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Live text commentary as Aston Villa defeat Reading in the Premier League after Harry Redknapp's QPR draw at Sunderland.

27 November 2012 Last updated at 22:17 GMT

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  1. 2216: 

    So a positive start for Harry Redknapp with a draw at Sunderland, and a key win for Aston Villa. Not a pair of classic games but important results at the foot of the Premier League.

    There's a whole host of matches in the top flight tomorrow night. Phil Dawkes is in for a busy evening in the live text chair, make sure you all join him for that one. That's all for now, good night.

  2. 2213: 

    You may remember that QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar had to come off at half time of tonight's draw with Sunderland. It appears the Brazilian has a groin injury and is set for a scan.

  3. 2211: 

    Alex, Sunderland on text: "As a Sunderland fan, I am genuinely horrified at how bad we are. Worse still, I can't identify the problem, we have a good team and a good manager but I'm afraid to say I think we're going to be playing championship football next season."

  4. 2210: 

    So Paul Lambert still not really identifying an issue with Darren Bent. Have we seen the last of him in a Villa shirt?

  5. 2207: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Reading

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "Darren Bent just has to play well and train well. I'm not going to invent something that football people understand. He has a future, everybody has.

    "Nothing against anybody in the club, but I've got 25 lads to look after. Bent and Benteke can play together - they did against Southampton. I've got to pick a team I think will win.

    "Benteke's done fantastic for me. He was up against a big lad. It was a fantastic header."

  6. 2206: 

    We've had plenty of chat about Darren Bent all night - you want to hear what boss Paul Lambert has had to say?

  7. 2205: 
    Sunderland 0-0 QPR

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "I was hoping we would win the game. I know QPR will be buoyed by Harry Redknapp's appointment but I thought we could create enough to win. There were chances at both ends but it was a frustrating evening."

  8. 2204: 

    It's been all go at the top of the SPL, with Inverness now up to second place in the table with a 3-2 win at Aberdeen.

  9. 2203: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that captain Lee Cattermole injured his other knee in the opening minutes of tonight's game and "is in a lot of pain."

  10. 2200: 
    Sunderland 0-0 QPR

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "We worked hard and we deserved a point tonight. We defended well and denied them chances. I feel more optimistic tonight than on Saturday. I saw enough tonight to think we can go on a small run and keep ourselves in the pack."

  11. 2159: 

    JP in Notts on text: "The fact that the Villa fans are wildly celebrating a slender 1-0 home win over Reading shows how far they have fallen in recent years."

    Leo in London on text: "Feel for Brian McDermott a lot. Constantly had draws and wins taken away from him in the final minutes. Better manager than Lambert."

    Vlad from London on text: "Does anyone else think Sunderland miss Nicklas Bendtner?"

  12. 2156: 

    Here comes a sight cameramen and post-match interviewers have missed for the last six months - Harry Redknapp is out to answer the questions of the broadcast media.

  13. 2155: 

    Tom Edwards on Twitter: "A Villa win! What do we fans do? I don't know any more its that rare!"

    Yash Vyas on Twitter: "McDermott doesn't have a clue. Poor subs at wrong time of games. Poor signings. Can't be loyal to players who don't perform."

  14. 2153: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Reading

    BBC Sport's Phil Maiden at Villa Park: "It seems the dark cloud has been partially lifted at Villa Park, albeit thanks to a scrappy and, at times, desperate performance in front of Paul Lambert's side's lowest league crowd of the season. Villa may be out of the bottom three but the home fans know that could change after Wednesday night's games. Reading's small but loyal travelling contingent will be leaving fearing the worst."

  15. 2152:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraAston Villa 1-0 Reading

    Tim Flowers on BBC 5 live sports extra at Villa Park: "It's Benteke who made the difference - he had two chances and he took one. He was a handful. On the back of a good point against Arsenal, they've now got momentum."

  16. 2151: 

    So that is Aston Villa out of the bottom three, a big win for the home side. Southampton slide back in ahead of their game with Norwich tomorrow night.

  17. 2150: 

    None of the top three sides in the Championship won tonight. Cardiff drew with Derby, Crystal Palace drew at Hull and Leicester were beaten 1-0 at Leeds.

  18. 2149: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 1-0 Reading
  19. 2149: 

    Christian Benteke is holding the ball up well in the corner.

  20. 2148: 

    Kit in Birmingham on text: "This could be a huge result for Villa in the current situation. Darren who?"

  21. 2147: 

    Peterborough remain bottom of the Championship after losing to Charlton at the Valley, with Ricardo Fuller and Yann Kermorgant scoring late in the game. Sheffield Wednesday have lost their fifth consecutive game, conceding four after going ahead at home to Watford, and Bristol City have lost 2-0 away to Brighton. Ipswich have moved out of the bottom three with a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest, and Barnsley have salvaged a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.

  22. 2146: 

    Michael Benham on Twitter: "What happened to the Sunderland side that had every team worried last Spring? Martin O'Neil doesn't seem himself at all..."

  23. 2144: 

    There are under 29,000 at Villa Park tonight but those Villa fans who have made it out are minutes away from cheering a rare win.

  24. 2141: 

    It was a fine header from Christian Benteke, but the defending wasn't the cleverest. Villa look a threat on the break now as Reading pile men forwards in search of a dramatic late response.

  25. 2139: 

    Sam on Twitter: "BENTEKKERS!!!"

    Jamie Blake on Twitter: "A goal?! That wasn't in the script tonight."

    Max Mclean on Twitter: "I forgot what a goal feels like! Do I cheer?"

  26. 2139: 

    Aston Villa are on the verge of climbing out of the relegation zone, with Southampton falling back in. All the remaining Premier League clubs play tomorrow night though so it could all change again.

  27. 2138: 

    Now then, can Reading respond?

  28. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 0-0 QPR
  29. 2136: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-0 Reading - Christian Benteke (80 mins)

    This is why Darren Bent isn't playing you see. Christian Benteke gets all over Sean Morrison from a corner, the Belgian heads down into the turf and the ball bounces up and in at the far post. Great strength.

  30. 2135: 

    Shaun Wright-Phillips almost bursts into the area on the counter, but Mathew Kilgallon makes a wonderful challenge on the slide. Moments from the final whistle at Sunderland.

  31. 2133: 

    Nishal in Nottingham on text: "Emile Heskey needs to come back to Villa and show them how it's done. I haven't forgotten him, I hope nobody else has!"

    Sam 'the goal-killer' in Lincoln on text: "This looks like being the 5th 0-0 I've watched in the last 5 days after chelsea v city, swansea v liverpool, villa v arsenal and spurs v lazio. Might start watching rugby."

  32. 2133: 

    QPR are minutes away from their first point since they drew 1-1 with Reading on 4 November.

  33. 2130: 

    Big chance for QPR to nick it at Sunderland. Jamie Mackie covers some ground down the right, collects a long ball and finds substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips inside the area, he turns and drives in low but Simon Mignolet makes the save.

    Into the last few minutes now...

  34. 2128: 

    That's the problem though Geraint - when the bar is set high these nip and tuck, scrappy 0-0s stand out. For all the wrong reasons.

  35. 2128: 

    Geraint in Bristol on text: "Are these grumbling cynics for real? We've had a small handful of 0-0 in the midst of the most exciting season in years!"

  36. 2126:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Tim Flowers on BBC 5 live sports extra at Villa Park on Adam Le Fondre's miss: "A man of his predatory instincts…he should have scored."

    You can listen to commentary from the match live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  37. 2125: 

    Conor Hall on Twitter: "QPR will score tonight I put money on it. In Redknapp we trust."

  38. 2125: 

    We have just under 10 minutes left at the Stadium of Light, and 15 minutes or so longer at Villa Park. Looks like two blank scoresheets at the minute...

  39. 2124: 

    Back in the Championship, Nottingham Forest have maintained their record of scoring in every away game this season, with Dexter Blackstock scoring from close range after 58 minutes to equalise at Portman Road. However Ipswich soon hit back, Luke Hyam latching onto the rebound after Lee Camp saved DJ Campbell's penalty. Blackpool were ahead at half time, but their lead lasted just two minutes into the second half with Birmingham City's Curtis Davies heading home. A header from Alexandre Geijo has put Watford ahead away to Sheffield Wednesday, who are looking at a fifth straight defeat.

  40. 2122: 

    Chance for Reading! Powerhouse Jason Roberts cuts in from the left, from an offside position, but his low shot is well kicked away by Brad Guzan.

  41. 2120: 

    Adel Taarabt is coming off for QPR, and hopefully he is not taking the chances of a goal with him. Shaun Wright-Phillips takes his place. Louis Saha is on for Sunderland in place of Craig Gardner.

  42. 2120: 

    We have had some goals in the Championship though. Theo Robinson has levelled for Derby against leaders Cardiff, who were reduced to 10 men when Craig Noone picked up two yellow cards in two minutes. Crystal Palace could move back to the top but they are being held by Hull, who are looking the more lively. Middlesbrough should move up to third after Emmanuel Ledesma's free-kick doubled their lead against Huddersfield.

  43. 2119: 

    Daniel George Broda on Twitter: "Are you allowed to score goals in the Premiership anymore? Dismal."

    Jon Carter on Twitter: "Is it one of those nights where 0-0 draws are as exciting as it gets?"

  44. 2118: 

    As we tick into the last half hour at Villa Park, there's another big chance, this time for the hosts. Ciaran Clark fails to cash in on some more woeful marking, winning a header at the near post but flashing it wide. Someone has to bag one of these chances- surely?

  45. 2118: 

    We've had an avalanche of texts and tweets about my earlier brainteaser, and I dare say a few first dates have come awry as a result of it. I can now confirm the six Portuguese players to make 100+ appearances in the Premier League, courtesy of Infostrada Sports. Here you go:

    Luis Boa Morte (296), Cristiano Ronaldo (196), Paulo Ferreira (139), Ricardo Carvalho (135), Nani (131), Jose Bosingwa (100)

  46. 2115: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Maiden at Villa Park: "The Holte End sing 'Paul Lambert's claret and blue army' as Villa overcome early second-half jitters to start pressuring the Reading defence. The Royals are causing trouble down the wings though with Hal Robson-Kanu already getting the better of Villa right-back Matt Lowton several times."

  47. 2114: 

    Reading should be ahead. Adam Le Fondre is gifted a free header from a corner, maybe three yards out, but he mistimes his jump and bullets it miles over the bar. A huge chance for the Royals.

  48. 2113: 

    Adam Johnson's time is up for Sunderland, as James McClean comes on down the left. His star has really fallen this season, can he find his form of last year here?

  49. 2112: 

    Davey Jay on Twitter: "Sunderland have barely any threat at all. Larsson and Gardner just need to deliver it to Fletcher but they never seem to bother."

  50. 2112: 

    Aston Villa so close to breaking the deadlock. Australian winger Brett Holman flashes in a low shot from 20 yards or so, it looks to be sneaking in at the near post but is agonizingly wide and hits the side-netting.

  51. 2110: 

    Controversy here. Clint Hill is booked for bringing down Jack Colback on the edge of the area, the defender is adamant that Colback has dived but, er, he didn't. I don't want to argue with Clint Hill, but he fouled Colback.

  52. 2108: 

    Harry Redknapp makes a change, with former Manchester United man Park Ji-sung on for Samba Diakite in the QPR midfield.

  53. 2107: 

    Top save from Robert Green! Steven Fletcher heads forcefully down from a corner and Green, who looked originally to be heading in the wrong direction, is able to adjust in mid air and keep it out! Wonderful save and the nearest Sunderland have come to a goal all night.

  54. 2103: 

    This is turning into a good night for Southampton at the bottom of the Premier League. The Saints aren't playing tonight, but none of the three teams below them are winning. Nigel Adkins' men are at home to Norwich tomorrow night.

  55. 2101: 

    Great effort here. Stephane Mbia dribbles forwards, is not closed down quickly and he lashes in a low shot from 25 yards which flies narrowly wide. He really got hold of that.

  56. 2101: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 0-0 Reading

    Back under way at Villa Park.

  57. 2059: 

    Harry Redknapp must have been worrying here as replacement keeper Rob Green comes out to clear a cross and is whacked in the head by Steven Fletcher's knee. Luckily, the former England man is OK to carry on. I wonder who would have been tasked to go in nets if Green was crocked? I'd go for Shaun Derry.

  58. 2059: 

    Over at Villa Park, the players are coming back out for the second half.

  59. 2057: 

    QPR look good at the moment, passing and moving nicely. Samba Diakite goes into the book for them though, with the referee clearly indicating that he has fouled four times and so is yellow carded.

  60. 2057:  
    BBC summariser Pat Nevin at the Stadium of Light:

    "The Sunderland fans are frustrated at the moment as QPR are passing the ball around them effortlessly. They are trying to have an effect on their team, who have hardly been up the park this half."

    You can listen to commentary from the match live on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  61. 2056: 

    Vikram on Twitter: "#Villa have won 4 games in 2012. #WBA won 4 games this month."

  62. 2055: 

    So, Villa are currently heading for a point, which would at least be an improvement on their two previous games against promoted teams so far this season - after defeats against West Ham and Southampton. That stat thanks to Infostrada.

  63. 2054: 

    Chris in Mexico City on text: "Sat in a hotel room in Mexico City working on a presentation. Villa match on TV. Saying something that I've got loads done and even the normally enthusiastic Mexican commentators sound bored...."

  64. 2053: 

    The dictionary definition of a late challenge sees Sunderland's Carlos Cuellar booked for clattering Armand Traore.

  65. 2051: 

    QPR have made a bright start to the second period. A cross from the left sees four Rangers players breaking into the box, and their positive intent is almost rewarded as Esteban Granero wins the header. He gets good power into it, but all in all it's an easy save for Simon Mignolet.

  66. 2051: 

    It's all square at Pittodrie as Aberdeen look to beat Inverness and go top of the SPL. The visitors opened the scoring through Billy McKay, but Josh Magennis equalised in injury time. Motherwell lead Dundee Utd 2-1 after early goals from Michael Higdon and Chris Humphrey, Jon Daly getting the home side back into the match. In the other SPL match Ross County and St Mirren are drawing 0-0 in Dingwall.

  67. 2051: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Reading

    BBC Sport's Phil Maiden at Villa Park: "Reading will be the happier of the two sides at the break with Villa's defence down to the bare bones (the back four's average age is less than 23), and the Royals looking dangerous on the counter-attack. Villa have had chances but are lacking a predator in the box with Darren Bent watching on from the stands."

  68. 2050: 

    I can only presume that Julio Cesar is injured or ill as he had a solid first 45 minutes. Unless Harry Redknapp is taking a maverick approach to getting a look at his whole squad.

  69. 2049:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Tim Flowers on BBC 5 live sports extra at Villa Park: "The pressure is more on Villa. A point would be acceptable for Reading tonight."

  70. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 0-0 QPR

    Game on at the Stadium of Light.

  71. 2048: 

    James Winney on Twitter: "Surely Darren Bent, with proven Premiership and international pedigree can get into a Villa side full of average players?"

    Mark Hudson on Twitter: "I see Darren Bent is in the crowd texting Brendan Rodgers."

  72. 2048: 

    Robert Green is in goal for QPR now, as he replaces Julio Cesar at the break.

  73. 2047: 

    Here come the players back out onto the pitch ast Sunderland, where we have an unusual half-time sub...

  74. 2046: 
    HALF-TIME- Aston Villa 0-0 Reading

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reports: "This has been an entertaining 0-0 so far with both sides creating good chances thanks to generous defences. Villa's Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke wasted two of the best opportunities - I wonder how Darren Bent would have fared?"

  75. 2046: 

    In League One, Doncaster are looking to move joint top on the back of three wins but they are being held at home by Oldham. It's also all-square in League Two's only game where Dean Winnard's third minute strike for Accrington Stanley was almost immediately cancelled out by Rotherham's Daniel Nardiello.

  76. 2042: 

    It's all Aston Villa now, but time and again the final pass goes wanting. Ashley Westwood is the latest culprit, slicing his pass at a Reading defender. We are into the closing moments of the first half at Villa Park.

  77. 2041: 

    Around the bottom of the Championship, Ipswich are ahead against Nottingham Forest thanks to Guirane N'Daw. Sheffield Wednesday took the lead early on against Watford before being pegged back, then Manuel Almunia kept the scores level by saving a Chris Lines penalty. Bristol City are two goals behind at Brighton while Barnsley have equalised against Burnley through Marcus Tudgay, on loan from Forest. Thomas Ince has scored his 11th goal of the season for Blackpool against Birmingham City, which kicked off at 2000 GMT.

  78. 2039: 

    Eric Lichaj may have a fine beard on him, but he hits a horrible cross after finding space on the Aston Villa left. He must do better there.

  79. 2038: 

    Dave in Newcastle on text: "Lots of work for O'Neill and Redknapp to do. Poor, poor, poor."

  80. 2038: 

    Leaders Cardiff are the only side in the top three of the Championship ahead at half-time - leading 1-0 at Derby. Crystal Palace are struggling to create any chances at Hull, where it's goalless, while Leicester are deservedly 1-0 behind at Leeds. The Foxes will be leapfrogged by Middlesbrough, who are 1-0 up against Huddersfield thanks to Scott McDonald's 29th-minute strike.

  81. 2035: 

    Aston Villa have only won two games at Villa Park so far in 2012, but they are ending the first half on top here. Without wishing to labour the point, they look short of quality up front, and have a £24m striker sat in the stands on his phone.

  82. 2033: 

    My pre-match chat at 1838 of two goalless draws tonight is looking good so far. I hope to be proven wrong in the next hour or so. Please can we have some goals?

  83. 2032: 

    Phil Mansell on Twitter: "Aston Villa v Reading surely has to be a Championship fixture next season..."

  84. 2032: 

    Aston Villa go close again. Nathan Baker wins a header from a Barry Bannan corner, but again it is down into the turf and skids wide on the bounce.

  85. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 0-0 QPR

    BBC Sport's Phil Dawkes reports: "Plenty of effort and entertainment but precious little fluency at the Stadium of Light. QPR boss Harry Redknapp can take some solace from the fact his side have been the better of the two."

  86. 2031: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Maiden at Villa Park: "Villa's substitution leaves an already shaky defence with no more options on the bench. The home supporters' frustration is beginning to be heard too after Bannan and Weimann both fired attempts off target."

  87. 2030: 

    QPR are next to threaten at Sunderland as Ryan Nelson heads down from a corner but it is an easy save for Simon Mignolet.

  88. 2030:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Tim Flowers on BBC 5 live sports extra at Villa Park: "That was a big chance for Weimann. I've seen him in the reserves. He'll be very, very disappointed with that."

    You can listen to commentary from the match live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  89. 2029: 

    Oh and now a huge chance for Aston Villa to open the scoring. Christian Benteke cuts the ball back from the left wing, Andreas Weimann is in acres of space but blazes over the top with his left foot. Terrible miss from the Austrian.

  90. 2026: 

    The best moment for Sunderland in torrential rain. Danny Rose plays in Adam Johnson, who conjures up a moment of quality to turn the ball around the corner and in to Steven Fletcher's path. The Scot rifles in a low shot at the near post but Julio Cesar makes himself big to make a great save. Top stuff from the Brazilian.

  91. 2025: 

    We've been experiencing some problems with our live scores, but after rooting out some gremlins in the system we are hopeful that they are kicking into life now. Sincere apologies.

  92. 2024: 

    Aston Villa are forced into a change as full-back Enda Stevens has to come off and he is replaced by Eric Lichaj.

  93. 2022: 

    QPR almost ahead. Jamie Mackie is played in on goal with a neat pass, he goes for a dinked finish but Simon Mignolet makes a fine smothering save. The loose ball runs to Adel Taarabt on the edge of the area, his shot is blocked and his second effort goes wide. That was a big opening.

  94. 2021: 

    Only two goals so far in Scotland, with both for Motherwell at Tannadice. Chris Humphrey's stunning strike added to Michael Higdon's cool finish. Dundee United have it all to do.

    Aberdeen and Inverness are locked at 0-0, as are Ross County and St Mirren.

    You can follow all the action on their own live text.

  95. 2019: 

    Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley whistles a shot over the top from 30-odd yards as the hosts grow frustrated. It's been a poor showing so far from Martin O'Neill's men.

  96. 2018: 

    Oh, big chance for Aston Villa, and this will add to the questions over Darren Bent's whereabouts. Ciaran Clark beats his man out wide and cuts back a lovely pass to Christian Benteke, but the Belgian goes for placement rather than power and it is a weak, weak effort. Adam Federici makes a very easy save. He needed to put his size 10s through that one.

  97. 2016: 

    Chris on text: "On the subject of sidelined Bents, where is Marcus nowadays?"

    He was last seen banging them in for Mitra Kukar FC of Indonesia I believe. A January signing for someone?

  98. 2014: 

    In the lower reaches of the Championship Sheffield Wednesday, looking to end a run of four straight defeats, have been pegged back after taking the lead through Michail Antonio, with Watford's Fernando Forestieri levelling the scores after 18 minutes. Not good news for Bristol City, who have seen Dean Hammond get his first goal for Brighton in five years to put the Seagulls into the lead, and goal machine Charlie Austin has bagged his 21st goal of the season to put Burnley in front against struggling Barnsley.

  99. 2013: 

    Sean Morrison goes close again for Reading, heading wide from a corner. The Royals are on top after a bright opening from Villa.

  100. 2012: 

    Harry Redknapp will be pretty pleased with this start from QPR I think, they are in control at the minute. Sunderland look like a side who have only scored five goals at home all season.

  101. 2012: 

    Reading twice go close to taking the lead at Villa Park. Jobi McAnuff's low ball into the area from the right finds Hal Robson-Kanu whose shot from four yards is blocked by Brad Guzan - the ball then runs to Adam Le Fondre, but his overhead efforts sails wide.

  102. 2011: 

    Cardiff could extend their lead at the top of the Championship - the Welsh side are leading 1-0 at Derby thanks to Heidar Helguson's seventh league goal of the season. Second-placed Crystal Palace, without suspended leading goalscorer Glenn Murray, are being held at Hull while Leicester are trailing to Luciano Becchio's fourth-minute penalty for Leeds.

  103. 2010:  
    BBC summariser Pat Nevin at the Stadium of Light:

    "As ineffective as Cisse was at the weekend he has been superb tonight. He is one of those players - every third or fourth game he plays you look at him and think he has everything."

    You can listen to commentary from the match live on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  104. 2009: 

    Chris Palmer on Twitter: "Sunderland remind me of the Republic of Ireland team, they have plenty of attacking players but the manager restricts them."

    Ashley Johns on Twitter: "What are Aston villa doing leaving DarrenBent out of the squad? Bottom 3 of the league you need goals!!!"

  105. 2006: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Maiden at Villa Park: "The Holte End is in good voice but so are the relatively small contingent of Reading fans. The club revealed at lunchtime that 589 had booked tickets for tonight's crucial match."

  106. 2005: 

    First opening at Villa Park as Brett Holman - who impressed as a substitute against Arsenal at the weekend - beats his man and crosses for Gabriel Agbonlahor to shoot wide. Then a chance at the other end Hal Robson-Kanu shoots wide for Reading.

  107. 2005: 

    Ooh, QPR come close to an opener. Djibril Cisse with a firecracker of a shot - he pulls the trigger from 30 yards, Simon Mignolet is just a passenger as he watches it whistle past his right-hand post and wide. But that was a great effort from the former Sunderland man.

  108. 2004:  
    BBC summariser Pat Nevin at the Stadium of Light:

    "Both teams are breaking at speed. Taarabt looks very lively tonight. That was a decent shot from Cisse - I'm not sure it was going in but Mignolet couldn't take a chance."

    You can listen to commentary from the match live on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  109. 2002: 

    Carlos Cuellar gets a head to an Adam Johnson free-kick and QPR keeper Julio Cesar has to tip it over as Sunderland have a small spell of pressure. QPR look pretty organised though, as they did against Manchester United for an hour at the weekend.

  110. 2002: 

    Ben Weeks on Twitter: "Interesting that Cattermole seems to be getting a fair dose of his own medicine in recent weeks."

  111. 2000: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa v Reading (2000 GMT)

    We are away at Villa.

  112. 1959: 

    Ah, Darren Bent is not back home in time to watch Holby City - I've just seen him suited and booted in the stands at Villa Park. He was reading his phone though so he may be reading our live text...

  113. 1958:  
    BBC summariser Pat Nevin at the Stadium of Light:

    "It's very noticeable that there have been only two players in this game looking to get the ball down and look for a pass - Steven Fletcher for Sunderland and Adel Taarabt for QPR."

    You can listen to commentary from the match live on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  114. 1955: 

    It's been a bitty start at Sunderland with both sides struggling in the final third - as you'd probably expect from two sides at the foot of the table. Adel Taarabt is seeing plenty of the ball for QPR though, and he finds Djibril Cisse to shoot low, and Simon Mignolet turns it away.

  115. 1955:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former England goalkeeper Tim Flowers on 5 live sports extra at Villa Park: "I really don't know what's happened with Darren Bent. Obviously it's kicked off between manager Paul Lambert and Bent. He might be one of the big movers in the January transfer window. You have to think something major has occurred."

    You can listen to commentary from the match live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  116. 1954: 

    Teams are in the tunnel at Villa Park now as well. Our second Premier League game is about to kick off.

  117. 1951: 

    And that is Lee Cattermole's night done and dusted. No, he's not been sent-off - that injury has done him in and he is off after six minutes, with Jack Colback coming on in his place.

  118. 1950: 

    Sunderland are next to threaten. Craig Gardner smashes in a free-kick from 25 yards, he gets plenty of lateral movement but the ball flies just wide. Decent hit from the midfielder.

  119. 1949: 

    First sight of goal comes for QPR, with the industrious Jamie Mackie floating over a cross from the right and Djibril Cisse getting up to head down and wide. He could have done better there.

  120. 1948: 

    Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole was a doubt coming in to this match with a knee injury and he is already struggling. He goes in for a typically full-blooded challenge in midfield and is wincing as he gets up. Watch this space.

  121. 1947: 

    A special midweek edition of Final Score has also kicked off, you can watch it at the top of this page and across our website.

  122. 1947: 

    It's not a vintage crowd at the Stadium of Light. There are thousands and thousands of empty seats. Maybe Darren Bent was on to something and tonight's Holby is an absolute classic?

  123. 1946: 

    David Surrey on text: "1 surely has to be Abel Xavier?"

    Surely not. The bearded genius only clocked up 70-odd appearances.

  124. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland v QPR (1945 GMT)

    The Harry Redknapp era at QPR is under way...

  125. 1944: 

    VillaN on text: "Tom, I have a theory re Darren Bent... a deal's already been done with QPR for Bent to join them in January. Part of the deal is that he doesn't play for us. They get their man, and we don't pick up any points."

    John on text: "What's the betting that one more appearance for Bent activates a clause where Villa have to pay Sunderland a substantial part of the transfer fee? Either that or he has already been in talks to leave in January!"

    Wild speculation...

  126. 1941: 

    There is set to be a minute's applause at Elland Road ahead of tonight's game between Leeds and Leicester, as it is a year since the death of former Wales boss Gary Speed.

    As Phil McNulty has said in his latest piece, Wales are still adjusting to his loss. He is sadly missed.

  127. 1940: 

    The teams are in the tunnel at the Stadium of Light. Let's see what QPR can do for 'Arry...

  128. 1940: 

    Mark Egan on Twitter: "Can't believe the ridiculous rumours about Darren Bent, surely he'd prefer Masterchef to Holby City?"

  129. 1938: 

    QPR full-back Jose Bosingwa is the sixth Portuguese player to make 100 Premier League appearances today - can you name the other five? This is first date gold...

  130. 1933: 

    Cynical Gooner on Twitter: "When Bent isn't on form its like playing with 10 men, Benteke is 10x the player Bent is, can see why Lambert doesn't play him."

    Lee Corbett on Twitter: "All this about Darren Bent is nonsense, no man is bigger than the club, and it just shows his loyalty to his team mates!!

    Richard Crampton on Twitter: "Never mind rushing back for Holby, Darren Bent's gone to take advantage of late night opening for his Christmas shopping."

  131. 1933: 

    Reading boss Brian McDermott: "I've got four centre-halves and have decided to bring Adrian Mariappa in. Chris Gunter was due to play but pulled up with a slight hamstring in training so Shaun Cummings comes in."

  132. 1932: 
    Aston Villa v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Villa manager Paul Lambert says his side's current form is not reflected by their position in the table. "When you play Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal in back-to-back games it's a tough thing mentally," said the Scot. "But I thought against United we were excellent and we deserved something from the Arsenal game."

    Reading manager Brian McDermott is also aware that Villa have been out of luck recently. "They look like they've got a great spirit about them - they've got a great manager there - I know him well, he's a good guy. I watched them against Arsenal and they fully deserved a point - they possibly could have won it," he said.

  133. 1932: 

    Chris on text: "I don't know what Darren Bent did to Paul Lambert, maybe he scratched his car at the training ground one day but he's definitely not happy with him!"

  134. 1931: 
    Sunderland v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Harry Redknapp says that if QPR are to have a chance of avoiding relegation the players must go back to basics. Way, way back to basics. "I need people that are going to work," said Rangers' new boss. "When they lose the ball, chase it. It's what you learnt when you were at school. That's what you did in the playground. If they give that effort then we've got a chance of surviving."

    However, it is Redknapp's more sophisticated managerial wisdom that concerns Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill. "He is a very fine manager and he will bring all of his experience to bear," said the Black Cats boss. "He's back in football and he is a talented man. It's up to us to go to the game and play as strongly as we have done in the last number of games."

  135. 1930: 

    No pressure for Harry Redknapp, but if they lose today, QPR will have made the worst start to a Premier League season after 14 matches, with four points, one less than what Sunderland had at the same stage in 2005-06, and Swindon Town in 1993-94. Both finished last in those seasons and were relegated.

    The longest a Premier League team has gone without victory from the start of the season was Swindon in 1993-94, who failed to win in their first 15 fixtures.

  136. 1927: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Stevens, Holman, Westwood, Bannan, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Delph, Bowery, Lichaj.

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

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  137. 1926: 

    Pompey fan Jake on text: "Everybody tells of Harry saving us from relegation, but you could argue that he started the troubles that still haunt us today - speaking of which it was four years ago today we drew to Milan. We aren't playing today as we got knocked out the JPT by Wycombe... Cheers 'Arry"

    Craig in Bristol on text: "Re 1910 'Arry is Houdini. Portsmouth and Spurs both at the bottom of the league when he started. Both ended up staying up! (and in Europe!) Revival to start tonight. 2-1 QPR."

    Camron a Villa fan on text: "Really well done Lambert. You have alienated the only player I was proud to say we had. I will never forgive you for this."

  138. 1923: 
    Aston Villa v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Aston Villa striker Darren Bent fails to make the squad again while captain Ron Vlaar misses the match through injury. Nathan Baker, 21, comes in for the skipper. Brett Holman replaces midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, who moves to the bench.

    Reading make two changes, with defenders Adrian Mariappa and Shaun Cummings coming in for Chris Gunter and Kaspars Gorkss.

  139. 1922: 

    We are in for a bit of a milestone this evening, as the Premier League is set to welcome the 250 millionth attendee through the turnstiles since the competition started in 1992.

    The attendances from tonight's two games will push the grand total over the quarter-billion mark. We currently stand at a grand total of 249,949,825.

    Unsurprisingly, more fans have watched games at Old Trafford than any other club ground with 24,397,959 fans rattling through the turnstiles.

  140. 1922: 

    There's a rumour coming in that Darren Bent has already left Villa Park in his car. The England man can make it back in time for Holby City if he gets a shift on.

  141. 1920:  
    BBC summariser Pat Nevin at the Stadium of Light:Sunderland v QPR (1945 GMT)

    "You often get the old dead cat bounce in the first couple of games after a new manager is appointed. A couple of results would help QPR get back in the pack. This is a massive one tonight. Sunderland are one of the ones QPR could catch with some good results. A point would be a good start for Harry."

  142. 1919: 

    My eyes will be firmly on Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet tonight after his howler allowed Shane Long to score at the weekend. Mind you, thanks to Wigan's Ali Al Habsi's even bigger clanger a few hours later, Mignolet went under the radar a bit. He's back under the microscope now though...

  143. 1916: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose, Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Colback, Vaughan, Bramble, McClean, Saha.

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Hill, Nelsen, Traore, Granero, Mbia, Diakite, Taarabt, Mackie, Cisse. Subs: Green, Derry, Ferdinand, Park, Wright-Phillips, Da Silva, Hoilett.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  144. 1916: 

    There's also one game in League One where Doncaster could move level on points at the top of the table if they beat Oldham at the Keepmoat Stadium. In League Two's only game, Rotherham could climb up to fourth with a win at Accrington Stanley.

  145. 1913: 

    What's the beef with Darren Bent at Villa Park then? Left out of the squad for the second game in a row, despite being fit. Are we expecting to see Bent make a move in January? He is the pull-out poster in today's programme though. So every cloud...

  146. 1912: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Aston Villa v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert again leaves Darren Bent out of his squad altogether, while captain Ron Vlaar also misses out.

  147. 1910: 

    Give the man a chance Sunil! A very harsh tweet.

  148. 1910: 

    Sunil Parmar on Twitter: "Harry is no Houdini. QPR will still get relegated and there'll be no fairytale tonight either. Sunderland win. 2-1."

    Andrew Farnden on Twitter: "Hopefully QPR put in some effort tonight. If only we had 11 Jamie Mackies..."

  149. 1906: 
    Sunderland v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Sunderland make two changes from the team that lost 4-2 at home to West Brom last Saturday. Mathew Kilgallon comes into defence in place of the injured John O'Shea, with Craig Gardner replacing Jack Colback in midfield. Captain Lee Cattermole has recovered from a knee injury to start.

    Harry Redknapp makes three changes from the QPR side that lost 3-1 at Manchester United for his first game in charge. In come defender Jose Bosingwa and midfielders Samba Diakite and Esteban Granero in place of Kieron Dyer, Alejandro Faurlin and Shaun Derry.

  150. 1904: 

    Football everywhere you look. In Scotland, there are three Scottish Premier League fixtures and Aberdeen have the chance to go top, with the Dons taking on Inverness at Pittodrie. The Highlanders themselves have the chance to go joint-top with current pace-setters Celtic if they can record an away win.

    Elsewhere, Dundee United entertain Motherwell with the visitors sixth and just a point ahead of the Tangerines. Further down the table, 10th-placed Ross County and St Mirren (11th) do battle in Dingwall with also a point between those sides ahead of kick-off.

  151. 1859: 

    There are 11 matches in the Championship tonight, with leaders Cardiff facing a difficult visit to Derby, who have lost just once at Pride Park this season. Ian Holloway will want to get his Crystal Palace side back to winning ways but they have an equally daunting trip to fifth-placed Hull.

    Millwall are the form side with five wins out of six and go to a sinking Wolves side without a win in eight games.

  152. 1857: 

    Richard Knight on Twitter: "Could tonight's Premier League games be already considered as six-pointers?"

    Ross Henry on Twitter: "Am I the only one that though Joey Barton's French accent was quite good?"

  153. 1853: 
    Aston Villa v Reading (2000 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reports: "At this stage last year, Villa were eighth with 16 points after 13 games - this campaign they have six fewer points and languish in 18th. Their record in the last nine league games reads - LDLLDWLLD. Considering how they finished last season, with their heads just above the drop-zone, these are worrying times for the club and their fans.

    "Reading are a position and point below their opponents, but, as the new boys with lower expectation levels, that is acceptable. They have only lost once in the previous five league matches and that was the 3-2 thriller at Wigan last weekend. This will be tense, but it is likely that the home side will be more jittery."

  154. 1852: 
    Sunderland v QPR (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Phil Dawkes reports: "He's taken charge of a record five Premier League clubs during his career but Harry Redknapp's current one may well provide the toughest challenge yet. Redknapp's rock-bottom QPR are the only club in English league football without a win this season. Tonight, however, provides a big opportunity to rectify that against a struggling Sunderland who have only won once at home since March. The spotlight will start on Redknapp, but if Sunderland lose it is likely to swing damningly in the direction of Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill."

  155. 1851:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveLIVE ON THE BBC

    You can stay across both of tonight's games on your wireless.

    There is full commentary of the clash between the Premier League's struggling sides Sunderland and QPR from the Stadium of Light with Alan Green and Pat Nevin from 19:45 on BBC Radio 5 live.

    There is also full coverage on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra of the Premier League encounter between Reading and Aston Villa from the Madjeski Stadium with Alistair Bruce Ball and Tim Flowers from 1945.

  156. 1849: 

    Speculation has already turned towards who Harry Redknapp may be shipping in and out of Loftus Road come the January transfer window, but he seems fairly certain that there won't be wholesale changes, saying "That wouldn't be fair. The owners have spent a lot here."

    Tonight's team news also makes interesting reading, with Adel Taarabt, the playmaker Redknapp sold while in charge at Spurs, getting a game.

    Harry said yesterday: "He wasn't a player I wanted to sell. He couldn't get in the team at Tottenham.

    "I always felt he had the ability to become a top player. I've got to get the best out of him."

  157. 1848: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Esteban Granero and Adel Taarabt both start for QPR in Harry Redknapp's first team selection - but there's no Kieron Dyer.

  158. 1845: 

    Our fourth team in action tonight, Sunderland, aren't out of the mire yet either. They are in fact down in 16th place and have only won once at home all season.

  159. 1842: 

    What do you get if you cross a Scouser with a character from 'Allo, Allo!?

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton of course. I trust you've all seen the video of his ridiculously accented press conference at Marseille? If not, the video is available at the top of this page and also on this link. Well worth a watch. Six months in France and he's already grown a beard and learned how to shrug his shoulders...

  160. 1840: 

    Maybe not goalless draws, as our current bottom three have already shipped 70 goals this season. Two 5-5s?

  161. 1838: 

    The fortunate thing for QPR is that they have not been totally cut adrift at the bottom yet. And the other two sides who currently reside in the relegation zone meet in tonight's other fixture, where Aston Villa and Reading are both desperate for the win.

    Aston Villa, Reading and QPR have won just three Premier League games between them all season. Three. They have taken 23 points from a possible 114. If we get anything other than two goalless draws tonight we should declare a public holiday.

  162. 1837: 

    Tim Hagstrom on Twitter: "Premier League today and tomorrow. Couldn't ask for more. Interesting match today, first for 'Arry and Martin needs 3 points."

  163. 1837: 

    So can Harry weave his magic at QPR? Are any of the four sides we are about to see destined for relegation come May? Has anyone heard a worse French accent than Joey Barton's?

    Let me know. You can text in on 81111 (UK Only), or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball. As Joey would say, "Merci beaucoup."

  164. 1834: 

    As you may have heard, Tottenham had just two points from eight games when Harry Redknapp took charge in October 2008. He may have been known to mention it once or twice over the last four years.

    But QPR aren't in a much better scenario now. Under Mark Hughes the club have amassed a whopping four points from 13 games - a third of the season. There is certainly no time for a 'settling in period'. Redknapp needs wins, and he needs them fast.

  165. 1830: 

    198 days ago, Sergio Aguero won the Premier League for Manchester City with that famous last kick at the Etihad.

    198 days ago, QPR stayed up in the Premier League despite losing that game.

    198 days ago, Harry Redknapp took charge of his last game as Tottenham boss, a 2-0 home win against Fulham.

    Tonight, 'Arry is back in the dugout. After six months out of the game he starts as QPR boss at Sunderland. Can he inspire from day one and get the Hoops out of trouble? We're about to find out...

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Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 26 34 60
No movement 2 Man City 27 30 55
No movement 3 Arsenal 27 22 51
No movement 4 Man Utd 27 20 50
Moving up 5 Southampton 28 19 49
Moving down 6 Liverpool 27 10 48
No movement 7 Tottenham 26 5 44
No movement 8 Swansea 27 -3 40
No movement 9 West Ham 27 6 39
No movement 10 Stoke 27 -3 39
No movement 11 Newcastle 27 -10 35
No movement 12 Crystal Palace 28 -8 30
No movement 13 West Brom 28 -10 30
No movement 14 Everton 27 -6 28
No movement 15 Hull 28 -11 27
No movement 16 Sunderland 28 -16 26
Moving up 17 Aston Villa 28 -23 25
Moving down 18 QPR 26 -18 22
Moving down 19 Burnley 27 -20 22
No movement 20 Leicester 26 -18 18