Premier League: inc Spurs, Aston Villa & Palace

Live text commentary as Villa and Spurs win in the Premier League after Manchester City clinch the Capital One Cup.

2 March 2014 Last updated at 11:52 GMT

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  1. 19:11: 

    Manuel Pellegrini has a trophy, despite Sunderland playing well. Yaya Toure scored a blinder, Villa scored four in 15 minutes and Tony Pulis is curing the disease of diving.

    A fine day all round. It's international week now so we'll be back on Wednesday. See you there.

  2. 19:04: 
    Manager reaction- Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace
    Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis on Jerome Thomas' booking for diving:

    "He'll be fined. Cham [Marouane Chamakh] has done one, too. It's something I'm very strong on.

    "I've been in to see [referee] Mike [Dean] and JT waited for him to apologise at full-time. It's a disease. I hope it's a disease we're almost rid of but if people do it, they've got to be reminded it's not right."

  3. 18:58: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood on making the Champions League: "It's a huge ask but one we have to believe in. It is more difficult than ever because there is so much competition at the top of the table but we are looking upwards rather than behind us."

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    Gareth Taylor: European campaign clearly taking its toll. Swansea looked knackered towards the final 20 minutes.

    Coby Dawson: Cardiff City - a bad display in front of goal again and defending was shocking! What's happened?

  5. 18:57: 
    Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

    This is good to hear. Palace manager Tony Pulis has said that he will be fining Jerome Thomas and Marouane Chamakh for diving during the draw at Swansea.

    TP the moral crusader , cleaning up football one problem at a time...

  6. 18:53: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert on Sky Sports: "To win games in this league is tough and we've done that so hopefully we can carry on. We're trying to look forward rather than down all the time. It's important to keep that belief. They're a young group and need that help sometimes."

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    Oli Joel: Huge game next weekend between Cardiff and Fulham, could be the test of their fate this season in the relegation battle.

    Ben Norman: Anyone who says Cardiff and Fulham are gone is wrong. They have to play each other next weekend. The loser is gone.

  8. 18:48: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich
    Christian Benteke

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton on Sky Sports: "They turned on the power and pace and we couldn't handle it.

    "We are in trouble. We want to be looking up and there's always a bad feeling straight after a result like we've had today. This is the league and you're going to have some bad days. Today is a bad day for us."

  9. 18:46: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

    Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "It was a big improvement, that was a team, a team who believed in what we are doing who had a real go.

    "It was a poor goal to concede, it was our free-kick and a counter attack against us but those are those margins that go against you but we will get them turned."

  10. 18:45: 
    Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Chris Hughton says he has no thoughts about his future after that heavy defeat at Villa Park.

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    Martin Lewis: The bottom five clubs have all sacked their manager this season. Be careful what you wish for, Norwich fans.

    Simon LS: Those final 10 minutes were the worst I've ever seen Swansea play. Clueless.

    Greg Matthews: Cardiff and Fulham have both gone now. Then it's any one from nine teams above them. The scrap continues.

  12. 18:43: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "For 25 minutes we played very well. We quietened the crowd and then in 15 minutes we couldn't handle them. We had a bad period and there is no coming back from 4-1 down.

    "We should have defended better. You can't allow them to play balls in to Christian Benteke. As defenders we have to deal with it, it's part and parcel of the game. As a team, even at 2-1 down we have to gather and make sure we stay in the game.

    "But we didn't. Their pace took over and it was 4-1 and there's no coming back from that. It's a mountain to climb."

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    Chris Hughton

    Jason in London: Been defending Hughton all season but today was the last straw. It won't achieve anything sacking him now but get rid of him at the end of the season. The players are also to blame.

    Ned, Cardiff fan: Time is running out but big improvements today. Fulham at home is next week is a must-win.

    Toby in Kent: Typical Swansea, just not clinical enough, they would be nowhere near where they are now if they'd had Michu fit and firing this season like last.

  14. 18:41: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "We've been threatening to do that over the last few weeks. We had a terrible start but all credit to the team for roaring back as they did.

    "The lads keep on going and all the goals were fantastic. Benteke's bicycle kick was sensational but the team goal for the third was brilliant too.

    "To win was important and we have to carry it on now."

    606 host Ian WrightAston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    "Wes Hoolahan was linked with Villa a few weeks ago, so didn't celebrate scoring out of respect to the Villa fans? What an egg."

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    Neil Hosier: Don't understand the criticism of the Spurs performance. Another three points, a goal from a struggling striker all after Europa League.

    Ross Ingle: Possible banana-skin game successfully negotiated. Always tricky post-Europa League games.

    Tokunbo: Ah well, Spurs hold on. But they really rode their luck in the last minutes of the game.

  17. 18:37: 
    Player reaction- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar: "All the chances we had in the first half were a goal. I don't think we started that well, went one goal down and Christian Benteke showed what he's capable of.

    "We didn't score many goals in the last few games but today it all felt right for us and we really needed this for ourselves and for everybody who loves Aston Villa. We were struggling a little bit but this was a massive win for us."

  18. 18:36: 
    Player reaction- Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Palace goalscorer Glenn Murray: "They got the better of the whole game but we pushed hard for a goal and could have had three points.

    "I've been told that the foul was outside the box but in real time I was certain it was a penalty. It means the world to get back on the scoresheet, that's my job and that is what I love."

  19. 18:32: 
    Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Both sides ended the day with four shots on target. Villa win 4-1. Christian Benteke earned his dough today.

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    Matt Hudson: So how long until we hear Chris Hughton has got the boot after that inept display?

    Paul Stratton: Spurs need to choose between Europa League or the Premier League. With the fixtures coming up, they can't afford more Thursday night hangovers.

    Spencer: Chico was right to be sent off but the foul was 1ft outside the box. Bad decision by officials

  21. 18:28: 
    Player reaction- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff
    Roberto Soldado

    Tottenham captain Michael Dawson on Roberto Soldado's first goal in nine games: "We have been wishing it in for him, he's settled in well and we are just delighted to see him score. The fans have been behind him every step of the way and he is a top player."

  22. 18:26: 
    The bottom half

    Five of the bottom eight clubs were in action this afternoon, and another defeat for Cardiff means they are now three points from safety with a far inferior goal difference. Villa pull further away from trouble.

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  23. 18:26:  
    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart LaneFULL-TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    "A very even contest. Cardiff did very well but didn't test Hugo Lloris enough. A moment of magic from Roberto Soldado at the end of a perfect counter-attack meant Spurs just about shaded it.

    "I'm sorry to say Cardiff don't look like they will score enough goals to stay up. It's going to be a long, hard end of the season for Cardiff."

  24. 18:25: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Glenn Murray came on at the break and his penalty earns Palace a point.

  25. 18:23: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Yannick Bolasie gets clear for Palace, his cut back finds Jerome Thomas on the edge of the box, he cuts inside Jose Canas and goes down - is that another penalty?!

    No! Thomas booked for diving. Great call by the ref too on second viewing.

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    Dax Fullbrook: Might be three points for Spurs, but that was dismal again.

    Ryan Crombleholme: I love the Prem. You think Swansea have the win and then, out of nowhere, there's an equaliser.

    Charlie Rideout: Spurs are only six points behind the Gooners with a derby still to play, don't write us off yet for a top four-finish yet,

  27. 18:22: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff
  28. 18:20: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    A sweet win for Paul Lambert. What a turnaround.

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    Matt in Canterbury: For those saying Hughton shouldn't be sacked they clearly haven't been watching us this season. His tactics are ineffectual and so defensive but the problem is that we're not good at defending!

    George in London: Bassong and Yobo look terrified, shell-shocked you might say, after a an embarrassing evening for Chris Hughton and the Norwich team.

    Ed in West Sussex: Last time I looked Norwich were closer to 10th than relegation. Would stick with Hughton. Norwich could easily get three points at home to Stoke next weekend.

  30. 18:19: 
    Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace have now been awarded more penalties - 21- than any other side in the Premier League or Football League since the start of last season. Today's could be giving them a very good point.

  31. 18:16: 
    FINAL FIVE- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Harry Kane has a shot turned away as Spurs look for that second goal. Last five minutes around the grounds.

  32. 18:15: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

    Glenn Murray is full of beans now, hitting a drive which is deflected wide. Palace fancy a win here.

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    Danny Bedborough: That's what you get if you buy a Championship midfield - Championship standard: Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson.

    FixatedOn: I hope they don't sack Hughton. Would be pointless now. He's a good manager. Needs some better players, though.

    Rian Hoskins: After every game he loses, Hughton is again under pressure. Looking at their final four fixtures, Norwich fans must concerned.

  34. 18:13: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace - Glenn Murray (Pen 82 mins)

    Great moment for Glenn Murray after such a long time out with injury. He smashes the penalty home for his first Premier League goal.

  35. 18:12: 
    RED CARD- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace - Chico Flores

    Did contact start outside the box? Could be differing opinions. Either way it is a clumsy challenge from Chico Flores - and one that denied Glenn Murray a goal-scoring opportunity.

  36. 18:12: 
    PENALTY FOR PALACE- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Michel Vorm comes out, Glenn Murray gets round him and Chico Flores brings him down from behind. He has to go...

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    Nathan J Pedersen: If Cardiff get relegated, does that mean red is unlucky and they'll go back to wearing blue?

    Jamie: I'm not saying Tan was right to sack Mackay, but the amount of money he wasted on Cornelius means I can understand it.

    Nick Parmenter: Hughton for Cardiff and Mackay for Norwich?

  38. 18:09: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Aston Villa make a double change and it's a big moment for Grant Holt, who replaces Christian Benteke and gets a huge ovation from the travelling Norwich fans. A Norwich hero.

  39. 18:08: 

    Into the last 10 minutes of one of the less memorable halves of the season.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart LaneTottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    "Cardiff have played well and the change in system has helped but they haven't really troubled Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal. They were unlucky when Steven Caulker hit the bar but, after that, they haven't really created chances."

  41. 18:05: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Villa could have a penalty as Gabriel Agbonlahor's shot hits the arm of Russell Martin, but he was trying to turn his back on it, he did all he could to get his hands out of the way.

    It's a corner which Norwich clear.

  42. 18:04: 
    Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace
    Swansea City's Angel Rangel and Crystal Palace's Cameron Jerome compete for the ball

    Not much in the way of chances in the second half, but plenty of competitive edge.

  43. 18:03: 
    Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    A week is a long time in politics, and Premeir League football. Johan Elmander does at least get a shot away on goal for Norwich but it's never on target. Villa cruising to three points.

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    Phil, a Norwich supporter in Derby: If the board don't sack Hughton after the debacles away to Man City, Cardiff and West Ham, they won't sack him now.

    Jack in Norwich: Who needs a long list when there is Malky Mackay? If we go down now it's down to Hughton and Malky has experience in getting promoted - ideal!

    Mark in Bristol: This time last week, Chris Hughton was being labelled a saviour!

  45. 18:02: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Emmanuel Adebayor does get a shot away, spinning to fire in a low effort but he can't generate the power required.

  46. 18:00: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff do make a change - Kenwyne Jones is on up front to add some power and physical presence. Can they nick one?

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    Eaby Aire: Come on, Ole, change the tactics and try using the 'super subs'. Bring on Zaha.

    Fred Kamande: Vincent Tan did a great job sacking Malky Mackay, right? You made your bed and its time for you to lie in it, Tan.

  48. 17:59: 

    TWENTY minutes to go. We've not had a shot since half-time.

  49. 17:56: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Nacer Chadli on for Spurs now as they look for that second goal. It's not been the most entertaining afternoon at the Lane - maybe the fans got their weekly share of drama on Thursday night.

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    Tarn Akarapongpisak: At this point of the season, sacking anyone will not be clever, especially if you're in the relegation scrap.

    James Lindsay: If Norwich go down, then the best manager to take them back up could be Chris Hughton. 'Rock and a hard place' springs to mind.

    Dan: Norwich look like a Championship side - which is fine, because that's where they will be playing next year! No cutting edge.

  51. 17:54: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Forgive my ignorance, but I wasn't even aware that Leroy Lita was still a Premier League player. He is though, and he is on for his first Premier League appearance of the season, replacing Wilfried Bony for the final 25 minutes or so.

  52. 17:53: 
    SHOWBOAT- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Outrageous skill from Jan Vertonghen, a Zidane style step over and drag back all in one. Genius.

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    Stuart in Eastbourne: This is why Spurs won't finish fourth. Cardiff at home, can only score one goal and still give the opposition plenty of opportunities. I fear our next two games.

  54. 17:51: 

    We have 30 minutes left of our afternoon - any more goals on the cards?

  55. 17:50: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Jordon Mutch and Mats Daehli on for Craig Bellamy and Aron Gunnarsson. Can Cardiff change it?

  56. 17:49: 
    Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Will Chris Hughton be given the rest of the season to try and keep Norwich up? If he went there doesn't seem to be a long list of options, and what can a manager do with 10 games left?

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart LaneTottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    "It's great to see Tim Sherwood in charge of Spurs. He's doing a good job and it would be good to see more young English managers given a chance."

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    Release The Lions: Sacking Hughton at this point of the season will achieve nothing.

    Real Stealth: I personally think Hughton should go at the end of the season. If they sack him now, who will replace him?

    Nick Clohessy: Vincent Tan did a great job sacking Mackay and bringing in Solskjaer. Completely vindicated. Fantastic decision.

  59. 17:47: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    All a bit flat at the Lane, where Andros Townsend sends a shot fizzing over the bar from 25 yards.

  60. 17:46: 
    Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Norwich seeing more of the ball in the second half but it was fairly even in the first half to be honest. Villa just had that nice habit to have of scoring with every chance they had.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    "If it stays like this after the hour, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might start thinking about a change of tactics or personnel. He's got Jordon Mutch, Kenwyne Jones and Wilfried Zaha on the bench."

  62. 17:43: 
    Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    The introduction of Glenn Murray has had little impact on the game so far, Swansea still keeping the ball at will.

  63. 17:38: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Declan John trips Aaron Lennon right on the corner of the penalty area - it's a free-kick to Tottenham.

    Andros Townsend goes for goal with his left foot but it's easily held by David Marshall.

  64. 17:37: 
    Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Sebastien Bassong is having one today. A stinker. The Norwich centre-half loses track of Gabby Agbonlahor as a cross comes in from the left, Agbonlahor should score a free header but his effort is tame and straight at John Ruddy.

  65. 17:37: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    And we are back under way in Wales too.

  66. 17:36: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff force an early corner but it's easily dealt with. Big 45 minutes ahead for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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    Robin Lapper: Do I remember a Paul Lambert Colchester team beating Norwich 7-1?

    Jonathan Duncanson: Bassong has been the opposition's 12th man too often this season. Depressing to watch.

    Jack Green: Surely the final straw for Hughton? The only attacking threat comes from a player who wants to play for the other team!

  68. 17:35: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Glenn Murray - Palace's hero last season was warming up at the break but injured his hand somehow. Anyway, after a bit of liberal taping he's coming on after all. Murray on in place of Tom Ince.

  69. 17:33: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Game on at Villa Park.

  70. 17:32: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Anthony Pilkington is on at the break for Norwich. No pressure Pilks but we need you to bag a treble...

  71. 17:32: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Back under way at White Hart Lane.

  72. 17:28: 
    Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace have made 97 passes at the Liberty. Swansea have managed 494.

    A clash of styles...

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    "The look on ones face when you walk the dog, get back and see that Villa have scored four..."

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    Simon: Norwich awful today. Was it just that Spurs didn't turn up last weekend?

    Michael Sayce: Norwich are in real trouble. Looking at their run-in they need to be picking up points in these games, this could be costly.

    Nick, Ampthill: Norwich fan here, and I have decided to watch the Madrid derby instead. Can't watch Lambert celebrate and be so smug. We are consistently inconsistent. Infuriating to watch.

  75. 17:22: 
    Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich
    Christian Benteke

    What a weird old game.

    Both sides have had three shots on target and Villa lead 4-1. This is only the second time Villa have scored four in the first-half of a Premier League game, with the other occasion against Wimbledon in 1995.

  76. 17:21:  
    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 liveHALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    "It's been quite an even game but Spurs have the important goal so it's up to Cardiff to get back into it. They haven't had the knack in front of goal but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with the way his team has played."

  77. 17:19: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace
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    Henry: The wheels are off for Norwich and they're sliding down the table - Villa firing on all cylinders right now. Ruthless.

    Fahad Khan: This is the end of Chris Hughton. For sure. I bet my two-month's work pay on this.

  79. 17:17:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Villa ParkHALF-TIME- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    "It's as good as it's been for Aston Villa on home turf this season. Four goals in 15 minutes which leaves Norwich cut adrift."

  80. 17:17: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff
  81. 17:15: 
    Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich

    Do we have any Norwich fans in? What do you make of this then...?

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    Christian Benteke

    Craig Hellier: Benteke is back! About time!

    Jas Grewal: Benteke and Lukaku as the front two for Belgium will give defenders nightmares.

    Wale Ibraheem: Counter-attack at its best. Villa Park rocks.

  83. 17:13: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Another good chance for Cardiff. Kim Bo-kyung sets wing-back Declan John racing down the left and without a Tottenham challenge forthcoming he carries the ball all the way to goal but is denied at the near post by Hugo Lloris.

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    Aruafu in Aberdeen: I am one Liverpool fan who is still worried about Spurs and watching them closely.

    Tommy in Tunstall: Roberto Soldado is proving himself and proving to everyone else that he doesn't only score from the spot. Let's hope it continues.

    John, Guildford: I have a season ticket at spurs. I have been watching. Nonetheless, for £26m, soldado has been a massive flop. Gonna take more than a goal today to change that.

  85. 17:10: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 4-1 Norwich - Sebastien Bassong (OG 41 mins)

    Norwich have imploded, absolutely imploded. They've folded like Alan Partridge's production company when they didn't get a second series.

    Chris Hughton looks bemused on the sidelines as Villa score a fourth goal in 15 minutes, Fabian Delph's cross from the left bundled into his own net by Sebastien Bassong as Gabby Agbonlahor lurked behind. Dear oh dear...

  86. 17:08: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Cracking save from Julian Speroni, really excellent from the Argentine, to keep his side in the match at Swansea. Wilfried Bony seems certain to score with his first-time effort from 10 yards but Speroni makes a superb one-handed save after diving to his right.

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    Roberto Soldado

    Luke Summers: Not giving up hope for Cardiff yet - just keep the score down for now and the spaces will open with Spurs having played Thursday.

    Pieter Troffaes: It's beautiful to hear the Lane sing Soldado's name. Despite the murmurs, we all want him to succeed so badly.

    Christopher Hirst: So pleased for Soldado, he deserves that. Every outfield player went over to congratulate him.

  88. 17:06: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 3-1 Norwich - Leandro Bacuna (37 mins)

    Aston Villa have really turned this around! Abject in the first 15 minutes, magic since. A great counter-attack this, Gabby Agbonlahor toasting two men for pace through the middle before finding Andreas Weimann, he has Leandro Bacuna on the overlap and finds him. Bacuna comes inside and tucks in off the base of the post.

  89. 17:05: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 2-1 Norwich

    Wes Hoolahan is looking very busy against his old manager. He's already scored once for Norwich and comes close again, linking up with Gary Hooper before seeing his shot saved by Brad Guzan. Guzan then gets up very sharpish to turn Hoolahan's header away as well.

    There's more goals in this one.

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    Harry Hopwood: Never been more pleased to see a player score than Roberto Soldado! Great celebration and togetherness from his teammates, too.

    ADPM: In one match, Roberto Soldado has increased his league goal tally by a whopping 16%. With one goal.

    Ryan Crombleholme: Goals galore! Wish this happened yesterday.

  91. 17:04: 
    Life at the bottom

    A flurry of four goals in as many minutes then, but what have they done to the bottom of the table?

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    Cardiff and Fulham are both looking in real, real trouble.

  92. 17:04: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Tears, lots of tears. Marouane Chamakh limps off with what looks like a left hamstring injury. Must be painful because he is crying. Cameron Jerome replaces him.

    By the way, Swansea's goal was on the seventh that have scored in the first half in the Premier League this season.

  93. 17:03: 
    Madrid derby latest

    La Liga leaders Real Madrid are trailing city rivals Atletico 2-1 at half time in a pulsating Madrid derby.

    Karim Benzema gave the visitors the lead but Koke equalised before Gabi's stunning 30-yard strike gives Atletico the lead just before the break.

    An Atletico win would move then level on points with Real in La Liga.

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    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    "That was counter attacking football at its best by Tottenham. A fantastic goal, and as Roberto Soldado celebrated behind the goal, every single Spurs player celebrated with him. That's credit to Tim Sherwood keeping him in the team even though he's not been scoring."

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    Elliot Southerton: Fantastic finish from Benteke. World Class. He'll be a big player at the World Cup.

    David Robinson: Benteke is a beast!

    Martin McNamara: I think goal of the month for March is going to be pretty tough to call!

  96. 17:01: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 2-1 Norwich

    Norwich's bad few minutes almost got worse as Alex Tettey crashes into Ron Vlaar, it's a high boot and reckless but he gets away with a booking when it could have been red.

  97. 17:00: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff should be level. Steven Caulker has a free header against his former club but smacks the crossbar from two yards out when he had the whole goal to aim for. Bad miss.

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    Jon in Eastleigh: Soldado has not only scored important goals, his passing and creativity is what has allowed Adebayor to flourish. Anyone who suggests he's been a "flop" just hasn't been watching .

  99. 16:58: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff - Roberto Soldado (28 mins)

    Spurs lead, clinical on the counter. Today's theme of strikers silencing their critics continues as Emmanuel Adebayor feeds Roberto Soldado bursting into the box, he takes a touch before steering into the corner. Disaster for Cardiff.

  100. 16:56: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 2-1 Norwich - Christian Benteke (27 min)

    Are you watching Ashley Williams? The Ashley Williams of 16:54, not the Swansea centre-back. Christian Benteke silences his critics with a second goal to turn this game around. A free header, he buries from a corner.

  101. 16:56: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace - Jonathan De Guzman (25 mins)

    Some deft passing and movement from Swansea carves open the Crystal Palace defence. Ashley Williams, Wilfried Bony and Leon Britton are all involved before Jonathan De Guzman takes the ball away from the closing Palace defenders with his first touch before slotting home from 14 yards with his second. Precise and very easy on the eye.

  102. 16:54: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich - Christian Benteke (25 mins)

    Brilliant goal! All is forgiven, you can have as lazy an approach as you like if you stick goals like this away! Drogba-esque from Christian Benteke as he takes a ball on his chest, protects it from the advances of the defender behind him and then hooks in a superb volleyed finish from 15 yards.

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    Ashley Williams: Villa look like the away team. Benteke seems to be frustrating the crowd with his lazy approach.

  104. 16:52: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Pablo Hernandez, who has been on form recently for Swansea, fires wide on the turn but appears to have picked up an injury. He's off with Jose Canas on.

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    Kit Marsden in Norwich: I couldn't care less if Norwich are 'boring' people, as long as we keep picking up the points we need to survive. Nothing else matters.

  106. 16:50: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Cardiff

    Another chance for Spurs, and again it's skipper Michael Dawson who flicks a header toward the top corner but again it's wide!

  107. 16:49: 
    Swansea 0-0 Crystal Palace
    Swansea skipper Ashley Williams

    The rain has been lashing down in the run up to kick-off at the Liberty Stadium. At first I thought the wet weather had washed the regular sponsor off the Swansea shirts, but the club have an agreement to wear their community trust logo for this game.

    The Swans are pressing high up the pitch and enjoying plenty of possession. Palace are looking to hit them on the counter attack at every opportunity utilising the pace of Yannick Bolasie.

  108. 16:48: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy at Villa Park: "Norwich could well catch Villa on the counter attack because Nathan Redmond's pace and Wes Hoolahan's craft is a real problem for them."

  109. 16:48: 
    Match reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington was haring all over the Wembley turf in the minutes after the final whistle in the Capital One Cup final - and you can listen to some of the reaction she gathered on the BBC website.

  110. 16:46: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Cardiff

    Spurs defender Michael Dawson flicks a header on goal from a deep set-piece. A Cardiff win would do their hopes the world of good but it's the hosts who are on top now.

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    Guy in Reading: Can we stop harping on about Soldado's price tag? Yes, he hasn't fulfilled expectations just yet but he'll come good, even if that'll be next season.

  112. 16:44: 
    Swansea 0-0 Crystal Palace

    This one is going to type so far. Swansea continuing to keep the ball for long spells without much danger.

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    Fred Mwape: What a goal by Hoolahan to put Norwich one up against Villa.

    Thomas Rimer: So far Soldado has been good value for money - only about £10m quid per goal from open play. Good thing we didn't buy Messi!

    Tom McQuillin: Norwich haven't scored more than one goal since 9 November and Villa average just one goal a game ... this could get boring.

  114. 16:41: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 0-0 Cardiff

    The latest of late challenges from Kim Bo-Kyung on Zeki Fryers sees the Cardiff man booked. Craig Bellamy is then booked for dissent and he almost talks/curses his way into a second. Lucky man.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 0-0 Cardiff

    "Spurs have started very brightly, and the main thing for them is the pace of Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend down the wings. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed his system with three centre-backs and two wing-backs to try and stop the Spurs wingers."

  116. 16:37: 
    Aston Villa 0-1 Norwich

    Gary Hooper has got the beating of this Villa defence. He gets in behind them again but can't pick out Nathan Redmond this time, his cross is over-hit. Villa all over the place as the home crowd give them a piece of their mind.

  117. 16:36: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Cardiff

    Not the best free-kick of Craig Bellamy's career. The Cardiff man slams a 30-yard shot at least 25 yards over the top.

  118. 16:35: 
    Swansea 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Swansea enjoying some lengthy spells of possession without exactly creating too much so far at the Liberty Stadium. Palace looking very well drilled defensively.

  119. 16:34: 
    Manager reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: "The Sunderland fans made me feel better because of the way they talked to us on the walk up at the end. It's a horrible walk to get the losers medal, it's difficult to take. I'm sorry I wasn't the happiest when I was going up there.

    "We need them now. I've said from day one, it was nearly an impossible job to stay in the Premier League. We were at the bottom, too far from the rest but we have done some special things and I hope this gives us the experience to stay in the Premier League."

  120. 16:33: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 Norwich - Wes Hoolahan (3 mins)

    What a start for the Canaries! Gary Hooper beats the offside trap to get in behind a static Villa defence, his cut-back is perfect for Wes Hoolahan who arrives to steer in. No celebration against his (possible) future club though from Wes. He looks very sheepish.

  121. 16:31: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Cardiff

    Decent chance for Spurs right from kick-off as Roberto Soldado flicks Aaron Lennon's right-wing cross into the side-netting. Soldado, lest we forget, cost £26m in the summer (Twenty-Six Million Pounds).

  122. 16:30:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 0-0 Norwich (16:30 GMT)

    Pat Murphy at Villa Park: "Miserable, dank day here. No goals in the last three games from Aston Villa - only 12 wins at home in the last 51 home league games. Shocking. I hope we get some goals but I've travelled here in hope rather than expectation."

  123. 16:30: 

    Under way at our three Premier League games.

  124. 16:26: 
    Aston Villa v Norwich (16:30 GMT)

    Tanking down at Villa Park, miserable in Swansea, not-so Bright Hart Lane.

    That spring chat we were having yesterday looks a bit premature. Almost kick-off...

  125. 16:25: 
    Manager reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland
    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: "We gave it a go, but the chance to score a second goal, maybe that was the difference. We knew everything had to go for us, we knew it. Yaya Toure scored a wonder goal, Samir Nasri scored an incredible goal too. We did everything we could.

    "That's the best part of what we are all about. To beat us they had to score two wonder goals. I hate losing but I'm proud of the players.

    "If we do this every week I'm sure we will stay in the Premier League and will come back to Wembley [in the FA Cup]."

  126. 16:22: 
    Aston Villa v Norwich (16:30 GMT)

    Paul Lambert and Grant Holt may be on the end of some ire from the away end at Villa Park today. Lambert & Holt guided the Canaries from League One to the Premier League but are now at the Villa.

    Lambert's win ratio with the Canaries was 32% compared to 26% with the Villans in the Premier League.

  127. 16:17: 
    Europa League dreams

    Just for the record, Sunderland will not earn a Europa League place by finishing as Capital One Cup runners-up. Should Manchester City qualify for Europe through the Premier League, their Europa League place - earned by winning today - goes to the next best placed club in the Premier League.

    As it stands that would be sixth, which is Everton. But could City's win hand rivals Manchester United European football next season?

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    Prince C. Nnaji: I'm an AFC supporter, but I think Nasri was right to leave Arsenal. This FA Cup makes it how many trophies since he left?

    Damola: Poor Steven Fletcher will have nightmares about that late chance.

    Chris Hutchinson: I can't microwave a meal in 1 minute 45 seconds never mind score two wonder goals in a Cup final at Wembley.

  129. 16:16:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 3-1 Sunderland

    Manchester City fan and rock n roll star Noel Gallagher tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We were dreadful in the first half and it was grim at half time. There were shades of Wigan in last year's FA Cup final all over again. But I thought we just about deserved it in the end.

    "I don't think we'll win the other three trophies this season. We're looking good for the FA Cup and we'll see what happens in the league. Let's enjoy today and we'll deal with the hangover tomorrow."

  130. 16:15: 
    Manager reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I'm very happy. The team deserve this cup because we played well during the whole cup and scored a lot of goals. It's important for all of us - for the players, the club, for me, for the staff - all of us.

    "Sunderland play a good match also and we didn't move the ball as fast as we needed [in the first half] but in the second half we scored two beautiful goals and had the patience to wait for the moment."

  131. 16:14: 
    Life at the bottom...

    We've had the glory, now it's time for guts and grit as five of the bottom eight sides in the Premier League duke it out.

    Villa, Norwich, Swansea, Palace and Cardiff are all in action and every point could be vital this season...

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  132. 16:09:  
    MOTD2 ExtraAston Villa v Norwich (16:30 GMT)

    The Times football journalist Rory Smith: "Aston Villa, you'd be more worried about than Swansea. Garry Monk is trying to get them back to what they were. Norwich, of those four teams in the bottom, I'd worry about because of their last four fixtures of the season."

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    Cliff B: Shame history will show Sunderland lost by two goals as they deserved something from that match. Result could have been so different.

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher

    Matteja: What a player Yaya Toure is - he's City's Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira.

    Waqar Hussain: So the quadruple is still alive...

  134. 16:09:  
    BBC Radio 5 livePlayer reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland defender Wes Brown tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We are so disappointed. We always knew it was going to be difficult and we needed that second goal. We tried our best and were unlucky at times. We've done well to get here and I hope the fans enjoyed it. But we move on and we've got the FA Cup first and then we have to start doing well in the league."

  135. 16:08: 
    Player reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland
    Manchester City's Samir Nasri

    Manchester City's Samir Nasri: "So much joy, so much pride as well. I lost the two finals that I played here before. Today it was really important to win.

    "In the second half, we came with intention and scored three goals. I hope this cup is going to bring some others. We were still confident [at half-time]. We said we needed to stay calm and remain focused, play higher up and play with more tempo and that's what we did.

    "We want to win everything. We're going to compete for the league, the FA Cup and we're going to try to make something in the Champions League. I hope this is going to bring confidence and we'll fight until the end."

  136. 16:07: 
    Madrid Derby

    In the past decade, the La Liga title race has only ever contained two teams, with Barcelona and Real Madrid enjoying unchallenged supremacy.

    This afternoon's Madrid derby could hold the key to whether that changes this season as La Liga leaders Real travel to their city rivals just three points clear of both Atletico and Barcelona in a three-horse title race.

    The Madrid derby is always an occasion to behold but, with Atletico matching Spain's super powers stride for stride this season, the importance of this showpiece match has just gone off the scale.

    You can follow live text commentary on the action, the game has just kicked off and Real have already bagged...

  137. 16:05:  
    MOTD2 ExtraTottenham v Cardiff (16:30 GMT)

    BBC pundit and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown: "It was never going to be easy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he took over and when they lost to Hull City last week I think everyone there realised that was a major blow.

    "The players know they have to pick themselves up from there, but you can sometimes start thinking you are not going to be able to do it. But they have to give absolutely everything to give themselves half a chance.

    "It's going to be very tough for them. It's got worse at Cardiff since Ole Gunnar went there, not better. The owner hasn't helped by sacking the original manager in the first place."

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Connor McNamara: "Cardiff are trying to play pretty football and I'm not sure if that's the tactic to get them out of trouble. We all saw last year what happened with Wigan."

  138. 16:04: 
    Player reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland captain John O'Shea: "We're terribly disappointed. We started the game exactly how we wanted to. We counter-attacked great, scored a fantastic goal.

    "They've scored a great goal to get back into it. He stuck it in the top corner from 30 yards out and we lost a bit of organisation for a few minutes and it cost us the second goal. City finished very strong. We have a huge test for the rest of the season and we have to pick ourselves up quickly and I'm sure we will."

    Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyFULL-TIME- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    "I don't think it was Sunderland's performance that lost the Cup final - it was two magnificent strikes that helped Manchester City win it. Sunderland gave it a right good go."

  140. 16:02: 
    Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    Vincent Kompany lifts the trophy to a flood of tickertape. The Sunderland fans are all still in place by the way, they're waiting for their side to be handed their medals as Blue Moon is piped into Wembley.

  141. 16:01:  
    BBC Radio 5 livePlayer reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    Manchester City scorer Samir Nasri tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We are champions and we deserve our victory today. It means a lot to our fans, I'm really happy. I hope this is going to bring us confidence to win other trophies this season. We are going to fight for the league, the FA Cup and the Champions League."

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    Chris Weedon: Well done to Sunderland to get that far in the competition even though they are struggling in the Premier League. Gus Poyet has done every Mackem proud.

    James Hitchings-Hales, Exeter: David Moyes should be taking notes from this game. Outstanding spirit and fight shown by Poyet's warriors.

  143. 16:01: 
    Player reaction- Man City 3-1 Sunderland
    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City goalscorer Yaya Toure on Sky Sports: "It was unbelievable. We needed to win today, it was very important. Sunderland made it difficult for us in the first half. It's unbelievable and we deserve it. The final is only one game, you need to enjoy it, and today we showed we have a great team. I think it was [my best goal]."

  144. 15:59: 
    Team News- Tottenham v Cardiff (16:30 GMT)

    Tottenham make two changes to the side that beat Dnipro in the Europa League as Aaron Lennon and Paulinho come into the midfield in place of the injured Christian Eriksen and Sandro.

    Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes six changes following his side's 4-0 thumping against Hull last weekend. Craig Bellamy returns from suspension, while Gary Medel, Aron Gunnarsson and Kim Bo-kyung return to the midfield.

    Tottenham XI: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Fryers; Lennon, Dembele, Paulinho, Townsend; Adebayor, Soldado

    Cardiff XI: Marshall, Caulker, Turner, Medel, Campbell, Kim, Gunnarsson, Cala, Fabio, Bellamy, John

  145. 15:58: 
    Team News- Aston Villa v Norwich (1630 GMT)

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert keeps faith with the team which lost 1-0 to Newcastle last weekend.

    Norwich make two changes after last weekend's 1-0 win over Tottenham, bringing in Wes Hoolahan and Gary Hooper in place of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and the injured Leroy Fer.

    Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.

    Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Redmond; Hooper.

  146. 15:58: 
    Team News- Swansea v Crystal Palace (16:30 GMT)

    Swansea head coach Garry Monk makes three changes to the side that lost in Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday.

    Angel Rangel starts at right-back in place of Dwight Tiendalli, Leon Britton is back in the midfield for Jose Canas, with winger Nathan Dyer promoted from the bench.

    Tony Pulis makes two changes to the Crystal Palace side that lost at home to Manchester United eight days ago - Kagisho Dikgacoi and Yannick Bolasie starting ahead of Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon.

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Dyer, Hernandez, Routledge, Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Canas, Emnes, Vazquez, Lita.

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Parr, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Ince, Chamakh. Subs: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Bannan, Thomas, Gayle, Jerome, Murray.

  147. 15:57: 

    Three Premier League games are moving into view on the horizon. Here's the team news..

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    Belete Eshetea: One down, three more trophies to go! With the squad Man City has, It is very much possible.

    Alex: This performance doesn't show why City will win the league - it shows why they won't. Not a team, all individuals.

    Chris Parker: We haven't embarrassed ourselves, gutted but I'm proud of the lads.

  149. 15:57:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFULL-TIME- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany on BBC Radio 5 live: "You have got to cherish every trophy and this is another. We had to step it up in the second half. Our first half performance was not up to standard. This means everything."

  150. 15:56: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 3-1 Sunderland
    Manchester City graphic

    Precision, power, perfection. Yaya Toure's lazy swing of a boot was the key moment.

  151. 15:54: 
    Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    One minute and 45 seconds of class were ultimately the difference. Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri hit two special goals and that was enough for Manchester City to take the honours. Sunderland are now fighting for an even bigger prize - Premier League survival.

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveFULL-TIME- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    "You have got to give Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini credit for his half-time team talk. Their second half display has been in stark contrast to their performance in the first 45 minutes."

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    Richard Powell: The answer to life, the universe, the Capital One Cup Final and everything is the man wearing 42! Yaya - the game changer!

    Andrew Priestley: So tough on Sunderland, they were the better team in the day, City just had too many world-class match winners in their team.

    Ben Jones: Sunderland have every reason to be proud of this performance. Even though I guessed the score, I didn't see this display coming.

    FULL-TIME- Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    Manchester City win the Capital One Cup.

  155. 15:51: 
    Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    The Sunderland fans are still in fine voice. Great to see as all corners of Wembley hold their scarves aloft and cheer on their sides. It's been a very good Cup final to watch.

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 3-1 Sunderland

    "You got to say what a fantastic challenge by Fernandinho to start the move for the third goal. Manchester City's quality has shone through, but it's been a terrific Cup final and Sunderland have certainly played their part."

  157. 15:49: 
    Man City 3-1 Sunderland

    3-1 flatters City but the celebrations have begun. Costel Pantilimon in the middle of it.

  158. 15:47: 
    GOAL- Man City 3-1 Sunderland - Jesus Navas (90 mins)

    Over. Done. Won.

    Fernandinho wins the ball outside his area and City have a five-on-two counter attack. they don't waste it as Yaya Toure feeds Jesus Navas to fire in at the near post.

  159. 15:46: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher latches on to a knock down - but what is he doing? Gets his body shape all wrong and the ball just trickles out of play off his knee. He had to get a shot of some kind away there...

  160. 15:43: 
    FINAL FIVE- Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Into the last five minutes City, closing in on the first trophy of the Manuel Pellegrini era....

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 2-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland's defence looks tired now and City have gone with four up now. They are going for this third goal."

  162. 15:40: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Phil Bardsley slams a 30-yarder over the bar. He had more options there, not the best selection. We have six minutes of the 90 remaining...

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    Memo to club managers: Play your strongest side in Cup ties. This is what the game is about. The glory, the joy, the anguish, the fans.

  164. 15:38: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    City do almost wrap up the win from the corner as Vincent Kompany stabs wide at the near post.

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    Ben Aitkenhead: Huge credit to Sunderland. Have not gone away at all. Great resolve and belief.

    Tom Bailey: While Demichelis remains to be at the heart of City's defence, there's always a goal in Sunderland.

    Stephen Osborne: City wonder goals gloss over a poor team spirit and defensive errors.

  166. 15:37: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    LAST TEN minutes. Jesus Navas jinks into the area and wins a corner. The City fans behind that goal are verging on permature celebration...

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City 2-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland have shown great belief throughout this Capital One Cup run and it has not deserted them at Wembley. They have responded very well to those two hammer blows from Manchester City - and their supporters banked around the stadium still certainly believe."

    Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City 2-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland have played well. What has impressed me is that they have kept their discipline. I know they conceded a second goal very quickly, but it was a goal of such good quality. They haven't let a third go in and have taken the game to Manchester City. It's an intriguing contest."

  169. 15:33: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Final fifteen minutes then. Lee Cattermole is very disappointed to be replaced by Sunderland, as well he might, he's been excellent. Emanuele Giaccherini takes his place while Javi Garcia comes on for City in place of David Silva.

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    Hayley Barton: Definitely think there is another twist in this! Come on the Mackems!

    Tom Wylie: That Toure goal reminded me of Gerrard's against Marseille - there's only a few players in the world who can do that.

    Oliver Dobinson: Sunderland calling for a hero, if it's any time, it's now. What a game !!!

  171. 15:31: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland
    Yaya Toure scores for Manchester City

    Bend it like Toure. What a fabulous Cup final goal.

  172. 15:29: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    The Sunderland fans dare to believe. Martin Demichelis continues to defend like a man who can't remember where he's parked the car, all over the shop as Steven Fletcher ghosts into the space and hits a low shot right at Costel Pantilimon.

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 2-1 Sunderland

    "Manchester City do look vulnerable from set pieces. It'll be interesting to see what Sunderland do in these last 20 minutes. They have to commit men forward. You might as well get beat 3-1 or 4-1 and give it a go."

  174. 15:27: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Better from Sunderland, Steven Fletcher winning a big header to put the ball back in the mixer but Vincent Kompany heads away well. Just over 20 minutes to go...

  175. 15:25: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    You're not alone Joe, a few people have said that. It would have been a very over-hit pass and to be honest Yaya Toure has earned the right to not b questioned by me any more...

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    Jake: This game is far from over, Sunderland have been the better side overall.

    Andrew: 'Bend it like Yaya and Samir', coming soon to a cinema near you. Two absolute stunners from Manchester City.

    Joe in London: Am I the only one who thinks Yaya Toure was trying to clip the ball into the area, not shoot?

  177. 15:23: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland
    Sunderland's Fabio Borini

    It's what a Wembley final can do to a man. An hour ago Fabio Borini was absolutely buzzing after putting Sunderland ahead, now his side trail and all he can think about is that great chance he had to make it 2-0...

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 2-1 Sunderland

    "Manchester City are a completely different team. They are rampaging down the flanks. That's why some of these City players are vastly paid so they can produce moments of magic like we have just seen. Can Sunderland get back in this? Has their confidence drained? They have got to believe because there's still a long way to go."

  179. 15:21: 
    Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland's support fall quiet for the first time all afternoon. They haven't had a sniff since the break but a change of shape may help them out now.

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    James Aubrey: If you are playing at Wembley, always make sure you have an Ivorian in your team. Yaya and Drogba both love the ground.

    Damien Walmsley: Depressed to elated - that is what being City fan is all about.

    Sam Willson: They are two of the best goals we'll ever see at Wembley!

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City 2-1 Sunderland

    "Talk about a mood-changer. There were genuine signs of impatience from Manchester City's fans in the opening phase of the second half but Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri have produced special moments and the game has switched totally in favour of Manuel Pellegrinin's side."

  182. 15:17: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    A third goal may prove fatal for Sunderland's chances and City want a penalty when Aleksandar Kolarov weaves into the penalty area and goes to earth, referee Martin Atkinson is not interested though. Samir Nasri then thrashes one over the top, City a new side...

    Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City 2-1 Sunderland

    "I said earlier that if you don't take your chances then Manchester City will punish you. I can't see anything other than City dominating now."

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    Yaya Toure celebrates scoring

    Rob Bown: And that's why we're going to win the league. Moments of absolute class.

    Belete Eshetea: Ki Sung-Yueng bossed the midfield, but yet Yaya Toure came on the top. Brilliant comeback!

    Hishaam Habib: Toure and Nasri! You beauties!!!

  185. 15:17: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Craig Gardner and Steven Fletcher are on for Sunderland with Adam Johnson and Seb Larsson coming off.

  186. 15:16: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Manuel Pellegrini celebrates that second goal by replacing Sergio Aguero with Jesus Navas. It doesn't get any easier for Sunderland.

    Just to reflect on that Yaya Toure goal, it was outrageous. How you can generate so much power with such little effort beggars belief.

    BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane at WembleyMan City 2-1 Sunderland

    "What a strike it was from Nasri. It was wonderful control from Sergio Aguero in the build up. Two wonderful strikes from Manchester City to get themselves back in the game. It's been an incredible few minutes. Sunderland were so disciplined in the first half, playing so well, and it's all turned in a blink of an eye."

  188. 15:13: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-1 Sunderland - Samir Nasri (56 mins)

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This is what the best teams can do, two brilliant goals in one minute and 45 seconds. Aleksandar Kolarov crosses in from the left, the ball is half cleared to the edge of the box and the arriving Samir Nasri crunches in a shot on the bounce, cutting across the ball to slam into the far corner from 20 yards. A brilliant goal again!

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 1-1 Sunderland

    "That's one of the best goals you will ever see at Wembley. A real moment of magic. That is why Yaya Toure is one of the best players in the world."

  190. 15:11: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-1 Sunderland - Yaya Toure (55 mins)

    What a goal! We questioned a lack of leadership in this Manchester City side but one of their key men comes up with the goods in a big, big way! What a goal, Pablo Zabaleta plays the ball square to Yaya Toure 30 yards from goal and the Ivorian looks up and plants a shot into the top corner with a frankly outrageous degree of calm. What a hit!

  191. 15:10: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Tackles are flying in as Manchester City do try and raise it. David Silva leads the Sunderland midfield a merry dance before Lee Cattermole whips his ankles away. No booking but a free-kick which City make a mess of, over-elaborate.

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "The Manchester City substitutes are all warming up - Milner, Negredo, Navas. Manuel Pellegrini has to make a change now. This is not good enough whatsoever. Sunderland are brilliant."

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    Laura Barnett: City need to be hungry for it and play as if they want and deserve it to win it! Think we can do it! 2-1.

    Paul Moore: I love the fickle world of football. First half of the season - City the best team in years. The last few weeks - gutless!

    Mathew Ridyard: That new invisible technology Dzeko is using today is fantastic!

  194. 15:07: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Seven City players in the Sunderland area as they work the ball patiently, David Silva then takes aim from 20 yards but his daisy-cutter is easily held by Vito Mannone.

    At the other end Ki Sung-yueng unleashes a 30-yard wobbler that has Costel Pantilimon in action, the giant Romanian tipping the ball over the bar!

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Noel Gallagher was enjoying a piece of cake in the press room at half-time...well when I say enjoying. He had a slightly pained expression which was probably more attributable to Manchester City's performance rather than his refreshments."

  196. 15:05: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Manchester City do come out swinging, winning two corners before Pablo Zabaleta puts in a tasty looking cross. Sunderland see it out though, no time to panic...

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    Francisco Vicente: Manchester City will never win anything with those central defenders, they are slow and technically weak.

    Josh Winn: Okay. I think it's time for Borini to come back home to Liverpool now.

    Vickie Louise: Manchester will be blue with tears end of season.

  198. 15:02: 
    KICK-OFF- Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    We are under way...

  199. 15:01: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    How many changes for City at the break? None is the answer. Yaya Toure has a quiet word in Sergio Aguero's ear though. Leader?

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    Borini superbly capitalising on the customarily weak left side of City's defence.

  201. 14:55: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Good old Mick McCarthy. No leaders in the City side? Step up Yaya and Vinny...

    Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Manchester City, for me, look gutless. Imagine saying that with all the players they have got. I have managed against City and when they're flying and moving the ball around quickly then they're devastating. But they're just not doing it.

    "Sunderland are having a right good go collectively. City have got all the pretty players but Sunderland have got all the leaders, Phil Bardsley has been fantastic."

  203. 14:52: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Not the best half from Manchester City then, but all credit to Sunderland. they are organised, have a plan, know what they are doing and have a lead to hang on to.

    Hats off to Gus Poyet so far. Montevideo 1-0 Santiago...

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    Abhijit Randive: If Sunderland win, Vito Mannone will become the 31st player to leave Arsenal and win a trophy since Arsenal last won one.

    Tim Riley: Get Kolarov and Dzeko off, Clichy and Navas on.

    Paul Young: Looks like Pellegrini will need to use the "secadora de pelo" (hairdryer) in his half-time team talk!

    BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Fabio Borini scored a wonderful goal. Sunderland have been organised, very good defensively and have been a real threat on the counter-attack and Manchester City are struggling to deal with them."

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Lee Cattermole has been the star of the show in the first half. Yes, Fabio Borini scored a great goal but Cattermole has been leading the team, dictating play and shown passion. It's in complete contrast to Manchester City's Yaya Toure. His head is down and it's as though the City team are sulking."

  207. 14:48: 
    THE BIG MOMENT- Man City 0-1 Sunderland
    Bliss for Borini

    Big game player, Fabio Borini's low finish is the difference at the break.

  208. 14:48:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at WembleyHALF-TIME- Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland have shown plenty of passion but they have had quality to go alongside it and deserve their lead. Manchester City, in sharp contrast, have been sleepwalking their way through that first half. No spark for a team of such talents."

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    Joe in Leicester: Where's Kompany's composure gone? A cross between an angry Pamplona bull and a headless chicken!

    Matt, Winchester: I think lots of Liverpool fans, like me, like Borini. Last season he was a young player in a team in transition. Maybe not a regular starter yet, but good potential. Loving what he's doing at Sunderland.

    James, an Arsenal fan, in Dulwich: Well, money can't buy you happiness.

  210. 14:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    So far, so good for Sunderland then. The Cupset is very much on...

    Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland are so much on top in terms of spirit and determination. But if you get chances against Manchester City then you have to take them."

  212. 14:43: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Almost half-time then, City growing frustrated as they just can't find any space in behind the Sunderland defence. Jesus Navas on at the break?

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    Ronaldo Burgundy: That statue of Demichelis looks so life-like...

    Rob Porter: Having watched Demichelis perform consistently poorly over the season, one wonders who Joleon Lescott has offended.

    Thomas Goodchild: Why does everyone seem to think Lescott is the world's fastest man? He's just as slow as Demichelis.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "We have seen how the quiet man Manuel Pellegrini can get angry with his outburst after the Champions League defeat to Barcelona - he shouldn't find it too hard to summon up fury after this desperately poor first-half performance from Manchester City."

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland are showing more desire in attacking areas than Manchester City. It's just important Sunderland don't get carried away. But these missed chances could come back to haunt them because City cannot play as badly as this in the second half."

  216. 14:41: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Martin Demichelis goes to ground inside the Sunderland area with Marcos Alonso all over him as they compete for a corner - no real penalty appeals from the City boys, that was a questionable challenge at best...

    BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "It was a brilliant tackle by Vincent Kompany. He timed it to perfection - a wonderful challenge. Borini should have been offside, though, I don't think the assistant referee had seen the touch."

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    Tom Hughes: Great to see Borini causing havoc like he should.

    Kweku Adaboh: Borini is increasing his value each match. A very good offer will do him and Liverpool a lot of good. He can't just be the third striker.

    Paul Moore: Fabiolous Borini knows what he's doing - leaving Liverpool for a big club to win trophies.

  219. 14:39: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    There have been a few heavy tackles in the game already and Martin Demichelis now squares up to Phil Bardsley after some jostling in the penalty area.

    City are rattled, no doubts about that.

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Fabio Borini has now got six goals this season. His finish was top quality, the way he hit it. If he continues this form then Liverpool will be getting a player back next season who is in positive form."

  221. 14:38: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Huge chance in the match! Fabio Borini is in behind the defence again, he is just about to pull the trigger when Vincent Kompany redeems himself by making a superbly timed tackle, whipping the ball off the striker's toes.

    Borini was offside mind in the build-up...

    BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Sunderland look a real threat on the counter-attack, they can get away at pace. I think Adam Johnson is in good form, but he's got to continue his form throughout the season to get into the England squad."

  223. 14:35: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    The die has been cast, the pattern set. It's eight or nine Sunderland men behind the ball in a chokehold against the Manchester City pressure. Both full-backs and quite often a centre-back are really far forward for Manchester City - one loose pass and they are leaving themselves open to a second goal on the break. Gus Poyet's masterplan may be unfolding to perfection.

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    Adam in London: Sunderland want this more than City - this match is quality v desire.

    Andy Mitch, Warrington: Demichelis' lack of pace, coupled with the fact Lescott has played every minute of City's League Cup campaign, make the Pellegrini's defensive selection even more odd - surely he knew Poyet would set his team up to play on the break!?

    Gordon, a Liverpool fan in Scotland: I've been keeping an eye on Borini all season, can't wait to have him back at Anfield.

    Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "I've just been asked by the bloke next to me if Sunderland can keep their discipline. But I'm wondering if Manchester City can because their players look like they're sulking and not playing for one another. I think they have lost it."

  226. 14:33: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Fabio Borini in the thick of it at the other end now, heading clear a corner from inside the six-yard box. City starting to loko dangerous now as approach half-time.

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    Daniel Kelly: Man City really show money doesn't by you anything. One title is nothing to brag about considering the money they have.

    Tim Chalmers: Is Borini trying to prove a point to Liverpool? He's playing a great game so far.

    Damola: I am expecting at least five Dzeko misses before Negredo or Navas come in!

  228. 14:32: 
    All about the celebration- Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Some of you looking at images of Fabio Borini's goal celebration may be wondering exactly what the Italian was doing.

    Fabio Borini

    The goalscorer explained all in an interview with the Liverpool Echo back in July 2012: "I've been planning that celebration for a long time. In Italy it means you've got the knife between your teeth.

    "When you want to achieve something so badly that you are angry to reach your goals, you put the knife between your teeth.

    "That's what I was trying to show by putting the side of my hand in my mouth.''

  229. 14:31: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    What a pass from David Silva, wonderful as he clipped a ball over the top for Samir Nasri, he tries to find Sergio Aguero but Phil Bardsley makes an excellent intervention.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Fabio Borini presents the more mobile option for Sunderland than Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore and he is pressurising Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis at every turn. Manchester City are under real strain at the back."

  231. 14:29: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    More panic in the City defence as Adam Johnson beats a man to put in a low cross, it's just about hooked clear in the end by Fernandinho but all is not well in that defence.

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "City have had all the possession but they've only had a couple of chances. They need to up their game. Lee Cattermole is dictating play in the Sunderland midfield just as he did in the semi-final at Old Trafford against Manchester United. And there he is again putting Samir Nasri off."

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    James: Well done Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Phil Bardsley. Grafted and eventually got their moves to a big club to further their careers.

    Shane Guihen: Where is the all-conquering City team that started the season? As a Chelsea fan, I'm loving it!

    Al Mamun Russell: Will history repeat itself? A club beat City in the final and gets relegated?

  234. 14:27: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Yaya Toure is not a happy chap. Pinged for a foul in midfield, he chunters to himself, referee Martin Atkinson and then Sergio Aguero. Don't make him angry, you won't like him when he's angry.

    Aguero then breaks away on the right in City's best attack for a while, his cross finds Samir Nasri but his touch is heavy and he can't get any power in his shot. Easy save for Vito Mannone.

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    Brad: The League Cup is so much more exciting then the FA Cup. It'll be a victory again for football if Man City mess up.

    Abdullah: Looks like it'll be 5-1 City, no clean sheet today!

    Stephen Kiley: Does Gus Poyet have a Bob Stokoe hat in his kit bag?

  236. 14:23: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland
    Fabio Borini scores for Sunderland

    It didn't happen for him at Liverpool, but Fabio Borini is enjoying the life of Riley at Sunderland right now. What a finish.

  237. 14:21: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Neat flick from Yaya Toure as he tries to find Samir Nasri but it breaks down. Sunderland are camped in behind the ball and breaking with real intent down the flanks. Sergio Aguero has not had a sniff since that early shot.

    Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Yes, it was a fabulous goal by Fabio Borini. But with all the attacking power City have got, they still have to defend. The goal has set the stadium alight."

  239. 14:19: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland
    man City v Sunderland

    Possession is not everything...

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    Fabio Borini

    Pearson: Think they've probably scored too early. You don't want to anger a team like city into the higher gears!

    Clinton Eyong: Sunderland are the underdogs in this game but will win it by capitalising on Man City's mistakes.

    Scott Wilson: 1-0 Sunderland! Come on you Black Cats! Will make for a great final!

  241. 14:16: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    City have 75 minutes of trying to break down a stubborn and well-drilled Sunderland defence now. Sunderland fans are doing the Poznan just to wind the City fans up even more.

    Manuel Pellegrini strides out to the touchline to bark some instructions.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Fabio Borini has a derby winner against Newcastle United to his name - but that moment may top even that as he gives Sunderland the lead. Martin Demichelis has been identified as the weak link in Manchester City's defence, but on that occasion it was captain Vincent Kompany who should have been stronger."

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    Luca Goodman: Boriniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! What a finish! Only 80 minutes left to hang on...

    B'tunde Omo'oba: Unbelievable at Wembley. Sunderland take the lead. Sunderland fans are in seventh heaven.

    Andrew Priestley: We have lift-off!

  244. 14:13: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    Sunderland breaking with real pace and intent every time City lose the ball. Superb start from the so-called underdogs.

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 0-1 Sunderland

    "Terrible defending by Manchester City. It was Borini against Demichelis and Kompany, and he beat the both of them. It was an absolutely sensational finish with his right foot, bending it into the far corner on the half volley."

  246. 14:12: 
    Man City 0-1 Sunderland

    That could be just what the neutral wanted for this Cup final. Fabulous persistence, strength and finesse from Fabio Borini, a wonderful Wembley goal.

    Wretched defending from Vincent Kompany mind. Row Z, Vinny. Row Z.

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    Where there is Demichelis there is hope!

  248. 14:10: 
    GOAL- Man City 0-1 Sunderland - Fabio Borini (10 mins)

    He loves a big game! Fernandinho loses the ball outside the Sunderland area and Adam Johnson quickly spins a ball over the top for Fabio Borini to chase down. Vincent Kompany is favourite to clear his lines but is shrugged off the ball by Borini, who applies a fine finish with the outside of his foot! Curls it into the bottom corner, Gus Poyet does a Wolf of Wall Street celebration on the touchline! Arms outstretched, what a start to the Cup final!

  249. 14:09: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Sergio Aguero gets into the game, holding off a challenge before rifling in from 25 yards, Vito Mannone has to get down to his right to push it away. Fizzing drive.

  250. 14:08: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    A wonderful pass from Lee Cattermole - honestly - sets Fabio Borini away on the right, his cross is turned in on the stretch by Jack Colback but the offside flag had long been raised. Three men clearly offside, but intent from Sunderland.

    Robbie Savage at Wembley, BBC Radio 5 liveMan City 0-0 Sunderland

    "I would have played Joe Hart in goal instead of Costel Pantilimon. You can see why Manuel Pellegrini has chosen Pantilimon because he's played is the other ties but you play your best team. Good start by City. Sunderland can't get out of their own half."

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    Niall McDermott: If City win its a Mickey Mouse trophy and if they lose it's an embarrassment. Doubled-edged sword.

    Neil Paterson Love a cup final underdog. COME ON SUNDERLAND!!!

    Manicben: Urgh. Cup Final day at work. I despise working Sundays.

  253. 14:06: 
    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    City's first chance falls for the much maligned Martin Demichelis, as a corner drops at his feet, but his shot is well blocked by the massed Sunderland backline. John O'Shea almost undercooks a backpass and Vito Mannone overdoes a clearance, smashing it out o the full.

    A few nerves in the Sunderland side?

  254. 14:05: 
    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Both sides will be attacking their own fans in the second half, that's the way it should be really. Costel Pantilimon has his first touch, seizing a long ball forward. City on top in the early stages as you'd expect but no goal-mouth action so far.

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    Luke in Southampton: If Sunderland win the League Cup today and avoid relegation, Poyet will win Manager of the Season.

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    Andrew in Maidstone: Man City have nine excellent outfield players but Demichelis wouldn't even get in the Liverpool defence. Liability alert!

  256. 14:03: 
    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Wes Brown nips in to head clear an errant pass before Phil Bardsley puts in the first reducer of the day, smashing into David Silva. Set your stall out!

  257. 14:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    From Santiago to Montevideo, from Sunderland to Manchester - all eyes on the League Cup final...

    Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    "I bet all the clubs who started in this competition are envious of these players on the pitch right now because it's a great occasion."

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    Cup final

    Simon Atkins: As a Birmingham fan who was at Wembley three years ago, I know how those Sunderland fans feel. Fantastic feeling.

    Bluemoonpete: Those who say the League Cup doesn't matter aren't here supporting their team. Let me tell you: it matters.

    Adam Haxell: Good luck to Sunderland. Nothing against City, but you have to back the underdogs.

  260. 13:56: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    God Save The Queen gets the crowd into fever pitch, it's a full house at Wembley, half red, half blue. Who will be they key players? Who will start well? A poor start can end your Wembley day out before it's began. Just ask me & Aidy Boothroyd...

  261. 13:55: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Vincent Kompany introduces his team-mates one-by-one as the atmosphere cranks up a a gear.

    Manuel Pellegrini - who grew up watching the League Cup final in Chile of course - looks pumped up as we move into anthem territory...

  262. 13:52: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    It's all gone a bit Cirque de Soleil at Wembley as a lycra-clad girl spins and twirls through the air carrying the Capital One trophy. What an epic handover.

    Here they come, players on the pitch, fireworks, smoke, CUP FINAL!

  263. 13:52: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Yaya Toure at Portman Road?

    Imagine that...

    Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    "If I was managing Yaya Toure, I would be thrilled. He's devastating going forward. He goes past players as if they're not there and has a deft tough. He can do everything in the game.

    "I'd use him in an advanced position."

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at WembleyMan City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    "I'm not surprised Sergio Aguero is playing. If you're fit, you're fit. I don't think City can beat Barcelona in the Champions League, so there is no reason not to play their best players."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    "Huge roars from Sunderland's supporters as their team warms in front of them - but that is answered by Manchester City's fans as the name of Sergio Aguero is read out. That is the news they wanted to hear.

    "Lots of groundstaff out at work on both halves of the Wembley playing surface as the teams disappear back into the dressing rooms ahead of kick-off."

  267. 13:47: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Manchester City fan and rock n roll star Noel Gallagher: "We'll never get used to this, we'll never get blasé about it. We never thought we'd see the day when we'd be competing for a trophy, let alone all the trophies. And to cap it all off this year, United are rubbish."

  268. 13:45: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)
    Man City v Sundelrnad

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet told Sky Sports: "The fans are loving being at Wembley and we will just give it our best shot. We have plenty of legs in the team we have named and we cannot just go out there and look to defend. We also have some extra force on the bench if needed.

    "Have we practised penalties? Yes and I would take a worse shootout than the one against Manchester United if it means that we go on to win the game!"

  269. 13:43: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    That Manchester City bench is superb. Joleon Lescott looks like he's off in the summer, but will any of the other bench-warmers want away?

    James Milner may be due some first-team football elsewhere? I don't know where he would go though...

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    Andrew in Richhill: If Sunderland were to do the unthinkable and win the League Cup this afternoon it would cap off an incredible run of cupsets in the competition after dispatching of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. C'mon the Black Cats, every neutral football fan in England is behind you this afternoon.

    Paul in London: Man City's bench would finish fifth in the Premier League. With seven players.

  271. 13:39: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    John O'Shea and Wes Brown have been there and have the T-shirt for many big Cup finals down the years. The two centre-halves could be key to Sunderland's hopes today.

    They are deep in discussion away from the rest of the team at the moment. Kick-off is 20 minutes away...

    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Former Sunderland and Manchester City winger Dennis Tueart at Wembley: "I'll be happy, whoever wins. City are the obvious favourites but who knows? Cup games are all about the underdogs. Team, work ethic, discipline and desire - those are all the things Sunderland will need if they are going to win it."

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    Big Jim Camp: Not one Englishman in Man City line-up for League Cup Final, which is a shame. Cattermole surely a red card risk?

    Leon Henshaw: Nice to see such a vast array of English players in MCFC starting line up again! UEFA please do something about this!

    Sanj: No Hart in the Manchester City team means no Englishmen. That's not gonna look awkward when the national anthem plays!

  274. 13:34: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Sergio Aguero is passed fit for Man City and in the starting line-up although he might not last the whole game.

    Manchester City players warm up for their match against Sunderland

    Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports: "Sergio worked the whole week and he's fit. Maybe not for the whole match but it is no problem to start. We will see during the match and we will see how many minutes he will make."

    On his decision to start with Costel Pantilimon in goal ahead of Joe Hart.

    Pellegrini said: "It's difficult for me to decide. All the players deserve to play. Costel Pantilimon did a very good job in the Capital One Cup and I took him out for Hart in the Premier League. There are a lot of reasons, but it's a good day for Costel."

  275. 13:30: 
    Sunderland fans at Wembley

    Thirty minutes to go - are you ready? I reckon some Sunderland fans most definitely are.

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    Tom in Manchester: Slightly disappointed that Lescott isn't starting. He's the only player to have been played every minute of our Capital One cup games and could potentially be the last time he has the chance of playing at Wembley, since he is leaving in the summer.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    "Wembley is hosting a parade of Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup-winning team and Manchester City's 1976 League Cup winners - so that means two appearances for Dennis Tueart and Dave Watson, who were on the winning side in both games."

    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Injured Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic ‏via Twitter: Our first FINAL this year at WEMBLEY :) So sad I cannot play :( But most important thing is to WIN! COME ON CITY!!

  279. 13:20: 
    'Misery and false hope'- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)
    Steve (left) and Kevin Cram

    BBC athletics guru and Sunderland fan Steve Cram was reminiscing earlier this week about the Black Cats' 1973 FA Cup final win - even telling the tale of how he got his hands on the old trophy a few days later.

    Cram is at Wembley today with his two grown-up children and is hoping for another famous day for the club.

    "I've had a few days at Wembley with Sunderland - they've all ended in defeat. Let's hope it's fourth time lucky," he said.

    "Supporting a team like Sunderland is often misery and false hope and these are the days to cherish every 10 or 15 years or so. It will be a massive day for Sunderland fans."

  280. 13:14:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at WembleyTeam News- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)
    Sergio Aguero

    "Manchester City have been able to deliver the psychological impact of including world-class striker Sergio Aguero in their line-up after a month out with a hamstring injury - but it has done nothing to dampen the optimism of the Sunderland fans already gathered inside Wembley.

    "They have had their disappointments since that great 1973 FA Cup victory - but there is a real sense of anticipation in their ranks today."

  281. 13:12: 
    LINE-UPS- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Man City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Hart, Lescott, Milner, Negredo, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Clichy.

    Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea, Alonso, Ki, Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Johnson, Borini. Subs: Gardner, Fletcher, Celustka, Giaccherini, Vergini, Scocco, Ustari.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  282. 13:10: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Thoughts on those teams then? Strong. Manchester City's bench would finish about fifth in the Premier League...

  283. 13:08: 
    Team News- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Sergio Aguero starts! That is the big news. Joe Hart and Alvaro Negredo also miss out.

    Man City XI: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko

  284. 13:06: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Wes 'big game' Brown is back then, as expected. Can he and Lee Cattermole escape a red card this afternoon?

  285. 13:04: 
    Team News- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Sunderland make three changes from the 4-1 defeat at Asenal. Wes Brown, Lee Cattermole and Seb Larsson all start.

    Sunderland XI: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, O'Shea, Brown, Cattermole, Colback, Ki, Larsson, Johnson, Borini

  286. 13:02: 
    How can Sunderland win?- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)
    Sunderland frustrate City

    So how can Sunderland pull of a Cupset this afternoon?

    "The first target for Sunderland will be to achieve another shut-out," says Robbie Savage in his BBC column.

    "Other than the Black Cats, only four teams have stopped City from scoring this season - Stoke, Chelsea, Norwich and Barcelona.

    "Sunderland did not keep a clean sheet in that game in November because of luck, great saves from Vito Mannone or poor finishing from City. They won because they were well organised and Gus Poyet's gameplan worked.

    "Poyet accepted City would have more of the ball but told his players to retreat to the halfway line when City had possession and to be compact in their own half, which is where most of the game was played.

    "He packed his midfield, protected his defence and denied City space when they came forward. There was no room for them to play through the Black Cats."

  287. 12:59: 
    Lessons learned by City?- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City's players learned a "lesson" from last year's Wembley woe as they prepare for the Capital One Cup final.

    City lost to Wigan in the FA Cup final last May - with Roberto Mancini sacked as manager two days later.

    Pellegrini, Mancini's successor, will lead the club against Sunderland this afternoon.

    "I don't like to talk with them about last year but I'm sure for every player it is a lesson," the 60-year-old said.

    "It's beautiful to play for a title at Wembley and very awful to lose it.

    "For all of them it is not revenge - it is another team, another year, another situation - but I am absolutely sure all will be 100% motivated to win."

    Pellegrini arrived from Malaga in the summer under pressure to deliver silverware at the Etihad Stadium, with chief executive Ferran Soriano setting a target of five trophies in five years.

    Will today be a tick in that box?

  288. 12:57: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Half-and-half scarf! She's winning Cup final bingo...

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    Man City v Sunderland

    Mike, from Thailand: I can see a Phil Bardsley injury-time strike causing an upset, but since I'm half the world away, I hope the Bosnian and The Beast put a shift in!

    Scott, Northwich Blue: Come on City. Tempo the word, Aguero to Serge. If you build it they will come...

    Danny from Luton: This Pardew pandemonium has gone too far. Yes it was wrong, yes he's been punished now let's move on. Football is about what's on the pitch, that's where the games are played and the points are gained.

  290. 12:53: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Wembley way really buzzing now as fans flock in to the stadium from the various tube stations. Get an over-priced burger, maybe a half-and-half scarf, have a friendly chat with opposition fans. Fill your boots guys...

  291. 12:51:  
    MOTD2 ExtraOn the title race

    Chelsea have a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League - but boss Jose Mourinho says it is a "fake lead" because Manchester City have games in hand.

    BBC pundit and former Arsenal team-mate Martin Keown: "It is work to do for Man City- it is money in the bank for the Chelsea team. It is smoke signals from Jose Mourinho - I start to lose respect when he starts talking like that - he should be saying the pressure is on Man City now.

    "Chelsea were magnificent in the second-half yesterday, while Fulham look doomed at the minute. If Chelsea win the title as the under-dogs it will create even more pressure on their rivals next season. I think Mourinho should let his team do the talking.

    "Aaron Ramsey is a massive loss for Arsenal, like Chelsea losing Eden Hazard. Right now it is confidence and momentum - and Liverpool have an emotion and intensity about their play."

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Connor McNamara: "The creative players are either injured or not performing at the moment for Arsenal. Mesut Ozil is not firing and that is a huge part. You get the feeling the momentum is not with Arsenal at the moment - but boy, is that not the case with Liverpool. Liverpool are climbing up the cliff that people say Manchester United have fallen off. They are championship contenders."

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    Wembley way

    Paul Moore: I have the old classic 'City fan syndrome' I feel so nervous and pessimistic. I think Sunderland will lift the cup.

    Mat Thorley: As a City fan for 22 years I'm still pinching myself at how far the club has come in a relatively short time. City 2-0

  293. 12:47:  
    MOTD2 ExtraAlan Pardew reaction

    BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Connor McNamara: "There's no place for what he did. It's more serious for a manager wearing a suit than a player in the field of battle.

    "By fining him Newcastle have actually given Alan Pardew a vote a confidence. If they wanted to get rid of him this would have been a perfect excuse."

  294. 12:46: 
    My new background- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    Sergio Aguero is all smiles out on the pitch at the moment in his suit and tie. Is that a smile of a man who is starting? Fellow CIty strikers Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic look impressed with Wembley, having their photo taken on Jovetic's phone.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at WembleyMan City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    "Sunderland's fans made a very early start for Wembley - with plenty reviving memories of their last major trophy, the FA Cup won at Wembley against Leeds United here in 1973 after Ian Porterfield's winner and Jim Montgomery's legendary save from Peter Lorimer.

    "Gus Poyet's side have revelled in the Capital One Cup this season and wins against Chelsea and Manchester United simply confirm how much they deserve their place against Manchester City.

    "For Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, this is the opportunity to get his first trophy since arriving at The Etihad - and for many players the chance to banish bitter memories of last season's FA Cup Final defeat against Wigan Athletic."

  296. 12:44:  
    MOTD2 ExtraAlan Pardew reaction
    Alan Pardew

    BBC pundit and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown: "Of course I've not been a manager, but you are in a responsible position and the elder statesmen at a club who creates the behaviour habits.

    "There have been a few previous incidents. He's apologised straight afterwards but I think that was a damage limitation apology, not a genuine one. Hopefully now he will have seen how much reaction it's got and reflect on it properly.

    "Alan has to make a change, he's gone below the line and he's lucky the club have stuck by him. He might even have asked the players do you want me to stay? Now the dust is settling I think he'll realise he needs to change.

    "To be honest, I respected managers more when they sat there than when they are ranting and raving on the touchline. It shows you haven't been working on the training ground."

  297. 12:41: 
    City arrive- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    City have arrived now, with Brian Kidd and Manuel Pellegrini leading the troops off the coach. The same salesman has flogged his job lot of sky blue headphones you'll be pleased to hear.

    Edin Dzeko is last man off the bus as he rummages in his bag for his pass. Will the Bosnian get a start today?

  298. 12:40: 
    On the pitch- Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    John O'Shea leads the Sunderland lads out to 'get a feel' of the Wembley pitch. It's another one of those Cup final traditions you have to observe, even though the hallowed turf is only a metre wider than Sunderland's own pitch!

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    Tom, Manchester: I would prefer Aguero starting on the bench if it meant that Yaya can be deployed just off the striker. We all know, Yaya loves the big Wembley pitch!

    Sunderland fan: Come on, you Black Cats, evoke the spirit of '73. Gus Poyet, you were a little 5 year old then, we need you to fulfil your destiny as a man today! (No pressure...)

    Remember to put your names on those texts please.

  300. 12:36: 
    Man City v Sunderland (14:00 GMT)

    The Sunderland team bus has arrived in the bowels of Wembley. Very sleek, silver and black, like a scene from RoboCop.

    Fabio Borini is first off with the obligatory massive headphones. A travelling salesman has done well with those, every man and his dog sporting a matching set of red and white cans. Will the same players be leaving in a few hours' time with champagne and medals?

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 02 Mar 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 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
No movement 5 Tottenham 28 4 53
No movement 6 Everton 27 11 48
No movement 7 Man Utd 27 12 45
No movement 8 Newcastle 28 -2 43
No movement 9 Southampton 28 3 39
No movement 10 West Ham 28 -4 31
Moving up 11 Aston Villa 28 -7 31
Moving down 12 Hull 28 -5 30
Moving down 13 Stoke 28 -14 30
Moving down 14 Swansea 28 -4 29
No movement 15 Norwich 28 -22 28
No movement 16 Crystal Palace 27 -18 27
No movement 17 West Brom 27 -8 25
No movement 18 Sunderland 26 -16 24
No movement 19 Cardiff 28 -30 22
No movement 20 Fulham 28 -34 21

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