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Sunday football as it happened

All the latest from Sunday's games and FA Cup draw


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By Tom Rostance
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1851: That's me over and out then people, tune back in tomorrow night where Phil Dawkes will talk you through Fulham v Liverpool. Cheers.

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Wolves v Sunderland
FULL-TIME Wolves 2-1 Sunderland
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Molineux: "So Martin O'Neill now has even more of a grasp of the size of his task at Sunderland. The whole game turned on those few seconds when Seb Larsson's penalty was saved and Wolves equalised. Huge win for Mick McCarthy."

Everton v Stoke
FULL-TIME Everton 0-1 Stoke
Saj Chowdhury reports: "A very disappointing match and a disappointing day for Everton who recently took two steps forward but today took one step back."

1840: So, big wins in the Premier League for Stoke and Wolves on a day which saw the two Manchester clubs drawn against each other in the FA Cup. Here's what our reporters made of the two games...

1838: There are just under 20 minutes to go in Notts County's FA Cup game with Sutton. The Magpies remain 1-0 up and the game just seems to be petering out. Sutton are running out of time to create another memorable day in their Cup history.

1832: Sunderland coach Eric Black has confirmed that he will leave the club on Tuesday as new manager Martin O'Neill takes charge. He also says: "I thought for most of the game we deserved to win. We had 20 shots on goal. Later in the game it became a bit of a battle for us. There are a lot of good footballers at Sunderland, and there's an exceptionally good team spirit. I'm sure Martin O'Neill will galvanise that."

1831: Most of you are suggesting that Darren Bent is the man Sunderland need up front. I don't see that happening to be honest...

1823: So Martin O'Neill will take charge of Sunderland for the first day tomorrow with plenty to work through. They looked bright in spells and scored a fine counter-attacking goal but one penalty miss scuppered their display. They are crying out for a reliable goalscorer and that will surely be O'Neill's first task. Any suggestions?

Ray Wilson on Twitter: "People MASSIVELY undersell the power of momentum/psychology in football. In five seconds flat Wolves went from 0 to 100% FIRE."

Lee Ashford on Twitter: "Nice to see a team with some fight and determination, maybe Mick McCarthy can have a word with the Villa lads."

1816: Sutton come out in the second half of their FA Cup tie with Notts County on the attack as they look for an equaliser. Paul Telfer has a shot on target from a free-kick. Yes, the Paul Telfer. The 40-year-old former Coventry and Southampton stalwart is now a coach with the London side.

1815: More from Wolves manager Mick McCarthy after the 2-1 win over Sunderland: "I don't know if we were better than Sunderland or they were worse than us. It was two toiling, struggling teams who've been having difficult times. My lads get going and you can see the pleasure it gives people around the place."

Ryan Heatly on Twitter: "Dear Steven Fletcher. Please come back to the Scotland set up."

1805: Wolves manager Mick McCarthy after the 2-1 win over Sunderland: "I thought their penalty was a stonewaller and I expected Jody Craddock to be sent off, but if he did dive then they got what they deserved. Momentum can change so quickly but you've got to take your chances when they come and Steven Fletcher did that."

1804: Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey: "It has been a tough week for me after the death of Gary Speed. Saving a penalty for a goalkeeper is fantastic. Kieran Richardson shanked the first goal but I feel I made amends."

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Jamie from Norwich on text, via 81111: "Justice has been served...shameful dive by Larsson and his team have rightfully been punished for it. O'Neill has a lot of work to do this season."

1801: Wolves' two-goal hero Steven Fletcher: "We showed fighting spirit straight from the kick-off. The way we pressed and got forward, we always looked as if we were going to score. Wayne Hennessey is a good goalkeeper and we had faith in him [with the penalty save]."

Matthew Cooper on Twitter: "That's why I love football! Penalty miss and equaliser all in the space of 25 seconds sums up the Premier League! "

1758: Notts County lead at half-time in their FA Cup tie with Sutton thanks to Jeff Hughes' strike but they survived a major scare just before the break. The non-leaguers won a penalty but Leroy Griffiths's poor spot-kick was easily saved by Stuart Nelson.

BBC Radio 5 live
1756: Former England international Michael Gray at Molineux for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "I thought the game today was excellent and very open. Sunderland must hang on to their leads if they're going to get out of this situation. Martin O'Neill will have seen positives in Sunderland today. They created chances throughout the 90 minutes, but towards the end they looked leggy and tired. O'Neill will need to instil fitness and confidence."

1755: Well that improved in the second half didn't it? It looked all over for Wolves when Seb Larsson won his penalty but the hosts produced a quick-fire turnaround to take the points thanks to Steven Fletcher's brace. Plenty of talking points about the penalty decision and a possible handball in the build-up to the winner. We'll bring you the reaction as and when we get it.

1754: FULL-TIME Wolves 2-1 Sunderland

1753: Sunderland have a free-kick but Wolves spring a well-orchestrated offside trap and they can breathe easily.

Sandy MacKenzie on Twitter: "Wes Brown how many caps? Shocking. MON has a big job on his hands."

1749: Four added minutes for Wolves to see out.

1746: If it stays like this then Sunderland will be just a point clear of Blackburn and the relegation spots, with Wolves moving up to 15th. If.

1744: Notts County lead in their FA Cup second round tie at non-league Sutton, slightly against the run of play. Karl Hawley takes a shot and Jeff Hughes cleverly clips it past goalkeeper Kevin Scriven from eight yards out. Sutton appeal for offside but to no avail.

1742: Seb Larsson will be having nightmares about that penalty miss, but it's rare that you see such a dramatic turnaround so quickly. Plenty of food for thought for Martin O'Neill. But it's not over yet, around four minutes remain.

Wolves goal: What a turnaround, and there's more controversy. The ball is helped forward from midfield, Jaime O'Hara brings the ball down with his arm or shoulder, and Steven Fletcher swivels magnificentally to smash the half-volley into the corner. Great finish from the striker but Sunderland will feel that there is a case for handball against O'Hara.

1739: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-1 Sunderland (Steven Fletcher)

1739: Lovely turn from Nicklas Bendtner but he thumps his shot straight down the middle and Wayne Hennessey palms it down safely. Anyone's game now.

1737: Seb Larsson is understandably getting all sorts of grief from the home fans now, but this game has come alive. Both sides all of a sudden looking dangerous.

BBC Radio 5 live
1736: Former England international Michael Gray at Molineux for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "That shows just show how momentum can shift. A wonderful save from Wayne Hennessey with the penalty, then Sunderland didn't regroup and Wolves were able to break and strike right up the other end."

Wolves goal: Wolves go straight down the other end and equalise 25 seconds later. Matt Jarvis crosses from the left, Steven Fletcher loses Wes Brown and heads powerfully past Keiren Westwood and into the corner. What a minute of action.

1732: Right, first things first, the Sunderland penalty. Seb Larsson knocks the ball past Jody Craddock on the edge of the area and takes huge evasive action to get out of the way. There may have been minimal contact but Larsson makes a meal of it but referee Phil Dowd points to the spot. However Larsson's spot-kick is poor and easily saved by Wayne Hennessey.

1731: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-1 Sunderland (Steven Fletcher)



1727: Another smart attack from Sunderland as Stephane Sessegnon crosses for Ji Dong-Won, but his header is smothered by Wayne Hennessey at the second attempt. Much better from the visitors since the goal.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Barely a flicker from Martin O'Neill high in the Molineux stand but he will have been delighted by the sweeping counter attack at pace and goal from Kieran Richardson. Just how he likes it. Growing unease among the Wolves fans."

1722: Everton manager David Moyes after the home defeat to Stoke: "We needed more creativity up front and some intelligence to finish the job."

1721: In the FA Cup, Sutton almost take the lead after great persistence from Craig Dundas on the left-hand side. His cross finds the marvellously monikered Harry Beautyman, but Notts County keeper Stuart Nelson is equal to his gorgeous low header.

1717: That goal has given Sunderland no end of confidence and all the tricks and flicks are coming out now. Wolves threaten though with a fine low cross from Steven Ward which is well dealt with.

BBC Radio 5 live
1716: Former England international Michael Gray at Molineux for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "What an absolutely fantastic strike. It was on the counter after Wolves had an opportunity themselves. We all know Kieran Richardson has got a lovely left foot on him, and Wayne Hennessey had no chance."

1714: Kieran Richardson was booked there by the way for whipping off his shirt to reveal a "I belong to Jesus" vest. Kaka-esque.

Sunderland goal: And there it is. A steroid-sized hit of class from Sunderland as they break from a Wolves corner to stunning effect. Lee Cattermole plays the ball forward, Nicklas Bendtner pulls off an impudent flick to Stephane Sessegnon who feeds the overlapping Kieran Richardson. Richardson bullets a first-time strike into the top corner, though keeper Wayne Hennessey had took a step to his left to cover the cross. Take nothing away from the shot though which was blistering.

1711: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Sunderland (Kieran Richardson)

1709: That FA Cup tie at Sutton is goalless as it stands by the way. Wolves and Sunderland can both pull clear of the relegation zone by finding a winner in this second half, which is crying out for an injection of quality.

1707: First chance of the second period at Wolves, and it comes for Sunderland. A quick break into the area sees Lee Cattermole tee up Nicklas Bendtner, but the Dane hesitates before electing to shoot, and when he does pull the trigger it's woefully wide. Poor.

BBC Radio 5 live
1706: Former Scotland international Kevin Gallagher at Goodison for BBC Radio 5 live: "Everton never built up a head of steam, and when they tried Stoke put banks of four and five in front of them and simply stopped them playing."

1704: We're back out on the pitch for the second half at Wolves.

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Anonymous on text, via 81111: "With the funds Moyes has had in recent seasons, he's done well to keep them in the Premier League. In no way can he be turned on by Everton fans. Not many managers could do what he's done."

Millsotheblue on Twitter: "Everton should buy Anelka. He would solve our woes in front of goal. #efc #bbcfootball"

1658: It's all over at Goodison Park where Robert Huth's neat flick was enough for Stoke to win a dour match.

1657: FULL-TIME Everton 0-1 Stoke

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Dom from Liverpool on text, via 81111: "I'm really starting to get tired of Moyes's tenure at Goodison. He sticks to a poor 4-5-1 formation when we need goals, takes too long to make changes, and now it seems he can no longer motivate players. I know he's had next to no money in the past 3 years but it's starting to get stale."

1652: Matthew Upson comes on for Stoke, who are seemingly setting a new record for the most centre-halves on a pitch at any one time. Everton not looking like finding a way through yet though.

1649: Wolves v Sunderland improved as the half drew on there, while there are seven minutes added on at Goodison. A chance for Everton to salvage a point maybe?

Half time
HALF-TIME Wolves 0-0 Sunderland
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from Molineux:
"The game finally came to life in the closing stages of the first-half. Wonder how tempted Martin O'Neill is to take a little trip into the Sunderland dressing room?"

1648: HALF-TIME Wolves 0-0 Sunderland

Steve Cohen on Twitter: "Isn't it embarassing when you cheer what you think is a goal, only to see a brilliant save. Oops Stephen Hunt. #bbcfootball"

1644: Another chance at Wolves, at the other end this time. Stephane Sessegnon bursts into the area, manages to poke it past Wayne Hennessey but the shot is hacked off the line by Stephen Ward. Martin O'Neill is almost on his feet. Almost.

1643: Some belated urgency from Everton too as substitute Jack Rodwell's goalbound shot is blocked by Stoke's Andy Wilkinson.

1641: That's more like it! A real chance at Molineux as Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood makes a stunning save. Matt Jarvis puts in a fizzing ball from the right wing. Kevin Doyle can't get there but Stephen Hunt does at the far post. The Republic of Ireland winger thinks he's scored after he middles the connection, but Westwood makes a remarkable refelx save.

1640: Into the last 10 minutes or so at Everton. Stoke striker Jon Walters has had to come to the side of the pitch to have a bloody nose attended to.

1639: As if Sutton or Notts County needed any further incentive for that game, the winner faces a trip to Doncaster in round three. Magic.

1637: There's not a lot going on in either top flight game at the moment, so a reminder that the final FA Cup second round tie is about to kick-off. Sutton United face Notts County at 1700 and there is a link to live radio commentary going up on the right of your screen now.

1633: A rare shot at Wolves as Dave Edwards sees his long-range shot tipped wide by Keiren Westwood. Asmir Begovic is now on in goal for the stricken Thomas Sorensen.

1632: Thomas Sorensen's time is up here. After a ball is cleared away he just falls to his knees inside the six-yard box. The stretcher is called for and the keeper is going off.

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1629: Terrible from Stephane Sessegnon that, there was no contact at all as he swivelled inside the area and he hit the deck far too easily.

1628: Thomas Sorensen is back in goal with Asmir Begovic warming up. At Wolves, Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon goes to ground in the area but is told to get up.

1627: Ooof. Thomas Sorensen is down. Tim Cahill looks to nip in behind Robert Huth and as Sorensen tips the ball away, the Australian clatters into the side of his head with his hip. The keeper groggily gets to his feet but I'm not sure if he'll be able to carry on.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Molineux: "Not sure new Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will have made many useful notes at Molineux so far. Low-key is being generous."

1624: David Moyes' side have at least a sliver of a sight of goal. Leon Osman takes a short corner from Leighton Baines and whips the ball in for Tim Cahill, who can't quite get a head onto the ball. Poor fare on display at Goodison Park.

1622: Jack Rodwell is on for Everton, who are fast running out of time.

1619: Potential penalty shout for Sunderland as John O'Shea is heaved to the floor by Christophe Berra and his team-mate Wes Brown then heads straight at Wayne Hennessey. Wolves attack at the other end but Steven Fletcher is offside when he meets Kevin Doyle's cross.

1618: Decent opportunity for Stoke to double their lead. Peter Crouch gets clear at the back post but heads a cross down and wide. He should have done better there. Sunderland continue to pop the ball around nicely at Molineux meanwhile.

BBC Radio 5 live
1616: Former England international Michael Gray at Molineux for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Martin O'Neill has got to instil confidence into Sunderland's players. He does get the best out of his squads. As Aston Villa manager his team finished sixth in the league three seasons in a row. Sunderland as a club is ready for European football."

1614: Around half an hour left for Everton to salvage anything, but they've not created much in this half. Their final ball has been wretched.

1613: By the way Phil Bardsley is made of stern stuff, he's carrying on for the time being at least. Not so strong is Jonathan Woodgate though, as the Stoke defender limps off at Goodison to be replaced by Andy Wilkinson.

1610: Is it time for another goal-line technology debate? Wolves think they've scored. A corner causes havoc, Lee Cattermole pushes over David Edwards but no penalty is given. Then Jamie O'Hara crashes the loose ball towards goal and Steven Fletcher heads it on. Keiren Westwood saves it on the line, but the Scotland striker wants a goal. Looks like the officials just got that right to me. Very close though.

1608: It's been a bad weekend for injuries and there's another one here for Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley, who looks to have gone over on his ankle. At Everton, Marc Wilson is booked for pulling down Seamus Coleman.

1607: Fluid move from Sunderland who have made a good start. Stephane Sessegnon plays the ball out to Seb Larsson on the right and when Jody Craddock heads the ball out, Sessegnon cracks in a lovely volley which flies straight at Wayne Hennessey. Easy save but a fine strike.

1606: And now we are back under way at Goodison Park.

1603: John O'Shea thrashes in a shot from 25 yards but Wayne Hennessey is right behind it and makes a comfortable stop. Bright start for the visitors.

1601: We are off at Wolves.

1556: There's Martin O'Neill in the stands at Molineux looking on at his new Sunderland side ahead of their game at Wolves. Big test for Sunderland today.

BBC Radio 5 live
1553: Former Scotland international and Blackburn striker Kevin Gallacher at Goodison Park for 5 live: "There's a lot of time for this game to change. David Moyes will tell his team to get the ball down wide areas and into the box in the second half. Just then, Ryan Shawcross had both his hands around Marouane Fellaini in the area, and if the referee sees it it's got to be a penalty."

Wolves v Sunderland
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Molineux:
"Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has dropped captain and £7m summer signing Roger Johnson and brings in Jody Craddock in a bid to change a run of eight defeats in 10 Premier League games. Ji Dong-Won comes in for Michael Turner in Sunderland's line-up. He plays alongside Nicklas Bendtner in attack while John O'Shea switches to central defence with Kieran Richardson is expected to figure at left-back."

Half time
Everton 0-1 Stoke
Saj Chowdhury's HT snapshot:
"Both teams have looked good in the build-up, but have been unable to deliver a decent final ball. Stoke's goal owed a little to good fortune, something which Everton have not had."

1550: HALF-TIME Everton 0-1 Stoke

1549: Big chance for Everton on the brink of half-time. Marouane Fellaini heads Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's corner over the top before engaging in a head-to-head tussle with Ryan Shawcross. And there's the whistle.

1546: Peter Crouch shows his notoriously good touch for a man of his considerable size to nip round Leon Osman and win a free-kick in the corner. Dean Whitehead's cross is well cleared and Everton survive.

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Jack from Stockport on text, via 81111: "As usual the big boys come in and everyone forgets about the lower league clubs. Potential tie of the round for me - Fleetwood v Blackpool? Seaside derby!"

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1539: Thomas Sorensen flaps at another Everton corner but the visitors get away with it. Everton looking strong as the half comes to an end.

1536: Another corner for Stoke - and they should double their lead. Jon Walters takes up the Steve Bould position at the front post and gets a flick on for Ryan Shotton to arrive at the back post, but the youngster nods it wide with the goal gaping.

1533: It's still all Everton at Goodison Park but they are gtting no change from this well-drilled Stoke defence. Jon Walters then leads a rare breakaway for the visitors but after nice footwork sees him skip around a defender, he is crowded out and his shot comes to nothing.

1530: Another fine ball in from Russian winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov sees Thomas Sorensen flapping, but the keeper manages to tip it away. He takes a whack as he lands but is fine to carry on.

1528: Everton look to be getting some joy down the left-hand side. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov whips in another dangerous ball but Stoke are there in numbers and get it away.

1525: Everton pile the ball into the area and Stoke look wobbly. First of all Thomas Sorensen just about punches away a great Leighton Baines cross, and then Robert Huth manages to get the ball away from in front of the waiting Apostolos Vellios.

1522: Just to clarify that earlier stat - this is Tim Cahill's 100th Premier League appearance at Goodison Park - not overall. He's hardly touched the ball though so far in what has been a scrappy opening spell.

1520: Everton respond well to going behind and from a corner of their own have a glimmer of a chance when Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen fluffs his attempted punch out. The Dane is able to recover though and pouches the loose ball.

BBC Radio 5 live
1519: Former Scotland international and Blackburn striker Kevin Gallacher at Goodison Park for 5 live: "Stoke, in the air, are very good. But as the ball is played into the box all of Everton's defenders are sucked towards it and no-one is on Robert Huth. All of a sudden, it's in the back of the net!"

Stoke goal: Stoke win a corner with their first foray forward - and it leads to the opening goal. The corner is headed away to Dean Whitehead 20 yards out and his volley toward goal is cheekily turned in by Robert Huth right in front of Tim Howard. A real cute finish from the German defender.

1517: GOALFLASH Everton 0-1 Stoke (Robert Huth)

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1512: First real chance - and it falls to the home side. Seamus Coleman fires a ball across from the right, Tim Cahill is beaten to the header and it runs to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on the left of the area. The Russian tries an ambitious first-time volley but scuffs his effort horribly into the turf and away to safety. Not one he will want to see again.

1509: It's fair to say it's been a quiet start at Everton. Tim Cahill - making his 100th Premier League appearance - has the first sighter of goal when he turns a cross over the top. No real danger as yet.

BBC Radio 5 live
1508: Former Scotland international and Blackburn striker Kevin Gallacher at Goodison Park for 5 live sports extra: "It's unusual to see Jonathan Woodgate playing as a full-back. Will he tuck in and play a three-man defensive partnership? Otherwise Woodgate will have to learn a new trade."

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1502: Roger Speed is embraced by Stoke defender Jonathan Woodgate - who played with Speed at Newcastle - and both managers. We have kicked off.

1458: We have had the Wales national anthem at Goodison Park in tribute to Gary Speed and now there is a minute's applause. Gary Speed's father Roger is out there on the pitch as well.

1454: That concludes the third round draw, with the standout tie being the Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium. A great start to the defence of the trophy for Roberto Mancini and his team.

Reading v Stevenage

West Brom v Cardiff

Peterborough v Sunderland

Watford v Bradford

Chelsea v Portsmouth

Gillingham v Stoke

Liverpool v Southend/Oldham

Sheffield United v Salisbury/Grimsby

Everton v Tamworth

Newcastle v Blackburn

Chelmsford/Macclesfield v Bolton

Barnsley v Swansea

Swindon v Wigan

Fleetwood/Yeovil v Blackpool

Derby v Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Leeds

Norwich v Burnley

Birmingham v Wolves

Fulham v Charlton

Brighton v Wrexham

Coventry v Southampton

Hull v Ipswich

MK Dons v QPR

Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham

Tottenham v Cheltenham

Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa

Doncaster v Sutton/Notts County

Crawley v Bristol City

Dag & Red/Walsall v Millwall

Manchester City v Manchester United

Nottingham Forest v Leicester

Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury

1440: Here we go then, the draw is about to start. Hold tight.

Everton v Stoke
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Vellios. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, Distin, Neville, Gueye, Barkley, Rodwell.
Stoke: Sorensen, Woodgate, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Shotton, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Begovic, Jones, Fuller, Upson, Wilkinson, Jerome, Palacios.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1434: That FA Cup draw is coming up any minute now...

1430: That win sees Cardiff move up into third in the Championship by the way. Kenny Miller is proving to be an astute signing.

BBC Radio 5 live
1429: Former Brentford and Torquay manager Leroy Rosenior at Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live sports extra: "It was an even game, and the contentious sending off turned it Cardiff's way. But Birmingham didn't create enough to really worry Cardiff."

1425: FULL-TIME Cardiff 1-0 Birmingham

Full time
1423: Bristol Rovers make it 6-1 as we tick into stoppage time with Eliot Richards slotting in his second. And that's full-time at Totton.

Everton v Stoke
Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Sylvain Distin and Phil Neville return from injury and are named among the Everton substitutes. Stoke defender Jonathan Woodgate returns to the starting line-up having missed Thursday's Europa League tie because he was ineligible. Andy Wilkinson is on the bench after overcoming his knee and calf problems."

Wolves v Sunderland
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Molineux:
"Wolves manager Mick McCarthy admits the sacking of Steve Bruce and the arrival of Martin O'Neill as Sunderland manager has altered the context of today's Molineux meeting, saying: "One of the clubs has lost their manager so we can't dress this up as anything else than a really big, important game. Sunderland are one of our nearest competitors." The pre-match word on Sunderland must go to O'Neill, who said: "I hope I can help Sunderland to a very successful period. That's what I've come for and that's my driving ambition."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Molineux:
"The focus at Molineux will be on the directors' box as much as the pitch as Sunderland's new manager Martin O'Neill takes his seat to cast his eye over his new charges. He will be looking for signs to build on while Wolves counterpart Mick McCathy will demanding improvements of his own after losing eight of their last 10 league games."

1418: That FA Cup draw is coming up, but first here's what our chief football writer Phil McNulty is expecting from Wolves v Sunderland...

Red card
1414: Massive rush of blood to the head from Ben Swallow as the Bristol Rovers man is shown a straight red card for an unnecessary lunge on Carl Pettefer. Michael Charles then has a great chance to reduce the arrears for Totton but twice misses the target from five yards out.

Danny on Twitter: "I love watching the early rounds of the FA Cup. Just a small reminder of football at its purest and simplest form."

BBC Radio 5 live
1406: Former Brentford and Torquay manager Leroy Rosenior at Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live sports extra: "19 minutes to go and Chris Hughton will be looking to make changes. Perhaps he should bring Chris Wood on, who is Birmingham's top scorer this season."

1402: The shooting training at Bristol Rovers has really paid off today - Eliot Richards is the latest to register a beauty as he arrows a shot into the roof of the net from 12 yards to make it 5-1 to the league side with 15 minutes left.

1401: There's the moment pub goers in the Totton area will be hearing for the next 20 years from Nathaniel Sherborne as the striker gets up to head in a consolation from a left-wing cross.

Cardiff goal: Cardiff don't take long to make their extra man count as former Rangers striker Kenny Miller puts them ahead. Pablo Ibanez makes a hash of a clearance and Miller is on hand to smash into the corner.

1358: GOALFLASH Cardiff 1-0 Birmingham (Kenny Miller)

1355: Bristol Rovers have made it 4-0 at Totton thanks to a towering header from Byron Anthony - but the defender has to raise the bar if he is to compete with his team-mates today. After three early screamers a routine header just won't cut it for me.

Red card
Birmingham red card: Centre-half Curtis Davies - not Steven Caldwell as we were originally told - sees red in Cardiff for hauling down Kenny Miller and Peter Whittingham hits the post from the resulting free-kick.


1351: Best moment of the game for Totton as they come agonisingly close to pulling a goal back. Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Scott Bevan makes a fine double save to deny Nathaniel Sherborne before Jonathan Davies sees a flick cleared off the line.

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Tom from St Andrews on text, via 81111: "I'm tipping an Everton win today. Stoke have scored 2 and conceded 14 collectively after their Europa League games so far. Come on you blues!"

BBC Radio 5 live
1341: Former Brentford and Torquay manager Leroy Rosenior at Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live sports extra: "Cardiff have started much better in this second half. They're playing much quicker football and have already had a chance which should have hit the target."

1337: With that FA Cup third round draw around an hour away, you may want to know which number your team are in the draw. Arsenal are 1 and Charlton are at 64, and you can read the full list right here.

1335: Totton are back under way against Bristol Rovers. Let's have some more cracking goals in the second 45 minutes please...

1330: Another news story you may have missed this morning, and it's bad news for Newcastle. Defender Steven Taylor is likely to miss the rest of the season as he prepares to undergo surgery on his injured Achilles tendon. Bad times.

Everton v Stoke
Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Everton boss David Moyes shared some seasonal goodwill with Stoke this week. "We've got to hope that the poor form they have after Europe remains and we can try to take advantage but there's no doubt we're jealous that we're not in Europe," he said. Tony Pulis says Stoke's achievements to date need to be remembered as they try to overcome a rocky period. "We've got to keep putting things into perspective, stop the bus now and then and look around and smell the roses," said the Potters boss."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"These two 'safety-first' clubs could easily find themselves up the table if they string together some good results. After a poor start (what's new?) Everton are looking for their third successive win. Stoke stopped their slide last week with victory against Blackburn. Their away form is poor though having lost the last four in the league. This will be tough for the Potters."

1322: Our first Premier League game is set to go at 1500, shall we see what to expect?

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1322: Former Brentford and Torquay manager Leroy Rosenior at Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live sports extra: "It's been very industrious from both sides, almost cancelling each other out. Birmingham haven't really been under pressure and up front they've done very well holding the ball up. Cardiff will want a bit more width and to be more incisive with their passing in the second half."

1320: It's half-time at Totton, who trail 3-0 to Bristol Rovers, and at Cardiff who are being held 0-0 by Birmingham.

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Ned in Lewis, on text via 81111: "Very sad to hear about Socrates death this morning. Probably the coolest ever footballer and certainly my favourite player."

1317: Gary Hooper has put Celtic ahead at Dundee United as Neil Lennon's men aim to close the gap on leaders Rangers. Most of you are saying that Martin O'Neill is a good apointment for Sunderland. He needs to find a goalscorer though - can he get the best out of Nicklas Bendtner?

1312: There was some bad news filtering in from South America overnight, as Brazilian legend Socrates died at the age of 57. Check out the video of his goals in World Cup 1982 if you can - almost as good as Bristol Rovers.

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Martin from Grimsby on text, via 81111: "Don't forget non league Grimsby Town are still in the draw. Would love to get Man U away or any big club just to get some cash into the club."

Will Carpenter on Twitter: "Last time Bristol Rovers scored three goals like this, Nathan Ellington scored a hat-trick away at Derby in a 3-1 FA Cup win. #bbcfootball"

1307: Mustapha Carayol blots his copybook somewhat at Totton, getting involved in an ugly clash with a member of the Totton coaching staff after they collide in the dugout. The winger is booked after it all calms down.

BBC Radio 5 live
1302: Former Brentford and Torquay manager Leroy Rosenior at Cardiff City Stadium for 5 live sports extra: "Cardiff have had possession but haven't been able to penetrate because Birmingham have defended very very well. The happier of the two managers will be Chris Hughton."

Steven Riley on Twitter: "Leicester rather than Sunderland fan, but just happy to see such a great manager and great bloke back in the game. #BBCfootball"

1258: North of the border, Celtic are in action at Dundee United and you can follow a live text commentary here.

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Spencer, Tamworth fan exiled in Bedford, on text via 81111: "You mention Wrexham and Chelmsford however my home town side are non league and are definitely through - that's Tamworth!"

1253: We have one Championship game under way at the moment as well, where Cardiff and Birmingham are goalless after 20 minutes or so. Cagey affair so far in Wales.

1250: Yes, motormouth himself Martin O'Neill is back after he was appointed Sunderland boss yesterday. He will not take charge at Wolves this afternoon but will be at the game. A big job on his hands? What's your verdict on his return?

1248: Of course, this page is nothing without you lot, so get in touch. Anyone excited about the return of Martin O'Neill? Any lower league fans dreaming of a plum FA Cup tie? Any Bristol Rovers fans prepared to tell me with a straight face that you score goals like this every week? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @TJRostance or text in via 81111 (UK).

1246: The final FA Cup tie of the weekend kicks off at 1700, where non-league Sutton host Notts County. It promises to be a big afternoon for defender Simon Downer, who had a glimpse of the big time while on trial at Newcastle a decade ago. Now, after threatening to quit the game altogether, he's lining up for Sutton while also becoming a cab driver in London. If ever one man summed up the spirit of the FA Cup, he's it.

1244: This is turning into a goal of the season competition at Totton, where Danny Woodards has put Bristol Rovers 3-0 up with the third top-drawer strike of the opening 13 minutes. Ruthlessly professsional from the league boys.

1242: There's one second round tie underway as we speak though, where AFC Totton are taking on League Two side Bristol Rovers. Unfortunately for the minnows Joe Anyinsah and Mustapha Carayol have already scored two belters to put the league side 2-0 up inside 10 minutes. Need to know more about Southern Premier League Totton though? You are in luck, as you can read all you need to know here. I'll kick you off with this gem - boss Stuart Ritchie is a big Duran Duran fan. Which already makes him a top man in my eyes.

1240: The draw is coming up at 1440 and I'll be keeping you across all the ties that matter.

1235: Among the teams hoping to pull out one of the Premier League big boys this afternoon are non-league Wrexham - who knocked out Brentford on Saturday - and Chelmsford, who have a replay with Macclesfield to look forward to.

1230: Right everyone, we may have had a mild autumn -we even had daffodils in Cornwall last week - but I am officially declaring winter this afternoon. Crack out your big coat. Yep, it's lashing down, we've got a snow warning, but more importantly, it's FA Cup third round draw day.

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4 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 14 35 38
2 Man Utd 14 18 33
3 Tottenham 13 13 31
4 Chelsea 14 14 28
5 Arsenal 14 7 26
6 Newcastle 14 4 26
7 Liverpool 13 5 23
8 Stoke 14 -9 18
9 Aston Villa 14 -2 16
10 Everton 13 -2 16
11 Norwich 14 -6 16
12 QPR 14 -10 16
13 West Brom 14 -8 15
14 Swansea 14 -6 14
15 Wolves 14 -9 14
16 Fulham 13 -1 12
17 Sunderland 14 -1 11
18 Blackburn 14 -11 10
19 Bolton 14 -15 9
20 Wigan 14 -16 9

see also
Sunday's football photos
06 Dec 11 |  Football
Lawro's Premier League predictions
05 Dec 11 |  Football Focus
Football on the BBC
10 Aug 11 |  separator

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