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Everton 2-2 Aston Villa Match report
Portsmouth 0-1 Blackburn Match report


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By Caroline Cheese

1810: Well, well, well. What a rip-roaring weekend of Premier League action it's been. Spectacular stuff. Adrian Chiles and the MOTD2 crew will try to make sense of it all at 2200 BST on BBC2. Steve Claridge is taking the calls on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 right now. I will see you on Tuesday for Champions League crunch time.

1804: Blackburn goalscorer Roque Santa Cruz is your Player of the Day on 7.73, edging out Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor. Portsmouth winger John Utaka - who only lasted 45 minutes against Blackburn - brings up the rear on 5.26 while Everton midfielder Manuel Fernandes (5.61) is none too popular either.

1802: What's that you say? What does this all mean in the race for the Intertoto Cup? That is being led by Villa, who are four points ahead of Blackburn.

1800: "It's going to go down to the wire for Everton. They've got to play Arsenal and have an inferior goal difference to Villa by one goal."
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1757: Fifth place still very much up for grabs after the late drama in that game. Everton remain three points clear of Villa. The Toffees go to Arsenal and host Newcastle in their final two games, needing four points to be sure of Uefa Cup qualification. Villa are at home to Wigan and then go to Upton Park. Liverpool are now absolutely sure of a Champions League spot.

1754: FULL-TIME Everton 2-2 Aston Villa

1754: Everton piling on the pressure in the dying seconds...

1753: Tempers fray on the touchline as Victor Anichebe and Marlon Harewood have a mini-scrap.

1752: Mikel Arteta has a free-kick 20 yards out but he smacks it straight into the wall.

1750: Gareth Barry heads Mikel Arteta's cross behind for an Everton corner. Stiliyan Petrov clears a Joseph Yobo header off the line. We're into three minutes of added time.

1747: Still three minutes to go... Ashley Young is carded for a clumsy challenge on Lee Carsley.

1746: GOAL Everton 2-2 Aston Villa
Gareth Barry is allowed all the time in the world to lift the ball into the box for John Carew to head home. Incredible finish to this game.

1744: GOAL Everton 2-1 Aston Villa
Mikel Arteta passes to Lee Carsley, who delivers a stunning ball for Joseph Yobo to volley in at the far post.

1744: Martin O'Neill gets a warning from the ref as he gets a bit too excited on the touchline. Everton bring on for Victor Anichebe for Andrew Johnson.

1740: GOAL Everton 1-1 Aston Villa
Gareth Barry takes the corner and Gabriel Agbonlahor nips in ahead of Leon Osman to finish - his fourth goal against Everton in five matches.

1739: And here's another change for Villa. Marlon Harewood on for Wilfred Bouma. And the Everton goal has now been given back to Phil Neville. I can't keep up. Neville is currently the lowest rating player on Player Rater. Swings and roundabouts for the poor fella.

1736: Aston Villa bring on Patrik Berger for the last 15 minutes, replacing defender Zat Knight. The Czech midfielder gets a cursory boo from the Everton fans for his Anfield connections.

1733: And talking of things that I did not know... there is a Barclays Golden Glove prize for the keeper with the most clean sheets in the Prem. Pompey's David James and Pepe Reina of Liverpool are neck and neck in that one.

1732: "Caroline did you know Tim Howard is heading towards a club record 16 clean sheets this season?"
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I did not.

1730: Steven Pienaar pings over a lovely ball, catching Scott Carson unaware, but the Villa keeper backpedals and tips it over.

1729: Another free-kick for Villa - this time on the right. Gareth Barry takes it and Martin Laursen heads it back across goal but Everton clear the danger.

1726: Manuel Fernandes jogs off to be replaced by Mikel Arteta - who gets a huge roar from the home fans. A banner in the crowd reads 'Mikel, stay forever'.

1722: Ashley Young delivers yet another dangerous set-piece. Joleon Lescott heads behind for another corner and after a scramble, Tim Howard eventually claims the ball.

1719: That goal has officially gone down as a Martin Laursen OG. I'm sure Phil Neville will be appealing to the Dubious Goals Committee.

1719: "Phil Neville?! Are you kidding me?!"
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1718: A chance for Aston Villa to hit back immediately but John Carew's attempt to head back across goal hits Joleon Lescott and Everton survive.

1715: GOAL Everton 1-0 Aston Villa
Yakubu's cut-back goes behind everyone but Phil Neville is running in and his shot takes a massive deflection off Martin Laursen to wrong-foot Scott Carson.

1714: Lee Carsley's long-range shot hits Stiliyan Petrov on the arm but ref Phil Dowd waves away the penalty appeals. That was not unlike the one given against Manchester United yesterday.

1711: Andy Johnson is caught inches offside as he chases a Manuel Fernandes pass down the right. As in the first-half, Everton make the better start.

1708: The heavens have opened and it's absolutely tipping down now.

1706: Off we go again.

1704: "I hope that Moyesy's using the same team talk as during half-time in the second leg v Fiorentina. Only such performance can provide three, desperately-needed points for Toffees."
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1658: "Will settle for a draw on this one, not sure Everton will win or draw both their remaining fixtures but Villa could!"
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1653: Everton had a bright first few minutes but Aston Villa shaded it after that, Ashley Young's free-kick onto the bar the best effort of the half. As it stands, Everton will stay three points ahead of Villa with two games remaining, Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League and I will take a share of the office sweepstake. A life-changing sum of 3.50.

1649: HALF-TIME Everton 0-0 Aston Villa

1648: Lee Carsley collides with the advertising boards after getting a cheeky shove in the back from Gareth Barry. The combative Everton midfielder's back up and running quickly though.

1645: Phil Neville handles as he slides in on John Carew, giving Villa a free-kick on the left. Everton clear Ashley Young's effort.

1643: Everton midfielder Lee Carsley has his name taken for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov.

1642: "Re 1622: Operation Goodison was lowering the bar (see 1630)."
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1640: Yakubu gets a yellow card for catching Olof Mellberg with his arm as he looks to shield the ball.

1637: "Caroline can you clear up the Intertoto applicants this year? As a Rover, if Everton have applied I want an Everton win so we can hopefully leapfrog Villa for an Intertoto place."
Ryan, via text on 81111
I'm telling you, the Intertoto scrap is the one that's got everyone talking. I understand both Everton and Villa have applied for the Intertoto Cup.

1634: "Re 1622: Operation Goodison Exercise is just a plan to get Yakubu to lose a bit of weight."
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1630: Phil Jagielka slides in on Olof Mellberg on the edge of the box and it's a clear free-kick. Ashley Young takes two very deliberate paces back - a la Cristiano Ronaldo - and strikes the bar with a delightful effort. Unlucky.

1626: Lee Carsley feeds Andy Johnson down the right-hand side of the box but his cutback goes behind Yakubu. Promising move. Perhaps Operation Goodison Exercise has commenced.

1622: A stern-sounding woman announces "Commence Operation Goodison Exercise" repeatedly over the tannoy. Is this is a coded message for the players?

1620: Yakubu outmuscles Nigel Reo-Coker on the left and cuts inside but Scott Carson palms away his well-struck shot. Manuel Fernandes makes a mess of the rebound.

1615: John Carew's cushioned pass almost lets in Gabby Agbonlahor but the ball skips away from the striker on the wet turf.

1612: Two crowd-pleasing moments... Stilyan Petrov's slip is quickly followed by Yakubu misjudging the strength of a pass and sliding over as he tries to keep it in play.

1609: Gareth Barry fires a left-foot shot wide as Aston Villa threaten. Lively opening to the game.

1606: Leon Osman has plenty of options as he advances towards the box but takes the wrong one, scuffing a shot when two team-mates were well placed.

1603: Andrew Johnson almost sneaks in to get on the end of Leon Oman's cute pass before Yakubu flashes a shot wide. A bright start from the hosts.

1601: The home fans are up for this game in a big, big way. A huge roar drowns out referee Phil Dowd's whistle as he gets proceedings under way.

1558: Amanda Holden takes a break from watching lunatics show off their 'talent' to attend this game.

1556: Everton's 'Grand Old Team' blares out at Goodison Park just before the theme from Z Cars welcomes the teams. Cracking atmosphere.

1551: "Jari Litmanen has to come pretty close to the worst signing award?? Poor Roy H."
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Good shout. The hapless Litmanen is currently sidelined by an ear injury. I ask you...

1550: "Voronin isn't as bad as everyone says he is. If he cut that awful ponytail people would stop talking about him."
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Not sure about that.

1547: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says his side will "try to score goals and try to win the game". Intriguing tactics.

1543: By the way, Player Rater fans - and I know you're out there - Blackburn goalscorer Roque Santa Cruz is leading the way in that early game on 7.26. No one else can manage more than seven - which pretty much sums up a rather poor game.
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1540: "Re 1532: Oh come on. David Nugent must be in the top five worst signings."
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1538: Stat attack past two... Everton have not been out of the top five for three months. Villa have only spent one weekend there - back in October. Villa have scored more away goals than any other team in the Premier League this season.

1534: Stat attack... the upcoming game is the most-played fixture in the top flight. Everton and Villa have 70 wins each in their 185 meetings.

1532: "Re 1519 & 1528: Sagna anyone?"
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1532: "Top five worst signings: 1. Earnshaw, 2. Sidwell, 3. Pizzaro, 4. Ben Haim, 5. Voronin."
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1530: TEAM NEWS Everton v Aston Villa
Leon Osman returns for Everton after a hip injury as the only change from the team that lost to Chelsea; the influential Mikel Arteta has to settle for a place on the bench after recovering from a stomach and groin problem. Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor plays despite suffering from a cold so they are unchanged from the side that thrashed Birmingham 5-1.

1528: "Re 1519: Anderson???? You joker, clearly a Man U fan. No one with any football knowledge will rate him over Scholes. Petrov? Elano?"
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1524: So Blackburn leapfrog Manchester City into eighth, while Portsmouth remain four points adrift of fifth-placed Everton. Harry Redknapp's side look like they will have to win the FA Cup if they want to qualify for the Uefa Cup.

1524: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 0-1 Blackburn

1523: Rovers keeper Brad Friedel pushes away Lassana Diarra's bullet header as Pompey win a flurry of corners in added time.

1522: Blackburn waste a few precious seconds with a substitution, David Dunn on for Jason Roberts.

1519: "Top five signing this season: 1. Torres, 2. Anderson, 3. Pienaar, 4. Santa Cruz, 5. Palacios."
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1517: Calamity capers from Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel as he tries a fancy drag-back to beat the on-rushing Milan Baros. He just about scrambles the ball to safety.

1514: Rovers defender Chris Samba is injured in a collision with Nico Kranjcar and needs help from two medical staff as he hobbles off. Andre Ooijer will be on in a sec.

1512: "Que Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be, We're Going To Wembley, Que Sera, Sera!!!!"
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That very much seems to be the attitude of the Portsmouth players.

1508: Jermain Defoe wants a penalty after going down under a challenge from Ryan Nelsen but Mike Riley declines. A very hopeful claim from Defoe.

1506: Morten Gamst Pedersen is receiving treatment so Portsmouth take the opportunity to make their first change as they look for an equaliser. Sulley Muntari is trudging unhappily off to be replaced by Milan Baros.

1502: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Blackburn
Jamie Ashdown's punch loops up in the air straight to Morten Gamst Pedersen. He offloads to Roque Santa Cruz who exchanges a quick one-two with Jason Roberts before slotting home. That's his 21st goal of the season.

1500: Portsmouth go close as Nico Kranjcar delivers the cross from the right and Sulley Muntari sends it back across goal where Jermain Defoe is inches away from stabbing the ball home.

1459: Jermain Defoe is yellow-carded for kicking the ball away. "It's been that sort of afternoon," sighs the BBC commentator. Indeed.

1457: Come on something... happen.

1453: Pompey midfielder Lassana Diarra flings a shot high over the bar. Can you fling a shot? I'm not sure.

1447: Ref Mike Riley turns down Blackburn's appeal for a free-kick as Sol Campbell barges Jason Roberts off the ball just outside the box. Looked pretty clear to me. Blackburn suddenly looking dangerous.

1445: Action at last. Pompey's stand-in keeper Jamie Ashdown makes a quite brilliant save to palm away Ryan Nelsen's header from a David Bentley cross.

1444: Sulley Muntari picks up Nico Kranjcar's backheel and makes space for the shot but blazes over. I am a bit bored.

1439: Ryan Nelsen heads over for Blackburn and his search for his first goal for the club goes on.

1433: As the rain begins to fall on the south coast, Nico Kranjcar comes on to replace John Utaka. The second half is under way.

1429: The super Sunday of sport continues with a Federer v Nadal final in Monte Carlo. Trust me, it will be explosive.
Live - Roger v Rafa

1427: A dramatic Old Firm derby ends in a 3-2 win for Celtic. Celtic are now five points clear of Rangers, who have three games in hand. Gordon Strachan's side have three games remaining.
Report - Celtic 3-2 Rangers

1425: "If this game had been scheduled for 3 o'clock yesterday Blackburn would have come from two goals down with 10 men to draw at the interval."
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Indeed. 'Sensational Saturday' seems a long time ago now.

1422: "Are any other Villa fans incredibly nervous about the game later? Biggest game of the season for us by far! Who wants to bet Everton will get their first penalty of the season against us?"
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1419: A ho-hum half really. Portsmouth need a win to keep their hopes of finishing fifth alive. Their final two league games of the season are away to Middlesbrough and at home to Fulham.

1417: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Blackburn

1412: Steven Reid is the first man into the book for diving in on Sulley Muntari as the Portsmouth man hurtles down the left wing.

1411: The ball breaks loose for Jermain Defoe and this time he sends a low shot narrowly past the far post. He's getting closer...

1410: Jermain Defoe cuts in from the left and arrows a low shot just past the post. Six minutes until half time.

1409: "Re: 1358. Were you out with Alex Ferguson last night? Think he had a worse time, he woke up this morning with his trophy in Chelsea's cabinet..."
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1408: David Bentley has treatment after getting an accidental clip round the back of the head from Lassana Diarra. He's OK though.

1404: "Any danger of a goal? The girlfriend is talking of going to B&Q to look at bathroom tiles. I need saving..."
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1400: Free-kick for Blackburn out right. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes it but Sylvain Distin heads clear. I'll be honest. It's not a bad game this but there's a hint of the late season about it. Nothing of the sort at Celtic Park where Celtic take a 3-2 lead in the Old Firm derby with a penalty.

1358: "After a particularly heavy night, I woke up this morning to find my shoes in my bed and my pillows in the wardrobe."
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1354: "Re 1347: Cheese, leave the din alone, he's our din and we're proud of him. Just glad I don't sit next to them when I go though."
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1352: Ouch. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a bump on the knee and gives it a vigorous rub. Portsmouth are winning this game on points, if not goals.

1348: Pompey striker Kanu helps out the Blackburn defence, heading Sulley Muntari's volley over the bar.

1347: As if the clanging bell wasn't bad enough, an out-of-tune trumpeter has joined in the din at Fratton Park. I feel for 'Anon' (see 1339).

1340: Sulley Muntari has a punt from distance but he's off target. Fabio Capello is watching at Fratton Park. Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson, Sol Campbell, David Bentley and Stephen Warnock all hoping to impress the England coach.

1339: "That bell ringer at Pompey is not helping my hangover."
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1337: Portsmouth looking the livelier early on. Their fans are in good voice too.

1332: An early corner for Portsmouth but Sylvain Distin can't get the direction on his header.

1331: Away we go then.

1327: David James' record run of 166 league starts comes to an end today as he misses out for the first time in four and a quarter years. Jamie Ashdown's last league start was a 5-0 defeat at Birmingham in January 2006.

1325: Two of the last three league meetings between Portsmouth and Blackburn at Fratton Park ended with one side playing with nine men. Robbie Savage has since left Rovers though...

1319: Portsmouth have not applied for the Intertoto Cup, so the highest finisher from Everton, Manchester City, Villa, Blackburn, West Ham and Newcastle will have the honour of representing England this summer. England may get another place through the Fair Play League, so there could be five English clubs in the Uefa Cup next season.

1313: News filtering through that David James has a calf injury. Bet that will have recovered by the Cup final. This is the first Premier League game that James has missed since he joined Pompey at the beginning of last season. It's 2-2 in the Old Firm derby - and it's not even half-time yet. Astonishing.

1312: "What!?! This is a massive game for Pompey so 'Arry starts with Kranjcar on the bench!??!"
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1306: Today is a magic day for sports fans. Official. Snooker, tennis and rugger later. The Spanish Grand Prix is up and running and Lewis Hamilton's going OK. The safety car is leading though.

1304: "My nan is coming over later."
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Great news. Villa fan is she?

1301: Terrific news from Celtic Park... if you've gone high in the office sweepstake for the amount of goals scored in today's three big games. Rangers lead Celtic 2-1 after half an hour.
Live - Celtic v Rangers

1259: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Blackburn
Portsmouth keeper David James is surprisingly not in the side and Jamie Ashdown takes his place. Defender Glen Johnson and striker Kanu return to the starting line-up as Herman Hreidarsson and Niko Kranjcar miss out. Blackburn stick with the same side that drew 1--1 with Manchester United as Jason Roberts and Roque Santa Cruz spearhead their attack.
Full teams and minute-by-minute commentary

1258: "If Villa win today I will donate 50 to the charity of your choice Caroline."
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Have I ever told you about the very worthy cause that is the 'BBC Sport fund for text commentators with laughable surnames'?

1254: So many things to tell you, so little time. Four points separate Everton, Aston Villa and Portsmouth going into today's games. If Pompey end up fifth and win the FA Cup, that'll open up another Uefa Cup place for the sixth-placed team. Otherwise, it's Intertoto gloom. And if Everton don't win today, that will mean Liverpool definitely qualify for the Champions League - although they're all but there anyway on goal difference.

1253: "This is two 0-0's for me..."
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1250: "Like I said yesterday. Today is far bigger. Massive in fact. Come on you Villa boys."
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1245: Yesterday has already been dubbed 'Sensational Saturday'... by me. On a bumper day of 23 goals, Chelsea blew the title race open with victory over Manchester United, Fulham were relegated at one stage but ended the day only three points from safety with two games remaining, Sunderland secured their top-flight status with a late, late goal and West Ham, of course, stayed 10th. What on earth has Sunday got in store for us?

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Celtic 3-2 Rangers
27 Apr 08 |  Scottish Premier

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