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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 January 2007, 22:27 GMT
Wednesday football clockwatch
(All times in GMT):

Premiership results:
Bolton 1-1 Charlton

Chelsea 3-0 Blackburn
Man Utd 4-0 Watford
Newcastle 3-1 Aston Villa

Carling Cup semi-final, second leg result:
Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham
(Aggregate 5-3 after extra-time)


By Ian Westbrook

2222: So that's it for the action on the pitch tonight but not the end of the action from BBC Sport.

Stay on the site until midnight and beyond for the final deals in the transfer window - click on the link above for Charlie Henderson's live update or follow the links to the football index for the story on your mobile. Full details also on Ceefax and BBCi Digital Text.

And have your say on tonight's action with Ray Stubbs on Radio Five Live's 606 now (Tel: 0800 909 693) and watch the goals and incidents from the last two nights in the Premiership at 2240 GMT on BBC1 with Match of the Day.

You can also comment on the action and transfer deals here on the site on 606.

Thanks for your company tonight.

2220: FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham (agg: 5-3) That's it - and Arsenal are through to a London derby with Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, 25 February.

To remind you, Emmanuel Adebayor's 77th minute opener was cancelled out by Mido to force extra-time but Jeremie Aliadiere put Arsenal ahead once again and then an own goal from Pascal Chimbonda sealed Tottenham's fate.

2219: A bit of showboating now by Arsenal in the final minute of the game as they casually knock the ball around - to cheers of Ole by their fans.

2218: A minimum of two minutes additional time is signalled.

2217: Tottenham are tired and Arsenal cruise through the defence - only for Jeremie Aliadiere to thump the ball past the far post.

2216: The Tottenham fans are streaming away from the Emirates - and accepting that their side has been beaten there for the second time this season.

2216: Just two minutes plus stoppage-time left now.

2212: Tottenham have not given up yet as Mido's powerful volley deflects off Gael Clichy for a corner. From the flag-kick, Chimbonda - trying to make up for the own goal which he could do little about - sees his header deflect off a defender for another flag-kick, which comes to nothing.

2209: GOAL Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham (agg: 5-3)
That could be it now for Arsenal as they take a two-goal advantage with what seems like an own goal from Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda.

Emmanuel Adebayor sends Tomas Rosicky into the penalty area and he moves across the box before hitting a shot which hits the bar, bounces down and goes in off Chimbonda before he can clear it away.

The goal, which is given by the linesman, means that whatever happens now we will not be seeing a penalty shoot-out.

2209: Just nine minutes now separate Arsenal from a place in the Carling Cup final against Chelsea - a London derby which will be played in Cardiff.

Have your say on tonight's action with Ray Stubbs on Radio Five Live's 606 after the Arsenal-Tottenham game (Tel: 0800 909 693) and catch the goals and incidents from the last two nights in the Premiership at 2240 GMT on BBC1 with Match of the Day.

2203: Tottenham seem to be about to send defender Michael Dawson up front for the final 15 minutes with Robbie Keane seemingly struggling with cramp or an injury, but they suddendly decide against it and he has to dash back into defence.

2202: HALF-TIME OF EXTRA-TIME Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham (agg: 4-3)
Seconds later the whistle blows and the teams turn round.

2201: GOAL Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham (agg: 4-3)
Right on the halfway point of extra-time, Jeremie Aliadiere restores Arsenal's advantage by drilling the ball home after Spurs new boy Ricardo Rocha heads a cross straight to his feet.

2158: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-1 Charlton
It's also finished at the Reebok where Bolton and Charlton take a point each thanks to respective first half goals from Henrik Pedersen and Talal El Karkouri. Nothing changes in the table for either side with Bolton staying fifth and Charlton remaining one place off the bottom.

2157: FULL-TIME Newcastle 3-1 Aston Villa
And that is definitely that now as the whistle blows on Newcastle's victory. James Milner, Kieron Dyer and Antoine Siberski score their goals with debutant Ashley Young replying. I make it that the victory just takes Newcastle into the top half of the table.

2156: GOAL Newcastle 3-1 Aston Villa
The points definitely belong to Newcastle now as substitute Antoine Siberski drives the ball home from Damien Duff's pass just a few seconds into injury-time - and that, as they say, is that.

2153: FULL-TIME Manchester United 4-0 Watford
It's all over at Old Trafford as United retain their six-point lead over Chelsea and leave Watford bottom of the table. Cristiano Ronaldo, Henrik Larsson, Wayne Rooney and an own goal from Lloyd Doyley earn them the three points.

2150: A minimum of three minutes additional time to be played at Old Trafford, where United are finishing off their second biggest win of the season - behind their 5-1 opening day win over Fulham.

2149: While Watford have been losing at Old Trafford, they have been busy off the pitch by signing midfielder Johan Cavalli on a free transfer from French second division club Istres. You know where to find the details by now....

2146: The action resumes at Arsenal.

2146: Don't forget there is still just over two hours of wheeling and dealing left in the transfer window. Click on the link above or if you are using your mobile, return to the football index and make your way to our live deadline day round-up from there.

2145: It's almost five for Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo is denied his second goal of the night by a Watford post.

2141: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (agg: 3-3)
It's another 30 minutes at least at Arsenal as the end of the 90 minutes is signalled with the north London rivals level on aggregate.

Don't forget away goals only count after extra-time so if it stays like this in around 35 minutes then it will be Arsenal playing Chelsea in the final. A 2-2 draw will take it to the "dreaded" penalties while a 3-3 result would take Spurs to the final. Watch this space.

2139: But suddenly....the action switches to the other end and Denilson has a fierce shot punched over the Tottenham bar by Paul Robinson for a corner.

2138: It's amazing how things have turned round at the Emirates and the Arsenal fans are now whistling for the end of normal-time. They are going to have to wait - there must be at least three minutes left.

2137: More drama at Arsenal as Mido makes room for himself on the edge of the area and places a shot inches wide of the post.

2137: FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-0 Blackburn
A comprehensive victory for the champions with goals from Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou keep them on the heels of Manchester United who are minutes away from another three points.

2136: Maybe the referee doesn't want extra-time at Arsenal as a minimum of five minutes additional time is signalled.

2133: GOAL Chelsea 3-0 Blackburn
Salomon Kalou wraps up Chelsea's victory by sliding the ball home in the first minute of injury-time after Michael Ballack nods on Wayne Bridge's pass.

2131: GOAL Manchester United 4-0 Watford
Wayne Rooney gets his deserved goal as he lifts Cristiano Ronaldo's pass over Richard Lee and in for United's fourth.

2130: GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (agg: 3-3)
What a substitution by Tottenham. Mido does the trick for the visitors as he meets Jemaine Jenas' free-kick with his head and flicks it into the far corner to equalise and possibly set up extra-time.

2129: GOAL Manchester United 3-0 Watford
Henrik Larsson breaks his Premiership duck as he flicks Wayne Rooney's neat pass first-time past the helpless Richard Lee.

2128: A superb save with his legs from stand-in Watford keeper Richard Lee from a point-blank header by Cristiano Ronaldo following a cross by Wayne Rooney.

2128: Kevin Nolan misses a great chance to restore Bolton's lead against Charlton as he lifts the ball over the bar from 12 yards - much to the disgust of Sam Allardyce on the touchline.

2125: A last throw of the dice for Martin Jol as he makes a double substitution, Mido and Tom Huddlestone come on for Hossam Ghaly and Steed Malbranque. Would Aaron Lennon have come on anyway if he had been available?

2124: Arsenal immediately bring on Cesc Fabregas for Abou Diaby.

2123: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham (agg: 3-2)
Arsenal's substitution pays off as Tomas Rosicky slips a beautiful little ball through to Emmanuel Adebayor, who slips it past Paul Robinson from eight yards.

With just 12 minutes to go, Arsenal will feel they have one foot in the final.

2120: The luck isn't running for Villa at the moment. Stephen Taylor heads Gareth Barry's effort off the line and then less than a minute later John Carew has a header from a corner disallowed for a foul.

2120: GOAL Manchester United 2-0 Watford
More bad luck for Watford as they fall further behind when Kieran Richardson's cross is headed into his own net by Hornets defender Lloyd Doyley.

2118: Tottenham new boy Ricardo Rocha replaces Anthony Gardner - one of four Spurs players to be booked on the night. Don't forget that Spurs only have two more outfield subs on the bench - see the 2051 entry for an explanation.

2116: Still goalless at Arsenal. Denilson skips through the Tottenham defence on the left and shoots from the edge of the area - but his effort finds the side-netting and fools a large number of Gunners fans into thinking it has gone into the net.

2113: Wayne Rooney's name is chanted from the stands at Old Trafford - imagine how much noise the fans would make if he had scored. The England star hits a shot from the edge of the area which fizzes just past Richard Lee's post.

2109: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn
The first goal of the second half arrives and a special one it is too. Frank Lampard takes a pass 25 yards out from Jon Obi Mikel and hammers it past the helpless Brad Friedel.

Lampard has now scored in six of his last seven games against Blackburn.

2109: Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort saved by Stephen Harper.

2109: Arsenal add some experience to their young line-up as Tomas Rosicky replaces Theo Walcott.

2108: And the action resumes at the Reebok....and 15 seconds later at St James Park.

2106: Some more inspirational cheerleading at the Reebok during half-time, by far the most entertaing piece of action in this game.

2105: And off we go again at Old Trafford.

2103: Andriy Shevchenko wastes a chance to double Chelsea's lead as he gets through the defence but he hits his shot too close to Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel, who saves it.

2058: Tempers start to fray at Arsenal after a clash between Arsenal's Abou Diaby and Tottenham's Hossam Ghaly. It is little more than handbags really and both players end up receiving a yellow card.

2057: Cole has not moved since the incident and is surrounded by medical staff. A stretcher has been called and Wayne Bridge strips off his tracksuit and prepares to replace him. Cole looks in a lot of pain as he is placed on the stretcher and carried off. He receives a huge round of applause from the crowd.

2055: This looks bad for Chelsea and England as Ashley Cole goes down in a heap after catching his left foot in the Stamford Bridge turf as he chases the ball towards the touchline. There were no Blackburn players anywhere near him.

2051: News emerges from the Emirates that Tottenham are down to four substitutes instead of the allowed five. It appears that Spurs thought they had notified the officials that they were not putting Aaron Lennon on the bench, as we thought, but had named Young Pyo Lee in his place.

Lee started warming up only to be stopped by the fourth official, who said he did not have him down on his list of substitutes for the match.

The whistles blow at the final two games which have seen five goals between them in the first 45 minutes.

2049: Back in action at Chelsea and straight away the hosts almost increase their lead as Michael Ballack has his header saved by Brad Friedel.

2049: HALF-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Watford
We reach the break with Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty separating the sides.

2047: Kieran Richardson battles his way through the Watford defence to fire a shot which deflects off Lloyd Doyley and lands on the top of the visitors' net.

2045: Repeat of the entry from 2039 - Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic heads another Michael Carrick corner just the wrong side of the Watford woodwork.

2042: Meanwhile in the midst of all the action, the transfer deadline moves ever closer - a little over three hours to go. To follow the latest action click on the link above, or if you are following this on your mobile, go back to the football index and access the story from there.

2039: Almost two for Manchester United as Nemanja Vidic heads Michael Carrick's corner just over the bar.

2038: An amazing let-off for Newcastle. The hosts cannot get the ball clear of their own six-yard box and finally the pressure is relieved as Ashley Young's overhead kick flies just over the bar.

2037: Yet again things happen in tandem in Manchester and Newcastle as at St James Park, Villa's other new boy John Carew hits the post.

2037: Watford are within inches of equalising at Old Trafford as veteran Chris Powell hits the woodwork.

2036: A change at the Reebok too as Nicolas Anelka is forced off. Iranian midfielder Andranik Teymourian comes on as Kevin Nolan pushes up to support Henrik Perdersen.

2035: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-0 Tottenham (agg: 2-2)
Are we 45 minutes away from extra-time after a goalless first half at the Emirates? If the scores are still level at the end of 90 minutes then extra-time will be played. Away goals only come into force after that - in case you were wondering.

2034: Newcastle are forced into a substitution as Antoine Siberiski comes on for the injured Nicky Butt.

2032: Ashley Young comes close to equalising for Villa but Stephen Harper is equal to his header.

2032: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn
Didier Drogba's early goal separates the sides at the break but Chelsea can count themselves lucky to still be in front after a string of chances for Rovers.

2032: A minimum of three minutes to be played at Arsenal - are we in for a long night there?

2029: BBC Sport columnist and Bolton skipper Kevin Nolan is fuming as the referee waves away a strong penalty appeal. Amady Faye lunged in as Nolan skipped the ball out his path and was chopped down by the Charlton defender. The ref was right on the spot but somehow failed to blow up.

There is plenty happening in this match - shame there are so many empty seats around the stadium.

2026: GOAL Newcastle 2-1 Aston Villa
Delight for Villa's Ashley Young on his debut as he pulls his new side back into the game by drilling the ball home from eight yards after a corner has caused confusion inside the Newcastle six-yard box.

2025: You can't fault them for trying to score in north London. This time Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor picks up the ball and advances towards the Spurs goal before blasting his shot past the right-hand post.

2024: The night's only goalless game remains goalless as Tottenham's Steed Malbranque dives to head a right-wing cross past the far post.

2021: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Watford
Cristiano Ronaldo sends stand-in keeper Richard Lee the wrong way from the penalty spot to put United ahead with his eighth goal in eight games and 14th in all this season

2020: And there's a penalty at Old Trafford. It goes to United as Jay DeMerit pulls down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The decision looks a good one.

2019: Almost a third for Newcastle as Scott Parker tries his luck from 25 yards and his shot crashes back off the Villa bar.

2015: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Charlton
A horrible moment for Jussi Jaaskelainen, and the Bolton cheerleaders, as Talal El Karkouri equalises with a direct free-kick from 20 yards which hits the wall, swerves and hits the keeper's arms as it squirms into his net.

2014: Chelsea are living dangerously at the moment. This time in-form Matt Derbyshire gets ahead of their defence and his deft flick heads for goal where Ricardo Carvalho clears the danger.

2012: Michael Essien comes to the rescue for Chelsea with a brilliantly-timed last-ditch tackle on Stephen Warnock after the Blackburn new boy has glided past three Blues defenders to move deep into the home penalty area.

2007: GOAL Newcastle 2-0 Aston Villa
What a start for Newastle and it's James Milner who is involved again. This time he turns provider as he lofts the ball in from the right and Kieron Dyer loops a header over Thomas Sorensen for their second.

2007: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Charlton
Henrik Pedersen adds to Charlton's problems as he scores his first goal of the season with a downward header from eight yards from Gary Speed's left-wing cross. Five Charlton defenders within six yards of their goal fail to stop him getting the goal.

2006: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa
James Milner breaks the deadlock for Newcastle with a solo effort. He picks the ball up midway inside the Villa half and charges at the defence before unleashing a fierce left-foot shot from the edge of the area which Thomas Sorensen cannot stop.

Villa will regret the goal in more ways than one - in the summer Milner's move to Villa Park broke down at the last minute when Newcastle halted it.

2005: More action at Stamford Bridge - at the other end this time as Benni McCarthy heads narrowly wide for Blackburn. Since I removed him from my fantasy league team, he hasn't stopped scoring....

2003: Cheerleaders, mascots and other non-playing personnel are off the pitch and the action has finally started at the Reebok.

2001: Things continue to happen at the same time in Manchester and Newcastle as the games there get under way within five seconds of each other.

2001: Brad Friedel stops Chelsea doubling their lead, as he superbly saves from Andriy Shevchenko following a Michael Ballack cross.

2000: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo is given the FifPro young player of the award trophy before kick-off against Watford.

2000: A great chance for Arsenal to take the lead for the first time in the tie as Paul Robinson blocks a shot from Denilson and Kolo Toure knocks the rebound past the grounded keeper, only to see the ball bounce agonisingly past the post.

1959: At last, the Bolton and Charlton players emerge - strangely to a firework display. Not quite sure what that was in aid of - unless they do that at every Bolton home game.

1957: Here come the teams in Manchester and Newcastle. The ritual hand-shaking with opponents and officials is taking place. However in Bolton the cheerleaders are still dominating proceedings.

1955: Still waiting for the players to emerge from the tunnels at the Reebok Stadium, Old Trafford and St James Park for the 2000 kick-offs.

However there is action at the Reebok, where the scantily clad cheerleaders are doing their best to rouse the Bolton fans who have arrived early. However it's having minimal success. It's a pretty miserable night in Lancashire.

1952: Senderos is allowed back on the pitch, allowing Gilberto to return to the Arsenal midfield after covering for the Frenchman at the back.

1951: Back at Arsenal, Philippe Senderos is off the pitch having a bandage strapped to his bald head by Gunners physio Gary Lewin.

1950: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn
Well that didn't take long - only five minutes in fact for Didier Drogba to hit his 23rd goal of the season and give Chelsea the lead. Put through by Frank Lampard, Drogba outpaces Stephane Henchoz and plants a low left-foot across Brad Friedel and into the far bottom corner from 12 yards.

1949: Jeremie Aliadiere has started wide on the left for Arsenal. Play has stopped while Philippe Senderos receives treatment to an early head injury.

1947: Across London the night's second match starts - this time it's the Carling Cup semi-final second leg between Arsenal and Tottenham, with the reward a place in the final against....Chelsea.

1945: The night's action gets under way at Chelsea.

1943: Manchester United bring back the big guns for their top-versus-bottom clash, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney returning along with Kieran Richardson, John O'Shea and Gabriel Heinze.

Watford start with Richard Lee in goal as Ben Foster in ineligible to play against United under the terms of his loan deal, while Malky MacKay is out with a calf problem.

1932: Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim is named on the bench despite renewed speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea. If he is to move to London then he only has four-and-a-half hours in which to do it.

Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce makes only one change to the side which drew with Arsenal on Saturday, with Henrik Pedersen coming in for ankle injury victim Kevin Davies.

Charlton manager Alan Pardew names an unchanged side but welcomes striker Kevin Lisbie back to the bench after 12 weeks out with a shoulder injury.

1926: Reports reach us that Aaron Lennon is not starting for Tottenham as he has been suffering with illness - so Martin Jol must be sure he is making a rapid recovery to name him among his substitutes.

1921: Newcastle welcome back Titus Bramble and Damien Duff from long-term injuries while Steven Taylor is back after a ban.

Aston Villa make three changes - giving debuts to John Carew and Ashley Young up front while Stilian Petrov returns after a hamstring injury.

1915: At the Emirates, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recalls Gilberto Silva and Emmanuel Adebayor, with Cesc Fabregas left on the bench for the Carling Cup semi-final, second leg.

Tottenham manager Martin Jol has sprung a major surprise by leaving Aaron Lennon on the bench. Hossam Ghaly starts in his place, with Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe up front.

1912: The first team news of the night and Chelsea captain John Terry is again missing from the line-up against Blackburn but midfielder Claude Makelele does return while Andriy Shevchenko starts in attack.

Blackburn go for an attacking look with forwards Benni McCarthy, Matt Derbyshire and Paul Gallagher starting.

1910: Evening all. With Charlie Henderson wrapped up in the madness of transfer deadline day, I have been called in off the bench to cover tonight's Premiership and Carling Cup action.

For those of you who want to know if your club has signed that much sought-after striker at the last minute, click on the link above. Or if you are following this on your mobile, go back to the football index and access the story from there.

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