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By Chris Bevan
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1848: You can make your own minds up by watching Match of the Day 2 at 2200 BST (on BBC Two and this website in the UK). I've been Chris Bevan, thanks for keeping me company today, and I'll see you on Tuesday when the Champions League group stages get under way (I can hear the theme music already). In the meantime, join Sam Lyon for QPR-Newcastle on Monday evening. Cheerio for now.

1843: On the other hand, looking at replays of Junior Hoilett's clash with Mark Schwarzer, there was nothing malicious in that. The pair jumped together and clashed heads. It was a nasty one, so good news that Hoilett is back on his feet.

1839: I've just seen Norwich's late penalty shout against West Brom again, and the replays don't do Gabriel Tamas too many favours. Canaries boss Paul Lambert thinks his elbow that caught James Vaughan in the face was deliberate while, perhaps predictably, Baggies boss Roy Hodgson thinks it was an accident. Vaughan had to to hospital and will see a plastic surgeon. Ouch. It should have been a penalty.

Fulham boss Martin Jol on his side's draw with Blackburn: "We put a lot of pressure on them and had a lot of opportunities but we weren't efficient enough. We put a lot of crosses in but they defended the near post really well. We needed more creativity and you could say that is what we lacked."

BBC Radio 5 live
1832: Former Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage speaking about fans' criticism of Steve Kean on BBC Radio 5 live's 606: "You can't blame Steve Kean for taking the job. He was number three at Blackburn at the time, so nobody can blame the guy for taking the job."

1827: Blackburn fans (or anyone else), if you have something to get off your chest then Robbie Savage is currently taking your calls on 606 on BBC Radio 5 live. Alternatively, tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc (using the hashtag #BBCFootball ). Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

jonathonhowe on Twitter: "Re Michel Salgado. He's looked off the pace in every game so far this season, I think his years have finally caught up with him."

Blackburn fan alistair_a on Twitter: "Rovers boss Steve Kean has to go, after not just these 4 games but the last dreadful 9 months. He hasn't got a clue and will take us down for sure."

Full time
FULL-TIME Fulham 1-1 Blackburn
Alistair Magowan reports: "A worrying end to the game from Junior Hoilett's perspective but Blackburn can take some heart from a resolute defensive display to earn their first point of the season."

Full time
FULL-TIME Norwich 0-1 West Brom
Jonathan Jurejko reports: "Norwich will rue their inability to turn plenty of second half possession into clear goal chances."

Full time
FULL-TIME Birmingham 3-0 Millwall
Arindam Rej reports: "After a competitive first half, it looked like Birmingham would be tested. But they cruised the second period and deserved this pressure-easing win."

1820: Time for a recap of what happened in today's games in the Premier League and Championship...

Blackburn boss Steve Kean on Junior Hoilett's injury: "He's going to have three or four stiches on the side of his head. He is concussed but back on his feet now. Fair play to him most people would not have gone up for the ball with Mark Schwarzer. It was tough that it was only a yellow card."

1814: I'm hearing Junior Hoilett is back on his feet and the medics think he was just suffering from concussion, which is great news. The replays of his collision with Mark Schwarzer are not pleasant viewing.

1811: As for Fulham, well, they had most of the possession but did not create enough clear-cut chances. A disappointing afternoon for them.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "4 - The last time Fulham failed to win any of their opening four games in the top-flight was in 1951/52, when they were relegated. Ominous."

1807: Blackburn have their first Premier League point of the season. They do, however, remain bottom of the Premier League table.

Full time
1804: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-1 Blackburn

101 mins: Stephen Kelly hoists a cross to the back post where Bobby Zamora is waiting. So is Blackburn defender Michel Salgado, though, and he challenges for the ball and, crucially, gets the free-kick from Howard Webb.

100 mins: Martin Olsson takes it, and his shot gets through the wall. It drops for David Goodwillie on the edge of the six-yard box but Mark Schwarzer is out at his feet quickly to deny him.

99 mins: We are back under way at the Cottage. Rovers have that free-kick...

97 mins: Still concern over Rovers striker Junior Hoilett at Craven Cottage. We have had a six minute delay while he has treatment on the pitch and is put on the stretcher. There will be two minutes left to play when we do resume.

95 mins: Blackburn will have a free-kick on the edge of the area when Junior Hoillet is stretchered off. The medics are in no rush, though, and have called for a neck brace. Rovers have used all three subs so will be down to 10 men when play restarts. You could say they have just nine men, actually, because David Goodwillie has definitely done his hamstring.

92 mins: But it is Blackburn who have the best chance to win this game at the death. Junior Hoilett chases Paul Robinson's punt upfield but is stopped in his tracks by Mark Schwarzer who has come charging out of his area to meet the bouncing ball. It was a clash of heads but still a foul. What will Howard Webb decide? Red or yellow card? It's yellow. Hoilett is still down on the ground and out for the count.

91 mins: A brilliant save by Paul Robinson preserves Blackburn's point. He denies Clint Dempsey, whose shot was heading into the top corner.

90 mins: A strange shot by Bobby Zamora. Or at least I think it was a shot. He clips it tamely goalwards anyway and it floats well wide. Zamora not doing his England hopes too much good today. He will have three minutes of stoppage time to change that.

Yellow card
88 mins: Michel Salgado, who has looked off the pace at times today, is booked for fouling Andrew Johnson. The home fans seem to think Howard Webb should have done it a lot earlier on in the game.

86 mins: Equally, Steve Kean will not like to see David Goodwillie wastefully drag a shot across the face of goal when Rovers have men over on a rare foray forward. That's what he just did though.

85 mins: With five minutes to go and his side hanging on for their first point of the season with his job (supposedly) under threat, Blackburn boss Steve Kean will not want to see Rovers defender Michel Salgado diving in rashly to tackle Andrew Johnson from behind when the ball is played into the area. Fulham want a penalty. Referee Howard Webb says no, but that was dangerous. Not to mention stupid.

83 mins: Fulham keep coming forward. Brede Hangeland rises to get on the end of a Danny Murphy corner but the ball glances off his head and flies away from goal. By the way, Fulham have now had 10 corners. Blackburn just the two.

chris17hall on Twitter: "This is like watching a lion going in for the kill... but do Fulham have that little bit of something to finish it off?"

81 mins: Fulham make a change. John Arne Riise is off, Andrew Johnson is on. Martin Jol is going for this. Ten minutes left at the Cottage, and still 1-1.

79 mins: More pressure by the home side. John Arne Riise lifts the ball in from the left and there are a few Fulham players queuing up to get on the end of it, but Rovers defender Gael Givet does well to put the ball behind.

77 mins: Another Fulham free-kick, a bit closer to the edge of the area this time. John Arne Riise again? Nope, Bobby Zamora. But the end result is just the same - the ball is fired straight at the wall. A real waste.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Martin Keown at Craven Cottage: "I'm particularly impressed with Scott Dann in Blackburn's defence. He's looking very accomplished."

73 mins: Better by Fulham, who are definitely upping the ante. First, Clint Dempsey turns cleverly to latch on to a quickly-taken free-kick inside the Rovers box, and shapes to shoot before being crowded out at the last minute. Then a Danny Murphy dummy gives him space for a shot, which is pushed away by Paul Robinson.

Yellow card
70 mins: Brede Hangeland is shown yellow by referee Howard Webb after clattering through Mauro Formica. And a change for Rovers to tell you about too. Jason Lowe replaces the injured Ruben Rochina.

69 mins: Fulham have a free-kick, and Damien Duff and Danny Murphy are both behind it. So is John Arne Riise, who promptly smashes the ball straight at the Blackburn wall.

From anon via text: "Re 60 mins. I agree about Hoilett. The lad can play and is surely destined for big things. Great control, pace and dribbling."

65 mins: A couple of corners for Fulham, both from the left. Danny Murphy makes a hash of the first so John Arne Riise takes the next one. Steve Sidwell gets on the end of it, but he cannot keep his header down. That's the closest we have come to a clear chance for a while.

HenryWhitfield on Twitter: "Too early to kick off the "Zamora for England" campaign again?"

At the moment, yes.

60 mins: Junior Hoilett has impressed me for Rovers today, and is definitely causing Fulham a few problems when he runs at defenders. He does exactly that here, bursting into the area but is stopped by a timely Steve Sidwell tackle after hurdling one challenge.

58 mins: This game has gone off the boil a bit, although Fulham are still looking most likely. Gael Givet hacks a John Arne Riise cross clear with Bobby Zamroa lurking.

1718: Norwich boss Paul Lambert has revealed striker James Vaughan has been taken to hospital with a serious facial injury. Vaughan caught an elbow from West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas near the end of the Baggies' 1-0 win. Lambert said: "James has gone to see the plastic surgeon at the minute, and it is a bad one."

54 mins: David Dunn's calf muscle now has a large ice pack attached to it. By the way, Man City boss Roberto Mancini is in the crowd at Craven Cotage - his side play here a week today.

52 mins: Yep, David Dunn is coming off. Radosav Petrovic is on instead.

50 mins: Fulham are doing most of the attacking. Rovers have got another injury problem, because David Dunn is limping.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Martin Keown on Fulham's half-time changes at Craven Cottage: "You could see Bryan Ruiz wasn't playing well and Fulham needed more of a threat up front, but it will take time for him to settle. Zamora is more of a target man and needs pace behind him so he will enjoy Dembele coming on."

46 mins: Fulham start with a shot from Damien Duff that is about 10 miles off target, if I'm being generous. At the other end, Mauro Formica does find the target... but fires straight at Mark Schwarzer.

1705: Ah. No chance for Bryan Ruiz to improve on his first-half showing, then. Moussa Dembele is going to replace him up front for Fulham for the second half. And Blackburn make a change too: Martin Olsson replaces Chris Samba, who has a back injury. Play has just restarted at Craven Cottage.

Scottish Premier League update: The fans boo at the final whistle at Easter Road, as the SPL's bottom pair, Hibs and Aberdeen, show why they are in that lowly position. No shortage of effort, it must be said, but not the best game of football you'll ever see.

1701: Anyone remember Costa Rican striker Paulo Wanchope's debut for Derby County at Old Trafford a few years ago? Yes, me too. So far, Wanchope's compatriot Bryan Ruiz's has not been quite so spectacular, has it? Unless we are counting free-kick requests. More to come from Fulham's £10.6m man, I'm sure. Forget Wanchope, one shot would be a start...

davehudson77 on Twitter: "Blackburn Rovers incapable of holding onto a lead for more than 10 minutes. Can't compete at Premier League level. Doomed."

Er, so you are not feeling too optimistic about the season then Dave?

1653: It is full-time at Easter Road, where Hibs have drawn 0-0 with Aberdeen in the SPL. That one did not exactly sound like a thriller.

Half time
1651: HALF-TIME Fulham 1-1 Blackburn
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"Fulham on top possession-wise but Blackburn have already shown their deficiencies by not holding onto the lead after Ruben Rochina's fine strike."

46 mins: I've lost count of the number of times Fulham winger Damien Duff has crossed from the right... and found a Rovers defender. Anyway, the Cottagers end the half on the attack, with Clint Dempsey finding space for a shot from the opposite flank but firing over.

45 mins: We will have two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half at the Cottage.

andymcnamara on Twitter: "Liftoff!! Two great finishes. Back to square one. But far more exciting now."

chris17hall on Twitter: "Senderos having a howler for Fulham, as is Givet for Rovers. Salgado can't keep up, and Dann is looking nervous. Definitely more goals in this!"

Yellow card
42 mins: Free-kick for Fulham, and John Arne Riise is behind it... this looks dangerous, but it ends up being quite the opposite. Danny Murphy tees him up, but the Norwegian fires straight into the wall and Murphy ends up being booked for fouling David Goodwillie as Rovers attempt to break.

Fulham goal: A much better spell for Fulham now. The Cottagers have had some joy down the right flank today without making the most of it it, but this time they do capitalise. Danny Murphy plays the ball in and Bobby Zamora breezes past Gael Givet's weak challenge before curling the ball into the bottom corner. Poor defending, but it means we are all square.

37 mins: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-1 Blackburn (Bobby Zamora)

36 mins: Not a great spell for Fulham this. Damien Duff gives the ball away as the Cottagers look to clear a corner and Blackburn are back on the attack.

Scottish Premier League update: Still no goals at Easter Road. Hibs goalie Graham Stack defied logic, though, clearing a low trundling ball with a diving header! If there is to be a winner, then Hibs deserve it more than Aberdeen. Martin Scott and Callum Booth have stung the palms of Dons goalie David Gonzalez, while the visitors have offered no attacking threat so far. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

Blackburn goal: This game WAS short of quality, but not any more. Ruben Rochina has just put Rovers ahead with a really special strike, smashing the ball past Mark Schwarzer from the edge of the area and finding the net via the underside of the bar. Tony Yeboah would have been proud of that one.

32 mins: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-1 Blackburn (Ruben Rochina)

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Martin Keown at Craven Cottage: "It's a fortress here. Not many teams get anything because Fulham never panic at home."

30 mins: Half an hour gone at Craven Cottage, where we have seen no goals and few chances. Not the greatest start to a game I have ever seen. Still, at least it can only get better (hopefully!).

29 mins: Damien Duff is involved again as Fulham threaten. He latches on to a long ball over the top and crosses towards Bryan Ruiz and Bobby Zamora... but ends up playing the ball between them. Chance gone. At the other end, Steven Nzonzi lets fly from about 25 yards out but his shot flashes wide. Mark Schwarzer dived for it anyway.

25 mins: A couple of crosses are hoisted into the Fulham box, and both are dealt with well enough. This is still a good spell for Blackburn, who have left Chris Samba up following a corner.

22 mins: What the... !? Almost a total disaster for Scott Dann on his Blackburn debut. He plays the ball back across his back four after failing to notice Bobby Zamora is lurking to intercept. Michel Salgado is back to challenge and muscle Zamora off the ball, in what appeared at first glance to be a certain penalty. Replays show Zamora was barged over - but he ends up being penalised by referee Howard Webb because he handled the ball as he fell over. Harsh.

19 mins: It is Fulham who are actually forced into the first change. Aaron Hughes has strained something and is being replaced by Stephen Kelly.

JordDurh on Twitter: "What's with Fulham's tops these days? Might as well be spray on."

15 mins: Hmmm. Blackburn striker David Goodwillie is struggling with a hamstring injury, apparently. It doesn't seem to affect him here, though, as he swivels to meet a ball dropping into the box to fire narrowly wide with an overhead kick. Jason Roberts is warming up in case the Scot cannot continue.

13 mins: Fulham's new £10.6m striker Bryan Ruiz is asking for a free-kick every time he gets tackled. Which is quite often. Nothing given so far. Howard Webb seems unimpressed by his claims.

12 mins: Blackburn's best moment so far. Ruben Rochina works space to get away a shot despite the presence of several Fulham defenders. He does not exactly test Mark Schwarzer, though, because his curled effort is a pretty weak one.

11 mins: Bobby Zamora pops up on the right this time, and bends in a cross. It is too near to Rovers keeper Paul Robinson, though, and he collects it easily.

8 mins: More of the same from Fulham. Damien Duff gets down the right again and pulls the ball back for Steve Sidwell... who fires wide with his first time shot from just inside the area.

6 mins: We've not seen much from Blackburn going forward yet. Fulham look a lot brighter but just haven't found the killer final ball yet after getting in some good positions.

4 mins: A first sniff for Fulham. Damien Duff is in space down the right flank and tries to pick out Bobby Zamora in the middle... but Blackburn have enough men back to clear the danger.

3 mins: A lot of hustle and bustle in the first couple of minutes at Craven Cottage. No chances yet, though.

1604: A bit of BREAKING NEWS for you. Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley suffered ligament damage in his foot, but no break, and is expected to be out for four weeks following a tackle by Kevin Davies during Saturday's 5-0 win at Bolton, United have said.

1603: Here we go. Blackburn get us going.

1602: We will have a minute's silence before kick-off at Craven Cottage to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Fulham v Blackburn line-ups
Schwarzer, Hughes, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Ruiz, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Johnson, Kasami, Gecov, Grygera, Dembele.
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Hoilett, Dunn, Formica, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Petrovic, Yakubu, Vukcevic, Roberts, Lowe.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1559: Right then, everyone ready for a clash of the Premier League's bottom two? Which of these two sides do you fancy to get their first win of the season? I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc (using the hashtag #BBCFootball please). Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

It's sunny
1557: Here come the players at Craven Cottage. Looks like a nice day in London. The sun is out, anyway.

West Brom matchwinner Peter Odemwingie, who also missed a second half penalty in the Baggies' 1-0 against Norwich, said: "It's very important to win away especially after three defeats. I was delighted to score. I was lacking confidence but scoring in the first five minutes gave me the state of mind I needed. The last ten minutes I was praying they didn't get an equaliser."

Half time
Scottish Premier League update: It simply has to get better in the second half. Hibernian and Aberdeen have butchered the beautiful game for 45 goalless minutes in this SPL bottom-of-the-table match. The fans demand to be entertained! You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "3 - Blackburn are on a run of three straight league defeats, they have not lost four in a row since December 2008 under Paul Ince. Memories."

mnichols7 on Twitter: "Fancy Blackburn to earn a draw with their more solid looking back four, Fulham always impressive at home though."

alimashqur on Twitter: "Hope Scotty Dann does well for Blackburn. A top, top footballer and was great for Blues! He is no Steven Caldwell though!"

Scottish Premier League update: "It's been an appalling game," laments BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg, having witnessed 40 minutes of error-strewn action at Easter Road. Hibs have had Aberdeen pinned back for most of the game but the final ball or the efforts on goal have been poor. Mind you, Dons captain Ricky Foster did go close with a Thierry Henry-style curling shot from the corner of the box. Unlike the Frenchman's finishing, Foster's effort went fractionally wide. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

1547: Fulham and Blackburn were both busy on deadline day, hoping for some fresh faces to improve their form. It worked for Arsenal on Saturday - while we wait for kick-off in west London why not check out Phil McNulty's blog on how Arsene Wenger has rebuilt his side with substance rather than style.

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Fulham manager Martin Jol is under less far less pressure than Blackburn counterpart Steve Kean, with the Dutch boss content with his transfer window business. Kean says he understands fans concerns but this week cited the club's European ambitions in the longer term. "I think we now have a stronger squad than we had last year," he said. "If we can start getting points on the board - and quickly - then the top half is certainly achievable."

IndiannaJames on Twitter: "West Brom FINALLY get some points on the board, which they fully deserve after their first 4 performances."

Alistair Magowan reports: "Fulham
boss Martin Jol picks debutant Bryan Ruiz alongside Bobby Zamora up front, while John Arne Riise and Philippe Senderos return to the side. For Blackburn, Scott Dann partners Chris Samba in the heart of defence while Mauro Formica, Ruben Rochina and David Goodwillie all start."

1530: That win for West Brom lifts them from 19th to 12th in the table and leaves Blackburn as the only Premier League team without a point this season. Half an hour until kick-off at Craven Cottage, where Steve Kean's men will be trying to get off the mark against Fulham.

Full time
1529: FULL-TIME Norwich 0-1 West Brom

1528: Disappointing. Bradley Johnson's free-kick does not clear the wall. But still play continues, and James Vaughan is back on the pitch. Time for one last attack?

1526: It's all happening as we enter the 96th minute at Carrow Road. Norwich have used all of their subs so are down to 10 men because James Vaughan is bleeding after what replays have revealed was an elbow by Tamas and has been ordered off the pitch. But the Canaries are on the attack and have a free-kick when Steven Reid cynically hauls down Steve Morison on the edge of the area as the Canaries break forward.

1525: Another Norwich penalty shout? Yep. Marc Tierny curls the ball in and James Vaughan feels he is shoved by Gabriel Tamas. Referee Mark Halsey, who does not seem too popular with the home fans, is not impressed. Nothing given.

1523: We might have a bit more stoppage time actually. We've just had a long hold-up because of an injury to West Brom's Gabriel Tamas. Play restarts, and the Canaries are back on the attack.

1521: Time fast running out for Norwich, especially with efforts like this. Bradley Johnson is behind a free-kick in a central position about 25 yards out but slices his shot a mile wide. We will have four minutes of stoppage time at Carrow Road.

1520: Another change by the Baggies. Somen Tchoyi replaces Shane Long.

1518: Better by Norwich. Marc Tierny curls in a wicked cross from the left and Steve Morison is on the end of it... but steers his downward header a fraction wide of the near post.

sharkastic on Twitter: "Re sategie. My gran could score 25 in a season with Xavi and Iniesta behind her."

Gambeanosnitch on Twitter: "Re sategie. Odemwinge could easily rack up 25 goals a season if he put away his penalties..."

1516: Chris Brunt is on for the Baggies, replacing Jerome Thomas. Five minutes left at Carrow Road.

I can confirm that £10.6m Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz starts for Fulham. Scott Dann, Blackburn's new £6m defender, also makes his debut.

1513: Here's a stat for you: nine out of the 15 penalties awarded in the Premier League this season have been missed or saved. With Euro 2012 coming up, maybe a few people need start practising them?

1512: Ten minutes to go at Carrow Road. Norwich still trail by just one goal. They keep having chances too but their latest effort by Andrew Crofts is wearily familiar - it soars high over the bar.

1510: Norwich have now conceded a penalty in all four of their Premier League games this season. Not something to be especially proud of, really.

Someone has won a penalty
Missed West Brom penalty: Firstly, was it a spot-kick? Well, Steve Morrison did bundle into the back of Steven Reid from a James Morrison free-kick, but Reid goes down very easily. Anyway, referee Mark Halsey points to the spot. Peter Odemwingie steps up to take the penalty but is denied when Declan Rudd dives to his right to push the ball away. Not the best struck spot-kick ever but still a great save.

1507: MISSED PENALTY by West Brom - great save by Declan Rudd from Peter Odemwingie


Alistair Magowan reports:
"Both teams have a point between them this season so will look to vacate the Premier League's bottom three courtesy of their new signings. Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz and Blackburn's Scott Dann could make their debuts with recent history favouring the hosts. The Cottagers have only one home league defeat to their name in 2011."

sategie on Twitter: "Odemwingie could easily rack up 25 goals per season if he had the likes of Xavi and Iniesta behind him!"

1501: A first change for Baggies boss Roy Hodgson sees James Morrison on for Graham Dorrans. Norwich are making two more substitutions, bringing on Steve Morison and James Vaughan for Grant Holt and Chris Martin.

BBC Radio 5 live Senior Football Reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Waiting confirmed team at Craven Cottage but hearing only 2 debutants Ruiz for Fulham and Dann for Bburn."

1459: Graham Dorrans catches Ritchie de Laet with a full-blooded tackle, but referee Mark Halsey allows play to continue and it takes a timely Wes Hoolahan challenge to clear the danger as West Brom launch a rare attack. Dorrans was caught himself by Elliott Bennett earlier and, like him, De Laet is fine to carry on after a bit of treatment.

1457: We're still waiting for an end product to this tidy Norwich play. The Baggies are soaking up the pressure and the Canaries' latest effort is a scuffed shot by Andrew Crofts which is off target.

1455: Elliott Bennett looks a handy winger, and keeps bending in crosses from that right flank. So far, nobody has got on the end of them. The Canaries' best winger since Ruel Fox? Discuss. They could do with having a young Chris Sutton in their attack though.

1453: Time for a Norwich change. Wes Hoolahan is on for Andrew Surman. West Brom lead 1-0 with just under half an hour left.

PeteGriffith on Twitter: "Can see Norwich nicking a goal but also conceding. John Ruddy organises the defence and is a big miss."

1450: West Brom's best effort for a while. Jerome Thomas looks up on the edge of the area and bends in a shot that is only about a yard over the bar.

1447: Some good pressure by Norwich ends with a decent effort by Bradley Johnson, who sends in a rasping shot from the edge of the area that flies narrowly wide. Not sure Ben Foster would have got to that.

1445: By the way, if anything does happen to Declan Rudd today, Norwich striker Aaron Wilbraham will go in goal. Wilbraham is currently sitting on the bench, and looking quite nervous too.

1444: In answer to the questions posed by stewiew_t and myself below, the answer is a big 'no'. Chris Wood's hat-trick is not the first score by a New Zealander in Europe or England, because Chris Killen bagged a treble for Oldham against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in 2004.

1441: A dangerous whipped cross by Elliott Bennett almost finds Grant Holt at the back post. Bennett's next contribution is less positive, though. He catches the ball before it goes out of play, as if to take a throw-in. That's a Baggies free-kick.

1439: Canaries keeper Declan Rudd takes a tumble as he takes a goal-kick. Again, he seems to be alright. I'm surprised Paul Lamber hasn't actually wrapped him in cotton wool. Norwich have just had the first effort of the second half, but Andrew Crofts' shot ended up a long way over.

Jaclco on Twitter: "Don't fancy our chances of holding out against Norwich here, although I definitely feel like Odemwingie or Long could nick another."

1436: No changes from either side at the break. Norwich get us back under way.

Scottish Premier League update: Bottom-placed Hibs take on second-bottom Aberdeen at Easter Road. Hibs' long wait for a home league win continues, while Craig Brown's Aberdeen have still to win on the road this season. An interesting feature of the match will be the meeting of the brothers Osbourne in central midfield: Isaiah plays for Hibs and he will be going toe to toe with the Dons' Isaac. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

1435: Plenty of bright build-up play by Norwich in the first half but zero cutting edge. Let's see how they get on in the second. The players are back out so we are about to find out.

stewiew_t on Twitter: "Chris Wood - First New Zealander to score a hat-trick in European football, I think."

Can anyone clear this up? Is Wood even the first New Zealander to score a hat-trick in English football? Ceri Evans only scored about three in total for Oxford Utd, so that rules him out.

From Dave, excited WBA fan, via text: "Re 1427. When Chris Wood turned Cannavaro and nearly won it for New Zealand against Italy at the 2010 World Cup, I knew we had a special player. Great experience for him on loan."

giconi (watching Norwich-WBA) on Twitter: "We could do with another goal but this is one of the most enjoyable games I've watched in ages!"

1427: A good day for West Brom so far, then. They are ahead and all four goals scored in English football today are by their players... Chris Wood is at loan at St Andrew's from the Baggies.

1424: FULL-TIME Birmingham 3-0 Millwall

Birmingham goal: Chris Wood seals the points for the Blues, and completes his treble, by heading home a Chris Burke cross. City will definitely be out of the Championship relegation zone tonight. In fact, they are almost in the top half of the table.

Half time
1420: HALF-TIME Norwich 0-1 West Brom
Jonathan Jurejko's HT snapshot: "The nervous Canaries were flapping in the opening stages of this contest - and they find themselves behind as a result. Norwich did bounce back to carve some decent chances of their own. But they would have trailed further if not for the woodwork."

1419: GOALFLASH Birmingham 3-0 Millwall (Chris Wood hat-trick)

1418: Almost a late lifeline for Millwall but Boaz Myhill kept out Liam Trotter's effort. We are into stoppage time at St Andrew's.

RhysMcDonnell on Twitter: "Millwall clearly need a prolific goal scorer, we will get nowhere without one. C'mon Jacket, and, C'MON MILLWALL!"

1417: Norwich don't have a back-up keeper on the bench, of course. The good news for them is that Declan Rudd seems to be all right now. Two minutes or so to go until the break.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1415: So close to a second goal for West Brom. Graham Dorrans smashes a fierce 25-yard shot against the post. Then Declan Rudd drops a Jerome Thomas shot, and is lucky that Shane Long does not turn it home. The bad news for Norwich is that Rudd is now limping...

1412: A second penalty shout by Norwich, reminscent of the decision that went Stoke's way against Liverpool on Saturday. Jonas Olsson seems to be dragging Grant Holt back as they chase a flick on into the box but nothing given.

1411: Another dangerous attack by West Brom. Peter Odemwingie almost finds Shane Long with an inswinging cross from the right. Norwich clear, but only as far as Jerome Thomas, whose low shot is easily saved by Declan Rudd.

1409: A top-drawer save by Norwich keeper Declan Rudd. Youssuf Mulumbu sends Peter Odemwingie racing clear but his angled shot is well-blocked by Rudd. The Canaries have got to watch that ball over the top because West Brom keep trying it.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "The last time Norwich won a PL home match after conceding the opening goal was against West Brom. On Feb 5, 2005, Norwich won 3-2."

1408: Another dangerous cross from the left for Norwich, aimed at Grant Holt. West Brom clear but they have more defending to do and Elliott Bennett brings a solid stop from Ben Foster with a curling shot from the edge of the box. Foster pushes the ball into the path of Grant Holt, who is clearly offside as he goes to snaffle up the loose ball.

J0SHKING on Twitter: "Chris Wood has come good for Birmingham - clearly eager to emulate the point scoring acumen of his All Black countrymen!"

1404: Norwich's best chance so far. Marc Tierney races forward down the left and finds Elliott Bennett with his cross, but Bennett spoons his first-time shot high over the bar from about 12 yards out.

1402: Play is stopped at Carrow Road because of a plastic bag on the pitch, as West Brom prepare to take a free-kick. When it restarts, Norwich struggle to clear their lines and Youssuf Mulumbu smashes in a low drive that fizzes just wide of Declan Rudd's right-hand post.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1359: Almost a third goal for Birmingham against Millwall, as Jean Beausejour's corner is headed on to a post by Curtis Davies. The Blues are well on top at the moment.

1358: The ball over the top for Peter Odemwingie to chase seems to be one of West Brom's main tactics today. This time Declan Rudd rushes out to whack the ball into Row Z.

1356: Marlon King has come off the bench to make his Birmingham debut.

1355: Norwich want a penalty when Grant Holt goes down after a tangle with Jonas Olsson as they both try to get on the end of a cross. Not much in it by the looks of things. Just before then, Andrew Surman had a pop at the end of a swift counter-attack, but didn't really get hold of his shot.

Birmingham goal: A nicely-worked goal this. Adam Rooney holds up the ball, before playing in Chris Wood to drive his shot low past David Forde for his second of the game.

1351: GOALFLASH Birmingham 2-0 Millwall (Chris Wood)

Yellow card
1349: West Brom's Paul Scharner becomes the first player to go into referee Mark Halsey's book at Carrow Road. Scharner clattered Bradley Johnson with a late challenge.

1347: Another hopeful ball over the top for the Norwich defence to deal with, but this time Declan Rudd is off his line quickly and leaps to collect it tidily. The Baggies are sitting deep but look dangerous on the break.

1346: Birmingham have woken up and are coming forward themselves now. Chris Burke has just had a shot deflected wide by Tony Craig as the Blues look for their second goal.

1344: Another half-chance for the Canaries, when a dangerous ball from the left falls for Bradley Johnson but he is well off target with his volley. Moments later, Andrew Surman sends a looping header goalwards from distance but it is never going to beat Ben Foster and drops wide anyway.

1342: Norwich should be level, with their first attack of the match. Andrew Surman and Chris Martin link up nicely and Ben Foster can only divert Surman's cross into the path of Grant Holt at the near post, who cannot react quickly enough to prod his first-time shot on target.

1341: It was Nicky Shorey who had pumped the ball forward for the Baggies' goal. Still not really sure what Ritchie de Laet was trying to do with his header, though. Fair to say Norwich look rattled, especially at the back because of Peter Odemwingie's pace.

1338: We are back under way at St Andrew's, and Millwall already look more dangerous. Jay Simpson forces Boaz Myhill into a decent save.

West Brom goal: Peter Odemwingie's first start of the season and his first goal too. A long ball causes confusion in the Norwich defence, Ritchie de Laet makes a mess of his header back to Declan Rudd and Odemwingie steals in to slot home.

1336: GOALFLASH Norwich 0-1 West Brom (Odemwingie)

1334: A tricky start for Norwich keeper Declan Rudd, who chases a hoisted Steven Reid cross from the right, and keeps going as it bounces out of his area. He is under pressure from Shane Long and a long way out of his goal, so no doubt he is relieved to see Long flagged for offside.

1333: Here we go. West Brom get us started at Carrow Road.

1331: We have just had a minute's applause for 14-year-old West Brom academy player Blake Melbourne who died on Saturday after a long illness. There will be also be a minute's silence to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 before we kick off.

sbboh on Twitter: "City need to put their chances away today, could be susceptible to counter attacks from the pace of Odemwingie and Long."

From Matt, slightly biased Canary, via text: "Re 1310. Super Grant Holt would be a fine replacement keeper... but only after he's proved he's the best old fashioned centre forward England have! Holty for England... I mean Michael Ricketts has been capped after all! Get down here Fabio!"

1327: Ah, here come West Brom now. Have to say Declan Rudd looks more than a little bit nervous. His opposite number Ben Foster is about twice the size of him too.

1325: The Norwich players are in the tunnel at Carrow Road. Just waiting for the Baggies now. Canaries skipper Grant Holt jokingly checks his watch.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Norwich are one of 3 Premier League clubs to score in all of their PL matches this season - the others are Man Utd and Man City. "

Worth noting that the Canaries have also conceded at least one in every league game too.

jake_0606 on Twitter: "Desperately hoping that Declan Rudd gets sent off! Bit harsh but then this could then get interesting!"

Half time
1319: HALF-TIME Birmingham 1-0 Millwall
Arindam Rej's HT snapshot: "Birmingham's Jean Beausejour, playing out wide again, is starring - but Millwall have had their moments. Can Blues hold on for a change?"

1318: Don't know much about Declan Rudd, who is between the sticks for Norwich today? He's a local lad, and a product of the club's youth academy. The 20-year-old has been part of the England Under-21 squad under Stuart Pearce without getting a game but he has made only eight league starts for the Canaries. Seven of them were in League One, the other was in the Championship. He did get 10 minutes of Premier League action against Chelsea a couple of week ago, though.

1315: Chris Burke is the latest Birmingham player to go close, with a low shot that flies just wide.

Jonathan Jurejko reports: "As expected, Norwich manager Paul Lambert gives the nod to young keeper Declan Rudd. More surprisingly he names a bench without a recognised stopper. Perhaps one of his outfield players fancies himself between the sticks if the worst happened? Midfielders Elliott Bennett and Andrew Surman also start in three changes for the Canaries. West Brom fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of star men Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie starting up front together for the first time. Roy Hodgson also makes a trio of changes with Somen Tchoyi dropping to the bench alongside Chris Brunt and James Morrison. Graham Dorrans and Jerome Thomas start."

1313: Another Birmingham chance to tell you about as Curtis Davies heads wide from a Jean Beausejour corner. Almost half-time at St Andrew's, and the Blues are not sitting back.

1310: Looks like a gloriously sunny day at Carrow Road, where both teams are going through some pre-match training drills. I'm still a bit nervous about Norwich's goalkeeping situation... any ideas who might go in if Declan Rudd were to get sent off?

OptaJoe on Twitter: "0 - West Brom have not kept a clean sheet on the road in the PL since the end of 2008/09, shipping 2.15 goals per game since then. Leaky."

Birmingham goal: The Blues break quickly and, after good work from Morgaro Gomis and Jean Beausejour, Chris Wood slots home from 10 yards out. A classic counter-attack goal, that.

1300: GOALFLASH Birmingham 1-0 Millwall (Chris Wood)

Norwich v West Brom line-ups
Rudd, Naughton, Barnett, De Laet, Tierney, Bennett, Crofts, Bradley Johnson, Surman, Holt, Chris Martin. Subs: Russell Martin, Morison, Vaughan, Jackson, Hoolahan, Fox, Wilbraham. West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, Tamas, Shorey, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas, Long, Odemwingie. Subs: Fulop, Tchoyi, Morrison, Brunt, Dawson, Jones, Cox.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Chris Brunt is left out of the Baggies' starting line-up, while Peter Odemwingie makes his first start of the season up front alongside Shane Long. Norwich boss Paul Lambert opts not to name academy goalkeeper Remi Matthews as one of his substitutes so the Canaries do not have a back-up keeper on the bench if anything happens to Declan Rudd. Full line-ups to follow, very shortly.

1255: West Brom will wear black armbands at Carrow Road in tribute to 14-year-old academy player Blake Melbourne who died on Saturday after a long illness. There will be a minute's applause before kick off.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1252: Millwall go close to breaking the deadlock at St Andrew's. Very close in fact. Liam Feeney runs down the left and lets fly from the edge of the area and his shot beats Birmingham keeper Boaz Myhill but smacks against a post. Myhill might even have got the slightest of touches on that.

Jonathan Jurejko reports: "Norwich fans must be wondering how rookie keeper Declan Rudd will cope on his Premier League debut. The 20-year-old is set to replace the suspended John Ruddy. Canaries boss Paul Lambert said: "I've got no fear about him playing. He's never let me down, never let himself down, so I don't have any problem."

1246: We are still waiting on team news from Carrow Road, but BBC WM understand that West Brom have left Chris Brunt out of their starting line-up. Graham Dorrans starts on the left of midfield instead. I will confirm that as soon as I can.

1244: Birmingham are in the Championship relegation zone but can go 11th if they win today. The Blues have had to cope with the departures of Cameron Jerome and Scott Dann on deadline day, but at least they kept Liam Ridgewell, despite the defender handing a transfer request. Plenty of pressure from Birmingham at the moment, with Jean Beausejour in the thick of it, but still no goals.

Jonathan Jurejko reports: "Both sides are aiming to kick-start their Premier League campaigns by claiming much-needed maiden wins. Norwich were cruelly denied maximum points when Stoke grabbed an injury time leveller last time out at Carrow Road. And West Brom have yet to pick up a single point after a tough start. The Baggies have not been involved in a goalless draw for a whopping 73 games - dare we dream about a goalfest this afternoon?"

1235: And Millwall have just had their first effort too. Hameur Bouazza has a pop with a free-kick and gets plenty of power in his strike, which Boaz Myhill has to push round his post.

1232: Right, Birmingham-Millwall is under way. Chris Wood has had an early shot for the Blues, from quite a long way out, saved by Lions keeper David Forde.

1230: The teams are out at St Andrew's. Les Dennis is a Liverpool fan, apparently, so I don't really know what he is doing at that game, let alone in the press-box.

IainFordyce17 on Twitter: "Europa League is a big distraction that Birmingham don't need. Already got 46 games in the league. Smaller squad than last year."

BBC Radio 5 live commentator Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Les Dennis two seats away from me in the press box at St Andrew's. No, really..."

1223: Birmingham play Braga in the Europa League on Thursday and their busy schedule is already bugging manager Chris Hughton. "Would I prefer to have less fixtures? Of course," he said. "What we can't afford to do is underestimate how difficult the Championship is." Discussing Millwall, he added: "You always know you're going to get a game. They are very workmanlike."

BenjyWeeks on Twitter: "Off to the Cottage, first time I've felt confident this season!"

Arindam Rej reports: "Marlon King is poised for his Birmingham debut, having returned from a knee injury. He has been named on the bench - which is where Nathan Redmond and new signing Wade Elliott have been left too. Blues forward Nikola Zigic was close to returning from his groin injury but wasn't quite fit enough. Millwall's most noteworthy selections are new signings Jay Simpson and Liam Feeney."

1218: Not long to go until we get started at St Andrew's, but enough time to bring you my favourite rumour from Sunday's papers, courtesy of the BBC gossip column. The Sunday Mirror reckon big-spending Leicester will dump Sven-Goran Eriksson and turn to former boss Martin O'Neill to kickstart their Championship promotion push. Why stop there? Maybe they could try to get Steve Claridge, Muzzy Izzet, Neil Lennon, Kasey Keller, Robbie Savage and Matt Elliott back as well? Or, at the very least, Emile Heskey.

Zain_Patel on Twitter: "I'm going for two home wins in the Premier League! I don't see things getting any better for West Brom and Blackburn today!"

Arindam Rej reports: "Balancing Europe with the nitty-gritty of the Championship isn't easy. But it's about time that Birmingham got their domestic campaign up and running. Four points from four games is a weak start and Chris Hughton's men badly need to beat Millwall. Holding on to leads has been a problem for Birmingham so far. The visitors made a promising start to the season but their momentum has slowed a little. They are in mid-table with six points from five."

1214: And this is where you lot come in too. Plenty of chat needed over the next few hours, whether it's about today's games, the Manchester duopoly, protests at Goodison or penalty decisions at Stoke. I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc (using the hashtag #BBCFootball please). Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

Birmingham v Millwall
Myhill, Carr, Davies, Caldwell, Ridgewell, Spector, Beausejour, Gomis, Burke, Wood, Rooney. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, King, Elliott, Redmond.
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Ward, Craig, Feeney, Trotter, Mkandawire, Bouazza, Simpson, Henderson. Subs: Mildenhall, Marquis, Henry, N'Guessan, Abdou.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1211: It's not all about the Premier League today, though. Far from it. We have got Championship and SPL action to look forward to as well. Here's what is happening, and when.
Birmingham v Millwall (Championship, 1230 BST)
Norwich v West Brom (Premier League, 1330 BST)
Hibernian v Aberdeen (SPL, 1500 BST)
Fulham v Blackburn (Premier League, 1600 BST)

1207: If it's too early to call the title race as a two-horse race, then surely we can't describe today's games between Norwich-West Brom and Fulham-Blackburn as relegation six-pointers? Which is why I'm not going to. No need to panic yet (apart from at Rovers, maybe), but none of them have managed a top-flight win so far this season. This afternoon might be a good time to put that right.

1203: Hello. If Saturday was all about the teams setting the pace at the top of the Premier League, then today is going to be all about the stragglers at the bottom...

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Monday, 16 June 2014 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Arsenal 10 13 25
2 Chelsea 10 8 20
3 Liverpool 10 7 20
4 Tottenham 10 4 20
5 Man City 10 17 19
6 Southampton 10 7 19
7 Everton 10 4 19
8 Man Utd 10 4 17
9 Newcastle 10 -2 14
10 Hull City 10 -2 14
11 West Brom 10 0 13
12 Cardiff 10 -4 12
13 Swansea 10 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -3 11
15 West Ham 10 0 10
16 Fulham 10 -5 10
17 Stoke 10 -4 9
18 Norwich 10 -14 8
19 Sunderland 10 -15 4
20 Crystal Palace 10 -15 3

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