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RESULTS
Birmingham 3-1 Man City
Bolton 2-3 Arsenal
Derby 2-2 Fulham
Man Utd 4-0 Aston Villa
Portsmouth 2-0 Wigan
Reading 0-0 Blackburn
Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Caroline Cheese

1920: What a day. Brilliant. Catch all the action on Match of the Day at 2225 GMT on BBC1. Bolton v Arsenal is your first game followed by Man Utd v Aston Villa, Birmingham v Man City, Sunderland v West Ham, Derby v Fulham, Portsmouth v Wigan, Reading v Blackburn. Don't forget Greenie on BBC 5 Live's 606 if you need to sound off. Thanks for your company today. Don't forget the clocks go foward tonight (if you live in the UK). I'll leave the last word to relegated Derby boss Paul Jewell: "We have been embarrassed this year, there is no doubt about it."

1913: It's a ding-dong battle for Player of the Day but it's Cristiano Ronaldo - who scored one and set up the other three for Manchester United - edging it with 8.93. Birmingham's two-goal hero Mauro Zarate, Derby's Tito Villa, Portsmouth duo David James and Jermain Defoe and Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann are all on more than eight. Arsenal bad boy Abou Diaby is the clear loser on 3.31.

1908: FULL-TIME Man Utd 4-0 Aston Villa
Could have been about 10-2 in the end. A very slick performance from United, who go six points clear of Arsenal at the top. Chelsea will make it five points if they beat Middlesbrough on Sunday.

1906: "Fabio should play Rooney on left, Theo on right and Crouch in the middle. I would like to give it a go. Would you?"
H&K_PSG1 on 606

Well, since you asked so nicely... I don't feel comfortable having players who can't get a start for their clubs in the England team. It's just how I feel. Sorry.

1902: United will finish the game with 10 men as Ryan Giggs decides enough is enough. Is he giving Villa a chance? He doesn't seem to be limping - but let's assume he's got an injury.

1902: "Jermain Defoe is who I would play up front if Rooney was on the left. Eight goals in seven games. You can't dispute his credentials with a goalscoring record like that."
Fluorine on 606

1858: BBC 5 Live pair Alan Green and Graham Taylor are wondering if England coach Fabio Capello might try playing Wayne Rooney on the left of a front three. Not a bad idea. Who would you play up front though?

1858: Wayne Rooney is through again. He's offside and his audacious chip is wide anyway.

1853: United look like they're running down the clock as Ronaldo and Anderson exchange passes at walking pace on the right touchline. But Anderson suddenly releases the ball to Owen Hargreaves racing down the right and he drives the cross for Wayne Rooney to slide home. Offside. Rooney is seething - that would have been his hat-trick.

1852: I think Martin O'Neill has probably learned that Nigel Reo-Coker is not a right-back. United have had all sorts of fun down the left today.

1845: GOAL Man Utd 4-0 Aston Villa
Another devastating passing move from United. Carlos Tevez to Cristiano Ronaldo to Wayne Rooney, who slots home his second.

1844: Aston Villa withdraw the disappointing Marlon Harewood and bring on Moustapha Salifou.

1843: Carlos Tevez sets up his strike partner but Wayne Rooney sees a brilliant first-time shot go past the post.

1842: Hmmm.... it seems our friend on 606 (see 1833) might have been pulling our collective leg. Apparently Totti is fine. What an odd thing to make up. Each to their own though.

1842: Aston Villa have had some chances though... John O'Shea almost puts into his own net after Gabriel Agbonlahor misses a decent chance.

1840: What a chance. United work the ball out to Owen Hargreaves on the right but Carlos Tevez somehow heads his cross wide. Incredible miss.

1839: It's bucketing down at Old Trafford. Bucketing down.

1838: A triple substitution for United as Fergie looks ahead to that game in Rome. Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand come off. Anderson, John O'Shea and Owen Hargreaves are on. Carrick gets a well-deserved standing ovation from the United fans. He has been brilliant.

1833: It gets better for Manchester United. According to coolnafs on 606, Roma playmaker Francesco Totti has picked up a hamstring injury in the game against Cagliari, making a doubt for the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.

1831: Shaun Maloney beats Wes Brown but his rasping shot is pushed onto the bar and behind by Tomasz Kuszczak.

1828: GOAL Man Utd 3-0 Aston Villa
Cristiano Ronaldo flicks on Ryan Giggs' ball for Wayne Rooney to take it past keeper Scott Carson and slot home. Easy.

1827: Manchester United slice the Villa defence open again but Cristiano Ronaldo's shot is deflected onto the bar by Wilfred Bouma.

1824: Should be three. Wayne Rooney plays a one-two with Carlos Tevez but pokes his shot wide. At the other end, the United defence are asleep as the long ball comes over but Shaun Maloney pulls his shot wide of the far post. Martin O'Neill is apoplectic.

1820: The rain pours down at Old Trafford as Mark Halsey gets the second half under way.

1819: "Re 1809. Is that Wenger admitting he managed to see something today?"
ManxRedDevilSte on 606

To be fair, the incident was right in front of him near the touchline. Even Wenger would have struggled not to see that.

1814: And here's Bolton boss Gary Megson: "We caused our own downfall. You know when you're 2-0 up that the next goal is crucial and we gave it to Arsenal. That gave them the momentum and of course they have the opportunity to bring on some excellent players from the bench - and we panicked."

1812: Paul Jewell on Derby's relegation: "It has been a long hard season, a terrible season and a very difficult time I've seen what a fantastic club this is - with the right players and the right mentality we can move forward."

1811: "Re 1744: It looks like Ronaldo uses marmite in his hair."
Via text on 81111

1809: Here's Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "It was a real mental test today. It looked like everything was going against us, but I am very proud of the team because they gave absolutely everything. I have no complaints about the red card. I feel it was not an aggressive desire - but it was a fraction high."

1804: HALF-TIME Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa
For once, I agree with BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Alan Green. "It's a 2-0 battering," says Greenie.

1801: By the way, Manchester United's goal difference is currently 51. Derby's is -51. Amazing.

1801: A rare chance for Aston Villa but Ashley Young blazes over from long distance.

1758: Aston Villa striker John Carew limps off with what looks like a groin strain. Shaun Maloney is on.

1757: "Carrick is having a quiet, understated belter of a game."
ManxRedDevilSte on 606

1755: Manchester United are enjoying all the space in the world at the moment. Aston Villa need to start closing down... although it's probably too late for all that.

1753: "That was beautiful football."
"Name On The Trophy" on 606

1750: GOAL Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa
Carlos Tevez starts the move with a pass to Paul Scholes on the halfway line and he ends it by heading Cristiano Ronaldo's precise cross. Looks like Villa will be looking at a 14th straight defeat to United then.

1748: It may or may not surprise you to learn that this is the most one-sided fixture in the Premier League. Manchester United have won their last 13 games against Aston Villa.

1744: "Ronaldo is a bit like Marmite... you either love him or you hate him. But nobody can deny that he posseses truly awesome ability!"
Via text on 81111

1740: Manchester United's Patrice Evra is having treatment after a challenge by Nigel Reo-Coker. He's off the field.

1739: Goal number 35 for Ronaldo by the way. Wilfred Bouma is the first man into the book at Old Trafford for an awful challenge on Carlos Tevez.

1736: Cristiano Ronaldo's still smiling about that goal. I don't think even he can believe how good it was. John Carew shoots just beyond the far post for Aston Villa.

1735: "Such quick feet. Such awareness. He knew exactly what he was doing."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

1733: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa
He gets better. Cristiano Ronaldo has the ball stuck under his feet but no matter, he impudently backheels it in. Absolutely astonishing goal.

1729: "When Arsenal scored the third I gave the other people in the wi-fi cafe a heart attack. We may not be able to catch United, but we finally showed some balls..."
Via text on 81111

1728: Aston Villa keeper Scott Carson makes a fabulous save to prevent Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoring. From the corner, Wes Brown heads over - as he looks for his second goal in two games for United.

1727: Gabriel Agbonlahor tricks his way into the United box and sees his cross come off a defender before being cleared by Rio Ferdinand.

1724: "Aston Villa have not come here to defend so give them credit for that. They're playing an open 4-4-2 with pace on the wings. They're prepared to go at United, but of course they are running a risk."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

1723: Wayne Rooney hits a stunning volley - which appears to be cleared by his own player.

1722: "How is Rob Styles allowed to continue refereeing at this level. I'm a Man City fan and both decisions were absolutely shocking."
Via text on 81111

1717: Away we go at Old Trafford.

1716: "The nurses came in when I was sceaming (see 1430) What a comeback for the Arsenal!"
Via text on 81111

1709: Ten-man Arsenal's comeback means they go back up to second, three points behind Manchester United. Bolton, who were 2-0 up at half-time, are four points from safety. Fulham's draw at Derby - who are gone - means they are six points from 17th-placed Birmingham. Sunderland win two Premier League games in a row for the first time since 2001 and are now up to 13th and seven points from the drop.

1705: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Aston Villa
Manchester United rest keeper Edwin van der Sar ahead of the Champions League game away to AS Roma, with Tomasz Kuszczak returning. Carlos Tevez comes in for Anderson. Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill makes three changes to the team that lost to Sunderland - with Olof Mellberg, Stiliyan Petrov and Marlon Harewood all returning for Zat Knight, Shaun Maloney and Craig Gardner.

1702: Apologies. Many apologies. It was Cesc Fabregas's shot which led to Arsenal's winner. It was a frantic five minutes. I hope you understand.

1658: My word. What a day - and it's not over yet. Cesc Fabregas's twice deflected shot keeps Arsenal in the title race - while leaving Bolton in all sorts of bother. Sunderland and Birmingham win to ease their fears - but Derby are down. The Rams are the first team in Premier League history to be relegated in March.

1656: FULL-TIME Bolton 2-3 Arsenal

1656: FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

1656: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 2-0 Wigan

1656: FULL-TIME Birmingham 3-1 Man City

1655: GOAL Portsmouth 2-0 Wigan
Jermain Defoe gets his second, finishing a swift counter-attack from Portsmouth.

1654: GOAL Sunderland 2-1 West Ham
Just to twist the knife for Bolton - Andy Reid's finish wins it for Sunderland. Crucial goal for the Black Cats.

1653: FULL-TIME Derby 2-2 Fulham

1653: FULL-TIME Reading 0-0 Blackburn

1652: GOAL Bolton 2-3 Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas's shot takes two deflections before ending up in the back of the net. The last touch is from Jlloyd Samuel and it goes down as an own goal. A miracle comeback.

1650: Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini goes on a driving run down the left and cuts the ball back from the byeline for Robin van Persie, who half-volleys over.

1648: Arsenal are piling on the pressure in the dying minutes at the Reebok Stadium. They don't look like a 10-man team...

1647: Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann makes a brilliant save from Roque Santa Cruz to keep the scores level at the Madejski.

1645: West Ham will finish the game with 10 men as goalscorer Freddie Ljungberg limps off - after Alan Curbishley has made his three changes.

1642: Stephen Hunt somehow misses his kick from a few yards out from Shane Long's cross. Terrible miss from the Reading striker.

1642: Robin van Persie shoots over the bar for Arsenal... should have done better.

1638: GOAL Derby 2-2 Fulham
Derby are level within a minute as Tito Villa heads home Mile Sterjovski's cross. Paul Jewell is celebrating on the touchline - but as it stands, his side will be relegated today.

1637: GOAL Derby 1-2 Fulham
Hamuer Bouazza's shot is going well wide until it hits Dean Leacock and loops over Derby keeper Roy Carroll for a comedy own goal.

1636: GOAL Birmingham 3-1 Man City
Gary McSheffrey sticks the penalty in the corner. Rough justice for City.

1635: Penalty to Birmingham. Looks like shoulder to shoulder in the area as Sun Jihai and Gary McSheffrey come together. Rob Styles is not having a very good day.

1633: Blackburn so close to taking the lead as Reading's offside trap is sprung in spectacular fashion. From the free-kick, the Reading defence run out a touch too late and there are three Blackburn players waiting to head home - but Marcus Hahnemann saves.

1632: James Tomkins, 19 today, comes on for West Ham.

1630: RED CARD Reading
Marek Matejovsky gets his second yellow from Mark Clattenburg for tripping Jason Roberts.

1629: GOAL Bolton 2-2 Arsenal
What a game. Robin van Persie calmly puts away the penalty and two goals in five minutes may well have revived the Gunners' title hopes.

1628: Penalty to Arsenal. Bolton keeper Ali Al Habsi parries a shot and as Alex Hleb runs in to smash home the rebound, he is upended by Gary Cahill. Clear pen.

1627: "This is bonkers! My wife was jumping up and down on the bed while eating mashed potato because Bolton are winning!"
Via text on 81111
I imagine she might be feeling a bit queasy now.

1624: GOAL Bolton 2-1 Arsenal
William Gallas is all on his own at the far post to sidefoot home Cesc Fabregas's left-wing corner and give Arsenal hope. Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor are now on for the Gunners.

1621: MISSED PENALTY
Ryan Taylor's penalty is saved by Portsmouth keeper David James.

1620: Penalty to Wigan. Antonio Valencia drives down the right of the box and cuts the ball back before being tripped by Sylvain Distin.

1619: Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia prevents his side going three goals down, saving Gary Cahill's header from point-blank range.

1618: GOAL Birmingham 2-1 Man City
Elano tucks the penalty into the corner just out of Maik Taylor's reach.

1616: RED CARD Birmingham
And penalty to Man City. A howler from Rob Styles. An absolute stonewall howler. Franck Queudrue hauls down Benjani in the area - but Styles shows the red card to Radhi Jaidi. His linesman eventually sets Styles straight and Franck Queudrue is sent off.

1614: GOAL Birmingham 2-0 Man City
He's the new Maradona! That man Mauro Zarate fires into the far corner for his and Birmingham's second. A fabulous finish from the Argentine. It boosts the Blues' survival chances, and leaves Derby in all sorts of bother at the bottom.

1612: Fulham keeper Kasey Keller tries a bit of fancy footwork outside his box - and misses the ball completely. That allows Rob Earnshaw a shot from a tight angle but it fizzes past the far post. A let off for Keller.

1611: Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard hits the bar with a right-foot free kick after Hossam Ghaly's foul.

1611: "The comments 'this guy should never play football again' could now equally be applied to Abou Diaby couldn't they, Arsene?"
Will, Arsenal fan, via text on 81111

1607: Arsenal get the game back under way at the Reebok, the last second half to get going. The Gunners need a miracle to keep their title hopes alive, you would think.

1605: Fulham winger Hameur Bouazza gets a yellow card for hacking down Derby midfielder Robbie Savage.

1603: "I'm at Sunderland wondering if Sunderland's goal was offside. Was it??"
Via text on 81111
No.

1602: "I don't care what you say... Arsenal have made a Bramble of Titus proportions at the Reebok."
jpalongo on 606

Top of the table as it stands
The top of the table as it stands
1559: At the top of the table, if the scores stay the same, Arsenal will stay six points adrift of the leaders - but it could be nine points if Manchester United beat Aston Villa in the late game.

1557: "Wenger can have no complaints, he should have strengthened the squad in January. The players are too young and it was obvious that they were going to burn out."
Via text on 81111

1555: "Looks like it will be Bolton, Birmingham, Sunderland, Reading and Wigan fighting it out not to finish 18th."
Ozzy87 on 606

The bottom of the table as it stands
The bottom of the table as it stands
1552: If the scorelines stay the same, Derby's relegation will be confirmed today while Fulham will be six points from safety. Three points will cover Bolton in 18th and Reading in 13th.

1549: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 1-0 Wigan

1549: HALF-TIME Bolton 2-0 Arsenal

1548: HALF-TIME Birmingham 1-0 Man City

1548: HALF-TIME Reading 0-0 Blackburn

1547: HALF-TIME Derby 1-1 Fulham

1547: HALF-TIME Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

1544: GOAL Bolton 2-0 Arsenal
Arsenal are caught trying to play the ball out of defence. El-Hadji Diouf sets up Matthew Taylor whose shot comes off William Gallas and goes in. How many deflected goals today? The Gunners' title hopes are going up in smoke.

1543: Derby are going down today, as it stands.

1541: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Man City
Richard Dunne fails to cut out Franck Quedrue's ball and Mauro Zarate slots home for his second in two games.

1538: Craig Gordon shows why he's the Scottish number one as he reaches up and tips away Carlton Cole's curling shot. Cole's shot was going right into the corner and it took a super save to deny him.

1537: Absolutely nothing of note happening at the Madejski, Reading perhaps the better team and Mark Hughes is becoming increasingly frustrated on the touchline.

1536: Birmingham defender Franck Queudrue's speculative overhead kick from 16 yards out has to be tipped over by Manchester City keeper Joe Hart.

1535: Kenny Miller is forced off for Derby, and is replaced by Rob Earnshaw. Big blow that for Paul Jewell's side. Jewell, by the way, is having to ask an interpreter to pass on messages to striker Tito Villa.

1533: GOAL Portsmouth 1-0 Wigan
John Utaka goes on a thrilling run on the right, his cross flicks off a Wigan defender and the ball falls to Jermain Defoe at the far post. You know the rest. Seven goals since Defoe's move to Pompey.

1532: RED CARD Arsenal
In the wet conditions at the Reebok, Abou Diaby goes flying in on Gretar Steinsson. A shocking tackle. Arsene Wenger stands and stares mournfully ahead.

1531: Gary McSheffrey misses a sitter for Birmingham, ballooning a left-foot shot over from eight yards.

1529: GOAL Sunderland 1-1 West Ham
Kieran Richardson's cross flicks off Daryl Murphy and is tapped in from about a yard by Kenwyne Jones. Cue the cartwheels from Jones, as West Ham appeal in vain for offside.

1528: "I think Matthew Taylor has heard me bleeting about his inability to score inside the 18-yard box since his move to us. I've been gladly proved wrong."
Coral, at the Reebok, via text on 81111

1526: Fulham keeper Kasey Keller saves at the feet of Kenny Miller after a lovely pass from Derby midfielder David Jones.

1526: "I swear my F5 button is jinxed. Whenever I press it, Arsenal's season goes downhill a notch! What in the name of all that is Bergkamp is going on?!"
frustrated gooner via text on 81111

1524: GOAL Derby 1-1 Fulham
The Derby defence stand and watch as Diomansy Kamara heads home Simon Davies' right-wing cross. Kamara waggles his hand by his ear in trademark celebration. Anyone know what that means?

1523: Glen Johnson deflects Antonio Valencia's shot onto the post as Wigan threaten at Fratton Park.

1518: Birmingham defender Radhi Jaidi's header is cleared off the line by Manchester City's Elano.

1518: GOAL Sunderland 0-1 West Ham
Carlton Cole touches the ball back to Freddie Ljungberg whose right-foot shot from the edge of the area takes a wicked deflection off Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy before nestling in the far corner of the goal.

1515: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Arsenal
El-Hadji Diouf finds Gretar Steinsson overlapping on the right and he delivers a wicked cross for Matthew Taylor to head home his first goal for Bolton. First attack for Bolton. Manuel Almunia's first touch is to pick it out of the net.

1514: "Someone confirm I'm not hallucinating... but are Derby winning?"
Kearno1983 on 606

1510: Bleach-blond Dean Ashton comes close to opening the scoring for West Ham at the Stadium of Light as he thwacks the post with a right-footed shot.

1509: GOAL Derby 1-0 Fulham
See? Always works. Dean Leacock strikes a wild shot from 25 yards that pings off Emmanuel Villa's knee and beats Fulham keeper Kasey Keller. A crucial goal for Derby as they look to avoid being relegated in March.

1508: No goals, no chances. (Every time I say that, it sparks a flood of goals... Here's hoping.)

1503: Reading defender Andre Bikey - fresh from his two goals last week - tries to score from his own half. Speculative effort to say the least. That's confidence for you.

1502: And we're under way around the grounds, ref Rob Styles last to blow his whistle at the crucial game at St Andrews.

1459: TEAM NEWS Derby v Fulham
Derby give a start to Tito Villa as Robert Earnshaw drops down to the bench. Hossam Ghaly also wins a place in the starting line-up, with Jay McEveley out of the side with a dead leg. Alan Stubbs misses out again with a calf problem. Fulham recall Hameur Bouzza and Diomansy Kamara, with Danny Murphy and Eddie Johnson dropping down to the bench after the defeat at Newcastle.

1457: Ivan Campo captains Bolton today - a week after stropping off the pitch. Interesting psychology from Meggo.

1453: Very trendy music at the Stadium of Light. Foals followed by Gnarls Barkley. Hi Ho Silver Lining at the Reebok Stadium. I'm not saying a word.

1451: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Wigan
Sol Campbell and Jermain Defoe return to the Portsmouth starting line-up after missing the defeat to Tottenham. Milan Baros starts ahead of Kanu as manager Harry Redknapp reverts to a 4-4-2 formation. Wigan boss Steve Bruce is without the suspended midfield trio of Michael Brown, Wilson Palacios and Jason Koumas, plus the injured Erik Edman, so Josip Skoko, Ryan Taylor, Erik Hagen and Marcus Bent start.

1444: "Diaby on the wing again! Great... he'll destroy them with his two equally good feet and devastating pace. Why Arsene, why...?"
alex_gunners4ever on 606

1440: TEAM NEWS Birmingham v Man City
Birmingham's Franck Queudrue replaces the suspended Liam Ridgewell, so Martin Taylor awaits his first appearance since his tackle broke Eduardo's leg. He does not make the bench. Manchester City include Dietmar Hamann, who returns from suspension.

1439: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Arsenal
Bolton replace Ricardo Gardner with Jlloyd Samuel, who turns 27 today, and Gavin McCann comes in for the suspended Kevin Nolan. Arsenal drop striker Emmanuel Adebayor to the bench, with Nicklas Bendtner starting in his place, while Abou Diaby and Philip Senderos are in for Emmanuel Eboue and Bacary Sagna.

1435: "I fancy a cracker at Pride Park, though I think it'll end up a draw."
alex_gunners4ever on 606

1434: "Re 1428: Things are just not going Ade's way since his haircut."
Via text on 81111

1430: "I'm torn, entertainment this afternoon would be follwing the action, pushing refresh on my Blackberry from my hospital bed in Stockholm, but I'm not sure I can stand reading about us getting beaten by Bolton again. I'd rather watch the Boat Race than be here..."
Via text on 81111

1428: Quick bit of team news: Emmanuel Adebayor is on the bench for Arsenal. Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner start up front. More to follow...

1426: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v West Ham
Sunderland gaffer Roy Keane makes two changes as striker Kenwyne Jones returns in place of Roy O'Donovan and Michael Chopra comes in for the injured Carlos Edwards. West Ham striker Carlton Cole is back in place of Luis Boa Morte while Jonathan Spector replaces teenager James Tomkins.

1425: TEAM NEWS Reading v Blackburn
Reading remain unchanged from the team that beat Birmingham 2-1 last weekend as they go in search of a fourth win in five games. Blackburn are without the suspended Christopher Samba so captain Ryan Nelsen comes in to the Rovers back-line for his first start since January after recovering from injury. Johann Vogel, recently signed on a free transfer, starts on the bench and leading scorer Roque Santa Cruz is passed fit after recovering from an ankle knock.

1424: "Re 1351: Never mind Derby fans, us Bolton fans are banking on Manchester City winning away today."
Lee, Bolton, via text on 81111

1422: Walter Smith and Ally McCoist are hugging... and that's because Rangers have completed their fourth consecutive derby win over Celtic, Kevin Thomson with the goal. Rangers are now six points clear.

1417: They're into added time in the Old Firm derby where Rangers lead 1-0...

1412: "Re 1409 - Didn't Ipswich get thrashed 9-0 by Manchester United that year?"
kingofkings07 on 606

I was going to ask the Ipswich fan sitting to my right... but she has enough to worry about.

1409: "Not to mention that Derby could end up with the worst goal difference in Premier League history, currently held by Ipswich (94-95) with -57, Derby are on -51."
redthemadsheep2001 on 606

1358: "What makes me sick about Derby is the fact that they have got 40% of their pathetic points total from my club."
TheZogsAGeordie on 606

1351: Now then, if you're a Derby fan - or indeed a Manchester City fan - you'll be hoping Sven-Goran Eriksson's side can do the business at St Andrews today. City have won their last four meetings with Birmingham, but they have failed to win away at any of the three teams below Birmingham this season. Since beating Manchester United on 20 February, they have failed to score in four out of five games.

1344: Talking of ridiculous sporting events, it's the Boat Race today. Isn't it amazing how the same two teams get to the final every year? And that 'joke' is dedicated to BBC Sport's Martin Gough, who has just headed off to the Thames in his lovely waterproofs.

1341: I don't know how to tell you this, but the 'r' word has been mentioned over on 606. I'm not going back there until I know all trace of egg-chasing has been wiped out. I feel sick.

1338: "Re 1311: "Now then Caroline, Fabregas was mainly referring to the media, which is supposed to be largely impartial. At least if it's quality anyway! Get it?"
Gooner Dane via text on 81111

1331: Arsenal defender Gael Clichy has been on Football Focus. Here's what he said about the Chelsea defeat: "It's a big blow to us. We lost two points that we maybe should have won. But we can't think about the past, we have to look forward." Very big eyes, Gael Clichy.

1322: Bolton have won their last three league meetings with Arsenal at the Reebok. The last time the Gunners won away at Bolton in the league was in 2002 when Freddie Ljungberg and Sylvain Wiltord got the goals in a 2-0 win. Blimey.

1317: "Cheesy! Re 1311: don't be mean to poor Cesc. He is just growing up. Don't think he's aware of real world emotions as jealousy, envy..."
H&K_PSG1 on 606

1314: "The ref should just wear earplugs so he sees everything and hears nothing."
JonnyJack22 on 606

1311: Here's Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas: "I feel every time we lose or we don't play well, it's like everybody's happy. I still don't understand why everybody is against people who try to play nice football." Now then Cesc, when your team is top of the league, other teams and their supporters will want you to lose so that their team can go above your team. Get it?

1309: "Brian Clough had the right approach to referees. When he was at Forest, his players were told to just accept the ref's decision and not hassle him, although some of them perfected a mean glare. The team captain should be allowed to approach the ref for an explanation of a decision, but the rest of the team should back off."
StormWarden on 606

1305: "We are making too much of dissent. We should try to stamp out things which are dangerous and can end careers like high tackles. There was the same uproar about diving last year, and Fifa said simulation was an irritant, not a threat. It's the same here."
GraymeadYNWA on 606

1257: I don't think I was alone in staring in amazement then laughing heartily at Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's comments last week about respect for referees. Was I? Next week, he'll be calling for chewing gum to be banned at football grounds.

1253: "I stand with Ian Wright's idea of docking points for dissent. That will soon shut players and managers alike up."
"Name On The Trophy" on 606

1244: The back page of Britain's most-read newspaper is a strange mix today. They declare "war on Premier League loudmouths" while devoting the bottom half of the page to Roy Keane's view that it is managers rather than players who are "dragging football into the gutter" (newspaper's words, not Keane's). Where do you stand?

1242: "Re 1225: I thought Derby's fate had been decided by Christmas frankly!"
West Ham Man via text on 81111

1236: "Cheester! I'm expecting a really exciting day in the Premier League today, thrills and spills all the way! Going for a 3-3 between Derby and Fulham, and Bolton to beat the Gunners 2-0! Have it!"
Hudson, Shrewsbury, via text on 81111

1232: The SPL clash between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox is under way. Saj Chowdhury is your brilliant, if occasionally leftfield, host...

1229: "A good thing the Old Firm are on early today when there aren't any early English Premier kick-offs. Brilliant football to come today, and Liverpool aren't even playing!"
Chacor on 606

1225: It may be only March, but one club's destiny could be decided today. Derby will be down if they fail to beat Fulham, and Birmingham beat Manchester City. If they are relegated today, they'll be very much in 'unwanted record' territory. No team has ever lost their Premier League status in March.

1220: Hello there!

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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