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for 2001-2002 - Match 34

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

Cheers, Brian

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