Boxing Day Football as it happened

Live text commentary as Stoke defeat Liverpool in the last of nine Premier League games on a packed day of Boxing Day action.

26 December 2012 Last updated at 22:10 GMT

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  1. 2208: 

    So that's all from us here . Thanks for your company on a mega day of action. Join Phil Dawkes in the live chair on Saturday. See you there.

  2. 2203: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "We might not be last on Match of the Day tonight. Our two centre-halves were off it a bit tonight but everyone else was superb. The response to going behind was the greatest thing. We were fantastic, and they were helped by 28,000 supporters."

  3. 2200: 

    At the bottom, QPR are in last place on 10 points, and are joined on that figure by Reading. Wigan round out the bottom three on 15 points, while Southampton are in 17th place on 16 points.

  4. 2158: 

    So after a marathon day, let's take a look at the Premier League table.

    At the top, Manchester United have definitely took the toy out of the cracker with Javier Hernandez's late winner against Newcastle putting them seven points clear of Manchester City, who have been left with the duff joke.

    Chelsea stay in third, while Spurs are now in fourth, ahead of Everton on goals scored and West Brom on goal difference. All three teams have 33 points.

  5. 2156: 
    GET INVOLVED

    TP on text: "Before the anti-football-long-ball-play-to-their-strengths-rugby-team bandwagon rolls in to town, how refreshing to see Stoke City to a man, visibly exert more passion, energy and desire in the quest to win than Liverpool. The Spirit of Istanbul left the building a long time ago."

  6. 2152: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "We had a perfect start with our first penalty of the season. You couldn't ask for any more but we are very disappointed by how we defended. We have nobody to blame but ourselves, you have to defend better than that. We failed to control the game once we scored, we didn't deal with the first ball forward.

    "To concede from a corner is bitterly disappointing. When you defend like that it's difficult to gain a result. It's disappointing.

    "Stoke are really committed to the cause. You know you get a difficult game against them, but we never took a foothold in the game and that's really disappointing. Luis Suarez has been playing with a swollen ankle for the last few weeks so we will assess him and see how he is."

  7. 2150: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Here comes Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. I wager the phrase 'disappointing' will be used by him more than once.

  8. 2149: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Stoke goalscorer Jon Walters: "We all work for each other, front to back, and it was a full team effort today, a good win for us. If we win the ball in their half it puts pressure on them.

    "We can mix it up, play high up the pitch and that's the extra armoury we have. We haven't conceded many this year and we conceded early, but there was never a chance we'd lie down and there was some great play - especially in the second half. Kenwyne wins everything in the air - you've just got to make runs off of him and keep your head."

  9. 2148: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Neil from Liverpool on text via 81111: "I think I've cracked it - Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a clever fella! If he gets us to play so poorly (think what happened against Villa too) then we look poor and he can convince the owners to spend massively in the January sales. Pity he is likely to waste it!"

  10. 2145:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "MOTD running order: ManU/New, Sun/ManC, AV/Tot, Sto/Liv, QPR/WBA, Eve/Wig, Nor/Che, Ful/Sou, Rea/Swa."

    Watch the highlights of the Boxing Day games at 2225 GMT on BBC One.

  11. 2141:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Without a doubt Stoke deserved to win. For a man tonight, Stoke were outstanding and completely dominated apart from the first few minutes.

    "There was more to Stoke's game tonight than lumping it forward, they passed the ball. For Liverpool, only Luis Suarez had a real effect on the game."

  12. 2141:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium:

    "Stoke City deservedly beat Liverpool 3-1 - and it should be stressed there was some real quality in that performance. Liverpool lightweight."

  13. 2137: 
  14. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool
  15. 2136: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER UDPATE

    Celtic striker Gary Hooper's delightful lob over keeper Rab Douglas added to his team's 1-0 half-time lead at Dens Park and the SPL champions head back to Glasgow with a 2-0 win. Neil Lennon's side are now seven points ahead of Inverness CT and Motherwell, the nearest challengers, while Barry Smith's strugglers are nine points behind Ross County. They do, though, have a game in hand in the relegation battle.

  16. 2135: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    So at the halfway point of the season Liverpool are going to be midway, bang in the middle at 10th place. Stoke fans chant "can we play you every week?"

  17. 2131: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard chances his arm from 25 yards. It's a cracking curling strike but Asmir Begovic makes the flying save. Begovic looks the business, he really does.

  18. 2130:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "You do not want to say Liverpool are a one-man team, but Luis Suarez has sparked everything yet again for Liverpool today."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  19. 2129: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez puts in a brilliant ball across the face of goal. There is nobody making a run into the danger zone though. Is Daniel Sturridge the man to make those runs? We may find out soon.

  20. 2129: 
    GET INVOLVED

    LFCDan on Twitter: "This time last year Liverpool were nine points better off and only two points off the top-four. Failing to see the improvement..."

  21. 2128: 
    FINAL FIVE- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Into the last five minutes at the Britannia. Liverpool know they have been in a game. Glenn Whelan is the latest Stoke man to go in the book for bringing down Luis Suarez.

  22. 2126: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Owen Thompson on Twitter: "Howard Webb giving Jonjo Shelvey a ticking off looks like a Right Said Fred tribute act."

  23. 2126:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Everything Jonathan Walters does is full tilt. He does everything to his maximum every week for Stoke.

    "They have passed the ball a bit tonight Stoke, and it is easy to criticise them for playing long balls. Steven Nzonzi and Glenn Whelan have been outstanding for them against Liverpool in centre midfield."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  24. 2125: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Frustration threatens to boil over for Jonjo Shelvey as he pushes Robert Huth. Not sure I'd want to be starting a fight with the German. Referee Howard Webb defuses the situation though.

  25. 2121: 
    NEW RECORD

    Jon Walters is now Stoke's joint all-time top scorer in the Premier League. He has moved on to 18 goals now, level with Ricardo Fuller.

  26. 2120: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Stoke now make a change, with former Liverpool man Peter Crouch coming on in place of Kenwyne Jones. Jones has been, well, unplayable today. Martin Skrtel will be having nightmares about him.

  27. 2119: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Last throw of the dice from Brendan Rodgers. Joe Cole is on in place of Stewart Downing.

  28. 2117: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Asif Razzaq on text via 81111: "This season has been false dawn after false dawn for manager Brendan Rodgers. He has no Plan B and you have to ask if he's up to the task at Liverpool?"

    Murray in Nottingham on text via 81111: "Being a Leeds fan living in Nottingham, today's not been easy. However, watching direct Stoke humiliate total football Liverpool is cheering me right up."

    Ed in Preston on text via 81111: "Ah, I see the ever predictable 'when will Liverpool accept they're a mid-table club' posts have arrived. Slightly insulting to Stoke who are unbeaten at home in 18 games don't you think? Stop gloating and start thinking."

  29. 2116: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    We are into the last 15 minutes. Stoke fans are set to end their Boxing Day on a high.

  30. 2114: 

    Tottenham winger Gareth Bale after his match-winning display against Aston Villa on Twitter: "Amazing feeling to get my first league hat-trick today but more importantly a great team performance to get us up to fourth."

  31. 2113: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Dean Whitehead is straight into the action. Pepe Reina claims a cross from the left, Whitehead is bursting in to space, he pulls out of the attempted header but crashes into Reina on the floor. They are both looking a bit groggy but are able to carry on.

  32. 2112: 

    Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele after the 4-0 victory against Aston Villa on Twitter: "Great win.. Congratulations Gareth Bale for the hat-trick... Fans were amazing! Injury is not that bad, I think I will be OK for Saturday."

  33. 2112: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Dean Whitehead gets a run out for Stoke, in place of Michael Kightly.

  34. 2111: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Karel Deprez on Twitter: "See what happens when you bring Henderson on..."

  35. 2110: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool win a free-kick when Luis Suarez is checked by Ryan Shawcross. Tony Pulis is fuming but the free-kick comes to nothing. Suarez hasn't given up on this one yet.

  36. 2108: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "44 - Stoke have scored more than twice in a Premier League game for the first time in 44 matches. Unusual."

  37. 2107: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL

    The first sight of Jordan Henderson is an unfortunate one as he falls over in the box and handles the ball. The whistle is blown before Luis Suarez runs on to his pass and smashes into the net. Frustrating stuff.

  38. 2107: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark O'Reilly on Twitter: "Three at the back with defender Sebastian Coates has worked before for Liverpool to give aerial presence. Get that big fella on!"

  39. 2105: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    There is just over half an hour remaining of this game, and this marathon day of footy.

    Geoff Cameron is a touch late on Liverpool sub Raheem Sterling ,and he is a worried man as Howard Webb paces over. The American is on a booking but Webb lets him off with a final warning. Can Liverpool mount a comeback? It looks unlikely.

  40. 2104:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I thought Stoke's Asmir Begovic could have dealt better with that rather than it being a foul by Liverpool's Luis Suarez there. If you look at the two sendings-off in the West Ham v Everton game, however, challenges like that led to red cards.

    "Suarez did not appear to be looking at the goalkeeper there, there was no real malice."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  41. 2103: 

    Marseille loanee Joey Barton on Twitter: "What's happened to Liverpool?"

  42. 2102: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Jose Enrique helps the ball into the mixer, Luis Suarez runs on to it, Asmir Begovic comes out to punch it clear and Suarez catches him as he goes to shoot. Both players need treatment, and Suarez is booked for his trouble.

  43. 2102: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Liverpool are in need of a Christmas miracle so on comes Jordan Henderson. He replaces Lucas in midfield.

  44. 2101: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Niall Stevenson on Twitter: "Liverpool's defending is laughable, but not very funny for their fans."

    Kashif Amin on Twitter: "As a Man Utd fan could this be the best Boxing Day ever? Man City losing and now Liverpool. Santa has been rather kind!"

  45. 2058: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    This is Jon Walters' 72nd straight Premier League game. A remarkable effort considering the shift he puts in. You can see why Tony Pulis likes him. Both of his goals tonight have been superbly taken though.

    Liverpool win a corner and Asmir Bgovic is wrestled to ground but play is waved on.

  46. 2057:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium:

    "Jonathan Walters has taken both of his goals superbly well tonight for Stoke against Liverpool. An example of what boss Tony Pulis demands - and gets - from his players."

  47. 2056: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Koketso Khala on Twitter: "Tremendous skill from Walters; tremendous combo by Tony Pulis upfront; machinework."

  48. 2054: 
    Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

    Stoke spread the ball wide to Matthew Etherington. His cross in causes havoc and Kenwyne Jones ends up volleying over the top. The Potters have Liverpool on the rack here.

  49. 2054: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kevin Windsor on Twitter: "COME ON YOU MIGHTY POTTERS! WOOP!"

  50. 2053:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britania Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It was a long throw-in deep into the Liverpool box and Stoke's Jonathan Walters took his touch wonderfully well before finishing. He has been really effective at reading the flick-ons from strike partner Kenywne Jones."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  51. 2053: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom Irwin on Twitter: "As fragile as Liverpool at the back are in the air, Stoke are on the ground. Get Shelvey off, stick Hendo on, free up Gerrard."

  52. 2051: 
    GOAL- Stoke 3-1 Liverpool - Jon Walters (49 mins)

    The contrast in styles in stark, but there's nothing wrong with the finishing. Moments after Liverpool miss their chance from some neat play, Stoke score from a set-piece. Andy Wilkinson hurls in a long throw, Kenwyne Jones helps it on and Jon Walters takes the ball on his chest before firing into the roof of the net from 15 yards. Brilliant finish.

  53. 2050: 
    SITTER!- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    What a miss! Luis Suarez flicks one out wide to Raheem Sterling who makes an immediate impact. The youngster beats his man and gets to the line before picking out Suarez at the near post. The Uruguayan miskicks his shot though and it spins into the side-netting. Big, big chance.

  54. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    We are back under way at the Britannia. Can Raheem Sterling and co turn this one around?

  55. 2047: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool call for their man man in a crisis - teenager Raheem Sterling is on Suso.

  56. 2046: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "2 - Liverpool have won two of the last four PL games where they've been 2-1 down at half-time, including at West Ham this month. Fight."

  57. 2043: 
    Stoke 2-1 Liverpool
    Kenwyne Jones

    Kenwyne Jones is the scourge of Merseyside. He has bagged against Everton and Liverpool now - he also scored against both sides in the 2010-2011 Premier League campaign.

  58. 2039: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Steve from Crosskeys on text: "I'm a Liverpool fan and like our pass to feet style. That said, to criticise Stoke for their kind of football is just daft given the fact they get results with it. Points are what count in this league. I just hope they don't end up taking all three come the end of 90 minutes tonight."

  59. 2038: 
    Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Stoke will move above Liverpool if they can hold on to this win.

  60. 2034: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark Weston on Twitter: "Not a Stoke fan but the constant Stoke bashing isn't fair. They win ugly. They have a style and stick to it. Fair play. Bottle."

  61. 2033: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER UPDATE

    Celtic have cruised their way through the bottom v top match in the Scottish Premier League. However, they have only one goal to show for their dominance, a Georgios Samaras overhead kick from 10 yards after Dundee keeper Rab Douglas had parried a Tony Watt effort from Charlie Mulgrew's in-swinging corner.

    You can follow the action from that one on a separate live text commentary.

  62. 2032: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex in Retford on text via 81111: "Stoke's style is refreshing, would be boring if teams all played the same, there's a difference between 'long' and 'direct'."

  63. 2032:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Liverpool have to get more support up to Luis Suarez, he has looked a one-man show at times in this game. Jonjo Shelvey and Suso need to get closer to him against Stoke."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  64. 2032:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium:HALF-TIME- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    "Superb first half with chances at both ends. Suspect Luis Suarez may still have the final word against his many critics inside The Britannia."

  65. 2029: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Clumsy stuff almost has Stoke further ahead. Pepe Reina fluffs his kick straight to Kenwyne Jones, the ball is then crossed to the back post where Matthew Etherington has time to bring the ball down. Reina redeems himself with a double save and is then adjudged to have kept the ball in as Stoke call for a corner.

  66. 2025: 
    Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool have settled into a rhythm now and are popping it about nicely. After a neat interchange with Jose Enrique down the left, Suso switches play with a fine pass to Luis Suarez, but Steven Gerrard then shoots way over the top. They look slick at the moment - but don't forget that they are losing...

  67. 2024: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Neal E on Twitter: "Pass and move v hit, hope and hack. Stoke play ugly because none of their players are good enough to actually play in the top flight."

  68. 2021: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Brilliant from Luis Suarez as he rolls away from the attentions of Robert Huth and fires in a low shot at the near post. He hit it true, but Asmir Begovic saves it between his legs. Suarez is on form here.

  69. 2019: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jack in Swansea on text via 81111: "Regarding the Sean O'Driscoll Nottingham Forest sacking, the statement from the owners might as well have said: 'Woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning', for all the sense it made. Horrendous ownership, truly sad to see."

  70. 2018: 
    Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Best atmosphere of the day here. Stoke are pressing Liverpool high up the pitch and the home fans love it. Jose Enrique is forced into just hacking the ball out, it almost falls for Matthew Etherington but he can't control his header.

  71. 2016:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The way Steven Gerrard finishes, you would have expected that to go in for Liverpool against Stoke as there was no-one with a few yards of him to put any pressure on before he shot.

    "This game has been end-to-end so far.

    "Stoke have also played better this season than last due to the lack of European football. That really stretched them last season."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  72. 2014: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Almost a cracking equaliser. Stewart Downing takes on Michael Kightly, who slips to allow the Liverpool winger to the touchline. Downing finds Steven Gerrard racing up to the edge of the box, the England man goes for placement, and bobbles his shot just wide.

    Downing then creates another chance but his final pass is behind Luis Suarez, who screws his shot over the bar.

  73. 2013: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jessica O'Sullivan on Twitter: "Stoke playing lots of long balls, hitting and hoping. Not attractive football but grinds out results."

    Jon Evans on Twitter: "This match is bringing Liverpool back to earth. Mid-table team and that's all they will be this season."

    Once Burnt Wax on Twitter: "Who says Stoke play long ball... That was beautiful by Cameron/Nzonzi for Etherington's shot... Credit to boss Pulis."

  74. 2012: 
    Stoke 2-1 Liverpool
    Steven Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard's penalty in the second minute equalled Liverpool's fastest converted penalty in Premier League history. In March 2000 Patrik Berger also scored from the spot in the second minute in Liverpool's 1-1 home draw against Sunderland.

  75. 2011: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob in Croydon on text via 81111: "I find it very frustrating when Stoke boss Tony Pulis continuously criticises the spending of others clubs when Stoke has made a net spend of £75m over the past 5 seasons. Compare this to the £49m Liverpool has spent in the same period, £3m for Spurs & -£45m for Arsenal. Stop trying to defend your style!"

  76. 2011: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ryan Smith on Twitter: "Are we not due a goal now? Been about 10 minutes without one. Feel Steven Gerrard is wasted for Liverpool in a deep role."

  77. 2010: 
    Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez is almost in on the end of a good pass. It's not quite clicking for Liverpool, but both sides look dangerous.

  78. 2008: 
    GET INVOLVED

    El Yaro on Twitter: "How anyone can complain about Stoke's style of play is beyond me, it's a physical sport and they play it in an effective manner."

    Jonathan Poole on Twitter: "Just nipped to the shop not too worried about missing the first 15 minutes of the match. Oops."

    Bayor Makoun on Twitter: "I don't see Liverpool in the Champions League in the next decade. Stoke will score more than two against us; Villa beat us at home."

  79. 2006: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Without wanting to state the obvious, Kenwyne Jones is proving a handful up front. He takes one on the chest and tees up Jon Walters, who elects not to shoot. They instead work the ball out wide and when it comes back in, Matthew Etherington fires in a right-footed effort which Pepe Reina has to turn over the top.

  80. 2005: 

    England cricketer Graeme Swann on Twitter: "Is super Kevin Keegan doing some freelance defending seminars for the Premier League?"

  81. 2005:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "It's going potty in the Potteries and our Editor is pacing the office."

    See how the finished programme looks at 2225 GMT on BBC One.

  82. 2004: 
    Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Nice attack down Liverpool's right sees Stewart Downing break clear but his cut back is behind Luis Suarez and Suso can't retrieve it. The visitors are on top at the moment.

    Suarez and Daniel Agger then combine well but the move breaks down.

  83. 2003: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "2 - Kenwyne Jones now has two goals in three games, after a run of 27 Premier League matches without one. Revitalised."

  84. 2002: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Franklin on Twitter: "Taking the lead against Stoke is hard enough. Now Liverpool have to do it again!"

  85. 2000: 
    Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

    Who predicted this start then? Certainly not me. Jonjo Shelvey and Luis Suarez threaten to link up nicely but Ryan Shawcross extends a leg to make the clearance. Liverpool having the ball for the first time since they took the lead.

  86. 2000:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium:

    "Magnificent response from Stoke City to going behind. Turbo-charged stuff at The Britannia."

  87. 1959:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It is so difficult to get a leap like he did there on the back foot when you are moving away from goal. It is poor defending from Liverpool for Kenwyne Jones' goal for Stoke but it's been a great start to the game here against Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium.

    "Stoke have gotten themselves back into this, and it has not just been through long, hopeful balls."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  88. 1959: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rachel T on Twitter: "Did Stoke just take in striker Michael Owen like you would a parcel for your neighbours? Sad way for a career to end."

  89. 1957: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-1 Liverpool - Kenwyne Jones (12 mins)

    Stoke have caused havoc with the diagonal ball. After Matthew Etherington wins a corner on the left, Glenn Whelan's delivery is met by Kenwyne Jones in front of the near post. He beats Daniel Agger to the ball, and there is an element of shoulder in his header but the big man gets enough on the ball to flick it in to the corner. What a turnaround!

  90. 1957: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul in Dundee on text via 81111: "If you watch the Luis Suarez incident there for the penalty closely, you'll see the shirt grabbing started outside the box = no penalty."

  91. 1955: 
    Stoke 1-1 Liverpool

    Stoke have their tails up now. Geoff Cameron whips in a testing cross which Steven Gerrard has to deal with. Pepe Reina then makes a strong punch to clear the corner.

  92. 1955: 
    Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "Any defeat is tough and I feel sorry for them a little bit. I cannot fault the effort of the players though.

    "The players were fine after the Chelsea game but they are a young side and it is a long season. We have played Chelsea and Spurs, two tough sides and now we have to win on Saturday.

    "Taking nothing away from Spurs, they were very good in the first half but we defended strong. We kept on going.

    "I have never once got carried away. They are young and have done great for me. People can get caught up in what happened at Anfield but I kept my feet on the ground. You can get beaten up in this league and that is what has happened to us.

    "We have a few big players out and we will try and get them back as soon as possible."

  93. 1954: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dominc O'Caollai on Twitter: "So Tom... 0-0 eh?"

    Yeah, I'm delighted to be proven wrong on this one - There had only been 11 goals at the Britannia Stadium all season so two in the first five minutes is out of character.

  94. 1953: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoke 1-1 Liverpool

    Breathless start at the Britannia. I should tell you that Ryan Shawcross was booked for conceding that first-minute penalty.

  95. 1952:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium:

    "Liverpool striker Luis Suarez receiving a gold old-fashioned Britannia Stadium welcome."

  96. 1952:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane at the Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That was brilliant play from Luis Suarez to latch onto that ball from Martin Skrtel. As soon as he got touched, he went over, but it looked a penalty for me.

    "It was a brilliant penalty from Steven Gerrard, who stepped up with a calm head. Suarez made that happen with his pace and skill, it was outstanding play from him.

    "Jon Walters composed himself with a great touch and it was a great finish from him for the immediate equaliser for Stoke.

    "So often when you are through on goal with the goalkeeper you try and get your shot off early but he waited, and it was a really good finish from him."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  97. 1950: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-1 Liverpool - Jon Walters (5 mins)

    What a start! Jon Walters levels things up with a fine finish. The build-up is not too pretty as Stoke launch a long ball downfield, Daniel Agger can only help it on towards his own goal and when Martin Skrtel slips, Walters takes his time before firing into the corner.

  98. 1949: 
    YELLOW CARD

    The home fans are furious about that penalty kick, and it's a lively atmosphere. Stoke defender Geoff Cameron then comes to the party with a booking after clattering into his man.

  99. 1947: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Liverpool - Steven Gerrard (2 mins)

    Classic penalty from Steven Gerrard as he hits it right into the corner. Ripples the side-netting and a flare goes off in the away end. Fireworks everywhere.

  100. 1946: 
    PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL

    What a start for Liverpool. Luis Suarez is the pest on the right hand side, he gets to a long ball ahead of Ryan Shawcross and nips into the area. Shawcross has a full hand of his shirt and Suarez goes to ground. He has a reputation - but that is a stick-on spot-kick.

  101. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke v Liverpool (1945 GMT)

    Game on.

  102. 1942: 

    Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox on Twitter: "So we win 4-2 and the manager gets the sack. Gutted for Sean O'Driscoll, pleasure to work under. Wonder who will walk through the door next."

  103. 1940: 
    Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "It was a good win and we deserved it. The first half was excellent and Villa came at us in the second half which opened it up for us. It is important for us and puts us on a good run in December.

    "Gareth Bale has just returned from injury, he has played very strong and he is improving every day. He is making a difference for the team and being influential."

  104. 1939: 

    Is Mark Hughes the man to spend Forest's millions? Ask QPR fans if they agree with that one.

  105. 1938: 
    Stoke v Liverpool (1945 GMT)

    Stoke recall Michael Kightly in place of Ryan Shotton. Charlie Adam is back on the bench following the death of his father but there is still no place for Michael Owen.

    Liverpool are unchanged from the side that won convincingly against Fulham.

  106. 1937: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "72 - Jonathan Walters has started each of Stoke's last 72 Premier League games, the best current run of any outfielder. Healthy."

  107. 1935: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben, Bristol on text: "Bale's market value may be significantly less than what Levy would sell for. #toughnegotiator."

    Benji, Bristol on text: "Bale to Barca with David Villa plus cash going the other way?"

    Joe, London on text: "It's all well and good sides being in the market for a Gareth Bale, but it's pointless if there's no Gareth Bale on the market. Keep dreaming everyone."

    Bobby in Clapham on text: "Ambition? Premier experience? Gotta be Mark Hughes for Forest!!"

    Dean in Nottingham on text: "Not sad to Sean go. No width or pace. Di Matteo or Hughes."

  108. 1932: 

    As we approach our fourth kick-off time of the day, how are we holding up? Stoke v Liverpool has got 0-0 written all over it for me. But I'll be absolutely delighted to be proven wrong. Delighted.

  109. 1931: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand talking about Michael Carrick's part in his side's winning goal against Newcastle on Twitter: "The pass from Carrick to Hernandez for the fourth goal.... Did he serve it up with a knife & fork to finish it off? On a plate!!!"

  110. 1930: 
    Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    Spurs' hat-trick hero Gareth Bale: "The team played great all game and we dominated the first half. I was in the right places at the right time.

    "We were told to keep going, created a lot of chances and we preserved and came out on top."

  111. 1929: 

    West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster on Twitter: "Great hat-trick but the dancing I've just seen from Spurs' Gareth Bale was ugly!"

  112. 1928: 
    Stoke v Liverpool (1945 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Last week we had a clear week - that is the first time we've been able to work right the way through. You saw the reaction of the players to that against Fulham.

    "Of course you always want to be better. Apart from the Aston Villa game we've been improving steadily throughout the season. If we keep making progress it'll be an exciting second half of the season."

  113. 1926:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It is children watching children in the Villa dressing room. They have conceded 12 goals in two games against Chelsea and Spurs and there are no senior professionals for the youngsters to look to for advice and guidance when they struggle."

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  114. 1926: 
    Stoke v Liverpool (1945 GMT)

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "I hope our fans have had a bellyful of turkey and now we need them to come and work it off.

    "People go on about how many years it's been since Liverpool won the title, but you look at what they have spent and the players they are assembling, and then tell me they aren't a team on the up.

    "Our lads have done superbly lately, particularly defensively, and they know they will have to be at 100% to get anything out of Liverpool.

    "The same goes for our fans, because without the noise they make we would never be in the position we are."

  115. 1925: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "9 - Gareth Bale has equalled his best-ever goals total in a Premier League season (set in 2011-12) in only 16 appearances. Deadly."

  116. 1924: 

    Sunday's 8-0 defeat at Chelsea was Aston Villa's biggest ever league defeat, but this shoeing has equalled their biggest ever Premier League defeat at Villa Park, and their heaviest since 1997.

    They also lost 4-0 at home to to Arsenal (1995) and 4-0 to Blackburn (1997).

  117. 1922: 

    Gareth Bale is dancing down the touchline as he claims the match ball. What a performance - but that's 12 goals conceded in four days by Aston Villa. Problems all over the place.

  118. 1921: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham
  119. 1921:  
    Match of the Day presenter and former Spurs striker Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Hat-trick for Gareth Bale in 23 minutes for Spurs against Villa. Yet more to relish on Match of the Day unless of course you're a Villa fan."

    Watch the programme on BBC One at 2225 GMT.

  120. 1919: 
    Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    What's the market value of Gareth Bale? That's the office chat here. I'd back Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to get a good price if they decided to sell though. There can't be many sides who are in the market for him.

  121. 1916: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Aston Villa are delighted as Gareth Bale comes off - Andros Townsend takes his place.

  122. 1916: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Harps on Twitter: "Gareth Bale, take a bow!"

  123. 1916:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Spurs hat-trick man Gareth Bale had two touches in the box there to put the ball into the net after his excellent movement awarded him the time.

    "It is sad to see a side like Villa conceding goals like they are. I am sure manager Paul Lambert has not set them up to play like they have done in the last 15 minutes, his players have not done him any favours in the last 15 minutes."

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  124. 1915: 
    Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    Gareth Bale is the fifth Welshman to score a hat-trick in the Premier League. The others?

    Mark Hughes, Gary Speed, Dean Saunders and Rob Earnshaw.

  125. 1914: 

    Mathew Llyr Evans on Twitter: "Gareth Bale's performance has done nothing but inflate his price in the January transfer window. Spain calling?"

  126. 1914: 
    FINAL FIVE- Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

    We are into the last five minutes at Villa Park. Villa have been hammered.

  127. 1912: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham - Gareth Bale (84 mins)

    Quality, quality goal as Aston Villa are left chasing shadows. Kyle Walker is given time and space on the right, he picks out the rampaging run of substitute Gylfi Sigursson down the right channel. The Icelander squares the ball first time to Gareth Bale, who finds space on the penalty spot again and slams home into the roof of the net. That's his first Premier League hat-trick.

  128. 1910: 
    Aston Villa 0-3 Tottenham

    There are hundreds of Aston Villa fans streaming out of Villa Park, and there have been since that third Spurs goal went in. You can't really blame them. This is about as one-way as Premier League traffic gets.

  129. 1909:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The Villa centre-backs will be clapping Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor off the pitch as he is substituted. He has been selfless today and been a real thorn in their sides."

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  130. 1909: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Which managers with proven Premier League experience do we think Forest are lining up then? Who do the owners trust with spending their January shopping cash? Let us know by the usual channels.

  131. 1907: 
    GET INVOLVED

    David Gibson on Twitter: "One point off playoffs, big win and Forest sack their manager. Wolves are spiralling, playing poorly, lost big and no sacking. Odd."

  132. 1906: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 0-3 Tottenham

    I've now watched Aston Villa concede 11 goals in the last few days - and they could have shipped about 25 in that time. Worrying times for this young Villa side.

    Spurs make a change, with Gylfi Sigurdsson on in place of Emmanuel Adebayor.

  133. 1905: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "Got the missus Villa tickets for Christmas... Not looking such a great present now."

  134. 1904: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Liverpool (1945 GMT)

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

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Downing, Shelvey, Suso, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Cole, Henderson, Coates, Carragher, Allen, Sterling.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  135. 1904: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "6 - Gareth Bale has scored six away goals in the Premier League this season, his best ever return on the road. Update."

  136. 1903:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I watched Spurs goalscorer Gareth Bale before the ball went over to Kyle Walker and he drifted slower and slower into a position on the edge of the area and then as soon as Aaron Lennon got the ball he took off at speed and spurted into the penalty box to lose his man.

    "The three Spurs goals in the second half begs the question, do you just sit back and barely play like Villa did in the first half or do you try and be positive like they have in the second half and be punished?"

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  137. 1903: 
    NOTTINGHAM FOREST

    Here's a statement from Nottingham Forest after the sacking of manager Sean O'Driscoll.

    Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said: "We cannot speak highly enough of Sean as a man. He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for the Club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the team just one point away from the top six.

    "With the January transfer window approaching, we feel it's the right time to make a change.

    "We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience."

    Abdulaziz Al Hasawi, who was at The City Ground for today's game against Leeds, added: "The timing of our decision may look a little odd after the win over Leeds but sometimes you need to make changes with the long term future in mind.

    "Sometimes those changes need to be made from a position of strength rather than weakness and that is what we are trying to do."

  138. 1900: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-3 Tottenham - Gareth Bale (73 mins)

    Great goal again as Gareth Bale kills off Aston Villa good and proper. Aaron Lennon is too sprightly for the defence, cutting in from the right before picking out Bale in space inside the area. He takes one touch before firing into the bottom corner.

  139. 1858:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "There was no malice in that tackle from Villa's Fabian Delph on Spurs' Gareth Bale, it was just bad timing. Delph did catch him at some pace, however.

    "I think it was a good decision from the referee to give him a booking."

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  140. 1857: 
    MANAGER SACKED

    We have had it confirmed - Nottingham Forest have parted company with manager Sean O'Driscoll.

  141. 1856: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Gareth Bale is too quick. Too quick to handle. He is clattered by Fabian Delph, who is trying to smash the ball out of play and just can't believe that Bale was quick enough to get to the ball before he does.

  142. 1856: 

    Newcastle striker Demba Ba after the defeat by Manchester United on Twitter: "Take the lead three times at Man Utd and you get nothing... Football can be so terrible sometimes. Thanks for the support of the fans ones again."

  143. 1854: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Scott Parker is coming on for Mousa Dembele, who is struggling with a knock. Parker is working his way back to full fitness.

  144. 1854: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "12 - Jermain Defoe has scored or assisted 12 goals in 18 Premier League starts this season. Flying."

  145. 1852: 

    We are getting reports that Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Sean O'Driscoll. Quite right too - they only beat Leeds 4-2 earlier today.

    Truly bizarre.

  146. 1852: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tony on text via 81111: "Mark Hughes lost his City gig right after beating a far better Sunderland side. Stop the rot now, sack Mancini. His one dimensional tactics just don't work."

  147. 1849: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham - Gareth Bale (61 mins)

    A catalogue of errors - but take your hats off for a fabulous solo finish from Gareth Bale. Aston Villa actually begin with a smart attack, Christian Benteke drives into the area but his cut back is poor and it is hoofed clear. There are more than enough Villa defenders back though but one takes a bad touch, and then Joe Bennett's tackle on Aaron Lennon sends the ball into Bale's path. His first touch is magnificent though, flicking it past the last defender, and he then dances around Brad Guzan with ease before slotting into the net.

  148. 1848:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Spurs have been patient here and have raised their game in the last few minutes after Villa's much improved second half performance.

    "Jermain Defoe held his run and poked the ball between Brad Guzan's legs. That is what Defoe does; he just puts the ball into the back of the net.

    "He is an international class finisher and a world class footballer."

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  149. 1845: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham - Jermain Defoe (57 mins)

    Lovely pass leads to a lovely goal. Gareth Bale starts the move by taking on defenders in a mazy run, he has to check out and go back into midfield where Kyle Naughton slides in a gem of a ball to Jermain Defoe. A peach of a pass, Defoe is onside and as Brad Guzan comes out, Defoe flicks the ball through his legs with the outside of his boot. Classy finish.

  150. 1845: 
    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert looks frustrated on the sidelines but his team are heading for a vast improvement on their 8-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out. By the way, it was no surprise that the match was goalless at the break. Tottenham's previous four league matches have been goalless at half-time, according to infostrada.

  151. 1844: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Russell, a Villa fan, on text via 81111: "It's all very well to have a team of kids, but it's not like this is a team of precocious young diamonds in the rough. More like lumps in the mashed potato."

  152. 1843: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    He's offside again, Christian Benteke, as he latches on to a fine cross from Stephen Ireland. The flag is up but Hugo Lloris was not to know that as he makes a stunning diving save to deny the Belgian. Lloris is 26 today by the way. Happy birthday Hugo.

  153. 1841: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs have gone a bit flat. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andros Townsend are their two most attacking players on the bench should Andre Villas-Boas want to freshen it up a bit. Christian Benteke is then flagged offside as he chases on to a through ball. That man loves an offside flag. He's like Pippo Inzaghi.

  154. 1839: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany talking about the defeat by Sunderland on Twitter: "Our travelling fans were great, thanks - Really unlucky with the decisions today but that's football - Congrats Sunderland goalkeeper Mignolet, great performance."

  155. 1839: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Adam G Bull on Twitter: "It's bad that the most interesting thing about this game of football is the corner stat..."

    Anthony Beckingham on Twitter: "70% possession & Spurs still can't score; this is what separates them from the Top 4. Always have a meagre goal difference."

  156. 1838: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    This is much more open now. Jermain Defoe almost gets in behind the Villa defence but can't quite get the ball under control, and Christian Benteke then does the same at the other end. There's much more attacking intent from Villa since the break. And Spurs haven't had a single corner.

  157. 1834: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Villa make a bright start. Maybe Paul Lambert has had some strong words. Matt Lowton shoots well wide from 25 yards but the build-up was much more positive.

  158. 1834: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Wright on Twitter: "I reckon a German Panzer tank could rotate on a pitch and still be offside less times than Benteke for Villa..."

  159. 1833: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Game on. Get the ball forwards...

  160. 1833: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Half-time change for Villa sees Marc Albrighton on for Ashley Westwood. He'll provide some width,

  161. 1827: 

    Lawro went for a 1-1 in this game in his Boxing Day predictions.

    How did he fare with the rest of today's results? Have a look here...

  162. 1825: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Aston Villa have lost just one of their last seven Premier League home matches that were 0-0 at half time. Food for thought for Paul Lambert but it would take a big turnaround in shape and setup for Villa to score here. Spurs just need to keep plugging away.

  163. 1823: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom McMinigal on Twitter: "Classic Spurs half there. Longer this goes on without a goal the higher the likelihood of the Belgian Heskey barging one home for Vila."

  164. 1823:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium:Stoke v Liverpool (1945 GMT)

    "Stoke City meet Liverpool on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run. Both sides have moved into the top 10 but the scale of Liverpool's task is illustrated by the fact that they have never won at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League."

  165. 1822: 

    Surely there are goals to come after the break in this one. Surely?

    One more game to come today then...

  166. 1819: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "20 - The highest number of corners taken by a team in a PL game in Opta's database is 20, by Portsmouth vs Fulham in 2006-07. Target."

    Spurs had 15 corners in that first half alone. Just six more lads! Come on!

  167. 1818:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The only positive for Aston Villa in the first half is that they have not conceded. They have given the ball away so cheaply against Spurs, but somehow, they are yet to be punished."

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  168. 1818:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Villa Park:HALF-TIME- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    "Much for Paul Lambert to ponder, Tottenham on top to an embarrassing degree, in every facet of the game, apart from the scoreline."

  169. 1815: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Adam Williamson on Twitter: "If Spurs were taking inswinging corners rather than outswinging against Vila, they'd be five up!"

    Will Moores on Twitter: "Clearly Santa didn't bring Villa the ability to play positive football..."

    Phil Knox on Twitter: "Watching Villa at the moment is like watching a cute puppy being flicked with a wet tea towel. Fight back puppy!!!"

  170. 1815: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    An injury to Villa defender Nathan Baker forces the home side into a change. Stephen Ireland is on in his place which may force a bit of a rethink for Paul Lambert's men. We are into added time at the end of the first half.

  171. 1812: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ditchers in Birmingham on text via 81111: "Penny for the thoughts of the much maligned Steve Kean. Blackburn in freefall since he left as manager."

    Blackburn lost 1-0 at Middlesbrough this afternoon.

  172. 1809: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    The good news for Aston Villa fans is that they aren't 8-0 down in this game, so it's better than Sunday. The bad news is that they are not doing a lot more. Brad Guzan is in action again to push out a dipping shot from Gareth Bale.

  173. 1805: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    This is better from Villa as they create a decent move. Matt Lowton is the spare man on the overlap down the right but he overcooks his low cross lightly and Brett Holman can only turn the ball over on the stretch. Another corner for Spurs now. I think that's 14 in the first 35 minutes...

  174. 1805:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The main difference for me in this game so far is that the Spurs players are all being very brave and demanding the ball while the Villa players are not showing that attitude.

    "Spurs' central midfielders Mousa Dembele and Sandro are being given all the time in the world to get forward with the ball right to the edge of the Villa penalty area.

    "Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan is playing really well and has made a few great saves. His team-mates must start getting on the front foot, which they have done better in the last few minutes."

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  175. 1803: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Brilliant play again from Gareth Bale as he gets away from his man and cuts the ball back to find Emmanuel Adebayor. Adebayor thrashes in a shot but it hits Nathan Baker on the chest. Fine defending.

  176. 1802: 
    Reading 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "What was very important for me was the reaction and performance from the team after the Manchester United match. Everyone talks about that game and you can only do well, but three days later you play the bottom team in an away game. I was pleased with what I saw.

    "I talked to the doctor and physio after the game and they said that Michu's ligaments should be ok. That's the most important thing. We'll see how many days he'll have to rest.

    "Having 25 points after 19 games is absolutely fantastic. I thought we would have less at this stage. A lot of games we were starting with four or five, even six, new players in the first XI. And a new manager. To reach the first half of the season with 25 points is really great. But we can't stop. From now to the beginning of February we have so many games. The next stage to reflect is when we reach 40 points, then we'll see from there."

  177. 1801: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Luke Watkin on Twitter: "RE 1742 - Was at Chelsea v Villa last week and goalkeeper Brad Guzan singlehandedly kept the score under double figures. Shay Given would have conceded 20."

  178. 1801: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    From their 10th corner of the game, Emmanuel Adebayor wins a decent header but it is straight at Brad Guzan. Easy enough save.

  179. 1800: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Karl on text via 81111: "Manchester United striker and match-winner against Newcastle Javier Hernandez deserves a lot of credit. In his first season, he came up with so many crucial winners, but couldn't replicate that form in his second. He appears to be back."

  180. 1759: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Villa create a minor chance as Brett Holman flashes a cross across the face of goal but there's nobody there to get on the end of it. This is slightly better for the home side though. They have at least stemmed that incessant tide of Tottenham attacks.

  181. 1758: 
    QPR 1-2 West Brom

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke on his side's controversial second goal: "Marc-Antoine Fortune didn't do a lot wrong. He stood his ground and Rob [Green] didn't get round him."

    On the penalty call: "When you're down the bottom you're going to shout for every decision and they are right to shout for them. But the referee can't give it. It has hit Liam [Ridgewell's] arm from about one yard away.

    "I don't want to talk about controversial decisions. I want to talk about having 33 points after 19 games. Up until they scored we had complete control and people should give us respect. There was a gulf between the teams. We passed the ball well, created some half chances, while they looked like a team at the bottom of the table."

  182. 1758: 

    Sunderland defender Titus Bramble after the 1-0 victory against Manchester City on Twitter: "There's no better feeling in football then winning games. Great result and fantastic support. Six points from the last two games."

  183. 1757: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Kyle Walker threatens to launch a counter-attack for Spurs, he is tripped by Karim El Ahmadi in cynical fashion but referee Mark Clattenburg waves play on. Villa almost fashion a chance as a result but Christian Benteke's touch is poor and the ball bounces clear.

  184. 1755: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Joseph Shurmer on Twitter: "Excellent result for Chelsea against Norwich. Juan Mata, what a player, and loving David Luiz. Interim manager Rafa Benitez is starting to win over the fans. The next game versus Everton is important."

  185. 1754: 
    QPR 1-2 West Brom

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "We had two terrible decisions that have cost us dearly."

    On West Brom's second goal: "It was a foul, the fella's (Marc Antoine-Fortune) backing him (Robert Green) into the goal. He's got no intention of playing the ball. He couldn't get a punch on the ball. It's a blatant foul. And at the end it's a blatant penalty. Ridgewell's got his hands up. They are scandalous decisions. I can't do nothing about it. It's just poor refereeing. I had him (referee Chris Foy) at Stoke last year when I was Tottenham manager and he let three penalties go so what's the point in talking to him?

    "I can't do anything about it. It's just poor refereeing. We battered them in the last 20 minutes, we just couldn't get the equaliser."

  186. 1754: 

    Everton captain Phil Neville after his side beat Wigan on his 500th Premier League appearance on Twitter: "Great result, didn't flow in our play but it was never going to be like that today. Chelsea next Sunday, feet up now!!!

    "Thanks for all your kind messages today. I'm so happy to be back playing with the lads getting fitter by the game!"

  187. 1752: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Villa enter enemy territory for the first time of the afternoon - and it almost costs them. Ashley Westwood gives the ball away, Spurs counter and Chris Herd ends up hooking a cross just wide of his own post.

    Moments later Jermain Defoe is played in and Brad Guzan has to save his shot at the near post. This is relentless from Spurs. They have to score soon.

  188. 1751: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Which former Aston Villa manager would invite the following to his house for dinner?

    Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, John McEnroe, Ian Botham and Shane Warne.

    It's Big Ron Atkinson of course. You can check out his other golden answers in our Sporting Spotlight interview with him.

  189. 1748: 
    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saw his team extend their lead to seven points with a dramatic late winner, but it means Newcastle's search for a league win at Old Trafford goes on. The last one came in 1972.

  190. 1747: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Freddy Kemsley on Twitter: "Mum's not happy but dad's overruled her and we get to watch the football. Happy days."

    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Villa have lost all confidence. Where is the team that beat Liverpool just 11 days ago?"

    Matt Cartwright on Twitter: "Someone may want to check on Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in a minute. He's had so little to do he could be taking a nap..."

  191. 1745: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs win their sixth corner inside 15 minutes. Again Villa get it away but this is getting ridiculous now. Christian Benteke is having a very lonely day up front for Villa.

  192. 1743:  
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin at Villa Park on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "As a former professional, this Aston Villa v Spurs game is like watching the forwards against defence training drill. It is men against boys so far, and Villa have not gotten into this game at all.

    "Spurs are looking forward every time they get the ball. Villa have not touched it for five minutes."

    You can listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  193. 1740: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Brilliant from Brad Guzan! Gareth Bale pings a shot toward the top corner from 25 yards, it is flying in until the American arches his back and just gets a tip onto the ball.

    If you are sat behind Hugo Lloris's goal today you need some binoculars. The ball has not been out of Villa's penalty area yet, never mind the halfway line.

  194. 1742: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andy J on Twitter: "Why is Shay Given on the Villa bench? Top quality keeper can't get a start after an 8-0 drubbing? Strange."

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "Tottenham's Gareth Bale could soon follow in Cristiano Ronaldo's footsteps and convert to a striker. He has all the attributes."

  195. 1739: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Kyle Walker almost scores a cracker! He takes a cross on the chest before smashing in a shot from 25 yards which kisses off the back of a Villa defender before flying just wide.

  196. 1736: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Gareth Bale sends in a free-kick which flicks off the wall and goes over the top. An utterly dominant opening from Spurs. Villa have not been out of their own half.

  197. 1736: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Northern Footy on Twitter: "Why is Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas sticking with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe up front? It has not worked effectively once."

  198. 1734: 
    Norwich 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez: "We knew that was a difficult pitch, They won against Manchester United and Arsenal. It was tough but I was really pleased with the performance of the players. The team are showing character. I am really pleased with the workrate and the style of play."

    On Frank Lampard:

    "We don't talk about personal issues. That is for Frank and the club. I don't pay too much attention because we have to concentrate on the game."

  199. 1733: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs win a corner which Kyle Walker takes. Villa get it away but the referee gives the home side a free-kick. Gareth Bale looks perplexed.

  200. 1733: 
    Fulham 1-1 Southampton

    Fulham boss Martin Jol: "It was a blatant handball and Chris Baird lost his head I think. He did it on purpose and there was no need for that five minutes from the end."

  201. 1732: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Neil in Manchester on text via 81111: "Manchester City are down but in no means out after the loss to Sunderland. We've clawed back eight points before, we certainly can claw back seven points. Just wait till we have a few of our players fit again. City will be right up there in May. Have faith!"

  202. 1732: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    It's all Spurs in the opening minutes, with Andre Villas-Boas's side looking pretty fluid in possession.

  203. 1732: 
    Reading 0-0 Swansea

    Reading boss Brian McDermott: "It is progress. We've been having 7-5, 4-3, 3-3 and 2-2 games here so to get a clean sheet is very important. Adam had a goal disallowed for handball - they generally give those here so I was a little disappointed we didn't get that.

    "We move on and we're looking forward to the next game against West Ham. In the Championship we tried to win every single game because we were trying to entertain our fans.

    "Psychologically, it's a lift for us. We're off the bottom. They talk about the past, but this is doable for us - we believe it's doable, I believe it's doable. We're going to relish the challenge."

  204. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Game on in the latest of our Premier League games. A feast of football continues.

  205. 1729: 
    Aston Villa v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Big hugs between Paul Lambert and Spurs coach Steffen Freund - they played together at Borussia Dortmund.

  206. 1728: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "6 - Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals in eight PL starts against Aston Villa, including four in his last three. Dangerman."

  207. 1728: 
    Man Utd 4-3 Newcastle

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "I thought it was a bad decision for the own goal. If you see it again he's offside he's also grabbed Jonny Evans on the arm and if that's not interference what is interference?

    "December is always a big month. We dropped two points at Swansea but me made up for it today. It was a real championship performance. Rooney has done a ligament at the back of his knee and he will be out for two or three weeks. We are running out of ammunition."

  208. 1726:  
    Former Wales, Leicester and Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "I think Chelsea will be Manchester United's biggest challengers for the Premier League title. Interim manager Rafael Benitez will not produce the most attractive football but he will make them a very good team."

    Watch Final Score now on BBC Two, the BBC HD Channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  209. 1726: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mashidur Miah on Twitter: "Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is right, he won't need to take Man City to Sunderland next season because he won't be the manager by then!"

    Kris K. Danso on Twitter: "Newcastle were good value for a point against Manchester United. They ran us ragged but football is always about who puts the ball in the net more."

    Sham Gallagher on Twitter: "Oh, Manchester United, you are ceaselessly illogical and unpredictable. My heart will never make sense of you."

  210. 1725: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST

    Inverness remain second in the SPL table after coming from behind twice to claim a 2-2 draw against St Mirren. Motherwell stay third despite thrashing Aberdeen 4-1 at Fir Park. Hibernian's poor run of form continues as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Ross County and a Liam Kelly penalty divided the teams as Kilmarnock beat Hearts 1-0. There is one late game, with Dundee versus Celtic at 1900 GMT.

  211. 1721:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray on Final Score: "Newcastle were the better team in the first half against Manchester United. They shot on sight in the first half, maybe manager Alan Pardew told them to do that, and that created problems.

    "There were so many incidents within the game. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson came off the bench and stood on the touchline throughout the second half, which is something you never see him do these days."

    Watch Final Score now on BBC Two, the BBC HD Channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  212. 1720: 
    QPR 1-2 West Brom

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp is not a happy man. "We didn't deserve to lose that game today. No way," he says.

  213. 1719: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Benjamin Gledhill on Twitter: "Stunning day of football in the Premier League so far. Boxing Day football is always the best."

    Abbas Hussain on Twitter: "Forget the Boxing Day sales, Man United are seven points clear top of the league. GET IN..."

  214. 1716: 
    Fulham 1-1 Southampton

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins: "Any point picked up in the Premier League is an important one especially after going behind and we put the ball in good areas.

    "We have a lot of players who have not played at this level before and we had to learn quickly, and we have done that. We are not getting punished as much as we were doing early on in the season."

  215. 1716:  
    Former Wales, Leicester and Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "I think teams have worked out Manchester City this season. Sunderland, like other teams, defend narrow as City's intricate, skilful players do not go wide very often.

    "If Dzeko as a Plan B doesn't work, then they often do not score.

    "Also, City's signings have not worked out. You do not win the Premier League and sign Scott Sinclair, Javi Garcia, Richard Wright and Jack Rodwell and expect to strengthen when Manchester United sign Robin van Persie."

    Watch Final Score now on BBC Two, the BBC HD Channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  216. 1713: 
    Aston Villa v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Aston Villa can move six points clear of trouble with a win at home to Spurs - who themselves can move back level on points with fourth-placed Everton. Plenty riding on this one.

  217. 1711: 

    You get the feeling this could be a pivotal day in the title race. Seven points is a big cushion for Manchester United. We'll get the thoughts of Sir Alex Ferguson soon - he may have calmed down a bit about that Jonny Evans own goal decision now his side have won the game...

  218. 1710: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Akalpa Acharya on text via 81111: "Best part of Boxing Day sales is following the United game on live text and screaming in the shops when the final whistle is blown!"

    Tim on text via 81111: "That was a proper Man United v Newcastle game! Straight out of the '90s!"

    Paul in Oldham on text via 81111: "As a Man City fan I am annoyed at us getting beat at Sunderland and Manchester United winning against Newcastle, but I have to hold my hands up and say fair play to United, time after time they win in stoppage time!"

  219. 1709: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "It's the same story for us at Sunderland every year, we are not going to come here next season. But last year we didn't win here and we won the title.

    "It's important that our strikers start scoring more goals, sometimes we take one touch too many.

    "We missed five or six chances in the first half, and we need to score first in games sometimes. We can't recover all the time."

  220. 1709: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In League Two, second-placed Port Vale close the gap on Gillingham, who lost at lunchtime, with a 2-1 win away at Rotherham. Cheltenham are a point behind Vale thanks to their 4-0 win at home to Wycombe, while at the other end of the table Bristol Rovers came from behind twice to earn a point at Aldershot in manager John Ward's first game in charge since his return to Rovers.

  221. 1708: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Immanuel C-Bankes on Twitter: "All I want for next Christmas is a Liverpool win today against Stoke."

    Matthew Sopp on Twitter: "I wish Sunderland could play Man City at at the Stadium of Light every week."

    Craig Burgess on Twitter: "Credit must be given to Newcastle after their performance against Manchester United, we are better than the table suggests."

  222. 1706: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In League One, leaders Sheffield United eased to a 3-0 win at home to Scunthorpe with goals from Shaun Miller, Dave Kitson and Nick Blackman. Second-placed Tranmere fell behind against Crewe but goals from Adam McGurk and Max Power gave them a 2-1 home win. Brentford stay on the coat-tails of the top two with a 3-1 win at Colchester with goals from Marcello Trotta, Adam Forshaw and Harlee Dean. Hartlepool are still bottom, following their 3-0 defeat away to Carlisle United.

  223. 1705: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In the Championship, leaders Cardiff City beat third-placed Crystal Palace 2-1 with Aron Gunnarsson's goal giving the Bluebirds all three points. A goalless draw with Leicester means that Hull could not make any ground on the leaders. Lukas Jutkiewicz's goal gave Middlesbrough the win over Blackburn, while Peterborough are off the bottom of the table thanks to a fine 3-0 win away at Wolves, with goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle.

  224. 1705: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 1-2 West Brom
  225. 1704: 
    QPR 1-2 West Brom

    Into the last minute of added time. West Brom are hanging on.

  226. 1704: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Herd, Clark, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Delph, Holman, Benteke. Subs: Given, Ireland, Albrighton, Bowery, Bannan, Lichaj, Carruthers.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Parker, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend, Caulker.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  227. 1702: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- QPR 1-2 West Brom

    It's all going on. QPR want a penalty now as the ball hits Liam Ridgwell - they should have one as well. The defender claims the ball hits him in the face but it was on the arm.

  228. 1701: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Soyeb Nanlagi on Twitter: "Only Old Trafford (Theatre of Dreams) & Manchester United create such dramatic games and moments! What a Boxing Day!"

    Simon Hancock on Twitter: "10 years ago today, Swansea were bottom of the football league. Poor result today against Reading, but can't really complain about ninth place."

    Alex Lim on Twitter: "And I thought Christmas only came once a year... Come on United!"

  229. 1700: 
    INJURY TIME- QPR 1-2 West Brom

    We have five minutes added on at Loftus Road....

  230. 1659: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 1-2 West Brom

    Clint Hill thinks he's found an equaliser for QPR with a strong downwards header, but Ben Foster somehow turns it over the bar. Brilliant save.

  231. 1658: 

    Manchester United go seven points clear at the top.

  232. 1658: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 4-3 Newcastle
  233. 1657: 
    Aston Villa v Tottenham (1730 GMT)

    Aston Villa make three changes from the team thrashed 8-0 at Chelsea, Joe Bennett, Karim El Ahmadi and Fabian Delph named in the starting line-up, while Spurs recall William Gallas and Kyle Naughton in defence.

  234. 1657: 

    We are still playing at Old Trafford and Loftus Road...

  235. 1657: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Emyr Jones on Twitter: "I've had enough, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini should be out for me. I've always backed him but we have no plan B. It doesn't take a genius to see we lack width."

  236. 1655: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "14 - Everton have conceded in their last 14 Premier League games, the longest run of the season. Brittle."

  237. 1655: 
    Man Utd 4-3 Newcastle

    Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita is in trouble here. He is clattered by a late challenge from Antonio Valencia, who has already been booked. He dives in, that was a bad one. Anita is on a stretcher, and the officials are getting grief again, this time from the Newcastle bench.

  238. 1653: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL FOR WEST BROM

    Marc-Antoine Fortune drills through the legs of Robert Green - but the flag is up.

  239. 1653: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ehtisham Khan on Twitter: "Again a deja vu for Man U - this team simply can't stay behind for long."

  240. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 1-1 Southampton
  241. 1653:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray on Final Score: "It is a great ball from Michael Carrick for Manchester United's fourth goal against Newcastle. Striker Javier Hernandez was in the right place at the right time as usual."

    Watch Final Score now on BBC Two, the BBC HD Channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  242. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City
  243. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 2-1 Wigan
  244. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 0-1 Chelsea
  245. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 0-0 Swansea
  246. 1650: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Levi Agwulonu on Twitter: "Two more mins plus extra time.. Chelsea please hold on to this against Norwich, we should be the highest winners tonight..."

  247. 1649: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 4-3 Newcastle - Javier Hernandez (90 mins)

    A goal for United is just as massive! Michael Carrick produces a wonderful ball from the right, the Newcastle backline try to play offside and fail, so Javier Hernandez is totally free to sweep in a half-volley from close range. Terrible defending. Big goal.

  248. 1648: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City

    A goal for Manchester City would be massive now. Joleon Lescott is up front.

  249. 1646: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 1-1 Southampton

    Southampton almost snatch a winner. Gaston Ramirez drills in from 30 yards, it swerves in the air like a Waqar Younis away-swinger, and Mark Schwarzer almost throws it in. He just about recovers it on the line.

    Steve Sidwell then flashes wide on the volley.

  250. 1646: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Barry Rowlings on Twitter: "If Wigan lose today against Everton and don't beat Aston Villa next then I think manager Roberto Martinez may have come to the end. Four seasons, four relegation battles."

  251. 1646: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Henry Whitfield on Twitter: "Rickie Lambert DOES IT AGAIN! Where would the Southampton be without him?"

  252. 1646: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Bickerton on text via 81111: "RE: Ashic Mahtab 1638. I cannot believe you've just said that. Wenger single-handedly made van Persie the player he is today. Without Arsenal he'd probably still be an unknown in the Dutch league somewhere. Show some respect."

  253. 1645: 
    CLOSE!- Reading 0-0 Swansea

    Reading come close to snatching a late winner against Swansea as Adam Le Fondre sees a superb volley from the edge of the penalty area brilliantly headed off the line by Chico Flores.

  254. 1645:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Unbelievably potty game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Newcastle. 'Tis the season to be bonkers!"

  255. 1644: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Man Utd 3-3 Newcastle

    So close to a Newcastle winner! Sammy Ameobi drives in low, it hits the post and bounces back into David de Gea's hands! Almost a stunning winner.

  256. 1644: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Into the last five minutes of a manic Boxing Day afternoon.

  257. 1643: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man Utd 3-3 Newcastle

    Home manager Sir Alex Ferguson protests again after referee Mike Dean waves away appeals for a penalty when Javier Hernandez's shot appears to strike Fabricio Coloccini's arm inside the area. Moments later, Robin van Persie strikes a yard wide and Hernadez's heads clips the Newcastle post.

  258. 1642: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-1 Southampton - Rickie Lambert (85 mins)

    Rickie Lambert steps up and hammers it in. Mark Schwarzer gets a hand to it but the pure pace takes it in. You don't save those.

  259. 1641: 
    PENALTY TO SOUTHAMPTON- Fulham 1-0 Southampton

    A corner from the right is handled by Chris Baird under pressure from Rickie Lambert. Big penalty for the Saints.

  260. 1639: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-1 Wigan - Arouna Kone (82 mins)

    The scrappiest goal you'll see this side of Sunday League. A long ball is afforded the cardinal sin of being allowed to bounce, it strikes several players on the way down, including possibly an arm, but Arouna Kone doesn't care as he toe-pokes in from close range.

  261. 1638: 
    QPR goalkeeper Robert Green

    QPR keeper Robert Green's own goal against West Brom was his second in the Premier League, his first was while playing for West Ham during a 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in April 2010

  262. 1638: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Abhinav Reddy on Twitter: "Real Madrid's Ronaldo, Higuain, Benzema and Ozil against this Man Utd defence..? Only one word. Nightmares."

    Shyamil Tanna on Twitter: "Need Eden Hazard to open this Chelsea v Norwich game up and bring more bite to our attack!"

    Ashic Mahtab on Twitter: "You have to wonder - had he not made the "mistake" of joining Arsenal, people would be comparing RVP to Messi & Pele by now."

  263. 1637: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-2 West Brom - Djibril Cisse (68 mins)

    That save just got more important as Djibril Cisse puts QPR back in with a shout. Stephane Mbia picks the defence open with a cute pass and Cisse finishes in style. Game on!

  264. 1636: 
    CLOSE!- QPR 0-2 West Brom

    West Brom almost wrap this one up. Romelu Lukaku is played in on goal, but he is at a tight angle and Rob Green is able to make the save with his shins.

  265. 1636: 

    Statisticians Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "MU 3-3 NUFC. Robin van Persie scores his seventh career PL goal against Newcastle. He has only scored more against Blackburn: 11."

  266. 1634: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-0 Wigan - Phil Jagielka (77 mins)

    Off the training ground. Everton work a corner short to Phil Neville and he stands up the perfect cross for Phil Jagielka to get his considerable neck muscles behind, the centre-half smacking a header in off the underside of the crossbar. Game over?

  267. 1634: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In League Two, Port Vale will close the gap on leaders Gillingham if they maintain the lead that Louis Dodds' gave them after 56 minutes against Rotherham. There's a decent game on at Burton Albion, where the home side lead Rochdale 3-2, while bottom of the table Bristol Rovers have equalised to make it 1-1 at Aldershot.

  268. 1633: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    In League One, Dave Kitson's header has put leaders Sheffield United 2-0 up against Scunthorpe United, while second-placed Tranmere have gone 2-1 against Crewe having trailed earlier on. Brentford, a place behind Tranmere, are still 2-1 ahead against Colchester. Walsall led MK Dons 3-2 at half-time but there have no more goals so far since the break.

  269. 1632: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 1-0 Man City

    Manchester City are starting to apply some pressure on Sunderland, and Sergio Aguero should do better when he is played through by Carlos Tevez but his shot is turned wide by Simon Mignolet. The Sunderland keeper has earned his wages today. That proves to be Tevez's final act, as he is replaced by City's super-sub Edin Dzeko.

    James Milner then whips a free-kick over the top.

  270. 1632: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Championship leaders Cardiff City are still being held at home by Crystal Palace, but Hull in second place are still being held to a goalless draw by Leicester City. Lukas Jutkiewicz has given Middlesbrough the lead against Blackburn Rovers as they look to move up from fourth place.

  271. 1630: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE SCORE UPDATE

    1500 GMT:

    Everton 1-0 Wigan

    Fulham 1-0 Southampton

    Manchester United 3-3 Newcastle United

    Norwich 0-1 Chelsea

    Reading 0-0 Swansea

    Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City

    1515 GMT:

    QPR 0-2 West Brom

  272. 1629: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL FOR READING

    Full marks to Adam Le Fondre for effort. Ian Harte whips in a free-kick, Le Fondre punches the ball in Maradona-style, and then runs off like he's scored the winner in the FA Cup final. The referee is alive though and chalks it off.

  273. 1629: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 3-3 Newcastle - Robin van Persie (71 mins)

    You can't keep a good side down. Robin van Persie's low shot is well saved by Tim Krul but when the rebound comes back to him, the Dutchman places the shot into the corner. Fine game this.

  274. 1628: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will Rider on text via 81111: "Chelsea need Lampard to come on and take control of the midfield. It's too frenetic and there's not enough directness."

  275. 1628: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Maverick on Twitter: "QPR are going down ! Manager Harry Redknapp's so called magic touch is a myth, good job he never got the England job..."

  276. 1627: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 2-3 Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (68 mins)

    What a goal this is! Gabriel Obertan, who has just come on, sprints away down the left wing and cuts the ball back perfectly for Papiss Cisse, who has evaded the attentions of Jonny Evans, to smash home left-footed. Right through David de Gea. Bang.

  277. 1626: 

    Both Manchester clubs are chasing goals as we enter the closing stages. Both Manchester clubs have made a habit of scoring in the dying stages. Let's see...

  278. 1626: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "4 - No defender has scored more Premier League goals than Patrice Evra this season. Lynchpin."

  279. 1624: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Man City

    It's all out defence now for Sunderland as they just invite pressure. Manchester City build a patient attack into the area and Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, James Milner and Pablo Zabaleta all have shots blocked. Danny Rose has been superb for Sunderland and makes the key intervention.

  280. 1623: 
    Norwich 0-1 Chelsea

    Robert Snodgrass wants a penalty for Norwich as he goes down under a challenge from Branislav Ivanovic, but that was very soft. Norwich have come into the game more but it is just leaving them vulnerable on the break.

  281. 1623: 
    GET INVOLVED

    CWickham on Twitter: "It seems obvious to everyone except Mancini that City need to play with more width."

  282. 1623: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Reading 0-0 Swansea

    Great save indeed! Wayne Routledge crosses from the left, Nathan Dyer bullets a header back across goal but Adam Federici somehow keeps it out with a strong wrist. Fine stop.

    There is about half an hour left in our 1500 games.

  283. 1621: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Hary Manoharan on Twitter: "With all the abuse refs are getting, is it about time the FA take a note from rugby?"

  284. 1621: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Cesar Del Rio on Twitter: "It is evident to me that Manchester United don't like doing things the easy way.. its either the hard way or no way..."

  285. 1621:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray on Final Score: "Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has gone down far too early again for Evra's goal for Manchester United and he has practically dived over it. Bad, bad goalkeeping again."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  286. 1618: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-2 West Brom - Robert Green OG (49 mins)

    Get the circus music out - a comedy of errors sees West Brom go 2-0 up. A corner from the right is headed miles into the sky by Anton Ferdinand, Robert Green is impeded by Marc-Antoine Fortune as he tries to tip it over and he ends up just flapping it into his own net. Again, that looks a dubious decision. Fouls are normally given for less.

  287. 1617:  
    Former Wales, Leicester and Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "If you defend the width of the box against Manchester City like Sunderland are doing and make the pitch narrow, then they struggle as they play with no width."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  288. 1617: 
    Reading 0-0 Swansea

    Play is really starting to open up at the Madejski and it would be no surprise if a goal arrived soon. We've seen plenty of meaty challenges and dangerous counter-attacks, but the lack of a final ball is costing both Reading and Swansea. The hosts need the points far more than their opponents, yet if anything it is Swansea who look likeliest to open the scoring.

  289. 1617: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 2-2 Newcastle - Patrice Evra (58 mins)

    This man cannot stop scoring! Patrice Evra puts Manchester United level. James Perch heads a free-kick out to the edge of the box, Evra takes a touch and drives a low shot skidding into the corner. Tim Krul could have done better with that.

  290. 1616: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Everton 1-0 Wigan

    Shaun Maloney wants a penalty at Goodison Park as he goes down under a challenge from Leon Osman, referee Lee Mason tells him to get up. Maloney then charges after the ref and pulls him aside. You can't be doing that.

  291. 1614: 
    KICK-OFF- QPR 0-1 West Brom

    The second half is under way.

  292. 1614: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Scotty on Twitter: "Sunderland! Get in, Utd and City slipping up. Maybe Arsenal and Chelsea can sneak up???"

  293. 1614: 
    Norwich 0-1 Chelsea

    Norwich threaten at Carrow Road with a good move on the break. Grant Holt is just offside but shoots narrowly wide anyway after good work by Wes Hoolahan.

  294. 1613: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Paolo in London on text via 81111: "Why are people crediting Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez with moving David Luiz to midfield, like he's some genius all of a sudden? Just before flying to Japan, Lamps and Romeu picked up long term injuries and Mikel was banned by the FA. Benitez had no choice BUT to put Luiz in midfield!"

  295. 1613:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray on Final Score: "Every year when you find yourself at the bottom of the table, you find yourself there as you have no luck. Leon Osman certainly had the rub of the green there for his goal for Everton against Wigan.

    "You have to say that was the third bad decision from a goalkeeper today for Sunderland's goal against Manchester City. Joe Hart should have done so much better with that."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  296. 1611: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Man City - Adam Johnson (53 mins)

    It had to be you. Adam Johnson scores against his old club, and his old mate Joe Hart won't like seeing this one again. Johnson cuts in from his station on the right, catches his shot cleanly enough but Hart should keep it out. Instead it spins off his gloves and into the net.

  297. 1609: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-0 Wigan - Leon Osman (52 mins)

    Massive, massive deflection helps Everton ahead. They would have had a penalty though as Leon Osman's shot hits Gary Caldwell on the arm before nestling in the opposite corner. Everton have the breakthrough.

  298. 1608: 
    Norwich 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea almost sneak a second in at the near post, but Juan Mata's corner is helped on and Mark Bunn just about scrambles it clear. Chelsea are looking comfortable.

  299. 1607: 
    GET INVOLVED

    John Shamon on Twitter: "Sir Alex will be a lucky man to escape berating the officials like that. Entirely unacceptable to act like that."

    John Connolly on Twitter: "How was SAF not sent off for going after three officials on the pitch before the second half?"

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 19 20 46
2 Man City 19 18 39
3 Chelsea 18 20 35
4 Tottenham 19 9 33
5 Everton 19 9 33
6 West Brom 19 5 33
7 Arsenal 18 14 30
8 Stoke 19 4 28
9 Swansea 19 4 25
10 Liverpool 19 2 25
11 Norwich 19 -8 25
12 West Ham 18 0 23
13 Sunderland 19 -4 22
14 Fulham 19 -5 21
15 Newcastle 19 -7 20
16 Aston Villa 19 -21 18
17 Southampton 18 -11 16
18 Wigan 19 -16 15
19 Reading 19 -16 10
20 QPR 19 -17 10