With many thanks to Brian Judson, without whom this feature would not be possible
Saturday 6 April 2002
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur 2-1
The full report is here
Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town 4-1
The match was well beyond Ipswich long before half-time. Bobic put the
Trotters ahead after only 2 minutes. Nolan let fly but the ball hit Bobic,
who brought the ball under control before scoring. Bobic added a second in
the 30th minute when Marshall committed himself to chasing a Djorkaeff
through ball but Wallace won the race. Marshall retreated and flapped out
Wallace's shot but only as far as Bobic, who could not miss. Five minutes
later, Marshall was again at fault when he skied a clearance straight to
Bobic. He sent Wallace away, whose shot missed the target but Djorkaeff
was on hand to turn the ball into the Ipswich goal. In the 38th minute,
Bobic completed his hat-trick and took the score to 4-0 when he flicked
home a corner by Gardener. Ipswich sent all three substitutes on at
half-time and Clapham scored their consolation goal in injury time when he
blasted the ball home.
Chelsea v Everton 3-0
Hasselbaink scored two first half goals to put Chelsea well on top. His
first goal came in the 26th minute when a delicate 25-yard chip beat
Simonsen easily. His second goal, a minute before half-time, saw him score
with a low piledriver from the same distance. Zola completed the rout deep
in second half injury time when he blasted the ball behind Simonsen from
Gudjohnsen's right wing cross.
Leicester City v Manchester United 0-1
The Foxes were condemned to relegation as a result of this defeat. Over
the years they have yo-yo'd between the top two tiers of football, not
quite good enough for one but too good for the other. But I doubt if they
will be back quickly this time as they have looked thoroughly demoralised
at times this season. Solksjaer scored the only goal of the game in the
61st minute when Davidson failed to clear a throw-in taken by Phil Neville
and Solksjaer quickly had the ball in the back of the net. Piper and
Dickov both had chances to equalise but squandered them both.
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa 2-1
Carbone scored his first goal for the Teessiders in the 39th minute.
Staunton was to blame for allowing the centre from Queudrue to bounce
without being cleared and Carbone nipped in to score from close range.
Angel equalised for Villa in the 60th minute when Crouch flicked on
Barry's long ball with a twist of his head and Angel beat Ehiogu to the
ball to score. But five minutes later Ehiogu had his revenge when he
powered home the ball from a Carbone corner.
Southampton v Derby County 2-0
The Rams are surely beyond salvation now after losing this match! Oakley
put the Saints ahead in the 29th minute when Dodd chipped the ball in from
the right and Oakley lashed the ball into the Derby goal. Pahars added a
second goal in the 55th minute when Delap took a long throw-in and none of
the Derby defenders reacted as Pahars was allowed to race unchecked into
their area to fire the ball into the near post.
West Ham United v Charlton Athletic 2-0
Di Canio marked his 100th appearance for West Ham by scoring from the
penalty spot in the 22nd minute after being body-checked by Kinsella. In
the 33rd minute, Joe Cole beat two Charlton defenders before slipping the
ball to Di Canio. Di Canio swapped passes with Kanoute before Kanoute
crashed the ball into the roof of the net. Midway through the second half,
Di Canio was stretchered off after being caught late by Parker. After 71
minutes, Winterburn sent Johansson flying but Konchesky missed the
resulting penalty, skying the ball over the bar.
Sunday 7 April 2002
Leeds United v Sunderland 2-0
Leeds United's European dream is still alive but they needed a lot of help
from Sunderland. This was only Leeds' 4th win in 18 League and Cup games
since 1st January. The first goal arose out of Phillips dallying on the
ball too long in the 8th minute. Bowyer sent Smith away. His centre was
aimed for Viduka but Craddock headed in to his own goal. Keane added a
second in the 83rd minute when put through by Viduka. His shot skimmed
into the net wide of Sorensen.
Monday 8 April 2002
Newcastle United v Fulham 1-1
Kieron Dyer put Newcastle ahead in the 21st minute against the run of play
when he outpaced Andy Melville into the penalty area and side-footed the
ball beyond Van der Sar. But Fulham persisted as Newcastle continued to
look out of sorts and it came as no surprise when Saha equalised in the
77th minute. Malbranque took a short corner which was only half-cleared.
The ball ran loose to Sean Davis whose shot was deflected beyond Given by
Saha. Late in the match, Dyer was sent sprawling in the penalty area but
referee Alan Wiley waved play on.
Pos Pl. W. D. L. For-Ag Pts.
1 Arsenal 33 21 9 3 68- 33 72
2 Man Utd 34 22 4 8 83- 44 70
3 Liverpool 33 20 8 5 55- 26 68
4 Newcastle 33 18 7 8 62- 44 61
5 Chelsea 34 16 12 6 63- 32 60
6 Leeds 34 15 12 7 50- 36 57
7 Spurs 34 13 6 15 45- 49 45
8 M'brough 34 12 9 13 34- 40 45
9 West Ham 33 13 7 13 41- 49 45
10 A. Villa 34 10 13 11 39- 42 43
11 S'hampton 34 11 8 15 41- 49 41
12 Charlton 34 10 11 13 35- 43 41
13 Everton 34 10 9 15 38- 49 39
14 Bolton 34 9 12 13 42- 54 39
15 S'derland 34 10 8 15 26- 44 38
16 Fulham 34 8 13 13 32- 41 37
17 Blackburn 32 9 8 15 42- 43 35
18 Ipswich 34 8 9 17 40- 56 33
19 Derby 34 8 5 21 30- 56 29
20 Leicester 34 4 10 20 24- 59 22 R