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By Caroline Cheese

1924: Off I go then. Great work today everyone - hangovers and all. See you tomorrow for the second part of this New Year blockbuster. The man they call Spoony is taking calls on 606. Match of the Day is on BBC1 at 2210 GMT. I don't know about you but I may well be asleep by then...

1921: Your Player of the Day is (fanfare) Arsenal striker Eduardo whose goal helped Arsenal to a 2-0 win over West Ham. He's on 8.25, edging out team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor (8.04) and Manchester United pair Carlos Tevez (8.15) and Cristiano Ronaldo (8.06). Reading defender Ibrahima Sonko, sent off after four minutes, is today's donkey on 2.06. Keep voting though, folks.

1918: "Berbatov knows he's off. He can't be bothered. Worth 25m? More like 25 quid."
Benny via text on 81111

1914: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-1 Tottenham
Spurs looked to have rescued a point through Jermain Defoe's sensational volley but woeful defending hands Villa victory through Martin Laursen's 85th-minute header. Aston Villa go sixth, Tottenham 12th.

1911: We're into three minutes of added time.

1906: GOAL Aston Villa 2-1 Tottenham
The Spurs defence falls apart again. Paul Robinson seems to be coming for the corner but then retreats. Martin Laursen loses his marker Jamie O'Hara and heads home.

1904: "In the same way that Tottenham were disappointing in the first half, I have to say Aston Villa have been disappointing in this half."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1903: "Villa just paid the price for not destroying Spurs in the first half. Harsh on Villains, but fair and square, Spurs deserved that."
ypsylon on 606

1900: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham
Aston Villa no longer holding firm. Michael Dawson chips the ball into the area and Villa's clearance rebounds off Dimitar Berbatov's head and into Jermain Defoe's path. The striker produces a wonderful volleyed finish to draw Spurs level at last.

1858: Tottenham are putting the pressure on now, with Robbie Keane prompting from behind the two strikers. Aston Villa holding firm for the moment.

1854: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill opts to replace striker Luke Moore with midfielder Craig Gardner as he looks to regain control of the game.

1852: Dimitar Berbatov cuts the ball back for Robbie Keane who falls over Curtis Davies's leg as he charges into the penalty area. Keane wants a penalty. Ref Steve Tanner isn't interested.

1851: "Luke Moore. How did you miss that? Argh, finish Spurs off!"
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

1849: Lovely movement from Aston Villa to work the space in the penalty area but Luke Moore fires wide with the goal gaping.

1848: Paul Robinson's poor clearance is headed into Luke Moore's path but the striker miscues and the shot is high and wide.

1841: Two appeals from Tottenham there and nothing given. Dimitar Berbatov reckons his attempted pass on the edge of the area hits Martin Laursen's arm. Then Jamie O'Hara has his hands in the air for a back-pass as Scott Carson collects a deflection off his own defender.

1838: Kaboul's departure means Jermaine Jenas moves to right-back, with Didier Zokora partnering Michael Dawson in central defence.

1837: Robbie Keane almost makes an immediate impact. The striker is all on his own at the far post but mis-hits the shot. Spurs make their third and final change with young midfielder Jamie O'Hara replacing injured defender Younes Kaboul.

1834: Here comes Robbie Keane and it's Aaron Lennon who makes way. The winger doesn't look too happy. Bit of a surprise that Jermain Defoe is staying on.

1832: Martin Laursen heads into Luke Moore's path from a corner but it's an awkward chance for the striker and he heads over.

1831: Tom Huddlestone fires in a shot on the half-volley but it's well wide. Not long til Robbie Keane makes an appearance surely?

1826: Calamity man of the first half, Kevin-Prince Boateng, won't be coming out for the second half. Tom Huddlestone is on.

1825: "Re 1820: I am all for inspirational speeches from managers but it appears Wenger cannot count. Belief, talent and being ready to fight are three things?"
Anon via text on 81111

1823: "Been in work since 10am and you're the only thing keeping me sane!"
Now not so unhappy bank worker, via text on 81111

1820: "It is too early to go into mind games. I feel going into January we will rely on our performances. Manchester United will be a tough opponent but we have one thing, we have belief, and we have talent and we are ready to fight."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

1818: "Villains for Europe! Wooooooo. Why do I get the feeling I am being ignored?!"
Unhappy bank worker, with his/her third text in quick succession on 81111

1816: "That's as poor a 45 minutes from Spurs as I've season all season. Time for Ramos to earn his corn."
Nottingham_Hotspur on 606

1809: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham
Dimitar Berbatov's shoulders visibly drop as his attempted pass to Aaron Lennon goes straight out of play and Villa reach the break with a lead thanks to Olof Mellberg's header.

1805: Dimitar Berbatov hammers a shot straight at Aston Villa keeper Scott Carson and the hosts go on the break through Gabriel Agbonlahor. The striker goes down in the box under a challenge from Didier Zokora but it was shoulder to shoulder and no penalty.

1802: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham
Kevin-Prince Boateng gives away a free-kick on the left and then it's the Spurs midfielder who looks like he's meant to be marking Olof Mellberg as the defender heads in Ashley Young's cross. Not a great couple of minutes for Boateng then.

1759: "Tottenham have had a lot of posession but have shown little penetration. Aston Villa are a lot quicker to get at the opposition back four."
BBC 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1754: Michael Dawson pays for a series of clumsy challenges as he gets a yellow card for going into the back of Gabriel Agbonlahor - who us causing the Spurs defence all kinds of problems.

1748: "Martin how did you miss that? Empty goal aaaaaaaaaaa!"
ypsylon on 606

1745: What a miss from Martin Laursen. Gareth Barry drives in a low cross from the right and the ball comes out to Laursen seven yards out but the defender blazes wastefully over. He immediately turns and sprints back to the halfway line and you wouldn't blame him if he just carried on running right out of the ground.

1743: All sorts of shenanigans from Olof Mellberg and Michael Dawson in the penalty area as an Aston Villa corner comes over. They're sort of hugging each other more than fighting. Anyway, it ends with a free-kick for Spurs.

1738: Spurs defender Younes Kaboul is down injured after a challenge with Luke Moore. He limps off then sprints round and comes back on again. Panic over.

1736: Spurs keeper Paul Robinson manages to parry Ashley Young's free-kick after several players fail to connect and his defence clears.

1732: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Carlos Tevez took a heavy knock on his ankle and is unlikely to play in the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa on Saturday - but Wayne Rooney should return. Fergie also had a go at the atmosphere at Old Trafford today, describing it as "like a funeral".

1728: Luke Moore finds Gabriel Agbonlahor with a backheel but the striker's low shot is well wide. Good pressure from Villa though.

1726: Luke Moore, in today for the injured John Carew, controls, turns and shoots just wide as Aston Villa work the first chance of the game.

1722: Tottenham kick off the final Premier League game of New Year's Day...

1721: A huge and emotional ovation from the crowd at Villa Park for Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell.

1719: Let's face it, we're all expecting goals and lots of them from this game. Even Lawro, usually very conservative with his predictions, has gone for a 2-2 draw. It's going to be a dull stalemate isn't it?

1717: Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov puts an arm around Aston Villa midfielder and fellow Bulgarian Stiliyan Petrov in the tunnel at Villa Park. It's high-fives all the way from Ashley Young and after all that, they eventually emerge to an expectant crowd.

1716: "Re 1655: Tevez injured? Hopefully Fergie will panic buy Anelka/Berbatov/Larsson!"
James, 47 mins left at work, via text on 81111

1713: "After recent performances we are all expecting some explosive football at Villa Park. I hope neither side disappoints!"
ElSquirrel on 606

1708: The shining light of those four 1500 GMT kick-offs was Arsenal striker Eduardo, according to users of BBC Sport's interactive player rater. He's on 8.35. Still plenty of time for that to change though. Reading defender Ibrahima Sonko, sent off within four minutes against Portsmouth has got 2.00. I'm not sure what he did to earn that to be honest.

1707: "Pressure really on Villa to perform later with Portsmouth and Everton both sealing away victories."
Matt via text on 81111

1704: "Nani and Carrick (again) were terrible today. Rooney makes United tick. We just seem a different team without him. Oh well here is to the New Year. Happy New Year all."

1655: FULL-TIME Reading 0-2 Portsmouth
Portsmouth's superb away form continues with victory over Reading. Now if only Harry Redknapp's side could score at Fratton Park...

1655: FULL-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Birmingham
A lacklustre display from the champions - especially in the second-half - but Carlos Tevez's first-half strike wins it for Sir Alex Ferguson's side. The Argentine striker is carried off by two United officials at the final whistle with what looks like an ankle injury.

1654: FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-0 West Ham
Arsenal stay top of the Premier League thanks to early strikes from Eduardo and Emmanuel Adebayor. A routine win really.

1654: Cristiano Ronaldo earns a free-kick fully 40 yards out but he smashes it against the wall and the frustration continues for Manchester United.

1652: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton
Second-half goals from Andy Johnson and James McFadden earn Everton an away win.

1651: Birmingham are piling on the pressure at Old Trafford as the game heads into four minutes of added time. The Manchester United clear Sebastian Larsson's free-kick.

1646: This has not been one of Manchester United's finest afternoons. Birmingham threaten a shock equaliser as Mikael Forssell controls and hits a left-foot shot just wide.

1644: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Tottenham
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill makes two changes, with Stilian Petrov coming in for Shaun Maloney and Luke Moore replacing John Carew (knee) up front. Tottenham boss Juande Ramos beefs up the defence that leaked four goals against Reading. Michael Dawson returns to the centre of defence in place of Ledley King and Didier Zokora replaces Pascal Chimbonda at right-back. Tom Huddlestone makes way for Kevin-Prince Boateng in midfield, while top scorer Robbie Keane is rested and Jermain Defoe makes a rare start up front with Dimitar Berbatov.

1642: Birmingham midfielder Mehdi Nafti looks to be in tears as he leaves the Old Trafford pitch injured. The Tunisia international might just be worried about his hopes of playing in the African Nations Cup.

1638: Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue comes off for Arsenal and he won't be back in Premier League action again for the Gunners until February as he now heads off to the African Nations Cup.

1637: Arsenal sub Theo Walcott leaves Lucas Neill standing with a neat turn but his shot lacks power and Rob Green collects. West Ham look to have given up the ghost.

1633: West Ham bring on Dean Ashton in place of Carlton Cole as they look to rescue something from the game against Arsenal.

1631: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton
Simple but classy from Everton. James McFadden exchanges a one-two with Andy Johnson before stroking the ball past Mark Schwarzer. As he runs to the visiting fans, Scotland striker McFadden points to his black armband in memory of Phil O'Donnell.

1628: GOAL Reading 0-2 Portsmouth
John Utaka easily outsprints Nicky Shorey, sidesteps Marcus Hahnemann and sidefoots into the empty net. It may not be 7-4 today but it should be good enough for Pompey.

1626: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 Everton
Yakubu provides the cross and Andy Johnson takes the ball off Steven Pienaar's feet and arrows a shot into the far corner. Superb finish. Harsh on Middlesbrough who had had marginally the better of this game.

1625: Arsenal goalscorer Eduardo gets a standing ovation at the Emirates Stadium as he jogs off to be replaced by Theo Walcott.

1621: Arsenal striker Eduardo wants a penalty but he's not getting one. He is tugged back a bit by Lucas Neill as Emmanuel Eboue's cross comes over but he escapes in time to get in his header - which is wide.

1617: Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez slips, gets up and turns a shot against the post. Cristiano Ronaldo picks up the rebound and beats two defenders before his shot is blocked. Birmingham are living on the edge.

1615: Everton keeper Tim Howard does brilliantly to save from Gary O'Neill after Tuncay's break for Middlesbrough.

1612: Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor is in the right place at the right time to save Cristiano's Ronaldo powerful header with his legs. Good work from Park Ji-Sung to deliver the cross from the right.

1610: Cesc Fabregas wins a free-kick about 30 yards out for Arsenal. The Spanish midfielder floats it in but George McCartney clears.

1607: We are go, go, go in the second-half all round the grounds.

1604: Middlesbrough and Everton are in a hurry to get this out of the way. They're back under way in the second half.

1601: "Why do you never post any of my texts Cheesy? Do you have something against yellow puppets?"
Sooty, Devon, via text on 81111

1559: "Re 1540: Jack Collison? Commanded the Wales Under-21 game against France like a kick about in the park. Class player."
ToastedWelshy on 606

1558: The Christmas CDs are safely packed away for another year and it's back to standard stadium tunes, which if you're at the Riverside Stadium is Slade's Mama Weer All Crazee Now. And just to save your texts, I have spelt that correctly.

1551: HALF-TIME Arsenal 2-0 West Ham

1550: HALF-TIME Reading 0-1 Portsmouth
Benjani hits the bar on the stroke of half-time but it stays 1-0 to Portsmouth.

1550: HALF-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Birmingham

1547: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton

1543: "Sometimes you've got to understand why football is not 100% logic. West Ham have showed determination and enthusiasm, but are behind Arsenal, who have been at the right place at the right time."
KWEKU1 on 606

1540: Freddie Ljungberg receives a huge ovation from the home and away fans at the Emirates Stadium as an injury forces him off. Jack Collison - a 19-year-old Welshman - comes on to make his West Ham debut - to a huge shout of "who?" from the Arsenal supporters. Great stuff.

1533: An acrobatic overhead kick from John Pantsil goes past the post as West Ham look to reduce the deficit. This has been smash and grab from Arsenal because West Ham have had some decent chances.

1531: A chance at the Riverside as Stewart Downing's far-post volley is cleared off the line.

1528: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Birmingham
Cristiano Ronaldo provides a sublime flicked return pass for Carlos Tevez to put the champions ahead. Cameron Jerome is lying injured at the other end of the pitch as United score but Birmingham can have no complaints about that I don't think.

1525: "Adebayor!!! What a player. Hope they keep attacking. Looks like we are not losing this one, Ade scores we never lose."
AFCGunnerChris on 606

1521: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 West Ham
And on the counter-attack, Gael Clichy's long ball is headed past keeper Rob Green by Emmanuel Adebayor, who then finishes from an impossible angle. Honestly, it was a banana shot. He was on the byeline and his shot bent round the covering defender, back onto the post and in. Amazing.

1520: West Ham play Arsenal at their own game with a slick passing move which ends with Gunners old boy Freddie Ljungberg's turn and shot saved at the near post by Manuel Almunia.

1519: Fresh from his penalty miss against West Ham at the weekend, Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is looking very lively and volleys just over.

1515: West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand's shot from a Mark Noble corner is cleared off the line by Gael Clichy.

1511: GOAL Reading 0-1 Portsmouth
Reading didn't escape for long. After that missed penalty, Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann gifts Pompey a goal by allowing a cross to slip through his fingers, Sulley Muntari heading towards goal and Sol Campbell eventually bundling home.

1509: Patrice Evra whips in a cross and Carlos Tevez heads against the post as Manchester United threaten against Birmingham.

Niko Kranjcar steps up coolly to take the spot-kick for Portsmouth but it smacks off the post and that's a let-off for Reading.

1506: RED CARD Reading
Ibrahima Sonko's afternoon lasts about four minutes as he brings down Benjani in the area to concede a penalty and receive his marching orders.

1504: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 West Ham
West Ham's defence seem to be suffering a collective New Year's Day hangover as they leave in Eduardo in acres of space to turn and shoot low into the net from Cesc Fabregas's shot. Sharp shooting from the Croat - but Alan Curbishley will be fuming.

1503: The four 1500 GMT kick-offs are under way.

1500: Crowds and players at the four stadiums pay their respects to Motherwell skipper Phil O'Donnell, who died suddenly on Saturday.

1458: The camera pans around the crowd at the Emirates Stadium. One woman looks so excited to be on the big screen, I think there is a danger she may actually explode. The fun stops as the West Ham and Arsenal teams emerge.

1451: TEAM NEWS Reading v Portsmouth
Reading are unchanged from the side that lost 6-4 to Spurs at the weekend with Nicky Shorey playing despite a stomach bug. Portsmouth welcome back Glen Johnson and Sulley Muntari to the side, while Kanu is dropped to the bench.

1450: "Worried at Pantsil's inclusion in the Hammers line-up. He made things happen on Saturday, but in the way that an explosion in a sofa factory is something happening. Springs, stuffing, arms and legs everywhere."
The Happy Hammer via text on 81111

1445: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Everton
Middlesbrough make one change from the team that beat Portsmouth, Fabio Rochemback replacing Mohamed Shawky in midfield. Everton make three changes from the side thumped 4-1 by Arsenal. Andrew Johnson and James McFadden return for Tim Cahill and the suspended Mikel Arteta, while Nuno Valente comes in at left-back with Joleon Lescott moving to centre-half.

1441: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-2 Chelsea
For the 10th time this season, Fulham concede a lead and that means Roy Hodgson starts his reign with a defeat and his side stay second from bottom. A much-improved second-half performance earns Chelsea a deserved win.

1437: A midfield coming-together leaves Salomon Kalou and Elliot Omozusi needing treatment but both are up and about again and we'll have four minutes of added time - which we're in to now.

1434: David Healy has given the Chelsea defence something to think about since his arrival but he is prevented from getting to a long ball by a rather clumsy block from Tal Ben Haim. It wasn't a penalty but a bit unnecessary from Ben Haim.

1433: "It's hard to believe Lawrie Sanchez spent 20m during the summer. This team is really poor and I fear for Fulham's safety."
redandblackT(Had it won till hamann came on) on 606

1432: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v West Ham
Arsenal make four changes with Emmanuel Adebayor, Justin Hoyte, Emmanuel Eboue and Tomas Rosicky all coming in. West Ham winger Nolberto Solano is out with a hamstring injury so John Pantsil replaces him.

1430: David Healy unleashes a right-foot volley from the edge of the box. It goes over but at least it gives the Fulham fans something to cheer. Their team needs an injection of confidence - quickly.

1426: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Birmingham
Wayne Rooney is still missing from the Manchester United line-up, having not recovered from the illness that prevented him from travelling to London for Saturday's defeat at West Ham. Cristiano Ronaldo partners Carlos Tevez up front as Ferguson makes five changes in total. South Korea international Park Ji-sung gets his first start since March. For Birmingham, Medhi Nafti replaces injured skipper Damien Johnson.

1423: A last throw of the dice from Roy Hodgson as David Healy comes on for Diomansy Kamara with 15 minutes remaining. It's all a bit too easy for Chelsea at the moment though.

1418: "Dempsey had half of Ballack's shirt in his hand. To me, that is holding him back and he had every right to go down."
Sir OnceInRoyalDavid'sCity_Ground_Fan - OSC on 606

1416: Now Alexei Smertin comes on for Fulham against his old team. Steven Davis makes way.

1414: Michael Ballack takes a free-kick, dead centre, about 30 yards out. It's narrowly wide with Antti Niemi scrambling. Fulham boss Roy Hodgson makes his first chance, Seol Ki-Hyeon replacing Moritz Volz.

1411: "Damn I love the Premier League. I love it, I love it, you don't get action like this anywhere else. I was in Italy a few weeks back and they were all gathered watching an Italian game. Dull..."
hero3279 on 606

1408: GOAL Fulham 1-2 Chelsea
Michael Ballack claims he has his shirt pulled by Clint Dempsey as Juliano Belletti's long free-kick comes into the area. Referee Mark Halsey agrees and the German tucks away the spot-kick.

1407: Penalty to Chelsea.

1406: "It's the mentality of the Chelsea team that's changed since half-time. They've become more forceful. They were playing on the back foot for most of the first half."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst David Pleat

1401: Joe Cole's shot fizzes past the post as Chelsea go close just moments after the equaliser. Dangerous times for Fulham.

1400: GOAL Fulham 1-1 Chelsea
A great far post header from Alex back across goal allows Salomon Kalou to nod in the equaliser from Shaun Wright-Phillips' corner.

1356: Shaun Wright-Phillips drives his cross against Dejan Stefanovic's arm, with the Chelsea fans appealing loudly for a penalty. Ball to hand, says ref Mark Halsey. Stefanovic then collides with the advertising hoardings and ends up with his legs sticking up in the air. Funny.

1351: Chelsea boss Avram Grant makes a half-time change with Jon Mikel Obi replacing Steve Sidwell and we're off and running in the second half.

1348: "I hope Roy Hodgson bought his players some nerves for Xmas and told them their New Year's resolution is to keep them at all times. This will be a huge win!!"
Anon via text on 81111

1345: In answer to Chacor[LiverpoolWillBeatInter] on 606, did you know all racehorses celebrate their birthdays on 1 January? What a party that is...

1343: The Premier League's leading scorer in 2008 Danny Murphy is streets ahead of the rest on BBC Sport's interactive player rater. He's on 8.33. Chelsea pair Steve Sidwell and Juliano Belletti are bottom of the class on 5.05.

1341: "I'd like to see Fulham press harder in the second half, try and put Chelsea under pressure and grab an all important second goal."
EnglandLad23 on 606

1334: HALF-TIME Fulham 1-0 Chelsea
Danny Murphy's penalty puts Roy Hodgson's side ahead at the break. Just about deserved I would say.

1331: Antti Niemi comes out to collect Shaun Wright-Phillips' free-kick and as we approach half-time, Chelsea look a bit short of inspiration as well as a bit uncertain in defence.

1328: "I feel that if Fulham had someone up front who could really look after the ball, they would be a lot more successful."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst David Pleat

1323: Chelsea give the ball away, allowing Simon Davies to break but he doesn't get enough power on his low shot and Hilario saves.

1320: Fulham win a free-kick 30 yards out as Tal Ben Haim barges into Clint Dempsey. 2008 goal machine Danny Murphy curls it over the bar.

1314: Salomon Kalou goes flying through the air after nicking the ball past Antti Niemi. It might have been a penalty - had the Chelsea striker not been offside.

1310: Chelsea are enjoying plenty of possession but Fulham are working hard to limit the space. You sense every Fulham player is putting in that extra bit of effort for the new boss.

1306: "No team will be scared to face this Chelsea team. They are missing their best players in every position."
Gunnerfiz on 606

1302: Anyone have any money on Danny Murphy scoring the first Premier League goal of 2008? Here's a worrying stat for Fulham fans though: they have scored first nine times this season but gone on to win only once.

1258: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Chelsea
Moritz Volz jinks into the penalty box and is tripped by Joe Cole. Easy decision for referee Mark Halsey really. Danny Murphy sends Hilario the wrong way and it's a perfect start to Roy Hodgson's reign.

1257: Penalty to Fulham.

1255: Shaun Wright-Phillips breaks quickly into the box. Not sure if it was a cross for the onrushing Joe Cole or a shot but it fizzes past Antti Niemi's right-hand post and Fulham survive.

1254: Joe Cole provides a beautifully weighted ball for Salomon Kalou but his effort is easily saved by Fulham keeper Antti Niemi. I make that one shot each.

1251: "Waking up still drunk. Damn you New Year."
Anon via text on 81111

1250: Good start for Fulham. Diomansy Kamara fires in a low shot at the near post but Hilario parries and Chelsea eventually clear.

1248: And the first Premier League game of 2008 kicks off.

1246: The players and crowd pay their respects to Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell with a minute's applause.

1244: "Re: 1224 and 1238. I heard Avram Grant stole Christmas at Chelsea. Is he not the spitting image of the Grinch? If a little less green."
Tim, Geddington, via text on 81111

1242: Here come the teams at Craven Cottage - and there's Roy Hodgson striding purposefully across the pitch to where a host of photographers await.

1238: "Re 1224: Personally I think Grant looks like a pale version of Baron Silas Greenback, Dangermouse's arch enemy."
happyhopkins on 606

1234: "My New Year's resolution is to be nicer to everyone - and to see a goal at Fratton Park!"
will_the_1 on 606

1229: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Chelsea
Chelsea make only one change with Steve Sidwell coming in for Jon Mikel Obi. Fulham defender Moritz Volz returns from a one-match suspension while Diomansy Kamara comes in for the suspended Hameur Bouazza.

1227: "Did anyone notice Steve McClaren in the audience at Jools Holland last night? That was a bit surprising!"
cmon_u_irons on 606

Is this true? Any sign of the brolly?

1224: "Avram Grant is related to Toad of Toad Hall! Fact."
Nooky47 on 606

1221: Don't forget to send in your New Year's resolutions. I've had the same one every year since giving up smoking: try to be nice to everyone. Usually lasts a few hours - until I have to get on the London Underground.

1217: "Long Island Iced Tea is God's own drink... how can you not like it"
fuzzy_reddevil on 606

God's own drink is Amontillado sherry. Everyone knows that.

1214: "I've found the only thing worse than Portsmouth's home form - long island iced teas!"
Dan in Pompey, via text on 81111

1210: "I hope Fletcher, Saha , Brown and Kuszczak don't play for Manchester United today, because they were terrible against West Ham. Last Spurs game for Berbatov today, you think?"
mdfactor on 606

1206: It seems a lot of you are tipping Fulham to get a point against west London rivals Chelsea. But a victory? Let's not forget they've beaten the Blues once since 1979 - a 1-0 win in March 2006.

1203: "Re: 1148. Seeing as you're missing something I'm willing to share my hangover. Fancy Fulham for a point myself."
Scott, Musselburgh, via text on 81111

1158: "Re: 1148. That's usually a sign that you're still drunk, isn't it?"
Anon via text on 81111

1157: "I think Fulham could nick it, first games with the new manager always seem to produce a surprise - look at West Ham with Curbs last year."
Alex_606 on 606

1155: "My head is hurting a lot. Still, all that booze last night made me forget our dreadful season for a bit at least."
Derby fan in Cornwall, via text on 81111

1152: Our appetiser today is Roy Hodgson's first game as Fulham manager and his first Premier League match since 21 November 1998 when his Blackburn side lost to Southampton. Will he fare any better today? Mystic Lawro says the Cottagers will get a point against Chelsea. But what do you reckon?

1148: I seem to have escaped any kind of New Year's Day hangover which is a boost in all sorts of ways - but it does feel a bit weird, like I'm missing something.

1145: Hello you. How's your head?

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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