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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 November 2006, 17:36 GMT
Premiership clockwatch
Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea Newcastle 1-0 Portsmouth
Tottenham 3-1 Wigan


By Charlie Henderson

Epilogue: Sir Alex Ferguson says it will be "nip and tuck" between the clubs throughout the season and is frustrated his side were not more positive in the second half as they were the "better side". Blues boss Jose Mourinho thinks it was a better point for his side than it was for Manchester United.

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    1754: FULL-TIME Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
    Paulo Ferreira does not get a touch and it is as you were at the top of the table with United still three points ahead of their visitors. Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho share a handshake and embrace, as do a host of players out on the pitch. It is Manchester United's 1,000th league draw.

    1753: Paulo Ferreira replaces Michael Ballack for the final few seconds.

    1752: Jose Mourinho has been up and down from his seat in the stands all afternoon and there he is again appearing on the touchline urging on his team and organising a final replacement before retreating back to his seat.

    1751: The fourth official holds up the board to signal three minutes of added time.

    1748: Claude Makelele receives a throw and is in plenty of space, but he volleys a rare effort on goal well wide from outside the area.

    1747: Finally the free-kick is taken. Carlo Cudicini punches the delivery from Ryan Giggs clear. As Cristiano Ronaldo limps round the touchline Ashley Cole is the recipient of some boos and less than complimentary chants.

    1746: Changes for Manchester United. Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea are on for Cristiano Ronaldo and Louis Saha. The hosts are happy with a point.

    1745: This time it is the flying Cristiano Ronaldo who goes down under a challenge from Ashley Cole, who is booked. Ronaldo signals he needs to come off as he lies prone on the far side of the pitch.

    1744: Cristiano Ronaldo races forward and looks to have held off both Arjen Robben and Ashley Cole but the decision goes against him. A good call. He tugged down Arjen Robben.

    1742: What a waste. Nemanja Vidic races into Carlo Cudicini as the Italian jumps to claim the corner. Free-kick and a dangerous position goes belly-up.

    1741: Rio Ferdinand picks out Cristiano Ronaldo on the right and after a neat turn his shot is deflected behind for a corner. There are 10 minutes left on the clock.

    1739: A bit of a lull in proceedings, but Chelsea still look the more threatening.

    1736: Yet another shot from Frank Lampard, but this time the man who needs one more goal to become Chelsea's highest-scoring midfielder fails to find the target.

    1735: The Manchester United boss is holding firm, but his Chelsea counterpart is not. Jose Mourinho sends on Joe Cole in place of Andriy Shevchenko.

    1733: What is Sir Alex Ferguson to do - stick or twist? His team are being over-run at the moment, although Paul Scholes fires through a shot which deflects wide off Louis Saha. The poor Frenchman keeps getting in the way, to the detriment of his team.

    1731: Edwin van der Sar receives treatment before the action resumes after clattering into the post in his attempts to save Chelsea's goal. Louis Saha's header up on to the bar actually took it away from the Dutchman's grasp.

    1730: GOAL Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
    The goal had been coming and there it is. Ricardo Carvalho meets Frank Lampard's corner with a powerful header which goes in off Louis Saha's head on the line.

    1729: The effervescent Michael Essien is causing trouble and wins a corner which Frank Lampard lines up.

    1727: Sir Alex Ferguson is now just 25 minutes away from what would be only his second success over Jose Mourinho in nine meetings.

    1726: Arms outstretched, Jose Mourinho is frustrated at what he perceives to be time wasting as United take their time over a throw in right in front of him. Home supporters respond with a barrage of wolf whistles for the visiting boss.

    1724: At the other end Edwin van der Sar saves well from Frank Lampard's well struck effort. Lampard's next chance is off target, but it comes at the end of a wonderful one-touch passing move.

    1723: Another Red Devils break and this time they create a chance. Ryan Giggs is released on the right but Carlo Cudicini saves his low shot.

    1722: The game's cranking through the gears and it is full throttle now. Manchester United probe for an opening, but Chelsea hold firm at the back.

    1720: A Frank Lampard shot whistles wide of Edwin van der Sar's goal. This game is really rocking now. Didier Drogba heads a Michael Ballack cross wide under pressure from Rio Ferdinand.

    1718: A chance for Manchester United but Cristiano Ronaldo's chest control from Gabriel Heinze's cross is heavy in the box and the ball escapes him. Louis Saha nearly latches on to it but blue bodies dive in his way to deny a scoring chance.

    1716: United are chasing shadows - blue ones. Ryan Giggs is lucky to escape without going into the referee's notebook for tripping Michael Essien.

    1715: A first booking for Manchester United as Michael Carrick brings down former West Ham team-mate Frank Lampard near the centre circle. Chelsea are getting into things more now.

    1714: The ball breaks for Andriy Shevchenko on the edge of the area, but the Ukrainian is falling back and snatches his effort high into the stand.

    1713: Frank Lampard bursts forward but that is dozy play by Didier Drogba. The striker is well offside as he receives Lampard's forward pass in the left-hand channel.

    1710: Was that a smile shared between Wayne Rooney and Ricardo Carvalho?

    1709: Groans at Old Trafford as Manchester United fail to convert a great chance. Wayne Rooney holds off Didier Drogba and powers into the box but his cross agonisingly evades both Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    1708: That is possibly the worst cross of the weekend. With Chelsea looking to exert themselves on the game, Ashley Cole is down near the corner flag and hammers his effort high over the box and out for a goal kick.

    1706: Manchester United kick-off against a re-organised Blues outfit. Arjen Robben is on for Geremi and Michael Essien has dropped to right-back.

    1705: But Chelsea, who will throw on Arjen Robben, can take heart from their record against Sir Alex Ferguson's team. They have claimed more Premiership points than any other club against Manchester United.

    1704: The players emerge at Old Trafford for the second 45. Manchester United have not lost a Premiership match this season when they have scored first.

    1654: FULL-TIME Tottenham 3-1 Wigan
    There is still time for Spurs to launch another attack, but after nothing comes from it the final whistle goes. Tottenham climb into the top-half of the table and Wigan slip a place below them to 11th.

    1653: GOAL Tottenham 3-1 Wigan
    Tottenham break again and this time find the net. Dimitar Berbatov rolls an inviting pass from the right to Aaron Lennon in the box and the dynamic winger slots the ball in the bottom corner.

    1651: Wigan are stretched and Tottenham break through Robbie Keane. The substitute's shot goes narrowly wide of Chris Kirkland's left upright.

    1650: The top two troop off at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho has some thinking to do.

    1646: Ricardo Carvalho dives in for the ball and Ryan Giggs flicks the ball beyond the floored defender near halfway before racing forward. He is unable to find either Louis Saha or Cristiano Ronaldo with his cross.

    1643: There are 10 minutes remaining at White Hart Lane and if Tottenham can hold on to that one-goal lead they will leapfrog their visitors in the table.

    1640: Geremi catches that one, and Edwin van der Sar unconvincingly parries the Cameroonian's long-range effort at his post.

    1639: Wigan are trying manfully to break down Tottenham but there is no way through the Spurs rearguard - much to Emile Heskey's frustration.

    1637: Tempers boil over as Didier Drogba clashes with Nemanja Vidic under a high ball. Home fans are baying for a red card, but referee Howard Webb goes with yellow.

    1635: Louis Saha goes past John Terry but runs out of space on the left and is unable to dig out a telling cross into the centre. At the other end, Didier Drogba stays down after a challenge from Gabriel Heinze.

    1632: That is the first time Chelsea have not scored the opening goal in Premiership match this season and Manchester United are on course to keep their run of seven successive league wins going.

    1631: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Chelsea
    Out of nothing the hosts are in front. Michael Carrick intercepts Frank Lampard's lose pass and a quick break through Wayne Rooney ends with Louis Saha holding off Ricardo Carvalho and firing in from outside the area. The ball arrows in at the base of the post.

    1629: There is not much to talk about out in the middle at Old Trafford and the home fans have taken it upon themselves to create their own entertainment with derogatory chants about former chief executive and present Chelsea employee Peter Kenyon.

    1626: Aaron Lennon's legs are going 10 to the dozen as he breaks. His pass releases Jermain Defoe who skips past the hapless Matt Jackson before David Wright thunders in with a clearance.

    1623: Claude Makelele is booked on the occasion of his 100th Chelsea start for a deliberate handball in the middle of the pitch. That is the first yellow card. Expect more.

    1621: Didier Zokora is in the ear of referee Mark Clattenburg urging him to give Emile Heskey another booking for a rash challenge. The Ivorian is instead booked himself.

    1620: Cristiano Ronaldo stands over a free-kick. It is a rasping shot which Carlo Cudicini palms over.

    1618: Ricardo Carvalho and Wayne Rooney clash, the Chelsea man following through with a header and catching his red-shirted rival on the back of his head.

    1616: In Manchester the teams are still feeling each other out. In London, Emile Heskey is feeling up Michael Dawson with an elbow to the face. The Wigan man gets a booking, much to the disgust of a bloke in the crowd who was screaming for him to be sent off.

    1615: Cristiano Ronaldo has dubbed Ashley Cole "The Wall" because the Chelsea man is so hard to get past. That challenge was more rugby tackle than immovable object.

    1613: Matt Jackson gets a rush of blood to the head. The Wigan man slides in and almost turns Dimitar Berbatov's low cross into his own net. The veteran was under no pressure and it is only a great reflex save from Chris Kirkland that saves his blushes.

    1612: Ryan Giggs beats Geremi all ends up but his cross is headed well clear. At the other end of the pitch Andriy Shevchenko is limping a bit.

    1610: Edwin van der Sar makes a right old mess of that clearance. The Dutchman races out of his area, slices a clearance and takes out Andriy Shevchenko for good measure. The Ukrainian is not happy.

    1607: What is Michael Ballack up to? The German gets a stern lecture after crashing into Nemanja Vidic. Referee Howard Webb does not reverse the free-kick, but Chelsea can do nothing with it after pumping the ball into the box.

    1606: The action resumes in London, with Tottenham getting the ball rolling.

    1605: The players are back out at White Hart Lane.

    1604: Ryan Giggs finds Wayne Rooney from a free-kick, but the England man, who signed a contract extension yesterday, heads well wide.

    1602: The action begins at Old Trafford.

    1559: On that occasion Chelsea were nine points clear at the top of the table and 13 ahead of fourth-placed United. It is all a bit different this time around. The Blues will need a 4-0 win to take top spot off their hosts.

    1558: The players walk out to a deafening welcome. Manchester United won the corresponding fixture last season when both teams came into the game off the back of midweek European defeats - as they are now.

    1556: Here come the players and there are hugs between Portuguese compatriots Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Carvalho. No such friendship shown between the Chelsea man and Wayne Rooney as they lock horns for the first time since the England man was sent off in the World Cup.

    1555: How significant is the showdown between Manchester United and Chelsea? It is 11 years since the loser of a match between the Premiership's top two went on to win the title.

    1550: Back in Manchester, George Best's family are presented with a replica of the original Ballon D'Or trophy that the 'Fifth Beatle' won in the sixties. It will be housed in the Old Trafford museum for posterity.

    1549: That is the break at White Hart Lane and the half-time drinks the locals are sipping on will taste better than they were set to 10 minutes ago.

    1546: The travelling Latics support is being serenaded with "You're not singing anymore" by their hosts.

    1545: Tottenham 2-1 Wigan
    What a turnaround. Dimitar Berbatov laid on the first and this time scores himself after racing away from Matt Jackson into the box and placing his effort into the top corner off the bar. A wonderful finish.

    1544: News from St James' Park and it has been a bad day for Portsmouth. No points from their 700-mile round trip and now skipper Dejan Stefanovic requires knee surgery.

    1543: Tottenham 1-1 Wigan
    Spurs are level after neat footwork by Jermain Defoe bamboozles Emmerson Boyce and the striker slots his 50th Premiership goal in his 100th Tottenham appearance. It is his first goal from open play this season.

    1542: On the anniversary weekend of George Best's death last year, Belfast singer Peter Corry - who sang at Best's funeral - performs Freiheit's 'Keeping the Dream Alive' with modified lyrics at the Theatre of Dreams. It is also 14 years to the day since Eric Cantona signed for Manchester United.

    1540: If you won matches for effort Tottenham would be cruising and Dimitar Berbatov would have a hat-trick. The Bulgarian is sweating so much it looks as if his marker has chucked a bucket of water over him.

    1537: Tottenham are fizzing the ball around as they look to get back on even terms and maintain a proud record of never having lost after a midweek European match this season.

    1534: That goal at White Hart Lane has woken up the hosts who are pressing and leaving Wigan to play counter-attacking football.

    1531: FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-0 Portsmouth
    Portsmouth fail to create anything from those five extra minutes and Newcastle end their run of nine Premiership matches without a win. It will be a long 350-mile trip back south for those Pompey fans, who have now seen their side lose five in a row on the road, and it would have been worse but for the heroics of David James.

    1529: Wigan are forced to readjust as Gary Teale goes off injured. Emile Heskey comes into the attack and Lee McCulloch drops back to the left-hand side of midfield.

    1528: Tottenham look to bounce back immediately but there is no way past Chris Kirkland. He dives low to his left to parry Steed Malbranque's deflected shot and then smothers a follow up from Jermain Defoe.

    1526: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Wigan
    Lee McCulloch heads down a deep cross from David Wright into the path of Henri Camara who rifles a fierce volley beyond Paul Robinson.

    1524: There will be five minutes extra at St James' Park. Albert Luque replaces Charles N'Zogbia.

    1523: Charles N'Zogbia comes off second best in a challenge with Sol Campbell and requires treatment. The two managers crowd around the fourth official as we await the board to show how much added time there will be. It looks like a scene from 'The Price is Right' with Harry Redknapp clearly saying "higher, higher", while Glenn Roeder is from the "lower, lower" school of thought.

    1521: It is a fast finish at St James' Park, but a slow start at White Hart Lane where Wigan push forward and win a corner. Nothing comes from it.

    1519: Another great save from David James. With Portsmouth pushing forward a Newcastle cross from the left finds Kieron Dyer but James blocks his fierce shot.

    1517: Pascal Chimbonda heads Gary Teale's cross clear and takes a knock in the back from Kevin Kilbane for his troubles.

    1515: Portsmouth are rocking. Charles N'Zogbia arrows into the box along the byeline, but Obafemi Martins lofts the cross high over the bar from inside the six-yard box.

    Team news
    Manchester United name an unchanged team. Chelsea are also at full strength after Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack shrug off knocks picked up in midweek.

    1513: David James has clearly been nibbling on whatever it is that gives Superman his powers. Newcastle rip Pompey apart at the back and Emre has all the time in the word to pick his spot, but his side-footed shot is pawed away by the Pompey stopper.

    1512: Sol Campbell, who was linked to Newcastle in the summer, steps in to deny Obafemi Martins in the box.

    1511: David 'Superman' James is in action. He races off his line with a sliding clearance to deny Kieron Dyer. The ball goes straight to Antoine Sibierski, but James is back in time to cut out the Frenchman's low effort from the right. Matt Taylor is back on after treatment.

    1510: Neither team is yet to stamp their mark on the match at White Hart Lane.

    1509: Having made a third substitution shortly after the goal with Niko Kranjcar replacing Pedro Mendes, it looks as if Pompey will have to play out time with 10 men. Matt Taylor has taken a knock to his leg.

    1508: Kanu, who has been largely anonymous, gets on the end of a knockdown outside the box but balloons a shot high over the bar.

    1505: Wigan are notoriously fast starters having scored 25% of their Premiership goals in the first five minutes, but Tottenham have held firm through that passage today.

    1503: Back in London there are early jeers for Pascal Chimbonda from the travelling support after his acrimonious move from Wigan to Tottenham in the summer.

    1502: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Portsmouth
    Those free scarves are back out as Antoine Sibierski gets on the end of a cross from the right from Charles N'Zogbia. The move was set in motion by the marauding Obafemi Martins and ends in Kryptonite calamity for the otherwise excellent David James. More good news for Newcastle is that Kieron Dyer is back on the pitch.

    1500: In the absence of Arjen De Zeeuw, Wigan have handed the captain's armband to Leighton Baines who watches from defence as his team kick off at White Hart Lane.

    1459: From the resulting corner there is an almighty melee which Pompey eventually clear. Meanwhile, on the touchline the Newcastle physio is trying to stem the flow of blood from a gash in Kieron Dyer's left thigh.

    1458: Has injury struck Kieron Dyer again? He and Sol Campbell slide for a ball on the byeline and the Newcastle man crashes into the advertising hoardings.

    1457: Talking of Spurs - what a segue - they walk out with Wigan at White Hart Lane. It is a "world famous home" according to the PA announcer.

    1456: Newcastle are now just 30 minutes from seeing their winless streak stretch into double figures. Maybe it is the threat of that unwanted record that is spurring them on at the moment.

    1454: The turnstiles are ticking over in N17 as White Hart Lane fills up for the 1500 GMT kick off.

    1452: Kieron Dyer motors through the midfield and releases Antoine Sibierski. The substitute's low shot from an acute angle on the left is smothered round the post by the smothered-haired David James.

    1451: A Premiership debut for Portsmouth's Rodolph Douala. The Cameroon flyer is on for Benjani Mwaruwari.

    1450: Criticism draws a response. Newcastle's best move of the match ends with Obafemi Martins lashing a shot from the edge of the area over the bar.

    1448: The Tottenham players follow Wigan down the tunnel after warming up. That leaves only a few members of the groundstaff on the turf at White Hart Lane, but the on-pitch action is more intriguing than anything on offer at St James' Park.

    1446: That sums up the game. Steven Taylor chests a cross straight to Gary O'Neil, but the Portsmouth player fails to take advantage in the box and his poor first touch allows Taylor to recover and clear the danger.

    1443: Unfortunately the second half is being played in the same manner as the first - badly.

    1437: The action resumes in the north east after referee Mark Halsey has counted up all 22 players. New addition Matt Taylor is on for Dejan Stefanovic in a straight swap.

    1433: At St James' Park, Matt Taylor is limbering up in the middle ahead of the players coming out, so it looks like Pompey will be making a change.

    1432: The Tottenham players are tuning up at White Hart Lane supervised by Martin Jol who is relentlessly chewing his gum. The Dutchman is the picture of concentration.

    1429: In a break with clockwatch tradition we include a picture. In the answer as to where David James got the idea for his new hairstyle, perhaps he was watching a Superman DVD last night.

    Teams news
    Jermain Defoe starts in attack for Spurs instead of Robbie Keane while Tom Huddlestone comes in for birthday boy Teemu Tainio in the two changes for Tottenham. Leighton Baines is back at left-back for Wigan, but striker Emile Heskey is only fit enough for the bench and central defender Arjan De Zeeuw is out.

    1421: The man in black brings a dull half to a close after words with the WWF wannabees - as in wrestling, not endangered species!

    1420: Obafemi Martins keeps playing despite the whistle until he is rugby tackled on the edge of the box by Noe Pamarot. The pair then have a playful wrestle on the floor before a lecture from referee Mark Halsey.

    1419: Antoine Sibierski is doing more than limbering up now. He has taken off his training top, slipped in his shin pads, got his instructions from Terry McDermott and is now on the pitch.

    1418: Newcastle could be lining up another change as the magic spray is now out for James Milner. Antoine Sibierski is limbering up.

    1414: Emre chances his arm from distance and after cutting in from the right spears a shot over the bar. That's woken up those in the Gallowgate End.

    1410: Great agility from David James. A clearance from Linvoy Primus rebounds off Pedro Mendes and looks to be looping in before the slick-haired James leaps high to tip it over.

    1406: An effort on target for Newcastle, and it comes from David Thompson's headed back pass to David James.

    1405: And another corner - but Pompey clear.

    1404: A free-kick to Newcastle after Dejan Stefanovic brings down James Milner on the edge of the area. They fail to get an effort on target, but pressure wins a corner.

    1401: Pompey fail to muster anything from two corners.

    1400: Peter Ramage slides across to block Gary O'Neil's volley from Benjani Mwaruwari's neat cross-field chip on the edge of the area.

    1356: An early change for Newcastle and it is Scott Parker who is coming off. The captain had some magic spray on his ribs earlier on, but it does not look to have done the trick. Nicky Butt comes on.

    1352: The early stats show Newcastle to be enjoying more than 60% of the possession, but they are not doing much with it as the general library-like atmosphere bears testimony.

    1348: The ball's in the net from Obafemi Martins but the Nigerian is offside. Kieron Dyer's throughball found the striker in space and it was a neat clip over the advancing David James - but to no avail.

    1345: Scott Parker digs out a chip from the right-hand edge of the area which sails wide of a despairing leap from David James and the Pompey goal.

    1343: After that excitement things have settled down a bit. Pompey assistant boss Tony Adams picks his nose on the sidelines.

    1339: Home fans find their voice when Kieron Dyer breaks up the other end. Their shouts for a penalty as Dyer goes down while trying to round David James fail to influence referee Mark Halsey.

    1338: If you think all this number crunching is to cover up a slow start, you're dead right. Out of nothing there's an opening for Portsmouth, but Nobby Solano blocks a goalbound shot from Kanu.

    1337: Newcastle have scored just eight league goals - that is one every 146 minutes. Since they scored a third of the way through their last outing their next goal is due four minutes from time today.

    1335: A word of warning. This may not be an entertaining start to the afternoon as matches involving Newcastle have seen the fewest number of goals scored - 23 from 13 games.

    1332: Newcastle get the ball rolling.

    1329: Pompey keeper David James is sporting a new haircut. He has dolloped a huge amount of gel on his bonce and given himself a slick sort of combover style.

    1328: Here come the teams and there are lots of spare seats at St James' Park as the home fans wave black and white scarves above their heads in what can best be termed a European style. They were distributed by the club.

    1326: 'Sweet Child of Mine' by Guns and Roses is interrupted on the PA system by the announcement urging fans to take their seats as the players gather in the tunnel.

    1324: But what's history count compared to present form? Newcastle are enduring their worst start to a Premiership season and Portsmouth are flying high, despite losing their last three league matches on the road.

    1321: On top of that, the Magpies have yet to lose to Portsmouth in the Premiership and the south coast outfit last beat Newcastle in February 1993 when Whitney Houston was coming to the end of her 10-week spell at number one with 'I Will Always Love You'.

    1317: Hopefully the trip will be worth it for them, but the omens are not good. Pompey last took all the points from a trip to St James' Park when their boss Harry Redknapp was a wee nipper. Date: August 1949. Gaffer's age: Not quite 2.

    1314: Spare a thought for the Portsmouth fans who have sold their allocation of tickets. Their coaches set off from Fratton Park at 0400 GMT.

    1310: Newcastle and Portsmouth are warming up at St James' Park on a bright north-east day and the stands are slowly filling up. Former Magpies strikers Andrew Cole and Lomana LuaLua are not in the Pompey squad so the only old boy to make the trip north is substitute Andy O'Brien.

    Team news
    Kieron Dyer, Scott Parker and Obafemi Martins start for Newcastle after sitting out the midweek Uefa Cup action. Portsmouth make two changes, Benjani Mwaruwari and Gary O'Neil coming back from injury in place of Niko Kranjcar and Lomana LuaLua.

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