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By Jonathan Stevenson
1938: Lovely jubbly. That's me done for today, thanks heaps for sticking around and sharing in the late doors goal feast. Match of the Day is on BBC One and online at 2215 BST, and the Football League Show hits our screens at 2330 BST. Don't forget the clocks go back an hour tonight, so you get an extra bit of kip time. Not that any of us will sleep with the
excitement that awaits us tomorrow.
Chelsea's Joe Cole: "Yeah it was great to be back. When you're out for 10 months just to be training again is fantastic, but when you get to play in a game like that it's great."
From Anon, via text on 81111: "In response to Ron, at Spurs last season we went from mid-August to mid-March without a 3pm Saturday kick-off. Every game was a sell out."
1929: So Chelsea return to the top of the Premier League after that demolition job on hapless Blackburn. QPr move up to fourth in the Championship after coming from 2-0 down to beat Derby, with some of the home fans booing at the final whistle. That's harsh.
1927: Full-time Derby 2-4 QPR
1924: Full-time Chelsea 5-0 Blackburn
1923: El Hadji Diouf curls a free-kick harmlessly into the arms of Petr Cech. At Derby, Nigel Clough sits on the home bench looking sad, and quite frankly, that makes me sad too.
QPR goal: Wayne Routledge's searing pace has caused Derby a problem all night long and he is too quick for Dean Moxey, the defender bringing Routledge down in the box and Akos Buzsaky stepping up to thump the spot-kick into the roof of the net.
1920: GOAL Derby 2-4 QPR
1920: PENALTY TO QPR
1919: Into injury time at Chelsea, there will be about three extra minutes at Stamford Bridge.
1916: Whoosh, from one sub to the next at Derby as QPR's Rowan Vine turns his marker down the right and crosses for Patrick Agyemang to fire just wide from six yards, under pressure.
1914: Oh what a chance for Derby's Rob Hulse as the ball falls for him 12 yards out in the QPR area, but the big striker slams way over, much to the anguish of his manager.
1912: El Hadji Diouf volleys wide from 25 yards for Blackburn at Chelsea as they go in search of a consolation.
1910: Steve Davies fires wide for Derby at Pride Park - where there's life there is hope for Nigel Clough's team.
1908: Twelve minutes left in two cracking late games, it's Chelsea 5-0 Blackburn and Derby 2-3 QPR.
1907: Ex-Man City kid Daniel Sturridge comes on for Chelsea, replacing Joe Cole.
From Ron, London, via text on 81111: "Little surprise Stamford Bridge isn't full as yet again we've got an odd kick-off time. We don't have a home 3pm Saturday kick-off until 21 November. Three months without a normal home kick-off time is just a disgrace."
1904: Almost game over at Derby as QPR and that man Adel Taarabt break and the on-loan forward sees his shot at the near post parried behind by Stephen Bywater.
1903: No goals for 10 minutes? Disappointing. Probably not for Blackburn, though.
1901: Twenty minutes to go at Derby and the hosts are starting to put some pressure on QPR now. The Rams trail 3-2, having led 2-0 at one stage.
1858: What an evening's entertainment this is. You can take your Strictly and X-Factor - I'll have a couple of five-star football matches over them any day of any week.
From 5TournamentFloplegend on 606:
"This is a disgracefully inept non-performance from a so-called top flight side. How much are these total wasters at Blackburn being paid a week for this? Chelsea haven't even had to try."
Chelsea goal: This is just a horror show - if I was a Blackburn fan, I'm not sure I could watch anymore. Michael Ballack swings over a corner from the left and Didier Drogba gets the better of Ryan Nelsen to head home. And where was Paul Robinson? Coming off his line to try and get a ball that was never, ever his. More poor goalkeeping, you have to say.
1853: GOAL Chelsea 5-0 Blackburn
1852: Derby's Frederik Stoor has a hell of a shiner after getting a stray elbow in the face from Akos Buszaky - no intention from the QPR player whatsoever, by the way.
QPR goal: More sloppy defending and the visitors have completed a remarkable turnaround. A simple ball through from Akos Buszaky causes mayhem on the edge of the derby box and Jay Simpson is allowed time and space to get into the area and slip the ball past Stephen Bywater.
1850: GOAL Derby 2-3 QPR
Chelsea goal: This could turn into a real rout. Ryan Nelsen brings down Didier Drogba in the Rovers box and Frank Lampard steps up to send Paul Robinson the wrong way from the spot. Too easy.
1848: GOAL Chelsea 4-0 Blackburn
1848: PENALTY TO CHELSEA
1845: Adel Taarabt slips a cracking little pass in for Wayne Routledge at Derby, but the QPR winger crashes his shot straight at Stephen Bywater.
1844: Two questions: how many will Chelsea rack up? And is there a winner at Derby?
Chelsea goal: Hell of a hit, but poor positioning from Paul Robinson there. Michael Essien collects the ball 35 yards out and hammers in a right foot shot that moves a bit in the air, but it's not right in the corner and Robinson really should be saving those.
1841: GOAL Chelsea 3-0 Blackburn
QPR goal: You'd have to say they probably deserve to be level. Adel Taarabt crosses from the left and Wayne Routledge knocks it across to Gavin Mahon, who sweeps home from six yards.
1838: GOAL Derby 2-2 QPR
Chelsea goal: Didier Drogba spins Martin Olsson and crosses from the right, Lars Jacobsen can only clear to about 12 yards where Frank Lampard rifles home Chelsea's second.
1837: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn
1836: And back under way at Pride Park, too.
1835: Back under way at Stamford Bridge.
Still one of my all-time heroes, Derby manager Nigel Clough: "We scored two superb goals but conceded a poor one ourselves, we wanted to get in at 2-0. We've got to be better on the ball, we're given it away all over the pitch."
From Darrell Allen, via text on 81111: "The Derby game is an absolute cracker. I wanted to send this after 20 minutes, but it's been that good, I haven't been able to look away from the telly."
From Paul in Carshalton, via text on 81111: "I do wish Chelsea would take more of their chances. This game should be over as a contest. As it is, Blackburn are still in it."
1828: Cracking tribute to the late, great Peter Taylor, Brian Clough's magnificent assistant, on BBC Two. I must admit, watching footage of the pair of them, I feel a little emotional.
From stirydka1 on 606:
"The Chelsea game is one of the most one-sided you will see this season, but thanks to some truly awful finishing in great positions, Blackburn are still very much in the game."
1821: It was of course John Terry's volley that Paul Robinson saved a few moments ago at Chelsea. I need to raise it.
1820: Half-time Derby 2-1 QPR
1819: Half-time Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn
1818: That is an absolutely astonishing save from Paul Robinson, showing amazing reactions to push behind John Terry's thunderous 10-yard volley.
1817: Into injury time at both grounds, QPR's Gary Borrowdale testing Stephen Bywater with a 25-yard drive at Pride Park.
1815: Golden chance for Gary Teale at Derby, the winger side-footing well over from eight yards as the Rams cause more problems from a corner. It's lively and it's really entertaining.
1814: Rubbish at Chelsea - they should have a look at the Derby game to see how to take a free-kick. Didier Drogba rifles a set-piece into the Blackburn wall and Frank Lampard crashes the rebound wide on the volley.
QPR goal: Back in it at Derby and it's the 'new Zidane' who has bagged, Adel Taarabt seeing what Robbie Savage can do and raising him a few yards, bending a free-kick around a poorly-placed Rams' wall and into Stephen Bywater's bottom left-hand corner.
1811: GOAL Derby 2-1 QPR
1809: Petr Cech comes to punch a long throw in by Morten Gamst Pedersen by completely misses the ball and, fortunately for the Chelsea goalkeeper, Michael Essien clears the ball to safety. Moments later, Didier Drogba unleashes a swerving effort from 30-yards which Paul Robinson fists over his own crossbar.
Derby goal: Hold your hands up time - even Forest fans have got to admire that one as Robbie Savage brilliantly curls a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner of Radek Cerny's net. Talk about rolling back the years, that was an absolute gem.
1807: GOAL Derby 2-0 QPR
From Bob Jones, Nottingham, via text on 81111: "Could Adel Taarabt be the next Zinedine Zidane?"
1804: Lovely move from Chelsea, shifting it from left to right on the edge of the Blackburn box and Frank Lampard teeing up Nicolas Anelka, but Paul Robinson races off his line to block the Frenchman's shot.
1802: Frank Lampard heads wide from Michael Ballack's right-wing cross. The England midfielder hasn't scored in open play in the Premier League since April against Newcastle.
1801: Fabulous stuff from Derby, Lee Croft chasing down a ball on the right and pinging over a brilliant cross that a flying Rob Hulse heads over.
1801: About half an hour gone in both games, it's Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn and Derby 1-0 QPR.
1758: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen drills wide after some good hold up play from Jason Roberts.
From Keelanthegooner on 606:
"It annoys me when football fans of the top six or so constantly criticise teams like Stoke. If you wanna beat them take your chances and find a way through them. If you can't take your chances you've got nobody to blame but yourself."
1752: The word throwback was invented for Adel Taarabt. He just does not ever want to get rid of that ball, jinking left and right, doing stepovers - he's a hell of a player to watch, but must occasionally be unbelievably frustrating to play with. Alejandro Faurlin curls a free-kick wide for QPR.
Chelsea goal: Rovers' task just got an awful lot harder. Michael Ballack sends Nicolas Anelka haring away down the left and his fine cross is bundled his own net by Gael Givet under pressure from Didier Drogba.
1750: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn
1749: Derby nearly make it 2-0, Rob Hulse heading Gary Teale's cross goalwards and Radek Cery pulling off a decent one-handed save. Paul Dickov cannot quite get an overhead kick on target from the rebound.
1746: Quarter of an hour gone at Chelsea and the Blues are on top with Joe Cole getting himself involved. Blackburn are going aerial, presumably trying to cash in on Chelsea's recent wobbles at the back.
1744: Incidentally, Plymouth had former Argyle and Ipswich striker Paul Mariner in the dugout alongside manager Paul Sturrock for the first time today. They drew 1-1 draw with the Tractor Boys, Mariner's appointment as head coach following two decades working in America.
1742: Frank Lampard takes aim and fizzes a right-foot pearler just wide of the far post from outside the Blackburn area.
Derby goal: Shocking defending from the visitors and Derby score with their first attack. It's a tale of two veterans as Robbie Savage takes a free-kick quickly and finds Paul Dickov in acres of space, the little striker hammering past Radek Cerny.
1740: GOAL Derby 1-0 QPR
1740: QPR are dominating the early stages at Derby, knocking it around with ease at the moment. They are one of the form teams in the division right now.
From Chris from Ipswich, via text on 81111: "The national anthem was sang by my friend Thomas, one of the nicest people in the world. Go buy his album Credere!"
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce: "We didn't play anything near the standard we have set over the last few weeks. If you have six or seven players not playing well you are going to be in trouble. At least for an hour we were second best. Birmingham were the better team."
1735: Jimmy Bullard did not play today for Hull because he had a gash on his shin after making a substitute appearance for them at Fulham on Monday and boss Phil Brown didn't want to risk him.
1732: With 29 seconds on the clock, Chelsea should be ahead as Frank Lampard floats over a cross and Joe Cole criminally heads wide from six yards, unmarked. Worrying lack of marking for Rovers fans.
1731: Carlo Ancelotti is in attendance at Chelsea after a flying visit to Italy to visit his sick father. We're under way in both evening kick-offs.
From hero3279 on 606:
"Blackburn fan here. This could be a long afternoon. Olsson has never had a good game for Rovers. We always look wide open. Where is Dunny???"
1727: The teams are out at Stamford Bridge and they are out at Pride Park, too, where we are treated to a rendition of the national anthem.
1726: Joe Cole makes his first Premier League start since January and is one of four Chelsea changes from their last league game. The England midfielder replaces Florent Malouda, Branislav Ivanovic comes in for the injured Jose Bosingwa, Juliano Belletti is in for Ashley Cole and Michael Ballack is selected ahead of Deco. There are also four changes for Blackburn - out go Christopher Samba, Pascal Chimbonda, David Dunn and the ineligible Franco di Santo and in come Martin Olsson, Geal Givet, Brett Emerton and Jason Roberts.
1722: Chelsea can go top of the Premier League if they beat Blackburn at Stamford Bridge. The omens are not good for Rovers - they have lost their last eight away games in the league and failed to score in their last six top flight meetings with the Blues.
From DiehardPotter, via text on 81111: "Football is not about being pretty. It is about winning. Stoke beat Spurs. Period. If you want pretty try a different sport, women's beach volleyball springs to mind."
1716: League Two round-up: Bournemouth move three points clear at the top after a 3-1 home victory over struggling and managerless Grimsby. It was an eighth win in nine games in all competitions for the Cherries. Their day could have been even better has Dagenham & Redbridge not come from two goal down to draw 2-2 at Macclesfield. But another rival, Rochdale, slumped to a 2-1 home defeat by Accrington. And there was more woe for bottom-of-the-table Darlington as three second-half goals sent them crashing to a 3-0 defeat at Barnet.
1714: Web users (UK only) - if you refresh your page, you will be able to watch events unfold from Pride Park at the top as Derby County take on QPR. It's also on BBC Two - but then you don't get these words as well, do you?
From Peter, angry Plymouth fan, via text on 81111: "Sturrock has to go. Can't even beat bottom of the table. Board - act now before it's too late."
1704: League One round-up: Leeds miss the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table after losing 2-1 at Millwall. That means the last unbeaten record in England has gone. Fortunately for Simon Grayson's men, rivals Charlton are held 1-1 by Gillingham despite taking a second-half lead. Big winners in the top half are Colchester and Norwich, the former beating Walsall and the latter Swindon. At the other end, Southampton come off the foot of the table with a 3-1 triumph over MK Dons and they are replaced there by Wycombe. The Chairboys conceded a 92nd-minute equaliser at Exeter. And there is more woe for Tranmere as they were beaten 1-0 at Hartlepool.
From gomesthegoal on 606:
"Fair play to Stoke who defended well throughout and had the greatest amount of luck I've seen in a game of football. It may not be pretty but they have no quality at all in their side to play good football so have to do what they have to do."
1700: In the Championship, a last-gasp goal by Kevin Nolan has given Newcastle a 2-1 win at home to Doncaster and put them top of the table. There was also an injury-time goal at Deepdale, where Billy Jones' equaliser has rescued a 2-2 draw for Preston against Middlesbrough. Cardiff are second after winning 4-3 at Sheffield United, while Plymouth and Ipswich have drawn 1-1 in the battle of the bottom two.
1658: Full-time Burnley 1-3 Wigan
1656: There are still going at Burnley, into injury time now at Turf Moor.
1655: Full-time Tottenham 0-1 Stoke City
1654: Full-time Hull 0-0 Portsmouth
1653: Full-time Birmingham 2-1 Sunderland
1651: There will be five minutes of stoppages at Spurs. None of the Premier League games have finished yet.
1649: In the Championship there is yet another goal for Pete Whittingham. The midfielder has completed his hat-trick, putting Cardiff 4-2 up at Sheffield United. He's now scored 12 goals this season and nine in the last six matches. Back in League One and Yeovil have taken a 2-1 lead at Bristol Rovers - Terrell Forbes netting for the first time in 369 appearances. At the top of the table leaders Leeds fall 2-1 behind to Millwall at the New Den and, after taking the lead at Gillingham through John Nutter's headed own-goal, Charlton are now drawing 1-1. Bottom-of-the-table Southampton look on course for victory over Darlington after Rickie Lambert put the Saints 2-1 up at St Mary's.
1648: Sunderland are pushing for an equaliser in the dying minutes and Darren Bent should have had it there. Andy Reid picks him out at the far stick with a delicious delivery but Bent volleys his sidefooter just wide. Lively finish.
Stoke goal: The Potters have gone absolutely mental - they have pulled off an astounding hit-and-run at White Hart Lane. Ricardo Fuller does brilliantly to barge his way past Benoit Assou-Ekotto down the Stoke right and he gets into the area and pulls it back for Glenn Whelan, who magnificently arcs the ball past Heurelho Gomes and in-off the far post. Smashing finish.
1646: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Stoke
1645: There ain't long left. Are there any massive goals still to come?
1643: Macca Stat update: "Goals at Birmingham and Burnley but as it looks like we're heading for a couple of goalless games at Hull and Tottenham - shame on you. Remarkably, we've only had two goalless draws in the Premier League all season. You have to go back all the way to August for both of them: Blackburn-West Ham and Birmingham-Stoke."
Sunderland goal: The Black Cats get one back. Andy Reid sends in a free-kick and Michael Turner heads over a flapping Joe Hart only for Scott Dann to boot into his own net. 2-1. Game on.
1641: GOAL Birmingham 2-1 Sunderland
Wigan goal: Paul Scharner flicks on a corner from the Wigan left and it falls inside the six-yard box for Emmerson Boyce to slip the ball past Diego Penny. Burnley's 100% home record is coming to an end.
1639: GOAL Burnley 1-3 Wigan
1638: Down in League Two, Bournemouth's day is getting better and better - not only are they still winning but their two closest rivals are both losing 2-0. Dagenham & Redbridge look to have been killed off by Macclesfield's Reneil Sappleton's and Michael Symes has doubled Accrington's lead at Rochdale. There is more woe for bottom-of-the-table Darlington, who have fallen a goal down at Barnet - Ismail Yakubu with the goal.
From Big Steve, bored at Col Utd v Walsall, via text on 81111: "Ooh, great idea. Can we have a bit of Maxwell's Silver Hammer?"
1636: Doncaster have missed a golden chance to go back in front at St James' Park, where Martin Woods has fired wide from the penalty spot. It's still 1-1 at Newcastle.
1636: It's Birmingham 2-0 Sunderland, Burnley 1-2 Wigan, Hull 0-0 Portsmouth and Tottenham 0-0 Stoke. Remember, we have Chelsea v Blackburn still to come, thankfully, as well as Derby v QPR live from the Championship.
From SimpreZola on 606:
"Wigan's first goal and the incidents that led up to it made me think of a certain Paolo di Canio."
1631: League One strugglers Brighton fall 1-0 down at home to Oldham as Pawell Abbott flashes a shot into the bottom right-hand corner. Bottom-of-the-table Southampton, who slipped behind moments before half-time against MK Dons, equalise through Dean Hammond. In the Championship, Preston were level for only six minutes against Middlesbrough. Adam Johnson's goal - his ninth of the season - has put Boro 2-1 up.
1629: I'm getting song requests via text on 81111. I mean, there's a bit too much going on right now, but maybe later.
1628: It's Newcastle 1-1 Doncaster, Andy Carroll equalising for the Magpies, and Ipswich have levelled at Plymouth in their six-point basement clash.
1627: Pete Whittingham really is going goal crazy. The midfielder has put Cardiff 3-2 up at Sheffield United with his second goal of the game and his eighth in six matches. Meanwhile, it's now 1-1 at Deepdale, where Paul Parry has equalised for Preston against Middlesbrough. It all means that as things stand, Cardiff are heading for the top of the Championship.
1626: Sunderland make a triple substitution, with Bolo Zenden, George McCartney and Fraizer Campbell all coming on. They trail Birmingham 2-0.
1624: Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on for Robbie Keane at White Hart Lane. That's a decent aerial threat Spurs have got now.
1622: Hassan Yebda goes so close to an opener for Portsmouth at Hull, his close-range shot saved at point-blank range by Boaz Myhill. Top stop.
1621: Double chance for Spurs and double save from Steve Simonsen (definitely not Thomas Sorensen) from Peter Crouch's header and then Vedran Corluka's mis-hit follow-up.
1620: A Jamie O'Hara free-kick for Pompey falls for Aruna Dindane and his first shot is saved by Boaz Myhill, his second shot blocked by one of his own players. No Portsmouth striker has scored yet this season.
1620: A slight increase in the tempo at Hull - and David James is quick out of his line to smother the ball at Geovanni's feet after Seyi Olofinjana plays the ball toward the Brazilian.
1619: League Two promotion-chasers Rotherham, who took the lead four minutes into first-half stoppage time at Bury, are pegged back through a Ryan Lowe goal. Meanwhile, struggling Grimsby pull one back against leaders Bournemouth, Paul Linwood atoning for his earlier own goal to make it 2-1 at Dean Court.
1618: As things stand in the Championship, Newcastle will slip to fourth and Middlesbrough will take over from West Brom at the top.
1617: It is of course Steve Simonsen in goal for Stoke. As if I'm not usually confused enough.
Wigan goal: The Latics lead and it's a lovely goal too. Jason Scotland peels away down the left and he gets to the byeline inside the Burnley box, waiting for his team-mates to join him and slotting it back for that man Hugo Rodallega to fire right-footed in-off the far post from the edge of the box. Good hit.
1614: GOAL Burnley 1-2 Wigan
From rsherr on 606:
"Brilliant last-ditch defending from Stoke to deny Peter Crouch, but a goal has got to come for Spurs."
1609: They are back under way at Turf Moor too now. Spurs go close to an opener, Robbie Keane's shot from a Wilson Palacios pass saved by Steve Simonsen, with two Stoke defenders bravely stopping Peter Crouch from slamming in the rebound.
Blues goal: Birmingham double their lead - Carson Yeung must think this is easy, this owner lark. Cameron Jerome cleverly flicks on Sebastian Larsson's cross from the right and James McFadden takes his time, cutting in on to his weaker right foot and slotting past Craig Gordon. Not a good return for Steve Bruce at the moment.
1605: GOAL Birmingham 2-0 Sunderland
1605: Under way everywhere in the Premier League except at Burnley, where there was a lot of first half stoppage time.
From Anon, via text on 81111: "Rumour at the KC is that Jimmy Bullard is out for the season and Craig Fagan stormed off because he wasn't selected - no great loss."
1600: In League One the most significant scoreline sees bottom-of-the-table Wycombe go 1-0 up at Exeter on the stroke of half-time thanks to Matt Harrold's strike. The Chairboys have not won since 29 August but could be heading for a crucial victory. Fellow strugglers Tranmere are losing 1-0 at Hartlepool and, at the other end of the table, leaders Leeds are being held 1-1 at Millwall. The hosts took an early lead through Neil Harris but promotion-chasing Leeds bounced back through Patrick Kisnorbo.
From alexbrfc on Twitter:
"The first half of Hull v Pompey was so boring, I resorted to reading up on Equitable Remedies for university. Thrilling."
1555: Half-time round-up in the Championship: Newcastle are losing 1-0 at home to Doncaster, in-form Nottingham Forest are one-down at Crystal Palace, and Gary O'Neil has put Middlesbrough 1-0 up at Preston. It's a cracker of a game at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United and Cardiff are drawing 2-2. Pete Whittingham's penalty in that game means the midfielder has now scored in six consecutive matches for Cardiff.
1552: Half-time Burnley 1-1 Wigan
1550: League Two leaders Bournemouth take a 2-0 first-half lead at home to managerless Grimsby. The Cherries, a point clear of Rochdale and Dagenham & Redbridge, will be boosted by news that Rochdale are being held at home by Accrington while the Daggers have been reduced to 10 men and fallen 1-0 down at Macclesfield.
1548: Half-time Tottenham 0-0 Stoke
1547: Half-time Birmingham 1-0 Sunderland
1546: Half-time Hull 0-0 Portsmouth
1544: Dean Marney pings in another shot from the edge of the Pompey box and it's heading goalwards before a defender deflects it wide. Boy does that game need a goal.
1541: About five minutes to go until half-time. It's Birmingham 1-0 Sunderland, Burnley 1-1 Wigan, Hull 0-0 Portsmouth and Tottenham 0-0 Stoke. Tommy Smith scuffs a chance for Pompey at Hull, it's not been great at the KC Stadium.
Blues goal: Sebastian Larsson whips over a free-kick from the Birmingham left and with the visitors defence static, Liam Ridgewell gets enough on the ball to divert it past Craig Gordon. The Blues deserve their lead.
1537: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Sunderland
From footballandethics on 606:
"Spurs hammering Stoke, shots off the line, post, breathtaking saves, everything. Stoke hanging on, can't see them doing this for 90 minutes. Different class, these teams."
1534: Isn't it quiet? Whisper it quietly, but it looks like the goal repeller is back...
From James H, Nottm, via text on 81111: "Is Steve Simonsen seriously in goal for Stoke, what happened to Sorensen!?!?" Hi there. Try 1446, James.
1529: Birmingham are all over Sunderland. James McFadden's shot from six yards is blocked by the legs of Kieran Richardson and moments later Christian Benitez turns inside box and shoots straight at Craig Gordon who turns the ball round the post. Lively stuff. The visitors need to wake up.
1528: James Beattie shows his defensive qualities by hooking Peter Crouch's goalbound header off the Stoke line at Tottenham. Moments later, Niko Kranjcar slams a fabulous right-foot shot against the post from 20 yards.
1525: Better from Tottenham as Aaron Lennon curls a sweet shot from 18 yards that is heading for the far corner until Steve Simonsen claws the ball away. Fine shot and a fine save.
1524: Uh-oh. Bad news for under-pressure Ipswich boss Roy Keane in the battle of the Championship's bottom two at Home Park. His side have gone 1-0 down to Plymouth, Carl Fletcher with the goal.
1524: Neither side are able to find their rhythm at White Hart Lane - Spurs are lacking an inventive final ball, while Rory Delap's long-throw show is misfiring for Stoke. A scrappy affair so far.
1523: First news from the Championship and Newcastle, who have not won in four matches, have gone 1-0 down at home to Doncaster, Dean Shiels with the goal. Meanwhile, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry goalkeeper Keiran Westwood has gone off injured in their game against West Brom. Dimi Konstantopoulos has replaced him.
1522: Dean Marney lashes a left-foot shot over the Pompey bar for Hull after nice approach play from Geovanni down the left.
1521: A nervy start for both teams at Birmingham with keepers Joe Hart and Craig Gordon both flapping in the box. Two half chances for the Blues so far. James McFadden shot into the hands of Gordon from the edge of the box and Sebastian Larsson blazed miles over. Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is fuming on the touchline. Birmingham definitely looking the sharpest.
From Gerrardswhiskers on 606:
"Are Spurs capable of putting in a first time cross? Every time it goes wide its one, two touches then bring it back or cut back. With Keane and Crouch if they hit the first time ball they will get reward. Come on Stoke."
1516: Several crunching tackles in the opening period at Hull but precious few moments of real quality. Tommy Smith shot wide in the opening minutes for Portsmouth, while a free-kick from Stephen Hunt was allowed to bounce in the Pompey area and forced a save from David James.
1515: Brian Jensen cannot continue at Turf Moor and he is taken off with Peruvian Diego Penny coming on in his place.
1514: Jonathan Woodgate might have got injured in making that fabulous early clearance and his woes continue as he is replaced just 13 minutes into his return, Michael Dawson coming on.
1513: Peter Crouch rises above three defenders to direct a header towards the far corner but Stoke keeper Steve Simonsen scrambles across his line to palm the ball away.
Wigan goal: Disaster for Brian Jensen and he's in trouble too. Mario Melchiot pings a ball over the top from the Wigan right and Jensen comes for it but slips at precisely the wrong moment, allowing Hugo Rodallega the simple task of slotting into an empty net. Jensen is receiving treatment.
1512: GOAL Burnley 1-1 Wigan
From Big Ches at the KC, via text on 81111: "I know they say there's no must-win games this early in the season, but a quick glance at the goal differences here suggests otherwise!"
1507: England boss Fabio Capello and Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni are sat side by side in the stands at White Hart Lane for Tottenham v Stoke.
Burnley goal: They haven't wasted any time, have they? The busy Robbie Blake scuttles into some space down the left and sends over a brilliant cross that Steven Fletcher slides home via the crossbar. Not sure he quite intended to score like that, but they all count.
1504: GOAL Burnley 1-0 Wigan
1503: Matty Etherington whacks the ball across the face of goal for Stoke at Spurs and only some fabulous defending at the far post from Jonathan Woodgate gets rid of the danger.
1501: Kamil Zayatte is slow to react to a ball into the Hull half and suddenly Portsmouth's Tommy Smith has some room to burst forward, but the former Watford man drags his shot wide of the far post.
1500: And Burnley.
1500: And Hull.
1500: And Birmingham.
1500: We are under way at Tottenham.
From SaintFed on 606:
"Re: Jimmy Bullard at Peterborough - could be my gran, she's a dead ringer. Likes a bargain bucket too."
1458: Steve Bruce gets a good hand from both the Sunderland and Birmingham fans at St Andrews, good to see.
1457: The teams are on their way out at Birmingham, at Tottenham, at Burnley and at Hull. Ready for this?
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Molineux happy enough at the final whistle, but Wolves must get a sharper cutting edge if they are to turn draws into priceless victories in the weeks ahead. Disappointing from Villa, not just the overall performance but how they carelessly cast two points aside because of Steve Sidwell's recklessness."
From Jason, via text on 81111: "I think I've just seen Jimmy Bullard at the Peterborough services on the A1. If it wasn't him, someone has a career ahead of them as a look-a-like. He was eating a KFC."
1451: New Birmingham owner Carson Yeung strolls onto the wet St Andrew's turf and looks like a man about to burst into song. Happily he refrains and says: "We have a proud history and can look forward. I love you all". Then the speakers play Sister Sledge's 'We are Family'. Astonishing.
1448: Tottenham centre-back Jonathan Woodgate makes his first start of the season and Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch also start, while Ledley King, Jermaine Jenas and Jermain Defoe (banned) make way. Stoke make just one change, bringing in Andy Wilkinson for the
suspended Robert Huth.
1447: In front of the club's new owner Carson Yeung at St Andrews, Birmingham defenders Franck Queudrue and Stuart Parnaby return after injury but have to make do with a spot on the bench. Ecuadorian striker Christian Benitez plays after missing the last game because he missed a flight home. Sunderland welcome back Kieran Richardson after missing their win over Liverpool through suspension. They also have fit-again striker Kenwyne Jones going for goals alongside Darren Bent - with or without the inflatables.
1446: Late change to the Stoke team with keeper Thomas Sorensen taken ill and Steve Simonsen filling in between the sticks. The Potters fan sat behind me groans at the news.
1445: Burnley manager Owen Coyle hands Chris Eagles his first Premier League start of the campaign. Eagles' reward for his goal-scoring cameo in last weekend's derby against Blackburn comes at the expense of David Nugent, who drops to the bench in the Clarets' only change. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez plumps for the same side that drew with Manchester City last time out.
1443: Jimmy Bullard was expected to make his first start of the season for Hull City but the midfielder is not in the 18-man squad. Boss Phil Brown makes three changes from the team that lost at Fulham, with Anthony Gardner, Bernard Mendy and Seyi Olofinjana in for Ibrahima Sonko, Kevin Kilbane and Kamel Ghilas. Portsmouth are without the suspended Michael Brown so Jamie O'Hara comes into for Pompey from the team that lost to Spurs.
1439: Full-time Wolves 1-1 Aston Villa Crazy finish to the game after a pretty quiet derby overall, and both managers will be relatively pleased to walk away with a point.
1438: A minute left. They really don't want to win it.
1436: All seems a little subdued at Wolves, neither fans nor players seem particularly up for getting a late winner. Surprising.
1435: We are into stoppage time in the Midlands now and there are four minutes scheduled.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill might want a word with Steve Sidwell after the rash challenge on Michael Kightly that gifts Wolves a penalty. No need whatsoever and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's penalty fell firmly into the "no nonsense" category. Molineux is mildly pleased."
1430: Five minutes left at Molineux - is there a winner yet to come? Wolves take off Michael Kightly and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Greg Halford and Chris Iwelumo come on.
Wolves goal: That's how to take a penalty as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hammers it straight down the middle, giving Brad Friedel no chance, for his first of the season. That coming after Steve Sidwell's poorly-timed tackle on Michael Kightly in the Villa box - stonewall spot-kick.
Villa goal: Good time to score, heartbreak for the hosts. Villa race forward and James Milner feeds Emile Heskey in the Wolves box, he picks out Gabby Agbonlahor in the middle and he turns Jody Craddock before slipping the ball past Wayne Hennessey.
1415: Emile Heskey is sent on for Aston Villa, with John Carew hauled off. About 20 minutes for Heskey to make an impression.
1414: Wolves defender Jody Craddock is bleeding through the bandages on his forehead. It's like the great days of yore, with Terry Butcher et al.
1412: Halfway through the second half now and it's still Wolves 0-0 Aston Villa. Might be time for a change or two.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Still scrappy and Villa struggling to fashion any clear-cut openings, despite the obvious threat from the pace of Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor. Just worry for Wolves that they will be caught once on the break and all their endeavour will be undermined."
1409: Much better from Ashley Young, who latches on to a pass from Gabby Agbonlahor and lashes a low left-foot shot just wide of Wayne Hennessey's right-hand post from 18 yards.
1407: Macca Stat's at it again. Danny'll have to raise it when he ever decides to get involved again: "Richard Dunne is not only part of the meanest defence in the Prem, but he's also bang in goalscoring form. The big man is not exactly prolific (nine in 429 career games) but has bagged in his last two games for the Villa. Apparently if he notches at Molineux he will be the first defender to grab three in a row since Ian Harte for Leeds in 2001. Job done."
1406: Yellow cards for Villa's Stephen Warnock for speaking out of turn to an assistant referee and for Wolves' Ronald Zubar for a foul in the Villa half. Why didn't I predict 0-0...
From hero3279 on 606:
"Villa will nick this one. I genuinely like Wolves but they just don't have a player who is capable of providing that killer ball in the final third."
1403: Ashley Young slices a cross behind for a goalkick from a decent position down the Villa left. The former Watford flier hasn't been at his best so far today.
1401: Michael Kightly's corner causes momentary panic in the Villa defence but Segundo Castillo totally mis-kicks his left-foot shot and the visitors get rid.
1359: John Carew is the first man into Peter Walton notebook after a reckless, late sliding challenge on Ronald Zubar. No complaints from the giant Norwegian.
BBC Radio 5 live's Craig Burley: "Martin O'Neill won't have been exactly disappointed by the first half, but he'll know Villa can play a hell of a lot better than that. He'll want Petrov to sit in there and dictate this game now."
Alan from Southampton, via text on 81111: "Re howardthehunt - 'Out of your mind', Dane Bowers with True Steppers featuring Victoria Beckham was horrendous."
1354: Stiliyan Petrov steals possession from David Edwards and he gives it to Ashley Young, who races to the edge of the Wolves box and bends a shot wide of the far post. Brilliant water-carrying from the Villa captain Petrov.
1351: What a chance for Villa - Ashley Young's deflected cross from the left falls perfectly for Steve Sidwell on the penalty spot but instead of having a go, he tries to cushion a header into the path of John Carew. Wasteful.
1350: Back under way at Molineux and what a difference 15 minutes makes - it's only sunny in the Midlands! Are there goals in this game?
1347: Macca Stat has been doing his homework: "So all-square at the break - perhaps Villa have one eye on a new Premier League record. If they were to get a point out of this game they will be the first team to 200 Premier League draws. Top-draw."
1345: Villa have the best defence in the Premier League, and only Leeds United have conceded fewer goals in the country. Richard Dunne and James Collins have made a terrific start to their blossoming partnership.
From TimKeward on Twitter:
"Surely the opposite of 'great touch for a big man' is 'useful in the air for a short man'? Often said about Michael Owen."
From gilbertoAVFC on 606:
"I appreciate we're playing in torrential conditions, but Villa's gameplan is all too familiar and negative. We're looking to get them on the break, but against a team like Wolves we should be attacking them. Sidwell is anonymous (yet again) in the middle."
From Rory, London, via text on 81111: "Re: howardthehunt. Not sure if he was a nice person, but Stig Tofting certainly looked pretty nasty back in his playing days!!"
1333: Half-time Wolves 0-0 Aston Villa Time to take stock and both managers will probably be pretty pleased with how it's gone so far. Mick McCarthy might think Wolves are worth a lead, and he'd not be far wrong.
1329: Wolves clip a free-kick into the Villa box and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake - one of three players offside but not flagged - heads weakly wide from eight yards. Good chance, that.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Wolves showing plenty of spirit here and a desire to try and pass when they get possession. It has brought them a couple of decent openings but no joy so far. They need to make their periods of supremacy pay because Aston Villa's pace always carries a threat on the counter-attack."
1327: Five minutes left until half-time and it's still Wolves 0-0 Aston Villa. Carlos Cuellar is dumped on his backside by Michael Kightly and Villa have a free-kick on their right which loops into the arms of Wayne Hennessey.
1324: Wolves continue to knock on the door, but Villa's defence is holding firm. Christophe Berra heads a corner down inside the six-yard box and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake acrobatically volleys over Brad Friedel's bar.
1322: It's gone torrential on us at Wolves, absolutely hammering it down now. I'm not sure the graphic really does it justice, to be fair.
1320: Nice from Wolves as Karl Henry wins the ball and gives it to Michael Kightly, who in turn sets up Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and his shot is deflected behind for a corner, which Villa clear.
1319: It really is a thoroughly unpleasant day at Molineux and the football isn't lifting spirits thus far. Wolves are playing some nice stuff when they get the ball, but in the final third they look a touch short of creativity.
From oaktowers on Twitter:
"Portsmouth's game against Hull is a must win, we can't say we're unlucky again! Plus it's my 21st today, I want a win!"
1314: The ball breaks to Gabby Agbonlahor inside the Wolves box and he so nearly picks out Steve Sidwell on the edge of the six-yard box, the midfielder just failing to take the ball in his stride.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Torrential rain sweeping across Molineux making conditions difficult - and Aston Villa just starting to take control. Mick McCarthy is indulging some wild gesticulation in his technical area, making his normally frenetic opposite number Martin O'Neill seem almost sedate. And McCarthy isn't even wrapped up against the rain. Tough as old boots is Mick."
Jona from Sheffield, via text on 81111: "Carew has 'a great touch for a big man'. Is there any player who has a great touch for a short man? Also, why are there no full-backs with an 'educated right foot'? There's definitely none at Hillsborough at the moment."
1307: It's calmed down after a typically fast and furious start at Molineux. This game needs a goal. Well maybe the game doesn't, but I certainly do.
1305: Football Focus has finished now, so web users, if you refresh your page it'll disappear from your screen. Later, there'll be Final Score, and at 1730 BST, you'll be able to watch Derby v QPR from the Championship, live on BBC Two and this website.
1303: James Milner lays the ball back to Steve Sidwell 25 yards out but he gets his shot all wrong and it flies well over the crossbar.
From howardthehunt on 606:
"Saw Martin Laursen's interview on Friday Focus. Seemed like a really top guy. Has there ever been a horrible Dane?!"
1259: Half chance for Wolves as Karl Henry swings over a cross from the right and Christophe Berra glances a header wide of the far post.
1258: Beards seem to be all the rage these days - honestly, that Beckham fella's got a lot to answer for. Villa defender Carlos Cuellar is the latest to follow the trend and he's had a decent start down the visitors' right flank.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Wolves fans putting their feelings about referee Peter Walton into song following his refusal to give a penalty after Richard Dunne dragged back Kevin Doyle. Unrepeatable but you get the idea - and it did look like Dunne was tugging on his Republic of Ireland colleague Doyle's arm after losing a battle for possession."
1254: Wolves have started brightly, but Villa are a massive danger on the break and John Carew is winning every flick-on at the moment.
From Chris in Durham, via text on 81111: "Looking at the Wolves line-up, I thought 'three players whose names begin with 'E' - that's unusual'. Why did I think that? Is it unusual? I'm sure your followers can enlighten me."
1249: Kevin Doyle pays the price for being too honest there. He gets goal side of Richard Dunne and is fouled by the defender, but he tries to stay on his feet and get a shot in - eventually falling to the ground. It's a free-kick, possibly a penalty depending on where the first foul took place. Poor refereeing.
1247: A long ball from the Villa back is allowed to bounce through to Gabby Agbonlahor and he is one-on-one with Wayne Hennessey, but the striker - presumably surprised at being gifted an early chance - sees his tame near-post shot saved by the keeper.
1246: After an awfully long pre-match huddle, Wolves get us started at Molineux. Should be tasty.
From philmcnulty on Twitter:
"Loud blast of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" at Molineux. Zep's vocalist Robert Plant is, of course, a devoted Wolverhampton Wanderers fan."
1242: The teams emerge at Molineux, and we all know what that means, don't we? We are teetering on the very brink of action.
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill: "We're in good form, we've been playing well and we're going to come here and go for it."
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy: "It's a Premier League game, we want to get some points from it, doesn't bother me who we're playing. We've not been lacking in confidence, that's why we got the result at Everton."
1234: Molineux, one of the grand old stadia of English football, is where we begin as Wolves and Aston Villa put bragging rights on the line. It's the 99th meeting of two great clubs and, 121 years ago, this was the first league fixture these two ever played as 2,500 fans watched a 1-1 draw at Dudley Road.
1230: Stevo's predos: Wolves 1-2 Aston Villa Birmingham 1-1 Sunderland Burnley 2-2 Wigan Hull 1-1 Portsmouth Tottenham 2-1 Stoke Chelsea 3-1 Blackburn Lawro's predictions
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Big Midlands derby and an opportunity for both Wolves and Villa to enhance their credentials at Molineux. Mick McCarthy's team can show they mean business in the Premier League against a Villa side that is expected to achieve big things this season. Villa, meanwhile have the chance to build on an outstanding home victory against Chelsea. The game will be played out on a greasy surface - which should add another layer of excitement to what is certain to be a high-tempo game."
1224: Wolves manager Mick McCarthy makes two changes from the side which drew at Everton last time out, Segundo Castillo coming in for Greg Halford in midfield. Fresh from their victory over Chelsea last Saturday, Aston Villa name an unchanged starting line-up.
1217: Wolves v Aston Villa line-ups: Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Edwards, Henry, Castillo, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle. Subs: Hahnemann, Stearman, Keogh, Halford, Jarvis, Iwelumo, Milijas. Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Milner, Petrov, Sidwell, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Luke Young, Delph, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Gardner, Clark. Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).
1214: I look out of the window, see a thoroughly miserable day and ask myself this: is only football capable of lifting us out of this autumnal gloom? The potentially spicy
Wolves v Aston Villa
tie kicks us off at 1245 BST, we've got four of your standard three o'clock starts and then Chelsea-Rovers later. Oh, and a full Football League programme too. Boot-filling time.
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