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Derby 0-2 Chelsea
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Man City 2-1 Reading
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GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Caroline Cheese

1925: Righto I'm off. Don't forget Match of the Day - BBC1 at 2230 GMT - and good old Alan 'Greenie' Green is taking your calls on 606. Give him a bell on 0500 909 693 or text 85058. Go on, he gets lonely otherwise. See you tomorrow for the World Cup draw from 1500 GMT and other fun and games.

1920: No surprises that today's Player of the Day according to the BBC website's interactive Player Rater is Everton magician Mikel Arteta, on a whopping 9.18. Today's dunce comes from the same game, Sunderland defender Paul McShane on a woeful 3.88.

1910: FULL-TIME Derby 0-2 Chelsea
Referee Andre Marriner blows for full-time and Chelsea go back to fourth with a solid victory over bottom club Derby. Michael Essien's late sending-off - which on replay looks a little harsh - sours the day for Chelsea.

1908: RED CARD Michael Essien (Chelsea)
Chelsea substitute Essien hits Kenny Miller in the face as he attempts to shield the ball by the touchline. All a bit unnecessary but it's always dangerous to wave your arm about like that.

1907: Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro goes down clutching his face after being hit on the neck by Darren Moore. The Derby fans loved that. Not very much.

1905: Loud boos from the home fans again as Frank Lampard comes off to be replaced by Claudio Pizarro. Lampard makes a point of applauding the Chelsea support.

1900: Rob Earnshaw replaces Craig Fagan and is straight into the action as Derby have a corner, quickly followed by a free-kick as Juliano Belletti blocks with his hand. Nothing doing for the hosts though.

1858: So close for Derby. David Jones' free-kick finds Kenny Miller in space on the right and he delivers a great cross for Steven Howard but the substitute heads wide. American international Benny Feilhaber comes on for his first appearance of the season.

1856: Derby win a free-kick about 40 yards out and David Jones goes for goal. Very ambitious and very off-target.

1855: Frank Lampard makes another darting run into the box. The ball comes out to Michael Essien, who blazes over.

1851: Kenny Miller bursts into the box and takes the ball round the keeper but the angle is too tight and Chelsea clear. Ashley Cole sees yellow for I don't know what. Dissent I guess.

1850: Both sides make changes. Michael Essien replaces Steve Sidwell and Steven Howard comes on for Giles Barnes.

1848: GOAL Derby 0-2 Chelsea
Controversy at Pride Park as Andriy Shevchenko's tackle from behind leaves Giles Barnes in a heap. Play continues though and after Frank Lampard's shot hits the post, Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a touch before burying the rebound.

1846: Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko receives treatment for an ankle injury after a challenge from Darren Moore but he's OK to carry on.

1844: Craig Fagan's cross hits Ashley Cole's arm and it's a free-kick for Derby over on the right-hand side. Carlo Cudicini gets a hand to it to prevent Claude Davis from making a connection - although the referee gives a goal-kick.

1842: "Hate to admit it, but that should've been 1-1. At least a yard onside, and the finish wasn't half-bad at all."
JohanMourinho on 606

1839: Derby striker Kenny Miller lobs keeper Carlo Cudicini beautifully but the flag is up for offside. Replays show he was well onside though and that's a let-off for Chelsea.

1835: John Barnes gets a solid score of 27 on Strictly Come Dancing, but it's Letitia Dean who's really impressed the judges so far. "One Billy Davies" cry the Derby fans, which earns them a wave from the Scot.

1829: Shaun Wright-Phillips goes marauding through the middle after picking up the ball in his own half but his pass for Andriy Shevchenko is underhit and allows the Derby defence to clear.

1827: Craig Fagan is through on the right again. He shoots this time but Carlo Cuducini is equal to his near-post effort. Much better from Derby.

1823: Craig Fagan is released down the right channel but Giles Barnes can't get on the end of his driven cross. Promising.

1819: An impressive cheer greets the home team as they emerge for the second-half. Let's see if that inspires them to an unlikely goal.

1814: "Bolton set an aggressive tone and we needed some protection from the referee but we didn't get it. It was just foul after foul after foul and we became embroiled. I told (referee Mark Clattenburg) exactly what I thought and he didn't like it. Some referees don't like the truth. I just told him how bad I thought he was in the first half."
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson on being sent off against Bolton

1811: Nigel Clough, son of legendary Derby boss Brian, is at Pride Park today with his son. Clough junior looks very excited by proceedings. His dad just looks very, very cold. They get a very warm reception though as they collect a cheque for the Brian Clough Memorial Fund.

1806: "This just ain't good enough. Anything less than 4-0 is unacceptable."
JohanMourinho on 606

1804: HALF-TIME Derby 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea lead through Salomon Kalou's goal but the striker missed an absolute sitter which would have made it more comfortable. Nothing much to shout about for Derby, I'm afraid.

1759: Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta is rating over 9 on the BBC's interactive Player Rater, which is almost unheard of. The Spaniard has seven Spain Under-21 caps which doesn't necessarily rule him out for England. He will need to live in this country for another couple of years though - by which time he'll be 27 and at his peak. Excellent.

1756: Derby defender Claude Davis heads a clearance across goal straight to Salomon Kalou but the striker somehow blazes over from about three yards out. A huge let-off for Derby and Davis.

1750: Shaun Wright-Phillips has moved to the left where he looks much more threatening and his driving run and shot earns a corner. Chelsea can't take advantage though.

1746: "To concede seven is a major setback I have to say. It's hard to take. We've got a lot of young players who are making mistakes at the moment. But we have to learn quickly and react properly."
Sunderland boss Roy Keane

1741: The rain is absolutely pouring down at Pride Park but no sign of either manager reaching for an umbrella yet. Funny that.

1735: GOAL Derby 0-1 Chelsea
Derby allow Chelsea to construct a lovely passing move in midfield. Jon Obi Mikel finds Steve Sidwell whose first-time pass plays in Salomon Kalou to apply the finish.

1731: A promising move from Derby ends with Jay McEvily overhitting his pass for Giles Barnes. Chelsea go up the other end and Frank Lampard's first effort of the day is far too high - to the delight of the Derby fans.

1728: "Mikel Arteta's first 45 minutes was nothing short of magical. The things he did on the ball and the opportunities he created were just fantastic."
Everton boss David Moyes

1724: I haven't nodded off. There just isn't much to shout about at Pride Park, although I can tell you that as well as being cold it's also wet.

1719: Chelsea's England contingent are getting roundly booed by the Derby fans to continue the theme of today. All seems a bit pointless really.

1718: Derby get today's late game under way at a chilly Pride Park.

1712: Derby are waiting in the tunnel but there's no sign of Chelsea. The ref has to knock on the away dressing room door to get Avram Grant's team to hurry up. You can't miss them when they do emerge in their luminous yellow away kits.

1710: "Not such a good idea by Ferguson to rest Ronaldo. He must be catching Benitez-itis!"
Miks, Plymouth, via text on 81111

1705: TEAM NEWS Derby v Chelsea
John Terry returns to captain Chelsea after seven weeks out but Didier Drogba is sidelined with a knee injury so Andriy Shevchenko and Salomon Kalou start up front. Derby recall centre-backs Claude Davis and Dean Leacock after both missed the Rams' 5-0 mauling at home to West Ham.

1701: "I imagine Keano and Fergie will meet up for a good rant tonight! And probably kill some puppies while they're at it."
Ian via text on 81111

1656: FULL-TIME Man City 2-1 Reading
Stephen Ireland's thumping volley in injury time wins it for Manchester City, who stay third.

1655: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 0-3 Aston Villa
Easy for Aston Villa and the pressure builds on Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate.

1655: FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-0 Wigan
Late goals from William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky put Arsenal three points clear of United with a game in hand.

1654: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-0 Man Utd
Nicolas Anelka's early strike hands Gary Megson's side a shock win - their first over United in 10 attempts and maiden league win for the new Trotters boss.

1654: GOAL Man City 2-1 Reading
Stephen Ireland's stunning volley looks to have snatched a late, late win for City against luckless Reading.

1653: FULL-TIME Everton 7-1 Sunderland
Everton thrash sorry Sunderland, who can expect a pasting from boss Roy Keane.

1652: Mayhem at the Reebok as Edwin van der Sar goes up for a corner and is left stranded when Bolton clear. Nicolas Anelka loses the ball in midfield though as the Bolton fans scream "shoot". And Patrice Evra lashes a shot high and wide when he probably should have crossed for Louis Saha.

1651: FULL-TIME Birmingham 0-2 Portsmouth
Goals from Sulley Muntari and Niko Kranjcar seal victory for high-flying Portsmouth.

1650: "I wouldn't like to be in that dressing room at full time with Roy Keane. "
The Zog on 606

1648: Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves lets fly from 25 yards but it's well wide. Arsenal will be three points clear with a game in hand as things stand.

1646: GOAL Everton 7-1 Sunderland
Roy Keane's face is an absolute picture. Leon Osman dances through Sunderland's woeful defence and sticks a seventh past poor old Craig Gordon.

1645: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Wigan
Easy for Arsenal! Nicklas Bendtner slides the ball through for Tomas Rosicky to finish off the far post.

1643: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Wigan
Relief all round at the Emirates. Nicklas Bendtner lays the ball off for Bacary Sagna, whose cross from the right finds William Gallas at the near post to head in. Titus Bramble, marking Gallas, might have done better.

1642: Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott is stretchered off with what looks like an ankle injury and is replaced by Nicklas Bendtner.

1641: GOAL Everton 6-1 Sunderland
Sunderland's defence again go walkabout as substitute Andy Johnson races through the middle and nonchalantly chips over Craig Gordon.

1638: GOAL Birmingham 0-2 Portsmouth
What a week for Niko Kranjcar! The Croat scores an absolute belter from 25 yards to wrap up victory for Pompey.

1637: "Maybe Gary Megson IS about to out-think Sir Alex! And 'mighty' Wigan are still holding Arsenal! Has the entire football world gone crazy?!"
Berba_Is_King on 606

1634: GOAL Everton 5-1 Sunderland
Mikel Arteta cuts the ball back for Phil Neville, whose deflected shot is saved by Craig Gordon but Yakubu buries the rebound.

1632: Carlos Tevez misses a great chance to equalise for Manchester United when he screws a shot wide from just a yard out.

1630: The frustration boils over at the Emirates as Arsenal midfielder Denilson is clattered by Marcus Bent. Emile Heskey and William Gallas are among those to get involved in the ensuing melee. Bent, Heskey and Gallas are booked.

1629: Jussi Jaaskelainen's flying save denies Manchester United a much-needed equaliser as he parries Owen Hargreaves' free kick.

1628: Michael Chopra won't have an opportunity to atone for that awful miss. Roy Keane takes him off and replaces him with Andy Cole.

1627: "I used to play with Dennis Wise, Incy and Razor Ruddock - they were hard players. But I call that cheating - that is a career-threatening injury. A nasty tackle."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer on Kevin Davies' first-half tackle on Patrice Evra

1625: What a miss. Sunderland striker Michael Chopra somehow stabs wide from six yards with the goal gaping.

1623: GOAL Everton 4-1 Sunderland
Sunderland's defence stands still as Joseph Yobo's long kick comes over and Tim Cahill steals in for his second of the day.

1621: Arsene Wenger is looking frustrated as his Arsenal side struggle to break down stubborn Wigan. As it stands Arsenal will stay top with a point, because Manchester United are losing to Bolton.

1618: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-3 Aston Villa
Scott Carson gets the assist as Gabriel Agbonlahor latches on to his long clearance, holds off Jonathan Woodgate and shoots high into the net, with Mark Schwarzer apparently misjudging the flight of the ball.

1616: Fergie is now on his mobile phone, sending instructions to Mike Phelan on the touchline. United need a piece of magic or a slice of luck from somewhere because Bolton are coping pretty well with the United attack. Anderson comes on for Gerard Pique.

1612: It seems Sir Alex Ferguson has been sent to the stands for giving referee Mark Clattenburg a piece of his mind just before half-time. The United boss was apparently upset by Kevin Davies' challenge on Patrice Evra.

1608: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-2 Aston Villa
An awful error from Lee Cattermole leads to Villa's second right at the start of the second-half. The midfielder's sliced clearance lands at Olof Mellberg's feet and the defender has time to pick his spot for his first goal of the season.

1606: We're back under way everywhere in the second-half.

1604: Sunderland make two substitutions at half-time. Ross Wallace and Danny Collins are on, Dickson Etuhu and Dwight Yorke make way.

1553: Rumour has it that Goodison Park will be treated to a visit from an extra-special guest at half-time. Yes, Mr Testicles is taking time out from his busy schedule to say hello to the boys and girls at Goodison. He's the mascot for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign before you text in your jokes.

1551: "Re 1539: Let's also snap up Manuel Almunia and Gael Clichy for England while we can! We wouldn't need a foreign quota then."
Will via text on 81111

1550: It's half-time around the grounds after that late flurry of goals. The only goalless game is at the Emirates Stadium.

1548: GOAL Everton 3-1 Sunderland
A lifeline for Sunderland. Grant Leadbitter's shot is turned away by Tim Howard and the Everton keeper then turns Carlos Edwards' follow-up onto the post before Kenwyne Jones tees up Dwight Yorke to score.

1546: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 Aston Villa
Gareth Barry delivers the ball from left and John Carew controls, turns and finishes from close-range.

1544: GOAL Man City 1-1 Reading
Manchester City have dominated against Reading at Eastlands. But the Royals look like heading into half-time on level terms as James Harper sidefoots home to level with their first shot on target.

1543: GOAL Everton 3-0 Sunderland
Steven Pienaar lays the ball off for Nuno Valente who returns it for the South African to finish high into the net.

1541: Middlesbrough v Aston Villa must be a contender for lowest Premier League crowd of the season. It looks like each fan got two seats for the price of one.

1539: "ARTETA FOR ENGLAND, come on eveyone, lets hear it. He must have an English dog or something..."
UnitedChumsie on 606

1536: "Kingson's mistake was a calamity - a bit like what we saw with Scott Carson on Wednesday."
BBCi Score's Gavin Peacock on Portsmouth's goal

1535: Bolton striker Kevin Davies narrowly avoids being sent off after pleading his case to the referee following another nasty clash with Patrice Evra. The striker has already been booked once and is on his last warning.

1533: GOAL Birmingham 0-1 Portsmouth
Richard Kingson won't forget his Premier League debut in a hurry. The Brmingham keeper allows Sulley Muntari's near-post shot to creep under his body and into the net. Nightmare.

1532: Arsenal forward Theo Walcott turns on the afterburners to get to the byeline and slide the ball across the penalty area but Emmanuel Eboue can't apply the finishing touch.

1529: Here's a thing. How good must Spain's squad be if Mikel Arteta can't get in it? The Everton winger's just shown off some lovely tricks on the touchline. Can he play for England?

1528: "I love been a Boro fan. Our fantastic manager decides to play a midfielder in the worst form of his life up front. Smart move."
Anon via text on 81111

1526: "United will come back and win no worries as I'm sure Sir Alex is not going to be out-thought by Gary Megson is he? Is he???!!!!"
Berba_Is_King on 606

1525: "Roy Keane's side is getting ripped apart. Defensively they've been poor. They just can't deal with Yakubu - he's been absolutely on fire."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer on Everton v Sunderland

1522: Emmanuel Adebayor plays a swift one-two with Theo Walcott but the striker stabs his shot just wide. Arsenal don't look like they're missing Fabregas too much at the moment.

1520: "Someone as experienced as Nemanja Vidic would have cleared that - United are definitely missing Vidic."
BBCi Score's Graham Poll on Bolton's goal against Man Utd

1518: GOAL Everton 2-0 Sunderland
Mikel Arteta provides a beautiful pass for Phil Neville who crosses for Tim Cahill to turn and fire home. A stunning goal from Everton. Roy Keane has a face like thunder. His team are being torn apart.

1515: Rafa Benitez has gone all Lou Reed in his post-match interview. Well almost. He describes Liverpool's 3-0 win over as an "almost perfect day".

1513: GOAL Everton 1-0 Sunderland
I knew that comment at 1509 would spark a flood of goals. Paul McShane misjudges a long clearance and Yakubu goes through to score, his shot deflecting off Danny Higginbotham and looping over Craig Gordon.

1512: GOAL Man City 1-0 Reading
A goalmouth scramble if ever I saw one. Elano hits the post and then Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann saves the rebound from the Brazilian before Martin Petrov eventually slides home.

1511: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Man Utd
Ivan Campo chips in the free-kick and Nicolas Anelka turns and stabs home. Superb finish.

1509: Nearly 10 minutes gone and not a goal in sight. Not even a chance. At the Riverside, there are no boos for Aston Villa keeper Scott Carson. He's getting ironic cheers instead. I'm not sure if that's better or worse.

1506: Marcus Bent has the ball in the net for Wigan, but he's just offside as he collects the ball. Nice finish though.

1504: "I will say it now... resting Ronaldo is a mistake. Manchester United only have Eagles as an attacking option on the bench if things start going wrong/injury."
chrisox on 606

1503: Steve Bruce is in the stands at the Emirates Stadium watching his new side in action. Very comfortable seats at the Emirates. Padded and everything.

1501: Arsenal are a wee bit late but we're under way around the grounds.

1457: Blackburn away and Arsenal at home up next for Sam Allardyce's Newcastle by the way. But on to the 3pm kick-offs...

1455: No surprise that Steven Gerrard was the BBC website users' man of the match in Liverpool's win over Newcastle. Only one Newcastle player - and that's keeper Shay Given - gets more than six.

1452: "This is the problem with Newcastle fans, we don't give our managers enough time and space. Yes this result is a blow but give Big Sam more time or face another change and more disappointment."
Andy, Newcastle, via text on 81111

1448: TEAM NEWS Birmingham v Portsmouth
Birmingham caretaker manager Eric Black gives a first Premier League start to keeper Richard Kingson, while striker Mikael Forssell replaces Cameron Jerome, who is recovering after a hernia operation. Portsmouth make just the one change from the side which shared the spoils with Manchester City in their last match with Papa Bouba Diop replacing the injured Kanu.

1447: "Sam Allardyce has been in the Newcastle job less than four months. It's going to take time to rebuild his squad - get players in and get players out."
Carlton Palmer speaking on BBCi Score

1442: TEAM NEWS Everton v Sunderland
Everton have Andrew Johnson back on the bench following an ankle operation. Mikel Arteta comes in for Tony Hibbert after recovering from a groin injury. Sunderland recall Dwight Yorke after a calf injury, while Dean Whitehead is also back after a knee problem. Andrew Cole is on the bench after recovering from a calf strain, but Nyron Nosworthy is missing and faces six weeks out with a torn hamstring.

1441: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Aston Villa
Gareth Southgate makes three changes to the Middlesbrough side which drew with Bolton. Adam Johnson starts after returning from his loan spell with Watford, with Stuart Downing moving up front. Emanuel Pogatetz has his first start of the season and Jonathan Woodgate is back after injury. Aston Villa remain unchanged. Scott Carson is back on club duty following his midweek howler for England.

1439: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Wigan
Arsenal opt for Theo Walcott, rather than Eduardo da Silva, to play up front alongside Emmanuel Adebayor and there are enforced changes in midfield, with Denilson and Lassana Diarra coming in as Cesc Fabregas is suspended, Mathieu Flamini injured and Gilberto fatigued. Wigan caretaker boss Frank Barlow is in charge for the final time before Steve Bruce is officially installed as manager on Monday and he is boosted by the return of Emile Heskey, who has been out since September.

1438: TEAM NEWS Man City v Reading
Manchester City keeper Andreas Isaksson comes in for his first Premier League start of the season while Emile Mpenza's return in place of Darius Vassell is the only other change from the side which drew at Portsmouth in their last league game. Reading boss Steve Coppell keeps faith with the side that lost 3-1 to Arsenal a fortnight ago.

1437: FULL-TIME Newcastle 0-3 Liverpool
Sam Allardyce hurries down the tunnel as the boos ring out again at St James' Park. A good performance from Liverpool, but where was the opposition?

1436: Another comedy moment at St James' Park as Alan Smith wins the man of the match award. The home fans don't know whether to laugh or boo. In the end they go for a mixture of both.

1434: "Mike Ashley was actually texting Arnold Field (see 1418 and 1420 entries) offering him the Newcastle job."
Matt, Liverpool, via text on 81111

1430: "Anyone who is expecting Big Sam's Newcastle to turn over Liverpool only five months into his reign is absolutely ridiculous. Do not expect miracles. Next season is the season to judge big Sam."
united2bayern1 on 606

1423: It probably says a lot about how bad Newcastle have been that Momo Sissoko has been absolutely awful today but it hasn't really affected Liverpool. Sissoko is booked for a clumsy tackle on Joey Barton. Steven Gerrard comes off after a barnstorming game for his club. Peter Crouch on.

1422: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Man Utd
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo is being rested for the trip to the Reebok Stadium, while Nemanja Vidic is ruled out with a back problem. Meanwhile, Bolton's Danny Guthrie is preferred to Gary Speed by manager Gary Megson, who still seeking his first win in charge.

1420: "My name is Arnold Field. I'm a manager in a call centre in Kings Lynn and, like Big Sam, I too would like to rule myself out of the running for the England job."
Arnold Field via text on 81111

1418: Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley ignores the flood of fans leaving the ground by sending a text.

1416: Another stunning passing move from Liverpool ends with Ryan Babel volleying just past the post.

1415: "Looks like all this coaching and training has actually paid off this week."
WillParishLFC on 606

1413: How many chances does Fernando Torres want? Steven Gerrard again sets him up but Shay Given saves the Spaniard's rather weak shot.

1411: This could get embarrassing for Newcastle. Fernando Torres is released by Steven Gerrard but sticks his shot inches wide of the far post. The home fans chant "Big Sam for England".

1410: GOAL Newcastle 0-3 Liverpool
Simple but stunning. A slick passing move ends with Ryan Babel exchanging a quick one-two with Steven Gerrard and finishing into the far corner.

1409: "Can't believe big Sam had the audacity to rule himself out of the England job. He should never even be considered in the first place."
Bookem from Portsmouth, via text on 81111

1406: Fernando Torres wanders through the Newcastle defence with embarrassing ease but hits his shot too close to Shay Given.

1403: This is a torrid afternoon for Sam Allardyce. Vicious booing all round the ground as the announcement is made that James Milner will replace Charles N'Zogbia. The fans turn to their manager and sing "You don't know what you're doing". This makes Steve McClaren's Wednesday night at Wembley look like a walk in the park.

1401: Ryan Babel comes on to replace Harry Kewell.

1359: As Pepe Reina puts up his folding chair and settles back to begin Saturday's jumbo crossword, Alam Smith lashes a volley well over the bar. James Milner is warming up, to rare cheers from the home crowd.

1354: The boos get even louder as Sam Allardyce brings off Emre and replaces him with Joey Barton. Emre has probably been Newcastle's most creative player so far.

1352: Those Newcastle fans who aren't booing their team are heading for the exit. Not one of Sam Allardyce's better afternoons I would think.

1350: GOAL Newcastle 0-2 Liverpool
Steven Gerrard takes the corner from the left, Sami Hyypia sticks out a leg to help it on and Dirk Kuyt bundles it in. Not sure the striker knew too much about that.

1349: Manchester United - Champions of England on 606 will be happy. We're back under way in the second-half.

1348: "Rafa is in his tracksuit because he is 'focused on training and coaching his team' either that or he is coming on for Sissoko."
Anon via text on 81111

1345: "Re 1336: It's because he's just come out of a completely focused training session."
WillParishLFC on 606

1342: "Re 1336: I do indeed, he's cold. It's not that warm is it?"
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

1336: My colleague reckons there's something significant about Rafa Benitez wearing tracksuit and anorak today, rather than a suit. Anyone else concur?

1333: HALF-TIME Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool
And that's your lot. An entertaining end to an otherwise drab 45 minutes and the home fans boo their team off.

1331: Fernando Torres bursts through the middle but Shay Given is out quickly to block the shot - with a strong hint of handball. The ref might have spotted that but it still should be 2-0. The ball comes back to Torres but the striker hits the post with the goal gaping.

1330: Liverpool have a corner. It's cleared. Ho hum.

1324: Newcastle go close through Alan Smith. Yes, Alan Smith. The midfielder controls well and volleys from the edge of the area but it's just wide, with Pepe Reina beaten.

1321: "Did I see Reina pouring himself a cup of coffee from a thermos?"
Arnie_Aardvark on 606

1317: The Newcastle fans have turned their jeers on to their own team now as the Magpies struggle to get a foothold in this game.

1315: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool
Emre brings down Fernando Torres 30 yards out and Steven Gerrard makes Newcastle pay with an absolute screamer. The home fans' boos sound a bit hollow now.

1313: "22 is OhNo Sissoko's number. The Archbishop Desmond has a better first touch."
Marc, Liverpool, via text on 81111

1310: "It's like watching Dusty Bin's 3-2-1 here with Newcastle's formation. Is it 4-4-2? Is it 5-3-2?"
Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 Live

1309: You'd never guess Newcastle were the home team. Liverpool are in complete control here. Steven Gerrard unleashes a trademark, swerving effort but Shay Given is equal to it.

1307: Remember Wayne Bridge's horror show on Wednesday? Momo Sissoko appears to be trying to emulate the England left-back. He is having the mother and father of all nightmares. He just tried a trick but succeeded only in passing the ball to Shay Given. Very entertaining.

1303: Well this is all a bit disappointing. Newcastle have a free-kick but Liverpool clear Geremi's floated effort very easily.

1259: "Newcastle are giving Fernando Torres far too much space. For me Liverpool have made the much better start."
Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 Live

1258: Good stuff from Fernando Torres, running at the Newcastle defence and earning a corner. Nothing from it.

1254: Liverpool have a free-kick 25 yards out in Steven Gerrard territory. But he hits it straight at keeper Shay Given and Newcastle win a free-kick anyway for some pushing in the wall.

1251: The Newcastle fans are giving England midfielder Steven Gerrard a frosty reception. He is being loudly booed every time he touches the ball.

1249: It looks like Liverpool are playing 4-3-3, with Harry Kewell, Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt hoping to cause Newcastle problems up front.

1247: Away we go in the day's early game.

1246: "That line-up is pap. I hope Allardyce knows what he is doing."
Ozzy via text on 81111

1244: Here come the teams. Lucas makes his first Premier League start for Liverpool today, while Harry Kewell starts for the first time in 18 months. How long will the fragile Aussie last this time? Answers on a postcard.

1242: "If Shearer becomes England manager I will propose to my missus and wear a kilt to my wedding."
D'Allesandroid on 606 (Don't go thinking we'll forget that D'Allesandroid)

1240: Right, I've refuelled (with a tuna baguette) and I'm ready to go. This game has all the makings of a 1-1 draw if you ask me. And Lawro concurs. All of which means absolutely nothing.

1230: "I was as staggered and surprised as anyone to see my name being linked with the England job on Thursday straight after the defeat. Certainly none of it has come from myself."
Alan Shearer on Football Focus

1227: "Watch out for Liverpool's Brazilian Under-21 captain Lucas. Pure class!
el-nino_9 on 606

1221: TEAM NEWS
Yes, yes, Peter Crouch is on the bench. Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt are up front for Liverpool. Harry Kewell and Lucas Leiva are in midfield. Steven Taylor misses out for Newcastle.
Newcastle: Given, Geremi, Beye, Rozehnal, Jose Enrique, Smith, Butt, Emre, N'Zogbia, Viduka, Martins. Subs: Harper, Carr, Barton, Milner, Edgar.
Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Arbeloa, Gerrard, Lucas, Sissoko, Kewell, Torres, Kuyt. Subs: Itandje, Riise, Crouch, Babel, Mascherano.

1219: "Correction! The entire country is laughing at you. Derby down by Xmas."
Russell via text on 81111

1210: "I really do believe Chelsea will lose or draw against Derby today. People at work are laughing at me."
johnterrysshoelace on 606

1206: They're still talking international football over on 606. Come on people, let it go. To borrow a phrase from the ex-England manager, we move on. It's the World Cup draw tomorrow!

1200: "I've got another thing you can write for your 1130 entry. 'Where Peter Crouch doesn't get a game.'"
AS in Bradford via text on 81111

1157: "At work in the office with a brew, feet up and BBC live text. All I need is a Red win. Come on Liverpool!!"
Anon via text on 81111

1152: I don't mind admitting this is a shameless plug but a worthwhile one. Alan Shearer is on Football Focus at 1230 GMT which you can watch on your television set or on the BBC website (but only if you live in the UK). He'll be talking about the rumours linking him to the England job. He was second favourite in one of the newspaper polls today. Hmmmmm.

1145: Sunil from Wanstead texts in to enquire: "I was wondering when all four big teams last played on the same day?" Well, Sunil, I've looked through the history books and established that it was, er, three weeks ago on 3 November.

1139: "As usual, I am focused on training and coaching my team." Did Rafa learn that one in the same PR school where Steve McClaren learnt the phrases "That's not for today" and "We move on"?

1130: The midweek misery is behind us. All hail the return of the Premier League: a world where Steven Gerrard is a superhero, Frank Lampard ventures into the opposition penalty area and Scott Carson is a very good goalkeeper.

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

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