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Marc Higginson, Phil Dawkes and Neil Johnston

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  1. Thank you and goodnight

    That is all for our coverage of today's English football. What an afternoon the Premier League has given us. We started with another defeat for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, had a little dip in the middle before being treated to some real drama. You can read more about today's Premier League games by clicking below...

    Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Manchester City 2-1 Norwich

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

    Watford 2-0 West Ham

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    Be sure to join us again tomorrow for Everton v Sunderland and Southampton v Bournemouth. Bye.

  2. Manager reaction

    Watford 2-0 West Ham

    "What happens weeks before and all the statistics is interesting but it doesn't mean a thing once the referee blows his whistle.

    "From the start we were basically second best. They were better in every football department and totally deserved to beat us.

    "We didn't have energy. They were quicker, more hungry than us. Today it was just that."

    Slaven Bilic West Ham manager, speaking to BBC Sport

    Slaven Bilic
  3. Manager reaction

    Watford 2-0 West Ham

    "I'm really pleased, very happy with the result and the performance.

    "I think we enjoyed the game a lot. The players played with real confidence on the ball, with high pressure, it was an amazing performance.

    "It's been important to change the mentality when you come in from a lower division, to win gives you the respect of the other teams."

     Quique Flores Watford manager, speaking to BBC Sport

    Quique Flores
  4. Safe hands

    The goalkeepers' union has taken to Twitter, on a day rich in clean sheets and clangers...

  5. 'Best since Shearer and Lineker'?


    He scored for the eighth game in a row this afternoon, but the verdict's still out on Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy's England credentials...

    Dan: For some reason England can't see that he is best either as a central striker with a free role or strike partner. Hodgson insists on playing him out wide. If Hodgson would swallow his pride and pick players on form, we could have the best tournament striker since Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker. 

    Billy: With regards to John Murray's comments on Vardy, it would help if he was played in his preferred position. 

    Emerald: Vardy is to England what Messi is to Argentina.... Good for club different for country.

    Jamie Vardy
  6. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    "We were a bit frustrated in the first half. We had plenty of possession around their area but didn't look like we wanted to shoot. 

    "Their keeper has made a great save from Jon Walters.

    "As the away team you are going to give away a couple of chances and when we did Jack Butland saved.

    "He is doing exceptionally well. Jack is a very mature individual and I think that helps him."

    Mark Hughes Stoke manager on BBC Sport

    Mark Hughes
  7. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    "Four great saves from Jack Butland denied us a win and got Stoke a point. 

    "He was unbelievable and the difference between us and three points."

    He added: "We are building, growing and progressing - the last five games - we are getting there. 

    "There were lost of positives and the only disappointment is not getting the three points."

    Steve McClaren Newcastle manager on BBC Sport

    Steve McClaren
  8. Plymouth marching on

    League Two round-up

    Plymouth secured a fourth successive home win as they beat Morecambe 2-0 to stay clear at the top of the table.

    Oxford moved up to second with a 5-1 win at Stevenage, who had Michael Tonge and Jamie McCombe sent off.

    Portsmouth slipped to third after surrendering a lead at Notts County to lose 2-1.

    Accrington Stanley are up to fourth place after Josh Windass' eighth goal of the season gave them a 1-0 win at Leyton Orient.

    Bottom club Yeovil faced a long trip back home after letting slip a two-goal lead at Carlisle to lose 3-2.

  9. Player reaction

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

     "It's another clean sheet and another game without losing but we want to win the title and we can't have the other teams in front go away. 

    "When you look at the players we have it's not a worry (not scoring). We have seen them in training and we know they have the quality. 

    "But it's not just the strikers, it's everyone in the team. 

    "We have to get through this period and have the confidence to keep going and believing that we will score goals."

    Morgan Schneiderlin Manchester United midfielder

  10. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    "We should have won. It was an excellent performance from us - as good as we have been all year. 

    "United- and it doesn't happen very often - were probably fortunate to get a point. 

    "It was a shame we didn't win it but with the run we've been on we needed to take something, so the point was important for us. 

    "It was really disappointing after the League Cup defeat (at Manchester City). 

    "It was a goal of ours to win that. The draw was awful and unfortunately we didn't put in our best performance. "We got back to the real Crystal Palace today."

    Alan Pardew Crystal Palace manager 

    Alan Pardew
  11. Manager reaction

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

     "We did not keep the ball. That's a very important factor and because of that we didn't create too many chances. I have to say I can't complain about the result." 

    (on a third successive goalless game) "There's a big concern but I already said that after the second match, especially against Middlesbrough because we created many chances but did not finish. 

    "(Today) we didn't create so many chances so it's more difficult. When you don't keep the ball you can't create chances.

    "We still had a big chance in the last minute of the first half for Herrera and you have to finish that."

     Louis van Gaal Manchester United manager on BBC Sport

    Louis van Gaal
  12. Walsall go top in style

    League One round-up

    Walsall have gone top of League One after beating previous leaders Gillingham 3-2 in a thriller at the Banks Stadium.

    Walsall trailed 2-0 but came storming back and clinched a dramatic win with a late first goal for the club from Cyrous international Jason Demetriou.

    Burton also leap-frogged the Gills with a 1-0 at Oldham thanks to Abdenasser El Khayati and Wigan and Bury also picked up wins in the top six.

    The Latics left it late to beat Swindon 1-0 thanks to Francisco Junior's late goal while Bury held on to repel a Blackpool fightback in a 4-3 victory.

    Bottom club Crewe secured a first home win in 15 attempts to surprise SheffieldUnited 1-0. 

  13. Post update

    Manchester City 2-1 Norwich

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Quote Message: After 80 minutes of not a lot, the last 10 minutes at Etihad Stadium were probably best described as completely crazy. The Manchester City fans in front of me were going ballistic as their team failed to clear time and time again from Norwich's 10 men and they were hanging on for dear life in stoppage time - it is safe to say that was not in the pre-match script for the Premier League leaders. Don't let Aleksandar Kolarov's penalty miss for the home side at the death fool you - a 3-1 defeat would have been incredibly harsh on the Canaries. They have left empty-handed but enormous credit to Alex Neil's side, who defended brilliantly and showed plenty of attacking spirit too.
  14. Manager reaction

    Man City 2-1 Norwich

    "I thought we limited Man City to very little, but if you're going to lose a goal away to the top teams, you want it to be from a bit of quality, so to lose one to a set piece is disappointing.

    "Then we made mistakes at the back for the second goal and it cost us the game. If people do their jobs properly and do the basics right, the rest of our game has been good."

    Alex Neil Norwich manager 

  15. Manager reaction

    Man City 2-1 Norwich

    "It was an extraordinary game. Norwich defended very well. The games before Champions League games are always difficult. But we have the character, the personality and the trust to win the game - we are not finished until the last minute.

    "Joe Hart is human, he makes mistakes. He has saved us in a lot of other games - he's a good professional, he won't have any problems."

    Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City manager

    Manuel Pellegrini
  16. Brighton still unbeaten

    Championship round-up

    Brighton are still unbeaten but see their lead at the top of the table trimmed after Matej Vydra's equaliser for Reading in a 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium.

    Hull capitalised by winning 2-0 at MK Dons to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games and of the chasing pack, Burnley, Derby and Middlesbrough all secured home wins.

    Rotherham's 3-0 defeat at Derby takes them bottom of the table before the tea-time Lancashire derby between Preston and struggling Bolton.

    Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest continues Forest's slump and takes the Owls to within a point of the top six.

    And Fulham trounced Bristol City 4-1 at Ashton Gate to push the Robins towards the drop-zone.

  17. Manager reaction

    Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

    "There were a lot of positives in our play and we were exceptional in the first half. We should have taken the lead when we were on top. We gifted them two goals and you can't do that against any team, let alone Arsenal. I'm disappointed to lose, but I think the scoreline flatters Arsenal. We had chances to score and were the better team in the first half.

    "They were two poor goals on our behalf that gifted the game to Arsenal. It's a shame because there were so many positives and it looked like we would go on and get a positive result. 

    "Mertesacker's was definitely handball. The other one was on Bafi (Gomis) and I'm not so sure. I've seen the second goal given so many times as a foul and of course you should play to the whistle, but the goals were poor from us."

    Garry Monk Swansea City manager

  18. Manager reaction

    Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

    "They took six points off us last year and that shows we've moved forward. The second half we were a different team. After we scored the first goal it was all us and there was only one winner on the pitch.

    "I feel they offered a lot in first half, then technically we were on top and we upped our pace in the second half and from then on it was more difficult for them. 

    "That's what you want (from Giroud). The less we talk and more we play the better we play - that's our job and that's what he does. The second goal didn't look a foul to me, honestly, but I have to watch it again as it's difficult to see from outside.

    "Joel Campbell took his goal really well and he is still a young player who had to wait for his chance. He's adapted to Europe, been in a few leagues and come back and I like his team spirit and work rate. To show he can be on the end of things as well gives him a chance."

    Arsene Wenger Arsenal manager

    Joel Campbell
  19. Ozil assists Arsenal

    Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

    As we've had a fair bit of stat chat post-match, how about this...

    Mesut Ozil now has 14 assists in 2015, more than any other player, by a margin of three. And this is a man who has been accused (quite recently) of being invisible. Yep, invisible until he suddenly pops up in space to lay on a goal for an Arsenal team-mate.

    Ozil's assists (he claimed another today) have played a huge part in Arsenal being level top with Manchester City on 25 points.

    Ozil's involvement in and around the box played a huge role in Arsenal's win at Swansea. Compare his touches (right) with that of Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson's (left) below...

    Mesut Ozil (right) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (left) touches
  20. 'I had a go at the ref - I'm sorry about that'

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "Leicester did really well, it was a good game and in Jamie Vardy they have an exceptional player. His pace frightened us all afternoon.

    "But the referee should have given us a penalty and sent their man off. It shouldn't happen at this level - the standard of refereeing should be better.

    "(Referees' chief) Mike Riley should be on the phone asking why we weren't given two penalties.

    "I've had a go in the tunnel with him (Anthony Taylor) and I apologise about that. I should be writing my report but I do hope they look at it."

  21. Magnificent Mahrez

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    Jamie Vardy will get a lot of the headlines, but, once again, Riyad Mahrez was magnificent. He was everywhere, as the heat map below shows...

  22. Three points but no pizza

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    Quote Message: “We fight to the end. We have a very strong character and play good football. I told my players they were playing very well at half-time, to be careful at set-plays, and it was important to move the ball quickly and put them under pressure. We did that well. It’s important Jamie (Vardy) continues to work for the team. The record is good for everybody. We conceded a goal today, so no pizza. Nothing.” from Claudio Ranieri Leicester manager
    Claudio RanieriLeicester manager
  23. Get Involved


    It was a mixed afternoon for England's forward players...

    Kev: Credit to Sterling, he changed the game - no Aguero or Silva but keep finding ways to win. 

    Matt: Blaming Rooney is unfair. He's getting no service. No-one behind him creating spaces. Too slow getting it to him. 

    Samantha: Vardy for Sports Personality of the Year?! Title race is back on!

  24. Boring, boring United?

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Wayne Rooney can only dream of stats like Jamie Vardy at the moment. The Manchester United and England man struggled again today as his side drew 0-0 at Crystal Palace. Palace are strong at home so it is not a bad point, but United (and their manager Louis van Gaal) could really have done with a win to head off chat (sparked by Paul Scholes this week) that they are boring.

  25. Premier League top-scorers

    The Premier League top-scorer list has a very unfamiliar feel about it. Here is the top three...

    Jamie Vardy(Leicester) 11

    Odion Ighalo(Watford) 7

    Riyad Mahrez(Leicester) 7

    Mahrez scored twice for Leicester this afternoon, while Ighalo bagged a brace for the Hornets to see off West Ham.

    Not that long ago, Vardy was a non-league player, Mahrez was turning out for Le Havre's second team and Ighalo was grafting away on loan at Granada.

    Premier League top scorers
  26. Post update

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Quote Message: I don't think Jamie Vardy is quite at the stage of being England's first-choice striker yet. He's not quite the same player when he pulls on an England shirt."
  27. Vardy unfazed by scoring feat

    Quote Message: If I achieve it (scoring in a record number of Premier League games) it will be an absolute honour but I've just got to knuckle down and prepare for the next game." from Jamie Vardy
    Jamie Vardy
  28. He's just a goal machine...

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    Jamie Vardy: goal machine. The Leicester striker has now scored in eight matches in a row (after netting against West Brom). Only Daniel Sturridge (9) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (10) can better that in the Premier League.

    If you'd said at the start of the season that Vardy would be on the verge of breaking Premier League scoring records and Leicester would be third at the end of October, you'd have been laughed out of the room.

    Jamie Vardy
  29. Post update

    Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Quote Message: As we head into autumn, we're seeing what a good signing Petr Cech was for Arsenal - and what he's left behind at Chelsea."
  30. Post update

    Speaking of goalkeeper clangers...

  31. Post update

    Well, we asked for more goals and entertainment in the second half and we certainly got that. In spades. Goals, penalties, red cards, goalkeeper clangers and chopping and changing at the top of the table. Premier League, take a bow.

  32. Get Involved


    Si: Yaya Toure does what all title-chasing players do; bail their team-mates out if they make big mistakes. 

    Will: What do you think the odds would have been to bet on Leicester to take Chelsea's place in the CL at the start of this season? 

    Mike: Five games, no wins and one goal is just not good enough and acceptable. Time to go Louis.


    Swansea 0-3 Arsenal


    Manchester City 2-1 Norwich


    Manchester City 2-1 Norwich

    Not Yaya Toure, this time, but Aleksandar Kolarov, who steps up and smashes the ball past the right-hand post. It doesn't matter, though, because...

  36. PENALTY to Manchester City

    Manchester City 2-1 Norwich

    Another penalty to Manchester City, deep in injury time. Raheem Sterling is felled by a rash tackle from Robbie Brady.

  37. FULL-TIME - West Brom 2-3 Leicester


    Watford 2-0 West Ham

  39. Get Involved


    You might give a few Chelsea fans a scare, Tom...

  40. Post update

    Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

    Interesting substitution to tell you about at the Liberty Stadium. Mesut Ozil is off and on comes Alex Iwobi, who is the nephew of one Jay-Jay Okacha, formerly of Bolton Wanderers.

  41. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    David Pleat

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: United were tepid. Goals are a problem. If you can't create you can't score."

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    Great save by Kasper Schmeichel to deny West Brom a leveller from close range at the near post. 

  43. Post update

    Manchester City 2-1 Norwich

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Quote Message: Fot the second time this afternoon, the Etihad Stadium erupted in mass relief when Yaya Toure despatched his penalty but Manuel Pellegrini's men have continued to make incredibly heavy weather of this win - they have kept giving the ball away in stoppage time - much to the derision and frustration of their fans.

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Louis van Gaal
  45. Post update

    Manchester City 2-1 Norwich

    Wilfried Bony is courting some frustrated groans (and worse) from the home fans at the Etihad. He has spurned quite a few decent opportunities in this game. To be fair, he is also suffering by virtue of not being Sergio Aguero. But then again, very, very few are. Injury time is being played.

    Wilfried Bony

    Newcastle 0-0 Jack Butland

    Stoke's keeper has somehow denied Newcastle there!

    Jack Butland
  47. 'They've thrown it away'

    Man City 2-1 Norwich

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger on Final Score

    "That's poor. He will be so disappointed, but also for his team-mates who have worked so hard to get back into this game. No one gave Norwich a chance and then they throw it away a few minutes from time. It's a great pen, calm as you like."

  48. Post update

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    Rickie Lambert and Callum McManaman have turned this game around for West Brom - they almost link up for a leveller but the shot is over the bar.

  49. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Now Yannick Bolasie heads over from six yards out. Open goal.

    Palace should have won this. They still might...

  50. GOAL - Manchester City 2-1 Norwich

    Yaya Toure (penalty

    Yaya Toure makes no mistake with his spot kick. What an unbelievable end to this game. Both sets of fans firmly strapped in to a rollercoaster of emotion. Looks like the home side are going to be going home equally delighted and relieved.

    Yaya Toure
  51. RED CARD - Russell Martin (Norwich)

    Manchester City 1-1 Norwich

    The outcome is inevitable. Martin has to go for his handball.

    Russell Martin is shown the red card
  52. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Anthony Martial with a chance to win it for Manchester United, eight yards out - but his shot is blocked by Damien Delaney.

  53. PENALTY to Manchester City

    Manchester City 1-1 Norwich

    More drama! City have a penalty as John Ruddy fails to grab a cross and then goes walkabout to try and retrieve it, fails and is absent from his goal as Raheem Sterling's goalbound shot is pushed away by Russell Martin, using his hands.

  54. Post update

    West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    Callum McManaman curls a shot wide for the Baggies who are starting to believe they can snatch a point.


    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    Jack Butland continues to keep Newcastle at bay - this time tipping a sizzling drive from Moussa Sissoko over.

    And he does it again, from a Jamaal Lascelles header. That was the best save of the lot.

    A seriously good display from the Stoke stopper.

  56. Sorry Stevenage

    Football League latest

    Stevenage are down to nine men and are losing 5-1 home to Oxford on a miserable afternoon for boss Teddy Sheringham.

    Jamie McCombe and ex-Sheffield United and Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge have taken an early bath and the U's are rubbing it in with the win that will take them second in the table.

  57. RED CARD - James Collins (West Ham)

    Watford 2-0 West Ham

    West Ham's awful afternoon is complete. James Collins is shown a straight red card for kicking out at Odion Ighalo.

    James Collins is shown the red card
  58. GOAL - West Brom 2-3 Leicester

    Rickie Lambert penalty (84 mins)

    Rickie Lambert makes it look easy - he waits for the keeper to commit and rolls it into the opposite corner for his first goal since January.

    Rickie Lambert
  59. GOAL - Manchester City 1-1 Norwich

    Cameron Jerome

    Oh my word! A goal! To Norwich! Out of nothing! And it is pretty much all Joe Hart's fault. Robbie Brady swings in a hopeful cross that is the keeper's to claim all day long but somehow he misjudges it, has to stretch and then drops it at the feet of Cameron Jerome, who has the simplest possible job to find the net from a yard out. Load gun, aim at foot, shoot.

    Cameron Jerome

    West Brom 1-3 Leicester

    Callum McManaman is brought down in the area by Nathan Dyer. Penalty!

  61. Post update

    Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

    Joel Campbell is enjoying himself now. He has a pop from the edge of the box but it is always rising and clears the bar. Why not have a go, though? This game is done and dusted.

  62. Get Involved


    Paul: Jamie Vardy scores again!! Best English striker we've got right now by a mile. 

    Hadi: LVG needs to be replaced if MUFC want to finish in top four. He's just a defence coach. He lacks winning mentality. 

    Marlo: Arsenal seem to have the ability to just blow away any team in 10 minute spells. Also Flappyhandski showing why Arsenal let him go.

  63. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke have a pop at goal but Jon Walters' angled strike sails over the bar.

  64. 'Would United take a point at Palace?'

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on Final Score

    "I think Cabaye could head that and I don't think he'd miss with a header from that range. But United are still in this game, and is a point at Palace the worst point? They haven't offered enough going forward, that's fair to say, but I don't mind van Gaal biting back to Paul Scholes. That's his personality. We were critical of United conceding goals last year and they've sorted that out."

  65. Post update

    Watford 2-0 West Ham

    Since Enner Valencia hit the post, West Ham have offered little to suggest a dramatic turnaround is in the offing at Vicarage Road. Watford are heading for fourth win of the season and the top half of the table.

  66. Fergie time

    Football League latest

    Andy Williams is on song for Doncaster who now lead 2-0 against Colchester as Darren Ferguson closes in on a first home win as manager.

    Rochdale have pulled one back at Southend to trail 2-1 thanks to Joe Bunney and will now be eyeing a fourth successive draw.

    Crewe haven't won at home since March but are leading Sheffield United 1-0 thanks to Ryan Colclough.  

    Back in the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday are 1-0 up against Nottingham Forest.

    Former Watford striker Fernando Forestieri has bagged his fourth goal in six games with Forest now looking at a seventh game without a win.

  67. GOAL - West Brom 1-3 Leicester

    Jamie Vardy (77 mins)

    Jamie Vardy, stop it!

    He's good, isn't he? The striker is played in on goal by Danny Drinkwater and after turbo-blasting clear of three West Brom defenders, he powers the ball home.

    He's now scored in eight matches in a row. Only Daniel Sturridge (9) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (10) can better that.

    Jamie Vardy
  68. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Now Scott Dann heads wide from inside the area.

    Then, moments later Dwight Gayle's shot is saved by David De Gea.

    Palace turning it up here.

  69. GOAL - Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

    Joel Campbell

    Game over. The second goal was controversial but there is no doubting this one. Joel Campbell, given a chance by his manager courtesy of a first Premier League start, comes up with a good finish, through bodies into the far bottom corner, after being found on the right side of the box by a low cross from Mesut Ozil.

    Joel Campbell celebrates his goal
  70. Post update

    Manchester City 1-0 Norwich

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Quote Message: Nicolas Otamendi had not scored a competitive goal for Manchester City before today - he has now. He did not have a song either, but that box is ticked too. The chant of 'Nic-o-las Ot-amendi' has been echoing around Etihad Stadium. It is fair to say that goal was greeted by as much relief as delight by the home fans but I got a very good view of Norwich boss Alex Neil with his head in his hands as his players trudged back to the halfway line for the restart. After the way they have defended today, it was a very soft one to concede.

    Watford 2-0 West Ham

    Meanwhile, at Vicarage Road, Enner Valencia has hit the post after collecting a poor back pass. It's not West Ham's day.

  72. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Got to score from there. Got to.

    Yohan Cabaye is teed up from six yards. Joel Ward didn't just put it on a plate for him, he added the seasoning. But the Frenchman turns the ball wide from six yards out.

  73. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    Newcastle are bossing this contest now, with Stoke starting to tire.

    You know what comes next, don't you Newcastle fans?

    A Stoke goal would sum up the Magpies' season.

  74. 'Neil tearing his hair out'

    Man City 1-0 Norwich

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on Final Score

    "It's a wonderful header, but if he had any hair Alex Neil would be tearing it out because Norwich have had a vulnerability from set pieces all season. They've been dogged but yet again conceded from a set piece."

  75. GOAL - Swansea 0-2 Arsenal

    Laurent Koscielny

    Controversy! The ball is swung in to the box towards Laurent Koscielny, who appears to foul Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski, causing him to drop the ball, before collecting and slotting into the empty net. Everyone stopped but the Arsenal defender. To say Swansea are unhappy is an understatement. Saying that, they should have played to the whistle. Arsenal in total control now.

    Laurent Koscielny

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United bring on Marouane Fellaini in place of Bastian Schweinsteiger. A change in emphasis going forward, perhaps?

  77. Murphy's law for leaders

    Football League latest

    Championship leaders Brighton - still unbeaten in the league - have gone 1-0 front at Reading thanks to Jamie Murphy's second goal in three games.

    Fourth-placed Middlesbrough also lead 1-0 against struggling Charlton thanks to a David Nugent strike.

    Second-half goals are in short supply elsewhere but there is one at Brunton Park.

    Carlisle were 2-0 down to struggling Yeovil but Macaulay Gillesphey's first goal in senior football has pulled the Cumbrians level in League Two.

  78. GOAL - Manchester City 1-0 Norwich

    Nicolas Otamendi

    Deadlock broken. In the simplest of fashions. Kevin de Bruyne's corner is met by Nicolas Otamendi, whose header from the penalty spot is too powerful for John Ruddy and fires into the roof of the net. The relief floods through the Etihad. Like the moment that trick or treaters leave your doorstep and you can come out from behind the settee.

    Nicolas Otamendi, right, celebrates with Fernandinho
  79. GOAL - West Brom 1-2 Leicester

    Riyad Mahrez (64 mins)

    It's as if Leicester thrive on having to force a comeback.

    They've done it again - Riyad Mahrez ghosting in behind to smash home from close range.

    Good news for those who've got the mercurial forward in their fantasy football team.

    Riyad Mahrez celebrates his second goal

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    Aleksandar Mitrovic could cause trouble in an empty telephone box. He's just had Philipp Wollscheid booked after making a Rivaldo-style meal of a chest push.

    All after he'd barged the big defender in the back. It's never dull with the boy Mitrovic.

  81. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Norwich

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Quote Message: There were a few howls of frustration from the home fans when Manchester City went through a spell of about five misplaced passes in a row just now, but the tone is still more encouraging than critical as they watch their team try to break Norwich down. For example, a booming voice behind me keeps shouting "wakey wakey City" but, so far, the players have not responded. It seems they are waiting for someone to make something happen - will Raheem Sterling be that man?
  82. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud gets a lot of stick for being more of a haircut than a footballer, but his recent goalscoring record is pretty damn fine. He has four in his last five games for club (and you can add two more goals if you include France's game against Denmark). The threat of Theo Walcott taking his place has clearly given the Frenchman the kick up the backside he needed.

  83. Get Involved - #bbcfootball

    Swansea 0-1 Arsenal

    Mathew: To win a title you need a combination of skill, passion and luck. Arsenal seem to have that this season. Long way to go though! 

    Ramesh: Replaced by Walcott was the kick up the backside Giroud needed to turn into a goal scoring machine.

    Paul: For all abuse we (Arsenal) get about defence etc, we are the joint best defence in league and clearly City's biggest challenger.

  84. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    This match is fizzling out quicker than a cheap firework.

  85. Post update

    Watford 2-0 West Ham

    West Ham are a funny old side under Slaven Bilic. They seem determined to veer from the sublime to the ridiculous and quickly back again. They have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea this season but have lost to Bournemouth, failed to beat Norwich and Sunderland and are heading for defeat, it would seem, at Watford. They've done a sterling job of handing a 2-0 lead to the Hornets as well. You'd forgive Bilic for tearing out what hair he has left.

  86. GOAL - West Brom 1-1 Leicester

    Riyad Mahrez (57 mins)

    What are the lottery numbers tonight, Trevor?

    Superb foresight from Mr Sinclair as Leicester do indeed get themselves back into the game.

    A cross from Marc Albrighton to the back stick and Riyad Mahrez is Johnny-on-the-spot to stab home from six yards out.

    Riyad Mahrez
  87. 'Ranieri's boys don't give up'

    West Brom 1-0 Leicester

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger on Final Score

    "Absolutely they can get back in this. They've got great team spirit. Ranieri's got them going and not losing game. They've got an excellent work rate and they never give up - that's all you can ask for as a manager."

  88. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    How is this game still 0-0?

    It's a chance a minute - this time Moussa Sissoko charging through on goal but being denied by the onrushing Jack Butland.

    A good keeper is Jack.

    Moussa Sissoko
  89. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Norwich

    Not a great start to the second half at the Etihad, where a well-organised Norwich are frustrating Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini has opted to mix things up by taking off Kelechi Iheanacho and sending on Raheem Sterling.

  90. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Not much to report at Selhurst Park, where the game is getting progressively scrappy.

  91. 'Ighalo confidence'

    Watford 2-0 West Ham

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger on Final Score

    "That's the confidence of a striker who has scored a goal in the first half. I looked at this game for West Ham and thought, sitting third in the table, they were expected to win it, but there has been a little bit of complacency."

  92. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Arsenal

    Immediate response from Swansea as Gylfi Sigurdsson shoots from the edge of the box and is frustrated by a good save from Petr Cech. That goal has given this game a much-needed shot of adrenaline. 


    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    Now Stoke go close, in a game which has sparked into life.

    A cross from deep out on the left and Jon Walters is denied at the far post by Rob Elliot. The rebound is blasted over the bar, rugby style.

    Speaking of rugby... the World Cup final is under way here.

    A seamless plug.

  94. GOAL - Swansea 0-1 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud

    Now we're cooking. Arsenal take the lead at Swansea as Alexis Sanchez's corner is glanced in to the far corner by Olivier Giroud, who had lost his marker. It is Arsenal's 2,000th goal under Arsene Wenger and it sends them top as it stands.

    Olivier Giroud
  95. Post update

    "Who you going to the football dressed as, mate?"

    "Gerry Francis."

    A fan in Halloween costume at the Newcastle v Stoke match
  96. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    Newcastle have come out strongly for the second half - Georginio Wijnaldum's free-kick being palmed over by Jack Butland.

  97. Pilgrims go sailing on

    League Two latest

    Leaders Plymouth are 2-0 up against Morecambe as they chase a fourth straight home win.

    Of the top seven, only Accrington - at Leyton Orient - and Oxford - at Stevenage - are winning.

    Northampton's players haven't been paid but they are still putting in a shift at improving Newport, where it's 2-2.

    In the early kick-offs, manager-less York are now 10 games without a win after Simon Walton's penalty gave Crawley a fourth win in five league games.

    And AFC Wimbledon banked the points from a 2-0 win over struggling Hartlepool.

  98. 'Swansea buoyed'

    Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on Final Score

    "Gomis has had a good header, but he's not just about goals - he's got good awareness. I think Swansea will have been buoyed by their win last week and Arsenal are missing likes of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain."

  99. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    It's not been a goal-fest this afternoon, so we'll take this.

    Ayoze Perez gets the ball out on the right, cuts inside and curls a shot across the keeper and wide.

    In normal circumstances, we might have ignored that. But today's pickings are slim.

  100. GOAL - Watford 2-0 West Ham

    Odion Ighalo

    That's a good start. Watford  and Odion Ighalo double their tally for the afternoon. And again West Ham are culpable in their own downfall. Ikechi Anya broke and then crossed low into the box, where James Tomkins fluffed his clearance and allowed Ighalo to collect, get the ball out of his feet and fire into the roof of the net. That is his seventh of the season.

    Odion Ighalo
  101. KICK-OFF

    We are back up and running in the Premier League. Still 45 minutes left to salvage the afternoon through the medium of goals.

    Claudio Ranieri
  102. Get Involved - #bbcfootball

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Charlie: Everyone keeps calling for the days of Ferguson's free flowing football, well I remember the 1989 season, a piece of me died that year, the football was horrific...these things take time. 

    George: Van Gaal please play Martial down the middle. Rooney isn't working there. If it doesn't work what is the worst that can happen? 

    Adelasoye: What is it with this obsessive possession based football by LVG? You've got to be direct at times, he's turning Utd to a boredom!!!

  103. Shakers' win not firmed up yet

    League One latest

    There's a goal-fest under way at Gigg Lane where Bury lead Blackpool 4-2 at the break.

    The Shakers were 4-1 up but a goal from Clark Robertson just before half-time means a first defeat in seven for the Seasiders may not be a formality.

    The top-of-the-table clash between Walsall and Gillingham is living up to its billing with the sides level at 2-2 with the Saddlers coming back from 2-0 down.

    Coventry's unbeaten home record is under threat as they trail 2-0 to Peterborough in a match delayed by 15 minutes.

    Darren Ferguson's Doncaster are 1-0 up against Colchester.

  104. Goal replay time

    West Brom 1-0 Leicester

    Here's how the West Brom goal was scored this afternoon. Alan Shearer would have been proud of the way Salomon Rondon peeled away from his marker, Danny Simpson, at the near post.

  105. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    Just 28 touches so far at the Liberty Stadium for Arsenal's Joel Campbell. The image below isn't so much a heat map as a lukewarm map.

  106. Get Involved


    David: The only winners at the Newcastle v Stoke game are the clever fans who stayed away. It's a shocking display.

    Will: Best league in the world they say...

    Syed: Despite having so much ball possession MUFC managed to hit just two shots.

    There hasn't been a lot to talk about in the 3pm kick offs, apart from the lack of goals...

  107. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Norwich

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Quote Message: The cheers from the Norwich fans when Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany put a simple pass straight out of play just before half-time aptly sum up the first 45 minutes, which have been extremely frustrating from the home side's point of view - they have had almost all of the ball, but have done very little with it thanks to the Canaries' defensive discipline. Alex Neil gave a little leap in the air in anger when Cameron Jerome failed to react when Joe Hart played the ball short from a goal kick but, other than that, his side have followed his instructions to the letter.
    Cameron Jerome and Vincent Kompany
  108. Fulham in cruise control

    Championship round-up

    Fulham should have the cigars out in the second half at Ashton Gate as they lead Bristol City 4-0 at the break. Ears will be burning in the home dressing room.

    Leaders Brighton are drawing 0-0 at Reading and Hull could close the gap at the top as they lead 1-0 at MK Dons thanks to Ahmed Elmohamady.

    Third-placed Burnley lead Huddersfield 2-0 thanks to two goals from record buy Andre Gray while Derby are 2-0 up against Rotherham with ex-Aston Villa man Andreas Wiemann and midfielder Jacob Butterfield on target.

    Wolves won the lunch-time kick-off 2-0 at local rivals Birmingham and there are no goals elsewhere on a sluggish afternoon.

  109. Post update

    Six 3pm kick-offs and just two goals?! As Halloween Saturdays go, this is definitely more trick than treat.

  110. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Did Manchester United pay £35m to shove Anthony Martial (number 9) out on the left?

    Anthony Martial
  111. HALF-TIME

    Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

  112. HALF-TIME

    Manchester City 0-0 Norwich

  113. HALF-TIME

    Watford 1-0 West Ham

  114. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud is down and appears to be in quite a lot of pain. Not that his team-mates seem to be too bothered. They carry on and get the ball in the box before Mesut Ozil is muscled out of possession. Giroud finally gets some treatment and appears OK. The Gunners could really do without losing the striker. Their treatment room is starting to look like that famous shot in Gone With the Wind, panning out to reveal all the injured soldiers.

  115. HALF-TIME

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

  116. HALF-TIME

    West Brom 1-0 Leicester

  117. HALF-TIME

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

  118. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Our man Alistair Magowan is watching this game for a dedicated live text. He cannot fathom why Anthony Martial is stuck out on the left, with Wayne Rooney down the middle.

    If you're Scott Dann, who do you want to mark? A young, energetic, direct and pacey striker? Or Wayne Rooney?

  119. 'What was he thinking?'

    Watford 1-0 West Ham

    Chris Sutton

    Former Norwich striker on Final Score

    "I don't know what he was thinking? Just put your foot through it, get rid or put it out for a corner, anything. Ighalo was bright enough to anticipate it, but it's a dreadful mistake. I think he's tried a Cruyff turn in his own box, never do that."

  120. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Norwich

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Quote Message: Manchester City were already 4-0 up at this stage when Norwich last came to Etihad Stadium almost exactly two years ago, on 2 November 2013. Things have not been anything like as straightforward this time around but the home fans were all on their feet in the 35th minute for a minute's applause to mark the death of season ticket holder and father of two, Chris Shaw, 35, who died from cancer a week ago.
  121. Get Involved - #bbcfootball

    Swansea 0-0 Arsenal

    Liban: Bellerin can't dive into challenges on Montero or else he will cut inside and cause danger. Show him down the line.

    Stephen: Sorry but Joel Campbell is a lazy player, never in a million years should he playing for Arsenal. We're really missing Ramsey..  

    Andy: Here's the plan, Monk is under pressure, Swans are struggling, could get three points and go top of the league. Plays Joel Campbell. 

  122. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Leicester

    You know what, Tony Pulis is slowly turning West Brom into a useful outfit. They are really causing Leicester problems on the break.

    Leicester are being Leicester-ed.

  123. Post update

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United have weathered the storm, getting hold of the ball and dominating possession. They'll now try and squeeze the life out of the Eagles. Anaconda-style.

  124. GOAL - Watford 1-0 West Ham

    Odion Ighalo

    What was I saying about there being little to report at Vicarage Road? On cue, the home side score. It is a calamity from West Ham as well as Andy Carroll (one of the heroes in the win over Chelsea last week) turns villain as he is robbed in his own box by Nathan Ake, whose cross is bundled in by a combination of Odion Ighalo and Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell.

    Odion Ighalo
  125. Post update

    Watford 0-0 West Ham

    It is pretty quiet at Vicarage Road, in terms of chances at least. Watford have had a couple of very tentative penalty shouts and Odion Ighalo has drawn an easy save out of Adrian with a shot but apart from that there is little to report.

  126. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

    One to tick off your football live text bingo card...

    "Charlie Adam has a long-range shot..."

    This time, from 35 yards, he fails to trouble the keeper.

  127. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Leicester City

    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: West Brom haven't deserved to lead, but they're in front. It was an excellent goal, obviously rehearsed on the training ground."
  128. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Norwich

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

    Quote Message: Norwich boss Alex Neil has been patrolling the edge of his technical area, arms folded and barking non-stop instructions, since the game started. He seems to be staying pretty cool apart from two occasions - the first when Sebastien Bassong charged out of defence with the ball but gave it away tamely after making it to the edge of the home area - the other was when his side needlessly gave away a corner. On both occasions he turned to his bench, threw his hands in the air and - very loudly - made his feelings clear. I would hate to see his reaction if the Canaries make a mistake that leads to a goal.
  129. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Leicester

    I don't want to worry you Leicester fans, but West Brom have six clean sheets in the Premier League this season - nobody has more. They show their determination to get a 'TP bonus' here when Jamie Vardy's shot is blocked by a defender hurling himself at the ball.

  130. Post update

    Manchester City 0-0 Norwich

    John Ruddy is called upon to keep Manchester City at bay at the Etihad. Yaya Toure's free-kick from 20 yards is destined for the goal until Ruddy's diving intervention.