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By Paul Fletcher

1929: Many thanks for all your texts and 606 comments today. I hope you all got the results you were looking for - although I realise that not everyone can end the day happy. That's football, as the old cliche goes.

1924: That is 10 away wins in succession in the Premier League for Chelsea - a record for the competition.

1923: Full-time West Brom 0-3 Chelsea
Chelsea have impressed, though the game was over as a contest at the break. West Brom, I suppose, can take some solace from the fact they kept the Blues at bay for the second 45 minutes.

1921: Didier Drogba, poor since his introduction, springs to life and bursts in the area but his low shot is blocked.

1919: West Brom have kept on running, there is no questioning their commitment, but they will end the day where they started - bottom of the table.

1916: Five minutes or so left and John Terry is subbed, replaced by Paulo Ferreira.

1915: Didier Drogba is on the ball and booed by the home fans.

1914: A half-decent chance for West Brom but Do-heon Kim drags his shot across goal and wide. It has been that sort of match for the Baggies.

1914: "On the coach on the way back from Arsenal after an absolutely amazing performance, well done lads a fully deserved victory. Nice to hear Mr. Wenger admitted that we where the better team as well!"
James, a very happy Villa fan, via text on 81111

1911: West Brom have played some attractive football but lacked penetration. Ishmael Miller collects the ball 20 yards from goal but seems short of options and his optimistic shot is blocked.

1908: Approximately 15 minutes of Premier League action left today. Chelsea seem certain to join fellow high-flyers Liverpool and Man Utd (and Villa for that matter) in collecting three points.

1905: Nicolas Anelka walks off one short of his hat-trick. Didier Drogba replaces him.

1900: Frank Lampard is in a dangerous position but slips and collides with Jonas Olsson. Both players are hurt, particularly Olsson, but are able to carry on.

1858: Michael Ballack, returning from injury, replaces Salomon Kalou for the visiting team. Ryan Donk is on for Abdoulaye Meite for the Baggies.

1857: West Brom win a free-kick in a promising position but Jonathan Greening's delivery from out wide is poor and Carlo Cudicini easily collects.

1854: Chelsea pass their way through the Baggies midfield and Salomon Kalou has a decent chance to score but smashes the ball over from the edge of the box.

1852: West Brom substitute Andrade Filipe Teixeira goes close with a long-range strike. Up the other end, Scott Carson comes for a corner and misses but the ball runs clear.

1851: (See 1850) "Picto27, sorry to be a pedant, but Northern Ireland is part of the UK, but not part of Britain (hence it says United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on my passport)."
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Can this be the end of the matter?

1850: (See 1812) "Sorry if I'm a bit behind with this response, but Martin O'Neill is Northern Irish, which is part of Great Britain still."
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1846: Nicolas Anelka seems certain to complete his hat-trick but his shot is brilliantly blocked.

1845: (See 1745) "I definitely meant the wife Fletch. She's a Chelsea fan. You can keep her. Lost fair and square."
Leigh, Sudbury in Suffolk, via text on 81111

1844: Nicolas Anelka slips the ball to Deco but the Portugal international has his shot blocked. From the subsequent corner Deco shoots over from 20 yards.

1843: Chelsea look capable of adding to their tally but you cannot question the West Brom supporters, singing away despite the scoreline.

1840: "My mate just called from his girlfriend's hospital bed side to ask the scores, and I had to tell him his beloved Arsenal lost. He is not having a good day. I tried not to laugh... honest, I did. (Girlfriend is okay, just whinging a lot)."
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You're all heart. Sounds like you delivered that news with relish.

1838: Should possibly be 4-0 after Frank Lampard plays Florent Malouda in but a heavy first touch sees the chance wasted.

1836: The second-half starts at the Hawthorns.

1835: Nicolas Anelka has scored eight goals in his last four Premier League games including today. Do-heon Kim replaces Roman Bednar for West Brom.

1832: Lots of people on 606 and the text offering their commiserations to Leigh (See 1745). I'm sure that must all be the product of a typing error.

Even more people pointing out Martin O'Neill is Irish (See 1812). Which is a very good point.

1830: "How did we do that? Definitely not deserved, WBA looked the more likely for a good portion."
Anonymous Chelsea fan via text on 81111

Having quality players all over the park helps.

1828: The eagerly awaited Match of the Day running order, subject to change, is...

Aston Villa v Arsenal
Fulham v Tottenham
Bolton v Liverpool
West Brom v Chelsea
Man Utd v Stoke
Blackburn v Sunderland
Newcastle v Wigan
West Ham v Portsmouth

1826: No updates for a couple of minutes. Sorry, toilet break. Hope that isn't too much information.

1819: Half-time West Brom 0-3 Chelsea
All too easy for the London club. Damage limitation now surely.

1817: GOAL West Brom 0-3 Chelsea
Salomon Kalou shrugs off a couple of tackles before playing in Nicolas Anelka, who smashes the ball home from eight yards.

1814: To say the sting has gone out of the game at West Brom would be something of an understatement.

1812: "As a neutral, I can honestly say Martin O'Neill is the best British manager at the moment. Many had written off Villa's top off credentials, but today O'Neill has shown why he is such a top manager."
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Good point. A lot of talk on 606 and via the text about how bad Arsenal were today but from what I saw Villa played very well and should thus be given some credit.

1811: Game over?

1809 GOAL West Brom 0-2 Chelsea
Sublime finish from Nicolas Anelka. He is bearing down on goal under pressure from a West Brom defender but has the presence of mind to deftly chip the ball over Scott Carson.

1807: West Brom appeal for a free-kick against John Terry after he appears to nudge Ishmael Miller but the referee is not interested. Chelsea work the ball up field but Florent Malouda's eventual shot is blocked.

1805: GOAL West Brom 0-1 Chelsea
Everybody thinks that Jose Bosingwa is going to deliver a cross but instead he wrong-foots keeper Scott Carson with a thunderous shot from just outside the corner of the penalty area. An awesome strike.

1803: West Brom back off - almost to their cost. Florent Malouda unleashes a shot that is very much on target this time but Scott Carson makes a decent save.

1802: No clear chances over the last 10 minutes or so. Chelsea are having the bulk of the possession and look dangerous in glimpses but the Baggies are pushing forward whenever possible.

1758: (See 1751) "Because Arsenal would have lost about 4-0. No offence to Wigan fans but there is a big difference between them and Aston Villa."
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"You cannot blood babies in the PL a few days after the Carling Cup. They've nothing to fear in the Carling, in the league they have got tons of pressure. Many of the starlets would not be able to cope. Unfortunately it seems that the first team is unable to deal with the pressure."
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1756: One particularly deft turn from Deco has James Morrison looking in what might be described as the opposite direction to that in which play is progressing.

1755: "Chin up Arsenal fans, your day isn't all bad. At least you have the privilege of playing the mighty Burnley in a few weeks."
Tony, Broughton Astley, via text on 81111

The words cold and comfort spring very much to mind.

1753: Deco to Malouda to Lampard and in the blink of an eye West Brom are carved open. October's player of the month Frank Lampard shoots at goal but is thwarted by Scott Carson.

1751: "Why doesn't Arsene Wenger just play the team he played against Wigan in the Carling Cup?"
Will via text on 81111

Good question. Anybody got any thoughts on this?

1750: Florent Malouda creates space but, as is so often the case, fails to hit the target. And no, this is not an accidental repetition of the previous point. It just happened again.

1749: Up the other, Florent Malouda creates space but, as is so often the case, fails to hit the target.

1746: West Brom hit Chelsea on the break. It is a good opening and culminates with a decent shooting opportunity for Ishmael Miller but the striker makes a poor contact and his effort is both weak and wide.

1745: PLAYER RATER
There have been plenty of interesting ratings so far today. Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, is right up there with 8.24, but Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes is way down, on 4.96. You can change all this by getting involved.
Pick a game - rate the players

1745: "This will be a 1-1 draw Fletch. I'll put my wife on it!"
Leigh, Sudbury in Suffolk, via text on 81111

I hope that there is a typing mistake in the above sentence.

1738: The Baggies have made a reasonable start, trying to take the game to their opponents, who are wearing an interesting yellow strip.

1735: Just for your information - Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has a groin injury.

Chelsea are looking for their 10th straight away win in the league - that would set a new Premier League record.

1733: An early strike from West Brom's James Morrison flies narrowly over the Chelsea crossbar.

1732: The final match of the day starts at the Hawthorns.

1731: "Can't see West Brom getting anything today, but we can all dream..."
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1727: TEAMS
West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Robinson, Koren, Morrison, Greening, Borja Valero, Miller, Bednar. Subs: Kiely, Cech, Brunt, Kim, Moore, Filipe Teixeira, Donk.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Bridge, Lampard, Mikel, Deco, Kalou, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Hilario, Ashley Cole, Drogba, Ballack, Sinclair, Ferreira, Mineiro.

1723: "All this whinging from Arsenal fans about not challenging for the title, boo hoo! Try being a Watford fan!"
Nath, Kent, via text on 81111

1720: "No win, no trophies, no excuses. I'm afraid Arsene Wenger has just got it all wrong."
Nikhil, London, via text on 81111

1715: "So, so proud with that Villa performance today. We missed a penalty, an open goal and Barry fluffed a sitter from the edge of the area! Great performance to make up for the last couple."
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1713: Check out this story of woe...

"Pretty sick of today really.

"First the rugby league team go out of the World Cup, when they should have been in the final if they'd made less mistakes.

"Then Andy Murray goes out of the Champions Cup, probably because he was too tired from beating Federer.

"Then the England rugby union lose their composure and the match against Australia, when again if they'd made less stupid mistakes they would have won as they were by far the better team in attack.

"Meanwhile, Scotland lose to South Africa after leading and dominating most of the match.

"Now, last but not least, Arsenal lose 2-0 at home, and have really shown that yet again they are not going to challenge for the title.

"It can only get worse later when Ireland take on the All Blacks. I was hoping they could win this game, and maybe they will, but only if support New Zealand by the looks of things."
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1710: "I see Titus hasn't lost the knack of putting the ball in the back if the Newcastle net..."
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Very droll. That goal made it Newcastle 2-2 Newcastle (Joke).

1707: "I can just imagine Fletch sitting there all afternoon, feet up on the desk, lazily scanning our comments and texting his mates. Then a goal flurry occurs and he's all red and sweaty trying to keep up and it all gets too much."
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If only you knew. I'm at maximum capacity all day long - and when there are six games at once teetering on the brink with steam coming out of my ears.

1705: Team news
Abdoulaye Meite returns forWest Brom after a calf injury and replaces Ryan Donk in their defence, while the fit-again James Morrison comes in for Do-Heon Kim in the Baggies midfield.

Chelsea make five changes from the side that lost to Burnley on penalties in the Carling Cup in midweek with Jose Bosingwa, John Terry, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel and Nicolas Anelka all returning to their starting line-up. Striker Didier Drogba, charged by the FA for throwing a coin into the crowd during the match against the Clarets, is on the bench along with Ashley Cole and Michael Ballack, who have both recovered from injury.

1703: I think my fingers are about to fall off. Nothing like a rush of late goals to bring the old RSI rushing back. Still, I'd take some late drama over a limp finish any day.

1658: Full-time Newcastle 2-2 Wigan

1655: Angry?

"There is no way any Arsenal fan can consider us serious title contenders after today's performance. Shocking."
Tom, Brighton, via text on 81111

"Paul Ince has to go! One Premier League win at home in seven is a disgrace. I think its fair to say he has had his shot and blown it. We cannot hold the top four and cannot beat the teams around us! How can we have any confidence when he is talking about Europe and the fans are concentrating on survival!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

1654: Full-time Blackburn 1-2 Sunderland

1654: Full-time West Ham 0-0 Portsmouth

1654: Full-time Fulham 2-1 Tottenham

1653: Full-time Manchester United 5-0 Stoke

1653: Full-time Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

1651: GOAL Newcastle 2-2 Wigan
Former Newcastle defender Titus Bramble heads a dramatic equaliser for 10-man Wigan. Drama in the north east.

1650: GOAL Manchester United 5-0 Stoke
That manCristiano Ronaldo again with a free-kick.

1649: GOAL Newcastle 2-1 Wigan
Charles N'Zogbia slips the ball toObafemi Martins, who unleashes a strike of unstoppable force across goal and into the corner. Trademark somersault celebrations follow.

1645: GOAL Manchester United 4-0 Stoke
Danny Welbeck, 17, marks his Premier League debut with a stunning goal, smashing the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

1644: How Man Utd are not 4-0 up by now is a mystery as Danny Higginbotham clears Dimitar Berbatov's goal-bound effort off the line. United are carving Stoke open at every opportunity at the moment.

1642: GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Wigan
Chris Kirkland cannot hold a low strike from Shola Ameobi and Michael Owen is on hand to stab the ball home from three yards.

1640: GOAL Fulham 2-1 Tottenham
A surging run from Jermaine Jenas finds David Bentley, who in turn squares the ball toFrazier Campbell. The substitute coolly slots home with his weaker right-foot first-time from the edge of the area.

1639: GOAL Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
The ball is belted clear out of defence, halting an Arsenal attack and sendingGabriel Agbonlahor though just inside the home team's half. The Villa striker shows great pace before smashing the ball home from 20 yards.

1637: Chris Kirkland tips a header from Newcastle striker Michael Owen just over the bar.

Man Utd's Angola international Manucho heads wide.

1636: Ledley King volleys just over for Tottenham from 15 yards.

Manucho comes on for Man Utd to make his Premier League debut.

1635: Newcastle substitute Michael Owen slides an easy chance wide from just four yards out after Obafemi Martins' incisive cross. Should have equalised. Wigan are hanging on.

1632: GOAL Blackburn 1-2 Sunderland
Djibril Cisse puts the Black Cats ahead, latching on to a header from Steed Malbranque before cleverly lifting the ball over Paul Robinson. Cisse, of course, broke his leg at Ewood Park several years ago but he is celebrating today.

1631: Arsenal are extremely close to an equaliser, with Emmanuel Adebayor heading against the post.

1629: GOAL Fulham 2-0 Tottenham
Andy Johnson is on hand to score with his left foot on the edge of the six-yard box after Spurs fail to clear a corner.


1628: GOAL Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa
Ashley Young crosses the ball in from the left and Arsenal defender Gael Clichy heads the ball into his own net.

1626: Man Utd duo Darron Gibson, 21, and Danny Welbeck, 17, are on at Old Trafford for their Premier League debuts. Ji-Sung Park and Darren Fletcher make way.

1624: (see 1244) "I just got back from my 'debut'. spent the whole match on the bench but never mind, they won 3-2 and I came back to see Liverpool had indeed won. Not too bad."
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1623: No sign of an equaliser for Tottenham at Fulham - is the honeymoon period over for Harry Redknapp?

Newcastle are really pushing for a goal against 10-man Wigan - and the passionate home crowd are responding.

1620: The home crowd have been calling for Emmanuel Adebayor and he finally comes on.

1619: A good save from Paul Robinson to save a left-footed free-kick from Sunderland's Kieran Richardson.

1618: West Ham's Craig Bellamy smashes the crossbar with a curling free-kick from the edge of the box following a foul on Valon Behrami.

1616: RED CARD
Emmerson Boyce picks up his second yellow for a foul on Shola Ameobi and is sent from the field. Replays show that the Wigan player clearly got the ball.

1613: The style is being turned on at Old Trafford. Step-overs and feints from Cristiano Ronaldo, who shoots at goal and forces a save from Thomas Sorensen.

1612: Jermain Defoe has forced two excellent saves out of West Ham keeper Robert Green in the opening five minutes of the second half.

1609: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Sunderland
Paul Robinson flaps at a corner, the ball falls to Kenwyne Jones, and the Trinidad and Tobago striker equalises for Sunderland with an overhead bicycle kick from close range.

1609: GOAL Manchester United 3-0 Stoke
Dimitar Berbatov extends his team's advantage, shooting on the turn from eight yards after a ball into the box from Carlos Tevez.

1609: A change for West Ham at the break - Matthew Etherington coming on for Freddie Sears.

1607: Plays resumes at Newcastle, meanwhile at Blackburn, Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones heads against the Rovers crossbar.

1606: Five of the 1500 GMT kick-offs have resumed. Only Newcastle v Wigan is lagging behind.

1604: A double change for Tottenham with Aaron Lennon and Roman Pavlyuchenko replacing Luka Modric and Tom Huddlestone.

1601: "I went to an interview a few weeks ago and totally messed it up. A few days later I went to another interview but couldn't stop thinking about all the mistakes I had made previously. This one went even worse. I know exactly how Gomes is feeling."
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1600: (See 1552) "You're telling me Roy Carroll at Derby was better than Gomes? I think they are on level terms with each other."
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1556: (See 1552) "Man Utd's Massimo Taibi was an absolute stinker of a keeper."
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You're not on your own with the Taibi suggestion.

1552: Half-time
At Newcastle

1552: "Tottenham's Gomes must be the worst goalkeeper in the history of the Premier League. I seriously can't think of anyone worse."
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1547: Half-time
Everywhere apart from Newcastle.

1547: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Sunderland
Christopher Samba rises majestically to head in Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner and give Blackburn the lead just before the break.

1546: GOAL Manchester United 2-0 Stoke
Michael Carrick doubles United's advantage at Old Trafford on the stroke of half-time. The midfielder collects Ronaldo's pass on the edge of the area and, with four Stoke players around him, lashes the ball home from 16 yards.

1545: Craig Bellamy sends in a free-kick from wide on the right, James Collins goes to head it and Lucas Neill clearly has his eye on a volley, but the pair leave it to each other and the ball bisects them perfectly, going well away from the Portsmouth goal.

1541: Man Utd go close to a second through Ji-Sung Park but his effort from the edge of the box is just over.

1540: Another wasted chance for Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor opens up Arsenal down their right flank, but when he pulls the ball back invitingly for Gareth Barry, the England midfielder's shot is too close to Almunia. Villa need to start taking these opportunities.

1537: Portsmouth are getting closer and closer - Jermain Defoe holds off the challenge of Valon Behrami before releasing a shot which takes a deflection off the inside of Herita Ilunga's leg and creeps just the wrong side of the post.

1536: Stoke bring on striker Richard Cresswell with just half an hour played. It doesn't appear there is anything wrong with the midfielder - a purely tactical switch from Tony Pulis.

1534: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Tottenham
A howler from Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes.Simon Davies strikes at goal, the ball glances off the head of Jonathan Woodgate and the Spurs keeper somehow allows the ball to slip through his hands.

1531: David Bentley shoots narrowly wide for Spurs from the edge of the box. Villa's Ashley Young also goes close from distance with Manuel Almunia beaten.

1530: (See 1257) As a few people have pointed out, Grimsby are actually beating Bury 2-0.

1527: Another close shave for West Ham - Glen Johnson again cuts in from the right wing, holds off the challenge of Herita Ilunga and fires in a shot from the edge of the box which Robert Green parries towards Jermain Defoe, before gathering it at the second attempt.

1526: Thomas Sorensen = Stoke keeper. Point taken. The mind went back in time a few years, momentarily of course.

1524: Sunderland's Djibril Cisse is played in by Steed Malbranque but his attempted chip is over the bar.

1522: Ashley Young plays Steve Sidwell through but the former Arsenal man cannot quite make the contact he would like and Manuel Almunia saves.

1521: PENALTY SAVE
Manuel Almunia dives low to his right to prevent Ashley Young from putting Aston Villa ahead. Gareth Barry normally takes their penalties but had been injured in the build up.

1519: PENALTY
To Aston Villa for a tackle on Ashley Young by Theo Walcott on the edge of the box.

1518: Fulham's Bobby Zamora is booked for trying to punch the ball into the net. We've heard that before.

1518: Newcastle's Joey Barton limps off after a heavy challenge from Lee Cattermole. Danny Guthrie comes on.

1517: Ji-Sung Park races onto Carlos Tevez's through ball, but Stoke keeper Sorensen is quick off his line to deny the South Korean.

1516: Arsenal come close to scoring but Brad Friedel makes a good save from Cesc Fabregas and Curtis Davies is on hand to clear the danger.

1515: Great chance for Portsmouth - former West Ham player Glenn Johnson shows good footwork on the right wing and slips the ball into the path of Jermain Defoe, who is bearing down on goal. The striker is put off by the advancing Robert Green and shoots high and wide. The closest either side has come to a goal so far.

1514: A quick word on Ronaldo - his goal was his 100th for Man Utd.

1513: A long throw from Stoke's Rory Delap is headed by John O'Shea but the Man Utd player gets it slightly wrong and Edwin van der Sar has to make a superb save.

1512: Little to report at Fulham or West Ham.

1511: Joe Kinnear - sat in his seat looking a little stunned. Doubtless he'll have a few things to say quite soon.

1509: Blackburn almost score but Roque Santa Cruz's header from six yards rebounds off the crossbar.

1505: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Stoke
Cristiano Ronaldo puts the home team in front. Ronaldo hits a free-kick straight at Thomas Sorenson but the Dane fails to stop the shot. Take nothing away from Ronaldo as the ball was dipping and swerving all over the place.

1504: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Wigan
A superb goal from Wigan'sRyan Taylor, who brilliantly strikes the ball over Shay Given and into the net from 20 yards. An instinctive shot with the outside of his boot that swerves and dips.

1502: Blackburn's Stephen Warnock misses a great chance to score, shooting wide from eight yards.

Ashley Young has a shot for Villa but Manuel Almunia saves.

1500: All of the six 1500 GMT kick-offs are under way.

1459: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has yet to taste success against Arsenal as a manager - with four draws and eight defeats.

1458: Djibril Cisse is sporting a remarkable mohican hairstyle. Will it bring Sunderland a change of luck?

1457: Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson marks his 50th year in football today. He made his debut for Queen's Park as a fresh-faced 16-year-old in their 2-1 defeat at Stranraer on 15 November 1958. Well done you. Not that you're remotely bothered what I think.
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1453: "Well done Liverpool, you have shown your character and resolve by beating Bolton. Things look like they are finally falling in to place for you, and it looks like you will be strong title contenders this season. The Liverpool team of this season has something that previous Liverpool sides under Benitez have lacked, and that is consistency. There is still a long way to go however, but may the best team win. From a Man Utd fan."
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1448: England boss Fabio Capello is at Upton Park today, and Portsmouth's team includes three ex-West Ham players - David James, Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe.

1441: Team news
Carlton Cole returns to the West Ham starting line-up after suspension, while Valon Behrami and Jack Collison are fit enough to take their places in midfield. Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola has opted for a three-pronged attack with Freddie Sears and Craig Bellamy partnering Cole up front.

Portsmouth are without Sol Campbell and Niko Kranjcar, both suffering with foot injuries. Papa Bouba Diop and Younes Kaboul come in, while there is a place on the bench for striker David Nugent.

1439:Team news
Michael Owen had to make do with a place on the bench as Newcastle's interim boss Joe Kinnear makes just one change to the side beaten 2-1 at Fulham last weekend. Sebastien Bassong replaces Claudio Cacapa in central defence.

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is without both first-choice strikers Emile Heskey and Amr Zaki, while Mario Melchiot and Jason Koumas are also missing. Paul Scharner, Ryan Taylor, Olivier Kapo and Henri Camara have all duly been drafted into the starting line-up.

1438: Full-time Bolton 0-2 Liverpool
Fair play to Bolton, who had a real go after the break. But Liverpool's second goal was decisive and their fine start to the Premier League season continues. It might have been 3-0 but Liverpool substitute Lucas headed wide at the far post in injury time.

1433: Team news
Arsene Wenger keeps faith with the same Arsenal starting line-up that defeated Man Utd last Saturday. Samir Nasri will play off Nicklas Bendtner in attack, though Emmanuel Adebayor has recovered from injury and is on the substitutes' bench.

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill makes one change from the team that lost at home to Middlesbrough, bringing Stiliyan Petrov into midfield in place of Nigel Reo-Coker. Striker John Carew is on the bench.

1432: Another terrible miss. The ball is laid into the path of the unmarked Fernando Torres, who crashes his shot from eight yards into the post.

1431: (See 1416) "My dad is called Alan Bloor and was from Stoke, he wasn't a footballer though!"
Anonymous via text on 81111 (though I suspect the surname may well be Bloor)

1429: Ricardo Gardner should pull a goal back after a wonderful aerial pass from Kevin Nolan plays him through but the Bolton player smashes his effort over the bar. Disappointing.

1428: Team news
Andre Ooijer and Keith Andrews both recover from knee injuries to start forBlackburn.Sunderland duo Craig Gordon and George McCartney both miss out because of injuries.

1426: Excellent save from Jussi Jaaskelainen to save a long-range strike from Xabi Alonso. Liverpool are in control now.

1424: Fernando Torres is through down the left but a heavy first touch sees the ball run away from him slightly and keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is able to clear.

1423: Team news
Skipper Ledley King and striker Darren Bent return to the starting line-up forSpurs, who revert to a five-man midfield, with midweek Carling Cup heroes Roman Pavyluchenko and Frazier Campbell on the bench.

Clint Dempsey replaces Zolton Gera in midfield forFulham.

1422: Team news
Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney do not even makethe Manchester United bench for the visit of Stoke. The United captain has a bad back, while Rooney is suffering from a chest infection and a calf strain. Ryan Giggs is another to miss out for the home side with a hamstring problem. Jonny Evans, Carlos Tevez and Park Ji-Sung all start.

Stoke name the same team that drew at Wigan.

1419: Bolton had a couple of opportunities to clear the danger in the build-up to Liverpool's second goal - Andy O'Brien in particular was guilty of a poor header.

1417: GOAL Bolton 0-2 Liverpool
An awesome cross with the outside of Fernando Torres's right boot is headed home in fine style by Steven Gerrard, who glances the ball across goal and into the net. Game over - and harsh on Bolton.

1416: Anyone remember Alan Bloor? He scored the only goal the last time Stoke won at Old Trafford, back in April 1976.

1414: Steven Gerrard tries his luck from 20 yards and is narrowly wide. He seemed to find that difficult chance easier than the opportunity from four yards earlier in the half.

1413: Liverpool have struggled after the break. They haven't had much of the ball and very few chances - though of course Steven Gerrard is guilty of that awful miss.

1409: "I can see it now- after that Agger incident. If we lose our lead the pundits will call our defence toothless! A tongue in cheek comment like that would suck. Oh well - no use being down in the mouth. Let's take this face on and end this game with a gold cap."
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Wow. You should be on stage. Doing what I'm not entirely sure.

1407: Matt Taylor smashes a free-kick towards goal. Several Bolton players appeal for a corner, saying Reina got his fingertips to the ball. Kevin Nolan is booked for his trouble.

1406: Another shocking miss for Liverpool. Fernando Torres delivers a great low cross from the right and Steven Gerrard surely must score sliding in at the far post. Or perhaps not. He makes awful contact and the ball goes wide.

1403: Fabio, that's Fabio, Aurelio is injured. Xabi Alonso boots the ball out - Jamie Carragher does not agree with that decision and an exchange of words ensues.

Fernando Torres on for Robbie "what a miss" Keane.

1402: If you want to follow some rugby union action, then do so. You'll be in safe hands.
Live text - autumn Tests

1401: Rafa Benitez seems to be imparting plenty of instructions to sub Fernando Torres.

1359: Daniel Agger appears to have lost a tooth after colliding with both a post and a knee. It may even have been his own knee.A Bolton player was also in the vicinity.

1356: Drama to the max. Kevin Davies plays Ricardo Gardner through on goal. The sub tries to round the keeper but pushes the ball slightly too wide and slips as he tries to shoot. The ball dribbles out of play. An embarrassing end to a very good opening.

1354: I'm sensing that there might have been a few Churchillian words from Meggo at the break.

1353: Bolton win a free-kick and Kevin Nolan makes a crisp contact but the ball is too close to Jose Reina, who saves.

1352: Cracking start from Bolton. Kevin Davies strikes the ball well from a tight angle and Jose Reina saves.

1350: Instant impact. Gardner goes over, there is very little if any contact, and Bolton win a foul out wide. Liverpool manage to clear the ball when it comes in.

1350: Ricardo Gardner has come on for Bolton, replacing Fabrice Muamba. The match has resumed.

1348: Fernando Torres has been warming-up during the half-time interval. Perhaps we'll see him in action soon. That should please plenty of you Fantasy Football players out there.

1346: "I'm off to paint my front door. I'll watch it dry during the 2nd half."
Neil, Manchester, via text on 81111

You'd better get a move on with the painting, the match is about to resume.

1343: OK, so having watched a replay it seems Kevin Nolan was impeding Liverpool keeper Jose Reina. Though I suspect Nolan would say he was standing his ground (as he always does when a corner comes in).

1340: "Boring 45 mins if you ask me... Think I'm going to watch some recorded Big Brother until the Stoke match."
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Serious?

1334: Half-time Bolton 0-1 Liverpool
A fully deserved lead for the visiting team at the break. Rafa Benitez's team have looked comfortable in possession and really should be more than one goal ahead. Shouldn't they, Robbie Keane...

1332: Bolton win a corner and Gary Cahill heads the ball into the net. The goal is ruled out by Rob Styles for a foul on the keeper by Kevin Nolan. Controversial.

1328: Bolton threaten after quite a while without any decent possession but Reina senses the danger early and comes charging quite some way out of his goal to boot the ball clear.

1326: Robbie Keane is played through but his advance on goal is halted by the offside flag - incorrectly.

1323: Bolton boss Meggo has apparently abandoned the man marking exercise, with Fabrice Muamba no longer following Steven Gerrard all over the park.

1322: "Hey Meggo! You might be a bit busy at the moment to read the BBC live text but please could you get someone to at least pretend to mark Albert Riera and stop giving him so much space? Thanks!"
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1319: I have just seen Keane's miss again on replay. A true horror story - the stuff of nightmares.

1317: It should be 2-0 but Robbie Keane fails to make the crucial connection just a yard or so from goal. A terrible miss. Awful.

1314: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Liverpool
A brilliant header from Dirk Kuyt. Fabio Aurelio delivers a superb cross from the left and Kuyt heads the ball back across goal and into the far corner from 12 yards.

1313: "Come on Bolton its my 30th birthday today - give me something to smile about."
Alan, Chelsea fan from London, via text on 81111

Yes 30 - I remember that one. Very good time indeed. Me, the girlfriend and 12 mates in one very particular European capital.

1311: The ball drops to Steve Gerrard but his strike on the half-volley lacks the power to trouble Jussi Jaaskelainen.

1308: What was I saying? Liverpool break and Steven Gerrard pulls the ball back into the path of Dirk Kuyt. The Dutchman makes excellent contact from 14 yards but sees his strike rebound off the crossbar.

1308: We have not seen much of Steven Gerrard yet. He is being man marked by Fabrice Muamba.

1306: A weaving run from Kevin Nolan and some superb inter-passing but there is no end product. The skipper opted for an ambitious threaded through ball but put far too much pace on it.

1304: A Dirk Kuyt cross is diverted behind for a corner, which Sami Hyypia heads goalwards. It is cleared but the ball is soon crossed back into the box. A period of pressure ends with Daniel Agger heading wide.

1300: "Did you know that you have to go back 14 Premier League Games (29 April) since Man City played on Saturday at 1500. Madness."
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Crazy days. Just crazy. Nice name.

Kevin Nolan has a pop from distance but his effort is comfortably saved.

1258: Albert Riera cuts in from the left and shoots at the Bolton goal but his low and powerfully struck effort is blocked.

1257: (See 1249) "Your anonymous tipster has clearly not watched Bury at home recently. We're awful!"
Dave, Bolton, via text on 81111

Dave, should you not be at the Reebok?

1256: The Reds are looking to enjoy a few minutes in possession and take the sting out of Bolton's lively opening. Jlloyd Samuel trips Dirk Kuyt with the Dutch forward about to close down on goal.

1251: Liverpool have made their best start to a Premier League season for six years - 29 points in 12 games - but it is Bolton who have started this game well. Meggo's men look well up for it.

1250: An early effort from Matt Taylor, who shoots hard and low from 20 yards but his effort is wide of the post.

1249: Nice touch from League Two:

"Banker bet of the day is Bury to beat Grimsby at home."
Anonymous via text on 81111

1247: The game starts at the Reebok.

1244: "I wish I could stay and read the text but I am off to play my debut (I am 16) for Cowfold reserves at 1400. I expect to read of a good Liverpool win when I return."
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The very best of luck to you.

1242: "Bolton 0-0 Liverpool - draw written all over this match!"
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1241: The Reebok is packed to the rafters as the players take to field. Not really.

1240: "If the results listed at 1213 do happen West Ham WILL be bottom only if they lose to Pompey by 3 goals or more!"
Sjp, London, via text on 81111

Enough. It won't happen so let us not worry about it.

1236: "I've stuck my last 20 on a Liverpool win today. If they don't win then that promise of a take away & dvd with the missus tonight isn't going to go down well."
dc via text on 81111

Could be very much match of the Day on your own. Don't think the missus will be cuddling up on the sofa if you fail to keep that take away promise.

1234: Bolton last won three league games in a row in December 2006. They have won their last two...

1232: Bolton team news
Wanderers have lifelong Liverpool fan Kevin Nolan back after suspension, with Ricardo Gardner dropping to the bench.

By the way, Liverpool's Alvaro Arbeloa is suspended.

1228: (See 1213) "Sunderland will be bottom on goal difference if those results happen."
Anonymous via text on 81111

(See 1154) "If Man Utd don't beat Stoke by at least three today I'm laying that pink carpet."
Namster, Brixton, via text on 81111

1225: Liverpool team news
Boss Rafael Benitez keeps Fernando Torres on the bench as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, despite playing for almost an hour in the Carling Cup defeat at Spurs.

Sami Hyypia and Daniel Agger are the only survivors from that defeat, with main players such as Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Pepe Reina returning.

1223: The Carling Cup draw is as follows -

Stoke v Derby
Man Utd v Blackburn
Burnley v Arsenal
Watford v Tottenham

1218: I am assuming that the eagle eyed of you out there noticed that Fernando Torres is on the bench for Liverpool.

1217: "Could be a tricky day for the top four. My guess is we'll see some points dropped. As long as Arsenal win I'm happy."
Adam via text on 81111

1215: I'll have that Carling Cup draw with you as soon as it is made.

1213: "In the unlikely event that West Brom beat Chelsea, Newcastle and Wigan draw, Sunderland and Blackburn also draw and Spurs beat Fulham, West Ham go BOTTOM. Class. Wonder if dreams come true?"
Jamey, Dagenham, via text on 81111

I haven't worked out if your maths are correct. What I would say is that it won't happen. I don't think.

1209: TEAMS
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Taylor, Nolan, Muamba, McCann, Elmander, Davies. Subs: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Gardner, Helguson, Shittu, Basham, Obadeyi.

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Aurelio, Alonso, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera, Keane. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Torres, Benayoun, Babel, Leiva Lucas, Darby.

Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)

1207: "Oh my lord, a proper Saturday fixture list! Reminds me of the good old days when I would settle down to watch the teletext football score pages refreshing for a couple of hours.

"Mind you, saying that, I suppose it isn't much different to me sitting at my computer watching the BBC Live Text page refreshing itself is it?"
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1203: I see that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez scooped the Premier League manager of the month award for October, while Chelsea's Frank Lampard won the player of the month. I wonder if both would swap them to still be in the Carling Cup?
Benitez and Lampard scoop awards

1159: Christmas is coming, the goose may well be getting fat - and you may be out doing a bit of shopping.

If so, don't panic, you can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. From a UK phone, just text FOOTBALL to 81010, it will cost you 10 to 15p and you will receive in return a link to our mobile site. Click on that, and you'll be straight through (then bookmark it so you never need to text that number again). The cost of being online on your phone will vary according to network and your own contract.

1154: Bad news. I've just had an update and the carpet that has been delivered is pink. That is not being laid. Back to the drawing board.

1150: Before we get on with the business of today's footy just a quick plea for some morale-boosting 606 posts and text messages. I arrived in work early today to watch England's rugby league semi-final against New Zealand. I'm feeling veerrrrryyyyyy low after England's defeat.
Match report: NZ 32-22 England

1145 GMT: Now then. Another day, more DIY. I almost cannot remember a time when my evenings were not spent painting walls. New carpets are being laid at the flat today and I am more than pleased to be well out of the way.

Projects such as these are the wife's territory and I could not be happier to be in live text central for what promises to be a very busy day of tip-top Premier League action.

Don't believe me? Let me ask you this - when was the last time we had the top five and the bottom three in action on a Saturday?

What's more, Man Utd fans, at least those who pass through the turnstiles at Old Trafford, have the somewhat usual opportunity of watching their team play a home game at 1500 GMT on a Saturday.

Stoke are their opponents and will be hoping to fare better than the last time their travelled to OT for a league fixture - a 5-0 reverse back through the mists of time. Well, April 1985.

There are six games at 1500 GMT - and rest assured I'm going to be typing just as fast as I can.

The day's action starts with Bolton, ahem, entertaining Liverpool. Trotters boss Gary Megson suggested the Reds could well win the title this season.

Meggo knows what he is on about - doesn't he?

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
Saturday's football photos
15 Nov 08 |  Football


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