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Saturday football as it happened



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By Jonathan Stevenson

1940: Now then - time to call it a day. Don't forget to watch Match of the Day at 2230 GMT on BBC One and online and then there's The Football League Show which gets under way at 2350 GMT. I'll see you tomorrow; I'm sure there's something half-decent going on. Have a good night (and don't forget to wake up early for Murray v Federer.

1934: By the way, people who get bored at work, we've got a transfer deadline live text running from about 0700 GMT to 1900 GMT on Monday, so don't forget to get involved in that, yeah? Spread the word.

From The kid from Fuenlabrada on 606: "Good win by Chelsea in a difficult environment with the stupid JT attention. Can't see anyone catching them, too many weapons."

From Alex in Devon, via text to 81111: "John Terry has scored arguably our two most important goals of the season."

1926: By the way, on BBC Radio 5 live right now they're about to start 606. Derby captain Robbie Savage is in the studio, you'll be delighted to hear. I know I was :)

Full time
1924: Full-time Burnley 1-2 Chelsea
Well, that was horrifically predictable, wasn't it? John Terry, in the spotlight perhaps as never before, pops up to score the winner and send Chelsea four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

1923: Chelsea break and Frank Lampard slashes a right-foot shot a couple of yards over from the edge of the Burnley box.

1921: We are into injury time at Turf Moor and we'll have three minutes of the stuff. Burnley 1-2 Chelsea.

1918: Poor clearance from Michael Ballack and Chris Eagles lashes in a skimming right-footer from 30 yards that arrows a couple of yards wide of Petr Cech's right-hand post.

1917: Cross from the Burnley left and Martin Paterson and Steven Fletcher both leave it to each other, neither getting a shot in in the end. Three minutes left of normal time - they might not get too many more presentable opportunities.

1915: You just couldn't write football's scripts, could you? Expect to see John Terry on the front and back pages of pretty much every single newspaper in Britain tomorrow.

1914: Football League Danny: "Full-time - Leicester 0-0 Newcastle. Leicester probably the happier team, having played for an hour with 10 men against the leaders. But Newcastle are four points clear at the top with a game in hand on Nottingham Forest, so they're unlikely to be too distraught."

Chelsea goal: That's how to answer your critics. Frank Lampard swings over a right-footed corner from the Chelsea right and that man John Terry rises high to thump a header downwards and past Brian Jensen into the net.

1913: GOAL Burnley 1-2 Chelsea

1912: Lovely ball from Frank Lampard to the right of the Burnley 18-yard box where Daniel Sturridge does well to turn his man and hammer in a shot that Brian Jensen turns behind.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live legend Jimmy Armfield: "Since the goal, Burnley have been a match for Chelsea. You can hear the crowd urging them on - they think Burnley have got a chance to win this one. What a scalp this would be."

1907: Ashley Cole's evening is over as he limps off - Deco comes on for him, so Yuri Zhirkov will presumably go to left-back.

From Mr_Vidic on 606: "Really poor prediction by Stevo today. 5-1 away to Burnley?? Was he really being serious"
I don't joke about predos. Ever.

1903: Ashley Cole rampages forward from left-back and just as he is about to shoot from 12 yards Clarke Carlisle gets in a brilliant tackle to deny the England defender. Cole is hobbling and might need some treatment.

1902: Under 20 minutes left at Turf Moor and it's Burnley 1-1 Chelsea still. Steven Thompson comes on for Robbie Blake for the home side, while Daniel Sturridge replaces Joe Cole for the Blues.

From JozyAltidore17 on Twitter: "Frustrating result but thanks for all the support today. Have a great weekend and God bless."

1857: Chelsea are slowly increasing the pressure at Turf Moor and a corner is headed goalwards by Alex, only for Brian Jensen to make a comfortable catch. About halfway through the second half.

From Simon, Newcastle, via text to 81111: "If Newcastle do go on to win the Championship this season we may be the first team to do so without ever putting in a good performance. We have been effective, but no class at all."

1854: Frank Lampard fires a free-kick from 25 yards under the Burnley wall and Brian Jensen has to be alert to make the save, with Michael Ballack slicing the follow-up and the Clarets averting the danger.

1851: Football League Danny: "About 20 minutes left at the Walkers Stadium and it's still Leicester 0-0 Newcastle. Great battling from Leicester, who have had 10 men since the 30th minute. But leaders Newcastle will probably be quite happy with a point."

1850: Martin Paterson comes on for Kevin McDonald for Burnley as Brian Laws makes the first change of the game.

From el chelsea fuerte on 606: "Knew we should have had Drogba for this match..."

1846: Joe Cole glances a header into the Burnley net but he's adjudged offside from Florent Malouda's initial header from a Nicolas Anelka cross.

1843: There was a hint of handball against Steven Fletcher when Alex tried to clear then, but for me that's good officiating because his arm wasn't raised and he couldn't get it out of the way. Super finish.

Burnley goal: It looks a fabulous goal and Burnley have got the inspiration Jimmy Armfield was asking for. A ball over the top of Alex is brilliantly taken down by Steven Fletcher and as Alex tries to clear, he kicks the ball against the striker. Fletcher takes advantage with another stunning touch to set up a shooting chance and then clinically drills left-footed past Petr Cech.

1841: GOAL Burnley 1-1 Chelsea

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live legend Jimmy Armfield: "I don't think Brian Laws can really change the formation for Burnley - they did well in the first half, they just need to find a bit of inspiration in the final third if anything."

1836: Florent Malouda wastes no time in drifting in from the left flank and lashing in a right-foot shot that flies a few yards past the angle of post and crossbar.

1835: Back under way at Turf Moor where it's Burnley 0-1 Chelsea. The Blues were out early for the second half; perhaps they mean business. Uh-oh...

From aurichie on Twitter: "I thought Brian Jensen looked world-class in goal for the Clarets. Chelsea will be relieved to have scored against the Dane."

1828: Burnley need to find some inspiration from somewhere. They haven't won a point or even scored a goal in 2010 so far and this could be their 12th game without a Premier League win.

From David, Basingstoke, via text to 81111: "Chelsea fan here. Do not condone JT's actions but he is still the best man for the captain's job. Would cause more disruption that is not needed? After all, the other captain candidates are hardly squeaky clean."

From LarrySanders on 606: "Can we all just give the term 'world-class' a break? Honestly, you'd think every other player was Lionel Messi."

Half time
1818: Half-time Burnley 0-1 Chelsea
The hosts are by no means out of this one, but you do feel Chelsea could just step it up at any given moment if they needed to. Another goal for the Blues and it's game over.

1816: Burnley have a free-kick 40 yards out but twice they pump it into the box and twice Chelsea immaculately clear their lines. The Blues have been imperious at the back so far - who says they can't defend set-pieces?

1813: Looks like Nicolas Anelka might have a chance to latch on to a through ball but on the edge of the Burnley penalty area big Brian Jensen comes hurtling out of his goal and performs the best diving header since Yordan Letchkov in the 1994 World Cup quarter-finals.

1812: Five minutes left in the first half and it remains Burnley 0-1 Chelsea.

Yellow card
1810: Burnley's Andre Bikey is cautioned for falling over and bringing down Nicolas Anelka while he was on the floor. Can't really argue with that, the Cameroonian.

1809: Get the oranges in, Football League Danny: "Half-time and it's Leicester 0-0 Newcastle. Good battling from the Foxes, who played the last 15 minutes of the half with 10 men after Richie Wellens' sending-off."

Yellow card
1806: Guess who for? Right first time! John Terry is the first man in the book today for a clumsy foul on Robbie Blake as Burnley tried to break on halfway. The Clarets meanwhile are forced into a change, David Edgar coming on for the injured Christian Kalvenes.

From Paul, London, via text on 81111: "I'm a City fan but I agree with Dan W. I'm staggered that nobody is talking about Leighton Baines. Every time I've seen him he has been world-class."

1802: Burnley attack and it falls for Andre Bikey 22 yards out after a poor clearance from Ashley Cole, but the big man balloons miles over.

Chelsea goal: That's how to counter - absolutely devastating. Petr Cech rolls it out to Joe Cole and he marauds down the right before swinging a ball to the back post, where Florent Malouda hits it back across goal first-time for Nicolas Anelka to divert past Brian Jensen from close range. Poor Tyrone Mears was left two-on-one there - not great defending.

1759: GOAL Burnley 0-1 Chelsea

1758: More lively moments from Burnley, but a couple of decent crosses into the Chelsea box cause no real alarm for the visitors and they soak up the pressure.

1757: News just in: Togo, banned from competing in the next two African Nations Cups after pulling out of this year's competition over security concerns, will appeal against the suspension, the country's sports minister told Reuters on Saturday.

1755: Thanks for not rubbing it in, anyway, Football League Danny: "Championship leaders Newcastle are hoping to capitalise on Nottingham Forest's earlier 1-0 loss to Derby - they go six points clear if they beat Leicester at the Walker's Stadium tonight. Leicester aren't helping themselves. Richie Wellens has been sent off for a second booking - there's still an hour to go."

Everton manager David Moyes: "Wigan made it hard, but I thought we did enough to win the game - it was just about deserved. It could've gone either way, but I think a bit of resilience kicked in. We had a lot to contend with, but it says a lot that we stuck at it. Tim Cahill has always come up with important goals for us and he's done it again today."

1752: Burnley possibly doing more of the pressing right now, but there hasn't been a clear-cut chance yet for anyone. Chelsea have hardly broken sweat so far.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "It's disappointing - the players don't deserve it, they're really down and you can understand why. The performance was very good and the only thing missing was the goal. But we need to show the right reaction and the right character and go into the next game with belief."

1747: About 15 minutes gone at Turf Moor and it's still 0-0 between Burnley and Chelsea. Remarkably little has happened so far.

From The Amazing Jumping Drury on 606: "That is surely the best summary of a game ever from Mr Zola - 'It wasn't a nice game.' In the modern day, it's nice to hear a manger getting straight to the point."

1742: The Stephen Hunt issue won't go away. Here's Wolves manager Mick McCarthy on whether he wants to sign the Hull winger: "You and me can dance around our handbags all evening and you'll still be asking me that question."

1740: Burnley fail to clear and it falls straight to Frank Lampard, who plays a little one-two with Nicolas Anelka before ballooning over from 14 yards.

1739: Not a bad start from the hosts so far, they're certainly pressing forward when they can. An early goal for Burnley might shake things up a little.

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola: "It wasn't a nice game."

From Dan W, via text to 81111: "Simple way to sort Terry issue out: leave Bridge at home cos he's rubbish, take Baines instead."

1734: John Terry gets his first touch and there are a smattering of boos around Turf Moor. Predictable, but pretty harmless.

1732: Under way at Turf Moor in the last Premier League game of the day between Burnley and Chelsea.

1731: Burnley boss Brian Laws gets a good ovation from the home fans as he is introduced to them after three away defeats so far.

Hull boss Phil Brown on Stephen Hunt: "He did show for me that he wanted to be a Hull City player and I think he showed that to the fans as well. I'm very confident [he will stay] and the chairman is working very hard to sort out the finances. If I sold Stephen Hunt these fans would go crazy."

1727: Burnley and Chelsea, led by their captains Clarke Carlisle and John Terry, emerge from the tunnel at Turf Moor. I reckon it might be a lively old atmosphere in the north west.

From henrywinter on Twitter: "Chelsea rallying round Terry. This is an England issue, more than a Chelsea one, because he shares a dressing-room with Bridge with England."

Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins: "John Terry has got his football head on. There's no need to have a siege mentality, we're a very together squad anyway."

1723: Have you noticed how some footballers seem to raise their game when they are embroiled in controversy away from the pitch? Lee Bowyer, Steven Gerrard... John Terry? I wonder if the England captain will produce a typically solid display at Turf Moor this evening.

From plasticoutcome on 606: "It amuses me that the Premier League is still so predictable. Liverpool will finish in fourth and it'll be between Chelsea and United for the title."

1718: Burnley v Chelsea: For those of you who aren't students of the game of football, this stat might surprise you: Chelsea and Burnley have met 89 times before in all competitions and the Clarets have won 36 to the Blues' 31. Burnley are, however, on an 11-match winless run in the league, though surprisingly, Chelsea haven't won away since a 3-0 drubbing of title rivals Arsenal in November.

1714: This just in from Selhurst Park: Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock led all his players to the centre circle at the final whistle of their 2-0 win over Peterborough to lap up the applause and, with any one of them up for sale, possibly to say goodbye to the home fans.

From Zapsta on Twitter: "Considering the ignominy of Kaboul's last spell at the club, I think I'm happier with the dropped points."

From James in Sussex, via text on 81111: "See 1638 - Butch from Didcot, I'm on my way to give you a slap for speaking too soon."

1705: Burnley give a debut to Leon Cort after his £1.5m arrival from Stoke in midweek. Chelsea captain John Terry retains his place in the visitors' side despite allegations about his private life, while coach Carlo Ancelotti makes two changes by bringing in Alex and Yuri Zhirkov for Deco and Ricardo.

1702: Burnley v Chelsea line-ups:
Jensen, Mears, Cort, Carlisle, Kalvenes, Elliott, Bikey, McDonald, Eagles, Blake, Fletcher.
Subs: Weaver, Edgar, Duff, Gudjonsson, Paterson, Nimani N'galou, Thompson.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Zhirkov, Lampard, Joe Cole, Malouda, Anelka.
Subs: Turnbull, Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Deco, Sturridge, Matic, Borini.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1700: Stevo's Predo:
Burnley 1-5 Chelsea
Lawro's Premier League predictions

1659: After that sickening late blow at Birmingham, some better news for Tottenham fans: They have officially re-signed defender Younes Kaboul from Portsmouth. Can clubs leave some deals for Monday, please? Yep, 12-hour live text coming up...

1655: Full-time Birmingham 1-1 Tottenham

1654: Full-time Wigan 0-1 Everton

1653: Full-time Hull 2-2 Wolves

1653: Full-time Liverpool 2-0 Bolton

Someone has struck the woodwork
1653: Oooooh. So close to an equaliser for Wigan, but Charles N'Zogbia's stunning left-foot piledriver from 25 yards clatters against Tim Howard's crossbar.

1653: Football League Danny: "Drama for promotion-hunting Cardiff. Jay Bothroyd has notched a 90th-minute goal to put them 2-1 ahead against Doncaster. Surely a winner?"

1652: Magnificent cross from Cameron Jerome at Birmingham and Michael Dawson's clearing header might just be worth a point to the visitors.

1651: Full-time West Ham 0-0 Blackburn

1651: Full-time Fulham 0-2 Aston Villa

Blues goal: Heartbreak for the visitors. Birmingham pile on some late pressure and it pays off as James McFadden crosses from the left, Cameron Jerome sensibly heads it back across goal and Liam Ridgewell is there at the back stick to casually slot home. Don't know what Vedran Corluka was doing though - he left Ridgewell all alone.

1650: GOAL Birmingham 1-1 Tottenham

1649: All Liverpool at Anfield and Maxi just fails to convert Emiliano Insua's left-wing cross.

1647: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard swings over a free-kick and Lucas heads over at the far post from about two yards out.

1646: Football League Danny: "Fergie Fergie sign him up. Man Utd loanee Danny Welbeck has scored for Darren Ferguson's Preston, and they lead Roy Keane's Ipswich 2-0."

1645: Very much in the closing stages of this afternoon's Premier League games now. Full-times on the way, as well as line-ups from Turf Moor as Burnley prepare to host Chelsea.

Everton goal: Bit harsh on the hosts, but if you're gonna give Tim Cahill a free header eight yards out, you're going to lose. Leighton Baines swings over a corner against his old club and Cahill, unmarked, thumps it into the net with Emmerson Boyce hovering around the post but in no-man's land. One second; that's all it takes.

1643: GOAL Wigan 0-1 Everton

1642: Maybe not then. Nine goals in six games, not the best, eh?

From Farslayer on 606: "Re: 1627 - This scoreline is conclusive proof that Jonathan Stevenson is a witch!"

1638: I love late drama. Bring it on.

From Butch, Didcot, via text to 81111: "Gareth Bale must be over the moon. You wait three years to win a Premier League game and then win two in a week."

1636: Football League Danny: "Are QPR a crisis club yet? They're 1-0 behind at home to Scunthorpe thanks to Garry Thompson's goal. They haven't won since a 2-1 success over Bristol City on Boxing Day."

1635: Blackburn sub Jason Roberts evades Matthew Upson and is clean through inside the area, but his shot is straight at West Ham keeper Robert Green.

1634: England captain John Terry plays for Chelsea in their game at Burnley later on this afternoon. Full team news in a bit.

1634: Marouane Fellaini sticks the ball in the Wigan net at the DW Stadium, but Tim Cahill, who teed him up, is adjudged to have been in an offside position.

1633: Blackburn's Gael Givet turn a shot goalwards following a scramble but West Ham's Carlton Cole hooks the ball off the line.

1632: Birmingham's Chucho Benitez times his run perfectly to beat the Spurs offside trap, but having cut back inside on to his left foot, his goalbound shot is blocked by a lunging Michael Dawson.

Liverpool goal: That should seal the points for Rafa Benitez's boys. Emiliano Insua lets fly from just outside the Bolton box and it takes a cruel deflection off Kevin Davies before settling in Jussi Jaaskelainen's bottom right-hand corner.

Spurs goal: Advantage Spurs. A left-wing cross by Gareth Bale is flicked on by a crouching Peter Crouch outside the six-yard box into the path of Jermain Defoe, who hammers the ball past the outstretched right hand of Joe Hart from eight yards.

1629: GOAL Liverpool 2-0 Bolton

1629: GOAL Birmingham 0-1 Tottenham

Wolves goal: That's a second leveller for the visitors as a cross comes in from the right and bobbles to the back post where it falls for Matt Jarvis to hit past Boaz Myhill in the Hull goal. Jarvis didn't catch it cleanly, but he got enough of it.

1627: GOAL Hull 2-2 Wolves

1626: Football League Danny: "News from near the top of Leagues One and Two. Charlton are back on level terms with Tranmere thanks to Nicky Bailey - but with Norwich and Leeds both winning, the Addicks will be desperate to pick up three points there. Meanwhile, Bournemouth are 2-0 up at Crewe - they're second and looking to close on Rochdale who don't play until Monday."

1624: Fulham's Zoltan Gera fires wide from the edge of the box as they still trail 2-0 to Aston Villa, while Wolves' David Jones has a shot saved by Boaz Myhill at Hull. Bolton bring Vladimir Weiss on at Liverpool, while the hosts send on Lucas for Alberto Aquilani.

1622: Steven Gerrard hammers in a right-foot shot from 25 yards at Anfield that Jussi Jaaskelainen gets down well to save.

1621: Three goalless draws? Let's hope this means transfer deadline day on Monday will be striker-signing crazy, then. It's the least the managers can do after this.

From The kid from Fuenlabrada on 606: "Ngog - what a miss. This has 1-1 or 1-2 written all over it..."

1616: Jan Venegoor of Hesselink heads a very presentable chance wide for Hull from Andy Dawson's left-wing cross. Oh how you mocked that predo (which will probably still be wrong).

1615: Football League Danny: "Sheffield United pulled one back at the Hawthorns thanks to a Darius Henderson penalty, but Jerome Thomas restored the Baggies' two-goal lead just 53 seconds later. WBA 3-1 Sheffield United. Meanwhile in League One, Charlton have slipped 1-0 down at home to Tranmere after Sam Sodje's own goal. The third-placed Addicks are wobbling, no doubt."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1613: Liverpool break and Albert Riera crosses for Steven Gerrard to get in a shot which keeper Jussi Jaskelainen fends away. The ball falls to David Ngog and, with a gaping goal in front of him, he can only manage to strike his shot into the ground and high off the top of the crossbar. It's a real life howler.

Hull goal: Calamitous defending from Wolves. Ronald Zubar, moments after helping them get level, bundles into Jozy Altidore needlessly and concedes a penalty. Stephen Hunt, who has been heavily linked with Wolves this week, slams a left-footed penalty into the top corner to put the Tigers ahead once more.

1611: GOAL Hull 2-1 Wolves


Wolves goal: Now that is an own goal. An absolutely horrific one. Ronald Zubar crosses tamely from the Wolves right and Hull skipper Anthony Gardner swings his left foot at it, slicing it loopily up in the air and over a furiously back-peddling Boaz Myhill.

1608: GOAL Hull 1-1 Wolves

1607: Uninspiring fare, isn't it? This afternoon needs a little livener from somewhere. Remember at 1730 GMT, Burnley play Chelsea.

From proxi_ on Twitter: "I really hope Pav is "injured" and not in talks with Brum as this game is played. If fit he should have started this."

1605: Liverpool 1-0 Bolton kicks off and last but not least, so does Hull 1-0 Wolves.

1604: In the mixer in the Birmingham 0-0 Tottenham and Wigan 0-0 Everton games as well.

1603: They've kicked off at Fulham 0-2 Aston Villa.

1602: Back under way at West Ham 0-0 Blackburn.

1601: So who still reckons I'm the Goal Repeller? Probably our friends at Infostrada Sports, who point out that there have been only four first-half goals scored in the six Premier League matches so far today. This is the fewest in the opening 45 minutes on a Saturday this season. I'll get my coat.

From Winnerpool on 606: "Kyrgiakos has been paying very well recently. Except for the shocking mistake for Lyon's goal in the CL he's been very good. However, he gets no praise at all. Solid defender. Good deal for £2m."

From Rich, via text to 81111: "The ref at the DW is useless. Everton should have had a clear-cut penalty when Saha was blatantly pulled down in the box."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby at Anfield: "If Bolton are brave in the second half - and they've got some good attacking options on the bench - they've got a real chance of getting something from this one, because Liverpool aren't playing that well."

1548: Half-time Hull 1-0 Wolves

1548: Half-time Liverpool 1-0 Bolton

1548: Half-time Birmingham 0-0 Tottenham

1547: Half-time Fulham 0-2 Aston Villa

1547: Half-time Wigan 0-0 Everton

1547: Half-time West Ham 0-0 Blackburn

Villa goal: I know Brede Hangeland has been linked with a lot of big clubs in the past, but that's a shocking bit of defending. Carlos Cuellar plays the ball into the Fulham box for Gabby Agbonlahor and he easily gets away from Hangeland before curling past Mark Schwarzer from 15 yards.

1545: GOAL Fulham 0-2 Aston Villa

From elldorado89 on Twitter: "Aquilani supplies Kuyt again? I see a tasty partnership forming... An ugly Gerrard-Torres alternative?"

1544: I sense a theme developing... Football League Danny: "Leeds 1-0 Colchester. Unstoppable goal machine Jermaine Beckford from the penalty spot. Top two in League One are both winning and third-placed Charlton (currently 0-0 with Tranmere) will be worried about falling off the pace."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1543: Morten Gamst Pedersen nearly continues his stunning recent form with a fabulous 25-yard free-kick that slaps against the West Ham crossbar having beaten Robert Green.

Villa goal: It had just started to get lively at the Cottage, and the visitors now lead. Stiliyan Petrov whips over a cross with interested from the right and Gabby Agbonlahor gets ahead of his marker to head home. Keeper Mark Schwarzer will think he possibly should have done better to keep that out.

1541: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Aston Villa

Liverpool goal: Full marks to Alberto Aquilani for that one. The Reds break the deadlock as Emiliano Insua crosses from the left, Aquilani does really well to head it across goal at the back post and Dirk Kuyt gets just enough on it to divert it past Gary Cahill into the net.

1538: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Bolton

1537: Football League Danny: "West Brom are now 2-0 up on Sheffield United, Roman Bednar with the goal. Meanwhile, the lesson for visiting teams from Norwich seems to be - don't you dare take the lead. Michael Rose scores and the Canaries are 2-1 up, five minutes after falling behind."

1537: David Bentley, picked ahead of Niko Kranjcar on the right of midfield for Spurs, thumps a powerful right-footed drive from 16 yards, stinging the palms of Joe Hart, who parries the ball behind for a Spurs corner. Moments later, former Blue Wilson Palacios hits a rasping drive high and wide.

1536: Stiliyan Petrov curls just over from the left-hand corner of the Fulham six-yard box, but it looked like it took a crucial deflection on its way over.

1535: Best chance of the game at Fulham so far as Luke Young's header from an Ashley Young cross is tipped over by Mark Schwarzer. Villa are perhaps edging it - but only just.

Yellow card
1534: What has Bolton's Mark Davies ever done to anyone? Just a couple of weeks after William Gallas's brutal late tackle on the midfielder, Liverpool's Javier Mascherano - the Argentine Paul Scholes - goes straight through him and picks up a silly booking.

1533: Football League Danny: "Oooh, who did I just give that prize for the shortest-lived lead of the day to? Neil Austin gave Hartlepool a shock lead at League One leaders Norwich - only for the Canaries to equalise a mere 63 seconds later. Unlucky Hartlepool, Plymouth retain the prize (see 1529)."

1532: Hull are playing some lovely stuff and one flowing passing move ends with Jozy Altidore slicing a shot wide from a tight angle. They lead Wolves 1-0, remember.

1529: Football League Danny: "Prize for the shortest-lived lead of the day surely goes to Plymouth. Rory Fallon put them 1-0 up at Sheffield Wednesday, only for Luke Varney to equalise for the Owls 41 seconds later. Wowsers."

1528: West Ham are looking far livelier than Blackburn at Upton Park, but it's not the greatest game on earth with the ball up in the air too much.

1527: Wigan have had their first meaningful attack, Hugo Rodallega forcing a fine lunging save from Everton keeper Tim Howard. The Toffees hit back through Louis Saha, whose shot from the edge of the area deflects off Tim Cahill before striking the post. Cahill, however, was offside, so it wouldn't have counted.

BBC Radio 5 live
1525: Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live reckons this run was like Diego Maradona's for Argentina against England in 1986, and he's not far off. Bolton's Chung-Yong Lee goes on a stunning little dribble from halfway and suddenly he's through - but after brilliantly rounding Pepe Reina, his goalbound finish is kicked off the line by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

1524: So close for Liverpool. Emiliano Insua sends over a fabulous cross from the left and Dirk Kuyt has to throw himself at it, but he lamely sticks out his right foot and can't divert it goalwards. Poor effort.

1523: Football League Danny: "West Brom haven't won in three league games. But they're 1-0 up against Sheffield United after Graham Dorrans' penalty. They will close the gap on second-placed Nottingham Forest to two points with victory."

From ronaldoforthewin on 606: "Aquilani looking poor in opening 20 mins, constantly losing the ball."

1518: Birmingham's Chucho Benitez cuts inside Michael Dawson, making a mug of the centre-back, but his shot from the edge of the box is rolled weakly straight at Heurelho Gomes.

1517: Chances few and far between at Anfield, though Liverpool are enjoying more of the ball and look the more threatening of the two teams at home against Bolton.

1515: Everton have started marginally the stronger in an entertaining opening spell at the DW Stadium, with Leon Osman's weak early shot causing Latics keeper Vladimir Stojkovic undue problems and Steven Pienaar blasting over from range.

1515: Football League Danny: "Unstoppable goal machine (sorry Billy - see 1507) Michael Chopra has put Cardiff 1-0 up against Doncaster. The Bluebirds have scored 10 goals in their last two matches. Ominous for Donny."

Hull goal: Hang on, wasn't this supposed to be the shot-shy derby? Jozy Altidore shows fabulous strength to hold off his marker and he cleverly tees up Jan Venegoor of Hesselink to lash in a fine low shot from 20 yards. Cracking goal.

1513: GOAL Hull 1-0 Wolves

From Ally in Edinburgh, via text on 81111: "Re: 1500 My team is Darlington who are propping up the Football League. So no, we can't win em all, but one win (just one!) would be nice."

1509: Got to score. David Bentley runs down the Spurs right at Birmingham and cuts inside, his shot taking a heavy deflection into the path of Luka Modric, 12 yards out. The Croatian drags badly wide when he has to at least hit the target.

From the heartbreakingly efficient optajoe on Twitter: "Nottingham Forest have become the final Football League team to lose a league away game this term; in their 14th trip. Over."

1507: Football League Danny: "Swindon's Billy Paynter is the latest man to earn Football League Danny's coveted 'unstoppable goal machine' tag. It's taken him all of 45 seconds to find the net today, putting the Robins 1-0 up at Southend."

1505: Nice move from the hosts at Birmingham ends with Lee Bowyer's 16-yard shot saved low down by Heurelho Gomes.

1504: Super quick, that's Football League Danny: "In the Championship today, West Brom host Sheffield United in an eye-catching 1500 GMT kick-off. The Baggies will want to close the gap on Forest after their defeat today, while the Blades are firmly in the play-off mixer. Crystal Palace have no end of off-field worries and are fresh from a 10-point administration deduction. They face bottom club Peterborough at Selhurst Park. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, will hope to take advantage of a Bristol City team still reeling from a 6-0 reverse at home to Cardiff in midweek."

1502: A touch late, but we'll forgive them. They've kicked off at the KC Stadium as Hull take on Wolves.

1501: Under way at Liverpool-Bolton, Birmingham-Tottenham and Fulham-Villa.

1500: Under way at Wigan v Everton and West Ham v Blackburn.

1500: Well, you can't win 'em all. Just remember that if your team doesn't emerge victorious today, eh? Onwards and upwards...

1458: Full-time Derby County 1-0 Nottingham Forest

1457: Football League Danny: "If I had a handbags graphic, I'd get it out now. There's an almighty melee down in front of the dugouts at Pride Park. Difficult to work out who started what or who did what to whom there, but the referee calls over Forest's Chris Gunter and Derby's Jay McEveley and books them both. Rob Hulse - booked then substituted - got involved. Maybe fortunate not to receive further punishment."

From James, at St Andrews, via text on 81111: "Is Pavlyuchenko injured or 'injured'? Come on Blues!"

1454: Wigan v Everton: Wigan need to stop conceding goals, and the at times fraught debut of keeper Vladimir Stojkovic in midweek may not have helped the confidence of a defence that has shipped 46 goals in 21 games - one more than in the whole of last season. Everton, meanwhile, are unbeaten in eight in the league, their best run since March 2008.

1452: Football League Danny: "Into four minutes of stoppage time at Pride Park. Still Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest. They'll feel like four hours to the home fans, four seconds to the away fans."

From mymoniker on Twitter: "Now Bale has broken his duck, I expect a 23-game unbeaten run for Spurs. It's the least he can do."

1448: Aston Villa's side is unchanged from the one which held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in midweek. Fulham make three changes with Simon Davies starting his first match since early December following a foot injury. Defender Stephen Kelly and striker Erik Nevland are also in after the 2-0 midweek loss to Tottenham.

From Seare_THFC_4_Life on 606: "Does anybody know if Tottenham have actually signed Gudjohnsen? It's been on the BBC and Sky Sports but I haven't seen it confirmed on the official website..."
Mate, they announced it a few minutes ago. It's officially official

1444: West Ham v Blackburn: Not many good omens for the visitors here. Rovers haven't won at Upton Park since April 1994 and their recent away form is useless, with one win and 13 defeats from their last 16 in the Premier League. Since a 7-1 defeat at Ewood Park in 2001, the Hammers have lost only one of the last 12 meetings between these two. Meanwhile, Seven clubs have asked businessman Tony Fernandes to consider a takeover after he failed to seize control at West Ham.

1441: Football League Danny: "Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest. Kris Commons sends in a free-kick from the right and Rob Hulse rises high to head the Rams in front. Their fans are delirious, just over 10 minutes to go."

1441: New signing Craig Gardner starts on the bench for Birmingham, who name an unchanged line-up for the 11th successive league match. No changes for Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who keeps faith with the same starting XI which beat Fulham 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Tuesday. Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, who has been linked with Birmingham, is ruled out through injury.

1439: Fulham v Aston Villa line-ups:
Schwarzer, Hughes, Smalling, Hangeland, Kelly, Duff, Murphy, Baird, Davies, Zamora, Nevland.
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Gera, Riise, Stoor, Greening, Dikgacoi, Elm.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Luke Young, Downing, Milner, Petrov, Ashley Young, Heskey, Agbonlahor.
Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Davies, Delph, Shorey, Beye.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1438: Emmerson Boyce replaces injured Wigan skipper Mario Melchiot, while Jason Scotland's inclusion sees Paul Scharner relegated to the bench. An injury to Sylvain Distin sees Phillippe Senderos make his first start for Everton since his loan move from Arsenal, with the Toffees otherwise unchanged from the side that beat Sunderland 2-0 in midweek.

From Socks, via text on 81111: "I think Phil Brown's ill... He picked a good team! We could actually win this! About time he gave Cairney a chance, he wants to prove himself so will do well I think."

1432: There's a Premier League debut for midfielder Tom Cairney, 19, in Hull's teamsheet to take on Wolves at the KC Stadium. Geovanni and Nick Barmby are on the bench, with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink starting. For the visitors, there is just one change from the team who drew with Liverpool last time, with David Jones starting ahead of Nenad Milijas.

1431: Football League Danny: "About 25 minutes to go at Pride Park. It remains absolutely in the balance. Derby 0-0 Forest. Tense, tense times."

1430: West Ham are unchanged from the team which drew 1-1 at Portsmouth, as Carlton Cole again starts on the bench. Blackburn welcome back Chris Samba from suspension, but David Dunn is out with a calf problem.

1428: Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani and striker David Ngog start as Lucas and Maxi Rodriguez drop to the bench in two changes from the goalless draw for the Reds. Bolton midfielder Mark Davies replaces striker Ivan Klasnic, while on-loan Arsenal playmaker Jack Wilshere is on the bench for Owen Coyle's side.

1426: West Ham v Blackburn line-ups:
West Ham:
Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Spector, Collison, Noble, Kovac, Behrami, Diamanti, Nouble.
Subs: Stech, Parker, Cole, Sears, Da Costa, Ilunga, Stanislas.
Blackburn: Robinson, Chimbonda, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Diouf, Emerton, Givet, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Kalinic.
Subs: Brown, Roberts, Reid, Andrews, Hoilett, Di Santo, Salgado.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1425: Wigan v Everton line-ups:
Stojkovic, Boyce, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, Diame, Thomas, McCarthy, N'Zogbia, Scotland, Rodallega.
Subs: Pollitt, Amaya, Scharner, Watson, Koumas, Gomez, Sinclair.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Senderos, Baines, Donovan, Fellaini, Osman, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha.
Subs: Nash, Bilyaletdinov, Vaughan, Rodwell, Anichebe, Coleman, Duffy.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1424: Birmingham v Tottenham line-ups:
Hart, Carr, Roger Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, McFadden, Benitez, Jerome.
Subs: Taylor, Marcos Madera, Fahey, Queudrue, Damien Johnson, Vignal, Gardner.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric, Crouch, Defoe.
Subs: Alnwick, Hutton, Jenas, Keane, Bassong, Kranjcar, Rose.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

1423: Hull v Wolves line-ups:
Myhill, McShane, Gardner, Mouyokolo, Dawson, Mendy, Cairney, Boateng, Hunt, Altidore, Vennegoor of Hesselink.
Subs: Duke, Fagan, Barmby, Geovanni, Garcia, Kilbane, Zaki.
Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Foley, Mancienne, David Jones, Henry, Jarvis, Doyle.
Subs: Hennessey, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Vokes, Milijas, Mujangi Bia, Guedioura.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1420: Football League Danny: "Goodness. How are Forest not ahead? Chris Gunter's cross is headed goalwards by Dexter Blackstock. Stephen Bywater parries the header and somehow manages to keep out Paul Anderson's follow-up."

1418: Liverpool v Bolton line-ups:
Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Aquilani, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera, Ngog.
Subs: Cavalieri, Agger, Maxi, Babel, Lucas, Darby, Pacheco.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Ricketts, Lee, Muamba, Mark Davies, Cohen, Taylor, Kevin Davies.
Subs: Al Habsi, Robinson, Elmander, Gardner, Andrew O'Brien, Wilshere, Weiss.
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

1417: Liverpool v Bolton: The Trotters have never won at Anfield in the Premier League - their last league win at Liverpool came in January 1954. Bolton are looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time in 11 months, but the Reds have won their last six league encounters, scoring 18 goals in the process.

1414: Football League Danny: "Scrappy start at Pride Park - then the game's lit up by a sparkling run by Forest's Raddy Majewski, who jinks his way along the byeline into the area and fires in a low cross which rebounds to safety."

From Farslayer on 606: "I think you made a mistake on the Fulham-Villa predo. Fulham are a good team, but when they have injuries to key personnel they are there for the taking. Today they are there for the taking because they have injuries to key personnel."

1409: Hull City v Wolves: Don't expect goals at the KC Stadium today. these boys have notched a paltry 37 between them in 44 Premier League games this season. Hull are winless in their last eight in the league, while Wolves haven't scored for 400 minutes. I wish it was 1919 again - Hull edged a 13-goal thriller 10-3.

From Tim in Dubai, via text to +44 7786200666: "Can't wait for the first home game of the Gold/Sullivan era! Reckon we'll stuff Rovers. Hope David Sullivan leaves his dodgy jacket at home tho."

1403: Fulham v Aston Villa: Tricky one to call, this. The Cottagers are unbeaten at home since a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in September, when the Gunners' Italian keeper Vito Mannone was the hero, but they have lost their last four league games. Villa aren't exactly on fire - they've accumulated two points from four league games and not scored in that time. Another blank today would equal their top-flight record, set between February and March 1992.

1400: Stevo's Predos:
Birmingham 1-1 Spurs
Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa
Hull 2-2 Wolves
Liverpool 3-2 Bolton
West Ham 2-0 Blackburn
Wigan 1-3 Everton
Lawro's Premier League predictions

From chizzleface on Twitter: "Re: 1337 - if that's true then I think there should be a mass boycott of the Africa Nations Cup by other teams. Ludicrous."

1354: Birmingham v Tottenham: The Blues lost their unbeaten run at Chelsea in midweek, but boss Alex McLeish may still pick an unchanged side for the 11th successive league game; an ongoing record. Don't expect many goals, though - the hosts have kept nine clean sheet this season, the division's third best tally, while Spurs have only conceded in one of their last seven league games.

From THFC_Jake on 606: "Pavlyuchenko to come off the bench and pretend to play for Spurs and score the winner for Birmingham, after revealing his Birmingham kit."

1349: Half-time Derby County 0-0 Nottingham Forest

1343: Football League Danny: "About five minutes to go until half-time at Pride Park. Derby have had the better of the play so far against Nottingham Forest, but it's 0-0 and it's all very much in the balance."

From Ollie in Melbourne, via text on +44 7786200666: "Heading to see Murray-Fed tomorrow, but still staying up till stupid o'clock to keep tabs on mighty Carlisle on live text!"

1337: There are reports that Togo have been chucked out of the next two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments following their withdrawal from this year's competition. If that is true, it's astonishing.

From ftmscott on Twitter: "I'm glad Sunderland aren't playing this weekend, I may actually enjoy the football. Sad times."

1331: Good story this lunchtime courtesy of football financier Keith Harris. Here's what he told BBC Sport about a potential takeover of Man United: "You sense that the momentum is gathering and this time these fans truly mean it. I think they are saying that enough is enough, there is too much gearing on this football club and it is unhealthy. This is now serious, what you don't know is if the Glazers can be made to listen, but what you do know is that there is a serious intent on the part of those people, who have not just support in their hearts, but the ability to muster support from their pockets to get after this, and the time feels right."

1328: Football League Danny: "Derby enjoying a good spell at the moment, but Forest are holding firm despite the pressure. Forest keeper Lee Camp has thwarted his former club more than once, most recently with a stunning low save to deny Shaun Barker."

From haho on 606: "Looking forward to Jack Wilshere's debut for Bolton... He will ravage Liverpool."

From Eliza on Twitter: "Can't concentrate on today's football. As a Gooner living in Manchester, the pressure of tomorrow's match is getting to me."

1320: Some games have been called off already today. They are these:
Watford v Swansea
Oldham v Brentford
Cheltenham v Darlington
Lincoln City v Dag & Red
Rotherham v Macclesfield
Chester v Grays Athletic

1317: Football League Danny: "Classic derby fayre at Pride Park - intense atmosphere, bobbly pitch, match being played at 100 miles per hour, little finesse, maximum passion. Both sides have come close, Rob Earnshaw having a shot blocked for Forest, Stephen Pearson firing wide for Derby."

1315: I know some of you will have dreamed of this moment, but hit me. Hit me with all your might: Text me your chat to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); get involved in the debate on 606; and hit Stevo_football on Twitter too. I've sent over a stunning cross from the left, all you have to do is nod it in.

1312: So, Danny will keep you updated with events from Pride Park and I'm here to build up to this afternoon's top-flight action. Six Premier League games kick-off at three pm English time - ooh, it's just like in the old days, isn't it? Here's the order of play:
1500 GMT: Birmingham v Tottenham
1500 GMT: Fulham v Aston Villa
1500 GMT: Hull City v Wolves
1500 GMT: Liverpool v Bolton
1500 GMT: West Ham v Blackburn
1500 GMT: Wigan v Everton
1730 GMT: Burnley v Chelsea

1307: I've asked Football League Danny to get involved early doors today, in the interests of BBC impartiality. I didn't even know there was a game going on...: "We're already underway in arguably the most intriguing Championship game of the day. East Midlands rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest play at Pride Park. Billy Davies' high-flying Forest can replace Newcastle at the top - until this evening at least - with a three-goal win. Davies' former club Derby, meanwhile, are desperate for points to pull clear of the bottom of the table. Plenty of intrigue there - it's 0-0 at the moment."

1304: Not really, of course. I was actually talking about Sunday's mouth-watering Arsenal v Man Utd showdown at the Emirates, with both teams still hugely in the hunt for the title. Though by the time they get under way, Premier League leaders Chelsea could already be starting to pull away from the pack.

1300: It's fairly obvious, I'd have thought, that the main event of the weekend takes place on Sunday; a day when the hopes and dreams of so many sports fans across this great country rest upon a single ferocious encounter between two of the greatest exponents of their sport on earth. But enough about Roger Federer v Andy Murray and on to today's football.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 30 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 23 34 50
3 Arsenal 23 34 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42
5 Liverpool 24 16 41
6 Aston Villa 23 13 40
7 Man City 21 12 38
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 21 -7 25
13 Sunderland 22 -10 23
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolves 23 -21 21
18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 21 -14 15

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