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for 2001-2002 - Match 25

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

Saturday 2 February 2002
Arsenal v Southampton 1-1

Wiltord put Arsenal ahead five minutes before the break. His goal meant that Arsenal have now scored in 26 consecutive matches, a new Premiership record. They were without Keown, who sustained a broken leg in midweek and Adams is still some way from match fitness. Vieira limped off with a hamstring injury. The goal came when Wiltord swept the ball out to Pires, who sent Henry away down the wing. Henry centred to Bergkamp by the near post and as Southampton failed to clear the ball, Wiltord lashed it into the net. But with eleven minutes to go, Tessem outjumped everyone else to head a shock equaliser.

Derby County v Tottenham Hotspur 1-0

The full report is available here, not that it makes good reading.

Everton v Ipswich Town 1-2

Ipswich continued their rise up the table with a 2-1 win over Everton. Peralta put them ahead in the 11th minute when Clapham put over a superb cross for Peralta to lash the ball into Everton's goal. Unsworth scored a 28th minute penalty when Campbell was brought down by Ipswich 'keeper Marshall. But Holland snatched the winner for the visitors in the 44th minute when Clapham took a free-kick, tapping the ball to Holland, who cracked the ball home. In the second half, Everton looked bereft of ideas and ran out of steam.

Fulham v Aston Villa 0-0

Fulham should have won this match as they were the better of two poor sides. Villa clearly missed the departed John Gregory and were probably upset, too, by their fans constantly chanting demands for Doug Ellis and his Board to resign. The first half saw only one shot - from Saha, which Enckelman saved easily. Hayles had a second half chance when van der Sar made a huge clearance but saw his lob hit the wrong side of the roof of the net. Vassell had a chance to nick all three points for Villa eight minutes from the end when Merson created a chance but he shot tamely at van der Sar.

Leicester City v Chelsea 2-3

Leicester thought they had done enough to win this match after their best performance for weeks. Scowcroft headed the ball into the net in the 24th minute after Oakes had taken a corner. Hasselbaink equalised in the 62nd minute when he headed home a Le Saux cross. Six minutes later, Scowcroft restored Leicester's lead when he headed home from a corner by Oakes. Zola equalised in the 79th minute when he curled home a free-kick and in the dying seconds of the match, Forssell put Hasselbaink through to slip the ball behind Ian Walker.

Manchester United v Sunderland 4-1

The Champions wrapped up the points by half-time with a superb performance. Phil Neville put them ahead after 6 minutes when several crisp passes found van Nistleroy who back heeled the ball to Solksjaer, who slipped the ball to Neville, who drove home his second goal of the season. Phillips equalised for Sunderland when they scored against the run of play. He received the ball from McAteer some 25 yards out and hit the ball into the United goal. Beckham restored the Champions' lead when he took a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Three minutes later, van Nistleroy added another goal when Beckham played the ball forward for the Dutchman to whip the ball home. The final goal came from the penalty spot when van Nistleroy thumped a penalty kick after Reyna had obstructed Giggs. The second half was an anti-climax as United eased off.

Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers 3-2

Gardner put the Trotters ahead in the 19th minute when he robbed Solano of the ball, sprinted between two defenders and hit the ball behind Given on the run. Shearer equalised four minutes later when Newcastle were awarded a free-kick which Solano tapped to Shearer who lashed the ball home. Southall restored Bolton's lead in the 34th minute when Nolan crossed the ball only for it to be partially cleared. Southall collected the loose ball and lashed it behind Given. In the 43rd minute, Shearer equalised when Hughes put over a superb cross that Shearer nodded into the goal. In the second half, Newcastle looked the better side but wasted their chances until Bellamy scored the winner in the 79th minute. He ran to the far post and flung himself forward to nod the ball into the Bolton goal after Hughes had centred the ball.

West Ham United v Blackburn Rovers 2-0

The Hammers gained revenge for their 7-1 thrashing earlier this season when they beat a very poor Blackburn side. Sinclair put them ahead after 17 minutes when he broke down the left wing to score after the Hammers had spurned a number of chances. Kanoute added a second in the 56th minute when he raced on to a Di Canio pass to crash the ball behind Friedel. This was Di Canio's last appearance for three weeks as he is now suspended.

Sunday 3 February 2002
Leeds United v Liverpool 0-4

The Reds handed out a footballing lesson to Leeds in this match, probably ended any hopes the Yorkshire side entertained of winning the title. Ferdinand began the rout by conceding a 16th minute own goal under pressure from a free-kick taken by Murphy as he tried to clear his lines. Heskey then scored twice in three minutes midway through the second half. His first goal, in the 61st minute, came when Gerrard sent him away, looking suspiciously offside but the linesman never flagged and Heskey eluded Martyn to score. Two minutes later, Wright headed on Riise's corner, Owen headed down and Heskey swept the ball into the net. In the dying seconds, Owen, who had worked hard throughout the match, swept home a last minute strike. Leeds were very off colour and Bowyer and Kewell were both well below their normal form.

Middlesbrough v Charlton Athletic 0-0

This was a very disappointing match. Charlton lacked the nous to unlock the Teessiders defence whilst Middlesbrough lacked anyone with the nous to score. Southgate and Ince were the stars in a gritty display by the home side but they will undoubtedly regret dropping two valuable points. Southgate almost snatched a winner in the second half but was unable to take a clean shot on the Charlton goal.

Cheers, Brian




Pos            Pl. W.  D.  L.  For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Man Utd   26  16  3   7   64- 35   51
  2  Newcastle 25  15  4   6   48- 32   49
  3  Liverpool 26  14  7   5   38- 24   49
  4  Arsenal   25  13  9   3   50- 30   48
  5  Chelsea   25  11 10   4   45- 25   43
  6  Leeds     25  11  9   5   35- 27   42
  7  A. Villa  25   9 10   6   31- 28   37
  8  Charlton  25   8  9   8   30- 30   33
  9  Spurs     25   9  5  11   35- 34   32
 10  Fulham    24   7 11   6   23- 23   32
 11  West Ham  25   8  7  10   29- 40   31
 12  Ipswich   25   8  6  11   34- 34   30
 13  Everton   25   7  7  11   26- 30   28
 14  S'derland 25   7  7  11   20- 30   28
 15  S'hampton 25   9  3  13   30- 38   27
 16  M'brough  24   7  6  11   22- 31   27
 17  Blackburn 25   6  7  11   32- 34   25
 18  Bolton    25   5 10  10   29- 42   25
 19  Derby     25   6  4  15   18- 42   22
 20  Leicester 25   3  8  14   17- 44   17

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