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Sunday's football as it happened

AET Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham MAN UTD WIN 4-1 ON PENALTIES

Aston Villa 2-2 Stoke
Bolton 1-0 Newcastle
Hull 1-2 Blackburn
West Ham 1-0 Man City


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By Caroline Cheese

1804: Time to go. My fingers are literally (not literally) about to drop off. Many, many thanks for your company through this epic day of football. Congratulations Manchester United. World Club Cup, Carling Cup down, Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup to go. Very hard luck Spurs. See you on Tuesday for some midweek Premier League tomfoolery.

1801: And of course, Manchester United's win opens up another spot in the Europa League (Uefa Cup) for a Premier League side. Losing Carling Cup finalists don't qualify - which will please Harry Redknapp, who isn't such a fan anyway. Good news for the likes of Everton and Arsenal.

1759: Harry Redknapp says "Middlesbrough must be sitting at home laughing" as he bemoans fatigue and injuries among his squad. Spurs, two points above the relegation zone, host Boro in a crucial game on Wednesday.

1757: "I thought we were terrific. Penalties are a lottery. I looked and we weren't that confident with our penalty-takers really. That's how it goes. I felt we didn't deserve to lose. We were fantastic."
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

1756: There go the champagne corks and Fergie looks none too pleased to be hit by some stray bubbly.

1754: "Glory Glory Man United" rings out at Wembley. Next up for United, a trip to Newcastle on Wednesday where victory will give them a 10-point lead in the Premier League.

1752: A smiling Wayne Rooney looks on like a proud dad as the United's squad take turns to lift the trophy. But the biggest cheer is reserved for Sir Alex Ferguson, who wins the League Cup for the third time. He is now one behind record-holder Brian Clough and level with Bob Paisley and George Graham.

1751: Captain for the day Rio Ferdinand leads his players up, kisses the trophy once and lifts it above his head.

1751: "Anderson buries that final penalty and the celebrations start - rather belatedly as some United players seem unsure that they are actually victorious. Tough on Spurs after a game in which both sides were equally matched, denying them a repeat of last year's triumph - but it is a real glory day for United keeper Ben Foster, who will have impressed watching England coach Fabio Capello. United have the Carling Cup in the bag - and can now turn their attentions to the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League after an almost perfect weekend."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1749: Number two of five possible trophies for Manchester United, but it didn't come easy. For the second Carling Cup final in a row, Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara is in tears. Last year, he missed out on the squad. This year, he misses a penalty.

1748: "We're in the running for a good season if we carry on like this. This was a hard game. The pitch was heavy which didn't help. Both teams kept at it. We're happy we've done it."
Man Utd assistant Mike Phelan

1746: "You've got to give credit to our lads who kept super cool heads to put the penalties away. I felt good from the start. It's great for the gaffer to give me a start today."
Man Utd keeper Ben Foster

1744: Never looked like being Spurs' day after Ben Foster saved Jamie O'Hara's first spot-kick. The United keeper receives all the plaudits from his team-mates. He had an excellent game after an early rush of blood to the head.


GIGGS SCORES Man Utd 1-0 Spurs
O'HARA MISSES Man Utd 1-0 Spurs (save by Foster)
TEVEZ SCORES Man Utd 2-0 Spurs
CORLUKA SCORES Man Utd 2-1 Spurs
RONALDO SCORES Man Utd 3-1 Spurs
BENTLEY MISSES Man Utd 3-1 Spurs (goes wide)

1738: Manchester United win the toss to decide which end the penalties are taken at, and it looks like Rio Ferdinand has also won the toss to decide who goes first. It will be Ryan Giggs.

1737: Heurelho Gomes is all smiles as he receives a few good-luck handshakes from his team-mates. The Brazilian gives United counterpart Ben Foster a brief hug before they take their positions. Foster urges the United fans to ramp up the noise.

1734: I can hardly bear the tension so I can only imagine what it's like on the pitch. These two teams have never faced each other in a shoot-out. I really don't know who my money's on.


1732: "Two exhausted sides, both now almost waiting for the last refuge of penalties after Darren Bent and Patrice Evra come desperately close to scoring the one goal that will settle it. It has not been a game to savour, but no-one can doubt the endeavour on show from both Spurs and United."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1731: Those players who aren't in the squads today are all standing at the end of the tunnel, looking on tensely. Wayne Rooney is kicking every ball.

1730: Three minutes of added time to be played.

1729: A linesman limps off to be replaced by... another linesman.

1729: Patrice Evra smacks a ferocious shot just over for United. Sweet strike.

1726: Luka Modric cuts in from the left but his shot is well blocked by Rio Ferdinand. The ball comes to Darren Bent. Low effort past the defender but Ben Foster sees it coming and closes his legs to keep it out.

1725: Michael Dawson is back on now and looks to have shaken off the cramp - for now.

1723: Michael Dawson is eventually hauled to his feet but he is struggling big time. The stretcher comes on, but he does manage to hobble off the pitch. Spurs don't have any subs left so he'll be sent back on - whatever state he's in.

1721: Carlos Tevez drives a shot over from the edge of the box. Tottenham defender Michael Dawson is down with cramp.

1718: And now Paul Scholes gets his customary yellow card for a mistimed tackle - on Gareth Bale. David Bentley floats the free-kick onto the roof of the net, with Ben Foster watching it all the way.

1717: Jamie O'Hara's long-range strike is blocked by Paul Scholes but the ball comes straight back to him. His next effort goes miles over the bar.

1715: Quick turnaround and United kick off the second half of extra time. Game being played at a snail's pace.


1712: Carlos Tevez heads Patrice Evra's cross just wide of the post, with Heurelho Gomes scrambling across.

1711: Gareth Bale takes advantage of the tired legs with a promising run from midfield, but with Darren Bent screaming for the pass, the Welshman overruns the ball and United recover.

1710: "Gareth Bale's introduction for Jermaine Jenas looks to be a ploy by Harry Redknapp to offer greater protection to Benoit Assou-Ekotto against the increasing influence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Lots of tired legs and players showing signs of fatigue and cramp - no surprise Aaron Lennon is suffering and has been replaced by David Bentley, because he not stopped running all afternoon."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1709: Actually, maybe it's not cramp. Lennon won't be able to continue. He gets a very warm round of applause from the Spurs fans as he is replaced by David Bentley.

1708: Aaron Lennon suddenly pulls up with what looks like a touch of cramp. As the physio comes on, a lot of players are resting on their haunches.

1706: Harry Redknapp does make his second change, Jermaine Jenas trotting off to be replaced by Gareth Bale. Hard-working shift from Jenas today.

1703: Nani jinks left and right before shooting low straight at Heurelho Gomes. Some tired-looking players out there. United have made all their changes now, but Harry Redknapp has two left.

1700: Danny the Stat... "Hello again. It's largely as you were (see 1555) on the Player Rater. Aaron Lennon remains very much "the man" with 7.40, way clear of second-placed Rio Ferdinand (6.81). I would suggest there is still some sort of hero waiting in the wings. If you know who it'll be, or even if you don't, why not vote like some kind of fury..."
Carling Cup final Player Rater

1659: "Re 1651: My mate's an Arsenal fan and he celebrated more than I did!"
Steve, Stoke, via text on 81111

1658: "Cristiano Ronaldo almost gave 88,000 people inside Wembley an earlier night there with that last-minute shot - but it would have been hard on Spurs to lose in that fashion at that stage. The sight of Les Ferdinand on the giant screens provokes a huge roar from the Spurs fans, and how they could do with "Sir Les" in his prime after watching Roman Pavlyuchenko meander through this final. Ryan Giggs, inevitably, is introduced - will all that guile and experience make the difference?"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1658: And we're off.

1657: Ryan Giggs will replace Darron Gibson for extra time at Wembley. United inches away from winning it in normal time through that ferocious Ronaldo strike.

1654: Unbelievable finishes at both games. Glenn Whelan's last-gasp strike puts a small dent in Villa's Champions League hopes, with the gap between them and Arsenal staying at six points. Stoke stay in the bottom three but they are level on points with Boro in 18th and Blackburn above that.

1653: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-2 Stoke

1653: FULL-TIME Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

1653: Oh. So. Close. Cristiano Ronaldo hammers a shot onto the post and the ball comes back out to Nani, who sidefoots wide.

1651: GOAL Aston Villa 2-2 Stoke
Incredible strike. A long ball into the box comes out to Glenn Whelan, who smashes a half-volley back past Brad Friedel.

1650: We're into three minutes of added time at Wembley. Massive roar from the Spurs fans to greet that news.

1647: GOAL Aston Villa 2-1 Stoke
James Beattie crosses from the right and Ryan Shawcross heads in to give Stoke some hope.

1646: Unlucky Stoke. Glenn Whelan hits the inside of the post with a left-foot drive from 25 yards.

1645: Patrice Evra goes over clutching his ankle after Luka Modric wins the ball and hardly seems to make any contact with the United left-back. Referee Chris Foy gives United the free-kick anyway. Cristiano Ronaldo hammers it into the wall, leaving Jamie O'Hara rolling about on the turf.

1642: The attendance at Wembley today is officially 88,217. They could be in for a bonus extra half-hour at this rate. Seven minutes 'til the 90.

1639: GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Stoke
That's a remarkable goal. John Carew has his back to goal as Stiliyan Petrov's hopeful ball comes to the edge of the box but the big striker side-foot-volleys it first time over Steve Simonsen. Carew looks like he can hardly believe it himself as he celebrates.

1638: "Ferguson has clearly taken note of an increased attacking threat from Spurs in the last few minutes, so we have the outstanding central defensive partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic re-united with the Serbian's introduction as a substitute. Vidic will give United greater potency at set pieces, but the Spurs fans inside Wembley are sounding more hopeful in these closing stages."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1635: Nemanja Vidic comes on for John O'Shea, who gets some boos from the Spurs fans after escaping a second booking earlier. At Villa Park, Emile Heskey limps off to be replaced by John Carew.

1634: Anderson has a go from 20 yards, his curling shot bouncing in front of Heurelho Gomes but the Spurs keeper is equal to it.

1630: What a chance. Luka Modric steps over the cross from Benoit Assou-Ekotto and it comes to Aaron Lennon, whose shot is brilliantly saved by Ben Foster.

1629: Stoke are pushing for an equaliser at Villa Park, showing much more attacking endeavour. Ricardo Fuller spun and volleyed just over the bar moments ago.

1626: A moment of huge controversy at Wembley. Cristiano Ronaldo is running across the edge of the box from right to left. He touches the ball on and is brought down by Ledley King. Chris Foy books Ronaldo for diving, infuriating the winger. "That was a stone, cold penalty," remarks Mark Lawrenson on BBC 5 Live.

1624: Jamie O'Hara is coming on for the hapless Roman Pavlyuchenko. He'll play on the left and Luka Modric will support Darren Bent.

1622: John O'Shea - already on a yellow card - is very late on Luka Modric and the Spurs fans react. Chris Foy keeps his cards in his pockets and O'Shea is a lucky, lucky boy.

1621: "Increased tempo from both sides after the break and Ferguson has wasted no time in making the change - and no surprise that it is the youngster Welbeck who is removed. He has had a tough time, and for all his endeavour has not looked like unsettling Ledley King and Michael Dawson. Tevez is now in a central role alone, with Nani and Ronaldo employed on the flanks. Giggs still in reserve but sure to be called on if the stalemate remains."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1621: Corner cleared to Jonny Evans. His shot is going wide but Carlos Tevez tries to turn it in - narrowly past the post.

1619: Driving run from Didier Zokora through midfield and the ball comes to Roman Pavlyuchenko on the edge of the box, but he slices an awful shot high and wide. Not been one of the Russian's best days.

1617: Looks like United will play Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo either side of Carlos Tevez in a 4-3-3. John O'Shea is booked for a challenge on Luka Modric.

1615: A first change from United as Anderson joins the action. Danny Welbeck gets an appreciative smack on the back of the head from Sir Alex Ferguson as he comes off. I think it was appreciative anyway.

1615: Ricardo Fuller comes on for Stoke just three weeks after dislocating his shoulder. Danny Pugh off.

1614: Luka Modric whips a dangerous free-kick in from the left but Rio Ferdinand gets to his head to it, with Ben Foster nowhere near.

1611: "The longer it stays 0-0, the more chance Spurs have of winning it. I reckon Pav or Modric will win it!"
Conor in Belfast, via text on 81111

1609: I wouldn't like to be sitting next to Harry Redknapp right now. The Spurs boss is furious after seeing Roman Pavlyuchenko hit one of the worst free-kicks I have ever seen. From 35 yards, the Russian smashes the ball high into the stands.

1608: Promising break for United and Cristiano Ronaldo cuts the ball back - but it's behind Danny Welbeck.

1606: Cristiano Ronaldo sends a free-kick high and wide. No need for Heurelho Gomes to worry about that one. The cameras find Wayne Rooney standing at the end of the tunnel, sharing a joke with Ryan Giggs.

1605: But there is a change at Villa Park where Steve Simonsen replaces Thomas Sorensen in the Stoke goal. Under way at both games now.

1603: Back come the players for the second half at Wembley. No changes I don't think.

1558: Here's a stat that's too hot even for Danny: Spurs have won five of their six League Cup meetings with Man United.

1555: And now over to Danny the Stat... "Thank you Cheesy. Here's some information on Spurs' winger Aaron Lennon. He's fast, he's tricky - and he's the only player to "break the seven" (that'll definitely catch on) on Player Rater during the first half at Wembley. His score is 7.26 and everyone - quite literally everyone - else has got six-point-something. Not everyone, mind, Ben Foster's got 5.73. And John O'Shea's got 5.72. Get involved."
Player Rater

1553: "Agh! Gibson keeps giving the ball away and its really annoying me! Make him stop Cheesy!"
Anon via text on 81111
Leave it with me

1550: "This final has fizzled out after a promising start, but Spurs may actually be happy with that because it has allowed them to get more of a foothold on the game. United youngster Danny Welbeck is struggling to make an impact up front against the physical presence of Michael Dawson and Ledley King - but this is a massive step up for the youngster so he deserves a measure of sympathy. Sir Alex Ferguson must be seriously considering the early introduction of the guile and experience of Ryan Giggs after the interval. Spurs, for their part, will be desperately hoping to make more of a series of promising openings down the flanks."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1548: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke

1548: HALF-TIME Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham

1547: What a pass from Luka Modric, turning the ball round the corner for Aaron Lennon on the right. The winger's cross is turned behind by Rio Ferdinand. Promising from Spurs though.

1545: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke
James Milner picks out Stiliyan Petrov just inside the box. The shot is swiftly-struck and fierce - but it seems to go through Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen. Still, that should force Stoke to come out and play. They have looked happy enough containing their opponents until now.

1543: Didier Zokora fakes to cross, completely fooling Jonny Evans, and gets to the touchline - but his actual cross is awful.

1541: Stoke striker James Beattie goes sliding towards the advertising hoardings as he tries to prevent the ball going out of play. He gets a big cheer from the Villa fans and gets up and bows. Aaah, the lighter side of football...

1536: John O'Shea clatters into the back of Darren Bent and it looks like he's on his final warning from ref Chris Foy. Promising free-kick for Spurs. Luka Modric's effort is easily cleared by the United defence, but Spurs win the ball back. Aaron Lennon whips over a lovely left-wing cross but Roman Pavlyuchenko heads high and wide at the near post.

1535: Villa winger Ashley Young is booked for dissent after failing to win a throw-in.

1533: That's tracking back for you. Carlos Tevez robs Luka Modric right by the corner flag as the Spurs winger looks to make room for the cross.

1533: Emile Heskey is inches away from connecting with a dangerous, low cross from Gareth Barry. Seconds later, Zat Knight heads onto the roof of the net from James Milner's cross.

1532: "If Cristiano Ronaldo is Manchester United's biggest attacking threat, then Spurs are getting some joy of their own down the right flank with a couple of flashes from Aaron Lennon. Lennon's main flaw in his career so far has been a lack of end product, so Spurs will be hoping this will be one of those days when he delivers. Ryan Giggs has been sent for a trot down the touchline after Carlos Tevez took a knock, but the Argentine looks to have run off his problems."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1530: Luka Modric sets up Darren Bent, whose shot clips off Jonny Evans on the way through but Ben Foster reacts well.

1530: "Re 1525: Ferdinand thinks he is Super John Terry!!"
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1529: Big cheer from the Spurs fans after Cristiano Ronaldo bamboozles Benoit Assou-Ekotto with some tricks but then sees his cross blocked by the Tottenham defender.

1525: From the corner, the ball comes out to Rio Ferdinand, who nonchalantly controls it on his knee and volleys narrowly over.

1524: Cristiano Ronaldo gives Benoit Assou-Ekotto a head start but still manages to outpace the Spurs left-back and get on the end of Darron Gibson's ball over the top. Cross blocked.

1519: What are you up to Ben Foster? Vedran Corluka finds Aaron Lennon's run on the right and the United keeper comes chasing out of his goal. Completely unnecessary. Lennon squares the ball but Rio Ferdinand manages to get the block in as Roman Pavlyuchenko looks to convert.

1517: What a game this is so far. Very open. Nani cuts in from the left, but Heurelho Gomes pushes his low strike around the post.

1517: "Carlos Tevez has made a lively start for United, but their main source of joy has to be the possibility of getting Cristiano Ronaldo up against Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Much flailing of arms from Ronaldo after his Portugal team-mate Nani declined to find him in huge open spaces on the right flank."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1516: Darron Gibson stumbles over the ball and Jermaine Jenas sends Darren Bent away, but the striker runs into trouble as he waits for support.

1515: Crikey, that was close. Darron Gibson fizzes a shot millimetres over the bar, Heurelho Gomes at full stretch.

1514: Villa defender Curtis Davies loses the ball briefly on the edge of the box and Mamady Sidibe gets a sight of goal but Davies recovers to get the block in.

1512: "I don't care how much Wembley cost, it was worth every penny. What an awesome sight!"
Ed via text on 81111

1509: Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen bravely dives at the feet of Gabby Agbonlahor as the Villa striker attempts to convert Luke Young's cross. The ex-Villa keeper is OK though.

1508: An awful ball from Benoit Assou-Ekotto lets United in and Carlos Tevez plays the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo, whose shot is straight down Heurelho Gomes' throat.

1506: Didier Zokora is already on his final warning after his second foul in as many minutes, clipping Carlos Tevez's heel. Cristiano Ronaldo takes the kick, smashing it over the bar.

1504: Manchester United enjoy a prolonged spell of possession in the first two minutes, but the ball eventually tolls harmlessly though to Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes. Tottenham fans making their presence known at Wembley with a very slow - almost hymn-like - version of "Oh when the Spurs go marching in..."

1502: And off we go at Wembley.

1501: Villa Park is more punctual than Wembley. They're off and running already.

1459: A rendition of the national anthem at Wembley and we're just moment away from kick-off.

1458: Bolton cling on for victory despite a frantic finish and move up to 10th ahead of Manchester City. Newcastle just two points clear of the relegation zone, with Manchester United heading for St James' Park on Wednesday.

1456: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-0 Newcastle

1455: Big flames go up at Wembley as Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp lead the teams out at Wembley. It is the first time Manchester United and Spurs have contested a major cup final.

1453: Interesting way of showing the team line-ups at Wembley. Some people wearing black coats walk across the middle of the pitch, each carrying a big sign with a player's name on and a big black balloon above it. I think that's what just happened. It seems unreal now.

1451: Four minutes of added time at Bolton and the first of them is used up by Jonas Gutierrez getting a yellow card for dissent.

1450: First-time shot by Peter Lovenkrands but it's on his wrong foot, and his right-foot effort fizzes wide of the post.

1450: "Re 1441: at least you have a goal to sit back on."
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1447: "Lively atmosphere at Wembley - and despite Sir Alex Ferguson fielding what could be a termed a weakened side, there is still enough quality on show to serve a showpiece final well. Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp will be hoping his decision to rest players in the Uefa Cup meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk will be rewarded with the retention of the Carling Cup. Spurs fans have a flag on every seat to whip up an atmosphere that actually does not need whipping up. Bit contrived."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1443: Decent spell from Newcastle as they try to salvage something. Eight minutes remaining.

1441: "Pathetic from Bolton. They get a goal and then just sit back on it."
Anon via text on 81111

1440: Wayne Rooney is apparently suffering from a virus which is why he doesn't even make the bench for Manchester United at Wembley.

1438: The Newcastle fans are none too pleased to see Oba Martins taken off. "You don't know what you're doing" is the shout. Mark Viduka is on.

1437: Big, big shout for handball at the Reebok after Jlloyd Samuel throws himself in the way of Fabricio Coloccini's shot. It definitely struck his arm, but it was at very close range. He had his arms out though, so he's lucky to get away with that.

1435: Blackburn climb out of the bottom three after that win at plummeting Hull, sending Boro back in. Phil Brown's side are three points away from the drop zone. West Ham move up to seventh with a deserved victory over Manchester City.

1433: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Stoke
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill returns to his first-choice line-up after resting eight players for the Uefa Cup in midweek, while Stoke bring Ibrahima Sonko in for Abdoulaye Faye, name Ricardo Fuller on the bench and are without suspended duo Matthew Etherington and Rory Delap.

1429: TEAMS Aston Villa v Stoke
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Knight, Davies, Luke Young, Milner, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Harewood, Carew, Delfouneso, Reo-Coker, Shorey, Gardner.
Stoke: Sorensen, Shawcross, Sonko, Higginbotham, Wilkinson, Diao, Amdy Faye, Pugh, Lawrence, Beattie, Sidibe. Subs: Simonsen, Cort, Whelan, Cresswell, Fuller, Kelly, Camara.

1428: FULL-TIME Hull 1-2 Blackburn

1426: TEAMS Man Utd v Tottenham
Man Utd: Foster, O'Shea, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Ronaldo, Scholes, Gibson, Nani, Tevez, Welbeck. Subs: Kuszczak, Anderson, Giggs, Park, Vidic, Possebon, Eckersley.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Zokora, Modric, Bent, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Alnwick, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Gunter, Taarabt, O'Hara.

1425: FULL-TIME West Ham 1-0 Man City

1425: Nicky Barmby's fierce low shot is kept out by Jason Brown.

1422: Five minutes of stoppage time at the KC. Manchester City have a free-kick, but Robinho won't be taking it. He is being helped off the pitch with an injury. Elano takes over and sees his effort come off Lucas Neill's head and go inches wide.

1420: Valeri Bojinov comes on for Manchester City, his first appearance since the Uefa Cup qualifier against Midtjylland in August and his fifth in total.

1419: Hull throwing bodies forward at the KC in search of an equaliser. Two minutes plus stoppages remaining.

1413:Breaking team news from Wembley... Wayne Rooney does not feature for Manchester United. Jonathan Woodgate is out for Tottenham with an Achilles injury, so Ledley King and Michael Dawson start in defence. Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko will lead the Spurs frontline.

1411: "Who needs Craig Bellamy?' sing the happy Hammers fans. It's livewire Savio who is causing a buzz at Upton Park."
BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at West Ham

1410: GOAL Hull 1-2 Blackburn
Eleven minutes remaining and Hull have a lifeline. SkipperIain Ashbee fires in his first Premier League goal from Bernard Mendy's cross.

1406: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Newcastle
Ricardo Gardner is only just on as a sub and Newcastle don't appear to have noticed. They don't track his run into the area, leaving him free to knock in Matt Taylor's cross with his first touch.

1405: They're back under way ay Bolton. At Upton Park, Felipe Caicedo wastes a golden opportunity draw City level. The Ecuadorian rides a weak Matthew Upson challenge but lashes his shot into the side netting.

1402: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Man City
West Ham get the goal their play has deserved and it's sub Savio who surges at the Man City defence and forces Shay Given to make an athletic save, the ball rebounding for Jack Collison to expertly send the ball over Given and into the City net.

1401: RED CARD Blackburn
Now we're 10 v 10. Morten Gamst Pedersen catches Kamil Zayatte late and that's his second yellow card.

1359: "The Hull match will probably see the end of them in the Premier League. It looks more likely than ever all the promoted teams from last year are going down. It's a shame as Stoke and Hull have made it more interesting. I just cannot see any of the other teams, maybe apart from Newcastle, still struggling in another 5-6 games."
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1357: Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy will not be scoring against another of his former clubs. The former West Ham striker is taken off to be replaced by Elano.

1354: RED CARD Hull
Dean Marney and Morten Gamst Pederson go for an aerial challenge, and as the Hull midfielder gets to his feet, he aims a kick at Pedersen. Referee Martin Atkinson quickly - and predictably - gets out the red card. Pedersen gets a yellow for the initial challenge.

1352: El-Hadji Diouf heads a left-wing cross back across goal for Roque Santa Cruz, whose nods just wide. No sign of a Hull recovery and this would be their 11 league game without a win.

1349: West Ham are on top at Upton Park, comfortably the better team. Classic away performance by Manchester City.

1348: HALF-TIME Bolton 0-0 Newcastle

1343: The Hull fans are FURIOUS, and so is Geovanni, as Phil Brown opts to take off the Brazilian. Geovanni turns and claps the home fans, promoting a massive cheer, but then the boos return and the striker sits on the bench and carries on ranting. Phil Brown must be feeling the heat as he stands motionless on the touchline. Nicky Barmby and Daniel Cousin are on, Kevin Kilbane the other player to make way.

1341: Vince Grella's well-struck shot is palmed away by Hull keeper Matt Duke.

1339:Danny the Stat has this to say (although it's not actually a stat or some Player Rater nonsense). "It's not just in England where the buzz is growing ahead of the Carling Cup final. Over in the Caribbean, Five Live summariser and West Indies cricket legend Colin Croft is wearing a Manchester United cap and a Manchester United top. "I wish I was at Wembley," says the former uber-fast bowling king.
Live text - West Indies v England

1336: The games at West Ham and Hull are back under way. Jason Brown replaces injured Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson, the 26-year-old making only his seventh appearance for the club.

1335: Newcastle coming into this game more and more. Jussi Jaaskelainen does well to palm away Obafemi Martins' header from a corner.

1334: Slaloming run by Peter Lovenkrands and he gets the shot away - left-footed of course - but it's a comfortable save for Jussi Jaaskelainen.

1332: "I have heard that Michael Dawson will start, so it's between Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate for a central defensive spot. If neither is fit, then Tom Huddlestone will probably slot into the back alongside Dawson."
Ian Dennis on BBC 5 Live

1328: "Re 1307: Regarding the second goal 'slicing' our defence open, it's amazing how easy that is once you drag down our centre back to the ground. Blatant foul."
Anon via text on 81111

1324: Turnstiles have just opened at Wembley, there are flags on every seat for the supporters.

1321: Kevin Davies plays in Matthew Taylor on the right but Johan Elmander's shot goes over the bar for Bolton.

1321: HALF-TIME West Ham 0-0 Man City

1319: HALF-TIME Hull 0-2 Blackburn

1317: Kevin Davies is brought down inside the box by Sebastien Bassong but Bolton's penalty appeal is turned down. And now Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson is hobbling after a 50-50 challenge with Hull's Michael Turner.

1316: Now, if you want cheering up after that sickening injury, head over to the BBC Sport football front page for a photo that just keeps on giving.

1313: Johan Elmander sparks some life into what has so far been a quiet match. The Swede barges through two Newcastle defenders and his shot from the byeline looks to be creeping in until Jose Enrique comes to Newcastle's rescue and clears it off the line.

1313: After a good five minutes of treatment, Valon Behrami is stretchered off. I will be very surprised if he is back on a football pitch this season. The replay - which is excruciating - shows Behrami getting his studs stuck in the turf as he is falling. Horrible. Could be knee and ankle problems. Savio replaces him.

1311: Very worrying scenes at West Ham where Behrami is being given oxygen. They haven't even started trying to put him on the stretcher.

1309: Valon Behrami is in all sorts of trouble at Upton Park. The Hammers midfielder got his studs stuck in the turf and that looks like a very, very bad knee injury.

1307: GOAL Hull 0-2 Blackburn
Blackburn slice the Hull defence open with almost embarrassing ease, Morten Gamst Pedersen touching the ball on for Stephen Warnock's run down the left. He squares for Keith Andrews to tap in Rovers' second in two minutes.

1305: GOAL Hull 0-1 Blackburn
Morten Gamst Pedersen's shot from the edge of the area takes a heavy deflection but Hull keeper Matt Duke should collect. Roque Santa Cruz nips in though, and lays the ball back to Stephen Warnock, who lashes the shot high into the unguarded goal.

1303: Another decent save from Paul Robinson, tipping over Geovanni's header. But the Hull man is offside. Robinson really is proving superb at saving goalbound shots that wouldn't have counted anyway.

1302: Just as they kick off at the Reebok Stadium, the news breaks that Bolton manager Gary Megson has agreed a new rolling contract.

1259: City keeper Shay Given collects at his near post from a well-struck Jack Collison shot.

1257: Out come the players at the Reebok in the 'teams formerly managed by Sam Allardyce' derby. Newcastle posted their first win in six games there last season - under Big Sam.

1255: Hull building a bit of pressure now. Kevin Kilbane is left completely unmarked at the far post as Nathan Doyle's right-wing cross comes over but the ball skips just past him.

1252: Shocking miss from Robinho, six yards out, poking the ball wide of Robert Green's left-hand post after great work from Craig Bellamy down the Man City left. It's the best chance of the game and the Brazilian really should have done better.

1252: Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson tips over brilliantly from Michael Turner's header - but referee Martin Atkinson spots a bit of pushing so it's a free-kick. Still a good save though.

1249: Geovanni has the ball in the net for Hull, but he's a yard offside as he latches onto a flick-on.

1248: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Newcastle
Bolton boss Gary Megson makes two changes to the side which beat West Ham last weekend, with former Newcastle player Andy O'Brien and Fabrice Muamba starting. Jonas Gutierrez and Obafemi Martins come in for Newcastle as assistant manager Chris Hughton makes two changes to the side which drew with Everton.

1246: Robinho flicks out a leg to try to divert Vincent Kompany's shot in but Hammers keeper Rob Green pulls off a magnificent save, low to his right. Micah Richards has been limping since that Scott Parker challenge and he can't continue. Felipe Caicedo is on. Pablo Zabaleta goes to right-back.

1245: Bernard Mendy swings a lovely crossfield ball over to Hull team-mate Geovanni but the Brazilian's first touch is horrendous and Paul Robinson can collect.

1243: Scott Parker won't let this lie, chipping away at Mike Dean over that booking. All very silly. Dean eventually calls over Hammers captain Lucas Neill to give him some friendly advice.

1241: Another booking, this time at Upton Park where Scott Parker slides in on Micah Richards very late. He is absolutely furious when he sees ref Mike Dean go to his pocket. I have no idea why.

1240: "Re 1231: is that sarcasm?"
From Steve in Leeds, via text on 81111
Yes. Sorry.

1236: "No Cousin? No Fagan? No Manucho? What's Phil Brown playing at?"
Rambo and James in a mardy in Morrisons car park, via text on 81111

1232: Stephen Warnock - playing in midfield for Blackburn today - receives a yellow card after 40 seconds for a foul on Bernard Mendy. Great work.

1231: We're off. Craig Bellamy getting a very warm reception back at Upton Park. As you would expect.

1229: TEAMS Bolton v Newcastle
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Mark Davies, McCann, Muamba, Taylor, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Al Habsi, Smolarek, Gardner, Puygrenier, Makukula, Shittu, Basham.
Newcastle: Harper, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Butt, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Martins. Subs: Forster, Cacapa, Smith, Geremi, Edgar, Viduka, Carroll.

1229: SUPERWHITEINEXILE on 606 is upset that I haven't mentioned Bolton v Newcastle yet. Give it time...

1227: Simultaneously, the teams wander out at the KC and Upton Park. Beautiful.

1225: "Re 1217: Equally huge game for Rovers! We're running out of these big games that we need to win."
Anon via text on 81111

1221: If you missed it, the Guardian yesterday reported that Manchester City have become so exasperated with Robinho's attitude that they're ready to flog him to Chelsea in the summer. He apparently told players during training recently that they should do more running for him.

1217: "Massive game for Hull today, could make or break our season."
Adam, Hull, via text on 81111

1213: For what it's worth, I've gone low on the 'number of goals sweepstake' today - on the basis that it will mean an avalanche. See how I think of you?

1207: Big breaking news from Upton Park. BBC 5 Live report that Robinho was wearing his club suit when he turned up, but his shirt was untucked and he was also sporting some shiny trainers. He's like a Brazilian Tucker isn't he? (sorry, readers under 25, that's not going make much sense to you. Ask an old person.)

1205: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Man City
West Ham make two changes from the side that crashed out of the FA Cup in midweek, with Jack Collison and David di Michele replacing Mark Noble, who is banned, and Freddie Sears. Manchester City bring in Nigel de Jong for the suspended Shaun Wright-Phillips in the only change from their Uefa Cup victory on Thursday, while injury-jinxed striker Valeri Bojinov is fit enough to be named on the City bench.

1202: Harry Redknapp and his Tottenham squad are staying at a hotel in Windsor - the same one Portsmouth stayed at before the FA Cup final last year. They've been for a walk down by the river this morning, and Redknapp is now wearing his whistle, complete with a lovely white rose. "This is massive for us," says 'Arry. "There's two competitions we're focused on - the Carling Cup and the Premier League. We want to win a trophy and stay in the league. That's all we've got left now."

1157: TEAM NEWS Hull v Blackburn
Hull make three changes from the team that lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham on Monday, having played almost a reserve team in the FA Cup on Thursday. Nathan Doyle, Bernard Mendy and Geovanni are all back in the side. Blackburn also played a second-string XI as they bowed out of the Cup in midweek, but they make only one change from the team that lost at Manchester United last weekend, with Christopher Samba replacing David Dunn and Stephen Warnock moving into midfield.

1156: TEAMS West Ham v Man City
West Ham: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Collison, Kovac, Di Michele, Cole. Subs: Lastuvka, Lopez, Nsereko, Spector, Sears, Stanislas, Payne.
Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, Zabaleta, De Jong, Kompany, Ireland, Bellamy, Robinho. Subs: Hart, Bojinov, Elano, Vassell, Garrido, Caicedo, Berti.

1155: TEAMS Hull v Blackburn
Hull: Duke, Doyle, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson, Mendy, Ashbee, Marney, Kilbane, Geovanni, Garcia. Subs: Myhill, Fagan, Barmby, Halmosi, Cousin, Manucho, Gardner.
Blackburn: Robinson, Ooijer, Nelsen, Samba, Givet, Diouf, Grella, Andrews, Warnock, Pedersen, Roque Santa Cruz. Subs: Brown, Kerimoglu, McCarthy, Mokoena, Treacy, Roberts, Villanueva.

1153: Ben Foster, Anderson, Nani and Carlos Tevez are also expected to be in Manchester United's line-up, while Spurs manager Harry Redknapp will pick his strongest possible side, which could include Ledley King.

1151: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already told Danny Welbeck and Darron Gibson they will start today's final. "We know what our priorities are," he says. "It is the Premier League and the Champions League. We have a game against Newcastle on Wednesday and that will be reflected in my team on Sunday."

1148: The other 1230 GMT kick-off sees West Ham host Manchester City. City, fresh from advancing to the last 16 of the Uefa Cup, could go seventh with victory over a side who have lost their last two in the league.

1143: Hull are without a league win since 10 December and are now just six points above today's opponents Blackburn. Sam Allardyce up against his old assistant at Blackpool and Bolton at the KC. Huge game for both sides.

1139: But we'll have to contain that Carling Cup final excitement for a little while, because we've got to get through some Premier League stuff first. Relegation battles, mid-table scraps, an attempt to consolidate a place in the top fourů it's all going on.

1137: "I am already so excited about today's fixtures, I'm relying on the 606 banter and live text to entertain me and stop me from getting depressed about the fact I'M WORKING ON CARLING CUP FINAL DAY!"
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1130: You won't find me taking the Carling Cup lightly. IT'S THE CARLING CUP FINAL! There. See?

Premier League table
Sunday, 3 November 2013 17:56 UK
    P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 10 13 25
2 Chelsea 10 8 20
3 Liverpool 10 7 20
4 Tottenham 10 4 20

5 Man City 10 17 19

6 Southampton 10 7 19
7 Everton 10 4 19
8 Man Utd 10 4 17
9 Newcastle 10 -2 14
10 Hull City 10 -2 14
11 West Brom 10 0 13
12 Cardiff 10 -4 12
13 Swansea 10 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -3 11
15 West Ham 10 0 10
16 Fulham 10 -5 10
17 Stoke 10 -4 9

18 Norwich 10 -14 8
19 Sunderland 10 -15 4
20 Crystal Palace 10 -15 3

see also
Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham (aet)
01 Mar 09 |  League Cup
Aston Villa 2-2 Stoke
01 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Bolton 1-0 Newcastle
01 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Hull 1-2 Blackburn
01 Mar 09 |  Premier League
West Ham 1-0 Man City
01 Mar 09 |  Premier League

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