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for 2001-2002 - Match 38

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

Wednesday 8 May 2002
Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers 4-3

Riise was the architect of Murphy's goal in the 23rd minute. Murphy gathered the cross with his left foot and pushed it beyond Kelly. Duff equalised in the 28th minute when he swapped passes with Jansen before firing the ball behind Dudek. Anelka restored Liverpool's lead in the 39th minute when he pushed the ball home from another Riise centre. Cole equalised for Blackburn in the 49th minute when he headed home Neill's cross, Hyypia regained the lead for Liverpool in the 52nd minute when he nodded the ball home. Jansen equalised for Blackburn in the 80th minute when Gillespie centred from the right and Jansen scored from the cross. But Heskey had the last word in the 86th minute when he set off on a terrific run and finished with a sweet delivery.

Manchester United v Arsenal 0-1

Wiltord scored the goal that settled the destiny of the championship in the 57th minute. The goal stemmed from a defensive mistake by Silvestre conceding the ball to Parlour. Parlour sent Wiltord and Ljungberg goalwards. Ljungberg bore down on Blanc before slamming the ball at the United goal. Barthez beat it out but Wiltord quickly slotted it in the back of the United net.

Saturday 11 May 2002
Arsenal v Everton 4-3

The Gunners held a party to celebrate their double of cup and championship. Bergkamp took advantage of slack marking in the 4th minute to score after Cole had centred the ball. Carsley equalised after 20 minutes when Stepanovs played a poorly timed ball across his own goalmouth. Carsley did not miss. Radzinski put the Toffees ahead in the 31st minute when Luzhny made a hash of clearing the ball. Henry equalised in the 33rd minute when Stubbs was robbed of the ball by Bergkamp and the Dutchman selflessly provided a chance for Henry to score. Henry restored the lead for the Gunners in the 72nd minute when Edu sent him away. Jeffers added a fourth in the 83rd minute to provide some cheer for his injury hit season. Watson reduced the arrears in the 89th minute when poor defending allowed substitute goalkeeper Taylor to be exposed and concede the final goal of the season.

Blackburn Rovers v Fulham 3-0

Cole opened the scoring in the 53rd minute when the Fulham goalkeeper, Taylor, muffed a backpass and allowed Cole to score. Duff added a second in the 66th minute when Cole turned Melville and sent Jansen through to slip the ball to Duff, who was left with a simple chance to score. Cole rounded off the scoring in the 81st minute when Tugay sent Cole away to score.

Chelsea v Aston Villa 1-3

Crouch gave Aston Villa the lead in the 21st minute when persistent work by Vassell won a corner, which was taken by Stone. From the corner, Crouch headed home. Vassell added a second in the 63rd minute when Stone sent in a swirling cross that Vassell volleyed beyond Cudicini. Gudjohnsen reduced the arrears with a 70th minute penalty which was awarded after Delaney yanked Della Bona back off the ball. Dublin scored a third goal for Villa in the 88th minute, when he headed home a close range header.

Leeds United v Middlesbrough 1-0

Smith scored what could have been his last goal for Leeds in the 83rd minute when Southgate allowed Keane to flick the ball over his head to Smith to run in and lash the ball home. Leeds are under orders to reduce their wage bill so it will be interesting to see who leaves Elland Road during the summer.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur 2-1

Full report available here

Liverpool v Ipswich Town 5-0

Riise began the rout in the 13th minute when Owen flicked on a cross from Xavier to Riise for the Scandinavian to hammer home. Riise added a second in the 35th minute when Smicer was sent crashing to the ground after being fouled but the referee allowed play to continue. The ball ran loose to Riise, who crashed the ball in off the post. Owen added a third in the 46th minute when Bramble failed to clear a ball and Owen quickly whipped the ball into the net. Smicer made it 4-0 in the 57th minute when he skipped into the box, nutmegged Hreidarsson and fired the ball behind Marshall. Anelka rounded off the rout in the 88th minute when he glided through a non-existent defence to make a point about staying at Anfield.

Manchester United v Charlton Athletic 0-0

The outcome of the results decreed that Manchester United have to pre-qualify for next season's Champions' League. David Beckham provided some consolation by committing himself to another contract. The 0-0 draw was the first at Old Trafford since September 1999 when they drew 0-0 with Newcastle. It was also Dennis Irwin's last appearance for the Reds. Charlton defended very well and the Reds rarely looked like scoring.

Southampton v Newcastle United 3-1

Svensson put the Saints ahead in the 17th minute when Pahars turned Solano to provide an opportunity for Svensson to score. Beattie added a 24th minute penalty after Given had sent Ormerod flying in the penalty area. Shearer reduced the arrears in the 55th minute when Shearer took advantage of a lapse of concentration by the Saints defence to score. El Khalej was then sent off for a foul on Dyer that has shattered the boy's ambitions to play in the World Cup. Telfer added a third for the Saints in the 90th minute when he lobbed the ball over Given from 25 yards.

Sunderland v Derby County 1-1

Phillips scored the goal that mattered in the 17th minute. It ensured that Sunderland survived in the Premiership. Quinn provided the pass from which Phillips scored but he almost lost the ball to Barton, before Barton let the ball roll out of his possession and Phillips quickly pushed in the net. Robinson equalised for Derby in the 68th minute when a mistake by Williams allowed the Derby player to equalise.

West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers 2-1

Lomas put West Ham ahead in the 45th minute when a shot from Defoe was saved by Jaaskelainen but Lomas was able to turn the ball into the Bolton goal. Djorkaeff equalised for Bolton in the 67th minute when he took a free-kick and gained a slight deflection that foxed James in the West Ham goal. Pearce grabbed the winner for West Ham in the 89th minute when he headed home a corner from Carrick. It was Nigel Winterburn's last game for the Hammers, although he hopes to find another club next season.

Pos              Pl.  W.  D.  L. For-Ag  Pts.
  1  Arsenal     38   26  9   3  79- 36   87 C
  2  Liverpool   38   24  8   6  67- 30   80
  3  Man Utd     38   24  5   9  87- 45   77
  4  Newcastle   38   21  8   9  74- 52   71
  5  Leeds       38   18 12   8  53- 37   66
  6  Chelsea     38   17 13   8  66- 38   64
  7  West Ham    38   15  8  15  48- 56   53
  8  A. Villa    38   12 14  12  46- 47   50
  9  Spurs       38   14  8  16  49- 53   50
 10  Blackburn   38   13 10  15  56- 50   48
 11  S'hampton   38   12  9  17  46- 54   45
 12  M'brough    38   12  9  17  35- 47   45
 13  Fulham      38   10 14  14  36- 44   44
 14  Charlton    38   10 14  14  38- 49   44
 15  Everton     38   11 10  17  45- 57   43
 16  Bolton      38    9 13  16  44- 62   40
 17  S'derland   38   10 10  17  29- 51   40
 18  Ipswich     38    9  9  20  41- 64   36 R
 19  Derby       38    8  6  24  33- 63   30 R
 20  Leicester   38    5 13  20  30- 64   26 R

Cheers, Brian

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