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By Caroline Cheese

1938: Time to say goodbye. You - like me - will be glued to Match of the Day at 2200 GMT on BBC1. In the meantime, why not give Alan Green a bell on 606? I imagine the Arsenal/Eboue topic might be quite high on the agenda. See you tomorrow folks.

1932: You'll never guess who today's Player of the Day is - according to users of Player Rater. So I'll tell you. It's two-goal Michael Owen, who remains out in front on 8.43 even though Newcastle threw away a two-goal lead. Another unlikely figure, Hull's Kamil Zayatte, is the only other player 'breaking the eight'. Emmanuel Eboue's bad day gets worse with the news that he brings up the rear on a miserable 3.89.
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1927: Every single United player goes to Nemanja Vidic, who wears a smile as wide as Serbia. His dramatic last-gasp winner means United stay third, six points behind Liverpool, and Sunderland stay in the bottom three.

1925: FULL-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland

1925: "Yes! I had a hernia operation two weeks ago. Been jumping about so much I think I'm going to have to get it redone now. Vidic, what a guy!"
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1923: It's not all good news. Wayne Rooney's tackle means he picks up a fifth yellow of the season and he will miss the game against Tottenham.

1922: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland
What can you say? I think we all saw that coming. Michael Carrick's shot pings back off the post and into the path of Nemanja Vidic, who taps in.

1921: Great work by Kenwyne Jones, pushing the ball past Michael Carrick and charging to the penalty area. He is rewarded with a corner. Andy Reid picks up the ball and jinks into the box - and his cross is almost met by Teemu Tainio. We're into four minutes of stoppage time.

1918: Anton Ferdinand heads yet another cross clear and gives his fellow defenders - ie the entire team - an encouraging clap. Not long to go...

1916: Edwin van der Sar - who hasn't had a single save to make as far as I recall - is in the centre circle to set United's attack rolling again. One-sided doesn't even begin to describe it.

1915: Oh my word. How close can they get? Teemu Tainio produces an astonishing last-ditch block to deny Carlos Tevez, leaving the striker stunned. From the corner, Michael Carrick's shot flies across goal and Tevez is millimetres away from touching it home. Seven minutes left.

1913: United definitely won't get a better chance than that. Nemanja Vidic is free in the middle to head home - but the ball goes straight to keeper Marton Fulop.

1910: Wayne Rooney pulls the ball back for Carlos Tevez, but the Argentine drags his shot across goal.

1907: Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead limps off to be replaced by Carlos Edwards.

1906: Well they might not get a better chance than that. Dimitar Berbatov heads over from six yards after Michael Carrick's cross. Sunderland are already beginning to waste time...

1905: "Attack... attack... attack, attack, attack" is the cry from the United fans, To be fair, their team have done little else but attack - but Sunderland are still standing firm.

1902: The United fans step up the noise level after Ryan Giggs volleys a difficult chance wide. Less than 20 minutes remaining.

1858: Right. United have finally sorted out their subs. Anderson and Ryan Giggs are on, Darren Fletcher joining Ronaldo on the sidelines. Sunderland bring on Kenwyne Jones for Djibril Cisse.

1856: Cristiano Ronaldo smacks the ball out of play - he's had enough and he runs off, holding his side. Anderson was preparing to come on - but Sir Alex Ferguson is making a frantic phone call from the stands to give some different instructions.

1853: "A standing ovation for Dwight Yorke as he plays perhaps for the last time at Old Trafford."
BBC Sport's Andrew McKenzie at Old Trafford

1853: And Ronaldo hobbles back on.

1851: That's better from United. Rafael drives infield and passes to Cristiano Ronaldo, who exchanges passes with Dimitar Berbatov before blazing over. The European Footballer of the Year stays down, holding his side as he rolls around in agony. That allows Sunderland to make their first change, Teemu Tainio replacing Dwight Yorke - who gets a nice round of applause from both sets of fans.

1848: Who do you play? Rooney, Berbatov or Tevez? Hell, why not play all three? Carlos Tevez replaces midfielder Ji-Sung Park. Massive, massive cheer from the home fans.

1847: "I too have just got back from the Emirates and have never seen a player go to pieces like Eboue did. It wasn't lack of effort Matt (see 1822), as he trudged off below us we could see how embarrassed and hurt he was and many of us gave him a sympathetic standing ovation as he went through the tunnel."
Gary, St Albans, via text on 81111

1846: Pascal Chimbonda is hurt in a collision with Patrice Evra so we'll have a short break for treatment.

1844: "United's approach is the same as the first half - bags of possession but slow movement of the ball. I thought we would have seen a change of tempo."
BBC 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1843: Darren Fletcher turns on the penalty spot but slices his shot wide from Rafael's driven cross.

1839: A snapshot from Wayne Rooney, easily collected by Martin Fulop. If United fail to win, they'll be eight points behind leaders Liverpool - albeit with a game in hand.

1836: Away we go again.

1830: "I felt he had completely lost confidence, he couldn't keep the ball any more and then he became a danger. The crowd was very hard with him but that was not the most important thing in the game."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on why he took off sub Emmanuel Eboue

1826: Stat war has broken out on 606. How about this from ianrobdob: "Re 1815: the last time Sunderland went to Old Trafford with a caretaker manager (Kevin Ball), the half-time score was 0-0 and the full-time score was 0-0. Put that in your proverbial pipe and smoke it. KAPOWWWWWW! (I realise we don't have much of a chance in this one, but God loves an optimist)"
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1824: "Come on Sunderland, 45 minutes to go. Don't move the bus!!"
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1822: "I've just come back from the Emirates, and have read the live text feeds from this afternoon's action. Normally I would fully agree with the guy who was disgusted with Arsenal fans booing Eboue, but I have to say it was fully warranted. Every player can have a shocker, but it was the total lack of effort and interest that the fans were reacting to. A player on 35k a week who doesn't get above walking pace for an hour deserves to be booed off, especially in a tough financial world we are now in. "
Matt, a gooner from Bromley, via text on 81111

1821:Greg via text on 81111 accuses me of slating Sunderland. That hurts Greg. Unlike Alan Green, I think Sunderland have come here to do a job and they're doing it very well. It doesn't make for a pretty game - but I wouldn't expect Sunderland to give two hoots about that.

1819: HALF-TIME Man Utd 0-0 Sunderland

1815: "STAT: Before this game, the last caretaker manager to bring a team to Old Trafford was Newcastle's Nigel Pearson. The first-half score-line was 0-0. The second-half scoreline was 6-0."
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1810: Sunderland win a free-kick for Rio Ferdinand's push on El Hadji Diouf. Ferdinand's fuming about that. About 25 yards out, Djibril Cisse slams it low into the wall. That was Sunderland's first shot with 40 minutes gone.

1809: "I reject any statements of Sunderland playing so badly. Fair enough, they are second best, but most teams that play United are. We're defending well, and it's still 0-0... I'm reasonably happy at the moment!"
Anon via text on 81111

1807: "United assistant Mike Phelan has been out of the dugout for the last 10 minutes. Despite their dominance he is clearly not happy with something, possibly the scoreline. He's sent the subs for a warm-up."
BBC Sport's Andrew McKenzie at Old Trafford

1805: Michael Carrick drives the ball in but Wayne Rooney's first touch is heavy and Danny Collins is in with the block. Apparently, Sunderland have had 35% of the possession. Really?

1800: "Re 1755: I don't care, I'll take any point we get against United today."
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1758: Michael Carrick passes to Wayne Rooney on the edge of the box. The striker flicks the ball on and volleys... miles wide. His sheepish smile is visible even as he attempts to hide behind Pascal Chimbonda.

1756: Dimitar Berbatov finds Rafael on the overlap but the right-back's cross is cleared before Wayne Rooney can apply the final touch.

1755: "Sunderland are playing like a non-league team in an FA Cup tie."
BBC 5 Live commentator Alan Green

1752: "Djibril Cisse's appearance gets wilder by the week. He is sporting pink boots and grey gloves today. Not sure Keane would have let him get away with that combo. It's all Man Utd at the moment and you have to fear for Sunderland if the hosts can get the opener."
BBC Sport's Andrew McKenzie at Old Trafford

1748: "Sadly I found myself booing Eboue at the game today but caught myself and thought what am I doing? Sobering lesson in crowd dynamics! Felt sorry for the guy as he went off. He got a big cheer as he warmed up though!"
Lucien, London, via text on 81111

1745: Cristiano Ronaldo goes on a twisting and turning run to the edge of the area then goes down under the slightest of challenges from Dean Whitehead. The ref sees a foul though... Ronaldo surprises everyone by squaring the free-kick to Wayne Rooney but Martin Fulop produces another top-drawer save before Danny Collins scrambles clear.

1743: Martin Fulop makes a smart save from Dimitar Berbatov, low to his right.

1743: Couple of things. Patrice Evra's ban kicks in on 22 December. Cristiano Ronaldo served his one-match ban for his sending-off against Manchester City in the midweek game against Blackburn. You can stop texting now.

1741: Rare possession for Sunderland - and Pascal Chimbonda runs the ball straight out of play. That's not going to help matters.

1738: United playing some neat one and two touch football, but Sunderland have 10 men behind the ball, with just Djibril Cisse up front.

1734: "Both sets of fans are belting out "There's only one Keano". He might not be here but there's plenty of familiar faces. The official programme - which must have had a bit of reworking after the news this week - reckons there are 11 people with Man Utd roots at Sunderland. Dwight Yorke and Phil Bardsley are the only ones on the pitch."
BBC Sport's Andrew McKenzie at Old Trafford

1732: We are go.

1730: "No sign of Keano in the press box for a spot of punditry this afternoon. He was nowhere to be seen in the Megastore either. That place is bigger than most lower league grounds, but there was not a Keano mouse mat or piggy bank to be seen anywhere. Some lovely Man Utd-branded Christmas baubles though."
BBC Sport's Andrew McKenzie at Old Trafford

1729: "Re 1725: Tevez can't move in January due to the loan deal MSI have with United, he's going nowhere so he best get used the bench."
Jack, Northampton, via text on 81111

1725: "Tevez on the bench again! This is it! This guy is off in Jan! The writing's on the wall for all the United fans to see."
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1723: "Tevez on the bench!! What sort of message does this send to other players trying to force their way in the team?"
Anon via text on 81111

1720: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Sunderland
Man Utd revert to the side that beat local rivals City, with Carlos Tevez having to settle for a place on the bench despite four goals in midweek against Blackburn. Sunderland make four changes with Dwight Yorke, El-Hadji Diouf and Anton Ferdinand recalled and Martin Fulop replacing the injured Craig Gordon in goal.

1716: TEAMS Man Utd v Sunderland
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Park, Fletcher, Carrick, Ronaldo, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Evans, Tevez.
Sunderland: Fulop, Chimbonda, Ferdinand, Collins, Bardsley, Yorke, Malbranque, Whitehead, Reid, Diouf, Cisse. Subs: Colgan, Tainio, Nosworthy, Edwards, Murphy, Jones, Leadbitter.

1714: Plenty of Arsenal fans texting in very strong terms about the booing of Emmanuel Eboue. George here is typical: "Any Arsenal 'fan' that booed Eboue off should never watch an Arsenal match ever again, absolutely disgraceful."

1711: "I've got a big job to do at Hull City. We've got a work in progress. I'd be a fool to jump off the bandwagon."
Hull boss Phil Brown on Sunderland links

1707: According to BBC 5 Live, Paul Ince is meeting with his coaching staff. No suggestion that there is anything out of the ordinary in that though. I feel for Blackburn, who put in a hard-working display today and didn't give up even after Liverpool's first went in. "Ince is mince," says one succinct text in the inbox - but that would be harsh if you ask me.

1707: "An embarrassing day to be an Arsenal fan... I'm happy with the win, but what happened to Eboue was awful."
Anon via text on 81111

1705: "What price a visit to Old Trafford for Roy Keane today? Well he does only live seven miles away. He could stop in while he's walking the dog."
BBC Sport's Andrew McKenzie at Old Trafford

1700: What an afternoon for Darren Anderton. In his final game before retiring, the former England winger scores an 88th-minute winner for Bournemouth against Chester. That's how to bow out.

1657: "I think I may give up being a Newcastle fan."
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1656: Michael Owen is the picture of dejection as he trudges off having seen his two goals wiped out by second-half goals from Mamady Sidibe and Abdoulaye Faye.

1655: FULL-TIME Newcastle 2-2 Stoke

1653: More trouble for Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear as he is sent to the stands. They are playing five minutes of added time at St James'.

1653: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

1653: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-2 Chelsea

1652: FULL-TIME Hull 2-1 Middlesbrough

1652: FULL-TIME Blackburn 1-3 Liverpool

1652: GOAL Blackburn 1-3 Liverpool
That wraps that up. Paul Robinson comes to clear from Nabil El Zhar but the ball breaks to Steven Gerrard who finishes into the empty net.

1650: GOAL Newcastle 2-2 Stoke
Told you they were piling the pressure on. A Newcastle player flicks on the free-kick and Abdoulaye Faye smashes home.

1649: Ooh, drama at the Emirates. Emmanuel Eboue - a first-half sub for Samir Nasri - has been barracked by the home fans and is now taken off. He looks pretty distressed as he comes off, with Emmanuel Adebayor putting a consoling arm around him. Eboue stalks off down the tunnel in a right royal huff.

1648: Arsenal are hanging on a bit nervously against Wigan, while it's likewise for Newcastle against Stoke. The visitors are piling on the pressure at St James' Park.

1644: Chelsea counter-attack but Jose Bosingwa blazes over a good chance after a lovely pass from Deco.

1644: GOAL Hull 2-1 Middlesbrough
Incredible turnaround - and Boro can feel hard done by because that looked like a soft penalty decision. Ross Turnbull goes the right way but Marlon King's spot-kick has enough power on it to squeeze into the corner.

1643: RED CARD Middlesbrough
David Wheater and Geovanni tangle in the box and ref Steve Tanner points to the spot. The Boro defender is off.

1642: GOAL Blackburn 1-2 Liverpool
Andre Ooijer flicks on Keith Andrews' cross and Roque Santa Cruz is at the far post to head home.

1639: GOAL Hull 1-1 Middlesbrough
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Bernard Mendy's hopeful near post shot goes under Ross Turnbull's arm, comes back off the woodwork and goes in off the keeper for an own goal. A clanger of mammoth proportions.

1637: GOAL Hull 0-1 Middlesbrough
Not just a shot on target but an actual goal! Justin Hoyte gallops down the right and delays his cross before setting up Tuncay right in front of goal.

1635: GOAL Blackburn 0-2 Liverpool
Yossi Benayoun skins Stephen Warnock with embarrassing ease and shoots across Paul Robinson and into the far corner from a tight angle.

1634: Especially for Jessica who's just texted in asking for news from Hull. There is none. Not sure there's been a shot on target in this second half.

1633: "I feel and fear for Paul Ince."
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1633: Roque Santa Cruz heads wide from Andre Ooijer's cross. How Blackburn could do with a gift from Santa... sorry.

1631: "Arsenal could definitely make me breathe a little easier if we could just put one of these chances in."
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1630: Kevin Davies flicks on a long throw but Gary Cahill's header is palmed away by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.

1626: Mario Melchiot's volley is saved at point-blank range by Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia. Top scorer Amr Zaki is now on for Wigan.

1625: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool
Steven Gerrard's cross breaks to Xabi Alonso, who sidefoots home from just inside the area. Relief for the Reds, heartbreak for Paul Ince's Blackburn.

1624: Arsenal hit the post for the second time, this time Denilson's 25-yard effort cannons back off the woodwork. That second goal just won't happen.

1623: Oof, that's got to hurt. Ryan Babel comes off for Liverpool and he is replaced not by Robbie Keane but by Nabil El Zhar.

1621: Steven Gerrard's shot from the edge of the area is spilled by Paul Robinson and Yossi Benayoun fails to score from the follow-up. The Israeli keeps hold of possession but Blackburn scramble the ball to safety.

1621: Johan Elmander's shot hits Chelsea skipper John Terry on the arm, but that would be a harsh penalty call.

1618: GOAL Newcastle 2-1 Stoke
Ricardo Fuller bustles down the right and drives the ball across goal for Mamady Sidibe to apply the close-range finish. Game on.
Sidibe interview

1617: Chances, chances everywhere, but not a goal to be had. Nicolas Anelka is released on the left, he cuts inside and sets up Frank Lampard, who shoots straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen.

1616: Denilson plays a square ball for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who turns and fires a left-foot shot which whistles just wide of the right-hand post.

1615: Ah. Deco tries to be far too clever. Salomon Kalou heads down for the Portugal midfielder but he tries to clip it into the top corner when he could have slotted it low past the keeper.

1613: Finally Liverpool string some passes together but Xabi Alonso's shot is well saved by Paul Robinson. Robbie Keane is now warming up.

1612: Michael Ballack returns wearing a Terry Butcher bandage. Looks like he caught an accidental elbow from McCann.

1610: Cesc Fabregas' inch-perfect pass puts Robin van Persie clean through but the Dutchman screws his shot wide from the edge of the area.

1609: Ref Howard Webb puts his arm around Michael Ballack as he escorts the Chelsea midfielder to the touchline to have treatment on a facial cut. Ballack is not happy with the treatment he's receiving from Gavin McCann.

1606: "Pretty much everyone at Old Trafford seems to be expecting a fairly one-sided match today but there still seems to be a sense of expectation about the match-up between Sunderland and Manchester United. Even three hours before kick-off there were hundreds of fans of both sides mingling outside the stadium. I wonder what they could be possibly be talking about."
BBC Sport's Andrew McKenzie at Old Trafford

1604: Bolton make a change as they attempt to salvage a draw, with Ricardo Gardner replacing Fabrice Muamba.

1603: The game is back under way at Ewood Park already and Blackburn are on the attack straight away. Morten Gamset Pedersen is denied by Jamie Carragher's block.

1558: "Re 1544: Sorry but I can't stand the way football "support" seems to work these days. Are Liverpool honestly out of the title race if we don't win today? Of course we're not. Even if we lose, we'll be no worse than second, two points off the top, with 22 (TWENTY-TWO!) games left to play. I'm not hiding my disappointment at our current form, which is uninspiring to say the least, but let's have a bit of perspective people!"
Richard, Norwich, via text on 81111

1556: Liverpool may be a drawing a blank against Blackburn, but they are approaching seven hours since they conceded a league goal. Roman Pavlyuchenko was the last man to score against the Reds, in Spurs' 2-1 win.

1549: Amid all the half-time whistles, Arsenal hit the post. After a slick move, Denilson cut the ball back to Emmanuel Adebayor whose low shot from the edge of the box was tipped onto the foot of the post by Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland. A two-goal lead would have massively flattered Arsenal.

1547: HALF-TIME Newcastle 2-0 Stoke

1547: HALF-TIME Hull 0-0 Middlesbrough

1547: HALF-TIME Bolton 0-2 Chelsea

1546: HALF-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

1546: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Liverpool

1546: Fabrice Muamba shoots wide for Bolton, Tuncay sends a shot over for Middlesbrough. Ooh, these goals are living charmed lives.

1544: "Liverpool have to win today if they are realistic title contenders. Come on Stevie, turn on the magic!!!"
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1542: Blackburn are very quick into the tackle against Liverpool - and the crowd are responding to their efforts. The visitors' only chance so far has been Yossi Benayoun's.

1540: Chelsea break dangerously and the ball is with Salomon Kalou on the right. He tries to set up Frank Lampard but the midfielder is crowded out of it.

1538: "This really is poor from Liverpool. So slow. The game is like a relegation battle."
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1537: "I see Michael Owen has dusted off his shooting boots just before the transfer window opens. Coincidence? Next you'll be telling me Mark Viduka is fit again... hang on."
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1534: Geovanni has a chance to make up for that effort a moment ago - and this is much more his cup of tea. A free-kick just outside the box - for which Middlesbrough line up an eight-man wall. Deflected over.

1532: Arsenal are forced into an early change after Samir Nasri is injured following a poor Wilson Palacios tackle. Emmanuel Eboue is on.

1532: He doesn't score simple goals does he? Marlon King crosses for Hull team-mate Geovanni, who is all on his own right in front of goal and manages to head closer to the corner flag than the goal. He looks embarrassed - and so he should.

1529: Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina keeps the scoreline blank at Ewood Park with a flying save from Morten Gamst Pedersen's ferocious drive, pushing it onto the bar.

1526: Nicolas Anelka screws his shot wide as Chelsea chase a third at Bolton.

1525: GOAL Newcastle 2-0 Stoke
Three more to go Gary (see 1456). Obafemi Martins with some neat footwork on the left before squaring for Michael Owen to apply the simple finish.

1522: GOAL Bolton 0-2 Chelsea
That's just ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Jussi Jaaskelainen saves brilliantly from Salomon Kalou but the ball comes back in and Deco launches himself at a scissor-kick and finds the corner. Fabulous goal - his first since August.

1519: Yossi Benayoun is released by Steven Gerrard and is through on goal but ex-Reds defender Stephen Warnock chases back and times his challenge to perfection.

1518: Meanwhile at Ewood Park, Blackburn have composed themselves after a bit of a shaky start and we're into a rather dull midfield ding-dong.

1516: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Wigan
Cesc Fabregas' first-time pass comes off Alex Song and Titus Bramble and falls to Emmanuel Adebayor who strikes low into the corner.

1514: "Re 1504: Cole, Essien and Drogba (match winners?) are injured or suspended. Mourinho or not."
Anon via text on 81111

1510: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea take the lead and who else but Nicolas Anelka is the goalscorer? The Frenchman launches himself at Jose Bosingwa's pinpoint cross and heads in off the post from seven yards - that's his 13th league goal this season.

1510: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Stoke
Jonas Gutierrez measures his pass to perfection and Michael Owen effortlessly slots the ball past keeper Thomas Sorensen.

1509: Chelsea leave Kevin Davies unmarked from a corner and are almost punished - but the Bolton striker heads over.

1507: Liverpool line up with Ryan Babel on the left, Yossi Benayoun on the right and Steven Gerrard behind striker Dirk Kuyt.

1504: "Has Chelsea's substitute bench (see 1418) ever looked this bad in recent seasons? No match winners in there like the days of Mourinho!"
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1502: And we're off and running around the grounds.

1500: Paul Ince looks very relaxed as he strolls out at Ewood Park just in time to see the game kick off.

1458: "Interested to see how Babel does upfront today... He really needs to start doing the business!"
Niall, Bratislava Airport, via text on 81111

1456: "C'mon tha Toon! I think we'll smash five past Stoke. We're due a good win!"
Gary via text on 81111
Excellent optimism

1451: Given the run of play at Craven Cottage and their rather poor away form, I thought City might be content with a point. It has since been pointed out to me by several City fans, this is not the case. I am happy to correct this error.

1449: "Re 1440: I'm a Man City fan and I'm not pleased with a point. Wouldn't have thought Sheikh Mansour would be happy with a relegation battle!"
Dave via text on 81111

1445: A late addition to the Boro team news. Mido did not travel with the squad.

1443: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Wigan
Arsenal make only one change from the team that beat Chelsea last weekend, bringing in centre-back Kolo Toure for the injured William Gallas, while fit-again Emmanuel Eboue is on the bench. Wigan welcome back skipper Mario Melchiot, who replaces Michael Brown.

1441: TEAM NEWS Newcastle v Stoke
Geremi starts for Newcastle in place of the injured Nicky Butt (hamstring) in the only change to the team which drew with Middlesbrough last weekend. Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes five changes after the midweek Carling Cup defeat to Derby. Thomas Sorensen, Abdoulaye Faye, Amdy Faye, Salif Diao and Danny Pugh all start, while Richard Cresswell retains his place with Ricardo Fuller demoted to the bench.

1440: I think Manchester City might be more pleased with their point than Fulham.

1438: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-1 Man City

1436: Florent Malouda has an injury, according to the Chelsea website. That is why he's not on the bench. Not because he is not very good. Thank you.

1435: "I want Cisse to grow a Roy Keane beard!"
Anon via text on 81111
I want that too

1431: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Liverpool
Blackburn boss Paul Ince makes just one change from the side that was beaten at Portsmouth last time out in the league, Matt Derbyshire replacing Benni McCarthy in attack. Robbie Keane drops to the bench as Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez opts to partner Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel up front, while Emiliano Insua makes his first league start this season at left-back and Javier Mascherano returns in midfield.

1429: Moment of panic in the Fulham defence as Mark Schwarzer fumbles Pablo Zabaleta's shot at the near post, but the ball is lumped clear. City threatening an unlikely winner.

1428: TEAM NEWS Hull v Middlesbrough
Hull keep faith with the team that drew 1-1 with Stoke last weekend, with Dean Marney overcoming a knock and Andy Dawson recovering from an Achilles problem to retain their places. Middlesbrough are also unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 with Newcastle a week ago. Robert Huth is still sidelined with a foot injury but Emanuel Pogatetz has recovered from a shoulder problem in time to play. Mido does not feature.

1426: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Chelsea
Bolton boss Gary Megson names the same side that beat Sunderland 4-1 last week and ultimately prompted Roy Keane's resignation, while Chelsea counterpart Luiz Felipe Scolari makes just the one change, Alex replacing Branislav Ivanovic at centre-half. Florent Malouda, a second-half substitute in last week's defeat to Arsenal, does not even make the bench.

1421: TEAMS Blackburn v Liverpool
Blackburn: Robinson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Emerton, Andrews, Kerimoglu, Pedersen, Roque Santa Cruz, Derbyshire. Subs: Brown, McCarthy, Vogel, Villanueva, Simpson, Fowler, Treacy.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Hyypia, Insua, Benayoun, Mascherano, Alonso, Babel, Gerrard, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Agger, Keane, Riera, Leiva Lucas, El Zhar.

1420: TEAMS Newcastle v Stoke
Newcastle: Given, Beye, Coloccini, Bassong, Jose Enrique, N'Zogbia, Geremi, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Owen, Martins. Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Xisco, Taylor, Edgar, Viduka, Carroll.
Stoke: Sorensen, Griffin, Sonko, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Delap, Amdy Faye, Diao, Pugh, Cresswell, Sidibe. Subs: Simonsen, Olofinjana, Cort, Whelan, Fuller, Davies, Tonge.

1420: Stephen Ireland gets a yellow for pushing Clint Dempsey off the ball about 30 yards out. Another chance for Jimmy Bullard to have a dig... He curls it into Joe Hart's arms. Disappointing.

1419: TEAMS Arsenal v Wigan
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Clichy, Denilson, Fabregas, Song Billong, Nasri, Van Persie, Adebayor. Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Bendtner, Eboue.
Wigan: Kirkland, Taylor, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia, Palacios, Cattermole, Melchiot, Heskey, Camara. Subs: Kingson, Kilbane, Koumas, Brown, Zaki, De Ridder, Kapo.

1418: TEAMS Bolton v Chelsea
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Davies, McCann, Nolan, Muamba, Taylor, Elmander. Subs: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Gardner, Riga, Shittu, Basham, Obadeyi.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Alex, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Kalou, Lampard, Ballack, Deco, Anelka. Subs: Cudicini, Ivanovic, Sinclair, Ferreira, Mineiro, Stoch, Woods.

1417: TEAMS Hull v Middlesbrough
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Ricketts, Boateng, Ashbee, Marney, Barmby, Geovanni, King. Subs: Duke, Windass, Garcia, Mendy, Halmosi, Cousin, Giannakopoulos.
Middlesbrough: Turnbull, Hoyte, Wheater, Pogatetz, Taylor, Aliadiere, Arca, Digard, Downing, Sanli, Alves. Subs: Jones, Emnes, Johnson, McMahon, Hines, Grounds, Walker.

1415: Robbie Keane drops to the bench for Liverpool. Emiliano Insua and Ryan Babel start.

1412: Jimmy Bullard blasts a stunning free-kick towards the top corner but Joe Hart pulls off an absolutely magnificent save. From the corner, Fulham go close again as Bobby Zamora tries to stab home. Shoulda headed it.

1410: Some early team news from Chelsea: Alex replaces Branislav Ivanovic in defence. Florent Malouda nowhere to be seen.

1408: "I'm sat in row P he nearly hit me, that's Zamora. Always missed a hatful for us. Have faith."
Simon the Seagull (and Viola his daughter) via text on 81111

1407: Shaun Wright-Phillips flips the ball round the corner and is promptly clattered from behind by John Pantsil, and that's out first booking of the day.

1404: "Were Bolton that poor that they made Ben-Haim look like a Premier League footballer? Chelsea fell for it, and now us. He's too slow and often out of position."
Honey Monster via text on 81111

1402: Stephen Ireland's goal touch deserts him as the ball comes to him on the edge of the area. He scuffs a hopeless shot wide.

1359: Shaun Wright-Phillips provides the pass for Pablo Zabaleta, whose shot is pushed past the post by Mark Schwarzer.

1355: "When you're sat in row Z and the ball hits your head, that's Zamora."
Marv via text on 81111

1354: Bobby Zamora is on a mission to fulfil Simon the Seagull's dream. This time he drags a shot just wide.

1352: Simon the Seagull (1349) won't have enjoyed that much. Andy Johnson holds off a couple of challenges before setting up Bobby Zamora - who is falling as he shoots and sees the ball balloon into the crowd.

1351: Roy Hodgson shows a fine turn of pace to sprint across the pitch as the players wait to kick off the second half - which is now under way.

1349: Great texting in effort so far from Craven Cottage. Hope the later games are going to keep up the good work. Here's Simon the Seagull: "Cold here at the game at Putney end. As a Brighton fan looking forward to seeing Zamora score second half in front of me. 'When the ball hits the goal it's not Shearer or Cole it's Zamora'."

1344: Ooh, by the way, I meant to say that 5 Live's John Murray wants you to get involved in a show he's putting together on the most important goals of 2008. So go on...
The year's most important goals

1341: Thank goodness forDanny the Stat. "Jimmy Bullard is the only man to "break the seven" over on our Player Rater facility. Indeed, he has done so with some considerable aplomb, racing to 7.73, miles ahead of Stephen "6.75" Ireland. Meanwhile, rater users are seemingly furious with Michael Ball - he's limping along with a mere 4.27. Ooof. Unfair? Get involved..."
Hero or zero?

1338: The half-time entertainment at Craven Cottage consists of two people in giant inflatable suits blundering about the pitch. No idea why, but it's mildly amusing.

1335: HALF-TIME Fulham 1-1 Man City

1332: We'll have three minutes of added time.

1329: Now City go close. Benjani turns and fires a low shot inches wide.

1326: Clint Dempsey shrugs off his marker and meets Bobby Zamora's cross with a header which flies just over. The striker is injured in the process and needs treatment on a head wound.

1323: Big chance for Fulham. Andy Johnson unselfishly lays the ball off for Clint Dempsey inside the box but the American drives his shot wide. Very much a half of two halves this. City had much the better of the first 20 minutes, but Fulham have taken over and probably should be ahead.

1321: Lovely build-up work from Fulham - ruined by a hopeless shot by John Pantsil. Probably in the Thames that one.

1321: "Fulham playing well. Styles's incompetence is getting the home fans fired up."
Dan, Craven Cottage, via text on 81111

1318: Darius Vassell chests down Richard Dunne's long pass on the edge of the area but the shot is straight at keeper Mark Schwarzer.

1314: GOAL Fulham 1-1 Man City
Lovely work from Bobby Zamora on the right, turning his man and sliding a perfect ball through for Jimmy Bullard who smashes in a right-foot strike from a difficult angle.

1312: "City needed a response today and it looks like they are getting it. Fulham miss McBride, really underrated striker."
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1309: Fulham want a penalty, and I tell you what, replays show it's a very good shout. Richard Dunne definitely moves his arm to block Andy Johnson's cross - but Rob Styles waves away the claim.

1307: By the way, Shaun Wright-Phillips is playing a central role today - a move which seems to have surprised Fulham more than anyone. SWP is all over them.

1304: City looking very good at the moment. Vincent Kompany swings a lovely crossfield ball over to Benjani who sets up Shaun Wright-Phillips on the edge of the box. The England man swings and misses, and the second attempt isn't a lot better but a slight deflection wins him a corner.

1302: "At Craven Cottage, just discussing how poor Benjani is. Now eating my words. Quality finish to a fine move."
Bevo via text on 81111

1300: Andy Johnson springs the offside trap - but Joe Hart is quick to spot the danger and dives at the striker's feet. Johnson has scored four goals for the hosts since his £10.5m summer move.

1256: Fulham's defence looks very shaky, which is odd when you consider their excellent defensive record. Stephen Ireland picks up a loose ball - but shoots wide when he might have done better.

1253: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Man City
Ha, you know that stat of the day (1232)? It's redundant now. Pablo Zabaleta delivers the cross from the right and Benjani leaps between two defenders to head home.

1249: Brede Hangeland launches a long ball, which bounces once and goes straight out of play. Not sure what that was meant to be. Hangeland rumoured to be a January target for Arsenal.

1247: We're off.

1245: "Re 1237: Yeah maybe but Fulham don't exactly look like Barcelona do they!"
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1243: Here come the players. It's a beautiful, sunny day in west London.

1239: "Keane resigned and shaved the beard so he can use the hair to make a younger clone of himself. Then he will come back and sign the young Keane."
Anon via text on 81111

1237: "Does anyone else think City look really weak today? Although knowing City we'll shock everyone and play well."
Anon via text on 81111

1235: Not long to go before kick-off at Craven Cottage, but time enough to remind you that if you're being dragged to the shops today, 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.

1232: A Stat of the Day for you - and it's a Christmas cracker. Manchester City have scored 29 Premier League goals this season, second only to Chelsea, but not one has been a header.

1228: "And the draw for the final of the Carling Cup is: Tottenham v Man United."
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1226: Those Carling Cup semi-finals will be played on the week beginning 5 January and the week beginning 19 January. The teams drawn out first play the first leg at home.

1225: CARLING CUP DRAW
Tottenham v Burnley
Derby v Man Utd

1222: "My dearest wish would be to see Keane one day take over at Old Trafford. However, he's patently not ready yet, and has a lot the learn. The makings of a great manager however..."
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1221: "Dr Cheese, I'm bed-ridden with flu and a fever - please prescribe me a Van Persie hat-trick. It's the only cure."
Anon via text on 81111

1218: "My biggest concern for Sunderland is how the players who showed form under Keane (Cisse, Richardson etc) will play under new guidance."
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1214: In case you missed it, the big news today is that Roy Keane has shaved off his beard. He's Keane-shaven you could say. Keane, clean… oh whatever. Anyway, today's big question is: will Keano be back in management?

1211:Fulham keep faith with the team that held Aston Villa to a 0-0 draw last time out, meaning Zoltan Gera once again has to settle for a place on the bench. Manchester City are without Brazilian superstar Robinho and England defender Micah Richards who both miss out because of ankle injuries. But Shaun Wright-Phillips is passed fit despite a knee problem and Tal Ben-Haim, Michael Ball and Pablo Zabaleta all start in defence.

1207: TEAMS Fulham v Man City
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Bullard, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gera, Etuhu, Stoor, Andreasen, Kallio.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Dunne, Ben-Haim, Ball, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Hamann, Vassell, Ireland, Mwaruwari. Subs: Schmeichel, Berti, Onuoha, Logan, Jo, Evans, Caicedo.

1205: Coming up shortly, the Carling Cup draw. Burnley, Derby, Manchester United and Tottenham are in the hat. Wonder if it'll be a Santa's hat.

1200: Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a great big sackful of Premier League goals. Ooh, and the new Take That CD. Thanks!

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Premier League table
Sunday, 3 November 2013 17:56 UK
    P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 10 13 25
2 Chelsea 10 8 20
3 Liverpool 10 7 20
4 Tottenham 10 4 20

5 Man City 10 17 19

6 Southampton 10 7 19
7 Everton 10 4 19
8 Man Utd 10 4 17
9 Newcastle 10 -2 14
10 Hull City 10 -2 14
11 West Brom 10 0 13
12 Cardiff 10 -4 12
13 Swansea 10 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -3 11
15 West Ham 10 0 10
16 Fulham 10 -5 10
17 Stoke 10 -4 9

18 Norwich 10 -14 8
19 Sunderland 10 -15 4
20 Crystal Palace 10 -15 3

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