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for 2001-2002 - Match 32

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

Friday 29 March 2002
Newcastle United v Everton 6-2

Ferguson put Everton ahead after 6 minutes when Pistone's long throw was headed out by O'Brien but Ferguson intercepted the clearance, who lobbed the ball over Given. Shearer equalised in the 13th minute when a quick throw by Robert sent Shearer away, taking advantage of poor marking by Stubbs and Pistone, before forcing the ball home. Cort put Newcastle ahead in the 15th minute when Robert outpaced Alexandersson and Cort volleyed the ball home. Alexandersson equalised for Everton in the 34th minute when Distin dithered too long and allowed the Everton player to pick his spot. After the break, O'Brien put Newcastle ahead again when he poked the ball home after a goalmouth scramble. Solano increased their lead in the 71st minute when Dyer swapped passes with Shearer before teeing the ball up for Solano to score. Solano added another goal in the 73rd minute when Jenas dribbled forward before slipping the ball to Solano to score. Bernard rounded off the match in the 88th minute when Lua Lua sprinted 60 yards with the ball before cutting it back to Bernard to complete the rout.

Saturday 30 March 2002
Arsenal v Sunderland 3-0

All the goals came in the first half. Vieira put the Gunners ahead after only 2 minutes when Thirwell attempted to pass back to the goalkeeper but Vieira nipped in to slide the ball home. Bergkamp added a second in the 4th minute when Ljungberg found Henry unmarked. Henry's centre found Bergkamp unmarked by the far post and the Dutchman had a simple chance to take. In the 30th minute, shortly after Phillips had wasted a chance to get Sunderland back in the game, Bergkamp picked up the ball on the edge of the area and shimmied past defenders before slipping the ball to Wiltord to score. Henry did get the ball in the net in the second half but the strike was ruled out for offside.

Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa 3-2

The match began with two own goals in the first quarter of an hour. Delaney was the first defender to look on in horror as a volley from Nolan spun off the hapless defender into the Villa goal after 8 minutes. Seven minutes later, Warhurst conceded an own goal when he diverted a cross from Boateng into his own goal. Taylor put Villa ahead two minutes later when he headed home a corner taken by Hitzlsperger. Bobic equalised for Bolton five minutes before half-time when he diverted a free-kick taken by Djorkaeff beyond Schmeichel. Nolan snatched the winner for Bolton in the 76th minute when he fired home a free-kick from 25 yards after Staunton had hauled back Gardner.

Chelsea v Derby County 2-1

All the goals came in the second half. Terry put Chelsea ahead ten minutes after the break when he headed home a cross from Le Saux. Strupar equalised for Derby County ten minutes later when Barton was allowed to reach the penalty area unchecked to collect a pass from Ravenelli. Barton then squared the ball across goal for Strupar to slide home. Petit grabbed the winner with four minutes to go when the Blues won a free-kick. Zola took it, Oakes palmed away a Terry header, Forssell saw his shot blocked and the ball ran loose to Petit for him to lob the ball home.

Leeds United v Manchester United 3-4

Scholes put the Champions ahead after 9 minutes when he sent Silvestre away down the left wing and then diverted the defender's centre beyond Martyn. Viduka equalised in the 20th minute when Bowyer provided the pass from which Viduka scored after Barthez had committed himself to diving at Viduka's feet. Solksjaer scored twice in the 37th and 39th minutes. The first goal came when Martyn failed to hold a Scholes shot and Leeds failed to clear the ball and the Norwegian whipped the ball into Martyn's goal. More or less the same thing happened two minutes later when Leeds again failed to clear a ball with Solksjaer lurking. Giggs cemented the win for the Champions in the 55th minute when Beckham provided the pass from which Giggs side-footed the ball behind Martyn. Bowyer's 80th minute goal came too late to affect the issue. Fowler sliced a shot and Bowyer headed the ball home. Leeds toiled to force an equaliser but the goal just would not come.

Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers 2-1

Bottom of the table, Leicester City, gained a rare win when the two goals scored by Paul Dickov proved to be enough. Dickov put them ahead in the 9th minute when Deane flicked the ball into his path and Friedel was sent the wrong way. Hughes equalised for Blackburn a minute after the break when Elliott conceded a free-kick and Hughes headed home the resulting free-kick from Unsal. Dickov scored the winner for Leicester in the 77th minute when he won a challenge with Johansson in midfield and ran forward to collect a pass from Savage. Dickov drilled the ball beyond the diving Friedel.

Liverpool v Charlton Athletic 2-0

Both the goals came in the first half. Heskey limped off in the 23rd minute and was replaced by Smicer. He had barely set foot on the pitch when he put the Reds ahead. Danny Murphy took a free-kick and Smicer headed the ball home. In the 36th minute, Owen sealed the win when Anelka centred the ball, Smicer miscued his shot and Owen forced the ball home. Charlton very rarely troubled the Liverpool defence.

Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur 1-1

Full report available here

Southampton v Fulham 1-1

Again, both goals were scored in the first half. Marlet put Fulham ahead in the 7th minute when Finan and Legwinski played a one-two before lobbing the ball forward for Marlet to chase. Jones then inexplicably fumbled the ball which rebounded off Marlet's shins into the Southampton goal. Delap equalised for Southampton in the 22nd minute when Dodd sent Delap away. >From the edge of the area, Delap thumped the ball home. Both sides had opportunities to score again but failed to do so in a match littered with mistakes and errors. Also, for those for may not know, Matt Le Tissier announced his retirement from the game during the week.

West Ham United v Ipswich Town 3-1

Lomas put the Hammers ahead in the 36th minute when he headed home a cross from Di Canio. Bent struck to equalise in the 71st minute when he drove home a low shot. Di Canio restored the Hammers' lead in the 74th minute when his first shot was blocked by Sereni but he forced home the rebound. Defoe scored in the 86th minute to ensure West Ham would keep the points when he scored a fine solo goal.


Pos            Pl.  W.  D.  L.  For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Liverpool 33  20   8   5   55- 26   68
  2  Man Utd   33  21   4   8   82- 44   67
  3  Arsenal   31  19   9   3   63- 32   66
  4  Newcastle 31  18   5   8   60- 42   59
  5  Chelsea   32  15  11   6   60- 32   56
  6  Leeds     32  14  12   6   47- 34   54
  7  A. Villa  32  10  12  10   37- 39   42
  8  Spurs     32  12   6  14   42- 46   42
  9  Charlton  32  10  11  11   35- 38   41
 10  West Ham  31  11   7  13   38- 49   40
 11  M'brough  32  10   9  13   31- 39   39
 12  S'hampton 32  10   8  14   39- 47   38
 13  Everton   32   9   9  14   35- 45   36
 14  Fulham    32   8  12  12   31- 39   36
 15  Bolton    32   8  12  12   37- 50   36
 16  S'derland 32   9   8  14   24- 41   35
 17  Blackburn 31   8   8  15   40- 43   32
 18  Ipswich   32   8   8  16   39- 52   32
 19  Derby     32   8   5  19   30- 53   29
 20  Leicester 32   4  10  18   23- 56   22

Cheers, Brian

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