Premier League: Swansea v Everton as it happened

Live text and Radio 5 live commentary as Everton win at Swansea in the Premier League after Tottenham beat Southampton.

22 December 2013 Last updated at 11:59

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  1. 1824: 

    Right then, it's time for me to wrap this latest feast of festive football up. This weekend was just the start of a frenetic period of games, games and more games in the next week and a bit, so it was good to get things going with goals, goals and more goals - some of them even at the right end.

    Thanks for keeping me company today, and look out for Ross Barkley's free-kick on MOTD2 on Monday. I reckon Yaya Toure's effort for Manchester City at Fulham on Saturday shades it as the best set-piece strike of the weekend, but you really should make your own minds up. Cheerio for now.

  2. 1821: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 1-2 Everton

    More from Everton boss Roberto Martinez, on his side's hard-fought win in Wales: "Overall, it was such a difficult game for us. I was very pleased with the way we played against a Swansea team who we all know are so good in possession.

    "We looked a real threat in the second half. Conceding that late was a real test of seeing what we needed to get the three points.

    "It is a more significant three points than any you get in a glamorous fixture. We had a real focus and desire to win the game when we were not at our best, it tells a lot about the squad.

    "For me, it is one of the most gratifying results."

  3. 1817: 
    Arsenal v Chelsea on MOTD2

    A reminder that there is one more game to go in this round of fixtures - the small matter of Arsenal versus Chelsea on Monday evening. If Arsenal win, they return to the top of the table (which is where they were on Saturday morning). Lose, and they drop to fourth. You can follow that one with Tom Rostance here on the BBC Sport website, and watch highlights afterwards on MOTD2 on BBC One (and this website) at 2235 GMT.


    Kevin Bushey: When can Everton fans start considering ourselves a legitimate part of the title race?

  5. 1811: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 1-2 Everton

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley: "Ross is growing game-by-game. He is showing different aspects, he is a quite incredible diamond of English football.

    "I always felt Seamus Coleman is a very complete footballer. People sometimes try and find weaknesses, but he is very competent defender and his real strength is going forward.

    "He also has the arrogance to try a strike from that distance. He gives a lot in the final-third."

  6. 1810: 

    Everton's next three games? Sunderland and Southampton at home on 26 and 29 December, and then Stoke away on New Year's Day. They are currently two points off the top of the table, and they might fancy their chances of being higher than fourth when they leave the Britannia Stadium at the start of 2014.

  7. 1804: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Swansea 1-2 Everton

    Everton match-winner Ross Barkley: "My goal was a relief because I had a good chance to score with 20 minutes but I slipped over. To see that free-kick go in was a massive bonus. I don't practice free-kicks but with Leighton Baines not on the pitch I thought it was my chance to have a go."

    Barkley free-kick
    MOTD presenter and former Everton striker Gary LinekerSwansea 1-2 Everton

    "Love watching Barkley play. Brings a smile to my face. Proof that if they're good enough, young English players will emerge."

  9. 1801: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 1-2 Everton
    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: "We did not deserve to lose this game, definitely. We conceded the late goal at a moment when Everton seemed OK with the draw judging by their substitutions.

    "It was harsh. We deserved at least a point.

    "We didn't get it, and that is the way football is.

    "I do not want to say Everton found luck, it was a well hit free-kick, but it found the three points."

  10. 1800: 
    FULL-TIME STATS - Swansea 1-2 Everton
    Swansea v Everton stats

    The second half had the lot, really... shots, goals, excitement. Swansea had more possession but then they always do, don't they? Everton leave with the points.

    QPR midfielder Joey BartonSwansea 1-2 Everton

    "Good game that. Two coaches who play the game in an exciting manner. Good day of Premier League football today."

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    Phil Shuttleworth: Talk about Barkley and Martinez leaving Everton is ridiculous - club on the rise and they are a huge part of a very bright future.

    Alpesh Patel: As a Manchester Utd fan I wonder why Moyes thought Fellaini was a better transfer target than Barkley?

    JoshEyrex: England's midfield should definitely be Henderson, Barkley and Lallana, no doubt.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-2 Everton

    "The talking point today was Ross Barkley. He is absolutely good enough to play for England in every game on this evidence."

  14. 1750: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 1-2 Everton

    Merry Christmas? It certainly is a good one for Everton. Two magnificent strikes give them victory over Swansea and Roberto Martinez's side are now 10 games unbeaten and up to fourth in the table.

  15. 1749: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 1-2 Everton
    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-2 Everton

    "Alvaro Vazquez completely mis-kicked that. He had held his line brilliantly to get into space.

    "Maybe he was worried Tim Howard was going to come out and clatter him? What a chance to make himself a hero."

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  17. 1748: 
    Swansea 1-2 Everton

    Another Swansea attack, and another near miss. The ball drops for Alvaro Vazquez inside the box but, with Tim Howard rushing out to him, he seems to take his eye off the ball and it bounces to safety.

    About 60 seconds of stoppage time to go.

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    Wasa Wasamunu: Barkley!!! Moyes subdued him, Martinez unleashed him.

    Callum Sibley: If the England midfield for the World Cup doesn't consist of Barkley, Lallana and Wilshere, Hodgson shouldn't be manager.

    Chase Kross: Its all in the hair cut from Ross Barkley.

  19. 1746: 
    INJURY TIME- Swansea 1-2 Everton

    There will be three minutes of injury time at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea have not given up yet and Tim Howard does brilliantly to push away a dipping Roland Lamar volley from the edge of the box.

    MOTD presenter and former Everton striker Gary LinekerSwansea 1-2 Everton

    "Ross Barkley is a star in the making. Prodigious talent. England have a real player."

  21. 1744: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 1-2 Everton

    Swansea have managed one instant reply today, and they almost repeat that feat. Pablo Hernandez gets away a snap-shot which Tim Howard does brilliantly to push away and Alvaro Vazquez is flagged offside as he looks to follow up.

    The Welsh side have got two minutes of the 90 left to find a second equaliser.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-2 Everton

    "That free-kick reminded me of Wayne Rooney's against Arsenal for Everton many years ago. Magnificent technique from the young lad, pure brilliance."

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    Sham Gallagher: Wonderful free-kick by Barkley. Absolutely stunning placement. What a win this would be for Everton.

    Nij Sonpal: Perfect free-kick from Ross Barkley! Can Everton keep him long-term?

  24. 1740: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-2 Everton - Ross Barkley (85 mins)

    Wow. That chance was taken, and this is a strike worthy of winning any game. Ross Barkley gets the green light to take the free-kick and shows he was the right choice, lifting the ball over the wall, under the bar and past the despairing dive of Gerhard Tremmel.

  25. 1739: 
    Swansea 1-1 Everton

    Now, this is a chance for Everton after Ben Davies fouls James McCarthy, about 25 yards from goal. Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman are standing over the free-kick.

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    Aaryaman Banerji: Give Roberto Martinez three-four years more experience, maybe even less, and I'd take him at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger retires. Top manager!

  27. 1738: 
    Swansea 1-1 Everton

    I don't doubt that both teams are trying to win this game but we have seen more huff and puff than silky skills since that flurry of goals. Swansea's best chance to take the lead came and went in the blink of an eye when Alvaro Vazquez beat the offside trap but woefully under-hit his attempt to lob Tim Howard, who could have caught that lying down.

  28. 1734: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-1 Everton

    In fact it is a double change by the Toffees: Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas are coming off, Steven Naismith and Leon Osman are on instead.

  29. 1733: 
    Swansea 1-1 Everton

    It looks like Everton will be making a change soon too - Steven Pienaar is down and looks in pain.

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    Statisticians Opta: 8 - Everton defenders have now supplied eight goals in the Premier League this season, more than at any other club. Total.

  31. 1732: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-1 Everton

    A Swansea switch to tell you about: Alvaro Vazquez is on for Wilfried Bony. It's not their first of the game, though, because Roland Lamar came on for Wayne Routledge just after Everton scored.

  32. 1731: 
    Swansea 1-1 Everton

    So, back to square one for Everton - they pushed for a goal for most of the second half and, as soon as they got one, conceded immediately. It is good news for the neutrals though: the rain is tipping down at the Liberty Stadium, both sets of fans are making a din, and we have about 15 minutes left for somebody to try to win it. Game on.

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    Mathew: I think Manchester United boss Doyes is chasing the wrong Everton full-back. Coleman would be a welcome sight in an Arsenal kit! Top player.

    Matt Batey: Wonder what the odds were on the two goalscorers being full-backs?

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-1 Everton

    "That goal came from nothing. Dwight Tiendalli wanted the ball more on the back-post, he was more aggressive than Steven Pienaar.

    "If you want to be a good, all-round full-back you have to get forward. Left-back Ben Davies got up to cross it, and right-back Tiendalli was in the box fighting for the ball."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  35. 1726: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Everton - Bryan Oviedo og (70 mins)

    The Everton goal was coming - I'm not really sure where Swansea's reply came from. This one is a scrambled affair, in contrast to the star quality of Seamus Coleman's opener, but they all count. Ben Davies sends over a looping cross from the left and Dwight Tiendalli beats Steven Pienaar to the ball, before seeing his shot deflect in off Bryan Oviedo. Swansea are level, with 20 minutes left.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-1 Everton

    "Swansea are tired as they cannot get the ball back from the visitors. It has left space for Everton take advantage of, and what a goal from Seamus Coleman.

    "Everton have raised it, the good teams can step up a few gears."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  37. 1721: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Everton - Seamus Coleman (66 mins)

    It's been coming, and it's no surprise that Seamus Coleman is the man to give Everton the goal they craved. He looks up, 30 yards from goal, and flashes in a superb swerving shot that beats Gerhard Tremmel at his near post. Coleman celebrates by sliding off the pitch on his knees and kicking a pitchside hoarding in the manner of Temuri Ketsbaia. I think he enjoyed that.

  38. 1721: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 0-0 Everton

    I told you Everton were getting closer. Ross Barkley has already hit the barbers this week, now he has hit the bar. He drives forward to the edge of the box before fizzing in a shot that Gerhard Tremmel gets his fingertips too, and claws on to the woodwork.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Everton

    "Everton are playing Swansea at their own game. They are that bit sharper, their passing crisper.

    "They are taking over a little bit at this stage of the game."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  40. 1719: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Swansea cannot get out of their own half at the moment and Everton are getting closer to making the breakthrough. Sylvain Distin stays up after a corner and nods down a cross for Gareth Barry, who swivels inside the box but cannot keep his first-time effort down.

    MOTD presenter and former Everton striker Gary LinekerSwansea 0-0 Everton

    "Great chance for Barkley. Lost his footing as well as his hair."

  42. 1714: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    More Everton pressure, and more good play by Seamus Coleman. He weaves past a couple of defenders and into the area but runs out of space and time, and runs into Ashley Williams before he can get his shot away. With just over half an hour to go, the Toffees are on top but they really need to make this spell count.

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    Richard Powell: Dross Barkley.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Everton

    "It was a wonderfully weighted pass from Steven Pienaar and it just got under Ross Barkley's feet. That was the best chance of the game."

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  45. 1713: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Here come Everton again, with Steven Pienaar playing in Ross Barkley, arriving like a train on the edge of the area. Barkley has time to take a touch before letting fly but instead he slips and does not get a shot away. Chance gone, and it was a very good one too.

  46. 1711: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Everton's turn to enjoy a spell in the ascendancy, and Seamus Coleman is again in the thick of things, arriving late at the far post to get on the end of a Bryan Oviedo cross. Before it was Ben Davies who did not expect Coleman to come steaming in, this time it is Wayne Routledge, and the full-back is unlucky not to get a better contact with his volley.

  47. 1707: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Everton's best moment of the second half sees Seamus Coleman refuse to give up on a lost cause when a ball over the top looks to be running out of play. Coleman sprints down the right, sneaks in behind Ben Davies, and pulls it back towards Romelu Lukaku... but Ashley Williams is in the right place, again, to clear.

  48. 1705: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    We saw a lot of sloppy stuff from both sides in the final third in the first half and they have served up more of the same fare since the restart. Wayne Routledge's wayward pass ended a promising home attack and the only time the Swans have got the ball into the danger zone, from a Jonathan de Guzman free-kick, it was headed clear. Tim Howard remains relatively untroubled.

  49. 1701: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Everton

    We are back under way at the Liberty Stadium. All I want for Christmas is a goal in this game. It needs one.

  50. 1656: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton
    Ross Barkley

    To make up for the lack of goalmouth action in the first half at the Liberty Stadium, here is a picture of Ross Barkley's new haircut. I hope he likes it, because that will take a while to grow back.

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    Dalmar: Swansea v Everton is like watching something out of La Liga.

  52. 1652: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Swansea 0-0 Everton
    Swansea v Everton stats

    Here are the half-time stats from the Liberty Stadium. Both sides have had six shots, but Swansea are edging possession. the Welsh side have also played more passes: 263 to 226. Neither side have managed to find an end product, though, and that is the stat that matters the most.

  53. 1646: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Everton
  54. 1645: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Some good possession from Swansea as we near the end of the first half. Yes, I know that goes without saying but, this latest string of passes has been in the Everton half. Pablo Hernandez ends it by getting a shot away from the edge of the area but it flies a long way wide and Everton keeper Tim Howard is still yet to make a save.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Everton

    "Everton have slightly edged it thus far. There has been lots of good play, movement and defending from both sides, but neither goalkeeper has been tested enough."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  56. 1640: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    It's all gone a bit flat at the Liberty Stadium. When the loudest cheer of the first half is for the referee Lee Mason (when he gives a decision to the home side) you know the chances have not been exactly coming thick and fast.

  57. 1636: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Ten minutes to go until the break. Swansea have improved of late and Jonjo Shelvey has pinged a couple of lovely passes forward but his last attempt, to release Wilfried Bony, was overhit. Everton's defence has not been overworked so far.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Everton

    "That was very wasteful from Wilfried Bony. He blazed it over the crossbar, and he is normally very good when he gets in there."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  59. 1633: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Swansea's best attack of the game. Wayne Routledge drives at the Everton defence and then slips in Wilfried Bony to power in a shot from the edge of the box. Bony's effort is high over the bar but, at last, the home fans have something to cheer.


    Sharif in Manchester: Ross Barkley will be looking to dazzle with his skills more so than the floodlights reflecting off his head!

  61. 1627: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Another wobble in the Swansea defence. Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel drops a looping free-kick at the feet of Romelu Lukaku, which is never a good idea, and only just recovers it in time. Still, Swansea need to wake up a bit here. Everton are on top.

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    Will Dinsdale: To be fair, Malky Mackay has overspent by £15m and Cardiff are still dangerously close to relegation. You can get the sack for a lot less.

  63. 1625: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    This is an encouraging spell for Everton and Ross Barkley and Ashley Williams are having their own personal duel at the moment. The two go toe to toe inside the Swansea area, with Barkley teasing the defender before dropping a shoulder and dashing for the by-line. Williams sends him tumbling, but gets just enough on the ball.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Everton

    "The players are up in arms about Kevin Mirallas there. He had Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley in space in front of goal, he had to pass.

    "Ashley Williams did well to jockey him, but he had to slip them in. The best players have the vision to get their head up, like Luis Suarez on Saturday for Raheem Sterling's goal."

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  65. 1623: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    A good chance for Everton this - Chico Flores gives the ball away on the edge of his own area and Kevin Mirallas has possession, has men over and has options. He takes the wrong one, electing to shoot, and Ashley Williams blocks.


    Ned, a Cardiff fan: This changes nothing for me. I still want Vincent Tan out. His actions since he's arrived have been unforgivable.

  67. 1621: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Twenty minutes gone at the Liberty Stadium and this match is yet to spark into life. The home fans do have something to shout about though - referee Lee Mason. They feel he has given two or three wrong decisions against their side, the last one seeing Jonjo Shelvey penalised for winning a bouncing ball inside the Everton area.

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    TJ: Ross Barkley rocking the 'Phil Mitchell'.

    Jay: Getting a sneaky feeling that Swansea are in for a hiding today.

    Nate Bennett: Is that Thomas Gravesen out of retirement or has Ross Barkley just shaved his head?

  69. 1616: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Better by Everton, who manage their first real sight of goal after winning the ball back inside the Swansea half. The ball is played out to Kevin Mirallas on the right and he cuts inside to let fly, but cannot generate enough power in his shot to test Gerhard Tremmel. Moments later, another diagonal ball finds Mirallas dashing into the area but Ashley Williams is across quickly to dive in and stop him getting a shot away.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Everton

    "Swansea are very hard to beat at Liberty Stadium. They close the space and play a high-line.

    "They all press together, so that makes it very difficult for the opposition.

    "It will be interesting to see if Ashley Williams and Chico can cope with the physical challenge of Romelu Lukaku?"

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Michael Ollis: Good for Malky Mackay, shouldn't be in that position anyways.

    Gary McKinnon: I'd walk, head held high, wouldn't take anything away from him and get a job in the Premier League no problem.

    Scott Waple: Fact is, someone has got in Vincent Tan's ear and said: "if you sack him, it will be harder to stay in Premier League". That's what it boils down to.

  72. 1612: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Lots of passes, not many chances so far. Ashley Williams, for Swansea, and Steven Pienaar, for Everton, have both tried ambitious long passes in the last few minutes but neither came off.

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    Robert Seaward: Spare a thought for the Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman. Trying to resolve the issue with Mackay and Tan!

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty Stadium

    "I do not think anybody knows what Cardiff owner Vincent Tan will do next. Malky Mackay has been given a vote of confidence by his chairman.

    "If he can win a few games, and secure Cardiff's Premier League place, Tan would find it even harder to get rid of his manager."

  75. 1606: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    As you would expect from both these sides, we are seeing plenty of pretty passing patterns in the opening minutes. Everton are starting to come into things more but, when they have reached the edge of the Swansea area, they have not managed to find a telling final ball.

  76. 1602: 
    Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Yep, as Luke points out below, Ross Barkley has gone for a, er, streamlined look with his latest haircut - he has no hair left.

    We've had a lively opening in the first couple of minutes, with Wayne Routledge getting on the end of a couple of Jonjo Shelvey passes inside the Everton box but failing to find the target - by some distance actually.


    Luke in Chelmsford: Has Jose Mourinho passed Fernando Torres' clippers onto Ross Barkley?

  78. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Everton

    Swansea get us under way at the Liberty Stadium. If Everton win this game, they climb to fourth in the table, while the Welsh side can also climb a place, from 11th to 10th.

  79. 1600: 

    Some breaking news from Cardiff where owner Vincent Tan has lifted his threat to sack manager Malky Mackay and the pair will hold talks in an attempt to salvage their relationship.

    With the 41-year-old Scot refusing to walk away voluntarily, Tan is now prepared for a possible reconciliation.

    When asked if the ultimatum had been withdrawn, Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman said: "For the time being, yes. The crisis for the time being is over."

  80. 1558:  
    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea v Everton (1600 GMT)

    "Michael Laudrup has changed it slightly for Swansea this season by playing striker Wilfried Bony as he feels he has to justify the money he paid for him. That has unsettled them a bit."

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    Tottenham loanee Benoit Assou-EkottoSouthampton 2-3 Tottenham

    "How Adebayor didn't play before! Is a good question... What stats in two games. Thanks who? Well done Ade, well done Spurs."

  82. 1556: 
    Swansea v Everton (1600 GMT)

    The players are in the tunnel at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea captain Ashley Williams is having a laugh with one of the linesmen.

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    Van London: Tim Sherwood's not got a great poker face, has he?

  84. 1550: 
    Swansea v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez on his return to his former club Swansea: "I was here at Swansea as player, captain and manager. What they have done in the last 10 years is incredible and a model for other teams. We know they will keep the ball, rely on possession and that's what we want to do as well, so it's an interesting clash out there today."

  85. 1548: 
    Swansea v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, speaking before kick-off at the Liberty Stadium: "Everton were a very tough opponent last season and were a little more direct than now. They've added a possession game to their play which is related to the new manager.

    "So I like their side and they have a combination of what they had and what they have now. So it's a tough opponent for us."

    BBC Radio 5 liveSwansea v Everton (1600 GMT)
    John Hartson

    Former Wales striker John Hartson joins Conor McNamara at the Liberty Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live's full commentary of Swansea v Everton.

  87. 1544: 
    Swansea v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Here's a Swansea statistic that makes (just slightly) better reading for fans of the Welsh side than that one at 1533 GMT. Against Everton, Michael Laudrup's team are set to become the first Premier League side to chalk up 10,000 passes this season. They have made 9,549 so far (which works out at 597 per match).

  88. 1539: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Everton (1600 GMT)

    Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, Routledge, Shelvey, de Guzman, Canas, Hernandez, Bony. Subs: Amat, Taylor, Britton, Lamah, Pozuelo, Vazquez, Zabret.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Naismith, Osman, Stones, Vellios, Alcaraz.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  89. 1538: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    More from Tottenham interim head coach Tim Sherwood, on his future at White Hart Lane: "I never said I did or did not want the job. I need to speak to the chairman about how they want to take the club forward.

    "That'll happen sooner rather than later I hope, as these guys need a manager. Will I be in charge on Boxing Day? I don't know.

    "I don't want it for 10 minutes, I want it for long-term or not at all.

    "I really enjoyed it today but one swallow does not make a summer.

    "I like to set teams up like that. There are no rules, there are different ways to win a football match. "You have to do what you believe."

  90. 1537: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Tottenham interim head coach Tim Sherwood: "You enjoy it when you win. I did not enjoy the first half, I thought we were poor.

    "In the second half they took it on. We showed we have real quality. Emmanuel Adebayor has not been playing, so he did not require much motivating. You put him back in because of what he has done in history."

  91. 1536:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at the Liberty StadiumSwansea v Everton (1600 GMT)

    "Everton arrive with just one league defeat against them this campaign, a record that only Bayern Munich and Roma can better in Europe's elite leagues.

    "It's a game which will again bring Toffees boss Roberto Martinez back to the club where he first cut his managerial teeth and, though he's been up against them before with Wigan, his presence always seems to stir up the locals.

    "It will only add to the intrigue as Everton continue their quest to keep pace with the top four - particularly so as they follow Sunday's game with two successive home matches."

  92. 1533: 
    Swansea v Everton (1600 GMT)

    More reaction to come from St Mary's, but let's switch our attention to Swansea versus Everton, which is coming up in 30 minutes or so. Swansea have never beaten Everton, in 17 attempts since 1930. The best the Welsh team have managed is five draws so a win today would make history.

  93. 1530: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Tottenham's two-goal hero Emmanuel Adebayor, speaking to Sky: "I have been working very hard. I want to thank all my team-mates, they have been there for me.

    "I am very happy for the new manager. First day he told me to 'get out there and play football, you know how to do it because of the clubs you have played for'.

    "All 2013 has been very tough. My brother passed away, it was emotionally difficult.

    "Everything I did today is for him and his son. My father told me to always work hard, and that paid off today."

  94. 1526:  
    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentFULL-TIME- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    "Southampton started very well, but could not maintain it. The rot started when it went to 1-1, when Paulo Gazzaniga did not come out quickly enough from his goal.

    "There was not enough penetration from Southampton. It took Mauricio Pochettino too long to change it to two-up-front.

    "Tottenham certainly looked the better side by the end."

  95. 1525: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    That was fun, wasn't it? 24 attempts on goal, 31 crosses. And five goals. Spurs edged it, but Southampton gave it a real go. The sort of open game that probably makes former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas shudder, but keeps fans on the edge of their seats.

  96. 1524: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham
  97. 1523: 
    Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    The Saints fans are urging their players to get the ball forward quickly but Spurs are dealing with all these long balls. Only seconds left...

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    Chris Beattie: Tottenham play so much better without Paulinho. Bentaleb has been excellent.

  99. 1520: 
    Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Another sniff for the Saints. A corner is not properly cleared and the ball drops for Rickie Lambert to hammer in a shot... but he fails to make a proper connection and fails to hit the target. Time is running out for the home team.

  100. 1520: 
    INJURY TIME- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    There will be five minutes of added time at St Mary's. Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino waves his players forward. Spurs interim head coach Tim Sherwood waves his back.

  101. 1519: 
    Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Here come Saints again, to launch a couple of balls into the Spurs box - first a free-kick that Hugo Lloris elects to punch clear, and then a looping cross that Jos Hooiveld meets at the far post. Hooiveld is trying to find a team-mate rather than attempting to do a Vincent Kompany (by scoring at both ends) but he actually goes close to finding the net, with the ball dropping a yard wide of the opposite post as Lloris scrambles back across his goal.

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    Jack Ford: Gazzaniga seems to being playing dodgeball. Still yet to see him make a save in a Saints shirt! Get a shot on target and goal.

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 2-3 Tottenham

    "Southampton have to try and get the ball behind the back-four. They have not been doing that enough."

  104. 1514: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Tim Sherwood has five minutes left to see out his first win in charge of Spurs. So what does he do? He takes off one striker in Roberto Soldado and puts on another one in Jermain Defoe. It's a brave move, and I like it, but will it pay off?

  105. 1513: 
    Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Saints have abandoned their patient passing pay and launching it up top a lot quicker. They are clearly getting desperate, something that is obvious when Dejan Lovren has a wild pop from 30 yards. That only just stayed in the stadium.

  106. 1511: 
    Swansea v Everton (1600 BST)

    Everton welcome back midfielder James McCarthy after a one match ban, and he replaces Leon Osman who drops to the bench. The only other change Everton boss Roberto Martinez makes on his return to Swansea is to use Kevin Mirallas in place of the injured Gerard Deulofeu.

    Everton XI: Howard, Coleman, Oviedo, Jagielka, Distin, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Pienaar, Barkley, Lukaku

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    Matt Holford: Considering Saints have five key players out, they haven't done that badly. They'll recover their form in time.

    Tommy Good: Easy to criticise AVB for not playing Ade when he puts in a shift like this, but as a fan, you have to ask how long will it last.

    Jake Lennard: Too many twists and turns this season to say who will win each game!

  108. 1510: 
    Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Sam Gallagher does not take long to get involved. Adam Lallana slips him clear but the Saints striker does not really get hold of his shot and Hugo Lloris gratefully pounces on the ball.

  109. 1508: 
    Swansea v Everton (1600 BST)

    Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup makes five changes to the side which drew 1-1 at Norwich. Michel Vorm has undergone knee surgery and is replaced in goal by Gerhard Tremmel. Elsewhere, Dwight Tiendalli, Chico, Wayne Routledge and Wilfried Bony come in. Michu has not recovered from an ankle injury and does not make the bench.

    Swansea XI: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies, Canas, Shelvey, de Guzman, Routledge, Hernandez, Bony.

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    Ashley Williams: I give Adebayor three more games before his performances are back to normal. Lazy, uninspiring and a waste of wages.

    Martin Lewis: Three Spurs goals in one Premier league game? Either Sherwood is a genius or Southampton aren't really that good after all.

    Bonky: Adebayor, good to see him back playing. Has he been the spark that Spurs have been missing? On fire today v Southampton.

  111. 1507: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino's final roll of the dice. He takes off left-back Danny Fox and puts on young Scottish striker Sam Gallagher to join Rickie Lambert up front.


    Andy: I was watching my nine-year-old son play football earlier and even his defence was more organised than this Southampton horror show.

  113. 1506: 
    Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Yep, here come Saints again. If I had a penny for every time Adam Lallana had got behind the Spurs defence this afternoon, I would have about 6p. He beats the Spurs offside trap to latch on to Gaston Ramirez's clipped pass but Hugo Lloris is off his line quickly to avert the danger.

  114. 1504: 
    Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Fifteen minutes to go at St Mary's. If Roberto Soldado had taken any of those chances, you would back Tottenham for the three points. Instead, this game is still in the balance because there is no way Saints are going to lie down.

    MOTD presenter and former Tottenham striker Gary LinekerSouthampton 2-3 Tottenham

    "Great to see Tim Sherwood is bold enough to go for positive attacking football."

  116. 1500: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Another Southampton change as Mauricio Pochettino looks to change the direction of this game. Gaston Ramirez is on for Steven Davis. Oh, and just after that last Emmanuel Adebayor goal, James Ward-Prowse was booked for a foul on Spurs defender Danny Rose.

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    Will Neville-Smith: I said it last match and I will say it again. Hooiveld needs to go.

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    Tokunbo: No composure. Adebayor is back.


    Mark, an extremely angry Saints fan: Abject Southampton, can't defend for toffee, pathetic.

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    Prancer Troffaes: The striker Tottenham have needed all season has been playing with the youngsters? I feel ridiculous even typing this.

  121. 1459: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    Another great chance for Tottenham, and for Roberto Soldado. Nacer Chadli whips in a peach of a cross to find Soldado arriving inside the six-yard box, but he cannot apply the finishing touch.

    Moments later, Soldado is in again, this time beating the offside trap but lashing his shot wide from a tight angle. He could have had a hat-trick in the space of five minutes. Instead, he has drawn a blank.

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 2-3 Tottenham

    On Adebayor's goal: "Emmanuel Adebayor's man-marker just lost him far too easily there. Southampton were tight and compact at the start of the season, but the injuries at the back have stopped that.

    "The goalkeeper has not inspired, Jos Hooiveld has hesitated too many times."

  123. 1454: 
    Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

    This game is wide open now and Tottenham could and should add to their tally - the Saints defence is nowhere to be seen. Emmanuel Adebayor, who is on a hat-trick, flicks the ball on for Roberto Soldado to dart clear. The Spaniard has time to pick his spot but instead drags his low shot wide of Paulo Gazzaniga's right-hand post.

  124. 1452: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-3 Tottenham - Emmanuel Adebayor (64 mins)

    My 10-8 scoreline prediction is suddenly looking good. Spurs react to that Saints equaliser by throwing men forward and, despite Southampton having plenty of men back, the ball breaks for Emmanuel Adebayor inside the box to fire past Paulo Gazzaniga. Poor defending, but a great finish and Adebayor dances with joy as he celebrates.

  125. 1450: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 2-2 Tottenham

    A couple of changes to tell you about in the aftermath of that Saints goal. Tottenham bring on Nacer Chadli for Erik Lamela. For Saints, James Ward-Prowse is on for Jack Cork.

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 2-2 Tottenham

    On Lambert's goal: "That run from Adam Lallana is exactly what Southampton needed. He ran beyond the Tottenham defence, which is something the Southampton midfield has not been doing enough.

    "Lallana has that composure and awareness. He gives whatever team he is in, be it Southampton or England, something extra."

  127. 1447: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-2 Tottenham - Rickie Lambert (60 mins)

    Ah, that scoreline did not stay the same for long. Adam Lallana times his run superbly to get behind the Spurs defence on the right of the box and, after he draws Hugo Lloris from his goal, squares the ball for Rickie Lambert to stroke it into an unguarded net. A brilliantly worked team goal.

  128. 1447: 
    Southampton 1-2 Tottenham

    Southampton have won only one of their last seven games and if that run continues they will be looking at the teams below them more than the teams above them. Spurs, going for a third straight away win in the league, will move up a place to seventh if this scoreline stays the same, and would be just three points off a top four place.

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    David Whale: Bentaleb looking impressive - one to watch for the future? Integral to that second goal, give Sherwood the job.

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 1-2 Tottenham

    "There was a bit of hesitation from Jos Hooiveld and Paulo Gazzaniga there. This is a game Southampton do not want to lose, as you can see the teams above them starting to pull away."

  131. 1442: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-2 Tottenham - Jos Hooiveld og (55 mins)

    It's been a weekend of own goals in the Premier League and now Saints defender Jos Hooiveld has joined the party. Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen combine down the left and, from Rose's low pull-back, Hooiveld attempts to clear at the near post but instead diverts the ball past Paulo Gazzaniga. Agony for him, ecstasy for Spurs interim boss Tim Sherwood.

  132. 1440: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    We have not seen much of Southampton coming forward since the break but that changes when Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana combine on the edge of the Spurs box. Lallana brings down an inviting cross and shapes to shoot but Christian Eriksen has tracked back and nicks the ball away from him before he can make connection.

  133. 1439: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    Yep, Mousa Dembele limps off and he is replaced by a 19-year-old making his first-team debut. Nabil Bentaleb is on instead.

  134. 1438: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    Spurs are the side playing the high-tempo pressing game at the moment but they soon have a problem. Mousa Dembele is down on the ground and needs treatment... I don't think he can continue.

  135. 1437:  
    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 1-1 Tottenham

    "Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino will have got through to his players that they did not test Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris enough in the first half."

  136. 1435: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham are not just sitting back at the start of the second half. Danny Rose finds space down Southampton's right and again there are plenty of men in blue waiting in the middle for the cross. Sadly for Spurs, it soars over everybody's heads and Saints clear.

  137. 1433: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    We are back under way at St Mary's. No changes from either team at the break.


    Like A Villas-Boas: Bear in mind Lamela is still very young, took a year or so to adapt to Italian football too, once he did he was a beast.


    Kofi in London: Would love Sherwood to get the job. With time he'll get the team back on track.

  140. 1425: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
    Southampton v Spurs

    Here are the stats from St Mary's. Saints' possession reflects their advantage in the middle of the park but Tottenham have created more chances. That Emmanuel Adebayor goal was pretty special too - definitely worth waiting until Monday to watch it on MOTD2 [2235 GMT on BBC One and this website].

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 1-1 Tottenham

    "For the first 30 minutes Adam Lallana was running the show as Southampton controlled the game. The game then got scrappy, and Spurs got back into it."

  142. 1419: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
  143. 1417: 
    INJURY TIME- Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    There will be three minutes of added time at the end of the first half, and we have had two of them.

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    Kieron Robert Laity: Erik Lamela looks like he may be the biggest waste of £30m. Loses the ball constantly, can't keep up with the pace of the Premier League.

    MOTD presenter and former Tottenham striker Gary LinekerSouthampton 1-1 Tottenham

    "Emmanuel Adebayor has rediscovered his form. Anyone would think the window was about to open."

  146. 1416: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    Both teams look most dangerous when they get down the flanks, something Saints were doing at the start of the game and Spurs have been doing of late. Between them they have fired in 16 crosses from open play (with nine of those coming from Southampton). Calum Chambers looks poised to add to that tally for the home side after leaving Danny Rose on his backside down the right, but the ball just runs out of play and the chance is gone. Unlucky.

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 1-1 Tottenham

    "Tottenham are using the space behind the Southampton full-backs to launch counter-attacks. Southampton need to be aware of that problem."

  148. 1412: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    Five minutes to go until half-time and it is Saints' turn to come forward. Well, they were. Mauricio Pochettino's side spray passes from left to right and then back into their own half before finally surrendering possession cheaply with a loose pass aimed up towards Rickie Lambert. Tottenham will not mind if they keep doing that.

    Tottenham loanee Benoit Assou-EkottoSouthampton 1-1 Tottenham

    "Good luck to my man Emmanuel Adebayor. And to the manager for his first game. Need three points today!!!"


    Billy in Kent: All you moaning Spurs fans give Sherwood a chance, he is a quality footballing man! Get behind your man & you will see he's top drawer!

  151. 1410: 
    YELLOW CARD- Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    Spurs have improved as this game has gone on, and certainly since their interim boss Tim Sherwood came down from the stands. They are putting the tackles in too, with Gylfi Sigurdsson becoming the first name to go into Chris Foy's book after lunging in late on Steven Davis.

    Reading striker Jason RobertsSouthampton 1-1 Tottenham

    "Big fan of Adebayor. Fantastic goalscoring record, and when you focus on what he does do, as opposed to what he doesn't, not many better!"

  153. 1406: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    Another decent Tottenham move. Kyle Walker is on the overlap and gets in a low cross for Gylfi Sigurdsson to meet with a first-time shot that is blocked by Steven Davis. There were about half a dozen Spurs players in the box when that cross came in, and they are definitely not afraid to push men forward.

  154. 1402: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    Half-an-hour gone at St Mary's and the scoreline reflects a pretty well-balanced match. Saints have the extra man in midfield and are seeing more of the ball there. Spurs, with two up front, are threatening when they get the ball forward quickly. 1-1 is about right.

  155. 1358: 
    Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

    I am watching replays of Emmanuel Adebayor's stunning strike while the man himself is having treatment in the middle of the pitch. Not sure what the problem was, but the Spurs striker is now back on his feet and back in action.

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    Niall MacLeod: Adebayor! Where have you been?! Great finish!

    Michael Moor: Les Ferdinand would be proud of that goal.

    James Tonkinson: Adebayor again!? Brilliant! AVB eat your heart out!

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 1-1 Tottenham

    On Adebayor's goal: "That cross into the box was absolutely terrific. Emmanuel Adebayor got in between the defenders, and you have to question if the goalkeeper could have come for it?"

  158. 1355: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-1 Tottenham - Emmanuel Adebayor (26 mins)

    What a strike this is, to put Tottenham level and send Tim Sherwood into a frenzy on the touchline. Emmanuel Adebayor sends Roberto Soldado galloping down the left as Spurs break but Saints have men back and there doesn't seem to be much danger. That changes when Soldado whips in a delicious cross which Adebayor reaches first to leap and direct a stunning volley past Paulo Gazzaniga. What a way to get his first league goal of the season.

  159. 1355: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

    Saints are not just passing it around in the middle, they are pressing hard on Tottenham's back-line too. When Danny Rose is caught in possession, Southampton get the ball forward quickly and Jay Rodriguez will be disappointed to see his curling first-time shot fizz over the bar.

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    Vinny Parson: Let's keep this under five. Seriously, that would be a start.

    Shohidur Rahman: I'm all for attacking football but there's no balance in the Spurs midfield at all.

    Adam Lenton: Even in the last five minutes of the Champions League final in 1999 Man Utd weren't as attack minded as this Spurs side!

  161. 1351: 
    Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

    Most of Tim Sherwood's yelling seems to be directed at his strikers, Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, who have been lingering in offside positions. Sherwood also needs to have a word with his midfielders, though, because Saints have had the better of things in the middle of the park so far.

  162. 1349: 
    Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

    And here is Tim Sherwood... on the touchline. He is already yelling at his players and he has only been there five seconds.

  163. 1348: 
    Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

    Breaking news: Tim Sherwood is on the move. He has just dashed from his seat in the stands. It could be a race to the touchline, or a race to the toilet... I guess we will find out soon enough.

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 1-0 Tottenham

    More on Lallana's goal: "Tactically, you have to question how you could leave a player like Adam Lallana unmarked in that position? If you do that, he will damage you.

    "You have to question Tottenham defensively after allowing that to happen."

  165. 1346: 
    Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

    Hmmm, Tottenham's attacking outlook has not brought them many sights of goal so far. This time Christian Eriksen does make space for a shot after cutting in from the left but his attempt at an immediate reply ends in failure when he blasts over.

    Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington on BBC Radio SolentSouthampton 1-0 Tottenham

    On Lallana's goal: "That is the quality of the boy. You cannot afford to leave this guy out of the side like he was against Newcastle.

    "That goal should open the game up a bit. Tottenham have to dig in a bit now."

  167. 1342: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Tottenham - Adam Lallana (13 mins)

    Saints have probably shaded the first 10 minutes or so, and now they have a goal to show for it. Danny Fox makes good ground down the left before squaring the ball for Adam Lallana, and his low shot from outside the area beats Hugo Lloris and rolls into the bottom corner. You wouldn't call that effort a daisy-cutter, but Lallana did not really get hold of it. Lloris will be disappointed.

  168. 1341: 
    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham's first sniff sees Roberto Soldado get behind the Saints defence down the right and his cross only just eludes Emmanuel Adebayor, who slid in at the far post but failed to make meaningful contact.

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    Simon Gibbens: Spurs have no holding player again. I love 90's football.

    Tres Dessert: LET CHAOS REIGN!

    Nick Accattatis: Predicting an English cricket score, oh wait.

  170. 1337: 
    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs interim boss Tim Sherwood is in the stands at St Mary's today, rather than on the touchline - I'll be honest, I'm not sure exactly why. At least he has got a good view of the action, though, and at the moment his side are having to do a lot of defending. Saints have popped a couple of decent crosses into the box but Tottenham have cleared their lines well enough.


    Theo in London: What is Sherwood doing?! Needs to get Dawson and Chiriches off for Holtby and Defoe, then push Walker and Rose up. Maybe get Lloris up for corners as well....

  172. 1333: 
    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs have had an early corner, which came to nothing, but Saints have the first shooting chance when Rickie Lambert lines up a free-kick 30 yards from goal.

    The sun is in Hugo Lloris's eyes too, so this could be tricky for the Spurs keeper... but he stoops to make a comfortable stop after Lambert curls his shot over the wall.

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    Luke Irelan-Hill: I can only assume Tim Sherwood is playing a 4-0-6! This could go really well or most likely, really badly!

  174. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    And we are under way. Saints are in their traditional red and white home kit, Spurs are sporting an electric blue away strip.

  175. 1327: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    The players emerge from the tunnel at St Mary's. Kick-off is coming right up. Any score predictions? I'm going for 10-8...

  176. 1324:  
    Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge at St Mary'sSouthampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    "Did Andre Villas-Boas get the best out of his players, and pick the right formation? He did not, so that is why he lost his job."

    Listen to updates of Southampton v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live from 1330 GMT.

  177. 1323: 
    Tottenham interim head coach Tim Sherwood

    Tim Sherwood has been talking to Sky Sports about his attacking line-up: "It's the way I have always been and we have good players in the dressing room.

    "If they do not give the ball away, they do not have to get it back. We respect Southampton, we know their threats and we have to be responsible but when we get the ball forward I want our players to express themselves.

    "The key message is relax and try to play. There has not been a great deal wrong with results, I just want to tweak the way we play. It's impossible to change everything overnight."


    Steve: Tim Sherwood has picked the best defence available to him & in front of them a team that can keep the ball.

    Mike in Liverpool: I can see Spurs having problems against Southampton. Their defence will struggle against the Saints' attack, and they've basically given midfield up. Crazy, gung-ho tactics from Sherwood.

  179. 1319:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)
    Steve Claridge

    Alistair Bruce-Ball and former Portsmouth striker Steve Claridge are at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live. The duo will be providing updates of Southampton v Tottenham, as Tim Sherwood takes control of his first Premier League game.

  180. 1318: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    Joking aside, it will interesting to see how that Tottenham team lines up, specifically where Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be operating in midfield. Not sure the tackles will be flying in from that lot...

  181. 1315: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    Southampton: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Lovren, Hooiveld, Fox, Cork, Schneiderlin, Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Yoshida, Fonte, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Gallagher, Cropper.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Lamela, Eriksen, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Adebayor, Soldado. Subs: Holtby, Capoue, Defoe, Chadli, Friedel, Bentaleb, Fredericks.

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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    Tom Minton: What a team selection from Sherwood. Trying something different, something AVB really should've done.

    Bill40: Wow, did Ian Holloway select that Spurs 11?

    Robin Cliffford: Think Sherwood could have squeezed a couple more attackers in to today's line-up.

    Southampton left-back Luke ShawSouthampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)
    Southampton left-back Luke Shaw

    "Could have played today, they just didn't want to risk it as we have a busy Christmas schedule coming up! I will be fit for the game Thursday!"

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    Who do Tottenham fans want as their next manager? And why should Mauricio Pochettino and Michael Laudrup stay put?

    Kenneth Molloy: Great team if they all play to their potential. Spurs have lacked fire in the belly this year. They need person to instil that.

    Danny Janssen: Spurs need to change their set up, otherwise any manager will fail if they have no say in the policy of which players to get.


    Matt from Sussex, on Tim Sherwood's team selection: Let's wait and see. Master stroke or suicide - Sherwood's reign could become clearer after today!


    Charlie in Sidcup: Don't understand the dismissal of AVB at all. Yes 5-0 and 6-0 are not good enough for teams like Spurs, but a win today would put them just three points of the Champions League spots which is their aim every season. Surely their chairman can't think they're meant to be title challengers?

  187. 1305: 

    Glenn Hoddle has already made it clear on the website he co-founded that he wants the vacant Tottenham job - and here he is again spelling it out on Sky Sports: "I supported Tottenham at eight years of age, I went there aged 12, left when I was 28, went back to manage - it's in my blood and my bones. Yes, I would want to go back.

    "Even if they felt the wanted me to go to the end of the season and wanted something else long term, I would be prepared to do that for the sake of the football club."

    So, Spurs fans... do you want him back?

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    Toby: Adventurous team selection by Sherwood, he has to take risks if he wants the Tottenham job permanently.

    Matt Loveridge: Joke of a team picked by Sherwood. Brazenly believing football hasn't changed since 1998. Just look at Southampton.

    Tahir Mohammed: Why is Jermain Defoe on the bench for Spurs? He needs to be playing if Spurs want to win games.

  189. 1258: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)
    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor

    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is handed his first league start of the season, tells Sky Sports: "I have been working hard, working on my fitness and I knew my chance would come and I'm ready for it.

    "On Wednesday [in the League Cup match against West Ham] I played quite well.

    "We come here today to fight and get the three points. [Tim Sherwood] is trying to get everyone's confidence back and that's what we lost. He is telling us we are very good players and some of the players needed reminding of that.

    "Losing to Liverpool at home and losing to West Ham at home was difficult but we have to keep going and keep fighting for the fans."

    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    Statisticians Opta: 0 - No striker has scored for Tottenham in the Premier League since 27 October. Problem.

    Former England defender Gary NevilleSouthampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    "Spurs going for the 1-2-8 formation... This should be good!"

  192. 1253: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    The more I look at that Tottenham team, the more I wonder if Tim Sherwood has brought in Ossie Ardiles to be his number two. Mind you, I think that team is probably a bit too gung-ho for Ossie.

    I think we can expect some goals at St Mary's though... at both ends.

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    Yousef Doubooni: Wow! Go from having three defensive midfielders in the Tottenham team to zero! All for attacking football but away from home that seems naive.

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on MOTD2 ExtraSouthampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    "I am not sure Tim Sherwood has enough experience to manager Tottenham permanently. I would give Glenn Hoddle the job, I think he is fantastic."

    Catch the programme now on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live.

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    Who do Tottenham fans want as their next manager? And why should Mauricio Pochettino and Michael Laudrup stay put?

    Rian Hoskins: I could see Capello taking the Spurs job until the end of the season while managing Russia, just like Hiddink did at Chelsea.

    Richard Hill: Hoddle did nothing... It was all John Gorman's work.

    Fahad Khan: Levy should see the success Di Matteo brought after AVB left Chelsea. For me, he is the perfect manager for Spurs now.

  196. 1245: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    That looks like a very attacking Tottenham team to me. What do you make of it Spurs fans? Is that the right selection to take on this high-tempo, hard working Southampton side at St Mary's Stadium?

  197. 1243: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    Interesting, very interesting... Emmanuel Adebayor is handed his first league start of the season, leading the Tottenham attack along with Roberto Soldado. Christian Eriksen is in midfield as interim head coach Tim Sherwood makes six changes from the side that were thumped 5-0 by Liverpool in their last league game.

    Tottenham XI: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Lamela, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Soldado, Adebayor.


    Who do Tottenham fans want as their next manager? And why should Mauricio Pochettino and Michael Laudrup stay put?

    Matt in Bromley: I don't think it matters who the manager is while the director of football structure remains as it is. Tottenham have never made it work particularly well and there's clearly been issues between the manager and others over key decisions involving players. When we got rid of it between 2008 and 2012 we achieved two top-four finishes.

    Ross in Kent: Why all the obsession with fans wanting ex-Tottenham players as managers? Just because they they were great players doesn't mean they be a great managers. No to Sherwood, Klinsmann and Hoddle - either Van Gaal or De Boer for me!

  199. 1239: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    Still waiting for the Tottenham team-sheet to drop on Twitter...

  200. 1237:  
    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on MOTD2 Extra

    "I would say Luis Suarez is the second best player in the world with Lionel Messi injured. If Liverpool do not get in the Champions League, will the second or third best player want to play in the Europa League?"

    Catch the programme now on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live.

  201. 1235: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    Southampton captain Adam Lallana returns to the Saints line-up as boss Mauricio Pochettino makes three changes from the team that drew with Newcastle last weekend. Danny Fox and Morgan Schneiderlin are the other men coming in, replacing James Ward-Prowse, Luke Shaw and Dani Osvaldo.

    Southampton XI: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Lovren, Hooiveld, Fox, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.


    Glenn from Colchester: Glenn Hoddle would be a brilliant appointment! Not only am I named after him, but he is Tottenham through and through! Also, he would have a quality squad at his disposal. A far cry from the days of Bunjevcevic, Thatcher and Johnnie Jackson...

  203. 1231:  
    Daily Mail northern football correspondent Ian Ladyman on MOTD2 Extra

    "Cardiff owner Vincent Tan knows all his methods have failed. He will sack Malky Mackay at some point.

    "He will be OK. Whether Cardiff will be OK under the stewardship of this guy is questionable."

    Catch the programme now on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live.

  204. 1230:  
    MOTD2 Extra

    Hear reaction and analysis from the weekend's football matches now on MOTD2 Extra. Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live commentator John Murray and Daily Mail northern football correspondent Ian Ladyman join Mark Chapman in the studio.

    Catch the programme now on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live.

  205. 1229: 
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcfootball

    Who do Tottenham fans want as their next manager? And why should Mauricio Pochettino and Michael Laudrup stay put?

    Ryan Heatly: If Sherwood knows what the fans want, he will know that we don't want him to get the job.

    Will Dinsdale: No to Hoddle. Look at Dalglish and Houllier when they came back. The game has changed too much and he's been away too long.

    Wilf Ward: Pochettino definitely staying has backing of Cortese and respect of players and fans. There is no way he would go

  206. 1224: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    The sprinklers are on at St Mary's as the groundstaff give the pitch a final once-over, and the sun is out on the south coast too. What more do you want? How about 'Do they know it's Christmas' banging out of the speakers. Just a shame there are hardly any fans in the stadium to hear it.

  207. 1220:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at St Mary's StadiumSouthampton v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

    "A chaotic week of defeat and upheaval at Tottenham isn't about to get any easier with this trip to the south coast to face Southampton.

    "It all started with that 5-0 drubbing at home to Liverpool last Sunday and while commentating on the match it struck me at the time how poor Tottenham were on the day, even allowing for the absence of half the regular defence through injury and Liverpool's excellent performance.

    "Since then we've seen Andre Villas-Boas swiftly sent on his way, Tim Sherwood minding the shop in the interim and West Ham scoring twice in the last 10 minutes of Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final to compound Tottenham's week of woe."

    GET INVOLVED- #bbcfootball

    John Ballard: Don't understand all this clamour for Hoddle to return to Spurs. Great player but his managerial track-record is abysmal.

  209. 1216: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    So Spurs fans, everyone from Frank de Boer to Frank Spencer has been linked with the vacant job at White Hart Lane following Andre Villas-Boas's departure last week, but who do you want as your next boss? And Southampton and Swansea fans, why do you want your managers to stay put?

    Let me know using #bbcfootball on Twitter or send a text with your name and message to 81111.

  210. 1213: 

    Before those games get going, Mark Chapman presents MOTD2 Extra with Robbie Savage, the Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman and 5 Live's John Murray. That's on BBC One and this website at 1225 GMT.

  211. 1210: 

    Southampton versus Tottenham is the first of two Premier League games on Sunday, swiftly followed by Swansea against Everton, a game featuring another supposed Spurs managerial target - Swans boss Michael Laudrup. I think we can safely rule Toffees boss Roberto Martinez out of the running, though.

    Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (1330 GMT)

    Swansea City v Everton (1600 GMT)

  212. 1205: 
    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino

    As well as wondering what the Tottenham fans want from their new manager, Tim Sherwood might well be worrying what Spurs chairman Daniel Levy thinks.

    The man in the opposing dug-out at St Mary's today, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, is believed to be among Levy's targets, but the Argentine says he has not had any contact from the north London club.

    Besides, Pochettino is happy on the south coast, especially with the backing of his chairman Nicola Cortese.

    "As a manager what's really important is that the sporting aspect is under my control, in terms of signings," Pochettino said. "Without my agreement no signings go through, and those two basic things are very important for any manager."

  213. 1200: 
    Tottenham's interim head coach Tim Sherwood

    "I played here, it's my club. I know what the supporters want. I know what they demand. I know the players we have got here and I know the good young talent that is coming through the club."

    It's fair to say that Tottenham's interim head coach Tim Sherwood made a passionate pitch to get the job on a full-time basis when he was asked this week if he wanted the job permanently (the answer was yes, in case you are wondering).

    Sherwood can clearly talk the talk, but can he walk the walk? After losing his first match in charge, against West Ham in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, he needs a positive result at Southampton today... otherwise the fans might tell him exactly what they want.

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