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By Jonathan Stevenson

1940: Would you believe there are nearly 12,000 words on this live page right now? I'm setting that as the upper limit, so it's time to call it a day. A very watchable Match of the Day is on BBC One and online at 2230 BST, with The Football League Show following on at 2350 BST. I think we'll all be watching that, if only to see a screaming 35-yard free-kick from the extravagantly talented Lewis McGugan. Have a great night, 'til tomorrow.

West Ham 1-2 Newcastle
Peter Scrivener reports: "A troubled week for Andy Carroll ends on a high note as the Newcastle striker, who was up before the court on an assault charge on Monday, sets up one, scores the winner and has a terrific game as the Magpies win 2-1 at West Ham. For the Hammers, their miserable start to the season continues. After an encouraging opening to the game, they looked devoid of creativity."

From Jon in London, on text: "Here's food for thought - if we'd won our easy-on-paper home games against Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan, we'd be third right now. Not quite sure what that means, but it means something."

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton on Andy Carroll: "He doesn't have to repay anything. He's not the finished article and he's got a lot to learn but he's in the right place going out there."

BBC London's Dan Warren at Upton Park: "A deserved win for Newcastle and the Toon Army celebrate wildly at the end. It'll be either a happy journey back or a big night out coming up for them. West Ham fans boo - defeat was not disastrous, but that second half showing will cause more than a few worries. Oh, and there's the shirtless Geordie. A big unit, he looks a bit orange, swinging his shirt above his head. Great work son."

Newcastle's Joey Barton: "We always seem to give ourselves a mountain to climb. We're a resilient lot. Fair play to West Ham, they could've been 2-0 up by the time we got going and this is a difficult place to come, so it's a great victory as any away in the Premier league is. I don't mind playing out wide if we're winning, I'd play in goal if it helped."

From Victoriaroadheroes on 606: "West Ham are a mess! Losing at home to a very ordinary Magpies outfit, must have the alarm bells ringing in the boardroom at Upton Park."

Full time
1924: Full-time West Ham 1-2 Newcastle
Terrific start for the Hammers, but that soon fizzled out and boos greet the final whistle at Upton Park, which is never a good sign.

1923: Chris Hughton bellows last-gasp instructions to his Newcastle players - amazingly, some were saying he was under pressure before today. What utter nonsense.

1921: And we are due three minutes of added-on time. Is it enough for West Ham?

1919: Anyway, I digress. Manuel da Costa glances a header wide at one end, before Andy Carroll fires narrowly off target at the other. Stoppage time is imminent.

1918: I haven't either, Dan. Not since I called my gran about 20 years ago to ask her what it was like being there when Des Walker scored his first goal for Forest after about 300 games in the last minute to salvage a draw against Luton. "What are you talking about, we lost 1-0 didn't we?" she said. Absolute heartbreak.

BBC London's Dan Warren at Upton Park: "Abject stuff from West Ham in the second half and a few in the Bobby Moore stand have already seen enough and are off. At 2-1. I've never really understood that."

1916: West Ham are trying to have a go at getting this equaliser, but they really do look like they have run out of ideas at the moment. Not much time left for them, few minutes remaining.

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "It is 14 months since West Ham last lost a PL match after scoring first - a 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham in August 2009."

1911: There are 10 minutes left at Upton Park for West Ham to find an equaliser at home against Newcastle, but the visitors seem more likely to score if anyone at the moment. The home fans are quiet, strangely.

Full time
1909: Full-time Doncaster 2-0 Sheffield United
Good win for the home team, they move up to 11th in the Championship on the back of those three points. The Blades are 18th.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Keepmoat Stadium: "I read an interview recently in which Blades boss Gary Speed talked about the sleepless nights caused by football management. Another one in store for the fledgling boss. Donny have been excellent."

1906: Into injury time at Doncaster and we'll have three minutes of the stuff. At West Ham, Valon Behrami goes off and Pablo Barrera comes on in his place.

1905: Sheffield United have a penalty shout at Doncaster as Jamie Ward gets squeezed out inside the penalty area - you've probably seen them given, but nothing doing this time.

1904: Chance for Newcastle to wrap it up as Joey Barton breaks forward and evades one challenge, but he shoots from 18 yards instead of playing in Andy Carroll, and it's deflected over the bar.

BBC London's Dan Warren at Upton Park: "Newcastle in command now, and the sizeable travelling support is starting to believe the long journey could yield maximum points. And with some justification. Massive carbon footprint, mind."

1901: Meanwhile at the Keepmoat, Doncaster continue to lead Sheffield United by two goals to nil in the Championship. It might end that way, too.

Magpies goal: There's the beauty of a proper cross - you won't see a better one all weekend. A patient build-up down the Newcastle right ends with a stunning Joey Barton delivery which beats the defender and it's too risky for the keeper to come and get it, so Andy Carroll ends his goal drought by thumping in a header from six yards. Advantage Toon Army.

1859: GOAL West Ham 1-2 Newcastle (Carroll)

1858: West Ham bring on Benni McCarthy for the injured Frederic Piquionne. It's fast and frantic at Upton Park, but there isn't really much to tell you of, I regret to announce.

BBC London's Dan Warren at Upton Park: "Injury o'clock after the Hammers shuffled their defence following Matthew Upson's departure. The home fans increasingly agitated by their side's ability to give the ball away needlessly in midfield."

More Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "Well done to Birmingham, I thought they passed the ball very well and were very hard to break down. I think their manager beat me today. He's a wily old fox, he's far more experienced than me, he's been in the Champions League and he's won the battle with me today."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Keepmoat Stadium: "Sheffield United have improved after the break but it would be wrong to say they have really forced their way back into this contest. Not so. Richard Creswell's scuffed header rather sums up their night."

1850: What a chance for Sheffield United. Mark Yeates whips in a free-kick from the left and Richard Cresswell, six yards out in front of goal, can only head wide. Had to score.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "We got beat, only two-nil. One of them was a set piece, headed against the bar by Goliath. Charlie [Adam] made a mistake, he's apologised to the boys. I told him he didn't need to apologise to the lads, he certainly didn't need to apologise when he banged in 19 last year. He's got a cut on his leg but he'll get some stitches and he'll be fine."

1847: Sheffield United are enjoying plenty of possession at the Keepmoat, but they aren't creating any chances, and when you're 2-0 down with less than 20 minutes to go that's probably not a good thing. Doncaster are comfortable.

From AR4 Breezy - CESCY JACK- Forgiving All My Enemies on 606: "Proud of my adopted town, playing some great football... supporting both Arsenal and Donny is surely a good thing."

1843: Herita Ilunga comes on for Matty Upson, going to left-back, so Danny Gabbidon will move across to partner Manuel da Costa.

1842: Matthew Upson goes down and he's in trouble - the Hammers defender is going to have to go off here. He passes the armband to Scott Parker and trudges away from the pitch.

1840: Cracking move from Doncaster, not for the first time, as they get down the right and when James Hayter lays it back into the path of Brian Stock, he lifts his shot three or four yards over the bar from the edge of the box.

1838: Nice move from Newcastle in the wet conditions at West Ham - Joey Barton floats a ball into the box and in a reverse of what happened for the goal, Kevin Nolan heads it into the path of Andy Carroll, who catches a left-foot volley sweetly from 18 yards only to see Rob Green make a decent save.

1835: Doncaster's Billy Sharp, who scored the second against Sheffield United, is sitting in the stand with crutches. He doesn't look too upset. Back under way at Upton Park in the Premier League, where it is West Ham 1-1 Newcastle.

1833: Sheffield United have improved markedly after the break at the Keepmoat, but Doncaster hold all the cards in this one still. The visitors bring on Matthew Lowton.

From mattzaliar on 606: "Does anyone else rate Obinna? Whenever I see him get the ball he over-hits everything. Same last time I watched him play."

1827: Jamie Ward, who has just come on as a sub for Sheffield United, dinks a shot over the advancing Neil Sullivan and just wide of the far post. Better from the visitors.

West Ham 1-1 Newcastle
Peter Scrivener reports: "Told you there'd be goals at Upton Park this evening. West Ham dominated early on as Carlton Cole scored his first of the season but Newcastle were equally as deserving of their leveller, smashed in by Kevin Nolan. It's fast, frenetic and hugely entertaining - who knows which way this one's going to go."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Keepmoat Stadium: "What have Sheffield United got? Not a lot on the evidence of the first half, whereas Doncaster have really been very pleasing on the eye."

1821: And they are back under way in the Championship, where it is Doncaster 2-0 Sheffield United. That game is live on BBC Two and on this website right now.

Half time
1819: Half-time West Ham 1-1 Newcastle
Pretty good game of football at the Boleyn Ground, you'd have to say. West Ham have been the better of the teams, but they've both looked threatening at times.

1817: Just as I say that Newcastle launch an attack and after a knock-down from Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, while falling over, can only loop a shot harmlessly into the air.

1815: When West Ham get the ball on the floor and play it, they look a terrific team. A cross from the Hammers right from Valon Behrami tests Newcastle keeper Tim Krul, but he's equal to it with a safe catch. The hosts are in the ascendancy.

BBC London's Dan Warren at Upton Park: "Victor Obinna's doing his best to gee up the home fans, who have had little to cheer of late. The away fans seem happier, although from this distance I can't see any shirtless torsos. C'mon Geordies, it's only a bit of southern autumn drizzle - toughen up!"

1810: More top stuff down the Hammers left from Victor Obinna, who is having a purple patch at Upton Park. He gets to the byeline and pulls it back for Scott Parker 22 yards out, only for the midfielder to lash his shot miles over.

1808: Desperately close to West Ham taking the lead again as Victor Obinna leads the Newcastle defence a merry dance down the left with a super run, and his left-foot cross thumped along the six-yard box only just evades Carlton Cole. Good defending from Fabricio Coloccini.

Half time
1805: Half-time Doncaster 2-0 Sheffield United
A blow for the hosts as Billy Sharp limps off with a hamstring injury just before the break, but they have a nice cushion to go with their half-time cuppa.

From Luxinho on 606: "Brilliant... the Brazilian commentators are comparing Andy Carroll to Highlander - and they may have a point."

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier: "A point would have been fair reward for the effort of my players. We started well but didn't get a goal and that seemed to have an affect on our game. We made tactical mistakes, which were very unusual. In the second half we did better and had chances to score. I liked our response and we deserved a goal, but in football you don't always get what you deserve. I was very proud of my players' efforts in the second half, we've got to build on that."

BBC London's Dan Warren at Upton Park: "Avram Grant must be fuming at how his side switched off pretty much from the moment they took the lead. It's a trait he must eliminate if West Ham are to climb the table. Game on."

Donny goal: The hosts lead 2-0, and it's the inevitable goal form a club's former player. Joseph Mills does well down the left and pulls it back for James Hayter - when his shot is parried by Steve Simonsen, the ball falls for Billy Sharp to rifle home. He lifts up his t-shirt to reveal an under-garment bearing the words 'Fat lad from Sheffield'.

1758: GOAL Doncaster 2-0 Sheffield United (Sharp)

Magpies goal: I wonder if Andy Carroll will get some rent off for setting his landlord up? The visitors are level in the teeming rain, Joey Barton sending over a deep cross from the right, Carroll nodding it down and Kevin Nolan smashing it into the Hammers net.

1754: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Newcastle (Nolan)

1753: It's a bit scrappy at West Ham right now. If you want more chat on all things football capital city-related, I'd be amazed if there wasn't a whole load of chat on the BBCLondonSport Twitter page.

Donny goal: Just like the Hammers, they deserve that. Doncaster have started really well and James Coppinger plays a neat one-two with Billy Sharp on the right-hand side of the penalty area before slotting past Steve Simonsen. Advantage hosts.

1749: GOAL Doncaster 1-0 Sheffield United (Coppinger)

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Keepmoat Stadium: "Sheffield United boss Gary Speed is banned from the touchline today and is sat four rows in front of me in the press box. Not too many signs of emotions from him so far but, then again, there has not been all that much for him to be too excited about."

1748: Decent opening at Doncaster as Mustapha Dumbuya sends over a cross from the right, but it is headed well over the crossbar by Billy Sharp, his first chance of the match.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish: "We've stood toe-to-toe with everyone and we haven't had the rewards so far this season. But we tried to give Blackpool a tactical problem and it worked for us. We had two up front plus Alexander Hleb just off them. That worked for us. Nikola Zigic is a good finisher, I'd actually like us to work more with him in the air, despite the size he is. We want him to get another string in his bow and work harder at attacking the defenders."

Hammers goal: They deserve this, make no mistake about that. Mark Noble plays a lovely ball over the top down the left for Frederic Piquionne and his ball along the six-yard box is met by Carlton Cole, who escapes the attentions of his marker to bundle home.

1743: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Newcastle (Cole)

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Keepmoat Stadium on Twitter: "Blades definitely looking unsure at the back - it is easy to see why they have conceded goals this season."

West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo: "We haven't been looking at the table, it's not important where we are in the table now, it's where we are at the end of the season."

From Matt, Edinburgh, on text: "Re: 1707 thanks for not putting up my guess of Blackburn and Villa. That would've been embarrassing."

1739: It's a bit like attack v defence on the training ground at Upton Park as West Ham are camped in the Newcastle half but no real chances for the home side yet. Carlton Cole goes down in the box under a challenge from Mike Williamson but penalty appeals are waved away.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Two senior NESV officials appointed to Liverpool board. David Ginsberg & Michael Gordon will be at Anfield tomorrow. No pressure Roy."

1734: Sheffield United do some pressing of their own after Doncaster's bright start, but no clear-cut chances for the visitors as of yet. Nothing to tell you about in the early stages at West Ham.

1732: Under way between West Ham and Newcastle.

1731: There is a minute's applause at West Ham in honour of former Hammers player Malcolm Allison, who played for the club in the 1950s, and Eddie Baily, who was chief scout at Upton Park and helped to sign Alan Devonshire.

1729: Doncaster go close again as John Oster slams in a right-foot shot from 20 yards that flirts with the side-netting at Steve Simonsen's right-hand post.

1727: The teams are out at Upton Park and we're very close to getting under way in the Newcastle v West Ham game.

1726: Lively start at the Keepmoat Stadium and Doncaster carve out the first genuine chance of the match as midfielder James Coppinger, in his sixth season at the club, sees a powerful drive well saved by Sheffield United keeper Steve Simonsen.

1724: Remember the BBC's Final Score speculating that Chesterfield, who were beating Shrewsbury 4-0 in their seventh game at their new stadium in front of 7,777 fans with 30 minutes remaining, may go on to score seven (see 1627)? Well, seven goals were scored - but not by the Spireites. The Shrews bagged three in the last 10 minutes to make it a nervy finish but the League Two leaders held on to win.

Wigan 1-1 Bolton
Les Roopanarine reports: "Hugo Rodallega squandered enough chances to win several games, not least a late header that would have given Wigan all three points. Yet Bolton were good value for the draw, and have still lost only once in the Premier League all season, at Arsenal."

1721: West Ham v Newcastle team news:
Peter Scrivener reports:
"West Ham make three changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Wolves last time out with Matthew Upson returning in defence after a neck injury - Tal Ben-Haim drops to the bench. Midfielder Valon Behrami and striker Carlton Cole also start. Newcastle striker Andy Carroll plays despite appearing in court earlier this week, accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend. Boss Chris Hughton said that he is "quite sure he will be in the right frame of mind to play football". Shola Ameobi partners Carroll up front while skipper Kevin Nolan has recovered from an ankle knock. Those six teams with at least 250 Premier League wins? Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool of course. The other two are Tottenham and Aston Villa."

West Brom 2-1 Fulham
Jamie Lillywhite reports: "The Baggies move into fourth after their fourth win of the season but expect complaints from Fulham boss Mark Hughes, who waited to remonstrate with referee Kevin Friend after the final whistle."

1717: Under way in the Championship, by the way, as Doncaster take on Sheffield United. That game is live on BBC Two and on this website if you'd like to watch it.

Chelsea 2-0 Wolves
Owen Phillips reports: "Wolves emerged with credit from their trip to face Carlo Ancelotti's in-form side and could easily have scored a couple of goals, but Chelsea looked ominously good going forward, playing with pace and frightening movement and were worthy winners."

Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa
David Ornstein: "Sunderland avoid equalling a club record of six successive draws thanks to Richard Dunne's first-half own-goal but the hosts were left hanging on by the end. Chances came and went as Villa dominated the second half but it's now five defeats from six on the road for Gerard Houllier's men."

Birmingham 2-0 Blackpool
John Oakley reports: "Birmingham's hunt for a first Premier League win since August finally ends at St Andrew's as Blackpool go down to a 2-0 defeat. Ian Holloway's side were positive to the end but a glaring error from Charlie Adam that allowed Nikola Zigic to double the Blues' advantage proved too much to come back from for the Seasiders."

1713: Time for our reporters to wrap up the early games...

From LondonsFinestClub on 606: "Well done Chelsea, Wolves battled very hard and looked dangerous at times. Chelsea should've had more goals but I'm happy and we will still be top come Monday. Hopefully, Arsenal can unravel City tomorrow but we'll see, maybe even Stoke can do the unthinkable."

From James, Winchester, on text: "West Brom are a breath of fresh air this season, seem rejuvenated under Di Matteo. If they keep performing like this, they'll be pushing for a European place come the season's end. BUT, I seem to remember a Hull City team starting firing on all cylinders a couple of seasons back... And we all know what happened there. There is an awfully long way to go yet."

1707: West Ham v Newcastle scene-setter:
Peter Scrivener reports:
"Time for more tempting of fate - the late kick-off promises goals, goals and more goals - 28 have been scored in the last seven Premier League meetings between the Hammers and the Magpies. West Ham will move above Newcastle and out of the relegation zone for the first time this season if they win. Even a draw would be enough to lift them off the bottom, to be replaced by Liverpool. Victory for Newcastle would be their 250th in the Premier League - only six other teams have won more - I bet you can name four of them fairly easily but how about the other two?"

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Keepmoat Stadium: "There are four changes for Doncaster as they look to bounce back from their 3-2 midweek defeat at the hands of Derby, with James O'Connor, Shelton Martis, James Hayter and Martin Woods all coming into the side. Sheffield United make one enforced change - Ritchie De Laet replacing Stephen Jordan - as they look to complete back-to-back wins after defeating Hull on Tuesday."

1703: West Ham v Newcastle line-ups:
West Ham:
Green, Jacobsen, da Costa, Upson, Gabbidon, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Obinna, Cole, Piquionne.
Subs: Stech, Ben-Haim, Barrera, Boa Morte, McCarthy, Faubert, Ilunga.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi.
Subs: Soderberg, Guthrie, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Smith.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

1702: Doncaster v Sheffield United line-ups:
Sullivan, Dumbuya, O'Connor, Martis, Mills, Coppinger, Oster, Stock, Martin Woods, Hayter, Sharp.
Subs: Gary Woods, Lockwood, Wilson, Hird, Webster, Shiels.
Sheff Utd: Simonsen, Calve, Nosworthy, Morgan, De Laet, Cresswell, Ertl, Quinn, Yeates, Britton, Bogdanovic.
Subs: Wright, Taylor, Ward, Bartley, James, Lowton, Slew.
Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire)

1700: There's a late doors double-header boost for all of us today - West Ham v Newcastle gets under way in the Premier League at 1730 BST, but in the Championship it's Doncaster v Sheff Utd at 1715 BST. It's live on BBC Two and on this website at the top of this here page - and if you don't know much about Donny, let Football League blogger Paul Fletcher talk you through the story of their veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

From MarkGoodge on Twitter: "Prem table looks distinctly odd at the moment - only one of the so-called big four is in the top four."

1656: So, that's the three o'clock games done and dusted, but there's plenty more to come.

1654: Full-time Wigan 1-1 Bolton

1654: Full-time Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa

1653: Villa are still attacking, and Emile Heskey still wants a penalty. This time, after a long ball into the box, Simon Mignolet comes and claims well under pressure from a couple of Villa players.

1651: Full-time Birmingham 2-0 Blackpool

1651: Darren Bent is all set to pull the trigger and score for Sunderland, but Richard Dunne gets in a terrific last-ditch challenge. Is there hope for Villa?

1650: Full-time West Brom 2-1 Fulham

1649: Full-time Chelsea 2-0 Wolves

1647: Dying stages of three o'clock starts. What's left...?

From GamblerMark, London, on text: "I'm sorry but Heskey has blown chance after chance today and running a tightrope not to get sent off! If only Carew was playing."

From Anon, on text: "Once again another anti-Heskey comment, I'd say I hope he scores a screamer but the last time he did you managed to ignore it, despite it being the winner... Enjoy your bandwagon!"

Football League Nath: "Might need to add Carlisle-Charlton to that game of the day list. The home side were trailing the Addicks 3-0 but Gary Madine converts from close range to haul them back level at 3-3. Could we see a similar comeback at Deepdale? Crystal Palace are now only one goal away from an unlikely point against Preston thanks to James Vaughan's late penalty."

1642: Chelsea are playing time out at the Bridge, while Villa remain desperate for an equaliser at Sunderland - they are running out of time, Gerard Houllier's boys.

From Harry WHOA on 606: "Chelsea losing momentum? Because they lost to City, drew with Villa and aren't putting Wolves away 6-0 after a long trip to Russia and back? Sounds pretty standard to me. Remember Jose's 'win ugly'? Job done."

1638: Not long left in the Prem, where it's Birmingham 2-0 Blackpool, Chelsea 2-0 Wolves, Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa, West Brom 2-1 Fulham and Wigan 1-1 Bolton.

Chelsea goal: Gorgeous stuff from the champions and that should be game over. Salomon Kalou, on as a sub, starts it, finding Didier Drogba and he lays it on to Michael Essien, who produces a brilliant through ball to Kalou, who has continued his run and slots in at the near post. Wonderful goal.

1636: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Wolves (Kalou)

Football League Nath: "Games of the day updates: Preston and Crystal Palace going toe-to-toe with captain Callum Davidson blasting home a penalty home before a diving header from Andy Dorman gives Palace hope at 4-2. Of similar drama, Rotherham are back on level terms against Wycombe in League Two where it is now 3-3 and Adam Le Fondre has his second of the afternoon."

1633: Emile Heskey is absolutely furious at Sunderland - the Villa striker is booked for using an arm in an aerial challenge, and he thought he should have had a penalty a few moments ago too.

1631: Villa's Marc Albrighton carries the ball into the Sunderland half and fires in a stinging right-foot shot from 16 yards that Simon Mignolet does well to save. A minute later, Richard Dunne drills a shot wide from an angle on the left, took a deflection too.

From Batwellchelsea on Twitter: "We are losing the momentum with which we started the league in every game that goes by."

1628: Kevin Doyle's near-post header goes straight into the grateful arms of Petr Cech. Chelsea could yet live to regret a number of missed chances against a Wolves side who are still looking threatening.

1627: It never rains but it pours for Charlie Adam. Not only did the Scot give the ball away in his own six-yard box to allow Nikola Zigic to score for Birmingham but he is now limping badly after cutting his leg in the same incident. The Scot is substituted and looks rather annoyed with himself.

1627: From BBC's Final Score: Chesterfield have just gone 4-0 up at home against Shrewsbury - that's the 30th goal scored at the Spireites new stadium this season in just the seventh game. A stadium record 7,777 are watching - 30 minutes left, enough time for Chesterfield to get up to seven goals?

Bolton goal: They probably deserve that, Bolton, but it's a defensive calamity really. A cross from the Bolton right should be cleared, is only booted high into the air and when Kevin Davies nods it back into the six-yard box, Johan Elmander reacts quickest to prod the ball into the Wigan net.

1625: GOAL Wigan 1-1 Bolton (Elmander)

1623: It's all Villa at Sunderland, and Steve Sidwell sees his header from a corner cleared off the line by Jordan Henderson.

Football League Nath: "Bournemouth controlling matters against Sheffield Wednesday, they lead by a solitary Ryan Garry effort and are dominating possession against a lacklustre Wednesday side. But south coast rivals Brighton won't be caught in the League One table by the Cherries if results stay the way they are, the Seagulls cruising against Yeovil thanks to goals from Glenn Murray and Inigo Calderon. Peterborough, who started in second have let their lead slip against Brentford and now find themselves 2-1 down at Griffin Park."

1620: Didier Drogba looks like he is clean through at Chelsea, but Marcus Hahnemann races off his line and tackles the Ivorian to avert the danger. At Sunderland, Stewart Downing crosses from the Villa left and somehow Emile Heskey completely misses the ball from five yards. No, I don't know how.

Wigan goal: It's a cracking little move, but it should have been given offside. Charles N'Zogbia plays Franco di Santo in on the Latics right and he looks offside - but Di Santo doesn't mess about, shifting it through to Hugo Rodallega, who fires into the Bolton net from inside the area. Clinical stuff.

1618: GOAL Wigan 1-0 Bolton (Rodallega)

1615: Chelsea should have added a second to ease any nerves but made a meal of a glorious break forward which ended with Florent Malouda's goalbound shot being diverted to safety by Michael Essien.

Blues goal: Charlie Adam has been brilliant this season - but unless he scores twice, quickly, Ian Holloway is going to absolutely slaughter him after. A corner from the right is headed goalwards by Roger Johnson, Liam Ridgewell keeps it in play and Adam commits the cardinal sin, trying to control the ball inside his own six-yard box, only to hit it against Nikola Zigic and watch as it flies in. Horrific.

1613: GOAL Birmingham 2-0 Blackpool (Zigic)

1611: Ashley Young forces Simon Mignolet to make a save at Sunderland, where Villa still trail to Richard Dunne's eighth own goal in the Premier League. At Chelsea, Stephen Hunt goes up for a cross with Petr Cech, but that's always the keeper's. At the other end, Didier Drogba curls over and wide.

From redandblackT on 606: "All Wolves now. Chelsea seems to have taken their foot off the gas which is rather strange since they only lead by a goal."

1608: My mistake - it is of course Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa.

1607: Good feet from Kevin Doyle on the left-hand side of the Chelsea box and his goalbound left-foot effort is parried away low down to his right by Petr Cech. They are unlucky not to have scored this afternoon, Wolves.

1604: And they start once more at Birmingham 1-0 Blackpool, Wigan 0-0 Bolton and Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa.

Football League Nath: "League Two leaders Chesterfield look to be out of sight against Shrewsbury, 3-0 they lead at the break. Drew Talbot, veteran Jack Lester and Craig Davies on the scoresheet for the table-toppers. Wycombe get their noses back in front against Rotherham thanks to Ben Strevens' effort on the stroke of half-time, while struggling Barnet lead Macclesfield."

Football League Nath: "News would have filtered through to the Portsmouth fans at Hull that their immediate future may now be secured and their players have responded. They have the lead at half-time against the Tigers as David Nugent keeps his cool to convert his one-on-one and send the travelling support wild."

1602: Under way at West Brom 2-1 Fulham. At Chelsea, Stephen Hunt's diving header from 16 yards looks like it might be creeping in, until Michael Essien clears it from almost on his goalline.

1601: Back under way at Chelsea 1-0 Wolves. Massive boos when Stephen Hunt touches the ball.

From Anon, via text: "The penalty spot in question is where the ashes of the late Peter Osgood are buried."

1600: Always happy for someone else to tempt fate, Les (see 1353), always happy. Probably not far off getting under way around the country again, with Wolves bringing on Stephen Hunt at Chelsea. He's the man who was involved in that horrific incident with Petr Cech a few years ago.

Wigan 0-0 Bolton
Les Roopanarine reports: "After an entertaining start during which Kevin Davies was prominent for Bolton at one end, while Hugo Rodallega menaced at the other, the flow of the game was interrupted by a lengthy stoppage for James McCarthy's injury. But the tempo picked up again nicely towards the end of the first-half, and - at the risk of tempting fate - it would be a surprise if this ended goalless."

West Brom 2-1 Fulham
Jamie Lillywhite reports: "The Baggies have come from behind and have the top four in their sights, although Fulham will point to questions of offside for both of the home side's goals."

1556: The legendary Tommy Docherty is taking a stroll around the Stamford Bridge pitch at half-time, soaking up the adulation of the home supporters. The great man, now 82, stoops to examine a penalty spot and carries on on his way, full of smiles.

Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa
David Ornstein reports: "Villa's early momentum undone by Richard Dunne's own-goal gaffe. Advantage Sunderland."

Chelsea 1-0 Wolves
Owen Phillips reports: "The champions are playing with fluency and supreme confidence at Stamford Bridge and deservedly lead but the Black Country boys have shown plenty of promise in attack and are still well in this."

Birmingham 1-0 Blackpool
John Oakley reports: "The usual from Blackpool - always dangerous going forward, always suspect at the back. Birmingham could have been three up…and they know it."

From moonmonkey0794 on Twitter: "People need to pay more attention to WBA. It's just occurred to me that they're lying in 4th place. That's incredible."

1549: Half-time Wigan 0-0 Bolton

1548: Half-time Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa

1547: Half-time West Brom 2-1 Fulham

1546: Half-time Chelsea 1-0 Wolves

1546: Half-time Birmingham 1-0 Blackpool

Football League Nath: "No doubt about the game of the day so far in the Championship. Keith Treacy grabs his sixth goal of the season to make it Preston 3-1 Crystal Palace and what a strike it is. From 25 yards out he rifles his effort into the top corner giving the keeper no chance, this after Owen Garvan had smashed in a sensational strike of his own to level matters. Meanwhile, Rotherham have pegged back Wycombe who flew out of the blocks, 2-2 there, thanks to Jason Taylor's leveller."

1545: Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic should score, but he can only divert a cross from the right wide of the Blackpool goal. It's gilt-edged for the giant hitman.

1543: Aston Villa lose captain Stiliyan Petrov to what looks like a knee injury. Steve Sidwell comes on and the captain's armband is passed on to Nigel Reo-Coker. Moments after, Ahmed Elmohamady shoots across goal from 18 yards and it's narrowly wide.

1542: You know, Wolves have had more chances at Stamford Bridge than I remember an away side having for a while in the space of one half. Another super Matt Jarvis cross from the right is just a fraction too high for Kevin Doyle and he can only head wide. At the other end, Jose Bosingwa's right-foot shot is saved at the near post by Marcus Hahnemann.

WBA goal: Very neatly worked, and the Baggies have turned it around inside the first half having gone behind. Chris Brunt could open a can of beans with that left foot and he clips Jerome Thomas in down the left, the winger getting to the byeline and pulling it back for Marc-Antoine Fortune to slide into the net.

1540: GOAL West Brom 2-1 Fulham (Fortune)

1538: Close shave at The Hawthorns as Stephen Kelly heads off the line for Fulham after Jonas Olsson's looping header was set for the top corner.

Blues goal: The hosts take a deserved lead and it stems from a corner - Seb Larsson swings it over from the right, Liam Ridgewell heads it goalwards and after Nikola Zigic nods it on to the crossbar, Ridgewell is on hand to head into the Blackpool net.

1536: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Blackpool (Ridgewell)

1535: According to Infostrada Sports, Aston Villa's Richard Dunne has just scored the eighth Premier League own goal of his career - extending his record as the player with the most ever own goals in PL history. He is now two ahead of Jamie Carragher (6) and Frank Sinclair (6)."

Football League Nath: "Cracking game in the Championship at Preston where the home side had taken the lead through Jon 'The Beast' Parkin, only for Owen Garvan's stunning left-foot effort to level matters soon after. Parkin, though, gets North End back in front with a fine finish. A controversial twice-taken penalty gives second-placed Peterborough the lead at League One strugglers Brentford, while Wycombe not hanging around against Rotherham, 2-1 they lead Matt Bloomfield and Kevin Betsy on target, although Adam Le Fondre has bagged to keep the home side in touch."

1531: At Wigan, a poor free-kick from Antolin Alcaraz leaves team-mate James McCarthy struggling to make up ground with Fabrice Muamba bearing down on him. The Bolton midfielder's subsequent challenge leaves McCarthy writhing in agony. He is stretchered off and is replaced in midfield by Mohamed Diame. Not too much wrong with Muamba's challenge, as reflected in the fact that he goes unpenalised by referee Howard Webb. Bolton have looked the likelier so far.

1530: Shades of Gazza against Germany in 1996 as Gary Taylor-Fletcher just fails to connect with a Stephen Crainey cross from the left for Blackpool as Birmingham escape. It just needed a touch from the big man.

1528: A classy Chelsea counter-attack almost sees the champions double their lead but Nicolas Anelka fires into the side netting after great work by Yuri Zhirkov and Didier Drogba.

1527: Brilliant save from Brad Friedel as Sunderland ramp it up again - Danny Welbeck connects sweetly with a right-foot drive from 16 yards and the United States stopper sticks his left hand out to make a fine reaction save.

Sunderland goal: He's scored more own goals than I've had hot dinners. Well, that's an exaggeration, but you get my point. Steed Malbranque fires over a cross from the home team's right and Richard Dunne directs the ball into his own net, with his team-mate James Collins in the mixer too. Needless.

1525: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa (Dunne og)

Chelsea goal: They make it look easy when they play like that, and the champions lead at Stamford Bridge. Nicolas Anelka attacks with menace on the left just outside the box and he plays in Yuri Zhirkov, the Russian's perfect pull-back falling on the penalty spot for the phenomenal Florent Malouda to fire home.

1523: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Wolves (Malouda)

From mduchezeau on 606: "Great monopolisation of the ball so far by Chelsea, and with Bosingwa back in the team, we appear to have more width and danger. Wolves setting out their stall early: men behind the ball."

1520: Nice, patient build-up down the right for Wolves at Chelsea and the cross comes in from Matt Jarvis, but David Edwards sees his header from eight yards saved by Petr Cech. Decent chance, that.

1519: An enormous downpour at St Andrew's does little to quell Birmingham's pressure in the opening stages against Blackpool. Keith Fahey sees a shot fizz past the post while Nikola Zigic almost diverts a Seb Larsson shot past Matt Gilks.

WBA goal: They are a different proposition these days aren't they, the Baggies? They level at The Hawthorns, Chris Brunt sliding a pass forward and Youssuf Mulumbu getting there first to fire past Mark Schwarzer, who seemed to show the West Brom player an awful lot of his goal.

1517: GOAL West Brom 1-1 Fulham (Mulumbu)

1513: Brilliant save from Marcus Hahnemann at Chelsea, deflecting Jose Bosingwa's right-foot drive from 12 yards wide after a great set up from Didier Drogba. Better from the Premier League leaders.

1511: Diomansy Kamara goes perilously close to doubling Fulham's lead at West Brom, but his right-foot shot from 18 yards is a fraction wide of Scott Carson's right-hand post.

1510: An early let-off for Blackpool at St Andrew's as last man Neil Eardley is only shown yellow despite tripping Keith Fahey in full flow. That easily could have been red. At Sunderland, Nigel Reo-Coker plays a one-two and goes down inside the home team's box, but despite huge appeals Mark Halsey waves play on.

Fulham goal: How's your luck, Scott Carson. Jeez that's a pity. Fulham work it well from left to right and Zoltan Gera hits a screamer from 22 yards that Carson does brilliantly to tip on to the right-hand post - only for the ball to cannon into his back and roll into the net. Deserved far better.

1508: GOAL West Brom 0-1 Fulham (Carson og)

1507: At West Brom, Fulham's Clint Dempsey tries a speculative 25-yard shot that creeps past Scott Carson's dive ends up a foot wide of the post.

1506: Wolves have had a couple of early corners at Chelsea, they've started pretty well, Mick McCarthy's boys. Decent possession, too.

From Christian, Pompey fan, on text: "Re: 1459 my missus said that to me once... We went shopping :("

Someone has struck the woodwork
1503: It's all happening at Sunderland - this time Villa attack and Stewart Downing collects Ashley Young's slide rule pass before hammering a shot against the near post from about 12 yards out.

1502: First half-chance of the afternoon falls for Steed Malbranque at Sunderland, but the Frenchman can only glance a Jordan Henderson cross from the right wide.

1500: And now at Chelsea v Wolves, Birmingham v Blackpool and, last but not least, Sunderland v Aston Villa.

1500: Peep, under way first at West Brom v Fulham, closely followed by Wigan v Bolton.

1459: Well then, without further delay I think it's time for some Saturday fun, don't you?

Everton manager David Moyes: "We were great defensively and the guys stood up to Peter Crouch and the pace from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon down the wings. It was a good, hard-earned, point and I'm pleased to come here and get a draw. Before the Liverpool and Tottenham games if you would given me four points I would have taken it. I've got to give the players a huge amount of credit for their efforts."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "They are a good side, you don't ever get an easy game against Everton. But to come back from 1-0 behind shows a lot of character and they always do that, it's difficult after a tough game in midweek too."

1453: Wigan v Bolton
Les Roopanarine reports:
"Hugo Rodallega returns in attack for Wigan, while Ali Al Habsi, on loan at the DW Stadium from Bolton, is ineligible to face his parent club, which means a return in goal for Chris Kirkland. Owen Coyle keeps faith with the same Bolton side that beat Stoke last weekend."

1452: Chelsea v Wolves
Owen Phillips reports:
"Chelsea welcome back Didier Drogba after a two-match absence with a virus and rampaging right-back Jose Bosingwa makes his first start in 13 months following a knee injury. Yuri Zhirkov retains his place in midfield after his wonder goal against Spartak Moscow in midweek while Salomon Kalou drops to the bench. Wolves make three changes from the side that drew 1-1 at home to West Ham last time out. Richard Stearman replaces the injured Jody Craddock in defence, Jelle Van Damme and Nenad Milijas also come in while Stephen Hunt and Steven Mouyokolo are on the bench for the first time in the Premier League after injury."

1451: West Brom v Fulham
Jamie Lillywhite reports:
"Top scorer Peter Odemwingie is sidelined for West Brom because of a knee injury but Jerome Thomas returns after calf trouble. For Fulham, Andrew Johnson is back after being out since January with shoulder, knee and hip injuries, but he starts on the bench at The Hawthorns."

1450: Birmingham v Blackpool
John Oakley reports:
"Birmingham boss Alex McLeish makes one change to the side that lost against Arsenal with Garry O'Connor promoted to the starting line-up at the expense of Lee Bowyer, who drops to the bench. Cameron Jerome has failed to recover from a knee injury so Nikola Zigic continues up front. Blackpool manager Ian Holloway also makes one change from the team that narrowly went down to Manchester City last week, with striker Marlon Harewood given the nod at the expense of midfielder Elliot Grandin in a more attacking formation."

1449: Sunderland v Aston Villa
David Ornstein reports:
"Sunderland boss Steve Bruce names an unchanged side from that which drew at Blackburn on Monday, so goalscoring responsibilities again rest on the shoulders of Darren Bent with £13m summer signing Asamoah Gyan forced to settle for a place on the bench once more. Just the one change for Villa from their draw with Chelsea last time out - fit-again Emile Heskey replacing John Carew in attack."

1448: So, let's focus on the Premier League's famous five...

Tottenham 1-1 Everton
Chris Whyatt reports: "Rarely - no, never - a dull moment with Harry Redknapp's ambitious Spurs. But that looks like two points lost. 'Digging deep' is Everton's middle name."

Football League Nath: "League Two basement boys Barnet and Hereford welcome mid-table opposition in Macclesfield and Accrington. At the top, Chesterfield will look to maintain their slender on-point lead at the top when they host Shrewsbury."

Football League Nath: "In League One, third-placed Sheffield Wednesday have the chance to leapfrog today's opponents Bournemouth, who are second, at Hillsborough. Leaders Brighton welcome Yeovil, while Tranmere can move off the bottom of the table with a win against fellow strugglers Walsall. Brentford, in a spot of bother themselves, face a tricky match at high-flying Peterborough."

Football League Nath: "Managerless Middlesbrough face a tough trip to Norwich in the Championship hoping to avoid their six consecutive away loss - the last time these two sides met was in the top flight back in 2005. Crystal Palace earned a surprise win against the Canaries on Tuesday and today face the side one place below them towards the bottom of the table, Preston. Two sides recently managed by Paulo Sousa meet at the Liberty Staidum, with Sven-Goran Eriksson's Leicester taking on Brendan Rodgers' Swansea. All that comes before the Doncaster-Sheffield United match which you can watch live here from 1700 BST."

1444: Premier League to look forward to:
1500 BST: Birmingham v Blackpool
1500 BST: Chelsea v Wolves
1500 BST: Sunderland v Aston Villa
1500 BST: West Brom v Fulham
1500 BST: Wigan v Bolton
1730 BST: West Ham v Newcastle

From darkanddom on 606: "Good game. I like Jagielka as a defender. Pretty decent. Good game. 'Arry needs to rest Bale. Seriously. You can't play the guy game in game out, especially with all the running he did in Milan."

1439: Full-time Tottenham 1-1 Everton

1437: We're into three minutes of stoppage time and Tony Hibbert lashes a right-foot shot wide for Everton from 20 yards. Bit of a waste, that.

1436: Everton are still doubling up on Peter Crouch inside their own area and he is sandwiched inbetween Phil Jagielka and Tony Hibbert - he goes down again, but this time he doesn't even bother appealing for a penalty because he knows it's not coming.

1435: Roman Pavlyuchenko curls over a super cross from the left and it's only a fraction too high for Peter Crouch - Gareth Bale gets to it on the right, but his cross is into the arms of Tim Howard. I think don't think he should be on the right.

1433: Couple of minutes left - is there going to be a winner at White Hart Lane? Sandro has a shot blocked by Tony Hibbert and Spurs have raised it right at the death.

1431: Wigan v Bolton line-ups:
Kirkland, Boyce, Steven Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Di Santo, Thomas, McCarthy, Gomez, N'Zogbia, Rodallega.
Subs: Nicholls, Watson, Boselli, Moses, Cleverley, Diame, Stam.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies.
Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Ricketts, Blake, Cohen, Moreno.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1430: Everton have a couple of Anders Limp-ars, so they have to decide who to take off - and it's Seamus Coleman who hobbles off, with striker Jermaine Beckford on in his place. Tim Cahill is also limping, but he'll have to shake it off for the final five minutes or so plus stoppages.

1429: West Brom v Fulham line-ups:
West Brom:
Carson, Jara, Olsson, Tamas, Shorey, Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas, Fortune.
Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Pablo, Bednar, Reid, Dorrans, Cox.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido, Gera, Baird, Greening, Dempsey, Dembele, Kamara.
Subs: Stockdale, Pantsil, Andrew Johnson, Riise, Eddie Johnson, Dikgacoi, Halliche.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

From CallMeSpits on Twitter: "It was Palacios's mum who talked Rooney out of the move away from Manchester United. She is THAT convincing."

1425: Chelsea v Wolves line-ups:
Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.
Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Kalou, Sturridge, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran.
Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Foley, Berra, Stearman, Ward, Jarvis, Edwards, Milijas, David Jones, Van Damme, Doyle.
Subs: Hennessey, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Hunt, Mouyokolo, Davis.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1423: Spurs produce a super-fast break down their left and it's Benoit Assou-Ekotto leading the charge - he lays it right for Roman Pavlyuchenko and if the Russian passes it on again Peter Crouch is in the clear - but Pav shoots, and it's deflected wide. Seconds later, Sandro is booked for a foul on Louis Saha.

1422: Sunderland v Aston Villa line-ups:
Mignolet, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque, Welbeck, Bent.
Subs: Gordon, Zenden, Mensah, Da Silva, Riveros, Ferdinand, Gyan.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Beye, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Downing, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Ashley Young, Ireland, Heskey.
Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Carew, Albrighton, Clark, Cuellar, Bannan.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Yellow card
1420: Rafael van der Vaart takes on Tim Cahill down the Spurs right and he thinks he's won a corner, the Dutchman - only for the assistant to give a goalkick. Van der Vaart is fuming and remonstrates, before kicking the hoarding behind the goal. He limps away a touch, getting a yellow in the process."

From JackHughesByZola on 606: "Crouchy's shooting - I half expect a tank rolling on the pitch, chocolate bars being thrown at him and Mr T yelling 'Get some nuts!'"

1417: Birmingham v Blackpool line-ups:
Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Hleb, Fahey, O'Connor, Zigic.
Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Bowyer, Phillips, Derbyshire, Michel, Jiranek.
Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Cathcart, Crainey, Taylor-Fletcher, Vaughan, Adam, Campbell, Harewood, Varney.
Subs: Kingson, Southern, Ormerod, Grandin, Phillips, Carney, Keinan.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

1416: Gareth Bale does well down the right (surely he's wasted there?) and the ball breaks to Peter Crouch 18 yards out, but his shot is weak and bobbling and it's an easy save for Tim Howard. Not his best afternoon so far, Crouchy.

1415: Tottenham bring on hit-and-miss Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko for Aaron Lennon. He'll partner Peter Crouch, with Gareth Bale going over to the right wing.

From SteveK, Swindon, on text: "Re 1353: Stevo, you've now ensured a 1-1 result with that comment. You've denied Spurs a deserved victory. I'll have to set Palacios's mum on to you."

1411: The more the half grows on, the more dangerous Everton are starting to look and they are the better team now. Leighton Baines gets into an advanced position down the left and when the ball falls for Steven Pienaar 22 yards out, he can only slice a left-foot shot wide of Heurelho Gomes' right-hand post.

1409: Wigan v Bolton scene-setter:
Les Roopanarine reports:
"Wigan may lie eight places below Bolton in 15th place but they know a victory at the DW Stadium would see them leapfrog Owen Coyle's side. However, the Trotters have lost only one league match this term and Wigan have failed to score in their last three top-flight meetings against them. Indeed the last five league meetings between the sides have produced only six goals, and four of those came from Bolton in the most recent tie."

1408: Change for Everton as Yakubu comes off and David Moyes sends on France striker Louis Saha.

1408: Sunderland v Aston Villa scene-setter:
David Ornstein reports:
"Neither Sunderland or Villa are having a great time of it. The hosts have won just one match this season and are bidding to avoid equalling a club record of six successive league draws, while the visitors have lost four of their last five away games. Darren Bent has scored five of Sunderland's seven league goals and boss Steve Bruce will hope another contributor steps up today. But Villa are unbeaten at the Stadium of Light since 2002 and they will not be easily moved."

From HenryWhitfield on Twitter: "It's time for Chelsea to break out of this funk and get back to their rampant form, look for them to score early and often."

1405: West Brom v Fulham scene-setter:
Jamie Lillywhite reports:
"Famous West Brom fans messrs Skinner and Chiles could be boing boinging in the aisles at a sunny Hawthorns today where the Baggies put their unbeaten home record on the line against Fulham. They could put themselves in dreamland in the coveted Premier League top four with a victory and will fancy their chances against a Cottagers side who have not won away since the opening day of last season against Portsmouth. Although Fulham have lost only one of their last seven against the Albion."

1404: Everton are having to work hard here to close Spurs down - the movement is good, but the Toffees are doing very well to snuff them out. I wonder when we might get an attacking change as we approach the hour mark.

1402: Birmingham v Blackpool scene-setter:
John Oakley reports:
"Birmingham will be desperate to stop the rot at St Andrew's after enduring a winless run stretching all the way to mid-August. Blackpool, on the other hand, arrive in the Midlands with the best away record in the Premier League and a manager who really doesn't like the Bosman ruling. Or Wayne Rooney for that matter. It's never dull when Ian Holloway's involved..."

1400: Chelsea v Wolves scene-setter:
Owen Phillips reports:
"One victory in three league games practically constitutes a crisis for free-scoring table-toppers Chelsea and may give Wolves - without a league win since the opening day - a sniff of hope despite their bottom-three status and a dismal Premier League record against the Blues. Mick McCarthy's side have had some tough luck and insists they "relish the challenge" but Chelsea's only win in three league games saw Arsenal dismissed and maintained their 100% home league record and the champions could welcome back Didier Drogba."

1359: Sylvain Distin pokes the ball back to Tim Howard as Spurs go forward once more - with a bit more pace and either side of the keeper and that could have been embarrassing. Louis Saha warms up for Everton.

Yellow card
1357: More good stuff from Spurs as Aaron Lennon's pace causes a problem down the left and Seamus Coleman brings him down, picking up a booking in the process. Moments later, from a cross from the right, Gareth Bale glances a header just wide, with Younes Kaboul desperately close to being able to head home. Hosts looking the livelier right now.

1353: Gareth Bale tees up Peter Crouch just outside the penalty area and he drags a left-foot shot off target from about 14 yards. I don't want to put a spell on this game, but you have to feel there are more goals in the offing.

From joe_russ on Twitter: "3,000 Blackpool fans en route to Birmingham today. Best away form in the Premier League, let's hope it continues!"

1351: Back under way at White Hart Lane, where it's Tottenham 1-1 Everton. The hosts have brought on Brazilian midfielder Sandro for Wilson Palacios. Wonder if Mrs Palacios will stick around?

1348: Sometimes, it's nice to get a bit of perspective on life. And my colleague Paul Fletcher has done exactly that with his wonderful blog on a moving memorial to the Footballers' Battalions of World War I in the small French village of Longueval this week. I cannot advise you strongly enough to read it, honestly.

Dan from Pompey, on text: "All this coverage and not one mention of Pompey. The Premier League really do live in a bubble."
You're right - I hold my hands up. Read all the latest with the Portsmouth story right here. And let's hope beyond hope.

1342: Here's some half-time food for thought: if you reckon you could do my job better than me (and I, for one, have absolutely no doubt about it), you should read my handy little guide to doing a live text on the BBC website. If you like news as well as sport, Victoria King's chat should be doing a job too. By the way - if you are at school, are you getting involved in the BBC's School Report? If not, why not?

Tottenham 1-1 Everton
Chris Whyatt reports: "Spurs attacking midfielders? More chemistry than a giant science lab. Leighton Baines's perfect precision keeps Everton in touch, though."

From Chip it like Vela on 606: "I have tremendous respect for Moyes and the only gripe I've had is that he doesn't play Billy often... but I can see now why he doesn't get a longer run-in. He's hardly got into this game and doesn't seem to really want the ball to run at the opposition full-back."

1335: Half-time Tottenham 1-1 Everton

1334: Got to score those, big man. Alan Hutton whips over a glorious cross from the Spurs right and it's on the head of Peter Crouch eight yards out, the England striker only managing to plant his effort into the arms of Tim Howard. Into first-half stoppage time, too.

1332: Johnny Heitinga is a bit late to get to Gareth Bale, swinging his right foot in the direction of the Wales midfielder, but there's not much contact and the San Siro hat-trick hero should be OK after limping off for a second or two.

1330: Everton work it nicely around the Tottenham box and it's a shame that the move ends with Phil Neville's cross from the right drifting out of play. It really is anyone's game, this one.

1328: Now that's not what Mrs Palacios wants to see - her boy Wilson brings down Steven Pienaar and referee Mike Jones gives him a last warning. One more foul and he might be in an early bath, the Honduran.

1327: Here's some early stattage for you, courtesy of Infostrada Sports: "Eight of Tottenham's last 12 goals in all competitions have been scored by either Rafael van der Vaart (4) or Gareth Bale (4). Also, Tottenham have conceded the opening PL goal for the fifth time in a row. On three of the four previous occasions they came from behind to win, including in each of their last two at White Hart Lane."

1324: We've had more than 35 minutes at Spurs - this time in midweek, the hosts were 4-0 down at Inter Milan.

1323: Lightning does not strike twice, Leighton Baines scooping his free-kick up and over the wall and up and over the bar. Nervy times for Tottenham, though.

1322: Luka Modric is fuming - and no wonder. He barges Seamus Coleman over and it's 22 yards out, right of centre, and a certain Leighton Baines has placed the ball down for Everton...

1321: Spurs do look really dangerous when they go forward - Luka Modric plays in Aaron Lennon, but Leighton Baines gets across well to clear the danger. Moments later Peter Crouch goes up for a cross into the Everton box again, again goes down and again wants a penalty, but there's nothing doing there either. Contact, sure, but minimal.

From SirAlextheBoss on 606: "Van der Vaart has made Hotspur a dangerous customer in the league and my dark horse for the season."

1316: Luka Modric drifts in off the left flank for Spurs and from 25 yards unleashes a right-foot shot that scorches a few inches wide of Tim Howard's right-hand post with the keeper scrambling across his line.

1314: Steven Pienaar and Alan Hutton clash and the Everton midfielder needs a little bit of a timeout after that one. It's the nearest thing to a breather we've had.

It's sunny
1312: This is already a very good game. They are taking it in turns to attack already, the sunshine is out in north London and it's a picture perfect setting for Premier League football. There's no reason not to be happy, in fact.

From OptaJoe on Twitter: "Rafael van der Vaart has scored in all four of his appearances at White Hart Lane for Spurs in all competitions. Homely."

Spurs goal: Plenty of time. Tottenham are level almost immediately, and Tim Howard will want to forget this goal. Alan Hutton loops over a cross from the right and Howard inexplicably comes to gather and misses - the ball hits Peter Crouch at the far post and rolls along the goalline for a grateful Rafael van der Vaart to slam in from point-blank range.

1308: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Everton (Van der Vaart)

1307: That goal came just as Tottenham were starting to get a grip on the game, too. Lots to do for the home team now, but there's plenty of time.

Everton goal: That is superb. It's 25 yards out, right of centre, and begging for a left-footer to curl it into the top corner, which Leighton Baines does absolutely magnificently. What a start to the weekend's football that is.

1305: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Everton (Baines)

1304: I wish I had a magic wand for a graphic - that's why we love football. Spurs put together a brilliant passing move down their left again and Rafael van der Vaart produces an outrageous flick to play Luka Modric in, but he crosses and it's blocked. Up the other end and Everton have a free-kick 25 yards out after a Younes Kaboul foul on Yakubu...

1302: That's what the locals have come to expect - brilliant from Gareth Bale. He turns on the turbo once more down the Spurs left to go around the outside of Seamus Coleman and somehow get a cross in, and it falls 25 yards out to Luka Modric, who sees his hammer strike tipped behind by Tim Howard.

1259: First chance for Gareth Bale to get on the ball and Phil Neville brings him down cynically. Not quite a reducer, but it's certainly a welcome to the game.

Yellow card
1257: Poor Mrs Palacios (see 1221), she's seen her boy go into the book already. Everton defend a Rafael van der Vaart really well and break, and with Yakubu inside the Spurs half Palacios trips him, picking up the first yellow card.

1255: Peter Crouch goes down under a challenge inside the Everton penalty area and there are a few shouts from the home fans, but none of the players look too interested. Probably a little shove from Phil Neville, but you can't be giving spot-kicks for those.

From Helen on 606: "Spurs have won more points from Everton (67) than from any other team in the Premier League era. Everton have only won 28 points from their 36 meetings."

1252: Slow start so far, as tends to happen with early kick-offs. Everton have done more of the attacking, but nothing in the way of chances as of yet.

From Frankie 4 fingers, brightening up Maidstone, via text: "You can't beat working on a Saturday knowing a man who has scored once this season, is currently injured and looks completely disinterested earns more in a week than I will in the next five years."

1248: Under way at White Hart Lane.

1246: Has any player made a better start to the season than Gareth Bale? Precious few names spring to mind. The lunchtime kick-off provides us with another opportunity to view the Tottenham flyer at close quarters and, fresh from his Champions League hat-trick against Inter Milan, Bale will be keen to pick up where he left off in the San Siro. Earlier this week, my colleague David Ornstein spoke to Damien Comolli, who brought the 21-year-old Welshman to White Hart Lane in 2007, and his thoughts ("I remember coming back from scouting him and thinking 'I've seen the new Paolo Maldini'") are well worth a read.

1245: There is a minute's applause at The Lane now after the sad passing of two Tottenham legends in recent times, Eddie Baily and Mel Hopkins. I once spoke to Hopkins about playing against Garrincha, and he was truly a lovely, lovely man. RIP both.

1242: Anyway, let's focus on Tottenham v Everton from White Hart Lane - I'm expecting an absolute belter, dunno about you. Luka Modric and Phil Neville lead the teams out and we are on the brink of getting under way in the ninth round of the 2010-11 Premier League season.

From NAGabriel on Twitter: "Dangerous precedent set by Rooney. Told my boss: "not enough talent in the office, so I want to leave". He did not argue."

1237: I have been known to go on about stuff in the past, but I'm sure you won't mind me wishing the great Pele a very happy 70th birthday. With Diego Maradona's 50th next week, we here at BBC towers thought it'd be a great time to ask you guys who you think is the greatest footballer of all time. And frankly, you have not disappointed us, so keep the comments coming. My favourite one? Number 129.

From Jonny in Thrapston, via text: "You may have a new journalism contract, but can you recapture your writing skill, you've written one good thing in weeks and that was a penalty. I think I've messed up the metaphor."

1233: Tottenham v Everton team news:
Chris Whyatt reports:
"Joy! Rafael van der Vaart is recalled after missing Tottenham's dramatic 4-3 Champions League defeat at Inter Milan through suspension. Tom Huddlestone sits out a Premier League game for the first time this season as Spurs make three changes overall. Younes Kaboul returns from a month out with a hamstring problem while Wilson Palacios gets his first league start for six weeks. Shame for Everton as midfielder Mikel Arteta has failed to shake off a groin strain aggravated in last weekend's 2-0 Merseyside derby victory over Liverpool. But Steven Pienaar is fit enough to play his first game for almost a month, while Diniyar Bilyaletdinov returns after two months out."

1230: Stevo's predos:
Tottenham 2-2 Everton
Birmingham 1-1 Blackpool
Chelsea 2-0 Wolves
Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa
West Brom 2-1 Fulham
Wigan 1-2 Bolton
West Ham 2-1 Newcastle
Lawro's predictions

1227: If you cannot get enough of all things Wayne Rooney (and let's face it, football stories don't get much more intriguing), fill your boots: our chief football writer Phil McNulty has had his say. "Now peace has been declared, what are we left with?" he asks. Meanwhile, sports news correspondent Dan Roan adds that "Rooney's remarkable decision to change his mind and stay at Manchester United hung on a phone call with co-owner Joel Glazer."

From PragueImp on 606: "Stevo, the difference between your (imaginary) situation and Rooney's is that Man U couldn't afford to lose Rooney. No offence, but not sure the BBC would collapse if you left! By the way, Spurs 1-2 Everton."
Yeah, none taken. Thanks mate.

1221: I see Wilson Palacios is in the Spurs team today. He should probably thank his mum Orfilia for that. Boss Harry Redknapp explains: "I've got to play him because I met him out shopping with his mum the other day, and I was with my wife. She said to me she's come over to England and though she couldn't speak English she told me through somebody else who was there that she'd come to watch him play and I hadn't been playing him. She was quite a big girl so I've got to play him. I wasn't going to mess with her, believe you me!'"

From calumfield on Twitter: "Sorry about protesting outside your house three mins ago. So glad you're staying."

1215: Tottenham v Everton scene-setter:
Chris Whyatt reports:
"Are Spurs fast becoming the most watchable Premier League team out there? It feels that way with swashbuckling Gareth Bale and his merry musketeers, who managed to score three goals at the home of the European champions on Wednesday and still lose, in fine fettle. But Everton - equally admirable but in a different way - should provide the stoutest resistance to their incessant attacking abandon. Expect a cracker against two contrasting sides who encapsulate all that's good about English football."

1213: Tottenham v Everton line-ups:
Gomes, Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch.
Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Bassong, Kranjcar, Sandro.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Neville, Bilyaletdinov, Heitinga, Pienaar, Baines, Yakubu, Cahill.
Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Saha, Beckford, Gueye, Duffy, Baxter.
Referee: Marc Jones (Wales)

1211: If you are an ideas man/woman, I do like to hear them. In fact, I want you to chat me up right here and now, so to speak: I'm on Twitter @Stevo_football; on the mobile telephone with texts to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and get stuck in on our 606 page too. It's there for you.

1208: You know, football can do strange things to people. I mean, after watching Forest's Premier League dream die at the hands of Sheffield United in a quite remarkable play-off semi-final second leg in May 2003, I spent most of the next week being physically sick. How can you explain such a phenomenon? How can you explain one of the best footballers in the world saying he will leave one of the best clubs in the world one day, and then the next signing a new five-year contract? Any ideas?

1200: I met with my BBC bosses last week, and they could not give me assurances about my future colleagues. I told them I would not be staying at the BBC. During meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the employer to attract the top journalists in the world. I will never have anything other than complete respect for the BBC. How could I not given its fantastic history and especially the last eight years in which I have been lucky to play a part? But for me it's all about winning awards and I think the questions I was asking were justified. Despite this, I will always owe the BBC a huge debt.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 9 23 22
2 Man City 8 7 17
3 Tottenham 9 3 15
4 West Brom 9 -2 15
5 Arsenal 8 8 14
6 Man Utd 8 7 14
7 Sunderland 9 1 12
8 Bolton 9 0 12
9 Newcastle 9 1 11
10 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
11 Everton 9 1 10
12 Birmingham 9 -2 10
13 Stoke 8 -2 10
14 Blackpool 9 -7 10
15 Wigan 9 -9 10
16 Fulham 9 -1 9
17 Blackburn 8 -1 9
18 Liverpool 8 -6 6
19 Wolves 9 -7 6
20 West Ham 9 -10 6

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