Saturday football - Aston Villa, Arsenal and Southampton all win

Crucial wins for Aston Villa, Arsenal and Southampton while Norwich draw with Swansea.

6 April 2013 Last updated at 18:32 GMT

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  1. 1930: 

    It's been a good afternoon for supporters of Southampton, Aston Villa and Arsenal - and anybody who backed 66-1 shot Auroras Encore in the Grand National. I'm signing off now, but be sure to join Aimee Lewis for tomorrow's five-match Premier League offering. Thanks for your contributions today, goodnight.

  2. 1926: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 2-2 Swansea

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "We wanted a win but nothing changes, we still have to get enough points from the six remaining matches to make sure we're secure.

    "We're at the part of the season that makes everyone that bit anxious and you have to have belief in the players."

  3. 1924: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 Blackburn

    Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones: "The one thing we have shown today was a lot of character, determination and grit. Our players have been superb for the last three months.

    "We have got six cup finals left and it could take as many as 55 points to be safe; Barnsley stayed up last year with 43. It shows how much all the teams are fighting, but it is absolutely ridiculous, such a tough division."


    Harry Williams: "Cardiff dragged Watford down to their level. Shame because Watford play good footy. Cardiff will struggle in the Premier League. An anti-Swansea."

  5. 1924: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Cardiff's Ben Turner, speaking to Sky Sports: "The fear of losing out now [on promotion to the Premier League] is massive, it keeps us on our toes. We are working just as hard, as we do not know we are there until it is done mathematically."

  6. 1923: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Watford striker Troy Deeney on Sky Sports: "I just tried to put myself about and I had a good battle with the Cardiff centre-backs. I was already off running [to celebrate] when David Marshall pulled off that save, but [moments like] that is why they are top, they grind out the results.

    "We have to learn to do that ourselves. We are waiting for Hull to slip up and we must capitalise when they do."

  7. 1917: 
    FULL-TIME- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    That's it, all over at Vicarage Road. The home side are now three points outside the automatic promotion places while Cardiff go five points clear of Hull at the top.


    Steve Jackson in Islington via 81111: "Sam and CH (18.52) are presumably not Blackburn fans. Didn't they all hate Steve Kean?"

  9. 1916: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Watford try and stage a late rally and Fernando Forestieri, who has been lively since coming off the bench, sees his low shot deflected for a corner by Ben Turner. Good defending.


    Pete Evans: "Having seen Cardiff several times this year, I think they'd struggle. Need to invest and get in some Premier League experience."

  11. 1913: 
    INJURY TIME- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    However, Almen Abdi's free-kick goes straight into the wall - a tame effort. We're going to have four minutes of injury time.

  12. 1912: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Jordon Mutch brings down Troy Deeney and Watford, with one minute of normal time remaining, have a free-kick 25 yards out....


    Sean Whittall: "The amount of air time this ball is getting, not sure i'm watching Super Rugby or Watford v Cardiff..."

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand

    "This Watford v Cardiff game is like the old school headers & volleys. Percentage football it seems... Pressure at this stage of the season is telling."

  15. 1909: 
    FINAL FIVE- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    We're into the final five minutes as Vicarage Road tries to rally Watford. A goal seems unlikely - but I'll tempt footballing fate nonetheless.


    George B: "People can say what they want about sacking Steve Kean. The fact is that he got Blackburn relegated. Hindsight is a wonderful thing."


    Matt from Gwent via 81111: "I think the reason we've been quiet is because no Cardiff fan wants to count their chickens just yet... Hull and Watford are close behind."

  18. 1904: 
    CLOSE!- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    More Cardiff pressure with Kim Bo-Kyung dragging his shot wide. Watford appear to be struggling, but they'll fancy their chances of hitting the visitors on the counter.

  19. 1903: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Cardiff are finishing strongly, with Craig Bellamy's curling shot from inside the area appearing to be on target before being deflected out of play by his team-mate Kim Bo-Kyung. Ten to go.


    Dan Rees: "As a Cardiff fan, I think we'd survive. Strong young team, plus additions in the summer, would be enough for 17th in the Premier League."

  21. 1900: 
    YELLOW CARD- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Watford's Marco Cassetti goes into the book for a late tackle on Craig Bellamy. Not content with seeing his opponent booked, the Welsh striker gets up muttering. I reckon he could get all six numbers on the lottery and Bellamy would still find something to complain about.

    Huddersfield striker James Vaughan after the 2-2 draw with relegation rivals Peterborough

    "Felt like two points dropped today, however, at this stage every point counts! Go again next week and hopefully get the three points."

  23. 1857: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City
    Watford's Matthew Briggs (centre) is challenged by Cardiff's Daniel Pudil and Craig Bellamy

    We've around 15 minutes left in this one. I reckon Cardiff will take a point - but surely Watford would prefer all three? They are being restricted to long-range efforts at the moment though.

  24. 1855: 

    Juventus have gone 12 points clear at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win over 10-man Pescara - Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic with both goals, who celebrated by taking his shorts off and wearing them over his head. Joker.

    In La Liga,Real Madrid have thrashed Levante 5-1 with goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Kaka (penalty), Cristiano Ronaldo - obviously - and a Mesut Ozil brace. They are now 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

  25. 1852: 
    YELLOW CARD- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Aron Gunnarsson goes into the book for a foul on Fernando Forestieri. The Watford striker dusts himself down and fires a rising volley just over the bar from the resulting free-kick.


    Sam Robson: "I'm sure at one stage this season under Steve Kean Blackburn were second, now they're 22nd. Still right to sack him?"

    C H Wallace-Jones: "Wherever Steve Kean is right now I bet he's kicking back with a pint in hand laughing."

  27. 1850: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    More frustration for Cardiff as Craig Conway fires well over the bar after Aron Gunnarsson's long throw had been cleared to him on the edge of the box.

  28. 1846: 
    GET INVOLVED- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Cardiff supporters, you have been quiet tonight. If you do get promoted, how do you expect to fare in the Premier League? We've got 30 minutes remaining in this match as Cardiff's Ben Turner heads wide after slack Watford defending.

  29. 1844: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Championship player of the year Matej Vydra is not going to be adding to his 22 goals today, being replaced by Fernando Forestieri.

  30. 1840: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Burnley 3-1 Bristol City

    Bristol City goalscorer Albert Adomah: "I scored a goal and won a penalty for the team and if that had gone in the result could have been different and we might have come away with a point.

    "If we had won then we could have kept up with the teams above us but it is not over yet and we have to stay positive because we still have five games to keep ourselves in this division."

  31. 1839: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    A magnificent save from David Marshall, who turns Troy Deeney's six-yard header around the post after a good cross from the right by Joel Ekstrand. Top drawer from the Cardiff keeper.

  32. 1837: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Burnley 3-1 Bristol City

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "That was as dominant a display as I have seen from us this season. We had 25 efforts on goal and I very much enjoyed our performance.

    "We played with good ingenuity, organisation and freedom and even when we found ourselves behind at half-time we stayed calm.

    "I was really delighted with the way we went about our business but the madness of the Championship this season means that no-one can sit back and relax."

  33. 1835: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Watford make a change, with Jonathan Hogg replacing Cristian Battocchio. This game is still so finely poised, which is hardly surprising with so much at stake.

  34. 1831: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    A good start to the second half by Cardiff, with Joe Mason getting clear of the Watford defence but being foiled by Manuel Almunia's save.

  35. 1828: 
    KICK-OFF- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City
    Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay

    I wonder what Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and Watford's Gianfranco Zola said to their players at half-time? We will soon find out if it has worked - we're back under way at Vicarage Road.

    Norwich left-back Javier Garrido after the draw with Swansea

    "Swansea have got good players and it is always hard to play against this team. The three points were close but unfortunately we got one. We can do it!"

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand

    "Congratulations to Gillingham on promotion! Party time I hope for all associated!"

  38. 1823: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 Blackburn

    Are Blackburn heading for another relegation? While you give me the answer to that, here's their caretaker manager Gary Bowyer after they slipped into the relegation zone with defeat to Sheffield Wednesday:

    "We will not feel sorry for ourselves, we have six big games, including a game in hand, so it's in our hands," Bowyer said.

    "The club has been in a difficult situation all season but it's not something I'm going to shirk. All I can control is on a game-by-game basis. We are in the bottom three but have six games to change that."


    Acrosby6: "RE 1457: I wonder if Barnsley players wanted to swap shirts with Crystal Palace at full time?"

  40. 1820: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 1-2 Arsenal

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke: "Anybody who watched today's game from the start would say if we got the equaliser it would have been thoroughly deserved.

    "We can't keep conceding goals, especially against a team like Arsenal. We are still chasing 50 points down and that's what we want. We mentioned that earlier in the season as a realistic target. We're disappointed today but we will bounce back."

  41. 1814: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was very difficult in the end and we had to show another aspect of our strength at moment - resolve, spirit and fighting attitude. For a big part of the game we were in control, but in the last 20 minutes we had to show great spirit.

    "The team is growing from game to game and they showed it again today. In the Premier League it's never as comfortable as it looks. I must give credit to West Brom - they were up for the fight, it was like a cup game today."

  42. 1812: 

    Fancy some more Premier League reaction? Of course you do - standby....

  43. 1810: 
    HALF-TIME- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    BBC Sport's Neil Johnston: "There has been little to choose between the two teams in a cagey first half, chances few and far between in the battle between third and first in the Championship table. Watford finished the half strongly and Troy Deeney will feel he should have scored considering the form he has been in this season."

  44. 1808: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    There's some tasty challenges going in this afternoon, with Aron Gunnarsson's late tackle on Cristian Battocchio seeing the two benches clash - Gianfranco Zola's assistant having words with Malky Mackay. Calm down, boys.

  45. 1805: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Superb defending by Craig Bellamy, who is desperate to win promotion with this Cardiff side. He tracks back to deny Troy Deeney after the big striker had robbed Kevin McNaughton to bear down on goal.

  46. 1803: 
    WHAT A MISS- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    This game is bubbling nicely now. Watford's Matthew Briggs puts in a looping cross from the left, Matej Vydra appears to be on springs - or the defender's back - to head the ball down for Troy Deeney who blazes over from 10 yards out.


    Ian in St Anne's via 81111: "Bolton were 20th about nine weeks ago. Now fighting for that last play off spot. The Championship is, indeed, a strange animal this season."

  48. 1759: 

    PSG have gone seven points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after a 2-0 victory at Rennes, Jeremy Menez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the goals.

    In La Liga, Real Madrid lead Levante 2-1 at half-time, courtesy of goals from Gonzalo Higuain and a Kaka penalty.

    Juventus are being held 0-0 at the break in Serie A - by bottom club Pescara.

  49. 1758: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    A good chance for Watford, who capitalise on a loose pass in the Cardiff midfield and Cristian Battocchio fires a swerving shot just wide.

  50. 1756: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    I've just checked out the age of Cardiff City's Kevin McNaughton. With his silver, Ravanelli-like hair, he is the oldest looking 30-year-old I have seen for a long time.

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final ScoreWest Brom 1-2 Arsenal

    "Tottenham will be nervous after Arsenal's win. I do not think Spurs are good under pressure, Arsenal are better."

    You can watch the programme on the BBC Sport website and BBC World now.


    Mathew Phillips: "Heart says Hull to go up with Cardiff, but my head tells me Watford will edge it. Relegation... Take your pick."

  53. 1750: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Groans all around Vicarage Road as Watford catch Cardiff on the counter but the move breaks down because of Matej Vydra's poor pass.

    Football Focus presenter Dan Walker

    "Not seen Matthew Lowton's goal. Waiting for a phonecall with Tony Yeboah's mum, Jeremy Goss' milkman & Clive Mendonca before the decision is made to call it a 'thronker'."

    Dan, you can make your mind up by watching Lowton's wondrous strike on Match of the Day on BBC One at 2230 BST.

  55. 1747: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    A good Watford counter-attack, with Ikechi Anya racing down the right and his cross to the far post is cleared off the head of Matej Vydra by Kevin McNaughton. Top defending. At the other end, Craig Conway is allowed to run at the Watford defence and shoots wide.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on Final ScoreStoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    "If you have one way of playing, but that is not working well, you must find another way.

    "Stoke like to compete for the ball and get it up the pitch. There was no energy or fight today, however; What do they do now?"

    You can watch the programme on the BBC Sport website and BBC World now.

  57. 1744: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Cardiff are starting to get about Watford now, with Craig Bellamy racing into the box but being stopped in his tracks by Marco Cassetti. That's much better defending by the 35-year-old.


    Shayan: "RE 17 30: If Gianfranco Zola wins tonight, Roy Hodgson will be joined by Roman Abramovich at the next Watford game!"

    Luke: "Hull and Cardiff to go up, Watford win the playoffs... Bristol City, Blackburn and Millwall to go down."

  59. 1742: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Cardiff's Kim Bo-Kyung gets free down the right, skips past the lazy challenges of Watford's Matthew Briggs and Marco Cassetti and his low, angled shot is saved by Manuel Almunia. A warning for the Hornets.

    Arsenal attacker Lukas Podoloski after the win at West Brom

    "Well done, three points!!! On the way back home."


    Adam via 81111: "If Roy Hodgson's got any sense, he's scouting Nathaniel Chalobah. Class act and future England captain."

  62. 1739: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    These two are like two prized heavyweights, testing each other out early on - waiting for the other to drop their guard. There's been no real chances for either side to get excited about in the first 15 minutes.

    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson at Britannia StadiumStoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    "Matthew Lowton says his stunning volley which helped Aston Villa beat Stoke City is the best of his career."

  64. 1734: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Cardiff are forced into a change after Matthew Connolly picks up an early knock, to be replaced by Kevin McNaughton.

  65. 1732: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson gets his first opportunity to wind up his long throw but the Watford defence deals well with the threat. From the next attack, Craig Bellamy, sporting a questionable haircut, puts in a cross from the right but it's too close to the keeper.

  66. 1730: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    England managers past (Graham Taylor) and present (Roy Hodgson) are in the Vicarage Road stands this evening. Who might Roy be scouting?

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final ScoreStoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    "When I listen to manager Tony Pulis's analysis, what was missing is the fact that Stoke are not playing well.

    "Previously, you used to be in a battle when you played Stoke. Not anymore.

    "They were not challenging for balls or squeezing the play. They must get their confidence back."

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

  68. 1728: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Cardiff's Kim Bo-Kyung manages to send in a couple of good crosses from the right but Watford clear the danger. The home support is in good voice tonight - these late kick-offs in the evening sunshine are always good.

  69. 1726: 

    In Ligue 1, Jeremy Menez has put PSG 1-0 up at Rennes, and a victory will allow Carlo Ancelotti's side to go seven points clear at the top of the table.

    Juventus are still goalless against Pescara in Serie A, while in La Liga,Real Sociedad beat Malaga 4-2 to go four points clear of their opponents in fourth place.

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker

    "The Match of the Day running order: Stoke/Villa, West Brom/Arsenal, Norwich/Swansea, Reading/Saints. Four belting games."

    Watch highlights of the day's Premier League action on BBC One at 2230 BST.

  71. 1725: 
    Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    Watford are doing the early pressing and Troy Deeney almost wriggles clear in the box before Cardiff clear the danger. He and Matej Vydra will be big threats today.


    Will Wogan: "Barnsley to stay up again this year, they're the Wigan of the Championship doing it time and time again!"

  73. 1723: 
    KICK-OFF- Watford 0-0 Cardiff City

    We are under way at Vicarage Road. I'm looking forward to this one - two very good teams in action.

  74. 1722: 
    Watford v Cardiff City

    Watford boss Gianfranco Zola, speaking before kick-off: "I'm expecting my players to have a lot of confidence after winning in midweek but it's going to be difficult because we are playing against the top team."


    Karl Lawson: "Arsene Wenger sounds like Andre Villas-Boas with that sore throat."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "Bit worried Stoke have gone into deep decline since I stood up for them after win v Liverpool. The Minus Touch. Still think they'll stay up."

  77. 1721: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "We are disappointed. I thought we started well and the first time they get in our box they score. From that point onwards Villa created the better chances in the game.

    "It is important we stay in the Premier League. We need a point a game and it is important the lads stay confident. We have United, Tottenham, Norwich at home and then tough games away from home too. We have played well away so it is a good test for everyone at the football club now."

  78. 1719: 
    Watford v Cardiff City (1720 BST)

    The players are making their way on to the pitch at Vicarage Road. Will it be Cardiff or Watford who take one step closer to promotion to the Premier League?

  79. 1718: 

    In League Two, the big story is Gillingham's promotion as the league leaders beat Torquay at home while Bradford beat Northampton and Morecambe beat Rotherham. Exeter's defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge means Bradford are just two points off the play-offs. At the bottom, Accrington came from behind to draw with York and keep the Minstermen in the bottom three as Plymouth pulled away with a win at home to promotion-chasing Cheltenham.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "Brilliant win for Aston Villa at Stoke which has pulled Tony Pulis' side right into it. And another big win for Arsenal at WBA."

  81. 1715: 

    We're five minutes away from kick-off in the Championship's big game. I'm keen to hear from supporters of all Championship clubs. In a nutshell, who is going up and who is going down?

  82. 1714: 
    LINE-UPS- Watford v Cardiff City (1720 BST)

    Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Cassetti, Ekstrand, Abdi, Battocchio, Chalobah, Briggs, Anya, Deeney, Vydra. Subs: Bond, Yeates, Hogg, Pudil, Thompson, Geijo, Forestieri.

    Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Turner, Barnett, Taylor, Kim, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Conway, Mason, Bellamy. Subs: Lewis, McNaughton, Whittingham, Cowie, Smith, Gestede, Helguson.

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)


    Joe Harbert: "That's four wins in a row now for the Gunners. Shows the spirit we have at the moment!"

  84. 1713: 

    In League One, Doncaster are assured of at least a play-off spot as they beat Tranmere 1-0 but their lead at the top remains two points as Bournemouth came from behind to beat Notts County. At the bottom, Hartlepool live to fight another day after a win at home to Bury spares them relegation for another week with Oldham losing to Carlisle and Scunthorpe beaten away at Preston.

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "I could not believed Grant Holt stayed on the pitch for Norwich [see 1644]. There was no way he intended to win the ball, he went to intimidate Chico, that is my analysis of his tackle.

    "How did he not even get booked for that incident?"

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

  86. 1711: 
    Watford v Cardiff City (1720 BST)

    BBC Sport's Neil Johnston: "This is as big as it gets outside the Premier League. Win this and Championship leaders Cardiff are three victories away from the top-flight, while a Watford win will lift Gianfranco Zola's men to within five points of the summit with five games to play.

    "All eyes will be on Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay, who played and managed Watford before being lured to Wales in June 2011. Watford have failed to win their last two league games at Vicarage Road but Mackay will be wary of the threat posed by Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra, who has netted 20 league goals for the Hornets this season."

  87. 1710: 

    The big result in the Championship saw Sheffield Wednesday beat Blackburn 3-2 at Hillsborough which means the Lancashire side are now in the bottom three. Huddersfield were held at home to Peterborough thanks to Dwight Gale's late strike but the Terriers are still out of the drop zone.

    In the play-off race, Kazenga LuaLua scored late to earn Brighton a draw against Leicester and Bolton beat Wolves. At the top, Hull beat Middlesbrough to close the gap on leaders Cardiff to four points with the Bluebirds in action at 1720 BST against Watford.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Britannia StadiumStoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    "Aston Villa have thrown away so many games from winning positions but then came that goal from Matthew Lowton, which was a fantastic strike. Christian Benteke added to the Villa party and they were worthy winners."

    MOTD's Steve Bower at The HawthornsWest Brom 1-2 Arsenal

    "A vital win for Arsenal, who scored twice through Tomas Rosicky but then had to play for half an hour with 10 men as West Brom pulled a goal back and pressed hard for an equaliser. The Gunners move up to fourth."


    Clem Teagle: "Sat in Sheffield University's library and can practically hear the sigh of relief coming from Hillsborough from here."

  91. 1707: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Stoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "It was thoroughly deserved. We looked terrific from the off. I thought we defended really strongly and football-wise I thought we were excellent. Every time we went forward I thought we looked threatening.

    "I don't think you will see a better goal in Europe let alone anywhere else than Matt Lowton's. The technique, chest control and volley was outstanding. He has played every minute of every game in the league and he has been outstanding.

    "We are playing well. There is a lot of momentum there and collectively the players are doing fantastically."

  92. 1705: 
    Norwich 2-2 Swansea

    Match of the Day's Martin Fisher: "Norwich boss Chris Hughton is forced to settle for another point at home - but it could have been worse. Michu was presented with a glorious chance to win an entertaining game for Swansea in stoppage time but blazed over from seven yards. This point could still make all the difference at the end of the season for the Canaries."


    Ellison Reed: "So Stoke's long ball technique doesn't work anymore... What are they going to do now?"

  94. 1704: 

    Celtic are not yet Scottish Premier League champions but Neil Lennon's side are all but winners with a 15-point lead and a vastly superior goal difference over Motherwell.

    Hibs lost 3-0 at Celtic Park to end their hopes of finishing in the SPL's top six.

    The final top-half place went to Dundee United in dramatic fashion with Rory Boulding scoring an injury-time winner against Aberdeen. That win, coupled with Kilmarnock's defeat by bottom club Dundee, allowed United to move up to sixth just in time for the split.

    Dundee have reduced their deficit to 13 points but still look on their way down to the First Division.

    The SPL post-split fixtures will be announced on Monday and the division will resume in a fortnight with Scottish Cup semi-finals taking place next weekend.


    Dave via 81111: "Congratulations Chester, Blue Square North champions! Three titles in three years..."

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker

    A truly stunning goal for Lowton helped earn Villa a vital three points. Could well be goal of the season."

  97. 1701: 
    Stoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    Even if Matthew Lowton plays in the Premier League for another 10 seasons, he will never score a better - and more important - goal than that one today. It's worth watching Match of the Day at 2230 BST, that's for sure.

  98. 1659: 

    The final whistle at the Britannia Stadium brings joy for Aston Villa and despair for Stoke. Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke's late goals move Villa three points clear of the relegation zone and into 16th place. Wigan and Sunderland play on Sunday - and if they both win then Villa will drop back into the bottom three.

    Indeed, if the Latics beat second bottom Queens Park Rangers and fellow strugglers Sunderland shock Chelsea, then Stoke's alarming slump in form will see them finish the weekend just one point outside the bottom three.

    At Carrow Road, Luke Moore's 75th-minute equaliser for Swansea means Norwich blew a great chance to move within one win of the 40-point mark that usually secures Premier League safety.

    At the other end of the table, Arsenal survived a red card for centre-back Per Mertesacker to move back into the Champions League qualifying spots for 24 hours at least, one point ahead of Chelsea, thanks to Tomas Rosicky's double.


    Tom Castle: "Aston Villa were playing top-six football not many years ago but this season is more heart stopping."

  100. 1657: 

    Gillingham are promoted to League One after their 1-0 win over Torquay. Danny Kedwell gets the crucial goal to lift the Gills out of League Two. Party time in Kent.

  101. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 2-2 Swansea

    Michu's terrible miss is the last real action of a pulsating match at Carrow Road. A vital point for Norwich, who will be gutted not to take all three.

  102. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal hold on to take a crucial three points in their quest for a Champions League spot. West Brom left their fightback too late.

  103. 1653: 

    Dwight Gale has grabbed a late equaliser for Peterborough at Huddersfield as the Championship relegation battle continues to cause drama.

  104. 1653: 
    WHAT A MISS- Norwich 2-2 Swansea

    Incredible miss by Michu, of all people. The Spaniard has a chance to earn Swansea all three points but skies over the bar from seven-yards out and with the Norwich defence all at sea. Sighs of relief all around Carrow Road.

  105. 1652: 
    YELLOW CARD- Norwich 2-2 Swansea

    It has been blood and thunder stuff at Carrow Road. Jonathan de Guzman has just sent Norwich's Kei Kamara sprawling - the seventh booking of the game.

  106. 1652: 

    Celtic have done all they can do, winning 3-0 against Hibs. As things stand, they lead Motherwell by 15 points but the Steelmen are still playing St Mirren with the score at 2-2. There's been a dramatic twist at Tannadice with Dundee United taking the lead against Aberdeen through Rory Boulding. United clinch a top-six place at the expense of Kilmarnock, who lost to Dundee.

  107. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    It's all over at the Britannia, and what a result that is for Aston Villa. As for Stoke, they are well and truly in a relegation battle now.

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "Christian Benteke has been a fantastic signing for Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann support him so well.

    "Their impending win means they have a real chance now. Their performance today from the first whistle has been first class."

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

  109. 1649: 
    Stoke 1-3 Aston Villa

    Stoke supporters are pouring out. They can sense their side plummeting and it won't be getting any easier when Manchester United visit next Sunday.

  110. 1649: 

    But wait, the champagne might be on ice for Celtic as Motherwell battle back to level with St Mirren.

  111. 1648: 
    West Brom 1-2 Arsenal

    West Brom have had their chances to earn a draw today - Shane Long the latest to spurn a good opportunity when he fired over from six yards out. Into five minutes of injury time.


    bVilla: "Absolute stunner from Lowton!"

    Mr Spiteri says: "C'mon Aston Villa, giving young English talent a chance and playing well!"

    Daniel Andrew Surgeo: "I have got so much time for that goal by Lowton - Tugayesque."

  113. 1646: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-3 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (90 mins)

    Villa fans are in dreamland now - Christian Benteke slipping the ball through Robert Huth's legs on the halfway line before racing towards goal and calmly slotting past Asmir Begovic. Magic stuff.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on Final Score

    "Amazing strike. What is so good about it is that when Matthew Lowton chests the ball, he is facing the touchline, and he has to really get over the ball.

    "Christian Benteke has been a thorn in Stoke's side and Gabriel Agbonlahor has worked his socks off. They deserve to be a goal up."

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

  115. 1645: 

    Lewis McGugan has scored a penalty to bring Nottingham Forest level against 10-man Blackpool in the Championship.

  116. 1644: 
    Norwich 2-2 Swansea

    Grant Holt has only just come on as a substitute for Norwich but the former Nottingham Forest striker can count himself extremely unfortunate that he has not been sent off after a dreadful challenge on Chico Flores. Not even a yellow card. Swansea are extremely unhappy.

  117. 1642: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-2 Aston Villa - Matthew Lowton (87 mins)

    Absolutely incredible - a goal of the season contender from Matthew Lowton. The ball is cleared to him 35 yards out and the young defender controls the ball before volleying into the top corner. Take a bow, son.

  118. 1642: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 1-2 Arsenal

    West Brom almost draw level when Billy Jones's cross from the right eventually lands at the feet of Romelu Lukaku but the on-loan striker fires agonisingly wide.

  119. 1641: 

    Jermaine Johnson has now put Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 up against Blackburn. Do not rule out a few more twists at Hillsborough as both sides are desperate for the points in the Championship relegation battle.


    Chris Johnson: "Yet more points thrown away after wasting countless chances. If we could finish off games we'd be nowhere near the drop."

    Chris Bloomfield: "Get your money on Stoke to win now, Villa just can't defend."

  121. 1640: 
    Stoke 1-1 Aston Villa

    Stoke are flying now and it's Villa's turn to be placed under severe pressure. Cameron Jerome steps up to take a free-kick 25 yards out but smashes the ball over the bar.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on Final Score

    "Aston Villa have to go that step further as one goal is not enough for them in any game. They do not defend ruthlessly and Stoke have plugged away.

    "They have not played well, but their fans are now making all the noise."

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


    Gareth Jones: "Swansea need to sort their defending out! We can win this game against Norwich if we keep it tight at the back!"

  124. 1638: 

    Big goal in the race for the Championship play-offs as Matty James has put Leicester in front against Brighton.

  125. 1638: 

    It's getting hairy in Scotland with bottom club Dundee ahead again against Kilmarnock and Gary Harkins scoring another on his old stomping ground. As things stand, Killie will still be in the top six for the split but a goal for either Dundee United or Aberdeen could change that.

  126. 1637: 

    St Mirren take the lead against Motherwell, which means Celtic may well clinch the Scottish Premier League title today. Lewis Guy is on target for the Buddies, a goal celebrated at Fir Park and Celtic Park.

  127. 1636: 

    Scott Dann has equalised for Blackburn against Sheffield Wednesday which may spare them from dropping into the bottom three of the Championship. Huddersfield have gone 2-1 up against Peterborough and bottom side Bristol City trail Burnley 2-1 having led 1-0.

    In League One, Andy Monkhouse's second against Bury looks set to spare Hartlepool from the drop today while fellow strugglers Oldham and Scunthorpe both remain behind against Carlisle and Preston.

  128. 1635: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-1 Aston Villa - Michael Kightly (80 mins)

    What a crucial goal this could prove to be. Jonathan Walters gives Matthew Lowton the slip on the left, Charlie Adam helps the ball across the box and Michael Kightly is on hand to hammer the ball home from 10 yards out. The Potters are buoyant now with 10 minutes to go.

  129. 1635: 

    Kris Boyd - the SPL's all-time top scorer - equalises for Kilmarnock against Dundee and that might be enough to seal the Ayrshire side's place in the top half of the table.

  130. 1634: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-2 Swansea - Luke Moore (75 mins)

    Silence around Carrow Road as Luke Moore levels for Swansea from close range after substitute Angel Rangel's cross following good work by Dwight Tiendalli. Are Norwich to be denied their second win in 15 Premier League games?

  131. 1633: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 2-1 Swansea

    Norwich miss a glorious chance to make it 3-1 when Kei Kamara is picked out in the six-yard box but Dwight Tiendalli nips the ball off the striker's foot in the nick of time. At the other end, Lee Camp tips a Luke Moore header over the bar.

  132. 1630: 
    WHAT A MISS- Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Stoke have a rare chance. Cameron Jerome pulls the ball back for fellow striker Kenwyne Jones, who horribly mis-times his shot. That sums up Stoke's day really. Soon after, Jones and Jon Walters share some angry words - never a good sign for a team up against it.

  133. 1630: 

    In the Championship, Robbie Brady has put second-placed Hull ahead against Middlesbrough and could close the gap to leaders Cardiff who do not play until 1720 BST against Watford. Blackpool still lead Nottingham Forest but they have had Isaiah Osbourne sent off while Wes Thomas has put Birmingham ahead against Millwall.

    In League One, leaders Doncaster have gone ahead against Tranmere thanks to Rob Jones and they could guarantee at least a play-off place as MK Dons are drawing against Crawley.

    In League Two, James O'Shea has put Chesterfield ahead at Barnet while Alex Revell has pulled Rotherham level at Morecambe.

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has lived dangerously all day. That time, he watched the ball go over his head and as it bounces, he lunges.

    "I think without doubt it was a penalty. He has put the game at risk now for Arsenal, Tottenham will be watching very closely!"

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

  135. 1630: 

    Celtic are well on their way to victory against Hibs with Mikael Lustig adding to Kris Commons' double. They may have to wait to be officially declared champions with Motherwell currently drawing with St Mirren.

    Relegation-threatened Dundee remain ahead of Kilmarnock, whose top-six place remains intact so long as Dundee United and Aberdeen continue to draw 0-0.

    Follow all the action from a dedicated live text commentary on the BBC website.

  136. 1628: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-2 Arsenal - James Morrison (71 mins)

    It's a bit scruffy, but they all count - James Morrison hits his penalty straight down the middle and the ball deflects off the goalkeeper's legs and into the net.

  137. 1627: 
    RED CARD- West Brom 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal's Per Mertesacker is dismissed for his challenge on Shane Long.

  138. 1627: 
    PENALTY- West Brom 0-2 Arsenal

    Penalty for West Brom - Per Mertesacker bringing down Shane Long in the box.


    Dave Payn: "Birmingham and Liverpool's form suffered badly after winning League Cup. Same seems to be happening to Swansea."

  140. 1626: 

    We've got around 20 minutes left at The Hawthorns and The Britannia and about 25 minutes remaining at Carrow Road. All to play for.

  141. 1625: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 2-1 Swansea

    Michael Laudrup will be furious with his side's sloppy defending for both goals at Carrow Road. Having started brightly, Swansea are staring at a fourth defeat in five games since lifting the League Cup in February. Laudrup responds with a double substitution - Pablo Hernandez and Angel Rangel replacing Wayne Routledge and Ben Davies.


    Statisticians Opta: "4 - Four of Elliott Bennett's seven assists in the Premier League have come in matches against Swansea City. Thorn."

  143. 1624: 
    West Brom 0-2 Arsenal

    Romelu Lukaku's free-kick from 25 yards out is straight into the midriff of Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

  144. 1622: 

    That's it, all over - BAYERN MUNICH are Bundesliga champions after a 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. With six games still left to play in the league, Jupp Heynckes's men have triumphed in record-breaking fashion.

    Borussia Dortmund relinquished their hold on the trophy, having won it for the previous two seasons, despite a 4-2 win against Augsburg.

  145. 1621: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-2 Arsenal
    West Brom boss Steve Clarke

    West Brom have been unconvincing today, and manager Steve Clarke shakes things up by bringing Romelu Lukaku and Markus Rosenberg off the bench.

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "If Norwich can hold on, it is a game-changer for them as they will be almost at the 40-point mark which usually secures your safety."

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

  147. 1619: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-1 Swansea - Michael Turner (60 mins)

    Do they not learn? Swansea are suckered at the far post for a second time as Elliott Bennett's free-kick from the right is turned in by the unmarked Michael Turner.

  148. 1617: 

    In the Championship, Johnnie Jackson's goal for Charlton has put them ahead against Leeds with Peterborough level with Huddersfield thanks to Lee Tomlin's equaliser in the big relegation clash.

    In League One, Harry Forrester has levelled it up for Brentford against Coventry while Hartlepool still lead at home to Bury which means they will come off the bottom and keep their slim survival hopes alive.

    League Two sees Gillingham on the verge of promotion as they lead at home to Torquay while Bradford are ahead against Northampton and Rotherham trail Morecambe.


    James Brandon: "Always rated Tomas Rosicky, injuries have really not helped him."

    Daniel Jones: "Is Rosicky's contract coming to an end again? Didn't this happen last year?"

    Jon Murray: "Rosicky has been unlucky with a lot of injuries but just goes to show, you can come back."

  150. 1613: 
    Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Stoke supporters are getting frustrated at the Britannia as Cameron Jerome, on for the injured Marc Wilson, wastes a good opportunity when he gets into the box but scuffs a cross straight into the arms of the keeper.

  151. 1612: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich 1-1 Swansea

    Norwich's substitute goalkeeper Lee Camp has just come to his side's rescue with a stunning stop to deny Luke Moore from restoring Swansea's lead. It followed a fine chip by Wayne Routledge which caught the Canaries defence out, but Camp did extremely well to spread himself and prevent a goal.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on Final Score

    "You should play at your best all the time. I have been in teams that have coasted towards the end of the season, but, personally, I never switched off.

    "The West Brom centre-backs were second to the bits against Tomas Rosicky. You must protect your goalkeeper."

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


    Segun Agbaje: "Seems like Aston Villa need lectures on how to kill a game off. They may live to rue these chances missed."

    Christopher Goodman: "Need to take your chances when down at bottom, Villa have had plenty of them, need to finish them."

  154. 1610: 

    In the Bundesliga, towering centre-back Nevan Subotic has given Dortmund a 3-2 lead against Augsburg, but Bayern still lead 1-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt meaning they will clinch the title this afternoon if scores stay the same. Ten minutes left to play.

    In France, PSG have kicked-off at Rennes in Ligue 1.

  155. 1610: 

    In League Two, Gillingham have gone ahead against Torquay thanks to Danny Kedwell and, as things stand, they are going up to League One.


    Elliot Bambrough: "Gunners doing it without Theo, Wilshere, Vermaelen, Podolski. Interested to see how Spurs get on without just the one Welsh lad."

  157. 1609: 

    Celtic double their lead against Hibs with Kris Commons scoring his second of the day. As things stand, Celtic will end the day 15 points clear at the top of the division with five matches to play.

  158. 1607: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-2 Arsenal - Tomas Rosicky (50 mins)

    Tomas Rosicky goals are like buses - you wait ages for one and then see two at once. The midfielder sees his initial effort palmed out by Ben Foster, but the Czech reacts quickest to smash home the rebound.

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "Villa battered Stoke in the first half. There was no sense Stoke would be in control.

    "The only cautionary note I would add for Aston Villa, is that they have failed to get that second goal. Jordan Bowery should have done better already in this half and secured the win.

    "The Stoke fans are quiet, they are showing their nerves."

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

  160. 1606: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal come close to doubling their lead as Bacary Sagna and Gervinho lead a counter-attack that ends with Ben Foster saving well from Sagna. Foster is now down receiving treatment for a leg injury.


    Jack Willows: "I'd be worried if I was a Stoke fan, falling dangerously and only won once this calendar year!"

  162. 1605: 
    KICK-OFF- Norwich 1-1 Swansea

    We are back under way at Norwich too, a match which is slightly behind schedule because of a first-half injury to Canaries goalkeeper Mark Bunn.

  163. 1603: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa's Jordan Bowery has been a real handful all afternoon and he muscles his way through the Stoke defence before forcing a good save from Asmir Begovic.

  164. 1602: 

    We back under way at Stoke, where Matthew Etherington has been replaced by Michael Kightly. We've also resumed at The Hawthorns.


    Sam McVeigh: "WBA need to get Lukaku on and use his pace against Mertesacker."

    Louis Newman: "I honestly can't remember the last time I saw Arsenal in the Champions League places.. no matter let's stay there now!"

    Sandro Picasso: "Stoke play the worst football in the league, they deserve to go down."

  166. 1559: 
    Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    I've just been looking at Stoke's fixtures for the rest of the season and they still have to play Manchester United and Spurs. I'm circling April 27 against Norwich as one which could be critical to their season though.

  167. 1557: 
    Norwich 1-1 Swansea
    Norwich striker Grant Holt

    Norwich are fortunate to be level at the break. I wonder if striker Grant Holt might be summoned by Chris Hughton in the second half?


    Lewis in Wycombe via 81111: "If QPR, Reading, and Sunderland go down it will send a clear message that being managerially fickle is not the way to survive in the premier league. If Aston Villa stay up they will be lauded above their impatient rivals for allowing a proven manager the time to get his team together."

  169. 1555: 

    In League Two, struggling Plymouth lead promotion-chasing Cheltenham thanks to Reuben Reid. York could get out of the bottom two if they hold on to their 1-0 lead against Accrington. Bradford's play-off hopes could get a boost as they lead 1-0 at home to Northampton while seventh-placed Exeter trail Dagenham and Redbridge. Their other play-off chasing rivals Fleetwood are also behind at home to Rochdale. Gillingham's promotion party may be put on hold as they are being held by Torquay.

  170. 1554: 

    BBC Sport's Michael Emons at Hillsborough: "Before the break Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer was standing at the edge of his technical area, arms crossed and feeling the world is against him.

    "His side trail 2-1 despite taking an early lead. Leroy Lita put the Owls ahead from the spot after Reda Johnson had been fouled in the penalty area.

    "The award, which looked soft, had caught a number of home fans unaware as they thought the decision had gone against their side, but their grumbles soon turned to cheers.

    "Despite Wednesday leading, the home fans aren't appearing too confident of their side holding out for what would be a vital win."

  171. 1552: 

    Celtic are doing what they can to clinch the title today by leading Hibernian through Kris Commons' strike. Neil Lennon's side need Motherwell to lose and the Fir Park side have been pegged back by St Mirren for a 1-1 half-time score.

    Kilmarnock may miss out on a top-six place with the Ayrshire side currently losing to bottom club Dundee, who are hoping to at least delay relegation.

    Dundee United and Aberdeen are goalless at the break and one of those sides could replace Killie in the top half if a winner can be found.


    Ed Ridout: "Aston Villa are incapable of keeping a second-half clean sheet so a cheeky second before half time would have been appreciated."

    Ikram Miah: "Arsenal should not get hyped up, can see West Brom still coming back into this game."

    Chris Adamson: "A great half from the Villa, the forwards are working hard and finding space, but Westwood is pulling the strings expertly.

  173. 1552: 

    In the Championship, Blackburn trail Sheffield Wednesday and could find themselves in the bottom three at the end of today if results stay the same. Bottom side Bristol City lead 1-0 at Burnley thanks to Albert Adomah while Huddersfield lead Peterborough through Neill Danns. At the top end, play-off chasing Bolton are ahead at home to Wolves while Nottingham Forest trail Blackpool at home.

  174. 1552: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Reading 0-2 Southampton

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "My players did very well and we were really pleased with victory against a team fighting relegation but our goal still remains to focus on the next game.

    "It was very important because we hadn't won away in nine games so we were very pleased with the result.

    "Overall, especially in the second half, we played really well and fully deserved the three points."

  175. 1550: 

    As it stands, there are contrasting feelings at the Britannia Stadium as Gabriel Agbonlahor's goal moves Aston Villa - temporarily at least with Wigan not playing until Sunday - three points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place.

    In the other dug out, manager Tony Pulis cuts a more anxious figure. If the scoreline stays the same, and the Latics beat second bottom Queens Park Rangers and fellow strugglers Sunderland shock Chelsea on Sunday, Stoke will finish the weekend just one point outside the bottom three.

    Robert Snodgrass's leveller for Norwich against Swansea means they are currently on course to be a point better off than the Potters having played the same amount of games.

    At the other end of the table, Arsenal are currently back into the Champions League qualifying spots, one point ahead of Chelsea, thanks to Tomas Rosicky's goal.

  176. 1548: 

    GOAL FOR BAYERN in the Bundesliga. Bastian Schweinsteiger back-heels home a finish to put his side 1-0 up at Eintracht Frankfurt which means it does not matter what Dortmund do now at the Westfalenstadion, where they have restored parity through Julian Schreiber's second against Augsburg. Bayern on course to win the title.

    Half-time in La Liga between Real Sociedad and Malaga. The home side have taken a comfortable 3-1 advantage, with former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela on the scoresheet and are consolidating their fourth-place spot in the table.

  177. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Norwich 1-1 Swansea

    Match of the Day's Martin Fisher: "Swansea will be wondering how on earth they are not ahead at the interval. They dominated up until Robert Snodgrass's equaliser but the hosts, who need the points, have been rejuvenated since scoring. It is all to play for in the second half."

  178. 1546:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at The HawthornsHALF-TIME- West Brom 0-1 Arsenal
    Tomas Rosicky (facing the camera) celebrates scoring for Arsenal

    "Arsenal are in front at the break courtesy of a rare goal from Tomas Rosicky, who had earlier headed off the line as West Brom came close to taking the lead. After that, Arsenal could and should have doubled their lead through Aaron Ramsey. West Brom felt they had claims for a penalty for a challenge on Yacob by Laurent Koscielny. All to play for."

  179. 1546:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Britannia StadiumHALF-TIME- Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa
    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

    "There are boos from the home support which are plain to hear. Villa fans, however, will cheer their team off at the break. Gabriel Agbonlahor's goal separates the two teams, with both sides also having a penalty appeal apiece waved away."


    Robert Suckling via 81111: "Glad to see Aston Villa winning. Can definitely see Norwich conceding again."

  181. 1543: 
    WHAT A MISS- West Brom 0-1 Arsenal

    Some lovely link-up play between Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud tees up Aaron Ramsey, but the midfielder pokes wide from six yards out. Giroud then heads over from a corner as Arsenal look for a second.


    Ben Franklin: "I've been saying for the last month that Stoke will go down. Maybe after today more people will think so too!"

  183. 1540: 

    Celtic may need to wait on that expected title victory with Motherwell ahead against St Mirren through Michael Higdon. Neil Lennon's side are in front against Hibs but also need Motherwell to lose in order to clinch the championship today.

    Follow all the action from a dedicated live text commentary on the BBC website.

  184. 1540: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-1 Swansea - Robert Snodgrass (40 mins)

    Moments after Swansea's Nathan Dyer screws a shot wide, Norwich, against the run of play, go up the other end and draw level. Elliott Bennett puts in a lovely cross from the right and Robert Snodgrass stoops to head into an empty net at the far post.

  185. 1538: 

    Sheffield Wednesday have overturned their 1-0 deficit at home to Blackburn in the big Championship relegation clash as Leroy Lita scores a penalty to add to Jermaine Johnson's leveller. Elsewhere, Blackpool lead play-off chasing Nottingham Forest.

  186. 1538: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is booked for diving. The forward skipped past Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic and, even if he had been caught, he went down a yard after any contact.

  187. 1538: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Brom 0-1 Arsenal

    Tomas Rosicky, who gave Arsenal the lead at The Hawthorns, is booked for a late tackle on James Morrison.

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "If I could see the danger watching the monitor, why couldn't the Norwich defence? Michu had far too much time to take a touch in the six-yard box.

    "They should have known Michu is by far Swansea's most dangerous player."

    You can watch the programme on the Red Button, BBC HD Channel and BBC Sport website now. You can also catch the show on BBC Two at 1600 BST.

  189. 1534: 
    GOAL- Norwich 0-1 Swansea - Michu (35 mins)

    Lovely stuff from Swansea and another clinical finish from that man Michu. He's playing in a deeper role today but the end result is much the same as he meets Jonathan De Guzman's drag-back and smashes it into the roof of the net.


    Ryan in Manchester via 81111: "I really hope this means Gervinho has remembered how to play football!"


    Andy Hutt: "Form suggests Stoke are arguably the most likely candidates for the third relegation spot."

  192. 1533: 
    YELLOW CARD- Norwich 0-0 Swansea

    It is all getting a little bit scrappy at Carrow Road. Norwich's Bradley Johnson has been deservedly booked for a cynical foul on Michu - moments after Roberto Snodgrass was also cautioned for bringing down Dwight Tiendalli. The Canaries have made a disjointed start but Swansea cannot find the breakthrough.

  193. 1532: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor releases fellow forward Andreas Weimann through on goal but the Austrian's shot comes back of the foot of the post, with Potters keeper Asmir Begovic looking to have got the slightest of touches.

  194. 1531: 

    In the Championship, Blackburn's lead at Hillsborough has lasted just eight minutes as Jermaine Johnson's low shot pulls Sheffield Wednesday level after Jordan Rhodes' penalty put Rovers ahead. The only other ground that has seen goals is the Reebok Stadium where hosts Bolton lead Wolves.

    In League One, Matt Ritchie and Brett Pitman have put automatic-promotion chasing Bournemouth ahead against Notts County while Stephen McGinn has brought Shrewsbury level at Yeovil who are trying to close the gap on Bournemouth. Colchester are two up against Leyton Orient.

    In League Two, play-off chasing Fleetwood have fallen behind to Ian Henderson's goal for Rochdale while Wycombe lead Oxford United in a mid-table clash.

  195. 1530: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-1 Arsenal

    Gervinho is again playing well for Arsenal, rinsing Liam Ridewell on the right before forcing a save from Ben Foster with his low shot.

  196. 1526: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich 0-0 Swansea

    Moments after Swansea defender Ben Davies is booked for a foul, Norwich carve out an opening as Robert Snodgrass does well to cross for Michael Turner who forces a fine save from Michel Vorm from seven yards. The Canaries responding well after a bright start by the Swans.

  197. 1525: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-1 Arsenal

    West Brom almost draw level when skipper Chris Brunt's drilled free-kick from 25 yards out is well saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Brittania Stadium

    "Stoke have been pretty woeful. There is no spirit or passion from the players. Potters boss Tony Pulis is the most passionate in the Stoke camp as he has worn out his technical area."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Aston Villa on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "Gervinho twisted Gareth McAuley all over the place. Tomas Rosicky is also starting to play well, again, towards the end of the season.

    "Those are two players who have not done enough during the rest of the season."

    You can watch the programme on the Red Button, BBC HD Channel and BBC Sport website now. You can also catch the show on BBC Two at 1600 BST.

  200. 1523: 

    Celtic are in front against Hibernian with Kris Commons firing his 15th goal of the season. Neil Lennon's side need to win and hope Motherwell lose to St Mirren if they are to win the title today.

    Dundee's attempts to stave off relegation have been given a boost with Gary Harkins netting the opener against his former club Kilmarnock. A slip-up by Killie may allow either Dundee United or Aberdeen to sneak into the top six, with those two sides currently draw 0-0.


    Zizou: "And just as I was about to say Arsenal don't look like scoring here..."

  202. 1523: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Stoke just can't deal with Villa's front three - Christian Benteke running at the defence before picking out Gabriel Agbonlahor who shoots just wide.

  203. 1523: 

    Deary me. The title race in the Bundesliga may well be all but over now. Dortmund concede two goals on the stroke of half-time and go in at the break 2-1 down at home to Augsburg. Bayern still 0-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt, but remember, they only need a point to clinch the title if Dortmund do not win.

    Must mention an important game taking place in La Liga at the moment, 20 minutes gone between Real Sociedad and Malaga, still 0-0 but the home are currently in fourth place - a Champions League spot - a mere one point ahead of today's opponents who are in fifth. All to play for!

  204. 1520: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Arsenal -Tomas Rosicky

    The Gunners take the lead when Gervinho turns Gareth McAuley inside out on the left of the area before crossing for Tomas Rosicky to turn a bullet header home.


    James Penney: "Great, now Mark Bunn's injured for Norwich. Championship seeming nearer and nearer..."

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "Stoke are all over the place at the back at the moment. They are up against three attackers, with Christian Benteke as the spearhead.

    "Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor are causing them all sorts of problems out wide that they cannot come to terms with."

    You can watch the programme on the Red Button, BBC HD Channel and BBC Sport website now. You can also catch the show on BBC Two at 1600 BST.

  207. 1519: 
    Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Paul Lambert has got some of these Villa youngsters playing well. Joe Bennett is looking lively on the left, delivering another deep cross which, although coming to nothing, is a sign of the visitors' dominance.

  208. 1518: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 0-0 Swansea

    Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn, back in the side after suspension, is in trouble at Carrow Road. The former Blackburn keeper has hobbled off with a suspected hamstring injury and with the Canaries without first-choice John Ruddy due to a hip problem, Lee Camp has come on for his home debut.

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker

    "Gabriel Agbonlahor scores what could turn out to be a huge goal for Aston Villa. Fans of clubs just above the relegation zone, take deep breaths!"

  210. 1515: 

    In the Championship, play-off hopefuls Bolton have taken an early lead against Wolves through David Ngog. Dorus De Vries fails to hold Craig Dawson's attempt and the Trotters striker pounced to put them ahead before Marco Alonso doubled their lead. A Jordan Rhodes penalty has put Blackburn ahead against fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.

    In League One, second-placed Bournemouth have fallen behind to Notts County early on with Jeff Hughes putting the visitors ahead. Liam Noble has put Carlisle ahead against relegation-threatened Oldham.

    Dagenham and Redbridge have taken the lead at play-off chasing Exeter with Scott Doe putting the League Two side ahead.


    Statisticians Opta: "3 - Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored with three of his four shots on target in his last four Premier League appearances. Form."

  212. 1514: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-0 Arsenal

    It has been a low-key start at The Hawthorns but West Brom come close to taking the lead as Claudio Yacob rises to meet Chris Brunt's corner, only for Tomas Rosicky to clear his header off the line.


    Josh Brigham: "Gabriel Agbonlahor actually scored. I might just put my house on the Grand National."

  214. 1513: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa

    Villa look confident now as Jordan Bowery runs at the Stoke defence and fires a shot just wide. Good stuff from the young striker.

  215. 1512: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Norwich 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea have won just once since winning the League Cup in February yet Michael Laudrup's side have started brightly at Carrow Road. After Michu fired wide in the opening exchanges, the Spaniard set up a chance for Luke Moore which brought the game's first save from Mark Bunn. Michu has also found the net but the effort was ruled out for a foul. It is all Swansea.

    Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on Final Score

    "Stoke had made better use of the ball, but Aston Villa were positive down the right-hand side. Gabriel Agbonlahor could not miss from four yards out.

    "Agbonlahor has not got the skill and footballing brain, he has pace and power. He needs to play week-in, week-out to get the most out of him."

    You can watch the programme on the Red Button, BBC HD Channel and BBC Sport website now. You can also catch the show on BBC Two at 1600 BST.

  217. 1508: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Aston Villa - Gabriel Agbonlahor (9 mins)

    Against the run of play, Villa take a crucial lead at the Britannia. Good perseverance from Matthew Lowton on the right results in a cross which finds Gabriel Agbonlahor, who gets the better of his marker and turns the ball home from four yards out.


    Jake Pincombe: "Here's hoping that Romelu Lukaku can do parent club Chelsea a favour and knock a few points out of Arsenal today!"

  219. 1508: 
    Stoke 0-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are looking nervous and edgy at the back as Stoke continue to apply the pressure. A couple of Stoke corners have come to nothing.


    Statisticians Opta: "3 - Mikel Arteta has scored three goals in his last three PL games versus WBA; including two penalties in their last meeting. Menace."

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Brittania Stadium

    "His (Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker's) arm is way behind him and the ball from Jon Walters hits him on the wrist in the area. Therefore, his intent was to stop the ball coming into the box and, for me, it was a penalty."

    Listen to commentary of Stoke v Aston Villa on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  222. 1506: 
    Norwich 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea's Michu has the first chance of the match when he is picked out on the edge of the area but his tame shot goes well wide.


    Jim in Kendal via 81111: "Why couldn't Crystal Palace wear their away kit and Barnsley stick with what they brought?"

  224. 1504: 
    West Brom 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal are dominating the early possession, probing away at the West Brom defence, but Per Mertesacker has still had to head clear twice. This could be a good game at The Hawthorns.

    Former Stoke striker Garth Crooks on Final Score

    "Stoke boss Tony Pulis is walking down the touchline, rubbing his hands, but there is fine line between being enthusiastic and nervous.

    "Players pick up on that, so you have to be careful with your body language as a manager."

    You can watch the programme on the Red Button, BBC HD Channel and BBC Sport website now. You can also catch the show on BBC Two at 1600 BST.

  226. 1502: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Stoke 0-0 Aston Villa

    Stoke have an early penalty appeal turned down when Jonathan Walters surges into the box and his cross is handled by Villa defender Nathan Baker. I think the home side were unlucky there.

  227. 1500: 

    Half an hour gone in the games in the Bundesliga. Dortmund have taken the lead against Augsburg through Julian Schieber's strike. Bayern are still goalless at Eintracht Frankfurt with David Alaba missing a penalty for the visitors, and as things stand need a win to capture the title today.

  228. 1500: 

    The managers have done their bit and now it's over to the players. We are under way in all our 1500 BST Premier League matches.


    Jesse Sunquist: "Here's to Gervinho scoring again for Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey putting in another solid performance (though I'm not holding my breath)."

  230. 1458: 

    The sun is shining around the country and we have three games of Premier League football about to kick off. What could be better?

  231. 1457: 

    So the Barnsley kitman went out last night and bought 18 pairs of white socks after Crystal Palace asked them to change the colour for today's Championship fixture, although they believed their red shirts would still be OK. However, referee Keith Stroud told them today they would not be able to play in their own home kit which has led to a quick dash to get numbers printed on the Palace away kit.

  232. 1455: 

    There's some Eminem pumping out at the Britannia as the players gather in the tunnel. This game is massive for both teams - five minutes until kick-off.

  233. 1453: 

    In Serie A, with second-placed Napoli not in action today, Antonio Conte's Juventus can stretch their lead at the top to 12 points when they host bottom-side Pescara. We have a 1600 kick-off there.

    Marseille's victory over Bordeaux last night cut the deficit in Ligue 1 to four points, but top side PSG face Rennes at 1600 BST. PSG are looking to win their first French top-flight title since 1993-94.

    And in La Liga, the title may already be a formality for Barcelona who sit 13 points clear of Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho's men face Levante at 17:00 BST, looking to keep their grip on the trophy for just a few more games.


    Ben, a Southampton fan, via 81111: "After beating us 1-3 at St Mary's last season to secure the Championship title, it's nice to beat them on their own pitch this term. All the best to Nigel Adkins though - top bloke."


    Matt St: "Bye bye Premier League, see you again in 2014 though!"

    Jozef Brodala: "Odd no-one is mentioning Stoke as possible relegation candidates, if they lose today they'd be one point off the relegation zone."

    Thomas Patterson: "Come on you Gunners, we need to win so we have a chance to go fourth."

  236. 1451: 

    BBC Scotland's Thomas McGuigan: "Victory for Celtic against Hibs and Motherwell losing to St Mirren would see Neil Lennon's side crowned SPL champions for a second straight season.

    "And the race for sixth place will be decided by quarter to five. Sixth-placed Kilmarnock have 42 points. Should they win at home to Dundee, then they'll clinch sixth spot. If they drop points and Dundee Utd beat Aberdeen, then Jackie McNamara's side will secure sixth place.

    "Similarly, if Aberdeen beat United and Dundee take something at Rugby Park, then Craig Brown gives the Dons the perfect parting gift before retiring from management. Hibs have a distant chance of clinching sixth spot too.

    "And, following Hearts' win at Tynecastle, Dundee will be relegated IF they lose to Kilmarnock..."

    Follow all the action from a dedicated live text commentary on the BBC website.

  237. 1451: 
    Reading 0-2 Southampton

    Southampton goalscorer Jay Rodriguez: "I thought we played really well today and stuck to our gameplan.

    "[For my goal] I saw the ball come over and played for it. Luckily, I got good contact and did not touch the goalkeeper, so it was a good challenge.

    "I can thank Nigel Adkins as he brought me to a great club. It is a massive three points for us, it is so tight at the bottom, so three points are massive."

  238. 1448: 

    If League Two table-toppers Gillingham beat Torquay today and Rotherham fail to win at Morecambe or Northampton do not get three points at Bradford, then they will be celebrating promotion this evening. A draw could be enough for the Gills depending on other results. Fourth-placed Cheltenham will be hoping for three points in their bid for automatic promotion at struggling Plymouth with the Pilgrims battling to beat the drop. York will be looking to get out of the bottom two with a win at home to Accrington.

  239. 1447: 

    In League One, leaders Doncaster can secure at least a play-off place if they beat Tranmere at home and MK Dons fail to win against Crawley. However, Rovers will be more concerned with what second-placed Bournemouth do at home to Notts County. Bottom side Hartlepool could become the first club to be relegated in the Football League if they do not win against fellow strugglers Bury and Oldham beat Carlisle or Scunthorpe win at Preston.

  240. 1446: 
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is at Aintree today for the Grand National meeting. You can listen to racing from Liverpool and follow all the afternoon's football on BBC Radio 5 live.

  241. 1443: 

    BBC Sport's Michael Emons at Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn: "Blackburn's turbulent season, which has seen them have five different managers, could take another twist at Hillsborough today. Rovers are without a victory in nine league matches and a failure to win an away league game this year has seen them fall down the table. They face fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday and a defeat for Blackburn could take them into the Championship relegation places for the first time in 2012-13."

  242. 1442: 

    In the Championship, there is plenty of action at both ends of the table. In the evening kick-off, table toppers Cardiff visit third-placed Watford in the battle for automatic promotion with second-placed Hull looking to close the seven-point gap on the Bluebirds as they host Middlesbrough at 1500 BST.

    In the race for the play-offs, Leicester visit Brighton looking to leapfrog the Seagulls. At the other end of the table, Blackburn visit Sheffield Wednesday while Huddersfield and Peterborough will both be looking to get out of the bottom three as they face each other.


    Statisticians Opta: "3 - Southampton have won three successive Premier League games for the first time since December 2003. Impressive."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "Southampton now putting results together to match performances with that 2-0 win at Reading. As for Reading - no way out of relegation."

  245. 1441: 
    LINE-UPS- West Brom v Arsenal (1500 BST)

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Brunt, Dorrans, Morrison, Thomas, Long. Subs: Myhill, Popov, Rosenberg, Lukaku, Tamas, Fortune, Isaiah Brown.

    Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gervinho, Cazorla, Arteta, Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Vermaelen, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Jenkinson, Gibbs.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  246. 1441: 
    TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Arsenal (1500 BST)

    West Brom make two changes from the side beaten at West Brom last weekend - James Morrison returns from a hamstring injury to replace Youssouf Mulumbu in central midfield and winger Jerome Thomas is preferred to striker Romelu Lukaku, meaning Shane Long starts alone up front alone. Arsenal are unchanged following the 4-1 victory over Reading, so Lukasz Fabianksi retains the goalkeeper's jersey and Gervinho supports Olivier Giroud in attack.

  247. 1440: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Swansea (1500 BST)

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

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

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  248. 1440: 
    TEAM NEWS- Norwich v Swansea (1500 BST)

    Goalkeeper Mark Bunn returns to the Norwich starting line-up after serving a one-match ban. He's the only change from the team that lost 1-0 at Wigan.

    Swansea midfielder Leon Britton misses out on what would have been his 400th career league appearance after his partner gave birth to twin boys this morning. Ki Sung-Yeung comes in to replace him. Michu drops back into midfield with Luke Moore coming in up front as Pablo Hernandez drops to the bench.

  249. 1439: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Aston Villa (1500 BST)

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

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

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  250. 1439: 
    TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Aston Villa (1500 BST)

    Stoke make three changes from the loss to Everton last time out. Winger Matthew Etherington, midfielder Dean Whitehead and striker Kenwyne Jones replace Glenn Whelan, Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome.

    Aston Villa make two changes from the defeat by Liverpool. Midfielder Fabian Delph and forward Jordan Bowery come into the side for Yacouba Sylla and Barry Bannan. Striker Darren Bent is on the bench after a spell out injured.

  251. 1438: 

    Reading's 2-0 defeat to Southampton gives Aston Villa extra motivation at Stoke as victory will move them 10 points above Nigel Adkins's Royals, as well as lifting them - temporarily at least with Wigan not playing until Sunday - out of the relegation zone.

    Stoke can follow in Southampton's footsteps and all but secure their Premier League status if they can come out on top at the Britannia Stadium. Norwich can similarly move onto a nerve-steadying 37 points with a win against Swansea.

  252. 1438: 

    Shall we have a sneaky peek at the line-ups in this afternoon's 3pm Premier League kick-offs?

    Former England defender Martin Keown at Madejski Stadium

    "There was great movement from all the Southampton players, they are a team going from strength to strength.

    "You contrast that to Reading, who look doomed now. Manager Nigel Adkins has to go back to the drawing board and work out the best system for this Reading team."


    Matt Barron: "I get the feeling we now know two out of the three teams to be relegated in Reading and QPR."

  255. 1436: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 0-2 Southampton

    That's it, all over - a victory that moves Southampton into the relative safety of mid-table while Reading will struggle to avoid relegation now.

  256. 1435: 
    WHAT A MISS- Reading 0-2 Southampton

    There have been some bad misses in this match and Southampton's Guly do Prado is the latest culprit when he blazes over the bar after being presented with an open goal by Nathaniel Clyne's pull-back.

  257. 1434: 

    We're going to have three minutes of injury time. Surely there won't be another famous Reading comeback today? By the way, a quick refresh of this page and you will be able to watch Final Score.

  258. 1432: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading 0-2 Southampton

    Guly do Prado is brought on for Steven Davis as we approach injury time. This has been another job well done by Southampton.


    Stuart Ingram: "The importance of this match seems to have dawned on Reading... Shame it took them conceding two goals to realise it!"

  260. 1430: 
    Reading 0-2 Southampton

    Rickie Lambert will rightly take most of the plaudits today, but I have also been mightily impressed with Jay Rodriguez. He scored the opener, but it's his all-round display which has caught the eye - his link-up play with Lambert and Gaston Ramirez has been superb. We've got three minutes left now.


    Ed in Cranbrook via 81111: "Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to safety we go!"

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker
    Adam Lallana celebrates scoring for Southampton

    "Lallana doubles Southampton's lead. La La!"

  263. 1425: 
    Reading 0-2 Southampton

    Southampton are cruelly toying with Reading now, who seem resigned to their fate. Saints supporters must be incredibly pleased on the basis of this performance. Surely they are only a couple of wins away from safety now?


    Paul Moore: "RE 1405 - Crystal Palace v Barnsley... Itching powder in the shorts and socks? An opportunity not to be missed."

  265. 1422: 
    Reading 0-2 Southampton

    We're into the final 10 minutes now as Reading win another corner which is confidently caught by Artur Boruc.


    Statisticians Opta: "50 - Adam Lallana has just scored his 50th goal for Southampton in all competitions. Landmark."

    Former England defender Martin Keown at Madejski Stadium

    "It was poor goalkeeping as there should not have been any danger. Maybe not quite all the ball was over... It is hard to judge.

    "I would have been happy to see the referee give a goal to punish the shocking goalkeeping there from Artur Boruc."

    Listen to commentary of Reading v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  268. 1419: 
    CLOSE!- Reading 0-2 Southampton

    Reading are furious - Saints keeper Artur Boruc makes a hash of collecting Adam Le Fondre's header and almost carries the ball over the line. It appears the linesman just about got that one right but it was incredibly close. Cue goal-line technology debates.

  269. 1419: 

    The big story in Europe today could be in the the Bundesliga, where league leaders Bayern Munich can clinch the title, with six games to spare, if they manage to get a draw or win at Eintracht Frankfurt (1430 BST kick-off), and Dortmund fail to win at home against Augsburg. Last time out, Bayern had a thumping 9-2 win over Hamburg. Manager Jupp Heynckes may look to shuffle his team around, with the second leg of their Champions League clash against Juventus in mind.

  270. 1417: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading 0-2 Southampton

    Reading make an immediate change after the goal, with Noel Hunt replacing Hal Robson-Kanu. Too little, too late?

    Former England defender Martin Keown at Madejski Stadium

    "A weakness for Reading has been tracking runners from deep. It was a simple one-two and Adam Lallana was right behind the defence."

    Listen to commentary of Reading v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  272. 1415: 
    GOAL- Reading 0-2 Southampton - Adam Lallana (72 mins)

    It's dreamy football from Southampton as they double their lead and leave Reading with a mountain to climb. Jay Rodriguez clips a glorious ball over the top for substitute Adam Lallana to slide home.

  273. 1414: 
    Stoke v Aston Villa (1500 BST)

    Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is back on the bench as he continues his comeback from injury.

  274. 1412: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Arsenal (1500 BST)

    Arsenal are unchanged for their match at West Brom - so Lukasz Fabianski continues in goal. Wojciech Szczesny is not in the squad.


    Matt in Telford via 81111: "Reading are so far adrift they need a rescue boat. Unfortunately for them, I don't think Hal Robson-Canoe will help."

    Former England defender Martin Keown at Madejski Stadium

    "Southampton are taking the legs out of Reading as they force them to chase the ball relentlessly. Southampton's possession will be tiring their opponents out."

    Listen to commentary of Reading v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  277. 1412: 
    Reading 0-1 Southampton

    Reading just can't get the ball off Southampton now - they look distinctly second best. Nigel Adkins must be so frustrated to see a team he built being so dominant against his new side.

  278. 1411: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Norwich v Swansea (1500 BST)

    Grant Holt is once again named on the bench for Norwich ahead of their game against Swansea.


    Will Dinsdale: "No desire from Reading, barely chasing the ball and Southampton knocking it around beautifully now."

    Shohidur Rahman: "Heskey played for England 62 times but Lambert can't get a single cap. Right....."

  280. 1409: 
    Reading 0-1 Southampton

    Rickie Lambert is pulling the strings like a master puppeteer - his latest pass from the top drawer almost playing in Jay Rodriguez's for Southampton's second.

  281. 1407: 
    Reading 0-1 Southampton

    Reading's goal is living a charmed live now, with Morgan Schneiderlin taking an air-shot six yards out which could have doubled Southampton's lead.

  282. 1407: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Stoke v Aston Villa (1500 BST)

    Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones comes into the starting XI as one of three changes. He replaces Peter Crouch.

  283. 1406: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading 0-1 Southampton

    Southampton make a change too, with Adam Lallana coming on for Gaston Ramirez.

    Former England defender Martin Keown at Madejski Stadium

    "Great movement again there (1402). Southampton are full of imagination.

    "You contrast that to Reading, who are only playing hopeful passes and they can barely string two passes together

    "At top level football, you are exhausted due to the levels of concentration required. Southampton's intelligent movement will be tiring Reading out."

    Listen to commentary of Reading v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Daily Mirror journalist Ed Malyon

    "Referee Kevin Stroud has decided Barnsley's kit is too similar to Crystal Palace's, so Barnsley will wear Palace's away kit. Absolutely brilliant."

  286. 1405: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Reading 0-1 Southampton

    A half-chance for Reading but Adam Le Fondre struggles to make it count when the ball lands at his feet on the edge of the box and the former Rotherham striker puts his effort into the stands. Reading being on Garath McCleary for Danny Guthrie.

  287. 1402: 
    Reading 0-1 Southampton

    There's 30 minutes left in this game as Hal Robson-Kanu wins a corner through sheer persistence. However, it comes to nothing and is hacked away by Southampton. Saints continue to strike on the counter and Rickie Lambert almost slides in Jay Rodriguez's cross after starting the move himself in midfield. A class act.

  288. 1400: 
    Reading 0-1 Southampton

    A stroke of luck for Southampton's Artur Boruc, who fails to gather a corner but the ball rebounds off Hal Robson-Kanu at the far post back into the keeper's grateful hands.


    Ben Foley: "Dare I say that Rickie Lambert is better than Wayne Rooney this season?"

    Andrew Musgrove: "If Jay Rodriquez is a shout for England with 5 league goals, then Ricky Lambert must be the foundation..."


    David in Worcestershire via 81111: "QPR and Reading are doomed, no matter what happens this weekend. If you get 23 points from 31 games, you aren't going to get 17 from the last seven, however good your manager is."

  291. 1358: 
    Reading 0-1 Southampton

    Pavel Pogrebnyak is going through his warm-up routines on the sidelines. He might give Reading a different, more threatening option, up front.

    Former England defender Martin Keown at Madejski Stadium

    "It is all two-touch from Southampton. They control it, pass it, and move.

    "Every time they win the ball off Reading, they look to break. They manage the ball very well and build-up in a controlled manner through the team."

    Listen to commentary of Reading v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  293. 1356: 

    Hearts run out winners against Ross County but the 4-2 scoreline seemed unlikely only half an hour ago. Should Dundee lose and St Mirren avoid defeat the former will be relegated today.

  294. 1356: 
    CLOSE!- Reading 0-1 Southampton
    Adrian Mariappa of Reading (right) holds off Southampton's Jay Rodriguez

    Rickie Lambert slices open the Southampton defence with another cracking pass but Adam Federici manages to save Steven Davis's effort. I've been impressed with Mauricio Pochettino's Saints side today.


    Oliver Morar: "I think Jay Rodriguez is a good shout for England."

  296. 1353: 
    Reading 0-1 Southampton

    Like in the first half, Reading are enjoying plenty of possession without having any penetration in the final third. Danny Guthrie's shot is charged down and Southampton try to launch another counter without success.

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No movement 1 Chelsea 29 36 67
No movement 2 Man City 30 34 61
No movement 3 Arsenal 30 27 60
No movement 4 Man Utd 30 25 59
No movement 5 Liverpool 30 12 54
No movement 6 Southampton 30 21 53
No movement 7 Tottenham 30 5 53
No movement 8 Swansea 30 -4 43
No movement 9 West Ham 30 3 42
No movement 10 Stoke 30 -3 42
No movement 11 Crystal Palace 30 -5 36
No movement 12 Newcastle 30 -15 35
No movement 13 Everton 30 -4 34
No movement 14 West Brom 30 -12 33
No movement 15 Hull 30 -12 28
No movement 16 Aston Villa 30 -20 28
No movement 17 Sunderland 30 -21 26
No movement 18 Burnley 30 -23 25
No movement 19 QPR 30 -23 22
No movement 20 Leicester 29 -21 19