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RESULTS
Birmingham 0-1 Chelsea

Blackburn 1-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
Newcastle 0-0 Bolton
Portsmouth 3-1 Derby County
Reading 0-2 Manchester United
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Jonathan Stevenson

1916: Guys, that's me done for today, thanks a lot for your banter, even the Kevin Keegan haters - hey, this is the BBC, I hope you trust we're trying to be impartial with your comments, even if I don't have to be completely impartial myself. Anyone fancies more footy tonight, grab Gary and the boys on Match of the Day on BBC One at 2210 GMT. I'll be back in the chair tomorrow for Wigan v Everton and Man City v West Ham. Have a good evening. Laters.

PLAYER-RATER
Newcastle v Bolton - High - Nolan 7.20, Low - Carr 5.25.

1912: "The present is an egg, laid by the past, that has the future inside its shell. Either that's wholly relevant, or the monotony of this game has sent me off at the deep end."
Lee from the Wirral, via text

1911: Anti-climax, anyone?

1908: FULL-TIME Newcastle 0-0 Bolton

1907: "Nice to see two sides play football how it should be played."
B Sam, a desert island, via text

1904: Almost for Bolton, Shay Given making a brilliant save with his left foot to deny Jlloyd Samuel, who looked certain to score from six yards. Heart in mouth time for the Geordies.

1903: "Personally I feel sorry for Havant given that their magnificent triumph in the FA Cup against the cream of the Welsh crop went largely unnoticed thanks to the media hysteria on Kev. Well done Havant!"
Mike the Gooner, via text

1901: Another penalty appeal from the Newcastle fans, even though the ball came off Kevin Davies' leg in the Bolton area.

1900: "Ha ha I love all the Bolton are boring comments, I'm sure I'll keep that in my mind watching us play Atletcio Madrid next month in the next round of the Uefa Cup - for those Newcastle fans, that's a competition in Europe."
SouthernBoltonian on 606

1858: Kazenga LuaLua crosses for Shola Ameobi to head over the bar. Keegan looks as bored as the rest of us.

1857: Ivan Campo lets fly from 20 yards, but his contact is woeful and the ball dribbles away for a goalkick.

1856: "I wonder who Big Sam is supporting today."
hippo on toast on 606

1855: The utterly ineffective Damien Duff is taken off and Kazenga LuaLua comes on.

1854: Charles N'Zogbia hits a free-kick from a promising position straight out of play. The camera cuts to a Newcastle fan who is asleep. I really, really don't blame him. This is atrocious.

1853: "Bolton are a disgraceful Premier League side, they spoil the beautiful game with their crude and limited tactics. That's just my opinion."
shop assistant on 606

1852: Matty Taylor is booked for a late challenge on Steven Taylor.

1849: Tamir Cohen comes on for Bolton in place of Gavin McCann, who gets jeered as he takes about an hour to trudge off the pitch.

1847: "Any chance of a bit more chat about who is playing well rather than rubbishing Keegan?"
Anonymous, via text

Trust me, there's nothing to talk about. This game is dire - as you might see by the "highlights" on Match of the Day tonight.

1845: "Judging by the Player Rater Nolan's having a top game - to anyone watching the match, should he have been taken off?"
escavic on 606

I think he picked up a knock. But he's not completely out of the action - he just spent a break in play giving instructions to Ivan Campo and Matty Taylor.

1843: "I think it's great Keegan has gone to Newcastle. It means my beloved Sheffield United now have gone up a step to having the 91st best manager in the football league."
Jon in Cambridge, via text

1841: Bolton are humping the ball forward, a bit like Newcastle did in the first half, and it is coming back with some interest on a regular basis. Ivan Campo comes on for Kevin Nolan. No signs of a change yet from Kevin Keegan.

1840: "It's 5am here in Sydney, Australia. Watching the game with a few other Antipodean Geordies and some wine. It's 20 degrees, too."
SydneyToon on 606

1839: James Milner hits a cross from the right that is just sneaking in under the crossbar and Jussi Jaaskelainen is at full stretch to tip the ball over the bar. First bit of action for the Finnish stopper.

1838: David Rozenhal heads over from a cross from the right and Newcastle are at least getting the ball into the Bolton box on a regular basis. The visitors look like they are readying Ivan Campo for action.

1836: The Toon army go up as one as Shola Ameobi goes down in the penalty area under a challenge from Ricardo Gardner, but good decision from Alan Wiley, it didn't look like a spot-kick.

1835: "You get what you deserve in life and by appointing Keegan you will be entertained, you will laugh, cry and have fun. You also will not win a thing and be back to managerial square one in two years when he walks away empty handed. The Premier League has moved on and Keegan hasn't. It will be like when Bjorn Borg came back with his wooden racket - you both admired him and cringed a bit too!"
Anonymous, via text

1833: "Think they should change their name to Sameoldcastle!"
nigusa on 606

1832: Charles N'Zogbia curls a free-kick over the bar from 28 yards.

1831: Damien Duff is somewhat harshly booked for a tug on Kevin Davies, after the winger had lost possession down the Newcastle left.

1829: "I'm a Man Utd fan but have much admiration for Kevin Keegan. I was genuinely excited when the news broke - Newcastle suddenly seemed like a club on the up."
Luke from Cambridge, via text

1828: Charles N'Zogbia runs at the Bolton defence and lashes in a shot from 25 yards that cannons off Andy O'Brien's backside and flies away to safety.

1827: "I enjoy Keegan's colour and charisma, but with his team as bad as it is at the moment, isn't he the footballing equivalent of perfume on a pig?"
Lee from Liverpool, via text

1825: Some good pressure from Newcastle and the noise level increases. The ball falls to Stephen Carr just outside the area, but his right-foot shot flies high over the bar. Bit better from the hosts.

1824: "This garbage that Newcastle's players aren't good enough is ridiculous. All of them have been successful across Europe. Newcastle fans should expect to see instant results, McLeish at Birmingham is a fine example. He's got a very poor team and with a bit of organisation and intelligent tactics he has almost outplayed the megastars of Chelsea."
anubisrich on 606

1822: "I have no problem with you talking about Keegan, but I think to spare Newcastle from being hated by EVERYBODY maybe you should hush."
Dave from Cambridgeshire, via text

Threats, on 606. Absolutely brilliant. Great game of opinions, football.

1819: We are back in business at Newcastle. Come on goals, or any sort of goalmouth action.

1816: "I'm so sick of hearing about Kevin Keegan, it's not even funny."
E_V_E_R_T_O_N_I_A_N on 606

Can I humbly suggest that a thread about live Premier League action on a Saturday when the only game currently being played is between Kevin Keegan's Newcastle and Bolton may not be the right place for you to be, then? Come on people - one poor 45 minutes and the guy's being slaughtered.

1813: "Are you Kevin Keegan's agent?"
Jacob, via text

No mate, just a fan. Sorry about that.

PLAYER RATER
High - Kevin Nolan 8.33. Low - Stephen Carr - 5.29.

1803: HALF-TIME Newcastle 0-0 Bolton

1802: "Why has everyone got an opinion on my club? Stop worrying about us, support your own team and let us get on with walking in a Keegan wonderland."
Dave in Whitley Bay, via text

1759: There's still nothing happening. It's shocking, in fairness. Keegan will be as bored as everyone else, no doubt.

1756: "Jonathan, as a fellow Forest fan, please shut up about Keegan. He has NO personality and was a FAILURE the last time he managed in the Premier League."
City_Ground_Fan - OSC on 606

Disappointed in you, CGF. Don't you remember Keegan putting out a full-strength Newcastle team for Stuart Pearce's testimonial in May 1996 just days after they had blown the Premier League title? He even played himself. He has got class and football is badly in need of that kind of guy.

1753: "Bolton's midfield has been stifling. Newcastle aren't getting any kind of space to create a decent chance! You get a feeling the players have put too much pressure on themselves to impress."
Rootevaldo on 606

1750: "I was hoping to watch Keegan's first game in charge but I'm off to the theatre."
Sneed, the south, via text

1748: Newcastle muster a shot. But David Rozenhal's effort is about four miles high and seven miles wide. It's the football equivalent of Steve Harmison's opening delivery in the 2006/07 Ashes. Shot is being kind.

1748: "If this remains goalless at half-time I think Faustino Asprilla will come on for Shola Ameobi."
redandblackT on 606

1745: "It's not Keegan that people don't like, he's hilarious, it's the deluded Newcastle fans who think they are owed success for no apparent reason that people don't like."
Adam, via text

1744: "Just spend another 15m on the new Alan Shearer and you'll be laughing."
Wackster219 on 606

1740: Don't worry, you're not missing out on any action. I'll bet KK can barely believe how lacking in creativity this Newcastle team is compared to the one he left behind 11 years ago.

1737: "Taking Newcastle from second bottom of the Second Division to second in the Premier League - is that failure on your planet, Bertie Wooster? (See 1726) You must be great at your job."
Tony, Chesham, via text

1732: "I don't know any non-Newcastle fan that wants Newcastle to win. In fact, it's suprised me this week reading 606 just how much other fans dislike Newcastle."
MartinJols on 606

I'm not a Newcastle fan, but I want them to win today. I'm shamelessly a Kevin Keegan fan - he's brilliant value, surely you can't deny his very presence makes the Premier League a more interesting place?

1729: "Still 0-0? The new manager's made Newcastle too defensive - Keegan out!"
MarcusMCFC on 606

1728: (See 1719) "It will be Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now when they lose!"
Chris, Belper, via text

1726: "All this media-driven Keegan hype is laughable and ridiculous, the man was a failure and a bottler and those Geordies seem to forget that. He may have been their best manager of the last 15 years but that's only because all the rest were complete and utter garbage."
Bertie Wooster on 606

1724: Michael Owen, the Newcastle captain, handles as he tries to get away down the right. Not much going on up front for the Toon army to get stuck into yet.

1722: Kevin Keegan is off the bench for the first time today. Newcastle have started in a low-key manner and their new gaffer will not be massively encouraged so far.

1721: The first shot of the game is hit by Andy O'Brien, Bolton;s former Newcastle defender, but Shay Given gets down low to his right to comfortably save.

1719: "What Smiths song at Newcastle? I started something I couldnt finish? You've got everything now? This charming man?"
Leon of Bromley, via text

Very much This Charming Man, Leon.

1718: Bolton start with two early corners, but Newcastle deal with them.

1717: "I'm a West Ham supporter, and that just made my spine tingle. What a noise. Fantastic."
TheNewDiCanio on 606

1717: We're under way in the Keegan era part II.

1713: One of the biggest ovations you will ever see in football. The Geordies welcome back one of their own with truly spine-tingling applause. Keegan enjoys it, too. Marvellous.

1712: King Kev is in the tunnel with the Newcastle side. He's got a beaming smile on his face, looks like he doesn't have a care in the world. Well, he has been here before, I suppose.

1711: Chairman Chris Mort and owner Mike Ashley shake hands with supporters like dignitaries at St James' Park, lapping up the goodwill after their remarkable midweek appointment.

1708: "Just watched the Man Utd game on Spanish TV. Did anyone else see Ferguson's gestures to the Reading crowd when Ronaldo scored?"
Dave, Malaga, via text

1702: The Smiths are blaring out at St James' Park and there is 20% off all items in the club shop, rumour has it. Are the Magpies going to hit the ground running today? Admit it, you're just a little bit excited, aren't you?

1700: Now then - it's Kevin Keegan minus 15 minutes. Are you ready for the main course of the day?

1954: FULL-TIME Birmingham 0-1 Chelsea

1954: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-3 Arsenal

1954: FULL-TIME Blackburn 1-1 Middlesbrough

1954: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 3-1 Derby

1953: FULL-TIME Reading 0-2 Manchester United

1953: FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland

1652: GOAL Reading 0-2 Manchester United
A Reading attack breaks down and within a matter of seconds United have doubled their lead, Cristiano Ronaldo breaking 70 yards before slotting the ball into the bottom corner with a composed finish to equal his goal tally from last season.

1651: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland
Robbie Keane gets his 100th Tottenham goal, racing through and slotting home, but it is a bad error from Craig Gordon, the ball rolling under the Sunderland keeper.

1649: "Got to hand it to Chelsea, injuries and then the African Cup and of course the loss of a very influential manager at the beginning of the season, and still in the title race. Last minute goals - not luck."
cfhussain on 606

1648: Radek Cerny makes a brilliant save to deny Liam Miller after he had fumbled the first shot from Daryl Murphy.

1645: Kevin Keegan names Michael Owen as skipper for his first match in his second spell in charge of Newcastle, while David Rozehnal and Shola Ameobi come in for the suspended Emre and the injured Mark Viduka. Bolton include new arrivals Gretar Steinsson and Matt Taylor, while Gavin McCann returns as Ivan Campo, Tamir Cohen and Stelios Giannakopoulos make way.

1643: It should be 1-1 at White Hart Lane, Kenwyne Jones beating keeper Radek Cerny to the ball, only for Michael Chopra to miss the ball with a scissors kick with the home goal gaping in front of him.

1643: "Man United & Chelsea always pip last minute results, teams just don't know how to stay with them for the full 90 minutes."
ell_lfc5 on 606

1641: GOAL Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
Eduardo again skins his man down the left and sends over a fine cross that Tomas Rosicky volleys into the Fulham net.

1639: GOAL Birmingham 0-1 Chelsea
From Chelsea's ninth corner they find a breakthrough and it is a cruel blow for Birmingham. Juliano Belletti's set-piece is headed acrobatically into the home team's net by Claudio Pizarro - it's just the Peruvian's second Premier League goal for the Blues.

1636: GOAL Reading 0-1 Manchester United
With 15 minutes left at the Madejski Stadium the leaders go ahead, Carlos Tevez picking out Wayne Rooney in the box and the England striker toe-poking the ball past Marcus Hahnemann to move into double figures for the season.

1634: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Middlesbrough
After Boro miss a host of chances to go further in front, they are pegged back. Roque Santa Cruz heads the ball into the box, Jason Roberts shoots across goal and sub Matt Derbyshire slots into the net.

1633: Robbie Keane comes on for Jermain Defoe at Tottenham and he takes the armband to boot.

1632: James McFadden comes on for his Birmingham debut at St Andrews. The Scot gets a healthy ovation from the home crowd and the Blues are also bringing on Mikael Forssell, the former Chelsea striker.

1631: Has Fry (1626) forgotten about Anfield 1989?"
Alex, via text

1629: "How United haven't scored yet is beyond me - every attack leads to a chance but the finishing has been very poor. Come back Saha, all is forgiven!"
Ollie, via text

1627: Nicolas Anelka is denied by Maik Taylor at St Andrews, while Dimitar Berbatov has a volley charged down at White Hart Lane.

1626: "Why do people concern themselves so much with goal difference? Has the League ever been decided on goal difference?"
Fry on 606

1625: Birmingham are still on top against Chelsea at St Andrews. But the longer it goes without the home team scoring, you have to feel Chelsea might just nick one at the end.

1620: Paul McShane heads over from a Daryl Murphy set-piece from the right as Sunderland continue to threaten the Spurs goal. Still just the one goal in it.

1619: "Arsenal need to push on and try to get a couple more goals. We need to close the goal difference between us and Man Utd."
Mike, Arsenal fan, via text

1618: "Chelsea and Man United are both going to nick 1-0 wins."
hero3279 on 606

1617: Craig Fagan hits a sweet shot at Portsmouth but the ball flies just wide - Derby need a goal and they need it now if they are to get anything from this one.

1615: GOAL Portsmouth 3-1 Derby
Cracking goal and it's a brilliant hat-trick from Zimbabwean Benjani at Fratton Park. He collects the ball just inside the Derby half, plays a long one-two with Pedro Mendes and expertly tucks into the far corner.

1613: Tuncay has just missed an open goal to double Middlesbrough's lead at Blackburn, completely mis-kicking four yards out after great work and a good cross from Jeremie Aliadiere down the right.

1611: Sunderland have a goal ruled out for offside and it is the correct decision, Kenwyne Jones neatly turning the ball into the net but he was two yards ahead of the Spurs defence.

1609: Michael Dawson and Paul Stalteri get in a mix in the Tottenham box and Daryl Murphy has just the keeper to beat from 16 yards but he curls well wide.

1609: Arsenal are hugely on top and Eduardo dances down the left and finds Tomas Rosicky, the Czech midfielder's shot cannoning off the post.

1607: Man Utd go so close to scoring, Marcus Hahnemann flapping at a Ryan Giggs' corner and the ball bounces back towards the Reading goal, Kalifa Cisse brilliantly getting back to clear off the line at full stretch.

1605: Jimmy Bullard has come on at half-time for Fulham to continue his recovery after an agonising 16-month lay-off with injury. It's just his second appearance since making his comeback - welcome back to the Premier League fella.

1604: Sir Alex Ferguson takes off Park Ji-Sung at the Madejski Stadium and Ryan Giggs comes on in his place. Giggs takes the captain's armband off Rio Ferdinand in the process, too.

1603: "I've been telling people all week Birmingham wasn't going to be an easy game. They were unlucky to lose at Old Trafford and got a well deserved draw at Emirates. They're a well organised team under McLeish."
Kearno1983 on 606

1559: "The captain's armband should be given to leaders. I feel Kevin Keegan (picking Owen) and Ramos (picking Defoe) have used the captaincy for to influence the media today."
Whamfan, Bristol, via text

PLAYER-RATER
Birmingham v Chelsea
High
- Nicolas Anelka 7.44. Low - Fabrice Muamba 4.82

Blackburn v Middlesbrough
High
- David Wheater 9.00. Low - David Dunn 2.67
Fulham v Arsenal
High
- Emmanuel Adebayor 8.84. Low - Danny Murphy 4.64
Portsmouth v Derby
High
- Lewin Nyatanga 8.86. Low - Noe Pamarot 5.25
Reading v Manchester United
High
- Cristiano Ronaldo 8.5. Low - Graeme Murty 4.5
Tottenham v Sunderland
High
- Aaron Lennon 7.68. Low - Daryl Murphy 4.44

1549: The whistle has gone for half-time in each of Saturday's six afternoon kick offs.

1546: "Game over at the Cottage indeed. Hello, Championship. Clearly, you lads deserve trips to Burnley and Scunthorpe."
Fullofham on 606

1543: Birmingham quickly close down Chelsea and Petr Cech's poor clearance is headed towards goal by Cameron Jerome and hits the outside of the post.

1543: GOAL Portsmouth 2-1 Derby
Hermann Hreidarsson clips in a cross from the left and, totally unmarked, Benjani rises to head the ball into the top corner of the Derby net. Like London buses, these Pompey home goals.

1540: GOAL Fulham 0-2 Arsenal
Game over at Craven Cottage? This time it's Alex Hleb down the right who clips the cross in and once more, Emmanuel Adebayor climbs miles above the home team's defence to head home.

1539: GOAL Portsmouth 1-1 Derby
Pompey score their first goal at home in nine hours and 33 minutes and it is Benjani who gets it, turning smartly inside the area and rifling into the roof of the net.

1536: This could be a rout. Dimitar Berbatov brilliantly controls the ball and slams in a ferocious shot from 20 yards that Craig Gordon sticks out his left hand to and parries it over. 9m well spent if you ask me.

1535: Spurs go close yet again, this time the captain Jermain Defoe shrugging off the challenge of Nyron Nosworthy and chipping the ball delightfully towards the top corner, only for Craig Gordon to tip the ball around the post. Great save.

1533: "Rumour has it that Keegan wants Sol Campbell."
Jon, Crawley, via text

1532: Shaun Wright-Phillips is taken off at St Andrews after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge, with Claudio Pizarro coming on in his place.

1531: "How is Rob Styles a Premier League referee? He's giving everything to Chelsea and didn't even penalise Belletti for a two-footed tackle."
Hendo, Birmingham fan, via text

1529: "Apparently Sol Campbell has a minor back injury, so he was made unavailable at very late notice."
Dani in Bucks, via text

1527: Dimitar Berbatov hits the bar as Spurs threaten to run riot at the Lane, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon linking up exquisitely to create the opportunity.

1526: "Emmanuel celebrating his BBC award in style."
ypsylon on 606

1525: "Is David Wheater the new John Terry?"
Michael in Rugby, via text

1522: A stunning 70-yard ball from Tom Huddlestone finds Jermaine Jenas striding through the Sunderland defence, the midfielder playing it across goal with the keeper stranded, only for Dimitar Berbatov to slide it onto the post from a yard out.

1521: "Just seen Sol Cambell walking round Winchester. Why isn't he playing?"
From Corky, via text

Corky, we don't know. He wasn't expected to miss out - as soon as we hear anything, will let you know.

1521: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Arsenal
The Gunners take the lead at Craven Cottage, Gael Clichy scampering down the left and sending in a pinpoint cross for the giant Emmanuel Adebayor to rise high and head powerfully into the net.

1518: "Would a Premier League upset become a Plupset? I think we should be told."
boringoldblue on 606

1517: "Should have gone to Specsavers - I can't believe my eyes! Derby are 1-0 up, the escape is on! U rams!"
Ash, an estatic Derby fan, via text

1515: Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are sat either side of Royals chairman John Madejski. It's a veritable who's who in the crowd at Reading today.

1514: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 Middlesbrough
Stewart Downing sends in a vicious inswinging free-kick from the right and David Wheater climbs above his marker to nod past Brad Friedel in the Rovers goal.

1511: That boy Ronaldo is giving Nicky Shorey a difficult afternoon, twisting this way and that before another fierce 25-yard drive flies just wide of the target.

1510: "I said it's gonna be 5-4 for Derby at Fratton Park!"
holland21 on 606

1508: "Stuck in traffic on the A406. Can the Spurs kick-off be delayed?!"
Anonymous, via text

Er, think it's a bit late for that.

1506: Unbelievable scenes from Fratton Park. Kenny Miller runs through and is denied by David James, before at the other end David Nugent has a clear chance six yards out, only to volley left-footed over the bar.

1505: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Derby
Laurent Robert whips in a deep free-kick to the far post, Emmanuel Villa heads against the bar and then, with David James flapping, Lewin Nyatanga pokes home.

1503: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland
Paul McShane's clearance is charged down by Young-Pyo Lee, Jamie O'Hara crosses into the box, Dimitar Berbatov flicks it on and Aaron Lennon arrives at the back stick to prod the ball home.

1502: Cristiano Ronaldo has the first chance of the afternoon though he creates it himself, cutting in from the right with a nifty trick and slamming his shot a foot wide. He's put a marker down, the Portuguese flier.

1501: Steve Coppell is sat next to England manager Fabio Capello in the stands at the Madejski Stadium.

1500: We are very much all go in this afternoon's six Premier League kick-offs. Hang on to your perms...

1457: "My Geordie mate here has called his son Kevin Keegan Smith, as he was born the day Keegan was appointed manager again."
Phil, RAF Waddington, via text

1455: "Spurs are on the brink of signing Tiago. I remember we once scored a cracker at Old Trafford for Chelsea. What are your thoughts on Spurs signing another world-class midfielder to play with Jenas... and I'm joking that Jenas is a world-class CM."
THFC_Jake on 606

I shamelessly love JJ. I saw him make his debut against Wolves in the FA Cup a few years back as a 17-year-old. He was class that day.

1451: Regular France international and occasional Premier League footballer Lassana Diarra makes his debut for Portsmouth in midfield alongside Pedro Mendes. With many of Pompey's big guns away on Africa Nations Cup duty, David Nugent starts up front with Benjani. All Derby's new signings - Robbie Savage, Hossam Ghaly, Emanuel Villa and Laurent Robert - keep their places.

1449: Owen Hargreaves returns to the Manchester United side after recovering from a rib injury. Wes Brown starts at the back, while Ji-Sung Park replaces Ryan Giggs in midfield. Reading manager Steve Coppell makes five changes following the Royals' midweek FA Cup exit to Tottenham - but striker Leroy Lita is retained and starts his first league game since 3 November.

1447: "Anyone else think Anderson looks like Jaja Binks from Star Wars?"
goonerbav on 606

1444: Fulham's new signing Brede Hangeland did not complete his deal in time to play, while Jimmy Bullard is on the bench following a long time out with a serious knee injury. Arsenal winger Tomas Rosicky returns after a virus but the Gunners are otherwise unchanged from the side which drew with Birmingham last week.

1441: How rude of me. I almost forgot to mention the magnificent work my quite brilliant colleague Mark Orlovac is doing on the Heineken Cup pool deciders. He's sat just a stone's throw away from me, so it's only fair I point you in his direction. I know you'll come back though. Football v rugby? Come on!

1438: Blackburn striker Jason Roberts returns to the starting line-up after scoring the winner at Bolton last week. He replaces Benni McCarthy in the only change made by manager Mark Hughes. Middlesbrough midfielder Julio Arca returns from suspension and replaces Fabio Rochemback, while Emanuel Pogatetz starts after illness prevented him from playing against Liverpool.

1437: Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka makes his first start for the club and takes the place of the dropped Claudio Pizarro in the only change from the side that beat Tottenham last week. Birmingham's new signing James McFadden is on the bench as as manager Alex McLeish sticks with the team which earned a draw at Arsenal last time out.

1435: Jermain Defoe starts for Tottenham against Sunderland and captains a side featuring six changes from Wednesday's FA Cup win over Reading. Robbie Keane and Pascal Chimbonda are among those rested, while young Danny Rose starts on the bench. Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson picked up a hamstring injury in training this week and did not travel, with Paul McShane replacing him in Roy Keane's starting XI.

1434: "Remember KK commentating on the Euro 2004 match when Rooney's youngest scorer record was broken? "He'll get it back," said Keegan. Brilliant."
Anonymous, via text

1429: "I was out in town in Newcastle last night, and the atmosphere was electric. Then again, I suppose it would be. The Messiah WILL deliver - ask any Geordie... Newcastle for the title. You've can't help but love them."
Anonymous, via text

1427: "Strachan was easily the best for post match interviews. "Can I have a quick word Gordon?" "Velocity," came the reply."
gunner-rossmcd on 606

1425: More news from the Lane - Kieran Richardson has done his hamstring and will not play for Sunderland against Spurs.

1420: "I miss Mick McCarthy's post-game interviews. "No regrets, none at all. My only regret is that we went out on penalties. That's my only regret. But no, no regrets." Gold."
Cermo15 on 606

I miss them too. Genius. That's why it's so awesome that Keegan's back.

1418: "WHAT? Defoe's captain? My dad phoned me up last night to tell me he'd been sold for 10m to Aston Villa! I've been upset ever since."
MrDebatable on 606

1416: "Keegan's first tactical change - Newcastle going 0-4-6 against Bolton."
Wicky in Swansea, via text

1414: (See 1357:) "Danny Rose is going to be some player for Spurs, I went to school with him - Leeds will be kicking themselves."
unitedforevernever on 606

I can confirm, Danny Rose is on the Spurs bench today.

1413: "Dalglish to replace Benitez at Liverpool. it woulld be Ferguson and Keegan's worst nightmare! And it would set the Premier League on fire."
Anonymous, via text

1411: Some early news from the Lane - Jermain Defoe is not only in the Tottenham team, but he captains the side.

1410: For those of you suffering withdrawal symptoms as there is no early Premier League game, there is at least some action from the Championship, as it's about as tasty as it gets, too, with Sheffield Wednesday currently 1-0 up against rivals United in the Steel City derby. My colleague and your friend, Tom Fordyce, has been "ooing" and "aaahhing" for much of the afternoon. If you want to know what else Tom is up to, he'll be covering the snooker from Wembley. Legend.

1405: "With Keegan back there is a new vibrant, witty, exhilarating manager on the scene. So step aside Avram Grant..."
Dave, Birmingham, via text

1403: "Robert Huth to score a hat-trick!"
WhipOutYourMeringue on 606

1359: "Reading versus Man Utd - I can see Reading defending very deep today."
RedDevil 16 (Champions) on 606

1357: "I heard that Danny Rose was on the bench for Spurs today. Hope so, that lad is a real prospect. Hope the Spurs can get some points."
Barcapaul on 606

1355: "My mum just said that Kevin Keegan is too old to have that spikey hairstyle. He invented it didn't he?"
la_luz on 606

1353: "I was at Fulham-Arsenal last year and Fulham worked hard and defended deep and got the three points. Can see a similar story today so it's a good test to see how far Arsenal have moved on - a real test of their title credentials and of Fulham's relegation credentials!"
jonnyjive on 606

1351: "I hope the Blues win today in the Birmingham v Chelsea match."
Chris, a Blues fan, via text

1348: "According to reports, the people of Newcastle are petitioning for Keegan to be put on the back of local coins - one Toon local described the idea as 'mint'!"
Anonymous, via text

1345: "This HAS to be the day Portsmouth end our diabolical home form or we can forget any aspirations of Europe."
606FRATTONiser on 606

1343: "If Newcastle lose today, Keegan will be on a beach this time next week after getting the sack."
Jonjo Wood, via text

1341: What's with the obsession about Kevin Keegan? I can't see it! Either way they'll get a good win, Owen scoring a couple. It's my mum's birthday on Monday so could you give a shout out to her please? It will make her day!"
Sunil, Bedford, via text

Happy birthday for Monday, Sunil's mum. But have a word with your son - can't see the fuss about Keegan? Behave, young man.

1339: (See 1330:) "Otherwise known as the holiday of hopeless optimism."
nogginthenogforever on 606

1337: Normally you lot don't need a second invitation to get involved, so let's just do this the once, shall we? Text me on 81111 and I'll publish the ones that either make me laugh or expertly contribute to the day's events. Get involved on 606, too. The forum is there for you. Don't waste it.

1333: I know they don't start until later, but surely all eyes are on St James' Park as the "Geordie Messiah" prepares for his second homecoming? For what it's worth, I think Keegan's return is a fabulous boost for the Premier League. He's just box office, isn't he?

1330: And so it came to pass, that the 19th day of the first month in the two thousand and eighth year after Christ, should henceforth be know as Kevin Keegan Day.



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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