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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2007, 16:59 GMT
Premiership clockwatch
Charlton 4-0 West Ham Liverpool 4-0 Sheffield United Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading

Early game:
Fulham 1-2 Manchester United

Late match:
Watford v Everton (1715 GMT)

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

By Caroline Cheese

1655: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading
Lee Dong Gook hits the post at the death for Boro but still the hosts wrap up an impressive win over high-flying Reading.

1654: FULL-TIME Liverpool 4-0 Sheffield United
Liverpool follow suit with a crushing win over Sheffield United. The Reds stay third.

1651: FULL-TIME Charlton 4-0 West Ham
It's all over. Charlton complete an emphatic win and if Watford can get a point against Everton later, West Ham will be bottom this evening.

1648: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading
Reading give themselves a glimmer of hope through John Oster's volley after a Glen Little cross.

1647: Lee Dong Gook comes on for his debut, much to the delight of Boro's newly-acquired Korean fan club.

1644: West Ham fans are streaming out of the Valley. Their next three games are against Tottenham (home), Blackburn (away) and Middlesbrough (home).

1642: Sheffield United manage their first shot on target as Rob Hulse hits the bar.

1638: GOAL Charlton 4-0 West Ham
West Ham's defence go to sleep again. It's three against six in favour of the Hammers as Charlton counter-attack but still Darren Ambrose is able to pick out Jerome Thomas who finishes easily.

1635: GOAL Liverpool 4-0 Sheffield United
All over now. After a lovely move, Steven Gerrard evades Chris Morgan's challenge and powers a right-foot shot into the far corner.

1632: GOAL Liverpool 3-0 Sheffield United
The Blades defence fail to clear Jermaine Pennant's corner and Sami Hyypia somehow beats keeper Paddy Kenny at his near post with a scuffed shot.

1630: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-0 Reading
Mark Viduka easily turns the defender and releases Yakubu with a measured pass. The Nigerian striker hammers into the top corner and Gareth Southgate's team look poised for their first victory for a month. However, they would do well to remember the reverse fixture when Reading came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in their first ever Premiership match.

1623: Liverpool are still in control at Anfield. They are heading for their first league win in three.

1620: On BBC Sport Interactive's Player Rater, Cole gets a 5.50, which is remarkably generous if you ask me. Christian Dailly is leading the Hammers hall of shame with a miserable 4.

1617: Carlton Cole, who I hadn't even realised was playing, is replaced by Kepa Blanco for West Ham. Seriously, Cole has barely touched the ball.

1616: At the Riverside, Yakubu cuts in from the left and shoots wide.

1615: Calum Davenport, who didn't exactly cover himself in glory in the first half, wastes a chance to get West Ham back into the match by heading straight at Scott Carson from Yossi Benayoun's cross.

1612: Souleymane Diawara is booked for tripping Yossi Benayoun. Free-kick about 25 yards out. Scott Carson tips over Carlos Tevez's effort.

1611: Charlton sub Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink breaks from midfield and hits the post with a curling shot.

1605: Back under way everywhere and Charlton begin as they ended the first half. Jerome Thomas goes past Hayden Mullins with embarrassing ease but his cross is cut out by Anton Ferdinand.

1601: Curbs obviously kept his half-time talk short because West Ham's players are out on the pitch well before the opposition. Marlon Harewood is on for Matthew Etherington.

1551: Half-time at Anfield. Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock looks like he might want a chat with the referee about those penalties.

1549: Reading's Ivar Ingimarsson is shown the game's first yellow card for a tug on Yakubu's shirt. And it's half-time at the Riverside.

1546: The Hammers fans move on to "we want our money back". Curbs better have a belting half-time team-talk ready. And just as I say that, the whistle goes.

1542: GOAL Charlton 3-0 West Ham
It's a drubbing now. Darren Bent beats a woeful offside trap to pick up Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's clever pass and slots home. Alan Curbishley shakes his head as the West Ham fans launch into "You're not fit to wear the shirt".

1538: Carlos Tevez's backheel finds Nigel Quashie whose 30-yard piledriver is well saved by Charlton keeper Scott Carson.

1535: Charlton 2-0 West Ham
Jerome Thomas has the freedom of the Valley as he races into the box. He turns Calum Davenport and arrows a left-footed shot into the corner. "We are staying up", sing the Charlton fans. They might be, you know.

1531: It's all going on at the Valley. First, Carlos Tevez tricks his way to the edge of the box before he is finally robbed. On the counter-attack, Darren Bent crosses across the face of goal but there's no one on the end.

1525: GOAL Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United
Encore un fois. Steven Gerrard is brought down in the box once more, this time it is Nick Montgomery clambering all over the Liverpool captain. Robbie Fowler went left last time so he goes the other way for the second spot-kick in four minutes.

1524: GOAL Charlton 1-0 West Ham
Darren Bent releases Marcus Bent down the right and his cross finds Darren Ambrose completely unmarked. The Charlton fans go beserk.

1523: Dirk Kuyt comes on to replace Crouch.

1521: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Sheffield United
Robbie Fowler powers home the spot-kick. It was Fowler who scored a penalty in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season - a game that ended 1-1.

1518: Penalty at Anfield. Rob Kozluk pulls down Steven Gerrard as a corner comes in. The whistle goes but not soon enough for Reds striker Peter Crouch - who gets a boot in the face and is stretchered off. Claret everywhere.

1516: Next into the referee's book at the Valley is Nigel Quashie for a crunching challenge on Darren Ambrose. West Ham apparently don't like Ambrose much - that's the second time he's been taken out.

1513: Darren Ambrose bursts into the penalty area but he is shut down by Anton Ferdinand as he goes to shoot. Very much advantage Charlton at the moment and the home crowd are loving it.

1510: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Reading
Stewart Downing delivers a lovely free-kick from the left which Emmanuel Pogatetz heads down for Mark Viduka to backheel in.

1508: Not a pretty start to the game this. Charlton have a free-kick about 30 yards out but Talal El Karkouri gets it all wrong and his daisy-cutter goes about six yards wide.

1506: West Ham defender Paul Konchesky gets a deserved yellow card for a horrible challenge on Darren Ambrose. It was so late, not even Konchesky protests.

1502: The games at Liverpool and Charlton are under way, with Middlesbrough v Reading bringing up the rear.

1500: There's West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson in the crowd. He turned 60 this week and apparently new Uefa president Michel Platini was one of the guests at his party. Ooh, get him.

1457: The players are out at the Valley. West Ham are without Matthew Upson, who failed a fitness test.

1449: We've got an opera singer entertaining the crowd at the Valley with a rendition of Nessun Dorma. If the whispers are to be believed, West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is not a big fan of opera. Surely this is not a deliberate ploy by Addicks manager Alan Pardew to upset Curbs?

1445: Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez throws a curveball with his team selection. Javier Mascherano gets a debut - but the real surprise is both Jerzy Dudek and Robbie Fowler start against Sheffield United.

1440: Sir Alex Ferguson is celebrating like he's just won the title. It's a bit like watching your dad dance at a wedding. I suppose you can't really blame him: United now have a nine-point lead in the race for the Premiership crown.

1439: Manchester United wrap up a squeaky 2-1 win at Fulham. Ryan Giggs levelled after Brian McBride's opener but the Cottagers looked the more likely scorers for most of the second half. Cristiano Ronaldo broke Fulham's hearts with a deflected shot which crept into the corner three minutes from time.

TEAM NEWS

Charlton recall striker Darren Bent and England defender Luke Young, while Talal El-Karkouri is also back after suspension. West Ham are still without recent signings Lucas Neill and Matthew Upson through injury, while another new boy, Luis Boa Morte, is out because of illness - giving a chance to former Charlton defender Paul Konchesky.

Liverpool ring the changes with keeper Jerzy Dudek making his first league start of the season and Javier Mascherano getting his debut. Robbie Fowler also plays. Sheffield United include Rob Kozluk, Ahmed Fathi and Derek Geary.

Michael Duberry makes his debut for a Reading, replacing Andre Bikey. Middlesbroughpair Abel Xavier and Adama Johnson make way for Andrew Davies and Lee Cattermole.


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