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Summary

  1. Hull win to send Villa into bottom three
  2. QPR earn first away win of season
  3. Balotelli earns Liverpool late win over Spurs
  4. Italian scores first Liverpool league goal

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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The reaction is still incoming, and the best of the quotes will find their way on to

the BBC Football pages shortly.

But we are off for the night here. See you tomorrow!

(Assistant) manager reaction

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe, speaking to BT Sport: "Brendan had to shoot off to catch a plane. Tottenham have been on a great run, it was two good teams but the way we came through was fantastic.

"Mario Balotelli has been working hard in training and for the last couple of weeks he's been ill so it's great that he scored the winner. Steven Gerrard felt his hamstring and felt he had to come off. It was important to win tonight, it was a great win and we deserved it."

Manager reaction

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino
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'You had me at hello'

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We are disappointed with the result because I think one point would have been fair for both teams. It was a great game, we played well but this is football. The players are very disappointed, sad and tired but we have to accept football is like this.

"I am proud of the effort and we have to look forward. The only thing we need to improve, in the first half we gave Liverpool some chances and made some mistakes. We deserved more from this game."

Top of the table

Premier League
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Middlesbrough are the new leaders in the Championship. The second division always, always serves up an exciting finale. And this year is no different.

Pick your three promoted sides from that lot. Plenty of sides below Brentford who will fancy their chances too.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Mario Balotelli
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Mario Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal of the season with his 48th shot. It was his first goal in the English top-flight since November 2012 (Man City v Wigan).

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

I know we've had a lot of stats about Aston Villa but here's another. Their haul of 12 league goals this season is the lowest total ever after 25 games in Premier League history.

MANAGER REACTION

Sunderland 0-2 QPR

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "It was not a great start. Everything was planed to start very fast, but we didn't find a way to do the right things.

"We went forward and we had crosses and we had chances and we had penalty appeals. The boys tried everything possible, but what we had done in the first 20 minutes was just too expensive and we paid the price. Rob Green had a fantastic game.

"It doesn't change my thoughts [about the relegation battle]. Anyone who thinks they are safe because they have 30 points already is very wrong."

Sunderland 0-2 QPR

That's a hat I see thrown into the ring...

MANAGER REACTION

Sunderland 0-2 QPR

QPR interim manager Chris Ramsey: "It's a very important result. It's been a long time coming. We have had some good away performances but we just haven't had the rub of the green.

"Rob Green was in fantastic form and our back four worked well together. The goals that we got were great and a good quick fast start was important for us. The boys kept the momentum up throughout the game.

"The club's been really good to me and I was really focussed on the job at hand and whatever's going to happen will happen. If the job's available and I'm the right man then I'll do it.

"It's nice from a visual point of view to see yourselves above the [relegation] line. We need to stick together and continue to perform like that."

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We had some good moments in the game and a good spirit. We dropped in the second half and became a bit nervous. I'm surprised this team [Leicester] is bottom of the league. I knew that before the game. If they can keep believing in what they are doing I think they will get out.

"Alexis Sanchez does not look bad, a kick on the knee. Aaron Ramsey is a bit more worrying because it is a muscular injury but the fact he had to stop straight away is not a good sign."

MANAGER REACTION

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans at Hull
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Paul Lambert on fans' banner calling for him to be sacked: "I was aware of it months ago. I try to do my best. It's a great football club with a massive fanbase and they want to see their team doing well.

"We've got to keep battling away and keep our heads up. We're certainly in a fight. You have to keep going and keep being positive.

"There's a fight, the lads know it. There's a lot of football to be played."

MANAGER REACTION

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I thought we played well in a lot of parts of the game. There's that little area where we're not confident enough. We lost poor goals, especially the first one. The ball should never travel that distance.

"I've told the players they've got 13 cup finals. That's how they've got to look at it. I know they're more than capable of doing it.

"There's seven or eight teams in it. We just have to get ourselves out out it."

MANAGER REACTION

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "We took a bit of confidence from the weekend. It was nice to beat a team that was in and around us.

"Psychologically it's good for everybody. That was more like what I've been used to seeing for the last two and a half years. We've given ourselves as good chance."

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa in Premier League since September 20: LLLLLLDDDWWLDLDDLLLLL (P21 W2 D6 L13; 8 goals for, 33 against).

That spells relegation to me...

League Two round-up

Shrewsbury are the new leaders in League Two thanks to an astonishing late comeback at Carlisle. Micky Mellon's side were a goal down going into stoppage time, but Micky Demetriou equalised in the 93rd minute, before James Collins grabbed a winner in the 94th. "Town are just a side who don't give up on a game," yells the Shrewsbury Town Twitter account.

Burton drop to second after being held 0-0 at home by 10-man AFC Wimbledon, while Wycombe slip to third after seeing their 12-match unbeaten league run ended in a 2-0 defeat at home to Plymouth. Southend are up to fourth, beating Cheltenham 2-0.

Hartlepool have an awful lot of work to do to lift themselves off the bottom, but they'll feel hopeful after Marvin Morgan gave them a 1-0 win over a Northampton side who had won their previous five. Excellent work from next-to-bottom York too, who earned a 2-2 draw at promotion hopefuls Luton in a match that finished 10-a-side. In fact, Russ Wilcox's side will probably be feeling they should have won, having been two up at Kenilworth Road.

Manager reaction

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "We've played very well again and I could argue we created a lot of chances but as I said, I don't want to talk in terms of us being unlucky. I want us to learn from performances like tonight and make sure from here on in if we replicate that sort of performance we still have a good chance of avoiding relegation.

"It's all well and good talking about performances. It's alright looking on the bright side of life but ultimately it's about winning games and we continue to be under scrutiny because of the position we are in.

"What pleases me is these players never hide and are not afraid to shoulder responsibility.

"I don't know if this keeps me off the back pages. I'm not an editor of a newspaper. My relationship with the owners remains very good. Professionally and on a personal level. He is our boss and I'm very pleased to be his manager. We have to work as hard a we can to alter our performances at this moment.

Did you feel you would lose your job on Sunday? "I think I have answered enough questions on that subject and I think I'm more than within my rights to move on from that situation now."

Random signing of the day

In his post-match interview Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that striker Kevin Doyle is in talk with MLS side Colorado Rapids.

The MLS invasion continues!

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Aaron Ramsey has a muscular injury which Arsene Wenger says "is a bad sign".

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side 'dropped physically' in the second half and were hanging on in the end.

"I am surprised that this team is bottom of the league", he says about Leicester. He also backs Leicester to stay up.

Full reaction to come.

League One round-up

It's a very good night for Bristol City, who have moved four points clear at the top of League One thanks to a 3-1 victory over Port Vale, coupled with second-placed Swindon's 2-1 defeat at Oldham, who themselves move back into the play-off places.

Preston, in fourth, are now just three points behind third-placed MK Dons as top scorer Joe Garner takes his total for the season to 14 with both goals in a 2-0 win at play-off rivals Chesterfield, who had defender Sam Hird sent off in the first three minutes. Sheffield United are up to sixth after beating Colchester 4-1.

At the bottom, Marcus Tudgay's late equaliser denies Scunthorpe boss Mark Robins victory on his return to Coventry, in a match that ends 1-1, while Crewe beat Yeovil 1-0. There's misery for next-to-bottom Crawley, walloped 5-0 at home by Doncaster.

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Nigel Pearson refuses to answer whether he felt he was about to lose his job on Sunday. He remains very polite and calm throughout - but firm.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Liverpool are now a point behind Tottenham with just three points separating them in seventh from Southampton in third.

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Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson says his relationship with the club' owner 'remains very good.'

Championship round-up

Boro go top

All change at the top of the Championship tonight. Middlesbrough's late 2-1 win at Blackpool, secured by Spanish striker Kike, sees them leap from third to first, with erstwhile leaders Bournemouth and Derby both dropping down a place after drawing 2-2 with each other at Goldsands Stadium.

Ipswich climb to fourth by coming from a goal down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1, while sixth-placed Watford come from a goal down to win 2-1 at play-off rivals Brentford despite Troy Deeney having a penalty saved. Odion Ighalo scores twice for the Hornets to take his tally to 11 goals in eight games. It's harsh on Brentford, who played more than half the game with 10 men after Jake Bidwell's red card.

PLAYER REACTION

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

Hull captain Michael Dawson: "It was massive. The two boys up front set the tone and we couldn't have asked for any more.

"We've got big games coming up and if we perform like that on a weekly basis, we'll be OK.

"We've shown grit and determination and when we get the ball into those two up front, they're unplayable."

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson says he is tired of 'being an unlucky side' after defeat to Arsenal.

He's right too. The Foxes were excellent in the second half and could well have nicked at least a point.

Full reaction to come.

PLAYER REACTION

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

Hull striker Dame N'Doye after scoring on his full debut: "It's exciting to play in the English league.

"It's good for my confidence and my partner [Nikica Jelavic] was working hard. It was a good performance.

"He's a good player and I enjoyed playing with him."

Down at the bottom

Premier LEague
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Here's what tonight's results have done to the foot of the table. Leicester are now five points away from safety, with Burnley and Villa making up the bottom three.

Sean Dyche's men have the chance to get out tomorrow night when they face 'long-ball' Manchester United at Old Trafford.

GOAL

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham - Mario Balotelli (83 mins)

That's all he needed - a moustache and he's a new man. A goalscoring hero!

Mario Balotelli scores what might be the winner when he sidefoots home from six yards after being teed up by Adam Lallana's low cross. Never in doubt. It's his first Premier League goal for the club.

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Mario Balotelli
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Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

BBC Sport commentator John Acres at KC Stadium: "We want Lambert out is the chant from the Villa fans. A banner is out with LAMBERT OUT in big black writing."

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa have now gone eight hours and 28 minutes without an away Premier League goal.

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

John Roder

Match of the Day commentator

"Hull move above Aston Villa in the table and problems are mounting for Paul Lambert.

"It is just two goals in 10 league matches without a win for them now. This could be a massive result for both sides."

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Sunderland 0-2 QPR

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Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

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Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

A big win!

GREAT SAVE!

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

What a strike! Completely out of context with the game Ashley Westwood pings an absolute beauty from 25 yards, Allan McGregor beats it out and then somehow gets up to turn over Christian Benteke's follow-up. It's not your day Villa. Not your season. Not your era...

Championship latest

It's all happening at Bloomfield Road. Middlesbrough go ahead as Jonathan Woodgate - making his first start since August - heads his first goal since November 2012 to put them ahead at Blackpool. But an own goal from his central defensive partner Ben Gibson equalised, before Spanish striker Kike puts the visitors 2-1 up. With leaders Bournemouth drawing 2-2 at home to second-placed Derby, Middlesbrough are going top of the Championship as it stands.