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Tom Rostance, Gary Rose and Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update


    Right then, that is just about all the reaction we have for now on today's Premier League action. Keep an eye on the BBC Sport website for any further comments from managers and players but for now head on over to our coverage of Tottenham's game against Chelsea.

    The hosts lead 3-1 at the break, making things interesting at the top of the Premier League table, and setting things up for a thrilling second half.

  2. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on Yaya Toure's goal: "He does it all the time against us! He did it in the cup final last year. He is a specialist in scoring great goals against Sunderland!"

  3. Player reaction

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Vincent Kompany tweeted: "It wasn't easy but we started the new year in style. Looking forward to the FA Cup on Sunday! Love that competition."

  4. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he hopes Edin Dzeko will be fit within a week, with Sergio Aguero available a week or so after.

    He again plays down speculation linking him with a move for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

  5. Player reaction

    QPR 1-1 Swansea

    QPR goalkeeper Rob Green on escaping a red card when he handled outside of the area to deny Wayne Routledge: "It's one of those where I started sliding out of the box and realised I couldn't do anything to get out of the way. It is something I got away with."

  6. Post update

    Newcastle 3-3 Burnley

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Final Score

    "Burnley thoroughly deserved it, coming from being a goal down, 2-1 down and 3-2 down. They have got a little bit up front and they are starting to find their feet now."

  7. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 3-3 Burnley

    Sean Dyche

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "We had to make three changes and it was all going off in that first half.

    "We had to deal with it and after that I thought we were outstanding, right to the death when we were still looking to score.

    "The belief was still there and I thought some of the quality of our play was exceptional.

    "Going into Christmas people said we might not win a game but we have taken five points from five teams in the top 10 and two in the top four. We still need get more points but we are going in the right direction and the performance levels are very high."

  8. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 3-3 Burnley

    John Carver

    Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver: "I don't think I have been involved in such a game of, to use the old cliche, two halves.

    "We controlled the game and played really good football in the first half but the second half was pretty awful.

    "I thought we had got out of jail (with Cissoko's goal) but they should have won the game. They were the better team over 90 minutes. They caused us more problems than we did them.

    "We think Steve Taylor has snapped his Achilles tendon, which is disappointing."

  9. Post update

    Newcastle 3-3 Burnley

    Newcastle caretaker-manager John Carver was denied victory as George Boyd scored a late equaliser for Burnley. Carver was in charge ahead of Alan Pardew's expected departure.

  10. Manager reaction

    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "We would have had three points if we had a little bit more patience and stop getting over-anxious in terms of throwing too many forward.

    "In trying to be creative we were over-creative and then they scored on the break. It's always difficult to play three games in such a short space - you could see the fatigue level in both teams.

    "West Brom camped themselves in their half after the break. We didn't manage to break them, apart from the Aaron Cresswell free-kick."

  11. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "We missed an opportunity at 2-0 up but I can't be too disappointed. We didn't play well and Leicester did, so a point was about right. We've got seven points out of nine, and that keeps us moving forward.

    "We said at half-time it was still a dangerous game and once they got momentum they continued to play well. We didn't create enough in final third to warrant three points."

  12. Manager reaction

    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    Tony Pulis

    West Brom assistant Rob Kelly: "Both teams created chances and could have nicked it. The game got strung out a little bit. It was a good testament to our players that we played well until the end. West Ham are a top six team.

    On the messages sent from new manager Tony Pulis in the stands to the bench: "There weren't really that many messages. We put into work the gameplan [former manager] Alan Irvine put in place. They came up with one or two ideas [Pulis and his former assistant Dave Kemp]. They let me, [fellow coach] Keith Downing and [goalkeeping coach] Dean Kiely get on with it."

  13. Post update

    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    New manager Tony Pulis watched West Brom produce a gutsy performance to pick up a deserved point at West Ham. The former Stoke boss sat in the stands, but appeared to relay instructions to the players and also visited the dressing room at half-time.

  14. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "It was frustrating because we never took our chances. We looked comfortable with a lot of possession. We have lost two of the last 10 but we would like some more wins in there. In all credit to them we kept on going but we could have got a goal or two.

    "You have to give Palace credit because they got everyone behind the ball and sat deep and kept it tight. We had creativity there but never took our chances.

    "I remember playing here last year against Palace and got hit by a sucker punch and we didn't want that to happen again. You don't want players to pass for the sake of passing. We have started something new and we just need to finish it off.

    [On whether there will be any transfer activity at Villa in January?] "I don't know. I need to speak with the chairman and the chief exec. If we can do something and it is right for the club financially I am sure we will."

  15. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jay: Not seeing many of those "Replace Arsene Wenger with Roberto Martinez/Jurgen Klopp" comments this season. Wonder why!

    Wrongfooted: So what's that, eight points now that Lampard's gained City this season? Chelsea fans must surely be getting fed up with this now.

    Javel Bleach: Brendan Rodgers is Liverpool's most valuable asset at the moment. Others need to step up.

  16. Player reaction

    QPR 1-1 Swansea

    Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, who started on the bench: "It was up to the coach to make his choice. Everyone wants to play, when I came on the pitch I wanted to show him i should have started. I felt we deserved to win the game but in the circumstances one point was not bad."

  17. Manager reaction

    QPR 1-1 Swansea

    Harry Redknapp

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "It is a frustrating to concede with a minute-and-a-half to go. We should have seen the game out from there. We couldn't have asked for any more from the players.

    "Leroy Fer is a great striker of the ball, we need him to keep shooting. He has all the tools, he can be bit casual when he needs to be a bit sharper but the sky is the limit for him. How Charlie Austin's chance didn't go in right at the end I don't know. It was two points dropped for us. We need to start winning games away and I think we need another six wins further down the line (to survive)."

  18. Manager reaction

    QPR 1-1 Swansea

    Garry Monk

    Swansea manager Garry Monk: "Rob Green clearly handballed outside the area. There was no obstruction. It baffles me. It was a game-changing moment for us. We didn't get that decision and we have to move on with the game.

    "I don't know what more I can say in terms of these situations happening with us. We seem to be on the wrong end of nearly all of them. Wayne could have had his leg broken. The linesman said Wayne Routledge kicked out but replays show he doesn't. I hope people see sense. I hope the authorities do the right thing and we get the red card rescinded. In the end we got out just rewards with Wilfried Bony's goal."

  19. Post update

    QPR 1-1 Swansea

    Wilfried Bony's injury-time goal rescued a point for 10-man Swansea to deny QPR, but the big talking point from that game was when home keeper Rob Green escaped a red card early on when he handled outside the area to deny Wayne Routledge.

  20. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Asim S. Tanauli: Szczesny needs a rest, he is trying too hard and is becoming very "trying" for us fans. Give Emiliano Martinez a run.

    Shohidur Rahman: Would Szczesny start for any other top-half side in the Premier League? Don't think so. Average keeper on his best day.

    Abdul Said: If Arsenal need a striker and have Lukas Podolski then why don't they use him?

  21. Manager reaction

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Steve Bruce

    Hull manager Steve Bruce, who this week dismissed talk of becoming Newcastle's next manager: "The Newcastle thing seems to be inevitable because I'm a Geordie. But I've still got a job to do here and today was more like it.

    "We've had an awful November and December, but over the last couple of weeks I've seen the tide turning. We put in a terrific performance today and some of them have run themselves to a standstill. Three or four of them have injuries that are awful. I'm convinced we'll have a better second half of the season than we did the first."

    On the decision to award a free-kick instead of a penalty following Gareth Barry's third-minute foul on Abel Hernandez: "The linesman in my opinion should have made that call, but thankfully it didn't matter today."

  22. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Keith Millen

    Crystal Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen: "It is tough to come here and Villa pass the ball well. We kept our discipline and shape and had the best chance of the game [through Yannick Bolasie]. We ran out of legs trying to hurt them the other way. I am delighted with the lads' commitment. But we need to take our chances to win games of football. If that goes in, the way we are set up, it would have been hard for them to get back into the game.

    "Alan [Pardew] came in after the game and congratulated everybody but he did say we need to be better going forward.

    "I spoke to him before the game. He didn't interfere with tactics. After he introduced himself to the team. Hopefully he can improve the team and make us better. We need to win games to stay in this league.

    "I had brief discussion with Alan and he says he is happy with the staff here and what we do. I am sure there will be more discussions. He will look at the staff and structure but at the moment he has told us to get on with it and work hard."

  23. Post update

    Tottenham v Chelsea

    Tottenham versus Chelsea has just kicked off and you can follow all the action via our dedicated coverage page. If it is manager reaction you are after, then stay right here.

  24. Post update

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Former Hull and Everton player Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Final Score

    "It is not good times at the moment, it was a really poor performance. No real attacking threat or cutting edge in the final third. Again today the goals they conceded were poor. Overall they are in a rut and they are struggling to get out of it.

    "There is a lot of characters in that side. Some have been there five, 10 years so maybe it needs freshening up. He spent a lot of money on one signing Romelu Lukaku this summer so maybe he should have spread it around."

  25. Manager reaction

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "We need to work as hard as we can. Yes we have some injuries, but we have the talent that we used so well last season. We know what we can achieve. We started well and once we conceded the goal the confidence dropped enormously. We need to find solutions internally. The quicker we get back to winning, the quicker we'll get rid of that low confidence.

    "This is a challenging time but we need to look forward to the second half of the season. But clearly the performance today after letting the goal in was not up to the standards we expect. There's no panic but we're not happy. As a football club we can never accept the run of results that we've had. We're a football club that will find solutions and we'll try to bounce back straight away."

  26. Post update

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Four successive Premier League defeats for Everton means they slip to 13th, just four points above the relegation zone. The win for Hull, meanwhile, means they move up to 15th.

  27. Manager reaction

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "I think we played good football. We had very good organisation and had the best chances in the game. We had to kill it after 2-0 and in several moments our defending was outstanding.

    "We had to score more. It's strange to beat Arsenal 2-0 and you're a little bit critical as we should have had three or four more at least today.

    "We have a good team and can beat the big ones if we show the spirit we did today, everything is possible. We don't dream about the Champions League, we dream about our football and we will continue like that."

  28. Manager reaction

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "We looked like we were in control until the first goal. Overall they defended better than us. We made two mistakes and that cost us. The keeper kept them in the game with early chances and after that we helped them a lot.

    The team really had a great generous attitude after what we had given at West Ham and to lose a game like that is difficult to swallow. Southampton are a good side but beatable today and we can only look at ourselves.

    "When you're 1-0 down in the PL everyone tends to defend well and they did. We had chances today and were a bit unlucky as when Sanchez was through at 2-0 I don't see how the referee can't give a red card. It looks like he didn't get it right.

    "We have to learn to win these kind of games. We will give our best to be as high as we can. We have to be more consistent."

  29. Post update

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Southampton punished two errors by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to stay fourth in the Premier League. Szczesny raced from his goal in the first half to allow Sadio Mane to curl into an empty net from a narrow angle, and later kicked a loose ball while on the floor to Dusan Tadic, who poked in.

  30. Manager reaction

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    More from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "Nobody can be surprised with Frank Lampard. He is a top player with a huge amount of important goals in his career. When you use him in the second half, when players are tired, he knows exactly where to go and how to move. I always said that we would try to keep him for the rest of the season, it was not an easy decision but Frank is very happy to stay here and we need him here.

    "I am very happy that New York City agree to leave him here until the end of the season. Maybe all the New York City fans want to see Frank Lampard playing and I understand. To see Lampard in New York is an amazing thing. I hope that he will be there next year but for now the best decision for everyone is for him to stay here."

  31. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC Final Score

    "Leicester played with a real freedom that belied their position. Two debatable penalties but they picked themselves up and they really had a go. Nigel Pearson must have looked at that and said 'if we can bottle this we can really have a go'.

    "And they have got pace too. On that performance today, forget about Liverpool, they made Liverpool look ordinary."

  32. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    More from Leicester manager Nigel Pearson on Liverpool's controversial penalties: "I would like, moving forward, for officials to have the benefit of technology. I think it would be good for the game, would clear up indecision, wouldn't create differences within the ground, and would be beneficial to everybody involved in the game.

    "As a manager we are under pressure to get results and it would be beneficial if we allowed officials to have every tool available to help them get everything right for the good of the game."

  33. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rob Burroughs: I know it's still decently early days yet, but four points above relegation was not where I expected Everton to be today.

    Milo Thompson: Here's hoping that Pardew decides to take Williamson, Gouffran and Alnwick with him...

    Davey Candlish: Newcastle fans booing a team that lost the lead three times? Sounds justified to me.

  34. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    Nigel Pearson

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm disappointed with the penalty decisions against us, and it begs the question about the use of technology, but I'll concentrate on the response from our players.

    "We were dangerous, we showed our intent from the start. To come in two down was harsh. So I'm delighted for the players. They've put so much energy into the game and we showed we were a good side. A point was the least we deserved.

    "We created chances throughout the game. We had to defend with a lot of determination and skill. When you face Liverpool, their quality will open you up. We showed resilience.

    "We have to build on the last two results. We haven't always picked up the points our performances have deserved. But I'm pleased with how we responded to the disappointments of the first half."

  35. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    Two controversial Steven Gerrard penalties seemed to have set Liverpool on course to victory against Leicester but the Foxes hit back with two goals in as many minutes.

    A good point for Leicester, but boss Nigel Pearson is not best pleased with the penalty decisions...

  36. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward: "Away from home that is a good result and we also created the best chance of the game with Yannick [Bolasie] hitting the bar. We'll take the positives.

    "There are things off the pitch we can't affect but off the pitch we have conducted ourselves brilliantly and prepared professionally. We have two draws from the last two games but we should have had two wins.

    "It will be good to get him [Alan Pardew] in and for him to add to us and do what he wants to do. He has experience of managing in the Premier League. Hopefully when he comes in we will pick up the results we need."

  37. Manager reaction

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "The idea was to frustrate City. There wasn't much in the game until an incredible goal from Yaya Toure and then the game opened up. It was end-to-end, maybe too open but you can't concede straight away after we got it back to 2-2.

    "In the first half we defended well but on the ball we were very poor. The Yaya Toure goal changed the game completely and when you open up against City you can concede four or five so we were in a tricky spot.

    "We are not good enough to play that open. We could win 5-4 but we will probably lose 5-2. I won't be changing my ways.

    "Anyone can put 11 players on the pitch and tell them to kick and run after it. You have to do more."

  38. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Martin: Really feel for New York City FC fans, who won't get to see a player they never had play for a team they've never seen in a stadium they haven't built.

    BBC MOTD host (and former Leicester striker) Gary Lineker: Astonishingly spirited and excellent performance by Leicester to come back from two pony decisions at Anfield.

    Birmingham Mail reporter Mat Kendrick: Cunning plan by Villa to be so late on Match of the Day that their 'highlights' end up being shown first on next week's show...

  39. Manager reaction

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I think Frank Lampard is a very important player, particularly in these cases when you need a goal. But we played a very good 90 minutes, we moved the ball well and the only mistake was to give away a second goal from a penalty.

    "The penalty was too easy for them. It was our mistake. We have Frank who scores goals but we also had four or five clear chances to score. Costel Pantilimon was their best player.

    "We played against 10 defenders for the whole game. Of course I am concerned that again we threw away a two-goal lead but it was different than against Burnley.

    "Don't expect Manchester City to be active in the transfer window. Yes, we can act, maybe bring in a player or two on loan but we are not rushing to do that."

  40. How the table looks

    Premier League

    And here is the top of the table after Manchester City kept up the pressure on leaders Chelsea, who play Tottenham at 17:30 GMT, by beating Sunderland 3-2.

  41. How the table looks

    Premier League

    So after today's games, this is how the bottom of the Premier League looks. Hull are the biggest winners, beating Everton to move up to 15th. The bottom five all drew.

  42. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Richard Parfitt: Newcastle fans booing one of the games of the season. What a negative club.

    Chris Chin: Rodgers selection once again costs us points. Gerrard does not have the pressing or movement in the middle of the park. Awful.

    Tom Chance: Lampard's late goals have directly earned Man City at least 7 points now. The title would be Chelsea's without him...

  43. Team news

    Tottenham v Chelsea (17:30 GMT)

    Want more football? You've got more football - Tottenham take on Premier League leaders Chelsea in today's late game and you can follow the action in our dedicated live coverage.

    If you are sticking with us for all the reaction to the 15:00 GMT kick-offs, here is the team news for Tottenham v Chelsea:

    Tottenham make three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United last time out, with Danny Rose in for Ben Davies, Nabil Bentaleb replacing Benjamin Stambouli and Kyle Walker in for Vlad Chiriches.

    Chelsea, who could lose their place at the top of the Premier League, also change three. In come Cesar Azpilicueta, Oscar and Willian, with Filipe Luis, John Obi Mikel and Andre Schurrle sitting out.

    Tottenham XI: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend; Kane.

    Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

  44. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Damien Delaney

    Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney: "We haven't spoken to him [Alan Pardew]. Keith [Millen] told us before the game he would be there and that gave us a bit of boost. He is an experienced manager and he is inheriting a great bunch of players. This team will do anything that is asked of it."

  45. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    It says a lot that a man sitting in a chair is arguably the most exciting thing that happened at this game - the presence of Alan Pardew being the big talking point at Villa Park. Here's what Palace defender Damien Delaney has to say...


    Newcastle 3-3 Burnley

    What a game! Mistakes, we've had a few, but then again, too few to mention...


    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "The pivotal moment in the game was the Yaya Toure goal that opened the scoring. Sunderland were dogged, but once Toure scored, the game opened up - and Sunderland played their part in that. Man City come at you from all angles, though, and their attacking play in the second half was outstanding. It was a joy to watch."


    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester


    Hull 2-0 Everton

    The whistle is blown and Everton slump to their fourth successive defeat.


    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger looks dejected

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Frank Lampard

    Lampard's done it again for City.

  52. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    Steven Gerrard!

    Over the bar...

  53. Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "Man City have been different class in an attacking sense in the second half. They could have had seven or eight, even more. The quality they have shown since half-time has been fantastic."

  54. Post update

    QPR 1-1 Swansea

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Final Score

    On Swansea goalscorer Wilfried Bony (16:47): "He is going to be heavily linked with a lot of clubs. He did sign a new contract but I think that is with a view to moving on."


    QPR 1-1 Swansea

    Charlie Austin somehow skews a shot wide when it seemed certain he would score and the referee blows his whistle, all over.


    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    You can go home now, Pards.


    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    TP will be pleased with that spirited performance.

  58. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    A third chance in as many minutes for James Milner but it's a tame effort at the keeper this time. The City stand-in striker is running around like the proverbial bull in a china shop, smashing into Sunderland's defenders.



  60. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    Liverpool scramble one away...


    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    James Milner and Frank Lampard are playing up front for Manchester City now. Why has Roy Hodgson never thought of this? Milner holds up the ball and then gets the ball back from Lampard before lashing a shot over. Five minutes of injury time are announced.

  62. GOAL

    QPR 1-1 Swansea - Wilfried Bony (90 mins)

    Wilfried Bony scores

    Wonderful goal by Wilfried Bony, who looks to have snatched Swansea a point! Ki Sung-yueng makes it, skipping along the edge of the area before playing the ball to Bony, who is in the middle of the area with his back to goal, he turns in one smooth move and lofts the ball into the back of the net. Brilliant goal.

  63. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC Final Score

    "It's not been good defending from Liverpool. Leicester have been a bit unfortunate with two penalties. The first one hit Wes Morgan in the head. Liverpool were 2-0 up after two penalties, but Leicester have had a real go and they have all their forward players on. Nigel Pearson is thinking they might win this."

  64. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    A great chance! Lazar Markovic heads wide for Liverpool, six yards out, closed his eyes and put it wide...

  65. Post update

    QPR 1-0 Swansea

    Three added minutes at QPR, can the hosts hold on? Swansea are pressing...


    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Manchester City never sit back on a lead. They continue to go at Sunderland, although they have brought off David Silva to be replaced by James Milner.

  67. GOAL

    Newcastle 3-3 Burnley - George Boyd (86 mins)

    George Boyd celebrates

    What a game. What a game of football this has been! Burnley level it up again, George Boyd collecting the ball after a strong run from Danny Ings, moving it on to his left foot and crashing across Jak Alnwick and into the far corner. Superb strike.


    Hull 2-0 Everton - Antolin Alcaraz (86 mins)

    Antolin Alcaraz

    Everton's day just gets worse as Antolin Alcaraz is sent off, picking up a second yellow for a foul. Hull almost immediately capitalise as Abel Hernandez lofts a shot just wide.

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  70. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    All poised at Anfield, where Leicester go close with a wicked cross from the left which skims through the six-yard box, begging for a touch...


    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Manchester City are pouring forward now and Costel Pantilimon makes a smart save to deny Fernandinho from inside the area. Frank Lampard has a dig too, but that is deflected wide.


    QPR 1-0 Swansea - Wayne Routledge (86 mins)

    Wayne Routledge

    If Swansea are to get something from this, they are going to have to do it with 10 men, Wayne Routledge is sent off, seemingly for his reaction after a pretty nasty challenge by Karl Henry.

  73. Post update

    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    The first corner of the match arrives in the 86th minute and it's easily collected by impressive Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

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  75. Post update

    Newcastle 3-2 Burnley

    Burnley have come from behind already today, can they manage it again?

  76. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Potential new Palace manager Alan Pardew looks fed up in the stands. He should have stayed at home and watched The Adventures of Tintin on BBC One instead.

  77. Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "City have scored goals in all types of ways today. Having been predictable in the first half, their attacking play in the second has been a joy to watch. But Sunderland aren't out of it."

  78. CLOSE!

    QPR 1-0 Swansea

    So, so close for Swansea as Richard Dunne hacks Marvin Emnes's effort, which was dribbling towards goal, off the line. Swansea are cranking up the pressure with 10 minutes left...

  79. GOAL

    Newcastle 3-2 Burnley - Moussa Sissoko (78 mins)

    Moussa Sissoko celebrates

    Just as I was typing that Burnley look like nicking a winner, they concede! Those are the moments which could spell relegation. Ayoze Perez does brilliantly on the left to weave through two challenges, he picks out sub Adam Armstrong in the middle. The youngster scuffs his shot but it runs on for Moussa Sissoko - who puts his size 11 through it and blasts into the net.

  80. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    The five goals scored in this match came inside 16 minutes. Crazy. Incidentally, it was Frank Lampard's 176th Premier League goal - taking him one clear of Thierry Henry in the all-time scoring list. Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and Wayne Rooney are the only players ahead of him now.

  81. Post update

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal continue to make pretty patterns with the ball but there doesn't appear to be any way through. When do we start taking Southampton's Champions League hopes seriously?

  82. Post update

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Sorry Everton fans, I can't bring you any good news from Hull. The hosts still lead 2-0 and, to be honest, it looks likely that is how this game will finish with the Toffees offering little in these closing stages.

  83. Post update

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Final Score

    On Manchester City's goal (16:29): "He just does what Frank Lampard has done for 10, 15 years. He just ghosts into the penalty area and he guides his header into the corner - from Gael Clichy's cross I think - he doesn't even have to jump."

  84. Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "The second half has been breathtaking. Whoever is editing the game for Match of the Day tonight can just leave out the first half."

  85. CLOSE!

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    It's all happening at the Etihad where Yaya Toure slaloms into the box, Georgi Kinkladze-like, but Costel Pantilimon refuses to commit too early and makes a decent save at the feet of the Ivorian.

  86. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    Fabio Borini is on for Liverpool and fluffs his lines, leaning back to meet Raheem Sterling's cutback and screw it into the Kop. The chances still keep coming.

  87. Post update

    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    Enner Valencia and Matt Jarvis are on for the Hammers and they almost link up for a winner, with Jarvis's shot being saved by Ben Foster.

  88. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    With chances at such a premium at Villa Park, the sides need to capitalise on the few that come their way. Christian Benteke is given a golden opportunity to break the deadlock for the home side but he blazes his first-time shot over the bar from inside the box.

  89. Man City 3-2 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "You just run out of things to say about Frank Lampard. It's a fantastic header because there wasn't a lot of pace in the cross. He has made the difference throughout his career."

  90. Post update

    QPR 1-0 Swansea

    Swansea's finishing has let them down in this game and Garry Monk decides it is time to introduce eight-goal striker Wilfried Bony for Gylfi Sigurdsson. Just over 10 minutes for him to make a difference, which he almost does with a free-kick that is superbly saved by Rob Green.

  91. GOAL

    Man City 3-2 Sunderland - Frank Lampard (73 mins)

    Frank Lampard

    New York can wait. It's all about bailing the lads out in Manchester for Frank Lampard who, minutes after coming on as a substitute, nods home Gael Clichy's cross, without jumping, to put City back in front. An amazing match is unfolding at the Etihad.

  92. Post update

    Hold on to your new year hats! Every game is set for a cracking last 15 minutes...

  93. Man City 2-2 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "I can't believe what I'm seeing here. It's a definite penalty, and a great decision from the referee. You've got to tip your hat to Sunderland. They've shown immense character. It sets up a cracking last 15 to 20 minutes."

  94. Post update

    Newcastle 2-2 Burnley

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC Final Score

    On Burnley goalscorer Danny Ings (16:24): "As the club has grown he has grown and he looks very, very comfortable at this level. The other side [to this] is that earlier he looked like he may have dived for a penalty. I think he stumbled. He got a yellow card for it though."

  95. GOAL

    Man City 2-2 Sunderland - Adam Johnson penalty (71 mins)

    Adam celebrates

    For the second time in a week, Manchester City lose a two-goal lead. Adam Johnson - like Jack Rodwell a former City player - steps up and sends the keeper the wrong way. What a fightback.

  96. CLOSE!

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez is so close to scoring for Arsenal! Florin Gardos is a lucky man to only see yellow for chopping down Sanchez, who then flips the free-kick on to the roof of the net.


    Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    It's happening again. Pablo Zabaleta cleans out Billy Jones just outside the six-yard box and it's a penalty!

  98. Post update

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Everton have improved in this half but not by much and chances of them getting anything from this game are looking increasingly slim. In fact, it is Hull who threaten for a third as Nikica Jelavic sends a free-kick just over.

  99. CLOSE!

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Mathieu Debuchy to the rescue this time! Again Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is at fault to flap at ball through and Debuchy scrambles back to head clear.

  100. Man City 2-1 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "Fantastic from Sunderland. What a great response. They've shown plenty of character. Man City have looked vulnerable from set-pieces. Maybe we've got a game on again.

    "But are we watching the same two teams we saw in the first half? The football now is fantastic."

  101. GOAL

    Man City 2-1 Sunderland - Jack Rodwell (68 mins)

    Jack Rodwell

    Game, set and match? Scrap that. This game is given fresh impetus by Jack Rodwell who escapes his marker - Gael Clichy - to nod home a corner from 10 yards out. The Black Cats are given another life.

  102. GOAL

    Newcastle 2-2 Burnley - Danny Ings (66 mins)

    Danny Ings

    Thoroughly deserved! Moments after George Boyd tests Jak Alnwick with a stinging drive the visitors do get an equaliser as Danny Ings flicks in a header into the far corner. Burnley have been excellent since the break and are now level. Push for a winner?

  103. GOAL

    Man City 2-0 Sunderland - Stevan Jovetic (66 mins)

    Stevan Jovetic celebrates

    Game, set and match? Manchester City double their lead when Gael Clichy plays in a lovely ball from the left and Stevan Jovetic shows a deftness of touch to sidefoot home from six yards out.

  104. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Sunderland

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Final Score

    On Man City's goal (16:13): "It sat up for Yaya Toure from a bobbly pass and he has hit it sweetly on the half-volley. He takes over from Jack Colback for goal of the day."

  105. Post update

    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    Both sides are knocking the ball about well now, but there's little sniff of another goal. A time for heroes.


    Newcastle 2-1 Burnley

    Just how many cats did the Burnley team bus run over this morning? It's not their day at all as Ben Mee hits the crossbar from a corner, the third time they have rattled the woodwork since half-time!

    Danny Ings is then booked for a dive as he cuts inside Cheick Tiote.

  107. Post update

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester

    Well, well, well! Not sure many of you saw that comeback on the cards! Fair play to Leicester who can maybe forget about those penalty decisions after all...

  108. Post update

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Final Score

    On Southampton's goal (16:14): "Mathieu Debuchy picks up a good position and then decides to take a touch in the six-yard box, Wojciech Szczesny and he get confused and Debuchy decides to clear it. Then it's a great finish from Dusan Tadic. Another mess at the back for Arsenal though."


    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace have played the Dwight Gayle card. Expect plenty of balls over the top now, in the general direction of the pacy striker.

  110. Post update

    QPR 1-0 Swansea

    QPR defenders back off Wayne Routledge on the edge of their area and the winger takes full advantage, opening up space for himself and shooting low at goal, but it is just wide. Marvin Emnes then comes on for Swansea as the striker, a bit-part player since signing permanently in the summer, replaces Nathan Dyer.

  111. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Sunderland

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Etihad

    "There's a real pace to the game now with both teams passing the ball about with real purpose. Sunderland know they need to create something, City just know another chance will come."

  112. GOAL

    Liverpool 2-2 Leicester - Jeff Schlupp (60 mins)

    Jeff Schlupp

    What a comeback! Leicester are level and it's another fine hit from Jeff Schlupp this time, low and hard into the corner from 20 yards. Simon Mignolet didn't even move. Could he have done better? Liverpool shocked.

  113. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "The goal was brilliant work from City. They've been very patient - I think all the outfield players were involved in that move. I did say earlier that if City couldn't play through Sunderland, it might take a 25-yard shot to get a goal. Yaya Toure is capable of that, and it was a thunderbolt.

    "Sunderland have got a problem. They've brought on Emanuel Giaccherini to give them more of an attacking set-up. They're going to have to come out to try to get something, and that will open up the game. Thankfully."

  114. GOAL

    Liverpool 2-1 Leicester - Dave Nugent (58 mins)

    David Nugent celebrates

    Oh yes! What a goal that is! Jamie Vardy chests the ball into the path of Dave Nugent on the edge of the area and the one-time England man smashes it home on the bounce! First time, a sort of scissor kick motion into the top corner.

    Brilliant hit.


    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    Aaron Cresswell's low curling free-kick from 20 yards comes off the foot of the post, with Baggies keeper Ben Foster beaten.

  116. Post update

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Leighton Baines has moved into central midfield as a result of Roberto Martinez's half-time changes and Everton are looking much more solid, with Romelu Lukaku proving a nuisance in attack. He draws a fine save out of Allan McGregor after skipping past three challenges in the Hull area.

    That came moments after Liam Rosenior went down with an injury and the first-half substitute is replaced by Harry Maguire.

  117. GOAL

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal - Dusan Tadic (56 mins)

    Dusan Tadic celebrates

    Terrible, terrible defending again from Arsenal! Mathieu Debuchy cuts out a cross from the right with a heavy touch, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny chooses to stab it away with his feet but only straight to Dusan Tadic, who converts from close range. Just woeful.

  118. GOAL

    Man City 1-0 Sunderland - Yaya Toure (57 mins)

    Yaya Toure

    Just when it seemed there was no way through, Yaya Toure puts his sledgehammer of a right foot through the ball from 22 yards out and smashes it into the top corner. You don't save those.

  119. GREAT SAVE!

    Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

    What a hand from Fraser Forster! A cross from the right finds its way through to Alexis Sanchez, he shifts the ball on to his right foot and hammers in a low shot which Forster brilliantly keeps out.

  120. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Finally a chance of note - Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke rising highest to head a corner just wide of the base of the post.

  121. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Villa's Tom Cleverley with a shot with the edge of the area, but a defender sticks out a leg and it is diverted towards the corner flag. Not even close.

  122. Post update

    Liverpool 2-0 Leicester

    As results stand Leicester are looking like being cut adrift again at the bottom. Can they force their way back into the game at Anfield? They've offered precious little so far in this half.

  123. Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "The type of performance that Sunderland are producing requires a lot of mental strength and focus. I just wonder, as the game goes on, if they will start to lose concentration as the legs fatigue. Will City wear them down? But at the moment, Sunderland are holding on very well."


    Newcastle 2-1 Burnley

    How has that stayed out?! So unlucky for Burnley! Danny Ings curls a beauty from 20 yards on to the crossbar, and strike partner Ashley Barnes follows up with a header against the base of the post!

    You couldn't script it. Sean Dyche holds his head in his hands.


    QPR 1-0 Swansea

    Close for Charlie Austin! His header strikes the post before Leroy Fer's deflected shot is just over. Lightening start to this second half by QPR.

  126. CLOSE!

    Newcastle 2-1 Burnley

    Burnley will believe they can still win this - they came from 2-0 down at Manchester City don't forget. They forge the first chance of the half too, George Boyd stretching to turn over the top.

  127. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Nothing to see here. Let's move on.

  128. Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Etihad Stadium

    "Man City's final ball has been a disappointment today. The cross too often hits the first man, and when they do work it into the box, there's no-one there.

    "It still looks as if patience is the key for them. They have to make sure they don't get sucker-punched. It's one of those tricky little games for them at the moment."

  129. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC Final Score

    "That first half is Arsenal all over: good going forward, a couple of chances, but at the back inept. Arsene Wenger said in his AGM that he would buy a defender in January.

    "They have got no leaders - we seem to have this conversation every year. Do they have a defender who is willing to attack the ball and get in the way of shots? No. They are all nice players."

  130. Post update

    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    West Brom are taking the game to their hosts now and Saido Berahino fashions room on the edge of the box before firing in a shot which deflects off James Collins before being gathered by Adrian.

  131. Post update

    Liverpool 2-0 Leicester

    Raheem Sterling

    Liverpool almost score from kick-off! Raheem Sterling bolts down the middle, Fifa style, and the ball squirts up off a challenge toward Alberto Moreno. The left-back hammers in a first-time shot which whistles over the top.

  132. Post update

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Something needs to happen for Everton and Roberto Martinez makes an attacking change, bringing on striker Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Bryan Oviedo for winger Kevin Mirallas and defensive midfielder Muhamed Besic respectively for the start of the second half. Can they help swing this game in Everton's favour?

  133. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Already there is more urgency from Manchester City in the second half, with Frank Lampard warming up on the touchline. An important 20 minutes ahead.

  134. Post update

    West Ham 1-1 West Brom

    Tony Pulis was in the West Brom dressing room at half-time in this one. What might he have said? His side have fought back well in this game.

  135. KICK-OFF

    Time for another set of 45 in our eight 3pm kick-offs.

  136. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Sunderland

    Check out the average position of the Manchester City players today. Lots of nice stuff inside Sunderland's half but no real threat or presence in the final third.

    Man City 0-0 Sunderland
  137. Post update

    Hull 2-0 Everton

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez can have no complaints with the scoreline in this game, with Hull good value for their two-goal lead. Should they lose today, that's four Premier League defeats on the bounce and, as it stands, they will drop to 13th, just four points above the relegation zone.