Saturday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Norwich defeat Manchester United in the Premier League after seven earlier games including defeat for QPR.

17 November 2012 Last updated at 20:03 GMT

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  1. 1955: 

    Right, after two text commentators, eight games, 29 goals, who knows how many words and nearly nine hours of action, that is officially that.

    Goodnight from me and Chris Bevan - make sure you join him tomorrow for all the latest on Fulham v Sunderland. See you there.

  2. 1955:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Carrow RoadNorwich 1-0 Man Utd

    "A famous win for Norwich, one of their finest results in recent years as Manchester United slip off the top of the Premier League table."

  3. 1951: 
    West Brom 2-1 Chelsea

    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the Hawthorns:

    "What a big scalp that is for Steve Clarke and West Brom. Chelsea threw everything at Albion in the second half but couldn't find a way through. Most of the Premier League is now looking up at West Brom as their fantastic start to the season continues. The home side had heroes all round against Chelsea."

  4. 1951: 
    Reading 2-1 Everton

    MOTD's Dan O'Hagan at the Madejski Stadium

    "This is just what Reading required to kick-start their season. They may have rode their luck but the Royals showed the Premier League they are not short of belief as they came from behind to beat an Everton side that started the day fourth in the table."

  5. 1950:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Loftus RoadQPR 1-3 Southampton

    "That's a huge result for Southampton and fully deserved - apart from a spell in the second half they were the better side throughout. What does the future now hold for QPR manager Mark Hughes?"

  6. 1949:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at St James' ParkNewcastle 1-2 Swansea

    "The chorus of boos echo around St James' Park but not so from the few hundred who have made the trip from south Wales. It was a fantastic performance from Swansea, who took the lead after an error by Tim Krul which was swept into the goal with an unmissable chance for Michu. The lead was doubled after Danny Graham's shot was parried and was tucked in on the rebound by De Guzman and though Demba Ba picked off a late goal it was scant consolation. A terrific win for Swansea."

  7. 1948:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the EtihadManchester City 5-0 Aston Villa

    "Linesman Adrian Holmes was the man with the big decision, with the score at 1-0 seven minutes into the second half. He signalled for the penalty and, once Manchester City scored it, the result was never in doubt. Before then Villa had asked a question or two."

  8. 1948:  
    MOTD's Nigel Adderley at AnfieldLiverpool 3-0 Wigan

    "Liverpool back on track at Anfield. Three second-half goals defeating Roberto Martinez's men, with Jose Enrique rounding things off with his first Premier League goal. But Luis Suarez was yet again Liverpool's inspiration. After a stodgy opening 45 minutes, Brendan Rodgers was happy to see his side recover their poise and fluidity and pick up three welcome points to push them towards the top half of the table."

  9. 1946:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the EmiratesArsenal 5-2 Tottenham

    "Just like last season, Arsenal come from behind to win 5-2. But this was a different story - or could have been. Spurs were comfortable, but Adebayor then launched himself into Cazorla. Straight red, stupid. Arsenal had space to create and destroy. Cazorla a magnificent hero, Adebayor the villain of this melodrama"

  10. 1946: 

    So eight games of action today. Let's remind you of the goings on of each...

  11. 1944: 
    Norwich 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the 1-0 defeat at Norwich: "You've got to give credit to the way Norwich defended - they defended for their lives tonight.

    "The only chances we had were half chances. Their goalkeeper had a good night too. We had a lot of pressure but didn't get the goal we needed."

  12. 1942: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson has a busy week ahead, as his side take on Galatasaray on Tuesday before hosting QPR next weekend. I'm sure we'll see plenty more changes to his line-up in those games, but the next really big game of the season is now on the horizon.

    The first Manchester derby of the campaign is on Sunday 9 December. I don't think either side are playing at their best to be honest, but that could be a crucial one in the title race.

  13. 1938: 

    Carl Millar on Twitter: "#MUFC midfield is shocking. Carrick unreliable and Giggs should have retired last season. Letting Pogba go was a massive error."

    Edmund Emiowei on Twitter: "Now we know Norwich didn't beat Arsenal just because the Gunners were lousy. Results like this will guarantee their survival."

    Jack Blackburn on Twitter: "This season's champions will have a low points total. Brilliantly competitive league."

  14. 1935: 

    Norwich City matchwinner Anthony Pilkington: "It's a great day for the fans and Norwich City today. We've got a great squad here and a great set of players. The management said 'keep believing' - that's what we've done. Now we're unbeaten in the last six games and we're starting to beat teams.

    "It's never over until it's over against Manchester United. They score goals in the 95th and 96th minutes and it's hard going. But we managed to hold on and get the win."

  15. 1932: 

    The running order for tonight's Match of the Day is in -

    Arsenal v Tottenham

    Norwich v Manchester United

    West Brom v Chelsea

    Manchester City v Aston Villa

    QPR v Southampton

    Reading v Everton

    Newcastle v Swansea

    Liverpool v Wigan

  16. 1928: 

    Norwich, meanwhile, have now kept three clean sheets on the spin and are up to 13th in the table.

  17. 1928:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Cor blimey! That's put the cat amongst the Canaries. Editor rethink."

    Match of the Day is on BBC One at 2230 GMT.

  18. 1926: 

    While I wouldn't dream of agreeing that Sir Alex Ferguson was at fault, you have to say that going behind so often points at something being wrong at Manchester United. It cannot be a coincidence.

  19. 1926: 

    Nick, a Man Utd fan, on text via 81111: "Can't help feeling it was coming. As good as United is at comeback wins, no one can do it every week and we are leaving ourselves too much too do at the moment."

    Paul in Skelmersdale on text via 81111: "Liverpool win, the Toffees lose and the Mancs get beat by Norwich, bootiful just bootiful!"

    Luke from Watford on text via 81111: "Never thought I'd say it but I blame Ferguson. Wrong starting line up, wrong substitutes and too late and going behind in nearly every game is not a coincidence. Change it now!"

  20. 1924: 

    A disconsolate QPR chairman Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "I feel gutted. I have put my heart and soul into this with my other shareholders. And done all we can to give support to players and all management. I can only apologise to the QPR fans. we keep fighting."

  21. 1924: 

    Well then - a huge result for Norwich, and that is the third defeat for Manchester United already this season. They are down to second in the table, behind champions Manchester City. Roy Hodgson enjoyed that one in the stands.

  22. 1922: 

    Sam, a happy Liverpool fan, on text via 81111: "John Ruddy is showing one of the main signs of a great keeper. Keeping a cool head in a time like this whilst ensuring the defence do the same. Utter class."

  23. 1922: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 1-0 Man Utd
  24. 1921: 

    John Ruddy again! He keeps out a skidding low shot from Anderson and reacts quickly to get to the loose ball before Paul Scholes.

  25. 1920: 

    Oh I thought this was in! Manchester United pump in a free-kick from deep on the right, it flicks off the head of Sabastien Bassong and is going in until John Ruddy turns it over. Fine save! Anders Lindegaard comes up for the corner but Norwich survive that as well.

  26. 1917: 

    There are four minutes of 'Fergie time' added on. Robert Snodgrass is replaced with a touch of cramp, as Elliott Bennett comes on.

  27. 1917: 

    Oh what a chance! Norwich break away two-on-one, Steve Morison releases Jonny Howson perfectly, he is clean through on goal - and drags his shot woefully wide! Oh dear oh dear!

  28. 1914: 

    Norwich mount a rare attack on the break, and goalscorer Anthony Pilkington cuts in and fires in a low shot from 25 yards which Anders Lindegaard does well to get across to and claim. 90 seconds of normal time left.

  29. 1914: 

    Hussain Federer on Twitter: "This is great football from Norwich."

  30. 1914: 

    It's finished Peterborough 1-4 Blackburn, thanks to a Jordan Rhodes hat-trick. That's a first win for Henning Berg.

  31. 1913: 

    Jason from Aldershot on text via 81111: "Definitely seem to be missing a certain Wayne Rooney this evening, Anderson and/or Cleverley should have started tonight. Need a lot of Fergie time me thinks."

  32. 1912: 

    Ashley Young puts in another dangerous cross from the right - Danny Welbeck gets up well to win the header but tries to pick out Robin van Persie instead of the net and the ball drifts out of play.

  33. 1910: 

    We are into the last five minutes or so now. Can Norwich hang on to this for a famous win? Or will Manchester United find yet another late goal?

  34. 1909: 

    Double change for Norwich as Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan come off, Steve Morison and Johnny Howson come on. Manchester United switch Rio Ferdinand for Anderson.

  35. 1908: 

    Peterborough are getting a hiding, but Lee Tomlin has scored a beauty of a consolation here. 4-1 to Blackburn now in the last minute.

  36. 1907: 

    Ashley Young beats his man and puts in a fine cross. Ryan Giggs is closing in at the back post but Steven Whittaker makes a great saving header to clear it. Norwich are hanging on in there.

  37. 1906: 

    Alex in London on text via 81111: "Worrying when Carrick, who can't make the national team is United's midfield linchpin. As good as the strike force is they do need service!"

  38. 1905: 

    Manchester United are in goal-hunting mode now. It's eight or nine men forwards at times. Norwich are soaking it up well though. So far.

  39. 1901: 

    Manchester United so close to a leveller. Ashley Young dinks in a cross, Danny Welbeck is charging in for a header atthe back post but he is well challenged by Alexander Tettey and it goes out for a corner, a foot or so wide of the far corner. For the first time United are piling on the pressure.

  40. 1859: 

    Darragh on Twitter: "United losing? Time to bring on super sub - Hernandez!!... Oh wait."

  41. 1858: 

    Jordan Rhodes completes his hat-trick as Blackburn go 4-0 up at Peterborough. The man is a goal machine.

  42. 1857: 

    Grant Holt thinks about an acrobatic volley from a cross from Steven Whittaker but Chris Smalling manages to beat him to it. There are just over 20 minutes left.

  43. 1856: 

    Alex on text via 81111: "Fergie needs to stop being so sentimental and playing Giggs/Scholes in a two-man midfield with Carrick. We're awful when they play. If he feels the need to play them, than the Champions League where we have already qualified top is the only option, rather than a competition where we are now second to a team finding form."

  44. 1856: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson makes his changes; Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez come off, Paul Scholes and Danny Welbeck come on. Can they make the difference?

  45. 1853: 

    Himesh Ladva on Twitter: "Don't understand why Fergie hasn't changed anything at half time... Dismal before, even more dismal after."

  46. 1853: 

    Here's the first signs of a change from Sir Alex Ferguson - Paul Scholes is warming up a day after turning 38.

  47. 1852: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany ahead of his appearance on Match of the Day on Twitter: "Erm, Gary, you never told me Alan Hansen was going to be there... ;-)"

  48. 1849: 

    About this time last week, Manchester United were 2-0 down and playing poorly. They went on to beat Aston Villa 3-2 so I don't think anybody is banking on a home win here yet. But surely, if United keep conceding first, this habit will hurt them?

  49. 1849: 

    Alan Hannah on Twitter: "Utd have no energy or pace at the moment. Anderson, Cleverley and Welbeck need to come on soon!"

    Raj Kotecha on Twitter: "Perhaps now United will start playing?"

  50. 1846: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Man Utd - Anthony Pilkington (60 mins)

    United have been flat, and now they have been punished. Wes Hoolahan sends the ball out wide to the left, Javier Garrido delivers a cracking cross in and Anthony Pilkington - who was a youth team player at Old Trafford - arrives on it to float a brilliant header into the top corner.

  51. 1845: 

    It's still all a bit flat at Carrow Road. Manchester United could do with bringing on Javier Hernandez - if he hadn't started. They do have Danny Welbeck on the bench and I imagine we will see him fairly soon.

  52. 1844: 

    We've all finally got over Zlatan Ibrahimovic's remarkable display in midweek - but this is how important he is: His club side Paris Saint Germain, without the suspended Zlatan, slid to a demoralising 2-1 home loss to Rennes this afternoon - despite the visitors being reduced to nine men.

  53. 1843:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "We've got a bonus tonight on MOTD. Alongside Alan Hansen and Harry Redknapp, the Man City skipper Vincent Kompany joins us. BBC One 2230 GMT."

  54. 1840: 

    Still plenty of neat approach play from Norwich without the killer pass in the final third. United still sluggish as we approach the hour mark.

  55. 1838: 

    Bhavin Manish Sha on Twitter: "With top spot in CL group in the bag already, Utd must go all guns blazing in this second half! Most players to be rested midweek."

  56. 1837: 

    Norwich win a free-kick in a wide area - Robert Snodgrass fires it in, Anders Lindegaard flaps at it a bit but the defenders are able to poke it away. The goalkeeper was not too certain there as he came for that one.

  57. 1834: 

    Robin van Persie has another air-shot as he runs on to a long pass over the top, but he recovers to get the ball on to his right foot and fire in low. John Ruddy makes the save.

  58. 1832: 

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on Twitter: "That has been coming for weeks... We never got too low amongst the group... We won't get too high now... Football is SO MUCH better when you WIN!!!"

  59. 1832: 
    KICK-OFF- Norwich 0-0 Man Utd

    Game on.

  60. 1831: 

    Statisticians Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Manchester United have gone on to win only two of their last 12 PL away matches that have been goalless at half-time."

  61. 1830: 

    Here come the teams back out on to the Carrow Road pitch.

  62. 1827: 

    Are you really writing Ryan Giggs off?

  63. 1827: 

    Nigel on Twitter: "Giggs (Our Legend) is a goner, liability... Better start playing Anderson and Cleverley, should be certain starters nowadays."

    Chris Warne on Twitter: "Saints have only played three teams in the bottom half, and won two of them convincingly. False position at the moment."

    Olamide Abiola on Twitter: "United midfield too slow. Fergie should know better not to start Giggs in the middle anymore... Leave that for the Carling Cup!"

  64. 1826: 

    A point I missed earlier on - that heavy defeat for Aston Villa at Manchester City, coupled with Reading's first win of the season, has seen Villa drop into the bottom three for the first time this season.

  65. 1825: 

    Injured Everton captain Phil Neville on Twitter: "Had my operation yesterday, it went very well. I normally recover quick from these so hopefully I will be back soon."

  66. 1821: 

    So if it stays like this, Manchester City will stay top of the table on goal difference alone from Manchester United. Where have we heard that one before?

  67. 1820: 

    Will Ellis on Twitter: "Bassong, loved the marauding further up the pitch against Villa, against United less so."

    John Train on Twitter: "I think Utd supporters should ask Anderson why he can't get into the shape expected of a professional at MUFC."

  68. 1818: 

    United haven't played too well here - but this time last week they were losing 2-0 and still went on to win. I expect to see a much more lively display from Sir Alex Ferguson's men after the break.

  69. 1816:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Carrow RoadHALF-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Man Utd

    "Not the greatest 45 minutes that United manager Sir Alex has seen this season. Norwich will be happy enough - having created two half chances, while their keeper John Ruddy made the save of the half."

  70. 1815: 

    We are into stoppage time at Carrow Road.

  71. 1815: 

    Richard in Epsom on text via 81111: "If only Mark Hughes was not so completely consumed by delusions of his own adequacy, QPR might just have a prayer."

    David, Fulham fan, on text via 81111: "It's so nice to see Fulham and QPR fans united for once. Hughes out!"

    Owyn on text via 81111: "Tony Fernandes is too obsessed about looking like a nice businessman and that's why I think he won't sack Mark Hughes. Sometimes in football seemingly harsh decisions have to be made."

  72. 1813: 

    United turn it on - and are so close to going ahead. A croner from the right falls at the feet of Ashley Young, who drives in low, but John Ruddy gets a strong wrist to it and turns it around. Really top save that one.

  73. 1810: 

    The first big chance for Manchester United - and it's an air shot from Robin van Persie. Ryan Giggs shows just why he has been selected, pinging a 35-yard pass over the top which is weighted to perfection. Van Persie is beyond the last man and watches it drop over his shoulder, pulls the trigger - but misses the ball.

  74. 1808: 

    Norwich go close again! Robert Snodgrass weaves his way past Rio Ferdinand on the right before firing in a low cross to the near post. Grant Holt gambles and almost gets there - but Chris Smalling makes a fantastic covering challenge to clear his lines. Great defending.

  75. 1807: 

    Tom in Nottingham on text via 81111: "United missing that link between midfield and attack, Giggs is playing too deep, should have started with Cleverley as we look short going forward."

  76. 1805: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium on Twitter: "Reading boss Brian McDermott on what he'll do tonight after the victory: 'I might have a beer an Indian and watch Match of the Day.'

    "McDermott on why he wore a suit for the 1st time: 'You get to 51 & I'm too old to wear a tracksuit. My wife thinks I look like a plumber.'

  77. 1803: 

    Those earlier calls for Anderson to be given a start in the Manchester United midfield may be on the button - the longer this half wears on, the more obvious the lack of pace and energy in the centre for United. I don't know if Anderson is the answer - but he's an option.

    Norwich looking comfortable enough as we enter the final 10 minutes of the half.

  78. 1802: 

    Jim Shepperton on text via 81111: "Hughes useless. Chairman a novice. QPR being driven to the wall. Get rid and bring in a manager who can coach and motivate."

    Toby, QPR fan, on text via 81111: "There is a thread running on the QPR message board and all 44 replies want Hughes out. Not a lot of debate about it."

  79. 1801: 

    Jordan Rhodes has got another one - a lovely finish at the near post puts Blackburn 3-0 up at Peterborough. This boy can really finish.

  80. 1800: 

    Will Crane on Twitter: "This time last year we'd beaten Everton, Wolves and Stoke away, and Chelsea at home. Warnock went in December. How is Hughes still in a job?"

    Antony Vaughan on Twitter: "Playing Giggs with no Rooney, no energy, Anderson was the player today."

    Maxwell Finch on Twitter: "Javier Hernandez: Dzeko-esque off the bench, Torres-esque while playing from the start."

  81. 1759: 

    A wobble at the back from Manchester United again - as Chris Smalling gives the ball away cheaply. Grant Holt works the ball on to Bradley Johnson - but his piledriver from 25 yards is well charged down. Like this time seven days ago, Manchester United look very flat. Maybe they need to go 2-0 down...

  82. 1756:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jacqui Oatley reporting quotes from Mark Hughes's press conference on Twitter:

    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley on Twitter reporting some quotes from Mark Hughes's press conference: "The club needs stability. Maybe this is a watershed moment as we can't get much lower. It's my intention to see it through.

    "I knew this job was going to be problematic. I was quite prepared to raise expectations as I thought we'd have a good season."

  83. 1755: 

    This is lovely stuff from Norwich. Anthony Pilkington drives into the area, before sending Javier Garrido away on his shoulder with a disguised reverse pass. Garrido smashes it across goal, but Grant Holt and Chris Smalling at the back stick can't reach it.

  84. 1754: 

    A depressed Vish on text via 81111: "Re Gareth at 1718 - Hughes is right with that quote about not being in that position again, we won't. We'll be down by Xmas instead. Hughes should resign but he won't as he'll miss out on a pay off. He doesn't know his best team and simply doesn't know what he is doing. Sack him today."

  85. 1753: 

    Wes Hoolahan has made a fine start for Norwich, and he creates a good opening for the hosts. Hoolahan beats Rafael too easily on the left and stands up a cross which Robert Snodgrass meets, flicking a header just beyond the far post. Norwich looking sharp.

  86. 1751: 

    After all the fuss about Javier Hernandez getting a starting place for Manchester United today, he's hardly touched it in the opening 20 minutes. But that's not really his game.

    This is though - coming alive as Alexander Tettey loses the ball in midfield and Hernandez is sprung by one key pass. He is in on goal but wide on the left, and a defender recovers well to make the tackle.

  87. 1748: 

    Manchester United's midfield are doing alright so far. Norwich have grown in stature over the last few minutes though. They don't look like hurting United yet though. Yet.

  88. 1748: 

    Edson Madeira on Twitter: "What's Fergie thinking with that midfield? We can't keep chasing games, we will eventually run out of steam."

  89. 1746: 

    Not content with scoring twice for Scotland in midweek, Jordan Rhodes has made it 2-0 to Blackburn at Peterborough.

  90. 1746: 

    QPR fans - what do we think of those quotes from Mark Hughes?

  91. 1745: 

    QPR manager Mark Hughes indicates that he expects to still be in charge when his side face Manchester United next week: "I can imagine there are a lot of frustrated people connected with QPR right now and I can understand that. But it's not a case of hiding. You have to front up, puff your chest out, get to the bones of it and change things around. We'll do that very quickly."

  92. 1744: 

    Ashley Young lines up a free-kick from 35+ yards, he hits it well but it's a routine stop for John Ruddy. This game hasn't caught fire yet.

  93. 1744: 

    Under-pressure QPR manager Mark Hughes talking to the BBC: "That is the enigma really as last week we really perform well, we got on the ball and passed it well and showed good intensity and competed well, and on another day we could have won.

    "Today, we were nowhere near that. Whether or not it was the significance of the game, maybe that leant itself to apprehension, I have no idea until we go through it as a group.

    "From my point of view as a staff, we didn't see that performance coming as last week we did fine.

    "We needed a big performance today, and did not get one."

  94. 1742: 

    Manchester United continue to boss the play at Carrow Road, probing away, but Norwich look very organised at the moment.

  95. 1740: 

    Statisticians Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Ryan Giggs makes his fourth PL start of the season and first since Sep 29. His last PL goal came at Carrow Road on 26 February 2012."

  96. 1739: 

    Manchester United chance. Ryan Giggs takes a free-kick quickly and cuts the ball back to Robin van Persie, who is on the move as usual. He gets under his shot though on this occasion, smashing over the top.

  97. 1739: 
    Liverpool 3-0 Wigan

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez reveals midfielder Ben Watson broke his leg following a challenge with Raheem Sterling in his team's 3-0 defeat at Liverpool: "I haven't seen the challenge back, but I don't think any of the players were looking at each other. Both were looking at the ball - it's a real accident. It's a nasty collision.

    "More of a disappointment was the stamp on Dave Jones by Luis Suarez. That was a challenge that he could have been punished for."

    Watch this space on that one...

  98. 1739:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "Just waiting for Mark Hughes at QPR. Nigel Adkins suitably buoyant: 'There is a growing maturity about my players.'

    "Guts and fight is usually the minimum you get from a Mark Hughes team. Didn't see any of that today."

  99. 1737: 

    Manchester United force a corner - but it's Norwich who go close on the counter. Wes Hoolahan sends Anthony Pilkington charging away down the left, he has no support in the middle but shoots just wide on the run from 25 yards. Very nice effort.

  100. 1737: 

    Alex in London via text on 81111: "Gone are the days of a clean sheet. It's all about out scoring the opposition! Great stuff for the neutral in the PL!"

  101. 1737: 

    Rickie Lambert got his name on the scoresheet earlier on - can Grant Holt follow him?

  102. 1736: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson:

    "In the case of Grant Holt , there's no reason why a man like him with the abilities he has couldn't play for England.

    "I haven't made any strong judgements for or against players like Grant, and people of the same ability as him. Rickie Lambert's name is often mentioned, and Grant has had a similar career really.

    "He's done fantastically well to come through the lower leagues and prove himself at every level he's played.

    "I have to say that he has my full admiration, but if I was to give an England cap to every player that has my full admiration then I'd have to find about 420 places and I don't have quite that many."

  103. 1735: 

    Robert Snodgrass has Norwich's first effort, smashing a volley well over the top from a quick throw-in.

    England manager Roy Hodgson is in the stands today by the way. Grant Holt is one player he will be taking a close look at - here are some lines from the England boss last night...

  104. 1734:  
    Dion Dublin looking ahead to Norwich's game against Manchester United on BBC Final Score:

    "Man United haven't even got started yet this season in my opinion, they have not hit the kind of form they can hit with the players they have.

    "There will be a great atmosphere at Carrow Road, the people of Norwich always come out for the bigger names. This will not be as easy as people think.

    "Lambert was very authoritarian, Hughton is a softer character. They have just started to take that on-board and get some decent results.

    "If you know Grant Holt is playing, it takes your focus away as he will chase every ball."

  105. 1734: 

    There were goals galore in League One with a remarkable 39 goals in today's 11 matches. Coventry led the way with a comprehensive 5-0 win at rock-bottom Hartlepool - a nightmare start for new Pools boss John Hughes. Sheffield United maintained the pressure on leaders Tranmere with a 4-1 win against Stevenage, while Bournemouth continued their fine form under new boss Eddie Howe by beating visitors Oldham with the same scoreline.

    Gillingham extended their lead at the top of League Two to seven points with a 2-1 win against Morecambe. Second-placed Port Vale slipped up in a 2-2 home draw against York, while in-form Northampton striker Adebayo Akinfenwa's brace left Wycombe rooted to the bottom.

  106. 1733: 

    Mayowa Olubowale on Twitter: "What does Anderson have to do to get a game???"

    Charles Kasote Jr on Twitter: "Mark Hughes as a player magnifico! Mark Hughes as a manager... Err... Badnifico?"

    Simon Aindow on Twitter: "How do Utd do it?? Average goalie, average defence, average midfield. Yet 27pts from 11 games!!!"

  107. 1733: 

    But Manchester United almost forge ahead within seconds. That man Robin van Persie buys himself a yard of space 25 yards out and he bends in a low shot which is sneaking in to the bottom corner until John Ruddy gets a strong wrist to it.

  108. 1732: 

    Rio Ferdinand takes his time on the ball at the back and is almost robbed, but the Manchester United man escapes. Norwich keen to make a lively start.

  109. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Norwich v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Game on at Carrow Road.

  110. 1729: 

    Crystal Palace remain top of the Championship after a comfortable 3-0 home win against Derby County, while Cardiff moved above Middlesbrough into second-place with a 1-0 success in arguably the biggest game of the day. But plenty of the headlines will go to Leicester, who thumped sorry Ipswich 6-0 at the King Power Stadium. A late kick-off sees Peterborough entertain Blackburn, with Rovers 1-0 up at London Road inside five minutes.

  111. 1728: 

    And some more alarming injury news to confirm for you - Wigan midfielder Ben Watson broke his leg at Anfield today. You may remember there was a lengthy stoppage in the first half while he was treated. Bad news.

  112. 1727: 

    Vasif Mayan MC on Twitter: "OMG! West Brom in fourth place. Wonder what Liverpool would be if we had made Steve Clarke our BIG boss. Great job he has done. Hats off."

  113. 1726: 

    Some fairly major injury news for Everton fans from boss David Moyes: "Phil Neville had an operation on his knee and is probably out for six to eight weeks. We missed our senior players today."

  114. 1724: 

    The Manchester United players are in the tunnel at Carrow Road. A win would put them back on top of the table.

  115. 1724: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins after his side's 3-1 win at QPR: "We knew at half-time that QPR would come straight at us after the break but the players dealt with the situation very well. We had good game-management.

    "The fans lifted the players all the way through the game. We're all together, we're working hard for everyone and it was a great afternoon for us. We are all supporting each other. Everyone is together at our football club."

  116. 1723: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott, speaking to BBC Sport after his side's first win of the season: "We showed too much respect towards Everton in the first half and I just told the players at half-time to raise the tempo of our game. I've not been listening to the doubters or reading about the doubters in the newspapers. But I will read the papers tomorrow because we have won."

  117. 1722: 

    So it's tonsils, not ankles, that keep Wayne Rooney out today. Close.

  118. 1722: 
    Norwich v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "David de Gea had to go to the dentist for two teeth that were causing swelling in the jaw. Wayne Rooney has tonsillitis but should be OK by Tuesday. We have a terrific issue regarding the choice of strikers. [Norwich manager] Chris Hughton has galvanised his team. They've tightened up at the back. It's never easy for us to go to these away games. The criticism in our defending will only go away when we stop conceding."

  119. 1718: 

    Portugeezer via text on 81111: "Re Ashley Williams 16:53 - Torres was already broken when Chelsea signed him for £50m. Even paying half that would've been a waste. As far as I and many Chelsea fans are concerned Liverpool can have him back for nothing."

    Gareth in London via text on 81111: "Live from the Apollo next week, catch Mark Hughes and his hilarious one liners including, 'We'll never be in this position again'."

  120. 1718: 

    Here's the man(ager) of the moment, West Brom boss Steve Clarke:

    "There is a feel good factor here. Our job is to keep our feet on the ground but if the supporters want to dream they can.

    "I know Shane Long's grandmother died and our thoughts go out to Shane who is going out to Ireland for the funeral."

  121. 1716: 

    Charles Marshall on Twitter: "Another acronym for QPR = Quality Players Ruined!"

    Crobs on Twitter: "That's why 99% of fans are behind Adkins - under pressure he can still get the players playing awesome football. Together as one."

    Shyamil Tanna on Twitter: "Can't blame Roberto Di Matteo, he did what he had to do, the Premier League's a marathon, Champions League is a race! Had to rest players!"

  122. 1716: 

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "Our performances have been similar to what they had been like earlier in the season. We've enjoyed a bit of good form - tightened up as a unit. We had to make sure we stopped conceding goals. You never speak of Manchester United as being vulnerable. To get anything we have to be at our very best."

  123. 1715: 

    We are just 15 minutes away from Manchester United kicking-off at Norwich. The place will be bouncing. The Canaries could do with Dean Ashton I reckon...

  124. 1714: 

    Phil, Chelsea fan in Helensburgh, via text on 81111: "Problem we have is that Sturridge believes he's the Torres of three years ago and Torres plays like the Sturridge of three years ago. Oh for Drogba and Anelka!"

    Andrew via text on 81111: "Two defenders and a creative attacking player needed in January after another lacklustre performance by Newcastle. Poor business in the summer showing now. Pardew not to blame as he's getting very little support."

    Jon in Manchester via text on 81111: "Tony Fernandes is going to be in the Apprentice in India. He's going to be really good at the 'you're fired' bit. See you Sparky."

  125. 1714:  
    Dion Dublin talking about West Brom's fantastic start to the season on BBC Final Score:

    "West Bromwich Albion deserve to be where they are. They did not just sit back against Chelsea, they passed it around today and were comfortable."

  126. 1711: 

    I was waiting for Paul Lambert's quotes - and they were as strong as I thought. He has a very valid point - one of the more mysterious penalty awards of the season that one.

  127. 1711: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert on City's first penalty, given by the linesman: "I've just watched it. That is never a handball, nowhere near it, it was an absolutely ridiculous decision and never a penalty in its life - it came off the City player's head and did not touch Andreas Weimann's hand. None of their players appealed and how he called that in a big moment in the game, I don't know. He's got to be 100% sure and I'm 100% certain it wasn't a penalty. That decision was a massive call and he got it wrong."

  128. 1709: 
    Liverpool 3-0 Wigan

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield: "Where would Liverpool be without Luis Suarez? The Uruguayan has once again produced a match-winning display to dig Liverpool out of a trouble after an opening 45 minutes that would have worried Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool are unbeaten in seven matches and now have something to build on. But their reliance on Suarez is a cause for concern for Rodgers and today's victory, while welcome, was further evidence of that."

  129. 1707: 

    A big win as well today for Manchester City. You wouldn't say they were back to their best, but it's hard to critique a 5-0 win too much. There is no denying that the first penalty award was very soft against Aston Villa, and from there in they capitulated. But Roberto Mancini will be a happy man to see Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez back among the goals, and that is 89 points from the last 93 available at home. Amazing.

  130. 1707: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

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

    Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, van Persie, Hernandez. Subs: Johnstone, Jones, Anderson, Welbeck, Scholes, Cleverley, Fletcher.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  131. 1706: 

    Injured Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva on Twitter: "Well done boys. Very important three points. Congratulations to the top scorer of the PL Luis Suarez, also to Jose Enrique for his first goal."

  132. 1706:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "MOTD editor is currently contemplating the possible running order. What little hair he possesses is being pulled out fast."

    You can see what he comes up with at 2230 GMT on BBC One. There is no obvious 'last game' to me. It might have to be Newcastle or Liverpool...

  133. 1706: 

    Soji Adeyanju on Twitter: "No drawn game today so far. Motd a must watch tonight. Just love the PL."

  134. 1702: 
    Norwich v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey recovers from a back injury to take his place in the team. Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney does not make the match after failing to shake off an ankle injury. Fellow striker Robin van Persie starts having recovered from a thigh strain. The Dutchman will have Mexican Javier Hernandez for company up front. Anders Lindegaard replaces David de Gea in goal.

  135. 1701: 

    Jonny Graham on Twitter: "Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said last week that it was a three team race for the title, well what a difference a week makes. Now it's a two team race (Manchester City and United)."

    Mike Force on Twitter: "Said it before and I'll say it again: would take Torres back at Liverpool without hesitation. How's about it Chelsea, £20m?"

    JP Dumas on Twitter: "Shocking from Newcastle. Just sliding down the table. Nowhere near the side they were last season."

  136. 1659: 

    And what about Steve Clarke? In a summer of managerial moves his one didn't get the most column inches, buy my word what a job he is doing at West Brom. Chelsea the latest team to be sent packing from the Hawthorns.

    West Brom's home record reads six wins, one loss. They are going to take some stopping this year.

  137. 1658: 

    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes offered his support to under-fire manager Mark Hughes on Twitter on Friday when asked whether a bad result would see him sacked:

    "Won't be happening. For the one millionth time. Hahaha. Stability."

    Wonder if he still feels the same way after the 3-1 loss to Southampton?

  138. 1657: 

    We've had 28 goals already today. You up for a few more?

  139. 1656:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Carrow RoadNorwich v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    "The first part of the season could hardly have gone much better for Manchester United. Norwich don't have the firepower to be free scorers at this level, so they have to be very savvy defensively. It might be no coincidence that their run of form started with Michael Turner being paired with Sebastien Bassong at the heart of their defence for the first time. Five games unbeaten with only two goals conceded tell their own story."

  140. 1656: 

    Yes, as Gary Neville points out, the goals and the drama are not done yet. It's on to Carrow Road next. Can Manchester United return to the top?

  141. 1656: 

    Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville on Twitter: "If United stop and/or handle the Norwich crosses they should win! Tough game though."

  142. 1656:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road:

    "Southampton win 3-1 and deservedly so. Relief and joy for Nigel Adkins but what now for Mark Hughes? Will QPR board's patience continue?

    "Nigel Adkins and his Southampton players take the applause of their fans - and they deserve every bit of it."

  143. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 3-0 Wigan
  144. 1654: 

    Congratulations to Reading, who have won in the Premier League for the first time since 2008. Everton will be wondering how they lost that one after dominating the first half, but a real gutsy showing from the Royals.

  145. 1653: 
    Reading 2-1 Everton

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski: "Absolute bedlam at the Mad Stad and rightly so. Huge second half display from Reading may just rescue a season that was in danger of slipping away."

  146. 1653: 

    Ashley Williams on Twitter: "Torres has got to be leaving Chelsea soon. Shadow of himself when he was at Liverpool. The Chelsea pressure machine ruined him."

    Liam McConville on Twitter: "Chelsea don't half like a November wobble do they?"

    David Lindskog on Twitter: "QPR are in a very similar situation to Spurs when Harry took over them."

  147. 1653: 

    Result of the day must surely be Dundee's 3-1 triumph over high-flying Hibernian. The Dark Blues are now just one point behind St Mirren at the foot of the table, with the Buddies crashing to their sixth consecutive league defeat at Hearts thanks to a deflected free-kick from Danny Grainger. St Johnstone and Ross County played out a 1-1 draw. With Hibs slipping up, Celtic are back on top of the table after their lunchtime win at Aberdeen.

  148. 1653:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at Etihad Stadium:Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa

    "It has all revolved around the penalty incidents here. After the first penalty kick, it floored Villa and it was always going to be Manchester City from that point.

    "They were even able to rest a few players ahead of the games against Real Madrid and Chelsea. They sit on top of the league and it is a big day for them."

  149. 1652: 

    Is that the end of Mark Hughes?

  150. 1652:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the EtihadFULL-TIME- Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa

    "Linesman Adrian Holmes was the man with the big decision, with the score at 1-0 seven minutes into the second half. He signalled for the penalty and, once Manchester City scored it, the result was never in doubt. Before then Villa had asked a question or two."

  151. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 2-1 Chelsea
  152. 1651:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at St James' ParkFULL-TIME- Newcastle 1-2 Swansea

    "The chorus of boos echo around St James' Park but not so from the few hundred who have made the trip from south Wales. It was a fantastic performance from Swansea, who took the lead after an error by Tim Krul which was swept into the goal with an unmissable chance for Michu. The lead was doubled after Danny Graham's shot was parried and was tucked in on the rebound by De Guzman and though Demba Ba picked off a late goal it was scant consolation. A terrific win for Swansea."

  153. 1651:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus RoadFULL-TIME- QPR 1-3 Southampton

    "Southampton were outstanding today. If ever a team reflected the attitude of their manager Nigel Atkins it was this positive, confident Southampton side. In contrast QPR were utterly abject - how long will the club's hierarchy remain patient after this dreadful defeat?"

  154. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 2-1 Everton
  155. 1649: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-2 Swansea - Demba Ba (90 mins)

    A consolation for those fans who are still at St James' Park. Hatem Ben Arfa gets to the byeline and cuts the ball back, Sylvain Marveaux slams his shot against the underside of the crossbar, and Demba Ba reacts well to head the loose ball home.

  156. 1648:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "Banner just held up at Loftus Road - "Harry Come And Save Us" - on this evidence they will need some saving."

  157. 1648: 

    Andy Wilson on Twitter: "Raheem Sterling has had his best game of the season today. He's quick, full of flair, takes on the full-back, a real prospect."

  158. 1647: 

    And likewise at Reading, with Everton pushing for a point...

  159. 1646: 

    Chelsea are piling on the pressure now in search of an equaliser at the Hawthorns...

  160. 1646: 

    Ian Brennan on Twitter: "Mark Hughes will be down the job centre Monday morning, that's a certainty."

    BBC Final Score

    Matt Holland on QPR's failings on Final Score: "Southampton have been the better team. When QPR pulled one back, you thought they would go on to get something from this, but it was not to be, they have been the dominant team throughout.

    "QPR's defending has been appalling, for that short corner only one player went out to try and stop it."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "'There's Only One Nigel Adkins' being roared out by Southampton's fans. His positive approach has been reflected by his team today."

  163. 1644: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-2 Swansea - Jonathan de Guzman (87 mins)

    The home fans are streaming out of St James' Park as Jonathan de Guzman doubles the lead for Swansea. Danny Graham is played in on the left of the box, he fires in low and when Tim Krul can only parry, De Guzman is alert to rifle in the loose ball. Excellent finish.

  164. 1643: 

    Just before that third goal for Southampton, they came close when Adam Lallana's corner is headed down to Maya Yoshida, whose acrobatic overhead kick is turned away at full stretch by QPR keeper Julio Cesar.

  165. 1643: 

    Seb Kuzoe via text on 81111: "Difference between the Manchester clubs and Chelsea: Manchester clubs have Dzeko and Hernandez, Chelsea have no such player."

  166. 1640: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-3 Southampton - Anton Ferdinand OG (83 mins)

    Can QPR nick a point? No, it doesn't look like it. Southampton take a huge step towards victory with a killer third goal. Saints work a short corner nicely for Morgan Schneiderlin, he puts a cross-shot in from the right and QPR keeper Julio Cesar and Anton Ferdinand rather get in each other's way, with the ball cannoning in off the defender's shins.

  167. 1639: 

    We are in to the last five minutes around the grounds now. Can QPR nick a point? Can Reading hold on?

  168. 1638:  
    BBC Final Score

    Matt Holland on Final Score: "I remember the Arsenal game where they capitulated in the second half from 4-0 ahead, but it has been the opposite today from Reading. Everton should have been miles ahead in the first half, in which they were superb, but Reading have fought back

    "It was a very silly challenge from Seamus Coleman which has given them the lead from the penalty spot."

  169. 1638: 

    Oh but Everton are almost level straight away! Marouane Fellaini wins a header from a corner, it bounces down and up against the far post before being hacked clear. So close!


    Will Date on Twitter: "Steve Clarke will replace Di Matteo as Chelsea manager. You heard it here first."

    Joe Dunn on Twitter: "This is more like it City! Why haven't we been doing this all season?"

    Matthew Vins on Twitter: "Villa to win the League Cup and get relegated? It's been known to happen to Brummie clubs!"

  171. 1636: 

    Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge races clean through on goal but Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill comes to the home side's rescue with a fine save.

  172. 1635: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-1 Everton - Adam Le Fondre (79 mins)

    Adam Le Fondre steps up and scuffs his penalty a bit, but it goes in. Reading in sight of their first win in the Premier League for four years...

  173. 1635: 

    Seamus Coleman - what have you done? A cross from the right is heading toward Adam Le Fondre, and Coleman just comes right through the back of him with a stupid challenge. He could never win the ball there. Penalty kick.

  174. 1634:  
    Football Focus presenter Dan Walker at Etihad Stadium on Twitter:

    "Villa getting ripped to pieces now. Another for Tevez. Agbonlahor furious with defence."

  175. 1633: 

    Big chance for Swansea to wrap it up at Newcastle. Pablo Hernandez - who has been excellent - skips away down the right and crosses for Michu to bury his second, but he scuffs his shot wide. Could that prove costly?

  176. 1632: 

    As Quboid on Twitter said there, Jose Enrique has been played on the wing today and had a very good game for Liverpool. He seems to have bulked on about four stone since I last saw him as well. Musclemania.


    Tony the Toffee on text via 81111: "What's happened to Everton? Since half-time they have been second to every ball. Reading are starting to look like they can win this."

  178. 1632: 

    A very open game between Reading and Everton now that the Royals are back on level terms. David Moyes's team will be kicking themselves that they did not make the most of their first-half superiority.

  179. 1632:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "Great chance for Southampton's Puncheon from Lambert knockdown but he drags it wide. Then inches wide with a brilliant effort."

  180. 1632: 

    Quboid on Twitter: "Credit Rodgers for solving the problem of Jose Enrique forgetting how to defend - don't play him in defence!"

  181. 1630: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa - Carlos Tevez (74 mins)

    Manchester City are strolling now, as Carlos Tevez bags his second. Super sub Edin Dzeko is involved, bringing the ball down and feeding Samir Nasri on the overlap, who delivers a perfect cross to the back post where Tevez is free to side-foot home.

  182. 1629:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield on a tough second half for Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium:

    "The two penalty decisions in succession have absolutely floored Villa. But, it is part of growing up in the Premier League for Villa's young players and they need to get themselves together again.

    "Since half-time it has been all Manchester City, and there could have been others."

    You can hear Manchester City v Aston Villa on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  183. 1628: 

    It's a really open game now at Loftus Road, where Southampton could easily be out of sight. Rickie Lambert heads Morgan Schneiderlin's cross down to Jason Puncheon, who drives his shot inches wide. Seconds later, the winger sends in a rasping drive from 20 yards which flashes past the post.

    But then QPR almost snatch an equaliser - Djibril Cisse motors clear down the left before sending his shot just wide.

  184. 1626: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-0 Wigan - Jose Enrique (65 mins)

    Raheem Sterling is some talent. The teenager carves through the Wigan defence with a slick one-two with Luis Suaerz before firing in a low shot. Ali Al Habsi keeps it out, but only succeeds in palming it out to Jose Enrique for a tap-in.

  185. 1625: 

    Sergio Aguero won't get a chance to score a hat-trick today as he is replaced moments after scoring his second. Unfortunately for Villa, it's the super-sub himself Edin Dzeko who comes on.


    ClaretAndBlueArmy on Twitter: "Fair play in football? Not one Man City player tried to tell the referee the penalty was the wrong decision."

    Dean Chew on Twitter: "Looks like the linesman is getting a couple of glasses of wine in Mancini's office after the match."

    Miles Woodford on Twitter: "Chelsea's squad way too thin... Romeu is so far below good enough. Not even showing any progression either."

  187. 1625: 

    Chelsea are denied a penalty for a Claudio Yacob shove on Victor Moses before Blues striker Daniel Sturridge tries to flick a shot in but sees the effort saved by Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill.


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan enjoying watching an engrossing game at the Madejski Stadium on Twitter: "Wonderful game developing here at the Mad Stad with both sides going at it hammer and tongs. End to end stuff."

  189. 1623: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa - Sergio Aguero (67 mins)

    City flying now, as Sergio Aguero scores his second of the game, sprinting into the box from the right before shooting low and hard, beating Brad Guzan at his near post. On second viewing, it takes a nick off the toe of Enda Stevens on its way in.

  190. 1623: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Wigan

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield: "Palpable sense of relief at Anfield as Suarez nips onto Enrique's pass to put Liverpool two goals up. It was clear from the reaction of the players and the manager how much that goal means. Suarez may be carrying this Liverpool side but he's doing a good job of it."


    Joe, anxious Wigan fan, on text via 81111: "All too often we give the ball away at the back. I'm the biggest fan of Martinez and his philosophy of playing it from the back, but it bites us on the backside far too many times."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty on an improved QPR display at Loftus Road:

    "At last real urgency from QPR. The battle is finally joined.

    "Ramirez off and Steven Davis on for Saints. Adkins clearly feeling he needs to tighten things up in midfield."

    Dion Dublin talking about Krul's mistake on BBC Final Score:

    "I have no idea what Krul was doing there. It was a straightforward back-pass from Williamson, really easy to deal with as it was straight at him.

    "He somehow absolutely shanked his clearance straight to the Swansea player who crossed it into Michu, and he does not miss from there."

  194. 1621: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 3-0 Aston Villa - Carlos Tevez (65 mins)

    Carlos Tevez takes this one, and steers it into the same corner as Sergio Aguero did minutes earlier.

  195. 1620: 

    The same linesman gives another penalty, for handball, to Manchester City. Barry Bannan is penalised this time for handball on the floor as David Silva goes past him. This time, there is clear contact though.

  196. 1619: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Wigan - Luis Suarez (58 mins)

    Liverpool may only have one striker on their books. so it's a good job he's very, very good. Luis Suarez pokes them into a 2-0 lead, running on to a marvellous through ball from Jose Enrique to stab into the corner. That's 10 Premier League goals for the Uruguayan now.

  197. 1617:  
    BBC Final Score

    BBC Sport pundit Matt Holland: "Villa have had chances on the break against Manchester City which they have not taken. When you concede, it can knock your confidence, and that certainly happened last week against Manchester United."

  198. 1617: 

    Wow! Seven goals in 11 minutes. Madness in the Premier League...

  199. 1616: 

    Rob Millward on Twitter: "Cannot defend without Terry... Simple."

    Robert McConnell on Twitter: "Is Suarez the only player legally allowed to score for Liverpool?!?"

    Simon Bidwell on Twitter: "The linesman has had a howler there. Absolute howler. What on earth was he thinking? Even the City players were bemused."

  200. 1615: 

    Hibs need a win at Dundee to return to the top of the league. There is a huge travelling support at Dens Park, including tennis superstar Andy Murray. So what's happening? The bottom of the league side are 3-0 up, that's what. Stevie Milne and a Kevin McBride penalty have added to Kyle Benedictus's first-half strike. In Perth, Dave McKay has shot St Johnstone ahead against Ross County, while a sell-out crowd at Tynecastle are watching a dour stalemate between Hearts and St Mirren.

  201. 1614: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-1 Swansea - Michu (58 mins)

    This has been a day of dark defending. Look away now Tim Krul, who is the latest to blunder as the Newcastle goalkeeper shanks a clearance straight to Pablo Hernandez on the left wing. He runs on unchallenged to pick out Michu with a great cross, and the Spaniard delivers a textbook header back across Krul and into the corner.

  202. 1614:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield on Roberto Mancini's on the decision to give a penalty at Etihad Stadium:

    "The corner kick came in, and as far as I can see, the ball was put over the top. I could not see a penalty as the Villa player lunged at the ball, and Yaya Toure got to the ball, and it went over the top.

    "I cannot for the life of me see that. The linesman gave it and he was 40 yards away.

    "All the Villa players ran over to him and manager Paul Lambert was remonstrating with him.

    "I have thought of handball, but there was none. Vlaar slid at Toure and that is why, maybe, it was given, but there was absolutely no appeal from the Manchester City players."

    You can hear Manchester City v Aston Villa on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  203. 1613: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Wigan

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield: "What you cannot afford to do against a Liverpool side struggling for goals is gift them one. Raheem Sterling was onto a poor backpass like a firefly and having made the break he still had the composure and wherewithal to pick out Suarez near the penalty spot. Important moment for Liverpool."

  204. 1611: 

    Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi drives forward and his miscued shot finds Demba Ba in the area. The Senegal striker, who looks at least a yard offside, fires his shot a fraction wide of the post. Moments later, Ba has a low shot saved by German keeper Gerhard Tremmel.

  205. 1610: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-0 Aston Villa - Sergio Aguero (54 mins)

    Sergio Aguero doesn't care what it was given for - the Argentine calmly strikes home the spot-kick to put City in control.

  206. 1609: 

    What on earth has gone on here? David Silva takes a corner from the right and the ilnesman awards a penalty against Ron Vlaar for, well, standing close to Yaya Toure. There is no contact at all, not even any appeal from the City players but the penalty is given.

    Or, hang on, from another angle the mystery may be revealed. Did the ball brush the elbow of Andreas Weimann on the way through? Maybe. Maybe. Very soft whichever way you look at it though.

  207. 1608: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-1 Everton - Adam Le Fondre (51 mins)

    Adam Le Fondre marks his return to the Reading side by equalising against Everton with a glancing header following a Nicky Shorey free-kick. Game on.

  208. 1608: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Wigan - Luis Suarez (47 mins)

    Some great build-up work from Raheem Sterling down the right-hand side. The England international eventually picks out Luis Suarez, who smashes the ball home from 10 yards.

  209. 1608: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-1 Chelsea - Peter Odemwingie (50 mins)

    Shane Long turns provider as West Brom go back ahead. The Irishman whips over a cross from the right, and Peter Odemwingie gets ahead of his man to head through the legs of Petr Cech. That point looks a very good result again for Chelsea now...

  210. 1606: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-2 Southampton - Junior Hoilett (49 mins)

    Mark Hughes is fighting for his job, and QPR are fighting for their manager. They have started this half on fire, and pull a goal back after some more slack defending. Adel Taarabt whips in a cross from the left and Junior Hoilett is left all alone to flick in a header from eight yards. Game on...

  211. 1605: 

    Early chance for Chelsea as Daniel Sturridge gets away a low shot which is excellently saved by Boaz Myhill.

  212. 1605: 

    The second half action is just about to get underway, with Dundee the only side to score in the first 45 minutes. The bottom side are leading high-flying Hibs, with a reported spotting of tennis star Andy Murray at Dens Park to cheer on the Edinburgh side.

  213. 1604: 

    QPR boss Mark Hughes has rolled his dice at the break and summoned Jamie Mackie from the bench to replace Alejandro Faurlin. Can Mackie inspire the mother of all comebacks.

  214. 1603: 

    We are under way everywhere apart from Anfield, who are running late after that injury to Ben Watson in the first half.

  215. 1600: 

    Niclas Kimbad on Twitter: "Not sure if I'm more frustrated with Torres' lack of confidence or Sturridge's overconfidence..."

    B-Sykes on Twitter: "Time for Rafa Benitez to return to football and take over at QPR."

    Alan McCracken on Twitter: "Liverpool "enjoying plenty of possession but are lacking that killer pass in the final third." Most used football quote ever?!?"

  216. 1559: 

    As it stands, Manchester City are top of the pile for the first time this season...

  217. 1558: 

    This is also set to be a testing 45 minutes for Chelsea, who are back on level terms at West Brom. Mind you, given Albion's form under Steve Clarke a draw at the Hawthorns may turn out to be a very good result.

  218. 1557: 

    Reverend Liam Reilly on Twitter: "Jordan Henderson comes on and groans are heard around Anfield. Coincidence? I think not."

    Gregor Hutchinson on Twitter: "Silva is so crucial to the team! We'll hammer the league if he stays fit."

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "Think Mark Hughes better start handing his CV out........."

  219. 1557: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Wigan

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield: "Obvious sense of frustration at Anfield as the half time whistle goes. Liverpool have had chances but once again they haven't taken them and the groans from the Kop are as familiar as that first half performance. Brendan Rodgers needs to change things at half time because Wigan are a little too comfortable here."

  220. 1556:  
    Football Focus presenter Dan Walker at Etihad Stadium on Twitter:

    "For someone who hasn't actually run that far, Maicon has unprecedented levels of back-sweat. At least 98% coverage."

  221. 1555: 

    If the scores stay like this, QPR will be cut adrift at the foot of the Premier League, and five points short of the safety line. However, with 45 minutes to go anything could happen. Mark Hughes will certainly hope so...

  222. 1554: 

    Greg on Twitter: "Mark Hughes has 45 minutes to save his job. Losing at home to Southampton is inexcusable."

    Mikeygnfl on Twitter: "When Tony Fernandes took over he promised to listen to fans. He is no longer listening. Shame."

    Andrew Musgrove on Twitter: "Hughes has gone around spending needlessly on past reputations and not on current ability or talent. Deserves to get sacked."

  223. 1551:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road:

    "Toxic reception for QPR at half-time - rapturous applause from the travelling Southampton fans. Sums it up.

    "QPR fans not waiting for half-time. "You Don't Know What You're Doing" aimed at Mark Hughes."

  224. 1551: 

    Alex, an angry QPR fan, via text on 81111: "So with QPR losing to Southampton, they will now need 1.5 points a game to even hit 40 points. Congratulations Hughes, you've managed to relegate a club after 12 games."

  225. 1550:  
    MOTD's Nigel Adderley at AnfieldHALF-TIME- Liverpool 0-0 Wigan

    "Another muted display by Liverpool here at Anfield. Plenty of passing but no real intent from Brendan Rodgers' side. Wigan have more than held their own and Liverpool will have to up this display in the second half."

  226. 1549: 
    Reading 0-1 Everton

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "It's no wonder Everton occupy one of the top four places in the Premier League because they've been wonderful today and only a combination of poor finishing, great goalkeeping and brave defending has kept the score at 1-0. Reading have yet to get going here, and it's no surprise that the half time whistle was greeted with a few boos around the Madejski Stadium."

  227. 1548: 

    This is a big team-talk for Mark Hughes then at QPR. There's still plenty of hope for the hosts - Southampton have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and they have not earned a point on their travels since their return to the Premier League.

  228. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 1-1 Chelsea

    "Boos from The Hawthorns faithful at half-time as they feel the referee's decisions haven't been going their side's way. Shane Long put West Brom in front before Eden Hazard's equaliser. There have been a couple of penalty shouts at both ends and it's honours just about even."

  229. 1547:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at St James' ParkHALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-0 Swansea

    "Though they can't count on striker Papiss Cisse, Newcastle have had a couple of chances created by Hatem Ben Arfa - but maybe Swansea have had the clearest scoring opportunities."

  230. 1547:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Loftus RoadHALF-TIME- QPR 0-2 Southampton

    "The scoreline is a very accurate representation of the half, with Southampton undoubtedly the better team. You can sense the tension among the home fans and QPR have it all to do in the second half."

  231. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Reading 0-1 Everton

    MOTD's Dan O'Hagan at the Madejski Stadium:

    "Everton deserve to be in the lead but the goal was avoidable from a Reading point of view, the home side missing a succession of opportunities to clear the danger before Steven Naismith scored."


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield: "Brendan Rodgers makes a tactical switch after 36 mins. Henderson on for Suso, pushing Gerrard further forward."

  233. 1547:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the EtihadHALF-TIME- Manchester City 1-0 Aston Villa

    "For 42 minutes, the first half was a hugely frustrating one for Manchester City. The champions finally scored when David Silva poked home but only after Joe Hart made two great stops to deny Villa at the other end. Villa have defended well so far but now their gameplan has to change."

    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at Etihad Stadium:

    "It is a bit of a blow for Villa that really as it was a a bit of a scrambled effort. You would not have thought that would have been the way the goal would go in, as at a corner the opposition concentrate on big chaps such as Vincent Kompany not the little guys like Silva.

    "I looked down at Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini when the goal went in and he did not react at all, remaining unmoved throughout. The weight of pressure has finally told here."

    You can hear Manchester City v Aston Villa on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  235. 1545: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-2 Southampton - Jason Puncheon (45 mins)

    Taxi for Mark Hughes? Southampton put the QPR boss in all sorts of trouble as Jason Puncheon doubles their lead in fine style. The winger lets a throw-in from the right run across his body before curling a low shot past Julio Cesar and into the corner from 22 yards out.

  236. 1544: 

    Swansea captain Garry Monk's goalbound header from four yards is blocked by the leg of Newcastle striker Demba Ba. The home side looking very dangerous on the break.

  237. 1545: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-0 Aston Villa - David Silva (45 mins)

    On a day of scruffy goals, even David Silva is at it. A corner from the left is volleyed forward by Vincent Kompany, Carlos Tevez is loitering in front of Brad Guzan and gets something on it, the ball runs free and Silva pops up among a gaggle of defenders to toe in from two yards out. A very un-Silva like finish, but City won't care.

  238. 1542: 

    Now Liverpool are forced into an early midfield change too. Suso, who has been one of the Reds' brightest sparks, is replaced by Jordan Henderson. The Spaniard did pick up an earlier ankle knock - so I'm presuming that is the reason for his early departure.

    A few groans of frustration ring around Anfield after another Liverpool attacking move breaks down. The Reds are enjoying plenty of possession but are lacking that killer pass in the final third. That said, Wigan have more than held their own and are zipping the ball quickly around the Anfield turf looking to create an opening themselves.

  239. 1542: 

    Conor Murphy on Twitter: "New name for QPR this year- Quite Probably Relegated."

    Saqueeb Rajan on Twitter: "Its only a Mata of time before Juan comes on!"

    Niall Stevenson on Twitter: "Another disappointing disjointed performance by Liverpool so far. Don't even expect them to win anymore."

  240. 1541: 

    Thomas Hitzlsperger is enjoying a fine start to his Premier League career with Everton. Having been involved in the move which almost led to Phil Jagielka scoring, the German midfielder has just seen a powerful effort from outside the area saved by Reading keeper Adam Federici, who has also saved well from Leon Osman. The away side then fail with a penalty appeal after a shot from Nikica Jelavic. Everton lead 1-0 and on top.

    Dion Dublin talking about Manchester City's struggles to break down Aston Villa on BBC Final Score:

    "Yaya Toure is so dangerous when he is allowed to maraud forward. Villa are so deep with so many players behind the ball, though, that there is no room for him to run into.

    "Villa are working extremely hard and whenever a Manchester City player crosses the ball across the box, one of their players is there to clear the danger."

  242. 1538: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-1 Chelsea - Eden Hazard (39 mins)

    Chelsea level. Eden Hazard switches play from left to right before running into space. Cesar Azpilicueta whips over a deep cross, which Hazard meets beyound the far post and heads in via a slight deflection off the side of Bily Jones's head.

  243. 1538:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty on Southampton's start at Loftus Road:

    "Only real concern for Southampton so far has been goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who has looked uncertain under pressure."

  244. 1537: 

    Long break in play at Anfield as Wigan midfielder Ben Watson receives treatment for a painful-looking leg injury. Raheem Sterling clatters into the Latics man while challenging for a high ball - but there was no intent with both men's eyes firmly locked on to the ball. Watson punches the turf in pain as his afternoon is cut short. He's replaced by Dave Jones.

  245. 1537: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium on Twitter: "Air of resignation since the Everton goal, Reading manager Brian McDermott has not stopped pacing the technical area. He looks worried. He should be."

  246. 1535: 

    Daniel Sturridge has come closest for Chelsea at West Brom, but Boaz Myhill comfortably holds his low shot. Shane Long then torments Gary Cahill with a great run and turn, before hitting his 20-yard daisy-cutter inches past the far post. Long is such a nuisance to play against.

  247. 1535: 

    Newcastle close to finding a way through as Hatem Ben Arfa tricks his way past two men on the edge of the area before curling in a dipping effort which is bending towards the top corner until Gerhard Tremmel gets a finger-tip to it and turns it away.

    Itay Shechter then has a chance to put Swansea ahead after a route-one punt through the middle, bit Tim Krul stands up to make the save. End to end.

  248. 1531: 

    It's been all City at the Etihad since that Joe Hart save, but Aston Villa are looking very well organised at the back. Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have been kept quiet, with Tevez looking frustrated as he shoots high from long range.

  249. 1531: 

    Tobias Wilkins on Twitter: "I like Mark Hughes, but I think it's time for him to go."

  250. 1531: 

    A lot of you wanted to know the latest on Theo Walcott's contract discussions at Arsenal.

    This is what he has just told the BBC: "I'll just continue to play, let Arsenal and my agents deal with the rest. When something pops up I'm sure you'll be the first to know. I'm enjoying my football and hopefully something can be sorted out."

    No news then - maybe not good news for Gunners fans.

  251. 1529: 

    Newcastle are struggling to impose themselves on Swansea here, but they do carve out a good chance as Hatem Ben Arfa finds Demba Ba with a deep cross but the Senegal striker heads wide from 12 yards.

  252. 1527:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "Mark Hughes looking suitably concerned in his technical area - and no wonder. QPR are a goal behind and Southampton are still taking the attack to his side. Saints have been able to score goals, now can they defend this lead?"

  253. 1526: 

    Ben on text via 81111: "Every game we say the same about Reading's defence but nothing has happened about it. Let's see some dollars spent in January please."

  254. 1526: 

    Good passage of play for Liverpool ends with teenage Spanish midfielder Suso, restored to the Reds' starting XI, stinging the palms of Ali Al Habsi with a thunderous long-range strike. The Oman international is happy to simply palm clear before his defence sweep up to avert any more danger.

    It's been a pretty even opening at Anfield.

  255. 1525:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "Rickie Lambert bravely heads Southampton in front at QPR. Thoroughly deserved for their bold attacking early play."

    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at Etihad Stadium:

    "It is a good contest so far. I think City are carrying the upper hand but they have just received a warning from Aston Villa.

    "The danger for Aston Villa is that City have players like Yaya Toure, Aguero, Silva and Tevez who can turn a game on their own in a second. They have to watch out for their individual brilliance."

    You can hear Manchester City v Aston Villa on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  257. 1523: 
    Liverpool v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield: "The ball has certainly picked up more than its fair share of grass stains in the opening 15 minutes at Anfield, as both sides zip it around the turf . Liverpool have made the brighter start with Gary Caldwell forced to block shots from Luis Suarez and Suso. Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi turned a Daniel Agger header around the post too. But Wigan look composed and comfortable in possession and Ben Watson has just fired a shot over Pepe Reina's crossbar. Finely balanced this one.

  258. 1522: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-1 Southampton - Rickie Lambert (23 mins)

    Big goal from a big player - Southampton's talisman Rickie Lambert puts them ahead at QPR. Mark Hughes will not be happy with his side's defending as they fail to deal with a corner, Jose Fonte drills in a shot which Jason Puncheon turns goalwards. Jose Bosingwa clears it off the line but Lambert is the quickest and the bravest to get his nut in there and head in from a yard out.

  259. 1521: 

    Chelsea are being held at arm's length by this impressive West Brom outfit. Boaz Myhill has not had a save to make as yet. Resting the likes of Juan Mata and Oscar could prove to be a mistake yet.

  260. 1521: 

    Matthew Riordan on Twitter: "Shane Long proving week in week out why he should be a regular starter for the Irish soccer team."

  261. 1521: 

    This is better from Joe Hart - but City are having to weather a bit of a storm from Aston Villa. Maybe not a storm, but certainly a gust.

    Enda Stevens crosses it in first-time from the left and Christian Benteke heads down into the turf, leaving Hart to spring to his left and turn the ball over.

  262. 1519: 

    Anthony Brazier on Twitter: "Sacking Hughes would be understandable. Sacking Adkins would be extremely harsh, anyone feel they could do better?"

    Hishaam Habib on Twitter: "If Adebayor hadn't been sent off, Spurs would have won. We caused them all sorts of problems."

    Alex Christie on Twitter: "It's a shame that Cabaye isn't going to have his usual impact on Newcastle play, they may have to grind out a result today."

    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at Etihad Stadium:

    On the importance of David Silva to Manchester City: "When I have watched them in the last few seasons, Silva is the key player as he ties things together for them.

    "When he is not playing, City do not have same continuity to their game."

    You can hear Manchester City v Aston Villa on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  264. 1518: 

    Wigan string together around 20 crisp passes before the space opens up for Ben Watson to smash a thumping 20-yard effort towards returning Liverpool keeper Jose Reina. But the Spaniard is grateful to see the rising shot clear his crossbar.

  265. 1518: 

    Aston Villa go close to taking the lead at Manchester City. Matt Lowton puts a cross in from the right which Vincent Kompany gets a heel to, it almost flies in for an own goal but Joe Hart adjusts his position well to make the save. Kompany then makes a smart block from on the floor to block Andreas Weimann's follow-up. Christian Benteke was in an offside position anyway.


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium: "1-0 Everton (Naismith). Some of the worst defending I have ever seen in the Premier League. Comical."

  267. 1517: 

    Swansea break. Pablo Hernandez's shot from 20 yards is well held by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul. The Welsh side were given acres of space to attack by the Magpies. At the other end, Hatem Ben Arfa slams a shot into the side-netting after cutting in from the right. An entertaining start to the match continues when Krul saves from Michu.

  268. 1514: 

    QPR have been slow out of the blocks but here is their first chance. Adel Taarabt gets away from the defence easily and shoots from a narrow angle but Paulo Gazzaniga makes the save. Seconds later, Gazzaniga juggles with a Junior Hoilett shot but gets away with it.

  269. 1514: 

    Mark in Wantage via text on 81111: "Watch Torres draw another blank today. I can't wait until next season when we have Falcao instead."

    Rich via text on 81111: "After six minutes, I've seen enough of Sturridge to know he needs to move on, too selfish."

  270. 1513: 

    Narrow escape for Everton as Adam Le Fondre beats Tim Howard, rushing out of his penalty area, to a long ball forward but the Reading forward cannot keep his shot down. Still 1-0 to the visitors.

  271. 1510: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-0 Chelsea - Shane Long (10 mins)

    Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand has a shot cleared off the line, and seconds later West Brom are ahead. James Morrison works some space smartly on the left and crosses in for Shane Long, who wriggles free of the attentions of David Luiz to head in from five yards.

  272. 1509: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-1 Everton- Steven Naismith (10 mins)

    Reading are in trouble at the foot of the league, and with defending like this it's not hard to see why. The Royals defence have three, if not four chances to get rid of a bouncing ball in the area but they don't deal with it. Marouane Fellaini makes a nuisance of himself in the six-yard box and Steven Naismith is able to get in front of his man to prod in from close range.

  273. 1508: 

    Southampton so close to an opener at QPR. Jason Puncheon flings in a cross from the right, skipper Adam Lallana slides in but can't get there, and Hoops keeper Julio Cesar can only watch as the ball skids against the base of the post.

  274. 1506: 

    The chances begin to flow.

    In Newcastle, Swansea go close to an opener as Nathan Dyer drags his shot across goal when played neatly in.

    Carlos Tevez then heads a corner just over the top for Manchester City as they push on at home to Aston Villa. That first goal of the 1500 games is not far away.


    Sean Patrick on Twitter: "Suddenly, Arsenal think they can win the league again. Tottenham were the better team until the card. Gunners should be worried!"

    Anhar Miah on Twitter: "Kind of worried for Chelsea, Mata & Oscar both on the bench against a good West Brom side. CL game in mid-week ahead must be the reason."

    Evan Mills on Twitter: "It was looking like a horror show at half-time, but AVB came out with something new and I am proud. Vertonghen was outstanding."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "Vociferous backing from Southampton fans for manager Nigel Adkins at QPR."

  277. 1506:  
    Match of the Day presenter and former Tottenham player Gary Lineker on Twitter:, BBC Sport

    "Wonder what Harry Redknapp is thinking? Find out on MOTD tonight. BBC1 at 2230 GMT."

  278. 1505: 

    In the crunch game at the bottom, Southampton have settled quickly against QPR - who look nervous in front of their home fans here.

  279. 1505: 

    Liverpool have made a bright start against Wigan, who are into their stride now and passing the ball nicely.

  280. 1504: 

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at The Hawthorns: "Genuinely warm reception for Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton from West Brom fans. The whole ground applauded. Nice moment.

    "Baggies boss Steve Clarke will probably have been well chuffed to see his former club's line-up. No Mata or Oscar is a huge boost and although quite a few home fans were saying they will have been well happy with a draw, maybe a much-changed Blues side will mean they go for it a bit more? Chelsea need to win so resting (admittedly) tired star men is a huge risk.

    "Pitch looks great, it's a lovely still, crisp day. Perfect conditions. Promises to be fascinating. Baggies fans seem well up for this."

  281. 1504: 

    Maicon is in the early action for Manchester City, drilling a cross-shot in from the right but he screws it horribly wide. The Brazilian is pushing very high up the pitch in the opening stages.

  282. 1504:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Jimmy Armfield at Etihad Stadium:

    "If Villa do anything but lose today it will be a coupon buster. They are capable, but they have a tendency to give soft goals away at the wrong time, which we saw against Manchester United last weekend."

    You can hear Manchester City v Aston Villa on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  283. 1502: 

    Good start for Everton at Reading - captain Phil Jagielka pokes a shot in on goal from a corner, Adam Federici makes the save. The ball is played back in to Nikica Jelavic but the normally reliable frontman puts it over the top. He normally buries those - a let-off for the Royals.

  284. 1501: 

    With Maicon staring for Manchester City today I half wondered if they would be playing with wing-backs, but it's very much four at the back for Roberto Mancini's men by the looks of it. No James Milner against his former side today, the City man is injured.

  285. 1500: 

    James from Surrey on text via 81111: "Just searched "Oriol Romeu highlights" on YouTube and literally nothing came up. What must he be doing in training to get picked ahead of our bench?!?"

  286. 1500: 

    We are off in our six 1500 kick-offs in the Premier League.

  287. 1458: 

    Here we go then...

  288. 1457: 

    Thomas Kingwell on Twitter: "IF Liverpool win today they'll be two points behind Spurs and four points behind Arsenal. Season not looking so bad then..."

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "Chelsea showing no signs of respect to West Brom. Possibly the form team in the league. Hope it backfires in a 3-1 loss."

    Ben Lewis on Twitter: "Spurs fans blaming AVB make me sick. What do they expect from him with no luck and so many injuries? Impossible job."

  289. 1455: 

    QPR and Southampton have won one of 22 Premier League matches between them this season, losing on 15 occasions. They have conceded a total of 49 goals and picked up nine points from a possible 66 available. So what - a 4-4 draw?

  290. 1453: 

    With a few minutes to go until kick-off, tension is being ratcheted up around the grounds. Can QPR finally get that first win of the season? Will Liverpool win at home? Who is sporting the best tache for Movember? We are about to find out.

  291. 1450: 

    Nizam Uddin on Twitter: "I'm giving a high 5-2 every Tottenham fan."

    Elliott Bambrough on Twitter: "As an Arsenal fan, I am desperate to see this contract situation put to bed. Please, please can Levy give AVB a new deal?"

    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "I'm still proud of the boys given the circumstances and I can kind of understand Adebayor with all the emotions! In AVB I Trust!"

  292. 1449: 
    Liverpool v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield: "It was Mark Twain who said there are three types of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics. Depending on how you look at Liverpool's numbers, they are either unbeaten in six matches, the club's best sequence since last November, or in search of only their second home league victory of the season having failed to win in the league since the start of October.

    "Today's match brings together the leading candidates for the Anfield hot-seat last summer. Roberto Martinez's Wigan are just one place behind Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool. The Reds are 13th after 11 matches and closer to the bottom three than the top four. Worryingly for Rodgers, Wigan are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games, home and away, against Liverpool."

  293. 1449:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus RoadQPR v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    "It is the game that has been labelled "El Sackico" - a reflection of what is at stake for QPR manager Mark Hughes and his Southampton counterpart Nigel Adkins. QPR prop up the Premier League table with only four points and no wins from 11 games while Southampton are one only point better off. Both managers have tried to play down the significance of this game - one look at the table reveals that this is a futile exercise. Huge."

  294. 1449: 

    Keith, Spurs fan at Emirates Stadium, via text on 81111: "People blaming AVB and/or Adebayor which is ridiculous! The blame is all on Daniel Levy. He may have a brilliant business mind but why change the manager and a style of play that clearly suited the players and bring in a man with such a different philosophy? If it ain't broke........."

    Michael in London via text on 81111: "Walcott making a great case for why he should be a winger. SIGN THE THING, THEO!!!"

  295. 1448: 

    Some massive games across the country over the next few hours. Manchester City have a chance to keep the pressure on at the top at home to Aston Villa, Manchester United are at Norwich while Chelsea have rested a host of star names and could be made to pay for it at West Brom.

    But perhaps the biggest 90 minutes of all comes at Loftus Road. Two struggling sides, down at the bottom of the table - it's six-pointer territory, and I don't care if it's only November.

  296. 1446: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Madejski Stadium on Twitter: "25 mins until K/O at the Mad Stad. Two changes for both sides, disappointed to see 'The Pog', McCleary and Hunt all on the bench for Reading."

  297. 1446: 
    Reading v Everton (1500 GMT)

    German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger starts his first game for Everton since signing a short-term contract in October. Steven Naismith also returns to the side, Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and Phil Neville both making way.

    Reading are missing Jimmy Kebe (groin), but have Hal Robson-Kanu and Adam Le Fondre back in the side.

  298. 1446: 
    LINE-UPS- Reading v Everton (1500)

    Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts, Le Fondre. Subs: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, Hunt, McCleary, Harte, Cummings.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Fellaini, Hitzlsperger, Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Vellios, Junior, Kennedy, Duffy.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  299. 1445: 

    Matt Love on Twitter: "Maybe Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be regretting sacking Redknapp who got CL football and finished fourth last season!"

    Albrighton on Twitter: "Shame on Spurs, even with a man down you could still show a little character... quite a shame."

    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "How angry are Tottenham fans with Adebayor (and not just for today)?"

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Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 29 36 67
No movement 2 Man City 30 34 61
No movement 3 Arsenal 30 27 60
No movement 4 Man Utd 30 25 59
No movement 5 Liverpool 30 12 54
No movement 6 Southampton 30 21 53
No movement 7 Tottenham 30 5 53
No movement 8 Swansea 30 -4 43
No movement 9 West Ham 30 3 42
No movement 10 Stoke 30 -3 42
No movement 11 Crystal Palace 30 -5 36
No movement 12 Newcastle 30 -15 35
No movement 13 Everton 30 -4 34
No movement 14 West Brom 30 -12 33
No movement 15 Hull 30 -12 28
No movement 16 Aston Villa 30 -20 28
No movement 17 Sunderland 30 -21 26
No movement 18 Burnley 30 -23 25
No movement 19 QPR 30 -23 22
No movement 20 Leicester 29 -21 19