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Summary

  1. Kane wraps up victory with breakaway goal
  2. Eriksen free-kick puts Spurs back in front
  3. Colback levels after Chadli opener
  4. Empty seats at St James' Park after fans boycott

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and good evening

    That is all for our Premier League coverage for today. Thanks for joining us. We will be back on Tuesday with live text coverage of the Champions League quarter-finals. In the meantime, be sure to keep across the BBC Sport website, which will run a live European football text.

    Also, you can tune into Match of the Day 2 at 22:30 BST on BBC One, and from 23:20 for viewers in Scotland.

    Plus tonight there'll also be FA Cup highlights on from 23:20 on BBC One and from 00:10 in Scotland.

  2. Post update

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on Harry Kane reaching 30 goals this season: "It's fantastic, congratulations to him because he deserves this moment, it's historic, the first time since Gary Lineker in 1992. I think he needs to pay for a dinner this week for his team-mates. The team work a lot and try and help the striker score."

  3. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

    Pochettino

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino speaking to Sky Sports: "Our performance was good. We deserved then win as we were better than Newcastle.

    "We need to be happy today.

    "We are recovering our good feeling. It is important because we are in a position where we can fight for something until the end of the season.

    "I got angry after we conceded a goal. We made big mistakes but after that the team reacted very well. Maybe it was good we conceded a goal early.

    "It's very important to finish the season on a good level and then we have to analyse."

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    Thomas Rimer: Congrats Harry Kane! Brilliant season!

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  5. Kane hits 30

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

    Kane

    Hats off to Harry Kane. England's newest star today became the first Tottenham striker to score 30 goals in a season since Gary Lineker in 1991-92. He's got five more games to add to that as well.

  6. Player reaction

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane: "We deserved it today. We played well. We've had some disappointing performances in the last couple of weeks and we wanted to put that right.

    "I had a couple of chances and the keeper made some good saves but I'm delighted to get back on the scoresheet."

    Asked about the first Spurs player to reach the 30 mark since Gary Lineker, he added: "I'm very proud but there are five games left and, hopefully, I'll get a few more goals."

  7. Bad day for Liverpool

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

    Liverpool

    It has been a bad day all-round for fifth-placed Liverpool. Not only did they lose the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa but Manchester City won to move seven points ahead of them in fourth and Tottenham have gone level on points with them with this victory.

  8. FULL-TIME

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

    Spurs' push for Europe continues. Newcastle's fears of relegation remain. Boos from the home fans (the ones who are left in the ground) greet the whistle. The mood was bad here before kick-off. This will only make it worse.

  9. Post update

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

    Carver

    Three minutes of added time have been added. It won't make a difference. Tottenham are winning this game and Newcastle are slipping to a sixth straight defeat.

  10. Post update

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    "Newcastle put everybody forward in search of the equaliser and left themselves totally exposed at the back. As soon as you saw him bearing down on goal you knew Harry Kane was never going to miss that."

  11. GOAL

    Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham - Harry Kane

    Kane

    Game over. Harry Kane has the final say with his 30th goal of the season, which also matches the 20 Premier League tally Sergio Aguero brought up for Manchester City earlier. Spurs break away and Erik Lamela plays ball to Kane on the charge and he makes no mistake with a side-foot finish past Tim Krul.

  12. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Sammy Ameobi looks to salvage something for Newcastle with a driving run down the left and a low cross that is cleared by Tottenham.

  13. SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Paulinho is replaced by Ryan Mason as Nabil Bentaleb is booked for Tottenham for a foul. Play restarts with a Newcastle free-kick which they launch into the box, Tottenham clear and Daryl Janmaat fires wide from 20 yards. 90 seconds of normal time remain.

  14. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Perez

    That sums Newcastle's day up. A free-kick 35 yards from goal is played to the edge of the box for Ayoze Perez but he mis-controls and the ball skips away for a goal-kick. There were empty seats at kick-off. There are even more now. Some of the home fans have seen enough.

  15. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham almost have a third as Federico Fazio challenges Tim Krul at the near post and bundles the ball out of his grasp and just past the post. Krul complains that he had the ball stolen, but the referee didn't whistle. It would have stood had it gone in.

  16. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Kane

    Harry Kane shows strength to win the ball on the edge of the Newcastle box but Mike Williamson is equally strong as he comes over to block the striker's shot from an angle. The ball flies away for a corner...

  17. SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Danny Rose looks to have taken a bit of a knock to the back. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino plays it safe and replaces him with Ben Davies.

  18. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Newcastle are looking to avoid a sixth straight defeat. They are still not out of the relegation woods just yet. Have they got enough in the locker to change the outcome of this game from what looks like being another loss? Daryl Janmaat unleashes a shot from range but slices it way, way wide.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Newcastle's final change sees striker Adam Armstrong come on for Vurnon Anita. Tottenham also make a change as Mousa Dembele replaces Nacer Chadli.

  20. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Krul

    Tim Krul is singlehandedly keeping Newcastle in this game. Erik Lamela makes a good run to the edge of the box to receive a pass forward and earn himself a clear sight of goal but Krul is alert and out in a flash to block with his arm.

  21. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Kane

    Oh, Harry Kane. Earlier in the season, everything he hit flew in but he is going through a little lean spell and it is not quite falling for him now. Earlier, Tim Krul denied him a goal with a superb save, but he is his own worst enemy here as he collects a Nabil Bentaleb chip in the box and shapes to shoot but loses his footing and pokes the ball harmlessly out for a goal-kick.

  22. Text us on 81111

    Cameron, Sevenoaks: Newcastle are showing exactly what is wrong with the modern Premier League side. Bang average foreign players on jumped up wages! Bring through the local youth and give them a chance to show some guts and pride.

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  23. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Obertan

    The Newcastle players are chasing the ball but they aren't getting hold of it with anywhere near enough regularity to get them back into this game. And on the rare occasions they do have a chance to push for an equaliser they waste it. There is a resigned feeling to everything and everyone associated with the Magpies at the moment.

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    Graham Green: The five stages of being a Newcastle fan: denial, anger, depression, anger, anger.

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  25. GREAT SAVE!

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Kane

    Paulinho takes the corner and Harry Kane meets it on the volley from point-blank range but somehow Tim Krul manages to keep the ball out with a superb reflex save. How did that not go in? Replays show it definitely stayed out. The keeper has just kept his side in this.

  26. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    It has been a very quiet afternoon in St James' Park, with few cheers but there are audible groans and moans now as Newcastle struggle to find a way back into this game. Harry Kane has a sight of goal but opts for a cut-back that wins a corner...

  27. YELLOW CARD

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Jan Vertonghen leaves a leg hanging out to catch Ayoze Perez, concedes a free-kick on the edge of the box on the right and picks up a booking. Ryan Taylor chips in a cross from the set-piece that eventually falls to Perez at the back post but his low shot is blocked and cleared.

  28. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham are starting to find spaces with worrying regularity for the home side now. Nacer Chadli has room to drive down the left and then float a cross over that is just a few yards ahead of Nabil Bentaleb in the middle.

  29. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    That lead-restoring goal has hit Newcastle hard. They look completely deflated. Harry Kane comes close to setting Christian Eriksen up in the box but a Newcastle defender sticks his leg out to prevent the cross reaching the Dane.

  30. CLOSE!

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Bentaleb

    Tottenham come within inches of scoring a third. Nabil Bentaleb charges into the box to meet a Nacer Chadli cross from the left but his header loops over the bar and on to the roof of the net. He should have scored. If he had that would surely have been game over.

  31. Post update

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    "Harry Kane was trying to claim that, wasn't he? Delivery into the box is so important and Christian Eriksen's delivery is so good there. If one of your players gets a nick on it, you are going to score. But even without an extra touch, that kind of ball can always creep in at the far post."

  32. GOAL

    Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham - Christian Eriksen

    Eriksen

    Newcastle are not level for long. Having been fouled himself, Christian Eriksen dusts himself off and then curls over a free-kick into the box that is clearly designed to be a cross but beasts everyone, including Tim Krul, and finds the far corner. That could be a decisive blow, stamping out the home momentum. It is Eriksen's first goal since the end of January.

  33. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham

    Jack Colback needs to be careful. He may have scored but he also been booked and he walks a fine line by dragging down Christian Eriksen as the Dane broke into the Newcastle half.

  34. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham

    Now we could have a game on our hands. Newcastle have clearly come out with the bit between their teeth after a limp first-half. Apparently, there are 47,427 people in the crowd, which is the lowest crowd of the season at this ground.

  35. Post update

    Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    "Tottenham were comfortably on top in the first half and Newcastle had to change things at the break. I didn't think those changes would pay off that quickly but they have done."

  36. GOAL

    Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham - Jack Colback

    Colback

    Would you believe it?! Just 18 seconds into the second half, Newcastke equalise as Ayoze Perez drives into the Tottenham box and sets up Daryl Janmaat for a shot that is blocked but followed up by Jack Colback to strike into the net. Finally, the hom fans have something to cheer.

  37. KICK-OFF

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

  38. SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Here come the teams for the second half. John Carver clearly feels his side need something different. He's not wrong. A double change for the home side sees Gabriel Obertan and Sammy Ameobi come on for Mehdi Abied and Yoan Gouffran.

  39. FA Cup semi-final

    Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool

    Delph

    The game is over at Wembley. Fabian Delph's goal has won the semi-final for Aston Villa after Christian Benteke had cancelled out Philippe Coutinho's opener for Liverpool. Follow all the reaction in our separate live text commentary.

  40. HALF-TIME

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Ian Dennis

    MOTD commentator at St James' Park

    John Carver and Mauricio Pochettino

    "A plane, a protest and chances at a premium. Nacer Chadli's goal separates the two sides."

  41. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    "Tottenham dominated possession and dictated play. The fact that Newcastle are only playing one up top means they have never really looked like scoring."

  42. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    It has been a tough 45 minutes for those Newcastle fans who made the journey to St James' Park today. There is still a healthy crowd in the ground, despite the fan boycott, but they have been given another limp, directionless display from their side.

    Tottenham haven't been brilliant, but they haven't had to be. Recent history suggests their sole goal will be enough to get something from this game. Another away goal will likely seal the three points.

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    Jamie McKellar: Newcastle showing just why they are near the bottom of the league. No heart, no passion, no ambition.

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  44. HALF-TIME

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Newcastle United fan covers his face with a protest sign
  45. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela has lots of gel in his hair, but little brains in his head as he slides in very late on Vurnon Anita and picks up a yellow card. Another man into the book for a needless challenge.

  46. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    We've seen nothing of Harry Kane so far this game, but he almost doubles Spurs' lead with a shot from an angle after being found by Nacer Chadli. Tim Krul saves Newcastle from falling further behind with a smart block. Considering their recent form, that would probably have been curtains for Newcastle.

  47. YELLOW CARD

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Now Paulinho - who caught Remy Cabella earlier - goes into the book for a block on a Newcastle player in midfield. The ref allowed the game to continue but went back to caution the Spurs midfielder once the home attack had gone nowhere.

  48. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    "Newcastle have done well going forward for the formation they are playing. For the fact they are just sitting off and allowing Spurs to control possession they have got into the box quite a lot. Most of their balls have come to the far post though, and there haven't been any runs in there."

  49. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Ayoze Perez looks to get his side going with a curling shot from 25 yards but Michel Vorm is a big man and he jumps and collects with ease. Soon after, Kevin Friend's patience runs out and Jack Colback is booked for a foul on Jan Vertonghen - a foul born more out of frustration than malice.

  50. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Christian Eriksen fights for possession

    There is an air of defeat already at St James' Park. This crowd needed their team to give them something to believe in and so far they have received nothing. Tottenham look the more proactive and, with that goal under their belt, composed and confident. Newcastle haven't scored two at home in a single game since 1 January.

  51. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    There have been a few moments where Kevin Friend could have reached for his pocket, but so far the referee has resisted. The latest sees Paulinho catch the heel of Remy Cabella. It won't have been pleasant for the Newcastle player but it didn't really need the Willem Dafoe Platoon-style reaction.

  52. Post update

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    "A great strike by Nacer Chadli. The ball bounced just in front of Tim Krul, who didn't really have a chance. But again Newcastle found themselves with no options in attack and they gave the ball away."

  53. GOAL

    Newcastle 0-1 Tottenham - Nacer Chadli

    Nacer Chadli celebrates

    If the mood around St James' Park was grim before it is even grimmer now as Nacer Chadli is gifted possession and then allowed to make ground, find space and pick his spot with a low curling shot from 25 yards to notch up his 11th goal of the season. It is the game's one moment of quality and with a bit of luck will spark it into life.

  54. Text us on 81111

    Mark, Nottingham: Same old Spurs. Six games to go, season has fizzled out. Painful lack of quality. Big signings flatter to deceive. Yet another summer squad clear out and overhaul beckons. Depressing but predictable.

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  55. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Empty seats at St James' Park

    Still plenty of empty seats at St James'. On the basis of what we have seen in the first 27 minutes, those who stayed away made a wise choice.

  56. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    "They must have a full tank of petrol up there. This plane has been flying around above us for ages. The best response Newcastle fans could do would be to send a plane to fly over the Stadium of Light with a picture of the league table."

  57. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Oh, that was a chance for Spurs. Christian Eriksen breaks away and floats a cross to the edge of the box for Paulinho. He has two options: shoot or try to find Erik Lamela ahead of him. He opts for the latter and over-hits his first-time pass out of play.

  58. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    This game has yet to catch fire. Christian Eriksen has the chance to create something from a free-kick but he misjudges his delivery and swings it low and way too close to the Newcastle keeper Tim Krul who gathers with ease. Unfortunately, that plane flying by is the most exciting thing to happen so far.

  59. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Plane pulls a banner reading '5 in a row Sunderland'

    Some Sunderland fans are having a laugh at the expense of their neighbours. A plane flies over St James' pulling a banner that reads "5 in a row", referring to the number of derby victories the Black Cats have registered over Newcastle. Considering their current predicament in the table, I would have thought Sunderland fans might want to be chucking stones until their safety is assured. Meanwhile, on the pitch, Remy Cabella has a shot but it takes a deflection and loses any sting, making it easy for Michel Vorm to save.

  60. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    The first real shot on goal is produced by the home side as Yoan Gouffran's low cross into the box is hit first time by Ayoze Perez but saved by Michel Vorm. Nice move and much more promising from the home side.

  61. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham get in behind the Newcastle defence as Danny Rose darts down the left, but his low cross is cut out before Nacer Chadli can produce what would surely have been a scoring touch from near point-blank range.

  62. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    It has been a pretty sedate opening 10 minutes. No real efforts on goal yet and only the briefest threat of any being produced. Erik Lamela allows a slow-moving pass to evade him and roll out for a throw by the left touchline. Pretty much sums it up the game so far.

  63. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    "I think Harry Kane caught an elbow in the eye. It was unintentional from Vurnon Anita, Kane almost walked into it."

  64. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Harry Kane receives treatment

    It has been an afternoon of stray arms in the Premier League. Vurnon Anita cathes Harry Kane with an elbow and the Spurs striker requires some treatment to clean up his lip. He looks OK to continue, though, much to the relief of Tottenham. Kane is the very last player they want to lose.

  65. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Newcastle come forward down the left again, this time through Jack Colback, but like Remy Cabella before him the midfielder cannot beat the first man with his cross and Tottenham are able to clear.

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    David Ljunggren: Now why do I think sorry, sad, slumping Newcastle are going to pull off a surprise and beat Spurs? Must be the spring sunshine.

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  67. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Newcastle look to give their fans something to cheer as Remy Cabella charges towards the Newcastle box before attempting to find a team-mate in the box, but a Tottenham player cuts it out before clearing

  68. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    As Matt Lockwood just indicated, it is not the mass protest many of those involved might have hoped for at St James'. There are empty seats but still a decent crowd. In fact, there are a few Premier League clubs who would kill for a crowd this big.

  69. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham

    Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood

    BBC London 94.9 at St James' Park

    Empty seats

    "I don't think the players will notice any of this protest. I'd say there are around 40,00 people here already. As a player you just concentrate on the game in any case."

  70. KICK-OFF

    Newcastle v Tottenham

    Tottenham get the game under way.

  71. Manager reaction

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Manuel Pellegrini stands on the touchline

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "At this moment he (David Silva) is in hospital and they are checking if he has a broken bone in his cheek.

    "The referee was very near. He decides what happens and gave a yellow card. I hope that it was an accidental collision.

    "It was important to win because we come from two defeats.

    "We must continue working altogether and it is very important to finish as near to the top of the table as possible."

    Asked about his future, he added: "No comments about that."

  72. Post update

    Newcastle v Tottenham (16:00 BST)

    The teams emerge from the tunnel at St James' Park, where there are still plenty of empty seats.

  73. Post update

    Newcastle v Tottenham (16:00 BST)

    By St James' Park standards it is pretty empty. That is not to say there won't be a mad rush for seats come kick-off, but it looks like there are going to be plenty of gaps in what is usually a sea of black and white. The announcer is doing his best to try and drum up some passion with requests for the home fans to make noise, which is greeted with a tame response.

  74. Manager reaction

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "We gifted them two goals. It was pretty disappointing on the basis of how we conceded them.

    "The freak own goal got them on the way and then it was a poor piece of possession in their half.

    "If you are going to get back in the game you are going to have to show the resilience we did in the second half and Enner Valencia toe-poked wide and Kevin Nolan had a shot saved.

    "You can't make the mistakes we made and expect to get anything out of the game. We created our two best chances late on but are not as clinical as we used to be.

    "The goal threat has not been as potent as we showed earlier on in the season."

  75. Post update

    Newcastle v Tottenham (16:00 BST)

    Newcastle protest

    Difficult to know numbers, but there are signs that some Newcastle fans are protesting before the game against Tottenham at 16:00 BST. The Times journalist George Caulkin has tweeted this picture outside St James' Park.

    Up to 16,000 Newcastle fans could boycott the game, according to the Newcastle United Supporters Trust. They are continuing their protest about the way the club is run under owner Mike Ashley.

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    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Viv: Win for @MCFC but display not convincing for me. Apart from doggy formation/selection, the coach also does not have a plan B.

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  77. Post update

    Newcastle v Tottenham (16:00 BST)

    Once we've cleared up all the reaction to Manchester City's win over West Ham, we will head over to St James' Park for Newcastle v Tottenham. Here is an early snippet from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino...

    "We need to improve after the international break, the two games against Burnley and Aston Villa were not good and we have the chance to get a good feeling again."

  78. FA Cup semi-final

    Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool

    Philippe Coutinho celebrates

    The deadlock has been broken in the FA Cup semi-final, with Philippe Coutinho giving Liverpool the lead against Aston Villa. You can follow that match via our separate live text commentary.

  79. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "The first 15 minutes were exciting. Manchester City were powerful and direct but the game really fizzled out in the second half. There were a few sporadic attacks but that's about it."

  80. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Manchester City return to winning ways, with the easiest win they are going to get all season. All the damage was done in the first half courtesy of James Collins' own goal and Sergio Aguero's 20th league goal of the season. They stay fourth in the table, a point behind city rivals Manchester United and now seven points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool.

  81. FULL-TIME

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

  82. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    City are seeing this out with a prolonged period of possession. They almost work an opening for Yaya Toure, but he is quickly crowded out in the box.

  83. YELLOW CARD

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Aleksandar Kolarov breaks away and is hauled back by Stewart Downing, who gets a booking for the act.

  84. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Frank Lampard and Sergio Aguero have been withdrawn, with Edin Dzeko and Fernandinho on in their place. Dzeko has a chance to add to City's lead but he cannot get the ball out of his feet quickly enough in the box and his effort is tame and saved.

  85. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Big Sam is out of his chair and screaming his lungs out at the officials. It seems to be in response to a foul on Winston Reid in the box by Fernando. It would have been a very soft penalty to give. Somehow, Big Sam's gum has stayed in his mouth after that. I'd have expected the fourth official to be picking out of his hair all evening.

  86. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Another great chance for West Ham as City's sloppiness again comes to the fore. The home side gift possession to Kevin Nolan, who can run towards goal with only Joe Hart to beat. He fails to find a way past the keeper, though, who spreads himself well to block. There are going to be nine minutes added, largely as a result of David Silva's injury.

  87. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "West Ham's best moment in this second half. A jinking run from Enner Valencia takes him beyond three City players, but he was just losing his footing as he prodded the ball across the goal and Kevin Nolan didn't quite have enough flexibility to readjust and turn it in."

  88. Post update

    Newcastle v Tottenham (16:00 BST)

    Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini returns from a three-match ban to skipper the side. The Argentine replaces Gabriel Obertan with Ryan Taylor moving into midfield. Yoan Gouffran replaces the suspended Moussa Sissoko.

    Tottenham make three changes to the side that lost to Aston Villa last weekend. Jan Vertonghen is in for Vlad Chiriches in defence, while Paulinho and Erik Lamela replace Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend in midfield.

    Newcastle XI: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Anita; Abeid, R.Taylor, Colback; Gouffran, Perez, Cabella.

    Tottenham XI: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Paulinho, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane

  89. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Oh, so close to a goal for West Ham. Enner Valencia jinks past a couple of challenges on the left and makes his way inside the box before prodding an effort that just evades Kevin Nolan and flies past the far post. It is a sign of life from the Hammers but way too little, way too late.

  90. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "There's not been much going on in this second half. Even Manchester City are not going forward a great deal now. West Ham are defending better than in the first half. Often City's moves are breaking down towards the Hammers' left-back position, just when you expect them to deliver the ball into Sergio Aguero. City continue to dominate possession but they haven't created many chances."

  91. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    City continue to apply the pressure but struggle to get through the mass of purple shirts in and around the box until Yaya Toure finds a pocket of space to fire a shot over the bar from an angle. Big Sam is slumped again. Arms folded. Chewing. I'm not sure he's moved from that position since the third minute.

  92. Text us on 81111

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Henry Manchester: As a Manchester City fan it annoys me to see them playing good quality football like this now. Had we played like this in some of our previous games we would be flying...

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  93. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Wait a minute, what's this? A West Ham shot at goal no less. Easily their best chance of the game. Matt Jarvis does well to cross low to Stewart Downing in the box but after allowing the ball to roll across his body in the box his low shot is blocked by Eliaquim Mangala.

  94. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    City pick up where they left off as they pour forward into West Ham territory but after reaching Yaya Toure's slightly over-hit pass down the left Aleksandar Kolarov's cross is cut out and cleared.

  95. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    I reckon we'll get about six or seven minutes of added time as a result of that Silva injury. Not that it is likely to change the result of this game. This has been as one-sided a game as you are ever likely to see.

  96. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City weren't going to rush this, they are going to make sure they do everything necessary so that David Silva gets what he requires. Let's hope Silva is OK."

  97. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Silva is strapped to a stretcher and receiving oxygen as he is carried from the pitch to warm applause. You have to hope that is mainly for precautionary reasons than the identification of a serious problem. Samir Nasri is Silva's replacement. Like for like.

  98. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Silva

    Silva is still getting treatment from the City medical staff on the pitch. There are a lot of worried looks on faces, including that of Manuel Pellegrini.

  99. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "West Ham will be grateful for a bit of respite because they have had an awful lot of defending to do. It's becoming a bit of a forgetful second half if we're honest though."

  100. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    It doesn't look good for Silva. The medical staff are keeping his head very still as the stretcher is called for to carry the midfielder from the pitch. It was an accidental elbow from Kouyate, but it has cost City their influential Spaniard. Most worrying for City is if Silva will be fit to take part in the remainder of the season.

  101. YELLOW CARD

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    David Silva dealt out a flailing arm and was booked just a few minutes ago. This time he is on the receiving end from Cheikhou Kouyate, who catches the Spaniard with his elbow. The West Ham midfielder gets a yellow and Silva requires some treatment.

  102. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    On comes Matt Jarvis and Kevin Nolan for Carlton Cole and Alex Song.

  103. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    West Ham frustrate their manager again as Enner Valencia breaks away and has a chance to find Stewart Downing in space on his right, but dwells on the ball allowing a City defender to cut out his pass when it does come. That is the cue for a double change from the away side...

  104. Text us on 81111

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tom, Colchester: From a City's fan perspective this should've been the way we played all season. Since we lost to Stoke at home I knew it was going to be a rough season.

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  105. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Downing

    West Ham are out of their own half, repeat out of their own half. Stewart Downing floats a cross to the back post where Carlton Cole rises highest but heads the ball harmlessly wide. Looks like we are going to see Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis soon.

  106. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    At some point I'm sure that West Ham will get out of their own half. It has to happen. Doesn't it? It is like attack v defence training for City, who go close again as David Silva drives a shot that hits a group of bodies in the box before being cleared.

  107. YELLOW CARD

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    David Silva goes into the book for a flailing arm that catches Winston Reid near the throat. He goes down clutching his face.

  108. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    West Ham have not won away from home since 2 December. They have shown nothing here to suggest that is going to change. The City players are finding space at will in the Hammers half. A long period of pressure offers shooting chances for Yaya Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov and Frank Lampard before Sergio Aguero eventually tries one from inside the box that he fluffs, allowing West Ham to clear. It is surely only a matter of time before City score again.

    Sam Allardyce
  109. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "Earlier we were asking some of our colleagues locally why Manchester City are not challenging for the title and we were told many performances have been more about the individuals than about the collective. But it's funny because today some of the individual performances out there have been simply outstanding."

  110. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    What a goal this could have been. Sergio Aguero plays a neat pass into Yaya Toure on the edge of the box and then darts into the box to receive the return ball, which Frank Lampard allows to run through his legs. Aguero has sight of goal but out comes Adrian to block. For a moment, Aguero looks like he has hurt himself but after a bit of treatment off the field he returns. Good news for City, terrible news for West Ham.

  111. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    West ham have gone 4-4-2, as opposed to the 4-5-1 they adopted in the first half. It means Enner Valencia is now up top with Carlton Cole. He has a chance to chase down a ball and potentially get in on goal but is easily muscled out of possession by Eliaquim Mangala.

    Carlton Cole
  112. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    The second half starts as the first ended, with City on the attack. Jesus Navas looks to cross low to two team-mates on the edge of the box but a West Ham foot slides in to prevent in reaching them and clear.

  113. KICK-OFF

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    The Hammers get the second half under way. No changes to either team.

  114. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    The West Ham players are the first to emerge from the tunnel for the second half. You suspect their ears might still be ringing.

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    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Jono Forwood: To Liam O'Connor (see 45 mins), as a West Ham fan I can't give you an answer as to what's gone wrong this season but I would quite like an explanation as well!

    Steve Huish, Surbiton: What a player Sergio Aguero is. Twenty goals and to think he was injured for two months. If Wilfried Bony can get in the groove they could be deadly next season.

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  116. FA Cup semi-final

    Aston Villa v Liverpool (15:00 BST)

    Here are the teams for the FA Cup semi-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool, which will be kicking off in about 30 minutes time...

    Aston Villa: Given, Bacuna, Baker, Vlaar, Richardson, Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia, Benteke, Grealish. Subs: Guzan, Okore, Sinclair, Weimann, Cole, Gil, Lowton.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Markovic, Henderson, Allen, Moreno, Gerrard, Coutinho, Sterling. Subs: Jones, Johnson, Toure, Lambert, Manquillo, Borini, Balotelli.

    You can follow that game via our separate live text commentary.

  117. Post update

    Newcastle v Tottenham (16:00 BST)

    Straight after we've wrapped all the action and reaction at the Etihad we'll be heading over to St James' Park for Newcastle v Tottenham and what it promises to be a heated occasion, complete with varying types of protest from the Newcastle fans against owner Mike Ashley. Here is a little insight into what you can expect...

    Ashley Out banner
  118. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "It's a case of how many Manchester City want to get in the second half really. How much they want to push themselves in the glorious sunshine. The West Ham fans who have made the long trip up here deserve a side that's at least going to be brave, but if they leave themselves open by going forward they may have to take further punishment, as we saw with Sergio Aguero's goal."

  119. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Adam Cordery: This game feels like a friendly.

    Joseph Murhpy: With the possible exception of Newcastle, West Ham is probably the best team for City to play to renew confidence.

    Paul Phillips: I must admit, bar a few defensive hiccups City's ball retention has been top notch. This has been sorely missed in the past.

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  120. HALF-TIME

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Martin Fisher

    Match of the Day commentator at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City have been in control and then some. James Collins still can't quite believe he beat his goalkeeper from about 18 yards to put the home side in front. City are in cruise control and West Ham will do well to avoid a beating at the Etihad."

  121. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Joe Hart leaves the field laughing and joking with the referee and his assistants. He probably wants to burn off some energy because he has had practically nothing to do. It's his birthday and he'll stand around not having to make saves if he wants to.

  122. HALF-TIME

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

  123. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    There is no out-ball for West Ham. Every time they clear a City attack, the ball comes straight back as part of another home attack. Even Adrian is put under pressure and is forced to turn away from Jesus Navas before clearing. Just the one minute to be added before the Hammers get a much-needed 15 minutes to regroup.

  124. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Liam O'Connor: Can a Hammers fan please tell me what happened there season? At the start they were exciting, dynamic and lovely to watch. Now?

    Terry Lambert: West Ham looking like Spurs at Man City. Asking for a beating. So poor it is unbelievable. Players have gone on holiday already.

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  125. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    You have to wonder just what has happened to West Ham this season? During the early months they were an exciting attacking side, giving some of the best in the division a decent game. In contrast, this is a timid, almost apathetic display from them littered with mis-placed passes and poor control.

  126. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City are ripping through West Ham time and again. If the away side aren't careful this could turn into a very heavy score line. City are moving the ball quickly across the visitors' defence before stepping up the tempo another notch with a killer ball. A win would take them seven points clear of Liverpool and that should secure them Champions League football."

  127. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    This could get embarrassing for West Ham. City have the bit between their teeth and are constantly probing on the edge of the Hammers box. Frank Lampard gets a chance to cross but over-hits it and the ball sails out of play on the left touchline.

  128. Post update

    Man City 2-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "That is what this Manchester City side can do when they are in full flow. They just swarmed forward on the break. There were four players up in support of Sergio Aguero, whose composed slide under the goalkeeper puts City 2-0 up."

  129. GOAL

    Man City 2-0 West Ham - Sergio Aguero

    Aguero

    Sergio Aguero's first century of City goals is complete and now he has begun his quest for a second. It is a lightning break away, which sees Yaya Toure win the ball from Stewart Downing, Aguero carry it and find Jesus Navas before collecting the return ball in the box for a finish under Adrian. It is a long way back for West Ham now.

  130. YELLOW CARD

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    Frank Lampard has been making late runs into the box for about two decades now. He performs yet another to try and reach a flick from David Silva but is denied by a diving tackle from a West Ham defender. As the Hammers look to break, Alex Song is fouled by Jesus Navas for the game's first booking.

  131. Post update

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City are dominating play and even more to their credit, as soon as they lose the ball they are intent on winning it back straight away. West Ham are at least getting up the pitch a bit more now though. Carlton Cole had no support at all in the first 20 minutes."

  132. Post update

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    West Ham look to capitalise on their superior numbers but Enner Valencia's low drive from outside the box is saved by Joe Hart. Zabaleta returns - nose clean - and City are back up to 11 men.

  133. Post update

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    Birthday boy Joe Hart comes to the rescue after a hesitant piece of defending from martin Demichelis gifts the ball to Carlton Cole in the City half. Cole looks to charge into the home box from an angle on the left but Hart is quickly out to meet him and block. City are currently down to 10 men as Pablo Zabaleta has a bloody nose cleaned up.

  134. Post update

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    Normal service is resumed as City pour forward again. A chip to the right byline is met by Jesus Navas, whose drilled volleyed cross finds David Silva. The midfielder controls and shoots but his effort is blocked. That could easily have been 2-0.

  135. Post update

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    West Ham have a rare chance to create something as Stewart Downing gets the ball in acres of space on the right but his cross into the middle is way over the heads of three breaking team-mates. To be fair, even if they had reached that, an assistant's flag would have greeted them for offside.

  136. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    Adam Bevan: What a finish James Collins! Take a bow/hang your head in shame.

    Schoolboy J: One of the best own goals you will ever see. Collins like a boss!

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  137. Post update

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    West ham look to claw their way back into the game from their second corner but a tame header from a corner drops comfortably for Joe Hart to gather. Big Sam is already slumped down in his seat, arms folded and chewing furiously on a piece of gum. This could be a long afternoon.

  138. Post update

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    The goal may have come from fortuitous circumstances but you can't deny that City have dominated the early stages of this game. There is a real attacking intent about their play, no doubt intended to make some amends for recent weeks.

  139. Post update

    Man City 1-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "James Collins just got his footing wrong. The ball sliced off him and in off the underside of the crossbar. On the balance of play that is no surprise. West Ham have showed Manchester City too much respect. They've not been in their face at all. City can now pick them off at will."

    James Collins
  140. GOAL

    Man City 1-0 West Ham - James Collins own goal

    Well, it has been coming. Not like this, though. Jesus Navas wins a header on halfway and charges into West Ham territory before curling a cross that James Collins slices over his own keeper and in off the bar from 18 yards out. It's a great finish, from City's point of view. A horror moment for the Hammers.

  141. CLOSE!

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    Oh, not far away. Aleksandar Kolarov stands over a free-kick from 20 yards out. His curling effort nicks the wall and swings just past the post.

  142. Post update

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham's first tentative move into City territory wins them a corner, which they waste by taking quickly and then failing to get the ball effectively into the box. City have had about 75% of possession over the first 15 minutes. The Hammers can't afford to be so wasteful.

  143. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    Fraser McIntosh: Many happy returns to Joe Hart today. I hope he shares the cake with Yaya Toure otherwise there could be trouble...

    Well, I suppose somebody had to crack the obvious joke.

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  144. Post update

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "West Ham seem to be unsure as to stick or twist. They're defending deep so as not to let Sergio Aguero have space in behind, but that allows Manchester City to just move the ball around in front of them. There's no way out for the visitors so far, City are having all of the play."

  145. Post update

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    Another City attack results in Jesus Navas crossing low for Sergio Aguero, who turns and shoots but straight at Adrian. West Ham are under some serious early pressure.

  146. Post update

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    City have set up camp on the edge of the West Ham box. The away side are doing well so far to stop them getting any further. Yaya Toure is fed the ball but he dwells for a second and is tackled. Soon after, David Silva picks up the ball 25 yards out but fires his shot a few yards wide of the top corner.

  147. Post update

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    City have started well here. Aleksandar Kolarov is felled by Carl Jenkinson as he looks to break to the byline for a free-kick, which is swung in towards Yaya Toure but headed clear by an away defender. West Ham have barely looked at the City half, never mind be in it.

    Kolarov
  148. Post update

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen

    BBC London 94.9 at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City have suffered only two defeats here all season, but their recent form has cost them. The loss against Crystal Palace really is the one that has cost them in their challenge to retain the Premier League title.

    "It's been a bright start from the home side, they're moving the ball very swiftly. Frank Lampard hasn't had the best of receptions so far from the visiting fans so far though."

  149. Post update

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    City come again, but Pablo Zabaleta's cross from the right is blocked by Enner Valencia. The full-back comes again and this time wins a corner, which is taken short to David Silva, who plays off the ball and takes the return in the box but cannot get his shot away before the tackle from Carlton Cole comes in to dispossess him.

  150. Post update

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    City get a feel for the ball early on, stroking it around in midfield before the ball is hammered forward for Jesus Navas, who controls down on the right wing and fires over a cross that West Ham are able to clear.

  151. KICK-OFF

    Man City 0-0 West Ham

    We are under way...

  152. Post update

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    It's Joe Hart's birthday today, by the way. The obvious joke would be something about buying him a cake. But let's not go there. We're better than that.

    Joe Hart
  153. Post update

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    The teams are on their way out at the Etihad. Kick off is imminent...

  154. Will Leicester stay up?

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Is the battle to avoid the drop more interesting than the fight for the title? Do you think Leicester will escape the drop?

    Adrian Thomas: The Foxes are flying and will definitely stay up. Best run in with four games at home out of six, plus are the form team at bottom.

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  155. Post update

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    Manchester City fans

    The most famous day in City's recent past lives long in the memory. How they could do with some Aguerooooooooo magic today.

  156. Post update

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    The crowd at the Etihad are currently being entertained by a young choir, all adorned in blue and white scarves, singing Oasis' Don't Look Back in Anger. I'm sure Noel and Liam would approve.

  157. City flirting with disaster

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    Manuel Pellegrini

    "You are wrong if you think that, at this club, you are out if you don't win the title." This what Manuel Pellegrini had to say this week. On its own that seems like the statement of a man who feels he is still safe in his job. However, he then added: "If we miss the top four then maybe it will be different because that would not be the same thing. Not to play in the Champions League is a disaster." Maybe not so safe after all.

    As it stands, there are four points between fourth-placed City and that disaster. Liverpool's involvement in the FA Cup means they will have a game in hand on Pellegrini's men at the end of today. If the gap is still four points come this evening then the man steering the City ship better start turning that wheel because there is an iceberg, dead ahead.

  158. The relegation run-in

    MOTD2 Extra

    Daily Telegraph journalist Jason Burt: "Burnley v Leicester next Saturday is a huge match. The atmosphere at Leicester in their win over Swansea yesterday was fantastic, they really went for it from the start. Nigel Pearson makes a good point saying the job is not done yet though, they've only brought themselves back into contention. Yesterday was a big win for West Brom as well. They are now clear I'd say, even though they have a horrendous run-in."

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson: "After their recent results Leicester fans now will be expecting them to win games and that expectation is totally different. it will be a test for the Leicester players."

  159. The relegation run-in

    MOTD2 Extra

    Leicester celebrate

    Hull defender Curtis Davies: "Leicester's recent results make it even more difficult for us. We drew 0-0 there when they were eight points behind us. Now it's ultimately down to us to go and do our jobs. We are the only ones who can ensure we stay in this league. We are going to have to find a way to get the points on the board and we're hoping we have got enough in our lockers. Matches against teams like Arsenal and Liverpool they are 'bonus ball' games, but now we need to get the points we will feel that in every single game. It's going to be key to us to beat Burnley especially though, because that is a six-pointer."

  160. Will Leicester stay up?

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Is the battle to avoid the drop more interesting than the fight for the title? Do you think Leicester will escape the drop?

    James Pedersen: The final day - Leicester v QPR, Aston Villa v Burnley. Could be a straight shootout for survival. Squeaky bum time for fans everywhere.

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  161. 'I'd play Gerrard all day'

    MOTD2 Extra

    The panel discuss whether Steven Gerarrd should play for Liverpool and the prospects of Aston Villa and the Reds in their FA Cup semi-final.

    Steven Gerrard

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson: "I think Steven Gerrard would have played before Lucas Leiva's injury. You have to manage the game and there is nobody better. Liverpool will probably play Raheem Sterling through middle and, with his range of passing, I would play Gerrard all day. If Villa come on to Liverpool that will suit them a bit more.

    Hull defender Curtis Davies: "If Villa win they will have to do so in 90 minutes. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood likes to play on the front foot and, from what I have heard, he is good to work with."

    Daily Telegraph journalist Jason Burt: "It is a really dangerous game for Liverpool. Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is in fantastic form. Liverpool are playing quite well and the big question is if manager Brendan Rodgers brings Steven Gerrard back in. The bigger question is they are being damaged by striker Daniel Sturridge being out."

  162. Coming up on BBC radio

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live begins its coverage of Sunday's football programme with full match commentary from the FA Cup semi-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley, a 15:00 BST kick-off

    That will be followed by commentary of the second half of Newcastle's Premier League match at home to Tottenham from 17:00 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    And later this evening you can have your say on all the big football stories on 606 with Ian Wright and Kelly Cates from 18:06.

  163. 'I've voted for Hazard'

    MOTD2 Extra

    The panel discuss the PFA player of the season list and the lack of defenders on it.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson: "It is more difficult playing up front than in defence. It is easier to stop people scoring than create."

    Hull defender Curtis Davies: "I voted for Eden Hazard as the player of the season. He can do everything, apart from tackle maybe."

    Daily Telegraph journalist Jason Burt: "John Terry is unlucky he is not on the list. He has had an exceptional season but we tend to go with the more creative players. It is a strong list and I wouldn't necessarily argue with anyone on it."

  164. Will Leicester stay up?

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    Is the battle to avoid the drop more interesting than the fight for the title? Do you think Leicester will escape the drop?

    Malc Wells: Don't see Leicester getting much from Southampton or Chelsea but three wins from the remaining six games just might do it. Game on.

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  165. Klopp at Man City? Or West Ham?

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    MOTD2 Extra

    BBC Sport

    Daily Telegraph journalist Jason Burt: "If Manchester City don't finish in the top four then Manuel Pellegrini is gone. If they do then he will have a lot of questions to answer at the end of the season, explaining why the wheels have fallen off in the way they have. Names like Jurgen Klopp have been ruled out, and Pep Guardiola is the dream ticket but that's unlikely at the moment. I actually think Klopp could be attracted by the idea of a project. The idea of going to a club that is not yet a top club but that could become one. There have been reports linking him to West Ham and maybe that's a step too far at the moment but I do think there could be an attraction there."

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson: "City's infatuation with Guardiola is because the two Spanish guys at the club know him so well. I like Klopp. Pellegrini is not in your face but Klopp is, and there is something about him that makes you want to play for him."

  166. Tuchel to replace Klopp

    Thomas Tuchel

    In Jurgen Klopp related news, former Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel will replace him as coach of Borussia Dortmund this summer.

    It is a familiar feeling for Tuchel, who took charge of Mainz a year after Klopp left the club to join Dortmund in 2008. He has been out of work for a season having taken a break from the game.

    Tuchel, 41, has been linked with Newcastle recently, but Mike Ashley will have to look elsewhere now.

  167. 'Rodgers should start Gerrard'

    Aston Villa v Liverpool (15:00 BST)

    Former Arsenal & Aston Villa defender Martin Keown

    Football Focus

    "I think Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should start Steven Gerrard. It's the Hillsborough anniversary, there is a lot emotion around the club and one of their best players of all time is about to leave. They should get him in the team and build it around him. A top player of his quality should be in that side."

  168. 'Sterling should show respect'

    Aston Villa v Liverpool (15:00 BST)

    Former England midfielder Danny Murphy

    Football Focus

    Raheem Sterling

    "In regards to the situation of Raheem Sterling and Liverpool I'd say there is blame on both sides. He has developed really quickly, evolved into a super footballer, but you have to remember Liverpool have given him that platform. He needs to show them a bit of respect too. It wouldn't surprise me if Liverpool let him go in the summer if they get a big enough offer.

    "We might see Steven Gerrard on the bench today but if Liverpool reach the final for me it would be inevitable he would lead the team out."

  169. FA Cup views and predictions

    Former Arsenal & Aston Villa defender Martin Keown

    MOTD 2 Extra from Wembley

    On Sunday's FA Cup semi-final: "As a former Aston Villa player you can't tell me this is a bigger game for Liverpool. Tim Sherwood has done an incredible job. I wouldn't fancy playing against Benteke today. He will shake up Skrtel.

    "Gerrard is the talking point, you have to play him. The emotion that surrounds him, we saw what he did in an FA Cup final against West Ham and he deserves the opportunity to do it again."

    On Arsenal's progress into the final: "Arsenal will be extremely relieved. They were given a real fright. If you're an Arsenal player you know you've been lucky. You could see on Arsene Wenger's face he was a very relieved man. For him personally, the pressure he is under, he wants the opportunity to win something. It's going to be progress for Arsenal. They could finish second or third and win a trophy."

  170. Lucas out for Liverpool

    Aston Villa v Liverpool (15:00 BST)

    We have some FA Cup team news to bring you, and it is a blow to Liverpool, who will be without Lucas Leiva this afternoon. The midfielder a thigh injury.

    However, that could now pave the way for Steven Gerrard to start the match at Wembley. Gerrard has, however, played just 27 competitive minutess since picking up an injury of his own against Spurs in Feb. He did play in a behind closed doors friendly for Liverpool this week.

  171. Team news

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    Under-pressure Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini make four changes following his side's 4-2 defeat by Manchester United last Sunday. Centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, left-back Aleksandar Kolarov as well as midfielders Fernando and Frank Lampard come in for the injured Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Fernandinho and James Milner.

    West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has a thigh injury and is replaced by Carlton Cole as the only change from the draw with Stoke last time out.

    Man City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Navas, Yaya Toure, Lampard, Silva, Aguero.

    West Ham XI: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Downing, Noble, Jenkinson, Collins, Cole, Song, Valencia.

  172. 'How many are as good as last year?'

    MOTD2 Extra, BBC Sport

    The panel discuss why Manchester City have struggled to retain their title.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson: "It is difficult to retain the title. Chelsea are gong to win it and you know that every single week they are always at it. When you walk into the dressing room the season after winning the league the first thing you think is 'has he signed someone who will replace me.' It's selfish. But City have so many players who just walk into the team. How many of them were at the same level as last year? I'd argue nobody."

    Hull defender Curtis Davies: "They haven't had too many injuries. It's just strange to see. A few bad weeks and you go from having a wonderful season to a bad one."

    Daily Telegraph journalist Jason Burt: "I think if they don't finish in the top four Pellegrini is gone. I think if they lose today he may be in danger of not seeing the end of the season. There will be a big end of season review with the owners of the club. There is a whole root and branch look at what's happened at the club to be had."

  173. Deafening silence

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    West Ham had hopes of challenging for a European spot at one point this season but one win in their last 10 top-flight games looks to have put paid to that.

    Their manager Sam Allardyce shares doubts about the future of his job along with today's counterpart in Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini.

    Allardyce's contract expires in the summer and the silence about extending his deal from the club's owners is deafening.

  174. Post update

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    Striker Carlton Cole comes in to the West Ham side to face Man City in place of Diafra Sakho, who has a thigh injury.

  175. 'Mourinho a master tactician'

    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    MOTD2 Extra

    Hull defender Curtis Davies: "Jose Mourinho is a master tactician. He knows against that when playing the big sides he doesn't have to chase the win. Chelsea sat back and soaked up the pressure. They had less than half the passes United had, and that alone shows that he knows what he is doing. United can take positives from the performance knowing that they should be able to make the top four though."

    Daily Telegraph journalist Jason Burt: "I think we've got a bit carried away with praising United. It's taken them a long time to get to his point. Yesterday was their 39th competitive game of the season, and I think they should be closer to the top. They had one bad season last year, they spent an awful lot of money on new players and a lot of them haven't performed. I think they'll finish third, but it will be 10 or 12 points behind Chelsea. They should have done better, and I think there will be a big summer of change at Old Trafford. I think they'll sign four or five new players."

  176. 'Mourinho did a number on United'

    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    MOTD2 Extra

    BBC Sport

    Eden Hazard

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson: "Chelsea did a number on Manchester United. United were outstanding without being able to score the goal, but that is Chelsea, and that is what Jose Mourinho does. I don't know why we seem to be so surprised by it. In fairness to United over the last three or four months they have had nothing but positives. That turnaround coincided with Robin van Persie's injury, when Wayne Rooney was moved back up front where he's a completely different animal. There's more urgency in their play, which is so easy to play against. They have to play at a certain pace with the players they have got."

  177. Post update

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    Manchester City make four changes from the 4-2 defeat by Manchester United. Frank Lampard starts in midfield, as does Fernando. Eliaquim Mangala starts in place of the injured Vincent Kompany.

  178. Talk about a fall from grace

    Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was celebrating winning the title after beating West Ham in the final game of last season.

    This time he welcomes West Ham to the Etihad with the defence of that title in tatters and doubts about his job as City lie 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

    And, rather than challenging for the top-flight crown, Pellegrini's side are more concerned about holding on to their top four spot in order to secure a place in next season's Champions League.

  179. Well, this is awkward...

    Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    From the media reporting on a manager under pressure to a manager putting a member of the media under pressure. If you didn't see it yesterday, please take the opportunity now to have a watch of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's interview with Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray after his side's 1-0 loss at Chelsea on Saturday evening.

    I think it is fair to say that Van Gaal was spoiling for an argument from the word go.

  180. Will Leicester stay up?

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Is the battle to avoid the drop more interesting than the fight for the title? Do you think Leicester will escape the drop?