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for 2001-2002 - Match 13 - 17-19.11.01

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

Saturday 17 November 2001

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough 0-0

Although Villa dominated proceedings, they could not break down the Middlesbrough defence. Southgate and Ehiogu, two former Villa defenders, were at the heart of the Middlesbrough defence. Villa lost Delaney early on with a leg injury and Ian Taylor replaced him. Queudrue was replaced by Cooper at half-time but still the Middlesbrough defence held. Villa sent Ginola on with twenty minutes left but they still could not find a way past a resolute Middlesbrough defence.

Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool 1-1

The point that Liverpool seized at Ewood Park was sufficient to take them to the top of the table. Owen gave Liverpool the lead in the 30th minute when Gerrard put in a speculative cross that did not look very dangerous but Owen outjumped Berg to head the ball beyond Friedel's reach. Jansen equalised for Blackburn in the 52nd minute when Blackburn won a corner. Tugay intercepted a clearance but horribly sliced his shot. Gillespie got a toe to the ball and it eventually ran to Jansen, who slotted home with the minimum of fuss.

Derby County v Southampton 1-0

This win lifted Derby off the bottom of the table and dumped the Saints deeper in trouble. Mawene appeared to get a touch to the ball when the only goal of the game was scored in the 25th minute to separate two clubs in deep distress. Burley took a corner, Beattie spooned the ball high into the air. Goalkeeper Paul Jones could only watch in horror as the ball dropped into the goalmouth and Mawene apply the final touch.

Fulham v Newcastle United 3-1

Saha put Fulham ahead after 20 minutes. He played a on-two with Legwinski before scoring from 25 yards. Legwinski then increased Fulham's lead in the 28th minute when Malbranque provided a pass that split the Magpie's defence and allowed Legwinski to score with consummate ease. Newcastle reduced the arrears after 65 minutes when Hughes swung over a centre from the right and Speed headed the ball beyond van der Sar. But in the 70th minute a corner from Malbranque was whipped on to Hayles, who headed home with great glee to restore Fulham's two goal lead. Shortly afterwards, Goma was adjudged to have upset Robert. Shearer took the penalty and uncharacteristically missed as van der Sar finger-tipped the ball round the post.

Manchester United v Leicester City 2-0

Although the Champions won, it was not one of their better performances. It was van Nistelrooy who put them ahead after 20 minutes. Beckham provided the cross from which the Dutch striker headed home. A minute later, Leicester won a penalty after Blanc fouled Benjamin to prevent him from reach Akinbiyi's miscued shot. Barthez delayed the penalty by deliberately cleaning his boots on a post to wind Izzet up. Izzet took the penalty whilst Barthez did so and was forced to retake the penalty, which Barthez then saved. Yorke added a second in the 50th minute when Neville provided the cross from which Yorke headed home.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal 1-1

Read the full report here - remember the planned "Minute of Contempt"?

Sunday 18 November 2001

Everton v Chelsea 0-0

This was a terrible advertisement for football with both sides hopelessly out of form. Everton played Steve Watson, a defender, as a striker as both Ferguson and Campbell were not fit. There was some excuse for Everton with all their injuries but Chelsea had none. They were quite simply awful. Neither side looked like scoring no matter how long the game was played for.

Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers 1-2

The home side lost Marcus Stewart in a training accident on Saturday as he broke his jaw after colliding with team mate Pablo Counago and will be absent for at least two months. Bergsson gave the visitors the lead in the 6th minute when Bergsson headed home from Frandsen's corner. Ricketts added a second after 25 minutes when Bergsson prodded the ball forward for Ricketts to score. Holland reduced the arrears deep in first half injury time when he scored from 25 yards. Ipswich ended the match with 10 men after they had used all three substitutes when Le Pen, one of the substitutes, was injured thirteen minutes after coming on.

Sunderland v Leeds United 2-0

Two second half goals ended Leeds' unbeaten run in the Premier League. Leeds were without Bowyer, Viduka, Kewell and Woodgate for various reasons. Arca put Sunderland ahead in the 47th minute. Martyn should take the blame for that as he failed to hold on to a shot from McAteer and the ball ran loose to Arca, who forced the ball home. Phillips added a second in the 53rd minute. Williams lifted the ball to the edge of the area. Quinn chested the ball down and Phillips volleyed the ball home without checking his stride.

Monday 19 November 2001

Charlton Athletic v West Ham United 4-4

Paul Kitson scored a hat trick in an amazing eight goal thriller to mark his return to the West Ham side. Kitson opened the scoring in the 3rd minute when Di Canio put him through to volley the ball behind Kelly. Euell equalised after 21 minutes when Hislop failed to collect the ball from a headed back pass by Dailly and Euell nipped in to score. Euell added a second after 28 minutes to put Charlton ahead when Repka failed to clear Scott Parker's back heel. Kitson equalised in the 30th minute when Di Canio sent Minto away on the left and his pass allowed Kitson to brush past Fish to score. Johansson restored Charlton's lead in the 51st minute when a West Ham attack broke down, Parker threaded the ball forward and Johansson scored with a terrific finish. Kitson equalised again in the 64th minute when Di Canio crossed the ball to Sinclair, who pulled the ball back for Kitson to score. Defoe then put West Ham ahead in the 84th minute Dailly crossed the ball from the left and Defoe timed his run to perfection to volley the ball home. Johansson equalised for Charlton in the 90th minute when Johansson scored from an over head kick after Fish had back headed the ball across the goal.

Pos             Pl. W. D. L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  Liverpool  11  7  2  2   21-11   23
  2  Leeds      12  6  5  1   15- 7   23
  3  A. Villa   12  6  4  2   17-11   22
  4  Man United 12  6  3  3   30-20   21
  5  Arsenal    12  5  5  2   25-14   20
  6  Newcastle  12  6  2  4   22-17   20
  7  Chelsea    12  4  7  1   16-11   19
  8  Bolton     13  5  4  4   18-17   19
  9  Blackburn  13  4  6  2   21-16   18
 10  Spurs      13  5  3  5   20-18   18
 11  Fulham     12  4  5  3   15-13   17
 12  Everton    12  4  4  4   18-17   16
 13  S'derland  13  4  4  5   12-14   16
 14  M'brough   13  4  3  6   16-20   15
 15  West Ham   12  4  3  5   16-24   15
 16  Charlton   12  3  5  4   16-17   14
 17  Derby      12  2  4  6   10-22   10
 18  Leicester  13  2  3  8    7-25    9
 19  Ipswich    13  1  5  7   14-22    8
 20  S'hampton  12  2  1  9   10-22    7

Cheers, Brian

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