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Premier League as it happened

Fulham 2-0 West Brom
Liverpool 1-1 Man City
Newcastle 0-0 Everton


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By Jonathan Stevenson

1808: Well that wasn't exactly the best weekend ever, was it? But maybe it's just the calm before the storm. Spoony takes your calls on 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live right now, and Match of the Day Two is on BBC Two and online at 2200 GMT. Caroline Cheese, who may or may not be better than sliced bread (see 1733), returns tomorrow to take you through Hull v Tottenham. Take it easy.

1803: "Thank God that's over."
James, Belfast, via text on 81111

1802: "That is a good, solid point for Newcastle, even though Everton do not have a great record at SJP. The defence played out of their skin."
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1759: "David Moyes will be disappointed tonight because Everton lacked that quality going forward today and that is largely because of the player they had missing. But it's still a great achievement to be where they are in the league."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Pat Nevin

1757: Full-time Newcastle 0-0 Everton

1755: Jack Rodwell hits a right-foot shot from 25 yards that Steve Harper appears to feather behind, but the referee gives a goalkick.

1755: We're into injury time.

1753: "Playing against the 10 men hasn't really helped Everton. Newcastle have sat back and defended well, cutting off the space, and Everton have found it difficult to break them down."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Pat Nevin

1752: Absolute garbage as Phil Jagielka spanners it miles off target. You've got to at least try and make the keeper work, surely?

1751: Everton have a free-kick 25 yards out for a foul on Jack Rodwell. What price a shot on target?

1750: Marouane Fellaini is booked for a tussle with Nicky Butt, but it's not even close to where the ball is. That is his 11th yellow of the season, the silly boy.

1748: Louis Saha, who came on for Dan Gosling 10 minutes ago, is the latest to shoot woefully from the edge of the box. Do these players not know what practice makes?

1746: This is the 150th league meeting between these two sides. What a disappointment. Oh for an Alan Shearer-esque wonder volley in the dying stages to liven things up.

1745: "Whenever Nolan was linked with Newcastle in the past I was hesitant because I always thought of him as a dirty player. Seems that opinion may have been right. The last thing we need with the depth of squad at Newcastle is to lose a player to idiocy!"
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1744: We're into the final 10 minutes. Everton have scored 10 of their 34 league goals in the last 10 this season. One to ponder.

1741: Jo heads Jack Rodwell's left-wing cross into the floor and into the arms of Steve Harper.

1741: Alan Smith makes his first appearance of the season for Newcastle, with Peter Lovenkrands coming off.

1739: The long-range shooting has been poor and this time Segundo Castillo, socks still rolled all the way down (did he not see Kevin Nolan's tackle?), blazes over from 25 yards. Not much more than 15 minutes left.

1736: Newcastle break after a mistake from Joleon Lescott, but Jonas Gutierrez lifts the ball well over the bar from 18 yards, trying to chip Tim Howard.

1736: "I wouldn't be surprised if the FA have another look at Kevin Nolan's challenge because it was so bad, it was a potentially career-ending tackle."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Pat Nevin

1734: Steven Taylor crashes through the back of Dan Gosling but he receives only a ticking off from referee Lee Mason.

1733: In answer to my question at 1726, I've been told Sir Alex Ferguson, unsliced bread, toast, squeezy ketchup bottles and cheese. Though whether that's actual cheese, or Caroline Cheese, has not been specified. There are 20 minutes left at Newcastle and it's got scrappy.

1730: It'd be credit to Joe Kinnear and his Newcastle players if they can get something out of this game, after playing for a long time with 10 men against a very good Everton team. If Big Joe's watching, he must be proud of his boys.

1727: The great Peter Beardsley watches on from the stands, looking utterly bored, it must be said. It's not half bad, this game, but it would easily be better with Beardo on the pitch.

1726: "It's funny how Rafa Benitez is suddenly the worst manager ever, I seem to recall a few weeks ago he was the best thing since sliced bread."
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Has anything ever been better than sliced bread?

1724: Marouane Fellaini and Jo, perhaps hair's most ludicrous partnership since Hoddle and Waddle, link up well down the Everton left and win a corner, but Newcastle are defending more solidly these days and clear the danger.

1722: Obafemi Martins returns from injury, in place of Shola Ameobi. Seeing Colin Calderwood on the touchline does make me laugh, sorry.

1721: "When you've got an extra man you have to use the wide areas and that is exactly what Everton are doing. Newcastle are having to chase the width of the park because Everton's full-backs are getting forward."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Pat Nevin

1719: "I have a source on the Liverpool board of directors. A meeting is being held tonight in regards to Benitez's future. It is very likely Rafa is going to get sacked and Frank Rijkaard will be his replacement. Sorry to spoil the fun but the Roy Keane rumour is absolute rubbish!"
Daniel, Liverpool, via text on 81111

1716: Jack Rodwell looks class and he moves infield from the left before firing a wild shot away from Steve Harper's goal. The boy can play, though.

1715: Ryan Taylor's inswinger is punched away by Tim Howard and Phil Neville completes the defending. Moments later, Joleon Lescott nearly puts the ball into his own net, but it loops into Howard's arms.

1714: Jonas Gutierrez, who has looked a real player all season, is hauled down by Phil Jagielka down the Newcastle left and that's in a dangerous position, if they get the delivery right.

1712: Everton put some pressure on the hosts and the ball ricochets to Joseph Yobo, who turns on to his left foot before slashing a shot a couple of feet over the bar.

1711: "Big news in the US that Rafa is getting sacked soon, maybe today actually, and Roy Keane is set to replace him! Remember you heard it here first!"
Tobi from Tobago, via text on 81111

1709: Newcastle bring on Jonas Gutierrez for Damien Duff. Apparently, Kevin Nolan has apologised to Victor Anichebe for his first-half horror tackle - and Anichebe, unable to continue, has accepted his apology. Back under way.

1708: The teams are back out at St James' Park - can Everton break down a 10-man Newcastle side?

1705: "Anyone that knows how to play football will realise that Nolan actually intended on shielding the ball and was just unfortunate."
Mark, Manchester, via text on 81111

Utter rubbish. We've all played football - that wasn't shielding the ball, it was a potential leg-breaker and he's lucky Victor Anichebe is walking. Emmanuel Adebayor's second yellow in Arsenal's game against Liverpool in December, that was shielding the ball.

1701: "Why are we trying so hard to get Benitez to sign a new contract?"
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1658: "Without Alonso, without Gerrard and with Torres still only looking about 80% fit, you're looking for match-winners, and you can't see anyone. Liverpool brought on El Zhar, and yesterday, Man United brought on Carlos Tevez. That's the difference between the best and second best teams in this division."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

1656: Full-time Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City

1655: Sorry, the pressure's getting to me. It is of course 0-0 at Newcastle, though the hosts are 1-0 up on the maiming stakes.

1653: Half-time Newcastle 0-0 Everton

1653: We're into three minutes of injury time at Anfield.

1652: In the seventh minute of first-half injury time, Marouane Fellaini replaces a horribly hobbling Victor Anichebe. Is that a record?

1650: Robinho is taken off and Felipe Caicedo comes on for Manchester City.

1649: Dirk Kuyt rifles a shot across the face of goal and there are no Liverpool players at the far post to bundle the ball in. Not long left at Anfield now.

1649: "That Nolan tackle should have carried a health warning! What a shocker!"
Stuart from St Albans, via text on 81111

1647: Unbelievable scenes late on at Liverpool. Yossi Benayoun hits a drive at Shay Given and from the rebound the Israeli tries to head in, but Richard Dunne somehow gets in a block. Heaven knows how.

1646: Victor Anichebe requires some treatment and it's little wonder, his ankle must be in all sorts of trouble after that challenge.

1644: SENDING OFF (Kevin Nolan, Newcastle)
Not sure he can argue with that one. Kevin Nolan goes straight over the top on Victor Anichebe, completely needless, and he is shown a red card by Lee Mason. He should be banned for at least three games and fined by his club for that. Second career sending off.

1642: Shola Ameobi, who headed wide a few moments ago, has the ball in the net at Newcastle, but this time the referee is right to give a free-kick for a foul on Tim Howard.

1642: You won't believe this, but Macca whacked this over to me before Liverpool scored: "With 15 minutes remaining at Anfield for Liverpool to get something out of the game, Reds fans might be heartened by the fact they have scored 21 goals in the last quarter of an hour of matches this season. Or maybe not."

1640: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City
The comeback kings are at it again, and there's time to win this, too. Yossi Benayoun crosses from the left, Fernando Torres mis-kicks his left-foot shot and it falls into the path of Dirk Kuyt to toe-poke past Shay Given from close-range.

1638: Referee Phil Dowd books Nabil El Zhar for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Andrea Dossena, who has had another shocking afternoon, is taken off and replaced by Fabio Aurelio.

1636: Ryan Taylor, who is really only allowed to score against Newcastle, curls a free-kick over Tim Howard's crossbar.

1635: Vincent Kompany clatters into Martin Skrtel, probably not a man to be messed with. Kompany gets booked, as the clock continues to tick down.

1634: "I am starting to have a bad feeling about this, hope I am wrong."
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1632: Robinho's daisy-cutter is deflected wide at Anfield.

1632: Peter Lovenkrands misses an absolute sitter at Newcastle, having been played in by Nicky Butt, he slots a left-foot shot wide from inside the penalty area. Gilt-edged, that one.

1631: Robinho is fouled, 19 yards out, dead centre...

1631: Alan Green on BBC Radio 5 Live reckons Liverpool have 22 minutes to keep the Premier League title race alive. He's probably not wrong.

1630: Another good chance for Everton, from another Leighton Baines corner, this time it's Jack Rodwell who sees a half-volley saved by Steve Harper. The visitors are on top at St James' Park.

1628: Stephen Ireland deflects Micah Richards' right-wing cross-shot into the net, but the Republic of Ireland man was standing in an offside position.

1628: Great defending at the near post from Richard Dunne, on the stretch to put Nabil El Zhar's right-wing cross behind with Fernando Torres breathing down his neck.

1626: If there's one thing referees need to learn (one thing?), it's that goalkeepers aren't fouled every single time they come into contact with another player. Pepe Reina comes off his line to catch, collides with Nedum Onuoha, spills the ball and is given a free-kick. For nothing. Ridiculous.

1625: If I were a Liverpool fan, I would be worried about Javier Mascherano shooting over from 30 yards with so much time left. Meanwhile, Nabil El Zahr comes on for Albert Riera. Game-changer?

1623: Lucas lashes a pass miles away from Yossi Benayoun and into the crowd at Anfield. The crowd are on his back big time now.

1623: "No Gerrard to pull them out of this one. It's up to Torres now."
Alex, via text on 81111

1621: Phil Jagielka meets a long ball into the Newcastle box at the far post but his volley screws wide of the near post. At Liverpool, Stephen Ireland curls high, wide and not very handsome.

1620: Pandemonium in the Newcastle box as Joseph Yobo glances a header goalwards from Leighton Baines' corner, but it's a crowded penalty area and somehow the Magpies get the ball clear.

1618: Let us not forget that Liverpool have rescued 17 points from losing positions this season, the best come-from-behind record in the Premier League. They have already upped the tempo at Anfield.

1617: "It's all well and good that City scored, but I have to say, that this will spur Liverpool even more. They have plenty of time to score, and I believe they will go on to win it."
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1616: Segundo Castillo tries a snap-shot from about 20 yards that flies just past Steve Harper's left-hand post. Early indications are that Mikel Arteta's injury could be a ligament problem - bad news indeed.

1613: That is the fourth time Craig Bellamy has scored against one of his former clubs this season, though it's the first goal he's ever scored against Liverpool. Nigel de Jong shoots from long range and it only just sails past Pepe Reina's left-hand post.

1611: GOAL Liverpool 0-1 Manchester City
Player scores against old club, but it could be a hammer blow for Liverpool's title hopes. Robinho plays the ball in to Vincent Kompany to the left of Liverpool's area, he plays it back to Craig Bellamy and the Welsh striker's shot takes a heavy deflection off Alvaro Arbeloa and spins wickedly into the net.

1608: Robinho's lovely flick finds Vincent Kompany, who hits one from 25 yards that Pepe Reina saves quite comfortably.

1607: Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun get us back under way at Anfield, while Mikel Arteta is sadly stretchered off at Newcastle, with Segundo Castillo coming on in his place. Will try to keep you posted with news on the Spaniard.

1605: Mikel Arteta falls awkwardly at Newcastle and that is the last thing Everton need with so many players already out. Michael Owen, a man well-acquainted with injury problems, looks on from a box at St James' Park.

1603: "Looks like Shay's going to have a better time of it than his last match against Liverpool."
Nick, IOW, via text on 81111
Report: Newcastle 1-5 Liverpool

1601: After that unnecessarily bitter outburst, we are under way at Newcastle.

1600: Newcastle, of course, are led by coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, today. Which must be blinding news for Billy Davies after the heartbreak he suffered yesterday. The moral of the story seems to be that if you mess up the Nottingham Forest job, you will soon after land a plum one in the Premier League. Won't you, Gary Megson, Joe Kinnear, Paul Hart? Heck, even David Platt was gifted the England Under-21 post.

1557: The teams are out for the last Premier League game of the day, Newcastle v Everton at St James' Park.

1555: "City look there for the taking at the back, the number of times Liverpool players have had space in and around the box has been unbelievable. That said, Ireland and Robinho did seem to be waking up a bit by the end of the half, hopefully the second half will be a bit more interesting."
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1552: "It reminds me of a game on about 28 April, when neither team can qualify for Europe, neither can win the league, and there's nothing to play for. There's just nothing going on in this game at all."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

1550: Half-time Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City

1548: Alvaro Arbeloa swings over a cross from the Liverpool right and Dirk Kuyt heads over from close-range. This half has not been very good.

1545: Robinho's flashes of brilliance are too seldom, but his magic pass sets up Pablo Zabaleta and his cross is deflected out for a corner, which Pepe Reina punches clear.

1544: Yossi Benayoun races on to another brilliant Fernando Torres pass on the inside right channel, but the Israeli blazes his shot way, way over the crossbar from an angle.

1541: Micah Richards needs treatment after an aerial challenge with Martin Skrtel, the second time the City defender has been down this half. About five minutes left in the half.

1541: "You know that Andrea Dossena is Italy's number one left-back, don't you? You do know that?"
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

"I'd have thought Fabio Grosso would have to be in a wheelchair for Dossena to be first-choice."
Alan Green's response

1539: Albert Riera should open the scoring against his former club after a great run down the right and a great pull-back from Fernando Torres, but the Spaniard can only drag wide from 18 yards.

1537: Andrea Dossena hits a left-foot shot from 30 yards that Shay Given gets down easily to save and it was probably going wide anyway.

1537: "Sorry to be harsh, but on today's evidence West Brom are as good as down. Absolutely no cutting edge, slack defence, and they'll never score enough to stay in this league."
Matt from Aberdeen, via text on 81111

1534: Richard Dunne is booked for a clumsy challenge from behind on Dirk Kuyt. Surely Dunney isn't going to get sent off again?

1533: "Manchester City are at sixes and sevens when trying to defend."
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1532: Brilliant from Robinho, after cutting inside from the left past Jamie Carragher he plays a fabulous pass into the path of Stephen Ireland, who sees his poor first shot straight at Pepe Reina and his follow-up effort is even worse, into the side-netting.

1530: More Macca chat on events at the Cottage: "Party time for Fulham after collecting a valuable three points, while Danny Murphy puts the icing on the cake by scooping top Player Rater honours. But there is still time for you to burst his balloon, so get voting."
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1529: Newcastle stick with the same team that beat West Brom, with Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka and Jonas Gutierrez having to settle for a place on the bench. Everton recall Jo after he was Cup-tied in place of the suspended Tim Cahill, while Joseph Yobo comes in for the suspended Tony Hibbert.

1527: "Sometimes you can take positives out of losing 2-0, but West Brom can't after that I'm afraid. Fulham dominated the whole game and the score could have been anything."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

1525: Full-time Fulham 2-0 West Brom

1524: Liverpool are still banging on the door and a cross from the right from Alvaro Arbeloa somehow misses everyone, before the same happens from Albert Riera's cross from the left.

Roman Bednar falls down easily under a clumsy challenge from Brede Hangeland in the Fulham box and Bednar picks himself up to hit the penalty to the left of Mark Schwarzer, who dives the right way and manages to block it. Tony Mowbray has a wry smile on his face. Baggies fans probably don't - that sums up their afternoon.


1520: Andrea Dossena plays a lovely cross from the Liverpool left that somehow evades everyone in the penalty box and Man City eventually clear their lines. Great delivery.

Newcastle: Harper, Steven Taylor, Bassong, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Ryan Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Duff, Ameobi, Lovenkrands.
Subs: Krul, Cacapa, Martins, Smith, Gutierrez, Geremi, Viduka.
Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Gosling, Neville, Arteta, Rodwell, Anichebe, Jo.
Subs: Nash, Van der Meyde, Castillo, Saha, Jacobsen, Fellaini, Wallace.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1518: "Can the guy who texted in at 1441 please tell me next week's lottery numbers?"
Sam Gos from Reading, via text on 81111

1515: On-loan midfielder Olivier Dacourt comes on for Danny Murphy with five minutes left at Fulham.

1513: Chris Brunt's left-wing cross somehow finds its way to Juan Carlos Menseguez at the far post, but the winger can only nod tamely over the bar.

1512: Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt fires over a cross from the right to the near post and Richard Dunne's positioning is very good as he clears the danger.

1511: Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora get a hero's reception as they are taken off at Fulham, with Diomansy Kamara and Erik Nevland coming on. West Brom bring on Roman Bednar for Marc-Antoine Fortune.

1510: Liverpool have started the brighter of the two teams at Anfield, but Fernando Torres slices a volley wide from 15 yards.

1509: Just over 10 minutes to go of normal time at Fulham and if there are to be more goals, they'll probably be for the home team.

1508: Argentine Juan Carlos Menseguez comes on to make his West Brom debut, in place of James Morrison.

1507: "Imagine if they had scored in the first half, Fulham, and what they might have done to West Brom. Since they scored they've been flying, and West Brom do not look like getting back into this one."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

1505: "We couldn't score today if we played til midnight, no-one wants to bust a gut to get in the box. Yes, we play better football than Stoke and Hull, but Mowbray needs to learn that we need the experience and grit and to want to win - win the 50-50 challenges. That will keep us in this division, not pathetic tippy-tappy football!"
Alex, a peed off West Brom fan at Craven Cottage, via text on 81111

1503: Scott Carson needed a little treatment for that, it hit him fairly flush on the face, Bobby Zamora's shot. Meanwhile, we are under way at Anfield.

1502: GOAL Fulham 2-0 West Brom
More poor defending, but good work from the Fulham strikers who have been lively all afternoon. Bobby Zamora brilliantly chests down a long pass and hammers a left-foot volley at Scott Carson's head, with the rebound falling for Andrew Johnson to slot into an empty net.

1501: Brede Hangeland's header from a left-wing corner hits the West Brom crossbar and Bobby Zamora slips as he is trying to poke in his second goal of the game. West Brom's marking is not very impressive.

1459: Gianni Zuiverloon gets in a cross from the right-hand side for West Brom and it's right across the six-yard box - but there is no Baggies player to be seen in the mixer.

1458: The teams are on their way at Anfield. Looked like there were a few nerves in the tunnel - not much banter being had.

1456: "Reports in the press are saying Rafa will quit over this contract situation. Looking at that teamsheet I believe these rumours to be false. He clearly wants to be pushed."
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1455: Robert Koren's left-foot skimmer from 25 yards is well-saved by Mark Schwarzer as West Brom go forward in search of a leveller.

1453: The ball is cut back from the Fulham left and Bobby Zamora has another fine chance, 15 yards out on his favoured left foot, but balloons it over the crossbar.

1451: GOAL Fulham 1-0 West Brom
Guess who? John Pantsil cuts inside down the right and whips over a left-foot cross to the edge of the six-yard box, Andrew Johnson flicks it on and that man Bobby Zamora, 1,763 minutes after his last Premier League goal, cheats offside to nip in and tuck it home from a couple of yards out. What a relief.

1449: Pinball in the West Brom box, but it was another great chance for Bobby Zamora and there are a few afters between he and Gianni Zuiverloon. Zamora went down in the box after cutting inside - it looked like he stumbled, to be fair to him, and the referee cools it down.

1447: "Seeing Lucas and Dossena on the Liverpool teamsheet makes me cry inside."
Mike from Liverpool, via text on 81111

1445: Dickson Etuhu meets a Fulham corner from the left unmarked, but he is leaning back a touch and can only nod over the crossbar. It's a bit more even now.

1443: Great chance for Marc-Antoine Fortune from Chris Brunt's cracking cross from the left, but Mark Schwarzer and a defender block his shot - and the linesman's flag is up in any case.

1443: Not long to go before kick-off at Anfield, a massive afternoon for the Premier League title race and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. He can be optimistic based on their record record against Man City, unbeaten in their last seven league games, keeping clean sheets in six of them.

1441: "Zamora to score first Fulham win 2-0. Get your bets in quick, Bobby is gonna bag a screamer."
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1440: Felipe Teixeira is hauled off by Tony Mowbray, with Chris Brunt coming on in his place.

1439: Paul Konchesky's cross from the left to the near post is cleared by Leon Barnett, on the stretch. Fulham are still having all the play, the interval's changed nothing.

1437: Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson link well on the edge of the area, but Zamora has got no confidence to shoot and any chance he had goes begging. I've just thought - how bad must Erik Nevland feel, to be on the bench with goalless Zamora starting instead?

1435: We're back under way at Fulham.

1433: "(See 1405) Judging by the first half, Paul Robinson isn't the only West Brom player with other things on his mind."
Jimi at Craven Cottage, via text on 81111

1430: Apparently, there aren't enough characters in the game anymore - but the whole Scooby Doo lot are there at Craven Cottage, making half-time slightly more entertaining. Still, thank God it's not 20 minutes long...
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1428: Golden news: here's Macca, with a cheeky little PR update: "Very little to choose from in the land of Player Rater, but John Pantsil can put his feet up at half-time in full knowledge that he is the best of an average bunch on 7.21. While you wait for the kettle to boil or your bovril to brew, why not have a little play?"
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1425: Liverpool last played on 7 February when a heavily reshuffled side beat Portsmouth. Midfielders Steven Gerrard (hamstring) and Xabi Alonso (suspended) are missing this time around but strikers Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt start, along with Albert Riera. Lucas Leiva comes into the midfield after suspension. Manchester City recall combative midfielder Nigel de Jong and he replaces Shaun Wright-Phillips as the only change from the side which drew 2-2 at FC Copenhagen in midweek.

1421: "I just don't think at this stage West Brom look good enough to make any impression on that Fulham back line. They should be behind and probably out of this game. I'm not sure what they've come for, whether they even believe they can win."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

1419: Half-time Fulham 0-0 West Brom

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Dossena, Benayoun, Mascherano, Lucas, Riera, Torres, Kuyt.
Subs: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Aurelio, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, El Zhar.
Man City: Given, Richards, Dunne, Onuoha, Bridge, Zabaleta, De Jong, Kompany, Ireland, Bellamy, Robinho.
Subs: Hart, Garrido, Vassell, Evans, Elano, Weiss, Caicedo.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1416: "I feel sorry for Zamora, but he is costing us."
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1413: What must he do to score? Bobby Zamora gets on the end of a Simon Davies knock-down 10 yards out but volleys left-footed over the crossbar, to groans from the Fulham fans.

1413: A rare Baggies break and Marc-Antoine Fortune turns neatly down the right and fires in a cross-shot that Mark Schwarzer does well to gather in at the near post.

1411: Remarkable scenes. Leon Barnett tries to stop the ball getting through to Andrew Johnson but, on the dive, he heads it back to Scott Carson who has raced off his line. Carson manages to run back and flick the ball away from danger just a yard from the line, with Barnett's heart lodged firmly in his mouth.

1409: Paul Robinson cynically brings a breaking Andrew Johnson down and the striker didn't even have the ball - it was Bobby Zamora in possession!

1408: West Brom get the ball into the Fulham danger area and Gianni Zuiverloon wins a corner down the right off Paul Konchesky. Gives their defenders a rest, if nothing else.

1405: What a love affair Fulham have with that woodwork. Bobby Zamora lays the ball back to Danny Murphy 25 yards out and there isn't a West Brom player within five yards of him as he curls another beauty on to the top of the crossbar. Three times, unbelievable.

1405: According to John Motson on BBC Radio 5 Live, a car is waiting outside Craven Cottage to whisk Paul Robinson off to hospital in the event that his wife gives birth. I hope he waits until the end of the game, at least.

1403: "Just made an eight-hour round trip to see Boston United get held 0-0 at home by Witton Albion in the Unibond Premier. There is no justice in the world!"
Hugo in Hampshire, via text on 81111

1401: Scott Carson's weak punch from the free-kick will not have impressed Fabio Capello much, but West Brom eventually clear their lines. How they are still level, I do not know.

1400: Leon Barnett gets a bit too close to Bobby Zamora - he is all over the striker and Fulham have another free-kick about 35 yards out.

1358: Fulham are dominating this game now and Albion must try and find a foothold - they are having to defend with their lives and we've only had 25 minutes.

1357: "Very unlucky, smashing effort."
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1356: Now he's found his range. Clint Dempsey hits a blinder with his trusty left boot from 30 yards that smacks against the top of the post near the angle, with Scott Carson not even close. Deserved a goal, that one.

1354: Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora tee up Clint Dempsey, but the American's shot flies miles over the bar.

1351: What a hit that was - out of absolutely nothing, with the West Brom defenders completely messing up attempted clearance after attempted clearance, the ball falls out of the sky to Dickson Etuhu 25 yards out and he hits a stunningly sweet left-foot volley that is close enough to Scott Carson for the keeper to parry away. Either side of him and it's in.

1350: West Brom defenders Abdoulaye Meite and Leon Barnett are getting very close to the Fulham strikers, trying not to give them any room at all. Tony Mowbray spoke before the game about "concentration", so he will hope they can keep this up.

1347: "Tony Mowbray did not change the way West Brom play when he was under severe pressure in the Championship a couple of times, so there is no way he's going to change now."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

1344: Leon Barnett gets across brilliantly from centre-back to stop Andrew Johnson having a clear sight of goal after the striker was played through.

1343: "See 1327. I was trying to text you Jonathan, signal not too good at the Cottage today."
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1340: Both teams have started in quite lively fashion, but West Brom give the ball away more regularly than Fulham - that could be because they play more passes. But the hosts are knocking it around nicely, buoyed by their fine home record presumably.

1339: "(See 1326) Stevo, using basic knowledge of mathematics, I have worked out the Zamora problem:

"1,702 minutes (since Zamora's scored) x 1,337 minutes (since Van der Saar's conceded) = 2,275,574 minutes, which means it would take Zamora four years, three months, two days, nine hours, four minutes and seven seconds to score against Van der Saar. Roughly. All in the name of football and maths."
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1337: Danny Murphy curls a fine 25-yard free-kick against the West Brom post via a slight touch from Scott Carson, and Bobby Zamora cannot quite react quickly enough to get to the rebound first.

1334: Marc-Antoine Fortune has settled in nicely at West Brom and he links up well with the Baggies midfield, he's got a nice touch about him. He's scored three times in five already, too, the Frenchman.

1332: Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is full of smiles as his boys get us under way at the Cottage.

1327: England gaffer Fabio Capello is in his seat nice and early at Craven Cottage, finding time to text while the teams come out. I wonder who the recipient of his missive is?

1326: I wonder if Bobby Zamora will score today. The former Brighton and West Ham striker has gone 1,702 minutes without bagging in the Premier League. I wonder how long he would have to play for against Edwin van der Sar before netting...

1323: "It was good to get the boys out to Spain for a few days, I think we can take some positives out of it and push on and get the results we need now. We need victories quickly - we've threatened to get out of the bottom three for a while, but we must do it now."
West Brom boss Tony Mowbray

1320: "Stevo, you will be eating humble pie after saying we're going to draw against Man City. 2-0 to Liverpool."
Moin, London, via text on 81111

1316: More bad Baggy-boy omens: the last time these teams met at fortress Craven Cottage, Fulham spanked Albion 6-1, with Heidar Helguson and Collins John both netting a brace. All is not lost, however - in this season's reverse fixture at The Hawthorns, Roman Bednar's goal was enough to give West Brom a 1-0 win.

1314: "We look at the teams behind us rather than in front, to be honest. It's very important to maintain the position we've got and try to keep the gap we've got. It's difficult to explain our home form, I can't put it down to any tactical or confidence factors, I think we've just had the rub of the green."
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson

1311: West Brom fans, the omens aren't great - and not just because I've tipped you to win. Fulham's home league record this season is second only to runaway leaders Manchester United, and they are unbeaten in their last eight games at Craven Cottage. The Baggies, meanwhile, have reaped only five points away from home all season.

1307: "Stevo you must be kidding. Where is Everton's goal threat coming from? I fancy us to take this as we finally have some players fit."
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Where does their goal threat ever come from (Tim Cahill apart)? Doesn't seem to stop them scoring enough though.

1303:Fulham welcome back Paul Konchesky and Andy Johnson from injury, replacing Toni Kallio and Zoltan Gera respectively. Dickson Etuhu has recovered from a knee inury to take the place of Chris Baird, who drops to the bench. Gianni Zuiverloon returns from a ban for West Brom, Felipe Texeira steps up from the bench to replace Do-Heon Kim, on-loan striker Jay Simpson has shaken off a hamstring injury and starts in place of Chris Brunt. New signing Juan Carlos Menseguez is on the bench after receiving international clearance.

1300: Stevo's Predos (always remember I had Blackburn down to notch yesterday):
Fulham 1-2 West Brom
Liverpool 2-2 Man City
Newcastle 1-2 Everton
Lawro's predictions

1255: Under-pressure West Brom boss Tony Mowbray has taken a swipe at the critics and says he will continue to try and get his team playing the right way:

"Who are the experts in this game? If the experts sitting on sofas were good enough they would be doing my job. I have the world telling me I am doing this wrong, I am doing that wrong, why do you play like that?

"If I listened to this influence and that influence I would lose track of what I believe in. My philosophy and belief is 'do what I believe in'. Pick the team I want to pick, play the way I want to play and don't listen to people who tell me I'm doing it wrong."

1251: "Yo Stevo, if Liverpool lose today, do you think that is probably it as far as the title is concerned?"
Rafatherotator, via text on 81111

Yep, absolutely. I fear it might be already, but eight points - not a hope in hell.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora.
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Kamara, Dacourt, Gray, Kallio, Baird.
West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Barnett, Robinson, Morrison, Koren, Borja Valero, Filipe Teixeira, Fortune, Simpson.
Subs: Kiely, Cech, Bednar, Brunt, Moore, Menseguez, Martis.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1245: But I digress. Fulham and West Brom get us under way in 45 minutes at Craven Cottage, and we'll have team news for you shortly. Fulham, after their desperate display at Man Utd on Wednesday, could go eighth with a win, while the Baggies are hoping to climb off the bottom of the table. A draw wouldn't be good enough.

1242: If you're browsing around the site, you may stumble upon a story about Fifa wanting to extend the half-time interval to 20 minutes, instead of 15. The Football Association are strongly opposed to the move - good for them. When will Sepp Blatter realise that football is doing just fine without his interference? Leave us alone.
Blatter plans longer half-times

1238: In which case, you'll be pining to get involved, I'd very much wager. If you've got anything to say, anything at all, say it via text on 81111 and via the delights of the 606 debate.
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1235: Three games today in the Premier League, stay right here for all the chat you could ever want. Fulham kick us off against West Brom, Liverpool do battle with Manchester City and then Newcastle and Everton finish proceedings off at St James' Park. Could be quite good.

1230: What a remarkable day yesterday was for world football. Manchester United conceded a goal, Real Madrid scored six before half-time, Barcelona lost at home to local rivals and the team that were bottom in Spain, Espanyol, and Senegalese striker Demba Ba smashed a hat-trick past former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann as little Hoffenheim went back to the top of the Bundesliga.

I wonder what delights today holds in store.

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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

see also
Liverpool 1-1 Man City
22 Feb 09 |  Premier League
Newcastle 0-0 Everton
22 Feb 09 |  Premier League
Fulham 2-0 West Brom
22 Feb 09 |  Premier League

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