Sunday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Sunderland win at Fulham in the Premier League after Millwall defeat 10-man Leeds in the Championship.

18 November 2012 Last updated at 18:44 GMT

As it happened

  1. 1842: 

    Anyway, that's it from me folks - hope you enjoyed the action today. A great SPL match, an entertaining spectacle at The Den followed by a fascinating encounter at Craven Cottage.

    Thanks for the tweets and text - sorry I couldn't use them all.

  2. 1841: 

    At the other end of the table, QPR are rock bottom after losing their early-season relegation six-pointer at home to Southampton.

    The Saints are now just a points (coupled with a vast improvement in goal difference) from safety, while Villa are plunged into the relegation zone following their heavy defeat. Tough times ahead for Paul Lambert's men.

  3. 1838: 

    In true Match of the Day style - let's have a peek at the Premier League table.

    Reigning champions Manchester City sit at the top thanks to a 5-0 win against Aston Villa, and partly thanks to Manchester United's shock defeat at Norwich.

    United a point behind on 27, while Chelsea failed to close the gap following their surprise 2-1 defeat at West Brom, who are now, themselves, only a point behind the Blues.

  4. 1832: 

    Before all that, just a gentle prod to remind you that there Match of the Day 2 is on BBC One at 2230 GMT. There will be highlights of Fulham v Sunderland and a look back at Saturday's action. As ever, Colin Murray is your host.

  5. 1828: 

    There remains one more Premier League match yet to be played this weekend - West Ham v Stoke (2000 GMT) on Monday.

    The Hammers have made a brilliant start to the season on their return to the Premier League - they currently lie in seventh spot.

    Stoke, on the other hand, are six points adrift of their opponents, in 14th and just three points above the relegation zone.

    They will be more desperate than West Ham to secure a win. It promises to be quite a tussle at the Boleyn.

  6. 1821: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol: "Everything was against us - everything. [On the Hangeland red card] By the letter of the law it was two feet off ground. I still thought it was harsh - because there were other incidents where if they judged them by the letter of the law then there would have been fewer players left on the pitch."

  7. 1813: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "I am absolutely relieved. I am delighted we have won and scored a few goals. All in all it was strong performance by us.

    "I haven't seen the sending off so I can't comment on it but yes, sendings off do change games, especially in the first half. From our viewpoint we had to try and stretch Fulham, but overall I was delighted with the way we did that.

    "Confidence is back and there is a good feeling in the dressing room. We have never lost that."


    Rob Ward on Twitter: "3 goals away from home? 3 different scorers? More than 10 shots with over 50% accuracy? I'm astounded. #safc."

    Steph on Twitter: "Huge 3 points and well deserved for Sunderland, let's hope this marks the start of a much improved season!"

  9. 1811: 

    Four of Sunderland's next five fixtures are at home - by January, the troubles of the last two months might all be a distant memory.


    Frank 'Ruiz' Wheeler on Twitter: "Fulham were better side despite being down to 10, having Ruiz and Kaca injured and conceded second goal with 9. Great effort."

  11. 1805: 

    Sunderland fans don't need telling that they haven't enjoyed the best of luck on their travels, but maybe this result - their first away win in 14 league matches - will mean a change in fortunes.

    I'm sure the supporters are also delighted that Stephane Sessegnon scored his first goal in 19 league matches.

  12. 1759: 

    Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole: "Wins have been hard to come by so it is a massive three points for us and we deserved it. I saw Fulham's Brede Hangeland was coming off the ground and two-footed - it was unfortunate and not malicious, but those are the rules of the games now."

  13. 1757: 

    Sunderland goalscorer Steven Fletcher: "We know the squad we have with fantastic players so I am looking forward to the rest of the season."


    Dan Mullen on Twitter: "Well, I can actually look forward to MOTD tonight... about time. Ha'way the lads!"

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "Sunderland needed this win. The first half was forgettable but the game lifted when the goals went in. Sunderland will be so pleased to get the win after going so many games without one."

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "Mladen Petric has been a problem since coming on. He has been dangerous in and around the box. You wonder what may have been if he had started."

    FULL-TIME- Fulham 1-3 Sunderland

    A great three points for Sunderland, who move up to 15th and three points clear of the bottom three. Fulham could have gone level on points with sixth-place Arsenal, but instead stay in ninth.

  18. 1751: 

    Mladen Petric has shone since coming on for Fulham. His deflected shot from 20 yards narrowly sails over the bar. From the corner, the ball falls to Aaron Hughes, whose angled drive is well held by Simon Mignolet.

  19. 1749: 

    We are into the second of four minutes of stoppage time - I fear defeat for Fulham. No sitting on the fence by me.

  20. 1746: 

    Both Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov and Sunderland's Lee Cattermole are booked for an altercation. Cue the handbags graphic.

  21. 1744: 

    Here's a bit of hope for Fulham fans - the Cottagers have fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw in the league on six previous occasions. They have four minutes to make it seven.

  22. 1741: 

    Fulham's Mladen Petric has another great chance to score, but his shot is brilliantly saved by Simon Mignolet. It's still 3-1 to Sunderland with six minutes remaining.


    Michael Hillman on Twitter: "Berbatov is like a conductor orchestrating everything Fulham do, today they're out of tune with his genius."

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "Sunderland have been struggling, there is no doubt about it. Some managers and players don't look at the league table but believe me, most of them do."

  25. 1740: 

    The home crowd seem quiet at Craven Cottage. That first-half red card for Brede Hangeland seems to had an effect on the game, much like Emmanuel Adebayor's sending off for Tottenham did in their match against Arsenal on Saturday.

  26. 1737: 

    Sunderland bring on former Blackpool player David Vaughan for youngster Jack Colback.

  27. 1735: 

    Fulham's Steve Sidwell wastes a great chance to reduce the deficit - he takes too many touches in the area allowing Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet to smother his effort. There are 12 minutes remaining.


    Sunderland's Steven Fletcher puts the ball in the net from two yards out, but he is flagged offside.

  29. 1732: 

    Hugo Rodellega strikes his effort straight into the wall. Fulham continue to apply the pressure.


    Ahmed Nisar on Twitter: "Who said this game was boring. Football is of two half anything can happen haha what 2nd half it is."

    Josh Hunt on Twitter: "Sessegnon, what a finish take a bow!"

  31. 1731: 

    Fulham have another free-kick opportunity on the edge of the area...

  32. 1730: 

    There are less than 20 minutes remaining for Fulham to turn it around - they are back to having 10 on the pitch. It's a heck of an ask.

  33. 1729: 

    Sunderland make a substitution with James McLean coming on for Seb Larsson.


    Andy Hudson on Twitter: "Fulham are defending terribly here. Losing Hangeland was unlucky but this defensive display is simply criminal."

    Ugo T. Ibewuike on Twitter: "Petric, the spice that this match so desparetly needed but Cuéllar wanted differently, textbook but poor poor marking!"

  35. 1726: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-3 Sunderland - Stephane Sessegnon (69 mins)

    Is that the moment that kills this game off? Sunderland score a third and it is another fast break that has done for Fulham. It was a brilliant bit of advantage played by referee Lee Probert as Danny Rose fell to ground clutching his head in the build-up to that goal, but Adam Johnson found Stephane Sessegnon and the Sunderland forward curled a delightful 25-yard shot beyond Mark Schwarzer and into the net. Quite a way to score your first goal of the season.

  36. 1725: 

    Worth pointing out that when Sunderland scored their second goal Fulham only had nine players on the pitch. Shortly after scoring Mladen Petric went off to receive treatment on an injury. It is unclear whether he picked up the injury celebrating the goal but he is able to continue.

    GOAL- Fulham 1-2 Sunderland - Carlos Cuellar (64 mins)

    Carlos Cuellar powers in a header from Adam Johnson's corner. Fulham were down to nine-men at the time, with Mladen Petric receiving treatment off the field.

  38. 1720: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-1 Sunderland - Mladen Petric (62 mins)

    Just a few minutes after coming on Mladen Petric scores. There is a slight hint of fortune about the goal as Hugo Rodallega's pass took a fortunate deflection into the path of Damien Duff down the left-hand side. Duff then delivers a low cross that Petric finishes with a tidy hooked finish from six yards.

  39. 1719: 

    Fulham's Mladen Petric comes on for the injured Bryan Ruiz - within seconds of being on the pitch he fires over from six yards from a tight angle. At the other end, Adam Johnson forces a great save from Mark Schwarzer. There are 30 minutes remaining.

  40. 1717: 

    Sunderland's Adam Johnson shows his dismay after referee Lee Probert books him for carrying on after he was flagged offside. Meanwhile, a chance for Fulham...


    Jack William Farrell on Twitter: "Much more like it from the Black Cats, best 10 minutes of our season."

  42. 1715: 

    More woe for Fulham. Forward Bryan Ruiz pulls up with what appears to be a hamstring injury. He is receiving treatement.

  43. 1713: 

    This is how much Sunderland rely on striker Steven Fletcher - his sixth strike this season means he has now scored 75% of the Black Cats' league goals during the 2012/2013 campaign so far.

    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "It needed that goal the game, be it for Fulham or Sunderland. It has been a very poor afternoon so far, but hopefully that moment will lift the tempo."


    Travis on Twitter: "Brilliant pass from Adam Johnson. Steven Fletcher's control and finish did it justice."

    WHAT?! on Twitter: "Superb goal from Fletcher....all with the use of the outside of his left boot, first touch kills the ball second guides it in."

  46. 1707: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-1 Sunderland - Steven Fletcher (49 mins)

    Steven Fletcher notches his sixth goal of the Premier League season. There were 14 seconds between Riise's shot hitting the crossbar and Fletcher scoring. The ball bounced off the woodwork and into the path of Adam Johnson. His ball found the Scot who tucked the ball past Mark Schwarzer.

  47. 1706: 

    Fulham's John Arne-Riise hits the bar with a deflected shot. Sunderland break....

  48. 1706: 

    There have been three minutes played at the Cottage and, as yet, no visible signs of improvement in entertainment.

  49. 1703: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 0-0 Sunderland

    We're back under way at Craven Cottage. Here's to another thrilling 45 minutes.

  50. 1701: 

    In all seriousness, what does Martin O'Neill need to do to provide more of a spark in his Sunderland attack? Steven Fletcher cannot lead the line on his own, so do they need to buy another striker in January?

    Or does the problem lie in the midfield?

  51. 1655: 

    This stat will buoy the Black Cats - Fulham have failed to win a Sunday 4.00pm fixture in their last seven attempts.

  52. 1654: 

    So who will come out on top at Craven Cottage? The problem with Sunderland is they haven't managed to score many in the league this season - seven in 10 matches. This is a great chance for them to add to their tally. I do have a nagging feeling that they'll waste this opportunity.

    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "It really has not been the best 45 minutes for a Premier League standard match. You can see why Sunderland have scored so few goals. They lack confidence and there is a noticeable lack of movement about their game. They are playing passes to feet, rather than into space. Fulham re the better side and have played more attractive football but all in all, it is a very disappointing game of football."

  54. 1649: 

    The match went from korma to a bit closer to madras after Fulham's Brede Hangeland was sent off. Fulham still look the better side, but Sunderland's man-advantage might prove telling towards the end. Then again, it might not.


    Des O'Callaghan on Twitter: "Ridicuous red card. Clattermole at least equally ugly in the challenge."

    Ciaran Carragher on Twitter: "Rules on tackling need reviewed, that was a harsh decision.."

    Chris Rootkin on Twitter: "For me that's ruined the game. No malice, he could have easily just had a yellow. Now Fulham could capitulate like Spurs."

    HALF-TIME- Fulham 0-0 Sunderland

    Dan via text on 81111: "Football Shocking decision by Probert. Never a red card offence, one footed and wins the ball. Get a grip Saj, it wasn't reckless at all."

    Haseeb via text on 81111: "I think the ref has made a mountain out of a catter-mole hill. Never a red."

    Tom via text on 81111: "Sending someone off is such a drastic punishment which completely changes the complexion of the game. He could have kept him on the pitch."


    Niall McCaffrey on Twitter: "Some rules are very vague and down to interpretation, but footballers should know by now that two feet off the floor = red."

    Chris Goodall on Twitter: "Baffles me how some people don't understand the rules. Jumping into a tackle with two feet is a straight red. This was blatant!"

    Stuie Neale on Twitter: "Dont quite know why there is an uproar 100% red card all day long 2 footed and the intent."

  59. 1645: 

    There will be a minimum of two minutes of added time at the end of the first half. I thought there might have been more.

  60. 1644: 

    Aaron Hughes is in the thick of it again - but this time at the other end. The former Northern Ireland player finds Dimitar Berbatov with a great pass - the Bulgarian races into the area but flashes his angled shot a foot wide. One minute to go before half-time.

  61. 1643: 

    Sunderland go close. Stephane Sessegnon breaks into the area from the right, but he fails to find Steven Fletcher lurking on the edge of the six-yard area thanks to good defending from Fulham's Aaron Hughes.


    Harry Lee on Twitter: "You can't be serious? That was NEVER a red card. Wasn't dangerous in the slightest. Outrageous decision."

    Raoul Weatherell on Twitter: "He got the ball, the follow though was inevitable! No way a red card."

    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "When they are in possession of the ball Fulham are, despite being down to 10 men, still moving the ball in a more comfortable way and knowing what their team-mates are thinking. Sunderland are still lacking that. It has not been a very good game at all, it is so quiet, we have seen a sending off but the football has lacked end product."

  64. 1639: 

    I do think Jasper there will be goals in this match - I know I predicted 0-0 earlier. I've changed my mind.


    Jasper via text on 81111: "You know its not an amazing day of football when there are more red cards than goals."

  66. 1638: 

    By the way, Hangeland's red was Fulham's first since May 2011, when Zoltan Gera was sent off against Arsenal in the 2-2 draw.


    Owen Philp on Twitter: "B-RED-e Hangeland."

    Kiran BW on Twitter: "What a joke. He gets the ball."

    uBa oBinNa on Twitter: "Dis is absolute stupidity! Never a RED dear Ref. Rubbish."

  68. 1637: 

    Fulham's Giorgos Karagounis comes off to be replaced by defender Philippe Senderos. Cottagers boss Martin Jol has been forced into reorganising his side following the sending off of Brede Hangeland.


    David Shaw on Twitter: "Lee Catrermole just got 'Cattermoled'."

    James Hendicott on Twitter: "I'm sure the irony of a sending off for a mistimed tackle on Lee Cattermole is lost on nobody..."

    Andy Scott on Twitter: "No complaints, very similar to Ade yesterday. Definite red card."

  70. 1632: 

    Despite being a man down, Fulham produce the next chance on goal when Damien Duff lays the ball to Dimitar Berbatov, who fires a low shot straight at Simon Mignolet. Things are hotting up at Craven Cottage.

    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "I am sorry but you just don't get away with that. You can't do that, you can't dive in. I would say that if he had seen it from a different angle the referee might have thought again but he didn't. He only had one look. You don't play football on your backside so if you go off your feet and your studs are in there you are forcing the referee to make a decision."

    RED CARD- Fulham's Brede Hangeland (30 mins)

    That looked reckless from the Fulham defender. He slides in two-footed on Lee Cattermole. Referee Lee Probert produces a straight red. Fulham will play with 10 men for 60 minutes.

  73. 1630: 

    So, what did you have for your Sunday tea? It hasn't been a thriller at Craven Cottage - and I think that early Fulham substitution will probably upset the rhythm of the home team.


    Fulham's Hugo Rodallega comes on for midfielder Alex Kacaniklic, who limps off with what appears to be a leg injury.

    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "It is going to remain 0-0 if they keep playing like this. The tempo is slow and you can see a lack of confidence in the Sunderland side. Fulham look the better team but basically nothing has happened in this game."

  76. 1625: 

    Fulham's Bryan Ruiz tries to be a bit too cute with a pass to Damien Duff who was probably hoping for a simpler ball to latch on to in the area.


    Raj Kotecha on Twitter: "Re. 1616 - No striker cares how they get a goal as long as they whack the ball into the net. Berba doesn't care, nor do I."

  78. 1621: 

    This match might not have 7-5 written all over it, but it has been quite entertaining so far. Fulham do look dangerous whenever they break - the guile of Dimitar Berbatov might be the difference today.

  79. 1620: 

    Fulham are passing it around nicely. Dimitar Berbatov eventually lays the ball to Steve Sidwell who fails to get any power on a low shot that trundles safely into the arms of keeper Simon Mignolet.

  80. 1619: 

    If you are a Sunderland fan out there looking for some good news, then look away now. The Black Cats have not won a top-flight match in the month of November for more than two years, since 14 November 2010. Mind you, that was also in west London, a very handy 3-0 victory at Chelsea.

  81. 1616: 

    Talking of Dimitar Berbatov - three of his last six league goals have been penalties. Chew on that fact fans.

    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "When Fulham do attack they look more purposeful than Sunderland. They look sharper and quicker and their attacks carry far more threat. Have Sunderland had a meaningful shot yet?"

  83. 1614: 

    Striker Dimitar Berbatov strays offside after he is played in by Fulham team-mate Steve Sidwell. He could have held his run.

  84. 1612: 

    The Black Cats fail to take advantage of Fulham's vulnerability at set-pieces on this occasion - but they've made a good start to the match.

  85. 1611: 

    The corner came to nothing. Sunderland break and win a corner at the other end.

  86. 1610: 

    Fulham on the attack - they have a corner....

    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "You just feel that if Fulham were to be able to score now it would be a very important goal for them. They have showed signs of clicking already without creating what you would call a clear-cut chance."

  88. 1609: 

    Seb Larsson's tame shot is well held by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer. Moments later, Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon tries his luck from 25 yards but it sails over the bar by almost the same distance.

    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at Fulham v Sunderland

    "I don't think I have heard such a quiet crowd."

  90. 1605: 

    First chance of the match and it has gone to the home side as Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov heads three-feet wide from Damien Duff's cross from the right.


    Jamie via text on 81111: "Fulham to win 4-1 today. Dimitar Berbatov has hit a nice bit of form and settled straight into Fulham's 11. It's clear Jol wants to build around the Bulgarian. I do not think the Black Cats' defence will be able to handle the Cottagers! Fergie should have sent Welbeck on loan and kept Berbatov, he is a predator in the box!! However, I do worry about how many goals Fulham are conceding of late."

  92. 1602: 

    Three minutes gone and it's been all Sunderland - a good start for the visitors. They need a win - they've picked up just two points in the last 15.


    Connor Parker on Twitter: "This will either be goals goals goals or dull dull dull - my money is on the latter!!"


    Sunderland kick off at Craven Cottage.

  95. 1559: 

    Should Fulham avoid defeat today, they will have gone six Premier League matches without a loss.

  96. 1558: 

    The teams are out at Craven Cottage - lovely venue - I'm going for 0-0.

  97. 1554: 

    There are questions being asked about Martin O'Neill's managerial reign at Sunderland. Does he need more time to build his team?

  98. 1553: 

    It's fair to say Sunderland have been a bit goal-shy this season. They have only scored seven league goals so far - fewer than any other team in all four tiers of English league football this season.

  99. 1550: 

    There are only 10 minutes to kick-off in the only Premier League game on Sunday. Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed provides the pre-match entertainment by walking out on to the pitch waving a club scarf.

  100. 1548: 

    This is a great stat courtesy of Infostrada: Only the Manchester clubs (United, 29, City, 25) have scored more than Fulham (24) in the division this season. Chelsea have also scored 24.


    Matt on Twitter: "Sunderland 2-0 for me today, the boys looked much more up for it when playing Everton last week. They may have finally clicked."

    Niall Devine on Twitter: "Unlikely, but Fulham to win 6-0. Then they go 6th above Arsenal and Spurs #wow."

    Nic Carter on Twitter: "Sunderland are sliding down the table, Fulham are rampant right now. The peerless Bertatov to bag his hat-trick."

  102. 1540: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "Lee [Cattermole] coming back is a boost for us. He was playing very well before he got injured. But he wants to play and that is encouraging for us."

    "[On lack of goals] We do get forward but what we haven't been able to do is create clear cut chances that has been a problem. But we could have been 3-0 up at half-time against Everton last week I am hoping we will take that confidence into this game."

  103. 1535: 
    Fulham v Sunderland (1600 GMT)

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill makes two changes to his side as they go in search of only their second league win since March. Phil Bardsley starts at right back in place of Craig Gardner and Lee Cattermole comes into the side in place of James McClean, who drops to the bench.

    Fulham manager Martin Jol makes three changes with Damien Duff, Giorgos Karagounis and Alex Kacaniklic coming into the side in place of Chris Baird, Kieran Richardson and Ashkan Dejagah.

    LINE-UPS- Fulham v Sunderland (1600 GMT)

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Kelly, Senderos, Petric, Rodallega, Dejagah, Smith, Stockdale.

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson; Sessegnon; Fletcher. Subs: Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, McClean, Saha, Westwood.

    Referee: Lee Probert

  105. 1532: 

    I want your predictions for Fulham v Sunderland. Will the Cottagers record another victory over the Black Cats? Or will Martin O'Neill's side stun the London side?

    Tweet me - a bit weird typing that - at #bbcfootball or text at 81111.

  106. 1528: 

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock on the dismissal of Luke Varney: "He [Varney] has put his arms up but he has not actually gone in with his elbow. The contact was made below the chin but the kid has gone down like he has been hit in the head. But you don't get those decisions sometimes. I have no complaints with the effort today. I am just disappointed that an experienced referee like that has seen fit to send him off. It's getting soft now the game, you want to see some proper sendings off. That is not a sending off. I don't know what the game is coming to."

    Fulham v Sunderland (1600 GMT)

    Sunderland desperately need a win. The Wearsiders make the trip to Craven Cottage on the back of a dismal record, having won only once in the league since March. Free-scoring, free-conceding Fulham await, buoyed by the form of forwards Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz.

    Fulham have drawn their past three matches and no club has dropped more points from winning positions this season, but Sunderland's only triumph in this corner of West London during the Premier League era was a 3-1 victory in April 2008.

    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Fulham v Sunderland (1600 GMT)

    Striker Steven Fletcher starts for Sunderland after shaking off a calf problem.

  109. 1517: 

    Before the 1600 GMT match between Fulham and Sunderland, let's look at Saturday's other Premier League results.

    Are Newcastle lacking confidence? It was another home defeat for Alan Pardew's men - this time to Swansea.

    Reading scored somewhat of a surprise win over Everton. Everything rosy again at the Madejski?


    That's it. Millwall had several chances but took just the one - Chris Wood's header five minutes from time - which proved enough for victory over 10-man Leeds.

    FULL-TIME- Millwall 1-0 Leeds
    Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live at Millwall v Leeds:

    "Shane Lowry hit an inch perfect cross with lots of pace on it and Chris Wood stoops to head home. Leeds did well to hold out, they had a go but it is difficult when you go down to 10-men."

  113. 1508: 

    Millwall's James Henry strikes the crossbar with a shot from eight yards out. Seconds later, Chris Wood scoops over from even closer in.


    Ollie on 81111: "Leeds have to get something from this. Investment or not - it's not good enough at the moment."

  115. 1505: 

    They have signalled four minutes of stoppage time at The Den.

  116. 1503: 

    Leeds have two minutes plus stoppage time to salvage something from their trip south. By the way, Fulham v Sunderland coming up at 1600 GMT.

  117. 1500: 
    GOAL- Millwall 1-0 Leeds - Chris Wood (85 mins)

    Shane Lowry delivers a brilliant ball from the right which finds Chris Wood, who nods in. Ten-man Leeds are finally broken.

  118. 1458: 

    Millwall have the ball in the net, but the referee signals 'no goal'. Chris Wood charges into Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny and the ball trickles over the line. There are seven minutes remaining. Millwall 0-0 Leeds.

  119. 1455: 

    Shane Long scored one of the goals to help West Brom defeat Chelsea on Saturday.

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips looks at his form and that of counterpart Fernando Torres - who is once again enduring a patchy spell.

  120. 1451: 

    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall: "To score five goals away from home is a great achievement. We've got a good threat, middle to the front, and we have to be solid at the back."

  121. 1445: 

    Now on to The Hawthorns where West Brom (team of the season so far?) defeated Chelsea 2-1.

    The Baggies are fourth having recorded their sixth home league win in seven games.

    So what has Steve Clarke got that others in the past, eg Roberto Di Matteo,, didn't?

    Let me know on Twitter using #bbcfootball and on text on 81111.


    We've also received a number of responses to my suggestion that Manchester United lack of strength in midfield.

    Ajit Singh, Uxbridge, via 81111: "I would love for Giggs to play till 50 but are we not being a bit desperate by continuously using him and Scholes? No doubt we have injury issues with our new signing Shinji Kagawa being out and our best defender Nemanja Vidic still sidelined but our defensive frailties are a major concern, buy a world class defender in January as Rio Ferdinand's legs are also tiring!"

    Jack, Norwich via 81111: "Man Utd lacked mobility in their pensioner-filled midfield. Never looked like creating anything decent, Norwich were the better side and could be won by 2 or 3!"

  123. 1439: 

    Millwall keep knocking on the Leeds door - this time substitute James Henry goes close with a 20 yard shot that drifted past Leeds bar by a foot. Millwall 0-0 Leeds.

  124. 1438: 

    Motherwell are up to fourth in the Scottish Premier - getting those five goals helped with goal difference, enabling them to go above St Johnstone, who also have 20 points.

    FULL-TIME- Inverness CT 1-5 Motherwell

    Losing 2-0 at half-time, Terry Butcher's team talk seemed to have inspired his men to mount a comeback, Richie Foran scoring in the 46th minute. But with Nicky Law dictating play for the visitors, Motherwell made the points safe with second-half goals from Adam Cummins, Henrik Ojamaa and Omar Daley. Inverness had hoped to go third this afternoon - the margin of their defeat means they are now seventh.


    Back to your thoughts on the future of QPR manager Mark Hughes.

    Justin Oluwabanwo on Twitter: "Mark Hughes was gr8 as a player but as a coach, he's been below par. His tactics has been what is letting him down."

    Stuart Stalley on Twitter: "Hughes has had long enough. All of the players have been here at least 10 weeks. Enough time to get everything sorted out."

  127. 1433: 

    Millwall's Andy Keogh heads Shane Lowry's cross from the right straight at keeper Paddy Kenny. Seconds later, Chris Wood just fails to connect with Liam Trotter's delivery from the wing. Millwall 0-0 Leeds.

  128. 1432: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-5 Motherwell - Omar Daley (88 mins)

    Oh dear, oh dear. Inverness keeper Antonio Reguero will not want to see this one again in a hurry. Motherwell substitute Omar Daley tries his luck from long distance. His low strike lacks power and should easily be saved but the ball squirms beyond the desperate lunge of Reguero and into the net.

    RED CARD- Leeds' Luke Varney (47 mins)

    Leeds player Luke Varney is shown a straight red by referee Mark Halsey for appearing to elbow Adam Smith. It's still Millwall 0-0 Leeds.

  130. 1421: 

    It's a great match in the sunshine at the Caledonian Stadium. Inverness' Richie Foran forces a great save from Motherwell's Darren Randolph, who pushes his fierce long-range drive on to the bar.

  131. 1411: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-4 Motherwell - Henrik Ojamaa (71 mins)

    What a day for Motherwell manager Stuart McCall. Henrik Ojamaa sweeps in from eight yards for his first goal since April - the drought is over.

  132. 1411: 

    BBC's chief football writer Phil McNulty was at QPR v Southampton. Here's a snippet from his analysis piece:

    "These will be defining days for Hughes, Fernandes and QPR.

    "It will no doubt be embarrassing for Fernandes should he go back on his many public pronouncements and there is little question his instinct is to stick with the man he believed could make his dreams become reality."

    What do you make of what Phil thinks? Post your views on Twitter using #bbcfootball or text on 81111.

    Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live at Millwall v Leeds, BBC Sport

    "It has been an entertaining first half without any goals. I doubt there will be any clean sheets in the second half. The front two of Millwall have combined well together. One goal will change this."

    Millwall 0-0 LeedsHALF-TIME

    Millwall had the better of the first half, creating two good chances - Chris Taylor has been particularly impressive. Leeds have yet to fashion a goalscoring opportunity.

  135. 1404: 

    And these are the thoughts of Manchester City's Vincent Kompany about his former manager Hughes:

    "I can only speak for what I saw but Mark is a great manager. He is someone who can bring the team to the next level but with the time he needs, he is capable of doing the job," he said on Match of the Day.

    So back him or sack him?

    Post your thoughts on #bbcfootball or text on 81111.

  136. 1404: 

    I've noticed from the tweets and texts that Harry Redknapp is the preferred choice for some of you guys and gals as the man to take over from Mark Hughes at QPR (should Hughes get the boot).

    Here are the thoughts of the man himself on Match of the Day:

    "It would not be fair of me to talk [about the QPR job]. Mark is in the position he is in, but he is a top bloke, an excellent manager. He signed Vincent Kompany so he knows what he is about. Until there is a change, if there is, is would not be fair of me to discuss it."

  137. 1401: 

    Millwall's Andy Keogh fires a shot that whistles past the Leeds right-hand upright. The home side go close again - its still Millwall 0-0 Leeds.

    Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live at Millwall v Leeds, BBC Sport

    "It's been an excellent game played in a good spirit, with genuine challenges being made by both players. The atmosphere has been like a cup game. Millwall are showing lots of movement and are starting to make chances. The Chris Wood-Andy Keogh combination is working better than the El-Hadji-Diouf-Luciano Becchio one."

  139. 1355: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-3 Motherwell - Adam Cummins (52 mins)

    Adam Cummins lashes the ball home after a cross swung in from the left finds him at the far post. Motherwell restore their two-goal advantage.

  140. 1351: 

    Another chance for Millwall at the Den. Chris Wood had a header cleared off the line by Tom Lees. So close for the home side. It's Millwall 0-0 Leeds.

  141. 1351: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-2 Motherwell - Richie Foran (46 mins)

    Play resumes and straight away the home side pull a goal back. It is a smart finish too, as Richie Foran controls the ball on the six-yard line before slotting his finish beyond Darren Randolph.

  142. 1350: 

    Millwall's Chris Wood heads over the bar from six yards from Chris Taylor's cross - but the assistant referee flags for offside. It's still Millwall 0-0 Leeds.

  143. 1346: 

    Next on the running order of topics of discussions is Norwich 1-0 Manchester United - that's right Norwich defeated Manchester United.

    It was the second time in 15 league meetings that the Canaries got one over the Red Devils - and like Sir Alex Ferguson said, they fully deserved the victory.

    I thought that United looked really weak in the middle of the pitch - how much longer can Sir Alex rely on Ryan Giggs? And what did you think of him bringing on 38-year-old Paul Scholes to rescue the match?


    Your texts are coming in thick and fast on 81111 - very much appreciated.

    Sami May on 81111: "Hughes has spent the money, had the time, the teams just not performing, its time for a change. Redknapp in."

    John P, Cheltenham on 81111: "Man City haven't yet got close to the fluidity or inventiveness they showed last season when they ripped a lot of teams to shreds. But they're top and undefeated. Next four games will be a real test: Chelsea, Wigan, Everton, United."

  145. 1337: 

    It's still 0-0 between Millwall and Leeds at the Den, but Chris Taylor has created a bit of panic in the Leeds defence in the past few minutes with a surging run and then a pulled-back cross that was blocked. It's hotting up.

    HALF-TIME- Inverness CT 0-2 Motherwell

    It's been all Motherwell in the first half with Jamie Murphy's volley adding to Michael Higdon's header. Inverness look stunned and have it all to do in the second half. As it stands, Motherwell will be up to fourth in the Scottish Premier table. Happy days for the Fir Park side.

  147. 1331: 

    There appear to be quite a few opinions on #bbcfootball and via text on 81111 about what QPR chairman Tony Fernandes should do with manager Mark Hughes.

    Here's what Loftus Road goalkeeping legend Phil Parkes thinks:

    "There is only one person who can make the decision and that is Tony Fernandes," he told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

    "They have some tough games coming up and if he carries on backing Mark Hughes and they keep losing it is very difficult to get yourselves out of that position.

    "Harry (Redknapp) is hovering in the background and he is a guy who will come in and make a difference straightaway.

    "You may have to bite the bullet and say it is time for Mark Hughes to move on."

    Would you be happy with Redknapp?

    Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5 live at Millwall v Leeds:

    "Good pace and counter-attacking football in this game. Leeds are throwing men forward and with El-Hadji Diouf being antagonising when he holds the ball, Mark Beevers is in for a long afternoon after getting an early yellow."


    Simon Aindow on Twitter: "Can Liverpool finish above any of these team this season; City Utd Chelsea, Everton Arsenal Spurs Newcastle?"

    Immanuel C-Bankes on Twitter: "QPR proving yesterday that they don't need a player to be sent off to lose."

  150. 1324: 

    Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool. Reds fans have endured a funny ol' season - 3-0 winners against Wigan on Saturday, but my colleague tells me that the home side were "very, very poor" in the first half.

    What's the verdict on Brendan Rodgers and his team so far? And Latics fans, will you once again be left without any fingernails in May?

    Fire over your thoughts on Twitter at #bbcfootball and on text on 81111.

  151. 1320: 

    ...Michael Tonge's free-kick comes off the wall. At ease.

  152. 1319: 

    Millwall's Mark Beevers makes a late challenge on Leeds forward El Hadji Diouf on the edge of the area - the defender is shown a yellow. Free-kick to Leeds...

  153. 1318: 

    They've kicked off at the Den - after 38 seconds it's still Millwall 0-0 Leeds.

  154. 1314: 

    Motherwell go close to adding a third when Jamie Murphy's shot clips the crossbar.

  155. 1309: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-2 Motherwell - Jamie Murphy (21 mins)

    Wow! The visitors score again. Once again poor defending plays it part but it is a cracking finish from Jamie Murphy, who steers the ball home after Chris Humphrey's cross is tamely headed into his path by Josh Meekings.

  156. 1307: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-1 Motherwell - Michael Higdon (18 mins)

    Michael Higdon heads in from close range to give the away side the lead - it was a great leap from the striker but some poor defending from the home team, who had several chances to clear the danger.

  157. 1304: 

    OK. So, I'm guessing a fair few of you lot watched Match of the Day?

    I hope you don't mind me starting my running order with Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham. Look away now Spurs fans.

    The red card for Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor was key, but nevertheless it was still a good performance from the Arsenal attack.

    Midfielder Santi Cazorla caught the eye of former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp on Motd.

    "He is a fantastic player, the signing of the season so far," he said.

    "He puts everything on a ball, they bend and they dip. For me, he was the one that sparked Arsenal off. Jack Wilshere is still coming back and he is a fantastic player. Mikel Arteta was quiet, but Cazorla caused all the problems. He was top drawer. He looks a great little pro as well, a great signing."


    Steve on a double decker on 81111: "Saj, can you think of anything more miserable than an all-disrupting rail replacement bus service on a Sunday? Being around Mark Hughes' house for a roast maybe...."

    Jonathan, Blackburn Rovers fan on 81111: "Very happy that my team are starting to play to their potential, signs were there last week in the draw v Birmingham last week. Perfect timing to come into form, we play Bolton and our bitter rivals Burnley in the next three games!"

    Millwall v Leeds Utd (1315 GMT)

    A tasty Championship clash at The Den this lunchtime sees an in-form Millwall take on an out-of-form Leeds side. The Lions are unbeaten in nine games, with Kenny Jackett looking for his 100th win as manager of the club. Neil Warnock's Leeds side are in a slump, winning just one of their last eight league games and suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat at Elland Road to Watford last weekend.

  160. 1257: 

    Let's stick with QPR, who were beaten 3-1 by Southampton at Loftus Road.

    Hoops fans, do you want to get rid of Mark Hughes or keep him follow?

    It seems like chairman Tony Fernandes is happy to hang on to the Welshman - but for how much longer?

    At least Hoops fans, your season isn't be followed by documentary makers - although I would love to be a fly on the wall in those board meetings.


    Henry Walmsley on Twitter: "With the collapse of the big 4 and emergence of big 3, does this mean the league is getting closer together or further apart?"

    And here's one addressed to QPR chairman Tony Fernandes:

    Will Armitage on Twitter: "@tonyfernandes QPR 8 points adrift of this stage last season going into Dec, get the Wigan DVDs out for a lesson in survival #bbcfootball"

  162. 1247: 

    Let's return to Saturday's Premier League action. Manchester City are back at the top of the Premier League following a 5-0 win over Aston Villa, although after a goalless first 40 minutes that seemed as likely to happen as David Platt running on to the pitch in a Roberto Mancini mask.

    The talk before the match was about the lack of goals from the strikers - but on Saturday, Argentine pair Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez both scored twice. Problem fixed?

    And what of Villa manager Paul Lambert and his side? Do they need to strengthen in January?

    Right, time for some of your tweets.

  163. 1239: 

    As I mentioned earlier, we will keep you updated about what's happening in that key Scottish Premier match, but if you want to follow it in more detail then we have full live text commentary of the match on the BBC Scottish Premier page.

    Inverness CT v Motherwell (1245 GMT)

    The final Scottish Premier League fixture of the weekend takes place at the Caledonian Stadium where Inverness host Motherwell. The Highlanders are unbeaten in 10 and their last defeat was against 'Well. There's plenty to play for with Inverness able to move up to third and Motherwell targeting third.

  165. 1232: 

    So it's up to Fulham and Sunderland (1600 GMT) to provide the fireworks.

    The last time they met at Craven Cottage the result was 2-1 with Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele scoring for the home side - Fulham will be hoping more of the same from those two...ahh...anyway...more on that clash later.

    We will also focus on the Championship clash between Millwall and Leeds (1315 GMT) and there will also be updates of the Scottish Premier match between Inverness CT and Motherwell (1245 GMT).

    I could be sat here responding to my own comments - "Saj, you're so right" or "Saj, what on earth are you talking about?" or I could ask you lovely folk to join in the football debate.

    So let me know your thoughts on Saturday's action and your views on Sunday's fixtures.

    "How?" you might be asking yourselves. Tweet me using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in your views on 81111. Make sure you put YOUR NAME on your texts, though, because I can't use them otherwise.

  166. 1230: 

    Afternoon all. Reading win at last, QPR lose again (in a crunch match against fellow strugglers Southampton), West Brom keep marching up the table after casting aside Chelsea, Manchester City go top as Manchester United slip to second after defeat at Norwich. After a rather tasty Saturday, Sunday really does have a lot to live up to.

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1 Man City 12 15 28
2 Man Utd 12 12 27
3 Chelsea 12 11 24
4 West Brom 12 6 23
5 Everton 12 6 20
6 Arsenal 12 10 19
7 West Ham 11 3 18
8 Tottenham 12 -1 17
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13 Norwich 12 -9 14
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16 Wigan 12 -9 11
17 Reading 11 -5 9
18 Aston Villa 12 -12 9
19 Southampton 12 -12 8
20 QPR 12 -14 4