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Premier League as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Chris Bevan

1820: And that is a wrap from me. It's been a long day, but a great one: packed full of incident and goals from start to finish. Manchester United had to scrap for a point at Bolton after falling behind twice, before late goals gave Aston Villa and then Stoke away wins. Don't forget you can see all today's action on Match of the Day 2 tonight at 2225 BST on BBC One and this website (in the UK), and I recommend you do. Enjoy, thanks for keeping me company and I'll see you again on Tuesday night for the latest round of Champions League group games. Bye for now.

From Spamburger on 606: "He may only have one trick up his sleeve, but Rory Delap pulls it out again and again and again! The second Stoke goal would never have happened without his consistent throwing into the box."

1814: Kenwyne Jones on his side's latest comeback, to beat Newcastle 2-1: "We know we have been starting games very slowly and it is a habit we have to kick."

1812: Alan Green is currently taking your calls on BBC Radio 5 live's 606 if you have got anything to get off your chest. At the moment, Arsene Wenger is getting a lot of stick for failing to sign a decent keeper during the summer.

bjorneo on Twitter: "Stoke's win means a whole weekend of football... now with a whole load of unexpected results."

1810: I'm already wondering what Stoke boss Tony Pulis said to his side at half-time, after a miserable first 45 minutes by his players. Whatever it was, it worked. They came out full of fight after the break.

1806: A Newcastle win would have seen them move into fifth place, but that Stoke comeback means they are the team climbing the Premier League table tonight. The Potters were in the relegation zone at the start of the day... now they are 14th.

Full time
1805: FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-2 Stoke

1804: What the!? James Perch does pop up in attack, as Newcastle break forward quickly from a corner. The ball breaks for him inside the area but his rushed shot takes a deflection of Robert Huth and flies wide.

1802: With less than two minutes of added time left, It's Stoke who are attacking at the moment.

From barca4ever on 606: "Newcastle deserve a point from this game. They should throw Perch in attack. With heading ability like that, he can retrieve a goal for them

1800: If the Magpies do lose this game, they will surely rue this miss by Kevin Nolan. After great work down the left by Jonas Gutierrez, he feeds Nolan in space and in front of goal... but Nolan miscues badly and scuffs the ball wide of the far post.

1759: Hope for Newcastle. We will have six minutes of injury time at St James' Park.

1757: Newcastle have got less than a minute of injury time left to find an equaliser. Their manager Chris Hughton will probably be wondering how and why they are behind but credit to Stoke, they have been the better side in the second half.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stoke goal: Agony for Newcastle and James Perch. Ecstasy for Stoke as their pressure pays off. Matty Etherington bends in a corner and Perch, who is trying to reach the ball before Robert Huth at the near post, only succeeds in finding his own net with a bullet header.

1753: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-2 Stoke (Perch og)

1751: Andy Carroll is back to leap and clear that throw, but here comes another one. Delap is having to avoid advertising hoardings to deliver the ball with full effect. Is that a deliberate ploy?

1750: Rory Delap hurls a couple of throws into the Newcastle area but Newcastle are coping with that approach so far. Here he goes again...

1749: Stoke have upped the ante too, but Newcastle still appear more dangerous to me. Their latest attack sees Potters keeper Thomas Sorensen do just enough to put off Andy Carroll as they fought to reach a Shola Ameobi cross - the home side are taking a leaf out of the visitors' book by pumping early balls into the Stoke box.


From Peake, via text: "We've hit the woodwork about eight times this season. Jones' header was very composed. Come on Stoke."

1745: That change by Newcastle seems to have worked. They are on top at the moment, and James Perch has just had a rasping long-range shot saved by Thomas Sorensen.

From Zippy_George and Bungle on 606: "This second half performance from Stoke is the best i've seen this season from them. They look confident, powerful and dangerous going forward. They look the more likely winners at the moment."

1743: Right. Newcastle appear to be going for it. Shola Ameobi, who scored twice at Stamford Bridge in midweek, is on for Cheik Tiote. I'd expect Ameobi to join Andy Carroll up front as the Magpies revert to 4-4-2.

1742: I'm hearing that Ricardo Fuller has dislocated his shoulder, which explains why he was in so much pain.

1741: That Stoke equaliser sets us up nicely for a rip-roaring finale. We have 20 minutes left at St James' Park, which is more than enough time for one of these teams to go on and win it.

1739: Newcastle respond quickly. Andy Carroll meets a cross from the left with a fierce volley from the edge of the area. Thomas Sorensen can only parry it... but recovers to collect the ball as Kevin Nolan slides in for the rebound.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stoke goal: Well, Newcastle can't say they weren't warned. After hitting the woodwork twice in quick succession, Kenwyne Jones levels for Stoke with a header from point-blank range. An inviting free-kick by Matty Etherington is headed back across goal by Robert Huth and Jones is unmarked and in the right place to knock it over the line.

1736: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-1 Stoke (Jones)

1735: Ricardo Fuller is in real trouble here. He cannot carry on and is going to be replaced by Eidur Gudjohnsen after being helped off the pitch. The substitute is substituted.

1733: There's a bit of a delay at St James' Park while Ricardo Fuller gets treatment. He fell awkwardly there and seems to be in a lot of pain.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1732: Just how close can you get to a goal without scoring? Kenwyne Jones rises to meet a Dean Whitehead free-kick and powers his header against the bar. Another narrow escape for Newcastle.

1731: Time for a Newcastle change. Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been quiet since the interval, is replaced by Jonas Gutierrez.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1727: I'm really not sure how Stoke failed to score there. Jon Walters knocks a cross into the path of Kenwyne Jones, and his powerful header smashes against the base of the post. The rebound falls perfectly for Ricardo Fuller, who probably can't believe his luck. He can't control the ball either, and his eventual toe-poke trundles wide. Stoke should be level but Newcastle fans can breathe again.

1725: Rory Delap, who has been limbering up on the touchline for the last few minutes, finally comes on the field. He replaces Glenn Whelan.

1723: Stoke's best chance of the game (which isn't saying a lot, admittedly). The corner comes over to Ryan Shawcross, who gets plenty of power behind his header but cannot find the target. He holds his head in his hands because he knows he should have done a lot better.

1722: Better by Stoke, who at last come forward with some intent. Matty Etherington runs at the defence and Jon Walters is involved too. They've got a corner - their second in the space of three minutes - so things are looking up.

1720: Ha, I knew it! Here comes Rory Delap...

1719: It's only five minutes since half-time so a bit strange to make a change now, unless Salif Diao is injured? Anyway, Stoke have made a substitution... no, not Rory Delap. Ricardo Fuller is on for Diao.

1717: Not much has happened since the restart. Newcastle have had most of the possession and have played some more sweet passes with nothing to show for it.

1716: No changes by either side at the break by the way. I wonder how long it will be before Rory Delap comes off the bench for the visitors?

1714: We are about to find out. The Magpies get the second half under way.

1713: Any Stoke fans out there who think the Potters can turn this around? They can hardly be any worse than they were in the first half, can they?

From Stokie1863 on 606: "I'm so thankful for everything Tony Pulis has done for Stoke City, but his tactics don't half baffle and bemuse me sometimes!"

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier on his side's late winner at Wolves: "It was a very good Liverpool goal. Stephen Warnock crossed and Emile Heskey scored it."

1700: If you've just got in after an afternoon away from your computer or phone, then I've got just one thing to say to you... where the heck have you been!? But, before you get involved with some top-drawer banter during the second half of Newcastle-Stoke, I realise you will want to know what happened in the first two games of the day, which is exactly what I'm going to tell you now. Here you go...


Bolton 2-2 Man Utd
Mandeep Sanghera reports: Bolton showed the progress they are making under manager Owen Coyle, who took over in January, with a hard-working draw against Manchester United in which they led twice. The Red Devils might be disappointed but a point apiece was a fair result.


Wolves 1-2 Aston Villa
Paul Fletcher reports: "Wolves will probably feel as though they deserved something from their game - and I would fully agree with them. But then, they hadn't reckoned with the damage an in-form Emile Heskey can do."

1659: Basically, Stoke haven't turned up yet. Which is a bit strange for any Tony Pulis side... I can't imagine there will be too many laughs in their dressing room at half-time, unless someone brings up Thomas Sorensen's kicking.

1657: HALF-TIME Newcastle 1-0 Stoke
Chris Whyatt's half-time snap-shot: "Utterly needless. No, not the game itself… Robert Huth's penalty-inducing bodycheck."

1656: Stoke will have to get the ball off Newcastle first. The first half is going to finish with another spell of silky passing by the home side.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Newcastle goal: Silly, silly silly. That's Stoke defender Robert Huth, who elects to body-check Andy Carroll despite the fact that Jose Enrique's deep cross is heading straight for Thomas Sorensen. That's a clear penalty, and Kevin Nolan steps up to send Sorensen the wrong way from the spot. Stoke will have to come forward now.

1652: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-0 Stoke (Nolan)

1651: PENALTY to Newcastle

1650: Yet more skill from Hatem Ben Arfa, who is leading the Stoke defence a merry dance. Still no end-product though. And only five minutes to change that before half-time.

1649: Speaking of Hatem Ben Arfa, he has just burst into the box after a mazy run down the left... but then sees his shot blocked. Apart from some terrible kicking, Thomas Sorensen has not been very busy in the Stoke goal... Newcastle need to change that.

From Gareth in Penge, via text: "I pessimistically predict that Hatem Ben Arfa will suffer from Amr Zaki Syndrome: fantastic for 15 games then watch him disappear/implode/start eyeing up Chelsea."


1644: Oh dear. Joey Barton has a pop from a free-kick, about 25 yards out... and it goes straight into the Stoke wall. Newcastle need to start making their superior possession count.

1642: It actually might just be watching this game that is causing Steve Harper to be a bit glum. It's all gone a bit flat in the last few minutes because Stoke are sitting back and Newcastle seem a bit short of ideas. In short, it isn't a thriller.

1639: I've just seen pictures of Steve Harper, with his arm in a sling, sitting in the stands at St James' Park. He's not looking happy, and you can't blame him... seeing as he waited what must seemed like a lifetime to cement his first-team place. Young Dutchman Tim Krul is their man between the sticks today. Harper is out for three months with shoulder ligament damage.

1636: The good news for Stoke fans? Your side have had a shot. The bad news? Kenwyne Jones tried his luck with the Newcastle defence backing off, but could only produce a daisy-cutter that rolled gently wide.

From darkanddom on 606: "Newcastle look a good side this season."

1632: Newcastle have definitely had the better of the first 20 minutes and they are playing some good stuff at the moment. A neat passing move ends in Jose Enrique being released down the left but his whipped ball across the face of goal beats all of his team-mates as well as the Stoke defence.

1630: Hatem Ben Arfa has a go from a free-kick after a neat bit of Mike Williamson skill results in him being chopped down. Thomas Sorensen is happy to see that one sail wide.

1629: Er, I think Thomas Sorensen needs a change of boots, or some kicking practice. Or both. He's got no problems catching the ball - dealing well with a hoisted Joey Barton free-kick - but (to quote A Tribe Called Quest) can he kick it? No he can't. He immediately smacks it straight at a Newcastle player on the halfway line, and the Magpies are soon on the attack again.

1626: To be fair to the Potters, Newcastle are hardly pouring forward in full-flow themselves. Andy Carroll climbs to meet a Jose Enrique cross from the left but he has men all around him and he cannot direct his header goalwards.

1622: We've not seen much of Stoke going forward yet. Kenwyne Jones, another ex-Sunderland player, has just latched on to a long ball over the top from Ryan Shawcross but made a right mess of his second touch, sending the ball straight out of play. He didn't get much sympathy from the home fans either.

1619: The Magpies are enjoying all the early possession but that Wayne Routledge half-chance is as good as it has got for them in front of goal so far. By the way, Thomas Sorensen's day is not getting any better - the Stoke keeper has just skewed another clearance straight out of play.

1616: A neat move by Newcastle sees Joey Barton releases Hatem Ben Arfa down the left and his cross finds Wayne Routledge inside the box. Sadly for the Magpies, his touch lets him down and Stoke clear.

anku_thakur on Twitter: "Newcastle to win 2-1. Carroll and Nolan for Newcastle, and Robert Huth with a set piece header."

1613: An early escape for the Potters. Their goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen makes a total hash of a back-pass but his sliced clearance lands at the feet of Ryan Shawcross. Nervous? I think so. Maybe it's because he's a former Sunderland man...

1611: Stoke get us started at St James' Park.

From Loz in London, via text: "Re matt the eternal optimist. Eating your words now aren't we, and if you had made that bet, that's all you'd be eating for a whole year!"

1608: Just one game left today then, and time to see who will earn their stripes... the men in the black-and-white of Newcastle or the red-and-white of Stoke. Let me know what you reckon, it's easier than you might think: Tweet me at chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter, join the chat on 606 or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

From anon, via text: "Well done Heskey. Wonder if HE'S SKY's man of the match?"


I liked that one.

Newcastle v Stoke team news
Chris Whyatt reports: "Newcastle don their 'Sunday best'. Sweeping changes from the mid-week Carling Cup team. Despite two-goal heroics at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle's Shola Ameobi is benched along with forward-partner-in-crime Nile Ranger. Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll take their place. Good news for home fans and the neutral: Hatem Ben Arfa starts. Staffordshire's finest (that's Stoke) retain the strongish feel of the side which knocked Fulham out on Tuesday. Star striker Kenwyne Jones has shaken off a knock, although Jermaine Pennant hasn't. Human sling-shot Rory Delap remains as a very handy substitute."

1601: So, Villa do indeed go fifth thanks to Emile Heskey's winner. They might not be there for long, mind, because Newcastle will move above them if they beat Stoke. That game kicks off in about 10 minutes, and the good news is that you can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live if you give this page a manual refresh.

Full time
1558: FULL-TIME Wolves 1-2 Aston Villa

1556: Back under way. Wolves are down to 10 men because they have already made three changes, and they are not making much headway in their quest for an equaliser.

1555: A bit of a delay at Molineux while Adiene Guedioura has treatment. We're going to have more than four minutes of injury time... and the Wolves substitute is about to be stretchered off.

1554: Fair play to anon at 1420. He called the Heskey debate dead right.

1552: There will be four minutes of added time for Wolves to rescue something from this game.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Aston Villa goal: Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Stephen Warnock floats over a cross from the left and Emile Heskey beats Christophe Berra to the ball to plant a header into the bottom corner of the net. That's the way to answer your critics. Heskey now has three goals in his last four games - someone get on the phone to Fabio Capello.

1550: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-2 Aston Villa (Heskey)

1549: Steve Sidwell is coming on for Villa to try to tighten things up in the middle of the park. Stiliyan Petrov is the man making way.

1548: The home side definitely look more likely to get a winner at the moment. Adiene Guedioura is almost invited to have a go at goal by a retreating Villa backline, but his low effort was never going to trouble Brad Friedel.

1545: Matt Jarvis skips round a Luke Young tackle and has time to pick out a man with his cross. Sadly for Wolves, the man he picks out is Aston Villa defender James Collins.

1544: Algerian international Adiene Guedioura is coming on for Wolves, replacing David Edwards. The home side are committing more men forward at the moment, and Villa seem happy to retaliate on the break.

1542: Around 10 minutes left at Molineux. It's all gone a bit scrappy to be honest.

Newcastle v Stoke line-ups (1610 BST kick-off)
Newcastle: Krul, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Ben Arfa, Barton, Tiote, Routledge, Nolan, Carroll. Subs: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Smith, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Ranger.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Collins, Whelan, Whitehead, Diao, Etherington, Jones, Walters. Subs: Begovic, Higginbotham, Gudjohnsen, Fuller, Wilson, Delap, Faye.
Referee: Michael Jones (Cheshire)

jbuchanan_ox on Twitter: "Gabby to come on and score. He ALWAYS scores in derby matches... "

1537: A bit of injury news for you from that pulsating Bolton-Man Utd match earlier on today. United winger Ryan Giggs will be out for a couple of weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up in the second half at the Reebok Stadium.

1536: The home side decide it is time for a change. Kevin Foley is coming off, and Richard Stearman is on.

1535: Wolves have more defending to do, and this time it is Jody Craddock who gets the vital touch as he and Emile Heskey rise at the far post to meet an inswinging Stewart Downing free-kick.

1533: Villa threaten on the break again, and through Ashley Young again. A much better end-product from him this time, though. Marcus Hahnemann needed to get a fingertip to his fizzing shot to tip it over the bar.

From Ross in Norwich, via text: "Re 1458. If Villa want to be playing in the Champions League, then these are the games they simply have to win. No questions."

1530: Villa make a change, which hardly surprising seeing how this second half has gone so far. Marc Albrighton is off - watch out for him in the England team at the 2014 World Cup. Gabriel Agbonlahor, who has had a stop-start season because of injuries, is on instead. We have got about 23 minutes left.

1529: Villa venture forward on a rare attack. Ashley Young makes space for a cross from the right but gets far too much on it and it flies over Nigel Reo-Coker's head and out for a goal-kick.

1527: It's all Wolves now. Well, it was before they scored as well but you know what I mean. The home side come forward again and it takes a timely clearance at the near post to stop the ball reaching Kevin Doyle. Villa are hanging on.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wolves goal: It's been coming, and perhaps the home side just needed a bit of luck. They certainly get it here... Matt Jarvis fires in an inswinging cross from the left and, with Kevin Doyle unable to reach it, the ball sails beyond him and Villa keeper Brad Friedel and bounces straight into the net.

1523: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-1 Aston Villa (Jarvis)

From Hywel in Farnham, via text: "Heskey falling over again. I'm not surprised, he always makes EMILE of it."


Enough, already. Although no-one has mentioned that, when Heskey fails to hit the target, a miss is as good as Emile...

1519: More menace from the home side and it is all hands to the pump in the Villa defence at the moment. Still, they cannot stop the ball breaking to David Jones on the edge of the area and he tries his luck... but his shot takes a deflection on its way to goal and loops into the grateful hands of Brad Friedel, who got across his goal quickly.

From Matt the eternal optimist in Malvern, via text: "Re 1458. I've followed Villa for years. They are not a good side and they will throw away this lead like they did against Bolton and Stoke. I'll bet my entire student loan on it."

1515: Wolves are doing most of the attacking but they have to watch Villa on the break. Ashley Young is their furthest man forward this time and, despite being surrounded by men wearing old gold, he gets a low shot away. It's heading for the bottom corner of the net but Marcus Hahnemann dives to his right to save it.

1512: From the resulting free-kick, Wolves pump the ball into the Villa area and we see a spot of head tennis before Christope Berra has a snap-shot from near the penalty spot. There isn't much power behind it, though, and Brad Friedel dives on the ball to save it easily enough.

1510: Stephen Warnock is a lucky man. A very lucky man. He slides in on Kevin Doyle and sends him flying but Mark Halsey elects to let him off with a final warning... probably because he was booked in the first half.

From Tom in Chelmsford, via text: "Re Rich in Woking. What are you on? Emile is rubbish. HE SKY's it all the time."

1508: We are back under way at Molineux.

Newcastle v Stoke (1610 BST kick-off)
Chris Whyatt reports: "The Geordie Michelangelo? Newcastle boss Chris Hughton seems to be masterminding what feels like a real Renaissance for the Magpies right now after years of decay. The past week has encompassed stunning away wins at Everton and Chelsea [in the Carling Cup] and in Hatem Ben Arfa a potential star has been unearthed. Stoke - stat-fans - seek their first away points of the season. But, as you well know, it's early days. And manager Tony Pulis always pumps them full of fight."

1503: Blimey, there are quite a few former Wolves players are on the pitch at Molineux, including Robbie Keane and Joleon Lescott... I think they are there to honour Matt Murray, their former keeper who had to end a promising career prematurely because of a succession of injuries. Murray was tipped as an England international in the making so it is a shame he never really got the chance to show what he could do.

From Rich in Woking, via text: "I do think credit should go to Emile. HE'S KEY to a lot of Villa moves lately... I'll get my coat."

1458: If the score at Molineux stays the same, Villa climb to fifth in the table. Wolves would remain a point above the drop zone. Not many people have been talking about Villa in terms of making the Champions League places this season, but if you look at their squad you can see why they came so close in the last couple of years. Whaddya reckon?

Half time
1453: HALF-TIME Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa
Paul Fletcher's half-time snap-shot: "So far, so good for Gerard Houllier's Villa, who love to have unearthed a real gem in impressive Tamworth-born wide man Marc Albrighton. Wolves, however, finished the half strongly and will doubtless come out strongly after the break."

1452: A succession of corners, crosses and free-kicks are fired into the area by Wolves but Villa cope well with all of them. Good pressure by the home side but they don't look like breaking down Gerard Houllier's men at the moment.

1448: Wolves try again for an equaliser as George Elokobi launches a long throw into the danger zone. Jody Craddock leaps well to meet it... his header is, erm, heading goalwards but Carlos Cuellar gets his head in the way. We're heading for half-time too... just two minutes of the first half left.

From Rusty, via text: "Re 1436. it takes a special kind of skill to BE tackled in such a way as to lead to your own team scoring. Beautifully played by Heskey."

1444: Stephen Ward has picked up a knock so he needs to come off. Wolves bring on George Elokobi, who will have to try to keep Mark Albrighton quiet. Good luck to him with that.

1441: Wolves WERE struggling to create shooting chances, but not any more. First, Steven Fletcher forces a diving stop from Brad Friedel after the ball breaks to him on the right of the area. The rebound is played back in to Kevin Doyle inside the six yard box, at the near post, and he also gets his shot away... only for Friedel to block that effort too.

1438: Ashley Young switches to the right flank for Villa and makes an immediate impact, cutting in to fire wide with a rasping shot. That wasn't far away.

1436: Well, Wolves are working hard and Kevin Doyle is a willing and able frontman but they are not exactly knocking on Villa's door as they go looking for an equaliser. Plenty of effort by the home side but they cannot create a shooting chance at the moment.

From same anon as 1420, via text: "Oh, was that Heskey with a major part in that goal? I think it was, meaning I'm correct!"


Hmmm. Heskey was tackled on the edge of the area before the ball came out to Albrighton. I'm not sure that is anything new for him, is it?

1432: Oops, I got so excited by Marc Albrighton's wing wizardry, I accidently gave him the goal. Give this page a manual refresh and Stewart Downing will get the credit in the goalflash, as deserved.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Aston Villa goal: I tell you what, I like the look of this Marc Albrighton. Future England winger? Probably. The youngster makes this goal with a wicked cross from the right that gets behind the Wolves defence and is met by Stewart Downing, who runs in at the back stick to hammer it home. Simple but devastatingly effective by the visitors. Work to do for Wolves.

1429: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa (Downing)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on his side's 2-2 draw with Bolton: "Being behind twice away from home and coming back does show character. I thought it was a fair result and a good match, particularly in the second half."

1427: Marcus Hahnemann is involved again. This time, Stewart Downing sends over a corner and James Collins rises highest to direct a downward header towards goal. The United States goalkeeper saves it with his knee.

1425: Marc Albrighton goes for goal himself this time, but fires straight at Marcus Hahnemann. Two facts about Stephen Warnock for you: 1. This is the third successive league game he has been booked in and 2. Like me, he has a metal rod in his leg after breaking it a few years ago. That is about all we have in common though...

Yellow card
1422: Stephen Warnock slides in on David Edwards and gets more of the man than the ball. That earns him a booking from Mark Halsey. David Jones curls in the resulting free-kick but it flies straight through to Brad Friedel.

From anon, via text: "Emile Heskey will be a new man under Houllier, I'm convinced!"

1420: Villa's turn to threaten, with Nigel Reo-Coker running to on the edge of the area before being crowded out by a group of Wolves defenders who hustle him off the ball. Then Marc Albrighton whips in a cross from the right that finds Emile Heskey unmarked at the far post. He cannot control the ball or divert it goalwards but, to be fair to the former England striker, it was quite a difficult chance.

1417: Emile Heskey is wrongly flagged offside as he chases an Ashley Young through-ball, but the ball would have run through to Marcus Hahnemann anyway. I'm not sure I would put any money on Heskey in any one-on-one situation to be honest... but I'm sure he will prove me wrong today!

1414: More pressure from Wolves. Stephen Ward's long throws are giving Villa problems and the home side are also playing some probing balls into the area from either flank. Villa need to take the sting out of things a bit, here - they are under the cosh a bit.

1412: Better from Wolves. Much better. After a decent spell of pressure, Kevin Doyle slides David Edwards clear on the right-hand side of the area with a precise pass. The Welshman is clean through... but he cannot find the target - his shot slices wide. That was a bit of a waste to be honest.

1409: A bright start by Villa, with Marc Albrighton seeing a bit of the ball out wide on the right and getting in a decent early cross that Marcus Hahnemann has to deal with. Wolves are still settling down.

Bjorneo on Twitter: "With all the unpredictable results so far, I could imagine Houllier working his magic against Wolves."


1406: We are under way at Molineux.

1405: Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier shares a warm pre-match handshake with his Wolves counterpart Mick McCarthy. Football has changed quite a lot since he was last in the Premier League, but it's good to have him back.

1403: By the way, that's three draws from three league games on the road for United this season - against Fulham, Everton and Bolton. Lots of drama, and goals (14), in those games too.

1401: The action just doesn't stop today... well, not for long anyhow. Handily staggered kick-offs mean we can now focus on Wolves v Aston Villa, a game which has got 'tasty west midlands derby' written all over it.

Wolves v Aston Villa team news (1405 BST kick-off)
Paul Fletcher reports: "Wolves boss Mick McCarthy predictably makes wholesale changes from the team that defeated Notts County 4-2 in the Carling Cup, with only Christophe Berra and Kevin Foley retaining their places. Emile Heskey starts for Aston Villa after coming off the bench to inspire his team to victory against Blackburn in the same competition. Stewart Downing returns after he was rested against Rovers, while just four players retain their places from Wednesday's cup match."

Wolverhampton v Aston Villa line-ups
Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Edwards, Henry, David Jones, Jarvis, Fletcher, Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Bent, Milijas, Guedioura.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Collins, Warnock, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Downing, Ashley Young, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Davies, Bannan, Lichaj.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1354: That was fun wasn't it? Well, maybe not for United. They go second in the table after twice coming from a goal down to share the points in an entertaining game but the draw means Chelsea still have a bit of breathing space at the top of the Premier League.

Full time
1351: FULL-TIME Bolton 2-2 Man Utd

1352: Oh dear. Nani hits the ball straight into the Bolton wall.

1351: Last chance for United. Nani stands over a free-kick, about 30 yards out.

1350: And another one. Robbie Blake for Chung-Yong Lee. I think this is known as running the clock down...

1349: No more chances to tell you about, just a late Bolton change - Matt Taylor is on for Martin Petrov.

1348: There will be three minutes of added time at the Reebok.

1347: The late pressure is coming from Bolton... at the moment anyway. Ji Sung Park does well to clear with Stuart Holden shaping to shoot and the resulting corner momentarily causes a bit of confusion in the United area. Sir Alex Ferguson's men have got a (recent) habit of conceding late goals - will that continue today?

1345: Another rash Paul Scholes challenge gives Bolton a free-kick about 25 yards out and a shooting chance for Martin Petrov. He wastes it, though, scooping his shot well wide of Edwin van der Sar's left-hand post. I expected better from the Bulgarian and his left foot there.

MrJamesDorey on Twitter: "If Owen plays he scores. It's as simple as that."

1342: I've been impressed by Johan Elmander today and he has just come within a yard or two of putting Bolton ahead for a third time. He latches on to a Kevin Davies pass on the left of the area but his low angled shot rolls wide of the far post.

Yellow card
1339: Another yellow card? Yep. Nemanja Vidic scythes down Johan Elmander and gets a deserved booking. The free-kick is hoisted long towards Kevin Davies, who is penalised for backing into a defender. Referee Phil Dowd is a busy man at the moment.

Yellow card
1338: Mark Davies joins Paul Scholes in the book after a similarly rash tackle. He did get the ball but he went through the back of Ji-Sung Park. I think it is safe to say that Scholes is a bit better at shooting than tackling - he's just had a go from the edge of the area with Bolton backing off, but his rising shot flew over.

Yellow card
1335: It's still all-action at the Reebok. First, Paul Scholes is booked for a foul on Kevin Davies after a bit of a wild challenge - it probably deserved a yellow. Then, at the other end, Nani steps inside a desperate sliding challenge by Chung-Yong Lee and curls his shot agonisingly wide of the far post.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man Utd goal: Seconds after Johan Elmander wastes a great chance to make it 3-1, blasting over after making space for a shot with a clever flick, United are level. Nani bends in a deep free-kick and Michael Owen rises at the front of a crowd of players to glance a header into the far corner, via a post. That's Owen's 200th club goal. Super-sub? I guess so.

1331: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-2 Man Utd (Owen)

From In_Fergie_We_Trust on 606: "Our biggest problem last year was failing to take advantage when our rivals dropped points. Looks like the same is going to happen this season."


1328: United are going to bring on Michael Owen to try to salvage this one. He replaces Darren Fletcher. We have got 20 minutes or so to go.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: Wow! Wanderers retake the lead with a superb counter-attacking move. From a United corner, Bolton clear and Chung-Yong Lee feeds Johan Elmander on the edge of the box. Elmander holds up play then feeds Martin Petrov to his left and the Bulgarian cuts inside before firing in a shot that deflects off Darren Fletcher and flies just inside Edwin van der Sar's near post.

1324: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-1 Man Utd (Petrov)

1323: A couple of dangerous crosses by United, but again Bolton deal with them. Sam Ricketts heads the second one behind after a clever turn by Ji-Sung Park gives him space in the corner.

1321: Bolton's turn to make a change. Mark Davies is on for Fabrice Muamba.

1320: Jussi Jaaskelainen's first save for a little while. Dimitar Berbatov exchanges passes with Federico Macheda and has a pop from the edge of the box. There is plenty of power behind the shot but it is too near the Bolton keeper who pushes the ball away.

1318: A loud cheer (from the Bolton fans) greets the announcement that Wayne Rooney is coming off. He's had a frustrating and unproductive afternoon. Can Federico Macheda do any better? He's got around half-an-hour to make an impact.

garyhuntermusic on Twitter: "No cutting edge in the last third from Man Utd, Berbatov dropping deeper and deeper. Need Owen on for Rooney."

1316: Credit to Bolton boss Owen Coyle for the way he has organised his side. They are just not allowing United any space in the final third. And, if the visitors do manage to get a cross in, his centre-backs are dealing with it everytime. Time for a rethink by Sir Alex?

1313: Nani is complaining that Fabrice Muamba caught him with an elbow in the build-up to that last United attack but referee Phil Dowd is not taking any action about it.

1312: United are still having the lion's share of possession but they are struggling to do anything meaningful with it. Patrice Evra has just drilled in a dangerous cross from the left but Bolton, via a couple of ricochets, survive.

1310: Here's a first change for United. Ryan Giggs has tweaked a hamstring and Ji-Sung Park is on instead.

1308: We already know Bolton's Martin Petrov has got a sweet left foot from his Manchester City days so it's probably not a good idea for United to give him time on the ball and a sight of goal... but they do. Petrov lets fly from about 25 yards out and his shot zips just over.

1306: Bolton are trying to find Kevin Davies whenever they get possession, with Johan Elmander feeding off his flicks. The Swede is not getting much to go on at the moment though.

Wolves v Aston Villa (1405 BST)
Paul Fletcher reports: "Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier takes charge of a Premier League game for the first time since 2004 as Aston Villa travel to Midlands rivals Wolves. Villa are two points above Mick McCarthy's team in the table but have lost their last three Premier League away games, leaking 11 goals. Wolves have lost their last two league fixtures and both sides are perilously close to the bottom three."

1304: The visitors are immediately on the attack. Patrice Evra crosses from the left and finds Wayne Rooney, who doesn't make proper contact with the ball at the near post and sees it bounce harmlessly wide. Rooney has not had a great time of things so far.

1303: United get the game back under way. No changes from either side to tell you about.

From jrcjohnny99 on 606: "This will be a different game in the second half, Bolton will start to tire and we will start to open them up; I'm predicting an early second half goal with a third to close it out in the last 15 minutes."

1301: And here come Bolton.

1300: United have just emerged for the second half. I'm sure Sir Alex had a few choice words to say at the break about their defending for Bolton's goal...

quincymcfrog on Twitter: "I don't think I can stand another United draw. We're throwing away the title already!"

1254: By the way, re 1147. According to Infostrada Sports, all four English sides in the Champions League have never lost on the weekend before they play in Europe. So this is a chance for Bolton to create history.

1250: It's been a decent first 45 minutes at the Reebok, where Bolton have given United plenty to think about so far. The latter stages of that half saw United do most of the attacking, though, so Wanderers could be in for a tough time after the interval.

From pressureisbirdflu on 606: "I have a feeling all this dominating stuff is gonna cost us and Bolton will get a set-piece goal and mess us all up."

Half time
1247: HALF-TIME Bolton 1-1 Man Utd
Mandeep Sanghera's half-time snap-shot: "The underdogs are again threatening an upset but can Bolton continue their good work against a Man Utd side looking ominously dangerous?"

1246: A decent effort for United by Nemanja Vidic, who gets a header away under pressure at a corner but sees it bounce wide of the far post.

1246: Just the one minute of added time at the end of the first half...

1245: Out of nothing, Bolton attack. Johan Elmander bursts forward and runs through Nemanja Vidic's challenge - that can't happen too often. United need Darren Fletcher to run back and get in a challenge on the edge of the area.

1243: Well, Bolton are still working hard, but that effort is mainly defensively now. It's United who continue to look more dangerous as we approach half-time.

1240: Wayne Rooney has had a quiet game so far, but you can never take your eyes off him for long. He creates space for a shot on the edge of the area with a burst of pace but his whipped effort flies a couple of inches over the bar.

1238: United threaten again. Nani and Dimitar Berbatov combine well down the right and Nani's cross is heading for Wayne Rooney in front of goal until Zat Knight sticks out one of those long legs of his to divert the ball to safety.

1234: A decent spell of pressure by United but their final ball - usually a cross at the moment - is not good enough to unlock the Bolton defence. Wanderers are still holding their own here.

1231: Half-an-hour gone at the Reebok, and it's been a cracking game so far. Both teams are trying to attack at every opportunity, so things are wide open.

1229: Bolton like getting forward down the wings and putting in crosses, and it's a tactic that is working for them. Martin Petrov and Chung-Yong Lee are seeing plenty of the ball but they have to be careful because United look very dangerous when they attack on the break.

From JackHughesByZola on 606: "Great goal but what is it with defenders laying off a player running at them? Cost Chelsea the game yesterday."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man Utd goal: An absolutely superb solo goal brings United level. Nani picks up the ball near the half-way line and makes for goal. Bolton have plenty of men around him but don't get a challenge in - and Nani goes past at least three players before beating Jussi Jaaskelainen with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.

1223: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-1 Man Utd (Nani)

1221: John O'Shea gives the ball away and Bolton drive forward through Sam Ricketts, who runs to the edge of the box and gets a shot away which is comfortably saved by Edwin van der Sar.

1219: Another Bolton set-piece, another chance. Stuart Holden lofts a free-kick into the box, Kevin Davies gets a flick and Edwin van der Sar has to be alert to keep the ball out as Johan Elmander tries to reach it. I don't think Elmander got a touch but Van der Sar still has to make a very good reaction save.

1216: In response to anon (below), that does happen a lot doesn't it?

From anon, via text: "What was Evra doing standing a metre-and-a-half off the post for Bolton's goal? If he's on the post it's not a goal - it's that simple!"

1214: Another good run by Darren Fletcher, who brings a decent diving stop from Jussi Jaaskelainen after latching on to Dimitar Berbatov's pass. This game has been very lively so far... more of the same please.

1213: Wayne Rooney, who is getting a bit of stick from the Bolton fans, shows his frustration by punching the ball away after being caught offside from Dimitar Berbatov's chipped pass.

From Groin of Gorgonzola on 606: "Oh what a surprise... Jonny Evans is responsible for a conceded goal YET AGAIN. This guy is a liability. Absolutely atrocious and will never be fit to wear the United shirt. Now watch Bolton not come out of their own half for the next 83 minutes. Disgrace."


1209: A decent response by United. Darren Fletcher does well to get forward down the right, and his pull-back finds Ryan Giggs near the penalty spot... Giggs has a pop, but his low shot flies straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton: Wanderers' first attack sees Chung-Yong Lee's shot deflected wide and, from the resulting corner, Zat Knight gets to the ball ahead of Jonny Evans to divert the ball into the bottom corner of the net with a deft flick of his boot. So much for Bolton still being asleep...

1205: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-0 Man Utd (Knight)

1204: Ryan Giggs bends in a dangerous cross that is headed clear with Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov waiting. Manchester United are definitely in the Wide Awake Club by the looks of things. Bolton? Still slumbering at the moment.

1202: A bright start by United, with Nani stretching his legs early on. Wayne Rooney also finds Dimitar Berbatov with a superb diagonal ball but the Bulgarian's very optimistic effort, from distance and a tight angle out on the right, is way off target.

1200: Here we go then. Bolton get us started.

From Rooney on 606: "If we don't take advantage of the big teams slip ups yesterday, my day will be ruined!"

1156: It looks quite chilly up in Bolton too be honest. Anyway, enough about the weather - kick-off is just minutes away...

1154: The players are in the tunnel, or tunnels - it is a weird set-up at the Reebok. Dimitar Berbatov looks deep in thought and Wayne Rooney has a joke with referee Phil Dowd.

palacestevieg on Twitter: "I can't really see United conceding today. That is unless Kevin Davies and co target Evans as Everton did, then who knows?"

1147: Worth bearing in mind that United have got a tricky Champions League tie with Valencia in Spain on Wednesday... could that be why Rio Ferdinand misses this one? On that note, I've heard of a Champions League hangover before but I wonder if all four of England's Champions League representatives have ever lost on the weekend before a set of European games?

From Simply10United on 606: "Re 1134. For once I agree with you Chris! Despite our good record against Bolton, I reckon Owen Coyle will lift his team enough to get a draw today."

Bolton v Man Utd team news
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Bolton are again without suspended centre-back Gary Cahill but, in the one change manager Owen Coyle makes, keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen returns from his ban to replace Adam Bogdan in goal. Manchester United keep the same side which beat Liverpool last week, with centre-back Rio Ferdinand, who played in the midweek Carling Cup win over Scunthorpe, missing out completely."

1138: A Bolton win would complete a pretty unlikely set of results this weekend, with the top three of Chelsea, Arsenal and United all losing. Infostrada Sports tell me the last time that happened on the same weekend was 18-19 March 1995. Back then, Glenn Hoddle was Blues boss, Stewart Houston was the Gunners' caretaker manager following the sacking of George Graham and Celine Dion was at number one with 'Think Twice' (until the chart show on Sunday, anyhow). Basically, it was a long time ago.

1134: I can't see it being easy for United today, but then I'm usually wrong about these things. I'm more interested in what you lot think anyway. What are you waiting for? Tweet me at chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter, join the chat on 606 or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

Bolton v Man Utd
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Can Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side capitalise on Saturday's results by winning at Bolton? It would be hard to bet against United who have beaten the Trotters 10 out of the last 11 times they have met, although Bolton are unbeaten at home after two draws in the league at the Reebok so far this season. Ferguson says striker Wayne Rooney is struggling to cope with the media spotlight but then he does have the in-form Dimitar Berbatov."

Bolton v Man Utd line-ups
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Robinson, Lee, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Alonso.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Macheda.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1127: That's the first of our three top-flight games today, and it kicks off at 1200 BST, so I hope the Bolton and United players remembered to set their alarm clocks. There's lots more happening too... Gerard Houllier's first league game as Aston Villa boss sees his side take on midlands rivals Wolves at 1405 BST and then Newcastle look to continue their fine run when they play Stoke at 1610 BST.

1123: They haven't even kicked a ball yet but's already been a very good weekend for Manchester United, with the two teams above them in the Premier League - Chelsea and Arsenal - both losing yesterday. It can get even better for Sir Alex Ferguson's men too - a win at Bolton today would see them close to within a point of the Blues at the top.



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Premier League results

26 Sep 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 6 19 15
2 Man Utd 6 7 12
3 Arsenal 6 9 11
4 Man City 6 5 11
5 Aston Villa 6 -2 10
6 West Brom 6 -3 10
7 Fulham 6 1 8
8 Tottenham 6 1 8
9 Blackburn 6 0 8
10 Newcastle 6 1 7
11 Sunderland 6 0 7
12 Bolton 6 -1 7
13 Birmingham 6 -1 7
14 Stoke 6 -2 7
15 Blackpool 6 -5 7
16 Liverpool 6 -3 6
17 Wolves 6 -3 5
18 Wigan 6 -11 5
19 West Ham 6 -9 4
20 Everton 6 -3 3

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