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Summary

  1. Ref appears to send off wrong S'land player
  2. See 16:20 entry for more details
  3. Berahino scores as West Brom beat Saints
  4. Wins for Stoke, Swansea and Newcastle
  5. Palace win 3-1 at West Ham in early game

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko, Mandeep Sanghera and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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And that's a wrap for today. But what a cracker of a football day we have ahead of us on Sunday.

Two stonking Premier League matches -

Liverpool v Manchester City &
Arsenal v Everton - kick things off.

Then, we have the not-so-small matter of the League Cup final.

Chelsea. Tottenham. Wembley. The first silverware of the English season.

If cheap Danish lagers did football scheduling... See you all tomorrow!

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Match of the Day: Tonight's running order: Man Utd v Sunderland, West Brom v Southampton, West Ham v Palace, Newcastle v Villa, Stoke v Hull, Burnley v Swansea.

Catch up on today's action

Wes Brown's incorrect sending off is the day's major talking point on a day not packed full of major talking points. Want to see what all the fuss is about? Then you know where you can watch it.

Match of the Day will be flashing on to your screens at 22:30 GMT on BBC One.

Player reaction

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Manchester United winger Ashley Young on the sending off of Sunderland defender Wes Brown - who appeared to be a victim of mistaken identity: "It's down the referee. It's a tough decision to make. I couldn't see what happened. He sent someone off because it was a goalscoring opportunity. He had to send someone off.

"We needed to get back to winning ways after last week. For the first 10-15 minutes, we didn't play as well as we wanted to, but we composed ourselves and were unlucky not to be in front at half-time. We got the goal in the second half and built from there."

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

Final Score

"Aston Villa were unlucky today but there is something to build on. They have to believe. Aston Villa need the points but it's in the performances and they have to grow from the positive signs they showed today. I was in a Villa team that was relegated, and there is no divine right for them to stay up, even though they're a big club."

Player reaction on Twitter

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Stoke forward

Bojan Krkic: Great win Potters! How important is the team spirit and the top quality of Mr Peter Crouch.

West Ham goalkeeper

Adrian: Disappointed with our result today at home with a little bad luck... we have to continue working and think on the next at Wednesday!

West Brom goalkeeper

Ben Foster: Great start to a BIG week! Also Blues and Watford winning too. Enjoy your Saturday night everyone.

Manager reaction on Twitter

West Brom 1-0 Southampton

Saints boss Ronald Koeman: That quick goal against us made the game even more difficult! Onwards to Tuesday and getting back into the winning way!

Manager reaction

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on restlessness from the Old Trafford crowd during the first half: "I didn't hear that. Maybe your hearing is better than mine.

"We started the match badly. It was not good. But after that, we had more composure on the ball and that improved our game in the second half.

"We are on our way and we have been in the top four for more than 10 or 12 weeks. I think we are a stable team in the top four. I hope at the end of the season, we are still there."

Manager reaction

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to BBC Sport about the decision to send off Wes Brown rather than John O'Shea: "I think you can see it much better than I could see from the bench. The players protested more because they felt the wrong player was sent off.

"That's a mistake. You make mistakes as well and so do I. It can happen."

League Two round-up

The top three all dropped points as leaders Burton lost 1-0 to Newport. Second placed Shrewsbury went down 2-1 to Northampton while Wycombe's Fred Onyedinma scored twice to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Stevenage.

Luton are now just two points from the automatic promotion places after a 2-0 win against Accrington.

Newport's win saw them move into the play-off places at the expense of Plymouth who lost 2-0 to Bury.

Bottom placed side Hartlepool kept their survival hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Wimbledon.

Carlisle are in the relegation zone on goal difference after a 2-0 defeat by Southend while York stay just above the drop zone after a 0-0 draw with Exeter.

Mistake identity at Old Trafford

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

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Right, let's clear this one up.

BBC Sport pundit Martin Keown (and Chris from Hertfordshire) rightly point out that Arsenal pair Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both avoided a ban after their 'own mistaken' identity case.

BUT, that was because Arsenal successfully argued Oxlade-Chamberlain had not stopped a goalscoring chance and the red card was rescinded.

So Sunderland may hope that it is rescinded - but we'd suggest that is highly unlikely because it was a clear red card offence.

Therefore, if it is mistaken identity the red card will be transferred to John O'Shea so he will serve the ban instead of Brown. Clear?

Mistaken identity at Old Trafford

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

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"When this situation happened before, with Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Arsenal,

both players were exonerated. Sunderland and Gus Poyet will be hoping for the same decision - he won't want to lose either of his central defenders."

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Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

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Manager reaction

West Brom 1-0 Southampton

More from West Brom's Tony Pulis: "They changed it after 25 minutes as we were having so much joy and that made it difficult for us in the second half.

"We have a weakness up front in terms of numbers. The last 15 or 20 minutes we have had to play Sessegnon up there. Brown and Saido were both carrying knocks even before the game.

"Saido had an injection before the game and maybe he should have one before every game, scoring goals like that.

"Forty points will be safe this year without a question. Some people take their foot off the peddle and this game is relentless so if you do that you get a kick up the backside."

Manager reaction

West Brom 1-0 Southampton

West Brom manager Tony Pulis:

"It was a goal that top, top class players score and Saido Berahino could be a top, top class player. Since I came into club there has be no doubt about his ability, he just needs direction.

"He put himself in good positions. He has that ability to play someone in or score.

"We looked at the highlights and we probably had some of the best chances of the game.

"But they have got some very, very good players and in second-half we had to defend for our lives."

Mistaken identity at Old Trafford

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

Final Score

"It was the right decision to give the penalty (see 16:20) but the referee sent the wrong man off. There has been a lot of talk about the standard of refereeing going downhill, and this is another classic example. When he sees it afterwards he will be as disappointed as we are, because it's hard to believe he has got that wrong. The players are trying to tell him that he got it wrong too, but the referees will not listen, and that makes it worse. Manchester United got out of jail after a poor first-half performance, and went on to dominate play."

Manager reaction

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says the penalty which led to Manchester United's opener, and

Wes Brown being sent off in a case of mistaken identity, changed the game "completely".

"It was difficult to see what happened - we're trying to get a video. It's between two players. We have to analyse. It didn't look an easy decision to make," says the Uruguayan.

"The referee said that Wes Brown was the one who fouled Falcao first. That's what he told the players.

"You need to ask the referee [about the decision]. We will analyse it and make a decision."

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

Final Score

"They are not doomed, Aston Villa. Burnley and Sunderland have also lost today. Villa are still in the mix and the way they played today suggests to me there is some confidence coming back into the side. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke will feel good about what Tim Sherwood has said about them."

PLAYER REACTION

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Newcastle defender Jonas Gutierrez was part of the squad for the first time since being treated for testicular cancer. He told BBC Sport: "I'm really happy to be back. It was my first time back since my illness.

"In football you never know what's going to happen. You start to think about life in a different way, things are more important than football.

"The chemotherapy was a big step, a big point in my life and I'm enjoying being back

"I'm strong and fit. After my illness, you need to get games. It's going to be tough. I'm going to fight for my place and when I have the opportunity I'll do my best.

"I have to say thanks. The fans give me a lot of power to work through my illness. Not just Newcastle fans, but football fans. They sent me a lot of love and a lot of messages."

FULL-TIME

Bournemouth 0-0 Blackburn

The full time whistle has gone at the Goldsands Stadium in the delayed kick-off in the Championship. A draw for the promotion-chasing hosts.

'Tackle could have ended Ireland's career'

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

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Mark Hughes is not the sort of man you would like to upset. But referee Neil Swarbrick has done exactly that. The Stoke boss is livid that the official did not punish a "potentially career-ending" tackle on his midfielder Stephen Ireland.

"I'm disappointed with performance of the officials. There was a tackle in the first half on Stevie which could have finished his career. Why the referee hasn't given a straight red I've no idea," says Hughes.

"It was a shocking challenge. The day has been soured by it. He has a slice on his calf and has needed 12/15 stitches. He's in a bad way.

"The referees have got to get their act together. I think officials find it very difficult to get the key decision rights."

Premier League bottom six

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No movement for anyone in the Premier League bottom six this afternoon. A good day for Leicester and QPR, who weren't in action.

We deserved win - Hughes

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Stoke manager Mark Hughes on the win: "The most ambitious team won the game. Hull just came to frustrate us, and their game plan was to come away with a clean sheet if they could. Once we scored they had to come out more but saw it out to win the game."

On Steve Bruce's claim that matchwinner Peter Crouch was offside: "I think he is level - Steve's lad Alex Bruce is playing Peter onside. I don't think Steve can have any complaints about who won the game."

Manager reaction

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood: "I saw signs today this team isn't ready to give up. It's not too late, there's everything to play for.

"People say we're too good to go down, it's all nonsense. It's all about guts and desire when you're in a relegation zone. We've got that, now we need to show quality.

"I'm ramping up the pressure on them - I'm telling them we can't afford to drop any more points. We have to take points in every game we play. It's as simple as that."

Sherwood is still seeking his first league points as Villa boss with his side second from bottom in the Premier League.

Manager reaction

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Newcastle manager John Carver talking to BBC Sport: "It wasn't scintillating, it was two nervous sides. It wasn't pretty but it was a nice feeling getting that goal before half-time. It was a Godsend.

"When you've just come on the back of a 5-0 drubbing, confidence is low but we've got a good spirit.

"We kept a clean sheet, which we haven't done too many times. We do have a long list of people who aren't available. We've dug in there and fought every inch of the way to get the result.

"It's been a long week after last weekend. It couldn't come quickly enough. The expectancy of this crowd is massive. I know it's not pretty and not breathtaking but it was a win and that the most important thing."

Manager reaction

Burnley 0-1 Swansea

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: We are disappointed to concede a soft goal but other than that there wasn't much between the teams. The performance was more or less there, but I have said that for too many weeks.

"Sam Vokes gets up for a header and the defender has him by the waist, I have seen penalties like that given. Sam was probably too honest.

"We have to pick up points, the league is relentless and it is a fantastic challenge. We have to win games, we need to take an ugly one."

Burnley remain in the Premier League bottom three.

Crouch offside for goal - Bruce

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

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Hull City boss Steve Bruce says he has seen television replays which suggest that Stoke matchwinner Peter Crouch was stood in an offside position before heading in.

"Our players were adamant they had done enough to catch him offside," says Bruce. "We're convinced he is offside and we've seen replays which show that.

"I'm not saying we deserved to win the game but I expect the linesman to get that right. The ball has come 40 yards, it is a straight ball and he should be in a good position to get it right.

"But we didn't do enough offensively. We didn't offer a threat like we have in the away games of late. Overall I didn't think we deserved to lose the game."

Manager reaction

Burnley 0-1 Swansea

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "Not a classic, the conditions didn't help but it was always going to be a case of whoever got the first goal, was likely to win the game.

"We had to dig in and do the basics well. Jack Cork should have scored initially and it goes down as an own goal.

"It is the earliest we have achieved 40 points. It is another piece of history the players have put down. It is important and we are try to finish the season strongly."

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Henry Ellison: Can't remember the last time Manchester United actually convincingly won a game with exciting football. Louis van Gaal is no different from David Moyes.

Tom MC: Can Saints return some of our Sunderland goals and cash them in for rest of the season?

Richard Parfitt: This Wayne Rooney fella could be a good striker you know...

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Manager reaction

West Brom 1-0 Southampton

More from Saints boss Ronald Koeman:

"We were looking for action (from the referee) over the throw-ins and free kicks. They took too much time.

"I think it was every time about 13 seconds and we spoke to the referee but they didn't do anything about that - maybe one yellow card. But that isn't the reason we lost.

"The total performance of team in quality is a little bit low from the beginning of the season but we have to go and believe in the next win.

"For next Tuesday against Crystal Palace we have to win as we need those points."

Manager reaction

West Brom 1-0 Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

"We know the opposition of today. They play out of a very good defensive organisation, very defensively, but they need points and they deserved the win.

"And for us it was too difficult to break down.

"They scored a great goal and we complain more about our football today. We may be had one or two chances to score a goal but not more.

"Maybe there is a little bit less confidence (for the strikers) but it is very difficult. We spoke about that before the game but then after one minute you are 1-0 down and everything changes."

League One round-up

Managerless Coventry beat second placed MK Dons 2-1 while leaders Bristol City extended their lead to eight points with a 1-0 victory over Rochdale.

Preston beat Oldham 4-0 in the North West derby. Simon Grayson's side are now equal on point with MK Dons, and only out of the automatic promotion places on goal difference.

At the other end of the table Leyton Orient are now just a point from safety after a 2-0 win over Walsall.

Manager reaction

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood talking to BBC Sport: "We have to take something from every game between now and the end of the season.

"There was a little bit of anxiety, we are trying too hard to hit the front man too early.

"People talk about we have quality, what I saw was heart and desire but I need to see more quality and I think we are capable of it."

Football League round-up

Championship

Remarkable fightback at Elland Road as Watford battle back to move up to third. Two goals from Czech striker Matej Vydra gave them a 3-2 win over Leeds, despite being 2-0 down after 20 minutes.

Bolton took a step towards safety with a 1-0 win over Brighton. Brentford remain outside the playoff places losing 1-0 to Birmingham.

Chris Powell saw his Huddersfield side lose 3-0 to Charlton his return to The Valley Stadium. Cardiff lost 1-0 to Wolverhampton.

Bournemouth and Blackburn are still trying to break the deadlock after a delayed kick-off. Little under 10 minutes left for someone to nab a winner.

Football League round-up

Championship

The top two both dropped valuable points as league leaders Derby were stunned by two first half goals to lose 2-0 to Fulham at Craven Cottage, while second-placed Middlesbrough went down 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.

At the other end of the league, next-to-bottom Wigan beat stranded basement boys Blackpool 3-1 to give the Latics hope of avoiding the drop. Meanwhile Rotherham won the relegation six-pointer against Millwall 2-1 to cut the Lions six point adrift from safety.

Dougie Freedman's impressive start to life at Nottingham Forest continued as his side beat Reading 3-0. Forest are now unbeaten in six with five wins and a draw since Freedman took over.

Record-breaking Rooney

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Below we perhaps should have said 'record-breaking Wayne Rooney'. That's because the Manchester United skipper is the first man to score 10 or more goals in 11 successive Premier League seasons.

Patient United deserved three points

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney: "It's great to score but the three points are the most important thing after last week. We deserved the three points.

"We knew Sunderland would be dogged. They defended well, but we were patient. It was a good performance.

"The performance was good. We had a bit more space with the 10 men but we should have been ahead before that.

"I think there are a lot of teams in a good run of form and there's not much difference between the top teams. We hope that, come the end of the season, we're in the right position."

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Harry Le May: When is Ronald Koeman going to have the courage to change things up front? Another woeful performance from Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic, emphasised by the sitter that was missed. I know they're short of options but there has to come a point! Four games zero goals.

Dave, Scotland: Ironic that on the day video technology in football is delayed by at least another year, the referee sends off the wrong player!

M, London: Sub Radamel Falcao for Maroune Fellaini after he wins a penalty? Joke of a decision. He hasn't scored because he's NOT served well enough. Tedious. Well done Falcao.

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