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for 2003-2004 - Match 5

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, September 13th, 2003
Arsenal v Portsmouth 1-1

Sheringham put the visitors ahead in the 26th minute after Stone whipped in a vicious centre that Sheringham was fastest to react to and head the ball into the Arsenal goal. Henry scored from the penalty spot at the second attempt in the 40th minute after Pires had been tripped by Zivkovic. Both sides had their chances in the second half but wasted them all, none more so than Toure, who missed from point blank range.

Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool 1-3

Jensen put Blackburn ahead in the 8th minute when Cole flicked on a pass for Jensen to slip past Carragher to score. Shortly afterwards, Owen equalised from the penalty spot in the 12th minute after Gresko had brought down Diouf. Carragher was carried off with a broken leg after being recklessly tackled by Neill, who was sent off. Owen put Liverpool in front in the 68th minute when Smicer spotted a gap in the Blackburn defence and slipped the ball to Owen, who, needless to say, made no mistake. Kewell rounded off a successful afternoon for Liverpool by driving the ball home in the 90th minute.

Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough 2-0

Davies opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Davies lost his marker and headed home a cross from Giannaakopoulous, after Middlesbrough had spurned a number of chances to go ahead.. N'Gotty grabbed the second in the 81st minute when Giannaakopoulous bicycled a centre for N'Gotty to head home.

Charlton Athletic v Manchester United 0-2

The first goal was scored when Manchester United won a free-kick. Giggs took the free-kick which came back off the wall. Gary Neville hoisted the ball into the goal area, where it came off Butt to fall perfectly for van Nistelrooy to score in the 62nd minute. The second goal also came from a free-kick. Giggs was allowed to find an entirely unmarked van Nistlerooy, completely unmarked, in the 81st minute. He pivoted and drove the ball home from close range.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur 4-2

As is my normal custom, I am not commenting on this match. Be thankful we only lost 4-2! My local team lost 0-9 at home in the FA Cup!Read the full match report here

Everton v Newcastle United 2-2

There were two red cards, 11 other bookings, and three penalties. Newcastle's Robert and Everton's Naysmith were dismissed. Robert was sent off just before half-time, having acquired two yellow cards. Naysmith was dismissed early in the second half for a foul on Dyer. Shearer scored from the penalty spot in the 59th minute as a result of Dyer being tripped. Radzinski equalised in the 67th minute after Newcastle had failed to clear a loose ball. Shearer scored from the penalty spot again in the 82nd minute after Yobo fouled Bernard. Ferguson grabbed a late equaliser for Everton from the penalty spot in the 88th minute after Jenas had fouled Radzinski.

Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0

The Saints were not bothered by the Wolves, which made it a sad homecoming for former Saints manager Dave Jones. Beattie scored from the penalty spot in the 37th minute when Irwin was adjudged to have upended Phillips. In the second half, Beattie added a second goal in the 52nd minute when Phillips provided the pass from which Beattie scored with a stinging shot.

Sunday, September 14th, 2003
Birmingham City v Fulham 2-2

Saha put Fulham ahead in the 1st minute when he ran past Upson and evaded Taylor to drive the ball into an empty goal. Forssell equalised for the Blues in the 45th minute, taking advantage of some indecision to drive the ball home. On the hour, Legwinski was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Sky Sports suggested that whilst he was late in making his tackle, it wasn't as bad as it looked and thought he was unlucky to go. Boa Morte put Fulham ahead again in the 78th minute when Taylor collided with Boa Morte as they went up for the ball. Boa Morte recovered faster and drove the ball into the empty net. Forssell equalised for the Blues in the 82nd minute when, from a corner, Purse headed the ball to van der Sar, who punched the ball out for Forssell to equalise. Immediately after that, Purse was sent off for throwing a punch at Boa Morte when the latter was trying to delay the ball being returned to the centre circle as Birmingham wanted to go for the win.

Manchester City v Aston Villa 4-1

It was Anelka who captured the post-match headlines but it was McManaman's inventive running on his debut that caught the eye. Angel had put Villa ahead in the 31st minute when he had headed the visitors ahead after squandering many other chances to snatch the lead. Anelka equalised from the penalty spot in the 48th minute after Delaney had used a hand to tug McManaman back in the goal area. Tarnet put them ahead in the 50th minute when he drove the ball through a forest of legs to deceive the Villa goalkeeper. Anelka scored a second penalty in the 68th minute after Jihai Sun had been tripped by Whittingham. Anelka completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute when he ignored the ineffective Allpay to drive the ball beyond Sorensen.

Monday, September 15th, 2003
Leicester City v Leeds United 4-0

This was largely a one-sided match after Leeds fell behind to Leicester. Nalis put the home side ahead in the 20th minute when he collected a poorly cleared ball from Morris and volleyed the ball home for what will surely be the Goal of the Month. Dickov added a second in the 23 rd minute when Bent deceived Kelly and put Dickov through, leaving Robinson horribly exposed and allowing Dickov time to pick his spot. Confusion within the Leeds defence led to a second goal by Dickov in the 83rd minute after Radebe had slopped. Scowcroft completed the rout in the 90th minute when he headed the fourth goal.

Cheers, Brian

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

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

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