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By Sam Lyon
2000: Well I think it's safe to say we could all do with a good lie down after that. A monster day of football, bringing with it monster opinions - and that's what it's all about. Don't forget to check out Match of the Day on BBC One and Online from 2230, followed by Football League Show at 2350. And once you're done with that, join me -
- for more of the same tomorrow for another stonking day of football.
Birmingham v Wolves,Liverpool v Newcastle, Arsenal v Man Utd
Man City v West Ham
you say? I should coco. Miss it, miss out - I'll see you all on the morrow. Laters.
dnhhawkins on Twitter:
"Blues fan here. OK so we didn't deserve the goals, but we did deserve the result - fair for me."
1956: More from Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti: "We did our job, we won all three points and that is fantastic. We now prepare for our next game with Manchester United, that may be with a three point gap or a six point gap, but we did our job."
critch_89 on Twitter:
"Being a Man City fan, I wouldn't bank on us beating West Ham tomorrow. Time to dust off the 'typical City tag'."
1954: Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti: "I think we got the benefit of two fortunate decisions. You can see that, yes, we were lucky with the goals - but that is football and the referee doesn't have the benefit of TV replays. That is football."
1952: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "You've got to look at the two goals. The first wasn't over the line and the second was offside. The first goal changed the game. Technology has got to come in. It would take five seconds to sort out what happened. It's so difficult - impossible - to see from where the linesman is looking from. The linesman had an honest guess, but he's got it wrong. There's still games to go and a lot could happen between now and the end of the season. Gomez is a great goalkeeper. He doesn't worry me. We've got to keep backing him."
1950: Re: 1857 - I've had another look and I have to say I'm changing my mind on that Chelsea penalty shout. I thought at first Younes Kaboul had got a touch on the ball but, if he did, it's minimal and perhaps Salomon Kalou could have earned the hosts a spot-kick. So 2-1 Chelsea in terms of decisions, 2-1 the result. Coincidence? Who knows. But it doesn't half get us chatting doesn't it?
alehud on Twitter:
"Chelsea winning changes nothing. We'll beat the continuing self-destruction that is Arsenal and our home form will see us past Chelsea."
CHELSEA 2-1 TOTTENHAM Nabil Hassan reports: "Anyone who disputes the obvious benefits of goal line technology after this game is, in no uncertain terms, bonkers. This was a brilliant match played at a frightening pace and it deserved better then to be settled by bad decisions that could have been eradicated through the use of television replays."
WIGAN 1-1 EVERTON Julian Shea reports: "So close to a superb three points, Wigan are left smarting by Hugo Rodallega's handball. Two points dropped, a kick in the guts in their relegation battle, and yet encouragement with the performance. I wonder what they'll make of it tonight."
WEST BROM 2-1 ASTON VILLA Les Roopanarine reports: "Roy Hodgson's recipe for ending a 26-year wait for victory against Aston Villa: fall behind to a comical early own-goal; gently simmer while opponents play you off the park; lose a man to a red card with half an hour to go; bring to boiling point with a late winner; serve to a crowd of elated Albion fans. Simple."
SUNDERLAND 0-3 FULHAM Oliver Brett reports: "Sunderland showed all the defensive resilience of Virender Sehwag, but with none of the Indian cricketer's attacking intent. It was a recipe that was always going to lead to nul points. But well done Fulham, who were forced into some last-minute changes, soaked up the early pressure and came away with a result."
BLACKPOOL 0-0 STOKE Nabil Hassan reports: "Blackpool failed to score at home for the first time this season and it could not have been a worse time to lose that record. They stay out of the bottom three on goal difference, but with away games against Tottenham and Manchester United to come, Blackpool's rollercoaster first season in the Premier League could be coming to an end."
BLACKBURN 1-0 BOLTON Phil Dawkes reports: "Blackburn secure a vital win in their battle against the drop. Rovers deserved the three points, but they made it far more nervous demoument than it needed to be. Bolton's away woes continue and they are now in danger of undermining some of their good work from the first half of the season."
1935: Phew. What an extraordinary day that was, then, huh? Ups, downs, controversy... it had it all. But what did our Premier League match reporters make of it? Let's find out...
kangtheone on Twitter:
"Imagine what would come out of Jose Mourinho's mouth if he was the coach of Tottenham right now."
Tom via text: "As a Liverpool fan this is a massive result for us. Not only the battle for 5th place but a chance for Chelsea to stop Man Utd making it 19 titles."
1928: Where does that leave us in the table then? Well Chelsea, with three left to play, are now just three points off leaders Man Utd - who have four left to play - at the top of the Premier League. Tottenham are now four points behind Man City having played a game more, meaning their focus is most likely now focused on protecting fifth from Liverpool, who are just three points behind them, rather than on chasing down Roberto Mancini's men for a Champions League spot. One thing is for sure - it's still all to play for at the top of the table, people.
1925: Chelsea talisman and captain John Terry - try bothering him with the controversy over the Blues' goals today - is going absolutely ballistic in front of the home fans. I think it's safe to say he's not given up on the title just yet.
1924: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
1923: Tottenham corner with seconds on the clock... headed over by Younes Kaboul.
1921: Erm... might as well go for the hat-trick... the replays show that Chelsea goal could just have been offside. Just. Spurs really haven't had any luck with the decisions today.
1920: Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
1919: Title race back on? The battle for fourth over?
Chelsea goal: MASSIVE goal. Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard work it on the edge of the area, Didier Drogba's shot is skewed towards Salomon Kalou and the Ivorian controls and pokes home. Stamford Bridge explodes.
1917: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham (Kalou)
1915: Good break from Ramires and for a moment it looks like he's wriggled in on goal, but Sandro is there to clean up for Tottenham. Into the dying minutes now.
1914: Final change for Tottenham, Jermaine Jenas on for Rafael van der Vaart. Not the most attacking of substitutions for a team surely desperate for three points?
1913: ...Didier Drogba cleverly rolls it to John Terry, but the defender's swiped finish is half-blocked and Heurelho Gomes can fall on it.
1912: And now to the other end, David Luiz earns a Chelsea free-kick on the edge of the area, right of goal...
1911: Oh tremendous keeping - Rafael van der Vaart looks to have released Jermain Defoe with a fabulous through-ball, but out comes Petr Cech to clear the ball 25 yards from goal. Without that, it's a clear one-on-one.
1909: Approaching the last 10 and, for the moment, it looks as if both sides have punched themselves out. Saving it for a late surge, maybe.
1906: A change for Tottenham now - an enforced one thanks to a hamstring injury to Vedran Corluka - Steven Pienaar coming on. Gareth Bale will revert to left back, I assume.
1904: And as I type that, the Man Utd manager makes for the exit. Must have left the stove on.
1903: Sir Alex Ferguson cuts a concentrated figure in the Stamford Bridge stands. No guessing which way he wants this one to go.
1902: Third and final Chelsea change - Nicolas Anelka on for Florent Malouda.
1859: This game is so, so open... both teams are absolutely going for it. It's making for some tremendous attacking football, I tell you.
1858: Chelsea captain John Terry - the second Chelsea player in this match to do so - earned himself a yellow card with his protestations during those penalty appeals.
1857: Penalty appeal... but referee Andre Marriner is having none of it. Salomon Kalou breaks in the area before going down under Younes Kaboul's tackle eight yards out - and, dare I say, I think the referee got that one right having watched the replays. *Puts hard hat on and takes cover*.
1856: ...into the wall by Rafael van der Vaart.
1856: Tottenham free-kick, 20 yards out...
1854: Couple of corners in succession for Tottenham, but Rafael van der Vaart's long-ranger from the first is headed clear and then Gareth Bale - again from range - get his finish all wrong.
1852: Wowzers, Heurelho Gomes's confidence looks shot to pieces. This time the Brazilian - faced with a dipping Didier Drogba free-kick 40 yards out - opts to punch rather than catch again and it almost falls to Salomon Kalou six yards out. Let-off.
1851: Hhmm... he's not happy about it, but Fernando Torres must take his leave as Carlo Ancelotti introduces Salomon Kalou and a return to Chelsea's preferred 4-3-3 formation.
1849: An hour into this match already - it's flown by hasn't it?
1847: A change apiece - Ramires on for Michael Essien for Chelsea, Jermain Defoe on for Roman Pavlyuchenko for Tottenham.
1845: Maybe not - Roman Pavlyuchenko goes into the book for a silly challenge on Michael Essien.
1844: I tell you what, all of the early 50-50s in this half have gone Tottenham's way. Is referee Andre Marriner feeling a touch guilty?
1842: Boom! An early tester of Heurelho Gomes's nerves in this second half as Didier Drogba creams one goalwards from 25 yards - the Brazilian just about palming the effort away without for one second looking comfortable behind it.
1840: Some decent Spurs pressure helps them to a spot of possession but it's ever so tight at times out there and nothing comes of the visitors' attack.
1837: Didier Drogba is obviously not happy about that Sandro tackle on Branislav Ivanovic earlier - the Blues launched half-hearted appeals for a penalty - and he's talked his way into a booking.
1836: Purposeful burst forward from Branislav Ivanovic - I'd be surprised if Carlo Ancelotti didn't want his full-backs to get forward more this half to provide width - but it's a fine tackle from Sandro that halts his progress. Moments later Ashley Cole breaks before Younes Kaboul stops him. Bright start from Chelsea.
1834: We're back up and running, Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham.
1833: Ironic cheers at Stamford Bridge as the referee and his assistants come out. Amusing.
1832: Heurelho Gomes is taking a hell of a lot of stick on Twitter, I tell you. It is strange how he so regularly can pull off wonder saves and then let one through his legs, isn't it? Still... the vast majority also seem to think the 'goal' shouldn't have been allowed. Either way - plenty for both sides to do this half, a draw does neither any good.
barker311 on Twitter:
"Fifa going to sort this out? That goal could have massive financial consequences, Champions League etc..."
1822: Ooh let's get talking, shall we? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text me via 81111 (UK). As I said at the time - I don't think Lampard's shot crossed the line, but it was far from totally cut and dried. Thoughts?
1820: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham Chris Whyatt'slink text here
HT snap-shot from Stamford Bridge: "The champagne was on ice at Old Trafford - but not now, thanks to the best and worst of Brazil. Oh yes - and a large dash of controversy, obviously. High drama."
1818: The half-time whistle blows at Stamford Bridge, the home fans delighted and the away fans incensed.
1817: Anyone fancy re-opening the goalline technology debate? Blimey.
Chelsea goal: MASSIVE controversy. Frank Lampard lets fly with a speculative shot from 30 yards that Heurelho Gomes lets slip through his legs before scrambling back to apparently save on the line. Confusion reigns until a goal is eventually given - but replays suggest not all the ball crossed the goalline! It was awful from Gomes... but I have to say Spurs have got very unlucky there.
1815: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham (Lampard)
1813: Chelsea certainly ending this half the stronger here.
1811: Half-hearted penalty appeals from Chelsea as Sandro gets back to rob Frank Lampard in the area - but it's a fine tackle and referee Andre Marriner waves the appeals away.
1808: First booking of the match as Branislav Ivanovic clips the heels of Gareth Bale just as the Spurs man was looking to burst at the Chelsea defence. Deserved.
1805: Excellent burst down the right from Branislav Ivanovic but the Chelsea man cannot cut the ball back through the weight of numbers Spurs manage to get back in the box.
1803: ...fine defending. First John Terry's header is blocked and then so is Frank Lampard's follow-up. Frantic but committed from Tottenham.
1802: Here come Chelsea again... earning themselves a corner...
1801: This is another terrific advert for the Premier League, this match - 100 miles an hour, quality passing and movement from both sides and that goal... oh, that goal. Quality stuff.
1759: I've massively stiched Mr Whyatt up there by mis-spelling his message. Refresh please!
1758: That's a nice spell of possession for Tottenham, though, with Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Sandro all involved. The visitors just growing in confidence now.
1755: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti must be wondering how his side are behind here.
1754: Ooh! Almost an immediate reply for Chelsea as Michael Essien rises to meet a cross and thump a header at goal that Heurelho Gomes - again - does superbly to tip over. From the resulting corner the balls to Fernando Torres at the back post completely unmarked, but the Spaniard gets it all wrong and heads over.
1751: Plenty of arm-waving and instructions from Harry Redknapp following that goal, the Spurs boss not happy despite Sandro's strike clearly.
Tottenham goal: KABOOM! Wow, you quite literally don't save those. The ball falls to Tottenham's defensive midfielder Sandro 30 yards out and the Brazilian takes a touch before spanking an absolute stunner into Petr Cech's top corner. What a way to bag your first for the club.
1749: GOALFLASH Chelsea 0-1 Tottenham (Sandro)
1746: Another chance for Chelsea, Florent Malouda letting fly from the edge of the area after cutting in from the left, Heurelho Gomes down well to save and hold on.
1745: It's been all Chelsea for the most part in the last five minutes or so, Roman Pavlyuchenko struggling to hold the ball up front for Tottenham and therefore inviting waves of pressure from the hosts.
1744: Crossbar! Didier Drogba lines up a free-kick from fully 30 yards out and his shot is a crackerjack that looks for all the world to be heading for the top corner, only for Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes to brilliantly tip it on to the bar. Super save.
1741: Fernando Torres already looking more of a handful today than he has at any point in his Chelsea career so far. A number of times he has got the better of the Tottenham defence and only some last-ditch defending has prevented him getting a meaningful shot on goal so far. Encouraging for the Blues.
1739: Blackburn boss Steve Kean: "It was a big win for us. We knew it would be tough. But Bolton were off the back of a tough schedule and there was a big chance for us to win. We felt a bit hard done by last home game with Man City but we took that momentum and togetherness and put that back in today. We can go into the West Ham game full of confidence and hopefully put the whole relegation thing to bed."
1738: Quite an open start at Stamford Bridge, this, and Roman Pavlyuchenko breaks well for Tottenham before sliding wide from the angle - a cross for Gareth Bale in the centre of the box might have been a better option there.
1737: And now it's Chelsea on the attack with Frank Lampard and then Fernando Torres sniffing half a yard of space on the edge of the area, only for Sandro and then William Gallas to snuff out the danger.
1735: Early burst down the left from Tottenham's Gareth Bale - they'll be wanting a good game from him today - but David Luiz uncompromisingly stops him with a foul.
1734: Correction - it's Vedran Corluka left-back for Tottenham.
1733: No real surprises in terms of set-up from either side, Chelsea's 4-4-2 up against Tottenham's 4-4-1-1, with former Blue William Gallas left-back for the visitors. Scrappy start, though.
1730: Tottenham get us up and running and a rocking Stamford Bridge.
1729: A potentially massive game in the title race and the battle for fourth at Stamford Bridge, then, and the players are out and about. You ready?
1728: CHELSEA v TOTTENHAM (1730) Chris Whyatt
at Stamford Bridge reports: "So one change for Chelsea... a big change... as Salomon Kalou makes way for Fernando Torres. He will partner Didier Drogba in attack. Can they make friends and influence the result? They need to. Sandro, Aaron Lennon and Vedran Corluka are the three changes for Tottenham from the team which drew 2-2 with West Brom last week, with Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto injured. Roman Pavluchenko the lone forward."
1726: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce: "The defending today was not good enough at this level - at times it was amateurish. And when you give away goals like that it turns into a frustrating day. We've had many things stacked against us. We've just got to take the flak that comes our way and make sure we're better next week at Bolton."
1725: Fulham manager Mark Hughes: "The most satisfying performance was from Philippe Senderos [making his Fulham debut having been signed last June]. He's come back from a really long injury, and he played really well. He snapped his Achilles in his first training session with us and it's been a long road back for him."
ScoreitlikeSami on Twitter:
"Chelsea Win: Oh no, they've got Second. Chelsea Lose: Oh no, Tottenham are catching us up. Draw for Arsenal please!"
1723: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "The result is frustrating but I couldn't be prouder of the performance, we played under massive expectations against a side who'd had a good run, but we created better chances and were the better side so there's not much you can do after that. With the amount of chances we created, we deserved the three points."
1721: CHELSEA v TOTTENHAM (1730) Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Malouda, Drogba, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Benayoun, Zhirkov, Kalou, Alex, Anelka. Tottenham: Gomes, Kaboul, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Crouch, Defoe, Bassong, Rose, Pienaar. Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)
Football League Danny: "In League Two, what a win for Wycombe. They beat Bury 3-1 away and are third with one game to go, one point ahead of Shrewsbury in the fight for automatic promotion. It's good news for Chesterfield's title hopes too. At the bottom, sorry Stockport - you're out of the League. Barnet retain a small hope of survival - if they beat Port Vale in their final match and Lincoln lose, it's Lincoln who go down. Otherwise, bye bye Barnet ."
Phil, Sevenoaks, via text: "As a Liverpool fan, hoping Chelsea win today, vis-a-vis pipping Spurs to 5th place and Europa League. Vamos Fernando!"
1718: Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "Strikers will score great goals and sometimes they will miss chances everyone expects them to put away. We've played really well in the second half and did well in difficult conditions on a bumpy pitch. It's just a shame we could not pick up the three points today."
Football League Danny: "In League One, Southampton and Huddersfield both won (the Terriers at champions Brighton). They're level in the race for second place behind Brighton - but Saints goal difference is better and they have a game in hand. Whoever misses out on second will definitely join Peterborough, MK Dons and Bournemouth in the play-offs. At the bottom, nothing's officially decided today. But Bristol Rovers are effectively down, barring some sort of nutbag final day win, and Plymouth are hanging by a thread - they'll have to win their last two and hope Walsall lose their last game."
1716: Bolton boss Owen Coyle: "It was a tough game. A local derby. The disappointment is we shot ourselves in the foot for the goal. Given we're depleted in numbers we gave it everything we could to achieve a result and we're disappointed we came away with nothing. We've made enormous strides this year and I've told the players we expect to end the season strongly."
Football League Danny: "Wow. So, here's what just happened. QPR have won the Championship, so long as they don't get into trouble over the signing of Alejandro Faurlin. At the bottom, Sheffield United and Scunthorpe have joined Preston in relegation. Play-off wise, Nottingham Forest filled their boots in a 5-1 win over Scunny, so barring a nightmare last-day, they'll be there. They had Rob Earnshaw sent off though, they might miss him in May. Reading are definitely in the play-offs. Swansea retain a tiny hope of automatic promotion with a big win at Millwall, but one of Norwich or Cardiff is more likely to go up with QPR - both play Monday."
goalfunnyglee on Twitter:
"Roy Hodgson does wonders with team and fans willing to get behind him... straight back to business after Liverpool."
1710: CHELSEA v TOTTENHAM (1730) Chris Whyatt
at Stamford Bridge reports: "Must-win match for both sides. If Chelsea lose, their title defence is defenceless. If Tottenham can't nab victory - and, remarkably, they never have at Stamford Bridge in Premier League history - then more Champions League football next season looks like an Outer Hebrides hamlet: remote. Picture the damage if Drogba and Torres, fresh from having scored his first goal since electricity was invented, really click. And with the likes of Luiz, Van der Vaart and Bale also playing, we've got a host of world-class talent fighting for potentially season-defining points amid sinking south-west London sun. Love it."
1707: Plenty more reaction to come, folks, but let's now hear from our man at Stamford Bridge...
MDMugambi on Twitter:
"Just hope Carlo Ancelotti hasn't lost the plot now that he's changed the proven 4-3-3."
Pete, a proud Jack since 1955, via text: "Super Swans, absolutely bossed it at the Den today. Look out Premier League here we come! The Jacks are going up."
1702: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "We've lost our record of scoring in every home game but I cannot fault the effort of the lads today. That's as good as we've been defensively; let's see what we can do at Tottenham next week now. Every game now is a Cup final and lets see if we can stay in this wonderful division."
Football League Danny: "Watford 0-2 QPR - QPR ARE (almost certainly) PROMOTED."
Football League Danny: "Bristol Rovers 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday. Barring a miracle, Bristol Rovers are down to League Two."
Football League Danny: "Sheffield United 2-2 Barnsley. SHEFFIELD UNITED ARE RELEGATED TO LEAGUE ONE."
1658: Big, big afternoon for Blackburn, then, as they get a first win in approximately 312 years (or so it felt to some supporters) to drag themselves up to 15th and three points clear of the drop zone. Everton's late leveller keeps Blackpool out of the bottom three by the skin of their teeth, but Wigan will be kicking themselves for failing to see out win that would have gone a long, long way to keeping them up this season. West Brom can look up rather than down following that Villa win, less so Sunderland who were undone emphatically by Fulham. And we've still got
Chelsea v Tottenham
to come, you say? Football - the sport that just keeps on giving.
Football League Danny: "Watford 0-2 QPR, Tommy Smith. QPR on brink."
Football League Danny: "Nottm Forest 5-1 Scunthorpe. SCUNTHORPE ARE RELEGATED TO LEAGUE ONE."
1656: FULL-TIME Blackburn 1-0 Bolton
1654: FULL-TIME Wigan 1-1 Everton
Football League Danny: "Walsall 2-0 Charlton, full-time. Absolutely enormo-win for Saddlers, that. Meanwhile, Crewe 2-0 Stockport - STOCKPORT ARE RELEGATED."
1653: Chance for Wigan! Tim Howard flaps at Maynor Figueroa's cross and the ball falls to Hugo Rodallega 12 yards out, but the Colombian gets his finish all wrong and blazes wide to waste a great chance to atone for conceding that earlier penalty.
Football League Danny: "Hartlepool 2-2 Bournemouth. Er, I think the Hartlepool keeper just levelled for Pools. Crazy end-of-season times, these."
1653: FULL-TIME West Brom 2-1 Aston Villa
1651: FULL-TIME Blackpool 0-0 Stoke
BBC Sport's David Dulin at The Den: "Darren Pratley and Stephen Dobbie end promotion-chasing Swansea City's five-match winless run on the road with a 2-0 win which kills off Millwall's hopes of reaching the play-offs. Too comfortable for the Swans, but it could have been different had Millwall been able to make their lively 10-minute spell last for much of the match."
1650: FULL-TIME Sunderland 0-3 Fulham
Football League Danny: "Bury 1-3 Wycombe. Brilliant day for Wycombe - not up yet though."
1649: And as far as Bloomfield Road is concerned, it's only about whether Blackpool can hang on to a draw at the moment.
1648: My word it's nervy at Ewood Park. Bolton just about edging things in the closing stages.
1647: Both teams going for the winner at the DW Stadium, Wigan and Everton fancy their chances there.
Football League Danny: "Barnsley have levelled against Sheffield United. Blades going down as it stands, at this current moment in time etc etc"
1645: Great chance Blackburn to seal the three points against Bolton... wasted. Substitute Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross is stabbed out to fellow substitute Mame Diouf by Gary Cahill, but the striker miscues his shot over the bar. Rovers' lead remains a fragile one.
1644: That earlier Everton goal, of course, could not have been better received in Blackpool - but what chances of the Tangerines taking full advantage? At the moment, not great, Stoke looking by far the likelier to break the deadlock at Bloomfield Road with the minutes ticking down.
Football League Danny: "QPR fan? Start celebrating (almost). Adel Taarabt, appropriately, has put Rangers 1-0 up at Watford. That will guarantee a Neil Warnock's men top spot in the Championship Subject to approval from the authorities, naturally. Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest are now 4-1 up on Scunthorpe. Scunny are going down, Forest on the brink of the play-offs."
West Brom goal: Turnaround at the Hawthorns and 10-man West Brom lead, Fabrice Mulumbu putting the hosts ahead with minutes remaining from Simon Cox's precise through-ball. What a job Roy Hodgson is doing there.
1642: GOALFLASH West Brom 2-1 Aston Villa (Mulumbu)
1640: TEAM NEWS SNAP BBC Sport's Chris Whyatt
at Stamford Bridge: "Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres BOTH START for Chelsea as the champions seek to keep the defence of their title alive. Bold move from manager Carlo Ancelotti. Spurs go 4-4-1-1 with Roman Pavlyuchenko up front."
Everton goal: And change it does at the DW Stadium. Hugo Rodallega - completely inexplicably and unnecessarily - handles Leighton Baines's corner and the full-back takes over penalty duties from Mikel Arteta to slam home an unstoppable spot-kick. Big blow to the Latics' survival hopes, that.
1638: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-1 Everton (Baines pen)
1637: PENALTY TO EVERTON
1635: And this might not help Blackburn's cause at all, Michel Salgado stretchered off the field in agony after coming off worse in a 50-50 tackle. Positive change for the hosts, though, with striker Mame Diouf the defender's replacement.
1633: Right now, this is looking a gargantuan afternoon for Blackburn and Wigan. The latter look the more comfortable of the two sides leading 1-0, but much can change in the last 15 minutes or so, for sure.
Football League Danny: "In League Two, Port Vale's slim play-off hopes are all the smaller because of their goal difference. They're giving it a right go today, to be fair and are 6-1 up on Morecambe. Still need about another eight, mind."
Fulham goal: They say a picture paints a thousand words - well one look at the Sunderland fans suggests a lot of them would be expletives at the Stadium of Light right now. Bobby Zamora's square pass is bundled home by Simon Davies for the Welshman's second of the match, and the hosts' defence matches its attack for levels of rubbishness for the day.
1630: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-3 Fulham (Davies)
Football League Danny: "Thanks to Anonymous on the texts who suggests 'based on current scores' or 'if it were to finish like this' instead of 'as it stands'. Sorry anonymous, do you think my fingers are made of pure magic? As it stands, I'm sticking with the wonderfully brief 'as it stands'."
1628: Not much going Blackpool's way at Bloomfield Road so far - that earlier Kenwyne Jones miss aside - but they really don't need Charlie Adam coming off, and he's just been poleaxed in an accidental collision with Ryan Shawcross off the ball. It looks like he will groggily carry on, though.
1626: News from the continent now - Borussia Dortmund have been crowned German champions with two games to spare following their 2-0 win over Nuremberg.
Football League Danny: "Huge, League Two-wise. Ben Strevens puts Wycombe 2-1 up at Bury. Massive boost for the Chairboys' automatic promotion hopes, blow to Shrewsbury's dreams of the same and a hit to Bury's hopes of the title. At the bottom, Stockport trail 1-0 at Crewe and Barnet are now 3-1 down at Accrington. Stockport down and Barnet in big trouble, as it stands."
1623: So close for Wigan - twice - as the hosts press for what could be a vital second. First, Emerson Boyce's cross form the right is cut out by Phil Jagielka only as far as Victor Moses, whose point-blank shot draws a two-handed save from Tim Howard, and minutes later Boyce is again the creator as he carves out another chance for Moses, which Howard pushes over the cross bar.
Football League Danny: "Lee Williamson puts Sheffield United 2-1 up against Barnsley. It's massively odds against, but the Blades would not be definitely relegated today as it stands. In League One, MK Dons lead Notts County 1-0, that's merely cementing the Dons' place in the play-offs."
West Brom red card: The wind taken right of the Baggies' sails following that leveller, Paul Scharner punished for an unnecessary trip on Stilyan Petrov with a second booking, referee Phil Dowd giving the Austrian his marching orders with a full half an hour left in the match.
1620: SENT OFF, Paul Scharner, WEST BROM
Fulham goal: Sunderland's profligacy punished again. Steve Sidwell has acres of space down the left to tee up an unmarked Simon Davies, and the Welsh winger produces a neat finish into the bottom corner of Simon Mignolet's goal. The Stadium of Light has turned into the Stadium of Silence.
West Brom goal: Now it's a derby atmosphere at the Hawthorns and no mistake. Peter Odemwingie - with his 14th of the season - draws the Baggies level with a poacher's finish when Villa fail to deal with James Morrison's free-kick. Game on.
1618: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-2 Fulham (Davies)
1617: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-1 Aston Villa (Odemwingie)
1616: Back at Bloomfield Road - lively ol' start to the half there - Blackpool appeal for a penalty when DJ Campbell goes down in the box under pressure from Glenn Whelan, but it looks a dive to me and referee Mark Clattenburg is having none of it.
Football League Danny: "Accrington Stanley 2-1 Barnet. As it stands (even I'm sick of typing that now), Barnet are being relegated from the Football League today."
1615: Charles N'Zogbia limps off for Wigan having not quite recovered from a first-half challenge by Leighton Baines. That'll be a big loss for Wigan but when you have someone of Victor Moses's potential waiting to come on on the sidelines, things could be worse.
1614: Blackpool living on their nerves at Bloomfield Road now as Stoke begin to turn the screw, keeper Matt Gilks again to their rescue with a low save from Kenwyne Jones's header from eight yards out. As it stands the Tangerines are in the bottom three and heading for an immediate return to the Championship, lest we forget.
Football League Danny: "South coast union? Brighton are level, 1-1, against Huddersfield and Ashley Barnes' goal will be as warmly cheered by Southampton fans as Seagulls supporters. If things stay the same, Saints will have the chance to secure promotion on Monday elsewhere on the south, at Plymouth."
1612: Fine Stoke effort at Bloomfield Road, Glenn Whelan forcing Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks into a flying save with a rasper from 25 yards.
1611: Strangely subdued affair at the Hawthorns given it's a derby, with very few signs of aggro from either West Brom or Aston Villa. Do both teams consider themselves safe already?
BBC Sport's David Dulin at The Den: "I must be a bad omen for teams needing points. Easter Monday I saw Preston get relegated, now it looks like I'm witnessing Millwall's play-off hopes end."
Football League Danny: "Nottingham Forest 3-1 Scunthorpe. Iron almost certain for the drop now, Forest firm favourites for a play-off berth."
Football League Danny: "Millwall 0-2 Swansea. That looks like putting paid to the Lions' promotion hopes. Swans, as it stands, could technically still get second, although it's super-massively double no-no unlikely. Elsewhere in the Championship, Doncaster lead Leicester 1-0."
1609: For all their good play, there's been a distinct lack of killer instinct from Sunderland today and here's another example, Stephane Sessegnon set through on goal by Steed Malbranque but then dallying before shooting straight at the keeper. Ho hum.
1607: Fairly sedate so far in the second halves around the Premier League - though a bit of niggle creeping into the Wigan-Everton affair, with Tim Cahill and Gary Caldwell enjoying a spot of push and shove at the DW Stadium. One to watch, maybe.
1604: Great chance for Blackpool! Charlie Adam's corner is met by Matt Phillips on the volley, but Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic keeps it out brilliantly from point-blank range before the ball is scrambled out.
1603: And now pretty much everywhere else...
1602: Prompt restart at Bloomfield Road.
1600: As we wait for the second halves to kick-off, you might want to refresh this page to avoid confusion on Les Roopanarine's HT snap-shot from the Hawthorns. Cheers.
NufcBano on Twitter:
"As a Newcastle fan. Looking at the table as it stands and the fixtures we have. We aren't out of relegation yet."
Tom, N Wales, via text: "Why do Everton make it so difficult for themselves, it is not good for the health being a Blue fan."
tepburn on Twitter:
"The tension is palpable even on the live text. Huge second half for Blackburn and Wigan. Season-defining."
Football League Danny: "Half-times all over the place - as are the nerves of many fans after 45 drama-filled Football League minutes. A quick bonus mention for those of you who are still conscious - it remains Watford 0-0 QPR, so as it stands Rangers are securing promotion to the Premier League tonight*." * Probably - see 1347
1555: HALF-TIME Wigan 1-0 Everton Julian Shea's HT snap-shot: "It's all about Charles N'Zogbia at the DW Stadium - scoring for Wigan then conceding a penalty, taken by Mikel Arteta but saved by Ali Alhabsi. Tempers are fraying on a hot day, this could be a feisty second half."
1554: HALF-TIME West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa Les Roopanarine's HT snap-shot: "As Abdoulaye Meite sits in the home dressing room contemplating the inevitable appearance of his comical own-goal on the next defensive bloopers DVD, Villa will be wondering why they haven't laid the game to rest from one of the numerous chances they've created. But the Baggies are nothing if not resilient, and there's plenty of life left in this yet."
1553: HALF-TIME Blackburn 1-0 Bolton Phil Dawkes' HT snap-shot: "Blackburn are half way to achieving what could be a vital win in their battle against relegation. Rovers are good for their lead, but have been helped by Bolton, who did nothing to counter the threat of Martin Olsson and were punished by the full-back's superb strike."
1552: HALF-TIME Sunderland 0-1 Fulham Oliver Brett's
HT snap-shot: "They've played with more energy and greater application, but Sunderland are losing thanks to one horrible bit of defending and a glaring miss from Lee Cattermole"
1551: HALF-TIME Blackpool 0-0 Stoke Nabil Hassan's HT snap-shot: "Plenty of endeavour at Bloomfield Road, but for all their pressure Blackpool have failed to create any clear-cut chances against Stoke who look unusually nervy at the back. As ever, though, Kenwyne Jones is a decent outlet up front and the big striker should have given Stoke the lead on the stroke of half-time only to fire wide of an empty goal."
1549: They're still going at the DW Stadium, mind, and Everton keeper Tim Howard has to have his wits about him to keep Charles N'Zogbia low drive out just before the break.
BBC Sport's David Dulin at The Den: "Swansea lead at the break thanks to Darren Pratley's 30th-minute strike while Millwall fans are seeing their play-off hopes fade. One Lions fan is still supporting his side: 'Stop moaning, support the team' he shouts, while also throwing a few expletives thrown in."
1547: The half-time whistles starting to sound around the country.
1545: And just as I type that Stoke have an absolutely glorious chance to open the scoring, Kenwyne Jones set clear on goal, rounding the keeper, and then somehow spooning high and wide with the open goal gaping. Awful miss, massive let-off for the Tangerines.
1544: Any chance of Blackpool turning their good play into goals this half? They've dominated proceedings against an off-colour Stoke, but without creating too many clear-cut chances. "A lot of huff, not much puff," says my reporter. Whatever that means.
Football League Danny: "Hartlepool 0-2 Bournemouth. It's looking very much like your League One play-off contenders will be MK Dons, Bournemouth, Peterborough and either Huddersfield or Southampton (but probably Huddersfield). Elsewhere, Sheff Utd have equalised against Barnsley. They probably need about another eight, to be fair."
1542: And then, only - only - to make me look silly, Martin Olsson jogs back on looking fresh as a daisy. Hhmm.
1541: This could be a blow for Blackburn - Martin Olsson, through whom all of Rovers' good play has gone so far today - is struggling after falling awkwardly. The stretcher is on and that could be his afternoon's work over.
Football League Danny: "Walsall 1-0 Charlton. As it stands, Bristol Rovers will be effectively relegated from League One today, with their poor goal difference being the key to their doom. At the City Ground, Scunthorpe have one back - they trail Nottingham Forest 2-1 and it could start to get very, very tense there."
1538: Sunderland toss away a wonderful chance to level when Lee Cattermole exchanges passes beautifully with Stephane Sessegnon only to side-foot his shot weakly at Mark Schwarzer.
Everton missed penalty: How big a moment is that in Wigan's season? Charles N'Zogbia unnecessarily chops Leon Osman down in the box from a short corner and up steps the returning Mikel Arteta to take the spot-kick, only for Ali Al Habsi to pull off a super stop in the Latics goal to preserve the hosts' lead and keep their survival dreams very much alive.
1535: MISSED PENALTY BY EVERTON (SAVED)
1534: PENALTY TO EVERTON
Fulham goal: A first Fulham goal for loanee Gael Kakuta, the Frenchman collecting Bobby Zamora's slide-rule pass, stumbling past a couple of defenders, and poking under the keeper from eight yards out.
Football League Danny: "Big news everywhere today. Bournemouth lead at Hartlepool - Cherries will seal their play-off spot as it stands. Swansea leading at Millwall - hammer blow for Lions' play-off bid, that. Southampton 2-0 up at Brentford - looking good for second in League One. Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 Carlisle - potentially huge boost for Daggers' survival that."
1533: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-1 Fulham (Kakuta)
1532: Nothing by way of a response from Bolton at Ewood Park - in fact, it's been all Blackburn since their opener.
1531: You've got to hit the target there - as they (whoever 'they' are) - but Steed Malbranque, having charged down Philippe Senderos's clearance, can only clip wide from the edge of the area.
Football League Danny: "Nottingham Forest 2-0 Scunthorpe. As it stands, Forest on the brink of sealing their play-off berth - it'll take last-day disaster to deny them. At the foot of League Two, Burton are level at Southend, 1-1. It's looking bad for Barnet, whose Football League status will be hanging by a thread as it stands. Expect me to use the phrase 'as it stands' a few more times today, by the way."
BBC Sport's Chris Whyatt at Stamford Bridge:
""Poker-faced Lampard's just breezed into buzzy press room wearing 'Barrys' [white sports socks] combined with flip-flops. Criminal combo. Three points to stay in the title hunt today though, and Chelsea will be forgiven anything."
1527: Best chance of the match so far at Bloomfield Road - on the back of good work by DJ Campbell and Matt Phillips - but it is sliced wide by Blackpool's Neal Eardley from inside the box.
1525: So close to a quick response from Everton - Leon Osman on the edge of the box turning Wigan's Maynor Figueroa inside out and creating space for a shot towards the top corner, keeper Ali Al Habsi producing a fine one-handed save to push the ball over the bar.
Football League Danny: "Wycombe level at 1-1 at Bury thanks to Gareth Ainsworth's leveller. Boost for Wycombe's automatic promotion hopes, although as it stands, they'll be dropping out of the top three in League Two."
1523: After looking very sluggish for 20 minutes Fulham have a decent chance, Simon Davies's accurate cross picking out Eidur Gudjohnsen - but the big Icelander has to turn and shoot quickly and the effort sails over the crossbar.
1522: West Brom are trying to find a way back into things against Aston Villa, and almost do so through Youssuf Mulumbu. Finding himself in space 25 yards out, the Congo international chances his arm with a curling effort which Brad Friedel does well to claw away for a corner.
Football League Danny: "Southampton lead Brentford 1-0 thanks to Adam Lallana. Saints can't officially go up today, but they'll be in all kinds of a good position if they win. Meanwhile, League Two play-off hopefuls Gillingham are having a 'mare. They're 3-0 down to Macclesfield after 17 minutes. Ooops."
Blackburn goal: How important could this be for Rovers? Martin Olsson gives them the lead he's been threatening to for the opening 20 minutes, unleashing a low 20 yard shot that beats Adam Bogdan and nestles in the bottom corner.
Wigan goal: Big, big goal at the DW Stadium. James McCarthy's chip into the box is not dealt with by the Everton defence but Charles N'Zogbia has it all to do on the right of the box - and do it he does with an excellent curled finish left-footed into the far top corner.
1520: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-0 Bolton (Olsson)
1520: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-0 Everton (N'Zogbia)
Football League Danny: "Will Hoskins levels for Bristol Rovers in their big relegation match in League One. In the Championship, Barnsley lead 1-0 at Sheffield United. The Blades on the verge of the drop, and that's very much getting confirmed today if scores stay the same."
1518: Post! The chances coming at Ewood Park, the latest falling for Bolton and Rodrigo Moreno, the striker slamming against the post from the angle after Blackburn failed to deal with a long ball into the box. Unusual for Rovers, that, and Rodrigo should have done a whole lot better.
1516: Off the line! Blackburn again go close and it is Martin Olsson again unleashing a shot, this time from the right. The effort beat Adam Bogdan but not the head of Bolton defender Paul Robinson on the line and the danger is averted.
1515: Close at the DW - a sustained period of passing by Everton coming to an end when Leon Osman crosses from the right to Victor Anichebe on the far side of the box, Emerson Boyce getting a vital foot in to deny the Everton player a shooting chance.
1514: Decent Sunderland chance there as Phil Bardsley crosses for Ahmed El Mohamody to head narrowly wide from eight yards out.
Football League Danny: "Nottingham Forest 1-0 Scunthorpe. Huge for Championship play-off hopefuls Forest, defeat confirms Scunthorpe's expected relegation. In League One, Brighton 0-1 Huddersfield - the Terriers could steal a march on Southampton in the promotion mix there. And big news from League Two. Bury lead Wycombe 1-0 and Shrewsbury lead Cheltenham 1-0. Shakers moving top if they win, Shrews going above Wycombe in the promotion mix."
BBC Sport's David Dulin at The Den: "Frantic start here with Millwall applying early pressure before Swansea started getting their passing game going and that's already frustrating the home support. No actual chances yet, but I suspect we won't have long to wait."
1512: At Ewood Park, it's been a case of a long-ranger off-target apiece (Martin Olsson and Rodrigo Moreno) and otherwise more scrap than a metal yard.
Football League Danny: "League One survival hopefuls Dagenham & Redbridge are 1-0 up against Carlisle thanks to Jon Nurse. Just what the doctor ordered. In League Two, strugglers Barnet are level 1-1 at Accrington."
1510: The Wigan fans singing 'The Great Escape' theme tune on continuous loop at the DW Stadium. Nice.
1509: In the battle of the mid-tablers, meanwhile, it's Sunderland who have started the more positive - their lack of a single fit striker, however, ensuring they're currently displaying all the threat of a sleeping goldfish in front of goal right now. Very early days there, though.
1508: Blackpool edging the opening stages at Bloomfield Road, Stoke just struggling a touch with the hosts' high-intensity football, but no chances of note just yet.
Football League Danny: "Sheffield Wednesday lead 1-0 at Bristol Rovers after 's 3rd-minute penalty. Awful news for the Gas who could go down today. At the foot of League Two, Burton are losing at Southend and Barnet are losing at Accrington. Today already looking tough for lots of fans "
Aston Villa goal: First blood in the midlands derby to Villa, though how it's come about I'm not sure anyone knows. Stewart Downing's tame cross looks simple enough to clear but Abdoulaye Meite, with his back to his own goal, contrives to skew one off his shin and into the corner. Bizarre.
1504: GOALFLASH West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa (Meite og)
1503: What a start that would have been for Wigan - Ben Watson's through-ball finding Hugo Rodallega dashing in on goal, but the frontman's snap-finish flies wide. Positive start from the Latics, though.
1501: ...and now at the Stadium of Light and Ewood Park. Full house.
1500: We're under way at Bloomfield Road, the DW Stadium and the Hawthorns...
1457: And a reminder of how you get in touch today. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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1455: First of two bits to get through before kick-off - this beauty from
"Stanley Matthews won the Football Writers' Player of the Year trophy in 1948 and 1963 - once for Blackpool and once for Stoke. He was therefore the first to win this award for two different clubs, a feat only since achieved by Gary Lineker."
rrengland3 on Twitter:
"I can do an epic refresh. It consists of hitting the F5 key while doing a handstand on a boat at sea. Tricky but attainable."
Glynn, Winchester via text: "I do hope Prince William is not putting his new marriage before watching the Villa..."
philarmitage on Twitter:
"Supporting Blackpool and Ian 'Olloway for the day, would be a great moment if they could stay in the Premier League!"
1452: WIGAN v EVERTON (1500) Julian Shea reports: "Wigan make just the one change with defender Maynor Figueroa returning after a two match to take the place of Steve Gohouri. Everton make three changes to the team beaten by Manchester United. Tim Cahill has recovered from a foot injury to replace in for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Victor Anichebe comes in for Jermaine Beckford, and Seamus Coleman makes way for Mikel Arteta, who returns after five games out with a hamstring injury."
1451: WEST BROM v ASTON VILLA (1500) Les Roopanarine reports: "His hand forced by the absence of injured trio Chris Brunt, Steven Reid and Jerome Thomas, West Brom manager Roy Hodgson makes three changes to the side that left White Hart Lane with a point last weekend. Chile international Gonzalo Jara features in defence, while James Morrison slots into midfield. Simon Cox's reward for his late equaliser at Spurs is a sixth start of the season. Aston Villa make just one change to the side that drew at home to Stoke last time out, with Gabriel Agbonlahor drafted in for Emile Heskey, who is not among the substitutes."
1449: SUNDERLAND v FULHAM (1500) Oliver Brett
reports: "Injury-hit Sunderland line up as expected, with Stephane Sessegnon pressed into service as the lone striker. John Mensah and Anton Ferdinand are at least fit enough to make the bench. For Fulham, Clint Dempsey and Brede Hangeland have a day off, with Philippe Senderos, Bobby Zamora and Gael Kakuta among the starters."
1448: BLACKPOOL v STOKE (1500) Nabil Hassan reports: "Blackpool are unchanged from the team that drew 1-1 with Newcastle so that means defender Stephen Crainey is fit despite a toe injury, but striker James Beattie is missing through illness. Stoke have injury problems with winger Matthew Etherington, forward Ricardo Fuller and Danny Higginbotham all out. Dean Whitehead replaces hamstring victim Etherington with Stoke making just the one change from the team that beat Wolves 3-0 in midweek. Rory Delap makes his 150th appearance for Stoke today."
1446: BLACKBURN v BOLTON (1500) Phil Dawkes reports: "Blackburn's Junior Hoillett has failed a fitness test on his hamstring while forward Roque Santa Cruz is fit enough only for the bench. Steven Nzonzi returns from suspension but David Dunn misses out with a calf injury. Bolton striker Daniel Sturridge is out with an ankle injury, as is Mark Davies. Full-back Gretar Steinsson injured a knee in midweek and has failed to win his fitness battle. There is a rare start for Adam Bogdan in goal with Jussi Jaaskelainen on the bench while there is also a place for Ricardo Gardner. Fabrice Muamba and Chung-Yong Lee are both on the bench."
1445: And in the Premier League...
1444: BBC Sport's David Dulin at The Den: "Swansea's slim hopes of automatic promotion will go out of the window if they fail to win, regardless of what happens to QPR at their hearing. Millwall still have a chance of reaching the play-offs and are difficult to beat at home while the Swans' record on the road is not great. The sun is shining here and there's a bit of a School Disco atmosphere with the music - though I'm sitting still in my seat unlike one or two in the press box."
1443: WATFORD v QPR (1500) Paul Fletcher
at Vicarage Road: "A point for QPR here in sun-soaked Watford will end the London club's 15-year absence from the Premier League. Neil Warnock's outfit have been the stand-out team in the Championship this season and spent almost the whole of the campaign leading the table. In these terms, they deserve their promotion. Of course, reports suggesting next week's FA investigation into the signing of Alejandro Faurlin in 2009
could result in a points deduction
may well cast a shadow over celebrations."
1442: Talking of QPR...
1441: Guaranteed final-day nerves for Leeds, then, with their trip to QPR utterly vital in their push for a play-off place. The Whites are now seventh, level on points with Nottm Forest in sixth. Burnley are not totally out of it but must hope several other results go their way, with Millwall the other club in the mix for that crucial sixth spot. Tension? You betcha.
1440: FULL-TIME Leeds 1-0 Burnley
1438: Every defensive clearance and every claim by Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel being cheered vociferously by the Leeds faithful. The Clarets fast running out of time for an equaliser.
1435: Five minutes of stoppage time at Elland Road, three and a bit minutes left of it.
1434: And moments after Leeds desperately scramble the resulting corner away, substitute Sanchez Watt has yet another chance to wrap this up for Leeds, only to drill over the bar on the back of a good driving counter-attacking run.
1433: ...great save! Ross Wallace's effort looks like dipping under the bar, but Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel does excellently to tip over.
1432: Last minute of normal time, Burnley free-kick, 30 yards out, Ross Wallace over it...
1429: Less than five minutes of normal time left at Elland Road, still Leeds 1-0 Burnley.
MikeAaronhall on Twitter:
"RE: 1425 - To do a proper cheeky refresh, one needs to sneak up behind the keyboard and pinch the buttons ever so gently." Cracking tip, that. Take note people.
1427: Blimey. How many chances? Ross McCormack is set through on the Burnley goal and he has all the time in the world to pick a finish and wrap up this Leeds win, only to skew it wide. Nervy, nervy times for the hosts.
1426: WEST BROM v ASTON VILLA (1500) West Brom: Carson, Jara, Meite, Olsson, Shorey, Vela, Scharner, Mulumbu, Morrison, Cox, Odemwingie. Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Pablo, Miller, Hurst, Fortune, Tamas. Aston Villa: Friedel, Walker, Collins, Dunne, Luke Young, Ashley Young, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Albrighton, Bradley, Delph, Clark, Cuellar. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
1425: An ever-so-cheeky refresh, by the way, people will help UK users find Final Score at the top of this page. Which is nice.
1424: Another minute, another Leeds chance - will they live to rue these missed chances? - this time Ross McCormack's free-kick from the left causing all sorts of problems in the box and forcing Brian Jensen to scramble away on the stretch. This game really opening up now, though.
1422: BLACKBURN v BOLTON (1500) Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Phil Jones, Givet, Emerton, Nzonzi, Jermaine Jones, Olsson, Roberts, Mwaruwari. Subs: Bunn, Kalinic, Pedersen, Santa Cruz, Rochina, Hanley, Diouf. Bolton: Bogdan, Robinson, Wheater, Knight, Gardner, Moreno, Cahill, Cohen, Taylor, Elmander, Kevin Davies. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Muamba, Petrov, Klasnic, Blake, Alonso, Lee. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
1420: Leeds change now - Robert Snodgrass on for Billy Paynter.
1419: Leeds have had plenty of chances to wrap this match up at Elland Road today I tell you, but Jonny Howson can't find the finish from the angle after a fine driving run into the box and Brian Jensen - once again - saves Burnley.
1416: Attacking Burnley change here, midfielder Ross Wallace on for defender and captain Michael Duff.
1414: You can feel the tension building at Elland Road, with the niggles creeping in to both sides' games now. Twenty minutes remaining, Leeds 1-0 Burnley.
cgeddes on Twitter:
"RE: 1402 & 1403 - its Chris McCann not Grant. I've been informed by his girlfriend's mother's sister's ex-husband's nephew, who is sat next to me." Of course, apologies. Say hey to Chris' girlfriend's mother's sister's ex-husband's nephew for me.
1410: Close! And that's why a 1-0 lead can be so fragile. Jack Cork picks the ball up in the Leeds half but the danger looks minimal, until the Burnley midfielder cracks a ripper of an effort goalwards, his shot zipping a coat of paint's worth over the bar.
1408: Heavy fall in the Leeds box by Chris Eagles on the turn - but it looks like it would have been a generous penalty award and the Burnley winger's half-appeal is waved away.
1405: And another! Ross McCormack this time fires through a crowd of players and - via a deflection - it looks like nestling into the corner until Brian Jenson brilliantly pushes it on to a post. Jensen has kept Burnley in this in this half.
1404: Another Leeds chance, Ross McCormack's free-kick from the right met with power by Andy O'Brien six yards out, but his downward header is straight at Brian Jensen and the big keeper is able to parry away.
1403: I tell you what, TV replays suggest Chris McCann is lucky to stay on the field after that - his tackle on Max Gradel was not so much knee-high as shoulder-high and studs up. Not nice.
1402: Handbags! Chris McCann's high tackle on Max Gradel sparks a furious reaction from the Leeds players. Some pushing, some shoving and some swearing later and it's a booking for McCann - presumably for the tackle - and Neil Kilkenny for his reaction.
1359: Jay Rodriguez has his name taken now as the Burnley man's frustrations get the better of him and he goes through Leeds midfielder Neil Kilkenny.
1358: Deary me, Billy, you have to take at least one of those. Two chances in a minute for Paynter, the first headed straight at the keeper unmarked six yards out and the second into the side-netting after being set through by Neil Kilkenny. Waste.
Football League Danny: "Big win for Exeter then, but arguably an even bigger defeat for Plymouth. The Pilgrims find themselves three points from safety with two games to go - and one of those is against promotion-chasing Southampton on Monday. Exeter are well set for a top-10 finish. But no play-offs for them, their goal difference makes a top six spot all-but impossible."
1356: FULL-TIME Exeter 1-0 Plymouth
1354: And there's our first shot in anger of the half, Chris Eagles's 22-yard free-kick straight down the throat of Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel. Not literally.
1353: Tight, scrappy, keenly-fought start to the second 45 at Elland Road so far.
1349: Anyway, back to Elland Road, where the second half has just kicked off. Leeds 1-0 Burnley.
James_dempsey on Twitter:
"Leeds could be two or three up so far, but they aren't and with our leaky defence I'm biting my nails rather than finishing my dissertation."
LESideburns on Twitter:
"Massive shout out to Bristol Rovers today...Come on lads...the Gas can beat the drop - we believe in you!!!"
1347: WIGAN v EVERTON (1500) Julian Shea reports: "For all his articulate charm, Roberto Martinez knows this season is unravelling quickly and results must be pulled out of the bag. The Wigan boss, whose team are now odds-on to be relegated, has few excuses today with no injuries to report and Maynor Figueroa back from suspension. Everton, though, are hoping to be able to call on the elegant artistry of Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill. Big ask."
Football League Danny: "QPR have been odds-on for Championship promotion for about a million years - but they will finally confirm a top-two finish if they draw or win at Watford. Except they won't quite - an FA hearing into the signing of Alejandro Faurlin could yet incur a points deduction
(although the FA has distanced itself from suggestions of a 15-point penalty).
Elsewhere, it's a huge day in the play-off mix-up. As well as Leeds-Burnley, Millwall (two points off) host Swansea who retain a tiny hope of automatic promotion. Nottingham Forest (in sixth) host a Scunthorpe side who probably need to win about 20-0 to have even the tiniest hope of avoiding relegation, and Sheffield United will be relegated barring some kind of crazy maths event."
1345: WEST BROM v ASTON VILLA (1500) Les Roopanarine reports: "When Roy Hodgson took over at the Hawthorns back in February, it was unimaginable that victory this afternoon would haul West Brom above their three West Midlands rivals and virtually ensure Premier League survival. Then, only goal difference separated the Baggies from the bottom three; now, thanks to a run of nine games in which they have lost just once, they are eyeing a top-half finish. So, more of the same? Only if they can overcome an Aston Villa side looking to stretch a four-match unbeaten run of their own - and unbeaten in this fixture for 26 years.
1344: SUNDERLAND v FULHAM (1500): Oliver Brett
reports: "Relegation fears are finally dwindling for both teams, but don't expect today's Sunderland-Fulham match-up at the Stadium of Light to be a quiet affair. Rival coaches Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes, once pivotal members of the same Manchester United side, are now the spikiest of adversaries. Oh, and Stephane Sessegnon will do well to score with his head today. The 5ft 7in makeshift Sunderland striker is likely to be marked by the 6ft 4in Brede Hangeland."
Football League Danny: "Southampton cannot be promoted from League One today - but if they win at Brentford and Huddersfield lose at champions Brighton, their goal difference means they're all-but up. The Terriers will want to capitalise on any Saints-themed slips though. In the play-off mix, MK Dons (at Notts County) and Bournemouth (at Hartlepool) could seal a top-six finish today, with Leyton Orient bubbling under. At the wrong end, it's crunch time for Dagenham & Redbridge (hosting Carlisle) and Bristol Rovers (hosting Sheffield Wednesday). Defeat for either could mean it's League Two time, depending on Walsall's result. It's fear o'clock."
1342: BLACKPOOL V STOKE (1500) Nabil Hassan reports: "Blackpool's rollercoaster ride of a season looks set to go right to the end of the pier [wire] with Ian Holloway's side just one goal above the relegation zone. With daunting trips to Tottenham and Manchester United to come, the Tangerines will be desperate to pick up some points against a Stoke side who have injury problems and with Premier League safety guaranteed would now be forgiven for having one eye on next month's FA Cup final."
Football League Danny: "Massive game in League Two. Bury host Wycombe. A win for already-promoted Bury puts them top with one game to go. Wycombe could seal automatic promotion with victory, subject to Shrewsbury losing at Cheltenham. The play-off mix is tense - it looks like three from Accrington, Torquay, Stevenage and Gillingham joining Wycombe or Shrewsbury in the final four. At the foot, Stockport's inevitable relegation becomes certain unless they win, like 50-0 or something at Crewe and other results go their way. Much tighter above them though and there are crunch matches for Barnet, Northampton, Lincoln and Burton. Barnet could go if they have a very bad day today "
1340: BLACKBURN v BOLTON (1500) Phil Dawkes reports: "With a top-half finish likely and an aesthetic edge added, Bolton can already consider this season a success (what FA Cup semi?). They will be even happier if they push Lancashire rivals Blackburn closer to the Championship by completing the double over them today. It is a case of the resistible home force versus the moveable away object with Rovers on a five-game losing streak at Ewood (as part of an overall 10-game winless run) and Bolton without a win on the road since November. Rovers undoubtedly need it, but who wants it more?"
1338: Now then, while the attendees of Elland Road grab a pie and a pint, can anyone give me any reason why we don't we take the opportunity to look ahead to our 1500 kick-offs? No? Anyone? Good.
Football League Danny: "Just a reminder that it's still Exeter 1-0 Plymouth as we move into the last 15 minutes of an undoubtedly super-tense Devon derby down in the south-west. It's not quite a must-win for Plymouth - but it's pretty close..."
AdamONeillio on Twitter:
"Surely its do or die for Wigan today. Considering we have only won four games at home all season, winning the last two is a big ask."
Sylvie_M on Twitter:
"At uni revising for my exams - the only thing I seem to remember though is BBC football live text... Is that bad?" Only if you plan on, you know, passing them. Otherwise - jubbly!
1335: HALF-TIME Leeds 1-0 Burnley Phil Dawkes' HT snap-shot: "It's a must-win game for Leeds in their quest to make the play-offs and they are doing just that. However, in-form Burnley have shown enough to suggest they can get back into this and keep their own promotion hopes on track."
1333: And that's your half-time whistle at Elland Road.
1332: Chris Eagles lets fly from the edge of the box - his effort flying over the bar.
1331: Burnley pressing late in the half, Leeds looking for the whistle.
1328: First booking of the game as Michael Duff has his name taken for a foul on Ross McCormack - a measure of the problems the Leeds man is causing Burnley this afternoon.
1326: More encouragement for Leeds as Billy Paynter's flick-on finds Ross McCormack, the frontman's shot on the turn straight at Burnley keeper Brian Jensen, though.
1325: Leeds just looking a touch conservative since that goal - undoubtedly a result of the fact they're winless in five. Ross McCormack's goal, by the way, was Leeds's first in 215 minutes of football. If the match continues like this, they may need a second to kill this game off.
1321: Oof - almost an immediate reply as Andre Bikey gets his head on a corner, the Burnley defender's effort creeping narrowly wide of the far post.
1320: That goal takes Leeds up to seventh as it stands.
Leeds goal: Massive goal. Potentially. On a day when both sides have to win, it's Leeds who strike first - Ross McCormack running on to Bradley Johnson's excellent through-ball and sliding home a first goal in Whites colours.
1319: GOALFLASH Leeds 1-0 Burnley (McCormack)
1317: Save again! This time Burnley keeper Brian Jensen does his bit for the cameras with a wonderful one-handed stop to dig Billy Paynter's header from Ross McCormack's cross away from the corner of his goal. Signs that the McCormack-Paynter partnership is gelling.
1316: This match swinging one way and then t'other at the moment, and another decent Leeds attack ends with Neil Kilkenny's long-ranger stinging Brian Jensen's palms in the Burnley goal. Both sides just missing that finishing touch right now.
1314: ...only a yard wide, the Leeds striker's effort just not curling enough to take it into the Burnley goal. Decent effort.
1313: Free-kick Leeds, 25 yards out, Ross McCormack over it...
1311: Ooh, good link-up play there as Ross McCormack feeds Billy Paynter in the area, but the Leeds frontman can't get the right connection on his shot and Burnley can clear.
Football League Danny: "A big blow for Plymouth, that Exeter goal early in the second half. Should they lose today, and Walsall win against Charlton at 1500 BST, they'll be needing snookers to avoid the drop..."
1309: Snap-shot from range from Leeds' Max Gradel, Burnley keeper Brian Jensen well behind it to save.
1308: GOALFLASH Exeter 1-0 Plymouth (Dunne)
1307: After that early bout of pressure, Leeds are on the back foot now and Chris Eagles has a pop at goal 30 yards out - it's well over, though. Twenty minutes gone, it's Leeds 0-0 Burnley.
1305: Save! Chris Iwelumo flicks on a long free-kick into the box and Burnley's Michael Duff suddenly finds himself with just Kasper Schmeichel to beat, the Leeds keeper doing excellently to stop the centre-back's fierce angled drive - with his face, admittedly - and the chance is gone. Best effort of the match so far.
1301: And Burnley are just starting to get into things now after that bright Leeds start, the Clarets forcing a second corner when Eric Lichaj hurriedly clears inside the box under pressure from Wade Elliott. Again the hosts deal well with the corner.
1258: Here's a rare attack for Burnley now, though, Chris Eagles feeding Wade Elliott, whose goalbound shot is deflected wide. The corner comes to nothing.
1255: More good work from Leeds, Max Gradel at the heart of it this time, and Billy Paynter's skilful half-volley from 20 yards out zips just inches wide.
1253: A succession of set-pieces pen Burnley in their own area and the last results in our first clear chance at Ellands Road, Jonny Howson feeding Ross McCormack in the box, the Leeds striker's attempted dink home claimed in the air by keeper Brian Jensen.
1250: Bright opening from Leeds United at Elland Road as they attempt to fling the formbook out of the fenetre and get the three points that could reignite their promotion push late, late in the season. Billy Paynter to the fore early doors.
1249: HALF-TIME Exeter 0-0 Plymouth
1247: We're up and running at Elland Road, Leeds v Burnley. The last time these two met, by the way, Leeds came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 - a repeat of that drama would do nicely today.
1245: It's a glorious day in Leeds as the players complete their warm-ups at Elland Road. The atmosphere is pumping - and with so much at stake, why not? Kick-off approaching.
gppotdar on Twitter:
"Can't wait for the Spurs game later. Race for fourth continues for Spurs, but for Chelsea losing isn't an option here."
GoodFootball on Twitter:
"Long faces in Sheffield today. Interesting chatter about life in League One next year and renewed Sheffield derby."
1241: But, with Leeds v Burnley our focus for the time being - plenty more on the Premier League, lower leagues and that big Exeter-Plymouth match to come, I assure you - might I suggest now would be a rather brilliant time to get in touch? As always, you can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text me via 81111 (UK). Beautiful scenes.
Football League Danny: "It's crucial o'clock all over the country today - but that time arrived slightly earlier in the south west where Exeter host Plymouth in the 1200 BST kick-off. Big League One game that. Plymouth still have a chance of survival, and they will lift themselves out of the bottom four - temporarily at least - with victory. It's 0-0, approaching half-time."
whereswalters1 on Twitter:
"As a Man Utd fan could not be more excited about this weekend! Three points needed to take us to verge of title!"
1234: LEEDS v BURNLEY (1245) Phil Dawkes reports: "Leeds make three changes from last Monday's 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace. Ross McCormack makes his first start since January, in place of winger Robert Snodgrass, George McCartney returns at left back, with Paul Connelly dropping out, and Neil Kilkenny replacing Jake Livermore in midfield. Top scorer Luciano Becchio remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Burnley are unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 with Portsmouth at Turf Moor five days ago, though striker Martin Paterson is again on the bench after having recovering from a thigh problem."
1230: LEEDS v BURNLEY (1245) Phil Dawkes reports: "The equation's simple for Leeds and Burnley: the winners of today's game retain hope of a play-off spot and a shot at reaching the promised land of the Premier League, the losers are staring down the barrel of another second-tier season. United appear to be running out of steam just when it matters, having dropped out of the top six during a run of five win-less matches. In contrast, Burnley have picked up 10 points from the last four. The Clarets have gone ten games without a clean sheet while Leeds have conceded the most goals of any team in the top 20. No wonder it's on t'telly."
1227: But first up, ladies and gentleman, it's all eyes on the Championship and the potential barn-stormer that is
Leeds v Burnley.
Two teams on very different runs of form but still with eyes firmly fixed on those prized and precious play-off places. Big. Phil Dawkes is your match reporter for that one...
1226: And it's no insignificant Saturday, either, in Leagues One and Two - with a host of bum-clenchers involving teams at both ends of the table scheduled. I'll leave it to the legend that is Football League Danny to fill you in on all the possible
ups and downs
1224: So what have we got in store for you then? Well - as far as the Premier League is concerned - it's all about matters at the wrong end of the table until about 1730, with the likes of Blackburn, Blackpool and Wigan all involved and all desperate for points in their battle against the drop. After that, it's the small matter of a massive London derby between title-still-hopefuls Chelsea and top-four-still-hopefuls Tottenham. Crackerjack.
1221: Oh and, erm, unrivalled hyperbole? Check.
1219: Right then, what day is it? Ah ha. That's right. Back to the day 'job' and the small matter of a
MONSTER weekend of football.
*Foams at the mouth in excitement*. If you thought yesterday's wedding underlined that when it comes to pomp, ceremony and
a couple of pecks on the lips
that few do it better than Britain, you aint seen nothing yet people. Unbridled national passion? Check. Crowds? Check. Designer outfits? Check. Fascinators? Erm, what?
1215: "Ah yes, here we are, the first glimpse of young Charlie Adam - dressed, it is reported, in
cut-away white shorts, short-sleeved orange shirt and cotton socks - as he climbs on to the team bus to make his way to Bloomfield Road - the home of Blackpool since 1901 but, of course, far removed from its original state today - where he will join with his team-mates for
of ball to feet (and head), witnessed by thousands across the globe and in the presence of a bunch of people he has never met before waving flags, cheering and generally enjoying a lovely summer's day out. I dare say there may even be
later as well."
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