Boxing Day football - inc Manchester City v Liverpool

Live text commentary as Manchester City defeat Liverpool after nine earlier Premier League games on a packed day of action.

26 December 2013 Last updated at 11:23

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  1. 1951: 

    That's your lot then. All 20 Premier League sides on display today, there were goals, cards, tantrums, controversial calls and plenty of big wins at both ends of the table to get your teeth into.

    All the reports and reaction can be found on our football pages, while Match of the Day is on at 2225 this evening.

    See you all soon.

  2. 1948: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man City 2-1 Liverpool
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to BT Sport: "Overall I'm proud of the team, how we played the charisma in our football and our passing. We scored a wonderful goal and we felt we could have had two or three more, To lose we're bitterly disappointed but it was an outstanding performance.

    "The three officials were poor in their performance level and we didn't' have anything go our way but the players kept on fighting and the game was in the balance until the end."

  3. 1947: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man City 2-1 Liverpool
    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini speaking to BT Sport: "The most important thing was we were losing 1-0 and we had the character and trust to go for the win. In that moment when Liverpool scored their goal , we had at least three clear chances to score but they scored first and it's difficult for a team to try to continue playing without being exposed to the counter attack that Liverpool do very well.

    "I think it was very important to try to finish the year near the top of the table."

  4. 1944: 
    NEXT UP

    There are six Premier League games on Saturday, where Manchester City could go top of the league for the first time this season should they beat Crystal Palace at home.

    Arsenal are not in action until Sunday, when they face a tricky trip to in-form Newcastle.

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    Larry in Glasgow: Really disappointed with the refereeing decisions today. With the offside given against Sterling in the first half, to some of the penalty decisions. Something needs to be done, the referees and linesmen are getting paid a lot of money and it's costing teams. Overall Liverpool are still in the title hunt.

    Ted in Leeds: 99% of fans would take a dull title winning side over an exciting 4th place one. But you have to wonder how much more money Abramovich has to throw at Chelsea until he sees this stunning football he strives to achieve.

    Ash, Devon: Liverpool deserved at least a point from that- by far the better team second half. Undone by Mignolet's wrist and the worst offside decision in premier league history.

  6. 1932:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveNottm Forest 0-0 QPR

    The day's football is still not over as the late Championship game - the fifth different kick-off time in the second tier today - has just kicked off.

    You can catch commentary from the City Ground live on 5 live now. Join Conor McNamara and Steve Claridge now.

  7. 1929: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Man City 2-1 Liverpool
    Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany: "The three points are massive. It is the hardest game we have had at home so far this season. It's a great boost.

    "I loved every single minute of it (my battle with Luis Suarez). I live for these games and we had a handshake after the match. He appreciates the battle and so do I."

    On title race: "It's a weird one. All the top teams started off a little slowly. I don't know how many wins we have got now but we can't seem to get hold of that top spot."

  8. 1928: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 2-1 Liverpool
    martin Skrtel

    Man City had not come from behind to win a top-flight Boxing Day fixture since December 1991 - when Niall Quinn & David White scored to cancel out Rob Newman's opener in their 2-1 Division One home win against Norwich.

    City fans, who would you rather have up front - David White or Alvaro Negredo?

  9. 1925: 

    Is that Joe Hart back established at Manchester City's firm number one then? He did not put a glove wrong today.

  10. 1924:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at the Etihad StadiumMan City 2-1 Liverpool

    "There was a lot of good possession football from Liverpool today. Liverpool are going to be a threat come the end of the season and Luis Suarez is always going to be threat whenever he plays.

    "Joe Hart made a vital save in the first half and there are moments like that that are so important. I thought today he was so good."

  11. 1922: 
    THE TOP SIX
    Top six

    So what does that all mean for the Premier League table then?Well Arsenal end Boxing Day on top thanks to their win at West Ham, Manchester City move up to second with that win over Liverpool, who fall to fourth.

    Chelsea are in third after another unimpressive but functional 1-0 win at home to Swansea. Dark horses?Who is favourite?

  12. 1920: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Nine wins out of nine at home for Manchester City then, who end the day in second place in the table.

  13. 1919: 
    INJURY TIME- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez is flagged for offside and that may well be the end of that...

  14. 1916: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City 2-1 Liverpool
    Luis Suarez and Vincent Kompany

    You can't keep him out of the game. Luis Suarez picks up a booking for going in high on Joe Hart as he challenges for a ball looped back into the box. Hart makes nothing of it and we all get back on with it.

  15. 1914: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Now then! Liverpool win a corner and Luis Suarez goes to ground, referee Lee Mason immediately waves him up and the home fans do not like that one bit. Was there anything in it?

    Joleon Lescott had a fist full of his shirt but that's been going on in both boxes all night...

  16. 1913: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    David Silva is withdrawn for the last knockings as Javi Garcia is sent on in his place. Almost done now for the hosts.

  17. 1910: 
    FINAL FIVE- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez takes the free-kick on but flashes it three or four yards over the crossbar. Never looked likely that one, and we are into the last five...

  18. 1910: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Yaya Toure brings down Luis Suarez central, 30 yards out. Danger here...

  19. 1910: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Tottenham 1 -1 West Brom
    Tim Sherwood

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood: "I only enjoy it when we win, it was far more enjoyable in my first game against Southampton than it is today.

    "We didn't get the rub of the green in the second half. We had a lot of possession, kept delivering balls into their box but they defended well and we give them credit for that.

    "I'm a new voice and we are asking them to play a slightly different manner and hopefully they are going to get better and better at it."

  20. 1909: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    And a fractious match at Bloomfield Road ends 1-1 after Blackpool's Kirk Broadfoot was sent off for a wild lunge at Leeds' Marius Zaliukas.

    Brian McDermott's Leeds remain in the play-off places.

  21. 1908: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers rolls the dice once more, as Iago Aspas replaces Lucas. Attacker for anchorman.

  22. 1906: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Pablo Zabaleta flattens Victor Moses on the touchline, have some of that, but he is somehow not booked by referee Lee Mason. Got away with one there.

    City are 10 minutes away from yet another home win.

    My mistake - Pablo is booked.

  23. 1903: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 1-3 Arsenal
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "I don't know how serious Aaron Ramsey's thigh strain is, but the Christmas period is certainly over for him.

    "We couldn't take our chances in the first half and we responded very well in second half, in the end winning the game in a convincing way.

    "I have confidence in my team - but I also worry. That is the nature of the game."

  24. 1902: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez gets Joleon Lescott one-on-one and causes him all manner of problems, turning him four times before slashing a low cross into the area which Vincent Kompany clears.

    City make a change, Alvaro Negredo replaced by Edin Dzeko and there are 13 minutes left...

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    wambui moses: Man City are the best counter-attacking team around, great combination of pace, vision & accuracy.

    Toby: This game has been a late Christmas present for us neutrals.

  26. 1858: 
    SITTER!- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Chance! Oh dear! Luis Suarez puts over a gem of a cross from the left of the box, it is weighted to perfection for the arriving Raheem Sterling no more than seven yards out, but he side-foots it high over the crossbar!

    A slight defence for Sterling was that the bounce carried the ball to him at an awkward height but he has to, has to score!

  27. 1858: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    The finisher, James Milner, comes on for Manchester City to see this one out. He replaces Samir Nasri, who has had another good game.

  28. 1857: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Into the final 20 minutes then. Can Liverpool end this long, long winning run at home for City?

  29. 1856: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Chance! Jordan Henderson arrows a low cross into the Manchester City penalty area, Joleon Lescott on the stretch makes an unconvincing clearance and Joe Hart spreads himself to block out Glen Johnson.

    From the following cross Jordan Henderson's backheel is well gathered by Hart. Liverpool believe.

  30. 1854: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Here is a change for the Reds, Victor Moses on in place of Philippe Coutinho who has rather faded out of the game. No Kolo just yet.

  31. 1853: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Midway through the second half and Brendan Rodgers readies two replacements. Victor Moses and Kolo, Kolo Kolo, Kolo Kolo, Kolo Kolo TOURE! are warming up.

    Glen Johnson is the first man booked for a cynical rake on Aleksandar Kolarov.

  32. 1850: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool
    Alvaro Negredo

    Alvaro Negredo is just beginning to tread water, I wonder if Edin Dzeko will be coming on soon up top for the hosts? The tempo continues to fade but the home side look the stronger for now...

  33. 1846: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    That's an understatement from our Jimmy, but City have done a good job against Luis Suarez so far. Into the last half hour and the pace may be fading from the game but the quality hasn't. The next goal may be decisive.

  34. 1846:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at the Etihad StadiumMan City 2-1 Liverpool

    "Luis Suarez is a difficult player to play against. He really gets under your feet as a defender."

  35. 1843: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Alvaro Negredo - one of the signings of the summer? - holds off two men in the centre circle before picking out the run of Jesus Navas with one of those outside-of-the-foot passes he favours. The cross is overhit though, much to Lucas's relief. The Brazilian was left for dead by Negredo through the middle there. That was the tracking of myself at 5-a-side...

  36. 1841: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    City look to settle it down after that opening flurry of Liverpool pressure. Samir Nasri - another midfielder who is a very different proposition from the one we saw last year - slides two really neat passes through but the move breaks down. Yaya Toure then wins a corner.

  37. 1840: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    It is real end to end stuff at Bloomfield Road and Thomas Ince has just pulled Blackpool against Leeds.

    Ince's long-range effort takes a heavy deflection that deceives Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny for his seventh league goal of the season, to cancel out Lee Peltier's opener and make it 1-1.

    In the day's final Championship match, Nottingham Forest host QPR at 1930 GMT.

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    Scott in Warrington: The tiki-taka one touch passing that Brendan Rodgers has implemented at Liverpool is really starting to pay off. Shame City are able to counter it, first side this season that have managed to mark Suarez effectively.

    Ben in Bournemouth: Skrtel is a liability. His last ditch blocks only come as a result of poor defensive work leading up to the chance. His positioning is questionable, his decision-making awful and his marking style is catastrophic and will inevitably lead to a penalty at some stage in the near future.

    Toby: Including the two against Arsenal, it's the third wrongly disallowed goal City have benefitted from recently.

  39. 1836: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Jordan Henderson again, a man transformed! He continually runs in behind and one more run picks him out, but Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart just about manage to block it out, Luis Suarez then latches on to the rebound but his shot hits the prone Henderson - who is now offside. Henderson causing havoc.

  40. 1835: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    One way, then the other, Luis Suarez ties Pablo Zabaleta into a knot in the left-hand corner of the box before thrashing in a shot from a tight angle which Joe Hart has to turn away. Suarez hasn't scored - yet - but he remains a constant menace.

  41. 1833: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Yaya Toure has an ugly swing at the ball in midfield as Liverpool craft another neat triangle of passes inside the penalty area. Luis Suarez lays it off to Jordan Henderson and he toes the ball over the top. Henderson playing nearly as well as he did at Tottenham so far today.

  42. 1831: 
    KICK-OFF- Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Joe Allen rolls the ball to Jordan Henderson and we are off!

    Alvaro Negredo's goal is the difference between the teams as things stand - listen to how it was described on BBC Radio 5 live.

  43. 1830: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool
    Luis Suarez and Vincent Kompany

    Here they come, back out onto the field as all eyes converge on Simon Mignolet. Will City give him an early tester?

  44. 1828: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    That goalkeeping from Simon Mignolet gets worse with each viewing I'm afraid. You just have to hold your hands up to those.

    Actually, if he'd held his hands up he would have saved it...

  45. 1824:  
    BBC Sport pundit Steve ClaridgeLOMAS GONE- Watford 4-0 Millwall

    Speaking following the news that Steve Lomas has been sacked as manager of Millwall: "I was actually at the game today. I'm not surprised with Steve's sacking. I think once you have lost the fans it is difficult to get them back. I think everything had turned and it was the best course of action."

  46. 1824: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    Manchester City have now scored in 59 Premier League games in a row at home, and Alvaro Negredo has bagged in his last nine appearances at home.

    And to think he nearly joined Hull a few years ago...

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    Vincent Kompany

    Rob Bown: Liverpool not done their homework, too high line, countered and City get behind them. Two can play at this game.

    Sean: Skrtel needs to realise he has to wait until the end of the game if he wants Kompany's shirt.

    Ijaz: Perfect time to bounce back. Brilliant response from City. Keep it coming.

  48. 1820: 
    Man City 2-1 Liverpool

    It's a world away from the dull fare served up by Arsenal and Chelsea on Monday night. Belting stuff so far, more of the same please...

  49. 1819:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at the Etihad StadiumMan City 2-1 Liverpool

    "Over the 45 minutes I think Manchester City had more chances but I thought Liverpool were still playing well and looking likely to score the goals. But that goal right on half-time will really hit Liverpool hard and the question is whether they can bounce back."

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    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumMan City 2-1 Liverpool

    "Delight for Manchester City and despair for Liverpool as Alvaro Nergredo puts the home side ahead in the final seconds of the first half. After watching the dross of Arsenal against Chelsea on Monday, the quality on show here is a pure joy."

  51. 1817: 
    THE TOP SIX- Man City 2-1 Liverpool
    Top six

    From first to fourth in 20-odd minutes. That's the beauty - or the beast - of this season's Premier League. Can Liverpool respond? You bet they can. They were excellent for most of that half but teams just can't shut this City attack down.

  52. 1817:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at the Etihad StadiumMan City 2-1 Liverpool

    "What a time to get a second goal that is. Manchester City caught Liverpool on the break, they've gone down the centre but really the ball was struck at the goalkeeper and frankly he should have done better. It's given Manchester City a priceless goal."

  53. 1816: 
    HALF-TIME- Man City 2-1 Liverpool
  54. 1815: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-1 Liverpool - Alvaro Negredo (45 mins)
    Alvaro Negredo

    Incisive break away from Manchester City - but this is a real clanger from Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet. He's had a fantastic season for the Reds but this is a big error. Samir Nasri opens up Liverpool with a gem of a pass to feed Jesus Navas, he plays in Alvaro Negredo who shoots with the outside of the foot but Mignolet can only get a tame wrist to the ball, looping it over his head and into the net.

  55. 1813: 
    ALAS, POOR LOMAS

    Some breaking news from the Championship where Millwall have sacked manager Steve Lomas. The Lions were beaten 4-0 by Watford this afternoon and are three points above the drop zone.

  56. 1813: 
    Man City 1-1 Liverpool

    Martin Skrtel has been getting plenty of stick for his defending for City's equaliser but this is brilliant from the tattooed giant, sliding in to block Alvaro Negredo's effort after Fernandinho had slid him in on goal. End to end!

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    Ade: After Monday night's 'big game', and 40 minutes of this one, if nothing else, we can be sure of the league's truly entertaining teams. Take note Jose.

    Tom: I wish Skrtel would spend less time trying to undress the man he's marking and a bit more time trying to win the ball!

    Adam in Darlington: What a game this is! Liverpool holding their own at fortress Etihad.

  58. 1809: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man City 1-1 Liverpool

    This is top class stuff! Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson are involved in some intricate one-touch passing and the ball ends up at the feet of Philippe Coutinho, but he can't get much purchase on his shot and Joe Hart is able to block it out. Liverpool more than holding their own at the moment in a real toe-to-toe slugout.

    Listen to a description of Philippe Coutinho's goal on BBC Radio 5 live.

  59. 1808: 
    Man City 1-1 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers making notes in his little pad on the touchline, and I doubt he's just remembered that he needs milk. Chief on his notes may be to sort out his left-hand side as Pablo Zabaleta and Jesus Navas look a real danger.

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    Sam Willson: Skrtel is so bad at marking from corners, just pulls shirts and hopes for the best!

    David Ljunggren: Liverpool will not win the title playing Skrtel at the back. He is simply not good enough and that's been clear for a while.

    wrorak: City feeling invincible at home, not done their homework on Liverpool. Kompany pressing high up, Liverpool finding space behind him.

  61. 1807:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumMan City 1-1 Liverpool

    "How Manchester City needed that show of strength from their captain Vincent Kompany to equalise.

    "Liverpool had really taken a grip on the game - and manager Brendan Rodgers will be frustrated by the poor defending from Martin Skrtel at the corner."

  62. 1806: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 1-2 Fulham
    Chris Hughton

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "We didn't make the most of our opportunities. I am really disappointed not to come away with a result.

    "It is a concern when you do not get the result you feel you deserved.

    "Lack of goals for Johan Elmander is a concern as you want to be scoring goals throughout the team but he does give us a work-rate off the front.

    "It is hard to play with two strikers up the park these days. Elmander's role has helped enable Gary Hooper to get the goals he has in recent weeks."

  63. 1805: 
    Man City 1-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez wants a free-kick after being blocked off by Vincent Kompany but Lee Mason isn't interested, City then win a corner. It's 90mph stuff right now.

  64. 1803: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Leeds head in 1-0 ahead at the break, with Brian McDermott's side soaking up Blackpool's pressure after Lee Peltier put the visitors in front with a header from Danny Pugh's cross for his first goal for the club.

  65. 1802: 
    Man City 1-1 Liverpool
    Top six

    Liverpool corner cleared, three seconds later Jesus Navas shoots over after a swift, swift break.

    That equaliser has put Arsenal back on top of the Premier League for now...

  66. 1802:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at the Etihad StadiumMan City 1-1 Liverpool

    "It was a simple ball really and City have got level from a dead-ball situation. I'm sure Brendan Rodgers will be really upset about that. Vincent Kompany has given City an equaliser when quite frankly at a time I didn't think they would."

  67. 1800: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-1 Liverpool - Vincent Kompany (31 mins)
    Vincent Kompany celebrates

    The response to going behind was telling, Manchester City have been dominant since that Liverpool goal and they level with a simple goal. Vincent Kompany getting the better of Martin Skrtel to head in from a corner, with Joe Allen unable to clear the ball off the line.

  68. 1800:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumMan City 0-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool grew into this game after an uncertain start and PhillipPe Coutinho's goal was a perfect example of the passing and movement that has encapsulated their play, not just today but in recent weeks."

  69. 1759: 

    Formula 1? It's not Arsenal v Chelsea...

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    Joe Haywood: Deserved goal for Liverpool, especially considering that diabolical offside call.

    Andrew Priestley: Exactly what this game needed, Liverpool to score first. Now watch Yaya Toure grab this game by the jingle bells.

    Aidan Baker: Liverpool are ridiculously quick. Not sure if I'm watching football or Formula 1.

  71. 1757: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-1 Liverpool
    yaya Toure

    What a surge from Yaya Toure, like Jonah Lomu as he went through the gears, muscling off two men to break into space and lash in a shot which is brilliantly blocked by Martin Skrtel. That had goal written all over it as City look for an immediate response.

  72. 1757:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at the Etihad StadiumMan City 0-1 Liverpool

    "He caught the defence out more than anything else did Sterling then, the Manchester City central defence was left exposed. It was an old one-two that did it in the end.

    "It was an outstanding finish from Coutinho, but Manchester City will be kicking themselves with the two half-chances they have had."

  73. 1756: 
    REDS ON TOP- Man City 0-1 Liverpool
    Top six

    No team has taken even a point from the home of Manchester City this season but Liverpool lead, and are going back to the top of the table as it stands.

  74. 1754: 
    GOAL- Man City 0-1 Liverpool - Philippe Coutinho (24 mins)
    Philippe Coutinho celebrates

    This time the offside flag stays down, and Liverpool lead! Luis Suarez flicks the ball through for Raheem Sterling once more, he skips around Joe Hart and as the angle narrows Philippe Coutinho arrives on his shoulder to slide the ball into the vacant net!

    Game on!

  75. 1752: 
    Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool having a really strong spell now as Jordan Henderson slides in a pass to find Joe Allen breaking into space, but the Welshman's touch is frustratingly slack and the ball runs away from him at the crucial moment. The visitors definitely on top at the moment.

  76. 1753:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumMan City 0-0 Liverpool

    "Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is already appealing angrily to the fourth official after feeling Luis Suarez has been unfairly manhandled by Manchester City's defence. The Uruguayan is a danger every time he gets on the ball."

  77. 1751: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Newcastle 5-1 Stoke
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "It went wrong when the referee got involved. I thought the initial sending off was very, very harsh. The second you would argue is a correct decision - denying a goal scoring opportunity - we would argue against that.

    "There were a lot of decisions that left a lot to be desired to be honest. We totally controlled the game up to the first sending off in my view. Unfortunately referees can make decisions that can change the course of a game."

    On goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who missed the game with a broken finger: "Asmir has a bad break of his finger, he is possibly looking at five to six weeks out."

  78. 1748: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    Oh dear! The linesman has a clanger here as Luis Suarez again feeds in Raheem Sterling, the flag goes up before Sterling walks it into the net but it's a really poor call. Sterling was yards onside.

    Interestingly, that break came about again when Vincent Kompany failed to win ball deep in the Liverpool half. The MOTD boys were picking Kompany out for that in the win at Fulham last weekend, he presses so high up the pitch that when he gets it wrong it leaves his side in strife.

  79. 1748: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Cardiff 0-3 Southampton
    Malky Mackay

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay: "We showed why we are competing in this league with the second-half performance and, on another day, we could have scored a couple of goals.

    "I'm not going to use any excuse about off-the-pitch events for our first-half performance. We're seem to be washing our dirty linen in public.

    "It's something I feel very sorry for our fans. They should be enjoying being in the Premier League, but events off the pitch are putting us on the front pages and that is not good,.

    "I do not know when I will be meeting [owner] Vincent Tan, it is not something that has been conveyed to me."

  80. 1747: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    Brilliant attack from Manchester City, this is what they can do to teams. Again it's David Silva who is the ringmaster, finding space in a pocket on the left flank, bringing down a long ball superbly and then finding Samir Nasri.

    He plays in Aleksandar Kolarov, who picks out Alvaro Negredo with a cutback but the Spaniard steers his shot wide under pressure. Fine attack.

  81. 1745: 
    Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez is growing in influence. He spins away from Vincent Kompany on the halfway line, making the City captain look particularly leaden footed and then plays in Raheem Sterling bursting forward. A good touch could set up a chance but Aleksandar Kolarov is over to make a fine tackle to cut the ball out.

    Better from Liverpool though, as Suarez then thumps a free-kick into the arms of Joe Hart.

  82. 1744: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    In the early evening kick-off at Bloomfield Road, Leeds defender Lee Peltier has given his side the lead over Blackpool with a looping header midway through the first half.

  83. 1742: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    Best moment for Luis Suarez and Liverpool as the Uruguayan leaps well to meet a corner from the right but under pressure he can't time his jump, skidding an effort wide off his shoulder in the end. The skipper applauds the delivery though.

  84. 1741: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Newcastle 5-1 Stoke
    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I thought the Stoke players conducted themselves brilliantly in the second half - against our strike force and down to nine men. It was a shame for Stoke because the two sending-offs were a major factor in us winning in the manner we did.

    On next opponents Arsenal: "Arsenal are top of the league. That is deserved, they have been the best team in this first half of the season, but we are in great shape, our place will be rocking and rolling and Arsenal know it won't be easy to turn us over.

    On a possible challenge for fourth: "The experts are the ones who know and they keep telling us we are not going to be involved and I think they are probably right."

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    Onwumere Divine: As an Arsenal fan, if it's not gonna be a draw then let Liverpool win. Am more confident of Liverpool losing steam.

    Ruaridh Williams: I've got a bad feeling about this. Hart & Lescott vs Suarez? No Aguero?

    Chittaranjan: Irresistible force meets immovable object? Liverpool vs. Manchester City, eh?

  86. 1740: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Liverpool
    Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho (left) and Martin Skrtel (right) challenge Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo

    Oooh and that is a chance, from the corner Vincent Kompany wrestles with Martin Skrtel and beats him to the ball, but he can't send his header on target, thumping it wide of the near post. Impressive first 10 minutes from Manchester City.

  87. 1738: 
    Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez has barely touched the ball in the opening stages, instead it is all City down their right, with Jesus Navas and Pablo Zabaleta dragging Aly Cissokho all over the shop. Navas gets free again but Cissokho this time makes a sprawling block.

    "I've got two!" he loudly shouts to his team-mates. Needs some help...

  88. 1738:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumMan City 0-0 Liverpool

    "The imposing figure of Yaya Toure is already making an impression in midfield and has been at the heart of some fine early attacking work from Manchester City."

  89. 1737: 

    It's not often you see a manager call his team 'amazing' is it?

  90. 1737: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Cardiff 0-3 Southampton
    Mauricio Pochettino

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "The victory today was fully deserved. We were amazing today, we were excellent.

    "It was important to regain our confidence and not concede a goal. It had been nine games without a clean sheet so today was important for our confidence.

    "We were precise and my players were very brave.

    "There are many games coming so it was important for our confidence especially after six games with no win. It was important to get that winning feeling back."

  91. 1735:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at the Etihad StadiumMan City 0-0 Liverpool

    "Manchester City have gone for it straightaway in this game. When they are going forward they look good but can they contain this man Luis Suarez? He's a very good player and is top of the class. He pulls all the other players with him in the Liverpool team, it's the way he plays, he's so influential - he's a top class player at the moment."

    Listen to commentary of Man City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  92. 1734: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    David Silva, playing in the hole today, drifts into space before teeing up Samir Nasri but he can't get a shot away. Instead the ball ends up on the left, a cross is missed by Alvaro Negredo but Jesus Navas sends a looping header back across goal, kissing the angle of post and bar on its way out!

    What a start that would have been...

  93. 1733: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 1-2 Fulham
    Rene Meulensteen

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen: "We have worked so hard in all the previous games but this was a game we were looking to get points on the board.

    "I cannot fault the players for their resilience and character. We need to start getting clean sheets, which we didn't get, but I asked for one in the second half.

    "People keep reminding us about our position, we don't want to be there. If we keep these performances going, we will climb up steadily."

  94. 1733: 
    Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    Jesus Navas pulls off a neat backheel to find Pablo Zabaleta on the underlap but his cross is cleared, before Philippe Coutinho skids a shot wide from 25 yards as Liverpool see the ball for the first time. Lovely tempo to the opening exchanges.

  95. 1730: 
    Man City 0-0 Liverpool

    These two sides have already scored 93 goals in the Premier League this season but we get through the opening 90 seconds without any danger, City popping the ball about sweetly in midfield.

  96. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Man City 0-0 Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    'Blue Moon' rings out around a packed Etihad, Brendan Rodgers offers his hand to Manuel Pellegrini and there we go, we are under way...

  97. 1726:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumMan City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    "Liverpool's recent 5-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur was regarded as a statement of the progress made this season under manager Brendan Rodgers. The pre-season target was a return to the top four but if they were to get three points here at The Etihad today then, in this season of Premier League unpredictability, then they might realistically set those sights even higher."

  98. 1725: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea
    Michael Laudrup

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It is important for me that we stayed in the game against a team like this, believing we could get something.

    "We didn't get anything this time, but we have to take that to the next game."

  99. 1725: 
    TUNNEL VISION- Man City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    Joe Hart eyeballs Liverpool captain Luis Suarez as the players line-up in the tunnel at the Etihad. Can Hart shut him out today?

  100. 1723: 
    RESULT OF THE DAY?

    We're collating your shouts for result of the day - with the bottom three all winning away from home in the Premier League it's a tough one but there have been calls for Stranraer, Plymouth and Ipswich so far as well.

    Let us know using the hashtag #resultoftheday

  101. 1722: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "With the three points and clean sheet, I am satisfied. The way we controlled a good team for 75-80 minutes was very good too.

    "But we had so many chances that you have to score at least once and create a more comfortable situation for yourselves.

    "The result should have been 2-0 or 3-0 easily."

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    Abdullah Mulla: This is why we shouldn't have winter breaks. Fantastic day of brilliant football.

    Sheikh Shafique: In Brendan, we trust. A draw or even a win will make us a serious title contender.

    Sonja Hodgson: Got a bad feeling about this one, hope Suarez will prove me wrong! Hat-trick v Hart? Good news Aguero's not fit! Come on LFC.

  103. 1720: 
    LINE-UPS- Man City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Silva, Nasri, Negredo. Subs: Milner, Dzeko, Javi Garcia, Clichy, Pantilimon, Nastasic, Boyata.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Cissokho, Henderson, Allen, Lucas, Sterling, Suarez, Coutinho. Subs: Brad Jones, Toure, Agger, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Smith.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  104. 1716: 
    Man City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    Fifteen minutes away from kick-off at the Etihad then. Yaya Toure takes Samir Nasri under his arm as the City players return from their warm-up. Can Liverpool contain the attack which put six past Arsenal and four past Manchester United?

  105. 1713: 
    Man City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    Unfortunately Kolo Toure is only on the bench for Liverpool today but if he does come on it will be the first time that the Toure brothers have clashed in a competitive match.

  106. 1711: 
    CHANT OF THE YEAR?- Man City v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)
    Yaya Toure

    "YAYA, YAYA, YAYA. YAYA, YAYA. YAYA, YAYA TOURE!"

    Kolo Toure

    "KOLO. KOLO, KOLO. KOLO, KOLO. KOLO, KOLO TOURE!"

    As football songs go, it may not have the lyrical charm of 'The fields of Anfield Road', 'You'll Never Walk Alone' or even the Alan Ball version of 'Wonderwall' - but you can't deny it's catchy. Just ask 2 Unlimited.

    The chant has broken boundaries, brought traffic to a halt in Newcastle and even permeated the darts, ringing out night after night at the Ally Pally over the last few weeks.

    There has been a movement afoot to get the whole of the Etihad Stadium - home and away - to unite in song this afternoon in honour of the two brothers.

    Will it happen?

  107. 1709: 
    RAMSEY BLOW- West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

    A blow to Fantasy Football managers everywhere, and more importantly Arsenal fans, as Arsene Wenger confirms that Aaron Ramsey has an injury.

    Wenger says: "I don't know how bad it is but, for sure, the Christmas period he will be out."

  108. 1708: 

    Don't run out Lawro! Get some more in the can.

  109. 1707:  
    Football Analyst Mark Lawrenson on Final ScoreMan City v Liverpool 17:30 GMT
    Luis Suarez

    "We all know about skill and ability but they have immense power through the middle do Man City. But you can't rule out Liverpool, I've never known a run of form for a player like Luis Suarez at Liverpool and we've run out of superlatives already for him."

    Listen to commentary of Man City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live from 17:30 GMT.

  110. 1707:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumMan City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    "The Etihad plays host to one of the most eagerly-anticipated games of the festive period, which Liverpool enjoyed at the top of the Premier League table. This is a meeting between a Manchester City side that has scored 35 league goals at home this season in opposition to Liverpool who, in Luis Suarez, possess one of the world's deadliest strikers.

    "City have yet to drop a point at home this season but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists this is a game they will approach without fear - and with justification given Suarez's golden form."

  111. 1705: 
    Man City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    Yep, there's been plenty of drama, excitement, intrigue and red mist already this afternoon but in the words of Vanessa Williams we've gone and saved the best for last.

    Sometimes - in fact quite often - these clashes between the big boys can be underwhelming affairs but we live in hope for this one. City average about four goals a game at home this season and Luis Suarez averages about three a game on his own.

    Goals? I hope so...

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    Merrick Lloyd: Blazing down the M4 to get back in time for City Liverpool. Worryingly lightweight team for the Reds. And Cissokho at left-back? Uh oh.

    Nabil Dhala: Wins for each of the bottom three emphasizes the openness of this year's Premier League. From top to bottom all places are up for grabs.

    Robin Thomas: It's going to be a long season for Spurs fans with Sherwood in charge, at least AVB appeared to have a strategy.

  113. 1703: 
    TEAM NEWS- Man City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    Pablo Zabaleta returns to the Manchester City side, nine days after injuring his hamstring in the 3-1 Capital One Cup win at Leicester, while Joleon Lescott comes in for Martin Demichelis at centre-back and Jesus Navas, David Silva and Samir Nasri all start, with striker Edin Dzeko dropping to the bench.

    Liverpool's only change sees Aly Cissokho come in for Jon Flanagan, who has been struggling with a hamstring problem, for the on-loan Valencia defender's first appearance since the 4-0 win over Fulham on 9 November. Australian left-back Brad Smith, 19, is on the bench.

    Man City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Silva, Negredo, Navas

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Cissokho, Skrtel, Sakho, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez.

  114. 1704: 
    TOP OF THE TABLE
    tABLE

    Arsenal regain the Premier League leadership. It may not be for long however - if Liverpool can beat Manchester City, they will move back on up to the number one slot. Everton's defeat, combined with wins for Manchester United and Newcastle, keep things tight just behind the top four.

  115. 1702: 
    West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

    Theo Walcott has just said that today's second goal was the first header he's ever scored! Get working on it Theo son...

  116. 1701: 
    LEAGUE ONE UPDATE

    Leigh Griffiths adds a second goal in injury time as Wolves stay level on points with League One leaders Leyton Orient with a 2-0 win over Crewe.

    Bristol City move off the bottom to 21st thanks to their 1-0 win over Walsall.

  117. 1700: 
    BOTTOM OF THE TABLE
    Bottom of the table

    Despite their heroics at Goodison Park today, Sunderland stay bottom. It is looking a lot tighter at the ugly end though as Crystal Palace and Fulham both leapfrog West Ham, who are now deep in the mire. Palace are out of the relegation zone and a spread of six points covers the bottom eight.

  118. 1659: 
    LEAGUE TWO UPDATE

    Reuben Reid's late double secures Plymouth a 3-2 win at Oxford, while leaders Chesterfield are held to a 1-1 draw by Hartlepool despite the visitors having Andy Monkhouse sent off.

    Daniel Nardiello snatches a late point for Bury against Scunthorpe. The Iron led 2-0 thanks to two goals fromSam Winnall,who was shown a second yellow card for running to celebrate with the fans behind the goal. After Chris Sedgwick pulled one back, Nardiello earned a draw.

    Andy King's stint as Northampton's caretaker manager gets off to a losing start as Ian Sharps' 85th minute goal earns Burton a win.

  119. 1657: 
    THE GREAT ESCAPE?- Aston Villa 0-1 Crystal Palace

    I've not seen scenes like that in an away end for some time. Pandemonium in the Palace end after Dwight Gayle's sensational goal lifted Palace out of the bottom three. What a hit! What a goal from the Stansted Express.

  120. 1657: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Leicester grab top spot in the Championship with a 1-0 win over Reading thanks to David Nugent's first-half penalty and Burnley's 1-0 defeat at Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough.

    Derby are denied an eighth straight win for the first time since 1969 as Martin Paterson's late goal earns Huddersfield a 1-1 draw.

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    Tor Noppharat: These 1-0 Chelsea wins look a lot less convincing these days compared to 2005.

    Aidan Williams: Crystal Palace out of relegation zone. Well done Tony Pulis. Didn't think I'd see them leave the relegation zone to be honest.

    Joshua B Longmore: December just isn't our month. Four losses on the go and some dreadful, dreadful football. #AVFC

  122. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 0-1 Crystal Palace
  123. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 0-1 Sunderland
  124. 1653: 
    Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Desperate scenes at Goodison Park with Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles up for a late corner, but he cannot get on the end of it...

  125. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 1-2 Fulham
  126.   
    Football Analyst Mark Lawrenson on Final ScoreAston Villa 0-1 Crystal Palace

    "What a fantastic goal, an absolute worldy from Dwight Gayle - definitely one to watch on Match of the Day later."

  127. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 5-1 Stoke
  128. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 1-1 West Brom
  129. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Cardiff 0-3 Southampton
  130. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

    You can listen to a description of Lukas Podolski's goal on BBC Radio 5 live.

  131. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea
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    Andy G, in Portland: Well done Arsenal! A great year and well set for the title. Baffling lack of support for the manager.

    Mike: Martinez needs to pull a proverbial rabbit from the bag to magic Everton from an unlucky Black Cat defeat.

    Guv in London: This is why you spend money on world class strikers. You don't go for "value" like Giroud then complain when they don't consistently do it.

  133. 1650: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 Crystal Palace - Dwight Gayle (90 mins)

    Delirium among the visiting Palace fans and the goal fully deserves it. Dwight Gayle steps in off the left flank and bends a superb shot into the top corner. That goal would pull the Eagles out of the drop zone.

  134. 1650: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Jordan Bowery has the Aston Villa fans on their feet in expectation as his header loops goalwards, but Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni is up sharply to tip over and keep the scoresheet blank.

  135. 1648: 
    Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

    Plenty of hand gestures and fist-pumping from Tim Sherwood on the touchline but no late winner for Spurs as yet...

  136. 1647: 
    West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

    That Fulham goal means that West Ham are in thedrop zone...

  137. 1646: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea

    We are heading into injury time around the grounds. There are four minutes to be added on at Stamford Bridge.

  138. 1645: 
    OFF THE LINE- Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Everton lobbing the kitchen sink at Sunderland, but so far the Black Cats have held out. Vito Mannone produces another stretching stop to deny Ross Barkley from a free-kick before Fabio Borini grows an extra couple of inches to head away Nikica Jelavic's effort from the resulting corner.

  139. 1644: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-2 Fulham - Scott Parker (87 mins)

    He doesn't score tap-ins does he? It's a goal to lift his old mate Curbs right out of his seat and maybe give Fulham a priceless away win. A cross from the right is nodded out to Scott Parker 25 yards from goal, he swerves away from a challenge before arcing a shot past John Ruddy and into the top corner. That's why he was once a £10m man.

  140. 1644: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Joel Ward curls an effort onto the roof of the Aston Villa net. His Crystal Palace side have not settled for a point.

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    Benjamin Hoare: If Arsenal win will it be a win that shows title credentials or a win which masked the inconsistency in our performance?

    BenTurner98: The big change in Arsenal this season is that they have been able to complete scrappy wins against bottom-half clubs.

    Mahmöud: Isn't this Arsenal comeback a sign of champion mentality? Or is it only Man United who show that when coming back?

  142. 1642: 
    NOT CLOSE- Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Ross Barkley blazes a long-range effort all the way up into the second tier of the stand behind the Sunderland goal. Nothing has come off for the hosts today.

  143. 1642: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

    Roberto Soldado helps on a corner with a wonderful 'eyebrows' at the near stick, the ball is crying out to be converted in the goalmouth but there's nobody there to turn it in. Into the last 10 minutes at the Lane, can Spurs find a winner?

  144. 1640: 
    FIVE TO GO- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea

    Chelsea have a penalty shout turned down as Samuel Eto'o falls under the attentions of Jordi Amat. The Blues look comfortable despite their narrow lead.

    Five minutes to go at Stamford Bridge - slightly more at many of the other 1500 GMT kick offs.

  145. 1638: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 5-1 Stoke - Papiss Cisse (80 mins)

    A first Premier League goal of the season for Papiss Cisse with a simply unstoppable penalty into the top corner. The keeper went the wrong way but it didn't matter - he would not have got near it.

  146. 1638: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher squanders a great chance to seal three precious points as he screws a shot wide of both Joel Robles and the post when clean through. Will Sunderland live to regret that?

  147. 1638: 
    PENALTY TO NEWCASTLE- Newcastle 4-1 Stoke

    Hatem Ben Arfa is tripped in the penalty area by Erik Pieters and Newcastle have yet another penalty!

  148. 1636: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-3 Arsenal - Lukas Podolski (79 mins)

    What a cameo this has been from the fit-again Lukas Podolski! A brilliant third goal that is a lesson in target-man play from Olivier Giroud, he holds it up well and lays it back to Podolski, who drills in from 18 yards.

  149. 1636: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Vito Mannone has had a great game in goal for Sunderland. The former Arsenal man flings himself to his left to push away Brian Oviedo's 25-yard rasper. Time is ticking away for Everton who will see both Newcastle and Manchester United make up ground on them unless they can conjure a win.

  150. 1634: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 1-1 Fulham

    Both sides are going for the win, pushing men on but they are struggling to create anything clear cut. Fulham look as dangerous as I've seen them on the road in a while though.

    Hugo Rodallega then thinks he's scored for Fulham - check that watch - as he bundles in a corner at the back post but the referee says it hasn't crossed the line.

  151. 1633: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup calls on Wilifried Bony to replace Wayne Routledge. Could Swansea have a surprise to spring? There has not been much sign of it so far.

  152. 1632: 
    GET INVOLVED - #bbcfootball

    jerry elumeze: Wenger should be handing out a bottle of french wine to the West Ham United keeper after the match.

    Kyle McGrath: Adebayor still struggling with that new offside rule they brought in about 150 years ago.

    Bishop Yinkus: Four goals in two matches for Walcott now we can rank him in Suarez and Aguero's level...

  153. 1632: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal smell blood now as first Lukas Podolski is denied a goal by a great save from Adrian and then Santi Cazorla curls wide from 25 yards. A third one now may finish it.

  154. 1632: 
    Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Everton are expending a lot of energy, but they have been restricted to mainly long-range efforts. Seamus Coleman slips when well positioned in the box in their latest attack.

    Sunderland meanwhile have had a penalty appeal turned down as Ondrej Celustka falls under the challenge of Steven Pienaar.

  155. 1629: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea

    Swansea are popping the ball around neatly, but they have not really looked like hurting Chelsea. The Blues have just replaced Juan Mata with Andre Schurrle.

  156. 1628: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-2 Arsenal - Theo Walcott (71 mins)

    An altogether more aesthetically pleasing goal from Theo Walcott puts Arsenal in front. Substitute Lukas Podolski throws in a cross which takes a touch off a West Ham head and Walcott smashes in a header from close range. Fine reaction from the league leaders.

  157. 1627: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

    Tottenham's best effort for a while. A free-kick 30 yards from goal is passed square to Kyle Walker rather than being launched towards a crowd of players in the box. Walker slams in a fierce strike but Ben Foster throws himself to his left to push the ball to safety.

  158. 1625: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace are threatening. Yannick Bolasie's low cross is missed by Barry Bannan, but Jason Puncheon rescues the situation, testing the reflexes of Brad Guzan with a decent hit. That is Bolasie's last contribution before he make way for Jonathan Williams.

  159. 1625: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-1 Arsenal - Theo Walcott (68 mins)

    Count them, just count them. Theo Walcott cuts in from the right and shoots low and not all that hard from 14 yards. Somehow the ball manages to elude numerous - I make it four - West Ham players. A quadruple nut-meg, sort of. The goal puts Arsenal back on top of the table - for now!

  160. 1624: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 4-1 Stoke - Yohan Cabaye (66 mins)

    Newcastle are turning on the style! What a goal this is, a gem of a hit from Yohan Cabaye who just passes it into the top bin from 20 yards. He made that look so, so easy, bent in side-footed, a real peach.

  161. 1623:  
    Football Analyst Mark Lawrenson on Final ScoreHull 2-3 Manchester United FT

    "United had a really soft centre defensively today. The back four were just pinging the ball around their penalty area at times and they were lucky they didn't concede an equaliser. I think they'll have a few injury problems going into the weekend.

    "I think they need Vidic fit, he has the legs so it doesn't matter who plays alongside him. He's a leader so he will control things."

  162. 1622: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

    Return of Poldi - Lukas Podolski comes on for his first action in four months as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who may have a thigh strain.

    Can Arsenal find a leveller?

  163. 1622: 
    Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Ross Barkley was Everton's hero against Swansea at the weekend, but his attempt from 25 yards is a flier this afternoon, rising all the way into the stands. The home side are looking the more likely.

  164. 1620: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

    It's so open at the Lane. AVB will be having kittens if he's watching - which is doubtful I suppose. Emmanuel Adebayor is beaten to a cross form the left, the ball runs out to the edge of the area where Lewis Holtby takes a touch before shooting wide with his left foot.

    Still half an hour of this left. We could have another 10 goals at this rate...

  165. 1619: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Aston Villa are knocking on the door. Marc Albrighton blazes clear over the top from Matthew Lowton's cut-back, prompting Paul Lambert to take out his frustrations on a water bottle. His side are getting closer though.

  166. 1617: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 3-1 Stoke
    Hatem Ben Arfa (right) in action for Newcastle

    Hatem Ben Arfa is on the naughty list, he can't buy a festive goal! He again rattles the woodwork after a mesmerising run which sees him beat three Stoke defenders, leaving two on their backsides like Christmas drunks. Wonderful feet, so unlucky!

  167. 1617: 
    Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Everton are building pressure. Phil Jagielka meets a corner with a forceful header which Victor Mannone can only push back into his own six-yard box. Fortunately for Sunderland Modibo Diakite gets enough of a lean on Romelu Lukaku to stop the on-loan striker polishing off the left-overs.

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    Spank Lampard: Not sure whether to feel happy or not. Every time our rivals lose and we have a chance to go top, Chelsea always mess up somehow.

    Ryan Mould: This game shows that Arsenal have relied too much on Giroud, struggling since he forgot how to score, another striker needed.

    Jay: Should I start with the 'Wenger Out' tirade right away or should I wait until after the match?

  169. 1614: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 3-1 Stoke - Loic Remy (56 mins)

    That should be that for nine-man Stoke, if they come back from this Mark Hughes will be dining out on it for years. Davide Santon gets away down the left to stand up a cross, Moussa Sissoko nods it on and Loic Remy is there to head in from a few yards out.

  170. 1614: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 2-1 Stoke

    It's safe to say Hatem Ben Arfa has deserved his recall today. He's got two assists and now rattles the post with a stinging left-foot drive which was timed as sweetly as a Michael Clarke cover drive...

  171. 1614: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    This is more like it at Villa Park. After Andreas Weimann's volley from Fabian Delph's chip forward is well held by Julian Speroni at on end, Palace's Barry Bannan whacks the post with a low effort at the other.

  172. 1613: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

    Spurs have been pushing hard for a lead since the break but it's the visitors who go close as Steven Reid fires in a free-kick which forces Hugo Lloris into a flying save. Moments later Zoltan Gera arrives on a cross but cannot smuggle it over the line.

  173. 1611: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

    And it could be game over for Arsenal now! Joey O'Brien is totally free to stoop and meet Mo Diame's cross from the right, but he screws it wide from six yards out. Big Sam cannot believe it in the dugout.

    You can listen to a description of Carlton Cole's goal on BBC Radio 5 live.

  174. 1611:  
    BBC Final Score

    You can join Jason Mohammad alongside Mark Lawrenson and Kevin Kilbane on Final Score now on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  175. 1611: 
    Cardiff City 0-3 Southampton

    Cardiff have started the second half better than the first. Not difficult, but Fraizer Campbell and Andreas Cornelius have both gone close for the hosts.

  176. 1611: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 1-1 Fulham

    Leroy Fer has a totally free header for Norwich from a corner, he meets it well but Sascha Riether is stationed to head it off the line!

  177. 1610: 
    West Ham 1-0 Arsenal
    Carlton Cole celebrates scoring for West Ham

    Arsenal may have to come out and attack but they are unpicked on the counter, Matt Jarvis played through on goal but his shot is not the best and Wojciech Szczesny is able to make the save - at the second attempt mind. Not the most convincing 10 minutes for the Pole.

  178. 1609:  
    Football Analyst Mark Lawrenson on Final ScoreCardiff City 0-3 Southampton

    "I think the problem is that we all have masses of sympathy for Malky Mackay at Cardiff. But being 3-0 down against Southampton, you can see the owner just saying goodbye."

  179. 1609: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Yannick Bolasie makes inroads down the Villa right, before cutting the ball back to Jason Puncheon on the edge of the box. The Palace man is in oceans of space, but his feet are in a tangle and his shot, when it comes, is bread and butter for Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.

  180. 1608:  
    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live summariser at Upton ParkWest Ham 1-0 Arsenal

    "It was spilled by the keeper but, to be fair, you've got to be in there to score those goals and that was great strength from Carlton Cole. Without exaggerating, Arsenal should have been at least three goals to the good at half-time - they were so wasteful. A lot of supporters hadn't even taken their seats after half-time. We've got a right good game now because Arsenal have to come out and attack."

    Listen to commentary of West Ham v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  181. 1607:  
    Football Analyst Mark Lawrenson on Final ScoreWest Ham 1-0 Arsenal

    "It's a goalkeeping howler from Szczesny in the Arsenal net and it was an easy goal in the end for Carlton Cole. Big Sam will now be saying 'let's go to 4-5-1 and protect what we have'."

  182. 1606: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 2-1 Stoke - Yoan Gouffran (48 mins)

    Controversy here, as if Mark Hughes needed further reason to lose his cool. Hatem Ben Arfa escapes his man down the right before crossing in - but was the ball out of play? Very, very close, maybe not all of the ball was over the line. But it could be.

    Anyway, Thomas Sorensen can only flap at the cross and it falls for Yoan Gouffran to fire in through a ruck of bodies and into the net.

  183. 1604: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

    Should be a goal, but somehow it isn't. Fifteen seconds into the second half, and Juan Mata's cross picks out Samuel Eto'o in the six-yard box. But the former Inter and Barca man's shot is blocked at point-blank range by a sprawling Gerhard Tremmel.

  184. 1603: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Arsenal - Carlton Cole (46 mins)
    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (right)

    Carlton! This is why you play with a big number nine, because they gobble up chances like this. Kevin Nolan's shot is not held by Wojciech Szczesny, he can only fumble it out like an England slip fielder, and Carlton Cole is in the right place to lash in from four yards out. Big test of Arsenal's credentials now...

  185. 1602: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are up and running around the grounds...

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    Paul: Wow! If Everton turn it around, Arsenal draw, Liverpool get a draw at City and Chelsea win you'd have four teams on 37 points with City on 36. Could get even tighter...

    R Walsh in Notts: Surely the only way to make Villa v Palace interesting on current form is for them both to be allowed to wear their home kits?

    Andrew in Cardiff: Malky must be trying to get himself sacked! 3-0 at half time two weeks in a row! Malky Out!

  187. 1600: 
    LEAGUE ONE UPDATE

    Bristol City are halfway to climbing off the bottom of the table, with Sam Baldock's penalty giving Steve Cotterill's side a 1-0 lead over Walsall at the break.

    At the top, Wolves still lead Crewe 1-0 and Rotherham are winning 1-0 at Yorkshire rivals Bradford thanks to a Haris Vuckic goal.

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    Loz Crouch: Good game at Newcastle totally ruined by referee Martin Atkinson. Two extremely soft reds then missed a blatant handball before Newcastle goal. Abysmal.

    Alex Barton: Game over for Everton, never come back from this. Stupid decision to drop Barkley, his replacement got our keeper sent off.

    Jay: I'm still not confident that Tom Cleverley is the answer to United's midfield. Very hit and miss and inconsistent.

  189. 1558:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Etihad StadiumMan City v Liverpool (1730 GMT)

    "So Brendan Rodgers thinks it is Manchester City's title to lose? Well this fascinating fixture might just provide a little more evidence as to how true that might be, and another pointer to where Liverpool can realistically be looking in 2014.

    "The City backline face the ultimate test in this one, and with the current form of Luis Suarez, Liverpool have a fighting chance against anyone.

    "There will be so much individual talent on the pitch you sense almost anything could happen. A fifth consecutive Liverpool win would be some statement of intent."

  190. 1558: 
    COMING UP

    As if you hadn't gorged yourself on football already - the main course is still to come...

  191. 1558: 
    MATCH STATS- Newcastle 1-1 Stoke
    stats

    It is not just referee Martin Atkinson who has been busy at St James' Park. There have been a total of 17 shots in among the two red cards on Tyneside. Down to nine, Stoke may not enjoy the majority of possession in the second half either.

  192. 1557: 
    LEAGUE TWO UPDATE

    Leaders Chesterfield hold a 1-0 advantage over Hartlepool at the break thanks to Tendayi Darkinwa's third goal in five games.

    In the Lancashire derby, Padraig Amond's goal has given Morecambe a 1-0 lead over Fleetwood at the interval, while Northampton, with caretaker manager Andy King in charge, are goalless at Burton.

  193.  

    Reading FC after floodlight failure at Leicester City: Power cuts causing problems throughout the local area we're told - King Power Stadium currently on back up power (ironically!)

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    Dog Is Dead: Nothing says Christmas spirit like two red cards in three minutes. Nicely done Stoke.

    Rachel T: Are you sure footballers don't celebrate Christmas? Some of them seem a bit the worse for wear today!

    Simon Paice: Wenger needs to take Giroud off. A hungry Bendtner or Podolski would have scored at least two by now.

  195. 1555: 
    AS IT STANDS
    Top six

    At half-time on Boxing Day then Arsenal lead the way in the Premier League from Chelsea - on goal difference. Third placed Liverpool play fourth-placed Manchester City later on.

    At the bottom, it's almost as tight, with Sunderland at the bottom heading for a win at Everton. As it stands...

    Bottom six
  196. 1552:  
    MOTD's Paul Walker at Villa ParkAston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    ""It has been a first half that has lacked quality but right on half-time Aston Villa came closest to scoring. Czech striker Libor Kozak watched his header be cleared by Palace defender Adrian Mariappa from under his own crossbar. The fans will be hoping for more entertainment after the break."

  197. 1552:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Goodison ParkEverton 0-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has an intriguing half-time team-talk to deliver. He must be absolutely delighted with the way his side have performed. Everton have it all to do with 10 men."

  198. 1551: 
    Loic Remy scores for Newcastle

    Eleven goals, three red cards, a missed penalty, a manager sent-off and a partridge in a pear tree...

  199. 1550:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Cardiff City StadiumCardiff City 0-3 Southampton

    "It's been a wonderful first half for Southampton, two goals from Jay Rodriguez and one from Rickie Lambert have given them a commanding first half lead, but how different it all could have been had Peter Whittingham not spurned an early chance for Cardiff City."

  200. 1550: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Leicester still lead Reading thanks to David Nugent's spot-kick, despite trouble with the floodlights at the King Power Stadium. Play stopped briefly and fans were even shining torches on the pitch at one point.

    Emmanuel Ledesma's effort midway through the first half is enough to give Middlesbrough a 1-0 lead over Burnley at the break.

  201. 1549:  
    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton ParkWest Ham 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal must have had four or five good chances here at Upton Park, but they haven't been able to take any of them."

    Listen to commentary of West Ham v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  202. 1549: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Villa's Libor Kozak gets up to nod goalwards with the last action of the half but Adrian Mariappa springs into action to divert the ball over the top of the Palace goal.

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    Sean: At least with AVB, we were usually solid when we went ahead. Sherwood has no tactical clue.

    Toby in Kent: Small consolation for Stoke fans, they get to join that short list of teams in the Premier League who led a game with only 9 players on the pitch.

    Paul in Eastbourne: Great credit to the Saints to come out and play like this after struggling to win in the last few weeks. Great to see the three English lads having such an impact!

  204. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME
    Tottenham score against West Brom

    Whistles blown around the country then - that's half-time.

  205. 1547: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

    James Morrison has the chance to go ahead right at the end of the half but drags his shot across goal! Excellent half at the Lane.

  206. 1547:  
    Football Analyst Mark Lawrenson on Final ScoreNewcastle 1-1 Stoke

    "You're down to nine men, you're manager's been sent off, you're drawing 1-1 and you're kicking uphill in the second half - Merry Christmas Stoke fans."

  207. 1545: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

    Just the one minute of injury time at the end of the first half at Stamford Bridge.

  208. 1544: 
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    London-Dude: I've resigned myself to the fact that Ramsey as a good player he is, will only be an occasionally goalscorer.

    BenTurner98: Arsenal lack fire power up front when Giroud is not on playing well. You can't base a title push around an inconsistent striker.

    Thomas Stirk: No complaints if Tan chooses to sack Mackay after this performance so far, could be a cricket score.

  209. 1544: 
    Everton 0-1 Sunderland

    Everton are struggling to respond after falling behind to a Sunderland team that started the day at the bottom of the table. Indeed, substitute goalkeeper Joel Robles has to deny Sebastian Larsson from doubling the Black Cats' lead with his right palm.

    The problems are mounting for Everton, who played for several minutes with nine men after Kevin Mirallas disappeared down the tunnel with a problem before re-appearing.

  210. 1544: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-1 Stoke - Loic Remy (44 mins)

    Would you believe it?! An extraordinary few minutes at St James' Park. Stoke counter from the missed penalty but the ball soon returns back upfield, Hatem Ben Arfa finds Loic Remy inside the penalty area and he squeezes off a shot which deflects into the net.

  211. 1543: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Newcastle 0-1 Stoke - Loic Remy

    Loic Remy steps up to take the kick but it is tame and former Sunderland man Thomas Sorensen makes the save down to his right!

  212. 1543: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

    Gerhard Tremmel redeems himself after being partially at fault for Chelsea's opener. The Swansea goalkeeper sticks out a reflex palm to keep Samuel Eto'o's poke from getting past him after good work from Ramires.

  213. 1542: 
    RED CARD- Newcastle 0-1 Stoke - Marc Wilson

    Marc Wilson is off as well - Stoke down to nine men...

  214. 1542: 
    PENALTY TO NEWCASTLE- Newcastle 0-1 Stoke

    Mark Hughes will be apoplectic - Marc Wilson drags back Loic Remy and that's a spot-kick...

  215. 1541: 
    FIVE TO THE BREAK

    Five minutes to play before the half-time whistles in the 1500 GMT kick-offs.

  216.   
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Kevin Kilbane on Final ScoreTottenham 1-1 West Brom

    "The things that Andre Villas-Boas said about the supporters and board always comes back to bite you. I was never a big fan of AVB when he came in. He's still a young manager that needs to progress now.

    "With Tim Sherwood going in there now things just need to progress quickly if they are to stand any chance of pushing on."

  217. 1540: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Plenty of action elsewhere, but neither goalkeeper has had a save to make at Villa Park. Palace are growing in confidence but have lacked a killer punch in front of goal.

  218. 1539: 
    RED CARD- Newcastle 0-1 Stoke - Glenn Whelan

    Silly boy! Glenn Whelan has already been booked and has a hack at the calves of Yohan Cabaye. There can only be one outcome, a second yellow and a red. Chance now for Newcastle as Stoke boss Mark Hughes joins his midfielder in the stands.

  219. 1538: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

    Jonjo Shelvey's mouth writes a cheque that his body cannot cash as he convinces his Swansea team-mates to let him have a slash at a free-kick from around 30 yards out. The resulting effort is high, wide and not very handsome.

  220. 1538: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-1 West Brom - Jonas Olsson (38 mins)

    From the sublime to the ridiculous for Spurs! Christian Eriksen gives away a free-kick moments after scoring, the cross is not dealt with and it falls for Jonas Olsson six yards out, he can't miss and doesn't, prodding the ball home with a long, lanky outstretched leg...

  221. 1536: 
    Cardiff City 0-3 Southampton
    Rickie Lambert scores for Southampton

    There is no sign of Cardiff mustering a comeback. Instead attention is turning to increasing the decibels in protest at owner Vincent Tan.

  222. 1536: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 West Brom - Christian Eriksen (36 mins)

    You wait all day for a free-kick and two come along at once. If Kasami's wasn't a classic, this certainly is! Christian Eriksen smashes the ball over the wall from 20 yards, it curls and dips before thumping the underside of the crossbar, bouncing down and back up, hits the bar again and then hits the net. You just do not save those! His first Premier League goal and it's special alright!

  223. 1534: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-1 Fulham - Pajtim Kasami (33 mins)

    Fulham have been fighting hard and they level with a 20-yard free-kick from Pajtim Kasami. It's a bit soft though, as he slides a left-footed effort under the jumping wall, the ball bouncing and bobbling several times on its way in. Not the hardest, but they all count...

  224. 1534: 
    West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud is the latest Arsenal man to go close, firing wide from 20 yards with his left foot. West Ham on the ropes a bit now.

  225. 1534: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

    Chances have been few and far between for Swansea, but that was a peach. Alvaro Vazquez contrives to side-foot straight at Petr Cech from Jonjo Shelvey's flick-on and the grateful Chelsea goalkeeper tips his powderpuff effort over the top.

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    Baz in Mansfield: Today's result at Hull says more about the old style British manager. They do not plan to beat the big teams. They aim to avoid a thumping or a draw if they are lucky. Imagine a PL without Bruce, Hughes, Allardyce and co.

    Steve: On this form Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez, Shaw all with a chance to go to Brazil! With Clyne as well the future is bright for the Saints.

    Paul: We (Arsenal) won't go no where until our players realise we can take shots rather than always try walk it in. Frustrating.

  227. 1533: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham have come back into the game since falling behind, and Damien Duff is the latest to go close, just failing to convert a cross from the left. Fulham then have the ball in the net as Scott Parker charges down a clearance from John Ruddy, but the ball hits Parker on the hands. Right call.

  228. 1532: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    The pattern of play is still the same at Villa Park - the home side are patiently probing for an opening, but cannot unlock a sturdy Palace side looking to counter. Villa, who are yet to score a first-half Premier League goal in front of their own fans, have not managed a meaningful shot on target yet.

  229. 1531: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    David Nugent gives Championship leaders Leicester a 1-0 lead over Reading with his eighth penalty of the season.

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    Benjamin Hoare: Everything is well and good when Arsenal have midfielders popping up and scoring, but when they aren't we really lack bite...

    Charles Cavalla: If Chelsea don't beat Swansea then they're in trouble. Five points adrift with Liverpool still to play.

    ̷̐ ̈́DhatweirD_niggiE: Chelsea problem this season has been finishing off opponents, they take the foot off the pedal too much and pay the price.

    Listen to commentary of West Ham v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  231.   
    Football Analyst Mark Lawrenson on Final ScoreCardiff City 0-3 Southampton

    "Players should still be able to do their job despite the circumstances behind the scenes at Cardiff. The three Southampton goals were so easy to score. I think it is an easy excuse to use.

    "You should be just thinking about playing football, not about what is going on with the owner and manager. If you're doing that you shouldn't be playing."

  232. 1530: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal come close to taking the lead as Theo Walcott gets in behind George McCartney to meet a chipped pass from Aaron Ramsey, but the England winger volleys wide when one-on-one with Adrian. Big chance!

  233. 1530: 
    LEAGUE ONE UPDATE

    Yohann Lasimant's injury-time winner with his first touch earns leaders Leyton Orient a 2-1 victory at Gillingham after Marvin Bartley had cancelled out Adebayo Akinfenwa's opener.

    Leaders Wolves are already 1-0 up at home against Crewe thanks to Michael Jacobs' goal in the third minute.

  234. 1529: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City - Eden Hazard (29 mins)

    Eden Hazard gets a big helping hand from Ashley Williams here. The Chelsea midfielder's low 20-yard shot is pretty much straight at Gerhard Tremmel but the Swansea goalkeeper is put off by Ashley Williams' despairing attempt to clear. The ball slips underneath him and into the net.

  235. 1528: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-1 Stoke City - Oussama Assaidi (29 mins)

    Stoke had been having a good spell and they lead thanks to a ripper from Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi, who cuts in from the left wing, beats a man with an old-fashioned drop of the shoulder before arcing a shot into the top corner. A fine, fine goal!

  236. 1528: 
    GOAL- Cardiff City 0-3 Southampton - Rickie Lambert (27 mins)

    This one is looking all over. Rickie Lambert stabs home after Jay Rodriguez wins the header in the middle. Unrest in the Cardiff stands.

  237. 1526: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-0 Stoke City

    They had to soak up some pressure in the early stages, but Stoke are coming into this game now. Charlie Adam produces their best chance so far when he is picked by Geoff Cameron out in acres of space around 25 yards from goal and lets fly with a rasping first-time shot but the ball sails wide of Tim Krul's right upright.

  238. 1526: 
    GOAL- Everton 0-1 Sunderland - Ki Sung-Yueng (25 mins)

    Ki Sung-Yueng dusts himself down, picks himself up and slots home the spot kick. Joel Robles got close, but no cigar.

  239. 1524: 
    PENALTY TO SUNDERLAND- Everton 0-0 Sunderland
  240. 1524: 
    RED CARD- Everton's Tim Howard
    Everton's Tim Howard walks off after his dismissal

    The Toffees' goalkeeper walks after tripping Sunderland striker Ki Sung-Yueng. Howard had been sold short by Leon Osman's backpass. Joel Robles is on in Howard's place at Osman's expense.

  241. 1523: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Swansea City

    John Terry's runs into the box are causing plenty of problems for Swansea. The former England captain almost gets on the end of Juan Mata's cross, but Ashley Williams smashes the ball clear from close to his goal-line.

  242. 1523: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 1-0 Fulham

    Chances at both ends at Carrow Road. First, Fulham almost level when Pajtim Kasami whistles a low shot past the far corner from 20 yards, before Johan Elmander beats David Stockdale to a through ball, goes round the keeper but can't pull the ball back to a team-mate. Hesitation. Deviation...

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    Paul in Manchester: To people saying United were lucky I say to you: to come back from two goals down to win 3-2 against a team that has conceded 3 at home all season is a sign of champions, regardless of where we are in the table.

    Rob in London: Imagine Liverpool without Suarez? You mean the first six games at the start of this season, including beating United (who had van Persie)? As John Lennon said, it's easy if you try.

    Ade in Manchester: Not yet the finished article but well done united. Now for Liverpool - City to draw and Arsenal lose and my day is made.

  244. 1521:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Kevin Kilbane on Final ScoreCardiff City 0-2 Southampton

    "It's a poor goal from Cardiff City's point of view. But what can you say about Jay Rodriguez, what a signing he was from Burnley, a fantastic player."

  245. 1520: 
    GOAL- Cardiff City 0-2 Southampton - Jay Rodriguez (20 mins)
    Cardiff boss Malky Mackay

    Southampton's England trio are showing their class. Rickie Lambert's searching cross picks out the run of Jay Rodriguez who peels off Kevin Theophile Catherine to slot in on the half-volley. lovely stuff and it is a long way back for the Bluebirds now.

  246. 1519: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are still playing each other to a standstill. The visitors look a much tougher proposition under Tony Pulis though.

  247. 1519: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 0-0 West Brom

    Tottenham under Tim Sherwood are like Tottenham under Ossie Ardiles if this is anything to go by. So open, so slack at the back, but exciting. Matej Vydra is in again for West Brom, easily, and only the diligent sweeping up of Hugo Lloris prevents a goal.

  248. 1518: 
    MATCH REACTION- Hull City 2-3 Man Utd

    Manchester United manager David Moyes speaking to BBC Sport: "To be two down and come back to win is a great result. I thought it would be a long road back but these players have done this in the past and we did well to get back in the game.

    "For us to get in at half-time 2-2 was great but when we were 3-2 Hull gave us a few scary moments. However, I'd take that after being 2-0 down after 10 minutes.

    "We're going to try to get the gap as narrow as we can. There's a long way to go in the league and we have to keep picking up points. There's a lot to do but we'll keep at it I believe we can be in the mix and challenge whoever is near the top."

  249. 1517:  
    Football Analyst Mark Lawrenson on Final ScoreChelsea 0-0 Swansea City

    "I think the Europa League has caught up with Swansea. Everyone knows how they play now and they struggle to open up sides. Sometimes you just have to cut out that one extra pass that they seem to do. They are really struggling to score the goals and that's the worry now.

    "They will be absolutely fine come the end of the season saying all that, it's just teams have worked them out."

  250. 1517: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 West Brom

    West Brom's first meaningful attack almost sees them take the lead. Matej Vydra plays a one-two on the edge of the box with Zoltan Gera and, after collecting the return pass, sees his shot turned round the post by Hugo Lloris. That one was sneaking in.

  251. 1517:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Kevin Kilbane on Final ScoreCardiff City 0-1 Southampton

    "Southampton do need to get their campaign back on track following their positive start at the beginning of the season. If they can win today that will put Cardiff deep in trouble."

  252. 1517: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal go close to the opener as Santi Cazorla lofts in a header from the edge of the box - no, really - after a corner is not dealt with but Adrian in the Hammers net is able to make ground to his right and turn it away. Cazorla is many things but he should not be winning headers there...

  253. 1516: 
    MATCH REACTION- Hull City 2-3 Man Utd

    Hull manager Steve Bruce speaking to BBC Sport: "Over the years I've been close a few times to beating them but never 2-0 up against them within 15 minutes and the one thing we've been able to do since I've been here is hold a lead.

    "We made too many mistakes at crucial times. We created umpteen opportunities in the second half but we made mistakes and you get punished against a team like Manchester United.

    "James Chester was a young player at Manchester United and when he scored he was in dreamland and he had a chance at the death to get a result.

    "He put one in his own net. We've all done it and he'll have to live with that but he'll get over it because he's a very good young player."

  254. 1515: 
    Everton 0-0 Sunderland

    Costa Rica left-back Bryan Oviedo forces Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone into his first save of the game with a 20-yard effort. Everton are passing the ball around nicely and moments later Oviedo produces a cross that Modibo Diakite does well to cut out and stop the ball falling at the feet of Romelu Lukaku.

  255. 1514: 
    GOAL- Cardiff City 0-1 Southampton - Jay Rodriguez (14 mins)

    Southampton draw first blood with a slick counter-attack. Adam Lallana hangs perfectly on the last defenders' shoulder and scampers in behind to supply a low cross that Jay Rodriguez slides in to steer home at the far post.

  256. 1514: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Swansea City

    Chelsea are beginning to impose themselves on the game. Branislav Ivanovic is the latest to get a view on goal, but Ashley Williams diverts his effort wide.

  257. 1513: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Fulham - Gary Hooper (13 mins)

    Goal for Gary Hooper! That's the fourth home game in a row that he has scored for Norwich. Johan Elmander lays the ball off to the former Celtic man, he takes it on before shooting very early, the ball takes a whacking great deflection off Aaron Hughes and loops over the head of David Stockdale. No chance whatsoever.

  258. 1513: 
    Tottenham 0-0 West Brom

    Spurs still look gung-ho in this adventurous Tim Sherwood line-up and after they win a corner, Gylfi Sigurdsson smashes in a shot from the edge of the area which sails just past the far corner. Is there a goal on the way at the Lane?

  259. 1512: 
    WHAT A MISS!- Cardiff City 0-0 Southampton

    Cardiff striker Peter Whittingham gets his feet all wrong and what should be a simple side-foot volley home from eight yards, glances wide off his shin.

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    Chittaranjan: Phone fully charged. Dinner sorted out. United won. Live text open. Bring on the rest of the Boxing Day football fiesta.

    Toby: Bolton and Blackburn sacked Allardyce and got relegated soon after. West Ham need to stick with him.

    Mabii Durrani: We need more English players in the Prem, but these Man Utd fans want their English players out e.g Smalling, Young, Cleverley etc.

  261. 1511: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Swansea City

    Oscar could, or should, be through on goal, but the Brazilian miscontrols Eden Hazard's pass and the ball dribbles harmlessly though to goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel.

  262.   
    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live summariser at Upton ParkWest Ham 0-0 Arsenal

    "Great effort from Noble, but that's a save you'd expect the keeper to make."

    Listen to commentary of West Ham v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  263. 1510: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-0 Arsenal
    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

    Olivier Giroud fails to make a telling connection to Bacary Sagna's cross before West Ham go close at the other end. Mikel Arteta concedes a cheap free-kick right on the edge of the area and Mark Noble crashes in the shot from a tight angle, forcing Wojciech Szczesny into a smart save up to his left.

  264. 1509: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Villa are neatly keeping hold of possession as they aim to control the tempo of the opening exchanges. But Palace are keen to break down the flanks - through the pace of wingers Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie - when they get the chance.

    Home keeper Brad Guzan gathers Bolasie's weak header as the two sides scrap for early dominance. Very even in the opening 10 minutes.

  265. 1509: 
    Norwich 0-0 Fulham

    Pretty end-to-end in the opening stages at Carrow Road, with neither midfield taking charge thus far.

  266. 1508: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Swansea City

    Jordi Amat, up for Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick, nods just over the top in Swansea's first effort at goal.

  267. 1508: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Tottenham 0-0 West Brom

    Lewis Holtby involved at both ends in an open start at White Hart Lane. First, the Tottenham man makes a challenge right on the edge of his own area, with Morgan Amalfitano looking half-heartedly for a penalty.

    Spurs then break and the ball runs on to Holtby, whose shot is well blocked and allows Ben Foster to gather in.

  268. 1507: 
    Cardiff City 0-0 Southampton

    It is all quiet on the western front with Cardiff and Southampton feeling each other out in the early stages.

  269. 1506: 
    Everton 0-0 Sunderland

    Everton have won four of their last five Premier League games, but a poor back header by defender Phil Jagielka almost lets in Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher. Goalkeeper Tim Howard scrambles off his line to save his captain's blushes.

  270. 1506: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Goalkeeper Julian Speroni holds on tight as Gabriel Agbonlaghor sniffs around a flick on into the Palace box. The hosts have started well.

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    Michael Ratcliffe: Man Utd got lucky today no doubt, typical United they are to coin a phase still a very poor football team with one outstanding footballer in Rooney.

    Paul Sharkbait Oohaha Gilhooley: All these people writing off United for conceding two goals so far at Hull, let's not forget that the Liverpool team everybody is waxing lyrical about got thumped 3-1 here only a few weeks ago.

    Chris Deards: Thierry Henry scored 175 goals for Arsenal in eight seasons with the club, Rooney has been with United for nine seasons and only scored 150.

  272. 1505: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle United 0-0 Stoke City

    Close again from the Newcastle midfield as Hatem Ben Arfa cuts inside on to that trusty left peg and curls one just over the top from 25 yards. Got the curl alright, just not enough dip.

  273. 1504:  
    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live summariser at Upton ParkWest Ham 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal have surprised a few people so far this season, but it's imperative they keep winning and I'm not surprised they've named a strong team. They could not have afforded to take West Ham lightly today."

    Listen to commentary of West Ham v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  274. 1504: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Giuseppe Sannino enjoys his first win as Watford manager as the Hornets secure a 4-0 victory over Millwall.

  275. 1504: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Swansea City

    David Luiz looks long to Eden Hazard and the Belgian almost makes something of it as he arges and barges with Angel Rangel. The Swansea defender eventually wins out though.

  276. 1503: 
    West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

    Matt Jarvis gets in behind the Arsenal defence in the opening seconds but his touch lets him down, the ball running out of play. After that it's been all Arsenal.

  277. 1502: 
    Newcastle United 0-0 Stoke City

    Newcastle fly out of the traps to make the early running, and it's Moussa Sissoko who gets the first shot in anger away, easily held by Thomas Sorensen though.

  278. 1500: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Hull City 2-3 Man Utd
    Ashley Young

    Manchester United winger Ashley Young speaking to BBC Sport: "When you go two down, heads could go down and you could be disappointed but at Manchester United our heads stay up and we thought we could get back into it.

    "We showed the team spirit, character and strength we have in the squad to come back from two down and it was a great performance to go on and win the game.

    "When you're winning games there's always a lot of confidence. It was a hard game and we've got another one coming up. The momentum's building and we just have to keep this going."

  279. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are rocking and rolling in today's 1500 GMT Premier League kick-offs.

  280. 1457: 
    Chelsea v Swansea City (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea emerge from the Stamford Bridge tunnel. The weather is dry and bright in London as pre-match flesh is pressed.

  281. 1456: 
    GET INVOLVED - #bbcfootball

    Hawwa Hassan Katsina: Cracking game to raise the curtain. No doubt we'll have an action packed Boxing Day. Blink an eye and you'll miss something.

    Alistair Hay: Bizarre that people are slating #mufc despite win. Could your team win all 3 points after going 2 goals down away from home?

    Sophie Gayter: With RVP coming back and Utd finding some form, Utd will go on a run now. Imagine LFC without Suarez, or City without Aguero!

  282. 1456: 
    LEAGUE ONE UPDATE

    Preston secure a narrow 1-0 win against Carlisle thanks to Josh Brownhill's effort. The result moves them, temporarily at least, up to fourth place. Leaders Leyton Orient still trail 1-0 to Gillingham.

  283. 1453: 
    Tottenham v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    A full-house gathers at White Hart Lane as the players prepare to emerge from the tunnel. Tim Sherwood has again named a very attacking side with no obvious 'holding' man in midfield. Will that tactic come unstuck?

  284. 1453: 
    GIVE THEM CHRISTMAS OFF...
    Asmir Begovic

    So training on Christmas Day - as well as being unpopular with players and their families - has cost Premier League clubs two goalkeepers.

    Maarten Stekelenburg of Fulham went over on his ankle when he could have been digging into the stuffing, and Asmir Begovic of Stoke damaged a finger doing shot-stopping practice when he could have had his feet up watching Indiana Jones.

    Give them a day off next year eh?

  285. 1452:  
    BBC Final Score

    You can join Jason Mohammad alongside Mark Lawrenson and Kevin Kilbane on Final Score now on the red button and BBC Sport website, with the action beginning from 1600 on BBC Two.

  286. 1451: 
    CURBS: YOUR ENTHUSIASM?- Norwich City v Fulham (15:00 GMT)
    Alan Curbishley

    You may - indeed I hope you did - have missed the news late on Christmas Eve that perennial third-favourite for every job going, Alan Curbishley, is back in gainful employment!

    Over five years since leaving West Ham Curbs is the new technical director at Fulham. What does that mean exactly? No idea...

  287. 1450: 
    Cardiff City v Southampton (1500 GMT)
    Adam Lallana

    It may sound like a scene from a Yuletide soap opera, but it is true. Saints midfielder Adam Lallana got married to his fiancee Emily on Christmas Eve after bringing forward the wedding.

    Lallana was due to get married next summer - on the day of England v Italy in Brazil - but he moved it to avoid the clash. Nobody should get married during a World Cup of course, but Lallana may also be out there.

    Another result for the lad was that the move saw a big white wedding in the summer axed in favour of a £500 registry office job. Quids in.

  288. 1449:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveWest Ham v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce ahead of their clash against Arsenal: "In the morning I get the lads ready and hopefully they'll be ready once they step onto the pitch. Today we have to be at our best to beat this Arsenal side. They have slipped up recently but today will be a massive challenge for us and hopefully we'll be able to go out and get something out of the game.

    "We've proven that we can get results against the big teams in this league but that said we have to try and repeat that consistently. That means being on the front foot and the not the back foot."

    Listen to commentary of West Ham v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live from 15:00 GMT.

  289. 1449: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Hull City 2-3 Man Utd
    Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United goalscorer Wayne Rooney on Sky Sports: "There were a lot of long balls to deal with in the last five minutes but we dug deep and it was a massive result for us. We started poorly today, it was poor defending. The first goal was my fault, I lost my man and we had to come back and score an early goal.

    "That was one of my best goals. I've not seen it back but it was a big goal for us. We had some bad results at the start of the season but we are showing our quality now, we are fighting hard and hopefully we can surprise some people now."

  290. 1449:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Arsenal will want to react to Manchester United's 3-2 win at Hull as they look to close the gap on leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League as they take on West Ham in 15 minutes time. BBC Radio 5 live will also bring you live commentary of Manchester City vs Liverpool at 17:30.

    Meanwhile, over on BBC 5 live sports extra you can listen to live commentary from Leicester vs Reading from 15:00.

    And then it's back to 5 live for the late kick-off in the Championship between Nottingham Forest and QPR at 19:30.

    Listen to any of the commentaries via BBC Radio 5 live or via the BBC Sport website.

  291. 1448: 
    NORTH OF THE BORDER

    It's a busy afternoon north of the border as well, with leaders Celtic at St Johnstone.

    You can follow all the latest in our Scottish Premiership live text commentary.

  292. 1448: 
    LEAGUE TWO UPDATE

    Newport head into the final automatic-promotion spot ahead of the later games as they secure a 1-0 win against Wycombe thanks to Mike Flynn's first-half lob. Portsmouth are on course for a first win under manager Richie Barker as his side lead 1-0 against Dagenham & Redbridge with 20 minutes to play.

  293. 1447: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand: Fight back season has started!! Let's go boys! The Tigers showed their teeth but we clawed it back! No charge for that headline journos!

  294. 1447: 
    GET INVOLVED - #bbcfootball

    Sil Li: A big difference in how Moyes's United finished games off compared to Sir Alex Ferguson. Always seems to be hanging on no matter the opposition.

    peter metalli: With United's win six teams very definitely still in it for the Premier League title at Xmas! Almost as good as the old Football League days.

    David Broome: United were dreadful the first 15 minutes but they have been even worse in the final 15 - did everything to throw away the win.

  295. 1447:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Chris Waddle at the KC Stadium

    "It was an unbelievable chance for James Chester in the final minute to get a point for Hull but it wasn't to be. Hull have shown fantastic spirit, they have put a great effort in over the 90 minutes. They have had some glorious chances in these final few minutes but that's the difference between the Premier League and the Championship."

  296. 1447:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at KC StadiumHull City 2-3 Man United

    We've had it all going on at Hull on Boxing Day. Manchester United take all three points after a cracker. James Chester has played a key part from the start with two goals, the first goal for his side and the second an own goal."

  297. 1446: 
    Hull City 2-3 Man Utd

    At the KC Stadium the debrief continues after Manchester United clung on to earn a fifth successive win in all competitions.

  298. 1445:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Upton ParkWest Ham v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    "Monday's draw with Chelsea was not a bad result, but anything other than a win at West Ham would be seen as proof positive that the Gunners are not yet ready to stay the course in a title race.

    "It would be a fifth consecutive game without a victory and their autumnal momentum would well and truly have been lost.

    "West Ham's record against Arsenal is pretty dismal, six consecutive defeats, and their next two games against West Brom and Fulham offer far more juicy prospects of some much-needed points."

  299. 1445:  
    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart LaneTottenham v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    "Tottenham surprised a lot of people when they handed Tim Sherwood the job as head coach on a full-time basis on Monday night. To some, it was the length of his contract that raised the most eyebrows as it runs until the end of next season.

    "There will be a lot of fans delighted that they have appointed someone from within, but also plenty that will be concerned by his lack of managerial experience.

    "West Brom caretaker head coach Keith Downing is unlikely to be handed the reins like Sherwood has been at Spurs, but he will be desperate to help the Baggies pick up a rare win at White Hart Lane."

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 26 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 18 18 39
No movement 2 Man City 18 32 38
No movement 3 Chelsea 18 15 37
No movement 4 Liverpool 18 22 36
No movement 5 Everton 18 12 34
No movement 6 Newcastle 18 6 33
No movement 7 Man Utd 18 9 31
No movement 8 Tottenham 18 -5 31
No movement 9 Southampton 18 7 27
No movement 10 Stoke 18 -8 21
No movement 11 Swansea 18 -1 20
No movement 12 Hull 18 -7 20
No movement 13 Aston Villa 18 -7 19
No movement 14 Norwich 18 -15 19
No movement 15 West Brom 18 -5 17
No movement 16 Cardiff 18 -15 17
No movement 17 Crystal Palace 18 -15 16
No movement 18 Fulham 18 -16 16
No movement 19 West Ham 18 -10 14
No movement 20 Sunderland 18 -17 13

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