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Bolton 1-3 Liverpool

Everton 3-1 Portsmouth

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Paul Fletcher

1805: Been a good day. Enjoyed it. I just hope that you have too.

1800: Some player rater chat. The impressive Yakubu is the highest rated at full-time with 7.82. Pompey's Sylvain Distin the lowest with 5.36. But YOU can change all this. Get involved.

1755: (See 1740) Hey, unlucky anonymous uni gambler.

1753: Full-time Everton 3-1 Portsmouth
A deserved win for Everton against a team who were not at their best.

The Toffees responded to Liverpool's win at Bolton and the battle for fourth really does look like it could go all the way. Bring it on, I say.

1748: Almost over and today is very much going to end with Everton in fourth place, three points clear of rivals Liverpool.

Not a great birthday for Harry Redknapp though. Defoe shoots just wide from 20 yards - he has been lively and Redknapp can at least take encouragement from his performance.

1743: No hat-trick for the Yak, who is subbed and replaced by Victor Anichebe.

1741: GOAL Everton 3-1 Portsmouth
Yakubu
controls a deep diagonal cross, dazzles Campbell with his sharp footwork and shifts the ball to his right, creating a yard of space. He then crashes the ball past James. Bang.

1740: (See 1700) "It was me who made that bet, I just jumped out of my chair in the uni library! I can have something better than pasta for dinner if it stays like this!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

1736: James is way, way out of his goal and miskicks his attempted clearance. The ball is then crossed in but James makes a brilliant diving header to put it out for a corner.

John Utaka on for Bouba Diop.

1733: GOAL Everton 2-1 Portsmouth
Yakubu holds the ball up and passes to Pienaar, who delivers a superb cross that Tim Cahill brilliantly heads past James. It had been coming.

1731: It is all Everton at the moment. One corner comes in, then another. James collects.

1729: Andy Johnson - we'll call him AJ from now on - slots the ball into the net from 16 yards. A great finish but the offside flag curtails his celebrations. Was it? Perhaps, but very close.

1727: Andy Johnson in the action straight away. His ball into the box is contested by Glen Johnson and Pienaar. Massive roars for a penalty, not given.

1725: The game is starting to open but it has not led to an increase of decent chances. With 25 minutes or so left it is there for the taking.

Everton's Tony Hibbert makes way for Andy Johnson.

1721: "I am Newcastle through and through - and I am very worried we could be playing Colchester, Scunthorpe and Doncaster next season!"
Rob via text on 81111

I'm sure Colchester and Scunthorpe fans will be buoyed by your vote of confidence.

1718: A corner for Pompey that Hreidarsson heads over the crossbar. The game is starting to open up.

1718: "I punched my wardrobe after United lost 2-1 to West Ham most recently, broke my knuckle and wardrobe. Not a great call admittedly."
pip4490 on 606

1717: "Looking at Bolton's remaining fixtures and comparing it to Reading's (same number of points) - it is obvious that Bolton will go down with Derby and Fulham."
Robb_P on 606

1714: A driving, surging run from Hermann Hreidarsson causes Everton all sorts of problems. The Toffees eventually clear the ball, go up the other end and win a corner.

1712: A bright start by Pompey. I suspect there might have been a few words from Birthday Boy Redknapp.

1710: Lots of chat on 606 suggesting that Newcastle will go down. Could it be true?

Howard smothers a shot from Kanu after Joleon Lescott tries to let the ball run to his keeper.

1707: "When Newcastle were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea in 2006, I too broke my toe by kicking a wall!"
Toon4Europe on 606

1705: The match restarts at Goodison. What drama lies in store for us?

1700: "I had 5 on Yakubu to score the first goal and Everton to win 2-1 at 33/1. Come on the Toffees!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

1655: "I have just kicked my sofa in sheer frustration after Defoe's goal and I think I've broken my toe."
Rioonaldo on 606

1651: Yakubu, on the mark so early for the Toffees, tops the half-time player rater with 8.31. Pompey defender Sylvain Distin brings up the rear with 5.25. Don't forget, plenty of time to get involved.

1647: Half-time Everton 1-1 Portsmouth
You would be hard pushed to say that Pompey deserve to be on level terms but that is the fact of the matter.

1645: "Dear Lord, what a soft goal to give away. If you don't take your chances, it will come back to haunt you, and that's what's happened here."
toffees1888 on 606

1639: GOAL Everton 1-1 Portsmouth
Jermain Defoe gets the very faintest of touches on to a teasing Glen Johnson cross and the ball eludes Tim Howard. The equaliser is not what you would call deserved but Johnson's cross completely caught the Everton defence static.

1633: Cahill is up against two Pompey defenders but manages to win a free-kick. He has been a very busy presence so far. Birthday boy Harry Redknapp will surely not be thrilled by what he has witnessed do far.

1630: Tim Cahill and Papa Bouba Diop compete for a drop-ball. Not an even contest.

1626: More crisp, accurate passing from Everton but Leon Osman shoots wide from distance.

1624: Cahill is never afraid to shoot but his effort from distance this time is high and wide.

1623: Was Yakubu's the quickest goal of the Premier League season so far?

Well, I can throw this into the mixer. Man City's Geovanni netted after 28 seconds of Steve Bruce's first game in charge of Wigan at the JJB Stadium on 1 December.

1621: Everton win a corner. Pompey have plenty of height in their side and deal with it. The home team, though, have shown more craft and guile so far.

1618: Everton carve open Pompey with a passage of flowing play but Pienaar's low cross is just beyond Tim Cahill.

1616: Almost 15 minutes on the clock at Goodison and Pompey have yet to work goalkeeper Tim Howard.

1614: David James collects a defensive header before the chasing Yakubu can reach the ball. James looks far from amused with the start to the game.

1610: Apparently Everton scored after eight seconds of open play - the rest of the time was Everton preparing to take the free-kick.

1608: (See 1559) "Manchester United won the league in 1999 by a point from Arsenal on the last day of the season."
Chris via text on 81111

1603: GOAL Everton 1-0 Portsmouth
Yakubu slots the ball home to put Everton ahead. It should never reach him. Sol Campbell misses Steven Pienaar's free-kick, which then hits both Sylvain Distin and Jospeh Yobo as the compete for the ball and it loops up invitingly to Yakubu, who heads home.

1602: The match starts at Goodison.

1559: "When was the last time the Premier League title went to the last day? Seems a long time."
JonnyJack22 on 606

Any offers?

1553: Can Everton respond? Drama for first place. Drama over fourth. Drama at the bottom. This season is shaping up very nicely indeed.

1550: (See 1545) "Wrexham. Who could possibly care about a boring, nothing, diddy team like Bolton?
hairybattery on 606

1545: (See 1524) "Cannot see Bolton avoiding the drop. Reading still have to play some fellow strugglers. Squeaky bum time for Bolton fans, same for us Wrexham fans."
Jack, Wrexham, via text on 81111

Biggest disaster in the event of relegation - Bolton or Wrexham?

1538: PLAYER RATER
The merciless users of our Player Rater are not cutting Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen any slack whatsoever. He's lowest on 4.22 - although team-mate Gretar Steinsson is not doing too much better on 4.24. Liverpool's players lead the way, as you would expect. And what pure unadulterated drama - Steven Gerrard has 7.92, Ryan Babel has 7.91. It quite literally could not be any closer.

1535: TEAM NEWS

Everton are able to include Joseph Yobo and Steven Pienaar in their line-up after the pair overcame stomach bugs but midfielder Mikel Arteta is out with a persistent groin problem.

Portsmouth were still without Pedro Mendes with a foot injury, and made one change from the side that beat Sunderland last time out, Kanu coming in up front for Milan Baros.

1530: "Simple answer - no."
Nick, Chelsea, via text on 81111

"Simple answer - yes."
Mike via text on 81111

Maybe the answer is not so simple.

1524: Simple question - will Bolton avoid the drop?

1523: Full-time Bolton 1-3 Liverpool
A late break sees Liverpool push forward in huge numbers. The ball comes to the excellent - and unmarked - Babel, but he completely misses with his shot.

Liverpool in fourth - for now.

1522: "Everton - over to you. Can you take the pressure?"
oh twadi on 606

1516: "Is it too late to rule Liverpool out of a late title push?"
Shoaib via text on 81111

Yes, I would say.

1514: Five or so minutes left. Liverpool moving into fourth. Bolton facing a full-on relegation battle. Results have just not gone their way this weekend.

1512: Kuyt, who has played well, shoots over under pressure.

1508: GOAL Bolton 1-3 Liverpool
Surely no more than a consolation for Bolton? The Trotters are controversially awarded a corner, from which Tamir Cohen heads home at the near post.

1507: Fernando Torres is subbed. It has been a quiet afternoon for the Liverpool striker. John Aarne Riise replaces him.

1504: GOAL Bolton 0-3 Liverpool
A brilliant finish from Fabio Aurelio, who controls the ball with his chest and smashes it into the corner of the Bolton goal from 20 yards as it drops.

1502: A poor clearance from Reina gifts an opening to Davies but he drags his shot wide from 20 yards.

The Liverpool fans are chanting "Going Down" to their Bolton brethren.

1500: A decent chance for Gerrard, who is unmarked at the near post but he fails to make a clean contact with his header. A minute earlier he shot at goal and O'Brien blocked. Liverpool wanted a penalty, which was not given.

1457: Liverpool look comfortable. Just over 20 minutes left and it is difficult to see a way back for Bolton.

1453: So, if this result stays the same Liverpool go ahead of Everton in fourth on goal difference - for now at least!

1449: GOAL Bolton 0-2 Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt volleys against the post. He is very unlucky. The ball breaks to the dangerous Ryan Babel, who finds the bottom corner with a low strike. Backflips follow.

1447: Bolton have found themselves in a couple of decent positions this half but failed to capitalise. It is all a bit comfortable for the visiting team at the moment.

1445: "Re 1428 - I can't believe 606/81111 is a vast majority, that's less than 1%! Oh, hang on..."
Rory, Bristol, via text on 81111

Too clever by half. That gag might have to be restricted to the maths' gang. Good night out that one.

1441: Cahill makes a good covering challenge as Gerrard tries to burst through. A corner ensues. It comes to nothing.

1439: No chances to report as yet after the break. Diouf goes down and appeals for a penalty under a challenge from Skrtel. No chance.

1437: Interesting this, Kevin Nolan has been replaced by Tamir Cohen. Apparently Nolan is injured.

1434: The match resumes at t'Reebok. A crucial 45 minutes, I'm sure you'd agree.

1430: QPR 3-0 Stoke. What was that about the Premier League?

1428: I would have to say that the vast majority of 606/81111 opinion is that Nolan should not be called into the England squad.

MikeMCFC lists the following above Nolan:

Michael Carrick

Owen Hargreaves

Frank Lampard

Steven Gerrard

Gareth Barry

Nigel Reo-Coker

Michael Johnson (Man City)

1422: Who is the lowest ranked player after that 45 minutes of football? Hmm. The player who scored the game's only own goal perhaps? Yes, it is Jussi Jaaskelainen with 3.58. Top of the pops is Steven Gerrard with 8.17. But don't forget - you can still rate the players.

1418: Half-time Bolton 0-1 Liverpool
Just Jaaskelainen's error separating the teams. Bolton have had enough chances to be level.

1415: Babel cuts in from the left, eludes O'Brien and forces a save from Jaaskelainen.

1413: Bolton make a substitution. Gretar Rafn Steinsson had a torrid time trying to keep Ryan Babel quiet and is withdrawn. Apparently he has an injury. Grzegorz Rasiak replaces him. Joey O'Brien drops to right-back.

1409: Babel is through on goal but Cahill puts in a desperate covering tackle and makes just enough contact to deflect the ball over.

1407: The free-kick comes in from the right, Matt Taylor knocking the ball into a dangerous area. Gary Cahill meets the cross at the near post but rather scuffs his header. A good chance wasted.

1405: Both teams struggling to keep hold of the ball at t'Reebok. Bolton win a free-kick for a foul on Diouf that sees Sami Hyypia booked.

1401: Nolan almost collects a teasing ball through but is just offside. Nolan has looked lively and could perhaps be in line for a call into the next England squad? Is he worth a go?

1400: Stoke's Andy Griffin is red carded following a sliding challenge. He does not make any contact with the player and the decision is harsh in the extreme.

1358: A cracking cross from Kevin Nolan is met by Kevin Davies - and his header is superbly saved by Pepe Reina low to his left. An excellent chance and the look on Davies' face suggests he knows he should have scored.

1355: Bolton are struggling to retain possession while Liverpool are starting to knock the ball about quite nicely.

1352: "It's also my girlfriend's best mate's birthday, which resulted in her crying for hours last night cos Jersey and Cheshire are too far away! Not quite as important but interesting all the same methinks!"
LichfieldBlade on 606

1350: Gerrard shoots, Jaaskelainen saves. Bolton fans must be wishing that had happened a few minutes earlier as well.

1349: Ryan Babel cuts in from the left, comprehensively beats the full-back and forces a decent save from Jaaskelainen, who partially atones for his error.

1348: Today in 1969 Concorde flew for the first time. You lot are on the ball today. Dr Seuss's birthday as well.

1347: Liverpool have gained confidence from the goal. In truth, it had been all Bolton before the Reds struck.

1346: It is also the birthday of JPR Williams, Ian Woosnam and Dave Gorman.

1341: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Liverpool
A real howler from Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. A low and not all that powerful strike from Steven Gerrard appears to be going wide. Jaaskelainen dives to stop it and the ball bounces off him and into his net.

1339: It is also the birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev and Jon Bon Jovi and Lou Reed. Is 2 March the most significant date in history?

A header from Joey O'Brien runs across the face of goal and Liverpool manage to clear their lines.

1336: Bolton hit the crossbar. No one makes contact with a floated El-Hadji Diouf free-kick and only the woodwork rescues Liverpool.

QPR winning 2-0.

1335: How much birthday/anniversary chat can we have on one day?

It is, apparently, also the birthday of Daniel Craig (the new Bond), Lembit Opik (that crazy politician) and 'arry Redknapp. Not to mention Damien Duff and Trevor Sinclair.

Furthermore, King Nicholas I of Montenegro died today 87 years ago.

Dusty Springfield (son of a preacher man) and Howard Carter (found tutankhamun) also both died on this day; and the US also invaded Iraq six years ago today.

And QPR are beating Stoke 1-0.

Thanks to all the 606/texters for this info. I'm assuming it is all true.

1330: OK, we are underway at t'Reebok. A must-win for the Reds, but then again Bolton could do with a few points.

1325: With regard to Kevin Kuranyi (See 1308), lots of 606 users telling us he now plays for Schalke.

0-0 at Loftus Road.

1318: "We don't celebrate Mother's Day till May in Trinidad, so don't know what y'all going on about! I'll buy my card tomorrow on sale, ha ha."
TriniDoc, via text, on 81111

Cheapskate. I bet you buy your Christmas cards on Boxing Day.

1308: "On the subject of birthdays, it is also the birthday of Chris Martin (from Coldplay), Andrew Strauss (England Cricketer) and Kevin Kuranyi (Stuttgart/Germany Striker)."
Dukeseee on 606

1301: "My mum just rang to thank me for her flowers AND WOKE ME UP!! It's Sunday woman!! If I had the resources I'd get an army of robotic Iain Dowies to march around there and give her what for. Worse still, my girlfriend is now moaning I didn't get her a card FROM THE GERBILS!"
Dave, via text on 81111

That is just madness mate. Quite simply madness. Gerbils.

1256: "Some Mothers Day! Stuck in Kuwait, going on leave from Iraq and the satellite tv channel just scrambled."
exiled_toffee on 606

Seen Prince Harry on yer travels?

1253: TEAM NEWS

Bolton make one change from the team that lost to Blackburn last time out. On-loan midfielder Danny Guthrie cannot play against his parent club so Joey O'Brien comes in.

Liverpool's Jamie Carragher returns after suspension and is likely to play at right-back in place of Steve Finnan. Sami Hyypia and Martin Skrtel are likely to place in the centre of defence. Xabi Alonso comes into the midfield for Lucas Leiva.

1250: "Irascible means quickly aroused to anger."
Chris, Newcastle, via text on 81111

And wouldn't you be if you were acoughlan's mother, having to settle for a smile as your Mother's Day gift?

1245: LINE-UPS

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Andrew O'Brien, Cahill, Gardner, Joey O'Brien, Campo, Nolan, Diouf, Davies, Taylor.
Subs: Al Habsi, Meite, Giannakopoulos, Cohen, Rasiak.

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Hyypia, Skrtel, Aurelio, Gerrard, Alonso, Mascherano, Babel, Kuyt, Torres.
Subs: Martin, Riise, Benayoun, Crouch, Arbeloa.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1245: "My mum used to always say she loved to see me smile. So today, as a special gift, I smiled briefly as I passed her on the stairs. Other sons, take note; listen to your mother, and remember what she likes. It's so much cheaper that way."
acoughlan on 606

Irascible.

1238: Less than an hour until the start of Bolton against Liverpool. The Reds have failed to win in any of their last four visits to the Reebok Stadium.

1230: "Afternoon Paul! Hope your card made it safely. My mum cried at the massive bunch of flowers I bought her. Wrong colour?"
Matt, Chichester, via text on 8111

Rest easy Matt, Mrs Fletcher has a card on the mantelpiece. I'm sure that Mrs Matt was just just moved to tears by the overwhelming joy and emotion of the gift from her beloved son.

1228: Just a quick update - Stoke were top of the Championship on Saturday morning and may be again in a few hours from now. But for the moment top of the pops is Bristol City.

1227: (See 1210) "March 3rd 1891 was when they thought of the penalty, it is also Darren Anderton's birthday, not 1891 though, 1972."
RJ, Fareham, via text on 81111

1225: I'm still reeling from this text that came in yesterday:

"A few years ago I had a dream that my school had been taken over by an army of robotic Iain Dowies. That one had me waking up in a cold sweat."

As some pop princess with ideal pertness almost once said, I just cannot get robotic Iain Dowies out of my head.

1220: Just a quick word on football from the lower divisions today. Stoke are at QPR in a match that kicks off at 1315 GMT. The Potters are in with a massive shout of promotion to the Premier League. Now that would be interesting.

1215: "Mothers Day at the folks or watching Liverpool then Everton on the telly in my local pub? It's a tough decision! Don't the fixture compliers think about the mothers of Merseyside!"
mattygelling on 606

How about a big football double then roll around to your mother's house half cut for a big slap up Sunday dinner complete with petrol station flowers?

1210: "March 3rd is special too - in 1891 the penalty kick rule in football was thought of, but not implemented until 1892 - must be worth celebrating."
RJ, Fareham, via text on 81111

I'm not sure I fully understand what you're on about but it sounds potentially interesting. Was it thought of on 3 March in 1891 or implemented on 3 March 1892?

1200: "Tip for those of you who have been left in pickle today. I've lavished my mother with a fantastic gift - she'll be joining us in the stands at Goodison Park later!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

That is love. True love or tough love, I'm not sure.

1157: "Throughout today: 5 goals, 4 red cards, 3 penalties, 2 own goals and 1 very happy mom."
liverpool_606 on 606

One advert, reasonably well parodied.

1150: "Mornin' Fletch, hope your finger is working again! I'd love it, just love it, if Liverpool lost and Everton won today."
yorker_129-7 on 606

Morning to you too. The right index finger is good, so far. Now, an appeal. Please, please can today not turn into a massive tit-for-tat Everton-Liverpool we're going to finish fourth, no we're going to finish fourth type situation.

1145: "Bolton 1-3 Liverpool (Torres hat-trick). Everton 3-2 Portsmouth. One red card each, own goal, injuries. Everything in this match.

"What is it like working when you could be with your mum 300 miles away? In fact what's it like working on weekends?"
30 Seconds To Mars Rock (a.k.a sunillcfcp) on 606

Working on weekends is brilliant. Plenty of live action and a day off to look forward to during the week when the rest of the world is rushing around. That, at least, is the positive spin.

1140: I must quickly tell you about a phone called I had this morning. I called home to wish my Mother a very happy day.

Dad answered, Mum was out. I asked Dad what he had planned for this most special of days. His reply? "I'm just doing some ironing then I'm going put some washing on."

1130 GMT: Are there any normal days any more?

Friday - 29 February, that special day when the ladies can pop the question?

Saturday - 1 March, St David's Day, a time of celebration for all proud people of Wales.

And today - 2 March, Mother's Day, that most wonderful of days when we all spoil the woman who brought us into the world (unless we're working at a building more than 300 miles from the family home).

So if you are reading Mum (unlikely), I'd just like to wish you Happy Mother's Day.

And if you're a punter reading this and suddenly realise you had overlooked this most grand of occasions, I'd strongly recommend a salvage job phone call.

Anyhow, down to business.

Villa drew yesterday at Arsenal and are now in fifth place with 48 points.

Everton currently hold fourth with 50 points, while Liverpool are sixth with 47.

Portsmouth, with 44, won't feel totally out of it, while Bolton have concerns at t'other end of the table.

Gary Megson's team are level on points with Reading - and the Royals are in the bottom three.

Should be a cracking day of action.



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

SEE ALSO
Sunday's football photos
02 Mar 08 |  Premier League
Everton 3-1 Portsmouth
02 Mar 08 |  Premier League
Bolton 1-3 Liverpool
02 Mar 08 |  Premier League


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