Premier League: Sunderland v Liverpool

Live text commentary as Luis Suarez scores twice in Liverpool's win at Sunderland after Liverpool win the Women's Super League title.

29 September 2013 Last updated at 18:36

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    That's all from us for the evening though, thanks as ever for your company and input today. Join Mike Henson tomorrow evening for the final game of the weekend as Everton host Newcastle.

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    Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers: "It was always going to be physical and demanding today. The work we put in was exceptional and I thought we were very dangerous on the counter-attack. But there are many more improvements to come."

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    John O'Shea has not covered himself in glory with his defending for Luis Suarez's first goal today. Wait till you see that on MOTD2 tonight, which is 2225 on BBC One.

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    Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on the first goal: "Daniel Sturridge was maybe a bit fortunate with his goal, I think he needs to work on his heading."

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    Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool
    Kevin Ball

    Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball on his future: "I'll go and speak to the board and whatever they choose to do, so be it. We'll see."

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    Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

    Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball: "We are disappointed with the result, but in the second half it was a fantastic reaction to going 2-0 down. I didn't think 3-1 was a fair reflection of the game. If you look at today as a whole, I think we put in a good performance."

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    Kevin Ball also says that he has no idea how long he will be in charge of Sunderland.

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    Acting Sunderland manager Kevin Ball says his side didn't deserve to be 2-0 down at half-time but he got 'a fantastic reaction' from his players.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool
    Daniel Sturridge & Luis Suarez

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Luis Suarez: "He's getting the reward for his hard work in the period he was off. He and Daniel Sturridge are a great partnership, they complement each other. We've changed our system a bit to a 3-4-1-2 and it's working well."

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    Ash Taylor: If Chelsea hadn't let Sturridge go we wouldn't be in the position we're in now!

    Alan Ferguson: Big opportunity for #lfc to go top next Saturday given the others have European games. Nice to see #Suarez back scoring goals.

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praises his side's threat on the counter-attack and calls Luis Suarez "excellent".

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    MATCH STATS- Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool
    Match stats

    Sunderland had more shots today than in any game since they played Blackburn in December 2011. Reasons to be optimistic?

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    THE TABLE- Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

    Happy days for the Reds then as they go above Spurs on goals scored to move into second place, but it remains grim reading for Sunderland, who have picked up just one point from their opening six games.

    Next up for the Black Cats: Manchester United at home next weekend.

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    James: Sunderland play all of the top six at home by December. The fans have to be patient. All the other 12 or so home games after that horrendous start will help create momentum for the second half of the season.

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    HANDBALL?- Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on his goal: "It was a great ball in from Stevie (Gerrard). I've tried to head it, but my heading's obviously not good enough and it's gone in off my arm. But I wouldn't do that on purpose, these things happen."

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    FULL-TIME STATS- Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool
    Match stats

    Plenty of efforts on goal from Sunderland, but not enough quality. That could be the story of their season, whereas Liverpool scored with half of their efforts on target.

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    Luis Suarez

    Dr Simon Heap: Suarez, Sturridge and Moses excellent, but Sterling dire & Henderson dreadful.

    Ahmer Murad: A goal in the second half, Suarez back & scoring, three points, second in the table. A decent afternoon for #LFC.

    Johnny Magrinho: How encouraging for English football that in this recession of home-grown talent we have Rooney & Sturridge in such great form.

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    It's been a good day for Liverpool's footballers. Brendan Rodgers' side are now unbeaten in seven away matches in the Premier League, and have had their best start to a season since finishing second in 2008-09, while the women's team won the league today.

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    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 1-3 Liverpool

    "Unfortunately for Sunderland it looks like its going to be a difficult few weeks until they get a new manager. They've looked suspect at the back, lacked a cutting edge and Liverpool deserve their victory.

    "That partnership of Sturridge and Suarez looks fantastic and Liverpool, who will go second in the table, well their fans will have a lot of hope."

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    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool
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    Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

    Daniel Sturridge goes down with cramp as we tick into stoppage-time - it's worth appreciating the part he played in that third goal. He probably would have shot a year or so ago, instead of picking out his strike partner.

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    Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

    'You'll Never Walk Alone' rings out from the away end as Liverpool fans celebrate going second in the table. It's a difficult one to digest for Sunderland fans, their side have played well for most of the game but some poor defending and fine counter-attacking has seen them off.

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    GOAL- Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (89 mins)

    Counter-attacking football at its very best. From that corner, Simon Mignolet bowls out a throw to Luis Suarez inside his own half. He runs forwards before finding Daniel Sturridge to his left, Sturridge beats his man and unselfishly puts the ball back across goal for Suarez to bury with his left foot. Simple, and devastatingly effective.

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    Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    Looks like Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has popped a shoulder in a challenge, he looks in pain but he's off the pitch so play goes on. Liverpool nervoulsy concede a corner...but Simon Mignolet makes a bold claim.

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    From Chris in Oldham: Liverpool just need to play their game and hold on. These are the games that make or break a season. Bring on the new SaS

  26. 1743: 
    FINAL FIVE- Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    Into the last few minutes now. Sunderland have not been able to pile on any sustained pressure, with Liverpool remaining a threat on the break. Can anyone find a late goal?

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    Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    When in doubt, chuck in a long throw. Carlos Cuellar winds up and hurls the ball right into the goalmouth, Steven Gerrard has a hack at the ball and misses altogether, Ki sung-Yueng almost gets in but runs into a ruck of bodies. Chance though.

  28. 1737: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    How do you stop Raheem Sterling on a breakaway? Tread on his Achilles. That's what Jack Colback does, and he gets booked as a result.

    Into the final 10 minutes now.

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    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    Kolo Toure wrestles with Jozy Altidore on halfway, steps out with the ball and just keeps coming. Still he comes, as Luis Suarez runs out wide, still he comes as the Sunderland defence back off, so he has a dig from 20 yards, and Keiren Westwood has to make a flying save to deny a piledriver from the big man.

  30. 1732: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    A standing ovation for Lee Cattermole as he comes off, quite literally shattered after the efforts he has put in on his first Premier League start since February. He is replaced by Ondrej Celustka.

    Liverpool also make a change, Raheem Sterling on in place of Victor Moses.

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    CLOSE!- Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez almost has his second. It's a wonderful cross from the left by Jose Enrique, arcing into the corridor of uncertainty and Suarez will surely bury it until Carlos Cuellar stretches out a boot and gets a slight nick on it. Fantastic delivery though.

    Suarez then shoots wide from 20 yards. He is everywhere.

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    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    "Suddenly there is a bit of an edge to the game. Liverpool were comfortable, Sunderland were posing no threat and a lack of concentration has let them back in."

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

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    Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    This is a proper Premier League game now, frenetic, plenty of errors and some full-blooded tackles. Either side could score in the next few minutes, it's got the feeling of a fourth goal in the air.

    There are 20 minutes left.

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    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez takes a free-kick wide on the right which is a bit too clever for everyone as it goes behind the attacking hordes. Victor Moses retrieves the ball though and hammers in a shot which forces Keiren Westwood into a strong one-handed save. Moses then whips in a cross from the following corner which almost goes directly in. Good spell from Liverpool.

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    Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    Lee Cattermole has his faults but you cannot question his commitment. Sunderland are noticeably working harder and pressing higher with him in the side, Emanuele Giaccherini gets in on the act and forces Kolo Toure to give the ball away. Jozy Altidore then fires in a shot which Simon Mignolet fields.

    Into the last half hour.

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    Ash: Soft goal to concede. Mignolet should've saved that comfortably.

    Matthew Davison: Ki is easily one of the best midfielders in the league. Why Swansea loaned him out I will never understand.

    Michael Bedwell: Liverpool seem to be incapable of playing two halves of football. Wouldn't be surprised if Sunderland win this game

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    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    "Liverpool came out a little sluggish at the start of the second half. Adam Johnson shot wide and then Ki-sung Yong had that shot, which the keeper should do better with. He pushes it straight back into the middle of the goal and it's a very simple tap-in for Emanuele Giaccherini.

    "Liverpool need to up their game now. Before the goal they were completely dominant, but then came a lapse in concentration and their fans will hope it doesn't cost them dear."

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

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    Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    This is a really entertaining match now, both sides gunning for the next goal. Victor Moses takes aim from 25 yards and Carlos Cuellar takes it straight to the face.

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    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

    Sunderland believe they can get something from this, they got the ball out of the net instantly and are right back on it. Craig Gardner goes for goal from range and Simon Mignolet makes a flying save! Great noise from the home crowd.

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    GOAL- Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool - Emanuele Giaccherini (52 mins)

    Hello! Moments after Adam Johnson hit a shot wide, Sunderland have one back. Ki sung-Yueng hammers in a low shot from 25 yards, Simon Mignolet can't gather it in and Emanuele Giaccherini reacts before anyone else to get to the loose ball first and bury the loose ball. Game very much on.

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    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool make the better start to the second period, an audacious effort from Luis Suarez is deflected away for a corner. Again the Black Cats don't deal with it, there are three men unmarked at the far post and Suarez thrashes a shot wide.

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    Good news for Liverpool fans as it stands then, they are heading into second place in the Premier League table. But it's not good for Sunderland, who are rooted to the bottom...

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    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    And we are back under way.

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    Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    Here come the players back out for the second half. Lee Cattermole goes around his team-mates telling them to 'come on! come on!'.

    I wouldn't argue with him.

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    Daniel Sturridge

    Will, London: When do Sunderland and Liverpool just give up the pretense and start playing annual beach volleyball fixtures?

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    Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    If Sunderland get an early goal you'd fancy them to have a chance - but the stats are not looking good. Liverpool have never lost a Premier League match after leading by two goals at half-time, clocking up 69 wins and two draws.

    Maybe they're due one then...

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    Luiz Suarez

    They have both scored again today - so who will score more this season - Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge?

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    Liverpool defender Glen Johnson: Got to be happy with 2 nil at half time. First goal maybe handball but even still it would only even out the beach ball incident.

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    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    "This game is Liverpool's to lose, they are in total charge and Sunderland have not carried enough of a threat. It's going to be very difficult for Kevin Ball at half time, it was a better performance, Sunderland looked okay going forward but they look vulnerable on the counter attack."

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    MOTD's Steve Bower at Stadium of LightHALF-TIME- Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    "Liverpool are in front at half-time. Luis Suarez on his return to the Premier League scored the second after being set up by Daniel Sturridge, who scored first despite suspicions of an arm being used. It has certainly dampened Sunderland's enthusiasm and the hosts now have a big job on their hands."

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    Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    Kevin Ball wraps up his stopwatch on the dugout and puts it in his pocket. He won't be too unhappy with his side's display - but they have been sunk by two quick goals.

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    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    What a pass from Lee Cattermole! He may be wearing high-waisted shorts like a man from 1987, but this is a ball out of the Xavi textbook.

    He dinks a wonderful ball over the top of a packed Liverpool defence to pick out Craig Gardner dashing in behind, but his shot is kicked clear by Simon Mignolet. Adam Johnson curls the follow-up over.

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    Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    Sunderland have been understandably subdued by that double-burst of goals from the visitors, but they were arguably on top before Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring.

    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet then has a nervous moment trying to deal with a cross from the right as it drifts over his head and on to the roof of the net.

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    Ryan Cowie: Just been reminded of the telepathic link between Sturridge and Suarez - one of the most potent partnerships in world football.

    Abhinav: Let the floodgates open.! Welcome back to Premier League, Luis Suarez. It's been a while.

    Stuart McKeown: I thought it would be Moses would part the Red Sea, not Sturridge and Suarez

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    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    "That's a very good goal on the counter-attack. Steven Gerrard, with one of those Hollywood passes 65-70 yards, put it right on to the toe of Daniel Sturridge. Carlos Cuellar has got to do better, though. He shows Sturridge down the line, but he's got pace and Cuellar has to get closer. Sturridge used the outside of his left foot, rolled it across goal and Luis Suarez tapped in from a yard."

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

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    Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

    That's six goals in six appearances against Sunderland in the Premier League for Luis Suarez. He's the thorn in so many teams' side. Liverpool fans will be pleased to see his partnership with Daniel Sturridge working so well already.

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    GOAL- Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (36 mins)

    You cannot keep the man out of the headlines! Luis Suarez scores on his return to the Premier League, and it's a brilliant link-up with Daniel Sturridge. Steven Gerrard's raking pass finds Sturridge out on the right wing, he drives into the penalty area and puts it across goal on a plate for Suarez to slide home.

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    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 0-1 Liverpool

    "There was confusion in Sunderland's six-yard box, Kolo Toure went for the initial header and should have done better - he got under it and missed the ball by a considerable distance. Sturridge put it in but it comes off his arm. There's a white patch on one sleeve and a blue patch on the other - it's quite clear to see where the arm starts.

    "It's a controversial one but, more to the point, a soft goal to give away for Sunderland. Sturridge, in form for Liverpool, is unmarked. That is almost criminal. In the dressing room, Kevin Ball has to point the finger. It's too difficult for the linesman to call that. Howard Webb was looking down line with an unobstructed view. He must have thought Sturridge got his head on it."

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

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    Daniel Sturridge

    Ollie, Milton Keynes: Does a handball make up for a beachball?

    James from London: Yes that goal was handball, but to give a player that much space a yard in front of goal from a corner is schoolboy, nay criminal defending. Sturridge could have got anything on it and scored. Head, chest, torso, would have gone in...

  60. 1632: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

    Chaos at a corner again - but it's at the other end this time. Sunderland whip it in, Kolo Toure has his hands all over John O'Shea, and then Simon Mignolet drops it, Toure can't clear and the home fans want a free-kick when Mignolet then picks it up. Scrappy, scrappy stuff.

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    WOMEN'S SUPER LEAGUE REACTION- Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Bristol Academy

    Liverpool Ladies FC: Champions!


    Bristol Academy WFC: We may not have won the league but wasn't it 1 hell of a ride? FA Womens Cup Final, Champions League spot, 2nd place in the league.

    Siobhan Chamberlain: Congratulations to @LFCladies on winning the @FAWSL! Deserved winners! To be gutted to finish 2nd shoes just how far we've come as a team!

    Faye White: Not quite the thriller we had hope for but Liverpool to strong today and deserved win and title.

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    Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

    Handball or not, the defending from Sunderland for that goal was abysmal. John O'Shea left Daniel Sturridge to try and head the ball clear, Kolo Toure flicked it on with a slight touch and Sturridge supplied the finish.

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    GOAL- Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge (28 mins)

    A goal that silences the Stadium of Light! Daniel Sturridge takes advantage of some really poor defending to convert from a corner - his 11th goal in 11 Premier League games - but there will be controversy here.

    Sturridge went with a header but he actually put the ball in with his arm. He gets away wit it, and Liverpool lead.

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    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool have been under the cosh for the last 10 minutes but they do craft a good opening on the break. Jordan Henderson provides the width out right and his cut-back is deflected into the path of Victor Moses, but he can't engineer the space to get a shot cleanly away and fires over the bar.

  65. 1625: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Bristol Academy

    Bristol Academy manager Mark Sampson: "I am very proud of the players. We pushed Liverpool, the worthy champions, all the way to the wire. And our supporters were fantastic, they made up nearly half of the crowd today."

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    I think Brendan has pulled the Milk Tray look off well to be honest.

    But hang on - wooosh! - Seb Larsson almost has Sunderland ahead with a superb curling free-kick which thumps against the crossbar. What an effort.

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    Brendan Rodgers

    Ade on text: Not many people can pull off the black suit, shirt and tie combination. And Brendan Rodgers isn't one of them.

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    Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Carlos Cuellar cuts out a Liverpool corner and then sends Emanuele Giaccherini away with an early lofted through-ball. The Italian winger cuts back in and finds Ki sung-Yueng, but his low shot from 20 yards is tame. The home side looking much better so far though.

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    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    "Luis Suarez looks to be suffering from a little bit of a dead leg from that challenge. He needs to keep it moving and in next 10 minutes he'll know if he's able to carry on or not."

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

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    Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez is back on, there was no foul but as he lost his footing he collided with Craig Gardner, knee to the thigh. Dead-leg territory I reckon.

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    Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez loses his footing as he cuts inside and takes a whack to the thigh. He looks in pain but as you can imagine gets short shrift from the home fans.

    After a piece of magic sponge action Suarez limps off but he should be alright. I think.

  72. 1615: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Bristol Academy

    Liverpool Ladies manager Matt Beard on his side's championship triumph: "The players have been fantastic and they deserve it. They have done this themselves by spending time together off the pitch and creating a great team spirit."

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    Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Sunderland attacking with real width down the left, with Jack Colback pushing on from left-back, and his low cross is heading for Jozy Altidore until Kolo Toure makes a fine intervention. Lee Cattermole, who wasn't given a squad number in the summer, then gets the fans into even better voice with an excellent sliding tackle.

    Good pressing from Sunderland all round, they've started with fine intensity.

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    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 liveSunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    "Sunderland look assured going forward, they've passing it nicely from side to side, although I'm not sure about their cutting edge. At the moment they do look vulnerable on the counter-attack, especially with the pace of Sturridge and Suarez."

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

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    DISALLOWED GOAL- Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool have the ball in the net but it's disallowed. Keiren Westwood makes a fine one-handed save to repel a powerful Steven Gerrard free-kick and Martin Skrtel arrives to slam the ball home - but the offside flag was raised.

    That was very, very tight indeed.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 0-1 Norwich
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We were below par today. This is a Premier League game and we need players to perform and we haven't.

    "It's only today that they have let themselves down, it was a disappointing performance and we were poor. We never got any pace or power into our game which is unlike us.

    "If the referee sees it, he will agree there is an infringement, Kenwyne Jones was trying to get on the end of the ball, the letter of the law says it should be a penalty

    "But we needed to be better today but they were comfortable when they got the goal and overall we were well below it."

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    Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Excellent strength from Jozy Altidore sees the American whip in a dangerous cross as Sunderland mount their first attack. The atmosphere is buoyant.

  78. 1604: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    No matter what you say about his antics, Liverpool have missed Luis Suarez on the pitch. He lights up the day's action with a wonderful body swerve as he comes deep to collect the ball, he then shows great strength to hold off his man and fires wide from 20 yards. Made that all on his own.

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    Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez is straight into the action, with the predictable boos raining down from the stands. He sends Daniel Sturridge away with a perfectly-weighted pass and then nutmegs a defender in a mazy dribble down the right wing. The early signs are that Liverpool are indeed playing 3-5-2 again.

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    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 0-0 Liverpool

    Sunderland get us under way then, Liverpool in that shocking black, white and purple number today...

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    PLAYER REACTION- Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Bristol Academy

    Liverpool goalscorer Louise Fors: "It's an amazing feeling. We worked hard all season and we deserve it."

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    Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    Daniel Sturridge just moonwalked on to the pitch. If that's not a sign of confidence, I don't know what is...

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    Goals in each half from Louise Fors and Katrin Omarsdottir give Liverpool a comfortable win and the championship is theirs. Arsenal's nine-year dominance of English women's football is officially over.

    Liverpool Ladies
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    Gooner John: re: 15.36 I wonder how many players for Tanzanian teams are sporting 'Visit Sunderland' t shirts this weekend??

    That really would be a great turn of events...

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    Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Bristol Academy

    Liverpool are seconds away from the title...

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    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    Sunderland caretaker boss Kevin Ball on the vacant manager's job: "I'll just go day to day. When I came in on Monday the players were fine. They worked hard all week and the interaction between them and the staff has been great. They are ultimate professionals so is there a question mark on their character? No. I can understand why some managers might think that.

    "They've worked hard this week. If they have a point to prove, good on them. All I want them to do is go out give a performance, give everything they've got. I enjoyed what I saw in midweek, and we've challenged the players to work hard. On Tuesday they did well and my hope is they do the same today."

    Kevin Ball
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    NO (BEACH)BALL GAMES- Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    The Liverpool staff will be making doubly sure that they sweep up any debris before the game - as it is four years since Daren Bent scored his infamous 'beachball' goal in this fixture, the ball going in off a discarded inflatable in the goalmouth. Bizarre.

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    GOAL- Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Bristol Academy

    Liverpool have one hand on the Women's Super League trophy as Katrin Omarsdottir doubles their lead with a fine finish from 15 yards after latching on to Natasha Dowie's lay-off. If the female Michael Thomas is planning to emerge for Bristol, she is leaving it very, very late.

  89. 1539: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 0-1 Norwich
    Chris Hughton

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "This is a tough place to come. We had really good spells were we dominated possession.

    "We coped with their threat, we had a bad result last week and we knew it was important to start well. We played with a high tempo and the players deserve everything.

    "I've seen the penalty incident and I think Kenwyne Jones makes a meal of it. There is a slight tug, and we're fortunate that something has gone our way.

    "It's about picking up points and hopefully this will give us some confidence."

  90. 1537: 
    Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    Sunderland's first Premier League starting line-up since the sacking of manager Paolo Di Canio features four changes from the side beaten at West Brom. Caretaker boss Kevin Ball calls upon Carlos Cueller, Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson and Jozy Altidore in place of Ondrej Celustka, Modibo Diakite, Fabio Borini and Steven Fletcher. It is the same team that started Tuesday's League Cup win against Peterborough.

    Liverpool are also unchanged from their Capital One Cup midweek match - a defeat by Manchester United - meaning Luis Suarez makes his first league appearance since 21 April following the completion of a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. He is partnered in attack by Daniel Sturridge, with support from Victor Moses. Liverpool's only other alteration from last weekend's loss to Southampton sees Jose Enrique come in for Daniel Agger, while Simon Mignolet starts in goal against his former club.

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    Mugasa Mwenda: Sunderland are spot on, visit Tanzania and you will never live to regret it!

    That's the power of the internet right there. A passionate Tanzanian pops up...

  92. 1535: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool Ladies 1-0 Bristol Academy

    There are few signs of a Bristol comeback at the Halton Stadium, and Amanda da Costa should have just put this game to bed for Liverpool. The American found herself unmarked in the box but sent a simple header over the bar. Liverpool are just over 15 minutes away from the title.

  93. 1533: 
    Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    Will Liverpool start with Kolo Toure at right-back. or will they line-up in a 3-5-2 formation with Jordan Henderson as a wing-back? We shall see, but the latter is how they started against Manchester United in midweek.

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    Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    I wonder what sort of reception Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet will get from the Sunderland fans today? He played for the Black Cats for three years before moving this summer.

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    TEAM FORMATIONS- Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)
    Sunderland v Liverpool
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    Luis Suarez

    Rich, Hertfordshire on text: As a Liverpool fan today really is a must win if we want to seriously challenge for Champions League. We really have to take advantage of these early season slip ups by the top teams as our small squad (by comparison) may get found out later in the season.

    Henry Dummett, London: The introduction of Luis Suarez is only going to help strengthen Daniel Sturridge's scoring record, just you watch! #YNWA

    Ian Hoy, Belfast: Purely for Fantasy Football reasons can Luis Suarez please score four goals today?

  97. 1522: 
    Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    One of the more bizarre T-shirts I've seen Premier League sides warm up in as Sunderland encourage us all to 'Visit Tanzania'.

    Sound advice, I'm sure. But an odd one.

  98. 1521: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    Sunderland: Westwood, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson, Cattermole, Ki, Johnson, Giaccherini, Altidore. Subs: Wickham, Celustka, Ba, Mannone, Ji, Roberge, Mavrias.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard, Sturridge, Suarez, Moses. Subs: Brad Jones, Agger, Aspas, Tiago Ilori, Sterling, Ibe, Wisdom.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  99. 1520: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    It's all over. Jonny Howson's long-range effort is enough for Norwich to take the win.

  100. 1518: 
    BUTTER FINGERS- Liverpool Ladies 1-0 Bristol Academy

    Bristol goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain has kept her team in the match at times today, but she just had an awkward moment - spilling a regulation catch from a lofted free-kick. The keeper was down quickly to gather the ball, and Bristol breathe again.

    There is half an hour left of the WSL season - and as it stands Liverpool will be champions.

  101. 1516: 
    INJURY TIME- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    FOUR MINUTES added on at the Britannia. It's not been a classic but Norwich fans won't care if they hang on to take the points...

  102. 1513: 
    FINAL FIVE- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    A sign of the times as Stoke refuse to pump the ball into the mixer, despite the calls from the stands. Sometimes it's got to go big...

  103. 1511: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Norwich looking nervous, and with good reason. If they hang on it will be only their second away clean sheet in 42 Premier League matches, with the only other one coming in a 0-0 draw with QPR in February 2013.

  104. 1509: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    Sunderland are unchanged from the side that beat Peterborough in the League Cup in midweek. Ondrej Celustka replaces the ineligible Fabio Borini on the bench.

    Sunderland: Westwood, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Cuellar, Larsson, Ki, Cattermole, Johnson, Giaccherini, Altidore. Subs: Wickham, Celustka, Ba, Mannone, Ji, Roberge, Mavrias

  105. 1509: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    No danger from that corner and Norwich make a change, Steven Whittaker replacing the industrious Anthony Pilkington. The Canaries are shutting up shop and you can't really blame them.

  106. 1508: 
    LAST TEN- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Stoke force a corner as we tick into the last 10 minutes...

  107. 1505: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Stephen Ireland does well to hold off a challenge as Stoke counter-attack but Marko Arnautovic's cross is wasteful. Steven N'Zonzi then stings the palms of John Ruddy from range but it was comfortable.

    This isn't though - a blinder of a save keeps Stoke in it, Asmir Begovic using every inch of his reach to claw out a curler from Robert Snodgrass. That was the game right there...

  108. 1505: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool Ladies 1-0 Bristol Academy

    Liverpool Ladies manager Matt Beard: "I'm very pleased with the first-half performance. But Bristol have proved time and time again that they can come back and win football matches, so it's going to be a battle in the next 45 minutes."

  109. 1503: 

    Will the return of Luis Suarez mean the end of Daniel Sturridge's hot streak in front of goal?

  110. 1502: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Another game without a goal from a Norwich striker, as Ricky van Wolfswinkel is replaced by Johan Elmander for the last 15 minutes.

  111. 1501: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    Luis Suarez starts up front for Liverpool, alongside Daniel Sturridge.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Sakho, Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard, Moses, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Agger, Aspas, Ilori, Sterling, Ibe, Wisdom.

  112. 1500: 
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    Aled Thomas: As much as Stoke are looking better in this half Norwich are still looking fairly comfortable. Stoke need a better striker

    Tom Cheley: They should keep a copy of Stoke v Norwich to show to insomniacs. Be asleep in no time

    James Dougall: Norwich are far too vulnerable on the right. Snodgrass not tracking back or being a threat get Murphy on for him

  113. 1459: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    The home fans are growing frustrated as every Stoke attack breaks down in the final third. For all the pressure that the Potters have mounted they are not really testing John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.

  114. 1456: 
    SUNDERLAND LATEST- Sunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)
    Paolo Di Canio

    Chief executive Margaret Byrne has revealed Sunderland will speak to several more potential managers in the coming week as they continue the search for Paolo Di Canio's replacement.

    In today's matchday programme she says: "As you would expect with a position of this magnitude, there has been a lot of interest. " "However, there is no definitive timescale on an appointment as we are carefully examining all of the options available to us.

    "I am sure that you have read and heard all kinds of rumours and speculation about potential targets, but much of this is guesswork.

    "We have had contact with some interested parties already and have others to speak to in the coming days.

    "As soon as we have identified the right person to take the club forward, we will make an announcement."

  115. 1452: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Here's the third and final change for Stoke with 25 minutes left - Peter Crouch on in place of Kenwyne Jones.

  116. 1451: 
    SAVE!- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Great approach play from Kenwyne Jones, flicking the ball over the head of a defender and muscling his way past, but the shot when it comes from a tight angle is weak. Stoke running out of ideas.

  117. 1450: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Stephen Ireland almost gets on the end of a cross for Stoke - but here come Norwich. They counter swiftly, with Anthony Pilkington carrying the ball downfield and finding Robert Snodgrass on the right. He goes for goal himself instead of crossing but fires over the bar.

  118. 1449: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool Ladies 1-0 Bristol Academy

    Liverpool are 45 minutes away from winning their first Women's Super League title. The Reds have dominated the first half, with German forward Nicole Rolser outstanding. Bristol will need to score at least twice after the break.

  119. 1446: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    We are at the hour mark. Stoke's initial opening to the second half was promising but it's rather tailed off. They are playing with much more width though since the arrival of Jermaine Pennant.

  120. 1443: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    There's a lot to like about Marko Arnautovic - the Stoke man thinks he's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he's all attitude, clever flicks and long shorts. Unfortunately he can't shoot like Zlatan, trying his luck from 30 yards and smashing it over the top when he had team-mates in space.

  121. 1441: 
    GOAL- Liverpool Ladies 1-0 Bristol Academy

    I just mentioned that Nicole Rolser was causing Bristol problems, and now she has won a penalty after being tripped in the box. Louise Fors steps up to fire the ball low past Siobhan Chamberlain. Bristol now need to come from behind to win the title.

  122. 1438: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    This is much better from Stoke, they've had a rocket at the interval and it's paying off. Stephen Ireland already looks a threat.

  123. 1437: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool Ladies 0-0 Bristol Academy

    Bristol keeper Siobhan Chamberlain does superbly to tip Nicole Rolser's effort around the post. Rolser looks like the dangerwoman for the Reds so far, while Bristol haven't yet mustered a meaningful chance.

  124. 1435: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Stoke fans are out of their seats as Kenwyne Jones goes to ground in the penalty area. Leroy Fer was the man in attendance and 'The Bouncer' did have an arm on the shoulder of the giant striker. You've seen those given...

  125. 1434: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    It's an attacking line-up for Stoke now, Stephen Ireland deployed in the hole behind Kenwyne Jones with Jermaine Pennant and Marko Arnautovic out wide. And they have started much better too, Erik Pieters getting forwards from left-back for the first time to put in a testing cross.

  126. 1432: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    We are back under way. Mark Hughes looks a very angry man as he takes his seat in the dugout, but that is a decisive switch.

  127. 1431: 
    SUBSTITUTIONS- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    A double change for Stoke at the break as Mark Hughes plays both of his wildcards. On come Jermaine Pennant and Stephen Ireland in place of Charlie Adam and Jon Walters. Mavericks.

  128. 1429: 
    Liverpool Ladies 0-0 Bristol Academy

    Still goalless at the Halton Stadium. Like all true last-day deciders, it's going to go to the wire...

  129. 1424: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Stoke 0-1 Norwich
    Stoke v Norwich

    The fact that fouls are the chief stat at the break perhaps tell you all you need to know about that first 45 minutes at the Britannia. A 90-second edit on MOTD2 tonight...

  130. 1422: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool Ladies 0-0 Bristol Academy

    It looks like Bristol may have some joy from set pieces as they attempt to leapfrog Liverpool, Arsenal-1989 style. Reds goalkeeper Rachael Laws flaps at a corner, but none of the Bristol attackers can get a touch on the ball as it flashes across goal.

  131. 1421: 
    MOTD2 Extra

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "My worry with Liverpool is whether their squad is deep enough. You don't win the Premier League at this time of year; you win it when people start getting tired and picking up injuries later in the season. It's about how deep you can dig."

  132. 1421:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentatorMOTD2 Extra

    "Some of Paolo Di Canio's actions at Sunderland bordered on lunacy. I think the board should now take their time about a new appointment, and Kevin Ball can do a capable job in the meantime. Don't rush it."

  133. 1420:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Stadium of LightSunderland v Liverpool (1600 BST)

    "There's certainly no shortage of anticipation ahead of this clash and there are many questions to be answered too. How will managerless Sunderland react after the week's events? Will there be a new man watching from the stands or from afar? And will a certain Uruguayan be back in the headlines? They are just a few that spring to mind.

    "Luis Suarez will return to the Premier League for the first time in 162 days, a spell only 13 days short of Paulo Di Canio's tenure as Sunderland head coach."

  134. 1419: 

    Elliott is bang on the money there. Stoke have been very, very slack. Expect a huge dressing-down from Mark Hughes at the interval.

    Our second Premier League game of the day lurks over the horizon - here's what's coming up:

  135. 1419: 
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    Elliott in Farnham: Absolutely terrible from Stoke. A change in style is all well and good, but it's like they're playing a friendly. Absolutely no intensity, constantly getting caught on the ball. Lost what used to make Stoke hard to beat!

  136. 1417: 
    AS IT STANDS- Stoke 0-1 Norwich
    Premier League table

    A torrid 45 minutes for the Potters, but that first goal away from home in the league has seen Norwich climb to 14th as it stands.

  137. 1416: 
    Liverpool Ladies 0-0 Bristol Academy

    Liverpool only need a point to secure the Women's Super League title, but it looks like they're going for all three. Nicole Rolser has twice forced saves out of Bristol keeper Siobhan Chamberlain in the early stages, while Louise Fors lashed an effort narrowly wide for the Reds.

  138. 1416:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the BritanniaHALF-TIME- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    "Stoke have not posed much of a threat and Norwich are good value for their lead although keeper Asmir Begovic won't be happy to have been beaten from that distance even if it did swerve and dip."

  139. 1415: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    ...Ricky van Wolfswinkel clears the corner well though as Mark Hughes shakes his head on the bench.

  140. 1415: 
    INJURY TIME- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Stoke win a corner as we tick into added-time...

  141. 1410: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Another good opening for Stoke, who are ending the half on top. Geoff Cameron gets away on the right and puts over a fine cross which Kenwyne Jones looks like he will head in - but the big man loses his footing at a crucial stage.

  142. 1409: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Stoke may have been poor so far but they can always revert to their strengths - dead-ball situations. Charlie Adam whips in a brilliant corner from the right which Ryan Shawcross meets, he doesn't get a telling connection though and his header drifts past the far post. That is a good chance.

  143. 1405: 
    Stoke 0-1 Norwich

    Delight for Chris Hughton as his side take a lead their play merits. Stoke have been very average so far though, and the home fans are growing restless.

  144. 1403: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Norwich - Jonny Howson (34 mins)

    Norwich score away from home! And they deserve the lead as well. The build-up is simple as Anthony Pilkington collects a throw-in from the left and plays it into the feet of Jonny Howson. The ex-Leeds captain marches forwards and thrashes in a dipping strike from 25 yards which goes right through Asmir Begovic - who should do better.

  145. 1402: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Better, much better from Stoke City. They finally get some passes to string together in the final third as Marko Arnautovic hammers over from 20 yards.

  146. 1401: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool Ladies 0-0 Bristol Academy

    The WSL showdown is under way. Who can be the female Michael Thomas?

  147. 1357: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    A war of attrition so far, but Norwich go close as Anthony Pilkington puts in a great cross which Ricky van Wolfswinkel challenges for. The ball pops out of Asmir Begovic's hands and flies a yard wide of the post.

    Van Wolfswinkel thought he'd scored 0 but the whistle had gone for a foul. Begovic a bit lucky there.

    Close at the other end as a free-kick from Charlie Adam is headed across his own goalmouth by Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey.

  148. 1355: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Marc Wilson has not been at the races in the Stoke midfield. Twice he's been caught in possession and now he is very late to smash into Ricky van Wolfswinkel and earn a booking from referee Anthony Taylor.

  149. 1353: 
    Liverpool Ladies v Bristol Academy (1400 BST)

    Liverpool Ladies manager Matt Beard: "I wouldn't say we are favourites. We're a new squad and Bristol have been together for three years. It won't be an easy game, they have got match-winners throughout their side."

  150. 1352: 
    WSL LATEST- Liverpool Ladies v Bristol Academy (1400 BST)

    That 'winner-takes-all' title decider in the Women's Super League is about to get under way then. A reminder of who needs what:

    A draw or win for Liverpool sees them win the title.

    A win for Bristol sees them win the title. Simple as that.

  151. 1350: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool Ladies v Bristol Academy (1400 BST)

    Liverpool Ladies: Laws, Engen, Williams, Bonner, Bronze, Omarsdottir, Dowie, Fors, Rolser, Da Costa, Schroder. Subs: Quantrill, Chappell, Longhurst, Easton, Holbrook, Zelem, Gregorius.

    Bristol Academy: Chamberlain, Yorston, Matthews, McCatty, Pablos Sanchon, Windell, Heatherson, Del Rio, James, Rose, Harding. Subs: Vega-Leandro, Curson, Leek, Watts, Cleverly, Charlotte Haynes, Walkley.

    Referee: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire)

  152. 1348: 
    SHOCKER!- Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Leroy Fer plays a gem of a pass to split the Stoke defence, it's perfectly timed and weighted from the Norwich man known as 'the bouncer' but Russell Martin totally wastes it with a shocker of a cross. He had three men waiting and pulled it behind all of them under no pressure whatsoever. Criminal.

  153. 1347: 
    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    What's going right - and wrong - at your club?

    Andrew Neill: Newcastle - Pardew has done well to create a good XI with the scarce resources he has, but our depth is non-existent when plan A fails

    Isaac Pullen: Spurs - Right: 5 new epic signings and playing well in all comps. Bad: not playing Defoe in league!

  154. 1345: 
    Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Stoke are definitely trying to pass the ball more than they used to - the only problem is that they keep giving it away in dangerous areas. Marc Wilson is the latest to lose out in midfield and he can only foul Jonny Howson.

  155. 1342: 
    Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Stoke just need to ride this storm out, it's been a hugely impressive start from the visitors. Kenwyne Jones buys them some time as he goes down holding his eye after a tussle with Ryan Bennett.

  156. 1338: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich absolutely dominant. Martin Olsson whips in a cross from the left and Stoke nervously scramble it clear. From the corner Ryan Bennett gets the better of Ryan Shawcross to thump an effort against the crossbar from five yards.

    So close to that first away goal - but it's coming at this rate...

  157. 1336: 
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    What's gone right - and wrong - with your club so far then?

    Connor McQuade: For Celtic; Wrong: Lack of motivation in domestic competition. Right: Champions League football two seasons in a row.

    Daniel Hart: Arsenal aren't playing their best football (wrong) but they're grinding out results (right).

    Billy Jones: Liverpool: Not a big enough squad and need to score more goals. Team spirit is what's right about the team.

  158. 1334: 
    Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Here's the first glimpse of Stoke's attempts at passing the ball - it doesn't go too well. Geoff Cameron tries to spray the ball out to his left-back but fluffs his lines altogether, playing the ball behind Erik Pieters and Ryan Shawcross has to revert to hacking the ball clear under pressure.

    Marko Arnautovic then leaves a foot in with a naughty late tackle and he is lucky not to be booked.

  159. 1333: 
    Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    It's all Norwich in the opening minutes as they raid down the right this time, Russell Martin too strong and too quick for Marko Arnautovic to get a cross in which Anthony Pilkington almost heads in at the back stick. It was just too high, but a great start from the Canaries.

  160. 1332: 
    Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington has had his beard shaved off, and it's done the trick. The Republic of Ireland man finds an extra gear of pace to beat two men down the left wing, he then cuts inside in a real jinking run, but his shot is well blocked by a Stoke foot. Purposeful start from the Canaries.

  161. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich get the ball rolling and we are off.

  162. 1326: 
    Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)

    Here we go then, Chris Hughton strides purposefully out on to the sun-kissed Britannia Stadium turf. Kick-off momens away...

  163. 1323: 
    TON UP FOR HUGHES?- Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)
    Mark Hughes

    Stat fans rejoice: Mark Hughes can record his 100th Premier League win as a manager today.

    Hughes chalked up 58 wins with Blackburn, 22 with Manchester City, 11 at Fulham, six at QPR and two so far with Stoke. Spot the trend...

  164. 1321: 
    Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)

    Late summer/early autumn in the Potteries doesn't often call for the sprinklers, but the waterworks are in full flow at the Britannia. It's a lovely day in Stoke-on-Trent, let's hope for a lovely game of football as well.

    The players will be out shortly.

  165. 1320: 
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    Andrew Priestley: Yesterday's football headlines were a throwback to 1973. Clough sacked by Derby County and Manchester United losing at home!

    Chris Watkins: Combination of the modern football, the keeper 'half-sidestep' and walls not jumping like they used to leading to more FK goals

    Billy: That #NCFC team is not an attacking team by far, CH says one thing to please the fans and does another

  166. 1314: 
    THE LEAGUE TABLE- Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)
    Premier League table

    Norwich can draw level with their hosts on seven points with a win at the Britannia this afternoon, while a win for Mark Hughes' side could see them climb to as high as sixth spot in the early table.

  167. 1310: 
    GET INVOLVED- Liverpool Ladies v Bristol Academy (1400 BST)
    Bristol Aacademy

    BBC Sport's Katie Gornall: Here's the @bristolacademy players on the pitch watching some of juniors play before the main event #wsltitledecider

  168. 1309: 
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    Nigel Clough

    Tim in London on text: As a Derby fan I really, really don't want to see Tony Pulis in charge - we've gone through a big change in the way we play under Nigel Clough, and to go back to the Tony Pulis way would be a travesty. Was astonished to see we'd got rid of Clough yesterday, unbelievable decision.

    Scott in Liverpool on text: In no way is Moyes an average manager, and the team are just as much to blame for their poor form. United didn't show against West Brom and City, just as they didn't when they were torn apart 6-1 last season under Ferguson.

  169. 1305: 

    A few of you have been in touch asking where Norwich winger Nathan Redmond is - I can tell you he's just tweeted in to say that he picked up an injury in training so misses out. A blow as the England Under-21 man is in fine form.

  170. 1304: 
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    Greg Skinner: 6 goals in 11 away games in 2013, half of those came in 1 game. Safe to say I'm expecting another dour away performance #ncfc

    Gregory P: Pulis would be a very bad choice for Derby. We have worked good high tempo playing that he would steer completely away from

  171. 1259: 
    Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)
    Chris Hughton

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "For me the most important thing is about winning and we have put out a side that gives us the offensive options that we've been looking for.

    "Stoke play a more expansive game now so we need to get on the ball, probe them and ask a few questions."

  172. 1256: 

    As those tweets mention, we had our first big casualty of the unforgiving Championship season last night when Derby sacked Nigel Clough - the fourth-longest serving manager in the English game.

    Interestingly, I saw that former Stoke boss Tony Pulis has been linked with the vacancy at Pride Park - is he the right man for the job?

  173. 1255: 
    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Mark O'Neill: Derby's board have bottled it by sacking Nigel Clough. Completely lost the plot. He will be back.

    Mark Chambers: What a poor decision to sack Nigel Clough, one of football's good guys #halfajobdone

    Rob George: Bournemouth conceded 20 goals but in top half. Barnsley top of the conceded charts with 24 and are bottom, mad

  174. 1255: 
    Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "Continuity in selection is something you always look for and the team are playing really well so there is no need to change it.

    "Norwich are a good team, they have a number of new faces and that takes time. They are a threat but it is more about what we can do."

  175. 1253: 

    Those two tweets at 1250 show just how hard it can be to be a football manager. You cannot please all of the people, all of the time...

  176. 1252: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Wilson, Nzonzi, Walters, Adam, Arnautovic, Jones. Subs: Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Assaidi, Crouch, Sorensen, Ireland.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Olsson, Tettey, Howson, Snodgrass, Fer, Pilkington, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Whittaker, Johnson, Hooper, Bunn, Hoolahan, Elmander, Murphy.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  177. 1250: 
    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball- Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)
    Gary Hooper

    Robert Scott: Hooper scores twice in mid week = dropped.... Hughton logic is crazy

    Edward Jacobs: Hooper has just come back from a long lay off and played 120 minutes in midweek. Sensible move that he is a substitute today

  178. 1248:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentatorMOTD2 Extra

    "Juan Mata came on at half-time yesterday and from that moment on it was all Chelsea. Most of us can't understand why he isn't in the starting line-up, but we have to assume that Mourinho knows what he's doing."

  179. 1248: 
    MOTD2 Extra

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "Jose Mourinho wants players who track back, and that's not Juan Mata's game. But he's an unbelievable talent. That was Mourinho's method the last time he came to English football, but I'm not sure it's working so well this time."

  180. 1246: 

    The selection - or lack of - of Juan Mata by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho continues to be a major talking point.

    The Spaniard came off the bench to create Chelsea's leveller against Spurs yesterday - but should he be in the starting XI? Here's what a few of our pundits think...

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    David Moyes

    Brett from London on text: I've always said the first person to take the job after Fergie was taking a poisoned chalice. Fans will want the expectation and hype established over decades to be re-found immediately. Impossible tasks. Next man in after Moyes will have far less pressure.

    Steve Huish from Kingston on text: So instead of recruiting an average manager , why didn't united spend on getting one .... instead of average Fellaini for 27.5m?

  182. 1243: 
    IT'S UP FOR GRABS NOOOWWW!!- Liverpool Ladies v Bristol Academy (1400 BST)

    A cracker of a finale today, in true 1989, Fever Pitch style.

    The Women's Super League title will be decided this afternoon as leaders Liverpool Ladies host Bristol Academy on the final weekend of the season.

    The Reds are two points clear of second-placed Bristol in the table, meaning a draw or win will see them crowned champions.

    But an 11th win of the season will see the Vixens claim the silverware. Too close to call - we'll bring you all the latest updates.

  183. 1239: 
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    Gregor Dobbie on text: Norwich's goal scoring solution is simple. Start Gary Hooper.

    Chris Hughton has not listened to you there I'm afraid Gregor...

  184. 1238: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)

    Kenwyne Jones starts up front for Stoke, with new signing Marko Arnautovic in support.

    Stoke XI: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Wilson, Adam, Arnautovic, Jones

  185. 1236: 
    MOTD2 Extra

    Sun football writer Neil Custis: "Mark Hughes's start at Stoke reminds me of his time at Blackburn, where he can come in and really make his stamp on a football club. He had a very unfortunate time at QPR, but he's a good manager."

  186. 1234: 

    We are still waiting for the full Stoke team news, but I am very keen to take a good look at how they play this afternoon. I was chatting to a season-ticket holder last week who was impressed at how much impact Mark Hughes had had on their playing style- noting that Ryan Shawcross for example was now taking the ball down on his chest and passing the ball out from the back. Not just smashing it down the field.

    Let's see.

  187. 1232: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)

    Gary Hooper is still waiting for his first league start for Norwich despite that midweek brace, so Ricky van Wolfswinkel leads the line.

    Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, R Bennett, Olsson; Tettey, Fer, Howson; Snodgrass, Pilkington, van Wolfswinkel

  188. 1229:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the BritanniaStoke v Norwich (1330 BST)

    "According to the October issue of World Soccer magazine, Norwich City were Europe's 15th biggest net spenders over the summer transfer window, investing nearly £21m in improving on the squad which had finished 11th in the Premier League.

    "It didn't take a genius to see that solving their goal-scoring problem was the biggest issue and most of the summer cash was invested on creators Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond, and on finishers Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper.

    "It's early days but so far the problem just won't go away. Only two teams scored less than Norwich last season - one of them was Stoke."

  189. 1228: 
    MOTD2 Extra

    Sun football writer Neil Custis: "Last season Manchester United were an ordinary side with an extraordinary manager. That's what David Moyes has inherited and he's got a bigger job on his hands than people first thought. They needed to get four or five players in the transfer window - players who weren't used to playing under Ferguson - but they didn't."

  190. 1226: 

    Elsewhere in the Premier League yesterday, a beauty of a free-kick from Rickie Lambert helped Southampton climb into the top four, while there were also great dead-ball strikes at Aston Villa and Old Trafford.

    Chuck in Leighton Baines and Yaya Toure smashing in free-kicks left, right and centre and it's the season of the set-piece specialist.

    Why are so many going in? Practice makes perfect?

  191. 1223: 

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "Teams will be looking at this season as an opportunity to go to Old Trafford and get a result. I think all the teams will try to do what West Brom did yesterday - to really have a go. You couldn't do that when Alex Ferguson was there. It will be a problem for David Moyes."

  192. 1222: 

    Arsenal top of the league. Manchester United way down in 12th. Jose Mourinho calling Jan Vertonghen 'a disgrace.'

    There were plenty of big talking points in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, while today we see the league return of Luis Suarez, managerless Sunderland looking for their first win and the potential goalfest at the Britannia.

    Let me know your views on where it's going wrong, or where it's going right, for your club so far. Text us on 81111 (UK Only) - providing you end the message with your name - or tweet us at the hashtag #bbcfootball.


  193. 1219: 

    A bad day for Manchester, a good day for North London. The top stories:

    BONG! David Moyes calls on Man Utd to move on after their shock 2-1 home defeat at the hands of West Brom.

    BONG! Manuel Pellegrini stays calm despite defeat at Aston Villa, where man City were leading 2-1.

    BONG! Arsenal go back to the top of the table with a 2-1 win at Swansea. Aaron Ramsey scored yet again...

  194. 1215: 
    Stoke v Norwich (1330 BST)

    Norwich's goalscoring issues were addressed somewhat in midweek, when Gary Hooper scored twice in a superb comeback as the Canaries beat Watford 3-2 in the Capital One Cup.

    But they have not scored a league goal away from Carrow Road since their surprise 3-2 win at Manchester City on the last day of last season.

    Stoke, on the other hand, have scored just four goals so far themselves. Anyone on for a 0-0?

  195. 1214: 

    It was a momentous day in the Premier League yesterday, and Mark Chapman and guests including Peter Schmeichel are in the studio to discuss the action in our new MOTD2 Extra show.

    The programme is live on BBC One, BBC One HD and online, starting now at 1215 BST. Tune in...

  196. 1210: 
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel - £8.5m from Sporting Lisbon

    Gary Hooper

    Gary Hooper - £5m from Celtic

    Johan Elmander

    Johan Elmander - Loan from Galatasaray

    Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett threw his chequebook at the Canaries' goalscoring problems this summer, with mixed success so far.

    Chris Hughton's side have scored just three goals in the league this season, and are yet to score at all on the road. Defeat at Stoke today would leave them perched nervously above the drop zone. Can the new boys find their form?

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 30 Sep 2013 UK

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

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