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By Sam Lyon

2240: So, Wednesday Football, you've got a blooming lot to live up to. And I dare say there's plenty on offer tomorrow evening to give it a sure-fire chance of doing so, too, what with six Premier League matches involving the likes of Liverpool, Man City, Newcastle and Tottenham on show. There's even a couple of League One games if none of the top flight matches take your fancy. Myself and Football League Danny are back in for all your commentary needs then, so do join us if you can won't you? Beautiful scenes. See ya, people.

John From London Town MBE on 606: "Wigan I'd say are certainties to go down, along with Wolves & probably West Brom. Anyone agree/disagree?"

Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Top performance tonight from the lads. Nani with another assist + Rooooney...Boom!"

Mandeep Sanghera reports:
On this evidence, Manchester United will take some overhauling by their Premier League title rivals - though sterner tests than provided by Aston Villa await them."

Mark Ashenden reports:
"Breathtaking. Great recovery by West Brom - and even though it's just the one point, it's one that will taste quite sweet in the home showers I am sure."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"I don't want to go on about the Premier League being the most entertaining league in the world... blah... blah...blah... but it is. That was a joy to watch."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:
"Huge win for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger's side were facing a potentially damaging blow to their title chances as Everton led for so long but emerged victorious to maintain the pressure on Manchester United."

2225: Right then, let's hear from our match reporters shall we?

Talhah via text: "RE: 1854 - And tomorrow we have 'what have you got, Wednesday?' - 17 goals in the Premier League today, I reckon 27 goals tomorrow."

2222: By the way, I'm reliably informed that in the 37 matches in England tonight, 116 goals were scored. Mesmerisers.

2218: Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, has confirmed that new signing Fernando Torres WILL make his debut against Liverpool on Sunday, provided he is fit. "We will test tomorrow and the next day. If he has no problem, he will play against Liverpool." What a match to make your bow in for the Spaniard. What a match.

20ledge-kb on 606: "11 goals in their last three games, Rooney back on form, 24 games still unbeaten... can't see anybody but Man Utd winning the Title now."

2216: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce on transfer deadline day: "I'm glad I was at the pictures watching The King's Speech."

Jatin Maisuria via text: "RE: 1854 - After tonight's goal frenzy, there's only one name to call it... TURBO TUESDAY!!!"

2214: Oh, hold on, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has responded to David Moyes's suggestions that Cesc Fabregas should have been sent off at half-time (see 2208)... time to get the handbags graphic back out...? "I was next to Fabregas at half time and I can't see why David Moyes is furious with him," said the Frenchman. "Fabregas did not speak to the referee at half time, I spoke to the referee."

2212: Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "It was a marvellous early goal. It was really good vision from Edwin [van der Sar] but what a finish from Wayne [Rooney]. Goals always help strikers but he [Rooney] has always got a great appetite to play. He gets his rewards eventually."

Football League Danny: "In League Two, bottom side Stockport led against leaders Chesterfield - for 99 seconds, then Deane Smalley salvaged a 1-1 draw for the top side. Wycombe (second) beat Cheltenham 2-1 to close the gap. Port Vale were the big winners, beating promotion rivals Rotherham. Vale are fifth and the Millers third. Northampton, meanwhile, went goalbag nuts with a 6-2 romp over Crewe."

Jwilmakeurday on Twitter: "There is no doubt in my mind that the Premier League is the best in the world and tonight proves why!"

2209: Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti: "We played very well and created a lot of chances. It was a very good performance. With Fernando Torres here now we are more competitive. His and David Luiz's arrival has made the rest of the squad more optimistic."

2208: Everton boss David Moyes: "The comments which Cesc Fabregas made to the fourth official and referee at half time deserved a sending off. He's a big player for them. I think it changed the flow of the game. I'm not going to repeat what he said, I'll let them tell you what he said. Anyway, it's a results business we are in and we need to get some results... but I don't think anyone would go away from this game thinking Everton didn't deserve to get a result."

Football League Danny: "League One goalfests - Bournemouth 3-2 Swindon. Dag & Red 4-1 Brentford. Peterborough 5-3 Sheffield Wednesday. Bournemouth close on leaders Brighton with that win - the Seagulls drew 0-0 at Leyton Orient. Southampton (fourth) had a good day, with Rickie Lambert's late late winner sinking Exeter - 2-1 to Saints. A good day also for Huddersfield, who beat Carlisle 2-0 and are third."

2207: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "Everton played very well, had a great first half and started sharper than us. We had to rely on our exceptional spirit, attitude and belief. We are ready for the fight [for the title] and we have shown that again tonight. The players have an exceptional spirit. There is a never give up attitude in the team and you could see that."

2206: Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier: "We were beaten by a team that was brilliant. I think they played fantastically well. They were superior to us. The only positives you can say is that we are improving in our team play. We drew with them in the second half and that is mainly due to Brad Friedel."

2205: And you thought Transfer Deadline Day was manic huh? In the end, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United secure themselves critical victories at the top of the table, while West Brom and Wigan play out a mesmeriser (made-up word alert) at the Hawthorns. I think Danny's fingers are due a spell in the ice-box too after a feast of lower league goals. Truly brilliant stuff, Tuesday Football.

Football League Danny: "A pox on you, Transfer Window Madness (or TRM for short, yes TRM - see 2042). Tonight's been far more thrilling. So, Championship. QPR top after beating Pompey 2-0. But they don't pull clear. Norwich beat Millwall 2-1, Swansea won 2-0 at Bristol City, Nottingham Forest won 2-1 at Coventry. Cardiff are tonight's fallers, dropping to fifth after drawing 2-2 with Reading (terrific drama there, each side scoring in injury-time). At the bottom, the bottom three - Preston, Scunthorpe and Sheff Utd - all lost."

2200: Tuesday, 1 February - the night football went goal crazy.

Full time
2156: FULL-TIME West Brom 2-2 Wigan

2155: For the first time in the match, we've hit a lull at the Hawthorns. It's been a terrific advert for Premier League football, mind.

Football League Danny: "Full-time - QPR 2-0 Portsmouth. The leaders still lead."

2152: How has that not gone in? Another scramble inside the Wigan box from a corner ends with Marc Antoine Fortune forcing forward from six yards, Latics keeper Ali Al Habsi using his feet to keep the effort from creeping in.

2151: We will have five minutes of added time at the Hawthorns.

Full time
2150: FULL-TIME Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at The Valley: "So it is two in two for Chris Powell as Charlton boss but this match will be remembered for the antics and the no goal, goal, no goal drama of referee Darren Sheldrake."

Football League Danny: "Massive Championship night. Some highlights. Bristol City 0-2 Swanse. Norwich 2-1 Millwall. Coventry 1-2 Nottingham Forest. Hull 2-2 Leeds. Cardiff 2-2 Reading - two injury-time goals there, one for each team. And with 10 minutes or so to go, it's QPR 2-0 Portsmouth. Context to follow..."

2148: West Brom still knocking on the door at the Hawthorns, Roberto di Matteo's men pushing Wigan all the way for a winner, but the Latics are just about hanging on.

2145: Terrific effort from Wayne Rooney from outside the box at Old Trafford, powering a shot at goal, Brad Friedel palming away what would have been the England frontman's hat-trick strike.

Football League Danny: "More last-gaspers. Cardiff 2-2 Reading, Craig Bellamy. Peterborough 5-3 Sheffield Wednesday."

2142: It's turning into a veritable thriller in the midlands, Baggies defender Jonas Olsson getting on the end of a Chris Brunt corner to power a header goalwards - Ali Al Habsi palming it over on the stretch.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at Ashton Gate: "Darren Pratley's brace takes Swansea City up to third with a well deserved 2-0 win while struggling Bristol City are booed off after failing to scoring for the fifth successive game."

Football League Danny: "Norwich 2-1 Millwall - absolutely last-gasp drama winner for the Canaries."

Full time
2141: FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-4 Chelsea

2141: We've got 10 minutes left at the Hawthorns.

West Brom goal: We're back level in a barn-stormer at the Hawthorns, Marc Antoine Fortune nodding in from Jerome Thomas's cross unmarked from eight yards out. That puts wigan back in the bottom three.

2140: GOALFLASH West Brom 2-2 Wigan (Fortune)

Full time
2138: FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-1 Everton

Football League Danny: "Rickie Lambert at the double. Exeter 1-2 Southampton. Last-minute drama."

Chelsea goal: The goal his performance deserves for Nicolas Anelka and Sunderland are finally put to bed by Chelsea, the Frenchman nudging in with the outside of his boot from Florent Malouda's cross.

2136: GOALFLASH Sunderland 2-4 Chelsea (Anelka)

Football League Danny: "Told you Burton were going places (see 1921). They've gone to Shrewsbury tonight. And lost 3-0. Taxi for, er, me."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2135: And now it's Chris Brunt's turn to slap an effort against the upright, his left-foot curler beating the keeper and then the post and flying away. Wigan riding their luck in a big way at the Hawthorns.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2134: West Brom have been very flat so far in this second half at the Hawthorns but Marc Antoine Fortune is within a lick of paint or two to an equaliser, twisting his way around a couple of defenders before lashing a stinging effort against the post.

Football League Danny: "Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Big name, big moment. He's scored in the 84th minute to put Peterborough 4-3 up against Sheffield Wednesday."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at The Valley: "Bradley Wright-Phillips scores on his Charlton debut, converting a cross from Scott Wagstaff with a neat finish to further improve the mood of the already incensed Colchester supporters. Not."

2129: A matter of minutes left in the games at the Stadium of Light and the Emirates - can Chelsea and Arsenal hold on to what would surely be invaluable wins?

Someone has struck the woodwork
2127: Villa so close to getting back into it again, Ashley Young curling a wicked effort on to the crossbar from range with Edwin van der Sar beaten.

2126: Handbags!! Kieran Richardson and Branislav Ivanovic cause your typical football melee - in other words, everyone's involved but no-one really wants to fight - and Mark Halsey is forced to calm it down with a word. It's over before it's begun.

Football League Danny: "Goals. So many goals. Norwich 1-1 Millwall. Boro 2-0 Scunthorpe. Northampton 6-1 Crewe."

2124: A couple of you asking after Stephane Sessegnon on his Sunderland debut - well let me tell you that he has started to fade after a bright start, though I think we can put that down to fitness more than anything perhaps?

BBC Sport's David Dulin at Ashton Gate: "Bristol City fans will be hoping the fog descends very quickly here as Swansea have gone 2-0 up. Darren Pratley's bagged his second with a finish from close range. It could've been so different though as moments earlier, Swans keeper Dorus de Vries made a brilliant one-handed save to deny Brett Pitman's deflected shot."

Football League Danny: "Huge. QPR 1-0 Portsmouth - it's that man Adel Taarabt. Promotion-winning, that boy. Elsewhere - Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace. Bournemouth 3-2 Swindon. Exeter 1-1 Southampton. Dagenham & Redbridge 4-0 Brentford."

Man Utd goal: Just as Aston Villa look to be working up a head of steam Nemanja Vidic stops the visitors in their tracks, blasting an unstoppable shot into the top corner from Wayne Rooney's lay-off inside the area.

2120: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa (Vidic)

2119: Carlos Vela is subsituted less than an hour into his West Brom debut. He's struggled tonight to be fair.

Arsenal goal: Two goals in six minutes and Arsenal lead - the fighting qualities of champions perhaps? Robin van Persie is the creator, his corner met by the unmarked Laurent Koscielny to head in from close range.

2118: GOALFLASH Arsenal 2-1 Everton (Koscielny)

Football League Danny: "The King of Baked Beans texts me (wow, the actual King, I'm honoured) asking for an update on Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe. Boro still lead 1-0. If the Prince of Tinned Ravioli wants to join in, I'm on 81111. Elsewhere, it's Derby 1-2 Ipswich."

Aston Villa goal: Is the comeback on for Villa? Darren Bent scored for Sunderland in a 2-2 draw with Man Utd last season and he's bagged again, tapping in from Stewart Downing's slide-rule pass on the counter attack.

2114: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa (Bent)

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at The Valley: "High face at The Valley. Steven Gillespie puts the ball in the net. The referee blows, no goal. Colchester protest - after all, there was no offside flag. Goal given. Charlton protest, especially to the fourth official. The referee talks to the fourth official. Goal ruled out. Colchester's turn to go crazy. Drop-ball given. The referee's name? Darren Sheldrake."

Arsenal goal: It looked for so long like it was going to be one of those nights for Arsenal, but substitute Andrey Arshavin has made the crucial breakthrough, finishing well from the angle after Cesc Fabregas's ball over the top had been inadvertantly flicked on by Jack Rodwell.

2112: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-1 Everton (Arshavin)

Someone has struck the woodwork
2110: Double-poster at Sunderland! Chelsea surge forward once again and Nicolas Anelka, who has been outstanding tonight with Fernando Torres now waiting in the wings, feeds Salomon Kalou whose shot beats Craig Gordon but not the post - either of 'em - the ball striking the near post, flying across goal, hitting the far post and then bouncing away. He couldn't do that again if he tried the Ivorian. Not that he'd want to.

2108: There's no let-up from Chelsea at Sunderland, where Craig Gordon has had to save from Frank Lampard and then Michael Essien in successive attacks from the visitors.

2106: Back under way at the Hawthorns, West Brom 1-2 Wigan.

Football League Danny: "Here's to you Mr Robinson. Theo Robinson that is - he's put Millwall 1-0 up at promotion-hunting Norwich. And... SWINDON HAVE SCORED - AGAIN. They're now 2-2 at Bournemouth. Fans of the scoreline 2-2 will also enjoy the drama at Hull, where Davide Somma has levelled for the visitors. Hull 2-2 Leeds."

Chelsea goal: I'd say it has been coming... but then you know that. They're looking ominously like the Chelsea of old going forward tonight, and John Terry rewards their endeavours with a bounce-finish on the follow-up after Craig Gordon can only parry Frank Lampard's swerving shot.

2103: GOALFLASH Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea (Terry)

2102: It's wave after wave of Chelsea attacks in Sunderland, Frank Lampard this time just failing to get enough power behind his shot from Jose Bosingwa's cross, allowing Craig Gordon to get down and save again.

2101: The second half gets started at Old Trafford, where it's Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa.

2058: Arsenal enjoying plenty of possession as they push for an equaliser at the Emirates but, strangely, the game is being played at walking pace at the moment and the Gunners are not really threatening Tim Howard.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at The Valley: "Into the second half and the wait goes on for an opening goal in the match between Charlton and Colchester. Quite how that remains the case I am not sure as Charlton have had two excellent chances through Scott Wagstaff and Johnnie Jackson - both from eight yards, one missed, one saved."

2056: Now it's Craig Gordon's turn to frustrate Chelsea as the Scottish keeper gets down to beat away Frank Lampard's side-footed effort from 16 yards. The Blues well on top in this second 45.

Football League Danny: "Northampton are going goal mungous against Crewe. Two in the first three minutes of the second half have put them 5-1 up against Crewe - 40 minutes still to go. Meanwhile, it's Cardiff 1-1 Reading, Jay Bothroyd with the equaliser for the Bluebirds."

BBC Sport's David Dulin at Ashton Gate: "Second half just underway and Bristol City have rung the changes at the break with Jamie McAllister and Kalifa Cisse on for Damion Stewart and Jamal Campbell-Ryce, and gone 4-3-3. They needed to do something as despite only being 1-0 down, they were very much second-best to Swansea in the first half."

2053: It's as you were in the incident-packed match at the Stadium of Light, with Nedum Onuoha pulling of a terrific block to clear Frank Lampard's shot from 12 yards out and the Steed Malbranque - possibly with his hand - blocking Salomon Kalou's close-range effort from Branislav Ivanovic's flick-on. No rest for the wicked there...

2051: HALF-TIME West Brom 1-2 Wigan
Mark Ashenden reports:
"A half of two halves. West Brom look lively for 15 minutes. And then a double wallop with two free-kicks for Wigan. Charles N'Zogbia causing all the danger for the visitors. Is Baggies debutant Carlos Vela playing tonight? Quiet. The hosts now have the worst defensive record in the top flight. Leaky."

Football League Danny: "Fog update. The League Two match, Aldershot v Barnet, has been abandoned at half-time because of a real pea-souper. It was 1-1. And Damien texts in from Ashton Gate to suggest things are getting a bit dicey in the Bristol City v Swansea match, although he admits it may be wishful thinking - Swansea still lead 1-0."

Half time
2050: HALF-TIME Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa
Mandeep Sanghera's HT snap-shot:
"Worried about Wayne Rooney's lack of goals? Worry no more. A fabulous early strike and another on the stroke of half-time puts United on their way."

2049: Unsurprisingly, the half-time scores from Sunderland and Arsenal draw manic cheers from the Old Trafford crowd. How Chelsea and the Gunners could do with turning their matches around, huh?

2048: And as Sunderland 2-2 Chelsea gets back up and running, it's half-time now at Old Trafford and the Hawthorns.

2047: Back under way at the Emirates where it's Arsenal 0-1 Everton.

Man Utd goal: Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't often get it wrong - and his decision to start Wayne Rooney ahead of Javier Hernandez is paying dividends, the England frontman getting on the end of a superb Nani cross to tap home his second of the night from eight yards.

Wigan goal: Another set-piece, another goal - could Wigan be on course for only a second league win since November? Ben Watson is the goalscorer this time, his whipped free-kick from the left curling over everyone's heads and creeping in the far corner.

2045: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa (Rooney)

2044: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-2 Wigan (Watson)

Football League Danny: "(See 2033) Acronym fans are suggesting that Transfer Window Madness ought to be TWM rather than TRM - but that takes too long to write, so TRM it is. Elsehwere in tonight's only 2000 GMT kick-off in the Football League, it's Championship leaders QPR 0-0 Portsmouth. Half-time fast approachin

2042: The game at the Hawthorns has all got a bit scrappy with some late lunging tackles flying in. For all those wanting an update on West Brom debutant Carlos Vela, I can report he's looking busy but his only moment of magic so far has been a limp 20-yard shot that rolled along the ground into the arms of Ali Al Habsi. A "pea-roller" it used to be called.

Football League Danny: "(See 2017) 'Eric Nixon hasn't scored against Bradford, Southampton, Man City, Wolves, Wigan, Stockport, Kidderminster, Tranmere, Carlisle, Blackpool, and the other three former clubs I can't remember'. That's from anonymous via text - although with that level of detail, surely it's Eric Nixon via text?"

2039: And now Dimitar Berbatov heads over at the far post from Nani's cross when he might have done a little better from six yards. Villa hanging on a touch.

2037: Aston Villa might be a little grateful to get to half-time just a goal down the way it's going at Old Trafford, Patrice Evra the latest United player to sting Brad Friedel's palms with a shot from the angle after being set clear on the left by a doozy of a pass from the evergreen Ryan Giggs.

Half time
2035: HALF-TIME Bristol City 0-1 Swansea City
David Dulin's HT snap-shot:
"Swansea deserve their lead at the break from Darren Pratley's volley, but this game is still open and you feel they need another goal to see off Bristol City who haven't offered much so far"

Half time
2034: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-1 Everton
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:
"Everton will be well pleased with their first half's work - although we may not have heard the last about Louis Saha's goal if David Moyes' side hang on. The Emirates is frustrated. Well... furious actually."

Football League Danny: "Some belting matches going on tonight. It's a bit like we can all focus on footy again after Transfer Window Madness (or TRM for short). Hull lead Leeds 2-1 and Northampton lead Crewe 3-1."

Half time
2033: HALF-TIME Sunderland 2-2 Chelsea
Saj Chowdhury's HT snap-shot:
"It has been quite an extraordinary half of football, played at a pace somewhere close to the speed of light. I'm only guessing that the players are still buzzing from the excitement of transfer deadline day or something."

2032: The half-time whistle blows at the Stadium of Light... and soon after at the Emirates, where boos ring down from the stands for referee Lee Mason. Uncomfortable exit for the officials, there...

2029: Good reactions from Villa veteran Brad Friedel at Old Trafford, the American getting down well to his right to hold on to Ryan Giggs's snap-shot from inside the area.

2027: It's resembling a tennis match still on Wearside, Sunderland pressing forward this time and Kieran Richardson forcing a smart stop from Chelsea keeper Petr Cech from the edge of the area.

Football League Danny: "Thanks, texters (see 2017). Turns out there are about 800 footballers who haven't scored against their former clubs - with goalkeepers faring particularly badly. Elsewhere, it's now Coventry 1-2 Nottingham Forest thanks to Rob Earnshaw. Quick turnaround. And goal fans will enjoy Peterborough 2-3 Sheffield Wednesday and Macclesfield 2-3 Bury. Excitement."

2023: Man Utd continuing to press against Villa, this time the ball breaking for Nani just outside the Villa box and he unleashes a left-foot shot which keeper Brad Friedel does well to palm wide.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2022: It's a ridiculously good game at Sunderland. Michael Essien smashes in a fantastic shot from 25 yards that Craig Gordon somehow manages to push away down to his left. From the resulting corner, the ball eventually lands at the feet of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic whose shot from eight yards rattles the crossbar.

Football League Danny: "Quick update. Nottingham Forest have equalised almost immediately at Coventry. 1-1."

Wigan goal: He was the subject of a late bid last night from Newcastle - and this is why Wigan turned it down. Charles N'Zogbia earns a free-kick on the edge of the area and then picks himself up to stroke it home for the equaliser via a deflection off Youssuf Mulumbu.

2020: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-1 Wigan (N'Zogbia)

2018: Penalty shout at Old Trafford as Nani goes down under Richard Dunne's clumsy challenge inside the Villa box, but referee Chris Foy waves away the appeals. The challenge reminded me a lot of the one that wasn't given when Rafael da Silva felled Luke Varney at Blackpool last week... and I thought that was a penalty, too.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at Ashton Gate: "Swansea still lead 1-0, and that goal was the Welsh side's first at Ashton Gate since August 2003. Luke Moore has had chances to put them further ahead, while at the other end debutant Andy Keogh saw a great header saved. Really open game here."

Football League Danny: "Is there any professional footballer who hasn't scored against his former club? Text me if you are one. Someone who won't be texting is Marlon King, although that's largely because he's actually playing - and he's scored for Coventry against (his former club) Nottingham Forest. It's 1-0 to the Sky Blues, a blow for Premier League-hunting Forest?"

2017: Arsenal close to an equaliser... Johan Djourou flicking Robin van Persie's corner on and Laurent Koscielny just failing to nod into an empty net at the far post with the keeper beaten.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates: "Pandemonium at The Emirates and understandably so. Everton take the lead through Louis Saha but the striker was yards offside. The crowd's reaction prompted consultation between the officials but the goal stands. Everton must beware here because Arsenal's fans - understandably angry - are now applying pressure over every decision."

2015: A real meeting of minds going on at Old Trafford, where England manager Fabio Capello is sat next to Wolves boss Mick McCarthy. Man Utd still on top in that one.

Football League Danny: "Apologies to Seagulls fans (see 2008). It is of course Brighton who are top of League One, not Bournemouth (I got my south coast 'B' seaside towns mixed up - but I can confirm they're both delightful). Also, apologies to Swindon fans - Bournemouth have scored again - they're 2-1 up. But they're not top of League One, oh no. But they are second. In other goalfest news - Peterborough 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday."

Sunderland goal: What a match at the Stadium of Lights. Ahmed Elmohamady is fouled by John Obi Mikel on the edge of the area and, from the resulting free-kick, Kieran Richardson fires in low from 20 yards past a rooted Petr Cech. We're back level.

2012: GOALFLASH Sunderland 2-2 Chelsea (Richardson)

Everton goal: It's a shocker, an absolute shocker. Everton lead, but Louis Saha is a good yard offside when Seamus Coleman puts him through to flash home a fine finish into the corner. Referee Lee Mason gives the goal, consults his assistant Stephen Child, and stands by his decision. Arsenal are livid.

Chelsea goal: Turnaround. Nicolas Anelka's pass sets Salomon Kalou through on goal - but Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon makes it all too easy for him with an unnecessary rush out of goal, allowing the Ivorian to slide home a simple finish.

2009: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Everton (Saha)

2008: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea (Kalou)

Football League Danny: "Fans of last week's Football League Danny updates will get this - SWINDON HAVE SCORED! AT THE LEAGUE LEADERS! It's Bournemouth 1-1 Swindon with Paul Caddis netting for the Robins."

West Brom goal: How big a goal might that be in the battle against the drop? It's against the early run of play, but West Brom lead - Peter Odemwingie dashing on to Jerome Thomas's through-ball and clipping past Ali Al Habsi in the Wigan goal for his ninth of the season.

2005: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-0 Wigan (Odemwingie)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at Ashton Gate: "Swansea City have started brightly and taken an early lead. Luke Moore skipped into the box and was challenged by Damion Stewart, but the Bristol City defender's tackle sent the ball into the path of Darren Pratley who claimed his eighth goal of the season with a volley."

Football League Danny: "Fancy a goalfest? Cobblers. No, what I mean is that Northampton are 2-1 up on Crewe after just 14 minutes. If it carries on like this, it'll finish Northampton 12-6 Crewe."

Man Utd goal: It's only his second goal from open play this season and it's taken all of 50 seconds in this match for him to bag it. It's route one stuff as Edwin van der Sar's long goal-kick is beautifully controlled by Wayne Rooney, who then slams a dipping shot high into the net from 20 yards. Flying start.

2001: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa (Rooney)

2001: Up and running in the Man Utd-Aston Villa and West Brom-Wigan games.

Chelsea goal: It's a bit of a soft penalty but no less than Chelsea deserve for their response to Sunderland's opener. Ahmed El Mohamady is deemed to have climbed over Ashley Cole in the box, Mark Halsey gives the spot-kick, and Frank Lampard makes no mistake from 12 yards.

2000: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-1 Chelsea (Lampard pen)


1957: It's end-to-end stuff at the Stadium of Light now, and Chelsea are biting back. Salomon Kalou speeds down the right and cuts the ball back for Didier Drogba, who then finds Nicolas Anelka inside the area, but his attempted shot is blocked by Titus Bramble. Moments later, a clearance from the edge of the area ricochets off Drogba and arrives at the feet of Frank Lampard whose angled shot fizzes past the Sunderland left-hand upright.

Shotton7 on Twitter: "Breaking News: Chelsea to bid £51m for Phil Bardsley."

Football League Danny: "What a minute for Sheffield Wednesday. First Andy King scores for Leicester and they lead 1-0 at Sheffield United (Wednesday's rivals, geography fans). Then Jermaine Johnson nets at London Road and the Owls are 1-0 up at Peterborough."

1952: All a bit scrappy at the Emirates... but my match reporter is intrigued by the battle of Fabregas and Arteta and Wilshere and Rodwell in the centre of midfield. Spanish artists against England's future midfield pairing?

Sunderland goal: It's not even Stevens anymore. They put three past them at Stamford Bridge - and Sunderland lead Chelsea again, Phil Bardsley cutting in from the left and drifting a dipping shot past a wrong-footed Petr Cech from 20 yards.

1949: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea (Bardsley)

1948: Chelsea, looking to make it six wins on the spin at Sunderland, have settled on the ball fairly well early in the north... but it's pretty even Stevens there and at the Emirates.

1945: Everton kick us off at the Emirates... and under way at the Stadium of Light now too.

1944: That's the preliminaries done, then... who's up for some actual action?

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Valley: "It is eighth against ninth as Charlton take on Colchester in a League One fixture that sees two teams with serious promotion aspirations lock horns. Chris Powell is in charge of Charlton for the second time since his appointment as manager, while Bradley Wright-Phillips and Federico Bessone make their debuts for the Addicks. It was 3-3 at Colchester earlier in the season. More of the same please."

Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand returns after a three-game absence as manager Sir Alex Ferguson brings his main men back after the FA Cup win at Southampton. Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney spearhead the attack as Javier Hernandez, with two goals in as many games, has to make do with a place on the bench. Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is in his side's starting line-up after missing the FA Cup win over Blackburn as several first-teamers who also missed that game also return. Keeper Brad Friedel starts and becomes the oldest player in Villa's history at 39 years and 259 days."

Mark Ashenden reports:
"Striker Carlos Vela makes the starting line-up and will wear the West Brom shirt for the first time, while fit-again midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu also gets the nod. Big changes for Wigan as they start with on-loan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, striker Hugo Rodallega and midfielder Charles N'Zogbia who were all rested for the FA Cup draw with Bolton. I've been lambasted for using the phrase "six-pointer" before. These boys are scrapping over at least 14 points tonight. Have some of that folks."

Rob 'Seal' Newton via text: "Drogba and Anelka to step up their game tonight as neither want to give way to Torres. Chelsea to take the game to Sunderland."

Adam9309 on Twitter: "What's more valuable, a team built together in the summer, or constant investment in January to tick the right boxes?"

Royce84 on 606: "I assume that Manchester United will be facing a £25k fine for making 10 changes then?"
And Arsenal too, I suppose...?

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:
"Arsenal are without Samir Nasri, who suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup win against Huddersfield, is out but Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie are in the line-up. Everton are unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 with Chelsea in the FA Cup, with Louis Saha operating as a lone forward."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Sunderland's new signing Stephane Sessegnon slots into a five-man midfield, replacing Bolo Zenden who is out with a knee injury. Chelsea's big-money signings Fernando Torres and David Luiz are ineligible, while Salomon Kalou and John Mikel Obi replace Florent Malouda and Ramires in midfield."

BBC Sport's David Dulin reports: "Some news from Cardiff City's game against Reading that will also interest Arsenal fans. Aaron Ramsey starts for the Bluebirds as he continues his recovery from that horrific leg-break. The Wales international is on a month's loan at his former club and will no doubt receive a warm reception on his second debut."

Mondraker275 on 606: "I want to give a shout to Ali Al Habsi, as the under-rated keeper of the season. He has been unbelievable this for Wigan."

keeezaa on Twitter: "Why o why isn't Javier Hernandez starting for Man Utd?"

Mark Ashenden reports:
"Massive. Must-win. Huge. All words used by both teams ahead of the Hawthorns clash tonight. The league stats aint pretty. West Brom - lost six in seven, three points above the dropzone and hoping new boy Carlos Vela will bag a goal. Wigan - won once since November and IN the zone. Forget the top teams, the action is at the bottom of the table. I guarantee the two Roberto bosses will provide tension and drama by the bucketload."

Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"It's 'they're not playing that well but are still top of the Premier League' Manchester United aiming to extend their unbeaten top-flight run to 29 games against an improving Aston Villa tonight. United have won 11 of their 12 league matches at Old Trafford this season but face a Villa side who beat them 1-0 on their home patch last season. The Midlanders almost beat United in the reverse 2-2 fixture in November and are unbeaten in their last five outings."

Football League Danny: "Championship: Could there be a fuller programme in the Championship tonight? No. No there couldn't. There are - quite literally - 12 matches. Leaders QPR could theoretically go eight points clear with a win at home against Portsmouth. But the chasing pack all face teams further down the table. Norwich host Millwall, Cardiff are at home against Reading, Swansea travel to Bristol City, Nottingham Forest take a trip to Coventry and Leeds go to Hull - it could be a pivotal night in the promotion mix-up."

1929: If you refresh this page, Midweek Final Score will magically* appear at the top there in the form of a video for your perusal if you're in the UK. Nice.
* Not actually magic

West Brom:
Myhill, Jara, Scharner, Olsson, Cech, Mulumbu, Brunt, Cox, Vela, Thomas, Odemwingie. Subs: Carson, Tchoyi, Pablo, Morrison, Reid, Shorey, Fortune.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Gohouri, Gary Caldwell, Figueroa, McCarthy, Watson, Diame, N'Zogbia, Rodallega, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Thomas, Moses, Steven Caldwell, Gomez, McArthur, Stam.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Man Utd:
Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Hernandez, Scholes, Fabio Da Silva.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Makoun, Petrov, Downing, Ashley Young, Bent. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Cuellar.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Football League Danny: "League One: Leaders Brighton take a trip to FA Cup heroes Leyton Orient tonight. The Seagulls could go six points clear with a win, but the chasing pack will hope to stay in touch as Bournemouth host struggling Swindon and Huddersfield take on mid-table Carlisle. It's right royal tear-up in terms of play-off ambitions. Just six points separate Southampton in fourth from Exeter in 13th, so there are big possibilities for any team hitting some February form."

BBC Sport's David Dulin at Ashton Gate: "Swansea City will be looking to bounce back from their shock FA Cup defeat to Leyton Orient at the weekend against a Bristol City side who have failed to win in their last five league and cup outings. Leon Britton is set make his first start since returning to the Swans, while Andy Keogh will make his debut up front for the Robins."

rrengland3 on Twitter: "Can't help but feel if Everton beat Arsenal today, their title hope is over."

Football League Danny: "League Two: Fans of bottom clubs hosting the league leaders want to have a butchers at League Two. Football League proppers Stockport host table toppers Chesterfield, separated by 29 points and a goal difference, er, difference of 58. In the automatic promotion v play-off mixer, there's a tidy match between Port Vale (sixth) and Rotherham (third). Meanwhile, Football League Danny's ones to watch are Burton - yes they're 21st but they have SIX games in hand on some - win the lot and they're top-seven bound. They're at Shrewsbury tonight."

PromotionalPortsmouth on 606: "Everton worry me tonight. Fellaini will either score or break one of our own players, a dangerous man."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:
"The Emirates plays host to two clubs that steered well clear of the January transfer window - Arsenal because Arsene Wenger is satisfied with his squad and Everton because David Moyes is once again starved of cash. Arsenal hope to keep the pressure up on leaders Manchester United while Everton need to lift an air of despondency. Wenger's record against Everton? Played 31 lost 4."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Aren't these scene-setters more exciting when the scene has immeasurably changed during the past 24 hours. That's right, I'm talking about Sulley Muntari taking the number 11 shirt from the departed Darren Bent - incredible eh?! I jest, of course. Big spending Chelsea may well be brought back down to earth at Sunderland, who are looking to do the double and close the gap on their fourth-placed rivals. Defeat tonight could spell the end of the Blues' title hopes or, depending how you view things, make Sunderland title rivals."

Carlos Vela will make his debut for West Brom against Wigan tonight following his arrival on loan from Arsenal.

Gordon, Onuoha, Bramble, Ferdinand, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Henderson, Sessegnon, Malbranque, Richardson, Gyan. Subs: Mignolet, Angeleri, Riveros, Mensah, Colback, Reed, Cook.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Essien, Anelka, Drogba, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Malouda, Ferreira, Bruma, McEachran, Sala.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Football League Danny: "The question 'If Andy Carroll is worth £35m, what are you worth?' has elicited the following responses from the people sat around me: "£10.20", "£100,000", "£70m" and "A packet of Smarties". I reckon that at least all four of them have self-esteem issues."

Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov all start for Man Utd against Aston Villa, who do not hand an immediate debut to new boy Michael Bradley.

1914: Back, for a moment, on the issue of transfers (come on, we'll be talking about yesterday for a while yet won't we?), here's what AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani had to say on the matter: "Everyone's talking about balancing the books but then they [English clubs] spend like crazy people. (Chelsea) strengthened in an amazing way spending 80 million euros, I just don't know where financial sense will end up."

Jose Manuel Reina Paez on 606: "Home wins all round tonight."

Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Fabregas, Rosicky, van Persie. Subs: Almunia, Diaby, Arshavin, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Rodwell, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Jagielka, Beckford, Gueye, Osman, Anichebe, Baxter.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1909: A point of fact about tonight, by my calculations only Aston Villa new-boy Michael Bradley of yesterday's signings is eligible to play tonight, meaning the likes of Fernando Torres and David Luiz must stand by...

Alex the Villan via text: "I fancy Darren Bent to score tonight against Man United. Proven Premier League striker is a bargain at £24m these days!!"

Updesh on Twitter: "Top Team Tuesday and Who's Left? Wednesday."

Stephane Sessegnon makes his debut for Sunderland against Chelsea.

1904: So here's our schedule of events in the top flight tonight...
Arsenal v Everton (1945)
Man Utd v Aston Villa (2000)
Sunderland v Chelsea (1945)
West Brom v Wigan (2000)

While we've also got more matches in the Championship and Lower Leagues than you could shake a fat cat's cheque book at, too. Football League Danny is your man for all that chat.

Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas start for Arsenal against Everton, for whom Victor Anichebe starts on the bench after a groin strain.

1901: I should have known... for those asking, Arsenal signed Japanese forward Ryo Miyaichi on a long-term contract, while, for Man Utd, Anders Lindegaard arrived earlier this month.

hazza55555 on Twitter: "Titan Tuesdays? Followed by Wicked Wednesdays?"

1858: That's your starter for 10 people. And here's how you get in touch. You can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or ask me a question direct @sampatricklyon, chat over on 606 or text me via 81111 (UK). It really is that easy.

1854: So forget Transfer Deadline Day, welcome one and all to Title-Race Tuesday. You know, because Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd are all in action this evening. Oh, with a bit of the Battle of the Ws (West Brom-Wigan) thrown in. Ahem. I probably need to work on my monikers. Anyone got an idea for a 'branding' we could use tonight?

1851: And now we get to return to the nuts and bolts of what makes football great. Not record transfer fees, not players posing with the shirt, not meetings between agents, money men and managers... the skill, the intrigue, the sheer beauty that is football played out in stadia up and down the country. Don't you just love it?

1848: By golly yesterday was a monster wasn't it? By 2300 GMT last night, every Premier League club had made at least one signing in the January transfer window, between them shelling out a grand total of well over £200m. And in a recession too, would you believe. Leading the way yesterday were the bumper moves involving Fernando Torres, Andy Carroll, David Luiz and Luis Suarez, of course, all of which contributed to a remarkable, staggering, record-breaking day. Not that I'm complaining of course - hell no. And to think some people want the transfer window scrapped... what other reason would we all have to skive off work every August/January 31st?

1845: So... caught your breath yet, folks?

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As it stood on 1 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 24 32 54
2 Arsenal 24 27 49
3 Man City 24 17 45
4 Chelsea 24 25 44
5 Tottenham 23 6 38
6 Sunderland 25 2 37
7 Liverpool 24 0 32
8 Blackburn 24 -6 31
9 Newcastle 23 3 30
10 Stoke 23 0 30
11 Bolton 24 -1 30
12 Blackpool 23 -7 28
13 Aston Villa 25 -15 28
14 Everton 24 -3 27
15 Fulham 24 -1 26
16 West Brom 24 -14 26
17 Birmingham 22 -10 23
18 Wigan 25 -19 23
19 Wolves 23 -17 21
20 West Ham 24 -19 21

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Tuesday's football photos
01 Feb 11 |  Football

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