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By Jonathan Stevenson
2220: Great night for Man United, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Sunderland, I hope there was enough action to keep you interested. See you tomorrow, when we go again. For those of you wondering, there will be a Match of the Day, it's on Wednesday on BBC One and online at 2245 GMT, with goals from all of this week's games. I leave you with this mouth-watering prospect...
"It will be interesting to see a Barca-Man Utd match-up in this season's Champions League. A team that is averaging three goals-a-game against a team that is averaging virtually no goals conceded a game... interesting." renoog on 606 Join the debate on 606
Very interesting. Night.
2115: What a start for Emile Heskey on Player Rater - he has smashed past the eight barrier with an astounding 8.21 on debut for Aston Villa against Portsmouth, and he bagged the winner too - what a night for the formerly much-maligned hitman. Keep on voting, though. Rate the players
2212: Danny Baker has just started 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live right now, so get involved with his chat, if you so wish. Join Danny's debate on 606
2207: Full-time West Brom 0-5 Manchester United
2206: Robert Koren promptly slams the free-kick over the crossbar.
2206: Michael Carrick is booked for fouling Marek Cech on the edge of the United area after a good break forward from the Baggies left-back.
2204: "As a Chelsea fan, I have to say well done to United for breaking the record, they have been imperious in defence despite numerous injuries. Nevertheless, it'll be a record quickly-forgotten if they don't go on to win the title. That being said, the title really is theirs to lose. They've been brilliant recently." ElectricBlueLion on 606 Join the debate on 606
2201: Carlos Tevez somehow keeps possession despite appearing to lose it about four times, but Scott Carson sticks out a strong right hand to block his goalbound shot.
2200:Manchester United have broken the Premier League record for not conceding a goal.
2159: Cristiano Ronaldo shanks a shot miles wide after yet another sublime pass from the quite ludicrously-brilliant Ryan Giggs.
2158: Pele heads on to the roof of the Manchester United net from a West Brom corner and the record is almost United's.
2156: The race for the Premier League is hotting up, too. Reading cut the gap to leaders Wolves to two points with a 1-0 win over their Championship rivals at the Madejski Stadium.
2156: "Can United please stop scoring? I have to text my mate the scores and I'll run up a huge bill at this rate." Mark, Carluke, via text on 81111
2155: Full-time Portsmouth 0-1 Aston Villa
2153: Full-time Tottenham 3-1 Stoke
2152: Man Utd's Zoran Tosic makes his Premier League debut as a substitute for Dimitar Berbatov.
2151: Portsmouth are pushing hard for an equaliser despite going down to 10 men, John Utaka has been denied by Brad Friedel and they are into injury time at Fratton Park, too.
2150: Manchester United are less than 10 minutes away from breaking Chelsea's record for going the longest period of time in the Premier League without conceding a goal.
2149: Into injury time at White Hart Lane and still no sign of Gareth Bale from the bench, with Spurs leading Stoke 3-1.
2147: GOAL West Brom 0-5 Manchester United
West Brom think Dimitar Berbatov is offside as he collects a long pass from the United backline and he waits for players to get up alongside him before sliding in Cristiano Ronaldo to slot between the legs of Scott Carson. West Brom thought Ronaldo was offside too, but he wasn't. Berbatov, not sure.
2146: Roman Bednar is booked by the increasingly unpopular Rob Styles (is he welcome anywhere anymore?) for rounding the keeper and slotting in after being flagged for offside. Silly officiating.
2145: Richard Eckersley and Wes Brown come on for Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville at West Brom.
2144: Michael Carrick cannot decide whether to shoot or cross after a fabulous little lay-off from Carlos Tevez, and his effort sails across goal and runs out for a goalkick.
2143: Richard Cresswell misses a good chance to bring Stoke even further back into their game with Tottenham, but the former Preston striker heads wide from eight yards.
2142: "Who said Giggs was finished - er, I think I did about three weeks ago. My apologies Sir Ryan of Salford." NewArmchairFan on 606 Join the debate on 606
2140: GOAL West Brom 0-4 Manchester United
They look like they could score as many as they want when they play like this, United. Carlos Tevez plays a cute pass with the outside of the foot to Ryan Giggs and the Welsh legend squares it for the onrushing Cristiano Ronaldo to slot coolly past Scott Carson.
2140: "Glad to see Belhadj sent off. He deserves it after that "tackle" in the first half. Can't believe Tony Adams didn't have the sense to take him off sooner." Ali, via text on 81111
2139: Full-time Sunderland 1-0 Fulham
2136: Kenwyne Jones was close to wrapping it up for Sunderland, muscling past his man and seeing a shot well saved by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer.
2134: GOAL West Brom 0-3 Manchester United
Game, set, match. Ryan Giggs swings over a corner from the right and Nemanja Vidic gets there first to glance a header into the Baggies net. United are three points clear now, and how about Vidic for Player of the Year?
2133: SENDING OFF (Nadir Balhadj, Portsmouth)
Calamitous goings on at Fratton Park as Belhadj, who could have been sent off in the first half, is shown a second yellow. He thinks Carlos Cuellar has handled and picks the ball up - but there hadn't been a whistle, and he is carded for picking the ball up. He's furious, but has got to go.
2132: Manchester United are within a post-width of missing out on that record, as Ryan Donk fastens on to a loose ball inside the United box and rifles a shot against Edwin van der Sar's left-hand post. It's probably still shaking, the upright.
2131: "Actually Stevo, it's Beattie's second goal for Stoke - he scored an own goal against them whilst playing for Sheffield United!" From Liam, via text on 81111
2128: Cristiano Ronaldo times his run to perfection and is sprinting clean through until a flag goes up and stops him in his tracks. Cue classic Ronaldo histrionics - but he's absolutely right to be annoyed.
2127: Dimitar Berbatov has the ball in the net at The Hawthorns but he is adjudged offside from Michael Carrick's cracking cross from the right.
2126: ... which Chris Brunt curls a yard or two over Edwin van der Sar's crossbar. Very difficult to get it up and down from there.
2124: Gary Neville goes straight through Chris Brunt on the edge of the Man Utd box and the Baggies have an interesting-looking free-kick...
2123: "There are games other than United and West Brom on and I've just seen the sitter of the night missed for Portsmouth, Crouch from about eight yards." Adzer2 on 606 Join the debate on 606
2120: Peter Crouch misses a real chance for Pompey to get back on level terms, volleying over the crossbar from four yards from another great Jermaine Pennant cross from the right.
2119: Marc-Antoine Fortune is replaced by Marek Cech for West Brom and we're under way at The Hawthorns.
2118: "Yeah get Bale on, cos Spurs never throw away three-goal leads." Matt, via text on 81111
2115: GOAL Tottenham 3-1 Stoke
Matthew Etherington plays a lovely ball over the top to the inside right channel and James Beattie fastens on to it, taking a lovely touch before sliding the ball across the body of Carlo Cudicini and into the far corner for his first goal for Stoke.
2113: It's come to life at Sunderland as Mark Schwarzer blocks Steed Malbranque's effort from eight yards.
2113: What a sitter! A Fulham cross comes in from the right, Clint Dempsey heads the ball back across goal and somehow, Simon Davies clips it over the bar from two yards.
2112: "A Man United fan here and I say that was a yellow card, never a sending off. If it was the other way round I would be cursing at the ref now!" kickerunited on 606 Join the debate on 606
2110: Whether or not West Brom's Paul Robinson should have been sent off, it seems silly that Scott Carson was complaining to referee Rob Styles as the teams walked off at half-time at The Hawthorns, just moments after he had dropped a clanger to hand United a 2-0 lead.
2108: Back under way at Portsmouth, with Villa leading 1-0.
2107: Younes Kaboul comes on for Sol Campbell at half-time for Portsmouth. Lots of you asking about a bad tackle from Nadir Belhadj on Villa's Craig Gardner - apparently, because I haven't seen it, it was very, very poor and possibly should have been a red card. "Cynical, naughty, nasty," our correspondent tells me.
2105: "Spurs wont get a better chance to get Bale on and reverse his curse!" Mike, via text on 81111
2104: We're back under way at White Hart Lane, with Spurs leading Stoke 3-0.
2104: Half-time West Brom 0-2 Manchester United
2101: GOAL West Brom 0-2 Manchester United
Scott Carson must want the ground to open up and swallow him whole. Ryan Giggs floats over a free-kick and Carson goes up, catches the ball, drops the ball at the feet of Carlos Tevez and can only watch on in horror as the Argentine rolls into the empty net.
2100: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Fulham
Andy Reid goes on a strong burst at the heart of the Fulham defence and the ball breaks to Djibril Cisse - his shot is saved by Mark Schwarzer, but it breaks to Kenwyne Jones, who signed a new four-year contract earlier today, to tap into the net.
2057: SENDING OFF (Paul Robinson, West Brom)
The Baggies captain is off and it is a very, very harsh decision. He and Park go for a 50-50 and Park gets to the ball first, but referee Rob Styles must think Robinson's studs are up and, to the astonishment of the West Brom fans, players and bench, he shows a straight red. "If that's a red, we might as well all go home," says Paul Jewell on BBC Radio 5 Live.
2056: The ball drops to the wrong person from West Brom's point of view inside the United box - Gianni Zuiverloon cannot keep his cool and volleys a shot miles off target. Edwin van der Sar is closing in on that record (see 1912).
2056: Once he pops, he cannot stop. Here's more Danny the Stat: "And, after busting my personalised "Danny the Stat" special super stat calculator with that Villa going top chat (see 2052), it's back to the far simpler world of Player Rater. This one's simple - good marks for the Villans with Emile Heskey topping the charts with an eight-breaking 8.11. Bad scores for Pompey - in fact no-one has yet "broken the five" (I doubt that will catch on). Get involved you people..." Rate the players
2054: "I don't know what SAF said before kick-off, but Man Utd look like they'll make it 2-0 before half-time, they're relentless." TadpoleThe1s on 606 Join the debate on 606
2052: Danny the Stat has stepped in to clear up some confusion: "Lots of heated debate about the (completely unrealistic) possibility of Aston Villa going top tonight. If they win handsomely and Man Utd slump horribly against West Brom - with Villa making up 11 in their goal difference along the way - they will go above Fergie's men (Villa's goal difference is currently +13, Man Utd's is +24).
"But in that case, Liverpool (goal difference +22) would be the main beneficiaries, unless Villa win by at least nine goals. I trust that's perfectly clear?"
2050: Cristiano Ronaldo misses a very presentable chance at West Brom after another sensational through ball from the evergreen Ryan Giggs - Ronaldo tries to lift the ball over the advancing Scott Carson from the edge of the Baggies box, but in doing so sends it wide.
2050: Non-stop, isn't it? Sunderland and Fulham are back under way in the north-east.
2049: Half-time Portsmouth 0-1 Aston Villa
2047: "Another 0-0 for Fulham, we are the masters of entertainment, eh Stevo?" Pete, London, via text on 81111
Can't argue with 10th though, surely?
2046: Half-time Tottenham 3-0 Stoke
2045: Sean Davis inadvertently flicks the ball towards his own goal and in doing so sends Gabriel Agbonlahor clear with a run on goal. The Villa striker is at a slight angle but nonetheless his effort is poor and flies well wide.
2042: My word, Manchester United have stepped it up. A lightning-quick break sees Cristiano Ronaldo gallop away down the left and cross for Carlos Tevez to poke inches wide of Scott Carson's right-hand post. Could easily have been 2-0.
2040: Danny Higginbotham is booked at Spurs for a foul on David Bentley - perhaps a touch of retribution after Bentley's foul on Matthew Etherington moments ago?
2039: GOAL West Brom 0-1 Manchester United
Gorgeous goal, an example of how to play football in tight spaces. Ryan Giggs finds Dimitar Berbatov outside the West Brom box on the right and he plays a lovely one-two with Michael Carrick, collecting the return with his instep and then finishing past Scott Carson effortlessly.
2038: David Bentley is booked for a foul at Tottenham and he will now miss the north London derby against Arsenal on 8 February.
2037: Jermaine Pennant whips over a cross to the penalty spot at Pompey and Hayden Mullins catches his volley sweetly, but it flies a yard or two over Brad Friedel's crossbar.
2036: The lively Marc-Antoine Fortune gets to a cross ahead of Edwin van der Sar and heads over, but he is flagged for offside in any case. It's still terrifically entertaining in Baggyland at the moment.
2035: See 2030 - actually, according to a host of clever people on 606, Villa need to win 9-0. Assuming Man Utd suffer a mauling.
2034: "Why cant you just admit it Stevo, that was a great goal. Long ball, short ball... what does it matter? It was still a cracking finish from Heskey." Tanser from Birmingham, via text on 81111
It was a cracking finish, absolutely brilliant, but it was also long-ball football.
2033: Half-time Sunderland 0-0 Fulham
2032: Cristiano Ronaldo creates some space 25 yards out, but he drags his shot horribly off target and then looks to the heavens as if to ask 'why?'
2030: "If Villa and West Brom win 7-0 each, then Villa will go top." Thanks A lot BBC7 on 606 Join the debate on 606
2028: Jermain Defoe has a shot cleared off the line by Ryan Shawcross. Stoke are in a mess at White Hart Lane.
2027: It's a frighteningly quick start at The Hawthorns, and two West Brom defenders collide with each other as the ball falls for Dimitar Berbatov, but he tries to lift the ball over Scott Carson and the keeper races from his line to thwart the Bulgarian.
2026: In amongst all that, David Bentley's free-kick was saved by Thomas Sorensen at Spurs, while Kenwyne Jones was foiled by Mark Schwarzer at Sunderland.
2025: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 Stoke
Rampant, Tottenham. Luka Modric sends over a left-foot cross from a short corner that finds central defender Michael Dawson unmarked, six yards out, to head past Thomas Sorensen.
2023: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Aston Villa
It's long-ball football, but who cares if you're a Villa fan? A long punt from Brad Friedel is flicked on, flicked on again by Gabby Agbonlahor and then rifled into the net from 20 yards by debutant Emile Heskey.
2022: Gary Neville uncharacteristically gives the ball away for Man Utd and Jay Simpson bounds forward, his shot deflects off Rio Ferdinand and drifts a couple of inches wide.
2021: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Stoke
Cracking little one-touch passing move from Spurs that ends with the two strikers linking terrifically, Roman Pavlyuchenko playing the ball into the area for the deadly Jermain Defoe to lash into the Stoke net.
2019: Hayden Mullins fancies a debut goal for Pompey but his left-foot drive from the edge of the Villa box hits Carlos Cuellar and flies agonisingly wide of Brad Friedel's right-hand post.
2018: They're under way at The Hawthorns, now.
2017: Richard Cresswell heads Matthew Etherington's free-kick over at Spurs as Stoke look for a leveller.
2015: The teams are out at West Brom, they're due to belatedly get under way shortly.
2014: Not much has happened at Portsmouth yet, though I'm informed that Villa have had to change their shape to accommodate Emile Heskey, who hasn't had a lot of joy so far. He's up front alongside Gabby Agbonlahor.
2011: "Stevo, what do you think of Fergie saying that Giggs could win player of the season?" Chris, Dorset, via text on 81111
As good a shout as any I've heard so far, he has been magnificent this season, don't you think? Ashley Young might be in with a shout, too.
2009: Welsh midfielder Simon Daves wastes a decent chance for Fulham at Sunderland, shooting wide from a good position.
2007: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Stoke
Spurs, who have started quite slowly, score with just about their second attack as Aaron Lennon is played into space down the left by Jermain Defoe, he drifts into the Stoke box, speeds past his marker and slips the ball between the legs of Thomas Sorensen. Big goal for the home team.
2006: It's not Premier League, but there's a massive goal atop the Championship, as second placed Reading take the lead at home to Wolves, who are top, thanks to Neill Collins' own goal.
2003: We are under way at Portsmouth, while at Spurs Luka Modric dances between a couple of challenges and blasts a left-foot 20-yard shot wide.
2003: "Stevo, any sign of Javier Saviola at Fratton Park? Apparently he will sign on loan tomorrow!" pompey_manic_2008- Defoe Who on 606 Join the debate on 606
None so far, but will keep you up to date. What an incredible deal that would be for Pompey. The boy is class.
2001: Tottenham and Stoke are under way at White Hart Lane.
1959: Steed Malbranque goes down easily inside the Fulham box and there is no penalty for Sunderland, who have made the better start at the Stadium of Light.
1956: Portsmouth boss Tony Adams hands a debut to Hayden Mullins as one of four changes from the team that lost at Swansea in the FA Cup. Kanu starts alongside Peter Crouch up front, while Glen Johnson and Hermann Hreidarsson return. Emile Heskey makes his debut for Aston Villa replacing Steve Sidwell, Luke Young returns after suspension and Craig Gardner also starts, while Nigel Reo-Coker (injured) and Nicky Shorey miss out.
1954: Sunderland go agonisingly close to an opener, Steed Malbranque sliding in Djibril Cisse and the French hitman rifling a shot from 20 yards that skims the outside of the Fulham post. Electric effort.
1952: It's been a very, very quiet start at Sunderland - no action to speak of so far.
1950: Remember, West Brom v Man Utd kicks off late tonight, at 2015 GMT instead of 1945, due to motorway problems in the area.
1947: The first of tonight's games gets under way at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland and Fulham kicking off.
1944: Pascal Chimbonda and Wilson Palacios are high up in a box at Tottenham, watching on with their new boys about to face Stoke. Chimbonda is wearing a horrifically glittering white tracksuit-type top. Surely with those signing-on fees he can afford a bit better?
1941: "Tottenham have a good chance of winning tonight - so long as they don't bring Bale on." Liverpool's year on 606 Join the debate on 606
1937: "Just strolled into Fratton Park. Cant say I'm too confident about this. Villa look good at the moment. Although I am happy about the Mullins signing!" Tommy, via text on 81111
1935: The game between West Brom and Manchester United will now kick off at 2015 GMT, due to motorway problems in the Midlands.
1934: It's permanently squeaky-bum time, as the Manchester United gaffer occasionally likes to tell us. With less than 142 hours to go until the transfer window slams shut and two top flight games to fit in in the meantime, life has never been so hectic for a Premier League manager. How do they even sleep at night? Maybe they don't.
1932: New signing Carlo Cudicini will make his Tottenham debut in goal in place of the injured Heurelho Gomes, while Jonathan Woodgate has recovered from a back injury and returns in place of Chris Gunter. Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon are also back in the starting XI. Ricardo Fuller is named on the Stoke bench after completing a three-match ban for striking team-mate Andy Griffin.
1930: Danny the Stat's more like a public information service these days: "What's that? You're busy tonight? You've got to go out? You're going to miss the football? You're dreadfully upset about it? Please - don't be. You can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. From a UK phone, text FOOTBALL to 81010 (it will cost 10 to 15p) and you will receive in return a link to our mobile site. Click on that, and you're in. The cost of being online on your phone will vary according to network and your own contract."
1927: "Great to see Carlo Cudicini starting a league game. A wonderful keeper and great servant to Chelsea. All the best Carlo." happyclamper on 606 Join the debate on 606
1925: "The clean sheet record started at Arsenal and we'll be happy to ruin it for United thanks to loanee Jay Simpson." Simon, Dorset, via text on 81111
1923: So, Rio Ferdinand returns to Manchester United's defence for the first time since suffering a back problem during the World Club Championship in Japan. Ji-Sung Park is also back, while Wes Brown is named among the substitutes. Gianni Zuiverloon returns for West Brom after a knee injury, while defender Ryan Donk plays despite suffering a groin problem in the weekend FA Cup tie with Burnley. Paul Robinson captains the side in place of Jonathan Greening, who is facing six weeks out.
1922: PORTSMOUTH v ASTON VILLA LINE-UPS Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Pennant, Davis, Mullins, Belhadj, Crouch, Kanu.
Subs: Begovic, Nugent, Kaboul, Pamarot, Utaka, Mvuemba, Armand Traore. Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Knight, Davies, Luke Young, Gardner, Petrov, Barry, Milner, Agbonlahor, Heskey.
Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Harewood, Delfouneso, Salifou, Shorey, Osbourne. Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
1920: Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia recalls Kenwyne Jones, Djibril Cisse, Dean Whitehead and Teemu Tainio to the starting line-up in place of Grant Leadbitter, Carlos Edwards, Michael Chopra and David Healy. George McCartney makes his first start since November in place of the departed Pascal Chimbonda. Fulham boss Roy Hodgson makes three changes as John Pantsil, Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora return with Fredrik Stoor, Leon Andreasen and Zoltan Gera making way.
1917: "With Spurs intent on re-signing former players, how long before they unveil Tony Galvin and Barry Daines as new signings?" Phil, on the sofa, via text on 81111
1914: Don't forget, 606 with Danny Baker is on BBC Radio 5 Live tonight at 2200 GMT. You can watch it live on the internet or by pressing red on your digital TV remote control. Any comments on Danny's 606 thread could make it into the programme - if they're good - so get commenting!" Join Danny's debate on 606
1912: Record fans, here's some pro-Man United news for you: the injury-ravaged champions are attempting to break a Premier League record tonight, no mean feat for a club missing the services of Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Rafael, Fabio, Danny Welbeck, Anderson, Nani, Wayne Rooney, Jonny Evans, Ji-sung Park and Owen Hargreaves in recent weeks.
If they keep West Brom at bay for 84 minutes at The Hawthorns, they will break Chelsea's record of going 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal. Arsenal's Samir Nasri, on 8 November, was the last person to breach United's rearguard in the league.
1909: We have a record: I've been accused of being anti-Manchester United less than 20 minutes into tonight's live text. It's a wonder some people don't get bored of thinking the whole world's against them. Hey ho.
1906: WEST BROM v MANCHESTER UNITED LINE-UPS West Brom: Carson, Hoefkens, Pele, Donk, Robinson, Zuiverloon, Borja Valero, Koren, Brunt, Simpson, Fortune.
Subs: Kiely, Cech, Bednar, Kim, Dorrans, Filipe Teixeira, Morrison. Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, O'Shea, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Ronaldo, Berbatov, Tevez.
Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Tosic, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Eckersley. Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)
1905: "Just the great season we needed after the footballing spectacle that was Euro 2008. Hopefully it will never end. Stay away May 2009!" redandblackT1899 on 606 Join the debate on 606
1902: "I've a funny feeling Stoke's first away win this season is coming tonight. Spurs have lost the winning feeling." Swadstokie, via text on 81111
1900: Stevo's Predos:
Portsmouth 1-3 Aston Villa
Sunderland 1-1 Fulham
Tottenham 3-1 Stoke
West Brom 1-2 Man Utd Lawro's predictions
1858: Early indications are that captain Rio Ferdinand is fit to return for leaders Manchester United in their game at West Brom. Full team line-ups for all of tonight's games are coming up.
1856: Portsmouth v Aston Villa, Sunderland v Fulham, Tottenham v Stoke and West Brom v Man Utd - the Premier League doesn't do small-time nights, not this season anyway. Get your texts in to 81111 and get involved with the 606 crew. We're waiting. Join the debate on 606
1853: And that's also why we love it. "The Premier League is too predictable," people used to cry. And maybe, just maybe, they were right. But not any more. Tonight, Aston Villa could go joint-top of the division, while Tottenham could once more find themselves in the relegation zone. I presume you didn't have money on either of those outcomes at the start of the season?
1850: You want to know how crazy a season this is? Do you? Then I'll tell you. In five days time, any of four teams could be sat pretty atop the Premier League. At the other end, one of a preposterous nine could potentially be bottom of the pile. Nine. At the start of February. That's how crazy it is. There has never been so much at stake.
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