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Saj Chowdhury, Gary Rose and Stephan Shemilt

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  1. Post update

    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.

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    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."

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    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."

  4. 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.

  5. Post update

    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."

  6. Post update

    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?

  7. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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

  8. Post update

    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."

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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."

  11. Get involved - Leeds sack Cellino

    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.

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    BBC Radio Leicester

    BBC Radio

    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."


    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.


    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.

  16. Post update

    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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.

  17. Post update

    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    Wilfried Bony
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    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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.

    Swansea city manager Gary Monk

    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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.

  20. Post update

    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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.

    Leicester's Ritchie De Laet
  21. 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.

  22. Get involved

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Over on BBC Radio 5 live 606 is in full swing.

    Steve, a Liverpool fan, says: "The new signings are lacking and haven't added anything to the squad."

    Mario Balotelli

    Sam, a Birmingham fan, says: "I'm embarrassed, it feels like the club has no soul left."

    Lines are open and you can have your say.

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  23. Post update

    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.

  24. 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.

  25. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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.

    Aashsish: Leeds Utd owner going for the world record for number of managers in a season?

    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.


    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.

  27. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Josh Jackman: Almost one of the goals of the season from Jonjo Shelvey. Spectacular effort.

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    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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."

  29. Post update

    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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.

  30. Post update

    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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."

  31. Post update

    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.

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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.

  33. Post update

    Swansea 2-0 Leicester

    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."

  34. 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.

    Wilfried Bony celebrates
  35. Post update

    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.

  36. Post update

    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."

  37. Post update

    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.

    Leonardo Ulloa challenges for the ball
  38. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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.

  39. Post update

    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.

  40. 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.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson
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    Swansea 1-0 Leicester

    Conor McNamara

    MOTD commentator at the Liberty Stadium

    "Measuring the posts before kick-off (see 17:22) is the nearest Leicester have been to goal in this game. Much better needed in second half."

  42. 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.

  43. 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?

  44. Post update

    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.

  45. 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.

    Darko Milanic
  46. Text us on 81111

    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.

  47. 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.

  48. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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.

  49. Post update

    Swansea 1-0 Leicester

    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. "

  50. Post update

    Swansea 1-0 Leicester

    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."


    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.

    Swansea players celebrate
  52. Post update

    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.

  53. GOAL

    Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona - Karim Benzema (61 mins)

    Real Madrid give themselves some breathing space as Karim Benzema finishes off a fine counter attack. Find out more via our separate live text.

    Karim Benzema extends Real Madrrid's lead
  54. Post update

    Swansea 1-0 Leicester

    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."

  55. Post update

    Swansea 1-0 Leicester

  56. Text us on 81111

    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!

  57. Post update

    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.

    Jamie Vardy
  58. 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.

  59. Post update

    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.

  60. Post update

    Swansea 1-0 Leicester

    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."

  61. 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.

    Wilfried Bony scores for Swansea
  62. GOAL

    Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona - Pepe (50 mins)

    Pepe powers in a bullet of a header to give Real the lead but Barcelona's defending was terrible, considering their back line had not been breached in the league this season until today.

    What will Barcelona's response be? Find out by following our separate live text.

    Pepe celebrates
  63. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

    BBC Radio Leicester

    "At the moment Leicester are little too preoccupied with Wilfried Bony. Yes he is a good player but the defence is following his movements a little bit too much. They have to look behind them, where Gylfi Sigurdsson has been drifting in. There is also a great contest between Richie De Laet and Jefferson Montero. Montero looked to have got the better of De Laet early in the first half but he has been coming back into it.

    "Without wanting to say too much, it seems Leicester have just taken a little bit of the sting out of Swansea ..."

  64. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    The quiffed Gary Monk has probably got the best hairdo of all the 20 Premier League managers. Not surprising, considering he's the youngest of the lot. Not sure about the jumper and blazer look, though. He's off his bench to scream at his players, who are still controlling the game without rewards.

    Gary Monk
  65. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Halfway through the first half, deadlock unbroken. Very watchable, though, particularly thanks to the Swansea industry, led by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Who needs that piffling little game in Spain?

  66. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    If Real Madrid-Barcelona is El Clasico, then Swansea-Leicester is El...what?

    Iam_ibot: El Class-Sig-show...

  67. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Still a sizzling atmosphere in Swansea, the home side launching wave after wave of attack against a Leicester side creaking under the strain. Drum still bangs, home fans still singing, but no breakthrough. Yet.

  68. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

    BBC Radio Leicester

    "Kasper Schmeichel got away with murder there. I'm not sure what he was doing. Trying to be a bit clever and dink it? He should have just hoofed it clear. Gylfi Sigurdsson was almost startled by how much time he had, but fair play to Wes Morgan - he got himself back, got a toe on the ball and there were no real complaints from the Swansea players."

  69. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    What's going on here? Kasper Schmeichel has a Vito Mannone moment, passing the ball straight to Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelander comes under a challenge from Wes Morgan, goes down and the home crowd screams for a penalty. Sigurdsson doesn't really appeal and replays show Morgan got the ball. Good decision. Maybe Schmeichel was still worrying about the size of the goals.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson
  70. Manager reaction

    West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace

    Neil Warnock

    Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "He (Mark Clattenburg) had a good game and I wish we had him every week. But there were two or three decisions that went against us and that cost us.

    "It was a certain penalty in the first half (for Zaha)."

    On Craig Dawson's challenge on Julian Speroni which led to West Brom's first goal: "It was just like an assault. How one of the four officials can't see it I don't know. He got absolutely smashed. I thought goalkeepers got the benefit of the doubt, but obviously not.

    "Julian is just a bit dazed. He wanted to carry on."

  71. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester still stuck in their own half, with skipper Wes Morgan lucky to escape the book when he clobbers Wilfried Bony. Finally the Foxes venture over the halfway line, but are hitting a wall of white.

  72. Manager reaction

    West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace

    West Brom

    West Brom boss Alan Irvine, after his side fought back from two-goals down: "I am disappointed because it wasn't us for 32 minutes. At half-time I was the most angry I have been.

    "We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. But credit to the players for keeping going to the end and I think we got what we deserved. I was pleased to get a point, having left ourselves a lot to do."

  73. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live 606 phone-in

    Lines are now open for 606 this evening.

    West Ham fans - have you turned the corner under Sam? What's a realistic finish for you this season?

    Liverpool fans - more points dropped at home, how frustrating is Mario Balotelli?

    And Birmingham fans - no manager, an 8-0 loss at home against Bournemouth today - we want to hear from you - what's going on?

    CALL: 0500 909 693

    TEXT: 85058


  74. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

    BBC Radio Leicester

    "Pressure is building from Swansea. Wilfried Bony's first-time strike was thankfully handled well by Kasper Schmeichel, but the signs are there.

    "Leicester just need to settle down a little bit, they look a little bit flustered when in possession at the moment."

  75. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    The first shot on target, Gylfi Sigurdsson pulling the strings to lay the ball on to Wilfried Bony. Hit from distance, straight at Schmeichel. Leicester can't get out, the home fans are rowdy. Good atmos.

    Wilfried Bony
  76. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "All-square in the big one. And it's even too in El Clasico."

  77. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    There exists the incessant banging of a drum in south Wales, the sort you feel inside your head after one drink too many. Swansea having the better of it, but more style than substance at the minute.

    Ashley Williams
  78. Text us on 81111

    James Evans, Hove: Sumptuous south coast soccer. Saints 8-0 Sunderland last week, Birmingham 0-8 Bournemouth this week. No prizes for guessing what scoreline I'm going for when Portsmouth travel to Plymouth on November 15...

  79. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    More on goalpost-gate. Apparently, Leicester felt they were too big. Without banging about it, does it matter what size they are, so long as they're the same at both ends? Maybe you'd be more worried about big goals if your keeper is small, but Kasper Schmeichel is a unit.

  80. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

    BBC Radio Leicester

    "Leicester do need to improve their passing. Three or four times already they have given the ball away needlessly.

    "We all know Gylfi Sigurdsson is a threat but Swansea are dangerous all over the pitch. Leicester have the personnel to cope with that defensively, but can they just be that little bit creative going forward too?"

  81. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Both teams have settled quickly, the ball on the turf and being caressed around. Brian Clough used to present a ball in his pre-match team talks and tell players to look after it. This one is being treated to a little luxury. Back and forth, no clear opportunities yet.

  82. GOAL

    Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona - Cristiano Ronaldo pen (35 mins)

    Game on at the Bernabeu as Cristiano Ronaldo knocks in a penalty with supreme confidence after Gerard Pique had handled in the area. That, amazingly, is the first goal Barcelona have conceded in the league this season.

    Follow the action in our separate live text.

    Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
  83. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    I'll say one thing, the Liberty cuts an impressive sight under the lights. Pitch a green a carpet, the Swansea white in particular shimmering. Get used to this sight, football in daylight will soon be gone for five months or so.

  84. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

    BBC Radio Leicester

    "This is an intriguing encounter. Both teams are looking to end winless runs, and although neither side's results have been what they will have wanted, their performances haven't been too bad. It promises to be an interesting evening."

  85. KICK-OFF

    Swansea 0-0 Leicester

    Huddles at the Liberty, applause from the crowd. The white shirts of Swansea get us under way, kicking right to left as we look. Leicester in their usual blue. We're off.

  86. Manager reaction

    Southampton 1-0 Stoke

    Mark Hughes

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We are disappointed to a certain extent because in the first half we were a little bit apprehensive in our play, maybe a consequence of Southampton's great result last time out. We showed them too much respect. We conceded from a set play, where the ball was ricocheting around. We were unlucky that it fell to one of their guys and he despatched it.

    "We were better second half, got a little bit of control of the game, and you saw by the reaction of the Southampton crowd at the end that they knew we were pushing to get back on level terms.

    "Credit to Southampton, they are on a great run. It was always going to be a difficult game for us. But when you look back on it, we were a lot closer than we thought."

  87. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Steve Bruce

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "We have been away at the Emirates and come here and put on another terrific show.

    "In the first half we had probably the best opportunity when Hatem Ben Arfa played the ball into Jake Livermore, Liverpool got frustrated in the second-half and we came away with a thoroughly deserved point.

    "We had four or five players missing today from the team that played Arsenal and everyone that came in put in a terrific performance."

  88. Text us on 81111

    If Real Madrid-Barcelona is El Clasico, then Swansea-Leicester is El...what?

    Andrew, Monmouth: El Insignificante!

  89. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Performance wise we were excellent, particularly in the second half where we were outstanding.

    "After a tough game in midweek it was a great effort from the players and we deserved to win the game. I thought it was just a matter of time until we scored, we created some opportunities and had 19 shots at goal. I can't ask for any more from the players, they've given everything."

    On Mario Balotelli's last-minute chance, Rodgers added: "He will be disappointed with that. The cross came in, it was a perfect ball, he just opened his foot up too far and the chance was gone."

  90. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    If Real Madrid-Barcelona is El Clasico, then Swansea-Leicester is El...what?

    Pete Dickens: El Mundanico...

    Alex Evans: El Drossico...

    Justin Othman: El Dunno?

  91. Post update

    Swansea v Leicester (17:30 BST)

    Erm, how on Earth do you come to the conclusion that the goalposts aren't the right size? In the warm-up, have a few shots at goal, see them all go over. "These goals aren't tall enough." Maybe it was a keeper. "Ball keeps going in, goals must be too big". Extraordinary. Players in the tunnel.

  92. Post update

    Swansea v Leicester (17:30 BST)

    Conor McNamara

    MOTD commentator at the Liberty Stadium

    A referee measures a goal post

    "Leicester are complaining the goalposts are not the correct size here at The Liberty. They've asked the referee to measure them! Referee says both posts are the correct height. Moral of the story: don't invite Leicester round to measure carpet any time soon. Bet you El Clasico doesn't have this sort of drama..."

  93. Post update

    Swansea v Leicester (17:30 BST)

    Remember when we mentioned the measuring of the posts at the Liberty? We may have an explanation...

  94. Manager reaction

    Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal

    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I'm sure everybody will comment on the two goals but we tried hard, the players gave everything. We did not create enough but you cannot concede goals like we did today.

    "It's a long week after two defeats but we've got plenty of time to make decisions. There is no other way other than to keep working, convincing the players and trying not to make mistakes and hopefully try to win a game. We made it difficult for Arsenal apart from the goals.

    "I wanted to see the players today, to see them be brave and pass the ball and I think they were close. We didn't make many mistakes in the first seven games but in the last two games we made more than you expect in the whole season. We need to put that right."

  95. Get involved

    Ponder this. If Real Madrid-Barcelona is El Clasico, then Swansea-Leicester is El...what? Text and tweet in the usual ways. Ten minutes or so before the players emerge in south Wales.

  96. League Two round-up

    Luton are the new leaders of League Two. The Hatters, promoted last season, had Luke Guttridge to thank for his 90th minute winner against Northampton Town.

    They claim top spot because former leaders Wycombe drew 1-1 at home to Dagenham and Redbridge, while Burton lost 1-0 at Stevenage.

    Shrewsbury are only three points behind the leaders because of a 2-1 victory at home to Portsmouth.

    Hartlepool replace Tranmere at the bottom after losing 2-1 at Cambridge.

  97. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Daniel George Broda: Mario Balotelli is clearly lacking confidence but his arrogance and lack of effort mean all the criticism is entirely justified.

    Svein Erik Gjelseng: Why did Hull, who were so positive and good against Arsenal last week, play so utterly negatively against Liverpool? Very strange.

  98. Manager reaction

    Southampton 1-0 Stoke

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "It was a difficult game. If you don't kill the game then it is always difficult until the last second. I think we played a very good first half. It was more difficult in the second half. Stoke changed their system and we didn't control like we had before. But we still had eight opportunities to score.

    "You can't win every week so easy. Sometimes it is more difficult because Stoke were very strong. But it is a great win."

    On being second: "We'd like to stay at the top but we know we have to work very hard to do that. But nothing is impossible. We live by week to week and I think that is the best you can do.

    "We will enjoy being second because it isn't normal, because there are other teams with maybe more qualities. But the team deserves this position because they work hard every day."

  99. Post update

    Swansea v Leicester (17:30 BST)

    Very odd scenes at the Liberty, where one of the officials is on a step ladder, measuring the height of the bar with a tape measure. Has it changed since there was last a game here? If it's wrong today, was it wrong then too? Do they have nothing better to do?

  100. Text us on 81111

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Will: Liverpool looked good but just couldn't convert. If we had bought Loic Remy we wouldn't have had this much trouble surely?

    Ben Spence: Why does Brendan Rodgers refuse to play another striker with Mario Balotelli? Clearly doesn't work as a lone striker.

  101. League One round-up

    Bristol City's lead at the top has been reduced by a point to five after they were held 2-2 draw by Barnsley.

    There were two tremendous comebacks. The first was at Deepdale, where Preston fought back from 2-0 down against near-neighbours Fleetwood to win 3-2. Joe Garner was the hero with his hat-trick. The Lancashire side are now second in the table.

    The other superb feat was at the Ricoh Arena, where Coventry secured a 3-2 victory over Peterborough after also going two goals behind.

    Notts County left it late at bottom-side Scunthorpe, with Zeli Ismail converting from the spot in the 89th minute,

    At the other end, Crewe and Yeovil lost, to remain in the bottom four.

  102. Manager reaction

    Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "You could feel that we had a lot of the ball and Sunderland were focused on defending very well. They came out with more purpose in the second half but on the break we had many chances. We played away on Wednesday and again today so what was most important was the points. In life you can always improve but what was important for us today was to get the three points and keep a clean sheet.

    "Sanchez is not scared to take the ball and go at you anywhere and that is very important. He got two goals but we want more.

    "I think Kieran Gibbs has a hip problem. He wanted to go on but he couldn't. Mikel Arteta got a kick on his thigh but I don't think it's bad."

  103. Text us on 81111

    Birmingham 0-8 (eight) Bournemouth

    Adam, Poole: Anything Saints can do we can do better, come on you Cherries! In Eddie Howe we trust.

  104. Championship round-up

    Bournemouth produced arguably the result of the day across the leagues with an 8-0 win over 10-man Birmingham at St. Andrew's.

    Marc Pugh scored a second-half hat-trick to move the Cherries within two points of the leaders. Managerless Blues had defender David Edgar sent off early in the first half, and missed a penalty when they were 3-0 down.

    Derby remain at the top of the table by the skin of their teeth after James McClean scored twice to give Wigan a 2-1 victory having gone a goal behind.

    Watford are level on 26 points but only a goal behind of goal difference after they drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough. Wolves are also on level on points with the pair after they managed a 2-1 win at Leeds.

    Nottingham Forest took the lead at home to Blackburn through Matty Fryatt, but conceded three times in the second half, with Jordan Rhodes getting the third.

    At the other end, Bolton secured their second win in three matches and eased their relegation fears with a 3-1 win over Brentford.

  105. GOAL

    Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona - Neymar (4 mins)

    Well what a start we have to El Clasico, eh? Neymar cuts inside and curls home, Luis Suarez providing the assist. Follow the action via our separate live text.

    Neymar celebrates
  106. Text us on 81111

    Mo Valji, Ruislip: Why didn't Brendan Rodgers start Philippe Coutinho? He's been brilliant and did more then the whole team in the 30 minutes he played.

    Paul Bell, Warrington: Rodgers is not getting the best from his players, seems he doesn't know his best attacking formation.

    Terry, Rochester: Jermain Defoe on the cheap in January for Liverpool? Worth a go surely!

  107. Post update

    Swansea v Leicester (17:30 BST)

    After all that, the concertinaed nature of the Premier League means that a victory for Swansea will take them at least to sixth, possibly even fifth depending on goal difference. Leicester, 15th, could climb all the way to seventh.

    Swansea City players training before the match
  108. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a chance for Mario Balotelli right at the end. After lovely work from Philippe Coutinho, who whipped in a low cross to the near post with the outside of his boot, and all Balotelli has to do is keep his eye on the ball. But he must have taken his eye off it because the ball goes through his legs."

  109. What does it all mean?

    Full-time in our three o'clocks, with Southampton the big winners by climbing to second in the Premier League. Arsenal go fifth, above Liverpool on goal difference, while Hull climb into the top half.

  110. FULL-TIME

    West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace

    Great work from West Brom as they recover from going two-goals down to earn a draw at home to Crystal Palace. Saido Berahino scored the crucial late penalty to earn the Baggies a point, and keep his impressive goal-scoring run going. Five in his last four for the England Under-21 international.

    Ben Foster celebrates
  111. FULL-TIME

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Why, oh why always him? From the last kick of the game, Mario Balotelli must win it for Liverpool, but totally misses the ball. From Phillipe Coutinho's cross, Balotelli is six yards out with the ball on his laces. He gets nothing, the final whistle blows, it ends 0-0 and Balotelli sinks to his haunches. Unbelievable.

    Mario Balotelli
  112. FULL-TIME

    Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal

    Routine stuff from Arsenal but the win was really handed on a plate to them by Sunderland, who gifted them both goals through defensive howlers. A point of concern for Black Cats boss Gus Poyet.

    Goalkeeper Vito Mannone of Sunderland is consoled by opposite number Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal
  113. FULL-TIME

    Southampton 1-0 Stoke

    Another game, another win for the impressive Southampton. They are now up to second in the Premier League. Lap it up, Saints fans, what a season your team is having.

    Southampton celebrate
  114. GOAL

    West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace - Saido Berahino (90 mins)

    West Brom snatch a point late, late on as Saido Berahino buries the penalty. Neil Warnock looks quizzical, but he can't argue with that call. The Baggies have got away with one.

    Saido Berahino equalises for West Brom
  115. Penalty to West Brom

    West Brom 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Late drama. Mile Jedinak has fouled Victor Anichebe. The right call. A chance for West Brom to grab a point.

  116. GOAL

    Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez (90 mins)

    Sunderland are their own worst enemy as Alexis Sanchez adds a second, but it is an absolute gift for the forward. Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone scuffs a poor back pass straight to Sanchez, who gleefully lifts the ball into the empty net.

    Alexis Sanchez
  117. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Stoke

    Southampton at the right end from their point of view. Stoke look to break but Mame Biram Diouf isn't quick enough. This one looks done. Added time looms.

  118. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's not a penalty, but it looked like it was from behind the goal probably. Fantastic lay-off from Rickie Lambert but Mario Balotelli falls over before he gets to the ball. He wasn't tripped."

  119. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Mario Balotelli is lying on his back with the look of a man who has lost a tenner and found a penny. In a goalmouth scramble, the Italian is bundled over and pleads for a penalty. Nothing doing. You know what, that's probably a foul outside the box.

    Mario Balotelli
  120. Text us on 81111

    Darren, London: Brendan Rodgers wishes he had some of the £75m he got for Luis Suarez left so he could buy a goal! Looking bleak for the Reds.

  121. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    You just feel it's not going to happen for Liverpool today. From Steven Gerrard's free-kick, an unmarked Phillipe Countinho heads over at the back post when he should at least hit the target. There are about five minutes to go.

  122. Post update

    West Brom 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace are seeing a bit more of the ball now after a good West Brom spell but no real chances of note. Not too long for them to hold out, though, as we enter the final five minutes.

  123. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Alex Bruce has just taken another one in the face from Mario Balotelli but he is still better looking than his dad. Hull seem to have just sat back and are trying to take a 0-0. If they get beaten now it is their own fault."

    Mario Balotelli and Alex Bruce
  124. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Stoke

    Southampton's march to second in the Premier League shows no sign of being stopped by Stoke, who are cutting an increasingly frustrated figure. That's not comforting Ronald Koeman, though. The Saints boss is flapping his arms like a man trying to take off.

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
  125. Post update

    Swansea v Leicester (17:30 BST)

    Swansea City manager Garry Monk makes two changes to the team which lost to Stoke in controversial circumstances last Sunday, with Jonjo Shelvey returning from suspension to start in place of Tom Carroll. Summer signing Jefferson Montero makes his first Premier League start, coming in for Nathan Dyer.

    There are four changes for Leicester with Riyad Mahrez, Dean Hammond, Jamie Vardy and David Nugent replacing Marc Albrighton, Esteban Cambiasso, Matty James and Jeffrey Schlupp.

    Swansea XI: Fabianski; Rangel, Williams, Fernandez, Taylor; Ki, Shelvey; Montero, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Bony.

    Leicester XI: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Hammong, Vardy; Ulloa, Nugent.

  126. Ten minutes to go

    Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    Danny Welbeck nods over from close range for Arsenal, who are almost caught out soon after when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny races to the edge of his own area to head a ball away, but sends it straight to Patrick van Aanholt, who shoots wide of the empty goal from over 25 yards. Sunderland are picking up a little bit in these closing stages, and the home fans have responded to that with a few more shouts of encouragement.

  127. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    The first thing Hull have done in this second half, Sone Aluko jinking in from the left of the Liverpool box and shooting straight at Simon Mignolet. As things stand, Liverpool will be eight points behind Chelsea, who will have a game in hand.

  128. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rubues Hagrid: Have a sneaky feeling that Balotelli will hit a stoppage time winner... That will silence the haters!

  129. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Liverpool have been miles better in this half. Mario Balotelli has certainly made a difference since moving out on the left, but if I was Brendan Rodgers, now that Jordan Henderson has come on I would put Balotelli up front alongside Rickie Lambert. Play the two up there, because there are three Hull centre-backs marking Lambert. Liverpool have to play to win."

  130. Post update

    FA Cup fourth qualifying latest

    Latest scores: Spennymoor 2-0 AFC Telford, Tamworth 1-1 Southport, Kidderminster 0-1 Eastleigh, Aldershot 2-0 Torquay, Barwell 0-3 Altrincham, Kings Lynn 2-4 AFC Fylde, Chorley 0-0 Halifax, Stockport 2-4 Chester.

  131. League Two latest

    Is it going to be two defeats on the trot for leaders Wycombe? They are a goal down at home to Dagenham and Redbridge - the evergreen Jamie Cureton has scored. Cureton is 39.

    Shrewsbury were a goal down in the third minute, but have now taken the lead at home to Portsmouth. As it stands, they will only be two points shy of current new leaders Burton.

  132. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke showing a flash, ending in their best chance of the second half. From Phil Bardsley's cross, Mame Biram Diouf slides in, but makes no contact. There's about 15 minutes to go at St Mary's and around the country.

    Mame Biram Diouf
  133. Post update

    West Brom 1-2 Crystal Palace

    It is still West Brom looking the most likely to score at The Hawthorns and they twice go close in quick succession as first James Morrison smashes a shot from a cross against Brede Hangeland, before Saido Berahino whacks the rebound over.

    Brede Hangeland
  134. Text us on 81111

    Mo, Manchester: If Mario Balotelli didn't hold the ball up and slow it down the ball would end up back in the Liverpool box. It's not Balotelli, it's the team. They can't play with quick passing and fast counter attacks anymore.


    Liverpool 0-0 Hull

    Liverpool still pressing, Dejan Lovren missing his kick having been slightly sold down the river by a pass behind him from Mario Balotelli. The Reds make their final change, Jordan Henderson on for Emre Can.

    Brendan Rodgers gives Steven Gerrard instructions
  136. Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    Steve Claridge

    Former Leicester City striker on Final Score

    "Sunderland cannot afford another defeat because it will crank the pressure up on Gus Poyet."

  137. Post update

    Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

    Still just the one goal in this game and as long as that is all there is between these two sides, Sunderland still have a chance. Arsenal are struggling to create anything of note at the moment, and they have goals on the bench - Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell all sat waiting.

  138. Twenty minutes to go

    Into the closing stages of the 15:00 BST kick-offs and in the Premier League Crystal Palace are protecting a 2-1 lead at West Brom, Arsenal are 1-0 up at Sunderland, Southampton are beating Stoke 1-0 while Hull's game against Liverpool is goalless.

  139. Text us on 81111

    Jon Booth, London: Steven Gerrard is like most people; when the pressure is off he relaxes and plays top football. Without someone in the team with the class of Luis Suarez he is just not the same player.