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for 2001-2002 - Match 3 (25-27.08.02)

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

Saturday 25 August 2001

Arsenal v Leicester City 4-0

Poor Leicester remain rooted to the foot of the table after Arsenal took them apart at Highbury. Bergkamp had already given a warning of what to come when he fired the ball wide of Leicester's goal in the second minute. In the 17th minute, Pires and Wiltord swapped passes before Ljungberg scored from six yards out. Nine minutes later, Bergkamp backheeled the ball to Pires and Wiltord diverted Pires' centre into Leicester's goal. On the hour, Vieira and Wise were dismissed for two bookings after both had squared up to each other. Henry added a third in the 77th minute, after coming on as a substitute, when a pot at the Leicester goal took a deflection off Lewis, leaving Flowers stranded. Kanu added the fourth in injury team when he was quick to react when Leicester failed to clear the ball. Leicester have now lost 11 of their last 12 away games.

Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur 2-1

Full report available here

Everton v Middlesbrough 2-0

The Toffees went to the top of the table after beating Middlesbrough, 2-0. The North Eastern side rarely looked likely to score. Campbell gave Everton a 17th minute lead when he outjumped everyone else to head home Pembridge's corner. Gemmill extended Everton's lead in the 52nd minute when he blasted home a shot from 25 yards after Ince had failed to clear the ball. Everton should have added to Middlesbrough's problems when Southgate robbed Campbell as he shaped to shoot late on and Campbell then mis-kicked when it looked easier to score.

Fulham v Derby County 0-0

Injury-hit Derby produced a magnificent defensive display to blunt Saha and Hayles' attempts to score. Ravenelli was declared injured which left the Rams short of options. Christie limped off just before half-time, leaving the Rams with the target of playing for a point with an hour still to play. However, Burley very nearly caught van der Sar off-guard near the end when the goalkeeper was fortunate to block Burley's free-kick.

Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic 0-1

Lisbie scored the only goal of the game with five minutes left to play when, having come on as a replacement for Salako, the 23-year-old player volleyed the ball home from the edge of the penalty area. Ipswich however felt they should have had a penalty when Stewart's shot was blocked by Fish. They appealed for a penalty, claiming that Fish had handled the ball but referee Steve Dunn waved play on.

Southampton v Chelsea 0-2

The Saints lost their first home game at their new St Mary's Stadium because it is more spacious and less cramped than the Dell. Chelsea revelled in the wider playing area and stretched Southampton. It looks like being a long hard and unpleasant winter for the Saints. Hasselbaink gave the Blues a 33rd minute lead when Le Saux provided a cross for him to head the ball home. Stanic snatched the winner deep in injury time at the end of the match when Lampard's shot came off the crossbar and Stanic was on hand to force the rebound home.

West Ham United v Leeds United 0-0

Dacourt and Batty won the battle of the midfield but could not carve out the chances for Viduka and Keane to score. When Viduka did manage to lose the attention of his marker, he tended to fluff his shot by shooting rather hastily. Di Canio and Cole tried hard but Mills and Ferdinand superbly marshalled the Leeds back four. West Ham did get the ball in the net but the goal was disallowed because Todorov had impeded Martyn. Winterburn almost scored with a low drive with twenty minutes left after being put through by Di Canio.

Sunday 26 August 2001

Aston Villa v Manchester United 1-1

A draw was a fair result for this match. Schmeichel defied Villa for most of the 90 minutes but could not prevent the equaliser. Vassall had fired Villa ahead in the 4th minute. Hendrie seized on a loose ball in the middle and Kachloul took advantage of a huge gap left by Gary Neville. Kachloul's centre was turned into Roy Carroll's goal by Vassall. Barthez was injured having damaged a hamstring in training. The equaliser came deep in injury time at the end of the match. Keane flicked on a corner taken by Giggs and Alpay could only help the ball into his own goal, much to the disgust of the big Danish 'keeper.

Newcastle United v Sunderland 1-1

Kevin Phillips put Sunderland ahead in the 34th minute. Schwarz centred the ball and Phillips headed the ball behind Given. But Newcastle equalised just before half-time. A terrific through ball from Robert released Bellamy, who used his pace to beat the Sunderland defence and hammer the ball behind Sorensen. Newcastle were much the better side in the second half but could not convert their chances. Alan Shearer came on in the 75th minute for his first appearance for five months.

Monday 27 August 2001

Bolton Wanderers v Liverpool 2-1

The Reds were shocked when Bolton scored an injury time winner to return to the top of the table. Ricketts put them ahead in the 27th minute when Gardner and Hansen took a short corner before the ball flew to the far post for Warhurst to head back across the goal. Henchoz and Hyypia dithered and Ricketts had the ball in the net in a flash. Liverpool pushed forward but could not find a way through until Heskey replaced Fowler in the 63rd minute. Three minutes later, Liverpool were level. McAlister threaded the ball through a packed goal area to Heskey, who slipped the ball low and hard past Jaaskelainen, the Bolton 'keeper. Then, deep in injury time, Holdsworth stuck to put Bolton ahead. He slipped past Hyypia and Hamann and let fly. Westerveld somehow managed to catch the ball and then let it drop over his goalline. It could have been even worse for Liverpool as Henchoz later cleared a shot off the line from Hansen.



Pos            Pl. W. D.  L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  Bolton     3  3  0   0    8- 1   9
  2  Everton    3  2  1   0    5- 2   7
  3  Leeds      3  2  1   0    4- 1   7
  4  Arsenal    3  2  0   1    9- 2   6
  5  Man Utd    3  1  2   0    6- 5   5
  6  Chelsea    2  1  1   0    3- 1   4
  7  Fulham     3  1  1   1    4- 3   4
  8  Blackburn  3  1  1   1    5- 5   4
  9  Derby      3  1  1   1    3- 4   4
 10  S'derland  3  1  1   1    2- 3   4
 11  Ipswich    3  1  0   2    3- 3   3
 12  Liverpool  2  1  0   1    3- 3   3
 13  Charlton   2  1  0   1    2- 2   3
 14  Newcastle  2  0  2   0    2- 2   2
 15  A. Villa   2  0  2   0    1- 1   2
 16  Spurs      3  0  2   1    2- 3   2
 17  West Ham   2  0  1   1    1- 2   1
 18  S'hampton  2  0  0   2    0- 4   0
 19  Mid'brough 3  0  0   3    0- 7   0
 20  Leicester  2  0  0   2    0- 9   0

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