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Manchester City 1-1 West Ham United

Wigan Athletic 1-2 Everton


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By Jonathan Stevenson

1800: That's it from the Premier League this weekend, a million thanks for your company - it's not been one that will live in the memory, but we've had some decent moments I think you'll agree. Don't forget to watch Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two at 2220 GMT, with Adrian Chiles and the gang. More pressingly, don't forget to jump across to our coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations, in the very capable hands of Chris Whyatt. Latest from Accra - Ghana 0-0 Guinea. They've been waiting for you lot. Take it easy, Stevo.

High score - Carlton Cole 7.37
Low score - Luis Boa Morte 5.15

1753: FULL-TIME Manchester City 1-1 West Ham United

1752: Julien Faubert does look like a good player. He whips in the best cross of the day by miles for Carlton Cole to head goalwards, but Joe Hart sticks out a hand and tips it over.

1751: "West Ham have been impressive and the least they deserve from this is a point, Man City have been too flat. Faubert looks a good player, and I think West Ham will challenge the top six."
Lokaka90 on 606

1750: West Ham bring on Jonathan Spector for Lee Bowyer. Deep into injury time now at Eastlands.

1748: Freddie Ljungberg hits the side-netting again, from a similar position wide on the left, this time with his left foot. Still waiting for his first Hammers goal, the Swede.

1745: Mark Noble is cautioned, presumably for back-chat as nothing was going on at the time.

1743: Geovanni is booked for a shirt-pull on Lee Bowyer and Bowyer is cautioned for a bit of afters on the Brazilian. Good refereeing.

1742: Freddie Ljungberg cuts in from the left and shoots into the side-netting from a difficult angle.

1741: (See 1302) "I need Man City to score 11 goals and save me my student loan."
Shaheen Dariani, via text

1739: Robert Green claims the ball on his goalline after Micah Richards flicked on a cross into the box and Rolando Bianchi nodded it goalwards.

1738: Apologies for the Premier League table people, I know it's been updated with this game as a draw - we are still working to fix the problem. Sorry.

1737: Elano is taken off after a subdued display and Javier Garrido comes on for him.

1735: Top save that from Joe Hart, stopping with his right leg when it seemed certain as though Mark Noble would score after Carlton Cole's pull back. Very good keeping, but Cole's ball for Noble gave him a little too much to do.

1733: Julien Faubert puts the ball in the City net but it is ruled out for a push by Lee Bowyer on Richard Dunne. 16 minutes plus stoppages to go.

1730: Luis Boa Morte gets the bird from the City fans as he is taken off by Alan Curbishley, with Julien Faubert on in his place.

1729: Man City have taken two of the worst free-kicks of all time here. This time Martin Petrov blasts the ball way, way, way over the bar. Shocking for a man of his class.

1727: Stephen Ireland is taken off and Geovanni comes on for Manchester City.

1726: Rolando Bianchi attempts an audacious lob from 25 yards after the ball sits up nicely for him, but Robert Green backpeddles and manages to grab the ball. Nice effort though.

1725: Elano tries to repeat that sensational 35-yard free-kick against Newcastle from earlier on in the season, but the cultured Brazilian can only blaze high over the bar.

1723: Hayden Mullins has another go, this time from a couple of yards further out, but this one is not hit as well and flies wide of the target.

1718: Hayden Mullins clips in a side-footed shot from 22 yards that Joe Hart sees late and manages to push around the post. It's suddenly got lively again.

1717: Gelson Fernandes comes on for Darius Vassell. Just before the change, Martin Petrov and Elano play a lovely one-two, but Anton Ferdinand is alert and Petrov cannot fasten on to the return from the Brazilian.

1716: Carlton Cole flashes a header across the face of goal from Mark Noble's outswinging corner, but no West Ham player is attacking the goal and City let it go out for a goalkick.

1716: Man City are readying Gelson Fernandes.

1712: "I can see West Ham snatching this one. They've kept the ball well and providing they maintain that and push up a little towards the end, Cole or Boa Morte could net."
The Transfer Rumour Man on 606

1710: Luis Boa Morte is booked for a crude tackle on Darius Vassell - he really just cannot tackle that boy. Vassell is struggling a bit and needs some treatment.

1708: First chance of the second half falls to Mark Noble just inside the Man City area, but he lifts his shot high over Joe Hart's crossbar after Lucas Neill's cross falls his way.

1704: We are back under way for the final quarter of Sunday's Premier League action.

1703: "Junior Agogo to be injured after 10 minutes and miss the rest of the season. Forest put Scott Dobie upfront and get relegated. Now THAT'S what will happen."
RichardNFFC on 606

Awesome. I love how positive Forest fans are. Right there with you buddy!

1659: "How is Jose Enrique rubbish, he was a regular at Villarreal and he's only 21. Just needs time to settle."
Brian, via text

I agree. I think Enrique is a very good player, too - can't be easy the current situation at Newcastle. But that boy's got definite class.

High - Martin Petrov on 7.67
Low - Joe Hart 4.95

As my colleague Bevo points out, bit harsh on Joe, that. Richard Dunne is on 5.38 after his error let in West Ham for the opener.

1652: "After Chelsea, Newcastle and Man City splashed a combined 18m on Asier Del Horno, Jose Enrique and Javier Garrido, is it fair to say that all Spanish left-backs are rubbish? I don't recall Raul Bravo being all that great at Leeds either."
James Chello, via text

1648: HALF-TIME Manchester City 1-1 West Ham United

1646: "My friend made a suit for Junior Agogo, ordered it but never came to pick it up, he only found out he was in Ghana yesterday."
davidoff2211 on 606

1643: City break quickly after they clear a West Ham corner and Micah Richards makes a lung-bursting run to support Rolando Bianchi, but the Italian's pass is sloppy and easily cleared. How Richards must be fuming...

1641: "Is Ireland actually Irish? Or does he qualify to play for them just because of his surname? Did Alan Brazil hold out a bit before accepting his first Scotland cap?"
gus_mctaggert on 606

1638: The Africa Cup of Nations is about to start in Ghana with the hosts taking on Guinea in the opener. My esteemed colleague Chris Whyatt will be running the rule over the tournament's starter, so join him for some chat. Oh, and when he says "forget the Premier League," he is only joking you know. I hope. Anyway, for my money it's Ghana to win the competition and Junior Agogo for top scorer. But then I would say that, wouldn't I?

1634: Richard Dunne is the next man in the book for a challenge on Luis Boa Morte that leaves the Portuguese writhing around in agony. Not the City captain at his best, so far.

1633: "The daylight rule was changed a few years back because apparently it wasn't clear and linesman were inconsistent in applying it."
Peanutter on 606

Oh, right.

1631: "The offside rule:
A player is offside if any part of his body with which he can legally score a goal is beyond the second-last defending player.
Unless he is facing north during the second phase of play.
Or he dances a hornpipe in front of the linesman.
Or his name is Ruud Van Nistelrooy."
tmwilkinson on 606

1629: Lucas Neill is the first man in the book for a late tackle on Martin Petrov.

1628: (See 1622) "If any part of your body which you can legally score with is offside, that is anything other than arm/hand, you are offside."
IamScotland on 606

What's the chat with daylight, then?

1624: Rolando Bianchi gets a chance to run at the West Ham defence, but instead the Italian opts to shoot from 35 yards and it would have missed another 35 sets of goals, to be fair.

1622: West Ham are apparently fuming about Darius Vassell's "offside" position for City's goal. He's certainly ahead of the defence, but there's no daylight between him and the defender. Is that still the rule? Honestly, if the players and managers don't know, who does? Not me.

1618: GOAL Manchester City 1-1 West Ham
It doesn't take Sven-Goran Eriksson's side long to get back on level terms, Martin Petrov crosses from the right after a corner is half-cleared, the ball ricochets off George McCartney and Darius Vassell is on hand to poke home from four yards.

1617: City have responded well and they are trying to get Martin Petrov into the game. A couple of corners come to nothing but the crowd remain as lively as ever.

1614: "What a goal, I've got mint sauce all over the table now."
Ross, via text

1612: "Oh my gosh, that was just like Pele in 'Escape to Victory' - get in!"
awesomesuperIrons on 606

1610: GOAL Manchester City 0-1 West Ham
Fabulous goal from Carlton Cole to give the Hammers the lead, but shocker from the usually faultless Richard Dunne. Dunne gifts West Ham possession on the right-hand edge of the City area, Freddie Ljungberg crosses for Cole, who, with his back to goal, flicks the ball up and sends a brilliant overhead kick past Joe Hart from six yards.

1608: West Ham have started the brighter and Carlton Cole and Luis Boa Morte both have half-chances to shoot but are quickly closed down by the City defence.

1607: "Is it me or have West Ham been 10th all season?"
Toby, via text

1605: (See 1552) "Morrissey lyrics are more depressing than Leonard Cohen - and that's music to cut your throat by."
cynic-al on 606

1604: The banter has gone a bit quiet. Come on guys and girls, we've still got two hours to go...

1602: Stephen Ireland and Elano get proceedings under way.

1559: "Martin Petrov will be the difference today. He'll be too much for West Ham to handle. 2-0 to Man City, Petrov the only bright spark in an otherwise dull match."
Ipswich1878 on 606

Petrov's brilliant. I hope he's on form today, not that I want Man City to win. He's just top drawer to watch when he's in the mood.

1556: The teams are in the tunnel, kick-off is just moments away in Manchester.

1552: "Trudging slowly over wet sand, back to the bench where your clothes were stolen, this is the coastal town that they forgot to burn down," is blasting over the tannoy at the City of Manchester Stadium. Need any more clues?

1548: "There's going to be two races this season - the title race with Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea and the race for fourth for Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa and Man City."
TheGoonersGoon on 606

1544: West Ham striker Dean Ashton has a back injury, in case any of you thought his exclusion today means he is on his way out of Upton Park.

1541: By the way, there's a slight technical problem which means the Premier League table has not updated yet. But rest assured Everton fans, you are above Liverpool. We're working on it.

1539: "Man City vs West Ham a cracker? Yes, because we all remember the 1-0 epic thriller in the week - a contender for worst game of the year?"
Adam in Canterbury, via text

1532: "I think Man City will beat a resilient West Ham 2-0 with goals coming from Bianchi (18) and Ireland (84). It will be a close game and West Ham will have eight or nine men behind the ball at all times. I just hope we can pull something out of the bag and keep up the pressure on Everton, Liverpool and Aston Villa."
manblue4lyfe on 606

1530: That just about wraps things up from Wigan, but keep those Titus Bramble comments coming in if you feel the need arises. I might humbly suggest we turn our attentions to Manchester City v West Ham. I'm expecting a little cracker.

1527: Don't forget to rate the players after Everton's win at Wigan. Andrew Johnson is leading the ratings at the moment on 7.43, with, obviously, Titus Bramble struggling on 4.07.

1524: (See 1512) "Get your facts right - the last rugby match played at the JJB was back in October 2007. Allowing rah-rah at Reading has made that pitch worse than a cabbage patch."
eldeano on 606

1520: FULL-TIME Wigan 1-2 Everton

1518: Marcus Bent leans back and lashes the ball miles over the bar from the edge of the Everton area. To be fair, the cut-up pitch didn't help him there, but he probably had time to take a touch. Might be Wigan's last chance, we're into injury time here.

1518: TEAM NEWS Manchester City v West Ham
Manchester City make one change with striker Rolando Bianchi coming in for Nery Castillo, who fractured a shoulder bone in City's FA Cup win over the Hammers on Wednesday. West Ham boss Alan Curbishley replaces Dean Ashton with Carlton Cole up front and Hayden Mullins takes Matthew Etherington's place in midfield.

1515: "Everyone's been talking about King Keegan, this week, and how it's burying Havant & Waterlooville's incredible achievement, but not a sniff about Hereford United, who have remained unbeaten against higher league opposition in six games and are through to the fourth round yet again! Someone give the Bulls some credit!"
nightmare2j on 606

1513: Andrew Johnson flicks on a Mikel Arteta free-kick from the right and Paul Scharner has to be very alert to head away with Joleon Lescott set to pounce.

1512: "I can't believe no-one has mentioned the state of the pitch. A rugby town? Most definitely!"
Ben, London, via text

1509: Wigan take off industrious midfielder Michael Brown and send on livewire striker Julius Aghahowa in his place. Meanwhile, Kevin Kilbane directs a cross just wide as the Latics continue to push for a leveller.

1508: "Please could someone explain to me how Titus is still in the Premier League?"
Kjetil from Oslo, via text

More importantly, is that Kjetil Osvold, who played for Forest?

1505: James Vaughan tricks his way past Mario Melchiot down the Everton left and sends in a cross from the left that is just beyond Andrew Johnson on the penalty spot.

1504: Jason Koumas lets fly from 25 yards but his shot is always fading away from goal and Tim Howard does not have to deal with it.

1501: Phil Neville is taken off by David Moyes and James Vaughan comes on for him, with Lee Carsley taking over the captaincy.

1500: "The answers to the Everton 4-5-1 question (See 1444)? Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta."
Will, via text

1456: "Bramble will re-join Newcastle before the transfer window closes, because if entertainment is what the Geordies want, then you can't get much better than a quality Titus trademark moment of madness!"
ManUnitedBadBoyZClub on 606

1454: Oooohh that was close. Leon Osman hits a volley right out of the middle of his, er, right foot from 10 yards and the ball sails just inches wide of Chris Kirkland's left-hand post with the keeper stood motionless.

1450: Tim Cahill falls theatrically under a challenge from Paul Scharner in the Wigan penalty box and referee Lee Probert shakes his head at the Australian, a little bit embarrassed for him if we're honest.

1448: "Gotta Give Bramble credit, who here would have the guts to make a tackle like that in the penalty area when your team has just got back in it, after such a mistake in the first half?"
Kravat on 606

1447: (See 1416) "I thought the phrase "my bad" was popularised by Titus Bramble apologising to colleagues for his many many blunders over the years."
Adam Pearce, via text

1444: "How is it that Everton can play a 4-5-1 so well when it's the smallest striker in the league who's upfront by himself? Everton by far are the best at playing 4-5-1 yet I can't explain how."
Teo423 on 606

1442: Titus Bramble goes from villain to hero as he times a challenge perfectly to win the ball from Andrew Johnson in the Wigan penalty box.

1440: GOAL Wigan 1-2 Everton
What a double change that was from Steve Bruce! It pays immediate dividends as Jason Koumas pumps a long ball into the Everton box, Tim Howard fails to get there and the ball ricochets off Phil Jagielka and into the Toffees net.

1439: Emile Heskey looks like he has picked up a knock and he goes off, replaced by last week's goalscoring hero Antoine Sibierski. Wigan also bring off Denny Landzaat and Jason Koumas is on.

1437: Wilson Palacios is booked for a late challenge on Mikel Arteta. Not seen much out of the ordinary yet from the Honduran known as 'the magician'.

1437: "Lets not beat Bramble up too much, he's quite possibly the single reason little kids think they can someday be Premier League footballers. You've gotta have hope."
Anonymous, via text

1432: Back under way at the JJB Stadium. No changes at the break. Titus Bramble is still on.

1431: (See 1331) "There's going to be quite a few people eating their shorts today then. Toffee the cat's Christmas is coming early, or late? (See 1302) I don't know."
Michael via text

1429: "I just don't understand... I fail to comprehend how Bramble is still a Premier League player. I think he would be better off in the Conference or Sunday League as a groundsman."
footballwiseman on 606

1425: "I don't think it's game set and match yet. Remember Wigan's 5-3 win? Nothing's stopping Wigan from doing that again, even if it means coming from behind instead. The second half is going to be interesting."
unitedforevernever on 606

High - Joleon Lescott on 7.06. Low - Nuno Valente on 5.39.

1417: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-2 Everton

1416: "OK, my bad, maybe Bramble is more of a Roque Junior than a Garrincha!"
Richard in Cardiff, via text

"My bad" - I've just had to explain that one in the office. Kidspeak, innit? According to one website, the phrase "came into widespread popular use in the mid to late-1990s in the USA via the 1995 movie 'Clueless'."

1415: Emile Heskey slams a left-foot shot wide as Wigan try to peg the visitors back. Looks a long way back now for Steve Bruce's boys.

1413: GOAL Wigan 0-2 Everton
That's the difference between life at the top and life at the bottom. Wigan fail to clear a corner, Phil Jagielka plays the ball across the six-yard box and Joleon Lescott is on hand to tap in. The Latics have pretty much outplayed Everton, yet find themselves 2-0 down. Harsh game, football.

1410: GOAL Wigan 0-1 Everton
Disaster for the hosts and - you could barely even make this up - it's a total howler from that man Titus Bramble. The big goalscoring centre-half tries to play the ball back to Chris Kirkland, slips while doing so and lets in Andrew Johnson, who expertly keeps his cool to run in on goal and slot through the legs of the Wigan keeper. Oh my.

1409: "Heskey is such a donkey."
brambleforscotland2008, via text

1408: If snooker's your game, pop along to our live coverage of the Masters final between Stephen Lee and Mark Selby. If it isn't, just completely ignore me. Mark Mitchener is the man with the all the chat from the Wembley showcase.

1405: Half-chance for Andrew Johnson, as Paul Scharner mis-times a header and the ball falls to the England striker on the left-hand edge of the 18-yard box, but his left-foot shot is dragged wide.

1404: "Heskey is such a good player. Wigan play so well with him. England would have qualified if he had played those last few games. It really gets on my nerves that he was called a donkey for so long."
bramble4england2008 on 606

1401: Everton are struggling as an attacking threat. Andrew Johnson wins a corner with a pot-shot from range, but the set-piece is floated into Chris Kirkland's arms and we go back up the other end again.

1400: "I can't see Wigan staying up without Heskey fit for the rest of the season."
ronan221 on 606

1355: Wigan are on top here and Adolofo Valencia rifles in a shot from just inside the box that a sliding Tim Cahill clears away - Tim Howard may well have got there, but he might not have - great defensive work from the Australian.

1353: So close to an opener. A corner is swung in from the Wigan left and Marcus Bent is allowed a free header at the back post, which Tim Howard flicks on to the crossbar and the ball is eventually cleared to safety.

1349: "Who needs Garrincha when you have Titus Bramble!"
Richard in Cardiff, via text

1348: Mikel Arteta has a shot well-saved by Chris Kirkland after great work down the left from Andrew Johnson to create the chance.

1347: Mikel Arteta is booked for dissent after Leon Osman is fouled by Kevin Kilbane.

1346: "Just for boringoldblue's query yesterday, 'plupset' apparently IS the official term used for Premier League upsets. Comfirmed by a very reliable source... erm... Urban dictionary."
Red_Rampage on 606

1344: Michael Brown fails to get hold of one on the right-hand edge of the Everton box and the ball dribbles wide of Tim Howard's goal.

1342: "No I think Garrincha could be discussed all day - when this game gets going you can get back to it."
JP, via text

Fair play. Let the Garrincha comments keep coming then. If only he were playing at Wigan today...

1340: It's tight and compact at the JJB Stadium, where Joleon Lescott v Emile Heskey is shaping up to be an intriguing early battle.

1337: "Liverpool are only four points closer to top spot than they are to the bottom three. How has Rafa done a good job there I ask!?"
lutonsteve_2 on 606

1336: "Thanks for the piece on Garrincha - just translated it into Portugese and read it to the guys here in the bar, which has started all sorts of stories about him. Wonderful stuff."
lostinbrasil on 606

Have I gone too far now?

1334: "Micah Richards - brilliant at right-back and centre-back and only 19 too."
Richard in Cardiff, via text

1332: Great early stuff from the home debutant Wilson Palacios. He gets in a great tackle to win the ball on the edge of the Everton area, skips past one challenge and curls just wide from 20 yards.

1331: "If Everton go fourth today, I'll eat my shorts!"
Bart in Belfast, via text

1330: We are under way in the JJB Stadium for the first match of Sunday's Premier League double-header.

1325: "There are very few players who can play full-back and centre-back equally well. I'd argue the last English player to do so was Gary Neville. Discuss."
yorker_129-7 on 606

1323: "Typical - someone having two teams and one of them being a top four team. I'm a Derby County fan and proud of it, you won't see me glory-hunting!"
Paul in Derbyshire, via text

1322: Shamelessly, and perhaps unforgivably, I'm going to plug one of my own pieces now. 25 years ago today Brazil legend Garrincha died and I've written a profile piece-cum-tribute to the double World Cup winner. I hope you can find the time to read it. He really was one of the greats. I'll get back to Wigan-Everton now, sorry.

1318: "Come on the Blues. Lets ram Rafa's small club comments down his throat. Welcome home Mannie."
Parkender, via text

1313: "Lescott should never play left-back for England again, he just isn't a full-back. End of."
Gifted-Toe-Knee on 606

Rarely have I agreed more with a 606 comment. Lescott is a brilliant centre-back, in my opinion, but full-back is a completely different ball game. When will managers realise you can't mess around with the full-back position?

1308: "Wigan, my second team, can do Liverpool, my main team, a great deal of help today. Not 0-0 by any means, I see goals. Four at the JJB to be precise."
Chacor on 606

Now I don't want to encourage internet violence, but I'm not a massive fan of that comment. Two teams? Thoughts, anyone...

1305: Paul Scharner replaces Emmerson Boyce in Wigan's defence in the only change from the team that beat Derby. Antoine Sibierski got the winner in that game but starts on the bench. Everton striker Andy Johnson returns, while Leon Osman starts after being out since mid-December with a broken toe. Midfielder Manuel Fernandes is on the bench after his return to the club on loan.

1304: "I believe that Lescott is in the top three defenders in the Premier League. He is good in the challenge, he is a main part of a good defence and he also has that abiltity to go forward and score. He might not be an international star yet, but he will be in years to come."
schillz14 on 606

1302: "If the Toffees go fourth today, I will spend my entire student loan on toffees, and will feed them all to Toffee the cat who happens to be a toffee fan."
Shaheen Dariani, via text

1259: Never let it be said I don't return a favour, Orlo. It's time for me to let you know what my colleagues are doing again this Sunday - a veritable feast of sport. Mark Orlovac, who is to rugby what Garrincha was to dribbling, is all over the Heineken Cup this afternoon. Go and check on his progress, but be back in time for kick-off, OK?

1255: Early team news from the JJB Stadium and it's a home debut for Wilson Palacios, who played just over an hour in the Latics' 1-0 win at Derby last weekend. Full teams to follow shortly.

1251: "'Internet etiquette'? Jonathan, I'm disappointed! Surely you know the correct term is 'netiquette'."
acoughlan on 606

1248: I know most of you are well-versed in internet etiquette, but for those of you that are new, welcome. You can get in touch with me via text on 81111, or get involved with the always lively 606 messageboards.

1245: It's 0-0 - isn't it always? Are you ready for Wigan v Everton and Man City v West Ham? I hope so. The Toffees can go fourth today, don't you know?

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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