Premier League and Football League as it happened

How the afternoon unfolded following wins for Chelsea, Reading, Southampton and Sunderland.

12 January 2013 Last updated at 18:10 GMT

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  1. 1806: 

    On that note, I'm going to bid you a fond farewell. Whether your team has won, lost or drawn today, enjoy the rest of your evening and make sure you watch Match of the Day at 1030 GMT to see all of today's goals. If you still want to talk about today's action, you can join 606 on BBC Radio 5 live. We'll do it all again tomorrow when Manchester United 'welcome' Liverpool to Old Trafford and Manchester City - minus most of their supporters - travel to Arsenal. Hopefully it will be as entertaining as an afternoon with Jon Walters. Night all.

  2. 1805: 

    Fulham boss Martin Jol, after his side's 1-1 draw against Wigan: "If you are 1-0 up you have to score a second goal and we were very sloppy. We lost the ball and kept them in the game. We've had two disappointing results but we have to take it.

    "I wouldn't say we're in a relegation battle but we need the points. We don't have all of the millions to spend but you have to be creative. Sometimes you could do with one of two quality players and hopefully we will do something."

  3. 1758: 

    There is a Championship game under way at the KC Stadium, where struggling Sheffield Wednesday have taken a surprise lead against second-placed Hull. Defender Reda Johnson was on the scoresheet after 24 minutes.


    Chelsea striker Demba Ba on Twitter: "Great performance from the team. Hard place to come and win. But we did it... big up to Eden Hazard for the goal..."

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on Twitter: "Well...Well...Well.....Urrrrrrrrzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!! #Believe. West Brom are a very impressive team and Lukaku's performance was exceptional...but....we showed what belief and spirit exists in our squad!"

    Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne on Twitter: "Three points in the bag!"


    Strawn on Twitter: "Reading first on MOTD against WBA, who would have thought? Such a fantastic result!"

    Freddie Holland on Twitter: "Everyone seems to think their team is in a relegation battle, 10 team free-for-all!"

  6. 1755:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Britannia StadiumStoke 0-4 Chelsea

    "We have all had bad days at the office so spare a thought for Stoke's Jon Walters. Two own goals and a missed penalty, and all on his 100th Premier League appearance too."

  7. 1752:  
    MOTD's Conor McNamara at Stadium of Light, BBC commentatorSunderland 3-0 West Ham

    "Sunderland have put real distance between themselves and the relegation places as Sebastian Larsson, Adam Johnson and James McClean gave them a well-deserved win."

  8. 1751:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Craven CottageFulham 1-1 Wigan

    "You wouldn't deny Wigan a point to take back north in a game where there were two terrific strikes - one from Giorgos Karagounis and one from Franco Di Santo. Fulham will feel a little frustrated as they almost won it with Bryan Ruiz's shot only to be denied by Maynor Figueroa's header off the goal-line."

  9. 1750:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the Madejski StadiumReading 3-2 West Brom

    "What an amazing turnaround, West Brom looked so comfortable but then conceded three goals in eight minutes at the end of the game. These are three priceless points for Reading.

  10. 1749:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Carrow RoadNorwich 0-0 Newcastle

    "This match will not live long in the memory. The draw halts the run of Premier League defeats for both sides. Norwich defender Russell Martin came closest to breaking the deadlock but in truth this was a very poor game indeed."

  11. 1748:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Goodison ParkEverton 0-0 Swansea

    "Everton will hope this result does not come back to haunt them. They created countless chances but were unable to find the net on a frustrating afternoon. Swansea were inspired by Michel Vorm, while Ashley Williams and Chico Flores dug deep to secure a hard-earned point."

  12. 1747:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Tottenham

    "A valuable point for Harry Redknapp and QPR. Tottenham continue their unbeaten run, which is now seven games. There were not many scoring chances. There was a warm exchange between the two managers at the end and you don't often see that."

  13. 1745:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Villa ParkAston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    "Crowds are waning here at Villa Park and they want something to believe in. Villa striker Christian Benteke got closer and closer as the half wore on and his side would have felt they deserved a point against Southampton.

    "Over the years, the relegation battle has proved to be a cruel mistress and Villa were on the end of a bad decision for the penalty."

  14. 1744: 

    Shall we find out what the Match of the Day presenters made of it all today? Stand by for their analysis.

  15. 1744: 
    Fulham 1-1 Wigan

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, following his side's 1-1 draw at Fulham: "It's a decent point overall but I'm sure we had the most of the threat and, with the amount of opportunities we had, I'm disappointed we could only get one goal.

    Speaking about the injury to defender Ivan Ramis, who was carried off on a stretcher late on, Martinez added: "I thought he was outstanding from the first minute until he had to come off. We fear he has damaged his ligaments in his right knee. We will have to see the scan but I fear the worst."

    Ivan Ramis

    Tottenham midfielder Sandro, who limped off injured against QPR [see 1309], on Twitter: "Hi guys, I'm in some pain at the moment! On my way to the hospital for a scan now so fingers crossed it's good news...thanks for all support."

  17. 1740: 
    Sunderland 3-0 West Ham

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill was delighted after his side's victory over West Ham. He told BBC Sport: "We were brilliant from start to finish. It was very important for us today. We were energised after having a couple days off after the Bolton game. We put West Ham on the back foot from the beginning, and a great goal from Seb (Larsson) settled us down."

  18. 1738: 
    Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Everton manager David Moyes, following his side's goalless draw with Swansea: "We missed a lot of chances. On another day, if we'd taken one then we'd have won the game. We could have played better, but Swansea deserve a lot of credit for what they're doing. It's a great achievement by my players (three defeats in 31 Premier League games) but what happens when you get on a run like this is that you want to win every game. However, I can't fault the players for their efforts today."

    Victor Anichebe
  19. 1737: 
    Stoke 0-4 Chelsea

    Jon Walters will not be watching Match of the Day tonight, Gary. The Stoke striker scored two own goals and missed a penalty, but at least he got some sympathy from his manager Tony Pulis.

    "We all have bad days," the Potters boss said. "He had a bad day in terms of things not going his way but he was still brave enough to pick the ball up and take the penalty which is what he is all about."

    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day presenter

    On Twitter: "MOTD running order: Rea/WBA, Sto/Che, Sun/WHU, AV/Sou, Ful/Wig, Eve/Swa, QPR/Tot, Nor/New. BBC1 10.30. See you then."


    West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, currently on Africa Cup of Nations with Democratic Republic of Congo, on Twitter: "Angry and frustrated after watching that game [against Reading], but keep the head up for the next game."

  22. 1733: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton, who saw his side held 0-0 against Newcastle, tells BBC Sport: "Our final ball and our delivery from set-plays let us down. On the balance of play we were the better team but you have to score goals and we weren't able to do that. Certainly, in the end, it was not a bad point."

  23. 1731: 
    Everton 0-0 Swansea

    After Spain manager Vicente del Bosque's visit to Goodison Park to watch Michu, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup tells BBC Sport: "Obviously this wasn't the best game to see Michu in because it was a very difficult game to show what he is capable of doing. But I know Del Bosque has other people over here who can tell him how he has been playing. I hope he can get to play for Spain, who are the best team in the world right now."


    Santino Cocchiarella on Twitter: "Re 1704. How about Jonathan Woodgate's debut for Real Madrid, scoring an own goal then getting sent off. £13.4 million well spent."

    Dominic Nozahic on Twitter: "Emmanuel Eboue against Wigan? Subbed on and then off after a series of poor touches and tackling his own team-mate..."

    Greg on Twitter: "Stan van den Buys scored three OGs against Anderlecht in 1995. His team lost 2-3."

  25. 1731: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    Rickie Lambert, who converted Southampton's disputed penalty, thought referee Mark Halsey made the correct decision.

    "I thought it was a penalty right away," he said. "You can clearly see the defender was not going to get there, that is all I can say. If I was on the pitch and it was the opposite way round I would have been having a go at my defender for making a poor challenge, it looked a stonewall penalty."

    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Fabricio Coloccini is supposed to want to leave Newcastle - well he didn't play like he wants to leave today. He was totally committed and had a magnificent game."

    You can see post-match reaction from across the country on Final Score. It can be viewed on the Red Button or at the top of this page.

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Camron, a Villa fan, via text: "We can talk all we want about Learner not investing but Lambert spent £20m in the summer. Apart from Benteke, none of his signings have performed. The only thing keeping Lambert in the job at the moment is the fact he bought Benteke."

  28. 1727: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    Nigel Adkins, however, realised his side were fortunate following the award of the penalty, with replays showing Enda Stevens had not made any contact with Jay Rodriguez.

    "We could have had seven or eight penalties this season, and they say it levels out," he said. "For me there is no contact with the player but the referee has a decision to make. All we can do at our place is make sure the players are not diving. We expect the players to behave properly, it is not a dive from Jay Rodriguez, there was no contact, but if the player had not moved his leg away, there would have been contact."

  29. 1725: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins was understandably delighted after his side beat Aston Villa 1-0, thanks to a disputed penalty. "It was good points away from home," he told BBC Sport. "I thought we could have been out of sight but, in the second half, Villa were very strong and we weathered a storm very well. We showed great character."


    Benjamin Andrew on Twitter: "11 different nationalities represented in the Fulham starting line up today. In free fall, but at least we are multicultural."

    Jack Pape on Twitter: "Pet hate in football is supporters leaving early. Anyone who did at the Madejski got exactly what they deserved."

    Joseph Wilcox on Twitter: "Newcastle on a bad run, but there are three worse teams than us so should be safe. Should be."

  31. 1721: 

    That was certainly a good win for Sunderland today, who had lost their two previous matches since beating champions Manchester City. It's worth watching Match of the Day tonight, just for Sebastian Larsson's opening goal and the comedy of errors which led to Adam Johnson making it 2-0. I wouldn't want to be Big Sam's cat when he trudges through his front door later this evening. He was fuming in his post-match interview.

    Adam Johnson
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Hull v Sheffield Wednesday. Live commentary right now on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra."

  33. 1717: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew did not want to talk about the future of unsettled defender Fabricio Coloccini following his side's 0-0 draw at Norwich. However, speaking about the match, he said: "It was a more favourable result for us than for Norwich as they were the home side. It was two teams that worked hard and restricted the opposition.

    "For us it was important to get a clean sheet. I had the luxury of putting some senior players on the pitch and the result showed that. That was a key game. We have Reading at home and Aston Villa away coming up so it is an important time for us.

    "Hopefully, we will bring in a couple (of new signings) because we need to be a lot stronger."

  34. 1714: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, who saw his side lose 1-0 against Southampton following a disputed penalty: "We did not deserve to lose but that is the way things are going for us. It was never a penalty.

    "We had a lot of chances again, and we are creating a lot at the moment. If the players keep that up we will start to get more wins.

    "I have seen the penalty replay at half-time and unless you are 100% you cannot give a penalty. It is evident it was never a penalty.

    "Enda Stevens was not even close to him and that is the most hurtful thing. I think referee Mark Halsey will be embarrassed by that."


    John Crennell on Twitter: "Bet Jon Walters bangs his toe on the door to the changies, then steps on some Lego."

    Hassan on Twitter: "Can Chelsea swap Torres for Walters?"

    Kassim Olanrewaju on Twitter: "Imagine Jon Walters is the captain of your fantasy team...DOOMED."


    Ted, Arsenal fan, via text: "Tough day for Jon Walters but a hard working player who represents all that is good about Stoke, I am sure he will bounce back."

  37. 1712: 
    Sunderland 3-0 West Ham

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, following his side's 3-0 defeat at Sunderland: "It baffles me trying to understand what I was seeing today. We gave Sunderland their easiest win of the season; I'll have to get to the bottom of it tomorrow. I don't know how the same players that took Manchester United to the wire last week can follow it up with a performance like that. The whole team hasn't performed. The lack of goals is a concern."

    I'd hate to be on the bus from Sunderland to London with Big Sam this evening. I'd rather hitch a ride back if I was a West Ham player.


    Tom Cannon on Twitter: "From a WBA fan at the Madejski, Reading will go down. Yes they beat us, but nothing makes me think they will stay up."

    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "Both Fulham and West Ham are in freefall at the moment. They are both well and truly in this relegation scrap."

    Daniel Ciampa on Twitter: "We cannot afford to lose to Southampton twice, lose to Wigan and draw with QPR and get away with it. Terrible from Villa."

  39. 1709: 

    Port Vale leapfrogged opponents Gillingham to go top of League Two - the goals coming from the division's top-scorer Tom Pope and debutant Lee Hughes, helping them to a 2-1 win at Priestfield. Exeter moved into the automatic promotion places with a 3-0 win at home to Southend, while bottom club Bristol Rovers beat Fleetwood by the same scoreline.

  40. 1707: 

    It remains tight at the summit of League One - leaders Tranmere secured a 2-0 win at home to Crawley, while Doncaster came from behind to beat Stevenage 2-1 with joint-caretaker player-manager Rob Jones scoring the winner in injury time. Third-placed Sheffield United lost 2-0 at home to Yeovil. Elsewhere, in-form Brentford and Bournemouth both extended their unbeaten league runs - the Bees beating Oldham 1-0 and the Cherries drawing 1-1 with Swindon.

  41. 1705: 

    A hat-trick from Chris Wood helped Leicester to a 4-0 win at Bristol City. It sees him go to six goals in three games for the Foxes as they moved into third. Leaders Cardiff were held 0-0 at home to Ipswich while Watford overcame Middlesbrough 2-1 in a meeting of two teams in the play-off places. Managerless Barnsley beat Leeds 2-0 in their Yorkshire derby as they moved off the bottom.

  42. 1704: 

    Chelsea didn't need Lukaku today, though. After a slow start against Stoke they hit their stride and left the Potters - and Jon Walters in particular - shellshocked. Has anybody ever had a worse afternoon on the football pitch than JW? Two own goals and a missed penalty. Tweet me, using #bbcfootball, and tell me about other terrible performances.

  43. 1701: 

    I reckon they will be dancing on the streets of Reading tonight. That comeback literally come from nowhere and proves they are more than up for this relegation battle. As for West Brom, they should have been home and hosed but Romelu Lukaku hit the post and had one disallowed. That lad surely has a bright future at Chelsea.


    Stephen Noakes on Twitter: "Everyone has been writing off Reading, three points from safety and a morale boosting turnaround today."

    Chris Johnson on Twitter: "Lose to relegation rivals due to wrongly awarded penalty and also drop points to QPR/Reading/Wigan. Terrible weekend for AVFC."

    Alex Philpotts on Twitter: "Villa Park starting to feel like a monopoly board. Pass GO and pick up three points..."

  45. 1659: 

    I'd say the footballing gods more than made up for the lack of first-half goals with a deluge in the second half. So what did you make of it all? Tweet me, using #bbcfootball, or text on 81111. I'll bring you manager reaction as it filters through...


    Jack, Newcastle, via text: "After this 0-0 against Norwich I am officially starting to panic - why would Remy or anyone else want to join Newcastle when QPR are able to offer double our wages. Relegation battle has begun."

  47. 1657: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 1-1 Wigan
  48. 1657: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 1-1 Wigan

    Fulham almost grab a late winner as Bryan Ruiz has a shot cleared off the line by Wigan's Maynor Figueroa.

  49. 1656: 

    Referee Mark Halsey is being booed off at Villa Park while an 80-year-old women dances incredibly badly in the stands at the Madejski Stadium. I wonder how crucial those two results will be at the end of the season? Aston Villa can feel hard done by after losing to a disputed penalty against Southampton while Reading have produced a victory out of nowhere after being outclassed by West Brom for the majority of the match.


    Match of the Day on Twitter: "Could Walters day get any worse at Stoke? Two own goals and now he's missed a penalty."

    Stoke's Jon Walters has certainly had a memorable afternoon at the Britannia - but not for the right reasons. Watch it on Match of the day tonight on BBC One, or on the BBC Sport website, at 22:30 GMT. I'll be surprised if Mr and Mrs Walters settle down to watch a re-run though.

  51. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton
  52. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 0-0 Swansea
  53. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 0-4 Chelsea
  54. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 3-2 West Brom
  55. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 3-0 West Ham

    Paul Young on Twitter: "Re 16:30. And the best goalie in the Prem right now is also Belgian - 'Mig the Magnificent' or 'Super Simon'. Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet."

    Tom Murray on Twitter: "Chelsea's Belgian players showing their class today. Lukaku should be recalled."

    Kyle McGrath on Twitter: "West Ham are being taken to the McCleaners."

  57. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
    Martin Keown, BBC Final Score

    "I'm not sure why Jon Walters was allowed to take the penalty because he was never going to score - he's had a nightmare day."

  59. 1649: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Stoke 0-4 Chelsea

    Oh no. Poor Jon Walters, who has scored two own goals already today, blasts his penalty over the bar. The ball's probably still travelling in orbit.

  60. 1648: 
    PENALTY- Stoke 0-4 Chelsea

    Stoke are awarded a penalty after John Terry's foul on Jon Walters. The striker will take the penalty...

  61. 1646: 
    GOAL- Reading 3-2 West Brom - Pavel Pogrebnyak (90 mins)

    Incredible stuff. Pavel Pogrebnyak forces the ball home from close range to put Reading ahead, their third goal in eight amazing minutes. Has that saved their season? Truly fantastic stuff.

  62. 1644: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-2 West Brom - Adam Le Fondre (88 mins)

    What a comeback. Reading look like they have earned themselves at least a point with their second goal in five minutes. Adam Le Fondre slots homes from the penalty spot. West Brom should have been out of sight by now.

    Adam Le Fondre
  63. 1644: 
    PENALTY- Reading 1-2 West Brom

    Reading are rightly awarded a penalty as Jonas Olsson brings down Jimmy Kebe.

  64. 1643: 
    Sunderland 3-0 West Ham

    It's nearly a dream debut for Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye, who drags a shot wide from 15 yards out just moments after coming on to the pitch.

  65. 1641: 
    Everton 0-0 Swansea

    The fans are getting frustrated at Goodison Park, as Everton struggle to find a way through. Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has seen enough too. He has gone home, after Michu was substituted. I wonder if the striker, who hit the bar in the first half, has done enough to earn a call-up?


    Femi Longe on Twitter: "Is this the same Chelsea that couldn't even score a goal against QPR and Swansea? Where is the consistency?"

    Max Davies on Twitter: "Lampard has been by far and away our best player, amazes me how Abramovich can sit there and let him go for free. He is Chelsea."

  67. 1639: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 3-0 West Ham

    A proper chance at last for West Ham; Simon Mignolet pulls off a superb near-post stop to deny Ricardo Vaz Te. Too late for the Hammers now though, surely.

  68. 1638: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-2 West Brom - Jimmy Kebe (82 mins)

    Have Reading got a fightback left in them? Garath McCleary whips in a cross and Jimmy Kebe dives in at the far post to head home. West Brom will kick themselves if they let this one slip.

  69. 1638: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 0-4 Chelsea

    Good news for Chelsea fans as skipper John Terry makes his return from injury, replacing Juan Mata.

  70. 1636: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    Christian Benteke is doing his best to get Aston Villa an equaliser. First he jinks into space on the edge of the box but his wild left-footed effort fails to hit the target. However, it's much better second time around as he gets free in a similar position and curls a shot just over the bar. Close, but no cigar.

  71. 1636: 

    Leicester lead Bristol City 4-0 in the Championship but for once it's not Chris Wood who's scored - Matty James has got in on the act. A Chris Dagnall brace has lifted Barnsley off the bottom as it stands - they lead 2-0 against Yorkshire rivals Leeds.

    It's not looking good for League One promotion chasers Doncaster and Sheffield United. Managerless Rovers trail 1-0 at Stevenage while the Blades are two down at home to Yeovil.

    In League Two Cheltenham have taken the lead against York while Burton have drawn level at 1-1 with Torquay.


    Jack Target on Twitter: "Re 1623. Bit selfish of Chelsea not to let Jon Walters take the penalty to get his hat-trick if you ask me."


    Jaffa, Watford, via text: "Forget the big money signings, Chelsea should recall Lukaku and pair him with Ba. Goalfest!"

  74. 1631: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 3-0 West Ham - James McClean (74 mins)

    There's a touch of good fortune about Sunderland's third goal as Stephane Sessegnon's miscued effort falls straight to James McClean, who finishes from a tight angle. No question that the Black Cats are good value for their lead though; West Ham have been poor.

    James McClean
  75. 1631: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-1 Wigan - Franco Di Santo (71 mins)

    Wigan grab a deserved equaliser and it's a lovely goal. A quickly taken free-kick allows Franco Di Santo to cut in from the left-wing, he goes unchallenged to the edge of the penalty area and blasts the ball past Mark Schwarzer.

    Franco Di Santo
  76. 1630: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-4 Chelsea - Eden Hazard (73 mins)

    What a tremendous finish by the Belgian magician, Eden Hazard. He picks up the ball 35 yards from goal, spins his marker and then smashes it into the top corner. One to look forward to on Match of the Day. How good are Belgium footballers at the moment?

  77. 1629: 
    Fulham 1-0 Wigan

    Fulham are hanging on at Craven Cottage. Excellent defending from Kieran Richardson, who slides in to deny Franco Di Santo in the penalty area after a storming run forward from James McCarthy, keeps Fulham ahead before Shaun Maloney shoots at Mark Schwarzer. Di Santo, with an exquisite piece of skill, then flicks the ball up and volleys on the turn but his shot goes narrowly wide.

  78. 1628: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    Villa have improved after the break but it is Southampton who go closest when Jason Puncheon hits the post after he cuts inside from the right wing and rifles in a dangerous low drive.

    Martin Keown, BBC Final Score

    "It's almost funny - but not for Jon Walters of course. For the first goal you can't believe he has managed to head it in - then you think just get him away from the box. But a cross comes in, he jumps up ahead of Lampard and it goes in.

    "Then Lampard punishes them from the spot. Chelsea are running away with this game and it's a major message to the rest that they mean business."

    Jon Walters
  80. 1627: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-2 West Brom - Romelu Lukaku (69 mins)

    Romelu Lukaku gets his second of the afternoon as he cuts in from the right and fires home at the near post from 25 yards out. Adam Federici should have done better in the Reading goal, but the Belgian striker deserves his second of the afternoon. He has been fantastic yet again.

    Romelu Lukaku
  81. 1625: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    A rare moment of excitement at Carrow Road. Norwich defender Russell Martin goes for a shot from long range and sees his shot hit the outside of the post. The Canaries bring on Grant Holt for Simeon Jackson.

  82. 1623: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-3 Chelsea - Frank Lampard (65 mins)

    Frank Lampard has certainly not lost his magic from the spot, as he smashes past Asmir Begovic. It's a bit confusing why the penalty was given. Juan Mata went down near Ryan Shawcross, but it appears Robert Huth might have shoved the player from behind beforehand.

    Frank Lampard
  83. 1622: 

    Juan Mata goes down in the area under the challenge of Robert Huth.

  84. 1621: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-2 Chelsea - Jon Walters own goal (62 mins)

    Jon Walters is proving to be a better centre-forward for Chelsea than Fernando Torres as he heads home Juan Mata's corner, under pressure from Frank Lampard. A nightmare afternoon for the Stoke striker, who is now on an own goal hat-trick.

  85. 1620: 
    Stoke 0-1 Chelsea

    A big call for assistant referee Sian Massey at the Britannia Stadium, and she gets it spot on. Matthew Etheringon bursts into the box down the left but is brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta. Referee Andre Marriner points to the spot, but then spots Massey's flag is raised for an offside against Etherington. The home fans are furious, but TV replays show Massey was right.


    Thomas on Twitter: "Re 16:03. An English footballer that can actually take penalties, England should call him up just for that reason alone."

    Mitesh Chavda on Twitter: "Lambert has converted all his penalties something Roy Hodgson should note down."

  87. 1617: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    West Ham are all over the place at the Stadium of Light, and they are lucky to not go further behind when Jack Colback smashes an effort against the woodwork following some sloppy defending.

  88. 1617: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fulham 1-0 Wigan

    Wigan refuse to lie down at the Cottage as Shaun Maloney's wonderful 25-yard shot is tipped on to the bar by the Fulham goalkeeper.

  89. 1614: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Reading 0-1 West Brom

    Romelu Lukaku has given the Reading defenders a torrid time today, and he heads James Morrison's cross on to the post. That's one goal, one disallowed and one on to the post. A hat-trick of sorts.

    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 live chief football reporter

    "Spurs quick to say still not confirmed but Jake Livermore set for loan move to QPR. Redknapp also confirms enquiry made for West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie."

  91. 1613: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Classy midfielder Yohan Cabaye is coming on for Newcastle - his first appearance for the club since early November. He will replace Gabriel Obertan. Good news on two counts for Magpies supporters, I suspect.

  92. 1611: 
    Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Everton have scored in their last 18 Premier League games yet David Moyes's Champions League hopefuls are struggling to hurt Swansea at Goodison Park. Phil Neville and Sylvain Distin have both gone close in the early stages of the second half but it remains 0-0.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "There was a lot of talk about Chelsea striker Demba Ba beforehand - he had a quiet first half when he only really had one chance - but he has started the second half very well.

    You can listen to Stoke v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea's first chance of the second half. Demba Ba does well to hold off a defender near the right-hand byline and fires in a useful cross. Ashley Cole meets it at the back post but he is denied by Asmir Begovic, who again uses an outstretched leg to make the save.

  95. 1611: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Reading 0-1 West Brom

    Romelu Lukaku gets the ball into Reading's net for the second time today - but the Belgian striker, on loan from Chelsea, is correctly flagged for offside after stretching to poke in a ball over the top from around eight yards out.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "It was a comedy of errors from West Ham for Sunderland's second goal - it was laughable. Dan Potts is facing his own goal and when the ball bounces in front of him in the six-yard box he has got to smash it clear, but he tried hooking it over his own shoulder."

    You can watch Final Score on the Red Button or the video at the top of this page.

  97. 1610: 
    WHAT A MISS- Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    Aston Villa have started brightly in the second half and Enda Stevens fires in a shot from the edge of the area which is only palmed into the direction of Christian Benteke, who lifts the balls over the bar from four yards out. Poor Paul Lambert can't catch a break at the moment.

    GOAL- Sunderland 2-0 West Ham - Adam Johnson (48 mins)

    Look away now, West Ham supporters. Stephane Sessegnon launches a superb ball upfield which picks out James McClean. The Irish winger's shot is saved, but West Ham fail to clear the rebound and Adam Johnson nips in to score. Big Sam will be furious with that defending. Why didn't they put it into Row Z?


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "31 - Rickie Lambert has scored all 31 of the penalties (inc. shootouts) that he has taken for Southampton in all competitions."

  100. 1603: 

    The second half is under way across the country. Let's hope for a few more goals...

  101. 1602: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    It is fair to say referee Mark Halsey has not had the best of games so far. The Southampton bench were angered after a high challenge from Enda Stevens and a flailing elbow from Christian Benteke went unpunished, but it will be Aston Villa who feel the more aggrieved after Jay Rodriguez's dive which led to Rickie Lambert's penalty which separates the sides.


    If the scoreline stays the same, Port Vale will replace opponents Gillingham at the top of League Two tonight - they lead 2-1 at Priestfield. Bottom side Bristol Rovers are winning 2-0 at Fleetwood, while cup marvels Bradford are drawing 1-1 at home to Oxford.


    League One table-toppers Tranmere are two up at home to Crawley, while in-form sides Brentford and Bournemouth both lead 1-0. Scunthorpe have leapfrogged opponents Colchester out of the relegation zone as it stands - they also lead 1-0.


    In the Championship, a first-half hat-trick from goal machine Chris Wood gives Leicester a 3-0 lead at Bristol City. A Matej Vydra strike is presently the difference between sixth-placed Watford and fourth-placed Middlesbrough, while league leaders Cardiff are being held 0-0 at home to Ipswich.


    Alex, Derby, via text: "Re Craig Byres. Ashley Young last season? What nationality is he?"

    G, via text: "Villa moving backwards at speed, Lambert ought to have only 45 minutes to keep his job."

    Alex, Bath, via text: "I was at St Mary's for the Saints - Villa match back in September, Saints were 1-0 down at half time, but came back to win 4-1, hoping the reverse doesn't happen here!"

  106. 1557: 

    Just looking at the half-time replays from Villa Park, and it appears that Southampton's Jay Rodriguez was saying "I didn't dive" to people around him as Rickie Lambert stepped up to take the penalty...


    Sam Shepherd on Twitter: "There seems to be a lot of games vying for that coveted last spot on MOTD tonight."

    Remember you can see all of today's action on Match of the Day at 22:30 GMT on BBC One. It will be also be streamed live on the BBC Sport website. Let's hope there will be plenty of second-half goals - making it difficult to pick that 'coveted' last game.

    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Stoke 0-1 Chelsea

    "Jon Walters' own goal means Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez can go into the dressing room at half-time and say 'job well done'. Benitez and Stoke boss Tony Pulis both spoke to referee Andre Marriner on their way in for the interval - there are complaints from both sides that there is too much holding going on in the area, so it will be interesting to see if both sides stop doing it in the second half."

    You can listen to the second half of Stoke v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Reading 0-1 West Brom

    "A very disappointing first half from Reading's point of view, they have lacked the craft and guile to seriously damage West Brom at all. There is a greater confidence about the way West Brom move the ball around the pitch, and a greater threat in the final third."


    Craig Byres on Twitter: "Doubt we'll be talking about Saints penalty as Rodriguez is English, therefore exempt from diving criticism that foreigners get."

    Mark Peter Kemzura on Twitter: "Until there is retrospective punishment for diving it will continue. Rodriguez has bought a goal but will get zero punishment."

    Nicholas Sanders on Twitter: "Need some retroactive punishment for Rodriquez. Villa have enough issues without non penalties being awarded."

    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Fulham 1-0 Wigan

    "The first half has been fairly even and Wigan have played a big part in it but the big moment came from a sweet strike from Giorgos Karagounis for his first Premier League goal. Franco Di Santo had the best opportunity to equalise for Wigan but could not find the target from close range."

    Match of the Day commentator Conor McNamaraHALF-TIME- Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

    "Sunderland have not had many chances, but they took the one that fell for them. It was a great goal that has been a long time coming for Sebastian Larsson."

    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Chelsea - Jon Walters own goal (45 mins)

    Stoke have caused a lot of problems for Chelsea so far by hoisting the ball into their box so it is ironic that Chelsea have taken the lead by doing exactly that. It's a Potters player who put the ball through his own net too, with Jon Walters beating Asmir Begovic with a header as he tried to clear Cesar Azpilicueta's chipped cross.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Chelsea might be tempted to bring John Terry on after the break and move David Luiz into midfield but Blues boss Rafael Benitez must be quite happy with the way his team are playing so far. I think the temptation for Stoke in the second half would be to push a second man up front. Kenwyne Jones is winning plenty of headers and, if he had any support up there, Stoke could do some more damage."

    You can listen to Stoke v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton

    "It was a cruel way for Aston Villa to fall behind as there was no contact on Jay Rodriguez for the penalty. Again, the old debate will be raised about players diving. Despite the controversy, Southampton are deservedly ahead. At the back, Villa look brittle, but up front, Christian Benteke always looks capable of goals."

    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Everton 0-0 Swansea

    "It's been an interesting first half, Michu hitting the bar with what was Swansea's only clear cut opportunity. Everton have had a few, but Michel Vorm's goal remains intact."

    Match of the Day commentator John RoderHALF-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    "The majority of the crowd here are enduring the match rather than enjoying it. I think the fans will be hoping both managers can work their magic at half-time to improve a desperately poor match."


    Freddie Clamp on Twitter: "Re 1529. Efficiency is key in Germany. My German housemate is even ruthlessly efficient brushing his teeth."

  119. 1544: 
    Fulham 1-0 Wigan

    Wigan are getting closer, as Emmerson Boyce whips in a low cross but Franco Di Santo puts it over the bar from six yards out.

  120. 1542: 
    Stoke 0-0 Chelsea

    Stoke, for all their pressure early on, have not really forced Petr Cech into a save - but Glenn Whelan changes all that with a powerful shot from the edge of the area which is well saved.

  121. 1540: 
    Fulham 1-0 Wigan

    Giorgos Karagounis's goal means Wigan have gone behind in 15 of their 22 Premier League matches so far this season and they have gone on to lose on 13 of the previous 14 occasions. However, they have a good chance to grab a quick equaliser at Craven Cottage but James McArthur's weak shot from 18 yards is straight at Mark Schwarzer and is easily dealt with by the Australian goalkeeper.

  122. 1539: 
    Reading 0-1 West Brom

    West Brom are content to play patience with Reading following Romelu Lukaku's goal. The hosts are chasing the game but not creating many opportunities for all their possession with Jobi McAnuff's weak header straight at Ben Foster from inside the area summing up their afternoon so far.


    James Barry on Twitter: "Shout out for Chris Wood - Leicester City goal machine!"

    Ben Johnson on Twitter: "If Michu is bargain of the season, Chris Wood has to be the next best transfer!"

    Indeed he is a goal machine. Wood is like a man possessed at the moment - scoring like his life depends on it. He's netted twice already at Bristol City to take his Leicester tally to five goals in two and [almost] a half games since his move from West Brom.

  124. 1538: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 0-0 Chelsea

    Stoke have had most of the ball at the Britannia Stadium but Chelsea continue to create the better chances.

    Asmir Begovic comes to Stoke's rescue again, blocking Demba Ba's rasping shot after he ran on to a ball over the top. Credit too for Potters defender Andy Wilkinson, who slid in at full-pelt with a perfectly-timed tackle to stop Ramires from following up as the ball rebounded back out into the Stoke area.

  125. 1538: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Nathan Dyer sends Michu scampering away down the left and the striker, watched by Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque, confidently chips Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard but the ball hits the bar. At the other end, Marouane Fellaini shoots straight at Michel Vorm from six yards out.

  126. 1534: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton - Rickie Lambert (34 mins)

    Rickie Lambert confidently sends Brad Guzan the wrong way from the spot, but I suspect we'll be talking about the incident that led to the penalty later on. I don't think Enda Stevens touched Jay Rodriguez there.

  127. 1533: 
    PENALTY- Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton

    Southampton are given a penalty after Enda Stevens brings down Jay Rodriguez.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Until that Frank Lampard chance it had mainly been Stoke pressure so far. They are closing Chelsea down in midfield and not allowing them any time on the ball because they know the key is to deny their creative players any space. The question is can they do it for 90 minutes? Most teams can't - Everton tried it a couple of weeks ago but tired towards the end and Chelsea came away with the win."

    You can listen to Stoke v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Giorgios Karagounis' goal for Fulham is the 600th scored in the Premier League so far in 2012-13."

  130. 1531: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Everton have another effort cleared off the line. This time it's Victor Anichebe who is the unlucky player, as Ashley Williams clears the header to safety. The defender was helped by a half-save by Michel Vorm, which slowed down the goalbound ball.


    Seb Rowlands, Villa Park, via text: "Aston Villa's positional play is an absolute shambles. We need some Germans to come and organise us!"

    Ex-Borussia Dortmund player Paul Lambert has talked recently about bringing some German organisation to his side - it's not working yet, according to Villa fan Seb.

  132. 1529: 

    Right now, Chris Wood is possibly the hottest striking property in the whole country. He's scored twice against struggling Bristol City for Leicester, taking him to eight goals in his last five games.

    Elsewhere there's some big goals in League Two. Tom Pope and debutant Lee Hughes have given second-placed Port Vale a 2-0 lead against league leaders Gillingham - putting them on top of the division as it stands. At the other end of the table, Danny Woodards has given bottom club Bristol Rovers the lead against promotion-chasing Fleetwood.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score

    "Karagounis is vastly experienced but not known as a renowned goalscorer. But the moment he picked up the ball he took a touch, went by his opponent and he only had one thing on his mind - scoring a goal."

  134. 1527: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Norwich counter-attack with four against Newcastle's two but fail to capitalise. Canaries striker Simeon Jackson cuts the ball back for Wes Hoolahan, who takes a touch instead of shooting first time and that lets Magpies midfielder James Perch run back and get in a vital tackle.

  135. 1527: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have barely threatened so far but out of nothing - and with Stoke fans chanting 'boring, boring, boring' at them, they almost break the deadlock. Frank Lampard runs into the area to get on the end of Demba Ba's flick but sees his shot saved by Asmir Begovic's outstretched leg.


    Waz on Twitter: "Stoke doing well to pick up second balls and loose balls. Need to make this pressure pay now!"

  137. 1525: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-0 Wigan - Giorgos Karagounis (22 mins)

    Wow, take a bow Giorgos Karagounis. The Greek midfielder, who scored an absolute screamer against Blackpool in the FA Cup last weekend, repeats the trick today as he rifles in from 25 yards out. The shot went in via the post - lovely.

  138. 1523: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy's cross is not cleared by Norwich and the ball falls to Gabriel Obertan, whose well-struck shot forces Canaries keeper Mark Bunn into a smart save.

  139. 1522: 
    Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

    West Ham create their first chance as they try to claw their way back into the game at the Stadium of Light. Matt Jarvis fires in a low drive from 15 yards, but it's easily stopped by Simon Mignolet.


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Romelu Lukaku has now scored in six of his eight Premier League starts for West Brom."

  141. 1522: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton

    Villa had started the brighter but Southampton have just exposed the porous nature of the host's defence. The high line favoured by Paul Lambert's young side was exposed by the experienced Saints skipper Rickie Lambert as his flick on the halfway line played Jay Rodriguez into acres of space down the right but the ex-Burnley man's control at pace as he came into the penalty area let him down and his poor cutback was easily swept up by goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

  142. 1521: 
    Stoke 0-0 Chelsea

    Stoke are on top at the Britannia Stadium, firing all sorts of balls into the Chelsea area. Blues striker Demba Ba is being a lot more active in his own area than he has in Stoke's so far - he has made two important clearances.

  143. 1519: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-1 West Brom - Romelu Lukaku (19 mins)

    A great goal for the Baggies as James Morrison gets to the byline and pulls back for Romelu Lukaku to fire home. The value of the striker, who is on loan from Chelsea, grows with each passing game. If Fernando Torres is worth £50m...

    Martin Keown, BBC Final Score

    "That's a hell of a strike from Larsson. He's good with his right foot but he hit that with his standing foot. He was a young lad at Arsenal when I was there and I never saw him hit a shot like that with his left foot."

    You can watch Final Score on the Red Button or through the live stream at the top of this page.

    Seb Larsson
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Stoke are certainly in the ascendancy right now and Chelsea cannot get out of their half. The Potters have done their homework, and they are playing to their strengths. They are playing it wide to Jon Walters to get above Ashley Cole and he is getting the knock-ons that allow them to get into the final third."

    You can listen to Stoke v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  146. 1517: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Everton are really taking the game to Swansea, as Nikica Jelavic has a flicked header cleared off the line by Dwight Tiendalli from a Leighton Baines corner. This is shaping up to be a cracking match.


    England cricketer and Nottingham Forest supporter Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Sat two rows from Sir Alex Ferguson at the City Ground. Thought they'd give McLeish more time but happy with the replacement..."

    Sorry to disappoint you Stuart but I'd imagine Fergie is firmly in the camp of visitors Peterborough, who are managed by his son Darren of course.

    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 West Ham - Seb Larsson (12 mins)

    What a strike. Sebastian Larsson answers my prayers for a goal with one from the top drawer. The Sunderland midfielder picks it up 30 yards out and hammers it past Jussi Jaaskelainen in the West Ham goal. You can't save those.

  149. 1512: 
    Fulham 0-0 Wigan

    Martin Jol has picked an attacking line-up that has seen Bryan Ruiz drop into central midfield with Mladen Petric partnering Dimitar Berbatov up front. Wigan are without Arouna Kone, who is on international duty with the Ivory Coast, but have the first chance when the ball falls to James McArthur but his 20-yard shot goes over the crossbar.

    Still no goals around the country. Come on Premier League, help me out here. Even Villa are keeping a clean sheet.

  150. 1511: 
    Reading 0-0 West Brom

    Positive start from the Royals as they look to close the gap on the sides above them. They have had plenty of play in the West Brom half but Baggies keeper Ben Foster has had little to worry about so far.

  151. 1510: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Everton almost take the lead as Steven Pienaar whips in a cross to the far post and Nikica Jelavic skilfully spins his marker but his weak effort rolls wide of the post.

  152. 1509: 
    Stoke 0-0 Chelsea

    Chance for Stoke. Andy Wilkinson's shot is deflected into the path of Kenwyne Jones, who manages to get a shot away but it rolls wide of the far post. Good stuff by the home side.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

    "Eden Hazard has started well for Chelsea and Juan Mata looks lively too. I thought Stoke would go with two strikers today - they haven't and they need to get the ball up to Kenwyne Jones as quickly as possible because he has won every header against David Luiz so far."


    Evan Pritchard on Twitter: "Mr Higginson, are you a goal repeller? And if so, do you fancy signing for Villa in the transfer window?"

  155. 1507: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton

    Villa's failings this season have been linked to the lack of experience in their side, and this point is made stark when you compare the careers of the two captains at Villa Park today. Villa's 23-year-old leader Ciaran Clark is making just his 67th appearance while 30-year-old Southampton skipper Rickie Lambert is playing in his 564th league fixture.


    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson at Goodison Park: "No John Heitinga in the Everton squad to face Swansea. Wonder if the Dutchman is heading for Goodison exit in Jan transfer window?"

  157. 1504: 
    Sunderland 0-0 West Ham

    Sunderland have the first opportunity of the afternoon at the Stadium of Light as David Vaughan fires wide from the edge of the area. It's a big day for the Black Cats - they have not really kicked on since beating Manchester City over Christmas.

  158. 1503: 
    Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Marouane Fellaini has a shot at goal which is easily saved by the Swansea goalkeeper. Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque must be rubbing his hands in the stands at Goodison Park - and not because it's cold. He has the best team in the world, and now he has to find a place in his team for the hottest property in the Premier League, Michu.

  159. 1500:  
    BBC Final Score

    Final Score is well under way and you can watch on the Red Button or through the live stream at the top of this page. Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks and ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown provide the analysis of this afternoon's action.

  160. 1500: 

    We are off around the grounds. Where is our first goal coming from?

  161. 1459: 

    We're almost set for kick-off around the country, as Norwich manager Chris Hughton goes to shake hands with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and ends up doing so with the entire Magpies bench. Mr Hughton is clearly still a popular man with those at St James' Park.

  162. 1458: 
    Norwich v Newcastle (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says his players need to put in a good showing at Carrow Road after last weekend's FA Cup defeat by Brighton, their fourth straight defeat in all competitions.

    "We really need to get some momentum back for our fans, who we really let down last week," said Pardew. "It is important that we give a really good account of ourselves at Norwich and start getting points on the board."

  163. 1457: 
    Fulham v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Fulham had won only once in 12 games before getting the better of West Brom in their last Premier League outing and Cottagers boss Martin Jol says their form at Craven Cottage must improve, starting today. He is not expecting it to be easy, though.

    "We should have done a lot better in our home games and that's why we need wins," said Jol. "Hopefully we can win against Wigan because they are one of the bottom clubs. But they're a good team with a lot of talented players."

  164. 1456: 
    Stoke v Chelsea (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez is glad to have his skipper John Terry in his squad for the first time since he took charge at the end of November.

    Terry, who has been out for two months with a knee injury, begins the game on the bench and Benitez said: "He cannot start yet but he is available. It's always important to have someone who has character at any time. He is an important player for us."

  165. 1456: 

    BBC Match of the Day's Steve Wilson, who is at Everton versus Swansea, is reporting that Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is at Goodison Park to look at Michu, who has scored 13 Premier League goals for the Swans since signing from Rayo Vallecano for £2m in July.

  166. 1455: 
    QPR 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "They defended very well; we wanted to play with a higher tempo, but they frustrate you. Julio Cesar had a great game. We had some big chances; in a game like this it's important to score first. It was a difficult game for us, but we got an away point so we are satisfied."

    When asked about Harry Redknapp, AVB added: "I have tried to be respectful and I think Harry is the same. He's been a great example to follow so there are no hard feelings."

  167. 1453: 

    As well as today's Premier League action, there is also a full Football League programme. Remember to catch the highlights with Manish Bhasin on the Football League show. It starts at 00:00 GMT on BBC One.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    In just under 10 minutes, there will be live commentary of Stoke v Chelsea at the Britannia. But there will also be lots of updates and news from elsewhere as the goals go in throughout the afternoon.

    Listen to all the action here.

  169. 1448: 

    There's a top of the table clash in League Two as leaders Gillingham welcome second-placed Port Vale. Bradford may have beaten Premier League Aston Villa on Tuesday, but they've failed to win their last three league games and will be hoping for a win at home to Oxford.

  170. 1448: 

    Doncaster, who sit second in League One, begin life without Dean Saunders as they travel to Stevenage. Caretaker managers Rob Jones and Brian Flynn are in charge after Saunders left for Wolves in midweek.

    Meanwhile, the division's form teams, Bournemouth and Brentford, will be looking to extend their unbeaten league runs - both stretching back to October - against Swindon and Oldham respectively.


    Injured Newcastle defender Danny Simpson on Twitter: "Good luck to the boys today. Let's get our first away win of the season and kick on from here."

    Injured Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell on Twitter: "Good luck to all the boys today. I'm sure all the fans will be behind the team as always. For all asking I tweaked hamstring last week vs Blackpool and couldn't come off because all subs were made. Nearly made today but just too soon."

  172. 1447: 
    QPR 0-0 Tottenham

    QPR midfielder Shaun Derry: "We've got resolve now, since the last five weeks, and it's all down to the changes the new management have made. We all know what our roles are and we seem to be a different group of guys now."

  173. 1445: 

    Championship leaders Cardiff will be looking to make it five league wins a row today when they host Ipswich, while second-placed Hull are also at home, welcoming struggling Sheffield Wednesday in the late game.

    Elsewhere, Blackpool, who lost manager Michael Appleton to Blackburn yesterday, travel to Charlton and there's a Yorkshire derby between bottom-placed Barnsley and Leeds.

  174. 1444: 

    I'm afraid I have disappointing news to report on rumours of a life-changing haircut for Chelsea defender David Luiz. The big mop is still there, just a few strands shorter. We wouldn't have known any different. It's a shame really. I was hoping he had sat down in the barber's chair and said: "I'll have the Howard Webb please." Maybe next time.

    Dion Dublin, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus Road

    "The catalyst to this point for QPR was down the middle of pitch. The spine of their side - Julio Cesar, Clint Hill and Shaun Derry - was superb and they thwarted Spurs. Spurs have great attacking players but it wasn't their day. Harry Redknapp set up QPR perfectly and the players worked very hard to frustrate Spurs. It was a well-deserved point."

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Not a totally enthralling start to our games on MOTD but an invaluable and well earned point for QPR."

  177. 1441: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Newcastle (1500 GMT)

    Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Pilkington, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Jackson. Subs: Rudd, Holt, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Barnett, Ryan Bennett, Kane.

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Anita, Obertan, Marveaux, Gutierrez, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Cabaye, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger, Tavernier.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  178. 1441: 
    LINE-UPS- Fulham v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Richardson, Duff, Karagounis, Ruiz, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Petric. Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Senderos, Baird, Kasami, Rodallega, Dejagah.

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Figueroa, Caldwell, Ramis, Beausejour, McArthur, Jones, Boyce, McCarthy, Maloney, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Henriquez, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam, Golobart.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  179. 1441: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Colback, Johnson, Vaughan, Larsson, McClean, Fletcher, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, N'Diaye, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon.

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, Potts, Collison, Diarra, Joe Cole, Nolan, Jarvis, Carlton Cole. Subs: Spiegel, Tomkins, Vaz Te, Taylor, Diame, Chamakh, O'Neil.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

    LINE-UPS- Everton v Swansea (1500 GMT)

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

    Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies, Agustien, Ki, Rangel, Dyer, Michu, Hernandez. Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Britton, Graham, Routledge, Monk, de Guzman.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  181. 1441: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Chelsea (1500 GMT)

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

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Hazard, Lampard, Ramires, Bertrand, Mata, Ba. Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Oscar, Ferreira, Marin, Terry, Ake.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  182. 1440: 
    LINE-UPS- Reading v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Reading: Federici, Gunter, Mariappa, Pearce, Harte, Kebe, Karacan, Daniel Carrico, Guthrie, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary, Morrison, Cummings, Akpan.

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Thorne, Brunt, Dorrans, Morrison, Thomas, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Popov, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Dawson, Tamas, Nabi.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  183. 1440: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Stevens, Holman, Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia, Benteke, Weimann. Subs: Marshall, Vlaar, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Bowery, Bannan, Lichaj.

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Rodriguez, Cork, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Ramirez, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Steven Davis, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Seaborne, De Ridder.

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

  184. 1440: 
    Fulham v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Four changes for Fulham with Mark Schwarzer, who missed the 1-1 FA Cup draw against Blackpool, back in goal, while Kieran Richardson and Damien Duff also return and Mladen Petric replaces Steve Sidwell, who misses out with a hamstring injury. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez changes eight players as his side aim to end a poor run against Fulham that has seen the Latics fail to win in 12 games against the Cottagers. Ali Al Habsi, James McCarthy, Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell, Shaun Maloney, Jean Beausejour, James McArthur and Franco Di Santo all return.

  185. 1438: 
    Norwich v Newcastle (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle hand a debut to French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who joined the Magpies earlier this month from Lille. Captain Fabricio Coloccini returns to the Newcastle defence, while striker Papiss Cisse comes in for the suspended Shola Ameobi. Tim Krul returns in goal and Sylvain Marveaux and Jonas Gutierrez also start. Norwich make seven changes to the side who beat Peterborough 3-0 in the FA Cup with starts for Mark Bunn, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Turner, Javier Garrido, Anthony Pilkington, Alexander Tettey and Wes Hoolahan.

  186. 1437: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 0-0 Tottenham

    That's it, all over at Loftus Road. Harry will be really pleased with that well-earned point. He and AVB embrace once again at the final whistle and have a chat. "Merlot or Shiraz, Andre," is my guess as to how the conversation went.

  187. 1434: 
    Reading v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Brian McDermott has made seven changes to the Reading side that beat Crawley in the FA Cup a week ago. Daniel Carrico makes his debut following his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, with Chris Gunter, Adrian Mariappa, Jimmy Kebe, Jobi McAnuff, Danny Guthrie and Pavel Pogrebnyak all returning. There are four changes to the West Brom side that drew with QPR in the FA Cup last Saturday. Defender Jonas Olsson, subject of a bid from QPR this week, is back as are goalkeeper Ben Foster, midfielders Graeme Dorrans and Jerome Thomas.

  188. 1433: 
    Sunderland v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill makes two enforced changes in defence, with Jack Colback and fit-again John O'Shea replacing Carlos Cuellar and Danny Rose. Stephane Sessegnon returns, while new signing Alfred N'Diaye is on the bench. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hands first Premier League starts to Dan Potts and Alou Diarra, but Mark Noble and Joey O'Brien are missing. New striker Marouane Chamakh is among the Hammers substitutes, along with the returning Mohamed Diame.

  189. 1432: 
    Stoke v Chelsea (1500 GMT)

    Gary Cahill is not in the Chelsea squad today because his partner went into labour this morning. He is now the proud father of a baby boy. Congratulations to the Cahill family. Incidentally, we've got our best men on David Luiz watch to see if he has indeed chopped off his locks. I'll bring you any news when we have it.

    Dion Dublin, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus Road

    "That was nine rolls by Mbia! That's got to be a record. He's not looking in much comfort but you can't be in that much pain if you're rolling over on the floor nine times."

  191. 1430: 

    Stephane Mbia races clear, but the linesman raises his flag. The midfielder is cleaned out by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and spends a couple of minutes rolling about theatrically before getting back to his feet and jogging back to position. It's a miracle.

  192. 1427: 

    You sense it's not going to be Tottenham's day, as Gareth Bale's free-kick goes wide. QPR are anxious to pump it forward now, sensing the victory is there for the taking. Just five minutes left.

    Aston Villa v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins makes four changes from the team that lost 5-1 to Chelsea in the FA Cup as centre-back Jos Hooiveld, attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez, right-back Nathaniel Clyne and striker Rickie Lambert come in for Jose Fonte, Guly, Steven Davis and James Ward-Prowse. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has reacted to the embarrassing midweek League Cup defeat to Bradford by also making four changes to his side as Shay Given, Joe Bennett, Barry Bannan and Gabriel Agbonlahor make way for goalkeeper Brad Guzan, full-back Enda Stevens, centre midfielder Ashley Westwood and playmaker Brett Holman.


    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin has been answering your Twitter questions - and here's what he thinks about his former club as they prepare to host fellow strugglers Southampton.

    Alexander on Twitter asks: "Villa are in dire need of experience, what kind of player would you put in the starting XI to help that?"

    Dion: "Villa need to bring in a Frank Lampard type player. Someone who has been there, won it all, calm on the ball and who can motivate the kids. He has the consistency, is unafraid when under pressure and the youngsters can follow his example. I am hoping Paul Lambert can turn it around as I feel he is someone who can get the best out of the players."

  195. 1424: 
    Everton v Swansea (1500 GMT)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup makes four changes from the side that started the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg win at Chelsea in midweek. In come Michel Vorm, Dwight Tiendalli, Kemy Agustien and Nathan Dyer. Gerhard Tremmel, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman and Wayne Routledge make way. Steven Pienaar returns to the Everton side in place of Bryan Oviedo, with midfielder Leon Osman starting 10 years after making his first senior appearance for the Toffees.

  196. 1423: 

    I suspect Andre Villas-Boas wanted more than a point this afternoon, and he is trying to shake things up by bringing on Gylfi Sigurdsson for Aaron Lennon. The England winger has been quiet today.

  197. 1421: 

    Adel Taarabt is starting to work his magic now, as he plays through a wonderful ball for SWP but the winger just fails to get on the end of it and Hugo Lloris rushes out to clear. Game on.

    Dion Dublin, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus Road

    "That is the best we have seen from QPR all game and they nearly got their reward."

    Listen to commentary of the final 15 minutes from Loftus Road on BBC Radio 5 live.

  199. 1418: 

    QPR are starting to show more ambition as Adel Taarabt plays through Fabio on the left, but there is nobody in the box to get on the end of the full-back's cross. About 15 minutes left in this one.

  200. 1415: 

    Demba Ba, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech all start for Chelsea at Stoke this afternoon. Fernando Torres and John Terry are on the bench.


    Mr Boy on Twitter: "Hey Marc, there are rumours that David Luiz has cut off his famous locks. Surely that must be the biggest story of the day?!"

    Wow, that would be hair-raising news indeed. I'll keep you posted.

  202. 1414: 

    I like to bring you all the key action from the matches, so I thought you should know that AVB has taken to doing up his shoe laces on the touchline. Maybe Harry had nipped over and tied them both together, the old prankster.

  203. 1412: 

    This game needs a spark now. Can Clint Dempsey provide it? He is on for Emmanuel Adebayor, who must have a fight to catch to the Africa Cup of Nations.

  204. 1410: 

    Steven Pienaar returns to Everton's starting line-up against Swansea, with Bryan Oviedo making way.

  205. 1407: 

    This game is going a bit stale - just the way QPR want it. They will fancy their chances of nicking it the longer it stays this way.

  206. 1405: 

    Daniel Carrico makes his debut for Reading against West Brom.

  207. 1403: 

    There's a lot of Twitter love for Jamie Mackie today - and I can see why. He has the work ethic of somebody who has worked his way up through the divisions, but plenty of ability to suggest he deserves to be playing at this level. Top pro.

  208. 1402: 

    Mathieu Debuchy makes his debut for Newcastle against Norwich this afternoon, while Fabricio Coloccini also plays.


    Joe Storkey on Twitter: "Jamie Mackie is a top player. Works his socks off. Could play for a top team."

    Sham Gallagher on Twitter: "Tottenham's form has been inconsistent, they win one game and next game is a different story."

  210. 1358: 

    If you are wondering why there is a spare seat on the QPR bench, it is because Steve Cotterill, who joined the Rangers coaching staff on Friday, is not allowed to sit there because his name is not on the VIP list. Now he knows how I feel when I try getting into trendy nightclubs and end up in a backstreet boozer instead.

  211. 1357: 

    Jermain Defoe has been lively today, in front of watching England manager Roy Hodgson, and he squeezes a shot through a number of bodies in the penalty area but Julio Cesar makes another top save - this time with his feet.

  212. 1355: 

    Kyle Walker fires a free-kick from the edge of the area just over the top of the bar. Spurs appear to be getting closer.

  213. 1352: 

    Harry Redknapp's record against his former clubs is good, according to this stat from MOTD's John Motson. Harry has played 16 times against his former clubs, winning 10 and drawing 4. Will he be boosting that record today?


    Tim, Marlow, via text: "Re 1303. Are Harry and AVB practising to be the next sporting stars to give Strictly Come Dancing a whirl?"

  215. 1349: 

    Jermain Defoe is brought down by Ryan Nelsen on the edge of the area. This is Gareth Bale territory. The Welshman lines it up, Jonny Wilkinson style, but his effort is grabbed at the second attempt by Julio Cesar.


    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Spurs have both scored (72%) and conceded (74%) the highest proportion of goals in the second half of PL games this season (72%). Open."

  217. 1348: 

    The second half is under way at Loftus Road. Stand by for some goals - judging by this next super stat...


    Alex Osborn on Twitter: "Jamie Mackie has worked his socks off this half. Closing down, running the channel and quick feet to get around Naughton."

    Stuart Jones on Twitter: "QPR look organised, committed, defensively strong but OMG this game is so boring."

    Neil Knighton on Twitter: "I think Spurs need a refund for Adebayor. Anonymous again."

    Dion Dublin, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus Road

    "I think QPR are good for 0-0 at half-time. They could have nicked a lead if they had more quality in the box.

    "Spurs have had a lot of the ball but have been limited to one shot by Defoe. It's been very evenly-matched and it could have gone either way."

    Don't forget you can listen to live second-half commentary from Loftus Road on BBC Radio 5 live.

    MOTD's Conor McNamara at the Stadium of LightSunderland v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    "When Sunderland beat Manchester City on Boxing Day many hoped it would be a turning point in their season, but the Black Cats haven't won since. West Ham have only managed five goals on their travels this season - the fewest in the top flight. But captain Kevin Nolan enjoys playing Sunderland, with five goals in his last three games against them."

    Read Conor McNamara's full match preview.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Britannia StadiumStoke v Chelsea (1500 GMT)

    "Having lost their last two home games and with unrest growing over Rafael Benitez being at the club and Frank Lampard being "forced" to leave, it will suit Chelsea to be away this weekend.

    "It will certainly suit Stoke to be at home. The Potters are different beasts at the Britannia Stadium to the ones who go away. Stoke are the only team still unbeaten on their own patch in England's top five divisions this season, and their home run now stands at 17 league games without losing."

    Read Guy Mowbray's full match preview.

    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the Madejski StadiumReading v West Brom

    "The Royals have managed a win and a draw in their last three games, but those are the only four points taken from the last 30 available. In contrast, West Brom have had an excellent season so far under new head coach Steve Clarke and are 11 points better off than at this time last year."

    Read Simon Brotherton's full match preview.

    MOTD's John Roder at Carrow RoadNorwich v Newcastle (1500 GMT)

    "Newcastle have lost their last four in all competitions, and Alan Pardew's side come into this match just two points above the relegation zone. Norwich, managed by Pardew's St James' Park predecessor Chris Hughton, lost all four of their Premier League games over the festive period. This fixture has traditionally produced goals during the Premier League era but with both sides on bad runs, any goal - no matter how it's scored - will do, provided it earns them three points."

    Read John Roder's full match preview.

    MOTD's Steve Bower at Craven CottageFulham v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    "This match provides Fulham with an opportunity to build on an encouraging start to the year and record back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since September.

    "Wigan have had more of a goal threat this season, but need to tighten up and stop conceding the opening goal. Form would point to Fulham but with Wigan you just never know."

    Read Steve Bower's full match preview.

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Goodison ParkEverton v Swansea (1500 GMT)

    "Everton's 3-0 win at Swansea on 22 September could hardly have been more emphatic and was one of the best performances away from home by any side in the Premier League this season. Swansea, fresh from Wednesday's fine 2-0 win at Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final first leg, find themselves playing what will be a rare league game in a marathon of cup matches this month."

    Read Steve Wilson's full match preview.

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Villa ParkAston Villa v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    "Aston Villa were very naive at the back at Bradford City and, while they may yet turn that semi-final around, they'll be relegated unless Paul Lambert can stop the rot. In contrast, there's been a growing maturity about Southampton's league displays. They've conceded just nine goals in the last 10 games and they've won five out of six meetings with fellow relegation strugglers.

    "This is a "Signpost Saturday" game - it could well point out the direction these clubs will be taking in May."

    Read Jonathan Pearce's full match preview.

  227. 1335: 

    Right, let's see what the Match of the Day lads think about this afternoon's other matches...

  228. 1334: 
    HALF-TIME- QPR 0-0 Tottenham

    And that's the half-time whistle. QPR will be really happy with this - they have contained Spurs well since those two early efforts from Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor. They might even be in front, but for poor finishing from SWP.

  229. 1331: 

    Shaun Wright-Phillips has had the two best chances of the match now, as he skips past Kyle Walker but fires his shot wide. It opened up for the former Manchester City man, but he lacked the quality to make it count.


    Xavier Edmonds-Allen on Twitter: "Please let's have another Derry vs. Bale race over 30m - great entertainment for the neutrals!"

  231. 1327: 

    Roy Hodgson is in the stands today, but he won't have been too impressed by Scott Parker's wayward shot from 35 yards which ends up in Row Z. By the way, what are the chances of a late career England call-up for Shaun Derry? It happened for Kevin Davies...


    Craig, Notts, via text: "I think Adebayor needs to ask his hairdresser for a refund..."

  233. 1324: 

    Mousa Dembele is booked after bringing down Jamie Mackie in full flow. QPR get a free-kick in a decent position, but it's too short from Adel Taarabt and fails to beat the first defender. That's poor.

  234. 1322: 

    I'm afraid the League One game between Portsmouth and Notts County has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at Fratton Park. It never rains but it pours for Pompey fans.

  235. 1319: 

    Gareth Bale gets free down the left, after an error by Shaun Derry in midfield, but overhits his cross. A bit of a let-off for Rangers there.


    Susie, Berkshire, via text: "Re pic of Harry and AVB 1303. That's a particularly scary photo which actually looks like Harry is going to kiss AVB. Certainly not one for the family album!"

  237. 1316: 

    To be fair to Harry, he has made QPR more disciplined and hard to beat. Even Adel Taarabt is putting in a shift as the lone striker.

    Dion Dublin, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus Road

    "At the moment QPR have taken the sting out of Spurs. It's down to their organisation and the way Harry has set them up.

    "QPR are not sending many players forward - they are hoping to hold on to 0-0 until half-time and then gamble more in the second half."

    Don't forget you can listen to live commentary from Loftus Road on BBC Radio 5 live.


    Tim H on Twitter: "Is Sandro wearing suspenders?"

    Chris Currie on Twitter: "I'm pretty sure Sandro is wearing very sultry stockings..."

  240. 1312: 

    Kyle Walker likes to bomb forward every now and again, and Emmanuel Adebayor lays the ball off for him but his shot is well wide and does not trouble Julio Cesar.

  241. 1311: 

    Shaun Derry is patrolling the QPR midfield today. The search engines tell me he is 35 years old. The grey hairs tell me differently.

  242. 1309: 

    I'm afraid that's the end of Sandro's participation in this match, as he is helped off the pitch by Emmanuel Adebayor. He is replaced by Scott Parker. Good chance for the England midfielder here with only 25 minutes gone.


    Josh Gretton on Twitter: "Re 1301. Taarabt should be allowed to wear those gloves, I've just been walking the dog round near Loftus Road and it's freezing."

  244. 1308: 

    There's a break in play, as Sandro goes down with what appears to be a twisted knee. There was nobody around him when it happened, which is always a concern.

  245. 1306: 

    Stephane Mbia breaks through from midfield again - minus the jumbo jet [1257] - and is denied by another great tackle by Michael Dawson. How Harry must wish QPR had bought the Spurs defender when they were interested last summer?

  246. 1305: 

    Gareth Bale has been fairly quiet so far, as he lets fly from 40 yards out and, after taking three bounces, the balls settles nicely into the hands of Julio Cesar. Speculative at best.


    Hamish Meichen on Twitter: "Wright-Phillips showing that he has no quality. Poor first touch and no composure! Defoe would have buried that."

    Young Herby on Twitter: "First time in a very long time I've seen a HUNGRY QPR team!"

    Mark Lawrenson, Football Focus

    Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson on whether he would pick Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie or Reds frontman Luis Suarez if he had to choose between the pair of highly-rated goal-poachers:

    "I'll have to go for Van Persie. He gives you a little bit more than Luis Suarez. They're completely different players. Suarez, in the penalty area, is the best dribbler I have ever seen. He conjures up a lot of his own goals. Van Persie will create things and get his head up. They're both wonderful, wonderful players."

  249. 1303: 
    Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas

    If you needed any proof that Harry and AVB were pleased to see each other, here's the photographic evidence. That's one for the family album, Harry.

  250. 1301: 

    He might be wearing white boots [text below], but it's not stopping Michael Dawson from throwing his weight about as he lets Adel Taarabt know he is around with a strong tackle on the halfway line. Taarabt, by the way, is wearing gloves to go with his winter stubble.


    David, London, via text: "Michael Dawson wearing white boots, I never thought I'd see that. He's meant to be an old school defender."

  252. 1259: 

    I sense there could be plenty of goals in this match, with the amount of attacking talent on show. Sandro tries to break through from midfield for Spurs, but runs into trouble and QPR survive.

    Dion Dublin Twitter Q&A

    Former Aston Villa and Coventry striker Dion Dublin has been answering your Twitter questions on the weekend's action.

    Yplee Amos on QPR v Spurs: Do you think there is a possibility Harry Redknapp can beat his former club?

    Dion: "Knowing Harry Redknapp, he has a gift of making players play beyond their level, they rise to the next stage when playing for him and he is capable of making his players get a result against Spurs, but they are in such bad form at the moment."

    Mark Lawrenson, Football Focus

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on Rafael Benitez's position as Chelsea boss following Wednesday's defeat by Swansea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final, and being beaten by QPR in their last Premier League game:

    "Benitez won't be worried about the pressure. You have got to stop moaning about the manager, the owner appointed the manager. For fans to say they're not going to watch the team while he is in charge is mad."

  255. 1257: 

    Stephane Mbia could probably pull an aeroplane along on a bit of rope - like those strong blokes on the telly do - and he bursts through from midfield but pulls a lame shot wide. QPR have perked up now, as Shaun Wright-Phillips wriggles free in the area and his six-yard shot is deflected wide by Michael Dawson. That would have been a goal, but for Dawson's intervention.


    Samuel Davies on Twitter: "I can only see a Spurs win today, although I thought the result was certain when QPR met Chelsea recently..."

    Dion Dublin, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus Road

    "You cannot give a shooting opportunity to Jermain Defoe from 20 yards. He has no backlift and will shoot from anywhere."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  258. 1253: 

    Adel Taarabt is playing on his own up front, as QPR look to frustrate Spurs like they did when they beat Chelsea earlier this month. It's not working so far, with Tottenham already looking dangerous going forward. Julio Cesar has kept QPR in the game with two great saves - it turns out he palmed Defoe's shot on to the post. Top work.

  259. 1251: 

    After a fairly low-key start, the game bursts into life when Jermain Defoe crashes a 20-yard shot on to the post and Emmanuel Adebayor's follow-up is well saved by Julio Cesar. From the resulting corner, Gareth Bale flicks into the grateful arms of Cesar.

    Robbie Savage, Football Focus

    Former Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage, on Michael Appleton being appointed manager at Ewood Park: "It is very surprising. You just have to look at his record at Portsmouth and Blackpool. I was in the same Manchester United youth team with Michael but, looking at his record, he is very lucky to get the Blackburn job. Football now, in my opinion, is becoming about who you know. We've got to start looking at what they have done."

  261. 1245: 

    We are under way at Loftus Road.

  262. 1244: 

    Harry walks down the tunnel and warmly embraces Andre Villas-Boas. He's now rubbing his hands warm on the bench. Maybe he wanted the little cuddle to warm up. Watch out Joe Jordan, he might want to snuggle up and share your warmth next.


    Ben Michael Abel on Twitter: "Re 1223. The best haircut on Tyneside will have to be Sammy Ameobi's peak. Either that or Jonas' pony-tail."

    Samuel Davies on Twitter: "If Newcastle thought Ba was a huge loss, Coloccini is even worse, Their defence is nowhere near the same when he's not there."

  264. 1241: 

    Some Tottenham fans are holding up a banner - or, more precisely, some cardboard with writing on - which says "We love you Harry, but today's on you." The players are out on the field. You all set? Still time to grab that cuppa and sandwich before we kick-off...

  265. 1239: 

    We're almost set for kick-off at Loftus Road. It's a bit chilly outside, but I hope it's only the goalies wearing gloves. After all, some Newcastle fans don't even need a shirt at this time of year!

  266. 1237:  
    Mark Lawrenson, Football Focus

    Mark Lawrenson on Norwich manager Chris Hughton, ahead of the visit of his former club Newcastle to Carrow Road: "Chris is a very good coach. Slowly but surely the players have started to react to him. But Norwich have been on 25 points for a few games and obviously they want to start winning."


    BBC Match of the Day on Twitter: "After a week off for the FA Cup, the Premier League and Match of the Day are back. Eight games for you today. We're on at 10.30pm tonight."


    Abbas Damani, via text: "Re 1223. Big blow for NUFC with Colo going. Williamson isn't up to standard. Maybe Hangeland on the cheap as free at end of season! Massive talent."

  269. 1231: 

    Did any Portsmouth supporters get a club calendar for Christmas? I hope not, since nine of the players featured in it have now left the club. It makes socks look like a worthwhile gift. Let me know if you did get one - and whether you are still hanging it up regardless.

  270. 1229:  
    Robbie Savage, Football Focus

    On a huge day in the Premier League title race on Sunday as leaders Manchester United host Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City visit Arsenal: "This could be a title-deciding weekend. It's all ifs and buts. But if United win and City lose then you have to wonder."


    As well as Twitter and text, you can also tell us your opinions on Facebook. Hit the 'like' button on the BBC Sport page and then you can write on our wall. Simple.

    This morning we have asked 'who will be smiling after this weekend and why?' Here's a few of your posts.

    Roja Kigwanigwa: "RVP after 'hat-tricking' Liverpool."

    Daniel Walton: "Leeds fans because of the big win what we will get at Barnsley today."

    Callum Ridley-Stuart: "Redknapp when QPR beat Spurs."

  272. 1225: 

    I also see that Liverpool have ended Nuri Sahin's loan, and he will now spend the next 18 months at Borussia Dortmund. The 23-year-old joined Liverpool from Real Madrid in August and had been due to play out the season at Anfield. However, after 12 appearances and three goals, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has decided to end Sahin's loan deal. What went wrong with that move? The lad clearly has pedigree.

  273. 1224: 

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Da Silva, Mbia, Park, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Mackie. Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Ben Haim, Faurlin, Bothroyd, Campbell.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Parker, Sigurdsson, Assou-Ekotto, Caulker.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  274. 1223: 

    Unless you're a Sunderland supporter, you've got to feel a bit sorry for Newcastle at the moment. As if a torrid run of form is not enough to worry about, captain Fabricio Coloccini has told the club he wants to leave in January for personal reasons.

    What do you think about that, Newcastle fans? Surely he's a massive player to replace. Who will have the best haircut on Tyneside now?

  275. 1221: 

    It's a case of the old and the new this afternoon when Harry Redknapp faces his Spurs successor Andre Villas-Boas. Who will come out on top? Tweet us, #bbcfootball, and text your views on 81111.


    Shropshire Spurs fan, via text: "Will be good to see Old Uncle 'Arry at Loftus Road today, but only if we get the three points!"

    Mark, Spurs fan, via text: "What are you on about saying it was Harry bringing in Van Der Vaart, it was Daniel Levy definitely! Certainly not missing Harry's self promotion..."

  277. 1219: 

    What else has been happening this week, then? West Ham signed striker Wellington Paulista from Brazilian club Cruzeiro on Friday. Paulista has scored 75 goals in 160 games for Cruzeiro, although some of those were in the state championships against inferior opposition.

    Nevertheless, it appears Big Sam might have found another top player. It wouldn't be the first time.

  278. 1217: 

    Just to let you know that Football Focus has just started on BBC One. You can watch it online by hitting refresh on this page, and it will magically appear above my words. Nifty, eh?

    MOTD's John Motson at Loftus RoadQPR v Tottenham (1245 GMT)

    "QPR boss Harry Redknapp would surely get particular satisfaction out of seeing his team get a result against his former employers, now led by Andre Villas-Boas.

    "This really is a clash between two very different personalities. Villas-Boas is famed for his meticulous scouting and preparation but is still desperate to prove himself after a chastening experience at Chelsea. Conversely, Redknapp has taken charge of more than 1,200 games, and is very much from the old school of management."


    We're also asking for you to act as Premier League scouts - which Football League players have impressed you and deserve a crack at the top-flight?

    Simon Atkins on Twitter: "Considering the financial difficulties, why aren't clubs in the top flight raiding Birmingham City for their best players?"

    Matthew Walker on Twitter: "Derby's Will Hughes. He's 17, played every game this season, quality mid who never loses the ball and Premier League sniffing!"

    Sam Tarry on Twitter: "Anthony Knockaert would be a good signing for any premiership team but being a Foxes fan he should stay at LCFC

  281. 1211: 

    Forget the mind games [1204], if I was AVB I'd be more worried about the curse. The manager of the month curse.

    He picked up that award yesterday, and took his backroom staff along with him to collect the award. No joke, he will have needed a small mini-bus to get that lot about town. It's like a small army. What ever happened to the days of the 'trainer' - the old grey-haired bloke who built the stadium, trains the team, runs on with a bucket and magic sponge and orders in the half-time oranges?


    So, we want to know who is the best signing that your club has made in past transfer windows. Here's a few of your views.

    Billy Speakman on Twitter: "One of the best Villa signings was Ashley Young they need him now..."

    Paul Johnson on Twitter: "Everton signing Jelavic as well as Pienaar returning on loan last January changed our season."

    Simon Harris on Twitter: "Best signing for West Brom recently has to be Mulumbu. Signed for virtually nothing from PSG, now our Makelele."

  283. 1209: 
    QPR v Tottenham (1245 GMT)

    QPR centre-back Ryan Nelsen was named Toronto manager on Tuesday but starts against Tottenham. R's boss Harry Redknapp makes four changes from the side which drew against West Brom in the FA Cup last week. Defenders Nedum Onuoha and Fabio Da Silva, midfielder Shaun Derry and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips start as Tal Ben-Haim, Esteban Granero, Kieron Dyer, who has been released by the club, and DJ Campbell make way.

    Tottenham make seven changes from the FA Cup win over Coventry. They include Hugo Lloris returning in goal, Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen back in the defence, Aaron Lennon on the right wing and Jermain Defoe up front. Striker Emmanuel Adebayor plays his last game before going off on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Togo.

  284. 1204: 

    In fact, there are a few mind games going on ahead of this match. AVB reckons Harry should be capable of getting a victory today, considering his knowledge of the Spurs squad.

    "When you manage a club you get to know the players well, so it's a big advantage," said the Portuguese. "You understand their qualities and Harry can make the most of that."

    Mark Chapman, BBC Sport

    "It is freezing at Villa Park. BBC Radio 5 live on air now. First commentary is QPR v Tottenham."

    Don't forget you can listen to all the action here.

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    Ex-Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas did not take not kindly to those comments, saying this week: "You have to be able to access a club like that to experience it.

    "Chelsea is a high-profile club where media attention is high and everything is scrutinised and it's a different type of environment."

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    I wonder if the warm hand of friendship will be offered to Harry by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, after some of the recent comments made by the ex-West Ham and Portsmouth manager.

    Earlier this month, Redknapp said only "a real dope" would fail as manager of Chelsea.

    "You'd have to be a real dope to mess it up with [the likes of] Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Frank Lampard," he said.

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    Perhaps the only person who loves the January transfer window more than Harry is his old boss Daniel Levy, and it seems the pair are still on good terms despite their parting of ways in the summer.

    "I was speaking with Daniel yesterday to see if there are any players there that we can have," said Redknapp. "But he'll help himself, he won't give us a special deal because it's me.

    "It's his time of year, January. He loves it. On the last day he'll be doing his two for one deal, buy one get one free. That's how he works."

  289. 1153: 

    Spurs have made seven changes to their team from last weekend's FA Cup victory over Coventry. Emmanuel Adebayor starts up front alongside Jermain Defoe.

  290. 1152: 

    It appears Harry Redknapp may see West Brom's Jonas Olsson as the solution to the Nelsen problem. Rangers have had a £5m bid for the 29-year-old turned down.

    Baggies manager Steve Clarke said, via the club's Twitter account: "We don't encourage any more offers from anyone."

    Harry has not graced Twitter yet. Maybe the 'hands-off warning' was aimed in the direction of Rangers chairman, Tony Fernandes?

  291. 1150: 

    Ryan Nelsen will start for Queens Park Rangers against Tottenham this afternoon. I'll get you details on the Spurs team and the full line-ups shortly.

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    It's certainly not been a quiet week for Queens Park Rangers supporters. They might have choked on their cornflakes when they saw star defender Ryan Nelsen had agreed to take over as manager of MLS side Toronto FC. The 35-year-old should be involved against Spurs today, but the Canadians want their man in place before the start of their season in March. It seems his short-term future may be decided by Harry's dealings in the transfer market. Is Tal Ben Haim the answer?

  293. 1145: 

    I'm sure you will agree it's been another superb week - on and off the pitch. After last weekend's giantkilling feats of Brighton, Macclesfield and Luton, normal service was resumed in the Capital One Cup as in-form Bradford beat struggling Aston Villa while the Premier League's Welsh kings, Swansea, outmanoeuvred European champions Chelsea. Who said cup football was dull?


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    1) Who is the best signing your club has made in past transfer windows?

    2) Which Football League/foreign-based players should Premier League clubs be snapping up this month? Who is the next Joe Hart (Shrewsbury) or Michu (Rayo Vallecano)?

    Right, let's get this show on the road.

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