Saturday football as it happened

Manchester United defeat Fulham after wins for Arsenal, Newcastle, Reading and West Ham in a busy day of Premier League action.

2 February 2013 Last updated at 19:57 GMT

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  1. 1954: 

    That is your lot for today though, folks. See you back here for West Brom against Tottenham and then a little bit of Manchester City and Liverpool yeah? Deal? Deal.

  2. 1954: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "I think it was really determined performance and it wasn't easy because Fulham played their part. 1-0 doesn't do the game justice. We hit the woodwork three times, they have had chances too, and all in all it was a fantastic game. It was amazing it finished 1-0. Wayne Rooney is still young. The thing for him is to keep clear of injuries, he's had two or three this season and he needs games and when that happens he has a big role to play."

  3. 1952:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Craven CottageFulham 0-1 Man Utd

    "There was a a breathless finish to the game but in the end Manchester United hung on to go 10 points clear."

  4. 1952:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Goodison ParkEverton 3-3 Aston Villa

    "The pressure was relentless from Everton and eventually paid off with Marouane Fellaini's late goals. A dramatic afternoon at Goodison Park ends all level when it seemed Aston Villa were heading for a much-needed win."

  5. 1949:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at The DW StadiumWigan 2-2 Sunderland

    "The expression on the Southampton players faces told its own story. They will feel they have tossed away two very vital points."

  6. 1948:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at The Emirates StadiumArsenal 1-0 Stoke

    "Smiles in the end for Arsene Wenger but it required a huge slice of luck for Arsenal to finally find the net after a battling Stoke performance. The visitors will complain about the goal while there were a couple of meaty challenges towards the end. But this was far from comfortable win for the Gunners."

  7. 1947:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Madejski StadiumReading 2-1 Sunderland

    "Reading have done it again. Another day, another win. They're coming thick and fast for Brian McDermott and his side now as Jimmy Kebe scored two goals to see off Sunderland."

  8. 1947:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at St James' ParkNewcastle 3-2 Chelsea

    "Something special for Alan Pardew and the Toon Army to celebrate. In Moussa Sissoko, they have a special player on their hands. For Chelsea, the problems deepen for Rafa Benitez, whose popularity has never been high and it's pretty low right now."

  9. 1947:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Norwich

    "QPR were forced to settle for a point and that will suit Norwich far more than QPR. A poor and fragmented first half was much improved in the second half."

  10. 1947:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Upton ParkWest Ham 1-0 Swansea

    "West Ham win for the first time in seven. Swansea for long periods, played the better football. West Ham had the better chances."

  11. 1946: 

    Stoke defender Robert Huth on Twitter: "Jonathan Walters needing a bandage for six stitches is classed as a dive in the Stoke dressing room."

  12. 1946: 
  13. 1946: 

    Right, another intriguing day in the Premier League. Let's take a spin round the grounds to get a little preview what the Match of the Day commentators made of it all...

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "My favourite bit of the day, MOTD running order: New/Che, Eve/AV, Rea/Sun, Wig/Sou, Ful/ManU, Ars/Sto, WHU/Swa, QPR/Nor."

    Watch the show on BBC One at 2230 GMT.

  15. 1944: 

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney speaking to ESPN: "We knew it was going to be difficult we had a few chances we hit the post and crossbar three times but we had to keep going and keep the belief. Thankfully the goal eventually arrived and we hung on.

    "It is just one of those things we had to keep our focus and keep pushing for the win. We are in a good position but we are not going to get carried away. We will keep going and see where we stand with three of four games to go."


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "17 - Wayne Rooney has scored (10) or assisted (7) 17 goals in 17 Premier League appearances so far in 2012-13. Special."

  17. 1939: 

    They just find a way don't they? A 10-point gap opened up over Manchester City, with Liverpool at home as their city rivals' game in hand. That sounds like a gauntlet being thrown down. Roberto Mancini's target of a difference of just four or five points by April's derby is no closer.


    PeterWDJ on Twitter: "People mocking Fergie for putting all four strikers on, but Danny Welbeck offers a lot more than Nani defensively."

    ShaneMcMenemy on Twitter: "It's going to be a strange sensation not actively hoping Liverpool lose tomorrow. Another Manchester City draw please."

    Matty Burns on Twitter: "Man of the match for me - the much maligned Jonny Evans. A rock tonight."

  19. 1935: 

    Full-time in League One and it is a tale of two penalties, both converted, and it has finished 1-1 between Crawley and Swindon.


    Andy in Exeter on text via 81111: "Why does everyone assume we would need to defend a lead against Fulham like they're some kind of Barcelona? Fergie going for the kill."

  21. 1932: 

    Hugo Rodallega cracks his free-kick into the top of the Manchester United wall and referee Kevin Friend puts an end to affairs. High-fives all round for the visitors and Sir Alex Ferguson can finally relax.

    FULL-TIME- Fulham 0-1 Man Utd
  23. 1932: 
    Fulham 0-1 Man Utd

    A final free-kick chance from 20 yards. Hugo Radallega to take...

  24. 1931: 
    Fulham 0-1 Man Utd

    John Arne Riise pumps long, Bryan Ruiz crosses, but Rio Ferdinand is there to clear. United camped in their penalty box and Fergie getting very agitated.


    ReillyUSA on Twitter: "As a Manchester City fan, I'm feeling uneasy seeing Manchester United's double figure lead. Fat lady warming up?"

  26. 1930: 
    Fulham 0-1 Man Utd

    Late drama. Robin van Persie clears off the line from Philippe Senderos's header before United break upfield and Javier Hernandez stutters when one on one against Mark Schwarzer. A minute to go.

  27. 1928: 
    Fulham 0-1 Man Utd

    Jonny Evans blocks a Mladen Petric shot on the edge of the box, but looks like he has pulled a hamstring doing so. He is limping around.

  28. 1927: 

    The fourth official holds aloft the board and there are three minutes of injury time to play.


    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "Utd are defending a 1-0 lead and what does Fergie do? He puts all four of his strikers on. Interesting."

  30. 1925: 
    THREE MINUTES TO GO- Fulham 0-1 Man Utd

    Eighty-seven on the clock and there is little sign of a Fulham fighback. It has all gone a little quiet at Craven Cottage.

    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-1 Man Utd

    Danny Welbeck is on in place of Nani. United, defending a one-goal lead away from home, have four strikers on the pitch. Which is a little ballsy.


    Mike from Manchester on text via 81111: "And breathe..."

  33. 1922: 
    Fulham 0-1 Man Utd

    A big chance for Manchester United to put this game out of sight. Nani's carefully-guided header back across the box drops right in Robin van Persie's hitting zone. The Dutchman's scissor-kick volley flies well over though. Will they rue that this evening? Seven minutes untill we find out.

  34. 1920: 

    Fulham throw on Mladen Petric in place of Ashkan Dejagah as they go chasing the equaliser. Nine minutes to go.


    Mainsah on Twitter: "Rooneeeeeey. Class."

    JohnFerguson142 on Twitter: "Roooooooney!!!! Five goals in five games... Where are the critics now?"

  36. 1915: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-1 Man Utd - Wayne Rooney (79 mins)

    It is a neat finish from Wayne Rooney but a collective brainfreeze from the Fulham defence. Philippe Senderos gets caught under a long ball, needlessly tussling with Javier Hernandez, and Aaron Hughes stands off Rooney for too long. He cannot close down the ground as the United striker pulls the trigger.

  37. 1914: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United are within a Rafael goalline clearance of falling behind. The Brazilian nods away Bryan Ruiz's header from under his own bar.

  38. 1912: 

    Ryan Giggs is on in place of Tom Cleverley for Manchester Uunited.

  39. 1912: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Fulham are warming up a little as we approach the final fifteen minutes. Ashkan Dejagah heads just wide after getting the drop on Patrice Evra as the pair contested Bryan Ruiz's cross.


    Everton defender Jonny Heitinga after the 3-3 draw with Aston Villa on Twitter: "Played worst game ever in the shirt of Everton. Let team-mates and fans down but they never let me down. Will work hard to come back strong."

  41. 1910: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Not for the first time this season, David de Gea spills a shot from distance back into the danger zone. Fortunately for United Urby Emanuelson cannot quite clear up Bryan Ruiz's leftovers.

  42. 1908: 

    ROOOOOONEYYYY!!! No, not Wayne, but Adam has equalised from the spot for Swindon against Crawley in League One. 1-1 with a couple of minutes to play.

  43. 1906: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Urby Emanuelson is on in place of Giorgios Karagounis to make his Fulham debut. Can he add a little craft to the home side's attacks?

  44. 1905: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Robin van Persie strikes a set-piece sweetly, but it will need more than that to threaten Mark Schwarzer. The goalkeeper claims with ease and there are 25 minutes to go.


    Iddlesy on Twitter: " If Fulham keep this up and Manchester City win tomorrow, it's all to play for again in the Premier League title race."

  46. 1903: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Robin van Persie almost prises open the Fulham defence as he tip-toes along the byeline and cuts the ball back to Nani. The winger's effort is deflected over the top by a last-ditch challenge by Chris Baird.


    Harbinder in Leicester on text via 81111: "Sascha Riether is one of the most consistent and solid full-backs in the league - incredibly underrated."

  48. 1901: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Sascha Riether whips over an inviting-looking cross, but there is no-one attacking the six-yard box for the hosts. Chris Baird rattles in a full-blooded effort from 25 yard, but it thuds straight into the midriff of David de Gea. Fulham are building a little head of steam.

  49. 1900: 
    Craven Cottage

    Thankfully, there has been no sign of a repeat of the first-half floodlight failure.

  50. 1857: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Fulham loanee Urby Emanuelson, spending the rest of the season at Craven Cottage from AC Milan, is warming up on the sidelines. He gets a warm welcome from the home crowd. Half an hour left.

  51. 1855: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Rafael tries his luck from distance on his unfavoured left peg. The ball wobbles weakly over the top.


    Simon Mirren on Twitter: "A game crying out for Kagawa's guile.... Real chance to make a mark."

  53. 1854: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Rio Ferdinand steps out of defence to cut out Bryan Ruiz's pass, but immediately has his pocket picked by Giorgios Karagounis. The Greek powers straight for the hole left in the United rearguard by Ferdinand but his low shot is wide from 20 yards.

  54. 1851: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Neither side have really got going after the interval. A chunky sliding tackle from Giorgios Karagounis on Antonio Valencia is as tasty as it has got so far.


    Statisticians Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Robin van Persie can become the sixth player to score 20 goals in an Premier League season for Manchester United after Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitar Berbatov & Dwight Yorke."

  56. 1847: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Robin van Persie cannot get much purchase on his header from Nani's floated cross and it is straight into the gloves of Mark Schwarzer. That was the first effort on goal after the break.

  57. 1843: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Aaron Hughes has slotted into the centre of the Fulham defence alongside Philippe Senderos as a straight swap for Brede Hangeland.

  58. 1842: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United get us back up and running.

  59. 1841: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Fulham are bringing on Aaron Hughes in place of Brede Hangeland. Lights all firing at Craven Cottage.


    Tom on text via 81111: "Chelsea fans should have got behind Benitez when he was appointed manager instead of booing and creating negative atmosphere. Hasn't been given a fair chance in my opinion."

    Ade on text via 81111: "John Terry basically already is Chelsea manager, and along with Frank Lampard has been calling the shots at Chelsea for about five years."

    Steve in Leeds on text via 81111: "If John Terry gets the Chelsea manager's job at any point before he retires from playing, it will put the seal on Chelsea's embarrassing the tail wagging the dog club that they have been for the last five years."

  61. 1838: 

    Southampton left-back Luke Shaw after the 2-2 draw with Wigan on Twitter: "So close to getting the three points, lads were quality once again! On to the next one now..."

  62. 1838: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Whatever happens over the next 45 minutes, Manchester United will be looking over their shoulders to see how Manchester City get on tomorrow. The gap between the top two was seven points at the start of the weekend. If it stays goalless at Craven Cottage and City beat Liverpool tomorrow, it will be down to the five that Roberto Mancini wants to be within before the 6 April derby at Old Trafford.


    XandyBoy on Twitter: "I can see John Terry being a interim player manager at Chelsea if Rafa Benitez goes. Same thing happened with Gianluca Vialli 15 years ago."

    Les Holmes on Twitter: "Owner Roman Abramovich has successfully purchased many trophies for Chelsea and will continue to do so. Rafa's good, the team need changing."

    Korwhai on Twitter: "John Terry as manager? Yes please. Signed, a Tottenham fan."

  64. 1833: 

    Into the second half at Broadfield Stadium where Crawley lead Swindon 1-0 in League One courtesy of a Billy Clarke penalty after Nicky Adams had been brought down in the box.

  65. 1832: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Both defences are looking a little porous when Fulham and Manchester United keep it on the deck rather than take the aerial route. Nani looks especially sparky for the visitors.


    Jccage on Twitter: "Bad day for Chelsea, but at least we can pay our electric bill."

  67. 1827:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Craven CottageHALF-TIME- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    "It's the second time the teams are heading off to the dressing room because of the floodlight failure just before half-time. The first half was also notable for two shots that hit the post, one from Bryan Ruiz and one from Wayne Rooney."

  68. 1826: 
    INJURY TIME- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    One minute of injury-time to add on.

  69. 1825: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Robin van Persie gets his first sight of goal with a little jink buying him a second on the edge of the box. It is a decent hit, but too central to give Mark Schwarzer serious issues and the Fulham keeper drops on it.

  70. 1823: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Referee Kevin Friend has just checked that a new stack of 50 pees is in place by the meter and is happy for play to recommence. Robin van Persie to send over a Manchester United corner. Nine and a half minutes were wasted on that delay.

  71. 1821: 
    MATCH ON- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Premature half-time teas are wrenched away from the players and they are shoved back out on to the pitch to contest the final 180 seconds or so of the first half.


    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "Manchester United just scored three goals. I saw it. 3-0. Trust me."

    Notinmensa on Twitter: "So chairman Mohamed Al Fayed says Fulham are debt free? Haven't even paid the electric bill."

    Leki2 on Twitter: "Man Utd players better look for Robin van Persie before he is stolen..."

  73. 1819: 
    LIGHTS ON- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Do not adjust your screens. The floodlights are slowly spluttering back into life, bulb by bulb. We are almost back to full brightness. The players are still in the dressing rooms.

  74. 1817: 
    MATCH SUSPENDED- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Referee Kevin Friend, after chatting with the two captains, leads the two teams through the gloom and down the tunnel.

  75. 1815: 
    LIGHTS STILL OUT- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    This is the second time that this has happened to Manchester United this season. They were plunged into darkness away to Braga as well. The players are huddled around the dug-outs looking bemused. The fans are snapping away on their camara phones. It is a minute to half-time on the clock.

  76. 1813: 
    LIGHTS OUT- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    The lights have gone out at Craven Cottage! Pitch black apart from the hoardings.

  77. 1810: 

    GunningC on Twitter: "No manager would take over Chelsea at this point in the season... Our only hope=John Terry as player/manager."

    #bbcfootball for all your Chelsea manager shouts. Stick or twist? And if the latter, who is the man for you?

  78. 1809: 

    Wigan manger Roberto Martinez on his side's 2-2 draw with Southampton: "It's another point gained. It was a roller coaster of a game.

    "It was vital. We've played Southampton twice and got four points and that is a very good return.

    "It's vital to carry on picking up points. We have to get that consistency of picking up points and today gives me real satisfaction.

    "Paul Scharner was very impressive and he brought real intensity to our defending. He will be important to us between now and the end of the season.

    "We still have got many points to achieve and we have to use our experience of previous seasons."


    Andy in Cannock on text via 81111: "25 mins in and Nani is already effectively contributing to a United performance. Let's hope it keeps up."


    Hari Sri on Twitter: "Great to see Nani playing again. Always felt he has more options at his disposal than Young and Valencia."

    Carl Bruiner on Twitter: "Interim manager Rafa Benitez out for Chelsea, hate to say it, John Terry player/coach until Jose Mourinho or Guus Hiddink can come back. Terry couldn't do a worse job than Rafa."

  81. 1807: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Nani sways his hips to leave Sascha Reither for dead on the left flank. He is getting a little joy there. The Portuguese's attempt to cross ends on the roof of the Fulham net rather than in the back of it though.

  82. 1805: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    A neat lay-off from Tom Cleverley is swept goalwards by Wayne Rooney but once again the woodwork denies United. A full smack off the face off the post and away to safety. Twelve minutes to the break.

  83. 1803: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Roy Hodgson is in the stands to check out those England eligible players ahead of the friendly against Brazil on Wednesday. An eagle-eyed spot from the stands reveals that Rafael is wearing boots decorated with twin brother Fabio's name.

  84. 1800: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Damien Duff has time on the unfamiliar right flank and has to contort his favoured left foot around the ball to get a cross in. It is into the heart of the United six-yard box, but Wayne Rooney is back to head clear. He's good at that.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "Sunderland have been so inconsistent it is scary. Manager Martin O'Neill needs results at the Stadium of Light."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  86. 1757: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill after his side's 2-1 loss to Reading: "My main emotion is one of disappointment. Conceding a goal so late in the match, coming off the back of a couple of decent chances we had, is frustrating. But we have to take it and look forward to the next match.

    "Reading adapted to the conditions better than we did - the pitch was firm and a bit slippy on top. They started more brightly than we and got the goal which they deserved.

    "We got back in through the penalty and from then on we were never out of the game. The game too'ed and fro'ed and could have gone either way. To concede was very disappointing."

  87. 1756: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Twenty-five minutes on the clock at Craven Cottage and the match has simmered down after an open start. Good work from Nani forces a corner, but the Fulham defence has been up to everything thrown at them in the air so far.

  88. 1754: 

    Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez on his team's 3-2 defeat by Newcastle: "There were too many mistakes. I could see a red card that was not shown for Fabricio Coloccini. We had a chance and Demba Ba received a broken nose, it is bleeding. It's simple, if it was in the middle of the pitch, you bring it back and give the foul."


    Duncan in Deal on text via 81111: "We're stuck with interim manager Rafa Benitez until the end of the season, what's the the point of removing him now? Who'd take over this late in the season at Chelsea? More chance of that Champions League spot with a manager than a rudderless ship."

    Jonathan in Milton Keynes on text via 81111: "Maybe if Nani tried copying Cleverley's football instead of his hairstyle then he might play a little better."

  90. 1752: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on his match-winning midfielder Moussa Sissoko after a 3-2 victory over Chelsea: "I don't need to say anything because his performance said it all. I remember watching him for Toulouse 14 months ago, and I thought he was the one for us. We watched him and set our sights on him for a long time. We accelerated [the deal] because he was going to come in the summer and he's paying us back handsomely."


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "4 - Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Fulham. Gamble."


    Ollie Friston on Twitter: "Manchester United have put out such a strong traditional 4-4-2, no need for fancy formations with such a strong squad, spot on by manager Fergie."

    Simon__Atkins on Twitter: Don't under-estimate just how good that challenge from Fulham's Brede Hangeland was there on Nani. Quality last-ditch tackle."

    David Carr on Twitter: "What a save from David De Gea, criticised him recently but that was world-class."

  93. 1751: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    And back the action swings to the Fulham goal. Wayne Rooney finds himself in a pocket of space in the box, but the England striker drags his shot wide of the target.

  94. 1749: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    No goals but a lively start at Craven Cottage. Antonio Valencia slashes into the side netting from a tight angle, before Ashkan Dejagah's curling effort off the outside of his boot flies a couple of yards off target at the other end.

  95. 1745: 

    David de Gea was not getting to that one. Bryan Ruiz lines up a half-volley from 18 yards and he is a whisker away from getting it absolutely pin point. His effort bounces to safety off the inside of the post with the Spaniard sprawling.

  96. 1744: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino on his side's 2-2 draw with Wigan: "I'm happy with the performance but disappointed with the result but you always have to wait until the end of the match.

    "They have accepted my style very much. I'm sad for the players and thank the supporters.

    "Little by little I'm learning but it will be a slow process. Body language is as important as actual language."


    Everton captain Phil Neville after the 3-3 come from behind draw against Aston Villa on Twitter: "Really proud of the lads tonight, we played really well, kept going to the end. Phil Jagielka was awesome today, so was Victor Anichebe. Manchester United away next, cannot wait!"

  98. 1743: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    John Arne Riise rolls back the years with a humdinger of a 30-yarder. It is dipping under the bar, but David de Gea goes flying through the air to tip his effort away.

  99. 1741: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott on his side's 2-1 win over Sunderland: "It was a tough game. I thought we started the game well and scored the early goal before conceding the penalty.

    "We have talked about Jimmy Kebe's prowess in the air in the dressing room, which he thought was greatly amusing. But no-one's laughing today - it was a great finish and a great ball by Ian Harte.

    "We're absolutely delighted to get the three points."


    Jammyp8 on Twitter: "Every Premier League team seems to have one player who always gets picked but is absolutely useless. For Manchester United it is Nani."

    Saalim on Twitter: "Newcastle v Chelsea was actually Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr v Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez. Was Newcastle manager Alan Pardew around today?"

  101. 1740: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Close. Very close. On several occasions for Manchester United. Mark Schwarzer makes a great save as Robin van Persie's corner bounces goalwards off the back off Brede Hangeland. Patrice Evra sccops the loose ball against the bar before Sascha Riether clears off the line from Wayne Rooney.

  102. 1737: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert on his side's 3-3 draw with Everton: "My thoughts are a bit mixed at the moment. I thought we played excellent. We were very good. You know they are going to come at you very strongly and they did. The lads gave everything. I can't praise the team high enough. We just have to see the game out."

  103. 1736: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    First opening for Fulham as Hugo Rodallega gets away with a clever run down to the right byeline. He cuts the ball back to Ashkan Dejagah but the Iranian's shot is blocked.

  104. 1734: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Hugo Rodallega's neat double drag-back draws some oohs from the crowd. Martin Jol looks on impassive on the touchline. Something of the bald eagle about the Dutchman.

  105. 1732: 
    Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United hogging the early possession, but Michael Carrick's attempt to make an incursion into the penalty area is cut out.

  106. 1731: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 0-0 Man Utd

    Bryan Ruiz taps the ball to Hugo Rodallega and we are up and running at Craven Cottage.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "I thought Fulham might get something today against Manchester United, but with Dimitar Berbatov out, forget it."

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

    LINE-UPS- Fulham v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Duff, Karagounis, Baird, Dejagah, Ruiz, Rodallega. Subs: Etheridge, Petric, Frimpong, Hughes, Emanuelson, Davies, Kacaniklic.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Amos, Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Kagawa.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  109. 1728: 
    Fulham v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    "It's showtime!" shouts Fulham's stadium announcer. As ever, the teams stroll out onto the pitch from of one of the corners of Craven Cottage.


    On-loan Marseille midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Looks like the French league has more quality than people think. Great to see the exports settling in to the Premier League..."


    Sekar_Blue4Ever on Twitter: "Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez was out of a job for two years after he left Inter Milan. No decent manager stays that long without a job."

    Shoebill Shankly on Twitter: "When Cheick Tiote returns it looks like Newcastle will be a nightmare to go up against."

    Xavatron on Twitter: "Debutant Nacho Monreal dipped in the deep end today against a tough Stoke side and impressed, finally an Arsenal player who can cross!"

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "Aston Villa cannot keep doing this by giving up leads, they are crucifying themselves with the points they are giving away.

    "The January transfer market is decided for managers to paper over the crack and why did Paul Lambert not buy an experienced defender? Harry Redknapp at QPR took the opportunity to improve his team."

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

  113. 1725: 
    Everton 3-3 Aston Villa

    Everton boss David Moyes: "I thought we played well but didn't defend well. Great credit to the players as they never gave up and kept going. We found ourselves chasing the game all the time and that makes for frantic football."

  114. 1725: 

    Rather than fiddling around with bids for Alvaro Negredo, it looks like Everton could have done with a bit of bulk in the heart of their defence during the January transfer window. Fulham's Brede Hangeland, out of contract in the summer, might have been worth a cheeky offer...

  115. 1722: 
    West Ham 1-0 Swansea

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "I was wondering what the lads had to do to score a goal. Their keeper was up to it - that was their number two. We had a lot of balls flashing across the goal and over the bar. The defending side of our game, had been our weaker points, but we were very good. Swansea hardly created anything except in last couple of minutes. It's a massive relief for us."

  116. 1722: 

    Plenty of good goalkeeping performances around today. Asmir Begovic was big for Stoke at Arsenal, but Michel Vorm's understudy Gerhard Tremmel may have been the pick keeping West Ham at bay for much of Swansea's visit to West Ham.

  117. 1719: 

    St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Falkirk and Hamilton will join Dundee United in Sunday's Scottish Cup quarter-final draw after securing wins in the 1500 GMT kick-offs.

    January signing Esmael Goncalves made it four goals in three games with a double in St Mirren's 2-0 victory over St Johnstone, while Hamilton overcame Dunfermline with two second-half goals. Lyle Taylor and Paul Heffernan also grabbed braces in Falkirk and Kilmarnock's respective wins against Forfar Athletic and Inverness. Dundee United were comprehensive winners against Rangers at lunchtime, with Johnny Russell netting two of the hosts' three goals.

    In the SPL, Ross County's Iain Vigurs struck late to secure a 2-2 draw against Hearts.

    There is more action on Sunday, with three Scottish Cup ties, including Celtic's visit to Raith Rovers.

  118. 1719: 
    Fulham v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Fulham got a much-needed win against West Ham in midweek and manager Martin Jol says: "We knew that we had to play Man United on Saturday - every point against them is a bonus but we needed that win against West Ham."

    Manchester United could be 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League if they beat Fulham but boss Sir Alex Ferguson says: "There is a long way to go and a lot can happen. We're not certainties. Nobody is in this league. It's an unremitting league and if you make mistakes, you get punished."

  119. 1719:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Craven CottageFulham v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    "Was Fulham's midweek win against West Ham, only their third in the past 16 league games, a turning point? It needs to be. The Cottagers' home form won't give them a great deal of confidence, and of course they were crushed 4-1 by United in the FA Cup fourth round recently.

    On paper, Premier League leaders Manchester United have little to worry about. The Red Devils really do seem to have every position covered. And, with second-placed Manchester City not playing until Sunday, United could be 10 points clear at the top of the table by Saturday night."

  120. 1719: 

    It is looking like a cosy night down down the River Thames. The substitutes are zipping round a few passes on the Craven Cottage surface. Twelve minutes until kick-off.


    Dumisani Banda on Twitter: "In Manchester they have the comeback kings, in London they have the lose a lead kings."

    Femi Lucas on Twitter: "Three points for the Gunners against Stoke. Phewww!!! What a relief. Was beginning to think it won't happen."

    Saqib Rao on Twitter: "Just have had enough of Chelsea... An absolute joke at the moment, a team in crisis with a very tired squad."

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "It is a massive result for Reading, with Aston Villa also giving up a two-goal lead. It was a wonderful delivery from Ian Harte, we know what he is capable of for the winning goal. They need to keep getting the three points at home to give themselves a real chance of staying up."

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

  123. 1717: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It could have gone either way. They had two good chances in first half through Kevin Nolan. In the second half, they had couple of chances but they weren't difficult to defend.

    "Carroll scored a great goal. He was difficult to mark. We had two or three chances at end of game. We should have created more from the positions we were in.

    We could have and should have created a little more. We didn't have that last pass. I'm not happy with losing, but we didn't do anything specifically wrong."

  124. 1716: 

    Swansea had lost only once in their previous 11 games. Has Michael Laudrup's Danish cool been ruffled by coming unstuck at West Ham? Of course not...

  125. 1715: 
    Fulham v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Fulham make two enforced changes from the win over West Ham. Chris Baird and Ashkan Dejagah replace midfielder Steve Sidwell and striker Dimitar Berbatov. The club's deadline day signing Urby Emanuelson is on the bench.

    Manchester United make six changes from the win over Southampton. Defenders Rafael Da Silva, Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans come into the side along with midfielder Tom Cleverley. Wingers Nani and Antonio Valencia also start with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Anderson, Shinji Kagawa, and Danny Welbeck making way.

  126. 1713: 

    In League Two, Port Vale went top after a 3-0 win against Accrington Stanley, courtesy of a brace from Lee Hughes and Cheltenham moved into the automatic promotion spots beating Torquay, as Burton Albion were held at bottom side Wimbledon. Northampton fell from fourth at the start of the day to eighth after losing to Rotherham and Plymouth climbed out of the drop zone with a 0-0 draw against Dagenham & Redbridge. There were wins for Southend and Morecambe.

  127. 1713: 

    In League One, leaders Tranmere suffered a shock 1-0 loss at home to Carlisle and second-placed Doncaster failed to capitalise losing 2-0 at Bury. Hartley (Paul) and Poole (James) bagged for…wait for it… Hartlepool in a 2-1 win against Notts County and an injury time penalty from Matthew Richards broke Preston hearts as Shrewsbury won 2-1, while Bournemouth and Yeovil both won 3-0. There were also victories for Crewe, Colchester, Leyton Orient and Walsall.

  128. 1712: 

    Full times around the Football League. In the Championship, leaders Cardiff extended their lead at the top of the table to 10 points with a narrow 1-0 victory against Leeds, while Ipswich thumped Middlesbrough 4-0, Tommy Smith at the double for the Tractor Boys. Sheffield Wednesday earned a priceless 3-1 win against Brighton and Watford defeated Bolton 2-1. There were wins for Birmingham, Blackburn, Barnsley and Crystal Palace.

  129. 1711:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "I think there was a lack of resilience from Chelsea, as at 2-1 they were the team to win it, but Moussa Sissoko looked a breath of fresh air for Newcastle and they could not handle him."

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

  130. 1711: 

    Phew! It's time to take stock of what just happened in the Premier League after a breathless couple of hours during which the relegation-haunted teams all picked up points.

    QPR remain bottom of the pile after a goalless draw against Norwich in the early kick-off.

    One of the most dramatic games came at Goodison Park, where Everton grabbed a 3-3 draw against Aston Villa during six minutes of injury time through Marouane Fellaini - so Villa remain second bottom.

    Wigan are third from the bottom after a 2-2 home draw against Southampton while Reading are now two points clear of the drop zone after a 2-1 victory against Sunderland.

    There was an amazing finish at Newcastle where Alan Pardew's French-inspired side grabbed a late 3-2 win over Chelsea through new recruit Moussa Sissoko.

    Andy Carroll was the hero for West Ham with the only goal at Upton Park as the Hammers beat Swansea 1-0 to record only their second win in 10 games. The other game saw Arsenal edge out Stoke thanks to a Lucas Podolski free-kick.


    Andy in Warwick on text via 81111: "Managers saying there's no value in the January window are just ignorant. Moussa Sissoko and Lewis Holtby for less than £2m apiece? Bargains."

    Jon a Chelsea fan on text via 81111: "Chelsea had 24 points from 12 games when Roberto Di Matteo was sacked, and were four points behind Manchester United. Now taken 22 points from 13 against lower opposition, and now 13+ points behind Manchester United. Will be lucky to get in the Champions League at this rate!"

    Tom Duncan on text via 81111: "The only glimmer of hope Rafa Benitez had at winning the Chelsea fans over was if he got the best out of Fernando Torres and he can't even do that. Rafa out, sincerely, disgruntled Chelsea fan."

  132. 1710: 

    Despite all that blood, sweat and goals, it is very much as you were at the bottom end of the table. QPR still bottom and joined by Wigan and Aston Villa. The bad news for the bottom three is that their nearest target has edged away. Reading's win over Sunderland moves them two points clear of 18th.

  133. 1705: 

    Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson on Twitter: "Great win today against Chelsea, its a massive three points. Up the table we go."


    Coombesy10 on Twitter: "What more does Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez have to do to get sacked?"

    LJofSpades on Twitter: "So that's QPR & Villa down already. It's a fight to avoid that 18th position between Southampton, Reading & Wigan, I reckon."

    Joshings on Twitter: "Have we somehow ended up with one of the best midfields in the country? Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote. Viva la Toon!"

  135. 1703: 
    Everton 3-3 Aston Villa

    That Marouane Fellaini equaliser was similar to the one that Steven Pienaar scored to level late in Everton's 4-4 draw away to Manchester United last season. Ball into the feet of the big striker who lays back to an onrushing midfielder. Neat stuff from the Toffees and their manager David Moyes.

  136. 1700: 
    Everton 3-3 Aston Villa

    BBC Sports' Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Aston Villa's players stand with hands on heads at the final whistle. They came within a few minutes of what would have been an incredible result and a first win of 2013. But Marouane Fellaini was inspired and Everton might even have won it in the dying minutes. Wonderful game of football. "

  137. 1659: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "700 - Jimmy Kebe's goal was the 700th scored in the Premier League so far in 2012-13. Landmark."

  138. 1659: 
    Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea

    Home and dry for Newcastle and relieved cheers bounce around St James'. However you were appraising January's transfer window, it might be time to take another judgement on Moussa Sissoko. He was good against Villa, he was outstanding against Chelsea today.

  139. 1656:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "The game between Newcastle and Chelsea was littered with decisions that I do not believe referee Howard Webb got right."

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

  140. 1656: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea
  141. 1656: 
    Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea

    Alan Pardew is pointing at his watch manically. Steven Taylor has just blocked a Frank Lampard effort with his bread basket. Desperate last few seconds for Newcastle.

  142. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 3-3 Aston Villa
  143. 1655: 

    Chaky Poon Chak Yan on Twitter: "Cannot believe no big club wanted Moussa Sissoko. All-action midfielder, Patrick Vieira mould for £2m. What's not to like?"

  144. 1654: 
    Everton 3-3 Aston Villa

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Told you there would be more goals. That will be a bitter pill for Villa to swallow but Everton have been knocking. Better get on with my rewrite."

  145. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    ConorMcMeekin on Twitter: "I hope Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is happy with the collapse of our season. Chelsea have turned into a joke."

  147. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 2-1 Sunderland

    Aidan O'Regan on Twitter: "How people can say the Premier League isn't the best in the world? Drama every week! Anything can happen week in, week out."

    Conor Murphy on Twitter: "Becoming increasingly obvious that QPR had to win today to survive. Reading showing the fight needed to stay up."

    AndySams1 on Twitter: "I appreciate that the way Stoke play is effective but their lack of ambition is embarrassing."

  149. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 2-2 Southampton
  150. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 1-0 Swansea
  151. 1650: 
    GOAL- Everton 3-3 Aston Villa - Marouane Fellaini (90 mins)

    Everton level in injury time. Leighton Baines swings in a corner which Marouane Fellaini heads in at the near pots. That's 3-3. Extraordinary.

  152. 1652: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea - Moussa Sissoko

    The new Yaya Toure is what they are comparing him to around me. Moussa Sissoko crashes home a low shot from Davide Santon's cut-back and St James' is bouncing.

  153. 1650: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-2 Southampton - Shaun Maloney (90 mins)

    The Saints fans were celebrating. It has all gone quiet in their section now. Shaun Maloney stabs home the loose ball after Paul Scharner gets up to cause chaos from a corner kick.

  154. 1647: 

    A special football league update for you this one: Hartlepool lead against Port Vale in League One. The goalscorers for the home side, Hartley and Poole (but not in that order). Beautiful, beautiful!

    INJURY TIME- West Ham 1-0 Swansea

    Four minutes on the board at Upton Park. Can the Hammers hang on?

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "It is a momentum thing when you keep scoring late, but you cannot forget Reading were also dropping points at the death in previous games. Substitute Adam Le Fondre gives the whole team a lift when he comes on and that is reflected in the late goals Reading are now scoring."

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

  157. 1645: 
    Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

    Another superb effort by Moussa Sissoko, who is fast becoming a cult hero based on his display in this game. He receives Yohan Gouffran's through ball, then runs forward, but his shot is saved at Petr Cech's feet.

  158. 1643: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-2 Southampton - Morgan Schneiderlin (85 mins)

    Wigan's Callum Mcmanaman fails to halt Jay Rodriguez's burst down the left flank and the former Burnley man picks out the run of Morgan Schneiderlin who side-foots home. Five minutes of normal time left for a response.

  159. 1643: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Fulham v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    The news from Craven Cottage is that none of Fulham's four January signings are included in their team to face Manchester United while Dimitar Berbatov is absent because of injury.

  160. 1642: 

    Paul on text via 81111: "When you set up to draw every single game even at home like Stoke, do you deserve what you get?"

    Chris in Whitley Bay on text via 81111: "My boss keeps telling me to get back to work and stop shouting at the Newcastle v Chelsea game on BBC Radio 5 live. He doesn't realise this is work. Hard work. Chest-crushingly hard work."

    Louis in London on text via 81111: "Can a team be fined for committing loads and loads of fouls in a game? Villa's tactic seem to be to foul and foul and foul again..."

  161. 1642: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-1 Sunderland - Jimmy Kebe (85 mins)

    Another swirling delivery from Ian Harte that Simon Mignolet doesn't dare come and try to claim and Jimmy Kebe is no more than three yeards out when he nods in.

  162. 1641: 
    Reading 1-1 Sunderland

    Danny Graham is already in amongst it since coming on for Sunderland. The former Swansea forward, number nine loud and proud on his back, forces a great reflex save out of Adam Federici with a firm header.

  163. 1640:  
    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "I think it was very, very good refereeing for the Arsenal goal. The linesman gets his flag up as he thought Olivier Giroud in an offside position deflected the ball in, but it was in fact Stoke's Geoff Cameron and the goal was correctly given."

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

  164. 1640: 

    Ten minutes to go in most of the 1500 GMT games and there is no more than a goal in any of them.

  165. 1638: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading 1-1 Sunderland

    Huge roar from the travelling Sunderland fans as new £5m signing Danny Graham, a boyhood Newcastle supporter, enters the action for his new side.

  166. 1638: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Everton 2-3 Aston Villa

    New Aston Villa signing Yacouba Sylla comes on for his Premier League debut as he replaces Charles N'Zogbia.

  167. 1636: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City - Lukas Podolski (78 mins)

    It briefly looks as though Chris Foy might chalk off the effort as he goes to consult with his linesman, but it rightly stands. Lukas Podolski's low-free-kick caught a hefty deflection off Geoff Cameron to finally beat Asmir Begovic. Nothing wrong with that.


    Nabil Shaikh on Twitter: "Allez Le Toon!"

    CashOSullivan on Twitter: "Stoke literally have eight at the back against Arsenal, most dire team in the Premier League."

    Tayo Falore on Twitter: "Everyone talking about Man Utd's defence... Whatever happened to Chelsea's defence? They just cannot hold on to a lead now."

  169. 1635: 
    Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

    Another chance in this superb game at St James' Park. The ball is cleared up to an isolated Moussa Sissoko where the half-way line crosses the touchline and he has a race with Ashley Cole, which he wins. But his stinging shot is saved by Petr Cech. This is breathless stuff and now the managers Alan Pardew and Rafa Benitez are arguing on the sidelines regarding Yohan Cabaye's challenge on Oscar.

  170. 1634: 
    Everton 2-3 Aston Villa

    Everton are piling on the pressure and substitute Nikica Jelavic has a promising chance but mis-times his eight-yard shot from a cross and Villa Keeper Brad Guzan saves.

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "Wigan need to start wining their home games and they have given up another lead to Southampton today. The teams at the bottom really struggle to win away from home, so their form at home can be the difference between staying up or not."

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

  172. 1633: 
    Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

    Former Derby and Hull manager Phil Brown on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at St James' Park: "It was a good finish because the ball was pushed back onto Moussa Sissoko with pace. You can question the keeper Petr Cech, but you can scuff those chances quite easily."

  173. 1633: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Reading 1-1 Sunderland

    Adrian Mariappa nods against the crossbar as the Royals press forward.

  174. 1632: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Swansea - Andy Carroll (77 mins)

    That is a sight we haven't seen recently. A flashy of those greasy black locks and Andy Carroll buries a header past Gerhard Tremmel. That is his second of the season.

  175. 1631: 
    Everton 2-3 Aston Villa

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Game very much on. Marouane Fellaini has transformed the atmosphere inside Goodison with that goal. There is belief, hope and energy about Everton again. They might have scored again through Bryan Oviedo. Still 20 minutes to go. More goals to come. I keep saying that but surely there are."

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "I think the save that Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech made was good but he put it right into the danger-zone and Moussa Sissoko finished the rebound. I keep seeing goalkeepers doing that time after time."

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

  177. 1630: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading 1-1 Sunderland

    Another change for Reading as Nick Blackman, signed for just over £1m from Sheffield United on transfer deadline day, is handed the chance to make an instant impression in the Premier League.

  178. 1629: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    Gerhard Tremmel deserves an honorary knighthood from Swansea for this performance. This time he saves Andy Carroll's low angled shot with his feet.

  179. 1628: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Wigan 1-1 Southampton

    Saints come close to going ahead at Wigan but Adam Lallana's half volley on the swivel crashes back off the post and is cleared away to safety.

  180. 1628: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea - Moussa Sissoko (68 mins)

    Those Newcastle new boys are still doing the bizzo. Yoan Gouffran bursts through onto Papiss Cisse's through ball to bear down on Petr Cech. The Czech goalkeeper pushes away his effort but only into the path of Moussa Sissoko who taps in from five yards.

  181. 1627: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    Arsene Wenger summons the cavalry as the clock ticks down at the Emirates Stadium. Substitutes Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla are sent on with orders to find a goal against the battling visitors.

  182. 1627: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-3 Aston Villa - Marouane Fellaini (69 mins)

    Marouane Fellaini bursts into the box and toe-pokes home from Victor Anicebe's lay-off. Game back on.

  183. 1626: 

    In the Championship, Derby and Ipswich both lead 3-0 against Huddersfield and Middlesbrough respectively. Bolton are holding Watford at Vicarage Road and Chris Burke has given Birmingham the lead against Forest. In League One, Bury have taken a shock 2-0 advantage against second-placed Doncaster and Leyton Orient are up at Stevenage. In League Two, Bradford have turned it around to go in front at Fleetwood, Rotherham lead 1-0 against Northampton and as it stand, Port Vale are going top leading Accrington 2-0.

  184. 1626: 
    West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    A busy start to the second half, but if you are wondering what is happening at Upton Park, not a lot is the answer.

  185. 1626: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "19 - Juan Mata has been involved in 19 goals (10 goals, nine assists) in 20 PL starts for Chelsea this season. Curler."

  186. 1625:  
    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "Everton's Jonny Heitinga has been at fault for all three Aston Villa goals. A change is overdue as he is not at the races today."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "For me, that has to be a sending off. Papiss Cisse grabs Ashley Cole round the throat and Cole does excellently not to react."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  188. 1625: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea

    In the build-up to Juan Mata's goal there was a confrontation between Papiss Cisse and Ashley Cole with replays showing that the Senegalese striker grabbed Cole around the throat. All going off at St James's Park this afternoon!

  189. 1624: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    Arsenal have scored 22 goals in the last eight league games but they are struggling to find one against a stubborn Stoke. Arsene Wenger's side are too predictable and really need to step it up if they are to ease growing frustration at the Emirates Stadium.

  190. 1623: 

    Dan5Morris on Twitter: "The beast is at it again... Unbelievable Bentekkers."

  191. 1623: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "The clenched fist said it all from Paul Lambert. Against the odds, Villa are on course for their first league victory since they last visited Merseyside on 15 December. On that occasion, Christian Benteke scored twice and Villa won 3-1. Well, Benteke has just scored his second and Villa are 3-1 ahead. You couldn't make it up."

  192. 1622: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-1 Southampton - Rickie Lambert (64 mins)

    Rickie Lambert bravely pulls Saints level with his header from close range after good work from Jack Cork on the right.

  193. 1622: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea - Juan Mata (61 mins)

    Pure silky Spanish quality. Fernando Torres touches the ball back onto Juan Mata's left foot and the former Valencia man curls a beauty of a finish past Tim Krul from 20 yards. Chelsea have turned this one around.

  194. 1621: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    Winger Pablo Hernandez, who has been brilliant for Swansea today, delivers a inch-perfect ball for Michu, who heads over from six yards. At the other end, Kevin Nolan picks out Ricardo Vaz Te, who fails to sort out his feet from four yards, allowing the Swans to clear.

  195. 1621: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "10 - Frank Lampard has now scored 10 goals in 12 starts for Chelsea in the Premier League this season. Rocket."

  196. 1620: 
    Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea - Frank Lampard

    Former Derby and Hull manager Phil Brown on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at St James' Park: "What an absolute legend of the Premier League Frank Lampard is. If his contract finishes at the end of the season, he could be Chelsea's leading goalscorer. It was great technique. I've worked with a lot of foreign players, and the bottom line is they strike the ball differently, but it is something Lampard can do as well."

    GOAL- Everton 1-3 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (61 mins)

    Villa sniff some much-needed breathing space. Matthew Lowton sweeps in a cross from the left wing and Christian Benteke muscles in front of Jonny Heitinga to plant a diving header past Tim Howard. A big goal and possibly a big season-starting win.


    Lomoni13 on Twitter: "Frank Lampard will not stop scoring even when he is 40."

  199. 1615: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea - Frank Lampard (55 mins)

    Lovely stuff from the Chelsea veterans. Ashley Cole picks out Frank Lampard with a precise pass in from the left wing. The midfielder takes Yohan Cabaye out of the game with a sublime first touch and hammers a swerving shot past Tim Krul from 25 yards. The visiting fans are in full voice now.


    ChrisHall1986 on Twitter: "Papiss Cisse with short sleeves and gloves for Newcastle. Never quite understood the point of that combination.."

  201. 1614: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

    Former Derby and Hull manager Phil Brown on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at St James' Park: "Yohan Cabaye is the difference for Newcastle, they suffered when he was injured and now he is back I think they will surge up the table."

  202. 1614: 
    CLOSE!- Reading 1-1 Sunderland

    It is like Leeds circa 2000 as Ian Harte wraps in a cracking free-kick for Reading. Simon Mignolet pushes the ball clear, but Alex Pearce is not far away with a header as Jimmy Kebe lifts the loose ball back into the danger area.

  203. 1611: 

    Mark in London on text via 81111: "Hearing the boos when Demba Ba went off injured was horrible to hear and I'm a Newcastle fan. Really bad taste from them."

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "Everton's defence is all over the place today. Leighton Baines wanted to play offside but no-one else was and Andreas Weimann should have punished that for Villa."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  205. 1610: 
    Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

    Big chance in Villa's afternoon. And possibly their season. Andreas Weimann scampers clean through from Gabriel Agbonlahor's pass, but the Austrian slashes wastefully over. Paul Lambert punches the turf on the touchline.

  206. 1609:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "Footballers have an elementary right for referees to get decisions right on the football pitch. It still amazes me that Chelsea did not get a penalty after Fabricio Coloccini's challenge on Demba Ba."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  207. 1608: 
    West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea's Gerhard Tremmel is called into action with only two minutes of the second half played, saving another effort from Ricardo Vaz Te. The Hammers have been on top, Andy Carroll smashing over the top from 16 yards shortly after.


    HenryWalmsley on Twitter: "Yohan Cabaye best centre mid in England at the moment? I'd say so. His vision and execution is unreal."

    PWDurrant on Twitter: "All we need is a Stoke goal and for the rest of the results to stay the same and then this would be a perfect day for Spurs!!!"

    Ramires_Hodge on Twitter: "Chelsea's continuous mediocrity and lack of form only emphasises how good Didier Drogba was for us. Irreplaceable."

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "This is a huge half in Aston Villa's season for me. If they can hold onto their lead at Everton ,it will be a surprise win that could be vital in their fight to avid relegation."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  210. 1607: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

    Back underway at St James' Park to complete the set.

  211. 1607: 
    Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

    Marouane Fellaini cops a hefty whack as he attempts to get on the end of a free-kick and gets rather more of Brad Guzan's fist as the Villa Keeper comes and punches clear. The Belgian is back up and running.

  212. 1604: 

    And the second halves are back under way everywhere apart from the injury-delayed proceedings at St James' Park.

  213. 1604: 

    John at Goodison Park on text via 81111: "If Everton lose this the fans will blame manager David Moyes, should have played Phil Neville at right-back with Phil Jagielka at centre-back. Christian Benteke is too strong for Jonny Heitinga."

  214. 1603: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading 1-1 Sunderland

    Danny Rose has come on Sebastian Larsson in a tactical switch from Sunderland boss Martin O'Neil.

  215. 1602: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Wigan 1-0 Southampton

    Southampton make a change. Steve Davis is coming on for Gaston Ramirez who picked up a knock just before half-time.

  216. 1601: 
    KICK-OFF- West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    Back underway at Upton Park.

  217. 1601: 
    Demba Ba (right)

    That Demba Ba nose injury gets worse on every replay. Nothing deliberate in it from Fabricio Coloccini, but the Senegal striker's head gets rocked back by his former team-mate's boot. Plenty of claret fertilised St James' Park in the aftermath.

  218. 1558: 

    In the Championship, Jordan Rhodes has bagged his 19th of the season for Blackburn against Bristol City, Derby are 2-0 up at home to Huddersfield, while Ipswich lead high-flying Middlesbrough. Birmingham, Charlton and Hull are also ahead. In League One, Carlisle have taken a shock lead at leaders Tranmere and Stuart Beavon has struck for Preston. Yeovil are two-up against Brentford. In League Two, bottom side Wimbledon are holding their own against Burton Albion and Nakhi Wells has pulled level for Bradford at Fleetwood.


    UMEOGU on Twitter: "Chelsea have been woeful under interim manager Rafael Benitez. Only Juan Mata shows a zeal to win and I feel sorry for him when we don't get the results."

    Kenny364 on Twitter: "Everton's defenders can't play against anyone with strength and/or pace. Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor for Villa are all over them."

    Eajazzz on Twitter: "if only Aston Villa could play a Merseyside team every week..."

  220. 1558: 

    That French revolution at St James Park just keeps gathering pace doesn't it? Unfortunately for Rafael Benitez, it is Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich who gets a little chop-happy with the managerial guillotine .

  221. 1557: 
    Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Very quiet at Goodison as the players trudge off at half-time.

    The vast majority of this stadium didn't see that first half coming but while Everton have dominated possession, Villa have snapped into everything and fought for their lives.

    Neither defence has covered itself in glory and there are certainly more goals to be had in the second half. What will worry David Moyes most is the problems Christian Benteke has caused his back four when he has got the ball - he's a real handful."

  222. 1554:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at St James' ParkHALF-TIME- Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

    "Applause rings round the ground for the one goal headed in by Jonas Gutierrez. Newcastle are in a position of strength, Chelsea have to do the opposite of what they have been doing recently where they have been in the lead and thrown games away. This one they have to rescue."

  223. 1553: 

    Let's take a breather and look at the overall picture in the Premier League at the break, starting from the basement. QPR drew 0-0 with Norwich earlier so remain bottom after Adel Taarabt's penalty was superbly saved by Mark Bunn. Working up the table, Reading are second-bottom after conceding an equaliser against Sunderland while Aston Villa remain in the drop zone despite leading 2-1 at Everton.

    Elsewhere, Wigan are currently just ahead of Villa by virtue of goal difference after going in 1-0 up at the break against Southampton. Newcastle look so much better than of late and deservedly lead 1-0 against Chelsea who's recent signing from the Magpies, Demba Ba, has suffered a nasty-looking nose injury. Not much to report from the two other games with Arsenal-Stoke and West Ham-Swansea both goalless at the interval.

  224. 1553: 

    Barney in Lichfield on text via 81111: "My guess is seven goals at Goodison Park, either 4-3 Villa or 5-2 Everton depending on which Villa come out in the second half."

  225. 1553: 

    Boultini on Twitter: "Moussa Sissoko sounds brilliant for Newcastle. He'll be off in a year then."

  226. 1548:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at The Emirates Stadium:HALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    "Further frustration for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after an excellent first half performance by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. This is a game Arsenal really need to win but Begovic is keeping them at bay."

  227. 1548:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the DW Stadium:HALF-TIME- Wigan 1-0 Southampton

    "Gary Caldwell's goal gives Wigan the advantage but there weren't that many opportunities at either end. Ali Al Habsi hasn't kept a clean sheet at home in the league for Wigan this season and the next 45 minutes could be vitally important for his side."

  228. 1548: 

    Imad Al Shameeri on Twitter: "Newcastle, in particular Yohan Cabaye, have been awesome, fully deserve the lead against Chelsea."

  229. 1547: 
    Everton 1-2 Aston Villa
    Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor

    According to Infostrada, in the previous 10 Premier League meetings between these sides, there had been 36 goals scored.

  230. 1547:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Goodison ParkHALF-TIME- Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

    "Aston Villa have had a fabulous first half. It was set up by Christian Benteke's early goal and, even though Victor Anichebe equalised, Gabriel Agbonlahor restored the away side's lead. Villa have the encouragement of an advantage at the interval."

  231. 1547: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    That is going to hurt. Jonathan Walters is left with blood gushing from his head after an aerial challenge with Arsenal's new £10m signing Nacho Monreal. The Stoke player looks more like a boxer than a footballer after having the wound bandaged up.

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Madejski Stadium:HALF-TIME- Reading 1-1 Sunderland

    "The first half hour was barely a contest - Reading led through Jimmy Kebe's early goal and were much the better side. But then Pavel Pogrebnyak brought down John O'Shea needlessly and it allowed Craig Gardner to level from the penalty spot. Since then it has been a really good game."

  233. 1546:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Upton ParkHALF-TIME- West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    "Swansea are the better side, but West Ham have created more chances."


    Tom Vermeesch on Twitter: "Stoke's Asmir Begovic surely must be the best goalie in the league?"

  235. 1546: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    Yet again Gerhard Tremmel comes to Swansea's rescue. The goalkeeper denies Kevin Nolan who picks up a headed flick-on from his former Newcastle partner-in-crime Andy Carroll and fires low.

  236. 1545: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    Guess who? Swansea's Gerhard Tremmel dives to his right to stop Ricardo Vaz Te's 20-yard drive from going in.

  237. 1545:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Derby and Hull manager Phil Brown on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at St James' Park: "I'm not sure I've ever seen Jonas Gutierrez score with his head. It was a fabulous goal and what have Chelsea got to respond to that?"

    You can listen to commentary of Newcastle v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "I can see why Demba Ba has come off for Newcastle. He would be in real pain and that big plaster would be affecting his ability to breath."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  239. 1544: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

    Demba Ba is off. It looks like his nose might have been broken in that initial challenge with Fabio Coloccini. Fernando Torres is on in his place.

  240. 1544: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    The Asmir Begovic show continues at the Emirates as the Stoke keeper produces a full-stretch save to deny Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from 15 yards after a delightful pass by Jack Wilshere had carved the Potters defence wide open.

    GREAT SAVE!- Reading 1-1 Sunderland

    Pavel Progrebnyak forces a great save out of Simon Mignolet, rising above two defenders. The Belgian pushes his effort away, but Reading are up in arms over a challenge from Jack Colback on Jobi McAnuff in the box. No dice from referee Lee Mason.

  242. 1540: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea - Jonas Gutierrez (41 mins)

    Fantastic cross from the left from Davide Santon and Jonas Gutierrez ghosts in between the Chelsea defenders to nod a lovely header past Petr Cech.

  243. 1540: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea

    Warming up this game, now. The ball bounces to Papiss Cisse on the edge of the box and his side-footed shot from 12 yards is stopped by the sprawling Petr Cech. Demba Ba is back on the field now, but he has a plaster right across his face. He took some whack there.

  244. 1539: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are down to nine men temporarily as Ramires joins Demba Ba on the sidelines. Ramires looks like he has a bit of a back rick and, with the Chelsea physio looking after Ba, Newcastle's man with the magic sponge is helping out the Brazilian. Heart-warming.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "I cannot believe the referee did not give a penalty for Fabricio Coloccini's kick on Demba Ba's face. The Chelsea striker looks like he is really struggling on the sidelines as there is some blood.

    "If that had been outside the penalty box it would have been a free-kick."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  246. 1537: 
    Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

    Leon Osman comes close to a second Everton equaliser, but his deflected shot creeps wide of Brad Guzan's goal after a neat ball from Kevin Mirallas.

  247. 1536: 

    Dave in Hitchin on text via 81111: "I'm sure Nacho Monreal was told about the important rugby this weekend. He probably didn't realise he would be playing it though - up and unders galore!"

  248. 1536: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    Laurent Koscielny warm the palms of Asmir Begovic with a decent header. All Arsenal at the moment, but the home side are still waiting for the breakthrough.

  249. 1535: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea almost take the lead and it is Demba Ba who is inches away from making the breakthrough. The Senegal striker is sent through by Frank Lampard, and his shot is saved by Tim Krul, but the ball bounces back to him and he heads it marginally wide, taking a boot in the face from Fabricio Coloccini in the process. That might have been enough to put him off. There is blood.

  250. 1535: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park on Twitter: "Not much finesse on show between Everton and Aston Villa."

  251. 1534: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been booked for a dangerous challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. It looked like it might have been two footed but the referee Howard Webb has booked him.

  252. 1534: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    Arsene Wenger is prowling the touchline in frustration as Bacary Sagna goes down under a challenge from the recalled Andy Wilkinson.


    Jammyjamjam13 on Twitter: "Newcastle's delivery has been typically poor against Chelsea, Jonas Gutierrez and Yoan Gouffran the culprits. Game is screaming out for some Sylvain Marveaux magic!!!"

    Shomes11 on Twitter: "Ramires is a VERY VERY VERY lucky boy! He really needs to learn how to tackle!"

    Mdriver 11 on Twitter: "This is the good, the bad and the ugly from Everton."

  254. 1533: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    There was a lot of talk about what the signing of Jack Butland, who turned down a move to Chelsea because of concerns about his first-team opportunities, means for Stoke's current number one stopper Asmir Begovic. The Bosnian makes a terrific save from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain with his legs to increase his summer value still further.

  255. 1531: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea

    Former Newcastle striker Demba Ba has been quiet up until now on his return to St James' Park, but when he does touch the ball he is being booed by a small section of the home supporters.

  256. 1530: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "7 - Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored more goals against Everton than he has against any other Premier League opponent (7). Lead."

  257. 1530: 

    DevTown25_ on Twitter: "Come on Everton, sort yourselves out!"

    Blessed1662 on Twitter: "Everton v Aston Villa turning into Manchester United v Reading."

    EdAspen on Twitter: "What have Villa eaten to play like this!?!"

  258. 1530: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    Arsene Wenger is prowling the touchline in frustration as Bacary Sagna goes down under a challenge from the recalled Andy Wilkinson. Stoke will be pleased with how this is going with the half-hour mark approaching. Arsenal have yet to fire.

  259. 1529: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-1 Sunderland - Craig Gardner (29 mins)

    Craig Gardner slots hard, low and into the corner past Adam Federici and Sunderland are level. No chance for the keeper there, Gardner cool as you like over the dead ball.

  260. 1528: 
    Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Breathless stuff at Goodison. Two goals in as many minutes and Everton, having levelled through Victor Anichebe, find themselves behind once more as Gabriel Agbonlagor heads in Ashey Westwood's right-wing cross. The football is muscular and committed on both sides, but it is lacking in quality and any real defensive discipline. More goals in this one."

  261. 1528: 
    SHOWBOAT- West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea's Pablo Hernandez jinks past two West Ham defenders before his shot is blocked from six yards out.

  262. 1527: 

    Pavel Progrebnyak fouls John O'shea to give the Black Cats a chance from 12 yards.

  263. 1527: 
    Reading 1-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland almost score following their first period of possession. Alfred N'Diaye's shot forces Adam Federici into a smart stop and Sebastian Larsson looks certain to score on the rebound. But he is denied by an excellent smother from Federici. The Swede feels he was impeded by Ian Harte as he shaped to shoot - and it looks like he has a point.

  264. 1527: 

    In the Championship, Burnley will have been pleased to keep striker Charlie Austin in the transfer window, and he gives his side the lead within the first minute against Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday, and Hull are ahead too. In League One, early goals at Fratton Park where Gavin Massey has scored a brace in the process of putting Colchester 3-1 ahead against Portsmouth, while James Poole has given Hartlepool the lead against Notts County and Oldham also lead. In League Two, Fleetwood lead against cup specialists Bradford and Morecambe are ahead at York.

  265. 1526: 

    Lisa in London on text via 81111: "Need change of tactics today for Chelsea. Instead of throwing away a two goal lead how about we hold Newcastle to a 0-0 until the 93rd minute then score the winner? This way we should keep all three points! Can someone tell interim manager Rafa Benitez?"

  266. 1525: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-0 Southampton - Gary Caldwell

    Gary Caldwell gives Wigan the lead, burying a header into the bottom corner of the net from 12-yards-out. Pretty even-stephens so far.

  267. 1525: 

    Nicklo2k on Twitter: "Stoke are yet to have an attack that didn't involve a 50+ yard hoof up to Peter Crouch. Arsenal debutant Nacho Monreal must be wondering what sport this is."

  268. 1524: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-2 Aston Villa - Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Villa are showing some of the fighting spirit that has been lacking at times this season. Gabriel Agbonlahor rises above Jonny Heitinga (who has had a miserable start to his afternoon) and beats Tim Howard with a solid header. But have Villa got the quality to hang on to a lead?

  269. 1523:  
    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "Nikica Jelavic has been benched today for Everton and Victor Anichebe has rewarded the manager's faith with a goal. He is so strong and is impossible to handle when he is on form.

    "Villa defender Ciaran Clark was too tight to him, and Anichebe rolled him so easily."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  270. 1523: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    Joey O'Brien plays a lovely low ball into the area from the right for Kevin Nolan, whose sidefoot shot is brilliantly saved by Gerhard Tremmel.

  271. 1522: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea

    Petr Cech has to make a sharp double save from Yoan Cabaye and then Papiss Cisse. Chelsea are coming back into it.

  272. 1521: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-1 Aston Villa - Victor Anichebe (21 mins)

    All level at Goodison. Victor Anichebe does his best Christian Benteke impression, rolling Cieran Clark and firing low past Brad Guzan.


    Paul a very nervous Villa fan on text via 81111: "Can we have full time whistle now? Pretty please?"

  274. 1519:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraNewcastle 0-0 Chelsea

    Former Derby and Hull manager Phil Brown on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at St James' Park: "Being a supporter off of football in the north-east, what will catch the imagination is the way Moussa Sissoko is defending as much as he is getting forward. Yoan Gouffran has been making runs, too, but he knows the other side and the supporters will love that."

    You can listen to commentary of Newcastle v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.


    Ambigram0 on Twitter: "Arsenal debutant Nacho Monreal looks like a skinny Nicholas Cage."

  276. 1518: 
    West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    West Ham's Mohamed Diame fires in a 20-yard shot that is well saved by Swansea's German keeper Gerhard Tremmel. Still not sizzzling in this one, few chances and not a lot of space.

  277. 1518: 
    Wigan 0-0 Southampton

    Gaston Ramirez should put Saints ahead at the DW Stadium but after timing his run to perfection he volleys over from 10 yards out.

  278. 1517: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City

    Jonathan Walters has just fired into the arms of Wojciech Szczesny, but Arsenal are on top. New £10m Gunners defender Nacho Monreal has had little to do, but the hosts need find a spark to lift a subdued Emirates Stadium crowd.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "Juan Mata and Ashley Cole are involved in a fantastic move for Chelsea against Newcastle, and they pass to Frank Lampard who skied over from his position near the penalty spot. You would have expected a man of his class to finish there."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  280. 1516: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea

    Frank Lampard does his hopes of a late, late contract offer no favours. The Chelsea and England midfielder hooks a half-volley over the top from Ashley Cole's cut-back. A lovely chipped through ball from Juan Mata in the build-up as well.

  281. 1515: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Wigan 0-0 Southampton

    Artur Boruc stretches in the Southampton goal to paw away Franco di Santo's stabbed effort from 10 yards. Superb stop. First real chance of the game.

  282. 1513: 
    Everton 0-1 Aston Villa

    Villa striker Andreas Weimann, unmarked at the near post, heads a foot over from a corner. Could, probably should, have done better.

  283. 1513:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Twitter:

    "Shocking defending from Everton's Jonny Heitinga to make it 1-0 to Villa."

  284. 1512: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "4 - Christian Benteke has now scored in four successive appearances for Aston Villa in all competitions. Opener."

  285. 1512: 

    Vman in London on text via 8111: " It was sensible to start Abou Diaby today for Arsenal against Stoke. Diaby will be more useful for defending set-pieces than Aaron Ramsey would. Easy decision there."

    Julian in Framlingham on text via 81111: "Once you unleash the Christian Benteke beast, there's no going back."

  286. 1511: 
    Wigan 0-0 Southampton

    Ten minutes gone at the DW Stadium but there is very little to report. It's scrappy and cagey.

  287. 1511: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea
    Newcastle fans outside The Strawberry pub

    There are plenty of Newcastle fans in St James' Park who have swapped their team's vertical black and white stripes for horizontal ones, a beret and some onions in honour of their new Gallic signings. Their team have made a bright start, Yoann Gouffran and Davide Santon combining well.

  288. 1508: 

    Evertonized on Twitter: "Hope Everton manager David Moyes sells Jonny Heitinga this summer, never been his biggest fan. He is class, but I'd have Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin every week."

  289. 1507: 
    Everton 0-1 Aston Villa

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "What a start from Paul Lambert's men. The travelling support have found their voice and Christian Benteke has found the net. The ease with which he surged beyond Jonny Heitinga will be of real concern to Everton manager David Moyes. That said, Marouane Fellaini might have equalised a moment ago. Good open game already. Too open for Moyes' liking. "

  290. 1507: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke City
    Nacho Monreal in action for Arsenal

    Quite a lot of empty seats at Emirates Stadium where Arsenal, chasing only their second league win in six games, have made a bright start. After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goes close with a low shot from outside the area, England team-mate Theo Walcott fires the ball across the six-yard area following Mikel Arteta's threaded pass.

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Final Score:

    "I have never seen a player go past someone so easily as Villa's Christian Benteke did against Everton's Jonny Heitinga there. That is not good enough by Premier League standards."

    You can watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website, HD Channel and Red Button.

  292. 1506: 
    West Ham 0-0 Swansea

    West Ham's Andy Carroll tees up team-mate Kevin Nolan, who volleys wide of the Swansea goal from 12 yards.

  293. 1506: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-0 Sunderland - Jimmy Kebe (8 mins)

    Fantastic start for Reading. Sunderland allow Jobi McAnuff far too much space in the left channel of their penalty area and he picks out Jimmy Kebe, who takes a superb first touch before rifling past Simon Mignolet.

  294. 1506: 
    Everton 0-1 Aston Villa

    Marouane Fellaini slaps a shot narrowly wide as Everton look to respond after going behind at Goodison.

  295. 1503: 
    GOAL- Everton 0-1 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (2 mins)

    He's a beast isn't he? Christian Beneteke takes Jonny Heitinga to the cleaners. Far too much power and pace as he beats the Everton defender and fires low past Tim Howard. That could be very valuable for Villa come the end-of-season shakedown.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Feb 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 25 29 62
2 Man City 24 26 52
3 Chelsea 25 24 46
4 Tottenham 24 12 42
5 Everton 25 10 42
6 Arsenal 25 20 41
7 Liverpool 24 12 35
8 Swansea 25 6 34
9 West Brom 24 0 34
10 Stoke 25 -6 30
11 West Ham 25 -8 30
12 Sunderland 25 -5 29
13 Fulham 25 -6 28
14 Norwich 25 -15 28
15 Newcastle 25 -11 27
16 Southampton 25 -11 24
17 Reading 25 -14 23
18 Wigan 25 -18 21
19 Aston Villa 25 -26 21
20 QPR 25 -19 17