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Saturday football as it happened



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By Caroline Cheese

1937: Right, that's it from me. Sorry for all the things that went wrong today. We honestly don't do it deliberately just to annoy you, even though it might seem like it. You'd be completely insane to miss Match of the Day at 2225 BST on BBC One, followed by the Football League Show. I'll see you tomorrow for Sunderland v Wolves. Won't I?

From barca4ever on 606: "Another clean sheet? Two now for Mannone, none for Almunia."

1931: Mainly thanks to a stunning series of stops from stand-in keeper Vito Mannone, Arsenal post a 1-0 win over Fulham to go fifth in the Premier League. Fulham are two points above the drop zone and could drop into it on Monday if West Ham beat Manchester City.

1928: A thumping win for Newcastle heaps the pressure on Roy Keane, who has now overseen Ipswich's worst ever start to a league season - nine games, four points, no wins. As if to rub it in, Kevin Nolan tells BBC Sport that the last time he scored a hat-trick he was "probably about 15".

1927: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-1 Arsenal

1925: FULL-TIME Ipswich 0-4 Newcastle

1923: The camera, for reasons best known to itself, pans to a, er, how shall I say?... overweight Newcastle fan, with his top off. As he punches his fist, the ensuing ripples seem to go on for ever.

1921: Five minutes of added time at the Cottage, just the four at Portman Road. Roy Keane's dog Triggs will be doing his warm-up exercises as we speak.

1919: Newcastle keeper Steve Harper makes his first save of the day - after 87 minutes - and it's easy. Pablo Counago can't get enough purchase on the shot and Harper gathers. Nicklas Bendtner heads over for Arsenal when he should have scored.

1918: From Cesc Fabregas's pass, substitute Emmanuel Eboue takes a touch to take him away from the defender, but Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer is alert to the danger and smothers the shot.

From anon via text on 81111: "Re 1907: What does a Bobby Zamora-esque shot look like? Is it like a conversion in rugby?"
Yes. Only worse.

1911: Vito Mannone is some kind of goalkeeping genius. Bobby Zamora's close-range header looks destined to find the net until the Italian throws himself to his left to claw the ball off the line. This performance will be giving Manuel Almunia nightmares.

1909: Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone makes another fine save, low to his right from Andy Johnson's shot from the edge of the box.

1907: Gallas is back on again, but he doesn't look entirely comfortable. Bobby Zamora has just hit a very Bobby Zamora-esque shot into the stands.

1906: William Gallas is hobbling off the pitch at the Cottage, holding his back. Great cheers at Portman Road... because Ipswich have had a shot.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher tweeting from Portman Road: "'We never sacked Bobby Robson,' chant the Ipswich fans. Not a lot else left in their locker."

Yellow card
1901: Fulham defender John Pantsil is booked for a wild, late challenge on Tomas Rosicky. All very unnecessary. In Serie A, Inter Milan are beaten 1-0 at Sampdoria, who knock Jose Mourinho's side off the top of the table.

1858: Arsenal defender William Gallas blocks Bobby Zamora's volley. Tomas Rosicky replaces the disappointing Andrey Arshavin for the Gunners.

1855: Marlon Harewood comes on for his Newcastle debut following his loan signing from Villa. Nile Ranger is the man to go off. At the Cottage, Clint Dempsey's fierce shot is deflected wide off Bacary Sagna.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher tweeting from Portman Road: "Lots of arms crossed in despair and disappointment at Portman Road. Newcastle fans chanting aloud their lucid thoughts about Mike Ashley."

1847: What a day Vito Mannone is having. The Gunners keeper keeps his side in front with a brilliant stop from Andy Johnson's header.

Arsenal goal: Arsenal take the lead against the run of play as Paul Konchesky gives the ball away, Cesc Fabregas picks out Robin van Persie and the Dutch striker takes one fabulous touch before slotting into the far corner.

Newcastle goal: More comical defending from Ipswich, this time leaving Nile Ranger completely unmarked at the far post as the right-wing cross comes over. Ranger's header is actually poor, heading it straight into the ground, but Kevin Nolan is there to nod in from close range for his hat-trick. "Keano, what's the score? Keano, Keano, what's the score?" sing the gloating Magpies fans.

1843: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Arsenal

1842: GOAL Ipswich 0-4 Newcastle

1840: Another Andrey Arshavin pass goes astray. I love that little guy, but he's been awful today. Sorry Fulham fans, he will almost certainly score a wonder goal now.

1838: Bobby Zamora fires a yard wide of Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone's left-hand post.

1836: And we're back under way in both these games.

1832: Ipswich fans hold up letters spelling out "Thanks Bobby" as Lady Elsie comes onto the pitch with her two sons to mark the renaming of the North Stand in her husband's memory.

1827: Laura Wright is back on the pitch at Portman Road to lead the crowd in a singalong of My Way by Frank Sinatra - of whom Sir Bob was a big fan. The trophies Robson won while Ipswich boss are on the pitch, along with a host of the club's former players.

From JR-ArsenalFan : Arshavin for president! on 606: "Terrible from Arsenal, very very disappointed! You'd think that after some favourable results, the players would look more enthusiastic about being on that pitch, pressing for a goal. Instead we look gutless and very poor on the ball, glad half time arrived at 0-0!"

From Gervinho, London, via text on 81111: "Roy Keane doesn't look happy. I think he knows he's missing Hole In The Wall on BBC One."

1819: HALF-TIME Ipswich 0-3 Newcastle

1819: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-0 Arsenal

Yellow card
1817: Bobby Zamora sees yellow for a late challenge on Gael Clichy. "I got the ball," complains Zamora. He didn't. We suspect Martin Atkinson may have washed his referee kit with his cards in it. His yellow card looks more like an off-white card to me.

1815: Fulham remain on top at Craven Cottage against a poor Arsenal. Still no goals.

1813: Richard Wright sort of makes up for that earlier error with an athletic save from Nile Ranger's header. Ipswich's defending is nothing short of calamitous.

1810: Another blow for Ipswich as skipper Alex Bruce has to come off with a groin injury. Teenager Tommy Smith replaces him in central defence.

1809: Fulham are on top at Craven Cottage and Zoltan Gera's low shot towards the far corner from the edge of the Arsenal box is well-saved by VITO MANNONE.

Newcastle goal: Oh dear. Newcastle win a free-kick, but it's beyond the left-hand edge of the penalty box and a tricky angle. Ryan Taylor curls it right-footed and though Richard Wright gets a good hand to it, he can't stop it hitting the top corner. Three goals in just over four minutes, and Ipswich are reeling.

1805: GOAL Ipswich 0-3 Newcastle

Newcastle goal: Nightmare for Ipswich. Kevin Nolan gets on the end of a through-ball but Pim Balkenstein is with him - until he opts to go to ground with a sliding challenge. Nolan calmly drags the ball inside and slots past Richard Wright.

1803: GOAL Ipswich 0-2 Newcastle

Newcastle goal: Kevin Nolan heads in at the near post from Ryan Taylor's free-kick to put the Magpies in front... and what's this?

1801: GOAL Ipswich 0-1 Newcastle

1758: On the plus side, someone on 606 has bet that I will have to apologise five times today and I'm getting pretty close apparently. And over at a rival live text, they can't even watch the Fulham-Arsenal game - although I'd wager they still know it's Vito Mannone in Arsenal's goal.

Yellow card
1756: Danny Murphy goes into the referee's book for taking a free-kick too quickly. Naughty Danny.

1752: How about this: if I make another horrendous error, will you stop telling me that it's Vito Mannone in Arsenal's goal? At the other end of the pitch, Andrey Arshavin has a golden chance to put Arsenal ahead but the ball bobbles at the vital moment and he shins it over the bar.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting from the Britannia Stadium: "Tony Pulis full of praise for Man Utd, especially Scholes: "Best player on the pitch by a country mile." Ryan Giggs the difference though."

1748: I'm very, very sorry. It is of course Vito Mannone in Arsenal's goal. Save your pennies, stop texting.

1745: Fulham striker Andy Johnson's header is brilliantly saved by Vito Mannone. At Portman Road, Ipswich keeper Richard Wright comes careering out of his goal to meet Andy Carroll's run on the right. He doesn't get the ball, but the angle is too tight for the Magpies striker.

1741: Horrible mix-up between William Gallas and Vito Mannone as Zoltan Gera sends over a cross from the right. Gallas almost heads the ball out of Mannone's hands - and ends up on the floor in agony.

1739: Eight minutes gone at the Cottage, and Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is forced into a change. Damien Duff has picked up an injury - I'd hazard a guess at a hamstring - and is replaced by Zoltan Gera of Carling Cup wonder goal fame.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher tweeting from Portman Road: "Almost a tear in the eye as I see and feel the warmth and affection for Sir Bobby Robson inside Portman Road. Astounding."

1736: Newcastle go close. Ipswich keeper Richard Wright dives low to his left to make a one-handed stop from Nile Ranger.

1732: And the game at Portman Road is now up and running. Newcastle's new loan signing Marlon Harewood is on the bench. Chris Hughton has made four changes from the side that beat Plymouth last week: in come Zurab Khizanishvili, Ryan Taylor, Nicky Butt and Nile Ranger, out go Danny Simpson, Joey Barton, Geremi and Peter Lovenkrands. Ipswich, still seeking their first league win of the season, make four changes too. Pim Balkstein, Jack Colback, Liam Trotter and Tamas Priskin come in for Pablo Counago, Alan Quinn, Lee Martin and Tommy Smith.

1731: Fulham and Arsenal are under way at Craven Cottage. Eduardo does not make the squad for Arsenal - which must mean he has picked up an injury, but no news yet.

1729: A minute of the warmest applause now for Sir Bobby. These are truly memorable scenes at Portman Road, and a worthy tribute to the great man.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Portman Road: "Newcastle fans, bare-chested in the afternoon sun, stood outside the Station Hotel chanting 'Who are you' to Ipswich fans making their way to the ground. They had their sting drawn by one Town fan chanting 'There's only one Bobby Robson'. Everyone else soon followed. Former Ipswich favourites such as Mick Mills, Alan Brazil and Frans Thijssen are introduced before kick-off. Cracking atmosphere inside the ground."

1725: ...yep. "One Bobby Robson" is the chant from both sets of fans as the players prepare to emerge from the tunnel.

1723: Laura Wright leads the crowd at Portman Road in singing Abide With Me. I'll probably choke up a bit now...

1720: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Arsenal
Fulham stick with the side that played in their last Premier League game, a 2-1 defeat at Wolves last weekend. Arsenal make two changes from the team that thrashed Wigan last time out, with fit-again Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner coming in for Emmanuel Eboue and Eduardo.

1716: Ipswich and Newcastle will wear one-off commemorative shirts today, bearing the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation logo. The shirts will then be signed by the players and auctioned off in aid of the charity Robson set up before he died. Sir Bobby's widow Lady Elsie and sons Mark and Paul will be present as the North Stand at Portman Road is renamed in his honour.

1713: TEAMS Ipswich v Newcastle
Ipswich: Richard Wright, Rosenior, Bruce, Balkestein, Delaney, Walters, Trotter, Colback, Leadbitter, Edwards, Priskin. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Martin, Counago, Peters, Stead, Quinn, Smith.
Newcastle: Harper, Steven Taylor, Khizanishvili, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Smith, Nolan, Butt, Ryan Taylor, Carroll, Ranger. Subs: Krul, Harewood, Lovenkrands, Ngo Baheng, Tozer, Donaldson, Vuckic.

1712: TEAMS Fulham v Arsenal
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Zamora, Andrew Johnson. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Gera, Kamara, Riise, Smalling, Greening.
Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Song Billong, Diaby, Bendtner, Fabregas, Arshavin, van Persie. Subs: Szczesny, Rosicky, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Eboue, Gibbs.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez: "If we talk about Fernando Torres we talk about pace, ability, quality and if he hadn't come off - we want to protect him - he could have scored more goals. We were attacking and attacking and attacking and it was just a question of time before we scored all those goals."

Wigan's Paul Scharner after the win over Chelsea: "I'm very happy today because it's the first time we beat a top four team. I'm happy mainly for the supporters. We try very hard in training to employ Roberto Martinez's philosophy and each week we get better."

1707: Don't even move. Coming up: Fulham host Arsenal in the Premier League, while in the Championship, Ipswich meet Newcastle in a game which you can watch live on BBC Two and on this website (UK only). I love football. Have I told you?

1705: Other things to note: Tottenham won 5-0, not 5-1 (silly me), and Gareth Bale came on at the end of that game to taste victory in the Premier League at the 25th attempt.

1703: Incidentally, Liverpool's sixth goal has gone to Ryan Babel as it was his foot Albert Riera's shot hit, not a Hull defender's.

1702: And there have still only been four draws this season, and two goalless games. Have they made the goals bigger?

1700: I'm sorry, 26 September fixture list, I'm sorry I ever doubted you. Another goal glut in this incredible season as Liverpool hit six, Tottenham hit five and Wigan end Chelsea's 100% start to the season with a 3-1 win at the DW.

From Lawrence in Leeds via text on 81111: "Phil Brown's face must be almost as red as when I passed him on the Great North Run."

1658: Joy unconfined at Wigan. Chelsea won't be happy about that Petr Cech sending-off, nor the fact that Ashley Cole was stretchered off towards the end, nor the fact that they have been knocked off the top of the Premier League table by Manchester United, who now lead on goals scored.

1656: FULL-TIME Wigan 3-1 Chelsea

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium: "This has been very impressive from Manchester United on a ground that has proved a tough assignment for the top four in the past. Stoke City have simply been unable to exert any pressure and this has been as frustrating an afternoon as they will have had at The Britannia since returning to the Premier League."

1653: FULL-TIME Birmingham 1-2 Bolton

Wigan goal: Maynor Figueroa rampages down the left and crosses to Paul Scharner who has the simplest of tap-ins. Carlo Ancelotti's 100% record is gone, as is Wigan's winless run against the 'big four'.

1653: FULL-TIME Liverpool 6-1 Hull

1653: FULL-TIME Stoke 0-2 Man Utd

1652: GOAL Wigan 3-1 Chelsea

1652: FULL-TIME Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa

1651: FULL-TIME Tottenham 5-0 Burnley

Liverpool goal: Liverpool hit Hull for six and the visitors have collapsed in dramatic fashion late on. This one's unlucky, though, as Albert Riera's left-foot shot takes a huge deflection off Ryan Babel and loops over Boaz Myhill.

Blackburn goal: Richard Dunne blocks Franco di Santo's overhead kick with his arms in the air and David Dunn converts the resulting penalty for 10-man Rovers.

1649: GOAL Liverpool 6-1 Hull

Liverpool goal: Dirk Kuyt scampers away down the right and sends over a cross, which fellow Dutchman Ryan Babel converts at the near post.

Spurs goal: Peter Crouch flicks the ball on for Robbie Keane, whose shot squirms through Brian Jensen's legs, off the post and over the line. Four for Keane, five for Spurs for the second time this week.

1646: GOAL Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa

1646: GOAL Liverpool 5-1 Hull


Bolton goal: Matt Taylor's free-kick hits the post and Chung-Yong Lee juggles the rebound before finding the net. Hammer blow for Birmingham.

1644: GOAL Tottenham 5-0 Burnley

1643: GOAL Birmingham 1-2 Bolton

Birmingham goal: Sub Kevin Phillips plays a one-two with Christian 'Chucho' Benitez. Phillips takes the flicked return pass in his stride and shoots low into the corner. Birmingham have still failed to score in the first 70 minutes of any game this season.

1641: GOAL Birmingham 1-1 Bolton

Man Utd goal: Ryan Giggs swings over an inswinging free-kick from the right and John O'Shea only has to get a flicked header to it to beat Thomas Sorensen. A fine way to celebrate your 350th United appearance.

Spurs goal: Robbie Keane runs on to Tom Huddlestone's lofted pass over the top and drives it into the corner left-footed. Hat-trick for Keane, which is a rather good way to respond to those who thought he should be replaced by Peter Crouch today.

1634: GOAL Stoke 0-2 Man Utd

1634: GOAL Tottenham 4-0 Burnley

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium: "Let's hope Nani was taking a note of how Ryan Giggs set up Dimitar Berbatov for his goal. Football is essentially a simple game made complicated by players like Nani. Manchester United deserve the lead but the introduction of Stoke substitutes Tuncay and James Beattie will at least provide them with more obvious firepower."

Spurs goal: Aaron Lennon races down the right, stops dead and cuts the ball back for Robbie Keane to guide a lovely finish past Brian Jensen. Burnley still haven't won a top-flight away game since 1976. And they haven't scored a goal away from Turf Moor this season.

1631: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 Burnley

1630: Double change for Stoke as Tuncay and James Beattie replace Dean Whitehead and Dave Kitson. Not a bad couple of players to bring on, eh?

1628: Moments after Football League Danny sent that update, his namesake Danny Graham equalised for Watford at Reading. Big grudge match there between Brendan Rodgers' former and current clubs.

Football League Danny: "Big news from the top of the Champo - Crystal Palace lead West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns thanks to Alassane N'Diaye's goal. And comeback fans will be excited by the scenes at Loftus Road right now - two quickfire Barnsley goals have turned a 3-0 QPR lead into a nervy 3-2 job."

Red card
Blackburn midfielder Vince Grella receives a second yellow card for a clumsy foul on James Milner.

1626: RED CARD Blackburn (Vince Grella)

1623: Paul Scholes - on a yellow already - blocks a cross with his hands. The ref awards the free-kick but stops short of a second yellow for the midfielder, which is probably fair. Hull defender Paul McShane needs to be careful too. He is booked, and then reacts furiously - and almost talks himself into another yellow.

Man Utd goal: The one-touch passing does the trick again. Darren Fletcher feeds sub Ryan Giggs, who plays it first-time to Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian striker cannot miss from about two yards out. Nani would not have done what Giggs just did.

Liverpool goal: Steven Gerrard rubs salt into Hull's open wound by sending over a swirling, whirling cross from the left that catches Boaz Myhill a couple of yards off his line and flies into the net, via the underside of the crossbar. He didn't mean it.

1620: GOAL Stoke 0-1 Man Utd

1619: GOAL Liverpool 4-1 Hull

1616: Some interesting substitutions to tell you about: Ryan Giggs has replaced Nani for Manchester United. Spurs striker Jermain Defoe has picked up a hand injury, and Peter Crouch is on.

Wigan goal: Hilario replaces Florent Malouda for Chelsea. The sub keeper decides to delay the penalty by marching to the spot for a chat with penalty-taker Hugo Rodallega. The Wigan fans don't like that much - but the Colombian striker keeps his nerve and wallops the penalty past Hilario.

1614: GOAL Wigan 2-1 Chelsea

1613: Drama at the DW. Hugo Rodallega skips through on goal and goes down under the challenge from Petr Cech. Was there contact? If there was, it was very slight and Rodallega was certainly looking for it. Penalty for Wigan, and red for Cech.

Red card
1612: RED CARD Chelsea (Petr Cech)


1611: And that brings up the Chelsea century for Didier Drogba... hang on...

Chelsea goal: Chelsea need a minute to equalise. Florent Malouda holds the ball up well before crossing for Didier Drogba. Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland seems to have the first-time shot covered but the ball squirms through his hands and legs before dribbling over the line. Not a great way to enhance your England credentials.

1608: GOAL Wigan 1-1 Chelsea

Liverpool goal: Same combination as the second goal. Yossi Benayoun plays in Fernando Torres, who stays just onside, cuts inside Ibrahima Sonko (again) and then shoots through the legs of Paul McShane and into the corner. Hat-trick for Torres, his third for Liverpool and his eighth goal of the season. This game is just too easy for him, isn't it?

1605: GOAL Liverpool 3-1 Hull

1604: Actually, I tell a lie. Chelsea are ready to go, a gum-chewing Carlo Ancelotti sitting slumped back in his chair, looking entirely unimpressed with it all. Wigan are taking their sweet time... here they come now.

1603: Back under way everywhere... except the DW, where they haven't even finished their half-time cuppas yet.

1557: Random stat time. Chelsea are looking to match their own Premier League record (set in 2005/6) of winning their opening seven fixtures. They'll have to come from behind to beat Wigan though - as they did against Stoke, Hull and Sunderland. Wigan have played 34 matches against big four clubs and not won once.

Football League Danny: "Some important half-times affecting the leaders in the Championship. Middlesbrough lead 2-0 at Coventry - Boro massively need to win that to keep amongst the leading pack. Meanwhile, Preston are 1-0 up at Leicester. West Brom are 0-0 with Crystal Palace. Remember Newcastle play at Ipswich at 1730 BST in a match you can watch live on BBC Two and on this website (UK users only)."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium: "Manchester United are enjoying all the possession but have started to get bogged down. Stoke will be satisfied with their defensive resistance but it is tough to see them surviving the whole game penned in their own half. Wayne Rooney is United's best hope by some distance. And to say Nani has been a mixed bag is an understatement."

1549: HALF-TIME Wigan 1-0 Chelsea

1548: HALF-TIME Liverpool 2-1 Hull

1547: HALF-TIME Blackburn 1-1 Aston Villa

1547: HALF-TIME Tottenham 2-0 Burnley

1547: HALF-TIME Birmingham 0-1 Bolton

1546: HALF-TIME Stoke 0-0 Man Utd

Someone has struck the woodwork
1544: It's all Birmingham now at St Andrews and Blues are getting closer as Keith Fahey's vicious volley rattles the crossbar.

1543: Pascal Chimbonda is a very, very lucky boy. Under no real pressure, he plays a backpass straight into the path of Villa's James Milner who bears down on goal before hesitating and eventually putting the ball straight into the arms of Rovers keeper Paul Robinson.

1542: Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen makes a flying save to deny Nani after the Manchester United winger cuts in from the left and tries to curl one in. United building the pressure at the Britannia.

Football League Danny (part two): "Former Ian Holloway club QPR and current Ian Holloway club Blackpool are the shining lights in the Championship right now. Both are 2-0 up, against Barnsley and Peterborough respectively. Meanwhile, a Norwich horror minute has seen them lose keeper Fraser Forster after a professional foul and Simeon Jackson net from the penalty spot for Gillingham."

Football League Danny (part one): "Beleaguered John Barnes' Tranmere led against Colchester - for just two minutes. They're pegged back to 1-1 and that won't do the former England winger's job prospects much good."

1539: Chelsea captain John Terry has to make a last-ditch challenge to prevent Jason Scotland putting Wigan two up, and from the corner, Petr Cech makes a brilliant reaction save from Emmerson Boyce. Chelsea really struggling at the DW.

From Logos on 606: "Nani is having the kind of game that will make none of his team-mates want to pass to him."

1536: Referee Mark Clattenberg calls Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen over and tells him to calm El-Hadji Diouf down. Diouf, who has been in the headlines all week, seems very keen to get involved in everything at Ewood Park.

1535: Birmingham are having the majority of the possession at St Andrews but have only just managed to fashion a first clear chance, Gregory Vignal's deep cross finding Teemu Tainio whose fiercely struck volley flies wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's right post.

Spurs goal: Robbie Keane sends Niko Kranjcar on his way. The Croat's shot cannons into the path of Jermaine Jenas. His effort takes a deflection off the defender before beating Brian Jensen.

1532: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Burnley

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium: "Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is out and in the ear of the fourth official already - this time to complain about Robert Huth's launch on Paul Scholes that earned the Stoke defender a yellow card. A trademark furious Ferguson stalk that made his feelings plain."

Liverpool goal: He's not bad, is he? Yossi Benayoun slips the ball through for Fernando Torres, who sidesteps Ibrahima Sonko and keeper Boaz Myhill before stabbing the finish into the empty net. Brilliant.

1528: GOAL Liverpool 2-1 Hull

1526: Stephen Fletcher thinks he's equalised for Burnley against Spurs (which is indeed being played at White Hart Lane, not Turf Moor as I accidentally typed earlier) but his effort is ruled out for a marginal offside. At Anfield, Hull striker Jan Venegoor of Hesselink might have just got away with a handball.

From chelski365 on 606: "Just so you know, that is in fact Titus Bramble's THIRD goal against Chelsea... Strange."

Blackburn goal: Long ball causes havoc in the box, and Richard Dunne inadvertently heads it on for Christopher Samba to beat Brad Friedel.

1522: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Aston Villa

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium: "Nani has just left Wayne Rooney a hand-wringing, infuriated wreck by failing to spot his Manchester United colleague unmarked on the edge of the area after a lightning break left Stoke City light at the back. The finish wild and off target and Rooney's fury understandable. The England striker looks in the mood for this."

Spurs goal: Andre Bikey pulls down Jermain Defoe for a clear penalty and Robbie Keane sends Brian Jensen the wrong way.

1518: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Burnley


Wigan goal: Charles N'Zogbia crosses from the left and Titus Bramble has the freedom of the penalty box as he heads in. Chelsea will have to come from behind - again.

1517: GOAL Wigan 1-0 Chelsea

Hull goal: Shocker for Liverpool. Martin Skrtel's header away goes straight to an unmarked Geovanni, who volleys it left-footed low into the corner.

1515: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Hull

1514: Chances at either end at White Hart Lane. Robbie Keane is sent clean through but keeper Brian Jensen saves with his legs. At the other end, David Nugent has a shot from an acute angle parried by Carlo Cudicini.

Liverpool goal: Albert Riera crosses from the left and Fernando Torres, who is given far too much space, quickly moves the ball onto his left foot and strikes it sweetly into the far corner.

1511: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Hull

Bolton goal: Kevin Davies flicks on a long throw and Tamir Cohen heads in for a classic Bolton goal. His third of the season, don't you know. Well, you do now.

1509: GOAL Birmingham 0-1 Bolton

1507: Franco di Santo has a great chance to level for Blackburn against Villa with a close-range shot, but Stephen Warnock comes back to haunt his old team with a superb block to snuff out the attack.

1507: Golden chance for United. Ryan Shawcross is too slow in the tackle, and Antonio Valencia is through on goal - but he never looks confident and shoots wide.

From The Blue Hatter on 606: "Capello at Birmingham v Bolton can only mean a well deserved call up for Gary Cahill shortly. You heard it here first!"

1505: This is already Villa's best start to a season for a decade by the way - and Agbonlahor's goal means they are now third in the as-it-stands Prem table.

Villa goal: John Carew flicks the ball on for Gabby Agbonlahor, who runs on and sidefoots the ball past Paul Robinson. Four in four for Agbonlahor. Which rhymes. Great start for Villa.

1502: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 Aston Villa

1501: All six 3pm kick-offs are up and running now.

1459: It's Fergie-time at Stoke, where they get under way a minute early. Meanwhile, England boss Fabio Capello looked at today's fixture list, and opted to head for Birmingham v Bolton. Hmmm...

From Logos on 606: "Why are there constant digs at Ben Foster? He doesn't have an issue with tall players, if you've been watching, it's clearing/kicking incoming balls."

1455: This is the last home game for outgoing Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan and managing director Karren Brady. Brady hasn't actually turned up. She's filming an episode of the Apprentice apparently.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at the Britannia Stadium: "The noise is just being turned up to deafening inside the Britannia Stadium. Manager Tony Pulis praises Stoke's fans for making this "such a horrible place for visiting teams" in his programme notes. True enough - but one of the great Premier League atmospheres. And look at that Manchester United bench: Michael Owen, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Jonny Evans and Gary Neville. Not bad."

From BBC Sport's Andy May at Pride Park: "Despite signing this morning on loan, Derby have Fulham full back Fredrik Stoor on the bench. He must have met some of his team-mates for the first time the moment he walked into the changing room! Bristol City haven't beaten Derby in seven attempts."

1450: Stoke, who have the narrowest pitch allowed by Premier League rules, have six players over 6ft tall in their team. Hope Ben Foster's not reading.

From anon via text on 81111: "It seems O'Neill is cutting his nose off to spite his face, as Reo-Coker is surely just the sort of player needed for a physical game like today's."

From GraymeadYNWA on 606: "I feel so sorry for Pompey, I haven't seen such a gallant defeat in a long time."

1445: TEAM NEWS Birmingham v Bolton
Birmingham duo Sebastian Larsson and Gregory Vignal have recovered from injuries and go straight into Blues' starting line-up as boss Alex McLeish makes two changes. Forward Gary McSheffrey started in the 1-0 victory over Hull in the Premier League but has to be content with a place on the bench while Stuart Parnaby is not in the squad. Bolton boss Gary Megson makes two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Stoke in their last Premier League outing. In come Ricardo Gardner and Ivan Klasnic while Gretar Rafn Steinsson and GavinMcCann miss out. With Sean Davis ruled out with a long-term knee injury, Megson opts to start Tamir Cohen alongside former Birmingham man Fabrice Muamba in midfield.

1441: Pompey's players look absolutely crushed as the final whistle goes on their seventh straight defeat. That is the worst start to a season by a top-flight club for 79 years. They didn't deserve it today, but if you can't take your chances...

1440: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 0-1 Everton

1439: Kevin-Prince Boateng's low shot is well saved by Tim Howard - and that is surely it.

1439: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Wigan
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti makes just one change to the team which beat Tottenham so convincingly last weekend, with John Mikel Obi replacing Michael Ballack. The German, who celebrates his 33rd birthday today, does not even feature on the substitutes' bench. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez keeps changes to a minimum following the 4-0 Premier League defeat by Arsenal with Paul Scharner and Jason Scotland replacing Jason Koumas and Jordi Gomez.

1436: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Aston Villa
Blackburn include Ryan Nelsen in defence in place of Gael Givet, and Michel Salgado drops to the bench, replaced by Lars Jacobsen. Steven Nzoni and Franco di Santo replace Keith Andrews and Jason Roberts. Fabian Delph comes in for Steve Sidwell is the only change to the Aston Villa team that started the last league game, a 2-0 win over Portsmouth. Nigel Reo-Coker, who was dropped for that match after a training ground dispute with manager Martin O'Neill, returns to the bench.

1433: From the free-kick, Pompey win a corner, which Hassan Yebda meets with a fine header - which is headed off the line by Leighton Baines. Pompey have been so unlucky today.

Yellow card
1433: Joseph Yobo gets a yellow card for a little tug on Aruna Dindane as the striker looks to burst through on the left.

1429: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Burnley
Sebastien Bassong is fit to start for Spurs after being carried off at Chelsea last week - but there is no place for Peter Crouch in the starting line-up despite his Carling Cup hat-trick. Tom Huddlestone drops back to central defence to replace the injured Ledley King, with Michael Dawson fit enough only for the bench. Niko Kranjcar makes his full debut in midfield. Keeper Brian Jensen is passed fit for Burnley, for whom striker David Nugent makes his first start against his former manager Harry Redknapp.

1426: Eight minutes remaining at Fratton Park and Kanu replaces Michael Brown for Portsmouth.

1426: TEAMS Wigan v Chelsea
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Rodallega, Diame, N'Zogbia, Scharner, Scotland. Subs: Pollitt, Amaya, Cho, Koumas, Gomez, De Ridder, King.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien, Mikel, Malouda, Lampard, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Zhirkov, Paulo Ferreira, Kalou, Belletti, Borini.

1425: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Hull
Liverpool make one change from their last league outing, as Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano drops to the bench and Spanish winger Albert Riera comes in. Hull make four changes from their 1-0 defeat against Birmingham last week, with 18-year-old defender Liam Cooper coming in for his Premier League debut and George Boateng, Kevin Kilbane and Kamel Ghilas all recalled.

1423: TEAM NEWS Stoke v Man Utd
Striker James Beattie returns to the bench from his ankle injury but Ricardo Fuller (groin) is still not fit for Stoke. Robert Huth keeps his place at right-back ahead of Andy Wilkinson and Liam Lawrence returns to the midfield. Paul Scholes returns from his two-match suspension for Manchester United while there are also recalls for Antonia Valencia and Nani after they missed out on facing Manchester City last weekend.

1422: TEAMS Blackburn v Aston Villa
Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Samba, Nelsen, Chimbonda, Nzonzi, Grella, Diouf, Dunn, Pedersen, Di Santo. Subs: Brown, Emerton, McCarthy, Andrews, Kalinic, Hoilett, Salgado.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Milner, Delph, Petrov, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Delfouneso, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Shorey, Beye, Gardner.

1421: TEAMS Tottenham v Burnley
Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, Huddlestone, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Palacios, Kranjcar, Keane, Defoe. Subs: Gomes, Hutton, Bale, Bentley, Crouch, Naughton, Dawson.
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Alexander, Steven Fletcher, Elliott, Gudjonsson, Blake, Nugent. Subs: Penny, Duff, Caldwell, McDonald, Thompson, Guerrero, Eagles.

1420: Tommy Smith has a shot blocked and then volleys the rebound narrowly high and wide. It's just not going to happen for Portsmouth is it?

1419: Tony Hibbert replaces Leon Osman for Everton. That will probably see Johnny Heitinga move into midfield, and Tim Cahill go on the right.

1418: TEAMS Liverpool v Hull
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua, Lucas, Gerrard, Benayoun, Kuyt, Riera, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Voronin, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Mascherano, Ngog.
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Sonko, Cooper, Dawson, Geovanni, Boateng, Kilbane, Hunt, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Ghilas. Subs: Warner, Barmby, Altidore, Marney, Zayatte, Cousin, Olofinjana.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1416: What a chance. Tommy Smith header a corner back across goal, and Aaron Mokoena is right in front of goal but heads against the bar.

1416: TEAMS Birmingham v Bolton
Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Roger Johnson, Dann, Vignal, Larsson, Bowyer, Tainio, Ferguson, Fahey, Benitez. Subs: Maik Taylor, Ridgewell, O'Connor, Phillips, Espinoza, McSheffrey, Carsley.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, Cahill, Samuel, Cohen, Muamba, Taylor, Kevin Davies, Gardner, Klasnic. Subs: Al Habsi, Elmander, Steinsson, Mark Davies, McCann, Lee, Andrew O'Brien.

1414: Half a shout for a penalty from Portsmouth, as Kevin-Prince Boateng falls under a challenge from Johnny Heitinga as the cross comes over from the right.

1412: TEAMS Stoke v Man Utd
Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Shawcross, Collins, Lawrence, Whelan, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington, Kitson. Subs: Simonsen, Higginbotham, Cort, Beattie, Pugh, Sanli, Wilkinson.
Man Utd: Foster, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Fletcher, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Owen, Anderson, Giggs, Carrick, Jonathan Evans.

1409: Portsmouth defender Mark Wilson pulls down Louis Saha out right. Billy takes the free-kick and the home defence allow two Everton players to pull clear at the far post, and it's Marouane Fellaini who wins the header - David James tipping it behind. From the corner, Tommy Smith clears Tim Cahill's header off the line.

1407: Painful introduction for Billy, whose shirt is ripped after Younes Kaboul flies through the air to clear the ball, brushing the Russian's shoulder as he goes.

1404: Pienaar is stretchered off, and is replaced by live text villain Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Or Billy.

1403: Pienaar goes off, then comes back on, then immediately goes down again. The home fans are not happy - but I don't think he's making it up. Stretcher on.

Yellow card
1401: Aaron Mokoena attempts to head a ball in midfield and collides with Steven Pienaar, who is trying to kick it. The Everton midfielder stays down, and Mokoena picks up what seems to be a very unfortunate yellow card.

From Dazzorifik on 606: "The next two months are crucial for Pompey, and they really need to start picking up points. From 28 November, they face Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in the space of five weeks."

1356: Jamie O'Hara delivers a devilish free-kick - and Tal ben Haim breaks clear of the defender to get the header in, which hits Tim Howard on the shoulder. An inch to the right and Portsmouth would be level. Agony for the Pompey fans.

1353: Portsmouth work the ball out wide to Tommy Smith on the right, but his cross is simply awful. He has so much time and space, and only finds the first defender.

1349: Portsmouth get the second half under way at a Fratton Park basking in beautiful sunshine.

1347: For what it's worth, Bloodbore8, I agree, but with Pompey facing a seventh straight defeat here, Derby's record could well come under threat this season. And if the club has to go into administration, thereby incurring a 10-point penalty, well...

From Bloodbore8 on 606: "While Portsmouth may be doing a reasonable Derby County 07-08 impression, I must say that Portsmouth aren't playing as poorly as Derby did that year."

1340: Derby suffered the quickest Premier League relegation on 29 March, 2008. Fact.

From Desolation_row on 606: "What a player Saha could have been if it hadn't been for all the injuries. With regards Pompey: what's the earliest a team has been relegated from the top flight?"

1335: Story of Pompey's season really. Played quite well, had a few decent chances, but are a goal down at the break. Stunning goal by Louis Saha though.

1333: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-1 Everton

Everton goal: And that's why Pompey needed to take one of those chances. Louis Saha controls a long ball brilliantly, and gets ahead of Younes Kaboul to clip the finish past David James. Deadly finishing.

1329: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Everton

1327: Kevin-Prince Boateng beats Sylvain Distin with a deft turn but blazes his shot over. Portsmouth need to take one of these chances.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Tony Pulis's programme notes say it will be "bloomin' hard" for Stoke City against Man Utd. Be "bloomin' hard" for Man Utd as well."

1324: That is a sensational save from David James. Sensational. He's moving the wrong way but manages to stick a foot out to stop Marouane Fellaini's header creeping over the line.

1320: Great stuff from Pompey, Tommy Smith and Aruna Dindane linking up well to send the latter through on goal but under pressure from Sylvain Distin, he can't his shot far enough away from Tim Howard.

Steve Claridge on BBC 5 live: "There's nothing down the right hand side from Everton. Absolutely nothing. I'm concerned about Johnny Heitinga. He can't wait to get rid of the ball."

1316: Promising move from Everton. Steven Pienaar picks up the ball on the edge of the box and turns in a flash, but drags a shot wide of the post.

1314: Everton keeper Tim Howard drops a simple cross, but his defence save his blushes.

1310: Late challenge by Aaron Mokoena on Louis Saha. Decent chance for Everton but Jonny Heitinga's 30-yard free-kick is woeful, scuffing it straight into the wall.

1308: Hmm... Just seen a close-up of Louis Saha and he doesn't have pink stripes in his hair. Who would start such a rumour? I haven't been this disappointed since Djibril Cisse left the Premier League.

From mickybobmanutd on 606: "Re 1254: It's a weird (and lovely) tradition of French forwards with extravagantly coiffured hair. I can't really imagine Peter Crouch going to Nantes and having a green mohawk."

1304: A show of unity of ever I saw one: Peter Storrie is sitting next to Sulaiman Al Fahim.

1300: Promising run by Tommy Smith on the left, but he is eventually crowded out. Smith, who arrived at Fratton Park on transfer deadline day, appears to have become a byword for Pompey's financial struggles. Which is harsh, if you ask me.

1257: Up the other end, Aruna Dindane is sent through on the left hand side of the box, but as he shoots, his foot catches the defender's, the ball dribbling well wide.

1256: Tim Cahill steps inside and unleashes a dipping volley, which David James palms away on the stretch.

1254: Good tempo to the game, although without much quality. I'm hearing reports that Everton striker Louis Saha has some pink highlights in his hair, neatly co-ordinating with the pink stripes in Everton's away kit... I will confirm as soon as I see a close-up.

1251: A few boos for former Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin. He did say in the papers this morning that he would rather be booed than ignored, so he'll be happy with that.

1249: Early half-chance for Portsmouth. Tommy Smith can't get his feet straight, but Jamie O'Hara picks up the pieces - and shoots straight at the defender.

1247: Away we go. Considering the week they've had, the Pompey fans are in surprisingly buoyant mood.

1242: Sulaiman Al Fahim is among the crowd at Fratton Park today, despite a significant drop in popularity this week. Here come the teams...

1239: Thanks TrifficTottenham on 606 , I did indeed omit to tell you the Carling Cup fourth round will be played on 27 and 28 October.

1235: They've just announced the Carling Cup draw at Fratton Park. Pompey's home tie against Stoke receives a smattering of applause and a small cheer.

From Claretdunc via text on 81111: "I'm not one for predictions but I've got a real feeling Burnley are going to break their away duck today. Time for Nugent to show Harry he's a striker not a winger."

1229: Portsmouth owner Sulaiman Al Fahim is reportedly now promising to inject £50m into the club, following a difficult week. He was quoted in the Spanish press stating that they would not be spending money in January, and then cancelled a planned meeting with fans on Friday. Peter Storrie is also considering his future as chief exec, as he is losing faith in whether the new owner has the finances to take Pompey forward.

1226: No Fergie derby then... but Arsenal Youth v Liverpool sounds OK.

Blackburn v Peterborough, Man City v Scunthorpe, Spurs v Everton, Barnsley v Man Utd, Chelsea v Bolton, Sunderland v Aston Villa, Arsenal v Liverpool, Portsmouth v Stoke

1222: Stand by your beds. Carling Cup fourth-round draw coming up.

1217: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Everton
Carling Cup hero Aruna Dindane wins his fitness battle to make his first Premier League start for Portsmouth but there is no place in the squad for Steve Finnan or Frederic Piquionne. Everton make five changes to the side that beat Hull in the Carling Cup in midweek. Steven Pienaar, Joseph Yobo, Tim Cahill and Maroulane Fellani are back in the side, with Yakubu on the bench.

1212: TEAMS Portsmouth v Everton
Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Wilson, Ben-Haim, Mokoena, Brown, O'Hara, Boateng, Smith, Dindane. Subs: Begovic, Mullins, Williamson, Webber, Kanu, Yebda, Belhadj.
Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Nash, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Jo, Gosling, Yakubu, Neill.

1210: That book (see below) is 992 pages long. That is approximately 990 pages longer than my attention span unfortunately. Anyway, don't go thinking I've forgotten the Carling Cup draw. It's coming up at 1215 BST. We could get a Fergie derby, which would be the most exciting thing to happen to the Carling Cup since... ever. Don't forget you can check out highlights of the country's second most premier cup competition on this website.

From Cakeypig via text on 81111: "Re 1145: If you're looking to read a book today, Goldblatt's 'The Ball is Round' is worth a dip. I'm hoping for a shock at Wigan myself."

1206: Now, if you haven't got something to say about any of that, I'd be surprised. You can say that something on 81111, on 606 or on Twitter.

1203: But if you're still not convinced, how about this: Roy Keane's struggling Ipswich side host second-placed Newcastle in the Championship's late game. Both sides will wear shirts honouring their former manager Sir Bobby Robson, and Portman Road's North Stand will be renamed the Sir Bobby Robson Stand. It's live on BBC Two and this website (UK only). I can't say fairer than that. I really can't.

1158: And talking of men under pressure, how about Manchester United keeper Ben Foster? After a few shaky performances which have dampened any expectation that he might emerge as England's World Cup stopper, Foster and his team-mates meet Stoke today - which is just what a keeper short on confidence probably doesn't need.

1153: Phil Brown walked away from a BBC interview yesterday after becoming a teeny bit fed up of answering questions about the pressure he's under. And BBC 5 live spoke to Hull chairman Paul Duffen last night. This is my personal highlight from Duffen: "One of the things I'm not looking at (a) is failure, and (b) is negative options." You can kind of see why Brown and Duffen get on so well can't you?

1149: For example, fresh from a 4-0 mauling by Everton in the Carling Cup, can Hull relieve the pressure on manager Phil Brown with a result… at Anfield? Brown is joined in the race no-one wants to win by Portsmouth's Paul Hart, who reportedly needs a win over Everton in today's early game to avoid the boot, and Gary Megson at Bolton, who travel to Birmingham.

1145: I know. You're looking at today's fixture list, and you're thinking: 'I might just read a book'. I admit, I did the same - but reading a book (so my boss tells me) is not an option for me today, and anyway, scratch beneath the surface of a fairly uninspiring Premier League fixture list, and I think you'll find some gold…

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Monday, 16 June 2014 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Championship table
1 Burnley 14 17 33
2 Leicester 14 11 32
3 QPR 14 9 31
4 Blackpool 14 6 27
5 Reading 14 5 23
6 Nott'm Forest 14 5 23
7 Watford 14 7 22
8 Leeds 14 2 20
9 Blackburn 14 4 19
10 Wigan 13 4 19
11 Derby 14 3 19
12 Brighton 14 1 18
13 Ipswich 14 2 17
14 Huddersfield 14 2 17
15 Bournemouth 14 -9 17
16 Middlesbrough 14 1 15
17 Charlton 13 -4 14
18 Millwall 14 -11 14
19 Bolton 14 -7 13
20 Doncaster 13 -11 12
21 Sheffield Wed 13 -3 11
22 Birmingham 14 -7 11
23 Barnsley 14 -15 10
24 Yeovil 14 -12 9

see also
Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa
26 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Birmingham 1-2 Bolton
26 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Fulham 0-1 Arsenal
26 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Liverpool 6-1 Hull
26 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Portsmouth 0-1 Everton
26 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Stoke City 0-2 Man Utd
26 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Burnley
26 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Wigan 3-1 Chelsea
26 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Ipswich 0-4 Newcastle
26 Sep 09 |  Championship
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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