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Tottenham win at Sunderland after Stoke beat Chelsea and Man Utd slump at home to Newcastle.

7 December 2013 Last updated at 11:55

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  1. 1944: 

    On that note, it's time for me to sign off. I hope you've enjoyed today's offering - our European football live text will continue to rumble on though. Be sure to join me tomorrow for Fulham against Aston Villa and Arsenal versus Everton. I'm banking on another belting afternoon of football. See you then.

  2. 1941: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a great win, we were outstanding. It could have been one of those situations where we were left to rue our missed chances but it wasn't.

    "We were unlucky to go one goal behind, the win is entirely deserved and it puts us back in a good position in the league.

    "We had to work hard to achieve the win but it is a great week for Tottenham and a great fightback from the City defeat. We have had two away games and two wins."

  3. 1933: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham defender Michael Dawson on Sky Sports: "It was massive, we have had a big game at Fulham and a big game today and two big results. It shows the togetherness of this squad to come back from the disappointment at Man City.

    "When you lose 6-0 it's not good but we have shown a real character to come back. We got a lot of criticism that we don't score enough goals but with the quality we have in the dressing room we will always score and we should have had more goals today.

    "Nothing has changed in our belief since that defeat to City, we still believe we are going to have a good season, we still believe we can finish in the Champions League places."

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    Rhian Hoskins: Lennon is so skilful and is so important to the Spurs side. More consistency and he should be England's first choice winger.

    Tom Sauce: If Everton beat Arsenal tomorrow are they contenders for the league?

    Robin Thomas: In the second half Spurs started to look like the team they could become. Lennon's performance was key.


    Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan: Great 3 points today, after a long week. We go again next week at Tottenham.

  6. 1929: 
    MATCH STATS- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Fancy some stats to wash down with your Saturday night tipple? Of course you do...

    Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham
  7. 1927: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    The worst part of any defeat? Seeing the bottom of the table flash up...

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  8. 1926: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    The best bit of any victory? Checking out the league table after it...

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    PLAYER REACTION- West Brom 0-2 Norwich

    Norwich City goalscorer Leroy Fer: Great win and felt good to give an assist and score a goal again!

  10. 1923: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    The whistle goes and Tottenham get a win they just about deserve. But should Sunderland have had a penalty midway through the second half?

  11. 1922: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    It's frantic in both boxes - Jermain Defoe somehow having the ball nicked off his toes by Ki Sung-Yueng as it looked certain the striker would get the goal his play deserves.

  12. 1918: 
    INJURY TIME- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Five minutes left for Spurs to hang on or for Sunderland to force a leveller...

  13. 1916: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    He nearly does it again! Sunderland's Fabio Borini puts a dangerous cross into the six-yard box and Hugo Lloris almost puts the ball on a plate for Steven Fletcher. Luckily for the Spurs keeper, the ball is hacked clear just in time.

  14. 1915: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    "There's only one Aaron Lennon," sing the jubilant but slightly nervous Tottenham supporters. The little winger has been one of the best players on the pitch tonight. Surely, with the heat in Brazil and his direct running, he's an ideal player for England to utilise in the closing stages of their World Cup matches?

  15. 1911: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham's bench is pretty impressive if they can bring on players like Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder replaces Nacer Chadli as we enter the final six minutes.

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    James Anderson: Another inexplicable refereeing decision in a Sunderland game. The league really doesn't want us to stay...

    Phil Mansell: How did Sandro get away with that? Stonewall pen.

    Sebastian Clare: Blatant penalty. Cannot believe Lee Mason didn't manage to spot that one

    Richard Powell: Mike Riley sitting at home thinking that's another phone call I've got to make on Monday morning.

  17. 1910: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Time to pump the ball into the box and hope something happens. Sebastian Larsson's teasing ball causes problems in the Spurs defence but Fabio Borini pokes straight at Hugo Lloris.


    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet: Another great home win, roll on Sunday! #YNWA

  19. 1907: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Don't bother doing the lottery tonight, Jermain. The ball just won't go in for the striker as he rattles the near post from Andros Townsend's cross. 10 minutes to go...

  20. 1905: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Time for another Spurs change - Andros Townsend replacing Lewis Holtby. The England winger needs a good showing here because Aaron Lennon has enjoyed another excellent game.

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    Harry Hopwood: This is some of the best football Spurs have played this season. Lots of passing, but importantly, passing with purpose

    Gareth Beale: Defoe getting better service in the box than Soldado ever has - would Soldado have scored today?

    Tunde Akere: I am still not convinced about Arsenal winning the title until they overcome Man City and Chelsea in the next two weeks.

  22. 1903: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Oooh, Sandro is a lucky man as he leans forward and clears a corner using his arm. Sunderland want a penalty - and they probably should have got one.

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    Rikki in Notting Hill, via text: Lloris hasn't looked the same since his concussion. He's become less brave, and that has lost him his edge.

    Ste in Liverpool, via text: At this rate Man Utd won't get anyone in the summer either, as top players want the Champions League.

  24. 1901: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Just 18 minutes left on the clock as Mousa Dembele hobbles off looking double his age, to be replaced by Sandro. No being sick on the pitch today, Sandro.

  25. 1858: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Sunderland are still in this game while Steven Fletcher is on the pitch. The Scottish striker heads Seb Larsson's deep cross wide as the Black Cats rediscover some urgency.

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    The Man Utd Mad Hatter via text: The disappointment of our defeat to Newcastle has thawed slightly after seeing Chelsea and City drop points. If Everton can get something at the Emirates then we can still challenge top 4 again.

    Steve K in Swindon, via text: Spurs must make this period of pressure pay. I fear a sucker-punch from the Black Cats.

  27. 1855: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Time to shake things up. Sunderland send on Italian striker Fabio Borini and midfield general Liam Cattermole, Jack Colback and their goalscorer Adam Johnson making way.

  28. 1854: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    That should be game, set and match. Jermain Defoe springs the Sunderland offside trap but drags his angled shot wide.

  29. 1851: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    The Black Cats are chasing shadows - Tottenham are enjoying being able to ping the ball about the vast open spaces of the Stadium of Light and wait for Sunderland to make a mistake at the back.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveANALYSIS- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    "Roberto Martinez improved the squad when he took over at Everton but I don't think United have improved their squad. I said it at the time that United lost the league in August with all their dithering in the transfer market.

    "I don't think they will go for anyone in January because the top players won't be able to play in Champions League so they will wait until the summer."

  31. 1847: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Sunderland are pinned back into their own box now - Paulinho making a hash of another ball into the six-yard box by Aaron Lennon. The Brazilian should be making the keeper work from there.

  32. 1844: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham are rampant as Aaron Lennon picks out Jermain Defoe and the England striker smashes a shot against the post.

  33. 1842: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham
    Mousa Dembele

    John O'Shea just doesn't have much luck sometimes, does he? But it shows what can happen when you put the ball into the box - a simple facet missing from Tottenham's play at times this season.

  34. 1837: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham - John O'Shea own goal (50 mins)

    It's the day of the own goals. That's the fourth of the afternoon in the Premier League! It comes about when Mousa Dembele bursts down the right and puts the ball into the dangerzone where John O'Shea is on hand to poke past his own keeper. Oh dear.

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    John Ballard: I've given up trying to predict any Premier League results this season. Practically every game's throwing up surprises.

    Chris Brown: Even if Arsenal lose tomorrow, we'll still be 4 points clear. Not earth shattering news but simply ages since I've been able to say it.

    Ben Cullen: I really wish Spurs would play 4-4-2 with Defoe and Soldado. They would be far more effective going forward.

  36. 1833: 
    Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham

    After watching Tottenham's goal again during half-time, it struck me how many times I've seen teams undone by the ball-to-the-far-post trick recently. It's one of the oldest in the book - but it still works!

  37. 1832: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham

    If the next 45 minutes can match the last five minutes of the first half, we're in for a cracker. We've resumed at the Stadium of Light.

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    Ross McInnes: Paulinho has been on another planet so far. He is pure class! Wish I could say the same for a few others!

    Rosie Dodds: The Premiership tide is turning. Great this season for all the neutrals, would love to see Arsenal winning the title.

    Shannon Hollis: The perfect day for Arsenal, and they've not even played! A win could see them 7 clear and surely favourites for the title!

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    Steve in Islington, via text: What's most concerning for Spurs' fans is AVB doesn't seem to have learnt anything about changing the approach so the strikers are getting service they can capitalise on.

    Conor in Liverpool via text: With either Arsenal or Everton (or both!) dropping points tomorrow, and the other results... this is turning into an early Christmas present for Liverpool supporters!

    Anonymous via text: Why are fans saying that Di Canio should be brought in at West Ham? He was a hero when he played for us but has proved at Sunderland he is not a manager.

  40. 1818:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveANALYSIS- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    "Let's give Newcastle some credit, the tactics they employed were spot on. Remy is fantastic player, Sissoko was excellent so Alan Pardew has to have a lot of credit.

    "Newcastle were terrific, but I think Man United missed a midfield general and I think there are big problems for Man United."

  41. 1817: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham

    Half-time then at the Stadium of Light. This match has just ignited - we should be set for a decent second half.

  42. 1816: 
    Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham

    That's really livened this game up. Suddenly either side believe they can score.

  43. 1813: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham - Paulinho (43 mins)

    That's the perfect response from Tottenham. A deep free-kick is helped back into the box by Nacer Chadli and Paulinho shows a striker's instinct to stab home in the six-yard box. Where were the Sunderland defenders?

  44. 1807: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Tottenham - Adam Johnson (37 mins)
    Adam Johnson

    Another game, another goalkeeping mistake. Sunderland's Adam Johnson is the man to profit this time as Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris palms Ondrej Celustka's simple cross straight into his path at the far post. The ex-Manchester City man makes no mistake as he takes one touch and buries the ball into the back of the net.

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    Steve on the Isle of Wight, via text: If Arsenal win tomorrow then the doubters will have egg on their face! Seven clear and a real chance of Premier League glory. Arsenal are the team to beat.

    Anonymous via text: West Ham were a Championship team when Big Sam took over. He will keep them up a build a strong Premier League team over next few years. Do West Ham fans want Avram Grant back?

    Paul via text: Spurs could play Ronaldo up front but how they're playing and the lack of service they'd still struggle.

  46. 1804: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    He made the keeper work, but it was too easy! Nacer Chadli evades his marker Wes Brown but can only steer his header straight into the grateful arms of Vito Mannone. Moments later, Jermain Defoe slaloms through a couple of challenges and has a low shot deflected wide.


    Liverpool and England defender Glen Johnson: Another great result! Very proud to have worn the armband, just a shame for Stevie!!! #3Morepoints

  48. 1757: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    It will worry Tottenham supporters that their team continue to waste possession by taking speculative shots from outside the area rather than playing the ball out wide and building an attack. Jermain Defoe is the culprit this time.

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    Sam: I am so glad Fergie retired, I am a neutral and this is going to be the most interesting season in a long while..

    James Roberts: Really enjoying all the upsets and drama in the PL this year. One of the most exciting seasons for a while.

    Jack Allum: Allardyce has to go because he has sucked all the life out of West Ham. Poor football, worse results and terrible transfers.

  50. 1753: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    Sunderland vastly-improved defensive organisation is evident as Tottenham win a couple of corners but the visitors are eventually forced back before Lewis Holtby blasts wastefully wide from 30 yards out.

  51. 1750: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    All of a sudden, it looks like we could be on for a bit of a ding-dong between these two this evening. It's Sunderland's turn to attack this time as Jozy Altidore lays the ball off but Jack Colback smashes over the bar.

  52. 1749: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 0-2 Norwich
    West Brom manager Steve Clarke

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke on penalty appeals and Stephane Sessegnon's missed chance: "I've seen the replay again and the ball definitely hit Martin Olsson on the arm and that stopped it going into the net. But for the referee to give a penalty at that point would have been a big decision, so I can see why he didn't.

    "On another day, Sessegnon's chance goes six inches inside the post instead of six inches outside it. If that had happened, I think we would be talking about a very different outcome."

  53. 1748: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    Finally Sunderland spring into life as a simple ball forward splits the two Tottenham central defenders but Steven Fletcher screws a shot wide. At the other end, Lewis Holtby brings a sprawling save from Vito Mannone with another long-range effort.

    PLAYER REACTION- Liverpool 4-1 West Ham

    West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison: Good sitting with the West Ham fans at the Liverpool game unlucky today, keep head up and bring on the next game #WHU.

    PLAYER REACTION- West Brom 0-2 Norwich

    Norwich midfielder Nathan Redmond: Not my best performance in terms of end product but was good to see the game out 2-0 today. Great win, now onto the next one!

  56. 1743: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    Paulinho has got a shot on him, and he has Vito Mannone worried by a swerving, dipping effort from 25 yards out which goes just over the bar. Slowly but surely, the Brazilian is looking a decent signing by AVB.

  57. 1743: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 3-2 Chelsea
    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "We showed great character after the disappointment of conceding an early goal. I thought the response was exemplary and the quality of the goals for both sides was outstanding. I really enjoyed the game.

    "They are a good team individually and collectively and at times we struggled to work out their rotations and their movement, but we stuck at it. In the second half we were excellent. We upped our intensity to match them. Chelsea asked a lot of questions but we always had a threat."

  58. 1741: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff
    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "We did very well. We started sloppy and they could have scored but it was a great save from Julian Speroni. From that point onwards though I thought we dominated and deserved it. I thought Marouane Chamakh was brilliant today and we stayed nice and tight, breaking well when we could. Back to back wins doesn't half give a club a lift.

    "They're a good group of lads and we have worked a lot on shape and things I think is essential to give you a chance and the players have responded well. You've always got a chance if you get yourself organised. We can't get carried away. We've a tough run of games now ahead of Christmas. Staying up is a massive ask and a massive task."


    Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen: Great win. Fantastic effort from everyone and an amazing goal by Assaidi to win it. The roar of the Brit got us through #ComeOnPotters

  60. 1739: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    There's a few tasty challenges going in early doors. We're not quite at 'reducer' levels yet but both sides are throwing their weight around.

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    Jack in Cambridge, via text: Allardyce has to go. How Nolan gets in the side I don't know. Hopefully the owners will see sense.

    Scott CAFC, via text: First time 3 own goals were scored in a single Premier League was during Sunderland Vs Charlton in 2002 with Charlton running out 3-0 winners!

    Anonymous via text: Phil Bardsley has scored the same amount of premiership goals as Torres and Ba combined.

  62. 1736: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 4-1 West Ham
    West Ham boss Sam Allarydce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "The sickener for us was the way we conceded the first goal. We gave it a good go, but then the third goal killed us off. Nothing seems to be going for us at the moment."

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    Adam in York via text: Big Sam is a great character but it just isn't enough anymore, Di Canio would at least know how to get the strikers firing (or he could put his boots on again).

    Callum a cautious Liverpool fan, via text: Despite Liverpool's great start to the season and sitting nicely in 2nd place this evening I can't help but feel extremely nervous that we're only 2 poor results from 7th! With Spurs and City both away in the next three games things can still turn sour.

    Alex in London, via text: Mourinho still doesn't know his best eleven and until he does we will continually ship goals and not have enough to win games like today.

  64. 1734: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    Nice early play from Tottenham, playing in blue today, as Lewis Holtby tries to thread a clever ball through the Sunderland defence. The Blacks Cats are not going to have their pockets picked this time though.

  65. 1732: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 0-2 Norwich
    Norwich manager Chris Hughton

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "It was one of those old-fashioned battles. In the end they had four or five forwards and we were able to catch them on the break. It shows character in the side, delighted with the clean sheet.

    "Gary [Hooper] is a super finisher and he's now up to speed with his physical condition. He's benefitting from a run of games in the team."

  66. 1730: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

    We're under way at the Stadium of Light...

  67. 1729: 
    Sunderland v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Rival managers Gus Poyet and Andre Villas-Boas greet each other warmly, like two old drinking buddies running into each other at the supermarket.

  68. 1729: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Southampton 1-1 Manchester City
    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I'm pleased with the point because both teams deserved the point. It was a very close match. It was the normal, logical result. We lost control. We started very well, we scored a goal, had a chance to score a second one, and after that we played too quickly. Southampton are a good team and if you give them the ball they have dangerous players. That was the problem in the first half and in the second half too we lost the ball too easily."

  69. 1728: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 3-2 Chelsea
    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: "I don't feel comfortable enough to tell you what I think about the game. We're in trouble."

  70. 1726: 
    Sunderland v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    The players are heading on to the pitch at the Stadium of Light on a bitterly cold night in the north east. Tottenham's Lewis Holtby is one who I see is wearing gloves. I don't really blame him.

    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Stadium of LightSunderland v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    "For the second time in four days Gus Poyet faces one of his former clubs, hoping for a more sedate affair than the seven-goal thriller against Chelsea and a more positive Sunderland outcome. There's no doubt that Poyet has given them renewed spirit and togetherness but they need more defensive stability, having kept only two clean sheets and conceded 28 goals. They are hardly facing one of the league's most prolific sides. Tottenham's two late to beat Fulham in midweek only took their season tally to 13, the same number that Luis Suarez has scored alone."

  72. 1723: 
    Sunderland v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Right then, let's turn our attentions to the final Premier League match of of the day. It matters at both ends of the table, it's Sunderland against Tottenham.

  73. 1722: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff
    CArdiff manager Malkay Mackay

    Cardiff manager Malkay Mackay: "I think first five minutes we have a fantastic chance we should have scored. We don't and they go down the other end and score theirs. You can't allow teams their chances and not take their own.

    "I'm not particularly concerned at the lack of goals, if we weren't creating chances I'd be worried. We just need to get back onto it again and be clinical. We scored twice against Manchester United and I know I have lads in the dressing room who will get me goals."

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at St Mary'sSouthampton 1-1 Manchester City

    "Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino ended this game gesticulating furiously about a refereeing decision - and it was a reflection on how he clearly believed his team were the more likely winners here.

    "Manchester City were once more lacklustre away from home but this should not take any credit away from Southampton. They are high-class exponents of the pressing game and never gave City a second. Bolt this on to the natural talent they have in their ranks and it is very obvious why they have done so well this season."

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    Tony C in London, via text: I really want Allardyce out now. He put all his eggs in the Carroll basket and hasn't spent anything on another striker or centre backs. Please leave my club.

    Michael in Manchester, via text: Who would have believed that an Assaidi goal this afternoon would lift Liverpool up to second in the table?

    Angus in London, via text: City's form is reminiscent of United's three years ago. Dire away, but invincible at home and won the title.

    Steve Claridge on Final Score, BBC SportCrystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff

    "Overall Cardiff were very disappointing today. When you consider the size of today's game they didn't create a single chance."

  77. 1716: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Southampton 1-1 Manchester City
    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "It was a very important point today, to end the bad results we've been on. We've been up against it quite a bit with injuries. Psychologically today, to end with a result, was amazing for us.

    "I'm always proud of my team. Despite the bad run of results we've been in, some of the results have been underserved. A draw today was well deserved and we're a little bit sad too because we could have won."

  78. 1714: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 4-1 West Ham
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was a difficult game, West Ham are a committed side. We started slowly but once we got the goal, it allowed us to flow better. In the end we had 29 attempts at goal, and we could have scored more than four. It was a great victory."

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    Rich Barker: All the talk about Arsenal not beating their rivals - well, they won't have to if rivals continue to drop points elsewhere!

    Dan Fulcher: So sorry but time Big Sam went......I really don't enjoy saying it but the decision making and formations have not been working.

    Dave Worley: I am starting to worry about West Brom. Right setup, right tactics... Can't convert. Players don't look bothered... Hmm...


    Opta Joe: 4/2 - Player manager Edgar Davids has picked up four yellow cards and two reds in just eight appearances for Barnet this season. Clatter.

  81. 1709: 

    Kidderminster Harriers and Grimsby Town of the Conference Premier both knocked out League Two opposition in round two of the FA Cup.

    Kiddy beat Newport County 4-2 while the Mariners defeated Northampton 2-0 at Blundell Park.

    Macclesfield are the only other non-league side to make it through, seeing off a fightback from Conference North outfit Brackley Town to progress to the third round for the third year in a row.

    League Two Rochdale came from behind to win at Rotherham of League One, while John Gregory's first game in charge of Crawley ended in a 0-0 draw at Bristol Rovers.

  82. 1708: 

    Burnley go top of the Championship table thanks to their 1-0 win over managerless Barnsley. Michael Kightly scored the only goal of the game at Turf Moor.

    Leicester drop from top to third following their 3-1 reverse at Brighton, as QPR move up to second after drawing 0-0 with Blackburn.

    Yeovil came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Charlton but that was not enough to take them above the Addicks and out of the relegation zone.

    In the game of the day, Joel Ekstrand scored an injury-time equaliser as Watford drew 3-3 with Leeds. The Hornets had led 2-0 before United took the lead.

    Uwe Rosler watched his new Wigan side from the stands as they lost 2-1 at Millwall.

    Birmingham drew 2-2 with Middlesbrough, Bolton beat Doncaster 3-0, Ipswich came from behind to down Huddersfield 2-1, Bournemouth won 2-1 at Reading and Nottingham Forest beat managerless Sheffield Wednesday 1-0.

  83. 1707: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Tottenham (17:30)

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet makes four changes from the side that lost 4-3 to Chelsea in midweek as Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher, Seb Larsson and Ondrej Celustka all return to the starting line-up.

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas also made four changes with Kyle Naughton, Mousa Dembele, Lewis Holtby and Nacer Chadli, coming in.

    Sunderland XI: Mannone, Bardsley, Celustka, O'Shea, Brown, Ki, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Fletcher, Altidore.

    Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker, Capoue, Dawson, Naughton; Dembele, Paulinho; Lennon, Holtby, Chadli; Defoe.

    West Brom 0-2 Norwich

    Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass: Yesssss unreal from the lads today, well done Leroy and and Hoops. Great result for us, hopefully a turning point.

    Stoke 3-2 Chelsea

    Opta Joe: 17 - Chelsea have already conceded more goals than they did in the whole of Jose Mourinho's debut season in 2004-05 (15).

  86. 1704: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 3-2 Chelsea
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking after the defeat at Stoke: "I don't feel very comfortable to tell you exactly what I think about the game. I prefer to be simple and pragmatic and say they scored one more goal than us. They won and we lost. I can't go much further than because I can't analyse with you certain aspects of the game.

    "It is a concern [conceding many goals recently]. I don't like it, I don't organise my teams to be like this. Sometimes mistakes kill an organisation."

  87. 1702: 
    HOW'S STAT?- Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

    Southampton were seriously good against Manchester City this afternoon, as these stats underline.

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    Infostrada Sports: For the first time in the Premier League era there have been 3 own goals in single match: Liverpool (1) 4-1 WHU (2). #LFC

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    Will Rider in Nottingham, via text: Chelsea just shipping goals in at the moment and Ivanovic has been culpable on quite a few occasions. No question Cole has to be brought back but Azpilicueta should be given a run at right back.

    Si in Potters Bar, via text: It's all very well scoring as many as Chelsea are but if we can't keep clean sheets it's worthless! 6 goals conceded to Sunderland and Stoke is not good enough to win the title. Sort out the defence José!

    Gunnar Cauthery in East Dulwich, via text: After the Mersey derby a couple of weeks ago, Jose Mourinho was asked a question about Romelu Lukaku, and answered by crowing about his players taking points off Chelsea's direct rivals while playing for other teams. So it's particularly lovely to see Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi scoring a last-minute winner against Chelsea for Stoke...

  90. 1701: 

    And here's how the bottom looks. Happy Palace fans?

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  91. 1658: 

    Wondering where those results leave your team? Here's the top eight in the Premier League. It's happy days for Liverpool and Arsenal fans.

    Premier League
  92. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 3-2 Chelsea
    Alan Green, Final ScoreLiverpool 4-1 West Ham

    "It wasn't Liverpool's best performance or even Luis Suarez's but it's a win for a Brendan Rodgers's side. Suarez has already scored 15 goals after missing the first six games of the season. Unbelievable and Roy Hodgson will be having nightmares."

  94. 1653: 

    Maybe Roman should make a January raid for Marouane Chamakh...

  95. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff
  96. 1652: 
    Stoke 3-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho stares ahead, his face expressionless, fans look stunned. Chelsea on the verge of a first defeat to Stoke in 38 years...

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    Adam Momoniat: Today is proof that Liverpool have stolen the luck that was present at Old Trafford for so long.

    Luke Milligan: Another own goal at Anfield. Has there ever been 4 own goals in one game?

  98. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 1-1 Manchester City
  99. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- WBA 0-2 Norwich
    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 1-1 Manchester City

    "I think the big talking point today is Manchester City's away form. If they don't win today, it's just two wins out of eight away games and that's not title-wining form. It's just seeing games out. They played well for 20 minutes, created chance after chance, and let Southampton back into it."

    Listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  101. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 4-1 West Ham
  102. 1647: 
    GOAL- Stoke 3-2 Chelsea - Oussama Assaidi (90 mins)

    What. A. Goal! Superb stuff from Stoke substitute Oussama Assaidi as he picks up the ball on the left side of the area, cuts inside before smashing a sublime effort into the far corner. A worthy winner, if Stoke can hold on.

  103. 1647: 
    Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

    Another Luke Shaw ball into the box causes flutters in the Manchester City defence before Costel Pantilimon comes off his line and gathers. The Romanian has played well again today.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 1-1 Manchester City

    "Both defences have refused to be unlocked. With the amount of quality on the pitch, I've been disappointed with both sides. Both teams have broken with pace but they're making the wrong decisions. The games has just fizzled out slightly."

    Listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  105. 1645: 
    GOAL- WBA 0-2 Norwich - Leroy Fer (89 mins)

    Game over as West Brom are once again undone by a Norwich attack on the break. Leroy Fer is given too much space by the West Brom defence inside the area and he strokes a low shot into the back of the net. A fifth game without a Premier League win as it stands for West Brom.

  106. 1644: 
    LAST FIVE MINUTES- Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

    Manchester City feel as though they are hanging on against Southampton as we head into the final five minutes around the country.

  107. 1643: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoke 2-2 Chelsea

    Jon Walters goes into the book after he reacts angrily to a challenge by John Terry, who laughs off the forward's reaction. Walters is taken off seconds later and Oussama Assaidi takes his place on the pitch.


    Opta Joe: 1 - Chelsea have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games.

  109. 1640: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 4-1 West Ham - Joey O'Brien own goal (84 mins)

    Game, set and match as Luis Suarez turns Mark Noble inside out on the edge of the area and hammers a shot which takes a wicked deflection off Joey O'Brien and nestles into the back of the net.

  110. 1639: 
    Stoke 2-2 Chelsea

    Some cracking one-touch passes end with Demba Ba winning his side a free kick right on the edge of the area. Frank Lampard territory this one, but he hits it low and into the hands of Asmir Begovic.

  111. 1638: 
    RED CARD- Liverpool 3-1 West Ham

    West Ham's discipline is going now - Kevin Nolan rightly being sent for an early bath for an awful rake down the back of Jordan Henderson's calf.


    Opta Joe: 3 - Marouane Chamakh has scored three goals from just four shots on target in the Premier League this season.

  113. 1637: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-1 West Ham - Luis Suarez (81 mins)

    He's at it again. Glen Johnson floats a cross to the far post and Luis Suarez nods home his 11th goal in his last five matches at Anfield. Deadly.

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    Ned, via text: Dare I say Malky may be out of a job on Monday?

    Lake Palmer in Great Yarmouth, via text: Is Skrtel the new Frank Sinclair?

    Ollie from London, via text: Another own goal from Skrtel?! He is absolutely banging them in!

    Anonymous via text: Skrtel on a roll. Didn't he score a couple for Hull last weekend?

  115. 1635: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 2-2 Chelsea

    Samuel Eto'o scuffs an effort just past the post for Chelsea before Marc Muniesa sweeps a shot wide for Stoke as action continues to swing from one end to another. I get the feeling there is a winner to come, but which way will it go?

  116. 1634: 
    Liverpool 2-1 West Ham

    West Ham's goal has really changed the complexion of this match. Suddenly it's Liverpool on the back foot as Matt Jarvis orchestrates a fine Hammers second-half performance.

  117. 1632: 

    We're around 70 minutes into our 3pm kick-offs. Can Southampton nick it against City? Have the Hammers got a leveller in them? What about Chelsea at Stoke? It's all set up nicely.

  118. 1632: 

    Two big goals in the Championship. Michael Kightly has put Burnley 1-0 up in their game against managerless Barnsley - that would take them top of the table tonight.

    Leicester, who started the day top, have pulled one back against Brighton. Andy King has made it 2-1.

  119. 1632: 
    WBA 0-1 Norwich

    West Brom continue to waste chances to equalise as Shane Long volleys tamely at John Ruddy after Youssouf Mulumbu's deflected shot falls kindly into his path. Victor Anichebe then sends a diving header wide from Billy Jones' cross. Will the Baggies rue these missed opportunities?

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at St Mary'sSouthampton 1-1 Manchester City

    "Whatever the outcome of this game, Southampton are a credit to the work of manager Mauricio Pochettino and the club's outstanding academy. The press and play at a great tempo and are a very attractive team to watch. It is very easy to see why defender Luke Shaw is such a coveted player - his crossing today has been outstanding."

  121. 1631: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff

    One for technology as Cameron Jerome looks like he has bundled in a third for Palace but the goal decision system rules the ball has not crossed the line. Cardiff hanging on by inches. Literally.

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    Darren Hughes: Chamakh on the score sheet again. Arsenal should seriously consider buying him in the January transfer window.

    Kareem: 2 in 2 for Dani Osvaldo, should score.. Southampton really playing some nice stuff, should make this supremacy count.

    Peter Collins: I'm curious how long Hart will sit on the bench for. Pantilimon is doing well, but they are still conceding!

  123. 1630: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 2-2 Chelsea

    There will be no hat-trick for Andre Schurrle as he makes way for Samuel Eto'o, while Frank Lampard comes on John Mikel Obi as Jose Mourinho makes a double change.

    Steve Claridge on Final Score, BBC SportLiverpool 2-1 West Ham

    "It was a great chance for West Ham there. He didn't quite get the connection but if he did then he scores."

  125. 1629: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-1 West Ham

    West Ham striker Modibo Maiga goes close once again - narrowly failing to turn James Collins's shot past Simon Mignolet. Moments later, Mohamed Diame blazes wide from 25 yards out.

  126. 1627: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 2-2 Chelsea

    I would not dare to call this game at the moment as both sides continue to have chances to take the lead. This time, Stephen Ireland is guilty of missing a golden opportunity as Steven N'Zonzi's cross is knocked down for the midfielder by Peter Crouch, but he shoots high and wide when unmarked from eight yards.

  127. 1624: 

    Conference North side Brackley Town fell 2-0 down at Macclesfield in an all non-league tie at the Moss Rose, but have pulled a goal back through Steve Diggin.

    Stourbridge's FA Cup dream is coming to an end - they trail 3-0 at Stevenage, while Conference Premier side Kidderminster lead by the same scoreline against League Two club Newport County.

    Brentford, who lost manager Uwe Rosler to Wigan this morning, are drawing 1-1 at Carlisle, while League One leaders Leyton Orient are 1-0 up against Walsall.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 1-1 Manchester City

    "Manchester City have just made two substitutions and Yaya Toure has been moved further up the pitch. Toure will have a bit more responsibility to play around Sergio Aguero. He's got the technical ability and the engine to do that."

    Listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  129. 1623: 
    CLOSE!- WBA 0-1 Norwich

    Bizarre defending by Norwich almost gifts West Brom an equaliser as Sebastien Bassong first paws at the ball as he attempts to pass back to John Ruddy, but misses completely and it runs through to Martin Olsson. The former Blackburn defender inexplicably decides to sidefoot the ball weakly to Stephane Sessegnon, who is again thwarted by Ruddy from six yards.

  130. 1622: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-1 West Ham - Martin Skrtel own goal (66 mins)

    Will Liverpool pay for those missed chances? Guy Demel whips a cross to the far post which Matt Jarvis puts back into the mixer for Martin Skrtel to turn past his own keeper.

  131. 1621: 

    Leeds have come from 2-0 down to be level against Watford. Danny Pugh pulled one back and Matt Smith has just headed an equaliser.

    Simon Cox puts Nottingham Forest into a 1-0 lead in their game at Sheffield Wednesday, a scoreline that won't help caretaker boss Stuart Gray land the Owls job.

    David McGoldrick has scored Ipswich's equaliser as they are drawing 1-1 with Huddersfield. Substitute Paul Caddis has done likewise for Birmingham against Middlesbrough.

    QPR, who are on course to go top of the Championship, have brought on Gary O'Neil and Niko Kranjcar in their game with fellow big spenders Blackburn. That one is still 0-0.

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    George in Chelsea, via text: There's no doubt that Cech has been one of the best keepers the Premier League has seen, but surely Courtois has to take over next season? Some dodgy mistakes from Cech whilst Thibaut goes from strength to strength, it's not worth risking losing him to stay loyal in my opinion!

    Paul in London, via text: Another potentially costly blunder from Cech in only a matter of weeks. How long before the best keeper in La Liga, Courtois, gets called back?

    Maximus, via text: What was Cech thinking? This is annoying. Chelsea defence is embarrassing. Very poor. Bring back Courtois.

    Newcastle United fans at Old Trafford

    Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul: What a win that is .. 41 years last time we won at old Trafford.. Great spirit and believe again.. Nice journey home.

  134. 1620: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 2-0 West Ham

    Liverpool have been completely dominant in the second half and it's a wonder that they aren't already 3-0 up. Raheem Sterling has just spurned two glorious chances, being denied first by Guy Demel's block and then by a fine Jussi Jaaskelainen save.

  135. 1618: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 2-2 Chelsea

    We have not seen too much of Fernando Torres in this game, and we won't see any more of him as Jose Mourinho brings off the Spanish striker, replacing him with Demba Ba.

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    Charlie Stock: At the moment it looks as though Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City will be battling out in the top 4 this season.

    Shohidur Rahman: How Courtois and Lukaku have been loaned out by Chelsea shocks me. 2 unbelievable talents.

    Fahad Khan: Chelsea have really grabbed the uncut jewel of German football. What a talent that lad Schurrle is.

    Paul Moore: Poor from Man City, how many times this season they have scored in an away match and then go to sleep. Away form terrible.

  137. 1617: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Stoke 2-2 Chelsea

    Andre Schurrle is agonisingly close to scoring his and Chelsea's third as he launches a dipping effort that beats Asmir Begovic but smashes the top of the bar.

  138. 1616: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff - Marouane Chamakh (58 mins)

    Selhurst Park erupts as that man Marouane Chamakh finds the net for the second time in a week - the striker smashing home after Barry Bannan's teasing cross into the box had been partially cleared by Ben Turner. What impossible job?

  139. 1615: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 1-1 Man City

    Another chance goes begging for the Saints as Vincent Kompany clears straight into the path of Dani Osvaldo who screws a low shot wide.

  140. 1615: 
    WBA 0-1 Norwich

    Steve Clarke's attacking switch has improved West Brom, but they still trail to Gary Hooper's early opener. Stephane Sessegnon goes closest of all Baggies' players when he outpaces the defences but hits his low shot just wide of the post.

  141. 1614: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff

    Cameron Jerome has given Crystal Palace something extra in recent weeks and he almost puts the Eagles 2-0 up when he muscles forward and has a low shot tipped wide by David Marshall.

    BBC Radio 5 live's John HartsonSouthampton 1-1 Man City

    "Dani Osvaldo should have hit the target at least. Costel Pantilimon comes racing out at Jay Rodriguez's feet, but Osvaldo should have scored. Again, a wonderful save and he's showing he's a top keeper."

    Listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  143. 1612: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-0 West Ham

    That's not good news for Liverpool fans. Steven Gerrard pulls up with what appears to be a hamstring injury and instantly signals to the bench to be substituted. Lucas is sent on in his place.

  144. 1611: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-2 Chelsea - Andre Schurrle (52 mins)

    Blink and you'll miss it at the moment at the Britannia as Chelsea respond immediately. Juan Mata floats a free kick into the area and the defence clears, but only as far as Andre Schurrle, who volleys through a crowd of players and into the net.

  145. 1610: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 1-1 Man City

    Southampton should be in the lead. First Jay Rodriguez charges through but his heavy touch allows City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to beat the ball clear. From the follow-up, Dani Osvaldo blazes over the bar. A terrible miss from a man capable of such sublime skill.

    Garth Crooks on Final Score, BBC SportLiverpool 2-0 West Ham

    "Brendan Rodgers is definitely steering the ship in the right direction. If they can finish in the top four then he's done it because he will keep Luis Suarez. I think he is doing a great job because as it stands they will be third in the table."

  147. 1608: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-1 Chelsea - Stephen Ireland (50 mins)

    Oh dear! Credit to Stoke as they take the lead but this is a situation no-one envisaged happening for much of the first half. Jon Walters squares a pass for Stephen Ireland and he curls a shot out of the reach of Petr Cech and in off the post. Home fans booming.

  148. 1607: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff

    A much brighter start to the second half for the visitors, who force two quick corners. However, Palace's defence is up to the test. Incidentally, Craig Noone is on for Don Cowie for Cardiff.

  149. 1605: 
    SUBSTITUTION- WBA 0-1 Norwich

    Two changes for West Brom at the break as Shane Long and Saido Berahino come on for Liam Ridgewell and Morgan Amalfitano respectively. The Baggies are swift out of the blocks after that attacking switch and have a chance when Stephane Sessegnon smashes a first-time shot that hits defender Martin Olsson on the line.

  150. 1603: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 West Ham - Mamadou Sakho (47 mins)

    A dream start to the second half for Liverpool as Steven Gerrard floats a free-kick to the far post, which is turned in by Mamadou Sakho under pressure from a hapless James Collins.


    Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski: Thanks to all the fans for following me during the time of rehabilitation and giving me the support and strength to come back!

  152. 1602: 

    We're back under way in our five Premier League matches up and down the country. Let's get stuck in...

  153. 1601: 

    That was a frenetic end to the first half. We had three goals go in within seconds of each other. Let's see what the second set of 45 has in store for us...

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    Josh via text: Chelsea's woeful set-piece defending is making these games so much harder than they need to be.

    Steve, via text: Petr Cech, numerous mistakes, yet still somehow regarded as a sensational goalkeeper.

    Andrew in Cardiff via text: How can we finish 15 points ahead of Palace, spend three times as much as them in the summer and still struggle to create anything worthwhile? Someone at Cardiff has a lot to answer for.

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    Myles Warwood: I'm worried that Mike Ashley is going to try and cash in on success in January rather than try and build on it

    Felix Keith: Encouraging stuff for Saints. Playing well against strong City side despite injuries. Osvaldo looking worth the money.

    Tunde Akere: There is something about Man City and Chelsea, they both scored at the same time and conceded at the same time.

  156. 1556: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United

    Newcastle United midfielder and matchwinner Yohan Cabaye: "We had to come back to the basics to win the game and that is what we have done. The manager told us before the game (about Newcastle's record at Old Trafford), maybe it was the right time to to come here and win the game.

    "We were just focused on the game to do the right things, stay solid and we are all happy today.

    "No more pressure on us. The league this year is quite open. The big teams are on the top and it is very hard too say who are going to league, we are sixth or seventh and get some confidence to play relaxed and not think about the relegation."

  157. 1556: 

    Plenty of late first-half goals in the Championship.

    Cameron Stewart put Charlton up in their game with relegation rivals Yeovil - he used to be on loan with the Glovers. And Johnnie Jackson made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

    Reading have not lost at home in the league this season but they are 2-0 down to Bournemouth after goals from Lewis Grabban and Matt Ritchie.

    Huddersfield lead Ipswich 1-0. James Vaughan missed a penalty for the Terriers but Daniel Ward has put them ahead.

    Joe Mason and Andre Moritz have put Bolton 2-0 up against Doncaster Rovers. Watford have gone 2-0 up at Leeds after Cristian Battocchio scored in the 45th minute.

    QPR are still in line to overtake Leicester at the top of the table. The R's are drawing 0-0 with Blackburn, while the Foxes are 2-0 down at Brighton.

  158. 1555: 

    We're at the halfway point in all of today's 16 FA Cup ties and Kidderminster Harriers are set to accept the role of second-round giant-killers.

    The Conference Premier side lead 3-0 against Newport County of League Two with goals from Michael Gash and a brace from Callum Gittings.

    As things stand, Macclesfield are the only other non-league club heading through - they are 1-0 up against Conference North outfit Brackley Town.

    Southern Premier side Stourbridge - who are 79 places below League One Stevenage in the football pyramid - conceded a late first-half goal to trail 1-0 at the Lamex Stadium, while non-league duo Dover and Grimsby are both holding Football League opposition.


    To see a live photo gallery of today's Premier League action, head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  160. 1549:  
    John Roder, Match of the Day commentator at Selhurst ParkHALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff

    "A tale of two early first-half opportunities, Fraizer Campbell saw his header saved by Speroni and then moments later, Cameron Jerome scored his first goal for Palace as he headed home against his old club."

  161. 1549:  
    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentator at the Britannia StadiumHALF-TIME- Stoke 1-1 Chelsea
    Jose Mourinho

    "Chelsea dominated most of the play and showed the better quality against a Stoke side who were second best. But the hosts have hauled themselves back into the game through Peter Crouch."

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    Daniel: Yes Man United were poor but credit to Newcastle who took complete advantage and deserved the win things looking up for the Toon.

    Kit Sprosan: United fans need to show more patience. Too many knee-jerk reactions in football nowadays.

    Maverick: Fans who are slagging off Moyes are not real fans they are just glory hunters who just started following United in recent years.

  163. 1546:  
    Chief Football writer Phil McNulty at St Mary'sHALF-TIME- Southampton 1-1 Man City

    Rapturous ovation from Southampton's fans for their team at half-time. This has been so entertaining. Saints could have been thrown off course by Manchester City's flying start but not a bit of it. Set up perfectly for the second half.

  164. 1546:  
    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentator at The HawthornsHALF-TIME- WBA 0-1 Norwich

    "Norwich lead 1-0 at the Hawthorns thanks to Gary Hooper's fifth goal of the season. The Baggies have been on top but visiting keeper John Ruddy has only really been tested once, by Victor Anichebe's 20-yard effort midway through the half."

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 1-1 Man City

    "What an equalising goal. Total individual brilliance."

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  166. 1546:  
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at AnfieldHALF-TIME- Liverpool 1-0 West Ham

    "Guy Demel is the goalscorer as he diverts Jussi Jaaskelainen's save into his own net - the first time the goalkeeper had been called into action. Liverpool, somewhat fortuitously, lead 1-0 at the break."

  167. 1545: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 1-0 West Ham

    Liverpool almost double their lead within a minute but Luis Suarez, who it must be said is not having his best game for the Reds today, blazes wildly over after being sent through by Raheem Sterling.

  168. 1542: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-1 Man City - Dani Osvaldo (42 mins)

    A superb goal from Dani Osvaldo to equalise. The striker collects the ball on the edge of the box, leaves Vincent Kompany on his backside and floats the ball into the far top corner. Magical.

  169. 1542: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-1 Chelsea - Peter Crouch (42 mins)

    Chelsea are stung for failing to take their chances, of which there have been plenty, as Stoke level from a corner. Chelsea keeper Petr Cech only has himself to blame for conceding as he initially runs out in an effort to claim the corner, but finds himself stuck in a group of Chelsea players and the ball falls to Peter Crouch, who stabs home.

  170. 1542: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 West Ham - Guy Demel own goal (42 mins)

    Terrible luck for West Ham as Luis Suarez takes a shot which bounces off goalkeeper Jussi Jasskelainen and deflects into Guy Demel who turns it into his own goal.

  171. 1541: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham hit Liverpool on the counter and Matt Jarvis puts a perfect cross into the six-yard box but Modibo Maiga had checked his run and the chance goes begging. At the other end, Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is sent through one-on-one with Jussi Jasskelainen but scuffs his shot wide.

  172. 1540: 
    Stoke 0-1 Chelsea

    Another Chelsea chance and once again it is through Ramires, who scampers towards the edge of the area from midway inside the Stoke half but his low shot is scooped up by Asmir Begovic. At least Ramires kept it low this time.

    Garth Crooks on Final Score, BBC SportManchester United 0-1 Newcastle United

    On David Moyes' post-match interview: "There is no sense of hope. There is no feeling that 'we will get there and we will turn it around'. He is looking like a man who is struggling to find the reasoning at the moment.

    "What is most concerning is that Man United have lost five games this season and three of them have come at home.

    "We are now talking about whether United can make the top four and qualify for the Champions League and on that form I would say no."


    Newcastle striker Moussa Sissoko: Great result!! Congratulations to the whole team for this great game!

    Newcastle players
  175. 1538: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-1 Man City

    Southampton are playing some wonderful stuff now - Luke Shaw putting a teasing cross into the box, which Manchester City's defenders let whizz by and Calum Chambers turns it just wide. This could be 3-3.

  176. 1537: 
    WBA 0-1 Norwich

    West Brom are still seeing a lot of the ball but Norwich keeper John Ruddy may as well have taken a seat in the stands for the first 30 minutes, he had that little to do. However, he is finally tested when Victor Anichebe wraps his foot around the ball to curl a shot goalwards from just inside the area, but Ruddy reacts well to push the ball away. Better from the home side though.

  177. 1536: 
    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Liverpool are not playing as well as they did against Norwich in midweek, with James Collins doing a good job of keeping Luis Suarez quiet. Maybe Wales can loan him to England for the summer?

  178. 1533: 

    Leicester City are looking likely to drop off the top of the Championship tonight after going 2-0 down to Brighton, with Craig Conway scoring their second. QPR, who started the day behind the Foxes only on goals scored, are still level with Blackburn.

    Middlesbrough have lost five away games in a row but they lead 1-0 at Birmingham thanks to Mustapha Carayol's 22nd-minute strike.

  179. 1533: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-1 Man City

    Southampton continue to trade punches with Manchester City though and James Milner has to be alert to nick the ball away from Adam Lallana in the six-yard box.

  180. 1532: 
    WHAT A MISS- Southampton 0-1 Man City

    So he is human after all! Sergio Ageuro blazes over from eight yards out after good build-up play from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta. Now they are getting their away form sorted, Manuel Pellegrini's side look a formidable outfit.

  181. 1531: 
    Stoke 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea are knocking on the door for a second goal and this time Fernando Torres slips a pass for Ramries just inside the area, but the Brazilian once again balloons his shot well over the bar. Let off for the home side.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 0-1 Man City

    "Southampton have come back into the game a little bit. Manchester City's tails are up slightly and what I like about Manchester City is that when Southampton had a free-kick a couple of minutes ago, the wall stood still. If City can show they can do the ugly side, like that, naturally their ability will see them win more than they lose."

    Listen to commentary of this match on Radio 5 live.

  183. 1529: 
    SHOWBOAT- Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet decides to show off some nifty footwork in his own penalty area, but he's good enough to give a lunging Kevin Nolan the slip and clear the danger. Still, a nervous moment for Liverpool supporters.

  184. 1528: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff

    Palace are forced into a change with Dean Moxey limping off to be replaced by Adrian Mariappa. The home fans at Selhurst Park will hope it doesn't have too big an impact as their side are in control.

  185. 1527: 

    Kidderminster are on course to cause the shock of the FA Cup second round today. Michael Gash has put the Conference Premier side in front against Newport County of League Two.

    Elsewhere, Danny Andrew has given Macclesfield the lead against Brackley Town of Conference North, while it's bad news for another non-league side as Welling are 3-0 down at League Two outfit Plymouth.

    Southend have come from 1-0 down to lead at Chesterfield and Southern Premier side Stourbridge - the lowest-ranked team left in the competition - are still goalless at League One club Stevenage.

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    Zach Kingsbury: You can lead a horse to water but can't make it drink. Moyes can pick who he wants to play but can't make them play well.

    Moe Muntz: @ManUtd just need to look at #NUFC to see what keeping faith in a new manager does. Moyes needs to bring his own players.

    Matt Graham: At some point the players need to take responsibility for poor performances, they are hiding behind criticism for Moyes at the moment.

  187. 1524: 
    WBA 0-1 Norwich

    West Brom have not let that early goal by Gary Hooper get to them and they are on top at the moment as they pursue an equaliser. Youssouf Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe have half chances but John Ruddy saves both comfortably. Plenty of time to go yet as they look to record a first win in five games.

  188. 1523: 
    Southampton 0-1 Man City

    Southampton have responded well to going behind - James Ward-Prowse having a free-kick deflected over the bar before City keeper Costel Pantilimon deals expertly with the resulting corner.

  189. 1522: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Another great chance for Modibo Maiga as the striker gets on the end of Matt Jarvis's excellent cross and brings a superb diving save out of Simon Mignolet. Is the big Belgian stopper one of the unsung heroes of the season?

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    Avin Sharma: SAF was selfish. He knew the squad had only one good year left, didn't invest for the future and left Moyes with a dead team.

    Jack Bennett: People say Utd need a marquee signing (in midfield), but they really need a marquee manager who can inspire the players.

    Suvodeep Das: #MediocreMoyes has to be Sir Alex's worst signing for #MUFC - making a good team look much worse than it actually is!

  191. 1520: 

    Championship leaders Leicester are behind already, with Ashley Barnes putting Brighton 1-0 up after nine minutes. QPR will go top as it stands as they draw 0-0 with Blackburn. Burnley, in third, are level with managerless Barnsley.

    New boss Uwe Rosler is watching Wigan from the stands but it took them only three minutes to concede as Steve Morison put Millwall 1-0 up.

    Troy Deeney has put Watford 1-0 up at Leeds in the only other Championship goal of the first 15 minutes.

  192. 1520: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff

    The last time Crystal Palace earned back-to-back wins in the Premier League was in 2004 but their display so far today has given them a sniff of repeating the feat. Cameron Jerome's early header is the difference and their visitors have not threatened since. Barry Bannan has fired wide for the Eagles and they look the more likely to get the game's second.

  193. 1519: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 0-1 Chelsea

    It has been far from a start to remember for Stoke and things have just taken a turn for the worse as the luckless Charlie Adam has to come off with an injury. The midfielder takes a whack to his back from team-mate Glen Whelan's shot and trudges off soon after, with Stephen Ireland taking his place in midfield.

  194. 1519: 
    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Liverpool are dominant at Anfield so far - Sam Allardyce chewing gum furiously as he looks on nervously in his salmon pink shirt and claret and blue tie.

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    Freddy, via text: We United fans are getting a taste of mediocrity for the first time in 20 years. Sadly some of us don't seem to realise how spoilt we have been. Good riddance to the glory hunters!

    Anonymous via text: The Glazers need to decide how they feel about no Champions League football next year. If that's not an option, Moyes will be out by Christmas. Rooney will be off too - smartly putting himself at the top of everyone's shopping list by carrying the team.

    Jim in Manchester, via text: Moyes has turned United into a frightened, negative team devoid of style and confidence.

  196. 1517: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Chances are coming thick and fast at Anfield - most of them for Liverpool. This time, Jordan Henderson has the opportunity to put the Reds ahead, but Guy Demel does just enough to deflect the midfielder's close-range effort over.

    Chief Football writer Phil McNulty at St Mary'sSouthampton 0-1 Man City

    "Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini made the bold pre-match claim that Sergio Aguero is a better all-round player than Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Plenty will give him an argument on that one but what is beyond debate is that Aguero is world class and that instinctive finish past Southampton keeper Paulo Gazzaniga proved it."

  198. 1514: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "It could have been much better, we were needing a goal to give us confidence. They got a goal we could have done better with and it changed the game.

    "We did not create enough but we did create some. When you are not quite firing you need things to go for us, they didn't.

    "I was due to take him (Van Persie) off after 60 minutes but if I had people would have said what are you doing? We were chasing the game and needed to get a goal back.

    "You try and win the next game. We move on. We will try and win the next game, never think much further than that."

    David Moyes
    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 0-1 Man City

    "Sergio Aguero's got into the six yard box and pulled away from five Southampton players. It was a great ball from Aleksandar Kolarov. But I feel Man City should be 2-0 up as Alvaro Negredo missed a great chance early on."

  200. 1514: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-1 Man City

    Southampton are on the ropes at the moment - Aleksandar Kolarov flicking a header wide. Mauricio Pochettino looks a little concerned for once.

  201. 1513: 
    GOAL- WBA 0-1 Norwich - Gary Hooper (13 mins)

    Harsh on West Brom, who had started the game brighter than Norwich but the first chance Gary Hooper has he gobbles it up. Leroy Fer slides the ball between two defenders for Hooper to run on to and the striker smashes a low shot home from the edge of the area.

  202. 1512: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Great chances at either end at Anfield - both wasted. First, West Ham's Modibo Maiga can't make contact with Mohamed Diame's clever through ball. Moments later, Luis Suarez fires weakly at Jussi Jasskelainen with an uncharacteristic lack of aplomb.

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    Chris in Leeds, via text: The elephant in the room no United fan seems to want to mention is Fergie's contribution to this demise. He built the foundations of the club on constant evolution, but stopped when he lost the energy which is proven by the fact the players he either signed or brought through three years ago are not good enough or not ready now. Its like he sacrificed all his principals for the personal pride of knocking Liverpool off their perch and then silencing those pesky noisy neighbours. Perhaps in spite of last seasons title, United's long-term future will have been better served if he'd retired three years ago.

    Garth Crooks on Final Score, BBC SportCrystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff

    "It was a good finish by Jerome. What I like about him is that he is mobile, he can run the channels and is the perfect foil for Marouane Chamakh."

  205. 1510: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Chelsea - Andre Schurrle (9 mins)

    He has looked lively in the opening stages and it is no surprise as Andre Schurrle gives Chelsea the lead at Stoke. The midfielder picks up a pass from John Mikel Obi, twists and turns to open up space outside the area before finding the far corner with a low shot.

  206. 1510: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-1 Man City - Sergio Aguero (10 mins)

    Manchester City just keep on purring. Aleksandar Kolarov puts the ball on a plate for Sergio Aguero to smash home from 12 yards. That's 18 goals in 18 starts for the little striker. Class.

  207. 1509: 
    Southampton 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City are pinging the ball about nicely early on, but it's Southampton's Steven Davis who has the first real opportunity when he laces one just wide.

  208. 1507: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff - Cameron Jerome (6 mins)

    The Eagles have flight! Cameron Jerome scores against his former club with a six-yard header from Jason Puncheon's pinpoint cross. What a difference a Pulis makes.

  209. 1506: 
    Stoke 0-0 Chelsea

    Stoke have won just once at home in the Premier League since August and they are on the back foot a little in the early stages against Chelsea. Jose Mourinho's side have the first chance of the game as Andre Schurrle breezes through the Stoke defence before cutting the ball back for Ramires inside the area, but Brazilian scoops his shot well over.

  210. 1505: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff have not scored a goal in three away matches but they should be ahead inside two minutes at Selhurst Park. A cross from the right is deflected towards Fraizer Campbell who has a free header from six yards which is brilliantly saved by Julian Speroni. Frustration for Malky Mackay. Relief for Palace who were napping.

    Garth Crooks on Final Score, BBC SportLiverpool 0-0 West Ham

    "I think West Ham are in trouble this season, even with that win last week. Too many players look disinterested so it will be interesting to see how they do today."

  212. 1502: 
    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    An early chance for West Ham as Stewart Downing, desperate to impress against his former club, sends in an early cross to the back stick which Matt Jarvis heads wide.

  213. 1500: 

    Right then, we're under way in our five 3pm kick-offs. We'll bring you David Moyes reaction as we get it.

  214. 1459: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Here's more from Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew: "I think it is difficult for David and the club, he is a great manager. It is very important the fans and the board stick with him. He has proven he will be great for this football club. David is big enough to stand up to that."

  215. 1457: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle's Chieck Tiote: "We knew it would be difficult to come to Old Trafford and win. We think we played well and that is why we won the game. The second half was difficult for us because they tried to create chances but we stayed compact. We kept the ball and that is why we won the game.

    "When you win a game you get confidence. We beat a lot of good teams, the key in our team is we play together, we work hard and we close down. That is a big, big win, we will never forget that."

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    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at St Mary's StadiumSouthampton v Man City (1500 GMT)

    "Manchester City's away form has undermined their early season brilliance at home but Manuel Pellegrini's side looked to have found the formula with a win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday. They will face a tough examination here at St. Mary's today from Southampton, who have been so impressive this season despite successive losses to Chelsea and Aston Villa. Saints have injury worries but there is still plenty of talent in Mauricio Pochettino's team."

  218. 1455: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle
    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "It's one of the top moments in my time here, it's been 41 years we've been waiting. A magnificent performance. I know we won't get the headlines because of United and David Moyes, but we deserve them because the players were magnificent.

    "I asked them to play differently today, to keep the ball and we did that. We made it difficult for them and it's a great day for us.

    "I thought we were worthy, we had control and they didn't have too many moments. When the game was controlled I thought we were in charge. I thought Hatem Ben Arfa changed the game off the bench and he now knows the sort of work rate you need in this team.

    "It is tough for David Moyes and I thought events worked against him with no Rooney. He's a great person and great manager and the best thing this club can do is stick by him. They've done that before and he'll come out smiling."

  219. 1452: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Alan Pardew has just done his post-match interview and believes Manchester United should stick by David Moyes. The Magpies are certainly benefiting from keeping faith with Pardew.

    Moyes and Pardew
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    Ciaran a United fan, via text: I am backing Moyes but I'm worried that it is still unclear what style of football United are trying to play. I still don't know what the Moyes United is like.

    Ian from Kent, via text: The players no longer believe in Moyes and you can't blame them since he has never won anything. The Glazer's have to act now to have any chance of making top 4. Solskjaer would inspire players and would play the United not Everton way.

    Ade, via text: United have been pretty average since Ronaldo left, Fergie just managed to get that extra 20% out of everyone every game. Saying that, the continued neglect of their central midfield area for the last 3 or 4 years is absolutely criminal.

  221. 1448: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Today is the first time Newcastle have won away against reigning Premier League champions. Not a bad time to start.

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    Adam Gray: I want to stay optimistic, but watching Man United play long ball football at Old Trafford is pretty bleak.

    Andrew Robson: No bite, no cutting edge, no points.... More records broken but not the good kind. Time to wake up Man Utd... Please

    Hiwa Mirkhan: Ferguson was good for choosing players but he is definitely bad for choosing Moyes!

    Ed Gutteridge: We knew it would be a hard season but this is woeful for a side that just won the league. Lack of desire today was inexcusable.

  223. 1444: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Look away now Manchester United fans.

    Newcastle fans - turn up your speakers and listen to the moment Yohan Cabaye gave your side a famous victory at Old Trafford.

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    Anisa: Manchester Utd fans calling for Moyes to be sacked is ridiculous! You cannot replicate Ferguson in 15 matches - get real

    Matthew Thorley: If city were in United's position Pellegrini would have been sacked by now. Moyes is way out of his depth

    Mark: Utd's season isn't an indication of Moyes being bad, it shows how good Ferguson was. Utd team has been average for years.

  225. 1443: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    How about these for stats? Newcastle - the visitors to Old Trafford - enjoyed more possession and more shots on goal than Manchester United. That doesn't happen too often.

  226. 1441: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    What's going wrong, Manchester United fans? How can this situation be fixed? Let me know via the usual channels.

    Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "United have had the odd bit of quality but over the course of the 90 minutes they have not been good enough.

    "I have been very impressed with Newcastle they have been organised and well-drilled but United look lacking in leaders and confidence and need to do more in the middle of the park, where they are lacking in creativity."

  228. 1438: 
    HOW THEY STAND- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    It's party time for Newcastle though - that result takes them up to sixth in the table. Man Utd? They are still down in ninth.

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  229. 1437: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    And there it is - the full-time whistle goes and Manchester United lose two consecutive home league games for the first time in more than 10 years.

    Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "Newcastle are playing a risky game here trying to slow things down. All they had to do was keep posession and take the ball down the other end of the pitch."

    You can listen to full 90 minute commentary from Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live and online on the BBC Sport website.

  231. 1435: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Vurnon Anita goes into the book after tangling with Anderson. Man Utd are awarded a free-kick 40 yards out but it comes to nothing. A distinct lack of quality in forward positions has been on show all afternoon.

  232. 1433: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    A slight moment of comedy as David Moyes tries to throw the ball back for his side but ends up doing a little jig with an obstructive Hatem Ben Arfa on the sidelines. An unlikely couple. Five minutes of stoppage time...

  233. 1431: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Three minutes left for Man Utd to find a leveller or for Newcastle to hold on. This is a big moment in the season of both sides.

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    Gareth Soye: Dear Santa, instead of putting your feet up after Christmas do you fancy a few months of managing United?

    Dan: Dear Santa, please can I get a DVD of United's season so far? Sincerely, every Liverpool fan.

    David Barton: Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a lifetime Old Trafford contract for one David Moyes. Yours, Liverpool fans everywhere.

  235. 1430: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Manchester United supporters can hardly watch as one or two file out of the ground. Would defeat today be more galling than against Everton? The Reds are working hard down the flanks but running into a yellow brick wall so far.

  236. 1430: 

    If you want to keep across all the action in the Premier League, Football League and FA Cup then Final Score is the place to be, with all the goals and action as it happens. You can watch now on the Red Button and on the BBC website and from 1630 GMT on BBC 1.

  237. 1426: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle's turn to make their final change - Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replacing a hobbling Mathieu Debuchy.

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    Alistair White: Dear Santa, Please help United maintain their current form. It makes us Spurs fans feel much better about life!

    Top Banana: Dear Santa, has Jimmy Grimble finished with his boots? I can't seem to do anything right nowadays. Sincerely, Fellaini

    Paul Hirsch: Dear Santa, please help us rebuild quicker than the 8 years it took Arsenal! Desperately, David Moyes

    Shuga: Dear Santa, we need you to draft a sack letter for Moyes. Thanks always, Man Utd fans.

  239. 1423: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    There's 10 minutes left at Old Trafford. Is Fergie about today? I reckon Moyes will want to borrow his watch.

    Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "I think Newcastle should just go for the second goal. They are asking for trouble at the moment as they allow United to come at them and they are looking dangerous at the moment. "

    You can listen to full 90 minute commentary from Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live and online on the BBC Sport website.

  241. 1421: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    A final roll of the dice as David Moyes throws on Antonio Valencia for Rafael while Newcastle bring on Shola Ameobi for goalscorer Yohan Cabaye.

  242. 1421: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- WBA v Norwich (15:00)

    WBA midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu returns to the Baggies side after serving a one-match ban. Diego Lugano also starts in place of suspended defender Jonas Olsson.

    For Norwich, striker Gary Hooper leads the line having been on the bench in the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool in midweek.

    WBA XI: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Lugano, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Brunt, Anichebe.

    Norwich XI: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Bassong (c), Olsson; Redmond, Howson, Johnson, Fer, Elmander, Hooper.

  243. 1420: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    This must be agony for Man Utd fans. Probably Newcastle supporters too. Robin van Persie floats a dangerous free-kick just past the far post as the ball narrowly evades the all-important final touch from a Reds player.

  244. 1417: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Chelsea (15:00)

    Stoke recall Jonathan Walters in attack and Rob Huth returns to face his old club after injury. Marc Muniesa also comes in to the defence to replace the injured Erik Pieters.

    Chelsea leave Frank Lampard on the bench, one of two changes from the side that started in the midweek win over Sunderland. John Mikel Obi comes in to the holding midfield role and Andre Schurrle replaces Willian.

    Stoke XI: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Muniesa; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch.

    Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Hazard, Mata, Schurrle; Torres.

  245. 1416: 

    Derby County scored five second-half goals to beat nine-man Blackpool. Chris Martin scored a hat-trick, while Craig Bryson and Richard Keogh were also on target.

    Neal Bishop and Angel Martinez were sent off as Blackpool collected their fifth red card in their last two games.

  246. 1415: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL FOR MAN UTD- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Talk about drama. Man Utd believe they have drawn level when Robin van Persie heads home from six yards out, but the Dutch striker was offside when the ball was helped into his direction by Jonny Evans. Tense.

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    Anonymous via text: Dear Santa, can we borrow Man City's 2nd string midfield until the end May? Love a desperate United fan xx

    Bucko in Manchester, via text: Dear Santa, forget about presents this year, I can get you another job. Have you ever played centre midfield before though? Sincerely D Moyes

    Conrad in Halifax, via text: Dear Santa, please can I have Group E instead. Thanks, Roy Hodgson.

  248. 1414: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    This means a lot to Newcastle supporters - they are cheering every pass, tackle and United mistake.

  249. 1414: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Crystal Palace v Cardiff (15:00)

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis keeps faith with the side which beat West Ham on Tuesday night to secure a second win in three matches. Cameron Jerome will face his old club alongside Maroune Chamakh in the Palace front line.

    Cardiff, meanwhile, make one change to the side which drew at Stoke in midweek with Kim Bo-kyung coming in to replace Aron Gunnarson.

    Cardiff XI: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, John, Medel, Bo-Kyung, Whittingham, Mutch, Cowie, Campbell

    Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bannan, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome.

  250. 1413: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    It's all change for the hosts now, with Anderson coming on for Tom Cleverley. I'm not sure the Old Trafford support was particularly pleased with that change judging by their muted reaction.

  251. 1411: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    And here he is... Wilfried Zaha is sent on in place of Nani for his Premier League debut.

  252. 1411: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v West Ham (15:00)

    Liverpool are forced into one change as Daniel Agger misses out because of illness, meaning Mamadou Sakho plays at centre-back.

    West Ham make four changes to the side beaten by Crystal Palace in midweek, with Modibo Maiga, Matt Jarvis, Guy Demel and George McCartney earning starts.

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez.

    West Ham XI: Jaaskelainen, Demel, McCartney, Collins, Tomkins, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Downing, Jarvis, Maiga.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Old TraffordMan Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    "Just as the Manchester United pressure was building, Newcastle score. It was a classic breakaway goal too - straight out of the Sir Alex Ferguson handbook. Injured United midfielder Darren Fletcher came over to watch the replays on the TV next to me in the press box - he didn't seem to enjoy it on second viewing any more than the first. Poor David Moyes: The Newcastle fans are singing "you're getting sacked in the morning" at him now too."

  254. 1409: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Wilfried Zaha is summoned on the Man Utd bench and told to strip for action. It's a time for heroes.

  255. 1409: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Southampton v Man City (15:00)

    Southampton make four changes to the team which lost to Aston Villa midweek, with Calum Chambers, Jose Fonte, Jack Cort and Dani Osvaldo getting the nod to start.

    Manchester City make two changes to the team which beat West Brom in midweek with James Milner and Alvaro Negredo coming in for Edin Dzeko and Jesus Navas. It means Joe Hart remains on the bench.

    Southampton XI: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Osvaldo.

    Manchester City XI: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Kolarov, Milner, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Aguero, Negredo.

    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Old TraffordMan Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    "This is one of the quietest games I have ever seen Robin van Persie have."

  257. 1407: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew should take a lot of credit for that goal. He sensed Manchester United were getting on top and sent on Hatem Ben Arfa to bring about a more attacking outlook from his side. It's paying off so far.

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    UnSimple Simon: Dear Santa, I didn't get anything for the £100m spent this summer. Can I get another £100m? Anxiously, good boy AVB.

    David Edwards: Dear Santa. Please can we draw Man Utd away in the FA Cup 3rd round, & beat Oxford on Monday to get there. Cheers, Andy Morrell [Wrexham manager].

    Rachel T: Dear Santa, could you please forget about football for a minute and sort out the England cricket team?

    Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "You have got say that overall, on the run of play Newcastle deserve it. They have had some good fortune with the goal but it doesn't matter, Newcastle fans go absolutely wild at Old Trafford."

    You can listen to full 90 minute commentary from Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live and online on the BBC Sport website.

  260. 1404: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle - Yohan Cabaye (61 mins)

    Wow. It's game on now as Newcastle take the lead when Moussa Sissoko gets in behind the Man Utd defence and pulls the ball back for Yohan Cabaye to sidefoot past David De Gea via a slight deflection. What have the Red Devils got now?

  261. 1400: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle react to the shift in momentum by sending on Hatem Ben Arfa in place of Yoan Gouffran. We're all set for an interesting final 30 minutes or so.

  262. 1359: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Man Utd are growing into this game now as Patrice Evra's header is cleared off the line by Vurnon Anita. There was a hint of handball about the clearance, but Newcastle probably deserved the benefit of the doubt. A goal-line scramble ensues which Tim Krul just about wins.

    Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live at Old TraffordMan Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    "I know I said I wanted Robin Van Persie to get more involved in the game but I didn't mean for him to drop that deep to get the ball but it really was a superb pass to find Javier Hernandez."

    You can listen to full 90 minute commentary from Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live and online on the BBC Sport website.

  264. 1356: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    What an absolutely amazing pass that is as Robin van Persie splits the Newcastle defence with a raking 50-yard ball forward which Javier Hernandez collects and fires straight at Tim Krul. Moments later, Adnan Januzaj's shot is also saved by Krul. Better from the hosts but their finishing needs work...


    Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett: Hope the boys can bounce back today at the Hawthorns. Good performance and result just what the Dr ordered. Come on.

    Norwich striker Robert Snodgrass: Good luck to the lads today against West Brom hope they get a good result we need a win away from home badly #allthebest #ncfc

  266. 1353: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    David Moyes is imploring more from his side and Rafael obliges by getting forward down the right and whipping in a testing cross which Mike Williamson almost puts past his own keeper under pressure from Robin van Persie.

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    Anonymous via text: Dear Santa, After all the cheer that AVB and Mr Moyes have given us lately it would be greedy to ask for anything else. From The Happy Gooners.

    Anonymous via text: Dear Santa, do you have any more of those Suarez toys I asked for two years ago, the one we have is working fine but I could do with a few more before my friends steal mine, love Brendan, P.S same address.

    Kev in Oakham, via text: Dear Santa, please take Cleverley, Nani, Anderson, Welbeck, Young as far away from Mr Moyes, before they all ruin United completely!

  268. 1351: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Robin van Persie could have written his Christmas cards in the first half, such was the lack of service to the Dutch striker. Man Utd must address this in the second half. The signs aren't good so far.

  269. 1349: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    The second half is under way. Time for the real Manchester United to stand up?

  270. 1348: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    The teams emerge from the tunnel for the second half, followed by Rio Ferdinand who is getting into Phil Neville's ribs about something. "Tell the gaffer to put me on, Fizzer."

    Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "Newcastle have been the better side without really threatening. Debuchy went close at the end there and Jones headed over, while Januzaj has looked lively for United.

    "But Newcastle will be delighted with the way they have played in the first half except for how they have done in the final third."

    You can listen to full 90 minute commentary from Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live and online on the BBC Sport website.

  272. 1344: 

    I've just seen a clip of the players heading into the tunnel for the half-time break, and Fabricio Coloccini was having a very heated discussion with Javier Hernandez. I don't think they were talking about the World Cup draw...

    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentator at The HawthornsWBA v Norwich (15:00)

    "When Norwich last visited The Hawthorns a year ago, they were protecting an impressive 10-match unbeaten run which had taken them up to seventh in the table. It was a series of results which had included victories against Arsenal and Manchester United. It's a very different story this time around and both sides go into the weekend knowing that their proximity to the bottom three is a little too close for comfort."

    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentator at the Britannia StadiumStoke v Chelsea (15:00)

    "Chelsea haven't lost at the Britannia Stadium since Stoke City arrived in the Premier League, and they travel to the Potteries on the back of three straight wins as they try to keep pace with leaders Arsenal. Stoke haven't beaten Chelsea in the league since April 1975, a run encompassing 14 games over 38 years, and they'll have their work cut out here on current form - they have won just once since August."

    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentator at St Mary'sSouthampton v Man City (15:00)

    "Last time I saw Manchester City play, they lost at Sunderland and James Milner told me afterwards that the players had no answers as to why their away form was so at odds with their home form. A win at West Brom would suggest that either they have worked out some answers or that it was just inevitable that such a squad would click away from home in the end. They take on a Southampton side who have suffered three successive defeats, their worst run under Mauricio Pochettino. But they are 10 places higher than this time last season. This is not a crisis at St Mary's."

    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at AnfieldLiverpool v West Ham (15:00)

    "In Luis Suarez's last 28 appearances for Liverpool he's scored 29 times. Charged with the task of trying to keep the Uruguayan quiet are West Ham, whose record at Anfield can only be described as pitiful. They have just three wins in 55 visits, their last coming when The Beatles topped the charts and Sam Allardyce was in short trousers kicking a tennis ball around in the playground at a primary school in Dudley."

    John Roder, Match of the Day commentator at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace v Cardiff (15:00)

    "Cardiff's one away victory this season came in the capital, at Fulham, at the end of September. Since then it's just one win in eight for Malky Mackay's side, but they will certainly fancy their chances of returning home with all three points this weekend, despite Palace's improvement. Cardiff start this match just above the relegation zone, with Palace now only four points behind them following their win over West Ham. Many pundits are predicting a draw, which seems a logical conclusion, yet since when has football been about logic?"

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    While David Moyes hands out the half-time oranges, let's see what the Match of the Day lads think about the 3pm kick-offs.

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    Dave P in Liverpool, via text: Dear Santa, please can Romelu Lukaku be for life, not just for Christmas?

    Raj in Birmingham, via text: Dear Santa, Can I go back to Everton or is it too late? -from David Moyes.

    Shafi in Bedford, via text: Dear Santa, thank you for Soldado but you wouldn't still have the receipt would you? from the Tottenham Board.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Old TraffordMan Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    "Another frustrating first half on home soil for David Moyes and his Manchester United side, who have rarely looked capable of making a breakthrough. Newcastle are well-organised in midfield, well-drilled at the back and have coped with everything that has been thrown at them, which has not been an awful lot."

  281. 1333: 
    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    A disappointing first-half comes to a close. Newcastle will fancy their chances now based on that opening 45 minutes...

  282. 1331: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Oooh, that was close. As the board goes up to signal three additional minutes Mathieu Debuchy nips in behind the Man Utd defence and his angled drive is well saved by David De Gea. That would have spiced up the second half...

  283. 1329: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Old Trafford rises as one to appeal for a penalty when Javier Hernandez works his way into the box and goes down near Fabricio Coloccini's trailing leg. The Newcastle defender didn't touch the Mexican striker, however, and the referee Andre Marriner rightly waves play on. No booking for Chicharito though.

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    David Mansfield: Dear Santa, please get Bale and Modric back to White Hart Lane. From AVB.

    Cian: Dear Santa, can we have a midfield please? love Manchester United fans.

    Conor McMullan: Dear Santa, could I please get a refund for Marouane Fellaini? He isn't working properly. Regards, David William Moyes.

    Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "I just don't think the balance in midfield is right. Januzaj is the only player who is doing anything. Nani has not been in the game, Van Persie has not been in the game and Newcastle are dominating them. They seem to be really lacking in confidence."

    You can listen to full 90 minute commentary from Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live and online on the BBC Sport website.

  286. 1325: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Another promising Man Utd move breaks down when Yoan Gouffran nips the ball off Adnan Januzaj's toe in the box. Meanwhile, there's a few at BBC Sport towers asking why Robin van Persie is taking all of United's set-pieces today? Surely you want your star striker in the box?

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    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Rio Ferdinand is looking happy enough on the Man Utd bench as he shares a joke with his fellow subs. Marouane Fellaini is bored though as he messes with his phone in the stands. Perhaps he's tweeting his 'Dear Santa' to #bbcfootball?

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    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle are growing in confidence now as they snap into the midfield tackles and try and get a few more bodies forward to support Loic Remy. Get to 70 minutes and chuck on Ben Arfa?

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    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Old TraffordMan Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    "Still no joy for Manchester United when it comes to breaking down this well-drilled Newcastle defence and there have been a few groans of frustration from the home fans when passes have gone astray, notably when Phil Jones could only head the ball straight up in the air, rather than into the Newcastle box, and then hesitated and lost possession immediately afterwards.

    "Jones' defensive work has been much more accomplished when Newcastle have threatened on the break but United and their fans await the spark that they need to create a clear-cut chance."

  290. 1320: 

    Big Sam singing Christmas carols, can you imagine?

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    Rosie Dodds: Dear Santa please may Oxford United get Jon Meades, Sean Rigg, Alfie Potter, Andy Whing, Michael Raynes and Jonny Mullins all fit, please.

    Paul Moore: Dear Santa, thank you for the takeover at City. We now have a much better squad than United, I must have been very nice.

    Steve Organ: Dear Santa, in urgent need of a good Christmas Carroll - Big Sam.

    What would you like to see your manager ask Santa for this Christmas?

  292. 1318: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Now it's Newcastle's turn to worry as they end an attack to put the ball out of play so Yohan Cabaye can receive treatment following a tangle with Robin van Persie in the centre circle. The magic sponge comes out and the Frenchman is fit to carry on within a couple of minutes.

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    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    A brief moment of alarm for David De Gea as Yohan Cabaye's dig from 30 yards takes a deflection and loops just over the bar. From the resulting corner, Nemanja Vidic clears Man Utd's lines.

  294. 1313: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    A good opening for Manchester United as they win a free-kick out on the right, which Robin van Persie whips in. Mike Williamson heads it clear - as he does with the follow-up cross from Adnan Januzaj. Quality defending from the big man.

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    James Watt: Dear Santa, please can we have Drogba back? Love from Jose

    Mister P: Dear Santa, could you make Remy's deal permanent and teach Cisse how to score. Sincerely, Alan Pardew.

    Ash Davies: Dear Santa, can we please play Norwich every week. Love Luis Suarez.

    Jakk Stuart: Dear Santa, it was a few years ago that asked for Everton to win at Old Trafford. A lot has happened since then - Moyes.

    What would you like to see your manager ask Santa for this Christmas?

  296. 1311: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle

    Whatever happened to the days when the first 20 minutes at Old Trafford were about as enjoyable as painting fence panels for opposition defenders? Man Utd have had their moments but only on the break so far. Newcastle will be more than happy.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 07 Dec 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 14 19 34
Moving up 2 Liverpool 15 16 30
Moving down 3 Chelsea 15 13 30
Moving down 4 Man City 15 26 29
No movement 5 Everton 14 9 27
No movement 6 Tottenham 15 -1 27
No movement 7 Newcastle 15 -1 26
No movement 8 Southampton 15 5 23
No movement 9 Man Utd 15 3 22
No movement 10 Aston Villa 14 0 19
No movement 11 Swansea 14 1 18
Moving up 12 Stoke 15 -5 17
Moving down 13 Hull 14 -6 17
Moving up 14 Norwich 15 -14 17
Moving down 15 West Brom 15 -4 15
Moving down 16 Cardiff 15 -11 14
No movement 17 West Ham 15 -6 13
Moving up 18 Crystal Palace 15 -12 13
Moving down 19 Fulham 14 -14 10
No movement 20 Sunderland 15 -18 8

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