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Blackburn 2-0 Portsmouth
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By Jonathan Stevenson

1944: Time to bid you adieu. Don't forget to watch Match of the Day tonight, it's on BBC One and online at 2230 BST. I'll be back in the hotseat tomorrow, when apparently there are a couple more games. Have a good evening, won't you?

1940: No real surprise in the magical, mystical world of Player Rater, with that man Steven Gerrard dominating as he did on the pitch, with 8.90. Fernando Torres has also seen off the eight (it'll catch on), but there are a couple of Hammers players languishing in the threes. Like voting? Maybe vote, then.
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From Anon, via text on 81111: "Liverpool are prolonging their inevitable agony! I can't see them getting as close next season. I feel this was their best chance. Especially as Arsenal and Chelsea won't have such bad starts to the season again."

Arsenal? Big shout. They've got an awful lot to do this summer if they want to challenge for the league again.

1932: Alan Green is taking your calls on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 right now, so why not get involved? I bet he'd love to hear from you - in fact, I'm certain of it.

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From Wazza v2 on 606: "Fair play to Liverpool, they are hanging on in there. Next season will be very interesting."
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1926: Full-time West Ham 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool were so dominant in that game it was remarkable. They have put as much pressure on Manchester United as they possibly could, they now just have to hope Man City can do them a gigantic favour tomorrow.

1923: We're into injury time at West Ham now, but this game was over a very, very long time ago. Steven Gerrard, on a hat-trick, sees his shot deflected into the side-netting.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Upton Park: "Liverpool's fans are hailing their team's return to the top of the Premier League - not with the conviction of supporters who actually expect them to run out eventual winners, at least not this season.

"But Liverpool have done all they could, which is to win and win well to keep the pressure on Manchester United as they prepare to face Manchester City on Sunday.

"Rafael Benitez can take real heart and confidence from the way Liverpool have pushed United this season, irrespective of what happens between now and the end of the campaign. Impressive stuff from Liverpool - they have outclassed West Ham. Plenty of home supporters have already made their way to the exits."

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1920: Long-time Hammers fan Ray Winston watches on at Upton Park, appearing particularly unimpressed by what he has seen in the past 88 minutes. If that's not cause to whack out the celebrity graphic, I don't really know what is.

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From IAMsterdam on 606: "Kuyt is having a superb game, best man on the pitch."
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1917: GOAL West Ham 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool break with pace once again and West Ham cannot live with them. Dirk Kuyt sends over another inch-perfect cross from the right and after Ryan Babel's header is saved by Robert Green, the Dutchman taps in the rebound.

1915: Full-time Burnley 1-0 Reading

Red card

1913: SENDING OFF (Andre Bikey, Reading)
Not sure a red card graphic does this justice - probably should have a Drogba one for that ridiculous hissy fit. The ball is cleared from the Reading half and Andre Bikey stamps on Robbie Blake. It's an act of crass stupidity, and when the red card is flashed, Bikey rips off his shirt and throws it to the ground in blind rage. Absolutely shambolic behaviour.

1910: We're into injury time at Burnley and there will be three minutes of that.

1908: Burnley break down their left and Robbie Blake finds Cristian Kalvenes, who cuts inside and slams a right-foot shot a couple of yards over the Reading crossbar.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Upton Park: "David di Michele is applauded by West Ham's fans as he is substituted - but not in a good way. He is the villain of the piece after that shocking miss at the end of the first half and it is probably for the best that the curtain has been brought down on his day. West Ham plough on, more in hope than expectation, but they have hardly laid a glove on Liverpool all afternoon."

1905: Liverpool's Ryan Babel is on for Fernando Torres at West Ham.


1903: GOAL Burnley 1-0 Reading
First blood in the tie to the Clarets. Steven Thompson is racing on to a ball in the Reading box and Andre Bikey grabs a fistful of his shirt, pulling the striker down. It's a definite foul and he's booked, but it might just have been outside the area. Graham Alexander, who doesn't miss, doesn't miss, smashing it high to give Burnley the lead.


1902: West Ham bring Freddie Sears on for David di Michele.

1901: Jimmy Kebe does superbly to trick his way past his man down the Reading left but he somehow fails to square to Dave Kitson and the chance goes begging. Kitson had a five-yard tap-in, and cannot believe it.

1900: Herita Ilunga pulls the ball back from the West Ham left and David di Michele clips a left-foot shot into the side-netting.

1858: Chris McCann hits a decent left-foot volley from 25 yards at Burnley and it deflects off the huge frame of Michael Duberry before flying wide.

1857: OK, I'm going to say it: Burnley v Reading has been a massive let-down. Cue three late goals.

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From YeOldHammer on 606: "West Ham are just toothless, all the players that give West Ham their attacking edge are injured. Zola needs to polish his boots and get on that field."
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Yeah, that would just make everyone happy, wouldn't it? What a hero.

1853: Liverpool break at speed and Steven Gerrard carries the ball a long way before slipping in Dirk Kuyt, who sees his low near-post shot saved well by Robert Green.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Upton Park: "West Ham are trying to close Liverpool down more quickly in this half, but there is still that ever-present hint of menace from Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard. Lots of appreciation around Upton Park for Mark Noble though, a real old-fashioned midfield player.

"And there is also plenty of warming up from West Ham's subs, but is the player there who can turn this around? You have to say it looks unlikely."

1850: It's ever so quiet at Turf Moor - possibly one of the most low-key games they've had up there all season. There are 20 minutes left, and it's meandering to a disappointing 0-0.

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From Si, Blackpool, via text on 81111: "Was it you, Jonathan, who got Steve Harper and Shay Given mixed up the other week too??"

Nah, twas a colleague. Don't worry, I'll reprimand him too for one mistake in 9,000 words. The clown.

1846: Fabio Aurelio is replaced by Emiliano Insua for Liverpool.

1843: Dirk Kuyt moves into some space down the right and sends over an inviting cross to the far post, where Yossi Benayoun is totally unmarked, but the Israeli, on the slide, volleys over from a tight angle.

1842: Nice move down the Liverpool right and Alvaro Arbeloa sends over a cross, but Steven Gerrard cannot decide whether to shoot or control the ball and it ends up flying into the east London sky.

1838: We're back under way at Upton Park. West Ham need to score twice, or Liverpool are going back to the top of the Premier League.

1838: Macca's got the latest chat from the stats that count: "Guess who is tops of the pops in Player Rater land at half-time? It's only Steven Gerrard, isn't it? He's on a whopping great 9.09, with his matey Fernando Torres not too far behind on 8.43. Luis Boa Morte can only look on with rating envy as he ponders his 3.76. Why not pop over and have a little play?"
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1836: Burnley are struggling still - if I had to pick a winner, I'd possibly go Reading right now. The home team are frustrating their fans with their final-third ball, which has been pretty poor all afternoon.

1834: See 1828. Whoever just "humbly apologised" via text on 81111 - I even more humbly accept your apology. I'll endeavour try and get you some more goals to boot. Really.

1832: Martin Paterson robs Reading's Brynjar Gunnarsson - it looks every bit a foul - and curls one towards the top corner from 20 yards, but Marcus Hahnemann gets across to make the save.

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From super_stevie_f on 606: "Stevo, can Stevenage Borough get a mention for winning the FA Trophy today, for the second time in three years, by beating York City 2-0?"
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Yep, of course. Congrats to those boys.
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1828: What's good about the fact that I accidentally put David James instead of Pepe Reina at 1815, for about a minute, is that no-one, but no-one, has even mentioned it. So thanks. Care to make a more positive contribution? I think you owe it to me now.

1825: We're back under way at Burnley in the Championship play-off semi-final.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Upton Park: "Alan Wiley is getting the Tom Henning Ovrebo treatment from West Ham's fans after that penalty, but sadly it is Luis Boa Morte's foolishness that has probably pushed this game out of their reach.

"Real frustration around Upton Park because it is difficult to see how West Ham can get their way back into this - especially after David di Michele missed that chance."


1820: Half-time West Ham 0-2 Liverpool
Boos at the break and it's hard to see a way back for West Ham, though if David di Michele hadn't spurned that gift-wrapped chance a few moments ago, it might all be a bit different.

1820: The ball spins into the air from James Tomkins and Fernando Torres loops a header agonisingly wide.

Yellow card

1815: Oh my. Oh my. The embarrassment. It's a comedy of errors at Upton Park as Jamie Carragher gets himself into a complete mess and gifts possession to David di Michele, who is clean through on goal. He tries to take it around Pepe Reina, but trips over his own feet and when he realises the ball is dribbling wide, dives to try and win a penalty. He's booked - and probably a little bit ashamed.

1813: Five minutes to go until half-time at Upton Park, and Gianfranco Zola will have to come up with something pretty special to get anything out of this one.


1810: GOAL West Ham 0-2 Liverpool
Game over. Luis Boa Morte is annoyed after not getting a foul in the Liverpool half and he foolishly tugs the shirt of Fernando Torres in his own box to concede a spot-kick. Steven Gerrard's penalty produces a fine save from Robert Green, but the skipper is following up to ram the rebound home. It's the Reds' 100th goal of the season.



1808: Half-time Burnley 0-0 Reading
Look, just because it's goalless, doesn't mean it's not a good game, OK? I mean, it's not great, but it's improving, and we should never forget how much is at stake on days like today. Quarter of the tie gone.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Upton Park: "West Ham need to increase the tempo. Liverpool are being allowed to play the game at their own pace and some Hammers' fans are justifiably accusing their players of showing Liverpool too much respect - they are not using those precise words but you get the idea.

"The header from Radoslav Kovac as he got on the end of Mark Noble's free-kick may just have provided a hint as to their best chance of getting at Liverpool."

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From IAngusHaywardI on 606: "The game is nice and open, but I'd like to see Riera come on for second half because West Ham's left side looks very open and Benayoun doesn't seem capable or willing to take the ball down the left on his left foot. Possibly switch him onto the other wing and bring Kuyt off?"
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1801: Reading's turn to make a change as Kevin Doyle is forced off and Dave Kitson comes on in his place.

1759: Jimmy Kebe cuts in from the left and hammers a right-foot shot a bit over the Burnley crossbar.

1758: Mark Noble swings over a vicious free-kick from outside the Liverpool box on the West Ham left and Radoslav Kovac beats Pepe Reina to the ball but directs his header a touch high.

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From R, Lincolnshire, via text on 81111: "West Ham are playing at half-pace - no urgency, no commitment and no passion. They're clearly treading water until they can pack their bags and head away for some sun."

1756: Drama at Burnley. Reading's Andre Bikey rises highest to thunder a header goalwards, it hits keeper Brian Jensen, Kevin Doyle follows up and it looks for all the world a goal, but Martin Paterson is standing in a perfect position on the line and it hits his chest and ricochets away to safety.

1754: Kevin McDonald's left-foot drive inside the Reading area smashes against the forearm of Liam Rosenior, diving to get the block in. Would have been a very harsh penalty - it was more Samuel Eto'o than Gerard Pique.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Upton Park: "West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has taken up position in his technical area and he is showing clear signs of concern. The Hammers are passing it around, but they are not finding any rhythm and with Carlton Cole and Dean Ashton sidelined, have they got the physical presence to unsettle the Liverpool defence?

"Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun is getting some relatively mild stick from the West Ham fans having left Upton Park for Liverpool - but I have heard far worse. All a bit subdued here at the moment."

1750: England coach Fabio Capello is in the stands at Upton Park. He'll probably have quite enjoyed seeing Steven Gerrard's goal after only 76 seconds.

1747: West Ham struggle to clear their lines inside their own penalty area and the ball breaks to Fernando Torres 16 yards out, the Spaniard uncharacteristically leaning back and blazing way, way over.

1745: Great save from Brian Jensen to deny Jay Tabb as Reading fly forward, and the follow-up is safely into the arms of the Clarets stopper.

1743: Best Burnley attack so far as Chris Eagles' cross from the right is slammed just wide of the near post by Robbie Blake.

1742: Big blow for Burnley as midfielder Joey Gudjohnsson limps off after a crunching tackle earlier from Michael Duberry. Kevin McDonald is on in his place.

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From Sakaria2 on 606: "Liverpool should win this. West Ham play some really good football, but when you're behind to a confident Liverpool side, with Gerrard and Torres, it's tough to come back."
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1737: Reading have started the better of the two teams at Burnley, dominating possession and trying to get the ball into dangerous areas. They might need to win today to have a chance of getting to the final, such is their woeful home form right now.


1734: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Liverpool
Oh yes. That's why they are so special - Fernando Torres tries his hand at creator, slipping in an inch-perfect pass for Steven Gerrard, who beats the Hammers' offside trap, effortlessly glides around Rob Green and rolls into the empty net. Fabulous goal, made to look ever so simple.

1732: Liverpool pair Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard get us under way at Upton Park.

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From Little Devil on 606: "West Ham do not have a chance tonight - you can quote me on that. 0% chance of getting anything against an in-form and relatively full-strength Liverpool side. Unfortunately."
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The sun is out

1728: Not much going on early doors at Turf Moor, but I'm not that keen on Reading's all-orange away kit. It's just a bit too, er, orange, if such a thing is possible. The sun's just come out in the north-west.

1726: The teams are in the tunnel at Upton Park for the last Premier League game of the day. West Ham, remember, need to win of their own accord, chasing as they are seventh and a Uefa Europa League spot.

1724: Big day for Liverpool - they absolutely must win at West Ham to keep their slim title hopes alive. If they lose or draw, the title could even be settled as soon as Wednesday.

1721: We're under way at Turf Moor as Burnley take on Reading in their Championship play-off semi-final.

1718: Gareth Bale update: 23 Premier League games and still no victories for the talented Welsh youngster. He's making it a very difficult record for someone to beat.

1716: Great news for Liverpool fans that Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are starting together for just the 12th time in the Premier League this season. If that tally had been at least doubled, I wonder...

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From Zippy, George and Bungle on 606: "Strangely, that goal by Andy Dawson could be enough to keep Hull in the Premier League on goal difference."
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Rob, Fulham fan, via text on 81111: "I was going to be hoping United and Liverpool could get results to help us into Europe, but maybe we won't need their help if things go on like this. Top stuff."

West Ham: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Boa Morte, Noble, Kovac, Stanislas, Di Michele, Tristan.
Subs: Lastuvka, Lopez, Nsereko, Spector, Collison, Sears, Payne.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Aurelio, Benayoun, Mascherano, Lucas, Gerrard, Kuyt, Torres.
Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Hyypia, Babel, Insua, Ngog, Degen.
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

Burnley: Jensen, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Gudjonsson, Alexander, McCann, Eagles, Paterson, Blake.
Subs: Penny, McDonald, Rodriguez, Jordan, Thompson.
Reading: Hahnemann, Rosenior, Duberry, Bikey, Harding, Kebe, Matejovsky, Gunnarsson, Tabb, Long, Doyle.
Subs: Federici, Cisse, Stephen Hunt, Kitson, Karacan.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1703: Blackburn's win means they are close to safety and if our maths is correct they can only go down on goal difference.

1701: So all of that means Stoke are safe for another season in the Premier League. A great achievement for Tony Pulis and his boys.

1659: Full-time Hull City 1-2 Stoke City

1657: Full-time West Brom 3-1 Wigan

1656: Full-time Blackburn 2-0 Portsmouth


1655: GOAL Hull 1-2 Stoke
Hang on, we're into the sixth minute of added time and Andy Dawson curls a sumptuous left-foot free-kick into the near corner past the despairing dive of Thomas Sorensen. Seconds left, however.

1654: Richard Kingson does well to get down to his left and save Jay Simpson's daisy-cutter.

1652: Full-time Fulham 3-1 Aston Villa

1652: Full-time Bolton 0-0 Sunderland

1652: It's a thrilling end to the game at the Reebok with Bolton going agonisingly close to a goal through Mustapha Riga, who thumps a shot into the ground and just over the bar before Djibrill Cisse lashes one over and then Marton Fulop pulls off a belter of a save to keep out Gary Cahill's header just before the full-time whistle goes. Heart-stopping stuff.

1651: Full-time Everton 0-0 Tottenham

1651: There will be six minutes of added time at the KC Stadium, but it won't be enough for Hull.

1649: MISSED PENALTY (John Utaka, Portsmouth)
You will struggle to see a more embarrassing penalty this season. It was a ludicrously harsh decision anyway, Kanu's cross hitting Keith Andrews' left hand and Mike Riley pointing to the spot. Utaka clearly thought it wasn't, so he spanked it miles over and a little bit wide for good measure. Woeful.



1647: West Ham are unchanged for their home match with Liverpool, while the visitors bring in Fernando Torres, Lucas and Martin Skrtel. Full teams on the way.

1645: Mark Davies chests the ball down from a Kevin Davies header and volleys over the Sunderland bar as Bolton go looking for a winner at the Reebok.

1645: It's all gone a little quiet in the Premier League. There's not long left now - will there be any real late drama?

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From Adam, an excited Albion fan, via text on 81111: "My heart is beating too fast, and all this hope the Albion are giving me is going to drive me crazy. Surely we can't do it again?"

1640: If Everton shut out Spurs today, goalkeeper Tim Howard will break the club record and keep his 16th clean of the Premier League season.

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From RichtheForest on 606: "Tony Pulis has really achieved something remarkable this season at Stoke."
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1636: How many chances does Kieran Richardson want today? The ball falls to him in the box after Bolton fail to clear, but he cannot get hold of his half-volley and scuffs it weakly wide.


1635: GOAL West Brom 3-1 Wigan
The Baggies just don't want to get relegated, do they? Borja Valero crosses from the right and Marc-Antoine Fortune takes his time before delivering the killer blow, a right-foot strike that deflects off Paul Scharner before nestling in the back of the net.


1633: GOAL Hull 0-2 Stoke
Unsaveable, and Hull are in it now. The ball breaks to Liam Lawrence 25 yards out and he fairly batters it into the top left-hand corner of the net from the right-hand edge of the 18-yard box. Brilliant, brilliant goal.

1632: Surely West Brom aren't going to do it again, are they? As it stands, they are three points away from safety. Three points.

1629: Kenwyne Jones hobbles off for Sunderland at Bolton, and Djibril Cisse comes on in his place.

1628: Brilliance from Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, who collects a Jermaine Jenas pass and swivels and hits with his left foot all in one movement - my word that ball hasn't missed by much.


1627: More woodwork - an Everton corner from the left is flapped half clear by Heurelho Gomes, and Dan Gosling volleys into the ground and against Gomes's right-hand post. At Hull, Geovanni is on.

1625: Nervous few moments for Sunderland at the Reebok, where Bolton have stepped up a gear in the second half. Substitute Mark Davies is at the centre of it all as he powers a thunderbolt right into the midriff of Calum Davenport and then the ball falls to him in the box, with the visitors relieved to hear the whistle for a foul on Marton Fulop.


1624: Nearly game over for Hull as Glenn Whelan produces a piece of absolute magic to chest the ball down 25 yards out and slam a stunning volley against the angle of post and bar with Boaz Myhill nothing more than a spectator.

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From AZ - 1981, 2009 - Kampioenen van Nederland on 606: "I really hope Fulham get the European spot. Hodgson is nothing short of a miracle worker."
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1622: GOAL Fulham 3-1 Aston Villa
From a corner, Brede Hangeland heads the ball on and Diomansy Kamara, with his back to goal, diverts the ball in with a cheeky backheel flick.


1621: GOAL West Brom 2-1 Wigan
Lifeline time. Titus Bramble brings down Marc-Antoine Fortune in the Baggies box and Chris Brunt sees his penalty saved by the legs of Richard Kingson - but the midfielder keeps his cool to collect the rebound and slot home.



1619: GOAL Blackburn 2-0 Portsmouth
Benni McCarthy might have just secured Blackburn's Premier League status. He is inside the box and tries to send the ball out wide, but it hits Hermann Hreidarsson on the arm. McCarthy steps up and slots it in the corner.


1617: Richard Garcia forces a save from Thomas Sorensen with his six-yard header - Hull need a goal, and fast. At Everton, Tim Cahill's glorious drive from the edge of the box sails a fraction wide of Heurelho Gomes's left-hand upright.

1615: Jonathan Greening ploughs through the Wigan defence, who are caught on the halfway line, and he holds off a defender to hammer in a left-foot shot that Richard Kingson most acrobatically tips away.

1614: Chris Samba has the ball in the net at Blackburn, but it's been ruled out for a push.

1613: Dean Kiely makes amends for his first-half mistake at West Brom with a fine reflex save to deny Mario Melchiot from six yards. Moments later, Paul Scharner clips agonisingly across the face of goal.

1611: Gary Cahill shoots over the bar for Bolton, but it's all gone a little bit quiet at the Reebok Stadium. At Fulham, Brad Friedel gets down well to save Paul Konchesky's free-kick.

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From Big Phil, confused Wigan fan, via text on 81111: "I sort of hope my team lose this one. West Brom play quality football and it would be great to see them in the Prem next year."

1607: They're under way at Blackburn now, so we're up and running all over the country.

1607: They're under way at West Brom and Hull too and Kevin Kilbane has a shot palmed around the post by Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen.


1605: GOAL Fulham 2-1 Aston Villa
Cracking start to the half for Fulham and with 27 seconds on the clock, they're back in front. The ball is played forward and Clint Dempsey is tackled so it breaks to Diomansy Kamara, who takes a touch and fires into the bottom corner from just outside the Villa area.

1604: Back in the mix at Everton and Fulham too now.

1603: They're already under way at Bolton, the keenos.

1602: Don't forget, once these games are over, we've got a Championship play-off semi-final as Burnley host Reading, and a vital Premier League match as Liverpool travel to West Ham. Huge.

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From feelthesteviegforce on 606: "Don't you mean one of Middlesborough or Newcastle can overtake Hull, Stevo. Surely it is impossible for both of them to win this match?"
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Yeah, that's probably what I meant, in fairness.

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From Keith, Newcastle fan, via text on 81111: "Thank you Stoke! I've just broken my computer desk celebrating that goal, but it was definitely worth it!"

1553: So as things stand not a great deal has changed, though Stoke would be officially safe were they to hold on to the three points at Hull. If the Tigers lose, both Middlesbrough and Newcastle can go above them with victory in the Tyne-Tees derby on Monday.

1550: Half-time Blackburn 1-0 Portsmouth

1549: Half-time West Brom 1-1 Wigan

1549: Half-time Hull 0-1 Stoke

1548: Half-time Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa

1547: Half-time Everton 0-0 Tottenham

1547: Half-time Bolton 0-0 Sunderland

1544: Another great opportunity for Sunderland and Kieran Richardson as the midfielder's pace takes him through on goal, but he takes too long and Gavin McCann gets back to make a potentially goal-saving tackle.


1543: GOAL Hull 0-1 Stoke
Liam Lawrence whacks over a corner from the Stoke left and Abdoulaye Faye goes up causing havoc in the Hull six-yard box - the ball breaks kindly for Ricardo Fuller, who spins and shoots into the net to silence the KC Stadium.

1543: Jo is denied by a sliding Ledley King lunge at Everton.


1541: Gabby Agbonlahor goes on a surging run from inside his own half and his cross from the right falls to Ashley Young, who shoots against the post from point-blank range.

1540: Bolton have had three corners in a row against Sunderland and that has caused the visitors some real problems.

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From Steven, GB fan, via text on 81111: "Much more balanced look with Gareth Bale on the left. Totally dominating at Goodison but where is the goal? Bale to supply the winner!"

1537: Kieran Richardson goes close again for Sunderland, latching on to Kenwyne Jones's flick-on and slamming a right-foot half-volley just over from the edge of the Bolton box. The Black Cats are well on top.

1535: Amazingly, that was Morten Gamst Pedersen's first goal of the season. It might be the one that secures Blackburn's Premier League status, too.


1532: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Portsmouth
Stephen Warnock swings over a deep cross from the left and the giant Chris Samba controls it and lunges for the ball, with David James not really committing himself - and it breaks for Morten Gamst Pedersen to bury into the net from an angle.

1531: Madness from Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes, who dribbles round Jo inside his own six-yard box. Harry Redknapp looks like he could throttle the maverick Brazilian.

1530: Little to report from Ewood Park, but given that this fixture was goalless at half-time at Fratton Park, but ended in a 3-2 win for Portsmouth, don't give up on any action just yet.

1529: Liam Lawrence hits a sweet right-foot half-volley from the right-hand angle of the Hull penalty area, but it skims the top of the net. Great effort.

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From Sophie, via text on 81111: "My dad says if Millwall are in the play-off final he'll take me to Wembley. If they're not in the final, he's taking me to my auntie's. He says this is Millwall's first play-off win ever, is he right?"

That he is Sophie, that he is. In nine attempts, too.

1527: Hugo Rodallega's second free-kick of the afternoon isn't quite as successful as his first - it's about 35 yards too high.

1526: Tottenham's Robbie Keane shapes to shot from the edge of the Everton area, but a timely intervention from Joleon Lescott prevents the striker from hitting the target. Top defending from the England man.

1525: Massive chances all over the shop for the teams at the foot of the table, this time Richard Garcia goes close and should have done better with an effort that Thomas Sorensen keeps out.

1523: Massive, massive chance for Sunderland as Kenwyne Jones lays the ball off for Kieran Richardson and from inside the area he sidefoots over the bar. Massive chance.

1522: At the second attempt, Gareth Bale sends a vicious left-footed free-kick on the edge of the area fizzing over Tim Howard's crossbar. Steven Pienaar is booked for encroaching too early for Bale's first attempt, which sailed high over the crossbar.

1520: Sunderland are showing a bit more aggression than in recent weeks and Kieran Richardson sees a shot deflected wide. Promising signs for Ricky Sbragia's side and just as I say that Grant Leadbitter cuts into the box and shoots into the side-netting.


1518: GOAL West Brom 1-1 Wigan
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. They don't have much luck do they West Brom? Hugo Rodallega's 25-yard free-kick takes a wicked deflection off Chris Brunt and beats Dean Kiely's despairing dive. The deflection took so much pace off the ball, Kiely really should have saved it.


1515: GOAL Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa
The visitors don't mess about getting level, James Milner crossing from the right and after Gabby Agbonlahor misses the ball, Young Player of the Year Ashley Young arrives at the back stick to slot into the far corner.

1514: Robbie Keane gets away down the left and surges into the Everton box, but the Spurs captain can only cross straight into the arms of Tim Howard.

1513: Craig Fagan sends over a cross from the Hull right and Daniel Cousin heads it goalwards, only for Thomas Sorensen to tip over the bar.

1512: Dean Kiely keeps West Brom in front with a brilliant save from Paul Scharner, before Olivier Kapo hits the post from point-blank range.

1511: Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland is injured and limps off at West Brom, with Richard Kingston coming on.


1509: GOAL West Brom 1-0 Wigan
Marc-Antoine Fortune puts West Brom ahead after Chris Kirkland can only parry Gianni Zuiverloon's stinging shot to the striker who heads in from two yards.


1508: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa
The hosts get themselves in front thanks to Danny Murphy's coolly-taken penalty after James Milner barges into the back of Diomansy Kamara at Craven Cottage.


1506: Clarification: apparently, David Bentley has a bit of a hamstring strain and that might be another reason he's not starting for Spurs today. So his career at White Hart Lane isn't over, maybe.

1504: Hugo Rodallega hammers in a shot from 20 yards at West Brom that flies a few yards wide of Dean Kiely's goal. At Bolton, Dean Whitehead acrobatically fires over for Sunderland.

1503: Bit late, but that's probably the nerves. We're under way at Hull too now.

1501: Bolton v Sunderland is the first match to kick-off, followed by the games at Fulham, Blackburn, Everton and West Brom.

1459: They were playing The Final Countdown at Hull prior to their game with Stoke - my word do Phil Brown's team need a victory, perhaps like never before this season.

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Dunno, but that's brilliant if it's true.

1454: If Gareth Bale was going to pick any team to break his Prem duck against, being a Tottenham player he'd probably have picked Everton. After all, Spurs have gained more wins (17), scored more goals (51) and taken more points (62) off the Toffees than they have against any other top-flight side since the Premier League began.

1451: Less than 10 minutes to go until kick-off in the six three o'clock Premier League games. Who's your money on at the Reebok Stadium? Bolton have won just one of their last eight league games, and Sunderland have lost six of their last seven.

1447: It's time to smash out my favourite stat of the season again you'll be delighted to learn, punters. Gareth Bale starts for Spurs today, and he still hasn't finished up on the winning side in a Premier League match. Sensationally, this is his 23rd attempt.

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From Anon, via text on 81111: "Well, that appears to draw a line under David Bentley's short-lived time at White Hart Lane."


1441: Full-time Millwall 1-0 Leeds
The Millwall fans are in terrific voice at the final whistle, but make no mistake - we are only halfway through this tie, and there is still an awful lot of football to be played.

1439: West Brom keeper Dean Kiely makes his first league start of the season along with on-loan Argentine winger Juan Carlos Menseguez. Graham Dorrans has overcome a foot injury and Marek Cech is the starting XI for the first time since December.
Wigan's Olivier Kapo comes in for striker Mido, who has been left out altogether.

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Haha. Have you been in our office all week??!!

1436:Fulham make only one change from the side that lost to Chelsea a week ago, bringing in Diomansy Kamara for Bobby Zamora. Aston Villa field the same team that beat Hull last time out.

1435: Hull boss Phil Brown drops forward Geovanni down to the bench, with Nick Barmby coming in. Midfielder Ian Ashbee is out with a knee injury so Craig Fagan returns to the starting line-up. Stoke striker James Beattie and midfielder Liam Lawrence pass late fitness tests to play as defender Leon Cort replaces Danny Pugh.

1433: Andre Ooijer's absence for Blackburn means Keith Andrews is likely to step in to an unfamiliar right-back role. Younes Kaboul recovers from a thigh injury in time to return to the Portsmouth side in place of the suspended Sylvain Distin, while Glen Johnson shakes off a similar injury and replaces Jermaine Pennant.

1432:Everton make one change with Jack Rodwell replacing the injured Lars Jacobsen, which means Phil Neville reverts to right-back, with Rodwell slotting into centre midfield. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp makes four changes, as left-back Gareth Bale comes in for Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Alan Hutton replaces Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone is in for Wilson Palacios and Roman Pavlyuchenko is relegated to the bench, so Jermain Defoe starts alongside Robbie Keane up front.

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1427: It's full-time in Scotland, and it's advantage Rangers in the SPL title race after the Gers beat Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox to move two points clear at the top of the table.
Live text - Rangers v Celtic

1426:Bolton's Ricardo Gardner fails to recover from a hamstring injury in time to return, while midfielder Teemu Tainio is back in Sunderland's starting line-up after recovering from a knee problem.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Gosling, Rodwell, Cahill, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jo.
Subs: Nash, Castillo, Saha, Vaughan, Jacobsen, Osman, Wallace.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, King, Woodgate, Bale, Hutton, Huddlestone, Jenas, Modric, Keane, Defoe.
Subs: Cudicini, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Gunter, Campbell, Chimbonda, Rose.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

West Brom: Kiely, Zuiverloon, Martis, Olsson, Cech, Brunt, Dorrans, Greening, Borja Valero, Menseguez, Fortune.
Subs: Allsopp, Bednar, Kim, Filipe Teixeira, Simpson, Donk, Mulumbu.
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Scharner, Figueroa, Valencia, Cattermole, Brown, N'Zogbia, Kapo, Rodallega.
Subs: Kingson, Edman, Watson, Koumas, Zaki, Boyce, De Ridder.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson, Garcia, Boateng, Kilbane, Barmby, Fagan, Cousin.
Subs: Duke, Geovanni, Hughes, Mendy, Halmosi, Marney, Manucho.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Cort, Lawrence, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Beattie, Fuller.
Subs: Simonsen, Olofinjana, Cresswell, Pugh, Kelly, Camara, Sonko.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Blackburn: Robinson, Andrews, Nelsen, Givet, Warnock, Diouf, Grella, Kerimoglu, Pedersen, Samba, McCarthy.
Subs: Bunn, Khizanishvili, Mokoena, Villanueva, Treacy, Olsson, Doran.
Portsmouth: James, Kaboul, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Johnson, Hughes, Davis, Mullins, Belhadj, Crouch.
Subs: Begovic, Kanu, Nugent, Utaka, Basinas, Pennant, Cranie.
Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire)

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Kevin Davies, Muamba, McCann, Cohen, Taylor, Elmander.
Subs: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Mark Davies, Riga, Puygrenier, Makukula, Basham.
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Davenport, Ferdinand, Collins, Whitehead, Tainio, Malbranque, Leadbitter, Richardson, Jones.
Subs: Colgan, Edwards, Cisse, Murphy, Reid, Healy, McShane.
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)


1418: GOAL Millwall 1-0 Leeds
Mr Millwall does it again. Gary Alexander is sent away down the right and his cross is missed by a flying Richard Naylor, the ball falling inside the area for Neil Harris to take his time, pick his spot and coolly slot past Casper Ankergren.

1417: Here's some early Spurs team news - Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane start together up front. More to follow.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Gera, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Kamara, Nevland.
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Zamora, Dacourt, Gray, Stoor, Baird, Smalling.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Knight, Davies, Shorey, Milner, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor.
Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Gardner, Clark.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1413: I wonder what the odds are on every game in England finishing 0-0 today...

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1406: It's got very lively at Millwall - apparently Leeds were only allocated 1,000 tickets, but they're giving their hosts a run for their money from the terraces in the noise stakes. On the pitch, the Lions are on top right now. Meanwhile north of the border, Rangers still lead Celtic 1-0.

1402: Casper Ankergren is the Leeds hero at Millwall, making a stunning one-handed save to claw away Neil Harris's brilliant, improvised back-flick.

1402: Team news for the three o'clock games coming right up, so stay tuned.

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From James, York, via text on 81111: "Spurs only played the reserves in their last two Uefa Cup games this year when we had relegation and a League Cup final to deal with. Look at the previous two seasons and see how much we actually do care about European competition, albeit a poorer sibling to the Champions League."

1356: Leeds have created the better openings at the New Den and a lovely one-two between Jermaine Beckford and Luciano Becchio nearly creates a chance right at the start of the second half.

1355: They're back under way at Millwall, not incidentally, and it's still 0-0, while Rangers are still beating Celtic 1-0. Good to see the Stevo goal curse is spreading across different divisions and countries, these days.

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Agreed. A proper, old-fashioned professional.

1349: Liverpool can go back to the top of the Premier League as well today, if they beat West Ham then they'll shoot ahead of Man United on goal difference. They'll be hoping Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres both start - something they've only done 11 times in the league this season.

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From Ollie, London, via text on 81111: "Let's not forget that as well as relegation, the Uefa Europa League place is hanging in the balance - today could be a big day for Spurs against Everton with nothing to play for."

Cup final places, surely? But good point. The race for seventh and playing your reserves in Europe's second string cup competition is on.

1341: So it could be curtains for West Brom today - if they lose at home against Wigan and Hull grab a point or more, the Baggies' fate will be sealed. Given their inferior goal difference, a defeat would pretty much do whatever happens at Hull.

1338: Don't forget to come back tomorrow, too - there are a couple of fairly tasty looking Sunday treats in the shape of Manchester United v Manchester City and Arsenal v Chelsea. You've probably heard of them.

1335: It's half-time at the New Den and it's goalless, with chances at a real premium. I'd have thought Leeds would be the happier of the two teams thus far.

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1326: I do want to just mention my favourite story from the aftermath of Wednesday, that Chelsea captain John Terry went into the Barca dressing-room after the game to congratulate them and the Catalans responded by singing Terry's name. In a week when the behaviour of the Chelsea players has provoked widespread condemnation, Terry's magnificent act of sportsmanship should be highly commended.

1322: If F1 does a bit for you, why not pop along to our coverage of Spanish Grand Prix qualifying, courtesy of the inimitable, irrepressible Sam Lyon? Only if you pop back, though.
Live - Spanish Grand Prix qualifying

1317: A brace of Scottish legends in the crowd at Ibrox, as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson sits alongside snooker ace Stephen Hendry. I used to be amazed by Hendry's ability to drink water without ever appearing to swallow. Remarkable. Oh, by the way, Rangers are 1-0 up on Celtic, thanks to a Steven Davis goal.

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1307: It's been a nervy opening 20 at the New Den, fairly typical of these play-off occasions. Jermaine Beckford had an early shot saved for Leeds, while Millwall's Jason Price has already limped off.

1304: Look, I won't stop you from talking about Chelsea-Barcelona, because let's face it, not many football matches in recent memory have had so many talking points. But feel free to chat about today's events as well, via text on 81111 and on 606 too.
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1300: It's a good job Stevo's Predos aren't as accurate as the Uefa website's, because the BBC would find itself at the centre of all sorts of conspiracy theories. Thankfully, none of the following will happen:
Blackburn 1-1 Portsmouth
Bolton 1-2 Sunderland
Everton 2-3 Tottenham
Fulham 2-1 Aston Villa
Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
West Brom 2-0 Wigan
West Ham 1-3 Liverpool
Lawro's predictions

1256: But we're not just about the Premier League and the SPL, oh no. Millwall and Leeds are right at this very moment doing battle in their League One play-off semi-final. Updates as and when things happen at a noisy New Den.
Live text - Millwall v Leeds

1253: There's a very, very important game going on in Scotland right now, as Rangers, on 76 points, host Celtic, on 77 points, at Ibrox. It's 0-0, but surely it won't be for long.
Live text - Rangers v Celtic

1250: The show does go on, in the shape of another critical day of Premier League action. Something concrete could actually happen - West Brom, having spent a season trying to play football the right way, could get relegated.

1245: Recovered from Wednesday? No, didn't think so. I haven't either - I don't imagine we ever will. But, to quote the great Freddie Mercury*, the show must go on.

* Yeah, quite pleased with that tenuous Barcelona link, to be honest.

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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
West Ham 0-3 Liverpool
09 May 09 |  Premier League
Hull City 1-2 Stoke
09 May 09 |  Premier League
Bolton 0-0 Sunderland
09 May 09 |  Premier League
West Brom 3-1 Wigan
09 May 09 |  Premier League
Blackburn 2-0 Portsmouth
09 May 09 |  Premier League
Fulham 3-1 Aston Villa
09 May 09 |  Premier League
Everton 0-0 Tottenham
09 May 09 |  Premier League
Rangers 1-0 Celtic
09 May 09 |  Scottish Premier
Burnley 1-0 Reading
09 May 09 |  Championship
Millwall 1-0 Leeds
09 May 09 |  League One

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