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Gary Rose and Marc Higginson

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  1. That's all, folks

    Right then, that's us done and dusted for another busy Saturday.

    Don't forget to tune into Match of the Day on BBC One at 22:30 GMT tonight for all the goals and talking points from today's games and we will back tomorrow with live coverage of Sunday's big games - Arsenal v Stoke and Manchester United v Southampton.


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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Matt in Harold Wood: And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Spurs will not be in the top 4 at the end of the season. No point us beating the likes of Chelsea, if we then lose to the likes of Palace.

    Paul in London: All the hard work against Chelsea undone. Clearly, Spurs should have had a penalty but the damage had been done. Complacent at 1-0, sloppy at 1-1, and zero composure in the last few minutes. As always, just when you think things are coming together, Spurs shoot themselves in the foot.

    Bob: Another Premier League game another poor decision from a referee. Something has got to be done about the shockingly bad level of officiating in this country.

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Laurie Barton: When was the last top-flight London derby with two or more scorers who were all Londoners?

    John Roberts: Ref gives a dodgy penalty to Palace, then misses a blatant one for Kane. But apparently it's all Alan Pardew's doing?

    Matthew Tabor: A Shakespearian script of a game. An absolute footballing tragedy that Palace won this. Non existent for 70 minutes.

  4. "First person to text me was Mike Ashley"

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    More from Alan Pardew, speaking to BBC Sport: "To go a goal behind to a great team in great form, full credit, not just to the maverick players. Two moments I pick out, a tackle from Delaney and then a save at the end. Two moments you need from senior players."

    Have you missed the kind of support you got at the end? "I have missed it in the last 18 months. I remember we won at Man Utd away last year, that was a proper team, we had Cabaye, Remy, a proper team, and I never got that since. So it was good to get back to that and the first person to text me after the game was Mike Ashley, a nice touch."

  5. Match of the Day

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "The MOTD running order: Chelsea v Newcastle, Everton v Manchester City, Crystal Palace v Tottenham, Burnley v QPR, Leicester City v Aston Villa, West Brom v Hull, Swansea v West Ham, Sunderland v Liverpool."

    Match of the Day is on BBC One at 22:30 GMT.

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Former Crystal Palace midfielder Geoff Thomas on Twitter: "Dream start for Alan Pardew. Great response from the players."

  7. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Alan Pardew

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "This team is too honest and that is a strange statement for a Premier League manager to make. We need a maverick to release ourselves, we did not do that until the second half and once we did we looked a good side and total dominated from that spell onwards.

    "Hopefully a victory today will give the likes of our midfield players the ambition to go up the pitch a bit, five yards would do.

    "Wilfried Zaha is a little negative about the team not giving him the ball and I left him out of the starting line up in a way to test him and see what his reaction was like and it was good, strong and he changed the game for sure."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Lee Hounslow: Typical, beat Chelsea get our hopes up but when it comes to a battle with a lower team we haven't got the stomach, choked!

    Martyn Jones: Well done Spurs, perfect opportunity to claim 4th spot. When the heat is on, Spurs vaporise.

    Matt Cartwright: Now that's typical Tottenham. We beat the team who'll prob win the league one week then next lose to one who may get relegated.

  9. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham


    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "Yes [decisions were key today]. After I think 65 minutes we were in control of the game, the penalty changed it all, the energy, it changed all. The decision, maybe it wasn't a penalty and it is key in the result. From my dugout it's difficult to give my opinion but my players say he never touched the player.

    "Harry Kane's [penalty shout] was the same as the penalty for Crystal Palace. Difficult to see from my position, but one against us and though we conceded another goal, maybe it's important, this decision.

    "It was difficult after we conceded the goal. They showed more energy than us in the last 15 or 20 minutes. For that I'm disappointed, after we conceded, Crystal Palace were better."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Ben Walker: Alan Pardew getting the support he deserves. Holmesdale stand singing his name. Good luck Newcastle finding a better manager.

    Ali Hussein: Well done Mr Pardew, you deserve a lot credit for your work at Newcastle.

    Nick Maund: Pardew's first season is often good, lets see if the Palace fans are still behind him after 12 months of being 'Pardewed'.

  11. Player reaction

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Crystal Palace forward Jason Puncheon: "The first half we stuck in there and I think you saw in the second half the performance was good.

    "We didn't have many shots in the first half and there were more in the second half, as soon as I had a chance I thought I'd have a shot.

    "Today's game was all about getting three points at home but the massive one comes next week at Burnley."

  12. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "If Spurs had got a second, it might have been a different story. But this result is a blow to their top four hopes."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Andy in Corsham: Tottenham's run of lucky last-gasp results finally comes to an end.

    Kevin in Hornchurch: The last 15 minutes summed up why Spurs never manage to secure fourth spot. Far too sloppy and lazy. Chelsea forward then Palace backwards. Just not good enough for Champions league.

    Glenn in Norwich: Spurs have been robbed here by two awful refereeing decisions! The standards of officiating in the Premier League really is shocking.

  14. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham


    For Tottenham, they could have moved up to fourth place but defeat means they stay fifth, two points behind Southampton, who play Manchester United tomorrow.

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Crystal Palace

    No more looking at the Premier League table behind your fingers Crystal Palace fans, as that win means things look a lot better now. Up to 15th and while only a point outside of the relegation zone, it puts a bit of the pressure on teams around them.

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Alan Pardew
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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "In terms of passion this London derby was right up there. That's two wins on the bounce for Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace now. They were brave, resilient and showed real desire to get themselves over the line at the end. The players ran that extra yard, Pardew got his substitutions exactly right when they were tiring as well."

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Zavair Baakza: Crystal Palace is making a habit of playing their hearts out when mid-season they get a managerial change. What a turnaround!

    Abu Ali: Apart from keeping an eye on your the league, the gap between Alan Pardew and Newcastle will be fun to see!

    Paul Cate: For all the stick Alan Pardew has got in his time, he's actually proving to be a very good manager.


    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    That's it! Crystal Palace end Tottenham's unbeaten run at seven games and climb out of the bottom three with a come-from-behind win. Two wins out of two for Alan Pardew.

    Crystal Palace striker Jason Puncheon celebrates
  20. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Wilfried Zaha, on the break, warms the gloves of Hugo Lloris. Surely that's it?

  21. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Etienne Capoue sees a gap in the defence and has a go at goal from distance but Julian Speroni is down to make the save. Was that the last chance for Tottenham?

  22. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Kyle Walker swings a cross into the area for Jan Vertonghen, whose header at the second attempt is too close to Julian Speroni. Time running out for Tottenham.

  23. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "Six minutes? Still all to play for here."

  24. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Wilfried Zaha skips past tired Tottenham legs but shoots straight at Hugo Lloris. Crystal Palace want more goals!

  25. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    SIX minutes of time added on is shown by the fourth official's board, unsurprisingly resulting in boos from the home crowd.

  26. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    The Tottenham players are showing their frustration as time ticks away, giving away a couple of needless free-kicks. Crystal Palace on the verge of a much-needed win...


    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Final change for Crystal Palace as goalscorer Dwight Gayle goes off to applause from the Palace fans and on comes former Tottenham loanee Fraizer Campbell.

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    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Seems Alan Pardew has brought the winning mentality into Crystal Palace. Coming from behind and keeping the pressure to lead now!

    Luke: Those Newcastle fans are looking pretty pathetic at this moment. Championship beckons again for that's where they belong.

    Andy Brown: Great to see Wilfried Zaha playing with all the attributes that took him to Manchester United in the first place.

  29. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Harry Kane is the next to test Julian Speroni with an effort from just outside the area. It is well hit, but Speroni is behind it. This is going to be a long five minutes for the hosts.

  30. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Jan Vertonghen heads at goal but it is from too far out to trouble Julian Speroni, who clutches the ball to the sound of cheers from the home crowd. They are loving this. I bet Alan Pardew is loving this.

  31. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "Tremendous spirit from Crystal Palace. I said Wilfried Zaha was the man to get Tottenham's full-backs and he's done that. But what a finish from Jason Puncheon, and now Selhurst Park is bouncing. Can Palace hold on now? It's going to be a barnstorming finish to this game."

  32. GOAL

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham - Jason Puncheon

    How about this! Crystal Palace have turned things round as Jason Puncheon powers in a goal. Wilfried Zaha has caused Tottenham plenty of problems since coming on and he has a big hand in that goal, racing into the area before his pass deflects kindly for Puncheon who lashes the ball into the corner of the net.

    Jason Puncheon puts Crystal Palace in front
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    Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

    Can Jam: Should be a three-match match ban for Joe Ledley...Definitely amounts to cheating to win that penalty!

    Paul Moore: My goodness, what an absolutely disgraceful penalty decision from the ref.

    Javel Bleach: Fully expect Spurs to hit back and coast to the win anyway.


    Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham make another change as the swashbuckling Benjamin Stambouli, who has thrown himself into a fair few challenges in this game, is taken off before he can earn himself a sending off, Roberto Soldado replaces him.

  35. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham are once again directing their attacks through Harry Kane as he flicks a header wide from Etienne Capoue's cross, but he had been flagged offside anyway.


    Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

    Crystal Palace also make a change, opting to introduce the pace and directness of Wilfried Zaha and sacrificing the aerial threat of Glenn Murray.


    Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

    Tottenham make a change immediately after that equaliser as Etienne Capoue comes on for Andros Townsend. What will their response be?

  38. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "I think the referee has to award that penalty because he hasn't made contact with the ball. Dwight Gale showed really composure from the penalty spot and has lifted the crowd. Palace are right back in this."

  39. GOAL

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham - Dwight Gayle (pen)

    Dwight Gayle picks up the ball and places it on the spot before confidently striding up to drive the ball into the net. No chance for Hugo Lloris. Game on.

    Dwight Gayle celebrates his goal for Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Benjamin Stambouli slides in on Joe Ledley inside the box and the Palace player goes down. Penalty to Crystal Palace...

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    Everton 1-1 Man City

    Sergio Aguero

    Sergio Aguero via Twitter: "Very happy to be back in the field! We just missed taking the three points but there's plenty ahead of us. Come on City!"

    Aguero came on as a substitute in Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park - his first appearance since he injured his knee against the Toffees at the Etihad Stadium in early December.

  42. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Benjamin Stambouli charges forward and tries to feed a ball for Andros Townsend to run on to, but over hits it and the ball trickles out of play. After a good spell from Palace, Tottenham seem to have regained control now.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Jack McLeod: Losing Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak would have hurt Palace. Been their two most influential players this season. Hard task now.

  44. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    A lovely flick on by Harry Kane sends Nacer Chadli on his way, but he runs straight into trouble and Crystal Palace clear before breaking down the other end of the pitch and winning a corner, which comes to nothing. Pretty open game though, after Kane's opener.


    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Benjamin Stambouli has walked a fine line with a few misjudged challenges in this game and the referee decides enough is enough when the Tottenham man goes in strong on Adlene Guedioura. Yellow card.

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    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Cameron Laws: Harry Kane is unreal. So glad he's been given his chance this year, Roy Hodgson I hope you're watching!

    Martin Golds: This run of form Harry Kane is in is superb. Get him called up for England, Roy.

    Will Jackson: Does anyone else actually play for Spurs other than Harry Kane?!

  47. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "This could the ideal game to introduce Wilfrid Zaha at some stage and get him running at Tottenham's full-backs."

  48. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Almost an immediate response by Crystal Palace as Scott Dann knocks a ball into the box down for Dwight Gayle, who stabs a shot at goal but it is straight at Hugo Lloris. Palace know they need to come forward, will Alan Pardew drop his cautious approach and go more offensive?

  49. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "Harry Kane has been relatively quiet up to this point by his standards, but he is that kind of player with just one chance on the edge of the 18-yard box he can punish you. What a season he is having. He's on fire. Where would Spurs be without him?"

  50. GOAL

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham - Harry Kane

    Give Harry Kane a chance and he will score. Crystal Palace had marshalled him superbly in the first half but let their guard down for a brief moment as the striker finds space on the edge of the area and swipes the ball into the far corner. That's six in his last six for Kane.

    Harry Kane celebrates his goal for Spurs against Crystal Palace
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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Adlene Guedioura looks to make an immediate impression as the midfielder curls a fine cross into the box that Jan Vertonghen does well to hook away. Palace then win a corner, which is scrambled clear.

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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Jack in London: As a Spurs fan I am pretty disappointed that after beating Chelsea 5-3 that we are now drawing 0-0 with Palace.

  53. KICK-OFF

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Could Tottenham be in the top four in 45 minutes' time? Or Crystal Palace out of the relegation zone?

    The second-half is under way, with the hosts having made a change - Barry Bannan off and Adlene Guedioura on to make just his fifth Premier League appearance this season.

  54. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham


    Tottenham had more possession in the first half but managed just one shot on goal. Palace, though, have made the most of the ball when they have it, getting forward quickly and arguably had the best chance when Glenn Murray's shot was saved. Will Alan Pardew look to attack more in the second half? Or hope another big chance like Murray's comes Palace's way again?

  55. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "Alan Pardew can feel happy with the efforts of his players in the first half. Tottenham you feel need to show a little more if they want to go on and win this game."


    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    A few moans from the home fans greet the half-time whistle, but seemingly directed at the officials rather than their new manager. Solid display by Crystal Palace, who defended well and had a few chances of their own.

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew at half-time

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Harry Kane finally gets free of his markers and races into the Crystal Palace half but is brought down by Scott Dann and the Palace defender is booked as a result.

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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Abu Ali: Hugo Lloris is so great, the one Spurs player I would like at Arsenal, so much better than what we have.

    Luke: Lloris showing there how important a top keeper like himself and David De Gea can drag poor teams and managers through the season.

    Matt Cartwright: Great save from Lloris, Spurs should be winning this but nothing coming from all our possession.

  59. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Did Federico Fazio push Dwight Gayle? The Palace forward chases a ball over the defence and into the area and looks to be nudged by Fazio, Palace fans cry for a foul, referee says no. Tough to call.

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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Stavros Makrozachopo: I think Alan Pardew with his approach so far is showing much more respect than he should against Tottenham. Very cautious.

  61. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane

    Harry Kane has three players around him whenever Tottenham get forward and it is a tactic that is working well for Crystal Palace. After a couple of early half chances he has not been in this game. Still think Palace could do with being be a bit more adventurous though.

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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Katy in London: As a Southampton fan watching with my Geordie boyfriend, we have fairly different views on who we want to win this game. It's ex manager versus ex manager!

  63. Post update

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "For the first time Palace got through a couple of challenges and that's the biggest chance of the half. The presence and the spread of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did enough to deny Glenn Murray."


    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Fantastic stuff from Hugo Lloris! James McArthur pokes the ball through a static Tottenham defence and Glenn Murray shows a burst of pace that belies his size to get onto it, he looks certain to score but Lloris is out quickly to close down and deflect Murray's shot behind.

  65. Carroll's playful banter

    West Brom 1-0 Hull

    Andy Carroll

    West Ham goal-scorer Andy Carroll on his celebration: "I had been out wide and the fans were giving me some and when I scored I had to get out there and give them some back to tell them to shut up! I enjoy the banter. When I was a fan and a season-ticket holder at St James' Park I would shout at players on the pitch so I know what it is like.

    "We have to keep going and get back winning games and pushing for Europe and I don't see why we can't do that."

  66. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    A succession of corners come to nothing as Tottenham resume the attacking initiative after a brief foray into the Spurs half by Palace.

  67. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    BBC Final Score

    Former Newcastle United striker Andrew Cole: "Newcastle in the first half were brilliant and caused Chelsea problems, but in the second half Chelsea, as you expect, came out and improved."

  68. Manager reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    John Carver

    Asked once again if he wants the Newcastle job full-time, John Carver tells BBC Sport: "A million percent I want this.

    "I've not had any conversations with Mike Ashley. I've spoke to (managing director) Lee Charnley a number of times to tell me to prepare the team but that's it."

    On the defeat at Chelsea: "When we got here people said we would park the bus, we didn't do that, we created some great chances but switching off just before half-time is a cardinal sin.

    "It's not as if we didn't talk about it because we conceded from a short corner against Leicester last week and we watched a video so we'd talked about it but that's what happens when you play top sides.

    "It's been a difficult time because of the Christmas period so we have not had much prep time and this is the first week we've had a full training week and they executed the plan as I wanted. I told them afterwards I'm proud of them."

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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Crystal Palace holding on well against Spurs. They look the more likely to score this far in the game.

  70. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Much better now from Crystal Palace, who are coming forward and showing the "beautiful flight" Alan Pardew is after. Barry Bannan launches the ball into the area and finds the head of Glenn Murray, but his effort goes wide.


    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Andros Townsend goes in the book for his attempt to win back possession after being tackled by Martin Kelly. From the subsequent free-kick, Damien Delaney hooks a shot over the bar for Palace.

  72. Manager reaction

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    Harry Redknapp

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "They started better, then we got a grip of the game. I thought they were rocking, we were passing the ball better, then we gave a horrendous goal away. You can't give goals away like we did, they were poor. After that it's difficult and they were dangerous on the break.

    "There was no lack of effort, I can't fault the players on that. It's not easy. We are what we are. We finished below them last year and our team hasn't changed an awful lot. It's tight, there won't be much between us. There, six or seven teams still in it.

    "A win is vital at any time, but they aren't easy to come by. It's a big step up from the Championship.

    "We need to win some games away from home, but we're finding it difficult to do. If we're not good enough to win, that's where we are. We had opportunities, but you can't give two bad goals away like we did."

  73. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "It was great play from Spurs. It was behind Christian Eriksen but you would expect a player of his ability to score from there. Tottenham need to keep probing the Palace defence and hope they create another chance like that in this half."

  74. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    So close for Tottenham! Kyle Walker gets away down the right and crosses into the area but the ball takes a crucial deflection off a Palace defender, taking it just behind Christian Eriksen who twists his body to meet the ball but can only direct it just wide of the post from eight yards.

  75. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Crystal Palace

    It is all defence and no attack for Crystal Palace at the moment, something highlighted by the fact that Glenn Murray - the Eagles' most advanced player - has yet to get anywhere near the Tottenham box.

    This is not a classic, not by any means, but Alan Pardew will be happy with how things are going so far against an in-form Spurs.

  76. Manager reaction

    West Brom 1-0 Hull

    Steve Bruce

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "Sometimes it's a frustrating game. There was nothing in it, but the turning point was when we lost two strikers (Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez) and after that we huffed and puffed but lacked that stuff you need at the top of the pitch.

    "From the first day of the season for a club like us to have eight or nine players missing is far too many - we cannot cope. We need to get some people fit and get a couple in if we can.

    "Jelavic has hurt his knee, Hernandez his groin. We will try to bring in a couple of players in January. It is essential that we do that."

  77. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Chants of "Alan Pardew's red and blue army" from the home crowd but it is Tottenham who again come forward, this time Harry Kane shooting from the edge of the area. It is a half-hearted effort though, and straight into the hands of Julian Speroni.

  78. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Hull

    BBC Final Score

    Former Newcastle United striker Andrew Cole on Saido Berahino: "He's got a great opportunity at West Brom. I'd be surprised if they sold him in January because they need goals, but in the summer for sure."

  79. Manager reaction

    West Brom 1-0 Hull

    Tony Pulis

    West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: "It was a hard-fought game, we had the best chances, but it was very important to get off to a good start. Our record at The Hawthorns has not been brilliant so we need to win our home games and pick up points.

    "There's nothing better than winning games to improve the confidence. We had a couple of great chances in the first half and kept a clean sheet to move forward.

    "The expectations here are more intense than at Crystal Palace, but it's the shortest period left in the season that I've ever stepped into, so in that sense it is tougher than last season. Last year I had six weeks to look at the squad before the transfer window opened and see where I had to improve."

    On striker Saido Berahino, Pulis added: "He has wonderful talent, his balance is first-class, he can shift the ball from right to left foot and he is a goal-scorer. We need to improve that position, not lose a striker."

  80. Manager reaction

    Everton 1-1 Man City

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "You always feel that the first goal as the home team was essential, even though the reaction we had after going behind was probably the most pleasing aspect from the whole performance.

    "On the ball we are slowly getting back to the level we know we have but when you are in the middle of bad results that character and personality was vital to get that positive result.

    "To get a draw against a team with confidence and that run of results is a positive in the manner that we achieved it.

    "The way to talk is on the pitch and we have seen in the last two games a really strong group of players."

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    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Mathew Penistone: One week its get out! Next week you are hailed a hero by some new friends singing songs about you. Alan Pardew must be loving life.

  82. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "With his momentum Nacer Chadli went to ground and with the ball having escaped him he perhaps tried to bend the rules somewhat. Otherwise Tottenham are moving the ball well and controlling the game well so far."


    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Nacer Chadli breaks into the box, goes down under a challenge but no penalty. Whistles from the home crowd, who suspect a dive, a thought seemingly shared by Alan Pardew who shouts furiously in the direction of the referee. He wants a yellow.

  84. Manager reaction

    Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa

    Nigel Pearson

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "I am very pleased. We deserved to win in a game that was not one of our better performances with the ball. We dominated the game in terms of chances.

    "We are still in a tough position but we are making progress. I am glad the players are passionate about what goes on. I am not making any comment regarding the situation around the sending off (Matty James). I have seen it and would like to see what is in the report from the officials and see how things are reported."

  85. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Crystal Palace have the height and physical presence Glenn Murray spearheading their attack, with the pace of Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle in support but they are getting no chance to test the Tottenham defence. All Spurs, but no real chances as yet.

    Jason Puncheon
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    Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa

    Conor McNamara

    Match of the Day commentator at the King Power Stadium

    "Over seven hours without a Premier League goal for Aston Villa. I asked Paul Lambert if he was chasing a new striker? Says he'd rather a creative player."

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    Nottingham Forest 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

    Nottingham Forest lost 2-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday today and are now winless in eight games in all competitions, losing five...

    Tom: Stuart Pearce is a Nottingham Forest legend and it's breaking my heart to see us failing under him. Hope he turns us round.

    Russ in Hereford: How long has Stuart Pearce got left? So so sad it has not worked out for him. Sad day yet again being a Forest fan.

  88. Manager reaction

    Swansea 1-1 West Ham

    Bafetimbi Gomis

    Swansea manager Garry Monk: "We knew we had to match West Ham physically - it looked like two good teams going at it, I was a little disappointed that we allowed Andy Carroll the space to pick his spot.

    "The situation with Wilfried Bony is still ongoing. The negotiations with Manchester City are still happening in the last few days. I was prepared for Wilfried to go for the next few weeks anyway and I will be ready to deal with whatever comes out of that."

  89. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham are seeing plenty of the ball and getting forward quickly at every opportunity as Andros Townsend tries to pick out Harry Kane but, at the moment, the Crystal Palace defence is showing good discipline, with two banks of four quickly back to close the gaps and limit Kane's options, resulting in him hitting a pass straight into a crowd of Palace players.

  90. Manager reaction

    Swansea 1-1 West Ham

    Neil McDonald

    West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald: "We created chances and got at them and we are very disappointed not to come out with three points. James Collins got a knock on the head and was off the pitch when Swansea scored. Our physios came on and the referee said that he had had a knock on the head and needed to come off, which I think was a misunderstanding and that was disappointing. We work really, really hard to defend set-pieces.

    "I was on the phone to the manager who had a few little pointers for the game as he was watching on the television. We tried to relate that to the players."

  91. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Danny Rose curls a shot, or maybe it was a cross, well wide but it is a good, confident start by Tottenham, who have won four of their last five games in the Premier League. They will fancy themselves to spoil the Pardew party.

  92. Text us on 81111

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    Micah in Chepstow: QPR boss Harry Redknapp is a joke, not only have we not picked up any points away but he's frozen out our most talented player in Adel Taarabt but he came in today despite being unfit and was our best player. We're too reliant on Charlie Austin and we don't know our best back four. Barton is shocking, absolutely overrated. Redknapp has to go, enough is enough.

  93. Player reaction

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    Rob Green

    QPR goalkeeper Rob Green: "It's a feeling of disappointment and frustration. It's a big game for us and them, but not enough of the team have put in a good performance. We gave away two poor goals and it's cost us.

    "Nothing needed to be said in the dressing room. We have come to a tough place. It was a day for getting the basics right and we didn't do that. We've really not helped ourselves. We had to score three to win on the back of the goals we conceded.

    "The away record is not something you can put your finger on. We don't go into the games any different. We've conceded poor goals away from home continually. Today was no exception."

  94. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio London 94.9

    Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "Alan Pardew's job description between now and the end of the season is simple. Keep Crystal Palace in the Premier League."

  95. KICK-OFF

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    There is an air of optimism at Selhurst Park, no doubt about it, but will it still be there in 90 minutes? Tottenham get things under way.

  96. Post update

    Everton 1-1 Man City

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park

    "There are some real positives for Roberto Martinez and Everton today for sure. They showed some great resilience. John Stones was superb at the back and Romelu Lukaku looks like a player about to come into form in front of goal."

  97. Manager reaction

    Everton 1-1 Man City

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "In the first half we had clear chances. In the second half Everton improved and had a chance to draw and did so. If you said at the beginning you are going to draw at Everton away maybe it is not so bad.

    "It's so important in first 25 minutes because if you score then it is a different game. We didn't and Everton grew in the second half and it was a very close game in the last 35 minutes. We had a lot of chances but were maybe missing the last pass.

    "We knew before the game the most dangerous part of Everton was at set pieces. They had a free-kick and scored. We could do more for the goal but we didn't.

    "It's important Sergio Aguero is back. He is a very important player for the team."

  98. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

    Flags are waving and a huge banner stretches out alongside one end of the ground with the words "our season starts now" on it. Alan Pardew strolls out and applauds the crowd. He certainly has their support now, but will only maintain that by picking up the points, starting this evening.

    Alan Pardew
  99. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    Alice Stainer: Fantastic you Clarets! Most encouraging thing is that there's a range of goalscorers in the last few games.

    Adam Maurice Sheehan: Pathetic from QPR and especially Harry, we bring in Mauro Zarate and he starts an unfit Adel Taarabt.

    Fiona Endersby: When was the last time QPR won a point away from home?

  100. Post update

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    BBC Final Score

    Former Newcastle United striker Andrew Cole: "If you look at Burnley as a whole, a lot of those guys are English guys, playing for the first time in the Premier League and playing as if it could be their last season in the Premier League. It's taken time, but they're having a good go at it and they're getting results.

    "For QPR, it was one of their better performances away from home. They looked a lot better today, but they still come away with no points."

  101. Manager reaction

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    Sean Dyche

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "Credit to both teams, the weather was atrocious. The ball was going all over the place. I thought we did slightly better, created good chances. Their keeper has made some fantastic saves.

    "We've been in good shape all season. I'm not trying to fool anyone. This group is open-minded, trying to challenge themselves in this division. I'm really pleased with how the players are going about it.

    "Most people had us down as needing snookers by Christmas. We don't. We've been performing well, not always getting what we thought we deserved. You look at the goals we're scoring - Scott Arfield's today, if Alexis Sanchez scores that, it would be shown 100 times over the weekend."

  102. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, speaking to Sky Sports: "We have to come out of our shell. We have to open our wings and see if we have some beautiful flight in there, which I am sure we have. We have players who can express themselves and they need to do that."

    The Crystal Palace eagle has done just what Pardew is after from his players which can mean only one thing - kick-off is just a few minutes away.

  103. Manager reaction

    Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa

    Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "We have to put it right, we have to do better in the last third. We have to keep working hard and hopefully it will come.

    "We need creative lads to help the group. We have to do a lot better in the final third."

  104. League Two round-up

    The Football League's bottom side Hartlepool beat Cheltenham 2-0 to close the gap on 22nd-placed Carlisle to seven points.

    League Two leaders Wycombe beat York 1-0, with second-placed Burton seeing off neighbours Mansfield 2-1.

    Lowly Northampton surprised promotion-chasing Exeter 2-0 in Devon, while mid-table Cambridge beat Carlisle 1-0.

    Newport beat Portsmouth 1-0 in a disputed win with the assistant referee flagging County's goal for offside but the referee overruling him.

    AFC Wimbledon lost to Stevenage by the same scoreline they did against Liverpool on Monday 2-1.

    Dagenham & Redbridge drew 0-0 with Oxford, as did Morecambe and second-from-bottom Tranmere and Southend and Plymouth.

  105. Join the debate

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

    Harry Kane

    Tottenham have arguably one of the best English strikers in the Premier League in the shape of Harry Kane. He has five goals in his last five Premier League games and will be looking for goal number six tonight.

    It has been a pretty good season so far for English strikers, but who is the best in the Premier League right now, and why?

    Let BBC 606 known via @bbc606 on Twitter.

  106. 'Cahill was not dropped'

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    Petr Cech, Chelsea

    Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland, talking about Thibaut Courtois' injury and the omission of Gary Cahill: "It was something that Thibaut picked up in the game against Tottenham. If it had been vital to play he could but when we had Petr Cech as a replacement it was a no-brainer.

    "Dropped is not a word we would use (about Cahill). It's a long, long season and we have a big squad of players. We get criticism for not giving young guys a go but I don't think Kurt Zouma put a foot wrong. A 20-year-old making his first league start and if he carries on playing like that it won't be his last either."

  107. 'Give Newcastle credit'

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    Steve Holland, Chelsea

    Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland: "The two halves were different. You have to give credit to Newcastle, I think Steve Carver and Steve Stone gave them a good set-up today. We didn't play so well but got the breakthrough.

    "The team was much better in the second half and controlled the game, playing some good football around their box.

    "You always want to play well but that's now always possible. Today was a 45 minutes which we haven't had often over the course of the season but we still managed to be 1-0 up. It is important that when you don't play as well as you'd like to still get the result."

  108. Pardew part of Tottenham's history

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

    Little known fact (maybe) - this is a game between two of Alan Pardew's former clubs. While he spent four years at Crystal Palace during his playing days, he also had a lesser known loan spell at Tottenham, making cameo appearances for the club in the now defunct Intertoto Cup in 1995.

    In a way, he is part of Tottenham's history. Unwanted history, granted, but history all the same. Spurs suffered their all-time record defeat in the European competition - an 8-0 defeat to FC Koln - a game in which the then 34-year-old Pardew featured.

    "We literally had the youth team, a couple of reserves, and some mercenaries - I was one of them. I still enjoyed it. It was a great experience," Pardew tells the Guardian.

  109. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    Jared Maobe: What a player will this boy Kurt Zouma will end up to be! Commanding full debut.

    Gully: Nobody talking about Zouma which shows just how brilliant he was today.

    D J Leyland: Petr Cech showing us why he's still number one to the fans! Highly rated Thibaut Courtois has let far to many goals in this season.

  110. The lines are open

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The lines are open for 606 with Robbie Savage and Darren Fletcher…

    Tonight, Manchester City are pegged back by Everton, while Chelsea take advantage with a win over Newcastle. Everton fans... do you still want Martinez out?

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  111. Post update

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)


    Alan Pardew takes charge of Crystal Palace for the first time in the Premier League this evening. He oversaw a straightforward FA Cup win in his first game as Palace boss last weekend, as they won 4-0 at Dover.

    It was a good display by the Eagles, but this game will give a better indicator of the task ahead for Pardew.

  112. League One round-up

    Bristol City overtook Swindon at the top of League One thanks to a 4-0 victory over Notts County, with in-form Matt Smith scoring his ninth goal in five games.

    Crawley stand-in keeper Matt Harrold conceded a 96th-minute equaliser to MK Dons' Dele Alli in a 2-2 draw. Preston remain third despite losing 2-1 to play-off rivals Sheffield United.

    Relegation-threatened Colchester stunned promotion-chasing Peterborough 2-0, while Scunthorpe beat Walsall 4-1.

    Oldham's difficult week ended on another bad note as James Coppinger rescued a 2-2 draw for Doncaster in the 95th minute. Calvin Andrews scored an injury-time winner as Rochdale saw off 10-man Bradford 2-1.

    Crewe beat relegation rivals Gillingham 3-1, Chesterfield beat Port Vale 3-0, Barnsley beat Yeovil 2-0 and Fleetwood beat Leyton Orient 1-0.

  113. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa

    Myles: Forgotten what a goal fest feels like. Disgraceful from Aston Villa. Paul Lambert should either buy players or the club should pay him to go out the door.

    Mike ‏Seal: With these clueless performances Paul Lambert has to go. Poor tactics and now no desire. Worst team in years.

    Dan Brewer: We're in big trouble but Lambert will undoubtedly say he thought we were excellent.

  114. Player reaction

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    Danny Ings

    Burnley goal-scorer Danny Ings: "It's massive. It's our own mini-league down there, so it's important we pick up points in games like this.

    "Our home form has always been good, so it's important that, against the teams around us, we turn up and give it our best. That's what we did today."

  115. Championship round-up

    Norwich celebrate

    Bournemouth now lead the Championship table only on goal difference after 10-man Norwich beat them 2-1 with new Canaries manager Alex Neil watching the game.

    Clayton Donaldson scored a hat-trick as Birmingham continued their climb up the table with a 3-1 victory over Wigan.

    Ian Holloway's Millwall lost 1-0 to his former club and relegation rivals Blackpool, who are bottom of the table.

    Leeds moved closer to the relegation zone as they were held 1-1 by Bolton, with Eidur Gudjohnsen scoring his first Wanderers goal in 14 years.

    Cardiff wore blue in their 1-0 victory over Fulham after changing their colours back from red.

    Huddersfield beat Watford 3-1 with Joel Lynch scoring an overhead-kick, Brighton beat Charlton 1-0, Brentford did the same against Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 and Reading and Middlesbrough played out a goalless draw.

  116. Player reaction

    Swansea 1-1 West Ham

    West Ham goal-scorer Andy Carroll: "We came out and tried to keep a clean sheet for a win but it wasn't to be. The referee let a lot go that others wouldn't. It was a real battle out there. Obviously coming off with the lead at half-time we wanted three points but the Liberty is a difficult place to come and we will take the point and move on."

  117. Team news

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is without Yannick Bolasie, who is on international duty in the Africa Cup of Nations, which means the new manager has to make changes to the team which drew with Aston Villa. Barry Bannan, Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray all start, while Wilfired Zaha and Adrian Mariappa are on the substitutes' bench.

    Tottenham make two changes to the team which beat Chelsea in their last Premier League outing, with Mousa Dembele and Benji Stambouli replacing Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb.

    Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Kelly, Delaney, Dann, Ward, Puncheon, McArthur, Bannan, Ledley, Gayle, Murray.

    Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Stambouli, Dembele, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane.

  118. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Hull

    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live at The Hawthorns

    "A vital win for West Brom. It wasn't pretty but Tony Pulis and the Baggies fans won't care about that."

  119. FULL-TIME

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    So, QPR drop into the bottom three. Burnley are up to 16th. Clarets fans rejoice, singing: "Charlie, what's the score?" in the direction of a certain Rangers striker.

  120. GREAT SAVE!

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    Steven Caulker's header is tipped over. QPR so close to nicking a point.

  121. FULL-TIME

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

  122. FULL-TIME

    Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa

  123. FULL-TIME

    West Brom 1-0 Hull

  124. Post update

    Everton 1-1 Man City

    Phil Neville

    BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park

    "It was a brilliant game. Manchester City dominated the possession, but if you are talking about pure chances then Everton maybe had the most clear cut. Manuel Pellegrini will see it as two points dropped though."


    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    We're into the second minute of the four which were added on.

  126. FULL-TIME

    Swansea 1-1 West Ham