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By Caroline Cheese

1923: Well, that's it for football this weekend. Not much doing tomorrow... No, wait, I'm kidding of course. See you for Manchester United v Liverpool followed by Chelsea v Arsenal. Should be awesome.

1920: Newcastle striker Mark Viduka just misses out on Player of the Day. He scores 7.85 but it is unlikely Reading hero Andre Bikey who takes the honours with 8.46 - the only player from today's eight games with more than an eight rating. A collective raspberry to sorry Derby, who have only two players on more than five.

1916: A rare treat for you. I have the provisional MOTD running order. Get back from the pub early if you want to watch Newcastle v Fulham. That's first up, followed by: Aston Villa v Sunderland, Blackburn v Wigan, Reading v Birmingham, Everton v West Ham, Tottenham v Portsmouth, Bolton v Man City, and Middlesbrough v Derby.

1912: Everton are now two points behind fourth-placed rivals Liverpool, who play their game in hand against Manchester United tomorrow ahead of next weekend's massive Merseyside derby. West Ham, as someone on 606 pointed out earlier, always seem to be 10th no matter what the result.

1910: FULL-TIME Everton 1-1 West Ham
Well well. Everton looked on course for victory after Yakubu's early goal but West Ham will feel they should have won it after having much the better of the second half ater Dean Ashton's equaliser.

1909: Late Everton pressure as Leighton Baines swings over a cross from the left which is headed behind for a corner. West Ham survive though.

1905: Oh my goodness. How close was that? Another mistake by Phil Jagielka lets in Freddie Sears again. This time he beats Tim Howard but the ball comes back off the post... Everton will be relieved with a point. Into three minutes of added time.

1904: Freddie Sears darts into the penalty area and then goes down as if he's been shot after Phil Neville runs across him. The West Ham striker clutches his face - but replays show there was no contact. They're teaching 'em young these days.

1901: What an absolute clanger from Phil Jagielka, who miscontrols just outside his own box, allowing Freddie Sears in. Tim Howard saves Jagielka's blushes by spotting the danger quickly and narrrowing the angle for Sears.

1900: Leighton Baines slips a clever ball through for Leon Osman, whose driven cross/shot is beaten away by Rob Green.

1859: Moments after Hayden Mullins shoots well wide, West Ham make their final change as Jonathan Spector replaces Scott Parker.

1856: West Ham make their second change as Nobby Solano comes on for Freddie Ljungberg. A little over 10 minutes remaining.

1854: Freddie Sears sprints on to a ball from Dean Ashton but his shot from a tricky angle is easily collected by Tim Howard.

1851: Everton are up in arms as referee Mark Halsey refuses to give a free-kick for Freddie Ljungberg's aerial challenge on Phil Jagielka. That gives West Ham a corner but controversy is averted when Everton clear. The hosts are looking distinctly shaky now...

1849: This game's quite nicely poised now. The match stats say the two teams have been very good about sharing the ball - with a neat 50% possession each.

1847: "Where was the marking for that West Ham equaliser? Fourth place slipping away if Man United don't do us a favour tomorrow."
richie4eva1 on 606

1843: GOAL Everton 1-1 West Ham
Lucas Neill swings over a hopeful cross from the right and Dean Ashton outjumps Phil Jagielka to head home. Tim Howard gets a hand to it but can't keep it out.

1842: Leon Osman whips a dangerous ball across goal but no Everton player can make contact.

1838: Everton midfielder Lee Carsley sends a fierce shot over the bar from 35 yards. West Ham look a lot more dangerous with Freddie Sears on.

1837: Free-kick to West Ham as Freddie Sears is tripped by Joleon Lescott after some smart footwork. Mark Noble blazes over.

1832: Lovely move from Everton. Yakubu lays the ball off for Leighton Baines on the left and then gets into the box for the return but Anton Ferdinand's challenge is enough to take the power off his shot.

1830: Some wag in the crowd has stolen the ball so a new one has to be brought out before George McCartney can take a throw-in.

1826: Luis Boa Morte comes off to be replaced by 18-year-old Freddie Sears - who of course scored the winner on his debut against Blackburn last weekend.

1824: Good spell of pressure from Everton early in the half. Mikel Arteta wins a free-kick on the right but he can't beat the first man with his effort. Freddie Sears coming on for West Ham imminently.

1819: Apparently, Tim Cahill went off because he felt a "click" in his foot. Make of that what you will. We're under way in the second half.

1817: Good old Kevin Keegan. He's positively gushing about Michael Owen's efforts today... "He has led this team fantastically. He is a great skipper, not because of all the things he shouts, but because of the example he shows. I have said all the time what I think of Michael Owen. He would certainly be in most people's England side."

1809: The Everton Ladies are out on the pitch parading the 2008 FA Women's Premier League Cup. Heady days at Goodison Park.

1806: Apologies. It is only half-time at Goodison Park. Must confess it might have been a bit of wishful thinking on my part...

1805: "Only 1-0 down at half-time? With the team Curbs has put out, that's a minor miracle."
Worried Hammer via text on 81111

1803: HALF-TIME Everton 1-0 West Ham
Yakubu's early goal earns Everton the half-time lead but West Ham were oh so close to an equaliser through Dean Ashton's deflected free-kick.

1800: Phil Jagielka is adjudged to have fouled Scott Parker. Dean Ashton's powerful free-kick comes off Joleon Lescott but Tim Howard somehow saves it with his leg. Incredible save.

1758: Victor Anichebe powers through on goal from Yakubu but Hammers keeper Rob Green is out quickly to smother the striker's shot.

1752: This game is a bit average. Always seems to happen with the late Saturday kick-offs. I'm going to eat a Creme Egg (other chocolate eggs are available)...

1748: Mikel Arteta smashes his clearance against Everton team-mate Phil Jagielka's leg, leaving Dean Ashton with a golden chance to equalise but he shoots wide.

1742: Anton Ferdinand gets in ahead of Joleon Lescott with the Everton defender threatening to head in at the far post from a corner.

1740: The Everton fans are screaming for a free-kick after Rob Green appears to pick up a backpass, but the ball flicked off Victor Anichebe.

1735: "This week we've answered the critics. It was nervy at times. Fulham were fighting for their lives, but the second goal from Michael Owen eased the pressure. There's still football to be played - but we've just given ourselves a platform to play in this division next year."
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan after the win over Fulham

1732: Yakubu has the ball in the net again but he's flagged offside. The ball looked to have come off a West Ham defender - but replays show it did just flick off Victor Anichebe.

1730: "Cahill off. Oh dear, not again. Please nothing serious! Honestly I don't know why they rushed him into this game. We needed Tim against Liverpool, not West Ham."
Toffee In Exile on 606

1727: Everton midfielder Tim Cahill - who was a doubt to start the game - has lasted less than 10 minutes and is replaced by Manuel Fernandes.

1724: GOAL Everton 1-0 West Ham
Ah, now that's a a bit of a nightmare for James Tomkins. He misses his header, allowing Yakubu to run on and smash the ball past Rob Green. Brilliant finish.

1721: So close to a dream start for West Ham teenager James Tomkins as his looping header from a corner comes back off the bar.

1718: "What is Curbs doing? Why play Boa Morte? He is possibly our worst player. He should have played a 4-4-2 with Sears up front. We have no chance with a 4-5-1. 4-0 maybe!!"
GSE_Irons on 606

1717: Away we go at Goodison Park. Lots of you Toffees are worried about Steven Pienaar. Apparently he has gastro-enteritis. Joseph Yobo turned an ankle in training, which explains his absence.

1713: I can only echo the words of Lawro... This is a must-win game for Everton, you would think, if they are to keep up the pressure on Liverpool in fourth. Nice warm handshake between the two managers before kick-off.

1710: Things look a whole lot rosier for Newcastle after those three points. They're now up to 13th, six points clear of the relegation zone. Sunderland are four points clear of the drop, while Birmingham look very vulnerable.

1709: "I note Luis Boa Morte is starting for West Ham this afternoon. We haven't forgotten that red card Curbs..."
Jake via text on 81111

1708: "If Derby lose all the rest of their games 1-0, I must say that is a massive improvement before bidding goodbye to the Premier League."
Footastic Footy on 606

1702: TEAM NEWS Everton v West Ham
West Ham hand 18-year-old James Tomkins a Premier League debut, with Matthew Upson struggling with a calf injury. Everton bring back Tim Cahill after a hip injury while teenager Victor Anichebe recovers from a similar injury to make only his ninth start of the campaign in place of hamstring victim Andrew Johnson. Leighton Baines comes in at full-back with Tony Hibbert on the bench.

1657: FULL-TIME Blackburn 3-1 Wigan
Blackburn recover from Christopher Samba's early sending-off thanks to a double from Roque Santa Cruz, as Wigan also end with 10 men.

1655: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby
Middlesbrough up to 34 points and 12th thanks to Tuncay's first-half goal. A second straight 1-0 defeat for doomed Derby.

1653: FULL-TIME Newcastle 2-0 Fulham
Relief all round as Kevin Keegan earns his first league win since returning as manager. That's the Magpies' first win in 14. Fulham remain rooted in the bottom three.

1653: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 0-1 Sunderland
Michael Chopra earns the Black Cats their first away win of the season.

1652: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-0 Man City
Bolton are one point behind Birmingham after that draw.

1651: FULL-TIME Reading 2-1 Birmingham
Andre Bikey's double does the business. Relief for the Royals - Birmingham in trouble.

1650: "Looks like all the three north-east teams needed was some snow to win games."
jervisd on 606

1647: "This could be a turning point for Newcastle and the start of a decent run."
Gavin Peacock on BBCi Score

1646: Rob Earnshaw heads wide for Derby - in what I'm told is practically their only chance of the game.

1645: Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon keeps his side in front with a good save from Gabriel Agbonlahor. Sunderland's goal was their first in four games and they are closing in on their first away win of the season.

1642: GOAL Newcastle 2-0 Fulham
Kevin Keegan is surely on his way to his first league win since returning. A free-kick from Geremi is swung into the area and Michael Owen leaps the highest to head in from six yards.

1642: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Sunderland
Kieran Richardson catches Zat Knight sleeping with a ball over the top and Michael Chopra waits for Scott Carson to commit himself before coolly lifting the ball over.

1639: "Disaster for Blues"
DL-bcfc on 606

1636: GOAL Reading 2-1 Birmingham
Nicky Shorey whips in a brilliant free-kick and goal machine Andre Bikey heads home. Nice somersaults from the Reading defender.

1636: Fulham defender Paul Stalteri robs Michael Owen in the area before the ball comes to Geremi - whose shot is fumbled by Kasey Keller before the keeper recovers.

1634: Obafemi Martins off, Charles N'Zogbia on. No tantrum from Martins today, who gets a huge cheer from the home fans.

1632: RED CARD Wigan
Wilson Palacios gets his second yellow for a late sliding challenge on David Bentley. Ten men each.

1628: "Bolton midfielder Ivan Campo has been substituted and he has just stormed off. He looked to be going straight into the dressing room. There will be words after I'm sure."
Garth Crooks on BBCi Score

1626: GOAL Blackburn 3-1 Wigan
David Bentley provides the cross from the left for Roque Santa Cruz to head in his second of the day - and his fifth of the season against Wigan. Rovers, let's not forget, are down to 10 men.

1626: Obafemi Martins has the ball in the net after a lovely passing move. He stabs home after Mark Viduka's shot was parried but Viduka was offside.

1621: GOAL Reading 1-1 Birmingham
Mikael Forssell does brilliantly to hold off the challenge of Ivar Ingimarsson before turning and crossing for Mauro Zarate to slide home from close range. That's his first goal for Birmingham.

1617: And Harewood nearly scores with his first touch. He gets in ahead of Nyron Nosworthy but stabs his shot narrowly wide.

1617: An anonymous texter will be pleased. Aston Villa bring on striker Marlon Harewood for midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

1615: Derby keeper Roy Carroll pulls off an amazing one-handed save from George Boateng's dipping volley.

1614: Obafemi Martins charges down the left-hand channel, rides a couple of challenges before belting a left-foot shot just over.

1612: Kevin Keegan collects the ball on the touchline and hands it over to Geremi. I bet he was desperate to take that throw-in.

1610: "Attack pigeons! ATTACK!!!"
redandblackT1899 on 606

1609: Pigeons everywhere at St James' Park. I don't know why.

1608: Sir Bobby Robson is in the crowd at St James' Park, wearing a very nice hat and scarf combo.

1606: We're under way everywhere except Ewood Park, where two first-half injuries have held things up somewhat.

1604: Bolton's Ricardo Gardner is on his way to hospital with suspected broken ribs after a collision with Manchester City Darius Vassell. Joey O'Brien is on to replace him.

1602: "If the results end up the same way at full time, it will be Bolton and Fulham to join Derby I'm sure of it."
ruudisadude on 606

1601: "The half-time table shows Wigan on 32 points. They started the day on 31 and are currently losing 2-1. Just thought I would mention it."
Dave, Bracknell, via text on 81111
Good point, Dave. Just going to berate the person who provided the table now.

Half-time table
The table as it stands at half-time
1555: If the scorelines stay the same, Newcastle will be six points clear of the relegation zone, while Fulham will remain four points adrift of safety.

1553: Sunderland players are unhappy with referee Howard Webb as they go off for the interval. They feel they should have had a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Andy Reid's shot hit Nigel Reo-Coker's arm. It did strike his arm and they've been given before - this one wasn't.

1552: HALF-TIME Blackburn 2-1 Wigan

1552: "Newcastle should be at least 3-0 up by now, shocking finishing by from Owen and good goalkeeping."
Neil_from_Skye on 606

1550: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby

1549: HALF-TIME Bolton 0-0 Man City

1548: HALF-TIME Reading 1-0 Birmingham

1548: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland

1548: HALF-TIME Newcastle 1-0 Fulham

1547: GOAL Blackburn 2-1 Wigan
Ten-man Blackburn take the lead as ex-Wigan striker Jason Roberts beats Emmerson Boyce and shoots through keeper Chris Kirkland's legs.

1543: Craig Gordon parries a corner straight to John Carew but the Sunderland keeper recovers to save Carew's shot.

1539: Blackburn winger David Bentley hits the post with a 20-yard free-kick.

1537: Michael Owen, hang your head in shame. Geremi crosses but the England striker heads straight into Kasey Keller's arms. Awful miss. King Kev can't believe it.

1535: Andy Reid curls a free-kick just wide as Sunderland threaten again at Villa Park. The Black Cats are the better side for the moment - but they've got nothing to show for it.

1532: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby
George Boateng slips the ball into Tuncay's path and the Boro striker takes a few steps to the right before shooting low into the corner.

1531: GOAL Reading 1-0 Birmingham
Andre Bikey glances a header beyond Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor from John Oster's free-kick.

1530: Fulham keeper Kasey Keller - who saved brilliantly from Obafemi Martins a few moments ago - flies through the air to push away Michael Owen's long-range effort.

1527: Roy O'Donovan misses another good chance for Sunderland, the unmarked striker heading over from six yards out.

1525: Villa keeper Scott Carson looks like he might have got away with a howler as he handles outside the box - not spotted by the referee.

1524: In answer to Si on the text, Stoke v Blackpool is kicking off at 1530 GMT...

1523: Sunderland are being troubled by the pace of Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor, but waste a good chance to go ahead when Roy O'Donovan shoots wildly over the bar when unmarked from only 12 yards.

1520: While all that was going on at Ewood Park, Reading winger Stephen Hunt embarked on a 30-yard run before unleashing a fierce drive from outside the box that crashed against the bar. Reading on top at the Madejski.

1519: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Wigan
Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel goes the right way but Marlon King's penalty is just too strong and creeps into the corner. His first goal for Wigan.

1517: RED CARD
Emile Heskey is bundled over by Christopher Samba - clumsy. Mike Dean gives the defender his marching orders.

1516: Penalty to Wigan at Ewood Park.

1515: Mike Riley - the centre of attention in midweek - is caught up in more controversy as Reading appeal for a penalty. Dave Kitson seems to be impeded by Liam Ridgewell after Stephen Hunt's cross is headed back - but the ref says no pen.

1513: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Wigan
Chris Kirkland fumbles David Bentley's vicious, swerving shot, leaving Roque Santa Cruz to nod home from close range. Santa? At Easter? Eh?

1509: After five minutes of treatment, Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland is OK to continue, while at the Madejski Stadium, Birmingham striker Gary McSheffrey shoots just wide from a good position.

1508: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Fulham
Geremi gives Mark Viduka the ball on the edge of the box and the striker fakes a shot before cutting inside and arrowing a low shot into the bottom corner. Brilliant footwork. The Geordies are celebrating in the snow.

1507: Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland falls awkwardly after colliding with his own player in the air. Lengthy treatment... Over at the Reebok, Gretar Steinsson hits the bar for Bolton.

1504: Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard takes a swing and sees his shot fly just over. He wins a corner for a slight deflection.

1502: We're up and away at all six games.

1500: Just an 'add' to the Sunderland team news... Striker Kenwyne Jones is missing because of illness.

1457: A cheery wave for the Newcastle fans from manager Kevin Keegan as he takes his place on the bench.

1452: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Sunderland
Craig Gardner replaces the suspended Olof Mellberg in the only change for Aston Villa. Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones is a surprise omission at Villa Park. He is left out, along with Grant Leadbitter, as Kieran Richardson and Daryl Murphy return to the side.

1450: TEAM NEWS Reading v Birmingham
Reading make one change with Dave Kitson coming in for Shane Long in attack. Birmingham's James McFadden is out having had keyhole surgery on his knee earlier on Saturday so Mauro Zarate joins Mikael Forssell up front.

1448: "I'm wondering what KK has done with Damien Duff? No place in the 16 against Birmingham, not included today, and not injured... hmm."
Tom, North Wales, via text on 81111

1442: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Wigan
Zurab Khizanishvili replaces the injured Brett Emerton in Blackburn's only change from the side that lost to West Ham, meaning Jason Roberts and Roque Santa Cruz continue in attack. Wigan make an enforced change of their own, Kevin Kilbane coming in for the suspended Jason Koumas.

1440: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Man City
Gary Cahill comes in for Abdoulaye Meite in Bolton's defence, while captain Kevin Nolan and Ivan Campo replace Joey O'Brien and Gavin McCann in midfield. Martin Petrov returns from suspension for Manchester City and replaces Nery Castillo on the left wing, while Darius Vassell comes in for Elano.

1439: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Derby
Middlesbrough make two changes from the side that drew with Arsenal last weekend, Andrew Taylor replacing Robert Huth at the back and Lee Cattermole coming in for Mohamed Shawky in midfield. Rock-bottom Derby make one change from the side that fought so valiantly against Manchester United with Andy Todd restored to the defence in place of Marc Edworthy.

1437: FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-0 Portsmouth
The substitutes do the trick for Juande Ramos's side, as Darren Bent and Jamie O'Hara's late goals sink Portsmouth. Spurs stay 11th and that's a blow for Portsmouth's European hopes.

1436: "Newcastle v Fulham is make or break for both clubs. Crucial game. I fancy a home win though."
alex_gunners4ever on 606

1430: TEAM NEWS Newcastle v Fulham
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan sticks with the same team that picked up a point at Birmingham on Monday. Fulham boss Roy Hodgson also names the same starting XI that beat Everton.

1428: Off comes Robbie Keane, but no strop today. He winks at Juande Ramos as he takes his seat on the bench.

1426: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Portsmouth
And there's goal 101. Darren Bent latches on to a long ball and goes past Hermann Hreidarsson before cutting the ball back for fellow sub Jamie O'Hara to slot home.

1425: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Portsmouth
Portsmouth do finally pay for a poor clearance as Sylvain Distin heads straight to Steed Malbranque. The ball eventally comes to Dimitar Berbatov, whose shot hits the turf, bounces up and is headed in by substitute Darren Bent. That's Bent's fifth of the season - and it brings up a century of goals at White Hart Lane this season.

1421: Glen Johnson's floated ball into the box has Paul Robinson dithering and Kanu gets in ahead of the keeper - but Didier Zokora clears off the line.

1419: Just in case you're off to see Stoke v Blackpool, that game has been held up because the referee is stuck in that traffic on the M6 apparently.

1415: Aaron Lennon is replaced by Jamie O'Hara. Darren Bent is on for Michael Dawson so Didier Zokora moves into defence.

1413: Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton beats Pedro Mendes and drives into the box, before Richard Hughes robs him with a brilliantly timed challenge.

1409: I'm going to revise my comment at 1400. Aaron Lennon has been impressive... in every area except his crossing. The winger blasts the ball straight of play from a good position out right - to loud groans from the Spurs fans.

1405: "Re 1348: The pile-up is on the M6 southbound. North is OK!"
Rich, Skelmersdale, via text on 81111

1402: John Utaka gets the first yellow card of the game after an aerial challenge with Pascal Chimbonda. Bit harsh that. He went for the ball and got Chimbonda's head by mistake.

1400: Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, who has been impressive in front of the England boss, goes on a slaloming run, cutting in from the left before sending a weak shot wide of the post.

1358: Mark Bright is a bit over-excited about the blizzard at White Hart Lane. "It's swirling round and round and up and down," says Brighty. Up and down? You sure about that Mark?

1356: It's snowing again. It really will be White Hart Lane soon. Ha ha h... sorry.

1354: "Re 1335: Kanu's 'game' is not being lazy. Don't get me wrong, he is lazy, but it's not a tactic."
Sneed, Winchmore Hill, via text on 81111

1352: Tottenham win their fifth corner of the game but Michael Dawson misses his header and Portsmouth clear.

1350: Here we go then. Portsmouth kick off the second half.

1348: Thanks to 30 Seconds To Mars Rock on 606 for alerting us to a big pile-up on the M6 near Sandbach Services. Avoid if possible.

1347: "Middlesborough v Derby - why do they let these games happen?"
Gunner0708 on 606

1343: BBC Radio 5 Live asks Reading chairman John Madejski if the big clubs get more favourable decisions. "I think there is an element of that," says Madejski.

1335: Re 1326: I first saw Kanu at the Under-17 Championship in Japan in 1993. He played in the exact way he plays now. It's kinda late to expect him to change his game now."
redandblackT1899 on 606

1332: HALF-TIME Tottenham 0-0 Portsmouth
Tottenham had the better of the half, but their keeper Paul Robinson made the best save - from Sean Davis.

1331: Another weak clearance from Portsmouth - they can't keep getting away with those surely - falls to Tom Huddlestone, who blasts a volley just over. A minute to go.

1326: Harry Redknapp is on the touchline urging Kanu to work a bit harder to get the ball. Has he never seen Kanu play before?

1321: Aaron Lennon feeds Dimitar Berbatov, who takes a touch but puts his shot disastrously wide. Frustration for the Bulgarian.

1318: "At the moment I'd gladly take 0-0 at half time. Then Harry's got some serious talking to do."
606FRATTONiser on 606

1316: Straight up the other end, Michael Dawson controls the ball and smacks a shot onto the bar. Still waiting for goal number 100 at White Hart Lane this season...

1316: Kanu fakes a cross and cuts back, completely bamboozling Michael Dawson on the left of the box. His cross is deflected just beyond the far post.

1315: Dimitar Berbatov rounds David James and slots home after being put through by Robbie Keane - but he's offside. By about a millimetre.

1314: "Defences on top."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Mark Bright

1312: Steed Malbranque spins a weak shot wide. Spurs dominating - but Pompey have come closest to scoring through that Sean Davis lob.

1309: The snow has left north London and arrived in west London. In fact, the sun is out at White Hart Lane. Weather eh? Crazy...

1304: Hermann Hreidarsson's weak header out falls to Pascal Chimbonda, who volleys just wide of David James's left-hand post with the keeper standing and watching.

1302: Route one from Portsmouth as John Utaka squares David James's kick to Sean Davis, who is desperately unlucky to see his clever chip tipped over the bar by Paul Robinson. Almost a goal against his old club.

1301: Tottenham get a rather fortunate free-kick as Hermann Hreidarsson is penalised for impeding Dimitar Berbatov. David James catches Tom Huddlestone's effort easily but then puts the ball down, without realising that Robbie Keane is behind him. The keeper catches on just in time - mainly thanks to the Spurs fans urging on Keane - and nicks the ball away.

1258: David James collects Robbie Keane's angled shot. Easy for the England keeper really.

1257: Pascal Chimbonda looks to get on the end of Aaron Lennon's cross but slices the ball and Portsmouth clear.

1253: "Just parked on the couch in Camps Bay, Cape Town to see the snow at the Lane. Not a bad decision to let the old man have the season ticket for the rest of the season - it's 28 degrees here!. COYS."
Ben from Cape Town, via text on 81111

1251: Free-kick for Tottenham. It's chipped in by Tom Huddlestone but comfortably cleared by Portsmouth. Spurs looking sharp in the early stages.

1246: It's like Christmas! The snow is falling as Phil Dowd blows his whistle and gets the game under way. England boss Fabio Capello shakes hands with Scotland counterpart George Burley before they take their seats.

1240: Crikey, doesn't time fly? It's nearly kick-off time. There have been 67 league goals at White Hart Lane this season - 17 more than at any other Premier League ground. Probably gonna be 0-0 then.

1235: Sorry about that little break in the chat. I'll be honest. It was nothing to do with the technology. I was eating a hot cross bun.

1230: Football Focus are debating the old 'respect for referees' issue. Apparently, only captains will be able to speak to the referee during next season's Community Shield, which should be an interesting trial.

1215: And talking of Jermain Defoe, the in-form striker - included in the England squad - has been chatting to Football Focus. "I'm delighted to be back in the squad," he says. "I've worked hard at Portsmouth and stayed back after training to practice my finishing. So I'm delighted and we'll see what happens."

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Jermain Defoe talks to Football Focus

1212: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Portsmouth
Tom Huddlestone starts in midfield for Tottenham, with Jermaine Jenas apparently suffering from a leg knock. Michael Dawson replaces Ledley King in central defence. Jermain Defoe is ineligible to play against his old club so Kanu plays up front for Portsmouth, who also include Lucien Aubey, John Utaka and Richard Hughes among six changes. Milan Baros is on the bench.

1206: "Re 1121: We've got glorious sunshine in Manchester. My frozen homage to Neil Webb has well and truly melted."
Mike via text on 81111

1204: BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Pougatch just referred to those teams scrapping it out to avoid relegation as "bottom dwellers". I kid you not.

1201: "Off to Everton later, taking my nephew who is six to his first game, he claims to support Man City, but that will change today. I've dug out a hat and scarf for him from 1995 that doesn't fit me anymore!"
David, Ormskirk, via text on 81111

1157: "I'm heading up to the Madejski shortly - it's going to be low on quality but high on tension. Come on you R'ZZZ!!"
Ben, Reading, via text on 81111

1152: Today's a massive day at the bottom of the Premier League, with Fulham at Newcastle and Reading hosting Birmingham. Lawro thinks it'll be a draw at St James' and a win for Reading... agree?

1147: "Off to see Sittingbourne at Walton Casuals, M20, M26, M25 in this weather. Oh joy, this is what real footy is all about."
Tony, Sittingbourne, via text on 81111
Big game for Sittingbourne. They're only three points off the play-offs in Ryman League Division One South.

1144: "The KK magic to begin today as Newcastle stuff Fulham 5-0. Now, time for my medication."
Nick, Leeds, via text on 81111

1138: "Totally agree with Sir Alex but he hasn't had much of a good history with the fourth officials!"
Adriano via text on 81111

1132: Away from weather chat, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reckons referees should be shown more respect. Next week, Heather Mills gives her tips on public relations.

1129: "Anyone want a ticket for Boro v Derby? Not sure there'll be much entertainment to keep me warm there!"
Jonesy, via text on 81111
You have our sympathy, Jonesy.

1126: "I'm off up the Villa. Cold, hail and rain, just the conditions needed. Feed the Hare and he will score."
Anon via text on 81111

1121: "We have snow in Leeds. It's great. I built a frozen homage to Lucas Radebe earlier."
mtrhedq4 on 606

1116: "Even if I was playing today I think I'd be getting a note from my mum."
Andy, Leicester, via text on 81111

1109: Obviously, the only excuse for leaving the house today is to go to an actual game of football. Why not drop us a text if you are. Go on. I don't normally give my number out to strangers, but since it's you, it's 81111.

1100: If you live in the UK and haven't left the house yet: don't. It's eye-wateringly cold out there. Even in smoggy old London. My advice: batten down the hatches, put the kettle on and let's see if we can't conjure up a magical goal-fest to keep us warm...



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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