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for 2001-2002 - Match 11- 24-29.10.01

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

Wednesday 24 October 2001

Aston Villa v Charlton Athletic 1-0

The only goal of the match was scored by Kachloul after 9 minutes. Villa dominated much of the game as Charlton were very poor. It didn't help the Addicks cause that there had been a pre-match spat at their training ground between two Charlton players, one of whom was Andy Todd. The other was thought to be Dean Kiely, Charlton's goalkeeper, who was seen sporting a black eye. This is the second incident involving Todd, as he was sacked by Bolton for a similar offence before moving to Charlton.

Southampton v Ipswich Town 3-3

Gordon Strachan, the new Southampton manager, was disappointed the Saints only drew this match. They had stormed into a 2-0 lead and had then taken their foot off the pedal. Beattie and Pahars had put them 2-0 ahead in the first 23 minutes of the match. Stewart reduced the arrears immediately before the break but Marsden restored the Saints' two goal advantage early in the second half Venus then reduced the arrears after 64 minutes before Stewart equalised fifteen minutes from the end of the match.

West Ham United v Chelsea 2-1

The Blues' unbeaten run was ended at Upton Park when West Ham scored twice in the first 13 minutes. Carrick and Kanoute scored the goals that put the East London side in the driving seat. But almost immediately after Kanoute's goal, Hasselbaink reduced the arrears. Chelsea were unable to find an opening to get back on level terms despite fighting hard for the rest of the match.

Saturday 27 October 2001

Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers 3-2

Villa went to the top of the table after beating the Trotters. Ricketts had put Bolton in the lead after only 2 minutes when Frandsen sent Ricketts clear with a long ball over the Villa defence. Schmeichel was unable to retrieve the situation. Angel equalised for Villa in the 13th minute when Staunton's corner was headed home by Angel. Vassell gave Villa the lead in the 43rd minute when Angel sent Vassell away with Bergsson in hot pursuit. Vassell made no mistake with his shot. Two minutes after the break, Angel scored from the penalty spot after Hadji had been pushed by Gardiner. Ricketts reduced the arrears in the 75th minute when he slipped past Staunton and Delaney to score. Bergsson should have equalised late on but completely miscued the ball.

Charlton Athletic v Liverpool 0-2

Two first half goals were enough to settle this encounter. Redknapp scored the first goal in the 14th minute when a long through from Wright, who was later sent off, bounced across the Charlton goal area and Redknapp was perfectly positioned to force the ball home. Owen marked his return to the team following injury by scoring in the 44th minute. Hamann split the Charlton defence with a pass that Owen latched on to and hammered past Kiely. After that, Liverpool were content to contain Charlton.

Everton v Newcastle United 1-3

The Blues were mugged by the Toons with Bellamy playing a huge role in the win by the Magpies. Everton had dominated the early proceedings but had not been able to score. Against the run of play, Newcastle scored in the 18th minute when Acuna's 50-yard long ball saw Gerrard collide with Xavier. The ball ran loose to Bellamy who was able to score with ease. Xavier was carried off and replaced by Stubbs. Everton resumed their dominance but Solano mugged them again in the 49th minute when Shearer drifted out to the wing and Solano headed his cross home. Two minutes later, Everton reduced the arrears when Weir powerfully headed home Alexandersson's cross. But Acuna then mugged Everton with four minutes to go when Bellamy raced clear on the right, Robert pushed the ball back to Acuna, who blasted the ball home.

Fulham v Southampton 2-1

All the goals came in an eight minute spell midway through the first half. Malbranque put Fulham ahead in the 25th minute when Marlet headed goalwards and Malbranque slipped the ball behind Jones. Beattie equalised in the 32nd minute when the Fulham defence waited for Pahars to be flagged offside, a decision that never came, and Beattie had all the time in the world to pick his spot. But Fulham were quickly ahead again within a minute when Finan's low cross was inadequately cleared and Malbranque gratefully picked up the loose ball to fire high into the net.

Manchester United v Leeds United 1-1

The Champions were lucky to escape with a point from this match. It was a nasty squalid match in which tempers nearly boiled over. Robbie Keane should have been sent off by referee Dermot Gallagher when he threw a punch at Beckham but was only booked. It wasn't until the 77th minute that Leeds snatched the lead, although they had threatened to do so on many occasions. Kewell crossed from the left, the Reds' defence fatally hesitated and Viduka, looking offside, had plenty of time to lash the ball behind Barthez. It was deep in injury time before Solksjaer rose to head home Giggs' cross by the far post. Manchester United are not looking championship material at the moment.

Sunderland v Arsenal 1-1

This may well prove to be two very costly points dropped by the Gunners. Kanu had given them a 40th minute lead against the dispirited Wearsiders. He picked up a loose ball and shuffled through the Sunderland defence before picking his spot to score. Schwarz scored the equaliser in the 54th minute when he speculatively lobbed the ball in the direction of Wright's goal and no one was more surprised that Schwarz when he realised he has scored against his old side. There were 18 minutes left when Ljungberg was sent flying in the Sunderland penalty area. Vieira stepped up to take the penalty and skied the ball high over the bar.

Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough 2-1

Full report here.

Sunday 28 October 2001

Derby County v Chelsea 1-1

Ravenelli gave the Rams a 6th minute lead when Bosnich parried a shot from Powell but Ravenelli was on hand to turn the ball back into Chelsea's net. Chelsea were distinctly off colour and it was not until they switched to a flat back four that they showed something of their normal form. Hasselbaink equalised for Chelsea four minutes after the break when he volleyed home a Zenden cross. Bosnich and Poon then had to be at their best to prevent further goals and Lampard might have snatched a totally undeserved winner for Chelsea deep in injury time instead of screwing the ball wide of an empty goal.

Ipswich Town v West Ham United 2-3

Di Canio gave the Hammers a first half lead when he scored in the 22nd minute. Carrick sent Kanoute away, Hutchinson fed Di Canio and the Italian was left with a simple chance to score. Hreidarsson equalised after 63 minutes when a free kick from Venus was parried out by Hislop to Hreidarsson, who volleyed the ball home. Kanoute extended the Hammers' lead in the 71st minute when Hutchison ran from midfield before slipping the ball to Kanoute for the striker to score. Holland and Defoe scored one apiece in the dying seconds to round off the scoring.

Monday 29 October 2001

Blackburn Rovers v Leicester City 0-0

This was a very poor match with neither side playing particularly well. Given that it isn't so long ago that Blackburn thrashed West Ham, it is surprising they failed to win. There were six bookings, two of whom were predictably Savage and Wise. Graeme Souness admitted that it had been a very poor match at the press conference after the game.



Pos             Pl.  W. D.  L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  A. Villa   10   6  3   1   17- 8   21
  2  Leeds      10   5  5   0   13- 4   20
  3  Arsenal    10   5  4   1   22- 9   19
  4  Liverpool   9   6  1   2   17- 9   19
  5  Man United 10   5  3   2   27-17   18
  6  Newcastle  10   5  2   3   18-14   17
  7  Spurs      11   5  2   4   18-15   17
  8  Chelsea    10   3  6   1   14-10   15
  9  Bolton     11   4  3   4   14-14   15
 10  Blackburn  11   3  5   2   18-14   14
 11  Everton    10   4  2   4   16-15   14
 12  S'derland  11   3  4   4   10-13   13
 13  West Ham   10   4  2   4   12-18   14
 14  Fulham     10   2  5   3   10-12   11
 15  M'brough   11   3  2   6   11-19   11
 16  Charlton   10   2  4   4    8-11   10
 17  Ipswich    11   1  5   5   12-18    8
 18  Derby      10   1  4   5    8-17    7
 19  S'hampton  10   2  1   7    9-19    7
 20  Leicester  11   1  3   7    6-23    6

Cheers, Brian

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