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Wednesday football as it happened



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By Jonathan Stevenson

2228: Well, that's me done for tonight, but do have a little gander around the site - there are some lovely reports and a cracking photo gallery to boot. I'll see you tomorrow, bright and early, for some Europa League action and the Champions League group stage draw. I won't sleep a wink. Night.

From TeleKemis on 606: "No goals for a year and Kitson goes and scores one like that. That's just amazing, or annoying if you are a Stoke fan."

2221: And it's all over at West Brom too now, the Championship outfit squeezing past Rotherham 4-3 - but only after Dean Kiely makes a magnificent save in the dying moments.

2217: We have a visual on events at Leyton Orient - and they have bowed out of the Carling Cup, 1-0 at the hands of Stoke. Dave Kiston will tonight be celebrating his first goal for the Potters - 13 months after signing for £5.5m. Sheesh.

2216: Oh, this night of drama continues, but it's heartbreak for Rotherham as West Brom take a 4-3 lead thanks to striker Simon Cox. Can the League Twoers hit back one last time?

From Eagleeeee! on 606: "Real Madrid and Manchester United to be in the same group. Please and thank you."

2208: We're into the second half of extra-time in the Leyton Orient 0-1 Stoke and West Brom 3-3 Rotherham Carling Cup second round games. Penalties on at The Hawthorns.

2206: Seedings for Champions League draw:
Pot One: Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, AC Milan, Arsenal, Sevilla, Bayern Munich
Pot Two: Lyon, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Porto, AZ Alkmaar, Juventus, Rangers
Pot Three: Olympiakos, Marseille, Dinamo Kiev, Stuttgart, Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Bordeaux, Besiktas
Pot Four: Wolfsburg, Standard Liege, Maccabi Haifa, FC Zurich, Rubin Kazan, Unirea Urziceni, APOEL Nicosia, Debreceni

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "I could tell some of the Wigan players didn't fancy it when they were warming up. Their manager is different class, we were all swooning over him last year, so their players should shut up and listen to him."

From Jason, Wigan, via text on 81111: "Stevo, you also said that Wigan would win. How did that work out for you?"

2157: Drama. West Brom take umbrage at being behind at home to Rotherham and quick-sharp haul themselves back on level terms, thanks to Craig Beattie's second goal of the game. 3-3.

2154: The drama continues, on a night of, er, drama. Rotherham have only gone ahead at West Brom, haven't they? Tom Pope volleys in and the merry Millers are leading 3-2 against their more illustrious opponents.

From Ben, Leicester, via text on 81111: "A score on my beloved Gunners to win 3-0. Instead of celebrating our continued excellent start to the season, I'm not talking to my girlfriend and am having a whisky on a work night. Kids, don't gamble."
See 1930: mate, I did warn you. You can't say I didn't.

2147: Stoke have finally broken the deadlock against Leyton Orient, Dave Kitson hitting a 30-yard drive to hand the Premier League side the advantage.

2145: Champions League update: Fiorentina are through on away goals against Sporting Lisbon, meaning Rangers will be in pot two tomorrow. APOEL go through against FC Copenhagen, Olympiakos ease past Sheriff and Stuttgart see off Timisoara 2-0 on aggregate.

2142: Shock number two of the night is Bristol City 0-2 Carlisle, and Newcastle have scraped through in a seven-goal thriller at home against Huddersfield.

2140: West Brom 2-2 Rotherham goes to extra-time, while Blackpool have beaten Wigan 4-1 in the shock of the night - Antonio Amaya getting the Premier League side's last-gasp consolation.

2138: Leyton Orient 0-0 Stoke has gone to extra-time, while Tottenham have thrashed Doncaster 5-1 and Cardiff have beaten Bristol Rovers 3-1.

Celtic goal: As far as consolations go, that is absolutely brilliant. Andres Hinkel sends a ball over from the right, near halfway, to the left-hand side of the 18-yard box, and Massimo Donati meets it on the slide with a quite magnificent volley, guiding it into the far corner in-off a post. Sensational strike.

2134: GOAL Arsenal 3-1 Celtic (agg: 5-1)

2132: As things stand, we're going to extra-time at West Brom 2-2 Rotherham and Leyton Orient 0-0 Stoke (yawn).

2129: Amazing scenes at Newcastle, they go 4-3 up over Huddersfield in the final stages as Kevin Nolan taps in from close-range following Shola Ameobi's header. Cardiff go 3-1 up over Bristol Rovers, thanks to the unheralded (I've never heard of him) Josh Magennis.

2128: Celtic will go into the Uefa Europa League now, and that draw will be made on Friday. The group stage draw for the Champions League will be covered on this website on Thursday, from about 1630 BST. I'd expect to see you for that.

From Sean Tracey, Stirling, via text on 81111: "I'd love to hear what Wenger says about the penalty decision. I remember him claiming he wants refs to ban all divers back in March 2006."

2122: Astonishing - we have a cupset in our sights at Ashton Gate, as Bristol City fall 2-0 behind to Carlisle, Gary Madine doubling the League One outfit's advantage.

2120: Game back on at Cardiff as big Steve Elliott hands League One Bristol Rovers a Carling Cup lifeline, heading home a corner. Now 2-1 to the Welsh side.

Arsenal goal: It's now men against Bhoys (damn it). Denilson, who has been sensational, ploughs forward and finds Andrey Arshavin, who tees up Aaron Ramsey - the 17-year-old promptly plays it back in for the Russian and he turns on a sixpence and slots into the bottom corner. As the meerkat might have it: simples.

2116: GOALFLASH Arsenal 3-0 Celtic (agg: 5-0)

2114: Arsenal take off goalscorers Eduardo and Emmanuel Eboue, bringing on Jack Wilshere and Andrey Arshavin.

2112: Astonishing scenes at Blackpool as they go 4-0 up at home against Wigan, who are enduring a frighteningly miserable week so early in the season, thanks to Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Roman Pavlyuchenko slots home for Tottenham and they are 5-1 up at Doncaster.

2110: Goals flying in like there's no tomorrow (there is a tomorrow. There's always a tomorrow) at Newcastle and the hosts have levelled it at 3-3 with Huddersfield thanks to a Shola Ameobi penalty. Meanwhile, Cardiff double their lead at home to Bristol Rovers, Peter Whittingham making it 2-0.

From Alan302 on 606: "Arsenal are a team of higher quality than Celtic, but if we are honest they have had more than their fair share of the luck. Gallas gets a lucky goal. Caldwell gets an unlucky own goal. Eduardo cheated. Eboue scored a nice goal."

2108: Seriously, you'll never guess (no-one's been right yet, and no, it's not Ronaldo. Either of them). Here's more: "Teenager Stevan Jovetic equalises for Fiorentina against Sporting, making it 3-3 on aggregate. The Italians are going through on away goals as it stands - and Rangers would be promoted to pot two in the seedings for tomorrow's group stage. At the moment, Apoel Nicosia, Olympiakos and Stuttgart are also heading group-stage-wards."

2105: Carling Cupset on the cards - Scott Dobie does the business for Carlisle as they take the lead away at Championship side Bristol City. Half an hour to go, 1-0 to the Cumbrians.

2102: Could this be the start of a stunning comeback? No, but Doncaster do get a consolation against Tottenham, Martin Woods firing in from the penalty spot to make it 4-1.

2100: Hang fire on that chat. Rotherham have equalised almost immediately, Tom Pope getting the League Two boys back on level terms at West Brom, 2-2.

2057: West Brom might just avoid an upset in the Carling Cup after all as Graham Dorrans fires Roberto di Matteo's team 2-1 ahead at home against plucky Rotherham.

Arsenal goal: Now that really is game, set and match. Nicklas Bendtner's flick finds Abou Diaby in the Celtic area and he picks out Emmanuel Eboue, who takes his time before slotting into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

2055: GOALFLASH Arsenal 2-0 Celtic (agg: 4-0)

2055: Harsh on Doncaster, who fall 4-0 behind to Tottenham as David Bentley (who he?) rifles a Giovani cross.

2053: Wow. Lee Clark might just have his eye on the Newcastle job, because his team are impressing everyone at St James's right now. Huddersfield take a 3-1 lead through Jordan Rhodes - but wait, Newcastle have just pulled one back thanks to Geremi. What a game.

2052: By the way, Celtic captain Gary Caldwell was taken off at half-time. He's had a nightmare time recently, sent off for Scotland against Norway, scoring an own goal in the first game against Arsenal and at fault for one of St Johnstone's goals on Saturday.

2050: Aiden McGeady has been Celtic's outstanding player tonight, and he rifles a right-foot shot inches wide from outside the Arsenal area. A lovely player to watch in full flight.

2048: Celtic get us back under way at the Emirates and they need three goals in 45 minutes to reach the group stage of the Champions League.

From TeleKemis on 606: "Let's change the subject, shall we? Stevo, how are Forest getting on this season? Haha."

From Poulton Neil, via text on 81111: "At Bloomfield Road, get your money on Ollie's army for a great league and cup run this season, the man has made a big difference. Come on the Pool."

2039: The League Cup show will be on BBC One and this website at 2315 BST, so don't forget to get involved in that.

2036: Let's get one thing straight here: Eduardo might have dived, but some of the things you lot are saying on the texts and 606 about the striker are utterly reprehensible. We can and will ban you, so please refrain from idiotic comments.

2032: Eduardo bends a little snorter from 25 yards that Artur Boruc claws away from the top corner. From the set-piece, Nicklas Bendtner heads wide from four yards. Horrible miss.

2030: You'll never, ever guess in a million years who has just given me this little Champs Lge update: "Joao Moutinho puts Sporting ahead at Fiorentina, making it 3-2 to the Portuguese side on aggregate. And that's not just bad news for Cesare Prandelli's side. Rangers need Fiorentina to win if they are to be promoted to pot two in tomorrow's Champions League draw. It's a thriller at the Neo GSP Stadium where Cypriots Apoel Nicosia lead Copenhagen 3-1, and 3-2 on aggregate. Apoel have never qualified for the group stages of the Champions League."

2027: Huddersfield have only gone and stunned the Geordie faithful, haven't they? The Terriers didn't like being 1-0 down, so they've gone 2-1 up instead, goal-crazy Theo Robinson slotting in from the spot. Barmy.

2025: Celtic's Scott McDonald has the ball in the Arsenal net, but it is correctly ruled out for offside. You can't help but think the officials kind of owe them one tonight.

2023: More crazy times at St James' Park as Newcastle go 1-0 in front against Huddersfield, Danny Guthrie notching, before Theo Robinson equalises immediately for Lee Clark's side, his fourth in five games. Meanwhile, Tottenham go 3-0 up at Doncaster, with Peter Crouch heading home.

From Tony in Brum on 81111: "Why don't you say that Eduardo dived? It was a clear dive and if it was any player NOT from the so-called 'big four' it would be called as a dive."

2019: Cardiff have been piling on the pressure against Bristol Rovers and they take the lead. No prizes for guessing the scorer - Michael Chopra, with his eighth of the season. Does he not realise it's still only August?

2017: Wait - there might be a cupset. Rotherham of League Two have equalised at West Brom, thanks to Michael Cummins. Meanwhile, almost unbelievably, Blackpool take a 3-0 lead at home to shell-shocked Wigan, Charlie Adam slotting in after his penalty had been saved. Well I never.

2015: Eduardo goes down easily again, this time in the middle of the field. We haven't seen every angle on the penalty (there's usually one that proves you wrong) but it looks like the Brazilian-born striker has conned the ref there. Hmm.

Arsenal goal: It'd be fair to say Celtic keeper Artur Boruc will not be sending Eduardo a Christmas card this year. The Croatian skips into the box and goes down next to the keeper, though it looks like there is minimal contact at best. Eduardo picks himself up, takes the longest run-up of all time and rolls in the penalty.

2012: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-0 Celtic (3-0 agg)


2008: Lovely approach play from Abou Diaby - who looks a different player this season - tees up Emmanuel Eboue and he clips the ball up before lashing a right-foot volley wide from the edge of the box.

2006: Aiden McGeady looks Celtic's likeliest conjurer of a chance at the moment - he's swung in two fabulous inswinging crosses from the right and they need to capitalise on one of them.

2004: Unbelievable scenes at Blackpool as they double their lead against Roberto Martinez's Wigan, Ben Burgess' tame, trickling shot somehow creeping past Mike Pollitt in the Latics' goal. Whoops.

2002: One of the boys in the office is fighting a very personal battle with a fly at the moment, but as he continues to grasp at thin air Arsenal continue to press Celtic, who are looking a bit dangerous on the break themselves. If the Scots could score first...

1959: West Brom lead at home to Rotherham in the Carling Cup, with Craig Beattie putting them ahead from distance.

1957: Game over (fate? Pah) at Doncaster as Tottenham go 2-0 up, Jamie O'Hara slamming into the top corner with his right foot after good work from David Bentley.

1955: Boo, no cupset at Donny as it stands as Tottenham - completely against the run of play - take the lead, the enormous unit that is Tom Huddlestone intercepting James Chambers' pass and sliding home.

1953: How did Eduardo not score? By firing wide, that's how. Arsenal slice Celtic open down their left and after Nicklas Bentdner's shot is well saved by Artur Boruc, Eduardo on the slide prods wide, under pressure from Daniel Fox (who by the way is brilliant).

1950: Hold on to your hats, we might just have a cupset on our hands already. Championship Blackpool have taken the lead against Premier League Wigan thanks to Ishmel Demontagnac, who fired into the bottom corner after cutting inside.

1948: James Hayter's volley is saved by Carlo Cudicini as Doncaster almost take the lead at home against a much-changed Tottenham.

1946: Arsenal keep possession for the first minute, before giving it away. It's hard to imagine anything other than the Gunners having most of the ball today.

1945: They are under way at the Emirates and probably, I'd imagine, in most if not all of the Carling Cup games too. What's that just around the corner? A goal fest...?

From yaronian on 606: See 1927. If the new Portsmouth owner sells the midfielder that makes the team tick then you'll know he and Rafa were separated at birth."

1939: "Do you know what the biggest room in the world is?" teases Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. "No, Arsene, what is it?" "The room for improvement," says the Frenchman. Lovely.

1936: Brilliant. My favourite maverick Giovani is in the Spurs team to play Doncaster tonight. Watch him be utterly rubbish, then. Meanwhile, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko start up top.

1930: Anyone fancy the first Stevo's Predos of the new(ish) season? No? Tough luck (just whatever you do, don't bet on them)...
Arsenal 3-1 Celtic
Blackpool 1-2 Wigan
Bristol City 2-0 Carlisle
Cardiff 2-0 Bristol Rovers
Doncaster 1-3 Tottenham
Leyton Orient 2-1 Stoke
Newcastle 3-2 Huddersfield
West Brom 2-1 Rotherham

Omid Djalili, Rafa Benitez and Sulaiman Al Fahim
1927: I'm intrigued to know what you guys make of the new owner of Portsmouth, Sulaiman Al Fahim. Here's a picture of him, along with two people we reckon he looks a little bit like. Can you tell which one is which? Me neither. They must all have been separated at birth, I tells you.

From Curl It Like Wilshere on 606: "I feel pretty happy that he has decided to give Eduardo a start and kinda given RVP a rest, but he's there if we need him. Hope we see a little bit of Wilshere in the second half."

Greg from Watford, via text on 81111: "Stevo, let's not even dignify those thugs from last night by mentioning them. Though I realise the folly of this message is that I HAVE mentioned them. Anyway, no more."

1916: Get involved. Either to talk about football (brilliant) or ask me about my holiday (probably quite dull), whichever. Texts go to 81111 and the chat is under way on 606.

1912: Arsenal are without injured skipper Cesc Fabregas, while Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie are on the bench. Celtic's team is the same as the one that beat St Johnstone 5-2 on Saturday. The game comes too early for captain Stephen McManus and midfielder Barry Robson, who had returned to training but did not travel.

1909: Arsenal v Celtic line-ups:
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Eboue, Song Billong, Denilson, Diaby, Eduardo, Bendtner.
Subs: Mannone, van Persie, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Arshavin, Traore.
Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, Loovens, Daniel Fox, Maloney, Donati, Scott Brown, McGeady, McDonald, Fortune.
Subs: Zaluska, Naylor, Samaras, Flood, McCourt, Killen, O'Dea.
Referee: Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain)

1905: We've also got seven Carling Cup second round ties. Let's hope beyond hope that we can focus on events ON the pitch around the grounds after English football was dragged back into the dark ages in east London last night.

1903: So, what's on the menu for tonight? Well, first up there's the Battle of Britain (worst phrase of this or any season) Part II, with Celtic having an absolute mountain to climb at the Emirates as they trail 2-0 from the first leg. Despite that, there'll be no men against Bhoys clichés here...

1900: I presume you're enjoying this season, then? Ghost goals (best phrase of the season, all wrapped up), opening-day spankings, Premier League giant-killings - fair to say we're being spoiled again, and long may it continue.

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