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Saturday football as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Jonathan Stevenson

1938: I think that'll do for today, don't you? Do come back tomorrow - I'd happily wager it might get pretty lively. Match of the Day is on BBC One and this website at 2305 GMT, with the Football League Show following at 0015 GMT. Oh, and before I go, starting at 2130 GMT tonight, Nabil Hassan will bring you coverage of David Haye against Nikolay Valuev for the WBA heavyweight crown in Nuremberg.

From APOLLOCK82 on Twitter: "Is this Arsenal making it a top three? Leaving Liverpool to scrap with Villa, Spurs and Man City for the last Champs League place!"

1931: Arsenal move up to second thanks to that routine win - and one of the Gooners in the office just offered £100 bets that his boys would win the Premier League this season. Dimitar Berbatov reckons only Chelsea can take the title off Man United this season. I wonder...

From Rob, Newbury, via text on 81111: "As a Man United fan I have to say that Chelsea and Arsenal are the form teams - and Arsenal play some wonderful football. I just hope we can get that kind of rhythm soon!"

Full time
1925: Full-time Wolves 1-4 Arsenal
The game was over a long time ago, but now it's official. Wolves started well, but Arsenal were miles too strong - and probably had another gear or two in fairness.

1923: We're into the three minutes of injury time at Molineux.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wolves goal: The boy's in the form of his life - at both ends. A corner is swung into the Arsenal box and Jody Craddock gets away too easily from Thomas Vermaelen, getting enough space to thump a header into the net from six yards.

1921: GOAL Wolves 1-4 Arsenal

1920: Robin van Persie holds the ball up and lays it off to Tomas Rosicky, who blazes over from 12 yards when he probably should score. It feels like this game ended a lifetime ago.

1917: Robin van Persie latches on to a poor backpass and tries to round Wayne Hennessey about three times, eventually being dispossessed. He's had a magnificent evening too, the Dutchman - what a job he does for this Arsenal team.

1915: We're just counting down until full-time now. Are there any decent-looking games tomorrow, do you know?

1912: Our last change of the day is made as Michael Mancienne comes on for David Edwards for Wolves. He'll play just on front of the back four. Ten minutes plus stoppages left.

1910: Leeds United are in the hat for round two of the FA Cup - Mike Grella bagged a second in the last minute as they beat Oldham 2-0 at Boundary Park to progress.

1908: Robin van Persie does ludicrously well to chest down an Alex Song pass in the Wolves box and turn and pull the ball back to Cesc Fabregas, who balloons over left-footed from eight yards.

1907: Wolves haul off the ineffective Nenad Milijas and send on Matt Jarvis, while Samir Nasri replaces Andrey Arshavin for Arsenal.

From Tom, London, via text on 81111: "See 1854 - I doubt even Mr & Mrs Kightly ever thought they'd see their son mentioned in that company..."

1902: Nenad Milijas curls a free-kick goalwards from 25 yards and it appears to strike an Arsenal player on his raised arm - I think it's Cesc Fabregas, but nothing it given. Eduardo is replaced by Tomas Rosicky.

1900: Eduardo is sent through by Alex Song, but Wayne Hennessey spreads himself and prevents another Arsenal goal.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Arsenal goal: It's another good strike, but more appalling defending - Mick McCarthy is going to tear a strip off them later. Wayne Hennessey punches a corner to the edge of the box and Nenad Milijas can hardly be bothered to challenge Andrey Arshavin for the ball - so the Russian slides a right-foot shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

1858: GOAL Wolves 0-4 Arsenal

1857: Andrey Arshavin loves those tight angles out on the left - he fizzes in a screamer towards the roof of the net but Wayne Hennessey tips it over.

1857: Michael Kightly comes on for his 100th Wolves appearance, replacing Segundo Castillo.

From JonesMike101 on Twitter: "My girlfriend wants Danny to work out how much more time we could have spent together if all football games ended at half-time."

1854: Wolves are preparing Michael Kightly, but he'd have to be Pele, Maradona and Cruyff all rolled into one to change this game in their favour. Over an hour gone, it's still Wolves 0-3 Arsenal.

Yellow card
1851: Kieran Gibbs is cautioned for catching Ronald Zubar on the ankle. He's done pretty well today though, Gibbs - definitely a future England international. Moments later, Nenad Milijas is booked for a foul on Bacary Sagna.

1848: Manuel Almunia does well to catch a high ball into the Arsenal box as Wolves attempt to exert a bit of pressure. It's eerily quiet inside Molineux, it's a bit like a training session now.

From BigSheff on 606: "The missus is in trouble - I think I'm starting to fall in love with Cesc Fabregas. The man is a genius."

1844: I'm watching the majestic Cesc Fabregas thinking to myself how lucky Spain are to have produced Xavi, Iniesta and Fabregas all in the same generation. Or is it luck? However they've done it, will these three go down as among the best midfielders of all time?

1842: If all games ended at half-time (it's a fairly big 'if', but do bear with me), Wolves would be bottom of the Premier League. As it is, they'll stay 18th.

1840: If I were a Wolves player, I wouldn't expect to see much of the ball in the next 45 minutes. Arsenal are going to keep it for as long as they can - it's less tiring, that way.

It's raining
1837: Back under way at Molineux. It's still raining - Mick McCarthy must feel like the lead singer of Travis. I wonder what he said at half-time.

From DL in King's Cross, via text on 81111: "Can I get a shout as my mate still hasn't joined me in the pub due to his chicken taking longer than expected in the oven?!"
DL's mate - what the hell is wrong with you?!

From chapperdeemus on Twitter: "Stevo, get Danny the Stat on how many own goals scored in this Premier League season. Surely it's heading towards a record?!"

From Newcy Brown on 606: "Haven't seen Wolves do too much wrong, Arsenal are just a different class. Would like to see Maierhofer come on and score a couple for the comedy value though..."

1823: It is of course Wolves 0-3 Arsenal. I don't have the power to take goals away from anyone - trust me, if I could, Danny Haynes would have his ruled out for starters.

Half time
1821: Half-time Wolves 0-3 Arsenal
Wolves made a bright start, but you cannot argue with the score. The two own goals had a touch of fortune, but the third was a delight - Wolves must now seek to keep the score respectable.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Arsenal goal: Beautiful. Simplicity itself as Bacary Sagna clips a cross into the box, Robin van Persie magnificently directs the ball dead weight into the path of Cesc Fabregas and the midfielder takes a touch before rolling past Wayne Hennessey.

1819: GOAL Wolves 0-3 Arsenal

1816: Couple of minutes to go until the break and even the kids are showboating as Aaron Ramsey dinks a delightful outside-of-the-foot cross into the Wolves box, the hosts clearing their lines.

From Daniel, London, via text on 81111: "Can we get a mention for Ramsey? He's had a great first half. Don't think he's put a foot wrong."

Yellow card
1812: Arsenal are rampant. Eduardo finds Robin van Persie on the right-hand side of the Wolves box and his left-foot shot flies wide of the far post. Moments later, Andrey Arshavin is booked for an accumulation of fouls.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Arsenal goal: That might be another own goal, but it's still lovely execution. A Wolves attack breaks down in the Arsenal half and it's suddenly two on one as Eduardo and Aaron Ramsey break. The Welshman tees up Eduardo and he lifts a glorious chip via the head of Jody Craddock, over Wayne Hennessey and into the net.

1808: GOAL Wolves 0-2 Arsenal

1804: See 1759: Obviously don't Twitter the 606 thread. Oh God, that sounds like something my mum would say.

1803: Robin van Persie picks out Aaron Ramsey with a cross from the right, but the Welsh teenager can only head into the arms of Wayne Hennessey.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Arsenal goal: That's pathetic defending, sorry Wolves fans. A corner is whipped in by Cesc Fabregas, it beats the posse of players at the near post and falls knee-high inside the six-yard box. As Ronald Zubar and Eduardo both go for it, it comes off the defender and without a man on the post flies in. Woeful.

1801: GOAL Wolves 0-1 Arsenal

Yellow card
1759: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake tries to force a Wolves corner home but raises his arm and is booked for his deception by referee Steve Bennett, who had had a very good start.

1759: It's not too late to get in touch, and here's how: Twitter, through the 606 thread and texts in to 81111. Come on.

1756: Early change for Arsenal, an enforced one, as Abou Diaby trots off and is replaced by Alex Song, who doesn't get much of a rest.

1754: Leeds have taken the lead in the FA Cup at Oldham, Jonathan Howson making it 1-0 at (a probably wind-swept) Boundary Park.

1750: What a chance for Christophe Berra and Wolves. A free-kick is pumped into the Arsenal box and it falls on the head of the defender six yards out, but instead of nodding goalwards, he tries to cushion it back to a team-mate. Wasteful.

1747: A ball into the Wolves box falls at the feet of Eduardo and he tumbles under a challenge from Ronald Zubar, but there's no penalty and no Arsenal complaints either.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce: "The first 45 minutes was well below our best but I can forgive them because we've won the game. The substitutions paid dividends. It's the quality of our three goals today that has made the difference. It was the most crucial game for us this season because of the position we and Portsmouth are in and with the international break coming up."

Yellow card
1743: Referee Steve Bennett plays a good advantage after William Gallas's foul down the Wolves left - going back to book the Arsenal defender - and from the corner that ensues, an under pressure Sylvan Ebanks-Blake heads wide.

From ojl on Twitter: "I feel sorry for Jussi Jaaskelainen. He's a top quality keeper, but without anything resembling a defence in front of him."

1739: Wolves ping a corner into the Arsenal box and Kevin Doyle nods it goalwards, Kieran Gibbs heading away from danger at the far post.

Bolton boss Gary Megson: "It's not acceptable and nowhere near good enough from our players. You still have to at least match them for desire. People can't expect to be playing like they are. There's certainly going to have to be some changes as some players are simply not on their game. It's a really poor result for us. We have to start performing in a much more professional fashion. We've let ourselves down and we've let the supporters down."

1737: Wolves have started well, lots of tempo and energy about their play. Do they need an early goal to make this one interesting?

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp: "Well first of all, Heurelho Gomes said he didn't think it was a penalty - he's tried to get out of the way of the player and got kicked in the chest."

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce: "The turning point was the second-half penalty incident. Darren Bent was through on goal, it's a goal-scoring opportunity, and by the letter of the law he should be sent off. Instead it's just a yellow card and he's had the chance to save the penalty, but he shouldn't have been on the pitch. And if we're playing 10 men who knows? Still, I'm delighted with the way we played - we completely bossed the game - that's football sometimes."

1733: After a minute's silence on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, we get under way in the final Premier League game of the day as Mick McCarthy's Wolves pit their wits against Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill: "It's very pleasing. It's great to come to Villa Park. The crowd are right behind us and we've started to win here which is very important. We've had a tough run on the road since we last won here against Chelsea. The defeat against West Ham was very difficult to take. The players were ready, we got out of the blocks quickly and I'm really pleased with the performance."

1727: The teams are out at Molineux and we are minutes from getting under way. In the FA Cup, Oldham v Leeds is already under way.

Aston Villa's James Milner on his penalty: "I thought Siddy would have put it in! I was very lucky to be honest - it was a mucky penalty. A really bad penalty".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "Alex Song is rested today. Manuel Almunia has a good opportunity to show he's back to his best today, he'll be put under pressure and he'll need to put in a brilliant performance. We want to be first, not third, and these are the sorts of games you have to turn up and win."

1718: Tough task for Wolves today - they haven't beaten Arsenal since a 3-2 victory at Highbury in 1979. Their last Molineux win over the Gunners came in 1978. Back then they probably chanted 'Can we play you every week?' A draw today would see the hosts climb out of the bottom three.

From davebutlerspurs on 606: "A 14-0 win for Wolves and Spurs are back into the top three =]"

1711: Wolves make three changes from the side that drew with Stoke, bringing in Richard Stearman, Nenad Milijas and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for George Elokobi, Michael Kightly and Chris Iwelumo. Arsenal also make three changes from their side that beat AZ Alkmaar in midweek, with Bacary Sagna, Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo replacing Emmanuel Eboue, Samir Nasri and Alex Song.

1707: Wolves v Arsenal line-ups:
Wolves:
Hennessey, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Stearman, Edwards, Henry, Castillo, Milijas, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.
Subs: Hahnemann, Kightly, Keogh, Halford, Jarvis, Mancienne, Maierhofer.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Ramsey, Diaby, Arshavin, Fabregas, Eduardo, van Persie.
Subs: Mannone, Senderos, Rosicky, Nasri, Song Billong, Silvestre, Eboue.
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

From cardboardmoon on Twitter: "Someone get Tevez some antihistamines, cos he's allergic to scoring. Maybe that's where all the City fans were leaving to?"

From Mark, Bristol, via text on 81111: "Danny Haynes, you just made my weekend. Take that ear bleeder Stevenson! Haha."

1659: It's just another brilliant season in the Premier League, isn't it? Manchester City are left deflated by Burnley's dramatic late leveller, Spurs somehow survive a battering to beat Sunderland, Villa hammer Bolton and Blackburn come from behind to see off Portsmouth. 18 goals in four games - roll on Wolves v Arsenal.

1656: Full-time Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland

1654: Full-time Manchester City 3-3 Burnley

1653: Full-time Aston Villa 5-1 Bolton

1652: Danny Haynes, you just ruined my weekend.

1652: Full-time Blackburn 3-1 Portsmouth

From Kyle, Grimsby, via text on 81111: "I never usually have a bet on my team but today I didn't even think my beloved Grimsby could mess my accumulator up today. I will learn from this..."

1649: I won't lie to you, Forest just scored against Bristol City and I just made my own eardrums bleed. In the FA Cup, York City are only beating Crewe 3-2, while Gateshead have equalised at home to Brentford, 2-2.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Burnley goal: Unbelievable scenes at Eastlands. A ball into the City box is headed across the six-yard box for sub Kevin McDonald to slot in past Shay Given. What a point this would be for Burnley. And what a point it would be for City, in a very, very different way.

1646: GOAL Manchester City 3-3 Burnley

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Rovers goal: David Dunn sends the ball out wide to the left to Benni McCarthy and he fires over a low cross that Jason Roberts converts at the near post. Sam Allardyce celebrates like Blackburn have just won the league. They haven't - it's not 1995.

1645: GOAL Blackburn 3-1 Portsmouth

1644: Still Sunderland cannot score. Michael Turner climbs high to head a cross goalwards at Spurs, but Heurelho Gomes makes a sprawling save down to his right.

1641: Shock o'clock update, brought to you by FA Cup and Football League Danny: "About 10 minutes to go in the FA Cup 3pm kick-offs. And here are the major shocks - Grimsby 0-2 Bath City; Hartlepool 0-1 Kettering; Luton 3-1 Rochdale; Oxford 1-0 Yeovil; Shrewsbury 0-1 Staines Town. Stand firm, you Cupset warriors."

From west-ham4europe on 606: "Fabio Capello should be at Villa Park where all the young English talent are putting on a football masterclass."

1638: FA Cup and Football League Danny: "AFC Telford's hopes look to be over - two quick goals have put Lincoln 3-1 up and they look to be coming through a tricky tie safely."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: When it's your day, it's your day. James Milner swings over a fabulous cross from the left and Carlos Cuellar flicks it on with his head, the ball flying past Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the Bolton net.

1634: GOAL Aston Villa 5-1 Bolton

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: Kevin Davies appears to push John Carew in the Villa box and it's a penalty. James Milner's tame effort is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen, Steve Sidwell slots against the post with an empty net to aim for and it falls at the feet of Milner, who makes no mistake second time around.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Blackburn goal: Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen rises unmarked to head David Dunn's corner home and put the hosts ahead against Portsmouth.

1632: GOAL Aston Villa 4-1 Bolton

1631: GOAL Blackburn 2-1 Portsmouth

1631: PENALTY TO ASTON VILLA

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Spurs goal: If there wasn't a net, that ball would never stop rising. What a smash-and-grab this is from Tottenham, who have been outplayed for long periods. Jermain Defoe lays it off to Tom Huddlestone 20 yards out and his right-foot screamer flies in off the underside of the bar. Stunning.

1629: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland

1628: Sunderland are forced into a change as keeper Craig Gordon limps off and Marton Fulop comes on. He is nearly called into action, but Niko Kranjcar's shot is blocked.

1626: Enough going on? Don't forget, we've still got Wolves v Arsenal at 1730 GMT. Line-ups and team news on the way soon(ish).

From Kate_BT on Twitter: "Gomes is brilliant. He's really improved so much. I know Bent wants to get one back over us, but diving is unacceptable."

1623: FA Cup and Football League Danny: "Bad few minutes for Cupset fans. Brentford level at Gateshead, moments after slipping behind - it's 1-1. And Northampton have re-taken the lead against Fleetwood Town and lead 2-1 thanks to Luke Guttridge."

1622: Sunderland have done absolutely everything but score. Steed Malbranque lets fly this time, but Heurelho Gomes saves low down to his right.

1621: FA Cup and Football League Danny: "Ipswich just cannot win (apart from last weekend) in the league this season can they? Simon Church has just levelled for Reading, it's 1-1 against the Tractor Boys. Elsewhere, Blue Square North high-fliers AFC Telford have levelled against League Two Lincoln City. It's 1-1."

1619: Sunderland's Craig Gordon saves from Jermain Defoe but the keeper is injured and as he is lying prostrate on the ground Tom Huddlestone lets fly goalwards, only for Phil Bardsley - on the stretch - to divert the ball wide.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: Rampant City now. Stephen Ireland sends Shaun Wright-Phillips scampering away down the right and his low cross falls perfectly for Craig Bellamy to slot in from 10 yards.

1617: GOAL Manchester City 3-2 Burnley

1617: So, that Sunderland peno. Darren Bent earned the penalty, dashing through on goal and going down theatrically under Heurelho Gomes's despairing dive. But the former Spurs man's joy soon turns to misery as his tame spot-kick is kept out by the Brazilian and the hosts - somehow - remain ahead.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: Back on level terms - now how strong are Burnley? Gareth Barry's floated free-kick finds its way to the back post and Joleon Lescott turns it across the six-yard line for Kolo Toure to slot in at the far post.

1615: GOAL Manchester City 2-2 Burnley

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: James Milner slips the ball to John Carew with his back to goal. The Norwegian turns, brushes Zat Knight aside in the process, and then bulldozes past Gary Cahill before slamming home. Fantastic strength from the big man.

1614: MISSED PENALTY (Darren Bent, Sunderland)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Blackburn goal: Ryan Nelsen heads down David Dunn's corner and Jason Roberts pokes the ball past Portsmouth goalkeeper David James. Back on level terms - great changes from Big Sam.

1613: GOAL Aston Villa 3-1 Bolton

1612: PENALTY TO SUNDERLAND

1612: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Portsmouth

1611: Sunderland have been ever so lively today and more great work from the faultless Andy Reid sets up a shooting chance for Kieran Richardson 25 yards out, but he slices it wide.

1609: Great chance for Portsmouth at Blackburn, but Younes Kaboul heads over from eight yards from Jamie O'Hara's free-kick. Tommy Smith comes on for Aruna Dindane.

1606: Getting under way around the country. Having had a much better look at the Darren Bent penalty shout at half-time - thanks to about 27 slow-motion replays - I think it might have been a spot-kick. Difficult decision, though.

1604: Blackburn have made a double change at the break, with Jason Roberts and Benni McCarthy on for Morten Gamst Pedersen and El Hadji Diouf.

From yaronian on 606: "I may be a City fan but there was nothing 'harsh' about the penalty decision, Atwell got it right. Lescott raised his hand into an unnatural position, nor could he be said to be protecting himself, and therefore ball to hand does not apply. Stone cold penalty according to both the rules and penalty interpretation videos that Fifa send to referees."

From Pete at Ewood Park, via text on 81111: "Don't blame Robbo he is an awesome keeper, it is the lack of any football talent in front of him... We are going down, no quality whatsoever. May as well have traded Santa Cruz for some magic beans. Rubbish."

From middletoe2608 on Twitter: "Sunderland are so frustrating! Apparently we're all over Spurs and are getting chances, but no bloomin' goals!"

1551: Half-time Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland

1550: FA Cup and Football League Danny: "Looks like going to form at the top of the Championship today. Leaders Newcastle are 2-0 up against Peterborough at the sportsdirect.com@St James' Park Stadium. Meanwhile, West Brom have just gone 1-0 up at Leicester. Elsewhere, Cupset fans, Fleetwood Town are 1-1 at Northampton thanks to Sean Clancy's leveller."

1548: Half-time Manchester City 1-2 Burnley

1548: Half-time Aston Villa 2-1 Bolton

1548: Half-time Blackburn 0-1 Portsmouth

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: With half-time approaching, a long ball causes havoc in the Villa defence. It falls to Gary Cahill whose shot deflects off the diving Richard Dunne and against the post, with Johan Elmander tapping in from close range. Brad Friedel was left completely helpless by the deflection.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: Shaun Wright-Phillips pulls one back for Man City, although there's more than a touch of fortune as his low shot deflects off of Steven Caldwell of Burnley and creeps inside the far post. Game on.

1545: GOAL Aston Villa 2-1 Bolton

1545: GOAL Manchester City 1-2 Burnley

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: Gary Cahill, earlier on this season: Martin O'Neill is a great manager, but everyone makes mistakes sometimes." That was Cahill talking about O'Neill selling him. But it's a safe bet that O'Neill won't be regretting it now as Cahill tries to let the ball run out only to see John Carew keep it in and he sets up Gabby Agbonlahor to slot home.

1543: GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Bolton

1540: Vedran Corluka's back header never looks like reaching Heurelho Gomes and Kieran Richardson steams through only for the Brazilian to make an excellent low save.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1539: Ooh. Sunderland's Andy Reid swings that trusty left foot of his from 25 yards and it dips over Heurelho Gomes, slapping against the left-hand post.

1538: Penalty shout at White Hart Lane - but Sunderland are denied. Fraizer Campbell squeezes in the cross and Darren Bent goes down under Heurelho Gomes's brave diving clearance - referee Kevin Friend is having none of it, and replays suggest the official got that spot on, with the Brazilian clearly getting the ball.

1538: FA Cup and Football League Danny: "Grimsby Town aren't having a great season. And maybe it's about to get worse. The League Two strugglers are 1-0 down to Conference South Bath City thanks to Chris Holland's goal. Luton are now 3-0 up against Rochdale with 30 minutes gone. Alright, there's only one division between them, but don't forget Rochdale are second in League Two and fresh from smashing leaders Bournemouth on their own turf last weekend. Fair play the Hatters."

Handbags
1536: Referee Andre Marriner has to deal with Portsmouth's Jamie O'Hara and Blackburn's Pascal Chimbonda - former Spurs team-mates - after they get tangled up and have a bit of afters. Bookings for them both.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Burnley goal: Forget the FA Cup, we've got a giant-killing on our hands in the top flight. Robbie Blake sends Chris Eagles away down the right and his cross is tapped in at the far post by Steven Fletcher. There are appeals for offside - not even close. Burnley, without an away point so far this season, have put the cat amongst the pigeons at Eastlands.

1533: GOAL Manchester City 0-2 Burnley

From SouthernGoliath on 606: "We lack so much creativity without Modric."
Seven points from a possible 21 without the Croatian: fact

1529: Oh God. FA Cup and Football League Danny: "Big up Staines massive - who needs Ali G? Ali C (or Ali Chaaban to his give him his full nomenclature) has put Conference South Staines Town 1-0 up at League Two high-fliers Shrewsbury. Aiiiight?" Innit.

1528: Fairly open game at Spurs, but neither side are able to create many clear-cut chances. Sunderland might even just be edging it right now.

From JB, Leeds, via text on 81111: "Robinson getting beaten from 30 yards is nothing new. The season Leeds got relegated, if anyone took a pot shot, chances are it would go in."

1523: An elephant never forgets. Neither does FA Cup and Football League Danny: "Kettering Town, fresh from dumping Bristol Rovers out of the FA Cup in 1988, are on the Cupset march again. Moses Ashikodi has put them 1-0 up at League One Hartlepool."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Burnley goal: Seems a harsh decision as Joleon Lescott - a foot away - is adjudged to have handled Tyrone Mears' cross. Penalty awarded by referee Stuart Atwell (here we go) and up steps the unflappable Graham Alexander to slot the penalty into the bottom right-hand corner - no heroics this time from Shay Given.

1520: GOAL Manchester City 0-1 Burnley

1520: PENALTY TO BURNLEY

1519: FA Cup and Football League Danny: "It's not all about the magic of the Cup today, chums. Big games in the Championship and here's your early goals update. Resurgent Ipswich and Watford are 1-0 up early doors, while Sheffield Wednesday are 1-1 with play-off hopefuls QPR."

1518: Paul Robinson has got to stop conceding goals from 30 yards out. I mean the odd one, yeah, but it's happening all the time at the moment. Will not be impressing Fabio Capello.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Pompey goal: Not undeserved, and Paul Hart's in-form side lead. Aruna Dindan clips the ball to Jamie O'Hara, who is in acres of space inside the Blackburn half. The on-loan midfielder hits a daisy-cutter from 30 yards that skips off the soggy surface and curls away from Paul Robinson into the bottom left-hand corner of his net.

1516: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 Portsmouth

From thelimpliberal on 606: "Gawd, that name change for St James' Park makes me cringe."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Spurs goal: It's been an even-steven start at the Lane, but advantage Tottenham now. Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses from the left and Peter Crouch heads into the path of Robbie Keane, who sees his first effort saved by Craig Gordon and then bundles in the rebound.

1512: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland

1510: He's changed his name by deed poll: FA Cup and Football League Danny: "Steve Basham has made it Luton 1-0 Rochdale. To be fair, it doesn't sound like an FA Cup cupset does it? But it would be, technically, as it's Bl Sq Prem beating League Two and on what is looking like a slender days of shock exits, I'll take it."

1507: Half a chance for Jordan Henderson at Spurs, but the midfielder cannot sort his feet out in time to direct Darren Bent's right-wing cross on target.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: The hosts had all the early play and they make it count. James Milner's left-foot inswinging cross from the right is headed goalwards by John Carew and after Jussi Jaaskelainen gets down well to make the save, Ashley Young creams the rebound into the roof of the net.

1506: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton

1504: England coach Fabio Capello is in the stand at White Hart Lane watching Spurs take on Sunderland.

From Big Stevo at the International, via text on 81111: "Buzzing atmosphere in the Tyne and Wear stand. Anything is possible in the FA Cup and the fans know it. Come on lads!!"

1501: We are under way in the four Premier League matches this afternoon, and probably in about 27,000 FA Cup first round proper ties too.

From Cheesecakethom on Twitter: "Portsmouth-Liverpool: best stat ever."

1455: Manchester City like playing Burnley, it turns out. Their last five games brought wins of 6-0, 5-0, 1-0, 4-2 and 5-1. Gutted if you only went to the 1-0, though. Carlos Tevez will be looking for goals - he's failed to score in eight of his nine league appearances since signing for City. Burnley's last top flight away win was on 17 April, 1976 - at Newcastle.

1452: Villa will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Monday when they host Bolton. Emile Heskey misses out, but then is that a massive loss? After all, he hasn't even had a shot on target this season. Bolton, though, are the only Premier League team yet to keep a clean sheet in 2009-10.

From smurfsdabomb on 606: "Robbie Keane has five goals in 10 league games. Peter Crouch has one in seven. Spurs have been at their best when Keane and Defoe have been up front, I honestly don't know where this 'Crouch should start' brigade is coming from. Keane is a totally different class to him."

1446: Oh, you want an interesting stat do you? Then have some of this: Blackburn had two more points under Paul Ince at the same stage last season. Yeah, thought you'd like it. Another one? Oh I spoil you: Portsmouth, despite being bottom of the Premier League, have conceded fewer goals than Liverpool this season so far. Have some of that, too.

1443: It's full-time in south Wales too, Swansea winning a cracker 3-2 against Cardiff to move up to sixth in the Championship.

1439: Oh, Norwich won 7-0 at Paulton in the first round of the FA Cup, by the way. Four for Chris Martin, a brace for Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan also bagged.

From Dint, Kent, via text on 81111: "Keane must have a clause in his contract to say if he is fit he starts. He has been playing rubbish."

1435: Mark Hughes is bolstered by the return of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure as Manchester City look to return to winning ways after four consecutive draws. Roque Santa Cruz and Vincent Kompany drop to the bench, while Stephen Ireland returns in midfield at the expense of Nigel De Jong, who is likewise named as a substitute. Owen Coyle, whose Burnley side will be looking for their first away point/s of the campaign, names the same 11 that saw off Hull at Turf Moor last Saturday.

1432: Defender Carlos Cuellar returns from suspension for Aston Villa but Habib Beye is banned following his sending off against West Ham on Wednesday. James Milner is fit to start but injury rules out Emile Heskey, while Stiliyan Petrov is banned after picking up his fifth booking of the season against the Hammers. Jlloyd Samuel is suspended for Bolton following his red card against Chelsea so Paul Robinson deputises at left-back. Danny Shittu and Mustapha Riga both miss out with hamstring problems but Gary Cahill and Zat Knight start against their former club.

1430: Stevo's Predos:
Aston Villa 2-1 Bolton
Blackburn 1-1 Portsmouth
Man City 3-1 Burnley
Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland
Wolves 0-3 Arsenal
Lawro's predictions

1427: Poor Paulton - they are getting a lashing at the hands of Norwich in the FA Cup. Wes Hoolahan got the fourth and Chris Martin has completed his hat-trick to make it Paulton 0-5 Norwich.

From everythingbutthegoal on 606: "Bent, Campbell, Malbranque and Reid - I am concerned that at least one, if not all of them, have a point to prove"

1424: Blackburn make one change to the team which started against Manchester United last time out as Morten Gamst Pedersen comes in for Keith Andrews. There are two changes for in-form Portsmouth, who are without Steve Finnan and Hassan Yebda, so former Rovers midfielder Aaron Mokoena comes in to captain the side and Anthony Vanden Borre is also given a start.

1423: Make no mistake, we are aware there is a problem with the Premier League table. People who have far greater knowledge of tables and things than me are working on it as we speak.

1422: Manchester City v Burnley line-ups:
Man City:
Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez, Adebayor.
Subs: Taylor, Richards, Johnson, Santa Cruz, Petrov, De Jong, Weiss.
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, Bikey, Eagles, Elliott, Blake, Steven Fletcher.
Subs: Penny, Duff, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Nugent, Thompson, Guerrero.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

1421: Aston Villa v Bolton line-ups:
Aston Villa:
Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Milner, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor.
Subs: Guzan, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Delph, Shorey, Gardner, Clark.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor, Gardner, Kevin Davies.
Subs: Al Habsi, Elmander, Steinsson, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Basham, Andrew O'Brien.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

1419: With Jermain Defoe back from suspension, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp opts to deploy three forwards for the visit of Sunderland, with Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane leading the line alongside the diminutive frontman, while Jonathan Woodgate replaces the injured Sebastien Bassong at the back and David Bentley drops to the bench. Lorik Cana and Kenwyne Jones miss out due to suspension for Sunderland, though, so the Black Cats' attack is led by two former Spurs strikers - Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell. Nyron Nosworthy drops to the bench, meanwhile, with Phil Bardsley and George McCartney the other men to come in.

1417: Blackburn v Portsmouth line-ups:
Blackburn:
Robinson, Chimbonda, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Diouf, Nzonzi, Emerton, Pedersen, Dunn, Di Santo.
Subs: Brown, Roberts, McCarthy, Andrews, Kalinic, Hoilett, Salgado.
Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Wilson, Ben-Haim, Brown, Mokoena, Boateng, O'Hara, Piquionne, Dindane.
Subs: Ashdown, Mullins, Williamson, Webber, Smith, Kanu, Belhadj.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

1414: Tottenham v Sunderland line-ups:
Tottenham:
Gomes, Corluka, King, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Jenas, Huddlestone, Palacios, Keane, Crouch, Defoe.
Subs: Alnwick, Hutton, Bale, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Dawson, Kranjcar.
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Turner, Da Silva, McCartney, Malbranque, Henderson, Richardson, Andy Reid, Bent, Campbell.
Subs: Fulop, Ferdinand, Nosworthy, Murphy, Meyler, Healy, Adam Reid.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

1411: Do you think Darren Pratley read that last message? As if scoring once in a crucial south Wales derby wasn't enough, he's only gone and notched his second. Federico Bessone crosses from the left and the former Fulham midfielder steers a brilliant right-foot volley into the Cardiff net. It's electric. Swansea 3-2 Cardiff.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "It's very even here and the atmosphere is nervous. Swansea have three players warming up, one of them is cult favourite Lee Trundle. Will the home faithful see their hero - and Cardiff's enemy?"

Someone has struck the woodwork
1408: Ross McCormack is only playing for Cardiff today because Michael Chopra is suspended, but the striker shows his class with a wonderful 25-yard free-kick that clatters against the Swansea crossbar. Still 2-2, still up for grabs.

From PLUSHOSTELS on Twitter: "Lifelong Spurs fan here. Do you think Bent will do an Adebayor if he scores today?"
He can't be that stupid. It's just not possible. So no.

1403: Here's a Premier League shout out for later: Tottenham entertain Sunderland at White Hart Lane, which sees the return of in-form striker Darren Bent to north London for the first time since he left Spurs. Wonder what he's tweeting about today...

1359: FA Cup Danny: "Plenty of opportunities for Cupsets later, but it's very much looking like the Football League teams in early FA Cup kick-offs will navigate their way through safely. Colchester lead 2-0 at Bromley at half-time, Walsall are 1-0 up at Stourbridge at the break."

From GunnersaurusSam on 606: "What is this Rug-by that is ruining my day of football!?"
Look, it's there if you need it. England v Australia. You don't need it, though. You need football. You know it.

1353: Back under way at Paulton - I just offered FA Cup Danny odds of 26,000,000-1 against the hosts beating Norwich 4-3. Fair? Also back under way at the Vet- Liberty Stadium in the Championship, where it's Swansea 2-2 Cardiff.

1350: Teams and team news on the way for the four Premier League games kicking off at three o'clock local time: Aston Villa v Bolton, Blackburn v Portsmouth, Man City v Burnley and Tottenham v Sunderland. I wonder if Harry Redknapp's missus will feature against the Black Cats today...

From Craig, Suffolk, via text on 81111: "With Norwich and Colchester both winning, it's a good day for my native East Anglia but a bad day for my beloved Cupsets."

1342: What's important is that we keep the faith. Forget David v Goliath (until later, anyway) - damn it there are some potential giant-killings in the FA Cup this afternoon. At the International Stadium, Gateshead take on Brentford, while at Edgeley Park, Stockport host Ryman League Premier Division side Tooting & Mitcham. There are a million more, too many to mention. It'll happen, it always does.

Half time
1337: Half-time in the FA Cup, Paulton 0-3 Norwich, and half-time in the Championship where it is Swansea 2-2 Cardiff in an absolute humdinger.

1335: Poor FA Cup Danny: "Come on Football League teams, where's your sense of romance? It's now Bromley 0-1 Colchester, Simon Hackney with the goal."

1330: Couple of minutes before half-time and it's all over at the Athletic Field as Grant Holt bags his second, heading in a corner as the static Paulton defence looked on. Norwich lead 3-0.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "A real game on here. The Championship's second best defence has been exposed twice in two minutes by the division's top scorers."

From chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter: "It's a special day - FA Cup 1st rd day. I'm off to Underhill to see how Steve Staunton is getting on at bottom-of-the-Football League Darlo."

1323: Desmond Tutu - what a game we have now at the Liberty Stadium. Ross McCormack swings over a free-kick from the right and Mark Hudson sneaks in at the far post to nod home. 138 seconds from 2-0 to this: Swansea 2-2 Cardiff.

1322: Jay Bothroyd stops eating words (below) for long enough to beautifully chest down a ball over the top and clip a left-foot finish past Swans keeper Dorus De Vries. Swansea 2-1 Cardiff.

1319: You may remember him from such seasons as 2007-08, or 2008-09. Here's the great FA Cup Danny: "I love a Cupset, me. It gives me life, like blood does to a vampire. Sadly, not likely to be one at Paulton, it would seem as Norwich are demonstrating the five-division gap between the teams. Two other matches currently underway - it's Bromley 0-0 Colchester and Stourbridge 0-0 Walsall."

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "In the build-up to this game, Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd said Swansea were weaker than they were last season. So far, he is being made to eat his words. Swansea lead, have done most of the threatening and are in full control. Curse of the manager of the month award perhaps for Dave Jones who pipped his opposite number Paulo Sousa to the title."

From Jim C, via text on 81111: "Used to live in Paulton and play Sunday footy on this pitch 20 years ago! Hope they don't lose heavily and wish I could be there."

1310: Yeah, we can look forward to the three o'clock games in the FA Cup already - Norwich have just doubled their lead at not-so-plucky Paulton, thanks to Chris Martin.

1306: They are now, David (below). The Swans double their lead as a cross from the left falls for Craig Beattie, he seems to be pushed and Darren Pratley acrobatically volleys into the Cardiff net. Swansea 2-0 Cardiff.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "The home fans are in full party mode thanks to Dyer's opener. It's his second against Cardiff since joining the Swans last year."

1303: Scrap that: Paulton 0-1 Norwich. Former Forest striker Grant Holt heads into the ground and into the net, and cupset fans everywhere sigh.

1302: So, Paulton Rovers. What? You don't know who the hell I'm talking about? Oh, OK. Little Paulton were formed 128 years ago and usually have crowds of about 200. Right now, about two million people are watching The Rovers (must do better) on television as they try to cause a monumental cupset. Surely we can find them a better nickname, though?

1259: Swansea have made a flying start at the Liberty Satdium and they take a 10th-minute lead against fierce rivals Cardiff City. The Bluebirds fail to clear a free-kick, keeper David Marshall goes walkabout and Nathan Dyer nods over him into the net. The home fans go crazy. Swansea 1-0 Cardiff.

1258: It's a gorgeous autumnal afternoon and I'm watching Paulton Rovers cause Norwich City all kinds of problems on my telly. I doubt I've ever been happier.

1255: You may have noticed that the Premier League games don't start for more than two hours. In which case, well done. But there's so much going on it's embarrassing. Not only are they now under way at the Liberty Stadium, but we've got early FA Cup ties kicking off at Hayes Lane, Athletic Field, and the brilliantly-named War Memorial Athletic Ground. FA Cup Danny will keep you up to date. It's just how he rolls.

From ajt__1989 on 606: "South Wales derby to be a five-goal thriller, despite the early kick-off. Cardiff's superior attack just edging it, come on your Bluebirds!"

From JamieCutteridge on Twitter: "Can I be the first to use the phrase 'cupset'? Just hoping my Dale boys avoid one at Luton later. Favourite day of the year!"

1245: So, is that enough to keep you out of trouble today? Remember, there are threeasy ways in which you can tell me what's going on in your head: Twitter me up (come on, let's crash through the 1,000 barrier); get in the mixer on the 606 thread and get the texts in to 81111. As always, a very special selection will find their way on to this here page.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "Five minutes to kick off here and the atmosphere is really starting to build as the 18,000+ sell-out crowd start to take their seats. All are in good voice. Swansea manager Paulo Sousa looks the part in his stylish grey suit for his first south Wales derby. He is watching his players do their final warm-up from the touchline."

1237: There's a full Championship programme too, with the potentially lively Swansea v Cardiff kicking off (steady) in about eight of your Welsh minutes, and nine more games later. Derby won't care though, as they beat Coventry 2-1 last night, a game my colleague Paul Fletcher was at. "Give Nigel Clough time," is Fletch's message. He's usually right, too.

1234: There's a cheeky smattering of Premier League games too, for your delectation. At three o'clock Greenwich Mean Time, four top flight contests kick-off, with Arsenal's trip to Molineux to face Wolves getting under way at 1730. Wait, there's more...

1230: You know, we're constantly being told that 14 February is the most romantic day of the year. But us football fans, we know differently. There is nothing on earth quite like the first round proper of the FA Cup.*

* Though the third round comes pretty damn close



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Premier League results

7 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 5-1 Bolton R
Blackburn 3-1 Portsmouth R
Man City 3-3 Burnley R
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland R
Wolverhampton 1-4 Arsenal R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 11 20 27
2 Arsenal 11 22 25
3 Man Utd 11 12 25
4 Tottenham 12 6 22
5 Aston Villa 12 8 21
6 Man City 11 7 20
7 Liverpool 11 9 18
8 Sunderland 12 1 17
9 Stoke 11 -2 16
10 Burnley 12 -10 16
11 Fulham 10 0 14
12 Wigan 11 -9 13
13 Blackburn 11 -11 13
14 Everton 10 -3 12
15 Birmingham 11 -4 11
16 Bolton 11 -9 11
17 West Ham 11 -3 10
18 Wolverhampton 12 -10 10
19 Hull 11 -16 8
20 Portsmouth 12 -8 7

see also
Aston Villa 5-1 Bolton
07 Nov 09 |  Premier League
Blackburn 3-1 Portsmouth
07 Nov 09 |  Premier League
Man City 3-3 Burnley
07 Nov 09 |  Premier League
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland
07 Nov 09 |  Premier League
Saturday football photos
07 Nov 09 |  Football
FA Cup commentaries
03 Nov 10 |  FA Cup
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football


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