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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 April 2007, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Premiership clockwatch
Bolton 1-3 Reading Charlton 1-1 Sheff Utd Fulham 1-1 Blackburn Liverpool 2-0 Wigan Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal Watford 1-1 Manchester City West Ham 1-0 Everton

Later match
Man Utd v Middlesbrough (1715 BST)


By Charlie Henderson

  • That means down at the bottom of the table four points separate five clubs - Wigan, Fulham, Sheffield United, Charlton and West Ham - with three games to go. Catch all the action - including a couple of cracking goals from Bobby Zamora and Jonathan Stead - on Match of the Day on BBC One at 2230 BST.

    1658: FULL-TIME Charlton 1-1 Sheffield United
    The cheers come from the away end who greet the final whistle and their first away point of the year with chants of "We are staying up!". Charlton remain in the relegation zone, two points behind the Blades in 17th.

    1657: Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny is booked for time wasting at Charlton. Michael Tonge breaks to the edge of the Addicks area but then fires high over the bar.

    1656: FULL-TIME West Ham 1-0 Everton
    The Hammers are the big winners down at the bottom, well, the only winners. Bobby Zamora's goal will give them confidence going into their next match, which is on the road at Wigan. Should be another tense afternoon in seven days.

    1656: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-3 Reading
    What a turnaround in the final few minutes. That three-goal salvo is enough to push the Royals into the Uefa Cup picture as they climb into seventh spot. THat's the first time Bolton have lost at home to Reading since 1985.

    1655: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-1 Blackburn
    A point is not really what Fulham need at home at this stage of the season. They climb to 15th but are not out of the mix yet.

    1654: GOAL Bolton 1-3 Reading
    The Royals left it late but that wraps up the points. Stephen Hunt is unmarked in the box and heads in Nicky Shorey's cross. That sends them headlong into the race for a Uefa Cup spot.

    1653: Five minutes of stoppage time at The Valley.

    1653: FULL-TIME Watford 1-1 Manchester City
    Subdued applause greets the final whistle at Vicarage Road. Watford are relegated.

    1652: GOAL Bolton 1-2 Reading
    Reading's Steve Sidwell takes an airshot at a cross which is a good thing, as the ball worms through to Kevin Doyle who taps in for his second of the day and his 12th of the season.

    1651: FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-0 Wigan
    The Reds consolidate third spot with a comfortable win which secures them Champions League football next term. The last few weeks of the season will not be so comfortable for the Latics. They look set to drop a place to 16th.

    1650: Six minutes of injury time at West Ham against Everton.

  • Have your say on all the action on Radio Five Live's 606 later this evening by calling 0500 909 693 or sending a text to 85058, or get involved on the 606 discussion site.

    1646: Zheng Zhi misses a great chance for Charlton as Sheffield United seem to fall asleep at the back momentarily.

    1645: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Reading
    Abdoulaye Meite chops down Kevin Doyle in the Bolton box and the Reading striker dusts himself down before stepping up to slot the resulting penalty.

    1644: Dan Shittu clips a ball into the Manchester City box but Marlon King fails to get enough power or precision on his header.

    1643: Time's ticking down on Watford's Premiership existence. A bit like Marty McFly's picture in Back to the Future, they are fading from the scene.

    1640: What a miss from Everton's Mikel Arteta. He gets on the end of Joleon Lescott's knock down, but is leaning back and lofts his effort over the West Ham crossbar.

    1637: A first save of the day for Liverpool's Pepe Reina, but it was worth the wait. From point-blank range he blocks a Caleb Folan header.

    1636: Charlton boss Alan Pardew is clearly looking for another goal in the final 15 minutes as he throws on veteran striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for Jerome Thomas.

    1633: GOAL Watford 1-1 Manchester City
    Is that a trapdoor creaking shut? Hameur Bouazza finds Tamas Priskin in the area and the Hungarian levels things up for the Hornets.

    1632: West Ham's Yossi Benayoun shoots just wide of the Everton goal after a good turn.

    1632: GOAL Charlton 1-1 Sheffield United
    Cue pandemonium in the away end at The Valley, and they had a good view of that Jonathan Stead goal as it was right in front of them. He is played in on the right of the area and powers in an unstoppable effort.

    1630: Charlton's Soulemayne Diawara is wearing gloves!

    1626: GOAL Liverpool 2-0 Wigan
    Good work from substitute Craig Bellamy before a second goal of the day for Dirk Kuyt with a neat turn and fierce shot.

    1625: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Reading
    Deflection time afgain. A neat passing move down the Bolton left and Nicolas Anleka is on the end of it, but his effort only goes in after coming off Nicky Shorey for an own goal.

    1624: Blackburn's Benni McCarthy has an effort ruled out for offside.

    1623: Cue pandemonium at The Valley. That means Charlton are out of the relegation zone... as it stands.

    1622: GOAL Charlton 1-0 Sheffield United
    Talal El Karkouri comes forward... he is over halfway... and is afforded more space before shooting from 35 yards. A deflection off Michael Tonge makes things harder for Blades keeper Paddy Kenny and the ball nestles in the back of the net. It even went through Matthew Kilgallon's legs after the deflection.

    1619: GOAL Fulham 1-1 Blackburn
    Stephen Warnock breaks down the left and Benni McCarthy hooks in his low cross to square things at Craven Cottage.

    1616: Everton's James Beattie lashes a half volley wildly off target from inside the West Ham area. He has scored in four of his last five games against the Hammers but will need to do better than that in order to keep that run going.

    1612: So then. That looks like it could be it for Watford. The relegation trap door has creaked almost fully open. Come the final whistle they could be dropping through it.

    1611: GOAL Watford 0-1 Manchester City
    Silence at Vicarage Road, well, apart from in the away end. Watford keeper Ben Foster makes a right mess of controlling a back pass on the edge of his area and plays the ball to Darius Vassell who slots from 30 yards.

    1610: A mazy run from Manchester City's Sun Jihai into the Watford area from the right flank. The final product failed to match, or even resemble, the quality of what came before as he toe pokes a shot across goal and out for a throw.

    1609: Bolton catch Reading napping at a free-kick but Stelios Giannakopoulos cannot make the visitors pay. Royals stopper Marcus Hahnemann is quick off his line and blots out all sight of the goal for the diminuitive Greek before smothering his tame effort.

    1608: Charlton versus Sheffield United is the last of the six games to get going again.

    1607: Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy cracks a rifling, rising shot on to the Fulham bar, but home keeper Antti Niemi recovers to save the follow-up from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

    1606: There is a third and final change of the afternoon for Bolton as Stelios Giannakopoulos does indeed replace Kevin Nolan.

    1605: The half-time entertainment at the Reebok consists of a dancing troupe going through some moves to a Girls Aloud number. Stelios Giannakopoulos is trying to concetrate on his warm-up instead, which suggests Kevin Nolan may be a no-show after the break.

    1604: Here come the rest of the Watford side and their game against Manchester City is the first to resume.

    1603: The Manchester City team is out and lined up at Vicarage Road. Their hosts are clearly cofident as they've only sent out goalkeeper Ben Foster for the second 45.

    1600: As it stands, the present bottom three of Charlton, West Ham and Watford will still be in the relegation zone come the end of the day and the Hornets will be down.

    1558: Noel Gallaghar's mate is having a pasty.

  • The one word half-time verdict from our team of reporters:
    Bolton 0-0 Reading - "Diabolical"
    Charlton 0-0 Sheff Utd - "Tense"
    Fulham 1-0 Blackburn - "Competitive"
    Liverpool 1-0 Wigan - "Kuytastic"
    Watford 0-0 Man City - "Tedious"
    West Ham 1-0 Everton - "Tight"
    Get their full verdict on the whistle on the BBC Sport website.

    1552: Charlton against Sheffield United is the last match to turn for the tunnel. At the Reebok tempers flare as Michael Duberry leaves Kevin Nolan in a heap on the deck after a lunging tackle.

    1551: Half-time entertainment in the away end at Vicarage Road involves getting your phone out and taking a picture of yourself with Manchester City fan, and mastermind behind Oasis, Noel Gallagher.

    1550: Sheffield United stopper Paddy Kenny claws away a cross and is then alert to save a low backheel from Darren Bent at his left post as the Charlton man looks to turn in another cross.

    1546: The first half-time whistle is at Anfield.

    1544: News reaches us that there are a few technical problems with the website today. If you were stuck on 1527 for a while, reast assured, you have not really missed much.

    1541: Mark Lawrenson predicted that 2-2 draw in the north London derby so it may be worth checking out what else he saw in his crystal ball. The bad news for West Ham fans is that on Planet Lawro they are going to throw away their one-goal lead.

    1539: That is dreadful. A short Watford free-kick is pulled back to Hameur Bouazza on the edge of the Manchester City area and he 'hameurs' it high and wide. The sort of kick at goal you would expect from Vicarage Road's co-tenants Saracens.

    1538: The statistics say Watford have had 63% of the ball against Manchester City. Unfortunately they have not created much.

    1536: Now Sheffield United striker Jonathan Stead lines up a shot as the ball breaks for him from a corner, but he drags the effort wide of the Charlton goal.

    1535: Sheffield United's Michael Tonge cracks a free-kick into the Charlton wall.

    1534: What's going on? Now DaMarcus Beasley is traipsing to the touchline. Ishmael Miller comes on for Manchester City.

    1533: Fulham are hanging on to that lead against Blackburn. Jason Roberts is through one-on-one with Antti Niemi, but after clipping the ball over the keeper Zat Knight clears off the line.

    1532: Another injury, and another for Bolton. El Hadji Diouf pulls up sharply holding his hamstring. David Thompson comes on.

    1530: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Wigan
    Now for the cheers from the Kop. Dirk Kuyt heads in Jermaine Pennant's cross frrom the right.

    1527: The football's a slow burner this afternoon, so thank heavens for referee Mike Riley. He falls falls over backwards at Anfield. Cue plenty of laughter on the Kop.

    1526: Joey Barton has a Geoff Thomas moment. The Manchester City man's wild shot is out for a throw.

    1525: Liam Rosenior heads on to his own post under pressure from Morten Gamst Pedersen. A lucky escape.

    1524: Yet another change as the long season seems to be taking a bit of a toll. Bolton's Lubomir Michalik, recalled early from his loan spell at Leeds in midweek, comes on for defender Nicky Hunt who has a calf problem.

    1523: Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd looks even glummer now as Damien Francis hobbles off. Steve Kabba comes on.

    1522: Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd looks glum.

    1521: Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi tips over a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick at Craven Cottage to maintain his side's lead against Blackburn.

    1519: Wigan have never beaten Liverpool and the early evidence suggests that is not going to change. John Arne Riise lines up a couple of sighters and Leighton Baines is alert to the threat of Peter Crouch.

    1518: Nice weather at Watford, but not exactly nice football.

    1516: Darren Ambrose climbs high on the edge of the six-yard box to meet Dennis Rommedahl's cross from the left, but the Charlton man fails to hit the target with a header.

    1515: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Everton
    An absolute belter from Bobby Zamora. A neat backheel from Yossi Benayoun and Zamora unleashes a fierce left-footed drive from outside the box. Hope springs eternal for the Hammers.

    1513: The football at Anfield has all the dynamism of a friendly. Liverpool's supporters make up for the vacuum in entertainment by chanting Rafa Benitez's name to the tune of "La Bamba" before a brief rendition of the "Fields of Anfield Road".

    1510: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Blackburn
    A Simon Davies corner is headed down by Papa Bouba Diop and Vincenzo Montella scoops the ball over the Blackburn man on the line. A good start for Lawrie Sanchez in his first home match as Fulham boss.

    1509: That is it for Andy Johnson this afternoon. James McFadden is the man who comes on.

    1508: What looks like an early enforced change for Everton as Andy Johnson hobbles off after hurting his ankle in a challenge with Nigel Reo-Coker.

    1507: Good chance for El-Hadji Diouf from close range. He latches on to Nicky Hunt's hopeful pass but fails to get a decent contact on the ball and Marcus Hahnemann makes a comfortable save. Diouf can't believe he missed.

    1506: An excellent atmosphere at The Valley, which builds as Charlton have their first real taste of attacking action. The Blades hold firm.

    1504: A chance for Sheffield United, but instead of a goal it is a booking for Luton Shelton. The Jamaican stoops to head in Keith Gillespie's cross but leads with his hand.

    1501: Don't forget that you can stay abreast of your team's survival bid by using the BBC Sport Predictor.

    1500: Full steam ahead in the battle to avoid the drop as the afternoon's action begins.

    1458: Sheffield United are not guaranteed top-flight football next season so for them it was the Midland Mainline down to London last night. Boss Neil Warnock has revealed he was a bit of a trainspotter as a kid so bet he enjoyed himself.

    1457: That leaves Bolton against Reading, who travelled up to the north east in a private jet this morning. That is what the promise of Premiership cash next season does to clubs.

    1455: And just outside the relegation zone Fulham, at home to Blackburn, and Wigan, away to Liverpool, will be wanting points to ease their troubles.

    1452: Elsewhere, Watford could be consigned to the Championship if they fail to beat Manchester City, while West Ham are in desperate need of a win at home to Everton.

    1450: And TV commentator Jonathan Pearce is at it as well, talking about "Money, Money, Money". The team that loses between Charlton and Sheffield United will end the day in the relegation zone and cash could be in short supply in the Championship.

    1449: Courtesy of your match reporter for the day Caroline Cheese: "Will Charlton or Sheffield United meet their Waterloo today? An Abba tribute band is entertaining the troops at The Valley. "Frida" is wearing a dangerously short skirt."

    1448: We make no apology for focusing the gaze on the bottom of the table today, particularly when the entertainment is so good at The Valley with an Abba tribute band in full flow.

    1445: Sunny skies up and down the land as the players at the six 1500 BST Premiership games are put through their paces before the off.

    1441: FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal
    A late, late goal from Jermaine Jenas gives Tottenham an undeserved point and denies Arsenal the chance to go third. Spurs, who have not beaten the Gunners this century, climb to seventh.


    Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim is fit to start after overcoming a thigh injury but Abdoulaye Faye is not so fortunate. His absence means recently recalled loanee Lubomir Michalik starts on the bench. Leroy Lita is banned for Reading so Dave Kitson partners Kevin Doyle up front. Steve Sidwell keeps his place in the side alongside John Oster.

    Charlton striker Darren Bent is fit to start following a thigh injury while winger Jerome Thomas also returns to the starting line-up. Keith Gillespie, Chris Armstrong and Jon Stead all start for Sheffield United after missing out in midweek against Manchester United.

    Fulham recall Vincenzo Montella in place of Heidar Helguson - one of four changes from the side that lost to Reading. Blackburn boss Mark Hughes names an unchanged side for the third match in a row.

    Liverpool make changes in view of their Champions League semi-final this week and Steven Gerrard is on the bench. It is the first time he has not started a Premier League game in a year. Wigan make two changes with Ryan Taylor coming in for Lee McCulloch and Josip Skoko with Emile Heskey deployed as the lone striker.

    Watford make four changes with Marlon King making his first start since October in place of Tamas Priskin and Lloyd Doyley, Chris Powell and Al Bangura coming in for Tommy Smith, Adrian Mariappa and Jordan Stewart. Manchester City stick with the same team that started Tuesday's defeat by Arsenal.

    Anton Ferdinand returns from injury for West Ham, who also bring in Matthew Etherington for Luis Boa Morte. Everton, who are chasing a Uefa Cup place, stick with the team that beat Charlton.

    Saturday's Premiership photos
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