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for 2003-2004 - Match 14

With many thanks to Brian Judson, without whom this feature would not be possible.If you have any questions for Brian, please address them to me, and I shall pass them on.

Saturday, November 29th.2003
Aston Villa v Southampton 1-0

There was a pre-match march by dissatisfied Aston Villa fans, demanding that Doug Ellis should quit as Chairman, Dublin scored the only goal of the game in the 45th minute when Beattie made a hash of clearing a Villa corner and Dublin quickly forced the ball into the Saints goal. Neither side played well and both will be looking nervously over their shoulders if they continue to play like this.

Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur 1-0

Read the full match report here.

Bolton Wanderers v Everton 2-0

The Blues threw this game away. They had plenty of chances but could not convert them. Frandsen put the Trotters ahead in the 26th minute when Campo forced Martyn to punch his clearance away from goal but Frandsen was on hand to head the ball into the goal. Djorkaeff added a second in the 46th minute when he lobed the ball in the general direction of the goal and saw the ball strike Nolan to wrong foot Martyn. Bolton always looked the better side.

Charlton Athletic v Leeds United 0-1

Milner scored the only goal in the 9th minute to give Leeds a timely boost. Viduka put him through and he side-footed the ball with some aplomb behind Kiely. Thereafter, Charlton pushed forward, becoming more and more frustrated and tempers became high.

Portsmouth v Leicester City 0-2

Micky Adams is desperately trying to persuade Les Ferdinand to commit himself to one more season instead of retiring at the end of the season. It was Ferdinand who opened the scoring in the 31st minute when he blasted Leicester into the lead from a free-kick. Bent added a second goal in the 59th minute when he scored from close range. Portsmouth's early fizz has now subsided and they are sliding down the table fast.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United 1-1

Following the delayed start to the game after a woman had been injured by a rogue firework, it took time for the game to flow. Blake put the home side ahead in the 27th minute when Given failed to win a race to a long ball from Rae, leaving the Welsh international with a simple chance to score. But Shearer equalised in the 31st minute when he pounced on a defensive error to score. Newcastle were unconvincing and were slightly lucky to take a point from this match.

Sunday, November 30th 2003
Arsenal v Fulham 0-0

No matter what the Gunners tried, they could not force their way through the Fulham defence. They achieved their point by packing their goal area, leaving Saha to patrol the halfway line. They thus became the first team since April 2001 to prevent Arsenal from scoring at Highbury. For that. Van der Sar must take the credit for a brilliant exposition of what a goalkeeper should do. Fulham had two chances to score but muffed both of them.

Chelsea v Manchester United 1-0

The only goal of the game came when Lampard scored from the penalty spot in the 30th minute when Keane sent Cole flying in the penalty area. Manchester United played well below par and seldom looked like scoring. The Chelsea defence kept van Nistlerooy under wraps and seldom gave him the chance to weave his magic.

Liverpool v Birmingham City 3-1

Forsell put the Blues ahead in the 33rd minute when the Liverpool defence failed to clear a Savage free-kick and the ball ran loose to the unmarked Forsell for him to score. Gerrard equalised through a penalty in the 35th minute when Sinama-Pongolle was tripped b y a Birmingham defender. Kewell put Liverpool ahead in the 69th minute when he headed home a cross from Riise. Heskey added a third goal in the 76th minute when Diao centred the ball which Heskey chested down and hooked into the goal. But this was a very sub-standard Liverpool performance.

Manchester City v Middlesbrough 0-1

Jihai conceded an own goal in the 30th minute following a run by Juninho. Dunne failed to block the ball and only deflected it to Jihai, who could not prevent the ball flying into his own goal. Middlesbrough defended their goal after that and finally saw Middlesbrough test their goalkeeper, Ellegaard, just before the referee blew for full-time.

Cheers. Brian

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

Pos.         Pl. W. D. L. F-A.  GD Pts

 1 Chelsea   14 11  2  1 28-9   19  35
 2 Arsenal   14 10  4  0 28-10  18  34
 3 Man Utd   14 10  1  3 25-9   16  31
 4 Fulham    14  6  4  4 24-18   6  22 
 5 Charlton  14  6  4  4 20-17   3  22
 6 Liverpool 14  6  3  5 21-15   6  21
 7 Newcastle 14  5  5  4 20-19   1  20
 8 B'mingham 14  5  5  4 12-14  -2  20
 9 Man City  14  5  3  6 22-19   3  18
10 M'brough  14  5  3  6 12-15  -3  18
11 Bolton    14  4  6  4 13-19  -6  18
12 So'pton   14  4  5  5 10-9    1  17
13 L'cester  14  4  3  7 22-22   0  15
14 P'tsmouth 14  4  3  7 17-20  -3  15 
15 Spurs     14  4  3  7 13-18  -5  15 
16 Blackburn 14  4  2  8 19-24  -5  14
17 A. Villa  14  3  5  6 11-17  -6  14
18 Everton   14  3  4  7 15-19  -4  13 
19 Wolves    14  2  5  7  9-27 -18  11
20 Leeds     14  3  2  9 12-33 -21  11

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