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for 2001-2002 - Match 21

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

Tuesday 1 January 2002
Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town 3-2

Marcus Bent scored twice in the first five minutes for Ipswich. There were only 54 seconds on the clock when Hreidarsson knocked down Mark Venus' free-kick for Bent to slam the ball behind Kiely. Four minutes later, Kiely unwisely came off his goal-line in an attempt to beat Bent to the ball but he was stranded in no-man's land when Bent lobbed the ball over him into his goal. But a long throw-in by Luke Young in the 16th minute led to Charlton reducing the arrears. Fish won the ball and it broke to Robinson, whose shot went through a ruck of players into Sereni's goal. Parker equalised for Charlton in the 32nd minute when Fish knocked down a Young free-kick. The ball seemed to take a deflection off Venus before it flew into Sereni's goal. Just after the hour, Euell snatched the winner for Charlton when Robinson's centre was parried by Sereni and Euell pounced to fire the ball home.

Chelsea v Southampton 2-4

The game was only seven minutes old when Pahars was fouled some 30 yards from goal. Beattie spotted a chink in the Chelsea defensive wall and aimed the free-kick through it. Ten minutes later, Le Saux provided a cross for Hasselbaink, whose header was clawed off the line by Jones into Eidur Gudjohnsen's path, for the latter to score the equaliser. Just before half-time, Gudjohnsen returned the compliment by providing the pass from which Hasselbaink fired the Blues ahead. Ten minutes after the break, Pahars equalised when he strode past Terry to score from close range. In the 64th minute, Marsden nodded them ahead from a corner on the left. Beattie ensured the points would be owned by the Saints when he half-volleyed a shot past Cudicini with less than a quarter of an hour left to play.

Leeds United v West Ham United 3-0

Viduka fired Leeds ahead in the 4th minute when Mills and Fowler swapped passes to send Smith racing down the wing. Smith's crisp centre was diverted behind James before the goalkeeper could even react to the threat. Viduka added a second goal in the 7th minute when Mills tore past the ageing Winterburn before crossing the ball for Viduka to head the ball behind James. Fowler wrapped the game up for Leeds in the 50th minute when Fowler chipped the ball over James.

Leicester City v Arsenal P-P

This match was postponed due to a frozen pitch. Leicester are the only club without undersoil heating.

Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers 1-1

Although Liverpool were the better side for much of the game, they were fortunate to draw this match. It took two brilliant saves by Dudek to ensure Liverpool salvaged something from this match. Gerrard put Liverpool ahead four minutes after the break when Owen centred a speculative ball into the penalty area and Gerrard reacted faster than the Bolton defenders to side-foot the ball behind Jaaskelainen. But thirteen minutes from time, Nolan punished some sloppy Liverpool defending when he swooped to force Farrelly's throw-in behind Dudek.

Middlesbrough v Everton 1-0

This game was surprisingly allowed to start by the referee as the pitch looked unfit to play on. But referee Rob Styles was confident it would be a playable pitch. Everton never looked at ease on the pitch with Ferguson making his first appearance for four months and Cadamarteri his first for nearly a year. Everton looked the better of two poor sides early on as Alexandersson and Ferguson both came close to scoring. In the 50th minute, Middlesbrough won a corner that Marinelli took. Festa reacted fastest on his first appearance of the season to drive the ball into the roof of the net.

Sunderland v Aston Villa 1-1

The mystery is how the Black Cats failed to win this match. It was only the heroics of Peter Schmeichel that kept them in the game. He even saved a 14th minute penalty taken by Kevin Phillips. Taylor put the visitors ahead in the 59th minute when Stone swapped passes with Vassell whose cross was headed home by Taylor. There were only four minutes left when Arca took a free-kick and Thome burst through to head the ball home.

Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers 1-0

Full report available here

Wednesday 2 January 2002

Derby County v Fulham 0-1

The only goal of a very disappointing match was scored by Carbonari when he put through his own goal in the 72nd minute. Davis put Finnan free on the right for Fulham. Finnan's cross was intended for Saha but Carbonari diverted the ball into his own goal. Marlet made his first appearance for Fulham since sustaining an injury in October and did not look to be fit.

Manchester United v Newcastle United 3-1

The Champions are now second in the table, two points behind Leeds. Van Nistleroy put them ahead in the 24th minute when Butt, Keane and Veron swapped passes before the ball ran to Solksjaer. He released Silvestre whose cross was headed home by Van Nistleroy. Scholes extended their lead in the 50th minute when Solksjaer provided the pass from which Scholes scored with a low shot. Scholes added a third goal in the 62nd minute when Keane provided the cross from which the ginger-haired Scholes scored. Shearer achieved a personal landmark in the 67th minute when his consolation goal provided him with his first ever goal at Old Trafford. He headed home a cross from Robbie Elliott.


Pos             Pl.  W.  D.  L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  Leeds      21   11  8   2   33-17   41
  2  Man Utd    21   12  3   6   51-31   39
  3  Arsenal    20   11  6   3   41-24   39
  4  Newcastle  21   12  3   6   39-28   39
  5  Liverpool  20   11  5   4   30-20   38
  6  Chelsea    21    8  9   4   33-20   33
  7  Spurs      21    9  4   8   32-27   31
  8  Charlton   21    7  8   6   27-24   29
  9  A. Villa   21    7  8   6   27-26   29
 10  Fulham     20    6  9   5   20-20   27
 11  S'derland  21    7  6   8   18-23   27
 12  West Ham   21    6  7   8   25-33   25
 13  Everton    21    6  5  10   23-27   23
 14  Bolton     21    5  8   8   24-32   23
 15  Blackburn  21    5  7   8   25-26   22
 16  M'brough   20    6  4  10   19-28   22
 17  S'hampton  20    7  1  12   23-33   22
 18  Derby      21    5  4  12   15-36   19
 19  Ipswich    21    4  6  11   26-31   18
 20  Leicester  20    3  7  10   14-36   16

Cheers, Brian

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