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Monday football as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Caroline Cheese

1913: And that's where we'll leave it. Thanks very much for your company today. It's been much appreciated I can tell you. Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday (if you're lucky enough to have a Bank Holiday today) and I'll see you on Wednesday for Man City v Spurs. And Fulham-Stoke.

1911: Arsene Wenger appeared to stomp off down the tunnel after the game, so we may not be hearing from him for a while. Look out for his reaction later though, it might be quite interesting.

Big Sam on his tactics: "We never got to grips with the game in the first 15 minutes, but slowly but surely, we worked our way back into game by getting the ball forward quickly. The more we did that, the more we caused them problems. We know Arsenal's weakness is balls into the box, and certainly their goalkeeper of late. Yes [we targeted Fabianski]. We've seen under pressure his handling is a little suspect."

1905: Chris Samba is asked whether being captain has improved his game - and David Dunn chips in: "It's made him on time more often." Meanwhile, the rest of the Blackburn team and staff are on their end-of-season lap of honour, and Big Sam is dancing... oh blimey. A little chap with 'Samba' on the back of his shirt (presumably some relation, otherwise there's been a pitch invasion) boots a beachball into the net. Nice finish actually.

Blackburn goalscorer David Dunn: "We've bowed out quite well at home. We've managed to do quite well at home against top four teams. It's great to get a win against one of them."

1859: Manchester City could also pip Arsenal to third - but they'd have to win their last two games by quite a lot of goals. Arsenal's last game is against Fulham, who have a Europa League final three days later.

1857: Arsenal, who have lost three of their last four league games, are still not sure of third. With one game to play, they lead Spurs by five points - but Spurs have two games left. Blackburn can still finish in the top half of the table.

1855: FULL-TIME Blackburn 2-1 Arsenal

1854: Robin van Persie heads a long ball across goal but Eduardo fails to anticipate it. In fact, he's looking the other way. Strange.

1853: The Blackburn fans are whistling - but there are two minutes remaining. Arsenal struggling to find any space against a resolute Blackburn defence.

1851: Four minutes of added time to be played.

Yellow card
1851: Arsene Wenger is up in arms again - not surprisingly - as Sol Campbell gets a very harsh yellow card for a successful sliding challenge to win the ball from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

1849: Paul Robinson comes to claim an Arsenal corner to end a spell of pressure by the visitors. Two minutes until the 90 and Blackburn lead 2-1.


1846: Think Blackburn are going to go hell for leather for a third goal? Think again... Defender Phil Jones replaces David Dunn.

1844: Eight minutes remaining, a goal for Arsenal would see them all but wrap up third place. If Blackburn hold out, Big Sam will be ever so pleased to have got one over on Arsene Wenger again. Speaking about his successes against the Frenchman with Bolton, Allardyce said: "As an opposing manager, Arsene Wenger came out and criticised what we did. You just smile and say: 'I've managed to outwit you again. My tactics have been better on the day than yours have. I've managed to achieve a result against what has been one of the top sides in the Premier League for a long time.' If it's good enough for Inter Milan against Barcelona then it's good enough for me."

1842: Andrei Arshavin feeds Theo Walcott on the edge of the box, but Gael Givet does well to stay with him and block the shot.

From perchingkeithy on Twitter: "Whenever Blackburn have a set piece, Fabianski is like the kid who gets bullied in the playground, poor boy."

1840: Ryan Nelsen stumbles over the ball as he chases a ball to the touchline... and his fall takes him head first down the tunnel. No sympathy from his manager. Big Sam chuckles away, as does everyone else.

1838: Uh-oh. Arsenal will have to defend another free-kick after Samir Nasri's foul. Morten Gamst Pedersen makes it easy in the end, and Armand Traore heads it clear comfortably. Eduardo on for Emmanuel Eboue for Arsenal.

From anon via text: "Re 1828: Actually, it was Dunn backing into Campbell, pushing him into Fabianski. No-one likes to see keepers overprotected, but that was a foul."

1834: Andrei Arshavin is on for Carlos Vela and almost makes an immediate impact, but shoots too close to Paul Robinson. Considering there's not much on this game, it's thoroughly entertaining.

1831: Blackburn threatening a third here. Arsenal rattled. Wenger complaining.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Blackburn goal: Mikael Silvestre is smiling after almost slicing the ball into his own net... but he won't be smiling now. From the resulting corner by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Chris Samba heads in from about a yard out - Sol Campbell muscling his own keeper out of the way but failing to actually attack the ball.

1828: GOALFLASH Blackburn 2-1 Arsenal (Samba)

1824: Lively now... Theo Walcott's cross reaches Robin van Persie, who then turns Michel Salgado brilliantly. He falls under Salgado's challenge as he goes to pull the trigger and appeals for a penalty. Looked a good shout. Blackburn then break and Martin Olsson puts the ball in the net but he's about an inch offside.

1821: David Dunn robs Abou Diaby in midfield and charges forward before laying the ball off to Junior Hoilett. Well-struck shot, tipped over by Lukasz Fabianski. Diaby breathes a sigh of relief.

Yellow card
1818: Vince Grella, who has been booked, is the first to be hooked by Sam Allardyce. Junior Hoilett replaces him. Morten Gamst Pedersen gets a deserved yellow for a quite ridiculously bad challenge on Robin van Persie, missing the ball completely and kicking the Dutchman on the ankle instead.

1816: Golden chance for Rovers. Keith Andrews releases Morten Gamst Pedersen, who is one-on-one with Lukasz Fabianski but can't beat the Arsenal keeper, who makes a good save to his right. Pedersen latches on to the loose ball and is bundled over by Sol Campbell right on the byeline but Martin Atkinson waves away the penalty claims.


From Alan via text: "Re 1724: Just done some commentary at the City Ground and I can without question tell you that Natasha Dowie is a far better centre forward than her uncle Iain!!"

From Matt, via text: "Re 1806: Cheesy, I'm an Arsenal fan in Oz and the dread and fear of Fabianski is keeping me wide awake!"

1812: Mikael Silvestre drops two clangers in quick succession... First, he looks up on the halfway line and passes straight to Martin Olsson. He then has a chance to redeem himself when he wins back possession but boots his clearance straight at another Blackburn player. He survives though.

From serving_water on 606: "I hope Wenger told his back four if they can't be bothered to actually defend and clear the ball every now and then, at least get the hell out of the way!"

1806: Sol Campbell is a bit late emerging after half-time. Ewood Park tea must be good. That gives Big Sam some time to sign a few autographs before the second-half gets under way.

From Matty T, via text: "Re 1743: Cheesy, I'm a Blackburn fan and I'm managing to stay awake - and it's 3am where I am in the land of Oz."

From Will in Kent, via text: "Terrible scenes at Kenilworth Road, Cheesy. The York players went to celebrate with their fans after the match, but then got blocked from the tunnel by the masses of Luton fans who had run onto the pitch and over to the York fans. The players had to go up into their fans' stand, and when they then tried to sneak round over to the other side to wait for the tunnel to be unblocked, they had to take evasive action as the fans on the pitch threw missiles up into the stands at the players. Some ran back behind the fans, and police had to escort most of them over to safety. They then had to wait hidden away for 15 minutes for the fans on the pitch to filter away, before they finally were able to get down the tunnel."

1757: More from BBC 5 live on the trouble at the end of the Luton-York Blue Square Prem play-off semi-final. York's players reportedly came under attack as they tried to leave the pitch after their 2-0 aggregate win and 5 live's reporter expects Luton to hear more about. "I have never seen a game where 15-odd players have to get off the pitch through the back of a stand," he says. "The players were cowering as things were being thrown."

1753: David Dunn has scored five goals against Arsenal, more than against any other Prem club. Robin van Persie's eight against Blackburn is his best tally against a Prem team. I mean, you couldn't make these stats up... and I haven't.

1750: HALF-TIME Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal

1749: The sleepy Blackburn fans have woken up (see 1743) - not sure if it was in time to see their team's equaliser, or whether the celebration woke them up. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is fuming about something and is letting the fourth official know. I'd hazard a guess he's complaining about the treatment of Lukasz Fabianski.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Blackburn goal: The pressure tells. Blackburn win a corner and once again Lukasz Fabianski comes through a crowd to try to clear. The ball only falls to Keith Andrews though and he threads it to the far post for David Dunn to equalise from close range.

1746: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal (Dunn)

1745: Chris Samba beats Sol Campbell to the header from Carlos Vela's right-wing free-kick.

1743: Two Blackburn fans napping at Ewood Park, arms folded, heads down... or maybe there's something really fascinating on the ground there.

1739: Every time the ball goes into the box from a set-piece, poor old Lukasz Fabianski is surrounded by blue and white shirts. He's still coming for everything, so he's playing with confidence - even if you fear for him a bit. If that makes any sense.

1737: Armand Traore manages to foul two players in a second, first on Michel Salgado then on Moreten Gamst Pedersen. It's wide right, but Pedersen looks to curl it in at the near post - forcing Lukasz Fabianski to bundle it around the post. The Arsenal keeper is clearly being targeted by Blackburn. The corner is right underneath the bar and he is surrounded by Blackburn players as he scrambles it clear. He gets a free-kick anyway.

1732: Ryan Nelsen puts his arms round Robin van Persie's waist to stop him making any further progress. Free-kick about 30 yards out, slightly to the right. Van Persie's effort goes around the wall, but Paul Robinson makes a sharp save, low to his right.

1728: Tears all round at the City Ground. Joy for Everton as they celebrate a dramatic victory in the Women's FA Cup final. Despair for Arsenal, who might be a bit shocked too. They don't lose many...

From GunnerGoose102 on 606: "Talk about 'play the Arsenal way', the Ladies have dominated Everton in extra time, chance after chance, and have just been hit on the break and conceded. Yup, sounds like Arsenal alright."

1726: Lukasz Fabianski has started this game quite confidently, but as he comes to claim a high ball into the box, he lands awkwardly and needs treatment... Think he's OK though.

1724: OH MY WORD! Unbelievably, on the day her uncle Iain suffered relegation to the Championship with Hull, Natasha Dowie looks to have won the Women's FA Cup final for Everton with a last-gasp goal against Arsenal in extra time. Lovely finish too.

1722: It's also Robin van Persie's eighth goal of the season - but they weren't all against Blackburn. Only a few minutes left in extra time in the Women's FA Cup final and it's still Arsenal 2-2 Everton.

1719: Eight goals in eight games for Robin van Persie against Blackburn.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Arsenal goal: A real collectors' item as Arsenal score from a setpiece. Not sure Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce will be too keen on his side's defending. Bacary Sagna is allowed to run to the near post to meet a corner and he flicks it on for an unmarked Robin van Persie to nod in from close range.

1716: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-1 Arsenal (Van Persie)

1713: Emmanuel Eboue plays in Carlos Vela in acres of space on the left. The Mexican returns the ball to Eboue, who has continued his run into the box, but he opts for an extra touch instead of a first-time shot... Vela picks up the pieces and fizzes a dangerous ball across the box, but no Arsenal player on the end of it.

1710: BBC 5 live report that there are some "unsavoury scenes" at Kenilworth Road after Luton lose their Blue Square Premier play-off semi-final 2-0 on aggregate to York. York will face Oxford in the final.

1708: David Dunn wins a free-kick about 25 yards out. Morten Gamst Pedersen curls it around the wall but Lukasz Fabianski sidesteps to his right and collects.

From blake2108 on Twitter: "Premier Reserve League final: Full Time 3-3. Goals from Diouf (2) and Macheda (pen); Delfounso (2) and Clark for Villa. United win 3-2 on penalties... Foster saved 2 penalties and scored one himself. United went behind three times in that match too. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads United's Reserves to glory :)"

1705: Oh no. Paul Robinson seems to think the ball is going out - but he's forgotten about the pace of Theo Walcott, who scampers down the left and, with Robinson nowhere, cuts the ball back for Carlos Vela, who somehow manages to sidefoot the finish wide. Open goal.

1704: Robin van Persie heads Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick clear.

1702: They don't seem to be in much of a hurry at Ewood Park, but we're up and running now... and Sol Campbell has already given away a free-kick as he challenged for a long ball.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez on facing title-chasing Chelsea: "We'll prepare to go to Stamford Bridge and we all know it's going to be a tough game. We're all excited, we've shown during the season we are capable on the day and we'll work as hard as we can."

1656: Those hungry stat hounds at Infostrada Sports tell me Blackburn's line-up has an average of 29 years and 223 days, their oldest in the Prem this season. Text your friends, go on...

1650: They're into extra-time in the Women's FA Cup final. Meanwhile, blake2108 on Twitter is kindly keeping me up to date with the Premier Reserve League Final. A late Mame Diouf goal for Manchester United has made it 3-3 against Aston Villa. They'll go straight to penalties if it stays like that, apparently. What an afternoon!

1649: We asked 1000 people to predict Iain Dowie's future at Hull, and our survey said...

Hull management consultant Iain Dowie on his future: "It's not up to me, it's a question you have to ask a thousand people. I've enjoyed it, there's a strong spirit amongst the players but it's an unforgiving league."

1644: TEAM NEWS
Blackburn make four changes from the team that drew with Wolves, with Chris Samba, Vince Grella, Keith Andrews and David Dunn all returning. Carlos Vela starts for Arsenal in place of Tomas Rosicky, while Emmanuel Eboue and Armand Traore come in for Gael Clichy and Alex Song.

1641: With two games remaining, Arsenal are five points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham, so it'll take some kind of craziness for the Gunners to miss out on third and an automatic place in the group stages of the Champions League.

1637: This Women's FA Cup final has turned into a humdinger. It's 2-2 between Arsenal and Everton with 12 minutes remaining. Could be extra-time...

1634: TEAMS Blackburn v Arsenal
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Andrews, Grella, Dunn, Pedersen, Olsson, Roberts. Subs: Brown, Jacobsen, Emerton, Basturk, Hoilett, Di Santo, Jones.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Traore, Eboue, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Vela, van Persie. Subs: Mannone, Eduardo, Djourou, Arshavin, Gibbs, Eastmond, Henderson.
Referee: Martin Atkinson

1631: I'm a minute late. Sorry.

1540: I'm off for a cup of tea and a bun. I'll be back at 1630 BST as we begin our countdown to Blackburn v Arsenal. The Gunners still haven't wrapped up third you know... It's HUGE.

1535: Iain Dowie's niece Natasha has apparently just opened the scoring on the Women's FA Cup final for Everton. How about that?

1531: You've got to feel a bit sorry for Hull's players. They look pretty gutted as Iain Dowie gives a few of them an encouraging pat on the back (how encouraging a pat on the back from Iain Dowie can be is open to question). That's now 24 Prem matches without an away win, and who knows when they'll play their next one?

1529: HULL ARE RELEGATED

1529: FULL-TIME Wigan 2-2 Hull

1526: Wigan's goal prompts a pitch invasion - but the game's not over yet and a hasty announcement over the PA sends the errant fans scurrying back to their seats. After a short delay, we're back under way.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wigan goal: Incredible... Wigan keeper Vladimir Stojkovic is itching to go up for a corner - and he gets a huge roar from the home fans when he gets the nod from Roberto Martinez. Hull get the corner clear, but with Stojkovic scampering back to his goal, Wigan retrieve the ball in midfield. Paul Scharner heads the cross back for Steve Gohouri to equaliser with a beautifully-struck overhead kick from close range.


1525: GOALFLASH Wigan 2-2 Hull (Gohouri)

1523: And when I say minutes, I mean three - of the 'added' variety.

1522: Only minutes remaining and Hull are hardly piling forward here. I mean, it's like they don't realise they need about another 10 goals to keep their hopes of survival realistically alive.

From Joey J on 606: "Re 1514: You gotta wonder how much more torture Scharner's hair can take!"

1516: Sorry for the delay in mentioning this. Infostrada report that Mark Cullen is the youngest scorer in the Prem this season at 18 years and nine days, beating poor Jack Wilshere by 55 days.

1514: Here he is! Paul Scharner replaces Mohamed Diame. Scharner looks like someone has painted the back of his head with Tippex and then put 'Thanx' in blue over the top. Wacky!

1511: Jason Scotland replaces Jordi Gomez for Wigan. Those of you putting forward Peter Reid as a double-relegating-manager-in-the-same-season (got to be an easier way to say that), you can forget it. He was manager of Sunderland in the season they went down in 2002/3 and then Leeds the following season. I mean, if we're going to start talking managers who have been involved in the most relegation, Iain Dowie's got to be right up there hasn't he?

From anon via text: "Re 1446: you can add Ron Saunders in 85/86... Relegating Birmingham and West Brom! Remember that??? Me neither."
Wolves fan?

1508: Wigan keeper Vladimir Stojkovic catches the ball and is given a huge ovation by the home fans. Never a good sign.

1506: Not just the Blue Square Prem play-offs today, there's also the Women's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Everton, which kicked off a few minutes ago. BBC 5 live Sports Extra are providing commentary from the City Ground for your delight.

From Messien in Bristol, via text: "The start of an even greater escape than the Baggies in 04-05?"
Nope

1502: Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is replaced by Caleb Folan for Hull, who haven't won away in the league since beating Fulham on 4 March last year, 23 matches ago.

From T in London, via text: "Cheesy... The only games that actually mean ANYTHING today are about to kick off in the Conference. A big shout to all the Oxford fans waiting patiently for their return to the League."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Hull goal: Where did that come from? Wigan have had all the pressure, but it's Hull who go ahead. George Boateng swings over a cross, Vladimir Stojkovic fails to collect, Steven Gohouri appears to duck it, and Mark Cullen is at the far post to head in his first goal for the Tigers on only his second Premier League appearance.

1456: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-2 Hull (Cullen)

1454: Another double-relegated manager (see 1446): Billy McNeil (Man City, Aston Villa, 1986/87).

1452: Wigan do play some lovely football. Here's Hugo Rodallega backheeling a long ball back for Jordi Gomez to let fly, but off-target from the Spaniard.

1449: Some poor Hull defending allows Hugo Rodallega a couple of half-chances but nothing doing for the Colombian... and now he spins one over the bar for a hat-trick of misses.

1446: Brian Laws is not the first to manage two relegated teams in a season. I saw the list somewhere, but I can only remember Dave Bassett.

From Jimbobjeff85 on 606: "Unrelated to this game, does anyone know if Brian Laws has broken record by being only man to manage two relegated teams in the same season?"

1439: Big shout for handball from Hull as Maynor Figueroa appears to block Mark Cullen's shot with his arms. Up the other end, Jordi Gomez's shot almost catches Matt Duke out as it bounces in front of him but the Hull keeper manages to spoon the ball away. Ooh, Paul Scharner is warming up.

1438: Stand by your beds, we're back under way at the DW.

1436: According to Infostrada, 19-year-old Victor Moses is the eighth youngest scorer in the Prem this season. The top seven are: Jack Wilshere, Federico Macheda, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Rodwell, Tom Cairney, James McCarthy, Nathan Delfounseso.

From Tigermat via text: "Ten more boys and we are back in the survival race! This is the best trip we've ever been on!"

1432: I'm trying to persuade Chris Bevan, who's writing this match report, that if Hull win, his opening paragraph should be: 'Hull kept their survival hopes alive...' We'll see if he goes for it.

From Brummerdickens on 606: "If Hull win 2-1 today they must hope West Ham lose 10-0 against Man City and then brush aside Liverpool 12-0 themselves. Good luck with that."
Hull's survival hopes do indeed appear to be hanging by a thread

1425: This is a message for the students in Canterbury competing to try to get their texts published on here: get back to work and stop trying to cheapen this live text commentary. I'm not just a figure of fun you know. Oh wait, I am. Hello Dan and Marcus!

From myerla on 606: "Re 1414: Always play to the whistle, I learnt that when I was six."

1421: HALF-TIME Wigan 1-1 Hull

1418: A debut goal for Will Atkinson anyway - but as it stands, Hull are still going down.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Hull goal: That would be a hugely controversial goal if this game mattered at all. Vladimir Stojkovic punches away a cross (when he should have caught it) and as Kevin Kilbane returns the ball for Will Atkinson to head in, the linesman's flag is up for the two Hull players in an offside position. As Atkinson shakes his head, the linesman suddenly realises the offside players weren't interfering and takes his flag down. Goal given, but did the Wigan defenders stop playing because they saw the flag?

1414: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-1 Hull (Atkinson)

1410: Should be 2-0. Victor Moses is unmarked on the penalty spot as the ball is headed back to him, but he kicks thin air with his right foot and the ball pings off his left and away to safety.

Owen from Ireland, on location in Belfast, via text: "Re 1346: A must for your list: Zinedine Kilbane deserves a mention. 103 caps for ROI. Not a bad feet."
I would normally correct spelling mistakes, but I like that one

1407: I'm not sure if I need to point this out, but here goes: as it stands, Hull will be relegated today.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wigan goal: Nice way to open your account. Victor Moses, making only his second start for Wigan, outpaces Bernard Mendy down the left, cuts inside Steven Mouyokolo and strokes a right-foot finish past Matt Duke, which clips the far post before nestling into the back of the net. Out come the somersaults from Moses for the first time since he scored for Crystal Palace against Plymouth.

1403: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-0 Hull (Moses)

1402: Lovely passing by Wigan, working the ball from left to right. Jordi Gomez eventually plays a deft pass in for Hugo Rodallega but his shot is blocked by Steven Mouyokolo.

From anon via text: "Re 1346: Rumour has it Scharner has signed for Everton. Imagine him and Fellaini in midfield together. It's frightening!"

From Chris in Bristol via text: "Re 1340: Cheesy how on earth can you not include Chris Eagles in your list?"

1354: There's really very little going on here... But wait a minute, here's Hull on the attack. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink would have had a great shooting opportunity were it not for his appalling first touch, but the ball breaks to Kevin Kilbane on the edge of the box and he lashes a left-foot drive just wide.

1349: Chance for Will Atkinson to get the Hull goal-flood under way but the 21-year-old's left-foot volley from 12 yards is palmed away Wigan keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

1346: Paul Scharner will leave Wigan this summer and rumour has it that he has had 'Thanx' dyed into his hair for his final home game with the Latics. Shame he's on the bench...

From NeilBigFish on 606: "I reckon Stephen Hunt will stay in the Prem, he'll probably go to Wolves if old Mick goes in for him again. Geovanni will almost certainly leave Hull too."

1343: Test-match cricket is the best sport for revision-avoiding. Five whole days of it.

From Andrew via text: "Re Chris at 1333: You can say that again. I've even got unusually excited about the snooker..."

1340: Right, players from relegated clubs who might stay in Prem: Jimmy Bullard, Steven Fletcher, and quite a few Portsmouth players including David James.

1338: Bright start by the hosts. James McCarthy's right-wing cross comes to Hugo Rodallega, whose effort is bundled behind by Steven Mouyokolo.

1337: Jordi Gomez latches on to a loose ball and hammers a low, left-foot shot into the side netting.

From Moon on 606: "From the three relegated sides, which players will remain in the Prem?"

1333: Away we go then.

From Chris, via text: "Even this nothing fixture is more interesting than revision."

It's raining
1328: Out come the teams at a not-very-packed-at-all DW Stadium. It's Bank Holiday Monday, so obviously it's raining.

1327: Charles N'Zogbia has got to be disappointed he doesn't get another chance to impress England boss Fabio Capello today.

1323: TEAM NEWS
Wigan make four changes from the side that lost at West Ham last week, with Vladimir Stojkovic taking Chris Kirkland's place in goal and Steve Gohouri coming in for Titus Bramble at centre-back. In midfield, Charles N'Zogbia makes way for Jordi Gomez, who makes his first Premier League start of 2010, and Victor Moses replaces the injured Marcelo Moreno up front. Hull also ring the changes, with Will Atkinson, making his Premier League debut, coming into midfield with Tom Cairney and Kevin Kilbane in place of Nicky Barmby, Geovanni and Jimmy Bullard. Up front, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink returns from a head injury to replace the suspended Jozy Altidore and Mark Cullen, making his first Hull start, comes in for Caleb Folan.

1320: Indeed, Steve McClaren will be waking up with a headache this morning in more ways than one. After leading Twente to the first league title in their history yesterday, he must now decide whether to lead the Tukkers in their first ever Champions League group stage campaign, or take up a reported offer from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. I will be very surprised if he comes back to England though. Bit too soon.

From ZanyNinj via text: "No Bank Holiday for me Ms Cheese, hard(ly) at work. Any chance of Steve McClaren coming back to manage in England you reckon? How about at Liverpool?"

From peterrea13 on Twitter: "I've made Iain Dowie a Big Mac. It's my claim to fame. Therefore I want Hull to win 10-0."
Now that is what I call a claim to fame

From Tom via text: "I'm gonna have a cheeky £1 on Hull to stay up. It's only £1 and if it happens, I'll never have to work again. Hurrah! It's a mug's game, kids."

1312: TEAMS Wigan v Hull
Wigan: Stojkovic, Melchiot, Caldwell, Gohouri, Figueroa, Diame, McCarthy, Gomez, Watson, Moses, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, Thomas, Scharner, Scotland, Sinclair, Boyce, Mostoe.
Hull: Duke, Mendy, Mouyokolo, Gardner, Dawson, Atkinson, Cairney, Boateng, Kilbane, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Cullen. Subs: Myhill, Fagan, Barmby, Geovanni, Folan, Cooper, Olofinjana.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1308: But don't think that means you can swan off and enjoy Bank Holiday Monday like some sort of ordinary member of the public... I'm still going to need your texts, tweets and 606-iness. Please?

1304: Yeah, Hull are down.

1300: I know you think there's nothing on this game - but you're forgetting Hull aren't down yet. A handsome win today, 10-0 let's say, coupled with another big win over Liverpool on Sunday (say 6-0) and a heavy defeat for West Ham against Manchester City (let's go for 6-0) and the Tigers' survival will be secured! Arise Sir Iain!



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3 May 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 3 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 37 63 83
2 Man Utd 37 54 82
3 Arsenal 37 38 72
4 Tottenham 36 27 67
5 Man City 36 29 66
6 Aston Villa 37 14 64
7 Liverpool 37 26 62
8 Everton 37 10 58
9 Birmingham 37 -8 50
10 Blackburn 37 -15 47
11 Fulham 36 -2 46
12 Sunderland 37 -7 44
13 Stoke 36 -11 44
14 Bolton 37 -26 36
15 Wigan 37 -34 36
16 Wolves 37 -25 35
17 West Ham 37 -19 34
18 Hull 37 -41 29
19 Burnley 37 -42 27
20 Portsmouth 37 -31 19

see also
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03 May 10 |  Premier League
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football


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