Premier League as it happened: Liverpool, Newcastle & Norwich all win

Norwich beat Tottenham, Liverpool win a thriller against Swansea and Newcastle earn a late victory against Aston Villa.

23 February 2014 Last updated at 12:24

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As it happened

  1. 18:25: 

    It's time for you to head over to our European football live text coverage now because our Premier League offering has come to an end. To recap, Liverpool, Newcastle and Norwich have all recorded valuable victories and you can see all of today's goals on tonight's Match of the Day 2 at 2225 GMT. Until next time, good night.

  2. 18:21: 
    Manager reaction- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham
    Tim Sherwood

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood: "I thought we were poor in the first half, we saw an improvement after half time but they got a goal that put the winds in their sails. We created clear-cut chances after that, but if you don't score you don't win football matches.

    "The second half was more like what we know we can do, but we are bitterly disappointed. We have to tighten up our entire performance. We've got two home games where we have to bounce back, we have to see if we have the character to do that."

  3. 18:18: 
    Manager reaction- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham
    Chris Hughton

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "I'm immensely proud, there's always a little bit of fear as we were in good form but without getting the results we deserved. We had a very committed side against a really talented Spurs side, but it was a win we deserved. It was about defending well and John Ruddy came out a couple of times, and our centre-halves were very good. We dug in really well.

    "Being a manager is a very tough profession, and we have a lot of decisions to make, but the only thing on my mind this week was getting a win today. We have a good set of lads here, and a club where we are all pulling in the right direction."

    MOTD's John Roder at Carrow RoadNorwich 1-0 Tottenham

    "A huge result for Chris Hughton and Norwich City. Robert Snodgrass's goal early in the second half was enough to earn them victory but John Ruddy had to be solid at the back to repel Tottenham as they looked for an equaliser."

    MOTD's Steve Bower at St James' ParkNewcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    "The win is a huge relief for Newcastle and a massive three points for Alan Pardew. They left it very, very late but, after a run of four points from 24, Loic Remy put smiles back on Geordie faces."

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at AnfieldLiverpool 4-3 Swansea

    "Liverpool made sure that all the top four teams won this weekend but it was a pipsqueak victory in the end. One or two of the top four are winning when they play badly, scraping victories, and Liverpool have done that today but it was great fun for the neutral."

  7. 18:13: 

    While we await manager reaction from Carrow Road, take a look at what the Match of the Day commentators thought of all three matches which have been played this afternoon. You can catch all the highlights on BBC One at 2225 GMT when Danny Mills and Kevin Kilbane will join Mark Chapman on the MOTD2 sofa.

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    Paul Moore: Daniel Levy is on the phone to Louis van Gaal right now...

    Vinny Person: Norwich dug deep, played with conviction and heart, unlucky not to have wrapped that up by more.

  9. 18:09: 
    Well played Bobby Snod- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Robert Snodgrass rightly won the man-of-the-match award for Norwich, producing a superb performance in midfield for the Canaries. He won nine tackles in the middle of the park and he intercepted possession the same number of times. Throw in four clearances, two shots on target and one goal and he deserves that bottle of champagne he's likely to receive. Plus the crossbar is still shaking from that late free-kick.

  10. 18:05: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    The stats say it was a pretty even game...

    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham
  11. 18:02: 
    Player reaction- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham
    Robert Snodgrass

    Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass, speaking on Sky Sports: "It was a massive win, especially with teams around us losing yesterday it was key to get three points today. The performances over last three or four weeks have been terrific, but we've shot ourselves in the foot with conceding silly goals, so we're delighted with the win today."

  12. 17:58: 
    At the top...- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    The worst thing about defeat? Seeing your rivals edge clear in the league table...

    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham
  13. 17:56: 
    At the bottom...- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    The best thing about victory? Looking at the league table after it...

    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham
  14. 17:55:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Clive AllenNorwich 1-0 Tottenham

    "I'm delighted for Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood on the staff at Norwich, that was a massive three points and in the context of the game, they deserved it."

  15. 17:54: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Norwich chief executive David McNally looks like he is about to cry at the final whistle. Relief is the word.

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    Sam, London: "I think it would be great for Norwich & West Ham to stay up and Fulham, Cardiff and West Brom to go down - show chairmen that keeping faith rather than changing managers is the way forward."

  17. 17:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    That's it, all over at Carrow Road. A massive and deserved three points for Norwich as Tottenham slump to only their second league defeat under Tim Sherwood.

  18. 17:51: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham's final chance? Nacer Chadli has a pop from just outside the area but it's tame and straight at John Ruddy.

  19. 17:51: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Poor from Nacer Chadli as he cuts into the penalty area but wastefully fires his attempted cross into the crowd. John Ruddy is then booked for time-wasting. I told you it was like a cup tie. All we need now is Hugo Lloris to go up for a corner.

  20. 17:49: 
    INJURY TIME- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    We're going to have three minutes of time added on. Kitchen sink time.

  21. 17:48: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    One minute to go and Leroy Fer goes down with cramp. It's like a cup tie now, there's a lot at stake for both teams.

  22. 17:47: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Norwich just can't find that second goal to finish the match as Gary Hooper skins Michael Dawson for pace and pulls the ball back for Alex Tettey six yards out, but it's just behind the midfielder and Spurs are handed a reprieve.

    BBC Radio 5 live's Clive AllenNorwich 1-0 Tottenham

    "If Norwich don't claim all three points there will be disbelief here, it was an amazing strike. Then Redmond had a chance, but that was a magnificent stop from Lloris. He's not had much to do tonight but that was a great save."

  24. 17:45: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Some changes to tell you about. For Tottenham, Danny Rose is off and replaced by Andros Townsend. For Norwich, Wes Hoolahan comes on for Nathan Redmond. Four minutes to go.

  25. 17:44: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    The crossbar is still shaking! Robert Snodgrass crashes a 30-yard free-kick against the bar and the ball bounces down on to the line and away to safety. The ball is eventually worked back into the mixer and Nathan Redmond is superbly denied by Hugo Lloris.

  26. 17:41: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Another chances goes begging for Spurs as Mousa Dembele splits the flat-footed Norwich defence with a sublime pass but Nacer Chadli's angled shot is beaten clear by John Ruddy. He should have scored there.

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    Al Taal: I can't understand why Townsend is sat on the bench! Anyway, not that I care, as a Gunner. Come on Norwich!

  28. 17:39: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Make that 'almost' Robert Snodgrass territory as the Norwich talisman tries to curl the ball inside the near post but it goes just wide.

  29. 17:38: 
    YELLOW CARD- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    That's Jan Vertonghen into the book for a scything tackle from behind on Gary Hooper 30 yards out. Robert Snodgrass territory to be precise...

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    Mikey Tomlinson: Is this the end of Sherwood's honeymoon? That's how football is now; one poor result and your job is under threat.

    Tim Sherwood
  31. 17:34: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    With just 15 minutes to go, there's a clear urgency about Tottenham now as their centre-backs begin to stride out with more purpose from the back. This could be a costly defeat in their season.

  32. 17:33: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    312 minutes? Wayne Rooney could earn almost £9,000 in that time.

    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Opta Joe: 312 - Norwich have ended a run of 312 minutes without a Premier League goal. Welcome.

  34. 17:31: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Norwich prepare a change, with Gary Hooper coming on for Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Interestingly, the Norwich assistant manager no longer uses the trusty scrap of paper as he issues his final instructions to the striker via a tablet. It's the way of the world now.

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    Niall Davey: I'm all for blooding youngsters but Bentaleb offers nothing! Eriksen and Townsend on the bench? I know who I would pick...

    Ross McInnes: Paulinho gets taken off while Bentaleb yet again runs around like a headless chicken. Shocking call Mr Sherwood.

  36. 17:27: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Soldado on, shackles off. Aaron Lennon puts a pacy cross on to the head of the Spanish striker who glances wide. Norwich need to batten down the hatches.

  37. 17:25: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Here he comes. Roberto Soldado is on for Paulinho and, with his first touch, the Spanish striker blazes wide after the perfect lay-off from Emmanuel Adebayor.

    BBC Radio 5 live's Clive Allen at Carrow Road, BBC Radio 5 liveNorwich 1-0 Spurs

    "The Norwich crowd are loving everything that their team are doing, it's been an explosive game since the start of this second half."

  39. 17:21: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    It's starting to open up now - Robert Snodgrass spinning on the edge of the box and firing in a shot which Hugo Lloris is equal to.

  40. 17:21: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    A big chance, a big moment, a big save from a big man. Emmanuel Adebayor capitalises on Sebastien Bassong's heavy touch and bears down on goal but John Ruddy is quick off his line to smother the Spurs striker and deny him an equaliser.

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    Khalid: So dull watching Spurs at the mo, bring back the days of free flowing football and 'Arry, bought the best out of each player.

    Paul Murphy: I really can't see what Sherwood likes about Bentaleb. Get Eriksson and Soldado on and go two up front. Now. Need to win this.

    Krishan Goyal: Chadli brings nothing to this team. Sherwood making the same mistake AVB did by not picking the creative ones

  42. 17:18: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Surely Tim Sherwood is looking in the direction of Christian Eriksen and even Roberto Soldado on the bench? If not, those two need to be doing star jumps in front of the gaffer because Spurs need a new direction going forward as Danny Rose bursts forward but concedes possession with a sloppy pass which fails to pick out Emmanuel Adebayor.

    BBC Radio 5 live's Clive AllenNorwich 1-0 Spurs

    "We really have a game on our hands now because Spurs need to keep on the coat tails of Liverpool, and for Norwich, what a big victory this would be."

  44. 17:14: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    Nacer Chadli is playing on the wing, but I've not seen him beat a man yet - this time the Belgian getting the ball and checking inside the moment the full-back is on his case. The second he does that, all his side's attacking momentum is lost.

  45. 17:11: 
    Norwich 1-0 Tottenham

    That goal has energised Norwich, who are snapping into the tackle and pressing Tottenham whenever the visitors get on the ball. They've got something to hang on to now.

    BBC Radio 5 live's Clive AllenNorwich 1-0 Tottenham

    "It was a brilliant ball from Johnson, and Snodgrass moved it onto his left foot and put it in brilliantly. It's so important for Norwich - if they are to survive their home form will be vital. Spurs were asleep a little bit, and Norwich made them pay."

    Robert Snodgrass scores
  47. 17:05: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Tottenham - Robert Snodgrass (47 mins)
    Norwich City celebrate

    A goal which seemed inevitable the moment Nabil Bentaleb was robbed of the ball on the halfway line by Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Norwich sweep forward and Bradley Johnson slides a perfectly weighted pass through to Robert Snodgrass and the ex-Leeds man cuts inside Danny Rose before placing his shot beyond Hugo Lloris. Game on.

  48. 17:04: 
    KICK-OFF- Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Back under way at Carrow Road. Who wants to win this game?

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    Scotty Lorimer: Henderson has got to be in the squad at this rate, he's the box-to-box midfielder we will need against opposition like Italy.

    Rotich Benard: Fraser Forster has done exceptionally well for Celtic, RH give him a chance in the next friendly to prove his worth.

    Robert Webb: Why not have a look at Kieran Gibbs, played a lot more football than Ashley Cole this year.

  50. 17:02: 
    As it stands- Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Looking at the Premier League table I'm not sure a draw does either side a favour. Will we see a more open second half?

    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham
  51. 16:59: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    Very cryptic from Ron Vlaar there...

    Player reaction- Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa
    Ron Vlaar

    Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar has apologised for his side's late defeat at Newcastle via Twitter:

    "I'm sorry for this result, unnecessary, can't say more now...."

  53. 16:54: 
    Player reaction- Liverpool 4-3 Swansea

    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson: "It's nice to get on the scoresheet because that's an area that I need to improve. The most important thing is the final result and we got three points.

    "We started well and got an early goal and got the second and we needed to see the game out from there. There are a lot of positives to take out of the game but things that need to be addressed and we'll do that during the week.

    "We've got to stay very focused on what we want to do as a team. I'm sure the fans are dreaming like us but we have to take each game as it comes but there's a long way to go and we have to keep digging in and performing."

  54. 16:53: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 4-3 Swansea
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "The strong part of our game came through. Our offensive game is very aggressive and we've got goals in the team but we're disappointed with the goals we conceded.

    "We know we can score goals and if we're not having one of our better days we have the character and resilience to keep fighting and we know we have the quality.

    "We haven't performed at our level but some of our goals and attacking play was at a high level. We're just focused on winning games and no-one's really talking about us for the title, everything's about Chelsea, City and Arsenal. We'll just try to continue to improve."

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    Keep your opinions coming on who you think should be in with a shout for a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad.

    Dom in London: James Tomkins should get a look in for England, been an absolute rock this season and has some pace to go with aerial dominance.

  56. 16:51: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Not a single shot on target in the first 45 minutes. It's not been a classic.

    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham
  57. 16:50: 
    HALF-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Tottenham
  58. 16:49: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Hugo Lloris must give Tottenham supporters a few nervous moments, as good as he is. The French goalkeeper comes for Robert Snodgrass's deep cross and just about punches it off Bradley Johnson's head at the far post. Norwich might want to put a few more balls into a similar area in the second half.

  59. 16:46: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Superb defensive play from Martin Olsson stops a marauding Aaron Lennon in his tracks. Norwich are really rolling up their sleeves here.

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    We asked for your left-field shouts for an England call-up...

    Robert South: Since no one else has locked RB down, Jon Flanagan should be given a look. He has improved by leaps and bounds. Very committed!

    James Presland: Dawson is a very steady player, lacks pace and it's been exposed this season. I'd give Shawcross another go, maybe Caulker too.

    Josh Reynolds: Jack Cork - been outstanding for Saints since Wanyama got injured. V. consistent performer, great in possession, underrated!

  61. 16:41: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    It's a sign of Tottenham's struggles in this game that Emmanuel Adebayor is winning the ball in midfield then heading out wide for the return pass. Get yourself down the middle, Emmanuel. And tell Aaron to apply some gas down the right.

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    Cameron from Chiswick: Spurs hugely lacking creativity. Only player with that spark we desperately need is Eriksen... and he's sitting on the bench.

  63. 16:38: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Fair point, Clive. But is the sign of a good striker one who gets into those positions? Just playing devil's advocate...

    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 liveNorwich 0-0 Tottenham

    "They say you make your own luck, but the number of times you see those chances fall to the strikers at the top teams, while it is just not falling for Norwich at the moment."

  65. 16:36: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    The home crowd are right behind their team today as they continue to pose a threat going forward. Robert Snodgrass whips in a dangerous ball from the right which Danny Rose inadvertently helps towards Sebastien Bassong at the back stick, but the skipper can't make contact and the ball runs away to safety.

  66. 16:34: 
    YELLOW CARD- Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    There's been a lot of this today - the winger getting in behind the full-back but the ball failing to pick out its target. Nabil Bentaleb is the culprit this time. Moments later, Mousa Dembele is shown a yellow card for his over-the-top reaction to being pulled up on a foul.

  67. 16:32: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Are there any other less obvious candidates you think Roy Hodgson should be looking at? Let me know...

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    Robert Cross: I agree, would love to see Dawson have a run out in an England friendly? There's one next week ...

    Paddy Emerson: How can you comment (16.17 comment) about football and mention Dawson & England in the same breath, he is a cart horse.

  69. 16:31: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    It appears my assertion that Michael Dawson should be considered for an England call-up is polarising opinion...

  70. 16:27: 
    Premier League gallery
    Luis Suarez of Liverpool v Swansea City

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  71. 16:26: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Nearly. Martin Olsson gets behind the Spurs full-back and pulls the ball back in the direction of Leroy Fer but it evades everybody.

  72. 16:24: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham are struggling to pick a way through the two banks of yellow protecting the Norwich goal and their lack of direction is evident when Paulinho curls an effort high, wide and not very handsome from just inside the area.

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    Chris Hughton

    James C: "Why on earth would any club take Neil Lennon? He is in charge of a team in a poor league and it's proving a bad move for Cardiff by taking Solskjaer as a manager from a poor league. Keep Hughton."

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  74. 16:20: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    It comes to nothing, but the idea is good - Kyle Naughton and Aaron Lennon linking up on the right for Spurs but the latter delivers a poor ball and lets Norwich off the hook.

  75. 16:17: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Norwich are slowly but surely trying to apply some pressure as Bradley Johnson lifts a free-kick into the box which is cleared by Michael Dawson. The Tottenham skipper is winning everything in the air already - how is he never talked about for England? He's matured into a top centre-half. Maybe lacking in wheels though...

    BBC Radio 5 live's Clive AllenNorwich 0-0 Tottenham

    "It's the old adage, but you have to take each game as it comes, one win changes everything so Norwich have to concentrate on this game today."

  77. 16:14: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    An early blow for Tottenham as Etienne Capoue succumbs to an injury he picked up in the first five minutes and is replaced by Nacer Chadli.

  78. 16:11: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Somehow Steve (see tweet below), I doubt Paul Lambert would ever return to Carrow Road. Stranger things have happened in football though.

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    Joe Wedgwood: Why on earth would Neil Lennon swap European football for a relegation scrap in Norfolk!? Stick with Hughton 100%.

    Steve: Speaking as a Villa fan, I hope Hughton's replacement is Paul Lambert.

    Towler: Norwich's best chance of staying up is sticking with Hughton, if they want a change wait until the end of the season.

  80. 16:10: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Despite their position in the league, Norwich are sticking to their principles and playing a patient, measured style of play. Little to choose between these two teams at the moment.

    BBC Radio 5 live's Clive AllenNorwich 0-0 Tottenham

    "The first thing for Norwich is keeping Adebayor quiet, and then creating opportunities themselves despite Tottenham's good away form."

  82. 16:05: 
    Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    I'm looking forward to seeing how this match pans out, with both teams keen to employ wingers and get the ball out wide. Norwich have the first opportunity of the match when a corner is swung into the box and Ricky van Wolfswinkel is inches away from connecting from six yards out before Hugo Lloris snuffs out the danger.

  83. 16:03: 
    Euro 2016 fixtures announced

    The full fixture list has been announced for Euro 2016 qualifying following the draw earlier on Sunday. England begin with a trip to Switzerland on 8 September, while Scotland travel to Germany, Wales visit Andorra, Northern Ireland go to Hungary and Republic of Ireland face Georgia away.

    In the final round of matches, England travel to Lithuania on 12 October 2015, Scotland are away against Gibraltar, Republic of Ireland visit Poland, Northern Ireland go to Finland and Wales host Andorra.

  84. 16:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Norwich 0-0 Tottenham

    Both sets of fans applaud and sing the name of Sir Tom Finney as Carrow Road raises as one to salute the late Preston North End winger. Time for kick-off...

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    Matt Cowley: I am at a loss as to why Eriksen doesn't start for Spurs, he's one of the best creative midfielders in the league!

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  86. 15:57: 
    Norwich v Tottenham (1600 GMT)

    According to the Daily Mirror, Chris Hughton will be sacked as Norwich manager if the Canaries lose this afternoon - Celtic boss Neil Lennon being lined up as his replacement. What are your thoughts, Norwich fans? Let's be having ya...

  87. 15:54: 
    Manager reaction- Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa
    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "It was beginning to hang around us that lack of a goal. Our commitment and work-rate are what probably saw us over the line.

    "It was an important goal as, although we have 40 points, in the scheme of the last few games it was important.

    "The best player on the pitch got the goal."

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    BBC Radio 5 live's commentator Conor McNamara has tweeted this nice, rounded photo of the view from the gantry at Carrow Road - tune in for live coverage from Conor and the team from 16:00 GMT.

    Carrow Road
  89. 15:50: 
    Norwich v Tottenham (1600 GMT)

    While the rest of Norwich's relegation rivals have lunged for the panic button and changed their manager this season, the Canaries have stuck with Chris Hughton. However, chief executive David McNally told the BBC this week that the manager must improve the club's fortunes.

    "We are too close for comfort," McNally told BBC Radio Norfolk. "Chris has been told in no uncertain terms 'get us out of that position and keep us out'. But equally, we're three points off 10th."

  90. 15:45: 
    Norwich v Tottenham (1600 GMT)

    I thought players hated the very thought of squad rotation? Not at Tottenham, where manager Tim Sherwood puts his early success in the role down to mixing up his starting eleven.

    "We made a lot of changes at Newcastle as well as Dnipro," he said. "Everyone's going to be part of it. There is no point me telling them 'We're going to need everyone' and then never changing it.

    "We've been shuffling the pack and still getting positive results. So all the players feel loved and wanted."

    If I was a Spurs fan, I'd be taking my boots to the game.

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    Melanie: "Looks like Villa are not going to have such a great escape this season, I think a spell in the Championship will do us good!"

  92. 15:41: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 4-3 Swansea
    Garry Monk

    Swansea manager Garry Monk: "A clean sheet went out of the window straight away and that was the last thing I said to them! In the first half we didn't play particularly well.

    "We didn't see that belief that we've had before and at half-time we weren't moving the ball quickly enough, but in the second half we showed that belief and we're unlucky not to get anything against a team at the top of the table and with the games we've had we showed great energy. The attitude we showed is what we want. I can't complain about the effort and application they put in after so many games."

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    Jacob Harris: Imagine how many goals Liverpool's attack would score against Liverpool's defence?

    Gavin Richmond: Merci beaucoup , Monsieur Remy!!!! Massive goal for the Toon!

    Vinny Pearson: Liverpool very fortunate to get anything out of that. Swansea can count themselves unlucky not to emerge with a point.

    Kevin Kilbane, ex-Republic of Ireland international on MOTD2 ExtraNorwich v Tottenham (1600 GMT)

    "I still think Norwich will stay up because they have stuck with Chris Hughton, and they should continue to stick with him."

  95. 15:31: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Tottenham (1600 GMT)

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Redmond, Fer, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Whittaker, Howson, Hooper, Pilkington, Bunn, Hoolahan, Elmander.

    Spurs: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose, Capoue, Paulinho, Lennon, Bentaleb, Dembele, Adebayor. Subs: Soldado, Townsend, Chadli, Eriksen, Friedel, Fryers, Kane.

    Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

  96. 15:30: 
    Norwich v Tottenham (1600 GMT)

    Norwich make one change to the team beaten by West Ham 12 days ago as Ricky van Wolfswinkel starts up front in place of Gary Hooper. Substitute Jonny Howson is included in the Norwich squad for the first time since December 15 after time out with a back injury.

    Top-scorer Emmanuel Adebayor starts for Spurs, despite reports of him carrying a knock. Manager Tim Sherwood makes two changes to the team that won 4-0 at Newcastle, with Michael Dawson and Danny Rose coming in for Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker.

    MOTD's John Roder at Carrow RoadNorwich v Tottenham (1600 GMT)

    "Tottenham Hotspur will surely fancy their chances of keeping up their pursuit of a top-four finish against out-of-sorts Norwich.

    "The Canaries have won just once in their last 11 league matches, while Tottenham are flying under Tim Sherwood. Spurs have taken 23 points since Sherwood took over on 22 December - a tally bettered only by Chelsea on 24 points."

  98. 15:28: 

    I reckon it's time to throw things forward to the afternoon's late kick-off...

  99. 15:28: 
    How it stands

    Those precious three points for Newcastle take them back up to eighth. As for Liverpool, they are six points clear in fourth and only four behind leaders Chelsea. Down to the wire!

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    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 4-3 Swansea

    "Liverpool really came on strongly when it was 3-3. Swansea will be disappointed, they did enough to get a point. Liverpool were magnificent offensively, but defensively Brendan Rodgers has a lot to do if they are to win the title."

  101. 15:24: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

    Loic Remy is a class act alright - taking his shirt off at the final whistle and handing it to a young Magpies fan in the crowd. That's one to show his mates at school tomorrow morning before the teacher 'confiscates' it.

  102. 15:24: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa
  103. 15:22: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 4-3 Swansea
  104. 15:21: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa - Loic Remy (90 mins)

    There's no mistake this time! Newcastle snatch the points right at the death when Luuk de Jong's deflected shot lands at the feet of the predatory Loic Remy who gives himself room and fires into the roof of the net. That's one for Ant & Dec, Jimmy Nail and Tony Blair to savour.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 4-3 Swansea

    "Swansea are now showing signs of tiredness, Routledge just pulled Henderson back by the shirt and that is a classic sign of a player getting tired."

  106. 15:19: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Liverpool 4-3 Swansea

    And now it's Steven Gerrard's turn to hit the post. I told you to hang on to your hats!

  107. 15:18: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Sometimes it's just not your day. Luuk de Jong pulls the ball back to Loic Remy, who is stood on the penalty spot, but the striker's sidefoot effort comes back off the inside of the post.

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    Nick: "I'd remind Yaz (14:29) that Manchester City also threw away a young Sturridge. He's a sight livelier than Dzeko and less 'worrisome' than Balotelli."

  109. 15:15: 
    Liverpool 4-3 Swansea

    Lovely link-up play between Luis Suarez and Joe Allen almost gives the Welsh midfielder a chance to influence a good cross but the Swansea defence gets back well and snuffs out the danger.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 4-3 Swansea

    "Now Liverpool have taken the lead for the third time. Their players are working a lot, lot harder defensively."

  111. 15:12: 

    10 minutes to go in our two matches. Hang on to your hats!

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    Paul Day: Score like Man City, defend like Cardiff City!

    Lew Daney: What a player is Suarez. His goals are a mere plus.

    Sanj: Now the question is, do LFC know how to shut up shop? I suspect no, and instead they'll be chasing a fifth!

  113. 15:11: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    The home side are now appealing for a penalty after the ball brushes Leandro Bacuna's hand in the penalty area. They'll take anything at this stage.

  114. 15:10: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Can Newcastle force a winner too? Loic Remy takes aim from the edge of the area and Brad Guzan has to get down well to turn around the post.

  115. 15:08: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 4-3 Swansea

    Is there still a sting in the tail of this match? Former Liverpool striker David Ngog is on, in place of Nathan Dyer, while Liverpool replace Daniel Sturridge with Victor Moses.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 4-3 Swansea

    "Henderson gambled, how many times do you see Frank Lampard get goals like that? It's important for a midfield player to get six or seven goals a season just by gambling. It was really good midfield play from Henderson."

  117. 15:03: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 4-3 Swansea - Jordan Henderson (74 mins)

    Jordan Henderson has a little look up his sleeves and finds a potential winner [1501]. It all begins with a glorious 40-yard ball by Steven Gerrard which picks out Luis Suarez on the edge of the penalty area. The Uruguayan's low shot is cleared by Ashley Williams, but straight into the path of Henderson, who bundles home at the second attempt.

    Jordan Henderson
  118. 15:01: 

    We've entered the final 20 minutes in both games now. Anybody got a winner up their sleeves?

  119. 15:00: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    There is a real lack of quality on show at Newcastle, where both sides have adopted a shoot-on-sight policy - Moussa Sissoko the latest culprit as his effort rolls wide.

  120. 14:58: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 3-3 Swansea

    Luis Suarez in the penalty area, still Luis Suarez, he goes down after tangling with Jose Canas. Penalty, screams The Kop. No chance, says referee Mike Jones. I suspect he is probably right.

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    Riyan Vatcha: What contrasting games!! Everything happening in one, and nothing in the other!

    Sham Gallagher: Without Cabaye, the Newcastle team aren't even average anymore.

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  122. 14:55: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 3-3 Swansea

    Quality defending from Ashley Williams denies Daniel Sturridge a hat-trick for Liverpool, the centre-back making a last-ditch tackle as the striker prepared to pull the trigger in the penalty area. Liverpool make a change, giving Kolo Toure a run out in place of Daniel Agger.

  123. 14:53: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Paul Dummett from range. Just over the bar. Newcastle starting to believe.

  124. 14:52: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Chances remain at a premium at St James' Park, but that's a credit to returning Newcastle centre-half Fabricio Coloccini, who has dominated at the back this afternoon.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 3-3 Swansea

    "For all Liverpool's good play going forward, you have to admire Swansea's fighting spirit and what Garry Monk has done for this team. They have given him the reaction he would have wanted."

  126. 14:49: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 3-3 Swansea

    Liverpool look rattled at the moment - another stray pass giving Wilfried Bony the opportunity to poke a pass through to the galloping Jonathan de Guzman on the right but Simon Mignolet spreads himself well to save the midfielder's shot. At the other end, Daniel Sturridge tries to chip one in from 25 yards out but fails to succeed. End to end.

  127. 14:47: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 3-3 Swansea

    Time for a Liverpool change, with Raheem Sterling being hooked off and replaced by ex-Swansea midfielder Joe Allen.

  128. 14:45: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 3-3 Swansea

    Oooh, that was close. Jonathan de Guzman stands over a free-kick 30 yards out and curls it just wide. That boy knows how to take a decent set-piece.

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    Steven Jerjian: And there I was thinking it was going to be a boring second half..Skrtel's grappling finally catches up with him.

    David Toole: Must be depressing being a striker at LFC when your defence is this poor.

    Stuart Ellis: Martin Skrtel channelling his inner Kolo Toure.

  130. 14:43: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Finally something for the St James' Park crowd to get excited about as Newcastle work the ball from left to right and Yoan Gouffran fires in a daisy-cutter which whistle just past the far post.

  131. 14:40: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    We'll let you know when something happens at St James' Park. Honest.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 3-3 Swansea

    "Great penalty, it does not matter how they come, very clinical into Mignolet's bottom right-hand corner. We said this could be Liverpool's Achilles heel, defensively they have been all over the place."

  133. 14:36: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-3 Swansea - Wilfried Bony penalty (47 mins)

    Wilfried Bony steps up and buries his spot-kick into the bottom corner for his 19th goal of the season.

    Wilfried Bony
  134. 14:35: 

    Liverpool are livid. A ball comes into the box from the right and Martin Skrtel appears to bring down Wilfried Bony, prompting the referee to point to the spot. Skrtel's habit of shirt-pulling in the area comes back to haunt him.

  135. 14:35: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 3-2 Swansea

    Swansea have made a change at the start of the second half, sending on Jose Canas in place of Jonjo Shelvey, who has a hamstring problem. That's an injection of hair at the very least.

  136. 14:34: 

    Time for a second set of 45.

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    Aidan Baker: Newcastle fans booing their team off for being 0-0 at half time? Who do they think they are?! Best fans in the world? Really?

  138. 14:31: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    It's all pretty tight at St James' Park. Aston Villa have looked the better side, but Papiss Cisse should have put Newcastle into the lead just before the break.

    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa
  139. 14:29: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Swansea

    We've had five goals from just seven shots on target at Anfield. Quality finishing or iffy goalkeeping? You decide.

    Liverpool 3-2 Swansea
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    Yaz in Barnes: "Chelsea's reluctance to play Sturridge up front is looking pretty silly now. The league would have been over now if they had kept the young Englishman."

    MOTD's Steve Bower at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    "It has been edgy and anxious from Newcastle. Papiss Cisse had a glorious opportunity late on in the first half for the Magpies but he couldn't take it."

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at AnfieldLiverpool 3-2 Swansea

    "A fantastic first half at Anfield where Jonjo Shelvey's goal was the pick of five. Liverpool's front five may yet win the title but Liverpool's back five will not. It needs improvement over the coming weeks and there are too many errors."

  143. 14:20: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa
  144. 14:20: 
    WHAT A MISS!- Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Newcastle's lack of confidence is evident as Loic Remy squares to Papiss Cisse from 10 yards out but the Senegalese striker blazes over the bar. A horrible miss.

  145. 14:18: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 3-2 Swansea
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    Daniel Sturridge scores for Liverpool v Swansea

    Opta Joe: 103 - Liverpool's PL games this season have seen a total of 103 goals, seven more than any other side (Man City, 96). Value.

  147. 14:16: 
    INJURY TIME- Liverpool 3-2 Swansea

    Another chance for Swansea, this time Nathan Dyer dragging a low shot wide when the goal had opened up for him. Three minutes of time to be added on according to the Anfield PA announcer who, by my reckoning, has the most recognisable PA voice in the Premier League. He's been doing it years.

  148. 14:15: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Newcastle are lacking in ideas going forward and when they do get a chance on goal via a set-piece, Loic Remy curls his 25-yard free-kick well wide. Poor.

  149. 14:13: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 3-2 Swansea

    Swansea refuse to lie down and Wilfried Bony's low shot is tipped around the corner by Simon Mignolet.

  150. 14:13: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Swansea

    I think there might be more than Daniel Sturridge among Liverpool's Brazil-bound contingent. They'll need a mini-bus to get them all to the airport - Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson? Luis Suarez will of course be there too.

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    M Richards: St James' Park has a very uneasy atmosphere... Literally hear a pin drop. Something not right amongst the locals!

    Callum: Quiet at St. James'. Fans suffering from Ashley's lack of ambition.

    Tanj: Daniel Sturridge: Give that man a ticket to Brazil!

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  152. 14:09: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa go close again and it's Gabriel Agbonlahor again. The striker runs at the Newcastle defence and has a pop from 25 yards, with his effort being deflected wide off Fabricio Coloccini.

  153. 14:08: 
    Liverpool 3-2 Swansea

    It's like watching an exhibition now as Luis Suarez picks up the ball on the halfway line and, sensing Michel Vorm is off his line, goes for goal - only narrowly missing. What a player the Uruguayan is.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 3-2 Swansea

    " A magnificent goal. What a ball in from Luis Suarez. He had about 10 or 15 yards to pick out Sturridge and Sturridge pulled off Ashley Williams and buried the header. That's the partnership. Suarez hasn't scored for six games but how many has Sturridge scored in that time? Suarez is certainly contributing. He drifts into little spaces and gaps and he's just so hard to pick up. He's on a different planet."

  155. 14:05: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-2 Swansea - Daniel Sturridge (36 mins)

    It's as if they score when they want! Liverpool get their noses back in front when Luis Suarez clips in a delightful ball from out on the left and an unmarked Daniel Sturridge powers a header home from 10 yards out.

    Daniel Sturridge
    Liverpool 2-2 Swansea

    "8 - Daniel Sturridge is only the second player in PL history (after R van Nistelrooy, twice) to score in 8 PL games in a row. Streak."

    Source - Opta

  157. 14:01: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa continue to look the better side at St James' Park as they pass the ball about and try to stretch Newcastle down the flanks. We're still locked at 0-0 though.

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    Mike Guest: What a game at Anfield! It's like January sales....everything must go!!

    William Swayne: Why are his former team-mates giving Shelvey so much freedom?

    Matthew Thomas: Get in Wilfried! You tell me that Swansea would have come back from 2-0 down, at Anfield, under Laudrup?! No chance!

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  159. 13:56: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-2 Swansea - Wilfried Bony (27 mins)

    What a superb fightback by Swansea. From looking down and out at 2-0, they are well and truly back in this match. It all comes from Jonathan de Guzman's nicely floated free-kick which is headed home by the unmarked Wilfried Bony, with the help of a deflection off Martin Skrtel's head. A barnstormer.

  160. 13:56: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Gabriel Agbonlahor has two quick chances for Villa. First he gathers a cross and tries to guide a shot into the top corner from 12 yards but his effort is parried away by keeper Tim Krul. Newcastle then fail to close down Agbonlahor and he shoots just over from 25 yards.

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    Peter Riley: Pleased to see these young English players continue to flourish for Liverpool. Hope they take this form to Brazil.

    Hazem Radi: Seems like Sterling is better than both Chamberlain and Januzaj this Hodgson watching?

    KoloKennethK: Raheem Sterling's pass? That's what confidence and form does to a kid!

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 2-1 Swansea

    "I can't believe how open the game is, one end to the other. From going 2-0 down, the crowd were up and it was the perfect way to bounce back for Swansea."

  163. 13:52: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-1 Swansea - Jonjo Shelvey (23 mins)

    Swansea are right back in this now, and it's a carbon copy of Liverpool's second as Nathan Dyer drifts in from the wing and lays the ball to Jonjo Shelvey who smashes beyond Simon Mignolet via the underside of the crossbar. The ex-Liverpool man will have enjoyed that one, but you wouldn't have known it because he didn't celebrate it.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 2-1 Swansea

    "No Swansea players closed Henderson down and you wonder if he has the ability to score form there and he certainly does. Liverpool are so comfortable now. He's having a great season and he certainly gives Roy Hodgson something to think about."

  165. 13:50: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Swansea - Jordan Henderson (20 mins)

    They make it look simple and effortless, but there's plenty of class about Liverpool's second as Daniel Sturridge cuts in from the right and rolls the ball across to Jordan Henderson on the edge of the penalty box. The midfielder takes one look and curls it into the corner and beyond Michel Vorm. This could be a rout.

    Jordan Henderson
  166. 13:48: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Where is Christian Benteke when you need him? Karim El Ahmadi puts a perfect ball into the six-yard box but there's nobody on hand to turn it into an empty net. A big chance for Aston Villa goes begging.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 1-0 Swansea

    "It's the same players for Swansea. Michu has been a big loss but Garry Monk has just got that extra 10 or 15 per cent out of every player and that's because they respect him so much."

  168. 13:46: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Swansea

    Better from Swansea as Neil Taylor gets in behind the Liverpool defence and cuts it back towards Wilfried Bony but the striker has the ball nipped off his toes by a combination of Simon Mignolet and his central defenders.

  169. 13:43: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Swansea

    Swansea continue to be sloppy in possession, allowing Liverpool the chance to rebuild attack after attack. The Reds are almost in on goal again when Luis Suarez pokes a clever pass through towards Jordan Henderson but the ball is intercepted in the nick of time.

  170. 13:41: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    Nice from Newcastle as Paul Dummett switches play from right to left and finds Papiss Cisse inside the area. The striker's shot is fumbled by Brad Guzan before being hacked to safety.

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    Paul Walmsley: Has Sterling been taking lessons on passing from Gerrard? Superb assist.

    Tom Wylie: Liverpool are in one of those moods, I have a feeling it's going to be a long 90 minutes for Swansea.

    Sam Pauli: Sterling really is some talent. Don't care what anyone says, take him to WC with Sturridge, obviously have a great understanding.

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  172. 13:39: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

    They are still settling into the game at St James' Park, with the only real chance of note Leandro Bacuna's free-kick from the edge of the area which goes wide.

    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool 1-0 Swansea

    "I expected Liverpool to start quickly. It was a wonderful pass from Sterling and a very good finish from Sturridge. Rangel gave the ball away on halfway and what a start for Liverpool.

    "Swansea normally pass the ball well but we've seen three early mistakes and the last one led to the goal."

  174. 13:33: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Swansea - Daniel Sturridge (3 mins)
    Daniel Sturridge scores for Liverpool v Swansea

    The pre-match Anfield Rap [1308] works a treat again as Liverpool get off to a flier. Swansea give the ball away in their own half, Raheem Sterling plays a superb sliderule ball through to Daniel Sturridge from the halfway line and the England striker rounds the Swansea goalkeeper before firing into an empty net.

  175. 13:31: 

    A round of applause for the late Sir Tom Finney and we're under way at Anfield and St James' Park.

  176. 13:29: 
    Liverpool v Swansea (1330 GMT)

    What is it with these young managers? Rather like Tim Sherwood at Spurs, Garry Monk is wearing a tank top as he takes his place in the dug-out. They are not officially in fashion until Jose is wearing one though.

  177. 13:27: 
    Liverpool v Swansea (1330 GMT)

    The Kop looks resplendent as Liverpool supporters sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and wave a whole range of red and white flags.

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    Andy from Somerset: "Massive game for Liverpool this afternoon, need to keep pace with all three teams above as they all won yesterday. We can still dream of the title, but I'm sure if asked any Liverpool fan in August they would all say a successful season would be a top 4 finish, Liverpool to win today 3-0."

  179. 13:25: 

    Here's your five-minute warning to go and grab a brew and some biscuits before our two 1330 GMT kick-offs get under way.

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    Jo Edwards: I don't understand Lambert's problem with Albrighton, brightest player on the pitch whenever he plays.

    Anthony Vaz: Swansea must be disappointed Kolo isn't playing. They could do with extra help / striker.

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  181. 13:22: 
    Newcastle v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle might look favourites on paper, but Aston Villa love playing away from home. They have collected 17 of their 28 points away from HQ this season and manager Paul Lambert wants more of the same this afternoon.

    "I think the expectation levels will be on Newcastle with the crowd and the club that it is," he said. "They've been beaten pretty heavily in their last few home games which isn't like them, because they've been pretty consistent.

    "Alan's done a great job there and it'll be a tough game. But we also know that if you can get on the front foot the crowd might become edgy."

    Kevin Kilbane, ex-Republic of Ireland international on MOTD2 ExtraNewcastle v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    "Newcastle were incredibly edgy against Tottenham the other week, but with having Coloccini, Remy and Tiote back today that makes Newcastle so much stronger, and on paper this looks like three points for them."

  183. 13:17: 
    Newcastle v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)
    Newcastle v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    What's happening down at Newcastle? One minute they were talking about challenging for the top six, now they are on a run of three defeats in which time they have conceded 10 goals. The loss of Yohan Cabaye is certainly being keenly felt and manager Alan Pardew has warned that some of his players are now playing for their future.

    "I am still looking for a level of performance and consistency that will maybe get them into a World Cup squad and make sure they are a regular next season at this football club," Pardew warned.

  184. 13:12: 
    Liverpool v Swansea (1330 GMT)

    Of course, it was Brendan Rodgers, along with Roberto Martinez, who introduced and honed Swansea's slick style of play. Following Michael Laudrup's exit, Garry Monk is the man charged with taking that legacy on, and the 34-year-old received a ringing endorsement from Napoli manager Rafael Benitez in midweek.

    "From what I have seen, it seems like he has a good future as manager," said Benitez. "It was a great game and his side did well. If they carry on with similar things, it will give them good confidence."

  185. 13:08: 
    Liverpool v Swansea (1330 GMT)

    What does Brendan Rodgers do to get Liverpool whipped up into a frenzy at the start of every game they play? Does he launch a few tea cups? Perhaps he blasts out the Anfield Rap on the dressing room ghettoblaster? Whatever he does, it's working.

    "It's something we've been building towards," said the Reds gaffer. "We've started well in a lot of the games, and you align that with the support we've got, which is remarkable, and that's really helped us with this home form.

    "We go into every game, obviously in particular our home games, looking to own the pitch. It's our home ground, our changing rooms, our field, our supporters, so we have to play like we own it.

    "That's always been the mantra here."

  186. 13:03: 
    Liverpool v Swansea (1330 GMT)

    It should be an absolute crackerjack of a match at Anfield this afternoon, where Liverpool will hope to take advantage of any potential Europa League hangover for Swansea. While the Welsh side were battling out a goalless draw with Napoli, the Reds players had their feet up in front of the television.

    We should probably expect a lively start from Brendan Rodgers' men today because they have scored 43 first-half goals in the league this season, 13 more than top scorers Manchester City have managed. Liverpool have also taken 28 points from the last 30 available at Anfield. Fortress.

  187. 12:58: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Swansea (1330 GMT)

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Coutinho, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Toure, Aspas, Moses, Cissokho, Allen, Teixeira.

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor, Britton, de Guzman, Dyer, Shelvey, Routledge, Bony. Subs: Amat, Hernandez, Tiendalli, Canas, Tremmel, Ngog, Emnes.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  188. 12:57: 
    Liverpool v Swansea (1330 GMT)

    Glen Johnson and Jordan Henderson return to the Liverpool side after injury, with Simon Mignolet also replacing Brad Jones from the team that lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the FA Cup.

    Swansea manager Garry Monk makes five changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday.

  189. 12:54: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran, Remy, Cisse. Subs: Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, De Jong, Haidara, Elliot, Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Baker, Vlaar, Bertrand, Weimann, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Bennett, Clark, Albrighton, Steer, Sylla, Tonev, Holt.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  190. 12:53: 
    Newcastle v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle lost 4-0 to Tottenham last time out and manager Alan Pardew makes four changes from that side. Defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett, midfielder Cheick Tiote and striker Loic Remy replace Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Sammy Ameobi and Luuk De Jong.

    Aston Villa make two changes from their goalless draw at Cardiff as midfielder Karim El Ahmadi and striker Andreas Weimann come in for Marc Albrighton and Joe Bennett.

  191. 12:51: 
    Euro 2016 draw reaction
    Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson, after the Three Lions were drawn in a group also containing Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, and San Marino: "I am very satisfied, particularly for the fans. They've had some quite difficult trips in recent years and this time we go to places that are a little easier to get to and very pleasant to visit.

    "Switzerland always brings a smile to my face because I had four fantastic years with them. I went to Vilnius (Lithuania) with Fulham, so it's not completely unknown to me. It's a nice place to visit and Lithuania, like many countries in that region, are a good footballing team.

    "San Marino are a proper football team, who try to play football. That's probably why they concede so many goals, they don't play anti-football and try to stop their opponents playing."

  192. 12:49: 
    Euro 2016 draw reaction

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, whose side will play Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, and Faroe Islands: "The group's a little bit understated but there are teams in there we can compete with. We're happy with the draw.

    "Greece are the only team in recent times that have a track record of qualifications. We need to pick up points at home and learn from the mistakes of previous campaigns. I think we're well capable of doing that.

    "It does give everyone a realistic belief, which I think is important. Obviously automatic qualification is the aim but having third place to aim at also helps. You could possibly get third place with 14 points, which I think is achievable.

    "It's important for us to get points on the board and get momentum."

  193. 12:45: 
    Euro 2016 draw reaction

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, whose side will face Germany, Scotland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar: "It's a difficult group but an exciting one, nevertheless. Germany are the outstanding team in the group but there's plenty to fight for.

    "Let's be positive and let's go for it. With the exception of Germany, it looks like a group where lots of teams will be able to take points off each other and I think it will be tight right until the end.

    "To reach France, especially out of this group, would be the utopia. It would be amazing but we have a lot of fighting to do between now and then."

  194. 12:43: 
    Euro 2016 draw reaction

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, after his side were drawn alongside Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar: "The commercial manager's very happy! Every tie, there's something in it. Some groups are mundane, but we are in an exciting one, it's a terrific, terrific draw. We're excited, but it will be competitive.

    "We've got a hard group, you never know how it will fluctuate over a couple of years, but if we can keep our players fit, we have a chance. We want to keep our momentum going, but this will be a really good level we will play at."

    Kevin Kilbane, ex-Republic of Ireland international, on MOTD2 Extra

    "It's a tough draw for Ireland, England have a decent one but it will be tough for Ireland and Scotland to qualify."

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on MOTD2 Extra

    "England will be delighted with the draw from a points perspective and they should qualify, but the countries they have drawn are not going to excite anybody."

  197. 12:42: 

    We'll bring you Premier League teams news shortly, but let's first see what the managers thought of the Euro 2016 qualifying draw. In case you missed it, here's what happened:

    Group A: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland, Kazakhstan.

    Group B: Bosnia-Hercegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, Andorra.

    Group C: Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Luxembourg.

    Group D: Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar.

    Group E: England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino.

    Group F: Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands.

    Group G: Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova, Liechtenstein.

    Group H: Italy, Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Malta.

    Group I: Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia, Albania.

  198. 12:39: 

    You might also want to know that MOTD2 is live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live now, with former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane, Sunday Mirror journalist Andy Dunn and BBC Sport's Ben Smith joining Mark Chapman to discuss the weekend's big footballing issues.

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    MOTD's Steve Bower at St James' ParkNewcastle v Aston Villa (1330 GMT)

    "I heard Newcastle's current predicament referred to recently as "someone walking with their shoelaces tied together" and thought it summed it up perfectly.

    "They badly need to find a way of untying them or their league season, which has yielded just four points from the last 24, will just fizzle away.

    "Aston Villa have only won twice in the last 12 games themselves but they have often played with less fear away from home and have won more games on the road than at Villa Park. They will be aiming to become the fifth successive away team to win at St James' Park."

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at AnfieldLiverpool v Swansea (1330 GMT)

    "The key word here is focus. Liverpool's FA Cup exit last weekend left them to concentrate on one thing - finishing in the top four. People outside the club may consider them as genuine title contenders. Their astute manager Brendan Rodgers knows that the title is a possibility, but he'll maintain that a place in the Champions League would mark genuine progress and he is absolutely focused on achieving that target.

    "But on what are Swansea focused right now? They picked a weakened team at Everton and crashed out of the FA Cup as a consequence. On Thursday they were embroiled in a Europa League draw against Napoli that will leave them physically drained at Anfield in the latter stages."

  202. 12:32: 

    As ever, there's plenty at stake in the Premier League this afternoon. Can Liverpool maintain their title hopes against Swansea? Will Newcastle get their stalled season back on track? Can Tottenham keep picking up the wins under Tim Sherwood? Let's find out, shall we?

    Luis Suarez
  203. 12:30: 

    It's the Sunday which keeps on giving.

    First we had the excitement of the Euro 2016 qualifying draw and now it's time for a Premier League triple-header. We might even throw in a European football live text later this afternoon.

    It's Sunday, it's all about football, it's all happening here. Welcome.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 23 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
No movement 1 Chelsea 27 28 60
No movement 2 Arsenal 27 25 59
No movement 3 Man City 26 42 57
No movement 4 Liverpool 27 35 56
No movement 5 Tottenham 27 3 50
No movement 6 Man Utd 27 12 45
No movement 7 Everton 26 10 45
Moving up 8 Newcastle 27 -5 40
Moving down 9 Southampton 27 6 39
No movement 10 West Ham 27 -3 31
No movement 11 Hull 27 -2 30
No movement 12 Swansea 27 -4 28
No movement 13 Aston Villa 27 -10 28
Moving up 14 Norwich 27 -19 28
Moving down 15 Stoke 27 -15 27
Moving down 16 Crystal Palace 26 -18 26
Moving down 17 West Brom 27 -8 25
No movement 18 Sunderland 26 -16 24
No movement 19 Cardiff 27 -29 22
No movement 20 Fulham 27 -32 21