Goal! Southampton 1-3 Tottenham (Perisic 74)
Saints fail to clear from a corner and when Kulesevski hoists a cross back in Cristian Romero does enough to get the ball back to Perisic just inside the box to fire a volley home.
Goal! Wolves 2-3 Leeds (Matheus Cunha 73)
My call when Leeds 3-0 up is looking on very shaky ground. Cunha has his first goal since joining Wolves on loan from Atletico Madrid.
Both Ipswich and Portsmouth added second goals since the break against Shrewsbury and Bristol Rovers respectively.
Goal! Southampton 1-2 Tottenham (Kane 65)
Kulusevski stands up his man and whips in a cross, Kane gets above Walker-Peters and powers his header in. That is the England captain’s 12th goal in his last 14 games against Saints.
Goal! Wolves 0-3 Leeds (Rasmus Kristensen 62)
This is all over. Kristensen outmuscles his man and fires past Jose Sar.
Goal! Wolves 1-3 (Jonny 65)
All to play for! What a goal that is from Jonny, who takes advantage of Illan Meslier being well off his line to clear to loop a first-time volley in from more than 35 yards out.
Middlesbrough are now 2-0 up against Preston, Reading have equalised against Hull, Luton lead 1-0 at Sunderland and Wigan have levelled to make it 1-1 at Watford.
54 mins: VAR check for a penalty at St Mary’s. Peresic’s shot from the edge of the box its Maitland-Niles, the defenders hands were in that awkward body block position but he knew nothing about it. No penalty is the call, probably correct.
Goal! Brentford 1-1 Leicester (Harvey Barnes 52)
James Maddison’s clever pass gets Barnes in and the winger clips a smart finish past Raya in the Brentford goal.
Goal! Wolves 0-2 Leeds (Luke Ayling 49)
This is becoming a big afternoon for Leeds. They stretch their lead with Ayling stooping to nod home at the far post as he inexplicably finds himself unmarked at a corner. Softer than soft that.
Goal! Southampton 1-1 (Adams 46)
The second half has barely restarted and we are level. Walcott is played in down the right hand side, the winger gallops into the box and slides a ball across the six yard box for Adams to divert home off the far post. Great ball from Walcott and brave forward play from Adams.
Peeep! We are back underway for the second half across the 3pm kick-offs, apart from at St Mary’s where they are running slightly behind after playing seven minutes of added to deal with all of those injuries.
Plymouth have doubled their lead over Forest Green, Bali Mumba has made it 2-0.
Simon writes in to do my job for me with an update from Scotland:
No mid table mediocrity in Scotland, where Dundee United are leading St. Mirren 1-0 in their battle to escape the drop. Three points today will see them move level on points with Ross County who are trailing 2-0 at Livingston. Hibs lead Celtic 1-0 at half-time in Glasgow, though they are down to ten men.
More updates from Simon as the afternoon progresses (I hope).
League Two: Half-time scores
League One: Half-time scores
Championship: Half-time scores
Premier League: Half-time scores
Half-time: Wolves 0-1 Leeds
Harrison’s strike has the visitors ahead at the break.
Goal! Southampton 0-1 Tottenham (Porro 45+1)
Where did that come from? The board shows seven minutes of added time then Spurs, who have been – to be frank – dull as dishwater, grab the lead. Son receives the ball 35 yards from goal and turns under little pressure and slides it right to Porro who smashes it home off the underside of the crossbar. Romain Perraud was AWOL.
The tectonic plates are moving in the playoff spots. As it stands Salford up to seventh as they lead 2-1 against Doncaster. Mansfield are the team dropping a place to eight, they currently trail Stockport 0-1.
Aston Villa 1-0 Bournemouth
There was a penalty check for a handball against Jack Stephens, but replays showed it came off the Bournemouth defender’s thigh.
37 mins: Who has cursed St Mary’s? Both sides have had to make another change. Jan Bednarek has gone off to be replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Ben Davies went off, with Ivan Peresic coming on.
Goal! Brentford 1-0 Leicester (Jensen 32)
We had to wait for clearance from VAR on this one, but it is given. Jensen turns home via a deflection after Leicester failed to clear a corner routine.
Middlesbrough 1-0 Preston (Chuba Akpom 22 min)
A 24th goal for the season for Akpom gives Boro the lead. The Boro forward’s hot form infront of goal could well fire Michael Carrick’s side into the reckoning for the automatic promotion spots – they will be just three points behind Sheffield United with a win.
25 min: Couple of chances for Spurs. Firstly Harry Kane gtes free down their right and carries the ball into the box, but rather squaring to Son Heung-min the striker fires a shot into the defender. Then, as Saints fail to clear their lines, the ball falls to Pedro Porro but he can only volley high over the bar.
Big goal for Ashley Nadesan has Crawley ahead at Wimbledon. Crypto FC can jump ahead of Hartlepool if they win this one.
Plymouth lead bottom side Forest Green thanks to James Bolton. The Pilgrims can close Sheffield Wednesday’s lead to a single point with a win. Ipswich are ahead at Shrewsbury, George Hirst with that one. In the relegation scrap between Accrington and MK Dons, Sullay Kaikai has put Mark Jackson’s side 1-0 up.
Just two goals so far. Birmingham lead at struggling QPR, while Cardiff have struck first at Rotherham.
At St Mary’s both sides have now been forced into making early changes. Armel Bella-Kotchap was forced off with what looked like a shoulder injury to be replaced by Mohammed Salisu.
Goal! Aston Villa 1-0 Bournemouth (Douglas Luiz)
Leon Bailey squares the ball to Douglas Luiz who taps in the opener. The picture at the bottom of the table is going to be in constant flux this afternoon. As it stands Leeds are up to 14th.
Goal! Wolves 0-1 Leeds (Harrison 6mins)
Wilfried Gnonto gets to the byline on the right-hand side and cuts back into a dangerous area. Jack Harrison is alive to the chance whips the ball home from the penalty box and gets a clattering for his troubles. He will not care. Great finish, big goal.
4min: Big blow for Spurs as Richarlison goes off in tears with an injury. Dejan Kulusevski is coming on for the Brazilian, who picked something up in the warmup.
Peep peep! It’s Saturday. It’s 3pm. It’s time for football.
There were no early games in the top two tiers, but in League One Peterborough have moved up to seventh with a 3-0 win at Lincoln. Joe Ward, Jack Taylor and Jonson Clarke-Harris all finding the net.
At Valley Parade, Hartlepool missed a chance to move further clear of the League Two relegation. Goals Callum Cooke and Daniel Kemp had the Pools ahead twice but Andy Cook was twice able to level for Bradford
Crystal Palace play tomorrow with Paddy McCarthy temporarily at the helm, but former manager Roy Hodgson has been approached by the club about making a surprise return to Selhurst Park until the end of the season, Ed Aarons reports. The former England manager, who is 75, is understood to be interested in taking over from Vieira.
Others linked with the job include Paulo Fonseca, who is currently managing the French side Lille and came close to being appointed Tottenham manager in 2021. Former Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, Burnley’s Vincent Kompany and Michael Carrick of Middlesbrough are all said to be on Palace’s shortlist.
Looking across the continent…
…not a lot is happening today unless you are really into the battle for third-place in the Bundesliga (Bochum host RB Leipzig, for the die-hards). It is all quite mid-table otherwise.
Wolves v Leeds team news
Brentford v Leicester team news
Aston Villa v Bournemouth team news
Southampton v Tottenham team news
Alexander Isak’s late penalty last night means there is a bit of mustard on Spurs’ trip to Southampton. With no Champions League to focus on, the fabled ‘fourth place trophy’ is all Antonio Conte can achieve in
his last few months at Tottenham the last few months of the season.
In my head Spurs have a really good record at St Mary’s, but the facts say otherwise. The 5-2 thrashing at the start of the 2020/21 season was the only time in their last five meetings on the south coast that Spurs left victorius, with Saints winning two and a pair of 1-1 draws completing the set.
Elsewhere, intrigue comes at the Gtech (is that a thing?), where Brentford can jump back into the European spots if they beat Leicester. Wolves and Leeds are split by five teams but just four points in what is shaping up as the widest relegation battle ever. While Aston Villa, arguably the only truly mid-table team in the Premier League currently, will be looking to place a stiff arm on a Bournemouth side for whom mid-March mediocrity is an aspiration. Longing for a three-bed semi in the suburbs with a driveaway and a nice car to put in it, if you will.
These are all the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League:
Guiding you gently through Everton’s visit to Chelsea in the 5.30pm kick-off will be Daniel Gallan, while Scott Murray is on hand for minute-by-minute updates from the first FA Cup quarter-final of the weekend, which sees Manchester City welcome back Vincent Kompany and his Burnley side. That one gets unerway at 5.45pm.