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Premier League as it happened

RESULTS
Chelsea 1-0 Middlesbrough
Tottenham 1-4 Newcastle
Liverpool 1-0 Everton

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

606: DEBATE
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By Tom Fordyce

1800: The news you've been waiting for - player of the day according to Player Rater is Fernando Torres, with an impressive 8.69. Big juicy raspberries for Spurs' Adel Taarabt, however, who clocks a dismal 4.46 to finish very much bottom of the rankings.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and thanks for the mountains of texts and 606 chat - see you soon for more of the same.

From anonymous via text: "Who would have thought that Newcastle would score more goals than the other five teams put together?"

From toffees1888 on 606: "That's this season over for us then. 4th is impossible now, all we can do now is make sure no-one takes 5th from us."

1754: FULL TIME Liverpool 1-0 Everton
There it is - deserved win for Liverpool in a match that no-one will be telling their grandchildren about. Big result for Benitez's boys after the reverse at Old Trafford last weekend - they're now five points clear in fourth - and Torres was the difference once again.

1752: Liverpool almost there now. Crouch on for Gerrard as Benitez looks to wind the clock down.

1749: Rasping drive from Gerrard from distance and Howard leaps to his right to palm away. Ovation for Torres as he jogs off to be replaced by Pennant.

1747: Kuyt has a pop with his right foot from the edge of the box but Fernandes gets a shoelace on it. Everton belt it clear from the resultant corner.

1746: Dreadful flap from Reina from an unthreatening cross, and Everton have a corner. Four minutes to play.

1744: Fernandes lines up a dig from 25 yards but Gerrard blocks. Torres breaks down the right and aims a long cross at the back stick but Howard comes early to claim well.

From Tom via text: "Re: Nathan - pah! I'm in Heathrow T3 Baggage Reclaim after an 10hr flight from LA waiting for an equaliser."

1740: Plenty of huff and no shortage of puff, but Everton still can't test Reina. Babel off, Benayoun on.

1735: Surprising lack of spark about this one at the moment. Just under 15 mins to go, and the quality is poor.

1731: Leighton Baines coming on for Phil Neville, and the skip is furious - refusing the shake his manager's hand as he stomps off. Is that the attacking substitution Everton need?

From Nathan, inbetween Woking and Hook, via text: "I'm on a train with everything crossed for an Everton equaliser. Please, give me some hope! What are the chances?"

1725: Lovely pinging move from Liverpool puts Babel in space on the left, but his cross is an absolute stinker.

1721: Fine tackle from Hyypia to rob The Yak after he breaks into the box from the left. Spectacular dive from the big unit afterwards, but if that was a penalty then my name's Caroline Cheese.

From jarv1178 on 606: "Disgusting dive, should be a long long ban for any player blatantly diving like that, at least 10 games, blatant cheating."

1718: Almost a change for Everton - Manuel Fernandes ready to come on - but with Osman limping, Moyes isn't sure who to take off. Hold on - it's Pienaar.

From TPDC130 on 606: "Come on Everton, get one. Get an undeserved result like Liverpool did at Goodison."

1712: More zip at last from Everton, but Gerrard and Alonso are still bossing it in midfield.

1708: Yakubu has a rumble down the left and Hyypia concedes the corner. Reina gets in a monstrous punch to clear and, as Babel breaks, Pienaar clatters him to pick up a head-shaker of a yellow card.

1703: We're off again at a now rainy Anfield.

1658: Player Rater chat on the Merseyside derby: Fernando Torres is way out ahead for Liverpool with a massive 8.89. Everton's Leon Osman is the worst performing player out there with 4.77.

From Miserable Spurs Fan via text: "Why don't Spurs seen to care anymore? Even Derby beat Newcastle at home this season."

1651: FULL-TIME Tottenham 1-4 Newcastle
Huge win for Keegan's boys, shocker for Spurs. That's the fourth time they've conceded four at White Hart Lane this season, and they've now shipped 30 goals at home - more than any other Prem club.

1648: HALF-TIME Liverpool 1-0 Everton
Big words needed from David Moyes in the Everton dressing-room - his side have looked totally ineffectual. Yakubu's having a stinker up front, and Pienaar and Arteta have been almost invisible.

1646: Super move from Liverpool ends with Kuyt volleying wide. Babel then sets up Riise for a long-range rasper which zips over.

From ZZTop on 606: "Newcastle are playing with the confidence of a top 4 team, brilliant performance. Makes Chelsea look totally flat."

1642: Carumba - Gerrard runs on to a knock-down and smashes a long-range volley onto the post with Howard stricken. Classic Gerrard strike.

1640: GOAL Tottenham 1-4 Newcastle
Great finish from Obafemi Martins - Barton puts him through, Tainio is turned inside out and Martins slots it beautifully.

1633: Brilliant clearing header from Carsley under pressure from Lucas - he gets the ball up and over the crossbar with the goal line virtually under his nose.

1631: And so did Owen - but he blazes over from 10 yards when clean through. Spurs all over the shop.

1629: Babel had to score - Riise crosses from the left but the Dutchman completely misses with an attempted side-foot from four yards. It's still all Liverpool.

1626: Escape for Everton as Torres causes havoc down the left again. The ball is hacked clear and David Moyes's eyes bulge menacingly.

1622: GOAL Tottenham 1-3 Newcastle
Joy unconfined for the Geordie masses as Michael Owen sidefoots home after Viduka dummies Martin's cross from the right. Mid-table obscurity beckons for Keegan.

1621: Robinson goes to his left to palm away a curler from Viduka after good work from Owen. Newcastle now dominating this second half.

1619: Phil Neville joins Carsley in the book after a fearsome challenge through the back of Lucas. Ugly business.

1618: Torres is almost clear again, cuts back and feeds Kuyt - and his bouncing shot skips just wide. Osman and Arteta can't get into this at all for Everton.

1615: You should have seen Mike Ashley when that Geremi effort nestled in the net. He almost ripped the 'King Kev'-emblazoned shirt off his own back.

1613: It's all Liverpool. Torres now has 21 Prem goals this season, 28 in all comps. Lescott heads clear for a corner from Babel's dipping cross.

1610: GOAL - Tottenham 1-2 Newcastle
And Geremi! Newcastle take the lead with a free-kick - but where was the dive from Paul Robinson?

1608: GOAL - Liverpool 1-0 Everton
It's Fernando Torres! The ball breaks for Kuyt on the edge of the box after Yakubu loses it under pressure, he feeds the blond Spaniard and Torres dinks over the advancing Howard from 12 yards. Great finish.

1606: Barton goes close again for Newcastle - his half-volley from outside the box from Owen's lay-off glances the outside of the post. Anguish for King Kev.

1602: Moments after kick-off, Arteta has a pop from distance but Reina gathers with ease.

1556: Teams out at a sunny Anfield. A right roar coming up from the stands, as you'd expect.

1552: Player Rater chat from the Spurs match: Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov is out in front on 7.24, while Newcastle's Abdoulaye Faye is rated a mere 5.58 and brings up the rear.

1546: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle
Nicky Butt! It's a scuffer, but they all count, and Newcastle are level on the toot of half-time. Geremi lays it across and the ginger toiler finishes from the edge of the 'D'.

1542: Newcastle battling hard at The Lane, with Barton coming short and looking to free Owen beyond Woodgate.

1538: Beye has the ball in the net for Newcastle but he's a mile offside. No dramas.

1533: Big shout for handball against Alan Hutton as Barton tries to head a deep cross back across the box. Steve Bennett looks stern and Barton sensibly keeps his chirp down.

1529: Another Spurs chance - Bent bursts into the box, the ball is only half-cleared and Berbatov drills a shot over the bar.

1526: FINAL SCORE - Chelsea 1-0 Middlesbrough
Avram Grant's men hang on - just...

1526: GOAL - Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle
Darren Bent breaks the deadlock, powering home a header from Malbranque's cross.

1524: Team news from Merseyside: Liverpool make three changes, with Lucas, John Arne Riise and Sami Hyypia coming into the line-up. Javier Mascherano is suspended, while Alvaro Arbeloa and Fabio Aurelio are the other players to miss out.

Everton are without midfielder Tim Cahill, so Tony Hibbert steps in and Phil Neville moves into midfield where Steven Pienaar returns. Joseph Yobo is fit to start in central defence, with Joleon Lescott moving across to replace Leighton Baines at left-back.

1522: Three minutes of added time to be played at The Bridge.

From JT_BlueForever, on 606: "Worst 15 minutes I've seen by Chelsea... So so negative."

1517: Boro are all over Chelsea. Five minutes to go.

1514: To quote Alan Hansen, unbelievable. Alves heads onto the crossbar from Downing's cross, Wheater does the same from the rebound and then Aliadiere smashes wide from two yards. Boro should be level.

1513: At the other end, Newcastle keeper Steve Harper somehow keeps out Woodgate's point-blank header. Very open game, that one. Obviously.

1510: More from the Lane - Paul Robinson goes full length to his left to keep out Joey Barton's drive. Keegan is loving it.

1509: Anelka's coming on at Stamford Bridge, Kalou going off.

1506: Newcastle nearly take the lead in north London - Habib Beye bursts through on the right and thumps a shot onto the bar. It's all happening...

1504: What a chance for Boro! Alves chases onto a long ball, Cudicini comes and misses it and can only watch in horror as Alves shoots at the empty goal from 35 yards - only for the ball to rebound off the post. Gracious.

1502: Great chance for Alves, but Carvalho gets a tiny nod on the cross and Alves can't direct his own header. Southgate jumps around in his technical area, Grant begins to patrol his grumpily.

1501: Spurs-Newcastle is go go go. That woman who was asleep at half-time is still snoozing.

1458: Wright-Phillips has a great chance with his first touch of the match but drags the ball across the face of the goal. Moments later he has an ever better chance but sidefoots over from 10 yards. Groans from the stands.

1454: Drogba skims a cross along the edge of the six-yard box but there's no-one there to conclude. Meanwhile, the MK Dons are 2-0 up at Wembley - the Johnstone Paint trophy is theirs. Ballack off, SW-P on. Alves on for Tuncay for Boro.

1450: Another long ball from the back from Boro, and Terry will swallow those all day long. Boateng is then chopped 15 yards outside the box but Downing over-hits the free-kick straight into Cudicini's mitts.

1447: Another penalty at Wembley in the Johnstone Paint Trophy - and the MK Dons take the lead as Keith Andrews slots.

1444: Team news from White Hart Lane: Tottenham make two changes, with Darren Bent earning a starting place after he came off the bench to score against Portsmouth and Jamie O'Hara, who scored the other goal in that game, also promoted. Aaron Lennon and Pascal Chimbonda make way.

Newcastle are unchanged from the team that beat Fulham last time out - which was their first win since Kevin Keegan returned as manager.

1441: Free header for John Terry from a corner from the right, but he can't get much power on it and Schwarzer gathers sans sweat. Chelsea have yet to lose this season when they've gone in front. Ominous.

1437: Second half under way. Update on Player Rater for you - Joe Cole leads the way with 7.10. Fair to say the Boro players haven't impressed you as Aliadiere, with 6.04, is the only visiting player to be marked above 6.

1430: Brief pause there for the necessary use of facilities. In the main stand at Chelsea, a middle-aged woman is asleep on her husband's shoulder. At least, I assume it's her husband - it might just be a chap who happens to be sitting next to her. He looks a little like a fat Steve Clarke, and is trying to use his mobile phone without waking her up.

1420: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Middlesbrough

1418: Ouch, says Drog, and limps off into the arms of the physio. After a moment's cold spray on his left ankle he hobbles back on.

1416: The Drog has a dip from a long-range free-kick and wins a corner when the ball flips off the wall. When Cole crosses a moment later the striker has a free header on the angle of the six-yard box but flicks it over.

1413: Don't want to come on unnecessarily Alan Green, but it's all a bit dull at the moment. Atmosphere flat with all those empty seats.

1410: Nasty clash of heads between Carvalho and Tuncay. The Boro man seems worse off - he's still on the deck and is having a long white bandage wrapped around his forehead, Terry Butcher-style.

1407: Great chance for Kalou to make it 2-0, but a posse of Boro defenders throw themselves in front of the cannon just as he pulls the trigger four yards out. Great defending.

1403: Half-time news from the other big match today - it's MK Dons 0-0 Grimsby in the Johnstone Paint Trophy at Wem-ber-lee. The Mariners have missed a pen, too.

1400: Snap-shot from Joe Cole from Drogba's little cushion, but the ball flies over. Boro trundle down the other end and Downing's cross is shinned away.

1356: Confusion in the Chelsea box after Luke Young's long punt, but the ball won't drop for Tuncay. Southgate winces.

1353: Chance for David Wheater after a half-cleared corner, but the leggy youngster spanks his volley high into the crowd. Some say Wheater's just a teenage dirt-bag, but I'd say that's a touch harsh.

1350: More Downing derring-do, running straight at the Chelsea centre-backs before being robbed by an unfortunate ricochet.

From James P via text: "Us Woking-ers are still all travelling back from watching United yesterday. Where do you think Man U get 80,000 people from each week?"

1345: First sniff for Boro, Boateng feeding Downing down the left and the winger's scuffer testing Cudicini at his near stick.

1341: Another great chance for Chelsea, but Drogba nods Cole's corner just past the near post. Easy peas for the home side so far.

1337: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Middlesbrough
That didn't take long, did it? Ricardo Carvalho leaps like a frisky salmon and powers a header back across goal and past the clutching Schwarzer. Nice way to celebrate his 150th appearance, non?

1335: Nervy moment for Mark Schwarzer as Drogba's hopeful long-ranger bounces off his stiff forearms and rebounds back into the danger-zone. Wheater hoofs clear.

From The Zog on 606: "Those predictions seem to resemble Lawro's slightly, Tom."

Great minds think alike, The Zog, as do average BBC ones.

1332: ...and we're under way. Lots of empty seats too - what else is going on in west London/Woking today?

1326: Here come the players down the tunnel. Gareth Southgate follows in smart dark grey suit, white shirt and Boro tie; Avram Grant's wearing a black polo-neck under a boxy wool jacket.

1320: The sprinklers are on full-on spraying duty on the Stamford Bridge pitch, despite the heavy rain all week in west London. This country.

1313: If for some bizarre reason you're somehow unaware of the financial gap between Chelsea and Boro, have a look at their respective substitutes today. Boro: Turnbull, Alves, Shawky, Johnson, McMahon. Chelsea: Hilario, Shevchenko, Wright-Phillips, Alex, Anelka.

1307 - from Rob in Essex via text: "Care to enlighten us and tell us what you think the scores will be, Tom?"

Blimey - this should give everyone a laugh - Chelsea to win 2-0, Spurs 3-1 and Liverpool 1-0. And if any of that turns out to be true, I'll donate Caroline Cheese to the charity of your choice.

1303 - from Ben via text: "Three home wins, seven goals and two red cards in today's games I reckon. Got to be precise."

1259: Team news from Stamford Bridge - Chelsea are without Frank Lampard, who has been struggling with illness, while Ashley Cole and Claude Makelele are left out. In come Juliano Belletti, Wayne Bridge and Jon Mikel Obi.

As for Middlesbrough, Gareth Southgate names an unchanged side from the team that beat Derby last weekend.

1254, from anonymous via text: "Right then Tom, let's get involved. Chelsea to win 1-0, Tottenham to win 2-0, and Everton to win 3-0. Anyone disagree?"

1250, from sweetpedro69 on 606: "Everton to win and take 4th, Middlesbrough to draw and ruin Chelsea's chances and Spurs to thump Newcastle 4-0 hopefully."

1245: And the good (ish) news: they've only lost twice in their last ten away matches. Not amazing, I admit, and Avram Grant probably enjoyed an untroubled night's sleep last night - but a morsel none the less.

1240: Here's the bad omen for Boro ahead of the early kick-off - they've lost their last three matches at Stamford Bridge, and haven't scored in their last six visits.

1230: Hold onto your hats - just an hour to go until kick-off in the first of our three rip-snorters this afternoon. As always, all the chat will be here as soon as it happens.




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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