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Premier League as it happened

RESULTS
Arsenal 0-0 Fulham
Chelsea 2-1 Wigan
Everton 2-0 West Brom
Middlesbrough 2-0 Liverpool

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Caroline Cheese

1716: Over and out then. I'll very much look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the Carling Cup final, a possible second of five trophies for Manchester United, PLUS four Premier League games. Magic.

1712: In many ways, I wish there was a late game so we could carry on the chat. But, hey, we've all got homes/pubs to go to, right? Thankfully, should you need to vent some fury or indulge in some gloating, Alan Green will be taking the calls on BBC 5 Live's 606 at 1920 GMT. The number is 03700 100 500 or you can text 85058.

1710: "What a nightmare afternoon. If it wasn't already, it's all over now. In fact it was all over when Rafa sold Keane and didn't bring in the replacement."
Moin, a sad Liverpool fan, via text on 81111

1708: "Re 1437: no avalanche, not even a light dusting of goal. This is truly bleak."
Paul, now a bitter Gooner, via text on 81111

1705: "At what point do we stop asking if Arsenal can finish in the top four and try to figure out if they will be able to hang on to fifth?"
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1702: Arsenal's fourth successive goalless draw in the league - a truly incredible stat - means they are five points behind Aston Villa in fourth. Martin O'Neill's side host Stoke tomorrow.

1701: "I think it's plain to see Rafa has finally given up on the league with his substitutions this afternoon."
Angry Liverpool fan at work, via text on 81111

1659: Manchester United remain seven points clear at the top, but now with a game in hand. Chelsea up to second ahead of Liverpool on goal difference. Middlesbrough are out of the bottom three, send Stoke in.

1657: What an afternoon. Liverpool lose for only the second time this season against a team who hadn't won for 14 league games. Chelsea need a late Frank Lampard winner to see off Wigan and leapfrog the Reds into second. And Arsenal draw 0-0. Again.

1655: FULL-TIME Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

1654: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 2-0 Liverpool

1654: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-1 Wigan

1652: Marlon King taps in Emmanuel Pogatetz's cross after a swift Boro break at the Riverside but he's narrowly offside.

1651: GOAL Chelsea 2-1 Wigan
Michael Ballack heads on a long free-kick from the centre circle and Frank Lampard nods in a last-gasp winner. Chelsea go second as it stands.

1649: "How many more league games are we going to go without winning or scoring?"
Lewis, frustrated Arsenal fan, via text on 81111

1648: Two minutes left at the Riverside, and Boro manager Gareth Southgate looks to eat up some time by sending Josh Walker on to replace Julio Arca.

1645: "Why did that have to happen? Football is so cruel."
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1642: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Wigan
Maynor Figueroa crosses from the left and no one tracks Olivier Kapo's run to the near post. The Frenchman sticks out a leg to guide the ball home for an 82nd-minute equaliser. Manchester United must be absolutely loving this.

1639: Amr Zaki curls one just wide of the post for Wigan and his barren run goes on. Chances had all but dried up before then.

1638: Gary O'Neil fizzes a volley just wide after a fabulous cross from Stewart Downing. Watching them play today, you wonder how they managed such an appalling run in the league.

1635: Think Gerrard may have a touch of cramp, but he's coming off anyway. Lucas is on.

1634: Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer saves brilliantly with his legs from Abou Diaby's header. Steven Gerrard is limping. This is turning into a nightmare afternoon for Liverpool.

1631: Boro have a chance to wrap it up as Tuncay's lovely ball finds Marlon King in the box but Pepe Reina makes the save.

1630: Just looking at replays... Dirk Kuyt was there to tap in the cross but the ball rolled over his shin. Horror miss. Rafa Benitez takes off Jamie Carragher and replaces him with Yossi Benayoun. David Ngog is already on for Nabil El Zhar, and Marlon King for Jeremie Aliadiere.

1628: At the Riverside, Dirk Kuyt is a whisker away from tapping in Steven Gerrard's low cross.

1628: A moment of panic at the Emirates as Andy Johnson's shot flicks off William Gallas and loops over the keeper... and onto the top of the net.

1625: Liverpool have an immediate chance to respond, but keeper Brad Jones scoops away Steven Gerrard's shot and his defence somehow scramble the ball away. At the Emirates, Nicklas Bendtner is on for Carlos Vela, whose first league start for the Gunners hasn't been a roaring success.

1623: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-0 Liverpool
Lovely link-up by Gary O'Neil and Jeremie Aliadiere on the right and the Frenchman cuts the ball back for Tuncay to slot in the second. Tuncay rips off his shirt to celebrate and gets the requisite yellow card. Does he care? Does he heck. Boro are on their way to a first league win in 15 games.

1622: "What is going on with Titus Bramble? He's nearly scored twice, made an acrobatic clearance, cleared one off his own line and the phrase 'calamitous own goal' has been used and it wasn't referring to him!"
Dave via text on 81111

1620: Arsenal go so close again. Robin van Persie's header shaves the foot of the post after Bacary Sagna's cross from the right. The Gunners, I probably don't need to remind you, are heading for a fourth goalless draw in a row in the Prem.

1619: "Can someone remind Disgruntled Scouser (see 1602) we've never had this many points at this stage of the season before. Not only that but we're not in contention anymore."
Anon via text on 811111

1617: Steven Gerrard gives Nabir El Zhar a piece of his mind after the young striker plays the ball to the skipper when he is clearly offside.

1614: Robin van Persie heads Samir Nasri's cross millimetres over the bar, the ball brushing the top of the net on the way through.

1611: Didier Drogba is played in by Frank Lampard and beats Chris Kirkland - but Titus Bramble is there with an acrobatic clearance.

1610: "John Terry is playing like Ronaldo," says an over-enthusiastic Chelsea fan sitting nearby. Well, the England captain does pull off a neat backheel for Frank Lampard, that is true.

1608: Steven Gerrard bursts into the box and pulls the ball back for Nabil El Zhar, who scoops a golden opportunity over the bar from eight yards. They won't get a better chance than that.

1606: They kick off at Arsenal and we're up and running everywhere. Frederick Stoor comes on for Fulham, replacing Chris Baird. It's Stoor's 25th birthday today.

1604: By the way, the mood of optimism didn't last that long, did it? (see 1455 comment)

1602: "Liverpool have been no better this year than the last couple. The only reason we are in contention this year is cos Man U and Chelsea have dropped many more points than normal!"
Disgruntled Scouser at the Riverside, via text on 81111

1601: Good old Sepp Blatter. The Fifa boss is up to his old tricks again. "The four English teams in the Champions League this week had a total of nine English players. Do you think that is the right thing? We are at a crossroads in Fifa. We have to intervene in football to make sure that club football is identified if not locally then nationally, that you have the majority of players from the same country in a team."

1558: "Some Arsenal supporters are starting to irritate me with the constant moaning every time the team make a mistake. It doesn't help anyone!!"
Maestro at Emirates, via text on 81111

1556: "Fulham are beating Arsenal at their own game. Murphy is dictating the game from the middle of the park. Denilson and Diaby are chasing shadows."
Anon via text on 81111

1553: Some boos as the half-time whistle goes at the Emirates Stadium - and I don't think it's disappointment that the first half is over. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger can't be happy about that. Yesterday, he said of the Arsenal fans: "This year has been tougher than any other year. People are very impatient. But when you go for a youth policy you have to keep facing them and stay behind your players. We have to win them over."

1550: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-0 Fulham

1549: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 1-0 Liverpool

1549: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

1548: Didier Drogba sends a free-kick over the bar for Chelsea.

1546: "A team that won't shoot won't score."
Dan P at the Emirates, via text on 81111

1543: Martin Skrtel hammers his clearance straight into Stewart Downing and the Boro winger skips away down the left, but he shoots too close to Pepe Reina. Skrtel not having a great time at the moment.

1542: "Chelsea-Wigan is a quality game. I've been impressed with Wigan again. It could be about 4-3 at the moment!"
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1537: Drama, drama. Frank Lampard tries to lift the ball over Chris Kirkland but the Wigan keeper is equal to it. The ball scoops up for Michael Ballack, whose header is cleared off the line by Titus Bramble. Ballack offside anyway. At the Emirates, Andrey Arshavin's through-ball finds Robin van Persie but Mark Schwarzer saves.

1533: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Liverpool
Oh dear. Stewart Downing delivers the corner from the right, Martin Skrtel misses his header completely and the ball flicks off the hip of Xabi Alonso for a calamitous own goal. That is Boro's first league goal since 10 January.

1531: All gone quiet at the Emirates. Not so at Stamford Bridge where Ashley Cole clears a Titus Bramble header off the line.

1528: Shortly after Chris Kirkland saves at the feet of Chelsea defender Alex, Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole goes into the book for a very late challenge on Jon Mikel Obi.

1528: Stewart Downing breaks into the Liverpool box but it's an awful cross. Jeremie Aliadiere made the run to the near post, the cross went to the far post.

1524: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Wigan
Frank Lampard's cross is only half-cleared to John Terry whose superb volley takes a slight deflection on its way in.

1523: Didier Drogba lashes a right-foot shot across the face of goal. Seconds later, Chris Kirkland tips over a vicious Jon Mikel Obi shot.

1520: Ah. It appears I made a mistake a few moments ago. Many thanks for letting me know. Wigan go close again at Stamford Bridge - this time through Titus Bramble. And I promise you, that's not a mistake.

1517: Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner is suddenly through on goal and forces Petr Cech to dive low to his right.

1516: Brad Jones tips a fierce 10-yard shot from Dirk Kuyt over the bar. Kuyt left completely free in the box by the Boro defence. I know he's not exactly prolific but really...

1515: Wigan are having the better of things at Chelsea. A good run from Mario Melchiot ends with Amr Zaki's shot deflected wide. The Egyptian striker has not scored from open play since October.

1513: This must be some sort of record for almost-goals. Stewart Downing crosses from the left for Boro and Gary O'Neil flicks it towards goal but Pepe Reina makes an excellent save.

1512: Robin van Persie looks certain to score for Arsenal as he waits unmarked for Andrey Arshavin's right-wing cross - but Mark Schwarzer manages to palm away the header.

1510: Dirk Kuyt plays in Nabil El Zhar and the youngster should score for Liverpool - but shoots too close to Boro keeper Brad Jones. At the Emirates, Andy Johnson shoots inches wide for Fulham.

1510: Danny Murphy lifts a simple ball over the top for Simon Davies, who volleys well over. Fulham making a decent start at the Emirates.

1508: Martin Skrtel is playing at right-back for Liverpool, with Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia in the middle.

1506: "Re 1459: Is that a sinking ship?"
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1504: Early sight of goal for Fulham striker Andy Johnson, but he drags his shot well wide.

1503: And now they're up and running at the Emirates and the Riverside. Peter Walton is the man in the middle at Arsenal, just two days after he controversially gave Hull a goal against Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
Report - Hull City 2-1 Sheff Utd

1500: No hanging about at Stamford Bridge. They're off.

1459: "We could only be at the Riverside Stadium because from where I'm sitting I can see the top of a ship."
BBC 5 Live commentator John Murray

1455: Liverpool fans seem largely happy to see Nabil El Zhar get a start, the Gunners fans love Carlos Vela and Chelsea's supporters seem fairly pleased to see Michael Mancienne in the team. How long will this refreshing mood of optimism last? We shall see...

1453: "That's the second time this season that West Brom have outplayed us. Let off the hook by more bad defending and a moment of class from Saha."
Dave, Goodison Park, via text on 81111

1451: "It's about time Michael Mancienne got his chance. Hopefully he can learn from John Terry like John did from Marcel Desailly. 2-0 to the Blues today."
Shaun, Bristol, via text on 81111

1449: Danny the Stat speaks these words of wisdom: "Personally, I think you're all a bit harsh over on Player Rater. I know Tony Hibbert didn't do all that much, being subbed after 25 minutes and that, but giving him a score of 4.81 seems a bit heavy for the lad. Maybe he's injured? Did you think of that, when you gave him your low scores? Anyway, that aside, West Brom scores are small, Everton scores are big with Tim Cahill top of the pile on 7.73. Don't agree with them? Please, be my guest..."
Everton v West Brom Player Rater

1448: Fulham have never ever ever won at Arsenal. Ever. That stat doesn't look to be on Roy Hodgson's mind as he gives someone in the Emirates Stadium crowd a very enthusiastic wave. I have rarely seen him so animated.

1446: Nabil El Zhar makes his first league start for Liverpool today, Carlos Vela does likewise for Arsenal, Michael Mancienne for Chelsea. Lovely.

1441: One defeat in 15 for Everton and for now at least, they are a point behind Arsenal in fifth. West Brom still rock bottom and without a win in five league games.

1439: FULL-TIME Everton 2-0 West Brom

1437: "Like the look of the Gunners today, expecting the long overdue goal avalanche!"
Paul, expectant Gooner, via text on 81111

1436: The lively Luke Moore has a good effort deflected wide shortly before we move into three minutes of added time.

1436: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard makes his 300th start for the club in one of four changes to the side which started at the Bernabeu. He is joined by Sami Hyypia, Ryan Babel and Nabil El Zhar as Albert Riera, Alvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun and the injured Fernando Torres make way. Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate keeps faith with the same team that beat West Ham in the FA Cup in midweek.

1432: Baggies substitute Luke Moore thumps a ferocious long-range effort onto the crossbar. With four minutes remaining, that would have set up a interesting finish.

1431: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Wigan
Chelsea hand a first Premier League start to highly-rated defender Michael Mancienne. The England Under-21 man replaces the suspended Jose Bosingwa at right-back - the only change from the team that beat Juventus in midweek. Wigan boss Steve Bruce is also forced into making one change from their last outing, Paul Scharner has recovered from illness and comes in for midfielder Ben Watson who is banned.

1428: TEAMS Arsenal v Fulham
Arsene Wenger makes two changes to the Arsenal side that started against Roma in the Champion League on Tuesday as Andrey Arshavin replaces Emmanuel Eboue and Carlos Vela comes in for Nicklas Bendtner. Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is without the suspended John Pantsil so Chris Baird starts at right-back, while Danny Murphy returns in place of Olivier Dacourt and Andrew Johnson is in for Erik Nevland.

1423: TEAMS Chelsea v Wigan
Chelsea: Cech, Mancienne, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Anelka, Drogba. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Di Santo, Malouda, Quaresma, Ferreira, Belletti.
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, Cattermole, Brown, Scharner, Kapo, Zaki, N'Zogbia. Subs: Kingson, Edman, Sibierski, Rodallega, Kupisz, Routledge, Holt.

1421: TEAMS Middlesbrough v Liverpool
Middlesbrough: Jones, Hoyte, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz, O'Neil, Bates, Arca, Downing, Sanli, Aliadiere. Subs: Turnbull, Taylor, Emnes, Alves, King, Adam Johnson, Walker.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Hyypia, Skrtel, Aurelio, Alonso, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Babel, El Zhar. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Riera, Benayoun, Lucas, Ngog, Darby.

1421: Jo is replaced by Segundo Castillo. Team news from the Riverside: Steven Gerrard starts for Liverpool.

1419: TEAMS Arsenal v Fulham
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Arshavin, Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Van Persie, Vela. Subs: Fabianski, Ramsey, Song Billong, Djourou, Bendtner, Eboue, Gibbs.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gera, Kamara, Dacourt, Stoor, Kallio.

1417: David Moyes was preparing to send Joleon Lescott on before that goal went in, but seems to have abandoned that plan now not surprisingly.

1415: GOAL Everton 2-0 West Brom
That is brilliant. West Brom fail to clear a long ball from Phil Neville and Dan Gosling sets up Louis Saha on the edge of the box. Still plenty of work to do. The Frenchman drags the ball past the defender and thumps a low, left-footed shot into the far corner. The striker runs into the arms of sub Joleon Lescott.

1410: Rob Koren goes over in the box as he attempts to get on the end of Marc-Antoine Fortune's pass but even he doesn't appeal for the penalty. The ball just got away from him.

1409: James Morrison spins a shot past the far post as West Brom press again. Everton still sleeping apparently.

1408: Louis Saha is on for Marouane Fellaini. Everton have been very quiet so far this half.

1404: Unbelievable. Luke Moore's glancing header from Ryan Donk's initial effort is on the goal-line when Phil Jagielka gets a foot to it and manages to flick it into Tim Howard's arms. Replays show the ball definitely did not go over, but how close can you get?

1402: And now another change from Tony Mowbray as Luke Moore replaces Jay Simpson up front.

1359: Substitution for West Brom: Jonathan Greening replaces Borja Valero. Seconds later, Marouane Fellaini picks up his 12th yellow card of the season for a foul on Greening - who has been out injured since 24 January.

1358: Rampaging run from Rob Koren, picking the ball up on the halfway line and driving to the edge of the box, but the shot is well wide. It's his 100th appearance for West Brom today.

1356: Now Phil Jagielka is on the other side of the pitch to stop Marc-Antoine Fortune in his tracks. That prompts an appreciative round of applause from the home fans.

1354: Jay Simpson chases onto a long pass out of the West Brom defence but just as he gets into the area, Phil Jagielka calmly steps in and robs him of the ball. A perfect challenge.

1350: We are go in the second half.

1347: The cricket is under way in Barbados... Join Pranav Soneji for that, but return in about 30 seconds because the second half is imminent.
Live text - West Indies v England

1345: Apparently, Michael Ballack was the only player not wearing a club suit when the Chelsea squad turned up for their home game against Wigan. Guus Hiddink won't be happy about that...

1341: Voici Danny le Stat: "Even fans of numbers like me cannot find too much to get excited about in terms of the scores on our Player Rater. Goal hero man Tim Cahill is predictably ahead with 7.36, but there are some ordinary scores elsewhere. West Brom's Abdoulaye Meite is languishing at the rear with 4.40. Wouldn't anyone like to be his matey? You can thanks to the gift of getting involved..."
Everton v West Brom Player Rater

1338: I'm not saying West Brom aren't going to roar back to win this game, I'm just merely pointing out that the Baggies have gone behind 17 times this season and lost 15 of those games. That's all.

1334: HALF-TIME Everton 1-0 West Brom

1331: Tim Howard comes and collects on the edge of the box but his momentum takes him over the line. The Everton keeper lets go of the ball just in time. Clever.

1326: Incisive one-two from Stephen Pienaar, collecting the return pass from Marouane Fellaini but scuffing the shot. West Brom look a little bit punch-drunk.

1322: GOAL Everton 1-0 West Brom
Now, if there's one thing even I know, it is not to leave Tim Cahill unmarked from a free-kick. The Aussie heads in Leighton Baines' delivery from the left and if he hadn't, Marouane Fellaini and Joseph Yobo were queuing up behind him to apply the finishing touch. Scott Carson came off his line but got nowhere near. Appalling defending.

1322: West Brom's on-loan Arsenal striker Jay Simpson plays a crossfield ball straight of play on the halfway line. Strange.

1317: James Morrison threads a pass through for Marc Antoine Fortune but Tim Howard is out quickly and smothers the shot. From the corner, Morrison shoots into the side netting.

1315: Big chance for Everton. Phil Jagielka nods a free-kick back in and Tim Cahill is unmarked but he mis-kicks his shot on the turn.

1311: Leon Osman comes on for Everton, replacing Tony Hibbert. No obvious sign of an injury... Phil Neville will play at right-back, with Osman coming into the midfield.

1309: Tim Cahill leaps above Paul Robinson and then slashes the loose ball into the net. Goal disallowed for pushing - of which there didn't appear to be much. Everton unlucky I reckon.

1307: "Relying on you to get me through this afternoon and keep me sane while I'm tortured with work at the National Cheerleading Championships. Come on Everton."
Anon via text on 81111
Not everyone's idea of torture...

1305: "Good start from the Albion. We have had lots of good starts though its been the other 70 minutes that are the problem."
Steve in Birmingham, via text on 81111

1303: "Everton haven't had enough ball in midfield. Dan Gosling, in particular, has had very little effect on the game so far."
Pat Nevin on BBC 5 Live

1301: Everton win a free-kick about 35 yards out. No Magic Mikel Arteta so Phil Jagielka takes it - and whacks it straight into the wall.

1259: See my last comment. More delightful passing from West Brom. This time, Marc-Antoine Fortune is on the edge of the box but Tim Howard collects the tame shot.

1256: Lovely one-touch passing from West Brom, slicing open the Everton defence with ease. Marc-Antoine Fortune has the shooting chance on the left-hand side of the box but just passes the ball back to Tim Howard.

1253: Tim Cahill, Dan Gosling and West Brom keeper Scott Carson go up for a Leighton Baines cross from the left. Cahill gets his head to it ahead of Carson's unconvincing punch but he can't get any direction on it.

1249: By the way, Everton skipper Phil Neville is also a yellow card away from a ban. Wonder how he felt when he was picked in the team and Lescott was rested?

1246: The Baggies, in their yellow 'n' black away kit, get the game under way.

1244: "So he's missing a game so he doesn't miss a game" is the general reaction to Joleon Lescott's presence on the bench. If the Everton defender were to be booked today, he would miss the FA Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough next Sunday, so not just any old game.

1242: There's the Z Cars theme at Goodison Park and here come the players. West Brom haven't won at Everton for nearly 30 years...

1236: "Having Yobo playing again is a big worry. He was all over the place against Newcastle. Resting Lescott could come back to haunt Moyes today."
Worried Everton fan, via text on 81111

1234: By the by, the best bit of football gossip today is from one of the grown-up newspapers. The Guardian reckon Manchester City are so fed up with Robinho's attitude, they are preparing to give him - plus a bit of cash - to Chelsea in exchange for John Terry. City will double Terry's weekly wage of 135,000 and they believe the England skipper is prepared to listen to their offer.
Saturday's gossip column

1229: If you, like poor old Mick (see below), are being dragged to the rugby or some other meaningless event, you can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. Here's how: 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.

1226: "Re 1212: I'm getting dragged to watch the rugby today. Tears are flowing already. I don't like it."
Mick via text on 81111

1224: If you are wondering why Joleon Lescott is on the bench for Everton, he is one booking away from a ban. After today though, there is a yellow card amnesty so this is the last day a fifth booking results in a ban.

1221: "Re 1209: Saha was free, is only on 30k per week, did say he was willing to go onto a pay as he plays contract and has already single-handedly won us 6 points this season. Can't say fairer than that."
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1218: "I spoke to Rafa Benitez on Tuesday and Wednesday and it did strike me at the time how relaxed he was. One particular statement he made on Wednesday after the game against Madrid was interesting. He said: 'Stability is always the key if you want to be successful.' It would seem that's what he wants assurances about."
BBC 5 Live's John Murray on the Benitez contract saga

1215: Three of the so-called 'big four' in action today, with Chelsea hosting Wigan in Guus Hiddink's first home league game. Here's the Dutchman speaking about his new home yesterday: "I love London very much. It's good to be here. I love self-irony, which is so common in England. You can look at yourselves in the mirror and say 'how stupid I am' - this is good to see."

1212: That last comment has almost brought me to tears. Let us hope that there is a never ever a day so quiet that we are forced to watch the rugger.

1211: "It may be quiet in the Premier League today but there is still Six Nations rugby to watch."
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1209: "As much as I love David Moyes, I'm still wondering why he signed Louis Saha. Yes, when fit he's very good, but he never is, never ever. He must be costing us about 50k per week, and it's starting to annoy me a lot."
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1207: TEAM NEWS Everton v West Brom
Should Everton just change their name to Injury-Hit Everton? Quite a clunky name admittedly... Anyway,David Moyes makes four changes from their draw at Newcastle last weekend, with Tony Hibbert, Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Tim Cahill all back in the side, and Joleon Lescott on the bench. Rock-bottom West Brom bring Ryan Donk in for Leon Barnett and winger Chris Brunt replaces Filipe Teixeira.

1204: TEAMS Everton v West Brom
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Jagielka, Baines, Gosling, Neville, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Jo. Subs: Nash, Lescott, Van der Meyde, Castillo, Saha, Jacobsen, Osman.
West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Donk, Robinson, Morrison, Koren, Borja Valero, Brunt, Simpson, Fortune. Subs: Kiely, Hoefkens, Cech, Greening, Moore, Filipe Teixeira, Menseguez.

1200: It's a Saturday in the middle of the season and there are only four Premier League games today. I think it was the great philosopher Sir Graham Taylor who once said: What sort of thing is happening here?

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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
Arsenal 0-0 Fulham
28 Feb 09 |  Premier League
Chelsea 2-1 Wigan
28 Feb 09 |  Premier League
Everton 2-0 West Brom
28 Feb 09 |  Premier League
Middlesbrough 2-0 Liverpool
28 Feb 09 |  Premier League


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