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for 2001-2002 - Match 4 - 08-09.09.01

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

Saturday 8 September 2001

Chelsea v Arsenal 1-1

Thierry Henry put the Gunners ahead after 17 minutes when De Goey could only parry a shot from Pires. The ball ran loose to the unmarked Henry, who had plenty of time to score. Hasselbaink equalised from the penalty spot fourteen minutes later when Keown upended Zola. But it was not the normal blood and thunder game one associates with a London derby and the only real controversial point came with twenty minutes left. Hasselbaink and Keown collided. The Chelsea player was dismissed for headbutting but later claimed the contact had been accidental. Chelsea should have won the match when Lampard somehow managed to miss contact from an inviting centre from Gallas near the end in front of an open goal.

Derby County v West Ham United 0-0

Neither side were able to score in a match notable for Hutchison's second debut for West Ham after transferring from Sunderland. The Hammers dominated the play but could not create an opening for their marksmen. If anything, they should be grateful that Hislop was able to deny Ravenelli the chance to score on two occasions. Hislop also had to move smartly when Winterburn nearly conceded an own goal in the second half.

Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers 0-0

Unsurprisingly, Sam Allardyce has been named the August Manager of The Month after leading the Trotters to the top of the table. I cannot ever remember seeing Bolton topping the table before in a lifetime of watching football. Their best days in my time as a football supporter were as long ago as the 1950s. Bolton closed the game down, preventing Leeds from playing their normal tactics. As soon as they lost possession, Bolton fell back on their own goal. There were few chances for either attack to shine. Ricketts was a lonely player up front for Bolton. The second half saw Jaaskelainen and Martyn in greater danger of being sunburned than from conceding goals. But Keane very nearly scored for Leeds in the dying seconds when Jaaskelainen did not clear the ball properly.

Leicester City v Ipswich Town 1-1

Ian Walker made his debut for Leicester in this match. The Filbert Street side gave 100 per cent and were unfortunate not to obtain more from the game. Stewart put Ipswich ahead in the 13th minute when Jermaine Wright chipped the ball forward. Elliott headed the ball out but Holland turned the ball back for Stewart to drill past Walker. The controversial point of the match when Sereni, the Ipswich goalkeeper, and Savage clashed and Savage collapsed on the floor as if pole-axed. The incident was not seen by the referee but was spotted by a linesman. Izzet missed the resulting penalty. However, Leicester's pressure eventually paid off when Sturridge scored the equaliser in the dying seconds of the match.

Liverpool v Aston Villa 1-3

What a difference a week makes! The heroes for England became the Liverpool chumps as they allowed Villa to waltz around them with ease. Anfield is no longer the fortress it was once. Dublin scored the only goal of the first half when Barmby conceded a free-kick, and was booked, for a foul on Delaney. Dublin got on the end of Merson's free0kick to head the ball home. Gerrard equalised for Liverpool immediately after the break when McAlister took a corner from which Gerrard headed downwards. Villa hooked the ball away but the linesman flagged the ball had crossed the line. Villa went ahead again after 55 minutes. Dublin got his head to a cross but miskicked as he tried to bring the ball under control. Hendrie pounced on the loose ball to force it home. Owen came on as a substitute shortly after but could do nothing to restore Liverpool's fortunes. Gerrard was sent off for catching Boateng on the knee with a boot in the 73rd minute. Then, with four minutes to go, Vassall made sure of the points for Villa when he slipped past Carragher and Hyypia and sent a dipping shot over Dudek, who was making his debut for Liverpool.

Manchester United v Everton 4-1

The Reds may have won 4-1 but their defence still gives cause for concern. They still do not look as dominating as they usually are. Fortunately for them the game was already won when the defensive mistakes began to surface. Veron had given them the lead in the 22nd minute when he played a one-two with Keane before smashing the ball past Gerrard. Cole added a second in the 40th minute when Gary Neville took a long throw for Chadwick to provide the pass from which Cole scored. The second half had barely started when Fortune added a third for the Champions. But with some 22 minutes left to play, Campbell scored Everton's only goal of the match when Alexandersson beat the offside trap to provide the pass for Campbell to score. Beckham and van Nistleroy came on as late substitutes, allowing Beckham to score with a rasping shot in the dying seconds.

Middlesbrough v Newcastle United 1-4

Despite taking an early lead, Middlesbrough were shattered by their deadliest rivals on their own ground. Cooper gave them a 4th minute lead when Cooper momentarily lost his marker to head the ball behind Given. In the 34th minute Shearer equalised from the penalty spot when Schwarzer was deemed to have pulled down Robert and was dismissed. Crossley replaced Schwarzer in goal but could do nothing to prevent Shearer from scoring. Middlesbrough were incensed when Given was similarly penalised for a foul on Ince but was only shown a yellow card. Greening's penalty kick was too weak and Given was able to save easily. Dabizas put Newcastle ahead in the 59th minute when he converted a cross from Robert. Three minutes later, Robert added a third when Vickers under-hit a back pass to Crossley to allow the Frenchman to score. Shearer wrapped up the scoring with fourteen minutes left with a thunderous drive from another Robert pass.

Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers 1-0

The only goal of the game was scored in the 81st minute by Niall Quinn. He leapt high to head a cross from Schwarz into the net. He later cleared the ball off the line when a Matt Jansen shot looked certain to level the scoring. The first half had been drab as Blackburn appeared to have the sole intention of playing for a point. Phillips was a constant threat in the second half and was unlucky he was foiled by Friedel on a number of occasions.

Sunday 9 September 2001

Charlton Athletic v Fulham 1-1

This was an entertaining South London derby in which Fulham dominated much of the proceedings but found it difficult to find a way through the Charlton defence. Fulham dominated the first half and should have sewn up the game long before the end. Charlton had seven players absent through injury. Charlton took the lead in the 34th minute against the run of play. Powell's centre was headed back by Bartlett and the ball struck Melville and trickled into his own goal. But four minutes later Fulham were level when Legwinski tore upfield. His shot was parried by Kiely but Boa Morte was on hand to prod the ball home. Thereafter, Fulham went looking for the win and thought they had achieved that aim in the dying seconds when Davis fired the ball goalwards only to see Konchesky block the ball on the line.

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton 2-0

Full match report available here

Pos            Pl. W. D.  L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  Bolton     4  3  1   0    8- 1  10
  2  Man Utd    4  2  2   0   10- 6   8
  3  Leeds      4  2  2   0    4- 1   8
  4  Arsenal    4  2  1   1   10- 3   7
  5  S'derland  4  2  1   1    3- 3   7
  6  Everton    4  2  1   1    6- 6   7
  7  Newcastle  3  1  2   0    6- 3   5
  8  A. Villa   3  1  2   0    4- 2   5
  9  Chelsea    3  1  2   0    4- 2   5
 10  Fulham     4  1  2   1    5- 4   5
 11  Spurs      4  1  2   1    4- 3   5
 12  Derby      4  1  2   1    3- 4   5
 13  Ipswich    4  1  1   2    4- 4   4
 14  Charlton   3  1  1   1    3- 3   4
 15  Blackburn  4  1  1   2    5- 6   4
 16  Liverpool  3  1  0   2    4- 6   3
 17  West Ham   3  0  2   1    1- 2   2
 18  Leicester  3  0  1   2    1-10   1
 19  S'hampton  3  0  0   3    0- 6   0
 20  Mid'brough 4  0  0   4    1-11   0

Cheers, Brian

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