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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 March 2007, 17:01 GMT
Premiership clockwatch
FT Chelsea 3-0 Sheff Utd
FT Middlesbrough 0-2 Man City
FT Reading 0-0 Portsmouth
FT Tottenham 3-1 Watford
FT Wigan 0-0 Fulham

Early game:
Man Utd 4-1 Bolton

Later kick-off:
Blackburn v West Ham (1715 GMT)


By Caroline Cheese

1657: FULL-TIME Tottenham 3-1 Watford
An easy win for Spurs - marred only by that late goal from Watford which means Martin Jol's side are without a clean sheet for 20 league games. Watford's survival hopes take another crushing blow.

1656: FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-0 Sheff Utd
Chelsea wrap up a comfortable win at Stamford Bridge to keep up the pressure on leaders Manchester United. The gap is still six points.

1654: FULL-TIME Wigan 0-0 Fulham
The bore draw ends at the JJB Stadium. Nothing more to add there.

1653: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 0-2 Man City
Three vital points for Stuart Pearce and Manchester City as they move nine points clear of the relegation zone. Still no celebrations from Pearce, who calmly shakes hands with Boro counterpart Gareth Southgate and walks off down the tunnel.

1653: FULL-TIME Reading 0-0 Portsmouth
All over at the Madejski and it's a point apiece for two sides chasing European football.

1651: GOAL Tottenham 3-1 Watford
Tommy Smith dispossesses Pascal Chimbonda and crosses for Darius Henderson to tap in a consolation. So that'll be 20 Premiership games without a clean sheet for Spurs.

1650: Reading striker Steve Sidwell is inches away from getting on the end of Dave Kitson's lofted ball but Pompey keeper David James collects.

1647: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 Watford
Hossam Ghaly's deflected shot wraps it up for Tottenham. Providing they don't concede, Spurs will record their first clean sheet in the Premiership since 28 October - against Watford.

1645: Middlesbrough fans have seen enough at the Riverside. They'll be hoping for much, much better on Monday when they travel to Old Trafford for the FA Cup quarter-final replay. Jonathan Woodgate should be back then - the defender is in the crowd today, wearing a comedy beenie hat.

1643: Still nothing to report at the JJB Stadium. A succession of corners for Wigan but no real chances. Fulham don't look too fussed about winning the game.

1638: Mido is still shaking his head. Not surprising really. He can count his lucky stars that it won't prove decisive.

1636: A remarkable miss from Mido. Watford keeper Ben Foster spills Tom Huddlestone's shot and the Egyptian striker contrives to shoot straight at Foster with the goal gaping.

1634: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-2 Man City
Joey Barton wins the ball in midfield and threads the ball through for Emile Mpenza to slot in his first goal for City. The visiting fans go beserk. Still nothing from Psycho.

1633: Bad news for Watford and Sheffield United. Spurs bring on flying winger Aaron Lennon against the struggling Hornets while Didier Drogba is on for Chelsea against the Blades.

1629: Struggling Manchester City are heading for their first league win since New Year's Day and their first win at Middlesbrough since 1977. Hold on to your hats, City fans.

1628: Hornets keeper Ben Foster puts that last horror moment behind him by saving brilliantly from Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

1625: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Watford
You'll think I'm joking here but believe me, I'm not... Paul Robinson's free-kick from his own half is left by Watford defender Lloyd Doyley, bounces and then sails over Watford keeper Ben Foster's head. Unbelievable. England's number one scores against his deputy. Training should be fun this week.

1621: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 Man City
Joey Barton's corner is met by a poor header from Andrew Davies, and when Emile Mpenza heads on, Sylvain Distin turns and shoot high past Mark Schwarzer. Under-pressure manager Stuart Pearce shows no reaction to the goal, remaining stone-faced.

1620: GOAL Chelsea 3-0 Sheff Utd
Shaun Wright-Phillips delivers a fabulous free-kick from the left for Michael Ballack to head in.

1619: Wigan striker Henri Camara misses an open goal from two yards. The ball hits his knee and dribbles wide.

1615: The BBC's man at the JJB Stadium begins to ponder whether he has seen a worse game this season...

1612: Abel Xavier's hair has reached new heights of ridiculousness today. Check it out on Match of the Day later - it's approximately three inches tall. Must be helpful when challenging for headers.

1611: The news from Stamford Bridge is that Rob Hulse is on his way to hospital with a suspected broken ankle.

1610: Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer has to be alert to keep Georgios Samaras's header from finding the bottom corner from Darius Vassell's cross.

1608: We're back off and running around the grounds.

1606: Michael Ballack is coming on for Chelsea, replacing Frank Lampard. No word if that's an injury to the England midfielder. Steve McClaren will be holding his breath.

1603: They're in a hurry to get things finished at the Madejski Stadium. They're back under way in the second half.

1600: In BBC Sport's Player Rater, Andriy Shevchenko leads the way for Chelsea with 8.41 after scoring one and setting up the other goal. Don't forget to have your say...

1557: Not much half-time entertainment to speak of. Legendary Spurs striker Martin Chivers is waving to the crowd at White Hart Lane. And then he's off again.

1551: HALF-TIME Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United
Chelsea in control but the first-half was overshadowed by a horrible injury to Sheffield United striker Rob Hulse. No news as yet but it looked like a leg break.

1550: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-0 Fulham
The whistle goes at the JJB Stadium. One shot on target in 45 minutes tells the story.

1549: HALF-TIME Tottenham 1-0 Watford
Jermaine Jenas's header gives Spurs a half-time lead at the Lane.

1549: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 0-0 Man City
A dreadful first half comes to a close at the Riverside. The crowd might need some alcoholic refreshment after that.

1548: HALF-TIME Reading 0-0 Portsmouth
Referee Steve Bennett brings the first half to a close at the Madejski Stadium and we're all square.

1547: Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe runs at Lloyd Doyley, twisting and turning and then stabbing his shot narrowly wide.

1545: Reading have had the better of things at the Madejski Stadium but no goals so far in the meeting between two sides hopeful of qualifying for Europe next season.

1543: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Watford
Pascal Chimbonda crosses for Jermaine Jenas to power in a header. That's his fifth goal in his last seven games.

1540: The competition for the afternoon's worst game is between Middlesbrough-Manchester City and Wigan-Fulham. The Riverside is just edging things at the moment. It is your classic war of attrition.

1532: Sheffield United have the ball in the net... but Colin Kazim-Richards has to push keeper Petr Cech out of the way and then use his arm to get the ball back for Claude Davis to tap in. The referee spots at least one of those offences and the goal is ruled out.

1529: First bit of action of note at the JJB Stadium involves yet another injury. Republic of Ireland striker Caleb Folan is stretchered off and replaced by Henri Camara.

1527: A typically slick passing move from Tottenham ends with Jermain Defoe shooting too close to Watford keeper Ben Foster from a tricky angle.

1523: A sickening sight at Stamford Bridge. Sheffield United striker Rob Hulse goes to challenge for a ball in the penalty area and suffers what looks like a very serious leg injury. Puts me in mind of Manchester United striker Alan Smith's leg break last season. Very nasty. He gets a sympathetic round of applause from the home fans as he is stretchered off.

1521: Steve McClaren look away now... Gary Neville has already been ruled out of England's Euro 2008 qualifer against Israel and now his possible replacement Micah Richards is down injured at the Riverside. The Manchester City defender hobbles off to be replaced by Georgios Samaras.

1520: The first chance at White Hart Lane falls to the hosts but Mido scoops disastrously over from Steed Malbranque's cut-back.

1518: Champions Chelsea are producing the perfect response to Manchester United's earlier thrashing of Bolton. They have been outstanding so far, with Andriy Shevchenko winning plenty of fans at Stamford Bridge.

1517: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Sheffield United
Shaun Wright-Phillips's cross is flicked on by Andriy Shevchenko and crashed in by Salomon Kalou.

1513: Relegation candidates Watford are looking comfortable at White Hart Lane but then Spurs have been down to 10 men for seven minutes. Ricardo Rocha has been off getting treatment on a head injury. He's back now with a new number 50 shirt.

1511: Joey Barton won't win his way back into the England squad like that. The Manchester City midfielder's 30-yard shot goes 30 yards wide.

1508: Bad news for Boro fans... Emmanuel Pogatetz is stetchered off with what looks like an Achilles injury. The defender was injured trying to clear the ball. Andrew Davies is on.

1506: David James, having come out into the bright sunshine without a cap, takes two minutes of the game staring into the sun to decide he needs one.

1504: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Sheff Utd
Who needs Drogba? Ricardo Carvalho picks his way out of defence and delivers the perfect pass for Andriy Shevchenko, who takes one touch and smashes in a spectacular volley.

1504: And finally Watford kick off the game at Tottenham. The Hornets first XI have scored four Premiership goals between them this season.

1502: We're under way everywhere except White Hart Lane. Clearly enjoying their lunch in north London.

1457: Teams are out around the grounds - and so is the sun. Chelsea's top scorer Didier Drogba has got a smile on his face despite being dropped to the bench against Sheffield United.

1442: Chelsea and Tottenham clearly have half an eye on their FA Cup quarter-final replay on Monday. Chelsea drop Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack to the bench against Sheffield United, while Spurs are without Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Aaron Lennon against Watford.

1440: The final whistle goes in the early game at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson has had four opportunities to show off his dad-dancing skills this afternoon. His side were three up in 25 minutes against Bolton and never looked back. Good and bad news for England boss Steve McClaren: Gary Neville went off injured after 10 minutes but Wayne Rooney was in sparkling form.


Chelsea top-scorer Didier Drogba drops to the bench as does Michael Ballack but Shaun Wright-Phillips starts and Salomon Kalou partners Andrei Shevchenko up front. Nick Montgomery returns to the Sheffield United midfield following suspension and winger Keith Gillesepie also returns to the starting eleven.

Middlesbrough leave Jonathan Woodgate and Mark Viduka out ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Manchester United on Monday. Julio Arca is sidelined with a groin injury while Dong Gook Lee gets a full debut. Manchester City make one change to the side which lost 1-0 to Chelsea in midweek, with Michael Johnson replacing Stephen Ireland.

Michael Duberry comes into the centre of defence for Andre Bikey in Reading's only change from the side beaten by Arsenal last time out. A combination of injuries, suspensions and tactics prompts five changes to the Portsmouth team beaten by Chelsea in their last Premiership outing. In come Glen Johnson, Niko Kranjcar, Benjani Mwaruwari, Dejan Stefanovic and Arnold Mvuemba, for Noe Pamarot, Djimi Traore, Sean Davis, Matt Taylor and Lomano LuaLua.

Martin Jol clearly has an eye on Monday's FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea as Dimitar Berbatov, Aaron Lennon and Robbie Keane are all dropped to the Tottenham bench. Jermain Defoe and Mido start up front. Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd makes three changes to the side that beat Plymouth last week, with Gareth Williams, James Chambers and Lloyd Doyley all starting.

Wigan captain Arjan De Zeeuw is back in the starting line-up while striker Henri Camara and midfielder Paul Scharner are both on the bench. Fulham defender Philippe Christanval has failed to recover from a hamstring injury.

Saturday's football photos
17 Mar 07 |  Football


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