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Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal

Blackburn 3-1 Newcastle
Chelsea 1-0 West Ham
Portsmouth 0-0 Everton
Reading 1-1 Middlesbrough
Sunderland 1-0 Derby
Wigan 1-1 Man City

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Jonathan Stevenson

1933: That's it from me, thanks a million for your company throughout the day, hope you enjoyed our coverage. Don't forget to get involved with Match of the Day, which is on BBC One at 2230 GMT. I leave you with the following delicious text, but Derby fans, don't take it personally, it's just banter - you are still two divisions above us, after all...

1932: "I'm a fellow Forest fan and I too enjoy watching Arsenal play. There's no shame in appreciating good football, otherwise we'd all support Derby!"
Adam, via text

1928: The last update from the BBC Sport Player Rater today. The star man from this particular Saturday is Blackburn's David Bentley for his two brilliant goals against Newcastle, on 8.63. The worst scoring player in the top flight is Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-Gook, with a paltry 3.26. Honestly Lee, even Titus Bramble's scoring higher than that.

1921: Player rater update from Villa Park, before I finish. Emmanuel Adebayor is still leading the way for the Gunners with a rating of exactly 8 so far, with Alex Hleb not far behind. Wilfred Bouma on 5.47 is the lowest of the low from the day's late kick off.

1918: Alan Green will be staying in his seat at Villa Park to host 606 and it's freezing in the Midlands, so get involved with the BBC Radio Five Live commentator - he needs your company. Phone him on 0500 909 693, text him on 85058 or email him at 606@bbc.co.uk. Ah, go on.

1911: Full-time Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal
The Gunners go five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a stunning first-half performance and they managed to survive what Villa threw at them in the second half. Liverpool on Sunday and Manchester United on Monday, it's over to you.

1910: Nicklas Bendtner comes on for Emmanuel Adebayor, but he might not even touch the ball.

1909: The ball sits up nicely for Shaun Maloney on the right-hand corner of the Arsenal 18-yard box after a knock-down from John Carew, but the substitute's effort lacks real venom and is easily dealt with by Manuel Almunia.

1906: "Good fight back from the Villa but we've missed Reo-Coker today."
Jonathan R in Hove, via text

1904: Ashley Young loses the plot, driving into the area and then diving at the first sign of contact from Bacary Sagna. The Villa man is booked, probably more for his protests than the dive. Sagna waving an imaginary card at the referee doesn't help, a pretty ugly moment all-in-all.

1900: "Come on Villa, just get that final ball into the box that we've been lacking, a point is here for the taking."
jazza0707 on 606

1857: The giant John Carew is causing problems in the Arsenal box and another Ashley Young cross is headed over by the former Valencia hitman. Villa are going route one - but they've earned a shot at a point for a second-half display full of fight and spirit. 10 minutes left.

1856: You may prefer Ashley Young to Joe Cole but unfortunately you're not the next England manager - Jose Mourinho is, an old colleague of Joe Cole."
Dinheiro Não Pode Comprar Futebol Bonito on 606

1853: Lerner's not the only one. It's actually snowing at Villa Park! Wilfred Bouma is taken off by Martin O'Neill and the Czech with the rocket fuel in his left boot, Patrick Berger, is on in his place.

1852: Randy Lerner is in the crowd watching his Aston Villa side. The American looks cold on the first day of December.

1851: Tomas Rosicky comes off and Gilberto Silva is on for Arsenal as they aim to keep Villa out for the next 17 minutes.

1849: "I'd have Ashley Young for Joe Cole any day if I was the next England manager."
aerialflipflap on 606

1847: Gareth Barry is caught on the ankle by Tomas Rosicky and it looks a painful one for the Villa skipper. He leaves the pitch for a minute but comes back on and looks OK.

1845: Alan Green points out on BBC Radio 5 Live that the lines are open for 606 after this match. Give him a buzz on 0500 909 693 or text him on 85058.

1839: Ashley Young sends over a great cross from the left and the enormous John Carew heads against the crossbar, really unlucky for Villa and the Norwegian.

1836: Theo Walcott comes on for Alex Hleb and Stan Collymore on BBC Radio 5 Live cheers at the presence of an Englishman in the Arsenal team.

1834: John Carew is shown a yellow card for a foul on Alex Hleb, which leaves the in-form Belarus schemer limping. Here's a blinding stat - Hleb has completed 39 out of the 40 passes he has attempted today.

1832: Arsenal captain William Gallas is booked for back-chatting. From an Ashley Young free-kick Villa go close twice, with Martin Laursen slamming a final shot wide after mayhem in the Gunners box.

1827: Gareth Barry is not at his best today. The England man is easily tackled by Lassana Diarra and Arsenal break, though his through ball to Emmanuel Adebayor is well cleared by Martin Laursen.

1823: We are back under way at Villa Park.

1821: It was a tale of two goalkeepers at half-time at Villa Park. The home side's stopper Scott Carson stayed out on the pitch practising collecting crosses during the interval. Arsenal's moody German Jens Lehmann sat on the bench and did not go into the dressing-room to hear Arsene Wenger's chat.

1818: No surprise that Arsenal are bossing in the player rater stakes so far. Emmanuel Adebayor heads the list, though Mathieu Flamini is closing in on him.

1815: Arsenal deserve to be winning this match, and they deserve to be leading the Premiership. I'm a Man United fan but the table dosen't lie."
ManutdfanGaz on 606

1808: This season Hleb has been outstanding. Surely on this form and if he can keep it up, early contender for player of the season?"
Gregoreo425 in Essex, via text

1806: "Villa seem to have frozen as they did against Man Utd. They must get over this inferiority complex."
andyjac06 on 606

1805: Half-time Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal

1803: "So it's decided then, Jonathan Stevenson supports Arsenal. Everything makes sense now."
guesstimater on 606

Well I'm glad it makes sense to you guesstimater, but you obviously weren't reading at 1213. You've embarrassed yourself there, sunshine.

1801: Alex Hleb skips past another couple of tackles as Arsenal continue to impress their style of play on Villa. Emmanuel Eboue's cross is wayward, but the hosts will be looking forward to the half-time whistle.

1959: It's like football designed by a computer. Hleb is imperious."
BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Alan Green

1758: "Say what you like about the Gunners, they play some sparkling football. A real pleasure for the neutral."
On the seventh day, He didn't rest. He created Elanoooooooooo on 606

1756: "I would play to watch Alex Hleb and Tomas Rosicky any day of the week. They make such quick decisions and they are my two favourite current players. It's amazing to watch."
Stan Collymore on BBC Radio 5 Live

1753: GOAL Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal
There is nothing better in world football at the moment than watching Arsenal and that is a fact. More sumptuous build-up play down the right between Alex Hleb and Emmanuel Eboue ends with a perfect Bacary Sagna cross right on to the head of Emmanuel Adebayor, who thumps home from 10 yards. Sublime.

1751: Stu (see 1728) - the tables are supposed to update at 1700 GMT, but they didn't today, due to technical problems. However, they are about to. So tell your mate Mick to get ready.

1750: When in the post-match interview it was put to Steve Bruce that he must have made a few glaring errors in his time as a central defender, the new Wigan manager, referring to Titus Bramble's first-minute howler today, responded swiftly: "Never that bad."

1749: Stiliyan Petrov has suffered a hamstring injury and is withdrawn, Shaun Maloney coming on in his place for Aston Villa.

1747: More lovely stuff from Arsenal. They have brought their intricate passing moves to this particular party, even without Spanish magician Cesc Fabregas. This time, the move ends with Tomas Rosicky curling a shot into the arms of Scott Carson.

1745: "Have to say the goal was coming... though I'm Villa it was a quality goal."
andyjac06 on 606

1740: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 Arsenal
Fabulous equaliser from Arsenal. Emmanuel Eboue and Emmanuel Adebayor play a gorgeous one-two down the right and the cross is deflected into the path of Mathieu Flamini, who fairly rockets the ball left-footed into the corner of Scott Carson's net. Brilliant, brilliant football.

1739: Bacary Sagna flashes a header wide from a corner from the Arsenal right.

1737: Tomas Rosicky rifles a shot towards goal after good work down the right from Bacary Sagna. The Czech maestro is denied by a fine block from Zat Knight.

1735: You've got to hand it to Martin O'Neill - the man many want to be the next England manager has got his team properly pumped up for this one and Craig Gardner, who has regained his place in the side, has done the business.

1731: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal
John Carew scampers down the left and his cross is deflected, headed across goal by William Gallas and tucked past Manuel Almunia by local boy Craig Gardner.

1730: "Another goal and impressive performance from Dave Kitson. In times when so many established players are over-rated and overpaid, it's refreshing to see someone who is genuinely talented work so hard for a chance at the top. He deserves his success and an England call up!"
Richard, via text

1728: "Please update the table. I just want to see Sunderland above the Boro for my mate Mick!!"
Stu, via text

1727: Alex Hleb races into the area and is denied a shooting opportunity by the outstretched leg of Scott Carson.

1725: Back to Villa, then. My colleague John rightly points out that Villa have lost to Liverpool and Manchester United at home this season, but beat Chelsea. How will they fare against Arsenal?

1724: While it's a bit quiet at Villa Park, let's have some more Player Rater chat, with the best and the worst of each game so far...

Blackburn 3-1 Newcastle
STAR MAN David Bentley (8.56) LOW Abdoulaye Faye (4.94)

Chelsea 1-0 West Ham
STAR MAN Wright-Phillips (7.23) LOW Jonathan Spector (5.12)
Portsmouth 0-0 Everton
STAR MAN Nico Kranjcar (7.36) LOW Steven Pienaar (5.40)
Reading 1-1 Middlesbrough
STAR MAN Tuncay (7.92) LOW Lee Dong-Gook (3.56)
Sunderland 1-0 Derby
STAR MAN Anthony Stokes (7.83) LOW Dean Leacock (4.22)
Wigan 1-1 Man City
STAR MAN Geovanni (7.21) LOW Titus Bramble (3.23)

1718: The day's final Premier League game is under way at Villa Park.

1711: "1656: Full-time Reading 1-0 Middlesbrough?? You may want to change that before the jeering starts."
Kravat on 606

I have changed it, and the jeering started ages ago to be fair. God you're a hard lot to please sometimes. Soreeeeeeeeeeee.

1706: "Saying 'Derby are going down' is like claiming that humans need oxygen to survive. We have no chance. And I'm usually optimistic!"
WombourneRams on 606

1702: First team news from Villa Park and Craig Gardner is in for Nigel Reo-Coker for Aston Villa, while Emmanuel Adebayor and captain William Gallas are restored to the Arsenal side.

1658: Full-time Portsmouth 0-0 Everton

1656: Full-time Sunderland 1-0 Derby County

1656: Full-time Reading 1-1 Middlesbrough

1656: Full-time Blackburn 3-1 Newcastle

1655: Full-time - Notts County are dumped out of the FA Cup by non-league Havant and Waterlooville.

1652: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Derby County
Anthony Stokes hooks in from close-range to surely hand the Black Cats all three points and break Derby hearts in Paul Jewell's first game as manager. Kenwyne Jones has a header saved by Stephen Bywater and Stokes first effort on the rebound is saved too, before he eventually finds the net. Roy Keane jumps for joy - and that doesn't happen very often.

1652: Blackburn 3-1 Newcastle
Jason Roberts breaks free and finds Tugay in space inside the area, the Turkish star keeping his cool to poke home and wrap up the victory.

1651: Dave Kitson has a chance to win it for Reading, but from Nicky Shorey's stunning left-wing cross he can only divert his header over the bar.

1650: Full-time Wigan 1-1 Manchester City

1646: GOAL Notts County 0-1 Havant & W
Tony Taggart
stuns Meadow Lane and provides us with the possibility of a huge FA Cup shock as he opens the scoring late doors. In other games, Swindon have just gone 3-2 up against Forest Green and Burton have levelled at home to Barnet thanks to Darren Stride.

1645: RED CARD
Mario Melchiot
is given a straight red card at Wigan for a two-footed challenge on Stephen Ireland. It's a good decision from Mike Riley, one of those sickening jump tackles that there is just no need for.

1643: GOAL Reading 1-1 Middlesbrough
The Royals are undone by another late goal, this time Turkish striker Tuncay Sanli heading in from close range after a fine right-wing cross from Luke Young.

1641: Stephen Warnock makes a telling last-ditch block as James Milner pulls the trigger from inside the Blackburn area.

1637: "How's about Alan Shearer being brought in as assistant to Big Sam? He's certainly got the respect of the players and might give us that edge we need to come alive this season."
Sam, via text

1634: "Yakubu coming off for Anichebe. Wonder if Anichebe can recreate some of his Uefa Cup form for us today, we could do with it right now."
toffees1888 (Irish evertonian of TBBCOE) on 606

1633: "Craig Mackail-Smith for England!"
Anonymous via text

1632: "Time for Big Sam to earn his corn or he could be chucked into a field of it."
Sebwinder on 606

1630: "How can Southgate keep his job? If Steve Gibson is 'one of us' he would sack him like the other 25,000 die-hards would. Get Tony Mowbray."
Anonymous via text

1627: GOAL Blackburn 2-1 Newcastle
David Bentley
gives Rovers the lead at Ewood Park and it is a brilliant turnaround from Mark Hughes' men, albeit slightly against the run of play. The England winger takes advantage of a loose ball to drill in-off the post from 22 yards, a fine finish.

1626: Dean Whitehead hits a rasper from 20 yards that looks sure to go in - until it hits Michael Chopra, who has just come on for Andrew Cole, and flies wide.

1625: Obafemi Martins heads over from six yards - the Nigerian should have scored there. The ball was bouncing up in a difficult fashion, but there's no excuse for missing the target.

1623: "Nearly regained the lead! Is this Newcastle playing? Or has Allardyce invited Mourinho into our dressing room? There's actually determination! HOWAY THE TOON!"
obafemi martins 999 africas legendary regional kid on 606

1622: GOAL Staines 0-5 Peterborough
Craig Mackail-Smith hits his fourth goal - this one from close range after Shaun Allaway blocks George Boyd's shot.

1619: "Southgate for England!"
U7400594 on 606

1614: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Newcastle
Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free-kick on the edge of the area following a foul on Roque Santa Cruz. David Bentley steps up to place his 22-yard effort into the left side of Shay Given's goal, leaving the keeper rooted to the spot. Moments later in and almighty goalmouth scramble, Joey Barton is denied by Brad Friedel when it seemed certain Newcastle would re-take the lead.

1614: GOAL Staines 0-4 Peterborough
George Boyd drills in a pinpoint left-wing cross and Craig Mackail-Smith completes his hat-trick from close range. In other FA Cup games, Bristol Rovers are 4-1 up over Rushden, but goal machine Stuart Fleetwood has levelled for Forest Green at Swindon, where it is 1-1.

1613: GOAL Reading 1-0 Middlesbrough
Kevin Doyle flicks on a long ball forward and Dave Kitson latches on to it, coolly lobbing the ball over the advancing Ross Turnbull from the edge of the 18-yard box.

1612: Pedro Mendes fires over from long-range as Portsmouth try to break the deadlock at Fratton Park.

1610: Emile Heskey is taken off by Steve Bruce, suffering with a tight hamstring I'm informed, with right-back Ryan Taylor on in his place. Wigan look set to go 4-5-1.

1607: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 Newcastle
Obafemi Martins nods home unmarked from Geremi's long free-kick into the Blackburn box and there's the semblance of a smile on Sam Allardyce's lips after a torrid time recently.

1603: Let's get some Player Rater chat. At Ewood Park, Newcastle's ratings are good, with Shay Given and Alan Smith both on 7.33. Nico Kranjcar is bossing it at Pompey on 7.43, Bobby Convey has 7.25 at Reading, Andy Cole is on 7.33 at Sunderland and Jason Koumas has a huge 8.6 at Wigan. Special mention for his colleague Titus Bramble, though, on a miserable 2.4.

1558: When he did live updates, Charlie Henderson used to ask his colleagues for a one-word summary of their game at half-time. Shamelessly, I'm going to do the same. Sorry Chaz.
Blackburn - Simmering
Portsmouth - Mediocre
Reading - Tepid
Sunderland - Average
Wigan - Entertaining

1554: "Second half usually provides more goals... be patient Premier League fans!"
q on 606

1552: "Where are the goals?!"
Jack, via text

Dunno, son. Now I know why you lot love Cheese so much. Not only does she have an amusing name, but she brings goals - and lots of them. Don't worry, she'll be back in the chair next week.

1552: Half-time Portsmouth 0-0 Everton

1551: Three goals so far in the Premier League. Brilliant. After a goal fest last time around, defences are on top today. Having started a bit late at Fratton Park, they are still going.

1550: Half-time Sunderland 0-0 Derby County

1549: Half-time Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle

1548: Half-time Reading 0-0 Middlesbrough

1547: Kenwyne Jones misses an absolute sitter for Sunderland, smacking a shot on to the post from four yards. It's a cliche, but it really was easier to score.

1546: Half-time Wigan 1-1 Manchester City

1545: Man City midfielder Dietmar Hamann picks up his fifth booking of the season and he will now miss their trip to Spurs next weekend.

1544: Derby are stepping up the pressure and after Sunderland fail to clear a corner, Steve Howard sees his snap-shot cleared off the line by Dean Whitehead.

1542: Close shave at the Stadium of Light, too. Danny Higginbotham's slip lets in Kenny Miller and his fierce shot is deflected on to the right-hand post by Darren Ward.

1541: Middlesbrough hit the post at the Madejski Stadium through Adam Johnson after Marcus Hahnemann saved Jeremie Aliadiere's long-range drive.

1539: Everton boss David Moyes is absolutely fuming at the awarding of a free-kick to Portsmouth, from which they very nearly score, save for the boot of Tim Howard. It takes two officials to calm down the angry Scot.

1537: GOAL Bristol Rovers 2-1 Rushden & Diamonds
Hold your horses on that FA Cup shock in Bristol, as Rovers fight back to score twice in a minute, thanks to Andy Williams and Craig Disley.

1536: Javier Garrido, who should have been picking up Paul Scharner for the Wigan equaliser but had just prior to that suffered a clash of heads with a Wigan player, is taken off and Michael Ball comes on in his place.

1533: "In response to the Boro fan that wanted directions to Scunthorpe, it's just a left turn, go straight for a bit, throw a right then just down, down, down, down, down..."
Red_devil789 on 606

1530: Ross Turnbull makes his first save of the day for Middlesbrough as Dave Kitson turns neatly inside his man and slams a shot straight down the keeper's throat at Reading.

1529: "Bruce must be wondering how on earth he can prevent the big four hunting down Bramble in January."
Matt, via text

1527: GOAL Staines 0-3 Peterborough
All over as Micah Hyde drives the ball in from the edge of the area, George Boyd knocks it down and Craig Mackail-Smith hooks it home from four yards out.

1525: Boro look like a team that hasn't won in 10, Reading like a team that has lost their last three. This isn't great stuff at the Madejski Stadium.

1524: GOAL Wigan 1-1 Manchester City
Steve Bruce breathes a sigh of relief as Jason Koumas tricks his way to the left byline and crosses for Paul Scharner to head home unchallenged at the back stick.

1520: GOAL Staines 0-2 Peterborough
Staines keeper Shaun Allaway comes out to edge of the area to challenge Aaron McLean for a long ball. The pair collide and McLean gets up first to tuck the ball into the net.

1519: Andy Cole slips while shooting at the Stadium of Light and blazes over. "He's looked ropey so far", says my colleague Al.

1515: GOAL Bristol Rovers 0-1 Rushden & Diamonds
Shock on the cards at the Memorial Stadium as League One Rovers go 1-0 behind to Blue Square Premier side Rushden, courtesy of Marcus Kelly. Not a shock on the cards at Swindon as they go 1-0 up over Forest Green thanks to Jon-Paul McGovern.

1514: Roque Santa Cruz is played clean through by Benni McCarthy at Ewood Park, but the Paraguayan clips his finish over Shay Given and wide of the post. He'll be kicking himself for missing that one.

1511: "Southgate still scared to drop Downing. Anyone know the way to Scunthorpe?"
Anonymous, via text

1510: GOAL Staines 0-1 Peterborough
Controversy surrounds Posh's opener. Staines full-back Marcel Nugent is down injured but the visitors are allowed to take a free-kick. Charlie Lee crosses from the right, Chris Whelpdale's shot is blocked but falls for Craig Mackail-Smith, who fires it into the net.

1508: A few early boos for Joey Barton at Ewood Park but nothing major, according to my colleague and your match report writer Saj Chowdhury. Barton can count himself a bit lucky, perhaps.

1507: Let's not forget the second round of the FA Cup and there's an early goal there too, with Tommy Mooney bagging for Walsall at Northampton.

1505: "We set out our stall. We had a plan and it held us in good stead, but we didn't have enough to fashion that chance. I'm a bit disappointed as I thought we deserved a point."
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley

1500: GOAL Wigan 0-1 Manchester City
I was just about to say we are under way and already Wigan go behind at home to Manchester City. Titus Bramble has had an absolute howler, totally mis-kicking and letting in Geovanni, who races through and slots past a bemused Chris Kirkland.

1457: Team news Reading v Middlesbrough
Reading keep faith with the 11 that lost to a last-gasp Stephen Ireland strike against Manchester City last week, Kevin Doyle partnering Dave Kitson in attack. Middlesbrough are forced to make a change in goal with third-choice Ross Turnball coming in due to injuries to Mark Schwarzer and Brad Jones. Fabio Rochemback and Dong-Gook Lee also come into the starting line-up while Robert Huth, yet to feature this season, is on the bench.

1456: "In terms of the early kick off it's good to put pressure on the other teams. West Ham did very well in the first half, but in the second we were better and deserved to win."
Chelsea manager Avram Grant

1449: Team news Portsmouth v Everton
Portsmouth have brought in Pedro Mendes to replace Sean Davis in midfield. Kanu returns to the bench after three weeks out with a thigh injury. Everton remain unchanged after their 7-1 mauling of Sunderland last weekend.

1446: Team news Sunderland v Derby
Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon has been dropped after the Black Cats 7-1 drubbing at Everton, Darren Ward replacing him. Andy Cole is handed his first start by Roy Keane. Derby's new boss Paul Jewell has made three changes, recalling Steve Howard, Stephen Pearson and Gary Teale for Craig Fagan, Darren Leacock and David Jones.

1443: Of Chelsea's starting XI, Didier Drogba is your stand out on Player Rater, with 6.94. Sub Shaun Wright-Phillips has 7.43 after his cameo 24-minute performance. West Ham's best player in your eyes is now keeper Robert Green, on 6.71.

1438: Full-time Chelsea 1-0 West Ham
Howard Webb blows the whistle and ends a game of two halves at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea produced a fine second-half display to earn the three points and, temporarily at least, move them up to second in the Premier League.

1437: Team news Wigan v Manchester City
New Wigan manager Steve Bruce hands striker Emile Heskey a starting berth against Manchester City at the JJB Stadium. Manchester City's Geovanni replaces the injured Brazilian playmaker Elano, while Georgios Samaras replaces the missing Emile Mpenza upfront, with £8m man Rolando Bianchi on the bench.

1436: Didier Drogba lets fly from 35 yards and it takes a big deflection, looping just over the bar.

1435: "Gabbidon has been immense today. He has kept Drogba relatively quiet all afternoon."
redandblackT on 606

1434: Joe Cole is taken off for Claude Makelele and the England midfielder receives a standing ovation for his potentially match-winning efforts.

1432: An Ali-G lookalike is giving out lollipops to children in the crowd at Wheatsheaf Park before Staines' FA Cup second round tie with Peterborough. It is the Swans' first-ever time at this stage of the competition.

1430: Mikel Jon Obi brings down Dean Ashton 30 yards out after some great feet from the big man to skip past a couple of challenges. John Terry is promptly booked, presumably for kicking the ball away.

1428: "Another defeat for the Boro today will surely mean the end of the road for Gareth Southgate."
Anonymous, via text

1427: West Ham are in danger of conceding a second here, Salomon Kalou completely mis-hitting a shot from 12 yards as the ball fell from out of the sky. The Blues are looking right on top of their game at the moment.

1427: "OK, we all need to eat some humble pie now on the Joe Cole front. I'll take first slice... Sorry for temporarily losing faith in you Joe!"
boringoldblue on 606

1425: Lucas Neill had to go off after taking a stray elbow in the face from Salomon Kalou. The Australian's face is bloodied and he comes back on with a new shirt - a nameless and numberless one at that.

1424: Jonathan Spector and Dean Ashton come on for Scott Parker and Matthew Etherington.

1423: Team news Blackburn v Newcastle
Blackburn's Andre Ooijer comes in for the suspended centre-back Ryan Nelsen with Brett Emerton dropping to right-back. Newcastle's Abdoulaye Faye has recovered from a hamstring injury to take his place in the centre of defence while Alan Smith leads the attack in a 4-3-3 formation with no room for fellow striker Mark Viduka in the starting XI.

1420: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 West Ham
Great finish from that man Joe Cole to put the hosts ahead. Salomon Kalou flicks on a long ball and Cole, marginally onside, takes a fine first touch, brilliantly takes it round Robert Green and finishes into the top corner. Fabulous goal.

1419: Freddie Ljungberg is sent on by Alan Curbishley and Nolberto Solano is taken off.

1418: Massive chance for Chelsea. Frank Lampard's shot takes a big deflection and lands on the left-hand corner of the six-yard box, where, bizarrely, John Terry is waiting, the England skipper volleying wide with his left foot.

1415: News is coming through that a West Ham fan may have been shining a laser in Didier Drogba's eyes during the first half, prompting the striker to complain to the fourth official. If that is the case, the idiot should be banned from all football grounds for the rest of their life.

1412: "This is a cracking game now, more open than a 24-hour garage."
Rich, Norwich, via text

1411: There's that change, with Wright-Phillips coming on for Steve Sidwell as Chelsea prepare a push for the three points.

1410: "If there's any bias, it's in Stevenson's refusal to pointout how useless Joe Cole has been."
nunChucker on 606

I don't think he has been useless, he's tried hard to create an opening. But Chelsea are readying Shaun Wright-Phillips, according to my BBC Radio 5 Live colleagues.

1408: Great run down the right from Joe Cole and his cross is expertly dealt with twice by the in-form Robert Green, first to palm it away from Frank Lampard's head and then to deny Didier Drogba a clear volley from six yards. Top-drawer goalkeeping.

1407: Luis Boa Morte races through but John Terry does well to track the run and he heavily deflects the Portuguese's shot, which lands in the arms of Carlo Cudicini.

1405: Some lovely keep-ball by West Ham and their fans are "Ole"-ing in the stands. Nine or 10 passes, good passes too, ends when Juliano Belletti does well to block Matthew Etherington's cross.

1400: First booking of the second half and it's a touch harsh, Juliano Belletti goes into the book for a trip on Matthew Etherington. It's the sixth of the match already.

1358: Steve Sidwell is getting into much more advanced positions and he volleys on a cross that Joe Cole, stretching, diverts wide of Robert Green's right-hand post. Chelsea are looking very threatening, but it's open at both ends at the moment.

1356: Back come West Ham and after they bungle one attempt at getting forward, Hayden Mullins plays in Carlton Cole, but the former Chelsea hitman is forced wide and slices a shot off target. Up the other end and Frank Lampard slams a 20-yard shot narrowly off target. Now this is a proper game of football.

1354: Chelsea have started like a train in the second half and Steve Sidwell meets a corner only to head it over the bar. Much, much better from Avram Grant's boys.

1352: Mikel Jon Obi shows the quality side of his game with a fine run down the left and his cross falls to Steve Sidwell 16 yards out, the former Reading midfielder's shot bravely blocked by Matthew Upson as it arrowed towards goal.

1351: "What is wrong with these spineless refs? Just book every player who surrounds you like that for dissent straight away. If they carry on, send em off. That'll shut em up."
Anonymous, via text

1350: We're under way again.

1342: Now let's get one thing straight - there's no anti-Chelsea bias here. The tackles have been flying in from both teams and they are as guilty as each other for the lack of football on show so far.

1339: I'm surprised to see such high marks on the Player Rater, really I am. Chelsea lead the way despite an ineffective display so far, with Didier Drogba on 7.73. Danny Gabbidon is the West Ham stand out on 6.53.

1334: Half-time Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
The referee brings to an end a truly woeful first 45 minutes of the afternoon. It can only get better folks. Let's hope for more football and less thuggishness from now on.

1333: Luis Boa Morte is booked for a bad challenge on Mikel Jon Obi.

1333: "The FA need to sort Chelsea out... it is disgusting how they continue to harass the ref."
MikeNeatPFC on 606

1328: "This is like 11 o'clock on a Saturday night at the moment!"
Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 Live
1328: "It might be where you go out, Steve."
Commentator Mike Ingham

1328: Salomon Kalou is next in the book for another terrible attempt at a tackle, this time on Luis Boa Morte.

1325: Chelsea's players have got to stop chasing the referee, their behaviour is not befitting of one of England's premier clubs. Mikel Jon Obi can have few complaints about a booking for a shocking lunge on Scott Parker, it could have been red, yet the Blues players, led by Didier Drogba, follow referee Howard Webb for 30 yards before he ushers them away.

1321: Nolberto Solano goes into the book for a late kick on Salomon Kalou.

1319: Real chance for West Ham. Nolberto Solano sneaks inbetween John Terry and Wayne Bridge and fastens on to a cross into the box, helping it over Carlo Cudicini and on to the roof of the net. Great run from the Peruvian, at one time among Diego Maradona's favourite footballers in the world. Now that's praise.

1315: The passing is appalling. Neither team can keep the ball for more than a couple of passes - it's not just English players who like to give the ball away clearly, although the home contingent aren't exactly helping matters.

1310: Matthew Etherington is the first man shown yellow for a cynical tug back on Juliano Belletti. It's got a bit spicy all of a sudden, thank goodness.

1309: John Terry, what are you doing? Absolutely ridiculous behaviour from the England and Chelsea captain. Luis Boa Morte is a bit cheeky by having a little dig at Carlo Cudicini after the keeper almost spilled a through ball on the edge of his box. But Terry massively over-reacts and grabs Boa Morte by the throat, shoving him backwards. Totally needless and lucky to escape a booking.

1306: "West Ham should be able to beat that Chelsea side. It's a shadow of their league-winning teams."
redconn on 606

1304: There's really not a massive amount going on. West Ham are coming into the game more, but their last two crosses have been straight into Carlo Cudicini's gloves. This game needs a goal.

1258: Didier Drogba tries an ambitious curler from the left-hand corner of the 18-yard box, but his effort flies just high and wide of Robert Green's goal.

1257: "It's absolutely ludicrous even to question John Terry's commitment to England. He is passionate about the cause of his team and Chelsea are not happy with the statement made by Emmanuel Petit."
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce

1256: "I know Lawro thinks that Chelsea will beat us 2-1 today, but he also thought Derby would beat us 2-0. So a seven goal difference means we will win 8-1!"
Anonymous, via text

1253: Luis Boa Morte crashes into Mikel Jon Obi and West Ham are trying to break up Chelsea's play with fouls at the moment. Referee Howard Webb might not have to wait too much longer to get his cards out.

1252: Didier Drogba goes down early doors, but the big striker is soon back on his feet. The crowd is lively enough, but like a lot of early kick offs, it's a slow start on the pitch.

1250: "Seven home wins today. Has that ever happened before?"
Stephen, Southend, via text

I don't know mate. I'd have thought so.

1248: We're under way. My first observation is something that has been troubling me all season. Steve Sidwell, Chelsea's number nine? Come on. As if it wasn't bad enough Khalid Boulahrouz having that number last year. Sort it out Blues.

1244: The teams are out at Chelsea and we are all good to go for the first match of the day.

1243: "On the current form of both Everton and Pompey in recent weeks, today's match will surely be packed full of goals, drama, excitement and an exhibition of free-flowing attacking football? Maybe, but something in me, call it football intuition if you will, sees this as a 0-0 draw."
toffeeblueboy on 606

Ah, that reminds me. Check out our very own Lawro's predictions for this weekend's games.

1239: If the Premier League's not your bag and you're more interested in the second round of the world's greatest cup competition, check out how to listen to the FA Cup games today via BBC local radio and BBC Radio 5 Live.

1237: "I'm a Roy Keane fan but he's going to be under huge pressure if they don't beat donkey Derby today - recent results have been terrible for the Mackems."
Chris in London, via text

1233: "TT were awesome. Rule the World or Never Forget was the highlight, but it was difficult to deal with the screaming. The girl next to me was on the first of four concerts, the other three in Manchester - she lives in south London! And she knew all the dance moves. And she showed them off. And she wasn't drunk. Incredible."
Our very own over-aged Take That fan, Caroline Cheese, via, er, Facebook

1229: Just to clarify, four changes for Chelsea, with Steve Sidwell, Wayne Bridge, Mikel John Obi and Salomon Kalou replacing Claude Makelele, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien. One change for West Ham, Scott Parker in for Mark Noble.

1224: "Isn't this the bit where you tell us to check out Football Focus? Wigan will win today!"
Rich, Canterbury, via text

Well, yeah. I just presumed you'd be watching it anyway. What else is on?

1220: "Ooh dear Mr Stevenson - a Forest fan. Remember the 5-2 last season? It doesn't matter that you beat us 3-0 this time around!"
Glovergilly (OSC) The Ego Has Landed on 606

I still have nightmares about that game. But this season's result doesn't matter? Do me a favour pal.

1219: Teams in full from Stamford Bridge:
Chelsea: Cudicini, Belletti, Alex, Terry, Bridge, Sidwell, Obi, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba, Joe Cole. Subs: Hilario, Makelele, Shevchenko, Ben-Haim, Wright-Phillips.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Gabbidon, Upson, McCartney, Solano, Parker, Mullins, Etherington, Boa Morte, Cole. Subs: Wright, Ljungberg, Ashton, Spector, Collins.

1217: "Mr. Stevenson, this certainly deserves a mention this afternoon:

RicardoSF85 on 606

1213: "Sunil should stick to predictions in his own league. Paul Jewell is the right man for the job and he will kick-start Derby's revival in the Premier League."
Mark from Derby, via text

As a Forest fan, I'm loving this East Midlands banter. Gutted that we can't even see the Premier League from where we are.

1209: Some early team news from the Bridge, as Chelsea bring in Salomon Kalou for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Wayne Bridge for Ashley Cole. Carlo Cudicini plays in goal, the Italian's 200th appearance for the Blues. Teams in full shortly.

1205: Don't forget too about BBC Sport's Player Rater, which gives you all the power. Last week, Everton's Mikel Arteta finished up with a frankly astonishing 9.23 for his wonder display against Sunderland, one of the highest ratings of all time. You can pop in and out as you please as the afternoon progresses.

1159: "Hey Jonathan. Last week Caroline said I was from Wanstead. I'm from Wilstead. Please get this right. Dont be a slacker like Miss Cheese. I'm going for a 2-1 Arsenal win today. And Derby to get thrashed."
Sunil, Leicester City fan from WILSTEAD, via text

1154: It really could not be any easier for you to get involved. Get involved on 606, or text in to 81111. It's such an open goal even Ronny Rosenthal would have no problems sticking it away.

1152: Right then. Let's forget about Cheese and the cricket and get stuck into some football. Chelsea entertain West Ham at Stamford Bridge in the early game, hoping to keep going their stunning run of 69 home league games without defeat.

1148: Big shout out to Mitch and the cricket crew, who have been in since ridiculous o'clock this morning watching England dominate Sri Lanka in the first Test in Kandy. I'm gonna put the link in to his live updates, but I know you lot are more loyal than to click on it.

1144: "I'm wondering who will Shine today, and who will need to have a little Patience? And will Arsenal Rule The World again today?"
Steveweiser on 606

1142: I'm Stevo and I'll be leading you through the minefield of Premier League matches today, along with the odd FA Cup update when we get any sniff of a shock in the second round. I haven't done the live football for a while, but you might remember me from the World Twenty20, or the China Grand Prix. Jack of all trades...?

1136: "On the subject of majestically-named Carolines, I knew a girl called Caroline Chicken (she was a vet). Also knew a girl called Caroline Chalk - my guess is that the Chalk and Cheese families are very different."
Stonethecrows on 606

A fine start to the day. More of the same, please.

1133: Now the first thing you'll notice is that Caroline Cheese isn't on football duty today. She'll be spending the weekend dreaming about Gary and the boys after watching Take That at The O2 Arena last night. But the show must go on.

1130: Morning everyone and welcome to another edition of the all-singing, all-dancing Premier League, the best league in the world (apart from La Liga). Seven games today, one early, one late and a couple of crackers in the mixer.



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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