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Saturday football as it happened

Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea
Man Utd 0-1 Portsmouth

Blackburn 1-1 Fulham

Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle
Reading 2-0 Man City


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By Caroline Cheese

1937: I can only echo the words of the_49ers on 606 who simply says: "What a day." Manchester United and Chelsea - last season's finalists - are dumped out on the same day. Highlights are on BBC1 at 2220 GMT on Match of the Day. Do not miss it. See you tomorrow when Bristol Rovers and Cardiff will look to make it a quartet of Cupsets... I'm excited already.

1933: I don't really need to tell you who the Player of the Day is do I? Barnsley hero Kayode Odejayi - a man who hadn't scored since September and was booed by his own fans late last year - takes the honours after his header sends the defending champions out.

1932: There goes the champagne in the Barnsley dressing-room. Absolutely incredible scenes.

1931: "I'm over the moon, I can't believe it. After knocking out Liverpool, everyone thought we couldn't do it again - I believed from the start we could. I've never been to Wembley and I can't wait."
Barnsley boss Simon Davey

1927: So Barnsley are through to the semi-finals for the first time since they won the Cup in 1912. Only two Premier League clubs remain - and none of the 'Big Four'. The Barnsley players are being carried off the pitch by some very, very happy fans.

1926: "Unbelievable. It hasn't sunk in. They're the defending champions and we've turned them over.
Barnsley skipper Brian Howard

1923: FULL-TIME Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea
I can hardly believe it. Football eh? On the same day that Manchester United are sent out of the Cup, Championship Barnsley stun Chelsea thanks to a goal by Kayode Odejayi.

1922: Supporters are spilling onto the pitch with the match still going on.

1921: Into three minutes of injury time...

1920: Ricardo Carvalho clatters into Brian Howard and gets a yellow card. This is thrilling stuff.

1918: Remarkable. Michael Ballack's shot is blocked but the ball comes out to John Terry in space. The defender balloons the ball over the bar - to the biggest cheer of the day from the Barnsley fans.

1915: Claudio Pizarro turns and is about to pull the trigger in the penalty area before a defender throws himself in the way. Desperate - but effective - defending by Barnsley. Three minutes plus injury time remaining.

1911: Hearts in mouths time for Barnsley fans as Joe Cole is sent tumbling by Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Referee Steve Bennett says it's inches outside the area and Michael Ballack can't get his kick through a crowd of players.

1910: "Just ordered my BRAND NEW Barnsley kit!"
We_Are_The_Busby_Babes on 606

1908: Barnsley bring off Kayode Odejayi, to be replaced by Michael Coulson. Striker for a striker.

1905: Shaun Wright-Phillips picks up Joe Cole's pass and turns in the box but seems to be a bit disorientated and shoots well wide.

1903: Chelsea swap a defender for a striker as Claudio Pizarro replaces Juliano Belletti. Three at the back for Avram Grant's side.

1901: Chelsea have less than 20 minutes to salvage a replay. I never thought I'd type that. They have not been knocked out of the FA Cup by a lower league side since 1995.

1859: The crowd is going absolutely berserk at Oakwell. They are starting to dream of a first FA Cup semi-final since 1912. This has been an incredible day in the FA Cup - even by this season's standards.

1857: Joe Cole throws all his toys out of the pram as he is flagged offside. To be fair, the linesman failed to spot the Barnsley defender on the line.

1855: GOAL Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea
Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. Martin Devaney crosses and Carlo Cudicini gets absolutely nowhere near it, leaving Kayode Odejayi to head in his first goal since September.

1854: Shaun Wright-Phillips is looking very dazed after taking a Rob Kozluk clearance full in the face.

1851: Rob Kozluk picks up a foot injury as he collides with Juliano Belletti. As he receives treatment, Florent Malouda - who I hadn't actually realised was playing until just then - is replaced by Salomon Kalou.

1848: Joe Cole - again - slides the ball across the six-yard box but it's just behind Nicolas Anelka.

1847: "Barnsley have played extremely well and made Chelsea hurry the whole time."
BBC Sport summariser Mark Lawrenson

1846: Well, it's all Chelsea now but Barnsley are holding out. Joe Cole crosses to the far post where John Terry's header sets up Nicolas Anelka but his shot is deflected wide.

1844: Huge cheers from the Barnsley fans as Joe Cole gives the ball to Nicolas Anelka - but the Chelsea striker is offside. He's not having the best of days, Le Sulk.

1842: Rob Kozluk gets a yellow card for a poor challenge on Joe Cole. It gives Chelsea a free-kick on the right but Barnsley cope easily.

1837: Chance for Chelsea. Shaun Wright-Phillips slips the ball through for Nicolas Anelka, who finds Joe Cole - but the ball bobbles at the last moment and the midfielder shoots wide.

1834: Under way in the second half at Oakwell.

1831: "Unfortunately, that wasn't the only unbelievable miss from that game. If we can't score from those chances, we don't deserve to win. As simple as."
U7400594 on 606

1828: Just watching highlights of Portsmouth's win over Manchester United earlier. Seems like ages ago now. I still can't believe Michael Carrick didn't score (see 1417).

1823: Some odd voting on the interactive Player Rater - but it's you people who make the decisions, not me. Chelsea's Joe Cole leads the way on a whopping 7.41. Barnsley's Kayode Odejayi is his nearest challenger on 7.08. Still plenty of time for all that to change.

1818: HALF-TIME Barnsley 0-0 Chelsea
Not a second over the 45 minutes from the referee. Barnsley can count themselves a touch unlucky they're not ahead.

1816: "Chelsea seem to be playing 2-7-1 at the moment... Innovation is an admirable trait but not quite the right choice in the present circumstances..."
boringoldblue on 606

1815: "You know what's going to happen don't you? Barnsley are going to have a hat-full of chances, maybe even a penalty, but Chelsea will nick it in injury time as usual, Joe Cole me thinks."
Reál_Giant_Terrier (Dungworth OUT) on 606

1810: Barnsley should be ahead. A long free-kick comes over and evades Ricardo Carvalho. Istvan Ferenczi controls but sees his shot hit the outside of the post. Seconds later Kayode Odejayi bursts down the right channel but he waits too long to shoot and in the end the angle is too tight.

1808: "Are you Wednesday in disguise?" sing the Barnsley fans.

1807: I never thought I'd see the day... Avram Grant is out of his seat having a little go at the fourth official about a tackle on Michael Essien, when suddenly he smiles. Actually, no. Scrap that. He laughed. Amazing.

1804: Joe Cole keeps getting the ball just outside the area. He hasn't been able to make it tell yet - but Barnsley need to get closer on him. Look, there's former cricket umpire and celebrity Barnsley fan Dickie Bird in the crowd.

1756: Michael Essien gets a stern talking-to for a late tackle on Barnsley skipper Brian Howard. The Chelsea midfielder must be close to a yellow now.

1754: A horrible moment for Chelsea fans. The ball rebounds off John Terry towards Carlo Cudicini - but the keeper thinks it's a back-pass and goes to kick it. Kayode Odejai closes quickly and blocks but the ball goes wide.

1753: A shooting chance for Nicolas Anelka but he gets it all wrong. An attempted lob dribbles into keeper Luke Steele's hands.

1751: "Wow. Barnsley are playing really well. Fighting like lions. And they haven't even had to use their super-keeper yet."
U8578980 on 606

1750: Michael Essien has a go at bringing down Kayode Odejayi this time - and he too succeeds in giving away a free-kick. Chelsea clear. Essien limping a bit now.

1747: It's all Barnsley. Well kind of. Clever play from Kayode Odejayi, drawing the foul from Ricardo Carvalho, but Chelsea clear the free-kick.

1743: Jamal Campbell-Ryce suddenly bursts clear for Barnsley but the Chelsea defence recover and force him to check back.

1742: Joe Cole blazes a shot over, prompting the predictable cry of "Who are ya?" from the home fans.

1734: An early chance for Barnsley. Brian Howard - once of Chelsea - turns one way then the other in the area but is not qute quick enough to get his shot away.

1732: Steve Bennett - who will referee the Cup final - gets the game under way after the crowd observe a minute's silence in memory of Sheffield legend Derek Dooley, who died earlier this week.

1729: Out come the teams at a rainy Oakwell. Toby Tyke is doing a good job of whipping the home fans into a frenzy. This surely can't live up to today's earlier quarter-final can it?

1725: "We're looking forward to it. This is what we've been waiting for. The Cup run's put us back on the map. The club was in the Premiership 10 years ago and I think we've been a bit forgotten about the last few years."
Barnsley boss Simon Davey

1718: "Do I watch Chelsea v Barnsley or Ronnie Barker's seminal work in Porridge?"
redandblackT1899 on 606

Do you really want me to answer that?

1710: Blimey, there's been a Calcutta Cupset. Scotland beat England 15-9. Apparently it was a terrible game. Like all rugby then.

1707: Back to the magic of the FA Cup after that Premier League interlude. Did you know the three teams left in the FA Cup who wear red shirts were drawn at home to the three remaining teams who wear blue shirts? Thought not.

1703: TEAM NEWS Barnsley v Chelsea
Barnsley's Jon Macken and Lewis Nytanga are Cup-tied while Sam Togwell misses out. Istvan Ferenczi, Rob Kozluk and Martin Devaney come into the Tykes line-up. Chelsea boss Avram Grant opts for Nicolas Anelka up front while Michael Essien comes in for the injured Frank Lampard. Juliano Belletti and Wayne Bridge return to fill the full-back positions.

1656: Fulham's late equaliser at Blackburn means they are six points from safety. Newcastle are now 14th and only three points above the drop zone. The Magpies' goal difference is worse than any other team. Except Derby obviously.

1654: FULL-TIME Reading 2-0 Man City
Reading leap five places to 13th with a fine victory over out-of-form City.

1652: FULL-TIME Blackburn 1-1 Fulham
Jimmy Bullard's brilliant free-kick earns Fulham a point.

1652: FULL-TIME Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle
A freak goal from Jermaine Pennant ruins some good early work from Newcastle. Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard add the gloss as the Magpies fall apart. Again.

1648: GOAL Reading 2-0 Man City
Dave Kitson picks up the ball wide on the right, drives into the box, ignores the attentions of two City defenders and sticks a low shot into the corner.

1646: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Fulham
Brilliant. Jimmy Bullard curls a free-kick over the wall and in. A deserved equaliser for Fulham.

1642: Jason Roberts spurns a good chance to wrap up the points for Blackburn, as Kasey Keller smothers his shot.

1639: As it stands, Bolton will drop into the relegation zone, with Reading climbing to 13th - one place above Newcastle. Fulham will be seven points from safety.

1638: "Fulham are looking for an equaliser. They've been desperately unlucky. If Fulham can get something out of this - it will give them back the confidence they need."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks

1634: "Martins has to start, I don't understand why he doesn't. Has already looked our best player."
nufc_mcstueyb on 606

1631: No hat-trick from Fernando Torres today. He's off, replaced by Peter Crouch.

1629: Obafemi Martins - on as a sub - turns and shoots from fully 40 yards but his effort cannons back off the bar.

1628: We're just seeing replays of the Blackburn goal - which show goalscorer Morten Gamst Pederson pushing defender Paul Stalteri to the ground as the cross comes over.

1625: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard earns a rest after scoring one and making another. He is replaced by Dirk Kuyt.

1623: GOAL Reading 1-0 Man City
Shane Long flicks on Marcus Hahnemann's long kick to Kevin Doyle, who beats two City defenders and gets to the byeline. He crosses for Long - who has continued his run - to sidefoot home.

1621: Kevin Doyle's shot is deflected into the side netting while Andre Bikey hits the bar as Reading press. If the Royals win, they will go level on points with Newcastle.

1617: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Fulham
It's a thriller now. Jason Roberts' precise cross is met by a thumping header from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

1617: Ooh, excitement at Ewood Park. Fulham striker Eddie Johnson shaves the outside of the post with a swerving effort.

1616: It's nearly 4-0 at Anfield as Liverpool slice open the Newcastle defence for what seems like the zillionth time today. Approximately. Steve Harper saves from Steven Gerrard.

1615: Blackburn boss Mark Hughes makes his first change, with Matt Derbyshire replacing Benni McCarthy.

1614: Reading between the lines, I'm not sure Sir Alex Ferguson is too happy with referee Martin Atkinson's failure to award his side a penalty for a push on Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half. "It's absolutely ridiculous," he says. "I cannot explain it. I just cannot explain that decision. Managers get sacked on the basis of things like that. And he's going to referee a game next week? It's ridiculous. There is no answer."

1613: "Kevin wants to try and attack, but they're a poor team defensively. The confidence is drained out of them. They haven't got a team that is constructively defensive. It's not just the odd goal that they're losing to."
BBC' Score's Gavin Peacock

1610: GOAL Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle
Fernando Torres turns provider, slipping the ball through for Steven Gerrard to lift the ball over Steve Harper.

1606: Bit tardy at the Madejski but we're under away in the second half everywhere.

1559: "Keegan has completely turned Newcastle around. Under Allardyce they were mid-table fodder, now they look relegation certainties."
Kearno1983 on 606


1550: Incidentally Glen Johnson is edging the man of the match vote in the Manchester United v Portsmouth Player Rater. He had an outstanding game - along with the entire Portsmouth defence.

1550: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Fulham
Nothing to report.

1549: HALF-TIME Reading 0-0 Man City
Manchester City still seething about Uriah Rennie's view of that penalty shout.

1549: HALF-TIME Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
It was all going so well for Newcastle until a freak goal from Jermaine Pennant - and then the Magpies go an concede another one from goal machine Fernando Torres before half-time.

1547: Manchester City have what looked like a surefire penalty kick when Ivar Ingimarsson catches Michael Johnson in the box but referee Uriah Rennie books the City midfielder instead.

1546: GOAL Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
Steven Gerrard's volleyed pass finds Fernando Torres just onside and you know the rest. The Spaniard scored his 25th goal of the season.

1544: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle
It never rains but it pours. The Liverpool move looks to have broken down as Jose Enrique prepares to clear - but his kick comes off Jermaine Pennant, looping over Steve Harper and into the goal. A freak goal.

1543: Steven Gerrard goes over rather easily in the box. No penalty.

1541: Reading's Marek Matejovsky has a shot through a crowd of players. Joe Hart sees it late but scrambles it away at the last moment.

1535: The crowd at Ewood Park is so quiet you can hear the coaching staff shouting from the sidelines. It's no classic.

1533: The Manchester City reshuffle leaves left-back Michael Ball and right-back Vedran Corluka in central defence. Substitute Sun Jihai is at right-back.

1530: Stephen Hunt's challenge leaves Richard Dunne with a nasty wound on his leg. Claret everywhere. The Manchester City captain is stretchered off - leaving Sven-Goran Eriksson's side without a regular centre-back on the pitch.

1529: Is there anywhere in the country it is not raining? It's belting down at all three Premier League games.

1527: Newcastle have a free-kick in a good position out wide. Charles N'Zogbia puts it straight into the crowd, prompting a shake of the head from King Kev and some choice words from several thousand Newcastle fans.

1525: Manchester City should be ahead. Vedran Corluka gets on the end of Elano's free-kick - but from about two yards out, he volleys over.

1521: Half a chance for Reading. Stephen Hunt gets on the end of a deep cross from John Oster but his looping header is saved by Joe Hart.

1519: Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz is not happy. Some choice post-match comments, which include: "Today luck played a part supporting Portsmouth - on a normal day probably we would have won this three or four", "The referee's a disgrace, he didn't do a job". "We did a job, Portsmouth did a job, the referee didn't do a job." Will Sir Alex Ferguson strike a more moderate tone?

1516: More slick build-up play from Liverpool but Fernando Torres can't quite get on the end of Yossi Benayoun's cross.

1515: It's a cagey start at Reading, while I am told it's scrappy at Ewood Park. Not a great advert for the Prem then.

1513: "Just left Old Trafford, still can't understand why the ref sent off Kuszczak when there were clearly two men behind him! We should have killed it before then though anyway. Where was our penalty, eh?"
Sarah, Exchange Quay tram stop, via text on 81111

1512: Fernando Torres's shot is beaten away by Newcastle keeper Steve Harper. The Spanish striker is looking for his 25th goal of the season.

1510: Chance for Newcastle as Abdoulaye Faye flicks on a corner but Pepe Reina punches clear.

1507: Not that Owen has seen a lot of the ball so far. It is all Liverpool at the moment.

1504: Michael Owen appears to be playing in a three-man attack for Newcastle, with Damien Duff and James Milner on the wings. Alan Smith - whose last league goal was on 19 November 2005 for Manchester United against Charlton - is in midfield.

1501: Today's three Premier League games are under way.

1455: "Wooooooooooooooooo!"
Ben, Bristol, Pompey fan if you hadn't guessed ;)

1454: A Bristol Rovers fan sitting not too far away from here points out that the Pirates have stayed in the Cup longer than Manchester United.

1452: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Fulham
Blackburn makes one change, with Tugay coming in for Brett Emerton. Fulham make two changes, with goalkeeper Kasey Keller replacing Antti Niemi, and Leon Andreasen taking the place of Brian McBride.

1451: TEAM NEWS Reading v Man City
Reading boss Steve Coppell names the same team that beat Middlesbrough last week. Manchester City bring in Javier Garrido at right-back for his first start since December and Vedran Corluka switches to centre-back alongside Richard Dunne.

1451: "This was fantastic. You always have to ride your luck when you come here. They're different class, but we worked and we deserved our luck. The back four was magnificent, the whole team really. It's a great day - I'm delighted for the fans."
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp

1449: "Chelsea fan here... unreal game really - can't remember a game where one side has attacked to such an extent and not managed to score... still, it's in keeping with the way the FA Cup's gone this year, I suppose."
BrownEyesBlue on 606

1443: Portsmouth are through to their first FA Cup semi-final since 1992, United left to concentrate on the league and Champions League. We have our first Cupset of the weekend - and I cannot wait to hear the post-match reaction.

1442: FULL-TIME Man Utd 0-1 Portsmouth
A classic FA Cup tie. Simple as. United had numerous chances to score, but Portsmouth were brilliant in defence. Sulley Muntari's penalty wins it as the hosts end up with Rio Ferdinand in goal.

1441: Nani loses the ball to Lassana Diarra, allowing Portsmouth to waste some valuable time by keeping possession. Fergie chucks his chewing gum at a wall.

1437: Fergie has a rant at the fourth official about the amount of added time.

1437: Into four minutes of injury time at Old Trafford. Can United conjure up a miracle?

1433: Cristiano Ronaldo takes a free-kick from 35 yards. It dips, but not enough.

1431: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Newcastle
Liverpool are without the injured Javier Mascherano, while Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel are rested so Yossi Benayoun, Jermaine Pennant and Lucas Leiva come into the side. Newcastle bring in Charles N'Zogbia for Joey Barton in the only change from their 1-0 defeat at home to Blackburn last weekend.

1429: Eight minutes left plus added time. The United crowd are silent.

1427: Blimey. This is crazy. That was pretty much the first thing Kuszczak had to do in the match. Anyway, Portsmouth bring Richard Hughes on for Nico Kranjcar.

1425: GOAL Man Utd 0-1 Portsmouth
Nico Kranjcar escapes down the right and squares for Milan Baros, who is brought down by Tomasz Kuszczak. Substitute Kuszczak is sent off - and with no keeper left on the bench, Rio Ferdinand takes the gloves. Sulley Muntari lashes home the spot-kick. Massive shock on the cards.

1421: How have United not scored? Nani whips a dangerous cross in but Sol Campbell clears from a few yards out.

1420: David James pushes Patrice Evra's swerving shot against the post. This is a proper Cup tie.

1417: Unbelievable! Michael Carrick picks up Cristiano Ronaldo's pass and takes it past David James but as he looks to apply the finishing touch, Sylvain Distin comes in with a saving challenge on the line - allowing James to collect. Carrick cannot believe that. Nor can anyone else for that matter.

1415: Fergie makes a double change, Anderson and Michael Carrick on for Carlos Tevez and Owen Hargreaves.

1414: Another stunning move from United ends with Patrice Evra bursting into the box. Instead of shooting, he pulls the ball back - behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

1413: "Just not happening for United. Beautiful move but Ronaldo should have put that in by his standards!! Sums the day up so far!"
andrewt15381 on 606

1413: Lovely interchange from Rooney and Ronaldo, the pair backheeling to one another before the latter shoots wide.

1410: Milan Baros' introduction has made a difference. Lassana Diarra goes on a rampaging run in midfield, the ball breaks to the Czech stiker but he opts to cut inside rather than shoot and United eventually recover.

1408: Controversial. Milan Baros looks to have won a tussle with Owen Hargreaves and is one-on-one with the keeper - but ref Martin Atkinson says Baros fouled the United man.

1407: A few shouts from the United fans over on 606 for Michael Carrick to come on. The midfielder is now warming up.

1405: So close. Nemanja Vidic's header from a corner bounces off Carlos Tevez's chest. The Argentine goes down, prompting a few penalty shouts, before the ball comes out to Cristiano Ronaldo, whose low shot skims narrowly wide.

1404: "We've hardly seen Paul Scholes so far."
BBC 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1400: Wayne Rooney glares at the pitch as his shot goes into the crowd. Ex-Liverpool striker Milan Baros is greeted by boos from the United fans as he replaces Kanu.

1355: The old Player Rater is delivering some unusual figures after that first-half. Wayne Rooney is out in front on 7.43. Glen Johnson - probably Portsmouth's outstanding player - is only on 6.84.

1353: "Don't mention the rugby! All my housemates are watching it. I would rather be serenaded by Mr Blobby!"
JD via text on 81111

1351: Away we go again. United are forced into a half-time change with Tomasz Kuszczak replacing Edwin van der Sar in goal. Not sure what the injury is.

1350: Still, at least the goals are flying in the rugger. Ireland are 6-0 up already!

1345: "Richard Wright once injured himself warming up for Everton. He twisted his ankle on a sign that said 'Please do not warm up in this goalmouth', he also fell out of a loft and dislocated his shoulder getting Christmas decorations down."
Shoeface via text on 81111
Richard Wright is indeed the master of ludicrous injuries.

1341: Now then, there are some huge rugger matches going on this weekend. As I believe I may have mentioned before, rugby is a stupid sport but should you wish to follow the action, then I point you in the direction of BBC Sport's Pranav Soneji. Or Ted as he prefers to be known.

1338: "Milan Rapaic once missed the start of Hajduk Split's season after sticking his boarding pass in his eye at the airport."
Anon via text on 81111

1335: HALF-TIME Man Utd 0-0 Portsmouth
Job half-done for Portsmouth you would think. United probably should have had a penalty but they lost impetus as the half wore on.

1334: Corner to United. David James doesn't get it but Glen Johnson clears.

1332: It's tipping down at Old Trafford. Portsmouth are now struggling to hold onto the ball but they are defending well. Into added time at the end of the first half.

1329: "Both sides are having too many touches on the ball and it's slowed the game right down."
BBC 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1326: Lassana Diarra gets a yellow card for an innocuous-looking challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo.

1325: Wayne Rooney is a very angry young man. The striker boots the ball high into the crowd after losing control in the penalty area. Meanwhile, substitute keeper Tomasz Kuszczak is warming up on the touchline. Is Edwin van der Sar injured?

1323: "In 1975 United keeper Alex Stepney dislocated his jaw while shouting at his defenders during a game against Birmingham City."
Anon via text on 81111

1322: Nani gets an earful from his manager after putting the ball out of play because of an injury to Lassana Diarra. The Portsmouth midfielder's up and about again pretty quickly.

1320: A nervous moment for David James as he fumbles Carlos Tevez's shot but gathers at the second attempt.

1316: "In 1911, a Dunfermline Athletic goalkeeper was stretchered off, drunk."
Paul, Mile End, via text on 81111
No idea if that's true. Hope so.

1315: "Didn't Dave Beasant once break bones in his foot after a jar of salad cream fell out of his kitchen cupboard and he tried to control it?"
oohgravy on 606

1313: Free-kick to United. Owen Hargreaves thinks better of taking this one - but Cristiano Ronaldo can't beat the wall either and Portsmouth survive.

1311: "United look like they can score as many as they like but they just seem to be over-complicating things."
BBC 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1309: Horrible challenge from Wayne Rooney gets him a deserved yellow card. The striker loses control of the ball and dives into Nico Kranjcar in an attempt to get it back.

1308: "WHY DIDN'T ROONEY BURY THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!"
andrewt15381 on 606

Good question.

1307: Goodness. United break with two against one. Wayne Rooney goes round the keeper but is tackled by Sol Campbell. The ball rebounds to Carlos Tevez but Glen Johnson is on the line to head the shot away.

1304: First real threat from Portsmouth as Nico Kranjcar has a go from distance. It's low and swerving, prompting Edwin van der Sar to fumble it but the keeper recovers.

1303: That Saha incident has got us talking about bizarre football injuries. Former Liverpool keeper Michael Stensgaard had to retire because of an injury he sustained putting an ironing board up.

1257: Wayne Rooney is still bending Martin Atkinson's ear about that non-penalty. United have a free-kick about 25 yards out - but Owen Hargreaves takes it and puts it straight into the wall.

1257: "Saha has injured his knee between the dressing-room and the bench and been replaced by Park. That's what Fergie was talking to the ref about."
Sean, Huddersfield, via text on 81111
That is remarkable, even by Saha's standards

1255: Huge penalty shout. Wayne Rooney delivers a glorious pass to Cristiano Ronaldo out right. The winger controls brilliantly and bursts into the box where he is barged off the ball by Sylvain Distin. Referee Martin Atkinson says no. Looked a clear penalty to me.

1253: Not a great start for Portsmouth as Glen Johnson floats a free-kick from the halfway line - finding Kanu offside.

1251: "Re 1248: He was telling him that Ji Sung Park is on the bench because Saha got injured in the warm up."
Wackster219 on 606

Louis Saha? Injured? You are having a laugh

1250: Lassana Diarra says hello to Cristiano Ronaldo by barging him off the ball. The Portsmouth midfielder is a bit lucky to escape a booking for that one.

1248: The ref has a chat with Fergie on the pitch. No idea what that was about. Slight delay to the kick-off but we're under way now.

1242: Here come the teams, Portsmouth in their away kit of white shirts and blue shorts. David James and Wayne Rooney have a laugh about something. Jamo's hair maybe?

1241: "United will win 3-0 today."
UnitedWeStand on 606

1237: Manchester United have lost one of 12 cup games this season - and that was to the only team they've played outside a European elite league. Take a bow, Coventry City.

1231: The teams at Old Trafford are warming up in Sport Relief T-shirts, which is handy as it means I can subtly urge you all to give some cash. Please.

1228: "We'll go there with exactly the same system that has won us so many games away from home. Two wide men (Utaka and Kranjcar) who can't defend to save their lives and a striker up front (Kanu) who can't run around that much. That is it really."
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp with some Fergie-style mind games

1225: "I can't name a strongest team. I could pick four different starting XIs and say every one is as strong as the other."
Sir Alex Ferguson rubs it in a bit

1220: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Portsmouth
Manchester United recall Paul Scholes in place of Michael Carrick in central midfield, while Carlos Tevez is also recalled after the Champions League victory against Lyon, with Darren Fletcher dropping out of the side. Owen Hargreaves comes in for Anderson. Portsmouth are without Cup-tied Jermain Defoe, with John Utaka coming in from the side that lost 3-1 at Everton.

1218: "Re 1143: So is that Noel's specific job? As in, he takes a wage purely for that? That's awesome. Bet he's great on quiz night."
bacon_trout on 606

I'm sure he does other stuff too - it's just not as high-profile

1212: "Re 1204: Would those three goals be in the form of a hat-trick by Torres by any chance?"
A Toon fan via text on 81111

1207: I have some early Manchester United team news for you. Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes start in midfield with Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo on the wings, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez up front.

1204: "Although I'm a Liverpool fan, I'm worried for Keegan. Hope we don't win TOO easily today. No more than three goals is fine thank you."
Adam via text on 81111

1200: "I'm at work and shaking at the prospect of a Portsmouth victory! I predict a Kanu brace and a Kranjcar screamer!"
Anon via text on 81111

1152: Manchester United v Portsmouth is our first game today - the third time Harry Redknapp has taken Pompey to Old Trafford in the FA Cup (cheers Noel). Since there may be Pompey fans reading, I won't tell you the previous two results...

1147: So it's 70 days until the FA Cup final (thanks Noel) and Chelsea and Manchester United are on course for a repeat of last year's trophy decider. They would become the first clubs to contest consecutive Cup finals since Blackburn and Queens Park in 1884 and 1885 (nice one Noel).

1143: Some say the word is used too much these days but I think I speak for everyone when I say Noel Sliney is a legend. What? You've never heard of him? Noel is the man at the BBC who sends out useful stats and titbits about every weekend game. I always print them out, cast my eye over them and... forget about them. Not today, though. I'm going to bombard you with facts...

1137: "Right. I've got my wife's house on this game - Play up Pompey - for her sake!"
JackLePage on 606

1130: Morning all.

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

see also
How to watch Match of the Day
08 Oct 07 |  Match of the Day

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