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By Tom Rostance
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2241: More fighting talk from Steve Kean then, he's certainly not a quitter. But I am, and that's our lot for this evening. Tune back in tomorrow night where Phil Dawkes will guide you through a busy night of Premier League action. Cheers.

2240: Blackburn manager Steve Kean: "We've had some great chances and a decent shout for a penalty so I was happy with our second-half performance. But we gave ourselves a mountain to climb as we didn't start the game properly. All our defenders are out injured but we just have to play through it. The fans come and expect us to get at Bolton and we didn't. But I think they saw a response in the second half. It's not nice to lose any game, irrespective of what the fans are singing. We're feeling it but we've got a good group here and we'll get a side together. Of course I will continue. We'll be positive and climb the table. There is no board meeting due, I spoke to the owners before the game and I am sure we will all stick together."

2235: Woah, here's Steve Kean now...

Blackburn v Bolton
FULL-TIME Blackburn 1-2 Bolton
Phil McNulty reports from Ewood Park: "A desperate night for Blackburn Rovers but real joy for Bolton Wanderers and Owen Coyle. Given the poisonous atmosphere and the hostility at the final whistle, it is hard to see how even the survivor Steve Kean can come through this."

Wolves v Norwich
FULL-TIME Wolves 2-2 Norwich
Arindam Rej reports: "You couldn't take your eyes off this game between two teams who need to tighten up - there should have been even more goals. Wolves improved a lot after the break."

2230: Right, Steve Kean appears to have ducked his press conference. Keep your eyes peeled on the BBC website though for any quotes as they come in later. Here's what our reporters made of the two games tonight...

2226: There's still no sign of Steve Kean folks, but here's some more from Owen Coyle on his fellow manager's plight. Coyle says: "Steve Kean is a very gifted coach and manager. You could get the 20 best coaches in football and someone's got to occupy the bottom two. It's an easy story to write but sometimes changing manager is not the solution. Blackburn Rovers are a fantastic club. The supporters pay their money but have they ever given Steve a chance from the outset? I don't think so. Aside from the football, he's a top man too."

Ray from London on text, via 81111: "If this defeat does not do it for Steve Kean, I have no idea what will."

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Anonymous on text, via 81111: "Blackburn fans - most of us understand where you are coming from but look at where the real problem lies and it isn't with Steve Kean. Use your frustration to change what is really wrong with Blackburn, the owners."

2216: In the midst of all that drama, let's not forget that Liverpool's Luis Suarez has been handed an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine by the Football Association after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. Major news at the top of the table.

2215: Apologies by the way for not clarifying that there were two Paul Robinsons on the pitch there. I can see why some of you were confused by the thought of Blackburn's goalkeeper conceding a penalty for Bolton...

2211: We're still waiting for any reaction from Steve Kean, but I'll have it with you as soon as he appears. If he appears that is.

Ben in Nuneton via text: "Winds me up when people throw their season ticket, what a waste of money. My club (Coventry) are going through a terrible run, but I still go to support the team!"

2207: Bolton manager Owen Coyle: "Anyone watching it around the world would have seen a classic encounter. The Blackburn fans can say what want but the spirit of their players is clear to see. I feel for Steve - the shoe could have been on other foot, but I'm delighted to come out on the right end of the result. We're in a position that's self-inflicted. But the fans got behind the team and they can go into Christmas with a smile on their faces. We've given them some Christmas cheer. This is how quickly football changes. We've won one game, now we must take the momentum into the two home games we have next. During a season you have pivotal moments and this was one. We've drawn a line in the sand and we have to keep this up."

2206: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy after the 2-2 draw with Norwich: "It was exciting, captivating and excruciating at times. I think we dominated the second half. Irrespective of the goals we've conceded, we should have won with the amount of chances we created."

2203: Well I don't know about you lot but I'm shattered after that. Two great games of football and plenty of drama off the field as well. Blackburn were dreadful in the first half but to Steve Kean's eternal credit, he managed to rally his side despite the torrent of grief he was getting from his own fans. Junior Hoilett was the difference, and I doubt he'll be at Ewood Park for much longer than Kean. Sign him up. Wolves v Norwich was a cracker as well, and here's what Wolves boss Mick McCarthy thought...

2159: That point for Wolves keeps them just out of harm's way at the bottom. I've just seen that Paul Robinson challenge again and, I have to say, Blackburn should have had a penalty. More bad luck for Steve Kean.

2156: Norwich manager Paul Lambert after the 2-2 draw at Wolves: "It was a bit frustrating at times - to take the lead and go 2-1 up then draw. But I'm delighted with the way that we played. There don't seem to be any dull games involving us. We were still trying to go gung-ho at the end. But I don't want to get admired and get relegated."

BBC Radio 5 live
2155: BBC Radio five live pundit Graham Taylor at Ewood Park: "Looking at the game, you can see why both teams are in the position they are. It's not been a good game to watch at all. It's difficult to see Steve Kean staying at Blackburn now but there is a lot wrong with the club."

2154: Owen Coyle had a consoling word in Steve Kean's ear there as the two shook hands. Coyle knows full well just how big a win that was as his side climb off the foot of the table. A fan threw a scarf and a season ticket at Kean in the aftermath. No-one wants to see that.

F1Couple Twitter: "Blackburn have proved in the past you can buy the league, but buying relegation? That's just madness!"

2153: FULL-TIME Blackburn 1-2 Bolton

2151: Darren Pratley should finish the game for Bolton but shoots wide before Chris Samba heads wide at the other end. Inches wide from the giant defender. Steve Kean holds his head in his hands, and those are the fine lines in football. So close but not close enough.

2149: That man Junior Hoilett chances his arm with a curler from 20 yards but it is just wide. Nails being bitten in the Bolton end now.

2148: We have four minutes of added time at Ewood Park. Chris Samba has parked himself up front now, and why not?

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Daryl via text: "It's hilarious seeing comments from Blackburn fans saying they're "embarrassed" by the "so-called fans" who are abusing Steve Kean, right after saying they themselves left Ewood Park early. Leaving early in a game of this magnitude for your club is every bit as embarrassing, if you ask me."

2146: As we tick into the last two minutes, Blackburn fans are calling for Steve Kean's head again. It can't be denied that they have been much improved in this half though. Bolton set to come off the bottom of the table as it stands.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Junior Hoillett. Very good prospect indeed. #bbcfootball."

2141: Junior Hoilett is the threat again for Blackburn, who are camped in Bolton's half now. Again he gets to the byeline but this time he can't find a cross. Five minutes remain for Rovers to salvage a point.

Anonymous on text, via 81111: "From the depths of League One to ninth in the Premier League. Has there been a better manager in England over the last two and a bit years than Paul Lambert?!"

Twitter
BestInthewor1d Twitter: "If anyone is gonna save Steve Kean's job it's Yakubu! He's on fire this season, David Moyes surely regrets selling him"

2138: What a game at Wolves, where it ends all square. The home side had a host of late chances but Norwich deserve a point. Thoroughly entertaining fare, as we enter the last 10 minutes at Ewood Park.

2137: FULL-TIME Wolves 2-2 Norwich

2135: From one adrenalin rush to another, and Wolves should be ahead. Matt Jarvis fires through a long ball to Steven Fletcher who finishes from eight yards but it's ruled offside. Then there's another great chance at the other end as Wayne Hennessey blocks Steve Morison's close-range shot. Finally Stephen Ward has a free header from five yards out but he he puts it straight at John Ruddy. Great game.

2132: Talk about commitment, as Paul Robinson steams into a challenge inside the area - and just wins the ball. Or does he? Maybe that was a penalty. It was very close. Yakubu then thunders a shot into the side-netting before Bolton almost kill the game off on the break. Martin Petrov squares from the left but Tuncay can't slide in on it.

2131: Wolves are well on top now at Molineux in what has been a pearler of a game. Absolute pedal to the metal all game long - what the Premier League is all about. Blackburn also on top as they push for an equaliser. Just give the ball to Junior Hoilett.

2129: The Bolton fans have suddenly gone very quiet, as Tuncay comes on for David N'Gog. All credit to the Blackburn players who have roused themselves into a strong performance here.

BBC Radio 5 live
2128: BBC Radio five live pundit Graham Taylor at Ewood Park: "It's a well taken goal from Yakubu, he knew exactly what he wanted to do when through on goal. Game on!""

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wolves goal: Game on at Molineux as well, as the home side level. Nenad Milijas swings over the corner from the left and Ronald Zubar gets up highest to plant a header home.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Blackburn goal: Now then, that makes life interesting. Junior Hoilett - who has been quality in the second half - wriggles his way through in midfield before picking out a gem of a pass to carve Bolton open. Yakubu is in on goal and, cool as you like, scoops the ball over Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the net. Game on now!

2124: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-2 Bolton (Yakubu)

2124: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-2 Norwich (Ronald Zubar)

2122: Bolton look to have a strong penalty shout when David N'Gog is brought down in the box by Chris Samba, but few of the visiting players appeal and referee Martin Atkinson waves play on. Steve Kean does make changes, bringing on David Goodwillie and Ruben Rochina. 25 minutes for Blackburn to dig out a result, maybe 25 minutes left of Steve Kean's career.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Norwich goal. A first Premier League goal for Simeon Jackson, who nets with his first touch since coming off the bench. Again Steve Morison is able to muscle his way past Roger Johnson far too easily and fires in a low cross which Jackson can't miss. He almost does, missing the ball with his left foot, but it strikes his standing leg to bounce in from a yard out.

2119: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-2 Norwich (Simeon Jackson)

2117: A brilliant minute of derby football. First, Junior Hoilett squeezes in a low cross which causes a massive bunfight in the six-yard box which Bolton somehow scramble away. There are two huge tackles in midfield and Bolton break away but Martin Petrov can't get on the end of Mark Davies' cross. Scintillating stuff.

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Paul in Blackburn via text: "I'm leaving Ewood as we speak! It's an absolute joke that our "fans" can behave like this. Do they really believe it's helping our team? However, Kean really doesn't know what he's doing and every player looks scared on the ball. He should do the dignified thing and walk."

2115: Bolton left-back Marcos Alonso has had to go off with an injury, so Paul Robinson comes on. A man made for a local derby.

2114: It's still end-to-end at Molineux. First, Norwich show their counter-attacking threat as Grant Holt tees up Wes Hoolahan, who whips in a 25-yard effort that whizzes just over the bar. Then Stephen Ward picks out Sylvan Ebanks Blake to head straight at John Ruddy.

2112: Junior Hoilett is certainly one man fighting for the Blackburn cause. He sets off on another great run to carry the ball 60 yards and win a corner. He was anonymous in the first half but is looking dangerous now.

Twitter
Former England cricketer Alec Stewart on Twitter: "If you're a proper fan get behind your team during a game & express your displeasure at the end. No help to Blackburn Rovers abusing Kean "

2111: Another good effort from Wolves forward Steven Fletcher, who shrugs off Marc Tierney then strikes just over the bar from the edge of the 18-yard box. At Blackburn, a Martin Petrov corner causes havoc but Bolton can't force it in.

2108: It's a shame that even that Steven N'Zonzi chance was met with vociferous shouts of 'Kean out'. It's genuinely difficult to see how he can carry on here to be totally honest.

teeman79 on Twitter: "I'd love it, just love it, if Blackburn win now! Nobody deserves abuse like that, what kind of fans are these!?"

2105: The first time Junior Hoilett has had the ball all night, and the first sight of goal from Blackburn. The winger tricks his way cleverly into the area and pulls the ball back for Steven N'Zonzi, whose side-footed effort is a whisker over the top. Much, much better from Blackburn.

2103: Another chance for Norwich, as more good work from Grant Holt tees up Andrew Surman, but his shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Wayne Hennessey. No changes from Blackburn by the way.

2101: Whatever Steve Kean said, it wasn't a long speech as the Blackburn players were out very early for this key 45 minutes. Blackburn kick us off.

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Matt in Blackburn, via text: "I'm a Blackburn fan leaving at half-time. Lynch mob mentality not for me. Scared, frankly. Embarrassed by so-called 'support'. They bizarrely think the anti-Kean chants don't affect the players. That's not a home game atmosphere for the biggest match of the season."

2055: There won't be many defenders in the Premier League who look forward to playing against Steve Morison and Grant Holt. The Norwich duo combine impressively again, Morison winning a header for Holt to hook goalward. Holt looked offside to me but his shot was tame anyway. Equally posied still in that game as we await the players back out on the pitch at Ewood Park.

2052: I've just cast my eyes down the team sheets, and Steve Kean doesn't possess much in the way of firepower on the bench to call for. Jason Roberts is an option, while the tricky Ruben Rochina would provide something different. No matter how bad they were in that half, if Blackburn can score first in the second half panic will set in for Bolton. This game isn't over yet.

2051: A lovely effort from Steven Fletcher as the Wolves striker curls over the top from 20 yards. An all-action start as expected from the hosts.

BBC Radio 5 live
2050: BBC Radio five live pundit Graham Taylor at Ewood Park: "I've been very disappointed in the response of the Blackburn players. There hasn't been any willingness from them. You say this and that about the manager, but once the players step over that white line, it's their responsibility."

Whistle
2048: No time for a breather here, as Wolves get the second half back under way at Molineux. A point would be a better result for Norwich, but if the second 45 minutes is anything like the first half, they'll both be going all out for the win.

2047: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-2 Bolton

2045: Well Ross (below), our new offices are on the ground floor with big glass windows and yep, it's not very nice. But you have to soak it up like a pro and get on with it. In all seriousness, this is a massive half-time team-talk coming up for both bosses.

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Ross in Aberdeen via text: "You really have to admire managers for managing to block out most of the abuse aimed at them. I wouldn't like lots of people knocking on my window at work shouting at me to resign or be sacked!"

2043: Is there anyone out there with any sympathy for Steve Kean? Anyone at all? the Bolton fans are singing 'There's only one Keano' - but I don't think they are entirely sincere.

mohamedtooranion Twitter: " At this rate,Steve Keane won't be sacked in the morning. He'll be sacked at half-time!"

aprilbox on Twitter: "It's laughable to believe that this is the same Blackburn that wanted to sign Ronaldinho"

2040: An epic long free-kick is launched from Paul Robinson but Jussi Jaaskelainen does really well to come and punch the ball out. Bolton looking extremely comfortable at the moment.

Twitter
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Twitter: "Today is a very difficult and painful day for both me and my family. Thanks for all the support, I'll keep working!... "

Manchester United's Michael Owen on Twitter: "Who would be a manager? 20,000 people calling for your head. This could be the longest hour of Keans life. Feel sorry for him."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Ewood Park: "Genuine hostility towards Steve Kean inside Ewood Park after Bolton's second goal - and owners Venkys not escaping either. Tough for Kean to stand alone in his technical area listening to this."

2035: It's turning ugly at Blackburn. Uglier anyway. A fan is somehow able to wander into the dugout to give Steve Kean some advice, before more dreadful defending allows another cross to find its way into the area but David N'Gog sees his shot blocked.

Half time
Wolves 1-1 Norwich
Arindam Rej's HT snapshot: "Entertaining, end-to-end football - with Norwich looking the brighter side, displaying some slick passing in a bold, 4-3-3 formation. Steve Morison is running the Wolves centre-backs ragged."

2034: Liverpool have released a statement in the light of Luis Suarez's eight-game ban. They are not happy. It says: "We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play - including Evra's own Manchester United teammates and all the match officials - heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth while a corner kick was about to be taken."

2033: HALF-TIME Wolves 1-1 Norwich

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: Well, there's a classic case of 'commentator's curse' striking. Dreadful at the back again from Blackburn as Nigel Reo-Coker breaks through the middle of the pitch far too easily. He feeds Martin Petrov on the left, whose scuffed cross in should be dealt with by Morten Gamst Pedersen, but he is challenged by Nigel Reo-Coker with the ball ricocheting in. Ugly goal.

2030: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-2 Bolton (Nigel Reo-Coker)

2029: Morten Gamst Pedersen hasn't done much wrong at left-back so far tonight, but he delivers a poor cross in when he gets forward on a rare foray. Must do better.

GJ in South Wales via text: "The length of ban for Suarez seems to be reasonable for the charge, but the fine is hardly half the wage of most premier league players. Perhaps hand fines based on the the player's weekly pay will be more adequate."

ve_Lupe on Twitter: "my goodness will #liverpool make it without the star striker? I see #lfc struggling at this point on."

2025: Gary Cahill has a sighter of goal for Bolton but slashes his shot wide, as Wolves and Norwich continue to trade blows in an end-to-end slugfest at Molineux. More goals to come there for sure.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wolves goal: I told you he was looking lively, and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake justifies his recall with the equaliser. A sharp move down the left sees Matt Jarvis pull the ball back for Stephen Hunt. His shot is blocked, but Ebanks-Blake reacts first to poke a real mishit of a shot into the bottom corner. A scruffy, but important goal.

2022: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-1 Norwich (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake)

2021: Better from Blackburn as they have a controlled spell of pressure, but David Dunn loses the ball at the vital moment. At Molineux, WOlves have a chance when the lively Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a touch to control, swivels then powers his shot over from 12 yards.

Twitter
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Ewood Park on Twitter: "Chants of "You're Getting Sacked In The Morning" directed at Steve Kean...from both sets of supporters."

MrDwayneOfficerl on Twitter: "Looks like Carroll will finally get to prove he's worth the £35 million Liverpool paid for him.."

adamgibby on Twitter: "What's the point of the £40,000 fine for Suarez? It'll barely register on his radar! Should have just added an extra game to the ban"

2017: It's quitened down in the stands at Ewood Park but it is still the visitors doing all the running. Yakubu has hardly had a touch so far, while the dangerous Junior Hoilett has also been kept under wraps. Owen Coyle definitely the happier manager so far.

MJF on the Luis Suarez ban, via text: "The FA were always going to take a strong stance especially after the Sepp Blatter situation recently. Eyes will be well and truly on the John Terry decision."

2015: Norwich look a real threat going forward and create two chances in quick succession. First Steve Morison heads at Wayne Hennessey from Marc Tierney's cross. Morison then wins another header to present Wes Hoolahan with a chance and he fires over from 25 yards. The surprise package keep on surprising.

BBC Radio 5 live
2003: BBC Radio five live pundit Graham Taylor at Ewood Park: "I look at Blackburn and I don't see a leader in there. No one grabbing one another saying "Come on". They all seem very quiet."

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Elsie, 85, from Liverpool via text: "In shock that Cliff Richard should be so harshly treated for writing two modern day Christmas carols and don't forget the man wrote Wired for Sound! Living legend!"

2012: Bolton have a real spring in their step as Martin Petrov is hauled down by Jason Lowe, who is also booked. Referee Martin Atkinson is not here to make any friends at all.

2011: More good work from Andrew Surman sends Steve Morison surging forward but - just as he is about to shoot - he is dispossessed by Ronald Zubar. At the other end, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's cross-shot is parried out by John Ruddy, giving Stephen Hunt a chance eight yards out but he scoops his shot over the bar.

Yellow card
2009: Looking at Mark Davies' goal again, there were at least five Blackburn defenders inside the area, and Paul Robinson was totally unsighted by the low shot. Blackburn midfielder Mauro Formica is booked for a crude challenge on the touchline. Rovers all over the shop here.

2007: What a few minutes there then. What do we think of Luis Suarez's eight-game ban? Andy Carroll had better lay off the turkey this Christmas, he's going to have some game-time coming up. And unsurpisingly, we've got chants of 'Kean out' and 'You're getting sacked in the morning' already at Ewood Park.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: What a start for Bolton and Owen Coyle. Disastrous defending from Blackburn as Chris Samba makes a mess of a clearance, David N'Gog has time to stumble inside the area before picking out the lurking Mark Davies, who drills a composed finish beyond Paul Robinson.

2004: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-1 Bolton (Mark Davies)

BBC Radio 5 live
2003: BBC Radio five live pundit Graham Taylor at Ewood Park: "This is a derby not filled with a lot of niceties and with the club in the positions that they are at the bottom, they'll be looking for people to stand up. It's a game where men are needed, not boys!"

Breaking news
BREAKING NEWS: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra. He is handed a £40,000 fine and an eight-game ban.

Whistle
1959: Andrew Surman goes close again with another header as he ghosts into the area. We are underway at Blackburn as well.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Norwich goal: What a header this is. Wes Hoolahan gets free down the left and swings in a great cross which Andrew Surman arrives onto. The former Wolves midfielder bullets the ball past Wayne Hennessey. Top stuff.

1957: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Norwich (Andrew Surman)

1956: The players enter the pitch at Ewood Park as we have our first real chance at Wolves. Norwich striker Steve Morison bulldozes his way through into the area, getting past Roger Johnson, but his shot is pushed out for a corner by Wayne Hennessey. That's the second time Johnson has struggled to contain Morison.

1955: Bolton manager Owen Coyle: "We needed a little bit of freshness. All the lads wanted to take part for obvious reasons but you can only pick 11 players. We've chopped and changed but we're coming here to be positive and try to win what will be a tough match. Both sides are in an area of the table they don't want to be but we are where we are and we need to get out. We know what we need to do. The players have to go and play. People are saying this is a huge game but it is still just three points. We have to be prepared to play and pass the ball. If we do, we'll create chances."

BBC Radio 5 live
1953: Former Blackburn goalkeeper Tim Flowers on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Clearly Wolves are planning for the future. You can see that looking around (at the ground developments). But, when you look at Mick McCarthy's record, it's first-class."

1952: Some slick passing from Norwich ends with midfielder Andrew Surman squirming a shot wide. This is better from the visitors, and this kit is also growing on me. It's like the Republic of Ireland kit circa 1990.

1950: Crocked Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is sat in the away end with the Wanderers fans. Great to see from the American, who's been a big loss for Bolton this season.

1948: Frenetic start from Wolves as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gets on the end of a free-kick but is challenged by Russell Martin just as he is about to pull the trigger. Great defending from the former Wycombe man.

Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Hope bolton get a win tonight........they don't deserve to be where they are and a win tonight will help them get out of it! #COYW"

BBC's Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "Kean vs Coyle tonight is like Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VII. Can't work out which one's which though."

1946: Blackburn manager Steve Kean: "We've picked a side that can go out there and get three points. We're looking forward to it. Us and Bolton are very close together and there's the added incentive of whoever wins gets a little nose in front. The spirit and determination is there in abundance. The number of times we've come from behind shows that spirit and togetherness is there. We're missing defenders and that's been tough, but we've got a back four in place and will always make chances with the type of offensive players we've got. We've just got to keep the back door shut."

Whistle
1945: We're off at Molineux, Norwich kick-off.

1941: The teams are lining up at Molineux. Mick McCarthy is wearing a big, padded jacket. Disappointing. The people of Barnsley will be ashamed. Norwich are wearing a green kit for some unknown reason.

1939: Norwich and Wolves fans, hit refresh now and you'll be rewarded with a link on the right to commentary from Molineux. Merry Christmas.

1937: Blackburn boss Steve Kean has taken 32 points in the Premier League since he replaced Big Sam Allardyce last year. Only one other manager has managed less than that, and I'll give you one guess who that man is... Yep, Owen Coyle has amassed just 29 points in that period. I blame Daniel Sturridge.

1935: Just over 10 minutes to go until Wolves v Norwich starts us off for the evening, with Blackburn v Bolton following at 2000. Ewood Park looks empty at the minute, but if the fans have any sense they'll be tucking into a chicken balti pie in the concourse for now. We expect around 2,500 Bolton fans tonight by the way.

Twitter
QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Blackburn v Bolton, huge game already and its not even Jan! So exciting the Premiership......."

1929: Great stat here for you Norwich fans: Cliff Richard's 'Mistletoe and Wine' was number one in the charts the last time Norwich City won a top flight match on a Tuesday. Brilliant. Incidentally, by far and away Cliff's finest Christmas track. I wasn't a fan of 'Saviour's Day' and he'd just lost the plot by the time 'Millennium Prayer' was out. Sir Cliff's certainly due another crack at the Christmas number one if you ask me.

Blackburn v Bolton
BLACKBURN v BOLTON TEAM NEWS
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Ewood Park:
"Blackburn manager Steve Kean has given his team a positive look with Junior Hoillett back to provide attacking thrust with Yakubu and Simon Vukcevic. Grant Hanley replaces the injured Scott Dann in central defence with Morten Gamst Pedersen expected to figure at left-back. Bolton boss Owen Coyle has dropped the enduring veteran striker Kevin Davies down to the bench and brings in David Ngog to play alongside Ivan Klasnic."

Blackburn v Bolton
Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Hanley, Pedersen, Hoilett, Dunn, Nzonzi, Vukcevic, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Petrovic, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie, Roberts, Henley.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Klasnic, Ngog. Subs: Bogdan, Robinson, Eagles, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Pratley, Boyata.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1925: There's a brass band playing Jingle Bells as the players warm up at Molineux. Having been to Wolves a fair few times myself, I bet it's freezing down there. Not that Mick McCarthy feels the cold. He'll probably be prowling the touchline in a vest.

Twitter
colm_hogan on Twitter: "This is is the AXE factor Final ,The finalists being Mr Steve Keane and Mr Owen Coyle. Who dares wins!"


jronnie92 on Twitter: "Norwich and Blackburn to win tonight, Kean will live to fight another day but won't last the season!"

Anon via text: "As a Burnley fan just going to sit back and enjoy tonight!"

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Tom in Bristol via text: "Hoilett will be a big player tonight. Might just the bit of quality that decides the game."

Wolves v Norwich
WOLVES v NORWICH TEAM NEWS)
Arindam Rej reports: "Mick McCarthy said in the build-up: "I have faith in Kevin Doyle." Sadly for Doyle, he's been dropped (but at least he had a big smile on his face while warming up). Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces him - Wolves' only change - and has an excellent track record against Norwich, having scored four goals in the last two league meetings between the sides. Norwich are unchanged with manager Paul Lambert again opting for both Grant Holt and Steve Morison up front."

Wolverhampton v Norwich
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Milijas, Henry, Hunt, Fletcher, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: De Vries, Guedioura, Hammill, Doyle, Stearman, Elokobi, Forde.
Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Martin, Whitbread, Tierney, Fox, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Johnson, Wilbraham, Barnett, Bennett, Pilkington, Jackson.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

1920: A lot of you are pointing out that Gary Cahill's form at the heart of the Bolton defence has nosedived since the start of the season. Has he missed the boat in terms of joining a big club? He's out of contract in the summer so we expect him to leave next month, but where to? Bolton need a big performance from their number five tonight.

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Everton captain Phil Neville on Twitter: "Looking forward to the BR vs Bolton game tonight- if I was Kean/Coyle I'd go all out for the win- if ur going to die, die trying!"

Blackburn v Bolton
BLACKBURN v BOLTON (2000)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Ewood Park:
"Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean - the prime target for the supporters' dissatisfaction at Ewood Park - has pleaded for a united front ahead of the meeting with Bolton. He writes in his programme notes: "If ever we needed to stand solid together then tonight's the night." Bolton boss Owen Coyle is also under pressure as they stand bottom of the Premier League and he accepts criticism, saying: "Have your opinion; call it any way you like. We all have jobs to do and as long as no-one gets personal about anyone at my club we will not have a problem about that."

Wolves v Norwich
WOLVES v NORWICH (1945)
Arindam Rej reports: "Any Wolves fans who vent their frustrations at manager Mick McCarthy tonight will not endear themselves to visiting boss Paul Lambert. Discussing the flak McCarthy took earlier in the season, Lambert said: "It was terrible. For what he has done for that club, it just shows you that some people have short memory spans at times." Wolves' players need to improve with McCarthy eyeing new recruits in January. He said: "We are looking, and freshening it up always helps."

1914: BBC Sport pundit Alan Hansen has looked into his crystal ball and doesn't see a great future for Owen Coyle or Steve Kean. He said: "Even the winner [tonight] may only be granted a little more leeway, time and respite. For the loser the consequences could be devastating."

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Krish in Maidstone on text, via 81111: "Bolton's away record is identical to Blackburn's home record. But...with Rovers at least playing well, going for a 2-0 to Blackburn, Gary Cahill in this form exposed to the Yak has just one result."

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cjmilk on Twitter: "All this noise about Bolton Blackburn but what about Wolves? McCarthy must be on thin ice!"

James_ODonoghue on Twitter: "If Blackburn v Bolton is Eastenders, does that make Steve Kean and Owen Coyle the Mitchell brothers?"



BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Junior Hoilett returns for Blackburn, who name Morten Gamst Pedersen at left-back, with Grant Hanley also starting. Bolton leave out captain Kevin Davies.

1910: We should have team news from Ewood Park any moment now, but I can tell you two defenders who won't be playing for Blackburn for very different reasons. Michel Salgado has been given the week off as he will be given a new contract if he plays a certain amount of games, while Scott Dann has, er, ruptured a testicle. No way of saying that one lightly is there? See, being a footballer isn't all great.


Blackburn v Bolton
BLACKBURN v BOLTON (2000)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Ewood Park:
"The fate of Blackburn and Bolton's season will not be decided at Ewood Park tonight - but the future of a manager may well be. Bolton's Owen Coyle has had the vocal public support of his chairman Phil Gartside while Blackburn counterpart Steve Kean insists he still has the backing of owners Venky's. Kean may, however, struggle to survive in the face of open revolt from many Blackburn fans if his side follow up their last-minute loss to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with another defeat here."

Wolves v Norwich
WOLVES v NORWICH (1945)
Arindam Rej reports: "Thanks to Blackburn and Bolton, Wolves have stayed out of the limelight but they are on a serious slide themselves, picking up seven points from their last 13 games. Their good start means they remain outside the relegation zone - but only just. Norwich would have been expected to be in similar strife at this stage but they continue to punch above their weight with strikers Grant Holt and Steve Morison looking increasingly at home in the Premier League."

1907: I've just seen odds of 33/1 that both Owen Coyle and Steve Kean will be relieved of their positions by midnight. Unlikely you feel, but a barometer of the pressure cooker they are in at the moment. Time to hear what our reporters are expecting from tonight's games...

nadz156 on Twitter: "Blackburn don't really have a "home advantage" as the fans are not supporting the club"

orientlen1 on Twitter: "Whoever loses at Ewood to go down. Whoever wins to scrape a last day 17th position"

1905: And life isn't much better at Blackburn, where Steve Kean has won 11 of his 43 games in charge in all competitions. A 12th win tonight though would at least open up a four-point gap over Bolton. Feeling positive? Whether you're a Wanderer, a Rover or a neutral, get in touch with your predictions for tonight's games. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @TJRostance or text in via 81111 (UK).

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BenGooden on Twitter: "It's El Clas-Sacko"


1902: Painful reading for Bolton fans, and I've got more for you here. Since his side were trounced 5-0 at Wembley by Stoke in last season's FA Cup semi-final, Owen Coyle has won four league games. Four league games in eight months. Ouch.

1900: Nathan Blake has, unsurprisingly, picked out Bolton's awful defensive record as the reason for their struggles. He said: "I can't believe the amount of goals they are conceding. They are not losing 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, it seems to be 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0. When I played for the club, we got relegated on goal difference and I don't ever remember, apart from Manchester United spanking us once, such a bad run of results at Bolton." For the record, Wanderers have shipped 38 goals in their 16 league games so far. And that's with Gary Cahill.

1858: What we need is someone with a foot in both camps to give their opinion. Luckily, we've gone to your 'go-to man' in these situations - former striker Nathan Blake. Blake said: "I think the winner can go on and get out of trouble. Whoever loses, I can see it being a long season."

1855: Over in Blackburn, both Rovers boss Steve Kean and Bolton counterpart Owen Coyle are under huge pressure, with the loser of tonight's game potentially facing the sack - depending on who you read. Maybe a draw will see both of them out on their ear this Christmas? We just don't know. Yet.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is recalled in place of Kevin Doyle, while Norwich are unchanged after their 1-1 draw at Everton at the weekend.

1853: Lest we forget, Wolves v Norwich is our first game of the evening, very much playing a supporting role to the Lancashire derby tonight though. Wolves will finish the night outside of the relegation zone regardless of the result at Ewood Park but Mick McCarthy could really do with a home win of his own. Norwich are flying in the heady heights of ninth place. No worries in east anglia at the moment...

Angles2 on Twitter: "Massive, massive game for Bolton tonight. Biggest in 10 years. COYWM!"

1850: Yep, if you like Eastenders, you are going to love the fare served up at Ewood Park tonight. For this could be the most hate-filled, miserable and uncomfortable 90 minutes you can experience this week without seeing Ian Beale. Bolton can't buy a win and are bottom of the league, while Blackburn manager Steve Kean is proving about as popular as an ex-wife on Christmas Day. Even the local paper have called for his head. Let's face it, we're all hoping for massive drama.

1845: Evening all. As parents, teachers and various high street retailers will tell you, 'tis currently the season for giving. And we have two neighbours tonight who are desperate to give each other a thorough hiding as they try and climb away from the bottom of the Premier League. Come and join me as we brave not only Wolves v Norwich, but the main event in Lancashire: Blackburn v Bolton. It's what Christmas is all about...



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Premier League results

20 Dec 2011 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 16 35 41
2 Man Utd 16 23 39
3 Tottenham 15 13 34
4 Chelsea 16 15 32
5 Arsenal 16 7 29
6 Liverpool 16 7 29
7 Newcastle 16 2 27
8 Stoke 16 -7 24
9 Norwich 17 -4 21
10 Aston Villa 16 -3 19
11 Fulham 16 0 18
12 Swansea 16 -4 18
13 West Brom 16 -8 18
14 Everton 15 -3 17
15 QPR 16 -13 16
16 Wolves 17 -13 15
17 Sunderland 16 -1 14
18 Wigan 16 -15 13
19 Bolton 17 -17 12
20 Blackburn 17 -14 10

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