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for 2001-2002 - Match 23

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

Saturday 19 January 2002
Derby County v Ipswich Town 1-3

Ipswich continued their recent fine run to push Derby further into the relegation mire. Stewart missed a first half penalty after Carbonari had held on to Bent. All the goals came in the second half. Bent opened the scoring in the 47th minute when he burst through a static Derby defence to claim his fifth goal of the season. Burton then missed after a penalty for Derby after Venus was adjudged to have pulled down Ravenelli. In the 67th minute, Bent provided the pass from which Peralta scored. Christie reduced the arrears for Derby in the 79th minute when he knocked home Ravenelli's cross from close range. But Reuser had the last word when he headed home a cross from Makin. Derby were poor and were, unsurprisingly, booed off the park.

Leicester City v Newcastle United 0-0

There were no goals in this match but signs multiplied that Leicester could yet follow Ipswich up the table. Izzet and Akinbiyi spurned two chances to win the game for the Foxes. Despite the fact that Izzet still wants to leave the Foxes, his commitment to the cause could not be doubted at all. Newcastle did not really trouble Leicester until the last quarter of an hour. Walker was substituted after 25 minutes with a back problem and replaced by Tim Flowers.

Liverpool v Southampton 1-1

Michael Owen gave Liverpool a 7th minute lead. Jones, the Southampton keeper, had already blocked efforts from Berger, Hyypia and Heskey. Jones then blocked a shot from Hamann but could not prevent Owen stabbing home the rebound. Liverpool dominated the rest of the rest half but could not turn their superiority into goals. A minute after the break, Kevin Davies managed to get onto the end of a cross from Marsden. Hyypia half blocked the ball but could not prevent Davies from scoring. Thereafter, Liverpool played without conviction, despite Anelka's efforts.

Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers 2-1

Ruud van Nistleroy created football history when he scored in his eighth successive Premiership match just before half-time. Blanc was sent flying in the penalty area as he tried to sidestep Friedel. The Dutchman took the resulting penalty in the 45th minute. But Blackburn were level in the 49th minute.Cole back-heeled the ball to Jansen who slipped the ball to Hignett, who took advantage of the rapidly slowing Irwin, to slip the ball into the goal. But Keane ensured that the Champions had the last laugh in the 81st minute. Giggs teased the Blackburn defence until they did not know if they were coming or going. Giggs fired the ball but the shot was blocked and ran back to Keane, who belted the ball into the goal.

Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers 1-1

Middlesbrough should have been 3-0 ahead by the time Whelan scored a 38th minute goal to give them the lead. Marinelli's free-kick was half-cleared to Johnston and he lobbed the ball to Whelan as the visitors defence panicked. Whelan lobbed the ball behind Jaaskelainen. But Bolton, spurred on by Sam Allardyce from the touch line, refused to give up. Bo Hansen equalised in the 74th minute when Barness swung in a free-kick, Bergsson headed the ball on and Hansen hammered the ball into the net.

Sunderland v Fulham 1-1

Malbranque had given Fulham the lead in the 15th minute. He skipped away from Schwarz, Haas and Varga before driving a shot that flew past Sorensen. Sunderland fought hard to get back on terms but they had to wait until the 67th minute before they did so. Schwarz provided the pass from which Phillips raced clear past van der Sar before slotting the ball into the unguarded net. In an eventful end to the game, McCann was led off with blood pouring from his nose after a clash with Knight and substitute Boa Morte was also carried off after replacing Hayles.

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton 1-1

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Sunday 20 January 2002
Chelsea v West Ham United 5-1

West Ham held their own up to half-time. Then, with the referee looking at his watch, Hasselbaink gave Chelsea the lead in the 45th minute. West Ham failed to clear a corner. Zola chipped the ball to the far post where Gudjohnsen was hovering. James blocked his shot but Hasselbaink forced the ball home from 8 yards. Gudjohnsen added the second in the 51st minute when he was again left unmarked. Terry intercepted a pass from Carrick, intended for Di Canio, and Gudjohnsen was left with the simplest of chances. Hasselbaink added the third after 60 minutes when Zola pushed the ball through for Hasselbaink to run on to and score. Di Canio was then sent off after he had stamped on Morris. Andy D'Urso sent him off instantly. Gudjohnsen added his second goal in the 87th minute following a goalmouth melee. Defoe scored a consolation goal for the Hammers in the 88th minute when he intercepted a square pass by Stanic. Forsell wrapped the match up in the 90th minute.

Leeds United v Arsenal 1-1

Unlike past encounters between these two sides, this match was a damp squib. Fowler put Leeds ahead in the 6th minute when Viduka sent Wilcox away down the left wing. Wilcox slipped past Luzhny. Cole missed his cross and Fowler headed the ball home. Pires equalised in the 45th minute when Bergkamp played the ball forward, Henry dummied but let the ball run on until Pires picked it up and deceived Martyn as to the direction he was going to shoot. The second half was poor and Arsenal lost Ljungberg with an ankle injury.

Monday 21 January 2002
Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa 1-2

Vassell took advantage of poor defensive play by Mark Fish in the 8th minute when Fish failed to intercept a pass from Samuel and his shot took a deflection off Jorge Costa to leave Kiely stranded. Angel added a second for Aston Villa in the 42nd minute when Charlton failed to deal with a long pass forward from Hadji. Boateng slipped the ball to Angel, who outpaced Costa before driving a low shot under Kiely. Stuart scored a consolation goal for the Addicks in the 88th minute when Schmeichel blocked his first shot and Stuart gratefully scored from the rebound but the goal came far too late to matter.

Tuesday, January 22nd 2002
Manchester United v Liverpool 0-1

The Merseyside Reds duly completed the double over Liverpool to get their campaign back on track. In recent weeks, Liverpool have faltered but in this match, they looked assured in what they were trying to do. Murphy, who scored the winning goal, had been barracked by his supporters last weekend. The Champions surprisingly decided to play with van Nistleroy as a lone striker. Both sides looked evenly matched until Murphy struck in the 85th minute. The ball was lost by Anelka to Veron, who, in turn, lost the ball to Gerrard. Gerrard clipped a cross from the right which Murphy lobbed over the approaching Barthez. After the match, Sir Alex Ferguson sourly commented, "Liverpool just kicked the ball forward and hoped to get a break. We were desperately unlucky."

Wednesday, January 23rd 2002
Leicester City v Arsenal 1-3

It took a while before Arsenal began to impose themselves on injury-hit Leicester City but then van Bronckhorst opened the scoring with his first goal for Arsenal in the 33rd minute. Luzhny slung over a centre that eluded the entire Leicester defence and van Bronckhorst headed the ball home. Henry extended Arsenal's lead in the 43rd minute when Bergkamp sent the ball skimming towards the Leicester goal. Flowers parried the shot to Laursen, who picked out Henry for Henry to score. At the start of the second half, Leicester sent on three substitutes but later lost Sinclair with a damaged foot after being tackled by Pires. Izzet reduced the arrears when Akinbiyi knocked the ball down to him so Izzet could volley the ball home in the 68th minute. Wiltord completed the scoring in the 90th minute when he lashed a fine shot behind Flowers with his left foot.


Pos             Pl. W.  D.  L.  For- Ag  Pts.
  1  Man Utd    24  14  3   7   56 - 34   45
  2  Arsenal    23  12  8   3   46 - 27   44
  3  Newcastle  23  13  4   6   42 - 29   43
  4  Liverpool  24  12  7   5   33 - 24   43
  5  Leeds      23  11  9   3   35 - 21   42
  6  Chelsea    23   9 10   4   40 - 23   37
  7  A. Villa   23   9  8   6   31 - 28   35
  8  Spurs      23   9  5   9   34 - 30   32
  9  Fulham     22   7 10   5   23 - 22   31
 10  Charlton   23   7  8   8   29 - 30   29
 11  S'derland  23   7  7   9   19 - 25   28
 12  West Ham   23   7  7   9   27 - 38   28
 13  Everton    23   7  6  10   25 - 28   27
 14  S'hampton  23   8  2  13   27 - 37   26
 15  Blackburn  23   6  7   9   30 - 29   25
 16  Bolton     23   5 10   8   27 - 35   25
 17  Ipswich    23   6  6  11   31 - 33   24
 18  M'brough   22   6  5  11   21 - 31   23
 19  Derby      23   5  4  14   17 - 41   19
 20  Leicester  23   3  8  12   13 - 40   17

Cheers, Brian

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