Saturday football as it happened

As it happened

By Tom Rostance - BBC Sport

In summary

  • Six Premier League games at 1500 GMT
  • FT: Arsenal 2-0 WBA,
  • FT: Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke
  • FT: Southampton 1-0 Reading
  • FT: Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea
  • Torres scores twice for Chelsea
  • FT: Swans 3-4 Norwich
  • FT: Wigan 2-2 QPR

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  1. 1923

    Right, that's it for tonight. Get yourselves plenty of rest and join us for all the big action tomorrow. See you there.

  2. 1920 5-live
    BBC Radio 5 live

    On Sunday at 1300 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live, John Murray, Mark Lawrenson, and ex-Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson will be bringing full build-up to the Manchester derby, with updates to follow once the game kicks-off.

    Former winger Kevin Kilbane will then be at Goodison Park alongside Conor McNamara as the pair provide commentary on Everton's game against Tottenham from 1500.

    If you would prefer to listen to commentary of Liverpool's game at West Ham, Alan Green, Ian Brown and Dean Kiely will guide you through all the action from 1555 at Upton Park on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  3. 1918

    Tomorrow promises much. The Manchester derby is about as big as it gets at the minute. Here's what we've got planned:

  4. 1918 nigel_adderley
    Wigan 2-2 QPR MOTD's Nigel Adderley at the DW Stadium

    "Mixed emotions for Queens Park Rangers, but Harry Redknapp knows his side must start winning games soon if they are to climb away from trouble. Djibril Cisse's goal put them within sight of a first win this season only for poor defending to allow Wigan back in."

  5. 1917 roder,john
    Swansea 3-4 Norwich MOTD's John Roder at the Liberty Stadium

    "What an astonishing game. There were nine goals shared between these two sides in their two meetings last season, but sevenm more today. Michu, who is still on fire, grabbed two including a late consolation, but it's Robert Snodgrass's second-half free-kick that separates the sides."

  6. 1916 pearce,jonathan
    Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Stadium of Light

    "Chelsea made harder work of it than they would have liked in the end but Fernando Torres was brave to take the penalty.

    "Sunderland, after being outgunned in midfield to start with, made a game of it despite being 3-0 down. Adam Johnson scored a good goal but they couldn't fight back."

  7. 1916 hi009932071
    Southampton 1-0 Reading MOTD's Steve Wilson at St Mary's

    "Southampton were certainly the better team and deserved the win, which they got through a good goal by Jason Puncheon. He was also unlucky to have a goal disallowed for the slightest of touches from Maya Yoshida on the Reading goalkeeper.

    "Reading had a big shout for two penalties in the first half but it appears Southampton have turned the corner. But for Reading, it looks like this will be a long season."

  8. 1915
    Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke

    MOTD commentator Martin Fisher at Villa Park: "Most of us thought it would be tight and probably goalless - and that's how it proved. All Villa's chances fell to Christian Benteke but great blocks by Stoke's defence kept him out. Darren Bent came on for the last 20 minutes but hardly had a sniff. As for Stoke, 90 minutes and not a single shot to test Brad Guzan. This is one best forgotten."

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    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom MOTD's John Motson at the Emirates

    "The referee will be questioned over two important decisions leading to the penalties. But it is three defeats in a row for West Brom, while Arsenal are back on track."

  10. 1913

    So that is that for today's action - here's a reminder of how the Premier League games finished up...

  11. 1913
    FULL-TIME Wolves 1-0 Birmingham

    Relief all round for Wolves. A thoroughly deserved win.

  12. 1905
    FINAL FIVE

    Kevin Doyle heads a corner wide. Wolves still can't find the second goal as we tick into the final five minutes.

  13. 1903
    SUBSTITUTION

    Change for Wolves - Jermaine Pennant is on for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Still this game is not beyond Birmingham's reaches.

  14. 1901

    Eight minutes remain at Molineux. This is the biggest 1-0 hiding I've seen in a while.

  15. 1852

    A Swansea City fan has been arrested over allegations of racial abuse towards a Norwich player at the Liberty Stadium, the club has confirmed.

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton said a racial gesture had been made towards Cameroon international defender Sebastien Bassong during Saturday's Premier League match.

  16. 1849

    Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland is forced to make another decent save at his near post from a header from a corner. With 20 minutes to go the danger is that Birmingham may sneak a leveller here. They should be dead and buried.

  17. 1844
    Aston Villa 0-0 Stoke

    Journalists have been quizzing Villa boss Paul Lambert again about his decision not to play Darren Bent from the start today. They were given short shrift.

    He said: "Listen, I'm going to stop you. I ain't answering any more questions on it.

    "I told you, I answered about 305 the other night. I'm not answering anymore."

  18. 1841

    Some more classic Ian Holloway. The new Crystal Palace manager was not happy with the reaction of some of Blackpool's staff during the 2-2 draw between the sides. Holloway of course took Blackpool into the top flight.

    He said: "They were delighted at the end but I didn't like the reaction of one of the men on their bench.

    "One of the new fellas looked straight at me when they equalised.

    "It's a war out there and I carried my shield very proud. He didn't stare me out - no one can stare me out."

  19. 1840
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Incredible. Roger Johnson thumps a volley against the crossbar from another Wolves corner. Birmingham somehow holding on. The floodgates are about to open though - surely?

  20. 1838

    Wolves close again! Bakary Sako wriggles his way into the penalty area, cuts back on to his left foot and smashes a rising drive just over the bar. This could be four or five nil by now.

  21. 1834
    CLOSE!

    Kevin Doyle is next to threaten for Wolves, firing wide from 25 yards after a strong run through the Birmingham defence. The Blues are rattled here, without a doubt.

  22. 1828
    CLOSE!

    Wolves have come out at 100mph for the second half. A corner is helped on at the near post and Christophe Berra arriving at pace at the back stick volleys high into the stands.

  23. 1827

    Bjorn Sigurdarson finds himself clean through for Wolves in the opening seconds of the half, he dawdles and Jack Butland stands up well to save his shot easily. The jeers of the home crowd are eased somewhat by the lifting of an offside flag against the Icelandic striker.

  24. 1824
    KICK-OFF Wolves 1-0 Birmingham

    The second half is under way.

  25. 1824
    SUBSTITUTION

    Change for Birmingham at the break as Ravel Morrison comes on for Jonathan Spector.

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