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Tottenham 1-1 Portsmouth
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By Caroline Cheese

1807: Time to go. Reminders: MOTD2 is on BBC1 at 2220 GMT, Steve Claridge fields your calls on BB 5 Live's 606 right now, Stevo returns to take you through the Merseyside derby tomorrow as Liverpool try to reclaim top spot. Ooh, and the Australian Open begins tonight. I know it's not football, but it should be quite good anyway.

1805: "I knew I was going to get a bit of stick. I expected that. That's football. But I really enjoyed the game. It's just a shame we couldn't get the win."
Spurs striker Jermain Defoe

1804: "We looked dangerous on the break. We always do. Sometimes it was backs against the wall but to get a point here keeps them below us and moves us up a few places, so happy days."
Portsmouth keeper David James

1800: A last word from Danny the Stat: "David James retains top spot over on Player Rater with an impressive 7.88. Indeed, he's the only player to "break the seven" (it'll catch on) as it stands. Jermain Defoe has a slightly mediocre-looking 6.57 right now but one suspects that will change. You, yes you, can bring about this change. Get, as they say, involved..."
Spurs v Pompey Player Rater

1757: Darren Bent, of course, could have ended poor old Gareth's agony...

1755: Jermain Defoe's goal against his old club means Tottenham climb off the bottom and up to 16th, while Portsmouth's point moves them up to 12th. But Gareth Bale's luckless run continues. He equals Giles Barnes' record of 21 matches without experiencing a Premier League victory.

1753: FULL-TIME Tottenham 1-1 Portsmouth

1753: Darren Bent collects the ball on the right and Jermain Defoe races to get into the box in support - only to see his strike partner go for goal from a tricky angle.

1750: And now Kranjcar needs treatment for an injury. Steve Bennett marches him off the pitch so the game can continue.

1749: Rare attack from Portsmouth as Niko Kranjcar sends a low shot skimming wide of Heurelho Gomes' goal.

1747: Portsmouth boss Tony Adams brings off Younes Kaboul and sends on Mark Wilson in his place. Three minutes remaining.

1745: Sylvain Distin is again there with the crucial block challenge on Vedran Corluka. 30 seconds later, Jermain Defoe escapes the attentions of Sol Campbell but fizzes the shot wide.

1742: Luka Modric delivers the ball across the box but Sylvain Distain somehow scrambles it away. Nine minutes remaining.

1739: Shocking, shocking miss from Darren Bent. David Bentley picks up the ball on the left and delivers the perfect cross to the far post where Bent is completely unmarked inside the six-yard box but still manages to head wide. Harry Redknapp is aghast. So is Bent to be fair.

1736: David Bentley audaciously goes for goal with a free-kick from wide on the left. David James tips over as the ball threatens to drop into the corner. From the corner, Sean Davis clears off the line from Vedran Corluka's header. It's all Tottenham - which probably means Portsmouth will score in a minute.

1733: Portsmouth's goalscorer David Nugent comes off to be replaced by John Utaka.

1729: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Portsmouth
Luka Modric slides the ball across to who else but Jermain Defoe, who smashes his shot from the edge of the box through Sol Campbell's legs and into the corner. No question of Defoe not celebrating against his old club - he does. That goal coming just two minutes after Gareth Bale left the pitch.

1727: Gareth Bale, on his way to a record-equalling 21st appearance without a Premier League win, won't play any further part in this match. David Bentley comes on play down the left wing, with Jamie O'Hara slotting in at left-back.

1726: "We need to realise that unless we pass the ball a hell of a lot better, we will get relegated. Bale has been shocking, no wonder we never win when he starts!"
Damien, Morden, via text on 81111

1721: "Redknapp, what's the score?" is the chant from the Portsmouth fans. The man himself sits stoney-faced on the bench. Spurs haven't scored a home league goal since November.

1718: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Portsmouth
Incredible. David James makes a phenomenal save, changing direction in a flash to claw away Aaron Lennon's wickedly deflected shot. Portsmouth break and Armand Traore cuts in from the left before setting up David Nugent, who finally ends his Premier League drought albeit via a deflection off the ever-unfortunate Gareth Bale.

1716: Good spell of pressure from Tottenham, but Portsmouth - and particularly Sol Campbell - are defending for their lives.

1711: We appear to have entered a scrappy period in the game. Someone has texted in to let us know that Jermain Defoe's hairdo is known as "chiney bumps".

1708: OK, we don't think either injury is serious. So that's good.

1705: The news from the Spurs dressing room is that Ledley King definitely has a hamstring injury and Roman Pavlyuchenko definitely has an ankle injury. Don't know how serious either one is. Sorry.

1705: Tottenham out first at the Lane, closely followed by Portsmouth. What can this mean? Nothing probably. We're up and running in the second half.

1659: It's been far too long since I mentioned Craig Bellamy, so let's put that right. We hear that West Ham don't want to sell him to Tottenham. The striker has told the club he wants to leave so Manchester City now look very much in the driving seat with that one.
Bellamy absence fuels speculation

1654: Danny the Stat... "David James is winning the battle of the occasionally-mocked keepers quite handsomely on Player Rater - he's got a whopping 7.81 while Heurelho Gomes is languishing on 5.56. Indeed "Jamo" - as his team-mates doubtless call him - is top of the pile overall. Lots of time for this to change, however. Vote them high! (it'll catch on...)"
Tottenham v Portsmouth Player Rater

1649: HALF-TIME Tottenham 0-0 Portsmouth

1649: Peter Crouch's pass comes off Luka Modric and into the path of David Nugent but he blasts over.

1645: More injury trouble for Spurs. Ledley King has what appears to be a hamstring injury and he won't continue. Michael Dawson is on.

1644: David Nugent does well to beat the Spurs offside trap to meet Niko Kranjcar's pass. He's clean through but Heurelho Gomes saves well. Nugent still without a Premier League goal for Pompey...

1642: Heurelho Gomes hasn't been taking goal kicks because of a leg injury so Harry Redknapp is absolutely fuming when the Spurs keeper is asked to deal with a difficult back pass. How bad are Spurs' reserve keepers? Gomes kept his place when on a dreadful run of form and now gets picked despite only having one leg to stand on...

1641: That's better from Jamie O'Hara, whipping a shot just past the post David James' right-hand post.

1639: Jamie O'Hara loses the ball in midfield and suddenly Younes Kaboul is galloping away down the right but he goes for an ambitious shot, instead of setting up one of his team-mates.

1634: Another unbelievable stop from David James, the Pompey keeper stretching to palm away Ledley King's header. He is alert enough to block the follow-up from Darren Bent - who is offside anyway.

1629: And Pavlyuchenko will not continue. The Russian has his hands over his face as he is stretchered off in agony. Darren Bent is the man to come on.

1629: Former Tottenham midfielder Sean Davis is the first name in Steve Bennett's little black book as he clatters into Roman Pavlyuchenko.

1627: Vedran Corluka comes to Spurs' rescue with a vital tackle on Armand Traore as the Pompey man looks to convert David Nugent's cross. Turning out to be a decent game this.

1624: It's 'good David James' today. So far anyway. Aaron Lennon does brilliantly to beat his man on the right and produces a lovely cross for Jermain Defoe but his header is tipped over by the Pompey keeper.

1622: End to end. Sylvain Distin is allowed to advance well over the halfway line before he is eventually challenged, then Aaron Lennon forces David James into his best save yet, then Roman Pavlyuchenko's shot is blocked by... Jermain Defoe.

1616: Jermain Defoe brings the ball down well on the right and then collects it again on the edge of the box before sending a low shot into David James' arms. I think the Spurs new boy is quite keen to impress.

1613: Shaky handling by Heurelho Gomes - and we haven't said that for a while. He fumbles Glen Johnson's long-range shot and Peter Crouch is almost in but the Brazilian keeper just about scrambles the ball away.

1612: Aaron Lennon cuts in from the right and makes space for the shot but his effort is easily collected by David James. Portsmouth don't look too convincing in defence.

1610: Big, big chance for Jermain Defoe. Awful square pass across the defence by Sean Davis but the Spurs striker hammers the shot just wide of the post.

1607: Just to complete the fashion watch (because there's not a whole lot happening on the pitch): Tony Adams is wearing a stripy, multicoloured scarf. It's no the sort of thing I ever expected to see Tony Adams wearing. I see him very much as a navy blue or charcoal man.

1601: A heated atmosphere at the Lane I think you would call it, as the first Sol Campbell chants go up. On to the football...

1559: Jermain Defoe - who scored on his first Tottenham debut against Portsmouth - has a new 'do' for his second home debut. I don't know what you call it. Knots?

1557: Sol Campbell turns and waves at the Pompey fans as he emerges, while the Tottenham fans boo. As the players shake hands, one little Tottenham mascot seems very preoccupied, staring straight ahead as he waves a hand vaguely in the direction of the Pompey players.

1556: "Re 1545 and 1530: Is it too much to hope that Gareth Barry will go on a similar no-winning run?"
Emma, Birmingham, via text on 81111

1555: The players are waiting in the tunnel. Sol Campbell will lead out the Pompey team against his former club.

1547: And this also just in. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has very firmly quashed rumours that he might be about to sell up. The club have posted a statement on their website.

1545: "Re 1530: Something about those initials..."
Anon via text on 81111

1542: Just time to tell you that Atalanta are on the verge of a 3-0 win over Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.

1538: Danny the Stat writes the following: "David di Michele has zoomed to the summit of the Player Rater with an eye-watering 7.84. Paul Konchesky's thunderbolt appears to be outweighing his clumsy penalty-conceding tackle on Carlton Cole as he has notched 7.01. But people. It can all change people, thanks to you, the, er, people. Get involved."
West Ham v Fulham Player Rater

1536: Another much-quoted stat this, but just in case you missed it: Tottenham will leap eight places from rock bottom to 12th if they beat Portsmouth.

1533: "So, Jermain Defoe is playing his old club at his new home ground that is his old home ground, against his old club, for his new manager who is his old manager? He just has to score doesn't he? Let's hope he remembers who he is playing for??"
Anon via text on 81111

1530: As plenty of you have already noted, Gareth Bale makes the Spurs line-up today. Should his side fail to win, that will be 21 matches without ever tasting victory in the Premier League - equalling the record held by Giles Barnes of Derby.

1526: West Ham move up to eighth with that win, which ends Fulham's nine-match unbeaten run. Gianfranco Zola looking quite the managerial genius now. Will that make Craig Bellamy think again? Do West ham fans care??

1525: FULL-TIME West Ham 3-1 Fulham

1521: "Re 1513: No."
Anon via text on 81111
Oh. OK then.

1520: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Portsmouth
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, facing the club he left to take charge at Spurs in October, makes one change from the team that lost at Wigan last weekend with winger Aaron Lennon replacing defender Michael Dawson. That means Ledley King will be back at centre-back instead of the holding midfield role he had against the Latics, while Jermain Defoe, also facing his old club, starts at up front in his first game at White Hart Lane since rejoining from Pompey. Portsmouth manager Tony Adams brings in Sean Davis for Mark Wilson in midfield but otherwise sticks with the side that beat Bristol City in the FA Cup on 13 January.

1517: Imagine. You wait ages for one and then six come along at once. With a minute or so remaining, Kieron Dyer replaces David Di Michele. Dyer - only just back after breaking his leg in August 2007 - gets a huge ovation from the home fans.

1517: "Who needs Bellamy when Cole is on fire? 5 goals, 5 games, Chelsea may regret selling him now. Great goal!"
Anon via text on 81111

1516: TEAMS Tottenham v Portsmouth
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate, King, Bale, Lennon, Zokora, O'Hara, Modric, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Alnwick, Bentley, Huddlestone, Bent, Campbell, Taarabt, Dawson.
Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Nugent, Davis, Kaboul, Kranjcar, Armand Traore, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Hreidarsson, Pamarot, Utaka, Little, Kanu, Wilson.

1515: Substitutions are quite the fashion at Upton Park. Dickson Etuhu goes off for Fulham, Leon Andreasen comes on.

1513: And another! Hayden Mullins on, Jack Collison off. Carlton Cole could be a good Emile Heskey alternative for England no?

1512: Time for West Ham to make their first change. Mark Noble gets a standing ovation from the home fans as he is replaced by Julien Faubert.

1507: GOAL West Ham 3-1 Fulham
Dickson Etuhu's pass is intercepted by Jack Collison, who quickly plays in David di Michele in space on the right. The Italian sets up Carlton Cole to slot in his fifth goal in five games. Swift and deadly break from the Hammers.

1505: Fulham make another change as Zoltan Gera comes on for Simon Davies.

1503: Bobby Zamora finds row Z... again. "When you're sat in Row Z and the ball hits your head..." Anyway, we'll have no more of that. Zamora is promptly replaced by Erik Nevland.

1501: "Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora have been poor as a partnership today. They haven't got close enough together."
BBC 5 Live analyst Clive Walker

1458: England boss Fabio Capello is watching this game. I wonder who he's got his eye on...

1453: Carlton Cole brings the ball down, turns in a flash and shoots just wide of the post.

1449: GOAL West Ham 2-1 Fulham
Carlton Cole skips through and has his legs taken from under him by Paul Konchesky. The Fulham defender doesn't even bother complaining and perhaps he's a touch fortunate only to see a yellow card. Mark Noble converts West Ham's first league penalty in just under a year.


1446: Bobby Zamora smashes a volley into row Z, which is very much appreciated by the West Ham fans.

1445: "Re: 1438. Surely slightly presumptuous that it's THAT Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite?"
Anon via text on 81111

1440: David di Michele runs onto a ball through the middle and produces a lovely, crisp finish into the far corner. It's just a shame he was offside.

1438: "I am a chef at a posh restaurant in Manchester and have just received a booking for this evening for one Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Kaka) and crew. Better get cooking..."
Anon via text on 81111
Kakawatch. It could be the new Bellamywatch.

1436: Danny the Stat gets the half-time teas in just in time for the start of the second half. Lovely timing.

1434: "Re 1423: Is a pantsil a kind of wooden ledge you put pants on?"
Anon via text on 81111

1431: You'll never guessed what just happened in the SPL game between Aberdeen and Celtic. So I'll tell you: McDonald gave a foul for a tackle by McDonald, just after McDonald was denied a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Live text - Scottish Premier League

1426: "We've just been outside having a laugh and a chat. We're best of pals - whatever happens today. I hope tomorrow morning we're talking about football and not anything else."
Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie on Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

1423: Danny the Stat says: "Poor old Johnny Pantsil. Not only does his surname include "pants", he's also scored a barely-credible 2.17 on the BBC website's Player Rater. Far behind nine-botherers Lucas "8.38" Neill or David "8.44" Di Michele. But the ultimate prize goes to 400-up's Mark Schwarzer who's celebrating in fine style with a triumphant 8.57. Don't like it? Think it's wrong? You're John Pantsil's mate? Get involved..."
West Ham v Fulham Player Rater

1421: "Gentle" is how BBC 5 Live commentator John 'Motty' Motson sums up that half. "Quite entertaining" is my verdict.

1420: HALF-TIME West Ham 1-1 Fulham

1419: John Panstil won't look back on this first-half with any fondness. He picks up a yellow card for a clumsy tackle from behind on Herita Ilunga. West Ham can't take advantage of a promising free-kick on the left.

1415: Bellamywatch (see 1403). He's in Newcastle, the board room at the Madejski Stadium and clay pigeon shooting in the Algarve with Peter Lorimer and Rod Wallace. Thanks to texters Anonymous, James and, er, Rod Wallace for that.

1411: David di Michele springs the Fulham offside trap to latch onto Lucas Neill's ball over the top. He has time for a touch but goes for a spectacular volley instead and it ends up being a very average volley.

1410: Carlton Cole has re-entered the fray, by the way. That rhymes.

1408: Phil Dowd awards Fulham a free-kick just outside the area for a push on Bobby Zamora, which causes the striker to swing and miss at a volley. Paul Konchesky has lost his magic touch and slams it straight into the wall.

1405: Trouble for Carlton Cole. He's limped off to seek treatment for what looks like a hamstring problem.

1403: Bellamywatch (it could be the new Springwatch). Our texters Anonymous, Liam and Bob have also seen him at Eastlands, in the car park at White Hart Lane (talking to a bloke who looks like a conehead) and in the underwear department at Marks & Spencer's in Ealing buying Y-fronts. I would suggest they're not all right.

1359: Danny Murphy takes the ball off Valon Behrami's toes as the Swiss prepares to shoot. You'll have noticed, like those on 606 have, that West Ham scored shortly after I said they looked sluggish and Fulham equalised just after I said the Hammers were looking sharp. I'm not saying anything else...

1356: You might expect a keeper to be a tad disappointed at being beaten at his near post - but that was a rocket from Konchesky, and his first goal since the 2006 FA Cup final when he scored for the Hammers.

1354: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Fulham
Ruddy Nora! What a strike that is! Paul Konchesky picks up the ball inside his own half, gallops down the left and lets fly from 30 yards with an absolute screamer which beats birthday boy Rob Green at his near post.

1352: After that sluggish first few minutes, West Ham are looking pretty sharp going forwards.

1348: "You wont see Bellamy anywhere near Upton Park this afternoon. I saw him about an hour ago talking to some bloke who looked like Ali G and Mark Bowen in the car park at Eastlands. Went back in the club shop to ask if they knew anything and a fellow Blue said he arrived at 10am and was having a medical this morning."
Matt the mouth in Manchester, via text on 81111

1346: Classic stuff from Bobby Zamora, heading a long ball into the path of Clint Dempsey but the American's volley is a shocker.

1343: "Quite a surprising mistake from the Fulham defence there, not normally infiltrated that easily."
Simon in Dorset, using his calendar's word of the day: Infiltrate

1341: Fulham's defence back off Mark Noble in alarming fashion and the midfielder takes the invitation to have a go from 25 yards - but it's comfortable for Mark Schwarzer.

1338: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Fulham
Lucas Neill lofts the ball into the box from the right, but don't panic Fulham fans, John Pantsil is there... to chest it right into the path of David di Michele who takes a touch past the keeper and sidefoots home. Pantsil with a lovely gift for his old employers there.

1337: BBC Sport's Piers Newbery reports he's already heard the day's first 'Go away Craig Bellamy' at Upton Park.

1336: Bit of a sluggish start from the Hammers. Fulham win an early corner and Simon Davies' delivery briefly looks as if it might dip under the crossbar before landing on the roof of the net.

1335: "Phil Dowd always seems so chirpy..."
Hustler on 606
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1332: Referee Phil Dowd does a quick head count and after a quick chat with Simon Davies, he gets us under way.

1328: Righto, here come the players. Rob Green is playing on his 29th birthday, while opposite number Mark Schwarzer is making his 400th appearance in English football.

1325: Sam texts in to ask if Jimmy Bullard is injured or missing because of rumours linking him with a move. He's been out with a hip injury since Boxing Day, Sam. Or maybe Fulham are just hiding him until the January transfer window goes away...

1322: The stats to which fulhambob refers look like this: West Ham are looking for their third double over Fulham in four seasons. They are unbeaten in 10 league games against their London rivals. Fulham's last win came in November 2001 - the first ever Prem meeting between the two teams.

1319: "Tough game for Fulham, and despite our vastly improved record this season, West Ham is a team we NEVER beat (just look at the stats!) Might be good for a bore draw though."
fulhambob on 606
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1312: West Ham are on their best league run since the end of 2007: that's four games without defeat. Fulham, though, comfortably trump that with a nine-match unbeaten run. Avoid defeat today and that'll be a new top-flight record for Roy Hodgson's men.

1305: "I'd rather Spurs went back in for Arshavin than sign Bellamy. Surely it's better value given Bellamy injury history?"
nicky_g_83 on 606
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1303: That last bit of fact-finding means this next text from William is pretty much redundant but I'm going with it anyway: "Who does Bellamy think he is? Pierre van Hooijdonk! Now there was a man who knew how to conduct a strike." The Dutchman, furious at the sale of Kevin Campbell, went on a three-month strike at Nottingham Forest as a protest at the club's lack of ambition.

1256: Excellent investigative work by the_dancing_feet_of on606, who alerts us to a report on the West Ham website which says cuddly Craig Bellamy is "not on strike but has expressed his desire to leave".

1252: TEAMS
West Ham: Green, Neill, Collins, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Collison, Cole, Di Michele. Subs: Stech, Dyer, Boa Morte, Mullins, Faubert, Tristan, Sears.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies, Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gera, Gray, Andreasen, Kallio, Baird.

1247:TEAM NEWS West Ham v Fulham
West Ham make one change and no prizes for guessing that it's Craig Bellamy who is missing. David Di Michele partners Carlton Cole up front. Fulham are unchanged.

1243: Matt_Utd_FC over on 606 wonders why so many clubs want Craig Bellamy, given his history. Good point. And is he really worth 13m? Another thing: in light of the reported bid by Real Madrid, is Kaka merely toying with Manchester City in order to flush out interest from other clubs?
Join the debate on 606

1242: My day so far has been a fail of epic proportions. Computer: broken. TV: broken. Volume button on broken TV: fallen off. Things can only get better... can't they?

1238: "West Ham will win. I'm expecting some magic from Bellamy today."
torresvowen on 606
Like a disappearing act you mean?

1236: No confirmation of this yet, but rumour is that Craig Bellamy did not get on the West Ham coach to go to Upton Park. The striker, wanted by both Manchester City and Spurs (but who isn't?), reportedly went on strike after he was denied permission to speak to other clubs.

1230: After the sensation that was 'Second-Half Saturday' comes... well, Sunday.

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
Tottenham 1-1 Portsmouth
18 Jan 09 |  Premier League
West Ham 3-1 Fulham
18 Jan 09 |  Premier League

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