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By Chris Bevan

1833: Thanks for all your banter and suggestions for the greatest overhead kick ever... I think it boils down to Trevor Sinclair or Rivaldo in terns of sheer number of suggestions. I hope you enjoyed the football too, and you can see highlights of all this weekend's Premier League games on Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two and this website (in the UK) at 2200 GMT. That's all from me today but don't be lonely on Valentine's night tomorrow, join me, Chris Bevan, for Fulham-Chelsea... I'd love to see you then. Bye for now, though.

Mohamed_Mansour on Twitter: "Owen Coyle is going to do a great job at a big club one day. Great motivator of players and plays quality football."

FULL-TIME Bolton 2-0 Everton
Alistair Magowan reports: "Bolton's faith in Daniel Sturridge shows what happens when you start a striker from the outset. Not that they will worry now, but Chelsea take note."

1828: And if you really are a latecomer, here is a snapshot into events at the Reebok Stadium...

FULL-TIME QPR 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Football League Macca reports: "The 10 men of Forest show character in abundance as they battle their way to a worthy point at leaders QPR."

1827: In case you've forgotten, here's what happened at Loftus Road a little earlier on today...

From anonymous Everton fan via text: "Timid from Everton, disappointing since we could have gone eighth. Story of our season. Need to get back to keeping clean sheets - Jags must come in for Distin. Anichebe just not good enough. Bring back the Yak!"

More from David Moyes, asked if his Everton side are in a relegation battle: "I have felt that since the third week of the season."

Everton boss David Moyes on his side's display at the Reebok Stadium: "It's probably the poorest performance I can remember for a long time. We conceded two bad goals but overall we were really poor anyway and we never really got started. Do I feel fed up? I was fed up watching them play but I am the manager who picked the team and chose the tactics and sent them out. I am angry but I think the players know themselves that was way below the levels we have set in the last few years."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle on his side's 2-0 win over Everton: "I thought it was a terrific performance. We had to play at a high intensity today because of the quality Everton have and the way we moved the ball around was really pleasing as well. I am not surprised Daniel Sturridge has settled in so quickly, that was the reason I brought him to the club." On Jack Wilshere being at the game: "I am always delighted to see Jack and I think him being here today showed how much he enjoyed his spell here last year."

From Chelsea fan in London, via text: "Seeing the form Sturridge is in, I don't think we had to spend £50m on Torres.

I wouldn't worry about it too much. They might even be playing together regularly next season...

1804: For Daniel Sturridge this season, think Jack Wilshere last season. The Arsenal and, now, England star came to Bolton for a successful loan spell in January 2010 and stayed until the end of the season. He hasn't looked back, either, which just shows what a run of Premier League games can do for your form and confidence if you are a talented player on the fringes at a big-four club. Wilshere was back in town today to watch Wanderers and he spoke to Sturridge beforehand too. "Jack is different class," Sturridge said. "I spoke to him today about his loan and he told me it this a good club. Seeing him here today shows he still has affection for Bolton."

On-loan Bolton striker Daniel Sturridge on his prolific form since arriving at the Reebok Stadium on loan: "I'm just delighted to be playing regular first-team football. I am enjoying my football and looking forward to the next game. The manager Owen Coyle has installed a lot of confidence in me and told me to go out and show everyone what I am all about."

FredMadagascar on Twitter: "Cahill immense for Bolton. But Sturridge has a massive future!"

1758: There wasn't much between the two teams in midfield but Bolton always looked far more likely to score, thanks to the initiative of Daniel Sturridge and the unheralded donkey-work of Kevin Davies. Gary Cahill was a rock at the back too. Everton? They battled for every ball, as you would expect from a David Moyes side, but Mikel Arteta could not provide any creative inspiration and no-one else stepped up to the mark in that department.

1754: So, Bolton stay eighth but are now only three points adrift of sixth-placed Liverpool. Everton, they stay 13th, and just three points above the drop zone.

Full time
1752: FULL-TIME Bolton 2-0 Everton

1752: It is Bolton who are finishing with a flourish. Daniel Sturridge comes within inches of adding a third goal from the edge of the area before leaving the pitch, to a deserved standing ovation from the home fans, to be replaced by Fabrice Muamba. We are into injury time, all two minutes of it.

1749: It's not so long ago that Johan Elmander seemed to score every week (a slight exaggeration I know). He's only bagged once in 2011 but he isn't far away here, latching on to a Kevin Davies knockdown and drilling his shot a fraction wide.

1748: I don't think it has stopped raining at the Reebok for the entire 90 minutes. David Moyes is drenched and he does not look happy. I think his mood is more to do with Everton's display, though. No sign of a late comeback yet. They need to get the ball back first.

1744: At last, a save for Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who dives full-length to push a low Jose Baxter shot round the post after he latches on to Mikel Arteta's flick and finds space to let fly. Baxter has another pop from the corner, which is aimed at him on the edge of the area, but he powers his volley high and wide.

1743: Leon Osman has just fired over for Everton but, otherwise, they have not even had a sniff of goal for a long, long time. They need to get their skates on too - they have got less than 10 minutes left to salvage something from this game. Bolton lead 2-0 and look comfortable with it.

1741: Now that would have been a goal to remember. Daniel Sturridge's first touch inside the area is heavy but he just about reaches the ball before it goes out of play (I thought) and backheels it into the path of Stuart Holden, who buries his shot into the roof of the net. Sadly for Bolton, the linesman flags that the ball went over the bye-line. It was close, put it that way. Bolton will hope it doesn't matter.

1738: The Toffees make their final change. Jose Baxter is on for Victor Anichebe.

1737: Everton's final ball just hasn't been good enough today. Victor Anichebe has done plenty of running up front but had very little impact in front of goal for all his hard work. Speaking of little impact, I've barely noticed Jermaine Beckford since he came on.

1736: If Michael Ricketts can play for England, so can Daniel Sturridge...

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Daniel Sturridge becomes the first player to score in his first three PL matches for Bolton since Michael Ricketts in 2001."

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Sturridge buries fine finish. 2-0 Bolton. Difference between Bolton being able to afford a loan striker in January & Moyes with no cash."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "3 - Daniel Sturridge has scored as many goals in 3 games for Bolton as he did in his previous 31 PL appearances. Streak."

1732: Lots and lots of crosses for both keepers to deal with today. Sam Ricketts bends in the latest one for Bolton, but Tim Howard is off his line and leaps to catch it before it can reach Kevin Davies.

AlexFriel on Twitter: "He'll be a Chelsea regular in years to come, that Sturridge chap."

Hmmm, you would like to think he will be a regular somewhere. England too? Won't be long, if he keeps scoring...

Bolton goal: Daniel Sturridge has played three games for Bolton, and now he has scored three goals for Bolton too. A free-kick is not dealt with by Everton and a loose ball on the edge of the area is headed in Sturridge's direction by substitute Chung Yong Lee. He makes no mistake with a powerful finish that leaves Tim Howard with no chance. Bolton have breathing space now.

1726: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-0 Everton (Sturridge)

1725: Everton have pumped plenty of long balls towards the Bolton box but, other than a Tim Cahill shot that he blazed high over the bar just after their double-substitution, they have very little to show for it. With 25 minutes left, Bolton still lead 1-0.

andyhudson77 on Twitter: "Delivery of dead balls has been Everton's downfall. What have you done to the real Mikel Arteta?"

1722: The Toffees have made changes too. Leon Osman and Jermaine Beckford (no more texts from him, then) are on. Enemy of text commentators Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Seamus Coleman are off.

1721: Here's a quick update on Bolton defender Zat Knight, who was stretchered off with a knee injury in the first half. He will have a scan on Monday but Wanderers are hopeful it is not too serious and that he will be back in two or three weeks.

1720: A change for Bolton. Matty Taylor is off, and Chung Yong Lee is on.

1717: Victor Anichebe earns a free-kick after taking on the Bolton defence single-handedly... David Wheater, eventually, sends him tumbling. Leighton Baines curls in the resulting set-piece but it flies straight through to Jussi Jaaskelainen.

1716: Everton press forward and Bolton have to defend frantically to keep them at bay. Mikel Arteta flights over a couple of useful crosses but Wanderers, with Gary Cahill at the heart of their defence, clear their lines. Just.

1714: Marouane Fellaini doesn't look a happy-chappy at the moment, and his elbows are everywhere as he tussles for possession. In fairness I don't think he intended to catch Stuart Holden in the face but it was a foul.

1711: Daniel Sturridge hurdles a Marouane Fellaini challenge but referee Lee Probert gives the foul anyhow. That's a free-kick on the edge of the box, which Matt Taylor blasts straight into the Everton wall.

1710: Bolton string a few passes together, and threaten instantly. Mark Davies feeds Matty Taylor out on the left and he bends in a dangerous low cross that whizzes straight across the face of goal. Just a shame for them there is no-one to get on the end of it.

1709: Mistakes by Everton, and Bolton too. Neither side wants to keep hold of the ball on this evidence. Scrappy stuff. The conditions are horrendous though, if you are looking for excuses.

From Craig in Gateshead, via text: "Think Everton are hard done by here. On overall play Bolton may deserve to be on top but aside from the goal they haven't created a clear cut chance that I can think of. The decision to give the free kick that led to the goal was inexplicable. Absolute shocker."

1705: Bolton get the second half under way.

1704: The players are back out on the pitch... no changes at the break. It's still raining too.

bennnen on Twitter: "Re 1245. Michele Di Piedi overhead kick for Sheffield Wednesday against Sunderland. Bellissimo."

I've just checked this one out. It wasn't bad either. Keep em coming folks...

1659: See 1616... Ah, it wasn't Gary Cahill who 'won' the free-kick that Bolton scored from, it was Paul Robinson. Still, having just seen it again, I can confirm it was never a foul anyway. If anything, Robinson caught Everton's Victor Anichebe. Referee Lee Probert saw it differently, though.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Everton have failed to win each of their last 60 PL away matches in which they trailed at half-time (since September 2000)."

Half time
HALF-TIME Bolton 1-0 Everton
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"Bolton enjoying their goal cushion and Everton looking disjointed. Gary Cahill has taken the initiative from his namesake Tim, who failed to register from the visitor's best chance."

1649: Jussi Jaaskelainen comes running out to the left-hand edge of his area to collect an angled Everton pass... and keeps sliding. Luckily for the Bolton keeper, he lets go of the ball before his momentum takes him out of his area. The half-time whistle blows at the Reebok, with Bolton still leading 1-0.

1646: End to end stuff, and a touch of the Keystone Cops about Bolton, briefly anyway. Two of their players collide and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov breaks forward... before finding Seamus Coleman. Sadly for Everton, Coleman's first touch is heavy and he is falling over even before David Wheater runs into him on the edge of the box. No foul, says referee Lee Probert.

1644: It all goes a bit scrappy for a few seconds and neither team can hold on to the ball. It's Bolton who almost take advantage, though, when Stuart Holden gets down the left and sends over a cross that would find Daniel Sturridge if Phil Neville isn't there to block. He is.

1643: More pressure by Everton, and David Wheater does well to deal with a ball hoisted into the Bolton box.

1642: Some neat stuff by Everton and it won't surprise you to learn that Mikel Arteta is involved. He finishes off the move too, with a shot from the edge of the area but it is saved comfortably by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Only three minutes left of the first half.

1640: I've lost count of the number of free-kicks Bolton have lofted into the Everton box. Matty Taylor swings this one in as well, from far out on the right touchline, but Tim Howard punches clear.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "50 - Zat Knight had played the entire 90 minutes in each of Bolton's last 50 PL games before today's injury. Tweaked."

Mr_MichaelSmith on Twitter: "The wrong Cahill scored, and the right Cahill should have scored!! Come on Everton! That trap door is too close to lose today!"

1636: Another Bolton free-kick, centre of goal and about 30 yards out. Matty Taylor takes this one... and goes for goal, sending the ball skidding through the wall but straight at Tim Howard.

1634: I meant to mention that, during that little break in play for Zat Knight's injury, Daniel Sturridge and Johan Elmander had a bit of a disagreement about something. I don't think Elmander was too happy... not often I can use my handbags graphic for a spat between team-mates, so here you go...

1632: Wanderers probably just about deserve their lead at the moment. There is a bit more zip about their attacking play, and they are snuffing out any Everton threats pretty quickly too.

1631: Another Bolton free-kick is hoisted into the Everton area, this time by Sam Ricketts. Gary Cahill is lurking with intent but Toffees keeper Tim Howard collects it easily enough. Half-an-hour gone at the Reebok and Bolton lead 1-0.

1627: When play eventually resumes, Bolton easily clear the resulting Everton corner. Zat Knight then jogs back on to the pitch but within a couple of strides realises he cannot continue. Not sure what he has done there, but it looks painful... and he is unlucky because it was a decent challenge by him too. David Wheater is going to come on instead for Bolton.

1625: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov goes down in the Bolton area but the decision goes the other way, because of an offside. Everton soon press forward again and Victor Anchiebe latches on to a lovely Mikel Arteta through-ball and bursts into the box. His attempted shot is well blocked by Zat Knight, though, and both players end up needing treatment.

1621: Not any more they're not. Bolton are back on the attack and Daniel Sturridge comes within a whisker of reaching Phil Neville's backpass before Everton keeper Tim Howard. Howard clears it, but only just.

1620: Better by Everton, who are enjoying a decent spell of pressure.

1619: Everton should be level. They really should. Leighton Baines swings over an inviting deep cross from the left and Tim Cahill makes a bit of a mess of it. He is only a couple of yards out and it appears a certain goal if he throws his head at it... something he is normally pretty good at. Instead, he swings a leg at it and sort of shins it past the post. A real waste.

1616: Looking at TV replays, it appears that the free-kick that led to Bolton's goal, er, shouldn't have been a free-kick, at least not to Bolton anyway. At least we will have something to talk about post-game, though. By the way, Gary Cahill won it... he is everywhere today. But still no overhead kicks yet...

noonen7 on Twitter: "Game on. This should make a cracker out of this one. Just what we need for a Sunday football match. Second half will be on fire!"

Hmmm, not convinced myself just yet but I admire your optimism. And I hope you're right...

Yellow card
1612: Everton boss David Moyes is going absolutely bonkers on the touchline after seeing his defence switch off for that goal. Back on the pitch. Johan Elmander is booked for sliding in on Toffees left-back Leighton Baines in the left-hand corner but the resulting free-kick comes to precisely nothing.

Bolton goal: Wanderers get their reward for a bright start. Stuart Holden whips in a free-kick from the left and that man Gary Cahill steals in unmarked to meet it with a header that nicks off Everton defender Johnny Heitinga and flies into the net.

1610: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-0 Everton (Cahill)

1610: Matt Taylor aims another Bolton corner towards Gary Cahill at the near post. I'm told Gary Cahill scored a half-decent overhead kick himself once, during his time at Aston Villa and against Birmingham too. No chance of him doing the same on this occasion, though, because the corner is far, far too deep.

djamieson91 on Twitter: "Re 1245. Still no mention of Amr Zaki's stunner for Wigan at Anfield? If he played for anyone else we'd never hear the end of it!

1606: Bolton are still having the better of things possession-wise but no end product yet. Sam Ricketts has a pop from distance but it lacks power and drifts wide in any case.

1602: The highlight of the opening minutes for Everton is a lovely dinked pass by Mikel Arteta which finds Leighton Baines down the left. Bolton? Daniel Sturridge is already involved and forced a corner which Gary Cahill headed wide.

1601: We are under way at the Reebok Stadium.

From Jon in London, via text: "Just back from Loftus road. A good point really but what is Neil Warnock doing playing Rob Hulse up top and not Ishmael Miller!? Hulse is just dreadful. Come on the rrrrr's!"

From Dave, via text: "Re 1245. Tim Cahill's overhead kick against Chelsea in Nov 07 was pretty decent - in the last couple of minutes as well which made it all the more sweeter! Yes, I support Everton!"

1558: The players are in the tunnels at the Reebok Stadium (yes, there are two of them). And, as soon as I write that, they start walking out. Anyway, the important thing is that we kick-off very soon.

1555: Hmmm. In fact, both of the last two messages could have been sent by Jermaine Beckford. He's on the bench for Everton today, so plenty of opportunities to tweet/text Jermaine, if you are reading this...

From anon (possibly Jermaine Beckford?) via text: "Re 1245. Jermaine Beckford vs Bristol Rovers from 2007 for Leeds, an overhead kick that nobody knows about, from the edge of the box into the top corner, look it up!"

mdriver11 on Twitter: "Really disappointed to see Jermaine Beckford isn't starting for Everton. What does he have to do to start a game?"

Everton boss David Moyes on being told his team will go eighth if they win but remain three points above the relegation zone if they lose: "The first bit sounds nice, so if we do that great. The other bit didn't sound so good but that's the way the Premier League has been this season."

1546: I'm looking forward to seeing Daniel Sturridge in action for Bolton today. A perennial substitute at Chelsea but definitely one of the best young English strikers in the Premier League (there aren't many, young or otherwise). He has done well since joining Bolton on loan but Wanderers need a win, badly - they have lost five of their last seven in the league.

derekvplzni on Twitter: "Win today could put us (The Toffees) 8th. Make or break today. For the 10th time this season."

chris1ian on Twitter: "What about Crouch vs. Galatasaray for Liverpool in 2006? Arms and legs everywhere, brilliant."

Crouch loses out on style points for me. Sorry. Trevor Sinclair (v Barnsley 1997) seems to be edging Rivaldo (v Valencia 2001) at the moment for your favourite... using my very vague maths. Happily, Paul Woodhouse (see 1358) is still picking up some floating votes.

From Lee via text: "Re 1245. Chris, what about the Manuel Negrete strike for Mexico in the Azteca Stadium in the 86 World Cup. More of a scissor kick really but still lit up the whole tournament before dodgy Diego spoiled it!"

Ah, Mexico 86. Happy days. Loads of stunning goals too. Hughes' scissor kick (for Wales, see 1249) was better than Negrete's though...

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Bolton name an unchanged team from the one that lost at Tottenham last weekend with Daniel Sturridge joining strikers Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander in attack, although Elmander did play on the right of midfield last time. Everton replace the injured Jack Rodwell with Tim Chaill while Victor Anichebe will spearhead the attack in Louis Saha's absence."

Bolton v Everton line-ups
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Elmander, Mark Davies, Holden, Taylor, Kevin Davies, Sturridge. Subs: Bogdan, Muamba, Petrov, Klasnic, Moreno, Lee, Wheater.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Jagielka, Beckford, Osman, Duffy, Baxter.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Alistair Magowan reports:
"After two goals in two games, the inclusion of new on-loan signing Daniel Sturridge sees an adventurous Bolton team aim to take advantage of a hamstrung Everton. Not only do yearly figures released last week suggest a prudent future for the Toffees but they are also without injured top scorer Louis Saha who banged in four goals against Blackpool last weekend. Tim Cahill could replace him after coming on as a substitute against the Tangerines following his trip east to the Asian Cup."

1529: Before we focus on all things Premier League, here's a quick reminder to check out BBC pundit Steve Claridge's video blog every week. Claridge Kicks Off tackles all the big issues in the Football league and you can ask him questions on the blog or by contacting him on Twitter @claridgeko

QPR manager Neil Warnock on having to settle for a point against Forest: "It's hard against 10 men. Our day was summed up with their equaliser. How unlucky can you get? But I am disappointed with our defending in the build-up to their goal because it was schoolboy stuff."

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies on his side's 1-1 draw against Championship leaders QPR after having Radoslaw Majewski sent off early on: "We had to play 70 minutes with 10 men. We had worked all week on our shape and it all went out of the window with the red card. It was an absolute disaster but great credit to my players, for what they gave and how hard they worked. It was a wonderful point and a well-deserved one."

wolfl on Twitter: "Re 1245. For importance & drama it has to be Klaus Fischer's goal for Germany against France in the 1982 WC semis!"

From Ahmed via text: "I can't believe we're talking about overhead kicks and no one has mentioned Hugo Sanchez or Jean-Pierre Papin! They used to score them for fun!"

Muzzy Izzett, for Leicester v Grimsby in 2003, is getting a lot of love from you lot at the moment. And Dan in Raynes Park remembers Robbie Earle's effort for Wimbledon against Spurs in the 1999 FA Cup, even if nobody else seems to.

1514: In the meantime, we are still talking overhead kicks, and where Wayne Rooney's ranks with the likes of Rivaldo, Pele... and Paul Woodhouse. I want to hear from QPR and Forest fans too, of course. How? Easy. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or ask me a question direct @chrisbevan_bbc or text me via 81111 (UK). I'm waiting....

1512: Still one more game to come today... in the Premier League between Bolton and Everton. That one kicks off at 1600 GMT and I will bring you team news and line-ups when I get em.

1509: Unsurprisingly, Forest boss Billy Davies looks pretty happy with that point, pumping his little fist and clapping his players and the Forest fans who have made the trip to Loftus Road. The draw means QPR are six points clear at the top of the Championship but it also means that Forest, who played for 70 minutes with 10 men, are up to fourth in the table.

Full time
1509: FULL-TIME QPR 1-1 Nottingham Forest

1507: As Les Ferdinand has just said on BBC Radio 5 live, Wayne Routledge has been pretty quiet for QPR today. He is involved here, though, sending over a cross from the left that Petter Vaagan Moen gets on the end of, but sends his header wide. We are into injury time.

1506: An excellent break by Forest, who surge forward through Joel Lynch after he tackles Ishmael Miller. Lynch charges into the area expecting a cross from Nathan Tyson but, when it comes, it is far too deep. Chance gone.

Yellow card
1504: Nathan Tyson charges down a Paddy Kenny clearance and clatters the QPR keeper. Tyson's next contribution is a bit more productive - he charges down the left and finds the angle for a shot, which flies into the side-netting.

1502: Forest defender Wes Morgan has had a solid game but he is lucky not to be booked for blocking off Adel Tarrabt. QPR are still attacking by the way. The home fans are roaring them forwards but they are running out of time to win this game - just three minutes of normal time left.

Les Ferdinand on BBC Radio 5 live: "If Forest do hang on for a point having gone a goal behind and being down to 10 men for so long, then it shows tremendous character."

1459: A wee bit of timewasting by Forest, with keeper Lee Camp in no hurry to take a goal-kick. You can't blame them really, because QPR look very dangerous whenever they get the ball - particularly big Ishmael Miller, who is wearing an enormous pair of shorts that wouldn't look out of place on Frank Bruno.

1456: Adel Taarabt floats the free-kick over to the far post but none of his team-mates can get on the end of it. We have less than 10 minutes left and Forest's 10 men are holding on at 1-1.

1455: That was a whirlwind couple of minutes, and QPR are still piling on the pressure in search of a winner. Adel Tarrabt is behind a free-kick about 25 yards out on the right... well, after Petter Vaagan Moen replaces Alejandro Faurlin anyway..

1453: QPR are upping the ante now. Firstly Adel Taarabt's cross finds Rob Hulse, who cannot quite control it before Luke Chambers nips in to clear. The danger's not over yet, though. Ishmael Miller surges down the right and from the resulting corner, Bradley Orr's header is cleared off the line by Chris Gunter.

1451: A couple more substitutions to tell you about. Firstly, Pascal Chimbonda is on for QPR, replacing Kaspars Gorkss. And Forest goalscorer David McGoldrick is off - Nathan Tyson will be up front for the visitors instead.

1448: QPR want a penalty when Wayne Routledge goes down under a challenge by Chris Gunter but Mark Clattenburg is unconvinced. Replays show there was minimal contact and Routledge went down very cheaply.

1446: Ishmael Miller bursts down the right and gets in the cross but it is blocked by Luke Chambers, who is everywhere at the back for Forest. The ball ricochets around the area from the resulting corner but Forest eventually clear.

Les Ferdinand on BBC Radio 5 live: "Forest have looked more convincing. I think the sending off affected QPR more than Forest. They've not been able to weave and pass the ball."

1444: Forest are making a change to bring on some fresh legs. Paul Anderson is on for Lewis McGugan. With 20 minutes left, it's still 1-1 and the visitors have been a man short since Radoslaw Majewski was sent off in the 23rd minute. Impressive.

1442: Adel Taarabt's free-kick takes a huge deflection and looks like it is looping in. Lee Camp thinks it is too. It's not. That's a corner... cue the Taarabt-Alejandro Faurlin combo, and this time Faurlin spanks his shot high over the bar. Not sure why Forest aren't marking him at corners, to be honest?

1439: Around 25 minutes of the 90 to go, and Forest's 10 men are holding their own so far. They have limited QPR to shots from outside the box since the break, but they still have some defending to do here.

1438: A rare sight of goal for Forest in this half. Shaun Derry is booked for fouling Chris Cohen and Lewis McGugan steps up to blast one in from 30 yards or so. He is well off target.

1435: Alejandro Faurlin isn't shy when it comes to having shots, is he? Adel Taarabt finds him unmarked on the edge of the area but the Argentine midfielder scuffs his shot into a crowd of players and Forest clear their lines.

BBC pundit Lee Dixon on Wayne Rooney's overhead kick: " Dan Walker was correct. I can't believe it wasn't picked up on MOTD. Fantastic goal but a shinner."

1430: Alekandro Faurlin chests down the ball near the left-hand corner of the area and lets fly with a dipping shot which flies just past Forest keeper Lee Camp's post. That was pretty close.

Les Ferdinand on BBC Radio 5 live: "Forest are dropping deeper and deeper back so, when they do eventually get the ball, they have no-one to give it to. They have to run with it, which is why they are running into trouble."

1428: It's still fast and furious at Loftus Road, which is wet and pretty windy too. The challenges are flying in, with only a desperate Wes Morgan challenge stopping Adel Taarabt from latching on to a Shaun Derry knockdown. This is a good spell for the home team.

Yellow card
1424: David McGoldrick goes down on the edge of the area under a challenge by Kaspars Gorkss, but referee Mark Clattenburg says no foul. It looked like one to me. Clattenburg is a busy man at the moment, though, and has to caution Adel Taarabt soon afterwards for lashing out at West Morgan. Luckily for Taarabt (and Morgan I suppose), he didn't make any contact.

1421: QPR get us back under way... and immediately go on the attack.

1419: A change for QPR for the second half. Ishmael Miller is on for their goalscorer Tommy Smith, who picked up a knock just before the break. Forest are also making a switch: defender Joel Lynch is on for Marcus Tudgay.

djodcouk on Twitter: "As impartial as Les Ferdinand has been during the first half, it's time to recognize that there's only one Premier League team on show (and it has 10 men)."

1414: Re 1245, Paul Woodhouse (1358) is picking up a few votes now, and rightly so. So is Stan Collymore (for Bradford v Leeds in 2000). Not much chat from you lot about QPR-Forest though, despite it being a cracking game so far. Please put that right.

From anonymous Middlesbrough fan via text: "Re 1245. Are we counting 'oh so close' overhead kicks? I remember Juninho bouncing one off the bar for Boro a few years back. It was so audacious that the ref almost applauded the effort before remembering himself!!"

I can confirm we are only counting actual goals, not near-misses.

From Robbo from Cheshunt, via text: "Re 1245. I once scored an outrageous overhead kick from somewhere near the halfway line in the school playground back in 1994. I believe I was playing for the Year 3 lot as a ringer. Some say that my goal is still talked about in the playground at my old school, but I may be lying about that part. It was a concrete pitch too - that's dedication for you."

Would Rooney have tried that on a concrete pitch? Probably...

Les Ferdinand on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's been fantastic and end-to-end stuff. Forest started really quickly and looked like the home side but then conceded and got a man sent off. They've got themselves back into it though."

Half time
1404: HALF-TIME QPR 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Football League Macca's HT snapshot: Forest looked dead and buried at 1-0 and a man down, but a lucky break off McGoldrick has given them hope. All to play for after the break."

1403: A nice spell of passing by Forest, but they are going backwards. Literally. No penetration from the visitors at the moment.

1402: Forest left-back Paul Konchesky, who not so long ago was wearing a different all-red strip for Liverpool, cuts in from the left but doesn't really get behind his angled shot. Not enough power to trouble Paddy Kenny.

1400: A neat build-up by QPR, but a promising move ends when Luke Chambers throws his body in the way of Wayne Routledge's shot. We are into the last minute of the first-half.

1358: QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt is still looking lively. He has one shot blocked but is quickly back on the ball and, from the edge of the area, tries to curl the ball past Lee Camp with the outside of his right foot... a decent effort, and he only misses the target by a couple of yards too.

From anon via text: "Re 1245. My dad Paul Woodhouse scored a 25 yard overhead kick for Formby Dons in 1997, he took it from a harder angle than Rooney and if you've seen my Dad it seemed impossible he could jump half an inch nevermind perform an overhead kick."

Plenty of backers for Trevor Sinclair and Rivaldo but this is the only vote for Paul Woodhouse so far...

1352: Credit to Forest, they are still trying to win this game. This time, Paul McKenna latches on to a ball over the top and flashes a first-time diagonal shot just wide of Paddy Kenny's far post.

1348: Another chance for Forest. Wes Morgan meets a corner from the right with a downward header that needs a combination of a save by Paddy Kenny and a block on the line by Alejandro Faurlin to keep it out.

1347: Forest have only got 10 men but they are still attacking. David McGoldrick has a pop from the edge of the box but he is out of luck this time. QPR are not hanging about either, though, and a promising break ends when Clint Hill steers an effort wide from 25 yards or so. This game is wide open now.

Forest goal: A bit lucky this one, not to mention a big surprise considering what has just happened. Forest's deadball specialist Lewis McGugan lines up a free-kick from about 30 yards out and goes for goal. But his attempt at a blast is actually horribly scuffed and the ball is rolling wide until it hits David McGoldrick and flies into the opposite corner. I don't think he knew too much about it.

Les Ferdinand on BBC Radio 5 live: "Forest started brightly but they look a bit rattled now. Majewski went in with his feet off the ground and unfortunately that means a sending off."

1342: GOALFLASH QPR 1-1 Nottingham Forest (McGoldrick)

Red card
Forest red card: Adel Taarabt is showing some fancy footwork in midfield, throwing in a couple of step-overs to make some space... until he is caught by a wild lunge by Radoslaw Majewski, who goes in two footed and catches Taarabt with a sort of scissor challenge. Referee Mark Clattenburg shows him a straight red and Forest are in big trouble now.

1339: RED CARD Nottingham Forest's Radoslaw Majewski

Les Ferdinand on BBC Radio 5 live: "Since the goal Adel Taarabt is getting into some great little positions just in front of Forest's back four where he can't be picked up. Forest playing a lot of long balls unfortunately and QPR have got a real foothold on the game."

Football League Macca reports: "That's five goals in 13 games for Tommy Smith, coming after he started the campaign with a barren spell of 13 matches without scoring. A season of two halves perhaps?"

1338: Forest are not the Championship's in-form team for nothing and they have responded well to falling behind. But QPR don't half look dangerous on the break, with Alejandro Faurlin surging forward on the counter-attack when a Forest free-kick is cleared. Faurlin tries his luck from distance but his shot is deflected wide.

QPR goal: A lovely finish this one. The Forest defence back off as Tommy Smith picks up the ball midway in the visitors' half and advances towards the edge of the area. He has time to pick his spot and does just that... curling a precise shot into the bottom corner of the net past the diving Lee Camp.

1333: GOALFLASH QPR 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Smith)

1332: Just for a change, Forest boss Billy Davies is patrolling the touchline, barking instructions at his players. QPR have found their feet now and have just had another sniff, with Adel Taarabt's whipped long-range free-kick flicking off Tommy Smith and bouncing straight through to Forest keeper Lee Camp.

1328: QPR's best attack so far sees Adel Taarabt send over a cross from the right which is cleared as far as Alejandro Faurlin on the edge of the area. His low first-time shot might be creeping in but it hits his team-mate Tommy Smith in front of goal and spins wide.

1327: Before yesterday, this was first versus second in the Championship but the other four teams in the top six all won on Saturday, so it is now first versus fifth. Basically, the promotion race is a right old scrap.

claretmatt on Twitter: "If we're talking overhead kicks. Eidur Gudjohnssen Chelsea v Leeds 2003. Further out, further behind him and a sweeter hit."

1323: QPR haven't done much but now they have a free-kick in a dangerous position. They are soon defending again, though, when Adel Taarabt blasts it into the wall and Forest break quickly through Chris Gunter. The visitors win a corner, which is cleared as far as Radoslaw Majewski - who can hit em - but he slices the dropping ball over the bar with an ambitious volley.

1320: Did I mention that Forest chance was inside the first 10 seconds? Thought not. Anyway, this is a decent start by Forest, who have kept QPR penned back inside their own half for the first couple of minutes.

1317: Inside the first 10 seconds, Forest's Marcus Tudgay nips in to meet a through ball and slams his shot against the inside of the post. He was flagged offside, correctly, so it wouldn't have counted but still, this is lively already.

1317: We are under way at Loftus Road.

kaufman39 on Twitter: "It's always subjective but Rooney's overhead not in same league as Ronaldinho vs Villarreal. Undeniable genius"

1314: The players have emerged from the tunnel at Loftus Road, and kick-off is just moments away. Smashing atmosphere by the looks of things too.

Football League Macca reports: "Forest dropped from second to fifth yesterday but a win will see them return to the automatic promotion slots. They go into the game on a red-hot run of six straight league victories and are unbeaten since November in the Championship. Leaders QPR are very decent at home though, with just one defeat at Loftus this season."

From James via text: "Are we forgetting Rivaldos 20-yard overhead kick on the last day of the season for Barcelona against Valencia in 2001? Completed his hat-trick and ensured champions league football for the Catalans. Epic."

crookeymonster on Twitter: "Checked out Mauro Bressan goal, better than Rooney, but Rivaldo better than both."

QPR boss Neil Warnock on his side's clash with Nottingham Forest: "I just think it's a great game to watch - between two good sides. It will be tight but there is a lot of ability in the sides so I will be surprised if there aren't any goals."

Football League Macca reports: "QPR are boosted by the return of Tommy Smith, who shrugs off a hamstring problem to return to the side, replacing the suspended Hogan Ephraim. Forest make two changes as they bring back the Macs - Lewis McGugan and David McGoldrick replacing Paul Anderson and Rob Earnshaw."

From the ever prolific anon via text: "Van Basten's goal for Ajax against Den Bosch in 1986 eclipses even his most famous goal."

He scored a few crackers in his time but I'm assuming you all know what Van Basten's most famous goal is. If not, I'm worried for you.

From anon via text: "The best overhead kick of all time must be Mauro Bressan in the Champions League for Fiorentina against Barcelona in 1999. All of 25 yards."

speedy430 on Twitter: "Re 1245. Trevor Sinclair for QPR, but the fact Rooney's was during a Manchester derby increases just how good the goal was."

AndyBulman on Twitter: "John Gayle's winner in the 3-2 victory for Birmingham against Tranmere in the 91 Leyland Daf Final at Wembley was Rooney's equal."

I'll have to take your word for that. Big John Gayle was a unit if I recall correctly... so he did well just to get off the ground.

1256: Now you know what's happening, this is how you get involved too. You can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or ask me a question direct @chrisbevan_bbc or text me via 81111 (UK). Don't be shy.

QPR v Nottm Forest line-ups
QPR: Kenny, Orr, Connolly, Gorkss, Hill, Faurlin, Derry, Smith, Taarabt, Routledge, Hulse. Subs: Cerny, Hall, Helguson, Moen, Miller, Chimbonda, Shittu.
Nottm Forest: Camp, Konchesky, Chambers, Morgan, Gunter, Cohen, Majewski, McGugan, McKenna, McGoldrick, Tudgay. Subs: Smith, Anderson, Adebola, Earnshaw, Tyson, Moloney, Lynch.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

1255: It's not all about Rooney and Pele today though. There are two cracking games in store for us today... starting with a huge clash in the Championship between leaders QPR and in-form Nottingham Forest (at 1315 GMT). Then, in the Premier League, Bolton look to arrest their slide down the table when they face Everton, who are on the rise, at the Reebok Stadium (at 1600). I can't promise you any spectacular strikes, but we'll have a go, ok?

1253: For every great goal, there's a great reaction too. Phil McNulty blogged from Old Trafford yesterday and is accused (in comment three) of going overboard on Wayne Rooney's strike... "he shinned it" says Rorb. Thoughts?

1249: I'm going with Pele in Escape to Victory as my favourite (even the Germans clapped that one), just ahead of Trevor Sinclair for QPR versus Barnsley in 1997. But, if we can open this one up to any acrobatic strike, I don't think they come any better than Mark Hughes' scissor kick for Wales against Spain in 1985. If you haven't seen any of these, then I recommend you search for them on a popular video sharing website right now. Go on, run along.

1245: I'm assuming you've all seen it by now... (if not, why not!?) so what I want to know is this: Was Wayne Rooney's goal against Manchester City yesterday the best overhead kick ever?

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As it stood on 13 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 26 32 57
2 Arsenal 26 29 53
3 Man City 27 19 49
4 Tottenham 26 9 47
5 Chelsea 25 24 44
6 Liverpool 27 3 39
7 Sunderland 27 0 37
8 Bolton 27 1 36
9 Stoke 26 -2 33
10 Newcastle 26 2 32
11 Blackburn 27 -8 32
12 Fulham 26 0 30
13 Everton 26 -3 30
14 Birmingham 25 -8 30
15 Aston Villa 27 -15 30
16 Blackpool 26 -11 29
17 West Brom 26 -17 27
18 Wigan 27 -18 27
19 West Ham 27 -18 25
20 Wolves 26 -19 24

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