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for 2001-2002 - Match 35

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

Wednesday 10 April 2002
Blackburn Rovers v Chelsea 0-0

This must be regarded as two points dropped by Chelsea since Blackburn were clearly the happier of the two sides at the end of the match. Chelsea fought hard to secure the points and would have done so had they enjoyed some good fortune. What chances came their way were wasted by Gudjohnsen and Hasselbaink, normally two very predatory strikers when offered gifts on a plate. But Cudicini was the busier of the two goalkeepers. A shot from Cole nearly broke the deadlock but the ball hit woodwork and rebounded to safety. Surprisingly, considering the stakes and the fact that Steve Dunn was the referee, there were no bookings.

Saturday 13 April 2002
Aston Villa v Leeds United 0-1

Mark Viduka scored the only goal of the game in the 29th minute. Leeds were without Ferdinand, Woodgate, Radebe and Duberry, all of whom were injured. Mellberg was off the field having treatment when Viduka scored. Keane provided the pass from which Viduka scored after deceiving Delaney about his intentions. Angel was booked for trying to con the referee into awarding a penalty and Mills will miss the rest of the season after receiving his 10th booking of the season.

Charlton Athletic v Southampton 1-1

Alan Curbishley was furious that Charlton failed to beat the Saints. Rufus had put the Addicks ahead after 17 minutes when he backheaded a long throw from Robinson into the net. Charlton dominated the match thereafter but wasted all of their chances to score. With five minutes left to play, the Saints equalised when Dodd centred for El Khalej to head home from six yards.

Derby County v Newcastle United 2-3

The Rams will only have themselves to blame if they are relegated. They were winning 2-0 at one stage of this match. All of the goals came in the second half. Morris helped to put Derby ahead in the 46th minute when he got on to the end of a pass from Strupar and slipped the ball to Christie, who side-footed the ball beyond Given. It was Morris who scored the second in the 53rd minute when he was put clear by Barton and volleyed the ball in off the post. Robert reduced the arrears in the 73rd minute when he cracked home a superb 35-yard free-kick. Three minutes later, Dyer equalised after being released by Solano. Deep in injury time, Lua Lua nicked the winner after Solano had crossed the ball.

Everton v Leicester City 2-2

The Foxes looked set to record a rare away victory after Brian Deane had struck twice in the first half hour. Everton were slow to react when Savage put Deane through in the 18th minute and slower still to do anything about it as Deane had all the time in the world to score. Deane's second goal nine minutes later was just as bad. Stubbs and Gerrard got in each other's way and Deane was left to tap in a Sinclair cross. Leicester might have had a third but Dickov managed to screw the ball wide. Chadwick reduced the arrears in the 64th minute when Gravesen provided the centre from which Chadwick headed home. Ferguson snatched an undeserved equaliser four minutes from the end when Ferguson stabbed Unsworth's free-kick behind Walker.

Sunderland v Liverpool 0-1

Michael Owen scored the only goal of the match in the 55th minute. Gerrard spotted a chink in the Sunderland defence and pushed the ball through to Owen. Owen timed his run to perfection to lob the ball over Sorensen. Sunderland did not have the nous or the wit to put themselves back into the match. Their one tactic seemed to be to aim the ball in the general direction of Niall Quinn and hope that Kevin Phillips would remember where the ball was supposed to go. The Wearsiders season long problems in front of goal were there for all to see during this match. Near the end, Sunderland were reduced to 10 men after Reyna had made a reckless challenge on Owen.

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United 1-1

Full report available here

Pos             Pl. W.  D.  L.  For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Arsenal    33  21  9   3   68- 33   72
  2  Liverpool  34  21  8   5   56- 26   71
  3  Man Utd    34  22  4   8   83- 44   70
  4  Newcastle  34  19  7   8   65- 46   64
  5  Chelsea    35  16 13   6   63- 32   61
  6  Leeds      35  16 12   7   51- 36   60
  7  Spurs      35  13  7  15   46- 50   46
  8  West Ham   34  13  8  13   42- 50   46
  9  M'brough   34  12  9  13   34- 40   45
 10  A. Villa   35  10 13  12   39- 43   43
 11  S'hampton  35  11  9  15   42- 50   42
 12  Charlton   35  10 12  13   36- 44   42
 13  Everton    35  10 10  15   40- 51   40
 14  Bolton     34   9 12  13   42- 54   39
 15  S'derland  35  10  8  16   26- 45   38
 16  Fulham     34   8 13  13   32- 41   37
 17  Blackburn  33   9  9  15   42- 43   36
 18  Ipswich    34   8  9  17   40- 56   33
 19  Derby      35   8  5  22   32- 59   29
 20  Leicester  35   4 11  20   26- 61   22 R

Cheers, Brian

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