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By Jonathan Stevenson
1815: On that bombshell, it's time to go. Probably more like a grenade, in fairness. I do hope you've enjoyed the weekend's action, I know I have an awful lot, and don't forget Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two and online at 2200 GMT. You'll be delighted to hear that Cheesy's back for
tomorrow's match between seventh and 15th.
Uh-oh, done it again. Night.
1811: Well, I've succeeded in infuriating both sets of fans tonight, which is good going even by my standards. Chelsea fans - United were the better team. United fans - you lost 1-0. Both are facts, dispute them if you wish.
Chelsea captain John Terry: "I want it because I've never scored against Manchester United home or away, but Nicolas was brilliant today so he can have it."
Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka: "I touched the ball for the goal, but I don't know what happened after that. Maybe they were on top a little bit in the first half, but we stayed compact and managed to get the goal."
1805: What a job Carlo Ancelotti is doing at Chelsea in his first season as boss. They might not have been at their best today, but five points clear after 12 games is a phenomenal achievement.
1803: By the way, Hull boss Phil Brown did not show for his post-match news conference after
their 2-1 victory at home to Stoke today.
Assistant Brian Horton did the honours: "He's having a Guinness - he deserves one."
From Homesick on 606:
"Huge win. I'm a very happy boy, expected a draw. Thought the referee was awful though. Not biased, just inept."
1758: Funny finish, that - referee Martin Atkinson played exactly five minutes of injury time, despite Chelsea taking about a minute to send Alex on for Nicolas Anelka in stoppage time. But the Blues hang on for the win - and is that a decisive blow in the 2009-10 title race?
1756: Full-time Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
1755: Rubbish low corner from Gabriel Obertan and Michael Carrick turns it behind for a goalkick.
1754: Branislav Ivanovic does really well to head a cross from the right behind. Alex comes on for Nicolas Anelka, but it's another United corner...
1753: Luis Valencia's ball in from the right is headed over by Jonny Evans. Still three minutes remaining.
1752: Nicolas Anelka heads it clear, but United win another one...
1752: Gabriel Obertan wins United a corner...
1751: We have just entered FIVE minutes of injury time.
1749: Luis Valencia dives in on Frank Lampard, that's a poor challenge even for a winger, and he is booked. This is becoming a hugely frustrating trip to west London for Manchester United.
1749: Two minutes left plus injury time at Stamford Bridge: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
From anon, via text on 81111: "Did anyone else just see the guy brushing his teeth behind the Chelsea dug-out?"
1747: Ricardo Carvalho brings down Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher wants the defender to be sent off. Poor form from the Scot, really poor. Martin Atkinson waves him away.
1745: Ryan Giggs' corner from the United left goes through a posse of bodies and falls for Luis Valencia 12 yards out on the right of the area, but he fires miles wide. Michael Owen and Gabriel Obertan come on for Ryan Giggs and Anderson.
1744: Ricardo Carvalho is booked for playing on after the whistle had gone, and Jonny Evans is booked for the trip on the Portuguese. Salomon Kalou comes on for Didier Drogba for the Blues.
1742: Oh come on, you're not surprised, are you? Ricardo Carvalho fouls Wayne Rooney and the whistle goes, but the Portuguese carries on running with the ball, and Jonny Evans trips the defender up, much to the dismay of the Chelsea fans.
1741: Joe Cole prods Nicolas Anelka through down the right, but Edwin van der Sar is equal to his low cross at the near post. The tackles are truly flying in now.
1739: Manchester United have 12 minutes plus injury time to prevent Chelsea going five points clear of them. Michael Owen, anyone?
Chelsea goal: Heaven knows who'll claim that - but Fergie will not be pleased. Darren Fletcher wins the ball off Ashley Cole on the Chelsea left outside the area and Martin Atkinson gives a free-kick. Frank Lampard whips the cross in and John Terry glances into the corner of the net. Nicoals Anelka was also claiming it, and Didier Drogba was also trying to get the final touch. It's 1-0, whoever gets the goal.
1737: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
1735: Nemanja Vidic is laughing by the touchline as he goes through some warm-ups. Didier Drogba gets treatment for a couple of minutes and looks in real pain, and things go from bad to worse as referee Martin Atkinson books him for a foul on Jonny Evans. Dear oh dear.
1733: Glorious 40-yard pass out to the left from Darren Fletcher - that really is brilliant, but Ryan Giggs' tries to turn the ball towards Wayne Rooney and it's too close to Petr Cech. Now Didier Drogba goes down like he's been shot, but to be fair Jonny Evans - in clearing a long ball - does catch the Ivorian on the chest. At first you think boy who cried wolf, but for once that has got to hurt.
From AndyCoulthard on Twitter:
"Being a Liverpool fan, a 0-0 draw would be ideal. Good result against Birmingham and everything starts to look better." Haha. I love you lot.
1729: Wayne Rooney is a magnificent footballer - and right now he appears to be the only man capable of conjuring up a goal. He collects the ball 20 yards out to the left of the Chelsea box, shifts it into space to prevent Ricardo Carvalho getting in a block and curls a right-foot shot towards the top corner that Petr Cech tips away.
1728: United win a free-kick in the Chelsea half and take it quickly, eventually Wayne Rooney finds Luis Valencia inside the Blues box and he lays it back off to Rooney, who sizzles a right-foot shot a couple of feet wide of Petr Cech's right-hand post from an angle on the right.
1726: We've had 20 minutes of the second half, and it's still Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United. After a stunning weekend of Premier League action, surely it cannot stay like this?
1724: Huge cheers from the Stamford Bridge faithful as Joe Cole comes on on his 28th birthday to make his 250th appearance for Chelsea, replacing the ineffective Deco. England manager Fabio Capello watches on from the stand.
1723: Really nice back to front play from United, who have been the better at knocking the ball around today. Wayne Rooney spreads it out wide to the right and John O'Shea's cross is headed over by Ryan Giggs.
1722: Frank Lampard's low left-foot shot is comfortably saved low down to his left by Edwin van der Sar.
From Andy, west London, via text on 81111: "Ancelotti should have played Joe Cole behind the front two from the start! Get him on Carlo!"
1719: Branislav Ivanovic is the first man in Martin Atkinson's book after a foul on Ryan Giggs, though replays show he did get a nick on the ball. Michael Ballack remonstrates, needlessly.
1718: I wonder if Carlo and Alex are thinking about subs. Chelsea are Hilario, Joe Cole, Mikel, Malouda, Paulo Ferreira, Kalou, Alex. United's are Kuszczak, Owen, Vidic, Scholes, Fabio Da Silva, Obertan, Gibson.
1716: Didier Drogba fires the shot straight into the wall. Carlo Ancelotti comes over all Italian on the touchline, gesticulating with his hands.
1715: Branislav Ivanovic gets forward down the Chelsea right and as he surges infield, he's tripped by Ryan Giggs. Free-kick in a decent position...
From ToffeeMo on 606:
"I think the result mattered more than the performance for Everton today. Hopefully we can put October behind us and push forward now."
1711: If I were Carlo Ancelotti, I'd haul Deco off. The Portuguese just cannot get into the game at all.
1708: Great centre-forward play from Wayne Rooney, who collects the ball on the edge of the Chelsea box and waits for Darren Fletcher to arrive, but the Scottish midfielder lashes his right-foot shot well over from 25 yards.
1707: Back under way at Stamford Bridge and within seconds Wayne Rooney is almost played clean through.
From David, Manchester, via text on 81111: "Those people who mock Fletcher are probably the same people who didn't rate Makelele. He is a great player, football isn't just about 25-yard piledrivers or 60-yard runs. Someone has to do the dirty work."
Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard: "We've got a great group of lads here and we're going to do well this season. You've seen today we're all playing for the gaffer. We did really well and deserved to win."
1700: Not forgetting FA Cup Danny: "Some full-time chat for you. Heartbreak for Oxford City, who lose 3-2 at Burton Albion, Ryan Austin scoring in injury-time after a late sending off for Andy Ballard. Meanwhile, Ryan Ashe's late strike is not enough for battling Wealdstone, who lose 3-2 at home to Rotherham. Good effort, though. A trip to Gillingham for the Brewers, while the Millers host Luton or Rochdale."
1657: Full-time West Ham 1-2 Everton
1655: West Ham have done everything but get that equaliser. Scott Parker's ball across from the right just evades Junior Stanislas and then Guillermo Franco - Gianfranco Zola must be wondering how they are still behind.
1655: Full-time Wigan 1-1 Fulham
From Paul, Silton, via text on 81111: "Praising Darren Fletcher IS fashionable, he's the biggest bandwagon in football right now. Today he has been OK, that is all." It's a game of opinions after all, but so far today he's been superb.
1652: We're into five minutes of injury time at Upton Park. It's West Ham 1-2 Everton. At the DW Stadium, it's Wigan 1-1 Fulham.
1649: Half-time Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United Don't be fooled by the scoreline - it's a really entertaining game at Stamford Bridge and probably only lacking a goal or two. United are the better team, and Darren Fletcher is their best player.
1648: Deco's ball down the right gets Didier Drogba away but with Frank Lampard busting a gut to get into space by the penalty spot, the Ivorian crashes it over from a ridiculous angle.
1646: FA Cup Danny: "Rotherham fans can relax(see 1630). Drewe Broughton's notched in the 82nd minute, it's now Wealdstone 1-3 Rotherham and the Millers can look forward to an FA Cup second round tie at home to Luton or Rochdale."
1645: Good move from Chelsea down their right and Deco's cross almost falls for Michael Ballack and almost falls for Didier Drogba - but United stay firm and Edwin van der Sar shuts the door on the Blues.
1643: Damien Duff's low left-foot shot for Fulham is saved low down to his right by Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland, good stop that.
1642: Sir Alex Ferguson has gone purple - and he's probably right to. John Terry and Ashley Cole collide and they both need a bit of treatment - but the game is stopped so they can be seen to. Not sure why, really.
BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Upton Park: "Perrywatch: no sign of singer Katy or comic Brand (see earlier message), though the Bobby Moore Upper Tier might not be their preferred destination. Mr Brand had appeared to have more chance of scoring than a makeshift Hammers frontline, but Everton look fragile now."
1639: Alessandro Diamanti's 25-yard free-kick forces a good save from Tim Howard at Everton. He's a poor man's Paolo di Canio, like I said before.
1637: See 1636. Leighton Baines tries to cut out a ball to Zavon Hines but ends up teeing up the forward, only for Hines to turn and drag a left-foot shot hopelessly wide. Not the kid's day.
1636: Terribly wasteful at Upton Park - the superb Scott Parker flicks it through to Zavon Hines and the youngster rolls it past the advancing Tim Howard and past the post from the edge of the box. At the very least, you must hit the target.
1635: Nicolas Anelka cuts inside from the right as Branislav Ivanovic's overlapping run takes Patrice Evra's attentions away and Anelka's left-foot shot is pushed away by Edwin van der Sar.
1633: Chance for Wigan as Charles N'Zogbia fires in a low left-foot shot from 10 yards, but Mark Schwarzer gets down really well to make the save.
1632: I've been slaughtered for praising Darren Fletcher - obviously not fashionable, is he? But he lifts a brilliant pass over the top of the Chelsea defence and Ryan Giggs volleys left-footed first time over the bar.
1630: FA Cup Danny: "Hmmm. What's this? More Cup Excitement? Yes. Yes it is. Ryan Ashe has scored for Isthmian League Premier Division Wealdstone and they trail League Two play-off hopefuls Rotherham 1-2 with about 25 minutes to go. Tense."
1628: Wigan's Hendry Thomas thunders in a header from a corner but it is straight at Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer and he manages to tip it over the bar.
Hammers goal: Great response. Ball over the top from West Ham finds Junior Stanislas and he clips the ball over Tim Howard. It's heading in but Tony Hibbert looks like getting back in time to clear it off the line - only for the defender to haplessly slice it left-footed into the roof of his own net.
1627: GOAL West Ham 1-2 Everton
Everton goal: I've gone and jinxed West Ham again - I really am sorry. Yakubu rolls the ball inside the area on the right to Dan Gosling and after the youngster's first shot is saved by Robert Green, his second effort is deflected in.
1625: GOAL West Ham 0-2 Everton
1623: Junior Stanislas fires a right-foot shot wide from the edge of the Everton box. West Ham have most of the possession, but clear-cut chances at a premium.
1621: Michael Ballack lifts a ball into the United area and Didier Drogba gets up highest, but I think he is trying to cushion a header back to a team-mate and it flies wide off his forehead.
1620: Darren Fletcher is bossing the game.
1619: FA Cup Danny: "Now then. Don't think I've forgotten all about the FA Cupsets. We might still be on for one at Burton, where Jamie Brooks has just levelled for Oxford City to make it 2-2. Still more than 30 minutes to go there. A trip to Gillingham awaits the winners there."
1618: Alessandro Diamanti, West Ham's hero of the draw against Arsenal a couple of weeks ago, comes on. Everton take a limping Louis Saha off and send Yakubu on.
1617: Luis Valencia goes down after a challenge from John Terry inside the Chelsea penalty area, but that would be an outrageous penalty to give. Especially to an away team...
1616: Fulham are on top at Wigan and Chris Kirkland makes a double save, firstly from Clint Dempsey's free-kick and then Jonathan Greening on the follow-up.
1614: Man United are bossing it right now. Michael Carrick puts in a cracking tackle to win the ball on halfway and Patrice Evra surges down the left, finding Wayne Rooney in the box - and after turning smartly his shot is deflected into the side-netting.
1611: Wayne Rooney latches on to Anderson's ball through and if the flag stays down, he's one on one with Petr Cech. The flag goes up - I think he's onside.
1610: Darren Fletcher gets stuck into Deco in the middle of the park, not allowing the Portuguese any room to turn. So much depends on Fletcher today for United, you feel.
From Dominic in Newbury, via text on 81111: "Oh my God I could wet myself... it's gonna be a bumpy ride, fasten your seat belts and keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times. This is the best league in the world!"
1607: Junior Stanislas comes on for Jack Collison for West Ham and they are back under way at Upton Park too. An early foray forward from Deco at the Bridge ends with Wes Brown's interception.
1606: Back under way at the DW - it's Wigan 1-1 Fulham.
1604: OK Arsenal fans, you're second. Oh God, I just keep doing it today don't I?
1603: Another flawless minute's silence at Stamford Bridge - well done to all the Premier League fans who attended games this weekend, top drawer. We're under way between the top two in the division.
1558: The teams are out at Stamford Bridge. Oh my. Here's how you get in touch:
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From Logos on 606:
"I think Fergie is right about putting Vidic on the bench. Whenever Vidic comes back from an injury he looks very rusty in his first game back. It's not worth the risk."
1550: FA Cup Danny:"Some tidy looking ties in the second round there -
but fans of further Sunday afternoon Cupsets might be in for a bit of disappointment with this news... Burton lead Oxford City 2-1 thanks to Jacques Maghoma, while Rotherham are 2-0 up at Wealdstone, Kevin Ellison with their second."
1549: Half-time Wigan 1-1 Fulham
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "What will our shape be? Ah, that's a secret! I'll say this, though, in games of this magnitude you have to make sure all the players who start are fit and raring to go. Vidic has had a few days training but you have to think, will he get through 90 minutes? We have to pay respect to Chelsea's shape and philosophy and we're well aware of the complications if you become too open against that type of midfield. We don't want Chelsea going five points clear - that would be a formidable lead - while if we win, we go a point clear at the top of the table, that's the incentive."
1546: FA Cup Danny: "Some FA Cup round two ties of note for you - Kettering v Leeds; Northwich Victoria v Lincoln; Carlisle/Morecambe v Norwich; Bath City v Forest Green/Mansfield; Staines v Millwall/AFC Wimbledon."
1544: It was of course a penalty to Fulham, not Wigan. I am a Titus shambles.
BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Upton Park: "Everton fans in good cheer after opener. Hammers fans acknowledge good goal and concern over what looks like a lightweight, in terms of size, front two in Hines and Franco. Neither appears to possess a Hayemaker."
Fulham goal: Poor defending from Wigan as a ball is pumped into the Wigan box and Clint Dempsey tries to turn away from three defenders and get his shot in, only to be brought down by Titus Bramble. Clumsy challenge, penalty. Dempsey steps up to send Chris Kirkland the wrong way and level the scores.
1535: Worth mentioning that that Everton goal has lifted Hull out of the drop zone and plunged West Ham into it. Plenty of time left at Upton Park, though. What a division.
From Richard in York, via text on 81111: "Great win, but I think that's Phil Brown's last game, Pearson may just give him the dignity of going out with a win. Brown wasn't celebrating at full-time."
1532: FA Cup Danny: "Quick FA Cup update - or Cupdate if you will. Draw is imminent, I'll let you know the highlights. Elsewhere, Burton have levelled against Oxford City, thanks to Shaun Harrad's penalty. It's 1-1."
Everton goal: Haha. I don't do it on purpose, honestly. Everton's first shot puts them in front as Tim Cahill flicks the ball back to Louis Saha 20 yards out and the Frenchman drills a sweet-as-you-like left-foot drive into the bottom right-hand corner of Robert Green's net.
1530: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Everton
1530: It's gone a bit scrappy at Upton Park, not the best so far. West Ham are still on top, Everton have not offered anything at all.
1528: Cup jubilation courtesy of FA Cup Danny: "A classic FA Cup tie has ended Northwich Victoria 1-0 Charlton. There are 87 league places between the two sides, but the Conference North team has deservedly triumphed. The FA Cup will not have been a priority for Phil Parkinson's promotion-chasers, but that defeat will have hurt, make no mistake."
1527: Chelsea welcome Ricardo Carvalho back into their defence for the visit of title rivals Manchester United after he missed the midweek Champions League draw at Atletico Madrid, while Deco is preferred to birthday boy Joe Cole in midfield and Nicolas Anelka partners Didier Drogba up front. Nemanja Vidic, predicted to return from a calf injury for the trip to Stamford Bridge, is fit only to start on the bench, so a makeshift Manchester United defence sees Johnny Evans partnered by Wes Brown at centre-half, with John O'Shea and Patrice Evra at full-back. Wayne Rooney will operate as a lone frontman after Dimitar Berbatov failed to shake off a knock.
1526: The celebrations at the KC Stadium are absolutely fabulous. Whatever you make of Hull and Phil Brown, they are terrific scenes. The Tigers are still in the bottom three, but what a result that is.
1526: Full-time Hull City 2-1 Stoke City
1524: Chelsea v Manchester United line-ups: Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ballack, Deco, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Mikel, Malouda, Paulo Ferreira, Kalou, Alex. Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Brown, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Valencia, Rooney, Giggs. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Vidic, Scholes, Fabio Da Silva, Obertan, Gibson. Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Hull goal: The roof's just come off at the KC. Phil Brown punches the air - you can't sack him now!! Jimmy Bullard hammers in a shot from 25 yards that Thomas Sorensen punches out to Jan Venegoor of Hesselink and the Dutchman slots into the net from 12 yards. Poor keeping - like they care in Hull land.
1522: GOAL Hull 2-1 Stoke
1521: Re: The Wigan goal - the cross was from Erik Edman. Sorry, got a bit mental there for a minute. Thanks for your understanding. Four added minutes at the KC Stadium.
1519: Tuncay is absolutely fuming. Stoke have to sacrifice a forward to bring defender Andy Wilkinson and the Turk, who only came on eight minutes ago, is hauled off. He is raging and storms off down the tunnel.
1518: SENDING OFF (Abdoulaye Faye, Stoke) The Potters will have to play the last four minutes with 10 men after Faye is shown a second yellow card for a foul on Nicky Barmby.
1517: Magnificent save from Mark Schwarzer to deny Wigan a second - Charles N'Zogbia cuts in from the right and fires in a left-foot screamer from 30 yards that is heading for the top corner until the Australian pulls off a stunner.
Wigan goal: Advantage to the hosts now at the DW Stadium as Erik Edman floats over a cross, Paul Scharner heads it back across the six-yard box and Emmerson Boyce fires into the bottom right-hand corner.
1515: GOAL Wigan 1-0 Fulham
1514: Get the woodwork graphics in, Stevo. Glenn Whelan sends over a free-kick at Hull and Ryan Shawcross heads on to the top of the bar.
1512: Not Erik Nevland's week, is it? He runs on to a gloriously floated ball into the Wigan box from Bobby Zamora and heads over Chris Kirkland, but it hits the inside of the post and Wigan clear their lines.
1512: FA Cup Danny: "Oh my. It's Cupset o'clock. I'm feeling a bit faint. Wayne Riley has just beaten the previously impeccable Darren Randolph to a long ball and slid it home. Read this - Conference North Northwich Victoria 1-0 League One high-fliers Charlton Athletic. Eight minutes left."
1511: No Dimitar Berbatov and no Nemanja Vidic for Manchester United today. More team news to follow.
1510: FA Cup Danny: "Did someone just say the word 'Cupset'? Michael Alexis has just put Oxford City - of the Southern Football League Premier Division no less - 1-0 up at League Two Burton Albion. Still 84 minutes to go mind, that could change..."
1509: Zavon Hines has had four chances to create an opening for West Ham in the early stages against Everton, but he's been profligate so far. Guillermo Franco then clips a Valon Behrami cross wide. All West Ham.
1503: They are off at Wigan, where Mark Clattenburg has been replaced as referee late on by Phil Dowd, though we don't know why as of yet. Also under way at West Ham - worth mentioning there were two impeccable minute's silence at those grounds.
1501: Oh goodness me. A long ball into the box Stoke box is poorly defended by the visitors - it's between Craig Fagan and Thomas Sorensen to see who can get there first and the striker looks like he wins, but just before he can adjust his feet and shoot into the empty net, Robert Huth gets a vital touch and Stoke clear their lines.
1459: FA Cup Danny: "Just over 20 minutes to go at the Victoria Stadium and it's still Northwich Victoria 0-0 Charlton. And the non-league outfit are very much holding their own. Elsewhere, Sunday's other two FA Cup ties - Burton v Oxford City and Wealdstone v Rotherham - are about to kick off. And don't forget the draw at 1535 GMT (or thereabouts), there's a love."
1458: I'd have been stunned if I hadn't had to use the handbags graphic at all today. First use is for some needless afters between Nicky Barmby and Abdoulaye Faye after they clash by the touchline. Feisty.
1456: Twenty-five minutes left plus stoppages. Will there be a winner at the KC Stadium?
Hull goal: That is not only a massive goal - it's also a quite brilliant one. This Premier League season keeps throwing up players scoring against former clubs, so it's no surprise that Seyi Olofinjana gets Hull's goal, collecting Stephen Hunt's pass, turning nicely and curling a glorious right-foot shot past Thomas Sorensen's despairing dive from 25 yards. The KC goes mental.
1453: GOAL Hull 1-1 Stoke
1452: Dave Kitson replaces James Beattie for Stoke.
1450: Wigan bring back Erik Edman into the team in the only change from the 4-0 drubbing at Portsmouth. The Latics remain without full-back Maynor Figueroa, who has a knee injury. Damien Duff is available for Fulham despite suggestions he would miss out because of an Achilles injury. Erik Nevland plays up front in place of the injured Diomansy Kamara, while the Londoners are still without Danny Murphy and Andrew Johnson.
Jason from Liverpool, via text on 81111: "I can't see anything but a West Ham win against my team today. We are all over the place and I see no signs of anyone in the side getting their act together. We need our big players to stand up and be counted."
1447: Robert Huth loses the ball stupidly to Jozy Altidore and as the striker gets away from the German, he grabs him by the shoulders and hauls him to the floor. Booking, remarkable cynical.
1444: Unbelievable. Matty Etherington plays a one-two with Ricardo Fuller down the Stoke left and his cross is poked towards his own goal by Anthony Gardner. It looks for all the world 2-0, but somehow it hits the inside of Matt Duke's left arm and rolls centimetres wide of his right-hand post.
1443: Nicky Barmby comes on for Richard Garcia for Hull.
1441: My word that was close. Hull just cannot clear their lines - Alan Hansen would be watching this with his hands in front of his eyes. A bouncing ball in the Hull box almost falls for Ricardo Fuller, but somehow, after what seems like an eternity, the Tigers clear their lines.
1439: James Beattie spanks a 30-yard free-kick plenty over the Hull crossbar. Does Phil Brown have slightly under 45 minutes to save his job?
From astrollinthesunshine on 606:
"If Drogba hasn't got a great scoring record against us it's not important. I can't remember him playing badly against us, for me he's the best striker in Europe, he contributes to most of the goals Chelsea score and he needs so much attention he creates space for everyone around him. We're going to have to be tight as to get a result today."
1436: Back under way at the KC Stadium - reminder, it's Hull 0-1 Stoke.
1428: Carlton Cole and Herita Ilunga both miss out for West Ham after limping off against Aston Villa in midweek. Zavon Hines, who scored a dramatic winner in the same game, replaces Cole up front alongside Guillermo Franco. Radoslav Kovac is back from suspension but must make do with a place on the bench. Everton are without the suspended Diniyar Bilyaletdinov but Louis Saha has shaken off a calf problem to take his place in attack. John Heitinga returns after being ineligible to face Benfica but Lucas Neill is only on the bench.
1426: Everton desperately need something to kick start their season - a campaign threatening to be ripped apart by a catastrophic injury list.
West Ham might not be a bad team for them to meet
- in 28 Prem games, the Hammers have only scored 23 goals against the Toffees, a useless 0.82 goals per game.
1422: West Ham v Everton line-ups West Ham: Green, Faubert, Da Costa, Upson, Spector, Parker, Behrami, Jimenez, Collison, Franco, Hines. Subs: Kurucz, Tomkins, Daprela, Kovac, Noble, Stanislas, Diamanti. Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Heitinga, Gosling, Fellaini, Rodwell, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Nash, Neill, Coleman, Wallace, Yakubu, Agard, Baxter. Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)
1420: Half-time Hull City 0-1 Stoke City
1420: Jimmy Bullard doesn't beat the first man.
1419: Hull free-kick, out on the left. Pump it in the box, and see what happens...
1418: FA Cup Danny: "Gordon Banks eat your heart out. Charlton keeper Darren Randolph has just produced an extraordinary reaction save to keep out Michael O'Connor's point-blank header. Great effort this from Northwich, far from comfortable for the League One side."
1417: Lots of stuff going on at Hull, tackles flying in and players going down and staying down. Referee Mike Dean is doing a good job of trying to keep his cards in his pocket.
From Darrell Allen, via text on 81111: "Charlton look rattled at Northwich so far, the non-league side are doing a great job and it is a proper Cup tie."
1413: Short on confidence, this is what happens. Jozy Altidore is in a bit of space in the Stoke box and has got to pull the trigger, but decides to knock it across the penalty area instead - to absolutely no-one.
1411: As it stands, Stoke City are above Liverpool in the Premier League.
1409: Jozy Altidore heads wide from the penalty spot after Richard Garcia eventually gets his cross in from just inside the Stoke penalty area on the right.
1405: A lovely training ground routine from a free-kick nearly gives Ricardo Fuller a clear sight of goal eight yards out, but the ball is just a yard or two ahead of him. Hull cannot afford to go 2-0 down here.
1403: FA Cup Danny: "Just a little update for you - Northwich should be ahead. First Charlton keeper Darren Randolph tips over a header then Christian Dailly blocks on the line following an almighty goalmouth scramble. Classic FA Cup stuff."
Stoke goal: Potters winger Matty Etherington is in some form, and he makes Hull pay for some poor defending. A long ball over the top from Ryan Shawcross is allowed to get through to Etherington by Bernard Mendy and he races into the box, lashing a fierce left-footer past Matt Duke at his near post. Boy did he hit that.
1402: GOAL Hull City 0-1 Stoke City
1400: Hull are starting to dominate themselves, and Stephen Hunt's delightfully floated ball to the back stick from the left is headed into Thomas Sorensen's arms by Richard Garcia.
1359: It's magic chat, is this, from FA Cup Danny: "Half-way through the first half at the Victoria Stadium, and Northwich have acquitted themselves well against their high-flying League One opponents Charlton. Few real chances so far and it's 0-0. Just a reminder that the draw for round two takes place at around 1535 GMT today, with Nottingham Forest fan Carl Froch and former Forest player Tony Woodcock drawing the numbers. They do know Forest aren't in it until round three don't they?" Danny, never forget this: we are a massive club. Well done the FA for paying us our dues.
1356: Bernard Mendy is next in the referee's notebook after hauling down Matty Etherington just inside the Hull half as he looked to break away. From the free-kick Stoke set up a shooting chance for Dean Whitehead, but he slices horribly wide from 20 yards.
1355: Chance for Hull as Craig Fagan's touch sends Richard Garcia through on the right-hand side of the Stoke box, but as he pulls the trigger, Glenn Whelan gets in a timely block.
From Moobabe on 606:
"It's a much bigger game for Man U today than it is for Chelsea I think. A loss and a one-point deficit isn't much the way Chelsea are playing at the moment, however a five-point gap and Arsenal having a game in hand over Man U could be key."
1351: I'm glad none of you noticed my mistake at 1340, anyway. Phew! Jozy Altidore fashions a shooting chance for Hull from 20 yards, but drags it wide of THOMAS SORENSEN'S right-hand post.
1349: Hull make some progress, but it comes to nothing when Richard Garcia's woeful pass to Stephen Hunt runs out of play. It's not going to be beautiful, this - last week, Stoke's pass completion rate against Wolves was a meagre 55%.
1347: Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross is first in the book for a lunge from behind on Stephen Hunt. The free-kick is rolled to Bernard Mendy, who hits a ridiculous shot from 45 yards a country mile wide. Waste.
From Ben in Manchester, via text on 81111: "Fletcher the underrated is the key today."
1345: Ricardo Fuller crashes in a shot from 25 yards, but it's a relatively easy save for Matt Duke. Stoke are bossing this one now.
1343: Hull's defence looks shaky. A long Rory Delap throw is allowed to bounce and two Stoke players waste chances to get a shot in. Another monster throw is flicked on by Ryan Shawcross just behind two onrushing Potters.
1340: Does Phil Brown's job rest on Jimmy Bullard's shoulders? After blazing one over, he cuts in from the left and unleashes a fizzing 30-yard skimmer that flashes wide of Thomas Sorensen's right-hand post.
From WorldClassMan on Twitter:
"Ridiculous to see Fergie being underestimated after a slow start to a season. He'll know how to set us up to beat Chelsea."
1336: Half a penalty shout at the other end too now as Jozy Altidore is brushed off the ball inside the Stoke box by Ryan Shawcross. Hull are one of three teams not to have been awarded a penalty yet in the 2009-10 season.
1334: Inside the first minute, Matty Etherington's volleyed cross inside the Hull box strikes the arm of Bernard Mendy. Ball to hand, and penalty not given.
1333: After a minute's silence and the now customary but unnecessary huddles, we're under way in Hull.
1330: It wouldn't be football day without Danny. Today, he's once again FA Cup Danny: "FA Cup Danny would imagine that they're still dancing on the streets of Bath, Kettering, Oxford, Staines and York after fabulous FA Cup wins over league opposition yesterday. And there could be more of the same today with three non-league sides aiming to reach round two against league opposition. First up it's Conference North side Northwich Victoria against Charlton at 1330 GMT, then Burton host Southern Football League Premier Division Oxford City and Isthmian League Premier Division Wealdstone host Rotherham at 1500 GMT."
Hull manager Phil Brown: "The chairman came to join us in the hotel last night and we were talking about the long term, we're not talking short term. I've heard nothing but positives from Adam Pearson - I've worked with him before and I hope we can have a long and fruitful relationship."
From Viva Sportsfan87 on 606:
"Today feels very strange, usually in top four clashes the media like to have Man Utd as favourites which brings added pressure and nerves. This time, however, we have been given the underdog tag and I do not feel any nerves at all. Given that everyone expects us to lose today, I think United might just surprise a lot of people and pull off the result no one is expecting. 2-1 Utd, Rooney and Berba, Lampard for Chelsea."
BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Upton Park: "Boleyn Ground regular Brand (see earlier message) has told of his pleasure after squeeze Perry, who topped the charts with 'I Kissed a Girl', donned a fetching claret-and-blue basque - with a West Ham club badge on each side - at a midweek awards bash. Not sure today is the weather for it. Slight drizzle."
From Tom, Rostrevor/Ireland, via text on 81111: "I really think this game will be the defining point of Chelsea's season. If United win, I can see Chelsea collapsing just like they did under Scolari, but if Chelsea win - I can see them really pulling away."
1314: This really has been Phil Brown's annus horribilis. Hull have won only three league games in 2009 and have failed to score in their last three outings - managing only four shots on target in the process.
They might be a million percent behind their manager,
but the Tigers are struggling badly.
From robuk794 on Twitter:
"I have a horrible feeling United are gonna be crushed this afternoon. Don't see where we'll outclass Chelsea today."
BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Upton Park: "West Ham may be without injured top scorer Carlton Cole, but much of the pre-match East End chatter is on another striking issue - will celebrity Hammers fan Russell Brand bring girlfriend Katy Perry to the game, as promised on his Twitter account?"
1306: Record signing Jimmy Bullard makes his first start for Hull and is one of five changes made by Tigers boss Phil Brown, who also brings in Bernard Mendy for Paul McShane, Richard Garcia for Kamel Ghilas, Craig Fagan for the suspended Geovanni and Jozy Altidore for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. There is just one change for Stoke as Robert Huth returns from suspension to replace Andy Wilkinson.
1253: Also on the Alain Menu: Hull v Stoke (1330 GMT), West Ham v Everton (1500) and Wigan v Fulham (1500). There are three more FA Cup first round ties and the draw for the second round at 1500 too. I'm all over it.
1245: What sort of people would we be if on
we didn't pay our respects to those brave men and women who gave their lives to serve our country? I hope you agree that a five-minute internet silence isn't too much to ask, so thanks in advance.
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