Premier League: Aston Villa v Stoke

Live text and radio commentary as Stoke thrash Aston Villa in the Premier League after Tottenham earn a late win over Southampton.

23 March 2014 Last updated at 12:09

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  1. 18:30: 
    El Clasico

    How do you follow up a Stoke win at Aston Villa?

    It's not easy - but the boys from Barcelona and Real Madrid are trying their best.

    It's El Clasico time - join Emlyn Begley for all the action from the Spanish capital.

    Adios.

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    Toby: Why are people calling for Lambert to go? We ridicule owners for firing managers after 1 bad result then act the same. Shameful.

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    Matt: Villa are only 7 pts off last year's overall tally. Plus they were in bottom three at the end of March. Surely an improvement?

  4. 18:26: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "We have been waiting some time for an away win. We had a poor start but after that I thought we were excellent and showed real personality and desire on the ball. Today we had a cutting edge. Everyone is pulling in the same direction. We're on a good run, in a good position and can look upwards and achieve targets this season. We want to look back on this season with pride.

    "Since I came through the door been the players have been open to changing the way they play. They had to engage and commit to it and they have done. We're enjoying it at the moment."

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    Djh84: Has Paul Lambert had his best ever win and worst ever defeat in consecutive games?

    NathB: What did Lambert do at half time? Suck out their already malnourished souls?!

  6. 18:21: 
    Player reaction- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke

    Stoke striker Peter Crouch: "We had some teething problems at the start of the season it's really starting to click now. I've been a bit isolated away from home but now we have Marko Arnautovic and Peter Odemwingie they have given us some pace and it has made my job a bit easier."

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    "Just to be absolutely clear. I was being complimentary to Hughes. He's done a difficult job, exceedingly well."

  8. 18:20: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "We were second best if truth be known. We started well but it wasn't good enough. We didn't deserve to get anything from the game.

    "The goals we lost, were really poor from our side but we were second best all over the pitch.

    "In a strange way when the bigger teams come you are naturally up for it anyway but when you play teams in and about you it becomes reality. These games can be more difficult because of the nature of that but that wasn't good enough."

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    Sirhan al Sirhan: "Never liked him but Hughes has transformed a rugby team to a football team."

    Ed Gutteridge: 42 Prem goals for the weekend then! One short of the record. Brilliant couple of days.

    Simon Trevor-Wright: Surely Aston Villa only shipping four is respectable this weekend? #clutchingatstraws

  10. 18:15: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke
    Pau Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "We got off to a really go start and at times we looked OK, we lost a couple of lads to injury but still we were second best.

    "The Chelsea game was totally different, the atmosphere and everything, and you come back down to earth again. Maybe that game took a bit more out of them than we realised."

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    Mike in Telford: Lambert out Steve Clarke in. Now.

  12. 18:06: 
    Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke

    Stoke are targeting their best-ever performance in the Premier League then - that was in 2010 when they collected 47 points.

    After today's win the Potters have 37 - can they get 11 points from their last seven games?

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveFULL-TIME- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke

    "Stoke's win is thoroughly deserved, it is one of the most disappointing performances I have seen from an Aston Villa side. But for Stoke it has been a very good performance, keeping the ball so well and scoring four goals.

    "This is now Aston Villa's ninth defeat at home in 16 league games, it is no wonder the fans are unhappy.

    "Going 1-0 down early can knock you but Stoke knocked the ball around, maintained possession but they mostly importantly had an end product, they played very well."

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    "I remember all those fans telling me they didn't rate Mark Hughes, given time he does very well!"

  15. 18:03: 
    Player reaction- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke
    Peter Odemwingie

    Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie: "We have come back from early goals a few times recently and we didn't drop our hands, we kept going. The overall performance was fantastic.

    "We dealt with their attackers and were good all round. I'm really enjoying my time at Stoke and knew that I would get balls from Peter Crouch, you know he will win it so you can make runs off him.

    "We have 37 points now which should be close to safety, we had a team meeting and we want to beat our best records for points and goals."

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    Barry in Devon: At least Villa helped to beat the 4 goals a game average for the weekend.

    Russell in Torquay: I've supported Villa for over 25 years, and I would estimate this is roughly the 846253849262759th time I've come close to washing my hands of the club. Woeful.

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    "Mark Hughes has slipped into the difficult to fill bovver boots of Tony Pulis as though they were a comfortable old pair of slippers."

  18. 18:02: 
    Player reaction- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke
    Peter Crouch

    Stoke striker Peter Crouch: "It was very pleasing. We went a goal down and sometimes this season we have collapsed but we have definitely improved.

    "We passed the ball well and controlled the game. We've put on a show in front of the cameras. We've been passing the ball well this season and that was evident for all to see today."

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    Pav Dhande: I can confirm that there is no fire alarm here at Villa Park and that mass crowd exodus was performance related.

    Damien Cahill: Stoke passing teams off the park?!!!! Bring back Rory Delap this just isn't right!

    NathB: Villa are THE most unpredictable Premier League team EVER. Surely.

  20. 17:54: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke

    The first time Stoke have scored four goals on the road in the Premier League, and we end the Premier League weekend on 42 goals!

  21. 17:52: 
    Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke

    There are only a few thousand Villa fans left inside the ground now as Ryan Bertrand cracks in a shot on target. Stoke don't win many games like this - it will be their first away win since August.

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 1-4 Stoke

    "What a move that is, Stoke have won so comfortably.

    "Aston Villa's first-half performance was better than their second-half performance. There has just been nothing from them this half."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  23. 17:49: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke - Geoff Cameron (90 mins)

    Marko Arnautovic has had a cracking game - frustrating as he can be - and he serves up a fourth for Stoke! The Austrian skips away down the left before cutting the ball back to Geoff Cameron, who applies the finish from 10 yards out. Great wing play from Marko.

  24. 17:45: 
    FINAL FIVE- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Villa lose it in the centre-circle, Marko Arnautovic is in on goal but he times his run slightly wrong and is offside! He had the whole half to run into there, he just got it wrong.

    Anyway, there are just five minutes left now.

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    Joe Haywood: Is Sherwood the new Shakespeare? Everyone jumping on the 'capitulation' bandwagon. What about 'acquiescence' or 'submission'?

    Femi Oyedola: After that brilliant first 45 minutes, this entire second half should be deleted from Premier League history!

    Matt Annetts: Stoke showing that despite changing their style they can still shut up shop.

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    "The thing that has disappointed me is that I have seen no reaction from Aston Villa from going into half time 3-1 down, there has been nothing there at all.

    "Stoke have controlled things and they haven't had to push on in this second half, Aston Villa have just not done enough."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  27. 17:41: 
    Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Marko Arnautovic hammers another long-range free-kick way over the bar. Into the last seven minutes of a poor second half.

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    Andrew Kemp: Re:Rich [17.23] & how Villa beat Chelsea? With the help of the "Hand of Foy and his trusty assistants". No other way for them to win.

    Rezaa Sait: Aston Villa beat Chelsea one week, lose to Stoke the following week. This is why the Premier League will always be the best league.

    Pieter Troffaes: We're going to end up blaming Newcastle and Crystal Palace for not giving us a historic weekend.

  29. 17:37: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Marc Muniesa - who joined Stoke from Barca last summer - is on for the last 13 minutes. Erik Pieters comes off with a knock.

    Can Muniesa find somewhere to watch El Clasico in the Potteries? He may have just enough time...

  30. 17:36: 
    El Clasico- Real Madrid v Barcelona (20:00 GMT)
    Lionel Messi and Neymar Barcelona

    A week after surpassing Paulino Alcantara to become Barcelona's all-time leading scorer in all competitions with 371 goals, Lionel Messi can become the outright leader for goals scored in El Clasicos as he is currently tied with Real legend Alfredo di Stefano on 18 goals from 26 appearances.

    Barcelona are four points behind Real Madrid in La Liga ahead of tonight's meeting at the Bernabeu, although Atletico Madrid could temporarily go top of the league - as they lead 2-0 at Real Betis with 15 minutes left.

    You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website from 18:30 GMT.

  31. 17:32: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Is he the saviour? Grant Holt is on for Villa in place of Ashley Westwood - he's not scored in 21 appearances...

  32. 17:31: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Frustration boils over in midfield. An ugly challenge from Villa substitute Marc Albrighton as he rakes down the Achilles of Wilson Palacios and goes into the book.

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    Callum in Harrow: Exactly what happened against Norwich a few weeks back, but reversed. Early lead, followed by a first half capitulation. What goes around comes around?

  34. 17:29: 
    Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Villa do force a corner and Ron Vlaar goes close but moments later Vlaar gets in a muddle with his goalkeeper Brad Guzan, They both leave the ball to each other and Steven N'Zonzi almost snatches it from them. In the end N'Zonzi is penalised.

    We have 20 minutes remaining.

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    Rich: How did Villa beat Chelsea last week?

    Elliott Fulton: At international level you can't afford one good then one bad game. Delph's just too inconsistent to cut it at the top.

    Scott Henderson: Had a fiver on Stoke and Palace both going down. Think it's time to stop planning how I will spend my winnings.

  36. 17:23: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    A fourth Stoke goal may just clear Villa Park, and Brad Guzan has to work hard to stop it! Peter Odemwingie smashes in a curling shot from 25 yards and the American keeper changes direction in mid air to beat it clear. Lovely hit.

  37. 17:21: 
    SHOWBOAT- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    The tricks are coming out now. Marko Arnautovic pulls off a neat flick and drag back to keep the ball in play down by the touchline, Erik Pieters then gets in on the act with another backheel. Mark Hughes may not be getting everything right at Stoke but you can't deny there's been a change in approach.

    We are into the last half hour.

  38. 17:19: 
    Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    I don't think many Villa fans would argue with you there GT. Since going ahead in the fifth minute it's been pretty abject from the hosts. Stoke look very comfortable at the moment.

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    "I am very disappointed in Aston Villa, they have a lack of leadership on the pitch - I am not talking about just Ron Vlaar but you have other senior players like Gabriel Agbonlahor up front who needs to do more.

    "It is a disappointing performance from Aston Villa so far for me."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

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    Joe: Is it me, or is the word capitulation being thrown around a lot lately? Spurs against Chelsea, Arsenal yesterday and Villa today.

  41. 17:16: 
    Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Ryan Shawcross creates panic in the Villa defence as he heads on a corner but the home side just about see it out. Marc Albrighton then attempts to lead a counter attack but he runs down a blind alley.

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    Pete Owen: Villa do not have a clue how to get back into this, if they do I would confess to believing miracles do happen.

    Ashley Williams: Wow and people say Suarez and Januzaj dive. Benteke, the size he is, should be appalled.

    Mohammed Danyal: We are passing the ball, we are passing the balllll… we are Stoke city, we are passing the ball.

  43. 17:10: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    That's got the crowd on their feet! It all starts with Fabian Delph skipping past two challenges in midfield and then finding Christian Benteke, who goes to ground too easily as Geoff Cameron makes a challenge. The Belgian wants a penalty but there' no chance of that - instead Benteke is booked.

  44. 17:08: 
    Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Stoke win a free-kick in a good area right at the start of the second half, but Marko Arnautovic infuriates Ryan Shawcross by shooting from a stupid angle when he really should have crossed it. Villa need a goal back soon if they are to get a point out of this one.

  45. 17:04: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    We are back under way at Villa Park.

  46. 17:03: 
    Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Gary Lineker's been watching Forrest Gump...

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    Gary Lineker, MOTD PresenterJoin the debate at #bbcfootball

    "You never know what you're going to get with Aston Villa."

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    Stoke player Charlie Adam on Twitter: "Great response from going a goal behind. Big 45 mins coming up."

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    Steven N'Zonzi scores

    Ryan Crombleholm: N'Zonzi's goal reminds me of a goal my Sunday league team conceded today.... twice.

    Tokunbo: Shocking capitulation from the Villa defence. I feel for Brad Guzan.

    Jack Grant: It would make sense that we'd get turned over by Stoke after a great performance against Chelsea.

  50. 16:56: 
    How safe are your club?- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke
    Premier LEague

    As it stands then, Aston Villa and Stoke are only separated by goal difference in 10th and 11th. They are both nine points clear of Sunderland in the last relegation spot - but the Black Cats have two games in hand on Stoke.

    Neither manager knew before kick-off how many points they need to stay up. It could go to the wire.

  51. 16:56:  
    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at WembleyCHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Cambridge win FA Trophy

    "It's all over at Wembley and Cambridge United have won the FA Trophy for the first time in their history. It ended 4-0 with two goals from Ryan Donaldson and one each for Ryan Bird and Luke Berry sealing the victory but Conference South Gosport Borough can be very proud of their efforts after defying all the odds to reach Sunday's final."

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    "Well you are certainly going to get the boos from the fans if you are 1-0 up and then go 1-3 down at home - they are facing their ninth defeat at home.

    "If I was the manager you either have to say to the players it is up to you to get us out of it and leave the dressing room. Or you have to make the players aware individually and collectively how to get it right, so far they have been second best to Stoke.

    "There isn't that energy, I can't see the leadership - as a manager you have to address these things in the 15 minutes you have got to send them out in a better frame of mind psychologically."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  53. 16:49: 

    So we are up to 41 goals on the Premier League totaliser for the weekend then - 43 is the record. Can we break it?

  54. 16:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    A few boos ring out around Villa Park as the whistle goes. Can Villa turn this around?

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    Chris Bloomfield: This is some of the worst defending from Aston Villa that I've seen...Sunday league comes to mind...Oh it is Sunday!

    Tom Castle: More evidence the criticism on Lambert is justified. He hasn't a clue how to motivate the club for these mid-table clashes.

    Dennis Waithera: Credit to Mark Hughes, he is trying to install something good at Brittania stadium.

  56. 16:46: 
    Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    Steven N'Zonzi doesn't get many, and he won't score many better than that either. Stoke cruising to half-time.

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 1-3 Stoke

    "Steven N'Zonzi was not closed down at all there - Stoke won't worry about that though, they have come back from 1-0 down and you can't say they haven't deserved it they have played very very well.

    "There was a mass exodus of Aston Villa fans when that third goal went in, maybe they have gone for half time-refreshments..."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  58. 16:42: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-3 Stoke - Steven N'Zonzi (42 mins)

    'Ole! Ole! Ole!' The Stoke fans dish out the treatment from the away end as they keep the ball for an extended spell, but it also has an end product. Marko Arnautovic is found on the left, his through-ball is not the best and should be cut out by Nathan Baker, but he can't get a proper touch on it and Steven N'Zonzi hammers in from the edge of the box. Goal mad!

  59. 16:39: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke

    Ambitious! Marko Arnautovic tries a shot from 30 yards after good work from Steven N'Zonzi but he gets it horribly wrong, slamming it high into the Holte End.

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    Charlesrigden: Crouch heading to Brazil? It seems like everyone else is. How big is this plane?

    Peter Blow: When was the last time a Crouch goal wasn't against a former club?

  61. 16:35: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke

    Stoke really moving the ball around nicely, they look in control as we enter the last 10 minutes of the half. They's also scored with two of their three shots, which is a nice habit to manage.

  62. 16:33: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke

    Double change for Villa, and it looks like two injuries too. Yacouba Sylla is on for Karim El Ahmadi, who has pulled a muscle, while Marc Albrighton replaces Andreas Weimann, who has a dead leg.

    Not ideal for Paul Lambert.

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    Mark Hammond: Yet again Crouch scores against a former club!

    Chris Palmer: Who knew this Sunday would actually be super. Even Villa v Stoke is entertaining. El Clasico is going to be 0-0 isn't it?

  64. 16:32: 
    Goals, Goals, Goals- Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke

    There have now been 40 goals scored this weekend in the Premier League - last time there was more was 29-30 December 2012 (41).

    The record number of goals in a Premier League weekend (20-team era) is 43 on February 5-6 2011.

    Let's keep 'em coming...

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 1-2 Stoke

    "You saw the advantage of the 6ft 7ins centre forward Peter Crouch, he has to be given the credit for that first goal.

    "And then Erik Pieters did incredibly well to keep the ball in and get to the by-line and cross for Crouch to finish."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  66. 16:28: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke

    Paul Lambert can't quite believe what he's seen. He looks shocked, and may have to make a change as well. There's a man down in midfield.

  67. 16:26: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke - Peter Crouch (26 mins)

    Another turnaround! Stoke grab the lead after good work down the left from Erik Pieters, he holds off Andreas Weimann to burst clear before pulling the ball back to the waiting Peter Crouch. He doesn't miss those, side-footing into the corner.

  68. 16:24: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Stoke

    Nothing it seems can stem the flow of goals this weekend...

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    Phil in Leeds: Getting fed up of weekly calls for England squad call ups (16:15). As Ox showed yesterday, takes more than a couple good games.

  70. 16:21: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-1 Stoke - Peter Odemwingie (22 mins)

    We said he was the main threat, and former West Brom man Peter Odemwingie does haul Stoke level! Peter Crouch nods it on, Odemwingie gets in a gap between two defenders to move in on goal before stabbing in under Brad Guzan. Good goal, thoroughly deserved.

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 1-0 Stoke

    "When Gabriel Agbonlahor gets on the run he can be difficult to stop, if you give him the space with the ball at his feet there are very few players who can stay with him. It is a surprise he only has three goals so far this season."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  72. 16:19: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke

    Lovely stuff from Peter Odemwingie! He's looked Stoke's best attacker so far, as he turns Ron Vlaar twice on the edge of the box, the big Dutchman getting a touch on his shot and lifting it on to the roof of the net. Not far over at all that one..

  73. 16:18: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke

    Christian Benteke has scored five times in his last six home appearances in the Premier League. The Belgian looks back to his best as Villa threaten again, Ryan Bertrand's low cross-shot fizzing across the goalmouth.

  74. 16:16: 

    How would you like your hat served Martin? Grilled, fried or steamed?

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    Martin Ashton Potter: If Delph doesn't make the England squad this summer I shall eat my own hat.

    Elliot Levy: Delph and Agbonlahor for England?

  76. 16:15:  
    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at WembleyFA Trophy final- Cambridge 3-0 Gosport Borough

    "It's 3-0 to Cambridge now and surely game over. Ryan Donaldson has scored his second, tucking home from 12 yards out after Cambridge earlier hit the post and Gosport failed to clear their lines.

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    Jenni in Newtownards: For a 'poor' season, Christian Benteke has already scored 11 goals. Mark Hughes would bite your hand off for a 'poor' striker who could score 10+ goals.

  78. 16:11: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke put together a neat move of their own, Peter Odemwingie spinning away from a challenge 30 yards from goal - but he delays his pass for too long and Marko Arnautovic is offside when the ball does land at his feet. Better though, that just needed a quicker release.

  79. 16:11: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "The first half we dominated but there's refereeing decisions which did not go our way today and completely changed the dynamic of the game.

    "We suffered after conceding the equaliser and the last goal made it very difficult for us. There's nothing to complain about the third goal. We lost the game, more than Tottenham won the game, and they had a little help from the referee."

  80. 16:09: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic comes to collect a corner but gets nowhere near it. Flapping.

    Villa have been excellent in the early stages.

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    Ashley Williams: Benteke's already killed off the fears of a dull 0-0. Great finish.

    Sean: Delph is a very underrated player. Works hard for the team and is quite talented. Aston Villa player of the season.

  82. 16:07: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke

    Oooh ugly challenge in midfield from Karim El Ahmadi, he scissors Peter Crouch from behind and goes into the book.

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 1-0 Stoke

    "Well Fabian Delph made the goal - first class play by him. He beat his man and got the ball in so the credit has to go to him."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  84. 16:07: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

    Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood on his trips from the directors' box to the dugout: "It was tiring, to be honest. It's hard sitting up there but it is so much better because you can see the whole match. Once I made the substitutions it was time to come down and cheer the boys on from the side.

    "I've had a pop at them in the past but they know how to react to criticism now and they know how to react to winning games. The rant I gave them after the Chelsea match did them no harm."

  85. 16:04: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke - Christian Benteke (5 mins)

    The goalfest continues! The 38th goal of the weekend goes to Aston Villa, as Fabian Delph again gets free on the left, he cuts it back for Christian Benteke on the penalty spot, he takes his time and then lashes high into the roof of the net with his left peg.

    Mark Hughes' gameplan out the window...

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    Graham Taylor, at Villa Park for BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 0-0 Stoke

    "You can already see that both sides - but Stoke in particular - are looking to keep possession of the ball and not look straight away for Peter Crouch.

    "But there comes a time though when you have to attack a bit quicker."

    Listen to Aston Villa v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  87. 16:02: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke

    Aston Villa make a confident start, keeping the ball well in the opening exchanges. Fabian Delph puts over a testing cross from the left but Stoke head it away.

  88. 16:02: 
    Tottenham 3-2 Southampton
    Tottenham
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    Simon: I fear for 0-0 on this final match after the goal frenzy we've had this weekend. Here's hoping I'm wrong.

    Elliot Southerton: Buzzing for the game. Live in Stoke, support Villa. Won't live it down if we lose. Either be a 0-0 or a 3-1 Villa win...

  90. 16:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke get us going in the Sunday finale...

  91. 15:54: 
    Aston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    Ron Vlaar and Ryan Shawcross - giants among men - lead their sides out at Villa Park. All set for the last Premier League action of the weekend?

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    Stoke CityAston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes on how many points his side needs to be safe: "Historically it's 40 points, give or take, but it's probably less than that over a 5-10 year period.

    "We are not there yet and we are looking to add more points if we can. A lot of the targets we set ourselves at the start of the season are still attainable."

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    James Blackwell: Of Villa's last 9 games, five are certainly winnable including today. A bit of consistency and it could be a nice end to the season.

  94. 15:50:  
    Aston VillaAston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "This is a totally different game and atmosphere [to the Chelsea match], the crowd will maybe expect us to win after the other night but Stoke are a tough side to play against and we will have to earn it.

    "You are never quite sure in this league [how many points you need to be safe]. A win will certainly put us in strong position but I don't want to win this game and think 'that's it' and down tools for the rest of the season."

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    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    "When you come in like Mark Hughes has at Stoke and try and change the whole style of play of the club, it takes time. You have to take care as it is not easy and you also need the players to do that."

  96. 15:48: 
    Aston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    So we need three more goals at Villa Park to keep to our four goals a game average over the weekend.

    Don't let us down lads...

  97. 15:48:  
    Southampton

    Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino: "The first half we were dominating, 2-0 up, and the referee decisions that did not go our way and the decision before the second goal changed the dynamic of the game.

    "It was more that we lost the game than Tottenham won the game and there was help from the referee.

    "Tottenham are a team that are equipped to win the Premier League, we are a young team, there is a long-term project for us but despite that it was an even-sided game and we were disappointed with today's result."

  98.   
    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at WembleyFA Trophy final

    "Ryan Bird, on loan from Portsmouth, has lobbed Cambridge United ahead against Gosport Borough, five minutes before the break in what has been an even half of football."

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    Robbie Mackenzie: Can completely relate to Daniel Tinkler [15:23], although I got weirder looks the other day when my headphones slipped out of my laptop and Dancing in the Moonlight came blaring out.

    Matt in Romford: Can't see Spurs getting top 4, not unless yesterday's result sends Arsenal into a 'negative spiral'.

    Andrew: Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, two young men who are going places very quickly. They are the future of English football, build your team around them Roy.

  100.  
    Tottenham 3-2 Southampton
    Tottenham

    Luke Shaw radiating pain in that photo. That's what a last-gasp goal can do to a man.

  101. 15:38: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

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

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Whelan, Odemwingie, Nzonzi, Palacios, Arnautovic, Crouch. Subs: Muniesa, Shea, Guidetti, Wilkinson, Sorensen, Shotton, Ward.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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    Tom in London: Actually think Sigurdsson's all round play won that game for Spurs. Moves the ball a lot quicker than Dembele, definitely wouldn't mind seeing him in central midfield more often.

    Craig in Bath: The battle at Anfield next week could well be 7-5 looking at the potential strikers and defences on display.

    Matt in Stirling: As a Spurs fan, can't help but think that the result masks greater problems.

  103. 15:37: 
    El Clasico!- Real Madrid v Barcelona (20:00 GMT)
    Gareth Bale

    Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Gareth Bale has been hindered by his £85m world-record transfer. The ex-Tottenham man goes into tonight's El Clasico between Real and Barcelona having scored 14 goals in 31 appearances to help his side to the top of the league. If that is being hindered, what will he be capable of when he gets used to it?

    You can follow live text commentary of El Clasico on the BBC Sport website from 18:30 GMT.

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    Nathan Nicholls: Didn't think this weekend could get much worse as an Arsenal fan.

    James Tonkinson: Spurs should play around Eriksen. Two goals today and always chasing the ball down and applying pressure.

    Mike Hanson: Heart and character from that Spurs team today! Never gave up and creating chances till the final whistle!

  105. 15:32: 
    Player reaction- Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

    Tottenham double goalscorer Christian Eriksen: "We got a little speech at half-time and in the second half we were new guys. We try to play like the manager wanted, we showed it way more in the second half than the first half."

  106. 15:31: 
    Player reaction- Tottenham 3-2 Southampton
    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Tottenham match-winner Gylfi Sigurdsson: "After we started the game like we did, there is a lot of character in the team shown in the way we bounced back. It's better to be 1-0 or 2-0 down and come back and win 3-2 at home."

  107. 15:30: 
    Deja vu all over again- Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

    Spurs beat Southampton 3-2 in December too, with Emmanuel Adebayor's brace bringing Tim Sherwood a win in his first game in charge.

  108.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

    "Spurs can keep going now, there is still a mathematical chance that they can catch Arsenal. They do have some tough games coming up but they can only go and have a go against those teams.

    "Christian Eriksen's goal 10 minutes before half time helped them. In the second period they played with more energy and purpose. If Spurs could have found a bit more quality they could have won easier in the second half. But a touch of class from Gylfi Sigurdsson won them the game.

    "Spurs are a rollercoaster ride to watch, especially some of the defending - but attacking it is worth your admission fee, where it will take them who knows."

  109. 15:25: 
    Aston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph on his goal against Chelsea last weekend: "It came off perfectly, I watched it on Match of the Day with my Mrs and she said she couldn't believe the commentator asked me if I meant it or not.

    "She said she was going to get his number and give him a ring."

    Do not mess with Mrs Delph...

  110. 15:24: 
    As it stands- Aston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)
    Premier League

    Here's the top half of the table then after that late winner for Spurs and before Villa host Stoke. Maybe Spurs aren't totally out of the race for fourth yet...?

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    Greg Matthews: I'm sorry Saints, but you have got what you deserved. Completely stopped playing after going 2-0 up.

    Daniel Tinkler: People looking at me in the uni library after my 'vigorous silent cheer'. Top strike from Gylfi. Committed fan and student.

  112. 15:23: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

    What a comeback! Spurs take the points after late drama at the Lane!

  113.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

    "We have talked about Gylfi Sigurdsson all the second half and he has produced the goal - that's the match winner. Tim Sherwood is going ballistic down the touchline."

  114. 15:20: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-2 Southampton - Gylfi Sigurdsson (90 mins)

    They've done it! Out of nothing really the Icelander Gylfi Sigurdsson has won it for Spurs! Jose Fonte heads out a deep ball into the box, Christian Eriksen lays it off into Sigurdsson's path, and he leathers it home from 20 yards, hard and low into the corner.

    Tim Sherwood's celebration is not far off Mourinho at Old Trafford - airborne, fist pumping down the touchline.

  115. 15:16: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Paul (below) will enjoy that as Adam Lallana wriggles away from a challenge to set up a chance for Rickie Lambert, who drags his left-footed shot wide from the edge of the box.

    As we enter the final minute Southampton send on young striker Sam Gallagher.

  116. 15:13: 
    FINAL FIVE- Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    It's now or never then. Will we have a late winner?

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    Rich in Sidcup: Keep the faith Maggie [15:01]! I'm confident Spurs will prick the Liverpool balloon.

    Paul: I think the form and quality of Lallana has all but ended Townsend's hopes of a WC place. Lallana is what they call a good player. Townsend isn't.

    Michael in Newcastle: Spurs are really missing Adebayor today. Think he would have turned this second half domination into a goal.

  118. 15:07: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Southampton have been on the back foot all half but they do create a good chance, Adam Lallana digging out a cross from the right for Rickie Lambert to attack but he's beaten to the punch by Younes Kaboul, who deflects his header over the crossbar.

    Into the last 10 minutes.

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    Ben Goodwin: Did Spurs just get Chadli because they saw Hazard and Mirallas and thought - we need one of those Belgian wingers?

  120. 15:06: 
    Team News- Aston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    One change for both sides at Villa Park. Ryan Bertrand starts at left-back for Villa, while Wilson Palacios replaces Stephen Ireland in the Stoke line-up.

    Villa XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Bertrand, Westwood, Vlaar, Baker, El Ahmadi, Delph, Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor

    Stoke XI: Begovic; Pieters, Shawcross, Wilson, Cameron; Arnautovic, Palacios, Whelan, Nzonzi, Odemwingie; Crouch

  121.   
    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at WembleyFA Trophy final
    Wembley

    "Both teams on the pitch, national anthem sung, it's game time."

    Cambridge United v Gosport Borough

  122. 15:01: 
    Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Into the last 15 minutes then. Gylfi Sigurdsson gets a shot away but he's well crowded out by the defence, it's starting to look more and more like a draw at the Lane.

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    Maggie in Lowestoft: Is there any other Spurs fan out there who is feeling sick about next week's trip to Anfield? The question is - how many? Even 10 men in defence won't stop Suarez and co!

  124.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    "I think Andros Townsend needs to make an impact in a Spurs shirt if he wants to be on the plane to Brazil. Currently Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Raheem Sterling are ahead of him."

  125. 14:58: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    A draw would leave these sides in sixth and eighth in the Premier League.

    Sit up Roy! Here's another of your World Cup hopefuls, it's Andros Townsend on in place of Aaron Lennon. Townsend needs a good run-in to make it to Brazil you feel.

  126.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    "Credit to Tim Sherwood and his coaching staff, Spurs have been much more on the front foot in this second half.

    "There has been less control in Southampton's passing, if Spurs pick and choose their moment I think they can find a third or fourth goal."

  127. 14:54: 
    Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Southampton can't get out. Every time they do clear their lines the ball comes right back to them. Rickie Lambert does manage to beat a man on the left wing but his cross is easily dealt with.

    We are into the last half-hour.

  128. 14:50: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Another switch for the Saints, and it's Gaston Ramirez on in place of Jay Rodriguez. Well played J-Rod - is he carrying a bit of an injury? Possibly.

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    James Mackellar: Having seen Saints give away leads so cheaply a few times this season, they rely on the team pressing too much.

  130. 14:48: 
    Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Spurs have had 65% of the ball since half-time. They look like the side most likely to score a fifth goal.

  131.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    "I think Gylfi Sigurdsson deserves credit since he came on, you know what you are going to get from him. He passes the ball intelligently and he has given Spurs a dominance of this game. He is one you can trust he will give you a 7/8 out of 10 performance every game he plays."

  132. 14:43: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    It's much, much better from Tottenham in this half. They now look like the confident side, with Nacer Chadli now getting into his stride, testing Artur Boruc at his near post with a low drive.

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    Rich in London: Soldado is starting to look a bit like a world class midfielder!

    Lee in Norwich: The fact that this Tottenham side is above Man Utd should be enough to get Moyes the sack. Awful.

  134. 14:40: 
    Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Younes Kaboul is called to a peace summit chaired by referee Anthony Taylor, with the ongoing dispute between Dejan Lovren and Roberto Soldado on the agenda.

    Ambassador Kaboul steps in with a warm handshake for both players. There's a future in global peace-keeping for the Spurs number four.

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    KevinOnEarth: Have the rules of soccer changed? You can now push a defender over if it allows you to run on & score a goal?

    Jake smyth: Lovren needs to stop crying and do his job.

    Foul or no foul? These two can't decide and neither can I...

  136. 14:37: 
    Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Tim Sherwood's reaction to that equaliser was pure passion. More fist-pumps than a Tim Henman Wimbledon semi. You would not want to have a seat next to him.

  137.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    "Well I never - the defending was absolutely hopeless from Dejan Lovren. Credit to Christian Eriksen though with the finish - game on."

  138. 14:35: 
    Tottenham 2-2 Southampton

    Tim Sherwood is now back in the stands - he's been up and down like a yo-yo. Roberto Soldado and Dejan Lovren get physical again as they compete for a ball in the channel.

    And we are up to our quota of four goals per match, the average over the weekend.

  139. 14:33: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-2 Southampton - Christian Eriksen (46 mins)

    A goal 44 seconds into the second half! More bad defending as Roberto Soldado shrugs off the challenge of Dejan Lovren - who thinks he is fouled - before putting the ball on a plate for Christian Eriksen, who buries his second of the game. What a start!

    Eriksen
  140. 14:33: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    Southampton get us under way.

  141. 14:32: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    One half-time change by Tim Sherwood as Gylfi Sigurdsson comes on in place of Mousa Dembele. On a weekend of spectacular strikes, he is a man who can hit a ball.

    Southampton also make a change, Nathaniel Clyne being binned in favour of Calum Chambers.

  142.   
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Villa ParkAston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    "Paul Lambert's not prone to overstatement, so when he said last Saturday that the win against Chelsea was the "best victory" he's had as Aston Villa's boss he meant it.

    "He also described his team's performance as "monumental" as they delivered back-to-back home league wins for the first time (in the same season) for over three and half years. Their task now is to make it a Villa Park treble - something that's not happened since October 2007."

  143. 14:31: 
    Aston Villa v Stoke (16:00 GMT)

    We should have team news from our 16:00 GMT kick-off coming up in the next half an hour.

  144.   
    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at WembleyFA Trophy final- Cambridge v Gosport Borough (15:00 GMT)

    "'When I'm up, I'm up and when I'm down, I'm down. But whether I'm up or down, I'm always Gosport town'. Here's is Gosport Borough's FA Trophy final song This is my Town', sung by local band Night of Treason.

    Gosport's FA Trophy final song

    "Both sets of players have now inspected the pitch, all kitted out in their finery, and they are into their pre-match warm up as Wembley 'fills' up."

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    Ross in Kent: Anyone else think Tottenham should make a cheeky bid for Ashley Cole?

    Anonymous: Lambert 9 goals in 29 Prem appearances, Welbeck 9 goals in 18 Prem appearances, normally playing from the wing - not so difficult to justify...

    Sam at Wembley: Forget the Prem... It's all about Cambridge United at WEMBLEY today.

  146. 14:27: 
    Real Madrid v Barcelona (20:00 GMT)
    Gerardo Martino and Carlo Ancelotti

    Defending La Liga champions Barcelona trail leaders Real Madrid by four points with 10 games left, with Atletico Madrid sandwiched in-between. Barca boss Gerardo Martino admits that tonight's El Clasico at the Bernabeu is their "last chance" in the title race.

    He said: "A draw isn't a good result though that depends on how the game goes, We're convinced we can win the Clasico. It's probably our last chance to win the league."

    You can follow all the action from El Clasico on BBC Sport's live text commentary from 18:30 GMT.

  147. 14:26: 
    Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    What will Tim Sherwood be saying to his lads at half-time then? 'Raise it!' I imagine.

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    Marco Reus: Southampton's attacking football is a joy to watch. Well done Pochettino.

    Ed C: Spurs, like their manager, are struggling for an identity. The stands or touch line? High line or play deep?

    chisomo kumbuyo: Despite the lack of goals, Soldado is looking worth the money in this game.

  149. 14:23: 
    The Hod squad?- Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    Former Tottenham player and England manager Glenn Hoddle has been talking about how he nearly joined his old club following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in December, before Tim Sherwood signed an 18-month contract to lead the north London side.

    "I would never shut the door on management, but at this moment in time I don't feel that burning desire to get down on the bench. Tim Sherwood's the manager now and everyone's got to get behind him," Hoddle, 56, told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek.

    Having led England at the 1998 World Cup in France, Hoddle knows how valuable big tournament experience will be for Roy Hodgson's relatively young side in Brazil later this year.

    "This World Cup needs to be a stepping stone for the Euros (in 2016). It's a possibility we can win it, of course, but I think the FA need to be realistic and plan for two years' time."

  150. 14:23: 
    Tottenham 1-2 Southampton
    Southampton

    Aisle seat or window lads? Will Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez be on their way to Brazil?

  151.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    "I think Tim Sherwood will be grateful Spurs have got a lifeline with the Christian Eriksen goal. For 30 minutes Spurs were outplayed and Southampton played with some lovely interchanges of movement and positions. The Spurs high line has caused them all sorts of problems. Finally though Spurs started to win a few challenges in midfield and got the ball in the box.

    "A tweak of personnel or formations may be considered by Tim Sherwood at half-time."

  152. 14:21: 
    El Clasico!- Real Madrid v Barcelona (20:00 GMT)
    Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

    Arguably the world's two greatest footballers will be going head-to-head this evening as Real Madrid and Barcelona do battle at the Bernabeu in one of football's fiercest rivalries. Barcelona's Lionel Messi won four consecutive Ballon d'Or awards between 2009 and 2012, while Real's Cristiano Ronaldo won the 2013 award. As the Spanish rivals look for valuable points in the La Liga title race, BBC Sport take a look at which player is the best.

    You can follow live text commentary of Real Madrid v Barcelona on the BBC Sport website from 18:30 GMT.

  153.   
    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart LaneHALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    "Southampton continue to show what a promising developing side they are and just when it looked really dim for Tottenham, Christian Eriksen got one back."

  154.   
    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at WembleyFA Trophy final- Cambridge v Gosport Borough (15:00 GMT)

    "Gosport Borough's players were at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and were among the 83,000 supporters who saw Saracens defeat Harlequins in what was a record attendance for a club rugby union match.

    "Today they get their own chance to play on the hallowed turf and although a quarter of that attendance is expected for the FA Trophy final between Borough and Cambridge United it means just as much to both clubs and both sets of fans.

    "Conference South Gosport are huge underdogs against Cambridge - who are gunning for promotion in Conference Premier. However, as they have already proved in the competition they just love the 'underdog tag'."

  155. 14:17: 
    FA Trophy- Cambridge v Gosport Borough (15:00 GMT)

    Great first half! There's also a trophy to be won this afternoon too - the FA Trophy no less.

    Gosport Borough, 20th in Conference South, are huge underdogs against Cambridge - who are second in the Conference Premier.

    But that hasn't stopped them from getting into the full swing of things, including recording a Cup Final song!

    Have a listen to Night of Treason getting into full-on Wembley mode.

    'If I'm young or I'm old, I'm wearing blue and gold. If I'm up or I'm down, I'm from Gosport Town.'

    Classic.

  156. 14:17: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-2 Southampton
  157.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    "The fluid rotation and style of the Southampton play has to be admired, but Spurs have grown in this game and they are starting to offer more of a threat as this game comes up to half-time."

  158. 14:14: 
    Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    Christian Eriksen looks like being the driving force for any Spurs comeback. He whips in a fine free-kick from wide on the left and Artur Boruc is on his toes again to turn it away. We are into the last minutes of a very entertaining first-half.

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    Paul in Skelmersdale: With the quality of Lambert and Rodriguez, it's hard to argue that one should miss out on a place. Hard to justify taking Welbeck instead, for instance, when the Saints pair score much more regularly.

  160. 14:11: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    Brilliant touch! I was critical of Roberto Soldado earlier but he produces a touch of Dimitar Berbatov-style class to lay-off a cross into the path of Christian Eriksen. Perfect weight to reach the Dane, who hurdles two tackles before his shot is closed down by Artur Boruc. Could he have gone down for a penalty? He was very honest.

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    Michael Harvey: Both right backs having a mare.

    David Omojomolo: From the stands or the dugout, still looks bad doesn't it Tim.

    Chris Lloyd: Naughton has been a liability for years and Rose's career is based on his debut goal, neither would get in a Championship side.

  162. 14:07: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    Spurs are a rabble at the back. Southampton get in again so easily, Adam Lallana breaking into the penalty area and firing off a shot which Hugo Lloris does well to smother. Groans of frustration emanate from behind the goal.

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    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    "I watched the powerful display of Chelsea yesterday, they knew how Arsenal like to play, often out from the back. In the first 10 minutes they steamed into them with power, strength, to win the ball back. Everybody thinks Jose Mourinho is a genius but it was obvious what to do.

    "Spurs haven't been doing that- the first time they did push up and made a tackle they got a goal."

  164. 14:05: 
    Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    Mousa Dembele slices a shot wide from 20 yards as Spurs suddenly kick into life. This could end up 5-5.

  165. 14:02: 
    Tottenham 1-2 Southampton

    You can't beat a load of defensive errors for entertainment can you? Tim Sherwood is now back in the dugout, grinding those teeth again. He remains unhappy despite that goal.

    Sherwood
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    Tom Wylie: Tottenham's defence making Liverpool's defence look solid, how can you spend 100 million and be this bad, backwards step.

    Matt Annetts: Rodriguez and Lallana have to be on the plane.

  167. 14:00: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-2 Southampton - Christian Eriksen (31 mins)

    The curse of the right-back strikes for the third time! This time it's Nathaniel Clyne who drops one, the Southampton man lets a cross go under his studs when it appeared an easy clearance and Christian Eriksen is left with an easy finish at the far post.

    They've not been in the game, but Spurs have a lifeline.

    Eriksen
  168.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 0-2 Southampton

    "I think the first error that Kyle Naughton made has mentally fazed him and led to this second mistake. It's another sublime finish though, what do Spurs do now?"

  169. 13:57: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-2 Southampton - Adam Lallana (28 mins)

    Kyle Naughton at it again! Dearie me, another clanger from the right-back as he is left as last man after a corner, he tries to control the ball and can only stab it into the path of Rickie Lambert. He waits for Adam Lallana to overlap him before playing him in, and Lallana's finish is unerring. It's a good job Tim Sherwood is in the stands.

    Lallana
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    Rod in London: What has happened to Andros Townsend? He was the saviour of English football a few months ago. Now he barely gets a mention or a game.

  171. 13:55: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-1 Southampton

    So nearly two for Saints! Another good move ends with Luke Shaw letting fly from 20 yards, the ball strikes a defender and spins narrowly wide of the far corner, with Hugo Lloris helpless on the deck. A superb first half hour from the visitors.

  172. 13:55: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Southampton

    Daniel Sturridge (19) is the only English player to score more than Jay Rodriguez (13) in the Premier League this season - he has the same number as Wayne Rooney.

    There's only one number nine who looks like he cost £26m on the pitch so far.

  173. 13:53: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Southampton

    Lovely stuff again from Southampton's England lot. Rickie Lambert brings down a pass with a great touch before finding Adam Lallana inside, he gets a shot away but this time it's easy for Hugo Lloris. Spurs not getting to grips with the visitors at all.

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    Matt Love: I would rather see a three legged camel named on the team sheet ahead of Kyle Naughton, what an awful player.

    Paul Thompson: That's a horror show from Kyle Naughton. Terrible. It's not been a great weekend for defenders! The goal fest continues...

    Calum Farmer: Thought Southampton paid too much for Rodriguez, but it appears to be paying off ironically.

  175. 13:51: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Southampton

    I'm not too sure what Kyle Naughton could have been thinking. Did he get a shout from somewhere to leave it? As Alan Hansen would say, he had to play percentages there and head it clear. Saints looking slick and confident in the final third though.

  176.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 0-1 Southampton

    "That is dreadful defending from Kyle Naughton, the basic rule as a defender is to sense the danger, judge the ball and know where it is gong to bounce and don't let it go over you.

    "A lovely finish though, it started outside the post and curled back in. Without having too many chances Southampton have deserved that - they have played the better football."

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  177. 13:48: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-1 Southampton - Jay Rodriguez (19 mins)

    This boy can finish, he can really finish! Jay Rodriguez puts another case forward to the watching Roy Hodgson with his 15th goal of the season. But it's all about Kyle Naughton, who misreads Artur Boruc's long goal-kick downfield, ducking under it to allow J-Rod a clear run on goal. He looked confident, and made no mistake, sweeping into the corner.

    Southampton
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    Edward Herbert: Paulinho and Kane should be playing! Why do we continue to use Bentaleb and Soldado!?

  179. 13:45: 
    Slow starters- Tottenham 0-0 Southampton
    Aaron Lennon

    Tottenham remain the only Premier League side yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League match this season.

  180. 13:44: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Southampton

    Ah, the first good attack from Tottenham just comes unstuck. Roberto Soldado starts it with a deft lay-off into the path of Nacer Chadli, who bursts past his man before cutting the ball back for Coldado - but he overcooks the pass and gives the Spaniard no chance. Almost - right idea, wrong execution.

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    Dexter: Anyone who thinks Levy is the problem has a very short memory. Spurs are miles better off now then before Levy, 5th was an achievement then, now we're disappointed with it.

  182. 13:43: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Southampton

    Southampton have been a joy to watch in this opening quarter of an hour. Their one-touch play in attack has left Spurs chasing shadows.

  183.   
    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9:Tottenham 0-0 Southampton

    "Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli without the football need to help Nabil Bentaleb and Mousa Dembele. They are getting outnumbered in the centre of the pitch."

  184. 13:39: 

    Phil Babb sliding into the goalpost. Can still bring a tear to your eye.

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    Russ D: On a slightly different note, at my school any taking a ball in the 'family jewels' meant you had been 'Phil Babb'ed'.

    Tom: Laurent Robert scored a few belters in his time, two in one game against Spurs too! Rocket of a left peg that lad.

    Sam from Pool: Danny Rose's 30 yard volley against Arsenal to win the game! Hell of a way to make your Spurs debut!

  186. 13:38: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Tottenham 0-0 Southampton

    More lovely football from Southampton. Rickie Lambert threads a pass through the eye of a needle to find Jay Rodriguez, but the offside flag is raised before he steers it into the bottom corner.

    He was just offside, but the Saints look like getting through Spurs with ease so far...

  187. 13:35: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Southampton

    Two of Southampton's England hopefuls combine in the first move of any substance. Adam Lallana sends Rickie Lambert over the top, the number seven cuts inside Younes Kaboul and then has time to pick out Lallana arriving to his left. Time stands still as Spurs don't react at all, and Lallana should probably have done better than chip his shot wide of the far corner.

    Very hesitant in the Spurs defence.

  188.  
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    Thomas Rimer: Spurs' biggest problem isn't injuries or Tim Sherwood - it's Daniel Levy. Until he is gone Spurs will never win anything.

    Real Stealth: Why does Sherwood continue to start Bentaleb? How about Paulinho instead?

  189. 13:32: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Southampton

    Stand-in Spurs captain Younes Kaboul has the first effort on target, thumping in a header from a corner which is straight at Artur Boruc. Danny Rose then calls for a new ball - we've got a flat after three minutes.

    You didn't have this problem with a Mitre Delta.

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    Steven Morpeth: Alan Mullery 1973-74 on Match of the Day 70's. 'Youve been Mullered'!

    Nick: Any flying volley at Goals is now a Kasami! They don't happen that often though...

    Andrew in Plymouth: Best lobbed goal has to be Lee Dixon's own goal v Coventry....Classic.

  191. 13:31: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Southampton

    Tim Sherwood is a massive fan of Nabil Bentaleb but the youngster is caught in possession by Adam Lallana and Younes Kaboul has to stretch to hack away a cross from the left. Positive start from the visitors.

  192. 13:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 0-0 Southampton

    We have kicked-off.

  193. 13:28: 
    Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    It's a managerial who's who in the seats at White Hart Lane. Joining Alan Pardew and Tim Sherwood is England gaffer Roy Hodgson who has plenty of names to tick or cross off his World Cup list.

    Here we go.

  194. 13:22: 
    Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    Speaking of Alan Pardew, he's in the house in the expensive seats for this one. The Newcastle boss is doing a bit of scouting ahead of facing Southampton next Saturday.

    Kick-off is eight minutes away...

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    Damien Webb: Karel Poborsky's scooped lob in the Euro's definitely started a phase at my school of doing a Poborsky!

    Henry Thomas Aldridge: Surely Cisse's wonder-volley v Chelsea has to be up there! The curve it got from the outside of the boot was incredible.

    Jamie Williams: Crouch's effort against Man City is also up there!

  196. 13:18: 

    It seems if you're English and a Premier League manager you can't be trusted in the technical area. Alan Pardew and Tim Sherwood are heading upstairs for the 'director's view.'

    I bet Sherwood is the sort of guy who fiddles around for ages changing the camera angle on computer games.

  197. 13:18: 
    Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)
    Tim Sherwood

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood: "We're happy to have the boys fit. Younes [Kaboul] is back and Michael [Dawson] has managed to get on the bench. We're pleased with the team we can select.

    Sherwood on where he'll be watching the game: "I'm going to go up top [directors' box] and have a look from there, to get a better view. You can't see the game properly from down there [in the dugout] and I'm getting involved in every little decision, which is possibly wrong."

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    Henry Hill: That thing Bergkamp did against Newcastle, that's now called a Bergkamp. And Di Canio's scissor kick volley, that was good.

    Suraj: If you score a sliced own goal we now say "you scored a Kolo Toure."

    Zac Young: Thierry Henry's sublime strike v Manchester United is one of the best and isn't too easy to recreate.

  199.   
    Nigel Spackman on BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    "I think Spurs are one of those clubs you feel are capable of winning a cup competition but not the league. They have spent a lot of money in the summer but don't seem to have progressed.

    "It is easy to sack managers but it is who you bring in - I think Andre Villas-Boas was a backwards step and the players didn't take to his methods. I think Harry Redknapp was doing a good job here and I think he deserved another season.

    "Too many boards look at managers abroad. The only chance a British manager gets is if they promote from within like Tim Sherwood or like with Steve Bruce, who got Hull promoted."

  200. 13:08: 
    Lawro's predictions- Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    Lawro has gone for an away win in our early game at White Hart Lane. What do you think?

    "Spurs have all sorts of injury worries. They are a mess," Lawro said.

    "They're paying the price for signing too many players. They don't know what their best 11 is and we're coming towards the end of March. All the speculation over Tim Sherwood isn't helping.

    "Southampton have a good side - they have players playing to get to the World Cup, which is great for the manager, and I think they'll win."

    Read Lawro's full prediction and score

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    Des in Spalding: Surely Xabi Alonso's 60 yarder v Newcastle was way better...controlled and placed rather than Rooney's speculative lob!

    Beth in Tottenham: Tiote vs Arsenal, great strike to complete best comeback in pl history!

    Adam in Liverpool: Any lob in school was a Nayim!

  202. 12:58: 
    Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    Looks like a cracking day at White Hart Lane as the players go through their warm-ups. Can Spurs pick up a win? Or will the Saints upset the apple cart again?

    Luke Shaw, Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana will all be pushing their World Cup claims.

  203.   
    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerJoin the debate at #bbcfootball

    "5.5 million of you watched MOTD last night. Biggest in a long time! Either down to great games and extraordinary goals or Russell Brand"

  204.   
    Jason Roberts, Recently retired striker on MOTD2 extra

    "Liverpool are unbeaten at home since September. Anyone going there is going to have to be very careful tactically and both Man City and Chelsea have got to go to Anfield which will be crucial in deciding the title."

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    Caff: Suarez's halfway line hat-trick goal against Norwich had everything Rooney's had, without the bounce.

    Steve Bryant: Never mind the Premier League, have a look at Jake Hessenthaler's first ever goal for Gillingham two weeks ago!

    jay fozzy: Trevor Sinclair for QPR, overhead bicycle kick. Best goal ever.

  206.   
    MOTD2 ExtraThe title race

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on MOTD2 extra: "There was a time at Manchester United when we had games in hand in quick succession and we were going for the title and we lost points as a result due to the fixture pile-up.

    "I am not saying Man City are not in a good place but with a Manchester derby up next - and Manchester United coming back to form after some terrible performances - it will be a tough game for Man City."

  207. 12:48: 
    Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    So no Emmanuel Adebayor for Spurs today, and Tim Sherwood will need Roberto Soldado to lead the line to good effect. The £26m man has only scored six Premier League goals all season. Will he come good?

  208. 12:45: 
    Team News- Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    Tottenham make three changes to the team which lost to Arsenal last Sunday, with Aaron Lennon, Nabil Bentaleb and Roberto Soldado coming into the side. Emmanuel Adebayor, who was expected to shake off an ankle problem, does not make the squad.

    There are two changes to the Southampton side which beat Norwich 4-2 last weekend, with Jack Cork - who was injured for that one - and Rickie Lambert returning to the starting line-up.

  209.   
    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart LaneTottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    "Fourth place and Champions League football seems out of Tottenham's grasp now, but they must finish the season strongly to secure their participation in the Europa League for next season.

    "It's been a very challenging time for Tim Sherwood and he has cut an exasperated figure in recent weeks, battling not only poor performances on the pitch, but also huge speculation that Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal is set to take over next season.

    "Memories of the 3-2 win over Southampton in December, in what was Sherwood's first league game in charge, seem like a distant memory. It's interesting to note that he picked two strikers in that game, and continued to do so throughout the successful early days of his tenure, but has since abandoned that idea and results have not gone their way."

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    Paul: Arie Haan in the 78 World Cup against Zoff and Italy. Straight as an arrow and deliberately faded away at the end. 40 yard masterpiece.

    Eddie in Middlesbrough: What about Pedro Mendes vs United, shame the officials didn't see it cross the line!

    Kris in Blackburn: This day can progress no further without mentioning Papa Bouba Diop for Fulham v Man Utd. So good it coined a phrase at university for a similar strike: "He scored an absolute Bouba".

    That's what we want. Goals which then describe goals. At my school any goal that went in off the window frame which served as a crossbar was 'a Yeboah.'

  211.   
    MOTD2 Extra

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on MOTD2 extra: "After the Chelsea v Arsenal game yesterday the referee would have had time to review everything he had done.

    "He has time to prepare himself like a manager does and he should then have to come out and defend his decisions in front of the cameras."

  212. 12:37: 
    Team News- Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

    There is no place for striker Emmanuel Adebayor in the Tottenham side, while Rickie Lambert returns up front for Southampton.

    Spurs XI: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen; Soldado

    Saints XI: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Ward-Prowse, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.

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    Alistair Cocking: Tony Yeboah v Liverpool or Wimbledon, take your pick!

    JackkGerrard: Lampard's v Germany was a belter off the underside....oh.

    Freddie Marks: David Bentley 40 yard touch and volley against Arsenal.

  214. 12:29: 
    Rooney or Beckham?

    After scoring his sensational goal on Saturday that had pundits struggling to find enough superlatives, Wayne Rooney's modest response was simply: "I wouldn't say it's my favourite."

    The England striker's lob from just inside West Ham's half was reminiscent of a similar goal scored by David Beckham for Manchester United against Wimbledon back in 1996.

    But when asked if his was better than Beckham's, Rooney quipped: "Of course."

    BBC Sport has had a look at both goals, plus four other stunning lobs from the likes of Nayim, and asks which is the best?

    Have your say via #bbcfootball and let us know what the best goal you ever scored was.

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    Jonas Norton in Runcorn: Not sure if it's the best, but Paul Scholes' volley in off the bar a few years ago at Villa Park was simply divine. And I'm a Villa fan!

    Colin: Got to be Rooney's volley against Newcastle. Not quite as far out but absolutely ridiculous technique.

    Anonymous: Erik Edman's screamer v Liverpool a couple of years back. Forgettable player, unforgettable goal!

    Edman! Great shout, but Put your names on those texts please.

  216.   
    MOTD2 Extra

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on MOTD2 extra: "I think in the last couple weeks Arsenal have run out of fuel, at this time in the season it is whoever has momentum and that is Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea."

  217.   
    Jason Roberts, Recently retired striker on MOTD2 extra

    "Arsenal's recent performances, losing two of the last three, means I think they are dropping out of the title race. You could make a case that Liverpool could be king makers as they are still to face Chelsea and Man City at Anfield or they could go on to win the title themselves. "

  218. 12:26: 
    Marriner all at sea
    Andre Marriner

    Yesterday's other major talking point was referee Andre Marriner sending off the wrong Arsenal player during their 6-0 hammering at Chelsea.

    A penalty was awarded after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped Eden Hazard's shot around a post with his hand but Kieran Gibbs was shown the red card.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed to tell Marriner that he was the culprit but the original decision stood.

    Referees' body the Professional Game Match Officials Limited said in the statement: "Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and are often the result of a number of different technical factors.

    "Whilst this was a difficult decision, Andre is disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player.

    "He expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue."

    Everyone makes mistakes - but why can't someone have a word with refs in this situation? Give the man a heads up?

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    Dan Langan: Maynor Figueroa's free kick is my favourite lob - a quick-thinking smash.

    Zebedee Rabot: Rooney's goal is absolutely better than Beckham's - although Beckham's goal is also superb.

  220. 12:22: 
    Calm down Tim- Tottenham v Southampton (13:30 GMT)
    Tim Sherwood

    First up of our two Premier League games this afternoon is Spurs v Saints; Sherwood v Pochettino; Fire v Ice.

    I've rarely seen a top-flight manager as angry as Tim Sherwood was during Tottenham's defeat to Arsenal last weekend, he was absolutely seething. He was so angry that he chose to sit in the stands against Benfica on Thursday.

    Can he keep a lid on his emotions today and repeat the win he managed at St Mary's before Christmas?

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    Let's talk goals then.

    After Wayne Rooney's strike yesterday afternoon, what do you think is the best long-range goal scored in the Premier League?Forget your Jack Wilshere style, intricate team goals, I want net-busting, instep-ripping strikes from 35 yards or more.

    If you can name one which went in off the underside of the crossbar, then all the better.

    Send your nominations in on text to 81111 (UK Only), tweet us at #bbcfootball, or have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  222. 12:17: 
    Pick that one out...
    Wayne Rooney

    Picking the best goal from yesterday's bonanza is no easy task.

    Do you go for the Wayne Rooney 50-yarder? A spectacular effort, fantastic technique and opportunism, but slightly tainted by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian's clown act as he scrambled back to his goal?

    Is it Yaya Toure's fabulous curler into the top corner to cap his hat-trick, achieved with minimal backlift and fuss?

    Or is it my choice, Alexander Tettey's stonking 30-yard volley at Carrow Road, a real once-in-a-career strike which was in from the moment it left his boot?

  223. 12:14:  
    MOTD2 ExtraLive now

    First things first, tune in to MOTD2 Extra at the top of the page or on BBC One now where former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, recently-retired striker Jason Roberts and Sunday Times writer Jonathan Northcroft join Mark Chapman to discuss all of the weekend's talking points.

  224. 1215: 
    Over to you lads...
    Yaya Toure

    Luis Suarez. Yaya Toure.

    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney. Eden Hazard.

    Alex Tettey

    Er, Alex Tettey.

    The Premier League's big boys all came out to play yesterday, and we were treated to a festival of goals. A fiesta of belters.

    A carnival of crackers. Thirty-two goals in eight games, and enough top-class hits to fill March's goal of the month in one day.

    So no pressure then Tottenham, Southampton, Aston Villa and Stoke. But you have to deliver the goods this afternoon...

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 23 Mar 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 31 39 69
No movement 2 Liverpool 30 44 65
No movement 3 Man City 28 49 63
No movement 4 Arsenal 30 19 62
Moving up 5 Tottenham 31 0 56
Moving down 6 Everton 29 13 54
No movement 7 Man Utd 30 14 51
No movement 8 Newcastle 30 -2 46
No movement 9 Southampton 31 5 45
Moving up 10 Stoke 31 -9 37
Moving down 11 Aston Villa 30 -9 34
No movement 12 Hull 30 -5 33
No movement 13 Norwich 31 -22 32
No movement 14 West Ham 30 -8 31
No movement 15 Swansea 30 -6 29
No movement 16 West Brom 30 -12 28
No movement 17 Crystal Palace 30 -20 28
No movement 18 Sunderland 28 -18 25
No movement 19 Cardiff 31 -32 25
No movement 20 Fulham 31 -40 24

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