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for 2001-2002 - Match 10 - 20-22.10.01

With many thanks to Brian Judson, without whom this feature would not be possible

Saturday 20 October 2001

Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers 3-3

Gillespie opened the scoring in the 41st minute when, against the run of play, Jansen drifted over to the edge of the penalty area and released Gillespie on the opposite flank. Van Bronckhorst was left for dead as Gillespie fired a shot that came off the Dutchman as he struggled to regain position and flew past the stranded Wright. Pires equalised three minutes after the break when the ball broke for him. He looked set to lose the ball as he fractionally hesitated but recovered to drive the ball behind Friedel. Bergkamp then fired Arsenal ahead in the 53rd minute when Pires found room on the byeline and pulled the ball back for Bergkamp to drive home. Dunn then equalised for Blackburn in the 58th minute when he picked the ball up from some 35 yards out and let fly at Wright's goal. Henry restored Arsenal's lead in the 75th minute when Wiltord fed Henry, who scored from close range. But Blackburn were not finished and in the dying seconds, Dunn snatched a deserved equaliser when Dunn scored from close range at the height of a melee in front of Wright's goal.

Derby County v Charlton Athletic 1-1

Ravenelli gave Derby an early lead in the 15th minute when he headed home a Craig Burley corner to notch his sixth goal for Derby. Charlton's equaliser came in the 73rd minute when Euell let fly from an acute angle and the ball flew into Feuer's, the Derby goalkeeper, net. Derby had plenty of chances to kill off the game before Charlton equalised.

Everton v Aston Villa 3-2

The Toffees held on grimly to win this match in which a goalkeeper scored the best goal of the afternoon! Everton raced into a 3-0 lead before Villa began to fight back. Watson scored the first goal in the 31st minute when Alexandersson lifted the ball into the goal area for Naysmith to lift back to the other post for Watson to force the ball home. Radzinski added a second in the 59th minute when Delaney lost possession of the ball. Alpay failed to cut the centre out and Naysmith provided the pass from which Radzinski tapped the ball home. Three minutes later, Gravesen added a third when Gemmill took a free-kick for Gravesen to smash the ball home. Hadji reduced the arrears in the 71st minute when Wright's long cross was headed into the far corner by Hadji. Dublin missed a glorious chance to reduce the arrears further when he missed Ginola's free-kick. In injury time, Schmeichel reduced the arrears when he joined the attack for a corner and hooked the ball behind Gerrard.

Leicester City v Liverpool 1-4

Fowler opened the scoring for Liverpool after only 5 minutes when McAllister took a corner. Walker blocked Riise's shot but could do nothing to prevent Fowler from thumping the rebound home. Hyypia added a second five minutes later when McAllister swung in a free-kick and Hyypia headed the ball home. Fowler added a third for Liverpool just two minutes before the break when Murphy picked up a loose ball and slipped it to Fowler, who smashed the ball behind a bemused Walker. Wise reduced the arrears in the 58th minute when he headed the ball home from a Davidson cross. But in the dying seconds of the match, Fowler completed his hat-trick when he volleyed home a spectacular goal behind Walker, who was left clawing at space.

Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers 1-2

The Champions rung the changes, making eight changes to the side that had lost in midweek to Deportivo La Coruna. Veron gave them the lead in the 25th minute when he took a superbly struck 25-yard free-kick after Bergsson had fouled Cole. Nolan equalised for Bolton ten minutes later when N'Gotty found Ricketts, who headed the ball down to Nolan. Barthez was caught in two minds as Nolan smashed the ball home. Ricketts grabbed the winning goal with six minutes left when Brown lost possession of the ball. Barthez was again caught in two minds as to what to do as Ricketts powerfully drove the ball home. It has to be said that Manchester United played well below form.

West Ham United v Southampton 2-0

The Hammers were relieved to win this match, which sealed the doom for Stuart Gray, the Southampton manager. Both goals came in the second half and both were scored by Kanoute. His first goal came in the 53rd minute when Winterburn broke down the left and provided the cross from which Kanoute headed home. Kanoute's second goal in the 81st minute came when di Canio's shot came back off the crossbar and fell nicely for Kanoute to head home.

Sunday 21 October 2001

Fulham v Ipswich Town 1-1

Boa Morte had a very eventful afternoon at Craven Cottage. He missed a penalty, butted an Ipswich player (being only booked for the offence!) and was sent off for diving in an attempt to secure a penalty. All this and a Barry Hayles goal in the 23rd minute! Hayles' goal had come from a Collins free-kick. Ipswich equalised in the second half when Wright scored in the 55th minute. That was virtually the only time Ipswich threatened to disturb Fulham, who look a safer bet to survive than Ipswich currently appear to be.

Leeds United v Chelsea 0-0

An explosive game saw Leeds return to the top of the table after Arsenal had enjoyed a brief stay at the summit. Le Saux was lucky to avoid being dismissed for a terrible foul on Danny Mills. The usually imperturbable David O'Leary was dismissed for arguing with the officials when Le Saux was booked. Mills' leg was apparently raked from his knee to his hip. Both defences were well on top of the opposition's forwards and neither side looked like scoring.

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur 0-2

Full report from the heights of St. James' park here!

Monday 22 October 2001

Middlesbrough v Sunderland 2-0

In a very poor match, Middlesbrough just about deserved to beat a very poor Sunderland side, whose only tactic seemed to be to look for Niall Quinn in the hope that he could head the ball down for Phillips to score. Both players looked woefully out of form and Sunderland are drifting towards the wrong end of the table. Both goals came early on in the game. Queudrue put Middlesbrough ahead after only two minutes when Marinelli's inswinging corner was firmly headed home by the Frenchman. Boksic added a second in the 21st minute when his header was deflected into his own goal by Craddock. Thereafter, Middlesbrough were content to contain Sunderland, whose best player was McAteer, who was making his debut. Ince was sent off for raising his hands to Quinn, who promptly sent him off, although Quinn was only booked for his part in the incident.



Pos             Pl. W. D. L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  Leeds       9  5  4  0   12- 3   19
  2  Arsenal     9  5  3  1   21- 8   18
  3  Man United  9  5  2  2   26-16   17
  4  Liverpool   8  5  1  2   15- 9   16
  5  A. Villa    8  4  3  1   13- 6   15
  6  Bolton     10  4  3  3   12-11   15
  7  Chelsea     8  3  5  0   12- 7   14
  8  Everton     9  4  2  3   15-12   14
  9  Spurs      10  4  2  4   16-14   14
 10  Newcastle   9  4  2  3   15-13   14
 11  Blackburn  10  3  4  2   18-14   13
 12  S'derland  10  3  3  4    9-12   12
 13  M'brough   10  3  2  5   10-17   11
 14  Charlton    8  2  4  2    8- 8   10
 15  Fulham      9  1  5  3    8-11    8
 16  West Ham    8  2  2  4    7-16    8
 17  Ipswich     9  1  4  4    7-12    7
 18  Derby       9  1  3  5    7-16    6
 19  S'hampton   8  2  0  6    5-14    6
 20  Leicester  10  1  2  7    6-23    5

Cheers, Brian

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