BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 17:13 GMT, Sunday, 5 October 2008 18:13 UK

Premier League as it happened

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa MATCH REPORT
Everton 2-2 Newcastle MATCH REPORT
Man City 2-3 Liverpool MATCH REPORT
Portsmouth 2-1 Stoke MATCH REPORT
Tottenham 0-1 Hull City MATCH REPORT
West Ham 1-3 Bolton MATCH REPORT


To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Jonathan Stevenson

1812: Time to go after another emotional day. Best moment? Sorry Hull, Geovanni's goal was brilliant, but it's got to be Dirk Kuyt's last-gasp winner to cap an unbelievable comeback from Liverpool. Get involved with 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live and don't forget to watch MOTD on BBC Two at 2200 BST. It remains only for me to say that if I offended anyone with my 1248 BST comment, I humbly apologise. Thanks for your herculean support this weekend. See you soon.

1808: Player Rater: Some top-class displays today, but your man of the day so far is Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, with a rating of 8.78. Some low marks too, West Ham keeper Robert Green paying for his two mistakes with a lowly 3.24. Want to have your say? Then vote away.
Rate the players

1804: "And the banker has just phoned? He's offered you a swap, Moyes for Ramos? Deal or no deal?"
gomesthegoal on 606
Join the debate on 606

1801: "Stevo, you only have to have a TV licence if you watch TV online which is also being broadcast live on real TV."
50in50 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1758: Boos ring around Goodison Park, that's Everton's first point at home of the season but they will have expected to take all three today. Big Joe works his magic immediately. Just a shame he didn't get to see his boys notch.

1756: Full-time Everton 2-2 Newcastle

1755: "Careful with your advice. You have to have a TV licence to watch BBC programmes online."
Linda, London, via text on 81111

Thanks to hundreds of you for that timely advice.

1752: The home fans thought it was in. Yakubu heads a cross from the left goalwards but it hits Fabricio Coloccini and that takes the pace off it, making it an easier save for Shay Given.

1751: "Tell Julian Meteor that he can watch MOTD2 online, it's how I survived all year at uni. Also tell him he has an excellent surname."
Stefan, London, via text on 81111

Done, and done.

1750: Victor Anichebe curls a shot just wide from the left-hand angle of the penalty area, while at the other end Shola Ameobi slides a shot wide of Tim Howard's left-hand post.

1748: Mikel Arteta attempts a cross from 45 yards out but it sails over the bar. Meanwhile, Big Joe has found his way down to the tunnel, where he barks instructions to the Newcastle bench, He's not supposed to be there, so a policeman leads him away.

1746: Yakubu fires the ball across the face of goal and Victor Anichebe tussles with Steven Taylor, going down and asking for a penalty, but rightly nothing is given. Big Joe leaves his seat again, so expect Newcastle to win it shortly...

1746: "Match of the Day 2 would be worth the license fee alone if only I could afford it. Damn you credit crunch!"
Julian Meteor, Plymouth, via text on 81111

1742: Joe Kinnear, on his mobile phone, was almost off his seat at Goodison as he thought that was in. In fairness, we all did.

1741: Block of the season, unbelievable stuff. Shola Ameobi plays in Charles N'Zogbia from close range and he looks certain to score with the keeper out of his goal, but somehow Leighton Baines throws his body in the way and deflects the ball behind. Brilliant, brilliant defending.

1737: "Fraizer Campbell must be gutted! At one point it looked like he would be going on loan to a team pushing for a Uefa spot, instead he ends up at a club struggling at the other end of the table."
My_name_is_Jon on 606
Join the debate on 606

Haha. Dear oh dear.

1735: Geremi is booked by Howard Webb for bundling over Steven Pienaar as he strode into the Newcastle half.

1733: My word. Fabricio Coloccini heads a corner back across goal and it arrives at Michael Owen a touch too quickly, the striker cannot adjust his feet in time and the chance goes begging. Everton bring on Victor Anichebe for Louis Saha.

1732: "Moyes will leave Everton for Spurs this week. You heard it here first."
Mike, via text on 81111

I hear a lot of things here first, but very, very few of them are even remotely based in reality.

1730: "From start to finish Chelsea were stronger and comfortable on the ball. We have a good distance to go to compete on a regular basis with those sides."
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill

1730: In his post-match interview, Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari said that Nicolas Anelka and (more importantly) Joe Cole only have "little injuries" and should be able to play for their national teams. He also said he was England's number one fan with Fabio Capello in charge and plans to watch them at Wembley on Saturday. What a Brazilian legend.

1727: Stunning save from the exceptional Shay Given, as Leon Osman rifles the ball left-footed towards the top corner and the Irish keeper leaps across his line to touch it around the post. Top work.

1724: Everton are having a bit more of the play now, but Leighton Baines is twice a touch off target with crosses from the left. Remember, Everton have lost all three of their home league games so far this season.

1722: "As a Spurs-supporting (former) Lehman Brothers employee I know nothing is too big to go down. Derby had five points by the same stage last season. With a strikeforce who can't score and defence that consistently let in goals I can't see a way out of this."
Charlie B, via text on 81111

1720: Newcastle are really putting themselves about here, they look like a different team to recent weeks - and indeed the first half an hour of today. Damien Duff looks like a whole new player.

1717: "I'm putting money on Hull ending Chelsea's unbeaten run at home - they seem to enjoy London!"
liv_pool_crazy on 606
Join the debate on 606

1715: "Any chance we can get Big Joe in at Everton?"
Rich, via text on 81111

1714: Damien Duff has a shot blocked from the edge of the area - suddenly Newcastle are flying. Kevin who?

1712: Joe Kinnear looks utterly depressed as he walks back out to take his seat in the directors' box. I hope he doesn't think it's still 2-0 to Everton.

1711: Any chance we could get Big Joe back at Forest, do you reckon?

1709: GOAL Everton 2-2 Newcastle
I'm not even sure Joe Kinnear saw that one - he might not even be in his seat yet! But what did he say at the break... Steven Taylor beats the offside trap down the right and crosses for Damien Duff to tap in from eight yards. This beautiful game of ours.

1708: Back under way at Everton for a big, big 45 minutes for both of these teams.

1706: "Hull's fans are staying behind at the end to celebrate - and inevitably it is with a chant of "we're going to win the league".

"Not likely obviously, but if they carry on like this, they will survive in comfort and that will be the next best thing. Hull have got fantastic spirit, and in manager Phil Brown have a real character whose positive attitude lights up the Premier League."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane

1705: It would be churlish to do anything other than congratulate Liverpool for a truly memorable comeback at the City of Manchester Stadium, after being 2-0 down at half-time against, let's face it, a team with Champions League ambitions. Have Liverpool underlined their status as genuine Premier League title challengers today?

1703: Should be in for a cracking last 45 minutes at Goodison Park. I trust you're enjoying today's football so far, but is there a Joe Kinnear-shaped twist to come?

1701: "Hull City's Michael Turner must get a sniff of the England squad. Only Rio and Terry are better than him."
Bushy badger, via text on 81111

1658: Full-time Man City 2-3 Liverpool

1658: Full-time Portsmouth 2-1 Stoke

1656: "I'm a Man United fan, but oh my word. Any team that is losing 2-0 at half-time, only to win 3-2 deserves a whole lot of credit! Well done Liverpool... proven you can play like champions!"
Weirdsville on 606
Join the debate on 606

You've brought a tear to my eye. Touching scenes.

1653: Gareth Bale, with the last kick of the game, curled a 30-yard free-kick inches wide of Boaz Myhill's left-hand post. The boos quickly rang out, but the Hull fans give their boys a standing ovation - they, brilliantly, are up to third!

1653: Full-time Tottenham 0-1 Hull

1653: Full-time Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

1651: GOAL Man City 2-3 Liverpool
Wouldn't you just know it? Liverpool complete a remarkable comeback as Yossi Benayoun pulls the ball back from the left, Fernando Torres' shot is blocked and Dirk Kuyt pops up at the back post to slot into an empty net. Unbelievable drama.

1650: Half-time Everton 2-1 Newcastle

1649: GOAL Everton 2-1 Newcastle
I wonder if Big Joe even got to see it. Geremi sends over a great cross from the right and Steven Taylor heads home at the back stick, in off the underside of the crossbar.

1647: It'll end 10 v 10 at Man City, but not because of a red card. Liverpool have made their three changes and Martin Skrtel goes down, his leg buckling in the process - that looks a nasty one for the centre-back. Let's hope he's OK.

1647: "I'm a Newcastle fan, and my mate's a Leeds fan. I've got a horrible feeling that in a few years' time I'm going to regret all the stick I've given him about the demise of his club. Sad times."
Lloyd, via text on 81111

1645: With 42 minutes on the clock, Joe Kinnear decides to start his walk down to the Newcastle dressing-room. That'll be a lively 15 minutes.

1644: Rob Styles decides not to point to the spot as Fraizer Campbell goes down under a challenge from George Boateng. Unlike last week, it's a brilliant decision as the Dutchman got plenty of the ball.

1643: "Spurs' attittude cannot be faulted - but they are lacking that crucial piece of quality to unlock Hull. Hull's fans sense another great win in north London - the noise is rising away to my right while there is a sense of desperation elsewhere.

"'You're getting sacked in the morning' sing Hull's fans towards Juande Ramos - not very sporting that chaps."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane

1641: Luka Modric hits a shot into the ground and over the bar at Spurs, while somehow Fernando Torres, on the slide, lifts the ball over the City bar from very close range at City.

1640: Everton fans at Goodison Park are texting in some interesting chat about Joe Kinnear, sat in the stands of course. Now I won't report exactly what they're saying because I don't want Big Joe suing us too, but if it's true it doesn't sound great. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt, for now. Jose Enrique is pulled off at Everton and Sebastien Bassong comes on.

1637: GOAL Everton 2-0 Newcastle
Everton work another opening for Leighton Baines down the left and his lovely cross is clipped past Shay Given and into the net at the near post by Marouane Fellaini, scoring his first goal for the club.

1636: "How can Robinho be mediocre? His name ends with "inho" and therefore his legendary status is fully deserved and we should just turn off our brains and accept this. Personally I think he's the most beautifully elegant player I've seen since Iain Dowinho was destroying teams at Southampton 15 years ago."
ScopeJack on 606
Join the debate on 606

1633: GOAL Man City 2-2 Liverpool
They don't come much more simple. Steven Gerrard swings in a corner from the left and Fernando Torres rises high at the near post to glance in an equaliser. Joe Hart came for the ball, but flapped at thin air and this game is Liverpool's to win now.

1631: Fabricio Coloccini hits the ball against a fellow Newcastle defender and the ball bounces just wide. Comedy defending from the Magpies.

1630: "Spurs fans are showing frustration for the first time today - and Darren Bent is the man feeling it as he sees a good chance blocked.

"Hull are taking off Geovanni - who has tired - and it's time for Peter Halmosi. We are entering a crucial phase of the game here if Spurs are going to get anything."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane

1629: Andrea Dossena and Robbie Keane are coming on for Liverpool, while Gelson Fernandes is coming on for Man City. Aston Villa replace John Carew with Marlon Harewood.

1628: Newcastle have responded well from going behind and Tim Howard denies Damien Duff and then Danny Guthrie, before Leighton Baines clears Steven Taylor's shot off the line.

1627: SENDING OFF (Pablo Zabaleta, Man City)
The defender is given a straight red and it looks a bad challenge on Xabi Alonso, diving in and not getting anywhere near the ball.

1626: Sensational block from Michael Turner to deny Daren Bent at White Hart Lane.

1624: Didier Zokora hammers a shot over from 22 yards, while at Manchester City, Robinho - who many of you are telling me is world-class - lifts the ball over the bar from three yards after a Shaun Wright-Phillips cross. Gilt-edged.

1622: Michael Ballack has a clear sight of goal from seven yards, but a lazy swing of his left foot sends the ball over the bar. Meanwhile at Spurs, substitute David Bentley is doing his level best to inject some life into his team's performance.

1621: "Oh my, to think that as things are going, Hull could be the team to break into the top four!"
jashana on 606
Join the debate on 606

1619: GOAL Everton 1-0 Newcastle
Leighton Baines is tripped in the area by Nicky Butt, definite penalty, but it looks as though Baines may have been offside when the ball was passed to him. Stand-in captain Mikel Arteta coolly slots the penalty past Shay Given. Bad start for Big Joe.


1616: Joe Cole did indeed have to limp off at Chelsea, with Salomon Kalou replacing the England man. At Spurs, Darren Bent races through but clips his shot just wide of the far post.

1615: GOAL Man City 2-1 Liverpool
Big time back in it now, as Steven Gerrard slides in Alvaro Arbeloa and he crosses for Fernando Torres to poke home for Liverpool.

1614: "I think after this weekend we can safely say its gonna be a Chelsea vs Man Utd race for the title. I think I have to tip Chelsea this year though."
Geoff in Kosice, Slovakia, via text on 81111

1612: Phil Jagielka mis-kicks and Charles N'Zogbia rifles a shot across the face of the goal and wide. Meanwhile, Fabio Capello watches on as England midfielder Joe Cole limps off at Stamford Bridge, before he hobbles back on and tries to play on.

1611: GOAL Portsmouth 2-1 Stoke
They'd just been warned, that is terrible defending from Stoke. They allow Jermain Defoe to run at them again and he strikes the ball into the bottom corner from 22 yards.

1610: Jermain Defoe crashes a right-foot shot against the post for Portsmouth from 30 yards with Steve Simonsen beaten.

1609: Great chance for Everton as Yakubu gets on the end of Marouane Fellaini's flick, but the Nigerian striker can't get his shot on target from eight yards. It's all Everton at the moment.

1608: GOAL Portsmouth 1-1 Stoke
You'll never guess how they scored... Rory Delap puts his long throw into the mixer, Dave Kitson heads on at the near post and Ricardo Fuller sneaks in at the back post to nod in a leveller for Stoke. What a weapon that throw is.

1607: "At the start of the season if you had offered me the chance to beat Man Utd and lose to City I would have taken it. But now I'm not so sure. I'm developing a Chelsea-esque hatred for them as each minute goes by!"
Gerard83 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1605: Yakubu shoots over at Goodison with his left foot after a lovely ball in from the left from Steven Pienaar.

1605: "I don't want to see him go but I'm afraid Juande Ramos's time is up. We have no confidence and it just isn't getting any better."
Loyal Spurs fan Chris, via text on 81111

1603: Nicolas Anelka is off for Chelsea and Franco di Santo replaces the Frenchman.

1602: Under way at Goodison, while Villa make two changes at Chelsea, with Carlos Cuellar and James Milner coming on for Martin O'Neill's side.

1601: Big Joe Kinnear takes his seat in the directors' box at Goodison Park. He gets a hug from Bill Kenwright. He's banned from the touchline for two games after calling a ref 'Coco the clown' while he was at Forest. That ref was a clown that day, too, he was right.

1600: "I couldn't have come at a lower ebb. I've put my arm around the players, we've worked hard, I've reminded them that stuff that happens off the pitch has got nothing to do with them on the pitch. We'll be upbeat and up for the fight and we're going there to win."
Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear

1559: "I just don't understand Liverpool's inconsistency. Bring Babel and Keane on, get Kuyt off. He is shocking."
Jordan Hart in Plymouth, via text on 81111

1555: "Hull's dream start goes on - but Spurs have had chances. Phil Brown is almost literally kicking every ball. Juande Ramos, in contrast, is impassive. Some boos at half-time, but Spurs are still well in this."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane

1552: "A frustrating afternoon so far. I just think in the second half Robbie Keane should come on and if we can keep our heads we might get something from the game. All we can do is hope."
LFC6561 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1548: The whistle goes at the City of Manchester Stadium and Fratton Park, with both sets of home fans presumably quite enjoying their afternoons.

1547: Half-time at Stamford Bridge and Aston Villa have been torn apart. Spurs are booed off at the Lane, too, as Hull lead 1-0.

1545: Tottenham's best spell of the half almost results in an equaliser but Jonathan Woodgate's fierce shot from 15 yards deflects against Hull's Michael Turner and crashes back off the post. Couldn't get much closer.

1544: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
Chelsea are rampant and they get a second following a flowing move down the left that ends with Brad Friedel saving from Michael Ballack and then Nicolas Anelka, but the French forward finishes at the second attempt.

1543: GOAL Man City 2-0 Liverpool
Javier Garrido curls a cracking 22-yard free-kick into the top left-hand corner of Pepe Reina's net and City double their advantage four minutes before half-time. Problems for Rafa now.

1541: "I never thought I would ever say I was happy to see Bent coming on, but at the moment he is our best chance of getting back into this game. Sad but true."
Steven in Partridge Green, via text on 81111

1539: Chelsea are still ploughing forward, their passing a joy to behold. Meanwhile, Heurelho Gomes has to be alert to save Marlon King's stinging right-foot shot.

1536: Oh my. Dean Marney turns like a flash on the edge of the Spurs box and his right-foot shot crashes against the base of Heurelho Gomes' right-hand post with the Brazilian not even in the same postcode. When does a crisis become a disaster?

1536: "Tensions high on the benches. Gus Poyet is unhappy after referee Rob Styles fails to give a foul on Luka Modric. Phil Brown is in the mix after another Spurs player goes down. Lively on and off the pitch."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane

1535: Roman Pavlyuchenko's afternoon is over already and the Russian's miserable start to life in London shows no signs of ending. He trudges off, presumably with an injury though you never know, and Darren Bent comes on.

1535: "Duff as a centre-forward? Viva the Kinnear revolution! Oh wait, Cacapa's in the team."
tomtom94 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1533: "Cubs get eliminated in the play-offs and I'm at the Lane watching Spurs lose early... does the pain ever end?"
Zach, London, via text on 81111

1532: Everton are without the suspended Tim Cahill and captain Phil Neville, who has a hamstring problem. Mikel Arteta will deputise as skipper, while Steven Piennar returns to the starting line-up. Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear recalls fit again left-back Jose Enrique, with Sebastien Bassong dropping to the bench, while Danny Guthrie starts after his three-match ban. Michael Owen will be partnered by Damien Duff in attack.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Arteta, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar, Saha, Yakubu.
Subs: Nash, Yobo, Castillo, Vaughan, Nuno Valente, Rodwell, Anichebe.
Newcastle: Given, Taylor, Coloccini, Cacapa, Jose Enrique, Geremi, Butt, Guthrie, N'Zogbia, Owen, Duff.
Subs: Harper, Bassong, Xisco, Ameobi, Edgar, Doninger, Donaldson.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

1530: A Frank Lampard free-kick is parried away by Brad Friedel. Chelsea are completely dominating Villa so far today and should be more goals ahead.

1526: Everyone is getting in on the act for Chelsea and this time it's Nicolas Anelka who is close to scoring. He hustles Curtis Davies off the ball and then smacks a 25-yard shot off the top of the bar.

1525: GOAL Portsmouth 1-0 Stoke
What on earth is going on today? Jermain Defoe wriggles into some space on the right of Stoke's penalty area and his cross is sensationally, acrobatically volleyed in by Peter Crouch. Brilliant overhead kick, great technique.

1523: Full-time West Ham 1-3 Bolton

1522: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
Villa only have themselves to blame as they give the ball away at the back, Florent Malouda finds Frank Lampard and he tees up Joe Cole inside the area on the right to smash a shot past Brad Friedel. Very much a deserved lead for the home team.

1522: David James flaps at a Rory Delap long throw, but Pompey manage to clear their lines.

1520: GOAL Man City 1-0 Liverpool
Poor defending from Liverpool. Shaun Wright-Phillips crosses from the right at the second attempt and Alvaro Arbeloa dallies for too long, the ball eventually falling to Stephen Ireland to hammer the ball into the roof of the net.

1520: "Juande Ramos was swamped by photographers before kick-off. Always a bad sign. And that free-kick from Geovanni has not helped him. Spurs fans still well behind their team though."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane

1519: Frank Lampard heads wide from close range after a cross from Nicolas Anelka.

1518: Dirk Kuyt leans back and skies a shot from 10 yards after great work down the Liverpool left from Albert Riera.

1517: "Is Geovanni on a free the best piece of business in the history of the Premier League? Sure looks that way at the moment."
Johnny, via text on 81111

1514: GOAL West Ham 1-3 Bolton
Cracking goal from long-distance specialist Matty Taylor, who has a short run up and fairly hammers a free-kick into the far corner of Robert Green's net from 30 yards out. Great strike, game over.

1513: A poor David James kick ends up with Dave Kitson and he is one-on-one with the England number one, but the Stoke striker sends his effort wide.

1511: Robinho shoots from 20 yards but it's an easy save for Pepe Reina, while Joe Cole just cannot get on the end of Nicolas Anelka's cross at Chelsea.

1510: "Are you Arsenal in disguise?" sing the Hull fans to their gutted Tottenham counterparts.

1509: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Hull City
He's only gone and done it again, hasn't he? Not north London's favourite Brazilian, I'd wager. The on-fire Geovanni curls home a delicious free-kick from fully 30 yards into the postage stamp top corner of Gomes's net. Spurs in disbelief, Hull in dreamland - again.

1509: "Tottenham are struggling to score goals and the leading scorer starts on the bench again. Darren Bent really should be the first name on the teamsheet."
irvinf on 606
Join the debate on 606

1507: "Here goes Benitez again changing a winning team... Keane has always scored consecutively. Riera to win the match for us today."
Jonny Finkel, London, via text on 81111

1505: Albert Riera tries an ambitious shot on the half-volley from a ludicrous angle out on the left, but he catches it sweetly and Joe Hart has to make a save. Meanwhile, Michael Ballack forces a fine low save from Brad Friedel from 20 yards.

1504: Geovanni blazes over for Hull from eight yards, while at Fratton Park Papa Bouba Diop rifles wide from 15 yards.

1503: It's national team o'clock at Stamford Bridge today, with football coach supremo Fabio Capello taking in his third game of the weekend, and cricket captain Kevin Pietersen also watching on. Needless to say, they are dressed very differently.

1502: A little late, but we'll forgive them, as Manchester City and Liverpool begin proceedings at Middle Eastlands.

1501: Chelsea and Aston Villa get under way at Stamford Bridge.

1500: Tottenham and Hull and Portsmouth and Stoke are both under way.

1459: The crowd are right behind the Hammers now and Valon Behrami crashes in a right-foot from 25 yards that sails just wide of the Bolton goal.

1456: GOAL West Ham 1-2 Bolton
Back in the game. A corner is floated in from the right, Matthew Upson heads it back across goal and Carlton Cole nods it in, via a Bolton player. His goal though, for sure.

1455: "Didier Zokora has been Spurs' best player for Spurs this season and it would be amazing if he could get his first goal for the club in his 100th game."
Sakaria2 on 606

Join the debate on 606

Blimey, 100 games. I wonder how many sideways passes...

1451: It's calamity defending from West Ham as Matthew Upson passes back to Robert Green from two yards and the keeper's hurried clearance lands about 12 yards out, where Johan Elmander acrobatically volleys over.

1450: Gavin McCann has been impressive today and he side-foots a shot from 30 yards that flies inches wide of Robert Green's right-hand post.

1449: Kevin Nolan is somewhat unfortunately booked for a coming together with Valon Behrami.

1448: "West Ham are lacking a creative spark, they need someone with a bit of magic in the hole to link the midfield to the strikers. They need a Zola."
Capital(RED) on 606

Join the debate on 606

Doesn't every team, son?

1445: Jlloyd Samuel collects Gavin McCann's pass and surges into the West Ham half, but he gets excited in the box and drags a cross-shot well wide of the far post. Bolton looking to hit the hosts on the counter, now.

1441: Craig Bellamy comes on for David di Michele at Upton Park. West Ham need to step it up now.

1441: Tottenham bring in Vedran Corluka to replace Ledley King, while Roman Pavyluchenko replaces Darren Bent. On-loan Man United striker Fraizer Campbell starts against the club he scored 15 goals for last season in the Championship. Hull are unchanged from the team that won at Arsenal last weekend after Marlon King was passed fit to play.

1439: Carlton Cole curls a shot goalwards from roughly 20 yards and Jussi Jaaskelainen claws the ball away via the post for a corner.

1439: "Ivanovic is highly rated, praised by Vidic, wanted by Milan."
ChelseaNicholls on 606

Join the debate on 606

To be fair, Milan did sign Senderos, though.

1436: "Hammers fans at Upton Park are bemused by Robert Green's uncharacteristic sloppiness. Expect to see Craig Bellamy in the second half as despite the scoreline West Ham could bounce back."
BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Upton Park

1435: "Stevo, I'm really concerned that our outstanding record is going out the window today. Wonder if Ivanovic is up to playing Carew?"
Alex, a concerned Chelsea fan, via text on 81111

1433: We are back under way at Upton Park, with West Ham two goals down to Bolton.

1433:Chelsea hand a first league start to Branislav Ivanovic in place of the injured Alex, Joe Cole and Ashley Cole return while Nicolas Anelka replaces Didier Drogba up front. Aston Villa revert to the same side that has played all six of their previous league games this season.

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Joe Cole, Ballack, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka.
Subs: Hilario, Di Santo, Bridge, Ferreira, Kalou, Belletti, Mancienne.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Davies, Laursen, Shorey, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor.
Subs: Guzan, Milner, Harewood, Knight, Salifou, Cuellar, Gardner.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

1429: Manchester City centre-back Richard Dunne returns to the side in place of Tal Ben Haim in manager Mark Hughes's only change from their win over Omonia Nicosia. Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez brings in the fit-again holding midfielder Javier Mascherano for striker Robbie Keane in his only change from the win over PSV Eindhoven in midweek.

1429:Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop starts after overcoming a hamstring strain, but John Utaka misses out with a hamstring problem. Steve Simonsen starts in goal for Stoke because Thomas Sorensen has flu, as does midfielder Salif Diao. Amdy Faye returns from suspension, while Rory Delap and Ricardo Fuller play after passing fitness tests and Michael Tonge also starts.

1428: "I have to admit, I would love to see Hull win today. But I think Spurs will win, it's probably the biggest league game Juande Ramos has had as Spurs manager. They have to win."
Subterranean on 606
Join the debate on 606

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Dunne, Richards, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, Elano, Robinho, Jo.
Subs: Schmeichel, Petrov, Fernandes, Hamann, Evans, Ben-Haim, Sturridge.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Alonso, Riera, Torres.
Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Agger, Keane, Benayoun, Babel, Leiva Lucas.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

1423: "It's strange that since the latterly much-maligned David Seaman retired, the goalkeeper position is proving as difficult to fill as the England wicket keeper position after Alec Stewart. Two greats, both desperately missed."
Rob, staunch Seaman supporter, via text on 81111

Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Diop, Davis, Hughes, Armand Traore, Crouch, Defoe.
Subs: Ashdown, Little, Kanu, Hreidarsson, Kaboul, Mvuemba, Pamarot.
Stoke: Simonsen, Griffin, Cort, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Delap, Olofinjana, Amdy Faye, Tonge, Fuller, Kitson.
Subs: Whelan, Soares, Cresswell, Sidibe, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Sonko.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

Tottenham: Gomes, Gunter, Corluka, Woodgate, Bale, Lennon, Jenas, Zokora, Modric, Pavlyuchenko, Campbell.
Subs: Cesar, Bentley, Bent, Giovani, Dawson, O'Hara, Assou-Ekotto.
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson, Marney, Ashbee, Boateng, Geovanni, King, Cousin.
Subs: Hughes, Duke, Garcia, Mendy, Halmosi, Folan, Ricketts.
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire).

1416: Half-time West Ham 0-2 Bolton

1415: Herita Ilunga is back on and he wins another corner, from the resulting play Matthew Upson heads a cross from the left over the bar.

1415: "Has Ramos all of a sudden changed into Rafa? I mean what's up with the rotation system?!"
mdfactor on 606
Join the debate on 606

1413: "Bolton, winning 2-0? I think I'm getting a nose bleed!"
Andy in the Bolton end, via text on 81111

1411: "Lashings of rain down at the Lane. Can lightning strike twice in north London with Hull the visitors after their win at Arsenal?

"No David Bentley for Spurs again - not worked out yet for David Beckham's would-be successor. How long will he be happy with his England chances being affected by bench-warming at Spurs? Aaron Lennon gets the nod ahead of him - not what Bentley wanted when he left Blackburn."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane

1409: Herita Ilunga is bleeding quite heavily from a cut on his left hand. He is led down the tunnel for some treatment and West Ham - temporarily, I'm sure - lose their best player so far today.

1407: "Still better than David James though."
Tony in Sheffield, via text on 81111

1404: GOAL West Ham 0-2 Bolton
Bolton press again and again they find West Ham wanting. Gretar Steinsson fires in a half-volley that Robert Green gets down to save, but in the process the ball runs straight out to Gary Cahill who gleefully taps home his first Bolton goal. Harsh to blame the keeper, but he'll be disappointed for sure.

1404: "Oh my, and I was calling for him to be England goalie..."
GraymeadYNWA on 606
Join the debate on 606

Not good enough. Never has been, never will be.

1402: Mark Noble hits a 22-yard free-kick towards the top corner, but it's just a little too high.

1400: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Bolton
Howler, howler, howler. Robert Green won't forget that one in a hurry. A long ball is played into the Hammers box and it's the keeper's all the way, but he inexplicably drops the ball - just like Petr Cech at Euro 2008 - and Kevin Davies prods the ball into the empty net. Whoops.

1359: Valon Behrami - he's a bit of an animal, according to my colleague Ian Hughes - takes a touch and smacks a right-foot shot just wide from 25 yards.

1358: "The jury might still be out on Robinho but I dare anyone to come up with a worse current Premier League 'footballer' than Luis Boa Morte!"
redandblackT1899-Dinho80 on 606
Join the debate on 606

Expect this one to run and run...

1355: Turns out it's less open than I'd first thought. Bolton are now sitting back a little and asking West Ham to break them down. A goal for the home team might not be a bad thing for the game at this rate.

1353: "As a Wigan fan I remember all of my Bolton-supporting mates laughing when they bought Elmander for 10m and we ended up with an unknown Egyptian striker... Who's laughing now then!? Outstanding performances from King Zaki and yet another overpriced waste of space down the road!"
Dan in Wigan, via text on 81111

1350: David di Michele cuts in from the right and rifles in a left-foot shot that skips up off the wet pitch and flies inches wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's right-hand post.

1347: "(See 1332) Andy Johnson plus 4.25m for Clinton Morrison from Blues to Palace, Johnson later sold for 12m. Worst swap ever..."
Adam from Crewe, via text on 81111

1345: Herita Ilunga is causing some big problems down the West Ham left and he runs through a couple of tackles into the area, his cross just sailing over the Hammers players in the box.

1344: It's a very open game, this one, I say with some surprise. Apparently, Elmander only cost 8.2m, so that's OK then.

1342: Johan Elmander is played into some space inside the West Ham box, but his toe-poked effort is lacking any sort of power and Robert Green saves easily.

1342: Carlton Cole turns his man neatly, but he bends a left-footer just over the bar from 22 yards.

1341: "As a Bolton fan living in Sweden, yes."
KevinDaviesIsMyBodyGuard on 606
Join the debate on 606

So to about four people, then? Oh.

1339: First musing of the match - is Johan Elmander really worth 10m?

1337: "As a Man Utd fan I would love to see Zola take West Ham top, it would be a breath of fresh air seeing other teams doing well."
funnyitsonlyagame on 606
Join the debate on 606

1334: Mark Noble is in the book very early doors and he can have few complaints for a lunging, mis-timed challenge that catches Gretar Steinsson on the ankle.

1334: Herita Ilunga scampers down the left and is fouled by Kevin Davies. Julien Faubert swings in the free-kick, but Jussi Jaaskelainen gathers comfortably.

1332: "John Carew gives John Terry nightmares. Something Milan Baros would only have done dressed as Bo Peep. Premier League's best ever swap?"
Jamie in Cambridge, via text on 81111

1330: Sunday's Premier League action gets under way at Upton Park.

1327: The teams are out at Upton Park - can Gianfranco Zola take West Ham to the top of the Premier League?

1325: "Technology in the game would ruin football. It would take away debates about decisions and would take the excitement and unpredictability from the game. What else will we talk about over a pint?"
tom_hayward91 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1321:West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola names an unchanged side as he looks to secure a result that could take them, albeit briefly, to the top of the table. Bolton are also unchanged, while winger Matthew Taylor is on the bench after recovering from a broken toe.

1318: "A Spurs win? Stevo, are you feeling unwell?"
Matt in Maidenhead, via text on 81111

1315: "I don't mind Spurs or Newcastle, but 'just for fun' can we see them lose again please?"
supermanutd61g on 606
Join the debate on 606

1312: "I had a conversation with Rob Styles for about 20, 25 minutes, but it doesn't make a great deal of difference really. He was probably the only person inside Old Trafford who actually thought it was a penalty. We chatted about technology for a while, too."
Bolton manager Gary Megson

1310: "Dean Ashton is an important player for this club and I am very sorry for him. We hope he will come back soon as we will miss him a lot, but there are some big chances for other players now. Carlton Cole is coping very well as the moment."
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola

1307: Anyway, back to West Ham-Bolton for the time being. It's 18 games since the Hammers kept a clean sheet, but gaffer Gianfranco Zola won't care as long as they keep winning, and they have indeed triumphed in both the league games since he took charge. As for Bolton, they've lost three in a row. Though they weren't helped last week when the tackle of the season led to a penalty.

1303: "Villa can seriously upset Chelsea today. We have no injuries and have five players back who were rested on Thursday. 2-1 to Villa. Table-toppers at 1700."
Stuart in Tamworth, via text on 81111

1300: Stevo's Predos:
West Ham 2-0 Bolton
Chelsea 2-2 Aston Villa
Everton 3-2 Newcastle
Man City 1-2 Liverpool
Portsmouth 1-1 Stoke
Tottenham 2-1 Hull City
Lawro's predictions

West Ham: Green, Faubert, Neill, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Di Michele, Etherington, Cole.
Subs: Lastuvka, Lopez, Bellamy, Boa Morte, Mullins, Davenport, Sears.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Andrew O'Brien, Cahill, Samuel, Davies, Nolan, McCann, Muamba, Gardner, Elmander.
Subs: Al Habsi, Hunt, Taylor, Joey O'Brien, Smolarek, Riga, Shittu.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

1255: If Tottenham fail to beat Hull, it will be their worst start to a season for 96 years. That's going all the way back to 1912, when something fairly major happened that was later turned into a film, as I'm sure you know. Insert your own sinking jokes here...

1252: "Stevo say something funny again, something like "Robinho is useless"."
all-powerfulBlueNick on 606
Join the debate on 606

Hang on, when did I become the clown? Actually, that's probably fair enough. Though I didn't say Robinho was useless, just that he isn't world-class. Which he isn't, obviously.

1248: Team news from Upton Park on the way and Stevo's Predos due at 1300 BST. Some people are asking if I can be as controversial as yesterday - like a schizophrenic, I'm in two minds. What do you reckon?

1246: "Ah some Premier League football to take my mind off a 600-mile round trip to see my team get spanked by Plymouth in the rain! And Geordies think they have it bad!"
Craig in Sheffield, via text on 81111

1243: Let's run through today's action. First up at 1330 BST, West Ham meet Bolton at Upton Park. At 1500, we've got Chelsea v Aston Villa, Man City v Liverpool, Portsmouth v Stoke and Tottenham v Hull - the 'Dawson Derby', as I like to call it. Then, at 1600 BST, Everton entertain Newcastle at Goodison Park. Consider your appetite whet.

1239: "I really hope the City-Liverpool game is an end-to-ender with goals aplenty. We might even see a 4-3. Then again we might see a dour 0-0."
eboue'snewmind on 606
Join the debate on 606

Well make your mind up, son - you can't have two predos.

1235: And a very warm welcome to all of you, for another unmissable afternoon of the most extraordinary league in the world. If you keep me company for the next six hours, I promise I'll try not to upset you too much. Though a little controversy is good for the soul, isn't it? Get those texts flying in to the magic 81111 and join in with the 606 debate. I'm on my best behaviour today.
Join the debate on 606

1230: Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town. Marvel at the size of Chelsea's injury list. Watch in horror as West Ham fail to keep a clean sheet yet again. Be amazed as Rory Delap throws the ball further than he can kick it. And gasp as Joe Kinnear, forgotten-man-of-football-turned-Premier-League-ringmaster, leads out Newcastle at Everton. Welcome back to the big time, Joe.

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

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.