Saturday football as it happened

Arsenal draw with Man City in the Premier League after title-chasing Chelsea lose at struggling Crystal Palace.

29 March 2014 Last updated at 11:25 GMT

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  1. 20:00: 
    Roy of the Rovers!
    Roy of the Rovers

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  2. 19:59: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "In the second half we controlled the game but we could not score a second goal. It was a good game with two quality teams and very tight.

    "I was confident we could win it but, after what we have gone through, it was important not to make a defensive mistake.

    "What happened to us last week was a nightmare and on top of that we scored an own goal versus Swansea so the dressing room was really really flat on Tuesday night. I would like to pay credit to the team because of the way the team responded today showed a really special mental quality. They are a fantastic team to work with."

  3. 19:46: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking to BBC Sport: "I don't know if the word is disappointed. This week we have played away at Manchester United and Arsenal and we have four points from six.

    "In the first half we played very good but only scored one goal. In the second half, when they scored, they grew because they were at their home ground but, before they scored, we had a clear chance to make it 2-0.

    "All of us want to win all our games but Arsenal are a very good team here and they are also fighting for the title."

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    Michaela, Birmingham: City visit Liverpool on the weekend of the 25th Anniversary of Hillsborough. The atmosphere at Anfield will be electric. Liverpool's title to win now!

    Jon, Sheffield: Liverpool have their ever best chance to win the Premier League. It is now in our own hands! If we win our next seven games we win the league and let's not forgot we went unbeaten for our last eight games of the 12-13 season!

    Timo, Bristol: Of course we Liverpool fans are getting excited. But we're also realistic and if we don't win it, this season's a huge improvement and Champions League qualification is great anyway. We can dare to dream though!

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    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentatorArsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    "You could see the frustration - on both sides - at the final whistle. Arsene Wenger will be slightly happier than Manuel Pellegrini after his team came back from behind and showed real spirit in the second half. And Arsenal may feel they had the possession and chances to win it. Liverpool might be the big winners today - without kicking a ball."

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    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentatorWest Brom 3-3 Cardiff

    "Six goals on an exciting day at the Hawthorns, in a game Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his team must not lose. Whether the point will be enough in the long run, only time will tell.

    "But Cardiff did not give up and they managed to rescue a point, somehow, from the jaws of defeat. West Brom thought they had their second win under their Spanish manager Pepe Mel."

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    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorStoke City 1-0 Hull City

    "It is the 10th Premier League victory of the season for Stoke City which takes them to 40 points, the traditional safety mark. Although I don't think teams will need 40 points to stay up this season, Stoke are definitely going to be safe."

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    John Roder, Match of the Day commentatorSouthampton 4-0 Newcastle

    "'Four-nil to the England' sang the Southampton fans after a double from Jay Rodriguez, and one apiece for Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, condemned Newcastle to defeat. Southampton were outstanding, Newcastle were not."

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    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentatorCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "This is Tony Pulis's best moment as Crystal Palace manager but one of the worst moments of John Terry's Chelsea career. It has been a wretched day for him and Chelsea. Crystal Palace wanted it more, they were hungry and they deserved the win. Chelsea were second best and need to pick themselves up.

    "Is this a pivotal moment in the whole season? In this game, Crystal Palace are the winners, but in the title race could it be Manchester City that are the big winners? Or even Liverpool?"

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    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentatorSwansea 3-0 Norwich

    "Garry Monk's side are surely that much closer to what will be a deserved stay in the Premier League. Norwich had a brief rally at the start of the second half but for long periods they were second best. They have a lot to do, as do Swansea, but this win edges the Welsh side closer to their target."

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    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentatorManchester United 4-1 Aston Villa

    "Just what David Moyes and Manchester United needed with a Champions League tie against German giants Bayern Munich coming up in three days' time.

    "All the talk ahead of the match was about the plane. But by half-time it was all about Wayne. That's because Rooney scored two goals to turn the game around."

  12. 19:36: 

    Here's what the Match of the Day commentators made of today's matches...

  13. 19:35: 
    Match of the Day

    Missed any of today's action? Or just want to watch it all again? You know where to go - tonight's Match of the Day. Former England striker Gary Lineker presents, with the two Alans - Shearer and Hansen - providing the expert analysis on BBC One at 22:30 GMT.

    Here's the running order: 1.Palace/Chelsea, 2.Arsenal/MCity, 3.WBA/Cardiff, 4.Swansea/Norwich, 5.ManUtd/Villa, 6.Saints/Newcastle, 7.Stoke/Hull.

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    Rob: Seeing as Arsenal are the luckiest team in the world today having 11 men, I'll take 1-1. City will win the league.

    Anthony: This must be one of the greatest Premier League seasons ever. Drama every week.

    Shantha: Sagna needs to stay. He was invincible tonight.

  15. 19:33: 
    European football

    The Premier League action might be over for the day but if you still need more football to feed your appetite then head over to our European live text commentary where the La Liga title race continues. Barcelona won earlier in the day to go top but Atletico Madrid can reclaim first place and are currently in action, with Real Madrid playing later this evening. Fill your boots.

  16. 19:33: 
    Player reaction- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
    Mathieu Flamini

    Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini: "We wanted to win this game, especially for the fans after the 6-0 loss to Chelsea and draw against Swansea.

    "We came back after half-time and we saw opportunities to create goals. We needed to win the second balls and we tried to get the second one for the victory but unfortunately couldn't.

    "It was a pleasure to score but today was important. For us, it is important to recover then we have a difficult game against Everton. It is going to be difficult now [to win the title]."

  17. 19:28: 

    Manchester City visit Liverpool on 13 April. That's going to be some game - especially if Liverpool do the business against Tottenham tomorrow.

  18. 19:27: 
    Analysis- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
    Mathieu Flamini

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre, a former City trainee, at the Emirates Stadium: "We hoped Silva's goal would be enough as we went into the second half, but Arsenal's equaliser from an unlikely source in defensive midfielder Flamini left it all square and I think 1-1 is a fair result.

    "Now City's game with Liverpool in a few weeks time has added significance."

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    Ryan: I don't assume we'll beat Spurs, just glad we have something to play for at this stage of the season.

    Martin in Wilmslow: A win for Spurs tomorrow and that just about ends United's dream of Europe next season.

  20. 19:24: 
    As it stands- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Let's get the important bit done. Let's have a look at that top four. For the record, Liverpool host Tottenham in Sunday's 4pm kick-off.

    Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
  21. 19:22: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    And that's it, all over. Honours even. One point apiece.

  22. 19:21: 
    INJURY TIME- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    We're halfway through the three minutes of time added on.

  23. 19:20: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    An overhead kick in the penalty area and the ball rebounds off Pablo Zabaleta and towards the City goal but Joe Hart has it covered. At the other end, Fernandinho blazes over the bar.

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    Joe: Can't help but wonder how different this title race may have been for Arsenal if they'd brought a striker in January!

    Josh: It speaks volumes that City replace Dzeko with Negredo... while Arsenal swap Giroud with Sanogo. Squad depth is key.

  25. 19:18: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    But Joe Hart punches clear Santi Cazorla's floaty ball. Still Arsenal on the attack.

  26. 19:17: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Javi Garcia hacks down Santi Cazorla. Yellow card and an Arsenal free-kick 40 yards from goal...

  27. 19:16: 
    Analysis- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at the Emirates Stadium: "A draw will leave Arsenal in the wilderness. City have got Yaya Toure pushed right forward now - for the last few minutes he will be an out-and-out striker."

  28. 19:15: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Tomas Rosicky, already on a booking, is on his final warning after bringing down David Silva. The subsequent free-kick, 35 yards out, is floated in and Wojciech Szczesny collects with aplomb. Both sides are feeling the tension now. Three minutes to go.

  29. 19:13: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Mathieu Flamini pokes the ball in the direction of Santi Cazorla but Martin Demichelis, rather agriculturally, wallops the ball clear. And that's the signal for both sides to shake it up in the forward positions - Alvaro Negredo on for Edin Dzeko and Yaya Sanogo replacing Olivier Giroud.

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    Chris: All these giddy Liverpool fans seem to expect 3 points tomorrow, think they might be in for a surprise or two!

    Dan in Manchester: We need the partnership of Negredo and Aguero back because we ain't scoring many goals now that Pellegrini plays the 4-4-1-1 formation.

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    Elliot: Great display from Gibbs again today. Personally feel he has the natural class to be long-term England left back.

    Michael: Could it be that all three of Liverpool's rivals fail to win this weekend? Tomorrow would be huge... becomes Liverpool's title to lose.

  32. 19:09: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Samir Nasri is roundly booed as he is replaced by Javi Garcia. Get forward, Yaya.

  33. 19:08: 
    Final 10 minutes- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    We're into the final 10 minutes. Where's the winner coming from? Who's going to be the last action hero?

  34. 19:07: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    A standing ovation for Lukas Podolski who has covered every blade of grass out there. And then some. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is his replacement.

  35. 19:05: 
    Analysis- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at the Emirates Stadium: "City had about six attempts to get the ball over the line but Arsenal defended bravely - a brilliant piece of football."

  36. 19:04: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    There are bodies everywhere as Arsenal throw themselves in the way to deny Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and then pressure Edin Dzeko to shoot wide. They want this as much as City.

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    Ian in St Annes: I think Podolski is vastly underrated. He's got an incredible engine and, to coin a phrase, a foot like a traction engine.

    Pete Becalick in Dorset: It could be an excellent day for us Liverpool supporters if Arsenal can get another. Come on Arsenal!

    Harry from Elsree: Flamini has been that leader for the Gunners. We need this win to stay in the title race!

  38. 19:00: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Arsenal can't say they haven't had their chances. Santi Cazorla plays in a deep free-kick but Olivier Giroud heads wide after getting there first. You've got to be taking those.

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    Wallace: Still don't like Pellegrini or his tactics. Give Mourinho or Rodgers this squad and they'd be 10 points clear and laughing.

  40. 18:58: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Patient build-up play from Arsenal, and it's that man Fernandinho who is again in the right place to clear the cross into the box.

  41. 18:56: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    How long's left, I hear you ask. Twenty-two minutes is the answer.

  42. 18:53: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Manchester City make a change, sending on James Milner for Jesus Navas. Manuel Pellegrini looks a little anxious. But doesn't he always?

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    Arsenal celebrate equalising against Manchester City

    Kwon in New Malden: Flamini - player of the season for Arsenal!

    Ajay in London: Jose cheering for Wenger!

    Eddy in Fulham: At this point (if this score stays the same) if Liverpool win all their games, they win the league!

  44. 18:51: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    Inventive from Manchester City as Samir Nasri's free-kick ends up with David Silva on the edge of the area but the playmaker's powerful shot is straight into an Arsenal defender. Moments later Fernandinho's powerful, swerving shot is tipped over by Wojciech Szczesny. There's more goals in this one. But for who?

  45. 18:49: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    All of a sudden, it's Arsenal hogging the ball and Manchester City chasing shadows. And the Gunners should have a second when Lukas Podolski gets behind the Blues defence and sees his shot turned wide by Joe Hart's boot. Almost.

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    David: I count two English players in the starting 22 this evening. Is this the lowest number in PL history?

    Nick: Yes! A goal from arguably our player of the season. Flamini has the heart and drive that some of the others lack. Get in!

  47. 18:45: 
    Analysis- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at the Emirates Stadium: "The ball from Podolski on the left flashed across the goal and had danger written all over it.

    "It was one of the few times Arsenal have threatened City, but Flamini burst into the box and hit it first time. It might have been a bit of a scuff but he swept it home."

  48. 18:45: 
    Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
    Arsenal v Manchester City

    Red and white scarves are being held high above heads and lungs being exercised. The Emirates is in full voice once again.

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    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 1-1 Manchester City

    "How vital might those few seconds be? Per Mertesacker's rebound rolls inches wide of his own goal and Mathieu Flamini equalises for Arsenal almost immediately. The Emirates is rocking to the sound of renewed hope."

  50. 18:41: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City - Mathieu Flamini (53 mins)

    Fine margins! Moments after Per Mertersacker almost turns into his own net at one end, Arsenal level when Mathieu Flamini sweeps Lukas Podolski's cross past Joe Hart. Game on. Title race on.

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    Akarim: Only way the title race will look interesting is if Man City forfeit their two games in hand. Or an Arsenal comeback?

    Shakeel: Wenger's refusal to play Podolski up front has cost Arsenal the league title. Giroud never looks like scoring in big games.

    William: The title race is NOT over. Palace have still got to play Man City and Liverpool at fortress Selhurst.

  52. 18:35: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Arsenal earn an early corner in the second half, but Santi Cazorla's effort is straight into the bucket hands of Joe Hart. Must do better, Gunners.

  53. 18:33: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Arsenal are out for the second half a good minute before Manchester City. But we have 22 players in place now. Let's finish this memorable Saturday off in style with a rip-roaring second half...

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    Jeff in Norwich: As a neutral it's a real shame Arsenal lost both Ramsey and Walcott (twice) who both we're having such promising seasons.

    Rob: Ah well, at least we aren't 7-0 down at half time.

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    Kris: Arsenal huffed and puffed that first half but with no end product. City will score more on the break I feel.

    Glenn: My brother-in-law once got told off by Seb Coe inside an indoor shopping centre - for running!

  56. 18:23: 
    Analysis- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at the Emirates Stadium: "Overall City have had the better of the first half. Arsenal did manage to play their way into it but City have not really looked under any pressure.

    "It's a bit worrying that Silva and Kompany - their two best players today - have both picked up yellow cards.

    "But Silva is almost unplayable, the way he takes up positions between the lines, the timing of his runs are exquisite and he must be an absolute nightmare to mark."

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    Curtis from Manchester: I actually got told off at Eastlands by the one and only Stuart Pearce for not giving the ball back!

    James: Once ball-boyed at Liverpool v Leicester game. Fowler gave me his jersey after the game. Legend.

  58. 18:21: 
    FT: Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    There's no denying the result of the afternoon...

    Chelsea captain John Terry
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    Player reaction- West Brom 3-3 Cardiff

    Cardiff City striker Fraizer Campbell on Twitter: I'm sure that was a good game for the neutrals! Did nothing for my emotions! Lads showed great fight. Buzzing for Mats on his first goal.

    Cardiff midfielder Mats Moller Daehli scored a 95th-minute equaliser - his first goal for the club - to earn a 3-3 draw away to West Brom earlier this afternoon.

  60. 18:20: 
    As it stands- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Manchester City, if the scoreline remains the same, are back on top of the Premier League table - with two games in hand on Chelsea and one on Liverpool.

    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City
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    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Emirates StadiumArsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    "Manchester City's play, with David Silva its graceful orchestrator, carries such menace but Arsenal have shown plenty of commitment and enough to suggest they can back into this. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, however, must address the problem of the space City are finding down the Gunners' left flank, where Lukas Podolski is leaving Kieran Gibbs horribly exposed."

  62. 18:19: 
    Half-time stats- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Arsenal need to do something drastic to turn the momentum in this game...

    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City
  63. 18:17: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Half-time and Manchester City are 45 minutes away from a very big three points.

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    Luke: I once nearly knocked a tea out of the hands of the Motherwell chairman in the Falkirk Stadium's boardroom. He didn't look pleased.

    Rob: The great John Charles told me off once when I asked for his autograph outside the Millennium Stadium and I didn't have a pen.

    Brian: David O'Leary, when he was at Leeds Utd, told me as a ball boy to stop "farting around" when they played Ipswich back in 2001.

  65. 18:16: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    David Silva is now into the book after clattering compatriot Mikel Arteta. That's six bookings for the season for the playmaker.

  66. 18:14: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Arsenal are sitting back quite deep and allowing Manchester City to dictate play but the Blues are struggling to carve out too many clear-cut chances.

  67. 18:12: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Much ado about nothing as Tomas Rosicky, who is a little late, takes out Gael Clichy. A bit of drama, but we're all fine to continue.

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    David Silva celebrates scoring for Manchester City

    Simon in Lincoln: Demichelis must be loving this, first game this season where he is faster than the centre forward he's marking.

    Stephen from Milton Keynes: Flamini has been one of Arsenal's best players this season and in this match also. Solid defensively, excellent at bombing forwards, about time we saw him start a big match.

    Katie in London: Not exactly a Premier League manager - but my grandad used to help out at Peacehaven & Telscombe FC and he claims he told off a young Katie Price for letting her dog poo on the pitch!

  69. 18:10: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    As Lukas Podolski's cross earlier underlined, Arsenal need to start committing more men forward. They clear the ball to Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and he is given all the time in the world to build another attack for the visitors.

  70. 18:07: 
    Manager reaction- Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
    Steve Bruce

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce rues the defensive error which allowed Stoke's Peter Odemwingie to condemn his side to defeat.

    "We have made bad mistakes and when you make mistakes like that at this level, we gifted them the victory," he says. "That changes things dramatically and it was a frustrating day.

    "For Peter Odemwingie to get into that position and score is ludicrous. Stoke didn't do well enough to beat us, we have given it to them."

    On whether his 14th-placed side, who have won nine times this season, are safe from relegation, he adds: "10 wins will be sufficient and the quicker you get it done, the better. We need to get the accumulation of points."

  71. 18:07: 
    Manager reaction- Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes, a former Manchester United team-mate of Hull counterpart Steve Bruce, reckons his team deserved their narrow win.

    "When we got the lead, we were quite comfortable," says Hughes. "We have won four in five which is good at Premier League level.

    "We have needed the threat in behind and [matchwinner] Peter Odemwingie gives us that. He ran through the middle and capitalised on the errant pass. He has hit the ground running and done well for us.

    "Our intention was to get into the top half and we are in a good position now. We are going to try and go for it."

  72. 18:06: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Indeed, Arsenal are responding well and Lukas Podolski races down the left and puts a dangerous ball into the box which Martin Demichelis pokes behind for a corner. That's a change in luck for the Argentine, who would have put that past his own keeper a fortnight ago.

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    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    "Arsenal, who collapsed in such abject fashion at Chelsea last week, have responded well to the blow of going behind. Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla are prominent as they push for an equaliser."

  74. 18:03: 

    It's always wise to run away from an angry world boxing champion, Tom. Some good Tweets there - keep em' coming.

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    Alex: Not a telling off but I once 'ball-boyed' a Norwich v Leicester game and Robbie Savage let me have a sip of his squash!

    Luc: Not a manager, but Jens Lehmann shouted at me when I didn't have a ball for him. Couldn't understand him though, was in German.

    Tom: Not football-related but Ricky Hatton saw me dropping litter in Manchester when I was about 13 and shouted at me. I ran away.

  76. 18:01: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
    Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis said: "It's a very important result for us. Our results had dropped off, but the performances had been OK, but to beat Chelsea will give everyone a boost to push on for the last seven games.

    "The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and that's why it's a great league. The top teams always have to play well or they can come unstuck."

  77. 18:01: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    That's Yaya Toure into the book as the big man pulls back Tomas Rosicky in full flow.

  78. 18:00: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Pablo Zabaleta is almost playing as a right winger today as Kieran Gibbs continues to be preoccupied by Jesus Navas.

  79. 17:57: 
    Southampton 4-0 Newcastle
    Mauricio Pochettino

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We had a brilliant first half and nullified Newcastle. We had total control and dominated the entire game.

    "If you look at the amount of chances we created, it could have finished 5-0 or 6-0. It was a fully deserved win."

  80. 17:57: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Arsenal are trying to pick a hole through the middle of Manchester City's defence, but it looks futile while Fernandinho is there to break up play and protect his back four.

  81. 17:56: 
    Manager reaction- Southampton 4-0 Newcastle
    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "It was miserable for us. We were second best today and looked like we had no energy. It wasn't us today and we have to do a lot of work to get ready for Manchester United next weekend because that wasn't good enough for Newcastle.

    "We lost the battle almost everywhere on the pitch. It was a tough day, a really tough day. For all our fans, I'm afraid that's not good enough. I've made it clear to players we have a lot of work to do."

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonArsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    "David Silva was a few yards out in a similar position that Edin Dzeko was in midweek for the first goal against Manchester United.

    "Man City keep getting in down the left-hand side of Arsenal's defence through Jesus Navas and Pablo Zabaleta."

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    Matt: I know Suarez has taken all the headlines and may well be player of the year, but Silva is surely up for a shout. Top player.

    Joey: Arsenal continue with the silly mistakes. Can't expect to win the league let alone a match playing like this.

  84. 17:55: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Arsenal, roared on by the fired-up home support, are snapping into the tackle and should do better when the ball breaks to Bacary Sagna on the right, but the full-back's cross is easily collected by Joe Hart.

  85. 17:53: 
    Player reaction- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill: "Crystal Palace worked hard and they made it difficult for us. They played a lot of long balls and direct football and we're disappointed with the result.

    "We have got to keep going but it feels like the end, that it is over. It is massively disappointing and at the end of the game it was a horrible feeling. We have to bounce back, we have only got a few days before we go to Paris."

    Chelsea play the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.

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    Danny: If six points is a million miles, then one point is 166,667 miles and three points is approximately the distance to the moon and back. Which isn't a bad metaphor for Arsenal's prospects against City tonight.

  87. 17:53: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    Manchester City's offside trap works a treat as they step up in unison and leave a stretching Mathieu Flamini offside as the midfielder pokes the ball past Joe Hart. It's not really been the French midfielder's best week.

  88. 17:53: 
    Analysis- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at the Emirates Stadium: "It was a great break from City and Silva was one of six players who dashed for the box.

    "They could all smell blood but as it was the ball came back off the post and fell to Silva who put it in the empty net - in similar fashion to Dzeko's early goal at Old Trafford on Tuesday."

  89. 17:48: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City - David Silva (18 mins)

    Arsenal are punished by a blistering Manchester City counter-attack. Lukas Podolski gives the ball away in his own half, Yaya Toure releases David Silva and the Spaniard picks out Edin Dzeko. The striker's shot hits the post but the rebound deflects off Silva and into the back of the net.

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    Nick: If Arsenal sneak a win today, they go three points behind the leaders with six games to play and an easier run-in. From crisis to champions?

    Ash: Hiring a plane for Southampton. Words on the back will say "Destination: Brazil". Newcastle had one English player in the starting eleven.

    Louis: Arsenal were 2-0 down to both Liverpool and Chelsea at this point. We're already doing better...

  91. 17:45: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Is the Crystal Palace ballboy in question reading this live text by any chance? Or are any of his mates following us? Let us know what Jose Mourinho said...

    In fact, if you've ever been told off by a Premier League manager, I want to know. Be honest, please.

  92. 17:44: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    More from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who explained why he ran to a ball boy in injury-time after the youngster did not release the ball to Cesar Azpilicueta quickly.

    "It is not right to educate kids to do that," said Mourinho. "I went to stop Azpy [Azpilicueta]. I was afraid he would lose control of his emotions and push the kid or do something like Eden [Hazard] did last year at Swansea. I told the boy to not do that."

    Hazard was sent off in a game at Swansea last season when he tried to kick a ball away from underneath a ball boy who had fallen on top of it.

  93. 17:43: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City

    Santi Cazorla plays the ball into Tomas Rosicky and the Czech goes down in the box under pressure from Pablo Zabaleta. Penalty? Arsenal think so, but referee Mike Dean doesn't. The verdict? I've seen them given!

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    James: I was at Selhurst and the reaction from Azpilicueta and Hazard at full time said it all. They know they've blown it.

    Adam: If six points is a million miles away, then the maths says that each mile equals 0.000006 points.

    Peter: I have zero faith in Arsenal doing Liverpool a favour today, they just haven't turned up this season in the big games.

  95. 17:40: 
    Scottish Premiership

    Kilmarnock are the only winners as Craig Slater smashes in a stoppage-time goal against Motherwell at Fir Park.

    Partick Thistle also left it very late to level matters at St Johnstone, while the Celtic title party fell a bit flat with Ross County leaving Glasgow with a 1-1 draw.

    St Mirren could not find a winner against 10-man Inverness and had to settle for a topsy-turvy 2-2 draw and Aberdeen played out an end-to-end 1-1 with Dundee United.

  96. 17:38: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said: "Now we have lost our chance of finishing first. Now we depend too much on other results.

    "Crystal Palace deserved the victory, they fought for their lives. We had good chances and their goalkeeper made some good saves in the first half. But their spirit was stronger, their desire was stronger and their commitment was stronger. That disappoints me, but it's a defeat that we can only blame ourselves for.

    "Some of our players are not comfortable in these types of matches, like Stoke away, Newcastle away and Everton away. Can I change this? I don't know. My defenders are phenomenal, but in other positions we have players that can be in trouble."

  97. 17:38: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Standby for the Special One...

  98. 17:37: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City

    Again, with a simple one-two, Pablo Zabaleta gets in behind the Arsenal right-back, who seems too keen to stick close to Jesus Navas. Watch this space.

  99. 17:34: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City

    Manchester City are getting some early joy down the right, twice getting in behind Kieran Gibbs but it eventually comes to nothing. Something to concern Arsene Wenger.

  100.   
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonArsenal 0-0 Manchester City

    "I think Man City have been outstanding in so many departments this season, in particular Yaya Toure has been outstanding. They have got quality right through the field and the result at Selhurst Park gives them the impetus going into this game."

  101.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonArsenal 0-0 Manchester City

    "I don't think Arsenal can win the league even if they win today. I think they need to win the FA Cup otherwise there will be serious questions asked about Arsene Wenger."

  102. 17:32: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City

    Arsene Wenger looks pensive on the touchline. He's probably still trying to translate miles into points [1718]. I wonder if he and Manuel Pellegrini watched the Crystal Palace match over a sandwich earlier in the afternoon?

  103. 17:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City

    We're up and running in the late kick-off.

  104. 17:28: 
    Manager reaction- Swansea 3-0 Norwich
    Chris Hughton

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton, speaking to BBC Sport: "Credit to Swansea they were better than us from start to finish. They always threatened and always looked like scoring. At the moment we are finding it very difficult to get that right formula away from home.

    "We tried to continue the form and the way we played in our win last week but Swansea are a very good side, they have good offensive options and we could not cope with that today.

    "We had to defend well to stop them at times and they never allowed us to be in the game ourselves."

  105. 17:27: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    The players emerge on to the pitch, and the Emirates is still bathed in late-evening sunshine. We really are getting into the business end of the season.

  106. 17:26: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    "The best team wins," shouts Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany in the tunnel. Indeed, Vinny.

  107. 17:25: 
    How's stat?- Arsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    Fancy some pre-match stats to go with your early Saturday evening tipple? Here you go:

    Arsenal have only won two of their last nine Premier League matches with Manchester City.

    Arsenal are unbeaten in their 14 Premier League home games since the opening-day defeat against Aston Villa (W10, D4).

    Manuel Pellegrini's side have scored 11 goals from corners this season - a Premier League high - and they have also converted the highest percentage of shots into goals of any team in the league (20%).

  108. 17:23: 
    Player reaction- West Brom 3-3 Cardiff
    West Brom 3-3 Cardiff

    Cardiff substitute Mats Moller Daehli, who grabbed the dramatic equaliser at relegation rivals West Brom: "I thought we deserved the goal because we played really well in second half. I had once chance before and missed it, so I kept thinking 'I need another chance'. So I was so happy when I got it.

    "The message from the manager is 'never give up' and he tells us that we earn our luck. We still believe we can stay up. It's a chance to show character and that's what we have done today."

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    Ryan: Last chance saloon for Wenger and Arsenal. They need some big performances from key players to stand any chance today.

  110. 17:22: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    There have been no such problems for Manchester City who brushed aside neighbours United with ease in midweek, a victory which manager Manuel Pellegrini said was "important psychologically" in the title race.

    "It was a very good start to the week, and we hope we finish in the same way," Pellegrini said. "We must continue by trying to win the next match and continue fighting for the title.

    "This is a big game because it is against a team that is fighting for the title also."

  111. 17:18: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    It's been another bad week for Arsene Wenger, who felt compelled to respond to Paul Scholes's assertion that Arsenal are a "million miles" from winning the title.

    "People who have managed zero games have opinions. We have to accept that," said Wenger, whose side face third-placed Manchester City on Saturday. "If six points is a 'million miles away', I don't know what the translation of a mile into a point is."

    Any points to miles translators out there?

  112.   
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonArsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    "What more motivation do City need tonight in their game against Arsenal after Chelsea lost today? They only really need a draw tonight and they are well on their way. They still have to go to Liverpool but if they get something from that the title is theirs to lose."

  113. 17:15: 
    Manager reaction- West Brom 3-3 Cardiff
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

    Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his side's dramatic equaliser at the Hawthorns: "Finally my boys got the luck they deserved. To get a point was very important because to have picked them up after a defeat would have been difficult.

    "If we had lost this game then West Brom are away from us and we would not have been able to claw them back.

    "My players knew how important that point is. Now they can get more in the coming weeks."

  114. 17:14: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    I've just seen a replay of a cheeky Crystal Palace ballboy being told off by Jose Mourinho after holding on to the ball for too long! The Chelsea boss whispered something into the young lad's ear and then made his way back to his technical area. The ballboy didn't seem to mind, laughing it off.

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    Jay in London: Great performance by Palace but note to Jose - last two games started with Torres, no goals, no points. Last two games started without Torres, 10 goals, 6 points.

    Rory: Chelsea haven't lost to any of the other title contenders, so it's incredibly frustrating to see them not bother and lose to relegation battlers. Nobody putting in any real effort today, shameful.

    Phil: Poor from Chelsea today, but credit to Palace they played well. Let's not get too carried away with this defeat we have improved massively under Jose but until we get a clinical finisher we won't win the league.

  116. 17:11: 
    League Two round-up

    Top two Rochdale and Scunthorpe both draw blanks in goalless draws but Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox remains unbeaten after his first 24 games. Southend are the only one of the top seven to win thanks to a Freddy Eastwood goal against bottom club Torquay. Northampton also remain rooted in the bottom two after losing 3-0 at home to Bury. Newport finish with nine men as Portsmouth win 2-1 to ease their relegation fears.

  117. 17:11: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    Hands up then. How many Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool fans spent the last hour rooting for Crystal Palace? Joel Ward, Jason Puncheon and Kagisho Dikgacoi have never had so much support!

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    Howard: Mourinho was right - they are a little horse. And little horses have long faces.

    Chris: Some have accused me of being greedy in the past but if City pip Arsenal tonight by 16 goals then I will be quietly content.

    Adam: 30 March 1964, Liverpool beat Spurs 3-1 to go top of the league and won it. Tomorrow is 30 March and Liverpool play Spurs to go top. Omens?

  119. 17:06: 
    Player reaction- Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
    Stoke Hull

    Stoke City matchwinner Peter Odemwingie: "I am very pleased, maybe not with the performance but we dug deep. We didn't create enough in the first half but we knew we had to be committed today.

    "I am enjoying my football here and my team-mates are brilliant with me. We hope to continue that."

  120. 17:05: 
    League One round-up

    Wolves extend their lead at the top thanks to a 1-0 win at MK Dons as Brentford are held to a 0-0 draw at Oldham. Leyton Orient's promotion hopes are hit by a 1-0 defeat at home to Bradford, while play-off certainties Rotherham and Preston both win at home. At the bottom, Notts County's revival continues with a 2-0 home win over Colchester as Crewe fall into the drop-zone after losing to Coventry.

  121. 17:05: 
    Manager's reaction- Swansea 3-0 Norwich
    Garry Monk

    Swansea manager Garry Monk, speaking to BBC Sport: "I think it was important we got the points, which are crucial, but we also put on a performance. However, I don't think that was even our best, we can improve, but to come away with the three points, I can't complain.

    "We took our chances today and that is important in this league because chances are hard to come by. We just need to continue putting in performances until the end of the season.

    "It has been a very difficult season for us results-wise but that is not because of a lack of effort, we just have not had our best players performing as they should be."

  122. 17:04: 
    Player reaction- West Brom 3-3 Cardiff
    Steven Caulker

    Cardiff skipper Steven Caulker after his side's dramatic 3-3 draw at West Brom: "When West Brom scored their third it was difficult to take because it is not the first time we have conceded a late goal this season.

    "But I'm proud of how the lads battled back and got the equaliser. It gives us a fighting chance of staying in the Premier League.

    "I'm pleased with spirit showed but got to start games better if we want to stay in the Premier League. We have six cup finals to go."

  123. 17:04: 
    Championship round-up

    Queens Park Rangers close the gap on second-placed Burnley by just a point after being held at home by Blackpool as fourth-placed Derby thump relegation-threatened Charlton 3-0. Struggling Millwall are denied victory by an injury-time Blackburn equaliser but go above Yeovil at the bottom after Barnsley win 4-1 at Huish Park. Wigan miss a late penalty to draw 1-1 at Bolton.

  124. 17:03: 
    Race for La Liga
    Barcelona's Lionel Messi

    Barcelona are top of the Spanish league with a 1-0 win at Espanyol. Lionel Messi scored from the spot in the 77th minute, his 36th goal of the season, as the Catalan giants moved to 75 points from 31 games.

    Atletico Madrid, on 73 points, who had led La Liga, play Athletic Bilbao at 19:00 GMT, while third-placed Real Madrid, who have 70 points, host Rayo Vallecano at 21:00 GMT.

    There will be live text coverage of both of those matches on this website.

  125.   
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Emirates StadiumArsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    "Fair to say the final whistle at Selhurst Park was well received by Arsenal and Manchester City fans inside Emirates Stadium. If City win here they will go ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and still have two games in hand while victory for Arsenal would move them to within three points of Jose Mourinho's side. Makes the importance of this game fairly easy to work out."

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    Tim: And the title race is kept alive! Well done Palace!

    Tyrone: It looks like Palace have done Wenger's team talk for him!

    Michael: Tony Pulis has to be a frontrunner for manager of the year. Completely transformed Palace.

  127. 17:01: 
    How it stands

    And how did all that second-half drama impact on the bottom of the Premier League? Like this...

    Premier League
  128. 16:58: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Selhurst Park: "Selhurst Park is one noisy, happy place - for the vast majority. Jose Mourinho congratulates Tony Pulis who jogs off down the touchline to the sound of defending appreciation and with "Glad All Over" ringing in his ears of the second time today. There can be no complaints about Chelsea's 1-0 away defeat this time. Palace six points clear of the drop zone. Chelsea's title chances over?"

  129.   
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonWest Brom 3-3 Cardiff

    "I thought Cardiff came back and fought like lions. West Brom went up a gear and got the third goal and should have gone and won the game. But Cardiff threw everything at them and they have got the draw."

  130. 16:58: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabianski, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom, Bellerin, Gnabry.

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

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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    Joe: How can you lose to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace either side of crushing Arsenal 6-0, I thought Mourinho knew what he was doing...

    Mark in Bloomsbury: Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 0... Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 0 - do we have a new specialist in failure?

    Andy in Plymouth: Hiring a plane for Stamford Bridge as I write. 'Unhappy one' shall be the message.

  132.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "The Chelsea players are sitting on the floor as if they have lost the title today and their manager is picking them up.

    "What a big psychological blow for them but this win is nothing less than Palace deserve.

    "They broke with purpose, defended resiliently and were absolute heroes out there today."

  133. 16:56: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 3-3 Cardiff

    Albion boss Pepe Mel looks disconsolate as trudges off the Hawthorns pitch with his head bowed. Cardiff counterpart Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is beaming, however, as he does the Ayatollah to the jubilant army of travelling fans.

  134. 16:55: 
    As it stands- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    One man in a cap has blown the title race wide open! If Arsenal beat Manchester City in the late kick-off, they are back in it. Is this Liverpool's year I wonder? Or is it still Manchester City's to lose?

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
  135. 16:54: 
    GOAL- West Brom 3-3 Cardiff - Mats Moller Daehli (90+4 mins)

    Un. Be. Lieve. Able. Cardiff rescue a point as Mats Moller Daehli smashes in with the last kick of the game. Outstanding drama.

  136. 16:52: 
    GOAL- West Brom 3-2 Cardiff - Thievy Bifouma (90+2 mins)

    Delight for Albion, despair for Cardiff. This is a MASSIVE goal in the relegation battle. The Hawthorns erupts as Thievy Bifouma strokes in a left-wing cross from Saido Berahino.

  137. 16:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 4-0 Newcastle
  138. 16:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
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    Nick: By resting Oscar and Willian, Mourinho has badly underestimated Palace. We don't deserve anything today, full credit to Pulis' boys.

  140. 16:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    They've only gone and done it!

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    Ian: Dear Lord, please let Palace hold on and then let Arsenal and Man City draw later on. Oh, and then Liverpool whip Spurs tomorrow!

    Edmund: Crystal Palace are absolutely putting Arsenal to shame! That's how to play against the big boys, Mr Wenger!

  142.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "This would be the result of the season for Crystal Palace to beat Chelsea if it stays as it is."

  143. 16:50: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea resort to pumping the ball into the mixer and Julian Speroni comes out and collects with real authority. Palace almost there. Almost.

  144. 16:49: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 3-0 Norwich
  145.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Conor McNamara at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "Crystal Palace have not beaten Chelsea in the league for 24 years - are they on the cusp of rewriting the history books?

    "Mourinho is out of his technical area and is furious they may be about to lose in similar fashion to the result at Villa Park."

  146. 16:48: 
    Swansea 3-0 Norwich

    Swansea clearly want a fourth and they go very close to getting it as Alvaro Vazquez bends a low cross behind the Norwich defence and the onrushing Chico Flores stretches out a leg. He connects with the ball but not as much as he would like as his effort drifts wide of a relieved John Ruddy's goal.

  147. 16:46: 
    West Brom 2-2 Cardiff

    Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was known as a 'supersub' back in his playing days - how he could do with one now. His last throw of the dice is to introduce Peter Whittingham from the bench. Two minutes plus stoppage time for either side to nick a winner.

  148. 16:46: 
    GOAL- Southampton 4-0 Newcastle - Jay Rodriguez (89 mins)

    Southampton get a much-deserved fourth when Jay Rodriguez is picked out by a ball over the top and the in-form striker cuts inside Mike Williamson before rifling home his second of the afternoon from close range.

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    Edward: Come on you Eagles, hold on for a famous victory! Nothing less than we deserve!

    Matt: Really good battle over the last few games between Barkley, Henderson and Lallana to be in the England starting 11 in Brazil.

    Mark: Tony Pulis deserves a medal for what he's done with Palace. They were dead and buried before he arrived.

  150. 16:45: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are almost gifted a goal when Stuart O'Keefe's horrible backpass picks out Fernando Torres but the Spanish striker chips his effort over the bar. Palace bring on Glenn Murray.

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    David in Devon: Palace deserve to stay up just for this performance alone. They are playing some proper football today. Pulis the right appointment.

  152. 16:44: 
    Final five....

    ...more or less, for all of the Premier League games that started at 15:00 GMT. What drama will unfold?

  153. 16:43: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    There's a real sense of 'we're in this together' at Selhurst Park as the ball boys gee up a very tired-looking Cameron Jerome with a little handshake when the ball goes out of play.

  154. 16:43: 
    Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

    Hull City are toiling as they search for a way back into this scrappy match. And they aren't helped by a poor free-kick delivery from Sone Aluko who, to the dismay of the big lads in the box, scuffs his delivery from a wide position.

  155. 16:42: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Manchester City (1730 GMT)

    Manchester City are unchanged from their derby victory in midweek. For Arsenal, Lukas Podolski replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  156. 16:41: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech makes a save at Crystal Palace

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Selhurst Park: "It feels like a cup tie at Palace at the moment. Palace are keeping their structure and creating openings against a Chelsea side who are having to take risks and are getting caught on the break. The noise levels have not dipped all afternoon. Jose Mourinho said he liked passionate home support. Be careful what you wish for."

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    Andez: Pardew really has some work to do in the summer replacing Cabaye and Remy. Hope Ashley takes responsibility for Kinnear.

    Michael: Every neutral in the country should support Southampton - seven English starters and three English goal scorers!

    Ben: People talk about a very important summer at United but what about at Southampton - can they fight to keep their star players?

  158.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "Now it's getting to the stage where Palace are going to be frustrated they haven't got that second goal because they have had opportunities to get it.

    "They've been by far the better team but the only caution is that they are showing signs they are getting a little bit tired."

    You can listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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    Andrew in Cardiff: Captain Caulker to the rescue!

    Tim in Halifax: Can I draw your attention to Halifax town who after being in administration in 2008 have had 3 promotions in 4 seasons just went 2-0 up against top of the table Luton to push for play off place into league 2!

    Luke in Middlesex: Is Jose losing this game just so he can say to the media 'I told you we wouldn't win the title'. Very confused.

  160. 16:39: 
    West Brom 2-2 Cardiff

    Cardiff are feeling more confident than a member of One Direction signing up for a dating website now. Fraizer Campbell launches a swift raid with plenty of grass ahead but, with a couple of team-mates in support, tries to go alone.

    The promising attack breaks down before Norwegian substitute Mats Moller Daehli shoots low at Albion keeper Ben Foster moments later. This could go either way now - but you wouldn't bet against an away winner.

  161. 16:39: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Crystal Palace need to take one of these opportunities - Joe Ledley the latest to screw a shot wide. Pure drama at Selhurst.

  162.   
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentatorCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "Nemanja Matic has had his worst game since returning to Chelsea. He just keeps giving the ball away."

  163. 16:37: 
    Swansea 3-0 Norwich

    BBC Sport's Rob Westall at the Liberty Stadium: "'The Jacks are staying up' chant the Swansea fans after seeing their side get the three goal cushion they craved for. A much more relaxed atmosphere among the home support following Wayne Routledge's fine finish."

  164. 16:37: 
    Football League latest

    Hope briefly renewed for Millwall as the Championship's bottom club goes ahead with a Shaun Williams penalty against Blackburn, whose captain Grant Hanley is sent off. But the 10 men hit back to level through Michael Keane. Barnsley now lead 3-1 at Yeovil, while captain Ross McCormack looks to lead by example by pulling a goal back for Leeds against Doncaster. Middlesbrough threaten a rare away win after taking the lead at Brighton, whose play-off hopes are fading.

    In League One, James Tavernier gets his second goal to put Rotherham back in front against Bristol City. On-loan defender Joseph Mills sent off for Shrewsbury as Walsall's Craig Westcarr also sees red as the Saddlers still lead 1-0. Bottom side Stevenage level against Port Vale through Peter Hartley. Newport pull one back against Portsmouth in League Two.

  165. 16:37: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    And now Stuart O'Keefe has a shot tipped over by Petr Cech. Palace hanging on? No chance...it's Chelsea who are all over the place.

  166.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonWest Brom 2-2 Cardiff

    "Cardiff are still going down. I don't care if they have scored an equaliser or not. But credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he made a tactical change and brought on Wilfried Zaha and Mats Moller Daehli and they are back in this game.

    "But they concede too many goals top stay up."

  167. 16:36: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Palace's Joel Ward is having the game of his life as he charges up the left flank and the ball ends up with Jason Puncheon who brings another save out of Petr Cech.

  168. 16:34: 
    Scottish Premiership latest

    Aberdeen are level at home to Dundee United thanks to a Niall McGinn header, while Kilmarnock have also equalised at Motherwell and it remains 1-1 as Ross County continue to frustrate Celtic.

    St Mirren continue the level-pegging theme at 2-2 in Inverness, with the home side now down to 10 men, leaving St Johnstone the only side in front as they protect a slender 1-0 at home to Partick Thistle.

  169.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "That is the moment for Palace. Cameron Jerome has worked so hard for his team today but it is all for moments like that.

    "He looked tired as he came into the one-on-one with Cech and didn't go across the keeper but beat him at his near post and it comes back out."

  170.   
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentatorCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "Julian Speroni has been a Crystal Palace player for 10 years. Has he ever pulled off a better save? That could save Crystal Palace's season."

  171. 16:32: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-2 Cardiff - Steven Caulker (73 mins)

    What were we saying about Cardiff not threatening? Now they have an equaliser. Cardiff captain Steven Caulker climbs highest to meet Gary Medel's deep free-kick to loop a head over Albion's backpedalling keeper Ben Foster. That's his fifth of the season as the visitors complete their fightback from an early 2-0 deficit.

  172. 16:31: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Is this Chelsea's equaliser?...No!

    Oscar plays in Eden Hazard, but the Belgian's angled shot from just inside the area is well saved by Julian Speroni. Crystal Palace roar up the other end and Cameron Jerome's low shot hits the outside of the post. End to end.

  173. 16:31: 
    West Brom 2-1 Cardiff

    Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer waves his side forwards at the Hawthorns - the Norwegian knows a defeat here could be fatal for his team's hopes of avoiding an instant return to the Championship.

    The Bluebirds are enjoying more possession inside Albion territory but are yet to test Ben Foster.

  174. 16:31: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-0 Norwich - Wayne Routledge (75 mins)

    Boom. Game over. A surging run by Jonjo Shelvey from midfield. The former Liverpool man plays the ball to Wayne Routledge out on the left side of the box and a crisp strike follows.

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    Southampton celebrate scoring

    Ed: There isn't even an argument to be had. Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert and Shaw should all go to Brazil.

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    Tom in London: Swapping Odemwingie for Jones in January is starting to look like a fantastic piece of business by Mark Hughes.

    James from London: Aston Villa are the most unpredictable team in the league. Chelsea over the last few games are challenging for that right though!

    Simon in Limavady: Surely de Guzman's goal for Swansea is a contender for goal of the season? Sublime!

  177. 16:27: 
    GOAL- Southampton 3-0 Newcastle - Adam Lallana (70 mins)

    What a goal, what a player! Adam Lallana picks up the ball 45 yards out, realises he is under no pressure at all as the Newcastle defence retreats and he advances to the edge of the area before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner. You don't save those.

  178.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Conor McNamara at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "This is a big deal. If Palace can claim this scalp it will give them belief they can stay in the top flight. "

  179. 16:26: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    It's not running for Chelsea at the moment - Andre Schurrle showing a heavy touch in the area and giving away possession before a cross from the right evades everyone. That's Schurrle's last act as he is replaced by Demba Ba. Twenty minutes to go.

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    Sam: Chelsea choking! Really poor performance after an amazing game last week - what's happened?!

    Chris: The Chelsea away implosion continues. Advantage Liverpool!

    Roseanne: If Chelsea are serious about their title ambitions then this will be the ultimate test.

  181.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "What a break from Palace. Puncheon breaks forward, gets his shot away and it just misses the post.

    "Palace have won every challenge, won all the second balls and broken with purpose. I maintain they have been by far the better side today - they are playing very well.

    "The atmosphere at Selhurst Park is incredible. People are talking about what fans can do flying planes over grounds but make no mistake the Palace support is driving their team on here today."

    You can listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  182. 16:21: 
    Swansea 2-0 Norwich

    This game has opened up a bit now with action swiftly swinging from one end to the other. A Norwich attack breaks down and Jonathan de Guzman scampers forward as he leads a four-man counter but the Dutch midfielder just runs out of steam and opts to lay the ball into the path of Wilfried Bony, but his first-time shot is high and wide.

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    John Terry heads the ball into his own net

    Steve: If Chelsea play like this when they go to Anfield, their title dreams will be over.

    Phil in Chesterfield: Have to agree with Kit on Twitter [15:57], it would be an absolute travesty if Ashley Young goes to Brazil and Jay Rodriguez stays home!! And that from a Man Utd fan.

    Charles in Cranbrook: Roy has to take Lambert and Rodriguez to Brazil, they both deserve it.

  184. 16:20: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    That was THE chance: the chance to finish off Chelsea, the chance to save Crystal Palace's season.

    Cameron Jerome drives forward and gives the ball to Jason Puncheon, who is a lick of paint away from scoring at Petr Cech's far post. At the other end, John Terry heads narrowly over. This one isn't done and dusted yet.

  185. 16:18: 
    Football League latest

    Big goal in the Championship relegation clash between Yeovil and Barnsley as Chris O'Grady puts the Tykes ahead. Sheffield Wednesday's decent home form takes a severe knock as they go 4-0 down to Watford, a scoreline matched by Bournemouth at hapless Birmingham. Rotherham's outside automatic promotion hopes take a hit in League One as Wade Elliott equalises for in-form Bristol City. Bottom club Stevenage are in further trouble as they go behind to a goal from Port Vale top scorer Tom Pope.

  186. 16:17: 
    GOAL- Stoke City 1-0 Hull City - Peter Odemwingie (62 mins)

    Hull boss Steve Bruce will be furious with a capital F. His side have a throw-in close to the halfway line before Ahmed Elmohamady sloppily surrenders possession. His ambitious cross-field pass goes straight to Peter Odemwingie who races straight through the away side before thumping in a low shot.

  187.   
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea are finding it very difficult at the moment. Andre Schurrle missed a chance in the first half and Jose Mourinho reaction was full of tension and that has continued in the second half.

    "This is a game that is not going Chelsea's way."

  188. 16:17: 
    Southampton 2-0 Newcastle

    The English players are very much to the fore for Southampton this afternoon - Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana all dominating the Newcastle defenders. Of Southampton's 47 PL goals this season, 32 have been scored by Englishmen. Tuck that one into the grey matter for the pub later.

  189. 16:14: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    I wonder if Jose is enjoying the atmosphere now? [see 1453]

  190. 16:14: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Stoke City 0-0 Hull City

    Asmir Begovic makes his second crucial save of the match, and this one was a cracker, as he manages to palm away David Meyler's left-footed drive. Nikica Jelavic is unable to slot home the follow up.

  191. 16:14: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Selhurst Park: "The goal that has been coming has arrived. A small corner of south London erupts and the home fans seem all the happier because they feel they deserve it. It's pretty deafening here. Tony Pulis has been calling for calm heads in the aftermath of that goal. He knows the game is far from won."

  192. 16:13: 
    West Brom 2-1 Cardiff

    Still the chances flow for Albion as they look to regain their two-goal lead. Baggies midfielder Stephane Sessegnon slips the ball through to striker Matej Vydra, whose poked effort is blocked by Cardiff keeper David Marshall. The ball falls to James Morrison who cannot keep the follow-up down. Cardiff are slower starters than me after a 5:30am alarm call.

  193.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
    Crystal Palace v Chelsea

    "Good ball into the box by Joel Ward and the way John Terry has reacted with his head in his hands means it has come off his head. But the centre forward for Crystal Palace has swung his arm in the air near the ball - that might have affected John Terry."

  194. 16:12: 
    Swansea 2-0 Norwich

    BBC Sport's Rob Westall at the Liberty Stadium: "A couple of early chances for Norwich has home fans' nerves jangling a little at the moment. Many are well aware that Swansea have thrown away winning positions after encouraging first-half displays in their two previous home games against Crystal Palace and West Brom. So often fans of teams with a goal lead say their side need a second to make the game safe, supporters here want a third."

  195.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonPalace penalty appeal in the first half- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "We have watched the replays and I think Crystal Palace should have had a penalty in the first half. When the incident it is slowed down it looks like Gary Cahill takes out Yannick Bolasie before getting the ball."

  196.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    "Make no mistake it's exactly what Palace deserve - they have been the better team.

    "It's a good ball in from Ward and Terry gets there first but doesn't get enough purchase on his header and steers it into his own net."

  197. 16:11: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 2-0 Norwich

    Swansea really are playing some beautiful football in this game and another flowing move almost produces a third as this time Michu picks out Jonathan de Guzman inside the area and the midfielder unselfishly plays a pass to Jonjo Shelvey. He then wrong-foots a defender before swiping a shot narrowly wide.

  198. 16:11: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea's response is immediate, Eden Hazard firing a shot through a crowd of players but Julian Speroni gets down well and turns the ball wide.

  199. 16:09: 
    West Brom 2-1 Cardiff

    West Brom flew out of the blocks at the start of this relegation battle and almost catch Cardiff cold again shortly after the restart.

    Centre-back Craig Dawson fires over after a corner, before the England Under-21 international unintentionally diverts Youssouf Mulumbu's shot wide of the visiting goal.

  200. 16:08: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea - John Terry own goal (52 mins)
    Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis

    Wow. We've got a game on now! Joel Ward's cross from the left is headed past his own keeper by John Terry, under pressure from Joe Ledley. What have you got, Chelsea?

  201. 16:06: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-0 Newcastle - Rickie Lambert (49 mins)

    It's all too easy for Southampton, who double their lead when Adam Lallana floats the ball across from the right, over Jay Rodriguez standing in an offside position, and picks out Rickie Lambert who fires home. Game over? You'd have to say so on the evidence of the first half.

  202. 16:05: 
    Swansea 2-0 Norwich

    Better from Norwich as Robert Snodgrass takes aim from just inside the penalty area, but Ashley Williams is on hand to clear off the line.

  203. 16:02: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 1-0 Newcastle

    Two changes as Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, back in the stands after his stadium ban, takes drastic action at the break in an attempt to stop the Saints tide. Dutch striker Luuk de Jong replaces the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa, while full-back Davide Santon comes on for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

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    Anthony: Rob Elliot is the only one who can walk into the Newcastle dressing room with any pride after that first half. Horrific defending.

  205. 16:02: 
    KICK-OFF

    Time for a second set of 45. Over at Selhurst Park, Oscar has come on for David Luiz for Chelsea.

  206. 16:00: 
    Football League latest

    In the Championship, fourth-placed Derby are on course for victory after a Patrick Bamford goal doubles their lead against Charlton. Third-placed QPR are trailing 1-0 against visitors Blackpool, while crisis club Leeds face a tough second 45 minutes at unhappy Elland Road after Billy Sharp's goal puts Doncaster 2-0 ahead.

    League One strugglers Notts County are 2-0 up against Colchester as they seek a vital victory, while relegation rivals Shrewsbury need a comeback at Walsall to get out the bottom four.

    At the bottom of League Two, Northampton will have it all to do in the second half to get out of the relegation places as they trail 2-0 to Bury. Portsmouth are looking more comfortable, though, as they lead ten-man Newport 2-0 and Accrington also have breathing space as they lead 1-0 at Exeter.

  207. 15:59: 
    Race for La Liga
    Lionel Messi

    It's 0-0 at half-time between second-placed Barcelona and city rivals Espanyol in the first of three huge clashes on Saturday featuring the La Liga challengers.

    Barca, who started the day a point behind leaders Atletico Madrid and two points ahead of Real Madrid, dominated the first half and went close through Lionel Messi and Neymar.

    Atletico face a tough test at Athletic Bilbao (19:00 GMT), while Real host Rayo Vallecano at 21:00 GMT.

    There will be live text coverage of both matches on this website from 18:45 GMT.

  208. 15:58: 
    David Moyes reaction- FT: Man Utd 4-1 Aston Villa

    On Rooney: "He has played great all season. He scored two at West Ham last week and scored two again today. I said to him in the dressing room after the game that if you do that you are doing a great job for the team, he is getting the goals that we need but his all-round form and play has been very good this year."

  209. 1558: 
    David Moyes reaction- FT: Man Utd 4-1 Aston Villa

    On recovering from going a goal down: "We played well after that. We got to grips with the game. And we scored some really good goals after that. Villa had chances in second half but that is going to be the case with United here. We are always going to try and score and we want to try and avoid the opportunities we give the opposition and on many occasions we have been punished for similar chances but I think today we had bigger opportunities to score more than our four goals and I have got to say our fourth goal was a fantastic worked goal, great play and a great finish after a great cross."

  210. 15:58: 
    David Moyes reaction- FT: Man Utd 4-1 Aston Villa
    David Moyes

    On plane banner protest and reception he got when he walked out before kick-off: "I've always found the crowd at Old Trafford has been terrific. I've not found what people are saying or writing: I've actually found the majority of people are very supportive and understand the job we are doing. We know we have a big job to do here and we are determined to put it right."

  211. 15:57: 
    Scottish Premiership latest

    Celtic are level at home to Ross County as Kris Commons profits from a goalkeeping fumble. Iain Vigurs shot Motherwell in front at home to Kilmarnock just before the half-time whistle, while Inverness now lead 2-1 against struggling St Mirren. Dundee United are still 1-0 in front at Pittodrie and St Johnstone take the same score into the break despite good pressure from Partick Thistle at McDiarmid Park.

    Follow all the action on our Scottish live text commentary.

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    Nico: Absolutely disastrous defending from Yanga-Mbiwa to play Lambert onside for Southampton's goal. What was he playing at?

    Chad: The Baggies have to keep going in the second half. No good sitting on this lead or Cardiff will pounce!

    Kit: Jay Rodriguez deserves a seat on that plane to Brazil. That's 14 goals in the league this season. He's only 24 as well.

  213.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    "If Palace continue to perform like this they will have a great chance of getting something in their remaining matches.

    "But for Chelsea there has been no real intensity to get past the defence and into the box. I would be surprised if Jose Mourinho doesn't make two or three changes at half-time, with the likes of Salah, Willian and Oscar on the bench."

    You can listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  214. 15:53: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    The stats don't always paint a full picture. Crystal Palace have been better than this. If only they could finish a bit better...

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea
  215. 15:48:  
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- West Brom 2-1 Cardiff

    "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has some talking to do after his side were blown away within nine minutes after an extraordinary goal from Morgan Amalfitano and another from Graham Dorrans. But they have a lifeline from a bizarre moment when Ben Foster was caught out by Jordon Mutch."

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    Ethan: Jordon Mutch has been overlooked by Roy Hodgson, he is having a great season.

  217. 15:47:  
    MOTD's John Roder at St Mary'sHALF-TIME- Southampton 1-0 Newcastle

    "A half in which the only surprise is how long it took for Southampton to break the deadlock. They have dominated their visitors and created chances almost at will. Jay Rodriguez looked like he was having one of those days as chance after chance went begging until his strike partner Rickie Lambert laid one on a plate late in the half. It was no more that the Saints deserve."

  218. 15:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Selhurst Park: "A standing ovation for Palace from the delighted and very vocal home fans at the break. They are enjoying an impressive display from their team in the sunshine. What's not to savour? They have been brighter and more threatening, missed one great chance through Yannick Bolasie and had a strong penalty claim turned down. Chelsea's threat has been sporadic and they have been second best."

  219.  

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: Swansea are two up against Norwich, the second a delightful move finished by De Guzman. The Canaries rarely sing outside their own cage.

  220. 15:46:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Stoke City 0-0 Hull City

    "Scoreline after 45 minutes in this game is the same as it was after 90 minutes in the game at the KC Stadium, 0-0."

  221. 15:46:  
    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Swansea 2-0 Norwich

    "Jonathan de Guzman with two goals, the second of which was an absolute beauty. Swansea have been completely dominant. Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy has had very little to protect him and the 2-0 half time score is little more than Swansea deserve."

  222. 15:45: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Newcastle - Jay Rodriguez (45 mins)

    Sorry, Newcastle fans... that last entry might have tempted fate! Jay Rodriguez just couldn't miss this time as he taps home from six yards out after Rickie Lambert's low pass across goal. The Newcastle defence might as well have been sat up in the stands with Pards.

  223. 15:45: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-0 Newcastle

    Jay Rodriguez is probably beginning to think it's not going to be his day. This time Rickie Lambert knocks it down, and the striker gets a shot away from six yards at full stretch but Rob Elliot pulls out a worldy of a stop. Still 0-0. But how?

  224.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonDe Guzman's second goal- Swansea 2-0 Norwich
    Swansea celebrate scoring

    "Great backheel pass from Wilfried Bony, Jonathan De Guzman has then dinked it over John Ruddy's leg - what a goal. If one of the bigger clubs like Arsenal or Chelsea had done that we would be talking about it for ages."

  225. 15:41: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea
    Jose Mourinho

    Do Crystal Palace need a written invitation? Jason Puncheon is the latest to spurn a decent chance as he blazes well over from 12 yards out. Chelsea are on the ropes. Kind of.

  226. 15:39: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 2-1 Cardiff

    Imagine the embarrassment of being hooked before half-time? That is what seems to have happened to Cardiff defender Fabio. The Brazilian is swapped for fellow Manchester United loanee Wilfried Zaha as Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer switches to four at the back.

  227. 15:38: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Selhurst Park: "The Eagles should be ahead and doesn't Tony Pulis know it. The Palace manager looks like a man who had lost a tenner and found a penny after that miss by Yannick Bolasie and the penalty claim that followed just after. Palace on top at the moment, piling on the pressure and playing well."

  228. 15:37: 
    Football League latest

    Goals at both ends of League One as Leyton Orient's fading automatic promotion hopes take a potential further below as Bradford City go ahead at Brisbane Road, while Crewe's relegation worries increase as Coventry's prolific Callum Wilson puts City ahead. Swindon are quickly out the blocks in the late kick-off against Sheffield United as they lead after just three minutes.

    Meanwhile, there could be a cricket score on the way at St Andrew's where Birmingham's dismal home form continues as the Blues ship a third goal to Bournemouth. Also in the Championship, play-off hopefuls Wigan go behind to a Lukas Jutkiewicz at Bolton.

  229. 15:37: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-0 Norwich - Jonathan de Guzman (38 mins)

    Lovely stuff, Swansea. Wilfried Bony's backpass sets Jonathan de Guzman clear and the midfielder gently dinks the ball over John Ruddy from eight yards. He's on a hat-trick now.

  230. 15:36: 
    Stoke City 0-0 Hull City
    Stoke v Hull

    Stoke drew plenty of plaudits for their stylish 4-1 win at Aston Villa last week, but the Potters appear to have slipped into their previous 'rough and ready' guise against Hull. Scrappy affair with no more goalscoring chances.

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    Jamie: Solskjaer wasn't the right man to bring in, still learning his trade and Cardiff needed a manager experienced in a relegation dogfight.

    Henry: I'm not sure there is a harder working team in the Premier League than Southampton - all they need is some finishing.

  232. 15:36: 
    Swansea 1-0 Norwich

    Rob Westall at the Liberty Stadium: "There's real tension in the air from the home support. Noisy when their side go forward but quieter when Norwich cross the halfway line. Jonathan de Guzman's opener has helped ease their nerves though."

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    Andrew in Cardiff: Get in there Mutch! That's how you score a goal!

  234. 15:36: 
    Southampton 0-0 Newcastle

    It has taken half an hour for Newcastle to settle and they seem to have stemmed the tide of Southampton attacks. Yoan Gouffran wriggles to make some space in the box and his cross-come-shot is snuffed out by Artur Boruc. Alan Pardew, in the stands, will be a relieved man. For 30 minutes his side were pummelled.

  235. 15:33: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    Crystal Palace are having plenty of joy in the final third and Mile Jedinak should do better with a free-kick which skims underneath the Chelsea wall and into the grateful arms of Petr Cech. Earlier, the Eagles had a penalty appeal turned down when Yannick Bolasie went down underneath Gary Cahill's challenge. Good call by referee Lee Mason, judging by the replays.

  236.   
    Garth Crooks, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonWest Brom 2-1 Cardiff

    "That goal puts Cardiff back in the game, West Brom are looking edgy now and Cardiff will fancy getting back into this game."

  237. 15:30: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-1 Cardiff - Jordon Mutch (30 mins)

    Another 'goal of the day' contender at the Hawthorns. Midfielder Jordon Mutch sees Albion keeper Ben Foster straying off his goalline and catches out the England international with a cracking long-range lob. Foster, who saw Cardiff counterpart David Marshall caught out earlier by Morgan Amalfitano, shakes his head in disbelief.

  238. 15:30: 
    Football League latest

    Fourth-placed Derby County aren't giving up on automatic promotion from the Championship just yet. Steve McClaren's men, who trail second-placed Burnley by 13 points, lead by Johnny Russell's goal against struggling Charlton. But Leeds' woes continue as they go behind to Yorkshire neighbours Doncaster at Elland Road.

    Promotion hopefuls Preston and Rotherham both go ahead as they try and keep League One's top two in sight. Portsmouth give caretaker boss Andy Awford the perfect start with a Ryan Taylor penalty putting them ahead at Newport to keep the League Two drop-zone at arm's length.

  239.  
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Selhurst Park: "Palace have just had a good five-minute spell but Chelsea look at their most dangerous when they break from their own half against a backtracking defence. Andre Schurrle is credited with shooting just wide after one such swift counter-attack, although it looked as though a fine lunge from Joel Ward saved a certain goal."

  240.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    "That's how Palace can get at Chelsea - down the right with Bolasie and Puncheon.

    "The cross came in and hit Bolasie's midriff, he wasn't quite expecting it and it was only really a diving header that would have done."

  241. 15:29: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Norwich - Jonathan de Guzman (30 mins)

    A big, big goal for Swansea and Norwich only have themselves to blame as they only clear Jonjo Shelvey's cross to the edge of the area and Jonathan de Guzman is on hand to lash a low shot beyond John Ruddy.

  242. 15:28: 
    Scottish Premiership latest

    Are Celtic suffering from a title-winning hangover? Ross County are ahead in Glasgow thanks to a Melvin de Leeuw shot. Dundee United have made a storming start at Pittodrie and Aberdeen are fortunate to only be 1-0 down, while Inverness and St Mirren are tied at 1-1 and St Johnstone lead Partick Thistle thanks to Stevie May's 23rd goal of the season.

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

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    James and Tomas, Belfast: Newcastle need to kick into gear and try to counter Southampton's fast play. We're becoming predictable.

    Angus, Newcastle: Surely just a matter of time before Southampton score - they're all over us today.

  244. 15:28: 
    Swansea 0-0 Norwich

    Better from Swansea as they draw a save out of Norwich keeper John Ruddy. Wayne Routledge plays a one-two with Michu which gives the former a chance on goal, but his poked effort is denied by Ruddy.

  245. 15:27: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    Another great chance for Palace as Jason Puncheon gets in behind the Chelsea defence, rather like Cesar Azpilicueta did earlier at the other end, and picks out Yannick Bolasie at the far post but the midfielder's effort ends up in the side-netting. That should have been 1-0.

  246. 15:27: 
    West Brom 2-0 Cardiff

    A brief moment of panic inside the West Brom six-yard box. Cardiff skipper Steven Caulker climbs high to head goalwards from a corner with the ball bouncing narrowly over, but the Bluebirds defender is penalised for a push by referee Michael Oliver.

  247.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonWest Brom 2-0 Cardiff

    "Cardiff can't defend, they might have thought they turned the corner with three goals against Liverpool last week but they conceded six which is the major problem. You have to follow your runners and they didn't do that for the second goal by Graham Dorrans."

  248. 15:25: 
    Stoke City 0-0 Hull City

    It is fair to say that television producers will be struggling to find any 'highlights' from the opening 25 minutes in Staffordshire. Plenty of tenacity, if not quality, on show at the moment.

  249. 15:25: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    Palace's Yannick Bolasie cuts inside and has a pop, but it's wide. And then some.

  250. 15:24: 
    Swansea 0-0 Norwich

    Swansea dominating possession at the moment but both goalkeepers could take a seat in the stands given the lack of action in the final third. Michu again shows a lack of confidence when reaching for Jonjo Shelvey's cross and stabs a shot well wide.

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    John: Credit to Wolves - 8.5k away fans in League One is class!

    Luke: What a poor decision for a relegation-battling side to appoint Solskjaer as manager when he has such little experience!

  252. 15:23: 
    Swansea 0-0 Norwich

    Not much to report at the Liberty as Swansea pass the ball about at will without ever really threatening. Sound familiar?

    Swansea 0-0 Norwich
  253. 15:20: 
    West Brom 2-0 Cardiff

    Finally signs of encouragement for the travelling Cardiff fans. Left-back Andrew Taylor storms down the flank before whipping in a low cross which Albion keeper Ben Foster gathers. Alert goalkeeping from the England man as Cardiff top scorer Fraizer Campbell lurks with intent.

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    Gav in Cardiff: You look what Steve Bruce did in January, bringing in two top quality strikers and then you look at Cardiff, Ole wasn't backed well enough with money, Cardiff cannot score and for me it's Tan at fault.

  255.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    "Chelsea opened Palace up with a great overlap and it is an excellent touch from Ward who gets back just in time to stop Schurrle putting it in."

  256.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Conor McNamara at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    On Andre Schurrle's missed chance [1508]: "Jose Mourinho put his hands in the air to celebrate and turned his back on the pitch - it's one of those ones where the manager then turns back round and says 'Oh no! it's gone wide'."

  257. 15:19: 
    Southampton 0-0 Newcastle

    Southampton are rampant but can't add the finishing touches to their good build-up play. Rickie Lambert is denied by a smart Robert Elliot save and seconds later, Adam Lallana has a free header six yards from goal but guides his effort wide. The home side could be three or four up here. Newcastle leading a charmed existence.

  258. 15:19: 
    Football League latest

    Notts County's escape bid continues at the foot of League One as an early goal from Ronan Murray puts them in front against Colchester as they chase a third straight win. City neighbours Forest have also made a decent start with a James Collins goal at Ipswich lifting some of the gloom around the manager-less Championship play-off chasers. QPR are struggling to make the most of Burnley's defeat earlier today after going behind to Blackpool at Loftus Road as they look to close in on the second-tier's top two.

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    Andy in Chislehurst: Come on BBC. 10,000 Wolves fans going to MK Dons for a League One game and not a picture or even a mention! Shows how far we've come since the dross we had to endure 12 months ago. A wonderful and historic club which I and many others are proud to support.

  260. 15:18: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have a clear plan to get at Crystal Palace behind the full-backs and it almost brings them the opening goal when Cesar Azpilicueta puts in a low ball but Andre Schurrle's bundles his close-range effort just wide.

  261. 15:18: 
    CLOSE!- Stoke City 0-0 Hull City

    Still very even at the Britannia between two teams battling for a top-half finish. The best chance so far falls to Hull wing-back Liam Rosenior, who heads over the Stoke crossbar after being left unmarked in the home box.

  262. 15:16: 
    Southampton 0-0 Newcastle

    Jay Rodriguez is having his own personal battle with the Newcastle goal. The Southampton striker has had more shots than any of his team-mates this season and it's not hard to see why. This time he connects with Steven Davis's cross to glance a diving header at the bottom corner, only for Robert Elliot to dive and palm the ball away.

    Southampton settling down, Rodriguez very much to the fore.

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    Fiona: Oh. My God. Solskjaer, do something! These tactics obviously not working.

    Josh: Malky would have kept Cardiff up, the owner has cost them their Premier League place next year for me.

  264. 15:14: 
    YELLOW CARD- Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    More worries for Chelsea, with David Luiz receiving treatment after coming out second-best in a 50-50 with Yannick Bolasie. He should be fine to continue though. The Palace man is booked for his troubles.

  265. 15:14: 
    West Brom 2-0 Cardiff

    West Brom supporters are now singing Baggies legend Jeff Astle's name in the ninth minute - corresponding with his shirt number - as a 'Justice for Jeff' banner is held up. His widow, Laraine, has backed calls for a public inquiry into head injuries after the former England forward died of brain trauma in 2002.

  266. 15:13: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Selhurst Park: "Chelsea were a couple of goals up by this stage in their last game. The fact Jose Mourinho is looking stern-faced and making notes-a-plenty suggests all is not going according to plan at the moment. The main midfield three of David Luiz, Nemanja Matic and Frank Lampard have all been sloppy in possession and Palace look pretty comfortable at the moment."

  267. 15:12: 
    Swansea 0-0 Norwich

    Rob Westall at the Liberty Stadium: "Swans fans in fine voice after hearing about Cardiff's plight at West Brom. Nothing to shout about for them here though. Michu shooting wide from the edge of the box the only threat to either goal so far."

  268. 15:11: 
    Southampton 0-0 Newcastle

    Another chance for Jay Rodriguez, another side-netting job as his back-stick header from Calum Chambers's cross fails to trouble the keeper.

  269. 15:11: 
    Stoke City 0-0 Hull City

    Not all that much to report so far - although Tom Huddlestone did force a decent save from Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic with a well-struck long-range effort.

  270. 15:09: 
    Swansea 0-0 Norwich

    No clear-chances yet at the Liberty Stadium although Michu should do better when he receives the ball on the edge of the area and backtracking defenders opens up a sight of goal for the Spaniard. However, he scuffs his shot harmlessly wide. You get the feeling the Michu of 2012-13 would have buried that chance.

  271. 15:09: 
    GOAL- West Brom 2-0 Cardiff - Graham Dorrans (9 mins)

    The Baggies are going 'boing boing' barmy as Graham Dorrans sidefoots in Albion's second goal. Opener goalscorer Morgan Amalfitano's angled cross is prodded back at the far post by Matej Vydra for the Scotland midfielder to pounce. Cardiff fans will be disappearing downstairs down for a half-time pint already.

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    Chris: Wolves have taken 8,857 away fans to MK Dons today. Absolutely amazing support in League One! Just sorry I'm not there.

    Tim: Real opportunity for Chelsea here with Man City facing a tough away tie. Fully expect Mourinho's men to seize it.

    Jason: There's a spot just opened up if Jose misses us that much!

  273. 15:08: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Newcastle

    A decent early chance for Southampton when Jay Rodriguez latches on to a long ball pumped forward from the back and gets in front of his marker but fires a shot into the side-netting. He'll have to hope England boss Roy Hodgson hasn't got to the ground yet for his fortnightly trip to St Mary's!

  274. 15:07: 
    West Brom 1-0 Cardiff
    West Brom v Cardiff

    Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall makes amends for the opener with a superb stop to deny Albion scoring a second. Graham Dorrans' perfectly weighted lob over the Welsh defence picks out team-mate James Morrison, whose volley is palmed to safety by Marshall. Cardiff are on the rocks and they need to get their act together. Quick.

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

    Chelsea are in their white kit today, but David Luiz hasn't paired the away strip with his shooting boots judging by his early 'Row Z' effort. Crystal Palace have actually started well, with Jason Puncheon lively down the right.

  276. 15:02: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-0 Cardiff - Morgan Amalfitano (2 mins)
    David Marshall shows his disappointment after conceding

    What a strike! Make sure you catch this on Match of the Day later. West Brom midfielder Morgan Amalfitano gives the home side a perfect start against relegation rivals Cardiff. Nothing seems to be on for the Frenchman in the right channel, before he thumps a stunning strike over Cardiff keeper David Marshall. He looks sheepishly embarrassed.

  277.   
    BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Jason Roberts at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Chelsea

    "Tony Pulis has some big decisions going into this game - is he going to go for it or begin cautiously?

    "In my opinion Palace need to start this on the front foot and attack Chelsea straight away."

    You can listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  278. 15:01: 
    Southampton 0-0 Newcastle

    As you might expect, there's plenty of early possession for Southampton. Newcastle, in yellow today, might be chasing a lot of shadows in the St Mary's sunshine.

  279. 15:00: 
    KICK-OFF

    What does the Selhurst Park eagle do on non-matchdays? Surely he doesn't reside at the ground! Anyway, it's time to play some football - we're under way in the five 3pm kick-offs.

  280. 14:58: 
    Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Selhurst Park: "Selhurst is a sunny sell-out on a beautiful day to watch football. The Eagles have their own dance group, had an actual Eagle sitting on the crossbar, and have a beady eye on ruining Chelsea's day. Palace's theme tune "Glad All Over" makes a stonkingly good noise at the best of times. The sun seems to have increased its volume. They were unlucky not to get a point in a 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. Can they match their performance that day?

  281. 14:57: 
    Swansea v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    BBC Radio Wales commentator Mark Poyser at the Liberty Stadium: "Swansea City have the best record in matches between the bottom seven sides in the Premier League this season. They have got 20 points in 10 games. Cardiff City have the next best record with 17 points from nine games."

  282. 14:57: 
    Delayed Kick-off at Swindon

    Swindon Town and Sheffield United will kick off at 15.15 GMT in League One after an accident in Swindon town centre causes traffic delays.

    According to Sheffield United reporters in press box at the County Ground, the Blades players had to get off their coach and walk the rest of short distance to the ground because of the traffic delay.

  283. 14:57: 
    West Brom v Cardiff (15:00 GMT)
    Cardiff City supporters

    It's also a pretty big game afternoon for relegation rivals West Brom and Cardiff, who face off at The Hawthorns. The Bluebirds can draw level on points with the Baggies if they record a win.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn't appear at his pre-match news conference yesterday, but his assistant manager Mark Dempsey says the Norwegian is not feeling the pressure.

    "He rarely loses his head and is calm, cool and in control in all situations," said Dempsey. "He is not too emotional. He is a man who thinks clearly, is tactically sound and aware."

    That's that then.

  284. 14:56: 
    Southampton v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)

    The camera lenses will be tightly focused on two men who will not even kick a ball at St Mary's this afternoon. Referee Andre Marriner is back in the middle after his much publicised dismissal of Kieran Gibbs in a case of mistaken identity last week. He looks calm and relaxed in the tunnel as the players prepare to walk out onto the pitch.

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is back in the stands today after serving a three-game stadium ban. He cannot go near the touchline for another four games, but I'm sure the cameras will find him in the directors' box. For Marriner, there will be no hiding.

  285. 14:53: 
    Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)
    Jose Mourinho

    Poor Pompey. Did you know Jose Mourinho is looking forward to today's trip to Selhurst Park - purely because it reminds him of Fratton Park!

    "We played there in 2004, but many of my players haven't," said Mourinho. "Some of them even don't know where the stadium is. They are noisy, they are supportive of their team. I miss Portsmouth, so I'm happy to go to Crystal Palace."

    Pompey miss you too, Jose.

  286. 14:53: 
    League Two preview

    Portsmouth, FA Cup winners in 2008, have seen a rapid fall in fortunes and may end up in the League Two relegation places at full-time if they lose at Newport and resurgent Northampton defeat Bury. Leaders Rochdale will be hoping to consolidate their position in the automatic promotion places in the division when they face Fleetwood, but Scunthorpe in second can stay on their coat tails with a victory against Wycombe. York face Burton and Exeter host Accrington.

  287. 14:52: 
    League One preview

    Leaders Wolves will be looking to extend their lead at the summit of League One, but face a tricky trip to MK Dons, who themselves are in the hunt for a play-off spot. Third-placed Leyton Orient can move into an automatic promotion spot should they beat Bradford and Brentford lose at Oldham.

    Carlisle, Shrewsbury, Notts County and Stevenage are all in the relegation zone, but wins today for any of those sides may allow them to move away from trouble.

  288. 14:51: 
    Championship preview

    There's a full programme in the Championship this afternoon following the top-of-the-table clash between Burnley and Leicester. Attention turns to the bottom of the standings, where 22nd-placed Yeovil host 23rd-placed Barnsley. A healthy win for the home side could see them move out of the relegation zone.

    Meanwhile, Wigan, who have suffered just one defeat in nine games, face rivals Bolton in the Lancashire derby, while troubled Leeds entertain Doncaster. Elsewhere, QPR play Blackpool, Reading entertain Huddersfield and high-flying Derby are at home to Charlton.

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    Ben in Manchester: Young has been mentioned twice all game on here today. Did he really contribute so little? How does he continually start ahead of Kagawa or Januzaj!?

    Magatubu in Birmingham: It's strange how even people like Savage are advising a change in manager. It's not going to happen. Move on. Let the man get on with his job. In Moyes we trust.

    Michael in London: Good chance for United fans to dispel the myth that they are fair-weather glory supporters. They don't seem to be taking it at the moment though!

  290. 14:49: 
    Full-time stats- Man Utd 4-1 Aston Villa
    Stats from Man Utd v Villa

    Manchester United might not have won a corner, but they found the net four times and that is pretty much all that matters.

  291. 14:48: 
    Crystal Palace v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)
    David Luiz

    Both issues are on the table for Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and Blues boss Jose Mourinho could land himself in further trouble with the Football Association after once again criticising referee Chris Foy's performance in the defeat at Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

    "Other matches we lost because we didn't play well, because the opponent played much better than us," he said. "If you go to the other matches you find natural reasons to lose the match. If you go to the Villa match, it is difficult."

    Careful, Jose.

  292. 14:47: 

    Thanks JJ, good work. Pumped for the 3pm kick-offs? Of course you are, because there's plenty to play for: not least the Premier League title and top-flight survival.

  293. 14:46: 

    After all that excitement, it's time for Marc Higginson to join me for the 3pm kick-offs...

  294. 14:45: 
    Player reaction- Man Utd 4-1 Aston Villa

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on the victory: "Today was a big game after the midweek defeat. We knew we had to respond and show what a good side we are. It was difficult after a slow start, but we came through it and it was a good victory.

    On the 'Moyes Out' fly-by banner before kick off: "To be honest we made nothing of it. We know the manager has support from the players and the fans. It doesn't matter what is being said elsewhere."

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    Simon from Greenock: It's a disgrace to try and place blame on Sir Alex for this seasons results. Once he knew he was retiring it was not appropriate for him to identify new targets. That was the new managers long term responsibility and Moyes knew which players he would be managing before arriving. Rome wasn't built in a day and I can't believe how a small contingent of Man Utd supporters are behaving like brats after being spoiled with success for 20 years. Not real supporters in my book.

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    Sean: 4-1 is flattering for United. If Benteke was on form, this game could easily of been 4-4. Just one of them days.

    Tom: Same type of goal Stoke found so easy last week. Villa go down easily on the wings and lose their marking in the middle.

    Dom: Great ball, great goal. Finishing has been the difference this afternoon.

  297.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Final Score on BBC Red ButtonMan Utd 4-1 Aston Villa

    "Manchester United have been very good, they have bounced back from that shocking performance against Manchester City in midweek. Juan Mata has had a very good day, but what would they do without Wayne Rooney?

    "I think the win will buy David Moyes a bit of time, but would I give him the money to invest in the summer? I am not sure. I would look to see which managers were available in the summer. Maybe Ryan Giggs could be an option with Sir Alex in an advisor role."

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Last updated 29 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 32 38 69
No movement 2 Liverpool 31 45 68
No movement 3 Man City 30 52 67
No movement 4 Arsenal 32 19 64
No movement 5 Everton 30 16 57
No movement 6 Tottenham 31 0 56
No movement 7 Man Utd 32 14 54
No movement 8 Southampton 32 9 48
No movement 9 Newcastle 32 -9 46
No movement 10 Stoke 32 -8 40
No movement 11 West Ham 31 -7 34
No movement 12 Aston Villa 31 -12 34
No movement 13 Swansea 32 -3 33
No movement 14 Hull 32 -7 33
No movement 15 Norwich 32 -25 32
No movement 16 Crystal Palace 31 -19 31
No movement 17 West Brom 31 -12 29
No movement 18 Cardiff 32 -32 26
No movement 19 Sunderland 29 -19 25
No movement 20 Fulham 31 -40 24

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