Sunday football: Stoke v Liverpool & Newcastle v Man City

Liverpool score five at Stoke after Man City win at Newcastle to regain top spot in the Premier League.

12 January 2014 Last updated at 11:44

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    What are you doing this evening? Watching Match of the Day 2 at 2225 GMT on BBC One? Good answer.

    Work out for yourself whether Cheick Tiote's goal should have stood, if Raheem Sterling went down a little too easily and if Steven Gerrard is well suited to the holding midfield role.

    Mark Lawrenson and Danny Mills are in the chair for that one. We'll be back tomorrow night to talk you through Arsenal's trip to Aston Villa. Until then, goodnight!

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    PLAYER REACTION- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, speaking to BBC Sport: "We are delighted with the points. It was a crazy game.

    "Stoke showed a lot of character, but so did we. We must enjoy the moment, then move onto the next game. Every game we have to be winning, it does not matter who we are playing. That is the mentality we look to have.

    "It was great [to score] but it is not about my individual statistics - it is about the boys. My goal settled the nerves, but in the end we did really well to win the game.

    "I am delighted to be back out there, and delighted that Luis Suarez is scoring the goals he is for this wonderful club."

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    PLAYER REACTION- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, speaking to Sky Sports: "We played a very hard game. We knew if we won today it would be very good for our confidence in the future.

    "Daniel Sturridge is a great player who helps the team. It is a long time we did not play with him.

    "[When asked about scoring targets] It is more important Liverpool finish in the top four."

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    PLAYER REACTION- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports: "I was miles away from the penalty. Raheem Sterling is an honest lad, who wouldn't have gone down for nothing.

    "Today was all about the team performance. We need results like this today to get in the top four.

    "The manager has told me moving forward I would play the holding role a lot more. I have done it many times for England - I will be more comfortable in it after a few more games."

  5. 1848: 
    HOW'S STAT?- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    Liverpool win at Stoke in the Premier League for the first time, at the sixth attempt. It is their first top-flight win there since a 1-0 victory in November 1984.

    Liverpool also completed the double against Stoke in the top flight for the first time since 1984/85.

    Stoke conceded five goals in a Premier League home match for the first time, and the first time in the top flight since a 5-1 defeat against Liverpool in the old Division One in March 1982.

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    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    Want to listen to all of Liverpool's five goals again? Click on BBC Radio 5 live's 90 second package of the afternoon's entertainment and revel in victory, Reds fans.

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    Tim G: Fair play to Rodgers. Hardly any managers these days admit a decision going their way to be wrong. He is a class act!

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    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes, speaking to BBC Sport: "In terms of a performance from my guys, I thought we were excellent in terms of our determination. There were a lot of big performances, but we had situations that went against us.

    "We did not deal with the second goal as well as we should have done, as it was just a big, long ball. I know what group I have here and they showed great character to get back on level terms.

    "I felt if we could get our noses in front, it could have been a different game. The penalty decision was key as it swung it back to them.

    "Raheem Sterling went down very easily in our opinion and the referee bought it. It was poor defending for the next two goals.

    "We caused a really good team problems, at times. We need to be better with our defending. We are an honest side who are getting better. We are trying to pass-and-move, and create chances."

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    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    It's all set up nicely for Arsenal's trip to Aston Villa in the Premier League tomorrow evening. How the Gunners need three points to keep pace with Manuel and Jose's boys.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Sky Sports: "I thought it [the penalty] was soft if I am being honest. I would call that a Spanish penalty, it is one where the attacker goes into the defender - who does not get the ball - and the contact puts him over.

    "If we get that wee bit of fortune, we will take it."

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    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was a brilliant win for us. We spoke briefly afterwards, we made mistakes without being cut open, we need to tidy that up.

    "But we were really exciting going forward. I said to the players at half-time it was a perfect away performance for 38 minutes. I told them at half-time to go forward with a positive mind as we have the firepower.

    "I felt in the early part of the second half they were getting joy down our left side. Philippe Coutinho, who is an outstanding young player, had to be sacrificed for our team.

    "It was great for Daniel Sturridge [to score on his return]. His movement in such a short space for his goal was great.

    "Everyone around us won yesterday. We just have to control our own destiny."

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    PLAYER VIEW- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
    Peter Crouch

    Stoke striker Peter Crouch, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was an end-to-end-game, and one we are frustrated not to get anything from again. I thought we helped them out with a few sloppy errors.

    "To go 2-0 down and then come back showed tremendous character. It was a real shame the errors and a penalty that wasn't cost us.

    "They are great going forward, but we can take a lot of plus points from the game.

    "Marc Wilson said he did not catch Raheem Sterling, and the linesman had a great view and did not give it."

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    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    Analysis of each team's play in the attacking third shows the influence that Raheem Sterling had on the game, with most of Liverpool's attacks coming down the right. It was a similar story for Stoke with Geoff Cameron getting forward well to link up with Jonathan Walters down the right flank.

    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
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    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "If Arsenal win tomorrow, the top seven will all have won this weekend. Post Xmas the big clubs' larger squads make such a difference."

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    HOW IT STANDS- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    The best thing about winning a game? Checking out the table afterwards. Here you go Liverpool fans...

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    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    Eight goals, 26 shots, 13 corners - this game had it all. Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, making his first full Premier League appearance, certainly won't forget it in a hurry.

    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool
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    Tom in Liverpool: Be afraid, SAS are back! When was the last time a team scored five at Stoke?

    Dale in Bath: This is why Liverpool will not win the title and will struggle to even get top four. Scoring lots is all well and good but conceding three against Stoke is woeful. They'll come unstuck against teams like Arsenal, City, Chelsea and Everton who can actually defend.

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    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    What an amazing game that was. The goals were pouring in at the end - we had three goals in the last 19 minutes. For reaction to it all, listen to 6-0-6 on BBC Radio 5 live. I can only begin to imagine how excitable Ian Wright got watching that match.

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 3-5 Liverpool

    "It was a terrific game. That man Luis Suarez stood up for Liverpool yet again.

    "Mark Hughes' team worked very hard, but Liverpool had that little bit more class."

  21. 1803: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    And breathe.

  22. 1803: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    Almost an own goal now - Steven Gerrard inexplicably heading a corner at his own keeper and Simon Mignolet beats clear.

  23. 1802: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    An exciting game to tell you about in League One today, with Coventry and Crawley Town finishing 2-2.

    A Joe Walsh own goal and a Franck Moussa header looked to have secured all three points for the Sky Blues, but Crawley scored two goals in the final seven minutes to snatch a point.

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    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    You'll Never Walk Alone echoes around the Britannia as Liverpool supporters begin to celebrate a memorable victory.

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    Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    And then Luis Suarez, on a hat-trick, has a low shot saved by Jack Butland. End-to-end. And then some.

  26. 1800: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

    Seriously lads, I can't keep up now - Peter Crouch's header coming back off the post. Wowzers.

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    Tunde Olaoye: Lovely skill from Sturridge, game over.

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 3-5 Liverpool

    "That surely is it. Stoke were caught as they had been pushing men forward."

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

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    GOAL- Stoke 3-5 Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge (87 mins)

    This game is breathtaking. Surely Liverpool have all three points in the bag now? Luis Suarez pings a ball towards Daniel Sturridge at the back stick, the striker's initial effort is well saved by Jack Butland but he regains the ball, does a spot of juggling and then rifles into the back of the net from six yards out. Predatory.

  30. 1756: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 3-4 Liverpool

    Nearly. The ball is pumped into the box and Peter Crouch, with the run and jump on Martin Skrtel, heads wide. Make the keeper work, Peter.

  31. 1755: 
    FINAL FIVE- Stoke 3-4 Liverpool

    Could they rescue a point? Surely not.

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 3-4 Liverpool

    "I do not think Jonathan Walters hit that shot properly. Stoke could still get something out of this game yet."

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

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    GOAL- Stoke 3-4 Liverpool - Jonathan Walters (85 mins)

    They can't, can they? Stoke set up a grandstand finish when Jonathan Walters picks up a loose ball in the box and rifles a skiddy effort under Simon Mignolet.

  34. 1753: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 2-4 Liverpool

    Excellent save from Simon Mignolet keeps Stoke at bay - the big Belgian getting two solid hands to Jonathan Walters's header following Peter Crouch's flick back across the box.

  35. 1750: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 2-4 Liverpool

    Stephen Ireland, complete with bald head and dodgy beard, is brought on for the final 10 minutes in place of Steven N'Zonzi.

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    Jess from Peterborough: Sturridge has settled Liverpool since coming on. Calm on the ball and a brilliant assist. Glad he's back!

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    Stoke 2-4 Liverpool

    But Stoke are also capable of scoring two goals very quickly, as the first half showed, and Liverpool fans nervously watch as Kolo Toure heads just over his own bar under pressure from Jon Walters.

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    Stoke 2-4 Liverpool

    Liverpool continue to press forward and Daniel Sturridge tries his luck from a tight angle but Jack Butland is up to the test this time.

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    Segun Agbaje: Suarez and Sturridge are something else! Their understanding is out of this world! The SAS is back with a bang!

    Ashley Williams: A lot of Liverpool players been average but look to have ground out a good result.

    Oliver Eaves: The SAS are back.

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    Stoke 2-4 Liverpool
    Luis Suarez celebrates scoring for Liverpool

    This has been a real test of Liverpool's credentials today - and so far they look to be coming through it with flying colours. And three points.

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 2-4 Liverpool

    "Stoke were stranded at the back after being caught on the break. They had too much for them, and Luis Suarez's finish was as calm as you like."

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

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    GOAL- Stoke 2-4 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (71 mins)

    He's not played that well today, yet Luis Suarez is on a hat-trick now. The Uruguayan owes much to Daniel Sturridge for his 22nd goal of the season as the England striker drives forward, takes away three Stoke defenders and then lays the ball on a late for Suarez to rifle home. Classy forward play.

  43. 1737: 
    BIG MATCH IN EUROPE- Stoke 2-3 Liverpool

    We've got just over 20 minutes left in this one, but our European football offering is only just starting. Espanyol versus Real Madrid is first up - get stuck in.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 2-3 Liverpool

    Philippe Coutinho, who has struggled to get into the game today, is given the hook and Daniel Sturridge is brought on to huge cheers from the visiting supporters.

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    Stoke 2-3 Liverpool

    Charlie Adam lets Raheem Sterling know he's around with a leveller just in front of the two dug-outs. That was like old school 'give the little winger a kick when the ref's not looking' football.

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    Steven Gerrard scores for Liverpool

    As the rain comes pelting down at a chilly Britannia Stadium, we asked which grounds do you think are the coldest in the country? Here are some of your suggestions:

    Pete in Glasgow: Trips to the Withdean were the absolute worst for any fan, home or away. Unsheltered and without doubt unglamorous! So pleased Brighton have put those years to bed with a stadium that is up there with the best.

    Dan in Castleford: There's a reason Boundary Park at Oldham is nicknamed Ice Station Zero.

    Danny McCarthy: Reebok Stadium can get very cold, there's a reason why the hill that is on the side of it is called Winter Hill.

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    YELLOW CARD- Stoke 2-3 Liverpool

    I bet Ryan Shawcross stubbed his toe when he got out of bed this morning, because nothing has gone right for the Stoke skipper so far. He's had a hand in two Liverpool goals and is now in the referees' book for taking down Luis Suarez in full-flight. He'll get home and the fuse-box will have blown.

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    Laurit in London: I'm not sure why the penalty is being described as 'harsh'; Sterling's legs were quite clearly clipped.

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    Stoke 2-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool supporters will no doubt point out that such bouncebackability is the hallmark of a title-challenging team as Daniel Sturridge begins to warm up on the touchline.

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    Janniky: Such a soft penalty that. Sterling was looking for it the moment Wilson pushes him wide.

    Tom Swain: Soft, but still thought it was a foul.

    Hanzlah Hanif: Softest penalty ever.

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    Stoke 2-3 Liverpool

    Just what Liverpool needed - but why did Marc Wilson give the referee chance to award a penalty. Keep them on their feet!

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 2-3 Liverpool

    "No way, that is never a penalty. I think that is a very harsh decision.

    "Marc Wilson should have cleared the first ball, anyway. It was a very confidently struck penalty from Steven Gerrard."

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

  53. 1720: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-3 Liverpool - Steven Gerrard (51 mins)

    True to form, Steven Gerrard takes all the emotion out of the situation and cool-as-you-like sends Jack Butland the wrong way.

  54. 1719: 
    PENALTY FOR LIVERPOOL- Stoke 2-2 Liverpool

    More horrible defending from Marc Wilson as his mistake allows Raheem Sterling to race through on goal and the Stoke defender tries to atone for his mistake but sends the Liverpool winger tumbling in the area with a little barge in the side. The referee has no hesitation in awarding a penalty.

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    Stoke 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool are quickly realising why people say there's no tougher test of a Premier League player than a blustery, cold evening in Stoke! On that topic, which is the coldest and most unglamorous ground in the Football League?

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 2-2 Liverpool

    "After getting a few goals at the end of the first half, Stoke have continued with the momentum on their side after the break."

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

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    Stoke 2-2 Liverpool

    Did you know that Peter Crouch's first-half strike was the first headed strike scored by Stoke this season? Evidence of a new style of play, or coincidence?

  58. 1713: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke 2-2 Liverpool

    Stoke have to wait around for Liverpool to return to the pitch but, when they do reappear, the Merseysiders look like they've had a half-time rocket from the gaffer as they race to their marks with purpose. We're back under way in the Potteries.

  59. 1712: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Stoke 2-2 Liverpool

    Do Stoke deserve to be level at the break? The stats show they've matched Liverpool for efforts on goal without having as much possession.

    Stoke 2-2 Liverpool
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    Prea: I feel like I am constantly disappointed with Liverpool's defensive efforts.

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    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes and goalscorer Peter Crouch

    Statisticians Opta: 2 - Liverpool have conceded at least two goals in seven of their last eight Premier League away games.

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    LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

    One man who will be happy with the current scoreline is Mark Lawrenson, who is on course for a record score in his weekly Lawro's predictions column. He's already called called five 2-0s right this weekend in his head-to-head with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. I just hope Lawro doesn't rub it in with Rambo and De Niro. Anyone for a 1-1 at Villa Park tomorrow night?

    Lawro
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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 2-2 Liverpool

    "The Stoke midfield players are now prepared to get beyond Peter Crouch.

    "Steven Gerrard has done very well shielding the Liverpool defence, but they need to see more from Lucas."

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

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    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Britannia StadiumStoke 2-2 Liverpool

    "No shortage of entertainment. Stoke's Ryan Shawcross was involved in both of Liverpool's goals. Two former Liverpool men helped Stoke come back to draw level. A terrific response from the home team."

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    One incident that got people talking on social media on Saturday was presenters Robbie Savage and Darren Fletcher bursting into fits of laughter on BBC Radio 5 live's 606. For those wanting to hear the hilarious clip of the pair breaking down, head to the programme's website.

    Do not forget to get your questions into Ian Wright for Sunday's show by using #ASKWRIGHTY now.

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    Kuntal Majumdar: And that's the reason why you should always be on good terms with your exes.

    John Humphrey Watson: Pity Charlie Adam could only find it within himself to play like this once a season when he was actually with Liverpool, really.

    Fahad Khan: Easy boys. There is another half left.

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    HALF-TIME- Stoke 2-2 Liverpool
    Sunderland's Charlie Adam

    I'm inclined to agree with Jimmy Armfield [see below]. There's not much quality on show, but there's plenty of entertainment. This match could end 5-5 the way both teams are defending.

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    Stoke 2-2 Liverpool

    On the Britannia touchline, Brendan Rodgers looks like he's been slapped around the face with a wet kipper. He might want to do the same to his players at half-time for letting a two-goal lead slip.

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    Adam Momoniat: Liverpool cutting Stoke open with ease but the Reds look so fragile at the back.

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 2-2 Liverpool

    "Liverpool have dipped a bit since Stoke got the first goal. They have to sort themselves out now.

    "This game is not of the highest quality, but it is entertaining."

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

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    GOAL- Stoke 2-2 Liverpool - Charlie Adam (45 mins)

    That's the thing with exes - they always like to come back and haunt you! Minutes after Peter Crouch dragged Stoke back into it, another former Liverpool player Charlie Adam capitalises on some lax midfield play to advance with the ball and smash a left-footed shot beyond Simon Mignolet. Game over? Not a chance. Does Adam celebrate? Of course he does...

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    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

    Jack Butland keeps the score at 2-1 following a brilliant point-blank save to deny Phillippe Coutinho from volleying in Luis Suarez's ball.

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    Raj Singh: If Peter Crouch is not celebrating against his former clubs, he'll never get to celebrate.

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 1-2 Liverpool

    "That was a simple goal, using Plan A - knock the ball in from out wide and the big man will get his head on it.

    "Peter Crouch was just stood still in the penalty area."

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

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    GOAL- Stoke 1-2 Liverpool - Peter Crouch (39 mins)

    That keeps things interesting. Stoke find a way back into the game when Marko Arnautovic curls a cross into the box, Peter Crouch steps off Kolo Toure and the ex-Liverpool striker powerfully heads home from 12 yards out. He doesn't celebrate against his former club - but do Liverpool fans care about that?

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    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerStoke 0-2 Liverpool

    "Wonderful example from Luis Suarez of how if you chase everything down and believe the chance will come, every now and then, it will."

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 0-2 Liverpool

    "Defenders should do a lot better than that. Why did Marc Wilson head it back toward his own goal? It should have been headed away.

    "The Stoke defenders look tentative and on edge."

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

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    Christopher Hall: One word to describe Stoke's defending for Liverpool's second: calamitous.

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    GOAL- Stoke 0-2 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (32 mins)

    Stoke are being lovely hosts this afternoon as Liverpool capitalise, once again, on defensive misfortune. A long, agricultural ball forward is flicked towards his own goalkeeper by Marc Wilson and Ryan Shawcross can only get a toe on the ball before Luis Suarez gets in behind and pokes it past Jack Butland. Game over?

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    CLOSE!- Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

    He is human after all. Philippe Coutinho whips in a cross from the left but Luis Suarez diverts his header back to source rather than towards the net. You don't see that too often.

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    Josh: I think Liverpool (and England) look a lot better nowadays without Steven Gerrard. People will point at statistics to prove I'm wrong, but there's more to football than statistics.

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    Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

    I've just seen a replay of Martin Skrtel wrestling with Ryan Shawcross in the penalty area, the momentum takes the two players into the back of the net and both men resemble rugby league players as they attempt to find their feet.

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    Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

    Stoke keep threatening to flicker into life - Charlie Adam's corner being headed over by Kolo Toure under pressure from Peter Crouch - but Liverpool look fairly comfortable at the moment.

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    Charlie Smith: Coutinho is already outrageously gifted but if he could sort his finishing out he could be a world-beater.

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    MANAGER VIEW- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on Cheick Tiote's disallowed goal: "We're in an entertainment business and the guy's hit a wonder goal that Joe Hart isn't going to save.

    "I'm not thrilled with the referee's answer when I've asked for an explanation as I don't quite get how he can disallow a goal of that quality on the technical point he is using.

    "Joe Hart is nowhere near it. It goes through a crowd of City players who are impairing his view.

    "It's a massive call on a very technical point.

    "Pellegrini said something to me on the touchline which I wasn't happy with, it was normal banter where I probably used words I shouldn't have in the heat of the moment and I apologise for that."

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    CLOSE!- Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling continues to look an improved player - using his pace to spin Erik Pieters on the halfway line, ignoring the run of Luis Suarez to cut inside and then laying the ball on a plate for Philippe Coutinho but the Brazilian blazes his 18-yard shot just over the bar.

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    Andrew: Martin Skrtel needs to be very careful when defending set-pieces this afternoon. His reputation for shirt-pulling proceeds him these days. He's a penalty waiting to happen.

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    MANAGER VIEW- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "It was a very difficult game and it's a very big result as we know it's a tough place to come and win.

    "Nothing important was said on the touchline between me and Alan Pardew, but I think it's impossible for the referee to handle a game when every time he gave a decision against Newcastle there were complaints.

    "It was an offside goal as they were interfering with Joe Hart and the referee made that call.

    "I think the tackle on Nasri should have been a red card."

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 0-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool have a four-man defence, and Steven Gerrard sits just in front of them with Lucas a tiny bit further forward. Gerrard has already been involved a few times, cleaning things up."

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

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    Stoke 0-1 Liverpool
    Aly Cissokho (right) shoots at goal for Liverpool

    There's a hold up in play while Jon Walters receives treatment to his left knee after landing awkwardly while challenging for a header. The lifelong Evertonian decides to run it off. It takes more than that to stop the big Irish striker in his tracks.

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    Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

    Charlie Adam has a point to prove this afternoon, and the ex-Liverpool midfielder floats a dangerous set-piece into the box but Geoff Cameron can't escape the close attentions of Martin Skrtel and the ball bounces through to Simon Mignolet.

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    Nitin: My school cricket team back in the 90s had a better uniform than this Liverpool playing kit for today. Totally awful!

    Ryan Cowie: Every title-winning side need a slice of luck - HUGE one for Liverpool there!

    Ahmer Murad: A mis-hit pass by Raheem Sterling, a shot going miles wide, a huge deflection and it goes in! Lady luck with Liverpool today.

  93. 1621: 
    INJURY UPDATE- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City
    Manchester City's Samir Nasri receives treatment

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Samir Nasri has suffered a suspected medial ligament injury and will be assessed on Monday. The Frenchman was stretchered off following a nasty kick to the knee inflicted by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - the Magpies defender getting away with a yellow card.

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    Stacy Phillips: Even as a Liverpool fan I feel bad for Ryan Shawcross there. Very unlucky. We need to build on that luck now.

  95. 1619: 
    Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

    That goal has sucked the life out of Stoke, who looked the livelier team early on but are now standing off and allowing Liverpool to ping the ball about on the pristine-looking Britannia surface.

  96. 1617: 
    PLAYER VIEW- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

    Newcastle's man of the match Cheick Tiote on his disallowed goal: "I think it was a goal and I don't know why the referee didn't accept it, but sometimes that's football and you have to get on with it.

    "We asked the referee to explain why he didn't give the goal, but he didn't say anything so we had to get on with it.

    "I think it was Gouffran who got in the way of my shot when he was next to the goalkeeper, but he didn't touch the ball.

    "He wasn't interfering with my shot, so I'm not sure why the assistant gave it offside."

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    Former England defender Jimmy Armfield at Britannia StadiumStoke 0-1 Liverpool

    "You have to give Aly Cissokho a bit of credit as he was up with the play. It is a lucky break, in a way, for Liverpool."

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

  98. 1614: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Liverpool - Ryan Shawcross own goal (5 mins)

    Liverpool ahead thanks to a huge slice of luck. Raheem Sterling, on the edge of the box, flicks the ball to Aly Cissokho 35 yards out and the Liverpool defender lets fly with a shot which takes a wicked deflection off Ryan Shawcross and wrong-foots Jack Butland before nestling into the back of the net.

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    Tanster99: Liverpool win today and we have a good chance of fourth. Lose (or draw) and I think it's going to be a struggle.

  100. 1612: 
    Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

    The Potters, backed by a loud home support, are making all the early running as they pump balls into the box and test out Liverpool's resolve. Still no real chances as yet though.

  101. 1611: 
    Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

    The wind looks to be swirling at Stoke once again. Is it ever not windy in that part of the country?

  102. 1610: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke 0-0 Liverpool

    Stoke, in traditional red and white stripes, get us under way against Liverpool who are in their change strip of black, white and purple flashes.

  103.  
    Stoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    Statisticians Opta: 5 - Just five of Luis Suarez's 20 Premier League goals this season have been scored away from Anfield.

  104.   
    Injured Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic at Britannia StadiumStoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    "I broke my little fingers in three places over Christmas, and it will take a while to get right. The physios are happy with how my recovery is going, and hopefully I will be back sooner rather than later.

    "The main difficulty with facing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is he has no weakness, and scores all sorts of goals. He is unplayable.

    "We want to play with a bit more control and possession this year under Mark Hughes. Now we are trying to keep it, while under Tony Pulis we tried to get it up the pitch quickly.

    "We are trying to create the best of both worlds as we also got very good results under Pulis."

  105. 1608: 
    Stoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    Former Wigan boss Owen Coyle, speaking earlier on MOTD2 Extra: "I think Liverpool are pleasing on the eye, they look explosive this season. They can win at Stoke - it is a tough game but they can do it.

    "Brendan Rodgers has a coaching history, starting out at Chelsea. It did not work out for him at Reading, but he had a huge influence at Swansea.

    "He is a great lad, and I am convinced he can take Liverpool from strength to strength."

  106. 1607: 
    Stoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    There's hardly any time for us to catch our breath before our second match of the afternoon kicks off. The players are already shaking hands at the Britannia.

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    Jane: Gutted for Newcastle.

    Adam in Darlington: Looks like the luckiest football team is from Manchester, it just moved across the city. Newcastle deserved more from this game.

  108. 1603: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

    Manchester City will not have many harder afternoons in the Premier League than they did today. But they get the job done and they are back on top of the table.

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  109. 1601: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

    All over - Manchester City beat Newcastle for the 10th time in a row. But Newcastle will feel aggrieved after having that Cheick Tiote goal ruled out in the first half.

  110.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-2 Manchester City

    "That has put the game to bed. It was a very clever ball from James Milner, and a smart run from Alvaro Negredo.

    "Goalkeeper Tim Krul did all he could, and stood up big, but he was really unlucky with that deflection."

    Listen to updates from Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  111. 1558: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City - Alvaro Negredo (90 mins)

    With the game descending into kick and rush, Manchester City catch Newcastle out - James Milner sliding Alvaro Negredo through on goal and the Spanish striker gets lucky when his initial shot comes back off Tim Krul and he's given a second bite at the cherry to convert. The Beast devours those.

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    Timo Burbidge: Re 1553 - What separates the world class from the rest IS the work ethic. Without that, Ben Arfa's just a decent player.

  113. 1557: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    What a tackle - Aleksandar Kolarov slides through Steven Taylor in the penalty area and denies the big man a shot at goal. Frenetic.

  114. 1556: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    It's route one all the way now as Newcastle push every man forward and hammer the ball into the mixer - the linesman flagging for offside seconds before Steven Taylor drags a shot wide at the far post from six yards out.

  115. 1554: 
    INJURY TIME- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Newcastle break quickly and win a corner. The ball comes in, the crowd roar and Steven Taylor heads up-field but Loic Remy heads wide with a decent opportunity. SEVEN minutes of injury time.

  116. 1553: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    What do Newcastle supporters think of Hatem Ben Arfa? I always think he's got the potential to be one of the top players in the world if he had the right work ethic, but my colleagues disagree. Back to more pressing matters, and Manchester City almost double their lead when David Silva pulls the ball across to Alvaro Negredo but Steven Taylor is back in the nick of time to clear.

  117. 1550: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Manchester City are desperate to put this one to bed now and, after a spot of pinball in the box, Jesus Navas swings the ball back into the mixer and Fernandinho expertly guides his header towards goal but on to the bar.

  118. 1546: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    A final throw of the dice for Newcastle as Hatem Ben Arfa and Massadio Haidara replace Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. We've got seven minutes left, but there will be at least five added on for that injury to Samir Nasri.

  119.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City
    Man City's Samir Nasri is stretchered from the field

    "It was more of a tactical foul, than a cynical foul, from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. It was an impact injury from a kick for Samir Nasri, rather than one from the fall."

    Listen to updates from Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  120. 1541: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Samir Nasri looks to be in a bad way, appearing to be in tears, as he is stretchered off to applause from all sides of the ground. The French midfielder looks like he has copped a bad one there. He's replaced by James Milner.

  121. 1540: 
    THE OFFSIDE RULE- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City
    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew talks to the referee

    Was it or wasn't it offside? Should Cheick Tiote's goal have been allowed to stand? Was Yoan Gouffran interfering with play?

    This from Fifa's rule book (in the context of Law 11)...

    "'interfering with an opponent' means preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent's line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball."

    Crystal?

  122. 1539: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has a few nibbles at Samir Nasri before cleaning out the Frenchman with a naughty kick to the knee. The Newcastle defender is given a yellow card, but it's not looking good for Nasri who is being stretchered off.

  123.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    "I fear for Newcastle now, as when you are on top against a top team you have to make it count."

    Listen to updates from Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  124. 1537: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    With the game seemingly quietening down for the first time since Cheick Tiote had his goal chalked off, Newcastle send on Papiss Cisse for Vurnon Anita.

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    Joe Hart punches the ball clear for Manchester City

    James: That's why Hart is England's number one. Top save!

  126. 1535: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    Stoke: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Walters, Adam, Arnautovic, Crouch. Subs: Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Etherington, Sorensen, Shotton, Ireland.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Toure, Cissokho, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Sterling, Suarez, Coutinho. Subs: Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Sturridge, Ibe, Kelly, Ward.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  127. 1534: 
    Stoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    Jack Butland starts in goal for Stoke while winger Marko Arnautovic comes in for Oussama Assaidi, who cannot play against his parent club.

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury that has kept him out since 23 November. Kolo Toure comes in for the injured Daniel Agger to partner Martin Skrtel in defence. Captain Steven Gerrard replaces Iago Aspas in midfield.

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    Andrew: Cheick Tiote looks fired-up for this second half, he still hasn't got over that disallowed goal by the looks of things. Worryingly for Newcastle fans, a fired-up Tiote usually ends up with a red card!

  129. 1533: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    It's just not going to be Newcastle's day, is it? Loic Remy finds himself one-on-one with Joe Hart but the goalkeeper makes a fine stop from the striker's low shot. Twenty minutes to go.

  130. 1532: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    The good, the bad and the ugly. Moments after cynically taking out an opponent, Yohan Cabaye lets fly from 25 yards but his effort whistles just over the bar.

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    Sophie Gayter: Manchester United should bid for Cabaye. Quality passer and goals from midfield. Exactly what we need. Can play in Champions League too!

  132. 1529: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Attention switches to the other end now as Alvaro Negredo plays in Jesus Navas, but his compatriot takes one touch too many and cannot squeeze his angled shot anywhere other than into the side-netting.

  133. 1527: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    I'm struggling to remember a game which has been played at such a high intensity from the very first minute like this one. And it's still only 1-0!

  134. 1526: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    The Manchester City goal is living a charmed life now as Yohan Cabaye's free-kick is beaten clear and Cheick Tiote follows up with another blockbusting shot which, unfortunately for Newcastle, is in more danger of uprooting the corner flag than levelling the score.

  135. 1524: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Yaya Toure's midfield battles with Cheick Tiote take their toll, and the Ivorian comes off to be replaced by Javi Garcia.

  136. 1523: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Newcastle continue to pile on the pressure and Yohan Cabaye takes a pop from 25 yards out and Joe Hart turns it around the post. He took the decision away from the referee with that save!

  137.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    "Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has reacted to a positive start from Newcastle by taking off a front man, with Edin Dzeko, and bringing on winger Jesus Navas.

    "He is very quick, so he will be tasked with getting up there to support Alvaro Negredo and he will be a big threat on the counter-attack."

    Listen to updates from Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  138. 1519: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Alvaro Negredo, who has been compared to Alan Shearer by Alan Pardew this week, doesn't have a bar named after him just yet - like the old Newcastle number nine did - but The Beast is doing everything to make sure that happens one day. He almost scores his 19th of the season by outmuscling Steven Taylor to get a header in on goal which Tim Krul does excellently to save.

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    Rob Geordie Bates: How does moving away from the ball equate to interfering with play? Ridiculous.

  140. 1515: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    With the game being played at 110mph, it calls for a player who can run just as quick - and Manchester City react by bringing on Jesus Navas for their goalscorer Edin Dzeko.

  141. 1514: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    This match is being played at 110mph, despite both teams having had 15 minutes to cool down at the break. Loic Remy is the latest to bear down on goal but he overdoes it on the edge of the box and ends up being crowded out by the Manchester City defence.

  142. 1512: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is named on the bench against Stoke - the England striker returning to matchday action for the first time since 23 November.

  143. 1511: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    A positive response from Newcastle as Vurnon Anita drills a low shot through a crowd of players and Joe Hart gets down low to save. The England goalkeeper is booed for his part in helping to overturn Cheick Tiote's 'goal'.

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    Tom Wylie: The time the officials spent talking it would of been quicker to watch a replay on the sidelines, we need video reviews.

  145. 1509: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Manchester City's players are booed back on to the pitch and a stoney-faced Alan Pardew takes his place in the Newcastle dug-out. Round two. Ding, ding, ding.

  146.   
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Britannia StadiumStoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    "There is a possibility that Daniel Sturridge could return to partner Luis Suarez for Liverpool for this one - news that will hardly lift Stoke's spirits. They have scored 14 goals together in seven starts so far this season.

    "Mark Hughes hasn't really been able to improve Stoke's goalscoring problem - it's just 19 for the season for them and they've failed to find the back of the net in nine games so far.

    "However, he has maintained the fear factor of the Britannia Stadium, where they are unbeaten in seven and have only lost once all season."

  147.   
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorMOTD 2 Extra- Stoke v Liverpool (1610 GMT)

    "Liverpool have won very heavily in the past in the League Cup at Stoke in the past, but if the wind is howling and the rain is coming down it is hard place to win. Liverpool have been a little bit iffy on the road - you look at their defeat away at Hull earlier this season - and they need to perform today.

    "They were top at Christmas, but if things go against them today they could find them stuck in sixth and off the pace."

  148. 1505: 

    While we await the players for the second half, here's a little preview to the day's other big match...

  149. 1459: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    What a second half we've got on our hands now. Alan Pardew and John Carver will not need to do too much motivating of their players. I suspect Mike Jones has gone for a lie-down.

    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City
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    Adrien Ruch: Correct decision! Gouffran had to move to not be hit by the ball so he was interfering with the play.

  151.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    "John Carver unsurprisingly got involved with the discussion with the referee at the end. He is a fan, as well as a coach, and can be a rottweiller at times."

    Listen to updates from Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Ashley: Another example why the Premier League needs video reviews over game changing decisions.

  153. 1452: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Boos ring around St James' Park as the referee blows his whistle for half-time. Alan Pardew waits for Mike Jones to cross his path and unfurls a volley of verbal abuse. "The linesman was right, you're wrong," seems to be the jist of Pards' argument.

  154. 1452: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City
    A goal is ruled out at Newcastle - much to the annoyance of the Newcastle fans and players

    Alan Pardew has lost it on the touchline - having a right pop at Manuel Pellegrini. Not that the Chilean is too fussed, he just snuggles into his big jacket and carries on watching the game.

  155. 1451: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    When the match is threatening to boil over, the last thing you need as a referee is a hard-as-nails Argentine full-back throwing his weight about. Pablo Zabaleta is booked for taking out a marauding Moussa Sissoko. Half-time can't come soon enough for Mike Jones.

  156.   
    Former Newcastle striker Michael OwenNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    "I'd be surprised if there's no red card here today. It's all going off!!!"

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    It ends all square at the Caledonian Stadium. After Dundee United's Keith Watson had quickly cancelled out Billy McKay's early opener for Inverness, the hosts had the best chance to win it when they were awarded a penalty but Radoslaw Cierzniak saved Nick Ross's attempt.

  158. 1448: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    In other news, Cheick Tiote's shot has just come to rest in Darlington. Can we have our ball back please?

  159.   
    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City
    Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote shoots but his effort was ruled out for offside

    "Oh I say! Unbelievable strike. Unbelievable decision!"

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    James Clouting: Right decision. If you're standing in the middle of the goal then you're interfering with play. Simple.

    Matt Harding: Shocking decision. Benefit of doubt to attacking team? Don't think so. City very, very lucky.

    William Taylor: That is the best disallowed goal you will ever see. The linesman should be made to explain that decision after the game.

  161. 1446: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Playing Devil's advocate - if Yoan Gouffran has to move to avoid the ball how can he not be interfering with play? Right or wrong, the referee has a big job on his hands to keep this from boiling over now. Maybe Newcastle can use this anger to their advantage. Big Sam style.

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    Sam from Harrow: Re 1427 - Why is David Moyes looking at so many centre-backs at the moment? Manchester United need a creative midfielder not a new centre-back.

  163. 1444: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    One match to tell you about in the Football League today, with Coventry City hosting Crawley Town in League One in a match that kicks off at 1500 GMT. The fixture, of course, will be taking place in Northampton.

    Coventry go into the match on the back of an FA Cup victory at Barnsley that will see them play Arsenal in the fourth round. Crawley, on the other hand, crashed out at Bristol Rovers.

  164.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    "It was fantastic technique from Cheick Tiote. The replay shows there are three men offside.

    "It was clever from Joe Hart to ask the question about interference. Having seen it again, the only people who got in his line of sight were City defenders, however."

    Listen to updates from Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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  166. 1443: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    As Newcastle try and regroup, David Silva fires a low shot just wide before Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye are booked for kicking the ball into the stands and for dissent respectively. The Magpies are losing their rag.

  167. 1439: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Unbelievable stuff at St James' Park as Newcastle seemingly draw level through Cheick Tiote's 35-yard thunderbolt but, while the Magpies celebrate, the referee Mike Jones (from Cheshire) consults with his linesman and rules the goal out for offside. The officials deemed that Yoan Gouffran, who was standing four yards in front of Joe Hart, was interfering with play. Newcastle furious.

  168. 1438: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    The barrel-chested Steven Taylor goes close for Newcastle when he nips his foot in front of Alvaro Negredo and stabs a corner just wide. How the Magpies must be pleased to see the centre-half back.

  169. 1436: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    Aleksandar Kolarov is running riot down the left for Manchester City, consistently putting in dangerous crosses. Newcastle need to shore up the flanks if they are to get back into this one. Is the Serb the best left-back in the league? He's certainly one of the most improved.

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    Roken86: I wasn't pro-Pellegrini but he laid out his plans, shut up, and let the football do all his talking. Unarguably brilliant.

  171. 1434: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    I'm not sure who it is, but there's a member of Manuel Pellegrini's coaching staff who always sits in the dug-out shivering and with a towel over his legs. I bet the gaffer struggles to persuade that particular mate to take a stroll around the Shambles in York.

  172. 1431: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    It's interesting to see how Manchester City - the most attacking team in the league - have every man back when Newcastle win a free-kick a couple of yards into the visitors' half. Good organisation.

  173.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    "Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is a real problem for Newcastle, who have improved following a reaction from the crowd."

    Listen to updates from Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  174. 1429: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    A chink in Manchester City's armour? The Blues, playing a high line, are almost caught out when Yohan Cabaye wins the ball in midfield and pokes the ball forward to Loic Remy but the France striker mis-times his run and is flagged offside before firing just wide.

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    Samuel Davies: Kolarov's emerging as the trusted left-back for Manchester City instead of Clichy, he's really improved this season. Excellent free-kicks too.

    Stephan Rasp: Manuel Pellegrini has done so well to turn City from the negative team they were under Roberto Mancini to this attacking machine.

    Idowu Lawanson: Clearly shows that Mancini was the weak link in the City team last season with the total number of goals City have now

  176. 1427: 
    MOYES ON A SCOUTING MISSION?
    Davide Astori in action for Cagliari

    Manchester City supporters might be interested to know that United boss David Moyes is in Italy this afternoon, watching Cagliari against Juventus. Rumours circulating that he might be keen on Cagliari centre-half Davide Astori.

  177. 1422: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    With goals flying in from all angles and Manchester City still fighting on four fronts, surely Manuel Pellegrini has won over the most sceptical of supporters at the Etihad? The Chilean certainly wasn't the most popular appointment after Roberto Mancini was shown the door.

  178. 1421: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    We now know what Manchester City have been working on in training this week as David Silva plays a short corner, gets the ball back and whips it into the area where Alvaro Negredo drops deep and arches a header just over the bar.

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    David Ljunggren: What on earth has happened to Steven Taylor? An England call-up last year and now he looks hopeless at the back for Newcastle.

  180. 1418: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City
    Manchester City celebrate scoring

    Manchester City are flying forward at the moment - Aleksandar Kolarov firing in a low shot from 35 yards out which Alvaro Negredo is inches away from diverting into the back of the net.

  181. 1417: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    With that goal, Manchester City have now scored as many goals this season as they did the whole of last term. That's what the owners had in mind when they brought Manuel Pellegrini to the club.

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    Danny from Luton: Looking at Manchester City's attacking options makes me wonder why Jose Mourinho is not signing a striker? Same points and barely any goals from the Chelsea forwards. With an in-form striker like Luis Suarez or Alvaro Negredo, Chelsea would be well and truly clear at the top of the Premier League.

  183.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 Manchester City

    "It has been surprisingly open from Newcastle against a Manchester City team who are showing real intent.

    "Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been sloppy throughout, and it was the not the first Aleksandar Kolarov had got in behind him when he set up the goal."

    Listen to updates from Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  184. 1413: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City - Edin Dzeko (8 mins)

    That didn't take long, did it? A goal born in the Balkans as Aleksandar Kolarov slides a perfect ball in from the left and Edin Dzeko gets in front of his marker to stab home from 10 yards out. Plenty of credit should go to David Silva too, who shook off Vurnon Anita and sent Kolarov scampering away down the left.

  185. 1411: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Manchester City

    Newcastle already look like they are going to give it a good go this afternoon, winning a corner which is cleared by Manchester City who have every man back.

  186. 1409: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Manchester City

    Indeed, Richard. Newcastle have survived Audley Harrison time (the first minute) and they register the first chance on goal when Moussa Sissoko blazes an angled shot way over the bar.

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    Richard: Newcastle have done well so far to keep it at 0-0.

  188. 1405: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle 0-0 Manchester City

    Coin tossed, end chosen and huddles done. We're up and running at Newcastle.

  189. 1403: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    As the two teams make their way to the centre of the pitch, France team-mates Yohan Cabaye and Samir Nasri look a little animated. Save it for the 90 minutes, lads.

  190. 1401: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Right then, it's time for some football. Manchester City are the first to make their way into the tunnel, followed by the Newcastle lads. There's still time left for Yohan Cabaye to have a little energy snack and then it's on to the pitch.

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    Julian Croker: I'd knock up a lemon cheesecake for Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen - although the solid base will crumble & the cheese will lack consistency.

  192. 1357: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)
    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "We have a strong defensive team, but hopefully it has enough ambition to get something against a team that can really turn on the gas. We have to believe that we can beat anyone at home - we beat Manchester United 3-0 here a couple of years ago - but we know that it will be a tough ask.

    "A win today would put us right back up in the reckoning for Europe and that is where we want to be in this league."

  193. 1354: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)
    Mauel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini speaking to Sky Sports: "I don't think we are favourites to win today. All the teams at home always win a lot of points and we had a very difficult game here in the League Cup. Hopefully we will play well and that will be enough to get the three points.

    "I find it very difficult to change my team to consider the opposition. If we are not doing the things that we should be doing on the pitch I will change it in the game, but beforehand? No."

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    Daniel in Darlington: I honestly believe the best thing Newcastle can do is make Loic Remy's switch permanent, if they can do that and keep hold of their star players they will have done well.

  195.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James' ParkNewcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    "There are links with Papiss Cisse being sold to a club in Qatar, and his body language this afternoon is not one of somebody who wants to be here if he is not playing.

    "The way Newcastle play with a 4-5-1 does not help. His strength is not to hold the ball up - he is an instinctive player in the box."

    Listen to build-up to Newcastle v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  196. 1347: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    So what would today's match means for the Premier League table? Quite a lot actually, because Manchester City can go top with victory. A point would see them move second, but Newcastle will be stuck in eighth whatever happens today. I'm sure you knew already, but Arsenal visit Aston Villa tomorrow.

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  197. 1346: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Times have changed when a Manchester City manager says he is not overly concerned with Manchester United because the Old Trafford side are lagging so far behind in the Premier League table. But that's what Manuel Pellegrini said earlier this week, when he pointed out that Chelsea and Arsenal are his side's main title rivals.

    "Of course the major rivals in this moment are the teams that are very near," he said. "We are not worried about what happens at Manchester United.

    "Maybe it's a strange season for them but we are not thinking about that. I don't think we are living better because they have troubles or problems. We try to do our best and we are not worried about our neighbours."

    Noisy neighbours never do have any regard, do they?

  198. 1343: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    In the build-up to this match, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has likened Alvaro Negredo to Magpies legend Alan Shearer. Nicknamed The Beast, Negredo has scored 18 times already this season and has proven to be the perfect foil for Sergio Aguero.

    "We will see in the future [about Shearer comparisons] but I think Alvaro played very well also with Aguero, and has for the whole season, and we hope in the future he will continue the same way," said Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

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    Gary Slawther: In terms of top and bottom it does look like it's going to be a vintage season. Anyone from Hull downwards is still a potential drop candidate (there's always one team that seems OK then hits a bad run of form) and anyone from Manchester United up can win the league or at least get into the Champions League. That just leaves Newcastle and Southampton to vie for mid-table mediocrity!

  200. 1341: 
    HOW'S STAT?- Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Yaya Toure has netted five goals in his last four matches against Newcastle and, overall, the Ivorian has scored more goals against the Magpies than any other club.

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    Andrew Neil: I'd like to see Newcastle make moves for Ince and Bafetimbi Gomis. Not unreasonable after spending no money last summer.

  202. 1335: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    According to today's newspapers, Manchester City are ready to pay £30m to sign Southampton defender Luke Shaw, 18 and they are also courting Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Meanwhile, the Sun on Sunday is reporting that striker Papiss Cisse, 28, wants to leave Newcastle in order to move to Qatar but the Tyneside club's desire to recoup most of the £9m they paid for the Senegal international is holding up a deal.

    For all of today's gossip, read BBC Sport's dedicated column

  203. 1332: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    On the subject of the transfer window, who do Newcastle and Manchester City fans want to see their club sign?

  204. 1331: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    I imagine there's a few Newcastle fans wanting their money back for their programme this afternoon. Inside today's 'matchday magazine', Joe Kinnear has used his notes to rule out any big signings in January.

    "Given the business we did last January and with the addition of Loic Remy in the summer, it is our belief that we now have a squad that, in terms of quality and quantity, is stronger than we had in the season we finished fifth, and should enable the manager to deal with every reasonable eventuality," the director of football said.

    "If the right player becomes available for the right price and we are sure he can improve on what we have in the squad, then we may do business."

    Don't hold your breath, Magpies fans.

  205. 1328: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Santon, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran. Subs: Cisse, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Haidara, Elliot, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi.

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

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  206. 1327: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Alan Pardew is forced into a defensive reshuffle from the team that lost to West Bromwich Albion last time out in the league. Steven Taylor replaces the injured Fabricio Coloccini to make his first league start since the 4-0 defeat by City in August, while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa comes in for the suspended Mathieu Debuchy. Pardew adds midfield stability with Vurnon Anita coming in for Shola Ameobi.

    Sergio Aguero, who has not played since 14 December, is still short of a return so Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko continue up front for City. At the back Martin Demichelis comes in for Matija Nastasic from the team that beat Swansea last time out in the league and David Silva comes in for Jesus Navas in midfield.

  207. 1323: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Perhaps more important than today's game is Newcastle's ability to keep hold of their best players in January. I don't think I'm over-egging it when I say Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa could play for one of England's Champions League representatives.

    Cabaye is constantly being linked with a move away, but influential defender Fabricio Coloccini does wants to stay at the club according to reports in the Newcastle Chronicle.

    With a couple more high-quality signings, surely Newcastle aren't too far off competing for a top-six place and the odd trophy?

  208.   
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentator at St James' ParkNewcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    "Roll up, roll up. The greatest show on earth is coming to town! That's how it feels to me with Manchester City at the moment.

    City have scored 92 goals from 31 games played this season and, with results now coming easily away from home too, it's obvious why Manuel Pellegrini's team is the tip of so many to win not just the Premier League but maybe one or two more pots as well.

    The Magpies could lose four games in a row for the first time in just over a year and have been beaten by City in their last nine meetings in all competitions. Expect them to err on the side of caution, try to attack on the break and play it like an away side. But expect Manchester City to win."

  209. 1318: 
    DEMEL OUT OF HOSPITAL

    Some good news to tell you about - West Ham defender Guy Demel has been released from hospital.

    The West Ham defender was injured during Saturday's 2-0 win at Cardiff and was stretchered from the field with a neck injury.

  210. 1317: 

    What a fantastic gesture, Sebastian [see text below]. If you had a Premier League manager round for tea, what would you cook them? Keep it clean!

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    Sebastian Hindle: Re 1152 - More than happy to cook Pellegrini a post match celebratory meal at my student house in York, can't guarantee luxury.

  212. 1313: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Trying to stop Manchester City this season is beginning to look harder than 12 rounds with Mike Tyson - the late eighties version - and the stats don't favour Newcastle this afternoon either.

    Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League matches against Newcastle, winning the last eight, and they have not lost against the Magpies since 2005 when Michael Owen gave Graeme Souness's side a 1-0 win over Stuart Pearce's team.

    Michael Owen, Graeme Souness and Stuart Pearce. That's a blast from the Premier League past.

  213. 1310: 
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    Just one game in the Scottish Premiership today - and Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee United is currently locked at 1-1.

    That game kicked off at 1245 GMT and you can follow all the action on a dedicated live text.

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    Liz from South Shields: You just never know if Newcastle put in a good performance!! Haway the Lads.

  215. 1309: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Manchester City continue to partner Alvaro Negredo with Edin Dzeko up front but Jesus Navas is left on the bench. For Newcastle, Steven Taylor starts in the Premier League for the first time since these two teams last met in August.

  216. 1303: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    So how do you stop Manchester City? Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has got his own ideas on that one. It involves a sunny day in Newcastle, Dennis Bailey and an official from down the road. Easy!

    "What you do need is the wind in the right direction, the sun on your back, the referee to be living in Durham or somewhere - actually I best be careful with that after Brendan Rodgers' comments!", joked Pardew.

    "You need all the things to go your way, even if you play well. I have seen some players, which you wouldn't call great players, have extraordinary days.

    "I can think of Dennis Bailey at Manchester United when he played for QPR and got a hat-trick. I've played with Dennis and there is no way he should get a hat-trick at Manchester United, and I'm not being disrespectful to him because he's a lovely kid."

    Poor Dennis.

  217. 1259: 

    Steve Wilson's right about that one [see below]. Match of the Day 2 Extra has now finished, but it will be back next weekend.

  218.   
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorNewcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    "I think that this January it will be hard for Alan Pardew to keep what he has as much as targeting other players. There has been talk of Yohan Cabaye leaving and Hatem Ben Arfa has been linked with a move. He has a good group of 12 or 13 players that he needs to keep together as a core."

  219.   
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper on MOTD2 ExtraNewcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    "It is a very tough game for Newcastle. This crowd soon forget a recent good run if you start losing matches.

    "I would expect Newcastle to try and stay in the game for an hour, then get some pressure on Manchester City in the second half. City tore them apart at the start of the season, so they will be looking for a bit of revenge."

    Watch the programme now on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

  220. 1254: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    Manchester City have scored 57 goals in their 20 Premier League matches this season, but Newcastle are no mugs themselves. They are eighth in the table, knowing three points today would put them within four points of fifth-placed Tottenham - a fact not lost on Manuel Pellegrini.

    "Of course it will be a real fight," the Blues boss said. "It always seems the opposition are not very good when you score so many goals but, I repeat, there are no easy games in the Premier League.

    "Maybe when you finish the game you might think it was easy because we played very, very well, but not all the games will be exactly the same."

  221. 1249: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    A quick rake through Manchester City's history shows Newcastle United figure prominently in past seasons of glory. Sergio Aguero's incredible title-winning strike in 2012 might not have been significant without Yaya Toure's late two-goal intervention at St James' Park just one week earlier.

    City beat Newcastle in the 1976 League Cup final while, back in 1968, they beat the Magpies 4-3 on the final day of the season to clinch only their second league title success.

    We're not quite at the stage where trophies are being given out this year, but City can return to the top of the league with three points this afternoon. It's a start.

  222. 1245: 
    Newcastle v Manchester City (1405 GMT)

    When he's not visiting York, Manuel Pellegrini is masterminding what is turning out to be a pretty good season for Manchester City. The boys in blue are still in with a shout of winning four trophies this season. Bag the quadruple and he'll only need one more trophy in the next four years to realise the club's ambition of five in five.

    The next obstacle in his side's way are Newcastle United. Will the juggernaut smash through the Magpies, or will travel sickness once again undermine the Blues?

  223. 1244: 

    Some good stuff from the MOTD 2 lads, I'm sure you will agree. We're all now turning our attentions to this afternoon's matches - starting with the first kick-off at St James' Park and followed by Liverpool at Stoke.

  224. 1243:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorMOTD 2 Extra

    "I am surprised that Aston Villa are as high as they are, I have not seen very much from them at all this season."

  225. 1243:  
    Former Wigan boss Owen Coyle on MOTD2 ExtraWHO IS GOING DOWN?

    "Every manager of teams near the bottom of the table will feel they can get on a winning run. The challenge is to make that happen on the pitch.

    "When your team wins, your fans think you are the next Barcelona. When you lose, they think you are the worst team ever.

    "That is the beauty of football."

    Watch the programme now on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

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    Chris Sopp: The winger is prominent. Of the three Ballon d'Or candidates, two are wingers and the other started on the wing, before going central.

  227. 1237:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorMOTD 2 Extra- Cardiff 0-2 West Ham

    "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is quite a surprising appointment, in that he has not had managerial experience in the Premier League, but if I was a player at Cardiff I would be quite excited to be working with him.

    "He did very well at Molde in Norway, and he was a fantastic player himself which will help in the dressing room."

    Watch the programme now on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

  228.   
    Former Wigan boss Owen Coyle on MOTD2 ExtraCardiff 0-2 West Ham

    "Andy Carroll being in the squad for West Ham after returning from injury gave the other players a lift. You could see the body language had changed, as good players like playing with good players."

  229. 1228:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorMOTD 2 Extra- Fulham 1-4 Sunderland
    Adam Johnson scores for Sunderland

    "When Adam Johnson was playing 20 minutes at a time, coming on at the end of matches at Manchester City, he looked like an England player. But he looked less like one when he was asked to do it for 90 minutes for Sunderland.

    "There is no doubt that he has considerable talent. But he still has a lot to prove over a longer period of time if he is to fully convince that is ready for international football."

  230.   
    Former Wigan boss Owen Coyle on MOTD2 ExtraFulham 1-4 Sunderland

    "The key for wingers is that there is an inconsistency about them. There is a talent about Adam Johnson, but he has to do it every week.

    "He is a very talented player. I do not think he is too predictable, but he could maybe add another string to his bow by not cutting in."

    Watch the programme now on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

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    Robert Scott: Is there any manager with a record worse than Chris Hughton, in the last 12 months, who still has a job? Norwich are in free fall.

  232.   
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorMOTD 2 Extra- Fulham 1-4 Sunderland
    Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen

    "You worry about Fulham. They have made a managerial change, they cannot do that again and they are still losing heavily. They are missing Brede Hangeland as well which has undermined them defensively.

    "Martin Jol may have to carry some of the blame. He looked for players with extensive Premier League experience to stabilise the club and that has left Rene Meulensteen with an ageing squad."

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    Carl in Thames Ditton: If you are looking for wide players, look no further than Aaron Lennon. Excellent for Spurs going forward again yesterday, while he also has an incredible - and hugely underrated - work rate getting back to help defend.

  234. 1220:  
    Former Wigan boss Owen Coyle on MOTD2 ExtraFulham 1-4 Sunderland

    "The thing about Fulham is that they used to be very strong at the back. They have matchwinners up front, but head coach Rene Meulensteen's staff will be working very hard to sort out their defence now."

    Watch the programme now on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

  235.   
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorMOTD 2 Extra

    "You seldom get a season where you get a big finale at both the top and the bottom of the Premier League table on the final day but the way things are looking at this point, at around the half-way point of the season, we could be lucky this year."

  236.   
    MOTD2 Extra

    Hear expert reaction to the weekend's football action on MOTD2 Extra. Joining Mark Chapman in the studio are former Wigan boss Owen Coyle, Times reporter Rory Smith and MOTD commentator Steve Wilson.

    Watch the show on BBC One and the BBC Sport website at 1215 GMT.

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    Lewis Kun Feingold: Wideman is definitely back. Jesus Navas is proving it at Manchester City and gives an extra dimension if central play gets too predictable.

    Nick Boyce: No, the wideman is not making a comeback. Most 'wingers' seem to play on the opposite side and cut in.

    Will Pedley: I don't think it's as much wingers but players unafraid to dribble and do it themselves. They've always been the difference.

  238. 1211: 
    LEEDS BATTERED

    I bet there's a few bruised egos in Leeds this Sunday lunchtime. As if an FA Cup defeat to Rochdale wasn't enough, they followed it up with a 6-0 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday yesterday. If Brian McDermott had any tufts of hair left, I reckon it has been well and truly ripped out this weekend.

    "In a local derby, it is a public humiliation as far as I'm concerned. That was unbelievable," McDermott said.

    "The response has to start on Sunday morning and I'll go back to basics with this team to do whatever we've got to do as a group."

    Have any dog-walkers/ramblers spotted 20 professional footballers running up the steepest hill in Leeds this morning?

  239. 1206: 
    CARROLL'S BACK
    Andy Carroll

    And, to dig up a phrase from days gone by, each and every wideman needs a big man to aim for in the box. Which is why West Ham, who like to utilise width offered by Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing, were pleased as punch to have Andy Carroll back on the pitch for their much-needed victory at Cardiff.

    "It's great to have Andy back helping the team out, holding the ball up and flicking the ball on, and obviously he has got down the line and made a telling pass for Mark Noble to score the second goal," said Hammers assistant manager Neil McDonald.

  240. 1204: 
    JOHNSON FOR ENGLAND?

    Such was Adam Johnson's impact for Sunderland, he is now being talked about as a possible replacement for the injured Theo Walcott in England's World Cup squad. Is the 26-year-old worthy of a summer trip to Brazil?

    "It's always in the back of my mind," said Johnson. "I felt the door was closed as each week went on, but hopefully I can keep playing like this."

  241. 1200: 
    WINGERS BACK IN FASHION?

    We'll crack on with previewing the afternoon's action shortly, but first let's recap on some of the reaction to yesterday's games. And, in a lot of respects. it was a good day for wingers.

    Adam Johnson scored a hat-trick for Sunderland at Fulham, Adnan Januzaj was the driving force behind Manchester United's victory over Swansea while it was Eden Hazard who dragged Chelsea over the line at Hull.

    Is the wide man coming back into fashion in football?

  242.   
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Away from the football, a packed weekend of Heineken Cup rugby union continues on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra as the station provides commentary of Ospreys v Northampton at 1230 GMT.

  243.   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    As always, BBC Radio 5 live have the afternoon's Premier League action covered.

    Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper returns to St James' Park at 1405 GMT alongside Alastair Yeomans to bring updates as his former club Newcastle host Manchester City.

    Alan Green and ex-England defender Jimmy Armfield are the commentary team at Britannia Stadium at 1610 GMT as the focus then switches to Stoke's match with Liverpool.

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    As ever, Sunday football is made even better by the input of you good people. Whether you want to talk about the title race or matters down at the bottom, the floor is yours. Get involved throughout the afternoon by tweeting us, using #bbcfootball, or by sending a text to 81111.

  245. 1152: 
    MANUEL'S TRAVELS
    York Minster

    Ever wondered what Manuel Pellegrini does on his days off? Wonder no more - apparently he loves nothing better than a trip to York. In fact, it's his favourite thing about England. The man has good taste.

    Maybe he'll be tempted to stop off at York on his way back from this afternoon's trip to Newcastle? That match kicks off at 1405 GMT, before Stoke host Liverpool at 1610 GMT. It should be another top-drawer day of Premier League action.

  246. 1147: 
    JOHNO'S HAT-TRICK

    Big Sam was so chuffed with a win at Cardiff that he let the lads make their own way home on the tube, while Gus Poyet probably treated Adam Johnson to a slap-up meal on the A1 services after that splendid hat-trick at Fulham.

    Adam Johnson

    As for Fulham, it would be no surprise if Rene Meulensteen has cancelled all bookings at the local carvery and pencilled in some extra training sessions. Sunderland were just different gravy yesterday, knocking the stuffing out of the Cottagers.

    But once the dog has been walked, the cat has been fed and extra homework has been completed, I'm sure all of our managers will sit down and follow back-to-back Premier League matches from the comfort of their recliner. That's what Sundays are really about, right?

  247. 1145: 
    David Moyes

    It's the day following the afternoon before in the Premier League and, depending on their team's results, Sunday will go one of two ways for Premier League managers up and down the country.

    A routine victory up at Hull means Jose Mourinho can walk his beloved dog with a smile on his face, while David Moyes's cat is probably relieved that Manchester United are back to winning ways...

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 12 Jan 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
Moving up 1 Man City 21 36 47
Moving down 2 Chelsea 21 21 46
Moving down 3 Arsenal 20 21 45
Moving up 4 Liverpool 21 25 42
Moving down 5 Everton 21 15 41
Moving down 6 Tottenham 21 1 40
No movement 7 Man Utd 21 11 37
No movement 8 Newcastle 21 2 33
No movement 9 Southampton 21 4 30
No movement 10 Hull 21 -5 23
No movement 11 Aston Villa 20 -6 23
No movement 12 Stoke 21 -13 22
No movement 13 Swansea 21 -4 21
No movement 14 West Brom 21 -5 21
No movement 15 Norwich 21 -18 20
No movement 16 Fulham 21 -24 19
No movement 17 West Ham 21 -9 18
No movement 18 Cardiff 21 -19 18
No movement 19 Sunderland 21 -15 17
No movement 20 Crystal Palace 21 -18 17

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