Sloppy stuff."

  164. 1554:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Upton ParkHALF-TIME- West Ham 1-0 Wigan

    "West Ham lead thanks to a Matt Jarvis goal which was swung in from the left and deceived them all. The big talking point after that is that Andy Carroll has been booked and is still getting involved on his way off the pitch. He needs to watch out. Wigan are a little bit below their best."

  165. 1551: 

    League Two's leading goalscorer Tom Pope turns provider as he sets up Liam Chilvers to net Port Vale's equaliser against Northampton. It is now 1-1 and Vale know they could be promoted with a point. See what Chilvers' leveller means for the as-it-stands table. At the bottom, York retake the lead against Southend through Matty Blair. That's potentially a big goal with the Minstermen desperate for all three points in their battle against survival.

  166. 1550: 
    Cardiff celebrate winning the Championship

    Cardiff can look forward to playing at the top level next season after winning the Championship title. It will be a busy summer for manager Malky Mackay.

  167. 1550:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final ScoreSunderland 1-0 Everton

    "Everton's Leighton Baines gave the ball away for that goal. Stephane Sessegnon plays well in the hole between the midfield and the forwards.

    "Looking at the goalkeeper, he got a hand to Sessegnon's shot and he does not look overly happy with the result. Tim Howard knows he could have kept that out."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  168. 1550: 

    Sulaiman in London via 81111: "Stoke's Peter Crouch has made it a tall order for QPR to survive with that goal."

  169. 1549: 

    Half-time around Scotland: Kilmarnock 0-1 Hearts, St Mirren 0-1 Dundee, Falkirk 0-0 Partick Thistle. So far, Dundee could be set to avoid relegation if they can hang on to their lead at St Mirren Park and Partick Thistle will be crowned First Division champions if their scoreline remains the same.

    Keep up to date with our Scottish live text commentary.

  170. 1549:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the HawthornsHALF-TIME- West Brom 0-1 Newcastle

    "The whistle has gone but West Brom are still discussing that incident when they might have had a penalty as they go into the tunnel. Newcastle lead through Yoan Gouffran's goal and they will feel they should and could have scored more."

  171. 1549:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Loftus RoadHALF-TIME- QPR 0-1 Stoke

    "A frustrating half for Harry Redknapp and QPR. They made much of the running and had plenty of attacking play but all importantly it is Peter Crouch who scored the only goal of the game. QPR are a little closer to the Championship, Stoke City a little closer to survival."

  172. 1548: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- West Brom 0-1 Newcastle

    Well. James Perch fouls Billy Jones on the corner of the penalty area - but clearly inside the area - and the referee gives a free-kick. West Brom understandably not happy...

  173. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 1-0 Everton

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the Stadium of Light: "Advantage Sunderland at the break courtesy of Stephane Sessegnon's goal in stoppage time and on the balance of play it is a lead they deserved. Paolo Di Canio opted not to ruin another pair of trousers with a sliding celebration. Instead, turning to the crowd behind him and punching the air with both fists."

  174. 1547:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Craven CottageHALF-TIME- Fulham 0-1 Arsenal

    "Per Mertesacker with the only goal just before half-time but Fulham manager Matrin Jol is not happy with the early red card which made life difficult for his side.

    "Arsenal were dominating possession and it took them a while to break through but they have. Fulham had looked dangerous on the break until that goal just before the interval."

  175. 1547:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the Liberty StadiumHALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    "It promised much in the opening 10-15 minutes or so and Swansea had all the ball. But the only real save that has been made came from Rickie Lambert's free-kick, Michel Vorm got up and tipped it over and at half-time at the Liberty Stadium it's as we were."

  176. 1547:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Carrow RoadHALF-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Reading

    "Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised it is goalless between two sides that have had problems scoring goals. In truth it is Reading who have been the better side in many aspects."

  177. 1546: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich 0-0 Reading

    Ask Liverpool how good Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is. The big man was inspired last week to shut out Luis Suarez and co and he makes another flying save at Carrow Road to turn away a stinging shot from Kei Kamara.


    Beninho: "Two of the most underrated centre backs in the Premier League combine for Arsenal's opener. Good to see."

  179. 1545: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Everton - Stephane Sessegnon (45 mins)

    Leighton Baines lazily passes to Sebastian Larsson and the Swede releases Stephane Sessegnon who wriggles beyond a couple of Everton defenders to finish low into the far corner. Cue wild celebrations.

  180. 1543: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-1 Arsenal - Per Mertesacker (43 mins)

    Arsenal find the breakthrough in unlikely fashion. Theo Walcott swings a free-kick into the back post, Laurent Koscielny rather mishits his header to send the ball back across goal and Per Mertesacker is alert to dive forwards and plant the header home from a few yards out.

  181. 1543: 

    Fourth-placed Brighton are strengthening their grip on a Championship play-off spot as they cruise into a 2-0 advantage against visitors Blackpool. Fifth-placed Crystal Palace were doing the same as they led 1-0 against Leicester, the team directly below them, but have been pegged back by Andy King's equaliser. As it stands, Brighton are five points clear of seventh-placed Bolton with two games remaining.

  182. 1542: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-1 Stoke - Peter Crouch (42 mins)

    Big man. Even bigger goal.

    Stoke counter attack perfectly, with Cameron Jerome getting in behind a very sluggish Chris Samba and crossing for Peter Crouch to fire in from close range. Rob Green gets a hand on it but the ball squirms over the line. A huge goal for Stoke.

  183. 1541: 

    LexxyOfficial: "With Spurs playing Manchester City tomorrow, Arsenal must seize this opportunity."

  184. 1541: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Everton

    Sebastian Larsson needs only to adjust his radar ever so slightly. The Swede once again is inches away from finding Tim Howard's top corner with a free kick.

  185. 1540: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    Rickie Lambert lines up a free-kick from his sort of range, he curls in a beauty but Michel Vorm gets over to make a superb full-length save.

    From the following corner Adam Lallana prods in after Vorm drops the ball - and he is unlucky to see the effort chalked off. Not sure there was much contact there.

  186. 1539: 
    Norwich 0-0 Reading

    It is 5-0 to the Royals. . . .in corners. But the statistic is a clue to how this game is shaping up. Norwich have gone off the boil after a bright start, the rock bottom visitors growing in confidence as the match has worn on.

  187. 1539: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Everton

    While Danny Rose receives treatment after a tangle with Marouane Fellaini, Paolo Di Canio is gesticulating on the sidelines while talking to Alfred N'Diaye. At one point the Italian punches into his left palm. Not sure what those instructions were. N'Diaye seemed unfazed, nodding while sipping a drink.

  188. 1538: 
    SHOWBOAT- Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    Jay Rodriguez pulls off a flashy turn to escape Angel Rangel but his low cross is behind Steven Davis and the Swans survive. Southampton having a strong spell right now though.

  189. 1538: 

    Midway through the first half of the matches in Scotland and so far we have Hearts with the only goal in the two top-flight SPL encounters, John Sutton opening the scoring for the Jambos against Kilmarnock in the fourth minute of the game at Rugby Park. Elsewhere, St Mirren and Dundee is still goalless. Third Division champions Rangers have surrendered a one-goal lead - they're drawing 1-1 with Peterhead in the bottom tier.

    Keep up to date with our Scottish live text commentary.

  190. 1537: 

    QPR want a penalty as Adel Taarabt is fouled on the edge of the area but a free-kick is correctly given. Loic Remy slams the free-kick into the wall and the rebound is sliced wide by Taarabt.

  191. 1537: 

    Like Doncaster, Bournemouth know they can clinch promotion today and make a great start against Carlisle. Defender Steve Cook plants in a header from an inswinging corner as the Cherries move above Doncaster, who are still 1-0 down against Notts County.

    Portsmouth, who have finally come out of administration, are already relegated but they are hell-bent on wrecking Sheffield United's automatic promotion bid. Pompey are 2-0 ahead through Shaun Cooper and David Connolly's goals.

  192. 1536: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Fulham 0-0 Arsenal
    Steve Sidwell (left) makes the challenge on Mikel Arteta that led to his red card against Arsenal

    Fulham almost fall behind. Olivier Giroud smacks a shot on the turn across goal and it thumps against the foot of the post - the closest Arsenal have come since Steve Sidwell's red card.

  193. 1534: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle look very dangerous this afternoon and Papiss Cisse almost has a second, gambling and winning on a shoddy backpass from Jonas Olsson, but the striker goes for an outlandish first-time chip and the ball drifts narrowly over the top.

  194. 1532: 

    Christopher Hall: "I think QPR and Stoke have understood that you have to shoot to actually score goals. Shots flying in from all over the place."

  195. 1532: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 0-0 Stoke

    QPR go close from a free-kick again, but it's not Adel Taarabt this time. Jose Bosingwa whips the free-kick over the wall and it's a great save from Asmir Begovic to his right. Harry Redknapp is off his seat.

  196. 1532: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Everton

    Adam Johnson's corner causes Tim Howard problems. The Everton goalkeeper deciding to use his fists instead of gathering the ball and that only causes his defenders to panic. The Sunderland fans scream for a penalty as Danny Graham falls in the six-yard box during the melee, but referee Phil Dowd tells the players to get on with it. And they do.

  197. 1531: 
    Norwich 0-0 Reading
    Reading boss Nigel Adkins

    Reading have settled down after a nervous start at Carrow Road, and Garath McCleary has just gone close to opening the scoring from the edge of the area. It followed good work by Pavel Pogrebnyak. Norwich are temporarily playing with 10 men after defender Sebastien Bassong went off for treatment to a blooded nose.

  198. 1530: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 0-0 Stoke

    It's not been the greatest of seasons for Peter Crouch, but the Stoke striker almost adds to his collection of unlikely screamers against his old club, catching a volley from 25 yards with the outside of his boot only to see Rob Green make the stop. Open game at Loftus Road.

  199. 1529: 

    All going to plan for Gillingham as Danny Kedwell's 23rd-minute strike puts them 2-0 ahead against visitors AFC Wimbledon. The Gills are firmly on course to win their first Football League title since 1964.

    Meanwhile, Southend level at York through Ryan Leonard's goal. The equaliser drags York back into trouble - see how the bottom of League Two looks with our as-it-stands table.

  200. 1529: 
    Fulham 0-0 Arsenal

    Fulham look a real threat on the break now. They have settled into a counter-attacking pattern well since that early red card. Steve Sidwell will still have a lot of apologising to do to his team-mates after this though.

  201. 1528: 
    Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    Another sign that Saints carry a goal threat, with a sharp, low strike from Jay Rodriguez forcing Michel Vorm into action again.

  202. 1527: 

    Barry Shiel: "Is Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino wearing jeans? Fashion statement if so!"

    Femi Ogunbodede: "Maybe Wigan won't survive after all. Maybe this is one season too many to battle relegation."

    John de Vliering: "How can Steve Claridge argue with that definite red card? If that's not a red for Steve Sidwell I don't know what is..."

  203. 1526: 
    CLOSE!- QPR 0-0 Stoke

    Rob Green almost gifts Stoke the softest of openers as he fumbles Jon Walters's tame shot and watches gratefully as the ball bounces on the right side of the line and away to safety.

  204. 1525:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final ScoreWest Ham 1-0 Wigan

    "Matt Jarvis is improving all the time for West Ham. He can go either way, deliver a great ball and cross with either foot."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  205. 1525: 

    Dan Gibbs: "With Poldi, Wilshere and the Ox to come off the bench, surely there's no way Arsenal can't score against 10 man Fulham."

  206. 1524: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle almost double their lead as Steven Taylor gets on the end of a Yoan Goufrran flick but his shot is clawed out by Ben Foster.

    Foster then has to fly to his left to tip away a Yohan Cabaye effort. Great start from Newcastle!

  207. 1523: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Everton

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the Stadium of Light: "Fast paced start to this encounter with Sunderland evidently looking to pick up from where they left off last Sunday. Quite the contrast on the touchline. Paolo Di Canio prowling the edge of his technical area, while Everton boss David Moyes is currently sat in his dugout."

  208. 1522: 

    There was a party atmosphere before kick-off at Doncaster, with an expectant home crowd knowing their team could book an instant return to the Championship this afternoon. But they have been silenced as Joss Labadie's free-kick gives Notts County an early lead.

    See what Labadie's goal means for League One's as-it-stands table.

  209. 1522: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Wigan - Matt Jarvis (21 mins)

    A big goal at the foot of the table. Matt Jarvis whips in a teasing low cross from the left wing, Mo Diame and Kevin Nolan both take a swing at the ball, but both miss it, and the cross ends up drifting into the far corner.

    West Ham lead against the run of play, and Wigan have only won once this season when conceding first.

  210. 1521: 
    Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    The Swans are still dominating possession in the Welsh sunshine but Southampton's Jack Cork has perhaps come the closest to breaking the deadlock, forcing a decent save from Michel Vorm with a long-range strike.

  211. 1521: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fulham 0-0 Arsenal

    Ten-man Fulham have been under the cosh but they break with real purpose, Bryan Ruiz carrying the ball 40 yards or so before releasing Dimitra Berbatov, who gets his shot away with power, only to see it saved at the near post.

  212. 1519: 
    Norwich 0-0 Reading

    Bottom club Reading have lost seven of the last eight league games and they've started on the defensive at Carrow Road. After Elliott Bennett went close from the edge of the area for the hosts, Javier Garrido has just forced the first save of the game. Norwich's cause, however, has not been helped by the early loss of defender Michael Turner, who went down with no one near him, to injury.

  213. 1518:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on Final ScoreFulham 0-0 Arsenal

    "For me, it was a booking for Steve Sidwell, not a red card. He did not go over the top of the ball, he caught him on the ankle."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  214. 1517: 
    West Brom 0-1 Newcastle

    West Brom are playing like a team that has nothing to play for. There's been no real response from the hosts to that early goal.

  215. 1517: 

    Alex Robin Charing: "That was a really nasty challenge from Fulham's Steve Sidwell, I would have given two reds!"

  216. 1517: 

    Big goals have already been scored in matches affecting both ends of the table. York, battling against avoiding the drop, lead through Adam Reed's first-minute opener against Southend.

    Second-placed Port Vale could be promoted if they beat Northampton, but they are a goal behind after Clarke Carlisle's early goal. That is fantastic news for leaders Gillingham who are leading through ex-Jamaica striker Deon Burton (remember him?) and on their way to clinching the title.

  217. 1516: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-0 Wigan

    West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan makes a trademark late run into the box to latch on to a header, but his shot on the turn is well saved by Joel Robles.

  218. 1515: 
    QPR 0-0 Stoke

    Tony Pulis will be grateful for his trademark baseball cap today, with the sun streaming into the managers' faces at Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp, meanwhile, has his hand permanently cupped above furrowed brow as he screams orders at his players. Adel Taarabt looks lively but shoots wastefully wide when he had better options.

  219. 1520: 

    Vix in Stafford via 81111: "These Sunderland fans seem to have forgotten that they could be relegated. One win is only three points, they need a few more to insure there status in the Premier League."

  220. 1514: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Everton
    Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the Stadium of Light: "Paolo Di Canio made a subdued entrance. He emerged from the tunnel, shook hands with Everton boss David Moyes before taking his seat in the dugout. How long does he last sitting? He's up on his feet, hands in pockets, as he watches Sebastian Larsson curl a free-kick a fraction wide of the top corner."

  221. 1512: 
    Swansea 0-0 Southampton

    No goals at Swansea yet but the home team have dominated from the opening whistle. Saints holding on at the moment.

  222. 1512: 
    RED CARD- Fulham 0-0 Arsenal - Steve Sidwell

    Steve Sidwell is clocking up the cards. In his first game back from suspension after he was sent-off against QPR a few weeks back, the midfielder lunges in again, catching Mikel Arteta on the ankle. It's another straight red card.

    Fulham had barely touched the ball for the last five minutes with 11 men.

  223. 1511: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan have started very well in London, and Shaun Maloney has a clear sight of goal after being played through, but Jussi Jaaskelainen is off his line at the speed of a man half his age and shuts the door.

  224. 1511: 

    BBC Sport's Peter Scrivener at Bradford City v Burton Albion: "The traditional one minute's silence ahead of Bradford's final home of the season - in memory of the victims of the Valley Parade fire - is impeccably observed. Big game for both teams with promotion and play-off positions at stake."

  225. 1511:  
    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland on Final ScoreWest Brom 0-1 Newcastle

    "Ben Foster came for a flat cross which was whipped in with real pace. He could not get it as he came from behind the ball, that is a big mistake for me from the goalkeeper."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  226. 1509: 
    Norwich 0-0 Reading

    Elliott Bennett looks hungry on his return to the Norwich team, the midfielder going close to making an early breakthrough with a powerful 20-yard attempt which deflected off Robert Snodgrass. The Canaries are doing all the early pressing against the Premier League's bottom club.

  227. 1508: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Newcastle - Yoan Gouffran (8 mins)

    Newcastle lead! Papiss Cisse floats over a cross from the left wing, Ben Foster decides to come for it and ends up in no man's land, allowing Yoan Gouffran to steal in and flick a header into the net. Perfect start for Alan Pardew's side.

  228. 1508: 
    CLOSE!- QPR 0-0 Stoke

    QPR's we love him, we love him not relationship with Adel Taarabt sees the Moroccan in the side today, and he almost puts them ahead in typically spectacular style.

    The forward curls a free-kick in from 30 yards but the ball fizzes past the top corner.

  229. 1507: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Everton

    Simon Mignolet testing the home fans' nerves. He dawdles over a goal kick, which is eventually charged down by Leon Osman. The Sunderland goalkeeper is let off the hook, though, as Osman was apparently offside. It's a frantic opening as Sunderland immediately work their way towards Tim Howard's goal and the Everton goalkeeper sprints from his line, saving Danny Graham's close-range effort.

  230. 1507: 
    Burnley 1-1 Cardiff

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay on Sky Sports: "Today is huge. The last few days have been incredible - bringing smiles to hundreds of thousand of people who have been desperate for this. But this gives us the trophy and now we can celebrate with a victory parade at the end of the season. It's for the city, the football club and those wonderful fans."

  231. 1505: 

    Harriet Davies: "This feels like a proper afternoon of football."

  232. 1504: 
    West Ham 0-0 Wigan

    Antolin Alcaraz has the first moment of real danger for Wigan at Upton Park, but the defender's shot is easily held by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

  233. 1502: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Fulham 0-0 Arsenal

    Fulham make an enterprising start at Craven Cottage - before Theo Walcott has the ball in the net for Arsenal. The England man is well offside though.

  234. 1501:  
    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland on Final ScoreFulham 0-0 Arsenal

    "I think the Fulham v Arsenal game is huge. If Arsenal win today, it heaps the pressure on Tottenham for the Champions League qualification spots."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  235. 1501: 

    ...and we are now playing everywhere.

  236. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF- Norwich 0-0 Reading

    Norwich get us under way...

  237. 1500: 
    Sunderland v Everton (1500 BST)

    John O'Shea leads Sunderland's players out into a jam-packed stadium. A standing ovation and warm applause for the players. Loudest cheers of the day so far, though, is reserved for manager Paolo Di Canio. The Italian wearing a suit. Unfortunately there's no sign of the eye-catching v-neck sweater he wore during his first game in charge. Shame.

  238. 1459: 

    Tom in Doncaster via 81111: "Will be popping the champagne in Donny tonight if they go up today. Up the Rovers."

  239. 1458: 
    West Brom v Newcastle (1500 BST)

    There is a minute's applause for Dave Matthews - former kit man at West Brom - ahead of the game at the Hawthorns. He was kit man for 51 years.

  240. 1457: 

    Looks like a full house of glorious weather around the grounds as we prepare for kick-off. Everyone set?

  241. 1457: 

    Chris Thompson: " I will buy a Fulham season ticket for next year if they beat Arsenal today... Not that I'm a worried Spurs fan or anything!"

  242. 1455: 
    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Stadium of LightSunderland v Everton (1500 BST)
    Sunderland t-shirt

    "Few Sunderland fans commemorating last week's win with t-shirts featuring a celebrating Di Canio."

  243. 1454: 

    Kick off has been delayed by 15 minutes at Barnet as a capacity 6,000 crowd packs into Underhill for the final time. The Bees are moving into a new stadium in the summer after 106 years at their current home.

  244. 1454: 
    QPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    There are plenty of nervous looking faces on display at Loftus Road as fans prepare for a crunch game at the bottom. An excellent banner shows Harry Redknapp giving the thumbs up above the phrase 'This time next year it'll be 'Triffic.'

    This time next month it may be 'Triffic yet...

  245. 1451: 

    Tim in London via 81111: "Re Matt Holland at 14:43... Think you've answered your own question."

  246. 1450: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Burnley 1-1 Cardiff

    There are scenes of jubilance at Burnley as the Cardiff players and staff celebrate winning the Championship in front of a packed away end. A beaming Malky Mackay embraces each of his players with a massive hug, before they hoist the Scot into the air with the "birthday bumps". I suspect the party has only just begun for the Welsh club.

  247. 1445: 

    With 15 minutes to go until kick-off, it's about to get very, very busy in the Premier League. Who will pick up some vital points? We're about to find out.

  248. 1444: 

    Port Vale supporters are paying tribute to the Pope this afternoon - no, not the recently-elected Pope Francis, but League Two's top scorer Tom Pope. Some Vale fans are dressed as the Pontiff as they pray that their side can clinch promotion to League One by beating Northampton this afternoon.

  249. 1443:  
    Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland on Final ScoreQPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    "I wonder why Michael Owen has not been given more of an opportunity by Stoke. When fit, he guarantees goals."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  250. 1441: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Southampton (1500 BST)

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

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

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

  251. 1439: 
    FULL-TIME- Burnley 1-1 Cardiff

    That's it - Cardiff have won the Championship title.

  252. 1439: 

    Liam in Stockport via 81111: "Never mind the Premier League, the Conference is where its at today. Stockport to pull off the impossible!"

  253. 1439: 

    Dundee face relegation if they fail to win against St Mirren in Paisley, while Kilmarnock hosts Hearts in the first of the bottom-six matches in the Scottish Premier League. Elsewhere, Partick Thistle could be crowned First Division champions if they earn a point away to Falkirk, although results in other games could work in their favour if they somehow fail to pick up anything from the match. And, of course, we have the never-ending saga at Ibrox where a board meeting has taken place to discuss appointing a successor to the outgoing chief executive Charles Green.

    Keep up to date with our Scottish live text commentary.

  254. 1438: 
    Fulham v Arsenal (1500 BST)

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Manolev, Senderos, Hangeland, Richardson, Emanuelson, Sidwell, Enoh, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Riise, Petric, Karagounis, Hughes, Rodallega, Frei.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Rosicky, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla. Subs: Mannone, Vermaelen, Podolski, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Gibbs.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  255. 1438: 

    Toby Lawes: "Arsenal are about to feel the full wrath of Fulham after our harsh 3-0 defeat by Chelsea!!!"

  256. 1437: 
    West Ham v Wigan (1500 BST)

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Diame, O'Neil, Vaz Te, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll. Subs: Henderson, Carlton Cole, Collison, Taylor, Noble, Pogatetz, Joe Cole.

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

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  257. 1435: 
    GOAL- Burnley 1-1 Cardiff - David Edgar (90 mins)

    A late, late goal which is more important for Burnley than Cardiff! Defender David Edgar towers up at the back post to thump in a header. Cardiff will still win the Championship with a draw.

  258. 1434:  
    BBC Final Score

    Final Score has started on the BBC Sport website and on the red button. Tune in.

  259. 1433: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Everton (1500 BST)

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Larsson, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, N'Diaye, Colback, McClean, Graham, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, Marrs, Mandron, Laidler.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Neville, Barkley, Duffy.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  260. 1430: 

    Tarron Lander: "As a Wigan fan, today is the only day I want a QPR win to drag Stoke a little further in. Up the Latics!"

  261. 1429: 
    West Ham v Wigan (1500 BST)

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce sticks with the same team that almost beat Manchester United on Wednesday so that means that Andy Carroll starts up front following criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson. Meanwhile, Joe Cole is on the bench.

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has recalled Gary Caldwell, perhaps with Carroll in mind, Joel Robles is in goal while Callum McManaman replaces Franco Di Santo in attack.

  262. 1429: 
    QPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Hill, Samba, Ben Haim, Mbia, Derry, Townsend, Taarabt, Remy, Hoilett. Subs: Julio Cesar, Diakite, Park, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Bothroyd.

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

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

  263. 1428: 
    Swansea v Southampton (1500 BST)

    Three points separate ninth placed Swansea and Southampton in 12th and Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has said this is a must win game if his side have ambitions of a top ten finish. "I believe if we win that we'll end in the top 10 and I think it's not much to ask to win this game. Southampton have three points less than us. If we beat them we'll be six points clear of them," he said.

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino also has top 10 aspirations after guiding his side away from the Premier League basement since replacing Nigel Adkins in January. "What I really want to do is win the game on Saturday, which we all do as a team," the Saints manager said. "I think if we're able to do that then we'll be able to do that [finish in the top 10], but first of all we need to play the game."

  264. 1428: 
    West Brom v Newcastle (1500 BST)

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Dorrans, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Fortune, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Reid, Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Long, Thomas, Roofe.

    Newcastle: Elliot, Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Perch, Cabaye, Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Anita, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Ameobi, Campbell.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  265. 1426: 
    Fulham v Arsenal (1500 BST)

    Fulham make four changes for their second London derby in the space of four days. Full-backs Stanislav Manolev and Kieran Richardson both come into the team beaten 3-0 by Chelsea, Steve Sidwell is recalled from suspension to face his former side and Alex Kacaniklic also starts. John Arne Riise, Giorgos Karagounis and Mladen Petric are all substitutes while Sascha Riether is injured.

    Jack Wilshere drops to the bench for Arsenal, who make two changes from the side that were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in midweek. Tomas Rosicky has passed a fitness test and replaces the England midfielder and Nacho Monreal comes in at left-back so Kieran Gibbs is also among the substitutes.

  266. 1425: 

    Huddersfield have won 3-0 at home to Millwall to move out of the drop zone for now. Cardiff still lead Burnley 1-0, with 10 minutes remaining at Turf Moor.

  267. 1424: 
    Norwich v Reading (1500 BST)

    Reading might have been all but written off, but manager Nigel Adkins is refusing to throw in the towel until it is mathematically certain his side are down. "The teams around us have got to go and win their games, so it's going to be really nervy towards the end, and all we can do is effect what we can do," Adkins, whose side start 10 points from safety, said.

    Norwich's top flight future is by no means certain after one win in 16 league games. "They're all capable of scoring goals, as Reading have shown, and it is up to us to force the issue," Canaries boss Chris Hughton said. "We're the home team, the team that wants to get a result in this game and we have to make sure we get it right." Expect a tense afternoon at Carrow Road.

  268. 1424: 

    Teru Sensei: "Of all the teams on 34 points, Sunderland's goal difference of only -8 could be what saves them in the end, look at the others."

  269. 1423: 
    Sunderland v Everton (1500 BST)

    Everton manager David Moyes makes two changes to the team which drew against Arsenal earlier this week. Ross Barkley, despite his impressive performance against the Gunners, slips out of the starting line-up and makes way for the fit again Leon Osman. Johnny Heitinga is promoted from the bench and replaces Phil Jagielka.

    There is only one change to the Sunderland team which convincingly beat Newcastle 3-0 last weekend. Phil Bardsley, who limped off during the second half of that victory, has failed to recover which means Jack Colback starts.

  270. 1423: 
    Injured Reading midfielder Hal Robson-KanuNorwich v Reading (1500 BST)

    "Absolutely gorgeous day! Hate not playing football on days like this!!! It's what you work hard for. All the best to the lads today."

  271. 1421: 
    Fulham v Arsenal (1500 BST)

    Fulham boss Martin Jol has described Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as an "unbelievable" manager and believes he will once again secure Champions League football for the Gunners next season. "I admire him, he is an unbelievable manager," the Dutchman said. "Then they had an amazing win at Bayern, and other teams like Chelsea, Spurs and Everton are fighting for a top-three, top-four spot. They are doing it again and I think they will make the top four."

  272. 1421:  
    Final Score

    Gabby Logan is joined by Matt Holland and Steve Claridge in the Final Score studio as the trio keep you up-to-date with the afternoon's football action.

    The programme begins at 1430 BST on the BBC Sport website and Red Button. You can also watch the show on BBC One at 1630 BST and BBC World at 1730 BST.

  273. 1420: 

    Michael from York via 81111: "Everton's Heitinga against a revitalised Sessegnon for Sunderland. Brave."

  274. 1420: 
    Swansea v Southampton (1500 BST)

    Swansea make three changes to the side which drew at Norwich with Angel Rangel, Leon Britton and Pablo Hernadez in for Dwight Tiendalli, Wayne Routledge and Ki Sung-yeung. Left-back Neil Taylor, who has been out since September with a serious ankle injury is among the substitutes.

    Southampton make one change with Jay Rodriguez replacing Gastón Ramirez.

  275. 1420: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Reading (1500 BST)

    Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Snodgrass, Kamara, Holt. Subs: Camp, Jackson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Tierney, Ryan Bennett, Tettey.

    Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly, McCleary, Guthrie, Karacan, McAnuff, Blackman, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, Hunt, Cummings, Carrico.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  276. 1418: 
    West Brom v Newcastle (1500 BST)

    West Brom forwards Romelu Lukaku and Marc-Antoine Fortune come into the Baggies side along with left-back Goran Popov as Shane Long, Jerome Thomas and Liam Ridgewell drop to the bench.

    Newcastle also make three changes from the defeat by Sunderland last Sunday. Keeper Rob Elliot, left-back Massadio Haidara and midfielder James Perch replace the injured trio of Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux and Cheick Tiote.

  277. 1417: 
    QPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp rolls the dice once more and comes up with five changes for the visit of Stoke. Rob Green ousts Julio Cesar in goal, while Tal Ben Haim, Shaun Derry, Stephane Mbia and Adel Taarabt all return in place of Nedum Onuoha, Park Ji-sung, Esteban Granero and Jermaine Jenas.

    Looking to end a run of seven straight away defeats, Stoke boss Tony Pulis goes for a new-look strike force in the form of Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome. Kenwyne Jones drops to the bench while defender Marc Wilson is back from injury to start.

  278. 1416: 
    Sunderland v Everton (1500 BST)

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is adamant that even helping the club avoid relegation will not make him a hero. "I don't want to be a hero now. I don't want to be a hero when we stay up, I don't want to be a hero next year," said the 44-year-old Italian. "It's easy for the fans to call the players, the manager, heroes if they do the right things and an incredible job. Maybe one day of we win something, they can call me hero, but it's not the time now, even if we stay up. It's not the time for a single game."

    Everton manager David Moyes believes Di Canio's appointment as Sunderland boss has changed the nature of this afternoon's game, especially after the Wearsiders' 3-0 victory over Newcastle. "I think it is a different game, but more than that it is a different game because they had a fantastic result at Newcastle," said Moyes. "If you win a game like that, as emphatically as they did, then it has got him off to a great start. It will have galvanised the club. It's given their crowd and their players a big lift and it makes it an interesting game."

  279. 1416: 

    Matt St: "I think if Reading win today they will be likely to gain confidence and stay up. Lose and 100% down. Simple as."

    Alex Humphries: "Might be sticking my head on the line here, but I fancy QPR to beat Stoke. That'd make things interesting in the drop zone!"

    Christine Smith: "Paolo has certainly given the lads more confidence going on the last two matches. Its buzzing here in Sunderland."

  280. 1414: 
    Norwich v Reading (1500 BST)

    Spanish defender Javier Garrido returns to the Norwich starting line-up, one of two changes manager Chris Hughton makes from the side that started the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal last week. Elliott Bennett is also back, Steven Whittaker and Alexander Tettey making way.

    Reading, who drew 0-0 with Liverpool in their last outing, replace Noel Hunt with Nick Blackman. The 23-year-old Blackman is making only his second league start for the Royals.

  281. 1414: 

    Danny in Bolton via 81111: "Always looking up or down. How long has it been since we've had a comfortable season? The life of a BWFC fan, eh?"

    Who wants a boring season Danny?

  282. 1412: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Everton (1500 BST)

    Leon Osman returns to the Everton line-up after missing the midweek draw against Arsenal, while Johnny Heitinga also starts. Ross Barkley returns to the substitutes' bench.

  283. 1412: 
    Injured Fulham defender Sascha RietherFulham v Arsenal (1500 BST)

    "Good luck today boys. Get the three points!!!"

  284. 1411: 
    QPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis is not daunted by his team's relegation scrap and plans to draw on his 20 years of managerial experience to help steer the team clear of danger.

    "If it means going right to the wire, it will go to the wire," said Pulis. "It won't be the first time I have had to go there to get the job done.

    "The first year, keeping the club up in the last game of the season against Reading was an enormous feat and an achievement that is underestimated by people. If we hadn't stayed up I'm not sure what position the club would have been in now."

  285. 1411: 
    QPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    Statisticians Opta: "20% - Harry Redknapp has exactly the same win ratio at QPR in the Premier League as both Mark Hughes & Neil Warnock (20%). Alike."

  286. 1408: 

    Ollie in Coventry via 81111: "Both Spurs and Chelsea went to Fulham this season and brushed them aside with 3-0 wins. Arsenal need to be as clinical today - could well be the weekend which we'll all look back on..."

  287. 1408: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- QPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    Stoke hand recalls up front to Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome, with Kenwyne Jones dropping out.

  288. 1407: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Southampton (1500 BST)

    Swansea left-back Neil Taylor - who broke his ankle in September - is back on the bench.

  289. 1405: 
    QPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    Harry Redknapp insists his QPR players must "keep believing and keep going" as his seemingly-doomed side host struggling Stoke.

    "If we could win four and draw one - we all know it's a tall order but if it happens it may be enough to stay up," he said. "This season 37 points may be enough to keep you up, so we have to keep trying.

    "We have to win. And then we must win at Reading. Then we have to beat Newcastle and Arsenal, for sure. And then we have to get something at Liverpool. It's tough, but that's the dream and while it's still there we have to keep going."

  290. 1405: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- QPR v Stoke (1500 BST)

    Rob Green is back in goal for QPR, who make five changes for this must-win game. Also in are Tal Ben Haim, Shaun Derry, Stephane Mbia and Adel Taarabt.

  291. 1403:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    The station's live game sees Paolo Di Canio make his Stadium of Light bow as Sunderland manager as Champions League chasing Everton make the trip to the North East. Former England manager Steve McClaren and John Murray are the commentary team from 1500 BST.

    You will also hear updates from the afternoon's six other top flight games, as well as updates from a packed Football League, Conference and Scottish football program.

  292. 1401: 

    Thomas Gregory: "I like the 'FUMING FERGUSON' section, he's always angry about something so I'm sure you could make it a weekly segment."

  293. 1400: 
    Sunderland v Everton (1500 BST)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the Stadium of Light: "Suspended Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner started a chant of 'Paolo Di Canio' on a metro train to Newcastle ahead of last Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby. After their historic win at St James's Park, there will likely be a few more than a carriage full of fans singing their new manager's name at the Stadium of Light today. The Italian's arrival has certainly had the desired effect, but Sunderland will have their work cut out against an Everton side unbeaten in their last six Premier League games and who have not lost to the Black Cats in 12 years."

  294. 1358: 

    Sam Wright: "Come on Blackburn & Leicester, from a twitchy Hull fan."

  295. 1356: 

    Gillingham boss Martin Allen says the only title he has ever won is his "Mad Dog" nickname. Well, that could all change this afternoon. The Gills are already promoted and need just a point against AFC Wimbledon to win the League Two title. They will also be assured of the trophy if second-placed Port Vale fail to beat Northampton.

    The Valiants will clinch automatic promotion themselves if they earn victory against Northampton and either Rotherham or Burton don't manage to win. Alternatively, a draw is good enough for Micky Adams' team - if Rotherham and Burton both lose and Cheltenham fail to beat Exeter.

    At the bottom, Aldershot and Barnet could book returns to the Conference. The Shots will be relegated by a home defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge and they could also go down with a draw - depending on results elsewhere. And there are likely to be some tears at Barnet, even if they aren't relegated today. The Bees are playing for the final time at Underhill which has been their home for the past 106 years.

  296. 1355: 

    Nick via 81111: "Shout out to all the Arsenal fans who have organised a boat trip down the Thames to the Cottage for today's game against Fulham. Travelling in style."

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