New Year's Day football as it happened

Live text and radio commentary as Man Utd lose to Tottenham after Premier League wins for Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

1 January 2014 Last updated at 10:58

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  1. 2009: 

    Right, that's nine hours of chat and out for us I'm afraid.

    Get yourselves tuned in for a big night of darts, Sherlock Holmes and David Moyes getting angry. Should be an entertaining evening - and we'll see you at the weekend for the FA CUP...

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    Joel Friis: Got to be realistic now, top 4 the target and we won't achieve that without spending big, winger and centre midfielder needed

    Andrew Kemp: The world according to Moyes: played well and lost because the ref did not give us a pen or send their keeper off.

  3. 1959: 

    David Moyes was not a happy man about those refereeing decisions in the second half. Not happy at all...

  4. 1955: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham
    David Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "The performance was really good. It was a stonewall penalty kick and sending off for the goalkeeper. I find it unbelievable that the referee doesn't give a penalty kick and a sending off.

    "Then he goes and books Adnan Januzai for diving. I find it incredible. People who employ referees are going to have to look at that. Today we played well. We're not asking for anything, we're asking for the right thing. I don't know what's a penalty kick if that's not.

    "I thought we defended really well, got done by a couple of counter-attacks today. The boys played well and we couldn't take the opportunities when they came along.

    "All you can do is play well and hope you take the opportunities when they come. Their effort was terrific in trying to come back from 2-0 down. We didn't deserve to be behind. We'll keep trying to win the next game, that's all you can do. We're not necessarily looking at the league table."

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    Karl Bristow: Glad Twitter wasn't around 2004-2006. Fergie would have been crucified! Give Moyes a chance to rebuild.

    Vedang Singh: What is all this talk of "transition" by United fans? Chelsea won a Champions League title in transition.

    Peter Metalli: David Moyes spent 10 years trying to get Everton to finish above Man United. Looks like he is finally going to do it this year!

  6. 1950: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    David Moyes says his side 'played really well' today but were done on the counter attack.

    He also says that it is 'unbelievable' that United did not get a penalty...

  7. 1948: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham
    Tim Sherwood

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood: "I thought we could have played better, moved the ball a bit sharper because they were there for the taking, but games are won on different qualities. We showed the heart of a lion out there. We really dug in.

    "At the moment he [Emmanuel Adebayor] has ice on every part of his body so we can't tell what's wrong with him. He just runs all day long, he tries hard for the team, but it's hard to single anyone out. We've got nine players injured so we're having to go with it with a very small squad at the moment.

    "We just try to win as many games as we can. We'll try to dig out result and see what we can do. I think we've got good enough players to achieve something, we'll just see what that is."

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    David Moyes

    Sukhi: Why are people blaming Moyes! The reality is that the cracks that we have papered over these last few years are being lifted. We need a lot of investment in new players, especially in central midfield.

    Bobby in Sevenoaks: It baffles me how people assume the transition from a manager of over 25 years would be easy and take less than a season. The current United team is far from a title-winning team and Fergie performed a miracle running away with the league. Allow Moyes time to create his own team - it wasn't all plain sailing for Fergie at the start, remember.

  9. 1944: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham
    Man Utd v Tottenham

    Tim Sherwood says 'there is more than one way to win a football match' and his side won without dominating in any statistical aspect. They had to soak up plenty of pressure but scored two fine counter-attacking goals and had Hugo Lloris to thank for seeing out the win.

  10. 1942: 

    Tim Sherwood says that Emmanuel Adebayor has 'ice on every part of his body' and doesn't know what his injury is at the moment.


    Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend: What a massive win that was!

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    Vinny Person: Howard Webb is a different man without Fergie breathing down his neck. Spot-on with all the big decisions today.

    Tom Evans: Howard Webb has lost his bottle. He's afraid to make big decisions. I don't expect to see him refereeing this year's World Cup final.

    Lifa: Outstanding refereeing from Howard Webb. Never intimidated by that Old Trafford home crowd.

  13. 1940: 

    Here's the Match of the Day running order then - tune in on BBC One and online from 2250 GMT

    1. Arsenal v Cardiff 2. Swansea v Man City 3. Southampton v Chelsea 4. Man Utd v Spurs 5. Liverpool v Hull 6. Fulham v West Ham 7. WBA v Newcastle 8. Sunderland v Villa 9. Stoke v Everton 10. Palace v Norwich

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    Ray in Manchester: Sir Alex's worst signing? David Moyes.

    Cantona07: How could we appoint a manager who has not won a single tournament? Blame Sir Alex for nominating a loser.

    David: United picked a mid-table manager to replace a legend. Chickens coming home to roost...

  15. 1936: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham's Michael Dawson: "I think the work rate from the boys was magnificent, top class. We've always believed it [that Tottenham can finish in the top four]. We've had some hard days but we've all stuck together and with the quality in that dressing room we'll always be up there."

  16. 1934: 
    NEW YEAR'S DAY WOE- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham
    Sol Campbell

    This is Manchester United's second ever defeat in the Premier League on New Year's Day - the other one was also against Tottenham. Spurs beat United 4-1 on 1 January 1996, with Chris Armstrong grabbing a brace and Sol Campbell also on the scoresheet...

  17. 1931: 

    Can you be overrated as a referee?

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    Ruach Well, that is a most disappointing start to the new year for Man Utd, who I thought had turned a corner.

    Dilan: United didn't play particularly badly today. They just didn't play well enough to win. We need to sign some impact players

    Will Pedley: Another awful performance from the Premier League's most overrated referee.

  19. 1931: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Newcastle United must be kicking themselves now...

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    Simon, East Sussex: Teams are no longer afraid of going to Old Trafford. Simple as.

    Andrew: Credit to Sherwood - a couple of weeks into his first management job he takes his team to Old Trafford and wins.

    Ade: More fool everyone who was taken in by scrappy wins over teams like Norwich and Hull as being a resurgence.

  21. 1928:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    "That is a big win for Tottenham. They hung on and it's a great win for Tim Sherwood and his team. For Manchester United it's one step forward, two steps back. There's no way they can win the league, for me. They will have to show much improved form if they're to get into the top four. Teams are coming here now seriously believing they can win. And you know what? They can.

    "Manchester United just aren't playing well enough for you to be able to back them. There is something missing. This is the team that won the league last year but this massive football club still has not replaced Paul Scholes. Whether you replace him with one or two players, that's the biggest single reason they are struggling. They have yet to replace a world-class footballer. Spending in January is easy, but getting the right players in January? That is so, so difficult."

  22. 1927: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    That's four defeats at home in the league already for Manchester United this season. Remarkable.

  23. 1924: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Tim Sherwood has repeated the trick! Spurs beat Manchester United at Old Trafford for the second season running. Wayne Rooney, confronting Howard Webb, is not happy...

  24. 1923: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Hugo Lloris comes out and wins a header this time on the edge of his box, finding touch near the halfway line! Play him at centre-half...

  25. 1922: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Hugo Lloris has had a storming last 10 minutes as he comes to make another strong claim. Moments left now...

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    Tom Heaps: If Lloris was an outfield player that would have been a stonewall penalty and a card. The only debate is about the colour.

  27. 1920:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    "Vidic rose above everybody and wasn't under great pressure. he has to at least hit the target and make Lloris make a save."

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  28. 1919: 
    INJURY TIME- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    There are FIVE MINUTES added on at Old Trafford, where Nemanja Vidic has headed another chance over the top. Can Spurs hang on?

  29. 1919: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    And Hugo Lloris again! He claws away Nemanja Vidic's header this time, before Aaron Lennon clears off the line. Surely?

  30. 1918: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Wayne Rooney shoots from 20 yards - fine save from Hugo Lloris...

  31. 1917: 
    FINAL FIVE- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Into the last few minutes then...

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    Pinda Mann: Note to Moyes: be bold from the off not when we are chasing the game - trust the players

    Joe Podsiedzik: Why does it take losing 2-0 to get United into life? Too little too late, really.

    Anton Goode: The fact United keep coming from behind and claw their way back into games is a sign Moyes must spend in this transfer window.

  33. 1916:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    "I think that was a foul on Young by Lloris, but I think the referee deemed the United player had had his shot at goal."

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  34. 1915: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Another penalty appeal for Manchester United at the Stretford End, again Howard Webb says play on! Hugo Lloris gets in a mess deciding whether to come or not to meet Ashley Young, Young toes the ball past him and then goes down, but there's no joy.

    United then should have had a free-kick on the edge of the box but again Webb waves play on. A penny for the thoughts of Mr Moyes right about now...

  35. 1912: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Final change for the home side as Ashley Young replaces Tom Cleverley. There are around six minutes of time left...

  36. 1911: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Adnan Januzaj has had another impressive game for Manchester United and he leaves two men for dead with a mazy run down the right wing, he cuts inside one more and then overcooks his pass when Danny Welbeck was on.

    And then a good chance at the other end! Aaron Lennon finds space to beat his man and run into the area, he had a man square but took on the shot and hit a tame one right at David De Gea.

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    Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen: Very good performance from everyone today. So close to all three points.

  38. 1908: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Wayne Rooney has to do some strong defensive work to shut out Christian Eriksen on the edge of the penalty area as Tottenham look for a third on the counter-attack. Harry Kane then puts in the hard yards to close down Jonny Evans and force the defender into a mistake, slicing the ball out of play.

    United have 10 minutes to find some goals...

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    Christian Eriksen

    Paul in Lancashire: Can someone please tell United they are allowed to play prior to going two goals down?

    Raj from Buckingham: So disappointing to see a player being booed off on a stretcher. And Welbeck diving was ridiculous - if it was a foreign player he would've got yellow card and we would make it a big thing.

    Kevin in Wolverhampton: I don't understand why people still criticise Danny Welbeck. Since he's been playing as a natural striker and not on the left he's vastly improved. His goal tally this season shows that.

  41. 1904: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    Best move of the night from United as Danny Welbeck slides in a neat pass from the left, perfectly into the run of Shinji Kagawa. The angle of his run and of the covering defender has 'penalty' written all over it but the Spurs man does well to stand him up and usher him out of play.

    Adnan Januzaj then beats his man on the right with a fine touch and crosses for Javier Hernandez to slam into a defender! United banging on the door...


    Liverpool defender Daniel Agger: Great support today! Nice with a goal and a clean sheet.

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    Colin Reardon: Why on earth play Valencia at the back!? He has no defensive instincts at all!

    Chris Rod: All we need is three more like Rooney and Januzaj and we've got ourselves a team!

    Anasewhiz: Is Old Trafford no longer a fortress?

  44. 1903: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham
    Tim Sherwood

    Another youngster on for Spurs, as Harry Kane replaces Roberto Soldado. No sign of Tim Sherwood shutting up shop.

  45. 1859: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    There are more goals in this! Manchester United have so many attacking players on that you feel they have to score again, but Spurs could easily hurt them on the counter.

    Adnan Januzaj curls one just past the post from 20 yards. United with six men in the box, Wayne Rooney playing in a deep midfield role. AVB would hate this...

  46. 1859:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    "It was a great finish from Welbeck. We've criticised him for being wasteful, but he was onside and it was a great run. A quick little look and he dinked it over Lloris. Great goal. And listen to the noise around Old Trafford. They will get behind their side now. And Tottenham really went to sleep, thinking they had this in the bag after going two up."

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  47. 1858: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

    It's all going on here. In the aftermath of that Manchester United goal Emmanuel Adebayor went down injured on halfway and has had to leave the pitch on a stretcher. Not sure what happened there but he's off and Nacer Chadli is on.

  48. 1856: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham - Danny Welbeck (67 mins)
    Danny Welbeck scores for Manchester United

    But Manchester United respond instantly! Javier Hernandez plays a clever pass through for Danny Welbeck who is in behind, and his finish is immaculate, clipping the ball over Hugo Lloris and into the net. Great game on our hands here...

  49. 1854: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 0-2 Tottenham - Christian Eriksen (66 mins)
    Christian Eriksen scores for Tottenham

    What a clinical counter-attack! Manchester United have a cross cleared and all of a sudden it's three-on-three. Roberto Soldado spreads the ball out to Aaron Lennon on the right, his cross is deflected up into the air and Antonio Valencia - playing at right-back since the changes - takes an age to clear the ball, allowing Christian Eriksen to head past David De Gea

  50. 1851: 
    Kevin Davies

    A good few guesses on the top 10 booking list there, and as Jheeze says it's former Bolton forward Kevin Davies who tops the charts on 99 bookings in the Premier League alongside Messrs Bowyer and Scholes. Here's the 10:

    99 - Kevin Davies, Lee Bowyer, Paul Scholes

    97 - Robbie Savage

    89 - Gareth Barry, Scott Parker

    88 - George Boateng

    85 - Phil Neville

    82 - Kevin Nolan

    79 - Wayne Rooney

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    David Milner: Robbie Savage has got to be up there with a fair few yellow cards!

    Jheeze: Kevin Davies has to be in there - he was always a dirty player.

    TheMightyWarbler: Gareth Barry and Paul Scholes must be in the top 10?

  52. 1850: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    Who'd be a ref eh? The super, super, super slow-mo replay of that Danny Welbeck incident shows a slight touch on the foot from Vlad Chiriches - maybe that was a penalty for the home side...

  53. 1849: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    A positive double change for United as Michael Carrick and Chris Smalling are replaced by Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa. Going for it.


    Aston Villa winger Andreas Weimann: Big, big win! Good start to the New Year.


    Liverpool midfielder Lucas: Great way to start the New Year. Now to get some rest and be ready for the cup.

  56. 1847: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    The Stretford End holler for a penalty but referee Howard Webb is not interested! And Danny Welbeck appears to dive, going in between Danny Rose and Vlad Chiriches before going to ground. No penalty, but no booking either for diving!

  57. 1844: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    Signs of time wasting from Tottenham as they faff about over a throw-in - it's a bit early for that lads. The cut and thrust of the first half has really fallen away though, it's pretty dull stuff at the moment.

  58. 1842:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    "Old Trafford was pretty noisy for the first 20 minutes of the game, but now it's quiet..."

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  59. 1842: 
    IN THE BOOK- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    Wayne Rooney's yellow card in the first half was his 79th booking in the Premier League, which has taken him into the top 10 of all-time cautions.

    How many of the 10 could you name?

  60. 1839: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    Michael Dawson makes a poor clearance, shanking the ball high into the air, and when it is flicked back on Danny Welbeck makes a dart across the shoulder of the last man but can't control the volley and test Hugo Lloris. He's been full of running tonight, Welbeck.

  61. 1837: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    Adnan Januzaj is taken clean out by the frame of referee Howard Webb, who then maybe equals it up by not giving a foul when Jonny Evans appeared to block off Emmanuel Adebayor's counter-attack at the other end. Positive start from the home side.

  62. 1836: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    Here's one for Tottenham supporters to enjoy - listen again to the moment Emmanuel Adebayor put Spurs into the lead at Old Trafford.

    He has now scored three times at Old Trafford.

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    Miracle Roch: Adebayor loves scoring at Old Trafford. Expect this match to end with this 0-1 scoreline.

    Canice Obi Fab: When do we start considering Soldado as a premier league flop?

    Jonathan Guckian: Moyes made changes to rescue points against Hull and Norwich. Vital that he does the same tonight!

  64. 1834: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    United get us going.

  65. 1832: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
    Mauricio Pochettino

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "Overall, we were doing quite well until we conceded the first goal which was quite unlucky. After that Chelsea were quite superior and we had to take risks and that allowed them to punish us and get the second goal.

    "We have been on a negative run facing some of the top sides in the league. Overall we deserved more from those games but results haven't come our way and we need to keep looking forward.

    "But we are not worried. The mentality and will of the team is strong and we are sure the results will come our way."

  66. 1831: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela is among the replacements going through the motions in the centre circle. What will Tim Sherwood be telling his players at the break? To go for another or hold on to this lead? Here come the players...

  67. 1829: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 1-0 Newcastle
    Saido Berahino

    West Brom caretaker Keith Downing: "It was a long time coming [the win]. I'm delighted for the club. Three games in eight days was a test. The momentum is changing for us - we've got three draws and a win in the last four games. Regarding the job, we're still interviewing people. Once they decide they will tell me."

  68. 1827: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Fulham 2-1 West Ham
    Rene Meulensteen

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen: "That's what you call a happy new year. The key for us was getting the points and moving out of the bottom three. It doesn't mean we've turned a corner but we're looking confident.

    "We all know that when you're in our position, home games are very important. I thought we played well. Taking into account the conditions, you need to concentrate and play with slick passing.

    "We deserved the equaliser and I was hoping we might get even more out of that first half. The sending off helped us because you get more space and more possession but you have to find the right balance between being patient and creating chances."

  69. 1826: 

    Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez are all on the bench for United today. We may be seeing some - if not all - of them soon if Spurs stay in front.

  70. 1823:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old TraffordHALF-TIME- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    "Manchester United started the brighter but didn't take their chances and didn't make anything clear cut while Spurs scored from the first chance that fell to Emmanuel Adebayor. There was an opportunity for Aaron Lennon and Roberto Soldado has been working hard but Adebayor headed in to give Tottenham the lead."

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    Rob in Northwich: There's a simple solution to Arsenal's striker problem - get Adebayor back, that'd raise a few eyebrows!

    SteveK from Swindon: As a Spurs fan I'm not getting my hopes up. Still scarred by decisions that have gone against us in the past.

    Paul: No wonder Rooney gets frustrated. The rest of his team mates are either no good (Valencia, Cleverley) or just can't find consistency (Januzaj, Welbeck).


    Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien: Well done boys - great game and three points!

  73. 1821: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich
    Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "I think [referee] Mike Dean did really well to get the game on. I have played in worse conditions, but they were difficult today.

    "I thought we controlled the game better in the second half. You need a bit of quality to win games, but maybe we needed a bit more patience and time.

    "You need to be resilient. The next few weeks will be big for us as we try to add to the squad. The next few weeks could determine our season.

    "We will hopefully bring one or two more in with a bit of quality, but with the same desire as the players we already have."

  74. 1821: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff
    Jack Wilshere

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere: "We kept digging away and showed great character. Nicklas Bendnter came on and, fair play he has worked hard in training, and got the goal for us.

    "The fans were brilliant, they saw us through to the end. We saw City win, Chelsea and Liverpool won and we have to keep winning.

    "We can't worry about anyone else."

  75. 1820:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    "I do think Manchester United have been the better team, but they haven't created the chances their play merited. Spurs held on for the first 10 minutes but then they got the goal and have looked more comfortable. I think at the start of the second half Manchester United will look to batter them, and it's a case of whether Tottenham can withstand it."

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  76. 1819: 
    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham
    Emmanuel ADebayor

    And there is the whistle. Spurs lead thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor's fine header.

  77. 1818: 

    I can tell you that Antonio Valencia has made 13 crosses in this game, one of which has been categorised as 'good' by Opta...

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    Robin Clifford: How many sitters is Soldado going to miss this season?

    Sam Blackie: Who says Lennon can't cross? Beautiful ball.

    Will Pedley: Can anyone tell me Valencia's completed cross rate? Can I guess... 0%?

  79. 1816: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    The Stretford End grows restless as Chris Smalling makes an elementary mistake to concede a corner and Wayne Rooney then flashes a dangerous header across his own goalmouth. Almost half-time.

  80. 1814: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich
    Bradley Johnson and Joel Ward

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "It was a game we wanted to play. Our support had travelled a long way, but the conditions were very difficult.

    "I thought we were in the ascendancy [when the penalty was given]. Palace played a very direct style. By the time we got the goal, it was likely to be us who created something.

    "Almost certainly [Chamakh should have been sent off]. By the letter of the law, a push in the face is a sending off. Credit to Wes Hoolahan, as he didn't make a meal of it. The lad should have gone."


    Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell: Last 10 minutes killed us again! On to the next one...

  82. 1812: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    A frustrated Wayne Rooney hauls back Mousa Dembele and is booked, moments after a revitalised Emmanuel Adebayor tracked him all the way to the corner flag to win the ball back for Tottenham. A tale of two number 10s there.

  83. 1812: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "It is difficult to take. Football is unpredictable but when you start well and have chances you have to take them.

    "Unfortunately the mistake [from Lee Cattermole for Gabriel Agbonhlahor's goal] was against us and after that there were too many nerves and too much tension.

    "I don't know why they were nervous and we were not organised enough. People were making individual decisions, but not thinking as a team and that disappoints me. I'm getting a little bit fed up.

    "The weakest people look for excuses and it is all down to us to correct it. We miss quality to play at this level and do what we need to do when we are in control of the game."

  84. 1812:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    "Soldado slid in, feeling that he needed to hook it with his left foot. But he made minimal contact with what was a great ball from Aaron Lennon."

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  85. 1810: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    It could be two! Again it comes down the right wing, as Emmanuel Adebayor sends Aaron Lennon away and he delivers a brilliant low cross which Roberto Soldado turns over the crossbar with his knee. Big chance!

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    Luke: Adebayor, what a classy header.

    Guy Janaway: What is Smalling up to? Jump!

    Still Bannon: AVB eat your heart out, Adebayor keeps proving the egocentric Villas-Boas wrong for keeping him on the bench.

  87. 1808: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    That's four goals in five games for Emmanuel Adebayor. Give him a new deal!

    The Old Trafford crowd was momentarily stunned by that goal but have found their voices now, urging the hosts forward. They force a corner but Spurs get the ball clear.

  88. 1807:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 0-1 Tottenham

    "It was a really good break by Tottenham - very, very good. Adebayor conned Smalling, who had to come in to mark him. A little bit of movement then held his ground, and Smalling got nowhere near him and his leap."

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  89. 1805: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham - Emmanuel Adebayor (34 mins)

    I said he looks like a new man! Emmanuel Adebayor gives a cheeky salute to the Stretford End after heading Spurs into the lead.

    It's a poor goal to concede though, Roberto Soldado releasing Christian Eriksen into space on the right, he is allowed the time and space to shift it on to his left foot and hang in a cross which Adebayor heads well into the bottom corner.

    4-4-2 is the future...

  90. 1803: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Roberto Soldado flicks the ball on for Emmanuel Adebayor, and he wastes no time at all in getting a shot away, flashing one over the top from 20 yards. It sat up nicely to be hit.


    Fulham defender Sascha Riether: Perfect start into the New Year. Thanks to everyone for your great support.

  92. 1800: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
    Paul Lambert & Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "We now have everybody fit and we are a really good side when that happens. We needed our big players back from injury.

    "It could have been more than a 1-0 win, we had good chances so it could've been three or four. This is a hard place to come but I'm delighted with the result.

    On the transfer window: "We will try to bring in people if it's possible. If we can get one or two experienced players in to give us a hand then we will try to do that. It could give us a lift in the dressing room if we can do it."

  93. 1800: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff
    Theo Walcott

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We needed to be patient against a very good Cardiff side. They did work absolutely hard, their new manager [Ole Gunnar Solksjaer] was in the stands. They deserve credit and were a bit unfortunate to lose in the end.

    "I think we were mature, intelligent and resilient. Maybe it is a consequence of the number of games we have played.

    "We know we have to play 10 home games and we want to make this place a fortress and take the points no matter what the others do.

    "If we can manage to do that we will be in a very strong position."

  94. 1758: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs have taken the sting out of Manchester United's strong start, in fact they look comfortable on the ball at the moment. Christian Eriksen, drifting inside from his place on the left of midfield, is seeing plenty of the ball. Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen then take a breather, both stopping to do up their laces.


    Hull defender Curtis Davies: Tough game today. Disappointing to concede from a corner, but Suarez's goal was UNSTOPPABLE. Greggsy made big saves to keep it respectable.

  96. 1755: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Emmanuel Adebayor spins away from a challenge and bests three men for pace. Is this the same player? He looks a new man since Tim Sherwood took over.

  97. 1753: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 1-0 Newcastle
    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "West Brom let us have possession and, apart from a few breakaways they had, I thought we would win. I thought both teams looked a little jaded. There wasn't that spark to the game although it opened up a little more in the second half."

    Pardew on Mathieu Debuchy's red card and penalty: "It was a red. You can't take off with two feet in this division. After that we looked tired and we had injuries. I have no complaints about the penalty. I can't fault my players.

    On defender Fabricio Coloccini, who was taken off in the 65th minute: "He has taken a bad knock. He could be out for three or four weeks."

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    Patrick from Newbury: Arsenal have a big problem developing with their search for a striker. Other clubs know they're desperate and key targets Costa and Benzema won't join in January. Clubs tend to pay over the odds for average players in January. City and Liverpool paying £27m and £35m for Dzeko and Carroll respectively is testament to that.

    Garry in York: Regarding Arsenal striker - break the bank for Suarez. If they got him the title becomes a reality and winning the league has to be upmost as it will finally silence the Arsenal boo boys (remember them?) and make them attractive to any player in world football. Others, possibly David Villa or Tevez?

  99. 1752: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Antonio Valencia continues to frustrate a great deal of Manchester United fans but some fine wing play from the Ecuadorian sees him skin Danny Rose and deliver a testing low ball which is hacked gratefully behind for a corner. Nemanja Vidic then meets the corner with a powerful header which he sends wide.

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    Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass: A point with 10 men is a good result. Those conditions affected the flow of both teams. Class from our fans travelling in those conditions.


    Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar: Massive win and a great start of 2014.

  102. 1748: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Very watchable game now at Old Trafford as both sides look a threat out wide. Adnan Januzaj opens up space on the left and his cross almost lands for Danny Welbeck - but he is shut out at the last second.

  103. 1747: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "We did very well and managed to defend very well in the box. We were fighting and sliding and defending with everything we had. When we had the ball we were always dangerous and, in the second half, I think Willian and Oscar gave us a different intensity and speed and after that the game was open and quite easy for us."

    On Oscar being booked for diving: "I thought it was a clear penalty but I am 50m away and now I understand the referee's decision. I think Oscar was waiting for the goalkeeper to collide, to touch him clearly and after that, without conditions to score he was looking for the penalty. It was a good decision by the referee."

  104. 1747:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live Sport

    "That was a great pass from Soldado, through the legs of Jones, and Lennon should have scored. It was a great save from David De Gea, but I repeat: Aaron Lennon should have scored."

    Listen to live commentary of Manchester United v Tottenham on 5 live Sport.

  105. 1745: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Oh what a pass! They have barely been in the game but Tottenham fashion the best chance of the night as Roberto Soldado plays a blinding pass around the corner, full of disguise, to play in Aaron Lennon but he slams his shot against the legs of David De Gea. He doesn't score enough goals, Aaron Lennon.

  106. 1744: 

    That is some challenge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to walk into at Cardiff. Will they take his OLE LEGEND banner down at Old Trafford now he's an opponent?

  107. 1744: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Cardiff caretaker manager David Kerslake: "It's hugely disappointing. The players have given their all and I thought they had done enough to get a draw.

    "We knew we would be good enough to soak the pressure, not a lot of teams can do that."

    On Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was watching from the stands and is expected to take over as manager: "I'm not even sure how much the players knew. They are very professional boys and gave it their best.

    "I have 100% belief this squad is good enough to stay in the Premier League."

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    Northern Boy: Please get rid of Danny Welbeck. Appalling player.

    RealTalkNoww: Man Utd just need a creative midfielder. Someone like Sneijder will do us a world of good! Come on Moyes, use the money!

    Adebayo Ogunjobi: Lloris looks shaky. United should take advantage now before it's too late.

  109. 1741: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    For all the clamour for Spurs to play two strikers this season, they couldn't half do with an extra midfielder today. Roberto Soldado is trying to drop back in and help out.

  110. 1740: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 1-1 Everton
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We're disappointed. We put a huge effort in. We were good value for a 1-0 lead. I felt we coped really well with Everton. Four or five weeks ago we were beaten 4-0 by them. Today we more than matched them.

    "It's a clear penalty. We made a mistake and it allowed them a way back. I thought we deserved three points. We played really well.

    "Oussama Assaidi has been a real asset into the last few weeks. Teams are looking to double up on him.

    "(In January) we'll see what's available. It's not easy. Nothing is in the offing yet. Everyone is working hard, as are we to add to the squad to take us through to the end of the season."

  111. 1738: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Was there a suspicion of a penalty shout when Hugo Lloris challenged Danny Welbeck? Not for me, and not for any of the players either. Good goalkeeping from the Frenchman.

    Tottenham have barely touched the ball in a dominant opening from David Moyes' side.

  112. 1738: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 2-0 Hull
    Liverpool 2-0 Hull

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was arguably our best win of the season, on the back of what was a tough schedule for us with a light squad. The energy, as you'd expect, was not what it has been but we showed great resilience today.

    "Luis Suarez's quality is unquestionable. It's probably unfair that our team doesn't get the credit. Everyone talks about Luis, and we all know he's a world class player, but even when he was out of the team we only lost one game. Today was a great team performance and what we're building here is based around that. We had to dig in and we got a very good result."

    Rodgers on the January transfer: "We'll see what's available and if it can improve the team we'll look at doing something."

  113. 1738:  
    Mark Lawrenson, at Old Trafford for 5 live SportMan Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    "Welbeck should have scored there. For a split second he got to the ball and he should have lofted it over Lloris, but in the end he made a complete hash of it. United's chances are all coming down their right-hand side."

    Listen to live commentary of Manchester United v Tottenham on 5 live Sport.

  114. 1736: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Danny Welbeck gets in behind the fragile Spurs backline once more, and again it is all too easy to be honest. This time Hugo Lloris makes himself big to keep him away.

    Moments later Chris Smalling bursts into the box and his low shot is kept out by Lloris's thighs. Cracking start from the hosts.

  115. 1735: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 2-0 Hull
    Steve Bruce

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "It's a disappointing result. It was a difficult afternoon for us. It isn't the easiest of places to come and towards the end we had a lot of tired bodies out there. We stuck at it and conceded from two set-pieces. Our season is never defined in places like this. It was very comfortable for Liverpool because we didn't have the energy. They were better than us on the day."

    Bruce on January signings: "It's always difficult in January. If anyone can help us we'll try our best. It won't be more than one or two because I don't think the players are out there. We've made a decent start to life in the Premier League. If there's something there we can add on we'll try."

  116. 1734: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    The Tim Sherwood Spurs may be exciting going forwards, but they aren't half open at the back. Two passes is all it takes for United to bypass the Spurs midfield and Tom Cleverley should play Danny Welbeck clean through but gets his final touch all wrong.

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    Yann: I'd like to see Arsenal go for Diego Costa... if not Luis Muriel from Udinese

    Andrew: Kevin Nolan will be out of Upton Park by the end of January. The fans and the manager are completely fed up with him.

    Michael: Congrats to Arsenal for winning, but does scraping through manager-less relegation candidates at home show resilience or lack of squad depth without key players, a game a that champions should expect to win comfortably? Giroud's absence seems key, perhaps Diego Costa would offer that similar physicality that seems to work so well.

  118. 1731: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

    Game on at Old Trafford...

  119. 1729: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 1-1 Everton
    Leighton Baines

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "It was a difficult game. Once we went 1-0 down in the second half, it seemed we weren't going to find a little break we needed.

    "I thought we showed enough threat to at least find a draw. The penalty arrived late but we had a couple of shots that hit the crossbar. That first goal was going to be vital. I thought whoever scored first would win but we showed character and never-die-attitude and got the reward at the end.

    "We see it as dropping two points. We knew Stoke had a good record at home. We knew it was going to be difficult. But given the circumstances, when you have a couple of shots cleared off the line, you feel it's not going to be your day so when you get an equaliser that late, you have to take it and move forward."

  120. 1727: 
    Man Utd v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    It's all very congenial in the Old Trafford tunnel, plenty of handshakes, back slapping and Emmanuel Adebayor clowning about. It wouldn't have happened in Roy Keane's day.

    Anyway, the players are now out on the pitch all set for the last game of the day...

  121. 1724: 
    Man Utd v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Nemanja Vidic, focused and ready, stares down the Old Trafford tunnel as he stretches out a hamstring. A win for Manchester United today and they close up on fifth-placed Everton.

    A win for Tottenham would send them above United.

  122. 1723: 

    Strong words from Big Sam and a character reference from Garth - a mixed bag for Kevin Nolan. It was a very stupid foul and a costly error, but he did once buy me and a load of mates a tray of shots in a Liverpool bar so he's alright in my book.

  123. 1723:  
    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportFulham 2-1 West Ham

    "Violent conduct is a three game ban. With all the injuries West Ham have, they've just lost their captain and goalscorer from midfield for three games thanks to sheer, self-indulgent nonsense. Kevin Nolan is a decent lad and a really good guy - he'll be mortified and he'll know what he's done."

  124. 1722: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Fulham 2-1 West Ham
    Fulham 2-1 West Ham

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on Kevin Nolan's first-half dismissal: "Our captain was irresponsible today - not just for today but for the future because he is suspended.

    "He's let everyone down and himself. That was a turning point.

    "Kevin is an experienced player and I'm surprised because he had a silly challenge at Liverpool. That's two in the space of the month now. It's not something I will allow to happen.

    "We have to rally round now. We only have a few players to select from so losing Kevin and Mark Noble, who is injured, is a massive blow."

  125. 1722: 

    If Arsenal have to buy a striker - and let's face it they need one - who would you like to see them go for? How about the other clubs in the Premier League, who do they need?

    Let us know on text (81111) or twitter (#bbcfootball)

  126. 1719: 
    BENDTNER OUT?- Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff

    This could be significant as the transfer window reopens - Arsene Wenger has said that Nicklas Bendtner has sprained his ankle and will be out for 'weeks.'

    Will that mean that Wenger will have to buy a striker now?


    Chelsea tweets: Congratulations to Petr Cech, who has equalled Peter Bonetti's club record of 208 clean sheets.

    Petr Cech
  128. 1715:  
    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportSouthampton 0-3 Chelsea

    "Jose Mourinho today was a genius. He brought on Oscar and Willian and it changed the game."

    Enjoy Final Score on BBC Two, the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  129. 1714: 
    Man Utd v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Whoever is selling disposable rain macs at Old Trafford is doing a roaring trade as the cameras pick out one particularly miserable looking lady at the front of the Sir Alex Ferguson stand who is already drenched. Still two-and-a-bit hours left as well. Can someone get her a Bovril in?


    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet: Happy and healthy 2014 everyone! My best wishes for the new year! And what better way to start it with three points and a clean sheet.

  131. 1708: 
    Man Utd v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    The dreadful weather which swept across southern England earlier today has pitched up here on Salford Quays just in time for the big game at Old Trafford. Some extra-vigorous warming up is taking place on the pitch, with Vlad Chiriches wearing leggings...

  132. 1706: 
    LINE-UPS- Man Utd v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Ferdinand, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Young, Fletcher, Kagawa, Buttner.

    Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Lennon, Capoue, Dembele, Eriksen, Adebayor, Soldado. Subs: Lamela, Naughton, Chadli, Friedel, Fryers, Kane, Bentaleb.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  133. 1704: 

    What a tease David Moyes is. Will United be busy this month? I wonder.

    Tim Sherwood on the other hand is not to be shifted from his beloved 4-4-2 is he? Not many teams would start with Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor up front at Old Trafford. Brave or stupid?

  134. 1704: 
    COMING UP...- Man Utd v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Manchester United boss David Moyes: "It would have been a hard job at United for anybody and it's been a hard job for me. This time last year nobody saw a new manager at Manchester United but I have enjoyed it. It will take time to change it around, the players have been great and very few people get the chance to take over the champions.

    "If we can make changes happen in January we will do but it would be wrong for me to get people's hopes up."

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    James Dale: West Ham are running out of six pointers...

    Andy Louden: That would have been one of the most undeserved draws for Arsenal after their second half performance. Back on top!

    Zac Quinn: Fairly unexciting but if Liverpool can just win every game as comfortably as that for the rest of 2014 then that'll be grand, cheers...

  136. 1704: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich
    Jason Puncheon

    Crystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon, who scored a penalty: "It was played in difficult conditions.

    "There was no nerves for the penalty, I wanted to take it for more confidence.

    "You desperately want three points, but the conditions played a part. I saw it [the incident with Marouane Chamakh], and I thought it should have been a yellow card."

  137. 1659: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Stoke 1-1 Everton

    Everton's Leighton Baines, who scored a 90th-minute penalty: "We deserved at least a point. It's always difficult when you come here - the wind was swirling and that made it tough but it's the same for everyone. You always want to take maximum points but we've got a couple of games coming up which we want to win so we end up coming away from this Christmas period in a healthy position."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Southampton 0-3 Chelsea. Very comfortable in the end. Got so much time for Southampton but they are looking a little leggy."

  139. 1658: 
    Premier League

    A big win for Fulham today sees them move away from the bottom three, leaving opponents West Ham knee deep in the mire. I hope Kevin Nolan brought his cheque book as dinner is on him tonight.


    Man City defender Pablo Zabaleta: A great way to start 2014 with a tough away win at Swansea. Hopefully we can do the same in the next game in the FA Cup at Blackburn!

  141. 1656:  
    Kevin Kilbane, on Final Score for BBC SportArsenal 2-0 Cardiff

    "Cardiff had defended so well - they had bodies in the goal mouth and were blocking the shots raining in on them. But then right at the end Bendtner hit a great finish and it looks like he's been stretchered off the pitch for his troubles."

    Enjoy Final Score on BBC Two, the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  142. 1655: 
    Premier League table

    You could throw a scarf across the top three. Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea are separated by just two points. That monster goal difference for City begins to look more important by the game...

  143. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
  144. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich
  145. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
  146. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff
  147. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 1-1 Everton
  148. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 1-0 Newcastle
  149. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 2-1 West Ham
  150. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 2-0 Hull
  151. 1649: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-1 Everton - Leighton Baines penalty (90 mins)

    He doesn't miss those. Leighton Baines steps up and powers his spot-kick past Jack Butland to potentially give Everton a crucial point against the Potters.

  152. 1649: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff - Theo Walcott (90 mins)

    That will be that - three points for the Arsenal! Theo Walcott scores a fine goal, running on to Jack Wilshere's perfectly-timed through ball to clip home and send the Emirates into as close as it gets to mayhem.

  153. 1648: 
    PENALTY TO EVERTON- Stoke 1-0 Everton

    Jermaine Pennant has two nibbles at Leon Osman in the penalty area and the midfielder goes down under the second one. Penalty for the Toffees.

  154. 1648: 
    Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich

    The weather is truly filthy now at Selhurst Park. Wretched.

  155. 1648: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-0 Cardiff

    In the process of scoring what appears to be the winner, Nicklas Bendtner injures himself and is replaced by Thomas Vermaelen for the five minutes of stoppage time.

  156. 1647: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 2-1 West Ham

    Stewart Downing fizzes a shot across goal for the Hammers as they look for a late leveller...

  157. 1645: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Cardiff - Nicklas Bendtner (88 mins)

    The type of scruffy goal and scruffy victory which wins titles? Arsenal finally find a way through when Nacho Monreal floats a cross to the far post, Bacary Sagna's header is parried by David Marshall and that man Nicklas Bendtner reacts quickest to bundle home from six yards.

  158. 1644: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Nicklas Bendtner is inches away from heading Arsenal in front from Theo Walcott's cross as the Gunner pile on the pressure. Tomas Rosicky then has a close-range shot kept out by David Marshall's legs.

  159. 1643: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-0 Newcastle - Saido Berahino (Pen 87 mins)

    Ice cool! The youngster Saido Berahino steers in a perfectly-placed penalty, low and right into the corner. Fine finish.

  160. 1643: 
    PENALTY FOR WEST BROM- West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    They have been on top and West Brom have a penalty - Tim Krul trips Matej Vydra and that is a spot-kick...

  161. 1641: 
    RED CARD FOR NORWICH- Leroy Fer (82 mins)

    Norwich's quest for a point at Selhurst Park takes a turn for the worse as Leroy Fer walks for a second booking.

  162. 1641: 
    TEAM NEWS- Man Utd v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Wayne Rooney returns from a groin injury to start for Manchester United. Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj and Danny Welbeck all come in, too.

    Tottenham make three changes to the side that beat Stoke. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose replace Kyle Naughton and Ezekiel Fryers at full-back. Etienne Capoue is in for injured midfielder Paulinho.

    Man Utd XI: De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj; Rooney, Welbeck

    Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose; Lennon, Capoue, Dembele, Eriksen; Adebayor, Soldado

  163. 1641: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-3 Chelsea - Oscar (82 mins)

    Oscar has almost won this game single-handedly for Chelsea this afternoon since coming off the bench - Ramires and Eden Hazard linking up to send the little Brazilian racing through on goal and the youngster make no mistake with a clinical finish past Kelvin Davis.

  164. 1640: 
    SITTER!- West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    Extraordinary! One of the misses of our time. Think Yakubu at the World Cup, Ronnie Rosenthal, Kanu that time - a huge miss!

    Saido Berahino crossed from the right to put in on a plate for Liam Ridgewell, central, four yards out - and he side-foots it wide! How on earth has he missed that?!

  165. 1640: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 1-0 Everton

    Everton are pushing Stoke back now - bringing on Steven Naismith for Romelu Lukaku - but the Potters are hanging on.

  166. 1639: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    Marc Albrighton almost secures the points for Aston Villa with a rasping, angled shot from 12 yards out but Vito Mannone makes another superb save.

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    Colin in Kent: What was it Mourinho was saying about diving?

    Shane, a Liverpool supporter: Mata is far too talented to be keeping the bench warm. But Oscar, Willian & Hazard are Chelsea's best midfield. Juan needs to a move quick if he wants to Brazil. Might I recommend Anfield...

    Pranay: Arsenal are definitely missing Giroud!

  168. 1637: 
    Fulham 2-1 West Ham

    West Ham - who have been battered ever since Kevin Nolan's red card - suddenly stir into life. Can they nick an unlikely point?

  169. 1635: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 1-0 Everton

    Stoke continue to hold firm against Everton who, despite bringing on Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic, continue to have a lot of the play but are no nearer to an equaliser.

  170. 1635: 

    Here are all the games containing goals in the Football League:


    Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Blackpool

    Reading 0-1 Nottingham Forest

    Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Doncaster Rovers

    Millwall 1-2 Leicester City

    Leeds United 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Charlton Athletic

    Derby County 0-1 Wigan Athletic

    Burnley 2-1 Huddersfield Town

    Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Bournemouth

    Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Middlesbrough

    Birmingham City 1-1 Barnsley

    League One

    Walsall 2-1 Sheffield United

    Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Rotherham United 1-0 Coventry City

    Preston North End 3-1 Port Vale

    Peterborough United 1-2 Brentford

    Oldham Athletic 1-2 Shrewsbury Town

    Notts County 1-0 Bradford City

    Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Carlisle United

    League Two

    York City 1-0 Morecambe

    Southend United 1-1 Portsmouth

    Scunthorpe United 1-0 Rochdale

    Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Torquay United

    Hartlepool United 0-2 Bury

    Fleetwood Town 2-0 Accrington Stanley

    Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

    You can keep across the very latest scores via the Fixtures page on the BBC Sport website.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at St Mary'sSouthampton 0-2 Chelsea

    "That should settle it for Chelsea. Oscar made himself look daft with that dive but has made crucial contributions for both Chelsea goals. Southampton fans look and sound resigned to defeat now."

  172. 1632: 

    Into the last 15 minutes or so then...

  173. 1631: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 2-1 West Ham

    Fulham should be home and dry. A 5-a-side move as goalkeeper David Stockdale is able to throw the ball right through the entire West Ham team, freeing substitute Darren Bent in on goal. He used to gobble these up, but looks short of confidence as his tame shot is easy for Jussi Jaaskelainen to trouser.

  174. 1631: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-2 Chelsea - Willian (71 mins)

    A goal made from the bench. Oscar, who is trying to make up for that earlier booking, cuts inside from the left and sidefoots a pass to fellow substitute Willian on the edge of the area and the Brazilian midfielder smashes home past Kelvin Davis. Game, set and match.

  175. 1630: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Is it going to be one of those days for Arsenal? The frustration continues to grow as Santi Cazorla gets another shot away but David Marshall makes a routine save.

  176. 1629: 
    Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich

    Gary Hooper turns to get a shot away but it's an easy one for Julian Speroni to hold on to. Palace have been on top for most of the second half but the Canaries are beginning to threaten now. A late winner for Palace would really shake up the bottom six.

  177. 1628: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    Sunderland are making a habit of late goals over Christmas, but they are struggling to break down Aston Villa for now - Ki Sung-Yueng firing a low shot wide of Brad Guzan's goal from 25 yards out. At the other end, Christian Benteke has a shot cleared off the line by Phil Bardsley.

  178. 1626: 
    West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    Nicolas Anelka gets a shot away as Albion look to capitalise on that one-man advantage but Newcastle are standing firm.

  179. 1626: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 1-0 Everton

    Everton are so close to an equaliser, the ball is squared to Kevin Mirallas 12 yards out and he is ready to steer it home only to be denied by a fantastic Erik Pieters block.

  180. 1626:  
    Kevin Kilbane, on Final Score for BBC SportFulham 2-1 West Ham

    "If Fulham can get Berbatov right we know what an outstandingly talented player he is. If they get him firing he will score goals."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  181. 1625: 
    Premier League

    That Fulham goal is really bad news for West Ham fans...

  182. 1625: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Manchester City have won, Chelsea and Liverpool are winning - Arsenal need a goal desperately and they should get one when Theo Walcott picks out an unmarked Per Mertesacker in the box but the big German heads wide. A bad miss, but what makes it worse is that he does the same thing almost 60 seconds later.

  183. 1623: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Jack Wilshere, Arsenal's busiest player, almost breaks the deadlock with a strike that cannons off the post after the England midfielder had cut inside the Cardiff penalty area.

    Arsene Wenger has seen enough as he brings on Nicklas Bendtner and Tomas Rosicky. Lukas Podolski and Mathieu Flamini make way.

  184. 1622: 
    GOAL- Fulham 2-1 West Ham - Dimitar Berbatov (66 mins)

    To say this goal had been coming is a huge understatement! Fulham finally break through, they have a three-on-one situation and convert it clinically, Alex Kacaniklic's ball across steered on by Scott Parker, allowing Dimitar Berbatov to poke into the open net from three yards out. Just onside.

  185. 1621: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-0 Hull

    A welcome sight for Reds fans as Steven Gerrard comes on for his 648th appearance for the club. He can ease his way back into this one.

  186. 1620: 
    RED CARD FOR NEWCASTLE- Mathieu Debuchy

    Really rash challenge from Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy, as he launches off the ground and into a two-footed challenge on Claudio Yacob. He protests that he won the ball but that is a red card any day of the week and he may have given Albion a window here.

  187. 1619: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Fulham 1-1 West Ham

    Fulham continue to pummel the 10 men of West Ham. Damien Duff is tripped right on the edge of the box, the referee gives a free-kick but that was close...

  188. 1619: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-1 Chelsea - Fernando Torres (60 mins)

    Fernando Torres scores the first goal by a Chelsea striker away from home in 13 months when he is on hand to head home from six yards out after Oscar's initial cross had taken a wicked deflection off Calum Chambers and deflected off the base of the far post. Jose's happy now.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Oscar's first contribution is to be booked for diving as he attempts to go around Davis. Mourinho is pretty hot on that sort of thing."

  190. 1618: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fulham 1-1 West Ham

    What a stop! Adel Taarabt sees his header turned on to the post by a sprawling Jussi Jaaskelainen, who somehow then kicks the ball clear while on the deck! Brilliant goalkeeping.

    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportSouthampton 0-0 Chelsea

    "I'm applauding the referee there in booking Oscar. One of the best decisions I've seen from a referee all season. That was such a good spot. Make no mistake, the referee got it absolutely spot on."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  192. 1616: 

    This must be a record season for free-kicks, mustn't it? Yaya Toure and Luis Suarez seem to score every time they have one...

  193. 1616: 
    YELLOW CARD- Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Unbelievably bad play by Oscar as he bears down on goal and, in going round the Southampton keeper Kelvin Davis, he leaves his foot behind and goes down looking for the penalty. The referee, Martin Atkinson, rightly turns down Chelsea's appeals and books the Brazilian for simulation. Why didn't he just stay on his feet?

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chase Kross: He hasn't scored since last year - what a goal by Suarez!

    Ahmer Murad: You can't get better than that! Super free kick from Suarez on a day things didn't look like they were going for him.

    Max Welford: By now Suarez can score free kicks in his sleep...

  195. 1614: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-0 Hull

    Liverpool are in cruise mode now as Glen Johnson comes off. The England man looked to have pinged his calf in the first half and is replaced by Kolo Toure.

  196. 1614: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    A very grumpy-looking Jose Mourinho decides to shake things up - sending on Oscar and Willian for Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle.

  197. 1613: 
    Stoke 1-0 Everton

    Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland makes his first save as a Premier League keeper and luckily for him Romelu Lukaku's low effort is weak and easily dealt with by the England international.

  198. 1613: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    Sunderland are denied an equaliser at the Stadium of Light when Fabio Borini, on as a half-time substitute for Lee Cattermole, puts the ball into the net from Steven Fletcher's knock down.

    But the celebrations are cut short as Borini is judged to be offside. It was a very tight call and Black Cats boss Gus Poyet does not look impressed. His side still trail to Gabriel Agbonlahor's first-half goal.

  199. 1612: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Arsenal continue to lack inspiration at the Emirates and rightly survive a penalty appeal when Craig Noone's cross is blocked by Nacho Monreal. You wouldn't think there was a place at the top of the Premier League at stake here.

  200. 1613: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich

    Another good chance for Palace goes begging! Again it's Cameron Jerome who can't keep his shot down after John Ruddy misses a corner. Jerome has had some chances today.

  201. 1611: 
    West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    Cheick Tiote sends in a dipping strike from 20 yards as Newcastle continue to push on for the opener. They are shading it at the minute.

  202. 1610:  
    Kevin Kilbane, on Final Score for BBC SportLiverpool 2-0 Hull

    "Unbelievable technique from Luis Suarez. Trajectory, perfect. It's over the wall before the keeper can move and it's in the back of the net in a flash."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  203. 1610: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 1-1 West Ham

    West Ham are already on the ropes, soaking up body shots and praying for the bell. Fulham launch flurry after flurry of attacks at them but are yet to find a way through. Damien Duff the latest to smash a rising shot over the bar.

  204. 1609: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea survive an almighty goalmouth scramble in which Southampton defenders Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren both have goalbound efforts blocked. A bright start to the second period by the hosts.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    A Holton: Dear Santa, Christmas is over but as a belated present can we have officials who know what they're doing? Signed, a Liverpool fan.

    Apaka N Sakakibara: Freezing my bones at the Emirates but expect fireworks in the second half!

    Stephen Thorpe: Two decisions for Mike Dean to make so far. Both of them bad and against Norwich. Victimised.

  206. 1607: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Hull - Luis Suarez (50 mins)

    Brilliant. Just brilliant. The Lord of Anfield produces the goods on his own manor yet again, curling a perfect free-kick over the wall and right into the top corner. Unstoppable from Luis Suarez.

  207. 1606: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-0 Everton - Oussama Assaidi (49 mins)

    Stoke's Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi does his parent club a favour by putting the Potters in front with a low shot from just inside the area after John Stones's clearance had fallen at the feet of the talented Moroccan winger.

  208. 1606: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Southampton have brought on Nathaniel Clyne for Luke Shaw at St Mary's, where England manager Roy Hodgson is watching from the stands.

  209. 1605: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    West Brom's top scorer Saido Berahino comes on for Billy Jones, who was unable to continue after his goalkeeper Ben Foster accidentally punched him.

    Newcastle also make a change with creative midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on for Yoan Gouffran, who was not at his best in the opening half. Can they make the difference?

  210. 1605: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    Vito Mannone makes a cracking save to keep Sunderland in the game - getting down well to beat clear Leandro Bacuna's shot from 25 yards which took a wicked deflection off Valentin Roberge.

  211. 1605: 
    Fulham 1-1 West Ham

    Decent chance for Fulham right from the off, John Arne Riise wriggling past a half-hearted challenge and firing in a low shot which Jussi Jaaskelainen keeps out at his near post. The 10 men of West Ham may come under siege now.

  212. 1603: 

    Back under way around the grounds. Who can find the winner in the next 45 minutes?

  213. 1602: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 0-0 Everton

    Interesting half-time news at Stoke, with Jack Butland coming on to make his Premier League debut for the Potters in place of Thomas Sorensen who has an Achilles injury.

  214. 1600:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old TraffordMan Utd v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    "In the immediate aftermath of their 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane, Manchester United lost successive home league games in the most difficult days yet under David Moyes's management. But six wins in a row since then have lifted the gloom to the extent that many see them as genuine title challengers again.

    "As the momentum builds, there seems to be a change in Moyes. On Boxing Day at Hull he was the most animated he's been yet as United boss.

    "Tim Sherwood couldn't have believed that he'd start 2014 as a Premier League manager (head coach, officially), but he's begun pretty well. So well that Spurs have the chance to go four league games unbeaten for the first time this season."

  215. 1600: 

    There is still one Premier League game to come today - and it's a biggie...

  216. 1557: 

    Here are all the games containing goals in the Football League:


    Reading 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest

    Queens Park Rangers 0 - 1 Doncaster Rovers

    Millwall 0 - 1 Leicester City

    Leeds United 0 - 2 Blackburn Rovers

    Ipswich Town 1 - 0 Charlton Athletic

    Burnley 2 - 1 Huddersfield Town

    Brighton & Hove Albion 0 - 1 Bournemouth

    Bolton Wanderers 1 - 2 Middlesbrough

    Birmingham City 1 - 0 Barnsley

    League One

    Walsall 0 - 1 Sheffield United

    Tranmere Rovers 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Rotherham United 1 - 0 Coventry City

    Preston North End 1 - 0 Port Vale

    Peterborough United 1 - 2 Brentford

    Oldham Athletic 1 - 1 Shrewsbury Town

    Notts County 1 - 0 Bradford City

    League Two

    York City 1 - 0 Morecambe

    Southend United 1 - 1 Portsmouth

    Hartlepool United 0 - 2 Bury

    Fleetwood Town 1 - 0 Accrington Stanley

    Dagenham & Redbridge 1 - 0 AFC Wimbledon

    You can keep across the very latest scores via the Fixtures page on the BBC Sport website.

  217. 1556: 

    Sunderland are in danger of being cut adrift at the foot of the table while a point apiece at Craven Cottage is not much good for either West Ham or Fulham as it stands...


    Man City defender Vincent Kompany: Great way to start the year! This one is to those who made the trip to Wales and defied the weather conditions.

  219. 1551: 
    Premier League

    Manchester City lead the way at the halfway mark of today's 1500 kick-offs then, a point clear of Arsenal. Liverpool's lead over Hull has sent them ahead of neighbours Everton, for now at least...

  220. 1549: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 1-0 Hull

    A yellow card to catch you up on at Anfield, just before the end of the half. Luis Suarez, rattled at that earlier challenge on him from David Meyler, went into a rugged challenge of his own and was shown a yellow card. He needs to clam down...

  221. 1549:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at St Mary'sHALF-TIME- Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea will feel they should be ahead after creating the better chances but Southampton have forced Chelsea into some moments of desperate defending. Not the greatest game but must make allowances for atrocious conditions."

  222. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich

    MOTD's Laurence Herdman at Selhurst Park: "The wind was getting up to gale force at a gusty Selhurst Park, and a rip-roaring finish came at the end of the first half.

    "What a paradox. In the first 35 minutes it was like the players were playing with a New Year's Day hangover, then it turned into a thrilling relegation zone six-pointer.

  223. 1547:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Emirates StadiumHALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    "Pretty uninspired by Arsenal in that first half. At half-time Arsene Wenger has got some thinking to do, while Cardiff will be quite happy."

  224. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    MOTD's Dan O'Hagan at The Hawthorns: "Tight, edgy and cagey. Yohan Cabaye has been Newcastle's string-puller while Nicolas Anelka had the Baggies best chance."

  225. 1547:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at the Stadium of LightHALF-TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    "Gus Poyet's Sunderland side have played well but one moment of real calamity has cost them dearly.

    "Lee Cattermole was unable to gather a simple pass that was played to him and his error was punished by Gabriel Agbonlahor for the only goal of the first half. Aston Villa are leading through that Sunderland gift."

  226. 1547:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Craven CottageHALF-TIME- Fulham 1-1 West Ham

    "For two teams battling against relegation it's been a very open contest. The Hammers defence has looked vulnerable from set-pieces throughout and Steve Sidwell got Fulham on level terms when he headed home from a corner.

    "West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will be fuming with Kevin Nolan for a getting himself sent off just before half-time with an irresponsible off-the-ball challenge on Fernando Amorebieta, especially as he lost Mark Noble to injury as well."

  227. 1547:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the BritanniaHALF-TIME- Stoke 0-0 Everton

    "Roberto Martinez will feel there's plenty to build on for Everton. Stoke have defended better than in recent outings against Newcastle and Spurs but offered precious little going forward."

  228. 1547: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Stoke 0-0 Everton

    Everton have two fantastic chances at the end of the first half. Kevin Mirallas hits the post with a fantastic curling 25-yard free-kick and moments later Romelu Lukaku heads wide from close range.

  229. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 1-0 Hull
  230. 1546: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 1-0 Hull

    Almost brilliant from Philippe Coutinho, he juggles a pass on his thigh and beats a man before slamming a shot wide from 10 yards. So nearly a second.

  231. 1544: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 1-1 Norwich - Jason Puncheon (44 mins)

    That's how you take a penalty - Jason Puncheon steps up and sends John Ruddy the wrong way with a perfectly-placed sidefooted effort from 12 yards.

  232. 1543: 
    RED CARD FOR WEST HAM- Kevin Nolan (44 mins)

    Kevin Nolan earns a second stupid red card in a matter of weeks. Big Sam will be fuming.

    Nolan is jostling with Fernando Amorebieta on the halfway line and after pushing him off the ball, he volleys him in the calf. Brainless.

  233. 1543: 
    PENALTY TO PALACE- Crystal Palace 0-1 Norwich

    Leroy Fer pushes over Mile Jedinak in the area. Penalty.

  234. 1542: 
    YELLOW CARD- Crystal Palace 0-1 Norwich

    Marouane Chamakh can count himself a lucky boy! The Crystal Palace striker throws Wesley Hoolahan to the deck by his chin after the pair tussle for the ball in midfield and the former Arsenal man only sees yellow. That should have been red really.

    And then seconds later Cameron Jerome has a header cleared off the line. Palace nearly level.

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

    "What was really telling for Norwich was the moment Bradley Johnson scored all the players ran over to their manager. A real show of support, which must make Chris Hughton feel good as well as the rest of the team."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  236. 1542: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Arsenal are having lots of the ball, but are being increasingly frustrated by a dogged Cardiff side who are enjoying playing on the break.

  237. 1540: 
    Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Another opportunity for Chelsea as Ramires cuts the ball back to Eden Hazard, who fails to get a shot away, and when Andre Schurrle does manage to take aim, Dejan Lovren is on hand to head clear for Southampton.

  238. 1539: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-1 Norwich - Bradley Johnson (39 mins)

    Against the run of play, Norwich take the lead at Selhurst Park!

    Danny Gabbidon fails to clear a ball into the channel and he is robbed by Gary Hooper and Wes Hoolahan, the ball is laid back to a fast-arriving Bradley Johnson and he slams a shot into the net via the inside of the post. Fine finish,

  239. 1538:  
    Kevin Kilbane, on Final Score for BBC SportLiverpool 1-0 Hull

    "That was a great header from Daniel Agger for Liverpool but Maynor Figueroa should have made the decision and got ahead of his keeper and cleared it."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  240. 1538: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    Sunderland have had 74% of the possession at the Stadium of Light but they are yet to truly test Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan. A real worry for Gus Poyet.

  241. 1536: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Hull - Daniel Agger (36 mins)

    Liverpool score from the corner as captain Daniel Agger wins the header on the penalty spot to send it on goal, Jordan Henderson tries to steer it in from on the line but I don't think he got a touch on it. Luis Suarez is still not happy about that challeneg but his side lead.

  242. 1536: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Some seven on seven action at Anfield as Hull's number seven catches Luis Suarez with a fairly nasty follow-through. That will certainly sting...

  243. 1536: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Ramires is doing his best to take this game by the scruff of the neck - the Chelsea midfielder cutting inside and taking aim from 25 yards out but Kelvin Davis is up to the job and tips the ball over.

  244. 1535: 
    Stoke 0-0 Everton

    Oussama Assaidi is quickly getting a reputation as a scorer of quality goals and he almost puts Stoke in front but his shot takes a deflection and goes wide with Tom Howard beaten.

  245. 1534: 
    SHOCKER!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Norwich

    Deary me!

    Cameron Jerome has his head in his hands at Selhurst Park as he shoots over when unmarked at the back post after Jason Puncheon latched onto a poor Sebastien Bassong pass and picked out the goal-shy striker. That was the best opportunity of a tight opening period in which the sides have struggled to weave together any attacks under the difficult windswept conditions.

  246. 1534:  
    Kevin Kilbane, on Final Score for BBC SportFulham 1-1 West Ham

    "Fulham have got such attacking talent. Going forward they're a good side and they have always been a good side, but this season defensively they have struggled."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  247. 1533: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Fulham 1-1 West Ham

    Ah so close! Fulham almost take the lead as Adel Taarabt thumps a skidding shot against the base of the post from 18 yards. West Ham look all at sea in defence...

  248. 1531: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-1 West Ham - Steve Sidwell (32 mins)

    It had been coming, and this could be a massive goal for Fulham! Again the Hammers do not deal with a corner well at all and Steve Sidwell gets the run on George McCartney to head in from close range! Game on!

  249. 1531: 
    West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye fires a shot a yard wide after Mike Williamson's nod-down found the France midfielder 10 yards from goal. At the other end, West Brom defender Jonas Olsson heads a foot wide from a left-wing corner.

  250. 1530: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Stoke 0-0 Everton

    Everton a coat of paint away from opening the scoring as Kevin Mirallas spins and smashes the ball against the crossbar from 25 yards out. That would have been some goal.

  251. 1530: 

    Here are all the Football League games containing goals:


    Birmingham 1 - 0 Barnsley

    Bolton 0 - 2 Middlesbrough

    Brighton 0 - 1 Bournemouth

    Burnley 1 - 1 Huddersfield

    Ipswich 1 - 0 Charlton

    Leeds 0 - 1 Blackburn

    Millwall 0 - 1 Leicester

    League One

    Oldham 0 - 1 Shrewsbury

    Peterborough 0 - 1 Brentford

    Walsall 0 - 1 Sheff Utd

    League Two

    Dag & Red 1 - 0 Wimbledon

    Fleetwood 1 - 0 Accrington

    Hartlepool 0 - 2 Bury

    You can keep across the very latest scores via the Fixtures page on the BBC Sport website.

  252. 1529: 

    Not many goals to soothe the hangovers yet...

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at St Mary'sSouthampton 0-0 Chelsea

    "Ashley Cole's status as a Chelsea regular has not been as solid this season but he has already shown his experience and quality to step in and make two crucial interventions to stop Southampton attacks."

  254. 1528: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are looking dangerous on the break, but Southampton are beginning to look the more likely to open the scoring. Ashley Cole had to be alert to track back and deny Saints striker Jay Rodriguez when the England man ran through on goal and Adam Lallana just had a shot blocked from 12 yards by a combination of Chelsea defenders.

  255. 1528: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-1 West Ham

    Fulham have a burst of life as first Dimitar Berbatov launches an acrobatic effort on goal and then Fernando Amorebieta has a header cleared off the line by Modibo Maiga after the Hammers make a mess of clearing a corner. Encouraging signs for the hosts.

  256. 1527: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Arsenal remain on top at the Emirates - Theo Walcott firing just over the bar from 12 yards out moments after Jack Wilshere went down in the area under Gary Medel's challenge. The referee, however, waved play on.

  257. 1526:  
    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportDISALLOWED GOAL- Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    "It was a great piece of work by the assistant referee, who adjudged Luis Suarez offside. It's an identical situation to what happened in the Swansea game, when Bony scored an offside goal. That goal, of course, was given."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  258. 1526: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Chance! No! Luis Suarez is inevitably involved, flicking a header into the path of Raheem Sterling, who really reads those very well indeed. Sterling breaks into the area but his shot is central and Allan McGregor keeps it out.

    Liverpool on the up though.

  259. 1525: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    A good chance for Aston Villa to double their lead when Christian Benteke flicks on to Gabriel Agbonlahor whose shot is beaten clear by Vito Mannone.

  260. 1525: 
    West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    Ouch indeed. Albion keeper Ben Foster collides with Billy Jones as he chases down a clearance, with the right-back coming off very much worse.

    Still, Foster thinks it's funny ...

  261. 1524: 
    Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Fernando Torres continues to look sharp for Chelsea - working the channels well before pulling back for Eden Hazard but the pass is just behind the Belgian playmaker and Southampton recover.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chris Goodman: Villa lucky to be ahead, but Gabby always seems to up his game when we need him most.

    Harrisson Srikanthan: Poor tactics from Rodgers playing Aspas in front of Suarez. Needs Suarez up top or alongside to fully utilise his potential.

    Zak Khalifa: Huddlestone showing some class again. I would take him and Carrick to Brazil - they keep the ball brilliantly.

  263. 1524: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fulham 0-1 West Ham

    Kevin Nolan looks bang on it in the Hammers' bright start, and he should probably have doubled their lead. Mohamed Diame floats over a cross from the left and the captain meets it with a powerful header, only to see David Stockdale keep it out with a Peter Schmeichel style star jump. Fine stop!

  264. 1522: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Liverpool have gone from top to fifth over a few days over Christmas, a disappointing festive season. They've had the kind of Christmas last seen when your mum couldn't get you an Optimus Prime and you ended up with Soundwave instead. And then your dad forgot to buy any batteries. Nightmare stuff.

    Anyway, it's been a steady start for the hosts as they struggle to find top gear.

  265. 1521: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Norwich

    Palace remain in the ascendancy but there are very few moments of quality so far and no real chances. Jason Puncheon wasted the best opening when he miskicked a volley at the back post.

    Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Premier League tweets: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho enjoys the conditions at Southampton!

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
  267. 1519: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Luis Suarez puts Liverpool ahead - but wait, he's offside!

    The Uruguayan times his run slightly wrong and is ahead of the last man before flicking in Philippe Coutinho's free-kick with a powerful header. Anfield returns to its seats.

  268. 1519: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    Sunderland have a chance to gain a quick equaliser but Jack Colback's goal-bound shot is deflected off Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar for a corner which is then wasted.

    Leandro Bacuna then misses an opportunity to double Villa's lead, shooting wide from 15 yards.

  269. 1519: 
    Stoke 0-0 Everton

    Stoke register a decent effort when Jon Walters plays in a fine first-time ball and Peter Crouch's looping header goes just wide of the post.

  270. 1518:  
    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportSunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    "Lee Cattermole just took his eye off the ball just long enough for him to lose it, and Agbonlahor, like a razor, was on it and finished. That's a gut-wrencher for the Sunderland lads, and now they've got to get right back on it."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  271. 1517: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Good chance for Hull as they catch Liverpool on the break, Tom Huddlestone winning the ball high up the pitch, the ball is played in to the path of Robert Koren breaking into the penalty area but his touch rather lets him down and his shot in the end is tame and easily blocked by the sliding Martin Skrtel. Should do better.

  272. 1515: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa - Gabriel Agbonlahor (15 mins)

    Awful Sunderland defending gives Aston Villa the lead when Valentin Roberge plays a pass across defence and Lee Cattermole makes a complete hash of gathering the loose ball and Gabriel Agbonlahor is on hand to round Vito Mannone and put Villa into the lead.

  273. 1514: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Arsenal are just beginning to go through the gears now - Jack Wilshere whipping in a delightful ball to the far post but Theo Walcott fires his effort into the side-netting.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Roseanne: Come on West Ham! Hull got six, so let's get seven!

    Titus Kyalo Kiseu: These days, when you see a scores update pop up you know someone has scored against Fulham...

    Saikat Nandy: Torres seems to have found another gear. Real quick feet.

  275. 1514: 
    Fulham 0-1 West Ham

    West Ham continue to look a threat from set-pieces, as Mark Noble's corner is headed over by goalscorer Mohamed Diame. Fulham's three-man managerial committee haven't got this one right yet...

  276. 1513: 
    Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Superb goalkeeping from Southampton's Kelvin Davis as he races from goal to clear after Ramires had been sent scampering through on goal.

  277. 1512: 
    Stoke 0-0 Everton

    Everton are dominating the early possession against Stoke and Gareth Barry goes relatively close when he heads over Leighton Baines's pinpoint corner.

  278. 1509: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Hull will be pleased with their opening 10 minutes as they have looked compact and slick in midfield, Liverpool are yet to hit their stride. Luis Suarez is playing pretty deep so far.

  279. 1509: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Cardiff

    Arsenal's intentions are clear against Cardiff, with Mikel Arteta twice playing balls over the top which Theo Walcott has failed to latch on to.

  280. 1508:  
    Kevin Kilbane, on Final Score for BBC SportFulham 0-1 West Ham

    "That's a poor goal for Fulham to concede, an absolute shocker. It was just a long punt from the keeper's hands into the Fulham box, and Diame turned with no challenge on him and fired it in. That is a relegation goal, a terrible goal to concede."

    Enjoy Final Score on either the BBC Red Button or streamed on this website.

  281. 1508: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Norwich

    The weather is beginning to die down at Selhurst Park and there is the danger of a football match breaking out. No real chances as of yet though.

  282. 1507: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Aston Villa

    Sunderland have started well at the Stadium of Light, with Emanuele Giaccherini having an early pop at goal which goes wide before Steven Flecther drags a low shot wide from inside the area. Black Cats on top.

  283. 1506: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-1 West Ham - Mohamed Diame (7 mins)

    A classic Big Sam set-piece! West Ham launch a long ball forward from the edge of their own penalty area, it carries a long way to land at the feet of Mohamed Diame, and he spins well to put away a low shot and give the Hammers a precious lead.

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    Jeremy Pound: Oh oh. One of the Cardiff midfielders just passed sideways, not forward. Solskjaer's job must really be in jeopardy now.

    FlipsideSam: Ole Gunnar regret that decision

    Tyrone Tucker: I'll be very surprised if the Stoke v Everton game ends with 22 players on the pitch. Looks like being a rough encounter.

  285. 1505: 
    Fulham 0-0 West Ham

    It's lashing down at Craven Cottage too as West Ham have an early half chance, Kevin Nolan getting on the end of a flick-on but dragging a tame shot across goal.

  286. 1505: 
    Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are rampant early on at St Mary's - Andre Schurrle firing wide from the edge of the box.

  287. 1503: 
    West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

    Bright start from the visitors, in their Brazil 98 kit, as Yoan Gouffran flashes in a low cross which the Albion do well to scramble clear.

    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportCrystal Palace 0-0 Norwich

    "No-one wants Chris Hughton to stay in a job more than me, but in the summer Norwich spent more money than that club has ever done in their history. Chris needs to provide things to shout about at Carrow Road."

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  289. 1502: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Chelsea

    Fernando Torres has started lively for Chelsea as he latches on to Jack Cork's mistake and fires a shot just wide of the Southampton goal.

  290. 1501: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Luis Suarez's first touch is a belter of a through-ball to send Iago Aspas in on goal but the Spaniard is blown up for a foul. Suarez has been unplayable at home recently.

  291. 1500: 

    And we are off...

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    They like a touch of Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" at St Mary's. Not enough rock on Premier League tannoys these days I say.

  293. 1456:  
    Kevin Kilbane, on Final Score for BBC SportLiverpool v Hull (1500 GMT)

    "Luis Suarez's home form has been absolutely outstanding for Liverpool. If Hull can stop him today, they have a chance of getting something at Anfield."

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    Jason Jacob: No problems at Palace with the waterlogged pitch - under Pulis the ball won't be touching the grass much anyway.

    Will Love: Arsenal are missing key players today but it is a refreshing line-up nonetheless.

    Matt Graham: City still have to play away at seven of the current top eight teams. Still a long way to go in the title race.

  295. 1454: 
    Arsenal v Cardiff (1500 GMT)

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - the Cardiff manager elect - has taken his seat next to Vincent Tan. Is this a wise move for the former Manchester United man?

    Here we go then - kick-off o'clock...

  296. 1454: 
    Southampton v Chelsea (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, on whether he will spend money in the January transfer window: "We have a plan not for a year, but for a few years. We are not desperate to spend and spend, we have players to develop, we have players who are in the last years of their career and we do things step by step.

    "We are building a team to be like the Chelsea which was strong in the last decade. If somebody is expecting us to be in the market in January and be kings, for sure Chelsea is not that club. We are doing OK and we keep improving."

  297. 1453:  
    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportFulham v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    "I don't know which West Ham side will turn up day today. They lack an awful lot up front, not just personnel but also the quality of the service. But when the Hammers pull it together at Upton Park they can still be a threat. They must do something today."

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  298. 1452: 
    Fulham v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    It's like a managerial committee at Craven Cottage these days. I've seen Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley out on the pitch coaching and cajoling the Cottagers ahead of their big London derby with the Hammers.

    Is Rene Meulensteen right to surround himself with experience? Or is it a case of too many cooks? Time will tell.

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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 Chelsea 26 34 60
No movement 2 Man City 26 31 55
No movement 3 Arsenal 26 20 48
No movement 4 Man Utd 26 18 47
No movement 5 Southampton 26 19 46
No movement 6 Liverpool 26 9 45
No movement 7 Tottenham 26 5 44
No movement 8 West Ham 26 8 39
No movement 9 Swansea 26 -4 37
No movement 10 Stoke 26 -4 36
No movement 11 Newcastle 26 -11 32
No movement 12 Everton 26 -4 28
No movement 13 Crystal Palace 26 -9 27
No movement 14 West Brom 26 -10 27
No movement 15 Hull 26 -10 26
No movement 16 Sunderland 26 -14 25
No movement 17 QPR 26 -18 22
No movement 18 Burnley 26 -19 22
No movement 19 Aston Villa 26 -23 22
No movement 20 Leicester 26 -18 18

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