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for 2001-2002 - Match 5 - 15-16.09.01

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Saturday 15 September 2001

Bolton Wanderers v Southampton 0-1

Pahars scored the only goal of the game but it was enough to topple Bolton from the top of the table. It came in the 77th minute of the match. Bolton had dominated the early proceedings and Frandsen and Hansen both had bad luck when their shots came back off the post. Despite the rain, Bolton continued to play attractive football but had no luck at all. Pahars replaced El Khalej and soon afterwards scored. He latched on to a pass from Bridge to thump a shot behind Jaaskelainen.

Derby County v Leicester City 2-3

In beating Derby, Leicester climbed further away from the bottom of the table, although they remain deep in trouble. Burton had given the Rams the lead in the 4th minute when he had fired the ball behind Ian Walker, deputising for the injured Tim Flowers. But Leicester equalised when Sturridge grabbed the first of his two goals. Stewart miskicked a ball which fell nicely to Sturridge, who back-heeled the ball over the line in the 30th minute. It was Sturridge who put Leicester ahead in the 66th minute. Jones and Akinbiyi combined well to provide Sturridge with a clear shot at the Derby goal and Oakes had no chance to prevent Sturridge from scoring. But with four minutes to go, Ravenelli equalised for Derby from the penalty spot. Then, in a sensational climax, Leicester themselves won a penalty deep in injury time. Higginbotham was adjudged to have pulled down Savage in the penalty area. As the referee pointed to the spot, Savage celebrated and the Derby players swarmed round him like angry wasps. Izzet made no mistake from the spot and Leicester had won at last. But as the teams trooped off the pitch after the final whistle there was a fracas in the tunnel involving Savage.

Everton v Liverpool 1-3

The Blues began by dominating the early proceedings and took the lead in the 5th minute. Unsworth centred the ball from the left. Ferguson knocked the ball down for Campbell to turn Hyypia and thump the ball behind Dudek from twelve yards. Steven Gerrard equalised for the Reds seven minutes later. Murphy and Vignal created space on the left for Vignal to lift the ball into the box. Gerrard raced past Naysmith to thump the ball behind Paul Gerrard. Liverpool snatched the lead in the 30th minute from the penalty spot. Riise sent Vignal away down the left, the ball found its way to Heskey's feet and as Heskey tried to elude Unsworth, the Everton defender crashed into him to concede a penalty. Owen, of course, made no mistake from the spot. After the break, Everton rang the changes and Gascoigne came on as a substitute for the first time for months. But before Everton could settle, Liverpool had put the match beyond their reach. Riise raced down the left, leaving Watson trailing in his wake and placed a peach of a shot that run under Gerrard. Everton tried hard to recover the ground they had lost but Liverpool remained well in control of the match and defended very well from the Everton onslaught.

Fulham v Arsenal 1-3

The battle of the French managers saw Wenger's team win the match but Fulham put Arsenal under enough pressure to have taken a point from the game had they enjoyed some luck. Ljungberg scored for the visitors in the 17th minute. Henry saw his shot riochet off a post and Ljungberg was quickest to react to force the ball over the line. Malbranque equalised three minutes after half-time. Boa Morte put Malbranque away down the wing and he cut in to lob the ball high into Seaman's net from six yards out. Fulham had their chances to go ahead but it was Arsenal who struck with two very late goals. Henry restored Arsenal's lead with eight minutes to go, steering the rebound from Ljungberg's shot behind van der Sar. Then Bergkamp crashed home the Gunners' third goal from a cross by Wiltord. The score-line flattered the Gunners. It could easily have been the other way round as Fulham dominated the game for long spells without having the breaks.

Middlesbrough v West Ham United 2-0

Two first half goals were enough to allow Middlesbrough to claim the points and condemn West Ham to bottom place. A very weak West Ham side were no match for Middlesbrough. They were without di Canio and a number of other players which forced the Hammers to play Sinclair and Hutchison as strikers. Deane put Middlesbrough ahead after 31 minutes. As Hislop came off his line in an attempt to foil Deane, the Middlesbrough striker headed the ball home. Four minutes before half-time, Middlesbrough were further ahead. Song gave the ball away and Johnston sidefooted the ball home from 12 yards. West Ham's only shot came from Hutchison early in the second half. Repka was sent off for two bookable offences in his first game for West Ham after signing from Fiorentina.

Newcastle United v Manchester United 4-3

Robert put the Toon ahead after only five minutes when Blanc was penalised for a foul on Shearer 25 yards out. From the free-kick, Robert volleyed the ball past Barthez, who didn't even move. The champions equalised when van Nistleroy turned smartly on a knock-down from Cole to drive a low shot behind Given. Lee restored the Toon lead in the 34th minute when he picked the ball up inside his own half of the pitch and ran towards the United defence. Barthez could only help Lee's shot into his own goal. Dabizas pushed Newcastle further ahead after 52 minutes when Solano's corner was half-cleared to Robert. His shot struck Dabizas and flew into Barthez's goal. Giggs then pulled one goal back after 62 minutes and Veron equalised two minutes later. The Champions dominated the match but could not produce the killing touch. But with eight minutes left, Newcastle won the match. Bellamy raced past Blanc and fed Solano : his shot was block by Barthez. Shearer pounced on the loose ball to hammer the ball home. In the dying seconds of the match Keane was sent off after a flare-up involving Shearer. Shearer had been attempting to waste time and Keane lost his temper, throwing first the ball and then a punch at Shearer. The Irishman had to be manhandled off the pitch by his own team mates to prevent him from getting into further trouble.

Sunday 16 September 2001

Aston Villa v Sunderland 0-0

Neither side played very well in this match and neither looked like scoring. The referee, Uriah Rennie, stopped the game far too often, whistling for stoppages seven times in the first five minutes alone. There were 45 fouls in the 90 minutes of the match. There were four bookings, all Sunderland players, and three of the four involved Lee Hendrie. Both managers complained about the referee's handling of the game after the match.

Charlton Athletic v Leeds United 0-2

There was seldom much doubt that Leeds would win, particularly after Graham Stuart had been sent off. Leeds were already ahead by that stage as Keane had opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Fish had dithered too long on the ball, thus allowing Keane to strike and then celebrate his goal with his trade mark hand stand. Stuart was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Harte after 36 minutes. Mills increased Leeds' margin of victory in the 62nd minute when he scored with a 25-yard volley. Leeds could and should have added to their margin of victory but Bowyer and Viduka wasted all the chances that fell to them.

Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers 1-1

Armstrong gave Ipswich a 15th minute lead following a powerful run down the right wing by George. His shot struck the Blackburn crossbar and dropped neatly into Armstrong's path which enabled him to put Ipswich ahead.Teddy celebrates scoring his second goal, which was his 100th for Spurs But Ipswich gradually faded after this impressive strike but it was not until Jansen scored in the 54th minute the visitors were level. Tugay sent Jansen clear with a beautiful pass and Sereni could do little to stop Jansen from scoring. Shortly after that, Armstrong was carried off with a head injury and ruled out from Ipswich's UEFA Cup tie.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea 2-3

Full report available here - I got very angry on this day!

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

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