West Brom v Liverpool & Arsenal v Palace as it happened

Arsenal defeat Crystal Palace in the Premier League after Liverpool are held by West Brom.

2 February 2014 Last updated at 11:41

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  1. 18:45: 
    Good night

    Thanks Tony.

    Anyway, it's time for me to scarper now but the live text will return tomorrow night for the big game at the top of the table: Manchester City v Chelsea. In the meantime, why not enjoy some European football from 7pm GMT on this very website? Get stuck in.

  2. 18:42: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
    Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis: "Oxlade-Chamberlain has run off the back of Chamakh for the first goal, but Joel Ward's body shape and his position was poor. He has held his hands up. If you switch off for a couple of seconds it's a goal.

    "We seemed pretty comfortable and we had a great chance ourselves and that would have changed the game.

    "Arsenal are a very good side and move the ball very well."

  3. 18:39: 

    Crystal Palace's supporters are certainly laying claim to be amongst the best in the league. But there's a few other contenders...

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    Johnny Ling: Arsenal's opening day defeat to Villa is all a blur now...

    Godfrey Anoda Karoro: Arsenal poised to take league this year.

    Adrien Ruch: Best away performance of the season? Crystal Palace fans at Arsenal.

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    Nic Billot: Raheem Sterling or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Brazil? Or both? They've put in wonderful shifts today.

    Nice Mathias: Oxlade-Chamberlain for the World Cup. Roy Hodgson must be glad!

    Adam Bennet: The Ox could become a striker, you know. He has pace and power like Welbeck and Sturridge. The modern-day finisher.

    MOTD2 ExtraMan City v Chelsea (Monday, 20:00 GMT)
    Jose Mourinho

    Ian Herbert: "I expect Jose Mourinho's tactics to be something like 19th-century football tomorrow, but it will not be enough to keep City at bay. They are extraordinary."

    Alan Green: "Roman Abramovich brought Jose Mourinho back as he thought he was a changed man, but he is not. Mourinho would love to be able to park the bus at the Etihad tomorrow, but City, with their expansive style, even without Sergio Aguero, will find a way through.

    "City are such a wonderful team to watch. Negredo is a step forward from Dzeko. They are good everywhere on the pitch. Mourinho's natural instinct will be to defend against City."

    Robbie Savage: "David Silva is the key for Manchester City and when he gets in between the lines and slides the passes through, how do you stop him?"

  7. 18:28: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Tony Pulis has just emerged to give his post-match verdict. While we await the musings of the Palace boss, let's throw things forward to tomorrow evening when Chelsea visit Manchester City. Here's what the experts on MOTD2 Extra think will happen at the Etihad...

    Ian Wright on 6-0-6 on BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    "It's obvious to everybody - Arsenal fans have been crying out for that backup striker, someone to help keep the momentum going. It should be all about competition for places - it's what the Gunners need right now, and it's how it should be. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't bring somebody in, just for the boost at this stage."

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  9. 18:24: 
    Stat attack- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal have now scored 31 Premier League goals this season from midfield - only Manchester City's midfielders have scored more, with 32.

    Arsenal extended their unbeaten run versus Palace to seven league matches. Tony Pulis has now failed to win a league match at Arsenal in six attempts.

  10. 18:22: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Interesting that Arsene Wenger sees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as developing into a top central midfielder. Agree or disagree?

  11. 18:21: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was a great day for [Alex-Oxlade] Chamberlain. He was out for a long, long time and we needed to be patient to get him back to full fitness. He had a great game and scored two great goals.

    "Crystal Palace were well organised and united in their desire to do the job. They are a physically strong side and we knew we had to take advantage of our chances, and we did.

    "I believe Chamberlain can play out wide or centrally. Certainly in a few years he will be a central midfielder. He has that surge of power which is so vital in the game today. He is also a good finisher and hopefully these two goals will give him some confidence as he is not always sure he is a good goalscorer."

  12. 18:20: 
    Stat attack- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers drew his 100th match as a Premier League manager- since his first match, while at Swansea, only four other PL coaches have won more than the 42 matches he has won: Arsene Wenger (58), Alex Ferguson (56), Roberto Mancini (50) and David Moyes (43).

    West Brom have now had seven goals off the bench this season - only Manchester City have had more with eight (Chelsea and Arsenal have six each).

    Ian Wright on 6-0-6 on BBC Radio 5 liveWest Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    "When Liverpool were 1-0 up Luis Suarez created a chance for himself and he chose to take an extra touch. He could have lifted it over the keeper and won the game. That's where Liverpool need to be more ruthless.

    "I think a couple of weeks ago Liverpool were still in the title race, but they need to be beating teams like West Brom. They haven't won today's game, a game they should have won."

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    Lowtier: A tactical masterstroke by Wenger - changed their shape to 4-3-3, wide men pushing in, fullbacks forward. Result? Ox finding the net twice.

    Apaka N Sakakibara: Why did neither Arsenal nor Chelsea buy a striker in January? Well, no good striker was available.

    Dave Llondel: Still 11 teams in the Premiership relegation battle.

  15. 18:14: 
    Coming up- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    It's not quite as hectic for the Eagles, but no less important. They face relegation rivals West Brom next, before difficult matches against Everton and Manchester United.

    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
  16. 18:12: 
    Coming up- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    What next for Arsenal then? Only the small matter of Liverpool (twice), Manchester United and Bayern Munich within the space of 12 days. Hectic.

    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
    Player reaction- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge tweets: Gutted. Thanks to God for allowing me to score 50 Premier League goals. Hopefully many more of those to come in a Liverpool shirt!

    Ian Wright on 6-0-6 on BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    "Arsenal did what they had to do today. No-one else is like Man City, who are thrashing people out of sight. But Arsenal win, even when they don't play brilliantly. They just needed the three points to stay in amongst it."

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  19. 18:08: 
    Match stats- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    As this graphic shows, Arsenal deserve the victory for their sheer dominance in possession and the fact they spent so much time camped in the final third of the pitch.

    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
    Player reaction- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil tweets: 2-0 - one more step on a long way.

  21. 18:05: 
    Player reaction- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal goalscorer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: "It was a tough game but we knew that in the second half if we kept the tempo up we would get more opportunities and thankfully we did.

    "It was nice to get the win today, it is always an amazing feeling to score a goal. I've been off the pitch for a while so it was nice to come back and help the team."

  22. 18:04: 
    The Ox in numbers- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    As promised, here's some data on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance in the centre of midfield. The match-winner made 84 passes in the game, finding his man 83% of the time. He had two shots on target and scored twice.

    He won back possession three times, but lost it 21 times. Compare that with Mikel Arteta (8) and it's obvious where the Ox needs to work on his game. But there's no doubt he was the difference today and continues to look a fine prospect for both club and country.

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    "A nice professional performance from Arsenal, and the plus point was The Ox. The momentum is building nicely for them as they enter this massive run fixtures."

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    Jason Dovey: Players may prove they deserve to go to Brazil now, but I doubt they'll still prove they deserve it whilst at Brazil...

    Saikat Nandy: Szczesny is the silent hero for Arsenal for me. The way he organizes things around him and keeps control is just superb.

    Matt Harding: Ozil? How much did he cost? Looked good at the start of the season. Looks fed up now.

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    "Everyone at Arsenal is making a contribution, and the game needed that today. Oxlade-Chamberlain played with loads of confidence and good for him. Ramsey will be back soon and Wilshere is not far away. It's looking rosy for Arsenal.

    "Palace had great organisation today, and Chamakh looked a completely different animal, a real threat. They will go away from this without being embarrassed, and they've got a game next weekend against West Brom which they feel they can win. Maybe the pressure is on some other team, and I can see them getting out of trouble. They can build on this performance today, a respectable showing."

    Enjoy Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  26. 17:56: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace go a point clear of third-bottom West Ham but, as this graphic shows, only one win separates 11th-placed Stoke and Big Sam's boys. All to play for.

    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
  27. 17:53: 
    HOW IT STANDS- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Top of the league in February, 15 points ahead of Manchester United, well clear of Tottenham. You'd have taken that after the opening game of the season, Gunners fans...

    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace
  28. 17:50: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    That's it, all over and a thoroughly good day at the office for Arsenal thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's brace.

  29. 17:48: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    The Ox has indeed been the star man in midfield today. I'm going to dig out his match stats in a bit and we can all wax lyrical. Something to look forward to after the 90.

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    Tim in London: Who needs Draxler?

    Ben from Cambridgeshire: The Ox has made himself the solution to Arsenal's midfield problem today. Slotted in like he's been playing there forever.

    Jacob in Bristol: What an excellent weekend for English players. Quietly optimistic about Brazil and beyond...

  31. 17:47: 
    INJURY TIME- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Not much happening now - just some fella holding up a board saying there will be three minutes of time added on.

  32. 17:46: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    If Arsenal manage to keep a clean sheet today, it will be almost 10 hours of football where the opposition has drawn a blank at the Emirates. Wojciech Szczesny must be quids-in with all the bonuses.

  33. 17:43: 
    FINAL FIVE- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Five minutes left for Arsenal to boost that goal difference or Crystal Palace to reduce the deficit.

  34. 17:42: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    A flurry of substitutions now, Kieran Gibbs on for Mesut Ozil and Nicklas Bendtner replacing Olivier Giroud.

  35. 17:40: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Marouane Chamakh is given a warm round of applause by both sets of supporters as he is given a breather and replaced by Dwight Gayle. The striker has done well again today.

  36. 17:39: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Yannick Bolasie has a pop from just outside the area, but it's well over the bar. Speculative at best.

  37. 17:38: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal want three and Mesut Ozil does his best to oblige, but the German's low, deflected shot is too close to Julian Speroni to cause any real trouble.

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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring

    Rhodri Andrews: Brace from the Ox! Brazil, anyone?

    Bonanza HQ: Another English player hitting form at the right time to make a late bid for the World Cup squad...

    Nice Mathias: It's over for Palace.

  39. 17:35: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    I'd suggest that is game, set and match now. Job done. Can the Ox seal the match ball before we all go home?

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

    "As a youngster Oxlade-Chamberlain played in central midfield and he wants to play there, and that's where he is. There's an obvious enjoyment - he feels he belongs in the Arsenal midfield. When he gets a chance he wants to show what he can do, and he has done so today. Playing more advanced, he capitalises on any confidence he has.

    "There has been such quality finishing from Arsenal today."

    Enjoy Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  41. 17:30: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (73 mins)

    Absolutely superb from the Ox. He plays a neat one-two with Olivier Giroud and races down the left before cutting inside and placing an expert finish past Julian Speroni. Roy needs to start booking a plane ticket to Brazil for a one A. Oxlade-Chamberlain it seems.

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "Giroud has looked strangely leggy today. A lot of people were saying Wenger should have bought another striker in January... perhaps he'll make a change here."

    Enjoy Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  43. 17:29: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Tomas Rosicky, who broke his nose a couple of weeks ago and has decided not to wear a mask today, replaces Lukas Podolski. Less than 20 minutes to go now.

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    Paul: I'm sick of all the Palace/Pulis-style bashing and I'm an Arsenal fan. Grow up, they're doing what's needed to survive.

    Rob in Derby: Where in the rules of football does it say that you can't play the Tony Pulis Way? If it works for them then good luck to them.

    Lewis: Oxlade-Chamberlain is quite young. We're all talking about older players joining Arsenal - give the youngsters a chance.

  45. 17:27: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    A decent opening for Crystal Palace as Jason Puncheon finds an unmarked Barry Bannan on the edge of the area, but the midfielder blazes a wild effort over the bar. Make the keeper work!

  46. 17:26: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Damien Delaney tries to do the old 'get away from the scene of the crime quickly' routine after wiping out Santi Cazorla on the halfway line, but Yorkshireman Jon Moss is not daft and he finds the culprit and dishes out yellow.

  47. 17:23: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Per Mertesacker has been an absolute rock at the back for the Gunners this afternoon - reading another cross into the box well to deny Kagisho Dikgacoi a sight of goal.

  48. 17:21: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Much more ambition from Crystal Palace now, but they fail to threaten from a corner. However, Arsenal almost get themselves into trouble by playing the ball across the box moments later - have they not learnt anything from Kolo Toure?

  49. 17:18: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    The Ox decides to have a crack from 40 yards out, but skies his effort well over the bar.

  50. 17:17: 

    On the BBC Radio 5 live commentary desk at the Emirates is a little gold plaque commemorating BBC football commentator David Oates, who died aged 50 a year and a day ago. A classy touch, much appreciated by our radio colleagues.

    David Oates plaque
  51. 17:14: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Tony Pulis decides to freshen things up by sending on Barry Bannan in place of Cameron Jerome. It means Marouane Chamakh will move further forward to lead the line.

  52. 17:11: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    That was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first goal since he scored for England in the Maracana in June. Timely it was too.

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    Neal Collins: Ox in the box!

    Ugopeter Uche: Which is Carzola's favourite foot, left or right? What a pass!

    Ryan Mould: Pulis now realises that he now has to play football, instead of all-out defence.

  54. 17:10: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    I speak too soon. Crystal Palace almost draw level - make that should draw level - when Jason Puncheon gets free down the left and finds Yannick Bolasie in the box. The midfielder heads his effort into the ground and towards the far post where Cameron Jerome pounces but his effort from point-blank range is blocked by Wojciech Szczesny. Almost.

  55. 17:08: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal can pass the ball until their heart is content now - knowing they can suck Crystal Palace out of their shell and catch them with the swift one-two.

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace

    "Stunning. Cazorla lifted a beautiful pass over the Palace rearguard. Oxlade-Chamberlain's first touch is quality, onto his right foot then left then over Speroni, who is left flailing."

    "All the fans still finding their seats, clutching their sandwiches, will be delighted to know the Arsenal are one up."

    Enjoy Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  57. 17:04: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (47 mins)

    "Keep going lads, you're halfway there."

    Not anymore, Palace. A moment of pure class puts Arsenal into the lead and back on top of the Premier League - Santi Cazorla lifting a sumptuous pass over the top and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain beats the offside trap and lobs Julian Speroni.

    Tony's half-time chat out of the window.

  58. 17:03: 

    All over at Vicarage Road and Watford secure a much-needed 2-0 win against Brighton for only their second victory in 16 league games.

    Ikechi Anya and Fernando Forestieri got the goals as the Hornets move up to 13th in the Championship standings.

    Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at home to bottom-of-the-table Yeovil. A Byron Webster own goal set them on the way, before strikes from Simon Cox and debutant Rafik Djebbour sealed the points. Forest remain fifth but move seven points clear of seventh-place Ipswich.

  59. 17:02: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    You've got 45 minutes left to find a goal which will send you back to the top of the league, Arsenal. Can Palace somehow win it? If they do, they rocket up to 11th. Nosebleed territory.

  60. 17:00: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Here are some stats to go with the half-time Bovril:

    • Arsenal have failed to score a first-half goal in seven of their last eight Premier League games.
    • The last player to score a first-half PL goal for Arsenal at the Emirates was Nicklas Bendtner versus Hull - two months ago.
  61. 16:56: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
    Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski

    I think this picture sums up Arsenal's day so far. "Tony Pulis always has his sides well drilled, Mesut. You didn't have to face him at Stoke."

  62. 16:51: 
    Manager reaction- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool
    Pepe Mel

    West Brom manager Pepe Mel: "I am very happy for the players and fans.

    "At half-time we needed to speak because we forget to press Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson as well as their centre-backs.

    "In the second half it was better. The goal came after we pressed high up the pitch.

    "He (Anichebe) is a good player. The team now is good. The second half was good and this is the way."


    He's an Arsenal (and Palace) legend and these days he co-presents the famous 6-0-6 football phone-in on BBC Radio 5 live with Kelly Cates.

    Today the programme starts at 18:06 GMT, but already you can get your questions in for the former Gunners striker on social media, using the hashtag #askwrighty.

    Or via this channel, or this channel. Enjoy!

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Emirates StadiumArsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    "Crystal Palace have not mustered a shot on or off target but they will not be too worried about that.

    "Arsene Wenger's Arsenal have only worried Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni twice and both times he has dealt with the danger."

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    "Wenger will have faced this challenge many times before. Lots of lower league clubs come here and make life difficult. But he believes in his team and I expect a big improvement from Arsenal in the second half."

    Enjoy Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  66. 16:49: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    The number crunchers continue to favour Arsenal, but there's only one stat that matters - the scoreline.

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
  67. 16:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Half-time, and not much has happened so far. Just how Crystal Palace like it - and who can blame them?

  68. 16:45: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal need to start using the flanks to try and stretch Crystal Palace, who seem able to deal with most things that come their way down the centre. Time to switch the Ox to out wide?

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    Thomas Welsh: A huge gulf in quality between these two, but Palace's fans are absolute class.

    Dennis Ethan: Crystal Palace's away fans are in partying mode. I hope their team don't disappoint them.

    Chris Dow: Tony Pulis and his archaic and barbaric tactics should be banned from the Premier League - they have no place in the best league on the planet.

    You'll be calling Mr Pulis's football "19th century" next, Chris...

  70. 16:43: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    That's Marouane Chamakh into the book for a foul on Mesut Ozil, who has a chunk of shirt ripped from him. The resulting free-kick is pumped into the box but Per Mertesacker's header is easy for Julian Speroni.

  71. 16:37: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Bacary Sagna is having a bit of treatment after going into a 50-50 challenge with Julian Speroni and coming out third-best. He's OK to continue though.

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "Ozil whipped in a delicate little chip with spin on it, and Koscielny flicked it with the back of his head. Again, it was a fantastic save from Speroni.

    "Arsenal's team are taking too many touches, while Wenger's best teams are one-touch footballers, pass and movement."

    Enjoy Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  73. 16:35: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    What's the reverse of a Poznan? I ask because Crystal Palace fans are bouncing up and down Poznan-style, but watching the action instead of turning their backs. A Nanzop, perhaps?

  74. 16:34: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Superb, Julian Speroni. Mesut Ozil floats in a free-kick from 30 yards out and Laurent Koscielny gets the faintest touch before Speroni flings himself to his right and turns the ball around for a corner.

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    Hazem Radi: Looks like its going to be a long game for Arsenal...

    Okunade Adeniyi: Where would we be without you, Mertesacker? Subtle and effective as always.

    Saikat Nandy: These six weeks, with so many midfielders absent, is a chance for Ozil to prove why he is best.

  76. 16:31: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
    Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis

    You sense that now Crystal Palace have got their hands on one of the 'safety spots' in the Premier League, it's going to take a lot to prise their fingers from it. They continue to frustrate Arsenal, being clever in their play. They press when they need to, but also know when the ball is going nowhere they can back off and preserve energy.

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    "The organisation in this Palace team is just excellent. Every player has a role and a responsibility and these are the key messages of a new manager when he takes over. These Palace players, you get the feeling, know exactly what they're doing."

    Enjoy Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  78. 16:28: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Do stats matter? Not to Crystal Palace...

    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
  79. 16:26: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal still trying to find a killer pass - twice getting into the penalty area, but twice being denied by brave blocks. However, I've just seen a replay of a corner where Nile Jedinak looked to have three arms and four legs wrapped around Olivier Giroud. That's a penalty for me...

  80. 16:24: 

    Fernando Forestieri bags a second for Watford and the Hornets look to be firmly on course for three points as they lead 2-0 against Brighton. The Italian stole possession from defender Gordon Greer, rounded Tomasz Kuszczak and slotted home.

    Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest still lead Yeovil 2-1 but have gone close to adding a third, with Jamie Paterson smashing an effort against the post.

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    Kyle CM: Yep. Palace have parked the bus already. Its going to be a long game...

    Jim in Swindon: This is where Carzorla and Podolski will show our strength in depth.

    Martin from London: Domestic issue: my partner supports Crystal Palace, halfheartedly. I support Arsenal wholeheartedly. What's the best outcome to maintain domestic bliss?

  82. 16:21: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is playing very central today, driving down the middle and thinking about a shot but again all avenues have been blocked off.

  83. 16:18: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Lovely from Marouane Chamakh as he spins his marker and slides a pass through to Jason Puncheon but the winger is marginally offside. Palace's ex-Gunners striker is up for this.

  84. 16:17: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Arsenal pass the ball across the face of the penalty area but each time a Gunners player looks up and weighs up a shot, there's three Palace players in front of him. Either the Eagles have snuck on a couple of extra players when nobody was looking or they are very, very organised. The latter, I reckon.

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "Chamakh is looking really sharp at the moment and he's gotten away from Koscielny a couple of times already..."

    Enjoy Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  86. 16:14: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace's new signings Joe Ledley and Tom Ince are sat side by side just behind the visitors' dug-out. They almost have something to cheer too when Marouane Chamakh is sent scampering towards goal but he displays a heavy touch and Wojciech Szczesny is there in the nick of time.

  87. 16:11: 

    Come on Dal, there's more chance of Jose driving the team bus up to the Etihad than this ending 20-0...

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    Dal, an Arsenal fan: I'd like us to win 20-0 today, so that when Mourinho instructs his Chelsea side to park the bus against City tomorrow and we will have a better goal difference keeping us top!

    James in London: With 17 games left in the season, Kallstrom being out for six still gives 11 games where he can prove the difference in Arsenal's title challenge - right at the business end too.

    Matt from Devon: Arsenal's 'depleted' midfield still looks thoroughly frightening.


    Injured Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey: Come on Arsenal! Let's get back to the top of the league...

  90. 16:08: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
    Julian Speroni denies Nacho Monreal

    Pass, pass, pass, boom...

    Arsenal spring into life when Mesut Ozil lifts a cute ball over the top and Nacho Monreal nips in behind right-back Joel Ward but Julian Speroni races from his line to clear the danger.

  91. 16:04: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace
    Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh (left) and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    It's two banks of five for Crystal Palace at the moment, with even Marouane Chamakh tucking in to frustrate Arsenal who are trying to pass the ball through the eye of a needle. Could they be frustrated this afternoon?

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    Steven Levett: Vermaelen must hate hearing 'our skipper, Mikel Arteta!' before the game now. But Koscielny and Mertesacker are just better.

    Mark: Transfer window shuts. Odds on Giroud getting injured today? Terrifying.

    Faseeh Warind: Time for to boys to put on a good show for the fans today!

  93. 16:01: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    If Tony Pulis does keep Crystal Palace up this season, he should be allowed to sip champagne out of his trusty cap - Darren Lehmann style. After kicking off, I'm not sure his side have touched the ball, with Arsenal trying to get on top early doors.

  94. 16:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace, in their all-black away kit, get us under way in north London.

  95. 15:59: 

    Half-time in the two Championship games, with Nottingham Forest 2-1 up at home to Yeovil and Watford winning 1-0 against Brighton.

    An early own goal by Yeovil's Byron Webster had been cancelled out by Kieffer Moore's header, before Simon Cox turned in from Jamie Mackie's ball to restore the home side's lead before the break.

    Ikechi Anya got Watford's goal early against Brighton, whose best chance to equalise was David Lopez's volley midway through the half.

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    Saviour Kwaku Amegah: Arsenal will win 2-0. Goals from Ozil and Carzola.

    Daz Eades: Come on Palace!

    Laura Easton: Eagles!

  97. 15:58: 
    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    Arsenal fans may be wondering who Gedion Zelalem is after he was named as one of the Gunners' substitutes for their match against Crystal Palace.

    The midfielder, who was born in Germany, has only just turned 17 and came on a second-half substitute in their 4-0 win against League One side Coventry City in the FA Cup fourth round last month.

    However, Zelalem is yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League.

  98. 15:57: 
    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    Right then. The players are out on the pitch at the Emirates, shaking hands with each other. You all set? These two Arsenal fans are...

    Fans outside Emirates Stadium
  99. 15:55: 
    Manager reaction- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Kolo Toure's error: "He is a wonderful player. He probably should not have received the ball in the first place. I will never criticise any player, especially a defender. We have won many games and played outstanding football and key to that is constructing from the back. Sometimes it wins you games and sometimes it loses you them. It was a good finish in the end by Anichebe and it is something, I am sure even at his age, Kolo will learn from."

  100. 15:54: 
    Manager reaction- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to BBC Sport: "We had control of the game, good possession, created chances and scored an excellent goal. Then we made a mistake and the game is in the balance then. Straight after the game there is disappointment because it should have been three points but it was one where we didn't get any points against WBA last season but it is four out of six this season.

    "It is a point further away from our rivals and hopefully we will look back on it as a good point."

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live SportArsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    "Tony Pulis has done brilliantly at Crystal Palace, and has bought well in the January transfer window. Although he won't be able to play many of them today, you do wonder what their impact will be on the dressing room. Pulis will have to reassure those other guys that they still have a place at the club.

    "Palace now have five clean sheets from 11 matches - quite a turnaround for that team. So they have bought players to improve the attacking side of their game."

    Enjoy build-up to Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  102. 15:50: 
    Magic Tony- Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    Paul Daniels would have been proud of the magic job Tony Pulis is doing at Selhurst Park. At this rate, the Eagles will be scraping into the last Europa League spot in May.

    They've got a big job on their hands this afternoon but, after impressing in matches against Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, Palace can take plenty of confidence going into their dust-up with the Gunners.

    "You have to set yourself up to be difficult to play against, but at the same time we went to Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea and had chances and actually have played very well and should have got something out of all of those games," said Eagles assistant manager David Kemp.

    "That will be the target on Sunday; go to one of the bigger clubs, play well and actually get some kind of reward."

    Martin Keown, at Emirates Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "Arsenal can win the title this season, 100%. They are short of strikers, yes, but they've been short of strikers all season. Wenger is loyal to the group of players that he has, and I don't think the deal for Draxler was ever on - he's an unproven player. But Theo Walcott being out is a huge blow - his pace in wide positions gave them something a little bit different. But they are a solid set-up."

    Enjoy build-up to Arsenal v Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  104. 15:44: 
    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    What does everyone else think about the Kim Kallstrom injury? I think it's more mystifying that Arsene didn't sign a striker...

    Iain Dowie, BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    "If Kim Kallstrom is out for six weeks I can't understand why Arsenal would still sign him. Arsene Wenger is a very sensible manager, so maybe there's something more to it. Maybe they signed him and then realised it was worse than expected."

  106. 15:39: 
    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein tells BBC Radio 5 live how midfielder Kim Kallstrom got injured, with Arsenal's new loan signing expected to be out for six weeks because of a back injury.

    "Arsenal knew about the injury when they signed him, but they didn't know about it when he originally came to the club on Friday," says Ornstein.

    "On Tuesday, after Mathieu Flamini was sent off, Arsenal realised they were short of numbers in midfield with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere out. On that same day, Kallstrom's side Spartak Moscow were at their warm-weather camp in Abu Dhabi.

    "Kallstrom was playing beach volleyball and scored a goal and then felt discomfort in his back. An MRI at Arsenal did not reveal anything, but a CT scan showed the problem. Wenger said he would still sign Kallstrom and he would do his rehabilitation at Arsenal, instead of at Spartak Moscow."

  107. 15:38: 

    I suppose £50m negates the needs for a resignation letter or to work your notice, Fernando...

  108. 15:37: 
    Inside track on transfers

    Former Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli was on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek this morning and gave a great insight into the transfer process on deadline day.

    He talked about his involvement in the transfers to Liverpool of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, as well as the sudden departure of Fernando Torres. The Spaniard apparently went up to him and said: "I'm off. You'll receive an offer from Chelsea tomorrow."

    You can listen to the interview on the BBC website.

  109. 15:35: 
    Player reaction- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool
    Victor Anichebe

    West Brom striker and ex-Everton forward Victor Anichebe: "It's always nice to score and I was itching to get on. I had a text from one of the Everton masseurs to say do us a favour against Liverpool."

  110. 15:32:  
    MOTD2 ExtraArsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    Here's the views of the Match of the Day 2 Extra lads on today's game:

    Alan Green: "Palace were very good at the Etihad and I will not be surprised if they get a draw today. Tony Pulis has made some good signings.

    "But isn't it absurd to have taken the Swede [Kim Kallstrom] on loan when they know he will not be playing for half a dozen games. They need someone to play in place of Ramsey and Wilshere, but he will jot be available.

    "Arsenal have got a really awkward February. Wenger bemuses me in the transfer window. They are so close to making a breakthrough in the league, and I'm amazed they didn't sign a striker."

    Ian Herbert: "You are supposed to have four or five potential transfers and if one looked dodgy then you go the next option."

    Robbie Savage: "I think Arsenal will be in for a tough game but with the quality they have got, they might just nick it."

  111. 15:30: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)
    Emirates Stadium

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Rosicky, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Gnabry, Zelalem.

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome. Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, McCarthy, Gayle, Wilbraham, Guedioura, Bannan.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  112. 15:29: 
    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his first Premier League start for Arsenal since the opening day of the season. He is named in an attacking-looking line-up along with Lukas Podolski, while Serge Gnabry drops to the bench and Mathieu Flamini is suspended after his red card against Southampton on Tuesday.

    Crystal Palace make two changes from the side that beat Hull 1-0 in midweek with Kagisho Dikgacoi and Jonathan Parr coming in for Adrian Mariappa and Dean Moxey. New signing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is among the Eagles substitutes, but their other new additions, Tom Ince, Joe Ledley and Scott Dann, are not in the squad.

  113. 15:28: 

    Plenty more reaction to come from The Hawthorns, but let's start to build up to the afternoon's second match at the Emirates...

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 liveWest Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    "It was fun. Liverpool will not be very happy with their performance or their result, but West Brom deserved a draw.

    "When you put a poor square pass across your own goal like Kolo Toure did for West Brom's equaliser, you can understand why he looked so down when he came off the field at the end."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live.

  115. 15:28: 
    MATCH STATS- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Did both sides deserve a point? Of course they did, judging by these stats...

    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool
    BBC Radio MerseysideWest Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Four-time First Division title winner Jimmy Case: "Liverpool's whole performance was not fantastic, and they will have been looking to get the three points from today. They scored four goals against Everton but they would have taken a 1-0 this afternoon.

    "Today, having got their noses in front, Liverpool gave West Brom two points. Then the game opened up dramatically, because the Baggies had a sniff while Liverpool fought back. All-in-all, this is a big, big blow for Liverpool because at this stage of the season it's more important than ever to grab three points, however you do it."

  117. 15:26: 
    HOW IT STANDS- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    West Brom move up to 16th thanks to Victor Anichebe's strike, overhauling Crystal Palace who kick off at the Emirates in around half an hour.

    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool
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    Naηthini: This is a funny league - the same team that scored four against Everton can't score two against a struggling team...

    Darren: Even with two goals, that was the worst game I've seen all season.

    Richard Tshuma: Liverpool are out of title race, drawing with bottom table teams.

  119. 15:24: 

    It took Nottingham Forest little over 15 minutes to breach Yeovil's defence as Jamie Paterson - scorer of three goals in Forest's 5-0 FA Cup win against West Ham last month - collects a fine ball behind the defence and calmly finishes past keeper Marek Stech.

    In the other Championship game, Watford have also snatched an early lead against Brighton, Ikechi Anya shooting across goal and into the far bottom corner. Perfect start for the two home sides.

  120. 15:24: 
    HOW IT STANDS- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    So Liverpool stretch their narrow lead over Everton to two points following that result, cutting the gap on Chelsea to three. The Blues, of course, face Manchester City tomorrow night.

    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool
  121. 15:21: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    What have you done, Kolo? Liverpool were a Toure mistake away from three precious points in their quest for Champions League football. Honours even at The Hawthorns.

    West Brom equalise against Liverpool
  122. 15:20: 
    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    This match is petering out now - I think we can give up hope of a dramatic late winner for either side...

  123. 15:18: 
    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Late pressure from Liverpool now as Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge try and link up but the ball is safely pouched by Ben Foster.

  124. 15:17: 
    INJURY TIME- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Four minutes of stoppage time to be played. Is there a winner in this one?

  125. 15:13: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    The game is opening up a little now, with Liverpool breaking and the move only breaking down when Daniel Sturridge it taken out by Diego Lugano. The big defender motions that the striker should be booked for diving. Instead it's he who is shown yellow.

  126. 15:11: 
    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Good point, Sarah [see Tweet below]. But if I typed out SASAS, people would think I had leant too hard on my keyboard.

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    Andrew in Cardiff: West Brom have lost their three top scorers from last year. It's no surprise they've struggled this year.

    Sarah from the Wirral: Shouldn't we be talking about SASAS? Sterling's contribution deserves to be acknowledged!

    Paul: What have Suarez and Sturridge done against the top sides? Nothing.

  128. 15:10: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start for Arsenal, with Mathieu Flamini, who is suspended, and Serge Gnabry dropping out.

  129. 15:08: 
    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    What's happened Liverpool fans? Your side were dominant at the break, without actually playing that well. Things have changed now.

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 liveWest Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    "West Brom can still win this. They have played well in the second half and I've been a bit disappointed with Liverpool's performance. They should be better than they have been."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live for updates of West Brom v Liverpool.

  131. 15:06: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    More kamikaze defending, this time from West Brom - a lazy cross-field pass from a Baggies defender picking out Raheem Sterling, who plays in Daniel Sturridge. It's a race to the ball between Sturridge and Ben Foster, which the West Brom keeper wins. Liverpool want a penalty. They don't get it. 10 minutes to go...

  132. 15:05: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Joe Allen. Just inside the penalty area. Straight at Ben Foster. Let's move on.

  133. 15:03: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Now it's West Brom's turn to make a change, with Graham Dorrans replacing the ineffectual Matej Vydra. Just under 15 minutes to go.

  134. 15:02: 

    The last time Nottingham Forest lost a game, Christmas decorations in houses up and down the country were still up in the loft. A 3-2 home defeat to Reading in November was the last time they failed to pick up at least a point, a fact that will not make for pleasant reading for bottom-of-the-table Yeovil. The Glovers did, however, beat them 3-1 in the return fixture, a glimmer of hope that they know how to beat the promotion chasers.

    Meanwhile, Watford host Brighton looking to arrest their slide down the table. The Hornets have won only one of their last 15 league games, but picking up three points will be easier said than done against a Seagulls side that boasts the most miserly defence in the league away from home. Both games have just got under way.

  135. 15:01: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez goes into the book for a petty foul on Claudio Yacob. Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers shakes things up by sending on Martin Kelly and Joe Allen for Philippe Coutinho and Jon Flanagan. Interesting.

  136. 15:00: 
    Scottish football latest

    After a goalless extra-time period in the Scottish League Cup semi-final, Inverness win 4-2 on penalties to exact revenge on Hearts, who they lost to on spot-kicks at this very same stage last season. That's a first major domestic cup final for Caley Thistle to look forward to, where they will face Aberdeen.

  137. 14:59: 
    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    Anybody got a brother? What would they say to you if you made a similar mistake in a Sunday League match? I'm just trying to anticipate the text Yaya might send to Kolo later...

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    John de Vliering: Kolo Toure - always a liability!

    Navneet Gautam: Liverpool may have the best strike force in the league but their defence is simply poor.

    Wayne Andrews: Stupid Goals To Give Away Number 573: That one.

  139. 14:58: 
    West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    I bet there were a few Everton fans who enjoyed that goal. Victor's always had it in his locker, of course...

  140. 14:56:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at The HawthornsWest Brom 1-1 Liverpool

    "That was one of the worst defensive mistakes you will see all season. In fact, one of the worst you will ever see."

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Four-time First Division title winner Jimmy Case: "A personal nightmare from Kolo Toure. Absolutely pathetic - he wasn't even rushed. He looked to play it across to Skrtl but it went straight to Anichebe. Toure wasn't even forced down a blind alley. That was pathetic, absolutely ridiculous.

    "He must have been in Toure's blind spot, but how can you miss Anichebe? He's half the size of a bus!"

  142. 14:53: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-1 Liverpool - Victor Anichebe (67 mins)

    An absolute howler from Kolo Toure. At half-time, Jimmy Case suggested the only team who can get West Brom back into this are Liverpool - and he's been proved right. Toure plays a horrible ball across the face of goal and straight to Victor Anichebe on the edge of the box, the substitute making no mistake by placing his shot into the bottom corner. Dreadful defending.

  143. 14:53: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    That's better, Chris. West Brom are awarded a free-kick 25 yards out and Chris Brunt steers it under the leaping wall and forces Simon Mignolet into a neat save.

  144. 14:50: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Chris Brunt takes aim from 25 yards but skies his effort into Row Z. And what better cue for our Six Nations coverage, with Ireland against Scotland due to start in 10 minutes' time...

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    Declan Wilson: Why did West Brom sack Steve Clarke? He was doing such a good job.

    Tom Baldwin: Steve Clarke had 31 points from 34 games - that was true relegation form and had to go.

    Sumeer Rawal: Liverpool desperately need that second goal to take the sting out of the game.

  146. 14:47: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez is human after all. Kolo Toure pumps the ball forward and the Uruguayan striker outmuscles his compatriot Diego Lugano but fires his low shot straight at Ben Foster.

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Four-time First Division title winner Jimmy Case: "There are a few Liverpool players shaking their heads at each other. They've tried so many little, neat passes in attack but none of them came off. West Brom kept getting their foot in and breaking, and at times Liverpool have been short of numbers at the back."

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 liveWest Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    "West Brom were unfortunate they did not get the equaliser. Simon Mignolet's save was first-class as it was a fierce header from close-range from Gareth McAuley. I don't know how Mignolet got a hand to it. It was a great reaction save and the pace of the header was perfect."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live for updates of West Brom v Liverpool.

  149. 14:44: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    If Liverpool do finish in the top four this season, or even win a trophy, they will have to buy Simon Mignolet a few pints. The big Belgian has been a fantastic buy. Yes, he's made the odd mistake but he's also been the solid base from which Liverpool have built their season.

  150. 14:42: 
    Scottish football latest
    Nick Ross celebrates scoring for Inverness

    Nick Ross equalises for Inverness in the fourth minute of injury time against Hearts in the Scottish League Cup semi-final! Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald tries and fails to keep out Ross's close-range effort from a tight angle after a goalmouth scramble. The match is now deep into extra-time, with Aberdeen awaiting the winners in the final.

    You can follow all the action on our Scottish live text.

  151. 14:40: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    A nice spell of pressure for West Brom as, like they did early in the first half, they attack down the flanks - Youssouf Mulumbu whipping in a fine first-time cross which Chris Brunt connects with, but the midfielder is denied by Jon Flanagan's superb block. From the resulting corner, Gareth McAuley's bullet-header is beaten clear by Simon Mignolet.

  152. 14:37: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool
    Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard

    It's not often that I get to the start of the second half of a Liverpool game without mentioning Steven Gerrard, but it's a measure of where he's employed these days: just in front of the back four, directing play. And superb at it he is too.

  153. 14:33: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    West Brom defender Diego Lugano stayed out on the pitch during the half-time break, warming up for the obvious battles to come.

  154. 14:32: 
    KICK-OFF- West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    One thing's for sure, the fantastic West Brom home support is not going to give up. They will keep boinging to May and beyond. Time for the second set of 45.

  155. 14:29: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    I am beginning to worry about West Brom. While everyone else around them is picking up points, the Baggies continue to slide towards the bottom three. I don't want to throw fuel on any fire, but surely the team wouldn't have gone down with Steve Clarke at the helm?

    BBC Radio MerseysideWest Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Four-time First Division title winner Jimmy Case: "Liverpool have their noses in front with the goal, and have stifled the West Brom threat. Rodgers will be telling them they are the only people who can lose this game - West Brom won't win it. Liverpool, unless they switch off, have three points here for the taking. They need that second, extra goal and then to consolidate."

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    Daniel Sturridge scores for Liverpool

    Shane Lees: At what point do we have to seriously consider West Brom as relegation candidates?

    Sarah E Tunney: Sterling, Suarez and Sturridge surely have too much pace for the ageing Lugano.

    Adam Byrne: What are the odds on Lugano giving away a penalty and getting sent off for a last-ditch foul on Suarez?

  158. 14:20: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Just one shot on target in the first 45 minutes. It might prove to be one to fast-forward on the end-of-season DVD, but Liverpool don't mind. They are well on the way to three points.

    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool have not been at their best but lead after Daniel Sturridge's goal. West Brom have lost Jonas Olsson to injury and it could be a tough second half for them."

  160. 14:17: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool very much in charge at The Hawthorns without really breaking sweat. Much for Pepe Mel to consider.

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 liveWest Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool are looking more impressive and West Brom have put Saido Berahino alongside Matej Vydra up front but if they don't get the ball then nothing will happen.

    "It's important for West Brom to have an end product, but they have only had one shot so far. They are light up front and Vydra is not strong enough to hold the ball up.

    "The problem is that Liverpool are the better team but have not been at their best yet. If they get there today then West Brom will have great problems. If West Brom take anything from this match then it will be a bonus for them."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live for updates of West Brom v Liverpool.

  162. 14:14: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    I'm not sure if even the real-life SAS would fancy it on a cold, wet night in Stoke, Joseph [see Tweet below].

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    Liverpool celebrate Daniel Sturridge's goal

    You're telling us who you think form the best strike partnership in the Premier League:

    Tom Leano: Aguero and Negredo for me, surely. They have got City to where they are today.

    Official Carl: SAS get the most goals but, when Aguero and Negredo play their link-up is better.

    Khizar Rafique: RVP and Rooney? Not a chance! Dzeko/Negredo are better than them, but it's SAS for sure.

    Joseph Trivers: At least SAS can do it on a cold, wet night at Stoke.

  164. 14:13: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Finally a sight of goal for West Brom, but only a brief one - Zoltan Gera flashing a shot wide.

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Four-time First Division title winner Jimmy Case: "Liverpool deserve the lead but they are not as fluent as we know they can be. The entire tempo of the game and the movement off the ball, as well as the passing, is not as good as it can at times be."

  166. 14:12: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    West Brom are forced into a defensive change when Jonas Olsson pulls up injured, forcing Pepe Mel to send on Diego Lugano. It could be a mis-match, if Raheem Sterling or Daniel Sturridge get the run on Lugano.

  167. 14:10: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Aly Cissokho continues to give Liverpool an extra outlet down that left flank, and the full-back steers in a delightful cross which is just begging to be turned home from six yards. Luckily for the Baggies, it's just out of reach and the home side get away with one.

  168. 14:07: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    The confidence is flowing through the Liverpool team now as West Brom struggle to get the ball back off them. It's like playing football with your big brother and his mates for the Baggies at the moment. No amount of running off the ball is likely to turn it around.

  169. 14:03: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling seems to get better with each passing game - the little winger spinning his marker, driving at the Baggies defence and having a shot deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Kolo Toure stabs straight at Ben Foster from six yards out. Suddenly, the Reds are beginning to look dominant.

  170. 14:00: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    Best strike duo in the Premier League? CJ on Twitter reckons it's Sturridge and Suarez, but what about Aguero and Negredo or Van Persie and Rooney? Discuss...

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    Ahmer Murad: The SAS combination again! Sterling played his part with his pace.

    CJ: No-one can really claim that Sturridge and Suarez aren't the best striker duo in the Premier League right now.

    Stacy Phillips: You cannot give Sturridge that much space. Opens the floodgates now Liverpool.


    Norwich winger Elliott Bennett: Suarez to Sturridge? Only one result.

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 liveWest Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    "It's a simple goal and West Brom will feel disappointed as they have done well, but Liverpool showed the cutting edge they have got. West Brom have been in charge but Liverpool scored with their first effort at goal."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live for updates of West Brom v Liverpool.

  174. 13:58: 
    West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

    That bit of magic from Liverpool has ruined West Brom's gameplan. It looked to be going well for the Baggies when they restricted the Reds in the opening 20 minutes with a high-tempo pressing game. Time for Plan B, Pepe.

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Four-time First Division title winner Jimmy Case: "The game was a bit flat but that was an explosive run from Raheem Sterling, behind the West Brom defence. Coutinho put him in, and he tried to cut it back, the ball fell to Suarez and he was able to find Sturridge making his run."

  176. 13:54: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge (24 mins)

    Smash and grab by the SAS. After a slow opening, Liverpool spring into life when Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez link up on the right of the penalty area, the Uruguayan eventually bending a glorious cross around his close markers to the far post where Daniel Sturridge is presented with a simple tap-in. Class.

  177. 13:51: 
    Scottish football latest

    In the blink of an eye it's all turned round in the Scottish League Cup semi-final! Inverness Caley Thistle defender Gary Warren gets a second yellow card for a foul on the edge of the box and Hearts midfielder Jamie Hamill scores with a deflected free-kick to equalise. Then moments later, Hamill curls another free-kick beautifully into the top corner. It's Inverness who have it all to do now with just over 10 minutes left.

    You can follow all the action on our Scottish live text.

  178. 13:51: 
    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    I'm looking forward to seeing how Saido Berahino goes today. I'm a big fan of the young Baggies striker - he'll do well in the game with his knack of scoring goals. Still no real action of note to tell you about though.

    BBC Radio MerseysideWest Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Four-time First Division title winner Jimmy Case: "The game is just a little bit flat at the moment. Liverpool are creating little pockets of possession but they need to organise themselves a little bit better. The Reds should get Jon Flanagan involved more, because he can break intelligently from the back. Liverpool must up their tempo."

  180. 13:47: 
    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Not really a clear chance, but we'll take it anyway - Youssouf Mulumbu trying his luck with a shot from the edge of the box, which is cleared by Steven Gerrard into the path of Chris Brunt who skews his angled effort wide.

  181. 13:46: 
    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    It was 2-1 at this stage in West Brom's last match. Pepe Mel looks like he has learnt from the open nature of that game against Aston Villa. We've barely had a sniff of goal yet.


    Liverpool's injured full-back Glen Johnson: Good luck lads. More than good enough to get three points. I'm going for Coutinho first goal"

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 liveWest Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    "West Brom have started well and look very committed. They have been aggressive and closed down Liverpool very quickly when they have needed to."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live for updates of West Brom v Liverpool.

  184. 13:41: 
    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Neither side has managed to break out of their Sunday morning slumber just yet - both teams happy to tentatively test each other out. Little fouls are stopping the game from flowing.

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    Matt Graham: I think Manchester United could learn from Liverpool's approach - a tough first season for Rodgers but they believed in him and invested in his system

    Aderemi Isma'el: As an Liverpool fan a win today will appease me for our lack of activity in the transfer window.

    TBBC Sport: Liverpool to edge it 2-1 today with Coutinho to score the opening goal.

  186. 13:37: 
    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Philippe Coutinho appears to have been given freedom to roam today, the playmaker dropping deep to try and get Liverpool playing. He plays a key role in a move which ends when Luis Suarez is brought down 30 yards out from goal. Suarez steps up but his effort clips the wall and goes wide.

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 liveWest Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    "It's very important that the new coach settles in and recognises the difference between the Premier League and other football around the world; it's faster, quicker and sharper here and it will take some time for Pepe Mel to see that.

    "I couldn't understand West Brom's defending when they were 2-0 up against Aston Villa."

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live.

    BBC Radio MerseysideWest Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Four-time First Division title winner Jimmy Case: "There's sunshine on only half of the pitch, so that half will dry out while the rest will remain wet. So the conditions will be different on different parts of the playing surface.

    "It's been a tentative start from both sides, just trying to work each other out."

  189. 13:33: 
    West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    West Brom zip it about on the slick surface - trying to use the flanks to get at Liverpool. No joy yet though.

  190. 13:31: 
    Scottish football latest

    Greg Tansey puts Inverness ahead in emphatic fashion in the Scottish League Cup semi-final. The ball breaks to the former Stevenage midfielder 20-yards out and he absolutely thumps it into Jamie MacDonald's right corner. Hearts claim there was handball in the build-up but the goal stands and Gary Locke's men have just over half-an-hour to find an equaliser.

    You can follow all the action on our Scottish live text.

  191. 13:30: 
    KICK-OFF- West Brom 0-0 Liverpool

    Referee Kevin Friend gives his whistle a good, old toot and we're under way in the Midlands.

  192. 13:29: 
    West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    It's a cold, sunny day at The Hawthorns as the two captains toss a coin and decide on ends. Almost set now.

  193. 13:26: 
    West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Here we go then, guys. Forget the Super Bowl, it's all about chilly temperatures at The Hawthorns for us...

    West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)
  194. 13:25: 
    Lerner to stay at Aston Villa

    After reports in a tabloid newspaper that Aston Villa's American owner Randy Lerner is prepared to sell the club for £200m, BBC Sport's Pat Murphy tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Randy Lerner has treated that story with disdain.

    "I have just spoken to Aston Villa's chief executive Paul Faulkner; he says he has spoken to Lerner and the story is nonsense, there's no truth in it.

    "Faulkner says he speaks to Lerner three or four times a day and he watches every game, no matter where he is in the world.

    "He (Faulkner) added that Lerner had put £250m into the club and has no intention of walking away."

    Thoughts, Villa fans?

  195. 13:23: 
    24!- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    I'm sure this will generate plenty of debate!

    Having a scout through the Liverpool Echo's website this morning, I stumbled across a story concerning the number of ex-Liverpool players who are now working as television pundits. Apparently, there are 24 working on different channels - much to the annoyance of Jose Mourinho! One of the chosen 24 is Phil Thompson, and he says it's all down to the Reds' rich history.

    "Chelsea haven't got what you'd describe as a 'winning past'," said Thompson. "Maybe now with the Russian money you'll see the next generation coming through in the years to come and the likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole might become pundits."

    What about Costel Pantilimon, Thommo?

  196. 13:19: 
    It's good to talk- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)
    Pepe Mel

    It's taken the West Brom players a few days to get over that chastening defeat at Villa Park, and Baggies boss Pepe Mel says his squad have had clear-the-air talks following that match...

    "We had a very good meeting," said the 50-year-old. "All the players say their opinions - which for me was important.

    "They enjoyed this discussion. We know we need to work together as a team otherwise what we are trying to do is not going to happen.

    "The first striker with us is a goalkeeper, the first defender is the striker."

  197. 13:16: 
    Reds making progress- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Today's match will be a good indication of Liverpool's progress, with the same fixture last season being Brendan Rodgers' first league game as Reds manager. The Baggies won 3-0 on that sunny August afternoon, but it would take a brave person to stick a fiver on the same happening today.

    "If I look back at my time here over the last 18 months, I look back at the first game we played against West Brom and where we were at then was we had some talented players but we were very much a group of individuals," said Rodgers.

    "Over the course of 18 months, we've implemented a method to our play and we have become a team."

  198. 13:13: 
    Lawro v Baddiel- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Our very own expert tipster Lawro has been pitting his wits against comedian, novelist, TV presenter and Chelsea fan David Baddiel this week. Why not go and see what score he has predicted for this match...

    Go on then, I'll tell you: 1-1.

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    Josh Reynolds: Disappointing to not have brought in a left-back. Cissokho is awful. Can see new manager syndrome striking here, going 3-2 WBA.

    Yonas Alamerew: I think Liverpool are too attacking for an away game, I hope the gamble pays off.

    Richard Powell: Fingers crossed that Suarez has one of his mad moments. Worried Albion fan.

  200. 13:10: 
    Hateley dies, aged 72- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)
    Tony Hateley

    One piece of sad news for Liverpool fans today is that their former striker Tony Hateley has died at the age of 72.

    Hateley scored 211 league goals during his career and was a club-record signing for both Chelsea and Liverpool, costing the Blues £100,000 in 1966. His son Mark was also a striker, playing 32 times for England.

  201. 13:08: 
    Roy's in town- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)
    Roy Hodgson

    I feel obliged to point out that England manager Roy Hodgson is at The Hawthorns as two of his former teams meet. Who will be out to catch his eye? Maybe West Brom keeper Ben Foster as well as Reds duo Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson?

  202. 13:05: 
    'Suarez best in the world'- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Pepe Mel strikes me as being a thoroughly nice chap and, just like he did before the game against Aston Villa when he waxed lyrical about Christian Benteke, he has taken to praising Luis Suarez ahead of today's match.

    "Suarez is in fantastic form, there aren't many players like him," said Mel. "He is in the top one or two forwards in the world at the moment.

    "But just as important as Suarez is Steven Gerrard, because it's Gerrard who provides the passes for Suarez in the first place."

    Got it in one, Pepe.

  203. 13:01: 
    In a spot of bother- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Unlike Liverpool, West Brom suffered a derby-day disaster at Villa Park in midweek - throwing away a two-goal lead inside nine minutes to lose 4-3. It means they have won just one of their last 13 matches. It's a slippery slope for the Baggies at the moment, and one which has taken them to the very edge of the trap-door which is the bottom three.

  204. 12:58: 
    Baggies make their move- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)
    Thievy Bifouma

    West Brom had slightly more luck than Liverpool on transfer deadline day, signing 21-year-old Espanyol striker Thievy Bifouma on loan until the end of the season. New Baggies boss Pepe Mel knows the players well from his time in Spain. He's already a strong contender for 'haircut of the season'.

  205. 12:54: 
    Goal-crazy Reds- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)
    Luis Suarez

    Not that there is too much wrong at Anfield these days. The Merseysiders have scored in their last 13 games, netting a total of 40 goals in that time. In the reverse fixture against West Brom, Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win. It's not just Manchester City who score for fun, you know.

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    Rian Hoskins: Finally Berahino is given a start. He looks more likely to score than Anichebe. Old wingers for West Brom in Gera and Brunt.

    Luke Mitchell: As an #LFC fan, disappointed not to see Lugano in the WBA line-up. That fella has the turning circle of a charging rhinoceros.

    Gareth Price: As #LFC fan just to say at this stage yesterday everyone was suggesting #MUFC would wallop Stoke. No easy games in this league

  207. 12:51: 
    Deadline day woes- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    It's been a strange old week for Liverpool, with the pure joy of beating Everton 4-0 being slightly tempered by the club's failure to complete a deal for Dnipro's Ukraine forward Yevhen Konoplyanka on transfer deadline day. That came days after Chelsea beat the Reds to the prized signature of Mohamed Salah.

    However, with the Merseysiders just seven points off top spot, Brendan Rodgers is confident he has enough ammunition for the rest of the season.

    "If you look at the position that we're in with 15 games to go, we have shown consistently that we have the squad to compete," said Rodgers.

    "If we can keep those players fit, and maximise their availability for the rest of the season, we can have a great chance to have a really good finish."

  208. 12:50:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the EmiratesNo Ince today- Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    "Crystal Palace had an outstanding deadline day - Wayne Hennessey and Jason Puncheon are available but Scott Dann, Joe Ledley and Tom Ince are not available today. There were some question marks over Ince, but I have had it confirmed that he cannot play."

  209. 12:47: 

    Plenty of interesting chat on MOTD2 Extra. That programme continues on BBC One and at the top of this live text, but let's start building up to that big game at The Hawthorns. However, here's one last word from Steve Wilson about the late kick-off at the Emirates...

    MOTD2 ExtraDid Andy Carroll deserve to be sent off?

    Robbie Savage: "I have done it before and clutched my face when not really been touched. But you look back on it and are embarrassed. Carroll did swing his arm, but it should've been a yellow card."

    Ian Herbert: "It was not a natural move of Carroll's arm and that's why the red card may not be rescinded."

  211. 12:45: 
    West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    West Brom make five changes from the 4-3 derby defeat by Aston Villa in midweek. Right-back Billy Jones, centre-back Gareth McAuley, midfielder Zoltan Gera plus forwards Saido Berahino and Matej Vydra come into the side for Steven Reid, Diego Lugano, James Morrison, Nicolas Anelka and Victor Anichebe.

    Liverpool's starting line-up is unchanged from the 4-0 victory over Everton on Tuesday, with the only tweak being midfielder Joe Allen returning to take a place on the bench.

  212. 12:43:  
    MOTD2 ExtraSolskjaer at Cardiff

    Alan Green: "Solskjaer has brought in the enigma that is Wilfried Zaha. I'm still trying to figure out why he wasn't given a game at Manchester United. Yesterday, Solskjaer brought on Zaha early on, it was a Mourinho-like move and it worked."

    Robbie Savage: "That substitution lifted the Cardiff crowd. David Moyes saw him every day so he made that judgement not to really use him, but now is a great chance for Zaha."

    Ian Herbert: "Norwich battered Cardiff in the second half and overall Cardiff were poor. They are another team that is not a great side."

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    James Appleton: Looking at the team today, #LFC cannot afford to play like an away side. No solidity anywhere at the back. Got to go all out.

    Daniel Adshead: This is going to be a massacre. With Pepe Mel's high line it's a 6-0 win to Liverpool, unfortunately.

    Jack Loudon: How does Cissokho get into this Liverpool team? So poor and error prone

  214. 12:40:  
    MOTD2 ExtraProblems for Fulham
    Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen

    Ian Herbert: "It was a very big gamble having Rene Meulensteen coming in in the first place and I think it was the wrong decision. He has got no experience of being in this position, so what makes us think he is the right man."

    Alan Green: "Meulensteen coming in should show that Martin Jol was not doing a bad job and Fulham were rash to get rid of him. It's difficult to say which three teams are going to go down, Look at how Swansea have plummeted."

    Robbie Savage: "I agree with Ian, Fulham could be relegated."

  215. 12:36:  
    MOTD2 ExtraMan Utd's loss at Stoke

    Robbie Savage: "If you take Rooney, Mata and Robin van Persie out of the team then anyone would fancy it against Manchester United.

    "I do not know how many players for them can be so ordinary compared to what they were last year. If Stoke had lost they would've been in the bottom three, but they won and are 11th. It's incredible"

  216. 12:35:  
    MOTD2 ExtraMan Utd's loss at Stoke

    The Independent's football writer Ian Herbert: "David Moyes's comments after the match were so positive, but the tone was wrong as he suggested they did everything right, and that was ludicrous."

    BBC Radio 5 live's Alan Green: "Charlie Adam was exceptional yesterday. United were better than they have been in the past but they are still not where they should be.

    "Mata is a plaster, an expensive plaster, but it does not cover all of their problems."

  217. 12:35: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    This one is for you Paul (the texter on a train) - Liverpool unchanged from the team that defeated Everton in midweek.

    Gareth McAuley returns to the West Brom side in place of Diego Lugano - one of five changes from the side beaten by Aston Villa.

    West Brom starting XI: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Gera, Berahino, Vydra, Brunt (c).

    Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Flanagan, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge

    Text us on 81111

    Sam James via text: Hi with the fixtures today Liverpool will win with arsenal just shading a win. Liverpool will tear it up at the hawthorns as the understanding of sas will reach new levels. Liverpool will come as main title challengers as no Europe this year.

    Paul, on a train, via text: On the way to see my grandma for Sunday lunch. Eagerly anticipating the Liverpool line-up. The next few hours will involve pressing 'refresh' a lot.

  219. 12:30:  
    MOTD2 ExtraMan Utd's loss at Stoke

    Robbie Savage: "Manchester United deserved a point at Stoke, who battled hard and Charlie Adam was exceptional - he has lost some weight, so credit to the staff at Stoke for getting him in that shape.

    "If Liverpool win today, it will be so hard for Manchester United to get to fourth place."

  220. 12:27:  
    MOTD2 ExtraWest Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live's Alan Green: "Liverpool are vulnerable defensively, but if West Brom go at them, I can see Liverpool counter-attacking them to death.

    "I don't think Liverpool can win the title. The title rivals all have to go to Anfield, where Liverpool's home record is good. But it is still too much to ask, although the top four is definitely within reach.

    "I agree with Brendan Rodgers, who said it was too big a jump to go from seventh to first in one season."

  221. 12:25:  
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator at The HawthornsWest Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    On MOTD2 Extra: "It is a dismal run that West Brom are on - they beat Liverpool here 3-0 on the opening day of last season and need a resurrection of that sort of performance today. The West Brom defence lacked pace against Aston Villa in midweek and if they defend like they did in that game they will get ripped to shreds.

    "Liverpool can create a bit of a gap between themselves and fifth place if they win here today."

  222. 12:25:  
    MOTD2 ExtraWest Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Robbie Savage: "Liverpool are great in possession and, as we found out against Everton, are great on the counter-attack. At the moment Luis Suarez is the best centre-forward in the world."

  223. 12:21:  
    MOTD2 ExtraLeeds United
    Brian McDermott

    On the ownership situation at Leeds, with Massimo Cellino, set to buy a 75% controlling stake in the club, BBC Radio 5 live pundit Alan Green: "I'm hoping the Football League make a stand on who is not a fit and proper person and look at this and say Cellino is not fit to be at Leeds.

    "He was not in a position to sack Brian McDermott as he did not own the club. The whole situation is absurd."

    Manager Brian McDermott was sacked before Cellino had taken control of the club, and then told he would still be the club's manager.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    The Arsenal: Palace made some great signings in January, fancy them do stay up but Arsenal to win today.

    Blake Willis: Albion to sneak the win 2-1! goals from big Vic and Berahino.

    David Carville: A solid 3 points needed for Liverpool after yesterdays results, also to peg back the loser from City v Chelsea

    Bruce Dipper: Soon to leave for the Emirates. Real nervy feeling though! Going for a 3-1 Arsenal win though, even with injuries

  225. 12:18: 

    Anyway, it's time for me to hand over to the Match of the Day 2 Extra lads for 15 minutes or so. When I return, we'll jump two-footed into previewing our first game of the day from The Hawthorns.

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Emirates StadiumArsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

    "For Arsenal, the next three weeks will be a huge test of the character in which manager Arsene Wenger has such faith.

    "Crystal Palace may be relegation threatened but Tony Pulis has instilled some organisation on a squad which looked to be out of its depth when he took over in November.

    "Despite the sharp improvement, it's still tough to imagine Palace getting much from their first trip to the Emirates Stadium."

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at The HawthornsWest Brom v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    "The signing of Mohamed Salah eluded Liverpool and then the deadline day dash for Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka fell at the final hurdle.

    "Liverpool are far from the finished article. They'll need to work harder in the transfer market to bolster the plans of their bright young manager. But they are moving the right way.

    "West Brom boss Pepe Mel will know all about loan-signing Thievy Bifouma Koulossa from Espanyol but he is a big gamble. Nine of his 11 league appearances this season have come from the bench and his last goal came in October."

  228. 12:15: 

    I hope you're jostling for position on the sofa, ready to watch Match of the Day 2 Extra - which is hitting your screens right about...now!

    On that subject, here's what the MOTD commentators think about today's matches...

  229. 12:10: 
    What's happening at Leeds?

    There's also been plenty of drama at Elland Road this weekend, where Leeds have now said that Brian McDermott will stay as manager - a day after the boss was told he would be sacked by the club's prospective new owner Massimo Cellino.

    After a 5-1 win over Huddersfield, the club stated that McDermott would remain in charge at Elland Road.

    "He has not been dismissed from his post as has been suggested. We look forward to him continuing in his role with us in taking Leeds forward," a Leeds statement said.

    I've given up trying to understand this one.

  230. 12:05: 
    Another bad day at the office
    David Moyes

    Perhaps the most surprising result yesterday was Stoke's victory over Manchester United. It was an afternoon to forget for the champions, who also saw defenders Jonny Evans and Phil Jones leave the pitch injured.

    "I don't know what we have to do to win," Moyes said after the game. "I thought we were extremely unlucky.

    "We played well but for their first goal it was an incredible deflection and the second was a worldy."

    BBC Radio 5 liveRadio commentary

    Pat Murphy and Graham Taylor will be at The Hawthorns, providing updates from the West Brom v Liverpool match, which kicks-off at 13:30 GMT.

    We then have live action from Emirates Stadium as Arsenal take on Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT). Ian Dennis will be providing the commentary, with expert analysis from former Gunners defender Martin Keown.

    You can also hear regular updates from the Championship games at Nottingham Forest and Watford, the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic and the Scottish League Cup semi-final involving Hearts and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

    Full commentary of the Six Nations clash between Ireland and Scotland is available on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Listen here to BBC Radio 5 live.

  232. 12:02: 
    Don't forget the Championship...

    To complete a decent day of football, there's two Championship games to look forward to at 3pm:

    Nottingham Forest v Yeovil and Watford v Brighton.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Whether you're having Sunday lunch with the in-laws or on your way to the Emirates, I want to hear from you this afternoon. Think of the football as your roast dinner, but it wouldn't be complete without your opinions which are, naturally, different gravy.

    Tweet us, using #bbcfootball, or send a text to 81111. Good work.

  234. 11:59: 
    Scottish football latest

    I should also point you in the direction of the live text being done by our colleagues in Scotland, as Hearts face Inverness CT in the League Cup semi-final. Later on Celtic host St Mirren. Be sure to keep in touch with those two matches.

  235. 11:56:  
    MOTD2 Extra

    Just a quick nudge to let you know that MOTD2 Extra will be live on BBC One and this website from 12:15 GMT.

    Mark Chapman, Alan Green, Robbie Savage and Ian Herbert, who writes for the Independent, will be discussing yesterday's action, previewing today's two Premier League matches as well as looking at Monday's game between Manchester City and Chelsea.

    Other topics include Leeds United's managerial situation, Manchester United boss David Moyes, the survival prospects of Fulham, Cardiff City and West Ham, and the teams that could struggle under Uefa's new Financial Fair Play rules.

  236. 11:54: 
    Questions and answers

    And that's because we've got bigger things to think about. Can Liverpool go nine points clear of Manchester United? Will West Brom finally halt their slide down the table? Are Crystal Palace capable of getting a result at Arsenal? Is Arsenal's title challenge going to go the distance?

    There's the questions. Let's find some answers.

  237. 11:53: 

    I'm tempted to say every dog has its day, but I reckon you are probably sick as a dog with all these canine-based puns. So I'll leave them in the kennel for the rest of the afternoon.

  238. 11:50: 
    Super Stoke

    Those two results dropped Stoke City into the bottom three, but the Potters responded in style later in the day - Charlie Adam leaving Manchester United in the dog-house with a spectacular brace at the Brit. Even Cardiff got in on the act, snapping back at the Canaries to make things very interesting down at the bottom. It all means Fulham are left propping up the rest.

    Saturday 1 February - the day the underdogs fought back.

  239. 11:46: 
    Buoyant Black Cats

    Yep, it was a strange old day in the Premier League - and I reckon there will be a few Sunderland fans needing 'Hair of the Dog' this morning. Celebrations in Wearside will have gone on well into the night after that amazing derby victory over Newcastle.

    While all that was happening in the North East, West Ham fans were left more excitable than puppies in a pile of paper when they eased their relegation worries by taking out the Swans.

  240. 11:45: 
    Good morning

    It's commonly referred to as the 'relegation dog-fight' - when those at the bottom of the pile do everything they can to trample their way to safety.

    And, as the big dogs found out this weekend, the little dogs are beginning to bare their teeth. Yesterday, they nipped away at the ankles of the larger beasts and brought them crashing down to earth.

    Charlie Adam

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 02 Feb 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 Arsenal 24 26 55
Moving down 2 Man City 23 42 53
No movement 3 Chelsea 23 23 50
No movement 4 Liverpool 24 29 47
No movement 5 Everton 24 12 45
No movement 6 Tottenham 24 -1 44
No movement 7 Man Utd 24 10 40
No movement 8 Newcastle 24 1 37
No movement 9 Southampton 24 7 35
No movement 10 Aston Villa 24 -7 27
No movement 11 Stoke 24 -14 25
No movement 12 Swansea 24 -6 24
No movement 13 Hull 24 -7 24
No movement 14 Sunderland 24 -11 24
No movement 15 Norwich 24 -18 24
Moving up 16 West Brom 24 -6 23
Moving down 17 Crystal Palace 24 -18 23
No movement 18 West Ham 24 -9 22
No movement 19 Cardiff 24 -22 21
No movement 20 Fulham 24 -31 19

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