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By Jonathan Stevenson

1952: Game over - for me, anyway. I've been Jonathan Stevenson, and this has been a real pleasure. Match of the Day is on BBC One and online at 2235 BST and The Football League Show follows on straight after at 2355 BST, so get the beers/cokes in and settle down for them later. I'll see you on Sunday, when the destiny of the Premier League title is decided at Old Trafford as Man Utd play Chelsea. Mental.

From Rob, London, on text: "Credit to Blackpool and the ref today, but Spurs were poor. Danny Rose the only player who can hold his head up. Big rebuild this summer."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "Charlie's had a tough season. He's only going to improve, he's only 24, and that shows the character he's got. Today shows me there's massive hope for the future. We don't want to give up our place in this league. I loved it out there."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "Quite a day for us. I feel so proud. I couldn't have asked for any more I thought my lads were terrific. It'll go right to the wire, we know that, but we looked today like we could win a game at this level."

From Jnr_mafia Twitter: "If I were a Blackpool fan, I'd be hoping Man Utd beat Chelsea so that Fergie fields himself in the final game."

1938: Every time I see the replay of that Gareth Bale injury it gets worse. It really is a shocking challenge - and whether it was deliberate or not from Charlie Adam, he can count himself exceptionally fortunate not to have been sent off. Cross everything for Bale, because if he hasn't broken anything it would be a miracle.

1935: What the evening result means is that Manchester City are on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League next season. It's a bit complicated because Spurs and Liverpool are still involved, but if City win at home to Spurs on Tuesday that top-four slot will be theirs.

From Taz, on text: "Ref will rightly feel somewhat embarrassed when he watches the video of his performance, clearly Adam should have seen red for the assault on Bale and the original penalty was a foul on Dawson. Good Luck to Blackpool though, anything that helps relegate West Ham is OK by me!"

From BBC Sports News correspondent Dan Roan Twitter: "David Beckham reportedly not hurt after car accident in LA."

1928: Now that was a day of football to remember.

1927: Full-time Tottenham 1-1 Blackpool

1927: Blackpool break forward and Jason Puncheon and DJ Campbell are on their own against Michael Dawson for a moment, but Puncheon ends up dragging his left-foot shot wide.

From JSimpkin92 Twitter: "Every emotion running through my body as a Wigan fan, I'm shaking and it's not even my team playing."

1924: Aaron Lennon breaks down the right and sends over a cross - there are appeals for handball against a Blackpool defender, but probably more out of hope than anything else.

1923: Blackpool are taking their time over everything, desperate to kill the game and walk away with a point.

1922: Rafa van der Vaart gets into a good position inside the Blackpool box, but he tries to pirouette when he should have picked out Aaron Lennon. Is there going to be a dramatic late twist on this most remarkable of days?

1920: The fourth official holds up six minutes of injury time, and we're playing it right now. Spurs bring on Niko Kranjcar for Danny Rose, and Blackpool take Neal Eardley off and send on James Beattie.

Spurs goal: Haha, what do I know? They need another one, but it's a start. Jermain Defoe picks the ball up 30 yards out, moves forward and absolutely lashes a right-foot shot into the bottom right-hand corner of Matt Gilks' net. Brilliant finish.

1918: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Blackpool (Defoe)

1917: Jason Puncheon curls straight at Heurelho Gomes. Spurs, after a campaign that has thrilled us all at times, look like they are running on empty.

1917: Jermain Defoe's deflected shot from 20 yards loops into the arms of Matt Gilks and we are on the brink now of a potentially decisive result in the seasons of Tottenham and Blackpool. Three minutes left plus injury time.

From delrio_rioja Twitter: "You've got to consider Mr Probert's bravery. Two pens in 90 seconds. I think he got both right."

From Rob in Putney, on text: "The classic Spurs problem they have had for years and years. The inability to win against teams in the bottom six... it's a lack of mental toughness."

1911: Alex-John Baptiste ploughs into the back of Peter Crouch and he clashes heads with Rafael van der Vaart, and then there are some handbags between Jermain Defoe and Ian Evatt and Charlie Adam. The Spurs players are not happy at all.

1910: We're into the last 10 minutes, and Spurs need to score twice if they are to have any chance of playing in the Champions League next season. They look shell-shocked, and you cannot blame them.

From danesayer Twitter: "If you ever wanted 90 seconds of football to sum up Heurelho Gomes, that was it."

Blackpool goal: Mental. Everything that happened in the last two minutes was b***** mental. Firstly, the visitors win a penalty when Michael Dawson handles inside his own area. Charlie Adam hammers the spot-kick goalwards, but Heurelho Gomes makes a stunning save low down to his left. From the corner, Gomes comes out, tries to catch once, can't, twice, can't, than Gary Taylor-Fletcher nicks it off him and Gomes brings the strike down. Unbelievably, we have another penalty. DJ Campbell tries to get the ball off Adam, but the Scot grabs it, puts the ball down, and smashes it with all his might into the other corner. Utterly amazing.

1905: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Blackpool (Adam)

1905: Penalty to Blackpool (different one, not a re-take)

1904: Penalty saved by Heurelho Gomes

1903: Penalty to Blackpool

1903: Best chance of the game - and Blackpool should be a ahead. A lovely move down their right ends with David Vaughan's cross for DJ Campbell and he has to score eight yards out, only for Heurelho Gomes to makes the save.

Football League Macca: "If you're already missing your Football League action and wondered when you can see some petrifyingly tense play-off action, here's your dates (all times BST):
Championship: Nottm Forest v Swansea - 12 May (1945), Swansea v Forest - 16 May (1945), Reading v Cardiff - 13 May (1945), Cardiff v Reading - 16 May (1945), Final - 30 May
League One: Bournemouth v Huddersfield - 14 May (1245), Huddersfield v Bournemouth - 18 May (1945), MK Dons v Peterborough - 15 May (1215), Peterborough v MK Dons - 19 May (1945), Final - 29 May
League Two: Torquay v Shrewsbury - 14 May (1745), Shrewsbury v Torquay - 20 May (1945), Stevenage v Accrington - 15 May (1830), Accrington v Stevenage - 20 May (1945), Final - 28 May."

1859: Michael Dawson fires a shot into the side-netting as Spurs attack from a corner. They have got to keep pushing forward - nothing less than a win will do.

From Phil, on text: "So frustrating watching Spurs. City lose, Spurs are at home to a team threatened with relegation, Champions League place still to play for... why aren't they coming out all guns blazing?"

1856: Peter Crouch came on for Gareth Bale, by the way. Let's hope that isn't a bad injury for the Welshman, we can't be having players like him being kicked out of action. Charlie Adam gets a huge cheer from the Blackpool fans are he goes to take a corner - though those fans won't know how bad the challenge looks after a few replays.

1854: This game is getting much more physical. Alex-John Baptiste slides in on Luka Modric and takes the Croatian out, never got near the ball there. No booking for Charlie Adam, and no booking for Baptiste. Hmm.

1852: Ouch, nasty-looking one that for Gareth Bale. He tries to nick the ball away from two Blackpool players but Charlie Adam seems to tread on his ankle, and the Spurs man is in all sorts of bother. Could've broken his ankle there, the more you see it the worse it gets... it's an absolute shocker.

From ryan_love_ Twitter: "Wonder how a PL team would fair if managed by Steve Bruce until Christmas, then David Moyes until the end of the season?"

1849: Aaron Lennon sends over a cross from the Spurs right and Luka Modric gets up to thump a header over the bar. Approaching the hour mark, still Spurs 0-0 Blackpool.

From Jonny, Wigan fan, on text: "On the way back from Villa, reflecting on Al Habsi's great save which denied Bent, and maybe, just maybe, saved us from relegation. But need a Blackpool defeat, c'mon Spurs!"

1846: Spurs are putting some pressure on Blackpool. A Gareth Bale corner from the left is glanced on by Younes Kaboul and Jermain Defoe tries to hook it goalwards, the ball flying over the visitors' bar.

From cleverblok Twitter: "With the form Gomes has shown lately, Charlie Adam should be shooting every time he gets 35 yards from goal."

1843: Watching Gareth Bale shoot with his left foot is like watching a different footballer to the one who occasionally has to with his right. He spanks one right out of the sweet spot from out on the left about 15 yards out, it takes a slight deflection and flies inches wide. First goal is so, so crucial.

1841: David Vaughan goes perilously close for the visitors, cutting in off their right and clattering a left-foot shot that whistles only a foot or so wide of Heurelho Gomes's left-hand post. Super hit, proper game this now.

1840: Another half-chance for the hosts, with Rafael van der Vaart cheekily trying to chip Matt Gilks from the left of the Blackpool box, but the keeper is equal to the challenge. For some reason (possibly 1803), the camera keeps panning to the stand.

1838: Much better from Spurs - Rafael van der Vaart turns creator, pulling the ball back from the byeline on the right for Gareth Bale, the Welshman spanking a right-foot shot miles over the bar.

1836: From a Blackpool corner Spurs break with pace and Aaron Lennon, on for Roman Pavlyuchenko, gets away, finding Rafael van der Vaart in the box, the Dutchman falling as he hits a left-foot shot over the bar.

1834: Back under way at Spurs and Blackpool have made a change, with Jason Puncheon coming on for Sergei Kornilenko. You're running out of time to get involved today - texts go to 81111 and tweets to @Stevo_football or with the hashtag #BBCFootball.

Football League Macca: "A busy day in League Two saw Chesterfield end as champions, Bury having to settle for second and Wycombe edging Shrewsbury for automatic promotion. In the play-offs it's Shrewsbury v Torquay, Accrington v Stevenage and heartache for Gillingham. Lincoln drop down to non-league as Barnet rival QPR for the most relieved fans in the country by preserving their precious League status."

Football League Macca: "In League One, Southampton sealed a place back in the Championship with a routine win, it's Hudderfield v Bournemouth and Peterboro v MK Dons in the play-offs, while Daggers and Bristol Rovers join Plymouth and Swindon in falling to L2. Notts Co and Walsall beat the drop."

Football League Macca: "QPR avoided a points penalty, lost to Leeds but ended the day celebrating as Championship champions and a return to the Premier League after 15 years. Nottingham Forest sealed the last play-off place and will face Swansea after they leapfrogged Cardiff, who now play Reading. At the bottom, Preston ended a dismal season as winners as Scunthorpe propped up the table."

1830: And in the Football League...

Full time
West Ham 1-1 Blackburn
Kevin Darling reports: "Nice scenes for headline writers as 'Der Hammer' rescues the Hammers with a thunderous, and probably deserved, equaliser. But will the hapless Robbie Keane's late miss turn out to most significant act of the day? We'll know more - much more - after West Ham's trip to Wigan next week."

Full time
Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham
Saj Chowdhury reports: "Ben Foster kept 10-man Birmingham in the game after pulling off some brilliant saves. But they lost and it looks as if it might go down to the wire for the Blues. Newcastle are safe but need strikers. I hear they have £35m spare."

Full time
Everton 2-1 Manchester City
Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "Manchester City march towards the Champions League bundled off the rails here at vibrant Goodison Park. Everton showed commendable spirit in a stirring comeback capped by a magnificent winner by Leon Osman."

Full time
Bolton 1-2 Sunderland
Ian Hughes reports: "Zat Knight rides to Sunderland's rescue as the Bolton defender's own goal seals the Black Cats' first away win since January and secures their safety."

Full time
Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "A point apiece probably a fair result between Aston Villa and Wigan in a match notable for the gentle giant of Emile Heskey turning into a raging monster."

1823: A reminder of what happened earlier, then...

Half time
Tottenham 0-0 Blackpool
Pranav Soneji reports: "It's entertaining at White Hart Lane, but Tottenham's distinct lack of finishing skills are causing no end of anxiety for the increasingly frustrated home fans. Blackpool are lively, especially DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam, and the half-time score will give boss Ian Holloway plenty of encouragement for the second 45 minutes."

From Paul, on text: "Why do people think Spurs have a chance to get fourth? Away games at City and Liverpool. They might get something at City but won't get anything from Anfield."

1818: Half-time Tottenham 0-0 Blackpool

1815: Sandro cannot repeat his thunderbolt heroics of last week, dragging a right-foot shot wide from the edge of the Blackpool area. They still look unconvincing, Spurs. Big half-time coming up for Harry Redknapp.

Everton captain Phil Neville on Twitter: "Proud of my team - no better feeling when Goodison is rocking like that - COYBs! PS a game lasts 90 minutes - you don't get three points at half-time!"

1811: Danny Rose's turn to send over a 'knock-me-in-son' cross from the Spurs left, but again Matt Gilks clears without a Spurs player getting anything on the ball. Sergei Kornilenko is then booked for a sliding challenge on Gareth Bale, getting nowhere near the ball. William Gallas, I should've told you, was cautioned a few moments ago too.

West Ham scorer Thomas Hitzlesperger: "We need to win our last two games, that is for sure. I can't promise anything but we will give our best in those games and we believe we can do it."

1807: Another decent hit from Blackpool, with Charlie Adam lashing in a right-footer from outside the Spurs box and Heurelho Gomes beating the ball away. Jermain Defoe has the ball in the visitors' net moments later after a fine Rafael van der Vaart pass, but he's correctly adjudged to be offside.

From Matt, on text: "Spurs have had a bit of luck in the race for the Champions League today with Everton beating Man City. They have to capitalise on that if they want to be there next season with a convincing win today."

1803: Gareth Bale slides over a terrific cross from the Spurs left, but Rafael van der Vaart and Jermain Defoe, both sliding in, cannot quite turn the ball home inside the six-yard box. The cameras keep panning to VDV's wife Sylvie in the stand. Google and you might find out why.

1801: Spurs need to step it up here, it's gone quiet again at The Lane. Blackpool are defending perhaps more resolutely than at any other time this season - they don't look like they are going to roll over any time soon.

Aston Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister: "I feel a wee bit frustrated because I feel we could be better but I couldn't fault the effort of the players. We can be better. I think Emile felt he wasn't getting the protection of the ref. It was very uncharacteristic. There's no bigger admirer of Emile Heskey than me but we made the decision for the team. Emile's not happy with his reaction but it does take a lot to rile the big man."

1757: Spurs reply and Luka Modric's pass is swept just wide from the edge of the box by Rafael van der Vaart. He probably should've left it, because Jermain Defoe was in a cracking position behind him.

1755: Three chances inside a minute - how are Blackpool not ahead? Firstly they steal possession from Spurs and Sergei Kornilenko's shot is superbly blocked by William Gallas, then Charlie Adam's follow-up is brilliantly parried away by Heurelho Gomes, and then the unmarked Kornilenko heads over from a corner.

1753: Sergei Kornilenko's cross is a dangerous one - but for some reason none of his Blackpool team-mates decide to gamble. Neal Eardley is then booked for a foul on Danny Rose as Spurs clear their lines.

From WeAreTheMags on Twitter: "How about a shout out for Darlington, winning the FA Trophy at Wembley with a Chris Senior winner in the 119th minute!!"

1750: Handbags in a quote, I think I've seen it all now... Anyway, back at Tottenham and Luka Modric's right-foot pearler takes a slight deflection before whizzing wide of Matt Gilks's right-hand post, don't think the keeper would've been able to save that. Spurs very much on top right now.

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish: "Steven Taylor should have been sent off for an elbow at Cameron Jerome. Jerome could have ended up with a broken jaw."
Steven Taylor's response: "Cameron came in at the side as I leapt up for the ball. I spoke to him after the game and explained that."

1747: Just for a second it looks like Jermain Defoe is going to wriggle through on Blackpool's goal, but Alex-John Baptiste shows great strength and pace to force Deofe wide and his cross cannot find strike partner Roman Pavlyuchenko.

1744: Better from Spurs, with Danny Rose having a left-foot shot blocked and Gareth Bale forcing a low save down to his left from Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks.

From MikeAaronhall on Twitter: "This smells like one of those "no-chance" games that Blackpool tend to win this season, and Spurs tend to lose!"

West Ham manager Avram Grant: "We did well today and created lots of chances. This is the story of our season. In every game, we create chances and don't score. But at least we got a draw. If we continue to play like we have in the last few games, we can win against Wigan. We are playing better than most teams. I believe we can (stay up)."

1738: Michael Dawson shows his team-mates the way, intercepting the ball from Charlie Adam's pass and rifling in a 30-yard shot that deflects off David Vaughan and flies over the Blackpool bar. Dawson presumably delighted about his old club Forest getting into the Championship play-offs today.

1736: Spurs haven't really got going yet, all sounds a bit flat at WHL which is surprising when you consider what happened at Everton earlier. Luka Modric pings a wondrous 50-yard crossfield path to the instep of Younes Kaboul, but he fires his cross out of play.

From Ben, Spurs fan, London, on text: "The rumours of Redknapp falling out with Lennon must be true. Without being disrespectful to Rose, Lennon is a quality England international and Rose is a one-hit wonder who got returned by Bristol City as he couldn't make their first team."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez: "When you are in this position you cannot rely on anyone, just yourselves. The game against West Ham [next week] is a final in a league campaign."

1731: Fifty years and one day after winning the League and FA Cup double, Spurs are under way in their home game against Blackpool.

1727: Led out by their captains Michael Dawson and Charlie Adam, the Tottenham and Blackpool teams emerge from the tunnel at White Hart Lane. On the cusp of kick-off.

1725: One more game to go on this wonderful Saturday of football. Can't believe it'll be August until we've got a thousand matches going on at the same time again. Anyway, drop us a line on whatever you want - I'm on text on 81111 and on twitter @Stevo_football or with the hashtag #BBCFootball. Why wouldn't you?

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce: "We came out and had a right good go at Bolton. We did particularly well; without 10 players we have managed to win away from home, so that's a great result for us."

From SamHandwich22 on Twitter: "Danny Rose? 100% record of left-footed volleyed screamers in all his PL games. Only one outcome here then..."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "When we've needed to win we've won. The team's not filled with big, big names but they've played as a team. We had a little rallying call this week [after last week's 3-0 loss at Liverpool]."

1717: Scratch that - Jermain Defoe comes back in for Aaron Lennon, and Danny Rose plays instead of Vedran Corluka.

Tottenham v Blackpool (1730 BST)
Pranav Soneji reports: "White Hart Lane has not been a bundle of laughs for Harry Redknapp and his team recently - Tottenham have only won once in their previous 11 matches and have been usurped by a resurgent Liverpool to fifth place in the Premier League. Redknapp makes two changes to the team that controversially lost to Chelsea last week - PFA player of the year Gareth Bale returns while Aaron Lennon is dropped to the bench, with Danny Rose - he of stonking 35-yard north London derby volley fame - taking his place on the right side of midfield. Meanwhile, just one change for Blackpool from the team that drew 1-1 with Newcastle as winger Matt Phillips makes way for Belarus international Sergei Kornilenko."

1710: Tottenham v Blackpool line-ups:
Gomes, Kaboul, Gallas, Dawson, Bale, Van der Vaart, Modric, Sandro, Rose, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe.
Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Jenas, Crouch, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka.
Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, Kornilenko, Evatt, Southern, Vaughan, Baptiste, Adam, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell.
Subs: Kingson, Ormerod, Cathcart, Phillips, Puncheon, Reid, Beattie.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Man City boss Roberto Mancini: "This game today was incredible. We scored, we had chances to score more, but if you don't keep concentrating for 90 minutes you get punished. They played long ball, long ball, long ball and they scored twice. We had chances ourselves but we were selfish - in football you can't afford to be selfish."

From Eagle, Liverpool fan, on text: "It just couldn't, could it? Man City bottle every game left of the season. Liverpool win all of their last three. The big four together again! It feels wrong, but well done Everton!"

From adbar12 on Twitter: "Re 1630 - Osman has been sensational all season - unsung hero of the Everton squad. He should be in the England squad, end of."

1700: I think I always hum the Sports Report music at five o'clock on a Saturday, whether I'm listening to BBC Radio 5 live or not. Right, reaction to come from everything that has happened so far in football today, as well as line-ups/team news/chat ahead of Tottenham v Blackpool at 1730 BST.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Underhill: "It is grown men crying time and clapping like people of their age really should not as Barnet celebrate another last-day escape. Shredded nerves. Pitch invasion. You name it, it's happening. Sweet child of mine (on the tannoy)."

Football League Macca: "Barnet win to stay up. Lincoln are relegated from the Football League."

Football League Macca: "Peterborough make it 5-0 against Daggers, who are going down without throwing a punch I'm afraid."

1655: Full-time Bolton 1-2 Sunderland

1654: Full-time Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham

1654: Full-time West Ham 1-1 Blackburn

Football League Macca: "Lincoln now 3-0 down at home to Aldershot and they might as well declare, get the prayer mat out and ask the footballing gods for a Port Vale goal at Barnet. Shrewsbury are 3-0 up now. It's not enough though and they can start preparing for the play-off lottery."

1652: Full-time Everton 2-1 Man City

1652: Full-time Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan

1652: Meanwhile, West Ham are laying siege to the Blackburn goal but cannot find a winner.

Sunderland goal: Wow, didn't see that coming. Stephane Sessegnon slips Sulley Muntari in down the Sunderland left and his slide across goal deflects first off the keeper and than Zat Knight before settling in the Bolton net.

1650: Goalflash Bolton 1-2 Sunderland (Muntari)

1649: Bolton are so close to a winner. Kevin Davies shot appears to be flying in, only for Phil Bardsley to head the ball off the line.

1649: There's got to be some late drama somewhere...

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Underhill: "You can sense it - that curious mixture of anxiety and relief. The Barnet fans know their team are almost there but refuse to believe it. They know the Bees are winning and Lincoln are losing but this is not an afternoon for counting your chickens."

Football League Macca: "Notts County and Walsall - it looks like you're safe as Daggers go 4-0 down at Peterborough. Not even Steve McQueen on a motorbike can come riding to Daggers' rescue now, you have to feel."

Football League Macca: "Shrewsbury go 2-0 up, but they are left relying on Wycombe, who are 3-1 up, slipping up now. Stevenage make it 3-3 with Bury now. Gillingham look like being the ones in danger of missing out on a p-off spot as they trail 3-1 at champs-elect Chesterfield now."

1646: That's incredible. Frederic Piquionne crosses from the left and it has to be a goal, it just has to be... but Robbie Keane can't get enough on his attempted side-foot shot and the ball runs away to safety for Blackburn. Oh the agony.

Bolton goal: It's been a nothingy game at the Reebok Stadium, but the hosts have restored parity in the closing stages. Rodrigo swings over a fine cross to the far post from the Bolton left and Ivan Klasnic does the rest, heading back across goal and in at the far post.

1644: Goalflash Bolton 1-1 Sunderland (Klasnic)

1642: Wow, Wigan were almost behind, in fact they should've been. Ashley Young slides Darren Bent clean through, but the England striker is denied by a superb Ali Al-Habsi save. This boy's brilliant - maybe Arsenal or Man United should think about buying him? Roberto Martinez looks like a man whose life is on the brink of relegation. So tense.

Football League Macca: "The Southampton promo party sounds like it has started already as they go 3-1 up against Walsall. The Saddlers are fortunate that Daggers are not looking like pulling off any Great Escape. An interesting 20 minutes in store at the top of L2 as Bury are now 3-2 up at Stevenage. Chesterfield now lead Gillingham 2-1 so the Gills fall out of the play-offs again. How's those nerves?"

1641: What a chance for Birmingham to level at Newcastle - Tim Krul spills Jean Beausejour's shot, but Seb Larsson skies the rebound.

1639: Newcastle substitute Nile Ranger cuts in from the left and tries to place an eight-yard shot past Ben Foster, but the England keeper makes another brilliant save low to his left. At Everton, Man City bring on Mario Balotelli, which means it must be nutbag o'clock.

1638: Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega latches on to a Franco di Santo flick on and turns and shoots only to see his effort go agonisingly wide.

Hammers goal: Seismic. West Ham have laboured for much of proceedings, but they are now back on level terms as Carlton Cole lays the ball off to the edge of the area, where Thomas Hitzlesperger rifles another sweet left-foot shot into the corner of Paul Robinson's net. Cracking hit, and what a finale we have now at Upton Park.

1636: Goalflash West Ham 1-1 Blackburn (Hitzlesperger)

1636: Jermaine Beckford forces a fine save from Joe Hart at his near post as Everton almost go 3-1 ahead.

1635: How did that not go in? Carlton Cole whips over a cross from the West Ham left and Demba Ba meets it at the near post, the Senegalese thumping a header wide.

Football League Macca: "Gillingham have a leveller at Chesterfield and they are once again in the play-off box seat in their ding-dong battle with Torquay. Lincoln's Footy League status is slipping away as they fall 2-0 behind at home to Aldershot. They may need Port Vale to do them a favour at Barnet. Brentford have made it 4-4 at Huddersfield now. Not that it changes anything really."

Everton goal: That's as good a headed goal as you'll see all season long - and Everton have completed a stunning turnaround. Mikel Arteta sends Phil Neville away on the right and he curls over a lovely cross to just inside the City box, where Leon Osman, bursting forward from midfield, sends a magnificent header over Joe Hart and into the City net. Get Osman in the England squad - that was sensational.

1630: Goalflash Everton 2-1 Man City (Osman)

1629: Franco di Santo comes on for Charles N'Zogbia for Wigan at Aston Villa. It's a really entertaining game in the Midlands, very watchable, would be harsh on either side to lose it.

Football League Macca: "Huddersfield will have to settle for the play-offs but they're certainly treating their fans to an end-of-season festival of goals. Town lead Brentford 4-3 now. It's not looking so pretty for Daggers fans now as they trail 2-0 at Peterborough. They need to find at least two goals in 25 minutes if they are to avoid the dreaded drop."

Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini does not look happy - and no wonder. Everton have suddenly found hope and, more importantly, an equaliser from Sylvain Distin. Will City rue not taking advantage of their earlier supremacy?"

Everton goal: That's livened things up even more at Goodison Park, and the hosts are level. Mikel Arteta swings a free-kick into the City box and Sylvain Distin climbs high to thump a header goalwards, Joe Hart getting a hand to it but not managing to keep it out.

1624: Goalflash Everton 1-1 Man City (Distin)

Football League Macca: "It's all going horribly terribly wrong for Lincoln as a Danny Hylton penalty gives Aldershot the lead. Things are looking up for Barnet. L2 leaders Chesterfield take a step towards the title as they lead Gillingham 1-0. Perhaps more significantly that means the Gills drop out of the play-off picture and Torquay are back in it."

1621: Double change for West Ham, with Jack Collison making his first appearance for 14 months and Frederic Piquionne also coming on. Fabulous to see Collison back, a real talent, and the Hammers have four strikers on the pitch.

1620: Edin Dzeko doesn't half hit a ball properly - after a couple of stepovers, he rifles a left-foot shot inches wide of Tim Howard's left-hand post with the keeper beaten. Tim Cahill, who likes playing against Man City, is about to come on.

1618: Yeah, they really don't like each other, Everton and Man City. Flying challenges, afters, silliness... and it ends with yellow cards for Jack Rodwell - whose crazy sliding lunge started it - and Vincent Kompany.

Football League Macca: "Shrewsbury are in front at home to Oxford but it changes nothing as, with perfect timing, Wycombe extend their lead to 3-1. It's looking highly likely that the Chairboys, who trailed 1-0, will join Chesterfield and Bury in L1 next year."

From joebmusic on Twitter: "You know who else was a good City buy? Toure, bossed loads of games and chipped in with some goals. People underestimated him."

1614: Lee Bowyer has two attempts on the Newcastle goal, his first is blocked and his second is deflected into the arms of Tim Krul. At West Ham, Blackburn's enormous unit Chris Samba heads a corner at Rob Green.

1612: Robbie Keane comes on for Luis Boa Morte for West Ham. Cometh the hour...

Ruairi, who should be revising, on text: "I dreamt last night that Arsenal had bought Kompany & Silva in the summer. Enough about Tevez, those two are world-class."

1609: Thomas Hitzlesperger screams in a left-footer at West Ham, Paul Robinson needing to be alert to push the ball away at his right-hand post. Everton go close at Goodison, Leighton Baines's low free-kick from outside box falls at the feet of Jack Rodwell, who is poised to poke the ball home until Vincent Kompany puts it behind for a corner.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Underhill: "That goal came just one minute into the second half - Izale McLeod dusting himself down after he is brought down and smashing home a penalty to put Barnet in front. As things stand they are safe. Over to you, Lincoln..."

1607: Jonathan Spector fires just wide from 20 yards for West Ham, while at Newcastle Jose Enrique shoots narrowly off target too.

Football League Macca: "Barnet score from the spot in early stages of second half. As it stands they're staying in the League, Lincoln are dropping out."

1604: Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan starts too - Villa have sent on Marc Albrighton for Emile Heskey, who apparently had to be restrained in the tunnel at half-time. Wow. Under way at Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham as well.

1603: West Ham 0-1 Blackburn re-starts, as does Everton 0-1 Man City. Everton have sent on Jermaine Beckford for Tony Hibbert.

1602: Back under way at Bolton 0-1 Sunderland.

From roken86 on Twitter: "Lots of people complain about transfer fees but David Silva definitely has the £25m touch every time."

From Andy, Blackburn, on text: "I don't think anything in football compares to the tension of a tight relegation battle. This is unbearable, and still 45 minutes to go!"

Bolton 0-1 Sunderland
Ian Hughes reports: "Sunderland will be thrilled with their half-time lead, knowing that if they keep a clean sheet for the next 45 minutes they have all-but secured their Premier League status - that is some incentive."

West Ham 0-1 Blackburn
Kevin Darling reports: "A gloom has descended on the Boleyn Ground since Jason Roberts' early strike. The Hammers need to find inspiration from somewhere in the second half because they simply can't afford to lose this one."

Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham
Saj Chowdhury reports: "This is getting uncomfortable for Birmingham. They are four points above the drop-zone but have a played a game more than Blackpool who occupy 18th. At St James' Park they're down to 10 men and are losing 2-1. Miracles have happened on this ground this season, the Blues need one today."

Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "It's gone from sedate to stormy at Villa Park. Plenty of drama and contentious decisions in a game both teams will feel they can win."

Everton 0-1 Man City
Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "Manchester City deserve their one-goal lead and it could have been more - David Silva is operating on a different level to anyone else on the pitch. David Moyes must ponder changes after a lifeless first half from Everton."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Underhill: "After a 40-minute dash from QPR to Barnet I'm now here at Underhill, sampling an atmosphere of a very different kind - desperation. Barnet almost score within seconds of my arrival but Mark Byrne drills his shot wide across goal."

Sunderland goal: Bolton threaten when Simon Mignolet spills Matthew Taylor's shot and Anton Ferdinand nips in ahead of Daniel Sturridge, who was racing in to tuck home the rebound. But moments later Sunderland take the lead courtesy of Boudewijn Zenden, who is sent clear and completes a textbook one-on-one, rounding Jussi Jaaskelainen to slot into an empty net.

1547: A Tom Cleverly shot for Wigan hits Kyle Walker on the arm but no penalty given before a cross is immediately played to the far post for Antonio Alcaraz, whose shot is blocked by Richard Dunne.

1547: That's better from West Ham. Demba Ba shows great control and tees up Freddie Sears but the youngster's 20-yard effort is held by Paul Robinson.

Blues goal: Alex McLeish will be happier now. Ben Foster's punt forward isn't dealt with by Newcastle and after Cameron Jerome's shot is blocked by Fabricio Coloccini, the ball falls for Lee Bowyer to slam in against his former club, in-off Coloccini.

1546: Goalflash Bolton 0-1 Sunderland (Zenden)

1546: Goalflash Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham (Bowyer)

1545: Everton's best chance of the game so far - Phil Neville cross from the right, Jack Rodwell beats Vincent Kompany to the ball with a fine leap but puts it wide of the target.

Magpies goal: Pretty simple really and the 10 men are up against it now. Joey Barton swings over a corner from the right and Steven Taylor heads it powerfully downwards and into the net. Seb Larsson should really have kicked it off the line, but he could only nick it on its way. Alex McLeish does not look happy.

1544: Goalflash Newcastle 2-0 Birmingham (S Taylor)

1542: Things are hotting up at Villa Park. Emile Heskey is still cutting an angry figure, Villa have rightly been denied a penalty after Ashley Young went down in the Wigan area, and, after playing the advantage in the home side's favour after a Maynor Figueroa foul on Darren Bent, ref Mike Jones gets in the way of a Villa pass to help Wigan launch an attack which he must have been relieved amounted to nothing.

From James, a jealous Arsenal fan, on text: "Silva has been sensational this year."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1540: Bolton come very close to an opener but are denied by the woodwork - Daniel Sturridge hits a fierce shot from just inside the area and a slight deflection off Phil Bardsley sends the ball slamming against the bar.

Football League Macca: "In L2 Torquay did grab an equaliser to move back into the p-offs but Rotherham have swiftly restored their lead and Gillingham retain that final spot in the post-season party. Notts County are now holding L1 leaders Brighton."

Football League Macca: "At the foot of L1 Notts Co are trailing at home to champs Brighton and Walsall are losing 2-0 at Southampton, but Daggers are losing at Peterborough so they're still occupying that final drop spot at the moment. Play-off bound Huddersfield are 2-0 up against Brentford. Bristol Rovers are trailing 2-0 at Colchester and they're doomed I'm afraid."

Magpies goal: Carnage inside the Blues box and they pay a heavy double price for it in the end. Fabricio Coloccini's header is going goalwards when Liam Ridgewell goes up to clear and the ball hits his arm - Kevin Nolan tries to pounce, but before he can get his head on to the ball Ridgewell has cleared with his arm again. He is sent off, and Shola Ameobi steps up to slot the penalty past Ben Foster.

1536: Goalflash Newcastle 1-0 Birmingham (Ameobi, pen)

1536: Penalty to Newcastle

1536: RED CARD Liam Ridgewell, Birmingham

1535: West Ham are desperate to get back into this game but the Hammers are looking rather leaden-footed at the moment. Carlton Cole screams for a penalty - more in hope than expectation - when he goes down in the box under Chris Samba's challenge. Moments later, Demba Ba heads Wayne Bridge's fine cross wide.

Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "Manchester City's David Silva has given a masterclass in the first half-hour at Everton. Patrick Vieira missed one open invitation from the Spaniard to score but Yaya Toure did not waste a second opportunity. Everton looking horribly lightweight up to now."

1533: Emile Heskey is not a happy camper at Villa Park, he's been having a discussion with referee Mike Jones for ages after what Heskey felt was a very heavy aerial challenge from Steven Caldwell. Heskey's protestations earn him a booking.

Man City goal: If it stays like this, they can start planning for Champions League football at Eastlands next season. David Silva collects the ball 25 yards out after Sylvain Distin dives in and doesn't get the ball, the Spaniard gets into the box, slips a pass for Yaya Toure on his right and the midfielder fires his shot into the far corner past Tim Howard.

1530: Goalflash Everton 0-1 Man City (Toure)

From John in London, on text: "All this talk about Huddersfield making up 17 goals, but that assumes the Saints lose too. Not going to happen! Pompey, we're coming for you!"

1527: Sunderland cannot afford to miss chances like these: Jordan Henderson's free-kick out picks out Phil Bardsley but he sends his header off target from an unmarked position at the near post.

1526: Everton have had a bit more possession since those early Man City chances, but they haven't managed to create anything themselves yet.

Football League Macca: "Some movement in L2 as Torquay are losing at Rotherham, which sees them drop out of the play-offs as it stands. Shrewsbury had edged above Wycombe on goal difference for the last auto promo spot but Wycombe have just equalised. As you were. Bury are trailing 2-1 at Stevenage so Chesterfield firmly in the box seat for the title."

From Leggat89 on Twitter: "If Cardiff were to make a successful appeal Swansea would have gone up... doubt they were willing to take that risk!"

1522: Villa could be ahead against Wigan - Emile Heskey's left-foot hooked volley from seven yards looks for all the world to be going in, but Ali Al-Habsi sticks out a strong left hand to prevent the ball entering his net. Top stop.

1521: Breaking news: QPR have confirmed they have been fined £875,000 by the Football Association over the transfer of Alejandro Faurlin.

1520: Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton shoots low from 25 yards forcing Birmingham keeper Ben Foster to push the ball wide of his right-hand post.

1520: Breaking news: Cardiff chief executive Gethin Jenkins says his club will not be appealing against the QPR decision. So the play-offs will go ahead as planned and we can all get on with our lives. Deep breath, Stevo...

Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "Manchester City are having the better of things here at Goodison Park - and David Silva is, as usual, elegance and skill personified. One piece of instant control even drew support from Everton's fans and a perfect delivery right in front of goal was wasted by Patrick Vieira."

Villa goal: Wigan's joy proves to be short-lived. Ben Watson fouls Ashley Young 25 yards out and the winger makes him pay, Young tapping the ball to Stiliyan Petrov and then firing it into Ali Al-Habsi's bottom left-hand corner.

1516: Goalflash Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan (A Young)

BBC WM summariser Mick Kearns: "I have to pay tribute to the Walsall fans. They have filled the away end and they are trying to compete with the noise made by the Southampton fans. They've come a long way and that must be an inspiration to the players."

1515: Another near-miss for Manchester City - James Milner's lobbed pass to David Silva on the left-hand side of the box is knocked back into the path of the unmarked Patrick Vieira, but somehow he hits the ball way over the bar from close range.

1515: Bolton create the first chance at the Reebok as Kevin Davies finds Matthew Taylor with a smart reverse pass but the midfielder's shot is well blocked by Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet.

Rovers goal: That's a massive moment too. Blackburn go in front at a shell-shocked Upton Park as Brett Emerton finds space to sling over a right-wing cross and there, on the edge of the six-yard box is Jason Roberts to poke past Rob Green.

1513: Goalflash West Ham 0-1 Blackburn (Roberts)

1512: So close to a goal for Manchester City - what initially looks like a wild hoof upfield from the halfway line by Vincent Kompany is superbly controlled by David Silva's first touch in the box, he turns marker Tony Hibbert inside out and flashes a shot inches wide of the far post.

Wigan goal: The Latics like playing at Villa Park - and that's a huge goal to throw into the relegation mixer. Victor Moses does superbly to interrupt a Villa move inside their own half and he surges forward, teeing up Charles N'Zogbia in the box to slot into the far corner from 14 yards.

1510: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Wigan (N'Zogbia)

1508: Demba Ba blazes over for West Ham, but he was marginally offside so it wouldn't have counted. Fairly even at Upton Park in the early stages.

1507: If you refresh, you'll see latest Premier League scores and table on the right-hand side of this page.

1506: West Ham's Manuel da Costa has a header cleared off the line, though it may have been going just wide, difficult to tell. Fabio Capello is at Villa Park today, in case you were wondering.

Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "Just to prove how unpopular Joleon Lescott is at Everton these days, Jo got a better reception at Goodison Park. Say no more."

1503: Decent early effort from Blackburn at West Ham as Morten Gamst Pedersen's left-foot strike takes a slight deflection and flies narrowly wide. Don't forget to keep the chat coming - on text at 81111 and on twitter @Stevo_football and with the hashtag #BBCFootball.

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at Turf Moor: "A late leveller from captain Craig Bellamy rescued a point and a little pride for Cardiff here at Burnley. Eddie Howe's side ended a disappointing season on a positive note with a good performance against one of the forces of the Championship. Although Dave Jones will know his Cardiff side must improve dramatically if they are to succeed in the play-offs."

1501: Under way in the Premier League at Bolton, Aston Villa, West Ham, Newcastle and then finally Everton.

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "The Swansea City players and management are doing a lap of honour. Brendan Rodgers is whipping up the crowd. Now for the play-offs."

QPR manager Neil Warnock: "The lads have been through agony over the last seven weeks - how the players have coped has been amazing. To do what they have done this season is incredible. They are a magnificent set of lads and I am ever so proud. We never planned anything with what has been hanging over our heads [title celebrations] but I think tonight we will celebrate - it's probably the best achievement of my career, to turn it around in 14 months is just fantastic. We have entertained wherever we have gone, we have only been beaten six times this season and we have played some incredibly good football."

Football League Macca: "What a day for L2 - where pretty much everything is still up for grabs. Deep breath. A Bury win and a Chesterfield defeat would see the Shakers win the title. Interestingly, they play Stevenage and Gillingham - two of the three teams realistically vying for the last two play-offs spots (Torquay are the other). Wycombe and Shrewsbury are battling for the last auto promo spot. At the bottom, Barnet need a win at home to Port Vale and for Lincoln to avoid a victory against Aldershot to avoid falling out the Footy League."

Football League Macca: "It's also the final day of the season in League One and there a few issues still at stake. Unless Huddersfield can bring about a 17-goal swing, Southampton will be promoted as runners up and the U's will head to the play-offs along with Peterborough, MK Dons and Bournemouth. The fun stuff is likely to happen at the bottom. Bristol Rovers' relegation is all-but-confirmed but Daggers, who are away to 4th-placed Peterborough, could still escape. Under threat of the drop are Notts County (home to champs Brighton) or Walsall (away to Southampton)."

1455: QPR are having a proper promotion party at Loftus Road, the players coming back out on to the pitch and celebrating with the Championship trophy in front of their ecstatic fans. Adel Taarabt holds aloft the silverware and the fireworks are off. But there's much more action to come today...

1452: Stevo's Predos Part II:
Aston Villa 3-0 Wigan
Bolton 1-0 Sunderland
Everton 2-2 Man City
Newcastle 1-1 Birmingham
West Ham 2-1 Blackburn
Tottenham 4-2 Blackpool
Lawro's predictions

Aston Villa v Wigan
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Wigan have not lost in their five league games at Aston Villa and manager Roberto Martinez tasted a 2-0 win at Villa Park in his first top-flight game in charge of the Latics. They had a doubt over winger Charles N'Zogbia but he plays, although midfielder Mohamed Diame misses out with a groin problem and Victor Moses comes in as his replacement. Villa are without striker Gabriel Agbonlahor after he was taken ill overnight but forward Emile Heskey has recovered from a knee injury to face his former club."

Bolton v Sunderland
Ian Hughes reports: "Sunderland head to the Reebok stadium knowing that victory would virtually guarantee they retain their top-flight status for another season. But manager Steve Bruce has a threadbare squad and will come up against a Bolton side who have won their last five games at home. Bolton make five changes as keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, Gretar Steinsson, Fabrice Muamba, Daniel Sturridge and Lee Chung-yong all return. Sunderland recall John Mensah, Bolo Zenden and Anton Ferdinand."

Everton v Manchester City
Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "Manchester City continue their push to secure Champions League football against Everton at Goodison Park with a seven-point advantage over closest rivals Spurs. Boss Roberto Mancini will be aware, however, that Everton have made a habit of making life awkward for City, doing the double over them last season and winning well at Eastlands earlier in this campaign."

Newcastle v Birmingham
Saj Chowdhury reports: "Newcastle boss Alan Pardew makes just the one change, with the injury-plagued Steven Taylor making a rare start at centre-back in place of Mike Williamson. Birmingham, a point adrift of the 'magic' 40 mark, make two changes with Jean Beausejour and Keith Fahey coming in for Craig Gardner and Kevin Phillips. The Blues could leapfrog the Magpies with a win, something they haven't managed against the Tyneside club in eight league matches."

West Ham v Blackburn
Kevin Darling reports: "The big, bad news for West Ham fans is that star man Scott Parker has failed to recover from an Achilles injury in time for his club's biggest match of the season. Captain Matthew Upson is also ruled out, along with central defensive partner James Tomkins. On the (heavily obscured) bright side, the Hammers are unbeaten in 10 matches against Blackburn. Plus Rovers have injury problems too, with Michel Salgado and Phil Jones missing, although Junior Hoilett is back."

From Flynn, on text: "Hope it doesn't go unnoticed how good Leeds were today."

1445: Right, so well done to QPR and Norwich for winning promotion, good luck to Swansea, Cardiff, Reading and Forest, and commiserations to Sheffield United, Scunthorpe and Preston. On to the Premier League we go...

Football League Macca: "If results this season are any gauge, the play-offs could be super tight: Swansea 3-2 Forest, Forest 3-1 Swansea, Cardiff 2-2 Reading, Reading 1-1 Cardiff."

Full time
1440: Full-time Crystal Palace 0-3 Nott'm Forest
Forest did their job efficiently and effectively today, but much bigger challenges lie in store in a few days' time. A second successive top-six finish for the Reds.

1440: Goalflash Middlesbrough 3-0 Doncaster (Reach)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "A very comfortable 4-0 win for Swansea City who finish third and will face Nottingham Forest in the play-offs. Two goals for Stephen Dobbie and one for top scorer Scott Sinclair from the spot after Sheffield United's Shane Lowry was sent off for handling on the line before salt was rubbed into United's wounds, when Leon Britton - who signed for the Blades in the summer before returning to south Wales seven months later - claimed his first goal of the season in the final minute. Swansea are a force to be reckoned with at home and if Forest want to give themselves a chance, they'll probably have to do it at the City Ground."

Full time
1438: Full-time QPR 1-2 Leeds
Now the inconvenience of a football match is out of the way, QPR and their fans can on with celebrating their place in the Premier League. Well done Rangers.

1437: Goalflash Burnley 1-1 Cardiff (Bellamy)

1436: Goalflash Preston 3-1 Watford (Proctor)

1435: Goalflash Swansea 4-0 Sheff United (Britton)

1434: A couple of minutes left at Loftus Road and Kaspars Gorkss flashes a header wide as QPR try to get something out of their game with Leeds.

1432: Apologies for a lack of description from the other games, but we can't see all of them, so seems little point making stuff up. I can tell you The Football League Show is on BBC One and online at 2355 BST tonight, if you're interested.

1430: Closing in on the end of the regular Championship season now, few minutes to go around the grounds. The play-offs, in case you're interested, start on Thursday.

From HuwOwen12 on Twitter: "Cardiff fan here, utterly destroyed. Losing, QPR decision, Swans above us, and my phone is broken. Bad day."

Forest goal: You don't save those - doesn't matter what league you're in. Forest sub David McGoldrick collects the ball 30 yards out, pulls back the trigger and unleashes a venomous right-foot shot that swerves brutally into the roof of the Palace net. Screamer.

1425: Goalflash Crystal Palace 0-3 Nott'm Forest (McGoldrick)

1424: Goalflash Scunthorpe 1-1 Portsmouth (Nugent)

1422: Goalflash Leicester 4-2 Ipswich (Kamara)

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at Turf Moor: "A thoroughly entertaining first-half here at Burnley has fizzled out into what feels like a typical end-of-season kick-about in the second. Cardiff, now heading for fourth place and a Championship play-off semi-final with Reading, seem to have their collective minds on the play-offs. Burnley, meanwhile, look the most likely to score as Chris Eagles and Danny Fox have each had shots blocked."

1419: Goalflash Leicester 3-2 Ipswich (Wickham)

1419: Goalflash Reading 2-1 Derby (Robson-Kanu)

1418: Goalflash Leicester 3-1 Ipswich (Leadbitter, pen)

Forest goal: That's that, then. Forest are in the play-offs and they've got there courtesy of what looks like victory at Selhurst Park, Marcus Tudgay doubling their lead with a glancing header from Brendan Moloney's right-wing cross. The visiting supporters are in fine voice, but I wish they'd stop singing about Wembley already!

1416: Goalflash Crystal Palace 0-2 Nott'm Forest (Tudgay)

1415: Goalflash Middlesbrough 2-0 Doncaster (Lita)

Leeds goal: Do we have some late drama on our hands? Possibly not, but Leeds are winning and at the champions that's a pretty impressive showing. Ross McCormack bundles his way into the QPR box and his shot takes a huge deflection off Rangers defender Kaspars Gorkss, beating Radek Cerny.

1413: Goalflash QPR 1-2 Leeds (McCormack)

1410: Anyone else wish they were watching Norwich-Coventry? Four goals in 10 second-half minutes and the Canaries (and Sky Blues) are putting on a show in their last Championship home game.

1408: Goalflash Norwich 2-2 Coventry (Jutkiewicz)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "Swansea are coasting to victory and I wouldn't rule out more goals. Scott Sinclair scored from the spot after his original shot was handled on the line by Shane Lowry who has been sent off. Dobbie has just added his second to make it 3-0. Not the way United - and their ex-Swans managers Micky Adams and Alan Cork - wanted their disappointing season to end."

Football League Macca: "As it stands, Sheffield United are finishing the season bottom of the league."

1406: Goalflash Swansea 3-0 Sheff United (Dobbie)

1406: Goalflash Norwich 2-1 Coventry (Pacheco)

1405: QPR almost re-take the lead at Loftus Road, Tommy Smith's header forcing a flying save from Kasper Schmeichel in the Leeds goal.

1404: Goalflash Preston 2-1 Watford (Hume)

1404: Goalflash Barnsley 1-0 Millwall (Noble-Lazarus)

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Loftus Road: "Into the second half at sun-soaked Loftus Road. I almost get the feeling that the remainder of the game is a slight inconvenience for most people, who just want to get on with the post-match partying. A few beers were definitely being sunk under the stands."

1402: Big cheers at Loftus Road as fans' favourite and magical-maverick-with-the-ball-at-his-feet Adel Taarabt comes on for champions QPR, with Akos Buzsaky making way. Buzsaky had just forced a decent save from Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

1401: Goalflash Swansea 2-0 Sheff United (Sinclair, pen)

1400: RED CARD, Shane Lowry, Sheff United

1400: Goalflash Norwich 1-1 Coventry (Holt)

1359: Goalflash Bristol City 3-0 Hull (Campbell-Ryce)

1357: Goalflash Norwich 0-1 Coventry (Keogh)

1355: And of course, line-ups and team news on the way from our five 1500 BST kick offs in the Premier League, with Tottenham v Blackpool kicking off at 1730 BST, don't forget.

1353: Um, for those of you asking me to pipe down about Forest, I would, but they're kind of the story at the moment. The best of the bunch, anyway. Forest are in control against Palace, but they probably want another goal just to calm any remaining nerves.

1351: Back under way in the Crystal Palace 0-1 Nott'm Forest game and now at QPR 1-1 Leeds as well.

From Ash, Liverpool fan, on text: "Watching QPR and Norwich play this season has been very entertaining! I'd back both to make a real go of it in the Premier League and not come straight back down."

From kidstalksport on Twitter: "Relax, Stevo! Who do we want - Cardiff or Swansea? I'd prefer Cardiff, but Forest are back and will fear no-one!"
Um, have you ever seen Forest in the play-offs?

QPR keeper Paddy Kenny on the BBC: "It's been a difficult week for the club. Had promotion been taken away then we would have been disappointed."

QPR forward Jamie Mackie on the BBC: "We found out the FA's decision when we got to the game today. We're delighted we've been told now. We deserve to be champions."

1342: Obviously I meant Leeds goal earlier, must have QPR on the brain. Help me out, would you? Send me a text with your thoughts on today's football to 81111, or get involved on Twitter - I'm around @Stevo_football or with the hashtag #BBCFootball. Don't make me beg.

Half time
1338: It's half-time everywhere in the Championship. As it stands, Forest will be joining Swansea, Cardiff and Reading in the play-offs.

1335: Missed penalty - Ian Harte, Reading

1335: Goalflash Leicester 3-0 Ipswich (Abe)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "Swansea lead 1-0 thanks to Stephen Dobbie's free-kick in what has been a largely comfortable display from the home side. But they've had a couple of scares as the Blades try to go down fighting. Can see only one winner though. United fans have been doing the conga around the away end."

1334: Half-time Crystal Palace 0-1 Nott'm Forest

1333: Half-time QPR 1-1 Leeds

Football League Macca: "A rare bit of joy for the home fans at Scunthorpe as they lead against Portsmouth. Scunny have lost the most, won the least, scored the fewest and conceded the most on their own patch in the Championship this season."

1331: Goalflash Middlesbrough 1-0 Doncaster (Robson)

1330: Goalflash Leicester 2-0 Ipswich (Yakubu)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "Spoke too soon about awaiting that first goal. Stephen Dobbie has found the net with a neatly taken free kick from an acute angle which takes Swansea up to third as things stand. That will avoid a reunion with Brendan Rodgers' old club Reading in the play-off semi-finals and set up a meeting with Nottingham Forest instead. I remember Billy Davies saying Forest would cause Swansea more problems than in the 3-2 defeat here in March."

Leeds goal: Cracking finish, and Leeds have renewed hope. A long ball from the back from Richard Naylor catches the Rangers' defence cold, with Radek Cerny coming off his line and Max Gradel beating him to it, brilliantly flicking it with the outside of his right foot into the net.

1325: Goalflash QPR 1-1 Leeds (Gradel)

From ben_ducky on Twitter: "So as it stands there's a possibility of a Welsh derby play-off final. That would be carnage!"

BBC Sport's QPR fan Chris Charles on Twitter: "Just been hit by an inflatable alligator. Atmosphere couldn't be more bonkers if Dizzy Rascal was in here singing his No 1 smash... Rangers fans now singing the Match of the Day theme. That has suddenly brought it all home. I can almost feel the hint of a tear."

1321: Goalflash Reading 1-1 Derby (Ward)

1320: Leeds striker Billy Paynter finds himself one-on-one with Matt Connolly before falling over on the edge of the area after the QPR defender sticks out his leg. Referee Mark Clattenburg waves play on. At the other end, Wayne Routledge's firm swerving shot from 20 yards is pushed away by Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Football League Macca: "As-it-stands the play-off line-up is now: Swansea v Nottingham Forest and Cardiff v Reading."

1318: Goalflash Swansea 1-0 Sheff United (Dobbie)

1316: Goalflash Preston 1-1 Watford (Nicholson)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "Still awaiting the first goal here in a game which has an end-of-season feel to it. Dorus de Vries has just denied Sheffield United's Lee Williamson while at the other other end George Long is enjoying his debut superbly keeping out Swansea's Nathan Dyer at point-blank range with his second save of the match."

Football League Macca: "Not a great moment for Robbie Savage in his final game before retirement, the Derby veteran giving the ball away in the build-up to Reading's goal."

1314: Goalflash Leicester 1-0 Ipswich (King)

1314: Goalflash Scunthorpe 1-0 Portsmouth (Nunez)

1313: Goalflash Reading 1-0 Derby (Harte, pen)

Red card
1311: RED CARD Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)
That makes Palace's task - and Leeds' in turn - even harder. Dean Moxey goes in a bit high and a bit late on Marcus Tudgay and he is shown a straight red, to the horror of the home supporters. Forest in all sorts of driving seats.

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at Turf Moor: "As if third-placed Cardiff were not deflated enough with the QPR hearing decision, Dave Jones' men are already a goal down here at Burnley. And Eddie Howe's men deserve it as Ross Wallace had already brought the best out of Cardiff's stand-in keeper Stephen Bywater before Jay Rodriguez beat the flat-footed Bluebirds backline to smash home his 15th of the season."

From JackChesterman on Twitter: "Put a bet on Robbie Savage to score first. Bookmaker looked at me as if I was mad. I don't blame him."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Loftus Road: "The atmosphere inside the ground just gets better and better. The early goal nearly blew the roof off. Just who is scripting this? Rangers are playing with a freedom only possible when a huge weight has been lifted off them. Those sleepless nights have just faded away."

1305: At Loftus Road, Max Gradel's intended cross almost deceives QPR keeper Radek Cerny, who has to push the ball over the bar for a corner.

Forest goal: If you could look inside my brain right now, 97% of it would probably be panicking about the play-offs. Forest get the lead at Selhurst Park, Lewis McGugan latching on to a knock-down on the right-hand side of the area and slamming a volley into the floor and in-off the post.

1303: Goalflash Crystal Palace 0-1 Nott'm Forest (McGugan)

1302: Goalflash Bristol City 2-0 Hull (Pitman)

1301: Goalflash Preston 0-1 Watford (Weimann)

From onlyMDP on Twitter: "I've done an accumulator using the exact opposite of your predictions, think I got about 4/1."

1259: Goalflash Burnley 1-0 Cardiff (Rodriguez)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1258: Forest hit the woodwork at Palace, Luke Chambers heading a corner down into the ground and Pablo Counago deflecting it on to his own crossbar. At QPR, man-of-the-moment Alejandro Faurlin forces Kasper Schmeichel to save his 20-yard shot.

From Anon, on text: "It's laughable that Cardiff may appeal this decision, safe in the knowledge that they could never be charged for the same offence if they were caught. The Welsh FA have no law regarding third party ownership."

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "The Swans are already dominating and Stephen Dobbie has forced the first save out of Sheffield United's 17-year-old debutant goalkeeper George Long. A decent number of visiting fans, many in fancy dress, are making an occasion of their final game in the Championship."

From AdamBooth92 on Twitter: "Your predictions for the Championship games today equal an accumulator over £100,000. I've got a quid on it."

1251: Goalflash Bristol City 1-0 Hull (Stead)

1250: News filters through to Selhurst Park, and the Forest fans are quite enjoying that QPR goal too. As it stands, they are in the play-offs. Heidar Helguson's goal timed at 26 seconds, by the way.

QPR goal: The sun is shining down on QPR like never before - they take the lead after 30-odd seconds, with a flowing move ending with Tommy Smith's shot being saved by Kasper Schmeichel and Heidar Helguson slamming in the rebound. Joy unconfined.

1247: Goalflash QPR 1-0 Leeds (Helguson)

1247: I'm assuming we're either under way or on the cusp of getting under way in this afternoon's 12 Champions games. I do know Palace-Forest and QPR-Leeds have both 100% definitely started.

From John Ainsworth, on text: "I really hope Cardiff don't appeal, QPR and Norwich have been the best teams this year and deserve promotion, bad form Cardiff!"

1242: But for now, it's all about the Championship. Look, even if we don't get a ding-dong battle for sixth, we can still have fun, yeah? Goalflashes from all 12 Championship grounds, plus action from Crystal Palace and QPR and more chat from our boys at Burnley and Swansea too.

1240: If you can't eat or sleep for fretting about Sunday's Premier League title showdown between Manchester United and Chelsea, you might want to get involved in any of the following:
Ex-referees on Howard Webb's importance:
"You ideally want the first card to send out a message" - Jeff Winter
Alan Hansen on the Old Trafford mega-clash:
"United are in command of their destiny but there is real pressure."
Tactics blog on the game with Pat Nevin:
"Chelsea need to keep as much as possible for the last 15-20 mins."

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at Burnley: "Faurlingate will seemingly continue - we have been warned to expect a Cardiff City statement regarding a possible legal appeal from the Bluebirds. Of course, third-placed Cardiff could have significantly benefited if QPR had been deducted points after being found guilty on two counts by the Regulatory Commission as a win here at Burnley could have seen Dave Jones' men promoted automatically to the Premier League. So it may be courtrooms as well as play-offs for Cardiff City."

1236: QPR v Leeds line-ups:
Cerny, Orr, Connolly, Gorkss, Hill, Derry, Faurlin, Routledge, Buzsaky, Smith, Helguson.
Subs: Putnins, Taarabt, Agyemang, Ramage, Moen, Ephraim, Shittu.
Leeds: Schmeichel, Connolly, Naylor, O'Brien, Lichaj, Gradel, Kilkenny, Howson, Johnson, McCormack, Paynter.
Subs: Higgs, Kisnorbo, Bruce, Livermore, Watt, Bromby, Somma.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

1233: Over to Cardiff, then...

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins tells BBC Radio Wales that he won't take any further action regarding decision not to deduct points off QPR."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Loftus Road: "It is unlikely whether QPR veteran midfielder Shaun Derry has ever sprinted on to the field with so much gusto and speed as he did when he came out for the warm-up. A mood of triumphalism is quite rightly taking hold here as QPR's fans can finally start to celebrate safe in the knowledge their promotion will not be taken away from them. Even the sun has appeared."

1230: Stevo's Predos:
Barnsley 2-1 Millwall
Bristol City 2-2 Hull
Burnley 1-1 Cardiff
Crystal Palace 2-1 Nott'm Forest
Leicester 3-2 Ipswich
Middlesbrough 2-0 Doncaster
Norwich 2-2 Coventry
Preston 1-1 Watford
QPR 2-3 Leeds
Reading 4-1 Derby
Scunthorpe 2-1 Portsmouth
Swansea 3-0 Sheffield United

From Gordon_Howard on Twitter: "Gonna have to be a pretty hefty fine in order to cancel out that which QPR get for going up - £50m?"

1225: Crystal Palace v Nott'm Forest line-ups:
Crystal Palace:
Speroni, Clyne, McCarthy, Gardner, Moxey, Ambrose, Danns, Wright, Agustien, Counago, Easter.
Subs: Price, Davis, Garvan, Scannell, Cadogan, Zaha, O'Keefe.
Nott'm Forest: Camp, Gunter, Chambers, Morgan, Moloney, Anderson, McGugan, Moussi, Cohen, Boyd, Tudgay.
Subs: Darlow, Adebola, McCleary, McGoldrick, McKenna, Majewski, Bennett.
Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset)

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "Bit of a sense of relief here that the decision on QPR has finally been made but already questions are being asked. We'll have to wait for the full statement. It means the play-offs for the Swans now and the battle for third place. For Sheffield United and their handful of supporters, it's goodbye to the Championship at the wrong end of the table."

1221: Well, clearly Faurlingate will run and run, but thank goodness we know where we stand before today's games get under way. Be grateful for small mercies, as my mum always told me. QPR are champions, Norwich are promoted, and Preston, Scunthorpe and Sheffield United are relegated. Our only business is sixth and that final play-off spot: Forest or Leeds?

From Chris Sexton, on text: "Does this mean that whoever comes third in the Championship will have a claim against QPR following the precedent established by Warnock's previous club, Sheffield Utd, in their £20m action against West Ham?"

From youngaloid on Twitter: "We've come a long way since 1990 when Swindon were relegated not one, but two divisions for 'illegal payments'."

1213: Hopefully you Premier League types will forgive me for concentrating on the Championship for now, with obviously lots of top flight stuff to come later. Here are those PL games in full:
1500 BST: Aston Villa v Wigan
1500 BST: Bolton v Sunderland
1500 BST: Everton v Manchester City
1500 BST: Newcastle v Birmingham
1500 BST: West Ham v Blackburn
1730 BST: Tottenham v Blackpool

Leeds boss Simon Grayson on BBC One at Loftus Road: "A six-goal swing is a lot to ask but we have to go out and try to win."

1209: BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher is at Loftus Road to see the Championship champions, and check this out - he's then hot-footing it (no helicopter, sadly - Jack Bauer's got it) to Underhill to see if Barnet can stay in the division by beating Port Vale - though they will also need Lincoln to not win at home to Aldershot. "The club that survives will be able to dust itself down and start again with renewed hope next season, but the consequences for the club that goes down will be severe," writes Fletcher.

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at Burnley: "The news is filtering through here at Turf Moor that QPR will not be deducted points in the Alejandro Faurlin case and Neil Warnock's men will be promoted automatically. So Cardiff, looking for their first win at Burnley for 23 years, now know for certain that they must go through the Championship play-offs if they are to gain Premier League promotion. But Dave Jones' side still have third position to retain as anything other than a win at Burnley, could allow rivals Swansea a chance to pinch third."

1204: A fair bit to talk about already, then. Get the texts in to 81111 or send us a tweet @Stevo_football or with the hashtag #BBCFootball. If you make us laugh or really get us thinking, you've got a chance.

1201: Had a feeling today might be lively. So my plan, sketchy and moveable as per usual, is to roll like this: For the 12 Championship games, there will be goalflashes, plus chat from the important matches - which, looking at the table, means QPR v Leeds and Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest, because the only key place left to be decided is sixth - the final play-off spot. Forest are in pole position, but if they lose, Leeds win and there's a six-goal swing, the Elland Road boys are in business. I'm OK, thanks for asking.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Loftus Road: "One hour before kick-off QPR chairman Gianni Paladini appeared out of nowhere (well, the directors lounge) and started yelling: 'Yes, we are promoted, we are champions, Rangers are champions'. He had his arms in the air and was embraced by a colleague. The news rippled around the stadium, everyone I looked at was on the phone trying to have the news confirmed. I have just been given a statement confirming there will be no points deduction. Rangers are indeed champions."

From Dan the Norwich fan, on text: "What a massive bottle that was from the FA. Shouldn't be surprised, as per usual the rich clubs do what they want. And I'm not just saying that cos I had a pre-season bet on us to win the title..."

From Jack, Manchester, on text: "Thank God, a court should not decide who gets promoted. The football on the pitch should. Right decision."

QPR manager Neil Warnock: "There have been a few tears in the dressing-room, it's been a hell of a time. How they've been able to focus I'll never know. People have been speaking out who didn't know their facts. It hasn't sunk in, but there's so much relief, it's such a great feeling."

From BBC Sports news correspondent Dan Roan: "The Regulatory Commission hearing charges brought by the FA against Queens Park Rangers FC wish to announce that although two of the charges have been found to be proved there will be no points deduction made from Queens Park Rangers FC in this season or the next. A further announcement will follow."

From DonLuchoRoberto on Twitter: "Right thing to do, QPR deserve their promotion and Championship."

1146: Phew, glad I got that question mark graphic out while I could. Took ages to make. Congratulations, QPR.

1144: Dan Roan tells BBC Sport's Football Focus QPR have been found guilty on two counts but will not be deducted any points.

1144: When I was nine, I got my hands on a putter. I knocked a golf ball around the back garden like there was no tomorrow, all the while pretending to be Seve Ballesteros. I don't think I'll have been the only sports fan who woke up this morning and soon had tears in their eyes at news of the way too premature death of Seve at the age of 54. I've not done this before, but in the absence of any major golf, I'd like to dedicate this commentary to the man who made his sport accessible to you and me. The world has lost one of its shining stars, and it doesn't feel like quite the same place anymore.

QPR manager Neil Warnock on BBC One: "We're disappointed. It's been a fantastic achievement on the field and that's all we want to bother about. It does leave a nasty taste. You just have to wait until the verdict comes out. Fortunately, it is Leeds today and if any of our lads remember the tunnel at Elland Road, they won't be lacking any effort. It will be a good game for you lads (BBC) to show. One or two things were said and we would like to repay them. We are looking forward to lifting the trophy because that's what we deserve."

BBC Sport's David Dulin at the Liberty Stadium: "Bit of a surreal atmosphere here not knowing what could be at stake for Swansea without any QPR decision. At the moment they're in the play-offs (4th but pushing for 3rd) but rumours are flying about hearing news before kick-off. If QPR are found guilty and docked enough points, it opens up the door for automatic promotion for the Swans. A victory over Sheffield United and Cardiff failing to win at Burnley would see Swansea go up - subject to any QPR appeal."

1138: Just briefly, here's how today works:
1245 BST: Last round of Championship games (x 12)
1500 BST: Five Premier League games + League One/Two finale
1730 BST: Tottenham v Blackpool

From EdAmsden on Twitter: "Big day for Swansea. Smash Sheff Utd, Cardiff lose away, QPR docked points, automatic promotion. Heard it here first."

From Greg, QPR fan, on text: "The FA has dealt with Faurlingate really badly. It's not fair on fans that we have to celebrate today with trepidation, in fear of the decision losing us points."

QPR: Championship champions?

1131: For those of you on a computer (not sure it'll appear on phones, so bear with me), here are my thoughts in the form of graphic illustration...

1128: UK web users, if you refresh you will see Football Focus appear at the top of your page - that gets under way on BBC One and online at 1130 BST. QPR v Leeds is also live on BBC One and online, and that coverage starts at 1230 BST.

From Matt_C0rnish on Twitter: "I'm a little worried about your mental stability this morning."
You see what the FA has done to me??!?

1120: One day, I, Jonathan Stevenson, won't be doing this anymore. So why not cash in while you can and drop me a line? You might regret not doing so when it's all over. Smash us a text to 81111, or tweet me @Stevo_football or with the hashtag #BBCFootball. You don't have to, mind (#melodramaticoverload)

1117: Having initially said they would give their ruling on Faurlingate by 1600 BST on Friday, the FA, as yet, has still not revealed its decision. My esteemed BBC colleague Matt Slater has been all over this saga, so if you want the very latest news as it happens, I suggest you follow him on Twitter. A good idea for all QPR, Norwich, Cardiff, Swansea, Reading, Forest and Leeds fans too, I'd wager.

1113: In case you've been down a big hole all week or you don't care about the Championship, the point of this chat is thus: today, at Loftus Road, QPR will celebrate winning the title and promotion to the Premier League, all the while knowing that the Football Association has not yet made up its mind in the case of QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin. Points deduction? Massive fine? Relegation? Banished from the kingdom of football for eternity? Gawd knows.

1110: If you were making a football-based TV programme, which scenario* do you think would be most likely? One of them, of course, belongs to the Sky TV series 'Dream Team' - the other is the Weird and Wonderful World of Queens Park Rangers. Wait, there's more...
* Thanks for Scenario Two to peerless QPR fan Chris Charles

Scenario Two:
- Team gets beaten by a car (Vauxhall Motors) in the FA Cup
- Manager talks about lacklustre victory by saying: "We didn't look our best but we've pulled. She wasn't the best looking"
- Club director alleges he is held hostage at gunpoint during a game
- Game vs China U23s ends in 50-man scrap - 'Great Brawl of China'
- Nine new managers are appointed from May 2008 to March 2010
- Owner makes a substitution while 6,500 miles away at an F1 GP

Scenario One:
- Team wins FA Cup; defender shot dead while celebrating
- Three players on a private jet are never seen again
- Club engulfed in two match-fixing scandals; relegated
- Reach Champions League quarter-finals; win play-off final
- Most of first-team squad dies in stadium fire
- Club is embroiled in murder controversies

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As it stood on 7 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 35 38 73
2 Chelsea 35 38 70
3 Arsenal 35 32 67
4 Man City 35 21 62
5 Tottenham 35 7 56
6 Liverpool 35 15 55
7 Everton 36 6 51
8 Bolton 36 -1 46
9 Fulham 35 7 45
10 Newcastle 36 -1 44
11 Sunderland 36 -12 44
12 Stoke 35 0 43
13 West Brom 35 -14 43
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 36 -14 39
16 Birmingham 36 -18 39
17 Blackpool 36 -22 36
18 Wigan 36 -23 36
19 Wolves 35 -23 34
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

see also
Premier League photos
07 May 11 |  Football
Football League photos
07 May 11 |  Football
Lawro's predictions
10 May 11 |  Football Focus
Ups and downs
30 May 11 |  Football
BBC Sport's football predictor
26 Apr 11 |  Football

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