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By Caroline Cheese

1808: "Don't go Cheesy" you are almost certainly not thinking. MOTD2 is on at 2230 BST on BBC2,606 is on now. In the name of all that is football, I implore you not to forget to join Stevo for coverage of Portsmouth v Sunderland tomorrow night. Bye.

1806: "Don't go Guus" reads another banner in the crowd. The Dutch manager, of course, gets the biggest reception as he wanders out. "The season is not over yet," says Hiddink, taking the mike and wagging his finger playfully.

1803: Just watching pictures of the Chelsea players returning to the pitch for their lap of honour - kids in tow. Owner Roman Abramovich joins the fans in giving them all a good round of applause. The Russian seems in a very jovial mood this afternoon. I wonder why.

BBC Sport's Emlyn Begley at Wembley: "Full-time: Cambridge 0-2 Torquay. Torquay are back in the Football League after two years in the Blue Square Premier, leaving their fans in delirium. In the end they deserved their Wembley victory over Cambridge, who have now suffered play-off final heartbreak two years in a row. Cambridge did not take their chances, and Torquay did - and that's the reason the Devon side are back in League Two."

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From Danny via text on 81111: "Re 1746: You must feel sorry for Lee Phillips: four play-off final defeats in a row. And he left Torquay at the start of season!"

1756: "Thank you Guus" reads a sign in the crowd. Thank you indeed. What a jolly decent character he seems to be. The Dutchman still has a chance of lifting a trophy of course, with the FA Cup final against Everton on 30 May. His side are looking in pretty decent shape too.

1754: Oops. I seem to have put Guus Hiddink dancing with a woman dressed up as a nun instead of the full-time graphic. What am I like?

Guus Hiddink and a woman dressed as a nun

1752: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn

1752: Tremendous save from Paul Robinson, diving to his right to keep out Nicolas Anelka's well-struck shot.

1750: Into added time, of which there will be two minutes.

1746: You've got to feel sorry for Cambridge. Not only is that two play-off final defeats in a row, they've also finished second in the table on both occasions. They finished a mere two points behind champions Burton this year. Third time lucky perhaps?

1744: Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson makes a flying save to keep out Michael Essien's fierce drive.

BBC Sport's Emlyn Begley at Wembley: "Tim Sills doubles Torquay's lead to leave them 15 minutes away from a return to the Football League. The striker, wearing a Phantom of the Opera-style mask after having surgery on his cheekbone, is free in the box to head home Danny Stevens' cross. It's Wembley deja vu for Cambridge."
Cambridge Utd v Torquay minute-by-minute

1742: If it's the race for second you're interested in, hear this: as it stands, Chelsea need to beat Sunderland on the final day of the season, hope Liverpool lose to Tottenham and make up six goals.

BBC Sport's Emlyn Begley at Wembley: "Cambridge have it all to do now. They are down to 10 men after Phil Bolland is shown a second yellow card for scything down Elliot Benyon. It's going to take some turnaround to prevent a second play-off final defeat in two years."
Cambridge Utd v Torquay minute-by-minute

1736: Swerving shot from Tugay but Petr Cech is equal to it. The Blackburn veteran is playing his penultimate game for Blackburn. He will leave Ewood Park at the end of the season.

1733: Nicolas Anelka picks up the ball from Didier Drogba and powers to the edge of the box before firing a shot just beyond the far post.

1732: El-Hadji Diouf drives a cross into the box - but not a single Blackburn player is there to meet it.

BBC Sport's Emlyn Begley at Wembley: "Nervy times for Cambridge. Chris Todd goes down in the box under pressure from Dan Gleeson. Another referee would have given it and Torquay could have been all but in the Football League."
Cambridge Utd v Torquay minute-by-minute

1727: Nicolas Anelka turns this way and that on the left before squaring to Didier Drogba, but the Ivorian blazes over.

1725: A change for Blackburn: Benni McCarthy on for Morten Gamst Pedersen.

Yellow card

1724: Odd. Aaron Dorran wins a free-kick for Michael Essien's trip - but the Blackburn striker receives a yellow card for an earlier foul. Dorran looks a very promising player though.

1722: Almost a carbon copy goal from Nicolas Anelka but Stephen Warnock gets in the block.


1719: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn
Ashley Cole will be feeling a lot better now. His cross from the left, Florent Malouda throws himself at it but completely misses. Didier Drogba picks up the pieces and squares to Nicolas Anelka, who finishes low into the far corner. He and Cristiano Ronaldo now level on 18 Premier League goals.

1718: Didier Drogba delivers a ball to the far post for Ashley Cole who claims he is tugged back by Keith Andrews. The Chelsea left-back is furious he hasn't won a penalty from Rob Styles. And if he wasn't pulled back, it's a senseless dive because he would have had a tap-in.

1716: Unbelievable we've only had one goal in this game. The Chelsea fans are more worried about trying to persuade Guus Hiddink to stay. They're still going...

1713: Frank Lampard fires a cross to the far post where Florent Malouda is sliding in but the Frenchman can only direct the ball straight back into Paul Robinson's arms. The camera pans to Roman Abramovich, who is in stitches.

1711: "One Guus Hiddink..." is the chant from the home fans and the Chelsea boss acknowledges the support with a sheepish bow to the crowd. The fans respond with a massive ovation for the Dutchman - before a quick blast of "Roman, sign him up". Lovely stuff.

BBC Radio 5 Live

Graham Taylor on BBC 5 Live: "I think Guus Hiddink must have had a word with Didier Drogba after the Barcelona game. Drogba's actions against Arsenal and in this game... he's been very good. No going to ground or anything."

1707: Nicolas Anelka's mistake lets in Stephen Warnock, but the Blackburn man's first touch is terrible and Petr Cech collects.

1705: Off we go. Zurab Khizanishvili replaces Gael Givet for Blackburn.

1703: Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink gets to his seat nice and early for the second half. This is his last opportunity to sit in the Stamford Bridge dug-out. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck apparently says in today's programme he will unveil the new manager "shortly".

BBC Sport's Emlyn Begley at Wembley: "Half-time whistle blows to rapturous applause from the Torquay fans. The Gulls are 45 minutes away from a return to the Football League thanks to Chris Hargreaves' sweet strike. Cambridge boss Gary Brabin will be happy to get his players into the dressing room, his defence looked shaken from Hargreaves' goal."
Cambridge Utd v Torquay minute-by-minute

1653:Danny the Stat doesn't half work hard... sometimes. "Chelsea's stars might have seen the Premier League slip away from them, but their high scores on the Player Rater will no doubt more than make up for that. Frank Lampard leads on 8.40, while Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda have also both 'broken the eight'. Mediocre from Blackburn, with Vince Grella currently in a wooden-spoon winning last place with 4.86. Don't like? You change...."
Chelsea v Blackburn Player Rater

1651: Ay carumba. The unbeatable Rafael Nadal has been, erm, beaten by Roger Federer in Madrid. The Spaniard will win the French Open though. Fact.


1649: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn

1648: Didier Drogba takes a smack in the mouth from Chris Samba as a cross comes into the box. He is left feeling his gums, but he's OK.

1645: Half-time approaching but Blackburn skipper Ryan Nelsen can't make it until then. He hobbles off to be replaced by Aaron Doran. The 18-year-old will play up front, with Chris Samba moving back into defence.

BBC Sport's Emlyn Begley at Wembley: "Torquay lead against the run of play. Onrushing captain Chris Hargreaves latches onto an Elliot Benyon pass and smashes the ball into the corner of the net from 18 yards out, leaving Cambridge keeper Adam Bartlett no chance."
Cambridge Utd v Torquay minute-by-minute

1639: Hmm. Danny the Stat has opened a right old can of clean-sheet worms. He reckons Pepe Reina has kept 20 blanks in the Prem, with Edwin van der Sar on 21.

From enigmaticenigma on 606: "Re 1616: Cheesy, who gets the Golden Glove if two keepers tie on number of clean sheets?"
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They get one each? Sorry, too obvious. I know, I know.

1631: Petr Cech in action now, diving to his left to meet Morten Gamst Pedersen's well-struck shot.

1630: Half-shout for a penalty as Ashley Cole tumbles under the challenge from El-Hadji Diouf. Didn't seem to be much contact.

1630: Florent Malouda runs on to Didier Drogba's pass, cuts inside Keith Andrews and then tries to chip the keeper but Ryan Nelsen makes the clearance.

Yellow card

1628: Stephen Warnock waves a leg in Jose Bosingwa's direction and the Chelsea right-back promptly throws himself to the ground. I know diving's wrong, but I kinda like it - as long as you don't get away with it of course. Yellow card for naughty Jose.

BBC Sport's Emlyn Begley at Wembley: "Cambridge have dominated the first 15 minutes at Wembley as their fans sing 'we are going up' but neither side have created a clear-cut chance yet."
Cambridge Utd v Torquay minute-by-minute

1622: Nicolas Anelka on the left now, crossing for Ashley Cole, who doesn't quite connect with the shot and Paul Robinson parries. This game is quite fun.

1620: Quite literally end to end stuff at the Bridge. Makeshift striker Chris Samba heads over from a few yards out. Should have done better.


1619: Who's that at the other end? Its only flipping Frank Lampard who smacks the bar with a left-foot shot after being set up by Nicolas Anelka.

1618: Frank Lampard makes a vital block as Vince Grella connects with a sweet shot on the edge of the box.

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From John in Scotland via text on 81111: "Re 1555: Caroline, Test cricket is fun (more so than the predictable Premier League title race), and part of our heritage. As someone involved in British sport perhaps you should be supporting it more."


1616: Here's Danny the Stat again: "For the record: Man Utd keeper Edwin van der Sar has kept 21 Premier League clean sheets in 32 Premier League appearances in 2008/09. Liverpool goalie Pepe Reina has kept 20 Premier League clean sheets in 37 Premier League appearances in 2008/09."

Jamie Carragher on his spat with Alvaro Arbeloa: "We can't win the league but we like to keep a clean sheet. I thought all day we were a bit lackadaisical. They had too many chances. Pepe Reina is going for the record, I think he can match Van der Sar, so we are doing that for Pepe."

1611: Hair... clothes... yes, it seems I am reverting to stereotype. Chelsea are wearing their new kit. The shirt is a fitted, collarless number - looks like a cycling top.

1610: Ashley Cole runs onto Frank Lampard's pass and squares for Nicolas Anelka, who takes it a bit too coolly and prods the ball straight at Paul Robinson. The Chelsea striker is only one behind frontrunner Cristiano Ronaldo in the Prem scoring table.

1609: Chance for a Blackburn reply. El-Hadji Diouf crosses from the right and Ryan Nelsen heads over when he might have hit the target.

1607: The more ridiculous the hair, the better Florent Malouda gets. He's still got the old corn rows but instead of the top-knot of last week, we've got some elaborate arrangement at the back. Just you watch him go when he finally goes for the perm.


1605: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn
Nicolas Anelka escapes down the right and crosses for Florent Malouda, who gets in ahead of a statuesque defender to power a fine header past Paul Robinson.

1604: Michael Essien passes wide to Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard chests down the cross but on-loan defender Gael Givet blocks the shot.

1602: Immediately a chance for Morten Gamst Pedersen, cutting in from the left but shooting straight at Petr Cech.

1601: Off they go at the Bridge. I am very much hoping to bring you news of the Blue Square Prem play-off final at Wembley. I know a man who's there you see.

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From Rich via text on 81111: "Hey Cheese can we have a mention for Torquay United please and wish us luck against Cambridge United. Out chance to get back in the football league."

1555: All of a sudden, we're being overwhelmed by texts from cricket fans pretending to be famous people. That's what passes as fun in Test match cricket apparently. Bless 'em.
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1553: Crikey, nearly forgot. Danny the Stat says... "Goals, Cheesy. Goals. They're what make football tick - and they're also what make you do quite well on Player Rater. Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt are the top men with 8.29 and 7.52 respectively, while poor Shelton Martis has paid dearly for his first-half defensive blunder with a mere 3.92. Thanks to the gift of the interweb, you can get involved..."
West Brom v Liverpool Albion Player Rater

1549: Speaking of Blackburn's transfer activity, I read the other day Big Sam wanted to get Barca star Bojan in on loan. That I would love to see.

1545: Think nothing's riding on this game? Eh? Well, think again, buster. Chelsea could yet finish second if they win their last two games, Liverpool lose to Tottenham and the Blues make up the goal difference. Blackburn could leap like a salmon up the table thereby earning them millions for their summer transfer kitty. Yeah, there's not much riding on his game to be fair.

Benitez on the Carragher-Arbeloa spat: "We know Pepe Reina has 18 or 19 clean sheets and we were pushing for him. It's not a good message - but the character they showed is positive."

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez: "Always you have to be disappointed - because the target was to win the title. But second can be really good if we build from here. The mentality today was good and hopefully it will be the same in the future. We've improved the squad. We have a very good group of players now."

1539: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Blackburn
Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink, taking charge of a game at Stamford Bridge for the final time, names an unchanged side from the team that beat Arsenal 4-1, with Nicolas Anelka continuing alongside Didier Drogba in attack. There is just one change for visitors Blackburn as manager Sam Allardyce replaces Benni McCarthy with Carlos Villanueva up front.

West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening: "The first 20 minutes, we gave it a good go, and if we'd gone a goal ahead... it's probably the story of our season: a sloppy defensive mistake and we're up against it. We've played some teams off the park this season and not got the results. It's just a lack of experience and naivety, maybe being a bit too gung-ho at times."

1531: Tony Mowbray and his players are back out at the Hawthorns for a lap of honour, and most of the fans have stayed to applaud them. If it's any consolation - and it probably isn't - West Brom have had their best ever season in terms of wins with eight.

1530: TEAMS Chelsea v Blackburn
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Drogba, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Di Santo, Sinclair, Belletti, Mancienne, Stoch.
Blackburn: Robinson, Andrews, Nelsen, Givet, Warnock, Diouf, Kerimoglu, Grella, Pedersen, Samba, Villanueva. Subs: Bunn, McCarthy, Khizanishvili, Mokoena, Treacy, Olsson, Doran.

1529: Here's a quick word from Danny the Stat... "A win for Liverpool takes them to 83 points - which will be their highest total since the Premier League began, with one game still to play. It is their highest points total since 1987-88, when they notched 90 points on their way to the old Division One title, although that was achieved in a 40-game season."

1527: Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher is still fuming. He continues a heated discussion with Xabi Alonso as they leave the pitch.

1526: No tears at the Hawthorns - I think they accepted their fate some time ago - just a warm appreciation for the players. The Baggies will surely be among the favourites to come back up again next season.



1524: FULL-TIME West Brom 0-2 Liverpool

1521: Into injury time at the Hawthorns.

1520: The Baggies fans, none of whom have left the ground, are still making an awful lot of noise. They deserve a goal.

1516: Xabi Alonso lets Dirk Kuyt's cross run through his legs, leaving Ryan Babel with a golden chance to slot in the third - but the Dutchman sidefoots wide.

1514: Our BBC 5 Live commentary team reckon Carragher's fury was probably a hangover from yesterday's events - and I'd be inclined to agree. Just as well Alonso was on hand to hand to keep them apart because Arbeloa didn't look like he was about to back down. Maybe Rafa will consider keeping him on as peacemaker.

1512: Marc-Antoine Fortune has the ball in the net now - but the offside flag is up. Sums up a heartbreaking afternoon for the Baggies.


1510: What on earth...? The handbags are out - and it's two Liverpool players. Marc-Antoine Fortune has another free shot at the far post - and a fuming Jamie Carragher is so annoyed that Alvaro Arbeloa failed to mark the striker, he pushes him hard in the chest. Xabi Alonso has to come in and separate the warring pair - before the referee warns them all to calm down.


1508: How close can you get? Luke Moore's shot-on-the-turn pings back off the foot of the post before Marc-Antoine Fortune manages to head over from a few yards out.

1507: Marc-Antoine Fortune's shot takes a big deflection off Jamie Carragher's outstretched leg. The ball could go anywhere but loops over the bar.

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From a lifelong Liverpool fan at game, via text on 81111: "The Baggies fans are a total credit to the club and very sad to see them go down."

1505: Ryan Babel sends a dangerous ball across goal but Dirk Kuyt can't get the final touch. Still 15 minutes remaining at the Hawthorns.

1504: Another substitution as David N'Gog replaces Yossi Benayoun for Liverpool.

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From Touch_of_Klaas on 606: "I feel bad for West Brom - great midfield, enjoyable football, but a shocking defence and poor strikers at the start of the season have cost them. They'll bounce straight back up I imagine though."
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1500: Kitchen sink time for West Brom boss Tony Mowbray as striker Luke Moore replaces midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. Borja Valero came on for Shelton Martis a few minutes ago. For Liverpool, Fernando Torres comes off, Ryan Babel on.

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From redDB10 on 606: "All I can say to the West Brom fans is RESPECT. 2-0 down with relegation certain and they won't stop cheering the team. It's a pity cos the PL needs fans like this."
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1456: Terrific response from the Baggies fans, who are singing as loud now as at any time during the game. Keeper Dean Kiely has to be alert to get fingertips to Lucas' shot.


1454: GOAL West Brom 0-2 Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt takes the ball past Jonas Olsson and smashes it right-footed low into the corner - and that could be curtains for West Brom.

1450: Big shout for a penalty. Lucas barges into Marc-Antoine Fortune as the striker waits to slot in Juan Carlos Menseguez's square ball. The referee waves away the claims - which is very harsh if you ask me. Menseguez did look offside initially though...

1448: All a bit on the scrappy side as both sides struggle in the wet conditions. And yes, it turns out I did just publish that picture of Antonio Cassano for entirely selfish and completely shallow reasons. It was from a cup match in April, which Inter Milan lost to Sampdoria.

1447: The title race in Scotland might be about to take a potentially decisive turn. Celtic are drawing with Hibs...
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1443: Juan Carlos Menseguez bursts into the box, but Pepe Reina easily collects his low shot.

1441: Chris Brunt sends a low ball into the area after a swift counter - both Liverpool defenders miss it and it goes behind Marc-Antoine Fortune.

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From James, revising, honest, via text on 81111: "Re 1431: Cheese, just because the title race is over doesn't mean you can spam images when you want to. Unless it's more dancing nun and Hiddink!"


1436: Liverpool are back too and we're under way again.

1435: Back come the West Brom players, and the Baggies fans make some good noise. As it stands, West Brom are going down.

Jose Mourinho with Antonio Cassano

1431: Here's a picture of Jose Mourinho with a barely-dressed Antonio Cassano.

1426: Wonder where Danny the Stat's got to? Oh here he is... "Bad news, Cheesy. I know you love both unpredictable drama and numbers, but our Player Rater is only supplying the latter. Liverpool players doing as you'd expect, with goal man Steven Gerrard leading the way on 8.46. West Brom scoring less, with Marc-Antoine Fortune top of the Baggies pops, scoring 6.45. Sense injustice? Change the numbers. Change them."
West Brom v Liverpool Player Rater

From Luke via text on 81111: "Re 1409: Alonso has been awesome this season. Gerrard and Torres may get all the plaudits but he's my player of the year. His movement of the ball is second to none and he's stepped up when Gerrard and Torres have been missing."

BBC Radio 5 Live

Tim Flowers on BBC 5 Live: "West Brom have done OK - but for a poor mistake. I think Tony Mowbray will have to think about playing two up front soon."


1420: HALF-TIME West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

1418: Calm down Jonas. Olsson and Steven Gerrard come together as they chase a ball into the box - and the West Brom defender accuses the Liverpool skipper of diving. Gerrard not at all happy about that. It was shoulder to shoulder, so not a penalty but not a dive either.

Yellow card

1416: A booking for Jonas Olsson as he sticks an arm out to check Fernando Torres's run. Promising free-kick for Liverpool... Daniel Agger smashes it left-footed and Dean Kiely spills the deflected effort, but recovers to keep out Yossi Benayoun's follow-up. Benayoun offside anyway.

1414: Gianni Zuiverloon clashes heads with team-mate Jonathan Greening and both need a bit of treatment.

1413: Cleverly worked corner from Liverpool and Steven Gerrard lifts a ball in for Fernando Torres to flick a back-header just over the bar.

1409: Javier Mascherano is left on the floor after a firm challenge from Marc-Antoine Fortune. Think he'll be OK but Xabi Alonso is sent to warm up anyway. Alonso all over the papers this morning, with Rafa Benitez apparently set to ship out his fellow Spaniard in the summer. Why?

1402: From the kick-off, Marc-Antoine Fortune breaks into the box but can't quite get his shot away.


1400: GOAL West Brom 0-1 Liverpool
Shelton Martis looks like he wants to find a big hole to hide in. The West Brom defender takes his eye off the ball - and, quick as a flash, Steven Gerrard robs him and bears down on the keeper, lifting the ball over the top and in.

Yellow card

1357: Jonathan Greening's first touch is a bit heavy and in trying to retrieve the ball from Lucas, he fouls the Liverpool man and gets a yellow card for his troubles.

1355: Heavens above, that was oh so close. Steven Gerrard whips a ball right across goal but no-one can add the finish. Fernando Torres puts a cross back in but the Baggies survive.

1352: They do play some lovely stuff West Brom. Chris Brunt has a shooting opportunity but it's a difficult angle and he opts to set up Marc-Antoine Fortune instead - and the Liverpool defender gets there first.

BBC Radio 5 Live

Tim Flowers on BBC 5 Live: "Terrific start to the match. West Brom have won four corners already - but Liverpool look like they're starting to click into gear."

1345: Steven Gerrard gets a heavy knock on the back of his ankle from Youssoff Mulumbu, who seems to have been asked to keep a close eye on the Reds skipper.

1342: Liverpool win a free-kick as Fernando Torres goes down under Ryan Donk's challenge. Shelton Martis heads Steven Gerrard's delivery away.

1340: Terrific work from West Brom down the right, Chris Brunt passing to Jonathan Greening, who beats Javier Mascherano before getting in a decent cross - but Jamie Carragher produces a vital clearance.

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From anon via text on 81111: "Re 1317: Your stat on Kuyt and Tevez is Benitez-esque in its favourable spin. Kuyt has started 34 games as opposed to Tevez's 18. Shame on you good lady."

1336: But West Brom go straight up the other end and pile on the pressure. From a corner, the ball is flicked on to Jonathan Greening at the far post. His first shot is brilliantly saved by Pepe Reina, who also manages to keep out the rebound. Promising signs for the Baggies though.

1335: Jonas Olsson could do without doing that - giving the ball straight to Steven Gerrard from inside his own penalty area.

1332: Liverpool get us under way at a buzzing Hawthorns.

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From ajay via text on 81111: "I would love West Brom to win today; nothing against Liverpool, just to make the final day relegation battle even more exciting."

1328: Big roar from the home fans as the players come out on to the pitch. Faithless's Insomnia is the song of choice, followed by some indie jingly-jangly guitar number.

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From Matt_Utd_FC on 606: "Would love Tevez to stay but not at any cost. For £24 million we can surely get someone who scores more and has a better first touch. Benzema?"
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1323: Cheeky old Rafa Benitez is asked again in his pre-match interview if Manchester United are the best team this season. "They have more points than us, yeah," he says with a knowing smile. "They have a fantastic squad - they've spent big, big money in the last 10 or 15 years. We are closer, we can reduce the gap. We won twice against them this season which is positive."

1317: Dirk Kuyt has actually more than doubled Carlos Tevez's strike rate in the Premier League this season - 11 plays five.

From shop assistant on 606: "United should just swap Tevez for Kuyt, after all, they're about the same in terms of strike rate and general running-around."
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From anon via text on 81111: "Re 1230: Hiddink hires new defensive coach to work on Chelsea's offside von trapp."

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1302: TEAM NEWS West Brom v Liverpool
Liverpool make two changes from the side which beat West Ham last time out. Centre-back Daniel Agger starts ahead of Martin Skrtel, while left-back Emiliano Insua gets the nod over Fabio Aurelio. Midfielder Xabi Alonso is only fit enough for a place on the bench after an ankle injury. West Brom striker Roman Bednar is not in the squad after being suspended by the club following newspaper allegations. Keeper Dean Kiely is preferred to fit-again ex-Liverpool stopper Scott Carson and Ryan Donk starts ahead of Marek Cech in defence. Graham Dorrans has broken a bone in his foot and is replaced by Youssoff Mulumbu as fellow midfielder Borja Valero makes way for Robert Koren.

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From Trini, North London, via text on 81111: "Liverpool don't need Tevez. The simple fact is we have scored the most goals in the Premier League this season. £22m is a lot of money to spend. Personally I would love to see David Villa come to Liverpool if we had to get another forward."

1257: TEAMS West Brom v Liverpool
West Brom: Kiely, Zuiverloon, Martis, Olsson, Donk, Brunt, Mulumbu, Greening, Koren, Menseguez, Fortune. Subs: Carson, Moore, Filipe Teixeira, Meite, Borja Valero, Simpson, Wood.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Agger, Carragher, Insua, Lucas, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Benayoun, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Riera, Alonso, Ngog, Skrtel, Babel.

1253: West Brom only need a point today to ensure the relegation battle goes to the final day of the season. That would leave them three points behind Hull in 17th - but with an inferior goal difference. The Baggies are away to Blackburn on the final day of the season.

From Malcolm via text on 81111: "Chelsea 3 Blackburn Nun."

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From Eothain - Basinas to Start on 606: "Re 1230: That is an amazing photo. It really is. I now think Hiddink is the best manager in the entire league simply because of that photo."
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1241: In between nun puns and the actual football, we should have plenty of time to hear from you lovely people. I'm sure there are thousands of Liverpool fans anxious to pay tribute to the new Premier League champions. Right? And there's a mound of transfer gossip to discuss - Tevez to Liverpool for a start.
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From Johaldo, Luton, via text on 81111: "Re 1230: She must be a Blue Nun then."

1236: Pictures of Guus Hiddink dancing with a woman dressed up as a nun aside, this is no time for frivolity. West Brom could go down today - or they could give themselves a lifeline with victory against a Liverpool side who yesterday lost out on their first title in 19 years.

Guus Hiddink and a woman dressed as a nun

1230: Hello there. Here's a picture of Guus Hiddink dancing with a woman dressed up as a nun.

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn
17 May 09 |  Premier League
West Brom 0-2 Liverpool
17 May 09 |  Premier League
Tevez future to be sorted in June
17 May 09 |  Man Utd
Bednar suspended over drugs claim
17 May 09 |  West Brom
How the Premier League was won
16 May 09 |  Premier League
Alan Hansen's column
16 May 09 |  Football
Race for the title in photos
16 May 09 |  Premier League
Man Utd dream team
16 May 09 |  Man Utd

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