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for 2001-2002 - Match 27

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

Tuesday 19 February 2002
Middlesbrough v Fulham 2-1

The home side gave Carbone a debut alongside Boksic, who was making his first start for two months. The pair combined to put the Teessiders ahead when Boksic beat Fulham's offside trap to flick the ball over Van der Sar. Marlet equalised for Fulham in the 56th minute when Malbranque's corner was headed on for the unmarked Marlet to head home. Nemeth scored the winner for the home side in the 77th minute when he scored with a low shot after replacing Carbone as a 69th minute substitute.

Saturday 23 February 2002
Arsenal v Fulham 4-1

Lauren put the Gunners ahead after only 5 minutes when van Bronckhorst played the ball to Henry, whose pass found Wiltord and the striker played the ball back to the oncoming Lauren, who swept the ball home. Fulham struck back five minutes later when Marlet was left unmarked to head home Rufus Brevett's cross. Vieira restored Arsenal's lead in the 15th minute when Henry anticipated a back pass from Brevett. Henry slipped the ball to the oncoming Vieira, who rifled the ball home. Henry increased the Gunners' lead in the 38th minute when Vieira and Wiltord swapped passes to put Henry through, who scored easily. Henry rounded off the afternoon by scoring Arsenal's fourth goal in the 59th minute. Pires picked out Lauren with a magnificent pass. Lauren's header hit a post but the ball rebounded to Henry and into the goal.

Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town P-P
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur P-P

The above two matches were postponed because of the League Cup Final.
If you want to read the match report then click here

Leicester City v Derby County 0-3

This defeat has left Leicester stranded at the bottom of the table and looking certainties for the drop. Derby never looked in trouble against the Foxes. Kinkladze put the Rams ahead in the 53rd minute when Christie put him through. His shot took a slight deflection off Oakes as it flew past Walker into the net. The Rams increased their lead when Christie received a pass from Ducrocq and the ball was then deflected into Strupar's path. Strupar curled a shot around Walker in the 64th minute. In injury time, Christie broke down the right wing and centred the ball to Morris, who knocked it behind the hapless Walker.

Liverpool v Everton 1-1

The Reds were lucky to salvage a point at Anfield. They were sloppy and almost paid the penalty. The first half was boring with scarcely any incidents. Riise almost put Liverpool ahead deep in first half injury time from a free-kick. Radzinski came on for Everton as a second half substitute. Pistone played a one-two with Gemmill before surging down the left. Radzinski was quick to react to the centre but scuffed his shot which baffled Kirkland in the Liverpool goal and allowed Everton to take the lead in the 52nd minute. But Liverpool fought back for Anelka to equalise in the 72nd minute. Heskey touched the ball on to Murphy, who played it on to Anelka, who had plenty of time to score.

Manchester United v Aston Villa 1-0

The only goal of the game was scored by van Nistleroy in the 50th minute of the match. Before the game, Denis Law had unveiled a statue of himself to commemorate his feat of scoring 236 goals in 409 appearances for the Reds. The first half was best forgotten as neither side displayed much form. Boateng lost possession of the ball whilst dribbling in his own goal area and Keane and Solksjaer conjured up the chance for van Nistleroy to steer the ball into the Villa goal.

Southampton v Bolton Wanderers 0-0

Paul Jones played brilliantly to deny Bolton the points. Djorkaeff and Tofting were both denied by the Saints keeper. Delap was sent off two minutes from the end for a second bookable offence.

West Ham United v Middlesbrough 1-0

Kanoute scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute. Schwarzer miscued a clearance by hoofing it straight to Labant. The ball was then passed to Kanoute, who promptly scored, as Queuendreu and Schwarzer desperately tried to retrieve the situation. Ehiogu was sent off for one minute from the end of the game. West Ham had been without the suspended Sinclair, Schemmel and di Canio. Hutchison was stretchered off shortly before the interval after a tackle on him by Queuendreu.

Sunday 24 February 2002
Leeds United v Charlton Athletic 0-0

Leeds had Bowyer, Smith and Mills suspended as a result of past misdemeanours. Fowler missed chances to snatch the points for the home side when first, he smashed a shot on to an upright when it looked easier to score. Then, he hooked a ball, in the 70th minute, and saw the ball fly across the goalmouth just wide of the far post. Charlton could themselves have scored when Dacourt passed to Kelly but saw Konchesky nip in. Kiely had plenty of work to do as Charlton spent much of the game retreating towards their own goal. They were well worth the point they took back to the Valley.

Sunderland v Newcastle United 0-1

Newcastle scored the only goal of the North-East derby when Dabizas headed home a free-kick from Shearer's pass after Robert had taken the free-kick in the 64th minute. This had been Dabizas' third attempt to score during the course of the match. The first time, Solano had put the ball across to the far post for Dabizas to head goalwards but Sorensen blocked it with his feet. The second time saw Sorensen push Dabizas' header on to the crossbar. Sunderland fought hard but could not find a way back and now lie just above the relegation zone.


Pos              Pl.  W.  D.  L.  For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Man Utd     28   18  3   7   67- 35   57
  2  Newcastle   27   17  4   6   52- 33   55
  3  Arsenal     27   15  9   3   55- 31   54
  4  Liverpool   28   15  8   5   45- 25   53
  5  Chelsea     26   11 11   4   46- 26   44
  6  Leeds       27   11 11   5   37- 29   44
  7  A. Villa    27    9 11   7   32- 30   38
  8  Spurs       26   10  5  11   37- 35   35
  9  Fulham      27    8 11   8   27- 29   35
 10  West Ham    27    9  7  11   30- 41   34
 11  Charlton    27    8 10   9   30- 32   34
 12  M'brough    27    8  7  12   26- 35   31
 13  S'hampton   27    9  4  14   31- 41   31
 14  S'derland   27    8  7  12   21- 31   31
 15  Ipswich     26    8  6  12   34- 40   30
 16  Everton     27    7  8  12   27- 34   29
 17  Bolton      27    6 11  10   30- 42   29
 18  Blackburn   26    6  7  12   32- 36   25
 19  Derby       27    7  4  16   21- 43   25
 20  Leicester   27    3  8  16   18- 49   17

Cheers, Brian

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