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Monday football as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Sam Sheringham

2210: That's it from me. I'm off to have a few Broon Ales with the Toon fans. Don't forget to tune in tomorrow, when Stevo will be back in the hot-seat for the small matter of Inter Milan against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. Thanks for all your texts and comments on 606. Goodnight.

Sarah via text: Too little too late for the Pool, but better than a kick in the teeth I guess! Many thanks to my boss for making me miss the match.

2202: Plenty of texters pointing out that the low attendance at Anfield may have been caused by the flying ban, with Liverpool having large fan bases in Ireland and Scandinavia.


2159: So a stroll in the park for Liverpool, who move into sixth place, three points behind Manchester City. The Reds will be happy with the warm-up for Thursday's clash against Atletico Madrid, while David Ngog's confidence will have been boosted by his fine goal. West Ham are in a real fight to stay up and will need to show a good deal more desire and fight in their remaining three matches than they displayed at Anfield.

2154: FULL-TIME: Liverpool 3-0 West Ham

Anon via text: To jealousmonk, as a neutral in the title race a 5-0 defeat for Liverpool would damage Man United's title hopes but do a lot worse for the reputation and integrity of your club, something you could do without this season.

2144: Goodness knows what's wrong with Carlton Cole, who has just moved his ice pack from his left knee to his right knee. That doesn't bode well for West Ham's fight against the drop. Ryan Babel replaces David Ngog in the Liverpool attack.

2141: So Newcastle are champions and Toon fans are celebrating with the players on the pitch at Home Park. Meanwhile, it's misery for Plymouth supporters as their relegation is confirmed.

2140: FULL-TIME: Plymouth 0-2 Newcastle.

2138: The attendance at Anfield is confirmed at 37,697 - by far their lowest in the league this season. Philipp Degen comes on for Yossi Benayoun.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2135: Leon Best nearly makes it 3-0 for Newcastle in the 84th minute, twisting and turning on the edge of the Plymouth area before unleashing a fierce shot that strikes the bar, and Joey Barton almost scores a minute later only to be denied by an instinctive save by David Stockdale in the Argyle goal.

2132: Liverpool make their first change with Thursday night's trip to Madrid in mind as Javier Mascherano replaces captain Steven Gerrard. Gianfranco Zola responds by hauling off the ineffective Carlton Cole, and bringing on Benni McCarthy. Cole has an ice pack on his left knee.

2128: So West Ham are likely to remain three points clear of Hull but Iain Dowie's side will have a game in hand. The Hammers goal difference has also taken a bit of a, erm, hammering tonight.

2126: The Toon Army are in full cry at Home Park as their team edge ever closer to returning to the top flight with some silverware in the trophy cabinet. Argyle have shown plenty of spirit and endeavour going forward in the second half, but Newcastle have simply looked stronger in every department and are closing out the win with the minimum of fuss. The bars will be packed in the Bigg Market tonight - but then aren't they every night?

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "With the three goals they have conceded tonight West Ham look like a Championship side. Defensively they have been awful. At set-pieces they have had a stinker.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Liverpool goal: Gerrard curls in another devilish free-kick from the left and Sotirios Kyrgiakos sticks out a leg and deflects the ball onto the post. The ball rebounds off the back of Robert Green's leg and into the net. Misery for the England goalkeeper but there really wasn't much he could have done about that.

2120: GOALFLASH Liverpool 3-0 West Ham (Green og)

jealousmonk on 606: Our game at home to Chelsea is going to cause a scandal. Personally I would take a 5-0 defeat if it meant stopping United winning the title, so who's to say Rafa isn't feeling the same way?

2114: One Cruyff turn too many from Benayoun earns the him the hairdryer treatment from Gerrard. Come on Stevie, if you can't showboat when you're 2-0 up then when can you?

2111: Liverpool have had three shouts for a penalty but that one was the most credible. Gerrard's free-kick strikes Mark Noble clearly on the hand as he jumps in the wall and the ball deflects away.

Abbie via text: With so much at stake I applaud the season ticket holders at Anfield who have chosen vacant seats as their way of demonstration. Even without financial loss the message is clear and by discussing it here we are proliferating that message. Sort out our beloved club and quick.

2105: We're underway again at Anfield. West Ham have made a half-time change. Mexican striker Guillermo Franco comes on for Junior Stanislas.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2103: Plymouth's Alan Judge has a strike from 25 yards which rattles off the Newcastle bar with Steve Harper beaten.

Royal_Gooner on 606: I do feel sorry for the Newcastle fans having to make the longest possible car and bus journey in the Football League down to Plymouth on a weekday. But at the moment it looks like it will be worthwhile for them

Tristan via text: At Home Park watching Argyle being relegated. The only hope of us staying up is the ash causing a light aircraft to crash land on the pitch. Seems a bit of a long shot to be honest.

2050: One-way traffic in that first half at Anfield with West Ham hardly mustering a shot of note. Liverpool are in control of the game without really needing to get out of first gear. David Ngog's fine finish was the highlight - are you Torres in disguise? Meanwhile, they are underway again at Home Park, with Plymouth needing to score at least twice to keep their season alive.

Half time
2049: HALF-TIME: Liverpool 2-0 West Ham

2044: Dirk Kuyt fires a rasping shot from distance towards the far corner, but Green gets down well to his left to turn it around the post. It was probably going wide in all honesty.

Adam via text: "No supporter has to blindly follow their club regardless of what a mess they are in. If a supporter chooses to not go to a match in order to make some sort of a statement, they are perfectly within their right to do so."

2040: West Ham look beaten already. Carlton Cole finds space inside the Liverpool half but his shot from distance goes miles wide. At the other end, Gerrard curls a free-kick a couple of yards over the bar.

Half time
HALF-TIME Plymouth 0-2 Newcastle: Bradley Wright-Phillips and Alan Judge both have good efforts on goal for the hosts as the first half draws to a close at Plymouth, but it's Newcastle who have taken advantage of the opportunities that have come their way to lead 2-0 at the break.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Liverpool goal: Liverpool extend their lead after a fine move. Benayoun spreads the ball out to Rodriguez on the right. His low cross is met by David Ngog, who does his best impression of Torres by firing across Green and into the net.

2031: GOALFLASH Liverpool 2-0 West Ham (Ngog)

2030: By the way, just to clarify that Plymouth will be relegated if they lose tonight because Crystal Palace still have to play Sheffield Wednesday, meaning one of them will collect at least one more point.

2025: Carlton Cole wriggles free on the far side of the area but from a tight angle his well-struck shot is pushed aside by Pepe Reina.

Liverpool goal: Steven Gerrard fizzes across a free-kick from the right and Yossi Benayoun gets ahead of the West Ham defence. The little Israeli deflects the ball with his stomach and it clips the far post before rolling across the line. No celebrations from Benayoun against his old club.

2021: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 West Ham (Benayoun)

2020: Plymouth 0-2 Newcastle: Joey Barton's fine pass finds Wayne Routledge racing into the Plymouth area and he scores from the tightest of angles in the 28th minute. The Toon fans who have made the long journey to Devon are already celebrating that title.

2017: Very little happening at Anfield at the moment. Remarkably flat for an important game for both teams.

Poolmyfinger on 606: As a Liverpool supporter in the United States, I am absolutely disgusted by the amount of empty seats in Anfield. I would give my left leg for an opportunity to be at Anfield for ANY MATCH regardless of what is going on at the club. Those of you in Merseyside that have an opportunity to be there, but don't for reasons involving the club, should be ashamed of yourselves.

2011: Plymouth 0-1 Newcastle: Andy Carroll leaps above the Plymouth defence to head home for Newcastle in the 20th minute, making amends for blasting a decent chance horribly wide a minute or so earlier. Newcastle are heading for the Championship title while Arygle look bound for League One next season.

2008: Poor from Ngog. A clearance puts him through on goal but instead of taking the ball down, he opts to head it and the ball drifts tamely into Green's arms.

2005: Bright start from the Reds. Yossi Benayoun feeds Maxi Rodriguez inside the box on the right and the Argentine draws a smart save from Rob Green at his near post.

2003: No sign of any 'For Sale' signs at Anfield but plenty of empty seats. One man who is there is new Reds chairman Martin Broughton. The game gets underway after a decidedly muted rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone.

1958: The players are coming out of the tunnel at Anfield, where Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine home league matches.

Dominic on 606: "Would anybody supporting a Premiership side be happy with a starting strikeforce of Kuyt and Ngog?"

1948: I'm reliably informed by a number of texters that the reason Daniel Pacheco is not even on the Liverpool bench tonight is because he is playing for Spain under-19s.

From Ryan in Morpeth via text: Anyone seen volcano ash? My car was covered in it! Friday night was bad where I was in the north east! Toon champions tonight!

1945: Cue a depressing stat for Hammers fans. West Ham haven't won at Anfield since September 1963 and have scored just four goals in 14 Premier League matches there.

John in Crawley via text: I haven't seen any volcanic ash Sam, but I do like beef.

1937: One other Liverpool change that we didn't spot first time round. Alberto Aquilani drops to the bench with Yossi Benayoun coming into the side against his old club. It looks like two up front for the Reds with Kuyt and Ngog leading the line.

Anon via text: What does Pacheco have to do to get into the team, biggest cheer when he came on against Fulham and now not even on the bench, no Torres, no strikeforce!

1932: This is no one man show people so please hit me with your news and views. Are Liverpool doomed without Torres? Are West Ham already safe? Will Newcastle be a force in the Premier League next year? Has anyone actually seen any volcanic ash? Whatever your beef, get in touch on 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666

1928: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v West Ham
Liverpool bring in Lucas and Dirk Kuyt for Ryan Babel and Javier Mascherano, who drop to the bench. West Ham retain the side that started the home win against Sunderland on 10 April, with Scott Parker serving the second of his two-match ban.

1925: Just like Liverpool and Fulham, Newcastle have also fallen victim to the volcanic ash chaos. But the Magpies will be hoping that their reward for a 400-mile road journey to Plymouth will be the Championship title. The Magpies need just a point to ensure they go up as champions, while Argyle will need a mathematical miracle to stay up if they are beaten, and not much less than that if they can only draw.

1920: TEAMS: Liverpool v West Ham

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Maxi, Gerrard, Lucas, Benayoun, Kuyt, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Mascherano, Degen, El Zhar, Ayala.
West Ham: Green, Faubert, da Costa, Upson, Spector, Behrami, Kovac, Noble, Stanislas, Cole, Ilan. Subs: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Franco, Mido, McCarthy, Diamanti, Daprela.

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1918: In the Premier League it's Liverpool against West Ham, with the Reds having to face up to life without Fernando Torres and the Hammers keen as mustard for a point that would move them a step closer to safety.


1915: Good evening, and apologies to those of you who were expecting "the effervescent Sam Lyon" in the chair tonight. He's otherwise engaged on an epic Champions League feature, leaving the marginally less volatile me to guide you through an intriguing evening of football in the Premier League and the Championship.




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As it stood on 19 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 35 54 77
2 Man Utd 35 51 76
3 Arsenal 35 39 71
4 Tottenham 34 28 64
5 Man City 34 27 62
6 Liverpool 35 24 59
7 Aston Villa 34 13 58
8 Everton 35 9 54
9 Birmingham 35 -8 47
10 Fulham 34 -2 43
11 Stoke 34 -4 43
12 Blackburn 35 -16 43
13 Sunderland 35 -7 41
14 Bolton 35 -25 35
15 Wigan 35 -33 35
16 Wolves 35 -23 34
17 West Ham 35 -19 31
18 Hull 34 -38 28
19 Burnley 35 -37 27
20 Portsmouth 35 -33 15

see also
Zola hopes to halt Anfield jinx
19 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football


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