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By Jonathan Stevenson
1800: It's bye-bye time for today, but don't forget Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two and online at 2245 BST. PUBLIC INFORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Transfer deadline day live text begins at 0700 BST on Tuesday. Please let everyone in the world know this. I am stupidly excited already. See you in 37 hours.
From VillaFour on 606:
"Good win for Villa and a clean sheet to boot. We're now level on points with Liverpool and Arsenal. And Burnley. I missed you football."
From Gremmo, via text on 81111: "Started poor, but the last three games have shown Villa have life after Barry and Laursen. Couple of signings would be good, though."
1749: Full-time Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham A fully deserved victory for the home team and a good riposte to being knocked out of Europe on Thursday. Fulham looked absolutely awful, though.
1747: We're into injury time, so Fulham will be put out of their misery in about two minutes.
1743: Clint Dempsey glances a Fulham free-kick wide and Roy Hodgson wears the look of a man who is watching his team slip to a pretty lifeless defeat.
From Axl, via text on 81111: "A win over Liverpool, out of the silly Europa League and a good win over one of our closest challengers. A great week for Villa fans."
1741: Six minutes plus stoppage time left at Villa and with the hosts winning 2-0, it's done and dusted. Meanwhile over in Italy, Daniele de Rossi spanks a shot into the top corner and it's now Roma 1-1 Juventus.
1738: Pre-deadline day news (call it practice): Sunderland have confirmed defender Paul McShane has joined Hull City for an undisclosed fee.
1736: Ashley Young clips a corner to the edge of the Fulham area and Stiliyan Petrov volleys it into the ground and wide.
Everton boss David Moyes: "We've got one or two things going on and I'll be disappointed if we don't have at least one or two new faces in here by Tuesday evening. Saying that, it's not easy to do these days, so we'll just have to work hard at it and see what happens."
1732: Eddie Johnson comes on for Erik Nevland in just about the only change Fulham boss Roy Hodgson could make. He's unlikely to change the game.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "The character in the squad has never been in doubt. We're growing in every game and the results are not reflecting the good work of the players in the league, I don't think we're getting what we deserved. But you can see the progress on the pitch nonetheless and if we keep improving as we are, we'll be OK."
1729: John Carew comes on to a huge ovation at Villa Park, with Nigel Reo-Coker withdrawn.
1728: As the 606ers are all talking about it, I might as well mention it - Diego has scored a brilliant solo goal for Juventus and they lead 1-0 at Roma in Serie A.
1726: Aaron Hughes redeems himself (see below) with a fine sliding tackle to prevent Ashley Young getting in a shot. Fulham are offering nothing up front whatsoever.
From James, Surrey, via text on 81111: "Dreadful defending from Aaron Hughes. Backing away like that and allowing the opposition striker to shoot is pathetic."
1722: About 25 minutes left at Villa Park and, 2-0 down, Fulham are going to have to do something pretty special pretty quickly to get back into this one.
1719: Good sportsmanship from Ashley Young, as the winger boots the ball out of play so that Jonathan Greening can get some treatment for an injury. Didn't look too injured, though.
Villa goal: Now they're singing. Gabby Agbonlahor pretty much assures Villa of the three points, nicking the ball past Jonathan Greening and racing forward before hammering a low left-foot shot into the corner past Mark Schwarzer's despairing dive.
1716: GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham
1715: "I'd like to see Ashley Young in the game far more than he is right now. He's drifted in off the flank, which is probably a sign he doesn't think he's involved enough," says Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live.
1712: James Milner tries an ambitious right-foot flier from 22 yards, but it sails wide of Mark Schwarzer's right-hand post.
From Piggin_Tea_Break on 606:
"Fulham need a solid, dependable player they can turn to in situations like this if they want to repeat last season's performance. A creative midfielder (because Danny Murphy won't do) or a striker (because Eddie Johnson wont do) would be perfect."
1708: Clint Dempsey rifles a right-foot free-kick a few inches over Brad Friedel's crossbar from about 30 yards. Probably their best effort so far.
1706: This game needs a spark. Fulham need a spark. They've got Zoltan Gera and Eddie Johnson on the bench. Hmm...
1705: Here's an interesting fact for you: Aston Villa have never lost at home to Fulham in the Premier League. Fulham last won a league game at Villa Park in March 1973 when they triumphed 3-2, and their last top-flight win came in March 1966, 5-2.
1702: Erik Nevland and Diomansy Kamara get the last 45 minutes of the day under way at Villa Park, with Fulham 1-0 behind.
From Tom, via text on 81111: "Three points is just what we needed. Our season starts here!"
1655: Full-time Everton 2-1 Wigan Very harsh at the end on Wigan but overall Everton deserved the points, they were comfortably the better team. First points of the season for the Toffees.
1654: Wigan are playing high up and Jo is in behind them, but his left-foot strike crashes against a post.
Everton goal: Heartbreak for Wigan and Roberto Martinez - I wonder what Scott Sinclair is thinking right now? Jo raids into the Latics' box down the right and Emmerson Boyce gets into a right old mess, hauling the Brazilian striker down. Leighton Baines steps up and slams the penalty down the middle against his old club.
1653: GOAL Everton 2-1 Wigan
1652: PENALTY TO EVERTON
1651: That is the most selfish piece of play you will ever see. Wigan break and they have got five against two, but Scott Sinclair wants all the glory himself and his shot is saved by Tim Howard. Poor.
1649: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on for his Everton debut, on for Steven Pienaar. He hasn't got long to make an impact.
1648: Half-time Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham John Pantsil's own goal has given Villa a first-half advantage, but it's not been vintage clarets by any means so far.
1647: Daniel, you might just be right. Jonathan Greening is booked for a clumsy foul on James Milner. Give him time to settle, though.
From Daniel Login, West Brom, via text on 81111: "Jonathan Greening looks like a lost sheep in the Fulham midfield alongside Dickson Etuhu. Oh well, thanks for the £4.5m!"
1643: Jordi Gomez smashes in a low left-foot free-kick from 30 yards, all along the floor, that Tim Howard has to be alert to save low down to his left.
1639: Dickson Etuhu is having a frustrating afternoon and his name is taken by referee Steve Bennett after he throws the ball down having committed a foul on Stiliyan Petrov.
1637: Two chances for Everton as Marouane Fellaini plays in Jo, who sees his left-foot shot saved by Mike Pollitt, before Jack Rodwell slots his effort on the rebound over the bar.
1636: David Moyes brings Jo on for Louis Saha at Everton.
1635: Tony Hibbert sends over a fabulous cross from the right at Everton, on to the head of Tim Cahill, but the Australian uncharacteristically nods wide from six yards.
1634: Charles N'Zogbia is shown a yellow card at Everton for a late challenge on Steve Pienaar, who has been on the end of some robust tackles today. About 15 minutes left, it's Everton 1-1 Wigan.
1632: Villa doing most of the pressing against Fulham, but the visitors by no means out of that one yet. Ashley Young is in a lively mood.
1629: The game has settled down at Goodison and Everton are once again the team who look most likely to score. David Moyes brings on Marouane Fellaini for Leon Osman. It's chucking it down in the north-west.
Everton goal: Simple, simple goal. Amazing how many there have been in six-yard boxes already this season, isn't it? Leighton Baines corner, Louis Saha header. That's all you really need to know.
1622: GOAL Everton 1-1 Wigan
1621: Jordi Gomez meets Mario Melchiot's ball into the Everton box with a first-time left-foot finish that strikes the base of Tim Howard's left-hand post. Nearly 2-0 Wigan.
Dismayed Fulham fan, via text on 81111: "The Europa Cup has already taken its toll on Fulham. Too many injuries, too small a squad, too tired. Europa Cup? More like a poisoned chalice. We MUST get out before we are relegated!"
Wigan goal: Against the run of play, but Roberto Martinez won't care. Mario Melchiot tees up Charles N'Zogbia down the Wigan right and his inswinging cross to the far post is met by a diving header from Paul Scharner.
1617: GOAL Everton 0-1 Wigan
1616: Amazingly, Villa have not won successive league games since January. Fresh from their brilliant 3-1 win at Liverpool on Monday, they just might do today.
1615: Half-chance for Louis Saha, screwing the ball wide from the right-hand side of the Wigan box after a pass over the top from Leon Osman.
1612: Everton have burst out of the traps at Goodison Park, but still nothing to show for their superiority.
From VillaFour on 606:
"So Villa's goals in the Premier League this season have been: two own goals, a penalty and a header from a corner. A goal from open play wouldn't go amiss..." 1-0 up after hardly any minutes - some people are never happy, eh?
1606: Tony Hibbert's cross from the right seems to be falling for Tim Cahill, but Mario Melchiot muscles him out of it and clears the danger.
1605: Back under way at Everton. Sadly, they haven't brought Daniel Amokachi on.
Villa goal: Yeah, that's the stuff. Ashley Young swings over a devilish corner from the Villa left and John Pantsil can only head it into his own net from a couple of yards out. All about the delivery, that one, top stuff from Young.
1604: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham
1603: Some former Everton players are paraded on the pitch at half-time. It's way more interesting than anything any of the current crop managed in the first 45 minutes. Special cheer for Daniel Amokachi.
1601: Aston Villa and Fulham, for the love of God give us some entertainment. Steve Sidwell and Gabby Agbonlahor get things under way.
1558: The teams are out at Villa Park, surely we're going to get one half-decent game today?
From Paul, Salford, via text on 81111: "I'm a lifelong Man City fan, but I just feel empty after today's win. I'd rather struggle for survival than buy a league title."
From madtownblue on 606:
"The first game was embarrassing, the second was annoying, this one is just plain frustrating. Everton have controlled majority of the action, with NOTHING to show for it. Toffees had better get it together in the second half."
1548: Half-time Everton 0-0 Wigan A frankly rubbish half of football thankfully comes to an end, it just cannot get any worse after the break.
1546: We are into two minutes of injury time at Everton. It's been disappointing so far.
1542: Hendry Thomas is the next Wigan player cautioned, breaking the wall too early to block Leighton Baines' free-kick. Silly football.
1541: Everton's Jack Rodwell is fouled right on the very edge of the Wigan area by Paul Scharner, who is probably a bit lucky not to follow his colleagues into the book.
1537: Comedy moment at Everton as Wigan's Hendry Thomas takes out Toffees boss David Moyes in trying to keep the ball in play. "I dived," mouths Moyes to the referee. What a joker. Meanwhile, Wigan take off Mohamed Diame and replace him with Jason Scotland.
From sjmbeef on 606:
"I think criticism of Paul Hart is slightly harsh. Today was a perfect example of the difference between the haves and have nots of the league. Having to work whilst your squad is being mercilessly sold off is going to stifle your creativity."
1534: Mario Melchiot is shown a yellow card at Everton for a thundering challenge on Steven Pienaar, which leaves the midfielder requiring a bit of the magic sponge.
1531: Looks a certain goal for Everton, with Tim Cahill's cross from the left diverted goalwards by Louis Saha, but Mike Pollitt makes yet another decent save to keep the Latics in it.
1530: Aston Villa's new signing Stephen Warnock starts from the bench, while first-team debutant Ciaran Clark is picked to partner Carlos Cuellar at the heart of defence. Fulham give Jonathan Greening his debut in midfield and full-back Paul Konchesky returns after being rested for the midweek Europa League game. Danny Murphy (calf) and Bobby Zamora (Achilles) both miss out.
1527: Steven Pienaar cuts inside at Everton and fires in a shot that Mike Pollitt gets down well to save. Wigan have not threatened at all so far.
From Spooks, Gosport, via text on 81111: "Portsmouth remind me of the Alain Perrin days. Except we are worse now and Paul Hart has no creativity. We are doomed."
1524: Full-time Portsmouth 0-1 Manchester City As a colleague just said, they haven't played well, City, but that's what good teams do - they win games like this. Mark Hughes' team up to fourth, Pompey still pointless.
1522: Crikey, Portsmouth really could have nicked a point here. Nadir Belhadj's cross is glanced goalwards by John Utaka and it ricochets off a City defender and falls for Shay Given.
1521: We are well into the three minutes of stoppage time at Fratton Park, and Man City lead Portsmouth 1-0.
1520: Aston Villa v Fulham line-ups: Aston Villa: Friedel, Beye, Cuellar, Clark, Shorey, Petrov, Milner, Sidwell, Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Carew, Albrighton, Delph, Heskey, Warnock, Gardner. Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Dempsey, Kamara, Greening, Etuhu, Duff, Nevland. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Baird, Gera, Riise, Eddie Johnson, Smalling. Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)
1518: Hands are on heads, and that is just in this office. Second after coming on, David Nugent has the best chance of all to rescue a point for his team. He controls a ball into the box, beating a defender in the process, and has a clear sight of goal seven yards out. Somehow, he shoots into the ground and it hits Shay Given on his left shoulder and flies away to safety.
1516: Shaun Wright-Phillips ploughs forward at Pompey and hits the worst shot of the day, slicing off his right foot and miles wide. The hosts bring on the forgotten man, David Nugent, for Richard Hughes.
1515: Everton go close at Goodison, another corner is flicked on by a Wigan defender and Jack Rodwell's shot is parried away from the top corner by Mike Pollitt.
1512: Chance. Golden. Ball is played into Man City box, scrappy, not cleared, falls on the half-volley for Richard Hughes 12 yards out, on his favoured left foot, and he launches it into the south coast sky.
From Nick the Gooner, Watford, via text on 81111: "I heard a rumour that Spurs, Everton and Villa are all planning deadline day bids for Martin Petrov."
1509: An Everton corner bounces in the Wigan box and Tim Cahill heads it into the arms of Mike Pollitt.
1508: Phoosh... it doesn't get a great deal closer - John Utaka is outside the Man City area, on the right, he cuts inside a couple of yards and rifles in a stunning left-foot shot that fairly whizzes past the far top corner of Shay Given's net. Would have been a screamer.
From Andrew, Greenhithe, via text on 81111: "Stevo, I'm ridiculously excited about deadline day. Although a little disappointed to find out earlier that it's a 5pm finish. As a Spurs fan I'd definitely have Petrov."
1506: Stephen Ireland is taken off at Portsmouth and Man City replace him with Nigel do Jong.
1504: Younes Kaboul is given some space to move into at Fratton Park and he drills a 25-yard shot a yard or two over. Good hit, but time running out for Pompey - about 15 minutes left.
1504: Frederic Piquionne is taken off by Paul Hart and Kanu comes on in his place.
1503: Half-chance for Portsmouth as the ball falls to Hayden Mullins on the edge of the Man City box, but his shot is deflected behind for a corner.
1501: Everton and Wigan are under way under gloomy skies at Goodison - so gloomy, in fact, that the floodlights are on already. Boo to that.
1458: Tommy Smith lasts 68 minutes on his Portsmouth debut before he is replaced by the speedy John Utaka.
1457: Pompey are struggling again. A Man City corner is not cleared and Kolo Toure lashes wide from 12 yards. Another City goal and it's over.
1455: I agree with Football is a way of life, below. If Martin Petrov isn't going to start regularly, might be worth making a cheeky little deadline day bid for him, if you were Spurs/Villa/Everton etc? I'm a massive fan, and it is a World Cup year too, don't forget, so he'll want to be playing. Is this how transfer rumours start?
1453: Nico Kranjcar clips a ball to the far post and Younes Kaboul rises highest, nodding over the bar.
1450: Pablo Zabaleta comes on for the injured Micah Richards. Good options for City.
1449: Micah Richards has limped off at Portsmouth, while Craig Bellamy cuts inside and fires into the arms of Asmir Begovic after a stunning crossfield pass from Gareth Barry.
1447: Having mentioned Fabio Capello, it's probably worth adding that the England squad for next Saturday's friendly against Slovenia and the World Cup qualifier against Croatia four days later will be announced at about 2000 BST tonight. Full details on this website, I'd wager.
1444: Man City are in complete control, and a corner is played to the edge of the Pompey box, where Stephen Ireland lashes a couple of yards over the bar.
1443: Emmanuel Adebayor is on fire. Not literally, you understand... he drags the ball between two Pompey players to create a shooting chance, but Asmir Begovic manages to parry his effort away. Like Andrew Flintoff on that last morning at Lord's, he's unplayable today.
1442: Craig Bellamy whips over a dangerous inswinging cross from the Man City left and Younes Kaboul does what Abou Diaby inexplicably didn't yesterday, heading over for a corner.
From Neil, Arborfield, via text on 81111: "Why does Moyes insist on playing Hibbert? He must be amazing in training."
1439: Richard Hughes catches Gareth Barry and the England midfielder, with coach Fabio Capello in the stand, requires a little bit of treatment.
1437: Michael Brown is properly getting stuck in on his Pompey debut. He charges down a clearance but uses his hands, and after the whistle goes he continues up field and shoots into the net. The home fans will start to love him at this rate.
1435: We're back under way at Portsmouth, with Manchester City leading 1-0.
1432: Sylvain Distin comes straight into the Everton XI following his arrival from Portsmouth, with Marouane Fellaini dropping to the bench and Phil Neville pushing back up into midfield. Fellow new signing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov starts on the bench. Wigan make two changes to the side that lost 5-0 to Manchester United last week, with keeper Mike Pollitt and Emmerson Boyce replacing Chris Kirkland and Jason Koumas.
From Anon, via text on 81111: "Watching City is like watching paint dry. So boring, with the players they have."
From Robsoninho on 606:
"I've been extremely impressed with Anthony van den Borre, he's dealt with Bellamy expertly so far and has offered a significant attacking threat for Portsmouth."
1418: Half-time Portsmouth 0-1 Manchester City City are moving into the top four in the Premier League if this stays the same way, and you do worry that Pompey don't have enough firepower to get back into this.
1417: Two dangerous Gareth Barry corners are headed behind by Pompey, first Hayden Mullins and then Frederic Piquionne, before they eventually clear their lines. Into injury time.
1415: Emmanuel Adebayor does Aaron Mokoena for pace down the right and he tees up Gareth Barry, who sees his 20-yard shot deflected behind for a corner.
1412: Younes Kaboul cannot prevent Pompey conceding a corner and when Carlos Tevez slips in Craig Bellamy, his cross is converted at the far post by Micah Richards. But the flag goes up for offside. Not sure.
1408: Nice switch of play from right to left from Portsmouth, but Nadir Belhadj's cross from the touchline drifts out for a goalkick. Frustrating.
1406: Pompey have given it a decent go since conceding. I don't think they really deserve to be behind, but you can't afford to switch off like that.
Man City goal: You're gonna struggle if you give a £25m striker the freedom of your six-yard box, that's safe to say. Gareth Barry whips in a corner and Emmanuel Adebayor rises unchallenged to thump a header into the net. It gets no easier.
1358: Stephen Ireland is struggling a bit after an earlier challenge from Michael Brown. He's hobbling around a little, but he'll carry on for now.
1355: More than halfway through the half, and we're still 0-0 at Portsmouth. It's quite low key.
1352: City played at an unbelievably high tempo in the Carling Cup on Thursday, I wonder if they're a touch tired? Craig Bellamy scampers on to a through ball, but Asmir Begovic does well to race off his line and collect.
1350: So far, the two sets of fans have been better than the teams they're supporting. Slowly, City are edging their way into this one, knocking it around quite comfortably at the minute.
1345: Carlos Tevez takes the resulting free-kick from 30 yards, and curls it a few yards wide. Like Wayne Rooney yesterday, he's probably short of practice having stood and watched Cristiano Ronaldo take them for the last two years.
1344: First booking of the day and Richard Hughes can't complain about that after a lunging foul on the rampaging Stephen Ireland.
1343: Frederic Piquionne latches on to another clever pass down the inside right channel, aided by Kolo Toure switching off momentarily, and the striker's fizzing shot flies into the side-netting after Toure got back to narrow the angle.
From Gareth, Watford, via text on 81111: "Portsmouth's squad looks weak even by Championship standards. They really need some further investment to have a chance of survival."
1339: Big Frederic Piquionne chases on to a ball over the top, but Shay Given is waiting on the edge of his box and hoofs the ball away from the striker.
1336: Scrappy at Fratton, but Carlos Tevez has started in lively enough fashion.
1333: Oh, and the transfer window slams shut at 1700 BST on Tuesday. Shame, it's always more fun when it's midnight.
1332: In front of some nervous Portsmouth fans and exuberant City supporters, the hosts get us started.
1330: As I'm being implored to tell you, it's only fair that I do: our transfer deadline day live text will begin at 0700 BST on Tuesday. It will run for as long as it has to. I fully expect you to tell every single person you know, and to see you all there.
1328: The teams are out at Fratton Park, we'll be getting under way shortly.
From Chris in Salisbury, via text on 81111: "Feeling genuine fear for Pompey today, Stevo."
1325: Paul Hart will not need reminding that this is Portsmouth's worst ever start to a Premier League season. Three defeats in a row spell trouble - and they haven't lost their first four in the league since the 1953/54 campaign, 56 years ago.
From dippizuka on 606:
"I'm happy to see the inclusion of Bellamy. He really put in a shift against Blackburn and will hassle the Pompey back four into submission."
1319: Should cars entertain you, you might want to know that
there's some sort of F1 race going on right now
at the brilliantly-named Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. It's been crash-crazy, too. The first lady of text commentary, Caroline Cheese, is all over it. Come back though, yeah?
1315: Stevo's Predos: Portsmouth 1-4 Manchester City Everton 2-0 Wigan Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham Lawro's predictions
1312: Portsmouth make wholesale changes from their last league game, with Asmir Begovic, Anthony Vanden Borre, Richard Hughes and new signings Tommy Smith and Michael Brown coming in for David James, Sylvain Distin, John Utaka, Marc Wilson and Kanu. Manchester City hand a league debut to Joleon Lescott, while Craig Bellamy is preferred to Robinho.
1309: Feel free to wade into the debate today. Today's football, yesterday's football, transfer deadline day - happy to discuss anything you like, so I am. Texts to 81111, and
some dudes are already getting stuck in on 606.
They don't (often) bite.
1306: Portsmouth v Manchester City line-ups: Portsmouth: Begovic, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Mokoena, Belhadj, Brown, Mullins, Hughes, Smith, Piquionne, Kranjcar. Subs: Ashdown, Kanu, Basinas, Nugent, Utaka, Ward, Hreidarsson Manchester City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Barry, Bellamy, Adebayor, Tevez. Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Zabaleta, Robinho, Petrov, De Jong, Weiss. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).
1300: If they win handsomely today, Manchester City could climb up to third in the Premier League. And they'd still have a game in hand on the leaders, Chelsea and Spurs. Here's a Stevo Predo to kick-off your Sunday football: I reckon City will finish in the top four this season. Discuss...
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