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Summary

  1. Leeds sack manager Darko Milanic
  2. Southampton beat Stoke to move second
  3. Sunderland errors gift Arsenal victory
  4. Liverpool held by Hull, West Brom deny Palace
  5. Bony scores twice in Swansea win

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By Saj Chowdhury, Gary Rose and Stephan Shemilt

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And that, dear reader, is all for today. Just joining? Where have you been? Let me start your catch-up by pointing you in the direction of three things to read on the BBC Sport website tonight:

1. Only one place to start. El Clasico. Suarez returned, but Real ruled. Read the report.

2. The latest episode in the Leeds United saga, the second manager of the season shown the door. Massimo Cellino has axed Darko Milanic after just 32 days at the club.

3. Which comedian kissed Sam Allardyce after West Ham's victory against Manchester City? Watch here.

With that, we're out of here. Don't forget to put your clock back.

Nigel Pearson on having the goals measured: "The goalkeepers felt they looked a bit big. I think Garry Monk's had enough controversy in the last seven days, so it was prudent to check it out."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "We didn't manage the ball well enough, didn't give ourselves the best chance to win the game. We weren't positive and made too many unforced errors.

"We had some pace out there today, but unless you utilise your own possession, it makes it very difficult to maximise those players' strengths.

"We huffed and puffed but without the quality we've shown in other games. The way we've played so far this season, I know we're better than what we've shown today."

Match of the Day running order

Before tomorrow, there's the Saturday night ritual of Match of the Day to observe. Want the running order? Your wish is our command...

1. West Hamv Man City

2. Sunderland v Arsenal

3. West Brom v Palace

4. Southampton v Stoke

5. Swansea v Leicester

6. Liverpool v Hull

MOTD will be live on BBC One from 22:25 BST.

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "I'm very pleased with the first half, we played very well and moved the ball very well. Some of the movements and patterns we've done in training came off. We defended well enough and earned the three points.

"The five games which we haven't won, we played very well and deserved more than what we got. There was a little pressure on us and the players handled it very well."

Tomorrow? A triple-header for you, beginning with the twin 13:30 kick-offs of Burnley v Everton and Tottenham v Newcastle.

The comes the small matter of Manchester United v Chelsea at Old Trafford. Win that and the Blues will be six points clear at the top of the Premier League, eight ahead of Manchester City. Title won?

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AbdulKabir: Montero is a very big talent and had a decent game, I believe he should be started more.

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony: "It was really important to win today and we deserved it. Gylfi can give me the ball any time, I just have to focus on scoring goals."

Gylfi Sigurdsson: "The understanding between us is good. He was there, I just laid it on for him. I felt my groin before the game, so that's why I was coming off. We showed character to bounce back from the loss at Stoke."

Swansea, by the way, had gone five league games without a win. One win in six and up to sixth in the table tells a story of how tight the Premier League is this season.

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Former Leicester defender Matt Elliot on BBC Radio Leicester

"I think prior to the game a lot of fans wouldn't have been too disappointed with the starting line-up. Some fans are unhappy that there are square pegs in round holes and I think they are referring to Jamie Vardy playing wide right.

"You can put whatever formation out there but you have to show the intelligence to deal with the other teams movement and we didn't do that today, we got dragged around today."

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Alastair McKay: Depressing times for Leeds Utd. The fans deserve better. Could be a long time before Leeds are ever playing in Prem League.

Henry: Keeping your job at Leeds is harder than taking Braintree to European glory in football manager. Madness from Cellino.

David Blayney: Sad to see these former big clubs in trouble Leeds, Birmingham and Bolton to name a few.

So the top six for Swansea, who, like a lot of other clubs, might be thinking that this season is a very good opportunity to gatecrash the bigger names. Stiff tests to come, though. Their next three league games are Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City.

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BBC Radio Leicester

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Rob from Leicester has been sat in the away end: "The first half was atrocious, a terrible half. The second was better but shocking defending for that second goal killed us.

"Disappointing overall. I think there is room for a couple of new players in January and maybe we have to work to the players we have to suit them rather than making them meet a formation."

FULL-TIME

Swansea 2-0 Leicester

All over. Three blasts of the whistle signal the end and confirm Swansea's climb to sixth in the Premier League. The Welsh club were well worth it, while poor Leicester are four without a win and only two points above the drop zone.

GREAT SAVE!

Swansea 2-0 Leicester

Great save? Horrendous miss? It's a bit of both. Lukasz Fabianski flies as the ball comes in, palming the ball towards Esteban Cambiasso. The Argentine has won it all, but he can't score from a yard, first hitting the post, then dallying as Fabianski hurls back to claw the ball away. Confirmation that Leicester will not score tonight.

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Swansea still running as we head to stoppage time, Leicester forced to defend rather than push for the goal that would set up a grandstand finish. There are three minutes of stoppage time to be played.

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Garry Monk's men are going sixth in the Premier League - above Liverpool and Manchester United - but there's no hint of a smile from the Swansea boss. In his technical area, he has hands in pockets, staring in to the distance like a bloke wondering what to do with his evening. Five to go.

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SUBSTITUTION

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It's actually raining pretty steadily in Swansea as the hosts make a double change. Big applause for Wilfried Bony as he departs in the company of Wayne Routledge. Bafetimbi Gomis and Nathan Dyer are on.

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Not a lot more to report from the Liberty, where Leicester are wandering towards defeat. For all the talk about a good start to the season for the Foxes, they will be in the bottom three if Newcastle win at Spurs tomorrow.

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CLOSE!

Swansea 2-0 Leicester

Almost a third for Swansea, Jonjo Shelvey's streak clear of the defence sees a pass slipped into the path of Wayne Routledge, who isn't quite quick enough. You feel it's more likely that there's more for Swansea, rather than one back for Leicester.

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Swansea 2-0 Leicester

Back at the Liberty, it's gone a little flat on the pitch, as if the Swansea second has taken the bite from the game. Still lively in the crowd, though. Whoever has got the drum will have arm-ache in the morning. Or RSI.

Leeds sack Milanic

A bit more on the Leeds situation from BBC Radio Leeds' Adam Pope, who says: "Leeds owner massimo Cellino has texted me to say Neil Redfearn will be his new head coach. He said 'I am calling Neil back to the bench for good'."

I wonder what Redfearn thinks of that.

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Leeds sack Milanic

Olly Dickinson: Unbelievable decision, he's only had six games. We've become a laughing stock.

Shohidur Rahman: Leeds have the worst owner in world football? You could definitely say that.

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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has sacked his second manager of the season, with Darko Milanic shown the door after only six games in charge. Leeds, 18th in the Championship, lost 2-1 at home to Wolves today .

SUBSTITUTION

Swansea 2-0 Leicester

Triple sub for Leicester, on come Matty James, Andy King and Esteban Cambiasso in place of Jamie Vardy, Dean Hammond and Danny Drinkwater. Dice thrown for the last time.

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Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

BBC Radio Leicester

"Kasper Schmeichel has got his hands in the air and is asking why Jonjo Shelvey has so much time and space there? He has a good point. Shelvey has a great shot on him, so where was the midfield? He had absolutely acres of space there. Big problems here for Leicester."

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Replays of that Shelvey effort show that the former Liverpool man was nearer the centre circle than the Leicester box when he struck it. Right foot, arcing away from the flying Kasper Schmeichel, who was beaten all ends up.

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Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

BBC Radio Leicester

"Swansea have been impressive but this has been a very disjointed performance from Leicester. Overall I would say it has been their worst performance of the season so far. They looked rattled in the first half, and that second Swansea goal has set the cat amongst the pigeons again."

Swansea 2-0 Leicester

On that goal/substitution, it looked like Garry Monk was getting ready to replace Sigurdsson before the second went in. If he was aware, Sigurdsson had a piece de resistance before he left. Jonjo Shelveeeyyyy! Against the bar from miles out. Swansea bossing it.

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SUBSTITUTION

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Gylfi Sigurdsson's work is done, the architect replaced by Tom Carroll. The Icelander gets a break with Tuesday's League Cup tie against Liverpool in mind. Early to pull the trigger? Probably not. It's hard to see Leicester getting back in this.

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Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

BBC Radio Leicester

"Far too easy. There was a lack of positioning in the back four, and again there is another square ball right into Wilfried Bony's path. Again he finishes it with aplomb. Just as Leicester were showing signs of a comeback, that Swansea goal has stopped them in their tracks."

GOAL

Swansea 2-0 Leicester - Wilfried Bony

Leicester's best spell? Forget about it. Once more, the Foxes are torn to shreds by the Gylfi Sigurdsson-Wilfried Bony combo, with Jefferson Montero getting involved for good measure. Sigurdsson releases Montero with a one-two, with the Ecuadorian rolling the ball across goal for Bony to apply the finish. Game over. Probably.

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Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Yep, Leicester definitely getting better, with Danny Drinkwater unleashing a rasper from distance that calls Lukasz Fabianski into action. Catching that shot may be the first thing the Pole has had to do this evening. Leicester's best spell.

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

BBC Radio Leicester

"There wasn't a lot of energy in Leicester's first-half performance and their distribution was disappointing, but this is more positive stuff. There is more liveliness in their play and it already looks like it will stay that way. Leonardo Ulloa has moved out onto the left and Jamie Vardy is playing centrally up against the two centre-backs and will try to cause the Swansea defenders problems with his pace."

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Leicester have improved slightly since the break, with Leonardo Ulloa getting into the game a little more. That throw-in, by the way, wasn't touched by Shelvey, so wouldn't have counted.

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Leeds sack Milanic

Pemberton FC: Feel sorry for the Leeds fans more than anyone, it's a never-ending bad dream in which they can't seem to escape.

Matthew Penistone: If Massimo Cellino wants to keep fans on side he has to give it to Neil Redfearn full time. He is the only person who gets them playing.

Matthew Wade: What is going on at Leeds? Another manager gone? He will be back in charge this time tomorrow!

Owner Massimo Cellino has sacked his second manager of the season, with Darko Milanic shown the door after only six games in charge. Leeds, 18th in the Championship, lost 2-1 at home to Wolves today.

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson sits in the stands, hand on his chin, earpiece dangling like a bodyguard not wanting to listen to orders. Swansea, after that throw-in trouble, are back into their stride, pressing. Drum still bangs, songs still sung. I reckon it might be a decent night out in Swansea tonight.

CLOSE!

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Close. Or is it? A Rory Delap-style throw comes in from the Leicester right, Liam Moore than man with the projection. It bounces in the Swansea area, eventually landing on the bar. Did Jonjo Shelvey get a touch on that? Would it have counted if it had dropped in? Not sure. It didn't, so it doesn't matter.

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KICK-OFF

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Leeds have livened up half-time there, haven't they? Anyway, the players are back out at the Liberty, Leicester gets us back under way in search of that equaliser.

Leeds sack Milanic

More on Leeds, with owner Massimo Cellino saying: "I want to apologise to the supporters, they deserve better results."

Do they also deserve a manager who gets more than six games?

What to make of what is going on at Leeds? Once more, Neil Redfearn is given the call to take charge, it is he who will take training on Monday morning. Text and tweet your thoughts on the latest of the Elland Road soap opera. In fact, if Leeds United was the basis of a soap, what would you call it? You know, like Dream Team, but not based on Harchester United.

Leeds sack Milanic

Erm, what is going on at Leeds United? Owner Massimo Cellino axes his second manager of the season, with Darko Milanic shown the door after only six games. Leeds, 18th in the Championship, lost 2-1 at home to Wolves today.

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Ben, Northumberland: How amazing do the Swansea fans sound when they're belting out Hymns and Arias? Up there with You'll Never Walk Alone at Anfield, or When The Spurs Go Marching In, easily.

As it stands

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

So, as it stands, Swansea are going sixth in the Premier League, nestled in between Arsenal and Liverpool on goal difference. Leicester would stay two points above the relegation zone.

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Aidan Williams: Some players just click at clubs and do well. Not every good club player would do well at a better club - just look at Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

BBC Radio Leicester

"At the moment I would be loathe to make any serious changes, but Swansea have been so good in their movement that some of the Leicester players have looked unsure of what their positions are. Esteban Cambiasso probably sees things that split second quicker than other players.

"Leicester will be happy to see the half-time whistle. Now they can recharge, have a talk about the problems on the pitch, and how they can go about amending them. "

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MOTD's Conor McNamara at the Liberty

"Leicester have struggled to get in round the back of the Swansea defence. Swansea have had the better chances on the balance and Leicester will have to do much better."

HALF-TIME

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Three blasts on the whistle send us for a half-time brew. Swansea good value, but should they be further in front? Having said that, Leicester have shown next to nothing.

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Swansea 1-0 Leicester

Half-time approaching, the fourth official fiddling with his board. It's been largely one-way traffic in the first period, but Swansea have only made one clear chance, which they took. Problems for Leicester, but the positive is they're only one behind. One minute added.

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Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

BBC Radio Leicester

"Have Leicester had an attempt on goal? I'm not so sure we've had an attempt off goal. The danger now is when you see how composed Swansea are, they could keep possession all day long. Leicester have to squeeze and pressure the ball but that will leave more space in behind for Swansea to exploit."

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Matt, Plymouth: Regarding James Evans' text earlier (see 13 mins), Plymouth have the best defensive record in the Football League. No chance of Pompey knocking eight past us, south coast style or not!

Swansea 1-0 Leicester

We've settled again after that Swansea goal, with Leicester showing a little more intent since going behind. The Foxes, though, haven't shown the same guile as their hosts and haven't looked like getting past the home defence.

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Big wins and derby thrillers in FA Cup

FA Cup fourth-round qualifying round-up

There is to be no FA Cup first-round dream for village side Willand Rovers, who lost their fourth qualifying round fixture to Gosport 3-1. It is, though, a special moment for Gosport, who are in the first-round hat for the first time.

Elsewhere, past giant killers Blyth Spartans won 4-3 at Leek Town, while Chester edged a thrilling clash at Stockport 4-2.

There were some thumping wins too, Bristol Rovers and East Thurrock United won 7-1 against Dorchester Town and Bath City respectively, while Gateshead won 4-0 at home to Gainsborough Trinity.

For all the results from today's FA Cup games, head to our FA Cup index.

Big songs inside the Liberty, the home crowd having been treated to a moment of class for their team to take the lead their dominance merits. Sigurdsson, by the way, has now racked up seven assists in the Premier League alone this season. Provider.

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Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

BBC Radio Leicester

"What a great bit of play. There was a lovely backheel in the build-up from Wilfried Bony and then he is on hand to provide a proper centre-forward's finish.

"I think Leicester realised they were up against a good team but now they know just how good Swansea can be. Bony, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jonjo Shelvey are the three stand-out players and Leicester have found them too hot to handle."

GOAL

Swansea 1-0 Leicester - Wilfried Bony

It's been coming. Swansea take a deserved lead through more excellent work from the two men that have run the show, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wilfried Bony. A Bony backheel frees Sigurdsson, who returns the ball for Bony to sweep past Kasper Schmeichel. That's three in three for the Ivorian. Swansea could be heading for the top six.

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