Saturday football as it happened

Live text commentary as West Brom draw with Aston Villa after wins for Man City, Reading, Liverpool, Sunderland and Swansea.

19 January 2013 Last updated at 19:48 GMT

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  1. 1944: 

    Well that's a wrap from me.

    We've had 25 goals, plenty of thrills, spills and drama. I'll be back with you tomorrow, when we'll have Chelsea v Arsenal and Tottenham v Man Utd to chew over. magic darts.

    See you tehre.

  2. 1943: 

    Ill Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann on Twitter: "Shame we couldn´t hold on but the boys were brilliant today and now all eyes on Tuesday for the Bradford game!"

  3. 1941: 
    West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa goalscorer Gabriel Agbonlahor: "Everyone's heads are down from going 2-0 up. But I think credit to West Brom, they came back at us in the second half and scored their two goals.

    "But we have to get our heads up - we've got a big week coming up with a game against Bradford. We are happy not to come away with a loss, and we'll take that."

  4. 1939: 
    LA LIGA LATEST

    As I mentioned earlier, Barcelona lost in La Liga for the first time this season, falling to a 3-2 defeat at mid-table Real Sociedad.

    Goals from Lionel Messi and Pedro put the Catalans side 2-0 up at half-time but they still lost. The hoe is out there...

  5. 1937: 
    GET INVOLVED

    JRP, Brum, via text: "Can't believe Villa threw away a two-goal lead. This time last year McLeish was getting dogs abuse but Lambert is still treated like a god by our fans even though we are looking like relegation fodder already."

    Matt, extremely annoyed Villa fan, via text: "Not the first time Lambert's horrific substitution decisions have cost us this season. When will he learn not to bring our best players off?"

  6. 1937: 
    West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

    West Brom goalscorer Peter Odemwingie: "At half-time the manager said the opposition showed more desire, and that touched every player in the dressing room. You could see the zeal which we had in the second half - it was two different teams.

    "I am very happy for us. Give it five more minutes and we would have got the winner.

    "If we play like we did in the second half we can be back to where we were at the start of the season."

  7. 1935: 

    Manchester City goalscorer David Silva on Twitter: "Great victory again, important to keep winning, now getting treatment to keep on top form."

  8. 1934: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Cardiff City opened a 10 point lead at the top of the Championship with a hard-earned win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

  9. 1932: 

    Stoke striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Thanks for all your kind messages people. Not the ideal way to bring up the milestone but nice to get off the mark for Stoke."

  10. 1931: 
    AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    We are half an hour into the second match of this year's Africa Cup of Nations and we have yet to see a goal.

    Keep the faith though - someone will bag soon. Surely? Why don't you keep Matt Monaghan company all the same in his own live text commentary...

  11. 1930: 

    That point is enough for Aston Villa to climb out of the bottom three. Wigan and Reading are both back in there.

  12. 1925: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

    A point apiece then, and that is probably about right. Peter Odemwingie smashes the ball toward goal as the whistle goes and 'scores' from his own half.

  13. 1923: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

    West Brom almost snatch it as Matt Lowton heads one off the line! Oh but the offside flag is up. Paul Lambert takes out his frustration on a cool box, smashing the box across the technical area.

  14. 1921: 
    INJURY TIME- West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

    Into stoppage time we go.

  15. 1918: 
    West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

    A point will be enough for Aston Villa to get out of the relegation zone. If they can hang on.

  16. 1917:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy at The Hawthorns: "An avoidable corner conceded by Brad Guzan and the ball came in, was headed on by Gareth McAuley and Odemwingie was there from six yards. The marking wasn't tight enough and it was an avoidable goal conceded by Villa."

  17. 1917: 
    West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

    West Brom are always good value for late goals, it seems, and there's another one. There's still time for someone to win this...

  18. 1914: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa - Peter Odemwingie (83 mins)

    He has had a storming second half, and Peter Odemwingie hauls West Brom level! Gareth McAuley loses Christian Benteke at a corner and heads down, and Odemwingie swivels inside the six-yard box to hammer a volley into the roof of the net. Any more for any more?

  19. 1911: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

    We are into the last 10 minutes. Peter Odemwingie hammers another shot well over the top before Aston Villa substitute Brett Holman drags a shot wide.

    Graham Dorrans is then replaced by Markus Rosenberg as West Brom push for a leveller.

  20. 1910: 

    Can you see Kenwyne Jones playing for Swansea? A strange one that.

  21. 1908: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

    Peter Odemwingie has had a fine second-half display - and he nearly has a goal to match here. He cuts in from wide on the right and drills in a low left-footed shot which is narrowly wide of the far corner. Almost there.

  22. 1905: 
    THE 150 CLUB

    Right, we've had enough texts and Tweets now.

    Here's the full list of top scorers in the Premier League, according to the Premier League website.

    1 Alan Shearer 260

    2 Andrew Cole 188

    3 Thierry Henry 175

    4 Robbie Fowler 163

    5 Frank Lampard 157

    6 Wayne Rooney 151

    7 Les Ferdinand 150

    8 Michael Owen 149 *

    * Before today's goal.

  23. 1905: 
    West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

    We have around 15 minutes remaining. The harum-scarum style of play has slowed down a tad now, with Aston Villa keeping hold of the ball better.

  24. 1904: 

    I'll give you the full list of eight goalscorers in a minute...

  25. 1903: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jack, Norwich on text: "Lampard, Fowler, Rooney, Andy Cole, Shearer, Henry? PS can't believe RVN isn't on that list!"

  26. 1901: 
    Swansea 3-1 Stoke

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis has been talking about the link between Swansea and his striker Kenwyne Jones.

    "It's great speculation. If the two clubs are talking then they have to talk and speak to me and then I'll speak to Kenwyne," Pulis said.

    "You always want to keep your top strikers. I'll be as open and honest as anybody.

    "If an offer comes in for any player in the Premier League and it's the right offer then you look at it and then speak to the player.

    "For example, I've had an offer this week for a player and I don't want him to go.

    "There is an offer there and it's around about what the club would expect, but I've said to the player if you don't want to leave mate, then you can stay, and he wants to stay.

    "And this is the same position (with Kenwyne). We are in no financial trouble at this football club. We run the club soundly and I'm honest with the players.

    "If it comes to a point where we accept an offer from Swansea then it will be down to Kenwyne whether he wants to go on that.

    "Because if he says no, there will be no problems with me."

  27. 1900: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Smith on Twitter: "Shearer, Henry, Fowler, Owen, Lampard, Andy Cole, Rooney... who am I missing?"

  28. 1858: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

    Oh Peter Odemwingie! The striker shows his pace to get in behind and his balance to nip around Brad Guzan, but from a tight angle he tries a first-time shot and balloons it high and wide. What a chance!

  29. 1856: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

    Graham Dorrans flashes a shot wide from range, it takes a nick off the heels of Matt Lowton and West Brom have a corner.

    Gareth McAuley gets up high and his header is blocked by Joe Bennett, and James Morrison then toe-pokes a shot over the crossbar on the run. West Brom could not be doing any more...

  30. 1855: 

    I've neglected to tell you that Ashley Cole has reached an agreement on a new contract at Chelsea.

    While the deal has not yet been officially signed, the formalities are expected to be completed early next week, with reports suggesting the contract is a one-year extension.

  31. 1853: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

    Graham Dorrans is in the book for a hack on Gabby Agbonlahor. Agbonlahor seems to thrive on these derby games, he's been so potent up front today. Still end-to-end stuff.

  32. 1852: 

    A lot of texts and Tweets are coming in about the 150 club. Everyone is saying Ruud van Nistelrooy, but believe it or not he only hit 95 goals in the Premier League. 'Only.'

  33. 1849: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

    Liam Ridgewell hands off Christian Benteke - he may be the strongest man in the Premier League - and West Brom break quickly. It's ended by a cynical foul from Eric Lichaj though.

    And here come Villa! End-to-end stuff, and Gabby Agbonlahor is denied by Ben Foster. Cracking match now.

  34. 1847: 

    Barcelona are going to lose, Jordan Henderson and Michael Owen have scored - what on earth is going on?

  35. 1844: 
    West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

    A test of Aston Villa's backbone now then. Will they crumble or hang on?

  36. 1843: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Two quick goals in the Championship.

    Blackpool level against Cardiff through Gary Taylor-Fletcher, only for Tommy Smith to volley in a deflected effort to put Cardiff back in control. Blackpool 1-2 Cardiff.

  37. 1842:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy at The Hawthorns: "Fine goal by West Brom. It was a good team move and a fine effort from Brunt. We've seen three very good goals here tonight."

  38. 1840: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa - Chris Brunt (49 mins)

    They had to do better, and they are doing better! West Brom pull one back in fine style as Peter Odemwingie bursts down the left to find Romelu Lukaku in the penalty area. He has his back to goal the big man, and takes his time before teeing up Chris Brunt racing in. Brunt doesn't thrash at the ball and just side-foots in off the post from 20 yards. Fabulous goal.

  39. 1836: 
    KICK-OFF- West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    Game on at the Hawthorns. The home side must do better...

  40. 1835: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Are Cardiff going up? They lead at Blackpool thanks to a strike from Bo-Kyung Kim. There are 56 minutes gone at Bloomfield Road.

  41. 1830:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Hawthorns:HALF-TIME- West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    "Days like this have been few and far between for Aston Villa this season. But a superb finish by Christian Benteke and a cool effort by Gabriel Agbonlahor have put them in firm control at The Hawthorns. West Brom are in a bit of bother and have yet to get going. They're going to have to produce a much better performance in the second half if they're to avoid a fourth straight Premier League defeat."

  42. 1828: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom, Bradford City fan , via text: "Only 10 days ago Villa were embarrassed by a League Two side, now they're all over a side who's been in the top four this season! But beware Villa, we're coming to haunt you again on Tuesday!"

  43. 1827: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So Michael Owen joined the 150 club today - his 150th Premier League strike of his career came at Swansea. He's the eighth man to reach that milestone - can you name the other seven?

  44. 1827: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Daniel Kimber on Twitter: "Great first half performance from Villa, I'm not counting my chickens yet though! Still confident we can throw it away!"

    Sam Bate on Twitter: "The experience of Vlaar and N'Zogbia coming back into the side is really starting to shine through now, Villa look good!"

    Mike Lawrence on Twitter: "Baggies have have been absolutely dreadful so far, no passion at all. This is where Steve Clarke needs to earn his money."

  45. 1826: 
    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    That goal from Gabriel Agbonlahor keeps up his record of bossing the West Midlands derby. He netted in six derbies in a row between 2007 and 2009 but had failed to score in the last 10 before today.

  46. 1823: 

    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Aston Villa are ahead by 2+ goals at HT in a Premier League game for the 46th time. They've won 42 of the previous 45 (D2 L1)."

  47. 1822: 
    West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    Charlez N'Zogbia was excellent in that 45 minutes, I concur. Villa were a constant threat, attacking at pace and causing all manner of problems to West Brom.

    Steve Clarke's side were sloppy, but have gone 4-4-2 now and possess the players to hurt Aston Villa yet.

  48. 1822: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ad Harkin on Twitter: "Best half of N'Zogbia's Villa career."

  49. 1820: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa
  50. 1818: 

    Southampton defender Luke Shaw on Twitter: "Great to meet the new gaffer today. Hard first session but good fun! Now excited for Monday's game and hope the fans support us as ever!"

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Twitter: "Great win to add three important points. Thank you all for the support!!"

    Norwich winger Elliott Bennett on Twitter: "Great travelling support in terrible conditions and we let all down. Very poor performance. That result hurts. Bad bad weekend."

  51. 1818: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    It's Blackpool 0-0 Cardiff at the break. Cardiff 45 minutes away from going eight points clear.

  52. 1816: 
    West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    Frustration boils over as Romelu Lukaku goes in hard on Charles N'Zogbhia. It's rather high and reckless, and the Belgian is lucky to get away without a card. It's one way of stopping N'Zogbia I suppose.

  53. 1815: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    Charles N'Zogbia has already picked up two assists tonight, and he almost has a third after a great counter-attack again. N'Zogbia beats his man down the right and cuts the ball back for Eric Lichaj, but the replacement's shot is smothered by Ben Foster. If that goes in, it's game over.

  54. 1814: 
    GET INVOLVED

    RyRy on Twitter: "Great to see Villa doing well. Teams like this should be encouraged. Young and predominantly British."

    Tom Bull on Twitter: "West Brom could never be expected to keep their amazing start going over the course of the season, not a big enough squad or budget."

    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Villa fans always knew the quality was there. This is what a senior XI can do."

  55. 1813: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    West Brom have been poor this afternoon so far, but this is a fine move - and almost an excellent goal. Graham Dorrans links up with Peter Odemwingie, and when the Nigerian drops it back into Dorrans' path the midfielder swerves a shot wide from 20 yards. Pretty close.

  56. 1810: 

    Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Didi Hamman on Twitter: "Good win for LFC...encouraging start for the new partnership. Two big games coming up."

  57. 1809: 
    West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    That substitution has seen Peter Odemwingie join Romelu Lukaku up front for West Brom. They have around five minutes of the first half remaining to try and find a foot hold in this match.

  58. 1808:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy at The Hawthorns: "That was a terrific goal by Agbonlahor and Aston Villa - it was a great team goal. A lovely pass from N'Zogbia and a calm finish from Agbonlahor. Villa deserve this."

  59. 1807: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    Steve Clarke has seen enough, as Claudio Yacob is hauled off and Jerome Thomas comes on in his place. An attacking change, and a needed one.

  60. 1806: 
    West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa

    This was not really in the script for Reading fans - their joy at climbing out of the relegation zone may be very short lived at this rate. As it stands, Villa will be up to 16th, with Reading back in the bottom three.

  61. 1802: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa - Gabriel Agbonlahor (31 mins)

    Aston Villa travel the length of the field in just four touches to move into complete control. Ashley Westwood begins the counter-attack with a searching pass out to Charles N'Zogbia on the right, he cuts a pass into the path of Gabriel Agbonlahor, who takes one touch to turn inside Gareth McAuley before drilling home left-footed. Superb goal. Again.

  62. 1801: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Reading

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "That was a tough defeat for us. In the first half we played well and the game should have been out of sight but second half we couldn't get going and unfortunately we have conceded two bad goals.

    "Perhaps because we have not won for a while, the pressure was on us. We weren't used to it, we were tentative and it put us on the back foot. We should have gone on. We need to strengthen the squad no doubt about it."

  63. 1801: 

    Reading's two-goal hero Adam Le Fondre on Twitter: "Wow what a result!! Fans amazing!! New boots worldy!!"

    Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet on Twitter: "Three points and 11th in the table! Massive shout to all the fans who made the journey and supported us today!"

    Reading's former Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie on Twitter: "Great result today, Federici first half and Alfie [Le Fondre] second half made the difference! Safe journey home to the brilliant away support. And a mention to the Toon Army who gave me a nice clap, special club!"

  64. 1759: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar gets up well at the near post to get a head on Ashley Westwood's corner, but the Dutchman cannot guide his effort on target. Villa very much on top though.

  65. 1758: 
    West Ham 1-1 QPR

    West Ham goalscorer Joe Cole: "Any player will tell you, you just want to play football. I had a great season in France and then to come back and not for it to happen at Liverpool was hard. It would have been very difficult to turn this club down when they came in for me.

    "There are a lot of old memories. You can have all the money and all the medals but on a Saturday afternoon there is nothing I like more than to be playing football.

    "First and foremost you want to get 38 points and be safe. But with the Olympic Stadium round the corner, a manager with a track record and owners who have a real vision for the club, things are looking good."

  66. 1757: 
    Wigan 2-3 Sunderland

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill after his team's 3-2 win at Wigan: "We had to respond because we were behind within a couple of minutes and from our point of view it was a sloppy goal.

    "We had to fight back and we got the penalty kick - it was a clear penalty. There can be no complaints there. Our play after that was fantastic."

  67. 1756: 
    West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa

    We've had 22 goals in the Premier League so far this afternoon and it's Aston Villa who look the most likely to score number 23 at the minute. West Brom are not at their fluent best.

  68. 1755: 
    Man City 2-0 Fulham

    Manchester City assistant David Platt: "All we can do is win our games. We have got 15 left and Man United have got 16 left and I am sure both teams will drop points between now and the end of the season.

    "We have to make sure we keep getting victories so if United do slip up we are in a position to take advantage of that. But we cannot do anything about what United do, we can only look after ourselves."

  69. 1753: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa

    But referee Lee Probert does have to dish cards out to Jonas Olsson and Gabby Agbonlahor. Calm down dears.

  70. 1751: 
    West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa

    Handbags at dawn.

    Gabby Agbonlahor claims for a penalty when his cross hits Jonas Olsson in the stomach and Olsson loses his cool. He squares up to Agbonlahor, and it all threatens to kick-off. Christian Benteke needlessly gets involved but the referee does well to step in and cool things down.

  71. 1751:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on Christian Benteke's strike: "Benteke didn't want much space - he just wanted to receive the ball. When he did, he dropped his right shoulder to the right and the gentleman who was marking him went to the right and it gave him the space to shoot. A fantastic strike."

    You can watch Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  72. 1748: 
    West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa

    Romelu Lukaku causes some nuisance for West Brom after a corner is not cleared, but he can't get enough power behind his shot and it's easily dealt with.

  73. 1748: 
    Michael Owen

    Michael Owen scored his first Premier League goal since the final day of the 2010-11 season at Swansea this afternoon - but it was his 150th in the competition. His first came way back in 1997.

  74. 1746: 
    West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa

    Stunning start from Aston Villa. They have come out firing in this derby, and now the tackles start going in in midfield. Albion midfielder Chris Brunt leads from the front, chopping down Eric Lichaj in fine style.

  75. 1746: 

    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley on Twitter: "Just interviewed Bolton boss Dougie Freedman - his answers about *why* he left Crystal Palace are coming up on BBC Radio 5 live around 1745."

  76. 1743: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (12 mins)

    Goal of the day? This is brilliant from Christian Benteke! He has been hit-and-miss when I've seen him this season, but this a cast-iron hit. He receives the ball with his back to goal 25 yards out, rolls a defender with a slight movement and then just hammers a shot into the corner. Flat as you like. He really belted that in.

  77. 1740: 
    Liverpool 5-0 Norwich

    A bad day at the office for Norwich then, but here's some good news - maybe - for Canaries fans.

    Manager Chris Hughton on offers for Celtic striker Gary Hooper and Swansea forward Danny Graham: "It was documented that we have made bids for both players. There has been a statement from Celtic which we have to accept but it is fact we have made bids for both of them."

  78. 1739: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    There's a big game under way in the Championship, where leaders Cardiff are in Blackpool on a stodgy pitch. Thomas Ince has gone close for the hosts, running in on goal but his shot is saved.

  79. 1738: 

    Nick, exiled Shot in Banbury, via text: "Re 1650. Never heard Aldershot mentioned so many times on a Saturday."

  80. 1737: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Callum on Twitter: "Ron Vlaar could be the turning point for the Villa team. A bit of experience in the heart of the defence!"

  81. 1737: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    Here's the change - Eric Lichaj is on for the crocked Nathan Baker.

  82. 1736:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "On air now: Blackpool v Cardiff in the Championship. Commentary on @BBC5LSX."

  83. 1735: 
    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    Peter Odemwingie turns Nathan Baker down the right, and the Aston Villa man has pinged a hamstring in the process. It is very cold indeed and that could be that for Baker.

  84. 1734: 

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero on Twitter: "It's always good to be back and better when a victory welcomes me. Silva can make a nice finish, can't he?"

    Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner on Twitter: "Booooooooom! What a result and the fans were class - all 5000 of you."

    Reading forward Noel Hunt on Twitter: "Ohhhhhh Adam Le Fondre!!!"

  85. 1733: 
    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa make a flying start. Gabby Agbonlahor is direct down the left and wins a corner, from which Christian Benteke concedes a free-kick. The big man could be key today.

  86. 1731: 
    KICK-OFF- West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    Game on at the Hawthorns then...

  87. 1730: 

    Liverpool FC on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers: 'Reina had a thigh problem before the game last week and on assessment it had got worse. Plus he broke his nose and had an operation'."

  88. 1729: 
    West Ham 1-1 QPR

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "The players have been excellent we have been on a good little run. We just want to keep that going and keep improving. We have still got irons in the fire and we have still got a chance.

    "We do need make a couple of signings and let one or two lads who are in the squad go. We saw how important that was today, we couldn't have scored that goal a few weeks ago. If we had held on to win today, Loic Remy would have paid off a big chunk of his fee.

    "There are one or two players we are talking to. Long-term we need a centre half, but I am looking to improve other areas.

    "We are still there [bottom of the table] but we are in much better shape that we were six or seven weeks ago. There will be teams looking over their shoulder."

  89. 1727: 
    Swansea 3-1 Stoke

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis after his side's 3-1 defeat at Swansea: "We had a bad day at the office - we weren't right from the start. You get these days during the season when, for whatever reason, it doesn't go your way. That was one of those days.

    "But I don't want to take anything away from Swansea - they were fantastic."

  90. 1726: 
    West Brom v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    Almost time for our final Premier League game of the day then. Can Aston Villa win for the first time since beating Liverpool over a month ago?

  91. 1726: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Reading

    Reading goalscorer Adam Le Fondre: "I've come off the bench regularly and scored goals but I didn't think I would get one so quickly. I am buzzing for the team and myself.

    "The win can be a massive springboard for us, we've done well since Boxing Day and now we've transformed it into a win away from home."

  92. 1725: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Daniel, an optimistic Newcastle fan Daniel, via text: "Newcastle been poor this season but when we get our players back our form will improve. Keep faith in Pardew."

    Jacob, via text: "It cost me (sorry santa) £600 to come and watch the Toon today from Northern Ireland, whilst I can appreciate a lack of quality, a lack of desire is unforgiveable, and that's what I saw today."

  93. 1723:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Newcastle's recent woe: "My message is 'what on Earth are you doing giving a manager an eight-year contract?' Where does the manager's motivation go? Where does his edge go? Footballers perform best when they are on the edge - and so do managers. There's a correlation between Pardew signing the new deal and the downturn in Newcastle's form."

    You can watch all the post-match reaction on Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  94. 1721: 
    APP ALERT

    Don't forget that if you are out and about and need to stay across all the post-match reaction, as well as full coverage of West Brom v Aston Villa, why not get hold of BBC Sport's new smartphone app?

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  95. 1720: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Bell on Twitter: "Wouldn't mind seeing what Martinez could do at NUFC, think Pardew should still have a chance to turn things around though."

    Chesney1995 on Twitter: "Re 1710. I feel that Martinez needs to move on from Wigan to a better club in order to prove his real worth as a manager."

    Craig Smith on Twitter: "As a Walsall fan, I was just wondering how many other teams currently have a 100% record in 2013?"

  96. 1719: 
    Liverpool 5-0 Norwich

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Jordan Henderson is developing and learning all the time. He works his socks off every single game.

    "It (Daniel Sturridge's goal) was the type of goal he was brought in for. He is terrific outside the box but he is a real killer in it. It's three goals in three games for him and I think there will be many to come.

    "We have played well for most of the season but Daniel coming in adds that extra threat. He has pace and power and he has got good touch and good skills."

  97. 1717: 

    Rumour has it that a lot of clubs are in the market for Swansea's Danny Graham. In my book, they would be mad to let him go. Not only does he keep scoring off the bench, his assist for Jonathan de Guzman's second goal this afternoon was superb. A flowing move was laid off brilliantly by Graham first time. Top class.

  98. 1717: 
    West Ham 1-1 QPR

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "I don't think we have quite dominated like that this season, our outstanding performance today should have reaped more than we got.

    "It's a disappointing end to a very encouraging and entertaining performance and a complete domination of the opposition. We let them break out just the once and Loic Remy scored. We upped the tempo second half and it looked like it might be a victory but they kept getting bodies in the way, the keeper kept saving it, you just have to keep trying and hope the results go your way.

    "Our Achilles heel is that we created so many chances but haven't come away with all three points."

  99. 1717: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST

    Norwich City target Gary Hooper scored a brace as Celtic made it three SPL wins out of three against Hearts in 2012/13 with a 3-1 win. Hibs drew 1-1 with Dundee, Leigh Griffiths' equaliser for Hibs cancelling out John Baird's early goal, Inverness CT defeated Aberdeen 3-0, Johnny Russell scored a hat-trick as Dundee United won 3-2 at Kilmarnock and, earlier, Ross County won 4-1 at St Mirren.

  100. 1715: 
    West Brom v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    West Brom make two changes for their West Midlands derby against Aston Villa. Influential Argentine midfielder Claudio Yacob returns from a hamstring injury for his first game since 1 December, while Peter Odemwingie also starts.

    Villa welcome back skipper Ron Vlaar from a two-month lay-off with a calf injury, bringing some much-needed experience to Paul Lambert's youthful side. England international Gabby Agbonlahor is also promoted back into the visitors' starting XI.

  101. 1714: 

    So if you were wondering Fulham fans - you are officially in a relegation battle.

  102. 1713: 
    Man City 2-0 Fulham

    Fulham manager Martin Jol: "To concede in the second minute is a horrific scenario. At 1-0 down it could have been a horrible day. After they scored we did better, but the final ball wasn't great. If you want something here at Man City you need a bit of luck and quality, but we couldn't find that special moment. That was disappointing.

    "We could have hurt them because they didn't score their second until the 70th minute and this wasn't Man City at their best. We are already sucked into a relegation battle. To have gained points here today would have been a bonus, but we couldn't.

    "David Silva was the best player on the pitch and he was fantastic, a quality player.

    "There are eight of nine of us down there in the relegation battle, and we need four or five wins."

  103. 1710:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Magnificent win for Reading at hapless Newcastle. Out of bottom three and suddenly real hope. Newcastle in a desperate run.

    "For someone many seem to regard as a managerial visionary Roberto Martinez does spend an awful lot of time in Premier League's bottom three."

  104. 1708: 
    West Brom v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    For a game that was in doubt until earlier today, the surface at the Hawthorns looks in fine nick.

    That win for Reading has left Aston Villa in 19th place. A point would be enough for them to climb out of the relegation zone though.

    West Brom, meanwhile, can go up as high as sixth with a win.

  105. 1707: 
    LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

    Northampton were the main beneficiaries of the poor weather in League Two, beating Burton 1-0 to move up from 10th to sixth in the table. Adebayo Akinfenwa was the match-winner.

    The other two games saw Wycombe edge Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 and York held 0-0 by Aldershot.

  106. 1706: 
    LEAGUE ONE ROUND-UP

    Tranmere remain top of the League One table after beating promotion rivals Brentford 2-1, while second-placed Doncaster also won, defeating Leyton Orient 2-0 in Brian Flynn's first game as Rovers' permanent manager. Their groundsman was named official man of the match.

    Coventry beat Oldham 2-1 thanks to a last-gasp winner from James Bailey, while Bournemouth's 16-game unbeaten run in the league ended as they lost 3-1 to Walsall. The Saddlers' third came from a Will Grigg penalty after Eunan O'Kane was penalised for picking up the ball in the penalty area when he thought a free-kick had been awarded.

  107. 1706: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP

    Watford were the big winners in the Championship, romping to a 4-0 victory over Huddersfield. Matej Vydra scored two of their goals. Birmingham drew 2-2 with Brighton thanks to Nikola Zigic's injury-time header. Michael Appleton started his reign as Blackburn manager with a 2-1 home defeat by Charlton. Danny Rose scored in the 89th minute as Barnsley held Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town.

    Hull missed out on the chance to return to the top two after Grant McCann's penalty for Peterborough ensured a 1-1 draw.

  108. 1705: 
    LINE-UPS- West Brom v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  109. 1704: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Newcastle fan, via text: "Criticism of Pardew is fairly harsh, we have so many injuries and no strikers capable of scoring at the moment."

    Simon, via text: "Stand aside Man Utd, Reading are the new comeback kings."

  110. 1659: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Reading

    Newcastle are only two points above Reading now at the wrong end of the Premier League table. Adam Le Fondre has done the Royals' old manager Alan Pardew absolutely no favours at all today.

    Are Newcastle too good to go down? Where have we heard that before?

  111. 1657: 

    Interestingly, Michael Owen scored 118 Premier League goals for Liverpool before he left in 2004. So it's taken him nearly nine years to add the last 32 goals. Prolific is not the word.

  112. 1656: 

    Henry, Manchester, via text: "Just when I thought Owen was completely irrelevant, he pops up and costs me a clean sheet in Fantasy Football!"

  113. 1656: 

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Michael Owen scored his 150th Premier League goal - the seventh player to reach this milestone in the division. It was his first in the top-flight since May 2011."

  114. 1654: 

    Reading are out of the relegation zone, and are replaced by Wigan.

    At the top, Manchester City close the gap to Manchester United to four points.

  115. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 2-3 Sunderland
  116. 1653: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Max Dunbar on Twitter: "NUFC recently came out and said that if Pardew gets sacked he'll only get a one-year payoff, not all eight. He must be worried."

  117. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 3-1 Stoke
  118. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 2-0 Fulham
  119. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 1-1 QPR
  120. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 1-2 Reading
  121. 1650: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-1 Stoke - Michael Owen (90 mins)

    My word! Michael Owen has scored for Stoke! Cameron Jerome picks up a loose ball from a corner and crosses in, Owen gets there ahead of Ashley Williams and nods into the corner.

    It's his first goal since 25 October 2011 when he scored against Aldershot for Manchester United.

  122. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 5-0 Norwich
  123. 1648: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ross Penstone-Smith on Twitter: "Is it any surprise really that Norwich are shipping goals again with Bassong not in the team?"

    William Cooper on Twitter: "Think I have lost patience with you, Mr Pardew."

    mikeygnfl on Twitter: "There is so much difference in QPR trying to hang on to scraps compared to Reading trying to win games."

  124. 1648: 

    As it stands, Reading will be climbing out of the bottom three, with Wigan dropping in.

  125. 1646: 

    We are edging into the last few minutes around the grounds...

  126. 1645: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rachel Tyrrell, Lincoln , via text: "Delia has obviously laid on the 'All You Can Score' buffet for Liverpool."

  127. 1644: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Reading

    It only seems five minutes since I saw Adam Le Fondre score the winner in a League Two play-off game at Aldershot. He's frying bigger fish these days. Alan Pardew's bumper contract is looking a bit out of touch these days isn't it?

    Papiss Cisse has shot over the top as the Magpies look for a leveller.

  128. 1642: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 2-0 Fulham

    Edin Dzeko almost adds some gloss to the scoreline, curling over after neat work from substitute Sergio Aguero.

  129. 1639: 

    Can Wigan pull this comeback off then? Can Reading hang on? A big last 10 minutes here...

  130. 1639:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Reading's comeback at Newcastle: "Jimmy Kebe has been a thorn in the Newcastle's side the entire game. A superb performance by him - and he's done that in the last few games I've seen him play."

    You can watch Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  131. 1639: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-0 Stoke - Jonathan de Guzman (80 mins)

    An accomplished finish by Jonathan de Guzman, who completes a fine Swansea move to score his second and Swansea's third goal at the Liberty Stadium. He collects Danny Graham's lay-off before steering into the corner.

  132. 1637: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-3 Sunderland - Angelo Henriquez (79 mins)

    Game on at the DW! Manchester United youngster Angelo Henriquez is up and running, burying a cross form the left with a textbook header.

  133. 1638: 
    GET INVOLVED

    David Kennett on Twitter: "I think the only consolation for Norwich from this game is that Suarez is unlikely to complete his hat-trick of hat-tricks!"

    Tokunbo on Twitter: "Norwich are abysmal when playing Liverpool. Conceding nine goals in total is a terrible record."

    Simon Simcox on Twitter: "Re 1619. Ahhh Ray Kennedy. Arsenal use to sell their best players to rivals even in those days!"

  134. 1638: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Gibson on Twitter: "Cabaye and Marveaux for Bigi and Perch, tactical genius, Pardew out, what a disgrace."

    Gary Brien on Twitter: "Pardew's two subs are a joke. His fault. Tried to sit back at home. Deserved to be booed. Got to go."

    Tom Bull on Twitter: "Pardew out talk will commence soon. Unfortunately he'd have to be paid off for 8 years. Silly contract!"

  135. 1636: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST

    Mid-way through the second half in the SPL…

    Celtic 2-1 Hearts: the home side were strolling but Jason Holt's goal has made things tighter at Celtic Park. Hibs 1-1 Dundee: Leigh Griffiths gets his 15th goal of the season to level the game against Dundee. Inverness CT 2-0 Aberdeen: Andrew Shinnie and Billy McKay put the home side on course for the full three points. McKay now has 19 goals this season! Kilmarnock 1-2 Dundee Utd: United forward Johnny Russell strikes again to put the visitors ahead.

  136. 1635: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Simon, via text: "Handball from Le Fondre, but Reading fans won't mind - Ba scored to level the match with a clear handball earlier in the season at the Madejski. Justice."

  137. 1635: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-2 Reading - Adam Le Fondre (77 mins)

    There are those who continue to doubt that players can step up from the lower leagues to the top flight, but Adam Le Fondre is just another success story. There's no doubting the credibility of this goal either, Jimmy Kebe heads down a cross from the left, Hope Akpan - a new signing from Crawley - misses his kick but it runs on to Le Fondre - who curls in instinctively.

  138. 1634: 
    Newcastle 1-1 Reading

    My first reaction to Adam Le Fondres's goal was that it hit his arm - but there was no reaction from the Newcastle players at all. On second viewing I think it's off his chest.

  139. 1633: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Blackburn were level in Michael Appleton's first game in charge thanks to Jordan Rhodes's leveller against Charlton… but the Addicks lead again thanks to Yann Kermorgant. Ipswich lead Barnsley 1-0 thanks to Luke Chambers's strike, while Danny Ings has doubled Burnley's lead at Millwall. Ross McCormack has fired Leeds ahead against bottom side Bristol City.

    Tranmere lead Brentford 2-1 in their clash with League One promotion rivals Brentford. Harlee Dean had levelled for the Bees but Adam McGurk has restored the league leaders' advantage. Swindon, under threat of administration, lead Shrewsbury 2-0 - Chris Martin and Andy Williams scoring their goals. Coventry lead Oldham 1-0, former Republic of Ireland striker Stephen Elliott scoring a 61st-minute header.

    In League Two, Adebayo Akinfenwa has just put Northampton into the lead in their game with Burton Albion.

  140. 1632: 
    SITTER!- Swansea 2-0 Stoke

    One of the misses of the season perhaps? Stoke's disappointing afternoon is summed up when substitute Cameron Jerome puts the ball over the bar from just a yard out.

  141. 1631: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 5-0 Norwich - Ryan Bennett OG (74 mins)

    It goes from bad to worse for Norwich. Substitute Raheem Sterling skips into the penalty area and shoots across goal, and the unfortunate Ryan Bennett slides in but can only turn into his own goal.

  142. 1631: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Wigan 1-3 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher has yet to score a hat-trick in English football. But the Scottish striker, who has scored twice against Wigan, has just deflected a free-kick by Jordi Gomez onto his own bar. Wigan still have it all to do.

  143. 1629: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 2-0 Fulham

    And David Silva almost has his hat-trick, dancing through again only to shoot wide.

  144. 1628: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-1 Reading - Adam Le Fondre (71 mins)

    Just about the striker's first touch after coming off the bench. Birthday boy Jimmy Kebe crosses low from the right. By the time the ball arrives in the six-yard box Adam Le Fondre, sliding in, is already fully on the floor. The ball strikes him, perhaps on an arm, and rolls into the net from very close range. Strange old goal.

  145. 1627: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-0 Fulham - David Silva (69 mins)

    A tough of magic amid the mediocrity.

    David Silva starts the move with a flick to send the ball out wide, he then runs onto a reverse pass from Carlos Tevez before clipping a shot across Mark Schwarzer and in off the far post. Deft.

  146. 1625: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-1 QPR - Joe Cole (68 mins)

    Bubble time at Upton Park. Matty Jarvis is given time and space on the left to send in a cross, Carlton Cole gets up well to plant a header into the corner, and while Julio Cesar makes a fine save, Joe Cole is there to convert from two yards. That's his first goal since rejoining the club, and he is delighted.

  147. 1625: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Olly, London, via text: "A win for Liverpool against Arsenal later this month would really put them in the hunt for fifth place. They have the players now."

  148. 1623: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 4-0 Norwich - Steven Gerrard (66 mins)

    Norwich are reeling as Steven Gerrard gets in on the act. Glen Johnson carries the ball down the left before feeding the ball into Gerrard, he moves away from Bradley Johnson before smashing in a daisy-cutter from 25 yards which skips and bounces into the corner of the net.

  149. 1623: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Reading

    Pavel Pogrebnyak latches on to a clever knock-down from Jimmy Kebe but the shot reaches the second tier of the stands. It's the closest we've come to a goal in this half though...

  150. 1621: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ryan Turner on Twitter: "Forget about Sturridge scoring 3 in 3, Downing got another assist! Turnaround."

    Charlie Enser on Twitter: "Three goals in three games. For someone who apparently isn't fully fit Sturridge seems to be doing alright."

    Chris Currie on Twitter: "Finally we have a poacher. Daniel Sturridge is going to be huge for Liverpool going forward."

  151. 1621: 
    Man City 1-0 Fulham

    Man City have their first corner of the game on the hour. David Silva sweeps it in and onto the head of Edin Dzeko, 10 yards out. The tall Bosnian frontman nods it down and Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer has to be at his best to dive and smother at the feet of the lurking Carlos Tevez.

    Pablo Zabaleta has picked up an injury though and he is coming off - it's Samir Nasri on in his place.

  152. 1620: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 0-1 QPR

    Marouane Chamakh almost snatches the West Ham equaliser with another towering header but QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar is there to deny him. That is his last contribution today as he is replaced by Carlton Cole.

  153. 1620: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tattz, Oldbury, via text: "Re Ben Davies. What is it about the Welsh? They seem to churn out a never ending supply of decent left-footed players!"

  154. 1619: 

    So Daniel Sturridge is the first Liverpool player to score in his first three games since Ray Kennedy in 1974. Dynastic stuff.

  155. 1618: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ash, via text: "Re 1605. You mean Snowain Fon Williams?"

  156. 1615: 
    QPR boss Harry Redknapp

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to guide his team to their fifth game without defeat.

  157. 1615: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-0 Norwich - Daniel Sturridge (59 mins)

    Three goals in three games for Daniel Sturridge - and this is a tap-in. Jordan Henderson switches play to the right, Stewart Downing drills the cross in and Sturridge can't miss, converting from two yards out. He gives himself a celebratory dance as well.

  158. 1615: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-0 Stoke - Jonathan de Guzman (57 mins)

    Swansea cement their strong start to the second half with a cracking second goal. Michu is tripped cynically by Charlie Adam, and Jonathan de Guzman whips the free-kick over the wall and into the net. Classy.

  159. 1614: 

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Ben Davies scores his first senior goal. At 19 years and 270 days old he is the youngest ever PL goal scorer for Swansea."

  160. 1613: 
    Man City 1-0 Fulham

    Manchester City have looked sloppy since the restart. Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero have now emerged into the cool air, and they are both warming up.

  161. 1613: 
    Swansea 1-0 Stoke

    Swansea are in the ascendancy after Ben Davies' breakthrough goal and Michu sees his shot on target blocked by Dean Whitehead.

  162. 1612:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former England striker Dion Dublin on Ben Davies putting Swansea ahead against Stoke: "It was a very cool finish. But he had to work hard to win back the ball and that is done at a very fast pace. When he got the ball back through sheer determination and power he just calmed himself down and put the ball into the corner."

    You can watch Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  163. 1612: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Elliott, Oxford, via text: "Re 1605. That's snow way to treat a 'keeper!"

  164. 1611: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-1 QPR

    West Ham have started well at Upton Park and they are very nearly level. Marouane Chamakh's header is well saved and Mohamed Diame's follow-up is blocked by some desperate defending. Joe Cole has also had a shot saved in a strong opening spell.

  165. 1609: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Wigan 1-3 Sunderland

    Wigan need an early goal to make a fight of this one, and they almost get one. Shaun Maloney sends in a low shot and Simon Mignolet makes a fine low save. Really good stuff from the Belgian.

  166. 1607: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Stoke - Ben Davies (49 mins)

    Young left-back Ben Davies has had a good season for Swansea, but I didn't know he had this in his locker. Davies nips the ball away from Ryan Shawcross before bursting past the England man and delivering a low finish into the net. Top stuff.

  167. 1607: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Reading

    Reading are inches from equalising via a Jonas Gutierrez own goal, when Ian Harte's free-kick clips the Argentine's knee and it fizzes past the far post with Tim Krul well beaten.

  168. 1606: 
    Man City 1-0 Fulham

    Not one of Manchester City's substitutes are on the bench yet. They are either warming up vigorously somewhere, or are hiding inside. In the warm.

  169. 1605: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Josh Cawley on Twitter: "Don't know what I'm more surprised at: Sunderland coming from behind and scoring three again, or that Danny Dichio has been mentioned!"

    Some readers have pointed out that Djibril Cisse also scored on his QPR debut last season. However, the ex-Liverpool striker was not making his Premier League debut like Remy and Dichio.

  170. 1605: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams is being pelted with snowballs at Griffin Park. The game was stopped and Brentford manager Uwe Rosler went on to the pitch to appeal to the fans to stop.

    That is superb.

  171. 1602: 
    KICK-OFF

    Our Premier League games are beginning to get back under way. Can QPR keep the great escape alive?

  172. 1601: 
    West Brom v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    Paul Lambert says he will not spend his way out of trouble at Aston Villa. "A £15m spending spree is not on the agenda, nowhere near it," said Lambert, whose side start in the relegation zone after four defeats in five games.

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke says Villa's plight does not make the West Midlands derby any bigger than usual. "It's a massive game for the club, but it's not any bigger than it was going to be anyway."

  173. 1558: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Norwich

    Someone has just asked me who the assists will be given to for Liverpool - for Fantasy Football reasons. Jordan Henderson's howitzer came after Luis Suarez was tackled, so I'd guess he'll be bringing you some points. And Suarez netted after Danny Sturridge dummied Lucas's pass so technically I think we're talking points for the Brazilian. Hope that helps...

  174. 1557:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Hawthorns:West Brom v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    "West Brom's FA Cup defeat by QPR on Tuesday was a fifth game without a win. A run of six defeats in their last nine in the league, including losing their last three, means a colder feel to the air at The Hawthorns when compared to early season and the club's best ever start to a Premier League campaign. Aston Villa's recent story is even more woeful, and it's getting harder to find reasons to back them to stay up."

  175. 1556: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Brighton have come from 1-0 down to lead Birmingham City 2-1 at St Andrew's, David Lopez with the Seagulls' second soon before the break. Hull are 1-0 up at Peterborough with Robert Koren the scorer - they will go back into the automatic promotion places if they hold on. Watford took the lead against Huddersfield just before the half-time whistle thanks to Troy Deeney's penalty. Blackburn are still 1-0 down to Charlton in Michael Appleton's first game in charge.

    In the big game in League One, table-toppers Tranmere lead third-placed Brentford 1-0, with Andy Robinson scoring a penalty three minutes before the break. Bournemouth, whose defeat by Wigan last time out was their first in 19, trail again - this time to Walsall with Sam Mantom and Will Grigg putting the Saddlers 2-0 up.

    One goal in League Two so far, with Sam Wood putting Wycombe 1-0 up against Dagenham & Redbridge.

  176. 1555: 
    AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    Some top-class national anthem singing can only mean one thing - it's a major tournament time.

    The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is about to start. You can stay across all the action with our own separate live text commentary. There will be one a day (sort of) until the final on 10 February. Magic.

  177. 1554: 

    Liam Ridgwell has prompted me there - we do of course have another game still to come...

  178. 1553: 
    GET INVOLVED

    MGreen on Twitter: "In three games considering he's lacking fitness, Sturridge has scored two goals as well as creating the lovely dummy. So far so good."

    Tom Warner on Twitter: "Newcastle really have missed Cabaye, him and the return of Ben Arfa will, better late than never, reignite our season!"

  179. 1553: 

    West Brom's former Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell on Twitter: "On the way to the ground. Let's do this. Let's sing them out the ground Baggies fans #boingboing"

  180. 1552: 

    Plenty of goals so far then - I'd advise you all to check out Jordan Henderson, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Fletcher on MOTD tonight. Great hits.

    Also, what a start for Loic Remy. He's as good as Danny Dichio - fact.

  181. 1550:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the Etihad:HALF-TIME- Man City 1-0 Fulham

    "Manchester City lead through David Silva's goal which came after only 95 seconds. But Fulham gained in confidence throughout the half after that exceptionally poor start, while Manchester City haven't really pushed on since then. Fulham have kept plugging away, have enjoyed their fair share of possession, and you can't rule them out."

  182. 1549:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at the DW Stadium:HALF-TIME- Wigan 1-3 Sunderland

    "The way Wigan have knocked it around is not what you expect from a relegation threatened side. But the scoreline shows you why they are down there after a first half packed full of chances."

  183. 1547: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 1-0 Fulham

    Manchester City almost sneak a second goal right at the death. Carlos Tevez shrugs off his man down the right and cuts it back for Edin Dzeko, whose shot clears the crossbar by a foot or so.

  184. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    MOTD'S Laurence Herdman at the Liberty Stadium: "It's stalemate in south Wales and very little for the home crowd to cheer about. Michu missed a gilt-edged opportunity in the latter stages of the half when a header from just six yards out went wide. Matthew Etherington hit the side netting, when really he should have found the target."

  185. 1547: 
    MOTD's Ian Dennis at St James' Park:HALF-TIME- Newcastle 1-0 Reading

    "It's a Yohan Cabaye free-kick that separates the two sides, and it could have been more had it not been for Adam Federici who kept out Papiss Cisse on two occasions, although Pavel Pogrebnyak had a good chance at the other end. It's a familiar feeling for Reading as they go into the break behind."

  186. 1546:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Upton Park:HALF-TIME- West Ham 0-1 QPR

    "It was almost written that the expensive new signing would make his mark on his debut. A Loic Remy goal is all that separates the sides at half-time but as you would expect from a fiery London derby - there is very little to choose between the sides."

  187. 1546:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Anfield:HALF-TIME- Liverpool 2-0 Norwich

    "It was a pretty one-sided half in which Liverpool unusually took their chances. It was a stunning strike from Jordan Henderson and then Luis Suarez gets into the headlines for the right reasons to put the Reds 2-0 up."

  188. 1546: 

    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Steven Fletcher has now scored six goals in seven Premier League apps against Wigan, more than against any other opponent."

  189. 1545: 
    Man City 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham are ending the half really strongly here. Bryan Ruiz tricks his way in down the left of the penalty area but his cross isn't the best - Dimitar Berbatov had peeled away into an ocean of space as well.

  190. 1544: 

    Rizzle Pizzle on Twitter: "Re Sturridge 1536. Haven't seen a dummy that good since I watched 80s movie Mannequin."

    Lovely reference. Makes me think of Starship. Which is never a bad thing.

  191. 1543: 
    West Ham 0-1 QPR

    West Ham have responded well to going that goal behind and have dictated the tempo ever since. Marouane Chamakh has had two half-chances but QPR have weathered the storm for now and continue to look dangerous on the break.

  192. 1541: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-3 Sunderland - Steven Fletcher (42 mins)

    I told you - on fire.

    Sunderland lump a long free-kick downfield, Steven Fletcher gives it the eyebrows on to Adam Johnson, who then instantly lays it back to Fletcher. The Scot is just inside the penalty area and whips a fine strike into the top corner with the side of his left foot.

  193. 1540:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Yohan Cabaye's opener for Newcastle: "The Reading goalkeeper is too far over to his left-hand side and you are also looking for your wall to be big. When you see Cabaye hit this on Match of the Day later, you will see he doesn't hit it with much pace, but rather guides it into the corner."

    You can watch Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  194. 1538: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    He stole the headlines over night for feeding the homeless, but Angel Rangel serves Michu up with a great chance to open the scoring here. He beats his man on the right and chips into the middle for Michu to head home - but for once the Spaniard is off target. Massive chance.

  195. 1536: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Norwich - Luis Suarez (36 mins)

    Norwich must be sick of Luis Suarez. He's scored two hat-tricks in his last two games against them and is at it again. Daniel Sturridge dummies a Steven Gerrard pass and Suarez breaks clear before shooting past keeper Mark Bunn. Impressive.

  196. 1536: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 Reading - Yohan Cabaye (35 mins)

    Lovely. Delicious. Class.

    Yohan Cabaye has been the best player on the pitch so far and he scores a brilliant goal. Free-kick, 20 yards from goal, he takes one step and casually clips the ball over the wall and into the top corner. That was as cool as it gets.

  197. 1535: 

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Loic Remy became the first player to score a goal in his PL debut while playing for QPR since Danny Dichio on 29 October 1994."

    Loic Remy scores for QPR
  198. 1533: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Man City 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham almost level! A cross from the right is met by Steve Sidwell, who doesn't get a full bite of his header as he is challenged by Pablo Zabaleta. The ball spins away slowly, slowly toward the corner and Joe Hart watches it hit the outside of the post.

  199. 1532: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-0 Reading

    Real chances for Reading and Newcastle. Mikele Leigertwood makes a superb intervention in his own box and feeds Garath McCleary. His run and cross is met by Pavel Progrebnyak but the Russian fires wide from 12 yards. Then at the other end, Papiss Cisse tests Adam Federici twice with a volley and a short-range shot with the Australian keeper equal to it on both occasions.

  200. 1532: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Four goals in the Championship so far. Dale Stephens fires Charlton into the lead against Michael Appleton's Blackburn with a stunning strike. Sam Vokes put Burnley ahead at Millwall, while Steven Caldwell had put Birmingham 1-0 up against Brighton but Ashley Barnes has equalised.

    League One promotion chasers Doncaster take the lead in their game with Leyton Orient in the first game since appointing Brian Flynn as manager. The goal scorer? Centre-back Rob Jones in his first game since being named as assistant to the new manager. Their South Yorkshire and promotion chasers Sheffield United also lead 1-0, Harry Maguire scoring after 59 seconds against Notts County. Things have gone from bad to worse for the Magpies, who have had Francois Zoko sent off for foul and abusive language.

    Three games in League Two have beaten the weather but there have been no goals there in the opening 25 minutes.

  201. 1532: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Daniel Reece on Twitter: "Fantastic strike from Henderson. Deserved to start last week, been in good form of late. Doesn't deserve all the stick he gets."

    Talking Sport on Twitter: "Welcome back to football Jordan Henderson. What a hit son."

  202. 1531: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- West Ham 0-1 QPR

    West Ham are furious as referee Howard Webb decides against awarding them a penalty when QPR defender Clint Hill grapples with Marouane Chamakh in the penalty area. There was certainly contact but Webb says no.

  203. 1530: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 1-0 Fulham

    Moments after Bevo e-mailed in there, Manchester City do go close. James Milner sends in a lovely cross and Carlos Tevez can't quite reach it. Any connection would have made it 2-0.

  204. 1529:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad:

    "It's all gone a little bit flat at the Etihad Stadium after that fast start for Manchester City through David Silva's 96-second goal. Fulham have settled down and are seeing a lot of the ball and, on the touchline, City boss Roberto Mancijni is getting a bit exasperated with his side when they allow the visitors to fire balls into the area. Lots of crosses from Fulham, who are still right in this game, but they are yet to have a shot on goal."

  205. 1529:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former England striker Dion Dublin on Jordan Henderson's stunning opener for Liverpool: "That is one of the best strikes you will see all season."

    You can watch Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  206. 1528: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LATEST

    A busy opening 20 minutes in the SPL….

    Celtic are 2-0 up against Hearts thanks to early goals from Gary Hooper and Georgios Samaras - that's Hooper's 11th goal against Hearts during his time north of the border.

    Bottom side Dundee are beating fourth-placed Hibs 1-0 at Easter Road through John Baird's near-post finish - Dundee are currently 12 points adrift at the basement, so need the points.

    It's Kilmarnock 1-0 Dundee United after the home side's Italian captain Manuel Pascali struck from six yards following a corner.

    That leaves Inverness CT v Aberdeen as the only goal-less game so far. Follow the SPL live text for more.

  207. 1525: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Norwich - Jordan Henderson (26 mins)

    Do not adjust your set - Jordan Henderson has scored a beauty! Blink and you'd think this was Steven Gerrard as Henderson reacts first to collect from Luis Suarez and drive a brilliant strike on the swivel, right into the top corner. A wonderful finish.

  208. 1524: 

    David McKay on Twitter: "Re 1518. Redknapp hasn't unearthed another gem. I think Newcastle did that."

  209. 1524: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Norwich

    You may have heard this one before - Liverpool are seeing plenty of the ball at Anfield without carving Norwich open. Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have only linked up once so far. Early days on this one.

  210. 1523:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

    "Plenty of possession for Fulham but no chances yet. Manchester City drew another save from Schwarzer with a Dzeko header. Still MCFC 1-0 FFC after 20 mins."

  211. 1521: 
    David Silva scores for Manchester City

    David Silva scored the first Premier League goal of the afternoon - it was Silva's first Premier League goal since November.

  212. 1520: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-2 Sunderland - Steven Fletcher (20 mins)

    To paraphrase Alicia Keys, this man is on fire. New Sunderland signing Alfred N'Diaye gets clear down the left and puts over a gem of a cross, a real belter. Steven Fletcher sees his first effort blocked by a defender but he reacts superbly to thrash the loose ball into the roof of the net. Great few minutes for Sunderland.

  213. 1520: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Woodcock on Twitter: "I thought I could feel every Newcastle fan wince after hearing that Remy has scored with practically his first touch."

    Sham Gallagher on Twitter: "Harry Redknapp is a magician, he has taken a poor QPR side and turned them into something spectacular within a few weeks."

  214. 1519: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 0-0 Reading

    Yohan Cabaye is already starting to make his mark on his return from injury for Newcastle. His flighted left-foot cross from the inside right channel is met by Papiss Cisse but his header is clawed away by Reading keeper Adam Federici.

  215. 1518:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Loic Remy's debut strike: "West Ham just didn't get the warning, because a few moments earlier Remy was caught offside in a threatening position. He's always looking to break.

    "Taarabt played him in for the goal and the moment Remy gets into the box he calms himself down and tucks it away. He knew exactly what he was doing."

    You can watch Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  216. 1518: 

    So then - a flurry of early goals and incidents. Has Harry Redknapp unearthed another gem in Loic Remy? That was a great finish, it really was.

  217. 1517: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-1 Sunderland - Craig Gardner (17 mins)

    Fabulous penalty. Craig Gardner sweeps the ball in off the foot of the post. Unsaveable.

  218. 1516: 
    PENALTY TO SUNDERLAND- Wigan 1-0 Sunderland

    Seb Larsson's free-kick hits James McCarthy in the wall - it hits his arm and that is a spot-kick.

  219. 1513: 
    GOAL- West Ham 0-1 QPR - Loic Remy (14 mins)

    Loic Remy had scored only once in 16 league appearances and his last league start came way back on November 4 - so there was a chance he might be a little rusty. Er, nope. Adel Taarabt plays him in on goal with a beautiful pass with the outside of his foot and Remy is cool as ice - passing the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

  220. 1512: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Sewell at Peterborough v Hull: "In addition to the two managers [Darren Ferguson and Steve Bruce], no fewer than eight players across the two squads have been at Manchester United."

  221. 1511: 
    Man City 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham have recovered fairly well to going behind but a quick break from City almost opens them up. Gael Clichy gets in on the overlap and crosses well, but Pablo Zabaleta can't get on the end of it.

  222. 1510: 
    Swansea 0-0 Stoke

    It's a real clash of styles at the Liberty today and so far the patient passing of the home side has been the order of play. No real chances yet though - and never count out Stoke.

  223. 1510: 

    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Before today, Man City had won 11 and drawn one of the 12 Premier League games that they have scored first in during 2012-13. Over?"

  224. 1510: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 Norwich

    Great chance for Norwich! A free-kick is flighted over to the far post for an unmarked Ryan Bennett, who can only head straight at keeper Brad Jones

  225. 1509: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Liam, Stockport, via text: "If Fulham can keep it tight, defend well, and whatever they do, don't concede early on, they can win this... oh."

  226. 1509: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-0 QPR

    West Ham come close to breaking the deadlock twice in the space of 30 seconds. First Mohamed Diame skips his way along the by-line and crosses but Marouane Chamakh can't make contact as the ball is diverted behind. From the resulting corner, Chamakh heads on to Kevin Nolan, whose shot is well saved by Julio Cesar.

  227. 1508:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former England striker Dion Dublin on Manchester City's opener: "City were straight on the front foot and they nicked the ball really fast in the final third. Dzeko had a shot and the keeper parried it the wrong way. And Silva was there to pounce. Schwarzer is an experienced keeper and should have done better."

    You can watch Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  228. 1508: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Reading

    Newcastle are very much on top in terms of possession but there have been no real chances of yet. Yohan Cabaye does whip in a good free-kick but Mike Williamson miskicks.

  229. 1507: 

    BBC Sport's Tony Husband at Crystal Palace v Bolton: "Good reception for Dougie Freedman as he emerged from Selhurst Park tunnel."

  230. 1504: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-0 Sunderland - David Vaughan own goal (4 mins)

    Oh dear. The tamest of tame own goals puts Wigan ahead. Ronnie Stam arrives on a cross to put the ball back across goal and the ball hits David Vaughan before rolling apologetically over the line.

  231. 1503: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-0 Fulham - David Silva (2 mins)

    Fulham's away-day resistance lasts all of two minutes. Edin Dzeko is not closed down 25 yards from goal, he shoots and when Mark Schwarzer can only parry it clear, David Silva arrives to smash home left-footed. Very sharp from the Spaniard.

  232. 1503: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dara Sheahan on Twitter: "Re 1445. More like the most exciting partnership since Dion Dublin arrived at the BBC to work alongside Garth Crooks."

    Ashley Williams on Twitter: "SAS (Suarez and Sturridge) to the rescue for Liverpool today."

    Newcastle fan Michael Blighe on Twitter: "Starting to get jittery...reminiscent of 2008/09. We need to beat Reading and then Villa! Otherwise things will get hairy."

  233. 1502: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Norwich

    Luis Suarez is starting wider on the right than normal to accommodate Daniel Sturridge in the Liverpool attack. Can they fire?

  234. 1501: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Reading

    We have got blue lines at St James' Park - they must have been ready for some heavy snow.

  235. 1501: 
    KICK-OFF

    After a minute's applause in Swansea, all our 1500 kick-offs are under way.

  236. 1458:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "On air shortly: live commentary of Peterborough v Hull in the Championship followed by Blackpool v Cardiff at 1720 GMT on @BBC5LSX."

  237. 1457: 

    Everyone ready? Loic Remy has gone for the gloves option on his Premier League debut...

  238. 1455:  
    Former Derby midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    "It was a decent game, and Forest did all they could to get the three points. But a lack of discipline by Simon Gillett has cost his team the victory."

  239. 1454:  
    BBC Final Score

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on the burgeoning partnership between Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge: "Sturridge joining Suarez at Liverpool is the most exciting partnership since Van Persie arrived at Manchester United to work with Wayne Rooney. These are two viciously hungry strikers who live for goals. They are both capable of scoring 20 goals a season."

    A quick reminder you can watch Final Score with Mark Chapman, Garth Crooks and Dion Dublin on the Red Button, or through the video at the top of this page.

  240. 1454:  
    Football Focus presenter Dan Walker at Upton Park:

    "Right then... West Ham v QPR. I'm going 17-17!"

  241. 1451: 
    FULL-TIME- Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Billy Sharp hammers in a beautiful shot, in off the far post, but the whistle had already gone for a foul. And there's full-time. A point apiece.

  242. 1449: 

    Premier League on Twitter: "Congrats to James McCarthy, who makes his 100th Barclays Premier League appearance for Wigan against Sunderland."

  243. 1448: 
    Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Billy Sharp is wrapped up by a fine tackle as Nottingham Forest continue to push for a late winner. It looks like the spoils will be shared...

  244. 1446:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

    "Jack Rodwell doing jogs, stretches & 70% sprints down the touchline. Looks like City are being very careful with him. #fragilegoods"

  245. 1446: 

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "If Luis Suarez scores a hat trick today he becomes the first player in the Premier League to score three hat-tricks against a specific club (Norwich)."

  246. 1445: 
    APP ALERT

    If you're out and about, at the game or at the shops, it's now even easier to keep across our football output thanks to our brand new BBC Sport smartphone app.

    Over half a million people have already downloaded it so it must be good. Join the crowd...

  247. 1444: 
    Newcastle v Reading (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle make two changes from the 0-0 draw at Norwich. Midfielder Yohan Cabaye and striker Shola Ameobi start in place of James Perch and Gabriel Obertan.

    Reading makes three changes from the win over West Brom. Defender Stephen Kelly makes his debut for the club and comes into the side along with midfielder Mikele Leigertwood and winger Garath McCleary. Chris Gunter, Daniel Carrico and Jem Karacan make way.

  248. 1444: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Stocker on Twitter: "Good call to drop/rest Allen, Sterling and Skrtel - not in form and that's what a squad's for. Suarez and Sturridge to score."

    Niall Campbell on Twitter: "Newcastle can stay up if they spend in January, try and keep the captain, legend!"

    Anthony Malone on Twitter: "QPR will stay up, signing good players and Redknapp has proven he can fight off relegation."

  249. 1442: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LATEST

    Ross County move to just one point behind 10th-placed St Mirren after a convincing SPL win in Paisley.

    Richard Brittain's free-kick gave County the lead at half-time, before Stephen Thompson thundered an equaliser. St Mirren's defence then hit self-destruct, making errors which allowed County's Sam Morrow and Ivan Sproule (2) to score on his debut.

    St Mirren's Lewis Guy had a penalty saved by Mark Brown in injury time.

    So, the five goals in that match is hopefully a sign of what's to come this afternoon, with the following SPL games kicking off at 1500 GMT: Celtic v Hearts; Hibs v Dundee; Inverness CT v Aberdeen; and Kilmarnock v Dundee Utd.

    Keep across all things Scottish in the SPL live text.

  250. 1441: 
    CLOSE!- Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Billy Sharp wins a a yard of space with his back to goal, swivels nicely and shoots just wide! Nottingham Forest are hammering on the door...

  251. 1441: 
    LINE-UPS- Wigan v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  252. 1439: 
    Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Forest are pressing for a late winner as a corner brings on a full, old-fashioned goalmouth scramble. There are appeals for handball from both sets of players but the play is allowed to continue and John Brayford whacks the ball into touch.

  253. 1437: 
    Wigan v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Roberto Martinez has described Wigan's remaining home games as like 'eight finals' as they look to address their poor form at the DW Stadium. The Latics have won just twice in 11 games in front of their own fans, and boss Martinez said: "There are eight incredible, important events for us to make sure we can get as many points as we can."

    Three wins in five games has eased the pressure on Sunderland, but boss Martin O'Neill said: "One of our problems though has been that we can't get a consistency of performance, and that's what we need to tackle next."

  254. 1435: 
    Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Back at Pride Park, it's all very scrappy. There's a distince lack of quality on display to be honest as we enter the last 10 minutes or so.

  255. 1435: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Reading (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Santon, Debuchy, Williamson, Cabaye, Anita, Cisse, Marveaux, Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Elliot, Perch, Steven Taylor, Bigirimana, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger.

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

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  256. 1434:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad:Man City v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    "No snow or ice at the Etihad Stadium, where the pitch is looking green and pristine, but could Manchester City still slip up in the title race? Fulham, with only two wins in their last 14 Premier League games and one clean sheet in the same period, are being given little chance against the champions but enigmatic Cottagers striker Dimitar Berbatov, on his first return to Manchester since leaving United in the summer, will undoubtedly think differently."

  257. 1434: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREVIEW

    Six matches bite the dust in League One, while just three League Two games go ahead. Undoubtedly, League One's match of the day is leaders Tranmere's trip to third-placed Brentford. It survives after home fans helped clear snow from the Griffin Park pitch - with the added incentive of a free ticket for the table-topping clash.

    The only fourth-tier games to beat the freeze take place at Northampton, Wycombe and York.

  258. 1433: 
    LINE-UPS- Man City v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Barry, Javi Garcia, Milner, Tevez, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Nasri, Kolarov, Aguero, Rodwell, Balotelli.

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Richardson, Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Dejagah, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Baird, Petric, Briggs, Rodallega, Kacaniklic.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  259. 1433: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Stoke (1500 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  260. 1431: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREVIEW

    While the wintry weather has accounted for a number of this afternoon's League One and League Two matches, there are no such problems in the Championship as all 10 matches look set to go ahead. Dougie Freedman returns to Crystal Palace for the first time since leaving to take charge of Bolton in the pick of the 1500 GMT kick-offs. We will wait to see if Freedman receives a frosty reception from the Selhurst Park crowd.

    Third-placed Hull could climb back into the top two by beating lowly Peterborough at London Road, while Sean O'Driscoll steps into the Bristol City dug-out for the first time when the division's bottom club travel to Leeds United. Meanwhile, leaders Cardiff are aiming to stretch their seven-point advantage with victory in their evening kick-off at managerless Blackpool [1720 GMT].

  261. 1430:  
    Former Derby midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's a case of whoever wants this the most in the last 20 minutes. Would a point be satisfactory for both managers? I'm not too sure. There's a good opportunity for someone to grab the victory."

  262. 1430: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Richard Konadu on Twitter: "Marouane Chamakh will get a goal today mark my words, he is a goal scorer who has been neglected by Wenger."

    Damien Lyth on Twitter: "Downing has been better than Sterling over the past few weeks, so I don't see the fuss about Raheem not playing. Overhyped."

    Dave Newton on Twitter: "Why has Rodgers chosen Carragher? As much of an Anfield legend he is, Skrtel is a far superior player. Sort it out Brendan."

  263. 1429: 
    LINE-UPS- West Ham v QPR (1500 GMT)

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

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Da Silva, Derry, Mbia, Mackie, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Remy. Subs: Green, Traore, Ferdinand, Park, Hoilett, Faurlin, Bothroyd.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  264. 1426: 
    CLOSE!- Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Nottingham Forest look strong here, with a free-kick causing plenty of chaos in the Derby defence. From the resulting corner Dexter Blackstock has a free header but makes a horrid connection, sending the ball over the top.

  265. 1425: 
    Liverpool v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge starts his first game at Anfield for the club. He will be looking to be first player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in each of his first three games for the Merseysiders after goals against Mansfield in the FA Cup and in the league defeat by Manchester United since his move from Chelsea. Keeper Brad Jones, centre-back Jamie Carragher and midfielder Jordan Henderson also make the Reds line-up as Raheem Sterling, Pepe Reina, Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen make way.

    Norwich also make four changes. Defender Ryan Bennett, midfielders Elliott Bennett and Jonathan Howson as well as striker Grant Holt replace Sebastien Bassong, Anthony Pilkington, Wes Hoolahan, and Simeon Jackson.

  266. 1424: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Brent, London, via text: "Re David Smith 1414. I'd hardly call Rodwell a key player. He's played less than Michael Owen recently. Terrible buy from Mancini."

  267. 1423: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Theo Robinson is summoned from the bench by Derby, and he replaces goalscorer Jamie Ward. Ward has been superb today on his return, but looks pretty weary as he heads off.

  268. 1423: 
    Wigan v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Wigan make two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Fulham in their last Premier League match. In come defender Ronnie Stam for Ivan Ramis, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury. David Jones makes way for Jordi Gomez in midfield while keeper Joel Robles, who joined in midweek on loan from Atletico Madrid, is on the bench.

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher returns after missing the midweek FA Cup defeat with Bolton through illness. Midfielder Alfred N'Diaye makes his first league start since joining from Bursaspor.

  269. 1422: 
    West Brom v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    West Brom midfielder Yousouf Mulumbu, currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with DR Congo, on Twitter: "Checking every single channel to see if I can watch our win today in this derby game!! We know what we are..."

  270. 1421: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Suarez, Sturridge, Downing. Subs: Gulacsi, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Shelvey, Skrtel, Robinson.

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

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  271. 1420: 
    West Ham v QPR (1500 GMT)

    Marouane Chamakh makes his first start for West Ham, one of seven changes from Wednesday's 1-0 defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup third round replay.

    James Collins is still out with a hamstring problem but midfielder Mark Noble has shrugged off a calf problem.

    As expected, £8m striker Loic Remy makes his debut for QPR, three days after joining from Marseille.

    The Frenchman is the only change manager Harry Redknapp makes from last Saturday's 0-0 draw with Tottenham. Park Ji-sung is the man to make way.

  272. 1420: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ed Trevor-Jones on Twitter: "Small case of Rodgers swallowing his pride to bench Allen? Henderson deserves to start with the effort he's given recently."

    Az Boughan on Twitter: "How does Stewart Downing continue to start for Liverpool? Especially ahead of Sterling. Too many changes today. Score draw."

    Chinners on Twitter: "Man City's bench looks poor today!! Pantilimon, Lescott, Rodwell, Kolarov, Nasri, Balotelli, Aguero."

  273. 1419: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Striker Dexter Blackstock - who was apparently the subject of a tentative enquiry by Derby last week - is on for Forest, replacing Radosław Majewski. Bold move from Alex McLeish - if that's not an oxymoron.

  274. 1418: 
    Liverpool v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    Can Liverpool strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge play together? Reds boss Brendan Rodgers appears to think so. He says: "That relationship will take a bit of time to be totally co-ordinated but I've seen in training, with them working together and with other players, the balance is right."

    Suarez is aiming for a hat-trick of hat-tricks against Norwich and Canaries manager Chris Hughton says: "He is somebody who plays consistently. He is a very tough individual. All I see is an excellent player."

  275. 1417: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ricky Grayston, a Blackburn Rovers programme seller, via text: "Please spare a thought for myself and fellow programme sellers today up and down the country - absolutely freezing!"

  276. 1416: 
    YELLOW CARD- Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Elliott Ward takes Robbie Savage's advice and brings down Jeff Hendrick with a cynical lunge as the Derby man raced through on goal. Yellow card.

  277. 1416: 
    Man City v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Manchester City are unchanged from last week's win at Arsenal. Fit-again Jack Rodwell & Sergio Aguero are on the bench, along with Samir Nasri who is back from his ban.

    Dimitar Berbatov is back in Fulham's starting line-up after being rested for the midweek FA Cup replay win over Blackpool. Bryan Ruiz also returns up front and Steve Sidwell comes into midfield after recovering from a hamstring injury. 35-year-old Greek midfielder Giorgos Karagounis retains his place after netting two in Fulham's last three games.

  278. 1415: 
    Swansea v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Changes aplenty for both sides following their midweek FA Cup ties. Swansea make eight changes with Michel Vorm, Jonathan de Guzman and Wayne Routledge the only survivors from the team that lost to Arsenal.

    Asmir Begovic, Glenn Whelan and Charlie Adam return for Stoke with Dean Whitehead filling in at right-back while Kenwyne Jones, a Swansea target, is among the substitutes.

  279. 1414: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Conor Hall on Twitter: "Remy could be QPR's saviour! Just like Tevez for West Ham."

    David Smith on Twitter: "Good to see Rodwell and Aguero back on the Man City bench. Key players coming back at a vital stage of the season."

  280. 1413:  
    Former Derby midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That was absolutely terrible play from Simon Gillett. His awareness wasn't there, he didn't know Conor Sammon was there, then when Sammon robs him, I would have seen him bring him down. Jamie Ward was on the overlap and it was a cool finish, but bring him down and take a yellow card for the team."

  281. 1412: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris, Southampton, via text: "Excited to see Suarez and Sturridge start for the reds today, Sterling has gone off the boil recently and needs a rest."

  282. 1411: 
    CLOSE!- Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest

    Derby are flying now. Jeff Hendrick sees his shot from 25 yards whistle over the bar before a header from a corner also goes just over. Pride Park is rocking.

  283. 1411: 

    Match of the Day on Twitter: "MOTD is at 10.30pm tonight with seven games. As it stands, all matches have beaten the weather. Shearer and Lawro join Lineker in the studio."

  284. 1409: 
    GOAL- Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest - Jamie Ward (52 mins)

    Derby are level, and Conor Sammon deserves all the credit. He shows great perseverance to hound Simon Gillett and win the ball back, before playing in Jamie Ward into the area. Ward slots it in low to spark the home crowd back into life!

  285. 1407:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

    "City unchanged from last week's win at Arsenal. Fit-again Jack Rodwell and Sergio Aguero on bench, along with Samir Nasri who is back from his ban."

  286. 1407: 
    Derby 0-1 Nottingham Forest

    It's all a bit scrappy in the opening exchanges at Derby. Can the Rams rally?

  287. 1405: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Charlie Kent on Twitter: "Am I secretly hoping Leeds lose today so Warnock is axed and Adkins is his replacement?"

    Are you Charlie?

  288. 1405: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- West Ham v QPR (1500 GMT)

    Loic Remy makes his debut for QPR.

  289. 1405: 
    Derby versus Nottingham Forest

    Derby ended the first half strongly but still trail rivals Forest early in the second half at Pride Park.

  290. 1403: 

    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley at Selhurst Park: "Dougie Freedman's just been booed off the Bolton coach by Palace fans. He still waved to them!"

  291. 1402: 
    BREAKING NEWS- Liverpool v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez both start for Liverpool, and Brad Jones is in goal. Pepe Reina is out with a thigh strain.

  292. 1402: 
    KICK-OFF- Derby 0-1 Nottingham Forest

    We are back in play...

  293. 1400: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Peter Crouch starts up front for Stoke, as reported Swansea target Kenwyne Jones is on the bench alongside Michael Owen and Cameron Jerome.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Jan 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 22 27 55
2 Man City 23 26 51
3 Chelsea 22 24 42
4 Tottenham 22 12 40
5 Everton 22 9 37
6 Arsenal 21 16 34
7 Liverpool 23 12 34
8 West Brom 23 1 34
9 Swansea 23 7 33
10 Stoke 23 -5 29
11 Sunderland 23 -4 28
12 West Ham 22 -3 27
13 Norwich 23 -15 26
14 Fulham 23 -7 25
15 Southampton 22 -10 22
16 Newcastle 23 -13 21
17 Aston Villa 23 -25 20
18 Reading 23 -15 19
19 Wigan 23 -18 19
20 QPR 23 -19 15