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RESULTS
Bolton 1-2 Blackburn

Sunderland 2-0 Portsmouth

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Tom Fordyce

1802: You want more? You've got 606 with Mark Bright on Radio 5 Live from now until 1900, and Match of the Day 2 at 2200 on BBC Two (and streamed on the BBC Sport website for UK users). That's your lot from me - you stay lucky, now.

"Thank you Jason Roberts! Me and my mate Chris are about to move into a shared apartment in New York in a week or so. To decide who got the big bedroom we predicted this weekends Premier scores. 1 point correct result, 2 bonus points correct score.
Going into the Bolton/Blackburn game I was 2 points up with a 2-0 Blackburn prediction while Chris had a 1-1 draw. Final minute and it looks like I'm in the small room. Up step the mighty Jason Roberts. Thank you Jason - if you're ever in New York I'll buy you a pint!."
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1800: Player Rater update: David Bentley is man-of-the-match with 7.51, and Tamir Cohen must-try-harder of the match with 3.95.

1754: FULL TIME Bolton 1-2 Blackburn
That's it - Gary Megson's first home defeat, and a result that leaves Bolton out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone. Blackburn go eighth, and Mark Hughes strides to the away end to applaud his side's fans.

1752: A chant of "Hughsie, Hughsie" goes up from the Blackburn fans. "Please don't go to Newcastle," they whisper under their breath.

1749: GOAL Bolton 1-2 Blackburn
Would you believe it? Super-sub Jason Roberts is Blackburn's hero, powering through from midway inside the Bolton half and smashing in a raking shot which skips off Andy O'Brien's lunging boot and flies past the wrong-footed Jaaskelainen. That's Roberts' first Prem goal of the season, and he's so happy he could eat himself.

1748: One minute of normal time left. Hold on to your seats.

1745: "I don't think either team has deserved to win this game. I think the result is right for the sort of match it has been."
Mark Lawreson on BBC Radio 5 Live

1742: Bentley bends in a free-kick from 25 yards and Jaaskelainen goes full-length to his left to fingernail it away. A brief glimpse of the forbidden land that is quality football.

1739: Kevin Nolan, 30 yards out, pulls the trigger, and... oh dear. Heads are being hung in shame.

1737: "Come on Nolan, get that hold on the midfield and make this last 10 mins the best 10 mins of the match."
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1733: Dear oh dear. Nolan lines one up on the half-volley 20 yards out and slices it so badly it barely makes the goal-line. Even Nolan laughs. 15 minutes to go.

1729: What a chance for Pedersen - McCarthy feeds him close in on the left, only for his cross-shot to fly just past the post.

1724: "This is an awful match, and I feel sorry for the referee because it's just niggly foul after niggly foul."
Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 Live

1719: Cohen clatters Steven Reid and picks up a well-deserved yellow card. And that's his last action of the match - Christian Wilhelmsson's coming on to replace him. He'll have better days. I hope.

1715: Nervous moments for David Dunn as he throws himself at a near-post cross and almost diverts it into his own net. At the other end, Pedersen has a rasper blocked by the sliding Joey O'Brien. It's a match transformed.

1711: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Blackburn
That Christopher Samba - lethal anywhere near goal. Bentley's corner sails over Jaaskelainen to the big man at the back stick, who glances it into the ground and up into the roof of the net.

1709: Christopher Samba tries his luck from distance and produces a shot so lame it's almost helped away on a stretcher.

"Ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha." Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 Live reacts to Samba's shot.

1707: Good chance for Santa Cruz, taking the ball on his chest and lashing in a right-footed shot which Jaaskelainen palms away.

1706: Cohen makes his first mark on the second half - a first-time shot so weak that it barely reaches Friedel.

1704: Goalscorer Kevin Nolan gets the second half started.

1701: And we're almost underway, in front of a crowd of 18,351. Not only is that 13,000 below the next lowest Prem crowd this weekend, but it's lower than six Championship attendances too.

1658: Player Rater chat at the break: David Bentley leads the way with 7.43. Tamir Cohen? Hmmm. He's on 3.65.

1655: "Maybe you should change it to "The New Anelka(TM)-Kevin Nolan"
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1651: "An absolutely brilliant goal. It was so not in keeping with this game."
Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 Live.

1649: HALF-TIME Bolton 1-0 Blackburn
Have a watch of that goal on Match of the Day 2 tonight if you can (2200 BBC Two, streamed on the BBC Sport website for UK users) - it was like Marco van Basten had never retired. C'est une screameur.

1644: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Blackburn
What a strike from Kevin Nolan - a gast-flabbering hooked volley from 20 yards and a crazy angle. So out of character for this match was that moment that it was like Alan Bennett releasing a thrash-metal cover version of Hit Me Baby One More Time.

1643: "If you're Blackburn, just get the ball out to David Bentley. He'll make things happen."
Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 Live.

1641: "I can't understand why Bolton are down in 15th. Surely 18th would be more appropriate. Are they always this wayward and lacklustre?"
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1637: New Anelka (TM) update: Davies has just won a header. I'd like to tell you more, but I'd have to make it up - unless you want to hear about backpasses, passing moves that go nowhere and a series of mis-hits.

1633: Half an hour gone, and the best is yet to come.

1628: The most interesting element to this match so far is how bad Tamir Cohen looks. It's early days, but all he's done since the assasination attempt on Bentley is run straight into touch and then badly mis-time a header. I'll keep you posted.

1621: All a touch scrappy out there. Honest endeavour by the skip-load, but my pulse is yet to be upped in any significant manner.

1614: Half a chance for The New Anelka (TM), Kevin Davies - he jumps unmarked just beyond the back post and heads back against Brad Friedel's legs. A moment later, Ivan Campo has a pop and sends the ball slicing high into the chilly evening sky.

1610: Bolton haven't beaten Blackburn at home for eight games, you know. You did? Good knowledge.

1606: Ouch. Tamir Cohen hacks down a racing David Bentley and somehow gets away without a booking. Referee Mike Dean does the benevolent uncle routine and Cohen looks suitably penitent.

1602: We're underway at the Reebok. Boisterous crowd, although there's plenty of spare seats.

1553: "I can see Bolton winning 3-0 today - Davies to score twice and Nolan another one."
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1549: Here's Mark Hughes, asked in the tunnel at Bolton about the chances of him heading off to Newcastle in the aftermath of Harry's no-no: "There's a lot of speculation, but I don't want to be talking about something that's got nothing to do with me."

Cagey. Very cagey.

1537: Final results from Player Rater for the Sunderland match, and it's Kieran Richardson who's toppermost of the poppermost with a massive 8.55. At the other end of the scale, Arnold Mvuemba needs to take a good close look at himself after bagging a laughable 4.98.

1534: TEAM NEWS
News from the Reebok: Kevin Davis returns up front for Bolton after suspension in place of the departed Nic Anelka. Tamir Cohen makes his first Premier League start and Lubomir Michalk replaces Abdoulaye Meite.

For Blackburn, Roque Santa Cruz is fit to partner Benni McCarthy up front. Ryan Nelsen and Morten Gamst Pedersen return to the starting line-up after being on the bench last time out.

1532: "Everyone put their shift in," says Richardson. "We worked hard and we got the result we needed. The gaffer told me to go out and get the third goal but it wasn't to be."

1526: FULL TIME Sunderland 2-0 Portsmouth
A toot from the ref, and it's all over - Sunderland have their second home Prem win on the bounce. Pompey missed their chances early on and man-of-the-match Kieran Richardson made them pay.

1521: Four minutes of added time? Keane's almost chewing his own chin off in disgust.

1518: Three minutes to go, and there's a few frayed nerves among the Sunderland fans. Old habits die hard. It's in the bag now, though, surely. Even Redknapp's slumped in resignation. The bags under his eyes are Fred Bassetesque.

1514: Standing ovation from the crowd at the Stadium of Light as Kenwyne Jones trudges off the pitch, Roy O'Donovan coming on in his place. Super performance from the big man this afternoon, working both his socks off on his lonesome up front.

1512: "You see how much bad luck Newcastle give you? Harry says no to them and now his team are down 2-0."
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1507: 12 minutes left on the clock, and at the risk of heaping the mockers on Sunderland, it's looking good for Keano's plucky battlers. Pompey haven't created a decent chance for the last ten minutes, and Nugent's barely getting a hello up front.

1502: Sunderland substitution - Grant Leadbitter comes on for the ineffectual Anthony Stokes. Roy Keane is now prowling his technical area like a moody panther.

1456: Kenwyne Jones still causing all sorts of problems for Sol Campbell. Benjani's making a difference for Pompey up front but Evans and Nosworthy are soaking it up at the mo. Stokes has a pop from outside the box but it's easy peas for James.

1449: End-to-end stuff - Richardson, sniffing his hat-trick, smacks a howitzer against the Pompey crossbar. David James was nowhere. Well, he was somewhere, obviously - he just wasn't anywhere near the ball.

1446: Two glorious chances for Pompey. Richard Hughes completely misses the ball with a swinger of a right foot before Benjani beats Craig Gordon and then hits Collins with his attempted cross to Nugent.

1440: My giddy aunts - Richardson curls a shot just over with the goal on its knees and sobbing for mercy. Pompey have switched to 4-4-2, with Benjani now pushing up from midfield to join Nugent.

1439: "Don't worry about Roy's lack of emotion - he's just up on his Ibsen and Beckett (playwrights not transfer window possibilities)."
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1436: With a toot on referee Chris Foy's whistle, we're underway. No changes in either team. Yet.

1427: A little update from Player Rater while we all recover from that frenzy - unsurprisingly, Kieran Richardson has his nose in front with a mark of 7.97, just ahead of the man who set up his first goal, Kenwyne Jones (7.63). Website users can use the tabs up above to get involved.

1420: HALF-TIME Here's something to worry Harry Redknapp as the whistle goes for half-time - Sunderland have yet to lose this season when they've taken the lead. Although that's more to do with the fact that they haven't taken the lead very often. Still - who's laughing now?

1415: GOAL Sunderland 2-0 Portsmouth
Would you believe it - it's that man Kieran Richardson again! The nippy midfielder whips the ball off Murphy's toes, pushes it past the lumbering Hreidarsson and then tucks it past the advancing James. Roy Keane claps - he's that excited.

1410: Sol Campbell won't be happy with that goal - Jones eased past him like a superbike over-taking a dustbin cart.

1405: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth
It hasn't been coming, but Sunderland are in front - Kenwyne Jones breaks free down the left, crosses along the six-yard box and Kieran Richardson is there to side-foot home. Roy Keane doesn't bat an eyelid.

1402: Mistake from the ponderous Distin, mis-controlling 30 yards out to give Daryl Murphy a sniff of a chance. Under pressure from Big Sol, Murphy stumbles and pokes a feeble shot wide of the post.

1358: Pompey shading this one, 25 minutes in, although there's as much quality on display as in a pawnbrokers' window.

1355: "If I lose my socks today, I'll eat Sunderland."
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1349: Kranjcar lets fly from the edge of the box and Gordon saves in ostentatious fashion. Kranjcar wipes his nose on his sleeve and takes a close look at the result.

1345: "If Sunderland lose today, I'll eat my socks."
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1341: Dear oh dear - Benjani misses a sitter, volleying back across goal from three yards after Hreidarsson's header sets him up. Craig Gordon screams abuse at his defence.

1339: Scrappy early doors. Anthony Stokes turns well on the edge of the box but dribbles a shot straight at David James, while Nugers looks busy at the other end.

1335: "I am seeing Portsmouth winning 2 nil. Benjani scoring both."
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1330: Here we go - we're underway at the Stadium of Light. Overcast, looks a tad chilly, pitch in good shape.

1324: Big chance for David Nugent today. He's barely had a sniff this season, but the absence of Pompey's Africa Cup of Nations crew means he's getting his first Prem start since August. He also turned down the chance to join Sunderland in the summer. He'll be champing at the bit.

1320: "I'm seeing two goalless draws today. Keane will tear his hair out!"
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1315: The bad omens for Sunderland today: they're yet to beat a club in the top half of the table this season, and Pompey have the best away record in the league. On the bright side, they've lost just one of their last six at home. Hmmm.

1307: "I'm going for an ex-United double today with both Roy Keane's and Mark Hughes' teams to pick up wins."
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1302: Here's some chat from Harry R, grabbed by an intrepid reporter and asked about the Newcastle scenario as he strolled into the Stadium of Light: "My life is fantastic, and I don't see any reason to change that. It was a difficult one for sure, but you only get one life. I enjoy my life and I don't see why I should uproot that."

Nothing to do with the reported doubling of his wages at Pompey, then.

1258: TEAM LINE-UPS
Sunderland: Gordon, Whitehead, Nosworthy, Evans, Collins, Stokes, Miller, Yorke, Richardson, Jones, Murphy. Subs: Fulop, McShane, Leadbitter, Cole, O'Donovan.
Portsmouth: James, Pamarot, Distin, Campbell, Hreidarsson, Nugent, Mvuemba, Pedro Mendes, Hughes, Kranjcar, Mwaruwari. Subs: Begovic, Lauren, Traore, Songo'o, Wilson.

1255: Good day to you all, and welcome to a two-course feast of Premier League football. Later on, we'll be tasting the delights of a Lancashire hot-pot (football cliche no.214), but first up is a slice of Sunderland pie.

Can Roy Keane rouse his struggling side after the woeful Wigan walloping last week? Will Harry Redknapp be cheered to the rafters by Sunderland supporters after turning down the chance to ride the Newcastle rollercoaster? Can Portsmouth win their 10th away match in 11?

Stick with me - I'll bring you every tiny bite of action as soon as it's served up.



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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