Saturday football: Southampton v Liverpool

Live text commentary as Liverpool defeat Southampton after Chelsea go four points clear and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew headbutts a player.

1 March 2014 Last updated at 11:54 GMT

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  1. 19:51: 

    That's a wrap. Thanks for your company on this eventful afternoon, it's a Cup Final day tomorrow. See you there.

  2. 19:46: 
    MOTD running order
    MOTD running order

    The MOTD running order is out. No surprises which story leads the way...

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    Mohit Pasricha: Such a huge result for Liverpool. Especially with Arsenal losing, it's a massive confidence boost for the players and Brendan Rodgers.

    Stephen Bellamy: Liverpool in second is fantastic. Realistically one place higher than where we'll end up.

    Steven Richards: If Liverpool win all of their remaining fixtures they'll win the title. Chelsea and Manchester City have distractions. 10 cup finals for Liverpool.

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    "Welcome to the title race Liverpool. #darkhorses"

  5. 19:38: 
    Player reaction- Southampton 0-3 Liverpool
    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard told Sky Sports: "We're fresh going into every game because we don't have any European games.

    "We said at the start of the season that we wanted to be in with a chance of winning the title with 10 matches to play and we are.

    "It's important to stay calm and take each game as it comes."

  6. 19:38: 
    Manager reaction- Southampton 0-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "tactically the players were brilliant. We played a 4-42 diamond and left two up front against their back four all game.

    "We got three goals and could have had five or six. The performance is up there with the Arsenal game when we won 5-1.

    "This is a really difficult place to come. It was an all-round outstanding team performance.

    "It was tough to leave Raheem Sterling out but I felt he could make an impact coming on with his pace. He's very fast but we a re trying to develop him into a footballer.

    "His touch is good, he can link the game and connect the game."

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    Liverpool

    Craig in Bath: Finally Liverpool are picking up wins in these difficult games. How many times under Benitez and Houllier were we left wondering what happened.

    Rob in London: Only one team in the top six doesn't have any other distractions but the Premier League. And they're flying.

    Stuart in Lincoln: So Liverpool's hopeless defence keeps a clean sheet against half of the England side but aren't seen by many as title contenders?

  8. 19:32: 
    European latest- Roma v Inter Milan (19:45 GMT)

    That's our domestic football done and dusted for the night - but we've more for you yet.

    Get over to the European live text commentary for a big game in Serie A.

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    Ahmer Murad: Clean sheet. Away from home. That's more like it from Liverpool. More like a serious title contender.

    Daniel Cohen: Great win for Liverpool against Southampton. Especially impressive were Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger. Immovable against a very good side.

    Joey Knoff: With the performance Liverpool just put on they are my title favourites, especially with City and Chelsea at home.

  10. 19:29: 
    Player reaction- Southampton 0-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: "We dropped points last year and we have learned our lesson.

    "We made the decision to leave our two up front all the time, and if teams want to go two on two against Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge - then all the best."

  11. 19:25: 
    Top of the table- Southampton 0-3 Liverpool
    Premier League

    Lap it up Liverpool fans - your team are second in the league. Six points across the top four, and with two games in hand for fourth-placed Manchester City.

    What a season...

  12. 19:24: 

    I hope Steven Gerrard can keep that penalty-taking form going for the summer. What a sensational penalty. Unsaveable.

  13. 19:23: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 0-3 Liverpool
  14. 19:22: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-3 Liverpool - Steven Gerrard (Pen 90 mins)

    Perfection. Perfect spot-kick from Steven Gerrard as he thumps into the very top corner.

  15. 19:21: 
    PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL- Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez runs at Jose Fonte, whose difficult afternoon is capped with a foul. Penalty.

  16. 19:20: 
    Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Saints deserve a goal for their first 50 minutes, and Morgan Schniederlin goes close to a consolation when his low shot is heading into the corner - but it's blocked by Daniel Agger.

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    Toby in Kent: I think when you look at Premier League starting line-ups on paper Liverpool's is arguably the best of the lot. Squad depth however is where they lack.

    Andrew in Gloucester: For Liverpool to win the title its simple they have to beat Chelsea and Manchester City in the run in.

    Nick in Woking: For Liverpool to win the title they would have to beat Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United and still rely on other results. I cannot see it.

  18. 19:13: 
    YELLOW CARD- Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard goes into the book for whacking Adam Lallana. Four minutes left then, and Liverpool are heading into the top two.

  19. 19:12: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Daniel Sturridge's scoring run comes to an end - he is replaced by Iago Aspas for the last few minutes.

  20. 19:10: 
    YELLOW CARD- Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Into the last 10 minutes. Victor Wanyama is booked in the Southampton midfield for winning the ball after coming through the back of Luis Suarez. He's not happy about that at all and his protests see him called back by referee Lee Probert.

    Is he going to send him off? No. It's a final, final warning.

  21. 19:07: 
    Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Can Liverpool win the league this year? That is the big question for Reds fans. There is absolutely no reason why not...

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    Luis Suarez

    Dave in Teignmouth: Harsh on Saints. Deserve at least to be level. They've played great football all season and been unlucky on a few occasions to lose or draw whilst being the better team. Hope Mauricio Pochettino stays.

    Ade in Dumfries: Great refereeing in the Southampton-Liverpool, letting the game flow, accepting hard tackling and is consistent. Totally impressed.

    Alex in Norfolk: Liverpool are serious title contenders. With Man City and Chelsea to come at home, it's just the defence Liverpool need to sort out.

  23. 19:02: 
    Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez now shoots wide after another error from Jose Fonte. This could be six or seven by now...

  24. 19:00: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Artur Boruc has to go full stretch to turn away Steven Gerrard's low drive, and Luis Suarez then shoots from a corner! He goes for goal and Boruc claws it out.

    Liverpool are ramping up the pressure.

  25. 18:59: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    The errors are coming thick and fast in the Saints defence now. Jose Fonte is robbed of the ball by Luis Suarez who could have shot but tries to square it for Daniel Sturridge.

    It's cut out, Suarez then crosses for Sturridge, who keeps it alive and Jordan Henderson shoots over.

  26. 18:56: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    SAS - Luis Suarez sends Daniel Sturridge in on goal, he skips around the challenge of goalkeeper Artur Boruc but it's a tight angle and he drags his shot wide on this occasion.

    Almost another fine counter-attacking goal from the Reds.

  27. 18:54: 
    Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez's fine season now includes 10 Premier League assists to go with his 24 Premier League goals.

    Suarez has also assisted five of Raheem Sterling's six Premier League goals this season. Key man.

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    Raheem Sterling

    Tunde Akere: The understanding between Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge is second to none.

    Michael Effiom: That's the stuff of title contenders from Liverpool.

    Tom Wylie: This Liverpool team can win the league. They are coming into a winning streak when other teams are dropping points.

  29. 18:49: 
    Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

    The Liverpool fans are understandably in fine voice at St Mary's. Southampton continue to threaten though as Calum Chambers crosses into the six-yard box where it is cut out by Steven Gerrard.

    Into the last half hour.

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveSouthampton 0-2 Liverpool

    "I think Liverpool can win the Premier League, but I don't think they will. I said Chelsea will win the league and I stick by that."

  31. 18:45: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-2 Liverpool - Raheem Sterling (58 minutes)

    He scores with his first touch! Steven Gerrard starts the move deep, playing a fine through ball for Luis Suarez to run onto, he beats Dejan Lovren before cutting the ball back for Raheem Sterling - and he does the necessary, firing in from 10 yards. Harsh on the Saints, but Liverpool looking good for a win now.

  32. 18:44:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 livePardew reaction

    "The (Newcastle) owners are looking at a guy with a massive contract and if they think 'we want him out' and I'm not saying they do, it gives them a reason.

    "I personally think his position has become untenable. How can you manage a group of players when you have done that to one of their fellow professionals?"

  33. 18:44: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Here is the change - Raheem Sterling on in place of Philippe Coutinho 10 minutes into the second half.

  34. 18:42: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling is about to come on. Luis Suarez has had a quiet half hour but he does link up well with Philippe Coutinho before the impressive Dejan Lovren shuts the door in his face.

  35. 18:38: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Southampton remain up around 58-59% of possession in this game. Adam Lallana (41) has made the most passes on the park. Surely he is nailed on for a World Cup place?

  36. 18:35: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling is out to warm up for Liverpool - yet another England hopeful. And that's a terrible dive from Daniel Sturridge. Dear oh dear.

  37. 18:33:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 livePardew reaction

    "I had very passionate managers like Martin O'Neill and Mark Hughes while I was a player but nothing like this. From now to the end of the season he should get a complete ban from the home and away games. Although with Newcastle out of all cup competitions and probably safe in the league, is that really even punishment?"

  38. 18:32: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    And the hosts get the ball rolling for the second half.

  39. 18:31: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Southampton are bringing on Gaston Ramirez at the break - he replaces Steven Davis.

  40. 18:27: 
    Fulham 1-3 Chelsea

    Felix Magath tells BBC Radio 5 live his Fulham side didn't have the "mental power to fight against" Chelsea.

  41. 18:26: 
    Pardew reaction

    FA chairman Greg Dyke, speaking to BBC Sport in Zurich, believes the Alan Pardew headbutt incident earlier today during Newcastle United's game against Hull City is 'serious' and the FA 'will investigate'.

    He says: "Well I've only just seen the clip and clearly it looks serious and we will investigate it but I can't really say anything else at this stage."

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    Jack in London: This game is massive for Liverpool, can we get three points whilst playing poorly? If so, being potential title winners will look ever the more believable.

    Rich in North Wales: Liverpool need to get Raheem Sterling on. This is a season-defining game.

    Jack in Surrey: Aside from the opening 10 minutes and goal Liverpool have been second best. Nervous second half to follow for Liverpool.

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    Adam Lallana

    Harry Hopwood: Can't understand how Southampton aren't level! Have completely dominated Liverpool in the last 15 minutes and Saints look so fluid on the ball.

    Tom Castle: Unbelievable that Southampton aren't up 3-1. Liverpool look like they're playing with 10 men.

    Tim Bechervaise: Southampton are a joy to watch when they are playing like this.

  44. 18:18: 
    Liverpool on a flyer
    Premier League

    Liverpool fans will enjoy this one, they are up to second in the table as it stands.

  45. 18:16: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Southampton heartily clapped off the pitch despite losing 1-0 , that's a measure of how well they have played.

  46. 18:12: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Saints almost do have an equaliser, and it's at the end of another great move, sweeping from left to right and Adam Lallana steps over the ball to allow Jay Rodriguez to fire in a low drive.Simon Mignolet is going to his left but reacts very quickly to get down and keep it out with one hand. Fine save.

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 livePardew reaction

    "It was absolutely ridiculous from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. It was a scandalous act from a manager who should know better. Throw the book at him, he shouldn't be allowed in the ground for the last 10 games of the season.

    "It's a shocking act, Paul Ince was giving a five-match stadium ban for his behaviour and he should get a 10 game ban for the rest of the season. Newcastle United might see it as gross misconduct - his position might even be untenable now."

  48. 18:08: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Morgan Schneiderlin hooks a shot over the top after another fluid move down the right. Southampton look very good, is an equaliser on the cards?

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    Phil Vieira: Liverpool's midfield is being overrun! Might need a change here to be safe, I think that was the intention with Joe Allen but not safe.

    Josiah Mwangi: Victor Wanyama made the difference for Saints when they beat Liverpool at Anfield. I am glad he isn't playing here.

    Sumeer Rawal: Liverpool need to be assertive and firm in defence. Southampton knocking on the door.

  50. 18:05: 
    Euro latest

    Bundesliga side Schalke have not had a good few days.

    Real Madrid put six past them at home in midweek and Bayern Munich have gone 4-0 up inside the opening half hour. Ouch...

  51. 18:03: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert all combine nicely again down the left before Jay Rodriguez clips a shot over the bar.

    It's England v Liverpool at the moment...

  52. 18:01: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    So close! Almost a brilliant equaliser for the Saints as Rickie Lambert chests a cross down into the path of Adam Lallana, and he steers a low shot past Simon Mignolet and against the base of the post.

    Brilliant centre-forward play from Lambert. Would you like an aisle seat or window for the plane to Rio gents?

  53. 17:59: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Southampton looking dangerous out wide, this time on the right, as Calum Chambers whips in a cross which is deflected wide of the near post. Saints knocking on the door.

  54. 17:55: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Two of Southampton's England players combine, Luke Shaw impressing again with a strong run and cross which Rickie Lambert lashes over the top. Very difficult one to control and Lambert couldn't keep it down.

    The Saints having a good spell now.

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    Luis Suarez

    Kevin Threadgold: That's why Luis Suarez is the best centre forward in the world. One lucky break, one touch, buried. Lethal accuracy.

    Ben Goodwin: Scrappy build-up but how precise a finish do you want. What dry spell for Suarez?

    Ahmer Murad: The lead will take some defending. I've a bad feeling about Martin Skrtel. He'll need to be all there today.

  56. 17:51: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez does take the free-kick but can't keep it down. Liverpool looking good to go second overnight here.

  57. 17:50: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    The lively Luis Suarez is bubbling along now he's scored, nipping the ball away from a man before going down under Jack Cork's challenge.

    Free-kick in a very good area.

  58. 17:48: 
    Southampton 0-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez has now scored 62 goals in his opening 100 Premier League games, matching Robbie Fowler. Decent touch from the Uruguayan.

  59. 17:45: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-1 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (16 mins)

    Luis Suarez hits his 75th goal for Liverpool on his 100th league appearance, and it comes out of nothing. Suarez and Daniel Sturridge link up nicely on the edge of the box but the Saints defence cut the pass out, only for Jose Fonte to divert the ball back into the path of Suarez, who steers into the corner. Clinical.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveFulham 1-3 Chelsea

    Listen to all the goals from Chelsea's 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, thanks to Andre Schurrle's hat-trick, on the 5 live website.

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    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Final ScoreStoke 1-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal have a huge period coming up and in the last few years this is the time of the season they have been found wanting. I don't think they will win the league but they have had a great season."

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    Barry Travis: Why are teams continuing to play a high line against Liverpool?

    Peter Klein: Surprised that Brendan Rodgers has tinkered with his midfield here. If anything needs changing it's the defence.

    Jack Warner: I predict goals and poor defending as well as a lot of back passing from Joe Allen here.

  63. 17:43: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

    Semi appeals for a penalty for the home side as Adam Lallana goes down under a Jon Flanagan challenge - bit of a shoulder charge to be honest and referee Lee Probert isn't interested.

  64. 17:42: 
    At the bottom
    Premier League

    Defeat for Fulham at the hands of Chelsea has left Felix Magath's side four points short of safety, with Sunderland also having two games in hand now.

  65. 17:39: 
    Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

    Ooof! A crunching challenge leaves Luke Shaw in a heap, he went head-to-head with Jon Flanagan and they both look shaken.

    Play continues though and Jay Rodriguez almost gets in, and the ball is turned past the post for a goal-kick.

    Shaw is thankfully on his feet and able to continue.

  66. 17:38: 
    Three Lions rampant- Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

    Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

    England's squad to face Denmark on Wednesday is heavily packed with players from these two clubs. Who will be going to Brazil?

  67. 17:36: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

    Brilliant break from Liverpool as Daniel Sturridge bursts in on the right, he rolls a pass for Luis Suarez to tap in - but Jose Fonte does superbly to get back and clear his lines.

    From the corner Martin Skrtel is close to touching it in but Artur Boruc gets a hand on it.

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    "Seen Pardew incident. As per usual. Massively over-hyped...

    "Got a lot of time for Pardew. Regardless of what I think, he is a top manager. One of the best I've worked with. Don't let a couple of stupid incidents detract from the job he has done at Newcastle. Especially with what goes on behind the scenes there."

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    Rob in Nottingham: Dropping one of Liverpool's in-form players Raheem Sterling for Joe Allen? I have a bad feeling about this. I hope this works out Brendan Rodgers!

    Bill in Bootle: As a Liverpool fan the team must show up today and get three points, we need to capitalise on Arsenal's mess at Stoke.

  70. 17:31: 
    League Two round-up

    A late goal from Chris Zebroski for Newport denied Scunthorpe all three points and top spot in the division as they drew 2-2. Third-placed Rochdale comprehensively saw off Oxford thanks to Scott Hogan's hat-trick in their 3-0 win. Burton went above the U's into fourth place after a 2-1 win over struggling Accrington. Bottom side Torquay went down to a 3-0 defeat at Hartlepool while second-bottom Northampton could only manage a 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers.

  71. 17:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 0-0 Liverpool

    Game on.

  72. 17:29: 
    Manager reaction- Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "It's a big worry to lose a game like that, it was a massive setback."

  73. 17:28: 
    Southampton v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)

    All set for kick-off at Southampton then. Plenty of England players on show, Tony Pulis and Phil Neville in the stands...

  74. 17:27: 
    League One round-up

    Top two Leyton Orient and Wolves both recorded home wins to strengthen their grip on the automatic promotion places, as third-placed Brentford drew 0-0 with Carlisle. Fifth-placed Rotherham hammered lowly Notts County 6-0 while fourth-placed Preston notched a more routine 2-1 win over Walsall.

    Stevenage have moved off the bottom of the table after coming from behind to beat Bradford 3-2 while FA Cup quarter finalists Sheffield United beat MK Dons 1-0 to record a seventh straight win.

  75. 17:26: 
    Team News- Southampton v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)

    Liverpool make one change from the side that edged Swansea 4-3 last time out as Joe Allen comes in for Raheem Sterling.

    Southampton also make just the one change as Dejan Lovren is named in the side in the place of Maya Yoshida.

  76. 17:25: 
    Southampton v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)

    Players are out on the south coast. Luke Shaw is playing his 50th Premier League game - the second youngest player to reach this landmark (18 yrs, 7 mths, 17 days) behind Wayne Rooney (18 yr 2 mths 4 days).

  77. 17:24: 
    Manager reaction- Hull 1-4 Newcastle
    Alan Pardew

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "We accept Alan Pardew's apology. He has been big enough and brave enough to come out and apologise which is that you would expect. In the heat of the moment things happen but Alan has apologised.

    "I can only be complimentary to David Meyler because of the way he reacted to it. He could have rolled around on the floor but he didn't.

    "I do believe he has apologised and for that we will take it.

    "I am sure Alan will regret an unsavoury incident that I have not seen the like of before. It has obviously tarnished an afternoon for them and Newcastle's supporters."

  78. 17:20: 
    Manager reaction- Fulham 1-3 Chelsea
    Felix Magath

    Fulham manager Felix Magath: "Chelsea were too good for us. They played very well, wanted to win and were the better team. There were some good situations for us in the first half but we are responsible for not playing so well.

    "We will not stay up with this kind of defending and need to learn better. The biggest problem was that our captain [Brede Hangeland] was gone after a few minutes. If he could have played the whole game, we could have had a different result.

    "You cannot ask for a win against the Premier League leaders, so the next games are the ones we will be looking to win.

    "We hope that Hangeland will come back, which will stabilise us.

    "Konstantinos Mitroglou should join us for the next game. If he gets used to the Premier League level, he can help us."

  79. 17:18: 
    Championship round-up

    It was a very good day for the top two in the Championship with Leicester strolling to a 3-0 win over struggling Charlton and Burnley beating third-placed Derby 2-0. The Foxes now have a 13-point cushion over the Rams in third.

    Elsewhere there was an impressive 4-1 win for Wigan at Nottingham Forest that sees the Latics move into the top six. Struggling Barnsley and Doncaster were thumped 5-0 by Huddersfield and Bournemouth respectively. There was a terrific performance by Yeovil who held on for a point at Reading despite finishing the game with eight men.

  80. 17:17: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)

    Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Clyne, Yoshida, Ramirez, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Gazzaniga, Gallagher.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Allen, Gerrard, Henderson, Suarez, Sturridge, Coutinho. Subs: Brad Jones, Toure, Aspas, Moses, Cissokho, Sterling, Teixeira.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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    Dean: Talk of the sack for Alan Pardew is ridiculous. We've had Luis Suarez bite a player, Eric Cantona assault a fan and Sir Alex Ferguson throw a boot at David Beckham. Over reaction much everyone?

    Chris: Pardew to be sacked? Get a grip people, players bite and punch and only get banned. Managers shouldn't get more extreme reprimands.

    Marvin: How can people possibly be calling for Pardew to get the sack, players spit on each other, headbutt each other, speak abusively to each other week in week out. I know Pardew has previous and what he did is unacceptable but a fine yes and a ban yes but why should get worse than players get?

  82. 17:13: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Britannia Stadium: "Stoke were good value for their win as Jonathan Walters lays his penalty ghost to rest in a crucial game. Arsenal did not look like themselves at all today, and there will be a feeling that their title challenge is grinding to a halt just when they need to move through the gears. If Liverpool win at Southampton, the Gunners will be third in the table. "

  83. 17:12: 
    Player reaction- Fulham 1-3 Chelsea

    Chelsea's hat-trick hero Andre Schurrle: "The most important thing was the points. With the three goals for me, it's a perfect day. The manager said little at half-time, telling us to get on with it.

    "This is the spirit of the team. We played very poorly in the first half and very well in the second. The players were a little tired after Wednesday but we showed our quality."

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    Alan Pardew

    Mart Hoe: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must be sacked immediately and banned indefinitely. No excuses.

    Conor Duggan: It's only a three-game game suspension for a player, why should Pardew get any more than that?

    Sid Ives: If I headbutt someone at work, I'm probably getting the sack. If I headbutt a player or manager as a fan, I'll get prosecuted.

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    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Final Score

    "I think today is a huge swing in the race for the title. That's a massive win for Chelsea at Fulham with Arsenal losing."

  86. 17:08: 
    Manager Reaction- Fulham 1-3 Chelsea
    Jose Mourinho

    Anyone wonder what was in Jose Mourinho's half-time team-talk?

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "At half-time, I told them nothing - nothing - not a word. I walked in, then I walked out. I don't know if anyone else gave a team talk. I was not inside the dressing room. The second half was a great reaction to the worst performance of the season.

    "The second half was one of the best performances of the season. We moved the ball around well. If I could've made 11 changes, I might have done, but I could only make three - so I did nothing.

    "Schurrle is cold in front of the goal.

    "We have have four points more than Arsenal. The gap to Man City is a fake advantage. If they win their games in hand, they're top of the league. We're behind them."

  87. 17:05: 
    Pardew reaction

    Fair play to Alan Pardew for coming out and fronting up straight away. Cards on the table and a full apology. A lot of managers would have shirked the cameras.

    It doesn't excuse what he did of course and I'm sure the FA will take a very dim view of it.

  88. 17:05: 
    Pardew reaction

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I tried to push him away with my head and I shouldn't have done that. My team were terrific and it's only myself who had a poor performance."

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    Peter: Alan Pardew punishment must be the most extreme. Player violence is unacceptable manager violence is intolerable!

    Max: There was talk of Pardew becoming a England manager one day. Not much chance of that now.

    Luke: Pardew deserves the sack for that. I remember him laughing off pushing a linesman last season. Can't laugh this one off.

  90. 17:04: 
    Pardew reaction

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "It was a heat of the moment thing. I massively regret it and I will have to sit down from now on.

    "Of course, I didn't mean to do anything aggressive. I did move my head forward and that's enough.

    "Perhaps I need to sit down from now on. It's a shame beacons it's taken the gloss off a terrific performance.

    "Of course I apologise. I represent a big club."

  91. 16:59: 
    Pardew reaction- Hull 1-4 Newcastle

    Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko: "I don't know, I was too far away I didn't see what happened. It's a small thing. The most important thing is we won."

  92. 16:58: 
    Football League Latest

    An unbelievable point for Yeovil at Reading. The Glovers finished the game with just eight men after Kieffer Moore, Joe Ralls and Byron Webster were all sent off. Gary Johnson's side remain in the Championship relegation zone but move off the bottom where they are replaced by Barnsley who were hammered 5-0 at Huddersfield.

  93. 16:57: 
    Pardew headbutt- Hull 1-4 Newcastle
    Alan Pardew

    Just to recap for anyone who missed it, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was sent-off this afternoon for appearing to headbutt Hull midfielder David Meyler.

    Yes - he headbutted a player.

  94. 16:55:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Final ScorePardew reaction

    "You have to say that what Alan Pardew did looked nasty."

  95.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 1-3 Chelsea

    "That bit of subtlety and class came from the players wearing blue shirts rather than white at Craven Cottage. Chelsea were just too much for Fulham in the second half."

  96. 16:54: 
    Hull 1-4 Newcastle

    It's safe to say that we're looking forward to Alan Pardew's post-match interviews. If he faces the cameras that is...

  97.   
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at St Mary'sSouthampton v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)

    "Liverpool enter a testing run of three away games in a row which could make or break their season. It's 11 years since they last won at Southampton, who are the only side to win at Anfield this season.

    "In a fortnight they face the tribal hostilities of Old Trafford. Then they go to Cardiff, who are fighting for their lives.

    "St Mary's will be tricky. Southampton may have lost their last two games and they've only won one of their last six home matches, but Liverpool tend to struggle there, losing on four of their last five Premier League visits."

  98. 16:52: 

    Chelsea four points clear then. Liverpool can go second if they win the late game...

  99. 16:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 1-3 Chelsea
  100. 16:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Hull 1-4 Newcastle
  101. 16:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 1-0 West ham
  102. 16:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 1-0 Arsenal
  103. 16:50: 
    GOAL- Hull 1-4 Newcastle - Vurnon Anita (90 mins)

    Alan Pardew celebrates from a directors box as Vurnon Anita buries a rebound. Another clinical counter from Newcastle.

  104. 16:49: 
    Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

    Stoke are killing the game very well. They've got the ball in the corner.

    Yaya Sanogo then has a chance but leans back and fires over!

  105. 16:46: 
    INJURY TIME- Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

    FIVE MINUTES added on at Stoke. Can Arsenal recover?

  106. 16:45: 

    Alan Pardew's future will undoubtedly be the talk of the town for the next 48 hours or so. Maybe longer.

    Will he survive headbutting a player? Quite a remarkable sentence to write to be honest...

  107.  
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    David Meyler is restrained by fourth official Howard Webb as he tries to confront Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

    Meical Jones: Alan Pardew is in big trouble after that headbutt, what was he thinking?

    Lewis Powell: Pardew should be sacked! He's meant to be a role model.

    Peter Allan: I disagree. It shows pride and passion. Don't agree with the violence, but it's nice to finally have a manager who cares.

  108. 16:44: 
    Football League Latest

    In League Two Scunthorpe have turned it around at Newport. Second-half goals from Paddy Madden and David Syers could see them finish tonight at the top of the table.

  109. 16:42: 
    Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal having their best spell of the game, but it may be too late. Mesut Ozil curls wide, they drive a free-kick into the wall and Olivier Giroud is almost on the end of a searching cross.

    Into the LAST TEN MINUTES.

  110. 16:40: 
    As it stands
    Premier League

    It's looking like being a good day for Chelsea then. They currently lead the table by four points.

  111. 16:38: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-0 West ham - Romelu Lukaku (81 mins)

    The big man does the business! Leighton Baines finds a pass through eight or nine West Ham bodies in the box and Romelu Lukaku exploits the space to crash home left-footed from 10 yards. there goes the Hammers' gameplan.

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    Joe in Cambridge: Disgraceful refereeing at Stoke! Charlie Adam's stamp goes unpunished yet Laurent Koscielny having a ball smashed at his hand is a penalty? Poor poor stuff.

    Boris in London: That was not a penalty in a million years. If Arsenal lose this, it's only down to the referee.

  113. 16:37: 
    Hull 1-3 Newcastle

    Imagine how Alan Pardew would react if his side were losing?

  114. 16:35: 
    Football League Latest

    Burnley look set to remain second in the Championship, where Dean Marney's finish has given them a 2-0 lead over 10-man Derby. Prior to today Wigan had lost just two of their last 17 games and goals from Emerson Boyce and James McArthur mean they lead Nottingham Forest 3-1. It's an uphill challenge for Yeovil at Reading now where it's now 1-1 and the Glovers are down to nine men after red cards for Byron Webster and Joe Ralls. Elsewhere there's a hat-trick for Yann Kermorgant, whose Bournemouth side lead Doncaster 4-0.

  115.  
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    Chris Bloomfield: Honestly, I think Alan Pardew needs to get himself together...he has anger management issues. Its ridiculous.

    Joe Hunter: Well, they say you need to be passionate as a manager but then there's Alan Pardew.

    Gavin Richmond: Always said Pardew is a nutter.

  116.   
    Gary Lineker, BBC SportJoin the debate at #bbcfootball

    "Alan Pardew has just head-butted David Meyler. Yes head-butted. Inexcusable from a manager."

  117. 16:34: 

    Chelsea looking at a four-point gap at the top of the table then, Alan Pardew looking at a five-figure fine...

  118.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 1-3 Chelsea

    "The combination play between Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle has been tremendous for Chelsea. They have roared into this half with a greater speed and effort. It's almost as if they needed that first half to shake off their midweek trip to Turkey before finding their stride. They have been excellent in this second period. I wonder if Fulham manager Felix Magath will survive the season?!"

  119.  
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    Kanayo Umeogu: Andre Schurrle is a natural goal scorer. Should start more often for Chelsea.

    Tyler Powell: When Schurrle is in form he is unplayable. These flashes of brilliance are worth the wait.

    Navneet Gautam: Schurrle take a bow! A great goal to complete his hat-trick. Who needs good strikers when you have players of his quality.

  120. 16:31: 
    GOAL- Fulham 1-3 Chelsea - Jonny Heitinga (74 mins)

    Scruffy stuff as Fulham get what may only be a consolation, Darren Bent turning a corner across goal for Johnny Heitinga to fire in his first for the club.

  121. 16:31: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-0 Arsenal - Jon Walters - Pen (76 mins)

    He's missed four of his last six penalties, but when it counts Jon Walters steers into the bottom corner. Big goal.

  122. 16:31: 
    PENALTY TO STOKE- Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    Handball by Laurent Koscielny and a penalty given...

  123. 16:30: 
    Hull 1-3 Newcastle

    Wow! Alan Pardew will be facing a tasty charge and a fine. That is pretty outrageous, he's head-butted David Meyler.

    It all starts when the ball goes out of play and Meyler moves Pardew slightly out of the way so he can retrieve it quickly.

    Pards does not like it. The two men square up as Meyler attempts to return to the field of play - it is at this point that the incident happens.

    It would be fair to say that Meyler is incensed. Pardew does not really protest against the referee's decision.

  124. 16:28: 
    Handbags- Hull 1-3 Newcastle

    It's all kicking off here as Alan Pardew confronts Hull midfielder David Meyler on the touchline...

    Meyler is booked and Pards is sent to the stands.

  125. 16:28: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Hull 1-3 Newcastle

    Fantastic stuff from Allan McGregor! What a save from the Hull keeper, full-length to keep out Loic Remy's stinging drive. Top, top, top class,

  126. 16:27: 
    Football League Latest

    Rotherham boss Steve Evans said that he thought the Notts County game was "dangerous" because people around the country would expect his side to win. Looks like the people were right as the Millers lead 5-0.

    In League Two, Scott Hogan has completed his hat-trick for Rochdale against Oxford. As it stands they'll be moving up to second in the table, above Scunthorpe who are drawing 1-1 at Newport.

  127. 16:26: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-3 Chelsea - Andre Schurrle HAT-TRICK

    Andre Schurrle loves the Cottage. He's not scored many this season but he's now bagged three in 16 minutes! It's so easy this one, a long kick from Petr Cech is controlled by Fernando Torres, who has time to turn and play in the German clean through. He has time and space to have a quick look at the linesman before smashing home from 15 yards. Easy as you like...

  128.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 0-2 Chelsea

    "Just when Fulham were looking to attack they are caught by Chelsea. But once again that bit of magic from Eden Hazard proved to be the difference as he set up Andre Schurrle. It looks like a huge task for Fulham now and they need a quick goal to give the supporters something to cling to."

  129. 16:24: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil is on now for Lukas Podolski as Arsenal look for some inspiration.

    And Charlie Adam is a lucky boy! The Stoke midfielder treads on Olivier Giroud while he's on the floor. Only he will know if that was deliberate but it was not pretty...

  130. 16:22: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-2 Chelsea - Andre Schurrle (65 mins)

    Chelsea have improved immeasurably since the break and it's more fine play from Eden Hazard, popping up through the middle. His weight of pass is perfect for Andre Schurrle to beat Dan Burn to the ball and fire into the bottom corner.

  131.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 0-1 Chelsea

    "Eden Hazard's influence on the game is starting to grow, and Chelsea are feeding him as much of the ball as they can."

  132. 16:21: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    Peter Crouch continues to be denied a goal, this time meeting a Marko Arnautovic cross with a header which Wojciech Szczesny turns away. From the corner Geoff Cameron should hit the target but shanks his effort high and dry.

    Stoke should be ahead...

  133. 16:19: 
    CLOSE!- Hull 1-3 Newcastle

    Big miss for Newcastle new boy Luuk De Jong - he just can't turn in a cross-shot from six yards. It came at him with pace but it was real chance to bag his first for the club.

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    Toby in Kent: Olivier Giroud's flicks and general link-up play for Arsenal at Stoke has been world class. Another case of dropping a player improving them? Let's hope it works with Mesut Ozil now.

  135. 16:18: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Everton 0-0 West Ham

    Key change for Everton - Romelu Lukaku is back. The big Belgian replaces Leon Osman.

  136.  
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    Andre Schurrle celebrates scoring for Chelsea

    Sham Gallagher: Important goal for Chelsea. That was a vital goal from Andre Schurrle. A lot of pressure on Arsenal now to score.

    Kuntal Majumda: Schurrle's intelligence and composure was amazing, heading it across the last defender. Very clever, indeed.

    Guy Penfold: If the scores stay the same this Arsenal's season could be about to unravel.

  137. 16:16: 
    SHOWBOAT- Fulham 0-1 Chelsea

    Absolutely superb stuff from Eden Hazard! Like a kid who knows all the buttons on a new computer game he beats three men for pace before crossing in with his 'wrong' foot behind his leg - a rabona I believe. The cross is perfect too but Fernando Torres wastes it by heading wide.

  138. 16:15: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Britannia Stadium: "Stoke starting to increase pressure on the Arsenal goal now. Peter Crouch actually has a good goalscoring record against the Gunners but will he rue a hat-trick of chances?"

  139.   
    Danny Mills, BBC Final ScoreHull 1-3 Newcastle

    "Hull could have been 4-2 up at half-time because they had some really good chances in the first-half. They got back into it after the break but now they've shot themselves in the foot."

  140. 16:14: 
    At the top
    Premier League

    That Andre Schurrle goal has put daylight between Chelsea and the chasing pack. Still a little horse?

  141.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 0-1 Chelsea

    "The pace of the game has been much better from Chelsea this half, and they've got their reward straight away from Andre Schurrle. They will now let Fulham chase the game and we'll have to see how Felix Magath reacts to that."

  142. 16:14: 
    Football League Latest

    Championship table toppers Leicester City look set to record their 11th win in their last 14 Championship games as Danny Drinkwatwer makes it 2-0 against Charlton Athletic. Forget what they say about derbies being tight, Bolton are leading Blackburn 3-0 while Barnsley trail Huddersfield by the same scoreline.

    Down in League Two Rochdale look set to cement their place in the top three as they lead fourth-placed Oxford 2-0.

  143. 16:12: 
    GOAL- Hull 1-3 Newcastle - Moussa Sissoko (55 mins)

    Another clinical counter from Newcastle, but it's dire defending once more from Hull. Hull have a free-kick on halfway, pump it straight to Moussa Sissoko and he launches the ball downfield, Loic Remy hands it on to Yoan Gouffran and when his shot is only pushed out, Sissoko has eaten up the ground to lash home the loose ball. Game over?

  144. 16:09: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-1 Chelsea - Andre Schurrle (52 mins)

    The deadlock is finally broken at the Cottage! It's not the prettiest build up, in fitting with the game, but it's clinically finished by Andre Schurrle. Eden Hazard lifts a ball over the top from inside his own half and the German beats a haphazard offside trap to run clear and slot past the keeper. Relief for the Blues fans behind that goal.

  145. 16:09: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal
    Stoke striker Peter Crouch

    Scramble at the Britannia as Peter Crouch causes mayhem from a set-piece. Arsenal just throwing bodies in the way of the ball and just about scramble it away.

  146. 16:08: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 0-0 West Ham

    Everton buzzing now. Steven Pienaar has a half-hearted penalty appeal waved away and then lashes over the top after a good move down the left. West Ham are camped in, waiting for the hit.

  147. 16:05: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Everton 0-0 West Ham

    Everton close to an opener right form kick-off, Steven Pienaar drilling a shot against the base of the post after neat work down the left. Gerard Deulofeu arrives on the loose ball but doesn't make a telling connection.

  148. 16:03: 
    GOAL- Hull 1-2 Newcastle - Curtis Davies (46 mins)

    Very much the game of the day! Hull back in with a shout as Tom Huddlestone's free-kick is headed in by Curtis Davies. Tim Krul - so impressive in the first half - made a meal of that. He came out to punch clear and was beaten by Davies.

  149. 16:02: 
    KICK-OFF

    And back in play at Goodison, Craven Cottage and Hull...

  150. 16:01: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    Under way early at Stoke. Very punctual.

  151. 16:00: 
    Hit the big man!- Everton 0-0 West Ham
    Andy Carroll

    Everton have had 75% of possession in that first half. Spare a thought for West Ham's number nine Andy Carroll, who has had just four touches since coming on. As isolated as Sandra Bullock in Gravity...

  152.  
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    Moses Ayeni: Arsenal need pace in the team. I say bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    Elliott Bambrough: That was a completely forgettable first half between Stoke and Arsenal. Expecting an intervention from Mesut Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second half.

    Rob James: Stoke are playing the better football. It's getting a bit lofty from Arsenal.

  153. 15:55: 
    Football League Latest

    Blackpool caretaker manager Barry Ferguson said earlier this week that he had 'the stomach, the fight and the determination' to help keep the Tangerines in the Championship. Unfortunately it doesn't look like his players can say the same as they trail Watford 3-0 at the break and look set to stretch their winless run to 16 matches.

  154. 15:53:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the KC StadiumHALF-TIME- Hull 0-2 Newcastle
    Loic Remy of Newcastle United (right) is congratulated by Moussa Sissoko (left) and Luuk de Jong (centre)

    "What a different half it might have been had Tim Krul not wonderfully kept out a double effort from Alex Bruce. 26 seconds later, Newcastle were in the lead. They doubled their advantage when Loic Remy pounced on Maynor Figueroa's mistake, but in between, Hull had chances through Jelavic and Elmohamady. A somewhat surprising half-time scoreline."

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    Dayle Clarke: Why is being a Chelsea fan so difficult. Every weekend we don't play until the second half. So frustrating. Sort it out, Jose!

  156. 15:50: 
    Football League Latest

    Confusion at the big game at Turf Moor where Derby striker Chris Martin appears to have been shown a second yellow for diving. He went down under a challenge in the area and a team-mate rifled the loose ball into the corner. No penalty, no goal and a red card for the Rams though.

  157.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageHALF-TIME- Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea aren't playing like top dogs and Fulham are snapping at their heels. The visitors certainly look like they are suffering from their midweek exertions in the Champions League. With the exception of a shot from Fernando Torres just before half-time they have not really posed much of a goal threat to Fulham."

  158. 15:50: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal
    Stoke v Arsenal half-time analysis

    Three shots in the whole half, no serious saves required. Raise it!

  159. 15:49:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    "It's been largely uninspiring stuff, though Fulham could lay claim to being the better team. Dempsey and Sidwell had chances, while Torres had opportunities after some dozy goalkeeping from Stekelenburg."

  160. 15:49: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Britannia Stadium: "You wonder if someone on the Arsenal bench is letting Mesut Ozil know why this fixture raises the temperature so much. Olivier Giroud is getting some rough treatment but his team are standing firm and will hope they can improve their finishing in the second half. Fairly equal so far."

  161. 15:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Fulham 0-0 Chelsea
  162. 15:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Hull 0-2 Newcastle

    The only goals in town...

  163. 15:47:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    "A pretty uneventful first half. Stoke's Glenn Whelan has had a shot saved as has Arsenal's Santi Cazorla. That's it as far as the excitement goes."

  164. 15:47:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison ParkHALF-TIME- Everton 0-0 West Ham

    "A moment of brilliance by Gerard Deulofeu almost broke the deadlock but West Ham will be happy with the scoreline."

  165. 15:46: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    Best chance of the game. Fernando Torres hits a shot on the swivel and Maarten Stekelenburg gets this one right, punching the ball away.

  166.   
    Kevin Kilbane, BBC Final Score

    "Leicester are having a brilliant run at the moment. They're clear at the top of the league and you just can not see them slipping up from here."

  167. 15:44: 
    Football League Latest

    In the Championship, second-placed Burnley lead third-placed Derby thanks to David Jones's fine finish. Yeovil have a surprising 1-0 lead at play-off hopefuls Reading. As it stands the Glovers are off the bottom of the table. Elsewhere, fellow strugglers Doncaster and Blackpool trail at Bournemouth and Watford respectively.

    Down in League One, it's looking like a fine day to be a Rotherham fan, they lead strugglers Notts County 4-0 with less than half an hour played.

    In League Two York City had gone four home games without a goal but two strikes in the opening exchanges mean they lead Exeter City 2-0. Jack Barmby, son of former England man Nicky, has given Hartlepool the lead over bottom side Torquay.

    You can listen to the key moments from Conor McNamara's commentary on QPR 1-1 Leeds Utd by clicking here.

  168.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 0-0 Chelsea

    "At least Fulham were trying do something different and something inventive with that free-kick."

  169. 15:42: 
    GOAL- Hull 0-2 Newcastle - Loic Remy (42 mins)

    Hull should be level, but out of nothing a clanger hands Newcastle a second goal. Maynor Figueroa completely mishits a routine backpass to play Loic Remy clean in on goal and he takes the chance superbly, rounding Allan McGregor to pass into the vacant net.

  170. 15:41: 
    Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    Fulham have clearly been spending more time on set-piece practice under Felix Magath. They win a free-kick 25 yards out and three men all run over the ball, bamboozling the wall, before Pajtim Kasami drills the shot down the middle.

  171. 15:40: 
    CLOSE!- Hull 0-1 Newcastle

    Hull really should be level by now. They carve another great chance as Shane Long peels away to the left wing and stands up a cross that Ahmed Elmohamady heads wide at the far post. Had to go back across the goal there...

  172. 15:38: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 0-0 West Ham

    A diamond among this afternoon's rough? Marvellous feet from Gerard Deulofeu, jinking and jiving between three West Ham defenders to buy himself a yard of space, he then curls wide from 20 yards.

    Almost a sensational goal from the boy from Barca.

  173.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 0-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea are playing fairly relaxed football, taking their time. The possession stats will show they have made more passes than Fulham."

  174. 15:37: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    Ouch! Olivier Giroud has taken some pain in recent weeks and he gets another whack here, sandwiched between Marc Wilson and Glenn Whelan. Stud to the ankle time.

  175. 15:36: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Hull 0-1 Newcastle

    Hull have a free-kick in a dangerous area, and they hit the bar! Nikica Jelavic floats in the effort, it takes a nick off the top of the wall and cannons away off the crossbar!

    So unlucky for the Tigers.

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    Andrew: Being subbed after 27 minutes will have done Carlton Cole's low confidence the world of good! Poor man-management from Big Sam.

    Rob: West Ham will find it hard at Everton today but I said that last week and was happily surprised by the result we got.

  177. 15:33: 
    Everton 0-0 West Ham

    Everton continue their patient play, looking to free their full-backs whenever they can. But West Ham are nothing if not organised and look a tough nut to crack so far.

  178.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 0-0 Chelsea

    "Fulham are beginning to press with deeper balls and as they attempt to put John Terry under pressure. The Cottagers looking to get some ascendency in the air in the final third."

  179. 15:32: 

    Any chance of a goal lads?

  180. 15:29: 
    Fulham 0-0 Chelsea
    Fulham's Clint Dempsey (left) challenges Chelsea's John Terry

    I was impressed with Fulham last week but they've been poor so far - relying on long balls which John Terry is winning with ease. Chelsea haven't been much better though, even the usually reliable Eden Hazard is coughing up possession.

  181. 15:28: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Everton 0-0 West Ham

    We were a bit surprised that Andy Carroll hadn't started for West Ham today - but he's on inside half hour, replacing Carlton Cole up front. Carlton didn't look injured on first glance, tactical from Allardici?

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    Paul Moore: Everton are starting to play just like Wigan did under Roberto Martinez. Pretty football but not much end product.

  183. 15:27: 
    CLOSE!- Hull 0-1 Newcastle

    Nikica Jelavic has not been in the game but he finally threatens, meeting a curling cross from the right with a cracking header on the run, he generates all sorts of power but his effort flies wide. Better from the hosts though.

  184. 15:25: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    So far Stoke have had more passes and possession than Arsenal. There's a stat you wouldn't expect.

    Unfortunately they've not had a single attempt on goal, but still...

  185.   
    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    via Twitter: "Maarten Stekelenberg and Fernando Torres produce a piece of action that would be an embarrassment to pub players."

  186. 15:22: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Everton 0-0 West Ham

    Best moment of the game for Everton as Steven Naismith bends his run to beat the West Ham offside trap and get a left-footed effort in which Adrian turns clear at his near post. Everton have really missed Romelu Lukaku - but he's back on the bench today.

  187. 15:21: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    Slightly better from Arsenal as they create an opening down the left, the over-lapping Kieran Gibbs crosses in and Olivier Giroud's header is well blocked by Ryan Shawcross.

  188. 15:18: 
    Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    Someone get Maarten Stekelenburg a cap, sharp! He's now just fluffed a kick right to Oscar in the Chelsea midfield. He's playing like a Sunday League player who's had a heavy night out so far.

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    Rob Bell: In the library at university, meant to be working on my dissertation, just scared some poor girl by jumping in joy after Moussa Sissoko scored for Newcastle.

    Michael Plumridge: Newcastle have such great talent in there squad, looks like Hull City are tired from their FA Cup run!

  190. 15:18: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Britannia Stadium: "The animosity between the two sets of fans has calmed down now as Arsenal begin to retain possession. Whatever the history in this fixture, it is quite a sight to witness the home fans mocking rivals supporters' appeals for a foul so vociferously."

  191. 15:18: 
    Football League latest

    In the Championship there is no sign of an upset at Leicester City so far where they lead Charlton through Jamie Vardy's goal after neat approach play.

    Down in League One, if you'd turned up late to Deepdale for Preston's match against Walsall then there's a good chance you'd have missed two goals. Paul Downing put through his own net to put the hosts ahead before Sam Mantom levelled for the Saddlers with just five minutes on the clock. Elsewhere Oldham, Bradford and Rotherham all lead.

  192. 15:17: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal
    Mesut Ozil on the bench for Arsenal

    Bitty, scrappy start at the Britannia. Arsenal are not looking very imaginative in the midfield as Mesut Ozil watches on from the bench.

  193.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 0-0 Chelsea

    "That was a terrible mistake by Maarten Stekelenburg and Fernando Torres almost profited. Stekelenburg looks like he might have blinded by the sun. It's a dodgy start by the Fulham goalkeeper though. Maybe he's tired by all the running that Felix Magath's got him doing!"

  194. 15:16: 
    Everton 0-0 West Ham

    Everton dominating at Goodison without really threatening so far.

  195. 15:13: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    Maarten Stekelenburg may feel the wrath of maverick Felix Magath's training regimes after this one. That's twice now that he has dithered on the ball and been charged down by Fernando Torres, who has been unlucky not to profit from his work.

    Meanwhile, referee Mark Clattenburg has ordered Brede Hangeland off after that earlier clash of heads. He doesn't know where he is and like a boxing referee Clatts steps in.

    Dan Burn is on in his place.

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    Danny in Oxford: I don't think West Ham's players will get much change out of Sylvain Distin. He is one of Everton's fittest players and regularly trains at a boxing gym sometimes with famous boxers on top of his Everton training.

    Malcolm Dixon in Bootle: Sylvain Distin's legs haven't tired in 36 years!

  197. 15:12: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Hull 0-1 Newcastle

    More on that fine double save from Tim Krul, which came 26 seconds before Newcastle took the lead. Ton Huddlestone's free-kick was headed down by Alex Bruce, Krul kept it out and Bruce was then denied on the follow-up as well. Right on the line.

  198.   
    Danny Mills, BBC Final ScoreHull 0-1 Newcastle

    "The goalkeeper had absolutely no chance with that Newcastle goal. They're playing in a kit like Brazil's and that was very impressive goal from Moussa Sissoko."

  199. 15:11: 
    Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    Brede Hangeland is carrying on at the back for Fulham. Rock.

  200. 15:09: 
    GOAL- Hull 0-1 Newcastle - Moussa Sissoko (10 mins)

    Moments after Tim Krul made a fine double save to keep Hull out, Newcastle open the scoring. It's a fine goal too, Loic Remy linking up with Mathieu Debuchy on the right wing, and when the right-back cuts a ball back to around the penalty spot, Moussa Sissoko sweeps the shot high into the top corner. Fist-bumps all round for Krul.

  201. 15:07: 
    Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    It takes a lot to bring Brede Hangeland down but he cracks into the head of team-mate Kieran Richardson and hits the deck hard.

    Medics from both sides sprint on and after a worrying few seconds the big man sits bolt upright. Not sure he knows where he is but he's going to try and carry on...

  202. 15:07: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    Peter Crouch is in behind the Arsenal defence but they had stepped out perfectly in sync to catch the former England man offside. Tony Adams would be proud.

  203. 15:05: 
    CLOSE!- Hull 0-0 Newcastle
    Hull City chairman Assem Allam watches his team

    Not quite Brazil, but a nice move from Newcastle as Cheick Tiote works the ball across the edge of the 18-yard box for Yoan Goufran to strike, his left-footed rasper arcing just wide of the top corner. Decent opening.

  204. 15:05: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Britannia Stadium: "Right from the off Stoke fans are booing every Arsenal touch and pass. This fixture is still not pretty, four years after Aaron Ramsey's leg break. "

  205. 15:03: 
    Everton 0-0 West Ham

    Everton looking slick in the early stages, with Steven Naismith turning a header wide from 15 yards.

  206.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live at Craven CottageFulham 0-0 Chelsea

    "It's a trademark of Felix Magath's teams that they will close teams down quickly - and with three substitutes available it is possible to do that. Fulham have to start on the front foot and not let Chelsea take control of the game."

  207. 15:02: 
    CLOSE!- Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

    Felix Magath's Fulham started the game very well at West Brom last week and they repeat the trick at home - Clint Dempsey going close to an opener in the first minute, flicking a header a yard past the far post.

  208. 15:01: 
    Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    In World Cup year, both Arsenal and Newcastle are sporting their Selecao-style yellow and blue away kits this afternoon. Samba stuff in Stoke?

  209.  
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    Chris in Bromley: I think that it's clever from Sam Allardyce to start with Carlton Cole, he's on form and Andy Carroll will cause a nightmare for Everton defender Sylvain Distin and his tiring legs in the second half.

  210. 15:00: 
    KICK-OFF

    And we are under way at Hull, Craven Cottage, Stoke and Goodison Park...

  211. 14:56: 

    One little lad at Goodison Park is having a lot of joy handing out his sweets. First legend Howard Kendall, then Bill Kenwright. Who next? Big Dunc.

  212. 14:54: 

    Lots of fans sporting sunglasses, the winter coats are unbuttoned, some of the hardy few are even sporting only a T-shirt and jumper ensemble.

    A lovely day to be watching football.

    Hmm, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan is still sporting his deepest Russian winter gear.

  213.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Chapman: I'd love Crystal Palace to stay up - Tony Pulis has worked wonders with a poor squad.

    Kelvin Moon: West Brom to go down. Just to annoy Frank Skinner and Adrian Chiles!

    Obe Liskino: Hull City must stay up - they are the only club in the Premier League where you cant colour in any enclosed spaces in their name.

  214. 14:46: 

    Warm-ups over, fans busily making their way through the turnstiles and the sun shining. Kick-off is fast approaching.

  215. 14:45: 
    Football League latest- League Two

    League Two leaders Chesterfield aren't in action until Monday so second-placed Scunthorpe can move to the top of the table if they can record a victory at Newport. The Iron are on a 17-match unbeaten run under Russ Wilcox who admitted he expects the pitch at Rodney Parade to be 'shocking'.

    Third-placed Rochdale host fourth-placed Oxford at Spotland looking to strengthen their hold on the final automatic promotion spot.

    Down at the other end of the table bottom side Torquay face a long away trip to Hartlepool in desperate need of a victory while second bottom Northampton host fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers at Sixfields.

  216. 14:43: 
    Football League latest- League One

    Wolves moved up to second-place last week with an impressive 3-0 win over previous leaders Brentford. Kenny Jackett's side take on Port Vale in a derby at Molineux.

    The Bees will be looking to bounce back from last week's disappointment with a win at Carlisle.

    League leaders Leyton Orient host Colchester hoping to record a third successive win.

    Away from the top end of the table, FA Cup quarter finalists Sheffield United go to MK Dons in search of a seventh consecutive victory and bottom side Stevenage go to Bradford City looking for their second win this week.

  217. 14:37: 
    Football League latest- Championship preview

    After QPR's 1-1 draw with Leeds, attention in the second tier now turns to second-placed Burnley's home match against third-placed Derby County. A win for the Clarets would see them move five points clear of Steve McClaren's men but victory for the Rams would see them move into the automatic promotion places.

    Leaders Leicester, who have an eight-point cushion on Burnley, host struggling Charlton. Addicks boss Chris Powell celebrated victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Tuesday by swinging on the Hillsborough crossbar.

    He'll feel like jumping for joy again if his side become the first visiting side since Manchester City in the League Cup in December to leave the King Power Stadium with a win.

    Elsewhere, it's fifth versus seventh as Nottingham Forest host in-form Wigan and there's a Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield as struggling Barnsley come visiting.

  218. 14:31: 
    Everton v West Ham (15:00 GMT)
    Tony Hibbert

    It is one of my career ambitions to commentate on a Tony Hibbert goal, an ambition that grows more and more unlikely as time and Seamus Coleman drag on.

    Hibbo is on the bench again today...

  219. 14:28: 

    Didn't Jose call Felix 'one of the best 20 managers in the Premier League' yesterday?

    Superb.

  220. 14:27: 
    Fulham v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho speaking before kick-off against Fulham: "It's time to forget Istanbul. We have to give everything we have. We're not playing with excuses in our pocket.

    "It's never easy against Fulham. They need points and have extra motivation because of the position they're in. Magath's CV speaks for itself. I wish him all the best...after today."

  221.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manraj Bhamra: Mikel Arteta starting instead of Mathieu Flamini? Surely a mistake by Arsene Wenger against a physical Stoke side.

    Kevin Christie: Big chance for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for Newcastle today. Slow start to his career but has talent to be Fabricio Coloccini's long-term successor.

  222. 14:22: 
    Stoke v Arsenal (15:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Britannia Stadium: "Stoke boss Mark Hughes makes one change to the team that lost 1-0 at Manchester City as Steven Nzonzi comes in to bolster midfield with Peter Odemwingie missing out because of a calf injury.

    "Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil returns to the squad after a dead leg, but is on a strong-looking bench alongside Mathieu Flamini, Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Kieran Gibbs replaces Nacho Monreal at left-back."

  223. 14:20: 
    Stoke v Arsenal (15:00 GMT)
    Mark Hugehs

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes explains striker Peter Odemwingie's absence from his team: "Unfortunately Peter got a bang on his calf. We have erred on the side of caution because we can't afford to lose him for more than one game. He only joined in training on Friday and did well, but we can't risk him.

    "We have done well against the top teams here this season. Arsenal are an outstanding side but we have got to ask questions of them. We will have chances in the game and we have got to take them."

  224. 14:18: 
    Team News- Fulham v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    Fulham make three changes following the 1-1 draw with West Brom, with what looks like a more attacking line-up. Clint Dempsey and Pajtim Kasami come into midfield, with Darren Bent - who has scored in four of his last six games against Chelsea - replacing Hugo Rodallega up front. Lewis Holtby, who played well at the Hawthorns, is dropped to the bench.

    For Chelsea, Fernando Torres starts after his goal against Galatasaray in midweek. Jose Mourinho makes two changes from that team, with Nemanja Matic and Oscar replacing Frank Lampard and Willian. Samuel Eto'o - whom Mourinho appeared to criticise in the week - doesn't make the bench.

    Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Kasami, Bent.

    Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.

  225. 14:18: 
    Team News- Everton v West Ham (15:00 GMT)

    Andy Carroll is available after serving a three-match ban but Sam Allardyce opts to stick with Carlton Cole up front as he keeps faith with the team which beat Southampton convincingly, leaving Carroll on the substitutes' bench

    Romelu Lukaku is another striker making a comeback and he will also start on the bench after a month-long absence with an ankle injury. Roberto Martinez makes two changes to the team which lost 1-0 to Chelsea, with the injured Phil Jagielka replaced by John Stones and Kevin Mirallas making way for Gerard Deulofeu.

    Everton XI: Howard, Baines, Distin, Coleman, Stones, Deulofeu, Naismith, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Pienaar

    West Ham XI: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Taylor, Jarvis, C.Cole, Downing

  226. 14:17: 
    Team News- Hull v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)

    Hull make six changes to the side that got past Brighton in the FA Cup, most notably including strike pair Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, who have scored five between them in five games together.

    Newcastle are without captain Fabricio Coloccini, who has returned home to Argentina after a family bereavement, while Papiss Cisse is only on the bench. Luuk de Jong and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa start.

    Hull: McGregor, Bruce, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Rosenior, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Long.

    Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran, De Jong, Remy.

  227.   
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Craven CottageFulham v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    "Fulham need points to stay on the coat-tails of the teams above them. There's pressure on Chelsea to score goals with comments from Jose Mourinho that we were - and were not - meant to hear about his strikers. They've got to score today."

  228. 14:10: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    A muted greeting from the fans as QPR collect only a second point from the last five games. The wheels are coming off.

  229. 14:09: 
    Stoke v Arsenal (15:00 GMT)

    Mesut Ozil is back - but only on the bench for Arsenal at Stoke.

    Stoke XI: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch

    Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

  230. 14:08: 

    Mike, that's my favourite yet...

  231.  
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    We asked who would you like to see go down - or stay up - and why? What irrational reasons do you have?

    Mike: Norwich to go down please. I made Delia Smith's bread sauce at Christmas and it wasn't a success, far too many cloves!

    George: As a Liverpool fan, I really hope Norwich stay up. How else will Luis Suarez reach 20 goals a season?

  232. 14:06: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    Clint Hill absolutely thwacks a shot into the far corner to give QPR a stoppage-time goal - but his and Harry's celebrations are cut short by the offside flag. That was nearly a big, big goal...

  233. 14:04: 
    Team News- Everton v West Ham (15:00 GMT)

    The big news from West Ham is that Andy Carroll is only on the bench on his return from suspension.

    West Ham XI: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Taylor, Jarvis, C. Cole, Downing

  234. 14:02: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    Leeds almost win it right at the end as Connor Wickham thumps in a downward header from an inswinging free-kick but Rob Green is able to palm it clear!

  235. 13:59: 
    Final Five- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    Last five at Loftus Road.

  236. 13:56: 
    Stoke v Arsenal (15:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Britannia Stadium: "Stoke boss Mark Hughes is buoyant in his programme notes, saying his squad feel a greater sense of togetherness after a recent warm-weather trip to Dubai and are relishing another chance to take a big scalp at home while moving further away from the bottom three.

    "The Potters have already beaten Chelsea and Manchester United here and so the visit of Arsenal will not cause his side any added anxiety. Arguably, this game is as big for Stoke as it is the Gunners, who can return to the top of the Premier League table should Chelsea slip up at Fulham."

  237.  
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    We asked who would you like to see go down - or stay up - and why? What irrational reasons do you have?

    Glyn: Would love to see Sheffield Wednesday promoted back to the Premier League. As a student in Sheffield, many decades ago, asking for a bag of chips "with the scraps on top" was a wonderfully cheap way of staving off the hunger as well as leaving more money for beer.

    Steve: Cardiff and West Brom to go down - serve the owners right for sacking decent managers. Norwich to stay up, they have the nicest supporters. Leeds and Reading for promotion!

  238. 13:53: 
    QPR 1-1 Leeds

    Into the last 10 minutes at Loftus Road. Looks like a draw.

  239.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 1-1 Leeds

    "I think this game is really delicately poised. Leeds have fought their way back into it and there is a real edge out there."

  240. 13:46: 
    Scottish football latest

    The opening 45 minutes at New Bayview won't live long in the collective memory but as D:Ream one famously sang: "Things Can Only Get Better..."

    East Fife 0-0 Rangers.

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

  241.   
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorStoke v Arsenal (15:00 GMT)

    "Rather like a connoisseur used to dining on black truffles and foie gras being taken to Spuds-R-Us for lunch, Arsene Wenger always seemed to view playing against the Stoke side created by Tony Pulis as an unwelcome encounter with something unsavoury, unspeakable and vaguely menacing.

    "Perhaps that is understandable when you consider that Arsenal have never had much reason to enjoy their visits to the Britannia Stadium. Even their solitary win in seven visits to that windy, noisy cauldron was completely overshadowed by the appalling injuries suffered by Aaron Ramsey following a tackle by Ryan Shawcross four years ago - almost to the day."

  242.   
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at the KC StadiumHull v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)

    "It has been quite a week for Hull City and it promises to be quite a season. Last weekend's handsome 4-0 victory at Cardiff lifted them six points clear of the relegation issue and, although not safe yet, it shouldn't be that long before they are.

    "What's more, as 17th position in the Premier League is their best yet, they are well on course for the highest finish in the club's history.

    "Goals have been a desperately rare commodity for Newcastle United recently. A four-game drought was finally ended by Loic Remy's injury-time winner over Aston Villa last Sunday."

  243.   
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Craven CottageFulham v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    "Less than 72 hours after a long trip to Istanbul, Chelsea make their shortest journey of the season to their west London neighbours. A brisk 20-minute walk by my rough reckoning.

    "The distance between the clubs in football terms is of course much greater - currently separated by 39 points and a whole Premier League table."

  244.   
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison ParkEverton v West Ham (15:00 GMT)

    "What a difference a month makes. At the beginning of February, West Ham were in the bottom three and many were calling for a managerial change. Four consecutive wins later and they begin March in the top half, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

    "In contrast, Everton have lost three of four games since the end of January and have seen fourth place move further and further away from them."

  245. 13:43: 

    We should have team news for our Premier League matches in the next 20 minutes or so. Will Andy Carroll return today?

    Here's what our MOTD commentators are expecting from today's games...

  246. 13:40: 
    QPR 1-1 Leeds

    Harry Redknapp is not in a happy place. He's just had an extended chunter to himself on the bench, no players or member of staff within earshot, just ranting away under his breath. He knows his side need those three points this afternoon...

  247.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 1-1 Leeds

    "This is a good spell for Leeds at the moment and Connor Wickham will probably feel that he should have scored a few moments ago."

  248. 13:36: 
    CLOSE!- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    Leeds have been largely on the back foot since the break but they do go close to a second as Connor Wickham flashes a shot across the face of goal from the corner of the area.

    Twenty-five minutes remain.

  249. 13:35: 
    Fulham v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    Chelsea drew 1-1 with Galatasaray on Wednesday, but Oscar says the players are fit and ready. He says: "We had two days of rest, so we'll be fine. We've only had a short time to prepare but we know the Fulham team and we know how they'll play."

  250.  
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    We asked who would you like to see go down - or stay up - and why? What irrational reasons do you have?

    Tess: I would love to see Spurs go down. I've hated them ever since Jimmy Greaves predicted in 1988 that "the only thing Spurs would lose was their way to the ground" the year that Port Vale beat them in the FA Cup.

    Maggie: Really hope Norwich stay up. Its the only chance for me to see my team Spurs play! Carrow Road is a great ground - great fans and great atmosphere.

  251. 13:27: 
    QPR 1-1 Leeds

    After that electric start by QPR it's settled down a bit at Loftus Road as we approach the hour mark. The home crowd have been lifted by their side's improvement though. They sense a winner.

  252.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 1-1 Leeds

    "The second-half has started with total commitment from both sides. There is an urgency about the way QPR have started it and Leeds need to take that impetus away from them."

  253.   
    John Hartson, BBC Radio 5 live

    John Hartson: Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus.. Happy St David's Day.. And the very best of health.

  254. 13:22: 
    Stoke v Arsenal (15:00 GMT)
    Stoke

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Britannia Stadium: "Has Ryan Shawcross got a new lucky charm? Alas, no. Such is the care offered by Premier League clubs that even the mascots get their own changing rooms these days. Let's hope they are dressed warmly, it is brass monkeys here today!"

  255. 13:19: 
    GREAT SAVE!- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    QPR almost do score straight from kick-off! A slick move sees Armand Traore burst into the box but his shot on the stretch is kept out by the shins of Jack Butland.

  256. 13:18: 
    KICK-OFF- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    Back under way at Loftus Road. QPR were much improved in the last 10 minutes of the first half - can they get the win they need?

  257. 13:17:  
    Football Focus

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet isn't asking for much when it comes to tomorrow's Capital One Cup final with Manchester City. He says: "We need to be perfect. Outstanding tactically and defensively. We need to be spot on with the ball."

  258.   
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Over on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra this afternoon:

    Second host third in the Championship as Derby visit Burnley at 15:00 GMT. A win for the Clarets would see them move five points clear of Steve McClaren's men but victory for the Rams would move them above the Turf Moor side and into the automatic promotion places.

  259.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- John Carew is top gun
    John Carew, Dan Walker and Martin Keown John Carew, Dan Walker and Martin Keown

    A a few of you have pointed out that John Carew appears to have brought a firearm into the Football Focus studios. He's bigger than me and you, so we're not going to argue either way...

    Laura Jones: Security seems to be lax in the Football Focus studio. John Carew appears to be wearing a gun holster.

    David John Mclean: Is John Carew 'packing heat' on Football Focus with that gun holster?

    Rupert Budgen: John Carew should be on more often. The braces are good. He is one of the few people who should wear them.

  260. 13:07: 
    St David's Day

    Today is St David's Day, of course, and while most Welshmen and women will be celebrating their patron saint's day by donning a daffodil on their lapels, or perhaps taking part in an Eisteddfod, Stoke boss Mark Hughes will be doing all his singing and dancing on the touchline.

    Arsenal are the visitors to the Britannia Stadium and while Arsene Wenger doesn't particularly enjoy spending time in Stoke - winning just the once in seven visits - Hughes must address his side's dodgy defending. Stoke have gone 14 matches without keeping a clean sheet in all competitions. The Welsh love leeks, and never more so than on St David's Day, but no-one likes a leaky defence.

  261.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadHALF-TIME- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    "Leeds maybe stepped off the gas a little bit and now all the pressure is coming from QPR. They've changed to a 4-4-2 and it has totally changed the game."

  262. 13:03: 
    HALF-TIME- QPR 1-1 Leeds

    Clint Hill heads wide from a corner right before the break. QPR a new side in the last 10 minutes of that half.

  263. 13:00: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-1 Leeds - Jermaine Jenas (44 mins)

    He was close a few minutes ago, but Jermaine Jenas does find the net to bring QPR level! Jenas starts the move with a pass into the feet of Kevin Doyle, who holds off two defenders smartly, allowing Jenas to take the ball off his toes and steer into the bottom corner from 16 yards.

  264. 12:59: 

    Rory Delap - big in Japan. Brilliant.

  265. 12:58: 
    Big in Japan- Stoke v Arsenal (15:00 GMT)
    Stoke v Arsenal

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Britannia Stadium: "Tao and Ryohei tell me they are on holiday from Japan for a week and have come to support Stoke for the first time because of the long throw-ins usually seen here. 'They are very famous in Japan,' Ryohei jokes. Who knew Rory Delap was such a famous export? The fact he isn't playing here anymore is not going to spoil these lads' excitement."

  266. 12:57: 
    QPR 0-1 Leeds

    Best move of the match from QPR. Ravel Morrison is involved with a cute flick on the corner of the area which Kevin Doyle helps on to Junior Hoilett, his cross picks out Jermaine Jenas but it's a tad too high and the midfielder can't generate enough power to test Jack Butland in the Leeds goal.

    Almost half time.

  267.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-1 Leeds

    "Leeds look the most likely to get the next goal here rather than QPR getting back into it. You can sense there is some unrest here and the pressure is mounting on the hosts."

  268. 12:54: 
    QPR 0-1 Leeds

    Kevin Doyle is still on the pitch after a lot of treatment on his ankle, but he's not moving at his graceful best. Junior Hoilett skims a shot wide from 20 yards as the home side continue to struggle to find their rhythm.

  269. 12:48: 
    QPR 0-1 Leeds
    Ross McCormack celebrates scoring for Leeds

    Kevin Doyle is down injured for QPR at the moment, there's a fairly lengthy stoppage. Leeds still lead through that Ross McCormack free-kick.

  270. 12:47:  
    Football Focus

    Former Aston Villa striker John Carew on the team's league position: "They're more or less in the same position as last year. This weekend's game with Norwich is like a little final and so important. I hope Norwich don't capitalise on beating Spurs last week."

    On striker Christian Benteke's poor form: "For players coming in, the second season is often the challenge. He's been struggling but I hope he gets back on track."

  271.  
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    Nathan: I want Aston Villa to go down simply because Lee Hendrie jumped ahead of me in the supermarket line in the year 2000. I haven't forgiven him, or Villa since!

  272. 12:45: 

    The location of the best kebabs in England [Desmond's tweet below] could almost be its own debate. A friend of mine proposed an idea a few years ago investigating the sauce options available in the UK.

    For example, the 'Thousand Island triangle' in the midlands which sees you able to ask for the pink sauce in say Leicester but be met with a blank look in Sheffield.

    It needs a bit of work, admittedly...

  273.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-1 Leeds

    "Jermaine Jenas has just had a word with Ravel Morrison. Morrison is dropping further and further back to pick up the ball and Jenas is telling him they want him to get higher up the pitch."

  274.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We asked who would you like to see go down - or stay up - and why? What irrational reasons do you have?

    Desmond Henaghen: Would love to see Norwich stay up as the fans were amazing when I went to see Celtic play them. Also had a cracking kebab there.

    Ben Kirby: Forget the pies, the fish and chips on offer in Hull surely gives every travelling away fan a reason to want them to stay up.

    Brendan Riley: Happy for West Brom to go down. I hate the nickname 'The Baggies' and Adrian Chiles supports them.

  275. 12:41: 
    QPR 0-1 Leeds
    Massimo Cellino, who is close to taking over at Leeds

    The natives may be restless but Leeds are looking good, much to the delight of proposed/possible/maybe/one-day owner Massimo Cellino. Could he look any more Italian?

  276. 12:39: 
    Scottish Premiership latest

    There are five Scottish Premiership fixtures this afternoon, including Celtic versus Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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

  277.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-1 Leeds

    "I'm just not sure if QPR are getting the best out of the system that they're using with three centre-halves. The wing-backs aren't getting much of the ball at the moment."

  278. 12:35:  
    Football Focus

    Burnley strike pair Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who have 36 Championship goals between them, go cliche mad when talking about possible promotion.

    Vokes says: "Promotion would be massive. We've got a squad that's capable of going up" - but he can't live with Ings, who adds: "There's a long way to go, we've got to take each game as it comes."

  279. 12:34: 
    QPR 0-1 Leeds

    The home crowd are not happy about falling behind, there's a few jeers and whistles as the home side give the ball away cheaply. Lose today and it may be play-offs at best for 'Arry and his boys.

  280.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-1 Leeds

    "There was a slight deflection but whether that had hit anybody or not that was going in. Ross McCormack whipped through the ball with real intent and it gives Leeds a deserved lead."

  281. 12:29: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-1 Leeds - Ross McCormack (14 mins)

    He can't score from 12 yards, but Ross McCormack puts Leeds ahead from 25! McCormack takes a free-kick and the ball deflects in off the head of Rangers striker Kevin Doyle.

    That's six in six for the Scotland man.

  282.  
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    Jenni in Newtownards: Re who would I like to see stay up after what Jose Mourinho said about Fulham, I think Hull City fans deserve to see their club stay up after all the hassle and stress their owner has put them through this season with the whole name change business.

    Andrew in Richhill: For the sake of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Cardiff City fans, I'd like to see them stay up somehow, but I, and most other football fans, wouldn't have an ounce of sympathy for Vincent Tan if they were to go down.

    Kesar in Birmingham: I'd love to see Cardiff go down. Justice would be served to Vincent Tan!

  283. 12:26: 
    MISSED PENALTY- QPR 0-0 Leeds

    Ross McCormack takes the penalty, but it's awful! A Gareth Southgate effort, passed along the ground at no pace and not in the corner.

    Rob Green goes the right way and makes the stop.

  284. 12:25: 
    PENALTY TO LEEDS- QPR 0-0 Leeds

    Richard Dunne gives away the spot-kick, tripping Ross McCormack as he breaks into the area.

  285. 12:24: 
    QPR 0-0 Leeds

    QPR have made the brighter start at Loftus Road, with Ravel Morrison already playing some neat passes in the midfield. Every man in that Rangers XI has played in the top flight in the last few years and it shows.

  286.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Leeds

    "I think Leeds striker Connor Wickham showed a lot of promise early on and I have no doubt he could make it to the very top. I think he just needs a bit more experience before stepping up to that level again."

  287. 12:22:  
    Football Focus

    Former Aston Villa and West Ham striker John Carew on Manchester City: "Before Christmas, they looked invincible - but things change. They don't have that confidence any longer and they're starting to doubt themselves.

    "Four trophies are too much. They'll probably win the Capital One Cup but won't win the Champions League. The Premier League is a possibility."

  288. 12:17: 
    Where's the white ball going?

    If, like us in Salford, you've woken to blue skies and sunshine this morning you may almost feel like it's Springtime.

    The footballing authorities would seem to agree with you, as this afternoon has been designated 'white ball day.'

    The yellow ball that has helped steer us through the autumnal evenings and winter nights has been packed up like the tortoise off Blue Peter and we are back to white. Evening kick-offs in the sun soon...

  289.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live summariser at Loftus RoadQPR 0-0 Leeds

    "There is a different intensity in the Championship and you play more often. I think that has caught up with Queens Park Rangers at the moment. Losing Charlie Austin to injury has affected the confidence of the whole team."

  290. 12:15: 
    KICK-OFF- QPR 0-0 Leeds

    We are under way at Loftus Road.

  291. 12:11:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live today:

    Conor McNamara and Clive Allen are at Loftus Road as QPR host Leeds in the Championship's 12:15 kick off. The Hoops have lost their last three matches while Brian McDermott's side will be hoping new loan signing Connor Wickham can open his account on his debut for the club.

    After that it's a short trip across the capital at 15:00 GMT where Ian Dennis and David Pleat are at Craven Cottage for Fulham versus Chelsea.

  292. 12:10: 
    Get Involved

    In honour of Jose's view on the relegation scrap, I'm throwing the fate of the bottom three open.

    Who would you like to see go down - or stay up - and why? What irrational reasons do you have? Had your car clamped in Norwich city centre and disliked the Canaries ever since?

    Had a cracking pie at Hull and always had a soft spot for the Tigers since?

    Let us know your chosen few to fall down the leagues.

    You can text in with your name to 81111 (UK Only), or tweet us at #bbcfootball.

  293. 12:09: 
    Fulham v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    Should Fulham upset the apple cart and beat Chelsea today there may be some questions asked.

    New manager Felix Magath did admit yesterday that Chelsea's midweek trip to Istanbul may provide "a chance" for his side.

    The German said: "It's an advantage yes, we are lucky Chelsea had such a long trip and played on Wednesday - it's a good situation for us.

    "Travel bothers the players, but Chelsea are the favourites."

  294. 12:08:  
    Football Focus

    Fighting talk from Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on tomorrow's Capital One Cup final: "Sunderland have come here the hard way, beating Chelsea and Manchester United. As far as we're concerned that's where it ends."

    You can read more from Joe Hart talking about being dropped on the football pages.

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No movement 1 Chelsea 28 30 63
No movement 2 Liverpool 28 38 59
No movement 3 Arsenal 28 24 59
No movement 4 Man City 26 42 57
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No movement 6 Everton 27 11 48
No movement 7 Man Utd 27 12 45
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No movement 9 Southampton 28 3 39
No movement 10 West Ham 28 -4 31
No movement 11 Hull 28 -5 30
No movement 12 Stoke 28 -14 30
No movement 13 Swansea 27 -4 28
No movement 14 Aston Villa 27 -10 28
No movement 15 Norwich 27 -19 28
No movement 16 Crystal Palace 26 -18 26
No movement 17 West Brom 27 -8 25
No movement 18 Sunderland 26 -16 24
No movement 19 Cardiff 27 -29 22
No movement 20 Fulham 28 -34 21

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