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Premier League as it happened

Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
Everton 1-2 Man City
Fulham 1-0 Stoke
Hull 1-3 Liverpool
West Brom 3-0 Sunderland
West Ham 0-1 Chelsea
Man Utd 5-2 Tottenham


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By Paul Fletcher

1946: One final word - and this does not help my case - from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Of the penalty decision he said: "I think we were a bit fortunate."


1945: Just watched the penalty decision again and again and again.

I would be a liar if I confessed I was not having second thoughts. Too late now, obviously, as I have become something of a pariah. You've got to back yourself haven;t you?

Still, it wasn't my decision but it was a spectacular end to the day, one which sees Man Utd end very much in the box seat.

Jonathan Stevenson will be your host on Sunday.

Blimey. What a turn around. From languishing among the also-rans, Rooney and Ronaldo have done it again, storming to the top of the charts with whopping great scores of 8.17 and 7.82 respectively. That's massive. Simply massive. Get involved. Player Rater

1938: Manchester United are next in action when they play Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday.

From Rick, Belfast, via text on 8111: "Looks like Paul Fletcher and Howard Webb don't know what a penalty is. That decision gave united the momentum in that game. After that Rooney destroyed us."

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From GoalonGoalAction on 606: "I'm a Chelsea fan but well done to Man U, they've shown great resolve and have come back on more than one occasion to pick up all three points. I think the crown is heading to the right team this year." Join the debate on 606

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From Chris, Grassington, via text on 81111: "I'd just arranged the party to celebrate Liverpool being back in the title race then that happens! Anyone need some party food?"

You have not learnt the lessons of history.

1926: Spectacular, truly spectacular - what a comeback from United as they scored five second-half goals to defeat Tottenham.

Lots of people are going to point to Howard Webb's decision to award United a penalty. From that moment on United took total control. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp certainly wanted to discuss the decision as he waited for the referee in the tunnel after the match.

1924: Full-time Man Utd 5-2 Tottenham

1923: One last attack from United but Vedran Corluka clears.

1920: Aaron Lennon shoots wide. This game is all but over.

1919: Cristiano Ronaldo is played through by Dimitar Berbatov but his low strike across goal from a slightly tight angle is wide of the target.

1918: The clock is ticking down and United will end today back on top of the Premier League having executed a stunning comeback after the break. They really have shown their class and determination.

1916: Full-time at Birmingham. No promotion for them today.

1915: Robbie Keane is through on goal but Edwin van der Sar comes out from his goal and smothers the striker's shot.

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From Tim, angry Liverpool fan, via text on 81111: "I'm furious with Spurs Paul. They got a lead and instead of continuing to press and making United uncomfortable, they get scared and just defend and sit deep, which is what United love."

I largely agree with your analysis. Though I am not that furious.

1912: Preston are now beating Birmingham 2-1. Blues might have to wait for another day to secure promotion.


1910: GOAL Man Utd 5-2 Tottenham
Dimitar Berbatov heads at goal but is denied by a save from Gomes. The keeper cannot keep hold of the ball and the former Tottenham striker bundles the rebound over the line. He does not celebrate.

1908: Four goals in 14 minutes has rather turned this game on its head.

Lots of people on 606 and the text seem to think I am blind for suggesting Howard Webb got the penalty decision right. Hey, just saying what I see, Catchphrase fashion.

1904: It would be fair to say that there has been a remarkable transformation in the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

Darren Bent goes very close with a curling strike across goal that misses by inches.


1901: GOAL Man Utd 4-2 Tottenham
Cristiano Ronaldo crosses from the right-hand side of the area, picking out Wayne Rooney . The United forward controls the ball and shoots at goal. Jonathan Woodgate makes a desperate effort to clear the ball off the line but the goal is awarded.


1859: GOAL Man Utd 3-2 Tottenham
Wayne Rooney crosses from the left and Cristiano Ronaldo bursts into the six-yard box before heading United's third. He celebrates wildly, ripping his top off as he does so.


1857: GOAL Man Utd 2-2 Tottenham
Dimitar Berbatov to Carlos Tevez, who plays in Wayne Rooney down the left. Rooney cuts inside and beats the keeper at the near post with a low strike.

1856: As a neutral, I would have to say that Tottenham winning today would be top news in terms of an exciting finish to the season. But with 25 minutes left, it would be a brave man who bet against United scoring again.

1855: Will Paul Scholes ever learn how to tackle? Doubt it. He enters the book after his third awful tackle in the few minutes he has been on the pitch.

1853: Paul McKenna has just equalised for Preston with an amazing strike. Hypnotic, almost.

1852: Just to add, Gomes was booked and not sent-off after conceding a penalty. By the letter of the law he probably should have been.

Paul Scholes on for Darren Fletcher.

1850: I have just seen another replay of the penalty decision. Can I change my mind? I'm not sure Gomes got any of the ball.

1849: I think it would be fair to say that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is not in the least bit happy with the decision.

1847: GOAL Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham
Cristiano Ronaldo smashes the ball powerfully into the middle of the net. The spot kick is given after Michael Carrick goes down under a challenge from Gomes. Replays seem to suggest Gomes got the ball.

For Man Utd.

From David, Cheshire, via text on 81111: "I can't bear to watch the second half, you just know that they will come back and win 3-2, probably with the winner half an hour into injury time."

They being Manchester United, I assume.

1844: Cristiano Ronaldo plays in Carlos Tevez, who should score but his strike is blocked by Gomes in the Tottenham goal. United have a very ominous look about them while Spurs are defending deeper and deeper.

1843: Real danger after Robbie Keane gives the ball away. Wayne Rooney has a chance at the far post but his effort is blocked and goes out for a corner that Tottenham manage to clear.

1841: Five minutes since the resumption and the second half hasn't really got going yet, which probably suits Tottenham.

1840: Birmingham are now beating Preston 1-0. If that score stays the same Blues will be promoted straight back to the Premier League.

1839: Darren Bent falls very awkwardly after jumping for a header with Nemanja Vidic. Looks very painful.

1836: Play resumes at Old Trafford. Carlos Tevez has come on for Nani. Wayne Rooney has been shunted out to the left.

Fans of numerical consistency will be delighted to learn that Aaron Lennon is leading the Player Rater with a symmetrical-tastic 7.77. Fellow seven-breaking Luka Modric is just behind on 7.73 while such perennial scorers as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney are miles back. It could all change, but will it? Only time - and your participation will tell.
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1830: Carlos Tevez is coming on for Man Utd.

1825: What time do you think we will see Federico Macheda?

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From three-sixty on 606: "Based on the events of 29th September, 2001, I am going to refrain from getting too happy until I hear the final whistle!"
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What, you mean lead 3-0 at the break and lose 5-3. That sort of collapse just doesn't happen anymore, surely?


1818: Half-time Man Utd 0-2 Tottenham
Would you Adam & Eve it? Doubtless the hairdryer will be out. Ferguson's options? He has Foster, Anderson, Scholes, O'Shea, Evans, Tevez and Macheda on the bench.

1816: Is it me or are Tottenham toying with their opponents? The impudence of it. I love it. Wilson Palacios goes close with a delicate effort from 20 yards.

1815: Cristiano Ronaldo has the ball in the Tottenham net but the whistle quite correctly went some seconds ago for a handball by Dimitar Berbatov.

1814: If United do lose, they will end the day second to Liverpool on goal difference - though they will still have a game in hand. And that is against Wigan.

1811: Is it not to be United's day? Liverpool, you might remember, scored with a rebound off the wall at Hull. Ronaldo went very close, but no cigar.

1809: Another free-kick for United - and no guesses for who is going to try to ram it into the top corner. Cristiano Ronaldo hits the wall, but his rebound effort on the half-volley is goalbound and forces a great fingertip save.

1808: What is that sound? Not the title race being blown wide open?


1803: GOAL Man Utd 0-2 Tottenham
D.R.A.M.A Aaron Lennon crosses from the left and the ball drops invitingly to Luka Modric , who takes the ball on his chest and then drills it past Edwin van der Sar. Two goals in three minutes.

1802: Have Tottenham scored too early? After all there is an hour left and United might get angry now.


1801: GOAL Man Utd 0-1 Tottenham
Vedran Corluka crosses from the left. It should be cleared by Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic but they fail to deal with it and the ball drops for Darren Bent to slot home from six yards.

1759: Cristiano Ronaldo drills a free-kick into the wall. Appeals for handball against Darren Bent. That would have been very, very harsh.

1756: Not many chances to report from Old Trafford. Some decent sequences of play in the middle third but nothing to get you out of your seat.

Ronaldo heads wide from Nani's cross. He might have been better leaving it for Berbatov, who was lurking behind him.

From Muhammad, Birmingham, via text on 81111: "Liverpool are like an irritating bug not good enough to cause sustained damage and only there to agitate the teams with true class."

That would definitely be one point of view.

1751: A free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo bounces in front of Heurelho Gomes and really kicks up off the turf. The Tottenham keeper saves but it is not the most convincing stop I have ever seen.

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From polite debate on 606: "Why no love for Chester? We're down today after another unsuccessful crack at the football league, very sad. If only we showed the same commitment and desire all season as we have today then we wouldn't be leaving today. Bit gutted, was there when they got promoted quite a few years back, and the celebrations were fantastic, pitch invasions, everything. Danny Collins of Sunderland was in that team as well.

"Still got the collectors edition of the Chronicle from the week after. Gutted."
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Don't give up - you might win 100-0 next win and avoid the drop.

1749: Southampton relegated to League One today. Slip out of the Premier League at your peril...

1746: Dimitar Berbatov is definitely being booed when he is in possession. Sure, it is only a minority but it is not coming from the away fans.

1745: Wolves in the Premier League - any chance of them staying up next season?

1743: The ball comes in to Wayne Rooney but he opts to take a touch rather than shoot first time. Several Tottenham players manage to clear the danger.It could be a long afternoon/early evening for Spurs.

1742: Wilson Palacios is ticked off by ref Howard Webb for an attempted challenge that involved two feet very much off the ground. Cristiano Ronaldo had to jump quite some way to safety.

1740: Darren Bent is picked out in space at the far post and forces a save from Edwin van der Sar with a header.

(See 1715) From Eothain - Basinas to Start on 606: "I'm a Farnborough fan, and we finished one point behind Corby after leading the table for most of the season. I am absolutely gutted."
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Harsh - play-offs? Second promotion spot? Or nothing at all?

1736: Plenty of early intent from Man Utd, who are pushing and probing as they seek an early goal.

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From James, Salford, via text on 81111: "Why does Fergie insist on not playing Tevez from the start? This is just further reason for him to depart at the end of the season! There isn't a United fan out there who would rather have Berba than him."

Might I respectfully suggest that Fergie, love him or loath him, knows what he is doing. Or at least his record suggests that.

1733: An early opening at Old Trafford but Dimitar Berbatov is slow to react to Darren Fletcher's through ball and the Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes collects.

1732: The final match of the day in the Premier League starts at Old Trafford.

Birmingham will secure promotion to the Premier League if they defeat Preston. That game is 0-0 after 15 minutes.

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From Neil Compton, Leamington Spa, via text on 81111:
"Leamington FC promoted to southern league premier after finishing season on 101 points and 114 goals. Come on!"

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From Matt, Leeds, via text on 81111: "Tevez on the bench and Berbatov starting. Fergie increasingly reminds me of a banker whose made a bad investment but fears the wrath of asking for more cash for a bail out. So here's to another action packed display from the Bulgarian! Oh Tevez, don't worry we still appreciate your brilliance."

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez explains the terrible state of the pitch at Hull: "The ball is like a rabbit - and it is difficult to catch a rabbit."

No, I'm struggling as well. I think he means the ball was bouncing all over the place.

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From Brentford fan Ian Westbrook via text on 81111: "There is a party going on at Darlo and it's superb. Players still on pitch and throwing shirts into the crowd."

1715: Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League - on goal difference. Of course, Man Utd play Spurs in 15 minutes.

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From brentfromcorby on 606: "Corby Town FC are champions of the British Gas Premier League and will go up to Conference North or South!"
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Good news for AFC Wimbledon as well I understand.

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"Give Parmar credit for his predictions - three perfect scores!"

1705: Man Utd v Tottenham team news
Rafael starts at right-back for Manchester United with Rio Ferdinand returning after putting his feet up against Pompey. Ryan Giggs will have to wait another day for his 800th game - he's not even in the squad. Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney are up front.

Tottenham skipper Ledley King is fit so he plays and with Roman Pavlyuchenko suffering with a back injury, it's Robbie Keane and Darren Bent gunning for goals at Old Trafford.

1703: When I said Kuyt 'Does the Rafa' I was referring to the much-discussed incident when Liverpool went 2-0 up against Blackburn.

1701: Congratulations to Peterborough, who have been promoted to the Championship. Brentford have also been promoted from League Two.

1700: Man Utd v Tottenham line-ups
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Anderson, Scholes, O'Shea, Evans, Tevez, Macheda.

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Jenas, Modric, Keane, Bent. Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Bale, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Chimbonda.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "All over at The Hawthorns - and while the home fans are joyous there is real hostility in the reaction from Sunderland's supporters. One or two visiting players are brave enough to applaud the travelling following, but they wisely get off the pitch as quickly as possibly. Sunderland's fans outperformed their team by some margin.

"Convincing win for Albion - a display from Sunderland to give hope to all the clubs chasing them in the relegation scrap."

1657: Wolves have won the Championship title after drawing with Barnsley and will be in the Premier League next season.

1657: Full-time West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

1656: Full-time Everton 1-2 Man City

1654: Full-time Fulham 1-0 Stoke

1654: Full-time Hull 1-3 Liverpool
Disappointment for the Tigers but Liverpool at least ask the question with Man Utd in action later.

1654: Full-time West Brom 3-0 Sunderland


1654: GOAL Everton 1-2 Man City Nothing more than a consolation surely? Nonetheless, a very tidy left-foot finish across goal from Dan Gosling .

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "'We've done it before and we'll do it again' sing West Brom's fans after that third goal - recalling the great escape from relegation under Bryan Robson in 2005. Not likely, but they have looked a better side than Sunderland on this evidence. Worrying times for the Black Cats as their fans head for the exits at The Hawthorns."


1651: Full-time Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa

1651: GOAL Hull 1-3 Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt seals victory with a shot from 10 yards. It is Kuyt's second of the game and he 'Does the Rafa' by way of celebration.


1648: GOAL West Brom 3-0 Sunderland
A very tidy finish indeed fromJuan Carlos Menseguez as the Baggies close in on a convincing victory. He takes the ball beyond the static Sunderland defence with his first touch and shoots home with his second.

1647: No sign of a goal from Hull's Manucho yet. About five minutes remaining. Yossi Benayoun makes way for Daniel Agger.

1645: Robinho comes agonisingly close to extending Man City's lead but his low strike shaves the outside of the post.

1643: Hull are really, really pushing on whenever they can, desperate, just desperate for an equaliser. Phil Brown is a very animated figure on the touchline.

1642: A decent save from Jussi Jaaskelainen, who tips a header from John Carew over the crossbar to prevent Aston Villa from taking the lead.

1639: Fernando Torres heads against the Hull crossbar from six yards.

Hull bring on Angola striker Manucho - he is on loan from Manchester United. Do the math(s).

1638: Everton, with Phil Jagielka off injured, are staring defeat in the face. If City close out for the three points it will be only their second away win in the Premier League this season.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "West Brom are rubbing it in here - taunting struggling Sunderland with a neat spell of possession football. Tony Mowbray's side like to play the passing game and a team as poor as the Black Cats is tailor-made to give them that opportunity.

"Ricky Sbragia looks stone-faced on the bench after a wild cross from Kieran Richardson - not a good day for the manager. Not good at all - and yet one goal for Sunderland and the mood would change dramatically."


1633: GOAL Hull 1-2 Liverpool
Daniel Cousin pulls back a great low cross that runs into the path of the unmarkedGeovanni , who slots the ball into the net from eight yards. Liverpool very much caught short at the back. Game on.

Great penalty save from Petr Cech, who dives to his left and tips Mark Noble's penalty around the post for a corner.

For West Ham - after Salomon Kalou tugs Herita Ilunga.

1629: As it stands, Peterborough are going up to the Championship - they're winning and MK Dons are losing. That will be enough to secure a second promotion in two seasons for the Posh.

1628: Sunderland come within inches of getting a goal back. Teemu Tainio blasts the ball at goal and it's heading for the net before team-mate Djibril Cisse sticks his leg out three yards from goal and pokes it high and wide. It's a shocker.

1627: Ashley Cole hits the bar for Chelsea moments after Nicolas Anelka goes close with an effort that Robert Green saves.

1626: From bad to worse for Everton at Goodison Park as, moments after boss David Moyes makes a triple substitution, Phil Jagielka goes down with a nasty-looking knee injury. He is stretchered off in apparent agony and the hosts are down to 10 men.


1623: GOAL Hull 0-2 Liverpool
Scruffy but they all count. Martin Skrtel makes a poor contact with his shot but Dirk Kuyt is on hand to head the ball into the net and double Liverpool's lead.

Red card

1619: RED CARD
Caleb Folan is sent from the field after kicking Martin Skrtel, who had been blocking the Hull players from chasing down a backpass.


1618: GOAL West Brom 2-0 Sunderland
West Brom last won in mid-January andChris Brunt doubles their lead. Marc-Antoine Fortune dashes down the right and crosses in for the unmarked Brunt who bangs in his fourth goal in three games.

1618: Everton should be back in it, Phil Jagielka arriving unmarked in the box and getting on the end of Tony Hibbert's precise cross, only to head it over with Shay Given unmoved.

Moments later Robinho bursts into the Everton box again, but he fails to properly connect with Stephen Ireland's pass and Tim Howard gets down to save.


1616: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
Andy O'Brien heads across the ball across toTamir Cohen who marks his first start of the season with a venomous volley from 10 yards out.


1615: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Chelsea
Frank Lampard crosses for Salomon Kalou to score from close range at the far post.

1614: More League Two chat - Exeter are now winning.


1612: GOAL Everton 0-2 Man City
Not great defending. Robinho picks outStephen Ireland in plenty of space. He takes a touch then guides the ball past Tim Howard.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "Lots of shuffling of bits of paper by the Sunderland backroom staff early in the second half - we will be seeing substitutes very soon by the look of it."

1610: Lets dip down to League Two again. Exeter have scored an equaliser - repeat equaliser - in their match against Morecambe.

1609: Marouane Fellaini should equalise with a powerful strike from eight yards but Man City keeper Shay Given makes a top save.

1608: Bournemouth have equalised against Grimsby - sparking a mini-invasion. Chester, as things stand, will be relegated from League Two this afternoon.

From dmrickht on 606: "Surely Hull and Stoke games should have 15 minutes added time for all the long throws. I popped to the shops earlier as Kevin Kilbane was preparing to launch one and he was still cleaning the ball when I got back!" Join the debate on 606

1606: Everton's Segundo Castillo is narrowly wide with a glancing header.

1605: Play resumes in the six 1500 BST kick-offs. Who needs a goal the most? Hull? Sunderland? Chelsea?

1603: Flicking through a few posts on 606, it has been pointed out that Man City are actually winning away from home. Now that doesn't happen very often. Join the debate on 606

1558: I must mention the incident that led to Liverpool's opener. Replays have suggested that the Reds may have been fortunate to be awarded a free-kick. Javier Mascherano appeared to already be on his way down when contact was made.

1552: Some news from the Football League. As results stand, Peterborough are winning in League One, while MK Dons are drawing. These results would take Posh to the brink of promotion.

Brentford are winning at Darlington - and are thus on the cusp of promotion from League Two. Wycombe and Bury are drawing while Exeter are losing.


1550: Half-time At all of the six Premier League game that started at 1500 BST.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "West Brom ahead and Sunderland's fans not happy - quite a commotion when Jonathan Greening prepared to take a corner, with the away support seemingly insisting the ball was not placed properly. And now they feel even worse after Jonas Olsson sweeps home the opener after the corner is not cleared.

"Game on. Hopefully."

1549: West Ham almost score from their first corner - 42 minutes in - when Matthew Upson heads the ball on and Diego Tristan flicks the ball goalwards only to see John Obi Mikel clear it off the line. It would have been totally against the run of play.


1546: GOAL Hull 0-1 Liverpool
A free-kick fromXabi Alonso strikes the wall. The ball bounces back towards the Spain international, who smashes it brilliantly into the net.


1543: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Aston Villa
Oops. Awful. A shocking goal to concede, as anAshley Young cross from the left looks innocuous enough but avoids everyone and goes in off the post.


1541: GOAL West Brom 1-0 Sunderland
Jonas Olsson puts the Baggies ahead with a volley that somehow avoids numerous players in the penalty area.

Sunderland fan Steve Cram and WBA supporter Frank Skinner are watching the game together in the Final Score production office.

1539: Yep, that Is Man City who have scored! Not Everton.

Best chance of the match by a million miles at The Hawthorns. Sunderland's Kieran Richardson looks up and takes a pop from 30 yards. It's goal-bound but Scott Carson at full stretch turns it round the post. Nice.


1536: GOAL Everton 0-1 Man City
Man City counter - and how. Elano picks out Robinho , who charges down the left, cuts inside and drills the ball between Tim Howard's legs.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "First real signs of frustration at The Hawthorns as Chris Brunt sends a cross hopelessly behind Marton Fulop's goal. For a game with so much riding on it, the lack of a sense of urgency is alarming. Sunderland's best hope appears to the crosses of Andy Reid - West Brom's defence and keeper Scott Carson have not dealt with them well so far."

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From Mizo, London, via text on 81111: "I've often wondered but never asked. How do you watch five games at the same time? I picture you in a big armchair with 5 big TV's and a cold beer."

Have you ever tried typing in an armchair?

1534: I just want to say thanks to Erik Nevland. I never thought that would happen, but it has.

1533: Bolton should score. Matthew Taylor's ball falls to Fabrice Muamba six yards out but he totally scuffs it, leaving Brad Friedel to grateful smother it after a mini-goalmouth scramble.

1532: Another clear chance for Manchester City, who have not seen a great deal of the ball but have threatened far more than the hosts. Robinho slips Stephen Ireland through on goal, but just as the midfielder is about to pull the trigger from 18 yards, Leighton Baines gets across with a fantastic last-ditch tackle and the chance is gone.


1530: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Stoke
Fulham break andErik Nevland , only just on the pitch, plays in Andy Johnson. Nevland then powers into the box and accepts a return pass before slotting the ball home.

1530: Nervous times at The Hawthorns. Chris Brunt's shot gets deflected into the arms of Marton Fulop and then he blazes over. At the other end Baggies defender Jonas Olsson is having a nightmare. A comedy miss on the six-yard line almost lets in Cisse and then he fluffs a header back to his keeper. Almost interesting.

1529: Hull are really going for it today - you sense a real desperation and desire in their play. Surging runs, balls into the box and plenty of drama. Just no goals.

1527: Man City should be in front. Elano's initial low strike is blocked and Robinho should bury the rebound but Tim Howard saves. Hands on head time.

1525: Liverpool looking very shaky at the back.

A couple of half chances for James Milner, one was blocked and another was a free-kick that Jussi Jaaskelainen easily saved.

1524: Goal - anyone?

From BBC Sport's David Garrido at Craven Cottage: "Biggest cheer of the afternoon so far at the Cottage - from Fulham fans after a Rory Delap long throw went straight out for a goal-kick."

1523: Kieron Dyer, making his first start since 2007, should score for the Hammers after being played clean through but shoots straight at Petr Cech.

1522: A change at Craven Cottage, as the injured Bobby Zamora makes way from Erik Nevland.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "West Brom and Sunderland still trying to work a clear opening at The Hawthorns, but the Baggies' fans have been encouraged by the early promise shown by Scottish under-21 midfield man Graham Dorrans, with the £100,000 summer signing from Livingston showing a willingness to get on the ball and pass - a style that is neat fit for manager Mowbray.

"Hardly stirring stuff at the bottom of the table here as yet."

1519: A fast counter attack from Chelsea culminates in a shooting chance for Florent Malouda, who drills his shot across goal and wide.

1518: All pretty lacklustre at a sun-bathed Hawthorns. A volley from Sunderland's Andy Reid dribbles through to Scott Carson, Djibril Cisse looks lively on the right, while Abdoulaye Meite is soaking everything up at the back for the home side - but the Baggies need goals. Wonder how much would it cost to buy a Premier League goal?

1517: Cracking strike from Hull's Geovanni, who wraps his foot around the ball and smashes it towards goal from 20 yards. It drifts narrowly wide.

1516: Lots of talk on 606 about the form of Yossi Benayoun this season. I might even say there have been a few rave reviews. Join the debate on 606

1515: Shay Given into action at Goodison Park as he saves a 20-yard strike from Louis Saha. Regulation.

1514: Pepe Reina collects a dangerous low cross from Hull's Craig Fagan. Dean Marney then shoots wide for the Tigers.

1513: Any danger of a goal? Potentially famous last words...

1512: Penalty shout at Goodison Park as Robinho dances into the Everton box, skips past Tony Hibbert, and then falls over Leon Osman. Not given by referee Alan Wiley - it might have been a touch harsh had he done so.

1509: All Chelsea at the moment but no clear openings as yet.

Yossi Benayoun misses the target with a shot for Liverpool.

1507: Liverpool striker Fernando Torres shoots from eight yards but is denied by a great save by Boaz Myhill. The opening came after a cracking run from Yossi Benayoun.

1506: Nothing to report from Bolton as yet. The Trotters have won one of their last six Premier League games - not really great chat.

1503: Early chance for Stoke but Rory Delap volleys over from 12 yards. It's a marathon not a sprint, as Tony Pulis will doubtless be thinking tomorrow.

The match at Upton Park finally starts.

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From Joe, in the library, anonymous via text on 81111: "Have just gone on a break with the girlfriend and not feeling too great. Please Liverpool just give me am easy day and no new surprises?"

I sympathise.

1500: Action, we have action in the Premier League.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "Sunderland's fans gearing up to give their team typically noisy backing - but Baggies' fans have concerns of their own, including one banner demanding the departure of chairman Jeremy Peace. Interesting afternoon ahead."

1457: Lovely sunny weather all over the country as far as I can see. Lovely, isn't it, watching football at this time of the season.

1453: The momentary explosion of width you may have just experienced on the live text was due to an incorrectly configured piece of coding regarding a link to a url page. If you see what I mean. Fixed now.

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(See 1346) Anonymous via text on 81111: "Stuck 10p on it, stand to win £319004!"

And we all get a share of the winnings?

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From Tom, Manchester, via text on 81111: "I can see United v Spurs game being a belter .. Spurs will go for it because they are now safe and thinking of Europe."

1443: Not long now until kick-off. This is the business end of the season and right on cue my computer is slowing up. Might have something to do with the cup of tea I knocked all over it last week.

1438: Bolton v Aston Villa team news
Bolton make two changes from the team that lost 1-0 to Portsmouth last Saturday as they look for the win that would all but secure their Premier League survival.

Fabrice Muamba comes into the centre of midfield to replace the injured Ricardo Gardner, while injury-plagued Tamir Cohen makes his first start of the season as 20-year-old Chris Basham drops to the bench.

Villa make one change as they look for a first win in 12, Zat Knight replaces the injured Luke Young in defence. Gabriel Agbonlahor also failed a fitness test.

From anonymous via text on 81111: "Sitting in my car on break from work feeling a sense that today could go all wrong for United today...scared!"

West Ham or Manchester?

1434: Fulham v Stoke team news
Simon Davies's foot stress fracture forcesFulham boss Roy Hodgson to make one change from the side that gained a goalless draw at Middlesbrough, with Hungarian Zoltan Gera replacing the Wales international.

Injuries prompt Stoke boss Tony Pulis to make three changes from the side that beat Blackburn.

Striker James Beattie (thigh) is replaced by Richard Cresswell, while Pulis is forced to replace both full-backs. Stephen Kelly comes in for Andy Wilkinson and Danny Pugh comes in for Danny Higginbotham.

1433: West Brom v Sunderland team news
West Brom have it all to do, stuck at the bottom and needing at least another nine points to avoid relegation. Striker Roman Bednar is still struggling with a hamstring problem so Marc-Antoine Fortune steps in to lead the attack. Sunderland's Kieran Richardson returns after a calf injury, with skipper dean Whitehead having to sit on the bench following his leg injury.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Hawthorns: "Big day here at The Hawthorns. Victory for Sunderland would give them a massive push towards Premier League safety - and more or less seal West Bromwich Albion's relegation fate. Albion have proved more than capable of playing attractive football this season in line with manager Tony Mowbray's avowed principles - but today only the result matters. Perfect sun-kissed conditions for a crucial game."

1430: West Ham v Chelsea team news
West Ham make only change to their line-up replacing James Collins with Kieron Dyer.Chelsea make five changes, bringing in Michael Mancienne, Jose Bosingwa, Juliano Belletti, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou for Alex, Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba.

1429: Hull v Liverpool line-ups
Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Zayatte, Turner, Kilbane, Fagan, Boateng, Marney, Geovanni, Barmby, Folan. Subs: Duke, Hughes, Garcia, Mendy, Halmosi, Cousin, Manucho.

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua, Kuyt, Alonso, Mascherano, Benayoun, Lucas, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Agger, Riera, Aurelio, Ngog, El Zhar.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1429: Hull v Liverpool team news
Hull bring in midfielder Nick Barmby and striker Caleb Folan as defender Andy Dawson and on-loan Manchester United forward Manucho make way.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez makes three changes to the side which drew 4-4 with Arsenal. Centre-back Daniel Agger, left-back Fabio Aurelio and left winger Albert Riera drop to the bench and are replaced by Martin Skrtel, Emiliano Insua and Lucas Leiva.

1428: Fulham v Stoke line-ups
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Gera, Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Kamara, Dacourt, Gray, Stoor, Baird.

Stoke: Sorensen, Kelly, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Pugh, Lawrence, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Fuller, Cresswell. Subs: Simonsen, Olofinjana, Cort, Tonge, Camara, Dickinson, Sonko.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1425: West Ham v Chelsea line-ups
West Ham: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Boa Morte, Noble, Stanislas, Dyer, Tristan, Di Michele. Subs: Lastuvka, Lopez, Nsereko, Kovac, Spector, Sears, Payne.

Chelsea: Cech, Mancienne, Ivanovic, Terry, Bosingwa, Mikel, Belletti, Kalou, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Ashley Cole, Essien, Di Santo, Drogba, Ballack, Stoch.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1423: Everton v Man City team news
Everton boss David Moyes makes four changes to the side that drew with Chelsea in midweek, replacing Joleon Lescott, Lars Jacobsen, Tim Cahill and the ineligible Jo with Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Louis Saha and the returning Marouane Fellaini. Manchester City make one switch, with Micah Richards coming in for Pablo Zabaleta, with Nigel de Jong passed fit despite a thigh problem.

1423: Bolton v Aston Villa line-ups
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Kevin Davies, McCann, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor, Elmander. Subs: Al Habsi, Hunt, Smolarek, Riga, Puygrenier, Makukula, Basham.

Aston Villa: Friedel, Knight, Davies, Cuellar, Shorey, Milner, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Heskey, Carew. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Salifou, Gardner, Albrighton, Clark.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1419: West Brom v Sunderland line-ups
West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Robinson, Koren, Dorrans, Greening, Brunt, Simpson, Fortune. Subs: Kiely, Filipe Teixeira, Menseguez, Martis, Borja Valero, Mulumbu, Wood.

Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Davenport, Ferdinand, Collins, Edwards, Tainio, Reid, Richardson, Cisse, Jones. Subs: Colgan, Whitehead, Malbranque, Murphy, Leadbitter, Healy, McShane.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

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(See 1346) From Chris, Loughborough, via text on 81111: "That is the exact same accumulator I have just placed! Lets hope for no ker-razy result!"

1416: Everton v Man City line-ups
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Jagielka, Baines, Osman, Neville, Castillo, Pienaar, Fellaini, Saha. Subs: Nash, Lescott, Vaughan, Cahill, Rodwell, Gosling, Baxter.

Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, De Jong, Kompany, Elano, Ireland, Robinho, Caicedo. Subs: Hart, Bojinov, Garrido, Fernandes, Petrov, Berti, Evans.

Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

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From Chelsea fans Karn and Erin in Stoke: "We are praying Jose Bosingwa has a nightmare during the game today as he is clearly not the man to mark Lionel Messi on Tuesday - a win over the impressive Hammers is still a must though!"

1409: Liverpool team news
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez makes three changes to the side that drew 4-4 with Arsenal. Centre-back Daniel Agger, left-back Fabio Aurelio and left winger Albert Riera make way for Martin Skrtel, Emiliano Insua and Lucas Leiva. Hull team news to follow.

From BBC Sport's David Garrido at Craven Cottage: "Stoke boss Tony Pulis says he'll get round Sunday's London Marathon a little easier if they have a good day here at the Cottage this afternoon. And if they don't, 26.2 miles is a LOT of thinking time…"
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1406: The brother of England footballer Jermain Defoe died last night after a street attack, it emerged earlier on Saturday.

Jade Defoe, 26, suffered serious head injuries in a brutal assault on Monday afternoon in Leytonstone, east London.

Needless to say, Jermain has not travelled with the Tottenham squad for their game at Old Trafford. I'm sure our thoughts are with him.

1403: The case for the defence....

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From THFC on 606: "Spurs haven't lost by more than two goals in over a year and we've not lost to any of the big four this season (in the league).

I don't think we'll beat Man U but I feel a draw is on the cards."
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1400: Want goals - get to Goodison. Everton host Manchester City, the only Premier League team not involved in a goalless draw this season.

I live close to Wembley (but not that close) and was delighted to see Everton fans queuing out of the door at my local. They bought all the booze in the place.

At one point I heard one fan say: "You don't have any more champagne mate?"

Not a big call for it on Hanger Lane old chap.

1356: Now don't forget, if you're out and about later, you can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. From a UK phone, just text FOOTBALL to 81010, it will cost you 10 to 15p and you will receive in return a link to our mobile site. Click on that, and you'll be straight through (then bookmark it so you never need to text that number again). The cost of being online on your phone will vary according to network and your own contract.

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From anonymous via text on 81111: "Have to say good luck to Hull. They look like Reading last season, a good team but absolutely no confidence when it really matters. Hopefully they can do what we didn't and find those last few points, and teach Rafa a few lessons in the process!"

I wonder if the Liverpool boss will 'Do the Rafa' this afternoon if his team go 2-0 up. I've heard a rumour that them there young and trendy kids down the disco have started to 'Do the Rafa' while they are busting a few moves.

1350: If you're off to watch the marathon on Sunday keep an eye out for Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who claims that his training has not been going all that well. I'd be very interested to know whether he wears his baseball cap or not.

Given his busy Sunday it is probably just as well his team are at Fulham this afternoon.

1346: I don't do predictions. But 606 user Parmar does and here is what he reckons will unfold this afternoon:

Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
Everton 2-1 Man City
Fulham 1-0 Stoke
Hull 1-3 Liverpool
West Brom 1-2 Sunderland
West Ham 0-2 Chelsea
Man Utd 3-1 Tottenham

Not a lot of controversy in there. That would never, ever win you an accumulator because there is not the ker-razy result that always happens. Almost always.

Texts to 81111, and the debate is under way on 606. Standard.
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1344: Liverpool fans, and possibly also Chelsea supporters, will find slight little solace if they peruse Tottenham's recent encounters with Manchester United.

It is 18 matches since Spurs last beat United, who have the best home record in the Premier League, with 43 points from a possible 48.

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From collie21 on 606: "I would love (not because I am anti-Liverpool) Hull to win today and restore some pride. They are one of the few teams to have been promoted that really had an impact on how the season has turned out. I hope that they can stay up this year, I believe they merit it on bravery alone...pity really."
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1333: On the subject of Hull, Phil Brown's team have taken just eight points from the last 51 points available and have the fewest home points in the Premier League with just 14. Hmm.

Middlesbrough, third from bottom and three points behind Hull, play Arsenal on Sunday, while Blackburn, levels on points with the Tigers, also play tomorrow, taking on Wigan.

1330 BST: Nervous times in the Fletcher household.

Mrs Fletcher, already furious after accusing me of stealing the matches she uses to light her candles, is desperate for her beloved Hull City to take something, anything, from their match with Liverpool.

Of course, the fact that the fortunes of the Tigers were only a miniscule factor in her life when they languished in the lower divisions has been brushed over. History, as always, is written by winners.

Liverpool are desperate for three points. If they fail to win at relegation threatened Hull and Man Utd defeat Tottenham in the later fixture this could well be the day when the Premier League is effectively settled once and for all.

Plenty of issues could be settled in the Football League today as well - fans from the likes of Birmingham, Peterborough, Brentford, Wycombe and Exeter could be spending their Saturday evenings celebrating promotion.

That might involve alcohol, singing, hilarious anecdotes that begin with 'do you remember when...' and possibly a kebab.

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Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Man Utd 5-2 Tottenham
25 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Hull 1-3 Liverpool
25 Apr 09 |  Premier League
West Ham 0-1 Chelsea
25 Apr 09 |  Premier League
West Brom 3-0 Sunderland
25 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Everton 1-2 Man City
25 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
25 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Fulham 1-0 Stoke
25 Apr 09 |  Premier League

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