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By Caroline Cheese

2207: So Burnley, Manchester United, Derby and holders Tottenham go into the hat for the Carling Cup semi-final draw on Saturday at 1200 GMT. What's the betting that United and Tottenham end up facing each other eh? Be back tomorrow for a night of Uefa Cup malarkey won't you? Byee.

2206: "Berba out Tevez in"
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2201: If Sir Alex Ferguson were to glance at BBC Sport's Player Rater - and he surely will - he wouldn't hesitate to pick Carlos Tevez in his team against Sunderland at the weekend. The Argentine striker is streaking ahead of the rest on a magnificent 9.47 after his hat-trick against Blackburn.
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2158: A rather ridiculous game at Old Trafford then, but that late flurry of goals hasn't distracted the Blackburn fans. They're still texting in to call for Paul Ince's head. Bound to be a hot topic for Tim Lovejoy to ponder in 606, which is under way shortly on 5 Live.

2155: FULL-TIME Man Utd 5-3 Blackburn

2154: GOAL Man Utd 5-3 Blackburn
Well we do know now. Carlos Tevez scores an absolute stunner to wrap it up for United. There is a thought that his first goal might actually have been an own goal so that pearler ends any doubt over whether he has a hat-trick. A brilliant performance from the Argentine tonight.

2152: GOAL Man Utd 4-3 Blackburn
What the...? A mistake from Jonny Evans lets in Benni McCarthy and with three minutes of injury time to play... well, you just never know.

2151: "Tevez should leave in January if he doesn't get a start after this performance. Should be playing first team football every week."
Hammy in Aberdeen, via text on 81111

2149: Danny the Stat works hard for you. Fact. "In Group B, Galatasaray beat Hertha Berlin 1-0, and FC Metalist Kharkiv beat Olympiacos 1-0. So Galatasaray are through. Kharkiv are also through and will win the group if they win their final match away to Benfica. The Portuguese side will battle with Hertha Berlin and Olympiacos for the final qualification spot, the Greek side are currently occupying third place."

2147: And now Benni McCarthy hits the post... Surely there's no way back for Blackburn?

2145: GOAL Man Utd 4-2 Blackburn
Matt Derbyshire picks up Benni McCarthy's pass and finishes from inside the box.

2144: "4-1 down, so Ince decides to impress the Rovers fans by bringing on Robbie Fowler! Bring in Big Sam!"
Jason in Bristol, via text on 81111

2141: Not exactly a convincing win for Tottenham, but they won't mind. Watford, who looked good for the first 20 minutes before fading, are left to focus on staying in the Championship.

2140: FULL-TIME Watford 1-2 Tottenham

2139: Watford launch a free-kick into the box but after a bit of head tennis, Tottenham get the ball clear of danger.

2139: Danny the Stat: "Some full times for you. In Group A, FC Twente 2-1 Schalke 04 - that means that Man City haven't won the group yet. In Group C, Standard Liege 3-0 Sampdoria and Sevilla 3-0 Partizan Belgrade. Standard Liege have qualified and need one point to seal top spot, while fellow 'S' teams Sevilla, Stuttgart and Sampdoria are fighting for the two remaining spots."

2136: Three minutes of added time for Watford to come up with an equaliser. Seems unlikely.

2135: A sense of relief at Eastlands as the ref brings a dull game to an end. Approaching 90 minutes at Vicarage Road, where Will Hoskins' shot on the turn is collected by Heurelho Gomes.

2134: FULL-TIME Man City 0-0 PSG

2133: "Don't understand why people are questioning Ince. Although he is playing a defender in midfield and a midfielder in defence and picked five strikers in his squad tonight."
Jamie, Plymouth, via text on 81111

2129: "Forget Arsenal kids, look at United's kids putting on a breathtaking display."
Anon via text on 81111
Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs do indeed seem very promising

2126: And Paul Scholes comes on for Manchester United to a tremendous reception at Old Trafford. He's been out since the end of September with a knee injury.

2126: Watford bring on the shaggy-haired John-Joe O'Toole, who could be off in January if the rumours are true.

2125: Danny the Stat, who apologises for his earlier error which is now corrected, says this: "Hear this Group C fans. Sevilla are now 3-0 up on Partizan Belgrade after Luis Fabiano notched his second. Nervous moments for Stevie M though as Gerald Asamoah pulls one back and it's now FC Twente 2-1 Schalke."

2122: GOAL Watford 1-2 Tottenham
See? Told you they didn't want extra time. Mind you, it's a horrible, horrible mistake from Scott Loach, allowing Darren Bent's shot to go under him and in at the near post.

2122: Lee Williamson heads off the line from Jonathan Woodgate's header. Don't think Tottenham fancy extra time.

2121: "What a performance by United. That fourth goal was an absolute cracker. I thought Anderson was going to get his first for us but he seen Tevez in a better position to score. This is awesome!"
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2119: Benoit Assou-Ekotto drives a low cross across the face of the Watford goal but Darren Bent is unable to apply the finish. A little under 20 minutes remaining.

2118: Danny the Stat: "Premier League familiar face Milan Baros has scored a penalty for Galatasaray against Hertha Berlin. That could make it three wins from four for the Turkish side and secure them top spot in Group B."

2115: GOAL Man Utd 4-1 Blackburn
A hat-trick for Carlos Tevez and it's a stunning team goal from United, beginning with a backheel from Ryan Giggs and ending with Tevez exchanging passes with Anderson and beating Paul Robinson. And now Paul Scholes is warming up. Can things get any better for the hosts?

2114: A half-shout for another penalty from Spurs as Adrian Mariappa appears to impede Michael Dawson as the Spurs man tries to get on the end of a cross.

2113: Darren Bent comes on to spice up the Spurs frontline. Meanwhile, a Danny the Stat update: "Not much going on around Europe, in all fairness to the continent. However, Steve McClaren fans can delight in the fact the FC Twente are now 2-0 up against Schalke, while Sevilla lead Partizan Belgrade by the same score."

2111: GOAL Man Utd 3-1 Blackburn
And Blackburn go right back out of it. Carlos Tevez breaks into the area and goes down as he tries to go round Ryan Nelsen. He scores the penalty right-footed into the bottom right-hand corner.

2110: Penalty to Man Utd

2108: GOAL Man Utd 2-1 Blackburn
Benni McCarthy comes on at half-time and scores two minutes later to get Blackburn right back into it. He latches onto a flick-on, goes round Gary Neville and slots in.

2107: The second half at Old Trafford kicks off, just as Vincent Kompany blasts over at Eastlands.

2105: "Jo really has proved himself tonight," reports a Manchester City fan sitting near me. "He's rubbish." The Brazilian striker is replaced by Ched Evans after 65 uneventful minutes.

2105: Watford bring on Lloyd Doyley for Jay DeMerit. Straight change in defence I would have thought. It's all gone a bit quiet at Vicarage Road.

2103: "McClaren's team up 2-0. At least this goal was onside. No brolly for Steve and the stadium is rockin'."
Gary in Enschede for my sins, via text on 81111
Wonder what sins Gary committed to be sent to Enschede...

2101: Getting a few texts calling for Blackburn boss Paul Ince to go. Surely he deserves a bit more time? Interesting, though, that in the lead-up to this game he brought up that goal by Mark Robins in the FA Cup which saved Fergie's job. Desperate times.

2057: PSG striker Peguy Luyindula has a decent chance to put PSG ahead against City but shoots straight at Joe Hart. Drab game at Eastlands to be fair.

2056: "Man City training game tonight. Hope that Mark Hughes tells them that if they run around a bit more they will warm up a bit in the second half."
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2053: There is another celebrity in the crowd at Eastlands. Well, I say celebrity... it's hairy French rugby player Sebastien Chabal, also known as Seabass and The Caveman. Still, if ex-police chiefs count as celebrities these days...

2052: Up and away again at Vicarage Road, where Watford will hope a half-time talking to from Brendan 'Mourinho II' Rodgers will have done the trick. They lost their way a bit in that first half as Tottenham improved.

2049: HALF-TIME Man Utd 2-0 Blackburn

2048: A couple of people have pointed out - very cleverly might I add - that when Paul Robinson scored his freak goal against Ben Foster, they were playing for the teams in the other quarter-final tonight. Weird no?

2046: Off they go again at Eastlands.

2045: And more Danny the Stat... "Sweet Georgia Brown. Tamas Priskin has roared into what many are already dubbing an "unassailable lead" on Player Rater. I beg to differ. The Hungarian has, admittedly, secured a super double whopper score of 8.75, but unassailable lead it is not, Player Rater fans. It can all change, should you get involved. Get involved."
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2043: Danny the Stat... "Steve McClaren's having a good night for sure. His FC Twente team are 1-0 up against Schalke in Group A - if they win that one they'll join Man City in qualifying for the last 32."

2041: GOAL Man Utd 2-0 Blackburn
Nani plays a one-two with Carlos Tevez - who by all accounts is having a stormer - and slots in a deserved second for the hosts. This will not be easing the pressure on Paul Ince in any way.

2040: "Re 2029: Pippo is never off side. We've just had bad linesmen for the past 15 years."
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2037: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Blackburn
Ryan Giggs swings over a free-kick from the right and a combination of Carlos Tevez and his marker Aaron Mokoena bundle the ball in from close range. Poor defending from Rovers, and not great keeping from Paul Robinson either.

2036: HALF-TIME Watford 1-1 Tottenham

2035: GOAL Watford 1-1 Tottenham
Ross Jenkins upends Jermaine Jenas inside the area and that's a penalty all the way. Scott Loach guesses the right way but Roman Pavlyuchenko's kick squeezes into the corner.

2034: Penalty to Tottenham

2033: A word from Danny... Danny the Stat that is: "One for you Uefa Cup Group C fans. Leaders Standard Liege are well on top against Sampdoria, leading 3-0 at half-time. That'll put a right spanner in Sampdoria's qualification hopes. Group compatriots Sevilla are 1-0 up against whipping boys Partizan Belgrade thanks to a penalty from Luis Fabiano."

2031: A horrible mistake in the Watford defence lets in Roman Pavlyuchenko but the Russian striker clips his shot onto the top of the bar and the Hornets survive.

2030: HALF-TIME Man City 0-0 PSG

2029: Here's a question... Who is caught offside more often? Pippo Inzaghi or Darius Vassell? Probably Superpippo, but only because he plays more often. Every time I look up, Vassell is looking forlornly over at the linesman's flag.

2028: Manchester United are taking control of the game at Old Trafford, Carlos Tevez shooting just over.

2026: Nicolas Anelka also looks to be wearing a waterproof shirt, coupled with a coat which is slung rakishly over one shoulder. Footballers and fashion eh? Never happy bedfellows.

2024: Who's that mysterious character wearing sunglasses in the Eastlands crowd? Why, it's only Nicolas Anelka, sulkily watching his two former clubs going head to head. I heard his Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard was due at Vicarage Road - where his dad is advising Hornets boss Brendan Rodgers.

2021: Manchester United go close as Darron Gibson has a header cleared off the line by Blackburn defender Martin Olsson.

2020: The pressure is beginning to build on Watford now. They're looking distinctly scrappy in defence.

2018: Aaron Lennon skips down the right again and his shot is only spooned into the air by Scott Loach - but Fraizer Campbell can't connect with the loose ball and the keeper recovers.

2017: Watford give the ball away very carelessly in midfield and it's picked up by Jermaine Jenas - but he shoots too close to Scott Loach, who collects at the first opportunity.

2015: On-loan Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt cuts inside his man and shoots low towards the corner but it's easy for Heurelho Gomes - well, as easy as it gets for the Spurs keeper. Ooooh, get me. Sorry.

2010: Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman greets Manchester City keeper Joe Hart by sliding into a 50-50 challenge with his studs showing. Bit naughty.

2008: Aaron Lennon does brilliantly to beat Jon Harley on the right and then chips a shot towards the top corner - but Hornets keeper Scott Loach makes a good save to palm the ball away. Much better from Spurs.

2005: Manchester United keeper Ben Foster makes an early save to deny Stephen Warnock.

2002: And they're off. Manchester United line up with Rafael at right back, John O'Shea at left-back, and Gary Neville and Jonny Evans in the centre.

2000: GOAL Watford 1-0 Tottenham
Jon Harley wins the ball out left and plays in Tommy Smith, who crosses for Tamas Priskin. Neat turn from the striker and deadly finish into the corner. Not another upset? Surely?

1959: Jo slides through the pass for Darius Vassell, whose angled shot misses the far post. He's offside anyway.

1958: "Re 1941: Disappointed to see such a weak side, now the other big three are out I felt we should push on to win the league cup this year. Neville at centre back... Christmas has come early for Santa Cruz. Excuse the woeful pun."
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1957: Tottenham striker Fraizer Campbell threatens to race through the Watford defence and is clattered by Jobi McAnuff - who takes the yellow card.

1955: "Old Trafford only half full slightly disappointing. Nice to see Scholes back. He got a much louder cheer than anyone else when mentioned as on the bench."
Anon via text on 81111

1953: It's all Watford at Vicarage Road... a decent start from the hosts, Heurelho Gomes comfortably saving Tamas Priskin's hopeful effort.

1951: "Re 1944: Knowing Paul Ince and his tactical awareness, Robinson is probably playing up front so I would not be surprised..."
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1950: Daniel Sturridge is through on goal against PSG but his touch is a little heavy and the keeper comes out to block.

1948: And we're off at a very chilly Vicarage Road, where they've had the undersoil heating on to avoid frost. Apparently, you can't have it on during the game though - which seems a bit unfair on the players.

1945: They're under way already at Eastlands.

1944: "I wonder if Paul Robinson can score against Ben Foster again tonight."
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More on Robinson's freak goal

1943: "Forecast to snow eight inches deep tomorrow. Means I will probably have no school."
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1941: Manchester United make 10 changes from the 1-0 derby win over City on Sunday, with only right-back Rafael keeping his place. Ben Foster gets a rare chance in goal, while Carlos Tevez starts up front. Blackburn's under-fire boss Paul Ince makes four changes, with Martin Olsson, Keith Treacy, Aaron Mokoena and Matt Derbyshire all coming into the team.

1938: Watford boss Brendan Rodgers makes only one change to the team that drew with lowly Doncaster at the weekend, with defender Leigh Bromby replacing forward Will Hoskins. That means youngster Ross Jenkins moves back into midfield, with Tommy Smith playing in behind Tamas Priskin. Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas returns after two games out with a toe injury. Aaron Lennon moves to the right wing as Jamie O'Hara comes in for David Bentley. Fraizer Campbell plays alongside Roman Pavlyuchenko, with Darren Bent on the bench.

1936: TEAMS Man Utd v Blackburn
Man Utd: Foster, Rafael Da Silva, Neville, Evans, O'Shea, Nani, Gibson, Possebon, Anderson, Giggs, Tevez. Subs: Kuszczak, Evra, Park, Vidic, Scholes, Welbeck, Manucho.
Blackburn: Robinson, Olsson, Nelsen, Ooijer, Warnock, Treacy, Kerimoglu, Mokoena, Emerton, Derbyshire, Roque Santa Cruz. Subs: Brown, McCarthy, Pedersen, Villanueva, Fowler, Judge, Roberts.

1934: TEAMS Man City v PSG
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Dunne, Ben-Haim, Garrido, Sturridge, Ireland, Kompany, Vassell, Elano, Jo. Subs: Schmeichel, Logan, Berti, Hamann, Caicedo, Mwaruwari, Evans.
PSG: Landreau, Traore, Camara, Bourillon, Sakho, Pancrate, Makelele, Clement, Rothen, Luyindula, Kezman. Subs: Bete, Ceara, Giuly, Hoarau, Mabiala, Armand, Ngoyi.

1932: TEAMS Watford v Tottenham
Watford: Loach, Mariappa, DeMerit, Bromby, Jenkins, Harley, Williamson, McAnuff, Bridcutt, Smith, Priskin. Subs: Lee, Robinson, Doyley, Bangura, O'Toole, Hoskins, Henderson.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Zokora, Lennon, Jenas, O'Hara, Pavlyuchenko, Campbell. Subs: Cesar, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Bent, Gunter, Boateng.

1931: Gawd bless 'im, Danny the Stat wants to clarify the English teams' Uefa Cup qualification chances (albeit in slightly long-winded fashion): "Spurs need one point in their final group D match at home to Spartak Moscow on 18 December to be certain of qualification. They will go through in any event should NEC fail to beat Udinese in the other final group match. If Spurs lose and NEC win it will come down to goal difference, with Spurs currently four goals better off than the Dutch side. Man City are through and will claim top spot in Group A with a win tonight - provided Steve McClaren's FC Twente slip up at home to Schalke."

1925: And some guest 'predos' from GOLAGOLAGOLA on 606: "Man Utd 2-1 Blackburn (aet), Watford 1-3 Tottenham, Man City 1-0 PSG." These seem entirely reasonable to me.
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1921: What about a Stat of the Day (sponsored by Danny)? Sir Alex Ferguson has only lost five of 51 matches against teams managed by his former players. Boom.

1916: If Manchester City win tonight and Steve McClaren's Twente do not beat Schalke, Mark Hughes' side will finish top of their group. I think. If teams finish level on points, by the way, goal difference is the deciding factor.

1913: "If City win tonight we could finish top of the group, and therefore get one of the teams who finish 3rd in the group. Come on City!"
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1908: Tal Ben Haim, Elano, Pablo Zabaleta, Jo and Daniel Sturridge all come into Manchester City's line-up for tonight's pointless game against PSG. Still, not so pointless for Jo - who could do with a decent game after a shaky start to his Eastlands career.

1906: Some early Tottenham team news... David Bentley, Darren Bent and Tom Huddlestone are on the bench. Michael Dawson comes into the back four, while Fraizer Campbell partners Roman Pavlyuchenko up front.

1900: NEC have beaten Spartak Moscow 2-1 so Tottenham are left needing a point from their final game against Spartak to be absolutely sure of going through.

1858: "Tottenham and United double tonight. I hope Rovers go through though, Burnley v Blackburn final would be superb for the north west."
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1853: "Without wanting to sound arrogant, I'm good at what I do." The words of Watford's new manager Brendan Rodgers, whose side are up against Tottenham tonight. No prizes for guessing that Jose Mourinho is his mentor… "Maybe he's seen something in me that was similar to his pathway as a coach. I played a little bit, not much. We both worked for big clubs. We both have open communication and we are both, obviously, ambitious."

1851: "Hey Cheese, loved watching Burnley yesterday. Best non-LFC match ever. Hope today's cupset can be just as good."
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1845: The referee suspended the Udinese-Dinamo Zagreb for five minutes because of crowd trouble. They're back under way now though. However, with NEC now leading Spartak Moscow, Tottenham will not qualify tonight as it stands. All clear?

1844: At least the Carling Cup is a proper cup competition, featuring one-off knockout matches. Easy. Something is not right when you can qualify from the group stage after two of four matches, which is exactly what Manchester City have done. Their reward in the next round will probably be a match against a much better team from a completely different competition. Bring on the Europa League...

1839: Tottenham, of course, could make it a Carling and Uefa Cup double this season. They could have qualified for the last 32 of the European competition tonight depending on results in the two games in their group. However, we're hearing the Udinese-Dinamo Zagreb game might have been suspended...

1834: What would you rather win then? Carling Cup or Uefa Cup? I'm saying Uefa Cup - largely because it's a much more impressive trophy and I am a very shallow individual.

1830: Welcome to Carluefaing Cup night... Cuefarling Cup... Uecarling Cup... It's the Carling Cup and Uefa Cup OK?

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