Tuesday football as it happened

Live text commentary of four Premier League games, with four of the bottom five clubs playing, plus Football League action.

29 January 2013 Last updated at 22:51 GMT

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  1. 2249: 

    That's enough for one night. Join us back here tomorrow for even more games, where the attention will shift to the top of the Premier League table.

    And more transfer news. Loads more transfer news...

  2. 2246: 

    It's shaping up to be a bumper deadline day on Thursday in the Premier League. Moves everywhere.

    We will bring you extensive coverage of all the transfers across television, radio, online, the Red Button and via social media.

    Clubs can make permanent and loan signings until the window closes at 2300 GMT.

    From 0700 GMT the BBC Sport website will feature a full live transfer deadline day text commentary, running through until midnight. Join us.

  3. 2243: 
    Stoke 2-2 Wigan
    Peter Crouch

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis on a possible move for striker Peter Crouch: "I've spoken to Peter about it and it's up to him whether he wants to go.

    "He's very happy here and he's made that clear. It's got to be right for us but we'll need someone to come in & do the same job."

  4. 2240: 

    If QPR's draw with Manchester City did their hopes of survival the power of good, it was also a good result for Manchester United at the top of the table.

    United can go seven points clear with a win at home to Southampton tomorrow night.

  5. 2238:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park

    "Paul Lambert reveals Richard Dunne has had another setback with the groin injury that has required surgery. More bad news for Villa."

  6. 2236: 

    John, Manchester, via text: "That was the type of game where City needed an RVP to save them, he's the difference this season."

  7. 2235: 

    Dan Fookes ‏on Twitter: "Only 17 players? Harry virtually had two different XIs out between the FA Cup and today..."

    Jack McCourt ‏on Twitter: "Am I the only one annoyed and confused by Redknapp's constant transfer talk? Shouldn't it be private and confidential?"

    Jon Evans ‏on Twitter: "Keown is spot on about Lambert! Doesn't seem to believe his own, and needs to keep it simple and learn from HIS mistakes!"

  8. 2234: 
    QPR 0-0 Man City
    Harry Redknapp

    Some more from QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "We have a value for Peter Odemwingie but at the end of the day he belongs to West Brom. If they don't want to sell him they don't have to, it's not been handled the best to be honest.

    "Crouchy's played for me everywhere hasn't he? But it's up to Stoke."

  9. 2230: 

    Casper, London, via text: "2216: Guidetti? Scoring goals for fun in Holland never guarantees success in England. Two words: Alfonso. Alves."

    Jon, via text: "Would love to see a natural striker at Wigan. Perhaps Danny Graham?"

    Gav, via text: "Not a QPR fan but for those that are I pray they stay up, because they're going to be in severe financial problems if they don't."

  10. 2228: 

    Is there trouble brewing at Everton?

    Press Association Sport are reporting that Everton's move for FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer could be in trouble because of a problem with the player's medical.

    Press Association Sport understands that medical staff have identified an issue which raised enough concerns for Everton to go back to Twente in an attempt to renegotiate the deal.

  11. 2225: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill: "It was really disappointing. We didn't create enough, we didn't exert enough pressure and we allowed them to dictate the pattern of the game. We're the home side and should do better. They came here with confidence after reaching the Capital One Cup final. That said, we won the last couple of games and played well last time we were here. We should do better, we should create more.

    "We've made a couple of bids for a couple of players but it's the club's prerogative if they don't want to sell. They've been in for some time."

  12. 2224: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "After all that happened against Chelsea, going to the final, everyone in Swansea is talking about that going to that final. No-one had spoken about Sunderland. It was very important for me to see how they reacted to that and I'm very pleased. First half we completely dominated, in an away game, against a good side. Clean sheet, a very good performance - that's great for me to say.

    "What will happen with Danny (Graham), we will see in the next couple of days. I don't know what is going to happen. There are only two days left (in the January transfer window). It's better in February to talk about what happened. It was my decision not to start him today because of all that he went through."

  13. 2223: 

    Hugh Moxon ‏on Twitter: "Harry has worked wonders with QPR's defence, but it makes me wonder what Mark Hughes was doing before to make them so bad."

    Joseph Wilcox on Twitter: "Huge win for #NUFC to kickstart the second half of the season. Expect us to start climbing the table now."

    Jack McCourt ‏on Twitter: "I'm not a Man City fan, but if Mancini does not sign a replacement for Mario he's risking his job. Not signing RVP and now this?"

  14. 2219: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said earlier that he wants one or two players in on deadline day - he has said now that former Latics defender Paul Scharner is one he is looking at.

  15. 2219: 

    Will Poyser, via text: "Wigan to sign Victor Moses on loan! We miss his pace and creativity!"

    James. Livingston via text: "Just seen Lambert interview, I'd have more respect if he admitted he got it wrong first half and not blame the players."

    Sam, Manchester, via text: "As a City fan I'm not worried if Mancini doesn't bring someone in to replace Balotelli in the next two days. Just means that City will mostly likely bid for a superstar in the summer! Also it'll give Guidetti a chance to play for the next six months."

  16. 2216: 
    QPR 0-0 Man City

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp confirms that he is still working on deals to sign Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch and Chris Samba. He says that he only really has 17 players available instead of his 25-man squad.

  17. 2216: 

    Newcastle forward Sammy Ameobi on Twitter: "Thank God for that. Never been so nervous watching the second half, but buzzing for the lads!"

  18. 2216: 

    Chris, Herts, via text: "Balotelli, Balotelli, Balotelli. Who cares?"

    Tom, via text: "I think the narrow pitch at QPR makes it hard for some types of teams to win at Loftus Road."

    Tom, Birmingham, via text: "John Guidetti the man to replace Mario for City. Scored for fun on loan in Holland."

  19. 2215: 
    Stoke 2-2 Wigan

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis on potential transfer business: "I like to do business with other clubs first and let the press know afterwards. I am disappointed things got out when you are dealing with other clubs, managers agents etc.

    "When deals are done they have to be right for this club, if they are not they won't be done."

  20. 2213: 

    Andy G, Portland, via text: "Matt in Stoke, you've a very short memory. Sacking Pulis, are you serious?"

    Brendan, Newcastle, via text: "Man City have such a talented squad, yet from time to time they just come up short creatively."

    Tom G, London, via text: "QPR have proved they are better than the teams around them again tonight. It's certainly going to be an interesting run in."

  21. 2211: 

    Harry Redknapp is taking a phone call as he prepares for a post-match interview. Brilliant.

  22. 2209:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus Road

    "Paul Lambert is in a situation where he's got to work with the players that he's got. He's got to get out onto that training pitch and develop a team, and get the best from these players. You can't give up on it, you don't sit around hoping for the right result, you get out there and put things together. That is the strength of a good quality coach.

    "But at the moment the manager doesn't believe in the message he is giving to his players, because he keeps switching formations from one game to another. Keep it simple, and then the players might show a level of confidence and they might come through. There is still a chance for Villa. It is not over my any means."

    Listen to live reaction to tonight's results on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  23. 2208: 

    In the Championship, relegation-threatened Bristol City and Barnsley both gained vital 2-0 wins over Watford and Millwall respectively. In League One, Leyton Orient held Swindon to a 0-0 draw, while late goals from Lee Hughes and Francois Zoko gave Notts County victory over Portsmouth. Yeovil defeated MK Dons 2-1.

    In League Two, Gillingham went top of the table with a 2-0 victory over high-flying Northampton, while Burton Albion's point against Oxford United was enough to take them into third place.

  24. 2207: 

    So expect some business at the DW Stadium in the coming hours. Who will Wigan bring in?

  25. 2207: 
    Stoke 2-2 Wigan

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez: "We are disappointed we have only got a point. To go two down at the Britannia you know you are going to find it difficult.

    "Our work ethic was excellent as was the way we worked with the ball. We feel disappointed we dropped two points today. When you are two down away from home you measure the character of the squad and the way we played it is like we are a top team.

    "It is not easy to open up Stoke and score goals from open play against this side but we did very well. It was a complete performance apart from the two goals we conceded."

    On transfers: "None to go out, we have had too many injuries. We do our business in advance but with injuries we expect to bring in one or two players in the coming days."

  26. 2206: 

    Dave, Wolverhampton, via text: "I stand by my pre-season prediction, QPR, Villa and Newcastle to go down."

    James, Livingston, via text: "Might be worth reminding Villa that there are 90 mins not 45 in a football match."

    Vish, on the way home from Loftus Road, via text: "I can't believe people think Cesar is the best keeper in the league, that's just disrespectful. He's the best keeper in the world."

  27. 2205: 

    Michael Lyall on Twitter: "So QPR defend all game and get a draw against top of the league and now Harry's a genius? What happened to playing to win?"

    Ross Yell ‏on Twitter: "Great couple of results for Reading - Le Fondre grabbing the win tomorrow and out of relegation we go!"

    Mark Anthony Bate on Twitter: "Well that was a relegation six-pointer. And we've just won six points. #nufc"

  28. 2205: 

    So there are no plans to replace Mario Balotelli. What do you make of that City fans?

  29. 2204: 
    Roberto Mancini

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "Both clubs are talking about Mario Balotelli. Maybe tomorrow they can close. I think Mario needs to do a medical. We are very sorry.

    "We love Mario, Mario likes the players but I think he had this big chance to come back to Italy and to play for another top club like Milan. I hope Mario can improve and can show he is ready because I think if he works hard he can continue his growing and can become one of the best players in Europe."

    On replacing him: "I don't think so because we have two days and it's difficult to buy a good player. In this moment I don't think we can."

  30. 2203: 

    Chris, via text: "Matt's text (2152) is incredible, who else would have got Stoke anywhere near top flight, let alone kept them there?"

    Ollie, via text: "That fantastic fightback from Wigan earns them 1 point. Every point's important but they need to start playing well from the off and start winning matches."

    Sam, Manchester via text: "What City need is Isco from Malaga or any other creative midfielder!"

  31. 2203: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I've never seen a standing ovation after getting beat before but that shows the effort we put in in the second half. We never played well in the first half all but I couldn't fault them after the break. Sometimes it is easy to play at 2-0 down because noone expects anything.

    "There will be a few teams down there and we will have to fight our way out of it. Money dictates everything and the situation hasn't changed. I don't know if we will be able to bring anyone in, let's see what the next two days brings. You have to survive in the league and sometimes you need a bit of help."

  32. 2158:  
    Keith Andrews, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Villa ParkAston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    "Villa started the second half fantastically. They used great width, and I think the flaw in the first half was the system Paul Lambert picked, playing three at the back. They simply could not get out of their half. The way they approached the second half was very encouraging - they gave everything. Hopefully, from a positive perspective, they can take that into their next game."

    Listen to live reaction to tonight's results on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  33. 2157: 

    David, Worcs, via text: "If QPR get a gritty point from each of their remaining games, they will finish with 30. Doomed, and rightly so."

    Nathan, Reading, via text: "As a United fan I've learnt to NEVER rule City out."

    Gloopenator, Solihull, via text: "If Lambert says "We will keep on fighting" again in his post-match press conference, I will lose the plot."

  34. 2157: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle
    Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "We played the football Newcastle fans want to see in that first half. They haven't seen that much this year.

    "I've had my eye on Moussa Sissoko for some time. I felt he could be good in this league and he showed a nice aperitif of what he can do."

  35. 2155: 

    Mark Abbott on Twitter: "I think Harry is whistling THAT tune right now!"

    Andy Cinoz on Twitter: "Hope Nelsen comes back for his player of the season award. Good luck Ryan. Miracle man."

    Daniel Bennett on Twitter: "City, please sign a game-changing creative midfielder! We only have one and he's in Africa..."

  36. 2152: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Sunderland defender John O'Shea: "I have to say it was a fair result in the end. Swansea probably had the clearer chances but both teams kind of cancelled each other out. We're pleased overall but we know we can play better at home. But we'll take a point. We knew we we're going to face a team full of confidence after getting to a cup final. And they showed that the way they knocked the ball around."

  37. 2152: 

    Matt, Stoke, via text: "Patience is running out with Pulis at Stoke. Strange team selections an even stranger subs combined with his negative tactics and dire football have pushed most Stokies over the edge."

    Andrew, via text: "Villa ooh, Newcastle la la!"

  38. 2152:  
    Keith Andrews, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Villa Park

    "The way Newcastle approached the game was fantastic, they really took it to Villa. The debutants took to it very well and they got their passing game going. Sissoko is a great prospect, on his first-half showing alone. He was strong and mobile and played in a more advanced position than I was expecting. He moved into pockets and picked up great positions."

    Listen to live reaction to tonight's results on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  39. 2152:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park

    "Villa pay the price for dreadful first half."

  40. 2151: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "There has been a lot of work and effort to get that win. From the players to the chairman to get the new players in. First half we were magnificent, second half the French lads ran out of legs but we hung on.

    "We know what we have been missing. Moussa Sissoko was magnificent and he will be a powerful player in the Premier League. The new guys were great but the established players here have played their part and helped them settle in.

    "Villa have no problem. They will be safe, they have quality."

  41. 2147: 

    Newcastle's injured defender Ryan Taylor tweets: "Phewwwwwwwwww!!! So happy that's over. Great first half and Villa had a great go. They were three big points for us."

  42. 2146:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "QPR will miss Ryan Nelsen's leadership qualities. He has an aura about him. Maybe Onuoha could come into the middle, but that doesn't give you that same sense of security."

    Listen to live reaction to tonight's results on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  43. 2146: 

    Dan, Leeds, via text: "Wow, the great escape is truly on. Can't believe those that still doubt him. Harry Redknapp's team showing true grit and belief."

    Jim, Glasgow, via text: "Taxi for Lambert."

    Abenezer Tadesse, Warwick, via text: "Ryan Nelsen is a legend. Watching him at Blackburn was a privilege. Good luck to him with his managerial career."

  44. 2144: 

    Wigan have climbed out of the relegation zone tonight with that point at Stoke - which, let's be honest, didn't look likely when Peter Crouch put Stoke 2-0 up.

    Roberto Martinez's side didn't panic though and crafted two cracking goals. Roger Espinoza looks like a handy player.

  45. 2143: 

    Keval Shah on Twitter: "Massive win for Newcastle. First away win of the season when they needed it. Villa look like they don't believe in themselves."

    Peter Jolley on Twitter: "Villa, ditch Bent. He's holding you back."

    Rico on Twitter: "Benteke - the most overrated player in the Premier League."

  46. 2142: 

    That point for QPR means they are now just four points away from safety. Holding the champions is no mean feat - is 'Arry going to do it again? The Great Escape could be on...

  47. 2140:  
    Keith Andrews, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Villa ParkAston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    "The Newcastle fans over in the far stand are absolutely delirious. Plenty of French flags are flying. The Villa players are visibly distraught on the pitch. The effort they put in in the second half was admirable, but the first half let them down. Newcastle's players know tonight was all about the result.

    "The second 45 minutes, if Villa play like that, they will remain in the Premier League, because their endeavour and vigour was fantastic."

    Listen to live reaction to tonight's results on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  48. 2139: 

    So the end to a terrible month for Aston Villa. They will end it in the relegation zone.

  49. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 2-2 Wigan
  50. 2137:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "You have to say it was QPR's night tonight. There were so many good performances, and tonight could be the night that Man City feel the Premier League slip from their hands..."

    Listen to live reaction to tonight's results on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  51. 2137: 

    Massive result for Newcastle, and Aston Villa...

  52. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle
  53. 2137: 
    QPR 0-0 Man City

    A hero's reception for Ryan Nelson as the QPR man leaves the field. He is off to be a coach in the MLS.

  54. 2136: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul comes flying out of his goal and gets nowhere near a cross which drifts wide. Goodness me!

  55. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 0-0 Man City
  56. 2135:  
    Mark Pougatch, 5 live Sport host

    "Villa played well for a half v WBA, a half v Bradford and now this second half. I also think Bent and Benteke won't be tried again..."

  57. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 0-0 Swansea
  58. 2134: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea are not known for mixing it, but they almost snatch it right at the death when Danny Graham's header is hooked away.

  59. 2133: 

    Mark Meighan on Twitter: "If Villa could put two decent halves of football together instead of the usual one we wouldn't be in this mess. Keep it up!"

    Andrew Michalowicz on Twitter: "Booting the ball to Shola, who loses it and allows Villa to attack, is not a tactic."

    Mark Gibbs on Twitter: "Time running out. Come on Villa - big push..."

  60. 2132: 
    Stoke 2-2 Wigan
    Franco Di Santo and James McArthur celebrate a Wigan goal

    We are running behind at Stoke after that earlier injury stoppage for a head injury to Robert Huth. It's been a bit of a warzone at times at the Britannia.

  61. 2132: 

    Kieran, Edinburgh, via text: "Can see Aston Villa levelling. Nouveau-chateau not looking confident."

    Saeed, Preston, via text: "Is it just me that's thinking this QPR game is massive for the title race?"

    Jim, Southampton, via text: "Mancini to get Fergie Time for his team to grab a late winner?"

  62. 2131: 
    SHOWBOAT- QPR 0-0 Man City

    What a box of tricks Adel Taarabt is! The QPR man nutmegs Joleon Lescott on a mazy run but he is crowded out by Javi Garcia as he tries to squeeze off a shot. Superb stuff from the midfielder.

  63. 2130:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "The defender gets the ball, just about. But from the referee's angle it looks like a pen. Very hard to call, that one."

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  64. 2129: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- QPR 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City want a penalty! Scott Sinclair goes to ground inside the QPR penalty area as Nedum Onouha makes a desperate tackle but referee Phil Dowd makes a very animated point to the ball. That was a real lunge from the former City defender.

  65. 2127: 

    Christopher Hall on Twitter: "Julio Cesar - take a bow son, what a save! Top drawer."

    Kanayo Umeogu on Twitter: "Oh Yaya, Mancini needs your charging runs right now."

    Nick Whitbread on Twitter: "If only Man City had a pacy, unpredictable, goal-scoring talent on the bench..."

  66. 2127: 

    Into the last five minutes then. Who is going to produce the late drama tonight?

  67. 2125: 

    In the Championship, goals from Chris Dagnall and Jason Scotland have put Barnsley 2-0 against Millwall while bottom side Bristol City have doubled their advantage against Watford.

    In League One, Paddy Madden has bagged a brace to put Yeovil 2-1 up against MK Dons who have had Antony Kay sent off. In League Two, Gillingham still lead against Northampton, while Jacques Maghoma has equalised for Burton Albion against Oxford United.

  68. 2125:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "Is there a better goalkeeper in the Premier League than Julio Cesar? That was an absolutely fantastic save. Wow. That was a miracle save, and a wake-up call for QPR."

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  69. 2124: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 0-0 Man City

    Superb from Julio Cesar again - the QPR keeper spreads himself to repel a close-range shot from David Silva. Fantastic reflexes!

  70. 2123: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle
    Christian Benteke celebrates scoring for Aston Villa

    Christian Benteke pulled a goal back for Aston Villa - and he almost equalises as a header from a corner causes chaos, but he can't quite bundle the ball home. Still Villa keep coming.

  71. 2123: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    Newcastle set a Premier League record for the most French players used by a club in a season. The previous record was seven; but in handing debuts to Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and now substitute Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Newcastle have now used eight French players.

  72. 2121: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    The shorn Michu finally provides some spark for Swansea, leading a swift attack down the right but his pull-back is fired wide by Nathan Dyer. Dyer by name, dire by nature there. Poor finish.

  73. 2120: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    Newcastle have looked better since Shola Ameobi's introduction. They are retaining some possession in the final third. I feel there are more goals in this one though...

  74. 2119: 

    Dan, Leeds, via text: "Re 2110: What's with the Spanish, as soon as they cut their hair they lose their scoring touch!"

    Paul, via text: "A Villa comeback would give them a much needed lift. I'm an Arsenal fan but still believe Lambert will get them safe. Good luck Villa."

    Dan, Newcastle via text: "Re Stephen 2110: I believe the proper Geordie translation is 'poulet oriental'."

  75. 2119:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Over on BBC Radio 5 live's sister station it's the relegation scrap between Aston Villa and Newcastle, with Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews assisting the commentator.

    There are around 13 minutes remaining.

  76. 2118:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    There is live commentary of QPR v Man City right now, with former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown as pundit.

    Final Whistle is at 2140 GMT. Listen to it all on digital radio, online, via the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps, and on 909 and 693 medium-wave.

  77. 2118:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "For me, on instinct, I think that was a penalty for QPR. It was right on the edge of the box, Phil Dowd took a look and decided not to give it. Lescott just catches him. But the referee can only give it if certain, and there must have been an element of doubt. But Man City have been let off there."

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  78. 2116: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- QPR 0-0 Man City

    It's getting ever more frustrating for Manchester City, with Sergio Aguero firing over from 12 yards out after James Milner's fantastic pass had picked out Pablo Zabaleta on the right. Rangers race up the other end and Loic Remy goes down in the box under Joleon Lescott's challenge. There appears little contact and the referee makes the correct decision.

  79. 2115: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Danny Graham is on for Swansea, with Leon Britton going off. Will Graham still be a Swansea player on Friday?

  80. 2114: 

    Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses, on Afcon duty with Nigeria, on Twitter: "So proud to go through to the quarter-finals. Great win for our country and amazing feeling to score two goals."

  81. 2113: 

    There are 20 minutes or so remaining. Still Aston Villa push on.

  82. 2112: 

    Ben, Bath, via text: "Alain Pardieu must be worried. Newcastle waving the white flag?"

    Carly, Louth, via text: "Pardew must have made the easy mistake of confusing the similar sounding French words aller and arret in his team talk."

  83. 2112: 
    QPR 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City have hardly created a chance in the second half, but David Silva finally manages a shot on goal which is well saved by Julio Cesar. Twenty minutes left.

  84. 2111: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    A bold sub from Alan Pardew, who has seen his side under the cosh since kick-off of the second half. He replaces holding midfielder James Perch with striker Shola Ameobi. Instructions are: Hold the ball up, score us a goal...

  85. 2110: 

    Cam Olive on Twitter: "Debuchy doesn't see Agbonlahor coming and steps on his foot. Definite pen."

    Stephen McGraw on Twitter: "If Newcastle lose this game I will go chicken oriental."

    Helen Pickworth on Twitter: "There is nothing more stressful than watching Stoke..."

  86. 2110: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea are coming back into the game, but it's been pretty dire stuff. Michu has been very quiet - he's not been in the same since he cut his hair has he?

  87. 2109: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 2-2 Wigan

    It's all Wigan still, and Stoke's in-demand keeper Asmir Begovic has to be at his best to save from James McArthur. Wigan rampant.

  88. 2108:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "Man City have lost their way and are lumping balls up to Edin Dzeko, and that's meat and drink for QPR's defenders. On a night like tonight you must keep passing the ball."

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  89. 2108:  
    Mark Pougatch, 5 live Sport host

    "There's life in these Villains yet..."

  90. 2106: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-2 Wigan - Franco Di Santo (61 mins)

    What a comeback! Wigan are level with another goal of real quality. Roger Espinoza is at the heart of it again, standing up a cross which is headed back across goal by James McArthur, and Franco Di Santo is free to smash in a volley. Brilliant goal, brilliant fightback from the Latics.

  91. 2105:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park

    "Villa rejuvenated by the removal of Bent and Bennett and the introduction of Weimann and Agbonlahor. Newcastle suddenly being asked questions."

  92. 2105: 
    QPR 0-0 Man City

    Loic Remy is ploughing a lone furrow up front for QPR and he has six players around him on the edge of the box when he decides to take a shot, which goes narrowly over. Don't rule out Rangers nicking one here.

  93. 2104: 

    We are into the last half hour. Can Aston Villa cap this comeback?

  94. 2104:  
    Keith Andrews, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Villa ParkAston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    "There's been some fantastic play from Villa. Benteke showed strength and power, ran at Coloccini, played a great ball to Weimann but his first touch took him a little wide and it was a good Krul save."

    Listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Newcastle United on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  95. 2103: 

    Rhodri, Winchester via text: "This is such a hard time to be a Villa supporter but let's get behind the boys! Come on Villa!"

    Ash Bignall, Solihull, via text: "Pardew's team talk must not have translated well into French."

  96. 2101: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    So much better from Aston Villa. Where was this against Bradford? Or Millwall? Or an hour ago? Again Christian Benteke is involved, beating his man on the left and picking out Andreas Weimann surging into the area. The Austrian takes a touch before firing in low and Tim Krul again keeps it out. Weimann is clobbered on the instep by a James Perch lunge and has to crawl away on his hands and knees.

  97. 2101: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "Eden Dzeko has scored a goal in each of his three Premier League matches against QPR."

  98. 2100: 
    SUBSTITUTION- QPR 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City are having plenty of possession but are struggling to break down QPR, who look dangerous on the break. Roberto Mancini has seen enough and has decided to throw on super-sub Edin Dzeko in place of Samir Nasri.

  99. 2059: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    I don't think Newcastle fans will be too happy with the penalty award, it was soft at best. Aston Villa continue to push on though as Charles N'Zogbia rattles a shot into the side netting.

  100. 2059:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "Man City are turning up the heat a little here, passing it quickly and playing it one touch, two touch at most."

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  101. 2059: 


    Barnsley 0-0 Millwall

    Bristol City 1-0 Watford


    Crawley Town P-P Preston

    Leyton Orient 0-0 Swindon

    Portsmouth 0-0 Notts County

    Yeovil 1-1 MK Dons


    Gillingham 1-0 Northampton

    Oxford United 1-0 Burton Albion

  102. 2058: 

    Nico Lennon on Twitter: "Agbonlahor STEPS on Debuchy's foot and Mike Dean gives a penalty to Aston Villa. Utterly ridiculous."

    Mike Chang on Twitter: "Extremely confused as to how Aston Villa are suddenly playing well. I think Lambert got the hairdryer out."

    Trevor Hawkes on Twitter: "Did Lambert just show the Villa players the updated league table at half-time? Villa have come out like a team possessed."

  103. 2058: 

    Ellis, Godalming, via text: "Here we go again NUFC."

    Dean, Notts, via text: "People say Villa look bad, look at Wigan."

  104. 2056: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-1 Wigan - James McArthur (50 mins)

    Super response from Wigan. A slick passing move ends with James McArthur running clear, and the midfielder finishes with real aplomb, curling in off the post with the outside of his right boot. Game on.

  105. 2053: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-0 Wigan - Peter Crouch (48 mins)

    Such a soft goal. Wigan lose the ball inside the Stoke penalty area as Roger Espinoza goes to ground, and Stoke counter at pace. Charlie Adam is allowed to carry the ball forwards and when his low shot is only spilled out by Ali Al Habsi, Peter Crouch is there to gobble up.

  106. 2053: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Martin O'Neill is another man with a rousing team talk inside of him.

    Sunderland have looked more threatening in the first five minutes of the second half than the entire first 45. Stephane Sessegnon forces a corner which Swansea scramble clear.

  107. 2052: 

    Greg Poyser, via text: "Come on Wigan! We can still get something from this!"

    Andy, Newcastle via text: "NUFC might be leading but I still have butterflies. Nervous when we've been struggling for wins all season."

  108. 2052: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

    Aston Villa have already created more chances in the opening minutes of this half then they did in the whole first 45 minutes. Moments before they did score, Tim Krul kept out a rising drive from Christian Benteke.

  109. 2052:  
    Keith Andrews, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Villa Park

    "Very clever play from Agbonlahor, who slowed down right on the edge of the box and waited for the challenge from Debuchy, who was just too keen to get to the ball. And Agbonlahor needed no invitation to go down.

    "The two substitutions that Paul Lambert made actually combined to win that penalty, and Benteke sent the keeper the wrong way. It's been a very positive start from Villa in this second half, and it doesn't have to be pretty."

    Listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Newcastle United on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  110. 2051: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke 1-0 Wigan

    Back in play at the Britannia.

  111. 2050: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle - Christian Benteke (49 mins)

    Aston Villa's terrific start to the second half is rewarded as Christian Benteke rolls home from the spot. What a difference 15 minutes, a cup of strong tea and two subs makes.

  112. 2049: 
    PENALTY TO ASTON VILLA- Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

    Mathieu Debuchy impedes Gabby Agbonlahor in the area...

  113. 2047: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

    Andreas Weimann almost makes an instant impact, swivelling in the area and getting a host away which Tim Krul beats clear.

  114. 2047: 

    We have kicked off at Aston Villa, QPR and Sunderland...

  115. 2046: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

    It was a big half-time for Paul Lambert, and he has decided to make a double change. Forwards Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor are both on.

    Darren Bent and Joe Bennett are off.

  116. 2045: 

    Adrian, Lancaster via text: "Liam @2029: Owen Coyle?? As a Bolton fan I doubt he will be your saviour!!"

    Marty, Falkirk via text: "A new manager won't solve the problems at Villa. No money to spend and a lack of quality in the squad can't be fixed by changing manager."

    Solomon, Leamington Spa via text: "City not playing with a fast enough tempo and paying the price, they'll be under lots of pressure to score now after a goalless 2nd half."

  117. 2045: 

    Half-times in the Football League. In the Championship, bottom side Bristol City have gone ahead against Watford courtesy of Greg Cunningham.

    In League One, Antony Kay has levelled for MK Dons against Yeovil, while in League Two, Gillingham are still leading against Northampton and it is 0-0 between Oxford United and Burton Albion.

  118. 2040: 
    Ryan Shawcross

    You wouldn't necessarily associate 'agility' with Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross, but the England international showed plenty of bend to react quickly and hook home the opener.

  119. 2040:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "Both teams will be reasonably happy at half-time, but Man City will feel they should be in front. But this match is displaying two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. Hart and Cesar really are quality players."

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  120. 2039:  
    Mark Pougatch, 5 live Sport host

    "Looks like the French have come to Newcastle's rescue..."

  121. 2038: 

    If Aston Villa are going to sack Paul Lambert - which it appears they are not - then they have about 12 hours to do so.

    That would be the ultimate deadline day at Villa Park. A new manager, and a whole new squad...

  122. 2037:  
    Keith Andrews, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Villa ParkAston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

    "Aston Villa are not looking good. Newcastle have been on the front foot and have been taking the game to Villa. Villa's reaction to anything is to retreat, which shows the nervousness in the camp."

    Listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Newcastle United on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  123. 2037: 

    Patrick, Salford, via text: "Why is Harry Redknapp so fixated on bringing more strikers to QPR when they play 10 behind the ball at home?"

    Dave McL, via text: "Are Villa fans starting to regret hounding out Alex McLeish? They should be....they are far worse than they were last year."

    Matt, Telford via text: "Re: Liz in South Shields, Pardew needed Mr Carr? I think Lambert will need a taxi soon."

  124. 2036: 

    Nathan Goodman on Twitter: "Despite QPR's flawed transfer policy under Mark Hughes, the bringing in of Julio Cesar cannot be underestimated, world class."

    Allan Abbas on Twitter: "Villa didn't replace Barry, Milner, Young and Downing with even a quarter of their quality. Its haunting them now."

    Jonny Wood on Twitter: "What justification do Villa have for not sacking Lambert? The team is poor because he bought mostly unproven/average youngsters."

  125. 2036:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa ParkAston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

    "Miserable first 45 minutes for Villa, who look bereft of confidence. Newcastle, in contrast, look reinvigorated by new signings. Moussa Sissoko has been excellent."

  126. 2034:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Loftus RoadHALF-TIME- QPR 0-0 Man City

    "City have applied lots of pressure but, when they have found a way past QPR, they have found Julio Cesar in good form. At the other end, Joe Hart had to be alert to deny Adel Taarabt on the counter-attack. The goalies are keeping this one at nil nil."

  127. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Stoke 1-0 Wigan

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose reports: "Stoke have the lead courtesy of Ryan Shawcross' goal, which had a touch of fortune about it as he volleyed in after Jean Beausejour's attempted clearance rebounded off the head of James McCarthy and into the path of the defender. Wigan have been let down by decision-making in the final third, but you get the feeling they could snatch something if Stoke don't finish them off."

  128. 2034: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 1-0 Wigan

    We are still playing at Stoke, and Wigan make a late change with Emmerson Boyce replaced by Ronnie Stam.

  129. 2033: 
    Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle
    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

    Boos ring out at Villa Park after that opening 45 minutes. A desperately poor showing from Aston Villa who bear all the hallmarks of a team facing relegation.

  130. 2032:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Villa Park:HALF-TIME- Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

    "It's been a terrific half for Newcastle but equally it's been a terrible one for Villa. Other than N'Zogbia's effort, which hit the post, Paul Lambert's side have offered precious little."

  131. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- QPR 0-0 Man City
  132. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Smith reports: "Stalemate at the Stadium of Light where Swansea's passing game is running straight into Sunderland's well-organised defence while the home side are creating little on the counter attack."

  133. 2031: 

    Almost time up then. Can anyone nick a goal before the break?

  134. 2030:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "Against the champions you wouldn't have called this as a 0-0 at half-time, but QPR are competing..."

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  135. 2029: 

    Liam in Stockport, via text: "Villa are going only one way under Lambert and that is down. A change is needed. Owen Coyle?"

    Stewy in Newcastle, via text: "2-0 up and my nerves are still shot! All aboard the NUFC rollercoaster!!"

    Liz in South Shields, via text: "Looks like more fantastic scouting from Mr Carr for Newcastle."

  136. 2029: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "No player has scored more Premier League goals from outside the box since August 2011 than Yohan Cabaye (5)."

  137. 2027: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 0-0 Man City

    QPR may have two goalkeepers on the bench tonight, but this is why Julio Cesar is keeping both of them out of the side! The Brazilian shows superb reflexes to get over and turn away Gareth Barry's shot from the edge of the area. That's why he has been in Garth's team of the week so often...

    Samir Nasri then shoots wide for City.

  138. 2026: 
    Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

    Christian Benteke is trying his hardest up front for Aston Villa. The big Belgian shrugs off his marker neatly but his shot on the bounce is well over the top.

  139. 2026: 

    Johnny form Evesham, via text: "Going ahead hasn't been a problem for Newcastle this season, it's been keeping a lead for 90mins."

    Will in York, via text: "Newcastle's season starts here!"

    Ebrahim in Cambridge, via text: "Champagne Moment: Aston Villa successfully defend a corner."

  140. 2025:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park

    "Big, big trouble for Lambert. Delight for Pardew."

  141. 2025:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus Road

    "Fantastic save from Joe Hart. Taarabt just did Clichy there for fun!"

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  142. 2023: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 0-0 Man City

    QPR almost go ahead through the mercurial Adel Taarabt. The Moroccan charges up field after Joleon Lescott gives it away, Taarabt bolts up field, goes past Gael Clichy with ease and tries to beat Joe Hart at his near post but the England man makes a sprawling stop.

  143. 2023: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes of the first half around the country. Lots of Aston Villa fans are making their way into the concourse for a heart-warming pie.

  144. 2022: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea are on top but they are struggling to create any clear-cut chances. Chico Flores and Jonathan de Guzman both shank long range efforts way off target.

  145. 2021: 

    Elliot Southerton on Twitter: "Di Matteo in for Lambert? Something needs to change. Diabolical."

    Ben Beaugeard on Twitter: "There are plenty of Norwich fans enjoying Paul Lambert's current predicament. The old adage about 'the grass isn't always greener'."

    Paul Thompson on Twitter: "Surely in the bag-uette now for Newcastle!"

  146. 2021: 

    No goals in the Championship so far.

    In League One, MK Dons have come back down to Earth with a bump after their emphatic win in the FA Cup against QPR as they go behind at Yeovil, Paddy Madden bagging for the home side. In League Two, Gillingham have gone in front against Northampton, and will go top of the table if the score stays the same.

  147. 2019: 

    Manchester City have the ball in the net through Sergio Aguero, but the Argentine was clearly offside. The champions are starting to look a tad frustrated as they try and pick the lock.

  148. 2020: 
    Swansea striker Danny Graham jokes with Wayne Routledge (right)

    Swansea's Danny Graham has been linked with Sunderland. Perhaps he likes it at the Stadium of Light because he was all smiles as he looked from the dug-out on Tuesday.

  149. 2019: 
    Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

    What a week for Aston Villa. Dark, dark days at Villa Park.

  150. 2018:  
    Keith Andrews, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Villa Park

    "That was a fantastic strike from Cabaye. He took it so well. He set himself up and didn't try to leather the ball, and Brad Guzan didn't stand a chance. He did something a little bit similar at Old Trafford last season. He's got such skill, and it looks to me like some Villa fans are already leaving.

    "Newcastle have been hungrier for this, there's no getting away from it. They've closed down the opposition, they've played very well, and it's been a classic away-day performance."

    Listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Newcastle United on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  151. 2015: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle - Yohan Cabaye (31 mins)

    Pearler. An absolute rocket. David Ginola played for both of these clubs, and he will have enjoyed this one. Ron Vlaar gets his head to a cross from Jonas Gutierrez but can only head it to Yohan Cabaye, who takes a touch before thrashing a fantastic shot across Brad Guzan and into the corner. Viva la French connection...

  152. 2015: 
    Stoke 1-0 Wigan

    We've seen nothing at all from Wigan since falling behind. Franco Di Santo is isolated in attack, with Stoke keeping the ball very well.

  153. 2013: 
    QPR 0-0 Man City

    Javi Garcia has done alright so far for Manchester City in that unfamiliar position of centre-half. QPR are only playing Loic Remy up front, which is probably helping him out, but he looks comfortable enough.

    City are having most of the play still, with QPR camping 10 men behind the ball. Is a point any good for QPR?

  154. 2011: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle have looked lively so far in this half. Their new signings on display have all made an impact, and they have also kept Darren Bent very quiet at the other end. Silent in fact.

  155. 2011: 
    CLOSE!- QPR 0-0 Man City

    QPR almost go into a shock lead when Adel Taarabt takes a quick free-kick and Loic Remy springs past a sleeping Manchester City defence and takes a shot which is deflected wide. A warning for the champions.

  156. 2010: 

    Brett Craig on Twitter: "Get in! Lets hope we keep hold of a lead this time..."

    Andrew Downes on Twitter: "What's worrying about this so far for Villa is that we are usually worse in the second half!"

    George on Twitter: "I can't quite understand Lerner's logic when it comes to Lambert - should have been sacked a while ago in my opinion..."

  157. 2009: 

    City are getting closer against QPR with Sergio Aguero and David Silva linking up well on the left before the Spaniard gets to the byline and chips a perfect ball to Pablo Zabaleta on the penalty spot, who heads against the bar. Moments later, Javi Garcia hits one from 35 yards which goes just wide.

  158. 2007: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-0 Wigan - Ryan Shawcross (23 mins)

    Stoke ahead in a scrappy game. A free-kick in is flicked on, the ball is not dealt with and Ryan Shawcross is on hand to poke home from close range.

  159. 2006: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle

    Oooh what a hit! Aston Villa have reacted well to going behind and former Newcastle man Charles N'Zogbia unleashes a beauty of a volley from 25 yards which cannons off the far post.

  160. 2005:  
    Keith Andrews, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Villa ParkAston Villa 0-1 Newcastle

    "The ball rolled to Sissoko and it was great vision to see Cisse rolling off the defender, making some space and he slotted it coolly past the keeper. He was so calm he hit the ball through the keeper's legs."

    Listen to live commentary of Aston Villa v Newcastle United on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  161. 2005: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet gets down quickly to palm away Chico Flores' low shot at the near post after an intricate move started by a wonderful stepover by the Spanish defender. The Welsh side are looking threatening.

  162. 2003: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (19 mins)

    Moussa Sissoko can pass a ball. He really can. The midfielder holds off a challenge in midfield before picking out a gem of a slide-rule pass into Papiss Cisse. The striker is onside and takes a touch before slotting between the legs of Brad Guzan. Fine finish.

  163. 2002:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park

    "Villa fans deliver ironic cheers as they actually clear a corner..."

  164. 2001: 

    Just before that Davide Santon shot, Aston Villa had a penalty appeal as Christian Benteke's ball in was blocked by Fabricio Coloccini. The defender was sliding in on the floor and I couldn't really say if it hit his arm or his chest. It certainly would have been harsh though.

  165. 2000: 

    Paul Thompson on Twitter: "Gouffran and Sissoko seem like they'll be good signings for Newcastle. Tidy on the ball, good vision. It's what they've needed."

    Samuel Dent on Twitter: "No excuses if Newcastle don't win tonight. These new signings need to gel, and NOW."

    Sean Opie on Twitter: "All the best to Ryan Nelsen, a Kiwi trailblazer. Not the first to play in the Premier League but the best. Finish with a win!"

  166. 2000: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle almost ahead. Davide Santon moves on to his right foot and bullets in a low shot from 25 yards, it is flying in to the corner and Brad Guzan has to move sharply across to turn it away. Great save indeed.

  167. 1958: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea mount a lovely counter-attack from a Sunderland corner, with Michu starting the move from deep with a raking pass down the right. Nathan Dyer carries the ball and his cross is eventually played back to Michu. His shot is well blocked. Swans looking good.

  168. 1957:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Man City

    "Cesar wasn't sure whether he should punch the ball away there or tip it over the bar, and in the end he did neither. The ball fell to Lescott and he really should have hit the target from there."

    Listen to live commentary of QPR v Man City on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  169. 1957: 
    CLOSE!- QPR 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City are starting to impose themselves on QPR, with Sergio Aguero having a shot deflected over before, from the resulting corner, Joleon Lescott fires over from six yards out after Julio Cesar made a hash of collecting David Silva's corner.

  170. 1956: 

    European football writer Andy Brassell: "Fenerbahce are getting ready to respond to rivals Galatasaray's busy activity in the transfer market, with Turkish media claiming a delegation have flown to France to try and thrash out a deal with Montpellier for midfielder Younes Belhanda. Belhanda's Morocco teammate Nordin Amrabat certainly thinks the move is on. "I think Turkey is a country with a great footballing atmosphere," he told Hürriyet. "Younes feels the same way."

    Heading out of Turkey, it looks like Trabzonspor forward Paulo Henrique is on his way to Sporting Lisbon - where he could be a replacement for Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the subject of interest from a handful of Premier League clubs and Fiorentina.

  171. 1955: 
    Stoke 0-0 Wigan

    Robert Huth is back in the middle of the Stoke defence, massive bandage or no massive bandage. He's nails that guy.

  172. 1953: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle remain on top, and some nervous defending from Ron Vlaar almost gifts them a chance. Vlaar hits a panicky clearance into the back of a team-mate, and Jonas Gutierrez pounces on the ball only to see his shot well blocked. It's a very quiet Villa Park.

  173. 1952: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

    It's been a fairly scrappy opening at Sunderland, but Swansea have a muted penalty appeal as Itay Shechter goes to ground under a John O'Shea challenge. Nothing doing there.

  174. 1951:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park

    "A few French flags dotted around the Newcastle contingent inside Villa Park tonight."

  175. 1950: 
    Stoke 0-0 Wigan

    Stoke defender Robert Huth is in the wars after a clash with Franco Di Santo. The German is being bandaged up with a cut on his head, and Matthew Upson is warming up.

  176. 1949: 
    QPR 0-0 Man City

    No chances in the opening minutes, but QPR have given the ball away cheaply on several occasions already. That is not going to work against Manchester City...

  177. 1947: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle

    Two of Newcastle's new men combine neatly, as midfielder Moussa Sissoko plays in Yoan Gouffran down the left with a fine pass. The move comes to nothing, but Sissoko looks a real unit in midfield. Newcastle on top in the early stages.

  178. 1946: 
    Stoke v Wigan (1945 GMT)

    Stoke have gone three at the back, with Dean Whitehead and Matty Etherington as wing-backs. Not like Tony Pulis to change his team around.

  179. 1945: 

    Jonny, a hopeful Newcastle fan, on 81111 on text: "Good to see Gouffran and Sissoko starting, first time we've started a decent side since September! 5-0 to the Toon!"

    Andy from Gloucester on 81111 on text: "Whitehead is worst player on Stoke's side, a liability. Get rid."

    Julian in Framlingham on 81111 on text: "Whatever the result QPR will remain bottom..."

  180. 1945: 

    Our four matches are under way.

  181. 1944: 

    Ian Dennis, senior football reporter for BBC Radio 5 live, on Twitter: "Sure Harry Redknapp will confirm later but hearing #QPR granted work permit for Yun Suk-young after hearing today."

  182. 1941: 

    Right, the teams are out of the tunnel at our four games. Time to get this show on the road.

  183. 1941: 

    Jordan on Twitter: "Why no Marveux on bench or in the starting XI for Newcastle? Been our best player recently. Strange to see Perch over Anita, too..."

    Dominic McGregor on Twitter: "Logically decision from Harry: keep it tight for 85mins throw Rob Green up top, 1-0 win!"

    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Four years ago Villa sent Newcastle to the Championship on the final day of the season. Hope the favour isn't returned today."

  184. 1940: 
    Aston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

    The camera has just lingered for a long time on the face of a particularly tense Villa fan. There's nothing quite like being in a relegation fight is there? You can see the pain and anguish in his eyes...

  185. 1939: 

    European football writer James Horncastle: "Milan have wasted no time at all in making Mario Balotelli's shirt available for sale on the club's official website. What's interesting is that it comes with the No.9, leading to speculation that this will be his shirt number at the club. The No.9 is up for grabs. It was vacated by Alexandre Pato after he left Milan to join Corinthians earlier in the transfer window.

    "In the meantime, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has welcomed Balotelli back to Italy. "Now it depends a lot on him," he told ANSA. "He has every chance to show his worth." Prandelli will be pleased with the move because it sees Balotelli reunited at club level with his Italy international strike partner Stephan El Shaarawy. Let the fledgling partnership first seen in Italy's friendly with France in November flourish further."

  186. 1938:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    "Paul Lambert knows he's a lucky man to still be in his job. He knows there's no money available, but it's a huge gamble by the club because it would be a disaster if they were relegated."

  187. 1936: 

    In the Championship, Peterborough chairman has tweeted that playmaker George Boyd is leaving London Road to join Crystal Palace.

    He says: "We have had nearly seven years of Boyd talent to enjoy and I hope he now gets to strut that talent in Premier League next year if he does leave Posh."

  188. 1931: 

    Just under 15 minutes from kick-off then. Who is going to be in the bottom three by the end of the night?

  189. 1928:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Over on BBC Radio 5 live's sister station it's the relegation scrap between Aston Villa and Newcastle, with Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews assisting the commentator. Tune in from 1930 GMT, if the mood takes you...

  190. 1927: 
    QPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    Harry Redknapp is promising a much better Queens Park Rangers performance than the one which saw his team knocked out of the FA Cup by League One MK Dons on Saturday. "It'll be a different team on Tuesday and we'll be ready," he said. "People who saw the Liverpool game [a 3-0 defeat on 31 December] will have thought 'That's the end of QPR' but we came back against Chelsea and Tottenham and then went to West Ham and drew."

    It was back on transfer deadline day in August 2008 when Manchester City were taken over by Sheikh Mansour and signed Robinho for £32.5m. Pablo Zabaleta also signed for the Blues that day, for considerably less, and has since become one of their most important players. "It is difficult to put into words how good he is, and how important he is," said City assistant manager David Platt, following the Argentine's winning goal against Stoke on Saturday. "Professional people adore him. He has been exceptional, not just this season, but before as well. He epitomises everything you would want in a professional footballer."

  191. 1926:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    There's build-up to all of tonight's football on 5 live Sport right now.

    Then, from 1945 GMT, there is live commentary of QPR v Man City, with former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown as pundit.

    Final Whistle is at 2140 GMT. Listen to it all on digital radio, online, via the BBC Sport and BBC Radio apps, and on 909 and 693 medium-wave.

  192. 1925:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa ParkAston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

    "Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has received public backing from owner Randy Lerner after exiting the Capital One Cup and FA Cup to lower league opposition in the space of the week - while Newcastle counterpart Mike Ashley has backed his boss Alan Pardew with a selection of new signings.

    "Both sides have struggled desperately and this game has now adopted huge significance. Pardew starts with two of his new signings, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is on the bench."

  193. 1924: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

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

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Cabaye, Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  194. 1923: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Swansea (1945 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  195. 1923:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    "Harry is stirring things up at QPR. What would have annoyed him at MK Dons is that he gave certain players an opportunity and they simply didn't deliver. But you want your players to be unhappy at the moment, down at the bottom of the league. Redknapp has a massive job on, and it would be the all-time great escape."

  196. 1922: 

    What price can I get on seeing a QPR goalkeeper outfield tonight? Go on Harry, do a 'David James.'

  197. 1921: 
    Sunderland v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Smith reports: "Sunderland were in the relegation zone at the beginning of December but a run of five wins in eight means Martin O'Neill's side could move into the top half of the table if they take something from tonight's game. Swansea star striker Michu hasn't scored in the Premier League since before Christmas and could find it tough to break his duck against the Black Cats, who have kept clean sheets in three of their last four league games at the Stadium of Light."

  198. 1920: 

    Sam from Manchester on 81111 on text: "Anyone saying Mancini didn't handle Balotelli the right way and that Ferguson or Wenger would have brought the best out of him have completely lost it. For two years, Mancini kept faith in him but Balotelli let himself down."

  199. 1919: 
    Aston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Becky Ashton reports: "Without a win in their last six Aston Villa are desperate for points to ease their relegation fears. Anything less than a win could see them drop into the bottom three if Wigan get anything at Stoke.

    "This could be their best chance of securing victory against a Newcastle side who are yet to win away from home this season in 17 attempts. Just one place and one point separate the two sides going into this one."

  200. 1917:  
    Kevin Gallacher, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's very surprising to me that Newcastle haven't won a game away from home all season. They have gone close, but have not been able to turn those draws into wins. Tonight is an opportunity for them, against a side around them in the league, to get that first win away. But I'm worried for Newcastle. I plied my trade with them for a few seasons and I love the place and the fans. I don't like to see them down there."

  201. 1917: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Wigan (1945 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  202. 1916:  
    Martin Keown, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    "Mario Balotelli was great for the media. There was never a dull day with him at the club. But Mancini lost his head with a player on the training ground, and as a player Balotelli wasn't featuring for a number of weeks. Clearly things weren't right with his attitude.

    "I think they will miss him - he's an outstanding talent and was great for Italy at the Euros. Has Mancini managed him well enough? And how will Man City react - who will they now bring in?"

  203. 1915:  
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Harry with the old two keepers on the bench trick: 'Mr Chairman we have to strengthen, just two days left'?"

  204. 1914: 

    Steve Carter on Twitter: "Fictional stories about crazy antics do not a legend make. Good riddance to bad rubbish."

    James McGuig on Twitter: "Mario was just an overrated, unsporting nuisance. Leave comic antics to comedians. City will benefit from this sale majorly."

    Joe Hoyle on Twitter: "I find it amazing that AC actually paid £17m for him, considering his past record. Definitely will not be missed!"

  205. 1914: 
    Sunderland v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    Both Sunderland and Swansea had free weekends after being knocked out of the FA Cup so there's no need for many changes. The Black Cats keep the same starting XI that beat Wigan while Senegalese loan signing Kader Mangane makes the bench.

    Swansea's Nathan Dye, Dwight Tiendalli and Itay Schechter are the changes from their cup heroics against Chelsea. Striker Danny Graham, who has been linked with a move away is on the bench, but goalkeeper Michel Vorm is missing from the Swans squad.

  206. 1911: 
    Stoke v Wigan (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose reports: "Wigan are desperate to reverse a terrible run of form, which has seen them win just twice in the Premier League since the end of November. They might take heart from reaching the FA Cup fifth round for only the second time in their history - a competition which Stoke exited at the weekend.

    "There are no real relegation worries for Tony Pulis's men, who know a few good results could see them bolster their top-10 position. They are just five points behind seventh-placed Liverpool - now is the time to make their move."

  207. 1910: 

    Jack, Norwich on text: "Mancini is a dreadful man-manager. Balotelli could've been world class with the right treatment - Ferguson or Wenger would've made him into a top player."

    Alex, Brum on text: "I really hope Paul Lambert has spent the last four days in training practicing defending set pieces. Papiss Cisse will be a threat from any set piece near the Villa goal!"

    Jamie, Stockport on text: "The one person who has and will continue to prevent Mario Balotelli reaching football greatness is Mario Balotelli. Still, he couldn't half take a penalty!"

  208. 1909: 
    QPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Marc Higginson reports: "Both Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City need the points for very different reasons at Loftus Road tonight, with the hosts five points from safety and the defending champions the same number of points behind leaders Manchester United.

    "Harry Redknapp's boys are still licking their wounds from a 4-2 FA Cup hammering against MK Dons, but remain unbeaten in the Premier League in 2013. City appear to be slowly building momentum since their Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland and know three points would put pressure on neighbours United ahead of their clash with Southampton on Wednesday."

  209. 1908: 

    Wigan remain in the drop zone, but a point at Stoke tonight could be enough for them to clamber out. For a few hours at least.

  210. 1907:  
    Kevin Gallacher, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Paul Lambert has a great reputation in football circles, but sometimes when you go into a football club and bring in a lot of younger players it doesn't always work."

  211. 1907: 
    Stoke v Wigan (1945 GMT)

    Stoke make five changes to the side that lost to Manchester City in the FA Cup at the weekend, with Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch returning to the starting line-up.

    Crouch, who is the subject of interest from Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp, came off the bench against City while Adam was an unused substitute in that game. Also returning to the side are goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, midfielder Dean Whitehead and defender Geoff Cameron.

    Wigan, meanwhile, give defender Roman Golobart a league debut after he impressed in the FA Cup win at Macclesfield.

  212. 1906: 
    LINE-UPS- QPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    Queens Park Rangers: Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Derry, Fabio, Granero, Taarabt, Remy. Subs: Green, Park, Ben Haim, Zamora, Murphy, Faurlin, Bothroyd.

    Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Garcia, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Silva, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Dzeko, Sinclair, Kolarov, Rodwell, Nastasic, Rekik.

    Referee: Phil Dowd

  213. 1906: 
    Aston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

    Aston Villa recall striker Christian Benteke after he was rested for the FA Cup defeat by Millwall. He will partner Darren Bent in attack with Andreas Weimann dropping to the bench. Gabriel Agbonlahor is also named amongst the subs after he was also rested on Friday.

    Newcastle hand debuts to two of their new signings Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara are both named amongst the substitutes. Steven Taylor also returns after recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered in November and starts alongside captain Fabricio Colloccini.

  214. 1903:  
    Kevin Gallacher, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's been a big, big shock for Newcastle this season. They have had injuries to key players and now all the upset with Fabricio Coloccini, a big player for them at the back. They have just not settled and then, of course, in selling Demba Ba they have lost a lot of goals."

  215. 1901: 
    QPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    No sign of Mario Balotelli at Loftus Road tonight, as Manchester City go with Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez up front. Roberto Mancini is short of centre-backs and has had to push Javi Garcia to centre-half alongside Joleon Lescott.

    Ryan Nelsen starts for the final time as a QPR player before leaving to take over as manager of Toronto, while Loic Remy returns as Harry Redknapp makes eight changes to the team which lost 4-2 to League One MK Dons on Saturday. The hosts have also named two keepers on the bench - Rob Green and Brian Murphy. Is Harry making a point before the transfer window closes?

  216. 1900: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Aston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

    Darren Bent AND Christian Benteke start up front for Aston Villa. Big guns.

  217. 1858: 

    Mario Balotelli only created one goal for Manchester City in two-and-a-half seasons. But in true Mario style, it was the goal which won the league last year.


  218. 1858: 

    Pat, a Man City supporter at Loftus Road, on 81111 on text: "Mario - worth the antics last season for that t-shirt and that assist, but not this season. Time to move on."

    Jonny on 81111 on text: "Glad Balotelli is gone. He was funny at first and now just frustrating. Would love David Villa or Cavani..."

    Oscar on 81111 on text: "What a shame. Such promise only to have Mancini, his mentor, give up on him. The Premier League has lost one of its brightest sparks."

  219. 1856: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    Sunderland are unchanged from the side that won at Wigan while Black Cats target Danny Graham is on the bench for Swansea.

  220. 1855: 

    Anton Ferdinand. Lewis Holtby. Leroy Lita. Jonny Maddison.

    Just a few of the men to have penned transfer deals in the last few days. To keep up to speed with all the movers and the shakers, make friends with our transfers page.

    It will make for frantic reading in the next two nights or so...

  221. 1852: 
    GAME OFF- Crawley v Preston (1945 GMT)

    Scratch that - in League One, Crawley's game against Preston has been called off due to bad weather. Talk about a late shout...

  222. 1851: 

    Plenty of Football League action taking place tonight as well. In the Championship, second from bottom Barnsley are seven points off safety and entertain Millwall while bottom placed Bristol City host high-flying Watford. In League One, after their FA Cup exploits, MK Dons travel to Yeovil, while Portsmouth play Notts County. Crawley are up against Preston and Leyton Orient play Swindon.

    In League Two, the top-of-the-table clash can see Gillingham jump to the summit with a win against third-placed Northampton, while Oxford United are at home to Burton Albion.

  223. 1850: 

    Reece Wabara, who scored Oldham's winner in the 3-2 win over Liverpool and is on loan from Man City, on Twitter: "Sad to see Mario leave but I wish him all the best - sure we will all be updated with his on and off the pitch actions! #character"

  224. 1850: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Aston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

    There are starts for new signings Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko in the Newcastle line-up.

  225. 1849: 

    Amardeep Dulay on Twitter: "With Balotelli joining AC Milan does it pave the way for Jovetic or David Villa to join City?"

    Meep Meep on Twitter: "Can we now all stop pretending that Balotelli was anything other than the subject of tall tales and a costly under-achiever?"

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "As a United fan, Balotelli's departure scares me. Now they'll get someone in who'll contribute. Falcao?"

  226. 1849: 

    Newcastle have not been faring much better in the league, with Alan Pardew's side winning one of their last 10 games in all competitions.

    But Pards has been a busy man in the transfer window, making the most of his French league loyalty card by going mad across the Channel.

    Moussa Sissoko has joined striker Yoan Gouffran, centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, left-back Massadio Haidara and right-back Mathieu Debuchy at St James' Park in the last few weeks. Allez les magpi!

  227. 1847: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- QPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    Mario Balotelli is not in the Manchester City XI. Midfielder Javi Garcia appears to be starting at centre-back for the champions.

  228. 1845: 

    It's all going off at the Africa Cup of Nations, where Chelsea's Victor Moses has won two late penalties for Nigeria in their Group C decider against Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia are on the lookout for a volunteer goalkeeper after theirs was sent-off. Stay across the action in our Afcon live text.

  229. 1843: 

    With four of the Premier League's bottom five in action tonight, we should be in for a tense affair.

    Paul Lambert's Aston Villa are in desperate need of a win. After being dumped out of two cup competitions in a matter of days by Bradford and then Millwall, confidence must be at an all-time low.

  230. 1841: 

    Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on Twitter: "Lambert in #AVFC programme: 'What is required now is resolute character, a refusal to lie down. Collectively, we must come out fighting'."

  231. 1840: 
    Aston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

    We have a humdinger of a game for you at Villa Park.

    A fixture which down the years has seen fireworks from giants of the Premier League; a hat-trick from Dwight Yorke, a treble from Andy Carroll in a 6-0 mauling of the Villa, another hat-trick from the forehead of John Carew.

    Goals from Juan Pablo Angel, Paul Merson, Patrick Kluivert, Alan Shearer, Stefan Beinlich and Stephen Glass, no less.

    Team-mates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer fighting with each other on the pitch and both seeing red.

    It's had it all - but can we add in the dreaded phrase of 'six-pointer' to tonight's match?

  232. 1838: 

    Mario Balotelli. Gone.

    Simply put, will he be missed? City fans, what are your thoughts? Do you now need another striker? If so, who fits the bill? Where have Milan got this cash from? So many questions.

    And as for tonight's games, well, it's all about the relegation zone. Who will be in there by the end of play tonight? What is going wrong at Villa? Does anyone know who even plays for Newcastle any more?

    Text me your thoughts on 81111 (UK Only) - providing you put a name on it - or Tweet me on #BBCFootball.

  233. 1837: 

    With the transfer deadline just over 50 hours away, it could be a busy night on the move front. But it's also a very busy night of genuine football action. As well as a smattering of lower-league gold, there are four top-flight matches to keep us busy. Namely:

    Aston Villa v Newcastle (1945 GMT)

    QPR v Man City (1945 GMT)

    Stoke v Wigan (1945 GMT)

    Sunderland v Swansea (1945 GMT)

  234. 1834: 

    All the team news for tonight's games should be with us shortly - there remains a very slim chance that Mario Balotelli may be in the Manchester City squad at Loftus Road. Slimmer than a racing snake, but slim all the same.

  235. 1834:  
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Seems like Mario Balotelli is on his way to Milan. Must say, I think I'll miss the madness."

  236. 1833: 

    Yes, it seems that Mario Balotelli's days of lighting up the Premier League with madness and the occasional flash of quality are at an end.

    Balotelli will have a medical with AC Milan on Wednesday before departing our shores for good.

    Yes, he was mainly bobbins this season. Yes, he's only scored one Premier League goal since last March. But surely he will be a loss to the English game. Surely?

  237. 1830: 

    Oh Mario.

    It wasn't supposed to be like this. You said you'd change.

    Don't say the fireworks are over. Tell us this is arrivederci, and not goodbye...

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 23 27 56
2 Man City 24 26 52
3 Chelsea 23 25 45
4 Tottenham 23 12 41
5 Everton 23 9 38
6 Arsenal 23 19 37
7 Liverpool 23 12 34
8 Swansea 24 7 34
9 West Brom 23 1 34
10 Stoke 24 -5 30
11 Sunderland 24 -4 29
12 West Ham 23 -7 27
13 Norwich 23 -15 26
14 Fulham 23 -7 25
15 Newcastle 24 -12 24
16 Southampton 23 -10 23
17 Wigan 24 -18 20
18 Aston Villa 24 -26 20
19 Reading 23 -15 19
20 QPR 24 -19 16