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By Chris Bevan
1932: If today wasn't exciting enough for you, I recommend you join me tomorrow for what everyone is already calling 'El D-Day' (or perhaps not). Three Premier League derbies - Wolves v Birmingham, Everton v Liverpool and Arsenal v Chelsea, followed by Barcelona v Real Madrid... and you can follow it all right here on the BBC website too. Have a cracking evening and see you in a few hours time.
1927: Lots and lots to look at in Match of the Day tonight - including six penalties in seven Premier League games. They were all scored too... tune in for that at 2220 GMT on BBC1 and then watch every goal from the Championship in the Football League Show which is on straight afterwards at 2340 GMT.
From Darrell Allen, via text on 81111: "Norwich were very poor tonight - we lacked creativity and a cutting edge. However, we can now focus on getting promotion back to The Championship."
1925: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "So a point each - but most of the honours go to Spurs for the way they battled away after the break to earn a point. Who looks more likely to maintain a serious challenge for the top four? On this evidence I would go with Spurs."
1923: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham
1923: Crikey - Tottenham almost snatch it in injury time too - Jermain Defoe sending a shot fizzing wide after finding space on the edge of the box. That's the last chance of the night though.
1922: Villa have barely threatened for most of the second half but they come close to stealing the points when Ashley Young's cross is flicked inches over the bar by Emile Heskey.
1920: We will have three minutes of added time at Villa Park.
1918: Hmmm. I'm not quite sure how Villa survived that? Aaron Lennon crosses low from the right and it beats Brad Friedel with Jermain Defoe lurking. A goal looks inevitable but, under pressure from Richard Dunne, Defoe cannot quite turn the ball home.
1917: The smart money would have been on Tottenham going on to win this but, if anything, Villa have taken the sting out of this game since Spurs equalised. The home side are still not doing much in the way of attacking, mind.
1915: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Spurs fully deserve that equaliser from Michael Dawson. They have been by far the more positive side in the second half while Aston Villa have created little or nothing. Still that nagging worry for Spurs that they might get caught on the break, but they have shown great self-belief in this half."
1912: FA Cup Danny has earned his corn today, and here's his final post before he goes home for a nice mug of cocoa and a liedown: "So Carlisle join the lucky teams in round three of the FA Cup - they beat Norwich 3-1 and will be hoping for a real money-spinning tie on Sunday. Remember the draw is at about 1550 GMT."
1910: Ten minutes to go at Villa Park. Time for a winner?
Tottenham goal: Seconds after Jermain Defoe has a goalbound shot blocked by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ball is whipped back into the Villa box by Benoit Assou-Ekotto and bounces off Richard Dunne towards Michael Dawson. He controls it with his chest before smashing an unstoppable shot past Brad Friedel. It's been a long wait but Spurs are level.
1907: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham (Dawson)
1906: Another change by Martin O'Neill. Off comes John Carew, on comes Emile Heskey.
1905: Well, Jermain Defoe has the ball in the net for Tottenham but it won't count - referee Phil Dowd spotted that he handled it when Tom Huddlestone's shot was parried into his path by Brad Friedel. Time is running out for Spurs to salvage a point too - just 15 minutes left now.
1902: Ha, Steve Sidwell promptly fires in a drive after the ball breaks for him on the edge of the box. It spins away from Heurelho Gomes but also flies wide.
1901: A first substitution by Villa. Nigel Reo-Coker is off, Steve Sidwell is on. That's unlikely to change Villa's approach to this game.
1900: Big shouts for a penalty from the Tottenham players when a deep cross bounces up and seems to hit Luke Young on the hand inside the box. Referee Phil Dowd waves play on.
1859: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Spurs on top now and bringing some typically defiant resistance from the Aston Villa defence and goalkeeper Brad Friedel. Villa are still swift on the break though and Spurs must beware being suckered into conceding a second on the counter attack."
1857: A first change by Tottenham - Jermaine Jenas is on for Wilson Palacios. Spurs still dominating but Villa are still defending well. Oh, and it's still raining.
1854: I bring good news. If you give this page a manual refresh, you'll be able to watch Final Score around the grounds - each top-flight match summed up by our reporters, er, around the grounds.
1852: Villa restricted to attacking on the break now - and Michael Dawson's fine challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor means even that doesn't last long. The home side have only one man (Agbonlahor) up front and are defending in numbers. All the possession belongs to Tottenham.
1850: If you're a fan of all-League One FA Cup second round ties, FA Cup Danny is the man for you: "Norwich might be flying high in the table, but it looks like their FA Cup dream is over. Richard Keogh's made it Carlisle 3-1 Norwich. Just under 20 minutes to go there."
From Jack in Brentwood, via text on 81111: "Something tells me the next goal will be decisive."
1848: Tom Huddlestone tries to find Jermain Defoe with a raking cross-field ball, but only finds touch. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp reacts angrily. Still, the visitors are on top - they just need to find that killer pass to create an opening.
1843: FA Cup and Championship Danny's back for more - although I might just call him FA Cup Danny from now on: "Half an hour to go at Brunton Park and Carlisle lead Norwich 2-1 thanks to Kevan Hurst's strike. Canaries going to have to concentrate on the league?"
1842: Tottenham seem to be taking a few more risks already in their search for an equaliser - and leaving more gaps at the back. Ashley Young has space to curl in a cross towards John Carew at the back post but the ball is slightly too high for him to direct his header.
1839: Tottenham don't take long to threaten, though, as, after another neat passing move, Nico Kranjcar smashes in a swerving shot from about 25 yards out and forces a superb stop from Brad Friedel. That was some strike.
1838: John Carew plays a dangerous ball across the face of goal. But it eludes Gabriel Agbonlahor at the near post and there is no other Villa player inside the Tottenham area.
From Josh in Colchester, via text on 81111: "Spurs kept passing the ball from one side of the pitch to the other and Villa kept chasing. Reckon that was the plan from the start - minus the Villa goal! Spurs to win 3-1!"
1835: It probably won't come as a surprise to you that is now raining in the midlands - it seems to be tipping down everywhere else in the country too. No changes from either side at the break - and Villa get the second half under way.
1832: So, Tottenham have 45 minutes to turn this one around. They scored nine goals last week - just the one would be welcomed by Spurs boss Harry Redknapp at Villa Park.
1823: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Spurs ended the first 45 minutes on top and Harry Redknapp will draw encouragement from that, but Villa boss Martin O'Neill can be satisfied with the lead and the work-rate of his players in a game that hasn't quite sparked into life. Villa have also kept Aaron Lennon very quiet, which was sure to be a key component of their game plan."
1818: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham
1816: Vedran Corluka's cross at the end of a fine Tottenham passing move finds Peter Crouch at the back stick... but, for some reason, the tall striker chooses to head back across - rather than at - the goal. End result? Chance gone.
1815: Niko Kranjcar has a second bite of the cherry after his free-kick is blocked - his second shot beats the wall but dribbles through into Villa keeper Brad Friedel's hands.
1812: Villa are actually playing some neat stuff themselves, but this game hasn't really sparked into life yet. Both sides are struggling to get the ball into the danger zone - something Martin O'Neill's teams are normally quite good at.
1810: Around 10 minutes to go until half-time at Villa Park and Tottenham are still looking the more dangerous. Or at least they were... Vedran Corluka wastes a promising situation when he tries to find Aaron Lennon but instead smashes the ball out of play. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, as you would expect, is less than amused.
From Ali in Glasgow, via text on 81111: "With all the commotion surrounding the Barnsley match, spare a thought for Livingston FC. Cruelly robbed by match abandonment while leading away at Clyde in the Scottish Cup because of fog. I was at the game, visibility issues were minimal."
1806: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Lively spell from Spurs as they gather their composure after conceding that soft goal - but Aston Villa's pace and power still threatening to trouble Harry Redknapp's side at the back. Plenty of life left in this one and the Spurs fans certainly think so as they demand greater urgency from their team."
1805: Wondering how Norwich are doing in the Cup at Carlisle? Here's FA Cup and Championship Danny to tell you exactly that: "It's 1-1 at half-time - Grant Holt equalising for Noriwch after Vincent Pericard's opener. Meanwhile, Peter MK via text, is right to say it was remiss of me not to mention MK Dons' Cup drama against Exeter. They were 3-1 down with 20 mins to go and won 4-3. Is their name on the Cup? In FA Cup Danny's humble opinion - no. But still a great comeback."
1802: Tottenham are starting to wake up now - about time too, we've been playing for half an hour. Jermain Defoe meets a cross with a volley from the edge of the box but sees the ball dip slightly too late and it goes over the bar, not under it. I'm not sure Brad Friedel would have reached that one had it been on target.
1800: More work for Villa keeper Brad Friedel, who is hoping to keep his 100th Premier League clean-sheet tonight. Tom Huddlestone's shot deflects off Nigel Reo-Coker and is looping in until the big American tips it over the bar.
1758: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after his side beat a lively Portsmouth side to move within two points of Premier League leaders Chelsea: "So many things were happening. First of all it is a great result for us and some of the football was good. In the second half we kept our discipline very well and kept the ball very well and deserved the win in the end."
1755: A real chance for a Tottenham leveller, and it comes out of nothing. Tom Huddlestone's free-kick spins into the path of Jerman Defoe who sees his volley parried by Brad Friedel. Michael Dawson slams the follow-up goalwards but it is brilliantly cleared off the line by Carlos Cuellar. Great defending.
1753: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "Aston Villa are really troubling Spurs from corners and both Wilson Palacios and Michael Dawson needed to be stronger when Gabriel Agonlahor muscled in for his goal. Looks a ploy from Villa boss Martin O'Neill to really test Heurelho Gomes and pressurise the Spurs keeper from set pieces. Spurs started brightly but are on the back foot now."
1749: A first decent spell of possession for Tottenham but Villa are working hard and not giving the visitors time on the ball. In the end it is pumped long to Jermain Defoe but there is too much on the pass and it runs through to Brad Friedel.
From alex_the_gooner on 606:
"Bevo, can I give a big shout out to the Barnet away boys, salvaging a replay (at Accrington) with a 95th-minute equaliser! "
1746: Manchester City boss Mark Hughes after seeing his side held to their seventh successive Premier League draw, at home to Hull: "Of course it is a disappointing run we're on, because we're failing to see out victories when we have the lead. We're trying to get something started here but at times we look exactly what we are, a side that has been thrown together very quickly. That means we'll have bad days among the good ones."
1744: Villa very much on top here. Tottenham are struggling to clear their lines and look a bit sluggish to be honest.
Villa goal: Not great defending by Tottenham here - straight out of the Wigan training manual from last week I'm afraid. An unmarked Carlos Cuellar's near-post header is cleared off the line by Benoit Assou-Ekotto but the ball isn't cleared and Gabriel Agbonlahor is able to scramble it home at the back stick.
1742: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham (Agbonlahor)
1741: In case you missed it, Simon is referring to the Barnsley-Plymouth match that was abandoned because of the weather with 32 minutes left with the Tykes leading 4-1. This is what Barnsley boss Mark Robins made of the decision: "The referee made the decision to call the game off and it was unilateral. I do not think he would have made the same decision if the score was the other way around. "We should see if the referee will reimburse our supporters because coming here will have cost them an absolute fortune. I don't think it was that dangerous".
From Simon, a Barnsley fan from Ipswich, via text on 81111: "Just cannot get over today, unbelievable, typical of our luck, bet it wouldn't have happened if we were losing or drawing. A massive win set up. The boys have now got to do that mammoth trip midweek and we'll probably lose. If there's any justice we will get three points."
1738: Our first effort on goal, and it's from Tottenham. The ball drops for Nico Kranjcar on the edge of the box and he flashes a shot down the middle of goal. It's straight at Brad Friedel but has sufficient power to take the Villa keeper by surprise. He is still able to tip it over though.
1735: A scrappy old start to this one. Tottenham are trying to use Aaron Lennon on the right flank but too many misplaced passes are scuppering that plan at the moment. Villa are not faring too much better when they come forward.
1734: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, after his side bounce back from losing 9-1 to Tottenham by beating Sunderland 1-0: "There were many very positives aspects. It has been a very painful and hurtful week and the humiliation comes if you don't react. But the players showed terrific character and bounced back. No-one more so than Chris Kirkland - after conceding nine goals he was brilliant today."
1732: Right then, we're under way at Villa Park. Tottenham have just kicked off.
From The Wait is Over for Rafa's Reds in 2010... on 606:
"As a Liverpool fan, a Villa win would be preferable here, though that would mean we'd be five behind Spurs and Villa. a draw would also be good, but a Spurs win and i fear that we won't be in the Champions League next year..."
From Mark from Grays, via text on 81111: "Only West Ham can make a 5-0 lead look nervous. No clean sheet since August and free-scoring Man Utd next, we're not out of the woods yet."
1722: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Tottenham Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill makes two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Burnley last week. Stephen Warnock is out injured, so Habib Beye slots in at left-back, while Nigel Reo-Coker comes in for Steve Sidwell in midfield. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp tinkers ever so slightly with the side that thrashed Wigan 9-1 last weekend, with Sebastien Bassong taking over at centre-back in place of Jonathan Woodgate.
1720: Just one more FA Cup tie to go today - Carlisle v Norwich, which has just started and is being shown live on the FA website as it happens. Lots has already happened, though, and here's FA Cup and Championship Danny to tell us more: "No joy for Ken Loach's Bath City today - the minnows were beaten 2-1 by west country rivals Forest Green who are in Sunday's third round draw. Staines are the most noteworthy name in that draw, the Blue Square South team earning a well deserved replay with League One Millwall. Other non-league names in the hat are York, 2-1 winners at Cambridge, Luton, who drew 2-2 at Rotherham - and Oxford and Barrow who drew 1-1."
1717: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Villa Park: "In a meeting between two of the clubs aiming for a spot in the top four, Stewart Downing must wait for his full Aston Villa debut - he is again on the bench after coming on as substitute at Burnley last week. In a revamped defence, Habib Beye comes in for Stephen Warnock, who is out because of illness. Robbie Keane is on the bench for Spurs as Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch, tormentors of Wigan in the 9-1 win at White Hart Lane, are once more in partnership up front up. And in further great news, Simon has just proposed to Gemma on the Villa Park turf. And she said "yes". Aaahh."
1711: The late game at Villa Park starts at 1730 GMT. Villa (who are fifth) are three points behind Tottenham and have a goal difference of +8. Spurs, who are fourth, have a goal difference of +14 but have scored far more goals. It would take a 4-0 Villa win for them to leapfrog Harry Redknapp's in the table (remember they would affect Tottenham's goal difference, as well as their own).
1709: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill looks to stop Jermain Defoe going goal crazy again following his five-goal haul in last weekend's 9-1 thumping of Wigan: "Defoe will have to be watched very carefully. "I wouldn't disagree with Harry Redknapp that he may well be as good a finisher as anybody in the Premiership. But it is not just him we will have to be aware of. Tottenham have a number of good players like Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon and Niko Kranjcar.
1707: So, just Villa v Tottenham to go today. I'm just wondering if we are going to see any more penalties...
1705: Got your breath back yet? Good. Here's more chat from FA Cup and Championship Danny: "Dramatic day in the Championship. And nowhere finished more dramatically than at Ashton Gate. Alvaro Saborio's injury-time goal looked to have salvaged a 2-2 draw for the Robins, but even deeper into injury time, Darius Henderson secured a 3-2 win for Sheffield United. Wins for Newcastle and West Brom, so no major changes at the top. Crystal Palace hammered Watford 3-0, Nottingham Forest routed Doncaster 4-1, while Barnsley are the league's most frustrated fans, seeing their 4-1 lead at Plymouth wiped out by a rain abandonment."
1703: TEAMS Aston Villa v Tottenham Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Beye, Cuellar, Dunne, Milner, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Carew. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Downing, Delph, Heskey, Gardner, Clark. Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Palacios, Kranjcar, Defoe, Crouch. Subs: Alnwick, Hutton, Bale, Bentley, Jenas, Keane, Rose. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
From From Oli, deflated Claret in Durham, via text on 81111: "Burnley need to learn we can't play gung-ho football away from home otherwise were going to get demolished every game! Thought we should have got something from today game! That's 25 goals conceded in seven away games!"
1700: I'm sure I remember somebody predicting an afternoon of bore-draws just before kick-off... did they forget this is the craziest Premier League season in history?
1659: FULL-TIME West Ham 5-3 Burnley
Burnley goal: Er, this is getting ridiculous. Tyrone Mears sends in a low cross from the right and, after Steven Fletcher steps over the ball, Chris Eagles fires a low shot into the centre of the net.
1657: GOALFLASH West Ham 5-3 Burnley (Eagles)
Burnley red card: No doubt about this one either - Zavon Hines is quickest to a bouncing long ball and bears down on goal, or at least he does until Steven Caldwell hauls him back. Caldwell gets to go into the Upton Park bath a couple of minutes before his team-mates.
1655: FULL-TIME Man City 1-1 Hull City
1654: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 1-4 Man Utd
1654: RED CARD Burnley's Steven Caldwell
1653: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-1 Bolton
1653: FULL-TIME Wigan 1-0 Sunderland
1652: Portsmouth haven't finished yet either - John Utaka smashes a shot into the ground at the back post and it bounces up and hits the crossbar.
1652: Into injury time at Eastlands... Man City only have a couple of minutes to find a winner, otherwise it's a seventh-successive Premier League draw for Mark Hughes' men. Hull have been good value for a point, mind.
1650: FULL-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Stoke City
1649: We've had another abandonment by the way, but not down to the weather. Chester v Eastbourne in the Blue Square Premier was called off after 75 minutes due to protesters on the pitch at the Deva Stadium. City were leading 3-2 too - but they are in a whole heap of bother off the pitch.
Man Utd goal: That's United home and dry then - well wet actually, as the rain is still lashing down at Fratton Park. Ryan Giggs drills a low free-kick into the bottom corner of the net for his 100th Premier League goal, and give himself an early birthday present - he turns 36 tomorrow.
1645: GOALFLASH Portsmouth 1-4 Man Utd (Giggs)
1645: Blimey, what has happened to the West Ham defence? Chris Eagles almost pulls back another Burnley goal but sees his free-kick from 25 yards cannon back off a post.
Hull goal: The ball spins off Joleon Lescott in the Man City area - did it hit his hip, or an arm? Referee Lee Probert decides it was the latter and points to the spot. Controversial. Jimmy Bullard steps up to smash the penalty home and celebrates by imitating Phil Brown's half-time team-talk from last year - his team-mates all sit down to listen. Classic - not that Mark Hughes will have enjoyed it this time around.
Burnley goal: A carbon copy of the Clarets' first strike... with Chris Eagles crossing from the left and Steven Fletcher steering the ball into the net from close range. Only three more goals needed for a point.
1641: GOALFLASH Man City 1-1 Hull City (Bullard)
1640: PENALTY to Hull City
Fulham goal: Damien Duff equalises for Fulham, beating Jussi Jaaskelainen with a low shot from the inside right. Jaaskelainen had just made two great saves - from Duff and Nevland - and it looked as if Bolton were going to hold firm for the three points. They didn't. Still time for someone to win this one though...
Wigan goal: Hugo Rodallega and Paulo Da Silva tussle for a high ball, which drops into the path of the Wigan striker in the area. Rodallega keeps his cool and slots into the net from a tight angle.
1636: GOALFLASH West Ham 5-2 Burnley (Fletcher)
1635: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-0 Sunderland (Rodallega)
1634: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-1 Bolton (Duff)
1632: Here's FA Cup and Championship Danny again - he's been working his little socks off this afternoon: "Some FA Cup updates for you - or Cupdates if you will. Exeter are 3-2 up at League One rivals MK Dons. Gillingham have settled their nerves by going 1-0 up against Burton Albion. And in the 'hampton derby' it's Northampton 1-3 Southampton."
Burnley goal: Nothing more than a consolation for Burnley but at least they have given their travelling fans something to smile about. Chris Eagles drags a ball across the face of goal and Steven Fletcher is in the right place to turn it into the net from close range.
1629: GOALFLASH West Ham 5-1 Burnley (Fletcher)
1628: FA Cup and Championship Danny is back, and he's got more news for you too: "Darren Ambrose on the mark as Palace move 3-0 up at home against Watford. George Boyd levelled for Peterborough against Middlesbrough - only for Dave Kitson's 100th league goal to restore the visitors lead. Boro now 2-1 up."
West Ham goal: No doubt about this penalty, as Brian Jensen sends Luis Jimenez sprawling as he runs through on goal. The Chile striker picks himself off the floor to fire home the resulting spot-kick - and that's his first goal for the club.
1626: GOALFLASH West Ham 5-0 Burnley (Jimenez)
1625: PENALTY to West Ham
1623: It is absolutely tipping down at Fratton Park, where Pompey boss Avram Grant has just made a change, with Kanu replacing Frederic Piquionne. United are still in control at the moment.
From darkanddom on 606:
"Pompey will get hammered today. Thanks to bad referee, bad defending, lack of finishing and United taking their chances fairly gotten or not."
1622: Burnley bring on David Nugent in a desperate attempt to salvage something at Upton Park - and the substitute has a chance to make an instant impact. Sadly for the on-loan striker, he fires wide with two attempts in quick succession. He should have done a lot better too.
1620: Fulham are turning the screw at Craven Cottage but Bolton are hanging on to their 1-0 lead, for now, after another goal-line clearance comes to their rescue. This time it's Matthew Taylor heading away a Clint Dempsey effort away from danger.
1619: No goals at Ewood Park, but more woodwork. After a corner is headed into his path, Steven Nzonzi connects well with a left-footed shot for Rovers, but the ball rebounds into safety off an upright. Stoke breathe a sigh of relief.
1618: The rain is lashing down now at most grounds around the country and has just forced the game between Plymouth and Barnsley to be abandoned. That's tough on the Tykes, who were leading 4-1, with only around half an hour to go.
West Ham goal: This could get embarrassing for Burnley now. Junior Stanislas crosses for Guillermo Franco to head home West Ham's fourth goal.
Man Utd goal: Frederic Piquionne brings down Ryan Giggs on the edge of the area and Mike Dean awards his third penalty of the game. Wayne Rooney steps up and converts the spot-kick to put United 3-1 up - that's the hat-trick for Rooney.
1615: GOALFLASH Portsmouth 1-3 Man Utd (Rooney)
1615: PENALTY to Man Utd
1614: GOALFLASH West Ham 4-0 Burnley (Franco)
1613: Sunderland haven't created much today but they have been a lot brighter in the second half. Andy Reid crosses, and Darren Bent heads wide.
George_Reilly on Twitter:
"If video technology was used to confirm penalties like Portsmouth's we would have goals into the double figures every game."
Man Utd goal: Clever play by United as Ryan Giggs, who turns 36 tomorrow, plays in Wayne Rooney to bury a first-time shot into the back of the net. On first glance, Rooney looked offside - a replay proves he wasn't. United are back in front.
1608: GOALFLASH Portsmouth 1-2 Man Utd (Rooney)
1606: An early chance for Hull. Jozy Altidore plays in Richard Garcia inside the Man City area - the Australian clips his shot over Shay Given but Jolen Lescott clears off the line.
1605: I'm pretty sure Sir Alex is back in his seat at Fratton Park now too... just in time to see Manchester United get the second half under way. If the score stays the same on the south coast, United will be four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, and will have played a game more.
1604: And at Blackburn and Fulham. Oh and Eastlands too.
From David and Robert at Ewood Park, via text on 81111: "It's absolutely freezing at Ewood Park and there's not much happened on the pitch to get excited about either. Losing David Dunn to injury in the first half co uld well put an end to any chances we had of getting any points."
From Socks, via text on 81111: "The score at Eastlands is harsh and doesn't reflect the game. Hull have been great against a team that spent more than the Tigers' entire value on a couple of players. Good game so far."
1558: A lot of unhappy Bolton fans have been calling for boss Gary Megson's head in the past few days... would victory over Fulham change that? A win would only lift Wanderers out of the relegation zone if West Ham don't win (unlikely now, to be honest) and if Wigan lose.
From rworsl on 606:
"People keep saying Pompey are the worst team in the league. That's far from true. We have outplayed a good deal of teams, but have either had major decisions going against us, or poor tactical choices from our former manager. We aren't the best, no doubt about the, but the worst? Far from it."
1553: Here's FA Cup and Championship Danny with more news from around the grounds. We are a bit thin on the grounds for Cupsets, which is a shame: "The top two in the Championship, Newcastle and West Brom are showing just why they are there - both are 3-0 up at half-time, the Magpies against Swansea and the Baggies at Sheffield Wednesday. In the FA Cup, minnows Bath City are 1-1 with west country rivals Forest Green at half-time."
1551: In case you were wondering, Hull boss Phil Brown has decided against holding his half-time team-talk out on the Eastlands pitch this time. For the best, I think - it must be a lot warmer in the away dressing room at Eastlands.
1549: HALF-TIME West Ham 3-0 Burnley
1549: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-1 Bolton
1548: HALF-TIME Man City 1-0 Hull City
1548: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 1-1 Man Utd
1547: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-0 Sunderland
1547: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Stoke
Man City goal: Mark Hughes' side have been lethargic in the opening 45 minutes, but take the lead in first-half injury time. Shaun Wright-Phillips makes headway from the right and fires in a speculative shot which looks unlikely to trouble Matt Duke until Anthony Gardner, in trying to clear, heads it past his own keeper.
1547: GOALFLASH Man City 1-0 Hull (Wright-Phillips)
West Ham goal: Burnley have only got one point on their travels so far this season and they don't look like adding to that haul this afternoon. Robbie Blake sends Jonathan Spector tumbling in the area and Carlton Cole fires home his side's third goal from the resulting penalty. Not the best spot-kick in the world... down the middle with not much pace - but Clarets keeper Brian Jensen had already dived out of the way.
1544: GOALFLASH West Ham 3-0 Burnley (Cole)
1543: PENALTY to West Ham
1542: Stoke miss their second golden opportunity to break the deadlock at Ewood Park, this time Paul Robinson making a stunning save from Liam Lawrence after the ball had rebounded into the striker's path from Mamady Sidibe.
1540: Plenty of goals in the top flight then. What's going on in the Championship? Here's FA Cup and Championship Danny to fill us in: "Superb start for Newcastle at St James' Park - they're 3-0 up against fourth-placed Swansea. Meanwhile, goalfest fans will notice that Barnsley are already 4-1 up at Home Park against Plymouth - just 31 minutes gone. In the Cup, Staines have their name in the hat for the third round - they've held Millwall to a 1-1 draw."
Bolton goal: Bolton take the lead against the run of play thanks to Ivan Klasnic. Gary Cahill heads the ball down towards the Croatian inside the box and Klasnic controls the balls and turns to shoot low beyond Mark Schwarzer. That was an impressive finish.
1538: A bit of explanation about that Portsmouth penalty... the linesman gave it, apparently for Manchester united centre-back Nemanja Vidic holding Frederic Piquionne's shirt as the pair challenged for a Jamie O'Hara free-kick. Not one Pompey player appealed for a spot-kick though.
West Ham goal: Junior Stanislas breaks the offside trap and latches onto Guillermo Franco's intelligent pass. His first shot is saved by Brian Jensen but from a tight angle he finds the net via the far post. The Hammers have breathing space.
1536: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-1 Bolton (Klasnic)
1535: GOALFLASH West Ham 2-0 Burnley (Stanislas)
Portsmouth goal: A free-kick is played into the Portsmouth area and it appears United have cleared their lines. Not so. Mike Dean points to the spot, leaving the visiting players incredulous. Kevin Prince Boateng, who missed a penalty against Stoke last week, makes no mistake this time.
1534: GOALFLASH Portsmouth 1-1 Man Utd (Kevin Prince Boateng)
1534: PENALTY to Portsmouth
1533: Not that Begovic is having much to do... Pompey are still pouring forward, and they're creating more chances. A Hasan Yebda free-kick is nodded down by Younes Kaboul and Herman Hreidarsson scuffs a shot which is going wide. The lurking Frederic Piquionne tries to turn the ball in but is defeated by the angle as he finds the side-netting.
1531: Ah, it is Asmir Begovic between the sticks for Portsmouth - not David James. I should really have noticed that!
1529: Wigan come within inches of taking the lead when Charles N'Zogbia gets the better of Paulo da Silva and pokes the ball square to Jason Scotland, who sees his low curling effort rebound off the foot of Marten Fulop's left-hand post. Wonder what the Sunderland fans would have sung if it had gone in? I suppose their original chant would still stand.
1527: It's been a bit quiet at Eastlands, but Manchester City should really be ahead. Emmanuel Adebayor plays in Carlos Tevez but the Argentine shoots straight at Matt Duke. Maybe Tevez should stick to tennis?
Man Utd goal: Michael Brown hauls down Wayne Rooney in the box and referee Mike Dean does not hesitate before pointing to the spot. Rooney steps up to take it himself, and slots it past Asmir Begovic's despairing dive and into the left-hand corner of the net.
1525: GOALFLASH Portsmouth 0-1 Man Utd (Rooney)
1524: PENALTY to Man Utd
1523: You cannot keep FA Cup and Championship Danny quiet today - although, believe me, I've tried: "Great start for Crystal Palace in the Championship. Six minutes gone and they're 2-0 up over Watford. The Hornets were beaten 5-0 on their last trip - to West Brom - so an ominous start for them. Meanwhile, leaders Newcastle lead high-flying Swansea 1-0 thanks to Marlon Harewood's header."
1522: Back to Fratton Park, where Pompey are still pressing and Manchester United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak does brilliantly to tip over a well-struck Jamie O'Hara shot from just outside the area. Yet another chance follows for the home side, as Aruna Dindane heads a Jamie O'Hara cross wide from 10 yards. I fear they might rue these missed opportunities later.
West Ham goal: Jack Collison beats the offside trap and latches on to a quickly-taken free-kick by Scott Parker and has all the time in the world to coolly slot home. Where was the Burnley defence? Asleep, I think.
1518: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-0 Burnley (Collison)
1517: Pompey are having chances too, mind. Striker Aruna Dindane is played in behind the Manchester United defence - he's clean through and must score.... but no. He takes too long to get his shot off and keeper Tomasz Kuszczak comes out to block at his feet. Seconds later, Dindane has another pop on goal and puts a 22-yard shot just wide. Good stuff from the home side.
1516: Ooooh. Here's FA Cup and Championship Danny with some massive news from Staines: "Hold your fire Cupset fans. Eyes on Wheatsheaf Park where Ali Chabaan has scored a massive penalty for the home side. It's Blue Square South Staines 1, League One Millwall 1."
1515: Both sides go close to a goal at Upton Park. First Clarke Carlisle's header from Chris Eagles's corner is headed off the line from Scott Parker. Then, for West Ham, Jack Collinson's cross is headed against the bar from Guillermo Franco from 12-yards out. That's our first piece of woodwork hit this afternoon...
1514: We've seen this Man Utd corner routine a few times before.... over the past 15 years or so. Ryan Giggs plays the ball to an unmarked Paul Scholes on the edge of the box, but he drives his first-time shot inches over the bar. Not sure why Pompey decided not to mark him - they probably should next time.
1512: Wigan have made a bright start against Sunderland too - Hugo Rodallega fired into the side-netting from Charles N'Zogbia's cross, just before Paul Scharner fizzed a shot straight at visiting goalkeeper Marton Fulop.
1510: Um, it's not as if the floodgates have suddenly opened but Blackburn have just had an opening too - Franco di Santo, played in by Keith Andrews, has only Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen to beat but the Dane makes a fine save with his left arm.
1509: Not much in the way of chances yet, let alone goals, but here's one at Upton Park - for Burnley. Andre Bikey jinxes his way into the box and forces a smart save from Robert Green.
1507: Wigan fans hoping to forget last week's tonking won't find it easy today. The Sunderland fans are singing 'we're going to win 9-1'. It's still 0-0 though, so maybe that's a tad premature?
1506: Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is injured, according to John Motson - who is commentating at Fratton Park today. That would explain his absence, I suppose.
1504: No (Premier League) goals anywhere yet but Wayne Rooney has just threatened for Man Utd, driving into the Pompey penalty area before being denied, just, by a desperate sliding tackle by Younes Kaboul.
1503: Here's FA Cup and Championship Danny. I told you he'd be busy... but this is bad news if you like upsets: "Heartbreak for Blue Square South outfit Staines Town. Paul Robinson's 69th-minute goal has put League One Millwall 1-0 at Wheatsheaf Park and as it stands, it's the Lions who'll be joining Manchester United, Chelsea et al in the third round draw."
1502: Pompey have started too... and so have West Ham. That's all six of our 1500 GMT top-flight games started then.
1500: We are under way at Eastlands, Craven Cottage, Ewood Park and the DW Stadium.
1459: Here comes Sir Alex now, sat next to David Gill - United's chief executive - in the top tier of the main stand. At least he will have a good view of what is going on. He's still chewing his gum by the way... no sign of a walkie-talkie/bluetooth headset/megaphone yet.
1457: There's a scrum of photographers gathering on the pitch at Fratton Park... looking for a first glimpse of Avram Grant in the home dug-out perhaps? No chance. They're waiting to see Sir Alex Ferguson take his seat in the stands.
dannyboy456 on Twitter:
"Would love to see the Hull players in one penalty area and Phil Brown in the other and Brown using a megaphone for the team talk."
1453: As you can probably guess, it's going to be a busy afternoon for FA Cup and Championship Danny today, and here's a quick taster of what is to come: "Plenty going on outside the Premier League you know. Big, big day in the Championship, where leaders Newcastle host fourth-placed Swansea. West Brom are at Sheffield Wednesday, while high-flying Leicester travel to struggling Scunthorpe. There are 15 FA Cup second round ties kicking off at 1500 GMT as well, with minnows Bath City among the teams hoping to reach the lucrative third round..."
1450: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez on how his side will respond to their 9-1 defeat by Tottenham last weekend: "The scoreline highlighted the problems and weaknesses we have had this season. We need to make sure that it never happens again and that we improve those areas. It has been very good in training, it has been the right reaction, but you can only judge that on Saturday."
1448: If you're in the UK, give this page a manual refresh and you will be able to watch Final Score - just above where you are reading this. Wait, there's more. You can also listen to BBC Radio 5 live coverage of Portsmouth v Man Utd... we spoil you, we really do.
1446: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Bolton Fulham manager Roy Hodgson makes one change to the team which beat Blackburn 3-0 in midweek with Zoltan Gera replacing the injured Bobby Zamora. Bolton opt to make three changes after their 2-0 defeat by Rovers last weekend. Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Tamir Cohen and Ivan Klasnic all start as Wanderers go in search of their first Premier League win at Craven Cottage.
1443: TEAM NEWS Wigan v Sunderland Wigan make just one change from the side thrashed 9-1 at Tottenham last week as Maynor Figueroa comes in for Erik Edman at left back. Sunderland centre-back Michael Turner returns from suspension to replace John Mensah, while Darren Bent has recovered from a hamstring problem so keeps his place in the side.
1440: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Man Utd Portsmouth keeper David James is out with a calf injury so new boss Avram Grant brings in Asmir Begovic to start in goal ahead of Jamie Ashdown. Hassan Yebda comes in for midfielder Hayden Mullins, while striker Frederic Piquionne replaces Kanu in the three changes from the defeat by Stoke. Manchester United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak gets the nod ahead of Ben Foster with Edwin van der Sar absent. Striker Dimitar Berbatov is only fit enough for a place on the bench along with fellow forward Michael Owen. Wayne Rooney is set to play up front on his own as Paul Scholes comes in to reinforce the midfield.
1438: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Stoke Gael Givet and Brett Emerton have recovered from their injuries to feature for Blackburn, while Steve Nzonzi also comes into the side with Jason Roberts, Vincenzo Grella and Lars Jacobsen missing out. For Stoke, there is no place for James Beattie and Rory Delap in the starting line-up, with Liam Lawrence and Manady Sidibe preferred. Abdoulaye Faye is back from suspension but only makes the bench, along with Glenn Whelan.
acmilandrew on Twitter:
"Hopefully we'll see a lot of goals today even though most of the games have bore draw written all over them."
From Mike in Bristol, via text on 81111: "To top last years team talk I think Hull boss Phil Brown should group all his players in a goal at half-time and shout at them from the penalty spot. That I would pay to see."
1429: TEAM NEWS Man City v Hull Robinho makes his first start for Manchester City in three months following his recovery from an ankle injury as one of three changes to the side that drew with Liverpool last time out. Gareth Barry misses out entirely, while Craig Bellamy drops to the bench, with Carlos Tevez and Micah Richards recalled to the starting XI. Hull City make just the one change to the side that beat Everton in midweek, the rested Jimmy Bullard starting in place of George Boateng.
1426: TEAMS Portsmouth v Man Utd Portsmouth: Begovic, Ben-Haim, Kaboul, Wilson, Hreidarsson, Piquionne, Yebda, Boateng, Brown, O'Hara, Dindane. Subs: Ashdown, Utaka, Vanden Borre, Smith, Hughes, Kanu, Belhadj. Man Utd: Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Valencia, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Owen, Anderson, Berbatov, Park, Nani, De Laet. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
1425: Manchester City manager Mark Hughes on the return of Robinho against Hull after three months out with an ankle injury: "Robinho is an outstanding player. If anyone is out for a long period sometimes you can forget how accomplished they are. Having worked with him this week and seen him back in the group, we can see the qualities that he can bring to the side. We are delighted that he is back and fit and well because he will have a real influence for us this year I am sure."
1424: TEAM NEWS: West Ham v Burnley West Ham make three changes with Jonathan Spector, Herita Ilunga and Radoslav Kovac coming in for Matthew Upson, Julien Faubert and Valon Behrami. Burnley are unchanged for a fifth-successive week.
1423: TEAMS Man City v Hull Man City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, De Jong, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Robinho, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Johnson, Santa Cruz, Kompany, Bellamy, Weiss. Hull: Duke, McShane, Gardner, Zayatte, Dawson, Bullard, Marney, Garcia, Geovanni, Hunt, Altidore. Subs: Myhill, Barmby, Kilbane, Mouyokolo, Boateng, Ghilas, Vennegoor of Hesselink. Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Public team talk will not be repeated - Horton
1421: Hull's assistant manager Brian Horton on Phil Brown's infamous half-time team-talk at Eastlands last season, after the Tigers had conceded four first-half goals: "It will probably stay in the history of football what he did. But is that a bad thing? It's a good thing. We just felt they (the players) had let us down."
1420: TEAMS West Ham v Burnley West Ham: Green, Spector, Da Costa, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Collison, Kovac, Parker, Stanislas, Cole, Franco. Subs: Kurucz, Noble, Jimenez, Faubert, Nouble, Tomkins, Hines. Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Eagles, Alexander, Bikey, Blake, Elliott, Steven Fletcher. Subs: Penny, Kalvenes, Duff, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Nugent, Thompson. Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
From Daz 'I'm very cold indeed', in Gloucester, via text on 81111: "Maybe Fergie will resort to the lastest technology to keep in touch with his right-hand man... Twitter."
1416: Thanks to everyone who has pointed out that Tottenham are fourth and Aston Villa are fifth. Not the other way round, which I wrote earlier (now changed). Apologies for that - but, in my defence, I might be right later... if Villa win 4-0.
From Lads_FC on 606:
"Pompey will surprise everyone if they manage to simply limit the scoring to two or three nil I'm afraid."
1412: Sir Alex Ferguson on the problems he will face trying to stay in touch with coaches Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen from the stands at Fratton Park: "All the lines of communication are in place but the problem you have got is that Fratton Park is such a noisy place. The directors' box is towards the home end where all the noise comes from. It is a good racket for sure. It is a terrific football stadium."
From Pete the peeved Blackburn Rovers fan, via text on 81111: "Please please please if Neil McDonald reads this change the team from the Fulham match... We were dire, Fulham were rubbish and still hammered us. Time to change."
1410: I'm going to need you lot to get involved too, obviously. So, whether you are up for the Cup or down with the kids,
drop me a Tweet on Twitter,
text me via 81111, or join the chat on
Go on, I know you want to.
From tomgriff22 on 606:
"Is this the biggest weekend of football this season? So many cracking games and two of the best derby games in the world. I reckon that two or three managers could be in the job office by Monday morning..."
1405: Then there is the FA Cup, with today's winners (and, er, drawers) going in the hat with the big-boys in Sunday's third-round draw. Two ties are already under way, with Northwich - who beat Charlton last time out - trailing 3-1 at home to Lincoln and Staines drawing 0-0 with Millwall. Still a chance of a massive shock there then... By the way, we've got a job lot of commentaries on today's Cup games
to choose from right here.
1402: But before that, we've got the return of Phil Brown to Eastlands - I'm pretty sure he won't give his half-time team-talk on the pitch this time, after what happened to Hull last season - while Blackburn face Stoke, Fulham host struggling Bolton, West Ham play Burnley and Wigan play Sunderland.
1400: Elsewhere in the top flight, fifth-placed Aston Villa host fourth-placed Tottenham in today's late game (1730 GMT) - I don't think we can expect an eight-goal winning margin from Tottenham in that one, although I could be wrong.
1351: Oh, and don't go re-arranging anything for tomorrow either. Sunday is arguably bigger and better but definitely just as busy. Don't believe me? How does three Premier League derbies sound (Wolves v Birmingham, Everton v Liverpool, Arsenal v Chelsea)... topped off by El Clasico (Barcelona v Real Madrid)? If I were you, I wouldn't leave the house.
1348: There's plenty else going on today though of course. Try six other top-flight games and the second round of the FA Cup for starters, as well as a full programme in the Championship. That little lot should keep us busy for the next six hours or so, so if you were silly enough to make alternative plans for this afternoon, now is a good time to cancel them.
Hopefully you don't need me to remind you what happened (Chelsea lost on penalties and Grant was sacked) but guess what? Grant's back. The Israeli is still officially Portsmouth's director of football but has taken the reins of Pompey's first team after the
departure of Paul Hart on Tuesday.
and is set to be
appointed the club's next manager.
Today's opponents? Yep, it's United. Should be tasty, that one.
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