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Sunday's football as it happened

Everton 4-0 Wigan
Man Utd 3-2 Aston Villa

Luton 3-2 Scunthorpe
After extra-time at Wembley



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By Jonathan Stevenson

1810: How do you even begin to round up a day like today? Well, congratulations to Luton, to Everton and to Manchester United, with special individual mentions for Kevin Nicholls and Federico Macheda. BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 is on right now, and Match of the Day 2 is on BBC Two and online at 2225 BST. Oh, and Andy Murray's in the Sony Ericsson Open final against Novak Djokovic right now, so get involved with Piers Newbery's live text. I need a beer. See you.
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1805: "Incredible, incredible. I am quite literally shaking."
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1802: " See 1724 - I'm the one driving the trophy down to Liverpool, I've just been told to turn around."
Gary, via text on 81111

1800: Spare a thought for Aston Villa, though. It's 26 years since they won in the league at Old Trafford, and they cannot have played any better than that in the intervening years. Gareth Barry was probably the game's best player, but they are now winless in nine games in all competitions and their Champions League dream is all-but over.

1757: "That's got to be the most exciting 10 minutes of the Premier League this season."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Jan Molby

1756: Federico Macheda kisses the television camera twice, I bet the 17-year-old Italian cannot quite believe what is happening to him right now. That was his first appearance for Manchester United.

1754: Full-time Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa

1753: The five minutes of injury time are up.

1752: A New Manchester United hero has just been born. His name is Federico Macheda, and he was booked for his exuberant celebrations, quite ridiculously.

1750: GOAL Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa
That might just be the best goal you will see from a 17-year-old in the history of the Premier League. Ryan Giggs finds Federico Macheda inside the Villa box towards the left-hand side, he flicks the ball between his own legs and curls a delicious shot into the far corner past Brad Friedel. Magnificent.

1750: "Where on earth did the five minutes come from?!?"
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1748: Jonny Evans cannot convert a cross from the left and the board goes up - it's five minutes of injury time. No comment.

1747: Cristiano Ronaldo crosses from the right and Carlos Cuellar falls over at the most inopportune moment - Danny Welbeck has got an amazing chance from 10 yards to score, but Brad Friedel races from his line to make a brilliant save.

1745: Gareth Barry dallies on the ball and Federico Macheda knocks it into the path of Cristiano Ronaldo, who lashes a right-foot shot a couple of yards over. Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez is taken off and replaced by young Danny Welbeck.

1744: Carlos Tevez has worked so hard today, but nothing he has tried has come off. Ryan Giggs attempts a one-two with the shattered Argentine, but the return pass goes astray.

1743: "Stevo, I'm on a four-hour National Express stint and the girl across from me just woke me up by laughing at the dribble creeping from my mouth to my chin. I really need Villa to hold on here to put some much needed gloss on a thoroughly painful Sunday afternoon."
Ben, bordering on despair, somewhere on the M1, via text on 81111

1742: Brad Friedel makes a stunning save, tipping over a sensational Darren Fletcher half-volley from about 12 yards out on the right of the Villa box.

1740: He's done nothing of any significance apart from score two unbelievably crucial goals - that is why Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best footballers in the world.

1738: GOAL Manchester United 2-2 Aston Villa
From absolutely nothing, United are level. Gary Neville's cross from the right is half-cleared to Michael Carrick and he rolls the ball along the edge of the Villa area, Cristiano Ronaldo hitting a left-foot shot through the legs of Stiliyan Petrov and into the far corner, past an unsighted Brad Friedel.

1737: Aston Villa's Ashley Young is booked for complaining.

1736: Ryan Giggs' corner from the left is headed goalwards by John O'Shea, but it's an easy save for Brad Friedel. Twelve minutes plus stoppage time left.

1736: "Think this title is going to come down to how both United and Liverpool do at home to Arsenal."
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1734: Nigel Reo-Coker, given a mauling at right-back at Anfield on his last outing, replaces James Milner in the first Villa change of the game. He'll play in midfield.

1733: Ashley Young's vicious free-kick from the left flies across goal and Curtis Davies cannot quite head it in, Edwin van der Sar cannot quite punch it away. United survive.

1732: Villa look so dangerous when they break - it's like watching the Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Young pairing of earlier on in the season. Martin O'Neill, without a win in March as Villa manager, must wish the month didn't exist.

1730: United spray the ball around a bit but Federico Macheda's cross evades everyone and when it comes back into the Villa box, the 17-year-old steps over the ball and it runs out for a goalkick. Cue groans of frustration.

1728: Aston Villa have not won in the league at Old Trafford since November 1983. Fact.

1726: "Not a single United player is performing to their capability today."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Alan Green

1725: Darren Fletcher fires over a cracking cross from the right and Federico Macheda goes down under a challenge from Curtis Davies, prompting a bit of chat between the two of them.

1724: "I've just seen the Premier League trophy on the M62 heading towards Liverpool!"
Grant, Liverpool, via text on 81111

1720: Bold gamble from Sir Alex Ferguson, who takes Nani off and brings on 17-year-old Italian striker Federico Macheda.

1720: He has received nothing but plaudits this season, but Edwin van der Sar has got to be asked questions after that goal - he came flying out to get John Carew's cross and got nowhere near it.

1718: Nani crosses from the left and Brad Friedel takes everything out as he punches clear, including his own defender Carlos Cuellar, who needs some treatment.

1716: GOAL Manchester United 1-2 Aston Villa
Holy... Cristiano Ronaldo is dispossessed deep inside the Villa half and the visitors break, John Carew crossing from the left and Gabby Agbonlahor leaping high to nod past Edwin van der Sar and into the net. Ronaldo looks horrified and Old Trafford has gone silent.

1713: Ashley Young looks long and ruefully along the line at the assistant referee after being flagged offside - it was a marginal decision and he would have been able to race through from the inside left channel.

1712: Cristiano Ronaldo has swapped wings with Nani and whips over an inswinging cross from the left that Brad Friedel pounces on.

1711: "If Vidic hadn't made that mistake to let Torres score we would have won the title by now. We need this win today - BIG second half - otherwise the title might be on the way to Merseyside."
Max, London, via text on 81111

1709: Cristiano Ronaldo is not a happy fella. He is furious about receiving a pass waist-high instead of along the floor, and makes no attempt to hide his frustration.

1708: Villa might just fancy winning this - though history is not exactly on their side. They have gone a ludicrous 23 games without a win against United in all competitions, and 26 league meetings. Villa's last league win over today's opponents was on the opening day of the 1995/96 season, which led to Alan Hansen's very famous comment about the age of the United side.

1705: Patrice Evra clatters into James Milner after some more great mopping up on the edge of Villa's box by Gareth Barry. Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, is trying to shake off an early second-half knock of his own.

1703: Sir Alex Ferguson tries to get the home crowd going at Old Trafford on his walk back to the bench and we're back under way.

1702: The teams are back out at Old Trafford. Big half coming up.

1701: "Wouldn't be surprised if Fergie is torturing his players in the dressing room right now."
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Not literally, though. Absolutely not literally.

1658: Fully deserved and thoroughly comprehensive victory for Everton at Goodison Park and they have closed the gap on Aston Villa in fifth - for 45 minutes at least - to one point. It'd be a feat if they went ahead of Villa - Everton have been sixth for the whole of 2009 so far!

1656: Full-time Everton 4-0 Wigan

1655: Hugo Rodallega heads into the arms of Tim Howard from 10 yards - the Colombian is still looking for his first goal in English football.

1654: "Magnificent from Villa, but Milner should be ashamed. More of the same please."
Sam, Sheffield, via text on 81111

Ashamed? That's a bit harsh isn't it?

1652: Everton's second goal, the one from Marouane Fellaini, was their 800th in the Premier League. There's not much action to tell you about, but there's not long to go.

1650: The game is petering out at Goodison Park and it's going to be Everton's fourth home win in a row. Big blow for Wigan's hopes of a Uefa Europa League place next season, this.

1649: "United have only had a five or six-minute spell when they have been on top. They look frustrated and their players are taking an age to get off the pitch - they've got problems. Villa more than deserve to be level."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Jan Molby

1647: Half-time Manchester United 1-1 Aston Villa

1646: Darren Fletcher gets in a great tackle just inside United's half and then sets Cristiano Ronaldo free down the left, but he lacks the killer pass and it's out for a corner, which comes to nothing. I know he's scored a fine goal, but I'd like to see more from Ronaldo.

1644: James Milner's 25-yard shot takes a wicked deflection off Michael Carrick and loops wide and the atmosphere at Old Trafford is very, very subdued right now.

1643: "Poor in defence and being over-run in midfield, at this rate we can forget about the Premier League. Such a downturn in form since the Liverpool defeat."
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1641: James Milner swings over another dangerous cross from the right and Gary Neville does really well on that occasion, getting his head to the ball and getting it away from the danger area.

1639: Nemanja Vidic is sat next to Anderson and a couple of other Manchester United players not involved today, but Rio Ferdinand is sat elsewhere, chatting with Newcastle United assistant boss Iain Dowie.

1637: Gary Neville has swapped places with John O'Shea and is now playing at right-back - but he gets turned inside out by Ashley Young, who hits a shot at Edwin van der Sar. Neville is struggling like you have never seen before here.

1635: Nani sends over a great free-kick from the left and his countryman Cristiano Ronaldo leaps higher than anyone else, but can only head straight into the arms of Brad Friedel.

1634: Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar are taken off at Everton, with Dan Gosling and Louis Saha coming on.

1633: Michael Carrick shoots and it's straight through to Brad Friedel. As for Carlos Tevez, he looks out on his feet already - the Argentine only arrived back in England on Friday after Argentina's 6-1 mauling in Bolivia in midweek. "I think he is coming back from Mars," joked boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

1632: "I'm not having a go at Gary Neville, but I think the game is just a little bit too quick for him at the moment."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Jan Molby

1630: GOAL Manchester United 1-1 Aston Villa
Interesting. Gareth Barry swings over a left-footed cross from the right and it drifts over Gary Neville's head - he's left John Carew unmarked and the giant Norwegian nods into the corner of the net from 10 yards.

1629: Villa break and Gabby Agbonlahor turns on the turbo - but what's that, it's only Gary Neville surging across from centre-back to make a fabulous sliding tackle and deny the pacy striker a run on goal.

1628: Villa's confidence has taken a huge hit after that goal. John Carew is in a great position on the edge of the United area, but he waits an age to decide what to do and passes when Stiliyan Petrov has run into an offside position.

1627: In cruise control, Everton take off Tim Cahill and bring on young Jack Rodwell.

1627: "See 1615: Is the ultimate price not death?"
Jamie, Edinburgh, via text on 81111


1625: What a remarkable score that is from Goodison Park. Wigan had only conceded 16 goals in their previous 15 away games so far this season.

1623: GOAL Everton 4-0 Wigan
Thumping. Marouane Fellaini hammers in a low shot from 25 yards and it bounces awkwardly just in front of Chris Kirkland - the keeper can only parry it into the path of Leon Osman , who knocks into the empty net.

1622: Nani fires over a decent cross from the left and Carlos Cuellar has to be alert to clear his lines. Villa are hanging on a little now after their decent start.

1620: Ashley Young curls a free-kick over the Manchester United wall from 22 yards and Edwin van der Sar gets across to punch the ball away.

1618: "You pay £19m for a striker, he scores three goals in all comps, then he moves to a club in the same division and goes on a scoring spree! Sometimes, you just don't get the breaks."
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1615: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
Villa pay the ultimate price for their mistake as Ryan Giggs taps the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo and he smashes the ball true as you like into the far top corner from 10 yards.

1614: GOAL Everton 3-0 Wigan
I wonder what Man City make of Jo's scoring spree? Leon Osman finds Marouane Fellaini and his low shot forces a fine one-handed save from Chris Kirkland, but Jo is in a great position to tap in the rebound.

1613: James Milner's back-pass is dived on by Brad Friedel and Man Utd have a free-kick in a very interesting position.

1612: You wouldn't think Aston Villa are winless in eight games in all competitions - they've started quite well at Old Trafford. Big John Carew is sure to be a threat, especially in the absence of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

1609: GOAL Everton 2-0 Wigan
Trouble now for the visitors as Everton double their advantage, Tony Hibbert crossing from the right and Marouane Fellaini neatly on-the-turn controlling a shot into the far corner from 10 yards.

1608: Back under way at Everton and Wigan have made a half-time change, with Hugo Rodallega coming on for Michael Brown.

1607: Manchester United, remember, have lost their last two league games - they have not lost three in a row since December 2001, a stat sure to infuriate fans of rubbish football teams. They went down 3-1 at Arsenal, were spanked 3-0 at home by Chelsea and they lost 1-0 to West Ham. They soon bounced back by hammering Derby 5-0.

1606: Nicky Shorey drives forward from left-back for Villa and his cross is turned behind for a Villa corner, which John Carew heads goalwards and Darren Fletcher knees on to the post and away. Scary moment for United.

1604: It's the first time for almost two years that Manchester United have played in the Premier League without either Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic in the team.

1603: There are Luton fans in tears as their celebrations continue at Wembley and manager Mick Harford is mobbed by members of the Hatters' board. Those celebrations are going to continue long, long into the night.

1601: We're under way at Manchester United.

1600: Kevin Nicholls, who just produced the performance of his lifetime, lifts the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley Stadium. That, in a nutshell, is why football belongs to the people. Awesome.

1559: "From a Scunthorpe United fan, congrats to Luton. I can't believe how quickly my disappointment subsided on seeing the celebrations at Wembley. Heartwarming."
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1558: "Yes! I'm going mental at Wembley!"
Lutontilidie92, via text on 81111

1556: "I feel like crying to be honest. Everyone has had a hard season, but I'm so proud of all the players and fans and everyone. Commiserations to Scunthorpe and I hope they get promoted."
Luton captain Kevin Nicholls

1554: "This is a massive achievement for this football club, I just want to go and celebrate with the players and the fans."
Luton manager Mick Harford

1552: You cannot ever have seen a group of players, coaching staff and supporters celebrate winning a trophy as much as these Luton boys are doing right now. Every football fan should revel in these remarkable scenes. Congratulations Luton.

1551: Full-time Luton 3-2 Scunthorpe
Luton have won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy

1550: Half-time Everton 1-0 Wigan

1547: Claude Gnakpa forces a save at his near post from Joe Murphy, who is furious that a corner is awarded. We're into stoppage time and there won't be much of that.

1546: Sam Parkin lays the ball off to Keith Keane, who forces a low save from Joe Murphy. The ball is certainly at the right end as far as Luton are concerned.

1545: All quiet at Everton - apart from the goal, very little has happened in the first half. Two minutes left at Wembley, meanwhile.

1543: David Mirfin is carried off and Scunthorpe are set to end the game with 10 men as they have made all their subs. As if to rub salt into their wound, Luton bring on Sam Parkin for Rossi Jarvis.

1541: Great time for a computer to crash, isn't it? Honestly... Anyway, Gary Hooper has a shot blocked as he aims to get Scunthorpe back on level terms at Wembley. They've got not much more than five minutes left.

1540: "Must be the only group of people working in an office in Luton today. Can't see the game, but come on you Hatters!"
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1539: Keith Keane makes a fine break from the back for Luton and plays a one-two, but he's offside from the return. At the other end, Henri Lansbury gets into a dangerous position down the Iron right but lashes it across the face of goal instead of picking out a colleague.

1536: Scunthorpe have a free-kick 19 yards out, central, but it ends up being too close for Grant McCann and he lofts it miles over the bar with that left foot of his. Ten minutes left.

1535: "I'm a Liverpool supporter so am taking great interest in the United-Villa game, but put that on the back burner for now. This Johnstone's Paint Trophy final is brilliant."
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1534: "What Luton have to do and they've done it well so far is make sure that when they get possession they don't give the ball away cheaply."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

1533: "Luton trying to close out the game once again - they have one half of extra-time to do so.

"Fair play to Mick Harford for pushing Claude Gnakpa into an advanced position. The Frenchman is a defender by trade but certainly took his goal brilliantly - yet another top-quality finish in a superb final."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley

1532: We're back under way in the Wembley showpiece final. There are 15 minutes left for Scunthorpe to keep their dreams alive.

1532: Manchester United make four changes, with Gary Neville, Nani, Michael Carrick and Carlos Tevez coming in for Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ji-Sung Park and Dimitar Berbatov. Aston Villa make two changes as Nicky Shorey and Gabriel Agbonlahor replace Nigel Reo-Coker and Emile Heskey.

1530: Half-time in extra-time Luton 3-2 Scunthorpe

1528: GOAL Everton 1-0 Wigan
Everton break the deadlock. Marouane Fellaini lays off to the advancing Leon Osman who feeds an immediate, incisive ball to Jo and the Brazilian doesn't waste the chance to fire a low drive past Chris Kirkland and into the far, bottom corner.

1525: Luton are defending like lions. Scunthorpe are going to need to do something a little different if they are to get back into this one.

1523: "Compare this game to the Man U v Chelsea FA Cup final. It means so much more to the fans and players."
Chris, Scunny, via text on 81111

Good grenade. United fans?

1522: First real chance at Goodison Park. Antonio Valencia gets in behind the Everton defence and crosses from the right for the rising Paul Scharner at the far post, but his close-range header is inches off target.

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, O'Shea, Evans, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Ronaldo, Giggs, Tevez.
Subs: Foster, Park, Welbeck, Gibson, Martin, Macheda, Eckersley.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Davies, Shorey, Milner, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor.
Subs: Guzan, Delfouneso, Knight, Salifou, Reo-Coker, Gardner, Albrighton.
Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire)

1518: GOAL Luton 3-2 Scunthorpe
Hello, have we one of the great modern day Wembley finals here? Kevin Nicholls plays a ball forward and with Joe Murphy and Marcus Williams hesitating, Claude Gnakpa nips in and lifts the ball brilliantly over the advancing keeper from 20 yards - one bounce and it's into the net. Stunning.

1517: It's one end to the other and this time Gary Hooper races on to a pass from the Scunthorpe back and beats his defender, but he is slightly off balance and shoots tamely at Dean Brill.

1516: Claude Gnakpa fastens on to a long ball from the back and he's onside but cannot quite believe his luck and he takes too long, David Mirfin getting back to make the challenge.

1516: Decent start at Goodison Park with some lively play from both teams, but neither side has fashioned a clear-cut chance as of yet.

1515: "The goals all pretty much came at the right time in the game, when the team that scored was on top - there wasn't anything like a goal against the run of play, which shows how even it's been."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

1514: We are under way in extra-time at Wembley.

1513: "At the stadium. Nerves starting to kick in after Liverpool's win yesterday, but in Fergie we trust."
DG, Old Trafford, via text on 81111

Initial team news from Man Utd-Aston Villa is that United's Rio Ferdinand misses out with injury. Full teams to follow shortly.

1511: So where's your money now? Those 55,000 or so are certainly getting their money's worth at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. I'm going to risk a horrible cliche by saying what a cracking advert for lower league football.

1509: Full-time Luton 2-2 Scunthorpe

1509: Kevin Nicholls curls a 25-yard free-kick straight into the arms of Joe Murphy.

1507: We're into stoppage time at Wembley. We could be about to have extra-time, and possibly penalties.

1506: If you can watch Match of the Day 2 tonight, do so - if only for Paul Scharner's hair. It's blue, it's red, there's other stuff going on - crikey, I hope they've got Nicky Clarke on the sofa to explain that one.

1504: GOAL Luton 2-2 Scunthorpe
How's your luck, Luton? Paul Hayes is tackled on the edge of the Luton 18-yard box and the ball breaks to Grant McCann, who uses his magic wand of a left foot to scoop a quite sumptuous shot over Dean Brill and into the far top corner of the net. It's the pick of a brilliant bunch of goals.

1503: Sunday's Premier League action is under way with Wigan kicking off against Everton. Apparently, Amr Zaki still hasn't returned to England. He should be sacked.

1500: Andrew Wright replaces Krystian Pearce for Scunthorpe and Tom Craddock is taken off for Luton, with Claude Gnakpa coming on.

1459: Scenes you never thought you'd see - England spin bowling legend Monty Panesar is sitting next to former Luton manager David Pleat in the stands at Wembley. Monty gets a remarkable ovation from the fans when he is shown on the big screen - unless I'm very much mistaken and the cheers were for Pleat...

1458: The teams are about to come out at Goodison Park, but there's no sign of Amr Zaki anywhere. We still don't even know if he's returned from international duty with Egypt, though when he does, he can expect an almighty rollicking from boss Steve Bruce, who said this a couple of days ago: "I can honestly say that in all my time in football I have never worked with someone as unprofessional."

1456: Nerves shot to pieces. Scunthorpe attack and the ball is played in from the left to Henri Lansbury, who sees his left-foot shot hit the bar from six yards. Had to score.

1455: Ten minutes to go. How are your nerves?

1454: "If any football club deserves their time in the sun, it is Luton Town."
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1452: Martyn Woolford comes on for Scunthorpe, replacing Matt Sparrow. The Wembley attendance, meanwhile, is revealed as 55,378. Phenomenal.

1450: Henri Lansbury's right-foot drive from 20 yards is heroically blocked by a diving Keith Keane - expect brave defending to be the order of the day for Luton from now on.

1450: "The third cracking finish of the match puts Luton in front - but should Craddock have been on the pitch after his clash with Cliff Bryne at the end of the first half?

"The Luton fans are really celebrating now, perhaps taking their cue from chairman Nick Owen, who was out of his seat after the goal went in."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley

1449: There are 17 minutes left plus stoppage time and Scunthorpe, 42 places above Luton in the Football League, are searching for a way back into this game.

1447: "Someone just said Luton need two goals to win this because the Football League will dock us one goal!"
Renster, Wembley, via text on 81111

1445: GOAL Luton 2-1 Scunthorpe
Brilliant goal and Wembley has just gone mental as Luton go in front for the first time today. A cross from the left to the back post is volleyed to the edge of the area by Rossi Jarvis and it falls to Tom Craddock , who expertly drives it into the bottom corner.

1443: Luton scorer Chris Martin is booked for a cynical foul and he'll miss two league games for that - it's his 10th booking of the season, as well as picking up a red card.

1442: "Pearce & Lansbury, two excellent talents."
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1440: We can confirm that Tim Cahill is playing for Everton today, with Louis Saha dropping to the bench.

1439: Sam Togwell comes on for Kevan Hurst as Nigel Adkins makes the first change of this Wembley final.

1437: Sam Togwell is preparing to come on for Scunthorpe. I reckon there's only one goal left in this game.

1435: "The Scunthorpe fans might be outnumbered three to one but they are doing a very reasonable job of making themselves heard.

"It is turning into a fairly even contest and we have reached that stage when both managers are either prowling their technical areas or engaging in earnest discussions with their assistants as they contemplate making changes."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley

1433: After a remarkable clamour (two requests), here are Stevo's Premier League predos :
Everton 1-1 Wigan
Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa
Lawro's predictions

1431:Everton keeper Tim Howard though came through international duty unscathed and plays and Tony Hibbert returns after a thigh injury in place of Lars Jacobsen. Wigan make one change with Luis Antonio Valencia returning to the side in place of Hugo Rodallega, who is named as a substitute. Amr Zaki had still not returned to Wigan on Friday following international duty with Egypt, thus angering manager Steve Bruce, and is thus absent from the squad.

1430: Krystian Pearce gets into a good position inside the Luton box and flicks the ball with the outside of his foot, but it sails a few yards wide.

1429: Henri Lansbury powers into the Luton area with a really strong run and as he pulls the trigger, Kevin Nicholls flies across to make a despairing block.

1427: "Everton v Wigan is a very intriguing game. I think it will be a scoreless draw. That depends on Titus Bramble though."
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1425: Dean Brill falls over attempting a clearance, but Luton eventually work it away. Moments later a cross comes in from the left, Rossi Jarvis heads it back across goal and from the penalty spot, Chris Martin tries an acrobatic volley that flies wide.

1422: Only two clubs have ever won a trophy at Wembley and been relegated in the same season - Norwich in 1985, and Reading in 1988. Can Luton complete the hat-trick?

1421: We're back under way at Wembley. Where's your money?

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Neville, Cahill, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jo.
Subs: Nash, Van der Meyde, Castillo, Saha, Jacobsen, Rodwell, Gosling.
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, Watson, Brown, Valencia, Scharner, N'Zogbia, Mido.
Subs: Kingson, Edman, Sibierski, Koumas, De Ridder, Rodallega, Kapo.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1415: "It's a carnival atmosphere. You sense the result doesn't matter. Straw boaters everywhere and even an Eric Morecambe lookalike!"
Renster, Wembley, via text on 81111

1414: "Is is just me or is it really depressing to find 1980s teams like Luton, QPR, Oxford, Forest, Coventry, Wimbledon, Southampton etc struggling?"
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1411: "Two cracking goals in what was a very entertaining opening half. Something of a shame that it ended on a very controversial note. Very naughty from Tom Craddock, who is lucky to stay on the pitch after he caught Cliff Byrne with a stray arm.

"Respective managers Mick Harford and Nigel Adkins spent some time stood next to each other discussing the incident in what looked like a very amicable manner."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley

1407: "I think Luton might have just about shaded it. But it's an intriguing game, a finely-balanced one and I'm sure everyone is really looking forward to the second half."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

1404: Half-time Luton 1-1 Scunthorpe

1402: Cliff Byrne doesn't look pleased, but no action is taken. If any official had seen it, Tom Craddock would be off - it's not violent, but unbelievably needless.

1401: Hmm. Iron captain Cliff Byrne goes down inside his own half after a coming together with Tom Craddock, who on the replay appears to clip him around the head. Referee Phil Crossley speaks with the fourth official and then goes to chat to Byrne and Craddock...

1359: "Ah, Scunthorpe. Forever in the shadows of their neighbours down the A180. They were happy to laugh at us getting to Wembley last season in this final, but their following today is the biggest laugh. Good luck Luton, for the first and final time this season!"
Matt, Grimsby, via text on 81111

1356: Grant McCann lets fly from 35 yards and he connects well with his left foot, but it's a few yards wide of Dean Brill's left-hand post.

1355: It's a lot more even now than it was at the start - since going behind, Luton have more than matched their more illustrious opponents and easily deserve to be level. About five minutes until the break, which Scunthorpe probably want more than the Hatters.

1352: "Stunning goal Luton. Just like watching the Wolves from before Christmas."
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1350: Two really good goals so far and it's been a thoroughly enjoyable contest, with both teams trying to get forward and create chances. Replays show Luton chairman Nick Owen celebrating their equaliser wildly from the stands.

1347: GOAL Luton 1-1 Scunthorpe
That is a cracking goal and my word have those 40,000 Luton fans enjoyed it. Luton switch the play to the left, where Tom Craddock plays a neat pass into the path of Chris Martin - the on-loan man taking it brilliantly on his chest before keeping his cool to slot past Joe Murphy. Lovely finish - and very much game on.

1345: Kevin Nicholls, who is about the start a five-match suspension, is given a stern talking to and yellow card by referee Phil Crossley after a rough-and-ready challenge on Grant McCann. He won the ball, but needlessly followed through. McCann should be OK.

1344: "It was party time before kick-off for Luton fans but it has been all about Scunthorpe since the match began. The Iron have played with a confidence and skill that fully explains why they are pushing for promotion from League One.

"Luton play an attacking 4-3-3 formation and this seems to be gifting far too much space to their opponents.

"However, Kevin Nicholls sensational headed clearance from Henri Lansbury's strike drew gasps of amazement. Those inside Wembley seemed momentarily unable to grasp what they had just seen."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley

1341: Iron left-back Marcus Williams collects a pass down the left and cuts inside, lashing a shot towards the far bottom corner from 25 yards that Dean Brill gets down well to push away.

1340: "They've conceded a goal but their heads haven't gone down, and Luton look like the better side at the minute."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

1338: Half-hearted appeals from Luton's Tom Craddock as he goes down under a challenge from David Mirfin, but not in a million years.

1336: That is an unbelievable clearance - Henri Lansbury hits a screaming half-volley towards the top corner of Dean Brill's net and somehow Kevin Nicholls throws himself at the ball, heading it away from the target.

1335: Paul Hayes and Gary Hooper are causing mayhem and George Pilkington has to get across very quickly on that occasion to stop Hooper scoring.

1334: Scunthorpe have previously played in two play-off finals at Wembley, losing to Blackpool on penalties in 1992 but beating Leyton Orient in 1999, I'm led to believe.

1332: Let's hope for the sake of this final that Luton can recover from that blow - because there is quite clearly a little gap in quality between the two teams, as you might expect.

1329: GOAL Luton 0-1 Scunthorpe
"Extra class," says Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 Live, and it's hard to disagree. Paul Hayes flicks on a long ball and from then on it's all about Gary Hooper, who runs one-on-one against George Pilkington and gets to the edge of the box before firing into the bottom right-hand corner of Dean Brill's net for his 30th goal of the season.

1325: How on earth did that not go in? Kevin Nicholls' inswinging corner from the left causes pandemonium in the Scunthorpe box and it's pinball for 10 seconds, Chris Martin having a shot on the fall saved by Joe Murphy, another effort cleared off the line and the ball eventually rolling out for a goalkick.

1322: Luton have their first real attack and Chris Martin is fouled down their left, but the free-kick is swung straight into the arms of Joe Murphy.

1320: The ball falls for Matt Sparrow on the right-hand edge of Luton's 18-yard box and he fires it towards the bottom corner, forcing a decent early save from Dean Brill, who is in for a busy afternoon.

1320: "Really rooting for Luton today. Hope they can provide a shock like no other and end their Football League tenure on a high. Good luck!"
Sunil, via text on 81111

1319: Fair to say Scunthorpe are dominating possession at the minute, and Gary Hooper has twice got into shooting positions, only to be quickly closed down. He's bagged 29 goals already this term.

1316: Yep, we're under way.

1316: My word, we're about to start. Quick Stevo Predo : Luton 1-3 Scunthorpe. Sorry, 40,000 Hatters.

1315: "Luton Town were led out by manager Mick Harford, his chest puffed out like the proudest, and possibly hardest, man on earth.

"As Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney made his way out to greet the teams he was roundly booed by all the Hatters fans. I would stay clear of Luton for a while if I was him.

"There is a slightly skewed look to Wembley visually this afternoon. The Luton section is packed, the Scunthorpe end not so."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley

1314: Some advice from Scunthorpe legend Sir Ian Botham , who represented the Iron in 1980 (a fine warm-up for the Ashes a year later, presumably): "My advice to the players on a big occasion like this is to enjoy it. Forget about the pressure, forget about the hype. Get on the pitch and enjoy yourselves and what will be will be. Oh, and find somewhere with a late licence for after the game." Genius.

1312: Should definitely mention a result from the Championship from a few minutes ago, an early start in Wales finished with a 2-2 draw between Cardiff and Swansea at Ninian Park. Though the penalty the Bluebirds were awarded in the last minute to earn a point was an absolutely woeful decision from referee Mike Dean. Shocking.
Report: Cardiff City 2-2 Swansea City

1310: The two proud managers, Mick Harford and Nigel Adkins, lead their teams out of the tunnel at Wembley and into one of the great stadiums in world sport. For most of these players, this is quite comfortably the biggest moment of their footballing careers.

Luton: Brill, Asafu-Adjaye, Pilkington, Spillane, Emanuel, Keane, Nicholls, Hall, Jarvis, Martin, Craddock.
Subs: Button, Gnakpa, Davis, Roper, Parkin.
Scunthorpe: Murphy, Byrne, Pearce, Mirfin, Williams, Sparrow, Lansbury, McCann, Hurst, Hooper, Hayes.
Subs: Lillis, Woolford, Togwell, Wright, May.
Referee: Phil Crossley (Kent)

1305: "While the teams were warming up, each club had their own MC desperately urging their supporters to, of course, make some noise.

"The man from Luton says: 'Luton Town will never die'. It is a statement of intent and to an extent this whole final is for Luton the chance to send a message that their club is here to stay whether they are relegated this season or not."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley

1304: Get involved. Whoever you support, get in the mixer by whacking texts to 81111 and get stuck in on 606 too. It's a cracking day to be involved in football, so don't let it pass you by.
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1302: And to this end, that's why we're covering the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final today, as well as the two big Premier League contests later. It's Luton, on the cusp of relegation out of the Football League, against Scunthorpe, bidding for promotion to the Championship. Fans-wise, it's no contest - 40,000 for the Hatters, 12,500 for the Iron.

1300: People, I think I might have a problem. After eight hours on the live text yesterday, I promptly went home and watched the end of the Valladolid-Barcelona match. I then watched the first half of Malaga v Real Madrid, before settling down to Match of the Day. Before I went to bed, I read the end of David Winner's magnificent book on Dutch football, Brilliant Orange.

Is it possible to love something too much?*

* (In this case, no)

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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
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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
Man Utd 3-2 Aston Villa
05 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Everton 4-0 Wigan
05 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Luton 3-2 Scunthorpe (aet)
05 Apr 09 |  Football

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