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By Jonathan Stevenson
1730: As we draw a line under today's entertainment, it would be remiss of me not invite you, your friends and your family to share with me in tomorrow's feast of football from noon. Man City v Man Utd. Portsmouth v Blackburn. Spurs v Everton. Chelsea v Arsenal. Oh. My. Days. I won't sleep tonight, you? Match of the Day is on BBC One at 2210 GMT. See you in just a few hours.
1725: "(See 1707) We are eighth in the league - who cares how we played? At least we aren't playing the likes of Palace or Watford this season. Give it a rest." Tal, Miffed Fulham fan, via text on 81111
1722: Credit where credit's due, Roy Keane just gave a fair very, honest assessment of his team's failings today. He appeared outwardly calm and composed, but he must be fuming inside. Those dogs are going for a very, very long walk tomorrow.
1720: "We got punished again for three bad mistakes. We stopped playing after we scored and we gave some daft goals away which you can't legislate for. Maybe the players were lacking some confidence, especially at the end. They must lift themselves now." Sunderland manager Roy Keane
1717: "Anyone else think that Keano looks like a young Brian Blessed?" NotlobSrerednaw on 606 Join the debate on 606
1714: "I'm delighted with the players' attitude and approach and, in general, the team is improving. We're not creating as many chances as I'd like but I know that will come in time so I'm happy enough at the moment." Fulham manager Roy Hodgson
1711: "Apparently 'Big' Sam Allardyce has been spotted at The Valley and is set to be interviewed for the Charlton job. Didn't he have an England interview once? How things change." Addickted20, via text on 81111
Yeah, but Steve McClaren was England manager. See?
1704: Bolton have moved up to seventh in the Premier League and Wigan are in ninth after today's games. West Brom are now four points adrift of safety and Sunderland have replaced Newcastle in the bottom three.
1701: "Champions League? We're having a laugh! Five points in five games, that's relegation form if I'm not mistaken!" Jack, angry Villa fan, via text on 81111
1658: Great day for Bolton, great day for Wigan, super point for Fulham at Villa. That apart, it was a slightly disappointing afternoon, wasn't it?
1655: Full-time Stoke 1-1 Hull
1654: Just waiting for Stoke-Hull to finish, then. Daniel Cousin has a half-chance near the end, but he takes too long to shoot and his effort is blocked.
1652: Full-time Sunderland 1-4 Bolton
1652: Full-time Middlesbrough 0-0 Newcastle
1651: Full-time Wigan 2-1 West Brom
1651: "That ain't no fog, it's steam from the Bolton express train - next stop Europe." Andy, via text on 81111
1650: Full-time Aston Villa 0-0 Fulham
1649: Incidentally, it's 34 years and 24 matches in all competitions since the last goalless draw in the Middlesbrough-Newcastle fixture on Teesside.
1647: "Wow, if Hull can score a winner, Arsenal have a real possibility of being in sixth place by tomorrow night. It's all going downhill..." Thomasbirty on 606 Join the debate on 606
1644: GOAL Wigan 2-1 West Brom
Jason Koumas floats over a corner from the Wigan right and Emmerson Boyce rises unchallenged to thump a header above the despairing man on the line and into the net. West Brom have dominated, but their failure to kill teams off could send them down.
1643: "Come on Fulham, hold in there! European spot for us maybe!" Fitch, via text on 81111
1641: Eerily quiet, isn't it? Especially in the fog...
1640: "Sunderland's predicament is combined. Keano is at fault for the reason that the players he has bought have not been right and have not gelled. His well-paid players are at fault for not giving 100%. The fans are at fault for streaming out.... about five minutes into the second half. Come on! You pay for a ticket, you stay and support your team." bealog on 606 Join the debate on 606
1636: Boro top scorer Mido comes on for Jeremie Aliadiere. Will there be a breakthrough in the fog on Teesside?
1633: GOAL Stoke 1-1 Hull Ricardo Fuller, you lucky boy. He chases a flick-on into the box and bursts in between two defenders, going down as Boaz Myhill raced from his goal. Fuller dusts himself down and steps up to roll the ball towards the bottom corner, Myhill getting something on it, but not enough.
1633: PENALTY TO STOKE
1632: Fulham are presented with a very good chance, it's Clint Dempsey at a bit of an angle on the right who lashes it in but Brad Friedel stands tall and parries it away.
1631: Fans are flocking out of the Stadium of Light. Sunderland supporters - don't lose faith in Keano, not yet. Please.
1627: Gareth Barry heads straight at Mark Schwarzer from an Ashley Young cross and the keeper uncomfortably deflects it on to the crossbar. Barry still waiting for his 50th Villa goal.
1627: "Why has Kinnear taken off Martins? He has been our best chance of a goal today while big-name Michael Owen has hardly moved an inch. A complete travesty." albic1 on 606 Join the debate on 606
1625: Afonso Alves goes on a great run at Boro, showing real strength cutting in from the left, but his right-foot piledriver from the edge of the box flies inches over the crossbar.
1625: "I believe someone earlier said they'd dreamt that Bolton would put five past Sunderland (see 1421). Anyone willing to bet against it now? Don't suppose you had a dream in Newcastle's favour too?" Andrew from Newcastle, via text on 81111
1623: Mark Viduka comes on for Newcastle, his first game of the season, against his former club Middlesbrough. He was greeted by a chorus of boos. Not sure why Obafemi Martins has been taken off, though.
1620: Obafemi Martins rifles in another shot at Boro, this time from 30 yards, and it takes a deflection off David Wheater and flies narrowly wide.
1618: GOAL Wigan 1-1 West Brom
More rubbish defending, what is going on today, but that is also a brilliant finish. Emile Heskey flicks on a long ball and Paul Robinson tries to head it back to his keeper, but it doesn't quite get there because Henri Camara, with almost an overhead kick, sticks his right foot out and flicks the ball past Scott Carson. Wonderfully innovative finish.
1616: "Great tactic from Hull for Delap throw-ins, I mean, the sight of Dean Windass sprinting is going to put anyone off." Simon, via text on 81111
1614: GOAL Sunderland 1-4 Bolton
It would be an affront to schoolboys to label the defending that bad. Dean Whitehead this time is culpable, dallying for way too long and gifting Kevin Nolan possession, the Bolton captain slipping in Johan Elmander to fire past poor Craig Gordon. What price Keano being there at Christmas?
1612: "The reason the league is so close this season? The team bottom of the league (no matter who it is) does not think it is going to go down." LfC-bOi-92 on 606 Join the debate on 606
1609: Ashley Young curls in another ball for Steve Sidwell, 12 yards out, but instead of taking a touch he tries to divert it goalwards and it's over the bar.
1608: With no Dean Windass to stop him, Rory Delap launches another trademark throw and Ricardo Fuller gets up brilliantly, hanging in the air and powering a header towards the bottom corner, only for Boaz Myhill to get down and parry the ball away with his right hand. Great save.
1608: "Keano out! £80m spent and we still get hammered by the likes of Bolton. The defence is a joke, there's no leader and we're going down." f.t.m, via text on 81111
1606: By the way, we are back under way at Stoke and Sunderland.
1604: GOAL Wigan 0-1 West Brom
Paul Robinson clears the ball from danger for West Brom and suddenly they counter-attack. Titus Bramble has the chance to clear, but he makes a massive hash of it (straight face) and Ishmael Miller runs through to slot home. West Brom's first goal for 344 minutes, remarkably.
1603: Boro's players eventually get in the mix and they get started. No fog-related Newcastle comments will be tolerated...
1602: The second half starts at Wigan. Meanwhile at the Riverside, in the increasing fog, Newcastle's players are out well before the Boro ones.
1602: Back under way at Villa Park.
1601: "I'm lost with the attention of Delap's throws. It is not the throw-ins causing the problem, it's the defending of them that's going wrong. The throw-ins are almost the equivalent of a cross and yet defenders seem static in dealing with them. If only they would proverbially use their heads!" LiverBirdMate on 606 Join the debate on 606
1557: "(See 1538) Hull's Michael Turner has been statistically the best centre-half in the Premier League this season and he doesn't even get mentioned, so Cahill has no chance." Sean, via text on 81111
1553: I'm hearing news of a remarkable tactic at Stoke. Apparently, when Rory Delap has been preparing to launch his long throws into the Hull box, the Tigers have sent substitute Dean Windass sprinting down the touchline to get in Delap's way and chirp away at the Stoke man. First time he got away with it, second time he was booked by referee Keith Stroud.
1550: Half-time Stoke 0-1 Hull
1550: Half-time Sunderland 1-3 Bolton
1548: GOAL Stoke 0-1 Hull
Just before the break, great time to score that. Hull pump the ball into the box and Michael Turner and Dean Marney both head the ball on, it falling at the feet of Marlon King, who lashes the ball into the net from 12 yards. Super finish.
1547: Half-time Wigan 0-0 West Brom
1547: Half-time Aston Villa 0-0 Fulham
1547: Half-time Middlesbrough 0-0 Newcastle
1545: "This Sunderland team is a shambles. I wouldn't want to be in that dressing-room at half-time." Potent Portables on 606 Join the debate on 606
1542: Chance for Fulham from nowhere as Clint Dempsey loops a shot at goal from 20 yards but it is tipped over brilliantly by Brad Friedel in the Villa goal.
1540: GOAL Sunderland 1-3 Bolton
Utterly hopeless defending, you will not see worse all season. A long ball from the Bolton backline should be dealt with by Danny Collins, but he completely, unfathomably, misses the ball and lets Johan Elmander run through to slot in their third past Craig Gordon. Extraordinary.
1539: Golden chance. Ashley Young swings over a free-kick and Steve Sidwell meets it seven yards out unmarked, wastefully heading over the crossbar with Mark Schwarzer in no-man's land.
1538: "What does Gary Cahill have to do to get an England call-up? Saved Bolton last season, brilliant this term. But a player who hasn't played a single minute of Premier League football gets the nod. Bias? Naa!" Andy, via text on 81111
1536: Gabriel Agbonlahor holds the ball up well down the Villa right and finds Ashley Young on the edge of the box, but he lifts it miles over the Fulham bar.
1535: Oooh, finlaymcdanger, below, you nearly had to eat your words. Danny Guthrie helsp create a chance for Obafemi Martins, but the Nigerian doesn't quite get hold of his shot on the turn as he would like and it smashes against the crossbar.
1535: "I'd like to thank Gareth Southgate and Joe Kinnear personally. The first time I've managed to get my newborn off to sleep all day is when we settled down to watch Middlesbrough v Newcastle together. I'm even struggling to keep my eyes open. Zzzzzzzz." finlaymcdanger on 606 Join the debate on 606
1531: Sunderland have the ball in the net, but it's ruled out. Kenwyne Jones heads against the bar and Djibril Cisse volleys in the rebound, but it's not allowed for a Jones push on Jlloyd Samuel. The crowd are into this one in a big way now.
1531: Drama at Sunderland...
1530: Mamady Sidibe fires over a low cross at Stoke and Ricardo Fuller sends it wide. He probably couldn't see the ball - the Britannia Stadium is largely covered by fog.
1530: "Jimmy Savile is here at Villa Park just in front of me. Spending more time shaking hands than watching the game. Is he Fulham?" Steve Palin at VP, via text on 81111
1528: Sunderland have lost five out of their last six games. Three of Bolton's five wins this season have been by a 3-1 scoreline, but they have lost all six games when they have conceded the opening goal.
1525: Ashley Young is starting to cause the Fulham backline all sorts of problems at Villa Park and his cross finds Gareth Barry eight yards out, only for the midfielder to glance his header agonisingly wide. To answer the question below - no.
1524: "Sat with the Fulham fans at Villa Park and we're bossing this. Fulham for Europe?" Mark, via text on 81111
1522: GOAL Sunderland 1-2 Bolton
More poor defending from the hosts and a bearded Roy Keane is seething on the touchline. Andy O'Brien pumps a hopeful ball into the Sunderland box and they fail to clear, the ball falling for Gary Cahill to rifle it straight through Craig Gordon. What a return for the £9m man.
1522: "I simply love Saturday football, no matter who is playing. It's just magic." richie_lfc on 606 Join the debate on 606
1520: Action from Middlesbrough as Tuncay fires over a fine cross that just evades Afonso Alves and Stewart Downing.
1518: GOAL Sunderland 1-1 Bolton
Gretar Steinsson lofts over a high cross from the right and Matthew Taylor gets up well to head goalwards, the ball floating over Craig Gordon and the recalled keeper can only tip it on to the underside of the bar and over the line.
1518: Djibril Cisse remains the only Sunderland player to have scored in the first half this season - that was his fourth. Eat that, Danny the 'gone missing' Stat.
1515: Wigan's Lee Cattermole is a little lucky to escape his fifth booking of the season for a foul on Gianni Zuiverloon.
1514: Over at Villa Park, Ashley Young cuts in from the left only to have his progress checked by Clint Dempsey - the hosts appeal for a penalty but the referee plays on. Replays suggest a peno would have been harsh.
1512: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Bolton
Simple, lovely goal. Kieran Richardson finds Steed Malbranque and he slips in Djibril Cisse, who makes another of his fabulous runs and keeps his cool to slot past Jussi Jaaskelainen.
1512: It's worryingly quiet right now, there's a dearth of chances in the five Premier League matches. Stuff really needs to start happening.
1510: "There is a haze over the pitch at Stoke. Delilah is just starting up. It's electric." David, via text on 81111
1508: Afonso Alves drags a half-chance wide for Boro, while at Wigan, Emile Heskey flicks on a corner and Henri Camara blazes over from four yards. Bad miss.
1506: Simon Davies chests the ball down at Villa Park and fires over the crossbar. Fulham comfortably holding their own so far.
1506: James Morrison made an instant contribution on his recall to the West Brom team, wriggling to the dead-ball line early on and his pull-back almost found the stretching Ishmael Miller.
1505: Djibril Cisse is sporting an orangey-pink Mohican today. Are there any depths to which he will not plummet?
1505: "At Villa Park - atmosphere electric. A sense of big things in the crowd. A sense of "we have arrived"." rhackw on 606 Join the debate on 606
1502: "Atmosphere at Villa Park is buzzing! Love it. Expecting a big win here Stevo!" S Parmar, via text on 81111
1501: We are under way in all five of Saturday's Premier League venues.
1500: Jimmy Bullard is wearing a scarf. Woeful.
1457: "As much as it pains me so say this as an Arsenal fan, I find it wonderful that Aston Villa's team full of young English players is challenging the top four. I believe I counted seven in the starting line-up today." thierrywasbetter on 606 Join the debate on 606
1455: Time for my usual plea: If there's anyone at Villa Park, the Riverside, the Britannia Stadium, the Stadium of Light or the JJB Stadium, text us some atmosphere chat on 81111. Anything'll do, I'm not fussy. Wish I was at a game today. Though probably not the City Ground wake...
1452: Henri Camara is rewarded for his winner against Everton with a place in the Wigan starting line-up, while Emmerson Boyce is also recalled. West Brom midfielder James Morrison has recovered from a knee injury to replace Do-Heon Kim.
1449: For those of you missing Danny the Stat (I know, it's hard, but we must pull through), stick this in your statbook and smoke it: No side in Premier League history has been relegated having accrued 22 points from their opening 14 games, as Hull have. And on only four occasions have teams collected 17 points from their first 14 and gone down, as Stoke have (Boro, Norwich and Palace twice).
1445: Stoke make two changes, with Leon Cort and Ricardo Fuller replacing Ryan Shawcross and Dave Kitson. Hull make only one change from last week's 2-2 draw with Portsmouth, Nicky Barmby in for Daniel Cousin.
1443: "When Keano is under pressure the beard grows, when it's going well, he is clean shaven. Lots of blokes do it. Gordon in goal, Sunderland to win." collie21 on 606 Join the debate on 606
It gets no more straightforward.
1440: Middlesbrough make just one change from the side that lost 3-1 at home to Bolton last Saturday, with Gary O'Neil making way for Julio Arca. Newcastle are forced into one change, with Charles N'Zogbia replacing the injured Damien Duff in midfield. Michael Owen again partners Obafemi Martins in attack.
1438: "(See 1428) Hello, Jonathan. Reo-Coker has flu! He isn't so much missing out as lying in bed!" Bernard from Wakefield, via text on 81111
1437: Boss Roy Keane makes two changes from the Sunderland side which lost at West Ham last weekend as Craig Gordon returns in goal, while Pascal Chimbonda replaces Anton Ferdinand in defence. Bolton manager Gary Megson retains the same starting XI which impressively beat Middlesbrough away.
1435: "Good to see The Duke back for the Toon, can see him scoring on his return today... if he comes on that is. He owes us a few goals." BrianOfTheTyne on 606 Join the debate on 606
1432: Wow, I've just been hammered for accidentally writing Birmingham instead of Bolton in the team news. "Who else thinks that Stevo might make these 'errors' deliberately, just to see the reaction on these boards?" asks Daripa on 606. If only...
1430: "Enough of Friedel's record. David Armstrong played 305 consecutive league games for Boro between March 1973 and August 1980 (and 51 cup games too). From Aug 1974, all in old First Division. He was also one of the best ever bald players, a Boro and Southampton legend." Richard, Newcastle, via text on 81111
1428: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill drafts Carlos Cuellar straight back into his defence following the Spaniard's recovery from groin and thigh injuries, with Nigel Reo-Coker the man to miss out, while Fulham are unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 with Liverpool last week.
1427: WIGAN v WEST BROM LINE-UPS Wigan: Kirkland, Taylor, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, Valencia, Brown, Cattermole, Palacios, Heskey, Camara. Subs: Pollitt, Kingson, Kilbane, Koumas, De Ridder, Cywka, Melchiot. West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Robinson, Morrison, Koren, Greening, Borja Valero, Brunt, Miller. Subs: Kiely, Cech, Barnett, Bednar, Kim, Moore, Filipe Teixeira. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).
1416: ASTON VILLA v FULHAM LINE-UPS Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Laursen, Davies, Luke Young, Sidwell, Petrov, Barry, Milner, Agbonlahor, Ashley Young. Subs: Guzan, Harewood, Delfouneso, Knight, Salifou, Shorey, Gardner. Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Bullard, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gera, Gray, Etuhu, Stoor, Kallio. Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire).
1412: Derby day in the north-east with Middlesbrough facing Newcastle. Boro boss Gareth Southgate takes on his fourth Magpies manager in four fixtures in Joe Kinnear after games against Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan. Kinnear will be celebrating after securing a deal until the end of the season only yesterday. It's the 120th Tyne-Tees affair in all competitions.
1409: Line-ups on the way, so don't go anywhere yet. If you're interested in who might be playing in the Premier League next season, Wolves (top) have just equalised against Birmingham (second) at Molineux, thanks to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Live text - Wolves v Birmingham
1406: "Blackburn fan here. All power to Brad Friedel, safe hands! What a great, great keeper." hero3279 on 606 Join the debate on 606
1403: "(See 1347) Maybe Roy Keane is thinking the end is near and is planning for an immediate return to work as Santa." Chris Dalton, via text on 81111
For the sake of Sunderland fans, let's hope he doesn't give Bolton any early Chr- hang on, I just can't. That sentence does not deserve to be finished. Sorry.
1400: Oh no, it's only Stevo's Predos o'clock:
Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham
Middlesbrough 2-2 Newcastle
Stoke City 1-1 Hull City
Sunderland 1-0 Bolton
Wigan 0-0 West Brom Lawro's predictions
1355: More on Villa and it would be discourteous to do anything other than congratulate their US goalkeeper Brad Friedel today. He sets a new Premier League record of 167 appearances, breaking the mark David James set last term. I'm sure all football fans will join Villa and Blackburn supporters in hailing a very special achievement. Can he celebrate with a third clean sheet in a row after shut-outs against Arsenal and Manchester United?
1351: "Interesting how well Villa are doing this season. As a distraction from my coursework can you see them finishing in the top four this season?" Ian, via text on 81111
Yep, absolutely. I can definitely see them and Arsenal going toe-to-toe until the end of the season, a bit like Everton and Liverpool did in 2005. Villa are a breath of fresh air.
1347: My colleague Chrissy is under no illusions as to what the day's major talking point should be - the beard of the great Roy Keane. It was looking quite remarkable in his Thursday pre-match news conference - he's grown it a couple of inches and there are some alarming white flecks around the chin area. Will he shave for the game, or will he persevere? Beard fans, I want your views, and other great ones you can remember.
1344: "Aston Villa to continue their good form against Fulham. Villa are too strong for their opponents today and will rise above Man Utd. Down at the bottom, Wigan should comfortably beat West Brom, but as in any league, you can't take any game for granted. Who have Forest got today Stevo?" FoxForever - Kirisute Gomen on 606 Join the debate on 606
Still Calderwood, more fool us.
1340: As a result, I know you will be desperate, as always, to get yourself in the mixer for Villa-Fulham, Boro-Newcastle, Stoke-Hull, Sunderland-Bolton and Wigan-West Brom. You can text me on 81111, and it'd be a pleasure to hear from you. Likewise, the 606 crew will be salivating at the prospect of your company. Whatever you do, don't leave them hanging. Join the debate on 606
1336: Frankly, I know it'd take more than the absence of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal to keep you lot away. It's Saturday, and Saturday means one thing: FOOTBALL. If people want to keep those teams for another day, that's their prerogative. But this is when, en masse, we dedicate our time to our sport. And that will never, ever change.
1330: What do you mean, the calm before the storm? There's nothing 'Subdued Saturday' about today's fixtures, I'll have you know. "But none of the 'Big Four' are playing," I hear you cry. Oh chill out. Aston Villa can go third and move to within six points of top spot if they win. Hull can leapfrog Arsenal. Blackburn could go bottom. There's a Tyne-Tees derby in there to boot. That enough of a hard sell for you?
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