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Premier League as it happened

Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
Derby 0-2 Everton
Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
Tottenham 1-2 Blackburn

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

By Charlie Henderson

Player of the Day: As things stand Mikel Arteta takes your vote with a mark of 8.24. The Everton man edges out two of the day's other scorers, Steven Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas.

1759: There's also Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two from 2200 GMT. It comes thoroughly recommended, particularly the action from that match between Liverpool and Arsenal.

1758: Spoony's standing by for your calls on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606. The show lasts an hour tonight. Call him on 0500 909 693 or text on 85058. And there's always 606...

1756: It was unlucky 13 when it comes to Arsenal's run of wins, which ends at 12, but the Gunners go top of the table on goals scored from Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson was watching at Anfield and takes his United team to the Emirates next Saturday. Should be a belter.

"Arsenal fan here. A fair result. I have to say this game was high paced, action packed every minute and was the most evenly matched game we've had this season. Liverpool could have gone up 2-0, and we could have gone up 1-2. Looking forward to another fast-paced game next week at home when we play the Mancs! Still top of the table with a game in hand."
neova2 on 606

1755: FULL-TIME Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
They both started the day unbeaten in the league and that's how they end it, with Arsenal maintaining a six-point advantage over their hosts. The Gunners go top, with Liverpool dropping to sixth following Blackburn's win earlier in the day. Nice to start the season unbeaten, but it's not about where you are when the clocks go back. Next spring when the clocks go forward will be when it gets really interesting.

1754: Steve Finnan is in behind the Arsenal defence. No. There's the lineman's flag. Bad call. That must be about it.

1753: Theo Walcott and Kolo Toure link up on the right. The defender powers to the byeline and flicks the ball into the six-yard box but William Gallas is unable to turn the ball on goal.

1752: Three minutes of added time left in a wonderful game.

1751: Steven Gerrard bursts into the box on the right following a Peter Crouch flick on. But he is tracked all the way by William Gallas and the Frenchman's blocking tackle clears the danger.

1750: Arsenal look the stronger, although a passing move breaks down on halfway. Liverpool need to get a feel of this ball.

1749: Alvaro Arbeloa's ball into the Arsenal box is too high for Dirk Kuyt.

1748: Arsenal break. Theo Walcott drills a shot in which Jamie Carragher clears. The Gunners come again. Cesc Fabregas curls a delightful side-footed effort on to the post and Nicklas Bendtner's instinctive touch to the rebound goes over. That's the second time that's happened. And that left-hand post has also been hit twice.

1747: Five minutes to go and Liverpool will have to see out time with 10 men. Javier Mascherano is struggling.

1745: Can anyone get a winner? Arsenal are pushing, but here come Liverpool on the counter. Their break comes to nothing.

1743: Into the last 10 minutes of normal time.

1742: It's the away fans making the noise after a momentary stunned silence fell over Anfield. The home defence seemed to stand statuesque as Cesc Fabregas strode forward.

1741: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas motors forward from midfield and latches on to Alexander Hleb's dinked pass, poking it home past Pepe Reina at his post. Hleb eked the pass out through a crowd of three red shirts. The assist and the goal cap fine individual displays for those two.

1740: A poor clearance from Steve Finnan, but fortunately for Liverpool Jamie Carragher is on hand to mop up the danger. Hold on for a grandstand finish.

1738: Theo Walcott twists and turns on the right. His cross goes through to Alexander Hleb on the left. Liverpool can't clear. Desperate defending. Jamie Carragher eventually thumps the ball clear off the toes of Emmanuel Adebayor.

1737: A dipping John Arne Riise volley goes inches over the Arsenal bar. The Norwegian pounced on a half-hearted clearance.

1736: Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Eboue are hooked. Gilberto Silva goes into midfield with Mathieu Flamini going to left back. Theo Walcott replaces Eboue on the right, Alexander Hleb goes to the left and Nicklas Bendtner will lead the line with Emmanuel Adebayor.

1735: A double Arsenal change coming. Gilberto Silva and Nicklas Bendtner are ready and waiting. John Arne Rise picks the wrong pass with Peter Crouch lurking on the edge of the box.

1734: William Gallas is playing with greater and greater adventure but his attacking forays are mustering little. Alexander Hleb looks to get a shot away on the edge of the area but is crowded out.

"Reds have the beating of the Goons today."
Steve via text on 81111

1732: Neat progress from Arsenal. Crisp passing. William Gallas overlaps on the left but as he looks for a return ball Jamie Carragher comes in with a thundering challenge on the edge of the area.

1730: Alvaro Arbeloa comes on for compatriot Xabi Alonso. A quarter of the match remaining for Arsenal to find an equaliser... or better.

1729: A third and final change is on the cards for Liverpool. Xabi Alonso injured himself as he climbed to meet that Steven Gerrard free-kick.

1728: A first change for Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Tomas Rosicky.

1727: Steven Gerrard's free-kick into the box catches Manuel Almunia in a flap but Kolo Toure is on hand to hook clear off the line. There was a handball from Xabi Alonso anyway.

1726: Kolo Toure is booked for a block on Dirk Kuyt. Yossi Benayoun replaces Andriy Voronin and 4-4-2 must be on the cards now for the hosts.

1725: Winderful fluid passing in the middle of the park between Andriy Voronin and Steven Gerrard. They combine to free Peter Crouch but the substitute's low effort across goal from the right is wide.

1723: William Gallas charges forward from the back for Arsenal. He's making good progress and must fancy his chances of having a pop on goal as he has scored three times against Liverpool in the past. He's crowded out and flops to the turf on the edge of the area.

"We need to test Carragher more! He's not in good form, almost as bad as the Tottenham back four. Walcott's the player to do this."
theothefuture on 606

1720: That Arsenal possession figure must be going up all the time. They are the only club to have scored in every Premier League game so far this season.

1718: MATCH REACTION Tottenham 1-2 Blackburn
Rovers match winner Christopher Samba claims he hits shots that well each and every day in training and adds: "I have been working on my finishing." Proof if needed that practice pays off.

1717: Javier Mascherano chops down Bacary Sagna and white-shirted Arsenal players crowd round referee Howard Webb. Terrible. The Argentine is booked. A few of the Arsenal moaners should be as well.

1716: Emmanuel Eboue is free again on the right. His lashed shot cannons off the foot of Pepe Reina's left post and rockets out to Cesc Fabregas who can't turn it into the open goal.

1714: A piledriver of a shot from Peter Crouch after he neatly collected a long ball forward. Manuel Almunia is at full stretch to push it around his post. The Spaniard gives it the Tim Henman fist pump.

1713: Arsenal break down the right but Emmanuel Eboue's cross is deflected from John Arne Riise and goes through to Pepe Reina.

1712: Tomas Rosicky is booked for a foul on Xabi Alonso. Nothing malicious.

"Liverpool have been totally outplayed. I'm curious to find out what the ball possession stats are for the first half."
Googzie on 606
"It's not possession that counts, it's what you do with it."
Arnie_Aardvark on 606
About 56% to Arsenal or thereabouts.

1707: All eyes on one match now as Liverpool get things going for the second 45 against Arsenal. Remember, these are the Premier League's only two remaining unbeaten teams.

1705: Peter Crouch strolls out of the Anfield tunnel and will be replacing Fernando Torres in the Liverpool attack. He scored a hat-trick in this fixture last season.

Player rater: Liverpool goalscorer Steven Gerrard leads the way and is one of four players you rank on a mark of eight or better. Mikel Arteta, Cesc Fabregas and Robbie Keane are the others.

1655: MATCH REACTION Derby 0-2 Everton
County boss Billy Davies will be dipping into the transfer market come January in the search for more quality. "Sometimes you've just got to put your hands up and say other teams have got better quality and we have to add quality. I can't fault the players, but their heads went down too easily afdter the goal."

1651: FULL-TIME Tottenham 1-2 Blackburn
Glum faces up in the posh seats and all around White Hart Lane - apart from a pocket of dancing Lancastrians. If he didn't before, Juande Ramos knows he's got a big job on his hands now. Spurs are winless in eight Premier League games. Rovers make it six wins in a row.

"Nice to see that sacking Jol has changed things at Tottenham."
musicalspanner on 606
"Juande Ramos just hailed a cab outside White Hart Lane. "Where to?" asked the cabbie. Ramos replied "Seville".
john blaze on 606

1650: GOAL Tottenham 1-2 Blackburn
Welcome to Tottenham Juande Ramos! Spurs fail to clear a ball into the box and Roque Santa Cruz lays the ball off to Christopher Samba who clubs it beyond Radek Cerny from the edge of the area. Yet another goal conceded in added time.

1650: HALF-TIME Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal

1648: Peter Crouch is up and ready to come on, almost definitely for Fernando Torres. But why now? Just wait until the break.

1647: Steven Gerrard checks a purposeful run forward from Kolo Toure and in turn releases Fernando Torres. The Spaniard's not at the races. He wastes possession and is struggling with some sort of injury. Unlikely to see him in the second 45.

1646: Blackburn are cranking up the pressure of Tottenham. A late change for the hosts with Jermain Defoe replacing Dimitar Berbatov with a minute left of normal time. He'll join fellow substitute Darren Bent in attack with Robbie Keane.

1644: Steven Gerrard whips a free-kick with pace into the Arsenal box from the left but the Liverpool runners are all ahead of the ball. They had even more pace about them.

1642: Free-kick for Blackburn but Morten Gamst Pedersen's shot, central but far out, is rising, rising, rising and well over.

1641: The blue-booted Aaron Lennon is in behind the Rovers defence again. Oh no he's not. The Tottenham flyer is offside.

1637: Handbags at the Lane. Robbie Keane acts as peacemaker after Roque Santa Cruz and Didier Zokora get a bit heated after a challenge from Morten Gamst Pedersen on Michael Dawson. Both protagonists are booked. There are 10 minutes left.

1635: Tottenham defender Michael Dawson lines up a volley in the Blackburn area. It's acrobatic. It's blocked.

1632: Jamie Carragher and Emmanuel Eboue clash off the ball in the Liverpool box. The Arsenal man needs no second invititation to go down but there was a raised arm from the Liverpool man there.

"I need to ring the police! There's been an assault at Anfield."
red (gothic) devil on 606
"He barely touched him. Total dive.
Eddyj90 on 606

1631: Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel punches a cross clear off the head of Dimitar Berbatov. Moments later Didier Zokora threads a pass through to Robbie Keane but the ball races through to Friedel.

1629: And a third corner for Liverpool. Poor defensive work and the ball eventually drops for Steven Gerrard. Manuel Almunia pushes his stinging shot over. The Gunners clear the third corner better than the preceding two.

1628: Arsenal are really clicking through the gears in attack, but they need to defend a corner now. And another.

1626: MATCH REACTION Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
New Bolton boss Gary Megson expresses happiness at his team's performance, adding "it gives us a bit of optimism to go forward." Martin O'Neill sums up the game nicely. "The second half was better without being terrific," says the Villa manager. Fair assessment and a fair share of the points.

1625: Jet propulsion from Aaron Lennon on the Spurs right but his pull back is poor. Not a white shirt near it and Blackburn clear.

1623: Robbie Keane is picked out on the left of box Blackburn box. His chip into the danger area is headed goalwards by Dimitar Berbatov, but Brad Friedel tips over to deny Spurs a second.

1622: Tomas Rosicky darts into the Liverpool area and lobs Pepe Reina. Sami Hyypia clears off the line. Emmanuel Eboue's volleyed follow up is blocked.

"Arsenal are playing fantasy football at the moment. Surely it's only a matter of time before they equalise."
Googzie on 606

1619: Swift movement across the pitch from Arsenal... Cesc Fabregas on to Emmanuel Adebayor on the left of the box but Pepe Reina comes out quickly to block.

1617: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Blackburn
That put the mockers on Spurs. Benni McCarthy scores his fourth in three with a right-footed effort from distance that takes a slight deflection off Michael Dawson and goes in off the left post.

1615: Spurs look far more robust in defence than they have done for many a week. But there's a third of the match to go and they are the most vulnerable team in stoppage time having conceded four goals so they're far from home and hosed.

1612: A bouncing ball in the Liverpool box and the hosts clear the danger as far as Alexander Hleb. His snap shot from the edge of the area is low and wide.

1610: Neat play from Tottenham with Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov freeing Young-Pyo Lee on the left of the box. Blackburn captain Brad Friedel saves.

1609: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal
A rasping rocket of a drive from Steven Gerrard. The Arsenal wall breaks at the free-kick and Gerrard's effort almost busts the net it is hit with such venom. The perfect start for Liverpool.

1608: Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia stretches well to push away a Steven Gerrard shot low to his right. Liverpool maintain possession and the passage of pressure until Cesc Fabregas fouls Xabi Alonso outside the box.

1606: Andriy Voronin is booked after catching Cesc Fabregas on the ankle. No messing from referee Howard Webb, although Fernando Torres thinks his Spanish compatriot may be messing and has made more of that than needed and has a word.

1605: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Blackburn
Penalty to Spurs as Stephen Warnock clips Aaron Lennon's heels in the box. Warnock is booked. Robbie Keane scores.

1604: An early worry for Liverpool as Jamie Carragher struggles after coming across to stop Emmanuel Adebayor in his tracks. The home defender needs treatment.

1603: Tottenham and Blackburn resume.

1602: Liverpool and Arsenal start.

1601: Tottenham and Blackburn are back out.

"I have one of my university final exams in the morning, but I am up in Tasmania at 3am to watch Arsenal v Liverpool... dedicated to the cause! It was seriously incovenient that daylight savings went forward in Australia and back in the UK!"
ctfish on 606

1556: The players emerge at a bright Anfield with Liverpool led out by skipper Steven Gerrard on the occasion of his 400th appearance for the Reds. Arsenal are in their change strip of white.

1554: The atmosphere's building at Anfield where there is a rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from the home fans. None of the four BBC pundits asked had this down as a home win. Garth Crooks is going with Arsenal while Gary Pallister, Gavin Peacock and Mark Lawrenson all reckon the spoils will be shared. Lawro says 1-1.

1552: FULL-TIME Derby 0-2 Everton
Everton climb two places into the top half of the table. Derby drop to bottom spot and the final whistle is greeted by boos from a section of the home fans.

"For Derby to lose at home in such a pathetic manner could simply spell one thing - the beginning of the end of their premiership campaign."
Justice_wa_Baruti on 606

1551: Giles Barnes closes in on the Everton box and threads a pass out to the over-lapping Tyrone Mears, but his flat cross is blocked and cleared by Alan Stubbs.

1548: Victor Anichebe looks to put pressure on Derby's Stephen Bywater as he clears a back pass but doesn't quite make up the ground to the keeper. Home fans are heading for the exits. Three minutes of added time to play.

1547: HALF-TIME Tottenham 0-0 Blackburn
What's Juande Ramos thinking? No more tip top tapas. No more amazing architecture. He has swapped sunny Seville, a city of stunning scenery and seriously sensational food for grey, drizzly Tottenham. At least his new team look brighter than they have in recent weeks.

1545: Derby substitutes Robbie Earnshaw and Steve Howard link up well but the effort on goal from Earnshaw is poor.

1544: Robbie Savage comes off on the verge of the interval having come off second best in a challenge with Robbie Keane. Spurs fans like that. Aaron Mokoena is on.

1543: Why do players do it? Kicking the ball away that is. Blackburn's David Dunn does and is duly booked. Maybe they cut some of the sense out of his head when he went for that sharp grade one cut he's sporting.

1541: Arsenal are going for a 13th win in a row but haven't won in the league on any of their three previous visits to Anfield, although they did batter the Reds there last season in the FA Cup and the Carling Cup. The four games between the sides last season ended 13-8 to the Gunners.

1540: Rafael Benitez explains the idea behind selecting an attacking team: "The idea is for us to attack." He's cleared that up then. "If you play against Arsenal and just defend that is very difficult, so it's better to attack and at Anfield we believe we can beat anyone."

1538: Into the last 10 minutes at Pride Park. Victor Anichebe replaces Yakubu in the Everton attack.

1536: Derby boss Billy Davies has been rummaging in his pocket and has dug out some dice. He gives them a final roll and throws on David Jones for Kenny Miller. They last scored two goals in the league on the opening day of the season.

1533: Tottenham skipper Robbie Keane picks a sublime pass off the outside of his boot down the right channel. Dimitar Berbatov can't find the target with an effort from an acute angle after running on to it.

1532: A sliding challenge in the box from Claude Davis takes the ball away from Yakubu as Everton eye a third. Derby invited that pressure on themselves with ponderous play.

"Derby look rubbish. They would have trouble beating Burton on this form."
Das at Pride Park via text on 81111

1528: It is open and entertaining stuff between Tottenham and Blackburn. What's that old cliche? It's like cup football. End-to-end and being played at a fast pace. Dimitar Berbatov fails to connect with a volley in the Rovers box.

"Juande Ramos will be encouraged. Tottenham have had a couple of good chances."
John Scales, BBC Radio 5 Live pundit

1526: Robbie Earnshaw deflects a Giles Barnes shot just wide of the Everton goal.

1525: Dimitar Berbatov flies into the advertising boards as he and Andre Ooijer chase the ball. The Tottenham striker is up and over the boards and clatters into a heap on the other side of them but is OK.

1523: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
Boos at the Reebok and a seventh draw in nine meetings between these two. But there are reasons for Bolton fans to smile. They are off the bottom of the table for the time being, and with Derby losing it looks like it will stay that way for a while.

1521: Young-Pyo Lee plays a pass over the top for Aaron Lennon, but unlike Yakubu he cannot execute a crisp finish when put through on goal. Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel stays big to deny the Tottenham man.

1520: GOAL Derby 0-2 Everton
Steven Pienaar clips a low pass into the path of Yakubu on the edge of the box. The Derby defence is cut open and Stephen Bywater is exposed for a second time. Everton score for a second time.

1519: Free-kick for Villa on the right. Patrik Berger's delivery fails to beat the first man. Getting jittery at the Reebok with three minutes of added time.

1515: Change for Derby with Robbie Earnshaw replacing Eddie Lewis. County have improved from their late first-half showing, but they always lack a final, killer ball.

1514: Five minutes and added time to go at the Reebok for Bolton or Villa to find a winner.

1513: Villa keeper Stuart Taylor parries a shot at his post from Ricardo Gardner after a poor clearance from his defence. El Hadji Diouf scoops the rebound wide of the target for Bolton.

1512: Blackburn have a few players who the Spurs fans are not too keen on. They'll never forget Robbie Savage's antics during the 1999 League Cup final for Leicester, while former Gunner David Bentley gets it in the ear for coming from the wrong side of the north London tracks.

1510: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Arsenal
The hosts bring in striker Fernando Torres and midfielder Xabi Alonso and out go former Gunner Jermaine Pennant and Dutch winger Ryan Babel. Arsenal make just one change from the team that demolished Slavia Prague in midweek as Tomas Rosicky takes over from Theo Walcott.

"I am surprised Rafa has gone for three strikers. Arsenal will have alot of the ball now so I fancy Arsenal to take this one. Hopefully a good game."
GunnerDoddAFC on 606

1509: Blackburn have hit their straps. They cut Spurs open in one move before David Bentley cuts in from the left and fizzes a shot wide moments later.

1508: A change for Bolton with goalscorer Nicolas Anelka going off for former Villa man JLloyd Samuel. It's all about Kevin Davies in the home attack then now.

1507: Joseph Yobo heads a yard wide from a corner. Derby can't afford to concede another. It is nine matches since they scored more than a single goal in a match.

1505: Aston Villa's Wilfred Bouma times a tackle to perfection to take the ball off Kevin Davies in the box.

1504: A lively start from both sides at White Hart Lane. Steed Malbranque's speculative long-range shot is deflected behind for a corner, which Rovers easily clear.

1502: Everton get things going again against Derby and they have been forced into a change. Leighton Baines, who was hobbling after that reducer from Darren Moore, has made way for Alan Stubbs.

1500: Tottenham get the ball rolling on life after Martin Jol at White Hart Lane.

"I hope Spurs get a win for the big Dutch Bear."
Little Dutch Bear via text on 81111

1458: Clive Allen milks his one game in charge of Tottenham with a wave to the stands for someone special. His wife? A prospective employer? Who knows.

1456: The players emerge at White Hart Lane. Blackburn are in their change strip of red and black.

"Juande Ramos is preparing for the real test. Tottenham play Blackpool in the Carling Cup this week."
Jimmy Armfield, BC Radio 5 Live pundit, who soon takes the mick out of Connor McNamara for his clock faux pas.

1455: Not such a good reception for Gary Megson at Bolton as he makes his first substitution as boss. Ivan Campo comes off for Gary Speed and boos ring out.

1454: Here comes Juande Ramos. Suit, thick overcoat and he's done his homework. The tie is in Tottenham colours. Nice touch from the Spaniard.

1452: Rovers might be on a run of five successive wins, three of which were in the Premier League, but they have won just once at Spurs in the last decade.

1450: Cameras are trained on the VIP seats at White Hart Lane. Where's the new boss? Still no sign as the great and the good of N17 file through to take their seats.

1448: HALF-TIME Derby 0-1 Everton
Derby looked threatening before the goal, but that knocked the stuffing from them.

1446: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
Villa catch Bolton napping with a throw-in on the right and Gabriel Agbonlahor is free. He arrows into the box and spears a shot on goal which Luke Moore chests beyond Jussi Jaaskalainen at the near post. The substitute didn't seem to know all that much about it and neither do the Bolton bench. They are all checking out the replay on a monitor.

1444: A booking for Derby's Darren Moore after he clatters into Leighton Baines.

1443: Nicolas Anelka threatens to pounce on a short back pass but Villa keeper Stuart Taylor is alert to the danger.

1442: Ever since those photos turned up from Daniel Levy's jaunt to Sevilla it was obvious it would happen one day. Juan de la Ramos Cano is at Tottenham, although despite panning cameras there's no sign of him. He's probably cowering behind the scenes from the incessant drizzle. Tottenham's not exactly sunny Seville on a good day. Today's not a good day.

1439: The crowd at Bolton is 18,000 and something, their lowest ever in a Premier League match. Gary Megson has got a job on his hands to win the locals over.

1436: A shot on goal for Stephen Pearson from a reported 24 yards. Tim Howard saves comfortably low to his left.

1435: BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Conor McNamara is taking a battering from all and sundry for turning up at the Reebok an hour early as he forgot about the change to the clocks.

1434: The players are back out at Bolton and Aston Villa have made changes. Shaun Maloney and Isaiah Osbourne are off. Patrik Berger and Luke Moore are on.

"Villa are absolutely garbage. A Sunday morning park team would beat them on this performance. And when oh when will teams learn not to give away free kicks in their last third against Wimbolton."
stegly on 606

1431: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Blackburn
Striker Jermaine Defoe, who started with Dimitar Berbatov in the 2-1 defeat to Getafe on Thursday, is dropped, while Michael Dawson comes in for the injured Anthony Gardner. Rovers are unchanged from the team that beat Reading 4-2.

1429: Clive Allen has donned a suit for his one game in charge of Tottenham and is watching Spurs warm up from the touchline. Juande Ramos is reportedly at White Hart Lane. He will watch the game in the company of chairman Daniel Levy.

1425: GOAL Derby 0-1 Everton
Derby might be getting into things, but Everton are slap bang in the middle of them now. Yakubu steps over Phil Jagielka's low pass forward and an ocean of space opens up for Mikel Arteta. One-on-one with Stephen Bywater there's only one winner. The Spaniard.

1424: Derby are getting into things now and look lively in attack. Kenny Miller is crowded out on the edge of the box.

Player rater: Early days yet, but you have Aston Villa's Ashley Young setting the pace with a mark of eight.

1419: HALF-TIME Bolton 1-0 Aston Villa
A good start for Gary Megson as Bolton boss, but Villa have some thinking to do. Without John Carew in the side they don't have a target of any sorts. Maybe time for Marlon Harewood or Luke Moore to add more attacking threat.

"Marlon Harewood...attacking threat". Never thought I would see those two together."
DoctorTurk on 606

1416: Jussi Jaaskalainen fails to hold Shaun Maloney's shot and Gabriel Agbonlahor can't turn the rebound in and Bolton clear. That's the biggest threat Villa have yet shown.

1415: A glimmer of something for Aston Villa as Ashley Young battles well and shows some trickery to win a free-kick near the byeline.

1413: Everton are playing some nice stuff, stroking the ball around with aplomb. Their two wins on the road earlier in the campaign came against the two teams that are also in the relegation zone - Bolton and Tottenham.

1411: A card, of the yellow variety, at the Reebok. It goes to the goalscorer after Nicolas Anelka catches Stilian Petrov.

1410: A good chance for Everton and they are on top. Lee Carsley twists on the right of the box and hooks a lofted ball into the box, but Tim Cahill's bullet header is wide.

1408: Referee Steve Bennett's quicker than a gun-toting sharp shooter in the Old West when it comes to reaching for his cards and Everton's Phil Jagielka is booked for a foul on hairband sporting Giles Barnes.

1406: Derby boss Billy Davies is showing more movement than his team so far. He's up and down like a jack-in-the-box and must burn a fair few calories in 90 minutes. What a whistle as well. A real piercer. Hope it helps him get the message across.

1403: Villa are distinctly second best. Not enough time to determine who is in the ascendancy at Pride Park, but Mikel Arteta has an early side-footed shot comfortably saved from a Leighton Baines cross.

1400: The second game of the day starts. It is preceded by a brief embrace between Billy Davies and David Moyes, both former managers of Preston. They are good friends having played together at Dunfermline in the early nineties. The last time they went head-to-head Moyes came out on top with a 2-0 win for the Toffees against North End in the League Cup three years and one day ago. Wow. That sentence was a bit of a mouthful.

1359: Nicolas Anelka places a shot wide of the Villa goal.

1356: Jospeh Yobo has been handed the Everton captain's armband in the absence of Phil Neville.

1355: The players are in the tunnel at Pride Park. A last glug of something for Derby keeper Stephen Bywater. His opposite number Tim Howard has some sort of energy drink gripped in his teeth.

1353: That is Nicolas Anelka's sixth strike in the league and his seventh of the season. Not a bad way to bring up your 50th game in a Bolton shirt.

1352: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Aston Villa
Nicolas Anelka might save them. An excellent free-kick from outside the area on the left and the Frenchman flights the ball over the wall and beyond the clawing grasp of his former Arsenal colleague Stuart Taylor into the top corner.

"The Reebok is half empty. Not even the optimists can save Bolton." Guido via text on 81111
Guess the optimists would call it half full.

1349: Now El Hadji Diouf is making a meal of nothing. Grimacing and rolling around after a little nick on the ankle. You expect better. Actually, no you don't.

1348: Brisk from Bolton and Ricardo Gardner caps the move with a darting run into the box before flinging himself to the turf under the slightest of challenges from Zat Knight. Shocking dive but no action taken by Martin Atkinson. Get these fellas on marble and in a flash you'd stop them hurling themselves with gay abandon.

1347: Maybe things aren't as clear cut as some might think in the Derby v Everton game, especially with Yakubu playing as the lone striker for the visitors. He has scored just once in his last 17 games.

1346: Everton. Cruising in the Uefa Cup and solid in the league. Think again my friend. They are on the slide having lost four of their last five Premier league games.

1344: Derby are a bunch of pushovers is the common consensus. But look a little closer at their results and a different story emerges. They have lost just once at home in the league and have scored in each of their four games at Pride Park.

1342: Watching the warm up at Pride Park is more fun than the football on show at the Reebok.

1339: The long ball is king so far and one hoof creates a moment's panic at the back as Andy O'Brien gets disorientated before slipping over as if wearing socks on marble. Even quicksilver Gabriel Agbonlahor can't reach the ball ahead of Jussi Jaaskalainen. Football on marble? That would sort the men from the boys.

1337: All a bit pedestrian between Bolton and Villa.

1335: The players are warming up at Derby where Rams substitute Dean Leacock is being given a rigorous going over by the physio. Looks painful and may explain why he's only on the bench.

1334: A first effort on goal at Bolton and it goes to Villa. Shaun Maloney arcs a free-kick wide of the target.

1332: A little behind time Villa get Sunday's action rocking and rolling.

"Keep all the talk about Gary Megson the Messiah going - after all, he did relegate Forest - because at the end of the day Derby will be out of the bottom three."
A bold predicition from Paul via text on 81111

1328: Bolton boss Gary Megson has opted for a dark tracksuit down in the dugout and is already chewing gum furiously as he waits to greet Martin O'Neill on the touchline.

1327: A bit harsh from Villa centre-back Martin Laursen who doesn't seem to shake hands with either of the Wanderers mascots. He needs a bit of the bonhomie of the Bolton mascot Lofty who can't get enough of the limelight and is in fine spirits.

1325: Here come the players at the Reebok and Villa are led out by Gareth Barry. This is his 300th Premier League appearance and at 26 years 247 days he is now the youngest player to reach the milestone. Having taken Frank Lamaprd's England place he has taken that record off the Chelsea man as well.

1322: Bright sunshine at Bolton. These teams have shared the points in six of their last eight meetings and the last time Wanderers won this fixture at home was more than five years ago when Michael Ricketts scored the winner from the spot. Remember him? That was the same year the striker won his one and only England cap. Yesterday he was turning out for Oldham in their home defeat to Northampton.

"Only one match matters today & that is L'pool v Arsenal. They will both be fretting & quivering about Chelsea's 6-0 win and both teams will do us a favour and draw. We are the nightmare of Christmas future!"
MrWonderfulReality

1317: TEAM NEWS Derby v Everton
Giles Barnes comes in for his full Premier League debut in place of Dean Leacock. Tim Cahill starts for the visitors after his scoring return in the midweek after injury and is joined in a re-jigged midfield by Steven Pienaar and former County player Lee Carsley. Leighton Baines also returns and Yakubu will leas the line on his own.

1313: Aston Villa could be good opponents for Bolton. They haven't won away from home yet this season and are pretty inconsistent. Gary Megson didn't lose either of his top-flight matches at home to Villa when he was at West Brom.

"Anelka will go on a spectacular scoring spree until January when he will leave for a bigger club. And Liverpool will lose today. Fabregas will dictate, whilst Walcott will score and be the best player in England according to tomorrow's papers."
WalkHomeWalkAlone on 606

"Come on the Villa boys. After the thrashing against Man Utd I predict Villa will be handing out their own thrashing to Bolton."
Louise via text on 81111

1308: More grim reading for Wanderers fans will be Gary Megson's record in his first matches as a manager at various clubs. He has won just one of seven debuts and lost five.

"He's not got his feet under the table at any of his clubs and this is his chance to springboard something. He hasn't been that successful but he may see this as his big opportunity."
Jimmy Armfield on Gary Megson on BBC Radio 5 Live

1305: Bolton have not won in the league for a little over two months. With form like that it's no wonder Sammy Lee was binned, but Gary Megson? He won just seven of his 48 games in charge of West Brom in the top flight.

1302: News of the BBC Radio 5 Live schedule and there's a warm welcome back to Jimmy Armfield who takes the summariser's chair at the Reebok for Bolton's match against Aston Villa alongside Ian Dennis and Conor McNamara. Alan Green, Mike Ingham and Mark Lawrenson will bring you all the action from Liverpool against Arsenal later in the day.

"After eight months of being away Jimmy is back. He provides a great insight into the game and is a great. Welcome back to 5 Live Jimmy."
Watty_Ford on 606

1259: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Aston Villa
Wanderers call on striker Nicolas Anelka as they look for a first Premier League goal in almost four hours of action and Kevin Nolan returns. Villa are forced into changes with Scott Carson and Nigel Reo-Coker suspended. Stuart Taylor, Stilian Petrov, Shaun Maloney and Isaiah Osbourne come in.

1257: Something for everyone and make sure you get involved either by texting some footballing tittle-tattle to 81111 or by getting in the mix on 606.

1256: Those matches sandwich Derby's game at home to Everton before the red half of Liverpool host Arsenal as the Premier League's last remaining unbeaten teams lock horns.

1255: We'll also be giving a Premier League welcome to another new manager. OK, so Juande Ramos will not be taking charge of Tottenham against Blackburn but he will be looking on from the White Hart Lane stands.

1254: New Bolton boss Gary Megson will certainly be hoping that's the case as it will mean he won't be losing his first match at the helm - although he doesn't have a particularly good record in that regard. More of that later.

1252: All three teams in the relegation zone are in action and with the order of the matches it could be that we have as many as four different teams bottom of the pile at various stages today.

1250: Welcome to GMT. Hope you avoided any morning mishaps and are ready for some Great Matches Today. Nothing like a bit of positive thinking. We want entertainment. Intrigue. That sort of thing. And we should be getting it at both ends of the table.


Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Sunday's football photos
28 Oct 07 |  Football
Premier League as it happened
27 Oct 07 |  Premier League


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