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for 2001-2002 - Match 19

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

Wednesday 26 December 2001
Arsenal v Chelsea 2-1

Chelsea were outstanding in the first half and it came as no surprise when Lampard scored in the 31st minute. Melchiot took a throw-in, Hasselbaink centred the ball and Lampard was hovering to drill the ball home past the luckless Taylor. Ashley Cole later cleared a Hasselbaink shot off the line just before the break. Campbell scored his first goal for the Gunners in the 49th minute. Pires took a corner which Campbell headed him. Recalling his modest, almost shy celebrations when he scored at Tottenham, it was nauseating to see how over the top Campbell celebrated his goal for the Gooners so I switched off my TV. I thus missed the usual punch-up, five minutes later, that occurs when these two clubs meet. The trigger this time was a tackle by Le Saux on Vieira. Surprisingly, he was only booked by the referee (Graham Barber). When everyone was pacified, the game resumed. Wiltord scored the winner for Arsenal in the 71st minute when he pounced on Melchiot's clearance of van Bronckhorst's free kick to score from 18 yards.

Aston Villa v Liverpool 1-2

The first goal came as the result of the referee! Schmeichel tried to throw the ball to a team mate but the ball hit referee Andy D'Urso and rebounded to Litmanen in the 9th minute. With Schmeichel stranded on the edge of his goal area, Litmanen had the easiest of chances to score. But it was not long before Hendrie equalised for Villa in the 21st minute. Angel put a volley in which Dudek could only parry and Hendrie scored from the rebound. Litmanen then missed a penalty after Gerrard was brought down by Boateng. Around this time, Gregory, who had been volubly complaining about some decisions by the match officials, was ordered off from the touchline by the referee and can expect a ban when hauled before the FA. Smicer then scored the winning goal for Liverpool in the 73rd minute when Berger's long ball dropped nicely for Smicer to volley behind Schmeichel.

Blackburn Rovers v Sunderland 0-3

The home side have now picked up only two points from their last five home games and are sliding to the wrong end of the table. Quinn put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute when he turned in a pass from Reyna. Quinn added a second in the 32nd minute when he headed home a free-kick taken by Arca. Kilbane completed the rout in the 90th minute when he scored from a Phillips cross.

Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United 0-3

Fowler opened the scoring for Leeds in the 2nd minute when Diawara failed to clear the ball, Batty centred the ball again and Fowler broke through the home side's offside trap to score. Fowler added a second goal in the 16th minute when Viduka hooked a ball into Fowler's path who pushed the ball into the net. Fowler missed a penalty, kicking the ball wide. But towards the end of the match, Fowler struck again in the 89th minute when Smith provided the pass that enabled him to elude Diawara and tuck a rebound off Jaaskelainen into the net.

Everton v Manchester United 0-2

The surprise was that it took Manchester United so long to score! They were sluggish for much of the match but Everton really did not have a clue. They should have scored early on but Unsworth, Gemmill and Moore all spurned chances. Giggs finally broke the deadlock in the 78th minute when Beckham, coming on as a substitute, provided a peach of a pass that Giggs had only to touch to score. The second goal was scored by van Nistleroy in the 85th minute when Beckham again provided a peach of a pass for the Dutchman to score. Everton also survived an appeal for a penalty after Xavier clearly handled the ball to prevent a Veron cross from reaching van Nistleroy.

Fulham v Charlton Athletic 0-0

Yet another fruitless afternoon for Fulham, who must be hoping for a rapid return to fitness of Marlet, who has only made five appearances since signing in September. He is now back in training and should return to the Fulham side soon. Saha missed the easiest chance of the lot when put through by Hayles only to see the ball spin off his boot with an empty goal at his mercy. Of the two goalkeepers, Van der Sar was the busiest and Euell was frustrated on a number of occasions.

Ipswich Town v Leicester City 2-0

The Tractor Boys climbed off the bottom of the table with this win. Bent put them ahead in the 48th minute when he headed home a cross from Reuser. Peralta added a second in the 55th minute when he was put through by Reuser and scored with a low, angled drive.

Newcastle United v Middlesbrough 3-0

Shearer put the Toon ahead in the 29th minute when Speed's deep cross-field pass was missed by Queudrue and Shearer took advantage of the Frenchman's indecision to stab the ball home at the second attempt. Speed added a second goal in the 58th minute when Solano took a corner and Speed ghosted in to head home whilst Middlesbrough were still sorting out who they were supposed to be marking. Bernard completed the rout in the 83rd minute when Bellamy put Bernard through to score. Newcastle dominated the match to such an extent there would have been no surprise had they attained double figures.

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur 1-0

The full report can be found here

West Ham United v Derby County 4-0

Derby never looked remotely like adding to the single point they have so far gleaned on their travels. Their chance disappeared when Carbone was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 54th minute. No one argued with the second booking but there was doubts expressed by the earlier booking when referee Graham Poll booked him for diving after Winterburn had clattered into him. Schemmel put West Ham ahead in the 5th minute when Derby conceded a free-kick. The Derby wall took the sting out of Hutchison's free-kick but the ball ran loose to Schemmel, who scored. Di Canio added a second in the 73rd minute when Grenet found to deal with a cross from Hutchison and Di Canio rifled home a left footed shot. The third goal was the best of the lot! Sinclair was the scorer in the 86th minute. Di Canio took a corner, prodding the ball to Joe Cole, and Cole flicked it on to Sinclair without the ball touching the ground. Sinclair scissor-kicked the ball behind Poom from 8 yards. Defoe completed the rout in the 90th minute.

Pos              Pl.  W. D.  L.  For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Newcastle   19  12  3   4   37-23   39
  2  Arsenal     19  10  6   3   39-23   36
  3  Liverpool   18  11  3   4   28-18   36
  4  Leeds       19   9  8   2   29-17   35
  5  Man United  19  10  3   6   45-28   33
  6  Chelsea     19   7  9   3   29-15   30
  7  Spurs       19   8  3   8   30-26   27
  8  A. Villa    19   7  6   6   25-24   27
  9  S'derland   19   7  5   7   17-17   26
 10  West Ham    19   6  6   7   24-29   24
 11  Fulham      18   5  9   4   17-17   24
 12  Charlton    19   5  8   6   21-22   23
 13  Everton     19   6  5   8   23-25   23
 14  Blackburn   19   5  7   6   25-24   22
 15  Bolton      19   5  6   8   21-29   21
 16  M'brough    18   5  4   9   17-26   19
 17  Southampton 18   6  1  11   19-30   19
 18  Derby       19   4  4  11   14-35   16
 19  Ipswich     19   3  6  10   19-28   15
 20  Leicester   19   3  6  10   12-34   15

Cheers, Brian

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