Saturday football as it happened

Southampton stun Man City in the Premier League after wins for Chelsea, Arsenal, Swansea, Stoke and Spurs.

9 February 2013 Last updated at 20:11 GMT

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  1. 2007: 

    That is your lot for today though. Thanks for all your messages and make sure you mosey on back over this way for Aston Villa v West Ham and Manchester United v Everton tomorrow. Bye for now.

  2. 2005:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at St Mary's StadiumSouthampton 3-1 Man City

    "This is a huge dent in Manchester City's title hopes. It's been a grisly grey rainy day for them at St Mary's, but a famous home victory for Southampton."

  3. 2005:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    "What a thriller. Arsenal appeared to be coasting until they lost Jack Wilshere to injury and then Carl Jenkinson to a red card. Martin O'Neill will spend the rest of the weekend, and beyond, wondering how on earth his Sunderland side did not find the net."

  4. 2004:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Stamford BridgeChelsea 4-1 Wigan

    "Chelsea were pinned back for a while by Wigan in the second half but Frank Lampard found the net to break the back of the Latics' challenge and fuel talk of whether he will be offered a new contract at Stamford Bridge."

  5. 2001:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Britannia StadiumStoke 2-1 Reading

    "Stoke's first victory since Boxing Day was hard won against an obdurate Reading side. Huth and Jerome looked to have made it safe for the Potters, Adrian Mariappa got one back, but there was to be no repeat of the late, late show for the Royals."

  6. 2000:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Carrrow RoadNorwich 0-0 Fulham

    "Luciano Becchio's early chance proved to be the closest we came to a goal. Real opportunities were few and far between at either end, but it's a valuable point for both sides."

  7. 1959:  
    MOTD'S Steve Bower at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 4-1 QPR

    "This is a big setback for QPR, they capitulated, particularly in a extremely disappointing first 45 minutes. They had hope when Zamora scored but they switched off again. They have 12 games to survive in the Premier League and they are going to have to play an awful lot better than this if that's to be the case."

  8. 1957: 

    I think we can guarantee, whether Roberto Mancini is there or not, there will be changes in the summer at Manchester City. For now though, let's change our focus back to this afternoon and what our men of the day from Match of the Day made of it all.

  9. 1956: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "It's an important moment in my career, training this team and beating Manchester City. We tried to break their ranks and stop the connection they had between their players.

    "We should have got something more from the matches against Wigan, Manchester United and Everton. Today we played well and got points we deserved."

  10. 1952: 
    West Brom player Steven Reid on Twitter:

    "Southampton, top class tonight!"

  11. 1952: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "It was a really poor performance. Southampton were better than us. We conceded two goals which I didn't think a team like us could concede.

    "I've never seen our team concede goals like this. In the end we made two incredible mistakes. The performance was really poor. We played this game with only two or three players. Three versus 11 was really difficult.

    "I was really disappointed with my players today. When we perform like today I'm very angry. The players were away on international duty - that's not an excuse, but it is a reason. Some of our players came back on Friday and we played today. This made it difficult. In the end we played badly.

    "It'll be very difficult to win the league. I use to be always be optimistic and want to be in this moment, but it's difficult.

    "I think we now have 10 per cent (chance of winning the title). I don't think United will drop 12 points."


    James in Southampton on text via 81111: "As a Welshman living in Southampton and supporting Manchester United, I couldn't have asked for a better day of sport."

    Greg a Manchester United fan in Tonbridge on text via 81111: "Only a fool would write off Manchester City at this point."

    Sam in Manchester on text via 81111: "Its funny how similar La Liga champions Real Madrid and Premier League champions Manchester City have been this season. Both more than 10 points off the leaders and last week Madrid lost to lowly Granada when they theoretically should have cruised by them and this week, City lose to Southampton."

  13. 1946: 

    Next up for Manchester City is a Leeds side who put away Tottenham in the last round in the FA Cup and then Chelsea at home on 24 February. There is the capacity there for a disappointing season to turn into something pretty ugly.

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "MOTD running order; Sou/ManC, Swa/QPR, Che/Wig, Tot/New, Sun/Ars, Sto/Rea, Nor/Ful. Note an early kick-off: BBC One 2220 GMT."

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's on Twitter:

    "Southampton seal a famous victory but more importantly move six points clear of the relegation zone with significantly better goal difference."

  16. 1943: 

    There is a shrug and a sigh when Mancini is asked if the title race is over. Full quotes on the way.

  17. 1942: 

    Here comes Roberto Mancini, he opens by saying he is "very angry".

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter:

    "Manchester United 12 points clear if they beat Everton at Old Trafford tomorrow. Manchester City not playing well enough to make up nine-point gap let alone 12.

    "And let's give full credit to Southampton. They've shown in recent weeks that performance has been coming. Big day for Mauricio Pochettino."

  19. 1940: 

    Full time at the Amex Stadium and Vicente's late free-kick is the difference as Brighton grab the three points with a 1-0 win over Hull to move to within two points of the play-off positions.


    Jay Kukadia on Twitter: "Just overheard that Manchester City squad is small! Hmm, star players and no youth player! Money wins once, foundation wins always."

    James Earl on Twitter: "People keep saying Man City are nine points behind Manchester United, don't forget Spurs or Chelsea could easily finish second."

    Matej_Jones on Twitter: "City's mantra is 'United will drop points'. They really need to look into themselves first."

  21. 1940: 

    There is no doubt what Sir Alex Ferguson's team-talk will be before Manchester United's match at home to Everton tomorrow. That will be a chance to all but bury City's title hopes. The gap will be twelve points should they win.

  22. 1937: 

    Roberto Mancini will be an interesting interviewee in the St Mary's tunnel. Will he shoulder the blame for that defeat? Whatever eleven and whatever formation he sent out there today, he could have expected more spirit and urgency from his players.

  23. 1934: 

    Southampton striker Rickie Lambert: "We got the early goal that we needed and just got stronger and stronger. We realise the position we are in, but we believe we are good enough to stay in this division and then push on. We want to open up the gap on the bottom as quickly as possible."

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "The title race is surely over! Well played Southampton, a mightily impressive display."


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "13 - This was the 13th time in Premier League history that a reigning champion has lost a game against a newly promoted side. David."

  26. 1931: 

    Joe Hart trudges down the tunnel. A disappointing afternoon for him personally and his team. Roberto Mancini was talking about being within five points of Manchester United for 6 April's derby to give his side a chance in the title race. At this rate, we are heading for a particularly unpalatable guard of honour for City.

  27. 1928: 
    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's:

    "Southampton fans give their side a standing ovation as the final whistle goes, and why shouldn't they? They've just completely outplayed the Premier League champions and taken a giant stride to sealing their top flight status. Manchester City look a shadow of last year's team as they trudge off knowing they may well have just surrendered their title."


    Ben Barnes on Twitter: "The writing has been on the wall for Manchester City for a while. Ever since the Champions League failure they have struggled."

    Richard Hannigan on Twitter: "Pochettino doing all the right things building team around Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Morgan Schneiderlin."

    Danny Partington on Twitter: "Suddenly Manchester United's scraped 2-1 win over Southampton the other week doesn't look so bad anymore does it?"

  29. 1926: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 3-1 Man City
  30. 1925: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Javi Garcia's routine pass has too much pace on it and beats Aleksandar Kolorov to the touchline. Ironic cheers all round St Mary's with a minute of injury time to go.

  31. 1923: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Southampton are looking understandably leggy, but City are all out of ideas. Gareth Barry gives away a foul on Jack Cork and Saints will aim into the corner from the free-kick.

  32. 1921: 
    FIVE MINUTES OF INJURY TIME- Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Five minutes of injury time to play as Artur Boruc punches clear from a Manchester City corner.


    Hari Sri on Twitter: "Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may blame his strikers again, but City's fall from grace has been a collective effort. Himself included."

    Tim H on Twitter: "If football management doesn't work out for Mancini he'd make a cracking musical conductor!"

    Ed Hewings on Twitter: "Gareth Barry has had an absolute shocker today. To blame for 2 goals, looks tired, lethargic."

  34. 1920: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    James Ward-Prowse dispossesses James Milner with an excellent sliding tackle on Southampton's left flank. A minute of normal time remains.

  35. 1918: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Maicon pumps a ball into the box for Edin Dzeko to fight for in the air. He is crowded out of it by Maya Yoshida though. What a first win this will be for Mauricio Pochettino. It is the sort of defeat that is a manager's last though.

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's on Twitter:

    "Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is absolutely doing his nut on the sidelines. Man on the edge? Man on the brink? Take your pick."

  37. 1916: 
    FIVE MINUTES TO GO- Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Roberto Mancini angrily gesticulates as his time runs out on his team.

    Roberto Mancini
  38. 1915: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Southampton fans cheer every pass as their side run the clock down and the champions out of town. City look like the fight has just drained out of them. Jay Rodriguez almost slips the offside trap to go one on one with Joe Hart. Up goes the flag though...

  39. 1914: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    To be honest, Gareth it may just be a dead rubber in terms of the title race. Manchester United can extend the gap at the top to 12 points tomorrow.


    Alex Osborn on Twitter: "Really confused by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's subs recently-needing goals and he brings on full-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon two weeks running."

    Gareth Brown on Twitter: "How big a game is City v Chelsea going to be in a few weeks?"

  41. 1912: 

    The excellent Steve Davis gives way to be replaced by James Ward Prowse for the hosts.

  42. 1911: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    There is no concerted attack of the set-piece though from City and instead Southampton almost connect the dots on a swift counter attack. The inquest into this is going to be long and potentially messy for City.

  43. 1909: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Manchester City are muscling their way into the game as Southampton tire and they have a corner with 12 minutes to go. They need something very soon.


    Jack near Oxford on text via 81111: "It's alright Manchester City fans, Yaya Toure will be back from the Africa Cup next game... Oh. You what? You need goals? Well send on Mario Balotelli then! Oh. Arrivederci."

  45. 1907: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Maybe flying full-backs are the way back into this game for City. Aleksandar Kolorov gets in behind from Sergio Aguero's pass and his low cross is only just smothered by Artur Boruc with a host of blue shirts closing in.

  46. 1905: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Jack Cork shanks an effort over the top from 20 yards. With 17 minutes to go Manchester City introduce Maicon at the expense of the ineffective David Silva. Two goals adrift though, is that enough firepower to get the win that City surely need?


    Rupert Morgan on Twitter: "If the score stays like this, could this be the beginning of the end for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini?"

    Kam Balaggan on Twitter: "Yaya Toure shouldn't be playing today, he looks a shadow of his usual self."

    Nateegetsun on Twitter: "Is Man City playing Barcelona tonight or is Southampton playing Bristol Rovers?"

  48. 1902: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Daniel Fox has come off for Southampton with Fraser Richardson introduced to shore up the Saints.

  49. 1901: 
    YELLOW CARD- Southampton 3-1 Man City

    There is nothing coming from that set-piece though for the visitors and Yaya Toure fouls Morgan Schneiderlin to alleviate the pressure. The Ivorian heads into the book as well. Referee Martin Atkinson indicates that it is for his accumulated fouls earlier in the match.

  50. 1859: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    City rouse themselves as David Silva and Edin Dzeko combine to force a corner with some zippy passing.

  51. 1858: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Southampton stroke the ball around at their leisure. Manchester City failing to apply any real pressure and Morgan Schneiderlin rattles a sharp shot wide from 20 yards. This is a meek, limp submission from City so far.

  52. 1855: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    It is almost as if City are proving too much of a pushover for Saints fans liking. Where is the tension or City onslaught to survive? The atmosphere is rather flat with the result apparently done and dusted.

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's on Twitter:

    "This is as good as Southampton have played all season. "Champions? You're having a laugh" chant the home fans and they're right. Manchester City woeful."

  54. 1853: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Southampton bring on Adam Lallana in place of Jason Puncheon and both get a big cheer from the home fans.


    Phil in Poole on text via 81111: "Three defensive mistakes, three goals. Not sure if Vincent Kompany would make a difference as the goals were from three clangers."

    Ali in Edinburgh on text via 81111: "If James Milner is the answer for Manchester City, I dread to think what the question is."

    Mike from Manchester on text via 81111: "What on earth is going on here?! City can't expect to win the league if they keep giving away goals like they have today."

  56. 1852: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Yaya Toure's chip is cleared back to him, but the Ivorian smashes the ball deep into the gloating stand behind the Southampton goal.

  57. 1851: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Just over thirty minutes to go and Jason Puncheon bundles into Gareth Barry to give away a free-kick 45 yards out. Yaya Toure over it.

  58. 1850: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Yaya Toure looks like he has a severe case of jetlag following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations. There is none of his usual energy and drive from midfield.

  59. 1848: 
    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's:

    "It's absolute bedlam here as the home fans start to believe they may just be about to beat the champions and while Manchester City may have been on the ropes before, Southampton could just have landed the knockout blow and it is no more than they deserve. Roberto Mancini's side have been sluggish, their passing erratic, their performance woeful. Mauricio Pochettino is on the verge of his first victory as Saints manager and it is a win that could go a long way to sealing Premier League survival."

  60. 1848: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Artur Boruc plunges to his left to push away Sergio Aguero's turn and half-volley from Gareth Barry's lofted through-ball. It has been a rare sight of goal for Manchester City so far though.

  61. 1846: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    The ball pinballs across the face of Manchester City's goal as Rickie Lambert's nod at the back post almost finds Steve Davis in the six-yard box. City are surviving by the skin of their teeth.


    Sophie Gayter on Twitter: "What a wonderful cushioned finish from Gareth Barry."

    Anderson on Twitter: "The spirit that Southampton have shown during this game is absolutely great to see. Can they keep it up?"

    Crewdy on Twitter: "Gareth Barry having a Jon Walters today."

  63. 1844: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    James Milner is being readied on the Manchester City bench.

  64. 1843: 
    Southampton 3-1 Man City

    Manchester City are at sixes and sevens. Rickie Lambert gets free down the right this time and Steve Davis comes close to turning his pass infield into the path of Jason Puncheon. City are badly missing the presence of Vincent Kompany.

  65. 1838: 
    GOAL- Southampton 3-1 Man City - Gareth Barry own goal (48 mins)

    There is enough material here for one of those end-of-season blooper specials. Rickie Lambert gets free down the left for a second time in the half and, although he cannot find Jason Puncheon with a low cross, Gareth Barry does the job for Southampton. Under little pressure his attempted side-foot backpass screws off his boot and into the bottom corner. An absolute 'mare.

    Gareth Barry
  66. 1837: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 2-1 Man City

    We are up and running. There is a bit of movement on the City bench by the way. James Milner's shirt is being plucked from a kit bag. It may not be long before he is thrown into the mix.

  67. 1835: 
    Southampton 2-1 Man City

    Here come the champions. Manchester City to get us going...

  68. 1835: 
    Southampton 2-1 Man City

    Southampton are back out on the pitch at St Mary's. No sign of Manchester City yet, who may have been held behind for a bit of extra spittle and spite from Roberto Mancini.


    We asked for your thoughts on whether Frank Lampard should be offered a new deal at Chelsea or should he head elsewhere? Here are some more of your replies:

    Jaben on Twitter: "Even considering the question is crazy! Look what he does for Chelsea and England! Look what Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs do for Manchester United!"

    Sunday Aruwa on Twitter: "Lampard to get one-year contracts going forward, just like Ryan Giggs. Still has some gas to burn though."

    Tim Wozencroft on Twitter: "As a Liverpool fan I feel for Chelsea fans, not giving Frank Lampard a contract is like not giving Steven Gerrard a new contract for my team, ridiculous."

    Tell us your thoughts via the hashtag #BBCLampard on Twitter.

  70. 1833: 

    Harry Redknapp after his side's 4-1 defeat to Swansea: "We looked better in the second half, we got back to 2-1 and I was thinking we'd get something from the game then suddenly we go and give two more goals away.

    "We're bang in trouble but we've got to keep going, we're not going to give up. We've not a nice easy game against Man Utd next so bring it on!"

  71. 1832: 

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp has been fronting up to the television cameras. There is some stiff upper lip from Sandbanks' finest, but it is not looking comfortable for his side at the foot of the table.


    Johnny Magrinho on Twitter: "Defenders, midfielders, forwards all make mistakes, not just goalies. It's a team sport - collective mistakes result in goals!"

  73. 1828:  
    BBC Sport pundit and former Wales international Robbie Savage on Twitter:

    "If you've not listened before, why not have a listen to BBC 606 on BBC Radio 5 live tonight from 1900 until 2030 GMT, me and Mark Chapman talking footy with fans."

    There will be plenty to chew on on the airwaves tonight.

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Referee??? We think penalty. You?"

  75. 1826: 

    There was a lovely little nutmeg on Pablo Zabaleta from Rickie Lambert in the build-up to that penalty shout. Those romantic French call it a 'petit pont' or 'little bridge' you know. Wonder if they shorten it to a shout of "Pont!" in the playground, like our "Megs!"?


    Oliver Michaelson on Twitter: "Anywhere else on the pitch, that would have been a foul. Yaya Toure got none of the ball! Southampton denied a penalty!"

    Graham on Twitter: "Blatant penalty for Southampton there."

    Monkey on Twitter: "Given Rickie Lambert's record with penalties, referee Martin Atkinson has effectively just disallowed a Southampton goal."

  77. 1822: 

    "You don't know what you're doing," chant the home fans as the teams head for the tunnel. Martin Atkinson is about as popular as Pompey in St Mary's right now.

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at St Mary's StadiumHALF-TIME- Southampton 2-1 Man City

    "Southampton will feel they should have had a penalty on the stroke of half-time but Edin Dzeko's goal has given Manchester City hope of their first comeback from 2-0 down to win a Premier League game in eight years."

  79. 1820: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Southampton 2-1 Man City

    All eyes on Martin Atkinson as Yaya Toure leans into Rickie Lambert and the Southampton forward buckles under the City midfielder's weight in the box. Not a hint of the ball in the challenge but Atkinson turns down the home side's appeals, pointing for a corner instead.

  80. 1817: 
    Southampton 2-1 Man City

    Southampton break from that set-piece and Morgan Schniederlin cannot quite get his foot around a far-post volley from Steve Davis cross.

  81. 1816: 
    INJURY TIME- Southampton 2-1 Man City

    Jos Hooiveld looks incredulous as the referee blows for a body check on Sergio Aguero. Two minutes of injury time to play.

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's on Twitter:Southampton 2-1 Man City

    "Awful goal for Southampton to concede from their own corner. Nonsensical to commit so many men forward when leading 2-0. Game on."

  83. 1815: 

    Southampton might live to regret piling forward in search of a third and possibly decisive goal at that corner. The mood in St Mary's is already turning from buoyant to nervy.

  84. 1813: 
    Southampton 2-1 Man City

    Jason Puncheon wallops a shot over the top from 20 yards, but there is danger in his laces. Just before City's goal, he zagged in off the right flank and there were not many volunteers to head out and close him down on that occasion either.

  85. 1809: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-1 Man City - Dzeko (39 mins)

    From a Southampton corner to the back of the Saints net in not much more than ten second. Edin Dzeko heads away from the set-piece races upfield and get his toe to David Silva's low centre to flip the ball over Artur Boruc as Southampton are caught short.

    Edin Dzeko
  86. 1808: 

    Half-time and 0-0 at the Amex Stadium where Brighton have been the better side. Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale has made a couple of smart saves to deny David Lopez and Orlandi but there hasn't been too many clear-cut chances.


    We asked for your thoughts on whether Frank Lampard should be offered a new deal at Chelsea or should he head elsewhere? Here are some of your replies:

    ChelseaBoy on Twitter: "Chelsea need leadership players like Lamps and John Terry. If Lamps does go it will leave a massive hole in the club."

    LoicPoul on Twitter: "Letting him go will be a huge blow for Chelsea. The young players need to learn to fight for his place if he's there."

    Ikram Iky Ayub on Twitter: "As a Arsenal fan Lampard is welcome here always scoring goals... Sign him up Arsene Wenger!!!"

    Tell us your thoughts via the hashtag #BBCLampard on Twitter.

  88. 1807: 
    Southampton 2-0 Man City

    Maya Yoshida gets in a foot to keep the ball out of the reach of Edin Dzeko as the pair chase a ball over the top. City have managed just one shot on goal by my reckoning so far. This could be a title defence wilting in front of our eyes.

  89. 1805: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 2-0 Man City

    Southampton come close to a third with just over half an hour gone, Rickie Lambert drilling narrowly wide after he battles through a couple of limp challenges.

    Southampton v Man City
  90. 1803: 

    Southampton are buzzing about at top speed all over the pitch. Will they pay for all this effort in the latter stages?

  91. 1802: 
    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's:

    "Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini looks a worried man as he patrols his technical area and barks orders, and concerned he should be with his side's title defence hanging by a thread. Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will know if his side can hang on to this 2-0 lead they will go a long way to achieving Premier League safety. Still a long way to go in this one though."

  92. 1801: 
    Southampton 2-0 Man City

    Sergio Aguero takes on free-kick 35 yards from goal. His effort thumps into the top of the wall though and Southampton fans cheer as it bounces back past the Argentine.

  93. 1800: 

    Rickie Lambert, perhaps with his manager's instructions to apply pressure high up the pitch in mind, needlessly tugs back Joleon Lescott as the defender advances upfield to earn a booking.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Southampton 2-0 Man City

    "For some reason, goalkeeper Joe Hart did not hold the shot. Manchester City will not understand how they are 2-0 down to a Southampton side that have been mostly pegged back in front of their own penalty area."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website and the red button.

    Joe Hart

    Jake Dark on Twitter: "Is everyone going to pounce on Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart now after that mistake like they do with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea? Not his first mistake either."

    Vincent Watts on Twitter: "Two mistakes from City and 2-0 down, can't help but think Southampton are worthy of the lead though!"

    Andrew Deans on Twitter: "Joe 'best keeper in the world' Hart has made some absolute howlers this season, but won't get 1/10 of the criticism David de Gea does."

  96. 1758: 

    Manchester City have the best defensive record in the Premier League even after those two goals. It will not last long if those mistakes continue though.

  97. 1752: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-0 Man City - Davis (22 mins)

    Joe Hart holds his hands up. He has little choice after that eyesore of a rick though. Rickie Lambert's well-struck shot slips from his midriff, through his legs and into the back of the net as Steve Davis lunges in to get the final touch. City are in a whole world of trouble here.

    Joe Hart
  98. 1752: 

    It seems that the will-they-won't-they saga that is Frank Lampard's contract continues at Chelsea but what do you think? Should he be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge or should he head elsewhere? Tell us your thoughts on Twitter via the hashtag #BBCLampard

  99. 1751: 
    Southampton 1-0 Man City

    Plenty of neat and tidy passing around the penalty box from Manchester City, but patterns do not win prizes. There is no central threat for the visitors as yet.


    Mark Jeavons on Twitter: "If Manchester City lose to Southampton then the title race really will be over."

    Deep Kalaria on Twitter: "Out of the Champions League, nine points behind leaders Manchester United and now a goal down against Southampton... City fans are having really cold winter!!!"

    Tony JC Wells on Twitter: "Have City noticed they're in more danger of dropping down the table than moving up it?"

  101. 1747: 
    Southampton 1-0 Man City

    Sergio Aguero shows a little life in attack for City, skipping towards the byeline before skimming a cross across the front of the six-yard box. There is no sign of Edin Dzeko in the middle though.

  102. 1745: 
    Southampton 1-0 Man City

    Manchester City were well short of their best against Liverpool last time out and they have not clicked at all in attack yet - Samir Nasri is the latest to be ushered down a blind alley.


    Andy in Dundonald on text via 81111: "Nice to see some of the promoted teams 'Puncheon' above their weight!"

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's on Twitter:Southampton 1-0 Man City

    "Absolute bedlam at St Mary's as Jason Puncheon puts Southampton ahead. We've got a game on our hands here."

  105. 1743: 

    Jason Puncheon celebrated that goal by apparently wiping his backside in reference to his unscheduled toilet break in the draw against Chelsea. Saints cannot get ahead of themselves though. They have lost 24 points from winning positions this season - the most of any team in the top flight and including losing from 2-1 up against Manchester City on the opening day of the season.

    Jason Puncheon
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Southampton 1-0 Man City

    "Gareth Barry got dispossessed in his own third in the build-up to Southampton's goal, and it is a crime for a player of that quality - who had options all around him - to lose it there."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website and the red button.

  107. 1737: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Man City - Puncheon

    One straight off Mauricio Pochettino's whiteboard. Gareth Barry gives the ball away in midfield under pressure and Saints pounce with Jason Puncheon playing in Jay Rodriguez, who scuffs his shot. The ball breaks kindly for Puncheon though who slots past a floored Joe Hart.

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's on Twitter:Southampton 0-0 Man City

    "By far the best atmosphere I've heard at St Mary's this season. The 3,000 away fans fully playing their part."

  109. 1736: 

    Southampton are pressing Manchester City high up in their own half and so far it has forced the visitors to look longer than they would want. Joleon Lescott thumps the ball unsuccessfully upfield in the vague vicinity of Edin Dzeko.

  110. 1733: 
    Southampton 0-0 Man City

    Daniel Fox has a decent position just inside the City half to pepper the penalty box, but his delivery is over-hit and loops over everyone for a goal-kick.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Final Score:Southampton 0-0 Man City

    "Southampton have to be on their mettle to not lose by a few goals to Manchester City this evening.

    "They are at home today, and you expect them to put up a performance against the Premier League champions. Manchester City know they have to close the gap to Manchester United however, so they will be right at it."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website and the red button.

  112. 1731: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 0-0 Man City

    Yaya Toure has done an uneasy pre-match photo with Southampton's giant dog mascot and we are under way.

  113. 1731: 

    Rafael Benitez, when asked if Lampard's contract is his decision: "What do you think? It is very clear that my position is that Frank is doing very well. Hopefully he can score another 20 goals and I will be really pleased."

  114. 1730: 

    Frank Lampard's 10th goal in 15 matches will fuel fresh talk on his Chelsea contractual situation. No prizes for guessing interim manager Rafael Benitez's private thoughts on the matter...


    Jon a Spurs fan in Eastleigh on text via 81111: "It's about time the gushing media praise for QPR boss Harry Redknapp ended. I just heard on the radio how "despite his best efforts QPR seem destined for the drop". Let's face it, Harry is using the same predictable tactics he used at Spurs and once again he's getting found out. With all the money that QPR have spent over the last year no one can say their squad is any less capable of staying in the premier league than either Southampton or Aston Villa and yet it's QPR that are propping up the table."

  116. 1727: 

    Joe Hart is first out of the dressing room and into the tunnel for Manchester City, exchanging high fives with the waiting Ricky Lambert. It is Yaya Toure though, fresh from another Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations disappointment, who will captain the champions.

  117. 1724: 

    Should they come through against Southampton clutching all three points, then that Champions League embarrassment earlier this season could turn out to be a blessing for Manchester City.

    Manchester United have a doozie of a match to come against Real Madrid on Wednesday, but might they first take their eye off the ball against Everton on Sunday?

  118. 1721: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott is unhappy that his side weren't given a last-minute penalty in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke after Adam Le Fondre went down in the box under a tackle from Ryan Shotton: "Most people would say it was a stonewall penalty. It's a very unfortunate that (the referee) has decided not to give that. In my opinion it's a penalty but he's had one look at it and not given it. I thought we would get at least a point but they don't lose many games here. They know what they're doing."

  119. 1720: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol after his side's 0-0 draw away to Norwich: "I thought we could have had three points. We were the better team in the first half, but we didn't exploit that because we didn't have a cutting edge in attack. So it's disappointing.

    "But I thought we did OK. Our preparation wasn't good because we had some injuries, so I'm happy with how the new players did."

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Chelsea 4-1 Wigan

    "This morning, we were all talking about interim manager Rafael Benitez's future if they lost Wigan. Everything is now as it was.

    "You cannot criticise Benitez tonight. The players played for him today against Wigan."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC Two and the red button.


    Abdulahi on Twitter: "I think I've just grown grey hairs after watching that Arsenal game."

    Obi on Twitter: "That was a performance to be proud of from Arsenal. Down to 10 men, backs to the wall but stood firm."

    Jack Elphick-Calle on Twitter: "A run of poor performances from Bacary Sagna. Played out of position today and was an absolute rock! Funny game football."

  122. 1716: 

    Last-minute goals abound in the Championship. Bottom club Peterborough overhaul a one goal deficit to beat Leicester 2-1 at home. Bolton come from behind to defeat local rivals Burnley by the same scoreline. Wolves, battling the drop, equalise against Leeds with a Danny Batth header to make it 2-2, while Barnsley hold on to record a 3-2 win at Middlesborough. In League One, table-topping Tranmere fall 2-1 away to Leyton Orient, while Swindon are held by Hartlepool. League Two leaders Port Vale can only manage a goalless draw with Barnet, and Plymouth beat Aldershot. Finally, just peering into the Conference, the small matter Mansfield 8-1 Barrow. Goaltastic.

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at St Mary's StadiumSouthampton v Man City (1730 GMT)

    "Manchester City escaped with a draw against Liverpool last week to take their unbeaten run to eight games. But they'll have to do far better to catch Manchester United and manager Roberto Mancini knows that - this is a game City must win. Mauricio Pochettino is yet to taste victory as Saints boss, though they have kept the ball better in his three games, and when St Mary's is really jumping they can push anyone close."

    Southampton v Man City (1730 GMT)

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is impressed with his former team-mate Pablo Zabaleta's form in Manchester City's defence this season. The Argentine pair played together at Spanish side Espanyol and Pochettino said: "He arrived in Spain when he was very young and has been maturing. He is at a high point now with Manchester City. He is the same now as he was then. He has not changed.

    "He has a great mentality, a winning mentality, aggressive - the typical sort of player in the Premier League. I think he is amongst the top 10 players in his position in the world."

  125. 1716: 

    Three matches in and no victory yet for Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has shown signs that he may be able to make use of the fine legacy left by Nigel Adkins though.

    The Saints held Everton to a goalless draw, took the lead against Manchester United and were within a late Shaun Maloney strike of a win against Wigan last time out. This is no gimme for City.

  126. 1713: 

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox, Cork, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Puncheon, Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Forren, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Lallana, Richardson, Chaplow.

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Javi Garcia, Clichy, Nasri, Toure, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Milner, Sinclair, Kolarov, Rodwell, Toure.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  127. 1712: 
    Southampton v Man City (1730 GMT)

    Southampton make two changes from the side that drew with Wigan last weekend - left-back Luke Shaw picked up an ankle ligament injury while on England Under-21 duty this week and is replaced by Danny Fox, while Steven Davis comes into midfield for Gaston Ramirez, who also failed to shake off a knock.

    Yaya Toure comes back into Manchester City's midfield after missing six matches while he was on Africa Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast, replacing James Milner. Samir Nasri is also recalled, with Javi Garcia dropping back into defence in place of Matija Nastasic. Skipper Vincent Kompany is not fit enough to return while striker Carlos Tevez did not travel with the squad because of family reasons.

  128. 1712: 

    It looks like the six-yard box at St Marys has the sort of turf that Sir Clive Woodward would have approved of during his time at Southampton. Plenty of churned mud in there and the ground staff are out and giving it a little love pre-kick off. Time for a bit of team news.


    Alexander Key on Twitter: "With Frank Lampard it's like an old fashioned dog fight, make him hungry for a new deal, he rips it all apart."

  130. 1709: 

    Ed a Villa fan in Tamworth on text via 81111: "So QPR, Wigan, Reading, Newcastle and Sunderland have all lost, Norwich drew and Southampton have a tough game against Manchester City tonight. Capitalising with three points tomorrow is a MUST for Aston Villa when they play West Ham."

    Jon in a wet field near Marlow on text via 81111: "Swansea score four against Queens Park Rangers. Rangers score four against Queens Park. Symmetry."

    For the pedantic out there, Glasgow Rangers managed to keep a clean-sheet but Swansea did not, but I take your point Jon...

    Anthony in Sussex on text via 81111: "QPR are a team of disinterested mercenaries who only can be bothered against the big teams. Relegated!"

  131. 1708: 

    Good news for Arsenal, and indeed England, fans. Manager Arsene Wenger has just popped up in the Stadium of Light to say that he thinks Jack Wilshere's injury is a case of "a few days" rather than months. We have heard that before from the Arsenal medical department though I fear.

  132. 1704: 

    City are nine points adrift of leaders Manchester United with 13 games to play, and Sir Alex Ferguson was absolutely steely in his insistence that his side will not start leaking points as they did against Everton and Wigan at the end of last season.

    One player who has not made the trip to the south coast is Carlos Tevez who is unavailable for personal reasons for the match.

  133. 1702: 

    Manchester City will be hoping to keep up that trend of the top half clubs dispatching those from below. They travel to Southampton today with some ugly maths to contemplate.

  134. 1700: 

    There was not a lot in that set of results for the strugglers. This afternoon has stuck resolutely for the form book so far. None of Wigan, QPR or Reading could make any progress away from the drop. Norwich and Fulham ground their way through a mid-table draw and a point apiece will probably keep both happy. Chelsea retake third from Spurs as Arsenal move back to within four points of their north London neighbours.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter:

    "That's a very big three points & a real show of character from Arsenal to win at Sunderland with 10 men.

    "And wins for Spurs and Chelsea mean that battle for the top-four is really hotting up with Everton travelling to Manchester United tomorrow.

    "Also a shocking afternoon for QPR as they are well beaten at Swansea after all the spending. Good day for Villa as Reading lose at Stoke."


    Oliver in London on text via 81111: "Who says that Arsenal show no fight and no leadership? 1-0 win away with one centre-back and 10 men. Fantastic Gunners."

    Ollie from Surrey on text via 81111: "I'm sure mystic Hulk Hogan meant Chelsea 4-1 Wigan, not 40-1!"

    Ian a Chelsea fan in Whitley Bay on text via 81111: "Not that long ago, Gianfranco Zola was voted Chelsea's greatest ever player. Surely that has to go to Super Franky Lampard? Taking Bobby Tambling's record as the club's topscorer will only make his case stronger."

  137. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich City 0-0 Fulham
  138. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 4-1 QPR
  139. 1655: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 4-1 QPR

    Shaun Wright-Phillips hits the bar with an acrobatic volley at the Liberty Stadium.

  140. 1654: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    Wojciech Szczesny produced a great save at the death to deny Adam Johnson at the Stadium of Light. Credit where it's due, that was gutsy stuff from 10-man Arsenal in the second half.


    Mark Chmarny on Twitter: "Why does Arsenal always feels like it is our responsibility to make a game interesting?"

    Sola Babalola on Twitter: "So sorry for QPR. Looks like their season has ended for now!!!"

    Rabin Acharya on Twitter: "Watching or listening Arsenal game is like taking a beating, both on head and heart, where is my pain killer?"


    Mike from Maidenhead on text via 81111: "Sunderland's Simon Mignolet in the first half. Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny in the second half. It has been a game of the keepers at the Stadium of Light."

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:

    "Wigan lose at Chelsea. QPR lose at Swansea. Reading lose at Stoke. Tonight, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert breathes a huge sigh of relief."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC Two and the red button.

  144. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal
  145. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 2-1 Reading
  146. 1651: 
    Stoke 2-1 Reading

    Reading have a free-kick in a dangerous position on the touchline but Ian Harte overhits his inswinger straight into touch to the frustration of manager Brian McDermott.

    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 4-1 Wigan
    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Chelsea 4-1 Wigan

    "That goal will hopefully help Marko Marin's confidence as he has been very disappointing so far for Chelsea since his summer move."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  149. 1649: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 4-1 Wigan - Marin (90 mins)

    Ali al-Habsi gets one hand to a fizzing shot from the impressive Cesar Azpilicueta, but can only turn it towards Marko Marin who stoops to nod in the bouncing ball. Done and dusted.


    Adam G Bull on Twitter: "It's clear for all to see that Frank Lampard hasn't given up on getting that new contract for Chelsea. He is on the form of his life!"

    Alex Capp on Twitter: "Sign him up! Sign him up! Sign him up! Super Frankie Lampard!"

    Rachel Fleming on Twitter: "Lampard saves Chelsea again."

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Final Score:Chelsea 3-1 Wigan

    "Frank Lampard just kept his head down. He knew where the goal was and he put his laces through it. It must be so hard for Lampard to play for Chelsea knowing that the hierarchy don't really rate him, but the fans adore him."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC Two and the red button.

  152. 1648: 

    Into four minutes of injury-time we go at Sunderland.

  153. 1647: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    Wojciech Szczesny pulls off a wonderful one-handed stop to tip over from Danny Graham's volleyed effort. Sunderland are pressing, but Arsenal are holding out. Just.

  154. 1645: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 3-1 Wigan - Lampard (86 mins)

    The most typical Frank Lampard goal you could imagine. Juan Mata steps over Eden Hazard's cut-back and as the ball runs to Lampard on the edge of the box it is only heading one way. Low, one bounce, bottom corner, job done.

  155. 1643: 
    Southampton v Man City (1730 GMT)

    BREAKING: Yaya Toure goes straight back into the Manchester City midfield after his return from the Africa Cup of Nations. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko continue up front for the champions. For Southampton, left-back Luke Shaw misses out with the ligament damage he suffered training with the England Under-21 side this week.

  156. 1643: 
    Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

    Norwich's Simeon Jackson tries his luck from 20 yards in a rare bit of space but the Canadian's effort is a weak one.

  157. 1641: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-1 Reading - Adrian Mariappa (83 mins)

    Game on at the Britannia as Adrian Mariappa heads in at the near post from Ian Harte's corner to give Reading a lifeline.

  158. 1641: 

    We are approaching the 80th-minute mark around the grounds.

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Chelsea 2-1 Wigan

    "It is about time Chelsea brought some fresh legs on, they really are suffering against Wigan in the middle of the park."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  160. 1638: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-0 Reading - Cameron Jerome (81 mins)

    Cameron Jerome scored a beauty against Southampton and he makes a similarly clean connection as he punishes Adrian Mariappa's poor defensive header with a wonderful strike.

  161. 1638: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    Danny Rose limps out of the fray with a hamstring injury and Sunderland's hopes of a point are fading.

  162. 1637: 
    Swansea 4-1 QPR

    It looks like QPR might be done for the afternoon. Swansea look the more likely to score next.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "13 - Since he joined Stoke City in 2009-10, only one defender (Leighton Baines - 15) has scored more PL goals than Robert Huth (13). Beast."

  164. 1635: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    So close for Arsenal. They might be down to 10 men but a beautifully weighted pass by Santi Cazorla releases Theo Walcott inside the area but his low effort from 10 yards clips the far post and rebounds to safety. Sunderland are still in this.

  165. 1635: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-1 Wigan

    Chelsea take off Oscar and usher on Juan Mata in an attempt to get control of the game again. The young Brazilain rather hobbled off there as well. The natives are getting a little restless at Stamford Bridge.


    Jesse Sunquist on Twitter: "Oh my goodness, is that midfielder Aaron Ramsey playing right back for 10-man Arsenal??? Please no!!!"

    Pasa Mustafa on Twitter: "How much longer before Arsenal bring on Ignasi Miquel? Seriously, Arsene Wenger we need a centre-back brought on pronto."

    Scotty on Twitter: "Watching Aaron Ramsey trying to tackle someone is painful on the eyes."

  167. 1633: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 2-1 Wigan

    Chelsea are wobbling a bit here. Ronnie Stam cracks a fierce shot into Ashley Cole's arm on the edge of the area. All the Wigan arms shoot up but there is no movement from the man that matters - referee Mike Dean.

  168. 1631: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    Danny Graham, a Gateshead lad and big Newcastle fan, has come on for his Sunderland home debut and gets a warm welcome. He was jeered when he played at the Stadium of Light last time for former club Swansea.


    Nick Clohessy on Twitter: "Considering how many chances the referee gave Lee Cattermole in the first half, to give Carl Jenkinson a second booking is a joke."

    Tor Nopharrat on Twitter: "Stamford Bridge is so quiet! Anyone presses the mute button?"

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Chelsea 2-1 Wigan

    "Chelsea need a third goal. Wigan are working incredibly hard, and their industry is exemplified by the work of attacking midfielder Shaun Maloney.

    "He has just raced back to intercept a cross which was headed for Fernando Torres. Great play."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  171. 1629: 
    GOAL- Swansea 4-1 QPR - Michu (67 mins)

    He scored two against them on the opening day, and he has got his brace again today. Michu pokes home from Pablo Hernandez's throughball. QPR respond by sending on Shaun Wright-Phillips for Jermaine Jenas.

  172. 1627: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    The Black Cats are right back in it following Carl Jenkinson's red card. Steven Fletcher had wasted a golden chance to equalise before the Gunners were reduced to 10 men while Olivier Giroud has also gone close to doubling the lead for the visitors. This game is not over.


    James from Surrey on text via 81111: "Chelsea need to bring on Juan Mata now to take control of this game against Wigan."

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Final Score:Stoke 1-0 Reading

    "Reading were zonal marking there, trying to defend that area. Huth was able to get on top of them all and power his header home. When you're zonal marking you must defend your areas, and they didn't there."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.

  175. 1626: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-0 Reading - Robert Huth (67 mins)

    Robert Huth clambers highest at the far post to nod in Glenn Whelan's deep corner and the Potters have the lead. This is developing into an even bigger weekend for Aston Villa who play West Ham tomorrow.

    Robert Huth
  176. 1624: 
    Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

    Norwich are starting to apply a bit of pressure at Carrow Road but Elliott Bennett's well-struck effort from about 20 yards looked like it was blocked by his own player.

  177. 1623: 

    A glut of goals in the Championship right at the start of the second half. It's now Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Derby, while Steven Davies put Bristol City ahead at home to Nottingham Forest who now lead 2-0. Ben Marshall has Leicester 1-0 up at London Road against hosts Peterborough. Wolves and Leeds are drawing 1-1 at Molineux, Dean Saunders still hunting for his first win as manager. Dropping down the divisions, Bournemouth lead Portsmouth at home, while Colchester are in front against Preston.

  178. 1622: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 3-1 QPR

    QPR are not giving up at the Liberty as Stephane Mbia's shot is cleared off the line by Kyle Bartley. It's an open game though. The next goal could come from anywhere.


    Skyler Burbridge on Twitter: "Arsenal are playing well but they're dropping like flies against Sunderland!"

    Alex Downing on Twitter: "I knew it was too good to be true at Chelsea. We can not lose!"

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Chelsea 2-1 Wigan

    "Wigan will believe they can still get back to this. At 2-1 they've still got a bit to do, but they are still in this."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.

    Former Wigan midfielder Jimmy Bullard on Twitter:Chelsea 2-1 Wigan

    "Come on Wigan!"

  182. 1619: 
    RED CARD- Carl Jenkinson - Arsenal (62 mins)

    Carl Jenkinson lunges in on Stephane Sessegnon as the Benin international accelerates away to earn a second yellow card. Arsenal, having lost Jack Wilshere to injury, are down to 10 men.

  183. 1619: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 0-0 Reading

    January's player of the month Adam Le Fondre is on for Nick Blackman. The supersub has bagged five goals in his last four games and a total of a little over 85 minutes. Could be the man to find the breakthrough in a tight game at the Britannia?

  184. 1617: 
    Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham do something in the first five minutes of the second half that they didn't manage in the entire opening 45 - a shot on target. It's a 20-yard effort from Steve Sidwell that is, in truth, fairly easily dealt with by Norwich keeper Mark Bunn.

  185. 1615: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-1 Wigan - Shaun Maloney (58 mins)

    Well, well, well. Wigan land a counter inside two minutes. Shaun Maloney beats a sluggish offside trap and, as Petr Cech makes an ill-advised rush from goal, skis past the goalkeeper to slide home a finish from an acute angle.

    Shaun Maloney
  186. 1613: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-0 Wigan - Eden Hazard (56 mins)

    Wigan had come close at the other end just a moment before, but it is a long way back from here. Eden Hazard crashes home low from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.

    Eden Hazard
    Former QPR midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Swansea 3-1 QPR

    "QPR manager Harry Redknapp is running out of games to bridge the gap to the sides outside the relegation zone. All the teams around them are on good runs, so it is looking a bit ominous.

    "It will be Harry's greatest achievement if he can keep them up."

  188. 1611: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-1 QPR - Pablo Hernandez (50 mins)

    Game back off? Swansea storm up the other end and Pablo Hernandez slips by his man and fires low past Julio Cesar. The Brazilain should have done better. You are not singing anymore, observe the home fans.

  189. 1611: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-1 QPR - Bobby Zamora (48 mins)

    Bobby Zamora, on as a half-time substitute for Jamie Mackie, pokes home as Michel Vorm spills Adel Taraabt's long-range shot. Not too clever from the Dutch keeper, especially with Gerhard Tremmel in good form during his absence. Esteban Granero has come on for Shaun Derry as well for the visitors. Game. On.

  190. 1609: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    A worrying and familiar sight. Jack Wilshere is hobbling to the sidelines with some sort of problem with his right leg. On comes Abou Diaby and Arsene Wenger looks decidedly peeved.

  191. 1607: 
    Stoke 0-0 Reading

    Brian McDermott has shoved Nick Blackman further up front to try and take the fight to Stoke a little more.

  192. 1606: 

    A bit of a delay at Carrow Road, but we are back up and running.


    Simon__Atkins on Twitter: "Wedding proposal at the Valley, Charlton v Birmingham... And she said yes! Valentines day coming early!"

  194. 1604: 

    Sebastian Larsson, ex-Arsenal of course, is on for Sunderland in place of Lee Cattermole.

  195. 1604: 

    We have followed suit at the Stadium of Light.

  196. 1602: 

    Back under way at Stamford Bridge and the Britannia.

  197. 1602: 

    Tomorrow's match against West Ham is looking like a big chance for Aston Villa with QPR below them and Wigan above them both losing. With Reading only drawing and Southampton coming up against Manchester City at 1730 GMT today, these are the sort of weekends that Paul Lambert has to make count.

    BBC's Football League Show presenter Manish Bhasin on Twitter:

    "Don't like the look of that at half-time. 19 goalless draws so far from 34 games in the Football League."

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    "Maloney and Di Santos in particular had an outstanding first-half for Wigan, but they have had nothing for their efforts, Chelsea have flattered to deceive. They started well but coasted a little."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.


    Kitch a Chelsea fan on text via 81111: "How many quality, composed goals does Ramires need to score for Chelsea before he is rightly labelled as the lethal finisher he is!?! Cool as ice."

  201. 1557: 

    Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf, who famously answered every jibe on They Think It's All Over by saying "I won the World Cup", is on the pitch at Stamford Bridge. Still bald of head, but sporting a fair set of chin bristles now.

  202. 1554: 

    There is a strong stench of manure around Carrow Road and it is coming from the pitch rather than the fields of East Anglia. Norwich v Fulham will have to have a storming second half to justify the neutrals setting the video.

  203. 1551: 

    Lincoln's Jake Sheridan is off after just 36 minutes, dismissed for violent conduct. Daniel Powell equalised for MK Dons away at Oldham, but the home side retook the lead on the stroke of half-time thanks to Christopher Mitchell. Millwall are ahead away at managerless Blackpool in the Championship, while lowly Barnsley still lead Middlesbrough 1-0, as do Derby at Sheffield Wednesday. And Plymouth have retaken the lead away at Aldershot in a League Two basement battle.

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    "It was a good goal for Chelsea. I think they need to step it up a couple of gears in the second half though, as Wigan are a very dangerous team on the counter-attack."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Kiran on Twitter: "If anyone could actually spell or pronounce Cesar Azpilicueta's name, he'd definitely be talked about more."

    Ian J Barritt on Twitter: "Arsenal are playing some delightful stuff! Jack Wilshire, Santi Cazorla & Mikel Arteta making it look easy against Sunderland!"

    CJTD on Twitter: "QPR with a distinct lack of creativity and quality against Swansea. That could ultimately be the reason they go down."

  206. 1550:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Carrrow RoadHALF-TIME- Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

    Luciano Becchio might have put Norwich ahead after just five minutes of his debut, but that remains the closest we've come to a goal. Dimitar Berbatov has pulled the strings for Fulham at the other end, but in truth real opportunities have been few and far between.

  207. 1550:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the Liberty StadiumHALF-TIME- Swansea 2-0 QPR

    "Harry Redknapp has some talking to do at the break, his team totally outplayed, it could and possibly should have been worse for Queens Park Rangers, even so it's a long way back from here. Swansea have played some super football and torn them apart."

  208. 1548:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Britannia StadiumHALF-TIME- Stoke 0-0 Reading

    Peter Crouch and Robert Huth have come closest for Stoke in a first half in which they have had the majority of the play. Adam Federici with a couple of excellent saves. Everything to play for in the second half."

  209. 1548:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Stadium of LightHALF-TIME- Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    "Arsenal will feel they should be further ahead. But for some fine saves by Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, this game would have been done and dusted by now."

  210. 1548:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Stamford BridgeHALF-TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    Pretty routine for Chelsea but given their recent habit of throwing away leads, one goal doesn't feel like it is going to be enough. Wigan with Shaun Maloney prominent are still very much in this game.

  211. 1547: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    Simon Mignolet stretches every sinew to make himself bigger, but Aaron Ramsey should have done better from eight yards after being played in by Olivier Giroud.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Final Score:Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    "Wigan have had plenty of the football and if Chelsea let Shaun Maloney have the ball he will create something. It will not be as comfortable a half-time for the Blues as they would have wanted."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.


    Timo Burbridge on Twitter: "Can Arsenal send Santi Cazorla to Qatar every week for a bit of training? I think escaping the English weather with the Spain national side did him good!"

    Jayonlines on Twitter: "Wigan are obviously waiting for Chelsea to go two-up before they start scoring."

    Tosin Sowande on Twitter: "Man, QPR are doomed!"

  214. 1545: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    So close from Theo Walcott who fires narrowly wide from outside the area. Arsenal are on top on Wearside and playing some delightful stuff. Sunderland are having to soak up wave after wave of attacks from their opponents. Half-time cannot come soon enough for the hosts.

  215. 1545: 

    We are entering the final minute of normal time around the grounds.


    Mark on text via 81111: "Am I seeing things? Chelsea goalscorer Ramires showing composure to finish for once! That guy's pace gets him into those positions so often but he just wastes them. He could be a 15 goal a season player if he just kept a cool head like that more often."

    Charlie in Leamington Spa on text via 81111: "For me, Ramires is one of the most consistent players in the Premier League and never gets the recognition he deserves. Brazilian master."

    Lewis Lloyd on text via 81111: "Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta is very underrated, nobody whips in a better ball than he does."

  217. 1544: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    Wigan have not shown much so far today, but Cesar Azpilicueta has to be alert as he clears a dangerous cross with James McArthur lurking just behind him at the far post.

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    "David Luiz is playing in midfield today. I think it suits Chelsea as when he makes mistakes in the middle of the park, there are people behind him. When he makes mistakes at centre-back, there is no-one to cover him, however.

    "He is still learning, but there remains question marks around him as a defender for me."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  219. 1542: 
    Swansea 2-0 QPR

    Adel Taarabt is staying in this game by his fingernails. Having already been booked for kicking the ball away the Moroccan is still rabbiting away at the referee before getting in Jonathan de Guzman's ear for good measure. Neil Swarbrick shows mercy.

  220. 1540: 
    Stoke 0-0 Reading

    Stoke are getting on top and Adam Federici is called into action once again as Peter Crouch volleys hard but straight at him.


    Elliott Bambrough on Twitter: "Simply Santi! But Jack Wilshere was different gravy again for Arsenal."

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Final Score:Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    "Wilshere was really positive, driving by Cattermole and Colback. He laid it off when he could have had a shot himself. It was a sweet strike once Cazorla got it. A very well worked goal by Arsenal."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.

  223. 1539: 
    Stoke 0-0 Reading

    Adam Federici is called into action as his weak punch from a Michael Kightly corner drops for Ryan Shawcross, but the defender's flick is tipped over the bar by the Reading keeper.

    GOAL- Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal - Santi Cazorla (35 mins)

    Lovely stuff from Arsenal's young England starlets as Jack Wilshere advances and Theo Walcott slips the ball to Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard, who was playing for his country in Qatar in midweek, thumps a low shot home before Titus Bramble and Craig Gardner can close him down. Cazorla has looked very lively despite his jet-setting.

    Santi Cazorla
  225. 1535: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    Cesar Azpilicueta's cross picks out Fernando Torres for a free header from eight yards out. Torres makes good contact, but has not done quite enough with that one. Ali Al-Habsi tips over acrobatically when he should have no chance.

  226. 1533: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal

    Simon Mignolet spreads himself to make a flying save from Aaron Ramsey. Still pretty scrapy on Wearside.

  227. 1530: 
    Swansea 2-0 QPR

    The match ball at the Liberty Stadium in the Swansea-QPR game had to be replaced, but the replacement also went flat and the pumped-up first ball is now thought to be back in play.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

    "Why does the Carrow Road pitch resemble a pitch from the 1970s? It's a Premier League club - why isn't it in the condition we'd expect?"

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.


    Antony Dennis on Twitter: "I think today is QPR's Swan song."

    Shyamil Tanna on Twitter: "Fernando Torres struggles to score but gets a lot of assists! Maybe we should play him as an attacking midfielder! Worked with moving David Luiz from centre-back to defensive midfield!"

    Vincent Magesa on Twitter: "I still think West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie would have been a massive addition to this relegation threatened QPR side."

  230. 1529: 

    League One leaders Tranmere are a goal behind to Leyton Orient, thanks to Charlie MacDonald, while Carlisle lead Stevenage 2-1. After the departure of manager Paul Dickov, Oldham are a goal up at home to MK Dons. A terrible start for Aldershot as Jason Banton gave visitors Plymouth the lead in that relegation scrap, but Peter Vincenti equalised minutes later. And an early goal at Wycombe as Dean Morgan put the home side ahead against York with a penalty.

    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    Chelsea almost bundle in to double their lead as Fernando Torres and Ashley Cole sniff around Ramires' up-and-under in the six-yard box. Gary Caldwell hoofs clear to put an end to that.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "17 - Chelsea have scored the first goal of the game on more occasions than any other side in the Premier League this season (17). Keen.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Final Score:Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    "Fernando Torres dropped his shoulder and puts the ball into the best area for Ramires. Emphatic finish. It was a great goal for Chelsea."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.

  234. 1527: 
    Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

    Javier Garrido looks the likeliest source of a Norwich opening with plenty of industry down the Norwich left. His curling delivery is headed well over by Russell Martin.

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

    "That was the best bit of play Chelsea have produced. It was a great first-time pass from Fernando Torres and Ramires gave Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi no chance.

    "That was the first time we had seen centre-back David Luiz get into the game and put his foot on the ball to play in Torres. Torres's pass was instinctive, he really struggles when he has to think about it."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  236. 1523: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Wigan - Ramires (23 mins)

    Chelsea scythe open Wigan on the counter. David Luiz gallivants out of defence and feeds Fernando Torres whose first-time ball is perfectly weighted for Ramires to sweep home. Lovely stuff from the Blues.

  237. 1523: 
    Stoke 0-0 Reading

    Matthew Etherington is looking dangerous for Stoke but the Potters are struggling to prise open a Reading side that area tougher prospect than they were early in the season.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "580 - Swansea's Michu has ended a run of 580 minutes without a Premier League goal. Delight."

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Chelsea 0-0 Wigan

    "That wasted chance shows a man not in form from Fernando Torres. He should have shot first time rather than taking a touch.

    "When he has time to think about it, he is not making the right decisions at the moment."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Mike Hall on Twitter: "Wigan tend to hit Champions' League form at this time of the season and I expect them to steal a win today."

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "If Chelsea win 40-1 will we see a Rafamania celebration in tribute to Hulk Hogan?"

    Paul Iummis on Twitter: "The pitch at Stamford Bridge is atrocious today. It's not like the "Sand Pitch" of yesteryear, but it will cause some problems."

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Swansea 2-0 QPR

    "Cesar was entitled there to some help from his defence. In the six yard box he'd expect his defenders to get a toe on it and get it cleared. This QPR team is almost unrecognisable to the team I saw play Chelsea. No confidence, a completely different side."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.

  242. 1521: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud fizzes a shot low and hard across the face of Simon Mignolet's goal after neat build-up play from Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. The angle was tight, but anything on target would have given the Belgian a problem.

  243. 1518: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-0 QPR - Angel Rangel (18 mins)

    This is looking ugly for QPR and Julio Cesar in particularly. The Brazilian has been in good form recently, but he palms Angel Rangel's effort back out to the Spaniard's feet after he had got round the back of the home defence. No mistake from Rangel at the second attempt.

    Angel Rangel
    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Final Score:Swansea 1-0 QPR

    "Nathan Dyer received the ball 30 yards out and had time to turn and drive towards the QPR box. Michu was first to the ball, and QPR's defence was stationary. Clint Hill stood still with his hand in the air."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.

  245. 1516: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Wigan

    Fernando Torres gets a flick to Frank Lampard's cross. His leap was good but the direction was not quite there. The Spaniard beats Paul Scharner with a neat turn a minute later but his effort from 18 yards lacks venom.

  246. 1515: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal

    Steven Fletcher has just folded under a tackle from Carl Jenkinson to further fire up the home crowd. On the replay though there does not look to be much contact made.

  247. 1513: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal

    It is 1-1 after 10 minutes at the Stadium of Light. That is bookings - not goals. After Lee Cattermole has his name taken on his first league start since November, Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson is cautioned by referee Anthony Taylor for a lunge on Jack Colback. Blood and thunder stuff.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Swansea 1-0 QPR

    "Julio Cesar is a world class goalkeeper but he will be disappointed with that. He should be pushing that past his post."

    You can watch Final Score on the BBC Sport website, BBC HD channel and the red button.


    Mohsin Arain on Twitter: "Looking forward to seeing if Chelsea can come close to Hulk Hogan's 40-1 prediction."

    Chris Haddon on Twitter: "Lee Cattermole lives for a wild challenge."

    Ross Doyle on Twitter: "Stamford Bridge is weirdly quiet.. Zero atmosphere."

  250. 1512: 
    Stoke 0-0 Reading

    Stoke on top at the Britannia where Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is in attendance. Matthew Etherington finds Peter Crouch but the striker's radar is way off and he sends his header flying wide from eight yards.

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live:Chelsea 0-0 Wigan

    "The pitch at Stamford Bridge does not look good. I think Wigan are a dangerous team for them, and they will try to get their full-backs forward.

    "This game is all about Chelsea. They are the better team but their form has not been good."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  252. 1511: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan have made a decent start at Stamford Bridge. Petr Cech has just thrown himself to his right to save Shaun Maloney's curling left-foot shot after the Wigan midfielder escaped the attentions of Branislav Ivanovic.

  253. 1511: 
    Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

    Javier Garrido gets some space on the Norwich left to fire in a low cross, Luciano Becchio steers goalwards but Mark Schwarzer palms clear. Dimitar Berbatov is patched up for the visitors and back on the pitch.

  254. 1508: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 QPR - Michu (8 mins)

    First blood for Swansea. Nathan Dyer's long-range effort plops out of Julio Cesar's grasp and Michu is on hand to flick the ball back over the Brazilian for his first goal after six scoreless games.

  255. 1507: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal

    Lively start at the Stadium of Light where Theo Walcott looks eager to add to the 11 Premier League goals he has scored this season. The England international has forced two early saved from Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet.

  256. 1507: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Wigan

    Eden Hazard, making his own return, this time from that little incident with a Swansea ballboy, has looked bright and lively for Chelsea. No openings so far.

  257. 1504: 
    Norwich City 0-0 Fulham

    Welcome back. On his own return from injury, Dimitar Berbatov gets a boot to the head from Bradley Johnson. The Bulgarian is leaking blood and is off down the tunnel for some stitches.


    Mike in Sheffield on text via 81111: "Difference in quality between Chelsea team and Wigan team is incredible. Only ever going to be one winner today!"

    Ann a Spurs fan in London on text via 81111: "Yes, Gareth Bale is a good player, but I'm sick of hearing people harp on about him. Aaron Lennon's had a great season so far, and Clint Dempsey five goals in six games (from four starts) in January, yet Lennon's ignored and Dempsey slated - and their achievements come without so much magic sponge! If Bale didn't play so selfishly perhaps our strikers and attacking midfielders would have more goals too."

  259. 1502: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal

    Lee Cattermole picks up his customary yellow card, two minutes into his Premier League return, for a heavy challenge on Aaron Ramsey. He doesn't help himself that lad.

  260. 1502: 

    A little tardy at Carrow Road, but we are up and running in East Anglias too.

  261. 1500: 

    Stoke, Swansea, Sunderland and Chelsea in that order, get us going.

  262. 1500: 

    Frank Lampard is out on the Stamford Bridge turf slapping high fives with the rest of the Chelsea ranks, including the mascots. Touching stuff. The midfielder, still waiting on that new contract that might never come, has scored nine goals in his last 14 games for club and country.

    LINE-UPS- Swansea v QPR (1500 GMT)

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Hernandez, de Guzman, Ki, Routledge, Dyer, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Lamah, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Derry, Mbia, Jenas, Taarabt, Mackie. Subs: Green, Park, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Ben Haim, Zamora, Bothroyd.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

    Swansea v QPR (1500 GMT)

    Swansea make two changes with Michel Vorm back in goal and Nathan Dyer in for Leon Britton. There no Loic Remy in Rangers' matchday squad, but Jermaine Jenas and Nedum Onuoha start.

    Sunderland v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill believes midfielder Jack Wilshere is Arsenal's main threat after his impressive display in England's victory over Brazil in midweek. "He's got that little burst of pace which kind of reminds me of Liam Brady - and if he ends up having the same career as Liam Brady, he will be pretty sensational." Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski have scored and assisted in 71 % of Arsenal's goals this season, and boss Arsene Wenger said: "We know they are influential players in our team, but this percentage is quite high."

    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose, Sessegnon, Cattermole, N'Diaye, Colback, Johnson, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Larsson, Graham, Vaughan, Mangane, Cuellar.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Monreal, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla. Subs: Mannone, Diaby, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Miquel.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

    * Jenkinson replaces Koscielny in a late change by Arsenal.

    Sunderland v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    There is a late change in Arsenal line-up as defender Laurent Koscielny, who was named on the team sheet, is replaced by Carl Jenkinson after limping out of the warm-up with a calf injury. Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla return for Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Lukas Podolski, who came off the bench to score the winner against Stoke, is again named as a substitute.

    Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole makes his first Premier League start since 27 November after a knee injury while Danny Rose also returns. Sebastian Larsson and David Vaughan make way. New £5m striker Danny Graham, booed by Sunderland fans on his last visit to the Stadium of Light with Swansea last month, is on the bench.

    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Reading (1500 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

    Stoke v Reading (1500 GMT)

    Stoke make one change from last weekend's defeat at Arsenal with winger Michael Kightly replacing Geoff Cameron. Reading's only change from the side that beat Sunderland is to give January transfer window signing Nick Blackman his first start with Premier League player of the month Adam LeFondre remaining on the bench.

    Norwich City v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton is not discussing the drop despite going eight games without a win. He said: "There has been no talk of relegation. We knew we were going to have dips. " Fulham boss Martin Jol is eager for his side to reach the magic 40-point mark "as soon as possible", warning: "If you leave it until the end of the season, you've got a problem."

    LINE-UPS- Norwich City v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Elliott Bennett, Hoolahan, Becchio. Subs: Camp, Whittaker, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Kamara, Tierney.

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Manolev, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Sidwell, Frimpong, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov, Rodallega. Subs: Etheridge, Petric, Karagounis, Hughes, Dejagah, Emanuelson, Kacaniklic.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

    Norwich City v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton, whose side has scored just once in five matches, makes a change in attack. New signing Luciano Becchio makes his first start, replacing the injured Grant Holt. Another new Canaries striker, Kei Kamara, is on the bench. In midfield, Elliott Bennett comes in for the injured Anthony Pilkington.

    Fulham manager Martin Jol hands debuts to two transfer window loan signings - Bulgarian right-back Stanislav Manolev and midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong. The Cottagers are also boosted by the return of talisman Dimitar Berbatov, along with fit-again Steve Sidwell.

    Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Tottenham's win does not change anything, our job is the same against Wigan, we have to win and that is it. I thought we deserved to win some of our games, and we must correct a few of the wrong things.

    "Juan Mata has a cold and was a little bit weak, so I thought it was better he stayed on the bench and it is too early to play Demba Ba because of his broken nose.

    "I think that nobody knows about my future. It is just speculation."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Wigan on BBC Radio 5 live at 1500 GMT.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final Score:Chelsea v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    "Frank Lampard's form is causing the Chelsea hierarchy some embarrassment. When Frank has played he has played really well, scored some goals and won Chelsea some points."

    MOTD's John Motson at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea have only won three of their last 10 in all competitions. That is not good enough. But they will expect to take all three points this afternoon. Frank Lampard sits on 197 goals in his Chelsea career, just five between the club record goalscorer Bobby Tambling. After this game last season Wigan went on to win five or their next six, to ensure their survival."

    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Wigan (1500 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

    Chelsea v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez makes four changes from last Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Newcastle. John Terry is ruled out through injury, while Demba Ba, who is nursing broken nose, Juan Mata and Ryan Bertrand also miss out. In come Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, who starts in midfield, Eden Hazard, who is available after his suspension, and Fernando Torres. Wigan, in contrast, name an unchanged team from last weekend's 2-2 draw with Southampton.

  278. 1449: 

    Five 1500 GMT kick-offs to get through then. Here are the whats and the wherefores from around the grounds.

    BREAKING ARSENAL TEAM- Sunderland v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    Carl Jenkinson comes in for Laurent Koscielny in a late change to the Arsenal line-up.

  280. 1446: 

    Alright all. I had all the team news ready to fire at you and then Arsene Wenger gets in a sneaky late change to his Arsenal team to throw a spanner in the works. News of that first then...

  281. 1443: 

    Right, that's the end of the latest episode of The Gareth Bale Show, which means it is time for me to give my fingers a rest and hand over to Mike Henson, who will take you through the rest of today's action. He's got a whole load of team news for you for starters. Enjoy yourselves.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Final Score:Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle

    "Gareth Bale has been absolutely superb today, but Aaron Lennon has also been good. Mousa Demebele too. They are actually spreading the work around the team. And they are buzzing at the moment."


    Ed in London on text via 81111: "In the summer do Spurs cash in on Gareth Bale or smash their pay structure for him? Hard choice."

  284. 1443: 

    The whole ground is giving Gareth Bale a standing ovation, and chanting his name. He deserves it too after that performance. Bale lingers on the pitch to show his appreciation. His brilliance means Spurs are above Chelsea and up into third for a couple of hours at least. Newcastle? They stay 16th, six points above the relegation zone.

  285. 1440: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle
  286. 1438: 

    Gareth Bale is human after all! He is also much weaker on his right foot than with that wand on his left. He has scored plenty of candidates for goal of the season but this is a contender for miss of the season when he swipes wildly at a bouncing ball with Tim Krul on the ground and the goal gaping. But from six yards out he blazes over.

    Moments later, Spurs break again, and this time Krul denies Bale with a sprawling low save. No matchball on his mantelpiece tonight.

    Injured Tottenham midfielder Sandro on Twitter:

    "Yesss Guys.... Nearly done... Come onnn."

  288. 1436: 

    Seconds later, Tottenham go close to wrapping the win up... breaking forward when Newcastle's corner is cleared and seeing Jake Livermore's shot blocked.

  289. 1435: 

    Out of nothing, Newcastle go close to snatching an equaliser. It takes a smart save by Hugo Lloris, who dives at the feet of Shola Ameobi when the ball squirts into his path inside the area. Lloris got fingertips on it, but it was enough.


    Andy in Manchester on text via 81111: "Cannot see any reason why that wouldn't be a red card for Yohan Cabaye. About a foot off the ground and could have easily broken Mousa Dembele's leg."

  291. 1434: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Jake Livermore for Mousa Dembele

    Mousa Dembele limps off, and gets an apology from Yohan Cabaye for that tackle on his way off the pitch. Jake Livermore is on to try to see this game out for Spurs. They lead 2-1 with four minutes of injury time left.


    Sam Jones on Twitter: "Gareth Bale, dark horse for top scorer this season?"

  293. 1432: 

    There will be seven minutes of added time at White Hart Lane following that injury to Yoan Gouffran earlier in the second half.

  294. 1430: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye

    Our first booking of the day comes in the 90th minute - and referee Phil Dowd has no choice but to get his cards out here. Yohan Cabaye clatters Mousa Dembele, who had just won back possession for Spurs, and that was a nasty challenge.

    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It does beg a question which will be asked more and more, without Gareth Bale at this time where would Tottenham's thrust come from? Where would Tottenham's goals come from? Where would Tottenham's points come from?"

    Listen to commentary of Tottenham v Newcastle on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  296. 1428: 

    Gareth Bale is on a hat-trick here and he would have it if not for a great stop by Tim Krul.

    Again, Spurs perfect the art of turning defence into attack with Bale zooming away from Fabricio Coloccini and through Steven Taylor. In seconds the ball has gone from the edge of the Tottenham area to the edge of the Newcastle box, but Krul stands up to Bale's shot to tip his shot over the top.

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Position Team P GD PTS
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1 Man Utd 25 29 62
2 Man City 26 24 53
3 Chelsea 26 27 49
4 Tottenham 26 14 48
5 Arsenal 26 21 44
6 Everton 25 10 42
7 Swansea 26 9 37
8 Liverpool 25 12 36
9 West Brom 25 -1 34
10 Stoke 26 -5 33
11 West Ham 25 -8 30
12 Fulham 26 -6 29
13 Sunderland 26 -6 29
14 Norwich 26 -15 29
15 Southampton 26 -9 27
16 Newcastle 26 -12 27
17 Reading 26 -15 23
18 Wigan 26 -21 21
19 Aston Villa 25 -26 21
20 QPR 26 -22 17

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