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Aston Villa 4-1 Newcastle

Bolton 0-1 Portsmouth
Derby 0-3 Tottenham
Everton 1-0 Reading
Middlesbrough 1-0 Fulham
Sunderland 2-0 Wigan
West Ham 1-1 Birmingham


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By Paul Fletcher

1717: Right then, over and out for today's Premier League action. Sorry for the technical hitch mid-afternoon. Must also apologise for writing David Davies when I meant to say David James. What was I thinking? I mean, imagine David Davies in goal for Pompey. I'm blaming it on the pie, chips and mushy peas I had for lunch.

Don't forget, there are two Premier League games tomorrow and the Africa Cup of Nations final. Check it.

1712: "Bolton have learned a basic lesson in football - take your chances when you get them. They did not take them today and that is why they lost."
coventrykid08 on 606

The top-scoring player on 90 minutes is Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, who rates at a very impressive 8.36 after 90 minutes. To be fair to the veteran stopper, he did make several excellent saves.

Others players scoring highly on full-time include Sunderland's Daryl Murphy (8.19), Middlesbrough's Jeremie Aliadiere (8.03) and Tottenham's Robbie Keane (7.69).

1700: "Glorious day! The Geordies get stuffed, the Boro climb above them. Lovely!"
Jonny via text on 81111

1658: No movement at the top but there has been a change down at the bottom. Derby and Fulham remain in the bottom three but they have now been joined by Reading, with Birmingham's draw at West Ham enough to lift them above the Royals.

1656: Full-time Everton 1-0 Reading

1656: Full-time Derby 0-3 Tottenham

1655: Full-time Bolton 0-1 Portsmouth

1655: Full-time West Ham 1-1 Birmingham

1655: Full-time Sunderland 2-0 Wigan

1654: GOAL Derby 0-3 Tottenham
Dimitar Berbatov, cool as you like, slots the ball home from 12 yards.

Handball by Alan Stubbs, though Craig Fagan did appear to push Robbie Keane as well.

1653: Full-time Middlesbrough 1-0 Fulham
More trouble for Fulham.

1651: Pompey keeper David James makes an absolutely brilliant save to deny substitute Tamir Cohen from 10 yards. Boss Gary Megson cannot believe it. Hands on head time.

1649: The Pompey fans are jumping up and down while Bolton's musical army can hardly muster the enthusiasm to bang their drums. They are staring at the floor crestfallen. If Bolton lose it will be a bad, bad result for them.

1648: RED CARD
West Ham's Lee Bowyer is dismissed.

1647: James Harper hits the outside of the post for Reading. Seconds later Andy Johnson misses a good chance for Everton.

1643: Wigan pile on the pressure at the Stadium of Light and Emmerson Boyce's header from a Jason Koumas corner is expertly saved by Craig Gordon. But for the goalkeeper's right hand, it would have been 2-1.

1642: GOAL Derby 0-2 Tottenham
That's the game wrapped up at Pride Park, Younes Kaboul skipping past Stephen Pearson and drilling home left-footed from 16 yards to put Spurs two up.

1640: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Portsmouth
Lassana Diarra gives Pompey a lead that they hardly deserve. The ball breaks to Diarra and he slots home from 10 yards, though he does look to be in an offside position after the ball comes off Kanu on its way through to him.

1638: As things stand, Derby will, of course, end the day in bottom place, Fulham will remain 19th in the table and Reading will drop into the bottom three after their seventh straight league defeat.

1637: Tottenham are piling on the pressure now and Derby have Roy Carroll to thank for keeping them in it, the keeper saving first from Jermaine Jenas after a fine, jinking run from the midfielder and then from Dimitar Berbatov's stinging follow-up.

1635: GOAL Sunderland 2-0 Wigan
The Black Cats appear to be on their way to a crucial win after a brilliant 25-yard strike from Daryl Murphy into the top corner of the net.

1632: Hermann Hreidarsson clears off the line for Portsmouth, denying Gary Cahill's close-range prod.

1629: GOAL Derby 0-1 Tottenham
Robbie Keane puts Tottenham ahead with the simplest of tap-ins after Carroll can only parry a Steed Malbranque shot into his path.

1628: Bolton have had the better of their game with Pompey and Trotters substitute Rasiak forces James into action again with a strike from a tight angle.

1625: Robbie Keane hits the woodwork for Spurs but the ball flies past Aaron Lennon on its way to goal and the offside flag is raised. We could definitely do with a few more goals this afternoon.

1621: GOAL Everton 1-0 Reading
The Royals only manage to half clear their lines and Leon Osman cushions a teasing ball back into the area that Phil Jagielka heads into the far corner of the Reading goal.

1620: It has been a disappointing second half so far at Upton Park. Remember, West Ham-Birmingham was the Premier League game with the most goals of all six 1500 GMT kick-offs.

1619: A few technical problems - I'm wondering when you'll get to read this! Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov comes on for Darren Bent.

1615: A snip at a rumoured 12m - Afonso Alves comes on to make his Boro debut.

1614: Big Tom Huddlestone forces a save from Carroll in the Derby goal. I like Huddlestone. He might not be able to turn quickly but he sure has good feet for a big man.

1610: Emile Heskey hits the Sunderland crossbar with a header after meeting Jason Koumas's cross. The keeper is stranded and the striker should have scored. Shocking pitch at Sunderland.

1609: "Don't write Derby off just yet. If they get something from this game, that will give them confidence for their next two games against Wigan and Sunderland.
Charles via text on 81111

That is optimism gone mad. I wrote them off before Christmas.

1605: All of the six matches are back under way. Cracking start at Sunderland - Wigan's Michael Brown has a shot cleared off the line and then Kevin Kilbane's follow-up strikes the post.

1604: "Think I'll put BBC Parliament on the TV. Got to be more exciting than this, no?"
Did The Chicken Cross The Road? on 606

Come on, chin up. I promise you loads and loads of second-half goals.

1600: "I think Everton and Reading should be given immense credit really. They are obviously playing poor football on purpose so that fans from other countries don't actually want us to export the Premier League."
SergeiTheToffee on 606

1556: Six games, but just four goals after the first half of football.

Let us try to focus on a few positives. Bolton are on track to keep a fourth successive clean sheet for the first time since September 2006. Everton are unbeaten in five league games - and on course to extend that to six. Even better, if it remains goalless at Goodison, Reading will arrest a run of form that has seen them lose their last six Premier League games.

1549: Half-time at all the 1500 GMT kick-offs.

1549: Mikel Arteta swings a corner in and Tim Cahill heads just over for Everton.

1547: Hold the front page, a chance at Goodison Park. John Oster takes a free-kick for Reading but cannot quite keep his shot on target.

1546: The game has really come to life at Sunderland, with chances at either end now.

1545: Emile Heskey really should equalise for Wigan but misses the target from 14 yards with a shot on the turn. He is a bit like that, isn't he.

1543: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Wigan
Dickson Etuhu is left completely unmarked at the far post and has plenty of time to pick his spot, guiding Dean Whitehead's free-kick past Chris Kirkland.

1539: West Ham are playing some decent football and Matthew Etherington caps a flowing move with a strike at goal that Maik Taylor saves at his near post.

1537: "The sun is blocking my view of the game at Goodison Park, just as well as both sides are absolutely abysmal - worst half of Premier League football this season."
Bilo via text on 81111

Nuff said.

1535: Birmingham's Mikael Forssell has a free header eight yards from goal but directs his effort straight at Robert Green. The former Chelsea striker really should have put his team in front.

1532: Simon Davies is close to an equaliser for Fulham but his 25-yard strike is just wide of the Boro goal.

A decent chance for Tottenham's Younes Kaboul at Derby but he cannot get enough power on his strike to beat Carroll in the Rams goal.

1530: A decent chance for Bolton's Matt Taylor against his former club but he cannot keep his strike on target. Taylor then fails to hit the target from five yards. A terrible miss. It was easier to score.

1529: O'Donovan limps off for Sunderland and is replaced by Rade Prica.

1527: Chance for Fulham. Danny Murphy's low shot from 12 yards is parried away by Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer.

1524: Giles Barnes should score for Derby after he is played through by Stephen Pearson but he pokes the ball wide with only the keeper to beat.

1521: More actor chat - Moe from The Simpsons as David Moyes.

1520: I've told been told that the team at Goodison Park is "dire". As soon as we have some drama I'll let you know.

1518: Some good suggestions on 606 as to who should play Kevin Keegan in a film of his life. Chuck Norris, David Hasselhoff, Dennis Wise (as he will have KK's job soon) and KK himself (given that he will be out of work soon).

1517: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Birmingham
James McFadden slips the ball into the West Ham net from the penalty spot and Blues are level at Upton Park. Fabio Capello, incidentally, is at this game.

West Ham skipper Lucas Neill man-handles James McFadden and Blues have a penalty against the run of play.

1512: Tottenham on top against Derby. Spurs break and Darren Bent forces a good save from Roy Carroll. A minute later and Robbie Keane brings an even better save from Carroll with a clever left-footed shot across goal.

Darren Moore, who passed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury before the match, limps out of the action at Pride Park, Andy Todd coming on to replace him. And Tottenham are also forced into an early change as Michael Dawson comes off with what looks like a thigh problem, Younes Kaboul coming in off the bench.

1511: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Fulham
Jeremie Aliadiere springs the offside trap and then closes down on goal before drilling the ball past Antti Niemi.

1507: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Birmingham
Freddie Ljungberg puts the Hammers ahead from close range after Carlton Cole flicks on a long throw.

1506: An early chance for Bolton but Kevin Davies shoots straight at David James.

Sunderland's Roy O'Donovan head inches over from six yards.

1503: "Kevin Keegan could only be played by Dustin Hoffman."
Doyle United on 606

1500: All of the 1500 kick-offs have started.

1457: "If Martin O'Neill ever had a film made about his life, there could only be one actor to play him. Woody Allen!"
Carra_XI on 606

Very interesting. Who would play Kevin Keegan?

And the Derby-Tottenham live text should be very much as you like it.

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate makes just one change from the team that drew 1-1 at Newcastle as Lee Dong-Gook replaces Lee Cattermole. Afonso Alves is on the bench for Boro.

Paul Stalteri, making his Fulham debut, comes in for Aaron Hughes and is one of two changes made by Roy Hodgson's, who also names Diomansy Kamara in his starting line ahead of Clint Dempsey.

1453: Don't forget - for those of you who like your sport slow and fragmented, you can always follow our coverage of the Six Nations.

1446: "The reality is that you can't turn the clock back 11 years."
shilia on 606

I wonder if KK is starting to feel the same way? Or, for that matter, lots of Newcastle supporters.

Everton boss David Moyes omits Yakubu from the squad but fellow Nigerian Joseph Yobo returns to the starting line-up. He partners Phil Jagielka in the heart of defence, with Joleon Lescott switching to left-back.

Reading make two changes, bringing in Ibrahima Sonko and John Oster for Ivar Ingimarsson and Leroy Lita.

West Ham make just one change from the side that lost to Wigan last time out, Lee Bowyer replacing the rested Mark Noble in the heart of the midfield.

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish recalls Gary McSheffrey in place of the suspended Olivier Kapo while Mikael Forssell is preferred to Garry O'Connor up front.

1438: Full-time Aston Villa 4-1 Newcastle
Carson ends the game making a great save from Emre while the Villa - yes, the Villa - fans chant "there's only one Kevin Keegan". Another sorry afternoon for Newcastle, who have still yet to win following Keegan's return to Tyneside. Villa have now won 12 Premier League games.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane makes two enforced changes to the side beaten 3-0 at Liverpool - injured duo Kieran Richardson and Liam Miller are replaced by Dickson Etuhu and Roy O'Donovan, who makes only his second league start for the club.

Wigan are unchanged following their 1-0 win over West Ham last time out - Marlon King retaining his place up front despite his midweek appearance for Jamaica .

1434: GOAL Aston Villa 4-1 Newcastle
Gareth Barry lets John Carew take the penalty so he can complete his hat-trick and the Norwegian smashes the ball past Harper in the Newcastle goal. Extreme power.

Stephen Carr is penalised for handball. Blatant.

1433: Michael Owen crafts a yard of space and shoots at goal but his strike flies into the side netting. It has been that sort of second-half for Newcastle.

Derby defender Darren Moore passes a late fitness to take his place in the Rams defence against Spurs, but Mile Sterjovski is made to wait again to make his full debut, the Australian starting as substitute.

Tottenham boss Juande Ramos springs a surprise by leaving Dimitar Berbatov on the bench, Darren Bent partnering Robbie Keane up front, while Jonathan Woodgate's suspension means Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone are paired in defence.

1427: Habib Beye takes a big swing at the ball and smashes it way over the crossbar.

Bolton make one change from the team that beat Reading, El-Hadji Diouf is back from the Africa Cup of Nations and replaces Heidar Helguson. Matt Taylor and Andy O'Brien face their former club, Gary Cahill makes his home debut.

1424: Viduka still on the bench. 10 minutes left.

1423: It is the turn of Nigel Reo-Coker to do an impression of Andre Bikey with a touch of pushing and shoving in Nicky Butt's direction. He is booked for a pointless loss of temper.

1421: (See 1400) "Reading - 18th, Fulham - 19th, Derby - 20th. Why - because Reading just can't pick up anything at the moment, Fulham can't hold a lead, and Derby, well they are just Derby."
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

1417: GOAL Aston Villa 3-1 Newcastle
Absolute comedy. Newcastle waste several thousand chances to clear a corner but fail to do so and eventually John Carew heads the ball into the net from six yards.

1413: (high pitched voice) "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!"
Richie85_RWF on 606

Real nice. KK is not looking happy with life. Craig Gardner almost extends Villa's lead but sub keeper Harper makes a decent save. Corner then comes in, Gardner then has another chance that Harper saves.

Portsmouth are without the injured Sylvain Distin but include Papa Bouba Diop back from the Africa Nations Cup duty, with Milan Baros and Jermain Defoe up front.

Bolton team news to follow.

1410: "Who will go down? Well, looking at Newcastle they're only seven points off the drop zone at the moment. Why not? If they keep performing like this, I wouldn't be surprised."
CameronCFC on 606

Darren Bent and Robbie Keane start for Spurs with the Berb on the bench.

1407: (See 1345) "You are just plain wrong about Lancashire. I am sat there right now and it is rubbish. Any good in Lancs is counter-acted by Chorley, the land time forgot."
Anonymous via text on 81111

Harsh. Chorley FM - one of the finest radio stations around. Bolton's training ground is in Chorley, I think.

1405: Newcastle just cannot get hold of the ball. Mark Viduka on the bench - arms crossed, long face.

1402: "I live in Newcastle and I can already hear chants of "Keegan out" from the nearby pub."
passionate-reddevil on 606

I think you're being a touch (red)devilish.

1400: A question. With the bottom sides all in action today - which three teams do you think will go down and why?

1359: OK, OK, OK - Florida is a state. I knew I should have paid attention in geography.

Another teasing cross into the Newcastle box and Carew is inches away with another header. Honestly, will KK's Newcastle ever win?

1355: GOAL Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle
Young curls in a corner and John Carew heads home. The ball seems to hit the back of the striker's head - I'm not sure he can take credit for guiding it into the net. KK looks non-plussed.

1352: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle
Newcastle have a chance to clear their lines but instead lose possession. Wilfred Bouma shoots from 20 yards. It is not a great strike but it takes a deflection off Habib Beye, wrong-footing Given on its way to goal. It is Bouma's first goal in 76 games for Villa.

1352: Villa have upped the ante.

1349: Villa boss Martin O'Neill has obviously decided enough is enough. Petrov and Mellberg make way for Craig Gardner and Marlon Harewood. The second half starts.

1345: "Is it not bad enough that the well to do have to travel to such remote third world areas such as Lancastershire, Yorkestershire and Newcastle every other weekend to ply their trade? Give these poor pampered souls a break."
Evostink on 606

You are sailing very close to the wind my friend. I mean, nothing wrong with that comment about Yorkshire but Lancashire? If there is a purer, finer, beautiful county on all of God's green earth then I have yet to see it.

And I hold my hand up - of course Bangkok, Florida etc are cities/states and not countries. A fair cop.

Newcastle are faring the better of the two sides over in Player Rater World. Shay Given's top of the pile with 7.56, while James Milner's second with 7.16. Meanwhile, in the battle of the England strikers, Ashley Young's on 6.85, while Michael Owen is on 6.94. Are you reading, Fabio?

1333: Half-time Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle
So far, so good for King Kev and his merry Magpies. Newcastle played some pretty decent football during the opening 45 minutes. Villa's best chance of scoring, well you'd have to say that the impressive Young will probably be involved in the equation.

"Newcastle are playing the ball around with lots of confidence and they are quite organised in attack."
Telloth on 606

1328: Shay Given makes an excellent reflex save to ensure his team remain in front after John Carew connects powerfully with a header from Young's teasing free-kick.

1326: (See 1316) "How about Mars? Cos that's where most of these idiots who think this is a good idea are from."
norcalmiller on 606

Ouch, check you. Come on, football has gone global. The Premier League is a brand and the world wants a piece. So you were born within a stone's throw of Villa Park or Maine Road or wherever. Big deal. The world has changed. Football is pure Abba these days - Money Money Money. Do you think that in the boardrooms of the big clubs they care about me or you or the untapped squillions to be made abroad?

1325: A superb passage of play by Newcastle - the sort of football that their fans relish. Smooth, passing play. It comes to a somewhat sorry end when Duff's deep cross eludes its target and rolls out of play.

1320: A cross from the left reaches Olof Mellberg at the far stick but he cannot quite wrap his foot around the ball.

1316: Florida, Dubai, Bangkok, China, Australia - in which foreign city/country would you most like to see Premier League games? I think they should be sold as a package, with a Conference, League Two, League One and Championship fixture played at the same venue over a super weekend of sport. That way the lower league clubs can expand their fanbase as well. You know, Beijing Shakers and the like.

1315: Damien Duff plays in Stephen Carr with a deft back-heel. Carr tries to reciprocate with another back-heel but he smashes the ball out of play. Alan could do better.

1312: Villa win a free-kick after Steven Taylor fouls John Carew 20 yards from goal. Maloney makes a decent contact but his effort is always too high and goes over the Magpies crossbar.

1309: Midway through the first-half at Villa Park. Ashley Young is on the deck receiving treatment after Barton cleans him out. Young, with his pace and tricky running, has looked dangerous so far.

1306: My word, the Barton incident is even worse than I first thought. Seconds before his handball he throws Shaun Maloney to the floor. Not quite in the Andre Bikey league but pretty bad.

1304: Barton, minutes after getting away with handball, tries to rub salt in Villa's wound with a low long-range strike that Scott Carson saves.

1301: Today is KK's fifth game in charge of the Magpies. Villa have a massive shout for handball against Joey Barton turned down by referee Lee Mason. The ball clearly hits Barton on the arm following Gareth Barry's 20-yard strike. Villa are furious.

1258: It has been a fairly open game so far with not much between the two teams - apart from Owen's goal of course.

Alan Smith has won a couple of headers and is not scared to mix it with the Villa back line.

1255: I wonder if Owen feels as though he has proved a point to Fabio after his omission from the England side on Wednesday? Controversial that one.

1251: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle
James Milner swings in a cross from the left and the ball ends up in the Villa net. Michael Owen heads the cross goalwards but it does strike Gareth Barry's hand on its way to the back of the net.

1250: A half-decent chance for Stiliyan Petrov but he scuffs his shot wide.

1245: The match starts at Villa Park.

1242: Sorry about that, bit stuffed now. Glad I had to run for my tube this morning or I might be feeling a bit guilty.

Lots and lots of chat on 606 about the Premier League playing some games abroad.

Imagine watching your team in Shanghai, Seoul or Bangkok. You could have a very good night out after those games. You'd probably get good service at a very reasonable price. Cost a bit to get there though. And I was raised to believe that you support the club nearest to where you live. Perhaps I'm just old fashioned.

1240: A lovely, sunny day in Birmingham and another sell-out at Villa.

1233: Sorry for the lack of recent posts - I'm eating my lunch before the game starts. Pie, chips and mushy peas.

1228: "This correspondence is terrible, complete with a miserable sour-faced journalist."
Anonymous via text on 81111

No name eh! And sour faced - are you spying on me?

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young returns after suspension and replaces hamstring victim Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Newcastle boss King Kev makes two changes. The suspended Charles N'Zogbia and Emre make way for James Milner and Habib Beye who is back from Africa Cup of Nations duty.

1220: "When was the last time there was no 1715 kick-off on a Saturday?"
Chacor (Keep the Premier League in England!) on 606

Very good question. I don't know. Can anybody help?

What I can tell you is that Newcastle have lost their last four away games in the Premier League, though the last three came against the top three. Villa are not exactly in tip-top form - they are looking for their first win in four.

1215: "Help me out Paul!! What will you watch on Sunday? Chelsea-Liverpool or the Africa Cup of Nations final! I cannot believe they're on at the same time."
mdfactor on 606

Well, I would recommend watching the first half of Chelsea versus Liverpool and taking it from there. Personally, I think that the Nations Cup has been a cracking tournament and well worth watching. And you'd have to say that Chelsea against Liverpool will not be the battle it might have been in terms of winning the Premier League.

1208: "Come on Villa, beat them Mags and Boro beat Fulham. Lets prove who are the best team in the north east really is. Messiah. You're having a laugh."
Alves look the bright side of life on 606

Yeh, yeh, yeh. All you people writing "third comment" on 606 and then seeing it appear fourth, I mean, just leave it out. Not big, not clever.

1200 GMT: Just one of the top four in action as Everton host Reading at 1500 GMT - but hey, that is not to say today won't be a tasty treat.

For starters, The Messiah King Kev (KK) leads his merry band of Magpies to the land of the Villans as he continues his search for the first win of the second coming.

Then we have a main course that sees the battle at the bottom continue.

Derby might be doomed but Fulham finally won under Roy Hodgson, strangely against Villa, last weekend and will be looking for another crucial three points at Middlesbrough.

Six points then separate Birmingham, Reading, Sunderland, Wigan and Bolton. In other words there could be a lot of movement today.

No dessert I'm afraid as there is no late game in the Premier League but I'm sure you'll be stuffed by then.

Talking of three-course meals. Went to a restaurant with the wife last night. The service was terrible, complete with a sour-faced, moody waitress who gave the impression we were impinging on her time.


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

Saturday's football photos
09 Feb 08 |  Football


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