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By Jonathan Stevenson

1835: You know, when I'm old and telling the grandkids what I used to do, I might just mention the past couple of days. I've done these lives many, many times, but that truly was a weekend to savour. Match of the Day 2 is on BBC Two and online tonight at 2230 GMT, and if you live for live sport, join David Ornstein now for Nadal v Federer in the ATP World Tour Finals final now or join Ben Dirs for Australia v England in the Ashes in a few hours' time. I will see you on Monday at 1900 GMT, for the small matter of Barcelona v Real Madrid. After a vintage Premier League, that game has got a lot to live up to. Manana.

From Moyseyside on 606: "Re: 1824 - So if Aaron Lennon hadn't rolled it wide of the post at the end, he could have given us all another record. I hope he understands the gravity of what that miss has done... :)"

From Mitch, a disgruntled Liverpool fan, but still very much in love with football after this weekend, on text: "Liverpool had a full week to prepare for that game, several golden chances to win it, and all against a tired Spurs side forced into two early changes. With Gerrard or without, the players must take responsibility for that defeat."

From PerryMHewitt on Twitter: "Shearer's winner didn't cross the line in 1998. We've been waiting 12 years to right that wrong. Don't underestimate [Stevenage] Boro!"

1824: Here's a closer from the boys at Infostrada Sports: "There were 41 goals in this Premier League match round. On 8-10 November 1997 and 21-22 February 2004 (including rescheduled match on March 17, 2004) also 41 goals were scored. This is the highest amount of goals in one match round since it became a 20-team league (1995-96)."

From karlos on 606: "Anyone else get the feeling, after looking at this draw, that the amount of Premier League clubs in the FA Cup will be decimated after the third round?"

1819: Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson says defender Jamie Carragher has dislocated his shoulder. Let's wish him a speedy recovery.

1818: Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes the draw for the third round of the FA Cup. Any ties to whet your appetite?

Torquay v Carlisle

Norwich v Droylsden/Leyton Orient

Preston v Nottingham Forest

Tottenham v Charlton/Luton

Stoke v Cardiff

Hull v Wigan

Man United v Liverpool

Scunthorpe v Everton

Sunderland v Notts County/Bournemouth

Chelsea v Ipswich

Watford v Hartlepool/Yeovil

Southampton v Blackpool

Millwall v Birmingham

Burton v Middlesbrough

Stevenage v Newcastle

Wycombe v Hereford/Lincoln

Swansea v Colchester

Blackburn v QPR

Bolton v York

Leicester v Man City

Sheff Utd v Aston Villa

Arsenal v Leeds

Reading v West Brom

West Ham v Barnsley

Crawley/Swindon v Derby

Huddersfield v Dover

Brighton/FC United of Manchester v Portsmouth

Doncaster v Wolves

Fulham v Peterborough

Bristol City v Sheff Wed

Coventry v Crystal Palace

Burnley v Port Vale

1805: FA Cup third round draw...

Joe Dempsey, Lancashire, on text: "So Martin Skrtel ensures we have our Premier League record by scoring both goals. Barmy. I wonder if he is consoled by this. Probably not. Tottenham really are the comeback kids. They're never beaten until that full-time whistle blows. Premier League contenders? On this form, why not."

From KopMaestro on Twitter: "We may have lost, but no one should be calling for Roy's head after that performance. Played well, should have taken chances."

1759: Don't go anywhere. The draw for the third round of the FA Cup is coming up in the next few minutes.

Full time
1757: Full-time Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
That was a magical way to finish a truly majestic weekend of Premier League football. Liverpool could have been 3-0 up after 50 minutes, but what a great fightback from Spurs.

1756: Glen Johnson slips just inside his half and Aaron Lennon brilliantly capitalises, racing forward and then skinning Martin Skrtel before shooting wide of the far post. But it won't matter...

1755: Paul Konchesky gets closer this time, but he fouls Aaron Lennon and the hosts are happy just to time-waste. Into the dying stages now.

1754: Spurs bring Sandro on for Jermain Defoe, it's just a time-wasting measure. Liverpool have got about 90 seconds to find an equaliser.

Spurs goal: They've only gone and won it, Tottenham. It looks harmless enough when Benoit Assou-Ekotto launches it from left-back, but there's a problem as soon as Peter Crouch flicks on a header and Paul Konchesky is out of position as Aaron Lennon controls it well on his chest, bursts clear and slots coolly past Pepe Reina. Great finish to a great game.

1752: GOAL Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool (Lennon)

1751: Into five minutes of added time now, and Heurelho Gomes does well to get to a cross ahead of Fernando Torres and punch the ball away.

1750: Spurs think they have won it, but the assistant's flag goes straight up and it's a good decision. Aaron Lennon heads the ball on and Jermain Defoe smashes it into the net via Pepe Reina's gloves, but he was offside.

Yellow card
1748: Oof, that'll hurt. Glen Johnson times a tackle wrong and goes straight through Gareth Bale, clearing everything out. He did get a touch on the ball, but it's reckless, and Johnson is booked. Too many stoppages for it to be a humdinger of a finale at the moment.

1747: Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes his time to get on the pitch and Jamie Carragher takes his time to go off - he didn't want Liverpool to be down to 10 men even for a few seconds there, sensibly. They swap places.

1745: Jamie Carragher has got a problem with his shoulder, he looks in a lot of pain after an aerial challenge with Peter Crouch. It's entirely speculation, but might be dislocated, that. He can't move his left arm. Sotirios Kyrgiakos will come on.

1744: Whoosh, that was close. Liverpool play it nicely and Raul Meireles catches a left-foot shot from 25 yards right out of the sweet spot, hammering a sizzling drive a couple of inches past Heurelho Gomes' left-hand post with the Brazilian struggling to get there.

1741: Pepe Reina again comes for a cross and again cannot get all of it - the ball falls for Gareth Bale, but his acrobatic effort hits Reina and we're still Spurs 1-1 Liverpool heading into the closing stages.

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "John Barnes is the only other Liverpool player to score at both ends in Premier League match. That was also at White Hart Lane (Spurs-L'pool Aug '95, 1-3)."

1739: Liverpool are defending deep, as Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses are headed away. The visitors break, but they over-play it and the opportunity to create a chance passes them by. Roy Hodgson isn't happy.

1738: Peter Crouch completely mis-controls the ball, and then whacks it miles into the stand at Spurs. To be fair, the big man has usually got good feet (for a big man), but that was hopeless. The tempo has just dropped off a touch.

From bjorneo on Twitter: "What are the chances of goals from all 20 teams AND goals from Barca and Real in tomorrow's El Clasico?"
I give you the world, and you people want the universe. *Sighs*

1735: Jermain Defoe fires wide from 12 yards. There's a winner at The Lane somewhere, methinks. Just over 15 minutes of normal time still left.

1734: David Ngog has a problem and he's walking down the tunnel, so Liverpool are about to make a change - here it comes, and it's Fabio Aurelio, a defender.

1732: Fernando Torres tries to catch Heurelho Gomes out from inside the centre-circle, but it's low and the Brazilian gathers easily.

1730: Martin Atkinson plays on again, but Dirk Kuyt thinks he should have a penalty. Lucas slides the Dutchman in in the box and Benoit Assou-Ekotto lunges in - it's dangerous, but the defender just gets enough of the ball and that's a great decision from the referee.

1729: Fabulous atmosphere at White Hart Lane, tackles are flying in, the players are giving everything and there is danger from every attack. It's a terrific game of football, and like almost all the matches this weekend, a wonderful advert for the Premier League.

From AJ-Carra scores own goals but NGog scores NGoals on 606: "Hero to zero. I really thought we could win this. Now it's so much more difficult. We shouldn't have missed those chances earlier."

Spurs goal: That's class - and we have our Premier League record because all 20 teams have scored this weekend. There's some hesitancy in the Liverpool defence just outside their area and Luka Modric capitalises in devastating fashion, doing superbly to sprint past three defenders down the left and fire over a cross that Martin Skrtel can only divert into his own net.

1725: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool (Skrtel og)

1723: Spurs have had nine penalties this season and have missed four of them. Cor blimey.

Someone has won a penalty
Missed penalty: I just do not understand some things in football. Gareth Bale's free-kick hits the Liverpool wall - well, David Ngog has his hands above his head and it hits them, so Martin Atkinson gives a spot-kick. The Reds players are furious, but it's silly from Ngog. Jermain Defoe steps up and shoots wide of Pepe Reina's right-hand post. Silly Ngog, silly Defoe. Still Spurs 0-1 Liverpool.

1721: MISSED PENALTY, Jermain Defoe, Tottenham


1719: Spurs free-kick, 30 yards out...

1717: Peter Crouch takes a long ball on his chest on the edge of the Liverpool box and goes down under a challenge from Martin Skrtel, but referee Martin Atkinson waves play on. Nothing doing there.

From Use all 3 subs Roy on 606: "Are there still Lucas haters among my fellow Liverpool hordes? Most improved player at our club by miles. Great passing and tackling."

1713: Benoit Assou-Ekotto lets fly from 30 yards and it's a sweet hit, taking a little deflection on its way a couple of yards over the crossbar. Liverpool defend the corner well, but they are under the cosh a bit at the moment.

1712: My word we've had some good goalline clearances today. A cross from the right isn't dealt with by Pepe Reina and it falls for Gareth Bale 12 yards out - his left-foot volley is flying in, but Raul Meireles heads it off the line.

1710: Spurs win a corner after Aaron Lennon's cross is headed behind and when it comes in Peter Crouch does well to head it back across goal, but a swivelling Jermain Defoe cannot get any contact as he tries to send it goalwards.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's John Scales: "I can't work out whether Fernando Torres is not interested this afternoon or... I mean, he doesn't shoot in that instance, yet moments later he is sprinting 30 yards to try and keep the ball in from going out for a throw. Hmm."

1707: Why didn't he shoot? Fernando Torres is sent clean through by Lucas, fabulous pass, but for some reason the Spanish striker delays and delays and delays and in the end Sebastien Bassong gets back to get a block in. Very strange.

1706: The fans find their collective voice at White Hart Lane and Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch get the second half under way. Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool.

From Tim, Witney, on text: "Can you imagine a team that played Arsenal's first halves and Spurs' second halves? They'd be unstoppable!"

From Tim, Nottingham, on text: "Is it just me or does Gareth Bale look like a cross between Andy Murray and Tim Henman?"

1702: So, things to look forward to: if Spurs score, it will be the first time in Premier League history that all 20 teams have scored on the same matchday; and the FA Cup third round draw takes place at about 1800 GMT.

From The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on Twitter: "Chelsea flight snowed in, returning on bus."

Norwich 4-1 Ipswich
Paul Fletcher reports: "It could be a long 24 hours in the Keane household. Not sure the Ipswich boss will have as fond memories of this demolition job as the Norwich fans who witnessed it."

Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea
Phil Dawkes reports: "Chelsea's second-half display was much better than their first but they are still a shadow of the side from earlier in the season. Newcastle ultimately had to battle to secure a point, but it was a deserved one in the end."

From Sportsfan87 on 606: "(See 1555) Spurs are going to be such a let down for the rest of us if they don't score. Want to see history being made."

Half time
1651: Half-time Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"It seems Roy Hodgson is stamping his mark on Liverpool and they look a more organised outfit. They have largely stifled Spurs and go into the break 1-0 ahead."

1650: Wow, Liverpool could be 3-0 up. It's Maxi Rodriguez who plays Fernando Torres through down the inside left channel, but Sebastien Bassong matches him for pace and makes a brilliant, lunging tackle to prevent the Spaniard from doubling the lead.

1649: Had to be 2-0. From the sublime to the ridiculous inside a few seconds, as Fernando Torres plays an outrageous, swivel pass through to Maxi Rodriguez, only for the Argentine, clean through, to scuff his shot completely as Heurelho Gomes gathers.

1648: A ball into the Liverpool box shouldn't cause any trouble, but Jamie Carragher slips - he's lucky Peter Crouch hasn't gambled, and it goes out for a goalkick. Into first-half stoppage time.

Reds goal: They've been the better team and they deserve that lead. A free-kick 45 yards out is lofted into the Spurs box and after Martin Skrtel's header hits David Ngog it falls at the feet of the defender, Skrtel keeping his cool to shoot right-footed low into Heurelho Gomes' net.

1645: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool (Skrtel)

Yellow card
1644: Spurs soak up some Liverpool pressure and then break and Luka Modric leads the charge and the Liverpool defence a merry dance, eventually hauled down by a soon-to-be-booked Jamie Carragher 35 yards out. Gareth Bale takes the free-kick but it's hugely ambitious and flies a yard or two wide.

1642: Liverpool have been the better team and Raul Meireles hits a skimmer from all of 30 yards that Heurelho Gomes unsatisfactorily shovels behind for a corner. Almost let it creep through him, the Brazilian.

1641: That's better from Wilson Palcios, winning the ball back for Spurs on halfway and giving it to Aaron Lennon, but when he sends it on to Alan Hutton, the full-back's cross is easily claimed by Pepe Reina. It's just bubbling under the surface at the moment, this one.

From brianyerkes on Twitter: "Palacios looks completely lost out there. A horrible 35 minutes from him so far."

1638: The injury to Younes Kaboul is an odd one - all that happened was he blocked a Fernando Torres shot, but he immediately signalled to the bench. Sebastien Bassong in on in his place with 10 minutes left in the first half.

1637: Another injury problem for Spurs here, with Younes Kaboul struggling.

1635: Great play from Lucas to dispossess Wilson Palacios and get Dirk Kuyt away down the right and when he flings over a cross, David Ngog can only head wide at the near post. Cracking game of football.

1634: That's why Jamie Carragher has been such a magnificent servant for Liverpool. Luka Modric gets away down the Spurs right and when his cross is half-stopped/half-fumbled by Pepe Reina it falls for Jermain Defoe six yards out - it looks like he has to score, but Carragher throws his body in the way and makes the block. Stunning.

Yellow card
1632: First real run of note from the speedy Gareth Bale, who races into the Liverpool half and gets to the edge of the box where he is brought down by Paul Konchesky. The full-back is booked and Bale hits the free-kick into the wall.

From Nick, Exeter, on text: "A 2-0 Liverpool win sees them go sixth above Spurs. Mental season, keep it coming!"

1628: Paul Konchesky gives the ball straight back to Spurs and Alan Hutton races into the Liverpool penalty box, bursting between two players and going down in the area. There might have been some contact, but it was a bit theatrical from the Scot and referee Martin Atkinson waves play on.

Yellow card
1626: First yellow card of the game at Tottenham, with Liverpool's Raul Meireles booked for a challenge from behind on Gareth Bale as the Welshman tried to race down the left. Got a bit of the ball, the Portuguese.

1625: Liverpool are working it nicely in the Tottenham half, plenty of good movement and plenty of sighters. Lucas's shot from 20 yards takes a deflection and flies out for a corner. From that set-piece, a Martin Skrtel header goalwards looks like it might hit Younes Kaboul's arm, but nothing given.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's John Scales: "What I've noticed with Younes Kaboul and William Gallas when they play together is that when one of them brings the ball out, pretty soon they are 30 or 40 yards away from each other and when they lose the ball that is a very big gap for your two centre-halves."

1621: They are testing Heurelho Gomes, Liverpool. Maxi Rodriguez has had a lively start and the Argentine hammers one in from 25 yards that Gomes does really well to tip away at full stretch diving to his left.

1620: Lots of you Liverpool fans were worried about Glen Johnson marking Gareth Bale, but he's doing a very decent job so far, the much-maligned, pony-tailed full-back. A Bale corner from the left evades Younes Kaboul and is met on the volley by Peter Crouch, but he is under pressure and can only slice wide.

From Tom, on text: "Re 1603: are you telling me Liverpool kicked off while Spurs were still in a huddle? They'll try anything to get an advantage in the game won't they? Ha ha."

1617: Wilson Palacios misplaces a couple of passes and gets cheered by his own fans for a simple ball that finds one of his team-mates. A cross from the Spurs left is behind Jermain Defoe, but he does well to volley it on target, Pepe Reina not having to move to make the routine save.

From MohamudWarsame on 606: "Sad to see Van der Vaart go off. Quality player."

1614: Rafael van der Vaart was trying to latch on to a Peter Crouch knock-down, but he straight away pulled up and it could be a hamstring problem for the Dutch midfielder. Jermain Defoe comes on for Van der Vaart.

1613: Rafael van der Vaart is hobbling off here...

1611: Boy, how much time and space do Spurs want to give Liverpool in their penalty area? Dirk Kuyt is too slow to capitalise on Fernando Torres' pass but it still breaks to Maxi Rodriguez, who is given the freedom of the box to lash a right-foot shot agonisingly wide of the far post.

1610: Decent move from Liverpool that, with Fernando Torres pulling off Younes Kaboul to flick a lovely pass through to Maxi Rodriguez, but the Argentine has just crept a yard offside.

1607: Stunning start from Aaron Lennon, skinning Paul Konchesky and clipping the ball back to Luka Modric from the byeline, but the Croatian can only volley into the floor and into the arms of Pepe Reina.

1606: Dirk Kuyt gives it away and Aaron Lennon breaks with superb pace, racing into the Liverpool area only to tread on the ball with Rafael van der Vaart screaming for it on the left.

1605: William Gallas touches the ball back to Heurelho Gomes, but he didn't realise how close the Brazilian keeper was to him, and Gomes does well to get his clearance far enough away from goal to prevent any danger.

1603: On a freezing cold day in London there's a warm greeting from the two managers, Harry Redknapp and Roy Hodgson. William Gallas gets the Spurs players in a huddle and Liverpool get us under way.

From anku_thakur on Twitter: "God save Paul Konchesky today, I'm afraid he'll be ripped apart by Lennon!"

1558: William Gallas leads Tottenham out and Jamie Carragher, making his 450th league appearance for Liverpool, takes the visitors on to the pitch at White Hart Lane. We're almost good to go, and there might be history in the making.

1555: ... So I asked Infostrada Sports. Here's what they told me: "Every club has scored so far. If Tottenham and Liverpool score, it will be the first time in the Premier League that all clubs have scored in one complete match round." They do, however, add the caveat that "a complete round is all 10 matches (or 11 in the first few seasons). So a match in April which was original scheduled for November counts for the match round in November (a postponed match for instance)." Clear? Great.

1553: So far this weekend, all 18 teams that have played have scored in the Premier League. I wanted to know if all 20 ever have before...

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson: "Let's hope we can cause them as many problems as they cause us. He [Joe Cole] would've made the 18 but slightly injured his ankle in training [on Saturday]. We decided it was better not to risk him."

1550: Oops, almost forgot the key bit: join me on Monday at 1900 GMT for live text commentary of Barcelona v Real Madrid. That's what diaries are for.

1549: I know what you're thinking: 'It's El Clasico Eve, and Stevo hasn't even mentioned Barcelona-Real Madrid yet.' Well, we are a matter of hours away from arguably the most hyped domestic football match on Earth, and our European blogger Phil Minshull sets the scene: "If expectations are high for a classic, there are not many people that are happy about the scheduling of El Clasico on a Monday - for only the third time in the game's history." Meanwhile, I've been banging on about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They've scored 92 club goals between them in only 90 games in 2010. Fact.

Ipswich boss Roy Keane: "It's always tough when you lose, especially 4-1 to your rivals, but we shot ourselves in the foot in the first half. The players are feeling bad enough already without me hammering them. We seem to be making the same mistakes week in week out. We felt there was cover [for sending off], the referee was quick to send him off but we can't complain too much. The officials are there to make decisions and we have to respect them."

From Anon, on text: "Dear Mr Abramovich, please sell Ramires, Mikel and Kalou and buy Schweinsteiger and a new winger. Not good enough today but we still love you. Love Chelsea fans XXX."

1543: Tottenham v Liverpool team news:
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart was a doubt with an ankle injury but returns to the side as he starts in place of Roman Pavlyuchenko, while midfielder Wilson Palacios replaces Jermaine Jenas. Striker Jermain Defoe is again on the bench. Liverpool make one change from the side that beat West Ham last time out as Lucas Leiva returns from suspension to replace Christian Poulsen in midfield."

1541: I'm looking at television pictures of Spurs' injured midfielder Jermaine Jenas tucking into a plate of what looks like fish and chips at White Hart Lane. Top work.

1539: Sorry for the earlier confusion - can confirm that Joe Cole is not on the bench for Liverpool this afternoon.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert: "A derby means a lot to people, it does to our football club and it does to Ipswich. I thought we were terrific from the off today, the whole team in general terms were excellent. Grant Holt was a threat throughout, too."

From calumfield on Twitter: "Dear Mr Abramovich, please don't sack, hire, buy or sell anyone. This is just a bad patch. Love, Chelsea fans xx"

1530: Hearing two different things on Joe Cole at the moment - our official teamsheet says he's not on the bench, but the Liverpool website says he is. Will try to clear that up as soon as possible.

1527: It's very important you remember these two things: Tottenham v Liverpool gets under way at 1600 GMT, and the draw for the third round of the FA Cup is due to take place at about 1800 GMT.

From Cechs Left Foot on 606: "I suppose Newcastle isn't an easy place to go for any team. And considering our form a point isn't awful. Much better but we need Lampard, Essien and JT back ASAP. Well done Toon."

Full time
1522: Full-time Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea
Advantage Manchester United after this weekend, then, as Chelsea go second with that point. Newcastle are ninth, very well-earned point for Chris Hughton's boys.

1521: Of course, Daniel Sturridge's shot a few moments ago was wide of TIM KRUL'S post, not Petr Cech's. Glad you're still paying attention. Deep into injury time at Newcastle, neither side looks massively like winning it.

Tottenham v Liverpool scene-setter:
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "How realistic is Harry Redknapp's claim his Tottenham side are Premier League title contenders? Well, we should get a clearer indication against Liverpool today. Spurs have 10 goals in their last three games and are riding high on the back of beating Arsenal and Werder Bremen. Liverpool have improved in a campaign which started in turmoil but have just one away league win so far this season, while boss Roy Hodgson has not won in four previous trips to White Hart Lane as a manager."

1518: Tottenham v Liverpool line-ups:
Gomes, Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch.
Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka, Sandro.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Maxi, Torres, Ngog.
Subs: Jones, Aurelio, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Poulsen, Shelvey.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1516: Grant Holt wastes no time in going back on to the pitch at Carrow Road to get the match ball off the referee, and he holds it up to the fans as he walks off the field. Norwich have gone fifth in the Championship with that win.

1514: So close for Chelsea as the towering Didier Drogba flicks the ball on to Daniel Sturridge in the Newcastle box and after his first shot is blocked, his effort on the rebound dribbles wide of Tim Krul's left-hand post from 14 yards.

1514: Full-time Norwich 4-1 Ipswich

1513: Hearing that Rafael van der Vaart is going to start for Spurs today, will confirm that as soon as we can.

1512: Deep into injury time at Norwich, but that game was all over a while ago. Horrible, horrible feeling if you're an Ipswich fan. We've all been there.

From Gavlaa89 on Twitter: "Great hat-trick for Ron Burgundy today..."

Yellow card
1510: Good grief that's a harsh decision. Carlos Edwards is all over Norwich's Simeon Jackson and he goes to ground inside the area, only to be booked for diving. Why does it have to be a penalty or a dive? It doesn't.

1508: Oh what a miss. What a miss. Nicolas Anelka crosses from the Chelsea left and Salomon Kalou initially does really well, chesting it down and then somehow bundling it past two defenders and Tim Krul - he's three yards out, at an angle on the left, empty net, and can only shoot wide. What a miss.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Carrow Road: "The Ipswich fans have gone very quiet. Given this could be their fourth straight defeat, I would suggest bordering on disquiet."

1505: Didier Drogba collects a cross and smacks it into the net, but the Ivorian controlled the ball with his arm so it won't count. Newcastle take off Shola Ameobi and send on Nile Ranger.

1504: Now that's what you call a standing ovation. Hat-trick hero Grant Holt is taken off at Norwich to huge acclaim, with Simeon Jackson on in his place. Hearing that Joe Cole is on the bench for Liverpool at Spurs today. Full team news to come.

1502: It's a bit more Chelsea at the moment, just starting to increase the pressure on Newcastle a touch. They are really struggling to create chances, but there are 15 minutes left at least at St James' Park. Ramires gets into a great position at the byeline on the right, but blazes miles over the bar.

Craig in Liverpool, on text: "What is with the neck scarves, are these people for real? What's next, John Motson's coat complete with name and number on the back?"

1459: Chance for Chelsea at Newcastle as a corner is played in from the right and the always dangerous Branislav Ivanovic glances a header goalwards, Tim Krul making the save.

Norwich goal: The visitors have collapsed. Norwich work it from right to left, Grant Holt and Chris Martin helping it on and when it falls for Wes Hoolahan, he does his marker on the left and when Marton Fulop goes down too early, Hoolahan gorgeously clips the ball over the keeper and into the net. It's a rout.

1457: GOAL Norwich 4-1 Ipswich (Hoolahan)

Norwich goal: A treble in a local derby - Grant Holt will never, ever have to buy a drink in Norwich for as long as he lives. He's got the quick feet of Chris Martin to thank for giving him the chance this time, and Holt slaps the ball into the far corner from 16 yards to wrap this one up for the hosts.

1455: GOAL Norwich 3-1 Ipswich (Holt, hat-trick)

Charlotte from Denmark, on text: "If this is how Newcastle play every week I might make the trip more often."

1452: Henri Lansbury spanks a shot over at Norwich, who still have not put Ipswich away. It's all Canaries again, about 15 minutes left in East Anglia.

1450: That's absolutely sensational defending from Ashley Cole, it really is. It looks for all the world as though Newcastle are going 2-1 up when Wayne Routledge hits a screaming shot goalwards, but Cole gets into position A and acrobatically heads the ball off the line. Stunning.

1449: Ipswich send on New Zealand World Cup striker Rory Fallon for defender Gianni Zuiverloon. That's a statement.

1448: A rare moment of threatening action from Ipswich, but Grant Leadbitter's slightly deflected shot from 30 yards sails wide of goal. At Newcastle, Andy Carroll gets up well to head goalwards, but it's an easy save for Petr Cech.

1446: Norwich are trying to put Ipswich to bed, but alas, they cannot. Russell Martin plays a lovely ball into the visitors' box and it finds Chris Martin all alone at the back stick, only for Marton Fulop to make a fine save with his legs.

From Rooneys Fat Wallet on 606: "My bet of every away team scoring this week looks rather good to be honest. At 50/1 I'm looking good."

1444: Andrew Surman has picked up a knock and Norwich send on Wes Hoolahan in his place. A corner from their left is headed wide by Grant Holt as the Canaries captain's hat-trick hunt continues apace.

Yellow card
1441: Oof. David Norris clatters into Norwich's Henri Lansbury and picks up a booking. Ipswich just cannot get anything going at the moment.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin: "I suspect Carlo Ancelotti has had some stern words with his players at half-time because Chelsea's players are harrying and chasing a lot more. Shola Ameobi is out of the game for Newcastle, and I wouldn't be surprised if they take him off."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Nigel Worthington: "Even though this is 11 v 10 players I still think it is way too easy for Norwich at the moment, I just don't think Ipswich are putting enough pressure on them in midfield or at the back."

1438: I guess I can forgive Conor, below, for neglecting to mention the remarkable loan signing of Aaron Ramsey and Lewis McGugan's stunning sequence of screamers, can't I? Chelsea doing a bit more of the pressing at Newcastle, but no real chances after the break yet.

From Conor Love, on text: "The Championship this season is really proving to be one of the most competitive leagues in the world. Two Champions League-winning managers in this cracking derby, Bellamy opting to play for Cardiff and Bothroyd playing for England - all making the world take more notice!"

1434: Back under way at St James' Park, where it is Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Carrow Road: "Beware, in amongst the green and yellow woolly hats there is a fair old sprinkling of various Santa/reindeer themed headwear. Yes folks, we are moving towards that time of year when football fashion crimes are at their hilarious worst. Ipswich's revamped back four looks a tad more solid this half, so far."

1430: BBC Radio 5 live pundit Nigel Worthington points out that Ipswich are defending as a 10 pretty much, with lone striker Tamas Priskin tucking into midfield when Norwich have got the ball, which is most of the time. David Fox hammers a shot over from just outside the Tractor Boys' box.

From The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on Twitter: "One of the performances of the weekend: Newcastle groundsman. Pitch good - only bit of grass visible for miles."

1426: Remember, we've still got Tottenham v Liverpool at 1600 GMT and the FA Cup third round draw at 1800 GMT to come. Tremendous.

1425: Good point from Anon, below. Wonder if Florent Malouda and Samir Nasri will get themselves in the running for Footballer of the Year? Back under way in the Championship at Carrow Road, where it's Norwich 2-1 Ipswich.

From Anon, on text: "Wonderful touch from Malouda to set up Kalou. With a few key names out for Chelsea, he has remained consistently impressive."

From jonesy on 606: "I expect Chelsea will kick on now and get another two goals at least. They have definitely deserved that goal."

1418: Half-time Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea
Phil Dawkes reports:
"Chelsea have not been good, but Salomon Kalou ensures the champions go in to the break level after Alex's woeful error to gift Newcastle an early lead. If Ancelotti's team are to take the pressure of the under-fire Italian they will need to drastically improve in the second half against a determined home side."

Chelsea goal: You know, they probably deserve that, the Blues. There's pressure on the Newcastle defence and eventually the visitors find a way through as Florent Malouda flicks the ball to Salomon Kalou in the Magpies box, he turns on to his right foot and fires in a shot that takes a deflection off Jose Enrique and flies past Tim Krul. Level pegging.

1416: GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea (Kalou)

1414: The locals will enjoy what just happened to Ashley Cole at Newcastle, but he's been a bit unfortunate. Moments after accidentally booting Shola Ameobi up the backside, he latches on to Florent Malouda's pass inside the Newcastle box and seems to be brought down by Cheik Tiote. Looks like a penalty to me, but nothing given.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Carrow Road: "Three goals, a sending off, some handbags... if you were to look up 'local derby' in your footballing textbook, this would be it. Not sure Roy Keane will have enjoyed it as much as us neutrals."

1411: As if to prove the point, Jon Mikel Obi gives the ball away for the umpteeth time at St James' Park. Chelsea really struggling to get their fluid passing game going, about five minutes until half-time. Still Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea.

From HenryWhitfield on Twitter: "Mikel has had a number of horrendous give-aways early on in this match; certainly not a suitable deputy for Essien..."

1407: Half-time Norwich 2-1 Ipswich

1404: Norwich are piling pressure on Ipswich and we are into four minutes of first-half stoppage time at Carrow Road. Meanwhile at Newcastle, the visitors are doing a fair bit of pressing, but they don't look especially dangerous at the moment. Didier Drogba isn't in the game enough.

1402: Fantastic save from Marton Fulop, getting down to his left to parry away Andrew Surman's thumping downward header. On the brink of half-time in East Anglia.

1401: Hope that answers your question, Charlotte. Anyway, Grant Holt is denied a first-half hat-trick at Norwich by some last-ditch defending, and after going down to 10 men Ipswich haul off striker Jason Scotland and send on midfielder Colin Healy.

From themib on Twitter: "Cole being booed a lot. Think the Geordies are sticking up for Cheryl here."

From Charlotte, on text: "Am visiting Newcastle from Denmark and thought I'd watch a football match. Great game so far, really enjoying it. But why does Ashley Cole keep getting booed?"

1357: Chelsea pushing for an equaliser at St James' Park. A short corner sees Nicolas Anelka cross for Alex to head goalwards, but Jose Enrique clears off the line. The ball is immediately played back in to Salomon Kalou, but his shot from 10 yards is blocked by Steven Taylor.

Red card
Delaney sending off: You know, I'm not sure about that. Damien Delaney has gone from hero to zero, but it might be harsh. He dallies in possession, about 10 yards inside his own half, and a super lively Grant Holt nicks the ball off him. Holt tries to run through, but Delaney tugs him, Holt goes down and Delaney is shown a straight red. Holt still had an awful lot to do, and there were two Ipswich defenders pretty close by too. Difficult one, that.

1355: RED CARD Damien Delaney, Ipswich

Norwich goal: That's come a bit against the run of play after the last 10 minutes, but the hosts are back in front. Ipswich's centre-backs part like the Red Sea and Henri Lansbury threads a cracking pass forward for an unmarked Grant Holt to collect, take his time and fire past Marton Fulop.

1353: GOAL Norwich 2-1 Ipswich (Holt)

Yellow card
1352: Oof, that's got to hurt. Bit of South American rivalry in that tackle as Brazilian Ramires trips Argentine Jonas Gutierrez and the Chelsea man picks up a booking for his troubles.

1349: Chelsea captain Didier Drogba gets into a bit of space on the left of the Newcastle box and slams in a fierce shot that Tim Krul tips behind for a corner. At Norwich, Ipswich are in the ascendancy now, buoyed by their leveller.

Ipswich goal: That's got Keano off the bench. Ipswich are having lots of success with the aerial route and after another ball into the Norwich box is headed back across goal expertly by Tamas Priskin, there is Damien Delaney at the far post diving in to equalise. Cracking stuff from both teams so far.

1347: GOAL Norwich 1-1 Ipswich (Delaney)

1346: Bit risky from Newcastle keeper Tim Krul, who delays a clearance and allows Ramires to close him down, the ball flying off the midfielder's boot and behind for a goalkick.

1344: Chance for Ipswich, but Tamas Priskin heads over the top from 10 yards after a ball is pumped into the Norwich box.

1342: All Norwich at Carrow Road, with Ipswich looking a little nervy at the back. Henri Lansbury side-foots over the bar from 20 yards as the hosts chase a second goal. Moments later, Grant Holt fires over a cross from the left and Chris Martin is foiled at the near post. From the corner, Andrew Crofts' shot is saved by Marton Fulop. Incessant pressure.

From mattzaliar on 606: "As a Chelsea fan, I don't think we've had a weaker squad in the past five years than we do this season. No strength in depth whatsoever. What happened to our transfer madness?"

1339: It's just that sort of weekend, isn't it?

Magpies goal: Newcastle deserve the goal because they've started well, but it's a horror show for the champions. They give it away in midfield but Wayne Routledge is dispossessed by Jon Mikel Obi - only when Alex tries to pass it back to Petr Cech, he doesn't know the keeper has raced off his line and the ball rolls past Cech, allowing Andy Carroll to sprint past him and knock into the empty net. Crikey.

1337: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea (Carroll)

1334: Ipswich get in down the right and Tamas Priskin drives in a cross-cum-shot that John Ruddy punches away at his near post. Dangerous.

1333: Very early chance for Newcastle. A free-kick from the left is swung over and headed toward goal by Steven Taylor. Petr Cech is able to claw the ball away from goal but only as far as Shola Ameobi, eight yards out. The striker, though, is unable to get his volleyed effort on target and hits the side-netting.

Norwich goal: You could argue Grant Holt shouldn't even be on the pitch, but he's put the Canaries ahead. He battles Darren O'Dea halfway inside the Ipswich half and beats the defender's half-hearted challenge way too easily, racing through alone on goal, opening up his body a la Thierry Henry and slotting into the far corner. Advantage hosts.

1331: GOAL Norwich 1-0 Ipswich (Holt)

1331: Under way at Newcastle.

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "If Chelsea lose today it will be first time in 11 years they have lost three Premier League matches in a row."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Carrow Road: "No lack of passion so far at Carrow Road. The heavily moustachioed Grant Holt is perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch after his hack at Jack Colbeck. It was the sort of feisty derby challenge that we have seen a few times down the years from current Ipswich boss Roy Keane. He can probably also relate to the pushing and shoving that followed."

1328: Chance for Norwich, but Chris Martin and Andrew Surman get in each other's way in the Ipswich box and the ball trickles behind for a goalkick. Worryingly for the visitors, keeper Marton Fulop needs some treatment too.

1326: Led by captains Shola Ameobi and Didier Drogba, the players come out on to the pitch at St James' Park for Newcastle v Chelsea. It's a strikers world, and we're all living in it.

From scott_allen90 on Twitter: "Seems like a cracking atmosphere in the Championship! Almost feels like an FA Cup tie!"

Yellow card
Yellow card
1322: Who had 150 seconds for the first handbags graphic of the day? Haha, you've got to love derbies. Norwich captain Grant Holt gets involved and he is booked by referee Keith Hill for a horrible foul on Jack Colback. Could have seen red for that. Ipswich's Grant Leadbitter is cautioned too.

1320: Very decent start from the visitors at Carrow Road, with a neat move culminating in a Grant Leadbitter drive that John Ruddy has to save low down to his left.

It's sunny
1318: In glorious sunshine and with Carrow Road rocking, the East Anglian/Old Farm derby gets under way in the east of England. Expect spicy.

Norwich majority shareholder Delia Smith: "With football you have to take the pain and the joy. They're nail-biting games, there's that little bit of tribal stuff but on the whole I don't really enjoy them as much as other matches. At the end of the day it's sport."

From Brozy134 on 606: "McEachran should have started today, Ramires isn't showing any quality. Bannan and Albrighton start each week for Villa and they look really good players, McEachran needs to play too!"

Newcastle v Chelsea team news:
Phil Dawkes reports:
"An ankle injury means Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan misses the visit of Chelsea. Wayne Routledge replaces the midfielder. The home side are also without suspended regular centre-back pair Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini and so Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor start. The only other change sees Cheik Tiote replace Alan Smith in midfield. Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti makes only one change to the side beaten 1-0 at Birmingham last weekend, with Jose Bosingwa replacing Paulo Ferreira at right-back."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Carrow Road: "Woah. Not the weather to be wearing suede. Plenty of snow around Carrow Road and it is an ice-cold day here in Norwich, however if the atmosphere on the train here is anything to go by, it should be hotting up inside the stadium pretty soon as the minutes tick down to kick-off in the Old Farm derby."

From Chris, a cautiously optimistic Toon fan, on text: "I hope Newcastle can pull an unlikely result out of the bag today. I can see a Chelsea backlash after having so many chances without much success against Birmingham and Zilina, but I could possibly see the weather suiting us as Drogba and Anelka will not like the cold. Come on Newcastle!"

1304: Chief football writer Phil McNulty was at West Ham on Saturday to see the Hammers beat Wigan in their 'Save our Season' match. "Season saved? Not likely. Season up and running? Not yet. Not by a long way," says McNulty.

1301: Newcastle v Chelsea line-ups:
Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Campbell, Jose Enrique, Routledge, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi.
Subs: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Perch, Smith, Best, Kadar, Ranger.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Malouda, Anelka, Drogba, Kalou.
Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Sturridge, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

1300: Stevo's Predos:
Norwich 2-1 Ipswich
Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea
Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
Man United to meet FC United of Manchester in FA Cup
Lawro and guest Andy Murray's predictions

1259: Refresh your page, please, because before your very eyes live video will appear of Norwich v Ipswich. It's like a gift from the Gods.

Newcastle v Chelsea scene-setter:
Phil Dawkes reports:
"In the context of yesterday's game at Old Trafford, Chris Samba's consolation goal for Blackburn was meaningless, but for Chelsea it means victory over Newcastle returns them to the top of the table. But - and it's not often you get to say this - Chelsea are finding wins hard to come by of late. Plus, the last time they faced Newcastle they were hit for four and knocked out of the Carling Cup. The Blues may not bring form to St James' Park but they'll certainly have a full compliment of snoods."

1252: I'm delighted to announce that we've got some live football for you early doors today. It comes from the Championship and it pits East Anglian rivals Norwich and Ipswich at Carrow Road. The game kicks off in half an hour, but it's live on BBC One and on this website at 1300 GMT. If you want to know how important the game is, I suggest you check out Paul Fletcher's blog, if you can. He's only gone and spoken to Iwan Roberts and Matt Holland, hasn't he?

From Max, scared Chelsea fan in Risborough, on text: "I woke up this morning with that hideous, horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. Newcastle are going to beat us today. Roman has rocked the boat, and the weather isn't going to help us either."

From BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher on Twitter: "New signings on show at Carrow Road as Henri Lansbury starts for Norwich and Gianni Zuiverloon for Ipswich, Rory Fallon on the bench."

1246: Norwich v Ipswich line-ups:
Ruddy, Russell Martin, Barnett, Ward, Lappin, Crofts, Surman, Lansbury, Fox, Holt, Chris Martin.
Subs: Rudd, Nelson, Jackson, Hoolahan, Korey Smith, Johnson, McNamee.
Ipswich: Fulop, Zuiverloon, Delaney, Smith, O'Dea, Edwards, Leadbitter, Norris, Colback, Scotland, Priskin.
Subs: Murphy, O'Connor, Livermore, Brown, Healy, Civelli, Fallon.
Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire)

From GraymeadYNWA on 606: "A bit tired after pulling an all-nighter for the cricket. But I will be wide awake come 4 o'clock, I am sure. Not expecting much today, but the games you expect little from are the most satisfying to win."

1241: Whether your weekend has been full of beers, tears, cheers or jeers, I want to hear from you. Over here:
Tweet me @Stevo_football;
Text me on 81111;
Kick around on 606 with the crew.

From jackgrant on Twitter: "Bruno is 55?! I hope I look like that when I get to that age!"

1235: Sunday's action, dearest readers:
1315 GMT: Norwich v Ipswich
1330 GMT: Newcastle v Chelsea
1600 GMT: Tottenham v Liverpool
1800 GMT: FA Cup third round draw

1233: If Saturday's football could talk to Sunday's, there would be a serious amount of goading going on. So, 28 November, what you got for us? You know, I'm pretty sure the weekend's drama isn't over just yet...

1230: Buzzing. In the past 24 hours, we're witnessed a truly wonderful day of Premier League football, a quite magnificent England fightback in the Ashes and a world-class performance from boxer Carl Froch to reclaim his WBC belt. As if all that wasn't enough, I even got to eat some of Strictly legend Bruno Tonioli's 55th birthday cake in the bar last night. Buzzing.

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28 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 28 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 15 19 31
2 Chelsea 15 19 29
3 Arsenal 15 15 29
4 Man City 15 8 26
5 Tottenham 15 3 25
6 Bolton 15 6 23
7 Sunderland 15 1 20
8 Stoke 15 0 20
9 Newcastle 15 1 19
10 Liverpool 15 -2 19
11 Blackpool 15 -6 19
12 West Brom 15 -6 19
13 Blackburn 15 -7 18
14 Birmingham 15 -2 17
15 Aston Villa 15 -7 17
16 Everton 15 -2 16
17 Fulham 15 -3 15
18 Wigan 15 -15 14
19 Wolves 15 -10 12
20 West Ham 15 -12 12

see also
Sunday's football photos
28 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Lawro's Premier League predictions
28 Nov 10 |  Football Focus

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