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for 2001-2002 - Match 17

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

Wednesday 12 December 2001
Liverpool v Fulham 0-0

Owen, needing one goal to complete his 100 goals for Liverpool, missed six chances. In at least one attempt, he spurned the chance to allow Heskey, who was better placed, to score. But Fulham had their chances but they were wasted because of Malbranque's poor final pass. McAlister went closest to scoring when his free-kick came back off a post and was cleared by Finnan.

Manchester United v Derby County 5-0

Solksjaer opened the scoring in the 6th minute when he chested down Silvestre's cross before volleying the ball past Oakes. Keane added a second in the 10th minute when he turned in a shot from Solksjaer for his first goal of the season. Solksjaer increased the lead to 3-0 in the 58th minute when Oakes parried a shot from Van Nistleroy to Solksjaer who promptly whipped the ball into the net. Van Nistleroy then made the score 4-0 in the 63rd minute when Keane provided the cross for the Dutch striker to score. Scholes rounded off the scoring with a simple tap-in in the 89th minute.

Saturday 15 December 2001
Bolton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic 0-0

The Trotters dominated the match without ever looking likely to score. They were also fortunate that Jaaskelainen was in fine form. Both sides produced chances to score with Lisbie missing a glorious chance to score for Charlton as early as the 3rd minute. Ricketts was held in check by the Charlton defence, particularly 'keeper Kiely.

Everton v Derby County 1-0

Joe-Max Moore scored the only goal of the afternoon for Everton in the 78th minute. Watson's ball on the right was flicked on by Radzinski and Moore flung himself at the ball to head past Oakes. Gascoigne and Blomqvist were on the bench for Everton and Ravenelli missed the game as he turned up on crutches.

Middlesbrough v Manchester United 0-1

Van Nistleroy scored the only goal of the game in the 75th minute. Giggs found space on the left and Crossley could only parry his shot to Van Nistleroy, who forced the ball home. Whelan nearly equalised for the home side three minutes later but the ball rolled inches wide of the upright.

Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers 2-1

Dunn put Blackburn ahead in the 34th minute when Given fumbled a shot from Tugay and Dunn reacted quickly to force the ball home. Bernard equalised for the Magpies in the 65th minute when their incessant pressure finally paid off. Solano provided the pass from which Bernard fired into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Speed scored the winner five minutes later when Elliott sent over a deep cross to Speed, standing by the far post, and his header looped over Friedel into the net.

Southampton v Sunderland 2-0

An own goal by Craddock in the 45th minute set the Saints on the way to a second successive home win. Marsden sent in a curling ball that Craddock tried to clear but could only steer the ball into his own goal. Pahars added a second goal in the 67th minute when Svensson pumped the ball 50 yards upfield to Pahars, who raced clear of the Sunderland back four and crashed the ball home from 12 yards.

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham 4-0

As usual, I am not commenting on this match. However, I am noting the fact that Ferdinand, in scoring the opening goal, scored the 10,000th Premier League goal. He will donate a prize of £10,000 to two cancer charities. Full report of one of our best shows of the season available here

West Ham United v Arsenal 1-1

Kanouté put the Hammers ahead in the 36th minute when Arsenal tried to make an attack but the ball rebounded to Schemmel, who took the ball to the goal-line before centring the ball to Kanouté, who drove the ball behind 'keeper Taylor. Within two minutes, Arsenal were level when Lauren was allowed to surge down the right wing. His centre was flicked on by Henry into the path of the oncoming Ashley Cole, who prodded the ball home from three yards.

Sunday 16 December 2001 Chelsea v Liverpool 4-0

Le Saux opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 3rd minute. Hasselbaink played a superb pass through to Le Saux. Dudek pushed Le Saux's first effort on to the upright but Le Saux turned the rebound into the Liverpool goal. Hasselbaink added a second in the 28th minute when Gudjohnsen slipped the ball between Hyypia and Henchoz for the Dutch striker to skip through to score. Cudicini later saved a penalty from McAlister after Melchiot had fouled Riise. Della Bona added a third goal for Chelsea in the 71st minute when he finished off a shot from Lampard that had trickled under Dudek's body. Gudjohnsen rounded off the scoring in the 90th minute when he slammed home a powerful shot after Dudek had blocked his first attempt.

Leeds United v Leicester City 2-2

Kewell had put Leeds ahead after only 7 minutes when Viduka had put him through to score a simple goal as Walker floundered. Viduka added a second after 59 minutes when Kelly provided the pass from which Viduka volleyed past Walker. Deane, having already had one goal disallowed, made no mistake in the 78th minute when he nudged home Davidson's cross. Scowcroft then snatched an improbable equaliser in the 89th minute when Bakke lost possession of the ball to Muzzy Izzet. His cross was chested down by Scowcroft before he hammered the ball beyond Martyn.

Monday 17 December 2001
Aston Villa v Ipswich Town 2-1

George gave the Tractor Boys a surprise lead in the 18th minute. Boateng lost possession in midfield and Hreidarsson and Naylor swapped passes to provide George with the opportunity to score. Angel equalised in the 44th minute. Sereni flapped at a ball that was his for the asking and the ball ran loose to Staunton. Staunton centred the ball and Angel outjumped McGreal to head the ball home. Angel then scored the winning goal in the 70th minute when Stone grabbed possession of the ball and sent Angel away. Sereni had the ball covered but Angel's shot took a wicked deflection off McGreal and flew into the goal.

Pos             Pl. W. D. L.  For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Liverpool  16 10  3  3   25- 15   33
  2  Arsenal    16  8  6  2   34- 18   30
  3  Newcastle  16  9  3  4   27- 19   30
  4  Leeds      16  7  8  1   20- 11   29
  5  Chelsea    17  6  9  2   23- 12   27
  6  Man Utd    17  8  3  6   37- 27   27
  7  Spurs      17  8  3  6   29- 23   27
  8  A. Villa   17  7  6  4   23- 19   27
  9  Everton    16  6  5  5   21- 19   23
 10  Fulham     17  5  8  4   17- 17   23
 11  Charlton   17  5  7  5   21- 20   22
 12  Bolton     17  5  6  6   20- 21   21
 13  Sunderland 17  5  5  7   13- 17   20
 14  West Ham   17  5  5  7   19- 28   20
 15  Blackburn  17  4  7  5   23- 21   19
 16  M'brough   17  5  4  8   17- 23   19
 17  So'ton     16  5  1 10   17- 24   16
 18  Leicester  17  3  5  9   11- 31   14
 19  Derby      17  3  4 10   11- 30   13
 20  Ipswich    16  1  6 10   15- 27    9

Cheers, Brian

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