Saturday football as it happened

Live text commentary as West Ham hold Man City in the Premier League, after earlier wins for Man Utd, Norwich, Villa and Wigan.

3 November 2012 Last updated at 19:47 GMT

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  1. 1947: 

    That is it from me for today. You can read all the reports and reaction on this website. Match of the Day is on at 22:20 GMT, followed by the Football League Show. I'll be back tomorrow to guide you through Sunday's action. I'll see thee.

  2. 1946: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on ESPN: "You never know how a game is going to pan out when you score so early. But we should have scored and it could have kicked Manchester City up the backside.

    "We believe we scored a perfectly good goal. We want the officials to get the decisions correct. Had Manchester City won this game it would have been a bitter blow for us.

    "When the champions are unbeaten, and you play them at home and get a draw, you've got to be happy."

  3. 1944: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on ESPN: "I think that we played well. But if we want to win we've got to score and we missed four, five, six incredible chances.

    "The guys played well and defended well. I'm happy for that performance, but not the result. We deserved to win."

  4. 1944: 

    One of the notable bits of business done by a club today was Crystal Palace's recruitment of Ian Holloway as their new manager. The former Blackpool boss has built a reputation for providing as much entertainment off the pitch as his teams do on it. Feel free to have a read of some of his finest words in the piece on this very website.

  5. 1941: 
    MOTD's John Roder at Carrow RoadNorwich 1-0 Stoke

    "It's seven points from the last three Premier League matches for Norwich now. Bradley Johnson's goal was the difference in a match that was sadly lacking many highlights. Stoke's long search for an away league victory continues - their last success coming on 2 January against Blackburn Rovers."

  6. 1941: 
    MOTD’s Martin Fisher at Craven Cottage:Fulham 2-2 Everton

    "The Everton dressing room will not be a happy place. They had 27 shots and ought to have won easily but were punished for failing to take their chances by Steve Sidwell's late equaliser."

  7. 1940:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Liberty Stadium:Swansea 1-1 Chelsea

    "Chelsea thought they had it won, but on a bonfire of vanities, those hopes were burned away. Pablo Hernandez gives Swansea a point against a really big name, the European champions Chelsea after Victor Moses headed them ahead. This will be a set back for the Blues and leaves them asking questions."

  8. 1940: 
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the Stadium of Light:Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

    "Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has put one over his mentor and Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill. That is the lift Aston Villa badly needed but O'Neill has been beaten by his former club and Sunderland have only one win in their last 17 matches."

  9. 1940:  
    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart Lane:Tottenham 0-1 Wigan

    "Tottenham suffer a shock defeat at the hands of Wigan but that was no more than they deserved. This is result must go down as one of the most surprising in the Premier League this side of Christmas. Ben Watson got the only goal of the game but Brad Friedel had to be at his best to deny Wigan on two other occasions."

  10. 1940:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old TraffordManchester United 2-0 Arsenal

    "It was a dream start for Robin van Persie and though Wayne Rooney missed a penalty, United scored again through Patrice Evra. After Jack Wilshere was sent off, Arsenal scored in stoppage time but they were well beaten in truth, with Manchester United comfortably the better team."

  11. 1940: 

    It has been another engrossing day of football from the Premier League, through the Championship and to the FA Cup first round. Here is a recap of the day's top-flight games...

  12. 1938: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "We continue to miss a lot of chances in every game and this is no good. We played with three strikers. We tried everything to win but sometimes if you miss chances or don't score we don't win - that's football. It can happen that you don't score. We tried to do our best and West Ham defended well."

  13. 1937: 

    West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan on ESPN: "It was important after last week's defeat [at Wigan] to put in a performance. We know we're going to be a match here for anyone and we were today. We were unlucky with the offside - it was a goal. Champions get luck like that. The referee got it wrong."

    On the eighth-placed Hammers' start: "It has probably surprised the players a little bit, but we know the quality we have got in the dressing room. We've got a good spirit and it's one of the best I've had as a captain."

  14. 1935: 

    West Ham have got a tough run of fixtures coming up. Next is an away game at Newcastle followed by a home game against Stoke. Then it is Tottenham and Manchester United (both away) and then home games against Chelsea and Liverpool.

  15. 1933: 

    Manchester City embark on a run of four very important home games after this. Next up is a key Champions League tie with Ajax, before two league games - against Aston Villa and Tottenham - and finally what could be a crunch European game against Real Madrid.

  16. 1929: 

    Manchester City remain third behind Chelsea (in second) and leaders Manchester United. City have 22 points to Chelsea's 23 and United's 24. West Ham move up a plave to eighth, with 15 points from 10 games. The Hammers are two points behind Everton in fourth and Tottenham in fifth (both of whom have 17 points).


    Injured West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor on Twitter: "Brilliant performance worthy of the point! I thought we defended very well against the champions. Buzzing!!!"

  18. 1923: 

    Well, it had to happen some time. That is Manchester City's first 0-0 in 11 months since a goalless draw at West Brom on Boxing Day 2011.

  19. 1922: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 0-0 Manchester City
  20. 1922: 

    West Ham eat into some time by keeping the ball down the City end, right in the corner. 30 seconds to go.

  21. 1921: 

    Half of the allotted injury time has passed with little action at either end.

  22. 1920: 

    Full-time at the Reebok Stadium and new Bolton manager Dougie Freedman takes three points off Cardiff. It was a dramatic end to the game, with substitute David Ngog curtailing his high-impact cameo with a second booking in the 90th minute that saw him dismissed. Heading into injury time Cardiff skipper Mark Hudson then hit the deck in the box but referee Tony Bates judged that his contact with Stephen Warnock was not a foul. And with seconds left, Cardiff keeper David Marshall, up for a corner, saw his shot cannon off opposite number Adam Bogdan's face and over the bar as Bolton hung on for a 2-1 win.

  23. 1919: 

    We are going to have three more minutes courtesy of injury time.

  24. 1918: 

    Last twist from City sees Scott Sinclair replace Samir Nasri with just a minute to go.

  25. 1918: 

    Replays of Mario Balotelli leaving the pitch make it pretty clear how unimpressed he was by the decision to substitute him. The look he gave Roberto Mancini could curdle milk.

  26. 1915: 

    Just five minutes to go at Upton Park. From the way the home side are set up it looks like they are expecting a siege from City. And they will be fully prepared to dig in to resist it.

  27. 1913: 

    Carlos Tevez departs and gets a huge round of applause from both sets of fans. The Argentine's past efforts for the Hammers certainly not forgotten. Javi Garcia comes on for City.

  28. 1912: 

    James Collins can't continue after picking up a knock and so Jordan Spence comes on for the Hammers.


    Lorean Innis on Twitter: "This Man City team are missing Silva a lot."

    Rabin Acharya on Twitter: "This is pulsating stuff by the Hammers. Good for them, if anything they deserve a win in this fixture."

  30. 1910: 

    City keep coming but West Ham remain strong as Sergio Aguero's shot from range is blocked by a Hammers body.

  31. 1909: 

    West Ham switch off for a second as Manchester City take a quick free-kick into Sergio Aguero in the box. The Argentine shoots first time on goal but Jussi Jaaskelainen saves.


    Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Twitter: "I fancy City to score here I think the Hammers are running out of steam."


    Allan, Crewe, via text: "Re Grinny. You're the deluded one pal. The only class player on the bench is Aguero. Where are you looking? Hardly players that would walk into top teams are they?"

  34. 1907: 

    Carroll departs to be replaced by Carlton Cole.

  35. 1907: 

    Andy Carroll has a chance on the break for West Ham. The big striker is well-placed in the box to hit Matt Jarvis' cross but he can only knock his effort well over the bar. That is the home side's first meaningful venture into City territory in about 20 minutes. It is also Carroll's last contribution to the game.

  36. 1905: 

    James Collins twice blocks for West Ham. The first is to prevent a Gael Clichy shot reaching goal, the second he knew little about as Edin Dzeko's follow-up smashes into him. 15 minutes to go. Still 0-0.


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Sergio Aguero has scored (3) or assisted (2) five goals in five Premier League appearances as a substitute before today."

  38. 1903: 

    Manchester City look the more likely to score at Upton Park but they are not making the most of the opportunities they are creating. Gael Clichy gets free down the left but his pull-back to the edge of the area is muscled away from Edin Dzeko.


    Dan Nugent on Twitter: "Re Ellis. Leaving West Ham for Man Utd is not quite the same as leaving Arsenal for Man Utd."

    Chinedu on Twitter: "Re Ellis. Tevez was on loan at West Ham, RVP was sold to United. You can't compare both."

    Matt Holford on Twitter: "Tevez left the club under different circumstances. Saved them from relegation."

  40. 1900: 

    West Ham make their first change as Gary O'Neil comes on for Mohamed Diame in midfield.

  41. 1859: 

    Here is the change that has been long in the offing. Mario Balotelli is replaced by Sergio Aguero for Man City. As you'd expect, the Italian does not look happy as he sinks into his seat on the bench.

  42. 1858: 

    What a chance that is for Man City. Carlos Tevez's cross from the right is met by Gareth Barry on a charge into the box, but after controlling it the midfielder pokes his shot past the far post. The referee has blown for a free-kick, which looks to be for a hand used by Barry in controlling the ball.


    Grinny, via text: "Re 1850: Ben, if you think the quality of Man City's bench is diluted, then you're deluded pal."

  44. 1856: 

    A bit of managerial brilliance from new Bolton manager Dougie Freedman? He sends on David Ngog and Martin Petrov, the former is felled in the box, the latter coolly converts the penalty to make it 1-1. Five minutes later, Sam Ricketts drives from outside the box and Ngog gets a foot on it to send the shot past Cardiff keeper David Marshall to make it 2-1 to the home side.


    Ellis, Woking, via text: "All West Ham fans applauding Tevez this evening. Arsenal fans take note. Real fans..."

  46. 1855: 

    City finally do have the West Ham defence stretched as Mario Balotelli finds Carlos Tevez in the box. The Argentine takes a good touch to create further space but blazes his shot over the bar from 15 yards. That is the cue for Sergio Aguero to be called back to the bench from his warm-up.

  47. 1853: 

    Manchester City are playing some neat stuff on the edge of the West Ham box but they can't find a way in. The Hammers deserve a lot of credit for holding firm.

  48. 1852: 

    Manchester City's turn to attack as Yaya Toure plays a superb ball to release Carlos Tevez down the left. He charges on and plays a low ball designed to be met in the box by Edin Dzeko but he has a West Ham defender for company and can only slide in to poke the ball wide.


    Ben, via text: "Today has really emphasised how diluted in quality the PL is these days. Seven or eight years ago the top three each had seven or eight genuinely world class players. Now nobody has more than three or four. It means more equality but less quality."

  50. 1850: 

    West Ham's Yossi Benayoun becomes the second man in the book after lunging in on Carlos Tevez.

  51. 1849: 

    West Ham make it two efforts on goal in two minutes as Andy Carroll leaps into the air to overhead kick a ball wide of goal courtesy of a deflection off a City body. The corner move breaks down, although Matt Jarvis still has a chance to shoot but fluffs it.

  52. 1847: 

    Roberto Mancini dishes out the chewing gum on the bench. Meanwhile, on the pitch Kevin Nolan heads Yossi Benayoun's cross wide of goal from 10 yards out. 30 minutes to go. It remains 0-0.


    Rob Paine on Twitter: "Agueroooooo time."

  54. 1846: 

    West Ham's James Collins blocks Edin Dzeko off the ball to earn the first booking of the game.


    Paul, via text: "If Mancini's tactics are bad when they're near top and unbeaten I'd hate to see City when he gets it 'right'. Get off his back."

  56. 1845: 

    Man City come forward again and Kolo Toure's cross from the right is deflected behind the West Ham defence before a home defender puts the ball behind. An City infringement in the box from the corner ends the away side's threat, though.


    Niall McCavitt on Twitter: "Re 1834. A quick blast of the hairdryer? Pfft, he has a personal stylist in the dressing room to keep his barnet in order.

    Mark Peter on Twitter: "Vast majority of City fans 100% behind Bobby Manc, his job isn't under any more pressure than is normal for the MCFC hotseat."

    Charlie Fee on Twitter: "Yes Man City aren't playing well but the fact is they're still only two points off the top! Stop complaining Man City fans."

  58. 1842: 

    It is all City now. Mohamed Diame concedes a corner courtesy of a tackle on Edin Dzeko. Carlos Tevez delivers and Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a real hash of his catch to concede another corner. This time a home head takes the ball clear.

  59. 1840: 

    Mario Balotelli has another chance, which he fluffs. Edin Dzeko works over a cross from the right, which takes a slight deflection but is there to be hit first time by the Italian from 10 yards. However, his swinging boot finds only air.


    Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole on Twitter: "Thanks for sticking with us!! Matter of time before the goals start!"

  61. 1837: 

    A bit of early treatment for James Collins, who twists his ankle in a challenge on Carlos Tevez. The magic spray does the trick and the big defender is back up and getting on with it.

  62. 1836: 
    BBC Sport's Jess Creighton:

    "It's been quite a year for Lincoln Ladies defender Casey Stoney. Handed the England Women captaincy in May, Stoney was then chosen to lead out the first ever Great Britain women's team at the Olympics, which included an impressive 1-0 win against the mighty Brazil in front of over 70,000 fans at Wembley.

    "And after scoring a well-taken goal in England's friendly against Croatia, 30-year-old Stoney has been commended with the FA's prestigious International Player of the Year award.

    "Stoney says 2012 was the "best of her life.""


    Nick, via text: "If you're a City fan and you're genuinely calling Mancini's tactics into question, please calm down and get some perspective. I imagine you booed at HT last week as well."

  64. 1834: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- West Ham 0-0 Manchester City
  65. 1834: 

    The players are just coming out at Upton Park for the second half but Roberto Mancini has been sat in the dugout for a good five minutes. Quick blast of the hairdryer and out?


    Michael, Man Utd fan, via text: "Man City won their must win games last season in the EPL. If they don't win today or midweek, Mancini's job will start to be under threat I feel."

  67. 1832: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo: "It is a disappointment we weren't able to finish the game off. It is a shame becaue we scored the goal and held on until two mintues from the end.

    "It has been a tough week physically and mentally, with the two games against Manchester United and we haven't created as many chacnes as we usually do. It is no excuse ebcause we were very close to winning the game.

    "Eden Hazard is an exceptional player and pleased he is in our ranks."


    Everton captain Phil Neville on Twitter: "Gutted we didn't win. Our best performance of the season - got to keep that level up and the draws will turn to victory!"

  69. 1830: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas: "We struggled. It was a game we really wanted to win but we couldn't express our passing today, we couldn't keep hold of the ball. It as a bad day at work for us. Pity it was an important weekend for us to get something to get ahead of two difficult away trips. But Wigan deserve credit, they had good organisation defensively and offensively - they were better than us today. It was our worst performance of the season.

    "First we have to give credit to the opponent. They felt inspired. They found the gaps in in between us. We couldn't get our passing right we made some mistakes. When you get a result like this you need reflect on your mistakes and get things running before Thursday's game.

    "It is early days. We still have to play lots of games. We are still fifth in the league, so hopefully we can keep on going. We have better form away from home rather than at home. We now play two away games against two top teams and we have to get our game right and try and get something special out of there."

  70. 1827: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis on Norwich's winner: "It's two bad decisions. I thought Charlie Adam was clipped and that should have been pulled it back but the referee played advantage and then I think their lad fell over for their free-kick."


    Injured West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor on Twitter: "Good first half by performance by the lads. More of that in the second half and we'll be ok. Massive 45 minutes ahead."

  72. 1825: 

    Dougie Freedman faces an uphill battle in his first match in charge of Bolton. His side trail 1-0 at half-time against league leaders Cardiff after Craig Noone struck five minutes before the break.


    Nick Sundin on Twitter: "I fear Mancini's faith (patience) in Balotelli may run out if he doesn't improve. That he's on the Ballon D'or list is stupid."

    Dan Wright on Twitter: "I don't know what planet Jon Coles is on, but if City go top I'll be amazed. 4-0? Really? (Now prays it doesn't happen…)"

    Cameron Laws on Twitter: "Is anyone going to talk about City getting decisions their way? Or do we only do that when it benefits United? Thought so..."

  74. 1824: 

    Mario Balotelli is goalless in his last 10 Premier League matches dating back to 31 March. It is also 11 months since he scored in a Premier League away match, which was at Chelsea in December 2011. He has had a couple of opportunites in the first half at Upton Park, one of which he spurned in exactly the manner of someone who has not scored in 10.

  75. 1822: 

    Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel: "It was an awful day. We didn't perform from minute one to minute 95. It was just a lacklustre performance. We need to get a home form on track it hasn't been good enough this season. Normally we have some positives and negatives when we watch the video back but I have a feeling this one will only be full of negatives. This was not a Tottenham performance. Every single one of us needs to look in the mirror and hold up our hands."

  76. 1822:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Upton Park:West Ham 0-0 Manchester City

    "What an engrossing first half. West Ham should have been in front in the first few moments but were denied by an incorrect lineman's flag. Apart from that, Andy Carroll has shot narrowly wide for the Hammers while, for Manchester City, Mario Balotelli has flitted in and out of the game and frustrated his manager Roberto Mancini. It's all been good stuff though."


    Brendan Bennett on Twitter: "West Ham holding their own in this game, City look a little lifeless. Which ultimately means City will win 1-0."

  78. 1818: 
    HALF-TIME- West Ham 0-0 Manchester City
  79. 1818: 

    Mario Balotelli whips out a bit of acrobatics in the box to connect with an overhead effort in the box from Gareth Barry's cross. However, he cannot steer his effort towards goal, instead hitting it wide.


    Jon Coles on Twitter: "City haven't really clicked this season but ominously they could still go top tonight! Maybe they need to spend a bit in Jan..."

  81. 1817: 

    Manchester City respond with an attack that sees the ball reach Yaya Toure wide right but his shot from the corner of the box flashes wide of goal, catching the side-netting on the way past.

  82. 1815: 

    West Ham look to score a decisive hit before half-time as Kevin Nolan releases Matt Jarvis down the left. The winger cuts near to the byline but has no support in the box and can only fire an effort that is somewhere between a shot and a cross across goal.


    Mike, City fan, via text: "Why Aguero hasn't started is beyond me. It also doesn't take Stephen Hawking to tell you that Dzeko is better deployed as a super sub, whether he likes that tag or not."

    Chris, Manchester, via text: "Can't help but agree with Dan. Breaking my heart after the joys of last year."

  84. 1812: 

    Manchester City are forced to defend for a short period as West Ham look to fashion an opening. The away side do well, though, to remain resolute.

  85. 1810: 

    Yaya Toure gives away a silly free-kick for a foul on Mark Noble down the West Ham right. It gives the Hammers chance to swing over a cross. However, against expectation they play it low to Kevin Nolan, who is easily dispossessed. That was a waste from the home side.


    Dan, via text: "After the Ajax debacle, Mancini is starting to look tactically suspect. He needs to keep it simple and let the expensive talent do the work."


    Nathan McCall on Twitter: "The waning of Balotelli's novelty is not matched with an increase in his performance."

    Jam on Twitter: "Nasri looks much more dangerous down the middle than out wide."

  88. 1806: 

    That is a glorious opportunity from Mario Balotelli, who times his run superbly to meet Carlos Tevez's in-curling free-kick but volleys his shot from barely eight yards out over the bar. The Italian should have scored, simple as that.

  89. 1805: 

    James Collins pulls out a superb challenge on the edge of his own area to deny Manchester City as they move forward in numbers. This is a decent little spell from City, who are pushing the home side further and further back.

  90. 1800: 

    It is not quite clicking for Manchester City. They are looking to fashion openings but the final ball isn't there. The latest culprit for giving the ball away is Samir Nasri as he looks to find Edin Dzeko.


    Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi on Twitter: "Big three points against Tottenham. Fantastic performance from the team. Awesome clean sheet. Love to all Wigan fans."

  92. 1758: 

    New Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has made four changes for the visit of league leaders Cardiff, which kicked off at 17:20 GMT. Darren Pratley, Matt Mills, Zat Knight and Keith Andrews have all come into the line-up. It's 0-0 as it stands, with few chances from either side.


    Ijaz on Twitter: "Man City needs to speed things up. West Ham much more composed so far."

  94. 1757: 

    Carlos Tevez is terrier-like to win the ball back after Samir Nasri is felled in a tackle before crossing for Edin Dzeko to plant a first-time shot into the arms of Jussi Jaaskelainen. Nasri gingerly gets to his feet to a chorus of boos from the home fans, who thought he made the most of the tackle to dispossess him.

  95. 1755: 

    Andy Carroll comes within a whisker of firing West Ham in front. The big striker brings down a long ball forward, swaps possession with Yossi Benayoun before smashing a low shot just past the post. Both the player and his manager have their heads in their hands.

  96. 1753: 

    Yaya Toure is allowed to push forward into West Ham territory but his shot from 25 yards is sliced well wide of goal.

  97. 1752: 

    Manchester City respond to West Ham hitting the bar by winning a free-kick 20 yards from goal. Carlos Tevez swings his effort over the bar though.

  98. 1751: 

    Another great chance for West Ham as Matt Jarvis' cross from the left reaches Yossi Benayoun unmarked at the back post. The midfielder meets the ball on the volley and beats Joe Hart's attempt to save but not the crossbar. That is three decent opportunities for the home side.

  99. 1748: 

    Infostrada have told us that Manchester City have failed to score in the opening 30 minutes of any away match since 22 April - Sergio Aguero at Wolves. 15 minutes to change that this evening.


    Swansea winger Wayne Routledge on Twitter: "Great point, fully deserved too! Great support to the end and beyond, enjoy your weekend."

  101. 1746: 

    West Ham come forward again but Joe Hart does well to come out and claim Yossi Benayoun's chipped cross from the right.

  102. 1745: 

    Great effort from West Ham's Mohamed Diame as he cuts inside from the left and blasts a shot from the edge of the area that just clears the bar by a yard.


    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Re 1740. Atrocious officiating. WHU wronged. It doesn't get any easier to call the back line. EPL must raise the quality of refs."

    Olawale Ibraheem on Twitter: "That was a poor decision from the assistant referee."


    Oliver Naylor on Twitter: "Don't understand the short sleeve, glove combination. Especially from people from cold countries. Like Dzeko."


    Marseille and ex-Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Not offside Nobby Nolan there. Lino's had one..."


    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam on Twitter: "Gutted about result. Created some chances. Great support big match next week against QPR."

  107. 1743: 

    Manchester City have settled now and they force Jussi Jaaskelainen into his first save from Samir Nasri's fiercely-struck shot from range. Edin Dzeko heads the follow-up wide but he was offside anyway. Again, replays suggest there maybe shouldn't have been a flag.

  108. 1740: 

    Edin Dzeko must be able to really hit a ball as Mark Noble has injured himself blocking the striker's long-range shot. The Hammers man is eventually helped back to his feet to carry on.

  109. 1737: 

    Four clubs went into the three o'clock Championship kick-offs with new managers, and three came away with a result. Two met at Selhurst Park, with Ian Holloway watching from the stands as his Crystal Palace side beat Henning Berg's Blackburn 2-0.

    Charlie Austin scored his 16th league goal of the season to help Sean Dyche's Burnley secure a 2-0 win against Wolves, while Mick McCarthy's Ipswich won for the first time since August with a 1-0 scoreline at Birmingham. Bolton, with new manager Dougie Freedman at the helm, face league leaders Cardiff in a 17:20 GMT kick-off.

    Leicester fell to a 2-1 defeat at Watford and slipped to fourth. Middlesbrough took their place in the automatic places after they won 4-1 away at Charlton. Blackpool, under caretaker manager Steve Thompson, crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Derby, while Millwall won at Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline.

    A 2-1 win for Sheffield Wednesday saw them move out of the relegation zone at the expense of opponents Peterborough.

  110. 1737: 

    Almost first blood to West Ham as a free-kick is floated in from deep and slammed into the net on the volley by Kevin Nolan. The offside flag is up, though, and it won't count. However, he looks in line from the replays.


    Jay on Twitter: "With the top three pulling away and the bottom three dropping off, this PL season might end up resembling a typical F1 race."

  112. 1734: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol after his side's 2-2 draw with Everton tells BBC Sport: "You need a little bit of luck and we certainly got that. Everton could have scored a third goal and a fourth goal, but we never gave up. To come away from a bad day like today with a point is great. If you saw us play in this game, we'd be happy to finish in the first 10 this season."

  113. 1733: 

    Just before kick-off, Carlos Tevez crossed his arms above his head as a sign of respect for the club with whom he started his career in England. Nice touch. Won't stop him trying to score as many as possible against them, though.

  114. 1732: 
    KICK-OFF- West Ham v Manchester City (17:30 GMT)
  115. 1732: 

    Man City representative Mike Summerbee, West Ham chairman David Gold and former Hammers striker Geoff Hurst carry wreaths onto the Upton Park pitch ahead of a minute's silence for Remembrance Day on 11 November.

  116. 1728: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "The result is good enough to make you feel really pleased. But today it was more than that it was the performance. Some people might see the result today and think we hit them on the break and that we were lucky, it wasn't like that at all. We created three of four very good chances from open play and then we scored.

    "The performance was more pleasing than the result today. It was a perfect performance.

    "I was worried. When you play well you need do take the lead. But I knew that if we could keep our concentration we could repeat the performance. It wasn't a fluke. We needed a team performance and we got that. We knew it would be different after the break, Tottenham had to come at us. But the way we handled what we had to do in different parts of the game shows an incredible winning mentality."

  117. 1726: 

    A Man City win this evening by four goals will send them top of the table at the expense of Manchester United. If West Ham win they will move level on points with Everton in fourth. The teams are coming out at Upton Park.


    Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann on Twitter: "Great win!! Everyone gave it their all and fans were brilliant!"

  119. 1725: 

    Hastings secured a minor giant-killing, coming from behind to beat Bishop's Stortford of the Conference South 2-1, guaranteeing that there will be a seventh-tier side in the second round.

    There were two big victories for Conference sides against League One opposition - Hereford put out arch rivals Shrewsbury with a 3-1 win, while Macclesfield beat Swindon 2-0. Lincoln also held-out for a draw against Walsall.

    Three League Two sides also put out opposition from the league above - Gillingham beat Scunthorpe 4-0, Chesterfield thrashed Hartlepool 6-1 and Rotherham won 3-2 against Stevenage.

  120. 1725: 

    Chelmsford City produced the results of the afternoon in the FA Cup first round, beating League One side Colchester 3-1 at the Melbourne Stadium. Fellow sixth-tier side Harrogate also beat league opposition, winning 1-0 at League Two Torquay to claim their £18,000 prize money and a place in the second round.

    Slough Town are the lowest-ranked side in the second round draw after the eighth-tier club drew 0-0 at Conference side Mansfield, but Yate Town, who also play in the eigth tier, are out after they lost 3-0 to Cheltenham.


    Paul, via text: "Re 1709. Football games in hand mean nothing when you let goals in like Reading, QPR and Southampton do because you'll lose too many games."

  122. 1724: 

    BBC Scotland's Thomas McGuigan reports:

    "Leigh Griffiths fired a double as Hibs moved to the top of the Scottish Premier League after coming from behind to beat 10-man St Mirren 2-1. Razor-sharp Griffiths put St Mirren to the sword with his 10th and 11th goals of the season.

    "Matt Lockwood was on target as Dundee secured their second win of the season - again at Hearts' expense - with a 1-0 win at Dens Park, while Ross County held on in the face of a fierce Aberdeen comeback to win 2-1 at Victoria Park. St Johnstone spurned the chance to move top of the table, slumping to a 3-1 home defeat against an impressive Motherwell side.

    "And Terry Butcher's Inverness side will head back up the A9 on the crest of a wave following their 2-1 win at Kilmarnock."

  123. 1722: 

    Everton manager Davd Moyes after his side's 2-2 draw with Fulham tells BBC Sport: "It feels like a defeat. We conceded a shocking goal to allow them to equalise at the end. We're as sick as it gets."

  124. 1720: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "We will need to be at our very best to get anything from Manchester City, they are unbeaten and, when you face them, the danger is that at any moment their top players can change the game at any moment, no matter whether they are dominating the game or not. Giving it our best shot and playing our very best is what we want today. Hopefully the crowd will get behind us and give us the atmosphere we need to get any kind of result against the champions."


    Andrew McTominey on Twitter: "Going to mention Middlesbrough at all? We have only moved to joint top in the Championship..."


    Nick, via text: "Re Anthony Beale 1653. You sound like you don't attend games - the issue is with AVB's rigid formation that didn't work and with players like Dempsey and Sigurdsson who are not performing!"

    Chris, north London, via text: "The media-wiped memories of some other Spurs fans are concerning. I know the press loved Harry Redknapp's back seat interviews but he lost to Wigan by the same result. Without half the first team against a side who held full strength Everton, this was not unexpected. Delusional."

  127. 1718: 
    LINE-UPS- West Ham v Manchester City (17:30 GMT)

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, McCartney, Jarvis, Noble, Diame, Benayoun, Nolan, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Cole, Maiga, Spence, O'Neil, Chambers, Hall.

    Man City: Hart, Nastasic, Kompany, Toure, Clichy, Barry, Toure, Nasri, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Sinclair, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Aguero, Razak.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  128. 1717: 

    Apparently, James Milner has a hamstring injury, hence him being replaced in the side by Gareth Barry. Mystery over.

  129. 1716: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he does not care whether his side play well against champions Manchester City, just that they get the right result. "I watched Swansea play City last week and they were very impressive against them but still at the end of the day they didn't get anything out of the game," Allardyce said.

    "When you are driving down the motorway or leaving Upton Park after the game, it is no good saying 'what a good performance' if you have lost, so you have to get a result if you have given a good performance and that is what we are looking for.'"

  130. 1715: 

    Roberto Mancini has been asked before kick-off at Upton Park whether Kolo Toure is filling in at right-back tonight. His answer was "it's possible, it's possible, he plays" which doesn't really clear up whether Kolo is part of a four or three-man back-line. Mancini did reveal that Joleon Lescott hurt his back in training on Friday, though, which is why he is not in City's squad.

    "It's frustrating," Mancini added. "we are very unlucky because we have got a lot of injuries, all in defence or midfield."


    Josh Simpkin on Twitter: "Well deserved win for Wigan, better in every department, man of the match for Arouna Kone AGAIN! Bargain at £3m pounds!"

    Derek Canning on Twitter: "Can't blame AVB, 1-0 down and the only options on the bench are Carroll and Falque."

    Jay Harris on Twitter: "Re 1653. In response to Anthony's comment, criticism is needed. Spurs played awful, end of. Even with players out, we should beat Wigan."

  132. 1715: 

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: "Another great performance and there have been three this week after Manchester City and Liverpool. We respect our opponent and know that Chelsea have a strong team but they know we are dangerous as well. They had more possession in the first-half and apart from the Torres header, I don't recall any chances. In the second half, they only had the chance from a free-kick apart from the goal.

    "We put two offensive players on and took a holding midfielder off. We had to do something being 1-0 down and it paid off. We came back into the game and dominated and deserved to get this point.

    "It has been a change for Pablo coming from the Spanish league but he is adapting to the football and it is good for him to score today and great for the team.

    "I have seen better performances from referees."

  133. 1714: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "It just wouldn't drop for us in the penalty area. We put an awful lot of pressure on them. Scoring goals has been a problem for us this season but it was not for the want of trying. Our creative players are finding it a little bit difficult at the moment."


    Richard Crampton on Twitter: "If any other team were playing as badly as Sunderland they'd be getting lynched - MO'N seemingly immune from media criticism."

    Josh Bassett on Twitter: "Benteke looks like a very, very good player, was sensational today."

    Michael Blighe on Twitter: "Re 1709. Greg is forgetting that the bottom three still have games in hand. And if Sunderland don't start winning, they'll be down there!"

  135. 1711: 

    We have just seen some action down on the pitch involving Roberto Mancini and James Milner, with the manager ushering his player away from the warm-up and down the tunnel. The rumour is that Gareth Barry is coming into the side at Milner's expense. Intriguing.

  136. 1710: 

    Kolo Toure is making only his second Premier League start of the season, and his first since Manchester City's 2-2 draw with Liverpool on 26 August. With Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic also in the starting XI, we wait to see whether Toure is a direct replacement for the injured Micah Richards at right-back, or whether boss Roberto Mancini has switched to a 3-4-3, with James Milner and Gael Clichy operating as wing-backs on either flank. City have got an orthodox right-back on the bench in the fit-again Pablo Zabaleta so it would appear Mancini has gone with a three-man back-line.

  137. 1709: 

    To pick up on Greg's point, QPR, Southampton and Reading currently occupy the bottom three. Rangers have three points with the other two both on four. Villa, Sunderland and Stoke (all nine points) have a cushion. The bottom three do have game/s in hand, though.


    Greg, Romsey, via text: "Has the relegation battle been decided already? The bottom three look cut adrift."


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Tottenham Hotspur have lost back to back Premier League home games for the first time since September 2008. Shock."

  140. 1705: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "I thought the lads were fantastic. They are a team that deserves credit. They have had their knocks in the last two years. We were down to the bare bones and there were some real good performances from them. I'm proud of them. I thought we deserved to win."

  141. 1703:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Upton Park:West Ham v Manchester City (17:30 GMT)

    "West Ham have dealt with their return to the top flight in fairly impressive fashion so far, but staying up should still be their only serious goal. On paper their squad is thin on real quality, and though they have high hopes for a new crop of youngsters from their famed academy, they have a core of experienced individuals who they need to stay fit. Manchester City, meanwhile, will expect to win here as they continue their defence of their Premier League title. Their troubles this season have mostly come in Europe and they are winning the bulk of their league games - not necessarily in style - but winning just the same."


    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Big win for Aston Villa today. Take heaps of pressure off Paul Lambert and gives us four points from a difficult last two games."

    Ruz on Twitter: "Really, really poor from Spurs. No desire, poor technically and tactically, and strange decisions from the manager."

    Andrew Evans on Twitter: "As an Everton fan, very disappointed - smashed Fulham with Naismith missing a great opportunity. Chance missed to increase lead at fourth."

  143. 1700: 
    West Ham v Manchester City (17:30 GMT)

    West Ham make one change from the side that lost to Wigan last weekend, with Joey O'Brien coming in for James Tomkins in defence. Manchester City bring into Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko to join Carlos Tevez in a three-pronged attack, with the trio starting together for the first time. Kolo Toure comes into defence in the absence of the injured Micah Richards and James Milner returns after his suspension. Sergio Aguero, Gareth Barry and Aleksandar Kolarov are the men making way and they join Javier Garcia and Pablo Zabaleta, both back from injury, on the bench.

  144. 1658: 

    Well, it took some time to warm up but we eventually got some action and drama out of today's 3pm Premier League kick-offs. The big winners from the afternoon are Wigan, Villa and Norwich. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has some big questions to answer, while the pressure on Martin O'Neill has increased. Chelsea and Everton will be wounded at not having taken all three points but Swansea and Fulham will be delighted with one.

  145. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 0-1 Wigan

    Anthony Beale, west London, via text: "All this criticism for Tottenham! If any of these people are Spurs fans they should be ashamed! We need to get behind AVB! Are you forgetting some of our best players are out injured? Parker, Kaboul, BAE, Dembele. Adebayor has only just come back. And now Sandro's gone off! All first teamers."

  147. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
  148. 1653: 

    They are still playing at White Hart Lane, where Wigan are holding on for an impressive 1-0 win at Tottenham.

  149. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 1-0 Stoke
  150. 1652: 

    It is kicking off at Carrow Road. After a brief tussle in the Norwich box Matthew Etherington and Sebastien Bassong square up. The referee is quickly in to seperate the players and restart play with just a minutes to go. Norwich lead 1-0.

  151. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 2-2 Everton
  152. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 1-1 Chelsea

    Danish Murad on Twitter: "Chelsea must be sick of seeing the name Hernandez."

  154. 1649: 

    Moments after their equaliser, Swansea have the chance to take the lead as substitute Danny Graham makes his was into the box before firing a shot towards goal which is wonderfully blocked by Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill.

  155. 1649: 

    Ryman Premier side Hendon have lost their lead against League Two strugglers Aldershot after Danny Hylton struck for the home side. Conference South side Chelmsford are now 2-1 up against League One Colchester after the two sides exchanged goals in the second half, while in the battle of the minnows Sean Ray has equalised for Hastings against Bishop's Stortford.

  156. 1649:  
    Final Score pundit Garth Crooks

    "Swansea have got their foot on Chelsea's neck. And they're not going to let them come back up."


    Dahood on Twitter: "Swansea deserve that goal! Can they hold on?!"

    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Sensational team goal for Swansea. Well deserved for their effort."

    Shyamil Tanna on Twitter: "It's that time of the year where Chelsea start to falter. Which will be followed by the panic sacking of the manager in March."

  158. 1646: 
    GOAL- Fulham 2-2 Everton - Steve Sidwell (90 mins)

    It has been all Everton but Fulham may just have nicked a point. A cross from the right swings across the box to the far post where Dimitar Berbatov fluffs his shot but Steve Sidwell is on hand to fire in. Harsh on the Toffees but the Cottagers don't care one little bit.

  159. 1646: 

    Sunderland with half a chance against Villa. A Lee Cattermole shot is spilled by Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan and he gathers at the second attempt beating an offside Steven Fletcher to the ball.

  160. 1646:  
    Final Score pundit Garth Crooks

    "One of the reasons why Spurs fans are not feeling Andre Villas-Boas is because he sticks rigidly to a system, 4-3-2-1, when he has got strikers of the calibre of Defoe and Adebayor. It has been proven they can play together. AVB is inflexible."


    Hashim, east London, via text: "Even if Spurs draw or win this game (which I doubt) it will have been a terrible display by the team as a whole. No creativity!!"

    Chris, London, via text: Just a glimpse today for Spurs fans on life under AVB. All good when it's going well, but when the going gets tough, there's just no plan B."

  162. 1643: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Chelsea - Pablo Hernandez (88 mins)

    Late in the game and finally Swansea find a cutting edge to match their industry. It is forged by some neat footwork from substitute Itay Shechter to turn in the box before playing the ball back to Pablo Hernandez and he does all the rest with a superb finish from the edge of the area.

  163. 1642: 

    It is not looking good for Sunderland against Aston Villa. They trail 1-0 and are struggling to create anything that looks like leading to an equaliser.

  164. 1641: 

    Former Reading, Bristol Rovers and QPR midfielder Michael Meaker is on for Yate Town. He is 41. The non-league outfit are hoping their assistant manager can inspire them to come back from two goals down against Cheltenham, who are controlling the game with 13 minutes to go.

  165. 1639: 

    Tottenham starting to get desperate at White Hart Lane. They have a chance from a free-kick on the left but Ali Al-Habsi punches away before Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot from range is blocked. Wigan lead 1-0.

  166. 1638: 
    West Ham v Manchester City (17:30 GMT)

    BREAKING: Eden Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez all start in attack for Manchester City.

  167. 1636: 

    Sunderland go close. Sebastian Larsson whips in an inviting cross which substitute Louis Saha gets on the end of but he heads agonisingly over. Some Black Cats have already started to leave. Aston Villa counter-attack and Andreas Weimann has a clear sight of goal but his shot from just inside the area is too close to keeper Simon Mignolet, who gathers at the second attempt.

  168. 1636: 

    Sean Dyche will be a happy man in his first match in charge of Burnley after Charlie Austin doubled their lead against Wolves with his 16th league goal of the season. Ian Holloway also looks to take over a buoyant Crystal Palace camp, after Glenn Murray scored a second to put them 2-0 up at home to Blackburn. His former charges Blackpool are not so cheerful, they're now 4-1 down at Derby. In a battle of two strugglers Peterborough replace Sheffield Wednesday in the relegation zone as it stands after Everton loanee Ross Barkley scored for the Owls just after half-time.

  169. 1636: 

    At the age of 39, former Champions League winner Edgar Davids comes on for his FA Cup debut. Barnet, the team he co-manages, are 1-0 behind to Oxford United. United's goalscorer was James Constable, who recently rediscovered his form after watching a DVD of his best bits.

  170. 1636: 

    Stoke should be level. Kenwyne Jones has a great chance when he collects a ball from the left but pulls his shot from close range past the post.


    Paul, Wigan, via text: "Re 1618. Had more than our share of misfortune to date. First clean sheet since Southampton required. Come on Latics!

  172. 1634: 

    It is absolutely hammering it down at the Liberty Stadium. It started as rain but has since shifted up a gear to hail. Those who asked whether Oscar can do it on a wet, cold afternoon in Wales are about to find out.


    Former Tottenham chairman Lord Alan Sugar on Twitter: "What a load of rubbish we are today at WHL. AVB being booed for subbing Defoe."

  174. 1632:  
    Final Score pundit Garth Crooks

    On Everton's second: "Fellaini bullied Aaron Hughes - literally bullied him. He brought it down on his chest and buried it into the net. Half time has galvanized Everton."

  175. 1632: 

    Stoke pressing Norwich at Carrow Road. Kenwyne Jones has a header saved by John Ruddy. It remains 1-0 to the Canaries.

  176. 1631: 

    Swansea come close to an equaliser against Chelsea as Nathan Dyer's mishit cross nearly drops under the crossbar but is prevented from doing so by Petr Cech's tip over.

  177. 1628: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-2 Everton - Marouane Fellaini (72 mins)

    Everton have turned it around at Fulham. The goal has been coming. This is all about Marouane Fellaini's strength and then composure. He chests down a long pass forward on the edge of the box, muscles his way past Aaron Hughes and then fires low past Mark Schwarzer. Simple but brilliant.

  178. 1628: 

    Conference North side Guiseley have let a two-goal lead slip at home to Barrow of the Conference. League Two side Port Vale have also lost a 2-0 lead, with Conference side Forest Green battling back at the New Lawn. Two League Two sides are heading to stonking victories against League One opposition. Having led 1-0 at the break Rotherham United are now 3-0 up against Stevenage after Lee Frecklington scored twice in quick succession, while Chesterfield are 4-0 up at home to Hartlepool.


    Aman Sheth on Twitter: "Cahill is a way better striker than Fernando Torres. More goal, better chances. Predator like in the box. And he is a defender!"

  180. 1628: 

    BBC East Sport's Chris Osborne at the Melbourne Stadium: "Remarkably, Chelmsford are 2-0 up and there's a genuine shock on the cards here. It's Donovan Simmonds again. He beats the keeper to the ball, nudges it into the net and gets clattered for his efforts. Can the Clarets hold on?"

  181. 1628: 

    Swansea are also pushing for an equaliser at the Liberty Stadium but Jonathan de Guzman's shot from the edge of the area is claimed by Petr Cech.

  182. 1626: 

    Tottenham are battling for a way back into the game against Wigan. Steven Caulker meets a corner and heads back across goal but James McCarthy is on the line to head away.


    Will Rider, via text: "Cahill is a frightening presence from set pieces on top of his superb defensive ability. Should be a definite starter for England - no doubt."

  184. 1625: 

    Sunderland are screaming for a penalty at the Stadium of Light as John O'Shea's flicked header from Adam Johnson's cross strikes Christian Benteke's raised arm in the box. It certainly wasn't intentional and the referee waves play on much to the home side's frustration.


    Ethan Friskney-Adams on Twitter: "That's more LIKE it Premier League. I knew you wouldn't let us down!"

    Hugh Cross on Twitter: "And so the floodgates have opened."

  186. 1622: 

    It is a happy day for Gabriel Agbonlahor. He has ended a run of 28 games and nearly a year without a Premier League goal. Before today, his last top-flight Villa goal was in the 3-2 home win against Norwich on 5 November 2011.

  187. 1620: 

    Potential upsets aplenty in the FA Cup first-round. Ryman Premier League side Hendon are 1-0 up at League Two Aldershot, while sixth-tier sides Harrogate Town and Chelmsford City both lead 1-0 against Football League sides Torquay and Colchester.

    As for the two lowest ranked sides in the competition, Yate Town are one down at Cheltenham, but Slough Town can take heart - it's goalless in their tie with Conference side Mansfield.

  188. 1619:  
    Final Score pundit Garth Crooks

    On Chelsea's goal: "Cahill is as effective in the opposition box as he is in his own penalty area. Moses finishes but it is Cahill who causes destruction in the Swansea six-yard box."

  189. 1618:  
    Final Score pundit Mark Bright

    On Wigan's goal against Tottenham: "I think there was foul in the build up - Kone on Friedel. Friedel tries to parry and Kone pushes him into the net. I think he puts his arm across Friedel's chest and stops him getting the ball. I'm sure AVB will be talking about that at the final whistle."

  190. 1618: 

    Stunning save by Tim Howard who makes up for his earlier error with a terrific one-handed stop to deny Dimitar Berbatov from firing Fulham 2-1 ahead after the Bulgarian had beaten the Everton off-side trap at Craven Cottage.

  191. 1616: 
    GOAL- Swansea 0-1 Chelsea - Victor Moses (61 mins)

    And the goals just keep on coming. Chelsea lead at the Liberty Stadium. Eden Hazard forces a flying save from Gerhard Tremmel with a curling 30-yard free-kick. Gary Cahill heads Hazard's corner towards goal and Victor Moses flicks the ball into the net with his head.

    Final Score pundit Garth Crooks

    "I don't know what David Moyes has said to his team at half-time - but they are flying now. They can go on and win this."

  193. 1615: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa - Gabriel Agbonlahor (57 mins)

    Someone has switched on the goals tap. Villa break the deadlock at the Stadium of Light. Christian Benteke heads down a cross and fellow forward Gabriel Agbonlahor is on hand to stab the ball past Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet from six yards.

  194. 1613: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-1 Wigan - Ben Watson (56 mins)

    This is more like it. Wigan lead at Tottenham. And it has been coming. A corner from the left is only half punched away Brad Friedel, who is forced to drop back over his own line by Arouna Kone and therefore unable to prevent Ben Watson's shot from crossing the line before he palms away.

  195. 1611: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-1 Everton - Marouane Fellaini (55 mins)

    Everton come up with the goods to level against Fulham. Kevin Mirallas is the architect as he drives down the right before pulling the ball back for Marouane Fellaini to lash in at the near post. Lovely stuff from the Toffees.

  196. 1611: 

    Huge chance for Stoke's Jonathan Walters at Carrow Road as Michael Turner fluffs his clearance from a flick-on to give the Irish forward a clear sight of goal. He looks to flick a shot past John Ruddy but the keeper does well to block. Walters should have scored.

  197. 1609: 

    Everton have started the second half at Craven Cottage in the same way they finished the first half - on the attack. A free-kick flashes across the Fulham six-yard area but Marouane Fellaini is just unable to divert the ball over the line. It remains 1-0 to Fulham but it will be a surprise if the scoreline does not change.

  198. 1608: 

    Both Sunderland and Aston Villa are struggling at the Stadium of Light. The result: a very drab game of football. If it carries on like this I wouldn't go looking there for a source of goals.

  199. 1607: 

    889 Yates fans have turned out at Whaddon Road - 752 more than they've averaged throughout the Southern League Division One South and West season. They're doing the Poznan and thoroughly enjoying their FA Cup moment, despite being a goal down at League Two Cheltenham.

  200. 1607: 

    Chelsea start the second half in positive fashion against Swansea as Eden Hazard cuts inside from the left before firing a low shot that Gerhard Tremmel saves. Soon after, Victor Moses heads Fernando Torres' cross just over the bar from close range.

  201. 1605: 

    That was a bit optimistic from Wes Hoolahan as he attempts a shot from the halfway line designed to catch Asmir Begovic off his line. It is not a bad effort, though, and Begovic is forced to tip it behind. The home side are unable to capitalise on the resulting corner.

  202. 1601: 

    We're back under way across the Premier League. Here's hoping for a bit more excitement and much more goals.

  203. 1601: 

    In the Championship, I'm sure Ian Holloway embodied calm in the stands as Crystal Palace went 1-0 up against Blackburn on the verge of half-time thanks to Glenn Murray. It means that Henning Berg is likely to be the only new manager to be having a miserable half-time - Sean Dyche's Burnley lead Wolves, Mick McCarthy's Ipswich are ahead at Birmingham, both 1-0. Leicester will slip to fourth as it stands as they trail 1-0 at Watford, while Hull are one up at home to Barnsley through a Sone Aluko goal.

  204. 1600: 

    Chelsea have clearly decided they're in need of added impetus as Ramires comes on for Oriol Romeu at the Liberty Stadium.

  205. 1559: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, speaking after the 2-1 win against Arsenal: "The game went dead at stages, saying that I felt we created a number of clear cut chances but we left them with a little sniff because we didn't finish it off. It was 2-1 in the end but it could have been five or six.

    "Coming out of the changing room you would have thought we had lost the game but we defended well and you have to do that in this league because it is a hard league.

    "I don't think we have hit a purple patch yet which we are searching for."

  206. 1558: 

    Well that was a pretty boring first half in the Premier League. Five lots of 45 minutes and all the lads can rustle up is two goals. We probably shouldn't be surprised at Spurs and Wigan offering up a half-time blank, though. This is the seventh time in 10 Premier League matches this season that Tottenham have failed to score in the first half and the eighth time they have kept first half clean sheets in those games.


    Danny on Twitter: "When did 'good' footy become goals galore and poor defending? Surely a tightly contested game is more fun? No? Just me then."

  208. 1554: 

    One thing to add about half-time at Carrow Road. Stoke boss Tony Pulis was waiting on the touchline to give referee Andre Marriner an earful. If I was a guessing man it would be that he thinks his side should have had a free-kick for a foul on Charlie Adam just before the Norwich free-kick that led to the opening goal. We're likely to hear more about this later.

  209. 1552: 
    MOTD’s John Roder at Carrow Road:Norwich 1-0 Stoke

    "The first half was by and large a turgid affair with chances few and far between. Norwich scored late in the half through Bradley Johnson while Stoke felt they should have had a free-kick in the build up. It was just about the only action of a first half to forget."

  210. 1552: 
    MOTD’s Steve Bower at the Stadium of Light:Sunderland 0-0 Aston Villa

    "It's pretty even but, once again, a familiar story for these clubs as there have been very few clearcut chances. It is there to be won and it would be a massive win for either of them."

  211. 1551:  
    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart Lane:Tottenham 0-0 Wigan

    "That is a noise of disappointment as the half-time whistle goes at White Hart Lane but Spurs fans won't be disappointed with their goalkeeper Brad Friedel who made two saves from point-blank range to deny Wigan, who will be a little disappointed to go into half-time all square. 0-0 at half-time."

  212. 1550: 
    MOTD’s Martin Fisher at Craven Cottage:Fulham 1-0 Everton

    "Tim Howard will feel he should have done better than just push Bryan Ruiz's free-kick against the post. Everton have had plenty of chances but Nikica Jelavic has not packed his scoring boots and has wasted his side's best chance so far."

  213. 1549:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Chelsea

    "Roberto Di Matteo may think his side were denied a penalty and Fernando Torres had a header cleared off the line. Michu coming closest for Swansea but it is still goalless at the Liberty Stadium."

  214. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 0-0 Aston Villa
  215. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 0-0 Wigan
  216. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Norwich 1-0 Stoke
  217. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Fulham 1-0 Everton
  218. 1547: 

    Everton still trail Fulham 1-0 but are very much in the game at Craven Cottage. Home keeper Mark Schwarzer has saved well from Seamus Coleman while Nikica Jelavic wasted a glorious chance when he failed to find the target with a header while unmarked just outside the six-yard area.


    Conor Murphy on Twitter: "As it stands I'd rather watch paint dry than follow this afternoon's action."

  220. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Chelsea
  221. 1546: 

    Could seventh tier Hendon pull off the shock of the round? The Ryman League Premier side lead League Two Aldershot 1-0 through Dean Cracknell. Two Conference North sides could also be heading towards upsets. At Plainmoor Chib Chilaka puts Harrogate Town one up at League Two Torquay, while Guiseley's Wayne Brooksby could also claim hero status, putting them ahead at home to Conference side Barrow, while Dean Boshell has added a second for the Yorkshire club.

  222. 1546: 

    Fernando Torres has been left frustrated at the Liberty Stadium so far. He exchanges passes with Eden Hazard near the box but his touch lets him down and the chance disappears as the ball bobbles away from the Spaniard.

  223. 1543: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Stoke - Bradley Johnson

    At last we have another goal and it is a big one for Norwich. Two former Leeds players combine as Robert Snodgrass swings over a free-kick from the right which Bradley Johnson leaps to steer a header into the far top corner.

  224. 1543: 

    Penalty shout at the Liberty Stadium for Chelsea. Ashley Williams bundles in to the back of Eden Hazard without getting any of the ball to send the Belgian tumbling. It was a clumsy challenge but the referee Kevin Friend sees nothing wrong with it.


    Steve, Cardiff, via text: "Since when did the League Cup become more exciting than the PL? It's hogging all the goals!"

    I remember being sat in this very chair on Tuesday and Wednesday commentating as the goals rained in. Happy days.

  226. 1538: 

    Charlie Adam has had another long-range shot saved for Stoke, but apart from that it has been pretty quiet at Carrow Road. You can see why Stoke have drawn so many games. They are tough to break down but lack punch up front.

  227. 1536: 

    Good news for two new managers in the Championship. Sean Dyche's Burnley lead Wolves through a Martin Paterson strike, while Mick McCarthy's Ipswich are ahead at Birmingham thanks to DJ Campbell. Blackpool, under caretaker manager Steve Thompson, are 1-0 down at Derby following a Theo Robinson goal while second-placed Leicester trail at Watford after Almen Abdi struck there.

  228. 1536:  
    Final Score pundit Garth Crooks

    "There are not a lot of goals around the Premier League but there are a lot of fiercely contested games, particularly Fulham v Everton. I think the goals will come."


    Elliot Newstead on Twitter: "Re 1526. I wonder what Tony Pulis will have to say about Charlie Adam being booked for diving? Still want a retrospective three game ban?"

  230. 1535: 

    Brad Friedel is the only reason Tottenham aren't behind at White Hart Lane. The keeper has pulled out another superb save to block Shaun Maloney's shot from inside the box. Wigan are well on top but will they be left to rue not taking these chances?

  231. 1533: 

    BBC East Sport's Chris Osborne at the Melbourne Stadium: "Donovan Simmonds has given Chelmsford City the lead against Essex rivals Colchester United, who are 61 places above the home side in the football pyramid. It's a super little finish, lobbing the keeper from 25 yards out. It looked at one moment like he might do a lap of the athletics track in celebration, but he thought better of it. There was some initial confusion over Chelmsford's goal scorer. But a quick phone call to the City bench from someone in the press area confirmed it was Donovan Simmonds. Only in non-league."

  232. 1532: 

    Adam Johnson tees up Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole and he tries to curl a shot into the top corner but sees his effort go narrowly wide. Sunderland now coming back into the game against Villa.


    Lee, Newcastle, via text: "Phil, please say that there is a shortage of goals in order to spice these games up a little?"

    OK... *clears throat*.... there is a shortage of goals.

  234. 1530: 

    Wigan have a great chance to open the scoring at White Hart Lane as Arouna Kone plays a neat one-two with Shaun Maloney which opens up the Tottenham defence. However, the evergreen Brad Friedel pulls out a cracking save to deny Kone from 12 yards.


    Paul Sherrington on Twitter: "Re Steve, it takes Michael Owen at least five years to get himself to match fitness."

  236. 1528: 

    Infostrada inform us that Tim Howard's own goal is Fulham's 500th Premier League goal.

  237. 1528: 

    Another chance for Fernando Torres at Liberty Stadium as Victor Moses' cross bounces up for the Spaniard. However, he can only plant his header into the arms of Gerhard Tremmel.

  238. 1526: 

    Charlie Adam is booked for diving at Carrow Road. He looked to get a bit of a shove in the back but it appears as though the ease with which he dropped convinced the ref he deserved yellow.

  239. 1524:  
    Final Score pundit Mark Bright

    On Swansea v Chelsea: "Swansea must have passed the ball 15 or 20 times in succession, but they can't thread a decisive pass through. If you give them a bit of space and time they keep the ball well. It's a good contest at the moment."

  240. 1524: 

    Wigan are doing a good job of quietening the crowd at White Hart Lane but Spurs have just gone close through Jan Vertonghen's volley, which dipped wickedly in front of goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi after Ben Watson failed to clear Gareth Bale's corner properly. Spurs have just suffered a setback as Brazilian midfielder Sandro limps off and is replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Still 0-0.

  241. 1524: 

    Best chance of the game at Carrow Road goes to the home side as Wes Hoolahan cuts in from the left and sets up Anthony Pilkington in the box but his side-foot shot is well saved by Asmir Begovic.


    The Jahangir on Twitter: "Swansea are the Atletico Madrid of the PL. Underrated. And have one hell of a goalscorer upfront."

  243. 1520: 

    Aston Villa are on top at the Stadium of Light and Gabriel Agbonlahor sees an effort deflected over the bar by home defender Phil Bardsley. It is fair to say the visitors are in dire need of a win this afternoon.

  244. 1519: 

    The bad news for Everton is that they have now conceded the first goal in each of their last five Premier League matches. The good news, though, is that they have come back to pick up points on each occasion, claiming a victory and three draws. The message then for the Toffees is, as Corporal Jones would say, don't panic.

  245. 1517: 

    The rose-tinted glasses have been whipped off Yate Town rather quickly. The Gloucestershire side, one of two sides to from the eighth tier to make it to the first round, concede in the third minute against Cheltenham thanks to a Scott Thomas own goal. Meanwhile Matt Johnson has given Bishop's Stortford the lead in their clash of the minnows with Hastings United.

  246. 1517: 

    Despite conceding an early goal, it is Everton who are playing like the home side at Fulham. Mark Schwarzer makes a fine save to deny Marouane Fellaini an equaliser from close range. There's more goals on the menu at Craven Cottage.

  247. 1517: 

    I'm just seeing a replay of the Chelsea effort that Leon Britton cleared off the line. It is the best evidence you need for havign a man on the post from a corner. Branislav Ivanovic was just inches away from sliding the ball home as well.


    Steve, Stoke, via text: "When will we see Michael Owen start for Stoke? How can he not be fit?"


    Grant, Weymouth, via text: "Oh Everton. Why are you doing this to us? Always conceding the first goal. A loss here will ruin our good start."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    "Arsene Wenger talking again about "illusionary domination" by Arsenal. Fear that is more delusion than illusion. Strictly second best."

  251. 1514: 

    Swansea hit back against Chelsea with a chance of their own as Pablo Hernandez picks out Michu in the box but he cannot stretch far enough to steer his shot towards goal and instead lifts the ball high and away from goal.

  252. 1513: 

    Aston Villa left-back Joe Bennett is tackled by a sliding Phil Bardsley. It was a fair challenge but the Villa player has to go off injured and Eric Lichaj replaces him. Soon after, Christian Benteke heads over from a Villa corner.

  253. 1513: 

    Subdued start at White Hart Lane, where Spurs forward Clint Dempsey has twice found himself in shooting positions but has been unable to hit the target with either. Wigan are holding their own, for now.

  254. 1513: 

    Chelsea are on a mission to reclaim top spot in the Premier League and they go so, so close to scoring against Swansea. Fernando Torres steers a header towards goal but the ball is headed off the line by Leon Britton

  255. 1511: 

    Norwich have settled into their stride at Carrow Road but they almost get hit as Charlie Adam nearly puts Stoke ahead with a low, curling 25-yard effort that goes just wide.

  256. 1507: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-0 Everton - Tim Howard og (7 mins)

    Fulham strike early against the Toffees. Dimitar Berbatov is fouled by Phil Neville 25 yards from goal and Bryan Ruiz curls the free-kick round the wall and finds the net courtesy of the post and a deflection off Tim Howard.

  257. 1507: 

    Sunderland striker Steve Fletcher puts the ball in the back of the net after a Stephane Sessegnon pass but the effort is ruled out for offside. Aston Villa breathe a sigh of relief.


    Ollie, South Wales, via text: "Fantastic result for Hereford Utd beating League One Shrewsbury! So proud to be a Bulls fan today! First Cupset of the day.

  259. 1506: 

    Norwich nearly the architects off their own downfall as Sebastien Bassong gifts possession to Stoke on the edge of the box. Fortunately for the home side Peter Crouch cannot get a shot away and is muscled out of possession.

  260. 1505: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "I think [the start did not help us], it was important not to put ourselves in trouble, which is what we did. We had a lot of the ball after we conceded the first goal but we did not create a lot.

    "Then, when we were 2-0 down and down to 10 men it became difficult, if it was 11 v 11 then we could have come back.

    "Yes [Wilshere's sending off] looked harsh from the stand, the second yellow.

    "I think we were a bit unlucky, especially with the penalty decision, we always have a penalty against when we play Manchester United, us so we get used to it.

    "We had the better chances than but overall in a game like this you ought to not put yourself on the back foot when you are one down."

  261. 1504: 

    Everton are on the attack from the off at Fulham. Inside the opening minute the ball drops to Leon Osman on the edge of the area and the midfielder lets fly only for his own player Nikica Jelavic to unintentionally block his goal-bound effort.

  262. 1504: 

    Swansea open Chelsea up down the right but Pablo Hernandez's pull-back for Michu is behind the midfielder and Branislav Ivanovic is able to clear.


    Christopher Hall on Twitter: "Fulham-Everton should be a great game. Two evenly matched teams, both with attacking qualities. My choice for the afternoon!"

    Anhar Miah on Twitter: "I want to see Marko Marin play for Chelsea. Come on Di Matteo, how long do Chelsea fans have to wait to see him play?"

  264. 1502: 

    We've got an upset! Conference side Hereford beat League One Shrewsbury 3-1 to advance into the FA Cup second round. Not only are Shrewsbury their arch-rivals, they're also managed by former Bulls manager and owner Graham Turner, so plenty of cause for celebration at Edgar Street. Meanwhile, Brentford lead Boreham Wood of the Conference South 2-0 at half-time.


    Injured Manchester City midfielder David Silva on Twitter: "Good luck to my team mates today, difficult game, I hope to start training with the team next week and see if I am ready for next weekend."

  266. 1500: 

    And we are back under way in the Premier League. Games on.

  267. 1457: 

    Every screen I'm watching shows tracksuit-sporting players file out on to pitches. The formalities will soon be out of the way, though, and we'll have more of this football stuff to talk about.

  268. 1456: 

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill managed Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert when the pair were at Celtic and there is plenty of admiration from both towards each other. "I've got much regard for him," says O'Neill. "I've got no doubt that despite the sticky start he will pull things round." Lambert spoke to ex-Villa boss O'Neill before taking over at the Midlands club in the summer. "I absolutely loved playing under Martin," he explains. "He could just get the best out of people. That was his biggest thing. His man-management was brilliant."

  269. 1456: 

    Michael Laudrup secured his first big scalp as Swansea manager in Wednesday's League Cup win over Liverpool. He expects the Swans to raise their game again against Chelsea, saying: "I am not really concerned about this game because I know we will perform well. The games against big clubs are different, with a different way of playing. I remember with the teams I managed in Spain when we had to play Barcelona or Real Madrid, you don't have to motivate the players."

    Defensive frailty has dominated Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo's thoughts as he prepares to visit Swansea. The Blues have conceded 11 goals in four games and Di Matteo said: "Generally, it's been down probably to a few individual mistakes. We have to improve but I don't think it's just as simple as that. You look at other teams and they're conceding goals, so we certainly have to improve, from the last few games, our defensive organisation."

  270. 1454: 

    Stoke City manager Tony Pulis says Norwich's Capital One Cup victory over Tottenham in midweek has convinced him that Canaries counterpart Chris Hughton will keep them in the Premier League. Pulis said: "I went to watch and Chris made a lot of changes [ten from the team which drew with Aston Villa]. They are well set up. Looking at the strength of what he played on Wednesday, I think they will be fine. Paul Lambert has left the club in a good state."

    Norwich City boss Chris Hughton says Stoke's steady progression in the top flight has to be admired. "They are an excellent role model. After getting promotion you normally have a few tough years but they have improved every year and have brought in better quality every year. They are a very well established Premier League team. I'm sure they couldn't bring in someone of the quality of Michael Owen six or seven years ago. They are a hard-working, well-disciplined team with good quality."

  271. 1452: 

    Robin van Persie, who scored as Manchester United beat his former club Arsenal: "It was a special day, in the end it was about the game and I think we playd well. We were a bit sloppy with the chances we did not take, we should have scored more but we got three points.

    "It is the first time ever I have played against my former club, but in the end it is about the game and we won it, I am pleased wiht that."

    On why he did not celebrate his goal, Van Persie added: "I played there for eight years, I had a fantastic time there and I respect the fans, manager, players and the whole club so that is why I didn't celebrate."

  272. 1452:  
    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart Lane:

    "AVB is starting to get the Spurs faithful more on his side now. When he came here he had to battle against a number of misconceptions, one being that he failed at Chelsea. But five wins out of six has lifted Spurs into fourth place, which I think is probably the best possible place they could finish this season and people are starting to warm to him. You never quite now what you are going to get with Wigan. They are in one of those funny periods when they can't string wins together.

    "A lot depends on how their wing back system works, if it's going well then Wigan play. But if you have to contain Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale then it is not so easy. We might be in for a fascinating tactical battle."

  273. 1451: 

    It's all change in the Championship with five sides under new management. Two meet at Selhurst Park and it's fourth v fifth to boot - Ian Holloway will be in the stands to watch new charges Crystal Palace, having joined from Blackpool this morning, while Henning Berg takes charge of Blackburn for the first time.

    Mick McCarthy takes up the reigns at bottom side Ipswich, who travel to Birmingham looking to secure their first win since mid-August. Dougie Freedman faces up to the tough prospect of league leaders Cardiff in the late kick-off for his first game in charge at Bolton, Sean Dyche's Burnley host Wolves, while Steve Thompson will look to impress as caretaker manager as he takes Blackpool to Derby.


    Oliver, London, via text: "Poor performance, hopefully a wake up call for Wenger. His decisions AND the board costing Arsenal at the moment. Ramsey and Santos were passengers. Should face competition to get on to Arsenal's bench - not starting for this great club."

  275. 1450: 
    Swansea v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    Four changes for Swansea to the side that won at Liverpool in midweek. Captain Garry Monk will make his first Premier League start under Michael Laudrup, while Angel Rangel, Ben Davies and Wayne Routledge come in. No David Luiz or Juan Mata for Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres return to the starting line-up.

  276. 1449: 
    Fulham v Everton (15:00 GMT)

    Alexander Kacaniklic and Bryan Ruiz return for Fulham in place of Hugo Rodallega and Kieran Richardson. Steven Naismith, who scored Everton's equaliser against Liverpool last weekend, is left out as David Moyes makes two changes to the side that started last week's Merseyside derby. Steven Pienaar comes in for Naismith while Johnny Heitinga replaces Sylvain Distin.

  277. 1448: 
    Sunderland v Aston Villa (15:00 GMT)

    Sunderland make three changes from their midweek capital One Cup humbling by Middlesbrough. Keeper Simon Mignolet, midfielder Craig Gardner and winger Sebastian Larsson replace Keiren Westwood, David Vaughan and Louis Saha. Aston Villa are without ex-Sunderland striker Darren Bent because of a foot injury suffered in training on Friday. They beat Swindon in their Capital One Cup outing in the week and make four changes from that team. Keeper Brad Guzan, left-back Joe Bennett, centre-back Ciaran Clark and midfielder Ashley Westwood - making his first Premier League start - each start. Shay Given, Eric Lichaj, Chris Herd and the suspended Karim El Ahmadi make way.

  278. 1447: 
    Tottenham v Wigan (15:00 GMT)

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas names an unchanged side from the 2-1 Premier League victory over Southampton last Sunday. Jermain Defoe leads the line but Clint Dempsey also gets another chance to shine. Gareth Bale starts against a side he terrorised at White Hart Lane last season. Wigan make one change from last weekend's impressive 2-1 victory over West Ham, with Ben Watson recalled in place of James McArthur, who is not included in the squad.

  279. 1445: 
    Norwich v Stoke (15:00 GMT)

    Norwich, as expected, make wholesale changes from the side that beat Tottenham in the Capital One Cup. Michael Turner played in that game in midweek but he was the only one who also started against Aston Villa in their last Premier League game and there are just two changes from that side. Russell Martin misses out with a back problem and Elliott Bennett drops to the bench so Robert Snodgrass and Steven Whittaker come in. Stoke make one enforced change to their starting line-up, with Andy Wilkinson replacing the injured Marc Wilson in defence. Michael Owen is not named in the 16-man squad because of injury.


    Ryan Langdon on Twitter: "Arsenal just didn't turn up today, if Man Utd tried to score more goals they could have easy!!"

    Dee Gasa on Twitter: "Wenger and the board NEED to change something cause honestly, every defeat is becoming harder and harder to stomach."

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "The scoreline does not reflect how the match went at all. It was complete domination and we should have won by four at least."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    "Cazorla pulls one back for Arsenal with the last kick of the game - a very comfortable win for Man Utd."

  282. 1443:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage at Old Trafford

    "It was a very laboured, pedestrian Arsenal performance. They had no threat in attack and defensively were all over the place. Let's be honest it could have been more."

  283. 1442: 

    Cheers Chris. Well, it didn't quite have the twists and turns but with the goals, penalty and red card Man Utd v Arsenal shows that the Premier League has learnt something from the Capital One Cup with regard to entertaining the masses. And will you look at that, we've only got six more top-flight games, 11 Championship matches and 35 FA Cup 1st round ties to keep us enthralled for the rest of the afternoon. That'll do.

  284. 1440: 

    And there you have it. United are top of the league after a relative walk in the park against an underwhelming Arsenal team, who at least ended the game with a bang. No fireworks from them otherwise, though.

    I'm going to give my fingers a rest and pass you on to Mr Phil Dawkes, who will guide you through the rest of today's action. Be nice to him, and I'll see you soon.

  285. 1439: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal
  286. 1437: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal - Santi Cazorla (95 mins)

    Ah, looks like I spoke too soon at 14:35. Oops. Anyway, Arsenal do have a consolation goal, thanks to a stunning late strike by Santi Cazorla, who plays a neat one-two with Andrey Arshavin and curls a sweet strike into the top corner. This won't be a famous comeback, though, because the final whistle has just gone.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

    "92 minutes and De Gea's first real save from Giroud."

  288. 1435: 

    You have probably noticed that Manchester United David de Gea has not had much to do today, but he is still on his toes, reacting to block Olivier Giroud's shot from point-blank range after the Frenchman had burst on to a cross from the left.

    Only seconds left now, and it looks like Arsenal will leave Manchester without so much as a consolation goal.

  289. 1434: 

    There will be four minutes of added time at Old Trafford. At the end of it, United will be top of the Premier League, at least until Chelsea play Swansea this afternoon.

  290. 1433: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal's Mikel Arteta

    The 90 minutes are up and Mike Dean celebrates with another booking. It goes to Arsenal's Mikel Arteta, who caught Robin van Persie in the face with his arm as they went up for a high ball.

    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage at Old Trafford

    "Too many of Arsenal's big players have not turned up today."

  292. 1432: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies, Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Ki, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Tate, Graham, Dyer, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Bertrand, Piazon.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)


    Warren, Manchester, via text: "Re Matt, Skegness. I don't think Mike Dean has done a great job at all. He threw needless first-half bookings about when there wasn't a malicious tackle and forced himself into a corner. First-half tickings off would have preserved the game as a contest."

  294. 1431: 

    United have been comfortable since Robin van Persie put them ahead inside three minutes and in truth this match has not been much of a contest, let alone the sort of titanic tussle we used to get twice a season not so long ago when the Gunners were battling United for the title every season. On this evidence, it will be a while before they are doing that again.

  295. 1429: 

    Yep, credit to referee Mike Dean, and credit to Arsenal's fans too - they have not stopped singing all game, despite not having much to cheer. The Gunners' performance does NOT deserve any plaudits though.

  296. 1428: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Stoke (15:00 GMT)

    Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Bunn, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Barnett, Ryan Bennett.

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whitehead, Adam, Nzonzi, Kightly, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Palacios, Jones, Upson, Etherington, Jerome.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)


    Matt, Skegness, via text: "Can we agree Mike Dean has done great in this game? Credit to refs for once? He warned both Wilshere and Cleverley on their last chance. Immediately Cleverley was brought off and there was no hesitation after the final Wilshire foul. Good decisions all game."

  298. 1423: 
    Norwich v Stoke (15:00 GMT)

    BREAKING: Norwich recall captain Grant Holt and England goalkeeper John Ruddy into the starting XI following the midweek Capital One Cup win over Tottenham. Stoke bring in full-back Andy Wilkinson after Marc Wilson fractured a bone in his calf against Sunderland.

  299. 1426: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin

    Who says Andrey Arshavin doesn't do much? Within seconds of his introduction he dives in to stop Rafael in his tracks. That's the eighth booking of the game, including the two yellow cards shown to Jack Wilshere.


    Oxford have named 16-year-old striker James Roberts on the bench for their FA Cup first round tie with Edgar Davids's Barnet. The teenager has scored 14 goals in his last six games for United's Under-18s. Bees player-joint manager Davids has named himself on the bench. If he plays, it will be his FA Cup debut at the age of 39.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 10 12 24
2 Chelsea 10 12 23
3 Man City 10 9 22
4 Everton 10 6 17
5 Tottenham 10 3 17
6 Arsenal 10 7 15
7 Fulham 10 5 15
8 West Ham 10 2 15
9 West Brom 9 2 14
10 Newcastle 9 -2 13
11 Swansea 10 1 12
12 Wigan 10 -5 11
13 Liverpool 9 -2 10
14 Norwich 10 -10 10
15 Stoke 10 -2 9
16 Sunderland 9 -3 9
17 Aston Villa 10 -6 9
18 Reading 8 -6 4
19 Southampton 9 -12 4
20 QPR 9 -11 3