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for 2001-2002 - Match 14-24-25.11.01

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

Saturday 24 November 2001

Bolton Wanderers v Fulham 0-0

This was a dreadful game with very few shots on target. Neither side deserved to win. Bolton have only scored twice in their last five home matches, their early season confidence gone. Understandably, Fulham were happier with the point than Bolton were.

Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers 0-0

The Blues wasted a glorious chance to catch up on the leaders. It was their fourth draw of the season at the Bridge and their most inept performance so far. Blackburn generally produced the better chances and almost scored in the first minute. Jansen fatally hesitated before shooting, allowing Gallas to retrieve the situation. The longer the game went on, the less likelier it looked that a goal would be scored.

Leicester City v Everton 0-0

There were few thrills in this match. Neither side looked like scoring though Scowcroft should have won the match for Leicester in the 84th minute. He was put through and only had Simonsen to beat but shot tamely at the Everton goalkeeper. Gascoigne played for the last half hour for Everton. Walker was rarely threatened by Everton in the Leicester goal.

Newcastle United v Derby County 1-0

Alan Shearer scored the only goal of the game from a penalty, a week after he had missed his last penalty. It was awarded in the 30th minute when Riggott sent Robert flying in the penalty area. Shearer made no mistake from the spot this week. Later, Ravenelli missed a similar chance when Given, who played a blinder, saved his penalty. O'Brien had upended Ravenelli. The Italian was then prevented from equalising for Derby by Given brilliantly anticipating where he would place the ball.

Southampton v Charlton Athletic 1-0

The Saints finally won a match at home when Pahars scored after 57 minutes. A record crowd of 31,198 spectators saw them finally break the hoodoo of being unable to win at home. Beattie provided the cross from which Pahars headed home. Both teams lacked invention. Charlton nearly scored an equaliser with two minutes left when Brown saw his shot hit an upright and rebound to safety.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur 0-1

Full report available here.

Sunday 25 November 2001

Arsenal v Manchester United 3-1

Scholes opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he pounced on a cross from Silvestre to force the ball home through a packed goalmouth. Ljungberg equalised in the 48th minute when Gary Neville made a hash of a clearance, leaving the Swedish international time to chip the ball over Barthez. Henry put Arsenal ahead in the 80th minute when Barthez missed his kick when trying to make a clearance and the ball ran straight to Henry, who made no mistake from close range. Henry then extended Arsenal's lead in the 85th minute when Barthez dropped the ball at his feet and Henry had the ball in the back of the net before anyone else could react.

Leeds United v Aston Villa 1-1

Smith opened the scoring for Leeds in the 18th minute when Keane pounced on a poor backpass by Wright and teed up the ball for Smith, whose shot went in off the hapless Stone. Smith was then sent off in the 32nd minute for thrusting his elbow in Kachloul's face. Kachloul equalised for Aston Villa in the 35th minute when Merson took a free kick for Kachloul to volley past Martyn. later, Hendrie was booked instead of being sent off after pushing Mills in the face. Villa promptly called Hendrie off as a safeguard against a further booking that would have led to a sending off.

Liverpool v Sunderland 1-0

Heskey scored the only goal of the game in the 22nd minute when Haas conceded a free-kick by fouling Smicer. Murphy took the free-kick and Heskey headed the ball home with a terrific header. Later, Hamman was sent off for a dreadful two-footed tackle on Haas. Acting manager Phil Thompson was furious over the decision and initially refused to shake hands with Haas at the end of the game. With Hamann sent off, Fowler was called off so that McAlister could replace the absent Hamman in midfield. Although Sunderland fought like tigers, they never looked like equalising.

Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town 0-0

Ipswich started with Bent up front alongside Armstrong. George Burley claimed after the game that Ipswich should have had a penalty in the 36th minute when Queudrue appeared to pull Bent down but the referee waved play on. Counago also had a chance to score but saw his shot hit the post with Crossley stranded and bounce to safety.

Pos             Pl. W. D. L.  For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Liverpool  12  8  2  2   22- 11   26
  2  Leeds      13  6  6  1   16-  8   24
  3  Arsenal    13  6  5  2   28- 15   23
  4  Newcastle  13  7  2  4   23- 17   23
  5  A. Villa   13  6  5  2   18- 12   23
  6  Man United 13  6  3  4   31- 23   21
  7  Spurs      14  6  3  5   21- 18   21
  8  Chelsea    13  4  8  1   16- 11   20
  9  Bolton     14  5  5  4   18- 17   20
 10  Blackburn  14  4  7  2   21- 16   19
 11  Fulham     13  4  6  3   15- 13   18
 12  Everton    13  4  5  4   18- 17   17
 13  S'derland  14  4  4  6   12- 15   16
 14  M'brough   14  4  4  6   16- 20   16
 15  West Ham   13  4  3  6   16- 25   15
 16  Charlton   13  3  5  5   16- 18   14
 17  S'hampton  13  3  1  9   11- 22   10
 18  Derby      13  2  4  7   10- 23   10
 19  Leicester  14  2  4  8    7- 25   10
 20  Ipswich    14  1  6  7   14- 22    9

Cheers, Brian

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