Saturday football - as it happened

Manchester United beat West Ham after Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool wins at the top of the Premier League table.

22 March 2014 Last updated at 11:25 GMT

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  1. 19:55: 

    That concludes a Saturday afternoon's football jam-packed with goals, quality and a mysterious case of mistaken identity.

    We'll be back tomorrow for the thrills and spills of Tottenham v Southampton and Aston Villa v Stoke.

    Catch you there.

  2. 19:51: 

    David Moyes mentioned that he couldn't wait to have injured Robin van Persie back, saying he is "too good a player" for then to be missing.

    Maybe. But they certainly gained something from having Juan Mata in the middle today.

  3. 19:47: 
    Manager reaction- West Ham 0-2 Man United
    David Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "Everybody flashed back to David Beckham's goal. I said to Wayne Rooney that when the ball bounced I was worried that the bounce may take it over the bar. He's a top player and it was a top goal. You have to have the awareness of where people are on the pitch. It was a great piece of skill and he has great ability.

    "We were excellent. We played really good football and the only disappointment is we didn't score more. We were wasteful in our finishing.

    "West Ham gave us lots of crosses to deal with which was tough but we did well.

    "You can never tell until nearer the time but we should be ok injury wise to face City on Tuesday."

  4. 19:46: 
    Manager reaction- West Ham 0-2 Man United
    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce speaking to Sky Sports on Wayne Rooney's first goal.: "I was complaining about the foul on James Tomkins, I'm 100% convinced that it should have been a free-kick. It wouldn't have come to that [the goal] if the referee had done his job.

    "It put Tomkins off. I don't think you can blame the keeper - it's an unbelievable strike.

    "It knocked the stuffing out of us. We tried our hardest but when they scored the second goal it was always going to be tough.

    "Being 2-0 up Manchester United could sit eight and nine players behind the ball. We started the second half with a few corners but we didn't find enough quality to break that eight or nine down. In the end they beat us and deservedly so."

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    Yazsotv: Two hat-tricks, a wonder goal and 25 more goals in the Premier League today!

    Tor Noppharat: Goals, goals, goals. Not a great day for most keepers.

    Max Crowe: It's going to be a good Match of the Day tonight!

  6. 19:42: 

    Wayne Rooney also said all the right things about his team being up for the derby against Manchester City on Tuesday. I don't think that they will turn in as listless a performance as against Liverpool, but they will need some more quality to go with that toil if they are to get close to City.

    Manuel Pellegrini's side put five past Fulham earlier today.

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    Andrew: Manchester United have looked a lot more dangerous and fluid without RVP. Rooney, Mata and Kagawa looked much more comfortable together, constantly interchanging and finding space. Van Persie's 4-6 week lay-off may well be a blessing in disguise for Moyes and Manchester United.

    Geoff in Armagh: Would it be too hard to ask to play Kagawa in the middle with Carrick/Fletcher? He's miles better than Cleverley.

  8. 19:33: 
    Player Reaction- West Ham 0-2 Man United
    Adrian watches Wayne Rooney's shot go in

    Wayne Rooney, speaking to Sky Sports about his goal from just inside the West Ham half: "It was just instinct. I turned, had a quick look and saw the keeper off the line. I've tried it many times and thankfully it went in.

    "It is up there with my best. I would not say it is my favourite, but when they come off it is great for me and the team."

    Asked whether it was better than David Beckham's effort from a similar distance back in 1996, Rooney said: "Of course, yeah."

  9. 19:33: 
    Rooney

    His next targets are Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton on 237 and 249 respectively. Well within reach considering that new five-and-a-half deal.

  10. 19:29: 
    As it stands
    Bottom of the table

    Things could get messy for West Ham before they realise it. They play a Hull side who have won four of their last six matches in midweek. They then travel to Sunderland, before playing Arsenal and Liverpool.

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    Bruce Ha: I don't know what's more impressive, Rooney's goal or a clean sheet from a back four including Carrick and Buttner.

    CM Asia: A missed opportunity for me mighty Hammers. The seven bottom sides in the As It Stands Table all lost today.

    Shane Long: Back-to-back wins for United I'm delighted with, but we'll see just how well we're doing in next two weeks with City and Bayern at Old Trafford...

  12.   
    BBC local radioWest Ham 0-2 Man United

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "Manchester United have had a terrible season but they still have good players on the pitch. But I was so disappointed by the lack of fight in West Ham, which is not something you can often say about a Sam Allardyce side.

    "West Ham have got to be careful - if they play more often like this they'll have to start looking over their shoulders. It was an easy win for Manchester United."

  13. 19:24: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United
    Wayne Rooney

    Worth the admission alone? Wayne Rooney's goal better have been because there was not a lot else to enjoy in this one.

  14. 19:21:  
    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentator at Upton ParkFULL-TIME- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    "It was not a great spectacle, but a match notable for Wayne Rooney's extraordinary first goal."

  15. 19:21: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Sam Allardyce is shaking his head almost as vigorously as he is chewing his gum. His side have been poor today.

  16. 19:18: 
    Four minutes of injury time- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Four minutes to go of a nothing-ish second half.

  17. 19:18: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Marouane Fellaini looks clean through but dawdles a little too long as he tries to pick his spot past Adrian, allowing Antonio Nocerino to nick the ball off his toe. Fellaini goes down and demands a penalty, but it might be in part to save his embarrassment.

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    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "If West Ham had come out today and tried to turn Manchester United over, which might not have been impossible, then it would have given them much-needed momentum at this time of the season. Look at Sam Allardyce's body language - it tells you all about West Ham's performance."

  19. 19:16: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    West Ham are by no means out of the relegation quicksand. Presuming they lose today, they are six points clear of 18th-placed Sunderland, who have two games in hand.

  20. 19:14: 
    Five to go- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    West Ham don't look like they believe. Another scruffy cross is booted clear by the Manchester United defence as we tick past 85 minutes.

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    Jacob Fowler: Moyes needs to play Mata in this position every game. He has been a sensation today.

    Paul lummis: I think that Fellaini has quietly been having his best game so far as a Red Devil...

    Zekarias Negash: I wonder if Man Utd can repeat this performance against Baryern Munich.

  22.   
    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "There are a lot of people leaving the ground, aren't there? Come on, there's a good 10 minutes left!"

  23. 19:11: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Sam Allardyce rolls the dice for the final time. Matthew Taylor off and Antonio Nocerino on. We are into the last ten.

  24. 19:10: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Ohh! Javier Hernandez is unmarked at the back stick but Shinji Kagawa screw his cross wide of the Mexican, who throws his head back in frustration.

  25. 19:09: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    That is better. Matt Jarvis swings a delivery into the six-yard box and David De Gea was in two minds, eventually staying at home, and was relieved to see the cross float just over Carlton Cole.

  26. 19:07: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Javier Hernandez twists and turns James Collins in the penalty area, but has confused himself as well as the West Ham defender. The game is petering out without West Ham really managing to get after Manchester United.

  27. 19:05: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Double switch. Wayne Rooney hands the armband to Darren Fletcher as he is replaced by Javier Hernandez. Juan Mata follows him to the bench with Danny Welbeck getting a run-out.

  28. 19:03: 
    Fifteen minutes to go- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    The bombardment is hotting up. Carlton Cole gets on the end of a long ball forward but there is no-one in the right position to get onto his knock-down. Matthew Jarvis then dollies an easy one up to David De Gea. The delivery has to be better to really raise the pressure for West Ham.

  29.   
    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "Before the game I though Michael Carrick was a player West Ham had to target. But he's had a comfortable game as a centre-back, particularly in this second half."

  30. 19:00: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    A little under 20 minutes to go and Sam Allardyce calls on Carlton Cole. The striker is on and jogs into a central role alongside Andy Carroll. Kevin Nolan is the man to make way.

  31. 18:59: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Another Stewart Downing cross is comfortably headed clear by Michael Carrick. With Downing and Matt Jarvis pinging balls into Andy Carroll you expected it to be an Alamo-style siege on the Manchester United goal in the second half.

    As it is, the visitors are strolling towards the exits with three points safely in the bag.

  32. 18:58: 
    Marriner statement
    Kieran Gibbs

    It seems a long time ago now that referee Andre Marriner got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs mixed up, sending the Arsenal left-back off by mistake during Chelsea's 6-0 win, but he has now apologised.

    A Professional Game Match Officials Limited statement said: "Andre is an experienced referee and is obviously disappointed that an error of mistaken identity was made in this case.

    "Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and are often the result of a number of different technical factors.

    "Whilst this was a difficult decision Andre is disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player.

    "He expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue."

  33. 18:55: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Sam Allardyce is fuming in the dug-out at West Ham's inability to string more than a couple of passes together in midfield. Assistant Neil McDonald gets up to bark some orders at the players and possibly give his own ears a rest.

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    Uzair Rizvi: West Ham on attacking mode now. United need one more goal to secure things for them.

    Craig Malpass: This season was all about signs of life after Fergie. I can feel a pulse...

    Jay: United's performance is good, but it's against a side that specialises in long balls and set pieces. Some perspective, please.

  35. 18:51: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    West Ham are building a little head of steam as George McCartney rampages forward and almost gets on the end of Kevin Nolan's pass before Matt Jarvis floats the ball into the gloves of David De Gea from a good position.

    It is not much, but it is something. Twenty-five minutes to go.

  36. 18:48: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Michael Carrick is isolated with the taller James Tomkins at the far post from Mark Noble's free-kick, but he does well to hold off the West Ham defender and glance the ball behind for a corner.

  37. 18:46: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Sam Allardyce adds a wideman and sacrifices some midfield solidity, bringing off Mohamed Diame and throwing Matt Jarvis into the mix.

  38. 18:45: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Juan Mata almost has a sight of goal from the edge, but he can't get the ball to sit right for his left foot. Wayne Rooney almost makes something of Ashley Young's mis-hit volley at the back post. Manchester United making all the running.

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    James in Manchester: The answer has been staring Moyes in the face all season - playing one up front gives the team more balance and options. But does he have the courage to drop either RVP or Wayne ?

    James from Warrington: This has proved that Vidic, Rio, Evra and RVP are all better off out of this dressing room. They're the players not playing for Moyes. Best performance of season.

    Pinda in the West Midlands: The movement of Mata and Kagawa has been fantastic, good interchanging. Carrick not being in midfield has also resulted in the United attacks being more fluent - sideways and backward passing's being used as a last resort. Would love to see Nani or Januzaj come on and run at this defence.

  40. 18:42: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    West Ham's vital signs are weak. Manchester United have been popping the ball around them with relative ease in the second half. Stewart Downing wastes a chance to get at the visitors down the right, leaving the ball behind initially and them cuffing his cross too deep.

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    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "We have only had a few minutes of the second half, but already it's picked up the pattern of the first, with Manchester United playing on the counter-attack and West Ham delivering poor corners. I don't understand why the Hammers can't sort out their deliveries."

  42. 18:37: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Wayne Rooney's opening goal has been clocked at a mammoth 57 yards by the way. That is the back fence of the driving range in footballing terms.

  43. 18:35: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Ashley Young gets in a curling cross-cum-shot from the angle of the penalty area after a short corner, but Adrian stands firm on his line rather than gambling on coming forward and collects comfortably.

  44. 18:33: 
    KICK-OFF- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Back under away. No changes for either side and Wayne Rooney wins an early corner as the visitors get on the front foot.

  45. 18:31: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    It may not be the most subtle tactic, but it is effective. Andy Carroll has won 12 of his 14 aerial duels in the first half. That is him clashing elbows, knees and heads an average of just over every three minutes.

  46. 18:30: 
    Rooney

    Manchester United came on strong in the last third of that first half to tip the statistics in their favour. West Ham need a rocket to get them going. Fortunately Sam Allardyce is your go-to man for dressing-room exocets.

  47.  
    Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor: Today was a great example of the phrase "parking the bus". Just goes to show it doesn't always work. Really pleased for Papiss Cisse.

  48.  
    Hull 2-0 West Brom

    Hull midfielder David Meyler: Great result today. Another three points at home. Delighted for Rosenior - amazing header from him. West Ham next!

  49. 18:25: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United
    Juan Mata touch map

    Juan Mata has looked very at home, having been given the central role in this Manchester United line-up. The Spaniard has completed 93.5% of his passes and created three chances, more than any other Manchester United player in both categories.

  50.  
    Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez: Very happy for the victory and the hat-trick. But the important thing is the great work we did today. YNWA!

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    Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

    Liverpool midfielder Philipe Coutinho: Happy to be a part of that group - good victory today!

  52.  
    Man City 5-0 Fulham

    Fulham keeper David Stockdale: Thanks to all those fans who travelled up and safe journey back!

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    Elliot Soards: Rooney, Kagawa and Mata seem to be linking well together. Moyes needs to give them more chances to play together.

    Kofi Tawiah Quansah: Whisper it quietly but it seems Man Utd are turning the corner...

    Matthew Farnham: Have United turned a corner? Has Rooney hit form in time for Brazil? Don't know, but a great day of football!

  54.   
    BBC local radioWest Ham 0-2 Man United

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "In Manchester United's defensive third Andy Carroll has caused problem after problem, and has won every header. But no Hammers player has gambled on the knock-down. Plus, West Ham have had all these corners but not one has been good enough for me.

    "The next goal is key - if West Ham get it then it's game back on."

  55. 18:18: 
    HALF-TIME- West Ham 0-2 Man United
  56. 18:17: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    What a goal that would have been. Shinj Kagawa breaks at pace and lofts a cut-back to Wayne Rooney on the edge of the box. The England striker's eyes spin round to cherries like a fruit machine's reels, but he fluffs his volley out towards the corner flag rather than into the top corner.

  57. 18:15: 
    Two minutes of injury-time

    Two minutes of injury time added on at the end of the first half...

  58. 18:15: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Manchester United's Ashley Young has done little to boost his fading hopes of going to the World Cup. The ball runs away from him when he is in a good position to cross at the byeline. He was England's future once upon a time.

  59. 18:12: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United
    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney is now outright third in Manchester United's all-time goalscorers list in all competitions with his 212th goal. Only Denis Law (237) and Sir Bobby Charlton (249) have scored more.

  60. 18:11: 
    Five to the break- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Five minutes until the break. West Ham could do with a goal do go with their half-time cuppa.

  61. 18:10: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Matthew Taylor goes into the book for a cynical trip on Juan Mata as the Manchester United man weighs up his options in a dangerous position. Wayne Rooney sends the resulting set-piece over the bar from 25 yards.

  62. 18:10: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Comedian and West Ham fan Russell Brand: "Playing just between the front 2 for #MOTD."

    Russell Brand

    Russell Brand is a guest pundit on BBC One's Match of the Day in aid of Sport Relief.

    The entertainer will help mark a weekend of fundraising by giving his views on the Hammers' Premier League match against Manchester United.

    Also joining the show, hosted by Gary Lineker, will be former Brazilian World Cup-winning footballer Leonardo.

    Tune in online and on BBC One at 22:30 GMT.

  63. 18:09: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    Andy Carroll hits the ball like it has just insulted one of his family members, but his effort from the free-kick is blocked by the cowering Manchester United wall.

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    Bilal Chaudhry: Rooney, you opportunistic beauty!

    Sham Gallagher: Lucky, lucky goal for Rooney. Unlucky to West Ham though. Completely against the run of play.

    Peter Caird: Every time the ball gets hoofed up to Carroll the West Ham fans applaud - is this really the best they can hope for?

  65. 18:07: 
    West Ham 0-2 Man United

    West Ham wins a free-kick 25 yards out, Andy Carroll flopping to the turf under a challenge from Marouane Fellaini.

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    BBC local radioWest Ham 0-2 Man United

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "We said Manchester United were dangerous on the counter-attack. They had had two or three before that one. United caused West Ham huge problems, and Ashley Young put in a great ball, the kind that always cause defenders problems. West Ham claim they had a penalty at the other end, but having seen the replay I really don't think it is."

  67. 18:03: 
    GOAL- West Ham 0-2 Man United - Wayne Rooney (33 mins)

    Wayne Rooney doesn't need that sort of help. Mark Noble's attempt to clear Ashley Young's low cross, under little pressure, flies straight onto Rooney's instep and the England striker steers it in.

    West Ham are angry. They believe they should have had a penalty shortly before for Darren Fletcher's challenge on Kevin Nolan. It is a very weak claim though and James Collins is booked for chatting about it a little too long and strong for the referee's liking.

  68. 18:02: 
    Manager reaction- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet: "The first 30 minutes was the biggest disappointment, we were second best and not competing enough. We need to be better from the beginning of games.

    "We have 10 games left and we are the only team that have that quantity. We need to get over at least 36 or 37 points so win four from 10, but we need to play better than we did today.

    "It is about keeping believing and making sure we don't play like we did in the first 30 minutes, but I'm sure we are going to be OK. I'm a positive person and believe in what we do - and the players do as well."

  69.   
    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "It should be 2-0, and Mata is very disappointed not to have scored there. In his pomp, in his Chelsea days, that chance would have resulted in Manchester United's second."

  70. 18:01: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 0-1 Man United

    Juan Mata puts his laces through the ball as Mohamed Diame makes a mess of clearing Wayne Rooney's cutback, but Adrian is right behind the shot and beats clear.

    Attacks on top at the moment.

  71. 17:59: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- West Ham 0-1 Man United

    At the other end it is a markedly different approach. Andy Carroll's mere presence in the box is enough to spook Alex Buttner into giving away a corner and the West Ham striker has a penalty appeal waved away as he out-jumps Marouane Fellaini at the resulting set-piece.

    His downward header appeared to hit Rafael in the chest rather than arm. Good call Lee Mason.

  72. 17:56: 
    West Ham 0-1 Man United

    Juan Mata again pulls the strings for Manchester United, sliding in a finely-weighted ball for Shinji Kagawa. It is almost a dead-ball situation for the Japanese as Mata's pass rolls into his path 15 yards out, but his powerful effort is straight into Adrian's midriff.

  73.   
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "And there are still some people who think England might be better off not picking Wayne Rooney..."

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    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "This game is too open from Sam Allardyce's point of view. Yes, West Ham look dangerous, but so do Manchester United and they're being granted so much space and time in the middle of midfield, for talented players like Mata and Kagawa. It's a dangerous game the Hammers are playing."

  75. 17:53: 
    West Ham 0-1 Man United

    Juan Mata is moving into central spaces, offering himself up to team-mates in possession, but West Ham are keeping close tabs on him so far, preventing him from getting his head up.

    Manchester United resort to the flanks, but Rafael and Ashley Young get their wires crossed and the ball rolls out of play between the two of them.

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    Rob Porter: Great strike from Rooney, but what on earth was Adrian up to?

    John Pierce: Yet again Rafael puts himself under pressure with a show of petulance. So poor.

    Thomas Fiorilli: Mata already seeming more influential in the middle...

  77. 17:49: 
    West Ham 0-1 Man United
    Match stat

    A shade under 20 minutes gone and it has been evenly fought, with Wayne Rooney's moment of brilliance the only thing separating them.

  78. 17:47: 
    Player reaction- Hull 2-0 West Brom
    Liam Rosneior

    Hull defender Liam Rosenior: "I've had two kids since I scored my last goal! It's nice to score but the most important thing was that we won the game and get three points which is close to fulfilling our objective, which is staying in the Premier League.

    "I don't even score in training so the lads are giving me stick but more importantly we've got the win."

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    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "Andy Carroll is a little unlucky with his chance - he just can't get any power into his header. But Rafael is struggling for Manchester United. He's already on a booking, the pitch is skiddy, and he's getting skinned by Stewart Downing."

  80. 17:47: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-1 Man United

    Andy Carroll is rumbling into life. First he glances Kevin Nolan's free-kick just wide before Stewart Downing chips up an inviting one to the back post. Carroll thunders in but his downward header is right into the gloves of a grateful David De Gea.

  81. 17:45: 
    West Ham 0-1 Man United

    Juan Mata looks like he is enjoying the space opened up in the hole by Robin van Persie's absence. Another delicate throughball is only a touch beyond Shinji Kagawa.

  82. 17:43: 
    West Ham 0-1 Man United
    Wayne Rooney's touch map so far

    Wayne Rooney's touch map so far. His goal came from the most advanced of those four bits of possession.

  83. 17:43: 
    Manager reaction- Hull 2-0 West Brom
    Steve Bruce

    Hull manager Steve Bruce:

    "It's huge at this time of the season when you're down to single figures in terms of games, and playing a team in and around you. The one thing we've done this season, apart from against Crystal Palace and Norwich, is overall we have managed to take points off the teams that will be around us.

    "We didn't play well but we did enough with our resilience and attitude to get a result that's very important at this stage.

    "Chris Foy was eight yards away [from the penalty incident] and Shane Long got straight back up. I thought it was maybe a bit soft but maybe there was enough contact to send him over.

    "I always said that we need 10 wins and you get enough draws to see you home. If we can get another to get to 36 and a couple of draws to 38 points it will keep you up this year because it's difficult for the teams below to win seven games."

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    Howard Horner: What on earth is going on with the football today?!

    Ben Watters: Absurd goal from Rooney. Not sure whether to call it a screamer or a howler... I think the former is probably more appropriate!

    Ashley Williams: Great goal, but now watch everyone jump on the Rooney is brilliant bandwagon. A great goal doesn't mean good form...

  85. 17:41: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Ham 0-1 Man United

    Rafael is left lagging behind Stewart Downing and cannot resist snapping at his heels. Lee Mason takes his first name.

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    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "It's one of the goals of the season. First time on the volley, and what a goal. Take a bow, Wayne Rooney.

    "That technique really is special. I though it might have bounced over the goal, but not a chance. As a manager David Moyes has had no luck this season - he's enjoyed a moment of inspiration there, in what is such an open game of football."

  87. 17:37: 
    GOAL- West Ham 0-1 Man United - Wayne Rooney (7 mins)

    45 yards? 50 yards? When it is so far out what are five yards between friends? Wayne Rooney outmuscles James Tomkins on the halfway line and as the ball bounces in front of him spots that Adrian has gone semi-walkabout. A pin-point hoofed lob later and Adrian is skidding on his backside in a vain attempt to stop the ball sailing over him and into the net.

    David Beckham smiles wryly in the posh seats.

    Rooney
  88. 17:36: 
    West Ham 0-0 Man United

    More Manchester United pressure. Juan Mata shows what he can do, picking up an aimless pass from James Tomkins and playing in Shinji Kagawa with a neat reverse ball. The Japanese international's first-time shot is not as cleanly-hit as he would like and Adrian makes the save.

    Bright from Manchester United early on.

  89.   
    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "That is one of Marouane Fellaini strengths, attacking the ball in the air. But at the last minute Andy Carroll sensed the danger and back-pedalled a bit to distract the attacker. If he hadn't done that, Man Utd would have been in the lead."

  90. 17:34: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-0 Man United

    Marouane Fellaini zonks a downwards header towards goal as the ball is chipped back into the area by Ashley Young, but an unwitting Andy Carroll happens to be in the right place to block his effort.

    It might have troubled Adrian had he not been there.

  91. 17:33: 
    Player reaction- Man City 5-0 Fulham
    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure:

    "That is the only time I have scored a hat-trick in my career. I am very happy and I think it is very important for the confidence for the next game.

    "The team played very well. Credit to the manager because we are playing more attacking, we are always pressing high.

    "It's very easy for me to be concentrating on doing something like I did today.

    "We have only one thing to think about, the Premier League, Chelsea have two. It is going to be very, very tough and tight."

  92. 17:32: 
    West Ham 0-0 Man United

    Ashley Young wins a rather fortunate corner, playing the ball against George McCartney...

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    Hull keeper Stephen Harper: Great day results-wise for Hull. We'll play better and lose, but who cares?

  94.   
    BBC local radio

    James Scowcroft, former Leicester and Crystal Palace forward, on BBC London 94.9: "Every team seems to have a chance against Manchester United this season. Michael Carrick against Andy Carroll? Carroll has got to fancy his chances. If they can isolate Carrick, that's where I think West Ham will get some joy.

    "But it's interesting to see Kagawa's playing for the visitors - where will be he play? Just behind Rooney, or out on the left?"

  95. 17:31: 
    West Ham 0-0 Man United

    Michael Carrick has called first dibs on centre-back. He has slotted into defence with Marouane Fellaini deployed further forward.

  96. 17:30: 
    KICK-OFF- West Ham 0-0 Man United

    Here we go. Was Wednesday's win a 'Mark Robins moment' for United or another false dawn? Let's find out...

  97.  
    League Two round-up

    Rochdale beat Wycombe 2-0 to go top of League Two again after Chesterfield's lunchtime goalless draw with Mansfield had briefly taken them to the summit. The Spireites end the day third after Scunthorpe beat promotion rivals Burton 1-0 thanks to Paddy Madden's goal.

    Northampton remain three points off safety after drawing 1-1 against Morecambe, although it could have been better if not for Padraig Amond's equaliser. Exeter moved away from the bottom two with a stunning 3-0 victory over fourth-placed Fleetwood. It's now Portsmouth, who lost 1-0 to York, and Wycombe who are only three points above the zone. Torquay remain bottom are losing 1-0 to Newport.

    Jack Midson scored seven minutes into stoppage-time as AFC Wimbledon edged a thriller 4-3 against Cheltenham. Bury and Dagenham & Redbridge played out a 1-1 draw, as did Accrington and Plymouth.

  98. 17:29: 

    Upton Park is buzzing. The Hammers made the League Cup semi-finals in 2010 with a 4-0 win over a United side who were to go on to appear in that season's Champions League final. They will fancy their chances against this edition of United.

  99. 17:28: 
    Manager reaction- Hull 2-0 West Brom
    Shane Long

    West Brom manager Pepe Mel: "It's possible it was a penalty for Hull but in the second half it was a penalty too for James Morrison.

    "I think Shane Long is a player with experience but it was a bad decision from the referee.

    "When I arrived at West Brom, Shane Long was going to Hull and that's football. Now our only focus is to win the next match against Cardiff."

  100. 17:26: 
    West Ham v Man United (17:30 GMT)

    The bubble machine has been fired up, the hosts are in the tunnel and here come United alongside them.

    Wayne Rooney looks happy and relaxed, stopping to share a handshake and a smile with Andy Carroll.

    "Fortune's always hiding, I've looked everywhere." Teams out.

  101. 17:23: 

    Marouane Fellaini's stints at centre-half might consist of marshalling Andy Carroll's aerial threat.

    West Ham have plenty of targets to aim for in the likes of Mohamed Diame and James Collins and a United side that includes Rafael, Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa looks weak in that department.

  102. 17:22: 
    Manager reaction- Man City 5-0 Fulham

    Fulham manager Felix Magath:

    "Until the first penalty it was not bad. Unfortunately when you gift the first penalty, in my opinion it was not a penalty, that gifts Man City the power. The team does not seem to believe we can win after the first goal.

    "Until the first penalty we were in the game. Such a penalty changed the whole atmosphere. The players didn't have the confidence to change the situation.

    "No one expected we would win at Man City. We have to win our home games, that is the most important work we have to do. We start next week again against Everton. Win at home and we are able to avoid relegation."

  103.  
    League One round-up

    Brentford kept up the pressure on League One leaders Wolves with a 3-1 win at home to Coventry. Leyton Orient are now four points off the automatic promotion places after drawing 1-1 at Walsall.

    Notts County remain bottom of the table despite winning 4-1 against Carlisle, who have been dragged into the relegation zone. Shaun Miller scored on his Shrewsbury debut deep into stoppage time as the strugglers beat Bradford 2-1.

    Rotherham beat play-off rivals Peterborough 1-0, while fifth-placed Preston lost 1-0 at Swindon, who still have a hope of finishing in the top six. Dean Lewington scored five minutes into stoppage time as MK Dons beat Stevenage 3-2.

  104.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Martin Little: Fellaini and Carrick at centre-half? Oh dear, Man Utd...

    Jay: Surely Patrice Evra at centre-half would have been a better option than Carrick/Fellaini interchanging?

    Phil Donaldson: Wish people would stop mentioning United and fourth in the same sentence. It'd be great but won't happen - do the maths, people..

  105. 17:19: 
    Mix & match- West Ham v Man United (17:30 GMT)
    Moyes
  106.  
    Championship round-up

    Leicester's lead at the top of the Championship has been cut to five points after they were held 1-1 at Blackburn, while second-placed Burnley beat struggling Charlton 3-0. The Clarets remain 10 points clear of Derby in third place.

    Fourth-placed QPR left it very late to beat Middlesbrough 3-1. Bobby Zamora scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time, with Ravel Morrison adding another two minutes later.

    Wigan are fifth after coming from behind to beat Watford 2-1, while Reading remain in the top six after beating Birmingham 2-1. Jobi McAnuff scored twice for the Royals, including an 82nd-minute winner.

  107. 17:18: 

    Patrice Evra has just taken Alex Buttner aside in the warm-up to have a quiet word of advice and support with his fellow left-back.

    Buttner might need it with the changing cast of characters that are apparently going to be playing inside him in central defence. Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are going to take it in turns to drop in alongside Phil Jones according to David Moyes.

  108. 17:17: 
    Manager reaction- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland
    Chris Hughton

    Norwich City manager Chris Hughton: "From start to finish we were excellent. It is difficult when you have such a good first half to sustain that performance but it's another clean sheet here and we have been good at Carrow Road. We now have to take what we have done here away from home.

    "We could've had more goals and with the manner of this win, if it doesn't give us confidence then nothing will. We were not good enough last week but today has been a good day for us."

  109.  
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    Mark McAuley: The Liverpool defence really needs sorting, but what a strike force.

    Pete Chew Defending? Overrated.

  110. 17:14: 
    Manager reaction- Man City 5-0 Fulham

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

    "After the first penalty, we played free and could score more goals. I am not only happy because we scored five goals but it was very important the way we defended.

    "When in attack, it is not always easy not to concede a goal. We have four clean sheets in a row in the Premier League. It is very important to be a very balanced team.

    "Not every midfielder scores 20 goals a season so Yaya Toure is a very important player."

  111. 17:13: 
    West Ham v Man United (17:30 GMT)

    West Ham: Big Sam collects his Manager of the Month prize...

    whufc_official

    A perfect four wins from four in February from Big Sam.

  112. 17:11: 
    The boy is Beck in London town

    David Beckham, born in nearby Leytonstone, is in the stands to watch this one. The former England captain first walked out with the Manchester United first team against West Ham - appearing as a mascot in a game in 1986.

  113. 17:08: 

    West Ham have won their last three matches at Upton Park and will be aiming to rack up four successive home league wins for the first time since 2002 today.

    That would be another piece of history that David Moyes could do without this campaign.

  114.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Mike Perry: Match of the Day is going to be good tonight!

    Sophie Gayter: Liverpool this season reminds me of Man Utd's form last season. World-class attack, League One defence.

    Allan Abbas: Suarez is on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi. What a season he is having - goals after goals after goals.

  115. 17:04: 
    Top of the table

    That gap to fourth place is now so big, so seemingly unbridgeable, that it is almost not worth mentioning. United are a whopping 14 points back from Arsenal with eight games to go for each after today.

  116. 17:01: 
    West Ham v Man United (17:30 GMT)

    Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini swapping position mid game? That's a novel approach...

  117. 17:00: 
    Team News- West Ham v Man United (17:30 GMT)

    Manchester United boss David Moyes: "We've lost Robin van Persie for four or five weeks and Rio Ferdinand has a bad back so we are stretched. I am asking Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini to both fill in at centre-back today.

    "We didn't think Robin's injury was serious after the game in midweek but it's a sprained knee and it's a big, big blow."

  118. 16:58: 
    Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool
    Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarez heads back to the dressing room with the ball tucked under his arm. "I know you'll never believe us, I know you'll never believe us," sing the Liverpool fans. They may be under-estimating how much the rest of the country is getting on board with their title-winning predictions.

  119.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Aashay Knights: Yes! Who needs Remy when you have Cisse?

    Barney Kiddle: Cisse has scored! Another extraordinary twist in this Premier League season.

    Adam Sofroniou: Palace absolutely deserved a point...

  120. 16:56: 
    Brand value- West Ham v Man United (17:30 GMT)
    Russell Brand

    Lock out your daughters. West Ham fan Russell Brand will be radiating charm and charisma from the Match of the Day sofa tonight as a pundit. It's all in aid of Sport Relief, which has raised more than £51m so far.

    If Russell had his way that cash would go on a gold-plated Frank McAvennie statue at Upton Park.

  121.   
    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentator at Upton ParkWest Ham v Man United (17:30 GMT)

    "David Moyes hasn't had too many nights he'd care to remember at Old Trafford in his tenure at Manchester United, but Wednesday's win over Olympiakos must surely be the pick of them up to now.

    "Moyes will be hoping it has a galvanizing effect on his team as they head to London just three days before hosting Manchester City in the derby next Tuesday.

    "West Ham have won each of the last three at home and the Hammers haven't won four Premier League home games in a row for 12 years.

    "They finished that run in 2002 with a victory over Bolton, who were managed at the time by Sam Allardyce."

  122. 16:55: 

    Wow. Just the 30 goals so far today then - and there's still one game to come!

  123. 16:55: 
    FULL-TIME- Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool
  124.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportFULL-TIME- Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

    "Luis Suarez is too strong and too quick, hat-trick for Suarez great football absolutely wonderful to watch.

    "I am dumb-founded by what we have seen today it has been a brilliant spectacle. Liverpool are just going to try and score their way to the title."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  125. 16:54: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace
  126. 16:54: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland
  127. 16:53: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool - Luis Suarez - HAT-TRICK (90 mins)

    Juan Cala checks over one shoulder as the ball bounces, but Luis Suarez is looming over the other. The Uruguayan barges the defender out of the way and hares through to slot past an exposed David Marshall. That is his 28th league goal of the season.

  128. 16:52: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace - Papiss Cisse (90 mins)

    Late drama! Newcastle steal it right at the death as Hatem Ben Arfa crosses for Papiss Cisse to slam in a header. He can't quite believe it. Great scenes...

  129. 16:52: 
    YELLOW CARD- Cardiff 3-5 Liverpool

    Gary Medel kops a solid shoulder charge from Joe Allen and the Liverpool midfielder, formerly of Swansea, is a popular addition to the referee's notebook.

  130. 16:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 5-0 Fulham
  131. 16:51: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Cheick Tiote from 25 yards - smashes a shot against the crossbar!

  132. 16:51: 
    RED CARD- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland - Marcos Alonso

    The Sunderland left-back Marcos Alonso sees red for a second yellow card as we enter stoppage-time.

  133. 16:50:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentator at the KC StadiumFULL-TIME- Hull 2-0 West Brom

    "A big three points for Hull City. West Brom have been hunted down and Steve Bruce will feel this is three big steps towards Premier League survival. Albion tried in the second half and planet of spirit but not enough in front of goal. It's a big win for Hull and Albion in a whole lot of trouble."

  134. 16:50: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 3-2 Swansea
  135. 16:49: 
    GOAL- Everton 3-2 Swansea - Ashley Williams (90 mins)

    Ashley Williams meets a corner with a bullet header and almost sprints back towards the centre circle before it has hit the net. We are into injury time...

  136. 16:48: 
    INJURY TIME- Cardiff 3-5 Liverpool

    Five minutes of time added on at the Cardiff City Stadium..

  137.   
    John Hartson, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCardiff 3-5 Liverpool

    "Liverpool have come from 1-0 down then 2-1 down, but Suarez and Sturridge have again linked up brilliantly today. The pair have been scintillating together."

  138.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 3-5 Liverpool

    "It's no surprise that Cardiff have scored again - I am not saying they could have beaten Liverpool today but boy do they give you a chance Liverpool.

    "Jordon Mutch has been very good today but it is still all about Liverpool going forward though."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  139. 16:45: 
    GOAL- Man City 5-0 Fulham - Martin Demichelis (88 mins)

    Even Martin Demichelis is at it now! The much-maligned Argentine stabs home his first goal for the club from two yards out after David Stockdale kept out substitute Stevan Jovetic's low shot.

  140. 16:45: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 3-5 Liverpool - Jordon Mutch (88 mins)

    Is there time? Probably not, but let's see. Liverpool's defence fail to get off the ground as Kevin Theophile-Catherine's deep cross is headed down by Kenwyn Jones and Jordon Mutch is on hand to nod back past Simon Mignolet.

  141.   
    John Hartson, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonMan City 4-0 Fulham

    "Is Fernandinho's goal as good as Yaya Toure's third? He took it round the full-back before letting fly right into the top corner. Which do you think was better?"

  142. 16:44: 
    Cardiff 2-5 Liverpool

    Liverpool are weaving passing patterns around a Cardiff side who are paying for their early spell of high-tempo pressure. The Reds look likelier to add a sixth than Cardiff are to get a third,

  143. 16:44: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Just five minutes or so remaining now...

  144.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 2-5 Liverpool

    "The only way you are going to beat Liverpool is for you to go out and be positive as they will score against you. You are not going to keep a clean sheet against Liverpool."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  145. 16:42: 
    Hull 2-0 West Brom

    West Brom look like they have given up the ghost in this one. Hull coasting towards three points while the Baggies save their energies for battles to come.

  146. 16:41: 
    GOAL- Man City 4-0 Fulham - Fernandinho (84 mins)

    That stayed hit! Another goal from the Manchester City midfield as Fernandinho skips around John Arne Riise before thrashing in a rising shot which files past David Stockdale at his near post. Just too much power behind that.

  147. 16:41: 
    LAST TEN

    We are into the last 10 minutes now. Still we wait for a goal at Newcastle...

  148.  
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    Mark Duffell: Sturridge now. Skrtel, Suarez. Don't forget Sterling. Does that make it the SASASAS?

    Paul Erwood: At what point is it bad to admit Liverpool are definitely my second team? Best football for neutrals in the Premier League.

    Tim Arstall: Absolute goalfest in the Premier League this afternoon... shame about Newcastle and Palace...

  149. 16:39: 
    Team News- West Ham v Manchester United (17:30 GMT)

    Manchester United boss David Moyes makes six changes following the 3-0 win over Olympiakos. Alexander Buttner, Juan Mata, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa all start. Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck are the men replaced.

    West Ham make two changes from the team who lost 3-1 at Stoke. Matty Taylor and James Collins come in for Antonio Nocerino and Winston Reid, who drop to the bench.

    West Ham: Adrian, McCartney, Nolan, Tomkins, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, Collins, Demel, Diame, Downing.

    Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Carrick, Buttner; Mata, Fletcher, Fellaini, Young; Kagawa; Rooney.

  150. 16:37: 
    Everton 3-1 Swansea

    Kevin Mirallas is up and running for Everton after being winded in an aerial challenge with Chico Flores. Michu has replaced Wilfried Bony off the bench for Swansea, but the visitors are running out of time to make inroads into the Everton lead...

  151. 16:36: 
    FIFTEEN TO GO

    Into the last 15 minutes then. Liverpool and Manchester City are cruising to wins. Can Crystal Palace take a point from Newcastle? Will Norwich hang on for a big win?

  152.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 2-5 Liverpool

    "Every time Liverpool get the ball in forward areas they look dangerous - it is a sensational ball across from Suarez - far too much pace for Cardiff at times it beggars belief watching Liverpool go forwards.

    "There was a moment if Cardiff had been positive after scoring both of their goals - they might have got another or at least made Liverpool uncertain. But Liverpool stepped it up and have got the goals probably everybody in the stadium expected they would."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  153. 16:34: 
    Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

    Chris Hughton's Norwich side are looking in complete control against a very poor Sunderland team. Gus Poyet's men have at least two games in hand compared to all of their relegation rivals, but still have to face six of the top seven teams left this season.

    Neither side has created a chance for a while, with both managers opting to make a substitution. Adam Johnson has gone off for Sunderland and been replaced by Nacho Scocco, while Norwich's Gary Hooper has come on for Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

  154. 16:33: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City 3-0 Fulham

    A standing ovation for Yaya Toure as he is given 20 minutes' rest ahead of the Manchester derby. His hat-trick has won this one, he is replaced by Jack Rodwell.

  155. 16:32: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 2-5 Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge (75 mins)

    The Daniel Sturrdge-Luis Suarez love-in continues. Glen Johnson robs Fabio as Cardiff press on and Stephen Caulker gets caught underneath his long ball forward. Luis Suarez sprints in behind and serves the ball up on a platter for his strike-partner with a weighted square ball.

  156. 16:31: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Cardiff 2-4 Liverpool

    Liverpool have rejigged with Alys Cissokho replacing Jon Flanagan and Philippe Coutinho making way for Raheem Sterling.

    Cardiff have swapped Craig Bellamy for Kenwyne Jones. It is all hands to the pump for them now. Seventeen minutes left in south Wales.

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    John in Liverpool: Thank the Lord for the SAS - Skrtel And Suarez.

    Stephen: Four goals for Liverpool? They can't stop scoring - unbelievable!

    Simon from Gloucester: If Liverpool are serious about being title contenders they must sort the back four out! Time and time again they seem to concede too many goals against teams in the bottom half of the table.

  158. 16:28: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    This man has just forgotten how to score! Papiss Cisse had a shot well saved by Julian Speroni earlier on and now meets Hatem Ben Arfa's cross with a free header - but he can only nod it over. Great play from Ben Arfa but still the hosts are frustrated.

  159. 16:28: 
    As it stands
    Bottom of the table

    Not a lot of movement in the Premier League basement with five of the bottom-seven sides in action losing. Plenty of incentive for West Ham to try and take advantage against Manchester United in the team-time kick-off.

  160.  
    League Two update

    A huge shock on the cards as Exeter, who started the day one place above the relegation zone, lead fourth-placed Fleetwood 3-0. Eliot Richards has scored twice for the Grecians.

    Rochdale are going top of the League Two table again as they lead Wycombe 1-0 and Scunthorpe are beating promotion rivals Burton 1-0 thanks to Paddy Madden's goal.

    Cheltenham lead AFC Wimbledon 2-0 while Dagenham & Redbridge have just made it 1-1 against Bury.

  161.  
    Man City 3-0 Fulham

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Etihad Stadium: "Add another stunning goal to the Yaya Toure collection. The ball must have started two yards outside the post and curled into the top corner. Manchester City's run to the 2012 title included some crucial goals from the Ivorian, can he inspire them again?"

  162.  
    League One update

    Bottom club Notts County are 3-1 up on Carlisle, who look set to be dragged into the relegation zone.

    Port Vale led Tranmere 3-0 but that's now 3-2 with Jason Koumas getting on the scoresheet.

    Second-placed Brentford are 3-1 up against Coventry City, Bristol City lead Colchester 2-0, Crewe are 2-1 up at Gillingham and Swindon lead Preston 1-0.

  163. 16:26: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Hull 2-0 West Brom

    Shane Long almost deepens the misery for his former side, bashing the post from 20 yards with a low drive. It is a rare forward raid from the Tigers who are sitting deeper and deeper as they look to ride this one out to three points.

  164.  
    Championship update

    Promotion chasers Burnley lead 2-0 against relegation-threatened Charlton with Sam Vokes scoring a penalty.

    Yeovil, bidding to move out of the relegation zone, have had their lead cut to 2-1 by Bolton. And Martyn Waghorn has put play-off chasers Wigan 2-1 up against Watford.

    Ipswich are leading Brighton 1-0 thanks to Tommy Smith's strike on the hour-mark.

  165.   
    Dion Dublin, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonMan City 3-0 Fulham

    "Yaya Toure just curled that into the top corner from 25 yards. The goalkeeper had absolutely no chance. What a hat-trick. Sublime."

  166. 16:24: 
    Everton 3-1 Swansea

    Everton might have a two-goal cushion but Swansea are not finished. A brilliant one-handed save by Tim Howard denies Wilfried Bony his second goal for Swansea. It's pretty quiet at Goodison, the home fans know this game is far from over.

  167.  
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    Joe Blackmore: Assist of the season from Sturridge. The SAS are simply incredible!

    Venki: Defence a problem, sure, but attacking Liverpool are really eye-catching.

    Al Mamun Russell: Rodgers - that's the kind of manager you want. Who can change the entire scenario during the 15-minute break at dressing room.

  168. 16:23: 
    Cardiff 2-4 Liverpool

    Cardiff are trying to drag themselves back into the game. Jordon Mutch nods over from a good position before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer throws Wilfried Zaha into the mix off the bench. Kim Bo-Kyeug makes way.

  169. 16:23: 
    GOAL- Man City 3-0 Fulham - Yaya Toure HAT-TRICK (65 mins)

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant from the big man as he brings up his first hat-trick for Manchester City. How does he get so much power with so little apparent effort? Much like his goal in the Capital One Cup final, Yaya Toure just lazily swings a leg at the ball 25 yards out and plants a shot right into the top corner. It started two yards outside of the post and arced into the net. Fantastic.

  170. 16:22: 
    As it stands
    Premier LEageu

    Liverpool are back up to second place now.

  171.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 2-4 Liverpool

    "There was almost an inevitable feel about that, I don't think anyone believed Cardiff would see this game out - it has gone true to form.

    "Liverpool get so many numbers in attack when they go forwards, they are just so positive. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are almost unplayable at times, Cardiff just can't get out."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  172.   
    John Hartson, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCardiff 2-4 Liverpool

    "Forget Keegan and Toshack, this is telepathic for Liverpool. Sturridge backheels it from the byline for Suarez to run on to it and bang it in with his left foot. Did he mean it? Who cares!"

  173.  

    Chelsea midfielder David Luiz: Great victory, team! I'm very happy to be back on the pitch! Come on Chelsea!

  174. 16:17: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 2-4 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (60 mins)

    Another for the SAS scrapbook. Glen Johnson's cross breaks to Daniel Sturridge in the box, but facing the corner flag, he realises there are better options elsewhere. Quick as a flash he flicks a backheel across the box and into the path of Luis Suarez who has a simple job to find the corner for his second of the game.

    "We're gonna win the league," chant the travelling fans.

  175.  
    Man City 2-0 Fulham

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Etihad Stadium: "No debate about that second penalty, not even from the Fulham players. Fernando Amorebieta trudged off like man heading for a firing squad. Lewis Holtby and Patrick Roberts on for Fulham now as they try and muster a response."

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    Millsotheblue: The Belgian partnership comes good for Everton. Great ball by Mirallas.

    Simon Murphy: That is why you need players on the posts at corners. Shocking from Cardiff.

  177. 16:15: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Oooh, big chance for Palace! They work the ball really neatly, Glenn Murray sliding in the overlapping Kagisho Dikgacoi who is in, but Tim Krul makes a big save to keep him out.

    And then even closer! Yannick Bolasie spins inside before planting a shot against the crossbar!

  178. 16:14: 
    GOAL- Everton 3-1 Swansea - Ross Barkley (58 mins)

    Swansea's defence sleepwalks straight into a sucker punch. All their attention is on Romelu Lukaku as Kevin Mirallas slings over a corner and Ross Barkley is left unmarked to stoop and nod in at the far post when his Belgian team-mate fails to make contact.

  179.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 2-3 Liverpool

    "What does the referee do - if you have two players injured they have to go off the pitch for the corner but it was a lack of players in the box that cost Cardiff - it is a silly rule but a good header from Martin Skrtel."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  180.  
    West Ham v Man Utd (17:30 GMT)

    West Ham: Bit of experience in the Man Utd squad today!

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  181. 16:12: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 2-3 Liverpool - Martin Skrtel (54 mins)

    Liverpool finally get their noses in front after making heavy weather of the first half. Martin Skrtel gets up highest at the front post, with little competition, and glances the ball across David Marshall and into an unguarded far corner.

  182. 16:11: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-0 Fulham - Yaya Toure (Pen 54 mins)

    Exactly the same as the opener - Yaya Toure rolls his spot-kick into the corner for his 19th goal of the season.

    Man City
  183. 16:10: 
    RED CARD- Man City 1-0 Fulham - Fernando Amorebieta

    He gave away the first penalty, and he sees red for conceding the second one. Fernando Amorebieta had to go there, he was late and clumsy on David Silva who was waltzing through on goal.

  184. 16:10: 
    PENALTY FOR CITY- Man City 1-0 Fulham

    David Silva hacked down - stone wall penalty

  185. 16:10: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-1 Swansea - Romelu Lukaku (53 mins)

    Romelu Lukaku rolls the clock back to the first few months of the season, rolling his man on the edge of the area and then scampering into the box to meet Kevin Mirallas' return pass. Toffees back in front.

  186. 16:09: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

    Wes Brown has the chance to bring Sunderland back into the game - but somehow John Ruddy keeps his point-blank header out with his knees! He was no more than four yards out there, top work.

  187. 16:08: 
    Hull 2-0 West Brom

    West Brom's Gareth McAuley takes a Nikica Jelavic shot right in the face. He has a quick check that all his features are still roughly where he left them when he last looked and is good to go.

  188.  
  189. 16:07: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

    Head it down, they say. Head it back across goal, they say.

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel does everything 'they' say but ends up missing a great chance for Norwich. Wes Hoolahan jinks to find a yard of space, his cross is a good one and Van Wolfswinkel's header bounces down into the turf and spins up, allowing Vito Mannone to make a flying save, turning the ball against the bar. Huge chance to kill the game off.

  190.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 2-2 Liverpool

    "Cardiff have to brave they have to be positive as otherwise they will concede again. When they have got the ball to Jordon Mutch they have created chances. But if Liverpool get control of the possession then it will be difficult for Cardiff in this second half."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  191. 16:07: 

    Some stellar half-time entertainment at Elland Road, where Vinnie Jones, part of the club's Division Two title winning side in 1990, has been serenading the crowd. He has the club crest tattooed on his leg as well. Not live on the pitch. I think that was done some time ago.

  192.   
    Dion Dublin, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonMan City 1-0 Fulham

    "Man City haven't been as potent going forward as we know they can be. Fulham have stood firm, but Yaya Toure has been the conductor out on the park. Fulham have done OK, but it'll be all about concentration levels in the second half."

  193. 16:03: 
    KICK-OFF

    Whistles blown, pies purchased - we are back under way in our six Premier League matches.

  194. 16:02: 
    Cardiff 2-2 Liverpool
    Martin Skrtel

    Liverpool have now scored 78 league goals this season - more than in any previous Premier League campaign. They have also conceded 37 goals - only Tottenham have leaked more in the top eight.

  195.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Garry McCammon: Gerrard doesn't have the legs to play defensive midfield in a game of this intensity - it's too open. Liverpool need a Mascherano type.

    Rhys Evans: I think the next 45mins will determine Swansea's season... nervous.

    Hygoknockers: West Brom never should have sold Shane Long. Glad he banged one in against them.

  196. 15:59: 
    As it stands
    Premier League

    Chelsea's lead is set to be trimmed to six points from Manchester City - unless Liverpool can find a winner at Cardiff in the second half.

  197.  
    League Two update

    Potentially a huge goal on the stroke of half-time for 23rd-placed Northampton. Andrew Wright's own goal has put Chris Wilder's resurgent Cobblers 1-0 up at Morecambe.

    They would only trail Portsmouth, who trail York 1-0, by one point if all the games end the same way.

    As things stand Rochdale will return to the top of the table - they are drawing 0-0 at Wycombe.

  198.  
    League One update

    Rotherham, in sixth, are beating fifth-placed Peterborough 1-0 thanks to Kieran Agard's 45th-minute penalty. Bottom-placed Notts County are 2-0 up against Carlisle, who could drop into the relegation zone today.

  199.  
    Championship latest

    Runaway leaders Leicester have been pegged back to 1-1 at Blackburn thanks to Matt Kilgallon's goal. Rovers' local rivals Burnley, in second place, are 1-0 up at Charlton with Ashley Barnes scoring.

    Yeovil could climb out of the relegation zone today, they lead Bolton 2-0 with Kevin Dawson scoring their second. QPR are now drawing 1-1 against Middlesbrough, Yossi Benayoun scoring their equaliser.

    Wigan have come back from 1-0 down to Watford to level thanks to Jean Beausejour. Leeds are 2-0 up against Millwall.

  200. 15:53: 
    Cardiff 2-2 Liverpool
    Liverpool

    Liverpool have seen plenty of the ball, but their defence has creaked every time that Cardiff have applied a bit of pressure.

  201.   
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentator at the KC StadiumHALF-TIME- Hull 2-0 West Brom

    "Albion didn't want the whistle to come but Hull are in a position of some comfort at the break. Nikica Jelavic's penalty was saved but Liam Rosenior followed up at speed to make it 1-0 and the man who won the penalty for Hull. Shane Long, then scored the second."

  202.   
    John Hartson, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonHALF-TIME- Man City 1-0 Fulham

    "Man City have got the all-important goal. Nobody gave Fulham a chance today, despite a great three points last weekend. City have also hit the crossbar, but I think the penalty they scored was dubious."

  203. 15:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Hull 2-0 West Brom
  204. 15:48:  
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at Carrow RoadHALF-TIME- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

    "Sunderland have been awful and they are lucky to go in only 2-0 down as it could have been three or four.

    "Norwich can rarely have played that well in the first half of any game this season. Robert Snodgrass put them ahead before a wonder strike from Alex Tettey for his first Premier League goal made it 2-0."

  205.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 2-2 Liverpool

    "The way that Liverpool play is amazing - they get forward and look really dangerous but then the way they leave themselves open defensively is extraordinary at times. It lets the opposition to join in and let them play. They are really vulnerable when they don't have the ball on occasions."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  206. 15:48:  
    John Roder, Match of the Day commentator at St James' ParkHALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    "Tony Pulis and Crystal Palace will be very pleased with the first half. Determined in defence, Palace have by and large kept Newcastle at bay, goalkeeper Julian Speroni with a couple of good saves while Palace themselves could have scored with a couple of good chances at the other end."

  207. 15:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Cardiff 2-2 Liverpool
  208.   
    Dion Dublin, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCardiff 2-2 Liverpool

    "Cardiff have been on the rack, but they've realised they can't sit back against Liverpool and have reverted to the way they were playing at the start of the game, right on the front foot. It's a very even game."

  209. 15:47: 
    Cardiff 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool almost unpick the Cardiff as Luis Suarez swaps passes with Glen Johnson but David Marshall is off his line at speed to get to the ball just before the Uruguayan.

  210. 15:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Man City 1-0 Fulham
  211. 15:46: 
    HALF-TIME- Everton 1-1 Swansea
  212. 15:46: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-1 Swansea

    So close for Swansea. The Welsh team have been threatening to take the lead since equalising and Pablo Hernandez's free-kick takes a wicked deflection and trickles just wide. Everton will be keen to hear the half-time whistle.

  213. 15:44: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Man City 1-0 Fulham

    What a save this is! Aleksandar Kolarov finds a yard of space on the run to meet James Milner's lay-off, his shot is high and hard and David Stockdale turns it against the underside of the crossbar with a fantastic touch.

  214. 15:44: 
    Cardiff 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool are finishing the half on top at the Cardiff City Stadium with a string of corners.

  215. 15:43: 
    YELLOW CARD- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

    Classic. Lee Cattermole has been booked already for Sunderland - three minutes after coming on.

  216.  
    League Two update

    The Football League's bottom side Torquay are now down to 10 men after Shamir Goodwin was sent off. They trail 1-0 to Newport.

    Their Devon rivals are faring better though as Exeter, also battling relegation, lead Fleetwood 1-0 thanks to a Jon Parkin own goal and play-off chasing Plymouth are beating Accrington 1-0.

  217.   
    John Hartson, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCardiff 2-2 Liverpool

    "It was a fantastic cross in from Philippe Coutinho, with real pace. Martin Skrtel gets across Steven Caulker just like a striker with a clever run, before just getting his studs to the ball and diverting it home."

  218.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 2-2 Liverpool

    "What a marvellous ball in from Philippe Coutinho. Cardiff should have had enough men in there to see that ball out. This could be any scoreline today"

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  219.  
    Get involved- Text us on 81111

    Shaun in Kilmarnock: Liverpool's defending is completely unacceptable. The goals, the space and ease at which Cardiff can be one-on-one is shocking. Everyone blames the centre-backs but you can't blame them when there being left vulnerable on every occasion. Every defender in the world will get beaten by a striker most times.

  220. 15:40: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Decent opening for Palace as Yannick Bolasie makes an overlapping run on the right, cuts back inside on to his left but fires over the top. He hasn't scored in over a year.

  221. 15:40: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 2-2 Liverpool - Martin Skrtel (41 mins)
    Martin Skrtel scores for Liverpool

    Liverpool level up once again. Martin Skrtel, up from the back, gets in front of Juan Cala to stab in his fifth Premier League goal of the season. The momentum in this match is swinging around all over the place.

  222. 15:40: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland

    Double change from Gus Poyet, he's seen enough. Lee Cattermole and Seb Larsson are sent on to sort the rabble out, with Jack Colback and Ki sung-Yueng hooked off.

  223.  
    League One update

    Amine Linganzi has equalised for Gillingham against Crewe, while Haydn Hollis has just put Notts County 1-0 up against relegation rivals Carlisle.

    Lucas Akins has just doubled Stevenage's lead against MK Dons.

  224. 15:38: 
    GOAL- Hull 2-0 West Brom - Shane Long (38 mins)

    No celebration from former Baggie Shane Long as he pounces in classic goal-sniffer style, turning Jake Livermore's hopeful boot into the box past Ben Foster. West Brom have been solid without the sort of cutting edge he brings.

  225. 15:38: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 1-0 Fulham

    In among that forest of goals, two good chances at the Etihad.

    First Sascha Riether heads wide at the end of a decent Fulham move, and then David Silva breaks into the box with a lovely touch before flighting a chip over the head of keeper David Stockdale. Fernando Amorebieta, who gave away the penalty, recovers to head off the line superbly.

  226. 15:37: 
    Cardiff 2-1 Liverpool

    Cardiff are pressing all over the pitch, getting right in Liverpool's faces and blocking up their supply lines to Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. David Marshall claims the ball with ease as Sturridge's shot is partially blocked from the edge of the box.

  227.  
    Championship update

    Leeds are 1-0 up at home to Millwall with Matt Smith heading home Connor Wickham's long throw-in.

    Doncaster lead Sheffield Wednesday in the South Yorkshire derby after Chris Brown tapped in after a Chris Kirkland parry.

    Yeovil are battling relegation and they lead Bolton 1-0, Ishmael Miller scoring the goal.

  228.   
    Dion Dublin, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonNorwich 2-0 Sunderland

    "Was that really Alex Tettey who has just struck that ball? He took up a great position 20 yards out, and he ran onto the ball, striking it so sweetly right on the laces. Great strike."

  229. 15:34: 

    Make sure you catch MOTD tonight for that Alex Tettey goal...

  230. 15:33: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-1 Swansea - Wilfried Bony (33 mins)

    A lovely team goal from the Swans with Wayne Routledge picking out Angel Rangel's bombing run down the right before the ball is squared for Wilfried Bony to nudge home from close range. One straight from the Roberto Martinez playbook.

  231.   
    Dion Dublin, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonHull 1-0 West Brom

    "Shane Long will go at defenders, commit defenders and win penalties. But harsh on Ben Foster, because that was a great penalty save."

  232. 15:32: 
    GOAL- Norwich 2-0 Sunderland - Alex Tettey (32 mins)

    Blockbuster! What a hit this is!

    John O'Shea heads a cross away to what he must surely have assumed was safety, but Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey has other thoughts. His thoughts are to smash in a first-time volley from 25 yards, absolutely belted into the top corner!

  233. 15:32: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace are content to sit back and soak up the pressure from the hosts, who are starting to look frustrated. Cameron Jerome has an opening for Palace on a rare break but his shot is blocked.

    At the other end Papiss Cisse has a shot on the turn blocked.

  234. 15:31: 
    GOAL- Hull 1-0 West Brom - Liam Rosenior (32 mins)

    Nikica Jelavic's spot-kick is well saved by Ben Foster, but the Baggies 'keeper can only watch as Liam Rosenior nods the rebound over the top of him and into the net.

  235. 15:30: 
    PENALTY TO HULL- Hull 0-0 West Brom

    Craig Dawson sticks a foot in as he contests a loose ball with Shane Long and gets all of the player and none of his target. Needless.

  236.  
    Man City 1-0 Fulham

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Etihad Stadium: "Pouring down now here but City fans are smiling under their hoods after that Yaya Toure penalty. The awarding of it looked a bit soft, referee Jonathan Moss did not give the foul at first, but was convinced by his assistant."

  237. 15:29: 
    CLOSE!- Hull 0-0 West Brom

    David Meyler should put Hull one up here. The midfielder gets up highest at the far post but can only guide Tom Huddlestone's corner wide of the West Brom goal. Big chance that.

  238.   
    John Hartson, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCardiff 2-1 Liverpool

    "A great goal from Fraizer Campbell, who ran so positively at Daniel Agger. That's a great response from Cardiiff, showing great character to bounce back from conceding."

  239.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 2-1 Liverpool

    "Well as good as they are going forwards, Liverpool are all over the shop at the back. Players are playing out of position for Liverpool and they are leaving spaces everywhere and allowing Cardiff in.

    "It's classic football here, you attack, we attack - but Liverpool do give chances to the opposition."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  240.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Tim Arstall: Baines once again proving why he should be in the England team - penalties!

    Oli Joel: Norwich v Sunderland was always going to be a 'which defender makes an error first?' and Wes Brown comes up with the goods.

    Nigel Khan: Get Flanagan off for Liverpool. He hasn't turned up today. The game is being played around him.

  241. 15:25: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-0 Fulham - Yaya Toure (Pen 26 mins)

    A shimmy, a dummy, and then a goal! Yaya Toure sends David Stockdale the wrong way for his 14th league goal of a stellar season.

  242. 15:25: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 2-1 Liverpool - Fraizer Campbell (25 mins)

    Liverpool's defence is leaking like a sieve down the left. Fraizer Campbell wanders unchallenged down the channel between Jon Flanagan and Daniel Agger, cuts inside the latter and rifles a low finish past Simon Mignolet. Two thumbs up from Vincent Tan in the posh seats.

  243. 15:25: 
    Cardiff 1-1 Liverpool

    Fraizer Campbell rocks his head back in disbelief. He has climbed above Martin Skrtel to win the header at the far post, but can only direct the ball over Simon Mignolet's crossbar.

  244. 15:24: 
    PENALTY TO MAN CITY- Man City 0-0 Fulham

    Is this the breakthrough? City have a penalty as Fernando Amorebieta kicks Alvaro Negredo in the back as the Spaniard chests a ball down. The linesman gives it.

  245. 15:24: 
    Manager reaction- Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal
    Wenger

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "This defeat is my fault, I take full responsibility for it. I don' t think there's too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today. It's how we respond now on Tuesday night [against Swansea] and the best way is not to explain too much the mistakes.

    "Yes, of course it's one of the worst days [in my career]. It's over after 20 minutes and it's a long game after that. You don't prepare all week to experience that kind of experience."

    Wenger on the sending off: "I believe it was handball but the referee hasn't seen it. The ball went out and I think it's Chamberlain who touched the ball. I don't know who gave indication to the referee that it was handball but he has certainly not seen it. Of course. it's a huge disappointment today but we want to win the next game now."

  246.  
    League Two update

    Torquay, who are bottom of the Football League, are 1-0 down at home to Newport. Portsmouth could drop to the brink of the relegation zone today as they trail 1-0 to York, who are chasing the play-offs.

    Cheltenham lead AFC Wimbledon 1-0.

  247.  
    League One update

    Wolves will definitely be top of League One tonight after they won 2-0 against Sheffield United, who suffered a first defeat in 12 games.

    Second-placed Brentford have come from 1-0 down to lead Coventry 2-1, and even had time to miss a penalty. Leyton Orient, who are third, are 1-0 down at Walsall.

    Tom Pope scored the first goal of today's 15:00 GMT games to put Port Vale 1-0 up against Tranmere. Crewe are 1-0 up at Gillingham, Chuks Aneke netting in the fifth minute. Stevenage are 1-0 up against MK Dons and Oldham lead Crawley 1-0.

  248. 15:23: 
    Hull 0-0 West Brom

    Still not much sign of the breakthrough at the KC. Graham Dorrans stings Alan McGregor's palms with a snap-shot from distance in the latest half-chance.

  249. 15:22: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 0-0 Fulham

    Almost the opener, and it is Fulham in red and white who go close! A rare attack ends with a cross dropping to Kieran Richardson on the edge of the D, he strikes the ball as sweetly as you could wish, Joe Hart would have no chance but the ball fizzes past the post,

  250.  
    Championship update

    Harry Redknapp made six changes for QPR today but they are 1-0 behind to Middlesbrough, George Friend firing home under Rob Green after 18 minutes.

    Leicester, who started today 17 points above the play-off places, are 1-0 up at Blackburn thanks to Jamie Vardy.

    Ricardo Fuller has put Blackpool ahead against Huddersfield Town.

  251. 15:19: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-0 Swansea - Leighton Baines (pen) (20 mins)

    Leighton Baines, looking more like the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner by the day, steps up and fires low and hard into the bottom left. Michel Vorm was after it, but not quickly enough.

  252. 15:19: 
    GOAL- Norwich 1-0 Sunderland - Robert Snodgrass (20 mins)

    Get it away Wes Brown! Good grief. Terrible defending from the Sunderland man as instead of smashing a cross into Row Z, he passes the ball straight to Johan Elmander 10 yards out. The Swede squares it for Robert Snodgrass, and he does the business into the bottom corner.

  253. 15:19: 
    PENALTY TO EVERTON- Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Ross Barkley befuddles Chico Flores with a stepover, drawing the foul and winning the spot-kick...

  254.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 1-1 Liverpool

    "You can't sit too deep, they have sat and allowed Liverpool to pick them off. You have got to push out you can't just sit back and soak up that pressure - not with the quality that Liverpool have got."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  255.   
    Dion Dublin, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCardiff 1-1 Liverpool

    "The frustrating thing is, Cardiff started so well and got in front while on the front foot. But since then they've changed and sat back ever since they scored. Liverpool are now just passing right through them, because Cardiff are just giving the ball away. And Suarez's goal was just a tap-in - too simple to concede."

  256. 15:18: 
    Man City 0-0 Fulham

    David Stockdale is back in the Fulham goal this afternoon, and he makes a decent stop to keep it goalless. A cross from the left falls for James Milner, he smacks it back in with a rasping right-foot drive but Stockdale has strong wrists to beat it clear. Samir Nasri then shoots over moments later as City look for the breakthrough.

  257. 15:16: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 1-1 Liverpool - Luis Suarez (16 mins)

    Liverpool kept their heads and possession after conceding the opener. Facing two ranks of Cardiff defenders, their patience pays off as Jordan Henderson strokes a lovely weighted ball in behind Kevin Thoephile-Caterine for Glen Johnson to square to Luis Suarez five yards out. Side-foot finish and we are all square.

    Suarez
  258. 15:14: 
    Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Quiet start at Goodison Park, but Everton are spraying the ball around well. A lovely one-two between Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku results in the former crossing for Ross Barkley, but the 20-year-old scuffs his shot from 10 yards out. Let off for Swansea.

  259.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Adam Byrne: Liverpool need to calm down and put a foot on the ball. They are believing their own hype about winning the league!

    Said Madrid: It seems Liverpool's players didn't realize that the game started 10 minutes ago..

    Pav Dhande: Is this the weekend it becomes a two-horse race for the title? (One of them being a little horse...)

  260. 15:14: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 0-0 Sunderland

    It has been a bright start from the hosts at Carrow Road, with Norwich dominating the possession. Jonny Howson has the Canaries' first shot on target but his effort from 20 yards out is comfortably dealt with by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

  261. 15:13: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Better from Newcastle. Luuk de Jong feeds strike partner Papiss Cisse, who spins away from a marker superbly. He gets a shot away, Julian Speroni beats it clear and De Jong then heads the rebound over the bar. Encouraging signs from Cisse though.

  262. 15:13: 
    Hull City 0-0 West Brom

    It has been pretty quiet early on at the KC. A Tom Huddlestone free-kick from the left that was comfortably cleared by West Brom was the hosts' best moment so far.

  263. 15:11: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Man City 0-0 Fulham

    Manchester City want a penalty as Steve Sidwell makes a mess of clearing a corner, he flicks on a header but only on to his own outstretched arm. It would be a soft penalty, but it's very much a 'seen them given' scenario.

    James Milner then goes down but again there's nothing doing...

  264.   
    Dion Dublin, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCardiff 1-0 Liverpool

    "A great finish from Jordon Mutch but Fraizer Campbell did all the hard work. It was a loose ball after a poor back-pass from Joe Allen. And Cardiff have been well on top, with all that red flooding forward and squeezing Liverpool. They won the ball in the final third, Mutch scored, and it's all great work by Cardiff."

  265.   
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 1-0 Liverpool

    "I didn't like the shape and I didn't like the system of Liverpool - time and again Cardiff have got in behind Liverpool too easily down the left.

    "Jordon Mutch didn't need a second opportunity. Liverpool have looked all over the place at this stage."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  266.  
    Man City 0-0 Fulham

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Etihad Stadium: "Fulham lining up in a 4-3-3 system with William Kvist, Steve Sidwell and Sascha Riether in midfield. Like last week, John Heitinga is at right-back. Alternative from Felix Magath. For City, David Silva is again given licence to roam behind Alvaro Negredo."

  267. 15:08: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace kicked off just ahead of the relegation zone but they have had the first real chance of the afternoon at St James' Park. Jason Puncheon is able to clip in a decent cross from the right and Cameron Jerome gets there ahead of his marker - but the big lad can only flash a header wide. Decent opening.

  268. 15:08: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 1-0 Liverpool - Jordon Mutch (9 mins)

    Liverpool are usually the ones who catch their opponents straight out of the traps, but the Reds are behind after a Cardiff blitz. Joe Allen gives the ball away to Fraizer Campbell with a sloppy pass and when the ball is pulled back to Jordon Mutch on the edge the blockers are too slow to prevent him curling a precise shot into the bottom corner.

  269. 15:08: 
    Norwich 0-0 Sunderland

    Norwich continuing to pile the pressure on at Carrow Road against fellow strugglers Sunderland, with Wes Brown making a fine clearance from under his crossbar.

  270. 15:07:  
    Steve Claridge, at the Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live SportCardiff 0-0 Liverpool

    "There are gaps in behind the Liverpool defence Jon Flanagan doesn't look comfortable at left back he is very right-footed and Cardiff are getting down that side. Liverpool have got away with it at this stage."

    Listen to Cardiff City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  271. 15:06: 
    Everton 0-0 Swansea

    Wilfried Bony is looking to take his Premier League goal tally into double figures, and the 25-year-old striker is presented with an early opportunity at Goodison Park. But the Swansea man screws his low shot narrowly wide from just outside the area. Lively start by the visitors.

  272. 15:06: 
    League Two update

    Chesterfield have gone top of the League Two table for a couple of hours after drawing 0-0 away to Mansfield, who aren't out of the relegation mixer yet.

  273. 15:05: 
    Hull City 0-0 West Brom

    West Brom's Stephane Sessegnon lets fly with a rising shot from 20 yards, but it is rising a little too much, clearing Allan McGregor's bar by a good foot or two.

  274. 15:05: 
    Man City 0-0 Fulham

    City make a bright start but there are concerned faces as David Silva goes down holding his ankle after a heavy challenge in midfield from Fulham's Sascha Riether. The Spaniard picks himself up though and should be ok.

  275. 15:04: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Newcastle win a free-kick in a dangerous area, Cheick Tiote demands it with, er, predictable results. He's no Yohan Cabaye and his shot is tame and into the wall.

  276. 15:04: 
    Cardiff 0-0 Liverpool

    Kevin Theophile-Catherine wallops a shot well over from eight yards as the ball sits up invitingly for him. Cardiff have started in rollicking fashion.

  277.  
    Man City 0-0 Fulham

    Man City forward Edin Dzeko: Not the best thing, to be sick on the match day. Today I will have to support my teammates only from my home, watching on TV. Good luck!

  278. 15:03: 
    YELLOW CARD- Cardiff 0-0 Liverpool

    Cardiff have an early free-kick on the left side of the Liverpool box after Fraizer Campbell skips inside Steven Gerrard and trips over the Reds' skipper's leg. Into the book goes Gerrard with just two minutes on the clock.

  279. 15:03: 
    Norwich 0-0 Sunderland

    Norwich force an early corner at Carrow Road, it's half cleared and Robert Snodgrass then launches his cross into the top tier behind the goal! Dreadful delivery.

  280.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Ugopeter Uche: Its so obvious that its not United alone that needs massive team shake-up - Arsenal does too.

    Sam Roake: Always good to improve your goal difference against some of the weaker teams...

    Femi Ogunbodede: Bet Suarez will be happy he didn't join Arsenal now!

  281. 15:00: 
    KICK-OFF

    "Make some noise!," exhorts the Cardiff stadium announcer. We are up and running in south Wales and in the rest of the 15:00 GMT kick-offs.

  282. 14:58: 

    Here we go then. Six matches about to roll...

  283. 14:56: 
    Manager reaction- Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: "At 2-0 after seven minutes the game is over. We were too strong. Then came the penalty and red card but the game was resolved in 10 minutes.

    "There were lots of people in the box, Eden Hazard makes the shot. We see one player diving like a keeper and touching with his hands. From the bench we couldn't see which player it was. It was a penalty and a red card, unfortunately the wrong boy came off. Even the linesman couldn't help him to make the right decision. The important decision - is it a penalty? Yes. Is it a red card? Yes.

    "We had momentum but it stopped last Saturday against Aston Villa for some reason. Now we are trying to build more momentum. The victory over Galatasaray was important. This was the most important match of the season for Arsenal. For us it was an important game."

  284. 14:56: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal
    Chelsea v Arsenal
  285.  
    Norwich v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet says: "We have to take it as if it's the last game of the season. We can't think that we will have any more chances; it's time to produce now. We have been good from the time I arrived, performing well and getting points so I want them to do exactly the same today.

    "It's going to be an entertaining game, it will be tense and there will be a few nerves."

  286. 14:56: 
    LINE-UPS- Norwich v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Tettey, Howson, Hoolahan, Elmander, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Whittaker, Johnson, Hooper, Bunn, Gutierrez, Becchio, Redmond.

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

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  287. 14:55: 
    Norwich v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Under-pressure Norwich City manager Chris Hughton makes five changes to his starting line-up for the second successive game.

    Club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel and captain Sebastien Bassong come back into the side, with Russell Martin, Wes Hoolahan and Johan Elmander also included.

    Sunderland make two changes from the team that drew 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace last Saturday.

    Jozy Altidore starts for the first time since being left out of the Black Cats squad for the League Cup final and replaces the injured Steven Fletcher up front, while Jack Colback also plays as Sebastian Larsson drops to the bench.

  288.   
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at Carrow RoadNorwich v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    "If Norwich City fans view this as a must-win fixture, what about the Sunderland supporters whose side trail their hosts in the table by four points?

    "I know they have three games in hand on those around them but bearing in mind that they include matches at Liverpool and Manchester City, it's not really much of an advantage!

    "Rubbish on the road, Norwich have been reasonable at home and haven't lost in front of their own supporters since the turn of the year.

    "Four of their five victories coming with a 1-0 scoreline. Something similar would do nicely."

  289. 14:54: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Crystal Palace (15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran, De Jong, Cisse. Subs: Ben Arfa, Gosling, Haidara, Elliot, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor.

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Mariappa, Bolasie, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Puncheon, Ledley, Jerome. Subs: Ince, O'Keefe, Murray, Gabbidon, Hennessey, Guedioura, Bannan.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  290. 14:53: 
    Newcastle v Crystal Palace (15:00 GMT)

    Hatem Ben Arfa is named among the Newcastle substitutes as he returns to the squad for the first in a month after recovering from a groin injury. The starting XI is unchanged from the side that lost to Fulham last time out, meaning Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong once again start in attack, with Loic Remy (calf) still injured.

    Just one change for Crystal Palace, with Cameron Jerome coming into the first XI and Tom Ince dropping to the bench.

  291.   
    John Roder, Match of the Day commentator at St James' ParkNewcastle v Crystal Palace (15:00 GMT)

    "It is the second trip to the north east in a week for the travelling Palace supporters, following on from last Saturday's goalless draw at Sunderland.

    "The Eagles slipped to 17th in the Premier League table, three points above the bottom three, as a result of Fulham's victory over Newcastle on the same day.

    "With Newcastle striker Loic Remy injured, goals may be in short supply in this match - in 2014, Palace are the lowest scorers in the Premier League with seven this calendar year, while the Magpies have only managed eight."

  292. 14:53: 
    Man City v Fulham (15:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Etihad Stadium: "'Destiny is in our own hands' is the battle cry of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini in his programme notes. His team are the only title-chasers who can claim that. Win all 11 remaining games and the Premier League is theirs.

    "But the wily Chilean knows that is a task easier said than done. He says: 'You have four teams fighting but the difference between the 20 teams is not as big as other countries, especially Spain.'"

  293. 14:52:  
    Dion Dublin, BBC Final Score on the BBC Red ButtonMan City v Fulham (15:00 GMT)

    "It is a big blow for Man City missing Sergio Aguero but they have got so many good players anyone can come in and do a good job. Fulham are miles away from what City can offer and I think they will lose by three or four today."

  294. 14:52: 
    LINE-UPS- Man City v Fulham (15:00 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Nasri, Milner, Negredo. Subs: Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Rodwell, Clichy, Pantilimon, Jovetic, Boyata.

    Fulham: Stockdale, Heitinga, Amorebieta, Hangeland, Riether, Sidwell, Kvist Jorgensen, Kacaniklic, Richardson, Riise, Woodrow. Subs: Stekelenburg, Kasami, Holtby, Karagounis, Zverotic, Roberts, Bent.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  295. 14:51: 
    Man City v Fulham (15:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Etihad Stadium: "Vincent Kompany's suspension means that Joleon Lescott replaces him at the heart of Manchester City's defence while Alvaro Negredo is chosen to lead the attack in place of Edin Dzeko. James Milner and Aleksandar Kolorov also come in. Stevan Jovetic is on the bench.

    "Fulham boss Felix Magath makes two changes to the team that earned the first win of his short reign against Newcastle last weekend. Sascha Riether and John Arne Riise replace Pajtim Kasami and Lewis Holtby, so it looks like he is going for more a solid side. "

  296. 14:50:  
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Etihad StadiumMan City v Fulham (15:00 GMT)

    "Manchester City have got Alvaro Negredo back in the side starting - he has gone eight games without a goal and he has never gone nine games without a goal for anyone. They have got plenty of talent to land what should be a home win.

    "Although it looked like a home win in 2008 when Fulham came here and won from 2-0 down, they do have five games coming up against relegation rivals, if they can get anything today that will give them hope going into those games. But I don't think it will be a repeat of the great escape in 2008."

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 22 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 31 39 69
No movement 2 Liverpool 30 44 65
No movement 3 Man City 28 49 63
No movement 4 Arsenal 30 19 62
No movement 5 Everton 29 13 54
No movement 6 Tottenham 30 -1 53
No movement 7 Man Utd 30 14 51
No movement 8 Newcastle 30 -2 46
No movement 9 Southampton 30 6 45
No movement 10 Aston Villa 29 -6 34
No movement 11 Stoke 30 -12 34
No movement 12 Hull 30 -5 33
No movement 13 Norwich 31 -22 32
No movement 14 West Ham 30 -8 31
No movement 15 Swansea 30 -6 29
No movement 16 West Brom 30 -12 28
No movement 17 Crystal Palace 30 -20 28
No movement 18 Sunderland 28 -18 25
No movement 19 Cardiff 31 -32 25
No movement 20 Fulham 31 -40 24

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