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Premier League as it happened

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool MATCH REPORT
Man City 3-0 Stoke MATCH REPORT
Portsmouth 1-1 Fulham MATCH REPORT
Tottenham 2-0 Bolton MATCH REPORT
West Ham 0-2 Arsenal MATCH REPORT
Wigan 0-4 Aston Villa MATCH REPORT


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By Caroline Cheese

1904: Phenomenal day. Truly. I absolutely love football sometimes... no, wait, make that all the time. You'd be a fool to miss MOTD2 at 2200 GMT on BBC2. A fool. And finally, a heartfelt thank you to Football_is_my_religion on 606 who has been moved to write a poem summing up today's events. It's too long to publish but here's just a snippet: "Tottenham with a new boss, bossed around poor Bolton, With Harry there behind the Spurs, the Trotters could not halt 'em. In comparison poor Portsmouth, no manager, deflated, Had victory snatched from them, Fulham left there quite elated."
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1902: A very clear winner, and indeed loser, in today's Player Rater. Robinho's hat-trick in Man City's 3-0 win over Stoke earns him whopping 9.15. Gavin McCann's red card for Bolton earns him a not-so-whopping 3.64. Honourable mentions to Jamie Carragher, Luka Modric, Gabby Agbonlahor and Jermain Defoe for "breaking the eight" today. Still time to have your click though...
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1855: Well, unlucky Portsmouth I say but let's credit Fulham for a spirited fightback at the death there. Clint Dempsey's goal was their first from open play in six games.

1852: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 1-1 Fulham

1851: Late corner for Portsmouth... Peter Crouch's header comes to Niko Kranjcar - but he wastefully shoots wide.

1848: Into four minutes of added time now... mad scramble in the Fulham box and Arnold Mvuemba has a shot blocked.

1845: GOAL Portsmouth 1-1 Fulham
Unbelievable. There just had to be final twist on this incredible day of Premier League action. Erik Nevland crosses from the right for fellow sub Clint Dempsey to finish at the near post. Portsmouth pay a hefty price for losing their shape over the last 10 minutes. Dempsey was completely unmarked.

1843: Sylvain Distin saves Pompey. From Bobby Zamora's left-wing cross, the defender stretches to get to the ball as Andy Johnson waits to tap in.

1841: A flurry of changes. Lassana Diarra - who clearly is still feeling the effects of that knock - is replaced by Arnold Mvuemba, while fit-again Nico Kranjcar replaces Armand Traore. Erik Nevland is on for Fulham, John Pantsil off.

1839: All of a sudden, Fulham are coming back into this. Bobby Zamora volleys Jimmy Bullard's ball over the top first time and David James has to bounce it before collecting.

1835: And now Lassana Diarra needs treatment after he is robbed by Danny Murphy. He should be fine also. Portsmouth have been impressive today, attacking with real menace through the pace of Traore, Diarra, Belhadj, and of course Defoe.

1832: For the millionth time today (approx), Jermain Defoe picks up the ball in the left-hand channel and darts into the box where he is met by a firm Brede Hangeland challenge. He's back on after treatment.

1831: Jermain Defoe tries a clever first-time flicked cross for Peter Crouch but it's too close to the keeper. Defoe has been a menace to the Fulham defence all game.

1829: Oof. Nadir Belhadj's shot thumps against the foot of the post as Portsmouth look for a second. Fulham make a change with Zoltan Gera replaced by Clint Dempsey.

1828: Tony Adams is on his feet with an almighty shout of "refereeeeee" as Armand Traore and John Pantsil go shoulder to shoulder in the box. Traore wants a pen, but he ain't getting one.

1827: "Re 1816: We are still unbeaten without playing well! Have to see how we deal with the pressure now, up the Reds!"
Matty, Liverpool, via trxt on 81111

1826: Armand Traore breaks at pace from midfield and finds Jermain Defoe, but the striker is falling as he hits the shot and it goes harmlessly behind.

1822: That goal was reward for a sustained spell of pressure from Portsmouth. Fulham really under the cosh in the last 10 minutes.

1819: GOAL Portsmouth 1-0 Fulham
Jermain Defoe controls the ball in midfield and takes a couple of touches to the edge of the box where he lays it off to an unmarked Peter Crouch, who slots home. That's six all in the Defoe/Crouch goal race.

1816: "Liverpool still aren't convincing enough for me as title contenders. They haven't won games by dominating, only by their tenacity and bucket-load of luck, which will probably run out by Jan or so. I still reckon Chelsea and United to fight it out in the end, with Liverpool ending third."
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1811: Jermain Defoe goes close again, stinging the fingertips of Mark Schwarzer. He doesn't seem to be sulking too much about 'Arry's departure. By the way, Arsenal's win over West Ham means Aston Villa's brief sojourn at fourth in the table is over. The Gunners are four points behind leaders Liverpool.

1809: Jermain Defoe goes on a slaloming run through midfield, before unleashing a fierce shot which spins wide.

1807: Fulham win a promising free-kick out right, which Jimmy Bullard will take... Portsmouth clear.

1802: The Portsmouth players are all high-fives and hugs as they prepare for the second half. Away we go...

1800: Think the phones will be ringing off the hook in the 5 Live studio. Spoony is the man having his ear bent on 606. 0500 909 693 is the number you require. Text 85058, or email

1758: "Hopefully this is the kick up the backside Adebayor needed. Cole should never have been sent off. Three hugely poor decisions. Luckily the result reflects the chances we had."
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1755: FULL-TIME West Ham 0-2 Arsenal

1754: RED CARD West Ham
From bad to worse for the Hammers as Carlton Cole slides in on Alex Song in his desperation to win back the ball. Reckless tackle, but perhaps a touch unlucky to get a straight red.

1753: GOAL West Ham 0-2 Arsenal
Nicklas Bendtner picks out a perfect pass for Emmanuel Adebayor on the break and the striker bides his time before coolly rounding Rob Green and finishing past the defender on the line.

1751: A huge roar from the home fans as Craig Bellamy wins a corner after his free-kick is cleared. Arsenal struggle to clear their lines, and there are shouts for a handball, but the Gunners finally win it back and...

1749: Julien Faubert is deservedly booked for flattening Nicklas Bendtner in his own half.

1746: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Fulham

1745: James Collins - now playing as an extra attacker - is in space 20 yards out but scoops his shot over the bar. A defender's shot if ever I saw one.

1743: What a brilliant day of football this has been. Emmanuel Adebayor goes close to a second for Arsenal, as Andy Johnson has the ball in the net for Fulham but the offside flag is up.

1740: Craig Bellamy makes his way into the box, and falls under the challenge from William Gallas. Big shouts from the home fans for a penalty - only a half-hearted one from Bellamy.

1736: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Arsenal
Emmanuel Adebayor's shot is turned into the net by Julien Faubert for an own goal. A big slice of fortune for the Gunners.

1734: Robin van Persie's curling 25-yard free-kick comes back off the post. Arsenal are getting closer with less than 20 minutes remaining. At Portsmouth, Nadir Belhadj picks the ball up on the halfway line and beats several men before seeing his shot from inside the area well saved by Mark Schwarzer.

1733: "Clive Allen did a great job today - but I like to think I had an influence as well."
New Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

1732: Another top-class save from Rob Green denies Robin van Persie. Beginning to look like one of those days for the Gunners.

1728: On come Emmanuel Adebayor and Abou Diaby for Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott. Seems strange. Walcott has been a threat down the left.

1728: Arsenal on the attack again. Theo Walcott beats three on the left and his cross rebounds to Robin van Persie - whose well-struck shot is blocked.

1725: "To win here and stay top of the table unbeaten is a massive message for the other teams. We have belief, we have quality and we have character. But we need three points in our next game against Portsmouth if we are going to keep this mentality."
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez

1723: Just under half an hour remaining at Upton Park. The Arsenal subs - including Emmanuel Adebayor - are warming up.

1722: "Rafa gets so much flak for his defensive substitutions but Arsene takes the cake for indecisiveness. How much more time before he sees this is just NOT working? Get Ramsey and Ade on... "
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1719: Portsmouth break at pace, Lassana Diarra crossing from the left for Peter Crouch, who lays the ball back to strike partner Jermain Defoe - shot deflected wide.

1718: Arsenal striker Robin van Persie needs treatment on his left knee after tangling with James Collins in the box. He's OK though.

1715: West Ham defender James Collins clears Theo Walcott's cross from almost underneath the bar, as Robin van Persie waits to apply the finishing touch.

1713: "Why haven't you mentioned the failure to penalise Rob Green for blatantly catching the ball outside the box to stop Bendtner going through on goal in the first half?" says Mick the Don via text on 81111. I don't want to go all Arsene Wenger on you, but I didn't see it.

1709: Big scare for Fulham. Papa Bouba Diop's firm header looks to be heading for the corner - but hits his own player - before Portsmouth go close again with a deflected shot.

1706: Much hilarity between Craig Bellamy, Scott Parker and ref Phil Dowd at Upton Park as that game kicks off on the second half. What was that all about I wonder?

1705: A sighter for Jermain Defoe at Fratton Park. Well wide.

1701: Gasps all round at Fratton Park - and not just because it's a bit nippy on the south coast. Jimmy Bullard fires a shot millimetres wide of the post for Fulham.

1700: Fulham get the game under way at Fratton Park.

1700: "I really feel for Juande Ramos. His team to all intents and purposes, just trying harder for someone else than they were for him. I hope a lot of Tottenham players do some soul-searching tonight, but I think they'll just be counting their win bonuses."
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1658: The Portsmouth players get a terrific reception from the home fans as they emerge from the tunnel. Joe Jordan and Tony Adams are in charge of team affairs today. There's an empty seat next to Adams...

1655: Arsenal and West Ham both had their chances in that first half, Rob Green pulling off several good saves in particular for the hosts. BBC 5 Live analyst Mark Bright reckons Robin van Persie does not look fit - or interested.

1653: FULL-TIME Man City 3-0 Stoke

1653: Harry Redknapp slaps his Tottenham players on the back as they leave the pitch following their first league win of the season. They're on five points now, with a trip to Arsenal coming up on Wednesday. Tasty.

1651: FULL-TIME Wigan 0-4 Aston Villa

1651: FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-0 Bolton

1649: HALF-TIME West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

1648: GOAL Wigan 0-4 Aston Villa
Not long after coming on for his Premier League debut for Villa, Steve Sidwell picks up the ball on the edge of the area and fires a magnificent shot into the roof of the net. And that's a rout.

1646: "I see some very good footballers putting in a good performance for their new manager. We'll have to wait five, 10 games to see if Harry Redknapp has the desired impact in the long run."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Graeme Murty

1642: Jlloyd Samuel flashes a shot across goal - just needed a touch and we would have had a grandstand finish (yes, been looking in my bag of cliches again). That happened moments after Bolton made a double change. Ricardo Gardner is on for his 200th Premier League appearance, along with Mustapha Riga. Johan Elmander and Fabrice Muamba make way.

1640: Rob Green is doing his England prospects no harm at all at Upton Park as he somehow sticks out an arm to keep out Nicklas Bendtner's shot. Excellent save. Not sure where Fabio is today. No reported sightings as yet...

1639: "News for Spurs fans: Hoffenheim 3-0 Hamburger SV. This is a top of the table clash, only played 36 minutes."
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1633: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Bolton
Jussi Jaaskelainen produces a wonderful stop to his right to keep out Luka Modric's dipping volley, but as he and Darren Bent chase after the rebound, the Spurs striker goes over. Soft penalty - which Bent tucks away.

1633: GOAL Man City 3-0 Stoke
Another superb pass from Daniel Sturridge sets up Robinho to slot under the keeper into the bottom corner, and that's the Brazilian's first hat-trick in English football.

1632: Penalty to Tottenham

1631: Jussi Jaaskelainen saves well from Tom Huddlestone's fierce low shot but the ball comes to Aaron Lennon - who wastefully shoot over.

1630: It's all go isn't it? Team news from a managerless Fratton Park... Lassana Diarra returns to the Portsmouth team but Glen Johnson, Glen Little and Niko Kranjcar are all missing. For Fulham, Leon Andreassen is missing through illness.

1628: Cesc Fabregas' chip is chested on by Robin van Persie for Theo Walcott, whose low shot is well saved by Rob Green diving to his right. At the Lane, Aaron Lennon replaces Jamie O'Hara.

1627: Luka Modric flicks the ball over his marker and chases it down, before providing a great ball for Darren Bent. Good save Jussi Jaaskelainen. From the corner, Modric shoots just wide.

1626: TEAMS Portsmouth v Fulham
Portsmouth: James, Pamarot, Kaboul, Distin, Belhadj, Diop, Diarra, Hughes, Armand Traore, Crouch, Defoe. Subs: Ashdown, Hreidarsson, Mvuemba, Utaka, Kanu, Djimi Traore, Kranjcar.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Bullard, Gera, Johnson, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Ki-Hyeon, Nevland, Dempsey, Milsom, Kallio, Baird.

1624: Yet another hopeless Heurelho Gomes punch gives Fabrice Muamba a chance, but his delicate lob lands on the roof of the net. Darren Bent replaces goalscorer Roman Pavlyuchenko.

1623: Theo Walcott's fierce drive shaves the top of the bar on the way through. Defence on top though so far at Upton Park.

1622: Micah Richards volleys over right in front of goal as Manchester City go for a third against Stoke. As it stands, Tottenham will stay bottom, a point behind Newcastle and two behind Stoke.

1620: GOAL Wigan 0-3 Aston Villa
Too easy. Gabby Agbonlahor collects the ball in acres of space out left and provides the perfect cross for John Carew to head home.

1618: "Gavin McCann has just hit a new level of useless."
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1615: GOAL Wigan 0-2 Aston Villa
John Carew's glancing header from a right-wing corner hits Gabriel Agbonlahor at the far post and bobbles in from a yard or two out.

1613: RED CARD Bolton
Gavin McCann, booked for dissent in the first half, makes it two yellow cards for a reckless challenge on Tom Huddlestone. He doesn't even wait for the red, just turns round and walks off.

1612: Bad news for Aston Villa as Gareth Barry limps off, and he will be replaced by John Carew. Meanwhile at Upton Park, Robin van Persie loses the ball and Hammers midfielder David di Michele sees his fabulous shot tipped over by Manuel Almunia.

1610: Kevin Nolan scoops over the bar for Bolton after some decent build-up play. Spurs need a second to settle the nerves.

1607: GOAL Man City 2-0 Stoke
Danny Sturridge cuts in from the right with some nice trickery before slipping a clever ball through for that man Robinho to score his fifth goal of the season for City.

1604: Wigan v Villa is under way again too, as is Man City v Stoke.

1604: "Re 1550: At least Gomes comes for crosses. After Paul 'stay at home' Robinson we are grateful for any cross half punched!"
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1602: Arsenal kick off at West Ham, while Bolton get the second half under way at White Hart Lane.

1601: Storrie also says they have not made a shortlist for the next manager - dismissing reports they have already approached Sam Allardyce.

1600: Portsmouth chairman Peter Storrie has just been on BBC 5 Live. He denied that Harry Redknapp's departure had anything to do with the club needing money. He said: "I can't speak highly enough for what he's done at this club, but the fact of the matter is he wanted to take this opportunity. He mentioned before about managing a big club. I'm shocked and disappointed and I wish he had stayed, but I wish him all the best."

1553: Team news from Upton Park... James Collins replaces West Ham captain Lucas Neill in one of four changes to the side which lost at Hull. Lee Bowyer makes his first Premier League start of the season. Arsenal captain William Gallas returns from injury, while Nicklas Bendtner replaces the rested Emmanuel Adebayor to partner Robin van Persie in attack.

1552: "Might not be a bad thing for Chelsea to get the unbeaten home record monkey off their back."
Richard, London, via text on 81111
An 86-match unbeaten run? A monkey on their back?

1550: Think a goalkeeper might be top of Harry Redknapp's January shopping list? Heurelho Gomes's attempts at dealing with crosses are very amusing to watch, but not much fun if you're a Spurs fan - or defender for that matter.

1549: HALF-TIME Man City 1-0 Stoke

1548: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-1 Aston Villa

1547: HALF-TIME Tottenham 1-0 Bolton

1545: Ched Evans hobbles off for Manchester City, to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge. To all the Jo fans who were texting in earlier, the Brazil striker is ill. Poor love.

1544: By your reckoning, goalscorer Xabi Alonso was the man of the match at Stamford Bridge. Florent Malouda appears to be carrying the can for Chelsea's uninspired display, with 4.94 on Player Rater.
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1542: TEAMS West Ham v Arsenal
West Ham: Green, Faubert, Collins, Upson, Ilunga, Mullins, Parker, Bowyer, Di Michele, Bellamy, Cole. Subs: Lastuvka, Lopez, Etherington, Boa Morte, Davenport, Collison, Sears.
Arsenal: Almunia, Eboue, Gallas, Silvestre, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Song Billong, Nasri, Bendtner, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Sagna, Toure, Ramsey, Djourou, Adebayor.

1539: "Liverpool's supporters are a picture of total elation after a magnificent victory. Chelsea simply ran out of ideas. Rafael Benitez will not get carried away, but if he wanted a barometer of his side's progress this season, they provided compelling evidence that the domination of their beaten opponents and Manchester United might be under threat. It was all too much for one Chelsea fan who raced on to the pitch at the final whistle. Bad day all round for that chap."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1536: Joe Hart comes to Man City's rescue again with a good save from Ryan Shawcross's header. At Tottenham, a driving run from Jamie O'Hara sets up Tom Huddlestone but he flashes a shot wide.

1534: Keeper calamities at the Lane. I'm not sure Heurelho Gomes is your man to deal with Bolton's set-pieces. He flaps at a free-kick, leaving Kevin Davies to shoot against the foot of the post. Straight up the other end, Jussi Jaskelainen fumbles a cross and Tom Huddlestone volleys over.

1533: "Ah well, 86 is not a bad run. We'll just have to start again. Best team won today, but what counts is the best team all season."
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1532: Olivier Kapo misses a great chance to equalise for Wigan, hooking his shot over with the keeper stranded.

1530: "My relationship AND Chelsea's home record - both gone in the space of two hours. GUTTED."
Julian, Plymouth, via text on 81111

1528: Comedy defending by Tottenham - which begins with Benoit Assou-Ekotto trying to head back to the keeper - almost leads to an equaliser as Kevin Davies floats a shot just wide of the far post.

1527: The Liverpool players start the celebrations after ending Chelsea's remarkable unbeaten home record in the league at 86 games - stretching back to February 2004. Oh, and Rafa Benitez's side move three points clear at the top.

1525: FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

1525: Franco di Santo hammers a wild volley into the stands and that's surely that...

1524: Into added time at the Bridge, and You'll Never Walk Alone is ringing out.

1522: GOAL Wigan 0-1 Aston Villa
It won't surprise you to learn that it's Titus Bramble who gives away the spot-kick with a sliding challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. The Wigan players are convinced he got a touch on the ball. Replays inconclusive. Gareth Barry buries the spot-kick.

1522: Penalty to Aston Villa

1520: "Chelsea's fans are starting to sense the end of this Premier League unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge and the frustration is growing. Liverpool's fans, meanwhile, are bouncing to their hearts' delight. If they hold on, they have beaten Manchester United and Chelsea without Fernando Torres in their starting line-up - some achievement that."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1520: Man City keeper Joe Hart pulls off a good save to deny Ricardo Fuller after a mistake by Tal Ben Haim.

1517: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Bolton
David Bentley crosses from the right for Roman Pavluchenko to rise between the two markers and plant a firm header into the bottom corner. His first Prem goal, and a perfect start for 'Arry.

1516: GOAL Man City 1-0 Stoke
Elano knocks down Shaun Wright-Phillips's cross to Ched Evans, who slides the ball over to a completely unmarked Robinho for the precise finish at the near post.

1515: Harry Redknapp is out on the touchline, organising his new Tottenham side. Spurs are passing the ball about well, but not much penetration so far.

1514: "Liverpool have been fantastic - and not just without the ball. When you come here, you can't give possession away cheaply and they haven't done that."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Steve Claridge

1512: Deco pulls back Javier Mascherano in frustration after losing the ball, and gets a yellow card. All these cards flying about, it will be surprise if there isn't a red one before the final whistle.

1510: "We really need to sort out our up front problem in January. The few chances we get, we can't seem to finish them."
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1509: Ryan Babel fires a screamer just wide as Liverpool look for a second. Liverpool deserve the three points for their second-half performance alone.

1508: Jamie Carragher slides in with a brilliant, brilliant challenge on Deco, as the Portugal midfielder prepares to shoot from six yards out. 15 minutes remaining.

1505: Manchester City want a penalty after Robinho's corner is accidentally handled by Stoke defender Mamady Sidibe. At the Lane, Jamie O'Hara's shot from 20 yards is deflected just wide as Tottenham go close. From the corner, David Bentley turns to the crowd and tries to gee them up.

1505: Chelsea finally open Liverpool up, Franco Di Santo heading on for Ashley Cole who volleys a difficult chance wide.

1502: And the games at Eastlands and the JJB are also under way.

1500: A(nother) new era begins at White Hart Lane as Harry Redknapp's Tottenham kick off against Bolton.

1459: A sweeping counter-attack from Liverpool ends with Javier Mascherano overhitting his cross for Ryan Babel at the far post. Midway through the second half at the Bridge, and Liverpool more likely to add to their lead than Chelsea equalising.

1457: Javier Mascherano is the latest man to go into Howard Webb's little black book after the Argentine rather foolishly chases after the ref in response to Ashley Cole's foul on Ryan Babel. Cole's offence was a foul, nothing more, but with the left-back on a booking already, Mascherano clearly wanted more.

1455: "Ryan Babel will give Chelsea more to think about with his pace on the break - and his nice line in scoring appearances when coming on as substitute. Everyone here is still trying to work out how Alonso's free-kick stayed out. Could that be a turning point?"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1453: Juliano Belletti is penalised for a foul on Albert Riera, and Xabi Alonso steps up and curls a stunning effort onto the post, with Petr Cech motionless.

1451: And now a change for Liverpool, the disappointing Robbie Keane coming off for Ryan Babel. Babel will play through the middle, it looks like.

1449: Big Phil makes a double change, bringing both his wingers Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda off and replacing them with Juliano Belletti and Franco Di Santo.

1446: Harry Redknapp is introduced to the crowd at White Hart Lane, to a huge roar from the home fans. He is surrounded by photographers as he applauds all corners of the ground. At the Bridge, Ashley Cole is booked for rashly dragging back Jamie Carragher.

1446: Nicolas Anelka heads the ball on for Florent Malouda, who takes a touch in the box before being clattered by Jose Reina. As Howard Webb looks poised to give the penalty, the linesman finally gets his flag up - correctly - for offside.

1446: Howard Webb gets his card out again - and again it looks harsh. Florent Malouda runs into Alvaro Arbeloa in midfield.

144: Frank Lampard lays the ball off to Florent Malouda in a dangerous position on the left but he opts for a weak cross when a shot might have been the better option.

1441: "Early indications are that Benitez has asked Steven Gerrard to take a more advanced role at the start of the second half. It is a role that he worked to perfection just behind Fernando Torres last season - a bold move and perhaps a sign of Liverpool's increasing confidence."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1438: Confusing news from White Hart Lane. Contrary to earlier reports, Clive Allen picked the Tottenham team, not Harry Redknapp - but apparently 'Arry will be sitting in the dug-out.

1437: The ball is played through to Robbie Keane, who appears to take his eye of the ball as it runs over his foot. That was a half-chance in the early seconds of this half.

1437: Liverpool, in their familiar red strip, get the second half under way.

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1431: The news from Eastlands:Manchester City defender Micah Richards starts after recovering from an ankle problem, while Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen is named in the starting line-up despite needing 15 stitches in a nasty facial injury against Tottenham last weekend.

1429: Deflected it may have been, but that hasn't stopped Xabi Alonso's goal earning him top billing on Player Rater. He's on 7.65. Fives and sixes all round for Chelsea.
Chelsea v Liverpool Player Rater

1426: The team news from the JJB goes like this: Emile Heskey returns from a hamstring injury to partner man of the moment Amr Zaki up front for Wigan. Gabriel Agbonlahor has been passed fit for Villa despite being stretchered off in the latter stages of Thursday's 2-1 victory over Ajax. John Carew, who was allegedly spotted in a lap-dancing club on Thursday night, takes his place on the bench.

1425: TEAMS Man City v Stoke
Man City: Hart, Richards, Dunne, Ben-Haim, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, Elano, Robinho, Evans. Subs: Onuoha, Schmeichel, Fernandes, Caicedo, Hamann, Sturridge, Berti.
Stoke: Sorensen, Griffin, Abdoulaye Faye, Sonko, Higginbotham, Soares, Olofinjana, Diao, Delap, Fuller, Sidibe. Subs: Simonsen, Cort, Whelan, Cresswell, Kitson, Amdy Faye, Wilkinson.

1424: TEAMS Wigan v Aston Villa
Wigan: Kirkland, Boyce, Bramble, Scharner, Figueroa, De Ridder, Palacios, Cattermole, Kapo, Zaki, Heskey. Subs: Pollitt, Taylor, Kilbane, Koumas, Brown, Camara, Cywka.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Laursen, Cuellar, Shorey, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Milner. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Harewood, Carew, Davies, Knight, Gardner.

1423: What's that? You want the Bolton team news as well as Tottenham's? They're unchanged.

1422: "Excellent first half. Liverpool have the lead and that "they shall not pass look" about them, but Chelsea are also playing well without creating a clear opening. Javier Mascherano is once again Liverpool's unsung hero as he mops up in front of the back four, but Rafa Benitez clearly wants Robbie Keane to ensure more sticks up front to relieve some of the pressure. Big Phil looks relaxed, but Liverpool are 45 minutes from ending that incredible 86-game unbeaten Premier League record at Stamford Bridge."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1421: "They've had their element of fortune with the goal, but everybody has done the job that has been asked of them for Liverpool, and done it fantastically well."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Steve Claridge

1420: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

1418: Almost a calamity at the back for Chelsea as everyone leaves it to each other to clear. John Terry eventually takes control of the situation. Into added time at the end of the first half.

1418: TEAMS Tottenham v Bolton
Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Corluka, King, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Jenas, Huddlestone, Modric, O'Hara, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cesar, Zokora, Lennon, Bent, Gunter, Giovani, Campbell.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Davies, Nolan, Muamba, McCann, Taylor, Elmander. Subs: Al Habsi, Hunt, Smolarek, Gardner, Riga, Helguson, Shittu.

1412: Oh, Webby. Steven Gerrard goes in for a 50-50 challenge with Jose Bosingwa in midfield, winning the ball. The crowd react as Bosingwa rolls around and Howard Webb blows his whistle, compounding the error by bringing out a card for the Liverpool captain.

1410: The crowd responds as Chelsea put together a good spell of pressure. Deco smacks a shot into the advertising hoardings.

1409: Some Tottenham team news... skipper Ledley King plays his second match running, while David Bentley returns on the right wing. Roman Pavlyuchenko starts up front, with Darren Bent on the bench.

1404: Big Phil is waving his arms about as he makes a point to fourth official Rob Styles, who stands, arms folded, with a rather infuriating half-smile on his lips.

1402: BBC 5 Live's Mike Ingham reports that Xabi Alonso's goal was Liverpool's first in the league at Stamford Bridge under Rafa Benitez.

1401: "Rafael Benitez is concerned about the amount of space Jose Bosingwa is getting on Chelsea's right flank. He has already ordered Albert Riera to push in closer to the defender when he is attacking - but it continues to be a source of danger for Liverpool. The goal has given Liverpool a real lift and the whole team is moving with more purpose."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1400: "Blow your whistle Webby, if you'd offered me this score before the game I'd have taken it, so blow your whistle!"
JC, LFC fan, via text on 81111

1358: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard finds himself half a yard of space 30 yards out and unleashes one of those familiar, dipping, swerving drives - which Petr Cech does well to tip over.

1355: Howard Webb brings out his yellow card for the first time, and it's for Albert Riera who clumsily brings down Jose Bosingwa as the right-back looks to make progress down the wing.

1353: Frank Lampard gives away a free-kick as he attempts to win the ball back from Xabi Alonso. Liverpool are doing a good job of closing down the space in midfield.

1351: Liverpool winger Albert Riera cuts into the box from the left wing but slices his shot into the side netting.

1351: "Chelsea have really taken one on the nose there. While Big Phil was busy waving Salomon Kalou further forward to keep pressure on Liverpool's defenders, Xabi Alonso sent the visiting fans into ecstasy. Scolari is animated now, on his feet instead of sitting calmly in the dug-out. We have a game."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1348: Frank Lampard moves Nicolas Anelka's ball onto Salomon Kalou but it's a weak effort from the edge of the box from the Chelsea striker. Lampard was clattered by Jamie Carragher after the ball went, but ref Howard Webb played a good advantage.

1347: Time to dig out a cliche methinks. An early goal is just what this game needed.

1344: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt flicks on Alvaro Arbeloa's throw-in and the ball is only half-cleared to Xabi Alonso whose shot from the edge of the area takes a wicked deflection off Jose Bosingwa to beat Petr Cech. I make that Liverpool's first attack.

1342: Good positive start from Chelsea, zipping the ball about in midfield. Jose Bosingwa passes to Florent Malouda in space on the right but the forward is marginally offside.

1337: Xabi Alonso slips in midfield, allowing Nicolas Anelka to pick up possession. The ball eventually breaks to Deco but his shot is deflected behind. All a bit of a mess from Liverpool's point of view.

1335: So the football world has been turned on its head, the top two teams are in action on a bumper day of Prem actionů and this is what Chris from Luton has to say about it all: "Alright Caroline. I have just noticed that 20 out of the 36 players in Chelsea v Liverpool have names starting with an A, B, C, D. How strange."

1334: Away we go.

1329: Here they come then. Both these teams are unbeaten in the league this season. Something's got to give... or it could be a draw. In which case, nothing will give.

1328: "The rain has just eased off minutes before kick-off but the ground staff are still pitch-forking the turf. Real sense of anticipation and a genuine feeling among the Liverpool contingent that, despite the absence of Fernando Torres, they can achieve things here today. If they do then they may really start to believe that they can mount a serious title challenge this season."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1326: Right, time for the talking to stop because I spy the teams in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge and that means football is about to begin. Hurrah!

1325: "Jose Mourinho just phoned me personally and told me he was going to Pompey. For real."
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Weird, because according to today's papers, he's headed for Old Trafford, but I believe you.

1323: Spurs chairman Daniel Levy tells BBC Radio 5 Live that he "had to act decisively". He also adds that "Harry will have complete control". And his message for the fans: "They need to get behind the team and I'm sure we'll be fine. I hope we'll be competing for Europe."

1320: Harry Redknapp has arrived at White Hart Lane and headed for the dressing room. That's all really.

1316: "It's all about the midfield as both Chelsea and Liverpool's strength is not up front (no Torres/Drogba) so it's down to Mikel and Mascherano to see who contains the midfield. Who plays better will get the win."
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1311: "You need leadership throughout a club, not least on the pitch - and it's not about waving your fist about. It's about standing up in the dressing room and reminding players of their responsibilities. Leadership is a very easy to think to talk about, but a very hard thing to get."
Former Tottenham captain Steve Perryman

1308: More from John Motson at White Hart Lane. He has heard whispers that former Spurs and Blackburn midfielder Tim Sherwood could get a role in 'Arry's backroom staff, along with Kevin Bond. Daniel Levy is planning to formally introduce Redknapp at a news conference in the next couple of days, when the rest of his staff will also be unveiled.

1306: FULL TEAMS Chelsea v Liverpool
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Kalou, Deco, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka. Subs: Cudicini, Ivanovic, Di Santo, Sinclair, Ferreira, Alex, Belletti.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Agger, Aurelio, Alonso, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera, Keane. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Hyypia, Benayoun, Pennant, Babel, Leiva Lucas.

1300: Harry Redknapp will reportedly travel to White Hart Lane on the Tottenham team bus today. Officially, Clive Allen - the last man standing after Daniel Levy swung his axe yesterday - is in charge today. Redknapp, though, is thought to be picking the team.

1255: "Why does everyone hate Big Sam? He worked on a budget and got results. He put Bolton in a fantastic position because of his cheap and effective purchasing, it's why Megson can afford players like Elmander and co."
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1250: "I heard about an hour ago that Redknapp will try to persuade brother in law Frank Lampard Sr to join his back-up team at the Lane..."
Mike, London, via text on 81111

1248: "If Pompey appoint Big Sam, I won't be back."
Tom, via text on 81111 (Pompey fan I assume)

1246: "I feel so sorry for Portsmouth, who lose their manager hours before a Premier League game against Fulham. What kind of deal is that? It's an absolute joke - and I'm sure their fans are absolutely thrilled to learn Sam Allardyce has been linked with the post..."
BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Alan Green

1242: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Liverpool
Chelsea make one change from the side that beat Roma 1-0 in midweek, with fit-again Ashley Cole replacing Wayne Bridge at left-back. Liverpool make two changes, with Fabio Aurelio preferred to Andrea Dossena and Dirk Kuyt in for Yossi Benayoun. Still no Fernando Torres.

1242: As you may have heard, I don't do predictions, so here's CFC_MM91 on 606 with his/hers: "Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool, Tottenham 2-2 Bolton, Man City 2-0 Stoke, West Ham 0-3 Arsenal, Portsmouth 1-0 Fulham."
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1239: "Man City are playing Stoke! Mention that."
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Man City are old news now though...

1237: "It's Chelsea v Liverpool but all the pre-match talk here at Stamford Bridge is about Spurs. Redknapp's appointment is winning widespread media approval, although plenty are rightly wondering what Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch will be thinking. Successors? Big Sam, inevitably, gets a mention but one or two backers for Avram Grant, who of course was at Portsmouth as director of football."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1234: "Pompey fan here. Absolutely gutted and quite angry. It is completely out of the blue and in the run-up to the AC Milan game. Am hugely worried about the club now. So much for Harry's 'loyalty'."
Mitch, an angry Pompey fan, via text on 81111

1230: Ooooh, Sam Allardyce is reportedly "very interested" in the Portsmouth job. Imagine that. What with Big Sam being an out-of-work manager and Portsmouth being seventh in the Premier League and in the Uefa Cup...

1226: But still the Spurs news keeps coming... Here's a not-very-revealing-at-all statement from Juande Ramos: "The results are what counts in football and we all know how this world works. Now we just have to see if this decision is the best one for the team to recover and have a good season."

1224: As rickyk10 so rightly points out over on 606, this is "football, not EastEnders" and we are looking to a bumper Sunday featuring six games, starting with One v Two at 1330 GMT. Spurs host Bolton, while Portsmouth face Fulham at Fratton Park later on. Your thoughts, as always, are welcome via text on 81111 or on 606.
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1220:BBC 5 Live's John Motson has just been chatting to Daniel Levy and reports that there may be another statement from the Spurs chairman, who is apparently in "humble" mood. Motty continues: "I believe Spurs could be sold in the near future, so the whole thing is very fluid."

1217: "This reminds me an awful lot of Ian Holloway's decision to jump ship to the Foxes last year, citing it as "His chance to manage a big club". Unfortunately for him, the Foxes were relegated and he's now jobless. I wonder how this'll pan out."
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1214: "Does this mean Sol will play out his career at the Lane, become a coach, then succeed Harry and become a legend again... or am I getting ahead of myself?"
Rodders via text on 81111

1211: Just having a look at the notes for Tottenham's game against Bolton, one of three 3pm kick-offs today. "Juande Ramos celebrates a year in charge of Tottenham on Monday..." it begins. Ah. Guess who Tottenham's last home league win was against? Yup, Portsmouth back in March.

1209: "As a Saints fan I hope that Redknapp will now get found out. The ultimate 'chequeboook manager' who seems to have airbrushed our relegation out of his CV."
Joe via text on 81111

1207: "So much for the credit crunch, eh? 5 million compo to Pompey, goodness knows how much to pay off Ramos and a nice new pay packet for 'Arry!"
Steven in Manchester, via text on 81111

1201: If you're a betting person, you might be interested to learn that Sam Allardyce is the 3/1 favourite to take over at Pompey, ahead of Tony Adams and Avram Grant - who used to be director of football there. Gus Poyet and Stuart Pearce are among the outsiders. (Odds from Ladbrokes)

1155: "I'm a Spurs fan in shock, nothing at this club should surprise me though. I'm in danger of smiling! Do feel for Pompey fans. It's a cruel sport at times."
Anon via text on 81111

1149: I tell a lie. Here's SpursCentury on 606... "I think Harry's strengths are Ramos' weaknesses. I don't think Ramos could have gruelled us out of the bottom three, but Harry is one of the few that probably could. I'm not his biggest fan, but I think he can turn us around." Now 'gruelled' is not a word I'm familiar with - but I think I get what SpursCentury means.
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1145: Not heard a peep from the Tottenham fans as yet... Their chairman Daniel Levy has sent them an open letter to explain the extraordinary goings-on of the last 24 hours. He admits the club were too slow to identify replacements for Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov. He also confirms - to no-one's surprise - that he won't be appointing a replacement for director of football Damien Comolli.
Levy explains decisions to fans

1142: "I feel sorry for players like Crouch whose main decision to move was to get back with Harry. Will Crouch move again in January?? Will there be an exodus of Pompey players now that Harry has left?"
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1139: "Why doesn't the transfer window apply to managers and coaches as well players? If I was a Pompey supporter I would be gutted right now. I did think Harry's comments about a final opportunity to manage a 'big' club were quite amusing. Tottenham, in the era of the Premier League at any rate, have never been a 'big' club and I reckon there's a very good chance they will never be a 'big' club."
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1136:Harry Redknapp has told BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek this morning that his move is "good for everyone". He also wouldn't rule out signing some of his former players from Pompey. A return for Jermain Defoe?
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1129: Pompey fan Daniel Craig David James is first to go over on 606, simply saying: "Oh, Redknapp... Still, Tony Adams' Blue and White Army!" Portsmouth are understood to be lining up Sam Allardyce to take over from Redknapp...
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1123: The observant among you will have noticed that there are still more than two hours to go until Chelsea kick off against Liverpool, so I'm handing the reins over to you - and in particular Spurs and Pompey fans. If I'm a Spurs fan, I'm quite happy with the appointment of 'Arry - but fairly outraged by the timing of all this. If I'm a Portsmouth fan, I'm just outraged. What say you? Text 81111, join 606.
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1115: Reckon you had a crazy Saturday night? You've got nothing on Tottenham. They certainly made the most of that extra hour...

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
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
26 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Man City 3-0 Stoke
26 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Tottenham 2-0 Bolton
26 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Wigan 0-4 Aston Villa
26 Oct 08 |  Premier League
West Ham 0-2 Arsenal
26 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Portsmouth 1-1 Fulham
26 Oct 08 |  Premier League

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