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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 22:16 GMT
Live - Premier League



RESULTS
Blackburn 1-0 Sunderland, 2000 GMT
Bolton 1-0 Derby, 2000 GMT
Liverpool 1-1 Wigan, 2000 GMT
Newcastle 0-2 Man City

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Caroline Cheese

2215: I leave you with the news that Laurent Robert will begin a trial at Derby on Friday. Wow. Thanks for the chat this evening. I've had a ball as always. Mark Bright is making a rare appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 so make him feel welcome on 0500 909 693. I imagine Liverpool and Newcastle fans will have a bit to say. See you for FA Cup goals, goals, goals this weekend.

2210: Player of the Day, according to the wise people using BBC Sport's interactive player rater, is Liverpool striker Fernando Torres on 8.17. He's the only player from any of the games on more than eight. Manchester City defender Vedran Corluka is his nearest challenger on 7.33.

2203: Not many goals, admittedly, but was this the day we saw Liverpool's title challenge end and Derby go down? The Rams are 10 points adrift of safety with 17 games remaining. Liverpool are 12 points away from leaders Arsenal, although they have a game in hand. Manchester City's win over Newcastle moves them up to fourth.

2200: "That officially ends Liverpool's title challenge."
EddieRoooo on 606

2156: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-0 Derby
A cruel defeat for Derby but it could be a vital win for Bolton. Derby defender Darren Moore is having a right old go at keeper Lewis Price about Stelios' 90th-minute goal.

2154: FULL-TIME Liverpool 1-1 Wigan
Wigan claim their first ever point against a big-four club thanks to Titus Bramble's rocket. Liverpool are now 12 points adrift of the leaders - albeit with a game in hand. Boos at Anfield.

2152: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Derby
A hopeful ball bounces once and with goalkeeper Lewis Price and the Derby defender dithering, Stelios steals in and finishes into the empty net.

2151: Into three minutes of added time at Anfield.

2151: FULL-TIME Blackburn 1-0 Sunderland
A tale of two penalties. Blackburn scored theirs, Sunderland didn't.

2149: Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez cuts a very frustrated figure on the touchline as he rants and raves about a refereeing decision.

2145: Chris Kirkland saves Wigan. The ex-Liverpool keeper saves Steven Gerrard's 20-yard fierce shot and then palms away a second effort from the Reds skipper.

2143: FULL-TIME Newcastle 0-2 Man City
The familiar sound of booing at St James' Park as a goal in each half from Manchester City earns them the away win. The pressure turns up a notch on Sam Allardyce.

2142: "Bramble please come back to Tyneside! All is forgiven! Well, almost all!"
Toon4Europe on 606

2140: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Wigan
Steven Gerrard's poor defensive clearance goes straight to Titus Bramble and he absolutely belts it past Pepe Reina from just inside the 'D'. Two in two for Bramble. About 11 minutes left at Anfield.

2135: "My word, Newcastle really aren't playing very well, Big Sam looks absolutely fed up. It could be my lucky night!"
Mr S McClaren at St James' Park, via text on 81111

2131: "I don't think Sam Allardyce can be blamed for tonight. Newcastle have had plenty of chances and not taken them - that's the strikers' fault. And Man City's goals have come because the defenders stood far too far off. How is that the manager's fault?"
captchris on 606

2128: Bolton are threatening a goal against Derby. Shortly after El-Hadji Diouf has a goal ruled out for offside, Lewis Price tips Nicolas Anelka's rasping shot onto the bar.

2127: RED CARD Sunderland
Bad to worse for Sunderland as Dwight Yorke receives a second yellow for a late tackle on Blackburn sub David Dunn.

2124: GOAL Newcastle 0-2 Man City
The Manchester City substitutes combine. Kelvin Etuhu, with his back to goal, holds off a couple of Newcastle defenders and slides the ball into the path of Fernandes Gelson, who smashes into the top corner. Cue Newcastle fans leaving in their droves.

2121: Steven Gerrard's thunderous free-kick is only parried by Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland but as the ball drifts towards the goal-line, Titus Bramble clears.

2121: "Thank god El Torres just scored. Top quality player for us Reds."
Lee sitting in the Kop (and it's freezing), via text on 81111

2119: Goalscorer Elano comes off for Manchester City. Kelvin Etuhu comes on to shore up the City midfield. Sam Allardyce's last throw of the dice is to bring Emre on for Abdoulaye Faye.

2117: "Looks like Roy Keane's bubble has burst."
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

2113: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Sunderland
Christopher Samba whacks a volley straight into Danny Higginbotham's arm and ref Rob Styles points to the spot. The Sunderland players protest long and hard but Benni McCarthy keeps his head to bury the penalty. Roy Keane simply blows a bubble with his gum.

2112: Penalty to Blackburn.

2110: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Wigan
Fernando Torres starts and finishes the move, passing to Steven Gerrard who finds Steve Finnan racing into the box. The defender squares for Torres, who sidefoots home to the relief of Liverpool fans.

2108: MISSED PENALTY Sunderland
Christopher Samba fouls Daryl Murphy but Dean Whitehead's tame spot-kick is saved low to his left by Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel.

2107: Penalty to Sunderland.

2106: Christian Wilhelmsson is on for Bolton at the start of the second half, replacing Kevin Davies. And we're back under way everywhere now.

2106: Manchester City have not lost when they've taken the lead this season. Another stat of woe for Newcastle fans. Sorry about that.

2103: "We've had continuous light snow for the last two days, temps haven't been above zero for nearly a week... I am in Warsaw. Pass the vodka."
ramilas1 on 606

2101: Blackburn make a half-time change with Matt Derbyshire on for Roque Santa Cruz. Eh? For Sunderland, Grant Leadbitter replaces Kenwyne Jones. Seriously... eh? Two very strange decisions.

2058: By the way, the big freeze is very much in effect around the grounds. It's a brave player not wearing gloves tonight. Anyone seen any snow yet?

2054: ...and Michael Owen almost draws Newcastle level after being put through by Charles N'Zogbia but Joe Hart saves with his right leg. Owen probably should have scored.

2053: Michael Owen is on for Newcastle in the second half, replacing Obafemi Martins.

2052: HALF -TIME Bolton 0-0 Derby
40 minutes of boredom, five minutes of goalmouth action.

2051: "Gerrard is playing deeper than Xabi Alonso!! Benitez, what are you doing?!"
Jon, Crawley, via text on 81111

2049: HALF-TIME Liverpool 0-0 Wigan
Moderate fare.

2047: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Sunderland
All petered out a bit after a bright opening.

2046: "I think the booing at St James' was directed at the ref rather than the players!"
Chris, via text on 81111

2044: Liverpool striker Fernando Torres heads just over from a Xabi Alonso free-kick.

2044: Derby go close three times in a couple of minutes. Michael Johnson's stunning effort from 25 yards comes back off the bar and the ball eventually comes to Craig Fagan, who heads into the side netting.

2043: Bolton's defence are nowhere to be seen as Craig Fagan leaps for a header. Thankfully for Bolton fans, Jussi Jaaskelainen is on hand to pull off a great save, tipping the ball over.

2042: "I was hoping for an early night tonight, at this rate I will b asleep by 9, shocking!"
Anon via text on 81111

2041: Well, honestly. One paltry goal. Rubbish.

2037: Nicolas Anelka crosses for Kevin Nolan, who volleys over. That is as good as it has got in the first half at Bolton.

2035: HALF-TIME Newcastle 0-1 Man City
A few boos at St James' Park which is a bit harsh because they've played some good stuff. They trail, though, to Elano's goal.

2034: Absolutely brilliant dive from Vedran Corluka at St James' Park. Nicky Butt slides in but makes no contact. That doesn't stop Corluka rolling about for a bit before limping away. I enjoyed that.

2031: "Hope my fantasy team does well tonight - sacrificed football to go see the Spice Girls at the o2 Arena. Bad life choice?"
Matt in London, via text on 81111

2029: Elano's, er, clumsy challenge on Abdoulaye Feye earns him a yellow card. He just sort of bundled into him by the touchline.

2027: Liverpool striker Fernando Torres plays Steven Gerrard into acres of space but the skipper's scuffed shot is saved by Chris Kirkland. The Reds are beginning to cruise.

2026: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Man City
Steven Ireland plays the ball through to Darius Vassell who touches it back for Elano to finish low into the corner. Newcastle are cruelly punished for failing to take their chances.

2025: Liverpool striker Fernando Torres plays a one-two with Javier Mascherano but his first-time shot is saved. Derby defender Jay McEveley is injured in a challenge with Kevin Davies. Michael Johnson is on.

2021: Derby defender Darren Moore hauls down Bolton's El-Hadji Diouf as the cross comes over. Big penalty shout but Howard Webb says no.

2018: Manchester City winger Martin Petrov crashes in a left-foot drive but Shay Given pushes it away. After a very slow start at Anfield, Michael Brown's 25-yard half-volley flies just wide for Wigan.

2016: If Newcastle don't get a goal for their early efforts here, they'll be kicking themselves. Charles N'Zogbia goes on a slaloming run down the left but his shot is too close to Joe Hart.

2015: Sunderland's Daryl Murphy has had the only chance at Ewood Park so far where the Black Cats are dominating. Not much to report at Anfield.

2014: Bolton's Abdoulaye Meite heads just wide from a corner against Derby as Newcastle's Obafemi Martins is robbed by Richard Dunne as he prepares to shoot. It's exciting stuff at St James'.

2010: Elano chests the ball down but doesn't get the right connection on his volley

2008: End-to-end stuff at St James' Park as Steven Ireland opts to pass instead of shoot allowing Newcastle to clear. On the counter-attack, Obafemi Martins' low shot from just outside the area is gathered by Joe Hart.

2004: Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins goes on an exhilarating run from defence and into the opposition half... but his pass is absolutely awful. It goes about 50 yards away from the nearest Newcastle player and straight to Joe Hart in the Manchester City goal.

2004: The games at Ewood Park, the Reebok Stadium and Anfield are up and away.

1959: Sven appears to be wearing a Christmas coat. A sort of donkey jacket for the 21st century.

1957: "Nobody better score in the next 30 minutes - I'm off to watch EastEnders."
Leah on 606

1953: Manchester City keeper Joe Hart makes a brilliant reaction save from Habib Beye's header and then saves the follow-up from the same player.

1950: Micah Richards' clearance rebounds off James Milner's legs - but straight into the arms of Joe Hart.

1947: The crowd pay their respects to Motherwell skipper Phil O'Donnell with a minute's applause. Manchester City get the game under way.

1946: Former England boss Steve McClaren's at St James' Park. Watch your back Sam Allardyce... kidding... I think.

1943: Here comes the teams at St James' Park where kick-off is 15 minutes earlier than everywhere else. Why? I have no idea...

1938: It's no wonder Liverpool have only gone with the one striker this evening. Their Premier League record against Wigan reads: Won 5, Lost 0, For 11, Against 0. Who needs strikers?

1937: "For some reason I can see Bolton v Derby having loads of goals. Lets hope I'm right."
LFC-Sissoko on 606

1932: "Hello Dimitar Berbatov here. Stuck at Stratford, Liverpool St is closed! How do I get to Chelsea from here?"
Via text on 81111

1929: Well done Novelo on 606 who is the first to answer correctly that Derby's last Premier League away win was against Bolton on 16 March 2002.

1925: Here's a quick quiz before we get going with the action. When was Derby's last away win in the Premier League? And who was it against?

1924: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Derby
Bolton make two changes from their 3-1 defeat at Sunderland, with Ivan Campo and Danny Guthrie coming in for Jlloyd Samuel and Gavin McCann. Derby bring back Darren Moore, Gary Teale and Craig Fagan.

1923: "Re 1917: Dear Mr Anelka, if you are travelling to west London please avoid getting the west coast mainline. It is rubbish."
Mr C Curley, via text on 81111

1920: "Has Big Sam picked the Liverpool team tonight? Five-man midfield at home to Wigan, it's decisions like these that are why Liverpool will not be in the title race."
GeordiO_1981 on 606

1917: "What's the quickest way from Bolton to west London tonight? Thanks in advance."
Mr N Anelka, via text on 81111

1913: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Sunderland
Blackburn's Steven Reid fails to recover from a calf injury, but Christopher Samba takes his place in the team. The defender has been awaiting the birth of his first child - not sure if it's arrived or not. Sunderland's Ross Wallace is included after overcoming a hamstring problem.

1910: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Wigan
Dirk Kuyt drops to the bench for Liverpool, who start with a five-man midfield that comprises Jermaine Pennant, Harry Kewell, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard, who is expected to support Fernando Torres up front. Emile Heskey returns for Wigan after missing the festive programme with a sprained ankle.

1907: "OK guys I need help with my accumulator, all home wins untill I reach N'castle v Man City - what's your verdict CC?"
Anon via text on 81111
Home win. I agree with Lawro. As always.

1903: "Is Match of the Day on tonight ? Also will Benitez stick with Torres and Gerrard tonight?"
Pete in Ware, via text on 81111
No and yes. Team news to follow.

1900: TEAM NEWS Newcastle v Man City
Michael Owen will not start for Newcastle. The little fella is on the bench, with Mark Viduka in for Alan Smith. Manchester City are unchanged.

1859: "If Anelka goes then Bolton are over, because Diouf will go as well."
silentdemon on 606

1856: "I did have an awful head yesterday when I woke up but a quiet afternoon at Old Trafford helped me."
Anon via text on 81111

1850: Could it be Nicolas Anelka's last game for Bolton tonight? Le Sulk has told a French newspaper that talks with Chelsea are under way...

1845: Greetings earthlings. All recovered from the New Year's Eve shenanigans I trust?

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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