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for 2001-2002 - Match 30

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

Wednesday 13 March 2002
Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town 2-1

The two goals that Blackburn scored in the first half proved to be enough to bag the points. Duff gave Blackburn the lead after 20 minutes when he made a dazzling run down the left wing before ramming home a drive behind Sereni. Cole added a second two minutes before half-time. Tugay played a superb ball into Dunn's path. Dunn spotted Cole unmarked and pulled the ball back from the bye-line, leaving Cole with a simple chance to score. Ipswich never threatened Blackburn before half-time but it was a different matter after the break. Armstrong did have the ball in the net but it was disallowed for offside. Ipswich reduced the arrears in the 55th minute. There seemed to be no danger when Friedel saved from Stewart to concede a corner. But Venus took an inswinging corner which Stewart headed behind Friedel. Ipswich pushed for an equaliser but Blackburn rode the storm, surviving several free-kicks near the end of the match.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur 4-0

Read the report here, if you dare!

Saturday 16 March 2002
Bolton Wanderers v Derby County 1-3

Christie put Derby County ahead after 22 minutes when Warhurst made a serious blunder by trying to head the ball back to Jaaskelainen but Christie nipped in to divert the ball into the Bolton goal. Gardner equalised in the 46th minute when he latched on to a clearance and rifled a shot behind Oakes. Ravenelli restored Derby's lead in the 53rd minute when he headed the ball home after good work by Boertian and Christie. Higginbotham scored from the penalty spot in the 87th minute after Jaaskelainen had upended Morris and had been sent off. Stand-in keeper Southall could do nothing to prevent Derby scoring from the spot.

Chelsea v Sunderland 4-0

The Blues won yet another home game 4-0, this time against a hapless Sunderland side. Gallas put Chelsea ahead in the 24th minute when Le Saux took a corner, Desailly headed the ball down and Gallas tapped the ball home. The second goal did not come until the 73rd minute. Gronkjaer released Gudjohnsen and as Sorensen came off his line, the ball was chipped over him. Forssell replaced Gudjohnsen and within a minute had swapped passes with Le Saux and buried the ball in the net in the 84th minute. Della Bono completed the rout when he crashed home the fourth goal in injury time.

Everton v Fulham 2-1

Unsworth put Everton ahead in the 1st minute when Ferguson knocked down Pistone's throw-in to Radzinski, who laid the ball back to Unsworth for the defender to crash home. Ferguson added a second after 13 minutes when van der Sar made a weak clearance and the striker forced the ball home. Graham Barber dismissed Gravesen in the 27th minute after handing out a second yellow card. Malbranque scored a consolation goal in the 52nd minute when Hayles centred the ball from the bye-line for Malbranque to stab home. Saha thought he had equalised in the dying seconds but the ball came back off the crossbar. After the game, Everton announced that Paul Gascoigne had left for Burnley on loan until the end of the season. Ginola is also expected to be shown the door this week as Moyes starts to rebuild Everton.

Middlesbrough v Liverpool 1-2

Heskey put Liverpool ahead after 33 minutes when Smicer sent Anelka away, who centred to Hamann on the far side of the goal area. The German saw his shot blocked by Schwarzer but Heskey netted from the rebound. Riise increased Liverpool's lead in the 83rd minute when he saw a chink in the Middlesbrough defence and chipped the ball into Schwarzer's goal. Middlesbrough fought back and reduced the arrears with two minutes left when Southgate headed the ball home.

Newcastle United v Ipswich Town 2-2

All the goals came in the second half. Bent put Ipswich ahead in the 50th minute when he sprinted through the Toon defence chasing a ball from Stewart and slipped the ball between Given's legs. Robert then curled in a brilliant free-kick in the 60th minute after Solano was needlessly fouled by Venus. Bent restored the Tractor Boys lead in the 63rd minute when Dabizas and O'Brien failed to clear a long ball from Sereni and Bent slipped the ball behind Given. Shearer equalised with two minutes to go when Robert provided a cross for Shearer to head home. In the dying seconds, McGreal clattered into Acuna in the Ipswich penalty area only for Shearer to miss the resulting penalty.

Southampton v Leicester City 2-2

Deane scored twice in the first half to give Leicester hope of recording their first win for nearly four months. The first goal in the 21st minute saw Deane head home a cross from Dickov. Jones then stumbled as Izzet saw his shot hit the crossbar but Deane was on hand to head home in the 25th minute. But Pahars struck back in the 29th minute when he dived to head the ball behind Walker. Just as Leicester thought they had won the match. Elliott conceded a 87th minute penalty by tugging Beattie's shirt. Pahars made no mistake from the penalty spot.

West Ham United v Manchester United 3-5

The Champions stamped their image on Upton Park in the right way for once. Lomas put the Hammers ahead after only 8 minutes when he met Labant's deep cross with such power at the far post that Barthez could only help the ball into the net. Beckham equalised in the 17th minute when Scholes sent him away down the wing. James came out with the intention of diving at Beckham's feet but the England skipper lobbed the ball into the empty net. Within three minutes, West Ham had regained the lead after Kanouté swept home a cross from Schemmel. But United promptly equalised when Beckham took a free-kick for Butt to scissor-kick the ball home. Scholes put the Champions ahead in the 55th minute when Solskjaer eluded two West Ham defenders to pass the ball to the oncoming Scholes, who drove the ball home. Beckham provided the cross from which Solksjaer scored in the 64th minute after some poor marking by the Hammers defenders. Defoe reduced the arrears in the 78th minute when he converted a cross from Kanoute. But in the dying seconds, Repka brought down Scholes and Beckham converted the resulting penalty.

Sunday 17 March 2002
Aston Villa v Arsenal 1-2

The Gunners returned to second place after a dramatic penalty save by veteran goalkeeper Seaman in the 54th minute of the match. Edu had given Arsenal the lead in the 14th minute following a free-kick awarded because Kachloul had exposed his studs in tackling Edu. Wiltord's drive was parried by Schmeichel, Vieira intercepted the rebound but Schmeichel blocked his shot but could do nothing to prevent Edu from scoring. After Seaman's magnificent save, it was not long before Arsenal extended their lead. Ljungberg put Pires through. He slipped past Boateng and lobbed the ball over Schmeichel in the 60th minute. Nine minutes later, Dublin lost Campbell to nod the ball home from Hadji's centre.

Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers 3-1

Fowler struck twice in the first seven minutes of the match to ensure the points were bound for Elland Road. In the 5th minute, Fowler slipped the ball under the advancing Friedel to put Leeds ahead. Two minutes later, Smith centred the ball for Fowler to slip into the Blackburn goal. Jensen reduced the arrears four minutes after the break when the Leeds defence was breached as Mills and Harte dithered over a back pass from Woodgate and Jansen was left with a simple chance to score. Mark Hughes managed to get himself booked for some clumsy tackles and Batty and Mills followed him into the book. Kewell wrapped it up for Leeds in the 71st minute when Keane put Kewell through for an exquisite lob over Friedel.

Monday 18 March 2002
Tottenham Hotspur v Charlton Athletic 0-1

Another tale of woe is available to read here!

Pos               Pl.  W.  D.  L.  For- Ag Pts.
  1  Man Utd      31   20  4   7   78- 40   64
  2  Arsenal      30   18  9   3   60- 32   63
  3  Liverpool    31   18  8   5   52- 26   62
  4  Newcastle    30   17  5   8   54- 40   56
  5  Chelsea      30   14 11   5   58- 30   53
  6  Leeds        30   13 12   5   42- 30   51
  7  Charlton     30   10 11   9   34- 34   41
  8  Aston Villa  30   10 11   9   35- 36   41
  9  Spurs        30   11  5  14   39- 45   38
 10  West Ham     30   10  7  13   35- 48   37
 11  S'hampton    30   10  6  14   37- 45   36
 12  Fulham       30    8 11  11   30- 36   35
 13  M'brough     30    9  8  13   29- 38   35
 14  S'derland    30    9  7  13   23- 37   34
 15  Everton      30    8  9  13   29- 36   33
 16  Blackburn    30    8  8  14   39- 41   32
 17  Ipswich      30    8  7  15   38- 49   31
 18  Bolton       30    6 12  12   32- 47   30
 19  Derby        30    8  5  17   26- 47   29
 20  Leicester    30    3 10  17   21- 53   19

Cheers, Brian

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