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Live text commentary of Liverpool v Aston Villa after Premier League wins for Man City, Arsenal, Newcastle, Norwich and Palace.

18 January 2014

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  1. 1954: 

    Brendan thinks it was a clear penalty then, and he thinks that his side can finish in the top four.

    We shall see - but we are all back tomorrow for Swansea v Tottenham and Chelsea v man Utd.

    Join us there! Cheers.

  2. 1950: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I thought first half we were not at our best. You have to give credit to Villa for that.

    "They were dynamic and we could not get any flow in the game. We were disappointed with the goals.

    "They played a diamond which got in between us. We played a flexible and narrow 4-4-2.

    "We were too slow, and could not get the overload.

    "It was a clear penalty. When you watch it closely, the goalkeeper's left arm made contact with Luis Suarez's foot. I thought we were unlucky not to get another penalty when Leandro Bacuna handballed it.

    "It leaves us with the possibility of arriving in the top four, we know it was always going to be difficult for us. I have seen enough of the character of the players to keep pushing forwards.

    "We cannot be at our best every day."

  3. 1944: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa
    Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "I thought we were outstanding. In the first half, we should have been out of sight.

    "It was full of big, big performances.

    "[On whether his team were nervous after conceding in first-half injury time] Not really, I know the threat we have got. Christian Benteke was back to his best, Ryan Bertrand was outstanding and Ron Vlaar was fantastic.

    "I think Brad Guzan pulled his arms away [for the penalty], which could be a biased view. You are up against the Kop End, and that can be intimidating.

    "I thought we were fantastic."

  4. 1939: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa
    Steven gerrard

    Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard: "They deserved a point. We were nowhere near good enough in the first half. We showed good character to get back into it. Looking back it was probably a fair result.

    "We expected them to be good on the counter-attack and they were even better than we thought.

    "They put a lot of men around me in the first half. Whenever I got the ball they swamped me and I admit it wasn't one of my better 45 minutes.

    "The problem today and the reason fans will be disappointed is our immaculate home record.

    "It is no time to panic and we will carry on fighting for fourth. They are all big tests now."

  5. 1936: 

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    Paul Heskins: That's why Liverpool cannot be serious contenders, always conceding and reliant on Suarez.

    Jamie Smith: Think Villa deserve a lot of credit for their performance. Fully deserving of a point, maybe even three! Great game all round

    Ant: Coupon buster...

  7. 1929: 
    Premier League

    This Premier League season reaches new levels of absurdity as six points now cover the entire bottom half. Win two games and you're going for Europe. Lose three in a row and you're going down...

  8. 1927: 

    Who's on first on tonight's Match of the Day then? Plan your evening around this lot, on BBC One at 2220:

    1. Man City v Cardiff, 2. Arsenal v Fulham, 3. Liverpool v Villa, 4. West Ham v Newcastle, 5. Sunderland v Saints, 6. Palace v Stoke, 7. Norwich v Hull

  9. 1926:  
    BBC RadioLiverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "The whole start of the game set the problems for Liverpool. I didn't like the formation, Sterling and Coutinho on the flanks. Villa put Liverpool under a great deal of pressure, but Brendan Rodgers did change thing round a bit. And it was a valiant effort from Liverpool in the end to recover.

    "Liverpool will have a lot of games like this, with teams like Villa who have struggled all season coming here and being delighted to take away a point. For Liverpool, it's a point from absolutely nothing having not punched their weight in the first half."

  10. 1925: 
    Top six

    That point keeps Liverpool in fourth place then but a win for Everton at West Brom on Monday night would be enough for Roberto Martinez's side to climb back above them. Liverpool were top at Christmas but that seems a long time ago. If Chelsea lose at home to Manchester United tomorrow then it could begin to resemble a two horse race...

  11. 1924:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at AnfieldFULL-TIME- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    "You could argue both teams dropped points. Liverpool because they were at home and Aston Villa because they were 2-0 up. An exciting game."

  12. 1923: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    All over then. Liverpool come from 2-0 down but neither side will feel too satisfied with the end result.

  13. 1921: 
    Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Luis Suarez weaves into the area, evades a challenge and stays on his feet, and hammers in a shot/cross from a tight angle which Brad Guzan pushes across the area. Liverpool mounting some intense pressure for the first time...

  14. 1919: 
    INJURY TIME- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    FOUR MINUTES added on at Anfield, where Villa continue to hold their own.

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    Hashim Albahbahani: Suarez hasn't contributed to a goal for over 30 minutes. Drought.

  16. 1913: 
    FINAL FIVE- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Villa keep the ball for an extended period but they are loathe to pull the trigger from long range, the ball ends up at the feet of Christian Benteke but he is crowded out and Liverpool clear their lines. One more goal in this?

  17. 1909: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Ryan Bertrand is short of match fitness and the on-loan Chelsea man is replaced by Antonio Luna for the closing stages. Villa have shown enough to suggest they are more than capable of hanging on for the draw.

  18. 1908: 
    Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    This is naughty from Daniel Sturridge, who lashes out at Leandro Bacuna as the pair tussle in the penalty area. Not a punch, more of a shove, but he certainly 'raised his hands' there and was lucky not to be see by referee Jonathan Moss.

  19. 1905: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Brilliant free-kick from that man Luis Suarez, whipping the ball over the wall and into the side-netting from 25 yards. Almost another belter from the divisive Uruguayan.

    15 minutes remain.

  20. 1902: 
    SHOWBOAT- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Grant Holt almost gets on the end of a searching cross and then loses his man with a wonderful bit of skill inside the area, but the cross is then cleared.

    Holt has done alright for Villa since he came on. He's put himself about and been a willing runner, which may come as surprise to some Wigan fans, I know...

  21. 1857: 
    Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    The penalty/no penalty debate rages on, and it will do throughout the game, the managers' press conferences and tomorrow's papers, with every man and his dog having a differing view.

    I'm not so sure that Brad Guzan needed to make any challenge at all, Luis Suarez was going away from goal. Anyway, on with the game...

    Liverpool in the ascendancy now, as we tick into the last 20 minutes.

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    Tony Kibble: Really getting fed up with 'nudges' being given as fouls. Last time I looked just touching someone wasn't against the rules.

    Ash: Easy to call that a dive, but I can't think of any player who wouldn't have gone down under that.

  23. 1854: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    And Lucas can't carry on, his day is done as Joe Allen takes his place.

  24. 1853: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Fine save this time from the big American, as Brad Guzan gets down well to his left to push away Jordan Henderson's low shot after a neat move down the right.

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    From Benji in London: I still can't understand why Dougie Freedman left Crystal Palace when they were pushing for promotion last season. He could be managing in the Premier League now rather than fighting for Championship survival.

  26. 1850: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa make a change as Yacouba Sylla replaces Karim El Ahmadi in midfield, while Liverpool have concerns over half-time replacement Lucas who is down and flexing his knee.

  27. 1848: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    A Luis Suarez sized can of worms right there. Not for the first time.

    Aston Villa have responded well to the setback though and fashion a good effort as midfielder Fabian Delph beats one man 30 yards out before curling wide, just wide. Cracking tempo to the game now.

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    Sham Gallagher: Just like Raheem Sterling's last week. Soft penalty. Back now Liverpool can win it.

    Alan Mackie: ANOTHER dive by Luis Suarez on first viewing. Didn't look like there was any contact, daft by Guzan to lunge in though

    James Blackwell: No chance was that a penalty. Silly by Guzan yes. But Suarez toe poked Guzan, not a foul at all. Absolute joke

    Paul Walmsley: And here come the Suarez haters. Stonewall penalty

  29. 1845: 
    Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Good reaction from Aston Villa though, Grant Holt running the channel and whipping in a great cross which Martin Skrtel scrambles clear. The game is opening up.

  30. 1844: 
    Dougie Freedman

    A grim day for Dougie Freedman as the Bolton boss watched his side thumped 7-1 at Reading, a defeat the Scot called "embarrassing".

    "Not too many players stood up for the jersey," he said afterwards. "I don't want many days like that and I certainly wasn't prepared for a half-time speech like that.

    "It had to come from the heart. I told the players to play for their pride and their place in the team but I didn't see too many players who wanted that. I'm not going to stick up for anyone today. It was just embarrassing."

  31. 1844:  
    BBC RadioLiverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "It was a great ball through from Gerrard to Suarez and Guzan came out. Did he actually touch Suarez? Yes, a little nudge on him. And Gerrard's penalty kick was so accurate, with such pace on the ball even though it was with the side of his foot. You've got to have something about you to score penalties like that."

  32. 1842: 
    Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa

    Cracking atmosphere inside Anfield now as Luis Suarez takes a quick free-kick from near the halfway line and almost chips Brad Guzan, drifting it onto the roof of the net.

    The goalkeeper put himself in an awkward position for that penalty award. Once he decided to come out and make the challenge, he was always likely to concede a penalty.

  33. 1841: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa - Steven Gerrard (Pen 53 mins)

    How quickly fortunes can change. Lambasted in the first half, loved now, Steven Gerrard slots home the penalty to level it up.

  34. 1840: 
    PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    Great ball from Steven Gerrard sends Luis Suarez away, he skips around Brad Guzan and the American brings him down. The keeper tries to bring his arms away but that's always going to be a penalty.

  35. 1837: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    Not exactly a like-for-like change - the injured Gabby Agbonlahor is replaced by Grant Holt, as the on loan Wigan man makes his debut.

  36. 1836: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    Ryan Bertrand makes his Villa debut memorable in at least one way, chopping down Raheem Sterling with a nasty lunge and going in the book. He's not played for a while and the left-back seems to have spent most of the time in the tattoo parlour...

  37. 1834: 
    Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    Steven Gerrard is instantly deployed further up the pitch, with Lucas slotting into his deeper role. Can Liverpool recover?

  38. 1833: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    And the home side get us back in business.

  39. 1833: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    The shape was all wrong, and Lucas is indeed on at the break, replacing Philippe Coutinho.

  40. 1831: 
    HALF-TIME OMENS- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa have gone on to win all three Premier League matches this season where they have led at half-time - their last such defeat came with the 2-1 home loss to Chelsea in May 2013.

    Conversely, Liverpool have not won in their last nine Premier League home matches when behind at half-time (four draws, five defeats) - since the 2-1 victory against Bolton on January 1st 2011.

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    Red Chump: Pretty simple: Take Sterling &Coutinho off. Bring Allen & Lucas on. Channel the game through them. Let Gerrard sit deep

    Craig Harding: How fickle football fans are, calling for Gerrard to be dropped is stupid

  42. 1825: 
    STEVE GERRARD, GERRARD- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa
    Steven Gerrard

    Social media is awash with chuntering about the performance of Steven Gerrard, and which ever way you slice it the England captain has had an off day. Playing very deep - as this touch graphic shows - he has has little influence on the game in an attacking sense and has been dithering defensively.

    He's made just 16 passes all half - compare that to Jordan Henderson with 33 or even the revitalised Christian Benteke with 30.

  43. 1823: 

    New BDO darts champion Stephen Bunting is the half-time guest at Anfield. Perhaps the Reds can take a lesson or two from the big man on finishing.

  44. 1822:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCITY IN 90 SECONDS- Man City 4-2 Cardiff
    Manchester City goals

    Listen to Manchester City's four goals in 90 seconds on the BBC Radio 5 live website as they beat Cardiff City 4-2. Edin Dzeko scored Manchester City's 100th goal of the season, which was the first Premier League goal to be given through goal-line technology. Goals followed from Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. Ian Dennis and Kevin Kilbane commentate.

  45. 1822:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at AnfieldHALF-TIME- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    "Aston Villa will be a little bit rattled as they will think that was undeserved on the stroke of half time. Aston Villa probably deserved to go in 2-0 ahead at half time but Daniel Sturridge has got Liverpool back in the game."

  46. 1821:  
    BBC RadioLiverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "It was about time Liverpool showed the fans something, because that sort of movement for the goal is exactly what's been missing.

    "It wasn't a surprise to me that Villa attacked Liverpool throughout the half, and tried to expose a defence that has been at sixes and sevens. They have simply tried to put it in there as often as possible. And Villa have dominated the midfield - there's something amiss from a Liverpool perspective. They need to raise the tempo and move more intelligently, and then Liverpool could go on to win this game."

  47. 1820: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

    Awful for 44 minutes, but only one goal behind. Maybe playing all those attacking players wasn't such a bad idea.

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    Richard Williams: Zinedine Henderson

  49. 1817: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa - Daniel Sturridge (45 mins)

    Dare I say I told you so? Out of nothing comes a fine goal. Luis Suarez probes 30 yards from goal, he shapes to shoot but instead finds Jordan Henderson, who backheels a magic touch into the run of Daniel Sturridge, and he does the rest, lifting a finish into the roof of the net. Liverpool have a get out of jail card.

  50. 1816: 
    Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa

    Anfield in a state of shock at this first-half performance. Expect sweeping changes at the break - but don't count the hosts out yet, either.

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    Samuel Olawale: This is why England have the best leagues, simply unpredictable. Anyone can beat anyone

  52. 1811: 
    WILD!- Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa

    Liverpool's best moment of the half as they finally get conductor Luis Suarez into the game, he skips away from two men, sucks in a third before rolling the ball into the run of Aly Cissokho on the overlap.

    The left wing-back has time to take a touch and steady himself, but then blazes a shot horribly into the Anfield Road end. Suraez contemplates taking some serious action. He looks disgusted.

  53. 1810:  
    BBC RadioLiverpool 0-2 Aston Villa

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "Mignolet came out and got his fingertips to it, knocking it off the head of Johnson who was going to deal with it. Villa must have looked at Liverpool's defensive situation of late, which has been shaky, and sought to take advantage. There's got to be a dramatic change for Liverpool, maybe at half-time. The next goal is vital, and Liverpool must seek to get some normality into their play and some possession."

  54. 1809: 
    THIS TIME LAST YEAR...- Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa

    Last season, Villa won 3-1 at Anfield.

    They were 2-0 up at the break, with goals from Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann. Deja vu all over again...

  55. 1806: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-2 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (36 mins)

    Two goals in a week for the big Belgian, but this is a catalogue of errors from a Liverpol side who have been awful so far.

    Again, Gabby Agbonlahor is the provider but he has so much time and space out wide to measure a cross from the right this time, Glen Johnson and Simon Mignolet both go for it, and both miss it, to leave a sheepish Christian Benteke free to head meekly into the vacant net.

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    Kenny: Shocking performance so far from Liverpool. Look all at sea at the back. Toure looks a liability and Gerrard seems to be playing centre half!!!

    Josh: Surely now, others may start to see how Gerrard should not be starting in this Liverpool XI.

    Dale, in Bath: Gerrard looking incredibly poor. Liverpool play better without him. Rely too much on his Hollywood passes when he's in the team and quite frankly, he's no longer good enough.

  57. 1801: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 1-0 Hull
    Nikica Jelavic

    Hull manager Steve Bruce on new signing Nikica Jelavic: "In the first hour, before he tired, he showed what a really good player he is. When we get him right he will be a big acquisition. He will score goals."

  58. 1759:  
    BBC RadioLiverpool 0-1 Aston Villa

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "That goal from Villa was coming. The game is passing some Liverpool players by, like Coutinho and Sterling. It's down to a lack of midfield togetherness. It's evident that Liverpool need Lucas in there. And Villa have done their homework - the back four is not one of Liverpool's strengths."

  59. 1757: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa

    Like a thoroughbred at nearby Aintree, Gabby Agbonlahor is tearing it up. So much speed, again he gets clear of the trailing defenders and wins a corner, ending up over the barrier and in the Kop.

    He looks a bit shaken but is OK. At the other end, Luis Suarez is down in a heap, holding his ear, after a robust challenge from Leandro Bacuna.

  60. 1755: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa - Andreas Weimann (25 mins)

    But Villa do lead - it's 100% deserved too. Gabriel Agbonlahor skins Kolo Toure for pace before driving into the box and putting a low cross into the goalmouth where Andreas Weimann cannot miss, tapping in from two yards out.

    Liverpool must wake up now - surely?

  61. 1753: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    Liverpool's poor start is so nearly punished as Ciaran Clark is given the freedom of Anfield, getting away from the attentions of Kolo Toure and Glen Johnson to meet a corner from the right with a header that thumps against the base of the post and away!

  62. 1750: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    Make that two bookings. Karim El Ahmadi joins Ciaran Clark in the book for a reckless tackle on Aly Cissokho right in front of Brendan Rodgers, who is not happy about it.

    Daniel Sturridge then floats an effort wide from 20 yards as the home side try to find some pattern in their play.

  63. 1747: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    It's been a lively opening from Villa, really impressive, but Ciaran Clark does blot the copybook by picking up a yellow card.

    He had already left Luis Suarez in a heap with a clumsy challenge before pulling back Daniel Sturridge and goes into the book.

  64. 1747: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 1-3 Newcastle

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "A super win. We made it difficult for ourselves in the second half. We could have come away without winning - they had two big chances. We were really good in the first half - we had something like 12 shots in the first half. We were kicking ourselves to be just a goal up at half-time."

  65. 1745: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa could, maybe should, be ahead after a fine counter-attack. Liverpool look all over the place after Philippe Coutinho loses the ball, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann are willing runners and when the Austrian's cross is cleared out to Ashley Westwood, he hits a shot straight at Simon Mignolet. 'A yard either side'...

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    Adam Momoniat: No one protecting the back 4 at all for Liverpool, questionable team selection to leave Lucas out

    Ryan Cowie: Villa are playing like the home side and the crowd are reacting accordingly - very subdued atmosphere

  67. 1743: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City
    Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "The run-in now, with 16 games to go, we've given ourselves a chance from not having a chance but we can't get carried away.

    "Puncheon is a good player and people miss penalties. People might say 'not by that much', but Punch has to get over it and there were no problems.

    "It was a wonderful reception from the Stoke supporters and I thank them very much. We had a wonderful 10 years together. My wife and daughters were Stoke supporters for 10 years so it was difficult for everybody but the main thing was the three points and I hope and pray to be able to go back to Stoke with Palace next season."

  68. 1740: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    Liverpool yet to find their rhythm, with Luis Suarez practically anonymous so far. That will not last, but maybe Liverpool just have one too many attacking players out there from the start. It all looks a bit unbalanced.

  69. 1737: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We huffed and puffed a bit and tried to force the issue but made it difficult for ourselves by conceding a poor goal and that's been the case of late and it's something we need to take out of our game.

    "Once they got the first goal, in a game that lacked quality, that was going to be key to winning the game and Palace were able to get that through poor defending.

    "We need to nip that in the bud and we gave them a helping hand and they were able to get people behind the ball and we didn't have the guile or purpose to create the chances."

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    Adam Momoniat: Kolo Toure proving in under a minute why he shouldn't be starting for a so-called title contender. Let off.

  71. 1735: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    Open start at Anfield as Liverpool go close at the other end, Steven Gerrard's free-kick is turned around the post by the arm of Leandro Bacuna. He gets away with it, was he pushed in the back? Maybe.

    Then a sickener of a collision as Christian Benteke runs into Kolo Toure as he clears the corner. Really big hit, but thankfully they are both OK.

  72. 1735: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 1-3 Newcastle

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "Irrespective of how desperate it gets, we have to make sure Andy Carroll stays fit for the rest of the season [instead of playing him for longer each match]. We had a bit of fight and passion and had to give the fans a bit of excitement.

    "I was praying it'd be like 'a Sunderland'. Their fans were disgruntled earlier, but got a 2-2 draw [against Southampton]. We could have done the same, but failed to convert the chances."

  73. 1733:  
    BBC RadioLiverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "There was indecision between Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure in the middle of the Liverpool defence. Neither challenged Benteke and the ball broke for Agbonlahor, who only just missed.

    "Villa have a game plan here, which is that every ball they retrieve is lofted up to Benteke. They're basically just going long, not playing through the midfield at all."

  74. 1732: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 2-0 Fulham
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We were maybe not quick enough in the first half. In the second half our tempo was much better and we created chances. Overall, it was a stable performance with maybe a lack of pace in first half.

    "The players were conscious we had to step up a gear. It was just a question of time and Santi Cazorla delivered two special goals.

    "He was like the team - good in the first half and excellent in the second."

    On the title race:

    "The pressure is there but it is a positive one. I believe it is important to keep focused on way we want to play and our solidarity in the side which is exceptional and that will get us the points.

    "Man City is a good team as well so that makes the race even more interesting.

    "There are five or six teams who will fight for the Championship. From our side we just need to be consistent."

  75. 1731: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    What a chance for the visitors! Christian Benteke wins a flick-on to send strike partner Gabby Agbonlahor in on goal, he gets there before Simon Mignolet but stabs his shot wide from no more than 10 yards.

    Massive, massive opening that for Villa. Will they get a better chance all night?

  76. 1730:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final ScoreCrystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City

    "I was a Stoke fan who thought Tony Pulis could not take us to the next level. He has benefitted from his experience at Stoke and his time off.

    "He is doing superbly with Crystal Palace."

    Watch BBC Final Score on the Red Button and BBC Sport website now.

  77. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa

    Under way at Anfield.


    Fionn Blair, an ambitious Aston Villa fan: Villa to cause an upset and Benteke to surge back into form with another Anfield brace.

  79. 1727:  
    BBC RadioLiverpool v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "Daniel Sturridge made a difference last week at Stoke when Liverpool were losing their grip on the game, and it's great now to have him in the starting line-up. There has been a lot of emphasis on Luis Suarez up on his own this season, but Sturridge brings a different challenge for defenders.

    "And it was evident as soon as Sturridge came on last weekend, he and Suarez were looking to link up with each other. There's a willingness to pass the ball to the other if they're in a better goalscoring position."

  80. 1727: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    Here come the players at Anfield then, all set for the final game of the day.

  81. 1724: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man City 4-2 Cardiff
    Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "We did feel that after about 60 minutes we were in the game. The crowd was maybe turning a little against them and you start wondering if we could get something from the game, but obviously they have quality players who scored their extra two goals.

    "They have been dominant, our gameplan was to start on the front foot, be aggressive but we played against a very good team. When you are in the run of form like they are, they just go into the next game expecting to win, so good luck to them.

    "We can stay up. No doubt about that. The league got tighter today - from bottom to 10th it is five points. We will look to improve. Parts of all the performances have been very good. For half an hour we did very well today but for two or three minutes they blitzed us.

    "You have to enjoy life, these kind of performances won't make me look older because at times we looked like a proper team."

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    Harry Walker: Hoping for a repeat of last year's upset at Anfield tonight but braced for a spanking.

  83. 1721: 
    Gareth Bale

    It's been a good afternoon for Real Madrid's world record man Gareth Bale, as the Welshman lashed in a free-kick in Real Madrid's 5-0 win over Real Betis. He also had a wonderful hair-cut today. Just look at it.

    Incredibly, Real, Barca and Atletico Madrid are all level on points at the top. Tasty stuff.

  84. 1718: 

    Leyton Orient move back to the top of League One at the expense of London rivals Brentford after producing a comeback to win 2-1 win at Crewe. Brentford were searching for a club-record ninth straight win, only to be denied by a 1-1 draw at seventh-placed Walsall. Elsewhere, resurgent Notts County climb out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Stevenage - only their second away win of the season.

    In League Two, a comfortable 3-0 home win against Plymouth takes Rochdale into second. That's in place of Chesterfield, who drop to fifth after a 3-0 defeat at fourth-placed Southend. Scunthorpe remain top after a goalless draw against Wimbledon, while Burton drop to third behind Rochdale after they failed to beat Bury.

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    Tom: If West Ham want to get rid of Big Sam, I'd happily have him back at Bolton right now.

    Is Dougie Freedman in trouble after that 7-1 defeat today?

  86. 1715: 

    Former Northampton manager Stuart Gray continues to do a fine job at the helm of Sheffield Wednesday then. Will he get the gig on a full-time basis?

  87. 1714: 

    There is only one place to start in the Championship - and that's at the Madejski Stadium where Reading thrash a sorry Bolton side in a 7-1 win. Royals striker Adam Le Fondre takes home the matchball after a first-half hat-trick, with Pavel Pogrebnyak, Kaspars Gorkss, Hope Akpan and Nick Blackman putting further shame on the visitors.

    Leaders Leicester are five points clear following their lunchtime 1-0 victory at Leeds United, as nearest rivals Burnley labour to a frustrating 1-1 home draw against Sheffield Wednesday. QPR move above Burnley into second thanks to ex-Clarets striker Charlie Austin's brace in a 2-1 win against visitors Huddersfield Town.

    Lowly Doncaster Rovers clinch their first win in nine matches with a 3-0 success against Wigan Athletic, which condemns recently-installed boss Uwe Rosler to his first Latics defeat.

  88. 1713: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man City 4-2 Cardiff
    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "Maybe I am not 100% happy because we conceded the second goal in the last minute. But we scored four and missed five or six clear chances so if we continue to play like we are, we are always going to score more than we concede.

    "We are playing fantastic football at the moment. We play with fantastic intensity and that is how we must continue. The best way to play is the way we are playing now. I know it is easier to go back with 10 players in our box and try and have a couple of counter attacks, but that is not my way, it is not the style I think this club wants."

    On the form of Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko: "It is impossible for me to have a headache when you have three strikers playing at the level they are at the moment."

  89. 1712: 

    Big. Bigger. Big. Big.

  90. 1712: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 1-0 Hull

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "We are talking about small margins and big wins. These three points become even bigger.

    "You are then looking at the results of other sides, which is something you shouldn't do, really. The tighter it gets, the wins get bigger.

    "These are big wins. We will enjoy it today as we have a big game coming up."

  91. 1709: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    Where would Liverpool be without Luis Suarez? As Manchester City make all the headlines with their relentless coring run, let's not forget that Uruguayan number seven is the top scorer in the top flight this season, lashing in 22 goals in the league already.

    Can Villa shut him out? Ron Vlaar needs to have a very, very good game you suspect...

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    Yaya Toure

    Seb, Cambridge: Imagine if Barcelona hadn't let Yaya leave... Busquets and Xavi pulling the strings deep in midfield with Toure providing the physicality they lack and rampaging forward, what a scary thought!

    Ali Kane, Glasgow: Interested to see how Liverpool play with Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge and Suarez starting, and no Lucas. Scoring goals hasn't been Liverpool's problem so far, it their defending that's been questionable at times.

    Dal, London, an Arsenal Fan: Any chance that City might run out of firepower?

  93. 1702: 
    Liverpool v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    We will bring you all the managerial reaction as it comes in over the next hour or so, but for now let's turn our attention to Anfield, where Liverpool are looking for a win to keep the pressure on the top three.

    Last season Villa won at Anfield, with Christian Benteke unplayable. Now that the big man has broken his drought, can he find that form again?

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    Mayur Chavda: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce needs to go!

  96. 1658: 
    Premier League

    What a day for Crystal Palace then, as their 1-0 win against Stoke sees them climb from the bottom all the way up to 16th place. Cardiff put in a very decent display at Manchester City but still shipped the mean average of four goals.

    With Sunderland coming back for a point, it promises to go to the wire at the foot of the table.

  97. 1655: 

    Big win for the Canaries then, a tight and tense game but Ryan Bennett's late header enough for the points.

  98. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 1-0 Hull
  99. 1654: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 1-0 Hull

    Hull load it up to the back stick, Curtis Davies wins the header! Just wide...!

  100. 1653: 
    INJURY TIME- Norwich 1-0 Hull

    Just playing at Norwich now then, as the Canaries look to cling on for three more points.

  101. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 1-3 Newcastle
  102. 1652:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final ScoreNorwich 1-0 Hull

    "Norwich have to hold on and win this game, then beat Cardiff next week, to relieve the pressure on manager Chris Hughton."

    Watch BBC Final Score on BBC One, the Red Button and BBC Sport website now.

  103. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 2-0 Fulham
  104. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 4-2 Cardiff
  105. 1652: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-3 Newcastle - Yohan Cabaye (90 mins)

    For the last 30 minutes he had been virtually anonymous but Yohan Cabaye pops up in the final minute to wrap this win up, curling a scintillating free kick beyond Adrian's dive. Upton Park swiftly empties.

  106. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City
  107. 1650: 
    GOAL- Man City 4-2 Cardiff - Fraizer Campbell (90 mins)

    He scored against City at home, and he gets another one now, Fraizer Campbell sweeping in from close range after Joe Hart missed a corner.

  108. 1649: 
    RED CARD- Norwich 1-0 Hull - Tom Huddlestone

    Hull's day gets worse as Tom Huddlestone gets a second booking and is off.

  109. 1646: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Hull - Ryan Bennett (87 mins)

    And there it is! From the following corner Norwich score! Robert Snodgrass's corner is whipped in, goalkeeper Allan McGregor doesn't get near it and Ryan Bennett is able to head in unmarked. That's his first goal for the club, and it is a big one...

  110. 1646: 
    West Ham 1-2 Newcastle

    It is a very tense final few minutes for Newcastle as West Ham embark on attack after attack. The ball is repeatedly being launched into the Newcastle area in the hope of finding the head of Andy Carroll, but the visitors are dealing with the danger so far.

  111. 1646: 
    Norwich 0-0 Hull

    A Norwich corner is half cleared, Bradley Johnson's shot is blocked and Gary Hoper's follow-up is blocked...

  112. 1644:  
    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Final ScoreMan City 4-1 Cardiff

    "For me, there is not a better midfielder in the world than Yaya Toure. He can do everything - he scores outstanding goals like the one today, and can also play very well in the defensive midfield role."

    Watch BBC Final Score on BBC One, the Red Button and BBC Sport website now.

  113. 1643: 

    Into the last five minutes around the grounds...

  114. 1642: 
    Norwich 0-0 Hull

    Copy and paste time - still nothing happening at Carrow Road. No chances to talk of. Plenty of effort, no tempo.


    Andrew: There's the reason why West Ham find themselves in a relegation dog-fight; they don't have a clinical, prolific striker. Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll have both missed gilt-edged chances this afternoon. Big Sam has to take the blame for an awful transfer policy in the summer.

  116. 1642: 

    Amazing scenes at the Madejski Stadium where Reading are running riot against Bolton - they are 7-0 up with around 15 minutes still to go. Adam Le Fondre scored a hat-trick in the first half before a Pavel Pogrebnyak penalty made it 4-0 at the break. Kaspars Gorkss, Hope Akpan and Nick Blackman have added to Bolton's misery with further goals in the second half.

  117. 1639: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City

    Can Palace hang on for a big win? They look reasonably comfortable so far. And on the break they nearly make it two nil!

    Joel Ward has a shot saved by Jack Butland, who then gets up to tip away Marouane Chamakh's follow up and then smother Jason Puncheon as well. What a fine triple save!

  118. 1638: 
    TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v Aston Villa (1730 GMT)

    Daniel Sturridge makes his first start for Liverpool since injury as boss Brendan Rodgers makes just one change from their 5-3 win at Stoke.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Skrtel, Toure, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge, Suarez. Subs. Jones, Kelly, Lucas, Moses, Allen, Aspas, Alberto.

    Aston Villa's new signing Grant Holt is on the substitutes bench but fellow new boy Ryan Bertrand is handed his debut.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Bertrand, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke. Subs. Steer, Sylla, Helenius, Albrighton, Luna, Gardner, Holt.

  119. 1638: 
    Man City 4-1 Cardiff

    That's 103 goals for the season now for Manchester City, 68 of which have come at home.

  120. 1636: 
    GOAL- Man City 4-1 Cardiff - Sergio Aguero (79 mins)

    Well. This is just ridiculous now. Manchester City hadn't played that well but they still reach their par of four goals per game. Substitute Sergio Aguero has his 21st goal of the season, twisting and turning the Cardiff defence inside out before hammering a hot into the net.

  121. 1635: 
    West Ham 1-2 Newcastle

    Sam Allardyce has his hands behind his head as Andy Carroll squanders an opportunity to draw West Ham level. Stewart Downing once again does great to get to the by-line, where he whips in a low, powerful cross. Tim Krul gets a slight hand to the ball, but only helps it on its way to Carroll, who volleys high over the bar. In fairness to Carroll, the ball came in at some pace.

  122. 1633: 
    GOAL- Man City 3-1 Cardiff - Yaya Toure (76 mins)

    I'm going to send a memo out to all Premier League defenders - YOU HAVE TO CLOSE YAYA TOURE DOWN!

    The giant wins the ball well inside his own half and sprints away, out pacing the chasing pack as the defence back off, running to the edge of the area and playing a one-two with Sergio Aguero, before smashing in left-footed. The man is a machine.

  123. 1632: 
    Norwich 0-0 Hull

    Norwich are having more of the ball but still can't put anything clinical together.

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    Charlie Donegan: With the average age Fulham have, its not surprising they collapse every game.

  125. 1631: 
    Man City 2-1 Cardiff

    Sergio Aguero away - is this the game? No! Ben Turner does really well to stay with him and force him to check back inside, and Aguero then does well to stay on his feet when he could have maybe gone down under a challenge. Aguero then lifts his shot over the top. Very honest frontman play.

  126. 1630: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Arsenal 2-0 Fulham

    Arsenal substitute Lukas Podolski almost applies a touch of gloss to the scoreline, firing in a rasper from 20 yards which Maarten Stekelenburg just about touches on to the inside of the post. Great hit, great save,.

  127. 1629: 

    Arsenal v Fulham looks over - maybe - but it's all to play for in the other games today. The table could change drastically in the next quarter of an hour.

  128. 1629: 

    Goals have been steadily flying in across the Football League since the break, with promotion-chasing QPR edging ahead in their home Championship clash against Huddersfield. Leading scorer Charlie Austin puts the Hoops ahead against the run of play. Elsewhere, previously out-of-sorts Doncaster double their advantage against Wigan, who are heading towards their first defeat under Uwe Rosler.

    League One's second-placed side Leyton Orient come back from behind to lead at Crewe, putting pressure on leaders Brentford who are being held at Walsall. Southend have cruised into a 3-0 lead against Chesterfield and look good value to leapfrog their visitors in the League Two play-offs. Neither Scunthorpe and Burton - the top two at the start of the day's play - are yet to break the deadlock against Bury and Wimbledon.

  129. 1627: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City

    Palace continue to press on, they are not sitting back on their lead. Win this, and Palace are only two points behind the Potters...

  130. 1625: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Cardiff

    Craig Bellamy gets a huge reception from the Etihad as he comes on for Cardiff, and gets a friendly pat on the back from Yaya Toure on his way out to the far side. Can Bellamy prove an irritant to old friends with a late goal?

    There are around 20 minutes left.

    Former England striker Michael OwenArsenal 2-0 Fulham

    "Santi Cazorla with a brace for Arsenal. Always thought he should start more often than he does."

  132. 1622: 
    Man City 2-1 Cardiff

    Craig Noone can carry the ball can't he? Again he takes it 45 yards downfield, leaving Martin Demichelis for dead but his low shot lacks the venom to beat Joe Hart this time, the England man able to push it clear.

    City haven't won this one yet, Cardiff look a real threat on the break.

  133. 1621: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 1-2 Newcastle

    Huge cheers as Andy Carroll makes his first appearance at Upton Park this season, coming on against his hometown club for Mohamed Diame. His impact is almost immediate as he just fails to get his foot to Stewart Downing's cross.

  134. 1620: 
    Norwich 0-0 Hull

    Good commitment to the cause from Nikica Jelavic as the new Hull man blocks a Robert Snodgrass shot with his face, he has to go off for some treatment but is able to carry on. Can anyone find a way through?

  135. 1620: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Cardiff

    Just what Cardiff didn't want to see - Sergio Aguero is on in place of Alvaro Negredo.

  136. 1618: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-0 Fulham - Santi Cazorla (62 mins)

    Arsenal put this one to bed with a second in quick succession. Again, Santi Cazorla finds the way through, firing in from the edge of the box after Nacho Monreal had crossed it in. Low, bobbly finish, right into the corner.

  137. 1617: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 2-1 Cardiff

    Cardiff have been having a strong spell, but a bit of class from City carves them open. Aleksandar Kolarov pings the ball into the path of Edin Dzeko, his touch is exemplary and David Silva runs on to it - but drags a shot wide...

  138. 1617: 
    Top Four

    All change again at the top then, as that Santi Cazorla goal lifts the Gunners back to the summit.

  139. 1615: 
    WHAT A MISS- West Ham 1-2 Newcastle

    Carlton, Carlton, Carlton. Hang your head in shame. An absolutely golden chance to level squandered by Carlton Cole as Matt Taylor plays a low ball behind the Newcastle defence for the unmarked striker, who surely only has to get his shot on target to bring West Ham level. Unbelievably, he skews his effort wide.

  140. 1614: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Fulham - Santi Cazorla (57 mins)

    The miss didn't matter in the end though, as Santi Cazorla strokes in a lovely opener for the Gunners. Olivier Giroud takes the ball in with his back to goal, flicks out one of those one-touch lay-offs he is so good at into the path of Jack Wilshere. Wilshere is able to pick out Cazorla and he slides in to fire home from close-rage.

  141. 1614: 
    SITTER!- Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    What a miss! Dear oh dear!

    Arsenal whip the ball in from the left, Bacary Sagna puts it across the goal and Laurent Koscielny toes it against the post from three yards out!

  142. 1611: 
    Man City 2-1 Cardiff

    Much better from Cardiff who are having a real go now. Jordon Mutch has tested Joe Hart from range.

  143. 1611:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final ScoreCrystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City

    "I am astonished by the change in this Crystal Palace team under Tony Pulis. The fans believe it, the players believe in it, and so does Pulis.

    "As it stands, they are a point behind Norwich. It puts Chris Hughton under tremendous pressure."

    Watch BBC Final Score on the Red Button and BBC Sport website now.

  144. 1610: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    Twinkle toes from Serge Gnabry - really wonderful stuff - as he beats two or three men before firing in a low shot which brings the best out of Maarten Stekelenburg. Arsenal continue to be frustrated.

  145. 1609: 
    Premier League

    That Palace goal is very, very bad news for West Ham...

  146. 1608: 

    Not too sure too many Manchester United fans will shed a tear at this news, but midfielder Anderson has completed his loan move to Fiorentina.

    The 25-year-old made 177 appearances for United since joining from Porto in 2007, but started just three matches since David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as manager last summer.

  147. 1607: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City - Jason Puncheon (51 mins)

    Stoke guilty of overplaying the ball in their own area - that didn't happen under Tony Pulis - and they are punished as Jason Puncheon finds the far corner with a lovely composed finish.

    Is that really the same man who hit that penalty last week? Big goal for Palace.

  148. 1605: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham go close as Dan Burn heads it toward the corner after a stint of pinball but Per Mertesacker is able to clear his lines, Arsenal looked ragged at the back there.

  149. 1604: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 1-2 Newcastle

    Sam Allardyce senses the possibility of clawing something from this game and throws on Ravel Morrison at the start of the second half, with Jack Collison making way.

  150. 1602: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Stoke City

    Stoke so close to a goal right from kick-off, Jon Walters nodding the ball into the path of Charlie Adam, who skips away from one tackle before drilling a shot wide from 20 yards. That was very, very close to the far corner...

  151. 1602: 

    We are back in business...

  152. 1601: 
    Norwich 0-0 Hull

    I mentioned it as a joke earlier on, but Delia is on the pitch at half-time at Carrow Road!

    No 'let's be 'aving you' chat this time though, it's a cheque presentation to the FA.

    'Where are you?!'

  153. 1559: 
    Facebook Gallery

    Plenty of goals and action from this afternoon's games in the Premier League so far. Check out the best pictures from around the grounds in the gallery on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  154. 1558: 
    Premier League

    As it stands, the bottom four are all on the same points! Talk about tight.

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    Luke Darmanin: Fulham are looking dangerous on the break. Dimitar Berbatov has proved a real handful and is holding the ball up pretty well.

    Seany Ekon: Why is Lukas Podolski sitting on the bench game after game?

    Kwame the Boy Genius: Based on recent results, you'd expect Arsenal to be putting six past Fulham this afternoon...

  156. 1555: 

    Was Edin Dzeko's opener for Manchester City today the first goal helped to be given in the Premier League since the arrival of goal-line technology?

    I think it may well be. I remember a Frank Lampard goal in the League Cup, but can't recall another one in the league.

    Anyway, you have to say it worked perfectly. The officials hadn't awarded the goal - it was cleared away very quickly - but the goal was then given instantly as soon as referee Neil Swarbrick glances at his watch. Zero delay. the technology worked perfectly.

  157. 1553: 

    Championship play-off hopefuls Reading are coasting with a 4-0 lead against hapless Bolton - with Royals striker Adam Le Fondre needing just 33 minutes to bag a hat-trick.

    Second-placed Burnley, looking to slash Leicester's seven-point lead, make a late first-half breakthrough against Sheffield Wednesday. But Sam Vokes' strike is cancelled out almost instantly by Owls striker Chris Maguire. Fellow promotion hopefuls QPR and Derby are goalless in their home clashes against Huddersfield and Brighton.

    League One leaders Brentford can equal a club record of nine consecutive league wins today - and it was all going to plan. Clayton Donaldson put the Bees ahead at Walsall, only for Craig Westcarr to equalise seconds before the interval. It is fourth hosting fifth in League Two, with Southend leading 1-0 against visitors Chesterfield.

  158. 1550:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumMan City 2-1 Cardiff

    "Manchester City have passed the 100-goal mark for the season and they also have the lead but it is not quite as comfortable as was anticipated before kick-off. Cardiff's 4-5-1 formation has held up pretty well in the face of constant pressure from the home team and, with Craig Noone's goal, they showed they are also a threat on the break.

    "Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never beat City as a player but, in his first time up against them as a manager, his side are still in this game."

  159. 1550:  
    MOTD's Conor McNamara at Carrow RoadHALF-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Hull

    "It's scoreless but it has not been a bad game, with chances at both ends. Nikica Jelavic could have score with virtually his first touch for Hull, while at the other end Ricky van Wolkswinkel has had a couple of chances."

  160. 1549: 
    Norwich 0-0 Hull

    Still playing at Carrow Road...

  161. 1548:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final ScoreArsenal 0-0 Fulham

    "If Arsenal drop points today, it will leave the door open for Chelsea on Sunday.

    "The return of centre-back Brede Hangeland has made a huge difference for Fulham, recently."

    Watch BBC Final Score on the Red Button and BBC Sport website now.

  162. 1547:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Upton ParkHALF-TIME- West Ham 1-2 Newcastle

    "West Ham at least have something of a foothold, but they are lucky to be within one goal of their opponents. Newcastle have been the better team and have shown much more fluidity in their play."

  163. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Man City 2-1 Cardiff
  164. 1547:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the EmiratesHALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    "Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen will be pleased with the first 45 minutes from his team. A half-volley from Steve Sidwell was his side's best chance, while Cottagers keeper Maarten Stekelenburg has only had one save of note to make. The first half has ebbed away like rain slowly going down a half-blocked drainpipe."

  165. 1546: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-2 Newcastle- Mike Williamson OG (45 mins)

    Comedy antics see West Ham pull one back on the stroke of half time. Carlton Cole's initial shot is denied by Tim Krul but the loose ball pings between the tangled legs of Cole and Mike Williamson with the unfortunate Newcastle man getting the final touch that pushes the ball over the line.

  166. 1546:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Selhurst ParkHALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-0 Stoke City

    "Tony Pulis was given a very warm reception by the Stoke fans as he arrived pitchside before this match but not a lot has happened during the first half and chances have been few and far between."

  167. 1545: 
    West Ham 0-2 Newcastle

    Newcastle are playing keep-ball at the moment with West Ham firmly on the back foot as half-time approaches. Loic Remy just fails to get the desired touch as Anita squeezes the ball between two defenders, but still Newcastle come forward. The break cannot come soon enough for the Hammers.

  168. 1544: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    One of the more obscure ways to get injured as Per Mertesacker runs, head down, into the arm of team-mate Mathieu Flamini. The big man takes about 45 seconds to fall to earth, like a chimney stack being demolished...

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    djdpuk: Why are David Moyes & Manchester United not looking at buying Yohan Cabaye??? Great touch and hard working, would be perfect!!!!

  170. 1542: 
    Man City 2-1 Cardiff

    This is resembling a training session at the moment as Jesus Navas continually loads crosses into the Cardiff area for Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo to battle for. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's men are counting down the seconds until half-time.

  171. 1539: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 0-0 Hull

    Norwich are getting on top at Carrow Road after a slow start and Ricky van Wolfswinkel has just seen a header deflected wide after great work out wide by Robert Snodgrass.

    Snodgrass then hits a shot in on goal, he is playing very well for the Canaries.

  172. 1539: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    They nearly do - but what a save from Maarten Stekelenburg in the Fulham goal! Mesut Ozil's free-kick drills into the wall, Bacary Sagna's follow-up is well kept out by the Dutchman, who then miraculously stops Olivier Giroud's follow-up.

    Reflexes of a ninja. Giroud was offside as it turned out but the goalkeeper wasn't to know.

  173. 1537: 
    Premier League

    That Jesus Navas goal has put Manchester City back on top of the pile - as it stands. Can Arsenal find a breakthrough?

  174. 1535: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Stoke City

    Not a bad game at all at Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace and Stoke are both going for it. Jon Walters has a half-chance for the visitors but can't connect with a cross.

  175. 1533: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-1 Cardiff - Jesus Navas (33 mins)

    Bruce Banner does indeed turn into the Hulk as City score within four minutes. Yaya Toure starts it with a quite superb through-ball with the outside of the foot to send Edin Dzeko away down the left channel, Dzeko turns inside but is half tackled by Ben Turner, the ball breaks kindly for the rapidly arriving Jesus Navas, and he sweeps home form 10 yards. Normal service resumed?

  176. 1532: 
    Man City 1-1 Cardiff

    The away end is in fine voice now as Cardiff celebrate that shock goal. Have they just angered the Incredible Hulk though?

  177. 1532: 
    GOAL- West Ham 0-2 Newcastle - Loic Remy (33 mins)

    Fantastic stuff from Loic Remy as Newcastle deservedly double their lead. Moussa Sissoko whips in a cross that evades West Ham defenders and finds Remy, who expertly chests the ball down from no more than six yards and pokes home.

  178. 1529: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-1 Cardiff - Craig Noone (29 mins)

    Who saw this coming? Cardiff are level out of nothing as Craig Noone chases a ball into the corner, Martin Demichelis sells himself, Vincent Kompany is then beaten far too easily and Noone fires in at the near post. Awful, awful defending from City, fine finish from the former Brighton man.

  179. 1528: 

    Doncaster, without a win in eight Championship matches, host a resurgent Wigan side who are unbeaten under new boss Uwe Rosler. So, obviously, it is Paul Dickov's strugglers who grab an early lead - burly striker Chris Brown turning in.

    Bottom three rivals Yeovil lead 2-0 at Birmingham thanks to James Hayter's brace, while play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest and Reading both net in the opening 15 minutes against Blackburn and Bolton respectively.

    In League One, Jamie Murphy puts Sheffield United ahead against Yorkshire rivals Bradford, while League Two high-fliers Rochdale make a blistering start against Plymouth thanks to Jamie Allen's opener.

  180. 1527: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham have barely ventured out of their own half but they go close here through Steve Sidwell - a man with an eye for the spectacular! Sidwell latches on to a loose ball after Dimitar Berbatov's cross is cleared, he catches the shot beautifully and Wojciech Szczesny is forced into a full-length save.

  181. 1526: 
    West Ham 0-1 Newcastle

    It is very much the Yohan Cabaye-Loic Remy show at the moment as the two combine once again for Newcastle. This time, Remy plays the ball along the edge of the area for Cabaye, who clips a first-time effort that flies just wide of the post. Chants of "don't sell Cabaye" erupt from the away end.

  182. 1524: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 1-0 Cardiff

    What's a par score for Manchester City from here? Four? Five?

    They nearly have two as Alvaro Negredo charges on to Pablo Zabaleta's pass and drills a low shot wide of the post.

    Man City 1-0 Cardiff

    Statisticians Opta: 6 - Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in his last four appearances at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions.

  184. 1523: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Stoke City

    Stoke left-back Erik Pieters goes on the charge up the wing, chesting a ball nicely into his path before slamming a dipping shot into the side-netting. Lovely effort, but he would have got a club fine for being that far forward if Tony Pulis was still in charge...

  185. 1523:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 1-0 Cardiff

    Ian Dennis, commentating for BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad alongside Kevin Kilbane, reports that there is an "escalating" disturbance among the Cardiff City supporters, in the wake of Edin Dzeko's goal for Man City. Police and stewards have entered the crowd.

    "Thankfully now order seems to have been restored in that lower tier, thanks to a police presence," adds Dennis.

  186. 1522: 
    West Ham 0-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle firmly in control at the moment after Yohan Cabaye's opener. Mark Noble prevents what seems a certain second as Yoan Gouffran's scuffed shot almost creeps through before the West Ham midfielder clears.

  187. 1521: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    Arsenal continue to boss the game, with Jack Wilshere influential, but they are struggling to create anything clear-cut. Olivier Giroud has a snap shot from 20 yards but it's way over the top. Fulham will be pleased with the opening 20 minutes.

  188. 1519: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 0-0 Hull

    Hull have been forced into an early reshuffle against Norwich, with the injured James Chester being replaced by Maynor Figueroa. New boy Nikica Jelavic is working hard up front.

  189. 1519: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City 1-0 Cardiff

    We've seen many brilliant things from Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo this season but this is ugly as the Spaniard over stretches as he tries to get the ball back and catches Aron Gunnarsson nastily on the ankle. He's very apologetic and that is a booking.

    City have won 42 of their last 48 league games at home by the way...

  190. 1518:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on BBC Final ScoreWest Ham 0-1 Newcastle

    "It has been a great start from Newcastle. I was disappointed with the West Ham defenders on the edge of their box, as one touch from Yohan Cabaye has taken him past a few of them with ease.

    "You have to ask questions about the defence."

    Watch BBC Final Score on the Red Button and BBC Sport website now.

  191. 1517: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

    "The ugliest side of the game was the injuries. We hope they are okay, both are heading to hospital.

    "In this game nothing is over until it is over. We were unlucky. In the first half we played fantastically well and deserved a third or a fourth. With the second half and the support of their fans they pushed ahead and got the equaliser. I think we deserved to win the game

    "The players have had a really difficult week, I want to congratulate them in light of what has happened this week. They put in an amazing effort.

    "In football there are no guarantees, you depend on the results it will be a decision from the people above to decide whether I should be here. It is not me who decides when we meet, it should be the chairwoman who decides. We have not had a chance to speak about next season so I don't know (about his future) yet."

  192. 1516: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Stoke City

    Julian Speroni has made an impressive start at Selhurst Park with the Palace goalkeeper pushing a Marc Wilson header past the post from Charlie Adam's free-kick before claiming the resulting corner with authority.

  193. 1515: 
    GOAL- West Ham 0-1 Newcastle - Yohan Cabaye (16 mins)

    Sublime touch and finish by Yohan Cabaye as Newcastle take the lead. Yoan Gouffran squares the ball across the edge of the area to Cabaye, whose first touch takes the ball past Razvan Rat before he coolly fires beyond Adrian with his second.

  194. 1515: 
    West Ham 0-0 Newcastle
    Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson spotted in the stands at West Ham today, wonder who he is casting his eye over? Roger Johnson perhaps?

  195. 1513: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-0 Cardiff - Edin Dzeko (14 mins)

    There's the 100 up! 100 goals for the season for Manchester City, and this one has been coming. A touch of controversy though as Edin Dzeko bobbles a shot over the line from David Silva's cut-back - Cardiff think it was cleared but the Goal Decision System pings up on referee Neil Swarbrick's watch and that was clearly over the line.

  196. 1512: 
    Norwich 0-0 Hull

    Decent chance for the hosts now as Ricky Van Wolfswinkel thrashes a volley wide at he back post. Norwich - and boss Chris Hughton - could do with an early settler.

  197. 1510: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man City 0-0 Cardiff

    Manchester City continue to ping the ball around at will as Cardiff look to frustrate them, but City have just too many options in attack. David Silva threads a gem of a pass through to Jesus Navas out wide and his low cross is nearly turned in by Ben Turner, but David Marshall makes a fine save low to his left.


  198. 1510: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-0 Newcastle

    Loic Remy's persistence almost pays off as the French striker goes close with Newcastle's first chance. He chases a ball into the box and manages to turn Matt Taylor inside out before seeing his shot deflected behind by Roger Johnson. No corner though, Remy is fuming.

  199. 1508: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    Serge Gnabry has been heavily involved in the opening stages at the Emirates, drifting in from the right and linking play up nicely. Hang on -what's this?

    Yep. Yep, I can confirm that Dimitar Berbatov has made a tackle...

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    Lee Drake: Gnabry already looks so comfortable at this level with Arsenal, I'm really looking forward to seeing how good he can be.

  201. 1508: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "It was looking really bad, we couldn't make a pass together, couldn't cope with the pace, power and passing game of Souithampton. It was looking dark but the goal came at the right time.

    "We need to be realistic, this is a point gained because we were far from being good enough in the first half. It is incredible how much we changed in the second half.

    "The second half is the best part of our game. We have been working on things. The subs have been outstanding. If they keep believing maybe it is going to be possible."

  202. 1507: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Stoke City

    Tony Pulis jogged down the sidelines when he emerged from the tunnel, giving it a big thumbs-up to the travelling Stoke fans, and his current side almost had the lead when Joel Ward headed wide.

    At the other end, Danny Gabbidon slices a horrible clearance just over his own net in a pretty even start.

  203. 1505: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

    And almost a goal now at Arsenal as Jack Wilshere plays it through to Mesut Ozil, who skips away from the last man and clips a shot toward the net - but Brede Hangeland on his return to the side clears it away. Just not enough power from the German there.

  204. 1502: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Norwich 0-0 Hull

    Here's what £7m gets you these days in the Premier League - a near-miss.

    Hull debutant Nikica Jelavic shows some tremendous movement to peel away from his marker inside the box, but his finishing is awry as he slides a left-footed shot against the side of the post from eight yards out. What a chance!

  205. 1500: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Cardiff

    Manchester City's quest for the 100th goal of the season is almost ended inside a minute! Aleksandar Kolarov played a wonderful pass through to David Silva, and his cross is almost turned in by Edin Dzeko and then Jesus Navas.

    There is also a penalty shout in there as well, Dzeko going to ground...

  206. 1500: 

    And we are away in five games in the top flight.

  207. 1458: 

    Get Delia out there at half-time...

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    Jamie Plummer: Dion Dublin just came on the pitch and said the Norwich team 'owe us one'. Come on Norwich!

  209. 1456: 

    Here we go then, players emerging out on to the pitch around the grounds. Get set for goals - I predict 19 today...

  210. 1454: 
    UNDER PRESSURE?- Norwich v Hull (1500 GMT)
    Chris Hughton

    Is Chris Hughton now at the head of the queue marked 'under pressure?'

    On the face of it Norwich may not appear to be in a bad position, sitting in 15th place, but a run of two wins in 10 and the fact that fans at Carrow Road have only seen 21 goals all season - the fewest in the league - and haven't seen a home win since November means that Hughton is feeling the heat.

    "The brief for Chris was to keep us out of the bottom three - we're not in the bottom three," said chief executive David McNally earlier this week.

    Bingo! There is the dreaded 'vote of confidence.'

    "But in any position at the football club, if you don't produce results then ultimately that's how you'll be measured.

    "Are we disappointed this year with performances? Yes. Are we disappointed we are 15th in the league? Yes."

    Ah, maybe not...


    Andrew: All I've heard all week is how Hull City have done some great business by signing Jelavic and Long. Have these people any idea of these two players' goal scoring records? 32 goals in 140 games combined. Hardly prolific. Shane Long will run all day for the team, but he won't score many, and that's his job.

  212. 1453: 
    FEEL THE LOVE- Crystal Palace v Stoke City (1500 GMT)

    I thought Tony Pulis would get plenty of attention from both sets of fans today, and a banner in the away end at Selhurst Park reads: "We never did say goodbye. Happy birthday TP. Good luck from all Stoke fans."

  213. 1452: 
    HYDE-ING TO NOTHING?- Hyde v Forest Green (1500 GMT)

    Midweek saw the end of an incredible winless streak as Conference side Hyde won at Welling to end a nine-month wait for three points.

    Manager Scott McNiven claimed that even his dog could tell that he had won a game, approaching him with glee after six months of hiding under the sofa.

    Can the Tigers make it two out of two today?...

  214. 1450: 

    That view at Selhurst Park [below] is a shocker. The press box there is like a greenhouse though, you are plonked behind some perspex.

    What's the worst view you've had at a game? The away end at Anfield can be bad. It reminds me of a mate telling me he queued up at Goodison Park for a ticket once and had this discussion:

    "That's £35 please. Or do you want an obstructed view? They are £32."

  215. 1448: 
    DERBY DAY- Arsenal v Fulham (1500 GMT)
    London derbies

    After conceding 46 goals in the Premier League this season, the last thing Fulham probably needed was a trip to Arsenal. The Gunners are flying at the top of the league and are the bosses of the London derby, winning more than any other club in the Premier League.

    Arsenal have also never lost at home to Fulham. Ever. They have won 22 and drew five of their meetings in north London.

    What price a Fulham win after all that?

    BBC Radio 5 liveCrystal Palace v Stoke City (1500 GMT)
    Crystal Palace

    "In his battle against stadium pillars, here is Mark Chapman's view of the action at Selhurst Park."

  217. 1447: 
    Crystal Palace v Stoke City (1500 GMT)

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis ahead of his meeting with former club Stoke: "A couple of the Stoke directors have come in to see us and it's always nice but I'm just desperate to get a win for Palace today.

    "We played well at Tottenham but we need a performance with a result today, it's winning games that keep you in this league. We're at home, we'll be positive and give it the best we can."

    TP took charge of nearly 500 games for Stoke during his two spells. Guaranteed a warm reception from the away end...

  218. 1445: 
    THE NEW SHEARER?- Man City v Cardiff (1500 GMT)

    Manchester City's goal record this season has been outstanding - they've already racked up 99 goals - and they can bring up the ton in style today.

    Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo have all been in amongst the goals this term - and in Negredo City have the pretender to Alan Shearer's throne - according to Robbie Savage.

    "Negredo is the nearest thing to an old fashioned number nine that the Premier League has had since the retirement of Alan Shearer in 2006," says Savage.

    "At Real Madrid, Negredo did not play a competitive minute, but a loan spell at Almeria followed by four seasons at Sevilla have honed a player City fans have christened 'The Beast' into someone whose game perfectly fits English football.

    "Physically he lives up to his nickname and is very similar to Shearer. He has desire, pace, aggression. And he sprints into the box as if all he can see is the ball and the goal - I have only seen Shearer do that."

  219. 1445: 

    Thanks Gary and afternoon to you all.

    A stirring comeback from Sunderland to get the day up and running then, but quite how Southampton threw that away after such a dominant first half is beyond me.

    Is Adam Johnson inching towards an England recall? Will Man City hit the 100-goal barrier today? Can Villa shut out Luis Suarez?

    We've got six more crackers for you before tea-time. All aboard...

  220. 1444: 

    Right, thanks to those seven minutes of stoppage time at Sunderland, kick-off in the six 1500 GMT Premier League games is swiftly approaching. That means it is time to hand the baton over to live text stalwart Tom Rostance to take you through the rest of today's games.

  221. 1441: 

    Steve McCLaren's Derby County are looking to end a three-match losing streak when they entertain Championship play-off rivals Brighton this afternoon. Second-placed Burnley entertain Sheffield Wednesday while QPR, in third, are at home to Huddersfield.

    In League One, leaders Brentford travel to sixth-placed Walsall, while struggling Crewe host second-placed Leyton Orient.

    The match of the day in League Two is at Southend where their promotion rivals Chesterfield are the visitors, with leaders Scunthorpe hosting Wimbledon.

  222. 1440: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

    Credit to Sunderland for a fine fight back in the second half but both managers will perhaps be a bit disappointed with that result. Southampton should have been out of sight as they raced into a two-goal lead in the first half, while Black Cats boss Gus Poyet will have been disappointed that his side got themselves in that position in then first place.

  223. 1437: 
    Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

    It is has all gone a little bit flat at the Stadium of Light although Sunderland surge forward for one last chance as Craig Gardner steals possession and flicks a pass to Steven Fletcher, his cross is knocked out for a corner before Marcos Alonso heads into Artur Boruc's hands.

  224. 1433: 
    INJURY TIME- Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

    No surprise after those two injuries, as we have SEVEN MINUTES of added time...

  225. 1431:  
    BBC Final ScoreFINAL SCORE

    Hear instant, expert reaction as the goals go flying in on BBC Final Score. Joining Jason Mohammad in the studio are former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks and ex-Wales midfielder Robbie Savage.

    Watch the programme at 1430 GMT on the Red Button and BBC Sport website.

  226. 1431: 

    Big break in play as Southampton's Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren leave the field on stretchers. Ramirez was felled by a heavy tackle from Wes Brown, while Lovren injured himself when he tangled with Steven Fletcher. James Ward-Prowse and Maya Yoshida come on.

  227. 1428:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumMan City v Cardiff (1500 GMT)
    Ian Dennis & Kevin Kilbane

    "Kevin Kilbane has hot-footed it across Manchester from the Football Focus studio to join Ian Dennis at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live commentary duties this afternoon. There are still plenty of cakes left if he fancies one..."

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    Siri Macthorpe: I think the main thing Southampton needs is a decent keeper. Davis is average, Boruc is sloppy and Gazzaniga needs more time.

    Chris Watkins: If Saints don't win this, quite simply not good enough considering dominance and chances. Not for the first time this season.

  229. 1425: 

    Into the last 10 minutes at the Stadium of Light and it is tough to call which way this is going to. Before this game, Sunderland had picked up only one point after going behind this season, so they are on course to double that. Wouldn't put it past them to snatch all three though.

  230. 1420: 
    TEAM NEWS- West Ham v Newcastle (1500 GMT)

    West Ham's former Magpies striker Andy Carroll is on the bench again for his side, having appeared for the first time this season in the Hammers' 2-0 win at Cardiff last Saturday. Defender Guy Demel, who was taken off on a stretcher with a head injury in that game, misses out with James Collins returning from injury to replace him in the backline. Midfielder Mohamed Diame returns while defender James Tomkins is suspended.

    Newcastle name the same starting XI that lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City last week.

  231. 1419: 
    Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

    Never thought I would be saying this given how dominant Southampton were for much of this game, but the Saints are hanging on a bit now. First, Craig Gardner drives a shot straight down the throat of Artur Boruc before Wes Brown is denied from close range following a bit of a scramble in the area. Interesting final 15 minutes ahead.

  232. 1417:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle at the Stadium of LightSunderland 2-2 Southampton

    "This Sunderland team have character under Gus Poyet. They have been terrible today, but have found a way back in.

    "Artur Boruc has made a big goalkeeping error there."

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

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    Akhil Sakaria: Get Adam Johnson on that plane, Roy!

  234. 1413: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 2-2 Southampton - Adam Johnson (71 mins)

    Adam Johnson referred to himself as England's Lionel Messi a couple of years ago and while he is obviously not at the same level of the Barcelona star, he has been in superb form so far in 2014. After a hat-trick in Sunderland's last game he brings his side level with a thumping effort, driving in an angled shot that proves just too powerful for goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

  235. 1411: 
    TEAM NEWS- Man City v Cardiff (1500 GMT)

    Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and David Silva all return for Manchester City as manager Manuel Pellegrini makes seven changes from the side who beat Blackburn 5-0 in the FA Cup last time out. Fit again striker Sergio Aguero has to settle for a place on the substitutes bench.

    Cardiff make four changes from their 2-0 defeat to West Ham last time out with Jordan Mutch returning from injury. New signing Magnus Wolff Eikrem is on the bench.

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    RGtheZee: Why is the Sunderland player trying the hardest the one on loan from Liverpool? Where is the passion?

  237. 1410: 
    FULL-TIME- Leeds 0-1 Leicester
  238. 1409: 
    TEAM NEWS- Crystal Palace v Stoke City (1500 GMT)

    Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis makes just one change to the team that was beaten 2-0 at Tottenham with Adlene Guedioura coming in for on-loan Cameron Jerome, who is ineligible against parent club Stoke.

    Oussama Assaidi comes back into the Stoke team in the place of Marko Arnautovic after he was ineligible for the Potters' 5-3 defeat by Liverpool last weekend.

    Palace XI: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Ward, Jedinak, Puncheon, Guedioura, Chamakh

    Stoke XI: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters, Assaidi, Crouch.

  239. 1407: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    So, so close to Sunderland scoring a second. Craig Gardner flicks the ball on for Fabio Borini, who races through on goal and slots the ball under Artur Boruc. The linesman's flag is quickly up and replays show he had just strayed fractionally offside.

  240. 1408: 
    Arsenal v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger sticks with the same Arsenal team that won 2-1 at Aston Villa on Monday as the Gunners look to hold on to top spot.

    Rene Meulensteen makes three changes to the Fulham side that beat Norwich 3-0 in the FA Cup in midweek, with Scott Parker, Clint Dempsey and Dimitar Berbatov all returning to the side.

    Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Gnabry, Ozil, Giroud

    Fulham XI: Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Hangeland, Richardson; Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Kacaniklic; Dempsey, Berbatov.

  241. 1406: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    Interesting couple of changes by Sunderland boss Gus Poyet as Seb Larsson and Lee Cattermole make way for Craig Gardner and Jack Colback. Just under 30 minutes left.

  242. 1405: 
    TEAM NEWS- West Ham v Newcastle (1500 GMT)

    West Ham striker Andy Carroll is again on the bench against his former side.

    West Ham XI: Adrian, Jarvis, Rat, Collison, Taylor, Noble, Collins, Diame, Downing, C.Cole, Johnson

    Newcastle XI: Krul; Santon, Williamson, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa; Tiote, Anita, Cabaye; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran

  243. 1404: 
    TEAM NEWS- Norwich v Hull (1500 GMT)

    New signing Nikica Jelavic starts for Hull City, but fellow new boy Shane Long is not involved

    Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Gutierrez; van Wolfswinkel, Hooper.

    Hull XI: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Jelavic, Sagbo, Elmohamady

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumMan City v Cardiff (1500 GMT)
    Manchester City

    "Turns out Manchester City have almost as many cakes as goals. An impressive selection in Etihad Stadium press room."

  245. 1403: 
    GOAL- Leeds 0-1 Leicester - David Nugent (88 mins)

    Harsh on Leeds as Leicester snatch what looks like being a late winner. David Nugent gets the better of a Leeds defender before clipping the ball past Paddy Kenny. If it stays the same, Leicester will move seven points clear at the top of the Championship.

  246. 1402: 
    TEAM NEWS- Man City v Cardiff (1500 GMT)

    Javi Garcia starts for Manchester City, and Sergio Aguero is not in the starting XI.

    City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko

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    Michael Gollagly: I really want to love Jozy Altidore but he's useless. Offering very little to Sunderland's attack! Come on Gus Poyet, time for a change!

  248. 1400: 

    Jay Rodriguez has been superb in this game and he pretty much creates Southampton's best chance this half all on his own. He races on to his own pass when he knocks the ball beyond a Sunderland player and then exchanges passes with Adam Lallana before shooting low at goal. Vito Mannone spills the ball, but recovers quickly with Rodriguez lurking.

  249. 1357:  
    MOTD's Conor McNamara at Carrow RoadNorwich v Hull (1500 GMT)
    Nikica Jelavic

    "New signing Nikica Jelavic prepares for his Hull debut."

    Not long to wait to find out if Jelavic is in the side, official team news from the 1500 GMT games expected to be announced in the next couple of minutes.

  250. 1355: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    This is better from Sunderland as they come forward again, this time Seb Larsson wins a free kick 25 yards or so from goal and quickly knocks the ball on for Phil Bardsley, who shoots just wide. The free kick was too quick for the referee, though, and he orders it to be taken again. This time Larsson lofts the ball into the area and it is headed away.

  251. 1355: 
    GAME OFF- Exeter P-P Morecambe

    A really late one this, a shocker in fact. Exeter's League Two clash with Morecambe has been called off just over an hour before kick-off because of a waterlogged pitch.

    Just the 288-mile drive back in the rain for the away fans then...

  252. 1351:  
    BBC RadioSUBSTITUTION- Leeds 0-0 Leicester

    Former Leeds striker and ex-Oldham, Barnsley, Huddersfield Town manager Andy Ritchie on BBC Radio Leeds:

    "This is one of the best 0-0s I have seen for a long time. I still can't quite believe there haven't been any goals."

    That could change as the evergreen Kevin Phillips has just come on for his Leicester City debut. The 40-year-old is playing for his ninth club.

  253. 1350: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    Jozy Altidore was quiet in the first half but he does well to hold up a long ball despite the attention of two Southampton defenders, he feeds a pass to Seb Larsson just outside the area but the winger's low ball into the box is poor and the chance passes.

  254. 1348: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    Off we go again at the Stadium of Light, with Southampton getting play under way. Will Gus Poyet's half-time grilling have the desired impact?

  255. 1346: 
    WALKING RED CARD?- Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole was shown a yellow card early in the first half and he has put himself in trouble with that booking.

    He has been sent off seven times in the Premier League and that is only one off the all-time record, held jointly - and proudly - by Patrick Vieira, Duncan Ferguson and Richard Dunne.


    Steve Lee: Sunderland are playing terrible, cannot keep the ball. Need Cattermole and Altidore subbed for Fletcher and Giaccherini.

  257. 1339:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the EtihadMan City v Cardiff (1500 GMT)

    "Manchester City have the best home record in all Europe's top leagues - played 10, won 10, 38 goals scored, just six conceded. One more goal will take them to 100 for the season in all competitions. They have averaged 4.5 goals a game in their last 10 home matches. They seem unstoppable there.

    "Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero have already reached 20 goals. Edin Dzeko needs five more and City will become the first top-flight side to have three players to hit 20 in the same season in all competitions since Liverpool with Kenny Dalglish, Terry McDermott and Ian Rush in 1981-82."

  258. 1339:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace v Stoke City (1500 GMT)
    Tony Pulis

    "Imagine the scenario when Tony Pulis was mulling over whether to become the new Crystal Palace manager. He presumably assessed the squad, had a look at what would be his first few matches should he accept the challenge, and then, surely, will have examined the rest of the season's fixtures for when Palace would meet Stoke.

    "He desperately needs a win. Palace slipped to bottom place in the Premier League after the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham last weekend, yet they are only five points behind Stoke in 12th."

  259. 1339:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at AnfieldLiverpool v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    "In the days leading up to Villa's visit to Anfield last season, Brendan Rodgers had again spoken of his ambitions to "grow higher" than a top-four finish. Then, as now, Liverpool went into the game having won three games in a row (two in the league).

    "Villa had only won one of their previous six league matches, but triumphed 3-1 to give first notice that Paul Lambert's plans to build a new team based on youth might work.

    "Thirteen months on and with current form of one win from seven games, I think it's fair to say that it's not worked as well or as quickly as hoped."

  260. 1339:  
    MOTD's Conor McNamara at Carrow RoadNorwich v Hull (1500 GMT)

    "Little cures a football fan's 'January blues' like the signing of not one - but two - new strikers. If it weren't for the sideshow of Hull's controversial re-naming bid, then Assem Allam would surely be the most popular man on Humberside.

    "The fans may not like the prospect of becoming 'Tigers' next season, but they can't really argue with how the owner has reached for his chequebook again to bring in Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long."

  261. 1339:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Upton ParkWest Ham v Newcastle (1500 GMT)
    Andy Carroll

    "West Ham's win at Cardiff last Saturday was quite a surprise at the end of a week in which they had conceded 11 goals in two cup matches without reply. Whether it's a turning point in their season is impossible to say, but the return of Andy Carroll could be.

    "We're set to see Carroll make his first appearance at Upton Park since last season and it's a game he'll be desperate to do well in with his former club in town."

  262. 1337:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the EmiratesArsenal v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    "Having notched four consecutive league victories since Christmas, Arsenal would seem to have little reason to fear a visit from Fulham.

    "After all, the Cottagers have never won a game at either Highbury or the Emirates. They have also conceded four goals to each of Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland and six to Hull in the space of the last month or so and have the fewest clean sheets and most goals conceded in the division."

  263. 1335: 

    Right then, time to have a quick look at the rest of Saturday's Premier League action with five games kicking off at 1500 GMT...

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    James Coke: Except for the Sunderland goal, Southampton have completely dominated.

    Conor McMeekin: Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore really is terrible! Brings absolutely nothing to the team.

    Nij Sonpal: If Adam Johnson wants to play for England again he's going to have to improve. Luke Shaw has him in his pocket!

  265. 1335:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle at the Stadium of LightSunderland 1-2 Southampton

    "For 40 minutes, Southampton were excellent. Sunderland have not turned up, head coach Gus Poyet will be desperate for his side to show more energy."

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

  266. 1334: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Sunderland 1-2 Southampton
    Sunderland v Southampton

    The only surprise at the break is that Southampton are only a goal up. The Saints were utterly dominant until Fabio Borini's goal with Sunderland's first shot - but the hosts did improve slightly after that. Can they fight their way back into this one?

  267. 1332: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    A few boos from the Sunderland crowd as the referee brings the first half to an end. It is fair to say the scoreline flatters the hosts somewhat, with Southampton having been insatiable for much of the half. Still, good chance for Gus Poyet to have a few words with his players and pick them up for the second half.

  268. 1328: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    Southampton have regained control after that decent spell from Sunderland and are patiently passing the ball around in an effort to find an opening. Rickie Lamber curls a free kick around the wall and Vito Mannone punches the effort away.

  269. 1325: 
    Sunderland 1-2 Southampton

    That goal by Fabio Borini has lifted Sunderland and their fans and they are enjoying a decent spell of possession at the moment. Seb Larsson's flick from Marcos Alonso's ball is put behind for a corner, before a teasing Phil Bardsley cross is headed away by Calum Chambers.

  270. 1321: 
    KICK-OFF- Leeds 0-0 Leicester

    Back under way at Elland Road.

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    Daniel Taktak: Did anyone else feel that bump? I think it was all of the Sunderland fans running back into the stadium at the same time!

  272. 1320:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle at the Stadium of LightSunderland 1-2 Southampton

    "Fabio Borini has been the brightest spark for Sunderland. It is a bobbler, and I think Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc could have done better."

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  273. 1317: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-2 Southampton - Fabio Borini (32 mins)

    Swift and unexpected response from the hosts as they pull one back straight after Dejan Lovren's strike. Adam Johnson delivers a cross into the area and Fabio Borini times his run to perfection to beat the offside trap, bring the ball under control and then hit a scuffed effort beyond Artur Boruc.

  274. 1315: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 0-2 Southampton - Dejan Lovren (31 mins)

    Glum, glum faces among the Sunderland crowd as Southampton extend their lead. Dejan Lovren volleys in Steven Davis's cross.

    Dejan Lovren
  275. 1314: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

    Sunderland fans, you might want to take a little walk or stick the kettle on at half time because we will be popping the stats from this game in and, as things stand it does not make for pretty reading at all. The home side have not had a shot yet and that doesn't look like changing any time soon.

  276. 1309:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-1 Southampton

    "Sunderland need to get the crowd going. There is no spark from them at the moment, it is all Southampton."

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  277. 1306: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 0-1 Southampton
    Gus Poyet

    This is not pleasant viewing for Sunderland fans as Southampton once again go close to adding a second. This time Rickie Lambert drives a shot towards the far post but, fortunately for the home side, it bounces inches wide. Gus Poyet, arms tightly folded, looks a little frustrated on the touchline.

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    David Goodman: Sunderland are all over the place here. Getting battered.

    Gary Owen: Southampton haven't had to really get going yet still lead. Even going behind hasn't sparked any life into Sunderland.

  279. 1306:  
    BBC RadioLeeds 0-0 Leicester

    Former Leeds striker and ex-Oldham, Barnsley, Huddersfield Town manager Andy Ritchie on BBC Radio Leeds: "It's been a game of real up-tempo football.

    "Leeds have done superbly well as a unit, which they haven't done in recent games. They have pressed Leicester, and Leicester have really only had the one chance. Leeds have had several and should be ahead. It's been a stonking game."

  280. 1305: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

    We suggested prior to the game that Luke Shaw would be looking to bomb forward for Southampton and that proves to be the case as he scampers down the left and attempts to square a low cross into the area. The ball smacks off Adam Johnson and into the sidenetting, but still had Vito Mannone panicking for a second.

  281. 1304: 
    HALF-TIME- Leeds 0-0 Leicester
  282. 1302: 
    Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

    Southampton's direct running is proving problematic for Sunderland at the moment and Jay Rodriguez is allowed to race almost half the length of the pitch and into the area, before his curled shot is blocked by a Sunderland defender. Rodriguez is denied again moments later when his first-time effort from Adam Lallana's cross is hacked away by Phil Bardsley. Sunderland all at sea at the moment.

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    Richard Powell: Shock! Horror! Cattermole cautioned.

  284. 1258:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-1 Southampton

    "That was so deliberate. The referee has no option to give a yellow card.

    "When Lee Cattermole makes a mistake, he does not think to try and win the ball back. He just gives a silly foul away."

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  285. 1255: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

    Lee Cattermole is quickly in the referee's book as the Sunderland midfielder hacks down Jay Rodriguez just as the Southampton forward tries to break towards goal. Cattermole's foul perhaps borne of frustration from a slow start by the hosts and to emphasise the visitors' dominance, they touched the ball 15 times in the opening four minutes before the goal.

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    HenryWhitfield: What a goal by Jay Rodriguez - all Southampton early on and their first shot goes in. Perfect start.

  287. 1253:  
    Former England winger Chris Waddle at the Stadium of LightSunderland 0-1 Southampton

    "Southampton have had lots of possession, without previously threatening the Sunderland goal. That was a lovely effort from Jay Rodriguez, for a Southampton team who have started very well.

    "The Sunderland fans are getting very frustrated as their gameplan is to sit back and break on the counter-attack. That has to change at some point if you fall behind."

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

  288. 1249: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 0-1 Southampton - Jay Rodriguez (4 mins)

    Well Southampton could not have asked for a better start as Jay Rodriguez gives the visitors the lead with their first shot on target. Fully deserved, though as the Saints had dominated possession before Rodriguez brought Morgan Schneiderlin's headed pass under control with one touch and then smashed a shot from outside the area into the back of the net.

  289. 1248: 
    Premier League table

    This is how things look in the Premier League for both Southampton and Sunderland prior to kick-off. The Saints' form may have tailed off a bit since their blistering start, but they are still well placed for a strong finish in the second half of the season. They trail eighth-place Newcastle by three points. Sunderland, meanwhile, are 19th and a win against Southampton will move them out of the bottom three. For how long depends on whether Cardiff manage to sneak a win at Manchester City...

  290. 1246: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

    It may have been an eventful week for Mauricio Pochettino but there is a big smile on his face as he emerges from the tunnel, shakes hands with Sunderland counterpart Gus Poyet and takes his seat in the Southampton dugout. Sunderland get the game under way.

  291. 1244: 
    Sunderland v Southampton (1245 GMT)

    Sunderland and Southampton players are out on the pitch at the Stadium of Light and kick off is moments away. Remember to tune into BBC Radio 5 live for full match commentary and, of course, stay with the action right here.

  292. 1243:  
    Kevin Kilbane, Football Focus

    "What Tony Pulis did for Stoke, he took them over in the Championship, got them into the Premier League and established them and what he's done for the city is incredible.

    "With them sitting bottom of the table it looks like Crystal Palace will go down but he's got them playing again, organised, hard to beat and if anyone's going to do it, it is Pulis."

  293. 1242: 
    RETURN OF TP- Crystal Palace v Stoke City (1500 GMT)
    Tony Pulis

    It promises to be a hero's welcome from the away end at Selhurst Park this afternoon as the travelling Stoke support pay tribute to new Eagles boss Tony Pulis.

    TP took charge of Stoke for 464 games over two spells at the Britannia, taking them to the Premier League, an FA Cup final and even Europe along the way.

    They had Chris Iwelumo and Tommy Mooney up front when he arrived, and Peter Crouch and Michael Owen when he left, via Tuncay, Ricardo Fuller, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Liam Lawrence.

    Can Pulis work similar miracles at Palace? Win today and they could be out of the bottom three. That would be a start...

  294. 1238: 
    CLOSE!- Leeds 0-0 Leicester

    Ross McCormack fails to see away what should have been an absolute banker for Leeds against Leicester as a mistake by Paul Konchesky puts the Scottish striker through on goal. He has all the time in the world to pick his spot but his effort is far too close to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, and he pushes the effort away.

  295. 1236: 
    Sunderland v Southampton (1245 GMT)

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was keeping it quiet just now when asked about the departure of director of football Roberto De Fanti.

    "Will it affect our January transfer plans? We will see, it is too early to say. Wait and see," he says. "When you play a Premier League game, we have to make sure we do our bit. We have been showing we are a very good team.

    "The idea is to do the basics. Southampton are refreshing for the Premier League, it is nice to see."

  296. 1232: 
    Sunderland v Southampton (1245 GMT)

    Just under 15 minutes until kick-off at the Stadium of Light and this is how the two teams will line up. A very attack-minded team named by Black Cats boss Gus Poyet. Not much left of the Roberto De Fanti/Paolo Di Canio era on show, with just five of the Italian's signings in the side.

    "Let's be honest, he [Gus Poyet] took over a dogs dinner that was left under Di Canio," Mark Lawrenson eloquently puts it on Football Focus.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 18 Jan 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Arsenal 22 24 51
No movement 2 Man City 22 38 50
No movement 3 Chelsea 21 21 46
No movement 4 Liverpool 22 25 43
No movement 5 Everton 21 15 41
No movement 6 Tottenham 21 1 40
No movement 7 Man Utd 21 11 37
No movement 8 Newcastle 22 4 36
No movement 9 Southampton 22 4 31
Moving up 10 Aston Villa 22 -7 24
Moving down 11 Hull 22 -6 23
Moving up 12 Norwich 22 -17 23
Moving down 13 Stoke 22 -14 22
Moving down 14 Swansea 21 -4 21
Moving down 15 West Brom 21 -5 21
Moving up 16 Crystal Palace 22 -17 20
Moving down 17 Fulham 22 -26 19
Moving down 18 West Ham 22 -11 18
No movement 19 Sunderland 22 -15 18
Moving down 20 Cardiff 22 -21 18

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