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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 March 2008, 19:23 GMT
Live - Premier League



RESULTS
Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough

Derby 0-1 Man Utd
Liverpool 2-1 Reading
Portsmouth 2-0 Aston Villa
Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea
West Ham 2-1 Blackburn

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Jonathan Stevenson

1928: That's just about it from me for today. Thanks for the insane amount of texts and messages, it's been massively helpful. Don't forget that Match of the Day is on BBC One and the BBC Sport website (that's us) at 2230 GMT tonight and it's repeated at 0740 GMT tomorrow for those of you either too young to stay up or about to get so hammered that you won't be able to see by then. From another day of destiny, cheerio.

1923: "Boro fans must be gutted. They could have done with a performance like that in the FA Cup last week - too late now!"
Steve in Oxford, via text

1919: PLAYER RATER UPDATE
Middlesbrough's Jeremie Aliadiere leads with 7.76, while Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue has the lowest rating - just 5.07.

1915: The Arsenal players surround referee Mark Halsey and Emmanuel Eboue, who hasn't got the greatest disciplinary record, is booked for saying something out of turn. A frustrating time for the Gunners - that's four draws in the Premier League in a row now.

1914: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough

1913: Argy-bargy in the Boro box, but they might just have done enough to earn a point here.

1911: Nicklas Bendtner's shot is blocked by Andrew Taylor. Last-ditch defending now from Boro.

1910: Pearlo, you've been slaughtered, son. "Legend," is all he can muster in reply. Brilliant. Into injury time at The Emirates.

1907: SENT OFF
Mido is shown a straight red card for an outrageous kick on the side of Gael Clichy's head. The Egyptian trudges off disconsolately, and if I'm gonna be fair to him, he was looking at the ball the whole time, but his foot should not have been so recklessly high. Clichy is stretchered off bleeding and Philippe Senderos comes on.

1905: GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough
Massive goal. Kolo Toure heads a corner goalwards and it seems to hit a combination of Andrew Taylor, Mathieu Flamini and Mark Schwarzer on its way into the net. Cue big old sigh of relief around The Emirates.

1903: Mark Schwarzer makes a brave save low down inside his six-yard box with Mathieu Flamini right on top of him after a ball was drilled across from the Arsenal right. Seven minutes plus stoppages left.

1901: "Arsenal are playing like Barca."
CoachMuke on 606

You're not far wrong at the moment. In the league, they both seem to have melted.

1857: Jeremie Aliadiere is taken off and Mido, the former Tottenham striker, comes on. My mate Pearlo reckons Mido is a dead cert to score. "That's football mate," he says matter-of-factly. We'll see.

1855: "I'd like to apologise on behalf of my mate Dave, for him singing 'Stuart Pearce is a German' at the great man following Euro 96."
Butch in Didcot, via text

Clown. People didn't sing it after Euro 96 when he scored in the shoot-out, they sang it after Italia 90, when he missed. They sang it at Old Trafford - he responded by drilling a 35-yard free-kick into the top corner as Forest beat Man Utd 1-0. Thanks for reminding me, son.

1853: Cesc Fabregas plants a header from a cross from the right, but it clips the outside of the post. You know how upset Ronaldo was for a while earlier? Touch of those, from young Cesc. This one will hurt Arsenal a lot.

1850: England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce is at The Emirates. What a legend.

1849: "An Arsenal fan would only predict it's Chelsea's season as an odd side-effect of anti-Man Utd syndrome. Sufferers say the funniest things."
JS, via text

1847: Stewart Downing lets fly from 30 yards and the ball flies a couple of yards off target. Meanwhile, Boro take off Tuncay and bring on Andrew Taylor.

1846: Cesc Fabregas is played in by Alex Hleb's super pass but the Spaniard is denied by the left leg of the onrushing Mark Schwarzer, who gets enough on it to get the ball away to safety. Golden chance.

1844: Arsenal have played quite a lot of long balls today, quite a lot of balls pumped into the Boro box. Robert Huth looks like he'll head them away all day long.

1841: Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner come on for a desperate Arsenal, with Robin van Persie and Bacary Sagna taken off.

1840: "Massive Boro fan, massive thrill at this current score. Doing the double over Arsenal will be better than winning the FA Cup!"
Nicky, Guisborough, via text

Well you have to say that now you're out of the Cup, surely?

1838: Kolo Toure heads a corner wide. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott is doing some proper stretches down on the touchline. He's 19 tomorrow, incidentally.

1838: "Has anyone ever witnessed a worse refereeing performance than Halsey at the Emirates?"
KF, via text

1836: "It looks like the French are going to be beaten twice today."
oh twadi on 606

Stop watching the rugby. That's an order.

1833: "It's either the Prem or the Champo League. I don't think any of the top three can win both this year. But Man Utd have the best chance!"
ABz, Essex, via text

1831: Free header, what a chance for William Gallas - though the flag had gone up anyway. Cesc Fabregas curls over a free-kick and Gallas heads over from six yards.

1827: Robin van Persie winds up that hammer of a left foot from 25 yards, but drags it wide of Mark Schwarzer's left-hand post. The Gunners need more from both him and Emmanuel Adebayor.

1825: Boro have brought on Lee Cattermole for Mohamed Shawky at the break.

1824: Arsenal and Middlesbrough are back under way for the final 45 minutes of the day's Premier League action. Are Arsene Wenger's men fighting to stay in the title race?

1820: "These Arsenal fans seem a bit quick to throw in the towel. What makes you think Chelsea can beat the top two at home. I hope they do but draws seen more likely."
Simon Lewis, Battersea, via text

1816: "Pathetic display by Arsenal. Adebayor lacking quality and not on same wavelength as rest of players. Overall too many wayward passes. Not threatening enough. Wenger needs to read the riot act. Title run could be over in one hour."
Mark, frustrated Gooner, via text

1813: PLAYER RATER UPDATE
Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas leads with 7.33, while his team-mate Emmanuel Eboue has the lowest rating - just 5.42. Middlesbrough goalscorer Jeremie Aliadiere is currently on 6.92.

1809: "Logic makes me think that Chelsea are going to win the league. They don't deserve it, but they've got both Arsenal and Man Utd at home. If they win both of those, the title's theirs. Arsenal, having to play both away, are surely out of the running. And that's hard for me to say, since I'm an Arsenal supporter. Still, we're good contenders for the Champions League."
BulletMonkey on 606

1806: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-1 Middlesbrough

1758: "It is all over for the league but I still have a niggling feeling that Arsenal will win the Champions League and that's coming from a Man Utd fan! To be fair Arsenal do play good football but simply playing good football doesn't win you the league. You have to be able to win on your bad days like United did today. Arsenal just don't seem to be able to do that."
Manchesta_G on 606

1754: Arsenal are getting frustrated. With 10 minutes to go to half-time, I think they might need to score now otherwise the second half is going to be a very nervy affair.

1750: (See 1733) "Now you've said it twice Jonathan, are you actually gonna get your coat?"
Chris Pike, Camberley, Surrey, via text

And who's gonna let you know what's happening at The Emirates, Chrissy? I'm just a bit cold, that's all.

1745: "He's better as a manager than a penalty taker, that's for sure."
TJ, via text

You don't say.

1743: GOAL Arsenal 0-1 Middlesbrough
Unbelievable. Mark Schwarzer picks out Tuncay with a great long ball over the top, the Turk knocks the ball across the six-yard box and former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere slots into the net to stun The Emirates into silence.

1739: Boro fans - give me the word on the street on Gareth Southgate. A good young manager learning his trade, or out of his depth? I want to know.

1735: "Adebayor has not looked the same player without his hair."
DKX, via text

It's a point many people have made. Thanks, all.

1733: Robin van Persie mis-kicks completely. I'll get my coat.

1729: Arsenal have started in lively fashion, to be fair to them. Emmanuel Adebayor heads off target after Robin van Persie's floated cross-shot from the right. I like Van Persie, let's hope he stays fit. Looking forward to him taking one of those 35-yard free-kicks that demolishes the crossbar later.

1727: "Rafael Benitez has nullified his own argument. Liverpool are on a good run of form and he's made the least rotations to his squad."
Carlton Palmer, Score on BBCi

1725: "I thought it was real top quality performance. Against a top quality team we were outstanding. It's not often that you are applauded off after a defeat."
Sunderland manager Roy Keane

1723: Emmanuel Adebayor puts the ball in the net but he is ruled offside - a poor decision, as the ball came through to him via a Boro player.

1722: "I reckon Middlesbrough are gonna get the thrashing of their life today, RIP."
Sakaria2 on 606

So bad they'll just stop existing? Blimey.

1719: We are under way at Arsenal.

1717: Oh goody, the Lampard v Gerrard debate has started on 606. Anyone got anything I can claw my eyes out with? Come on people, it's about Arsenal-Boro now. Let it go for once!

1715: There is some chat going around that Sulley Muntari's second red card of the season today means he will miss their FA Cup semi-final against West Brom at Wembley. Anyone got any concrete chat on the matter?

1713: PLAYER RATER UPDATE
No doubt about who you lot think is the best player of the day so far - Chelsea captain John Terry, for bagging his side's crucial winner at Sunderland.

1709: Eduardo is on the pitch at The Emirates, to pick up Arsenal's player of the month award for February. The Croatian is obviously on crutches, but he waves to the crowd and smiles - let's hope he gets back into action as soon as possible.

1706: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Middlesbrough
Robin van Persie is recalled to the Arsenal side and Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue also get starts as they seek to go back to the top of the Premier League. Middlesbrough recall Jeremie Aliadiere for Mido after the French striker's utterly ludicrous four-match ban for, er, nothing.

1702: A slightly disappointing lack of goals today. Is that something Arsenal and Middlesbrough can rectify, I wonder?

1658: "Man Utd might be still suffering from the FA Cup defeat. But credit to Ben Foster and to Derby today."
Justin, via text

1656: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 2-0 Aston Villa

1654: FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-1 Reading

1654: FULL-TIME Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea

1654: FULL-TIME Derby 0-1 Man Utd

1653: FULL-TIME West Ham 2-1 Blackburn

1650: SENT OFF
Now Villa are reduced to 10 men at Fratton Park, with Olof Mellberg dismissed for his second bookable offence. Referee Chris Foy is being slaughtered by the fans.

1649: Roy Carroll makes another good save from another Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick. Is there time for a Derby equaliser?

1646: (See 1637) "Sounds like Hanna's in denial."
Anonymous, via text

Isn't that a river in Africa?

1644: (See 1637) "I'm sat at home, laughing at Ronaldo on the verge of greatness. Makes the game worth watching."
Lee, Man Utd fan, via text

1643: Phil Dowd, the referee, limps off at Derby and Trevor Kettle takes over whistle duties for the last few minuters.

1642: SENT OFF
Sulley Muntari
is dismissed for Pompey for his second bookable offence, this one a shirt-tug on Moustapha Salifou.

1639: GOAL West Ham 2-1 Blackburn
Freddie Sears might just have scored the winner - what a start to the 18-year-old's career. Dean Ashton's cute backheel plays him in and after Brad Friedel saves his first shot, young Sears keeps his cool to head into the corner. Cue pandemonium at Upton Park.

1637: "I'm sat at home, laughing at Ronaldo on the verge of tears. Makes the game worth watching."
Hanna, Chelsea fan, Bath, via text

1635: Kenwyne Jones has a glorious chance to draw Sunderland level but the big striker heads the ball straight at Carlo Cudicini from six yards out.

1634: GOAL Derby 0-1 Manchester United
I guess it had to come. Wayne Rooney's strength down the left enables him to get in a cross and the ball falls awkwardly for Cristiano Ronaldo, who does well to volley the ball past Roy Carroll from 10 yards to give United the lead. Cue a massive outpouring of emotion from the Portuguese.

1631: Derby's David Jones has a shot blocked and at the other end, an almost-tearful Cristiano Ronaldo drags a shot into the side-netting. You know how he looks so hurt when things don't go his way? Classic Ronaldo.

1629: "They could still be playing extra time at Derby when the Arsenal match kicks off while the ref waits for Utd to score!"
Arnie_Aardvark on 606

1627: Mile Sterjovski has a shot that deflects towards the Man Utd top corner and Ben Foster has to be alert to tip the ball over the bar. The locals, who have been deprived of any sort of joy this season, sense a massive upset at Pride Park.

1622: Reading striker Shane Long has been taken off at Liverpool and he responded by taking his shirt off and throwing it in the direction of Royal boss Steve Coppell.

1621: Michael Carrick and Louis Saha are on for Paul Scholes and Park Ji-Sung. United have just under half an hour to spare some major embarrassment.

1619: "Fernando Torres is the hottest striker in Europe. No doubt he will win the Golden Boot."
Waseem, via text

1618: Cristiano Ronaldo tries an ambitious free-kick from 40 yards and it only just flies wide of Roy Carroll's left-hand post. Man Utd are readying Louis Saha.

1613: Roy Carroll denies his old team twice, first from Cristiano Ronaldo's point-blank header and then he parries a cross from the right behind for a United corner.

1613: "Torres is certainly a wonderful player, but I am extremely worried by this United performance - absolute garbage."
spartansutd on 606

1606: We are under way everywhere again.

1606: GOAL Liverpool 2-1 Reading
Fernando Torres becomes the first Reds player since Robbie Fowler to score 20 league goals in a season and it gets no simpler, the Spanish hitman heading into the bottom corner from a right-wing Steven Gerrard free-kick.

1602: "Just placed a 50 bet on Derby to win! C'mon Derby!!"
Brendon, Newcastle, via text

1601: "I hope Fergie brings on Giggs at the break."
SvennGoranEriksson on 606

1559: "You don't realise how much Chelsea whinge to the ref until you see them live."
Dave at Sunderland, via text

1556: "Newport County's game postponed, Spurs' season is over, it's hard for me to care today mate. We are winning the fair play league I think, so tame tackling could be a shock way for another team to get into Europe."
Pearlo, via text

As it stands - the Premier League table at half-time in today's games
As it stands - the Premier League table at half-time in today's games
1549: It's half-time in this afternoon's five Premier League matches. As it stands, Manchester United are not going top of the league for the first time in, well, a really long time actually. But there's a long way to go yet. Predict what you think will happen today - and for the rest of the season - with BBC Sport's football predictor.

1546: "I'll tell you Ben Foster will be England's keeper at the 2010 World Cup. He will become one of the best keepers in the world. I'm a Watford fan and I said this a long time ago. United have the best keeper since Schmeichel."
luchie84 on 606

1545: Wayne Rooney crashes a shot into the side-netting at Derby.

1544: "My wife says if Chelsea don't win today she'll leave me for my brother who supports Charlton. If only the game weren't important I'd hope we lose."
Johnny, via text

1539: Derby go close again. Rob Earnshaw slips the ball through for Kenny Miller, who leaves Nemanja Vidic on the floor before seeing his shot brilliantly saved by Ben Foster.

1539: GOAL Portsmouth 2-0 Aston Villa
Scott Carson comes racing from his line to clear the danger, but can only fire the ball straight at Nigel Reo-Coker and the balls rolls into the Villa net. Disaster for the visitors.

1539: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Blackburn
A long kick from Robert Green finds its way to Dean Ashton who flicks the ball around his marker before side-footing his shot into the left-hand corner of Brad Friedel's goal.

1538: Ben Foster makes his first top-drawer save in a Manchester United shirt, getting down to his left to push away a Kenny Miller strike. Could we be on for the biggest shock in Premier League history?

1538: Brad Friedel tips over a 30-yard Nolberto Solano free-kick at Upton Park as West Ham seek a way back into the game.

1535: Ryan Giggs has just taken two of the worst free-kicks I've ever seen.

1534: Cristiano Ronaldo forces a good save from Roy Carroll with the outside of his right foot from 12 yards. United are building some pressure, but they look like they want to walk the ball in.

1534: "United won't win today - FACT."
Factman, via text

1532: Cristiano Ronaldo has the chance to play in Wayne Rooney, but his pass is woeful and Derby clear. It's been a below-par display from United so far, to say the least.

1530: Ryan Babel puts the ball in the net with his head at Anfield, but he is correctly adjudged to be offside.

1529: "Has Curbs got some kind of aversion to Freddie Sears? Sears and Zamora played great together in the reserves, Ashton and Zamora haven't played properly together since Zamora was injured! Put on Sears now before it's all over!"
From Simon H, via text

1527: Andy Reid's 25-yard free-kick is heading for the top corner before Carlo Cudicini flies across his line and tips it away for a corner. Great effort from the stocky Irishman.

1523: Goals everywhere except Pride Park. You couldn't make it up.

1520: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Blackburn
Morten Gamst Pedersen finds himself in acres of space down the left and the Norwegian picks out Roque Santa Cruz in the box, the big Paraguayan stooping to head home from close range.

1519: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Reading
Javier Mascherano rifles in his first goal for the Reds and it was worth waiting for, a 22-yard belter into the top corner with the visitors defence backing off.

1516: "Quite an eventful start today, isn't it?"
The Transfer Rumour Man on 606

Yes, yes it is.

1513: GOAL Portsmouth 1-0 Aston Villa
Gorgeous gorgeous goal from the brilliant Jermain Defoe. He expertly controls a long pass and with his second touch and with Scott Carson in no-man's land, he beautifully dinks the ball over the keeper and into the net. Stunning.

1512: Cristiano Ronaldo curls a shot against the post at Derby, it looks as though Roy Carroll has got a hand to it. Good save if he did.

1510: GOAL Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea
John Terry glances home a header from an inswinging Frank Lampard corner to give the Blues a deserved early lead at the Stadium of Light. It's his first Chelsea goal since the opening game of last season, believe it or not.

1509: Brilliant footwork from Joe Cole and he nearly creates an opening for Chelsea with his dancing feet, but Sunderland somehow manage to clear their lines.

1508: Ryan Giggs is in acres of space 12 yards out, but his shot is blocked by a diving Derby defender.

1506: West Ham's Nolberto Solano swings in a free-kick but Dean Ashton fails to make any contact with the ball from six yards.

1505: GOAL Liverpool 0-1 Reading
Stunning opener from Reading, Marek Matejovsky rifling into the top corner from 25 yards after a lovely traning ground free-kick routine. Bet Rafa's glad he's got his best team out now.

1504: (See 1459) "Must have been attempting to save that penalty last week..."
Daripa on 606

1502: Ryan Giggs has an early header saved by his old colleague Roy Carroll at Derby.

1502: This afternoon's five Premier League matches are all under way. Pompey was a bit late, mind. Let's rock.

1459: Apparently Rio Ferdinand has a back problem, Man Utd fans.

1455: "Anelka not on bench? Must have been a big birthday bash for him last night."
Halibut, Lincoln, via text

"Happy 29th Nic, you're dropped." "Cheers, boss." Will this be Le first Sulk of his Blues career?

1448: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Aston Villa
Sol Campbell has failed to recover from a knee injury so Hermann Hreidarsson moves to the centre of the Portsmouth defence. Lassana Diarra and Lauren start in their only other changes. Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill keeps faith with the majority of the side which drew 1-1 against Middlesbrough with Olof Mellberg, in for the injured Craig Gardner, the only change.

1446: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v Chelsea
Sunderland boss Roy Keane is able to choose fit-again midfielder Carlos Edwards on the right, while Andy Reid starts in the centre of the park and Roy O'Donovan partners Kenwyne Jones up front. Chelsea make three changes with Didier Drogba in for Nicolas Anelka, who is not even on the bench. Alex replaces Ricardo Carvalho at centre-half and Jon Mikel Obi gets the nod in central midfield.

1443: I'm hearing some good chat about this young Freddie Sears, a West Ham striker who is on the bench today. Sounds very, very promising. Anyone seen him in action?

1441: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Reading
Liverpool make two changes from the team that beat Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa returning in place of Sami Hyypia and Lucas Leiva. Reading boss Steve Coppell names the same side that beat Manchester City last week.

1440: "High drama already at the City Ground... cos I've left my happy pills and rose-tinted glasses at home."
Andy in the Trent End, via text

Good luck mate. You'll need it.

1439: TEAM NEWS Derby County v Manchester United
Derby are without experienced defender Alan Stubbs so Dean Leacock comes in, while David Jones - who scored their goal in the 6-1 thrashing at Chelsea - gets the nod ahead of Hossam Ghaly in midfield. Rob Earnshaw partners Kenny Miller up front. Manchester United give Ben Foster a debut in a strong line-up featuring Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. John O'Shea, Ji-Sung Park, Ryan Giggs, Anderson and Paul Scholes start in a team showing six changes from the one beaten by Portsmouth in the FA Cup. Rio Ferdinand and Carlos Tevez do not make the squad.

1436: "Paul Jewell has the look of a man who went to bed with Naomi Campbell and woke up with Kevin Campbell; each grain of sand an hour in the desert that is relegation."
svfabregas on 606

Poetic.

1434: "Stevo mate, I'm a Derby fan. I live in Barcelona. I think they're going to win today. Would you be willing to make a wager on it?"
Slimmothy on 606

I think you'll find Barca are playing tomorrow, against Almeria, mate. You can't mean you think Derby will win, no way.

1431: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Blackburn
West Ham bring in Nolberto Solano for the suspended Luis Boa Morte, while Carlton Cole is out having picked up a dead leg in training. Blackburn's Brett Emerton returns to the team after shaking off a groin strain. Midfielder David Dunn is included in the XI as is Jason Roberts who is preferred to Benni McCarthy in attack.

1429: "What's the record win in the Premier League - I remember we beat Ipswich 9-0, with Andy Cole scoring five, we could close in on that territory today. Either that or big Stevie Howard will come and ruin the party... nah, maybe not!"
Ole Ole It's just like the old days on 606

Unlikely. Stevie H is a bit busy getting relegated with Leicester in the Championship at the moment.

1423: "A quick internet search and it seems we've already been beaten to the 'Cosmo Boot' moniker. Apparently it's a woman's furry snow shoe, with "understated pleating detail"... Not sure Dave Kitson would go in for that really."
Ed in Putney, via text

What's it got to do with Dave Kitson?

1420: Team news is on the way. We've got our crack - yes, crack - team of reporters on the case. Watch this space.

1417: "I'm looking forward to another four goals from fat Frank today. If he does that every game for the rest of the season he can have a golden crown let alone a boot."
Peter in Sutton, via text

Fat Frank? Fat Ronaldinho? I wonder what the great Jan Molby makes of these boys being dubbed overweight?

1414: "Adebayor hasn't scored in the Premier League since cutting his hair. Now that is a good stat."
Gunner0708 on 606

I'll be the judge of that.

1410: "The Golden Derby Boot, since half of the goals from the winner will have come against Derby!"
fgfg on 606

1408: "Why not combine the two - Capichi or Pichinieri... hold on that's a board game with drawing - maybe not."
Craig in Gravesend, via text

1406: "Jono, Stevo, whoever you are. How about the Cosmo Boot? Judging by the number of foreigners in this league it would make sense :-)"
Mike, via text

For the last time it's Stevo - use your eyes. But I like Cosmo Boot, it's got a nice ring to it. Can you design a trophy, too?

1404: (Re: 1338) "The email I sent answering your best broadcasting company question comes back as undeliverable. Cheesy would never lie to us like that."
Anonymous, via text

That's because she's a better human being than me. There's no doubt about it.

1403: "Stevo, Capocanonieri literally means 'top goalscorer' in Italian. Sounds flash, but technically our 'Golden Boot' is more inventive. Maybe we need a new language?"
Red_devil789 on 606

I'm up for it. We've got 57 minutes. After that I'm a bit busy.

1400: Only 60 minutes left. Hurray!

1359: "I for one agree with your 1331 comment. It is sickening to be told that I'm paying for my season ticket for no reason other than to reserve a seat watching Paul Jewell moan about his own handywork. It's a disgrace, he should be letting us know we're turning up to watch a side who he wants to BEAT the opposition."
Jack, Liverpool, via text

1354: It promises to be an interesting day for the destiny of the Premier League's Golden Boot, too. Cristiano Ronaldo, who might be facing leaky Derby, has 21. Emmanuel Adebayor, at home to Boro, has 19, the same as Liverpool's on-fire marksman Fernando Torres. I can't help thinking we need a sexier name for it, though. It's the Pichichi in Spain and, majestically, the Capocanonieri in Italy. Any ideas?

1348: "Stevo, how did you get your job? I want it."
From Jamie, via text

Tough. You're just not good enough.

1346: "Ronaldo to score eight goals today. Stevo do you know what odds I could get on that?"
NemanjaMike on 606

I'll give you six million to one. But you'll have to find me to make the bet.

1342: "Hi Stevo, on the way to Liverpool-Reading with me dad. Weirdly my dad's nickname, and mine, is Stevo. This is so meant to be. Anyway you're doing a good job mate, keep up the good work, I'll look forward to Torres' hat-trick today :-)."
Stevo, Worcs, via text

What is this, Stevo o'clock? Anyone else have the same nickname as their dad? Also, what is 'so meant to be'? You're scaring me, Stevo.

1338: "Sorry Stevo - our budget only stretches to the rickety office chair you have now. Won't even buy you a cushion - sorry!"
My gaffer Ian, via email

Is this really the best broadcasting company in the world? Answers to rhetorical.question@bbc.co.uk.

1334: "I'm not going to the Leeds game today because a (once) trusted friend forgot to buy the tickets. Probably for the best. Going to the games has been like self harm recently."
Paul, Leeds, via text

1331: I'm going to have my say on Paul Jewell now too. Rarely have I heard a manager appear so dejected with his lot. Three-and-a-half months after taking over at Derby and having signed six players in January, Jewell believes the Rams are a lost cause. He said after their 6-1 defeat on Wednesday he was looking forward to pre-season. Hang on, shouldn't he be looking to restore a bit of pride today first? He's been there long enough for this to be his team. Stop either making excuses or giving up, it's not good enough. If I was a Derby fan (and that's a pretty big if) I'd be fuming. Thoughts?

1325: "Stevo - according to your 'Who can qualify for Europe' chart, England could get the fair play place... and it appears there is a chance that this could go to Wigan. I can't help but fear that the JJB potato field of a pitch will be hosting a European night at the expense of a better team!"
Millwall_Tom on 606

I've had my say on Wigan's pitch in the past. I think it's an absolute disgrace to football. Which is a shame, because the likeable Steve Bruce has done a really good job there.

1320: If you're on the way to a game today, drop us a line. There's still 100 minutes until the action starts, so I'm going to need some banter. Is your train late? Are you stuck in a traffic jam? Have you left your tickets in the sock drawer? Has your partner threatened to leave you if you get smashed after yet another defeat tonight? Are you hoping your team loses today so your useless manager gets sacked? Text me on 81111 or get involved on 606. Please.

1317: "Some very poor displays from both sides so far, this truly is a wooden spoon decider."
Mike, Edinburgh, via text

Mate, I think you'll find Derby v Fulham is in two weeks' time. Oh, that's for Rob and the rugby, I see. Gutted.

1311: "I reckon Ben Foster is going to need a rocking chair and a quilt today."
gyrneo on 606

I'd love to do this from the comfort of a rocking chair, what a brilliant idea. Might ask the gaffer...

1307: So good luck today to Ben Foster, the 24-year-old capped England goalkeeper, who will be making his Manchester United debut today, 32 months after he joined the club for 1m from Stoke City. Question is, how many shots will rock-bottom Derby test him with?

1304: "The table as it is now, will be the same come the end of the season. Mark my words."
MagpieJord on 606

I'll get my coat then.

1257: "Hi, can you explain whether it's the top four, five or six that go into Europe? And why has the dotted line on the table been moved from under sixth place to under fifth? I want to see Villa in Europe, and am confused!! Thanks."
Mark, Edinburgh, via text

Check out our bad boy 'Who can still qualify for Europe' piece. I had something to do with it myself, you know...

1252: "What do you reckon for the Forest match today with Walsall at fortress City Ground Stevo? Another loss and Calderwood sacked?"
Mike, Nottingham via text

You must have had the same dream as me. Bad time to play your bogey team, reckons Stevo.

1247: "On football manager, my Derby team beat United 3-0 and I hear that game is very realistic."
rickyk10 on 606

I didn't know you could get Football Manager 1973/74. Brilliant.

1240: "Me and my girlfriend Sophie have been arguing since transfer deadline day about what to call you. I call you Jono and she prefers Stevo. Can you settle the argument please? It could get messy."
Craig from Preston, via text

Mate, girls are always right. If you haven't learned that by now, I'm amazed you're still together. Now stop arguing and start amusing Stevo with some more banter.

1235: "And yes Stevo you are indeed right, the whole world revolves around football. However, along with today's football fixtures, there is going to be one hell of a party in Cardiff tonight."
GunnerLot on 606

Mate, it's been a while since I partied in Cardiff, though I did spend three gloriously happy years at uni there. Anyone been to Jive Hive recently? Are Thursday's still 80p a pint?

1227: "Don't forget a massive day for the Villa today. If we lose at Pompey we really are gonna be struggling for Europe. Need sixth for Intertoto!"
Jamesie in Lancaster, via text

1223: "Jonathan, what do you think about the rumours of the Champions League [draw] being fixed? And who would you like to see win it?"
30 Seconds To Mars Rock on 606

Well, now you've asked, I think the rumours are ludicrous - no chance. Who would I like to see win it? For purely footballing reasons, either Barcelona or Arsenal, with Manchester United not far behind.

1219: "Liverpool are just 10 points off the top and in good form. If they won their remaining nine games they would be close to the title."
Andy, Bristol, via text

Close, but no cigar. I'd settle for fourth if I was you mate - it's not yours just yet.

1215: Now I don't want us to get involved in another football versus rugby debate because it's utterly futile (and rugby's rubbish), but my colleague Rob Hodgetts is going to do a phenomenal job of keeping across the last day of the Fi- sorry, Six Nations for this website today. By all means check him out, but don't get too involved. Remember, the whole world plays football - for a reason.

1209: "Stevo, are you Cheesy in disguise?"
rickyk10 on 606

If I am, it's a hell of a disguise pal.

1207: "Hope we don't rest too many players at Pride Park today. Nothing less than a 10-0 win against the Rams will do."
Mike, Manchester, via text

1205: So a lot of the chat is already centred around just how many goals Manchester United are going to score away at Derby County today. Derby are potentially a couple of weeks away from relegation, while United can go top - perhaps just for a short while as Arsenal kick off later - with victory. Derby are the whipping boys, they lost 6-1 at Chelsea on Wednesday and United have some of the best forwards in the world in their side. I'm going Derby 1-0 Man Utd.

1201: "I thought the BBC would know the top four is a myth. If its anything it's a top three as Liverpool are not worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as the other three."
antonorthside on 606

It's not a myth - check out the table. They're actually the top four. Honestly.

1156: It's a potentially massive day for this season's Premier League. With games running out, the top four are all in action - all playing matches they might expect to win. But will they all win them? I mean, will they? I need to know. Text me on 81111 and get involved on the messageboards.

1150: After six in seven days, we've given Cheesy a well-deserved rest from the live updates, bless her. You lot know who I am (Stevo), so let's dispense with the pleasantries and crack on.



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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