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By Chris Bevan

1753: And this is where I have to say farewell. Thanks for keeping me company, and don't forget to catch all the action from the Premier League in tonight's Match of the Day (on BBC One and this website in the UK at 2220 GMT) and every Football League goal (including that cracker by Swansea) in the Football League Show (ditto, straight afterwards at 2330). I'm back tomorrow for the Carling Cup final (1600 GMT KO live on BBC One and this website) and a couple of Premier League games too. I know you DON'T want to miss any of it, so see you then...

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy after seeing his side thump the Seasiders to move off the bottom of the Premier League table and out of the bottom three: "We started well and scored a terrific goal. We picked our passes and were clinical. When they went down to 10 men they continued to attack but that left holes for us to exploit and we were professional and finished it off."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway on his side's heavy defeat at the hands of relegation rivals Wolves: "We were beaten by the better team; everything they did looked sharp. They out-fought us, out-played us, out-thought us and out-scored us but we have to move on."

dandelacour on Twitter: "A good result for Villa fans today, definitely a team that needed it, and their league position definitely doesn't do their quality justice."

1743: Nice to see that Aston Villa fans are thinking of their neighbours Birmingham ahead of Sunday's Carling Cup final. On display at Villa Park today... a big banner reading "Good luck Arsenal".

Football League Nathan: "A surprise result for League Two leaders too as Chesterfield slip up 2-0 at home against Morecambe. Wycombe take advantage by beating Macclesfield 1-0 as do Rotherham who beat Burton Albion. A thrilling farewell for Bradford boss Peter Taylor ends in a narrow 3-2 win for the Bantams against bottom-placed Stockport. Barnet, in trouble themselves, did get a win, a big one too, 4-2 against Lincoln."

FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-1 Bolton
Mike Henson reports: "In the away blue of loan club Bolton, Daniel Sturridge continues to look Chelsea's best striker, but the Trotters would have had to work harder for a point had the hosts' Ryan Taylor kept his discipline. "

FULL-TIME Aston Villa 4-1 Blackburn
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "On this form Villa fans should not worry about relegation but it's another story for a Rovers side who may have to bank on their home form to earn them Premier League safety."

FULL-TIME Wigan 0-4 Man Utd
Chris Whyatt reports: "Stubborn Vidic encapsulates United's attitude. Hernandez boasts a PHD in finishing. Ominous."

FULL-TIME Everton 2-0 Sunderland
Jonathan Stevenson reports: "Everton were sublime, Sunderland ridiculous. Jermaine's the main man, but maybe the Black Cats should give up going to Goodison."

FULL-TIME Wolves 4-0 Blackpool
Owen Phillips reports: "A resounding, morale-boosting, record Premier League win for Wolves against a Blackpool side who looked a shadow of the side that have so entertained this season."

1736: Time to see how our reporters viewed this afternoon's matches...

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce after his side were well beaten by Everton: "We were nowhere near resilient or competitive enough in the first half. Everton didn't have to do too much to score their two goals and that's disappointing. We've prided ourselves on being difficult to beat, but we're nowhere near where we were a month ago."

Football League Nathan: "Not a good day at the office for Brighton as a 1-0 defeat at MK Dons and wins for Bournemouth, Peterborough and Southampton make things that little bit tighter at the top of League One. Change in fortunes for bottom side Plymouth, however, after a 2-1 win over Colchester and the two teams above the Pilgrims - Dagenham and Redbridge and Bristol Rovers both losing."

From Mo, Wigan fan at the DW Stadium, via text: "Amongst the chaos of fouls, extravagant tricks and wayward passes, its a joy to watch the master that is Paul Scholes. An Englishman with the finesse of a Spaniard."

Aston Villa forward Ashley Young, who scored twice, on his side's 4-1 win over Blackburn that saw all five goals scored in the second half: "We were frustrated at half-time but we knew if we got the first goal we would kick on from there. We were on top for the whole game. We came here to get the three points and we have got them - now we have to start looking up the table."

Football League Nathan: "QPR's march for the Premier League continues with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Middlesbrough. Heidar Helguson grabbing two for the visitors there. Cardiff followed up Swansea's win with 2-0 win at Hull, while Norwich did likewise at Barnsley. Those victories meant it was a bad day for Nottingham Forest who could only manage a 0-0 with Millwall. At the bottom, Preston suffered defeat by their arch rivals Burnley, a result which leaves them 11 points from safety, although Sheffield United and Scunthorpe also lost."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on Ryan Taylor's red card for a wild tackle on Johan Elmander in his side's 1-1 draw with Bolton: "The sending off changed events. Ryan has had a bad touch and then has just made another mistake as he attempted to recover it, he has not got a malicious bone in his body. There will not be any punishment from me on that one. But is a credit to the spirit in the dressing room but they wouldn't let that happen, partly for Ryan's sake."

bcurtis92 on Twitter: "Re Mattharding007. Should do, seeing as that was their first away win by more than one goal. Beating Wigan hardly an achievement."

1723: Yep, a big, big win for Wolves today... and a nightmarish afternoon for Blackpool on the back of such a significant victory over Tottenham in midweek. The Seasiders were on the rocks even before seeing DJ Campbell sent off for a stupid bit of handbags with Richard Stearman and never looked like getting anything from the game with only 10 men.

From Nick H in Burton-On-Trent, via text: "Great confidence-boosting win for Wolves. Blackpool were extremely poor without Charlie Adam and that second half was a totally one-sided affair. Could have been five or six. Out of the bottom three - Wolves are staying up!!!"

bloggerwolf on Twitter: "This kind of result has been coming for Blackpool. They were woeful defensively and even with eleven men they were poor."

Everton manager David Moyes after seeing the Toffees ease to a 2-0 win over Sunderland: "I'm delighted for Jermaine Beckford, scoring two goals in a Premier League game is great. We always knew he could score goals if we gave him the opportunities because he's a goalscorer, that's what he does. He's got a lot of work to do still, but today was really good."

Blackburn boss Steve Kean on his side's 4-1 defeat by Aston Villa: "The penalty killed us. We set out our stall to get a clean sheet and we let their first goal affect us and our heads went down. We ended up getting over-run a little bit."

mattharding007 on Twitter: "Wonder if people will continue to talk about Man Utd's poor away form?"

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after seeing his side extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a 4-0 win at Wigan: "First 20 minutes it was all Wigan, they had some great attempts. Chicarito (Javier Hernandez) is great in the penalty box, though, and second half I thought we were excellent. We're very pleased with that performance today. We had to hang on a bit at times. Getting the first goal settled us down a bit."

bearwood79 on Twitter: "Football never ceases to amaze. Blackpool beat AC Milan beating Spurs and then four days later get tonked by Wolves. Got love it!"

Donnymoore on Twitter: "Great away result for Man Utd today ahead of two more stern away games (at Chelsea and Liverpool)! Hope this is the confidence maker..."

1659: That was exciting wasn't it? I'd personally prefer it if the afternoon's goals didn't arrive all at once but that's all part of the Premier League this season. By the way, in that late flurry of action I inadvertently transferred Ivan Klasnic from Bolton to Blackburn. Nikola Kalinic was the Croatian striker I was thinking of...

Full time
1656: FULL-TIME Wolves 4-0 Blackpool

1656: FULL-TIME Wigan 0-4 Man Utd

Full time
1655: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 4-1 Blackburn

1654: FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-1 Bolton

Wolves goal: I hadn't forgotten, honest. Wolves round off a productive day for them with goal number four. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has work to do when he picks up the ball from Stephen Ward but he outpaces the Blackpool defence and scores his second of the afternoon with a fine finish.

1654: FULL-TIME Everton 2-0 Sunderland

Red card
Blackburn red card: Ryan Nelsen is shown his second yellow card of the day when he catches Ashley Young, and a bad afternoon for Rovers ends on a low point.

1652: Late drama at Newcastle - Nile Ranger thinks he has won it for Newcastle's 10 men but his header is ruled out for offside.

1651: RED CARD Blackburn's Ryan Nelsen

Man Utd goal: Fabio, who had just come off the bench, rubs salt into Wigan wounds by notching his first goal for the club. Wigan cannot deal with Darren Fletcher's whipped cross from the right and finds a controlled finish at the near post.

1649: GOALFLASH Wolves 4-0 Blackpool (Ebanks-Blake)

1647: Bolton, with their man advantage, have been on top at St James' Park but they have almost gifted Newcastle a late winner. Wanderers defender Paul Robinson tries to chest a deep cross back to Jussi Jaaskelainen but his keeper has to scramble across goal to stop the ball creeping into the corner of the net.

Man Utd goal: A nice move this one, to wrap up victory for United and finish off Wigan for good (I think). Darron Gibson starts it, releasing Dimitar Berbatov down the right. Wigan try to get defenders back but United have men over and Berbarov unselfishly rolls the ball into Wayne Rooney's path for him to tap home.

1645: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-4 Man Utd (Fabio)

Villa goal: The Blackburn defence is cut to shreds again and Stewart Downing's inviting cross is swept home by Ashley Young for his second goal of the afternoon. Young, the Villa captain, has led by example this afternoon.

1643: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-3 Man Utd (Rooney)

Blackburn goal: I can't see it being the start of a comeback (mainly because Villa instantly scored a fourth) but Rovers have something to show for their afternoon. Nikola Kalinic's long-range shot hits Richard Dunne and loops past Brad Friedel.

Wolves goal: Kevin Doyle's teasing cross is tapped in at the far post by substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and that is a big goal for Mick McCarthy's men. Not only are they off the bottom of the table, Wolves are also out of the bottom three on goal difference too.

1639: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 4-1 Blackburn (Ashley Young)

1638: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn (Kalinic)

1638: GOALFLASH Wolves 3-0 Blackpool (Ebanks-Blake)

1636: No hat-trick for Everton striker Jermaine Beckford today. He has just been replaced by Tim Cahill. Everton remain in total control against Sunderland.

Football League Nathan: "QPR comfortably out of sight now with Adel Taarabt converting from the spot to make it 3-0. Even more comfortable for Peterborough who are flying against Oldham, 4-0 up and looking dominant. Fellow League One promotion hopefuls Southampton going well against Swindon after a shaky start, they now lead 3-1. Chasers reeling the Seagulls in somewhat at the moment."

Man Utd goal: Very dangerously. Javier Hernandez flicks a high ball on to Wayne Rooney, who gives the ball straight back to him. Not sure where the Wigan defence is as Hernandez races through to coolly slot past Ali Al Habsi but United won't care. Looks like they will be four points clear at the top of the Premier League tonight.

1633: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-2 Man Utd (Hernandez)

1631: End to end stuff at the DW Stadium, with Wigan leaving acres of space at the back. United break forward quickly and Wayne Rooney has just had two headers in quick succession. The first one looped wide, the second flew straight at Latics keeper Ali Al Habsi. The home side are living dangerously.

1629: Wigan are throwing a few men forward in search of an equaliser and their cause is being helped by some sloppy passing by United. Still only one goal in that one, and United keeper Edwin van der Sar has already been busy today too.

1628: Blackburn have thrown on strikers Jason Roberts and Nikola Kalinic to try to salvage something at Villa Park. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is doing the opposite - trying to tighten his 10 men up - and has brought on Steven Taylor for Jonas Gutierrez. Nile Ranger is also on for the Magpies, replacing Peter Lovenkrands.

Football League Nathan: "Leveller for Bournemouth against Dagenham and Redbridge in League One with Brighton still behind. League Two table toppers Chesterfield fall two goals behind against Morecambe while in the Championship, Portsmouth have grabbed the lead thanks to David Nugent. QPR look to be heading back to London with all three points as Heidar Helguson grabs his and Rangers' second against Middlesbrough."

1624: Simon Mignolet pulls off a fine double save to keep Sunderland in it at Everton, first blocking Louis Saha's shot with his legs before reacting superbly to deflect Seamus Coleman's follow-up away from danger. The Toffees still lead 2-0 and are in complete control.

Villa goal: Game over. Referee Martin Atkinson plays an advantage when Ashley Young is fouled and Stewart Downing races down the right before clipping his shot past Paul Robinson and into the far corner of the net. A nice finish, but the Blackburn defence is at sixes and sevens.

Villa goal: After a sustained spell of Villa pressure, Rovers crack. Marc Albrighton bends in a cross from the left and it bounces through a crowd of players before hitting Blackburn defender Grant Hanley's shin and flying into his own net.

1621: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 3-0 Blackburn (Downing)

1620: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn (Hanley og)

1619: That was good Nani... we have just seen bad Nani (which sounds like a terrible Hollywood film). He lets fly with a free-kick from 25 yards out but sees his effort fly a mile over the bar. I'm not exaggerating either.

1619: Nani, who was denied by Ali Al Habsi at his near post a few moments ago, is still threatening to do something extraordinary but cannot quite find an end product at the moment. He has just cut inside again and been denied again by Al Habsi, who pushed away his low shot and was back on his feet quickly to keep out a shot from Darren Fletcher after Wayne Rooney reached the loose ball first.

Football League Nathan: "Another surprise in League One where Jon Nurse's close-range header puts Dagenham and Redbridge 1-0 up on second-place Bournemouth. The top two both currently trailing now."

Red card
Newcastle red card: Ryan Taylor's first start of the season will be memorable for all the wrong reasons. He dives in high, late and two footed on Johan Elmander on the halfway line and referee Chris Foy has no choice but to show him a straight red card.

Wolves goal: Jamie O'Hara steals in when Blackpool are dallying at the back, and makes for goal before firing a low shot past Richard Kingson from the edge of the area. Kingson had just made a decent save to deny Kevin Foley too.

1613: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-0 Blackpool (O'Hara)

1611: RED CARD Newcastle's Ryan Taylor

1609: Edwin van der Sar has been in top form for Man Utd so far today and he has just been forced into action again. Maynor Figueroa's fine long-ranger stings his hands as he produces a decent high stop.

1608: What a chance for Jermaine Beckford to complete his hat-trick against Sunderland. Leon Osman flicks the ball through to the Everton striker, who is just onside, only for Beckford to lash a left-foot volley over from about 15 yards.

Someone has won a penalty
Villa goal: Keith Andrews makes his first mistake by giving the ball away, and his second by hauling Ashley Young down inside the box as he tries to recover possession. That's a clear penalty, and Young takes it himself, stepping up to send Paul Robinson the wrong way. Villa, who dominated the first half, are finally ahead.

1606: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-0 Blackburn (Young)

1605: PENALTY to Aston Villa

1604: And at the DW Stadium, Goodison Park and Molineux too. Blackburn are not hanging around, by the way. Roque Santa Cruz nicks the ball from Richard Dunne and plays in Jermaine Jones, who sees his left-foot drive saved by Brad Friedel.

1602: We are back under way at St James' Park and Villa Park...

From Raphael, via text: "Daniel Sturridge could be doing a Jack Wilshere at Bolton. Watch out next season! Coyle's: the best finishing school in the land."

Football League Nathan: "Leicester have been on top against Coventry and on the stroke of half-time the Foxes are level thanks to Kyle Naughton's blasted drive. Also close to the whistle, Doncaster level things up against Watford while Norwich looking good at Barnsley with a two-goal cushion at the turn."

1559: Tottenham are not playing this weekend so have jetted off to Dubai to get some sunshine. It's not all about the football for Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, though - he is currently enjoying some tennis and watching Roger Federer play Novak Djokovic in the ATP tournament in Dubai. His vantage point? The Royal Box. King Harry?

1558: Wolves fans have been singing the name of Dean Richards throughout the first half at Molineux, following his death earlier today at the age of 36. In case you missed me saying so earlier, the club's official tribute to their former defender will come at next weekend's home game against Tottenham.

HALF-TIME Aston Villa 0-0 Blackburn
Mandeep Sanghera's HT snapshot:
"After a slow start Rovers keeper Paul Robinson has had to earn his corn by pulling off some vital saves. Meanwhile, Villa striker Darren Bent has failed to make the most of some promising openings."

Half time
HALF-TIME Everton 2-0 Sunderland
Jonathan Stevenson's HT snapshot:
"It's the Jermaine Beckford show - question is, can the striker now grab his first hat-trick since Leeds thumped Yeovil 4-0 nearly two years ago?"

HALF-TIME Wolves 1-0 Blackpool
Owen Phillips' HT snapshot: "Wolves on top and creating chances against a ragged Blackpool but just the one goal to show for it and the visitors were still well in it until DJ Campbell's moment of stupidity earns him a red card. Now it looks a huge ask."

Half time
HALF-TIME Newcastle 1-1 Bolton
Mike Henson's HT snapshot: "Kevin Nolan's header against his old club appeared to have sapped the life out Bolton, but Daniel Sturridge's blistering goal-scoring form continues and this one is still very much in the balance."

HALF-TIME Wigan 0-1 Man Utd
Chris Whyatt's HT snapshot:
"Did Vidic fly the 20 miles to Wigan? Superman denying the hosts with born-finisher Hernandez punishing them."

From anonymous Everton fan via text: "Really happy with Everton so far, the difference for me is that Moyes dropped the 4-5-1 and went with two strikers. Much more of a goal threat. Only problem is it gives him a selection headache with Arteta, Cahill and Coleman."

SYare on Twitter: "Just what Daniel Sturridge needs really, some actual experience to help his clear potential, great for Bolton, Chelsea AND England "

1549: It is half-time at all five of this afternoon's Premier League games.

1548: Another chance for Villa. Rovers keeper Paul Robinson saves another Robert Pires effort and, with Darren Bent lurking, manages to palm the ball away just before the Villa striker can get to the loose ball.

Red card
Blackpool red card: The Seasiders' afternoon just got a whole lot worse. Their striker DJ Campbell reacts angrily when he is blocked by Wolves defender Richard Stearman and pushes him in the face. Silly, silly boy. Referee Neil Swarbrick shows him a straight red. Stearman was not completely innocent in that little exchange but, crucially, his shove on Campbell was in the chest.

Football League Nathan: "The Championship leaders are up and running thanks to Heidar Helguson's goal, 1-0 they lead Middlesbrough. League Two basement boys Barnet are buzzing now - 3-0 they lead Lincoln with Mark Hughes (not that one) grabbing the third. Peter Taylor's last match as Bradford boss takes a turn for the worse as Stockport come from behind to lead 2-1."

1544: RED CARD Blackpool's DJ Campbell

1542: Villa's best spell for a while. Robert Pires lets fly from about 20 yards out and gets plenty of power behind his shot, but Paul Robinson pushes it away. The Rovers keeper then repeats the trick to deny Kyle Walker and Ashley Young blazed his follow-up over.

Everton goal: Double your money for Everton and for Jermaine Beckford too, but the striker owes a huge debt of gratitude to Mikel Arteta for that one. The Spaniard does brilliantly to turn his marker inside the Sunderland half before skinning John Mensah and crossing into the six-yard box, where Beckford's scuffed left-foot shot is enough to send it into the net.

Bolton goal: No stopping this boy at the moment - Daniel Sturridge makes it four goals in four games since joining Bolton on loan from Chelsea. Johan Elmander found him with a pass from the right and the Newcastle defence stood off to give Sturridge a chance to drive home from the edge of the area. Wanderers had hardly been knocking on the door, but they are level.

1539: GOALFLASH Everton 2-0 Sunderland (Beckford)

1539: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-1 Bolton (Sturridge)

1535: England boss Fabio Capello is at Villa Park - hardly surprising considering the number of Villa players in the England set-up. No joy for them so far, though, and Blackburn seem to be digging in. Villa have had to make a change too - Nathan Baker was caught by Paul Robinson, so Fabian Delph is on instead.

Football League Nathan: "One attempt on goal and one goal for Derby and it's a tap-in for loanee Theo Robinson against Sheffield United. Crystal Palace flying against Reading, Darren Ambrose and Neil Danns on target there. League One leaders Brighton fall behind to Daniel Powell's effort. Burnley back in it against Preston with Jay Rodriguez slipping home a lovely leveller in that Lancashire hotpot."

1531: Wolves are well on top against Blackpool but a second goal just won't come. Adam Hammill has curled a shot just over and. although big George Elokobi did just get the ball in the net, his header was ruled out because he was adjudged to have fouled Seasiders keeper Richard Kingson.

Football League Nathan: "Big goal at the foot of the Championship and it's gone to Preston against local rivals Burnley. Barry Nicolson rounds off a stunning move to fire into the top corner. Surprise lead for Morecambe against League Two leaders Chesterfield and it's Kevan Hurst who catches the keeper off his line with a sumptuous effort."

1531: Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon goes agonisingly close to his first goal in English football, the Benin star hitting a stunning right-foot shot from 20 yards that Everton keeper Tim Howard brilliantly fingertips on to the crossbar.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1529: A fluid attacking move by United is started by Paul Scholes and ends when Nani slams a shot against the inside of the post with Ali Al Habsi beaten. Wayne Rooney was caught by a late tackle as he slipped the ball to Nani and needed a bit of treatment, but I think he will be alright to continue.

1528: Wayne Rooney is still getting booed at the DW Stadium following that earlier incident with James McCarthy. Back at Villa Park, Darren Bent wants a penalty when he goes down under a challenge by Grant Hanley. Referee Martin Atkinson says no.

1526: Blackburn's best chance of the afternoon so far at Villa Park... Ryan Nelsen finds space at the back post from a corner but he cannot get over the ball and his header flies a long way over. Still goalless in that one.

1524: Leon Best is belatedly flagged offside as he runs clear for Newcastle, and half of St James' Park think the Magpies should have a penalty because he was then sent tumbling by Jussi Jaaskelainen. The whistle had already gone.

1521: Everton are still on top against Sunderland, who have not really threatened since going behind to that Jermaine Beckford goal. Beckford and Saha continue to link up well, and look very dangerous.

1520: Edwin van der Sar comes to United's rescue again. This time spreading himself to deny James McCarthy after the ball is worked out to the Wigan man at the far post. Another top-drawer save by the 40-year-old.

1519: Chances at both ends at Molineux. David Vaughan's left-wing centre floats over Wayne Hennessey but just evades Keith Southern and Wolves then nearly double their lead but a sharp strike from David Edwards is saved by Richard Kingson.

Man Utd goal: Moments after Victor Moses runs clear for Wigan only to be brilliantly denied by Edwin van der Sar, United are ahead. Nani charges down the left and sends over a low cross that is expertly steered home at the near post by the 'Little Pea' himself, Javier Hernandez. A lovely finish but Wigan will feel hard done by.

1516: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-1 Man Utd (Hernandez)

1515: By the way, Joey Barton was injured in the warm-up so Newcastle brought in Ryan Taylor as a late replacement.

Football League Nathan: "Two sides almost needing snookers to survive in their respective divisions Barnet (League Two) and Plymouth (League One) take early leads against Lincoln and Colchester." League One promotion hopefuls have got their noses in front against FA Cup heroes Leyton Orient - Jordan Rhodes has bagged after three minutes."

Newcastle goal: Football's law of the 'ex' strikes again, with Kevin Nolan heading home against his former club. Nolan was first to a Cheik Tiote cross from the right when a corner was only half-cleared, and he celebrated with his trademark chicken dance.

1513: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-0 Bolton (Nolan)

1511: Wayne Rooney charges into James McCarthy, off the ball, with what looked like his elbow. Replays are inconclusive. Darren Fletcher then cuts back for Javier Hernandez but the Mexican cannot connect. Wigan started brightly and forced a couple of corners but United seem to be settling down now.

1510: News from Villa Park, where Blackburn are under a bit of pressure. Aston Villa centre-back Richard Dunne is foiled by Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz as he tries to stab in a corner and Robert Pires fires the loose ball over. Darren Bent has just been denied by Paul Robinson too.

Everton goal: I've got a feeling this one is going to go down as a Titus Bramble own goal but it has been awarded to Jermaine Beckford for now. He ran on to Leon Osman's slipped through-ball and got there before Simon Mignolet to fire in a shot, that took a big deflection off Bramble and bounced over the line.

1508: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Sunderland (Beckford)

1506: Sunderland should be ahead too. Kieran Richardson picks up the ball on the left-hand side of the area and, with no-one near him, drags his shot across the face of goal. He had space and time to take another touch there.

Wolves goal: Wolves are ahead with their first attack. Adam Hammill surges into the box and feeds Matt Jarvis to his left, and he beats Richard Kingson with a precise shot. A great start for the Premier League's bottom side.

1502: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-0 Blackpool (Jarvis)

1501: We are under way in all five of our Premier League games.

1459: Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen is wearing a black armband today in honour of the victims of the earthquake in his native New Zealand. No tributes to Dean Richards at Molineux today - they will remember him at Wolves' next home game against Tottenham on Sunday 6 March.

1458: I am having a few problems with Twitter at the moment, so best text me (via 8111) if you want to get your views across. Lots of reaction to Matt's text about Michael Carrick, and not too many of them disagreed with him, apart from Pri below.

From anonymous United fan via text: "Genuinely excited about Josh King being on the bench today. A delightful pocket dynamo with an explosive shot, an abundance of pace and a big big future. Suffered with injuries when on loan with Preston but he is an exciting prospect for United."

From Pri in Manchester via text: "To Matt in Stoke - if you watch live Utd games you will see how much Carrick does in protecting the back four. We hardly ever concede goals when Carrick is playing. He is an essential part of Fergie's team."

1453: Here's some good news for Manchester United fans who might be a bit concerned about the continued absence of Rio Ferdinand at the heart of their defence. Infostrada Sports tell me that United have won five of their seven Premier League matches with Chris Smalling involved this season and won all four when he has started (which he does again today). Smalling was also impressive, for me anyway, in the Champions League draw against Marseille on Wednesday... and helped United keep a clean sheet.

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Mike Henson reports: "After going unbeaten against Arsenal, Blackburn and Birmingham, Newcastle field the same starting line-up for the fourth consecutive game. Alan Pardew will be thankful striker Peter Lovenkrands has recovered from a thigh strain with few back-up options, while fit-again defenders Steven and Ryan Taylor are on the bench. Ivan Klasnic's successive FA Cup winners are not enough to retain his place in the Bolton XI as Johan Elmander and Daniel Sturridge return. South Korean Chung-Yong Lee also drops to the bench."

Owen Phillips reports: "Wolves make two changes from the side denied victory by Black Country rivals West Brom in their last league game with Adam Hammill and Dave Edwards coming into the midfield and Nenad Milijas and Kevin Foley dropping to the bench. Blackpool are deprived of the services of suspended skipper Charlie Adam so their only change from the team that so impressed in beating Spurs in midweek sees Keith Southern replace the Scot for just his third league start this season."

Football League Nathan: "Even more convincing for Chesterfield in League Two - nine points they lead Wycombe by. The Spireites host Morcambe today, while Wycombe travel to Macclesfield. Struggling Stockport have the chance to bring fourth from bottom Bradford further into the relegation mix as the two meet at Edgeley Park and bottom side Barnet host Lincoln. All very tight at the end of the bottom division."

Jonathan Stevenson reports:
"Major boost for Everton as they welcome back striker Louis Saha for the first time since his four-goal salvo against Blackpool at the start of the month. That is their only change from the FA Cup win over Chelsea, with Tim Cahill only fit enough for the bench. Sunderland bring three players in after the 2-1 reverse at home to Spurs two weeks ago, with Simon Mignolet, Ahmed Elmohamady and Anton Ferdinand back in the starting XI."

Football League Nathan: "Can anyone catch Brighton at the top of League One? Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Southampton have given it a go in recent weeks but the Seagulls have kept their necks out in front throughout. They travel to MK Dons, while the Cherries are at Dagenham and Redbridge, Huddersfield host Leyton Orient and Southampton welcome Swindon. Not much going right for Plymouth at the moment; 10-point deduction, rooted to the foot of the table and a 4-0 hammering at Brighton on Tuesday, the Pilgrims desperately need something at home to Colchester today."

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Midfielder Robert Pires starts for a Villa side without the suspended Jean Makoun, while winger Marc Albrighton gets the nod ahead of Gabriel Agbonlahor. Nathan Baker returns after a three-game ban and will play at left-back instead of Ciaran Clark, who is set to move across to central defence with James Collins and Carlos Cuellar out injured. Blackburn make five changes from the 0-0 draw with Newcastle. Centre-back Grant Hanley as well as midfielders Vince Grella, Brett Emerton, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Keith Andrews replace the injured Christopher Samba, Junior Hoillett and David Dunn, while Nikola Kalinic and Steven Nzonzi drop to the bench. Ryan Nelsen plays despite the worrying times after an earthquake in his native New Zealand."

Football League Nathan: "Arguably the juiciest clash has already passed with Swansea's impressive win over Leeds, but there's plenty more to keep an eye on in the Championship this afternoon. Promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest and Norwich are on the road with trips to Millwall and Norwich, respectively. Preston, 10 points from safety, take on Burnley with North End hoping to avoid a double of defeats by their local rivals, while Leicester host Coventry in the midlands derby. Sheffield United, without a win in 12 matches, face Derby, who themselves have not won in eight."

From Matt in Stoke, via text: "I seriously think that Sir Alex needs to go to Spec Savers, how he can keep playing Carrick is beyond me, IF we win the title this year it will not be with the help of Carrick."

Chris Whyatt reports: "Wigan boss Roberto Martinez makes nine changes from the XI which lost to Bolton in the FA Cup. And they look stronger for it. Creative fulcrum Charles N'Zogbia returns, as does top scorer Hugo Rodallega. Manchester United are rejigged too, with Javier Hernandez replacing Dimitar Berbtov in attack. Paul Scholes starts in the middle of the park. Still-recovering Ryan Giggs does not make the squad. No Michael Owen either. But Oslo-born striker Joshua King, 19, is on the bench"

Full time
1438: FULL-TIME Swansea 3-0 Leeds

1437: Davide Somma lets fly from the edge of the area but sees his shot fizz over the Swansea bar.

1436: There will be two minutes of stoppage time at the Liberty Stadium but the game was up for Leeds a long time ago.

1435: Swansea keeper Dorus De Vries makes a bit of a mess of what should be a routine save from Billy Paynter. He spills it, but still has a clean sheet because there were no Leeds players following up.

Everton v Sunderland line-ups
Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellaini, Osman, Beckford, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Rodwell, Baxter.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Ferdinand, Mensah, Bramble, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Henderson, Muntari, Sessegnon, Richardson, Gyan. Subs: Gordon, Zenden, Malbranque, Riveros, Colback, Noble, Knott.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Aston Villa v Blackburn line-ups
Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Dunne, Clark, Baker, Pires, Reo-Coker, Albrighton, Ashley Young, Downing, Bent. Subs: Marshall, Agbonlahor, Bradley, Delph, Heskey, Petrov, Herd.
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Hanley, Nelsen, Olsson, Jermaine Jones, Grella, Emerton, Andrews, Pedersen, Santa Cruz. Subs: Bunn, Givet, Kalinic, Nzonzi, Mwaruwari, Roberts, Diouf.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1432: Into the last four minutes of the 90 and Swansea continue to look very slick in possession. Well, until I just wrote that anyway. Ashley Williams then fired a wayward long ball straight through to Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Wolverhampton v Blackpool line-ups
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Hammill, Henry, Edwards, Jarvis, O'Hara, Doyle. Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Ward, Milijas, Foley.
Blackpool: Kingson, Eardley, Evatt, Cathcart, Baptiste, Vaughan, Sylvestre, Southern, Kornilenko, Beattie, Campbell. Subs: Halstead, Ormerod, Varney, Phillips, Carney, Puncheon, Reid.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

1429: Their side may appear to be well beaten but the Leeds fans are still enjoying themselves. The sun has gone in at the Liberty Stadium but that hasn't stopped many of them from removing their shirts - they are currently jumping around, and waving their scarves in the air.

Wigan v Man Utd line-ups
Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Watson, Diame, N'Zogbia, McCarthy, Moses, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, Thomas, Di Santo, Steven Caldwell, Gomez, McArthur, Lopez.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Hernandez, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Berbatov, Fabio Da Silva, Rafael Da Silva, Gibson, King.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

1425: Another Swansea switch - Luke Moore is off, Craig Beattie is on. Unless something remarkable happens, the Welsh side have the three points in the bag and will move to within two points of Championship leaders QPR.

Newcastle v Bolton line-ups
Newcastle: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Best, Lovenkrands. Subs: Krul, Campbell, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Ranger, Kuqi.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Wheater, Cahill, Robinson, Muamba, Holden, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Sturridge, Elmander. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Taylor, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Moreno, Lee.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

1422: Swansea's turn for a substitution. Leon Britton replaces Stephen Dobbie, who gets a standing ovation as he jogs off. If he keeps playing like he has done today, nobody will complain about his (awful) haircut.

BBC Football League pundit Steve Claridge at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "This Swansea performance is probably as accomplished as any I have seen in the Championship this season."

Swansea goal: Another neat passing move, another Swansea goal. Luke Moore and Stephen Dobbie exchange passes on the edge of the Leeds area and Dobbie's return is a perfectly-weighted through-ball that Moore runs on to and slips the ball past Kasper Schmeichel. Leeds had been looking for a way back into the game, now it is all about damage limitation for Simon Grayson's side.

1418: GOALFLASH Swansea 3-0 Leeds (Moore)

Robert Pires returns to the Villa starting line-up against Blackburn, for the first time since he scored against Rovers in the FA Cup at the end of January. It was a beauty too.

1416: Scott Sinclair is still looking for his hat-trick, and has a pop from outside the area. It's not a bad effort, either, flying low past Kasper Schmeichel's right-hand post... but I think the Leeds keeper would have got there anyway. There are now less than 20 minutes to go at the Liberty Stadium, and Swansea remain 2-0 up an in control.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1414: Swansea come within an inch or two of a third goal. Mark Gower bends a free-kick round the Leeds wall and it hits the post before rebounding back off Kasper Schmeichel and to safety.

Javier Hernandez starts at the DW Stadium. Dimitar Berbatov is on the bench. More to come on that very soon.

Yellow card
1411: Swansea's first booking of the day sees Angel Rangel shown a yellow card for tripping Sanchez Watt.

BBC Football League pundit Steve Claridge at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live: "When Swansea don't have the ball they work hard and put pressure on Leeds, which is a mark of a good side."

1407: A change for Leeds, who have got around half-an-hour left to try to salvage something from this game. Luciano Becchio is replaced by Sanchez Watt.

1406: Two great saves to tell you about. Firstly, Kasper Schmeichel spreads himself to deny Scott Sinclair a hat-trick from about 12 yards out. Then, at the other end, Davide Somma beats the offside trap but sees his effort tipped over by Swansea keeper Dorus De Vries.

Swansea goal: Referee Phil Dowd denied Leeds a sure-fire penalty before the break but he says yes when Swansea appeal in a very similar position. Max Gradel sent Nathan Dyer tumbling as he ran into the box and Scott Sinclair steps up to coolly fire home his and Swansea's second goal of the afternoon.

1400: GOALFLASH Swansea 2-0 Leeds (Sinclair pen)

1359: PENALTY to Swansea

1359: Scott Sinclair picks up where he left off before half-time with some fast and fancy footwork. When the cross comes in from the right, Nathan Dyer, who is only 5ft 5in tall, somehow gets above the Leeds defence but his header is straight at Kasper Schmeichel.

Yellow card
1355: Leeds had three players booked before the break and George McCartney has just joined Eric Lichaj, Alex Bruce and Neil Kilkenny in Phil Dowd's book after a foul on Nathan Dyer.

GabrielInch on Twitter: "RIP Dean Richards. Player, coach and good guy. Missed across the game."

From anonymous Leeds fan via text: "I'd just like to reassure everyone who watched that first half, that's one of the worst Leeds performances of the season so far. Normally we can keep the ball for at least three passes. Penalty was cast iron though."

1351: Leeds get the second half started. No changes from either side at the break.

1348: The more I see that Leeds penalty shout (at 1331), the more I wonder how Swansea got away with it. Their defender Alan Tate clearly handled a Rob Snodgrass cross into the box from the right, and even gave referee Phil Dowd a guilty look afterwards.

Mike Henson reports: "Separated by a point in eighth and ninth respectively - both Bolton and Newcastle's heady hopes of Europa League qualification and useful recent runs will be put to the test today. The Magpies haven't conceded since Robin van Persie put a visiting Arsenal side seemingly out of sight on 5 February. Meanwhile the Trotters have recovered from collecting only one point from five League games around the turn of the year to win four of their last five matches."

Owen Phillips reports: "Bottom-of-the-table Wolves need no reminding that home wins over Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchesters United and City will mean very little if they go down anyway. And although Blackpool's slide down the table - as a result of a six-game winless run - ended with a stunning midweek victory over Tottenham, the Seasiders are still looking nervously behind them. Caution should not be on the agenda as Ian Holloway's entertainers seem incapable of sitting back and goal-shy Wolves have to go for it - should be a humdinger."

Chris Whyatt reports: "Flair-free Manchester United's bore draw at Marseille left millions rueing their decision not to watch paint dry. But a towering defensive unit, with the odd thunderbolt of brilliance up front, is still papering over the gaping cracks of a distinctly magnolia midfield. Will the league leaders ever truly click this season? Sir Alex Ferguson's grinders - who always prove Kryptonite for relegation-haunted Wigan - won't care 19 jots if they bank three glistening points before crucial trips to Chelsea and Liverpool."

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "This is the ninth time these two will have met in the past two seasons. Villa have won the five games in cup competitions and Rovers have claimed victory in the three league fixtures. The Midlands outfit need that to change and earn a top-flight win after two draws and a loss in the league have left them precariously placed above the drop zone. A win would also help them leapfrog Rovers, who have one point from nine and, along with Villa, have shipped the most away goals in the Premier League so far this season."

Jonathan Stevenson reports:
"Sunderland haven't won in their last 10 trips to Goodison and even suffered a 7-1 spanking in 2007, so they will be hoping news of boss Steve Bruce's contract extension until 2014 will provide a timely boost, especially after three successive defeats. Everton have only one league win in six and they will be hoping to delay history - their next home defeat will bring up 100 in the Premier League, the first team to reach that unwanted milestone."

ChrisE_89 on Twitter: "Scott Sinclair is really solving the goal problem Swansea had last season. The spark that can secure the playoffs?"

Or even an automatic promotion place?

Half time
HALF-TIME Swansea 1-0 Leeds
Peter Shuttleworth's HT snapshot:
"Scott Sinclair is certainly shining in the south Wales sunshine - the Swans winger's superb 20th goal of the season is the difference between the sides at half-time."

From Steve in Bradford, via text: "Bradford have got huge six-pointer with Stockport today but Deano's passing makes it insignificant. RIP big man."

BBC Football League pundit Steve Claridge at Swansea-Leeds on BBC Radio 5 live: "Leeds have slowly come into the game after Swansea dominated for most of the first half but they are going to have to be brave and go for it more in the second half."

1334: The half-time whistle blows at the Liberty Stadium.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1331: From nowhere, Leeds go on the attack. They have a big shout for a penalty turned down, when Alan Tate handles a Rob Snodgrass cross inside the box, then Davide Somma heads against the bar from a free-kick.

1328: Richards won four England Under-21 caps too, and was tipped to make the step up to the full England side when Glenn Hoddle signed him for Tottenham in 2001 for £8.1m. Since Richards retired in 2005, he had coached Bradford's youth team.

1324: Some tragic news for you now, I'm afraid. Former Bradford, Wolves, Southampton and Tottenham defender Dean Richards has died at the age of 36 after a long-term battle with a serious illness.

1320: Swansea defender Ashley Williams has popped up with some vital goals in the last few weeks and he is not far away from another one here. He meets a corner at the back post but his header is deflected just over.

djoddsox on Twitter: "Swansea are looking awesome... worrying for a Norwich fan because we still have to go there."

1316: Half-an-hour gone and Leeds are yet to threaten. On the plus side for Simon Grayson's men, they have spent most of this game on the back-foot but are still only 1-0 down.

1314: Leeds have lost their cool a bit here. Alex Bruce dives in on Nathan Dyer, and gets some of the ball... but some of the man too. That's a booking according to referee Phil Dowd, but Bruce and his Leeds boss Simon Grayson disagree and are not shy about telling Dowd exactly what they think of his decision.

1310: More one-way traffic. Nathan Dyer picks up the ball out wide on the right and is allowed to cut into the area before firing in a rasping low shot that Kasper Schmeichel has to scramble round the post. Swansea are not finished yet, and Dyer sees his goalbound shot blocked from the resulting corner too.

1305: Swansea have not sat back in any way shape or form since scoring, and look dangerous every time Scott Sinclair picks up the ball. Leeds need to settle, and fast.

Swansea goal: An early contender for goal of the day, this one. Scott Sinclair picks up the ball again and weaves his way into the area before finding Luke Moore... who backheels the ball back into his path, for Sinclair to curl his shot past Kasper Schmeichel. A super strike all-round, and a reward for the Welsh side's impressive start.

1259: GOALFLASH Swansea 1-0 Leeds (Sinclair)

1258: Swansea come forward again, with some more neat passing. Scott Sinclair does well to get down the left flank and fires over a looping cross that should be cleared, but instead drops for Nathan Dyer. He gets a shot away too, but skews the ball high and wide.

1256: Swansea are looking pretty fluid coming forward and are keeping this pressure up. Lots of defending for Leeds in the first 10 minutes... they need to try to keep hold of the ball when they get it.

From Flynn, via text: "Leeds need a win a here or it could be our last weekend in the play-off places."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1253: Swansea are first to threaten. Nathan Dyer has looked very lively down the right so far and he cuts into the box before feeding Stephen Dobbie, who sees his shot deflected against the post. The danger is not over yet for Leeds, either, because Scott Sinclair is left completely unmarked from the resulting corner but sweeps his first-time shot wide.

1249: It's been fast and furious so far, but the main talking point has to be Swansea forward Stephen Dobbie's haircut. A very scary-looking mohican.

1247: And we are off. Swansea get us under way.

1246: Right then. We are just about to get started at the Liberty Stadium. There's a cracking atmosphere and the sun is even out too...

From Bones, via text: "I cant see Swansea-Leeds being anything other than a nailbiting draw."

dandelacour on Twitter: "You'd fancy a Leeds win here, much more strength in their starting 11 compared to Swansea. Dont call me bias, I'm a United fan."

1238: A bit of news for you. Firstly, we have lost a game today: Histon versus Rushden & Diamonds in the Blue Square Bet Premier game is off because of a waterlogged pitch. Also, on the transfer front, Blackpool striker Marlon Harewood has joined Barnsley on loan.

1235: Former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez is on Football Focus and has just been previewing Sunday's Carling Cup final between Arsenal and Birmingham. No priests on mountains of sugar this time, but Benitez says playing Arsenal is like wearing a short blanket - you cannot cover yourself at both ends of the field: either your feet are cold or your head is exposed...

Peter Shuttleworth reports: "Swansea
can close the gap on Championship leaders QPR to two points, if only for a few hours, in the early-kick off against Leeds in front of an expected record Liberty Stadium crowd. Stephen Dobbie is rewarded for his goal at Coventry in midweek with a start as Brendan Rodgers' men bid for a fourth league successive win. Leeds, who recall South African striker Davide Somma, are also going well - but their only league defeat in their last 20 was in south Wales at Cardiff in early January.

1225: So, that's what's happening... and this is how you get involved. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, ask me a question direct @chrisbevan_bbc or text me via 81111 (UK). Don't be shy.

Swansea v Leeds line-ups
Swansea: De Vries, Rangel, Williams, Tate, Taylor, Gower, Dyer, Allen, Sinclair, Moore, Dobbie. Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Pratley, Beattie, Van der Gun, Serran, Richards, Britton.
Leeds: Schmeichel, Lichaj, Bruce, O'Brien, McCartney, Snodgrass, Kilkenny, Howson, Gradel, Becchio, Somma. Subs: Higgs, Naylor, Paynter, Watt, Parker, Bromby, McCormack.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1220: Here we go then. Football Focus has just started (on BBC One and, in the UK, at the top of this page too). This is what else we have got coming up in terms of the top flight (as well as a full programme in the Football League too of course)...

Aston Villa v Blackburn
Everton v Sunderland
Newcastle v Bolton
Wolves v Blackpool

1214: Wigan versus Man Utd is one of five Premier League games kicking off at 1500 GMT today, but this afternoon's football action starts in Wales. It's a biggie too, with Swansea hosting Leeds in what should be a hard-fought battle between two sides in the thick of the promotion battle at the top of the Championship. That one starts at 1245 GMT.

1211: Today's a good chance for United to put a bit of distance between themselves and the Gunners too. With Arsenal preparing for Sunday's Carling Cup final, Ferguson's men go to the DW Stadium knowing a win will put them four points clear at the top.

1208: And then there were two. If you believe Sir Alex Ferguson, this season's Premier League title race is now down to a straight fight between his Manchester United side and Arsenal. He's got a point you know - if United beat Wigan today, they will go 11 points ahead of third-placed Manchester City with 11 games to go. It's all a bit 1997/98 to me - and it seems very odd that Chelsea aren't involved, doesn't it?

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As it stood on 26 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 27 36 60
2 Arsenal 27 30 56
3 Man City 27 19 49
4 Tottenham 27 7 47
5 Chelsea 26 24 45
6 Liverpool 27 3 39
7 Bolton 28 1 37
8 Sunderland 28 -2 37
9 Newcastle 28 4 36
10 Everton 27 -1 33
11 Stoke 27 -3 33
12 Aston Villa 28 -12 33
13 Blackburn 28 -11 32
14 Blackpool 28 -13 32
15 Fulham 27 0 31
16 Birmingham 26 -10 30
17 Wolves 28 -15 28
18 West Brom 27 -17 28
19 Wigan 28 -22 27
20 West Ham 27 -18 25

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