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By Sam Lyon
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1845: Well that was all rather exciting, people? Absolutely no excuse for you all not to tune into Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two and Online at 2200 GMT, huh? Do it. Trust me. Thanks - as always - for your company today, you're all legends. Make sure you join me again on Friday for the Euro 2012 play-offs now won't you? Good good. Until then, adios amigos. Sam Lyon out.

stubbski on Twitter: "Got to feel for Fulham, but those are the sort of games Man Utd et al win, good sign for Spurs."

Preston fan via text: "Re: mitmit on twitter... you should try being a Preston fan... seven-game win streak, now seven games without a win."

ProdigyRep on Twitter: "Have the Bolton players had Fireworks shoved up their backsides? Did not expect that performance today."

Neil Johnston reports:
"Fulham will wonder how on earth they did not get something from this. But Scott Parker's character and Brad Friedel's saves ensured Tottenham triumphed in what could ultimately prove a pivotal three points for Harry Redknapp's boys."

1832: BOLTON 5-0 STOKE
Owen Phillips reports:
"Bolton wingers Chris Eagles and Mark Davies inspire the home side to a crushing victory over sorry Stoke. The Potters began badly and got worse while the Trotters looked anything but relegation material."

1830: WOLVES 3-1 WIGAN
Phil Dawkes reports:
"The spoils from the six-pointer go to Wolves, which remains just your standard three points. It's a massive treble reward for Wanderers though who climb away from a drop zone that is in danger of swallowing Wigan up before Christmas."

1828: While we all calm ourselves after a frantic day, shall we remind ourselves how it all went off? Right then...

bigkahunabazrat on Twitter: "Still catching my breath after that game! cannot believe Spurs have taken all three points - amazing grit and a pivotal win."

1825: Fulham manager Martin Jol: "He [Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel] was probably the best player on the pitch. We had 26 or 30 attempts on goal after half-time and yet we just couldn't sneak one in. We deserved at least a point, for sure. At least a point."

boringGuntar on Twitter: "Grinding out results? This truly is a new era for Spurs!"

Anon via text: "How can anyone claim Fulham deserved a victory? They may have played well but you can't say you deserved to win when you concede three goals and fail to convert a hat-full of chances!"

Breaking news
BBC Scotland
are reporting that Colin Calderwood has been sacked by Hibernian following their 1-0 home defeat by Dunfermline yesterday.

1820: And another couple of stats for you, courtesy of Infostrada Sports: Spurs remain perfect in London derbies this season, winning their third in as many attempts, while the north Londoners have now won seven and drawn one in their last eight league games. Should they win their game in hand, by the way, Tottenham could be third in the table. Impressive.

mitmot on Twitter: "How do Spurs fans keep sane, what a rollercoaster ride being a fan. One team that proves value for the cost of a ticket nowadays."

1815: Tottenham keeper and man-of-the-match Brad Friedel: "Those were not bread-and-butter saves I was making, it all got a bit hectic towards the end. [But] we can do the dirty stuff in games, the 'roll your sleeves up' stuff, and we proved that in this game. Everyone knows we can play but you have to be able to do the dirty stuff as well and we showed we are capable of that."

NeilKnighton on Twitter: "Totally unfair on Fulham, who deserve all three points let alone one. Shows how valuable it is to have goal-scorers all over the park."

Michael via text: "Big three points for Tottenham today, no matter where they finish this year I think they will look back on today as a vital win."

IanMarks19 on Twitter: "Fulham will complain about Kyle Walker's handball, but Sidwell barged Parker over in the box before that and nothing was given."

1808: A little match stat for you - Fulham had 23 shots on goal in that match. Tottenham? Six.

MikeJWake on Twitter: "I think that last 10 minutes might have added another week to Harry Redknapp's recuperation."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat is at Craven Cottage for BBC Radio 5 live: "Martin Jol walks off having shaken the hand of the referee. That's marvellously sporting of him. Jol will be bitterly disappointed but as we know football is a cruel game. You can play well or badly, but the only thing that counts is goals."

1804: I'll say one thing - a better goalkeeping performance than Brad Friedel's this afternoon you are not likely to see if you ask me. But how desperately unlucky were Fulham? They will be going away from this game wondering how they didn't run out comfortable winners, let alone with at least a point.

1802: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-3 Tottenham

1801: I am seriously struggling to get my head around this half.

Tottenham goal: Would you Adam and Eve it? After reletenless pressure from Fulham all half, Jermain Defoe cracks home a volley from Emmanuel Adebayor's cut-back to wrap up a staggering away win with the very last kick of the game.

1800: Fulham 1-3 Tottenham (Defoe)

1759: Off the line! Unbelievable!! Clint Dempsey rises to meet a header amid another goalline scramble and Luka Modric - somehow - scrambles it away from goal. So, so unlucky for Fulham, desperate, desperate defending from Tottenham.

1758: Scramble!! And how has that not gone in? Two things here in a big melee six yards from the Tottenham goal - a stunning one-handed save from Clint Dempsey's point-blank shot - and then Kyle Walker's clear handball on the deck moments later before Spurs clear. It should definitely have been a penalty.

1756: Into injury time at Craven Cottage... four minutes of it.

1755: ...but it is utterly wasted by Bryan Ruiz, drifting it over the heads of everyone and behind for a goal-kick.

1754: But Fulham have a free-kick on the right 16 yards from the touchline now - and this is a dangerous position and no mistake...

1753: Keep-ball from Tottenham, Fulham snapping at their heels.

1751: Into the last five minutes and Scott Parker puts his body in the way again to block Bryan Ruiz's shot. Can Fulham find any reward for their completely dominant second half performance?

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat is at Craven Cottage for BBC Radio 5 live: "I haven't seen a game when Scott Parker and Luka Modric have been less influential for some while. Parker did take that blow in the face in the first half, of course."

Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson on Twitter: "It's being spoken about that I may be called up for the England Squad. Would be such an honour to represent my country."

1748: Moussa Dembele's through-ball, the irrepressible Bobby Zamora the wrong side of Ledley King, but again his shot is straight at Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel.

1746: Into the last 10 minutes.

1744: Stephen Kelly crosses... Clint Dempsey heads goalwards... Brad Friedel saves comfortably. How are Tottenham still in front?

1743: And Tottenham respond with a change of their own - holding midfielder Sandro coming on for winger Aaron Lennon.

1742: A third and final change for Fulham, Dickson Etuhu replacing Danny Murphy.

1741: Brilliant defending. Clint Dempsey is set clean through by Bryan Ruiz's pass but having rounded Brad Friedel, Dempsey looks on in horror as Ledley King gets back to clear his shot from goal. Into the last 15 minutes and Fulham remain relentless.

WillLloydlfc on Twitter: "Bryan Ruiz will score the equaliser mark my words."

1739: It continues to be one-way traffic - and it's all heading the way of Tottenham's goal.

1736: Fulham change - Bryan Ruiz on for Damien Duff.

1735: No... it is switched to Chris Baird... and the defender's piledriver is excellently kept out by Brad Friedel. Good effort.

1734: Fulham continue to press - and they have a free-kick right on the edge of the area... Danny Murphy territory?

1732: Tottenham change - Jermain Defoe on for Rafael van der Vaart.

1730: Tottenham just trying to draw Fulham's sting with a spot of keep-ball at the moment but the hosts look a threat every time they pile forward. Plenty still in this game.

PatrickScully95 on Twitter: "What is it with Spurs taking a two-goal advantage and coming out in the second half thinking the job's done? Complacent."

1727: Another minute, another Fulham chance... Bobby Zamora holding the ball up well this time before feeding Moussa Dembele, whose low shot from the edge of the area is saved low down by Brad Friedel.

1725: This is a terrific game at Craven Cottage - and it is Fulham bang on top at the moment. Next goal wins?

Fulham goal: Fulham back in it - deservedly so - and this really is game on now. The goal has more than an element of fortune about it, mind, Ledley King heading Danny Murphy's corner against team-mate Younes Kaboul's back and the ball ricocheting in.

1721: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-2 Tottenham (Kaboul og)

1719: And now Younes Kaboul deflects Bobby Zamora's effort over his own bar - this is a great spell for Fulham.

1718: Great save! Brad Friedel has been as important a player for Tottenham today as any and he produces the goods again there, stretching to tip Brede Hangeland's header from a corner over the bar.

1715:'s over everyone though and eventually cleared.

1715: How Fulham need an early goal in this half... and they have a corner here...

1713: Oh, fine Tottenham break, Rafael van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor involved as Gareth Bale bursts at the Fulham defence, but the Welshman's finish doesn't match the build-up and Mark Schwarzer gets down easily to save.

1710: Back under way at in west London - Fulham 0-2 Tottenham.

1709: The players come back out at Craven Cottage - and it will be Stephen Kelly to come on in place of the unfortunate Zdenek Grygera for Fulham.

Man Utd striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "I never saw that result coming at the Reebok. Thought it would a tight match. Bad day all round for Wigan."

Tommy, Guildford via text: "Even if we'd scored 10 today, nothing will make me forget that horrid day at Wembley! COYW."

paauuulll on Twitter: "It's funny how Stoke's 5-0 win in the FA cup sent Bolton into freefall, and now a 5-0 win against Stoke might snap them out of it."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Plenty of clean sheet bonuses in the Championship today, where Reading have beaten Birmingham 1-0, Brighton have overcome Barnsley 2-0 and Leeds have picked up an excellent 1-0 win at managerless Leicester just four days after a hefty home defeat to Blackpool.

DrewwC17 on Twitter: "I'm an Arsenal fan but I'd love to see Lennon playing for England again with some of the younger players. Deadly."

Ben in Bath via text: "Never thought I'd say Adebayor & team player in the same sentence but he has massive influence all over the pitch, top player!"

1700: Ah the chat is cooking now. Wolves' relief, Bolton's revenge, Lennon's doozy... what are we thinking friends? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Boomtown.

nedthomasisablu on Twitter: "We've seen some great goals this weekend. Dzeko, Toure, Taylor, Pilkington, Arteta, Eagles and now Lennon!"

Half time
1657: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-2 Tottenham
Neil Johnston's HT snap-shot:
"Harry Redknapp will be feeling much better after a fine Spurs half that saw Lennon's strike knock the stuffing out of Fulham. Can the hosts respond?"

1655: And there's barely even time to restart as the half-time whistle blows.

1654: That's at least Zdenek Grygera's afternoon done, the Fulham defender stretchered off in tears, his right leg heavily strapped. Shame.

Full time
1653: FULL-TIME Bolton 5-0 Stoke

1651: Ouch - that looks bad for Zdenek Grygera, the Fulham defender going down with screams of agony after catching his studs in the turf and twisting his knee. The medical staff immediately bring on oxygen to treat him, but that does not look at all good.

1650: We'll have three minutes of stoppage time at the Reebok. The final whistle can't come quickly enough for Stoke.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat is at Craven Cottage for BBC Radio 5 live: "Aaron Lennon did fantastically well. Speedy play, got into the box and hit a terrific shot. He hadn't been involved in the game much but that's a smash-and-grab for Tottenham, a real tonic for Harry Redknapp."

Tottenham goal: That is a beautiful goal. Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale have just switched wings and it brings immediate rewards, the former exchanging passes brilliantly with the Welsh flyer before bamboozling Chris Baird inside the Fulham box and smashing in off the far post left-footed. Great strike.

1647: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-2 Tottenham (Lennon)

1646: It's gone a touch scrappy at Craven Cottage, half-time approaching.

1643: Oh my - it should be 6-0 Bolton, Fabrice Muamba bundling his way into the Stoke box and getting clear, but his shot with just the keeper to beat flies well off target.

ewarren14 on Twitter: "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Goodnight and God bless Wembley demon, you won't be missed! Fantastic performance."

Bolton goal: And indeed they can, Ivan Klasnic grabbing his second of the game with a close-range header after David Wheater had nodded Mark Davies's corner firmly at goal. Revenge mission? Complete.

1640: GOALFLASH Bolton 5-0 Stoke (Klasnic)

1639: Into the last 10 minutes at the Reebok Stadium, meanwhile, and it's all about whether Bolton can get a fifth...

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: There's a sudden goal flurry in the Championship as Leeds go ahead against Leicester through Adam Clayton's goal while Noel Hunt bundles in at the front post to give Reading the lead against Birmingham. Elsewhere, Brighton are 2-0 up against Barnsley and in total control.

1638: ...but that's a fabulous defensive header from Emmanuel Adebayor, clearing Danny Murphy's delivery with Clint Dempsey poised to nod in behind him.

1638: Fulham have a free-kick in dangerous territory here, though...

1636: Tottenham just getting more of a handle on things at Craven Cottage now for my money. Entertaining stuff from both sides.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat is at Craven Cottage for BBC Radio 5 live: "Tottenham, when they get the ball, are trying to take the strain out of the game having scored the goal. Fulham have got the greater pace and tempo, and at the moment they're the more positive team."

Bolton goal: It's definitely game over now - in fact can Bolton go on to reverse the scoreline of their FA Cup semi-final defeat six months ago? Chris Eagles deservedly gets his second of the game with an excellent dinked finish from Ivan Klasnic's pass.

1632: GOALFLASH Bolton 4-0 Stoke (Eagles)

1628: Looks very much like being four defeats after four Europa League ties for Stoke, who have run out of steam since that Bolton third. Still a danger from set-pieces, though, the visitors.

1625: Woah - another chance for Fulham, who carve a hole in the Tottenham defence the size of Texas, Steve Sidwell putting Clint Dempsey through but the American producing only a tame effort that Brad Friedel easily keeps out with his feet.

1623: I'm told, by the way, that the Press Association are awarding that earlier Tottenham goal to Gareth Bale now. For me it's a stick-on own goal... but you can't begrudge Bale the goal after his fine work in forcing it, I suppose.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: All the Sunday afternoon excitement in the Championship is at Brighton, where Ryan Harley has doubled the Seagulls' lead over Barnsley after Craig Mackail-Smith's shot hit the bar. Still no goals at Reading-Birmingham or Leicester-Leeds.

1622: There's a break in play at Craven Cottage as Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker receives treatment on a heavily bloodied nose after being caught by a Steve Sidwell flailing arm. England boss Fabio Capello is a concerned onlooker, but Parker should be ok.

Bolton goal: Game, set and match for Bolton? It's a delightful move too to be fair, Chris Eagles playing in Mark Davies, who then fed Ivan Klasnic on the edge of the area to sweep home.

1620: GOALFLASH Bolton 3-0 Stoke (Klasnic)

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham manager David Pleat is at Craven Cottage for BBC Radio 5 live: "Fulham have shown in these early stages that they will be a real threat here if they get enough of the ball. They're putting some great balls into the box."

Jaqqzorr on Twitter: "A little unlucky there for Fulham. There's goals in this for them though, they look fluid going forward."

1617: Going a goal down has not tempered Fulham's ambition at Craven Cottage and Brad Friedel has to be alert again to prevent John Arne Riise's wayward cross dipping under the Tottenham keeper's bar.

1615: At the Reebok, Fabrice Muamba is denied a third Bolton goal by Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, who races out and blocks the midfielder's effort. The Trotters have made a decent start to the second period and are showing no signs of sitting back and trying to see out their lead.

1614: I'm sure Gareth Bale will want to claim that goal but it was a definite og. Bale, of course, was brought to Tottenham under Martin Jol from Southampton. That's some thanks from the Welsh flyer.

Tottenham goal: It's slightly against the run of play but it's a well worked goal from Tottenham, Kyle Walker's burst down the right ending with a lay-back to Aaron Lennon, and his cross eventually finds its way to Gareth Bale whose slap-cross is deflected into his own next practically on the line by Chris Baird.

1612: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-1 Tottenham (Bale)

1610: Half a chance for Stoke at the Reebok as Cameron Jerome gets a glancing header on a cross, but the striker's effort zips narrowly wide. Fairly even stuff in that match - no great shakes from the Potters so far in this half.

1609: Interesting tactical switch already from Tottenham, with Gareth Bale now occurpying a more central role going forward, allowing Benoit Assou-Ekotto room to press in attack from left-back.

1607: Tottenham press forward no, though, and earn themselves a corner - but Fulham are able to clear relatively comfortably.

1605: Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel again in action - this time getting out swiftly to smother Clint Dempsey's clipped through-ball with Damien Duff bearing down on goal. Bright start from Fulham.

1604: We're back under way at the Reebok, Bolton 2-0 Stoke.

1603: Save! My word, Tottenham needed Brad Friedel - at the age of 40 - there, the American pulling off a super stop at his near post right on the line to keep Steve Sidwell's flash header from a corner out.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "Today's game at Fulham is Brad Friedel's 276th consecutive Premier League start; he last missed a game on May 15 2004. Available."

1602: Spurs, adorned in their purple away kit, get things under way at Craven Cottage.

serialrob on Twitter: "Will be interesting to see how the same team plays without Harry around today as we will probably lose him soon."

Matt, Bolton via text: "The bad run began with Stoke, and it will end with Stoke. In Coyle we trust."

Chrenn123 on Twitter: "I'm quiet - and other students are quiet - because deadlines have arrived! Keeping an eye on the football still though!"

1557: You're all a bit quiet today aren't you folks? As Delia would say... 'where are you'? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Make me proud.

Neil Johnston reports:
"With Harry Redknapp undergoing surgery, it has been left to Tottenham's players to talk up their visit to Fulham. "They're always organised which makes it difficult when you're playing away from home," said Gareth Bale. Fulham manager Martin Jol is relishing a reunion with the club he managed before being sacked in October 2007. "It was a great time. They have a great squad, so I always like to watch them."

Davros183 on Twitter: "Another start for King. Good for him, bad for us Liverpool fans."

Jim in Somerset via text: "The England power chair football team sadly lost their world cup final 3-0 against USA. Brilliant effort to get that far. Well done to all involved with the team."

1553: FULHAM v TOTTENHAM (1600)
Neil Johnston reports:
"Can Tottenham's players provide manager Harry Redknapp with a tonic following heart surgery, and condemn former White Hart Lane boss Martin Jol to defeat? Fulham manager Jol returns to his old club with Spurs flying after six wins in seven Premier League games. Jol's side have won just once in the league at home - a 6-0 thrashing of QPR. Can they inflict more misery on London neighbours?"

1551: Over to the match at Craven Cottage...

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Brighton skipper Gordon Greer ends a Seagulls goal drought that had lasted five hours and 43 minutes with a left-footed strike to secure a half-time lead against Barnsley. It's the only goal in Championship so far, though, with Reading-Birmingham and Leicester-Leeds both goalless at the interval.

BBC 5live Sports Extra
Former Wolves winger Steve Froggatt is at Reebok Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "You can see Stoke have had a game in the week. They've been flat-footed and a yard off the pace. But that was a great half for Bolton. To be honest, Stoke have created very little."

Half time
1549: HALF-TIME Bolton 2-0 Stoke
Owen Phillips's HT snap-shot:
"Stoke seem out of sorts and are still seething about the controversial quick-free kick which brought Bolton's early opener. Still, having failed to pick up a league point at home this season, even a 2-0 lead looks fragile for Bolton."

1548: And that's pretty much the last action of the half at the Reebok.

1547: There's a chance for Stoke there, though, Jermaine Pennant's free-kick from deep nodded goalwards by Peter Crouch and it takes a desperate scramble from the Bolton defence to clear when Jussi Jaaskelainen's half-punch falls inside the area.

1545: Half-time approaching at the Reebok and Bolton, buoyed by those two early goals, look a different side to the one that's been competing in recent weeks. Stoke wearing something of a bemused appearance right now.

1541: Chris Eagles is having something like a stormer at the Reebok today, though that is in no small part down to Robert Huth's terribly inept performance at right back for Stoke so far. It's a complete mis-match.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Still no goals in the Championship's trio of Sunday fixtures, but Birmingham City striker Chris Wood has forced Reading's Adam Federici into a superb save with a header, although - being unmarked and six yards out - he probably should have scored.

BBC Radio 5 live
Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan on Harry Redknapp, who is missing today's game at Fulham following heart surgery, tells BBC 5 live: "I've not spoken to him on the phone this morning but I did speak to him yesterday. Harry picking up the phone (during the game) is not on the agenda."

1537: Plenty of buzz and bluster from both teams still at the Reebok, but Stoke just look a little bit like the wind has been knocked from their sails following that second Bolton goal.

Neil Johnston reports:
"Big blow for Fulham as Andy Johnson, who has scored three league goals this season, is sidelined through injury. That paves the way for Damien Duff to come in. Tottenham, unsurprisingly after six wins in seven league games, are unchanged from the side that defeated QPR last week."

1533: FULHAM v TOTTENHAM (1600)
Schwarzer, Grygera, Baird, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Dembele, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Kasami, Ruiz, Etuhu, Frei, Briggs.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Defoe, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Sandro, Pienaar.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1532: And news from our late Premier League game now...

1531: Wolves manager Mick McCarthy: "It's a huge result for us. We've been struggling of late and to get points against our competitors is great. The players go about their jobs in a right and proper manner and they did this again today."

1530: A vital win earlier for Wolves, then, let's hear from Mick McCarthy...

BBC 5live Sports Extra
Former Wolves winger Steve Froggatt is at Reebok Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "What a finish! What a goal that was. Great improvisation by Chris Eagles from a horrible angle but, again, what was the goalkeeper doing? He's left stranded on his backside. What a dream start for Owen Coyle here."

Bolton goal: Dreamland for Bolton - but again the helping hand is from Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, this time the Bosnian's hooked clearance falling straight to Chris Eagles, who takes a touch before slapping a cute finish into the far corner.

1524: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-0 Stoke (Eagles)

Full time
1523: FULL-TIME Wolves 3-1 Wigan

1520: We're a minute into four added minutes at Molineux. And even with a two-goal cushion the home fans are remarkably nervy.

BBC 5live Sports Extra
Former Wolves winger Steve Froggatt is at Reebok Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "75% of Stoke's goals this season have come from set plays, so it's something Tony Pulis will be working very hard on with his team. But Owen Coyle will also have been busy, making sure players are properly marked in the area."

1518: Deary me, how wasteful have Wigan been today? This time the ball falls to Mohamed Diame completely unmarked in the area 10 yards out, but even with Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey wrong-footed, the Latics midfielder manages to skew his shot wide.

1517: It's been a good response from Stoke to going a goal down at Bolton and already Jermaine Pennant is causing problems down the right.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: No goals in the three Championship fixtures yet but Reading's Kaspars Gorkss is causing Birmingham lots of problems at set plays and Andy Keogh of Leeds has forced Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel into a good save.

1514: Close! Fabulous turn on the edge of the Wolves box from Conor Sammon, but his low shot zips off the turf and wide of the home upright.

1512: And Antolin Alcaraz has just spat on Christophe Berra, sparking a melee that fortunately is over before its begun. Despicable from the Wigan man, that.

1511: At Molineux, two chances in as many minutes for Wigan as they look to get back into the game. Wayne Hennessy is equal to both of them, though, firstly tipping over Conor Sammon's hooked shot before then palming away a Steve Gohouri header from the resulting corner.

1510: It's all happening at the Reebok as Peter Crouch misses a fine chance to level for Stoke, scuffing his shot and allowing keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to save after a fine run and cross from Jermaine Pennant. Bolton then bounce up the other end and Mark Davies's low long-ranger forces a fingertip save from Asmir Begovic. Lively.

One enforced change for Fulham for the visit of Tottenham, with the injured Andy Johnson replaced by Damien Duff. Tottenham are unchanged from the team that beat QPR 3-1 last time out.

1506: Back at Molineux it's a double change for Wigan, Conor Sammon and James McCarthy on for Hugo Rodallega and David Jones.

1505: And it almost gets worse for Stoke as Chris Eagles's long-ranger from the angle is parried away by Potters keeper Asmir Begovic.

1504: Stoke boss Tony Pulis is going absolutely postal on the Reebok touchline.

Bolton goal: People, check this one out on Match of the Day 2 later, it's got controversial written all over it. First Howard Webb rules that Glenn Whelan's wayward swipe back into the hands of Asmir Begovic in the Stoke goal is a back-pass, and the official then allows Ivan Klasnic to take it immediately, squaring to Kevin Davies to tap into an empty net before the Stoke defence have even trotted back into the area. Pick the bones out of that.

1503: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-0 Stoke (K Davies)

1501: Over at the Reebok Stadium, meanwhile, Bolton get things under way against Stoke.

1500: We're into the last 20 minutes but Wigan have not given up on this just yet - Albert Crusat forcing a smart low save from Wayne Hennessey with a stinging long-ranger left-footed.

1458: Wonder save! It could be 4-1 Wolves as Christophe Berra gets a bullet header on Jamie O'Hara's whipped free-kick, but Ali Al Habsi pulls off a stunning stop one-handed from point-blank range to just about keep Wigan in this.

segalmark on Twitter: "Wigan's defence may decide that on reflection standing still in the penalty area was not the best way to approach today's game."

Wolves goal: Daylight for Wolves - and it's a goal not too dissimilar to their second, Stephen Ward in the right place at the right time to lash home after an initial effort from Jamie O'Hara is well saved by Ali Al Habsi.

1455: GOALFLASH Wolves 3-1 Wigan (Ward)

1454: Wigan change - Albert Crusat on for Ben Watson.

1453: And it takes a spot of scrambling defence from the hosts to eventually clear the danger with Wigan throwing a series of balls into the box before Wolves hack away.

1452: Back at Molineux, Wigan are just coming on well in the last few minutes or so. Plenty of possession, good territory... and now they have a corner...

Breaking news
manager Harry Redknapp could face a four- or five-week lay-off after undergoing minor heart surgery, saying: "(The doctor's) telling me I shouldn't even think about (returning) for at least four to five weeks [but] I hope to be back before then."

1449: BOLTON v STOKE (1500)
Owen Phillips reports:
"Bolton boss Owen Coyle has challenged his woefully out-of-form side to 'show their mental character and belief'. He said: 'We know we're so much better than the position we're in and we have to show it.' Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is desperate to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat on the back of a midweek Europa League match. 'We have a point to prove on Sunday and that is, can we go somewhere and get a result?'"

1448: At the Reebok Stadium, meanwhile, Bolton are doing all they can to enhance the pre-match atmosphere at the Reebok. A gentleman is belting out some famous classical tunes including Nessun Dorma, and err the Cornetto advert one (other ice creams are available) and loads of others you would no doubt recognise. Rousing stuff but the stadium is only about a third full at the moment and I reckon most people just want a warm pie and three points.

1447: So can Wigan respond for a second time in the game?

Wolves goal: Told ya. Though this is cruel, cruel luck for Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi, who pulls off two tremendous saves to save from Stephen Hunt's close-range snap-shot and Jamie O'Hara's headed follow-up, but can do nothing with the third effort - David Edwards slamming the bobbling ball home from eight yards out. Advantage Wolves again.

1444: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-1 Wigan (Edwards)

1443: Let me assure you it is Wolves 1-1 Wigan - though I can't see it staying that way all afternoon, with both sides continuing to get plenty of joy - up until the final ball or finish, at least - in the opposition half.

1442: The observant among you, by the way, will note that neither our score module on the right-hand side nor our vidiprinter are updating properly. I'm assured our technical wizards are on it.

1441: BOLTON v STOKE (1500)
Owen Phillips reports:
"So Bolton make five changes from the side that lost to Swansea, with Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic coming in to lead the attack and 20-year-old defender Joe Riley making his league debut. Stoke bring in three new faces from their last league outing - the 3-1 loss against Newcastle. Cameron Jerome, Matthew Upson and Robert Huth replace injured trio Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson and Matthew Etherington."

1439: BOLTON v STOKE (1500)
Jaaskelainen, Riley, Cahill, Wheater, Robinson, Mark Davies, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Eagles, Klasnic, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Sanli, Petrov, Knight, Pratley, Ngog, Kakuta.
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Woodgate, Upson, Huth, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Walters, Crouch, Jerome. Subs: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Jones, Diao, Whitehead, Shotton, Palacios.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1438: That's not far away mind, Franco di Santo turning on Maynor Figueroa's pass on the edge of the area and squirting a shot narrowly wide via a deflection off a Wolves defender, though only a goal-kick is given.

1436: Speculative punt at goal from Victor Moses - well off target from 25 yards. For a man without a goal in any competition this season, that was ambitious.

1434: Aaaannddd... we're back up and running at Molineux, where Matt Jarvis is on to replace Adlene Guedioura for Wolves.

Mecky231 on Twitter: "Did I hear it right that Juventus were after Rodallega?? He must have the best agent in the world!!"

Lee, Stoke via text: "Time for Stoke to end the "lose away after a Europa league tie" at struggling Bolton today. Let's hope so."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Managerless Leicester City play host to a Leeds United side thrashed 5-0 by Blackpool at Elland Road in midweek later this afternoon. The Foxes, for whom Nigel Pearson is odds-on favourite to take the reins, sank Burnley 3-1 in the same round of fixtures. Brighton - without a league win in nine - can overtake both those clubs if they beat Barnsley, while Birmingham's six-game unbeaten league run is tested at Reading.

joebails on Twitter: "Is the unforgiving crowd at Molineux really helping Wolves' cause? A good crowd always has a great effect on the team!"

1428: And don't forget to drop us a line here through the day, people. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Easy street.

1425: BOLTON v STOKE (1500)
Owen Phillips reports:
"Understatement time. Bolton's form is truly abysmal. Since being battered by Stoke in last season's FA Cup semi-finals, the Trotters have lost 13 of their 16 league games and five out of five at home this term - although having matches against both Manchester clubs and Chelsea has hardly helped. The Potters have made a respectable start but have lost all three matches following European fixtures and Thursday's win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv ended a run of three straight losses. Expect both to go all out for victory."

1423: Time during this break, then, to look ahead to our 1500 kick-offs yes? Lovely...

ShayChopra94 on Twitter: "Wigan aren't actually a bad team. Got a decent manager too, they just need that little bit of luck now."

Half time
1420: HALF-TIME Wolves 1-1 Wigan
Phil Dawkes's HT snap-shot:
"It has been a half marred by defensive frailty and the relinquishing of possession. Arguably, Wigan have shaded it so their late equaliser is deserved, but with both teams vulnerable, either could now go on to win it."

1418: And there's your half-time whistle, folks.

1417: Ooohh... Ali Al Habsi spills Stephen Hunt's tame long-ranger and for a moment it looks like Jamie O'Hara might steal in to score, but the Wigan keeper is back up quickly enough to smother the rebound.

1417: We'll have two minutes of first half stoppage time.

1415: For all their frailties up front that leveller is probably no less than Wigan deserve to be fair - but it takes a smart stop at his near-post from Jamie O'Hara's 20-yard snap-shot by Ali Al Habsi to preserve parity just a minute after Ben Watson's leveller. There could well be more goals in this.

Wigan goal: Golly - Wigan are level, but only by the skin of their teeth. Emmerson Boyce earns the spot-kick when he is bundled over in the box by Stephen Hunt but Ben Watson sees his spot-kick saved by Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey. Luckily for the Wigan man, though, the rebound falls straight back to him and he pokes into the empty net to spare his blushes. Wigan level.

1412: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-1 Wigan (Watson)


1410: Wigan, to their credit, are still playing some nice football at times. If they could just click into gear in attack...

Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic return to the Bolton starting line-up against Stoke this afternoon, with Cameron Jerome and Matthew Upson in for the Potters. Full line-ups to follow.

1406: What a minute that could prove in Wigan's season then, huh? Roberto Martinez has his work cut out to rally the troops now and no mistake.

Wolves goal: That Rodallega miss punished inside 35 seconds. Wolves burst forward and when Kevin Doyle gets free on the right he is able to cross from the byeline for Jamie O'Hara to slam in the opener six yards out. Big, big goal.

1402: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-0 Wigan (O'Hara)

1401: What. A. Miss. Franco di Santo's delightful pass is brought down brilliantly inside the area by Hugo Rodallega, but the Colombian contrives to prod wide with the goal gaping and just the keeper to beat. Awful.

1359: Fine challenge, Christophe Berra, the Wolves man nicking the ball off Franco di Santo's toes inside the area with the Wigan striker poised to fire goalwards.

1356: We're 25 minutes in, the game is so open, both sides look vulnerable in defence and neither side appears to care particularly about maintaining possession for very long. It's got 0-0 written all over it.

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Full-time: Motherwell 1-2 Celtic. A vital win for the visitors and particularly manager Neil Lennon, who celebrates with considerable restraint at the final whistle. The Bhoys are still only second in the Scottish Premier League table on goal difference and a full twelve points behind leaders Rangers, though, so let's not pretend all is rosy in the Garden of Celtic.

1352: Deary me, if either of these sides had shown a touch more class and composure in the final third it could already be about 2-2. First Victor Moses's burst ends with Franco di Santo fumbling Mohamed Diame's lovely set-up eight yards out... and then Hugo Rodallega slaps listlessly straight at Wayne Hennessey when well placed 16 yards out. Both chances came from a wayward Wolves pass, too.

1348: Half a chance for Wolves, David Edwards heading Stephen Hunt's dinked cross wide of Ali Al Habsi's upright.

adesilva13 on Twitter: "Refereeing decisions likes that is exactly why players continue to go down when touched in the box. Congrats Lee Probert."

JordanHoose on Twitter: "Re: 1336 - Lee Probert's the only person who should be criticised for that, he's punished Hunt for honesty there."

1345: A moment to catch your breath, people, as Wolves and Wigan sit back for a spell. There's no doubt that both teams fancy their chances of a win here today, mind.

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: A massive goal for Celtic in Lanarkshire, as substitute Gary Hooper fires the ball home from a cutback. And now Tim Clancy, the 'Well defender, is sent off for an incident off the ball. Ten minutes to go… Motherwell 1-2 Celtic.

1341: But that is a lot, lot better from Wigan - even though Hugo Rodallega is eventually ruled offside - the Colombian getting on the end of Victor Moses's pinpoint cross to head over on the back of a sweeping counter-attack from the visitors.

1339: The Latics earn themselves a corner here, though... but it doesn't even beat the first man.

1338: Wigan bang on the back foot in these early stages. Ominous for Roberto Martinez's boys.

1336: Stephen Hunt, what are you thinking? The midfielder nips past Emmerson Boyce to get one-on-one on Ali Al Habsi, but after knocking it past the Wigan keeper and being clattered into, the Wolves man opts to stay on his feet and attempt a cross, which is cleared. If he had gone down it surely would have been a certain penalty. Honest or stupid? You decide.

1334: The resulting corner comes to nothing.

1334: Ooh... early chance for Wolves, who have settled the quicker of the two here, David Edwards charging down a Wigan clearance before unleashing a firm left-foot shot 20 yards out, but Ali Al Habsi gets across to palm the rising effort around the post.

1331: A minute's silence ahead of next week's Remembrance Sunday is immaculately observed - and then Wigan kick us off.

MikePlumpton on Twitter: "Re - the stat attack: Due to commentators curse you have just consigned Wolves to lose by a Rodellega hat-trick."

1328: Now then, kick-off is upon us, and matches don't come much bigger than this. Are you lot ready? I am pumped.

fitbathatba on Twitter: "Re: 1311 - Mata, Suarez and Van der Vaart aren't fit to wax Ronaldo's chest. Silva? Maybe his back."

1326: There's plenty of optimism on show at Molineux - especially from the Wigan fans, holding aloft as they are banners reading "Keep the Faith" in the stands. Impressive. Now either they're big Bon Jovi fans or they fancy something out of today's game. I wonder...

1323: WOLVES v WIGAN (1330)
Phil Dawkes reports:
"Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is adamant that his side have nothing to fear today. 'It is not a game we should be scared of, it is an exciting prospect,' said the Spaniard. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy hasn't had the easiest ride from the Wolves fans of late but is hoping his side can keep them onside today with a positive performance. 'Let's give the fans something to support rather than be sat there full of anxiety and stewing about it. It is our responsibility to entertain them.' Entertain? I'd start with winning any which way..."

jacksterdt on Twitter: "Re: 1311 - would love to see a 4-3-3 with Sturridge, Bent and Young, and a Lampard-Parker-Barry midfield."

1317: WOLVES v WIGAN (1330)
Phil Dawkes reports:
"Sam said it first, and I'm going to blatantly copy him. Yes, this is a relegation six-pointer, even though it's only early November. The reason for this is the rut both Wolves and Wigan find themselves in - but today represents a huge opportunity. Free-flowing football may well be at a premium, but there will be no excuses for a lack of effort. To the victor goes the most important spoils of their season, but you fear for the loser. Bet it's a draw."

Opta Sports on Twitter: "If Wigan lose today it will be the first time ever that a Premier League side has lost 8+ successive games on three separate occasions. Laboured."

STAT ATTACK: Wigan's starting three attackers have combined for three goals in 27 PL appearances this season. All three have been scored by Franco Di Santo. Hugo Rodallega and Victor Moses are still looking for their first league goal this season.
Courtesy of Infostrada Sports

michael_gawda on Twitter: "Unfortunately for Ronaldo the shine he brought to the Premier League is slowly being erased by players like Silva, Mata, Suarez and Van der Vaart."

1311: And before we focus totally on today's live action my friends, it will be worth keeping an eye on how a few Englishmen fare ahead of this evening's official England squad announcement ahead of friendlies against Spain and Sweden next week. Wayne Rooney is out, remember. So Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor surely put their names up for selection yesterday, but whose turn will it be today? Jermain Defoe? Bobby Zamora? Kevin Davies? Erm, Jermaine Pennant?

joshuamccracken on Twitter: "A massive 'six point' game for the Wolves today! I am watching from Adelaide, Aus. The game finishes at 2 and I start work at 9."

Jim in Somerset via text: "The England powerchair football team play usa in the world cup final today at 2 pm in paris. How about a good luck shout?"

1305: Yes, that's right folks, despite Wolves being without a win in eight and Wigan being on a run of seven straight defeats, they share just one change in personnel for today's game. You have to wonder...

1302: WOLVES v WIGAN (1330)
Phil Dawkes reports:
"Despite losing 3-1 at Manchester City last time out, Wolves boss Mick McCarthy obviously saw enough to name an unchanged side this afternoon. Wanderers are also boosted by Steven Fletcher's return to fitness after a calf injury. The striker is named on the substitutes bench. Wigan are without suspended defender Gary Caldwell so Steve Gohouri starts. Albert Crusat is left out and striker Franco Di Santo starts."

CaptainPon on Twitter: "Neck on the block time: three away wins for me! Could the end be approaching for Mick?"

1258: WOLVES v WIGAN (1330)
Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Edwards, Henry, Guedioura, Hunt, O'Hara, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Jarvis, Hammill, Milijas.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Gohouri, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Watson, Moses, Diame, Jones, Di Santo, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, McCarthy, Crusat, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon, Lopez.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1256: Talking of Wolves v Wigan...

IanRowbottom25 on Twitter: "Absolutely massive game for Bolton vs Stoke today. Revenge for the semi final defeat? Hopefully."

Andy, on the M25, via text: "Am off to The Amex and hoping for a Brighton win! In Gus we trust!!"

Aidy82 on Twitter: "If Bolton can't get motivated for today's game against Stoke then they deserve to be in a relegation battle."

1253: Oh, and remember Cristiano Ronaldo? Ridiculously talented footballer with ridiculously gelled hair? In La Liga's Sunday lunchtime kick-off (for the benefit of the Asian market, so I'm told) he has only gone and bagged a hat-trick - the 12th of his Real Madrid career - in inspiring Jose Mourinho's boys to a 7-1 demolition of Osasuna. That takes the Portuguese forward's record to 104 goals in 106 Real matches. Unbelievable.

LeJake1 on Twitter: "Will be cheering for Wolves, Bolton and Fulham today. So make sure you back Wigan, Stoke and Spurs for a guaranteed win!"

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Motherwell's Stuart McCall won manager of the month in the SPL for October, and his side were ahead on 11 minutes through a Michael Higdon header from six yards out. Celtic hit back moments later though, with a sweet Anthony Stokes volley silencing the Fir Park crowd and lowering under-pressure Neil Lennon's blood pressure considerably. Half-time: 1-1.

1247: And talking of the Motherwell-Celtic match...

Man Utd striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Sunday lunch with the family then home to watch the football in front of the fire! Huge game between Wolves and Wigan today."

Chewymon on Twitter: "Gutted that I'm at work today til nine and will miss the Spurs game. Ah well... thank the maker for MOTD2."

1245: Throw in three Championship fixtures, the Motherwell-Celtic SPL match and some guacamole and you've got yourself a partaay people. So why not join in the fun? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Same drill, folks, as always.

1241: And last up we've got the good old fashioned London derby that is Fulham v Tottenham, with the added spice that it will be Martin Jol's first game as opposition manager against the team he was so unceremoniously sacked by during Tottenham's 2007 Uefa Cup defeat to Getafe after three years in charge. Local pride at stake? Check. Old scores to settle? Check. Random statue of Michael Jackson as a backdrop to the stadium? Check. Happy days.

1237: Up next on the Sunday agenda will be Bolton v Stoke - a repeat of the 2011 FA Cup semi-final, a match that saw the Potters emerge 5-0 winners and Bolton emerge a team so broken they have subsequently been on a run of form so bad it would make even Trelawny league team Madron FC blush. Ish. That game is massive.

1234: Well I tell you what, whatever the rule book says I'm jumping in head first and using it, you just see if I don't. Wolves v Wigan, today's first Premier League game, is a relegation six-pointer. (See?) The two teams boast just three wins and 13 points from 20 matches between them this season - and defeat today spells out only one thing if you ask me; a guaranteed battle against the drop from here on in until next summer. It's a match neither side can afford to lose.

1230: At what point of the season does it become acceptable to use the phrase 'relegation six-pointer'?

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6 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 11 29 31
2 Man Utd 11 16 26
3 Newcastle 11 9 25
4 Chelsea 11 9 22
5 Tottenham 10 6 22
6 Liverpool 11 4 19
7 Arsenal 11 2 19
8 Aston Villa 11 1 15
9 Norwich 11 -2 13
10 Swansea 11 -3 13
11 QPR 11 -10 12
12 Stoke 11 -11 12
13 Wolves 11 -6 11
14 West Brom 11 -7 11
15 Sunderland 11 1 10
16 Fulham 11 -1 10
17 Everton 10 -4 10
18 Bolton 11 -9 9
19 Blackburn 11 -11 6
20 Wigan 11 -13 5

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