Premier League clockwatch – as it happened

Aston Villa dropped into the bottom three after losing against Newcastle, while QPR and Wigan also secured precious points. The less said about Sunderland 0-0 Swansea, the better
The best images from the night's Premier League matches

Tonight's results ...

Premier League

Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle

QPR 0-0 Manchester City

Stoke City 2-2 Wigan Athletic

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City

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Barnsley 2-0 Millwall

Bristol City 2-0 Watford

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League One

Crawley P-P Preston

Leyton Orient 0-0 Swindon Town

Portsmouth 0-2 Notts County

Yeovil 2-1 MK Dons

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League Two

Gillingham 2-0 Northampton

Oxford 1-1 Burton

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Premier League result: Stoke 2-2 Wigan

Stoke allow Wigan to come from two down and secure what could turn out to be a priceless point in their fight against the droip. I believe that's the first time Wigan have ever come from two goals down away from home to rescue a point. 

Premier League result: Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle

It was the mother of all six-pointers and Newcastle have prevailed, consigning Aston Villa to their fourth consecutive home defeat, while notching up their own first win on the road this season.

Premier League result: Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City

There are no words. None. Apart from those ones I just typed ... and these few.

Premier League result: QPR 0-0 Man City

No doubt due to the fantastic contributions of the two substitute goalkeepers Harry Redknapped named on his bench, QPR have held on to win an excellent point against the champions, who probably owed them one after QPR let them win the Premier League last season.

Bullard watch ...

"To be fair to Bramble, he has chucked his body at it and saved that," says Jimmy, of a late, late Michu effort on the Sunderland goal. It's all over at the Stadium of Light, where a truly terrible game of football has been mercifully euthanised.

Stat alert ...

Sunderland shots on target: 0. Spin that, Sunderland FC Twitter feed!


An email from Matt Dony ...

"I'm enjoying the little snippets from Sunderland's own twitter feed, but I'd like to see them take a more Stalinist approach and simply write any Swansea pressure out of history," he writes. "It'd be much more interesting for them to praise the efforts of the roof of the net in deflecting the ball away, rather than tell us that De Guzman was unlucky with a free-kick. Clubs need more entertaining PR. Apart from Liverpool. Their PR is quite entertaining enough."

Penalty shout at Loftus Road ...

Scott Sinclair nutmegs Onouoha in the penalty area and goes down after tripping over the ball, according to Charlie Nicholas, but the referee wasn't gulled and play continues.

League One latest ...

Leyton Orient 0-0 Swindon Town, Portsmouth 0-1 Notts County, Yeovil 2-1 MK Dons.

Championship latest ...

Barnsley 2-0 Millwall and Bristol City 2-0 Watford.

Aston Villa go close again ...

Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez sticks out a leg and clears a goal-bound effort off the line in the wake of an Aston Villa corner. These are ver5y, very tense times for those of us who tipped Wigan and Newcastle to win in Monday's Football Weekly podcast.

More on Paul Lambert's murmur ...

"Typing as a Glasweigan (represent!), Paul Lambert for all he might scare southern softies, just has a regular, normal Glasweigan voice," writes Ryan Dunne. "Begbie's a proper psycho, albeit not from Glasgow. Souness, as well as being a Glorious Glasgow Rangers' legend, is a proper 'hard bastard' which surely (by subliminal association) causes his voice to *seem* menacing, even if he was offering you fluffy kittens or an ice cream. Similarly, it's the eyes that make Moyes scary. I'm sure that when singing Happy Birthday or whispering sweet nothings his voice is perfectly free of menace."

QPR have a penalty shout turned down ...

At Loftus Road, QPR striker Loic Remy goes to ground on the edge of the penalty area under a non-challenge from Manchester City centre-half Joleon Lescott. He appeals for a spot-kick but none is forthcoming.

The linesman spares Benteke's blushes ...

Trailing 2-1, Villa go close to equalising when Christian Benteke misses what - from the sound of Phil Thompson's long, strangulated cry of anguish - was a glorious opportunity. Had he scored it wouldn't have counted anyway, as the linesman had flagged for offside.

Not the Premier League latest ...


Barnsley 1-0 Millwall

Bristol City 2-0 Watford

League One

Crawley P-P Preston

Leyton Orient 0-0 Swindon

Portsmouth 0-0 Notts County

Yeovil 1-1 MK Dons

League Two

Gillingham 1-0 Northampton

Oxford 1-1 Burton

Paul Lambert's low murmur

"I've always found Paul Lambert's low murmur to be quite menacing, in that classically psychotic Scotsman style, like Begbie, Souness or Moyes," writes Nick Williamson. "I have no evidence to back it up, nor do I wish to unfairly slander him as he seems a decent guy, but I bet if pushed far enough he'd be capable of being properly terrifying. One thing is for sure, if I was in his team he wouldn't need to raise his voice to me."

GOAL! Stoke City 2-2 Wigan Athletic (Di Santo 61)

Wigan come from two down to make it all square shortly after the hour mark. Stoke had conceded three or more goals in each of their past four Premier League games and are looking bang on course to do the same thing tonight. Interesting fact: before this evening, Stoke had coneded 13 in their past four Premier League excursions. It took them 14 Premier League games to concede that many at the start of the season.

Bullard watch ...

"Eh ... hold on ... sorry ... me wire's got got in me hair ... gawd, I can't believe me haircut's ganging up on me ... hold on, let me get me bits out ... nah, nothing much going on here."

Loic Remy goes close for QPR

It's still scoreless at Loftus Road, but Loic Remy sends one fizzing the wrong side of the wood-work after being teed up by Adel Taarabt.

Swansea continue to dominate at the Stadium of Light

Aston Villa are rampant ...

I can only conclude that Paul Lambert must have raised his voice from its usual low murmur during his interval team-talk, because his players seem to be running amok against Newcastle United in the second half. Phil Thompson is watching it for Sky Sports and is whooping, shouting and grunting excitedly like ... well, Phil Thompson on speed (note from the Guardian lawyers: Phil Thompson is not on speed).

Meanwhile in the Netherlands ...

GOAL! Stoke City 2-1 Wigan (McArthur 50)

James McArthur rounds off a nice team effort with a cool finish to put Wigan back in it.

GOAL! Stoke City 2-0 Wigan (Crouch 49)

Charlie Adam runs out of his own half with the ball as the Wigan centre-backs back off and usher him through. Adam stings the palms of Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who can only parry the ball into the path of Peter Crouch, who slots home.


GOAL! Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle (Debuchy 49pen)

Christian Benteke steps up to give Villa some hope early in the second half. Let's hand over to the Guardian's chief football reporter for an indepth blow-by-blow account of exactly what happened.

Villa roar out of the traps for the second half ...

They win a penalty kick when Mike Dean points to the spot when Agbonlahor goes down, apparently quite easily, under a challenge from right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

An email from Rob Edwards

"Newcastle are showing Randy Lerner the importance of backing your manager in the transfer market," he writes. "Debuchy (£5.5m) and Sissoko (£2m) in particular look like quality signings. Mike Ashley clearly understands the importance of staying up. Does Lerner? Last season Wolves got 39million for just making up the numbers."

To the best of my knowledge, Randy Lerner has more important things on his mind at the moment than the day to day goings on at Villa, but I think it's incredibly unfair to suggest he hasn't backed his managers. Perhaps Lambert in particular hasn't benefited from his largesse, but Lerner has spent a fortune on (mostly rubbish) players since taking over at the Villa.

Bullard watch (cue: much carping from Hull City fans)

A tweet from the man they call Top Brass


An email from 'Dude Manbro' ...

"It seems like what Manchester City might be lacking is the kind of spark, so brilliantly provided last season for them in the shape of Joey Barton," writes the splendidly monikered Dude. "Mancini should really have tried to coax him back to QPR this time around, even if only for a loan deal." That email makes so little sense on so many levels I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

A gallery of tonight's matches ...

Our photo desk (or, Steven Bloor, as he is known around the office) has been compiling this gallery of the night's action for the past 45 minutes.

Half-time scores

Premier League

Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle

QPR 0-0 Manchester City

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City

Stoke 1-0 Wigan (still playing)

The Championship ...

Barnsley 0-0 Millwall

Bristol City 1-0 Watford

League One

Crawley Town P-P Preston NE

Leyton Orient 0-0 Swindon

Portsmouth 0-0 Notts County

Yeovil 1-1 MK Dons

League Two

Gilingham 1-0 Northampton

Oxford 0-0 Burton Albion

Looking at the pictures from the Stadium of Light

... where Sunderland are being well and truly bossed by Swansea. Many of the empty, once scarlet red seats you can see behind the Simon Mignolet's goal have faded to a kind of dull pink and look dangerously in need of a respray. As metaphors for Sunderland's performances in recent seasons, it seems strangely apt. Poetic even.

Adel Taarabt goes close for QPR

The QPR midfielder takes on and beats Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy and then tries to lift the ball over Joe Hart, who had charged off his goal-line. Hart stays on his feet and blocks the Moroccan's effort with his thigh.

Meanwhile in League One ...

Having gone a goal down to Yeovil, popular Milton Keynes franchise side MK Dons have restored parity courtesy of an Antony Kay strike in the 35th minute.

Man City get the ball in the net against QPR ...

... but Sergio Aguero's effort is chalked off for offside.

GOAL! Aston Villa 0-2 Newcastle (Cabaye)

Johan Cabaye doubles Newcastle's lead over their fellow relegation strugglers Aston Villa with a marvellous strike. Assuming Villa go on to lose this match, this will be Villa's fourth consecutive home defeat.

Bullard watch

"Has Jimmy Bullard injured himself yet sitting in the studio?" asks Bryan Tisinger. "I would be surprised if he makes it to halftime."

An email from David Wall ...

"Re: 7.49pm and the collective noun for substitute goal-keepers," he writes. "How about 'a bull-shit media-friendly grandstanding of...'. It's just that kind of stunt that illustrates how disingenuous Redknapp is. And wait until the post-match press conference when he'll claim that he genuinely had no other options."

GOAL! Stoke City 1-0 Wigan (Shawcross 23)

Stoke go a goal up against Wigan and it's a scrappy opener in what sounds like a poor game. Charlie Adam sent a free-kick into the penalty area, Jean Beausejour made a hash of his clearance, sending it looping towards Ryan Shawcross, who kept his head over the dropping ball to volley home with aplomb.

GOAL! Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle (Cisse 19)

That's a huge goal in arguably the most important Premier League fixture of the night. Pappiss Cisse opens the scoring for the visitors after 19 minutes, taking a couple of touches before slotting the ball past Villa's American goalkeeper.

QPR v Manchester City

Clint Hill goes perilously close to slicing the ball into his own goal while trying to clear a James Milner cross.

Sunderland v Swansea

Nathan Dyer has had a decent chance for Swansea, closely followed by Michu, who went close. Now Chico has brought a smart save out of Simon Mignolet, who is forced to turn the ball around his own upright and concede a corner.

Back at the Britannia ...

... Robert Huth, for it was he who was gushing blood, has been bandaged up and sent back on to marshall the Stoke City defence with stereotypically German efficiency.

Just the one goal so far ...

... unless you count that scored by Wrexham against Southport in the Conference. Should Wrexham win tonight, they'll go top of the table.

First goal of the night goes to ...

... Gillingham, who are playing Northampton in a second v third clash in League Two. Cody McDonald, on loan at the Gills from Coventry City, has bagged the opener after four minutes.

Blood's been shed at the Britannia

Robert Huth and Franco Di Santo have accidentally clashed heads at the Britannia Stadium, in the match between Stoke City and Wigan Athletic. One or both of them is gushing claret and receiving medical attention.

Not long until kick-off ...

Good luck to everyone who''se on board my Wigan/Newcastle/Reading (double result) treble from Monday's Football Weekly podcast. You'll need it if you're taking betting advice from me. If I had to pick one of those selections as a single, I'd definitely go for Wigan (translation: I have gone for Wigan).

Bullard watch

Jimmy suffers an early rick by forgetting Sergio Aguero's name, but quickly recovers his poise in time to say Harry Redknapp is "a great manager" and "it'll be hard for QPR" against the Premier League champions.

In other new signing news ...

Dulux dog lookalike and former Peterborough United, Wigan, Fulham, Hull City and MK Dons midfielder Jimmy Bullard is making his debut on Sky Sports' Blokes Watching The Matches On Televisions And Telling Us All What's Going on. He slots in to a line-up comprising Phil Thompson, Tony Cottee and Charlie Nicholas, with Julian Warren in the chair.

Aston Villa v Newcastle line-ups

Aston Villa: Guzan, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Lowton, Westwood,
Bannan, N'Zogbia, Bennett, Benteke, Bent.

Subs: Given, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Holman, Bowery, Weimann, Lichaj.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon,
Perch, Cabaye, Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Cisse.

Subs: Harper, Williamson, Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana,
Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

New French signings Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko all start for Newcastle at Villa Park

Stoke City v Wigan Athletic line-ups

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Whitehead, Whelan,
Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington, Walters, Crouch.

Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Jerome.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Golobart, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur,
McCarthy, Espinoza, Beausejour, Maloney, Di Santo.

Subs: Robles, Jones, Henriquez, Gomez, McManaman, Stam, Mustoe.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)


Sunderland v Swansea City line-ups

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Colback,
Johnson, N'Diaye, Vaughan, Larsson, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Wickham, Kilgallon, Mangane, McClean,

Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Williams, Chico, Davies, Dyer,
de Guzman, Britton, Hernandez, Shechter, Michu.

Subs: Cornell, Bartley, Graham, Lamah, Routledge, Rangel, Ki.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

QPR v Manchester City line-ups

QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Derry,
Da Silva, Taarabt, Granero, Remy.

Subs: Green, Park, Ben Haim, Zamora, Faurlin, Bothroyd, Murphy.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Javi Garcia, Clichy, Milner,
Barry, Nasri, Tevez, Silva, Aguero.

Subs: Pantilimon, Dzeko, Sinclair, Kolarov, Rodwell, Nastasic, Rekik.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

It's interesting to see that in Rob Green and Brian Murphy, QPR have not one, but two goalkeepers on the bench. Their match against MK Dons on Saturday proved they're not down to the bare bones, so this can only mean that Harry Redknapp is sending a message to his employers: "You've saddled me with rubbish players, so please let me buy some better ones before the January transfer window closes. Please."


We're off to a great start tonight ...

"I realise this message is only just going on the pile of similar missives from 'millions' of "irate" Dundonians," writes Ewan Mackie. But (a) It's Dundee UNITED that Motherwell were playing tonight ... and (b) It's off, giving us ample to prepare for the farcical nonsense of the visit from Zombie FC. Pretending to be disgusted, etc." Humble apologies to you Ewan and all the millions of other apparently indifferent Dundonians who didn't bother writing in to point out my heinous error.

Tonight's Premier League matches

Aston Villa v Newcastle

Qeens Park Rangers v Manchester City

Stoke City v Wigan Athletic

Sunderland v Swansea


Greetings all ...

Welcome to tonight's clockwatch, which is up there with a trip to the cinema to watch Les Miserables, doing the ironing, checking your children's hair for nits and a quiet night in watching episode two of The Following in the top five ways of keeping yourself amused on this Tuesday night.

There are four Premier League matches for our regular updating pleasure this evening, featuring a raft of potential relegation candidates: Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City, Stoke City v Wigan Athletic and Sunderland v Swansea.

Meanwhile in the Championship, there are two matches tonight. Deeply mired in the brown stuff, Barnsley will be hoping its a case of after the lord mayor's show as they take on Millwall, who travel to Oakwell still buzzing from their monotonously predictable "shock" FA Cup win over Villa last Friday night. In the other match, bottom-of-the-table Bristol City entertain Gianfranco Zola's Watford, who will go second in the table if they win tonight.

Time permitting, we'll also be monitoring events from League One, where there are four matches: Crawley v Preston North End, Leyton Orient v Swindon Town, Portsmouth v Notts County and Yeovil v MK Dons. In the SPL, Motherwell take on Dundee in a match many sports fans north of Hadrian's Wall are calling "the fitba".

I'll be here with all the team news and updates from approximately 7pm.


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