Saturday's English football: As It Happened
By Ed Leahy
QPR 0-0 Tottenham
Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton
Everton 0-0 Swansea
Fulham 1-1 Wigan
Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
Reading 3-2 West Brom
Stoke 0-4 Chelsea
Sunderland 3-0 West Ham
So that's it for our English football tracker as there are no evening games across the water. Result of the day for Reading coming back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2... But spare a thought for Jon Walters - two own goals and a missed penalty for the Ireland international...
All over and Reading have come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Everton v Swansea finish 0-0 as does Norwich v Newcastle...
GOOOOOOAL Reading back from the dead as Pavel Pogrebnyak grabs a last-minute strike to go 3-2 ahead against West Brom...
MISSED PENALTY Poor Jon Walters has just blazed the ball over the bar from the spot as the ball grazes the bar as it flies en route to Row Z - surely Pulis should put Walters out of his misery and take him off...
GOAL Reading still fighting for their Premier League survival and grab an 88th-minute equaliser from the spot - Adam Le Fondre with the penalty. Reading 2-2 West Brom
Vorm gets down low to make a quality save from a Fellaini header but there was an earlier push from the Belgian and a free out is awarded. Good call by the ref...
GOAL Reading pull one back as they go in search of a point - Jimmy Kebe diving in at the back post to head home after a great cross by Garath McCleary
Only two scoreless games in the Prem Lge are Everton v Swansea and Newcastle away at Norwich...Come on boys, let's be 'aving you...as Delia might say
GOALWigan equalise against Fulham - Di Santo with the strike
IRISH GOAL Goals flying in now as James McClean adds a third for Sunderland
GOAL Chelsea make it four against Stoke...Eden Hazard on the scoresheet
Not from an English game but former Shamrock Rovers striker Gary Twigg on target again for new club Portadown as they have taken a 1-0 lead against Dungannon Swifts.
GOAL West Brom edge closer to another victory as they move 2-0 ahead at Reading...Lukaku again on target for the Baggies
GOAL Frankie Lampard smashes home the penalty to give Chelsea a three-goal lead and the three points no doubt. That's Lampard ahead of Kerry Dixon into second on the all-time Chelsea goalscorers...not bad for a midfielder
Penalty to Chelsea - I wonder will they let Walters take it as he is on a hat-trick...
IRISH GOAL - Oh dear...Jon Walters with his second own goal of the day as he heads another past his own keeper... You could probably call it a neck-brace... I'll get my coat...
IRISH GOAL Was waiting for this as it seems to be a regular occurence these days and sure enough Paddy Madden on the scoresheet for Yeovil... Those green and white hoops must suit the former Bohemians striker...
Rickie Lambert (above) has scored 31 out of 31 penalties for Southampton...What is it with the Saints and penalty takers...??
Great save by Asmir Begovic to keep Stoke in the game against Chelsea as Ashley Cole gets a close-range effort on target... SC 0-1 Chel
Benteke misses a sitter for Villa to equalise after Enda Steven's shot is only parried by the Southampton keeper...
GOALSunderland go two up with a goal early in the second half... Adam Johnson with the strike... Initial shot by James McClean not held by the West Ham keeper and Johnson scores the rebound
IRISH GOAL Goal of the day so far but Jon Walters won't be thanking me for that as he powers home a header leaving the keeper with no chance... Shame it was his own keeper as Chelsea take the lead on the stroke of half-time...
IRISH GOAL The Irish are having a field day in the lower leagues of English football - this time it's former Cork City striker John O'Flynn who's on targer to give Exeter the lead against Southend after 43 minutes...
IRISH GOAL Keith Andrews gets in on the action for Bolton from the spot after 34 minutes to level matters with Millwall - 1-1.
Michu through on goal and sent wide but manages to get a left-foot lob in from a tight angle... Howard does well to get the slightest of fingertips to the ball to tip it onto the bar and over... EVE 0-0 SWA
GOAL - Rickie Lambert spot on for Southampton as he coverts the penalty to give the Saints the lead at Villa Park after 34 minutes... Dubious penalty decision there perhaps...
Another ball cleared off the line as somehow Swansea keep Everton scoreless... It was Anicebe's effort that was hooked off the line as the score remains EVE 0-0 SWAN... Great header by Fellaini to set up the Everton chance
Aston Villa have started well and should be ahead against Southampton. Benteke with two efforts but just off target... AV 0-0 S'hampton
Come in Romelu Lukaku, your loan period is up...
GOAL Fulham take the lead at home to Wigan... Georgios Karagounis with a decent strike from outside the box for Martin Jol's side...
IRISH GOAL A goal on his debut as former Galway United winger Jay O'Shea gives Paul Cook's Chesterfield a 1-0 lead against Northampton...
GOAL Struggling Reading already up against it at home to WBA as Romelu Lukaku give the Baggies the lead after 19 minutes... Great work from James Morrison to set up the on-loan Chelsea striker
IRISH GOAL Under-21 international Conor Hourihane on target for Plymouth as they take the lead at home to Morecambe. Nice boost for new manager, former Ireland international John Sheridan who just took over at Home Park...
Another chance for Everton as Jelavic's effort is cleared off the line. Swansea struggling to cope with Everton pressure in the early stages... Great header from Jelavic...man on the post does his job...
IRISH GOAL Not the Premier League but a strike from the penalty spot for Andy Keogh to give Millwall the lead away to Bolton...
GOAL Sunderland take the lead at home to West Ham - Sebastian Larsson with the strike to give Martin O'Neill's side the early lead. Sunderland 1-0 West Ham
Stoke taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and it's the home side who nearly take the lead through Kenwyne Jones but he rolls it wide...
Early chance for Everton against Swansea at Goodison Park as Jelavic gets in at the back post but cannot guide the ball past Vorm and it trickles wide...
All the 3pm games have kicked off and plenty of Irish interest in several of the games, we'll be keeping a close eye on all the Irish, or soon-to-be Irish players in action...
More Airticity League news, as former Ireland Under-21 centre-half Darren Dennehy has signed for Cork City ahead of the upcoming season. The 24-year-old was at Barnet for the last two years, while he is the brother of Shamrock Rovers' Billy Dennehy.
It's all over at Loftus Road and it's finished all-square as QPR hold Tottenham to a 0-0 draw, which takes QPR off the bottom of the table...for the moment, at least...
Team news for Aston Villa v Southampton
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Stevens, Holman,
Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia, Benteke, Weimann.
Subs: Marshall, Vlaar, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Bowery, Bannan, Lichaj.
Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Rodriguez,
Cork, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Ramirez, Lambert.
Subs: Kelvin Davis, Steven Davis, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Seaborne,
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
Team news for Everton v Swansea
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Anichebe,
Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.
Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Vellios, Kennedy, Duffy.
Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies, Agustien,
Ki, Rangel, Dyer, Michu, Hernandez.
Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Britton, Graham, Routledge, Monk, de Guzman.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Still no subs made for QPR but surely time to spring that loveable rogue Cisse off the bench... Not the most gifted of footballers but the lad can stick it away when he gets a chance...
Lloris has had one of his quieter afternoons but had to be alert there to fly out of his box to clear a ball over the top from QPR... You've guessed it... still 0-0...
Team news: Fulham v Wigan
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Richardson,
Duff, Karagounis, Ruiz, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Petric.
Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Senderos, Baird, Kasami, Rodallega, Dejagah.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Figueroa, Caldwell, Ramis, Beausejour,
McArthur, Jones, Boyce, McCarthy, Maloney, Di Santo.
Subs: Pollitt, Henriquez, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam, Golobart.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).
Team news starting to make its way in for the 3pm kick-offs.
Norwich v Newcastle
Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Pilkington,
Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Jackson.
Subs: Rudd, Holt, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Barnett, Ryan Bennett, Kane.
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Perch,
Anita, Obertan, Marveaux, Gutierrez, Cisse.
Subs: Harper, Cabaye, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger, Tavernier.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
QPR starting to get a little bit more ambitious and put a dangerous ball across the Spurs six-yard box but no one waiting to pounce... QPR 0-0 Spurs
Yes, the game at Loftus Road is still going on... Still scoreless, still shockingly poor...
Ok, Sligo Rovers fans, here's a real picture of your new assistant manager, the other Gary Stevens, certainly not as entertaining as the Maradona one below and remember this was from the 80s so the entire hair-cut could not fit into the picture...
Another great save from Júlio César in the QPR goal, again from Defoe. The former Inter Milan keeper stopped that one with his feet to keep the game scoreless...
Game on again at Loftus Road... Spurs open with a decent effort from Kyle Walker who curls a free-kick just over the top right corner with the keeper seemingly beaten...
A bit of BREAKING NEWS from the Airtricity League - Champions Sligo Rovers have named fromer England international Gary Stevens as their new assistant manager ahead of the new season... Here's a picture of Gary Stevens playing in the infamous (or famous depending on your persuasion) Hand of God World Cup clash in Mexico 1986. The only problem with the photo is that it is the wrong Gary Stevens but this photo with Diego Maradona is much better than the real Gary Stevens that we have on file...
All-square and scoreless at half-time as QPR and Spurs head off down the tunnel... Apart from the opening few minutes, it's been pretty poor fare, however...I'd still pay in to watch Adel Taarabt any day of the week... Every time he touches the ball there is a moment of optimism from the crowd but he's been well-marshalled by the Spurs midfield and defence thus far... HT: QPR 0-0 Spurs
What started off as a glitzy, fast-paced, footballing Premier League encounter has turned into a scrappy, January slog with poor passing lacking any sort of quality whatsoever.
Wondering where the Scottish Premier League fixtures are today...?? Well the SPL is on its winter break so no fixtures this weekend. Rangers are in action, however, as they take on the mighty Berwick at Ibrox. No winter break for the fourth tier of Scottish football...
It's all gone quiet at Loftus Road. Spurs struggling to penetrate a well-organised QPR defence. QPR looking to counter but nothing of note in the last 15 minutes... This will please Redknapp as he will try and keep it tight and snatch one goal as he did at the Bridge...
QPR getting back into the game and Adel Taarabt us starting to pull the strings for Redknapp's side. A perfectly executed slide-rule pass puts Shaun Wright-Philips through on goal but Michael Dawson gets a slight block on the goalbound effort and Spurs survive.
Just watched a replay of that Defoe effort and must go down as one of the saves of the season as Cesar was at full stretch to get fingertips to help the ball onto the post, and the second save wasn't half bad either... Keep an eye out for that on Premier Soccer Saturday tonight on RTE Two at 8:00pm.
All Spurs in the opening few minutes and almost take the lead after Jermaine Defoe's long-range effort is tipped onto the post. The ball drops to Adebayor but Cesar is alert and makes a second quality save to keep the scores level. QPR 0-0 Spurs
Just about to kick-off at Loftus Road and the teams are in:
QPR v Tottenham
QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Da Silva, Mbia, Park,
Derry, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Mackie.
Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Cisse, Ben Haim, Faurlin, Bothroyd, Campbell.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton,
Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe.
Subs: Friedel, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Parker, Sigurdsson, Assou-Ekotto, Caulker.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).
An action-packed day of English football is about to get started as Harry Redknapp's QPR look to move off the bottom of the table. Former club Spurs are the guests at Loftus Road so Harry will have his work cut out for him if he wants to get anything out of this game, but after their recent win at Chelsea, anything is possible today in front of their own crowd at the compact west London venue...