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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 February 2007, 17:03 GMT
Premiership clockwatch
Results:
Wigan 1-0 Newcastle
Blackburn 3-0 Portsmouth
Tottenham 4-1 Bolton

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

By Nathan Mercer

1652: FULL-TIME: Blackburn 3-0 Portsmouth
A dismal day for Portsmouth but a dominant display by Blackburn who had the game tied up after an impressive opening 45 minutes.

1651: FULL-TIME: Tottenham 4-1 Bolton
It was a marvellous performance by Tottenham who blew Bolton away in a frenetic first half.

1650: GOAL: Tottenham 4-1 Bolton
Right at the end of the game Aaron Lennon caps off a fantastic Spurs performance with a simple tap-in. Steed Malbranque broke down the right channel and squared for Lennon who side-footed home from close range.

1646: David James pulls off a remarkable save from Tugay to stop a fourth goal. It won't make any difference to his overall performance though, his first-half display was unforgivable.

1643: Chelsea look to have settled matters in Cardiff. Didier Drogba has just put Chelsea 2-1 up with six minutes to go.

1639: Not sure who the band members at Ewood Park are but they're horribly out of tune today. A painful rendition of 'We love you Blackburn, we do' is blasted out to the annoyance of yours truly. I'm all in favour of bands at grounds but these lads seriously need to up their game.

1637: Ricardo Vaz Te comes on and with his first touch almost hands Bolton a lifeline. His stretching close-range header loops narrowly over the bar. To the relief of his marker Ricardo Rocha.

1635: Dimitar Berbatov has led the line superbly since Robbie Keane's dismissal. A constant threat for Spurs and it's made Bolton think twice about leaving fewer numbers at the back.

1632: Wonderful double save from Jussi Jaaskelainen to keep his side in the game. The first from Dimitar Berbatov, the second from Steed Malbranque. You wouldn't have guessed that Tottenham are the side down to 10 men.

1629: It's been a perfect repsonse from Blackburn's tragic exit from the Uefa Cup in midweek. They've bullied Portsmouth from the off and quickly banished the memories of that lacklustre draw against Bayer Leverkusen.

1628: Dimitar Berbatov decides on unilateral action in the second half to prove attack is the best form of defence. The Bulgarian forces Jussi Jaaskelainen into a scrambling save with a dipping volley. He then rose to bullet a header inches over the bar.

1624: Bolton are streaming forward at White Hart Lane, looking to claim the newly introduced 'comeback of the year' award. But Tottenham look solid and more than comfortable of holding off a fightback.

1619: PENALTY SAVE - Portsmouth
Put that Razzie on hold. He's just pulled off a penalty save to restore some credibity to his otherwise shocking performance. It was his rash trip on Morten Gamst Pedersen that led to the spot-kick, but Shabani Nonda failed to seal his hat-trick.

1617: And David James is surely favourite to scoop a Razzie for his two blunders today.

1615: On Oscar weekend it could be argued that Shabani Nonda could be honoured in a best supporting role. His unselfish assist when on a hat-trick allowed Stephen Warnock the easiest of chances.

1611: GOAL: Blackburn 3-0 Portsmouth
The changes to Portsmouth's line-up make no difference whatsoever and this game is effectively settled. Unlike the first tow goals it was a well-worked, incisive move that carved open the Pompey defence. Matt Derbyshire fed Shabani Nonda who slipped an inviting cross across the box and Stephen Warnock smashes home his first Blackburn goal.

1608: There's a new cast list for Portsmouth, their top-scorer Nwankwo Kanu comes on for Sean Davis and Niko Kranjcar comes on for Noe Pamarot.

1606: And we're underway at Ewood Park and White Hart Lane.

1604: Right, we're just about ready for the second half. I've just had a lovely cup of tea to fire me up for the second 45 minutes, courtesy of the boss. Cheers, Lewis, no biscuit mind.

1552: If you're interested, the Carling Cup final is all square at 1-1. My colleague Saj Chowdhury is doing a fine job on that commentary, but if you don't fancy keeping up with the two minnows from London battling it out, stay tuned for the conclusion of these two absorbing Premiership tussles.

1549:HALF-TIME: Blackburn 2-0 Portsmouth
Comical defending from Portsmouth has led to two sloppy goals being conceded and David James is in for a right rollicking when Harry Redknapp shuts the dressing room door.

1547: HALF-TIME: Tottenham 3-1 Bolton
The players leave the field and referee Graham Poll is booed off after sending off Robbie Keane. To be fair to Poll, he was spot on. When Keane looks at the replay tonight he'll realise what a clown he was for disputing it.

1544: As you would expect, Bolton are starting to enjoy more possession with a man extra on the field. It's stoppage time and Tottenham can't get out of their own half.

1539: Portsmouth escape a big appeal for a penalty as Linvoy Primus pushes over Matt Derbyshire inside the box. Had that been given it would almost certainly have been curtains for this beleagured Pompey side.

1536: GOAL: Tottenham 3-1 Bolton
Great drama at White Hart Lane. Robbie Keane won't be getting a hat-trick today as he's currently in the changing room throwing his boots against the wall.

He should have kept his hands down as ref Graham Poll spots a handball by the Spurs skipper on the line, and awards a penalty and sends Keane off.

Gary Speed duly obliges from the spot as he strikes low and hard to make it 3-1.

1533: David James needs just two more clean sheets to pass David Seaman's record of 141 in this league but a few more gaffes like that this term and he'll be waiting a long to time to surpass the great man's record.

1528: GOAL: Blackburn 2-0 Portsmouth
David 'Calamity' James's afternoon goes from bad to worse. Matt Derbyshire's tame cross across goal causes all sorts of panic and mayhem and James and Noe Pamarot get in each other's way with the loose ball finding Shabani Nonda who strokes home into an open net.

1527: Abdoulaye Faye limps out of the action, possibly from shell shock, to be replaced by Andranik Teymourian, with Ivan Campo dropping back to try and plug the leaks in the Bolton defence.

1526: Portsmouth's sluggish start forces Harry Redknapp to get off the bench and urge greater effort from his players - almost immediately Lomano LuaLua goes close with a shot that flashes past the post.

1522: GOAL: Tottenham 3-0 Bolton
It's a rout in North London, their fierce rivals may be lauding it up in Cardiff, but Spurs are destroying Bolton in the Premiership. It was a well-crafted goal as Pascal Chimbonda takes a return pass from Teemo Tainio to gallop to the dead-ball line and Robbie Keane darts to the near post to stab the ball in from close range.

1520: Due to their involvement in the FA Cup and Uefa Cup Blackburn have played three more games than Pompey, but at the moment its Rovers are looking the more lively side. Portsmouth conceding possession too easily and giving away too many fouls.

1518: GOAL: Tottenham 2-0 Bolton
Tottenham are running away with matters at the Lane. The Bolton defence laid off Robbie Keane inviting a powerful shot which Jussi Jaaskelainen unable to hold and Jermain Jenas mopped up the loose ball.

1516: Disgraceful challenge from El-Hadji Diouf who clatters Aaron Lennon from behind and leaves the England winger in a heap. A yellow card is produced, but it could easily have been a red. Lucky escape for Diouf.

1515: Bolton almost found an instant replay, with Stelios Giannakoplous's close-range header drawing an instinctive save from Robinson.

1511: GOAL: Tottenham 1-0 Bolton
Dimitar Berbatov's exquisite lay-off finds Robbie Keane who races through and lashes in a left-foot volley that beats Jussi Jaaskelainen at his far post. A fine start for Spurs who have got Bolton on the rocks.

1509: Abdoulaye Faye's foul on Aaron Lennon on the edge of the box gives Spurs early sight of goal but Jermaine Jenas' driven free-kick is headed over by Robbie Keane.

1507: Who needs the Carling Cup final, eh? We've got plenty of action and incident to keep us entertained in the Premiership, particularly with Portsmouth defending as comically as this.

1504: GOAL: Blackburn 1-0 Portsmouth
No sooner had the game kicked off, Blackburn are in front. It's a sloppy start from Portsmouth as Shabani Nonda latches on to a poor Sol Campbell header and places his volley past David James.

1502: Bolton in a natty change strip of a red wine colour. Possibly a nice mature Chateuneuf du Pape.

1501: No rest for the wicked and we're underway at White Hart Lane for the second match of the day.

1458: FULL-TIME: Wigan 1-0 Newcastle
And Wigan hold on. It wasn't pretty but Wigan won't mind too much as the win takes them six points away from the drop zone. Newcastle were disappointing and after the penalty miss in the first half, never looked like troubling John Filan, who was immense.

1457: Paul Jewell's side have mustered just two victories in their last 16 matches, but are on the brink of claiming their third.

1453: As Newcastle streak forward, Henri Camara almost catches the Magpies out at the other end. His shot from the edge of the box deflects off Titus Bramble and Shay Given makes a fine fingertip save from the looping deflection.

1452: The fourth official signals five minutes off added time, that should account for all the timewasting the Wigan players endured on the game.


1451: TEAM NEWS
Tottenham show one change from side that won last Premiership match, 2-1 at Everton, with Ricardo Rocha replacing Antony Gardner in the centre of defence.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce makes two changes from side that make two changes, with Abdoulaye Faye replacing the suspended Tal Ben Haim, and plumping for Ivan Campo's experience at the expense of Andranik Teymourian.

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes was trying to husband his resources by making four changes.

Top scorer Benni McCarthy rested to the bench, along with David Dunn and Zurab Khizanishvili, while Ryan Nelsen left out. Stephane Henchoz, Chris Samba, Aaron Mokoena and Shabani Nonda all start.

Linvoy Primus for Djimi Traore was Portsmouth's only change from the side that beat Man City three weeks ago.

Pedro Mendes starts for Pompey after recovering from Joey Barton's challenge in that game.


1449: Newcastle make their final change of the match with Paul Huntington withdrawn for Andrew Carroll. It's the youngster's Premiership debut and with his first touch he brings a fine save from John Filan.

1448: That's six bookings for Wigan now, Henri Camara is the latest villain.

1445: Henri gets his first chance to express himself and embarks on a darting run down the left, his cross picks out Caleb Folan at the back post but he snatches at his shot and it trickles wide. Then Folan does what every great striker does after missing a great chance, insist it took a deflection off the defender.

1443: Their is an air of urgency about Newcastle now with James Milner, Charles N'Zogbia and Soctt Parker streaming forward to join Obafemi Martins in attack.

1441: Half chance for Nicky Butt but in the scheme of things, it's their best chance of the half. Butt hits the ball into the ground after a scramble and it pops up over the bar on to the roof of the net.

1438: Wigan pick up their fifth booking with Josip Skoko making his way into the referee's black book. Scott Parker was felled late and rashly and the Aussie can have no complaints.

1434: Timewasting? With 18 minutes to go? I'm afraid so. The referee has spotted it and warned a couple of the Wigan players. I guess if my team were leading I wouldn't moan too much, but for the neutral it's extremely frustrating.

1432: Sorry Wigan fans, I might be tempting fate here, but from what I'm watching, it doesn't look like Wigan are likely to concede any time soon. They're more than holding their own.

1428: If the Magpies are to offset the 100% record Wigan have over them here, they'll have to show some more spark and creativity. There's precious little penetration as we approach the half way mark in the second period.

1425: The change comes as Newcastle were beginning to get bogged down. James Milner immediately makes an impact by ghosting past Leighton Baines who is duly booked for his late lunge by Alan Wiley.

1421: Newcastle prepare a double change. Glenn Roeder is obviously not happy with the way things are panning out after his rallying call ath the break. Off comes Damien Duff for Charles N'Zogbia, while Nolberto Solano makes way for James Milner.

Wigan take off Antonio Valencia and on comes Henri Camara to a ferocious roar from the home support. He's been out since 16 December and boy are these fans glad to have him back.

1419: I've never really understood the mentality of fans applauding a long ball that doesn't come off. Emmerson Boyce launches an overhit up and under that sails out of play and the Wigan fans give him a sympathetic clap. Have a word!

1416: Oguchi 'Gooch' Onyewu makes an important tackle on Caleb Folan when the striker was clean through. The home crowd didn't like the barge from the yank, but he Newcastle team-mates did as he stopped a shot on goal.

1413: It's the battle of the hoofers in the opening minutes of the second period. Maybe they don't want to make the pitch any worse than it already is?

1410: Wigan's goal means that Newcastle haven't kept a clean sheet in the Premiership for 14 matches. A stat quite surprising when Glenn Roeder hails Shay Given as the best goalkeeper in the Premiership. Mind you, he has got Titus Bramble ahead of him.

1407: Wigan restart the game and someone in the PA control room has forgotten to turn the music off. It's blaring out 30 seconds into the second half. Not sure what it is but it's not great.

1405: Out come the players for the second half and Obafemi Martins is among the Newcastle players despite picking up a slight knock at the end of the first half.

1349: HALF TIME: Wigan 1-0 Newcastle
It's been a frustrating first half for Newcastle who have had good chances to get on the scoresheet - not least the penalty miss. But it's Wigan who head into the break on top. They have John Filan's heroics in goal and Ryan Taylor's heroics with the dead ball to thank for it.

1347: With the half drawing to a close, Lee McCulloch almost doubles Wigan's lead. His bullet header is pushed away by Shay Given as the Newcastle goal comes under siege in stoppage time.

1344: Get back to your own half Steven Taylor! He was given a free chance at the back post to drill home and all he can muster is a horrid slice that troubles no-one but the ballboy.

1340: GOAL: Wigan 1-0 Newcastle
A sublime free-kick by Ryan Taylor gives the hosts the breakthrough. Minutes earlier Taylor was harshly adjudged to have hauled down Antoine Sibierski, now he's whipped a delightful curling set-piece beyond Shay Given into the top corner. Stunning effort.

1338: The two number nines are in a spot of bother. Emile Heskey and Obafemi Martins pick up knocks and the former is forced to depart. He hobbles off and Kevin Kilbane comes on to replace him. Martins also heads off the field but he will have treatment before being swapped.

1336: John Filan's done enough this half to get a shout for a place in Garth Crook's team of the week. Three fine saves have kept his side in it.

1334: It's Newcastle's turn to exert some pressure now and Titus Bramble has a half chance with a header from a Nolberto Solano corner.

1331: PENALTY SAVED
Nolberto Solano squanders the chance and John Filan, who has been excellent thus far, pulls off another fine save. He leaped across to his right and repelled the spot-kick to safety.

1330: PENALTY FOR NEWCASTLE
Antoine Sibierski goes down under the slightest of touches by Ryan Taylor who is booked for his troubles. It was a poor decision and Nolberto Solano has the chance to put Newcastle ahead.

1327: Another Wigan chance and another woeful attempt at a shot. Emile Heskey unselfishly cut it back for McCulloch who slashed his shot well wide.

1326: Make that two fine saves. This time Obafemi Martins cracks a half-volley from outside the box at the Latics keeper. He got down well and gathered at the second attempt after the swirling shot.

1324: John Filan has absolutely nothing to so far but when called into action he pulls of a fine stop to deny Damien Duff. Another mazy from from the winger but his dinked chip was well palmed away by the keeper.

1323: The passing on both sides has been poor and that's largely why neither side are able to take control.

1321: The home side may have had a shout for a penalty in the midst of that last chance. The ball certainly looked to have hit Nicky Butt's arm, referee Alan Wiley is having none of it though.

1318: Wigan almost find a fortunate opener. Ryan Taylor's free-kick smashed into the wall, with the rebound eventually finding it's way to Lee McCulloch who could only prod straight at Shay Given.

1316: Caleb Folan is putting it about among the Newcastle defenders, Oguchi Onyewu and Titus Bramble don't look best pleased as he's been a real handful so far.

1313: Shay Given makes an important clearance well outside his area. Caleb Folan was charging down the loose ball and the keeper just gets there ahead of the Wigan frontman to hoof clear.

1311: First clear chance for Newcastle and it falls to Obafemi Martins. He's scored in his last four appearances for the Magpies and should have added to that total there. A jinking run from Damien Duff down the left baffles Matt Taylor but Martins fails to get a decent connection on the Irisman's whipped cross.

1309: Wigan claim the first corner of the match and Newcastle deal with it at the second attempt. Early pressure being applied by the hosts though.

1307: Pitch-wise it's not a pretty site from my view. It's dry, rugged and rough from what I can make out, it's making for a few passes to go astray in these opening exchanges.

1304: Josip Skoko has the first sight of goal, he's yet to score for Wigan and that effort was never likely to threaten that stat. It was high, wide and Shay Given simply watched it fly by.

1303: The Geordie fans are quick to stamp their authority on the battle of the stands by goading the home support's sections of empty seats.

1301: Newcastle get us underway.

1300: Here we go then, the players have taken their positions and we're ready for the early kick-off.

1247: While Chelsea and Arsenal eyes will be focussed on final in Cardiff later on, this page will endeavour to keep you updated on Sunday's three Premiership ties.

Our first stop is the JJB Stadium where strugglers Wigan host a resurgent Newcastle. Paul Jewell takes charge of the Latics for the 250th time in the league and will be hoping to put more distance between his side and the bottom three.

Newcastle, fresh from their victory in the Uefa Cup on Thursday, have lost just one of the last six Premiership matches as they look to continue their march up the table.

TEAM NEWS

Wigan make one change from the side that drew with Watford in midweek with Luis Antonio Valencia replacing the suspended Fitz Hall.

Newcastle make four changes as Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Huntington, Scott Park and Antoine Sibierski start. Shay Given also returns in the Magpies goal after his rest in midweek.


SEE ALSO
Sunday's football photos
25 Feb 07 |  Football
Wigan 1-0 Newcastle
25 Feb 07 |  Premiership
Tottenham 4-1 Bolton
25 Feb 07 |  Premiership
Blackburn 3-0 Portsmouth
25 Feb 07 |  Premiership


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