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for 2001-2002 - Match 33

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

Monday 1 April 2002
Blackburn Rovers v Southampton 2-0

Two goals in three minutes were sufficient to sink the Saints. Duff put Blackburn ahead in the 27th minute. He dashed between Dodd and Telfer before letting fly and saw the ball fly into the goal off woodwork. Yordi added a second in the 29th minute when Duff provided the pass from which Yordi scored with a header. But Souness was surprised to see Duff last the entire 90 minutes as he said Duff had had flu and had not trained at all over the past few days.

Charlton Athletic v Arsenal 0-3

Arsenal remain on course for a League and Cup double after a stroll in the sunshine at the Valley. Three goals in nine minutes of the first half were enough to settle the destination of the points at stake. Henry grabbed the first goal in the 16th minute when Campbell dispossessed Euell and sent Henry away. He raced past Rufus and thumped the ball firmly into Kiely's net. Ljungberg added the second in the 21st minute when Henry sent Bergkamp away but the Dutch player muffed his shot but Ljungberg was on hand to tap the ball home. Henry completed the scoring in the 25th minute when the Ljungberg and Bergkamp swapped passes before sending Wiltord down the right wing. Wiltord's pass left Henry with the simplest of chances to score. The only incident in the second half was that Ashley Cole was injured in a tackle by Stuart and had to go off but the injury is not thought to be serious. Keown was making his first appearance since breaking his leg three months ago.

Derby County v Middlesbrough 0-1

Mustoe probably condemned Derby County to relegation when he scored in the 12th minute. Chris Riggott was the Derby defender who made the vital mistake when he surrendered possession of the ball to Mustoe, who scored with a half volley from 15 yards. Carbone was by far the best player on view, which must have been galling for Derby as they had him on loan from Bradford City earlier in the season.

Everton v Bolton Wanderers 3-1

Ferguson received early marching orders when he was sent off after 20 minutes after thumping Bobic. Bolton defender Konstantinidis soon followed Ferguson after two fouls on Radzinski, the second being quite blatant. Pistone put Everton ahead in the 41st minute when he picked up the ball on the edge of the Bolton area. Warhurst blocked his first shot but Pistone hammered the ball in from 25 yards. Radzinski added a second after poor defending by N'Gotty in the 57th minute. N'Gotty reduced the arrears in the 75th minute when he headed a cross home. Chadwick ensured the points would be Everton's in the 86th minute when he tapped home a cross from Radzinski.

Fulham v West Ham United 0-1

Kanoute scored the only goal of the game in the 45th minute when Sinclair worked a one-two with Lomas and sent in a centre that Kanoute headed home. Fulham had their chances but wasted the lot. Certainly Hayles should have scored for Fulham in the 7th minute but he could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper.

Ipswich Town v Chelsea 0-0

Neither side looked like scoring from play. Cudicini played a brilliant game for Chelsea, saving a penalty taken by Bent following a foul by Terry on Armstrong. Cudicini also saved a shot from Holland late in the match. Chelsea didn't look at all interested in the proceedings.

Sunderland v Leicester City 2-1

Reyna put Sunderland ahead after only 3 minutes when McCann provided a pass from Quinn's knock down for Reyna to force the ball home. Dickov equalised in the 9th minute when the referee waved play on after Dickov had appeared to thrust an arm in Williams' face. Williams protested so much he was eventually booked and a free-kick awarded to Leicester. Elliott headed the ball on to an upright and Dickov forced the ball home. But Reyna scored again in the 18th minute to ensure the points would be Sunderland's. A free kick was awarded for a foul and Reyna took the kick which Walker could do nothing to stop.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United 2-1

Read the full report here

Tuesday 2 April 2002
Aston Villa v Newcastle United 1-1

Shearer took advantage of a pedestrian Villa defence to notch his 199th goal in the Premiership in the 3rd minute. Robert took a pot shot at the Villa goal from 20 yards. The ball hit the post without a single Villa defender reacting to it. Shearer then sidefooted the ball into the Villa goal. Crouch, the former Spurs reserve striker, scored on his home debut in the 26th minute when Boateng fed Barry on the left wing and Crouch took advantage of his height to head the ball beyond Given. Villa dominated the match after that but could not scheme a clear opening.

Pos             Pl.  W.  D.  L.  For- Ag Pts.
  1  Arsenal    32   20  9   3   66- 32   69
  2  Liverpool  33   20  8   5   55- 26   68
  3  Man Utd    33   21  4   8   82- 44   67
  4  Newcastle  32   18  6   8   61- 43   60
  5  Chelsea    33   15 12   6   60- 32   57
  6  Leeds      33   14 12   7   48- 36   54
  7  Spurs      33   13  6  14   44- 47   45
  8  A. Villa   33   10 13  10   38- 40   43
  9  West Ham   32   12  7  13   39- 49   43
 10  M'brough   33   11  9  13   32- 39   42
 11  Charlton   33   10 11  12   35- 41   41
 12  Everton    33   10  9  14   38- 46   39
 13  S'hampton  33   10  8  15   39- 49   38
 14  S'derland  33   10  8  14   26- 42   38
 15  Fulham     33    8 12  13   31- 40   36
 16  Bolton     33    8 12  13   38- 53   36
 17  Blackburn  32    9  8  15   42- 43   35
 18  Ipswich    33    8  9  16   39- 52   33
 19  Derby      33    8  5  20   30- 54   29
 20  Leicester  33    4 10  19   24- 58   22

Cheers, Brian

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