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Premier League as it happened

Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough Match report
Hull City 2-2 Man City Match report


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By Chris Bevan

1810: Well, that's it from me folks. Thanks again for your banter and I hope you enjoyed the day - plenty of drama, especially in the Hull-Man City game, although Everton-Middlesbrough had its moments too. Caroline Cheese will be back with you on Wednesday to take you through England's friendly with Germany. Enjoy, I'm sure you will.

1806: Your star man in the player rater stakes is Stephen Ireland with a rating of 8.56, way ahead of Geovanni in second with 7.66. Tal Ben-Haim finishes with a dismal 3.54 rating.

1803: "Darius Vassell couldn't finish his dinner. How this guy is a professional footballer is a mystery..."
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Vassell has got his merits...but finishing isn't one of them.

1800: It ends in an entertaining draw at the KC Stadium after two shocking defensive errors, a gem of a goal and a deflected strike. Man City probably had the better late chances to win it but Hull will feel they did enough to deserve a point.

1758: Full time Hull City 2-2 Man City

1758: I was wrong. One more chance for Man City sees Jo in space on the left-hand side of the box. There are players queuing up for a decent cross but the ball is blocked - and Micah Richards heads wide from the ensuing corner.

1755: A corner for Man City from the right and Micah Richards hurls himself at the ball. He gets there too but cannot control his header and the ball flies harmlessly high and wide. That might just have been their last chance to win this game.

1753: Pablo Zabaleta is in space on the right for Man City but his cross is blocked by Ian Ashbee at the near post with Stephen Ireland lurking. He needed a much better delivery there.

1751: Hull are well on top at the moment but Man City are breaking dangerously. Stephen Ireland's header feeds Darius Vassell, unmarked in the box, but his first-time shot is saved by Boaz Myhill. Vassell should have scored - I am sure I have written that before today.

1748: After all that, a bit of an anti-climax. Darius Vassell comes out of the wall to block Geovanni's free-kick this time and referee Phil Dowd does not book him either.

1747: And again, more encroachment. Stephen Ireland is booked this time. Geovanni will get a third chance.

1746: Man City charge the ball down - Geo's shot is blocked but he will get another chance because of encroachment. Shaun Wright-Phillips is booked.

1744: Trouble for Man City. Micah Richards fouls Ian Ashbee on the edge of the box - Geovanni territory.

1742: Both sides are looking very tired out there at the moment. Ten minutes left - maybe I was wrong when I said to expect more goals. Still, there has got to be another mistake left in this one?

1740: "Didn't Darius Vassell just nicely show (1733) that he isn't good enough with a Sunday League-style swing and miss! Jo should be starting but Ched Evans is also better than vassel. Mark Hughes does do some strange things!"
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1738: Jo does come on, replacing Benjani. Nick Barmby is on for Daniel Cousin as Hull make a switch too.

1736: The visitors are trying to take the sting out of the game at the moment - passing the ball around the back and slowing things down. Jo is about to come on for them up front.

1733: Man City are still threatening, however, and they should really be back in front. Robinho's shot is only cleared as far as Darius Vassell but, with the goal gaping, he fluffs his shot completely. Chance gone.

That miss could go on the Christmas DVD too by the way (see 1641).

1731: A corner from Hull bounces straight across the edge of the six-yard box and although it is cleared the Tigers are soon pressing forward again. Another high ball comes into the Man City box but Kasper Schmeichel - not renowned for his ability with crosses - collects the ball under pressure.

1728: "Phil Brown really knows how to get the best out of Geo, doesn't he? This is form he never really hit when at Man City."
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Geovanni didn't really get much of a chance at Man City, especially after Christmas.

1727: The game has totally opened up again and both teams are going for the win. There are 25 minutes left - expect more goals.

1725: Blimey. Hull come forward again and it takes a brilliant save from Kasper Schmeichel to keep out Marlon King's header.

1722: GOAL Hull City 2-2 Man City
Another free-kick for Hull on the edge of the area - only referee Phil Dowd can tell you why - and Geovanni's curling shot hits Vincent Kompany and bounces past Kasper Schmeichel. A massive deflection and Hull are level.

1719: Geovanni fires in a free-kick from 30-yards. We have seen these find the top corner before but this one flies 10 yards over the bar.

1717: Hull have a lucky escape when the ball hits Darius Vassell's heel. If it hadn't, it would have run through to Robinho, unmarked in front of goal. The Tigers are having a decent spell at the moment but Man City remain a threat on the break.

1714: "(Re 1659) Printable English words learned by Kamil Zayatte during the half time talk: cross, clearance, goalie, goal, bench."
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1712: Another chance for Hull sees the ball drop to Marlon King on the right-hand edge of the area. King fires in a decent low shot across goal but Kasper Schmeichel gets down well to save, much to the frustration of Tigers boss Phil Brown.

1710: It is Man City who enjoy the early pressure at the start of the second half but Hull's Geovanni comes closest to scoring. He leaps acrobatically to meet a cross on the edge of the area but the ball dips a fraction over the bar. Unlucky - a great effort.

Joe Hart caught his toe in the turf when he came out to try, unsuccessfully, to deny Daniel Cousin. He has picked up some ligament damage but should not be out of action for long.

1707: Hull get us back under way.

1705: The players are back out on the pitch for the second half.

1703: "(Re 1651) Keep in mind, Hull City are only seven points off the relegation zone. They could be bottom by Christmas."
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The Premier League is incredibly tight but I think it will take West Brom a bit longer than Christmas to reach 20 points.

1659: "Can I point out the fact Kamil Zayatte does not speak English...good performance by City (Hull) though and in my unbiased opinion I think we've played the better football!"
Adam, Hull City fan, via text on 81111

I think Zayatte might have learnt some new words from Tigers boss Phil Brown at half-time. None of them printable here...

1656: Some half-time player rater chat - and guess who is bottom of the class? Dean Marney heads the scoring with 7.67 but at the other end of the scale Tal Ben-Haim has a lowly 4.20, just ahead of Kamil Zayatte's 4.91. Fair to say they've paid the price for their mistakes...I'd expect Stephen Ireland's mark of 7.00 to rise though.

1654: By the way, apologies if I occasionally refer to Man City as just City. I am fully aware that Hull are also a are many of you!

1653: It has been an entertaining first half at the KC Stadium - Hull led through Daniel Cousin's strike after Tal Ben-Haim's gaffe before Kamil Zayatte gifted Stephen Ireland an equaliser. Ireland then put Man City in front with a delicious strike.

1651: "I wonder what the odds are on Hull get relegated after their amazing start to the season?"
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1650: Half-time Hull City 1-2 Man City

1648: We are going to have four minutes of injury time at the end of this first half because of the treatment Joe Hart had before he came off.

1646: GOAL Hull City 1-2 Man City
If Man City's first goal was a gift, their second was a strike of the highest quality. Javier Garrido does brilliantly to get down the left and find Stephen Ireland, who takes one touch on the edge of the area before curling the ball into the far corner.

1644: A big, big shout for handball for Man City. Robinho lets fly with a shot inside the box and the ball clearly hits Michael Turner's hand. Referee Phil Dowd is having none of it though.

1641: If anyone is thinking of putting together a DVD of how not to defend in time for the lucrative Christmas market, they don't have to look any further than Tal Ben-Haim and Kamil Zayatte today. The pair of them have had absolute shockers.

1638: GOAL: Hull City 1-1 Man City
Oh dear. What was Kamil Zayatte thinking? After Daniel Cousin gives the ball to Man City, the Hull defender tries to mop things up but only succeeds in rolling the ball across the face of his own 18-yard line and away from his goalkeeper Boaz Myhill for Stephen Ireland to slot, gratefully, home into an unguarded net. An absolute gift - even worse than Tal Ben-Haim's earlier gaffe.

1638: "With Joe Hart out the way, major goalfest? He is the backbone of the team!"
Sean in Cardiff, via text on 81111

1636: Man City are definitely rattled at the moment. They cannot keep possession for any length of time - credit to Hull for working hard and not allowing the visitors to settle but Mark Hughes will have to change things around at half-time as his side are not in this game at the moment.

1634: A decent chance for Hull. Sam Ricketts swings in a cross from the left but the ball skims off Daniel Cousin's head in front of goal.

1632: "What are City going to spend £200m on when they are in the Championship next season? Probably more strikers…"
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1630: Plenty more tackles flying in and Darius Vassell is lucky to escape a booking for Man City. All a bit lively this but not much goalmouth action.

1628: "With Hull's early goal could they go all the way to that 13-0 triumph and go fourth?"
Tom on Birmingham, via text on 81111

Hmm, it depends how much Tal Ben Haim sees of the ball, Tom.

1625: Man City have come to life a little and they are spreading the ball around better now. Hull's Paul McShane joins Tal Ben Haim in the book after a late challenge on Javier Garrido.

"I don't actually believe there could be any other team that would have so much bad luck and still be the richest club in the world."
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1622: We have not seen an awful lot from Robinho so far. Man City cannot get their foot on the ball at the moment while Daniel Cousin and Marlon King are doing their best to unsettle the visitors' defence.

1621: It gets worse for Man City. Their goalkeeper Joe Hart is unable to continue - he picked up a foot injury as Daniel Cousin scored. Kasper Schmeichel will come on to replace him - expect Hart to miss England's friendly in Germany too.

1620: We are back under way after a five-minute delay. Plenty of time for Tal Ben-Haim to dwell on his mistake.

1617: To add injury to insult. Joe Hart needs treatment after being caught by Daniel Cousin as he put Hull ahead. Man City boss Mark Hughes is absolutely fuming at the moment. We are yet to restart play.

1616: GOAL Hull City 1-0 Man City
An absolute shocker by Man City defender Tal Ben Haim, who sells Joe Hart short with a terrible back-pass. Daniel Cousin cannot believe his luck and nips in to prod the ball home.

1614: There is only one Brazilian showing off his dazzling skills at the moment and that is Hull's Geovanni. He skips past Vincent Kompany before being fouled by Tal Ben Haim, who picks up a yellow card for his troubles.

1612: A neat move from Hull sees the ball drop for Ian Ashbee on the edge of the area but he rushes his shot and the ball rolls harmlessly wide.

1610: A late challenge by Dean Marney on Stephen Ireland gives Man City another free-kick...which comes to nothing.

1609: "Do you not think it's insane that Vassell is getting a game? Attackers on the team: Benjani, Robinho, Vassell. Subs: Elano, Jo, Evans. Aren't all three of those subs superior to Vassell?
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Vassell is steady if unspectacular. You have to remember how much Man City have struggled on their travels this season - his Premier League experience counts for a lot.

1607: End to end stuff at the moment. Hull are getting forward well on the right flank and Man City are getting the all up to Benjani as quickly as possible. Boaz Myhill has to come off his line to clear.

1605: A first effort on goal by Man City captain Robinho - he fires in a free-kick from 30 yards but the ball flies well wide.

1603: Man City defender Tal Ben-Haim has to make an important header with Marlon King lurking in the area. The visitors are seeing plenty of the ball too though.

1601: Man City get the match under way. It was their keeper Joe Hart who had to change his kit, not referee Phil Dowd - Hart is all in green now, as his orange-yellow outfit did clash with Hull a bit.

"I'm shocked about the Robinho situation. No, not that he's Man City's captain, but that no-one has mentioned he cost more than the entire Hull XI."
Darryl in epsom, via text on 81111

1558: A bit of a delay while referee Phil Dowd changes his top. Not sure why. Both teams are out on the pitch now and kick-off is seconds away.

1555: The players are in the tunnel at the KC Stadium - Robinho is poised to lead Man City out for the first time.

1553: "(Re 1538) Granted, Stephen Ireland has more right to the armband than Robinho, but hey, if he bags another hat-trick he can be anything he wants."
Matt in Harrogate, via text on 81111

1550: City's away form has been poor this term - just one win on the road in six Premier League matches. They don't exactly have much form on Humberside either - their only previous league win in Hull was in October 1909.

1547: "Did I see that right? Is Robinho captain? Granted there aren't many leaders in that side, but surely he could have given it to Micah Richards or Steven Ireland?"
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Yes, Robinho is definitely captain. A strange one that, seeing as the Brazilian has not exactly travelled well so far for City, and does not speak much English. Micah Richards stood in for Richard Dunne as skipper last season but he probably needs to concentrate on his own game at the moment.

1544: "Chris it was my birthday yesterday so the best present is going to be a 2-0 victory for Hull. Geo to score!"
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It is written in the stars that players always score against their former clubs. Yakubu did it today for Everton against Boro so you will probably be right about Geovanni too...

1542: "If Hull win 9-0 today, they'll leapfrog Villa into fifth. Fancy a flutter Chris? Hicham, London. "
Hicham in London, via text on 81111

We covered this earlier - A 13-0 win for Hull will put them fourth. If the Tigers win 15-0, Man City are in the bottom three too. I think Hull boss Phil Brown would settle for ending his side's three-game losing streak though.

1539: "Surely on current form Stewart Downing doesn't deserve to be in the England squad? I'd sooner have had Kieran Richardson in there based on the last two months."
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That was not a great game for Downing or for Joleon Lescott following their England call-up. Time for Manchester City trio Joe Hart, Micah Richards and Shaun Wright-Phillips to justify Fabio Capello's selection at the KC Stadium next?

1538: "Robinho captain?! The guy doesn't speak a word of English! Man City boss Mark Hughes has lost his marbles.
Mark in Cheshire, via text on 81111

1536: "Get in! Nathan Doyle is on the bench for Hull - he was immense last season so I'm glad he's made the 18."
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I've got to admit that Doyle's inclusion passed me by. I'm pleased that you're pleased though Woolster.

1534: More player rater chat from Goodison Park - and it is as we were at half-time. Boro's goalscorer Gary O'Neil finishes the match with the highest score - a 7.90 - and Joleon Lescott stays rooted to the bottom of the scores (not counting substitutes) with a 5.87 rating.
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1534: In the absence of the suspended Richard Dunne, Robinho is Manchester City's captain today.

1532: "Time for Man City's big names to stand up and be counted today. With Arsenal and Man Utd next up, this is a must-win game for Mark Hughes. And we know Geo's gonna score today..."
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1530: Hull v Man City team news
Hull make one change from the team that lost against Bolton, with Sam Ricketts coming in for the injured Andy Dawson in defence.
Tal Ben-Haim replaces the suspended Richard Dunne in defence for Man City, while midfielder Vincent Kompany comes in for Gelson Fernandes, who is also banned, from the team that lost 2-1 against Tottenham.

1526: Both sides were going for it at the end but neither could manage a clear-cut chance. A draw is a fair result.

1525: Full-time Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough

1523: Boro have men over on the counter-attack after Stewart Downing beats Phil Neville down the left but Tuncay loses the ball and the chance is gone. Everton are throwing plenty of men forward themselves but Boro are defending well on the edge of their own area.

1522: Three added minutes to be played. Can Everton find another late winner?

1521: "Time for a last minute free kick from Arteta to boost my dream team. Come on Micky!"
Dave from Birmingham, via text on 81111

1520: More substitutions than chances at Goodison Park at the moment. Everton's goalscorer Yakubu is off and James Vaughan is on.

1519: Team news
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Ricketts, Boateng, Ashbee, Marney, Geovanni, Cousin, King. Subs: Duke, Doyle, Barmby, Garcia, Halmosi, Folan, Giannakopoulos.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Ben-Haim, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Ireland, Mwaruwari, Robinho, Vassell. Subs: Schmeichel, Onuoha, Michael Ball, Hamann, Elano, Jo, Evans.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1518: Everton's last throw of the dice sees Victor Anichebe replace Tim Cahill.

1516: A final change for Middlesbrough. Afonso Alves is off and Marvin Emnes is on to help keep Everton out in the last five minutes.

1514: "(Re 1507) Row Z isn't actually too high, only 26 rows up. Pretty good game, though.
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1513: Boro's turn to have a spell of possession but Everton are looking more dangerous.

1512: "Is it too late to start learning to play football now? I'm a decent leftie in cricket and after seeing Stewart Downing today, I quite fancy my chances of getting a national call-up!!"
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It's fair to say that Downing will be hoping that Fabio Capello does not watch a DVD of this match.

1511: Yakubu gets a sight of goal on the right-hand edge of the penalty area. A chance to win it for Everton? He connects well enough with the bouncing ball....but his shot hits the corner flag. Oops.

1509: We are now officially into the most dangerous time of the match for Boro. Eight of Everton's 18 goals this season have been scored in the last 15 minutes of their games.

1507: Downing lets fly from the left-hand side of the area but let's just say it does not test Tim Howard. The ball is quickly returned from Row Z.

1505: "Everton will probably go on to win this game 3-1 now - either that or they will draw 2-2."
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Make your mind up Matt, or do you want to cover every possible eventuality....Everton make their first substitution with Steven Pienaar on for Leon Osman.

1503: "Feed the Yak and he will score."
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1502: Adam Johnson is on for Julio Arca as Boro boss Gareth Southgate makes another change. Just 20 minutes left in this one now - either side could win it.

1501: Boro are not finished yet either. Didier Digard's shot curls round Joleon Lescott and Tim Howard does brilliantly to push it on to the post.

1500: Everton boss David Moyes signalled to his players to keep going after their equaliser and they certainly listened. Boro are at sixes and sevens at the back and Louis Saha is unlucky to see his shot blocked. The Toffees fans are making a racket now too.

1458: GOAL Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough
Mikel Arteta whips in a free-kick from the left and Yakubu gets enough on the ball to divert it into the net. The Yak nets with his back, I think.

1456: Everton have gone off the boil a little bit but they are still causing problems with those dangerous crosses into the box. Phil Neville gets to the bye-line this time and puts in a decent ball for Louis Saha, but he has to twist to get his head on the ball and it flies well wide. A good chance though.

1453: Tuncay is having a great game for Boro, playing in the hole between Afonso Alves and their midfield and keeping the Everton defence on their toes. He holds up the ball again here and draws a foul in a dangerous area. Stewart Downing's curling free-kick is easily cleared, however. Apart from setting up Gary O'Neil's goal, Downing has not done much.

1451: Boro keeper Ross Turnbull quickly redeems himself by stooping to keep out Leon Osman's snapshot. It was hit straight at him, mind. The Everton midfielder did well to dig the ball out from under his feet before he got the shot away.

1449: "(Re 1425) I have to disagree with Joleon Lescott's rating. He's looked one of Evertons brightest players going forward. But I guess he's a defender first."
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You know what I am going to say, don't you? Get involved.

1447: Ross Turnbull has hardly put a foot wrong so far today but he makes a real hash of David Wheater's back-pass - slicing it out of play completely. The pressure is back on Boro.

1444: Another Everton attack breaks down and Boro break swiftly before Julio Arca fires over from the edge of the box. A bit of a waste that - they had men over.

1443: Boro make their first change with David Wheater on for the injured Chris Riggott.

1441: "Joleon lescott is playing better as a left winger than a left-back and Marouane Fellaini is showing why we paid £15m for him and has hardly put a foot wrong. Come on Everton you can do it...
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Everton boss David Moyes has just taken his coat off as well. Things are hotting up at Goodison Park...

1439: A decent spell by Everton. They are getting their full-backs Phil Neville and Joleon Lescott forward again and pumping more crosses into the Boro box.

1437: Boro get the second half started.

1435: "Boro are not boring! We deserve the lead and look dangerous when countering. We may not have fashionable players but we get it down and pass it and nick goals away from home!
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1434: The players are back out for the second half at Goodison. More goals in this one I think...(famous last words)

1432: "Everton's defensive problems are all being caused by Mikel Arteta drifting in to the middle, not tracking back and leavin Joleon Lescott isolated. If he doesnt want to play out wide on the left, take him off."
Bilo, at Goodison Park via text on 81111

1429: James from Edinburgh has caused a bit of a storm with his 'Boro are boring comments (see 1418). A few of you are suggesting he sticks to watching Scottish football - and would like to remind him of your exciting run to the Uefa Cup final in 2006. Too right.

1428: "(Re 1418) Boro boring? James from Edinburgh clearly hasnt been watching us this year. We've been playing good, attacking football, and have been roundly praised in the media for it."
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1425: Some player rater chat from Goodison Park - and it is not exactly a surprise. Boro goalscorer Gary O'Neil is top of the class at half-time with 8.07 while Joleon Lescott's poor performance is reflected with the half's lowest rating of 5.00.

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is out of England's friendly with Germany on Wednesday because of a torn leg muscle.

1422: Well, Boro have the lead at the break through Gary O'Neil's precise shot but Everton fans should not worry too much. They have had a stack of chances - and they will probably score three in the last 10 minutes anyway...

1420: Half-time Everton 0-1 Middlesbrough

1419: Emanuel Pogatetz is penalised for blocking Mikel Arteta with an arm across his chest as he bursts clear. Everton pump the free-kick forward but they are not going to get past Boro like that.

1418: "Boro are the most boring team alive, if they get into the Uefa cup it would be a travesty."
James in Edinburgh via text on 81111

A bit harsh that - they've got a lead away from home and are defending in numbers and hitting Everton on the break. Most other Premier League teams would be doing the same.

1417: Oh dear. Tim Cahill will be kicking himself after that miss - another wasted opportunity for Everton. He meets the ball on his own at the near post from a corner but makes a mess of his header, sending it bouncing down and well wide.

1416: Boro hit Everton on the counter-attack again with Didier Digard winning the ball and running from his own half to the edge of the home side's penalty area. He squares it to Stewart Downing but the England winger's shot is high, wide and wasteful.

1414: Afonso Alves is working hard on his own up front for Boro and battling for any scraps that come his way...which is not much at the moment. He gets muscled off the ball by Yobo on this occasion, however, as he chases a clipped Tuncay pass - those two have formed a useful partnership so far today.

1412: A chance for us to catch our breath as Boro's goalscorer Gary O'Neil receives treatment. He has caught a blow to the head, by the look of things.

1410: "Why is Lescott getting so much abuse? He's a centre-back playing at left-back. I don't think John Terry would play as well at left-back..."
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I think it's because he was so good last season but has not hit those heights so far this campaign.

1408: Blimey. Everytime I look up, the ball is flying across the Boro box - talk about pressure! The visitors are just about getting their bodies in the way of the ball at the moment though - 10 minutes for them to hold out until half-time.

1406: Another chance comes and goes for Everton. Phil Neville puts the ball in from a short corner and Yobo is unmarked in the box to attack the cross but fails to find the target. Should have done better. Much better.

1404: A little spell of pressure for Boro as Everton struggle to clear their lines from a free-kick but the home side are soon pressing again. There are shouts for a penalty when Ross Turnbull tangles with Yakubu - the Boro goalkeeper definitely makes contact but referee Howard Webb points for a corner, not to the penalty spot. That could easily have been a spot-kick for the Toffees.

1402: "Boro get underestimated every season. If we followed Lawro's predictions this season we would be in relegation yet we are challenging for the Uefa Cup at the minute."
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1400: Another half-chance for Boro on the break - and I think that is going to be the pattern of this game for the rest of this half at least. Afonso Alves runs on to a clever chipped pass by Tuncay but the Brazilian is crowded out of things on the edge of the area.

1359: "Joleon Lescott might be in the England squad but based on his performance so far today I don't see him playing from the start or at all for that matter!"
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1358: Everton come forward again and their left-back Joleon Lescott is proving far more use in Boro's penalty area than he is in his own. He gets another useful cross in and then is unlucky not to latch on to a flicked ball by Yakubu after running behind the visitors' defence.

1357: "Blimey, another couple of goals and Boro could be sixth! They snuck up didn't they?"
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1355: An almighty scramble in the Boro penalty area - Ross Turnbull allows a Joleon Lescott cross to sail over his head and is shocked to see it come back off the inside of his post. The ball falls for Marouane Fellaini but Emanuel Pogatetz makes the all-important block and Boro survive again.

1352: It has all gone very quiet at Goodison Park. The home side have got to be patient here and remember they are only one goal down.

1348: Another mistake by England's Joleon Lescott, who is dispossessed by Afonso Alves when it looks like he has cleared the danger. Alves feeds Didier Digard who fires a low shot just wide of Tim Howard's far post. Worrying for Everton, that.

1347: Everton still having more of the possession but Boro are keeping things compacted in midfield and defending well for now.

1346: A great chance for Yakubu to level for Everton, as he breaks clear into the Boro area but Ross Turnbull is off his line quickly and smothers his shot. Great save. Boro hold on.

1345: Everton striker Louis Saha needs a spot of treatment from the physio but he is up and running again, for now. He does have his injury problems, doesn't he?

1344: "I've had a belly full of this food talk, please can we just let it end now? The jokes gone stale."
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1343: That was a lovely ball by Stewart Downing to find Gary O'Neil but where was Everton's left-back Joleon Lescott? Nowhere to be seen...

1341: GOAL Everton 0-1 Middlesbrough
A brilliant counter-attacking move by Boro, who hit back quickly after clearing Phil Neville's cross. Stewart Downing spots Gary O'Neil in acres of space on the right of the Everton area and he takes a touch before finding a gap between Tim Howard and his near post. A lovely finish.

1340: Our first decent passing move of the afternoon and it is Everton who provide it - Tim Cahill and Leon Osman are both involved and the Toffees win a corner...which Mikel Arteta promptly bends straight out of play. That was better though.

1338: Things are looking very congested in midfield at the moment and it is threatening to get a bit scrappy - nobody has put their foot on the ball properly in the first five minutes.

1336: "I can see this being a bore draw. Followed by a classic 4-3 win for Man City in the 4pm kick off. Nice to see the sunshine in Merseyside!"
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1334: Boro are seeing plenty of the ball too and Tuncay has their first pop at goal with a shot that comes out of the sun at Tim Howard but flies just wide. Worth a go though.

1332: Marouane Fellaini pumps a high ball into the Boro box but little Leon Osman is the only Everton player near it and does not get a sniff.

1331: Everton get the match under way.

1329: "(Re 1305) Results are more important than performances Bevo. As I often hear pundits say: 'A sign of a good team, is winning when playing well below their best'.

"Having said that, I would love to see us put on a show against Boro! Saha to score a brace - 3-1 Everton"
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1326: "(Re 1315) Food related talk has stopped? Take that chip of your shoulder and stop telling pork pies."
Dave in Brixton via text on 81111

Dave, I can tell you sent that text with real relish. The teams are just coming out on to the pitch at Goodison Park by the way.

1323: "More surprising (to any Evertonian) than Mancienne being called into the England squad is the fact that Lescott has kept his place.

"Capello plainly hasn't watched the Blues this season or he'd be aware that while Lescott has been a liablility most of the time, while Phil Jagielka has been immense. Definitely picked the wrong player in my view, and that of every Evertonian I've spoken to or seen comment on the web."
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I'd put Lescott in the same brackett as Micah Richards: Awesome last season - average this season. They are both in the England squad though so Capello knows something we don't...

1319: "How The Yak gets his place in the team only Moyes knows, we looked good last week when James Vaughan came on and supported Louis Saha with pace. Shocked to see our best midfielder Steven Pienaar on the bench too. At least we have people to come on tho. 3 nil today to the Blues!"
Bilo at Sunny Goodison Park via text on 81111

I rate James Vaughan very highly if only he could stay injury free for a month or two. Surely you would fancy Yakubu to net against his old club today though? That's how football works!

1315: "(Re 1230) Chewing over the Arsenal result?! More like still shell-shocked. The worst game this season so far, bar maybe the Fenerbahce game. Villa completely dominated our lightweight midfield - roll on the January transfer window and the arrival of one hard-hitting defensive midfielder!"
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I knew you Gunners fans would find that defeat difficult to'll be pleased to know that the food-related chat stops now by the way...

1313: "Chris, is Downing one of the untouchables in the England squad? He is ALWAYS there, even though he has done nothing this season!"
Ross in south Manchester, via text on 81111

I think Downing is benefiting from the fact he is left-footed, like myself. He has done slightly more with his left foot than I ever managed with mine though - I'll keep an eye out for him today and see if he produces an international class display...

1309: "(Re 1230) Yes Chris. Any Wolves fan will tell you the Michael Mancienne call-up is no big surprise. He has been excellent for us since coming on loan - and what a great advertisement for Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Championship!"
James in Leamington Spa, via text on 81111

Another Wolves player, Michael Kightly, is not a bad advert for the Championship either...plenty more talent elsewhere too.

1307: "Re 1254. If any two teams can manage it, then Hull and Man City are surely supremely qualified."
Anon via text on 81111

1305: "Hello and live from Bangkok!! Yak and Saha upfront - gonna murder 'em. Off to my local bar to watch this LIVE - only foreigner there and they humour me. C'mon You Blues!"
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You cannot fault this boy's optimism. Will Everton play well today though? Or will they just win, again?

1303: "I don't think Mancienne's call up is really THAT surprising; us Chelsea fans have known for a while that he has huge potential, and EVERY Wolves fan I've heard has sad he's been fantastic in the few games he's played there so far.."
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All true. But still a shock when a player gets called up by England before he has played in the top-flight. You'd think if he was good enough he would have got some sort of look in at Chelsea.

1301: I always like to quote Paul Gascoigne when I'm asked to make predictions - I don't make them and I never will. So I'm going for the following:

Everton 2-1 Middlesbrough
Hull City 2-2 Man City

Expect me to be very, very wrong on both counts...

1259: If Hull win 13-0 today then they will regain fourth spot (thanks to Torres_Fan© for that one). And if the Tigers win 15-0 then Manchester City will drop into the bottom three. That scoreline is not my prediction though!

1257: "I did see the call-up for Mancienne coming. But then I am a little but psychic. Alright you got me, I had no idea."
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Mancienne is an interesting one by Capello - I've seen him play a couple of times for Wolves this season and a couple of times for QPR at the end of the last campaign too - decent enough but he did not exactly stand out in the Championship and he is yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League for Chelsea.

Also a bit strange that Micah Richards is back in the senior squad after probably his worst run of form for Manchester City since he broke into the team. Can't argue with Gabriel Agbonlahor though...

1254: "I'm going to stick my neck out on the line and say that the trend will continue.... Hull & Man City will both lose today."
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As many of you have rightly pointed out, this cannot happen because they play each other!

1252: Everton v Middlesbrough team news
Everton boss David Moyes makes two changes to the side that overcame West Ham last week, Yakubu returning from a heel injury to replace Victor Anichebe and Marouane Fellaini coming in for Jack Rodwell.
Just the one change for Middlesbrough - who, like Everton, are unbeaten in four games - as Julio Arca starts in place of Jeremie Alliadiere.

1250: TEAMS
Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Arteta, Fellaini, Cahill, Osman, Yakubu, Saha. Subs: Nash, Hibbert, Baines, Castillo, Vaughan, Pienaar, Anichebe.

Middlesbrough: Turnbull, Hoyte, Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor, O'Neil, Digard, Arca, Downing, Alves, Sanli. Subs: Jones, Emnes, Adam Johnson, Wheater, Franks, Grounds, Walker.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1247: "I think we will see a Boro win and a Hull win! The way Hull played against Man Utd was good and if they do it against that Man City defence they will score plenty!

"With Everton still finding it hard to get to get going I think that it could Boro's day.. They will be on a high after last weeks victory against Aston Villa."
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I've got to admit I've not exactly been entirely convinced by Everton so far this season - but the proof of the pudding is in the, er, winning isn't it? And when it comes to scoring late goals to win games that perhaps they shouldn't, David Moyes' men take the biscuit.

1244: Today is not exactly the busiest when it comes to Premier League action but that is all the more reason why I need your wit and banter via 606 and text. Get involved. Now.

And if you are out and about, remember you can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. From a UK phone, just text FOOTBALL to 81010, it will cost you 10 to 15p and you will receive in return a link to our mobile site. Click on that, and you'll be straight through (then bookmark it so you never need to text that number again). The cost of being online on your phone will vary according to network and your own contract.

1242: "Hey Bevo (I can call you Bevo can't I?). Hope for exciting matches, brilliant goals and none of the server problems that plagued you the last time you where on here."
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I echo all of the above - especially the bit about server problems. And yes, you can call me Bevo.

1238: Then at 1600 GMT we have two teams seemingly heading in the other direction as we head for the KC Stadium for Hull City v Manchester City - both sides have lost their last three Premier League matches and I have a feeling that, even if they return to winning ways, the Tigers' players will not be celebrating by heading to a casino tonight...
Horton plays down player 'brawl'

1237: Only two games today but both of them are intriguing clashes. First up is Everton v Middlesbrough at 1330 GMT - both teams are unbeaten in four games and could climb to sixth with a win. Heady days indeed.
Match preview

1230 GMT: Afternoon folks. So, how are you all feeling after yesterday's feast of football? Not too bloated, hopefully.

I expect some Arsenal fans are chewing over their defeat by Aston Villa, plenty of Manchester United and Chelsea supporters are licking their lips after seeing their teams record convincing wins...and young Michael Mancienne is still digesting the news of his er, somewhat surprising, call-up to the England squad. Did anyone see that coming?
Mancienne gets shock England call

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01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

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