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PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow all the action from Aston Villa, Blackburn, Fulham and Manchester City

19 Dec 2009 17:01:53

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow all the action from Aston Villa, Blackburn, Fulham and Manchester City

SCORESPortsmouth 2-0 Liverpool FTAston Villa 1-0 Stoke FTBlackburn 0-2 Tottenham FTFulham 3-0 Man Utd FTMan City 4-3 Sunderland FT 16.55  A DEJECTED MARK HUGHES WAVES TO THE CROWD AS HE TRUDGES OFF 16.50 MICHAEL TURNER SENT OFF Seven goals and now a red card. Sunderland defender caught Barry with his elbow. 16.45 ROVER AND OUT Blackburn go close. Nelsen heads the ball downwards but it goes over the bar 16.41 SPURS SCORE Crouch through one-on-one and easily beats Robinson. 16.40 SPURS GOAL DISALLOWED Crouch effort ruled out for offside. 16.38 PACK YOUR BAGS, MARK Manchester City to issue a statement at 7.30pm. 16.34 TAXI FOR FERGIE Duff with a stunning strike to make it 3-0 after 75 minutes. 16.30 SPURS ON COURSE Party-boy Keane comes on for Defoe. 16.25 ROQUE 2 Santa Cruz grabs his second to put City ahead again. Still 20 minutes to go, surely time for another five goals. 16.22 KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES Kenwyne makes 3-3 at Man City. Hughes must have that sinking feeling. He simply can't afford another draw. 16.20 VILLA AHEAD Slightly against the run of play. Young's cross deflected in by Carew. 16.19 UNITED MAKE CHANGES Berbatov and Fabio on for De Laet and Gibson. 16.16 VILLA STARTING TO FIND THEIR RANGE Young finds Carew on the edge of the box, the striker turns and shoots over the bar. 16.14 IT'S ALL WAY TRAFFIC... TO THE UNITED GOAL Gera shoots narrowly over the bar. 16.10 BLACKBURN GO CLOSE A mad scramble in the box and first McCarthy and then Di Santo waste great chances to score from close range. 16.08 FULHAM GO AERIAL Hodgson's men are loading high balls into the box to take advantage of United's lack of central defenders. 16.04 ZAMORA THE SCORER AGAIN Just 10 seconds into the second-half and Fulham have doubled their lead. United are all over the place at the back as Zamora outjumped Fletcher to plant a header past Kuszczak. 16.00 HT Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham Fulham 1-0 Man Utd Man City 3-2 Sunderland 15.50 FERGIE NEEDS TO TURN ON THE HAIR DRYER United have been woeful. 15.46 CROUCH LIFTS SPURS What was I saying. Huddlestone's poor effort spins out to Kranjcar on the right and his cross was headed in by Crounch. 15.42 NOT MUCH FESTIVE CHEER AT BLACKBURN Neither keeper has been troubled. Corluka booked for a late challenge on McCarthy. Read my lips: Fulham's former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has a Christmas message for United fans after opening the scoring 15.38 VALUE FOR MONEY AT CITY What a game. The money-men may not be happy but the fans can't complain about the entertainment value as Bellmay makes it fives goals in 35 minutes at Eastlands. Now would you get this with an Italian in charge? Chelsea fans can post their comments at the usual address. 15.34 FERGIE FUMING The United boss is turning purple on the touchline. His side have been lacklustre (again) and Scholes has been repeatedly robbed in possession. 15.32 STOKE GOAL DISALLOWED Huge let off for Villa. Sidibe heads the ball into the net but it's disallowed for a foul on Warnock. Harsh. 15.26 HESKEY OFF INJURED The Villa striker limps off and replaced by Carew. What have I done to deserve this?: Manchester City manager Mark Hughes appeals in vain 15.25 TAXI FOR HUGHES! Oh dear! It looked so good after 12 minutes but City's defensive problems could cost Mark Hughes his job. Chaos in the box from a corner, Toure misses his kick and Henderson smashes the ball into the net. 15.22 FULHAM AHEAD Scholes robbed by Murphy in the centre circle and the former Liverpool midfielder fires a 25-yard drive past Kuszczak into the bottom corner. 15.21 VILLA FRUSTRATED BY STOKE 15.20 FULHAM DENIED BY STUNNING KUSZCZAK SAVE Kuszczak keeps out Gera's powerful close-range volley to keep United on level terms. 15.16 HOLD ON, MANCINI Sunderland back in the game thanks to City's generosity. It's not clever defending at a corner and Mensah pulls one back. 15.12 HUGHES BEAMING Taxi for Mancini! Bellamy goes down under challenge from Nosworthy and penalty awarded. Soft one. Tevez keeps his cool as the ref has to deal with players pushing and shoving and fires his spot kick down the middle past Fulop. 15.10 SCHOLES BOOKED Trademark Scholes challenge - late, high and way off the ball - on Duff resulted in a yellow card. 15.05 PENALTY SHOUT FOR UNITED Valencia goes down under pressure from Konchesky but referee Webb waves play on. Close one. 15.04 MAN CITY AHEAD Massive boost for Mark Hughes. Roque Santa Cruz puts City ahead after just four minutes. A defensive lapse allowed Bellamy to pick out Cruz and he tapped the ball into an empty net. 15.03 DREAM START FOR PAUL HART QPR ahead after just two minutes against Sheffield United. 14.59 HUGHES ALL SMILES The Manchester City boss looks cool and calm despite speculation he's facing the axe with reports Roberto Mancini, the hot favourite to take over, has been spotted in the crowd at Eastlands. 14.45 VIDIC ADDS TO UNITED'S INJURY CRISIS Manchester United were forced to field a makeshift defence once again after Nemanja Vidic failed a fitness test on his calf strain so midfielder Michael Carrick and Ritchie de Laet were paired together at centre back. Captain Patrice Evra and Darren Fletcher filled the full-back slots with Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen starting in attack. Skipper Danny Murphy, winger Damien Duff and defender Brede Hangeland returned for Fulham following the 3-2 victory over Basle in midweek. 14.45 LIVERPOOL CRASH AGAIN Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez suffered a disastrous trip to Portsmouthafter Javier Mascherano was dismissed during a miserable 2-0 defeat at FrattonPark. Pompey's victory, with the goals coming from Nadir Belhadj and FredericPiquionne, will ignite hope of survival in the Barclays Premier League, whileLiverpool chances of finishing in the top four are uncertain - they missed achance to record back-to-back league wins for the first time since September. It means Avram Grant maintains his unbeaten record against Benitez afterrecording two wins and two draws during his time at Chelsea in the 2008 season. 14.35 SAME AGAIN FOR VILLA Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill kept faith with the players who defeated Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run to six games. In contrast, Stoke boss Tony Pulis made four changes - two of them enforced - from the line-up which had shared the spoils with visiting Wigan last weekend. The injured Ryan Shawcross and suspended Robert Huth plus the axed Rory Delap and Ricardo Fuller made Way for Danny Higginbotham, Glenn Whelan, Danny Collins and Mamady Sidibe. 14.32 ALLARDYCE MAKES WHOLESALE CHANGES Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce responded to the disappointing defeat at Birmingham by recalling Benni McCarthy, Vince Grella, Lars Jacobsen, Michel Salgado, David Hoilett and Franco Di Santo. Tottenham Manager Harry Redknapp named an unchanged side after the impressive victory over Man City. 14.30 ROBINHO AND ADEBAYOR DROPPED Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor were both dropped amid speculation Manchester City manager Mark Hughes must mastermind a win to save his job. There is some talk Hughes might be on his way anyway before Christmas Day. However, another defeat for a side that has won just once in 10 games would almost certainly seal his fate. Hughes knew drastic action was required - and he took it, leaving out a pair of strikers who cost City's Abu Dhabi-based owners £67.5million but were condemned for their poor performances at Tottenham in midweek. 14.26 TEAMS FROM MAN CITY Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Toure, Sylvinho, Ireland,Barry, Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Bellamy, Santa Cruz. Subs:Taylor, Zabaleta, Robinho, Petrov, Adebayor, Kompany, Weiss. Sunderland: Fulop, Nosworthy, Turner, Mensah, McCartney,Campbell, Henderson, Reid, Cattermole, Malbranque, Bent. Subs:Carson, Bardsley, Richardson, Murphy, Jones, Da Silva, Healy. Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands) 14.23 TEAMS FROM FULHAM Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff,Murphy, Baird, Gera, Dempsey, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler,Nevland, Riise, Etuhu, Smalling, Greening, Dikgacoi. Man Utd: Kuszczak, Fletcher, De Laet, Carrick, Evra, Valencia,Scholes, Anderson, Gibson, Owen, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Berbatov,Park, Tosic, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Obertan. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire) 14.18 TEAMS FROM ASTON VILLA Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock,Ashley Young, Milner, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs:Guzan, Sidwell, Carew, Delph, Reo-Coker, Beye, Collins. Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Collins, Abdoulaye Faye,Higginbotham, Whitehead, Diao, Whelan, Etherington, Sidibe,Sanli. Subs: Simonsen, Cort, Lawrence, Beattie, Fuller, Pugh,Delap. Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire) 14.16 TEAMS FROM BLACKBURN Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Nelsen, Givet, Chimbonda,Salgado, Nzonzi, Grella, Hoilett, McCarthy, Di Santo. Subs:Brown, Roberts, Pedersen, Andrews, Diouf, Kalinic, Jones. Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto,Lennon, Huddlestone, Palacios, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe. Subs:Alnwick, Hutton, Bale, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Rose. Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire) Calm down: Dirk Kuyt and Jamie Carragher of Liverpool show their frustration after a challenge on team mate Javier Mascherano


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