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for 2001-2002 - Match 12 - 3-4.11.01

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

Saturday 3 November 2001

Bolton Wanderers v Everton 2-2

The Toffees really should have won this match and have only themselves to blame for the fact they did not do so. Jaaskelainen was injured during the warm-up so Kevin Poole, the 38-year old former Birmingham goalkeeper, signed on a short term contract, made his debut for the Trotters. Frandsen put the Trotters ahead in the 10th minute when he rifled home a free-kick behind Simonsen. Stubbs equalised for Everton two minutes before the break when Alexandersson took a quick free-kick, pushing the ball to Gascoigne, who pushed it on to Stubbs, who cracked the ball home against his former club from 30 yards out. Gascoigne put Everton ahead in the 57th minute when Radzinski flicked on a cross from Naysmith for Gascoigne to sweep home. Bolton fought back. In the dying seconds of the game, Ricketts forced the ball home in a melee to equalise.

Leicester City v Sunderland 1-0

Akinbiyi scored the only goal of the match in the 64th minute. It is likely to have been his last appearance for Leicester as he is expected to re-sign for Wolves in the next few days. It was a poor game with neither side impressing but Leicester showed more fight than anaemic Sunderland. Neither Kevin Phillips nor Niall Quinn, who came on as a substitute after Leicester had gone ahead, were on song. The goal came when Impey, playing on the left wing, saw his deep cross headed by Elliott into Akinbiyi's path. Thome blocked his first effort but Akinbiyi forced the ball home at the second attempt.

Middlesbrough v Derby County 5-1

The Teesiders went on the rampage against a very poor Derby side. All the goals came in the second half after a totally forgettable first half. Nemeth put them ahead in the 49th minute when Marinelli cut in from the right and Poom could only parry the ball to Nemeth, who made no mistake from close range. Marinelli added a second goal eight minutes later when Greening supplied a superb cross to the back post where Marinelli was lurking and fired the ball home. Two minutes later, Boksic made it 3-0 when Queudrue provided the pass that Boksic latched on to and diverted the ball behind Poom. Mustoe made the score 4-0 when he cracked home a shot from close range in the 73rd minute. Marinelli made it 5-0 when Derby just seemed to give up the ghost. Ravenelli scored a consolation goal for Derby a minute from time.

Newcastle United v Aston Villa 3-0

The Magpies scored twice, once before and once just after half-time to put them firmly in the driving seat before a further, very late goal was added to make the scoreline reflect the domination of the Magpies. Robbie Elliot's centre in the 37th minute was finely judged and Bellamy was left with plenty of time to volley the ball behind Schmeichel. Shearer added a second in the 50th minute to celebrate his 400th League appearance. It was Lee's cross that provided the space for Shearer to hammer th ball behind Schmeichel. As Villa pressed forward to try to reduce the arrears, they left gaps at the back from which the Magpies profited. It was Lee who provided the pass from which Bellamy scored with eight minutes left to play.

Southampton v Blackburn Rovers 1-2

It looked as if Southampton were going to win their first home game at St Marys when Pahars put them ahead after 36 minutes. The Latvian player took advantage of Berg's indecision to lash the ball home from 16 yards. But Blackburn equalised in injury time when Tugay lashed home a thunderbolt from 25 yards. Hignett snatched the winner deep in injury time at the end of the match when Bent lobbed the ball through for Hignett to divert the ball into the bottom corner of Jones' goal.

West Ham United v Fulham 0-2

The recent fine run by West Ham was brought to a halt when Fulham's French Connection did the damage. The first half was dreadful, illuminated only by Legwinski's goal in injury time. Malbranque centred from the left and Legwinski took advantage of poor marking to head the ball behind Hislop. Malbranque scored the second with 63 minutes gone when he sent Saha away down the wing for Saha to centre and Malbranque drilled the ball behind Hislop.

Sunday 4 November 2001

Arsenal v Charlton Athletic 2-4

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this game on TV. My only disappointment was that a former defender of Tottenham's was not playing in this shambles. Henry put Arsenal ahead after 6 minutes, when Pires provided the pass from which Henry scored. For a while, Arsenal looked to be in total control. Then, Konchesky floated a free-kick into Arsenal's goal area and Grimandi fatally hesitated to allow Brown to head the ball behind Wright in the 35th minute. Worse was to come for the Gunners when Konchesky took another free-kick in the 43rd minute. Wright came out to punch the ball away from Euell but somehow only succeeded in punching the ball into his own goal. Jensen increased Charlton's lead in the 49th minute, when Vieira lost the ball to Jensen who saw Wright was well off his goal line and chipped the ball home from a very acute angle. Euell completed the rout in the 53rd minute with Wenger wriggling annoyance on the bench. With Arsenal waiting for an offside call that never came, Euell pounced and sidestepped Wright. Henry reduced the arrears from the penalty spot in the 59th minute after Fish had brought down Henry. But Arsenal, despite piling on the pressure, never looked like scoring again. It was Charlton's first win at Highbury since 29th October 1955, when they also won 4-2.

Chelsea v Ipswich Town 2-1

Zola scored the first goal in the 36th minute, when Chelsea suddenly sprung into life after a lack lustre opening spell. A free-kick was awarded to Chelsea despite the fact Ipswich's Naylor had been fouled. Hasselbaink took further advantage by placing the ball 10 yards nearer the Ipswich goal than it should have been. From the free-kick, Chelsea roared into the attack and the ball skidded across the Ipswich goal to Zola, who poked the ball home. Stewart won a penalty in the 83rd minute when Melchiot sent him sprawling in the penalty area and the Ipswich striker made no mistake from the spot. Della Bona dashed Ipswich's hopes of sharing a point when he snatched victory for Chelsea in the 90th minute after being given the chance to blast the ball home.

Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur 2-1

Full report available here.

Liverpool v Manchester United 3-1

Owen took advantage of a disastrous mistake by Brown in the 31st minute. Brown failed to cut out a pass from Smicer and Owen won the race for the ball before Barthez could react. Riise added a second in the 40th minute when Brown brought down Owen. Hamann took the free-kick and Riise found a gap in the wall with a shot that recorded 70mph before it hit the back of the net. Beckham reduced the arrears in the 49th minute when Riise misjudged Irwin's cross to allow Beckham space to move and score. Owen promptly restored Liverpool's two goal advantage in the 50th minute when Riise took a long throw, Heskey lobbed the ball over the oncoming Barthez and Owen headed the ball into the empty net.


Pos             Pl.  W. D. L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  Leeds      11   6  5  0   15- 5   23
  2  Liverpool  10   7  1  2   20-10   22
  3  A. Villa   11   6  3  2   17-11   21
  4  Newcastle  11   6  2  3   21-14   20
  5  Arsenal    11   5  4  2   24-13   19
  6  Man United 11   5  3  3   28-20   18
  7  Chelsea    11   4  6  1   16-11   18
  8  Blackburn  12   4  5  2   20-15   17
  9  Spurs      12   5  2  5   19-17   17
 10  Bolton     12   4  4  4   16-16   16
 11  Everton    11   4  3  4   18-17   15
 12  Fulham     11   3  5  3   12-12   14
 13  M'brough   12   4  2  6   16-20   14
 14  West Ham   11   4  2  5   12-20   14
 15  Charlton   11   3  4  4   12-13   13
 16  S'derland  12   3  4  5   10-14   13
 17  Leicester  12   2  3  7    7-23    9
 18  Ipswich    12   1  5  6   13-20    8
 19  S'hampton  11   2  1  8   10-21    7
 20  Derby      11   1  4  6    9-22    7

Cheers, Brian

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