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By Chris Bevan
1834: Right, time for me to call it a night. As ever there are many, many reasons to watch Match of the Day tonight at 2230 BST (on BBC One and this website in the UK) but today's collection of ridiculous decisions and top-drawer strikes make it unmissable. You can follow the rest of Leicester-Derby
on the BBC Sport website
and watch the goals from that game and the rest of the Football League action in the Football League show at 0000 BST (again on BBC One and this website etc). Thanks for keeping me company over the last few hours, and why not join me,
again on Sunday for six more games in the Premier League, Championship and SPL, including the north London derby. Hope to see you then.
From Mark in Manchester, via text: "Re 1747. The problem with this challenge system, or any video evidence, is how many times do we hear MOTD pundits disagreeing on decisions AFTER seeing video replays?!"
Of course people would still disagree but I'd still rather give the people who actually make the decisions (the officials) another look at a game-changing incident.
From Geoff Hurst, via text: "Re 1747. I am 100% against video technology. Yours sincerely, Geoff Hurst."
From Chris C in Nottingham, via text: "Have the voices of dissent against Alex McLeish disappeared now he has got Villa playing well and winning? Got to love football. Fickle as ever!"
FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Wigan John Sinnottreports: "Wigan have no answer to striking prowess of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent, who are developing a thriving partnership. Is Roberto Martinez regretting his decision to pass up the offer of the Villa job in the summer?"
FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-2 West Brom Phil Dawkesreports: "A cracking first half and an intriguing second make for an entertaining whole game of football at the Stadium of Light. Both will have reasons to feel they should have won it, but each will also be grateful for the point. Black Cats, Baggies, I salute you."
FULL-TIME Wolves 1-2 Newcastle Saj Chowdhuryreports: "An enthralling game. It had controversial decisions, a great goal and great saves. Newcastle's win means they will remain in the top four after this weekend - possibly, the most remarkable aspect of the day."
FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-0 Norwich Alistair Magowanreports: "Decent display by Norwich who will rue missed chances by Anthony Pilkington. They were solid defensively and quick on the break, but Manchester United made them pay in the end."
FULL-TIME Everton 0-2 Liverpool Phil McNultyreports from Goodison Park: "Liverpool win 2-0 but Everton will feel - with a great deal of justification - that their plans were sabotaged by referee Martin Atkinson's decision to send off Jack Rodwell for what was a perfectly legitimate tackle on Luis Suarez early on."
1816: In case you've forgotten, this is what happened in the Premier League today. Shall we start at Goodison Park? Why not...
Even more from Blackburn boss Steve Kean, speaking about the fans who called for him to be sacked after today's defeat by Manchester City: "I hope they [the fans] change because I'm working hard and so are the players at training ground every day. Stick with us and hopefully we'll turn it around. I'll sit down with owners as I always do, go through this game and others and make plans to move forward."
jake_0606 on Twitter:
"Re 1747. part of what makes football great is the controversy and talking points! No to video replays."
Er, I'm guessing you don't support Everton or Wolves then?
More from Blackburn boss Steve Kean, who takes his side on a mini-tour of India next week: "Other teams will find it difficult against Manchester City - they're a strong club with wealth and depth. We'll take that into perspective and work on training ground. This will change the mood [of the squad for the India trip], and it's disappointing to carry a defeat into the international break. But we'll go to India, play a game and move on."
1807: Leicester get the ball in the net again but a stretching David Nugent fails to connect properly with Andy King's cross and the ball bounces up and hits his arm and goes in. Hardly intentional but it's ruled out. It doesn't matter, though, as seconds later Neil Danns' thumping strike rebounds to Darius Vassell who smashes the ball home from six yards. Leicester 2-0 Derby
1803: Under-pressure Blackburn boss Steve Kean, asked if he will walk away from his job: "Certainly not, 100%."
1802: Leicester are still on top at the King Power stadium in tonight's Championship game, and Sol Bamba has just seen his towering header cleared off the line by Gareth Roberts. Derby respond immediately and Steven Davies nearly gets on the end of a teasing cross from Ben Davies. Leicester 1-0 Derby
jcanham1986 on Twitter:
"Villa did what was needed today. Clean sheet and only unbeaten side left not from Manchester. Very happy with our season so far."
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Ashley Young, who wasn't in his squad for today's win over Norwich: "Ashley Young has little knock on his ankle and should be ok for England but wasn't worth risking."
KevinOnEarth on Twitter:
"Re 1747. We've been talking about video tech for 10 years without even TRYING it! WHY???? Why can't we have FAIR football?"
tommysvr on Twitter:
"Re 1747. I don't like video replays, but a challenge system may work. I'd prefer refs get it wrong than become reliant on videos."
Manchester City winger Adam Johnson on his side's 4-0 win over Blackburn: "The key was the first goal. It was pretty similar to my first goal for City at Sunderland, the little curler is a bit of a trademark for me. It was a big goal for the team, it settled everyone down and we started playing."
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy after seeing his side denied a penalty and then having a goal wrongly ruled out in their 2-1 defeat by Newcastle: "Bad decisions has cost our side. But poor defending has cost us first and foremost."
1747: Regarding the video replay debate, personally, I don't see a reason why managers couldn't be given two 'challenges' a game if they think the referee has got something wrong. I know video doesn't clear everything up, and there would still be disputed decisions, but it gives officials the chance to have another look at things for the really big game-changing ones. If they had done that today, Wolves might have had at least a point and Everton's Jack Rodwell would not have been sent off. Gotta be worth it, surely?
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:"Manchester United won their 19th Premier League home match in a row, setting a new all-time club record in league football. Newcastle are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches - their longest unbeaten run since 1997."
1745: Leicester are looking bright and lively and deservedly open the scoring with a wonderful goal from David Nugent. The former England man raced on to a cute Gelson Fernandes throughball, showed a glorious first touch and finished sweetly past Frank Fielding. It was so good even the normally restrained Foxes boss Even Sven-Goran Eriksson punches the air in celebration. Leicester 1-0 Derby
Manchester City coach David Platt after his side scored four second-half goals to beat Blackburn: "In the first half we weren't getting high enough up the pitch and that's what we spoke about at half-time. We were trying to get ball to feet too much and playing in front of them instead of getting in behind. We started the second half much better, got the full-backs higher. The pleasing thing today was that after the first goal we went at them and put the game to bed in 10 minutes or so."
1739: Oh. Maybe the 'Gabriel Agbonlahor for England' campaign is going to have to wait. The Aston Villa striker has just told BBC Sport: "I've got a back problem. I'm going to get it sorted during the international break."
NicWirtz on Twitter:
"Re 1727. You have the luxury of video replay and still think Jonas Gutierrez's goal was bad defending. Still be opinions."
Er, I didn't say that did I!? (I've checked and I didn't). Anyway, I don't think the Wolves defending was the best but it was still a cracking solo goal.
hardyaj on Twitter:
"Re 1727. Wolves lost because of the officials. The disallowed goal was clearly a goal. when will Fifa realise technology is needed?"
killjoybobert on Twitter:
"Re 1727. Video technology HAS to be introduced! Wolves have been robbed by two shocking refereeing decisions - not for the first time!!"
1732: I'm hearing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is out for a couple of weeks with the groin strain he picked up today but that news might not be as bad as it first appears. The international break means Aguero might not even miss a game for his club, and will mean he doesn't have to fly to South America for his country's games with Chile and Venezuela. City's next game is at Aston Villa on 15 October.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce after his side fought back from 2-0 down to draw with West Brom: "It was incredible. An awful start but there was spirit and togetherness there to drag us back into the game. All credit to the players for sticking at it. We could quite easily have folded today but thankfully they rolled up their sleeves and got back into it. We could even have won it. We had a couple of great opportunities but we just ran out of juice."
1727: Some diabolical decisons today, at Goodison Park and Molineux to name but two. They were costly too - just ask any Everton or Wolves fan. Would video replays sort everything out? Or should we start by improving the standard of officiating? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after his side hung on to beat Wolves at Molineux: "We were lucky today. Wolves were very, very good and they weren't going to give in."
1725: Only one late kick-off tonight, and that's in the Championship. East Midlands pride is up for stake at the King Power stadium but it's visitors Derby County who are full of confidence heading into this game - not free-spending Leicester. A victory would see Derby go second - a "fantasy" win by six goals and they go top ahead of Southampton. But Sven-Goran Eriksson's new-look Foxes are now showing steady signs of progress after a poor start while the Nigel Clough's Rams are brimming with belief. It's just started, and should be a cracker.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Blackburn Rovers suffered their equal-heaviest Premier League home defeat and heaviest in three years since a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal in September 2008."
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after his side's hard-fought win over Norwich: "They set out to defend and made it difficult. The funny thing was that even though they hit long balls to the big lad up front they had chances. Once we cleaned up our game in the second half we were better. Even when it went to 1-0 they still had chances and it became a good game in last 20 minutes."
1720: Blackburn are jetting out to India during the international break, when Steve Kean will, amongst other things, meet Rovers' owners. It might help his cause if they only watched the first 56 minutes or so of today's game. Before Adam Johnson broke the deadlock, Man City were getting frustrated. After that, they were rampant.
StevenAKip on Twitter:
"Everyone is talking about the Manchester clubs as the only teams in the title race. Don't forget Newcastle!"
Sho_Rahman on Twitter:
"Can't believe Blackburn's owners aren't getting any criticism. All talk and no action. Should stick to selling chicken. They're a joke."
jayblues8 on Twitter:
"When teams don't take their chances at Old Trafford, you know what's gonna happen. A United win. Typical."
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson, who had to settle for a point at Sunderland after roaring into a 2-0 lead early on: "I think at the end we can't complain too much but with a bit more composure we could have seen it out. We've maybe seen two points slip away."
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who was grateful to his goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi for keeping the scoreline respectable in an often one-sided defeat by Aston Villa: "We want to have high standards - we let ourselves down in possession. We gave the ball too cheaply and got punished. Overall we are frustrated."
From John in London, via text: "The next Manchester derby is already looking like a massive game."
Yep, it certainly does. It's on Sunday, 23 October. So clear your diaries now.
Jimmy Armfield at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live: "Most people would have expected Manchester United to win this, but it wasn't comfortable. The header from Anderson was the first time Norwich's defence had been caught out. Norwich might rue what could have been."
Football League round-up:Championship leaders Southampton coasted to victory over Watford but second-placed Middlesbrough were held to a 0-0 draw away at Reading. Blackpool hit five against Bristol City while Doncaster win at Peterborough. League One leaders Charlton see off Sheffield United 2-0, the ten men of Notts County lose 3-0 at MK Dons while the shock of the day sees previously winless Leyton Orient beat Preston and deny them an eighth successive league success. In League TwoMorecambe miss the chance to go top after drawing at Torquay, Rotherham are beaten at Port Vale and Accrington beat Aldershot in a thriller.
Norwich boss Paul Lambert after his side's 2-0 defeat by Manchester United: "I thought we were excellent, we created chances but one thing is, if you create chances you have to score. Anthony Pilkington's chance might have been the turning point but that is being harsh on him. That's not to blame Anthony for the goal at the other end, but we played well."
Scottish Premier League update: Kyle Lafferty's tap-in was the difference between the sides as Rangers beat Hibernian to extend their lead over title rivals Celtic to 10 points. Celtic, though, have two games in hand, while Motherwell, who beat Dundee United 3-1, are nine points adrift of the reigning champions. Francisco Sandaza and Cillian Sheridan helped St Johnstone to a 2-1 win at Kilmarnock, and Inverness are still at the foot of the table despite their 2-1 home win over St Mirren.
1703: Sadly, it finished East Five 4, Forfar 3. Still a good effort though.
From anon, via text: "Bet that win over Arsenal seems a lifetime ago now for Steve Kean. Oh how fans can turn!"
JoePane29 on Twitter:
"Aston Villa proving 4-4-2 isn't dead, I guarantee Agbonlahor doesn't get a callup because he doesn't play for a 'big' club."
1655: Some angry scenes at Ewood Park after the final whistle, where a couple of hundred Blackburn fans are holding a sit-in protest calling for Steve Kean to be sacked. One bloke has even had a t-shirt especially made.
1654: FULL-TIME Wolves 1-2 Newcastle
1654: FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-2 West Brom
1653: FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-0 Norwich
1653: FULL-TIME Blackburn 0-4 Man City
1653: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Wigan
Wolves goal: Hope for the home side as they finally take their chance. Adam Hammill's cross is nodded home by Steven Fletcher. Tense times ahead for the Magpies.
1650: Late drama at Molineux, and I haven't even told you about Wolves' goal yet. We're going to hear more about this decision too. Newcastle clear Adam Hammill's cross and the linesman wrongly thinks the ball has gone out before Matt Jarvis pokes it back towards Kevin Doyle. His first shot hits the post but he gobbles up the rebound. The flag curtails the home side's celebrations.
Man City goal: Things are getting even worse for Rovers boss Steve Kean. His side have had a couple of half-chances since City's third goal but they are still unable to defend. Stefan Savic is all alone in the box when the ball comes over from a corner, and he powers his header past Paul Robinson. That's his first goal for City too.
1647: Gabriel Agbonlahor comes off to a standing ovation. Villa forward has turned in a man-of-the-match performance. An England call to follow this weekend? On this form, yes.
1646: Understandably, Sunderland are the team pressing most for a winner at the Stadium of Light. But they are struggling to create clear chances. West Brom are successfully shutting up shop at present. It's been a rollercoaster ride so far though and it would be naive to suggest there isn't one potential final twist to come.
Man Utd goal: More relief at Old Trafford. Danny Welbeck releases Park Ji-Sung down the right and runs on to the return pass to slot home from close range.
1644: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-4 Man City (Stefan Savic)
1644: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-0 Norwich (Danny Welbeck)
From JB, via text: "United may have seemed to lost that sparkle in the opening games. Difference between them and Chelsea last year is that they are still grinding out points."
Football League latest:In the Championship Ipswich have come from behind to lead 3-1 against Brighton with Michael Chopra grabbing the third and Guly Do Prado has added a third for leaders Southampton in their routine victory over Watford. Bradley-Wright Phillips scores at the second attempt to put League One leaders Charlton 2-0 ahead and firmly in control against Sheffield United and Huddersfield are now thumping Brentford 4-0. In League Two Oxford look set to continue their play-off push by seeing out a 1-0 lead at Hereford.
1642: Norwich go close to an equaliser, again. Steve Morison's angled shot is heading into the corner of the net, until Rio Ferdinand gets back to divert it wide. Some nervous moments at Old Trafford, a bit like against Basel on Tuesday night.
1641: A stream of Wolves fans have seen enough and are heading for the exits at Molineux. They have had their chances today, but have been far too wasteful. Steven Fletcher heads wide and that is the story of the game for Mick McCarthy's men.
Scottish Premier League update: Kyle Lafferty's goal for Rangers eases the tension inside Ibrox as they move a goal up on Hibs. The leaders will have Motherwell behind them at the top of the table as they are 3-1 up on Dundee United at Tannadice, while Terry Butcher's Inverness are now 2-1 up on St Mirren and St Johnstone are leading Killie 2-1 in Ayrshire.
You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.
From anon, via text: "When will teams learn? At Old Trafford if you don't take your chances United will!!"
1637: Man Utd need a second goal to put this game to bed and they are not far away from getting it. First, Danny Welbeck is inches away from getting on the end of Phil Jones' cross. Moments later, Wayne Rooney sees an angled shot fly wide.
Football League latest: In the Championship Rickie Lambert's second spot-kick of the game kick doubles Southampton's lead against Watford and loan signing Jonjo Shelvey has put Blackpool 2-0 up against struggling Bristol City on his debut. Cardiff have levelled against Hull thanks to a humdinger of a strike from Joe Ralls. League One leaders Charlton have taken the lead at Sheffield United through substitute Yann Kermogant. Morecambe's hopes of topping League Two are vanishing, Lee Mansell giving Torquay the lead.
Man City goal: Too easy for City this, although there is a whiff of offside about it when Samir Nasri feeds David Silva inside the box. Silva turns away from goal to return the ball to Nasri, whose shot hits Jason Lowe and flies past Paul Robinson. The Blackburn fans are initially furious with the linesman, but quickly turn their anger on to Rovers boss Steve Kean.
1633: A huge 'Kean out' banner has been unveiled at Ewood Park. Maybe it's the reverse of the 'Tevez out' one from earlier.
1632: Norwich aren't finished yet though. Anthony Pilkington's been at the centre of everything today and he has just gone close again, with his shot deflecting off Anderson and spinning against the post with Anders Lindegaard beaten.
1630: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-3 Man City (Samir Nasri)
1628: No more goals at Molineux, so far, but its not for the want of trying. First, Leon Best tees up his Newcastle strike partner Demba Ba who tries to pick his spot but curls wide of Wayne Hennessey's left-hand upright. So he does miss? Then, at the other end, Magpies keeper Tim Krul makes a double save to deny Steven Fletcher and then Christophe Berra.
SJDougle on Twitter:
"And now cue everyone questioning whether Steve Kean is the man for the job, not a good day if your name is Steve."
Man Utd goal: Relief is the overriding emotion at Old Trafford as United take the lead. Ryan Giggs sends over a deep corner and, three headers later, the ball is in the back of the net. Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney combine and Anderson is in the right place to nod home from six yards out.
Football League latest: In the Championship Middlesbrough - hunting a fifth win in five league games on their travels - are still scoreless at Reading. High-flying Brighton briefly led at Ipswich courtesy of new signing Vicente's first goal in English football but Michael Chopra has levelled. The normally reliable penalty expert Graham Alexander sees his spot-kick saved as Preston look to level against rock-bottom Leyton Orient in League One and in League Two Burton have come from 2-0 down to level against Bradford.
Villa goal: Wigan have simply no answer to the Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent partnership... at this rate these two will be up front for England at Euro 2012. Agbonlahor streaks away from Emmerson Boyce and dinks the ball over for Darren Bent and his volley makes it 2-0.
1624: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Norwich (Anderson)
1623: What the!? Those changes almost made a difference at Old Trafford, but the other end. Antonio Valencia is caught in possession and Anthony Pilkington charges clear. He is one on one with Anders Lindegaard... and places his shot a yard wide. Everyone on the Norwich bench has their head in their hands. That was their chance, and they blew it.
1621: Time for some Man Utd changes. Ryan Giggs and Danny Welbeck are on for Nani and Javier Hernandez. Roughly half-an-hour left for the champions to break the deadlock.
1621: In comparison to the first half it's been a relatively low-key opening to the second at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland have come closest to adding to the four goals we've already had, but Wes Brown miscued a header at the back post and Ben Foster saved well from Ahmed Elmohamady. Still anybody's game though.
1620: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy makes two early changes in the second half, bringing on Adam Hammill and Adlene Guedioura. Meanwhile, both Jamie O'Hara and Kevin Doyle should have hit the target. It's desperate times for the home side.
1619: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 2-0 Wigan (Darren Bent)
1619: Wigan are unhappy that Mark Clattenburg opts not to give them a penalty after Franco Di Santo goes to ground after a clumsy challenge from Alan Hutton. Villa then go straight up the other end of the pitch and Ali Al Habsi does wonderfully well to tip Barry Bannan's shot away with a one-handed save.
Man City goal: I told you Mario Balotelli was getting closer. Samir Nasri escapes down the left and bends in a cross that Scott Dann should clear at the near post, but doesn't. Balotelli nips in in front of him to turn the ball in. It's a long way back for Blackburn from here, although City were 2-0 up at Fulham in their last home game...
1614: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-2 Man City (Mario Balotelli)
Man City: We've seen Adam Johnson do this before. Against Sunderland in March of last year, I think. An Aleksandar Kolarov corner is cleared to Johnson on the edge of the box, and he takes one touch to set himself before curling a precise left-foot bullet shot into the top corner. Unstoppable.
1613: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-1 Man City (Adam Johnson)
From Nav in Birmingham, via text: "Man Utd seem to have peaked too early, they are usually slow to start & build up steam as the season progresses. At the moment it seems the steam has evaporated."
Hmmm, can't help thinking Nav has gone a touch early here himself?
1612: Norwich are growing in confidence now. This time Anthony Pilkington escapes down the left but Jonny Evans is across in time to block his shot, and the ball bounces comfortably into Anders Lindegaard's arms.
1610:Man City are getting closer, and so is Mario Balotelli. The Italian controls the ball off his chest on the left, cuts inside and whips in a delicious shot that looks like it is creeping in the opposite corner of the net, but slams against the post.
1609: Right on cue after that last Tweet, Norwich do come forward. Steve Morison attacks down the right and his pull-back is heading for Wes Hoolahan until Phil Jones brilliantly gets back to clear the danger. Still Man Utd 0-0 Norwich.
sategie on Twitter:
"These Norwich players should be more confident in attacking. They should take a cue from Basel."
1606: The second half has started at Wolves and Sunderland now too. At Old Trafford, Anderson has space for a shot from 12 yards out, after good work by Wayne Rooney, but he slips as he shoots and sees his effort fly six yards wide.
1603: Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor picks up where he left off before the break, curling a shot around the post. That was inches away. Man City have started brightly too, with David Silva bursting into the box and firing in a shot which is deflected narrowly wide.
1601: We are back under way at Old Trafford and Ewood Park... and Villa Park too.
1558: While we're in Scotland, worth mentioning that we are close to one of the greatest scorelines of all time. At half-time at the Bayview Stadium, it is East Fife 3, Forfar 2. Just a few more goals please lads...
Scottish Premier League update: Leaders Rangers miss the chance to take a 1-0 half-time lead over Hibs as Steven Whittaker blazes his penalty over the bar. Elsewhere, Motherwell are two up on Dundee United and if stays like that they will leapfrog Celtic, who play tomorrow. Inverness are tied at one goal apiece with St Mirren, and it's the same score between Kilmarnock and St Johnstone.
You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.
Football League latest:Championship leaders Southampton are in the driving seat against Watford thanks to free-scoring Rickie Lambert's penalty - his eighth goal this season - and Matt Fryatt has given play-off hopefuls Hull the lead against Cardiff. The form team in League One Preston are losing 2-1 to winless Leyton Orient but there are no goals in that division's game of the day between Sheffield United and Charlton. In League Two fifth-placed Rotherham trail Port Vale 2-0 and beleaguered Plymouth's woes continue as they trail Crawley 1-0.
HALF-TIME Wolves 0-2 Newcastle Saj Chowdhury's HT snapshot: "Confident Newcastle have been gutsy in defence and potent in attack, but Wolves will be aggrieved not to have scored at least one or have been awarded a penalty."
HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Man City David Ornstein's HT snapshot: "City applying all the pressure but Blackburn holding firm, and to compound the visitors' woes they've lost Sergio Aguero to injury."
HALF-TIME Aston Villa 1-0 Wigan John Sinnott's HT snapshot: "Wigan need to replicate the speed and danger of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent if they are to protect their fine away record at Villa Park. Middling in the Midlands."
HALF-TIME Sunderland 2-2 West Brom Phil Dawkes's HT snapshot: "An amazing half of football. These two have both turned up to party and brought four goals with them. The game is open enough for either team to take the spoils. Bring on the second half."
HALF-TIME Man Utd 0-0 Norwich Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot: "Manchester United are camped in Norwich's half but the Canaries have not had much to trouble them and as Paul Lambert asked, they are defending with their brains."
Sam917 on Twitter:
"Can anyone find me a better midfield pair in England than Newcastle's of Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye? £8m for them both."
1548: The half-time whistle goes at the Stadium of Light and Molineux too. Mark Halsey is booed off by the Wolves fans after getting that penalty decision wrong, but the Newcastle supporters are in dreamland. As things stand, the Magpies are third and only two points off the top.
Valinomycin001 on Twitter:
"Believe me Agbonlahor is not a flash in the pan. He deserves an England call up, at least ahead of Andy Carroll."
1547: It's half-time at Old Trafford and Villa Park. And Ewood Park too.
1546: A rare chance for Wigan to equalise. The Latics have a man over in a counter-attack after a Fabian Delph error at the other end. Victor Moses tees up Franco Di Santo, but his shot flies past the post.
1545: Man City are creating a few chances as they approach half-time at Blackburn, but Mario Balotelli has been out of luck so far. He curled a shot a yard wide from the edge of the area, missed with an overhead kick and then side-footed wide from Pablo Zabaleta's pull-back. Still 0-0 in that one.
1543: Not a bad response by Wolves, who should have a penalty when Steven Taylor fouls Jamie O'Hara right on the edge of the area. Replays show O'Hara was just inside but referee Mark Halsey decides it was outside. O'Hara whips in the free-kick, and Tim Krul tips it over.
Villa goal: It's been coming. Gabriel Agbonlahor is too quick and sharp for Gary Caldwell and having worked the space the Villa forward crashes his shot into the roof of the net. It's Agbonlahor's fourth goal of the season.
Newcastle goal: Jonas Gutierrez picks up the ball on the right and drives for goal, riding a couple of challenges as he tears through the Wolves defence. He looks up once he is in the area and curls his shot past Wayne Hennessey and into the far corner. Bad defending or a genius solo run? Watch Match of the Day tonight and decide yourself. I don't think Mick McCarthy will be too happy though.
Jimmy Armfield at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live: "Norwich manager Paul Lambert's really done his homework here. He's presenting two lines of four all the time, and United are finding it very difficult.
1536: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-0 Wigan (Gabriel Agbonlahor)
1535: Better by United, but Norwich are defending for their lives. Darren Fletcher thinks he has flicked the home side in front but Marc Tierny is on the line to clear. The chances keep coming though, and Wayne Rooney has just headed over from close range after getting on the end of a corner. Replays show it came off his shoulder.
1534: A great low cross from Leon Best finds Jonas Gutierrez two yards out from goal, but his snap-shot is saved by Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey, who had just denied Cheik Tiote from a lot further out.
domgemski on Twitter:
"Steve Bruce in? Steve Bruce out? Steve Bruce shake it all about?"
ryCoen on Twitter:
"Norwich City look very comfortable here... if anything, Morison up front for Norwich looks the most dangerous man on the park."
SharmaSamir on Twitter:
"United missing Ashley Young's creativity. Anderson doesn't really look like he's up from sleep yet."
Football League latest: In the Championship Danny Pugh heads Leeds ahead against Portsmouth while it's all square at Selhurst Park in the east London-south London derby with West Ham's Kevin Nolan cancelling out Darren Ambrose's opener for the Eagles. Notts County's chances of continuing their fine run in League One look slim against fellow-high-flyers MK Dons. Notts have had Julian Kelly sent off and also now trail to an Angelo Balanta effort. In League Two Burton Albion's bright start to the season is being spoiled by Bradford who were 2-0 up within 20 minutes while AFC Wimbledon are 2-0 up and in control against Gillingham.
Scottish Premier League latest: Three goals so far in the SPL and all have been scored by the away team. Keith Lasley finished off a fine Motherwell passing move to put the Steelmen ahead at Dundee United, Marc McAusland has headed St Mirren into the lead in Inverness, and Francisco Sandaza has put St Johnstone in front at Kilmarnock. At Ibrox, Gregg Wylde has gone close on a few occasions for Rangers but they are still goalless with Hibs.
1530: Villa keep pressing and Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi produces a great save to keep the score at 0-0. Barry Bannan's cute pass finds Darren Bent, whose ball juggling gets him past two Wigan defenders. His shot is goalbound but Al Habsi gets his left hand to the ball and he is able to bundle it to safety.
1528: Problems for Man City, with Sergio Aguero being forced off by a groin injury to be replaced by Samir Nasri. Blackburn haven't had a shot yet, although it took a great tackle by James Milner to stop Yakubu as he ran through.
Sunderland goal: Some turnaround for the Black Cats. Nicklas Bendtner is involved again, with his cross finding Ahmed Elmohamady to plant his header into the the corner of the net. Maybe Steve Bruce isn't going to get sacked after all.
1525: GOALFLASH Sunderland 2-2 West Brom (Ahmed Elmohamady)
Sunderland goal: The fightback starts here. Possibly. It's a neat build-up too, with Stephane Sessegnon's pass being backheeled into Nicklas Bendtner's path by Seb Larsson, and the Dane's shot being deflected past Ben Foster by Gareth McAuley.
1524: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-2 West Brom (Nicklas Bendtner)
1523: The United pressure is building at Old Trafford, though. No real chances to tell you about yet.
BBC football pundit Jimmy Armfield at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live: "Manchester United haven't had any continuity in their play yet. Not too much from Nani either, who of course has been bang in form."
From anon, via text: "I like Steve Bruce but he surely must be one of the favourites to get the sack first now!!"
MackemAB on Twitter:
"Been a hard week for us... and doesn't seem to get any better. We need motivation and I cant see Bruce motivating anyone."
1520: Another decent chance for Villa, with Darren Bent heading over from Barry Bannan's cross. At the Stadium of Light, Seb Larsson has put the ball in the net for the Black Cats but it was rightly ruled out for offside.
1519: Signs of life for Sunderland in attack and boy does Steve Bruce need some good news. Nicklas Bendnter heads down for Stephane Sessegnon, who fires inches wide from the edge of the area. At the other end, Morrison draws a good save from Simon Mignolet with a long-range effort.
Newcastle goal: The boy is on fire. Or should that be the Ba is on fire? Whatever, there is just no stopping Demba Ba at the moment. Last week's hat-trick hero has just put Newcastle in front, stealing in at the near post to nod Yohan Cabaye's corner into the net.
1517: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Newcastle (Demba Ba)
WazzaQuinn on Twitter:
"I expect David Silva to run riot against Blackburn today, best midfielder in the league so far this season."
1513: Wolves are on top so far at Molineux. Matt Jarvis's cross from the right finds Kevin Doyle who does not get best of contact on the ball but forces Newcastle's Tim Krul into another save.
1511: A first sniff for Aston Villa too. Darren Bent gets on the end of Alan Hutton's hoisted ball into the box and his cushioned header drops for Gabriel Agbonlahor, who should do better than blaze over from a few yards out. There were a few defenders around him, mind.
1510: Predictably, a Manchester City chance follows immediately. David Silva cuts in from the left and sees his powerful shot acrobatically pushed away by Paul Robinson. Mario Balotelli follows up... but his first-time effort clears the stand, let alone the bar. A waste, that one.
1509: No chances to tell you about at Ewood Park yet. Man City have seen more of the ball but they have not come close to making it count.
1508: A positive start by Norwich at Old Trafford. Elliot Bennett makes a good run down the right but, despite reaching the byline, he cannot find the unmarked Steve Morison in the six-yard box.
West Brom goal: Disastrous defending by Sunderland, who don't seem to have woken up yet. Peter Odemwingie is tackled but the ball still breaks forward for Shane Long, who out-paces Michael Turner and side-foots home. Steve Bruce out? That's what they'll be singing at the Stadium of Light...
1505: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-2 West Brom (Shane Long)
West Brom goal: Not the start under-pressure Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was looking for. Chris Brunt bends a free-kick into the area and James Morrison climbs above Wes Brown to steer his header home.
1504: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-1 West Brom (James Morrison)
1502: Wolves, who have faded after their bright start to the season, go close to Newcastle, who know they can go back into the top four with a draw. Jamie O'Hara's free-kick is meant as a cross but it is creeping in until Tim Krul gets across to keep it out.
1501: All five of our Premier League games are now under way.
1500: There's a big 'Tevez out' banner at Ewood Park too, where the game has just started.
1459: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on Jack Rodwell's red card: "I've not seen it and I don't intend to watch it - I'm going to enjoy the two weeks off. Everton will be disappointed to lose but Moysey can't be disappointed with the attitude of his players."
1457: Lots of chanting in support of Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini at Ewood Park. He needs it too, after the week he's had... Incidentally, I wonder where Carlos Tevez is this afternoon?
1456: Liverpool are up to fourth after that win but it's time to find out whether the two Manchester clubs can put their European problems behind them and continue their sparkling domestic start to the season. Whaddya reckon? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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Football League update: Morecambe will replace Southend - comfortable winners over Shrewsbury on Friday night - at the top of League Two if they beat mid-table Torquay United at Plainmoor. Crawley Town could also go top and seem likely to win at crisis club Plymouth, who have lost eight of their ten league games this term. Crawley's fellow League newcomers AFC Wimbledon host Gillingham in a fascinating game between two teams with promotion ambitions. And Rotherham could climb into the automatic promotion spots with victory over Port Vale at Vale Park.
Toots_BV_SP on Twitter:
"Despite City's midweek problems I fear for us! Heart says Rovers but Head says City! Here's hoping for an upset."
Lazydroid on Twitter:
"These Everton fans shouldn't be throwing money at Suarez when the club are in dire straits...should donate instead!"
Football League update: Some mouthwatering matches in League One - none more so than at Bramall Lane where Sheffield United in third look to topple early-season pacesetters Charlton, who have yet to lose a league game. Second-placed Preston look certain to continue their blistering form - and record an eighth consecutive league win - when they face rock-bottom and winless Leyton Orient. But who said games are played on grass, not paper? Martin Allen takes his Notts County side to one of his former teams - and fellow high-flyers - MK Dons.
Football League update: Championship leaders Southampton look to respond to just their second league defeat this term when they host mid-table Watford while Middlesbrough face a tricky ask to preserve their unbeaten league record at improving Reading. Arguably the game of the day in the second tier sees an intriguing East Midlands derby this evening, with Sven-Goran Eriksson's big-spending Leicester playing host to Nigel Clough's high-flying Derby. Meanwhile bottom-of-the-table Doncaster chase their second league win when they entertain Peterborough.
1449: It's a busy day in the Football League too. Here's a taste of this afternoon's action...
BLACKBURN v MAN CITY (1500 BST) David Ornstein reports: Steve Kean wants Blackburn to capitalise on any
"uncertainty"Manchester City may harbour from their now-infamous
and is clear about today's gameplan: "We're going to adopt a style we had
being aggressive and getting among them." Roberto Mancini claims the
Bayern fall-out is "finished",
adding: "I'm the manager, I'm in control and we have good men in our squad." That will be put to the test at Ewood Park.
ASTON VILLA v WIGAN (1500 BST) John Sinnott reports: "If Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia is to play against his old club Wigan he will have to do it coming off the bench. Striker Darren Bent comes in for the Frenchman, the only change Villa boss Alex McCleish makes to the side that drew 1-1 at QPR on Monday. McCleish's Wigan counterpart Roberto Martinez makes two changes from the side that was beaten by Tottenham last weekend with defender Ronnie Stam and midfielder Emmerson Boyce replacing suspended Steve Gohouri and Jordi Gomez."
1445: Controversial decisions and comedy defending. The 216th Merseyside derby didn't let us down, did it? Liverpool now lead 86-66 in terms of wins.
BLACKBURN v MAN CITY TEAM NEWS David Ornstein reports:
"Blackburn make three changes from the side which started at Newcastle last time out as Radosav Petrovic, Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Goodwillie replace Michel Salgado, Martin Olsson and Mauro Formica. For Manchester City there are six alterations from the team beaten at Bayern Munich in midweek - out go Micah Richards, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure, Gareth Barry, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko, in come Pablo Zabaleta, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner, Adam Johnson and Mario Balotelli."
DavePayn on Twitter:
"Everton will probably get Rodwell's red card rescinded but that'll be scant consolation now."
1440: Luis Suarez has a coin chucked at him as he goes to take a corner, and holds it up to show everyone. Not very clever by the Everton fans, that. Anyway, he reacts in the best possible way, though, by almost setting up a third goal. His quickly taken corner sets Dirk Kuyt free and charging towards Tim Howard's goal, but he can only fire against the post.
1439: A consolation goal might ease some of Everton's pain. Royston Drenthe is looking for one, but his shot from distance flying straight at Pepe Reina.
1439: Three minutes of injury time to be played at Goodison. The game was up some time ago, though.
MAN UTD v NORWICH TEAM NEWS Alistair Magowan reports:
"Manchester United make seven changes to the team which drew with Basel in midweek. Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez are back, while Jonny Evans and Anders Lindegaard replace Rio Ferdinand and David de Gea. Ashley Young is not involved at all. Norwich name the same side which beat Sunderland, with Anthony Pilkington and Marc Tierney aiming to get at Antonio Valencia at right-back."
1437: We are into the final minute of the 90. Everton are still aiming crosses into the Liverpool box but they will just want this one to be over, really.
1436: Liverpool make their third and final change, with Jordan Henderson on for Lucas. Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy is waiting to take a corner and getting hit with a barrage of plastic bottles, and a lot of abuse too.
Aston Villa v Wigan line-ups Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Petrov, Ireland, Bannan, Delph, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Heskey, Clark, Weimann, Herd. Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Caldwell, Figueroa, Van Aanholt, Moses, McCarthy, Boyce, Watson, Diame, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, Maloney, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Lopez. Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Sunderland v West Brom line-ups Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea, Brown, Turner, Richardson, Elmohamady, Gardner, Cattermole, Larsson, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Westwood, Colback, Ji, Meyler, McClean, Cook, Laing. West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Brunt, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, Odemwingie, Long. Subs: Fulop, Tchoyi, Thomas, Jones, Tamas, Cox, Scharner. Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Former England boss Graham Taylor at Goodison Park, on Radio 5 live: "The two Liverpool goals have had nothing to do with Everton being down to 10 men. It's been bad defending."
Liverpool goal: A messy one this, after good work in the build-up by Dirk Kuyt. Between them, Leighton Baines and Sylvain Distin think they have bustled Luis Suarez off the ball, but they get in a terrible tangle and fall over each other as Distin's attempted clearance merely tees up Suarez to slot home Liverpool's second goal. They might as well have gift-wrapped that one. Game over.
1430: GOALFLASH Everton 0-2 Liverpool (Luis Suarez)
Man Utd v Norwich line-ups Man Utd: Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Evans, Evra, Park, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: De Gea, Ferdinand, Owen, Berbatov, Giggs, Carrick, Welbeck. Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Hoolahan, Fox, Pilkington, Morison, Johnson. Subs: Rudd, Drury, Crofts, Holt, Jackson, Surman, Chris Martin. Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
Blackburn v Man City line-ups Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Dann, Givet, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Goodwillie, Yakubu, Hoilett. Subs: Bunn, Formica, Slew, Rochina, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley. Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Toure Yaya, Silva, Johnson, Aguero, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Dzeko, Savic, Barry, Nasri, Clichy, De Jong. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
1427: Everton make their third change, and they are going to go for this. They have to, really. Young Greek striker Apostolos Vellios is on for Tony Hibbert.
1425: Everton have got 15 minutes left to try to salvage something from this game, but they must be pretty exhausted after playing for so long with 10 men. Louis Saha is still full of running and they are getting some decent crosses into the Liverpool box... now they just need to get on the end of them.
SuperSubDicko on Twitter:
"I told you I had a feeling Carroll would score, that's what you get for doubting the big man! 1 step towards repaying £35m."
BREAKING MAN CITY TEAM NEWS Manchester City make six changes from Tuesday's defeat at Bayern Munich for their trip to Ewood Park, with Roberto Mancini replacing Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri with Mario Balotelli and James Milner.
Wolverhampton v Newcastle line-ups Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hunt, Henry, O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Edwards, Vokes, Hammill, Zubar, Doherty, Guedioura. Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi. Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
Liverpool goal: Out of nothing, the Reds take the lead. Jose Enrique does well to get to the by-line down the left and Dirk Kuyt cleverly ducks to get out of the way of his pull-back, which finds Andy Carroll to turn his first-time shot into the bottom corner. A quality finish.
1419: GOALFLASH Everton 0-1 Liverpool (Andy Carroll)
BREAKING MAN UTD TEAM NEWS Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez start up front for Manchester United against Norwich, while Jonny Evans is in for Rio Ferdinand and Anders Lindegaard replaces David de Gea in goal.
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is hoping to take advantage of Everton tiring with ten men by introducing the power of Steven Gerrard and the pace of Craig Bellamy. This game is entering a crucial phase now."
1417: Liverpool are hardly knocking on the door here, although Luis Suarez has just headed over from a whipped free-kick. Everton have made another change, replacing Leon Osman with Phil Neville. Both captains on now.
WOLVES v NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS Saj Chowdhury reports: "Wolves make one change with Steven Fletcher back in the starting line-up in place of Dave Edwards who drops to the bench. Newcastle name the same starting XI that beat Blackburn 3-1 last week. Full-back Davide Santon is on the bench after having fluid drained from his knee."
JamesCushion on Twitter:
"The sending off was a shocker but for everything else Atkinson has had a good game. Strong refereeing."
1415: Here they come. Steven Gerrard and Craig Bellamy are on for Liverpool, replacing Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam.
1412: Marouane Fellaini is down with cramp, which is a bit odd considering we have only been playing for an hour. Must be the heat. By the way, Tim Howard's camoflague goalkeeper's shirt is the strangest I've seen since David Seaman's days of dressing like a packet of refreshers when he was on England duty.
1409: Louis Saha is looking lively today, and he has just had another pop, swivelling before letting fly from about 25 yards wide. He gets plenty of power behind it, but the ball bounces a couple of yards wide.
1406: Time for an Everton change. Royston Drenthe is on for Seamus Coleman. This boy has got pace to burn.
From Connor, via text: "So after having a very very bad call go against Everton, David Moyes won't be allowed to speak his mind in fear of being reprimanded. Yet Mr Atkinson won't have a thing said to him by the FA. Absolute disgrace."
1404: Ha, Andy Carroll has definitely woken up since I gave him some stick. First he gets on the end of a corner and sees his header cleared off the line by Louis Saha. Liverpool keep the pressure on and Carroll meets another cross with another header that Tim Howard has to scramble to push around his post. Still 0-0, with 35 minutes left.
1401: A neat move by Everton ends when Louis Saha scuffs his first-time shot wide from the edge of the area. The 10-man Toffees are not getting many sights of goal, so they have to take these sort of chances.
1400: Er, what was I saying about Andy Carroll? He's just pinged a glorious pass forward for Luis Suarez, who cannot quite make the most of it. Perhaps we shouldn't write the £35m striker off just yet...
Martin Atkinson has got his cards out again. What do you reckon the chances are of Liverpool having a man sent off in the next 45 minutes? Pretty high, I'd say. Anyway Lucas brings down Louis Saha from behind, and that's a booking for the Liverpool midfielder.
1357: A few of you have been in touch to say how bad Andy Carroll has been today. You're not wrong either. His first touch is awful right now.
1356: Louis Saha is looking very isolated up front for Everton, understandably. The home side have already pulled everyone else back.
1354: No changes by either team at the break. A reminder that Steven Gerrard is on the bench for Liverpool today. We will probably be seeing him later...
1353: Right, the second half has just started at Goodison. I reckon we might see another red card, and a goal or two as well. Thoughts? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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saskliverbird on Twitter:
"Seriously wondering how bad Carroll has to get before Bellamy gets a run in the team - slow, clumsy, ineffective."
Scottish Premier League update: Rangers can move 10 points clear of Celtic at the top of the table if they beat a Hibernian side who look like they are emerging from their slump. Motherwell will move into second spot if they leave Dundee United with three points, St Johnstone's game at Kilmarnock looks like being a close one, and basement side Inverness will have to beat Danny Lennon's St Mirren if they hope to make ground on their fellow strugglers.
WOLVES v NEWCASTLE (1500 BST) Saj Chowdhury reports: "Last season's corresponding fixture was a bit tasty - 12 yellow cards and memorable for the beautiful relationship forged between Wolves' Karl Henry and Newcastle's Joey Barton. The latter has found a new home but maybe Henry will find a new love when Le Toon visit. The home side have lost their last three while Newcastle are unbeaten. Three of the previous four league meetings have ended 1-1. Verdict: Tight."
BLACKBURN v MAN CITY (1500 BST) David Ornstein reports: "Desperate to draw a line under their
midweek European dramas,Manchester City return to Premier League comforts bidding to make it six wins out of seven. They're unbeaten against Blackburn in seven meetings but Rovers are scrapping to maintain their top-flight status and, despite winning just three of their last 20 league games, they
beat Arsenal last time out at Ewood Park
and may fancy their chances of another upset."
ASTON VILLA v WIGAN (1500 BST) John Sinnott reports: "We're in October and who would have predicted at the start of the season that Aston Villa would be one of only four teams unbeaten in the Premier League? Can Wigan, who picked up just a point away from home, end that Villa's impressive start. And if that isn't enough to whet your appetite Charles N'Zogbia is playing against his old side for the first time."
SUNDERLAND v WEST BROM (1500 BST) Phil Dawkes reports: "Already this season Sunderland have hit highs and lows, with results as varied as a 4-0 win over European competitors Stoke and a 2-1 loss at newly-promoted Norwich. Finishing chances has been a major flaw for the Black Cats. However, West Brom's attack is even blunter, producing just four league goals to rub together, only one of them earning them any points. Both will view this as the ideal chance to kick-start their campaign proper with a second league win so hopefully we're in for an engrossing afternoon."
MAN UTD v NORWICH (1500 BST) Alistair Magowan reports: "According to Opta, Manchester United's David de Gea has made more saves than any other keeper in the Premier League and Norwich boss Paul Lambert will have studied Wednesday's 3-3 draw with Basel in the Champions League with interest. The pressure will be off the Canaries after back-to-back wins but United will have Wayne Rooney back in the fold."
1345: There are five Premier League games at 1500 BST today. Here's what we've got to look forward to...
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"45 - Only nine of the 20 penalties taken in the Premier League so far this season (45%) have been scored. Practice?"
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Dirk Kuyt missed the first penalty in an Premier League Merseyside derby in over 10 years, since Robbie Fowler in April 2001."
HALF-TIME Everton 0-0 Liverpool Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from Goodison Park: "No shortage of talking points. Everton will feel desperately hard done by after Jack Rodwell's sending off but will feel happy to get to half-time on terms after Tim Howard saved Dirk Kuyt's penalty. As for referee Martin Atkinson, Everton's fans told him exactly how they feel as he walked off at half-time."
From anon, via text: "The ref must have thought it was a studs up challenge and he doesn't have the benefit of a second look. We get a video ref, we'll stop seeing these. I know that FIFA don't want it but, in this day and age, when so much can ride in those decisions, we need it."
mattharding007 on Twitter:
"How many penalties have been saved/missed this season? Any good theories why more are being missed? Pressure? Good keeping."
I'd say Graham Taylor makes a good point below when he talks about preparation being key.
twittter_ye_not on Twitter:
"Do referees review their performances at half time? Will Atkinson watch a replay? Will he favour Everton 2nd half?"
Former England boss Graham Taylor at Goodison Park, speaking about Tim Howard's penalty save on Radio 5 live: "You could argue that it wasn't quite in the corner, but it was a very good save. A lot of work and preparation goes into these things before games, with DVDs and so on. I would expect that Tim Howard probably had a good idea which side Dirk Kuyt was going to put it."
1336: HALF-TIME Everton 0-0 Liverpool
1336: We almost end the half with a bang too. Charlie Adam has a pop from 20 yards out, with a sweetly-struck scorcher of a shot that crashes against the bar with Tim Howard beaten.
1335: We're into stoppage time at the end of the first-half at Goodison. It's been eventful, hasn't it?
Missed Liverpool penalty: Well, at least Martin Atkinson gets this one right. Luis Suarez holds off Phil Jagielka who needlessly goes through the back of him on the left-hand side of the area, and Atkinson points to the spot. Dirk Kuyt, looking for his seventh Merseyside derby goal, steps up to take the penalty but is denied by a fantastic Tim Howard save, with the Everton keeper springing to his left to keep Kuyt's shot out of the bottom corner. A top-drawer stop.
1331: MISSED PENALTY Tim Howard saves from Dirk Kuyt
1331: PENALTY to LIVERPOOL
1329: Every mis-timed Liverpool tackle is bringing screams for a card from the crowd, who are rightly annoyed. The latest came when Charlie Adam fouled Leon Osman, but again, no yellow card shown. Adam has been caught by Tony Hibbert too.
1328: Five minutes to go until half-time. Ten-man Everton are sitting deep and defending in numbers, something you suspect they are going to do after the break too. It's a shame, because when it was 11 v 11 this was shaping up to be a decent derby, with both sides looking to get forward. Not any more.
1325: So, are we seeing any consistency in refereeing decisions? Not at Goodison today. Marouane Fellani clatters Lucas with a late challenge that is 100 times worse than Jack Rodwell's. Martin Atkinson gives the free-kick but does not even book the Everton midfielder.
1322: The Everton fans are giving Luis Suarez some stick for his part in Jack Rodwell's red card, screaming "cheat" at him whenever he gets the ball. He did make the most of the tackle, but the decision was Martin Atkinson's. And it was an absolute shocker.
rcordell1 on Twitter:
"Genuinely feel for Everton and Moyes, not cool, Atkinson, not cool. Kenny won't be moaning about terrible decisions this week."
1320: Everton have been defending deep since Jack Rodwell's departure and Liverpool are struggling to open them up. Dirk Kuyt has sent over a deep cross, aimed for Andy Carroll obviously, but Tim Howard is off his line to collect.
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Referee Martin Atkinson has soured the atmosphere and potentially spoiled the game with that sending off of Jack Rodwell. It did not look like a sending off at first sight and looks less like one every time you see it. Tough now for Everton, who were more than holding their own until then."
1315: The only reason I can think why Jack Rodwell has been sent off is the speed he went into that challenge, which was a tiny bit wild. But it's still never a sending off. Not in a million years. Anyway, Rodwell had to be persuaded to leave the pitch, and it means Everton will have to play the last hour with 10 men.
Everton red card: I know we were expecting red cards today but this is a ridiculous decision by referee Martin Atkinson. Jack Rodwell dives in to tackle Luis Suarez, and gets all of the ball. He catches Suarez afterwards, but that isn't even a foul in my book, let alone a straight red.
1310: RED CARD Everton's Jack Rodwell
1309: Andy Carroll is actually having to do more defending than attacking at the moment, tracking back to pick up Marouane Fellaini when Liverpool concede another free-kick. This one is cleared easily, though.
1306: Tim Cahill is still putting himself about, leaping for every loose ball and chasing it down when Liverpool try to play it around at the back. The Reds have still not managed to find Andy Carroll's head despite some good work down the flanks... and Martin Kelly's last cross ended up in the crowd.
CalumWardd on Twitter:
"Would love Everton to win this, David Moyes deserves it... Twice the manager Dalglish is, can work magic with no funds!"
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Everton were desperate to get Tim Cahill fit for this Merseyside derby and already he is causing real problems. Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher has complained bitterly referee Martin Atkinson about one aerial challenge and Pepe Reina has saved brilliantly from his header. In other words - a nuisance."
1302: Nice work by recalled Everton striker Louis Saha, who cuts in from the right and finds himself in enough space to let fly. He slams in a low shot that flies only a yard or so wide. No goals yet, but this has been a lively old start.
Former England boss Graham Taylor at Goodison Park, on Radio 5 live: "Luis Suarez should have scored, and Tim Cahill was unfortunate not to. It was a very good save by Pepe Reina, who got up and tipped Cahill's header over the bar. But Luis Suarez headed his chance straight into the ground."
1259: More Everton pressure, with more and more balls being fired into the Liverpool box. One of them drops for Sylvain Distin on the right-hand side of the area, but his rising shot fizzes just over the bar.
1258: Chances at both ends in the space of a few seconds. First, Dirk Kuyt makes the most of a poor clearance by Phil Jagielka to send over a cross which finds Luis Suarez six yards out... but he can only direct his header straight at Tim Howard. The Toffees break forward and Tim Cahill gets on the end of a deep cross to loop a header goalwards, which Pepe Reina has to tip over.
1255: Liverpool have a sniff when Luis Suarez breaks down the left but his low cross is too far in front of Andy Carroll and the chance is gone. This game is still being played at an incredible tempo, although the Reds are trying to slow things down by passing it around at the back.
1251: Everton's first attack comes via a hoisted Leighton Baines free-kick, which Marouane Fellaini meets and heads into the danger zone. Jamie Carragher and Tim Cahill are jostling as they wait for the ball to drop, and eventually it falls for Fellaini, who sees his snap-shot deflected wide.
1249: Just 22 seconds to wait until our first foul, with Tony Hibbert blocking off Stewart Downing. It's been a typical start to a derby - fast, and frantic.
1248: Here we go. The 216th Merseyside derby has just kicked off.
Former England boss Graham Taylor at Goodison Park, on Radio 5 live: "At the start of the season I was asked who I thought would get into the top four. For Liverpool, I said it would depend on how quickly Kenny Dalglish worked out his best team. I don't think they'll improve enough to get into the top four this season."
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"1 - Everton have won just one of the last nine Merseyside derbies in the Premier League (W1 D3 L5). Nerves."
1242: Nothing like a bit of autumn sunshine, is there? Glorious weather on Merseyside today, as there is pretty much everywhere in the UK... let's hope for some sizzling action to match. Kick-off coming right up.
1237: Everton manager David Moyes on handing a first start of the season to striker Louis Saha: "Louis is undoubtedly a top centre-forward, he's been training well and I think he is in a position where he can do some damage."
1236: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, speaking ahead of the Merseyside derby: "The feeling in the city is the only thing that is different. It's not going to be any different for us, we have prepared for the game the same way we would for any 1245 kick-off."
1231: Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes the Reds should be happy with their start to the Premier League season - they are fifth, six places above Everton. The gulf in the two club's finances is well documented, but
Benitez expects today's derby to be a close affair,
despite the large sums of money Liverpool have invested in players, in contrast to the Toffees.
TheHandsLindsay on Twitter:
"Will be very tight but I'm going to stick my neck out and say Cahill to win it for the Toffees with a standard near post header."
WoolleyBag95 on Twitter:
"Why would you ever appoint the ref that has sent off the most players this season, in a derby that has seen most sent off!"
1223: Kick-off at Goodison is fast approaching, so how about some stats to get you in the mood?
tell me that only once have Liverpool scored the opening goal and lost this fixture in the post-war era - Mark Wright scored first and Everton eventually won 2-1 at Goodison Park in December 1992. And, in regard to MoaningMozza's tweet below, it looks like a 'perfect storm' of card-happy ref and fired up players. There have been 19 red cards in all 38 Premier League meetings between these teams - more than any other single fixture in the division. And there have been eight red cards in the last 10 meetings at Goodison Park in all competitions.
MoaningMozza on Twitter:
"No ref has sent more players off this season than Martin Atkinson - what odds a 'casualty' at Goodison today then?!"
AhmerMurad on Twitter:
"Great to see Kuyt, Carroll & Suarez all start for #LFC. Positive from Kenny! Kuyt & Suarez will swap & make it hard for EFC."
Barry_Gavin on Twitter:
"I'm guessing a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Can't see Everton winning, but they'll be tough to break down."
WazzaQuinn on Twitter:
"Andy Carroll needs to start scoring goals! he hasn't done much this season so far and needs some confidence"
1216: Football Focus has just started on BBC One and this website (in the UK). Give this page a manual refresh and you can watch it here. There's a cracking interview with David Moyes, just for starters. Garth Crooks, Ossie Ardiles and Demba Ba are involved too.
EVERTON v LIVERPOOL (1245 BST) Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "As at Manchester City last week, Everton manager David Moyes has been emphasising the gulf in financial firepower between his club and today's opponents Liverpool - who have spent more than £100m since January - saying: "That does give me a sense of disappointment and deflation when you see them spending like that, but you have to get on with it."
JayHudson84 on Twitter:
"Positive team selection by Moyes! Saha and Cahill can cause an unsure Liverpool defence problems."
JaykJayk on Twitter:
"Glad to see Kuyt back in the line-up today. He has a devastating record against the toffees and should see us get 3 points!"
EVERTON v LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park:
"Everton give a start to striker Louis Saha, with Phil Neville dropping down to the bench from the defeat against Manchester City. Tim Cahill is fit after a shin injury. As expected, Steven Gerrard remains on the bench for Liverpool while Dirk Kuyt comes in for Jordan Henderson. Andy Carroll keeps his place alongside Luis Suarez in attack."
Everton v Liverpool line-ups Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Neville, Barkley, Vellios. Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Henderson, Coates, Spearing, Flanagan, Bellamy. Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
1205: Whether you're red or blue (or neutral too), I want to hear from you. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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EVERTON v LIVERPOOL (1245 BST) Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Goodison Park: "Kenny Dalglish takes charge of Liverpool against Everton at Goodison Park for the first time since the famous 4-4 FA Cup fifth round replay that was the final game before his resignation in February 1991. This time he is overseeing an expensive rebuilding programme that will be put to the test by David Moyes' side. Everton, meanwhile, will be expected to take the attack to their neighbours after an ultra-defensive approach led to defeat at Manchester City last Saturday."
1203: BREAKING MERSEYSIDE DERBY TEAM NEWS Louis Saha starts for Everton. Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez get the nod up front for Liverpool, who recall Dirk Kuyt for Jordan Henderson. Full details of both line-ups will be with you in just a jiffy.
1157: Morning all. Manchester may be sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table but, for the next couple of hours at least, Merseyside is ALL that matters. Welcome to derby day. Give this page a manual refresh and we can spend it together...
By David Ornstein
1155: That's your morning build-up done and dusted, folks. Over to
for the real thing. Enjoy...
5 live commentator Conor McNamara on Twitter:
"Last season Leighton Baines had more assists for #EFC than any other PL defender. This season he has yet to have one assist. In the last 11 Merseyside Derbies here at Goodison Park, whenever #LFC have scored a goal, they have gone on to win the game."
1140: Lest we forget, there's also a busy day of footy coming your way on Sunday. Bolton face Chelsea in the early kick-off before Fulham meet QPR, Swansea host Stoke and Tottenham play Arsenal in the north London derby. Focusing on that last match, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says he is "grateful and lucky" to have spent so long at Arsenal as he celebrates the 15th anniversary of his arrival at the club.
Wenger reveals he only expected to last "one or two weeks" at Highbury
but instead the Frenchman has guided Arsenal to one of the most successful periods in their history.
1135: Keep those predictions coming by
or texting us. On the subject of predictions, BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a new guest pundit each week this season. This time he's up against two challengers, as
Strictly Come Dancing
partnership Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan give their verdicts on what will happen this weekend. And while Robbie expects Manchester United to salsa past Norwich and Tottenham to show their neat footwork against Arsenal, Ola is tipping Blackburn and new-boys Swansea to two-step their way to routs over Manchester City and Stoke, respectively. You can see more on Football Focus.
darrenrix on Twitter:
"Hartlepool V Sheff Wed is HUGE in League One! Pools still unbeaten going into October! Nobby doing the business!"
rob0108 on Twitter:
"Merseyside derby is definitely the best in the current PL and one of the best in the country full stop."
1127: On the subject of Robbie Savage, the man himself has been answering the best of your tweets in the
latest edition of 'Savage Says',
including the most intimidating stadium he's played in, and the funniest chants he's heard. You can send your questions to Robbie each week via Twitter by using
1125: For those of you chomping at the proverbial bit for your weekly dose of Football Focus (which starts at 1215 BST on BBC One and the BBC Sport website) why not take a peek at Friday Focus as
looks forward to the weekend's football
and back on the Carlos Tevez controversy, with help from BBC Sport pundits Garth Crooks and Robbie Savage, plus comedian Rory Bremner offers an impromptu tribute to John Motson, as the veteran commentator marks 40 years at Match of the Day. There is also an interview with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Utible on Twitter:
"Could this be a day when Adam and Gerrard start together in the midfield? Carroll to score the winner?"
DavidM33 on Twitter:
"Everton are very good at home - think they'll win 2-1, its about time Moyes started getting credit again - top manager."
Carr_Danny81 on Twitter:
"Interesting match for my beloved Derby today, see how we measure up to Sven's highly paid Leicester team. #COYR"
1107: Another club for whom it has been a forgettable week is Sunderland. The Daily Express back page screams
"We are all devastated"
- Black Cats boss Steve Bruce says he and the playing staff have been "shocked and devastated by
Titus Bramble's arrest
following allegations of sexual assault and possessing a Class A drug.
Razerkoula on Twitter:
"I reckon it's a win for #LFC. Score: Liverpool 3-1 Neverton. #Suarez to score two & #Carroll one."
1100:"You'll never see me wearing red"
- back in the Sun, Everton left-back Leighton Baines says he could not pull on a Liverpool shirt despite summer transfer rumours linking him with a move from Goodison Park to Anfield.
seanbhoy87 on Twitter:
"Would love Everton to take something from the game, if only for Moyes who deserves some luck. But, Liverpool by a couple."
1056: On the other side of the city, Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones has given a wide-ranging interview to the Daily Telegraph.
"Among the pantheon of greats"
is the headline as summer signing Jones says he's flattered to be compared with United legend Duncan Edwards.
1046: The same newspaper focuses on Manchester City following a week that saw them hit the headlines for all the wrong reason.
"I'm the boss and I'm here to stay"
- City manager Roberto Mancini comes out fighting after a week when his authority was questioned by Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko.
1044: Starting with the Sun and their headline
"Let me skipper United and England"
- Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has set his sights on being captain for club and country.
1040: First things first, a whiz through the morning papers and a look ahead to what we have in store for you good people.
1030: How better to start this stupendously glorious Saturday than with an eagerly-anticipated Merseyside derby? Everton v Liverpool... Goodison Park... 1245 kick-off. Chief football writer
will be there for us with
providing blow-by-blow live text. In the meantime, you can get your predictions, opinions and pre-match rambling over to us by
tweeting me @bbcsport_david
using the hashtag
or text in on 81111 (UK). How are you getting in the mood for today's action?
1020: A nice bit of
to get the juices flowing in England and Scotland - but our focus is now very much on the round variety. No fewer than six Premier League fixtures, 11 games in the Championship, 12 in League One, 10 in League Two and four in the SPL. Excuse us a few early technical problems, we're good to go.
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