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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 November 2007, 18:08 GMT
Sunday's football as it happened
PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
Birmingham 1-2 Aston Villa Bolton 0-0 Middlesbrough
Chelsea 1-1 Everton
Match report
Manchester United 2-0 Blackburn
Portsmouth 0-0 Manchester City
Match report
Tottenham 4-0 Wigan

FA CUP RESULTS
Gainsborough 0-6 Hartlepool

Forest Green 2-2 Rotherham
Torquay 4-1 Yeovil

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Phil Harlow

1804: Farewell all. Thanks for your company today, but that's all for now.

If you want to have your say on the action, then there are a few options. Either you can debate and argue to your heart's content on 606 or you can mark every player on display in our player rater feature.

On that note, Benjani may not have found the net against Manchester City but the striker is your top man in the player rater with 7.40 so far. He just edges out City's England star Micah Richards, who is on 7.39 so far.

1755: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Man City That's it for the day as the final whistle sounds at Fratton Park. Probably a fair result after an entertaining encounter.

1752: Two minutes of injury-time to play at Fratton Park. Portsmouth win a corner but it's a terrible effort that doesn't make it past the edge of the box. A waste.

1750: "I think the score will finish 0-0, these two teams have been very impressive this season, 0-0 is a fair result."
Sakaria2 on 606

1749: A great block from Micah Richards as he throws himself in front of Matt Taylor's shot about 20 yards from goal. We're down to the last three minutes of normal time.

1747: From a Man City corner, Micah Richards flings himself at the ball under severe pressure from Sylvain Distin and sees his header clear the crossbar.

1744: Pompey midfielder Matt Taylor links up nicely with Benjani, but his shot along the ground is a scruffy effort and is never in any serious danger of beating Joe Hart.

1742: Just 10 minutes to go at Fratton Park, in what has been a decent game to watch. Can anyone come up with a late winner?

1735: Another close shave for Man City as David Nugent's shot on the turn is only partially saved by Joe Hart. The loose ball is almost snapped up by Benjani, but the keeper just gets to it in time.

1733: Portsmouth hit the woodwork for the second time in the match as David Nugent's powerful drive deflects off Micah Richards and smacks off the post with Joe Hart well beaten.

1731: Man City have an optimistic penalty claim ignored by the referee after Sylvain Distin slips in the box. The ball does brush against his arm but it would have been an exceptionally harsh decision.

1728: Elano fires straight at David James after being put in by Martin Petrov. The ball just gets slightly caught in his feet, and he fails to get the necessary power behind the shot.

1725: A bit of reaction from Old Trafford as assistant boss Carlos Queiroz reflects on Sir Alex Ferguson entering his 22nd year as Utd manager.

"I think he is changing year after year - becoming better," Queiroz tells BBC Sport.

1723: I say that we can concentrate on the last match of the day, but of course there is the FA Cup second round draw to think of as well. Silly me.

Non-league Horsham get a home tie against Swansea, while Havant & Waterlooville will travel to Notts County and Harrogate Railway host Mansfield Town. Elsewhere, Torquay will be at home to either Cheltenham or Brighton, and Rushden & Diamonds are away to Leyton Orient or Bristol Rovers.

1720: Right then, we can all concentrate on just the one match now as two in-form sides in Manchester City and Portsmouth look to keep their momentum going.

1713: FULL-TIME Torquay 4-1 Yeovil
The game is over at Plainmoor and there are a few altercations between the two sets of players, but it is quickly calmed down in the middle of the pitch.

1711: A bad miss from Man City striker Darius Vassell as he somehow misses an open goal after a whipped low cross from Martin Petrov. Pretty inexplicable that one.

1709: GOAL Torquay 4-1 Yeovil
It's game over as Danny Stevens grabs his second of the game after drifting into the box and lifting it over the keeper.

"Que sera, sera" and "Can we play you every week?" are being sung with gusto now by the home fans.

1708: The action is back under way at Fratton Park in the final Premier League match of the day.

1703: Yeovil are giving it everything in the final few minutes, but the referee has waved away two decent penalty shouts.

1657: FULL-TIME Forest Green 2-2 Rotherham Still a very decent result for Forest Green, but they will be kicking themselves at letting a two-goal lead slip through their fingers.

1655: FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-0 Blackburn Man Utd go three points clear at the top of the table after a fairly routine win over Blackburn, although the debate over David Dunn's sending off is likely to continue.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 26 goals in 51 matches for club and country this calendar year - not a bad strike rate.

1653: FULL-TIME Tottenham 4-0 Wigan Spurs can reflect on a job well done as they move further away from the drop zone, but Wigan look in urgent need of a new manager to add some stability and leadership to a rudderless ship.

1652: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-0 Middlesbrough Not exactly a classic at the Reebok Stadium, and a point isn't a great deal of good for either of these struggling sides.

1651: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Man City The half-time whistle goes at Fratton Park. Pompey have gone a little quiet after their early pressure but the home side still look dangerous and Niko Kranjcar is unlucky to see his low shot fly wide after he gets past Vedran Corluka inside the area.

City have their best chance so far soon afterwards when Gelson Fernandes crosses for Martin Petrov but his first-time effort is straight at David James.

1647: GOAL Forest Green 2-2 Rotherham
Chris O'Grady scores the equaliser for Rotherham in the 84th minute.

1643: GOAL Torquay 3-1 Yeovil
Chris Todd scores again as Torquay edge further clear. He diverts Lee Mansell's shot into the net.

1640: Spurs are absolutely dominant and go close three times in quick succession, with Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland making some top-draw saves.

Didier Zakora, after a dainty run to the edge of the box, is denied his first ever Spurs goal as Kirkland tips the ball onto the post. From the resulting corner Dimitar Berbatov forces another great save from the keeper and Younes Kaboul lashes the rebound against the bar.

1636: Having been on the back foot for most of the match, Boro are starting to turn the tide with Jeremie Aliadiere having his shot blocked by Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

1633: Portsmouth continue to pour forward whenever they get the chance and they are getting closer to breaking the deadlock. Their latest effort sees Man City keeper Joe Hart produce a brilliant fingertip save to push Glen Johnson's powerful shot on to the bar.

1631: GOAL Tottenham 4-0 Wigan
A clinical finish from Spurs substitute Darren Bent who has only been on the pitch for five minutes. He is played in by Jermaine Jenas and holds off Andreas Granqvist before slotting a low shot into the bottom corner.

1629: Chelsea boss Avram Grant says he is not as keen on open, attractive football as you might think after Everton's late equaliser costs his side two points.

"We moved the ball very well played and created a lot of chances. People like this kind of football but what happened today is one of the reasons I don't because from nowhere they scored a goal!"

1628: Forest Green striker Stuart Fleetwood hits the post as he attempts to restore his side's two-goal lead and seal his own hat-trick.

1626: Jermaine Jenas thinks he has scored the first hat-trick of his professional career after getting on the end of Aaron Lennon's chipped pass, but it is correctly ruled out for offside.

Meanwhile, Robbie Keane gets a standing ovation as he makes way for Darren Bent.

1622: Joe Hart gets down well to save a strike from Pompey full-back Glen Johnson in an entertaining match at Fratton Park with both sides showing some nice touches.

1619: GOAL Forest Green 2-1 Rotherham
Rotherham's Stephen Brogan reduces the deficit at Forest Green with a 57th-minute penalty after a foul by Darren Jones on the same player.

1616: Everton boss David Moyes gives his reflections on their hard-fought 1-1 draw with Chelsea:

"We were never out of the game. We were gritty and determined. We always felt if we could hang in there we had people on the pitch who can score goals and that's what Tim Cahill does for us. James McFadden made a difference in the second half with Victor Anichebe. We had to change it, we were brave and got our rewards for it."

1614: RED CARD Things are going from bad to worse for Blackburn as midfielder David Dunn is sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Louis Saha, a decision which looks somewhat harsh.

The first booking - for a challenge on Carlos Tevez - was also pretty soft, and Rovers manager Mark Hughes is absolutely furious on the sidelines. I have a funny feeling he might be talking about that in his post-match interviews.

1610: PLAYER RATER Unsurprisingly, Tim Cahill's late intervention earns you his vote as the best player on the rater (7.75), while Frank Lampard is the best Blue on 7.39.

1607: GOAL Torquay 2-1 Yeovil
Two in a minute. A terrible mistake by Craig Alcock puts Yeovil in all sorts of trouble and Danny Stevens pounces to score.

1606: GOAL Torquay 1-1 Yeovil
Torquay are level as Kevin Nicholson's corner is headed in by Chris Todd.

1605: The action is under way at Fratton Park and Man City keeper Joe Hart keeps out a Kanu effort, before Sean Davis fires another strike over the bar.

1556: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Everton Everton gain a highly valuable point, and keep their unbeaten run going thanks to Tim Cahill's superb strike. Definitely worth catching on the highlights later if you can.

1555: FULL-TIME Gainsborough 0-6 Hartlepool
Gainsborough will be glad to get off the pitch after a good old-fashioned hiding from Hartlepool.

1551: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Everton
A brilliant overhead kick from Everton midfielder Tim Cahill looks to have rescued a point for his side.

He challenges Juliano Belletti in the box and the Chelsea defender hesitates with the ball in the air, allowing the athletic Cahill to fire an unstoppable overhead strike past Carlo Cudicini.

1549: GOAL Forest Green 2-0 Rotherham Stuart Fleetwood grabs his second of the match and a shock is very much on the cards. He rounds the keeper and slots into an empty net.

1549: It remains goalless at the Reebok Stadium with chances few and far between but plenty of booking. Four players have been carded, while the best goal opportunity was Gary Speed's free-kick whistling just wide of the right post.

1548: It should have been Jenas's hat-trick at the Lane. A wonderful exchange on Tottenham's right ends with Berbatov flicking to the midfielder, who storms into the box and rounds last man Paul Scharner but he can only clip his effort into the side netting with just the keeper to beat.

"Jenas. It's like watching Pele."
Spooky via text

1547: TEAM NEWS Kanu replaces the suspended Papa Bouba Diop in Portsmouth's only change from last week's 4-1 win at Newcastle. England defender Micah Richards returns for Manchester City after his knee injury, while Gelson Fernandes makes his first league start in midfield and Darius Vassell replaces Emile Mpenza up front.

1544: GOAL Gainsborough 0-6 Hartlepool
Having set up the last goal, Joel Porter's left-footed strike keeps the rout going.

1542: GOAL Torquay 0-1 Yeovil
Yeovil score against the run of play. Keeper Martin Rice parries Scott Guyet's header and Marcus Stewart fires home the rebound.

1538: GOAL Gainsborough 0-5 Hartlepool
James Brown gets up to head in Joel Porter's cross from the right wing.

1537: GOAL Man Utd 2-0 Blackburn
Having used his head to put Man Utd in front, Cristiano Ronaldo's next goal comes from those twinkle toes of his.

Carlos Tevez creates the goal, crossing from the left wing with the outside of his right foot to cut out the Blackburn defence and Ronaldo sidefoots the ball past Brad Friedel. That is goal number six for him in the Premier League this season.

1536: Man Utd 1-0 Blackburn
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has had a quiet game so far, puts Man Utd ahead with a header.

Ryan Giggs swings across the ball from a corner and Ronaldo powers a header home with David Bentley unable to stop the ball crossing the line.

1535: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 Wigan
Tottenham are rampant at White Hart Lane. Dimitar Berbatov lays the ball back from Paul Robinson's long punt and Aaron Lennon takes a touch before lashing into the far corner from 25 yards.

1534: GOAL Forest Green 1-0 Rotherham Stuart Fleetwood scores from close range with a well-taken goal.

1533: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Everton
A powerful header from Didier Drogba breaks the deadlock at Stamford Bridge. He gets ahead of his marker to nod in at the near post with 20 minutes to go.

1530: Yeovil defender Scott Guyett hurts his shoulder after falling awkwardly, but is playing on.

1529: Two chances in the space of 30 seconds for Chelsea. Frank Lampard's curling long-range effort is tipped over by Tim Howard and from the resulting corner, Howard punches the ball to Alex, whose shot is cleared off the line by Tony Hibbert.

1528: GOAL Gainsborough 0-4 Hartlepool Ian Moore scores from inside the box after another Jamie McCunnie assist.

A few moments later, Everton are incensed by a nasty tackle from Michael Essien on Leon Osman that leaves the Everton man in a heap. David Moyes is not impressed with the challenge, to put it mildly.

1527: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Wigan
Jermaine Jenas grabs his second of the match as Spurs rip Wigan's defence apart again with a lovely pass from Dimitar Berbatov releasing the midfielder.

He rounds Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland and then keeps his cool to roll it in at the near post. Manager Juande Ramos looks on totally impassively from the sidelines.

1525: David Bentley whacks a Cristiano Ronaldo effort off the line after the Manchester United star makes contact on the half-volley from Ryan Giggs's corner.

1524: Bolton miss the chance to go ahead against Boro after Gary Speed's sublime free-kick just glides outside the top right-hand corner of the Boro net. This bottom-five clash remains goalless as both sides desperately chase an elusive win.

1522: Christopher Samba is inches away from giving Blackburn the lead at Old Trafford as his effort from 25 yards thumps against the post with Edwin van der Sar well beaten.

Samba's shot follows a controversial tackle from David Dunn on Cristiano Ronaldo, which went unpunished.

1520: The Torquay v Yeovil FA Cup game kicks off at Plainmoor.

1514: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Wigan
Robbie Keane makes a monkey of Wigan defender Andreas Granqvist as he beats him twice down the byline before his low ball into the six-yard box is bundled in by Jermaine Jenas.

No more than Spurs deserve, with the home team playing virtually all the football so far.

1512: GOAL Gainsborough 0-3 Hartlepool
It's game over in this FA Cup first-round tie as Gary Liddle nods home Jamie McCunnie's free-kick.

1509: Excellent diving save from Brad Friedel as he pushes a dipping shot from Carlos Tevez wide of the post with Ryan Giggs poised to pounce on any rebound.

1506: This may well be a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but there is a very amusing typo on the back of David Bentley's shirt at Old Trafford.

He's changed his name to BETNLEY, apparently.

1504: PLAYER RATER At Stamford Bridge, Didier Drogba, who missed a glorious chance just before the break, is leading the way for Chelsea in the player rater with 7.63, while Tim Cahill, is Everton's star man according to you with 8.06. Player rater

1501: TEAM NEWS In the last FA Cup match of the day, Yeovil's Matthew Rose misses out with ankle problem while Torquay skipper Steve Woods fails a late fitness test

1459: "Gabriel Agbonlahor has been a great player both for Villa and England Under 21s and should really be called up to the full England XI sometime very soon because he is a talented attacking player."
Scubar2k8 on 606

1453: FULL-TIME Birmingham 1-2 Aston Villa The final whistle goes and Villa boss Martin O'Neill's 50th match in charge of the club ends in a derby win.

1452: TEAM NEWS Forest Green's John Hardiker and Les Afful replace Mark Preece and Jonathan Smith in their FA Cup clash against an unchanged Rotherham.

1451: HALF-TIME The half-time whistle goes at Stamford Bridge with the game goalless, although how Didier Drogba and Steven Pienaar missed their respective chances is a mystery.

1449: Didiier Drogba helps out Steven Pienaar by missing an even easier chance. He is all alone inside the six-yard box as Shaun Wright-Phillips cuts the ball back to him, but the prolific striker loses his balance and totally misses the ball.

1446: GOAL Birmingham 1-2 Aston Villa
Moments after keeping his side in the match with a goal-line clearance, Gabriel Agbonlahor gets his head to Ashley Young's cross to nod Villa into the lead.

Agbonlahor beats Liam Ridgewell to the ball and gets his header on target, but Maik Taylor will be wondering how the ball got past him on the floor.

1443: A brilliant goal-line stop from Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor denies Liam Ridgewell again. Ridgewell leaps high into the air to win the header at a corner and his effort looks to be creeping in just inside the post before Agbonlahor stretches out a boot to deflect it wide.

1441: There's no mucking about in the Midlands derby as both teams go all out in the last 10 minutes for a winner.

A good overlapping run from Rafael Schmitz is followed by a tempting cross towards Mikael Forssell, but Villa's defenders just get to it in time.

1437: TEAM NEWS Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and midfielder Ivan Campo return to Bolton's starting line-up as Gary Megson makes four changes from Thursday's epic 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich. Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate makes just one change from last week's draw with Tottenham as midfielder George Boateng returns to the starting XI but defender Jonathan Woodgate and striker Mido remain sidelined.

1435: Birmingham's Liam Ridgewell gets on the end of an inswinging corner, but his header is off target. Shame, as I was just about to get the "scoring at both ends" clichés out of hibernation.

1433: TEAM NEWS Six changes for Man Utd as key men like Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Ryan Giggs return. With Wayne Rooney out for a month Louis Saha partners Carlos Tevez in attack.

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes sticks with the same 11 players who performed so well in the goalless draw with Liverpool. Can Hughes, who was named manager of the month, get one over his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson?

1431: Chelsea have the chance to take the lead against Everton but a top-class reaction save from Tim Howard knocks a goal-bound effort from Frank Lampard wide of the post. Tremendous stuff.

1429: A bad mistake from Nigel Reo-Coker as he gets his technique all wrong to volley miles over from close range, after Luke Moore's bicycle kick keeps the ball alive in the Birmingham box.

1427: GOAL Gainsborough 0-2 Hartlepool
Hartlepool's Richard Barker grabs his second of the game as he heads home Jamie McCunnie's cross.

1426: Birmingham's Cameron Jerome draws a fine save from Scott Carson as he cuts inside before unleashing a powerful shot which the keeper does well to turn away.

1424: TEAM NEWS Tottenham manager Juande Ramos makes just one change to the side that beat Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Uefa Cup on Thursday, bringing Younes Kaboul back into the side in place of Paul Stalteri, meaning Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe lose out to Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane up front again.

Wigan caretaker boss Frank Barlow makes three changes to the side that lost to Chelsea last week, Ryan Taylor, Josip Skoko and David Cotterill all drafted into the starting XI.

1420: GOAL Birmingham 1-1 Aston Villa
It had been coming, to be fair. Birmingham equalise through substitute Mikael Forssell as he fires a header past Scott Carson from inside the six-yard box after getting on the end of Daniel de Ridder's accurate cross.

To say Villa's defenders gave him a bit too much room would be more than generous to Martin Laursen and co.

1418: Birmingham have a bit more of a cutting edge in this half, with Mikael Forssell going close twice in quick succession. The game is opening up at the moment.

1416: Steven Pienaar wastes a great chance for Everton against Chelsea as he completely misses his kick inside the six-yard box after a fantastic header into his path from Leon Osman. He will probably want to give Match of the Day a miss.

1411: Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is down for a fair old time after a tangle with Steven Pienaar. He eventually gets to his feet and gets on with the match.

1410: GOAL Gainsborough 0-1 Hartlepool
Richard Barker puts his side ahead from 12 yards in the FA Cup first-round tie after good work from Michael Mackay.

1409: The third yellow card of the match at St Andrews comes out of Steve Bennett's magic pocket as Fabrice Muamba slides in late on Stiliyan Petrov.

1404: An encouraging start for Birmingham as Cameron Jerome holds the ball up and then turns past Martin Laursen. He gets a shot away, but a great sliding challenge from Zat Knight deflects the ball out for a corner.

1401: Everton kick off to get their Premier League clash with Chelsea under way at Stamford Bridge. At St Andrews, Birmingham striker Mikael Forssell comes on for Wilson Palacios.

1357: Just going back to our FA Cup cliché discussion of earlier, here's another offer:

"It's got to be 'He's putting himself in the shop window with that performance'. How big is that shop window!?"
Tim, bored in work, Cardiff on 606

1348: HALF-TIME Birmingham 0-1 Aston Villa The half-time whistle blows at St Andrews and everybody goes in for a nice cuppa. Villa have been just about worth their lead, but Birmingham have had enough chances to be on the scoresheet themselves.

1345: Three chances in the space of a minute. Birmingham break free but Cameron Jerome rolls a ball across the middle to no-one in particular. At the other end, Gabriel Abonlahor is clear in the box but Maik Taylor saves his near-post effort. And then at the Birmingham end again, Jerome fires well over the bar.

1343: TEAM NEWS The first FA Cup tie of the day sees Gainsborough take on Hartlepool. Gainsborough midfielder Lewis McMahan plays after passing a late fitness test and skipper Danny Wood is also included after shaking off a hamstring strain. Hartlepool, meanwhile, are without the suspended Willie Boland.

1340: Some enjoyable slapstick humour at St Andrews as Ashley Young powers in a free-kick but hits his team-mate Gareth Barry, knocking him off his feet. The home fans certainly liked that one.

1336: A bit of a mix-up in the Blues defence as two defenders clamber all over each other to win the header, succeeding only in knocking it down into John Carew's path. The Villa striker lets fly, but he gets underneath his shot.

At the other end Daniel de Ridder puts another decent cross into the box, but Olivier Kapo - running in at the front post, does not read it at all, and just watches it bounce into Scott Carson's hands.

1330: Steve Bennett makes a big call as he books Daniel de Ridder for a dive in the box.

De Ridder cuts in from the right and Martin Laursen dives in a little rashly, but the Villa defender misses both the ball and the player. Bennett has no hesitation in bringing the yellow card out of his pocket, and replays suggest he was right.

1328: TEAM NEWS The next stop on the Premier League train is Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea taking on Everton.

Chelsea make three changes to the team which drew with Schalke in the Champions League. Carlo Cudicini starts in place of the injured Petr Cech in goal, while Shaun Wright-Philips and Jon Mikel Obi come in for Claude Makelele and Florent Malouda in midfield.

Tony Hibbert replaces injured midfielder Mikel Arteta in Everton's only change to the team which won at Nuremburg in the Uefa Cup.

1326: Birmingham have regained some composure now, and they fashion a decent opening after a skilful run from Cameron Jerome through midfield. He releases Daniel de Ridder on the right, but his curling cross is a fraction too close to Villa keeper Scott Carson.

1321: Johan Djourou really does not look happy. He's down on his haunches and needs more treatment from the physio.

1318: It's all Villa at the moment, with Maik Taylor making a sharp save from John Carew as the striker, after being played in by Gareth Barry, tries his luck from a tight angle.

1315: Ashley Young is getting a fair bit of joy down the left flank early on, and his low cross into the box is put narrowly wide by John Carew.

We get the first yellow card of the match some 15 minutes in as Villa skipper Gareth Barry comes in late on Johan Djourou. The Blues player is still down, and in some pain.

1310: GOAL Birmingham 0-1 Aston Villa
Dear, oh dear. A horrible moment for Blues captain Liam Ridgewell as he scores an own goal to put his former club into an early lead.

The ball comes in from the right from Stiliyan Petrov and Ridgewell, rather awkwardly, just sticks out a knee. The ball flies off into the corner of the goal with Maik Taylor rooted to the spot.

Villa fans are singing "there's only one Liam Ridgewell". Not what he wants to hear.

1307: It's harum-scarum stuff with players getting roughly 0.005 seconds on the ball.

1305: There's the slightest hint of a penalty for Birmingham as Cameron Jerome cuts into the box. The ball strikes Zat Knight somewhere on the upper body, but the penalty claims are half-hearted at best.

1302: Birmingham kick off and we're under way at St Andrews. The first free-kick is just 10 seconds into the game, and we could well be in for a feisty encounter. Just a hunch.

1301: Last bit of music before kick-off is Tragedy by Steps. Surely the players don't want that running round their heads for 90 minutes, I know I don't.

1257: The normal pre-match handshakes are out of the way, the teams are announced and we're a couple of minutes away.

It's fair to say that the announcement of the Villa side does not get a great reception from the home fans.

1256: We're very nearly there, as the players bounce up and down in the tunnel. The atmosphere is electric in Birmingham.

1249: St Andrews is really filling up and the pre-match rabble rousing from the stadium announcer is gathering pace.

They've even wheeled out Rocking All Over The World by the Quo, and you only do that when you really mean business.

1234: The players are out at St Andrew's, accompanied by the dulcet tones of the Hoosiers and Wombats... I swear Gareth Barry is doing a cheeky jig mid-warm-up. The news is that the two teams will be led out by members of the armed forces in tribute to Remembrance Sunday. Good stuff.

"'They're really holding their own against the big boys' is my personal favourite."
Dowrick, Brighton via text

"Cup cliché? There's always a postman playing for someone somewhere who hopes to deliver on the day."
Graham Yapp via text

1223: Another FA Cup cliché from sauceball1703 on 606: "It always amuses me whenever a game is short on quality, goalless and tackles flying in everywhere, it's always described as 'a proper cup tie'."

1220: It's not just about the Premier League today. Here's the inside track on Forest Green's FA Cup clash with Rotherham: "Fleetwood and Beesley can give Rotherham more than just a scare in today's game. Forest Green are having an amazing season on those resources."
Jimmy, Tamworth via text

1215: TEAM NEWS Just in from St Andrews. There's one change for each side, with Villa striker John Carew coming straight back into the side for Luke Moore after missing six games with a knee ligament injury. And Wilson Palacios comes into the Birmingham side in place of Sebastian Larsson.

1210: OK, here we go with our favourite FA Cup cliché watch. Here's Chambo's effort: "Torquay will be hoping for a victory that will hopefully land them against a top-flight team and create a 'potential money spinner'.

That's a good start.

1201: "Favourite pre-match meal? (see 1142) Cheese burger in front of the stadium without drinks." KC via text

1150: Anyone heading down to Forest Green, Gainsborough or Torquay for the FA Cup games today? Can you enlighten us about matches which, if we're being honest, most of us know very little about? Is "the magic of the Cup" still alive and well? Are any of these games "potential banana skins"? Incidentally, "potential banana skin" is probably my favourite FA Cup cliché, never fails to raise a smile. Can anybody beat that one?

1145: "I never risk eating anything before the derby, I can't take it! Feel I should make some joke about the Blues eating humble pie.... Come on you Villa boys!"
Jamie, via text

1142: Given that Sean (1128) is struggling with his pre-match cheese baguette, what is your favourite pre-match meal? We're talking fans rather than footballers here, really. That was always one of my favourite questions when I was reading Shoot! as a nipper. I seem to remember in the pre-Wenger-esque scientific approach days, it was invariably something like steak and chips rather than the wholemeal pasta and energy drinks of now.

1140: "Good luck to all non-league sides in the draw today, there's no better example of footballing passion than a great day out to see your local side against some of the worlds finest...if they play that is!"
anon, via text

1128: We're kicking off with a cheeky little local derby between Birmingham and Aston Villa at St Andrews, and it's already causing digestive problems in the Midlands.

"Just cooked a baguette with cheese but only had two bites. Too nervous to eat. C'mon you Blues!"
Sean, Birmingham via text

1115: Before we get going on the proper chat of the day, a reminder that the likes of Barrow, Chasetown and Harrogate Railway will be in this afternoon's FA Cup second-round draw, which you can watch live on BBC One, listen to on BBC Radio 5 Live, or monitor on the BBC website and Ceefax at 1715 GMT.

1105: Morning people! Another monster day of Premier League and FA Cup beckons and I'll be here to talk you through the biggest and the best of the action.

Barclays Premier League Table
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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FA Cup second round draw
11 Nov 07 |  FA Cup


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