BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 18:04 GMT, Sunday, 19 April 2009 19:04 UK

FA Cup & Premier League as it happened

Man Utd 0-0 Everton
Everton win 4-2 on penalties after extra-time

Man City 4-2 West Brom
Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle



To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Jonathan Stevenson

1904: And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just about all we have time for on this special day. Huge congratulations to Everton for reaching their first FA Cup final since 1995, and well done to Spurs and Man City too. Greeny is taking your calls on BBC Radio 5 Live right now and Match of the Day 2 is on BBC Two and online at 2200 BST. See you in the week, legends.

From Loz in Leicestershire, via text on 81111: "It's been coming for weeks, I hope it's the reality check we need to start firing on all cylinders again. Well done Everton."

From anon, via text on 81111: "Berbatov will be on the transfer list tomorrow after that "penalty". I can hear the boots being kicked around the changing room as I type..."

David Moyes on Everton winning the penalty shoot-out and booking their place in the FA Cup final: "We were struggling a bit to find five players who wanted to take them but luckily the goalkeeper has made some really good saves. It was a tough game for us - if United put out their Under-14 side it would be tough because they want to win everything they enter."

David Moyes on United's claim for a penalty when Danny Welbeck tumbled under Phil Jagielka's challenge: "From where I was sitting I thought it was one as well but I've not seen it since - and someone who has told me Phil might just have got some of the ball."

1852: Everton will play in their 13th FA Cup final at the end of May and they have a dress rehearsal on Wednesday when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Everton's fans are going wild as they reach their first FA Cup final for 14 years - and what nerve shown by Phil Jagielka to score the winning penalty after missing one in a crucial Uefa Cup tie with Fiorentina last season.

"United's fans are deserting Wembley and will rightly question referee Mike Riley's part in their demise after refusing them what appeared to be a clear penalty. Everton have felt the fates were with them after they beat Liverpool - and they may just be right."

Everton's Tim Cahill: "It's the best feeling in the world, I just can't explain how it feels. It's a reward for the fans, for the players. I'm gutted I didn't score but that's what's brilliant about being a team, they bailed me out. Mine was a rubbish penalty, but if I get one in the final I'll have another go."

1845: So, no saves from Ben Foster. I wonder what Fabio Capello makes of that? I'm a bit gutted actually - some good penalties from the Everton boys though.

1843: You have to say now, that Sir Alex Ferguson got his team wrong today. Manchester United's hopes of winning an unprecedented quintuple are over. Everton will meet Chelsea on Saturday 30 May in the FA Cup final.

The Toffees beat Manchester United 4-2 on penalties after extra-time



JAGIELKA scores (Everton 4-2 United)
ANDERSON scores (Everton 3-2 United)
VAUGHAN scores (Everton 3-1 United)
VIDIC scores (Everton 2-1 United)
P NEVILLE scores (Everton 2-0 United)
FERDINAND saved by Howard (Everton 1-0 United)
BAINES scores (Everton 1-0 United)
BERBATOV saved by Howard (Everton 0-0 United)
CAHILL blazes over (Everton 0-0 United)

1835: We're about to have a penalty shootout.


1834: Well worth knowing if Ben Foster's penalty heroics against Spurs in the Carling Cup was a fluke or a glimpse into the future to a time when England actually win important major finals matches on penalties. Now that would be something to get excited about.

1832: I think I'm cramping up. But don't worry, I'll be OK to bring you penalties. Just need a quick stretch, that's all. Forgot my ipod today, but it's not really about me, is it? Tim Howard and Ben Foster - over to you, fellas.

1830: Full-time in extra-time Manchester United 0-0 Everton

1830: Believe it or not, that's 120 minutes gone. Flown by, hasn't it?

1829: And guess what? Nemanja Vidic heads it away. Mon-u-men-tal.

1828: Ben Foster has another silly moment, his clearance is charged down by James Vaughan and then he fouls Leighton Baines as he tries to let it run out of play. Free-kick, dangerous position...

1826: United look so un-United. They have plenty of possession around the Everton box again, but just don't look like they are going to create anything from it. And that's with Berbatov, Tevez, Scholes on the pitch.

From ToffeeMo on 606: "Stevo, if your predo is right for this one, I'm going to never forgive you..."
Join the debate on 606

1823: Twice Nemanja Vidic clears with Joleon Lescott threatening in the United box. I wonder how many headers/blocks/clearances the Serb has got through today.

1820: You know, if there is any way at all that the Football Association could take the FA Cup semi-finals away from Wembley for next year, I do hope they can find it. I'm not saying it's the only reason why we've had two very, very poor games, but maybe it hasn't helped.

Yellow card

1819: Tim Cahill turns Nemanja Vidic and thinks he's clean through, but referee Mike Riley pulls him back for a foul on the United defender. Cahill is livid and gets a yellow card for his protest.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Everton's tireless Tim Cahill is doing stretching exercises every time there is a break in play as the Wembley turf takes its toll. Almost impossible to call. I wonder has United keeper Ben Foster been watching his iPod to check out Everton's penalty kicks, as he did to great effect against Spurs in the Carling Cup final?"

1816: Leighton Baines' excellent cross from the left is fired goalwards by James Vaughan and it is deflected wide by Nemanja Vidic, though a goalkick is given.

1815: Into the last 15 minutes now, mercifully.

From Dil Vijay, a very tired Chelsea fan, London, via text on 81111: "I hope Foster puts his iPod on charge. He might need it soon."

1813: Half-time in extra-time

1813: Carlos Tevez curls one in from 20 yards that Tim Howard saves comfortably.

1812: Leighton Baines makes a great run down the left and Steven Pienaar finds him, the left-back's cross deflects wide for a corner which Nemanja Vidic heads away.

1810: Marouane Fellaini comes off and James Vaughan is on for him. So, 1807, I can't even get that right.

1808: Carlos Tevez shoots a country mile over from 30 yards. I'd been willing him to shoot - boy do I feel like a fool now.

1807: I go Fellaini.

From neillydun on 606: "Let's make it interesting - who is more likely to get sent off first, Fellaini or Scholes?"
Join the debate on 606

1805: Paul Scholes plays a glorious 60-yard pass into the path of Danny Welbeck who thinks he's clean through until the flag goes up.

1802: Marouane Fellaini should be renamed 'Man on Wire' - he's forever walking a tightrope. The Belgian brings down Nemanja Vidic and he's a foul away from a red card.

1800: Tim Cahill controls a long pass brilliantly on his chest, turns Rafael and hits a left-foot shot that Ben Foster saves with his legs. Great stuff from the Australian.

Yellow card

1800: Steven Pienaar is surrounded by United players in the United half with no Everton players near him, but Paul Scholes kicks the back of his leg and gets booked.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "The game has had that extra-time look about it almost from the kick-off and so it proves. Referee Mike Riley would be well-advised to steer clear of Sir Alex Ferguson at this quick chit-chat after turning down that penalty. Manchester United look the team with greater belief, but Everton still have weapons and Tim Cahill's move further forward may be their best bet of settling this before penalties."

1757: Dimitar Berbatov comes on for Federico Macheda for Manchester United and we're under way in extra-time.

From Shameless Steve, Mancland, via text on 81111: "To Baggies fan Nick, 1704. No mate, you didn't deserve that at all. West Brom outplayed us for long periods and Chris Brunt looks every inch a Prem class player. Keep faith with Mowbray and good football, sign a finisher and see you in 2010/11. All the best."

That's the most beautiful text I've ever read. Sniff.

BBC Radio 5 Live

From BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson: "The second half was as uninspiring as the first half, turns out it didn't get better. The only real moment of controversy was the fact that there was a stonewall penalty for that foul on Danny Welbeck."


1752: Full-time Manchester United 0-0 Everton

From The kid from Fuenlabrada on 606: "Fellaini would be a terror in Aussie rules football."
Join the debate on 606

1749: Marouane Fellaini goes up for a cross with Ben Foster, gets punched on the head and the free-kick goes against him. Seems a bit harsh to me. He gets up and he's OK.

1747: Joleon Lescott heads an Everton corner wide, though it did look as though Rio Ferdinand got the last touch. Boy it's still poor fare.

1745: Marouane Fellaini is hauled back for a handball just as he was set to pull the trigger inside the United box and the Belgian is furious, but manages to calm down enough to stay on the pitch.

1744: Tim Howard fails to clear a corner with a poor punch but Federico Macheda slices his shot and the Everton keeper gratefully claims.

Yellow card

1742: Marouane Fellaini is shown his 12th yellow card of the season and it's a familiar tale - his outstretched arm catches Rio Ferdinand in the face. He really needs to learn to be more careful.

1742: Manchester United have won their last 13 FA Cup semi-final appearances and Danny Welbeck tries to make it 14, his right-foot shot curling a couple of yards over from 16 yards. Mind you, Everton have won their last five.

1740: United break quickly but Carlos Tevez's ball to Danny Welbeck is woeful and when it's played back into the area by Paul Scholes, Federico Macheda is just offside.

1739: There are 10 minutes left of normal time at Wembley. Federico Macheda is getting treatment for a touch of cramp.

1737: Frantic stuff inside the Everton box after a prolonged spell of possession from United and only some last-ditch defending from Tony Hibbert and a couple of his colleagues prevent a shot coming in.

From Alex, via text on 81111: "Don't think it was a pen, 50/50 I think. Although Fergie clearly didn't agree! Have you ever seen a man so angry?"

1733: United play it across the pitch nicely and Danny Welbeck finds Carlos Tevez - but his 25-yard shot is blocked by Phil Jagielka. Moments later, Anderson shoots into the side-netting and tries to get the fans involved immediately after.

1732: Ben Foster comes out to try and gather Leon Osman's ball to the near post, but Phil Jagielka barges him out of the way and it's a free-kick to Manchester United. There are 16 minutes left and Fergie is still talking to the fourth official.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Did the words of criticism from Everton manager David Moyes flash across Mike Riley's mind as Danny Welbeck tumbled under Phil Jagielka's challenge? It looked as stonewall a penalty as they get and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson still looks in serious danger of doing himself a mischief. Not a happy Fergie."

From biglondon12 on 606: "Moyes got to the ref... he really might be the new Fergie!!!"
Join the debate on 606

1728: Everton take off Louis Saha and bring on 18-year-old Jack Rodwell. So Tim Cahill will now play up front.

1727: Massive penalty shout from Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson is incandescent with rage. Danny Welbeck runs into the box and Phil Jagielka clatters into him with Tim Howard not quite getting to the ball. Welbeck goes down, and referee Mike Riley says no penalty. It was, and Fergie is right to be utterly livid.

1725: United have upped their tempo a little and Darron Gibson fires one in from 30 yards after a nice little shift from left to right foot, Tim Howard getting across to push the ball away. Paul Scholes comes on for Park.

1724: Congratulations to AZ Alkmaar, who have just won the Dutch title for only the second time in their history after PSV beat Ajax 6-2. What I'd give for a 6-2.

1722: Fabio is off and Patrice Evra comes on in his place - not a bad change to have to make.

1721: Fabio appears to have suffered an injury and is off the pitch. Meanwhile, Park cuts in from the right and drills a left-foot shot inches wide of Tim Howard's near post. Oooh. Better.

1719: Danny Welbeck goes on a little run from the right and beats a couple of Everton players but he is eventually stopped in his tracks. Welbeck can't really get into the game, bit like 21 others.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Everton have upped the ante after the break - as they had to do - and they are receiving tremendous backing from their supporters. Their noise has sparked a reaction from United's fans and we have an atmosphere, even if we don't quite have a game. Yet."

1717: Anderson curls it out of play, over everyone's head and wide. That sums up the previous 58 minutes - hopeless.

1716: Leighton Baines bundles Park to the floor and United have a free-kick 40 yards out to the right of the area...

1715: This really is one of the worst games of football I've ever seen. I feel so sorry for these two sets of fans.

1712: Wow, an actual shot on target - scrap that book if you'd started one. Tim Cahill fires one in from 25 yards and Ben Foster gets down well to his right to push the ball away from danger.

From urbanbushmonkey on 606: "Sorry to have to point this out Stevo... but those graphics you're using are rubbish."
Join the debate on 606

Yet still more interesting than this tripe?

1708: Tony Hibbert's cross from the Everton right is cleared. I wonder what the odds are on us going 120 minutes without a shot on target?

1707: Nemanja Vidic appears to have picked up a knock at the start of the second half, but he plays on without any treatment. Very old school.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Everton's substitutes all went through a vigorous half-time warm up. Young striker James Vaughan is becoming a serious option for boss David Moyes, even though he has suffered another injury-plagued season. United will be reasonably happy, but an interesting comment from one observer at half-time: 'This is a semi-final between one team that is too strong too lose against another that is too weak to win.'"

1704: We're back under way at Wembley. It can't get worse.

From Steve, Wembley, via text on 81111: "I've sat here at Wembley for 255 minutes so far this season with not a sniff of a goal! Two trophies though, maybe pens again today?"

From Nick, a devastated Baggies fan, via text on 81111: "Absolutely gutted Stevo, we didn't deserve that at all. We are doomed now."

I'm sorry, pal - but you'll be back, you always come back.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Sir Alex Ferguson will be the happier of the two managers as the half-time whistle goes. Everton have not injected any serious tempo into their play - have they been affected by United's team selection? Has that increased the pressure on them? I suspect David Moyes will be having words with his players at half-time. The game is there to be won. Have Everton got the nerve and belief to go out and win it?"

1655: You have to say that's that for West Brom, but it must be hard to take for Tony Mowbray because at times they played really, really well today. They just let some bad goals in and when you do that on a regular basis, you get relegated.


1653: Full-time Manchester City 4-2 West Brom


1652: GOAL Manchester City 4-2 West Brom
Death knell for the Baggies Premier League survival hopes? I know, they were struggling anyway. A ball over the top from Martin Petrov finds Stephen Ireland, he gets into the box and draws Scott Carson before finding Daniel Sturridge, who controls and taps into an empty net. Poor Baggies.

1650: Man City break and both Martin Petrov and Daniel Sturridge waste chances to wrap the three points up.

1649: Chris Brunt fires over another left-footer that goes through a crowd of players and Shay Given has to be alert to parry the ball away. Four minutes of stoppage time will be played.

1648: Not long left at Eastlands now and West Brom are piling men forward in the hope of getting something out of the game.

BBC Radio 5 Live

From BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson: "Nothing's really happened has it? In the last third, there's been very little in terms of invention, so hopefully it can only get better this game."


1647: Half-time Manchester United 0-0 Everton

From Rafael4Brazil on 606: "It's a shame Welbeck's playing on the left, he doesn't seem to have a left foot (well you know what I mean), otherwise he's playing brilliantly."
Join the debate on 606

1642: The brilliant Martin Petrov comes on for Manchester City in place of Robinho.

1640: Federico Macheda slips a pass in for Danny Welbeck on the left of the Everton box but he screws it miles wide.

1639: West Brom plough forward again and Chris Brunt curls just past the angle of post and bar from 20 yards out with his wand of a left foot.

1637: Steven Pienaar is bundled off the ball inside the Man United area by Rafael, but it's nothing more than a very good piece of defending and Mike Riley is right not to give a penalty.

1636: Marc-Antoine Fortune hits a low shot from 20 yards after holding off Richard Dunne and Shay Given makes the save at his near post.

1636: It's gone all scrappy at Manchester City - West Brom really do need to get moving if they're going to get anything out of it.

Yellow card

1634: Carlos Tevez is shown a yellow card for a clumsy coming together with Steven Pienaar. Can't complain about that, really - though Fergie kind of does.

From Ben, London, via text on 81111: "Why do people bother slating Fergie's team selections? He's quite clearly good at what he does, and is taking a calculated decision. If he thinks this team is good enough, and the other players need the rest, that's good enough for me."

1632: Everton are struggling to get out of their half now, but when Man United go forward they look dangerous - especially as Carlos Tevez gets into the game more.

1629: The free-kick is headed away and Everton try again, but United clear their lines. Fergie's off his seat again to bark out instructions.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Sir Alex Ferguson is the manager giving the instructions now. He is telling captain Rio Ferdinand to order Manchester United's players to speed up the tempo of their passing. Good little spell of supremacy for United though. Everton need to start doing what they do best and play more of a pressing game."

Yellow card

1627: Leighton Baines plays a cracking one-two with Steven Pienaar down the left and gets the wrong side of Rafael for the Brazilian's liking - he hauls Baines down and is rightly booked. Another yard and it was a penalty.

From anubisrich on 606: "Everton's 4-1-4-1 formation is giving them a good base but means all of their attacks are formulaic. They need to play with more abandon, take a risk or they are going to get caught out by a moment of magic."
Join the debate on 606

1624: Rafael's cross from the right is into a dangerous area and Joleon Lescott deflects it narrowly wide - he didn't know too much about where that was going, the Everton man.

1623: West Brom are throwing people forward and it's three-on-two - Daniel Sturridge plays in Elano and his shot is saved by Scott Carson.

1621: Ben Foster dallies and tries to take a touch too many with Louis Saha breathing down his neck and he's lucky to get away with it - he kicks it against the Frenchman and gratefully clutches the rebound.

1620: Everton are enjoying more possession at Wembley, but there isn't much to shout about so far. Is this Manchester United side the most under-strength team ever played in an FA Cup semi-final?

1618: It's a cracking end-to-end game at Manchester City, fair play to West Brom because they are giving it absolutely everything. If they lose, they will be nine points adrift of safety.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Quiet start at Wembley - at least from the two teams. David Moyes is the first manager to venture into the technical area. Everton's plan is clear. They want to capitalise on the aerial threat of the giant Marouane Fellaini and allow the more subtle skills of Louis Saha, Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman to profit from his unsettling presence."


1614: GOAL Manchester City 3-2 West Brom
That didn't last long, did it? Elano chases on to the ball in the penalty area and Jonas Olsson brings him down - it's a definite penalty and the Brazilian steps up to slot it in himself.



1612: GOAL Manchester City 2-2 West Brom
They deserve to be level, but it's a horrible goal to concede for City. West Brom win a free-kick 25 yards out to the right of the City box and Chris Brunt curls it low and in, past Shay Given.

1611: Former United star Phil Neville latches on to a Marouane Fellaini pass and holds off Fabio, but his shot screws wide from the right-hand corner of the United 18-yard box. He remains an unlikely scorer.

1610: Robinho gets a right-foot curler horribly wrong and it flies miles wide from 12 yards after Elano's pass found his fellow Brazilian in the Baggies box.

1608: West Brom are on top at Eastlands and Robert Koren crosses from the right but Richard Dunne just gets ahead of Marc-Antoine Fortune at the near post to save City.

From Tom, Salisbury (Chelsea fan), via text on 81111: "These people complaining about the Wembley pitch not being what it was should remember in 1970 they staged the Horse of the Year show before Chelsea played Leeds."

1605: James Morrison's snap-shot from 25 yards is safely collected by Shay Given at Eastlands.

1605: Federico Macheda beats Phil Jagielka in an aerial challenge and the ball bounces kindly for the Italian, who volleys wide from just outside the Everton area.

1603: Sir Alex Ferguson is getting an absolute slating on the texts and 606 for his under-strength line-up today. Personally, I think he might pay for it with defeat. Oh, and we're back under way between Man City and West Brom.

1601: Leon Osman is stretching and hits a half-volley high and wide from 25 yards - but Marouane Fellaini has already won two headers against Nemanja Vidic in the early stages.

1600: Wembley is full (until the hour-long half-time lunch comes along) and we are under way between United and Everton. Cracking noise.

From samfiske on 606: "It may be a weakened team from United, but the partnership of Vidic and Ferdinand is our strongest. It's very hard to get past those two."
Join the debate on 606

The sun is out

1557: The Manchester United and Everton players come out at Wembley and I won't get tired of saying this, but it really is blanket sunshine in that part of London.

1556: Final word on Tottenham v Newcastle? Over to you, Macca: "It's a case of steady as she goes for the Tottenham team today on Player Rater, with Tom Huddlestone top of the pops on 7.53. Newcastle boss Alan Shearer will have to be a consoler of the lonely when his men see their ratings, with Kevin Nolan failing to be a hit on 4.17."
Rate the players

1554: Smashing atmosphere at Wembley and so much to play for - an FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, 30 May. Can Man United's kids see off Everton's street fighters?

1552: Not long to go until the second FA Cup semi-final of the weekend, between Manchester United and Everton. The Red Devils are playing in their 26th Cup semi, and have unbelievably won all of their last 13 - last losing in 1970, when Leeds needed three matches to eliminate the Old Trafford men.

BBC Radio 5 Live

From BBC Radio 5 Live's Craig Brown: "It's been a fabulous game of football with both teams creating chances - West Brom in particular five very, very good ones. But that goal from Chris Brunt means we've got an exciting second half to look forward to."


1548: Half-time Manchester City 2-1 West Brom

1547: Felipe Caceido rifles on in from 22 yards after Man City break quickly but Scott Carson is in the right position to punch it away.

1546: Into first-half injury time at Man City, of which there will be two minutes.

1544: I agree with some of the punters on 606 - I think the team line-ups make the FA Cup semi-final very even, with perhaps even Everton being slight favourites now. Not an easy team for a bunch of kids to play against.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "It should not become an obsession, but there are already marks on the Wembley pitch as the players go through a relatively gentle warm-up. Wembley is a wonderful stadium but the pitch needs to be its crowning glory and that is currently not the case.

"The name of referee Mike Riley is roundly jeered by Everton fans when it is read out. They clearly read manager David Moyes' comments about his appointment earlier in the week."
FA defends Riley Cup appointment

1540: Robinho gives the ball away and some of the City fans are getting a bit frustrated with how they've lost their way in recent moments.

BBC Radio 5 Live

From BBC Radio 5 Live's Craig Brown: "We had seen City just becoming a little bit complacent prior to this goal so hopefully that will wake them up a little bit - West Brom certainly didn't deserve to be 2-0 down, we've got a game on again here."


1537: GOAL Manchester City 2-1 West Brom
Lovely stuff and finally the visitors get the goal their approach play deserves, Robert Koren crosses into the box from the left, Marc-Antoine Fortune holds the ball up and lays it off and Chris Brunt slots a left-foot shot into the far corner from the edge of the area.

1536:Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson makes wholesale changes, with only Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Anderson keeping their place from the win over Porto, while Federico Macheda starts his first game. Everton are without Cup-tied striker Jo, but Louis Saha has recovered from a stomach virus to make the starting line-up.

From Andrew in York, via text on 81111: "Nice to see Sir Alex giving Everton and Moyes the respect they deserve..."

1532: How do West Brom create so many chances yet score so few? Robert Koren heads a corner goalwards but Felipe Caicedo nods it off the line, while a follow-up shot is blocked too.

From Terrific_Torres on 606: "I think this defeat could be fatal to Newcastle... don't think they have enough to stay up now with Liverpool and Villa still to play."
Join the debate on 606

1530: Manchester United v Everton line-ups
Man Utd: Foster, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fabio Da Silva, Welbeck, Gibson, Anderson, Park, Tevez, Macheda.
Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Evra, Berbatov, Nani, Scholes, Evans.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha.
Subs: Nash, Yobo, Castillo, Vaughan, Jacobsen, Rodwell, Gosling.
Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire)

1528: If Newcastle play anything like that for the rest of the season, they will be playing in the Championship next term. On the evidence of the last 90 minutes, Obafemi Martins could be the difference between the Magpies staying up or going down.


1527: Full-time Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle

1525: Jermain Defoe has a shot charged down and we've got 90 seconds left at Spurs. At Man City, replays show it was a blatant foul on Scott Carson before that second goal, a shocking refereeing decision.

1523: We're into injury time at White Hart Lane and there will be three minutes of it.


1521: GOAL Manchester City 2-0 West Brom
Elano's corner is headed straight up into the air by West Brom's Abdoulayue Meite and, with Scott Carson unable to get past Felipe Caicedo to claim the dropping ball, Nedum Onuoha gets there first to power a header downwards into the net. West Brom are not happy and Carson gets booked for his prolongued protests to referee Mike Jones - Carson thought he was fouled there.

1520: There are three minutes left at Spurs and my word what a chance Obafemi Martins has just had. He collects a cross into the box, chests it down and, stretching, smashes his shot over from eight yards.

1517: Tom Huddlestone unleashes another dreamy right-foot drive that fairly flies inches wide of Steve Harper's right-hand post from 30 yards. Smashing hit.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Two topics occupying all the pre-match conversation at a gloriously hot and sunny Wembley - Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United team selection and the much-criticised playing surface.

"Ferguson will no doubt be harangued for leaving United's superstars at home, but he is prioritising and clearly the FA Cup is number three on his list. As for the surface, it looks immaculate - the problems only appear when people start playing football on it!

"Fulham's former Everton striker Andrew Johnson is apparently here among their fans lending support to his old club."

1516: Obafemi Martins goes down in the Spurs box under a challenge from Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Shearer desperately wants a penalty, but there's nothing doing. No peno.

A celeb has been spotted

From Hapag Lloyd, Everton fan, via text on 81111: "I'm sure I've just seen darts player Ted 'The Count' Hankey at Wembley in an Everton shirt."

1513: Jonathan Woodgate has a free header from a corner from the Tottenham right and Steve Harper makes the save. Woodgate probably should have done better.

1511: West Brom's season summed up in a few minutes - punished at the back, and profligate at the other end. Moments after Nedum Onuoha deflects the ball over his own bar, Abdoulaye Meite misses a sitter from three yards - somehow sending it wide.

Yellow card

1510: Ryan Taylor commits a bad foul on the marauding Aaron Lennon and is rightly booked on the edge of the Newcastle box. Benoit Assou-Ekotto was cautioned for Spurs a moment ago.

1508: Obafemi Martins shoves Vedran Corluka out of the way in the Spurs box and volleys straight at Heurelho Gomes. It's difficult to explain how much more lively Newcastle look with the Nigerian on the pitch. Spurs take Darren Bent off and Jermain Defoe comes on.


1508: GOAL Manchester City 1-0 West Brom
That is a gorgeous goal - made in Ireland, scored in Brazil. Stephen Ireland gets into some space 30 yards out and clips a fabulous pass into the path of Robinho, who meets it on the volley 10 yards out - left foot, bang, into the net. His first league goal in 2009, and what a goal.

1506: Man City's Robinho cuts in from the left and hits a low shot that Scott Carson gets across to save quite comfortably.

1506: I'm hearing that Federico Macheda makes his first Manchester United start in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Everton. Full team news shortly.

1505: James Morrison curls a shot inches wide from 22 yards and West Brom have made a decent start against Man City at Eastlands.

1502: Aaron Lennon cuts in from the right past a couple of Newcastle players and drills a left-foot shot centimetres wide of the near post. Moments later, Alan Hutton's devilish low cross is well dealt with by Steve Harper.

1501: Heurelho Gomes comes for a cross and gets nowhere near it, Obafemi Martins controls the ball with his hand unintentionally and fires in-off the post - but it's ruled out for handball.

1501: We're under way at the City of Manchester Stadium.

1500: Tom Huddlestone plays a cute pass into the path of Darren Bent but he puts a bit too much on it and Bent is beaten to the ball by the advancing Steve Harper.

1459: Alan Smith crashes into Alan Hutton and brings the full-back down - he's given a warning by referee Mark Halsey for his trouble.

1548: Obafemi Martins heads over from a corner from the Newcastle right. He's increased their threat by 1000%.

From Damien, via text on 81111: "Did I hear some where on the site there is an end of season results predictor? I'd like to play around with Newcastle's run-in."

Fill your boots, son...
Play Predictor

1454: Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka play a one-two and the Nigerian just cannot get the ball out of his feet, shooting over from 18 yards. A lively start from the pair.

1454: Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka come on for Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan. That's got the makings of a now-or-never substitution. Nolan doesn't look too pleased, mind.

1453: Ryan Taylor's free-kick from the right is kicked away by Tottenham's near post man. That is a crime in footballing terms.

1451: I can't believe Tottenham aren't further ahead - where there's life, there's hope for Newcastle. Maybe fate (see 1357) is having the last laugh after all. Wilson Palacios' goalbound shot from 15 yards is blocked by Sebastien Bassong.

1449: They like Tom Huddlestone at Tottenham, but this 60-yard pass is a fraction too hard and is even out of reach of the little flier Aaron Lennon. He gets a nice hand anyway.

From Anthony in Montego Bay, Jamaica, via text on 81111: "There is no justice - yesterday there was Stoke v Blackburn on TV, but today I've had to resort to laying on a beach, drinking beer and using my phone for score updates... damn it!"

1445: That Tom Huddlestone - he hits a ball like nothing you've ever seen. Another 22-yard free-kick flies off the sweet spot of his trusty right boot and smashes into Sebastien Bassong, almost knocking the defender off his feet.

1444: Spurs are still playing this one a little bit like a training game, but they probably should be trying to score another goal - no-one's ever comfortable at 1-0, are they?

1443: It's full-time in the Championship and Ipswich have won the Old Farm derby 3-2 against local rivals Norwich.

1441: Habib Beye again comes to Newcastle rescue as Robbie Keane chased on to a ball into the box, blocking the Irishman's shot.

1440: They are into injury time at Portman Road in the Championship and it's Ipswich 3-2 Norwich. Seconds left there.
Live text - Ipswich v Norwich

1439: An Alan Hutton cross from the right is cleared from about two yards out by Habib Beye.

1438: Newcastle bring on Alan Smith at half-time for Steven Taylor - it's only Smith's fourth appearance of the season. He won't just lie down and die, that's for sure. We're back under way.

1437: In 1997 and 1999, I watched Nottingham Forest produce some truly wretched performances when they were supposed to be fighting for their Premier League lives. But that half from Newcastle was as bad as anything I've seen from a team in this position. It just cannot be that bad again.

From Sebastien Bassong - The Lovechild of Vidic, Terry and Ferdinand on 606: "Quite possibly the worst first half I have EVER seen. I've been holding onto hope and stuck to the belief that we would pull together and get out of this mess. however based on that performance, we haven't got a chance in hell! On the bright side, in the last few games we have ALWAYS had one good half, one bad half. Lets just hope that wasn't the good one."
Join the debate on 606

1430: Here comes Macca to brighten up our day: "Tottenham striker Robbie Keane (8.63) is very much top dog in Player Rater land at half-time after that stroll in the park. In contrast, Newcastle's Sebastien Bassong (3.43) has very little to bark about. If you think that's ruff justice, why not head on over and have a little play."
Rate the players

1427: Midfielder Nigel De Jong returns for Manchester City after he was ineligible for their Uefa Cup tie in midweek. He will replace Pablo Zabaleta in the middle, with the Argentine switching to right-back in place of Micah Richards, who drops to the bench. Shaun Wright-Phillips is still not fit so Elano keeps his place in midfield. West Brom are unchanged from last weekend's draw with Portsmouth - striker Luke Moore did not make the squad so 17-year-old academy striker Chris Wood, who came on for his debut against Pompey, is again on the bench.

BBC Radio 5 Live

From BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge: "There isn't a team in the Premier League they will beat playing like this, Newcastle. They don't know what they're doing, they don't know their jobs - it just beggars belief. Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie have set this team up, so it's up to them to sort it out."


1422: Half-time Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle

1421: The television camera pans around to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who is finding something quite funny as he chats with someone. I hope it's not his team's display he's laughing at.

1420: Cracking cross to the far post from Alan Hutton and Darren Bent gets above Ryan Taylor, only to head over the crossbar. How is this only 1-0?

1419: Jonas Gutierrez does well to get the better of Vedran Corluka down the Newcastle left, but he just cannot quite find Michael Owen in the area.

1416: Spurs just had a good shout for a free-kick on the right of the Newcastle box for a shirt tug on Aaron Lennon, but maybe referee Mark Halsey feels a little sorry for the visitors and lets it go.

1416: Man City v West Brom line-ups
Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, De Jong, Kompany, Ireland, Elano, Caicedo, Robinho.
Subs: Hart, Richards, Garrido, Petrov, Fernandes, Evans, Sturridge.
West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Robinson, Morrison, Greening, Koren, Dorrans, Brunt, Fortune.
Subs: Kiely, Filipe Teixeira, Borja Valero, Simpson, Donk, Mulumbu, Wood.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

1413: We've got five minutes left and if you are anything to do with Newcastle United, you will be hoping that time flies by. Tom Huddlestone hits another sweet left-footer that Steve Harper tips over.

1411: It's just calamity stuff from Newcastle - what the hell is going on? Twice Robbie Keane has time in the area to pull the ball back to Luka Modric, who has the freedom of the area, and his first effort is blocked and second one deflected twice into Steve Harper's arms.

1409: Newcastle have changed things around after that group chat, but most of them still don't look like they know where they are playing.

1408: In the Championship, Ipswich have just gone ahead against Norwich thanks to a Giovani penalty. It's 2-1, lots of time left.
Live text - Ipswich v Norwich

1407: Michael Dawson is stretchered off and replaced by Alan Hutton - let's hope it's nothing too serious. Meanwhile, Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie are talking to about six Newcastle players by the touchline - they're probably asking where they should be playing, because it doesn't look as if half of them know.

1404: Michael Dawson lands heavily after winning a header and needs treatment. It gives the ball a welcome rest after it was almost destroyed by Tom Huddlestone's effort a few moments ago.

From Gary on Wembley Way, via text on 81111: "My son is a mascot for Man Utd today, so at Wembley for the occasion and VERY proud. Beautiful sunny day, Utd and Everton fans all singing together. Roll on 4pm!"


1401: Spurs break and do it quickly (where have we heard that before?) and after about six shots are bravely blocked by Newcastle defenders the ball falls to Tom Huddlestone 25 yards out - he hits an absolute hammer that might just be creeping in under the bar, until Steve Harper pulls off a fabulous flying save.

1359: Newcastle are going to have to change things, even though it's early - it could be game over by half-time if it carries on at this rate.


1357: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle
Haha, I laugh in the face of fate (see 1300). Spurs break and do it quickly - Luka Modric tries to find Robbie Keane and Sebastien Bassong makes the interception, but it rolls into the path of Darren Bent. His first shot is saved by Steve Harper, but it trickles back to the striker and he converts from a tight angle. It had been coming.

1356: Newcastle's best threat might come from set-pieces - Damien Duff hits a corner to the man at the near post, before Ryan Taylor's free-kick is headed over his own bar by Jonathan Woodgate.

From Asprilla3Barcelona2 on 606: "I hate being a Newcastle fan sometimes."
Join the debate on 606

1353: Aaron Lennon plays a one-two with Robbie Keane and races down the right, but his cross does not quite find Darren Bent. If I were a Spurs player, I'd get the ball to Lennon all day long.

1352: Newcastle have been so disappointing and Alan Shearer is barking out instructions from the touchline - he cannot be anything other than displeased with what he's seen so far. They have no shape, no options when they get the ball.

1349: Damien Duff is doing his best - but he's effectively playing at left-back and Aaron Lennon is going to terrorise him if the start is anything to go by. Spurs should be ahead.

1348: Spurs are carving Newcastle open at will and they work a short corner that undoes the visitors - Luka Modric finds Darren Bent 15 yards out and his shot, lacking power, is easily handled by Steve Harper.

From Craig, in Newcastle, obviously, via text on 81111: "Is Michael Carrick playing today? Thought he just walked past me in Newcastle!"

You know as much as I do at this stage, mate. Maybe even more.

1345: Cracking pass from Wilson Palacios to Robbie Keane that splits the Newcastle centre-backs and Keane's cross to the edge of the six-yard box is cleared away on the stretch by Steven Taylor - a backs-to-the-wall defender born and bred.

1344: Michael Owen slips in Jonas Gutierrez down the left and he's in loads of space - but he takes too long cutting in on to his right-foot shot and the effort is blocked when it eventually comes in.

1342: First real spell in possession from Newcastle and Jonas Gutierrez shows some quick feet to get past Vedran Corluka, who unceremoniously dumps the Argentine to the floor.

1340: Pass of the day - a volleyed, instinctive, brilliant 50-yard crossfield effort from Tom Huddlestone on to the chest of Robbie Keane out on the left. Fabio Capello watches on, appearing unimpressed.

From mark the mad on 606: "Should have been a free-kick and a red."
Join the debate on 606

1337: Bassong is the luckiest player in England - replays show that he grabbed Bent's shirt and hauled the striker down. Newcastle could be down to 10 men already, so is this the start of some good fortune for Alan Shearer's men?

1337: Sebastien Bassong appears to get the wrong side of Darren Bent and the striker goes down on the edge of the Newcastle box - but nothing doing according to referee Mark Halsey.

1336: Never has the sun graphic been more apt (though it's only the third time it's been used) - it's glorious at Tottenham this afternoon. Spurs have had all the play so far.

The sun is out

1334: In bright sunshine at White Hart Lane (it's an excuse for the graphic as much as anything), Spurs and Newcastle kick-off what is a hugely-important Premier League match.

1332: There is a minute's applause at Tottenham in honour of the former Spurs striker Jimmy Neighbour, who sadly died aged 58 this week.
Former Spurs star Neighbour dies

1328: Robbie Keane and Michael Owen lead out their teams and we're moments from getting under way.

1327: Little bit of FA Cup team news for you, very early clearly - we understand that Edwin van der Sar, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo have not travelled with the Manchester United squad and will play no part at Wembley today.

From James, Newcastle, via text on 81111: "See Tony, via text - if he's not caught on CCTV pressing the 'r' button on his BlackBerry, it's probably not a course worth bothering with... I hope Spurs let him down - Toon for their third consecutive Spurs double!!"

1323: My favourite recent moment in this fixture is when Obafemi Martins broke the net and physics with his left-foot rocket shot at White Hart Lane a couple of years back. It quite literally would still be travelling.
Report: Spurs 2-3 Newcastle

1321: Spurs are unbeaten in 12 matches at home in all competitions, but Newcastle have gone seven league games without a win. However, the Magpies have remarkably won the last six meetings between these two teams.

1317: But back to Spurs v Newcastle. It's hard to believe that when these boys met in the Carling Cup earlier on in the season, Spurs were bottom of the Premier League and Newcastle second bottom. A lot has happened since then - but the Magpies are rooted in exactly the same position. They need to start winning - and fast.

1314: By the way, there's a critical game going on in the Championship right now, in which it would perhaps be fair to say I have something of a vested interest. It stands Ipswich 1-1 Norwich. No further comment, your honour.
Live text - Ipswich v Norwich

1311:Tottenham's Jermain Defoe is on the bench after a rapid recovery from his broken foot, but Roman Pavlyuchenko hasn't recovered so it's Darren Bent and Robbie Keane up front, while Jermaine Jenas is injured too. Newcastle's Obefami Martins' groin problem means he's only on the bench, with Andy Carroll rewarded with a starting role up front with Michael Owen after scoring last week's equaliser against Stoke.

From Tony, via text on 81111: "I'm stuck on a boring CCTV course and covertly pressing the "r" button on my BlackBerry to refresh this page. Don't let me down Spurs."

Is that a Djibril CCTV course? No, oh, OK then.

From Scraggy on 606: "Newcastle have a lot of work to do if they are to avoid the drop this season. A positive result against Tottenham is absolutely imperative, not just for survival, but to avoid a mass player exodus that could see them go down and stay there for a long time to come."
Join the debate on 606

1300: Stevo's Predos (don't worry, I'm playing a very, very shrewd game with fate, here):
Tottenham 0-0 Newcastle
Man City 0-0 West Brom
Man Utd 0-0 Everton (Man Utd to win 1-0 on penos)
Lawro's predictions

1257: Tottenham v Newcastle line-ups
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Huddlestone, Modric, Keane, Bent.
Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Bale, Zokora, Bentley, Campbell, Defoe.
Newcastle: Harper, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Bassong, Beye, Duff, Nolan, Butt, Gutierrez, Owen, Carroll.
Subs: Krul, Guthrie, Martins, Smith, Ameobi, Edgar, Viduka.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1255: It's Tottenham v Newcastle first up today, and there's plenty to play for for both of these boys at White Hart Lane. Spurs could move to within a point of West Ham in seventh if they win - that's the crucial last Uefa Europa League spot available. As for Newcastle, they don't need me to tell them they're four points away from Premier League safety.

Text in your views on 81111

1253: Feel free to have your say on the latest addition to our live text football coverage - but I'd love it if you got stuck in to the action today as well. I mean, I don't want to curse the day before it's even begun, but there's bound to be some major talking points. Text me up on 81111, and get involved on 606. That's (partly) why we're here.
Join the debate on 606

1250: Two enormous Premier League matches, the second FA Cup semi-final and yet more roll out of our brand-spanking new graphics that take you right back to the golden days of the 1980s. It just doesn't get much better than this, does it? Does it?

1245: Football, hang your head in shame. After the low-key, low quality, low entertainment of yesterday, I feel we're owed something just a little bit special today.

Tottenham, Newcastle, Manchester City, West Brom, Manchester United and Everton - we, the people who expect you to bring sunshine into our lives, are waiting with bated breath.

Print Sponsor

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
Man Utd 0-0 Everton (aet)
19 Apr 09 |  FA Cup
Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle
19 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Man City 4-2 West Brom
19 Apr 09 |  Premier League

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.