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Marc Higginson and Mandeep Sanghera

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  1. Post update

    Right then. It's time for our nine-hour live text to shut down for the night. But fear not... the European lads are in full swing. And be sure to tune into Match of the Day 2 tonight. It's on BBC One in England, Wales and Northern Ireland at 22:30 BST. In Scotland, it's 23:15.

    Enjoy! Night.

  2. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Stewart Downing, the best midfielder in England on current form? Big Sam thinks so anyway. But does he make Garth Crooks's team of the week? You'll have to find out later...

  3. Manager reaction

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "Since Stewart Downing has switched position he has been in top form and I thought he was the man of the match today. He was outstanding in possession and the way he passed the ball was fantastic.

    "[On whether he could play for England] I think so but that is another choice for Roy Hodgson. I don't think there is anybody playing in midfield that is better than Stewart Downing."

  4. Manager reaction

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "It was a long summer on the recruitment side of things, trying to get the players we wanted, but because of our perseverance we were successful in the end. These lads have hit the ground running, and that is why we haven't had the problems that other teams have had. The amount of training they have done, and because our dressing room is a very good environment to come into, they feel at home and that helps them settle in in quickly.

    "Both Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho can score goals, and not only the threat they give the opposition but the work rate they have out of possession has given us stability and an impetus that allows us to be more attacking and creative - I would say that is apparent by today's performance."

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
  5. Post update

    On the subject of the international break, I've already mentioned who England play but what about the other home nations? Well, Wales host Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus, Scotland host Georgia then travel to Poland, while Northern Ireland tackle the Faroe Islands (home) and Greece (away).

    Elsewhere, Republic of Ireland host Gibraltar and visit Germany.

  6. Post update

    It sounds like Harry is getting tough with one or two players. It's a big two weeks while the international break is on.

  7. Manager reaction

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    More from QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "Sandro hasn't started yet, he was a quality player for me at Tottenham but he hasn't got his QPR career going. We need to get him fit, and now we have two weeks to get them up and running. Adel Taarabt needs two weeks of solid training. If you can't run around for 90 minutes and work hard then you shouldn't be playing, that is a basic requirement.

    "These players missed the start of pre-season, so when we get everybody OK we can be more solid. We have to become difficult to beat, maybe we have to be a more boring 0-0 team and try to knick a goal because we can't be that expansive. We leave ourselves too open at the moment."

  8. Manager reaction

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Harry Redknapp

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "We wanted to get into the game and silence the crowd and then we go and concede the goal. Someone said it was handball, I haven't seen the replay so I don't know but it was the worst possible start, and then they up their game and it becomes more difficult.

    "We had a good chance from Charlie Austin just after half-time, we just needed to get a break at that time but it didn't come.

    "With all the teams I have had, you can look and more or less tell who is going to score and how many. We lost a goalscorer when Loic Remy left, we lost 16 goals in my opinion there, so we need midfielders to score goals, we need Charlie to weigh in with 16 for us but also from elsewhere."

  9. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Since joining Arsenal in 2010, no player has given away more Premier League penalties than Lauren Koscielny (8).

  10. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matthew Vins: Aston Villa find themselves in the top half, having already played last year's top four. Pretty good start!

  11. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp is doing his post-match interviews. We'll bring you that shortly...

  12. Post update

    Man Utd 2-1 Everton

    Look away now Everton fans...

    The Toffees recorded their 300th loss in the Premier League today, more than any other side.

  13. Manager reaction

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "In the end we were very composed apart from a period of 10 minutes in the second half where they changed their system. We didn't come to terms with it because they were almost playing the same way as we were, but the second goal settled us down.

    "If I had a criticism it would be not pushing them enough in the final third, but ultimately that would be greedy on the basis that we won 2-0 and got our first clean sheet. That is what I have been striving for from the boys, so it's the perfect result for us."

  14. Manager reaction

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "The result against Tottenham was a bitter pill to swallow, and the strength in depth in my squad has shown through today. We had seven injured before we started the game. That tested the capacity of our squad and we have come up trumps. Everything is rosy and looking nice. It's always good going into the international break in the top half of the table, and we are in double figures after seven games. Can we now push on when we reconvene?"

  15. Post update

    When the Premier League does return on 18 October, Manchester City will host Tottenham, Chelsea visit Crystal Palace and Arsenal welcome Hull to the Emirates. The following day, it's QPR v Liverpool. On the Monday night, Manchester United are at West Brom.

  16. Post update

    So, the Premier League will be shutting down for the best part of a fortnight as the international break kicks in. England host San Marino on Thursday, then visit Estonia on Sunday. Not that Harry Redknapp will be watching. He claimed earlier he would rather watch Corrie than England v San Marino.

  17. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Diafra Sakho is on top form for West Ham since that summer move from Metz. He is the first Hammers player to score in four consecutive Premier League matches since Carlton Cole did likewise in the 2008-09 season. He'll soon stop scoring once I transfer him into my fantasy football team.

  18. Post update

    It could be worse John... poor QPR, who are rock-bottom, face Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in three of their next four games.

    QPR defender Rio Ferdinand
  19. Text us on 81111

    John: I've suddenly realised where Everton find themselves in the Premier League table. Not good reading for Toffees fans!

  20. Post update

    Looking at that Premier League table (18:17), it's all looking good for Chelsea who are five points clear. But check out the difference in points between fourth-placed Manchester United and Stoke in 16th. It's just three points. One win.

  21. Join the debate

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Radio 5 live's 606 programme is now under way. Join Ian Wright and Kelly Cates for discussion and debate around all the talking point's of the weekend's footballing action.

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc606.

  22. Player reaction

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing: "It was a very good home win for us to move to seventh. Our home form is good and no disrespect to QPR, but we have to beat teams like this at home. We are playing well as a team, enjoying ourselves and there is competition for places that keeps everyone on their toes."

    West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing celebrates
  23. How they stand

    Here's the Premier League table after another quality weekend of action.

    Premier League table
  24. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    The television cameras cut to a very disgruntled-looking QPR owner Tony Fernandes, who is deep in discussion with Les Ferdinand and the club's CEO Philip Beard. Don't do anyting rash, Tony... I want to get home for my tea.

  25. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "West Ham looked very comfortable and Sam Allardyce will be delighted. They go above Arsenal on goal difference. The strikers were fantastic, the defence looked assured, and Alex Song covered every blade of grass. Another great win for West Ham."


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Three points for the Hammers, who move up to seventh in the Premier League table heading into the international break.

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
  27. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Alan Parks: Everyone knocks Big Sam but he has a great transfer record: Jay-Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo, and now Alex Song and Enner Valencia. West Ham will be top half.


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Three minutes left in this one. It's fizzling out quicker than a cheap firework now.


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Aaron Creswell is brought down by Karl Henry. Yellow card for the Rangers midfielder.

  30. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was a bit of a weak attempt in the end from Kevin Nolan, he is normally very good in those situations. He will be disappointed with that.

    "On Enner Valencia, West Ham took something of a risk in signing an Ecuadorian who we didn't really know very much about. He has had to settle into playing in this country but the risk has paid off. He has linked up with Diafra Sakho extremely well. Alex Song, another signing, has also played really well today."

    West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan
  31. CLOSE!

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    The Hammers almost make it three when Alex Song wins the ball in midfield and Stewart Downing squares to Kevin Nolan in the box but the midfielder side-foots his effort straight at Rob Green.


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Go and have yourself five minutes, Matty Jarvis. Enner Valencia... you go and run an early bath.

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sends on Matty Jarvis
  33. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Vinny Pearson:Thought Adel Taraabt was meant to be lining up for Real Madrid or Inter Milan this season? On the other side, Enner Valencia and Alex Song smart signings.

    As Sam Allardyce prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday (see 7mins) this month, we're asking you to imagine what his party would be like...

    Sam Heaton: Pass the parcel will be interesting at Big Sam's do. Instead of the bloke next to you, launch it to the far end of the room.

    Get involved using #bbcfootball on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only), or via the BBC Sport Facebook page and Google+ pages.


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Aaron Cresswell picks up a booking for a cynical trip on Adel Taarabt. The subsequent free-kick is curled in, but West Ham easily clear their lines.

  35. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    It's all a bit too predictable from QPR now as Jordon Mutch becomes the latest to have a dig from range. Adrian is equal to the test.

  36. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You cannot say Harry Redknapp hasn't tried. QPR are currently playing with four strikers, so credit to him. He has tried everything in terms of his substitutions but West Ham are more than good value for their 2-0 lead at the moment.

    "QPR were very fortunate not to concede another through the Rob Green incident (61 mins), and apart from Niko Kranjcar's free-kick Adrian has not been tested at the other end."

  37. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Adel Taarabt does what he's been sent on to do - shimmies past a couple of defenders before smashing a shot wide of Adrian's goal.

    QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Now QPR make their final change - Jordon Mutch returning from injury to replace Niko Kranjcar. Like for like really.


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Which of the Premier League managers would get an invite to Big Sam's do? Arsene and Jose can both probably go, provided they behave themselves. Hopefully there will be no argy-bargy while the cabaret is on.

    Back to more serious matters, Kevin Nolan is sent on for West Ham in place of Mauro Zarate.

  40. Text us on 81111

    As Sam Allardyce prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday (see 7mins) this month, we're asking you to imagine what his party would be like...

    Steve: Big Sam's birthday wish-list would include a paint by numbers, in different shades of grey only. When completed it might not be pretty but he's got a result. As for the party, Ivan Campo could make a guest appearance as a clown (based on physical appearance, not defensive competency I hasten to add).

  41. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    West Ham - the Premier League's corner-winning kings (57 mins) - earn the right to put another cross into the box, which finds James Tomkins, who heads straight at Rob Green.

  42. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Michael Blighe: QPR: the definition of a yo-yo team. More ups and downs than a camel ride through the Appalachians.


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    A good save from Adrian, who turns Niko Kranjcar's 25-yard free-kick round the post.

  44. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I've been talking about how QPR are not dynamic enough in the middle of the park, but Adel Taarabt is the kind of player who can provide that. We have seen him produce moments of brilliance but there are question marks over his fitness. If you have a fit Taarabt you have a fantastic player."

    QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt
  45. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jay: Trust Rob Green to come up with new ways of conceding goals...


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Nedum Onuoha decides to take matters into his own hands and gallops forward before smashing a shot over the bar. Seconds later, Rangers send for Adel Taarabt, who replaces Sandro in midfield.

  47. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Robert Green passed Enner Valencia the ball in his own box (61 mins)! QPR are extremely fortunate not to be 3-0 down, because that was a real lapse in concentration from Green.

    "I worry for QPR because some of the defending has been schoolboy stuff really. They have been very sloppy all over the park. I think this will be Harry Redknapp's biggest test. If he can keep them up this year I think he will be absolutely delighted."

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp
  48. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    West Ham, who started the day 16th in the Premier League table, are now seventh - above both Arsenal and Liverpool.

  49. Post update

    Lines are open for 606

    Former England striker Ian Wright

    BBC Radio 5 live's 606 programme

    "I didn't see anything different with Manchester United today, they haven't cracked it. Everton could have got a draw. But I do think we will see more teams coming to Old Trafford thinking they have a chance this season. And that should make for some exciting games."

    Lines are open for 606. Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or @bbc606.

    Join Wrighty and Kelly Cates on BBC Radio 5 live from 18:06 BST.


    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Have West Ham made it three? No.

    Rob Green gets away with one, though - the goalkeeper bizarrely passing a goal-kick straight to Enner Valencia, who slots home from six yards out. But the referee scrubs out the goal, saying the Hammers striker was not the requisite 10 yards away from the ball.

    West Ham's Diafra Sakho complains about his disallowed goal
  51. Post update

    West Ham 2-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "James Tomkins does brilliantly here. The ball is going nowhere and he reverses it, lobbing it over two or three QPR defenders. Diafra Sakho has then got the simplest of headers from two yards out. QPR are in trouble."

  52. GOAL

    West Ham 2-0 QPR - Diafra Sakho

    Is that game, set and match? West Ham double their lead when a spot of penalty box pinball ends with James Tomkins, perhaps rather fortuitously, picking out Diafra Sakho with a hooked cross and the striker is unmarked to head home from six yards out. That's his fourth goal in five Premier League games this season. Goal machine.

    Diafra Sakho celebrates West Ham's second
  53. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Our good friends at Opta inform me that only Manchester City (52) have had more corners than West Ham (50) so far this season. Of course, they scored the only goal of today's game from one.

  54. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    It's like the two teams have traded places in the second half. QPR look the better side going forward, while West Ham appear to lack any class in the final third.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    As Sam Allardyce prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday (see 7mins) this month, we're asking you to imagine what his party would be like...

    Benjamin Wills: Food at Alladyce's 60th birthday party must be thrown at people from a long distance...

  56. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "QPR had to make a change to get back into this game and Harry Redknapp has gone for it and taken a chance. Niko Kranjcar will be playing off Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora, who has now come on.

    "We may see a lot more big balls coming in to the West Ham area because they are three six-footers. It's a positive change. We know Zamora, he's a very cultured centre-forward, he brings people into play, and already he has made a great chance for Austin."

  57. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    I do like it when a winger hugs the touchline. Here's Stewart Downing's touch map.

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    James Tomkins sees yellow for hauling down a galloping Bobby Zamora in full flight.

  59. CLOSE!

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    QPR look a different outfit going forward in these early stages, and Harry Redknapp's half-time change almost pays dividends when Leroy Fer drives forward from midfield, lays the ball out wide to Bobby Zamora and a fine cross comes into the box which Charlie Austin fires wide from 10 yards out.

  60. Text us on 81111

    Graham D: West Ham might be playing better football but they don't score enough goals and are always likely to give one away.

    As Sam Allardyce prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday (see 7mins) this month, we're asking you to imagine what his party would be like...

    Alex, Cardiff: I imagine Big Sam's birthday involves a swimming pool filled with gravy. No nonsense allowed.

  61. KICK-OFF

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Former Hammers hero Bobby Zamora is on for the second half, replacing Junior Hoilett in the Rangers line-up. We're back under way in this London derby.

  62. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    If this scoreline remains the same, Lawro will have correctly predicted nine results this weekend. And it would have been a full house but for Ross Wallace's 90th-minute equaliser for Burnley against Leicester. Check out his predictions here.

  63. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Alex Smith: Feel sorry for Charlie Austin, literally given no support and just long balls. Would hate to be a striker in the QPR team.

    Sam Wilson: Austin is crying out for some support up top, need to get Junior Hoilett on the ball more.

    QPR's Charlie Austin
  64. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Half-time television replays appear to show that West Ham's Enner Valencia handled the ball as it came over for Nedum Onouha's own goal. It was only a slight handball, but Rangers fans will likely be aggrieved.

  65. Half-time stats

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Sometimes the stats don't paint the full picture...

    West Ham 1-0 QPR
  66. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    As Big Sam prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday (see 7mins) this month, we're asking you to imagine what his party would be like...

    Sharkastic: Sam Allardyce's birthday? I imagine a gift of a Sat Nav that only knows one route...

  67. Post update

    Lines are open

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kelly Cates and Ian Wright are standing by to take your calls on 606 at full-time in West Ham v QPR.

    Another defeat for Arsene Wenger against one of the top sides, Arsenal fans, are there any positives?

    Chelsea fans, you're nine points clear at the top - are there any negatives?

    Two wins on the bounce for Manchester United under Louis van Gaal, has a corner been turned?

    Plus, Southampton beaten by Tottenham and Everton two points above the relegation zone. Did you overachieve last season? Or confident you can get it back on track?

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or @bbc606.

  68. Manager reaction

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "It was difficult. We knew before the game that they are strong. The game was in the balance.

    "They had good moments but in the second half little-by-little we had some dominance in the game. It is all about scoring goals and they did it better than us.

    "Maybe that [Sadio Mane's miss] was the biggest chance of the game. It was great cross from Ryan Bertrand and he had to score but was unlucky. I am happy with performance today."

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
  69. Manager reaction

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "It is an important win. It was a very tough game. Southampton have unbelievable players.

    "We are still improving. I arrived three months ago. It is always difficult to put together a different philosophy in such a short time. It is important to build something for the long term.

    "All the players did a great job today and did their best. We deserved the three points.

    "I love Southampton and the club. It was a great period. Southampton will always be special for me in my heart."

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    The Hammers go into the break in front. QPR have it all to do.

  71. Text us on 81111

    As Big Sam prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday (see 7mins) this month, we're asking you to imagine what his party would be like...

    Apoorv Jain: No Sam Allardyce celebration is complete without the presence of bovril...

    Mark: If Big Sam's birthday involves a 70s fancy dress; surely Glen Hoddle has to be Gene Hunt? I'd pay good money to see that.

    Get involved using #bbcfootball on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only), or via the BBC Sport Facebook page and Google+ pages.

  72. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    It's a credit to West Ham that they look so dominant in this game. And a real worrying sign for Rangers. They have the ability on paper, but just don't look cohesive.

    QPR captain Rio Ferdinand directs his team-mates
  73. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Junior Hoilett is looking lively down the QPR right, but when he cuts inside and tries a quick one-two the move breaks down.

  74. Player reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker: "We were more competitive than last year but overall we have to admit we were good but not good enough in certain areas, particularly the final third.

    "We had a couple of decent possibilities, but we could not find the final pass or touch.

    "We defended better, but they are still better and we have to learn quickly."

    Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker after the Chelsea game
  75. Championship update

    Nottingham Forest 2-2 Ipswich

    Forest level at the very end. Michail Antonio's header at the back post levels things up at 2-2 in the third of five minutes of added time.

    Honours even and that result leaves Forest second on goal difference behind Norwich.

  76. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "QPR cannot get out. They are struggling at the moment, and they need to take some of the pressure off of their back four. West Ham are enjoying the lions's share of possession in this game and look like they could get a second goal."

    West Ham's Diafra Sakho
  77. Manager reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was an even game, but at the end of the day they have financial power and used it in a effective way with players like Diego Costa and Eden Hazard making the difference.

    "They did not work our keeper more than we did their's. We had more shots and missed opportunities to take more. We lost on details and this is unfortunate.

    On his touchline clash with Jose Mourinho: "I went out of my technical area because I wasn't happy with the challenge and I wanted to see what happened. Someone stood in front of me and that was it. I say absolutely nothing else on that.

    "Jose says we should have finished with eight men and I return that compliment. I don't know how Gary Cahill finished the game. I don't know how Branislav Ivanovic finished the game. I don't know how Oscar finished the game.

    "It is a concern to be nine points behind Chelsea, with the quality of the teams ahead of us, but we will keep on fighting and go on to the next game."

  78. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Oliver: From information on Wikipedia: Upton Park (Boleyn Park) is 70 yards wide, the narrowest in the league, same as the Britannia in Stoke.

    Thanks Tim, that clears that one up (23 mins).

  79. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    West Ham are turning the screw now and Mauro Zarate produces some magical wing-play to win a corner which, once again, sees them pressed back towards their own half.

  80. A continental flavour

    Our European football live page is go. Drop by for an evening that includes Juventus v Roma and Inter Milan v Fiorentina in Italy's Serie A, Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao in Spain's La Liga and Paris Saint-Germain v Monaco in France. Jonathan Jurejko is your man.

    Roma captain Francesco Totti
  81. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Ring, ring, ring.

    "Hello, is that Mr Redknapp? It's Dave here from.."

    "Can you take this, Bondy?"

    Surreal scenes on the QPR bench as Harry Redknapp takes a call and immediately passes it to his assistant Kevin Bond. Those pesky cold callers.

  82. Manager reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "It was a difficult game. They started better than us, but Eden gave us the penalty and the first goal and the game could have finished there if it had been a red card.

    I think the referee has had a fantastic performance, but Arsenal could have finished with eight men, Koscielny could have a straight red, a double yellow for Chambers in the first half and a red for Danny Welbeck.

    On Thibaut Courtois's possible concussion: "During the game I don't want to speak with my medical department, I just want decisions. I have to watch the game. They told me he was ready to continue but a few minutes later it was not possible."

    On his touchline clash with Arsene Wenger: "There are two technical areas not one. He was coming to my space. If it was to give an instruction to a player I say OK, but to press the referee to give a red card to an opponent is not fair. I don't think that is the image of Arsene Wenger as an advocate of fair play."

  83. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Good play from Charlie Austin there. He gets a little bit of luck with the ball going through James Tomkins' legs, Niko Kranjcar is screaming for him to play the five-yard pass but Austin tries to beat Adrian at his far post. He couldn't quite get the execution right. A good chance."

  84. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Top forward play by Charlie Austin, until the finish. The big Rangers targetman nutmegs James Tomkins to create room in the box, before opening up his body and trying to bend his shot beyond Adrian who makes a smart save. Perhaps the striker should have dragged the ball back to an unmarked Niko Kranjcar?

  85. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Joseph Reade: In midweek Danny Welbeck was considered amazing and now he's rubbish. The wind is less fickle than football fans.

    George Spooner: QPR just look destined to go down. They didn't even deserve to be promoted after Derby were robbed by Bobby Zamora.

    Mark Daws: I hope Harry Redknapp, Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora get a warm welcome today. Can't promise Robert Green will though.

  86. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    I've no idea about Premier League pitch dimensions, but the Upton Park playing area appears to be more narrow than others. A trick of the eye, or am I right? As a result, play is quite bunched in the middle of the park.

  87. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Morgan Amalfitano is pulling the strings for West Ham - a clever ball over the top being put out for a corner by Rio Ferdinand. From the resulting centre, the Hammers are pressed back.

    West Ham's Morgan Amalfitano
  88. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What West Ham have that QPR don't is willing runners going in behind the defence. Everything going up to Charlie Austin is just coming straight back.

    "We haven't see one long ball yet from West Ham. With Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia, Morgan Amalfitano and Mauro Zarate they look a different team altogether in terms of the way they are playing. Maybe that is why Sam Allardyce isn't getting as much as stick as he was towards the back end of last season."

  89. Post update

    Nottingham Forest 1-2 Ipswich

    Ipswich restore their lead against Nottingham Forest. Daryl Murphy gets his second of the game as he heads in a Tyrone Mings cross.

  90. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Truscott: Wonder what the people who were once calling for 'Arry to be England manager are thinking now? Overrated manager!

    Kyle Murfet: Is Batmanu Eboue's house (see 14:12) still up for grabs?

    Kahilll: It's obvious the pressure of beating Jose Mourinho is getting to Arsene Wenger. Maybe he needs 12 rounds there on the pitch to beat him...

  91. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger has just been asked what he thought about his earlier touchline spat with Jose Mourinho. His reply: "I say absolutely nothing."

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
  92. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand is making his 500th Premier League appearance today. He made his first for today's opponents West Ham on 5 May, 1996 against Sheffield Wednesday as a replacement for Tony Cottee. To put that into context, George Michael had just replaced Mark Morrison and 'Return of the Mack' as number one in the UK pop charts in May 1996.

  93. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jack Ewins: Same story. Slow start and getting punished for it... If QPR keep doing this we won't be in the Premier League next season.

  94. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Another good opportunity for West Ham when Diafra Sakho tees up Enner Valencia from 10 yards out, but the striker pokes his effort wide. QPR aren't at the races yet.

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    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You can't come to places like West Ham and defend the way QPR have in the first five minutes. We saw the start West Ham made here against Liverpool - and they went on to deservedly win that game - and they have started well again."

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    West Ham 1-0 QPR

    It's no surprise that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is looking pretty smug on the Hammers bench. I noticed earlier that Big Sam celebrates his 60th birthday this month. I imagine that would be a good do. What would Big Sam's 60th consist of? I'm going for a spot of cabaret, 70s fancy dress, cigars and brandy. Care to speculate?

  97. GOAL

    West Ham 1-0 QPR - Nedum Onuoha own goal

    West Ham make a flying start - Stewart Downing whipping in a flat corner which is poked home from six yards by Nedum Onuoha, under pressure from Diafra Sakho.

    Nedum Onuoha scores for West Ham
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    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas speaking to Sky Sports: "I have huge respect for Arsenal. I know that I would not have the things I have or won the things I have if it was not for them. I understand the fans' reaction, I know they love me but because of some certain circumstances it is not to be. But now I am with a great club, with great fans and a great coach and I am concentrating on that."

    Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil
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    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    I'm just wondering how Batmanu Eboue (14:12) is feeling? I hope he didn't make that bet.

  100. KICK-OFF

    West Ham 0-0 QPR

    No sooner does one match finish, than another starts. I love Sundays like this.

  101. Text us on 81111

    Christian, resigned Arsenal fan: Can't Arsenal just start the season with a six-point deficit and not have to play Chelsea? Can't stand having to see Jose Mourinho's smug face before, during and after games.

    Adam Napier-Smith: I think Mourinho has put together a title-winning team this season. Thibaut Courtois and the back four have been solid. Cesc Fabregas has serviced both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa perfectly too. Good signs!

  102. What does Sir Trevor think?

    Sir Trevor Brooking (left)

    A few thoughts from West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking....

    On this year's squad and manager Sam Allardyce: "You've got to give Sam a bit of credit. We've been given stick. We haven't played well at home for a couple of years really but he did identify some really good players this summer.

    "There's no question it's a much better group but having said that you've then got to deliver. Certainly QPR is one of those games on paper you want to win - then 10 points from the opening seven games is great."

    Target for the season? "Mid-table stability. I'm looking at the middle of the table and above, rather than the middle of the table and below, looking over our shoulder, like we have been for the last couple of years.

    "What I'd like, and obviously I'm biased with my FA Cup background, I'd like to see the club - if they're doing OK in the league - go for an FA Cup and see if we can have a nice day out at Wembley."

  103. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Luke Gwalchmai: Apparently we didn't bring back Cesc Fabregas because we already have Mesut Ozil. I know who I'd rather have. Fabregas is pure class.

    Ian Marks: Vital, vital win for Spurs today. Especially considering our next game is City away...

    Kanayo Umeogu: At least people can stop saying Arsene Wenger has never beaten Jose Mourinho. He won the pushing contest.

  104. FULL-TIME

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    It was all rather easy for Chelsea, wasn't it? As for the managers... it looks like Jose Mourinho headed off down the tunnel before shaking hands with Arsene Wenger.

  105. Player reaction

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tottenham forward Nacer Chadli: "We are all working hard during the week, we had two games and it is good for us to work hard. Then on the weekend we can show what we can do. Everybody is fit and it is good for the group. We know each other more than last season and are more used to playing together. We just grow and grow, we played against a strong side, today, for us it is good."

  106. Player reaction

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen: "We have not had that many good home games so far, so we are pleased with three points. We had some chances especially in the first half and some smaller chances in the second half. Other games we haven't scored them but today we did. The players know each other but the system we have to connect it, and there is progress every time we play."

  107. WHAT A MISS!

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    I have to apologise... I said Diego Costa had been substituted a couple of minutes ago. My mistake... it was Oscar. Anyway, Costa will wish he had been sitting on the bench after this miss - he fails to find an empty net from six yards out. Over the bar the ball goes. It was offside, but Costa didn't know that.


    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Danny Welbeck's miserable day is complete when he is shown a yellow card for clattering Cesc Fabregas on the touchline. We're almost into injury time now.


    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    Oscar's work is done. He's replaced by Willian.

  110. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nicholas Clemmow: Settled by two moments of brilliance. The run by Eden Hazard and the pass by Cesc Fabregas. Not settled by a lack of commitment by Arsenal.

    Peter Collins: Arsenal can take heart from this. Marginal decisions against them, another day could have been so different.

    The Recycling Writer: Tottenham weren't the better side, but that's an essential three points to help us build momentum. In Poch we trust.

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    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    For the record, here is Danny Welbeck's touch map. Does he need to be more disciplined in his positioning?

    Danny Welbeck
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    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

    You're right, Michael... Danny Welbeck has done very little today. But has he had any service? Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla have been muscled out of the game and Jack Wilshere seemed to be trying to win the game on his own.

    Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck
  113. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rian Hoskins: Fabulous pass by Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa's finish was superb. It's amazing how quickly the two have found such an understanding.

    Momin Zed: Respect Costa. Clearly a big game player. What a buy!

    Michael Bracken: This is the type of big game where Danny Welbeck will let Arsenal down! Done absolutely nothing.

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    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin at White Hart Lane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's not something you often say about Tottenham but they managed to win quite ugly today. Spurs probably shaded it just. As the home team they had a little bit more of the play.

    "But I am disappointed with Southampton. I thought they would push on a bit more in the second half, but they left it until five minutes from the end and even then only lumped in long balls towards Graziano Pelle. The Spurs centre-backs ate up everything that was thrown at them."

  115. Women's Super League

    Drama in the Women's Super League where Chelsea are minutes away from clinching the title for the first time with one game to spare after opening up a 5-2 lead against bottom club Everton.

    But the champagne must stay on ice as winger Karen Carney's hits a late winner for Birmingham at Manchester City. The Blues win 2-1 and go into the final round of fixtures two points behind Chelsea.

    Rachel Williams and Eniola Aluko score two goals each while Hannah Blundell also finds the net for Chelsea against Everton.

  116. Championship update

    Nottingham Forest 0-1 Ipswich

    Early-season leaders Nottingham Forest came into today's game knowing that a win would take them back top, but they have not been able to shake the strange dip in form that has seen them record goalless draws in their last three matches.

    Ipswich lead through Daryl Murphy and it could have been even better for the visitors had Jonathan Williams shown more composure.

  117. FULL-TIME

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    All over at the Lane, where Tottenham take three points which move them up to sixth in the Premier League table.

  118. GOAL

    Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal - Diego Costa (78 mins)

    The cherry on the Chelsea cake. Cesc Fabregas lofts a ball over the top - it was too good to call it a long ball - and Diego Costa latches on to it before lofting an instinctive finish over Wojciech Szczesny.

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa scores
  119. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    Paul Lummis: What a miss! Is Sadio Mane George Weah's cousin's cousin??

    That'll be your man Ali Dia...

  120. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

    Delightful play by Chelsea as Diego Costa holds the ball up and lays it off for Eden Hazard to slalom past three defenders before blazing an angled shot over.

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    Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal's day is summed up by Calum Chambers' 25-yard shot which is high, wide and not very handsome.

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    Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "More sparring at the start of the second half and no clear-cut chances. Arsenal have kept the lid on the explosive Diego Costa so far - but quite a few defences have thought that this season only to be punished in an instant.

    "Interesting that Costa has been involved in quite a bit of dialogue with Jose Mourinho, seemingly around what the manager sees as the striker's reluctance to chase back. Be a good verbal battle that one - but with only one winner you suspect."

  123. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin at White Hart Lane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's only in this last six or seven minutes you feel Southampton have suddenly decided to give it a go. I just think they have been a little bit too slow on the uptake today."

  124. Post update

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin at White Hart Lane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fantastic play down the left-hand side by Southampton (15:48), finally getting in behind the Tottenham defence. Sadio Mane is three yards out, but has managed to miss by six."

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    Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

    I think I can just about make out a blade of grass which Cesc Fabregas has not covered. It's box to box in a nutshell, isn't it?

    Cesc Fabregas heat map
  126. CLOSE!

    Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

    We're hurtling towards the final five minutes at White Hart Lane, where Sadio Mane has missed a glorious chance to level for the Saints - bundling the ball wide after the chance had been put on a plate by a superb cross from the left.

  127. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

    Jack Wilshere is doing his best to inject some momentum into the Arsenal performance, but he is continually losing possession by running down blind alleys, or just through a poor touch.

  128. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Elly Reilly: Andre Schurrle and Diego Costa not on their A-game today but Chelsea still looking dangerous every time we go forward.

    Isaac Wolofar: Eden Hazard has custody of the missing RIGHT LEG of Lionel Messi. Mesmerizing.

    Dax Fullbrook: Someone teach Erik Lamela that he doesn't need to be Diego Maradona. Just bury it!

  129. Text us on 81111

    Ali, Edinburgh: The problem with being able to substitute concussed players without it actually costing a substitution (see 15:33) is that concussion is not always immediately apparent. Given that in certain cases a quick and accurate diagnosis doesn't present itself, how long before somebody feigns concussion in order to gain a free substitution? I know it sounds a little far-fetched, but so would rugby's 'Bloodgate' scandal before the event.


    Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

    Now it's Arsenal who want a penalty when Cesc Fabregas dives in front of Jack Wilshere's rasping shot - deflecting it for a corner with his hands up. I think the Gunners can feel a little aggrieved there...

    Referee Martin Atkinson at the Chelsea-Arsenal match
  131. Text us on 81111

    Sam, London: If Younes Kaboul's shoulder to shoulder is a foul and a card, how was that not a penalty?