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Sunday football as it happened


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By Sam Lyon

1835: Well, that's it from me today folks. Cheers for all your chat - it certainly wasn't dull in the end was it? Make sure you're back to join Jonathan Stevenson for Manchester United v Newcastle tomorrow night, and before that don't miss Match of the Day 2 with Colin Murray tonight at 2200 BST. I'll be back for all your Europa League action on Thursday - I hope to see all of you again then.

Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"A nightmare for Joe Cole but 10-man Liverpool responded bravely only to be undone by an error form the normally-reliable Pepe Reina. Great finish to the game - which you might not have expected after the first half."

1828: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson on the BBC: "I thought our second half performance was better than the first half. I thought two central midfielders were good. We made up being a man short and had every bit as much possession and chances as the Arsenal. But it's a disappointment to get this close to the end of the game and not get three points."

D-Gooner on 606: "At the end of the day credit to Liverpool for playing the way they played with one man down and Arsenal for fighting back!"

1820: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the BBC: "We played against 10 men and it became more difficult. They defended very deep and defended very well. They tried to take the fluency out of the game. I give credit to my team, they kept going and got the equaliser. When you play at Liverpool a draw is always a decent result. I didn't see the (Joe Cole) challenge. One thing I can say is that Laurent Koscielny didn't make a meal of it, we were close to taking him off, we were scared it was broken. Overall, I have to say we are consistently at the top (of the league) and do not get enough credit. We finished third last year and want to do better this year."

Sporter via text: "Am I the only one who thinks Koscielny was given a second yellow for kicking the ball away straight after his handball?"
Didn't see that mate, but maybe.

1813: Just listening to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger talking after the match - apparently he "didn't see" Joe Cole's tackle on Laurent Koscielny so can't comment on the red card.

Rohan on 606: "This is how much we would have missed Cesc had he gone to Barca. Shabby performance especially in midfield."

joewinlee on Twitter: "2 clubs, 2 debutants for each, 2 red cards, 2 goals, all in one match. How I love the EPL!"

Arsenal need Arjen on 606: "Arsenal will walk away from this match feeling better about the result. Never gave up. Well done to the Gunners."

1808: As has been pointed out - that second yellow card for Laurent Koscielny was harsh. It's hit his hands but he was protecting his face. And David Ngog got away with a far more deliberate handball earlier on.

gunnerthru on 606: "Against 10 men in the second half we (Arsenal) should have done better. They couldn't put pressure on Liverpool's defence. That was disappointing. Overall the draw is the right result."

1804: Jamie Carragher: "Arsenal played very well in the first half but in the second half so did we. We knew we had to hold on and we were doing that, but unfortunately we've conceded a goal that whether you've got 11 men or 10 men you'd be disappointed to concede. Pepe's the best keeper in the world, though. It's disappointing, of course, but I guess we'd have taken a draw at half time."

TheHandOfZod on 606: "As an Arsenal fan, full credit to Liverpool. To be a man down and to still draw is amazing. I wish Arsenal showed that much courage and fortitude. We were absolutely poor."

redboychris on 606: "Good effort from Liverpool, pity we could not hold on though."

Full time

1756: My word this is super, super frantic.

Red card
Koscielny red card: Two bookings in quick succession for the Frenchman, the second for a deliberate handball, and that's two debutants sent off at Anfield.

1755: RED CARD Lauren Koscielny (Arsenal)

1755: And now a chance at the other end as Theo Walcott's cross finds Thomas Vermaelen, who can't direct his header on target.

1753: Close! Steven Gerrard powers a free-kick at goal from range, but Manuel Almunia does well to tip it around the post.

1752: Liverpool bounce forward in search of what would now be a remarkable winner. Laurent Koscielny, meanwhile, goes into the book for a foul - much to the mirth of the Anfield crowd.

Arsenal goal: Hero to zero for Pepe Reina. Tomas Rosicky's cross is bundled on to the post by Marouane Chamakh and the ball rebounds out, hits Reina, and creeps over the Spaniard's goalline.

1750: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal (Reina og)

NemanjasDisciple on 606: "Top save Reina. Should've scored though. FINALLY a forward ball in the last third from Arsenal - low and behold they get a chance."

1747: We've had 88 minutes now, and Arsenal continue to knock on the door of the Liverpool defence. The Reds, so far, though, are holding on.

1746: That was almost brilliant from Tomas Rosicky - and only a fabulous save from Pepe Reina keeps Liverpool in front. The Czech exchanges passes on the edge of the box, dances past a couple of tackles, and curls towards the top corner from 16 yards out - Reina tipping over on the stretch.

1745: Tomas Rosicky goes into referee Martin Atkinson's note-book for a foul on Steven Gerrard. Daniel Agger, meanwhile, comes back on - but he does not look right at all. Liverpool have used all three subs, of course.

1743: Half a glimpse of an opening for Fernando Torres, but Laurent Koscielny works him off the ball - fairly says referee Martin Atkinson - and Arsenal break again.

1741: Daniel Agger is struggling now, he looks a bit dazed. He should carry on, though. Arsenal have 10 or so minutes to turn their possession into goals.

LFC_Koptastic on 606: "Credit to Mascherano. Truly professional performance."

1738: Fernando Torres secures Liverpool some respite by earning a free-kick deep inside the Arsenal half. More worrying for the Reds, though, is the sight of Javier Mascherano sat feeling his left leg in the centre circle. He comes off moments later to be replaced by Lucas.

1736: Arsenal roll the dice for the last time, Arsene Wenger sending Robin van Persie on for Abou Diaby.

1734: Fernando Torres comes on to replace David Ngog.

1734: Theo Walcott steps and curls it round the wall, but Pepe Reina tips it round the post on the stretch. It might have been creeping wide, but a good effort and a good save nonetheless.

Yellow card
1733: Late challenge from Steven Gerrard on Marouane Chamakh, yellow card and an Arsenal free kick 25 yards out.

1732: Huge cheers at Anfield - Fernando Torres is about to make his entrance.

1730: Samir Nasri tries his luck when the ball falls to him on the edge of the area, but his goalbound shot smashes into Martin Skrtel and away. It's getting frantic at Anfield now.

1729: Big chance for Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky flights in a lovely ball from the right but Thomas Vermaelen, eight yards out, can only glance it wide. Should have at least got that on target.

1728: Liverpool buzzing around in an attempt to cut down Arsenal's time on the ball - none more so than Javier Mascherano, who earns a standing ovation for his closing down of the Gunners' midfield. Daniel Agger, meanwhile, takes a shot right in the mush - the hosts literally putting their bodies on the line at the moment.

1726: Liverpool make their first change of the day, with Maxi Rodriguez replacing debutant Milan Jovanovic.

1723: Is this the start of a backs-to-the-wall effort from Liverpool? With the hosts, understandably, dropping deeper in the face of Arsenal's increased possession, the visitors are getting their foot on the ball again all of a sudden. Liverpool looking very strong in defence so far, though - would we expect anything else from a Roy Hodgson side?

1720: Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Eboue make way for Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott.

1719: Arsenal get on the ball for the first time really in the half, and Samir Nasri - who looked very good in the first half - earns a corner when his shot on the turn is deflected over. Jack Wilshere directs an effort way off target from the resulting set piece.

1717: Arsenal changes are afoot, with Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky getting ready to come on.

1716: Another chance for Liverpool, David Ngog this time getting on the end of a Steven Gerrard free-kick but succeeding only in heading it over. Should have done better, there.

1713: This is stirring stuff from Liverpool, who have Arsenal well and truly rattled at Anfield. It's another corner for the boys in red.

1712: Infostrada Sports tell us that Liverpool have won their last five Premier League matches at Anfield in which they were reduced to 10 men. This run stretches back nearly nine years.

1710: I do believe we have a game on our hands now, people.

1709: Liverpool have started this half on a mission, and Martin Skrtel beats Manuel Almunia to Steven Gerrard's free-kick, only to direct his header wide.

Liverpool goal: Unbelievable. We're barely a minute into the second half and Liverpool lead - Javier Mascherano slipping in David Ngog inside the box and the Frenchman lashing past Manuel Almunia at his near post and high into the net.

1706: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal (Ngog)

1705: Liverpool, down to 10 men in case you missed it, get the second half under way.

1703: Laurent Koscielny is coming back out for Arsenal.

Siimf on Twitter: "If you're sending off Cole for that, Wilshere should have gone 10 mins previous."

1659: I have to say - it would appear you lot are proper split if my Twitter, your texts and 606 are to be believed. Opinions ranging from "a ridiculous red card" to "give him a 10-match ban". Interesting.

1655: A disastrous debut for Joe Cole, then, sent off for the first time in his professional career on his Anfield bow. But, having seen the replays again, I have to say the red card is probably justified. He's not gone in there to hurt the player, I'm sure, but he's nowhere near the ball and does catch Lauren Koscielny very heavily. I'll bring you news of the Arsenal defender's health as and when I hear it, but his game is almost certainly done and dusted.

d0mth0ma5 on Twitter: "Stone-wall red card for Cole, that, nowhere near the ball and it could've been very nasty."

Cmb via text: "Everton fan here. Worst red card ever - what's the ref thinking?"

GraymeadYNWA on 606: "A bit reckless, I've seen worse go un-punished. But to be fair I don't think he will get away with it on appeal so I can't argue with the ref."

Half time
Mandeep Sanghera's one-word HT report:

1648: Laurent Koscielny does not look in a good way, his head is in his hands as he is stretchered off down the tunnel.

Red card
Joe Cole red card: Well well well... Joe Cole flies into a tackle on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny by the corner flag, the Frenchman goes down heavily, and Martin Atkinson wastes no time in brandishing a straight red card. Replays show it was ugly, but a red card? I'm not sure. Cole looks mystified and the fans are livid.

1647: RED CARD Joe Cole (Liverpool)

1646:... off the line! David Ngog heads Steven Gerrard's corner goalwards but Gael Clichy, on the post, gets it away.

1645: Fine move and a fine effort, Glen Johnson and Dirk Kuyt swapping passes on the edge of the box and the former stinging a shot goalwards left-footed - Manuel Almunia helps it over the bar for a corner...

Yellow card
1641: Referee Martin Atkinson dips into his pocket for the first time this match as Jack Wilshere goes in on Javier Mascherano studs up. Deserved booking for the young lad.

1640: I think it's fair to say this game has not yet kicked into gear.

1638: The Arsenal defence opens up as Milan Jovanovic breaks the offside trap, running on to a long ball over the top, but the Serbian can only smash left-footed over Manuel Almunia's goal on the angle from inside the area.

ArsenalAlerts on Twitter: "Goalkeeper crisis? What goalkeeper crisis!"

haho on 606: "Flap Flap Flap Almunia. Buy Wenger, buy!"

1634: Oh let-off for Manuel Almunia as the Arsenal keeper comes for a corner and, with no-one near him, barely gets a touch on it - referee Martin Atkinson gives a foul against Daniel Agger, though, to spare the Spaniard's potential blushes.

1631: With clear-cut chances few and far between so far I guess that's worth a go, Gael Clichy firing goalwards from 25 yards out on the left, but troubling no-one but those fans sat in the Kop.

1629: Liverpool get forward down Arsenal's right, but Daniel Agger's cross is far too deep and the visitors are able to clear easily.

1628: Marouane Chamakh goes down rather theatrically under little pressure from Jamie Carragher in the Liverpool box, but referee Martin Atkinson is not fooled. Correct decision. Good spell this, though, for Arsenal - keeping possession nicely and pegging Liverpool back in their own half.

1624: ...again, though, it comes to nothing as Liverpool stay firm in defence.

1624: Corner to Arsenal as Glen Johnson heads Bacary Sagna's centre behind...

1623: Samir Nasri fires it straight into the wall, though, with Thomas Vermaelen pinging wide on the rebound. A waste.

1622: Moments after some excellent tracking back ends a promising Arsenal attack, Steven Gerrard goes in unfairly on Emmanuel Eboue to hand the Gunners a free-kick 25 yards out.

1619: Good combative work in the midfield by Javier Mascherano as the Argentine breaks down an Arsenal move and launches the hosts forward... Bacary Sagna cleans up comfortably in defence, though.

Jim Bowen on 606: "Aint it super smashing great having Sunday footy back."

1615: Dirk Kuyt does well down the Liverpool right before feeding Glen Johnson, but the full-back's cross is a touch too deep and drifts over the unmarked Joe Cole in the centre of Arsenal's box.

1613: A quick word on the formations - it's looking like a 4-2-3-1 for Liverpool with David Ngog up top on his own, while Arsenal have adopted a fluid 4-4-1-1, with Andrey Arshavin given the free role behind the front man. Both teams feeling each other out at present.

1609: Nice, typical, one-touch play from Arsenal, but when the move breaks down Liverpool new boy Milan Jovanovic bustles forward with good strength and intent before feeding Dirk Kuyt on the right, the Dutchman's cross is poor, though, and Manuel Almunia collects in the Arsenal goal. Fairly even start, this.

PanasonicVieira on 606: "Nice free kick from the Verminator there. Well struck."

1606: Bosh - first shot of the match and our first save. Thomas Vermaelen rockets a shot in from all of 25 yards and, with the ball swerving, Pepe Reina punches the ball away on the stretch. Good shot, good save.

1603: Nice early touches of the ball for both sides, while referee Martin Atkinson hints at a lenient approach today when he lets a firm challenge on Emmanuel Eboue go unpunished. That's it Atko, let it flow...

1601: Arsenal get us up and running.

1600: Blazing sunshine at Anfield - Liverpool in red, Arsenal yellow. Man I'm excited.

I want to see Iniesta on a rugby field on 606: "RE: 1551 - Why must refreshes always be cheeky?"

1555: Atmosphere building nicely at Anfield - and the Arsenal fans are certainly playing their part. High hopes and huge optimism within both these clubs this season, but which side will deliver in their Premier League opener? Our football expert Mark Lawrenson, by the way, has tipped a 1-1 draw for this one. Happy with that?

Daily Telegraph's sports writer Henry Winter on Twitter: "At Anfield... (Manchester City boss) Roberto Mancini, scouting, is charm personified. Signing autographs, posing for pix, joking with staff about how young he looks..."

1551: By the way, if you're looking at the Championship 'as it stands' table on the right at the moment, give this page a cheeky refresh and the Premier League table will appear right before your eyes.

FabregasTheCaptain is staying haha Xavi on 606: "Diaby starting after not playing one single game in pre-season? I think I'd rather have seen Frimpong in that midfield. I know its a big game, but Frimpong is a natural DM, and Diaby just isn't disciplined enough."

Anon via text: "Really looking forward to the difference that Chamakh will make. Cant see why the GOD Fabregas isn't starting, though."

Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"So Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is on the bench as David Ngog starts up front with summer signing Joe Cole making his Premier League debut for the club along with fellow new Reds arrival Milan Jovanovic. Holding midfielder Javier Mascherano is in the side, despite saying he wants to leave the club, while Daniel Agger looks set to fill in at left-back with Fabio Aurelio on the bench. Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas misses out completely, while striker Robin van Persie is on the bench. Fellow forward Marouane Chamakh and defender Laurent Koscielny make their top-flight debuts for the Gunners and Manuel Almunia gets the nod in goal, with teenage midfield playmaker Jack Wilshere also starting."

west-ham4europe on 606: "There is no denying Wilshere has got talent, but I don't think he is good enough yet to be in the starting 11 of a title-chasing team. He may prove me wrong, but he has got a lot to live up to if he is going to get more praise than Villa's Marc Albrighton did yesterday."

lobotics on Twitter: " I feel the term 'six-pointer' has lost its meaning through overuse. Can we call this one a twelve-pointer?"

Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Jovanovic, Mascherano, Kuyt, Cole, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aurelio, Torres, Maxi, Babel, Lucas, Kelly.
Arsenal: Almunia, Clichy, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Diaby, Nasri, Eboue, Sagna, Wilshere, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, van Persie, Vela, Walcott, Song, Gibbs.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1537: One rumour on Cesc Fabregas, by the way, is that he has a chest infection which is why he is not in Arsenal's matchday squad. Other reports suggest it's purely a lack of fitness. Either way, at least the Spaniard is still a Gunner huh?

Bunteh on 606: "Time to see the difference Hodgson has really made. The inquest starts here."

BeatnikSteve on Twitter: "A new era for Liverpool requires a convincing start to the season. Torres to come off bench and score?"

1533: This is the third time Arsenal have opened their PL campaign on Merseyside, our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us, and all three matches have been played on August 15. In 2004, Arsenal won 4-1 at Everton in their opener and last season, the Gunners won 6-1 at Goodison Park. Now - is that an omen?

Denils_son on 606: "Liverpool's team lacks height and with Arsenal usually poor at set-pieces, this could play into the Gunners' hands."

Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"Liverpool against Arsenal is a game to whet any football appetite and is set up for an intriguing battle. Roy Hodgson was drafted in as the Reds manager after the exit of Rafael Benitez during the summer and he has already impressed in his short time in charge. He has lured Joe Cole to Anfield and persuaded key duo Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to stay with the club. He will now be judged on results as Liverpool try to put last season's seventh-placed finish behind them. The Gunners have signed defender Laurent Koscielny and striker Marouane Chamakh this summer but the big news on the transfer front for them is that they managed to keep skipper Cesc Fabregas out of the clutches of Spanish giants Barcelona. Manager Arsene Wenger has also signed a new deal with the London club and he has displayed his confidence in his players by insisting the target for them this season is the Premier League title. When it comes to opening day Premier League fixtures, Liverpool have won two of their last seven, while Arsenal have eight wins from the last nine."

TorreSamK9 on Twitter: "These games decide everything: six-pointer."

Dan via text: "No room in the Liverpool team for Aquilani, Poulsen, Insua, Pacheco, Shelvey or Wilson? Dare I say there is a little strength in depth there?"

Breaking team news:
Manuel Almunia and Jack Wilshere do indeed start for Arsenal, as do Marouane Chamakh and Liverpool nemesis Andrey Arshavin. No place in the starting XI, then, for Robin van Persie or Cesc Fabregas.

1518: If Andrey Arshavin is right below - and surely, if anyone would know it'd be him - it's worth bearing in mind Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's pre-match promise: The guy who plays (in goal) on Sunday will be No 1. It is never for definite but it will be a consequence of what I have seen in pre-season." Does that mean a move for Shay Given or Mark Schwarzer is off the cards?

Andrei Arshavin on 606: "Almunia is in goal for Arsenal, Wilshere also starts..."

DanAVFC on 606: "Re 15:01 - No, it wouldn't be fun at all! He can't manage in the big games, the World Cup proved that! I'd rather see Jasper Carrott manage us than Maradona."

Breaking team news:
Javier Mascherano starts for Liverpool, Fernando Torres is on the bench. No place for Christian Poulsen.

Full time
That's nine games unbeaten against Forest for Leeds, across three divisions. Fair.

1510: Leeds press up the pitch and Connolly attempts a delivery from the right - but it's easily cleared.

1508: We're in the 94th minute and it looks very much like this is how it will end.

1504: We will have six minutes of injury time at the City Ground.

1503: Leeds have a couple of snap-shots from the edge of the area, the first is blocked and then the second - from Neil Kilkenny - whips wide of the Forest upright. Leeds looking the likelier to score here.

1501: Away from this match for a minute - Argentina legend Diego Maradona has apparently thrown his hat into the ring to become the new Aston Villa manager, according to his 'European representative' Walter Soriano. Brilliant. How fun would the Premier League be then?!

1459: Further replays show Sanchez Watt stepped on Chris Gunter's foot first. How very unnecessary.

1458: Leeds boss Simon Grayson is apoplectic by the dugouts, and that means the linesman is copping a right royal earful. Should be an interesting last 10 minutes, this...

1455: Ah - replays show Chris Gunter deliberately stamped on Watt's foot. Pure petulance from the full-back, not sure what Watt did wrong.

Yellow card
1453: I have no idea what sparked it - but Forest's Chris Gunter is all of a sudden the centre of attention in front of the Leeds fans as players from both sides launch into the worst game of push-and-shove ever. Gunter and Sanchez Watt of Leeds go into the book.

1448: Camp, sporting a Terry Butcher-esque head-wrap - gets us back started.

1447: Ouch. Forest keeper Lee Camp will have to get treatment here after colliding with a Leeds player's knee - there's blood above his eye. A typically sympathetic response from Leeds fans ensues, Camp retorts by pointing to the blood and his Forest badge. Feisty.

1444: And that's an even better chance for Leeds, Sanchez Watt this time failing to hit the target with an unmarked header eight yards out, centre of goal. Let off for Forest. This is Leeds' best spell of the match.

1442: Oooh Luciano Beccio should do better. Neil Kilkenny's cross is a good one but Becchio fails to get his head on it six yards out and Wes Morgan is able to clear.

Yellow card
1440: Ryan Bertrand wrestles Lloyd Sam to the ground and receives a booking for his troubles. Promising position for Leeds, this, 30 yards out... Nathan Tyson, meanwhile, replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

1436: First change of the day as Garath McCleary replaces Paul Anderson for Forest.

1434: Leeds work themselves into a decent area out on the left, but unlike for the visitors' equalising goal Bradley Johnson's delivery leaves a lot to be desired and the Forest defence watch the ball fly harmlessly behind.

1429: Great work from Lloyd Sam - he's been excellent today - as he breaks free on the left, but his whipped cross eludes everyone in the box and the chance goes awry.

Yellow card
1427: Neil Kilkenny goes into the referee's book for a clumsy - but hardly malicious - challenge on Forest's Radoslaw Majewski.

1426: This half yet to really get going at the City Ground, with both sides feeling each other out like a couple of boxers sparring out the early rounds. Will Forest take up the baton in front of their own fans?

Pickles91 on 606: "RE: DC_Reeves - Leeds have replace Beckford! Billy Paynter got injured in pre season though that's all."

Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"As the game between Liverpool and Arsenal closes in, Reds fans will be eager to see if striker Fernando Torres is fit enough to start or whether boss Roy Hodgson takes the less risky approach of having him on the bench. Summer signing Joe Cole is set to start his first Premier League game for the club, while a question mark remains over whether the wantaway Javier Mascherano or new signing Christian Poulsen will start in the holding midfield role. Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is unlikely to start in midfield as he builds up his fitness and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger suggested he would be limited to a role coming off the bench if any at all, with striker Robin van Persie in a similar situation. But Andrey Arshavin, who has bagged five goals for Arsenal in his last three games against the Reds, should be in the Gunners line-up."

DC_Reeves on Twitter: "You can tell Becchio misses someone up front with him, a poacher say. Leeds need to replace Jermaine Beckford."

1419: Nottingham Forest kick off the second half of this well-set Championship match.

Owyn via text: "I really have developed a soft spot for Leeds recently. I hope they do well this year."

redandblackT on 606: "Has there ever been a real case of a footballer bursting his lungs while running?"

1412: So as we all enjoy our half-time teas (milk, one sugar - standard), why not have a look at a few things knocking about our website today? We've got the FA revealing Fabio Capello's successor as England manager will be an Englishman, Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow insisting there is "no rush" to push through any takeover deal at the club, and then of course there's the ever-popular gossip column. It beats the Sunday soaps doesn't it?

Half time

1359: As we approach half-time, you have to say 1-1 is just about fair on the balance of play - even taking Forest's terrific start into consideration. The hosts certainly finishing the half the stronger, though...

PanasonicVieira on 606: "Sloppy defending that from Forest."

1355: Paul Anderson attempts to restore Forest's lead immediately, but his flashing drive 25 yards out zips over the bar.

Leeds goal: You have to say that's just reward for their recovery in the last 10 or 15 minutes - but Leeds have Wes Morgan's wayward pass out of defence to thank for starting the attack. The move ends with Bradley Johnson crossing for Lloyd Sam, on the back of a lung-busting run into the area, to head home brilliantly. A fine goal.

1353: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds (Sam)

1351: Leeds again work it nicely in and around the midfield and earn themselves a free-kick 40 yards out... it comes to nothing.

1347: Forest break and for a moment they have four v three in attack, but Radoslaw Majewski shows his selfish side and blazes an effort from range well off target.

1344: This is a good spell for Leeds, forcing the hosts on to the back foot for the first time in the match, and I'd say the visitors have probably edged the last five minutes or so. Forest still leading 1-0, though.

big diao on 606: "The atmosphere at the Forest v Leeds game is great, hope they get promotion this season!"

1340: Great chance for Leeds as Lloyd Sam sets Luciano Becchio free in the box, but the Argentine's first touch is far too heavy and Forest keeper Lee Camp is able to get out and smother.

1337: Leeds finally enjoy a spell of possession as Simon Grayson's side look to battle their way into this match, and Lloyd Sam is furious when a foul is given against him for a challenge on Kelvin Wilson in the box - he wanted it the other way. Replays suggest he might have had a shout actually.

1332: More encouraging for Leeds as they work it to Lloyd Sam in attack, but his shot is well blocked.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1330: Oh, excellent football. Robert Earnshaw and Dexter Blackstock combine at the business end of another lovely Forest move and the former gets clear on goal, only to rocket his finish against the far post.

1329: Leeds are rattled here, and Forest and zipping the ball about with real intent.

Nottm Forest goal: It's been coming. Forest work a short throw-in on the right and Chris Gunter pings a delightful left-footed cross over on the half-volley, allowing Dexter Blackstock to glance a simple header in from eight yards out. Leeds boss Simon Grayson won't be happy with the defending, but that was all about Gunter's excellent cross.

1326: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 1-0 Leeds (Blackstock)

1324: Actually, Forest more than edging it. Possession stats show they have had the ball 87% of the time so far. Blimey. Leeds looking to weather the early storm.

1323: Lovely open start, this. Forest edging things at the moment.

1321: Penalty appeal for Forest as Fede Bessone goes in hard on Chris Gunter just inside the area - but replays show the Leeds man just got a touch on the ball. Good decision referee Tony Bates.

1318: Almost a blistering start for Forest, Chris Gunter's delivery causing all sorts of havoc in the Leeds box and Paul Anderson getting his chest on it, but Kasper Schmeichel does well with the point-blank reaction save.

1317: Leeds get us up and under way.

1315: The players are out at the City Ground and we're moments away.

A couple of decades ago this would have been one of the stonking ties across Europe, but the fact Forest and Leeds meet today in the Championship doesn't mean this will be any less competitive or - hopefully - intriguing. Leeds may be new to this division after a three-year stay in League One, but their sights are set far higher, as are Forest's. Both are looking to bounce back after opening-day defeats, however, and Forest are desperate to shake off their 'slow-starters' tag having started last season with one win in eight games and the season before that with one win in 13. They'll hope their midweek Carling Cup exit can somehow spur them on to greater things in the league, while Leeds will hope to build on their midweek win over Lincoln. I'm tipping a classic.

small_fortunes on Twitter: "I'm a Palace fan lucky enough to be going to Anfield today. I'm a Londoner but I'm sitting in the Kop. Don't know who to support!"

Nottingham Forest
boss Billy Davies brings back Ryan Bertrand, Kelvin Wilson, Chris Gunter, Paul McKenna, Dexter Blackstock and Robert Earnshaw after his side's midweek Carling Cup exit to Bradford. Leeds beat Lincoln in the Carling Cup in midweek but boss Simon Grayson makes a change from that side, replacing defender Alex Bruce with Richard Naylor.

Mikael Silvestre's Dolphin-shaped Forehead on 606: "If Arsenal get a draw today then I'll be happy. It seems Wenger would rather put anyone in defence than sign an actual defender."

Chris, North Wales via text: "Joe Cole to bag the winner today! Just have to stop Arshavin at the other end."

oliverhj84 on Twitter: "Only a repeat of 2009's Liverpool-Arsenal 4-4 classic will live up to yesterday!"

Nottm Forest:
Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Wilson, Bertrand, Anderson, McKenna, Majewski, Cohen, Blackstock, Earnshaw. Subs: Darlow, Chambers, Adebola, Tyson, McCleary, Moussi, Thornhill.
Leeds: Schmeichel, Connolly, Collins, Naylor, Bessone, Watt, Johnson, Howson, Kilkenny, Sam, Becchio. Subs: Higgs, Bruce, Grella, Clayton, Hughes, Bromby, White.
Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

matth7 on 606: "Fasten your seatbelts, it should be fun."

1256: And this, ladies and gentlemen, is where you come in. I want your thoughts on all things football today - and don't feel like you can't reflect on a cracking Saturday across all the divisions either. Tweet me, text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or get chatting over on 606. This is your time to shine.

1252: What am I talking about - today can be even better. We kick things off with a monster game from the Championship with Nottingham Forest v Leeds - the apperetif if you like - before what promises to be the absolute barn-stormer of a mains, the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal. Quite simply, Sundays featuring football matches involving Nottingham Forest, Leeds, Liverpool and Arsenal do not get any better than this. Are you ready?

1248: So the Premier League kick-off delivered rather nicely didn't it? Some cracking football, plenty of goals, incident and excitement in heavy measure - and even a spell at the top of the table for relegation favourites Blackpool. What a couple of hours that was for the Seasiders. Frankly, I'm not sure today can possibly live up to it.
Aston Villa 3-0 West Ham
Blackburn 1-0 Everton
Bolton 0-0 Fulham
Chelsea 6-0 West Brom
Sunderland 2-2 Birmingham
Tottenham 0-0 Man City
Wigan 0-4 Blackpool
Wolves 2-1 Stoke

1245: Right then, follow that Sunday's football.

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Premier League table

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Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Arsenal 10 13 25
2 Chelsea 10 8 20
3 Liverpool 10 7 20
4 Tottenham 10 4 20
5 Man City 10 17 19
6 Southampton 10 7 19
7 Everton 10 4 19
8 Man Utd 10 4 17
9 Newcastle 10 -2 14
10 Hull City 10 -2 14
11 West Brom 10 0 13
12 Cardiff 10 -4 12
13 Swansea 10 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -3 11
15 West Ham 10 0 10
16 Fulham 10 -5 10
17 Stoke 10 -4 9
18 Norwich 10 -14 8
19 Sunderland 10 -15 4
20 Crystal Palace 10 -15 3

see also
Liverpool v Arsenal photos
15 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Has the Big Four become a Big Two?
13 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Squads under scrutiny
13 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Who are the champions? First
12 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Premier League Ten to Tackle
13 Aug 10 |  Football
Lawro's predictions
12 Aug 10 |  Football
New Premier League squad rules explained
27 Jul 10 |  Premier League
Football on the BBC
05 Aug 10 |  Football

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