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Sunday football as it happened


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By Jonathan Stevenson

1810: Lovely jubbly. Time to go, but not before I thank you for your contributions to today's football. You were more impressive than Burnley and Sunderland combined. Match of the Day 2 is on BBC Two and online at 2200 BST and don't forget to join the peerless Sammy Lyon for Man City v Wigan and Newcastle v Nottm Forest on Monday. I'm off to get that hour of sleep back. See you Tuesday.

From LFCfan128 on 606: "I think Spurs have a tough run-in and Villa look like they are knackered. I think City are favourites to get that 4th position but Liverpool will chase them until the last match of the season."

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres: "The main thing is we keep enjoying our football and keep scoring goals. I think I've scored better goals, but I hope the best are still to come. We have six games to play and must be as strong away as we are at home now. We can beat anyone."

From Anon, via text to 81111: "Why are people still berating Rafa for taking our best players off? We've won comfortably and we have a massive Europa League tie on Thursday, some people are never happy!"

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby: "Most of the Liverpool players played well, but Glen Johnson adds a lot going forward from that right-back position, scored the second and set up the third. Maxi Rodriguez also had his best game since joining the club. The confidence is back at Anfield."

Full time
1752: Full-time Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland
Just about as comprehensive a 3-0 win as you'll see in the Premier League. Liverpool send a message to their rivals that they are still very much in the running for fourth place, while Sunderland possibly need a couple more points to be assured of safety.

1750: Alberto Aquilani curls a shot into Craig Gordon's arms from 20 yards before up the other end Sunderland have their best moment, a fine low shot from 22 yards from Bolo Zenden that Pepe Reina gets down well to push away from his right-hand corner.

1749: Into injury time at Anfield and a game that was over many moons ago has about three more minutes left to run.

From The Kop Prophet on 606: "Rafa's caution strikes again. The race for fourth might come down to goal difference and he shuts up shop on 65 mins."

1745: Alan Green just said this sentence on BBC Radio 5 live: "What is Nabil El Zhar for?" I must admit, that did make me laugh. Kieran Richardson spanks another free-kick into The Kop.

1743: Liverpool are running down the clock here. If I was a Sunderland player, I'd be absolutely delighted to take a 3-0 - it could have been a whole lot worse.

From Michael McGill, Cheam, via text to 81111: "Why does Rafa always prevent his players from getting hat-tricks?!?"

1739: Kieran Richardson fires in a left-foot shot from 25 yards that flies narrowly wide of Pepe Reina's left-hand post. Nabil El Zhar comes on for Steven Gerrard, who has had a fabulous afternoon.

1736: Fernando Torres comes off for Liverpool to a standing ovation, depriving him of the chance to score the Reds' first hat-trick against Sunderland since Roger Hunt. David Ngog comes on, while Sunderland bring on Liverpool old boy Bolo Zenden for Jordan Henderson.

1733: Chance for Sunderland with a free-kick from 22 yards, but Darren Bent curls it up and over the crossbar by a fair distance. Disappointing.

1731: The ball falls perfectly for Fernando Torres on the edge of the Sunderland box, but he gets his shot all wrong and spanks it high and wide. No hat-trick - yet.

1729: Alberto Aquilani comes on for Dirk Kuyt for Liverpool, sparing me some embarrassment at least.

1728: Just over 20 minutes to go and it remains Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland at Anfield.

From Andy2806 on Twitter: "I can see Liverpool getting three more here. Goals for Kuyt, Gerrard, and Torres for his third. Will anyone bet against it?"
I will, Kuyt's rubbish today (cue four-minute hat-trick)

1723: Selfish from Dirk Kuyt there. A Ryan Babel ball along the Sunderland box is falling perfectly for Maxi Rodriguez on the right-hand side of the area and Kuyt can see him, but the Dutchman chases after it and on the spin blazes miles over.

1721: Ryan Babel holds off Phil Bardsley and then races past Michael Turner only to see his fierce shot from 18 yards well blocked by Anton Ferdinand. Liverpool are ominously stepping it up a little here.

Liverpool goal: Super cool finish and that really is game over. A ball into the Sunderland box is half headed away by Anton Ferdinand and Glen Johnson shows intelligence to play in Fernando Torres on the penalty spot, the striker showing great composure too to wait and then clip a shot into the corner of the net.

1718: GOAL Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

1717: Sunderland are doing a bit better this half, but then they couldn't play much worse. Liverpool have taken their foot off the accelerator a touch, but perhaps only for now.

From RedDevilHornetTommy on 606: "Anti-climax?! This has been the best season for ages! Title, last Champions League place and relegation battle all going down to the last day!"

1711: More poor defending from Sunderland as Paulo da Silva lets Glen Johnson in on the right of the Black Cats box, but the Paraguayan redeems himself with a great block from Fernando Torres' goalbound shot.

1710: Another change for the visitors as the ineffective Steed Malbranque is hauled off and Kenwyne Jones comes on for Sunderland.

1708: More great work from Steven Gerrard, who takes the ball around Lorik Cana with a cracking touch inside his own half before bursting forward and teeing up Fernando Torres down the right. His pass to the edge of the area is controlled by Ryan Babel and slammed over the bar from 18 yards.

1707: Early goal for Sunderland would make it interesting, though quite possibly not for me as I stand to lose £3.5m to a colleague if they win this match 3-2.

1704: Back under way at Anfield with Merseyside bathed in glorious sunshine. Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland. Oooh look, there's Pepe Reina. Sunderland bring Paulo da Silva on for Lee Cattermole.

From PeterScheMichaelOwenHargreaves on 606: "No it wouldn't be a massive anti-climax because many people (maybe even you) said that Liverpool would win it and Manchester United wouldn't even be in the title race."
Me? Heavens no. But then my predos are always rubbish.

From James, London, via text to 81111: "I've watched most Liverpool matches this season and this is the best we've played, including our win vs Man U. Shows what we can do without Lucas!"

1655: Question: would it be a massive anti-climax to this season if Manchester United won the Premier League and Liverpool finished fourth? Discuss...

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Liverpool have never dropped points in the Premier League while leading 2-0 at half time - 37 previous occasions."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby: "That is Liverpool's best 45 minutes of the season, I don't think there's much doubt about that. They could have had loads more and they might just get them in the second half."

Half time
1647: Half-time Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland
That is easily one of the most one-sided halves you will ever see in the Premier League. I don't think anyone would argue if Liverpool were 6-0 up right now. What does Steve Bruce do at the break?

1646: Into first-half stoppage time. If it was a boxing match, it would have been stopped ages ago.

1644: Michael Turner needs a momentary timeout after blocking a Daniel Agger shot after the defender's one-two with Steven Gerrard.

1643: Much, much better from Steven Gerrard as he rampages down the left and Sunderland cannot live with him, but he just cannot cut the ball back enough and Craig Gordon gathers. Might have been out of play anyway, but this is much more like it from the Reds skipper.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1640: It's unbelievable, this. It could honestly be 7-0 already. Liverpool attack again and from Dirk Kuyt's cut-back into the area Ryan Babel misses it, Fernando Torres fires against the post and from the rebound, the Spanish striker volleys into the ground and wide. Amazing.

1637: You do worry a bit for Sunderland here, especially after seeing what Chelsea did to Aston Villa yesterday. They just look utterly lifeless.

From misadventure on 606: "Torres is clearly a fantastic footballer, one of the very best. He's entering a period where he's coming to his peak I think and like all of them he'll want to win something important with his club in the next three years or so. Anyway, game over, worth going for a spanking here."

Liverpool goal: They could get as many as they like today, what with Sunderland not having turned up yet. The ball falls for Glen Johnson 30 yards out and he takes it forward and cuts inside before seeing his left-foot shot take a deflection off Michael Turner and sail into the corner.

1633: GOAL Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

1631: Steven Gerrard sends over another tricky free-kick from the Liverpool right and Daniel Agger can only head wide from six yards. I cannot believe it's still only 1-0.

1630: Jordan Henderson fires in Sunderland's first shot of the game, but his right-foot volley from 30 yards out is well wide of Pepe Reina's right-hand post. The Spaniard then whacks over a stunning 50-yard pass straight on to the instep of Emiliano Insua. Superb.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby: "He is a great goalscorer and a very good player, but I have to say that Darren Bent is not an international footballer. Sorry."

1626: Maxi Rodriguez gets on the end of Steven Gerrard's right-wing corner and glances goalwards, only for Craig Gordon to stick out his right hand and pull off a super reflex save. It's so one-sided.

1625: Football League Macca has got ideas above his station. Maybe, like me, he's eyeing promotion via the play-offs: "If Sunderland fans need some early comforting words, Darren Bent's record against the big four (that still includes Liverpool, I believe) is pretty damn good this season. He's scored in five of their six meetings so far, only missing out in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal last month."

1623: We're just about halfway through the first half and we think Sunderland just got the ball into the Liverpool penalty area for the first time. Somehow it's Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland.

From Woodstock, via text to 81111: "It's a spectacular fall from grace that finishing fourth is Liverpool's greatest ambition but right now you wonder why they're not there already."

1619: Steven Gerrard latches on to a Maxi Rodriguez pass and bursts through like the Gerrard of old, but his right-foot shot across goal takes a deflection and flies wide. From the corner, Daniel Agger drags badly wide from eight yards. Could be 4-0 already.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby: "Liverpool are pushing a lot of men forward. It reminds me a lot of the end of last season when they were creating chances and playing well. But you'd have to say Sunderland have been poor so far."

1617: Got to score. Maxi Rodriguez and Steven Gerrard combine down the right and Gerrard's cross finds Fernando Torres six yards out, only for the Spaniard to slam just wide with Craig Gordon beaten.

1615: Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us that early goal was Fernando Torres' quickest in the Premier League, at two minutes and 57 seconds.

1613: Liverpool are really going for this, they look a different team to earlier on in the season. Emiliano Insua swings over a dangerous cross from the left, but Michael Turner on the stretch gets it away from Fernando Torres.

1610: Craig Gordon punches a Steven Gerrard corner clear and Javier Mascherano's 20-yard volleyed return with interest is headed clear by Kieran Richardson.

1609: Sunderland haven't actually started that badly, but Liverpool look hugely dangerous going forward. A cross from Glen Johnson down the right is headed back across goal by Ryan Babel and Michael Turner has to be alert to whack it clear. Long afternoon ahead for the visitors.

From myerla on 606: "That's brilliant, pure class, fantastic goal."

Liverpool goal: Sensational. It's the best goal of the weekend by a country mile. The Reds launch it down their left and, on the touchline, Fernando Torres is one-on-one with Michael Turner. He cuts in, jinks inbetween the defender and one of his team-mates and from just inside the area, out on the left still, the Spaniard curls a quite outrageous shot into the postage stamp top corner of Craig Gordon's net. Genius.

1604: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

1602: Liverpool's first ball into the Sunderland box is flicked on by Dirk Kuyt and it falls for Daniel Agger at the back post, the defender's well-struck left-foot volley instinctively parried away by Craig Gordon.

1601: Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard get us under way.

1559: Some of the Sunderland fans have produced the inevitable beach balls in the Anfield Road end at Liverpool and the stewards are busily trying to get rid of them. You can't blame the Mackems, can you?

1557: The teams are out at Anfield, led by Steven Gerrard and Lorik Cana, and we're not far off getting under way in the last match of the day.

From LFCfan128 on 606: "Balloon or no balloon, Liverpool will beat Sunderland today. A fit Torres will run their backline ragged."

1553: Good news for Arsenal fans today: Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta picked up a hamstring injury in their 1-0 win at Real Mallorca on Saturday. He's definitely out of the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

1551: Liverpool, for the record, are seven points behind Tottenham in fourth place, but their run-in is far easier than Spurs'. If the Reds can get three points today, they will move up to fifth. Are their big players going to step up to the plate and get the club back into the Champions League?

1547: Liverpool fans must be hoping Alberto Aquilani doesn't get on today. He's made five league starts this season and the Reds have won all of them. But he's stepped off the bench in seven Prem matches and they have only claimed all three points once.

From Anon, via text to 81111: "With Sunderland's match winner from October not making the bench it must be absolutely deflated."

Southampton manager Alan Pardew: "There were some great performances, Rickie Lambert especially. Since he came to the club he's been a credit to himself as a player and as a person. This is a great day for Southampton's fans today - we've given them a trophy. Maybe not the biggest one, but it still takes some winning."

1538: With Fabio Aurelio and Martin Skrtel still absent, Liverpool make just one change from the side beaten by Manchester United, Ryan Babel replacing Lucas, who drops to the bench. Alberto Aquilani is also amongst the subs after recovering from injury. Sunderland make two changes, Lorik Cana replacing John Mensah after the central defender failed to recover from the injury he suffered at Aston Villa and Phil Bardsley replacing Alan Hutton at full-back.

1535: Liverpool v Sunderland: Sunderland haven't won away at Liverpool since 1 October 1983, when they edged it 1-0. But the Reds are chasing an eighth successive league win at Anfield and the Black Cats have only triumphed once (at Bolton in August) in their last 25 away league games.

1532: Southampton's players walk up the Wembley steps and captain Dean Hammond lifts the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

From KingSi on Twitter: "So despite its amazing record against Liverpool, the beach ball doesn't even make the bench for Sunderland today then?"

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert: "It's absolutely superb, I cannot describe how good it is. To win in front of this crowd is just so brilliant. The main thing is the result but I was hoping I'd get on the scoresheet and I'm made up."

Full time
1524: Full-time Carlisle 1-4 Southampton
Saints fans - about 44,000 of them - celebrate at Wembley as they win their first domestic trophy since 1976 when they won the FA Cup against Manchester United. It's party time.

1522: Carlisle's defending, their absolute refusal to clear their lines properly, has been astonishing today. Another half-hearted clearance sees the ball fall for Simon Gillett and his low near-post drive is expertly tipped behind by the every busy Adam Collin.

1520: Into injury time at Wembley and we'll have three more minutes of misery for the Carlisle fans.

1518: Liverpool v Sunderland line-ups:
Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Maxi, Mascherano, Gerrard, Babel, Kuyt, Torres.
Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Benayoun, Kyrgiakos, Lucas, Ngog, El Zhar.
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Turner, Cana, Ferdinand, Campbell, Henderson, Cattermole, Richardson, Malbranque, Bent.
Subs: Carson, Zenden, Jones, Da Silva, Kilgallon, Mwaruwari, Liddle.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

1516: Rickie Lambert slams in another audacious free-kick, this time from 40 yards, and it bounces up horribly as Adam Collin parries the ball behind for a corner.

Carlisle goal: It's not much of a consolation, but it'll have to do for the Cumbrians. Ian Harte swings over a difficult-to-defend free-kick from the left and Gary Madine sneaks in unmarked to glance a header into the far corner.

1514: GOAL Carlisle 1-4 Southampton

1511: About 10 minutes left at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final and it's still Carlisle 0-4 Southampton in a very, very one-sided contest.

1508: Hearing that Ryan Babel starts for Liverpool today in an attacking Reds' formation. Sunderland do start with Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell.

From Chris the Villa fan at Wembley, via text to 81111: "My dad is a Carlisle fan and he wound me up something rotten yesterday - revenge is so sweet dad. Being the only person laughing in amongst 20,000 angry faces is concerning me though!"

1506: Southampton bring on Simon Gillett for the brilliantly-named Papa Waigo.

1504: Rickie Lambert tries one of the most ambitious shots of the season, a 35-yard free-kick out on the right, and promptly slaps it about 60 yards over the bar. Moments later, Adam Lallana's shot is blocked by one of his own colleagues.

From joebaia on 606: "Just got back from the Burnley/Blackburn game. Dear oh dear. Terrible game, an embarrassment to derby matches everywhere. No crunching tackles, no passion, no nothing. Brian Laws, as an ex-Burnley player, should have been able to instil the meaning of this game into his team but they looked as if they had nothing to play for against a team that, ironically, didn't have anything to play for. Not only should Laws be ashamed of himself as a manager and former Burnley player for 'masterminding' such a shambolic performance, but the Burnley board should be ashamed that they took the cheap option in replacing Owen Coyle. Surely an Alan Curbishley type could have been brought in on a short-term contract until the end of the season and would have had a damn sight more experience and tactical ability than the clown they hired?"

1500: It's so exciting at Wembley, even Football League Macca wants to get involved in it: "Michail Antonio's goal means Saints are on course for the most comprehensive win in the final of this competition. For the record, Blackpool beat Cambridge 4-1 in 2002 and Bolton did Torquay by the same scoreline in 1989, while Bristol City were 3-0 winners over Bolton in 1986. But you probably knew that."

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Only third time that a team scores four in Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final. Bolton (1989) and Blackpool (2002) did it before."

1457: Great chance for Carlisle sub Joe Anyinsah, but he crashes way off target from close-range. Just not their day, the Cumbrians.

1456: So this one's done and dusted, which just leaves one more game today as Liverpool take on Sunderland in the Premier League at Anfield at 1600 BST. Line-ups and team news on the way.

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "More defensive woe for Carlisle, and it's turning into a bit of a rout. The party has started for the Southampton though, not that you could tell by looking at that Silver Fox Pardew."

1451: Carlisle send on Joe Ansinyah for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson. Just under half an hour left at Wembley.

Saints goal: Men against boys now. Rickie Lambert once again proves a pain in an aerial challenge on the edge of the Carlisle box and it falls for Michail Antonio to control the ball on his knee and then slash a left-foot shot from 18 yards past poor Adam Collin.

1450: GOAL Carlisle 0-4 Southampton

1448: Carlisle need a goal and very, very quickly if they are to make a game of this. Southampton look very comfortable at the moment.

From Luke, wishing the Bobby Zamora for England bandwagon hurries up and crashes, via text to 81111: "I'm sick of hearing this rubbish about Bobby Zamora for England, I would much rather take Ricky Lambert. I can handle the Roger Johnson argument, but seriously - Bobby Zamora? Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell will show why Zamora is so far down the pecking list later today. At least 10 players ahead of him, Lambert being one of them."

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "If (and it is looking quite likely that they will), Carlisle go on to lose this game they can reflect on two moments where they shot themselves in the foot. First Peter Murphy inexplicably gives away a penalty, now Evan Horwood resists the urge to put the ball into row Z and is punished with the third goal. Whatever Greg Abbott said at half-time, it hasn't worked."

1443: Lovely move from Carlisle as Adam Clayton jinks his way into the box but the angle is too tight and his left-foot shot flies wide.

1442: Poor Carlisle fans - some of them were only just getting back to their seats having picked up one of Wembley's outrageously expensive fish and chips when they went 3-0 behind. Lots of inexplicable defending today from their boys, what a pity.

Saints goal: It's calamitous again - Carlisle have just gifted Saints their three goals. A break down the left sees Rickie Lambert send over a cross and Evan Horwood inexplicably tries to leave it with Michail Antonio right behind him. His shot is brilliantly saved by Adam Collin, but it bounces up perfectly for Papa Waigo to nod in from three yards. Game over.

1439: GOAL Carlisle 0-3 Southampton

From Medieval-Evil on 606: "Ah, glad the Saints are winning. Pardew's done a very good job with them and their fans deserve a bit of shiny given what they've been through the past few years."

1435: Back under way at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, where it is Carlisle 0-2 Southampton.

1432: Just to be clear, I don't actually think Rickie Lambert should be in England's World Cup squad. But don't even get me started on Bobby Zamora, Roger Johnson and Lee Camp...

From HibaMS on Twitter: "We should have Mike Dean in Chelsea's Champs League matches... he might give us one of the pens we deserve as he gives so many."

Burnley manager Brian Laws: "Is it over? No it's not over. We may have to win three or four games. We just have to make sure that this result doesn't deflate the team."

1425: Full-time Football League Macca: "Apologies for the lack of chat on Sheff Utd-Scunny. It sounds like it's been a relatively chat-free game, but a result that is likely to go a long way to deciding their fortunes. After five minutes of injury time it finished 1-0 to the visitors, who move eight points clear of Crystal Palace above the dreaded drop zone. The Blades are seven points adrift of the play-offs now."

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "Stoke City would have been proud of that goal. Incidentally, Rory Delap says that Southampton chose never to utilise his long throw during his time there, how times have changed. Game over?"

Half time
1420: Half-time Carlisle 0-2 Southampton
Just before and it almost got worse for Carlisle as Rickie Lambert whipped over a fabulous cross from the left that only just evaded Adam Collin's left-hand post. Saints in the box seat big time.

1418: Into two minutes of first-half stoppage time at Wembley, where Carlisle face an uphill fight in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

Saints goal: Get him on that plane to South Africa - not only can Rickie Lambert score them, but he can set them up too. A long throw is flicked on by the big striker and Carlisle don't bother marking Adam Lallana at the far post, allowing him to effortlessly nod in.

1416: GOAL Carlisle 0-2 Southampton

1415: Carlisle's Graham Kavanagh tries to bend one into Southampton's top corner from 25 yards, but it's straight at Kelvin Davis.

1413: About five minutes left in the first half at Wembley at it remains Carlisle 0-1 Southampton thanks to Rickie Lambert's spot-kick.

From daughter Sarah and wife Jan, via text to 81111: "Hi, a message for Dave Merrington. Could you give a mention for retired Saints physio Don Taylor who is at Wembley today with son-in-law Martin and grandson Daniel? Many thanks."

1409: Carlisle are buzzing. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson chests down a throw-in and sends in a fine left-foot volley from 25 yards that lands on the roof of Kelvin Davis's net.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1408: Ooh. Carlisle's Matty Robson fires over a decent cross from their left and former Leeds defender Ian Harte rises highest to thump a header against the Southampton crossbar.

1407: The ball is played along the Carlisle box and Michail Antonio's shot is well saved by Carlisle keeper Adam Collin.

1404: So as we've still got a couple of hours until the Liverpool v Sunderland encounter, would anyone mind if we focused a bit on the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final? Oh good. It's Carlisle 0-1 Southampton, if you missed it earlier.

From Bonehead_51 on Twitter: "The JPT final always seems to be a lot better than the usual snoozefests of a FA/League Cup Wembley final, doesn't it?"

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "It's been all Southampton since they took the lead. Twice Adam Lallana has had a clear sight of goal, but both times he has shot straight at Adam Collin."

From Sir Alex Ferguson dried my hair on 606: "Games 13, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 11. What were Burnley thinking when they appointed Laws?"

Full time
1354: Full-time Burnley 0-1 Blackburn
After watching that miserable capitulation with so much at stake and against their supposedly fiercest rivals, I think we've just seen Burnley get relegated. Referee Mike Dean wasn't any better either.

1353: Couple of half-openings for Burnley, but Wade Elliott's shot is bravely blocked by David Dunn and Kevin McDonald fires over from outside the Rovers box.

1353: There's no real urgency from Burnley. It just makes me feel sad to see this.

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "After an encouraging start from Carlisle, Greg Abbott must be tearing his hair out at the way that penalty was conceded. Brainless stuff."

1349: Into injury time at Turf Moor and we'll have five minutes of it. The board goes up and there's barely even a murmur from the home supporters. It's like they're already relegated. Very, very disappointed in Burnley today.

1348: Rickie Lambert has actually scored 32 goals this season, including one for Bristol Rovers. What a hero.

Saints goal: Bizarre. A cross from the Southampton right at Wembley is inexplicably handled by Carlisle defender Peter Murphy. There are protests, but heaven knows why. Rickie Lambert steps up and slams home what must be his 75th goal of another prolific season.

1346: GOAL Carlisle 0-1 Southampton


1345: Five minutes left of normal time at Turf Moor, where it remains Burnley 0-1 Blackburn.

1343: The atmosphere is better now at Burnley as Michel Salgado is stretchered off, with Pascal Chimbonda coming on.

From Iwan, Cheshire, via text to 81111: "Look at it this way. At least Mike Dean will joining Burnley in the Championship if they go down."

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "I can't tell for certain, but is Alan Pardew wearing a Southampton tracksuit top under his suit? Carlisle have made the better start."

1340: Astonishing. Burnley's Danny Fox rolls over the perfect low cross from the left and it must go in - but it takes a slight nick off a Blackburn player and Wade Elliott somehow misses it in front of goal and Steven Fletcher cannot slide it in at the far stick. Heartbreaker.

1338: Chris Eagles has looked Burnley's liveliest player since coming on, but his cross from the right is just a touch too high for Steven Fletcher and David Nugent in the Rovers box.

1336: Jason Brown handles the ball outside the Blackburn area as David Nugent chases a through ball, but hopeless referee Mike Dean and his equally shambolic assistants do not see it between them. It's starting to get frightening.

1334: Touch of Spanish brilliance there from Michel Salgado - the Spaniard volleys a super cross over from the Blackburn right and Franco di Santo heads wide under pressure. Burnley are going down without much of a fight at this rate.

1333: Under way at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final. At Burnley, Blackburn send on Franco di Santo for Jason Roberts.

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "Carlisle midfielder Graham Kavanagh's six-year-old son Callum is United's mascot today. Chairman of the Football League Lord Mawhinney is introduced to the teams and booed by the Southampton fans."

From bauck on Twitter: "Let me help you. The whole of the ball has to cross the entire goal line. No goal!"

1330: Burnley take Graham Alexander off and send on Chris Eagles. I don't think he'll be marking Martin Olsson.

1328: What the hell is wrong with Burnley? I wasn't aware they'd given Martin Olsson the freedom of the city. He's allowed half the pitch to collect a long ball from Chris Samba and shoot once more from inside the Clarets box, but Brian Jensen sticks out a giant hand and makes the save. An embarrassing blind spot.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1326: Interesting. Sometimes, you can't even tell with the aid of a replay. Martin Olsson beats the Burnley offside trap again from another ball into the Clarets box and his fierce left-foot shot from 10 yards crashes against the underside of the bar and bounces on to the line. I've seen two replays, and I'm still not sure 100% of the ball crossed. Michel Salgado headed the rebound wide.

1324: Blackburn, whose fans are singing "Championship, my lord" at their hated rivals, bring on Brett Emerton for El Hadji Diouf.

1323: Wade Elliott chases a ball down as Gael Givet lets it run out for a Blackburn goalkick, and the midfielder seems to somewhat naughtily swing a leg at the defender as he gives up the ghost. Ref Mike Dean lets it go.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Dean Kiely: "Robbie Blake is starting on the left-hand side but he'll be drifting infield and they will hope he can get on the ball in dangerous areas and cause some damage. Just like Martin Olsson is doing for Blackburn."

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "Banners are unfurled stating that the sponsors of the JPT are "bringing colour to the beautiful game" and it's hard to argue with one end of Wembley covered in blue and the other a sea of red and white. A crowd of around 76,000 is expected here, I wonder if the same amount would turn out for a fixture between two third-tier teams in any other country."

1319: An hour gone at Turf Moor and it's still Burnley 0-1 Blackburn. Have the Clarets got half an hour left to save their season?

1317: Cracking challenge from Kevin McDonald in the middle of the park for Burnley and the atmosphere is lifted again, even though Steven Fletcher's cross from the left drifts out for a goalkick. Robbie Blake comes on for Martin Paterson.

1316: Not much quality, but at least there's a bit of fight from the Burnley players, led by David Nugent who tries to win possession off at least four Blackburn players inside a 30-second spell. He fails, but the idea is right.

From Brummerdickens on 606: "I think from past performances we can conclude that two teams to be relegated have been decided. It's between Hull and West Ham now."

1311: Finally we've got an atmosphere at Burnley as the home fans find their voices. They have responded to the team looking livelier - not sure that's the right way around really, but better late than never.

1309: Football League Macca: "It's a great time to score a goal, the 45th minute. Sheff Utd fans may disagree as their boys have just gone behind after Paul Hayes delivered for the visitors by finishing off a ball from Donal McDermott. Sheff Utd 0-1 Scunny (HT)."

1308: Better from Burnley, who seem to have a bit more urgency this half already. David Nugent tries to fasten on to a lay-off 25 yards out, but Gael Givet is in super quick to clear the danger.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Dean Kiely: "I was expecting 100 mile per hour stuff from Burnley in their current position and they didn't get anywhere near it in the first half. They need to go to that place now otherwise they are in serious trouble."

1304: I'm pretty sure I just saw Brian Laws walk on to the pitch at Turf Moor to have a word with referee Mike Dean. He must have seen a replay of the "penalty". We're back under way.

From Rich, London, via text to 81111: "The worst decision was not sending Jensen off. That's just completely neglecting the laws of the game."

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Burnley have not won this season in which they trailed at half-time. Also, they have not won a match in which they have conceded first."

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Wembley: "For Carlisle, defender Danny Livesey has not recovered from a hamstring injured and misses out. Cup-tied pair Jason Price and Ben Marshall are replaced by Scott Dobie and Graham Kavanagh. Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has failed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury, but Adam Lallana returns after recovering from a groin injury. Papa Waigo partners 30-goal Rickie Lambert up front.

From Richthewig, via text to 81111: "Refereeing must be very hard but really the standard has to improve next season. There have been too many shocking decisions this season. It seems to have been worse than ever."

1252: Carlisle v Southampton line-ups:
Collin, Horwood, Harte, Murphy, Keogh, Thirlwell, Kavanagh, Clayton, Bridge-Wilkinson, Dobie, Robson.
Subs: Pidgeley, Anyinsah, Taiwo, Kane, Madine.
Southampton: Davis, Harding, Fonte, Jaidi, Mills, Wotton, Hammond, Lallana, Papa Waigo, Lambert, Antonio.
Subs: Bialkowski, Perry, Gillett, Connolly, James.
Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Half time
1249: Half-time Burnley 0-1 Blackburn
The better team lead, but what a shame that they went in front through the "dark art of diving", as Dean Kiely just called it on BBC Radio 5 live. Have Burnley got a comeback in them?

1248: Well we were always going to get the handbags graphic out today weren't we? Michel Salgado and David Nugent get involved in some needless afters, going tete-a-tete, before the Spaniard pushes the striker in the neck area. Ref Mike Dean tells them both to stop being so childish.

1247: El Hadji Diouf's corner from the left is headed over from four yards by Jason Roberts. Blackburn look very dangerous from their set-pieces today.

1246: Into two minutes of first-half stoppage time at Burnley.

1243: Nearly a leveller. A set-piece finds its way to Leon Cort on the right-hand angle of the Blackburn six-yard box and the defender chests it down before volleying a couple of yards wide of the far post. Great effort.

1242: What a chance for Michel Salgado. Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross from the left is headed back to the Spaniard and he can only half-volley wide with his favoured right foot from eight yards.

1241: Five minutes until half-time at Turf Moor and it's still Burnley 0-1 Blackburn.

Yellow card
1239: Burnley counter with good pace and Wade Elliott beats Chris Samba on the edge of the Blackburn box down the right as the defender brings him down. It's a free-kick - but another couple of inches and that's a penalty. Samba is booked.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Dean Kiely: "I think we were all expecting a fiery encounter between these two today but we've had nothing of the sort so far."

1237: Burnley are seeing more of the ball now, but Blackburn's defence looks solid and Jason Roberts is a constant threat up front too. He holds off three defenders to get a shot in from 18 yards that Stephen Jordan manages to block.

From Kriswasp on Twitter: "My surname is Blackburn and I'm a Burnley fan. Would the FA let me have a different name on my shirt if I played for them?"

1234: Martin Paterson's pass down the right to Tyrone Mears is just a fraction too close to Phil Jones and the 18-year-old does well to put the ball out for a corner. It comes to nothing.

1232: Martin Paterson lets an easy pass roll under his right foot and the ball goes out for a Blackburn throw-in. The crowd groans as one, and it's already looking like a tough task for Brian Laws' men.

From Matt, Blackburn, via text to 81111: "Not condoning Olsson's dive at all and I wouldn't want to go ahead that way, but he did have a perfectly good goal disallowed five minutes earlier. What goes around comes around..."

1229: Better from Burnley as Wade Elliott fires in a cross from the right, but big Chris Samba uses his massive frame to get up and glance a header away from the danger area.

From optajoe on Twitter: "Mike Dean has now awarded 16 penalties in 24 matches this season."

1225: Let's not beat around the bush - Blackburn have been by far the better team so far. But it is a shame that frankly they've gone in front thanks to Martin Olsson's cheating.

From The Macedonian Marvel on 606: "Poor goalkeeping, ridiculous dive."
Can we add shocking refereeing, too?

Rovers goal: OK, let's start at the beginning. Burnley launch it downfield but Rovers hammer it back and with Jason Roberts offside, David Dunn heads the ball forward to Martin Olsson, who is definitely onside this time. The Swede runs through and tries to round Brian Jensen, but he takes a naughty tumble, going down before there is any contact with Jensen's outstretched left leg. It should be a yellow for the Blackburn player, but the penalty is awarded and David Dunn steps up to slot into the top corner. They deserve their lead, but not like that.

1220: GOAL Burnley 0-1 Blackburn

1220: It's a dive. More to follow. But it's a definite dive.


1216: Ball is in the Burnley net but the flag is up for offside. On the replay, I think Martin Olsson is played onside by Leon Cort. From David Dunn's pass, his deflected shot beats Brian Jensen, but the Clarets fans look to the line and breathe a big sigh of relief.

1215: That's not it. Morten Gamst Pedersen spanks a left-footer miles wide from 30 yards.

1214: Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross from the left evades Steven Nzonzi and drifts out for a goalkick. It's all a little bit tamer than we expected right now. Something needs to kick it off.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Dean Kiely: "In this day and age of multi-million pound signings and foreign imports, it's great to see someone like Phil Jones at Blackburn get in the team and keep his place because he's doing so well, even though he's only 18. And as they're safe, he should get a run until the end of the season now."

From Jack, Exeter, via text to 81111: "I've got nothing but love for local derbies ever since Exeter City battered Torquay 4-1 in their own back yard in a play-off semi final second leg. I think back to that day and I love it, it's all love."

1209: First Burnley threat of the day as Graham Alexander whips in a devilish ball from the right that Blackburn do well to defend inside their six-yard box.

1207: Shaky start for Burnley and Leon Cort's clumsy tackle on the edge of the box concedes another free-kick in a dangerous position. After a minute-long conversation between four players, Morten Gamst Pedersen's rubbish free-kick hits the wall.

1204: Morten Gamst Pedersen clips a ball into the Burnley box but as El Hadji Diouf tries to head goalwards the flag goes up on the far side. Blackburn have made a slightly better start.

1201: It's officially loud. Burnley and Blackburn are now under way in their first top-flight derby at Turf Moor since the 1965-66 season (is that a World Cup omen?).

1159: Hold the phone: Football League Macca is getting in the mixer too: "In the Championship today we have a tidy little battle between Sheff Utd and Scunny Scunthorpe. The Iron are aiming to win for the third straight game and give them an eight-point cushion at the bottom. The Blades have been rocky of late, but a win would see them move to four points behind Leicester in the last of those much-coveted play-off spots. Much to play for."

1157: The teams are out at in the north-west, with Turf Moor bathed in glorious sunshine. It's about to get medieval, as Sam Allardyce and Brian Laws firmly shake hands.

From Tom, Hull, via text to 81111: "I'm a Hull City fan and I HATE North Ferriby United! Every year we play them pre-season and every year our youth team batter their proper team! HA! Oh, and there's this other lower league small club we hate too called Leeds, but you might not have heard of them."
That's the fury I'm talking about. Well done, Tom

1154: Oh by the way, Burnley include three Scottish players in their line-up today in Graham Alexander, Kevin McDonald and Steven Fletcher.

1153: Burnley v Blackburn: I love a line from our preview, so I'm going to just write it out in full right here: It is said that in the 19th century, Blackburn complained to the Football League about the number of Scottish players at Turf Moor. The Clarets resented this, and there has been bad blood between the two sides ever since.

1150: There is other stuff going on today, of course. At 1330 BST, Carlisle take on Southampton in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, at 1215 BST Sheff Utd and Scunthorpe meet in the Championship and at 1600 BST, Liverpool and Sunderland play the Beach Ball derby at Anfield. Expect to see quite a few in the away supporters' end.

RoversSarah, via text to 81111: "No doubt all the hype about today will lead to a typically dull draw due to the defensive tactics of the two managers."
Blimey. Some people just cannot deal with losing an hour's sleep, eh?

1145: Stevo's Predos:
Burnley 2-1 Blackburn
Carlisle 1-3 Southampton
Liverpool 3-1 Sunderland
Lawro's predictions

From SimplyZola on 606: "David Nugent to score a hat-trick and prove he is England quality."

1140: I want your very best derby day banter - that's an order. Whoever you support, whichever games you've been to, I want to hear tales of two sets of fans hating each other. Rage me up here: furious texts go to 81111 (UK) to +44 7786200666 (worldwide); apoplectic Tweets to @Stevo_football; and and there's always room for incensed comments on the 606 thread too. It's time to get maniacal.

1138: A week ago, I was preparing to enter the lion's den in Buenos Aires for the Superclasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate (what do you mean stop going on about it?) Seven days later, and I think these Lancashire rivals hate each other every bit as much as the Argentines. For Burnley, a win would haul them level on points with West Ham in 17th and Hull in 18th. But how much would Rovers like to help the Clarets on their way back down to the Championship?

1135: Burnley boss Brian Laws names the same XI that started against Wigan. There is a place on the bench for defender Clarke Carlisle, who has recovered from injury. Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has made two changes with Jason Roberts replacing Nikola Kalinic in attack, while Gael Givet returns to left-back with Martin Olsson likely to be moved further forward. Keith Andrews misses out with a tight calf.

1133: Burnley v Blackburn line-ups:
Jensen, Mears, Duff, Cort, Jordan, Alexander, Elliott, McDonald, Paterson, Steven Fletcher, Nugent.
Subs: Weaver, Carlisle, Blake, Thompson, Eagles, Fox, Cork.
Blackburn: Brown, Salgado, Jones, Samba, Givet, Dunn, Nzonzi, Olsson, Diouf, Roberts, Pedersen.
Subs: Bunn, Emerton, Grella, Kalinic, Hoilett, Di Santo, Chimbonda.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1130: Come on, fess up. How many of you thought it was still 1030 GMT? Haha. Summer starts here, and what a start it is: one of the most fearsome rivalries in football takes place on Sunday, as struggling Burnley meet Blackburn at a red-hot Turf Moor. It's a high noon showdown and a half.

Premier League results

28 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 32 51 72
2 Chelsea 32 53 71
3 Arsenal 32 40 68
4 Tottenham 31 28 58
5 Liverpool 32 21 54
6 Man City 30 16 53
7 Aston Villa 31 11 51
8 Everton 32 8 49
9 Birmingham 32 -4 45
10 Blackburn 32 -15 41
11 Stoke 31 -5 39
12 Fulham 31 -3 38
13 Sunderland 32 -9 35
14 Wolves 32 -22 32
15 Bolton 32 -24 32
16 Wigan 31 -30 31
17 West Ham 32 -17 27
18 Hull 31 -33 27
19 Burnley 32 -34 24
20 Portsmouth 32 -32 13

see also
Sunday's football photos
28 Mar 10 |  Football
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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