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for 2001-2002 - Match 26

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

Saturday 9 February 2002
Aston Villa v Chelsea 1-1

Merson gave Villa the lead in the 28th minute when Boateng put Vassell through only for the latter's shot to rebound off Desailly. But Merson was alert enough to stick out a leg and force the ball home. Lampard equalised for Chelsea in the 65th minute, when Hasselbaink headed the ball down into the path of the oncoming Lampard, who drilled a low shot behind Enckelman.

Bolton Wanderers v West Ham United 1-0

Gardner scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute. Tofting, making his debut for Bolton, took a long throw-in. Bobic headed the ball to Whitlow, who played the ball back to Gardner. The Jamaican international drilled the ball into West Ham's goal from 20 yards. West Ham dominated the early stages of the second half but Bolton rode the storm. Bolton could have added to their lead but for poor shooting.

Derby County v Sunderland 0-1

Niall Quinn scored the only goal of the game with ten minutes left to play when a shot from Gray was deflected to Quinn, who steered the ball into the goal to score for the first time since Boxing Day. It was tough luck on Derby, who played quite well with Rob Lee running the midfield for them, after signing from Newcastle.

Fulham v Blackburn Rovers 2-0

A goal in each half by Fulham was enough to condemn Blackburn to a place in the bottom three. Hayles gave Fulham a 31st minute lead when referee Mark Halsey ignored the fact Berg had handled the ball and the ball ran loose to Hayles, who gratefully thumped the ball home. Malbranque added a second after 63 minutes when Legwinski cleared the ball to Marlet, wide on the right wing. Marlet played the ball forward as Malbranque ran 50 yards to meet the ball and volley it behind Freidel.

Ipswich Town v Liverpool 0-6

It was Xavier, who transferred from arch rivals Everton only last week, who gave Liverpool the lead in the 16th minute. Xavier let fly at the ball, which took a wicked deflection off Makin. Just before half-time, Heskey extended Liverpool's lead when Gerrard provided the pass from which Heskey slipped a left-footed shot under Marshall in the 43rd minute. Hyypia added the third in the 52nd minute when he was left unmarked by the Ipswich defenders to head home a corner. Arphexad then replaced Dudek in the Liverpool goal. Owen scored the first of his two goals in the 62nd minute when he picked up a pass following some interplay between Gerrard and Riise before clipping home a fine shot. Nine minutes later, Owen struck again when Heskey sent Owen away through a gap in the Ipswich defence. In the dying seconds, Heskey completed the rout.

Middlesbrough v Leeds United 2-2

The Yorkshire side will undoubtedly see this result as two points dropped. They were clearly the better side for long periods of the match. Bakke put Leeds ahead in the 19th minute when Viduka back-heeled the ball into Bakke's path for Bakke to slide the ball home off Crossley. Ince equalised with a long shot that took a wicked deflection off a divot that left Martyn stranded on the other side of the goal. But Fowler struck three minutes later when Harte took a free-kick following a foul on Dacourt only to see Fowler flick the ball behind Crossley. But with less than two minutes left, Leeds conceded a corner. Carbone whipped the ball into the goal mouth and Windass rose unchallenged to head home his first goal of the season.

Newcastle United v Southampton 3-1

All the goals came in a highly entertaining first half. Robert gave the Magpies the lead in the 24th minute when he took a stunning 35-yard kick that flew into the Saints net. Shearer extended their lead five minutes later when he powered home a header. Pahars reduced the deficit in the 39th minute when he took advantage of some indecision in the Magpies defence. But Shearer restored their two goal lead in the 45th minute from a penalty kick after Lundekvam was adjudged to have fouled Bellamy. Newcastle should have scored more goals after the break but wasted their opportunities. Pahars was just as wasteful near the end when he twice broke through, threatening to score, only to balloon the ball over the bar.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City 2-1

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Sunday 10 February 2002
Charlton Athletic v Manchester United 0-2

Two goals by Solksjaer were all that was needed for the Champions to dispose of Charlton. His first goal in the 33rd minute saw him receive a peach of a pass from Beckham, some 50 yards away. The Norwegian international galloped past Fish and hit the ball on the run behind Kiely. His second goal came in the 74th minute when Giggs let fly a shot at Kiely which the goalkeeper somehow saved but Solksjaer was on hand to turn the ball into the net.

Everton v Arsenal 0-1

David Ginola made a fairly good debut for Everton but was unlucky to find Richard Wright in fine form. Wright blocked an early Ginola shot and woodwork saved Arsenal when a Ginola free-kick grazed an upright. Five Arsenal players were booked during the afternoon including Parlour's fifth booking of the season. The only goal of the game was scored by Wiltord in the 62nd minute. Vieira slipped a pass into space and Wiltord was the first to react when he miskicked the ball into Simonsen's goal.

Pos             Pl. W.  D.  L.  For- Ag Pts.
  1  Man Utd    27  17  3   7   66- 35   54
  2  Liverpool  27  15  7   5   44- 24   52
  3  Newcastle  26  16  4   6   51- 33   52
  4  Arsenal    26  14  9   3   51- 30   51
  5  Chelsea    26  11 11   4   46- 26   44
  6  Leeds      26  11 10   5   37- 29   43
  7  A. Villa   26   9 11   6   32- 29   38
  8  Spurs      26  10  5  11   37- 35   35
  9  Fulham     25   8 11   6   25- 23   35
 10  Charlton   26   8  9   9   30- 32   33
 11  S'derland  26   8  7  11   21- 30   31
 12  West Ham   26   8  7  11   29- 41   31
 13  Ipswich    26   8  6  12   34- 40   30
 14  S'hampton  26   9  3  14   31- 41   30
 15  Everton    26   7  7  12   26- 33   28
 16  M'brough   25   7  7  11   24- 33   28
 17  Bolton     26   6 10  10   30- 42   28
 18  Blackburn  26   6  7  12   32- 36   25
 19  Derby      26   6  4  16   18- 43   22
 20  Leicester  26   3  8  15   18- 46   17

Cheers, Brian

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