Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Live Reporting

Shamoon Hafez, Gary Rose and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. No that's entertainment

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    A marathon shift comes to an end, I hope your nerves have hacked it.

    Diafra Sakho

    Thank you for all of your contributions today and for your company as ever. We will be live texting for another magnificent day from 10:00 GMT tomorrow. Liverpool v Manchester United, Hull City take on Chelsea, QPR meet Everton and then it is on to El Clasico at 20:00 GMT.

    Enjoy Match of the Day and we look forward to you being with us tomorrow.

  2. Manager reaction

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    More from Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat, speaking to BBC Sport: "I am happy with the effort, we had a discussion about that - how to show our fans what we can do, and if you work you get results. It is hard to play against West Ham with long balls, but we didn't give a way of lot chances. They are a good side, with some good players, and we had also some opportunities to score and I did not expect them to score in the 88th minute, that was really disappointing. Today we deserved the result as well."

  3. Match of the Day order

    Aston Villa and Swansea fans go get a coffee. You are on last tonight. Spurs and Leicester fans, you guys will be sprightly in the morning as you could get an early night.

    Gary Lineker
  4. Manager reaction

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, speaking to Sky Sports: "Today was all about getting the win, and we got that. The way we have let leads slip here easily, the 1-0 was a fantastic victory for us, because it was a difficult game.

    "We eventually changed the shape and put more pressure on Sunderland and that finally paid off. I looked at things at half-time and thought we needed more support to Diafra Sakho.

    "Carlton Cole has scored two or three from the bench this year, so I felt that when a chance does come along we will score. It eventually fell to Diafra Skaho, our leading scorer, who was disappointed not to have scored a couple of chances with his head today. A clean sheet - a rarity for us - so we got both ends right today."

  5. Manager reaction

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat, speaking to Sky Sports: "We deserved more. Especially the way they scored the goal. We did not expect they would score, the game was equal and there were not a lot of chances. We had the first chance in the first half with Jermain Defoe.

    "With his quality, that was a 100% chance. He had to at least hit the goal. We can take that with us into the next game because if you work hard you get the results too. I have still seen some things we need to improve, and some players are coming back. So for me it is positive.

    "We have to win that game (Newcastle). With our home fans, if they stand behind us, like they did today because they appreciated what we did, we will make it very difficult for Newcastle. This game has given us the tools."

  6. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    So what will Dick Advocaat's 'to do list' look like?

    Sort the away form? Sunderland have no wins from seven on the road.

    Sort the shooting? Only Aston Villa (19) have less goals than Sunderland's 23 this season.

    Some reaction from Advocaat is coming right up, remember their next game is at home against Newcastle on 5 April.

  7. A mixed sack for Sakho

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    Diafra Sakho's winner was the latest goal West Ham have scored in the league this season, arriving on 87 minutes and 42 seconds.

    He had a lot of shots but passed only 20 times and lost the ball with 55% of his passes.

    A mixed day with an ending so joyous that no one will care about his earlier frustrations.

  8. This is getting serious

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    They may have lost, but Sunderland can draw some comfort from the fact Leicester and Burnley were both beaten earlier.

    Premier League bottom six

    Surely now we are heading fro an incredibly low tally of points needed to ensure survival? How many would do the job and who is going down? Tweet us on #bbcfootball.

  9. Player reaction

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan, speaking to Sky Sports: "Better late than never. We've had few of those against us in the last five or six weeks. We've not been getting the points we've deserved, so today we knew it would be tough to match them but we did that and three points are the main thing. I didn't think I was offside [for a second-half penalty appeal] and I was trying to explain that to Lee [the referee] but he wasn't having any of it. I don't think many refs do now off me to be honest."

  10. Player reaction

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    Diafra Sakho and Mark Noble

    West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, speaking to Sky Sports: "We knew it wouldn't be pretty. We earned the respect of teams earlier in the season, teams come here and sit behind the ball. We got two centre-forwards up there after the break, and I thought Carlton Cole made a massive difference, he made the ball stick. Me and Kev (Nolan) have been on at Diafra in training, telling him to keep shooting and one would stick. But we deserved to win."

  11. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    So how might Dick Advocaat address this?

    He picked an attacking line-up with three strikers up top but aside from Jermain Defoe's glorious first-half opening, they created little.

    The Black Cats have now netted just one goal in their last six Premier League matches and this was the 15th time they have failed to score in the league this season. Only Aston Villa (17) have drawn more blanks.

  12. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    If you don't buy a ticket you don't win the raffle.

    Diafra Sakho had four shots in the match, more than any other player, and his goal arrived at the death. His tally for the season is now 12 in all competitions.

  13. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    Stewart Downing celebrates

    "A massive win for West Ham. They were expected to win this and sometimes that weight can drag on you at home. But they went for it in the second half and finally got the winner just before the end of normal time. It wasn't Hollywood, but a good, solid performance that deservedly gives them all three points."


    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    Dick Advocaat stands on the touchline and glares at his players. Is he sizing up which ones look more hurt by this? He raises his finger, pointing the blue shirts to visit their away fans.

    Bubbles galore float around Upton Park. A big win for West Ham. They are up to ninth and on 42 points, surpass their tally for last season.

  15. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    Mark Noble runs the ball into the corner and gets cracked, free-kick.

  16. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland pressure, balls pumped forward but it is dealt with. Will they get another attack?

  17. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "The pressure had been mounting. Sunderland struggled to clear their lines, a header was well won by Nene, Mark Noble clipped it into the path of Diafra Sakho, and he provides a brilliant finish. It's nothing more than West Ham deserve."


    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    A standing ovation for Diafra Sakho as he walks off. Joey O'Brien is coming on to sure things up.

  19. Post update

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

    We enter stoppage time. West Ham are three minutes from just their second win in 13 games.

    Dick Advocaat is about to lose the first of his "nine cup finals".

  20. GOAL

    West Ham 1-0 Sunderland - Diafra Sakho

    Diafra Sakho scores

    We have a winner. Diafra Sakho is in the mixer, as he has been all game and it is fitting that this goal comes from a 50-50 contest on the edge of the area.

    This has been a battle, headers, tackles, you name it and Mark Noble out jumps a Sunderland shirt on the edge of the area, Nene turns the ball into the path of Sakho and here comes the knockout. The ball hangs in the air, takes an age to drop, but when it does he lashes it right footed across goal and into the bottom corner.

  21. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    From being a drab, tight affair, suddenly both sets of players now want this won.

    Mark Noble's shot is blocked on the edge of the area and Sunderland will bring on Danny Graham for Jermain Defoe. Some boos as Defoe departs.


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    "HANDBALL", is the shout from home fans. West Ham players protest. Adam Johnson is the target of their claim as a ball brushes his side in the area. It is not clear cut.

  23. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    James Collins is well placed again to turn a cross-shot from the increasingly involved Patrick van Aanholt away.

    There were bodies lurking in the six-yard box.

    Jab, jab, jab from both of these sides. No one has knockout power. Can either summon it?

  24. CLOSE!

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Jermain Defoe is one slippery customer. You wonder what some younger legs could do for him as his experience is there for all to see as he bends his runs, leaves defenders and generally shows a canny knack of losing his marker.

    He slips one defender with good movement and just as he pokes the ball into the clear to race in on goal, James Collins slides about six feet to tap it out of his path. Crucial.

  25. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Suddenly we look like we may get a winner. Van Aanholt went close at one end but West Ham are not backing down and push forward. Cross, clearance, cross, clearance. The pressure builds.

    On comes Nene for Kevin Nolan. This would be a good time to get his first Hammers goal.

  26. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Adrian of West Ham
  27. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "What a fantastic effort from Patrick van Aanholt. It was dipping and moving in the air, but it was probably going just wide too. Adrian wasn't to know that though, he made a brilliant save."


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Patrick van Aanholt has a BANG... great save by Adrian. The left-back moved forward and his effort was swinging from right to left, possibly just going wide by Adrian was not to know and flew across to tip wide.

  29. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Adam Johnson gets into the action, again there is some booing, and his pass up the touchline cannot find a runner. Is there a goal in this game? We have not had a clear-cut chance for a long time.

  30. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "Different people react differently to this type of situation. I remember at Leeds when Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer were arrested and they reacted completely differently - the reaction Bowyer got seemed to lift him, while it affected Woodgate more negatively and he lost a lot of weight.

    "I'm not sure what type of character Adam Johnson is, so I can't say how he will react to this."


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Adam Johnson is brought on to the field

    Sunderland introduce Adam Johnson for Steven Fletcher.

    Johnson has not played since being arrested on suspicion of having sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Johnson was released on police bail, which was extended to 23 April.

    It is an unfriendly welcome for Johnson at Upton Park. Some booing and jeers.

  32. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Replays show the penalty appeal Kevin Nolan saw turned down should perhaps have been given. A raised offside flag ended his hope of a spot-kick but it looks like the ball was actually flicked on to him by a Sunderland player so he should not have been flagged.

    Sunderland are getting Adam Johnson ready to come on.

  33. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Much has been made about Dick Advocaat's first outing, but do not overlook the significance of this game for his opposite number.

    Sam Allardyce

    Sam Allardyce is overseeing relegation form for the Hammers as since Christmas Day, the only two sides with a worse points return than the eight they have amassed are Queens Park Rangers and you guessed it, Sunderland.

  34. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Will Dick Advocaat take Connor Wickham off now he has a yellow card to his name? This game is finely poised after all.

    Connor Wickham

    Wickham has been unselfish for his side. Battling for ball after ball, dropping deep to help when needed and has generally showed plenty of fight.

    As many as 57 touches in the game, only Aaron Cresswell has more.

  35. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "Definitely offside. Kevin Nolan was pulled back by Santiago Vergini, and it would have been a penalty, but Nolan was a clear half-yard off.

    "You can sense as this game progresses that the home crowd are growing more frustrated. West Ham definitely had the better of the opening period but this second half has been much more equal. Sunderland are coming into this game a bit more now."


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    PENALTY... no. Kevin Nolan is rugby tackled in the area by John O'Shea but the West Ham man had strayed half a yard offside before being hauled down.


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Connor Wickham has been everywhere today and here is in midfield hacking down Mark Noble. Referee has the card out and rightly so.

  38. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Jack Rodwell is afforded time 35 yards from goal and shoots wildly wide.

    Sunderland struggle to inject pace into their attacks on the rare occasions they gain territory in the final third. All too often their exchanges are slow and so they get left with few options, Rodwell's poor effort summed up the limited choices he had at his disposal.

  39. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Connor Wickham picks the ball up deep, he has ran hard today, brings Jack Rodwell into the play, he passes left but Sunderland's play breaks down.

    Can either of these sides capture any sort of rhythm? If either does then there are three points waiting.

    Carlton Cole chases Costel Pantilimon down and forces the goalkeeper to kick for touch. The hour ticks closer but still we wait for some quality to match the obvious battling qualities on show.

  40. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    BBC Radio 5 live reporter John Acres tweets: Pretty bubbles in the air. Updates of @whufc_official v @SunderlandAFC on @bbc5live

    John Acres at Upton Park
  41. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "That is so much better from West Ham (see 52 mins). Now Aaron Creswell has got players to aim at - there were three West Ham players in the box that time, and again Creswell's delivery was excellent. It's just unfortunate that Diafra Sakho couldn't direct his header on target."

  42. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Aaron Cresswell was the provider for Sakho and he has impressed so far. No player in the match has more than the 62 touches the left-back has chalked up.


    His width down the left is more important with West Ham now playing a diamond and if a goal is to come from anywhere, he looks likely to play a part.

  43. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    SAKHO... inches wide. Inches. A glancing header from Aaron Cresswell's cross.

  44. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Jermain Defoe runs with possession

    Jermain Defoe gives the home defence the slip and is in is he? No. The ball skips up and catches his hip so he turns back.

    James Collins stepped up and that almost turned out to be costly. A corner is forced and John O'Shea gets a head on the ball to turn it towards goal but Jack Rodwell cannot apply a finish as he gets pressured on the six yard box.

  45. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    How has the change at the break tweaked the West Ham shape? It looks like a diamond setup now. Alex Song anchoring, Mark Noble right, Stewart Downing left, Kevin Nolan behind Diafra Sakho and Carlton Cole.

    Will the shape stretch Sunderland a bit more as they squeezed space out of the game in the first half?

  46. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Connor Wickham's industry has been admirable, he has grafted. What is his quality like though from 25 yards? Not good enough.

    He wraps his right foot around an effort but that is wide of the right hand post and too high.


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    We have a change as Carlton Cole comes on for Matt Jarvis. Will this mean a re-shuffle? Jarvis was decent in the opening period and delivered a couple of good crosses, ironically ideal deliveries for a player like Carlton Cole.

  48. Post update

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Lines are now open to speak to Robbie Savage and Darren Fletcher on 606.

    Tony Pulis has called for a 30-second call-back review system to challenge referee decisions - do you agree with him?

    A hat-trick for Harry Kane today gives his side three points and makes him the top scorer in the league - can he be the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot since Kevin Phillips in 1999-2000?

    Arsenal are now only four points off the top of the league with a win over Newcastle - are they title contenders?

    And with everyone beating each other at the top of the Championship - who do you think is going up?

    Call: 0500 909 693

    Text: 850 58

    Or we're BBC 606 on Social Media.

  49. Post update

    Southampton 2-0 Burnley

    Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis: "We knew Burnley were going to be tough to break down but it is nice for manager Ronald Koeman to get the win on his birthday.

    "It does not look good for Fraser Forster but we wish him all the best. It is a mental battle being a back-up goalkeeper and disappointing to come on in them circumstances.

    "I see there is a spot opened up in the England side now."

  50. Happy birthday Ronald

    Southampton 2-0 Burnley

    Ronald Koeman recently posted several pictures of himself and his Southampton players engaging in winter sports while on a mid-season break.

    It is safe to say he gets looked after on the south coast as he tweets: "Many thanks to the board of Southampton for this delicious surprise."

    Koeman is 52 today and his side won 2-0 against Burnley.

    Ronald Koeman
  51. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey
  52. Post update

    Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

  53. Mike Dean's arrogance frightening - Pearson

    Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "The arrogance of the man (referee Mike Dean) at times is frightening. I find it difficult to accept that we have to deal with yet another contentious decision that has not gone our way.

    "What I will say about our players is they gave everything and I'm sure Spurs must be relieved.

    "It remains a very frustrating season for us because of the level of performance and yet we are just not getting over the line with results. It is two players colliding (for the penalty). I just find it bizarre and that's the nicest thing I can say.

    "I feel at the moment that we continue to be short changed. I'm not suggesting that is deliberate but we can't be on receiving end of so many poor decisions.

    "What is the point in talking to him (referee Mike Dean). He is one of the most arrogant men I have met."

  54. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "Maybe the scoreline warrants a bit of booing in some people's eyes but not the performance. West Ham have been the better team for me, the only problem has been getting people on the end of crosses in the box. Diafra Sakho, their lone centre-forward, has been well marshalled by the Sunderland defence. I think Sakho needs help - another centre-forward needs to be on the pitch. Whether Sam Allarydce will make a change remains to be seen."

  55. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    West Ham just on top on the face of the half-time stats but these overlook the quality of possession.

    West Ham v Sunderland

    The home side have completed just 71% of their passes, the visitors 62%. This game is an ongoing battle for the ball only for the side with it to do little.

  56. Half time

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Steve Wilson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Upton Park

    I'm sure Dick Advocaat has heard all about the unfailing excitement and quality of the Premier League but he hasn't seen it in that 45 minutes. Wickham tested Adrian and Song worked Pantilimon, but Defoe had the best chance only to shoot over.


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Dick Advocaat marches down the tunnel with purpose. He looks satisfied and his team have looked hard to beat. They are compact, scrapping for second balls galore.

    Jermain Defoe has missed the golden opportunity to make it a perfect 45 minutes for the north-east side.

  58. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Mark Noble shows his range, crafting a pass with the outside of his foot around the full-back and Matt Jarvis wins the race to cross, no one in the mixer though.

    We will have two added minutes.

  59. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "I don't mean to be flippant but I've only just looked down and realised Jack Rodwell is playing. He's been keeping his position with Jordi Gomez and Seb Larsson in the Sunderland midfield, but he's done nothing with the ball whatsoever. He's just not got into the game at all."

    Rodwell has touched the ball 12 times in 44 minutes.

  60. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Carl Jenkinson has the ball near the touchline, he faces four blue shirts and passes back but receives a return, crossing chance, blocked for a corner.

    In it comes, Connor Wickham is there to concede another, KOUYATE... glanced wide from 10 yards. A decent chance but no one following the flick in.

  61. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Space at a premium in London. Dick Advocaat has probably been telling his team to be more compact this week because they have given away little space in this first half.

    Connor Wickham is holding off challenges as he contests a bouncing ball, we are seeing no real pattern in the play.

  62. Post update

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30)

    My prediction of an open game with goals was as accurate as ever.

    Aaron Cresswell, with a wonderfully waxed head of hair, throws a ball down the touchline and a series of headers are contested. This game is a battle for territory in many respects.

    Sunderland are using Wickham as a go-to man with direct play, West Ham try to get the ball wide and deliver crosses. It makes for anything but free-flowing football.

  63. What can Dick Advocaat learn about Sunderland?

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Emeli Sande seemed to have a season ticket to the London 2012 Olympics, busting into rhyme at any chance near the hallowed track, but does she have a season ticket at the Black Cats?

    Why do I ask? Well the famous singer spent the early years of her life in the city.

    Emeli Sande

    Bryan Ferry - another famous musician - is also a Mackem, but one of the city's most famous sons will surely be former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley.

  64. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "Great technique by Alex Song on the volley. He did very well to keep the ball down, having watched it all the way onto his right foot. Jermain Defoe is getting himself into a lot of space for Sunderland, but he's not often been found by his team-mates."

  65. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Jermain Defoe runs unselfishly into the channel but gets the chance to square up his marker, cut in and dig. Near post, easily held.


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Costel Pantilimon is like the green giant in his goalkeeper kit and he needs to be as Alex Song has a dip from 30 yards.

    The ball drops out of the air from a headed clearance and you can almost hear the voice in Song's head say "go on, why not".

    He volleys first time and Pantilimon has to dive right to keep it out.

  67. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    A moment of improvement for Sunderland as Connor Wickham gives them a platform and they build an attack which gets Patrick van Aanholt into a good area wide on the left. His low cross is cut out though.

    Wickham has his left wrist taped like a sumo wrestler. My guess is he has a new tattoo as modern players seem to collect them like kids collect stickers.

  68. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Mark Noble has been inch perfect so far, 14 passes of 14 have found their target.

    Diafra Sakho is the man treating the leather like a hot potato and has given the ball away 72% of the time.

  69. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Dick Advocaat is off his bench to applaud Jordi Gomez, not for a moment of magic but for charging down a clearance.

    The Sunderland midfielder loses possession within seconds though, a heavy touch does him and a corner for West Ham will pose more threat. One way stuff now.

  70. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "That's two very good chances for West Ham now, and if Diafra Sakho's header (see 18 mins) had been on target the goalkeeper was beaten. But just earlier, after complete route one stuff from Sunderland, Jermain Defoe was through on goal and couldn't even come close. He was aiming for the top corner, but all he had to do was put his foot through the ball."

  71. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    So how has the first quarter of Dick Advocaat's first match in English football played out?

    Opta stats

    His side have had the best opening - fluffed by Defoe - but their attacks are often direct while West Ham spend more time in their opponent's final third, often working crossing opportunities.

    You do wonder how a three man midfield will get a grip of this game for Advocaat.

  72. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Costel Pantilimon comes to punch a corner and does, just, the ball drops in the area but a blue away shirt is on hand to swipe clear. There may be some concern on the Sunderland bench. After an even start it is now the home side asking most of the questions.

  73. CLOSE!

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Kevin Nolan has just one goal in 25 outings this season but number two almost arrives as he profits from Diafra Sakho's pursuit of a ball to the dead ball line, superb by Sakho, Nolan into the hands of Costel Pantilimon.

    Good pressure from West Ham, a delivery from wide finds Sakho and he heads just wide from 12 yards. A whisker wide.

  74. Manager reaction

    Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson: "The first two goals were disappointing and another dubious decision. Difficult to accept another contentious decision not going our way.

    "We conceded four today, so I can't go over the top about our performance, but we played with a lot of quality at times.

    "Our players gave everything. Spurs scored four but will feel relieved to win. It's nine to go now."

  75. CLOSE!

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland


    Jermain Defoe is in behind, only the goalkeeper to beat, what an opening but he volleys wide.

    It was fairly route one and Steven Fletcher nodded the diminutive striker into the clear. Dick Advocaat's eyes lit up but he quickly had the look of a man stuck in traffic as he sat back in his seat when the ball ended up in the crowd.

  76. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    West Ham v Sunderland

    Only Connor Wickham's early volley has added to the tally so far but it is a solid start. Plenty of endeavour, there are a lot of second balls to be one and no real threat on their goal.

  77. Swarbrick sorry for error

    Manchester City 3-0 West Brom

    Referee Neil Swarbrick has apologised for incorrectly sending off West Brom's Gareth McAuley during his side's 3-0 loss at Manchester City earlier today.

    In a case of mistaken identity, McAuley was sent off after Craig Dawson fouled Wilfried Bony.

    A statement from Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, the organisation responsible for refereeing appointments, read: "The referee has confirmed the offence was caused by a different player, which should be addressed now as a case of mistaken identity. The referee has apologised for his error."

  78. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park


    "That is a real shame for Wes Brown. He's a player who's suffered with knee injuries a lot over the last decade, and the minute it jarred he knew something had gone and he would have to come off."


    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Wes Brown is hobbling and looks very troubled. It looks like as he jumped to clear he was caught by Diafra Sakho but there was not a lot in it. I wonder if it was the landing more than the collision which has prompted this uncertainty. Dick Advocaat is up of the bench and clearly thinking about what to do.

    Here comes Santiago Vergini from the bench. An early blow for the away side.

  80. Manager reaction

    Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "It's two mistakes from us and we've paid for that. Palace are great on the break and two individual errors have cost us.

    "For 85 minutes we were in control. We lost our way before half-time for five minutes. That's two on the bounce we've lost and that's the biggest disappointment.

    "Five minutes of madness has cost us the game."

  81. Ouch!

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    West Ham go percentage with a free-kick. From the centre circle James Collins clips one like a sand wedge into the area. Wes Brown is under it for the visitors and lands awkwardly, staying down...

  82. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park

    "Sunderland have Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Jermain Defoe up front, and it will be interesting to see how those three all link up. That was a fantastic, stinging strike from Wickham after Defoe found space in behind for a cross, but Adrian made a good save, and followed it up to claim the ball."

  83. CLOSE!

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland


    Matt Jarvis starts just his third Premier League game of the season and takes off down the left flank after a long punt but will not get there. Now it's Jermain Defoe after a long diagonal at the other end... he is forced wide and crosses to Connor Wickham... VOLLEY... parried well by Adrian.

    A good hit from 20 yards.

  84. Manager reaction

    Southampton 2-0 Burnley

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "It was a tough game but it was a very good performance from us in the first half. The second half, they were 1-0 up and got the second goal, it was hard work from there.

    "It was poor finishing from us. That is where we have to realise this a different level of football.

    "We move forwards again, we are not dented, we are not broken, we will be ready to go again."

  85. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    A Gus Poyet our sign
  86. Manager reaction

    Southampton 2-0 Burnley

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "A difficult first half, they had one or two very good chances but Kelvin Davis was saving them. The second half was very good, we dominated it with good ball possession. A good win today.

    "Fraser Forster is at hospital and it is looking bad. We have to wait for the scan. I hope it will be OK for him but the doctor is not positive.

    "It is good to have an experienced goalkeeper on the bench and he showed his qualities today.

    "It is difficult for Graziano Pelle at the moment and he is struggling a little bit. If he keeps working, the goals will come."

  87. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Millwall defender Matt Lawrence

    BBC London 94.9 at Upton Park


    "Sunderland will have been given a lift with the new manager coming in, whereas West Ham are still managed by Sam Allardyce, for whom these last games of the season are very important. They will want to turn their poor form round - it hasn't been good enough from them and they know they have to turn things round quickly."

  88. Text us on 81111

    Matt, London: If Sunderland lose this, then QPR will be looking at tomorrow's game against Everton as a massive opportunity. The teams either side of them in the table have both lost today, and a victory for them would turn the fight to escape relegation into a right scrap.

    Get involved using #bbcfootball on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only), or drop us a line on the BBC Sport Facebook, or Google+ page.

  89. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Connor Wickham will play centrally with Steven Fletcher right and Jermain Defoe left it looks. Fletcher makes a run in behind and gets it, a cut-back for Defoe follows but Aaron Cresswell is in the right place to concede a corner.

  90. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea City

    Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood said: "Obviously it's disappointing to lose late on. It's the second time we've done that since I've been here and it's a major setback for us.

    "In the first half they were the better side and we showed them too much respect, but in the second half it looked like we might nick a goal. There's a lot of hard work to do and this is a reality check for us but we're still confident we're going to be OK. We don't think it's done yet.

    "It's difficult to not be down-hearted, but when I took over we were in a hole, there were no smiles and morale was low. The spirit is a lot better in the camp and we have to make sure we don't take this defeat too hard."

  91. Player reaction

    Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam: "It's two mistakes from us and we've paid for that. Palace are great on the break and two individual errors have cost us.

    "For 85 minutes we were in control. We lost our way before half-time for five minutes. That's two on the bounce we've lost and that's the biggest disappointment.

    "Five minutes of madness has cost us the game."

  92. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland


    Dick Advocaat has gone for a black coat and beige scarf. It's a big scarf too. Big enough to hide behind or swirl in the air depending on the result.

    it is a disciplined start for both sides. Wes Brown heads a cross clear, Stewart Downing puts another one in the mixer and John O'Shea nuts it clear.

  93. KICK-OFF

    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    'I'm forever blowing bubbles' belts around Upton Park as Jermain Defoe embraces his Sunderland team mates. Has Dick Advocaat given these players the love they need to do the business? We have ninety fascinating minutes to come, here we go...

  94. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

    Newcastle boss John Carver: "People said we had our flip-flops on but if you saw our second-half performance that's not the case. I'll keep driving the players on. They want to keep working and keep having a go. The criticism was a bit surprising because it came from an ex-player, and they know what we have to go through, but we certainly weren't on the beach today."

  95. The new boss

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30)

    Dick Advocaat

    Advocaat is here for nine games and as he puts them "nine cup finals" only.

    He reportedly said his wife will not let him do more but when quizzed at his news conference, came up with a line along the lines of "we will see what happens".

    Either he wants a longer stay or he just wanted to show his wife is not the boss.

  96. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea City

    Swansea City manager Garry Monk said: "In the first half I thought we were fantastic and we should've scored one or two goals. The second half was much more even but we got the goal.

    "If we had scored in the first half it would've made it more comfortable but we showed character. We have got a fantastic group of players and a real determination to keep going. It's a tough place to come but we showed real bravery and we deserved to score so it was pleasing for us."

  97. Who is Dick Advocaat?

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30)

    At the age of 67, the Dutchman becomes the oldest manager in the Premier League.

    Dick Advocaat

    But it's fair to say he has made good use of his years, coaching the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and Serbia, as well as the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg. He won championships with all three clubs as well as the 2007-08 Uefa Cup with Zenit, beating Rangers in the final at the Etihad Stadium.

  98. Post update

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30)

    Have a look at the Sunderland midfield. A few of us here at BBC Sport towers are wondering what sort of resistance it will offer and if this game will therefore end up being very open.

    Dick Advocaat told BBC Sport he likes 4-3-3 on Friday and that is what he has gone with.

    Opta teams

    Sunderland have not won in seven matches. They look set to have a right good go here.

  99. Text us on 81111

    Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

    Andy, Norwich: Say what you like about Arsenal's second-half performance. But to play badly away from home and still come away with three points? Any fan would take that. Arsenal have a plan B and it's working.

    Get involved using #bbcfootball on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only), or drop us a line on the BBC Sport Facebook, or Google+ page.

  100. Manager reaction

    Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

    Harry Kane

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, speaking about Harry Kane: "A striker who scores three goals is always great. I am happy for him and for the team. Now we look forward and keep going."

  101. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on goalscorer Olivier Giroud: "He is like every striker, he wants to score goals and the confidence comes from scoring goals, it's a vicious circle. He is a fighter and has improved technically."

  102. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

    More from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, speaking about his season's targets: "We want to finish as high as we can, we have 60 points with eight games to go. If you look at the points we have taken in the last three months, it has been outstanding. So we just want to win and win and win."

  103. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on whether he was concerned by difference between the first and second half displays from his side: "No, not at all. We played one game in Manchester United, one at home to West Ham, one in Monaco in Tuesday and now here so that's three away games in two weeks. I'm proud of the performance we put in today."

  104. 'Keep it simple'

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30)

    Jason Roberts

    Former Blackburn striker on Football Focus

    On Dick Advocaat's appointment as new Sunderland manager: "It's difficult when a new man comes in with such a short number of games to go in the season.

    "Yes he has to motivate the players and keep the spirits up, but he can't go enforcing a new philosophy on the players with such a short space of time.

    "I agree with Lawro that they need to start getting that service in to Jermaine Defoe. "If they simplify how they play like Tim Sherwood has done with Aston Villa, they can get results."

  105. 'Advocaat has to gamble'

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30)

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    Football Focus


    "Dick Advocaat has to start to take one or two chances, pick a team that is going to win a game - maybe an extra attacking player. Tim Sherwood has done that at Aston Villa and it has worked wonders.

    "Sunderland, under Gus Poyet, had been playing very negatively, in a very South American style. Get some service to Jermain Defoe, because he will score goals. I think they will stay up though. The bottom three as it is now will be the ones to go down."

  106. Player reaction

    Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud: "We started well, on the front foot, we put the pace we wanted to into the game. The problem in the second half was we didn't play, I don't know why. We knew we needed a third goal but they put us under pressure and did well to come back.

    "It was a tough game but it is a really important win. Even though we are disappointed with the Champions League exit, we want to fight on until the end of the season."

  107. Three up top for new boss

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30 GMT)

    So what about this team selection from Dick Advocaat? Talk about an aggressive way to begin life in England.

    Jermain Defoe, Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham

    Perhaps he senses West Ham are there to be got at with just one win in 12?

    Jermain Defoe, Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher all start. The three have a total of nine league goals in 52 outings this season.

    Defo has four goals in his last five league games against West Ham, his former employers.

  108. Manager reaction

    Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew tells BBC Sport: "I haven't managed many teams with character as high on the agenda as this team.

    "I was pleased with two of our old stalwarts - Glenn Murray and Julian Speroni.

    "We're within touching distance of safety. The form we're in suggests we can do a lot better and that's what we want."

  109. How the table looks


    Leicester City fought hard against Tottenham but it was ultimately not enough and they remain rooted to the foot of the table. It could get worse for Nigel Pearson's side, with Sunderland, in 17th, in action at 17:30 GMT. Crystal Palace move up to 11th after an impressive win at Stoke.

  110. Post update

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30 GMT)

    Steve Wilson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "As Sam Allardyce sees out the last few weeks of his West Ham contract without any tangible evidence that he'll be offered another, Sunderland decided they had to act by replacing manager Gus Poyet with Dick Advocaat.

    "The 67-year-old becomes the senior citizen of current Premier League bosses and has nine major club honours plus experience of leading teams at two World Cups and two European Championships.

    "I remember Advocaat as a sprightly 40-something outwitting Graham Taylor's England in Rotterdam in 1993. Back then, he had the De Boer brothers, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Ronald Koeman, Frank Rijkaard and Aaron Winter. Any one of those would come in handy now."

  111. Team news

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30 GMT)

    Just the one change made by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, with Carl Jenkinson returning to the side in favour of Joey O'Brien.

    Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has named an attacking XI for his first game in charge, with Jermain Defoe, Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher all playing. Liam Bridcutt and Ricky Alvarez drop out, with Wickham and Jordi Gomez coming in.

    Adam Johnson is on the bench, having returned to training after the club lifted his suspension following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

    West Ham XI: Adrian; Jenkinson, Collins, Kouyate, Cresswell; Jarvis, Song, Noble, Nolan, Downing; Sakho.

    Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Reveillere, O'Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt; Larsson, Gomez, Rodwell; Defoe, Wickham, Fletcher.

  112. Football League

    Watford have missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship after losing at home to Ipswich. Their defeat means fourth-placed Norwich have moved to within three points of leaders Bournemouth after beating Nottingham Forest 3-1, with Ipswich a further three points adrift.

    At the bottom, Wigan are now eight points from safety after they drew with Bolton and Fulham won at Huddersfield, while Blackpool's fate is almost confirmed after they were pegged back by Leeds.

    In League One, Preston missed the opportunity to move to within nine points of idle leaders Bristol City after they were held at Barnsley, while at the bottom Crawley and Colchester eked out potentially pivotal victories.

    And in League Two, Burton maintained their five-point lead over Shrewsbury at the summit after comfortable wins for both, and bottom side Hartlepool enhanced their survival hopes with a tense victory over Mansfield.

  113. How the table looks


    This is how the top half of the table looks after today's results. Wins for Manchester City and Arsenal keeps up the pressure on leaders Chelsea, although they have two games in hand.

  114. Post update

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30 GMT)

    Dick Advocaat

    Stay with us for Dick Advocaat's first match in English football.

    The former Rangers manager takes charge of Sunderland for their trip to West Ham and we will bring you everything you need to know from Upton Park.

    I somehow cannot see the 67-year-old being a tracksuit manager.

    Team news next...

  115. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Match of the Day host Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "Cracking Match of the Day tonight. Some blinding games. We're on early too - BBC One at 22:20 GMT. Puts the eclipse in the shade."

  116. Post update

    Southampton 2-0 Burnley


    Jason Shackell was the unfortunate man for Burnley today.

  117. Post update

    Southampton 2-0 Burnley

    Southampton will be thrilled, they close in on fourth-placed Manchester United and Liverpool in fifth. The only sour note will be the health of goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

    The England international slipped awkwardly in the first half and BBC commentator John Motson understands he is on his way to hospital with suspected knee ligament damage.

  118. Text us on 81111

    Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

    Richard Clarke: All the talk is about Harry Kane, but he went missing last weekend against Manchester United. Will he do the same for England and be useless in the big games?

    Get involved using #bbcfootball on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only), or drop us a line on the BBC Sport Facebook, or Google+ page.

  119. FULL-TIME

    Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

  120. FULL-TIME

    Southampton 2-0 Burnley

  121. Post update

    Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

    Kyle Walker heads a ball into the box away as Leicester throw everyone forward. Was that the last chance for the Foxes?

  122. Post update