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Premier League as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Jonathan Stevenson

1904: I think now might be a good time to wrap up. Thank you so much for your company, not just today, but throughout the whole Premier League season. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have. Spoony is on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 right now, and a belting Match of the Day will be on BBC One and online at 2220 BST. I'll be back for the Championship play-off tomorrow - after a couple of much-needed beers. See you then.

Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia: "If I didn't want to be a manager I wouldn't have taken the job, but I do feel that the club needs a bigger name. I took over in a difficult situation. I was asked to keep the club up and I achieved that, but it's time for the club to kick on. I could have been selfish and stayed on but I felt it was best for the club for me to step down."

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate: "Yeah absolutely I want to stay. Inevitably, there's going to be an adverse reaction from the supporters and there'll be many who want me to move on - but I feel I would like that challenge. We've failed as a football club and I take responsibility for that - but we know the reasons why."

Newcastle boss Alan Shearer: "I'm angry at the whole situation. You can say I haven't been good enough, the players, the managers before that. There are huge things that have gone on that haven't been right - and now we're paying the price. You've seen our magnificent fans and what they deserve - they deserve better than what they've had probably for the last five or six seasons."

1853: Hey Newcastle, Middlesbrough and West Brom fans, I've got some good news for you: you'll be travelling to the City Ground next season to face the mighty Nottingham Forest. We might even whack out our two European Cups for you to have a good look at - can't say fairer than that, eh?

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From colonel_white on 606: Manager of the year has to be between Roy Hodgson, David Moyes and Tony Pulis, all of them getting their clubs to perform well above expectations and on a showstring. Out of them, Hodgson gets my vote."
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1846: How remiss of me - they'd never stand for it in Spain when the top scorer wins the Pichichi, or Italy, when they are named Capocannonieri. Congratulations to Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka, who scored his 19th goal of the season today and wins the Premier League's Golden Boot award.

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From Lauren, Hull, via text on 81111: "We've just survived our first season in the Premier League. Forgive us and our manager for wanting to celebrate a little!"

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn: "You bet your life Ricky Sbragia is staying on, he has a job here for life. We will see an awful lot more of him at this club in the future. [American investor] Ellis Short has had a ball today and went through a lot of emotion. We'll concentrate on that in the coming weeks but I believe something very positive is about to happen. As for Boro, Steve Gibson is the role model and wrote the blueprint on how to be a proper chairman. Alan Shearer is a proper gentleman too and I am gutted for both of them, but they will bounce back - they are too big and too strong not to."

BBC Radio 5 Live's Danny Mills: "I definitely feel Gareth Southgate should stay at Boro, it hasn't been easy for him. He's had to cut the wage bill this season, but he's building things long term and Boro will be stronger for it. I wouldn't be surprised to see them up there next year. It's a different situation for Newcastle. There's a good chance they could 'do a Leeds'. There'll be a huge clear-out of players in the summer."

1835: What a day it has been. Especially for Sunderland fans, who find themselves as the north-east's only remaining top-flight representative, and Hull, who have won once in their last 22 league games - they probably cannot quite believe they have managed to avoid the drop.

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From Geoff V, via text on 81111: "Am trooping forlornly away from Upton Park. Goals for column says everything about Boro's season. 28 goals is a meagre return. A clear-out is now certain and we haven't a clue what our line-up will be in the Championship."

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate: "It's a low for our club, our supporters, our players and staff. It's incredible that 35 points have been enough to stay up. It's a painful blow for the club but we have to take the pain today and move forward tomorrow."

1828: Breaking news: Ricky Sbragia reveals he is standing down as Sunderland manager, having - just - kept them in the Premier League.

Hull boss Phil Brown on BBC 5 Live: "It was a rollercoaster of emotions during the last 45 minutes because I asked for the scores at half-time. We've survived - and I can say it's the greatest achievement of my career. One of my ambitions was to be a Premier League manager at 50."

Newcastle boss Alan Shearer: "I'll go away and speak to the owner and the chairman and give my opinion, then it's up to them as to which way they go. It needs total rebuilding. Newcastle United in the Championship will be a big scalp next season. We're all raw, bitter and hurting and now isn't the time to speak about my future."

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez: "I was trying to keep him on the bench until the last minute but I couldn't because the fans were pushing me. Working with Sami Hyypia for five years I know he is a fantastic professional and hopefully he will do the same in Germany and then come back to us. Clearly he will have a position with us in two or three years if we're still here."

Newcastle manager Alan Shearer: "There's hurt, a bit of anger too. It's a sad day for the football club, but let's be honest, we haven't be good enough all year. That's the fact - we deserve to go down, the bottom three all do."

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From AZ - 1981, 2009 on 606: "Newcastle relegated themselves the moment they sold Shay Given. He'd kept them in the division for years."
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BBC 5 Live's John Murray at the KC Stadium: "Phil Brown is still making his way around the pitch applauding the crowd, followed like a Pied Piper by his players. We've had some great scenes of celebration here - but I can't help but think those scenes are at odds with the fact that Hull only won one of their last 22 league games."

BBC 5 Live's Ian Dennis at Villa Park: "Away to my left, the Newcastle dressing-room door is locked tight. A summer of uncertainty awaits. Relegation will have severe financial implications for the club."

1813: So, to clarify: Manchester United are champions, Liverpool and Chelsea have qualified for the Champs Lge group stages next season and Arsenal will have a qualifying round to get through. Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham will play in the Uefa Europe League. West Brom, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United are relegated to the Championship.

Hull chairman Paul Duffen: "It was a long afternoon. The last 20 minutes were the most painful of my life. But good stuff. It's not nice to win by default. We were hostage to fortune - but thankfully our luck held and we're playing Premier League football. I feel a few hangovers coming before I make any big decisions. As for Phil, he's done an amazing job. Momentarily, we were top of the Premier League. He's made thousands of decisions this season and the vast majority he got right. I'm very proud of him."

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From Craigy, East Kilbride, via text on 81111: "Newcastle got what they deserved this season but Mike Ashley needs to take a good look at himself and what he's done at the club. Well done Hull and Sunderland.

1808: Phil Brown just strutted out on to the pitch at the KC Stadium, microphone in hand, and started singing. Football, bloody hell. "It's the biggest thing I've ever done in my footballing career," he says.

BBC 5 Live's John Murray at the KC Stadium: "Most of the Hull supporters have stayed on to applaud their team. The players will be led back out by Phil Brown. There are tears of joy here - not least from chairman Paul Duffen. It wasn't much of a game here - but it really all hinged on what happened at Villa Park."

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From geordiechris on 606: "Well, congrats to Hull and Sunderland for surviving, and Villa for, frankly, being the better team today. Ultimately we just didn't deserve to survive, over the course of the season we were consistently terrible. Hopefully Newcastle can restructure after this and sort out all the problems we have all over the team and the club and be better and stronger for it."
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1802: For the Anonymous person who just texted in: "Auf wiedersehen pets!", you have a very, very cruel sense of humour. Newcastle fans - I cannot tell you how much I feel for you right now. This is as bad as football-supporting gets, but you will be back.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Tears already here at Villa Park as Newcastle drop down into the Championship. Alan Shearer accepts his fate with dignity and his applause for the Newcastle fans is generously returned, but this has been a miserable end to a dreadful season. At times in the second half, with their Premier League fate on the line, Newcastle's players almost appeared unaware of the fate that awaited them. This is the price of years of mismanagement at Newcastle on a variety of levels - and it is a heavy one."

1758: Alan Shearer grabs his players and makes them go over en masse to clap their supporters. They will next be together in the Championship in August - but how many of these players will still be at the club then? What a summer they face at St James' Park.

1756: Alan Shearer looks like a broken man. Meanwhile at Hull City, the crowd has erupted. They are safe, as are Sunderland.

NEWCASTLE ARE RELEGATED FROM THE PREMIER LEAGUE

Red card
SENDING OFF David Edgar (Newcastle)
The young Magpies defender is shown a second yellow for a foul on Ashley Young. They are still playing, though.

MIDDLESBROUGH ARE RELEGATED FROM THE PREMIER LEAGUE

1753: We've had full-times at Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea.

1752: Shola Ameobi heads a Jose Enrique cross over. Newcastle are finally getting the ball in the box.

1751: We're not even sure that Michael Owen has touched the ball at Villa Park. This is unbelievable. As things stand, Newcastle United are getting relegated from the Premier League.

1750: Sami Hyypia has a header cleared off the line for Liverpool. Hull have four minutes of injury time left, Newcastle have four minutes too.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1749: GOAL Andy Reid swings over a left-footed cross from the right wing and Kenwyne Jones is there to head it past Petr Cech and into the Chelsea net.
Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea

1748: Almost salvation from the unlikeliest of sources for Newcastle as Jose Enrique's wayward cross creeps inches past the Aston Villa upright. Five minutes left in that match.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1747: GOAL Game over - and another exceptional goal from Leon Osman, who skips past two Fulham defender and spanks a shot into the far corner from 20 yards. Lovely stuff.
Fulham 0-2 Everton

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1745: GOAL Sunderland have a shout for a penalty waved away and Chelsea go up the other end, Florent Malouda having a shot blocked and Ashley Cole firing in the rebound - with his right foot. It's like the last day of term, isn't it?
Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea

1744: Newcastle need one goal to stay in the Premier League. One goal. And it only takes a second to score a goal.

1744: Steven Gerrard curls a free-kick inches wide and Sami Hyypia comes on to a resounding standing ovation from the Anfield faithful. He takes the armband - and my word does he deserve this.

BBC Sport's Alex Gulrajani at Anfield: "The Kop is desperate for Sami Hyypia. Chants of Sami, Sami, Sami; on, on, on, echo around Anfield."

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1741: GOALYossi Benayoun makes sure of the win for the hosts as he shrugs off Ledley King's challenge to sidefoot past the advancing Heurelho Gomes.
Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham

1740: That was Villa's chance to relegate Newcastle. Gabby Agbonlahor's cross finds John Carew at the back post as Steven Taylor slips, but the Norwegian doesn't make contact. Villa should have put them away by now - can Newcastle have the last laugh?

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From Matt, Bangor, via text on 81111: "Newcastle and Middlesbrough have been shocking. In no way do they deserve to represent top-flight English football, glad to see them go."

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1737: GOAL Spurs narrow the deficit at Anfield as former Reds striker Robbie Keane springs the offside trap and has an age to beat Pepe Reina. Stony silence from The Kop.
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham

1735: Richard Eckersley plays a nice-one two at Hull and curls a right-foot shot just wide from the edge of the box. United still look more likely to score.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Newcastle need to find some urgency from somewhere. This is tame stuff and even their fans are becoming more subdued as time runs out. Michael Owen may be on, but he has yet to receive any service worthy of the name. Desperate times for Shearer and co."

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1733: GOAL Salomon Kalou picks up a half-clearance on the edge of the box and rifles a right-foot shot past Marton Fulop in the Sunderland goal. They're not out of it yet.
Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

1731: Newcastle are looking every inch the weary relegation-threatened side they are right now and Gareth Barry almost doubles Villa's lead when he curls inches wide. But, while it's still only 1-0...

Red card
SENDING OFF Jason Roberts (Blackburn)
That looks a bit harsh on first replay, might need to see it again. The striker is sent off for an alleged elbow, but didn't look to be much in it.

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1727: Last throw of the Geordie dice - Alan Shearer throws on Michael Owen for Kevin Nolan. Can Owen be the new Messiah?

1725: That goal might be given as an Alan Hutton own goal. But let's be fair, there are more important things going on.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1723: GOAL Liverpool double their lead over Spurs, as Dirk Kuyt plays a one-two with Yossi Benayoun and his shot is deflected off Alan Hutton into the visitors' goal.
Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Villa fans demand a wave from Newcastle boss Alan Shearer - and he happily obliges despite his current perilous position. Some action for Michael Owen as he jogs gently down the touchline. Can't be too long before he makes his appearance now."

1721: Here's As It Stands Macca, as he's been redubbed: "A quick recap as to where we're at with last-day deciders: Boro and Newcastle are joining West Brom in dropping to the Championship, Hull and Sunderland will be safe, Everton are pipping Villa to fifth place and Fulham will take the final European place ahead of Spurs."

1719: Jose Enrique is on for Peter Lovenkrands at Villa and Newcastle sub Michael Owen is warming up.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1718: GOAL It's a disaster for Brad Jones and Gareth Southgate knows their fate is just about sealed. Junior Stanislas hits a shot from 20 yards that doesn't have much power, but creeps under Jones' attempted save. Shocker.
West Ham 2-1 Middlesbrough

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From Ben, Wallsend, via text on 81111: "Special mention to the legend that is Tugay who is playing his last game for Blackburn today before retiring. A fantastic servant to the club and a great player who will be missed next year!"

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Alan Shearer, Iain Dowie and Chris Hughton are in deep discussion in the technical area. Newcastle subs are warming up, but it is Jonas Gutierrez and Jose Enrique. No sign of Michael Owen. Yet."

1714: It's gamble number one for Hull boss Phil Brown, with Caleb Folan coming on for Geovanni.

1714: Ashley Young is threatening to put Newcastle to bed at Villa Park, first forcing Steve Harper to tip over direct from a corner and then curling inches wide when well placed on the edge of the area.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1712: GOAL Grant Leadbitter's cross from the left is missed by Petr Cech, who was under pressure from Kenwyne Jones, and Kieran Richardson takes advantage to drill in a leveller. Breathing space restored for Sunderland.
Sunderland 1-1 Chelsea

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1710: GOAL Gary O'Neil crashes in his fourth goal of the season to give Boro a glimmer of hope, blasting in 15 yards out from the right after good work from Tuncay.
West Ham 1-1 Middlesbrough

1708: So, all four teams who were threatened with relegation are now losing. As they have been doing for quite a while, it seems.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1706: GOAL That's a blow for the Black Cats, but what a goal. Nicolas Anelka ensures he will finish above Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot, running from inside his own half and lashing a wonderful 25-yarder into the top corner. Stunning strike.
Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea

1705: They've kicked off at Hull and at Aston Villa too.

1704: We're under way at Sunderland.

1704: The players are coming out again, across England. Boro are gone, so this is about Hull, Newcastle and Sunderland for the remaining place. Someone, at some stage, is going to have to show that they really want to stay in the Premier League. Because they haven't so far.

1701: Remember, that if Newcastle score - and Hull lose - then the Magpies will be safe. One goal might be all Alan Shearer's men require. Can they do it?

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From Steve in Wigan, via text on 81111: "Anyone else notice that the sudden turn around and demise of Hull started after Phil Brown humiliated his players at Man City?"

BBC Sport's Alex Gulrajani at Anfield: "After producing a mosaic in dedication to Sami Hyypia the Kop has gone quiet. Liverpool have dominated the game but the Spurs fans are in good voice and despite pleading from Liverpool's announcer they are definitely not sitting down."

1651: On the stroke of half-time, Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins rose unmarked 12 yards out to meet a long free-kick, but he steered his header wide. Sorry it took so long to tell you, there's just a lot going on.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "The Toon Army is dejected as Damien Duff's unwitting deflection puts Newcastle back in the drop zone. Never a great idea to have an out-and-out winger at left-back, but doesn't that sum up a dysfunctional season on Tyneside? Newcastle's fans are silent now as the taunts of Villa supporters only increase their misery."

1649: It's half-time at Hull City and at Aston Villa now. Alan Shearer and Gareth Southgate face a very big 15 minutes.

Woodwork
1648: Florent Malouda slams a left-foot shot against the Sunderland crossbar after a lovely pass from Jon Mikel Obi. It's half-time now at the Stadium or Light and at West Ham.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1646: GOAL Everton go ahead - and there's hope for Spurs is the race for seventh. The brilliant Steven Pienaar slips in Leon Osman, who beats the offside trap and goes around Mark Schwarzer before slotting in from an angle.
Everton 1-0 Fulham

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1645: GOAL Arsenal are rampant, but Stoke aren't exactly helping themselves. Rory Delap's header back to Thomas Sorensen is woefully short and Robin van Persie chests it down and volleys it home from 12 yards.
Arsenal 4-1 Stoke

1643: So as things stands, it's as you were, with Newcastle and Middlesbrough going down and Fulham in seventh.

1642: John Carew drives into the Newcastle box and his cross is diverted agonisingly wide by Gabby Agbonlahor. Another Villa goal and Newcastle are nearly gone here.

1639: Danny Wellbeck nods on a long goal-kick and Federico Macheda works space in the area before dragging his shot only inches wide. Hull are rocking, while Man United's youngsters are growing in confidence.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1639: GOAL Gareth Barry picks the ball up 40 yards out and hits a tame shot that is going nowhere - until Damien Duff stick out his right foot and sends it spinning past Steve Harper.
Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1636: GOAL The Boro defence are all over the place as Carlton Cole side-foots home past Brad Jones following fine work from Luis Boa Morte down the left. That is why they're going down.
West Ham 1-0 Middlesbrough

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1635: GOAL Liverpool break the deadlock in a dull match at Anfield as Fernando Torres rises between two Tottenham defenders to head home the cross from Dirk Kuyt off the underside of the crossbar.
Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1633: GOAL Denilson brings down Ricardo Fuller inside the Arsenal box and the striker slots it past Vito Mannone to make the score a bit more respectable.
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke

PENALTY TO STOKE

1630: Juliano Belletti has to go off injured for Chelsea and midfielder Michael Ballack replaces him.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1628: GOAL Charles N'Zogbia drives down the Wigan left and fires a ball across the six-yard box, which Sol Campbell completely misses, allowing Hugo Rodallega to tap into an empty net.
Wigan 1-0 Portsmouth

1627: As news of that goal filtered through to Villa Park, the Newcastle fans went crazy.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1626: GOAL That's no reserve-team player - if it is, we're all in trouble. Darron Gibson picks the ball up 35 yards out and unleashes a right-foot screamer that flies into the top, far corner. Incredible hit.
Hull City 0-1 Manchester United

1624: The game at Villa Park is more end-to-end than a Wimbledon tennis final at the moment as Newcastle keeper Steve Harper does well to get Stiliyan Petrov's cross away off the toes of Gareth Barry six yards out.

Woodwork
1622: A 21-minute round-up at Upton Park. Boro need a goal, then another one and then a few more, probably and they start against West Ham with their second kick of the day flying into the laps of the supporters. Nerves are jangling. Highlights so far - a crunching Luis Boa Morte tackle and Junior Stanislas (born in Eltham) crashing a shot against the Boro crossbar.


Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1621: GOAL Someone's having fun in the north London sun, and it ain't the visitors. Goals don't get much more simple as Robin van Persie swings over a cross and Abou Diaby heads in his fourth goal of the season.
Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

1620: Nani's free-kick slaps into the gloves of Boaz Myhill at Hull. Steve Harper saves from Craig Gardner at Villa.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1619: GOAL Arsenal double their lead early on after Ryan Shawcross fouls Robin van Persie and the Dutchman slots in the penalty himself.
Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

PENALTY TO ARSENAL

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Newcastle's fans raising the volume here at Villa Park. Real encouragement for Alan Shearer's side going forward in a good open game. Both sides looking lively in attack and listless at the back."


1615: Mark Viduka flicks the ball on and Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins volleys wildly over from 10 yards. They've got to take one of these chances while they're on top. The manager would've fair buried it.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1614: GOAL Arsenal's short corner is fired across the goalline by Cesc Fabregas and James Beattie accidentally diverts it into his own net.
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

1612: Newcastle's Damien Duff cuts in from the left and fires a low right-footed shot at goal from the edge of the area that Brad Friedel clumsily shovels behind. The Magpies look to be settling after a nervy opening and moments later Carlos Cuellar clears off the line from Steven Taylor.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1611: GOAL Robinho's quickly-taken free-kick finds Stephen Ireland, his chip is clipped across the six-yard box by Micah Richards and Felipe Caicedo taps in from close-range.
Manchester City 1-0 Bolton

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie are out of the dug-out and shouting furiously at someone - and you can bet your bottom dollar on Fabricio Coloccini being the subject of their tirade. An awful start from the defender. The nerves of Newcastle's supporters would have been on edge anyway and the Coloccini has done nothing to make them feel any better."

1608: Remember, if you're struggling to find the scores, they are all top right of this very page. That's where they live now, see? All 0-0, but probably not for long.

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From Brian Short, via text on 81111: "I would normally be at the Stadium of Light screeming "Haway the Lads" but I'm sitting under a tree in southern India with my laptop keeping up to date with BBC Live text. This is hell!"

Woodwork
1605: Louis Saha hits the Fulham crossbar with a header for Everton. Remember, it's just Fulham and Tottenham who are vying for seventh and the last Uefa Europa League place.

1604: Michael Essien heads a corner wide for Chelsea at Sunderland. A Hull corner causes Man Utd problems, too. Boy it's tense already.

1603: Fabricio Coloccini does well to deal with the pace of Gabby Agbonlahor, who, moments later, heads over from six yards. Nervy times already for Newcastle.

1602: Middlesbrough and West Ham and Hull and Man Utd are under way too. They possibly are in the day's other six Premier League games to boot.

1601: Aston Villa and Newcastle are under way too. I'm shaking and I don't even support anyone!

1601: They've kicked off at Sunderland.

1600: West Ham fans are surrounding Boro boss Gareth Southgate and asking for autographs. Maybe they're getting them in while they can. Boro will have to climb an Everest-sized mountain today if they are to escape.

1558: There are 20 teams emerging from tunnels across England. I'm so excited I may weep. We're almost ready to go.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Villa fans have responded to Newcastle's banners with one of their own: 'Who's your next Messiah? Ant or Dec?' Cruel, cutting words those. The Toon Army is oblivious. Villa club captain Martin Laursen is giving a farewell speech on the pitch after announcing his retirement through injury."

1555: My fingers are bleeding already. It just does not get any bigger than this. I hope you're all ready.

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1549: Quite a few Liverpool fans seem utterly perplexed as to why Sami Hyypia is not starting today, before he departs for Bayer Leverkusen. Must admit, it does seem strange - they've got nothing to play for whatsoever. The Finn is on the bench.

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From Ben, via text on 81111: "I'm at the KC Stadium and the atmosphere is just like at the play-off final last year - electric but tense. Come on the Tigers!"

1545: Right then - listen up, and listen good. If you've been lazily sitting there taking advantage of auto refresh, you need to get off your backside and get refreshing, because we've got Score at the top of the page for you now. After that I promise, you won't have to press another button (probably).

1543: Some other team news snippets: Goalkeeper Vito Mannone makes his first-team debut for Arsenal, while Alvaro Arbeloa, who had a bust-up with Jamie Carragher last week, has been left out completely by Liverpool.

Hull City manager Phil Brown: "I'm feeling OK and I'm expecting a great atmosphere here, for sure. As for Man Utd's team - there's only one man who gets to name whatever team he wants and that's Ferguson, who's been there 22 years. It could fall for us, but it could fall against us because their team is full of players looking to impress. Our focus and mentality all week has been on winning this game and then we don't need to worry about others."

1541: Blackburn v West Brom line-ups
Blackburn: Robinson, Andrews, Ooijer, Givet, Warnock, Diouf, Kerimoglu, Pedersen, Samba, McCarthy, Grella.
Subs: Bunn, Khizanishvili, Mokoena, Villanueva, Treacy, Olsson, Roberts.
West Brom: Kiely, Zuiverloon, Donk, Olsson, Robinson, Koren, Borja Valero, Greening, Brunt, Menseguez, Fortune.
Subs: Carson, Kim, Moore, Simpson, Downing, Sawyers, Wood.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

1540: West Ham v Middlesbrough line-ups
West Ham: Green, Spector, Neill, Upson, Ilunga, Noble, Kovac, Collison, Boa Morte, Cole, Stanislas.
Subs: Lastuvka, Lopez, Dyer, Nsereko, Tristan, Di Michele, Payne.
Middlesbrough: Jones, McMahon, Wheater, Huth, Hoyte, O'Neil, Bates, Arca, Adam Johnson, Sanli, Emnes.
Subs: Turnbull, Shawky, Bennett, Franks, Williams, Grounds, Walker.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1539: Arsenal v Stoke line-ups
Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Toure, Song Billong, Gibbs, Diaby, Fabregas, Denilson, Arshavin, van Persie, Walcott.
Subs: Szczesny, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Djourou, Bendtner, Eboue.
Stoke: Simonsen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Dickinson, Lawrence, Diao, Whelan, Delap, Beattie, Fuller.
Subs: Sorensen, Olofinjana, Cresswell, Pugh, Kelly, Tonge, Sonko.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

1537: Hull City v Manchester United line-ups
Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Kilbane, Dawson, Garcia, Marney, Boateng, Barmby, Geovanni, Fagan.
Subs: Duke, Hughes, Mendy, Halmosi, Folan, Zayatte, Cousin.
Man Utd: Kuszczak, Rafael Da Silva, Neville, Brown, De Laet, Nani, Fletcher, Gibson, Welbeck, Martin, Macheda.
Subs: Amos, Tosic, Possebon, Eckersley, Corry Evans, Drinkwater, James.
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Newcastle United's players come out to warm-up at Villa Park - and are greeted with huge cheers from their supporters. Michael Owen is out there in preparation for what could be final appearance of his Newcastle career. What price a fairytale end to an unfulfilling spell on Tyneside? They are backed by a huge banner reading: 'Proud To Be A Geordie. We'll Support You Ever More.'"

1535: Hull make one change as they seek to secure their Premier League status, bringing in Dean Marney for Alberto Manucho. Champions Manchester United change their entire side bar Darren Fletcher, choosing to rest their star players ahead of Wednesday's Champions League final against Barcelona, which Fletcher is ruled out of because of suspension.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "We've picked a team with energy and they are good enough to win today, no doubts about that. Also, Rio Ferdinand is getting here, he should be absolutely fine for Wednesday."

1532: Middlesbrough need three points at West Ham to have any chance of staying up. They knew they'd be without skipper Stewart Downing (he's heading for the operating table to have a pin in his foot). Tony McMahon comes in at right-back with Matthew Bates slipping into midfield. And despite needing a hatful of goals, Marlon King is not even in the squad. West Ham welcome back Carlton Cole who's been out for six weeks with a groin strain.

1529: For those of you wondering why Shaun Wright-Phillips is in the Man City team, it's because he's delayed surgery on his knee injury until after the match.

Newcastle manager Alan Shearer: "Man Utd's is a team that can win, we know it's capable of that, no doubts. I'm pretty sure that if we win today, one of the other two will slip up. I always hoped it wouldn't come to this, but I was fairly sure it would do. We've had a good week's training and we're confident."

1526: Sunderland v Chelsea line-ups
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Davenport, Ferdinand, Collins, Malbranque, Whitehead, Tainio, Leadbitter, Richardson, Jones.
Subs: Colgan, Edwards, Cisse, Murphy, Reid, Healy, McShane.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien, Mikel, Belletti, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka.
Subs: Hilario, Di Santo, Ballack, Sinclair, Kalou, Mancienne, Stoch.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1525: Wigan v Portsmouth line-ups
Wigan: Kingson, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia, Cattermole, Brown, N'Zogbia, De Ridder, Rodallega.
Subs: Pollitt, Edman, Cho, Watson, Kupisz, Routledge, McManaman.
Portsmouth: Begovic, Kaboul, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Pennant, Hughes, Mullins, Traore, Utaka, Crouch.
Subs: Ashdown, Primus, Thomas, Pamarot, Cranie, Kanu, Basinas.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1523: Michael Owen has passed a test on a groin injury, but is only fit enough to take his place on the Newcastle bench as Alan Shearer keeps faith with Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka up front. The Toon boss replaces the injured Habib Beye and suspended Sebastien Bassong with David Edgar and Fabricio Coloccini, while Peter Lovenkrands comes in for Jonas Gutierrez. One change for Aston Villa - Craig Gardner replacing Emile Heskey.

1522: Sunderland midfielder Steed Malbranque was a doubt because of a hip injury, but he is passed fit and starts as manager Ricky Sbragia names an unchanged side from the team which lost 3-1 to Pompey. Chelsea have rested midfielder Frank Lampard as Juliano Belletti takes his place. Centre-back Alex makes way for Branislav Ivanovic in what is still a strong-looking Blues line-up.

1520: Manchester City v Bolton line-ups
Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, De Jong, Ireland, Kompany, Wright-Phillips, Caicedo, Robinho.
Subs: Hart, Zabaleta, Bojinov, Petrov, Mwaruwari, Berti, Weiss.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Shittu, Samuel, Mark Davies, Muamba, McCann, Taylor, Elmander, Kevin Davies.
Subs: Al Habsi, Hunt, Riga, Puygrenier, Cohen, Basham, Andrew O'Brien.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

1518: Aston Villa v Newcastle line-ups
Aston Villa: Friedel, Gardner, Davies, Cuellar, Shorey, Milner, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor.
Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Knight, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Albrighton.
Newcastle: Harper, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Edgar, Duff, Guthrie, Nolan, Butt, Lovenkrands, Viduka, Martins.
Subs: Krul, Jose Enrique, Owen, Smith, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Ryan Taylor.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Hull chairman Paul Duffen: "I hope that there is enough quality in our side today for us to be able to teach Manchester United's kids a lesson. But of course we have a plan for next season in both the Premier League and Championship."

1515: Fulham v Everton line-ups
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Gera, Nevland, Kamara.
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Zamora, Dacourt, Gray, Stoor, Baird, Smalling.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Neville, Cahill, Rodwell, Pienaar, Osman, Saha.
Subs: Nash, Castillo, Jo, Vaughan, Jacobsen, Fellaini, Gosling.
Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire)

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1511: Liverpool v Tottenham line-ups
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Aurelio, Mascherano, Alonso, Kuyt, Gerrard, Benayoun, Torres.
Subs: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Riera, Lucas, Insua, Ngog, Degen.
Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Corluka, King, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Zokora, Jenas, Bale, Defoe, Keane.
Subs: Cudicini, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Bent, Gunter, Campbell, Chimbonda.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

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BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Stone: "I think that Manchester United line-up has given Hull City a real opportunity, there are quite a few players who haven't played first-team football recently. As for Rio Ferdinand, I think we'll see him on Wednesday night still."

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1506: There is no Rio Ferdinand for Manchester United, but some familiar names do play in the shape of Gary Neville, Rafael, Wes Brown, Darren Fletcher and Federico Macheda. Full team news to follow, on all of today's 10 Premier League games.

1504: You might remember the comment below from midday. If you're using the auto refresh, can I kindly ask you to manually refresh just this once - because we are now solely dealing with the Premier League. It's about to get brutal.

1500: In my life, I've been relegated from the Premier League three times. It's just about the most gut-wrenching, soul-destroying feeling you can suffer as a football fan, so today, my thoughts and sympathies are with Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Hull and Sunderland. They are about to endure a kind of torture only this great game of ours can subject us to. It's unadulterated, undiluted agony.


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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
Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Hull 0-1 Man Utd
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea
24 May 09 |  Premier League
West Ham 2-1 Middlesbrough
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Arsenal 4-1 Stoke
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Fulham 0-2 Everton
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Man City 1-0 Bolton
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Blackburn 0-0 West Brom
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Wigan 1-0 Portsmouth
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Player Rater
24 May 09 |  Premier League
Premier League coverage club by club
11 Aug 07 |  Premier League
Football on the BBC
19 May 09 |  Football
Millwall 2-3 Scunthorpe
24 May 09 |  League One


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