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23 February 2013 Last updated at 18:21 GMT

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  1. 1820: 

    That's it from our football team for today but, fear not, the sport continues with our coverage of England against France in the Six Nations.

    I'll be back tomorrow from 1100 GMT with coverage of the League Cup final and two Premier League games, while later we'll have a text commentary to cover Paris St-Germain against Marseille (or David Beckham v Joey Barton if you prefer), as well as the Milan derby.

    See you then.


    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: "MOTD running order for your perusal. Ars/AV, QPR/ManU, Rea/Wig, Nor/Eve, WBA/Sun, Ful/Sto. If you like, it's down to me, if not, the editor."

  3. 1814: 

    That's almost it from me, but there's one game still going on in the Championship, with Millwall winning 2-0 at Middlesbrough at half-time. You can follow that game via our videprinter.

  4. 1813: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "David Beckham was nowhere to be seen as Carlo Ancelotti began his press conference at the Parc des Princes this evening, but still he dominated proceedings as only he can. The Paris St-Germain manager was bombarded by questions in four different languages about the 37-year-old but only had good things to say in response. "His attitude, physical condition and hunger is excellent. But I not only like him as a footballer, I like his character too. He can help us to win the league this season."

  5. 1811:  
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at The HawthornsWest Brom 2-1 Sunderland

    "After six games without a victory, it's back-to-back wins for West Brom. They had to work hard and dig deep for it in the end. Stephane Sessegnon's goal raised Sunderland's hopes but the double from Romelu Lukaku, who was a handful throughout the day, was enough. Sunderland's unfortunate run, which stretches to one point from the last 12, continues."

  6. 1810:  
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at Madejski StadiumReading 0-3 Wigan

    "Wigan climb out of the bottom three after a dominant display ended Reading's impressive recent home form. Royals boss Brian McDermott will want to erase this quickly - particularly as his side have some tough-looking games on the horizon."

  7. 1808:  
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Loftus RoadQPR 0-2 Man Utd

    "Manchester United move 15 points clear of Manchester City with 12 games to go and it will be a tough call now to whittle down that lead. Rafael thumped home in the first half and another goal in the long and illustrious career of Ryan Giggs made it game over for QPR. Their Premier League survival hopes are certainly dwindling."

  8. 1808:  
    Nigel Adderley, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Carrow RoadNorwich 2-1 Everton

    "That late goal could be a moment to transform Norwich City's season. It has been such a grim mid-winter all around Carrow Road and Chris Hughton must be so relieved. It was captain Grant Holt who grabbed the winner but it was Kei Kamara who inspired the fightback."

  9. 1807:  
    John Motson, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Emirates StadiumArsenal 2-1 Aston Villa

    "Goodness me this was not a convincing performance from Arsenal and it nearly wasn't a victory. Arsenal had so much of the play but Aston Villa, who were so bright on the counter-attack, will consider themselves unfortunate to lose. The end of an extraordinary week for the north London club."

  10. 1806: 

    Right, that's nearly all from us for today. But before we go, let's get a final verdict from the Match of the Day reporters at the 1500 GMT kick-offs in the Premier League.

  11. 1804: 

    Millwall looking good now for their first Championship win since New Year's Day as Martyn Woolford makes it 2-0 at Middlesbrough. Benik Afobe's shot was pushed away by Middlesbrough's Jason Steele but Woolford was on hand to slot in the loose ball. Big ask now for Middlesbrough to come out of this game with anything.

  12. 1800: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith, in Paris to see what is expected to be David Beckham's debut for Paris St-Germain against Marseille on Sunday: "Snow falling in Paris now. Ancelotti's press conference starts in 20 minutes. Everyone's talking about one man: David Beckham."

    David Beckham

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  13. 1757: 
    QPR 0-2 Man Utd

    QPR defender Chris Samba: "We started not so bad, we used our strength and Bobby Zamora and put the ball down the wings. But when you concede the first goal like this it's a killer for the team. We kept going but we need to create more chances than we did today.

    "When a goal goes in like Rafael's you think everything is going against you. The ball came so quick and I thought I could have headed it away but today's football is always moving and it's difficult to appreciate the flight of it, but it was a good strike. I don't think our last ball was good enough to trouble them today."

  14. 1756: 
    West Brom 2-1 Sunderland

    More from West Brom boss Steve Clarke on striker Peter Odemwingie: "He's a valuable member of my squad, a talented member of my squad and it's good to have him back.

    "He was always going to come back into the squad and for me the incident [when Odemwingie drove to QPR to try to force through a move to the London club] is finished. I don't like talking about it and everyone should just move on."

  15. 1753: 
    Norwich 2-1 Everton

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "It was a big win but I felt we deserved it. At 1-0 we had to open up a bit. They are a top-class team and at 1-1 you half settle for that but we had a group of lads who were determined to go one better than that. The spirit has never been lacking but it is an incredibly tough league to get wins in."

  16. 1751: 

    Two out of form teams are in action in the late Championship kick off, with Middlesbrough and Millwall having collected just four points each in 2013. It is first blood to Millwall in this encounter as they capitalise on poor defending by the home side. John Marquis ghosts in at the far post to head in James Henry's deep cross - 1-0 with 30 minutes gone.

  17. 1750: 
    QPR 0-2 Man Utd

    Manchester United's Ryan Giggs: "We are in a tremendous position. We had to dig in today to get that important 15-point lead and we are really pleased. We knew it was going to be difficult; they are fighting for their lives, so it was tough. But I have to say Rafael's goal was one of the best goals you are going to see and in the second half we got better. He really deserves it, he's been brilliant, really consistent, and it tops off a good season for him. At 1-0 you never know how it's going to go, especially with the quality they have up front, but at 2-0 we kept the ball better and it was comfortable."

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "I thought Reading started slowly and poorly and once they went a goal down it was almost like cavalier football from them. I felt they were a bit gung-ho and they paid the price."

  19. 1747: 
    West Brom 2-1 Sunderland

    West Brom goalscorer Romelu Lukaku: "I'm learning every day. I'm playing very well at the moment but now I have to keep going like that. I didn't expect this situation this year [being on loan from Chelsea] so, for me, everything is going well. I feel more confident. When the confidence is there you can try other things. Now we have to work harder. I will do my best to get us into Europe."

  20. 1743: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "It was always going to be difficult, and I think there was not much in it until the right-back [Rafael] hit a worldy and suddenly we were behind. But I thought we hung in there today. There were positives; Loic Remy looked like he was getting over his injury and showed some flashes. If we can get Bobby Zamora fit again, I think we will be OK. I think as a pair they can score a few goals for us."

  21. 1741: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Reading 0-3 Wigan

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "We had so much of the ball and so many chances, our superiority means we deserved the three points. We were worthy winners. I have seen Reading play the last few games at home and they have been very impressive. The challenge is to stay in the Premier League - it's not an easy one. It's going to be difficult. There are 33 points to play for and I do feel it is going to go down to small margins."

  22. 1738: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We came out of two massive disappointments and the team were a bit nervous but focused at the start. Overall, it was a deserved win and gets us again in a more serene atmosphere. It's been quite rocky in recent days. It was important to get three points today. The classy players do it when it matters and he [Santi Cazorla] did it today. When you come out of a crisis like we had in the last few days you might be happy with a draw but when you win you say 'thank you'."

  23. 1736: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 2-1 Sunderland
    Peter Odemwingie comes on for West Brom

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke on Peter Odemwingie, who came off the bench to feature for the Baggies for the first time since trying to force a move to QPR on transfer-deadline day in January: "He is part of our squad and part of our team. The reaction was a bit mixed. He had a chance at the end and I'm sure the supporters would have liked us to have gone 3-1 up."

  24. 1732: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 2-1 Sunderland

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke: "I was a little bit nervous. I have to smile now because some of my players have told me I have to smile more when I'm on the telly! We have to learn to manage the game a little better and see it out better than that. It didn't have to become a game of basketball, which it did in the last 15 minutes. It's nice to get back-to-back wins and give the supporters a nice Saturday evening."

  25. 1728: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Reading 0-3 Wigan
    Pavel Pogrebnyak sent off

    Reading boss Brian McDermott on Pavel Pogrebnyak's red card: "At the time I didn't [think it was a red card]. Looking back at it, the referee has to make a decision. I know Pavel, but you could argue a red card."

  26. 1725: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Reading 0-3 Wigan

    Reading boss Brian McDermott: "We've had a bad day at the office. For the first 43 minutes there was nothing in it. They scored but leading up to their first goal there was a handball. The second goal was down to us - it was a poor goal from our point of view."


    Kelly, Balham, on 81111: "Thank you for the image of RVP's injury. Medically speaking of course...not for any other reason."

    Ben, in Bristol, on text: "Re: Alex Grice's comments regarding the 'Bristol-Barnsley' game. There is no such team as 'Bristol'!!!!"

  28. 1720: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "Rafael's goal was fantastic - it was probably goal of the month.. Robin van Persie also had a great run and strike but the keeper saved it. You have to get that second goal and Ryan Giggs has a great record of scoring here. He's delivered again - he's an amazing man.

    "Van Persie seems to have collided with the camera dugout. We will assess him tomorrow - it was his hip. It will be tender but hopefully he will be alright in time for the Real Madrid game."

    Ryan Giggs
  29. 1718: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 2-1 Everton

    Everton manager David Moyes: "We should have won the game. We were 1-0 up and in control and we let them get back into it and then they scored after the three minutes of injury time [that was scheduled to be played]. But we didn't do enough to get that second goal."

    David Moyes
  30. 1717: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "I don't think we deserved to lose that. I thought we looked a threat all game. The ways the lads played, I couldn't fault them. If we keep playing like that we will [beat the drop]."

  31. 1715: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 2-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill: "Really disappointing to lose the game considering we had so many chances. We had a great penalty shout just before half-time which was a penalty. I always felt we were never out of the match, it was getting that elusive goal. Overall, we should draw a lot of comfort from today. We played very well indeed and got nothing out of the game."

  32. 1714: 

    Right, the managers have been talking to our reporters, so let's hear what they've had to say.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "Arsenal have only got one leader, and he is 20 years of age. That can't work, they need more than Jack Wilshere in there."

  34. 1713: 
    Romelu Lukaku

    Star of the day? Romelu Lukaku must be a strong contender. The Belgian was excellent against Sunderland and is quickly turning into one of the Premier League's most feared strikers.

    Matt Holland, BBC Sport pundit on Final Score

    "Two things have been decided today I feel - Manchester United have won the league and QPR are going down."


    Mike, Cirencester, on 81111: "Man United 11 wins away from breaking the 100-point barrier. Would surely rank among Sir Alex's best achievements if he could pull it off."

    Ben from London on text: "People ask where would Spurs be without Bale - but where would Arsenal be without Cazorla?"

  37. 1709: 
    Robin van Persie

    If you missed it earlier, Robin van Persie was forced off with an injury after crashing into the ditch reserved for the television and press cameras. Looks like it will be sore in the morning.

  38. 1706: 

    Our team of reporters are ready and waiting for the managers to come out for their post-match interviews. We'll bring you the best quotes shortly.


    Olawale ibraheem: "Everton can't be losing a match like this and expect to finish in the top four. It's going to be same old story: nearly team."

    Josh Orwin: "It's performances like Reading's that make a £32 ticket price ridiculous."

  40. 1703: 

    Interesting to see criticism of David Moyes there coming into us via Twitter. The Everton manager says his decision not to discuss a contract extension until the end of the season isn't affecting his side, but how many times have we seen teams suffering on the field when their manager's future is unclear off it? Harry Redknapp at Spurs, anyone? Surely Moyes isn't under pressure though, is he?


    Elliot, via text: "Norwich turn the game around against Everton and Arsenal grab a winner - all in six minutes. Could be a massive six minutes!"


    Alex Grice: "The Bristol-Barnsley game should be good on the Football League show tonight."


    Monkey: "Important victory for Man Utd, all other top 4 teams dropped points in that fixture. Massive pressure on City now."

    Leon Lennon: "Poor individual displays, Hughes's poor management plus a general lack of desire are the causes of QPR's predicament."

    Alex Cockle: "This end-of-season Everton are doing a traditional start-of-season Everton. Poor run."

    Robert: "David Moyes - commit or resign. We know we're not getting fourth. Man up and make the decision."

  44. 1659: 

    A quick look at the Premier League table reveals Manchester United are 15 (FIFTEEN) points clear at the top, with Manchester City playing tomorrow. Arsenal's win means they close the gap on the top four to one point. Down at the bottom, Wigan are the day's big winners, jumping over Aston Villa and out of the bottom three. The day's big losers, in every conceivable way, are Reading, who endured a dreadful afternoon. At least they're not in QPR's position, mind you - the Hoops are seven points from safety.

  45. 1655: 

    There seem to be big wins every week in the Championship, and often quite surprising ones too. Bristol City look set to record a 5-2 win against Barnsley - who were the form team of the division heading into this game - while Bolton are on the verge of recording a 4-1 victory at home to promotion-chasing Hull.

    A big win for Tranmere in League One also. They lead 5-1 at Colchester with the final whistle moments away.

  46. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 2-1 Sunderland
  47. 1654: 
    West Brom 2-1 Sunderland

    Substitute James McClean has a chance to secure a dramatic equaliser for Sunderland but he balloons his effort high and wide from about six yards when he should at least have hit the target.

  48. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 0-2 Man Utd
  49. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 2-1 Everton
  50. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa
  51. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 0-3 Wigan

    Chris, via text: "I'm honestly not one for 'best ever' accolades, but I'll make an exception for Ryan Giggs: Greatest player ever to wear a United shirt. Legend."

    Andy, via text: "I saw Giggs come on as a sub against Sunderland before Christmas and thought he should gracefully hang up his boots. How wrong was I."

  53. 1649: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-1 Everton - Grant Holt (90 mins)

    Having been denied moments earlier, Grant Holt gets full marks for persistence. He is lurking at the back post as a cross comes into the box from the left, is headed down and the striker prods in from six yards.

  54. 1649: 
    West Brom 2-1 Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Ivan Gaskell at The Hawthorns: "That was not a warm welcome for Peter Odemwingie. If you can have a torrent of boos, that has just happened here. No doubt at all about how West Brom fans feel about his recent activities. Romelu Lukaku came off to a hero's reception, Odemwingie less so when he came on."

  55. 1648: 
    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    Grant Holt almost wins it for Norwich but his shot is deflected over by Sylvain Distin. Great chance that for the big man.

  56. 1646: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 2-1 Sunderland

    Redemption. Well, sort of. Peter Odemwingie is at least allowed back onto the Hawthorns pitch following his attempt to leave the club in January. His return is greeted a by a chorus of boos. He almost scores with his first touch, but he shoots wide.

  57. 1646: 

    That goal for Villa means they're heading back into the bottom three, on what is looking like being an excellent day for Wigan, who would leapfrog above them.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "It is becoming an old repetitive story regarding Aston Villa. They find themselves in good positions but they can't hold on to it. Whether it is panic or whatever, Paul Lambert has to plug that gap."

  59. 1644: 

    We're into the closing stages in the Premier League games...

  60. 1640: 

    Ryan Giggs is enjoying this. Soon after scoring, the Welshman loops a clipped effort against the bar.

  61. 1642: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa - Santi Cazorla (85 mins)

    That's a lovely goal from the Gunners. Jack Wilshere picks out Nacho Monreal with a beautifully clipped pass on the left and the full-back pulls the ball back for Santi Cazorla, who tucks the ball into the bottom-right corner.


    Nick, via text: "If Man Utd win this and win all their home games (inc) Man City, all City can do is finish level on points - 86 each."

  63. 1640: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-1 Everton - Kai Kamara (84 mins)

    Well that was simple. Get a corner, stick it in the six-yard box, run from deep, goal. Kai Kamara leaps to head in from six yards. Where was the marking from the Everton defenders?

  64. 1639: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa

    Olivier Giroud goes close with a header from a corner for Arsenal but it's tipped over by Brad Guzan.

  65. 1639: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-1 Sunderland - Stephane Sessegnon (79 mins)

    Stephane Sessegnon ends his 11-match goal drought by putting Sunderland right back in this match. West Brom fail to clear the danger in their own box and Sessegnon strikes from about 15 yards. Interesting. Very interesting.


    Former England striker Gary Lineker: "Extraordinarily fortuitous goal for Lukaku doubles Baggies lead. He did though make his own luck."

    Matt Holland, BBC Sport pundit on Final Score

    "Ryan Giggs have been very good in that central midfield role. QPR made two mistakes, though, Clint Hill lets him run and I think the goalkeeper Julio Cesar goes down too quickly at the far post."

  68. 1637: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-2 Man Utd - Ryan Giggs (80 mins)

    Call the emergency services - it's all about 999 for Ryan Giggs. The veteran attacker finds space on the right and, on his 999th senior appearance, he beats Julio Cesar with a clinical finish.

  69. 1636: 

    I wonder what Fernando Torres makes of Romelu Lukaku's goalscoring exploits this season? And, more to the point, what do Chelsea fans think? Is the big Belgian striker the man to lead the Stamford Bridge line next year?

    Romelu Lukaku

    OptaJoe: "9 - Romelu Lukaku has scored nine goals in 12 Premier League starts for West Brom this season. Update."

  71. 1635: 

    Has the comeback started? Trailing 3-0 since the eighth minute, Hull have just pulled one back at Bolton through Robbie Brady. It is the least they deserve in fairness as it has been one-way traffic throughout the second half. Around 20 minutes left.

    In League One, the top of the table looks very different to how it did at 1500 GMT, with Sheffield United currently top as they still lead 1-0 at Bournemouth. Tranmere are on course for victory at Colchester as they lead 3-1 and are up to third as things stand.

  72. 1633: 

    Wayne Rooney is on for Manchester United and he has a near-instant sight of goal, but his effort from Patrice Evra's cut-back is snuffed out by Clint Hill.

  73. 1634: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-0 Sunderland - Romelu Lukaku (75 mins)

    Deary me, Titus Bramble. Romelu Lukaku pounces on a poor back pass by the Sunderland defender. Simon Mignolet attempts to clear - but the ball cannoned off the goalkkeper to Lukaku who ripples the corner with a powerful low strike. Twelfth goal of the season for the on-loan Chelsea man.

  74. 1633: 
    Norwich 0-1 Everton

    Everton are looking increasingly comfortable at Carrow Road. Norwich are on a really poor run and that looks set to continue at the moment.

  75. 1630: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa

    Arsenal fans have heard this before. After conceding a goal, your team look a little shaky. Aston Villa again break at pace and the ball ends up in the general vicinity of Christian Benteke at the back post, but he is bundled out of it. It's not inconceivable Arsenal could be suffering a third defeat in a week if they don't tighten up, and quickly.

  76. 1630: 

    Around about 15 minutes to go. Can Arsenal put that goal behind them? Can QPR fight back against Man Utd? Can Reading's defensive display get any worse? We're about to find out.


    George Baggaley: "Wigan's great escapes are so predictable it's almost boring! Worrying times for Reading."

    Gareth Soye: "Two times Reading played Manchester United they have been one of the better teams I've seen face us, what happens them the rest of the time?

    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender at Loftus Road on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nani has been quiet against QPR. Manchester United have not had long periods of possession and that possibly denies the wide men the chance to have more time on the ball."

  79. 1626: 
    West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Michael Emons at The Hawthorns: "Peter Odemwingie is going to struggle to get in the first 11 of this West Brom side. Romelu Lukaku, making only his 12th league start of the season, has been superb with his pace and direct running posing a constant threat to the Sunderland defence, especially when supplied by clever flicks from strike partner Shane Long.

    "Lukaku blasts an effort at goal, which Simon Mignolet does well to parry and then drags another effort wide. Odemwingie stays rooted to his seat."

    Peter Odemwingie
  80. 1625: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa - Andreas Weimann (68 mins)

    A penny for Arsene Wenger's thoughts. Aston Villa break from deep in their own half, Andreas Weimann runs through and shoots from 25 yards. It's a decent effort - not brilliant but good enough - and Wojciech Szczesny makes a mess of it, the ball flying through his hands and into the net.

  81. 1625: 
    Reading 0-3 Wigan

    This is horrible for Reading. They've had some great comebacks this season but, having been comfortable until five minutes before the break, they've completely thrown the game away. The atmosphere, unsurprisingly, is flat at the Madejski. Very flat. Unless you're a hardy Wigan fan, that is.

  82. 1621: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 0-1 Man Utd

    Almost an instant impact for Loic Remy. He collects the ball on the left, jinks inside and drills a right-footed shot which David de Gea does well to fist to safety. Chris Samba heads wide from the resulting corner.

  83. 1621: 

    Around about 25 minutes to go in the Premier League games...

  84. 1620: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aaron Ramsey's on for Abou Diaby. Arsenal looking reasonably comfortable at the moment.

  85. 1619: 

    Whatever Radoslaw Majewski has had for breakfast this week, I want some. No goals all season then a hat-trick against Huddersfield on Tuesday and he has just put Nottingham Forest one up at 10-man Charlton.

    Elsewhere in the Championship, Barnsley had won their last six games in all competitions but they will be taking no points today. They trail 4-0 at fellow strugglers Bristol City.

  86. 1618: 

    Bobby Zamora's injury woes continue - he's off to be replaced by Loic Remy.

  87. 1617: 
    QPR 0-1 Man Utd

    The half-time change for QPR hasn't paid dividends yet, but Andros Townsend is looking a threat down the Rangers right, where he's giving Patrice Evra plenty of cause for concern.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "It was a clumsy reckless challenge by Pavel Pogrebnyak. It was horrible, but I didn't think it was malicious. It is a centre-forward making a tackle he has no right to make."

  89. 1615: 
    Norwich 0-1 Everton

    Everton are well on top at Carrow Road and although they are not creating clear-cut chances, Norwich are struggling to win or retain possession and have barely got out of their own half.

    Tim Howard

    Tom, via text: "Will each match today have a team finish the game with a clean sheet? Looks that way for now."

  91. 1613: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

    West Brom's defenders are all in a tizzy as a corner falls to Stephane Sessegnon, whose strike is cleared off the line by the perfectly placed Youssouf Mulumbu. End-to-end stuff as West Brom counter attack, but Shane Long, from an acute angle, can't quite wrap his foot around the shot.

  92. 1612: 
    RED CARD - PAVEL POGREBNYAK (55 mins)- Reading 0-3 Wigan

    I don't think the big Russian can have too many complaints about that one, as Maynor Figueroa is left crumpled on the floor by the striker's challenge. Pogrebnyak was late and came down horribly on the goalscorer's ankle. That looks painful.

  93. 1612: 
    QPR 0-1 Man Utd

    Busy afternoon for the physios at Loftus Road. After Robin van Persie went off injured, Patrice Evra got a boot in the neck from Andros Townsend but battled on, the brave soldier. Now QPR striker Bobby Zamora, who has had injury troubles all season, is limping.

  94. 1610: 
    Reading 0-3 Wigan

    Almost 4-0 to Wigan. Franco Di Santo, hurtles into the box at pace, stretches to connect with a cross but he can't quite get there as the ball flies across the face of the six-yard box. Reading's defenders are all over the place.

    Matt Holland, BBC Sport pundit on Final Score

    "As Garth Crooks would say, it is game over for Reading at Wigan. Reading have defensively been poor and when Maynor Figueroa picks the ball up he runs and runs and there is no opposition and he is in on goal. It wasn't a particularly great finish, just no-one gets within five or 10 yards of him."

  96. 1608: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa go close to an equaliser but Ciaran Clark heads over from eight yards. Villa have had their chances, and they're certainly not out of this one yet.


    OptaJoe: "4:09 - Leon Osman's goal has ended Everton's run of four hours and nine minutes without a Premier League away goal. Wait."


    OptaJose: "1 - Arouna Kone has scored against Reading his 1st brace in 23 PL games - he scored only one in 74 La Liga matches. Rapid."

    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender at Loftus Road on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Manchester United are sitting in a very deep position when they have not got the ball as they protect that one-goal lead and in doing so they are making themselves vulnerable against QPR."

  100. 1605: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-3 Wigan - Maynor Figueroa (48 mins)

    Hmm, that change didn't quite work for Brian McDermott there, did it? Maynor Figueroa plays a lovely one-two with Franco Di Santo, scampers onto the ball and sends a composed finish past Adam Federici from the edge of the box. Dreamland for Wigan. Horrible, horrible nightmares for Reading.


    Jay, via text: "Very satisfied with Man Utd's first half display against QPR. Great to see Rafeal score a worldly, he's come on leaps and bounds with season. If Jones, Smalling, De Gea and Anderson can show the same progression from now until the end of the season, the future looks very bright indeed.

    Dan. via text: "Robin van Persie getting injured, a glimmer of hope for Roberto Mancini and Manchester City's title ambitions perhaps?"

    Patrick, via text: "What are Wigan doing? Have they not read the script? They aren't supposed to get going for another few games."

  102. 1603: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading 0-2 Wigan

    Changes, too, at the Madejski, where super sub Adam Le Fondre replaces Hope Akpan. Le Fondre, as if you needed reminding, has previous coming off the bench. He has plenty to do to rescue his side.

  103. 1603: 

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp makes one change at the break, midfielder Jermaine Jenas replacing the ineffective Esteban Granero.

  104. 1602: 

    We're back under way in all of the 1500 GMT kick-offs...

  105. 1602: 

    Feel for anyone who didn't get to their seat at the Reebok Stadium until after eight minutes into the game. All three goals for Bolton came in that time and it has been largely uneventful since. Hull fans will probably be thinking about jumping in their cars to beat the traffic as it will be a tall order to come back from three-goals down.

    Alan Knill's first game in charge of Torquay is not quite going to plan, with the struggling League Two side trailing 1-0 at home to Port Vale. A scoreline that puts the Staffordshire side top of the table if scores stay the same.

  106. 1601: 

    The teams are coming back out on to the pitches for the second halves. Don't forget to let us know your thoughts on the afternoon's games via text on 81111 and Twitter using #bbcfootball

  107. 1557: 

    As it stands, Wigan's late double against Reading means the Royals are heading for the bottom three. Mind you, Reading like a late fightback, so I wouldn't write them off just yet.

  108. 1554: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Paris: "David Beckham has moved a step closer to making his long-awaited debut for Paris St-Germain having been named in squad for Sunday's Ligue 1 against Marseille. Le Classique, as the game is known in France, has been given a dash of added anticipation thanks to the presence of Le Spice Boy, as my taxi driver called him today, and of course Joey Barton, who has built up a growing following during his time on loan at Marseille.

    The weather is adding to the English flavour, with light snow falling in Paris this afternoon. L'Equipe, France's most popular sport newspaper, has devoted a double page spread to Beckham today as well as a separate pullout in the game itself. PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti will reveal a little more this evening, when he gives his press conference at Parc des Princes, shortly after 5pm UK time.

    David Beckham in the French newspapers

    Keval Shah: "This could be an absolutely massive win for Wigan. Crucial goals from Kone. Reading in a bit of trouble. Need a comeback."

    Nna Ogechukwu: "Chelsea should loan Fernando Torres to West Brom next season. Maybe he could become frightening like Romelu Lukaku."

  110. 1554:  
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Loftus RoadQPR 0-1 Man Utd

    "One moment of pure quality separates the two sides. Rafael's strike midway through the first half is the highlight of a competitive game so far. Julio Cesar has kept the scores down with a couple of saves, one splendid one from Robin van Persie. Sir Alex Ferguson is not particularly happy with the referee Anthony Taylor after one or two decisions from the first half."

    Man Utd
  111. 1553:  
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at Madejski StadiumReading 0-2 Wigan

    "If Arouna Kone's first goal was somewhat scruffy, his second proved what a quality striker he is. Wigan are within sight of a rare away win. Reading are stunned and have left the field to a chorus of boos."

  112. 1553: 
    West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Michael Emons at The Hawthorns: "West Brom hold a deserved lead at The Hawthorns through Romelu Lukaku's penalty after a handball in the area by Craig Gardner. Lukaku, who has linked up well with strike partner Shane Long, had a perfectly good goal wiped out a minute before when the referee failed to play an advantage. Sunderland's Steven Fletcher hit the post but his side have been second best so far."

    Romelu Lukaku
  113. 1552:  
    John Motson at Emirates Stadium, BBC Match of the Day commentatorArsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    "This troubled week for Arsenal has got a little bit better with that Santi Cazorla goal. They were given a few anxious moments by Aston Villa before going into half-time in front."

  114. 1550:  
    Nigel Adderley, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Carrow RoadNorwich 0-1 Everton

    In a game of few chances Leon Osman took his six minutes before the break. Grant Holt forced a good save from Tim Howard but the captain really needs to inspire his side in the second half, otherwise their worrying sequence of results will continue.

    Leon Osman
    Matt Holland, BBC Sport pundit on Final Score

    "What Wigan do brilliantly is their strikers split and when full backs go forward, the strikers go in their positions and when they break they have those outlets. They used that there and it was a great finish."

  116. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 1-0 Sunderland
  117. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Reading 0-2 Wigan
  118. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- QPR 0-1 Man Utd
  119. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Norwich 0-1 Everton
  120. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa
  121. 1546: 
    West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

    West Brom gathering momentum as half-time nears. Romelu Lukaku muscles his way through the Sunderland defence but is eventually stopped in his tracks. The home side continue to attack, though, and Shane Long should have done better with a header from about six yards out.

  122. 1546: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-2 Wigan - Arouna Kone (45 mins)

    That will be a yes then. If Reading are to survive, they're definitely going to, you know, need to get vaguely near the opposition's strikers. Jean Beausejour sends Arouna Kone away down the left and he makes no mistake, clipping over Adam Federici. Dreadful defending by the Royals.

  123. 1546: 

    Approaching half-time in the five Premier League games. Any late drama, anyone?

  124. 1545: 

    Relegation-threatened Hartlepool are making a real fist of it as they scrap for survival in League One. Having won just two games in the league before 26 January, they are unbeaten in their last five and look firmly on course for a second successive victory as they lead 2-0 at Scunthorpe. At the other end of the table, Sheffield United currently top the standings as they lead 1-0 at promotion rivals Bournemouth. Barely a whisker separates the top six in League One, though, so that could change any minute.

  125. 1543: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-1 Wigan - Arouna Kone (44 mins)

    Mayhem in the Reading area as the ball pings this way and that. It eventually comes to Maynor Figueroa, who heads goalwards and into Arouna Kone's chest, diverting the ball past Adam Federici. That's a seventh of the season for the Wigan striker. Big goal.

  126. 1543: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Some neat passing from Arsenal gives Olivier Giroud a sight of the Aston Villa goal but the striker's low angled left-foot shot is saved by Brad Guazn.

  127. 1542: 
    QPR 0-1 Man Utd

    That camera bunker has proved too much for Robin van Persie - the Dutchman is off after failing to overcome the injury he appeared to pick up while setting up the goal. He's replaced by Danny Welbeck. Seconds later Nemanja Vidic almost doubles United's lead but heads off target from six yards.

  128. 1542: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Reading 0-0 Wigan

    What a save by Adam Federici to deny Wigan's Arouna Kone from close range. The Reading keeper spread himself to keep out what looked like a certain goal. The game is coming to life as half-time approaches.

  129. 1541: 
    West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Michael Emons at The Hawthorns: "Who needs Peter Odemwingie? Just a minute after being denied a perfectly good goal, Romelu Lukaku scores from a penalty after Liam Ridgewell's cross was handled by Craig Gardner. Lukaku, who was punching the ground in frustration a minute before, has gone from being very angry to very happy in the space of 60 seconds."

  130. 1541: 
    Reading 0-0 Wigan

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, the former Reading boss, is taking advantage of a rare weekend off by watching his old team in action at the Madejski Stadium. But it is all a bit flat at the moment. There is plenty riding on this game and both teams, who started the afternoon in the relegation zone, are displaying plenty of caution. This is a game crying out for a spark of genius.

  131. 1539: 
    GOAL- Norwich 0-1 Everton - Leon Osman (39 mins)

    You'll be shocked to your core when I tell you this - the goal comes from another pinpoint Leighton Baines cross. The left-back sends the ball over from the left and Leon Osman stoops to head in from eight yards.

  132. 1538: 
    QPR 0-1 Man Utd

    Action at both ends with Rafael twice involved. First, the Brazilian clears Chris Samba's header off the line, then he races into attack to cross for Robin van Persie, whose well-taken volley is tipped away by Julio Cesar. Lovely football all around.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "The more I watch Fernando Torres the more I think he has forgotten how to play. They are struggling with a £50m player and they have a kid at West Brom playing superbly."

  134. 1537: 
    Norwich 0-0 Everton

    Lively stuff at Carrow Road, where both sides have been very much on the front foot. Marouane Fellaini is, as ever, proving a handful. Norwich get their own back, though, as the big Belgian is left with blood coming from his knee after a challenge by Bradley Johnson.


    Steven Byrne: "That's what separates Manchester United from most other clubs, goals all around the team."

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "It was handball. Craig Gardner tried to block the ball, he put his hands up and I think it is handball. The bottom line is that it was a penalty and the referee gave it."

  137. 1535: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-0 Sunderland - Romelu Lukaku (35 mins)

    Craig Gardner is penalised for handling Liam Ridgewell's cross and Romelu Lukaku makes no mistake from the spot. It definitely struck Gardner's arm, but that looks a little harsh to me. That will be up for debate on Match of the Day this evening.

  138. 1534: 
    PENALTY TO WEST BROM- West Brom 0-0 Sunderland
  139. 1532: 
    West Brom 0-0 Sunderland

    Liam Ridgewell's cross finds Youssouf Mulumbu but somehow the 26-year-old, with the goal at his mercy, misses the chance to score his second of the season. The cameras then finds Peter Odemwingie warming up on the sidelines.

  140. 1529: 
    QPR 0-1 Man Utd

    I'm not sure I've seen that before. Robin van Persie might be claiming an assist for the Rafael goal, but he suffered an unusual injury in the process, crashing into the bunker where the cameras are around the side of the pitch. Bizarre, but he looks to be OK now.


    Akude Emeka O: "Rafael oh my word! That was a belter! Absolute class and Rio Ferdinand was quick to acknowledge that."

    Sham Gallagher: "That was absolutely brilliant by Rafael. You know he's from Brazil after that shot."

  142. 1528: 
    Reading 0-0 Wigan

    Paul Scharner has just saved Wigan from going behind with a fine challenge just as Pavel Pogrebnyak is about to stroke home Jimmy Kebe's cross. Reading on top but Wigan are proving dangerous on the break.

  143. 1527: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    A mistake from Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal lets Andreas Weimann surge clear and the Villa forward cuts the ball back for Christian Benteke, whose first-time shot is well saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

    Matt Holland, BBC Sport pundit on Final Score

    "If you have seen the goal from Lyon's Samuel Umtiti against Spurs in the Europa League, Rafael's is the same but from the other side. Rafael will never score a better goal than that in his career."

  145. 1527: 
    West Brom 0-0 Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Michael Emons at The Hawthorns: "It's a bitterly cold day in the West Midlands, definitely double-jumper weather. The players don't have such luxuries, although West Brom's Romelu Lukaku and Sunderland's Alfred N'Diaye are the only outfield players wearing gloves. It's a bit different for Sunderland compared to last week when they were enjoying the sun and training in Dubai. Steven Fletcher goes close, hitting the bottom corner of the post with a 25-yarder."

  146. 1526: 
    QPR 0-1 Man Utd

    Good news for Manchester United swiftly followed by bad. Robin van Persie is struggling with what looks like a hip problem and he might have to come off.

    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender at Loftus Road on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a magnificent strike. He had no right to hit that ball first time, it was bouncing towards him at pace and he was under pressure but my goodness he hit it so cleaning into the top right corner. But of concern is that Robin van Persie is down injured."


    Jad Hamizan: "If Man Utd wins, they'll have FOUR times as much points as QPR! Bonkers."

    Nicholas Higgins: "I have a feeling Nani will produce another good performance and drive us on to Premier League glory."

  149. 1523: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-1 Man Utd - Rafael (23 mins)

    What a goal that is, and it's come from an unlikely source in Rafael. The Brazilian full-back pounces after Julio Cesar saves from Robin van Persie and drives in a brilliant effort from the right-hand edge of the box which flies past his compatriot. So much for these games being a bit quiet...

  150. 1523: 

    It's been a fairly quiet start to the Premier League's games. Just the one goal so far.

  151. 1520: 

    Paul Ince is clearly back where he feels he belongs with the new Blackpool manager prowling the touchline and barking orders at his players. It is like he has never been away. Goalless at the moment, with Leicester shading things in these early stages.

    No sign of Paolo Di Canio in the crowd as his former club Swindon entertain Preston. Two of the club's players - Darren Ward and Tommy Miller - are in temporary charge and the Robins have made a good start, but no goals so far.

  152. 1519: 
    Norwich 0-0 Everton

    Norwich are pressing as they go in search of a rare win - they haven't picked up three points in their last nine matches but Jonny Howson finds himself in a decent position and strikes for goal, only to see his shot blocked.

  153. 1518: 
    Reading 0-0 Wigan

    After Adam Federici's smart save to deny Wigan's Franco Di Santo, Reading have settled down and Hope Akpan has spurned a fine chance to head his first goal since joining from Crawley last month. Jimmy Kebe has also fired into the side netting. This game looks like it has goals in it.

    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender at Loftus Road on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Julio Cesar got caught a little flat-footed but it was a very fine reaction save in the end."

    You can listen to QPR v Man Utd on BBC Radio 5 live

  155. 1518: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 0-0 Man Utd

    Wonderful reflexes from Julio Cesar. Ashley Young cuts in from left, whips in a cross and Javier Hernandez's header is tipped away by the Brazilian.

  156. 1516: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa aren't going to lie down against Arsenal. They've had a couple of forays forward, with Gabriel Agbonlahor just failing to connect with a cross. The Gunners defenders were clearly concerned about the presence of free-scoring Christian Benteke, but Agbonlahor has started well.

  157. 1513: 
    CLOSE!- QPR 0-0 Man Utd

    First chance of the game at Loftus Road, where Manchester United winger Nani heads off-target from a free-kick. The league leaders are beginning to impose themselves against the division's bottom team.

  158. 1512: 

    Stunning stuff at the Reebok Stadium. There is not even 10 minutes on the clock and Bolton are 3-0 up against in-form Hull already! Darren Pratley headed in the opener after just three minutes before Mark Davies and Marvin Sordell found the net soon after.

    There are probably a few Hull fans who had barely settled down with their chicken balti pie and the game looks to be already over for them.

    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final Score

    "Nathan Baker should have done better for the Arsenal goal. The ball goes through his legs. If you are going to make a block you have to make it and he didn't."

  160. 1510: 
    QPR 0-0 Man Utd

    It's been a fairly quiet start at Loftus Road. QPR have a poor record against Manchester United - the last time they earned a point on home turf against the Red Devils was 17 years ago, with one Eric Cantona on target for United.

    Eric Cantona
  161. 1509: 
    Norwich 0-0 Everton

    Robert Snodgrass is through on the left but his low shot, with his left foot, is brilliantly blocked by Sylvain Distin. Everton then go down the other end and Nikica Jelavic's effort is brilliantly saved by Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn.

  162. 1505: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa - Santi Cazorla (6 mins)

    It's been an excellent start from Arsenal, who seconds earlier went close through Jack Wilshere. This time Santi Cazorla has a shot blocked, the ball comes back to him on his right foot and he smashes it it from close range. Great start for the Gunners.

    Santi Cazorla

    Lovers of statistics check this one out, an absolute cracker courtesy of @forevruntd: "This is Ryan Giggs' 999th appearance in senior competitive football match. Manchester United 931 + Wales 64 + Great Britain 4."

  164. 1504: 
    West Brom 0-0 Sunderland

    BBC Sport's Michael Emons at The Hawthorns: "The two sides shake hands but all the photographers are facing the other way, wanting pictures of substitute Peter Odemwingie coming out of the tunnel. Unsurprisingly, Odemwingie's name is booed by supporters on all four sides of The Hawthorns as his name is announced in the line-ups after his failed flirtation with QPR. Baggies manager Steve Clarke this week urged the club's fans to back the team, Odemwingie included, but the home faithful are going to take some winning over."

  165. 1504: 
    Reading 0-0 Wigan

    First chance of the day comes in the game at the bottom of the table, where Wigan striker Franco Di Santo draws a smart save from keeper Adam Federici.

    Matt Holland, BBC Sport pundit on Final Score

    "Loic Remy is on the bench for QPR and Harry Redknapp would love to have him back starting. QPR have been more solid under Redknapp but they have got to start scoring goals."

  167. 1502: 

    Incidentally, following all the speculation surrounding Arsene Wenger's future over the past week, it's worth noting that Gunners majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is at Emirates Stadium for the second consecutive game. Contract talks with Wenger perhaps? Good luck asking the Frenchman that question.

  168. 1500: 

    We're under way in all the 1500 GMT kick-offs...

  169. 1500: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov on his match-winning volley: "It's all about the practice. I practise in training and score against Mark [Schwarzer] all the time. You just need to do something special and you do it. It is a good one but I have better ones."

  170. 1500: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on his penalty save: "We looked at a bit of video footage before the game and I was relatively confident where it was going to go. We needed the points today. You know what you're going to get against Stoke and it was a great win for us."

  171. 1459: 

    Just before we get under way, there's a bit of reaction coming in from the Fulham camp following their win over Stoke...

  172. 1458: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

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

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Bennett, Delph, Westwood, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Marshall, El Ahmadi, Holman, Sylla, Bowery, Dawkins, Lichaj.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    On Paul Elliott's resignation from the Football Association: "It is disappointing in the sense that Paul Elliott's contribution to raising the debate and his day to day involvement dealing with issues surrounding discrimination is unquestionable. But within the FA there is a real drive for change and as the FA chairman David Bernstein says it has made his position untenable."

  174. 1456: 

    There are four 1500 kick-offs in the Scottish Premier League today. Hearts host Inverness CT who, despite being third in the SPL, are looking for their first win in six matches.

    Kilmarnock play Aberdeen at Rugby Park, with Killie boosted by the re-signing of striker Kris Boyd today. Boyd won't feature in this game, though, as his move awaits international clearance.

    Second-placed Motherwell head up to Dingwall in the north of Scotland to face ninth-placed Ross County. Amazingly, only five points currently separate those two sides.

    And it's all Saints at McDiarmid Park in Perth with St Johnstone hosting St Mirren.

    You can follow all the action on our Scottish live text.

  175. 1454:  
    Garth Crooks, BBC Sport on Final ScoreWest Brom v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    "The players won't give a row of beans that Peter Odemwingie is the West Bromwich Albion squad. The fans are a different kettle of fish. I am surprised he hasn't apologies to the fans, he might have done so through the media but not to their faces - they might be a bit more receptive then. He has a job to do to convince those Baggies fans."

  176. 1454: 
    West Brom v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Pat Murphy, BBC Radio 5 live Midlands' football reporter at The Hawthorns, believes West Brom's Peter Odemwingie, named on the bench against Sunderland, will never get the full support of the home fans again. Murphy said: "Steve Clarke, like his players, is pragmatic and they all know, on his day, Peter Odemwingie is a match winner. It makes sense to have the option of bringing him off the bench rather than starting with him. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets some stick from the fans and it will be deserved. I don't know anybody who believes he will still be here next season."

  177. 1453: 
    LINE-UPS- West Brom v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt, Long, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Rosenberg, Dorrans, Odemwingie, Jones, Tamas, Fortune.

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

    Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

  178. 1452: 
    LINE-UPS- Reading v Wigan (1500 GMT)

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

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

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  179. 1452: 
    LINE-UPS- QPR v Man Utd (1500 GMT)

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Granero, Mackie, Taarabt, Townsend, Zamora. Subs: Green, Park, Wright-Phillips, Onuoha, Jenas, Remy, Hoilett.

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

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  180. 1452: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Everton (1500 GMT)

    Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Howson, Johnson, Hoolahan, Snodgrass, Holt, Becchio. Subs: Camp, Whittaker, Pilkington, Fox, Kamara, Elliott Bennett, Ryan Bennett.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Hitzlsperger, Neville, Duffy.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  181. 1452: 

    Right, without further ado, let's get cracking with the afternoon's five 1500 GMT kick-offs.

  182. 1450: 

    Cheers Aimee. Decent win that for Fulham, who have been struggling a bit of late. Stoke looked unrecognisable from the one which so regularly terrorises teams at the Britannia. Strange one that.

  183. 1450: 

    Right, Craven Cottage now seems fairly empty which must mean it's time to pass the live text baton on to John Stanton. Bye for now.

  184. 1443: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    The camera finds Martin Jol. The Fulham manager not giving much away with his body language as he leaves his stage. You've just won three points, Martin, Dimitar Berbatov scored with a razzle-dazzle of a free-kick and Mark Schwarzer saved a penalty! There's plenty of reason to smile. Anyway, victory means means Fulham climb above West Ham in the Premier League table, a spot behind 10th-placed Stoke.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "It is a big win for Fulham and they deserved it. Stoke were poor for me and Fulham were the quality side who deserved the three points."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  186. 1438: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    The referee brings the contest to an end and three Fulham players run towards Mark Schwarzer to give their penalty saver a hug. Bless 'em.

    Mark Schwarzer
  187. 1438: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Cameron Jerome forces Sascha Riether to clear from inside the box. Long throw Stoke... comes to nothing. Corner Stoke... and it bobbles away for another long corner... Gulp.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "When I was doing my pre-game research I noticed it has been eight Premier League games that Stoke have failed to keep a clean sheet. You think they are strong defensively but it is now going to be nine games without keeping a clean sheet which will be frustrating for Tony Pulis."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  189. 1435: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Warm applause for Dimitar Berbatov as he departs to be replaced by Mladen Petric. The Bulgarian's goal worthy of winning any game. A most excellent volley.

  190. 1434: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    The match, it seems, petering towards a limp conclusion, unless one of the 22 players can create a Hollywood ending. Stoke manager Tony Pulis muttering to himself on the sidelines. The Welshman, it seems, feels Mark Schwarzer is wasting time before taking a goal kick. Four minutes of added time...

  191. 1435: 

    Some breaking news from the Football Association where Paul Elliott has resigned from all roles representing the organisation. The FA said in a statement that his decision comes "following a conversation in which discriminatory abusive comments were made to former Charlton player Richard Rufus."

  192. 1431: 
    Arsenal v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Arsenal make four changes from the loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Right-back Carl Jenkinson, left-back Nacho Monreal, midfielder Abou Diaby and striker Olivier Giroud start as Bacary Sagna - who is injured - Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski make way.

    Aston Villa make two changes from the win over West Ham. Defender Joe Bennett and forward Gabriel Agbonlahor come into the side for Ron Vlaar and Jordan Bowery. Striker Darren Bent and midfielder Stephen Ireland are also missing from the Villa squad.

  193. 1430: 
    Norwich v Everton (1500 GMT)

    David Moyes makes four changes to the Everton side that lost 2-0 at Manchester United in their last Premier League outing on 10 February. Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin, Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic all return in place of Phil Neville, Johnny Heitinga, Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe. Norwich recall Jonny Howson and skipper Grant Holt, with Alexander Tettey and Elliott Bennett making way.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "Stoke really have to have a go in these last few minutes. They haven't produced much in this game but they are pushing forward now."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  195. 1429: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Fulham attempt to break Stoke's spirits with a swift counter-attacking move, but Bryan Ruiz - who has been impressive today - fails to keep his attempted volley on target. More changes: Off goes Damien Duff. On comes Urby Emanuelson.

  196. 1427: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    As we head towards the finishing line then it's perhaps now is a good time to say that Martin Jol's side have surrendered 18 points from winning positions - only Reading (20) and Southampton (24) have fared worse. Stoke hustling but that's about it.

  197. 1425: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    A good day at the office for Giorgos Karagounis comes to an end as the Greece international makes way for Chris Baird with just under 10 minutes left.

  198. 1423: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Oh my. Bryan Ruiz weaves his way into the box and lays off to Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian's strike bounces off a Stoke defender and falls to Steve Sidwell who, under pressure from Marc Wilson, aims low and wide. Sidwell's effort seemed to have deflected off the Stoke defender, but the referee awards a goal kick.

  199. 1423: 
    QPR v Man Utd (1500 GMT)

    Queens Park Rangers risk Bobby Zamora from the start despite an ongoing hip complaint and Jose Bosingwa is back in the team at right-back for the first time since 8 December following criticism from boss Harry Redknapp. Esteban Granero also replaces Shaun Derry in midfield. For Manchester United, Nani retains his place after a goal against Reading in the FA Cup, with Sir Alex Ferguson making seven changes. Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick are among those back in, while Wayne Rooney is on the bench after a sinus problem.

  200. 1421: 
    Reading v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Sean Morrison and Jem Karacan start for Reading as Alex Pearce and Nick Blackman are dropped from the side that lost the last league game at Stoke on 9 February. Former Wigan striker Jason Roberts remains sidelined with a hip problem. Wigan's Paraguay international defender Antolin Alcaraz is on the bench after six months out with a groin injury. Arouna Kone returns to the Latics attack, while Emmerson Boyce also starts.

  201. 1420: 
    West Brom v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    West Brom name Peter Odemwingie among their substitutes for the first time since the striker tried unsuccessfully to force a transfer-deadline day move to QPR. Romelu Lukaku starts up front for the Baggies, with Graham Dorrans on the bench.

    Both sides have named attacking line-ups as Danny Graham, who joined Sunderland in a £5m move from Swansea at the end of January, makes his first start for the Black Cats., replacing Lee Cattermole (knee), while Seb Larsson comes in for Danny Rose (hamstring).

  202. 1418: 
    YELLOW CARD- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Ryan Shawcross's name goes in the referee's book as Lee Probert punishes the defender for a late sliding tackle on Giorgos Karagounis.

  203. 1418: 
    BREAKING ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Aston Villa are without defender Ron Vlaar, but striker Gabriel Agbonlahor returns to the side for the trip to north London.

  204. 1417: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Twenty minutes remaining and Stoke seem no nearer to conjuring an equaliser even though they have improved after an out-of-sorts first half. Ashkan Dejagah attempts to pick out Dimitar Berbatov, lurking inside the six-yard box, but his header is cleared for a corner. The set-piece comes to nothing but Giorgos Karagounis does, seconds later, go close with a neat shot from distance.

  205. 1415: 
    BREAKING ARSENAL TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Manager Arsene Wenger makes four changes from the side convincingly beaten by Bayern Munich in midweek, with Olivier Giroud, Abou Diaby, Nacho Monreal and Carl Jenkinson all coming into the starting XI.

  206. 1414: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    More changes to the Stoke line-up and this time it's Peter Crouch making way for Kenwyne Jones. Applause from the beanpole Englishman towards the visiting fans as he departs.

  207. 1413: 
    BREAKING WIGAN TEAM NEWS- Reading v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz returns to the bench for Wigan after six months out injured.

  208. 1412: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE- Notts County appoint Chris Kiwomya as manager

    Notts County have named former Arsenal forward Chris Kiwomya as their manager for the remainder of the season.

    Kiwomya, 43, had been caretaker boss of the League One side since the start of February following the departure of Keith Curle. During that time Notts County have won one, drawn two and lost one of their last four games.

    "Chris has shown his desire and enthusiasm for the job and coupled this with a tactical astuteness that has allowed him to turn things around when they haven't been going exactly as we would have liked," Notts County chairman Ray Trew told the club's website.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "Fulham have been under a little bit of pressure from Stoke lately and they need their striker to hold up the ball and do those little flicks a bit further up the park."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  210. 1411: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    The ball spending significantly more time in the air than it did in the first half. Velvet touches from Bryan Ruiz, though, and he produces a beautiful cross-field pass to Ashkan Dejagah, who releases John Arne Riise. The Norwegian takes a shot with his left boot, but the full-back's radar is a little faulty at the moment.

  211. 1411: 
    BREAKING SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Danny Graham, Sunderland's £5m signing from Swansea, makes his first start for the Black Cats, partnering Steven Fletcher up front.

  212. 1409: 

    Manchester United's Robin van Persie returns to the attack after a rest against Reading and will play alongside Javier Hernandez. Wayne Rooney is on the bench.

  213. 1407: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    The Fulham midfield, if not bullying Stoke, then certainly have their opponents in a vice-like grip. Although, having said that, Ryan Shotton sends a looping cross towards the back post and Peter Crouch, making a late run into the box, nearly causes Fulham some concern, but he runs out of space before he can get a touch.

  214. 1406: 

    Injury-troubled striker Bobby Zamora starts for QPR, with fellow forward Loic Remy on the bench after struggling with a groin problem.


    Jay: "Just need Walters to score two own goals now to confirm the result of the match."

    Tom Seagrim: "Why Peter Crouch doesn't take penalties is completely beyond me."

  216. 1404: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    What has been Fulham's response? They sprint down the other end of the pitch and that man Dimitar Berbatov, with plenty of twinkle in his toes today, evades a couple of Stoke defenders before attempting another volley at goal. The striker's effort bobbles into Asmir Begovic hands this time, though.

  217. 1404: 
    BREAKING WEST BROM TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Peter Odemwingie - he of the failed trip to Loftus Road on deadline day - returns to the West Brom squad and is on the bench for their game against Sunderland.


    Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Didi Hamman: "What a daft penalty to give away ...great save by Mark Schwarzer."

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "It is a great save down to his right but the penalty from Jon Walters was poor. He didn't look confident when he went up to take it and still Stoke can't find the back of the net, especially away from home. Are they going to regret that now? It was a great opportunity."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  220. 1400: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Jon Walters takes a massively long run up - and Mark Schwarzer guesses correctly, diving low to his right to keep Walters's spot kick at bay.

  221. 1358: 

    Ashkan Dejagah uses his hands to handle Brek Shea's cross, leaving Lee Probert with little option but to award the spot-kick.

  222. 1358: 
    Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Giorgos Karagounis concedes a free-kick on the edge of the box and gets a yellow card for his effort. Glenn Whelan steps up... whistles around the ground... and the defender's rifles straight at a wall of Fulham defenders.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "Stoke needed to lift this game. Tony Pulis has seen enough of his team and he wants to make his team more offensive. I am not surprised by this change. It will be interesting to see if he plays alongside Peter Crouch or out wide."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  224. 1355: 

    Aerial ping-pong in the opening five minutes of the second half. Tony Pulis shuffles his cards, replacing Geoff Cameron with Cameron Jerome.

  225. 1352: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    Cripes. The dithering Philippe Senderos allows the ball to bounce even though Peter Crouch is breathing down his neck. The Stoke striker gets the better of the Swiss defender, but the alert Mark Schwarzer dashes from his line to save the day.

  226. 1348: 
    KICK-OFF- Fulham 1-0 Stoke

    And we're off. Fulham have only won three of their last 18 league games so it is perhaps a bit too early for home fans to get carried away, although so magical was Berbatov's volley - his 84th Premier League goal - that you could forgive the Fulham supporters for celebrating wildly.

    Fulham celebrate
  227. 1348: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp says the fitness of Bobby Zamora will be crucial to his team's survival hopes despite an ongoing hip problem. "Maybe Bobby will need an operation at the end of the season," Redknapp said. "The aim is to keep him going because he is that important to us." Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to extend his team's advantage over Manchester City but is wary of a Rangers team who recently held City to a goalless draw. "These games have to be treated exactly as we would Real Madrid or anyone else," the Scot said.

  228. 1347: 
    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- West Brom v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke said: "We've had a difficult time of late with a lot of negativity, but we have never lost faith in what we're doing. We have got enough games in the second half of the season to get further up the table and we can look to be more adventurous."

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said: "Any side in the bottom half of the table has still got to look over their shoulders. But we can take a lot of heart from our performance [in the 1-0 defeat] against Arsenal, it was brilliant."

  229. 1346: 
    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- Reading v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    Reading and Wigan might start the weekend in the relegation zone but both managers have moved to play down the significance of this fixture. "I don't know what six-pointers mean," Royal boss Brian McDermott said. Wigan are three points from safety, but manager Roberto Martinez said: "If you win you get three points, but that doesn't guarantee you'll achieve your aim."

  230. 1345: 
    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- Norwich v Everton (1500 GMT)

    Everton manager David Moyes wants more from strikers Kevin Mirallas and Nikica Jelavic: "I don't think Kevin is firing on all cylinders. He has to create me more goals and score me more goals. He knows that," Moyes said. "We need Niki to come back into it. He was a big player this time last year, scored a lot of goals and did a good job." Norwich boss Chris Hughton also wants more from his side in attack. "We have looked solid as a unit. Everybody is putting in a real shift," said Hughton. "But we perhaps just need to be that little bit more creative."

  231. 1343: 
    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- Arsenal v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Arsenal have lost to Blackburn and Bayern Munich in the past week so how is manager Arsene Wenger, who insists he has not thought of quitting, feeling? "I am in a strong mood because if I am not I don't see how my team can be," said the Frenchman.

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has his own troubles, with his side fighting to avoid relegation. "I don't know if there is ever a good time to play Arsenal because of the stature of the club and the players they have. But we'll give it a go on the front foot, give it a right good go," said the Scot.

  232. 1342:  
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Loftus RoadQPR v Man Utd (1500 GMT)

    "Queens Park Rangers' form has been more dependable of late, with the disappointing performance at Swansea bringing their first defeat in six league games, but it's hard to see them beating Manchester United. The leaders have never lost to Rangers in the Premier League and are unbeaten in 14 top-flight games, while Robin van Persie has scored 19 league goals this season - as many as QPR have managed combined!"


    Ruridh Allen: "Oh my, what a strike from Berbatov, showing a touch of genius. Only player on that pitch who could do that. Class is permanent."

    David Ljunggren: "Finally, a brief shining moment of true class from Berbatov to illuminate a truly dire match."

    Ewan Clark: "What a goal from Berbatov for Fulham that's the player that Man Utd brought from spurs."

    Keep your thoughts coming on today's football, using #bbcfootball and text: 81111

  234. 1341:  
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at The HawthornsWest Brom v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    "West Brom will be desperate to make sure their outstanding first half of the season gives them at least another top-10 Premier League finish, while Sunderland, who go into the weekend six points above the all-important drop zone, won't want that gap to be reduced and create an anxious run-in to the season. Neither manager will want to see any sign of complacency from their team in the coming weeks."

  235. 1340:  
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at Madejski StadiumReading v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    "Reading's recent results give them great cause for optimism. Written off by many at Christmas, they've finally clicked into gear and many of the harsh lessons of life in the Premier League appear to have been learned. This is Wigan's eighth consecutive season in the top flight and it never gets any easier to avoid the drop. They have mustered just one win in 13 league games since they beat Reading 3-2 at the DW Stadium on 24 November."

  236. 1338:  
    Nigel Adderley at Carrow Road, BBC Match of the Day commentatorNorwich v Everton (1500 GMT)

    "Norwich supporters may already be peering over their shoulders hoping there will be three worse teams than them at the end of a testing second season at the highest level. Championship strugglers Peterborough are the only side they've beaten in 2013. Everton fans may wonder if they're approaching the end of an era, with manager David Moyes saying he won't discuss a new contract until the end of the season. He is desperate to win a trophy or take them into the Champions League - and both are still possible."

  237. 1338:  
    John Motson at Emirates Stadium, BBC Match of the Day commentatorArsenal v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    "It hardly needs saying that it has been a horrendous week for Arsenal. Home defeats by Blackburn and Bayern Munich in separate cup competitions have left Arsene Wenger's side looking at an eighth season without a trophy. Saturday's home game against relegation battlers Aston Villa would therefore appear to be the perfect antidote to Arsenal's troubles. Villa manager Paul Lambert has said Villa must be prepared for "12 cup finals" as they fight for survival."

    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Craven Cottage

    "The game was crying out for a goal and we had to wait 47 minutes to see one, but it was well worth the wait. It was brilliant technique and a wonderful volley from Dimitar Berbatov and they deservedly lead 1-0 at the break."

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "What a special, special goal. It was great play down the right but when it was headed out there was Dimitar Berbatov, who showed perfect technique and hit it right into the top corner. He could not have hit it or placed it better. Fantastic. That was worth the entrance fee for this game alone."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Dimitar Berbatov
  240. 1332: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-0 Stoke - Dimitar Berbatov (45 +2 mins)

    Off-the-cuff charm from Dimitar Berbatov. The striker ends the half with a marvellously good volley from about 10 yards.

    Dimitar Berbatov
  241. 1330: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    John Arne Riise and Damien Duff combine nicely on the left. The Fulham winger finds Steve Sidwell who plays a lovely one-two with Ashkan Dejagah before opting for a daisy-cutter which would have had the beating of the diving Asmir Begovic had the shot stayed on target.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "Stoke manager Tony Pulis is not happy out there on the touchline and I think he will be ready to get his players in at half-time. A few of them has been so flat, Stoke haven't had much time on the ball or really created anything."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  243. 1327: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Five minutes of the first half remaining and an air of restlessness reverberates around Craven Cottage. The home side have had a bucket full of possession - 67% according to the graphic on my screen - but can't pierce the Stoke defence. As I type that, John Arnse Riise's menacing effort is cleared by Ryan Shawcross. Danger averted.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "Stoke just can't get a hold of the ball. It is all Fulham, they are squeezing Stoke down and winning all the lock downs as well. Tony Pulis has done extremely well at Stoke, establishing them in the Premier League, but how do they make that jump forward to be challenging for Europe? That is the challenge for mid-table teams."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  245. 1323: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    "Go on, son, take him on," is the shout from Tony Pulis (I think) on the touchline as Peter Crouch launches a long ball for debutant Brek Shea to chase down the left wing. The American is dogged enough in the tussle, but Fulham's defence hold strong.

  246. 1320: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Asmir Begovic looks a tad uncomfortable as he punches away Sascha Riether's cross. It was a wonderful effort from the right wing, but Bryan Ruiz was the only Fulham attacker who seemed alert enough inside the six-yard box and even he wasn't close enough to pounce.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "Fulham need to mix this up a bit they are playing every ball from set plays into the box. Play it short and then put it in. They just need to be more inventive, putting it in there with Peter Crouch, Robert Huth and Steven Nzonzi in there is making it easy for them. They need to pull them out of the area and then get the ball in."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  248. 1317: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Fulham have earned five corners so far in this contest but have yet to threaten Stoke's towering defenders from set-piece play. A diagonal cross from Giorgios Karagounis sets Dimitar Berbatov off on a dash across goal but the striker is sniffed out by Stoke's defenders.

  249. 1313: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Fulham have been camped in enemy territory for the majority of the opening 26 minutes. So much time has elapsed since Stoke last had a shot on target that it seems Jon Walters' attempt took place in a sepia-tinged age.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "It was a slap by Steven Nzonzi on Bryan Ruiz and could have been a red card. I think if the referee saw that again he would have sent him off."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  251. 1310: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    It's an early end to Matthew Etherington's day as he is replaced by Brek Shea. A back injury apparently. American Shea comes on for his Stoke debut.

  252. 1309: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    A venomous free-kick from Giorgos Karagounis which forces the diving Asmir Begovic into a fingertip save.

  253. 1308: 
    YELLOW CARD- Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Steven Nzonzi seems to have a tad too much fire in his belly. He slaps Bryan Ruiz and the Fulham forward falls. Yellow card for the Stoke man and rightly so.

  254. 1306: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Steve Sidwell tumbles as he dashes into the box. Damien Duff takes over and shoots straight at a Stoke defender. That's got to hurt. Martin Jol's men patiently pass the ball around the edge of the box before John Arne Riise, once again, tries his luck from distance.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "Fulham are on top at the moment, they are playing the better football which you would expect with them at home. It is about Stoke really having to hold the ball and then build their attacks."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  256. 1304: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    A chorus of Swing Low Sweet Chariot reverberates around Craven Cottage... erm... before they start yelling "come on, Fulham" as the Londoners earn a corner. Asmir Begovic grabs Damien Duff's tame set piece ahead of everyone else, though. The home team enjoying plenty of possession - 68% - but lacking cutting edge in the final third.

  257. 1300: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Steven Nzonzi needs treatment after a collision with Dimitar Berbatov and the Frenchman, blood dripping from the bridge of his nose, reacts angrily as the Fulham fans' jeers. Funnily enough, Nzonzi's petulance only encourages the home faithful to raise their voices even more.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "He got the yellow card and rightly so. He put his hand up and tried to gain an advantage by scoring with his hand and we don't want to see that in the game."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  259. 1257: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Bryan Ruiz thinks he's scored the opener but referee Lee Probert rightly deems that the Costa Rican handled the ball before placing it in the net. Replays show that it was the correct decision. Top marks for Probert. Ruiz gets a yellow card for his mischief.

  260. 1256:  
    Football Focus BBC Sport, Football Focus

    Martin Keown on Manchester City's title chances ahead of Sunday's home game with Chelsea: "They have to win. Last week we saw them against Leeds in the FA Cup and they really turned it on. Now they have recharged their batteries and have to do it against Chelsea because we expect Manchester United to beat QPR. Now is the time for Roberto Mancini to earn his value as a manager."

    You can watch on BBC One and on this website.

  261. 1254: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Oof! A magical cross from Sascha Riether on the right wing which first hits Dimitar Berbatov on the shoulder, then the Bulgarian is a whisker off target with an attempted volley from six yards.

  262. 1253: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Jon Walters weaves through the Fulham defence, attempts to shoot low into the far corner when he should have really released a team-mate. Best chance of the match so far, though. It's warming up nicely, I tell you.

  263. 1251: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    A somewhat subdued atmosphere at Craven Cottage, as if the fans are just sitting there in despair, not quite believing they've had the misfortune of getting tickets to this match. It's a cagey opening but Fulham spraying the ball around nicely, while Stoke look to pounce on the counter-attack.

  264. 1249:  
    Football Focus BBC Sport, Football Focus

    Sir Bobby Charlton on Bobby Moore, captain of England's 1966 World Cup winning team, on the 20th anniversary of his passing: "He was a born captain, a leader. If you thought he was busy on the field when he played a match, it was nothing compared to the number of times he would take you to one side off the pitch and talk to you about a situation to give you something to think about."

    You can watch on BBC One and on this website.

    Bobby Moore
  265. 1247: 
    Fulham 0-0 Stoke

    Fulham on the front foot early on. John Arne Riise wriggles inside from the left and takes aim, but his 25-yard effort is high and wide, which is sometimes the way with the former Liverpool man.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Craven Cottage

    "Today it is all about Stoke trying to get a second away win of the season. Their away form has been poor and as we know Fulham are strong at home."

    You can listen to live commentary on Fulham v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live.

  267. 1245: 

    Referee Lee Probert toots his whistle and Stoke's Jonathan Walters gets the match started.

  268. 1244: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol on dealing with Stoke's style of play: "We have to do the ugly things against them because they play in this style. You have to deserve the right to play your football."

  269. 1244:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Craven Cottage:Fulham v Stoke (1245)

    "Stoke's travelling fans have seen just one win in their last 22 Premier League road trips, with the team often a shadow of the one seen at the Britannia Stadium. But results in general haven't been clever for Fulham for a long time, with only three wins from 18 league games since October. They've not been talked about as being one of the teams in trouble, but a gap of six points to the bottom three isn't enough for anyone at Craven Cottage to feel comfortable."

  270. 1243:  
    Football Focus

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on Arsenal's plight: "It's a difficult time. To go out of the FA Cup in the manner that they did and then the major gulf in class against Bayern Munich - that will have been a shock to Arsene Wenger."

    You can watch Football Focus on BBC One and on this website.

  271. 1242: 

    Just under five minutes until Fulham and Stoke get the afternoon under way in a fixture which will probably leave us wanting more. Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, wearing a fetching paisley shirt and waving a scarf, is making his way to his seat while the players are striding on to the turf.

  272. 1238:  
    Football Focus BBC Sport, Football Focus

    Former Everton title winner Peter Reid on who is the better left-back - Leighton Baines or Ashley Cole: "We are fortunate to have two world-class left-backs. I think Baines is a fantastic attacking full-back. He gets goals but I'm not sure about him defensively. He's better going forward but Cole is better defensively."

    You can watch on BBC One and on this website.

  273. 1236:  

    Mark Lawrenson says it will be a 2-1 victory for the club from Manchester but, according to Lawro, it won't be easy. "Loftus Road is one of the most difficult places to go in the Premier League," he says. "It's not because it's intimidating and not because their home supporters are baying for blood - it's because the pitch is so tight." Why not look at what soothsayer extraordinaire Lawro has predicted for your team. What else is there to do?

  274. 1235: 

    A betting man would probably put his spare cash on Manchester United taking three points from QPR, especially as Sir Alex and his troops haven't lost at Loftus Road since 1989. Actually - and this is where QPR fans should probably look away - the league leaders haven't lost to QPR in the Premier League.

  275. 1231: 

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

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

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  276. 1228:  
    Football Focus

    Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown, speaking on Football Focus, on Bradford City v Swansea City in the League Cup final: "There is an awful lot of emotion surrounding this game, with the Valley Parade fire disaster and the 56 who lost their lives. The players will look for their families in the crowd when they come out but then they have to get on with the job - then be nostalgic afterwards. Both clubs deserve to be there. It's a fans day out and both Bradford and Swansea have had difficult histories."

    You can watch Football Focus on BBC One and on this website.

  277. 1224: 
    TRAVEL NEWS- Arsenal v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    It never rains but it pours for Arsenal. A major water pipe has burst near the stadium, resulting in the closure of surrounding roads. Disruptions is expected so both sets of fans are asked to arrive early to avoid missing kick-off.

  278. 1223: 

    Blackpool Tower will turn tangerine this evening to welcome Paul Ince, who takes his place in the Blackpool dugout at Bloomfield Road for the first time since being named manager.

    It will be an honour that will have little meaning though if Ince is unable to arrest Blackpool's recent mini-slump. They have lost three of their previous four games but they take on a Leicester side who themselves are somewhat out of form, with two successive defeats having seen them slip from third to fifth in the Championship.

    In League One, followers of Swindon will be on the lookout for an all-too familiar face in the stands. Paolo Di Canio, who resigned as the club's manager on Monday, is reportedly considering attending today's home game against Preston. But only as a fan.


    Charlie, Leamington Spa, on 81111: "Hoping for a QPR shock today to ensure a cracking game between City and Chelsea tomorrow, who will both be desperately sniffing out a chance to close the gap."

    John Burke, Harrow, on text: "I remember people saying 'if Chelsea don't beat QPR by more than five they should be ashamed' and then they lost 1-0. Man Utd shouldn't be too cocky or it might just backfire today. 1-0 to the R's!"


    Michael Eales: "Yeovil to win their 9th game in a row today against Donny. Come on you Glovers!!"

    Chris Bradbury: "I'm feeling wins for Man Utd, West Brom and Everton, the rest will play out draws!"

    Yeabsra Assefa: "I will put my house on Arsenal trashing Aston Villa 4-0. You heard it here first."

    Aloice Mudialo: "Should Villa prevail at emirates today then that would be the proverbial straw that breaks the camels back. Wenger might go!"

  281. 1214:  
    Football Focus

    We're seconds away from the start of Football Focus (1215), presented by Dan Walker. I'm told there will be plenty of chit chat about Sunday's Capital One Cup final between Bradford and Swansea. Peter Reid and Martin Keown join Mr Walker in the studio.

    There will be an interview with Swansea forward Michu and Everton left-back Leighton Baines, plus a tribute to the late Bobby Moore with this weekend marking the 20th anniversary of the England World Cup-winning captain's death.

    Here's Dan's short video app preview of today's show.

    You can watch on BBC One and on this website.

  282. 1211: 
    Fulham v Stoke (1245)

    Fulham have Sascha Riether back in the starting line-up after the right-back missed the 0-0 draw against Norwich through illness. Giorgos Karagounis also comes into the midfield and Ashkan Dejagah starts so Hugo Rodallega drops to the bench.

    Stoke make two changes from the side which beat Reading in their last match. Defender Marc Wilson makes his first start in nearly four months after breaking his leg against Sunderland in October and Geoff Cameron comes in. Michael Kightly drops to the bench and Andy Wilkinson misses out.

  283. 1209: 

    And finally, Roberto Mancini. The Manchester City manager turned the air blue when asked about reports linking Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini to his job. "I can't answer each week about one manager or another, or another. But also because I don't understand this," he said before going on to criticise £24m signing Samir Nasri for only giving 50% to the team. You don't want to make Mancini angry, just don't make him angry.

    The bad news for Mancini is that his team could be 15 points behind league leaders Manchester United by the time they play Chelsea on Sunday if Sir Alex Ferguson's side beat QPR this afternoon.

    Roberto Mancini
  284. 1205: 

    "Never," was Arsene Wenger's response when asked whether he felt like calling time on his 16-year reign at Arsenal. There were concerns earlier this week that the Frenchman was teetering on the brink as he lost his cool ahead of Arsenal's Champions League match with Bayern Munich. He seems to have drunk plenty of camomile tea since then though and has proclaimed "of course I can take the club forward". Can the Gunners end a terrible week with victory over relegation-threatened Aston Villa or will we have to order some calming herbal tea for Wenger?

    Arsene Wenger

    Moe Almntz: "Is it possible to simulate Fulham v Stoke and spare us the worst match of the year? Stoke home! keep warm!"

    Nick Browning: "Daggers v Wombles today, almost confident of a home win today."

    Katie Newman: "Can see Norwich getting a sneaky 4-1 win today! Becchio hat-trick - you heard it here first!"

  286. 1202: 

    Sascha Riether returns to the Fulham team after illness. The defender missed the draw with Norwich because of illness.

  287. 1158: 

    By the way, League One leaders Swindon host Preston this afternoon with player-managers Darren Ward and Tommy Miller taking charge for the first time. The pair are plotting how to achieve a ninth league home victory in a, presumably, sparse office at the County Ground...

  288. 1157: 

    This week seems to have been all about three men: Paolo Di Canio, Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini. Former Swindon boss Di Canio has described reports that he used force to remove several items from his old office, three days after his resignation, as "distortion".

    "I decided that I would clear my office of my own personal items at a time when no one else was there," Di Canio told BBC Sport. There's nothing worse than awkward goodbyes, I suppose.

    Paolo Di Canio
  289. 1155: 

    It always seems to be around the onset of spring (assuming that spring is on its way) that football managers begin to resemble cast members from One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as they realise their particular script doesn't end with a show-stopping, feel good tap dance and sing-song. It makes for compelling viewing nonetheless.


    Antonio: "Wisdom teeth out...face is numb...time for some Saturday football excitement! Here's to Arsenal dropping points!"

    Chris Newman: "Come on Grimsby Town in the FA Trophy Semi Final 2nd leg this afternoon...WEMBLEYYYY!!!"

    Jamie Hardesty: "Sensing some potential banana skins this weekend. Villa to sneak a draw against Arsenal and Man U to just scrape by QPR 1-0/2-1."

    Rosanne: "Reading to beat Wigan and Arsenal to get a scrappy win. Villa to be back in the drop zone by tonight."

  291. 1150: 

    Marc Wilson is back in the Stoke line-up. The defender broke his leg against Sunderland in October so it's a much-welcomed return for Wilson.

  292. 1147: 

    If you're not sure what's going on this afternoon then worry not. Here's the Premier League fixture list:

    Fulham v Stoke (1245)

    Arsenal v Aston Villa (1500)

    Norwich v Everton (1500)

    QPR v Man Utd (1500)

    Reading v Wigan (1500)

    West Brom v Sunderland (1500)

  293. 1144:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    As well as live text commentary to guide you through on this chilly February day, it will come of no surprise to read that our BBC Radio 5 live colleagues will also keep you up to date with all things football. Darren Fletcher and Nigel Spackman are your commentators for Fulham v Stoke, while Graeme Le Saux joins John Murray for live coverage of QPR's ding-dong with Man Utd from 1500. That's the afternoon sorted.

  294. 1142: 

    It would be a humourless afternoon without your musings, predictions and general chit chat. We'll be frantically hitting the refresh button like enthusiastic kids playing some track and field game on a commodore 64 so tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball or pop a text on 81111. Don't feel obliged, but it would, you know, be nice to hear from you. That's all I'll say on the matter.

  295. 1135: 

    Hello! There's football this afternoon - oodles of matches - which is why we thought we'd stick to convention and continue with the Saturday live text commentary. There are six Premier League matches, five of which kick-off at 1500 GMT, which always gives the traditionalists a nice warm glow. Of course, it goes without saying that there's also a bit of football being played in the Championship, League One and League Two. Excited? A little bit? Aren't we all.

  296. 1130: 

    It's that time of year again. The Academy Awards. Come Sunday evening, who will be the winners and losers? Will the tale of the eccentric Italian who launched a night time raid on his old office win best picture? And who will pick up the gong for best performance? Will it go to the Frenchman who talked of being "hunted" by the media in what was a passionate recital before an awestruck audience? Critics described it as the most extraordinary press conference of the year. But that was before a debonair Italian stole the show with a live, unedited, potty-mouthed address in a gripping scene which had humour and tension in equal measure. Only in Hollywood, dahrlinks. Erm.

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As it stood on 23 Feb 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 27 33 68
2 Man City 26 24 53
3 Chelsea 26 27 49
4 Tottenham 26 14 48
5 Arsenal 27 22 47
6 Everton 27 7 42
7 West Brom 27 2 40
8 Liverpool 27 15 39
9 Swansea 27 4 37
10 Stoke 27 -6 33
11 Fulham 27 -5 32
12 Norwich 27 -14 32
13 West Ham 26 -9 30
14 Sunderland 27 -7 29
15 Southampton 26 -9 27
16 Newcastle 26 -12 27
17 Wigan 27 -18 24
18 Aston Villa 27 -26 24
19 Reading 27 -18 23
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