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By Jonathan Stevenson

1940: I'm going to wrap it up now. What an enthralling end to another top-class day of Premier League action. Quite honestly, feeling a bit under the weather, I'm wiped out. Alan Green ploughs on, however, on BBC Radio 5 Live on 606, so get involved with him, and don't forget to watch Match of the Day on BBC One at 2205 BST. Have a good night, and thanks a billion for your company.

1939: "My old man's about to shave off his moustache of 44 years, as Hull have beaten Arsenal. I've never seen him with a naked top lip, and I'm 36... Bless this Arsenal off-day."
Charlie, Barnet, via text

1937: Player Rater: Lots going on today and so far, Fernando Torres is your player of the day on a massive 8.77. I'm guessing Geovanni will end up with more than the 7.49 he's got right now, no? Special mentions too for West Brom keeper Scott Carson on 8.41 and Aston Villa flier Ashley Young on 8.14. Feel wronged? Then get voting...
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1935: "What a game! I tell you what, Hull had a player capable of holding the ball when it mattered and that was Marlon King. Fantastic result for them."
Jonny, Manchester, via text

1931: "Performances like this are why Hull City will not be in a relegation scrap."
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1929: That is an absolutely sensational result. All the congratulations in the world should go to Hull, for a truly monumental performance. They move up to sixth, they have as many points as Derby got all of last season and they might just have produced a terminal blow to Arsenal's Premier League title hopes.

1927: Full-time Arsenal 1-2 Hull City

1926: Robin van Persie will never hit a ball so viciously, but it flies just a yard or two over Boaz Myhill's crossbar. Arsene Wenger picks something up from the floor only to hurl it back towards the ground in anger.

1924: Magnificent save from the flawless Boaz Myhill, tipping Cesc Fabregas's 25-yard screamer over the bar one-handed. The corner is sent over and Kolo Toure haplessly slices wide.

1923: The fourth official signals that there will be four minutes of added time.

1921: Another Arsenal move breaks down because of the shocking first touch of Emmanuel Adebayor. He has had a bit of a stinker today, if I'm being honest.

1920: "I had a feeling Skuber might jinx his team (see 1730). I mean since when was being cocky ever justifiable? Come on Hull."
Karl, Brighton, via text

1917: How the blazes did that not go in? William Gallas heads powefully against the crossbar from a corner and Carlos Vela cannot react quickly enough to turn the ball in from two yards.

1916: "Gonna be a last-gasp equaliser from Adebayor - the drama queen."
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1914: If Robin van Persie had a right foot, he'd be, er, much better. He escapes the attention of his marker and has a sight of goal on the right-hand side of the box, but he drags his right-foot shot wide of the far post. Less than 10 minutes to go.

1913: Hull bring on Bernard Mendy for Daniel Cousin at The Emirates. It's shut-up-shop time for Phil Brown's boys.

1911: Except for when Hull break, of course, as Marlon King stretches his legs and fires in a shot from 25 yards that Manuel Almunia saves.

1911: Cesc Fabregas's sizzling shot from 20 yards is parried away by Boaz Myhill. It's going to be all Arsenal now.

1910: "Arsenal going 4-2-4? Desperate times indeed."
David, Cheshire, via text

1909: Bacary Sagna is booked for a foul on Marlon King, while Hull take off George Boateng and bring on Richard Garcia, while Theo Walcott is taken off for Carlos Vela.

1907: Theo Walcott's cross is just a fraction ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor and it runs out for a goalkick. Surely this can't happen...

1907: "Perhaps Arsenal will now realise that they have to score to win games rather than try and complete as many passes as possible."
James, Hitchin, via text

1905: Geovanni is taken off to a deserved standing ovation from the Hull fans and Bryan Hughes comes on.

1903: "Geovanni's effort was the sort of goal the legendary Brazilians Garrincha or Rivelino would have scored all those years ago."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mike Ingham

1901: Arsenal take off Emmanuel Eboue and bring on Nicklas Bendtner. They've got to go for it now.

1859: GOAL Arsenal 1-2 Hull City
I haven't got it wrong, promise. Andy Dawson swings over a corner from the right, inswinging, and Daniel Cousin rises high to head the ball with a little glance into the top corner, evading the man on the line. This is dreamland for Hull, wow.

1858: Daniel Cousin's shot is deflected wide off Kolo Toure as Hull have the temerity to try and go in front. Cracking game now, this one.

1856: Emmanuel Adebayor for once takes a shot early and drags it a couple of yards wide of Boaz Myhill's right-hand post. Arsene Wenger looks a little bit nervous.

1854: GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Hull City
Oh my, that is one of the goals of the season, I'm not even kidding. That defies belief. Geovanni skips past a challenge down the left wing, drifts infield and hits the most glorious, sensational right-foot shot that sizzles into the top left-hand corner of Manuel Almunia's net. Three more keepers couldn't have kept that out, that was magnificent.

1854: "Walcott needs to release the ball sooner. Too many times he's taken a touch too many or waited too long. He could have had about three or four assists today."
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1851: Robin van Persie swings the ball over the bar after another round of trying to pass the ball into the net, this time Emmanuel Adebayor the principal culprit.

1850: Theo Walcott turns on the turbo but Andy Dawson does quite well to stay with him and the winger eventually runs out of space down the right.

1847: Robin van Persie has come to life, he does Kamil Zayatte with a cracking piece of skill but rifles a shot just wide. At the other end, Dean Marney's acrobatic effort is saved by Manuel Almunia.

1846: Should be 2-0, would be if Emmanuel Eboue didn't play so lazily at times. Robin van Persie's left-wing cross is perfect for Eboue, but he tries to flick it through his legs, he's never going to score - but the ball falls to Emmanuel Adebayor and his shot is deflected over.

1843: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Hull City
Paul McShane puts the ball into his own net trying to prevent Cesc Fabregas putting the ball in from close-range, after a thrilling run down the right from Theo Walcott, his cross clipping Emmanuel Adebayor before being turned in by McShane.

1842: "A-de-bay-or, money-grab-or."
Ben, a Gooner, via text

1841: Theo Walcott crosses dangerously from the right, Boaz Myhill parries the ball away from goal and Paul McShane completes the clearance.

1839: So, so close for Hull. George Boateng smashes the ball goalwards as a corner is cleared to the edge of the Arsenal box and Cesc Fabregas, inside his own six-yard box, gets in a crucial block.

1838: Hull City get us back under way at The Emirates.

1837: "'Bout time Wenger told Adebayor to start earning his weekly wage packet. He whinged all through the summer, and now it's time to prove his worth in games such as this."
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1832: "At the Arsenal game, it's frustrating. We score but don't. I feel like I'm at Arsenal-Bolton. I didn't see much of Theo on the ball, he has been out of it totally."
Adam in The Emirates, via text

1829: Here's the running order for Match of the Day on BBC One at 2205 BST tonight, though be warned, it is very much subject to change - and they haven't decided on the Arsenal-Hull game yet:

Newcastle v Blackburn
Manchester United v Bolton
Stoke City v Chelsea
Everton v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Sunderland
Middlesbrough v West Brom
Fulham v West Ham
Football coverage on the BBC

1825: "Pass, pass, pass and pass, but don't shoot. Some things never change."
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1822: Half-time Arsenal 0-0 Hull City

1819: Hull City captain Ian Ashbee is booked for a shoulder barge on Emmanuel Adebayor.

1818: Stop trying to walk it in! Emmanuel Eboue is given a sublime pass by Emmanuel Adebayor and instead of shooting tries to pass to Robin van Persie, but Hull manage to clear. That really is ridiculous.

1817: "I wish we did sell Adebayor. He's been looking like the next Anelka."
Newell, London, via text

1815: Emmanuel Eboue cuts in from the left and his shot is deflected wide by Paul McShane.

1814: Theo Walcott plays a glorious one-two with Cesc Fabregas but the ball just gets away from him in the Hull box. The Tigers break quickly and Marlon King's cross just evades Daniel Cousin at the far post. Good end-to-end stuff.

1813: Robin van Persie is played in down the right of the penalty area and he is given offside, it's a desperately close call but possibly, just, the right decision. Frustration all round for Arsenal.

1811: "The Arsenal kids would trounce those first-team jokers. Passion beats money 95% of the time."
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1809: The Hull fans are really getting behind their team, cheering loudly as an Arsenal pass goes astray.

1806: Anyone think the Arsenal kids could give the first team a real good game? They've been a touch disappointing so far.

1803: "Wow, Hull are good. It's just like watching Arsenal."
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1759: What a chance for Theo Walcott. Emmanuel Eboue hooks over a cross to the England man and he's eight yards out, on his own in front of goal, but his control lets him down and the opportunity goes begging.

1758: Hull fashion a shooting chance for Geovanni from 25 yards, but the former Barcelona forward lashes it over the crossbar.

1757: "I can't wait to see the scary Arsenal kids again... bring them on."
Wilshire4england, London, via text

1753: Classic Arsenal, trying to pass the ball into the net. They have about six chances to shoot, but settle for the corner. Most Arsenal thing ever?

1749: Arsenal have the ball in the net but it is ruled out for a supposed foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Paul McShane, before the Togo striker headed the ball into the net.

1748: Cesc Fabregas drags a shot wide from 18 yards and he should have hit the target after a good move from the Gunners.

1747: Robin van Persie whips in a free-kick from the left but Boaz Myhill confidently and expertly comes off his line to claim the catch. Good, solid goalkeeping that.

1745: "Stevo - Forest might be awful but you will stay up, no doubt about it... and I say this as a Rams fan."
Martyn, Sheffield, via text

Depends how long it takes them to get a new manager, I'm afraid.

1743: Hull have started quite well, to be fair. A corner is half-cleared by Arsenal and headed back into the box, where Geovanni overhead kicks the ball over the bar.

1740: "Don't think that Hull City are at the Emirates just to make up the numbers. We are in this league by right, not luck and we will play our hearts out to stay here."
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1738: "Forest are awful."
Anonymous via text on 81111

I just love it when people who can't be bothered to even leave their name go out on a limb with their texts. Whoever you are, I agree with you, but you are a right old clown.

1736: William Gallas needs a bit of physio after clashing heads with Daniel Cousin. He's a bit groggy the Frenchman, but he'll be OK.

1736: Geovanni is going to play just behind Marlon King and Daniel Cousin for Hull, a very attacking line-up to go to Arsenal with. Fair play Phil Brown.

1734: The last Premier League game of the day gets under way at the Emirates.

1730: "Can't wait to see Walcott totally destroy the Hull defence today. Hopefully we can finish the game by half-time and then bring on the youngsters from the bench to add a couple more."
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Cocky. Possibly justified, though.

1727: "Aren't you going to mention tomorrow being the 12th anniversary of Arsene Wenger being in charge of the club?"
Paul in Gatley, via text

I think you might have just done the job, buddy.

1723: I was surprised by the penalty, it looked like the player got the ball. But you need a break. They were parked on the edge of the box and they are difficult to break down. They are survivors."
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

1722: "I thought we played reasonably well, but that doesn't help you put points on the board. I thought Villa were there for the taking and we're a bit disappointed."
Sunderland manager Roy Keane

1720: You don't win anything with kids, right? So Arsenal make 11 changes from the youthful side that beat Sheffield United 6-0 in the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Hull boss Phil Brown makes two changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Everton last week, with recalls for midfielders George Boateng and Geovanni, while Peter Halmosi and Bernard Mendy drop to the bench.

1716: By the way, congratulations must go to Durham after they won their first County Championship today, a tremendous effort from the Riverside boys. And an honourable mention for Notts, who came second.
Durham seal title as Kent go down

1714: "It was a strange decision. It was a nonsense. We thought Ronaldo was going to get booked for diving."
Bolton manager Gary Megson

1712: "I only want video technology on the goal line. As much as I don't agree with the penalty decision, I wouldn't want video technology used at that stage. A bit of controversy is vital to football."
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I agree. Come on, how much help to referees need? If Rob Styles cannot tell the difference between a brilliant tackle and a foul, he shouldn't be a officiating.

1707: Did you enjoy that? There's more to come, with on-fire Arsenal at home against up-until-now impressive Hull City. That kicks off at 1730 BST, so go and have a cuppa and don't forget to come back.

Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Fabregas, Denilson, Walcott, Adebayor, Van Persie.
Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Song Billong, Silvestre, Djourou, Bendtner.
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Zayatte, Turner, Dawson, Marney, Boateng, Geovanni, Ashbee, Cousin, King.
Subs: Duke, Hughes, Garcia, Mendy, Halmosi, Folan, Ricketts.
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire).

1701: Full-time Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland

1701: George McCartney is shown a late yellow card as Villa use up the closing seconds.

1659: I haven't forgotten - they are still playing at Villa Park with the hosts hanging on to their lead.

1657: Full-time Fulham 1-2 West Ham

1656: "Technically, Berbatov is the best player I've had the pleasure of watching since Zidane."
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Technically, my friend, that is an enormous statement to make.

1655: Full-time Stoke 0-2 Chelsea

1654: Full-time Middlesbrough 0-1 West Brom

1653: Andy Reid hits a swerving 30-yard free-kick that has Brad Friedel scrambling across his line, but the ball flies just wide.

1652: Full-time Man Utd 2-0 Bolton

1650: Full-time Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn

1649: Paul Scholes heads wide from a cross from the right. They've bossed it from start to finish, but it's a shame people will be talking about the ineptitude of the referee instead of the quality of their football.

1647: Seriously though, it really is quiet. Boro are still knocking on the West Brom door, but that apart, nothing much is happening. I mean, I'd be telling you if it was. Promise.

1642: "It's a bit of a Maradona situation, Hand of God then unbelievable goal."
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Hahaha. Love it.

1641: Gary O'Neil hits a shot that is deflected just over. What more do Boro have to do to score?

1639: With Villa 2-1 up with 22 minutes to go, boss Martin O'Neill opts to replace left-back Nicky Shorey with record 12m signing James Milner. Brave? Yes. Astute? Give it 20 minutes and we'll let you know.

1637: GOAL Stoke 0-2 Chelsea
Game over now and it's Jose Bosingwa at the heart of it again, his cross is poorly defended by Stoke and the ball falls for Nicolas Anelka to smash the ball past Thomas Sorensen.

1636: GOAL Man Utd 2-0 Bolton
Brilliant goal. Cristiano Ronaldo races down the left into the Bolton box and backheels into the path of Wayne Rooney, who shifts the ball inside and curls a superb ball into the far corner. Cracker.

1635: It's just pinball in the West Brom box - how Boro haven't levelled is anyone's guess. Mido and Gary O'Neill both have two shots within 30 frantic seconds, somehow the Baggies manage to clear. Talk about clinging on.

1631: "Worst ref decision I think I've ever seen. But Vaz Te's haircut is making everything better. Shocking."
Andy in the Bolton end, via text

1630: Useful players to have on the bench, you'd have to say. Paul Scholes - making his 400th Premier League appearance - and Wayne Rooney come on in place of Anderson and Carlos Tevez.

1629: Boro are throwing everything forward in search of an equaliser and only a shockingly poor touch from Justin Hoyte prevents him having a clear sight of goal eight yards out.

1628: "Dodgy penalty for United at Old Trafford? I'm shocked. Next you'll be telling us that Kevin Davies has been booked."
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1627: Sunderland manager Roy Keane rings the changes at Villa Park, bringing on winger Andy Reid for Liam Miller and Darryl Murphy for El Hadj Diouf up front.

1624: Let's clear something up right now - I'm not blaming Ronaldo for that penalty. He's gone over, but he didn't even appeal for the penalty. No United players did, yet for some reason Rob Styles chose to give a penalty. I just despair.

1623: "That was never a penalty, I actually laughed out loud, and I'm a Man Utd fan."
Colin T, via text

1622: Abdoulaye Faye has a header cleared off the line by Jon Mikel Obi at the Britannia Stadium.

1620: GOAL Fulham 1-2 West Ham
Meanwhile at Craven Cottage, Fulham are given a penalty for a supposed handball against Lucas Neill and Danny Murphy slams it into the net. That's debatable, too.

1619: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Bolton
Cristiano Ronaldo should have put that wide on purpose in embarrassment. He slots the penalty down the middle, given for a perfectly-judged tackle from J'Lloyd Samuel on Ronaldo. Shameful refereeing.

1618: Rob Styles, you should be embarrassed. That is the worst penalty decision I have ever seen in my life.


1617: David Wheater has a header cleared off the line by James Morrison as Boro plough forward looking for a leveller.

1616: "Thought the delay at Villa Park was Keano giving his players a prolonged "hairdryer" treatment!"
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1613: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 West Brom
Scrappy, but they all count. Ross Turnbull flaps at a corner, Sherjill MacDonald turns the ball back into the six-yard mixer and Jonas Olsson is on hand to put it in the net.

1613: Fourth official Steve Bennett has been called in to replace assistant referee Andy Williams, who has suffered a calf strain, hence the late start at Villa Park. Peter O'Leary will now take over Bennett's duties on the touchline.

1610: "Newcastle 2-1 Blackburn. Are you being held by the cockney mafia?"
Rob, via text

I think what I love most about this job is that you lot let me get away with the 'occasional' error...

1608: Florent Malouda hits the post for Chelsea, it's another save from Thomas Sorensen who deflects it onto the woodwork, while Cristiano Ronaldo hits the post for United with a scuffed shot after Bolton fail to deal with a Gary Neville cross.

1606: GOAL Newcastle 1-2 Blackburn
Moments after having one penalty appeal turned down, the hosts are back in it. Ryan Nelsen brings down Michael Owen in the box and the striker picks himself up to smash the penalty down the middle. Joe Kinnear carries on chewing gum in the stands.


1605: Ricardo Gardner fires a shot wide for Bolton at Old Trafford.

1604: Salomon Kalou is taken off at the break at Stoke because of an injury, with Nicolas Anelka replacing him.

1603: There's a big debate brewing on 606 as to who is the better full-back - Jose Bosingwa or Bacary Sagna. I'm sitting firmly on the fence in this one, I haven't really seen enough of the Chelsea player. Sorry to disappoint.

1601: "Hi from Old Trafford. Bolton are defending physically, United are a bit nervy and careless. Come on the Reds."
David, via text

Remarkably, Man Utd have enjoyed 81% of possession so far. Surely it's just a matter of time before they go ahead?

1556: "Fulham have had the best 40 minutes of this game but are 2-0 down with Johnson off. Leaves a bad taste in the mouth, especially as the Essex boys are so poor."
Ian, via text

1552: We are half-time in all six Premier League matches.

1550: SENDING OFF Andrew Johnson (Fulham)
Fulham have self-destructed here, that's game over. Johnson was lucky not to get a straight red for his first foul, but he's late on Lucas Neill and is shown a second yellow. He can have no complaints and the 10 men are in big trouble now.

1549: "Poor old Newcastle. Could Blackburn have had an easier game?"
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1546: GOAL Fulham 0-2 West Ham
Calamity goalkeeping and the Hammers are 2-0 up. Mark Noble plays the ball over the top for Matthew Etherington and he gets there just ahead of Mark Schwarzer, who has crazily raced from his line, to poke the into an unguarded net.

1546: Fabrice Muamba misses a golden chance to put Bolton ahead at Old Trafford when he shoots wide from eight yards from Gretar Steinsson's cross.

1544: GOAL Fulham 0-1 West Ham
Matthew Etherington scampers away down the West Ham right and when he crosses, Mark Schwarzer can only parry the ball into the path of Carlton Cole, who gleefully taps into an empty net.

1541: GOAL Newcastle 0-2 Blackburn
It just goes from bad to worse, doesn't it? Brett Emerton swings over a cross from the right and Roque Santa Cruz heads downwards and into the Newcastle net.

1541: "Newcastle are playing terribly. Passing is awful and can't create a chance. Big Joe looks sick already and can't say I blame him."
Laura, via text

Good chat. Anyone else got any info from inside the Premier League grounds?

1540: West Brom have a rare attack, Jonas Olsson sees his header saved on to the post by Ross Turnbull - then Boro break away and an Afonso Alves header is cleared off the Baggies' line.

1538: GOAL Stoke 0-1 Chelsea
Eventually, the Blues get their noses in front. Frank Lampard plays a ball over the top for Bosingwa to run on to and he lashes the ball goalwards, it striking Andy Griffin on the way in. Stoke had just settled, too.

1537: Manchester United go close when Darren Fletcher lays the ball on for Anderson whose well-placed shot is tipped over the bar for a corner. Shortly after, Rio Ferdinand's shot is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

1536: It's got a bit heated at Craven Cottage after John Pantsil followed up Jimmy Bullard's saved free-kick by accidentally kicking Robert Green in the face trying to get hold of the ball. Meanwhile at Stoke, John Terry tugs the shirt of Mamady Sidibe and gets away with it, should have been a booking for the England captain.

1533: GOAL Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland
Lively in the Midlands, isn't it? Ashley Young's latest free-kick hits the wall, Stiliyan Petrov turns the ball back across goal and big John Carew flicks the ball between his legs and into the Sunderland net.

1531: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn
Christopher Samba throws himself on to a cross from the right by Carlos Villanueva and his header flies into the corner of Newcastle's net. The problems keep mounting.

1530: Quiet, isn't it? Lots of probing as teams look for an opening, but not many clear-cut chances around at the moment. Defences on top, what is this, Serie A?

1526: Cristiano Ronaldo slams in a free-kick from 25 yards that Jussi Jaaskelainen gets down well to tip around the post.

1524: Bobby Zamora hits a shot with the outside of his left foot from 20 yards and it curls just wide. Probably should've taken it with his right, in fairness. Fabio Capello, sitting next to Mohamed Al Fayed, watches on impassively.

1523: "Bolton gonna break soon... relentless attacking from United!"
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1522: Newcastle's Sebastien Bassong clears Matt Derbyshire's shot off the line at St James' Park and the Magpies are lucky to be on level terms.

1521: Andrew Johnson commits a shocking challenge on Herita Ilunga at Craven Cottage and is pretty lucky to only pick up a yellow card for it. Nearly snapped the kid's ankle.

1518: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 Sunderland
Shocking wall fom Sunderland, Roy Keane will be utterly raging about that. They part like the Red Sea and Ashley Young brilliantly curls a free-kick into the corner of the net from 22 yards.

1517: Afonso Alves thunders a shot against the West Brom bar as Middlesbrough go desperately close to an opener at the Riverside.

1516: Thomas Sorensen is in for a busy afternoon and he makes a great save to deny Didier Drogba after a top pass from Michael Ballack. It's all one-way traffic at the moment. Meanwhile, Park lifts the ball over the bar at Old Trafford after Carlos Tevez's shot is saved.

1514: Good chance for Dimitar Berbatov, but he heads a Darren Fletcher cross straight at Jussi Jaskelainen from six yards.

1512: Michael Ballack curls a free-kick goalwards, it clips the top of the Stoke wall and flies out for a corner.

1510: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Sunderland
Super goal from the Black Cats, Steed Malbranque racing forward and slipping a gorgeous pass into the path of Djibril Cisse, who did not need to break stride before slamming into the Villa net.

1510: Simon Davies latches onto a loose ball and sends a half-volley inches wide of the post from 12 yards out as Fulham go in search of an opener.

1509: Thomas Sorensen tips over a Michael Ballack piledriver from 20 yards at Stoke. Chelsea are gaining the early ascendancy.

1508: Bolton have made a decent start at Old Trafford, taking the game to the champions in the early stages.

1505: Sherjill MacDonald has come on for Kim at the Riverside Stadium.

1503: A big early blow for West Brom, with Do-heon Kim being stretchered off just a minute into their game against Middlesbrough.

1502: Today's six 1500 BST kick-offs are all under way in the Premier League.

1500: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has named an unchanged side for the sixth sucessive match against Sunderland. Meanwhile Sunderland boss Roy Keane replaces the injured Teemu Tainio with Liam Miller. Danny Collins fills in for Nyron Nosworthy and, despite scoring twice against rivals Middlesbrough last week, Michael Chopra starts on the bench for the Black Cats.

1458: "Sugar Ray was apparently invited down by Stoke as he was at some sort of conference up there. Gave the team a pep talk."
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It'll need to be a good one today.

1453: Anyway, it's time to focus on this afternoon's 1500 BST kick offs. Oh to be a Newcastle player in that dressing room right now, with or without big Joe.

1450: For some reason, the great Sugar Ray Leonard is at the Britannia Stadium to watch Stoke take on Chelsea. He's only gone and donned a Potters number seven shirt. Any ideas why he's there?

1447: "Liverpool were awful again. The only reason they won was because Everton were worse. The referee had a shocking game. He didn't let the game flow and it became quite a boring game to watch. Cahill did not deserve to be sent off either."
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1445: Hmm. Not sure about Tim Cahill's tackle, now. Maybe it's inbetween a yellow and a red.

1444: Stoke must do without the long-throw threat of Rory Delap who failed a late fitness test and is replaced by Leon Cort. Richard Cresswell replaces Ibrahima Sonko in the only other change. Chelsea bring in Didier Drogba for his first Premier League start of the season with Nicolas Anelka dropping to the bench and Alex and Salomon Kalou come in for the injured Ricardo Carvalho and Joe Cole.

1442: Mido replaces Jeremie Aliadiere in the Middlesbrough attack after recovering from a groin strain, while West Brom boss Tony Mowbray - returning to his former club - replaces defender Leon Barnett with Ryan Donk.

1439: Newcastle make one change to the team which lost in midweek to Spurs in the Carling Cup, with Xisco replacing the injured Obafemi Martins. Jason Brown replaces the injured Paul Robinson in goal for Blackburn, while Rovers boss Paul Ince makes four other changes to the team which beat Everton in the Carling Cup with Ryan Nelsen, Christopher Samba, Brett Emerton and Roque Santa Cruz all starting.

1437: "They deserved to win, you can't argue with that. You'd have to say, there's a very, very big gap between these two teams at the moment."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Pat Nevin

1436: Full-time Everton 0-2 Liverpool

1435: "Sorry Stevo got to disagree, never a red card offence in a million years."
Mike, Cardiff, via text

Sorensen, Griffin, Cort, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Diao, Olofinjana, Cresswell, Kitson, Sidibe.
Subs: Simonsen, Whelan, Soares, Fuller, Amdy Faye, Tonge, Sonko.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Obi, Kalou, Ballack, Lampard, Malouda, Drogba.
Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Sinclair, Bridge, Ferreira, Belletti, Anelka.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

1432: Louis Saha gets away from the Liverpool defence and fizzes in a left-foot shot that flies inches wide of Pepe Reina's right-hand post. Good effort from the Frenchman.

Given, Bassong, Taylor, Coloccini, Cacapa, Geremi, Butt, Duff, N'Zogbia, Xisco, Owen.
Subs: Harper, Ameobi, Edgar, Tozer, Doninger, Donaldson, Ranger.
Blackburn: Brown, Simpson, Nelsen, Samba, Warnock, Emerton, Olsson, Kerimoglu, Derbyshire, Roque Santa Cruz, Villanueva.
Subs: Robinson, Pedersen, Andrews, Fowler, Treacy, Roberts, Marrow.
Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset).

Turnbull, Hoyte, Huth, Wheater, Taylor, Aliadiere, O'Neil, Shawky, Downing, Alves, Mido.
Subs: Jones, Riggott, Digard, Emnes, Adam Johnson, Bennett, Walker.
West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Donk, Olsson, Robinson, Borja Valero, Morrison, Koren, Greening, Kim, Bednar.
Subs: Kiely, Cech, Barnett, Miller, MacDonald, Moore, Pele.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

1430: Steven Gerrard blazes a free-kick over the crossbar from 25 yards. Now I know plenty of you don't agree Tim Cahill should have been sent off, but it's a game of opinions, after all. He didn't help himself by walking away, either.

Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Gera, Murphy, Bullard, Davies, Johnson, Zamora.
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Ki-Hyeon, Nevland, Dempsey, Andreasen, Kallio, Baird.
West Ham: Green, Faubert, Neill, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Etherington, Cole, Di Michele.
Subs: Lastuvka, Lopez, Bellamy, Boa Morte, Mullins, Davenport, Sears.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

1427: Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu has not fully recovered from a thigh strain so misses out. Striker Diomansy Kamara is also absent with a long-term knee injury. Strikers Carlton Cole and Craig Bellamy are available for West Ham while midfielder Calum Davenport also returns on the bench.

Aston Villa:
Friedel, Luke Young, Davies, Laursen, Shorey, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Carew.
Subs: Guzan, Milner, Harewood, Knight, Salifou, Gardner, Cuellar.
Sunderland: Gordon, Chimbonda, Ferdinand, Collins, McCartney, Malbranque, Whitehead, Richardson, Miller, Cisse, Diouf.
Subs: Fulop, Murphy, Chopra, Reid, Healy, Henderson, Stokes.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

Man Utd:
Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Anderson, Park, Tevez, Berbatov.
Subs: Amos, Rooney, Giggs, Nani, Scholes, O'Shea, Evans.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Davies, Nolan, McCann, Muamba, Gardner, Elmander.
Subs: Al Habsi, Taylor, Joey O'Brien, Smolarek, Riga, Vaz Te, Shittu.
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire).

Tim Cahill is rightly given a straight red card for a very, very poor challenge on Xabi Alonso. It's not in the Emanuel Pogatetz league, but it's a bad one nevertheless and you cannot argue with Mike Riley for showing red.

1422: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has left Wayne Rooney on the bench for a rest so Carlos Tevez partners Dimitar Berbatov, while Cristiano Ronaldo starts his first league game. Bolton have Johan Elmander in a lone attacking role.

1421: Joleon Lescott crosses from the left and Marouane Fellaini and Yakubu both fail to get proper contact on the ball as they rush forward. Everton have been pretty poor, in fairness.

1419: Alvaro Arbeloa is booked for a cynical kick on the ankle of Tim Cahill. There are a few afters, but referee Mike Riley deals with it.

1418: Everton aren't making much headway at Goodison Park. They just seem happy to launch the ball forward and hope to get a blue shirt on the end of it. Liverpool could get another one, here.

1415: News just in: Wayne Rooney is on the bench for Manchester United at home against Bolton.

1414: Crikey. There's only even more sport going on this weekend you know. Over in Singapore, there's a Grand Prix, and the qualifying isn't far from starting now. We've got updates, so pop along if you fancy it and see if Lewis Hamilton can get on pole. You may even have heard of our intrepid commentator. Caroline Cheese, anyone?
Live text - Singapore GP qualifying

1412: "Everton it might be an idea to, you know, go within five yards of Torres. Anyway, Liverpool deserve to be in front."
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1410: Fabio Aurelio comes on for Albert Riera for Liverpool.

1408: Fernando Torres thinks he has scored a hat-trick as he chests down a cross into the box and fires the ball into the far corner. But the referee has given a foul against Dirk Kuyt. Liverpool are rampant now.

1407: Louis Saha comes on for Tony Hibbert, while Phil Neville is booked by referee Mike Riley.

1405: GOAL Everton 0-2 Liverpool
The hosts have fallen apart. Robbie Keane slips in Dirk Kuyt and as the Dutchman is set to pull the trigger, Phil Jagielka gets in a fabulous, last-ditch tackle. But the balls runs to Fernando Torres, who spanks the ball into the top corner, giving Tim Howard no chance.

1405: Everton are readying Louis Saha as they prepare to chase the game.

1401: GOAL Everton 0-1 Liverpool
There it is, then. Who said the Keane-Torres combination isn't working? Robbie Keane is played in down the left-hand side and he lets the ball run to the byline before swinging over a glorious cross that enables Fernando Torres to volley the ball between the legs of Tim Howard and into the net.

1400: This game needs a goal.

1356: Fernando Torres concedes a foul for a little shove in the back of Phil Jagielka as he closed in on the Everton box, the striker might have to just be a bit more careful from now on.

1355: 99-goal Steven Gerrard fires a shot just wide of Tim Howard's right-hand post from fully 30 yards.

1354: "Stevo, what's your opinion on this Wayne Rooney situation, is he not scoring enough goals for a striker? Is he litterally a goalless striker at times?"
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He's played in the wrong position for Man Utd, I think even Fergie's admitted that this year. It's a shame, he's just too selfless. Where he played for England in Croatia - that's the very, very best of Wayne Rooney.

1352: Fernando Torres is booked now for dissent after a tussle with Joleon Lescott. Another good decision from Mike Riley - he's been moaning all day long, the Spaniard. I wish all my entries weren't yellow cards, though.

1351: Yakubu is booked and rightly so for a shocking attempt at a dive in the Liverpool penalty area. It's not even a good effort. Shame on you.

1348: No changes at the break and we're back under way at Goodison Park.

1346: "I'm never watching a game officiated by Riley again. Two weeks in a row he's ruined important matches. Please don't demote him though because then there's a chance we (Doncaster) might get him!"
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1342: "I've had numerous interviews with football clubs and the major issue it always comes down to was my health. But I'm feeling great, there's nothing wrong with my mind either, my tactical ability is still there. It's a great chance for me."
New interim Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear on BBC Radio 5 Live

1340: "Mike Riley's performance in the United-Chelsea game last week was quite possibly the worst I'd ever seen from a referee. Surely there are better fit officials coming through the ranks?"
Jellymould, via text on 81111

1336: "If the players are playing at their best ability, then Liverpool's attacking line-up should work. But some of the players aren't and certainly the partnership between Torres and Keane is not even close to working at the moment."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Pat Nevin

1333: Half-time Everton 0-0 Liverpool

1330: Yakubu uses his body to turn Martin Skrtel, but he lashes a left-foot shot side from the edge of the box.

1330: Xabi Alonso slices a left-foot shot high, wide and not very handsome from 25 yards. It's not great right now, to be honest.

1329: Robbie Keane fires a cross in from the left-hand side of the penalty area, but Everton manage to clear again. Keane is really struggling here, he's just not the same player.

1325: Liverpool's Xabi Alonso is booked for a foul on Mikel Arteta.

1325: "I don't quite understand Robbie Keane at the moment, he's got a stunning shot on him but he doesn't seem to want to shoot. Some players get overawed when they join a massive club, but surely he's had enough moves not to be like that?"
BBC Radio 5 Live's Pat Nevin

1323: Big breaking news from the world of mutual consent, with Wrexham and manager Brian Little parting ways.
Little parts company with Wrexham

1320: "Goalkeepers get more protection than the Pope these days."
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The last Pope was a goalie - imagine how much protection he got?!

1317: "Is it me or are you not the biggest Mike Riley fan?"
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Nope. I once saw him book Stuart Pearce after Psycho got fed up of Middlesbrough's Fabrizio Ravanelli trying to get everyone cautioned. It really was the most ridiculous bit of refereeing I've ever witnessed.

1315: Cracking chance for Everton, but it wouldn't have counted, because of most terrible officiating. A cross is pumped high into the Liverpool box, Marouane Fellaini goes up for the ball but doesn't even touch Pepe Reina, the keeper misses the ball and Fellaini's shot hits Jamie Carragher on the line. A foul is given for the 'challenge' on Reina. Pathetic.

1313: Better from Everton, working the flanks with Tony Hibbert and Joleon Lescott probing for an opening. They have had very little possession so far, but that's an encouraging sign.

1310: What has happened to Robbie Keane? His touch at the back post from a Dirk Kuyt cross is shocking and he is forced to cross from the byline instead, Everton comfortably clearing.

1307: Albert Riera is given just a ticking off for kicking the ball away. Have they changed the rules, Mr Riley?

1305: Albert Riera crosses from the right to Fernando Torres on the edge of the six-yard box and the Spaniard tries to turn, but his shot is really well blocked by Phil Jagielka.

1301: You'd put your house on Tim Cahill scoring from there. Liverpool fail to clear a corner and the ball falls at the Australian's feet in front of goal six yards out, but he gets into a bit of a muddle and cannot get a shot in on target.

1301: "Fellaini has caught my eye already so far. He looks a little bit like a young Michael Ballack."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Pat Nevin

1259: "I can see Skrtel getting sent off today."
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1256: Mike Riley's at it again. He shows Marouane Fellaini a yellow card for the first proper foul of the day. This has the potential to get silly.

1255: Robbie Keane tries a shot from 25 yards but it cannons off the head of Phil Jagielka. This is Keane's 10th game for Liverpool and he's still waiting for a first goal.

1252: "Hey Stevo. If Newcastle are that desperate for a manager and they need old Forest has beens, why not David Platt?!!"
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Haha. So it turns out it actually could have been worse...

1250: It's a lively start at Everton, who could have predicted that? A corner for the hosts comes to nothing, before Fernando Torres turns on the turbo and his run is halted by a challenge from behind. Martin Skrtel then barges Yakubu out of the way in the Reds' penalty area, a touch clumsy perhaps.

1247: We are in the Saturday mixer in a massive way as Liverpool kick us off at Goodison Park.

1243: "Hey Stevo... why didn't you take the 'temporary' job at St James'? As a fan myself, I'd have been a lot happier."
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That just about sums it all up, doesn't it?

1241: Ah, it's good to see Joe back, isn't it? Four minutes until kick-off at Goodison Park, thank goodness the football is starting. What a circus.

1240: "It's performances that matter, the players can't hide behind what's going on. It's just a shame I've come in when there are nine players who would be in the team who are injured. But I'll give it a go."
New Newcastle interim boss Joe Kinnear on Football Focus
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1238: "They think there is a possibility the club will be sold in eight weeks' time, which is why my contract is for eight weeks. I think there are two or three consortia interested in the club."
New Newcastle interim boss Joe Kinnear on Football Focus
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1235: "It's probably the biggest challenge I've got left in my life. I want to prove to everyone I can do a good job. It's a fantastic chance to put myself back on the map, I know no-one else has wanted me up until now."
New Newcastle interim boss Joe Kinnear on Football Focus
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1232: "We just hope this time luck will be on our side and we can make the fans happy. With the players we have and a couple more, I think we can finish in the top four."
Everton striker Yakubu on Football Focus
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1230: Stevo's Predos:
Arsenal 5-1 Hull
Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland
Everton 1-2 Liverpool
Fulham 2-1 West Ham
Man Utd 3-0 Bolton
Middlesbrough 1-1 West Brom
Newcastle 2-3 Blackburn
Stoke 0-4 Chelsea
Lawro's predictions

1227: "At the risk of tempting fate, there are rumours David Blaine is pretty annoyed that his record of doing nothing in a box for 48 days has been beaten by Robbie Keane..."
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1224: If you're interested in the fourth round Carling Cup draw, you might want to know it's taking place right now.
Live - Carling Cup draw

1221: But really, we should be focusing on the Merseyside derby early doors. I mean, you can talk about whatever you want, but it's a pretty important game, isn't it? Two things have caught my eye so far - Reds captain Steven Gerrard is on 99 goals for Liverpool, while Tim Cahill is the only current Everton player to have scored against the old enemy.
Gerrard 'key' to Merseyside derby

1217: "Here at Newcastle, the situation has been pretty bad as everyone knows. I'm not sure Joe is going to be accepted, to be honest. I can understand the players suspicions, what if the club isn't sold when Joe thinks it might be? He's got off on totally the wrong foot for me."
Newcastle legend Malcolm McDonald on BBC One's Football Focus
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1214: If bikes float your boat, maybe you'll want to know what the blazes is going on in the Road Cycling World Championships in Varese, Italy. Fletch is massively bossing the live updates and trust me, he knows his stuff. Maybe see what he's up to.
Live text - World Championships

1210: So Everton recall Tony Hibbert for his first game of the season after knee surgery, with Phil Neville moving into midfield alongside Marouane Fellaini. Joleon Lescott plays at left-back with Yakubu playing alone up front. Liverpool start with the same side that drew with Stoke, with Javier Mascherano sidelined through injury.

1206: "Hibbert at right-back? I think Riera may make a name for himself today."
Mike from Warrington, via text

1203: Rest assured, there will be Stevo's Predos at some stage today. Let's aim for 1230, that will give me just enough time to have a think about Newcastle and whether their players will have stopped laughing in time to play Blackburn later.

Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Arteta, Neville, Fellaini, Osman, Cahill, Yakubu.
Subs: Nash, Baines, Castillo, Saha, Vaughan, Nuno Valente, Rodwell.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Dossena, Kuyt, Alonso, Gerrard, Riera, Torres, Keane.
Subs: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Agger, Aurelio, Pennant, Babel, Leiva Lucas.
Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire).

1157: "In 2000, Joe Kinnear came a very close second to Alex Ferguson in a list of the greatest ever Premiership managers, as voted by fans. And deservedly so. What he did at Wimbledon was nothing short of extraordinary, as evidenced by what happened to them after he left. Get off his case Stevo, just cos you've got an axe to grind."
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Haha. Second best Prem manager ever? Hahaha. Let's face it though pal, he did well at Luton too, but his most recent job in football was an unmitigated disaster. Trust me, I'll be delighted if he proves me wrong, but I can't see this one ending happily.

1152: By the way, if cricket's your thing, the county championship is heading for a finish today and it's very much looking like Durham are set to win their first four-day title, after beating Kent. Notts can stop them, but they need to score 442 runs at nearly six an over. Oh dear. Join the great character that is Mark Mitchener if you're keen for some leather on willow updates.
Live text - County Championship

1148: But it's not all about Newcastle. There's some quality chat from the great Roy Keane again, today. Fresh from slaughtering some of Sunderland's fans in midweek, he's vowed to carry on speaking his mind as he did when he was a player. "If I upset people along the way, then tough because trust me, a lot of people upset me," said the Irishman. I'm quite sure Cloughie would wholeheartedly approve.

1143: To hopefully stop this "gag" from being sent six million times today, here we go (congrats to Liam from Liverpool on texting it in first): "Newcastle have a new manager, I'm sure there's a Joe Kinnear somewhere, oh there it is."

1139: "Joe Kinnear? Why? Was Ron Atkinson too busy?"
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1134: Just when you think football cannot get any more preposterous, then Newcastle go and prove you wrong once again. I'm going to start today with a sentence I never, ever thought I would have to write: Welcome back to the Premier League, Joe Kinnear. We know what poor Shay Given thinks - anyone else got anything to say? Text me on 81111, get involved on 606. Pipe up, it's gonna be a long one.
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Newcastle name Kinnear interim boss

1130: "Am I pleased? No." The reaction of a high-profile, top-class Premier League footballer, an international goalkeeper who has seen the club he has been at for 11 years lurch from one disaster to the next, on his team's new manager. Tell me punters, can you guess who it is yet?

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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Saturday's football photos
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