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for 2001-2002 - Match 16 - 5-9.12.01

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

Wednesday 5 December 2001

Chelsea v Charlton Athletic 0-1

Prior to this match, Chelsea had not lost at home since they played the same opposition last April. They had an impressive record going into this match. But Mark Fish dominated Hasselbaink so effectively that Chelsea were punchless. Charlton lost Robinson after only 3 minutes and he was replaced by Konchesky. Chelsea had the better of the game without looking likely to score until Lisbie struck in the 89th minute. Konchesky took a free-kick on the right and the ball dropped so that Lisbie had no trouble in diverting the ball behind Cudicini.

West Ham United v Aston Villa 1-1

Dublin put the visitors ahead in the 1st minute. James sliced a goal-kick straight to Stone, who centred the ball. Repka failed to clear the ball and Dublin was able to head home. Staunton nearly added a second from a corner-kick soon afterwards and Dublin appeared to head the ball home for a second goal in the 41st minute from a Merson corner but the referee waved play on. Di Canio missed a penalty in the 65th minute when he shot tamely at Enckelman. Defoe scored the equaliser in the third minute of injury time at the end of the match.

Saturday 8 December 2001

Charlton Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur 3-1

Full report is available here.

Derby County v Bolton Wanderers 1-0

Christie scored the only goal in the 66th minute when Derby finally managed to make their pressure pay off. Bolton did not look as impressive at Pride Park as they had at White Hart Lane. The only puzzle was that it took Derby so long to score. It was Carbone's centre to the near post for Christie to divert the ball behind Jaaskelainen that finally split both sides.

Fulham v Everton 2-0

A poor, toothless Everton side were plunged deep into trouble after this stormy match. Hayles gave the Londoners the lead after 36 minutes when Weir fouled Saha 22 yards out from goal. Malbranque took the free-kick and Brevett centred the ball for Hayles to head home. Hayles added a second five minutes after the break when Fulham won a corner. Malbranque whipped the ball into the box and Hayles was given time and space to tap the ball home. In the 73rd minute there was a brawl on the pitch when Boa Morte caught Weir as he cleared the ball on the edge of the penalty area. The Everton captain dragged his foot across Boa Morte's face, which provoked the brawl. Hayles appeared to stamp on Weir as he lay on the ground. After the brawl, the referee consulted his linesman before dismissing both Boa Morte and Weir but I expect the FA to hold a further enquiry.

Leicester City v Southampton 0-4

The Saints picked up three priceless points in their annual quest to avoid relegation from top flight football. Svensson opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Pahars flicked the ball into the Swedish player's path and Walker could do nothing to prevent him from scoring. Beattie added a second in the 64th minute when Pahars made ground on the left, Beattie won the race to the ball and diverted the ball beyond Walker. Svensson made the score 3-0 in the 75th minute when a shot from Telfer was deflected by Sinclair into Svensson's path, who calmly slotted the ball behind the exposed Walker. Pahars completed the rout in injury time when he stole in by the far post to get on to the end of a cross from Dodd.

Liverpool v Middlesbrough 2-0

The two goals that Liverpool scored in the first half were sufficient to earn them the points. Owen scored his 99th League goal for Liverpool in the 27th minute. Middlesbrough had lost Crossley through injury ten minutes before this goal when the 'keeper had bravely flung himself at the feet of McAlister at the height of a raid. Marlon Beresford replaced him in goal. Riise, Murphy and Berger all combined to set up the pass from which Owen scored from a searing drive. Deep in injury time for the first half, Berger added a second for Liverpool with a rasping shot from some 20 yards. Liverpool were content to push the ball about in the second half.

Manchester United v West Ham United 0-1

There is surely no way back for Manchester United after another incompetent display from a side that should have walked over the injury hit Hammers. There were so many mistakes made that it is difficult to be concise. Suffice to say that the Mancunians never looked like scoring despite dominating the play at times. The vital goal was scored by Defoe in the 64th minute. Di Canio provided the pass from which Defoe headed home. Long before the end, the home supporters were jamming the exits, all too aware that their dominance of the Premier League is over.

Sunday 9 December 2001

Arsenal v Aston Villa 3-2

Merson put Villa ahead in the 21st minute when Enckelman's mammoth goal-kick bounced favourably for Merson to hook it over the advancing Taylor. Stone added a second in the 34th minute when Wright, Dublin and Hendrie swapped passes before Stone hammered the ball behind Taylor. Coming on as s second half substitute, Wiltord reduced the arrears in the 46th minute. Pires dispossessed Stone and sent Parlour away and Wiltord swept home Parlour's cross. Henry equalised in the 72nd minute when Vieira provided the pass from which Henry scored. With the referee looking at his watch, Henry scored the winner in the 90th minute when Enckelman's poor goal kick provided Cole with the ball. Boateng won the ball but lost it to Pires who sent Henry away to slip the ball beyond the hapless goalkeeper.

Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United 1-2

Blackburn had generally had the better of the match until Kewell struck in the 55th minute. They had looked the more likelier of the two sides to score until Kelly took advantage of a lapse in concentration to race clear and cross the ball to Fowler. The former Liverpool player's shot was parried by Friedel into Kewell's path and after that there was little doubt who would win. Kewell added a second goal in the 62nd minute when he met another Kelly cross with a fine header. Berg scored a consolation goal for Blackburn in the 83rd minute.

Ipswich Town v Newcastle United 0-1

The Tractor Boys have been cut adrift at the bottom of the table and are beginning to pray for a miracle if they are to survive their dreadful season. Solano scored the only goal of the game in the 20th minute when Speed's shot struck Sereni and rebounded to Solano for the little man to divert home before Sereni could recover. But Armstrong should have equalised 15 minutes later when Given brought off a tremendous save.

Sunderland v Chelsea 0-0

The poor form of Kevin Phillips was the main reason why Chelsea survived their visit to the Stadium of Light. Cudicini foiled Phillips twice. But Chelsea had a goal disallowed when Melchiot was deemed to have fouled Sorensen after Jokanovic had scored.


Pos             Pl. W.  D. L.  For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Liverpool  14  10  2  2   25-11   32
  2  Arsenal    15   8  5  2   33-17   29
  3  Leeds      15   7  7  1   18- 9   28
  4  Newcastle  15   8  3  4   25-18   27
  5  Chelsea    16   5  9  2   19-12   24
  6  A. Villa   16   6  6  4   21-18   24
  7  Spurs      16   7  3  6   25-23   24
  8  Fulham     15   5  7  3   17-13   22
  9  Man United 15   6  3  6   31-27   21
 10  Charlton   16   5  6  5   21-20   21
 11  Everton    15   5  5  5   20-19   20
 12  Bolton     16   5  5  6   20-21   20
 13  S'derland  16   5  5  6   13-15   20
 14  Blackburn  16   4  7  4   22-19   19
 15  M'brough   16   5  4  7   17-22   19
 16  West Ham   16   5  4  7   18-27   19
 17  S'hampton  15   4  1 10   15-24   13
 18  Derby      15   3  4  8   11-24   13
 19  Leicester  16   3  4  9    9-29   13
 20  Ipswich    16   1  6  9   14-25    9

Cheers, Brian

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