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for 2001-2002 - Match 8 - 29-30.09.01

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

Saturday 29 September 2001

Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland 0-2

Bolton dominated much of the game but were unable to make their superiority count. Phillips, who did little else, scored in the 77th minute when he pounced on a loose ball to score his 100th League goal. Craddock added a second in the 83rd minute when he headed home his first goal for the Wearsiders. After the game, Peter Reid admitted Bolton had been much the better side and that Sunderland were lucky to have won the game.

Charlton Athletic v Leicester City 2-0

Following Leicester's defeat at the Valley, the Board sacked Peter Taylor as manager. Leicester had ended the game with only nine players on the pitch following the dismissal of Junior Lewis and concussion sustained by debutant Matt Heath. Charlton also had Brown sent off. Johansson scored the first goal in the 45th minute when he headed the ball home from a cross by Powell. Bartlett added a second in the 56th minute when he squeezed the ball behind Ian Walker.

Derby County v Arsenal 0-2

The hosts were very poor and the biggest surprise was that Arsenal did not score more than two goals. Henry grabbed the first in the 21st minute when he took a free-kick after O'Neil had obstructed Jeffers. His second goal came from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute after Oakes, Derby's goalkeeper, had clattered into Kanu. By then, of course, Arsenal were down to 10 men as Keown had been sent off for a second bookable offence. It was the 36th dismissal since Wenger became Arsenal's manager and Keown's 10th dismissal.

Everton v West Ham United 5-0

In the first 44 minutes Everton were poor and inept. West Ham threatened to score until Campbell struck deep in injury time in the 45th minute. Hutchison added a second for Everton when forcing the ball into his own goal in the 52nd minute. Gravesen extended Everton's lead in the 56th minute when he was allowed to run unchallenged from the halfway line to score. Watson then fired home the fourth for Everton in the 75th minute after cutting in from the wing and being allowed to have two bites at the cherry in scoring. Radzinski wrapped it up for Everton in the 79th minute. On the basis of this performance West Ham must be odds-on favourites to be relegated.

Middlesbrough v Southampton 1-3

Middlesbrough were dreadful and had only themselves to blame for their defeat by the equally poor Saints. Beattie headed the ball home in the 66th minute following a cross from the wing. Pahars added the second from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute. Boksic reduced the arrears from the penalty spot in the 75th minute but Beattie ensured victory for the Saints with another excellent strike in the 86th minute. Paul Ince missed the game because of flu.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United 3-5

The full report on this, one of our games of the season, can be read here. You could always stop reading at half time!

Sunday 30 September 2001

Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers 2-0

Blackburn had the better of the first half but that all changed in the first minute of the second half. Hendrie split the Blackburn defence with a peach of a pass and Angel had all the time in the world to score in the 46th minute. Vassall added a second for Aston Villa in the 72nd minute when he slid in to deflect the ball behind Friedel.

Fulham v Chelsea 1-1

Chelsea's goal was scored by Hasselbaink in the 32nd minute when Zenden sped down the inside-left channel. His cross was low and Hasselbaink was able to bamboozle Van der Sar in the Fulham goal. Hayles equalised for Fulham in the 56th minute when Clark slid the ball out to Finnan, who lobbed the ball into the goalmouth. Saha headed against the post and Hayles forced the ball home. Jokanovic was sent off for a second bookable offence and Gallas was lucky he did not follow him despite blatant fouls on Hayles and Saha.

Ipswich Town v Leeds United 1-2

Ipswich were awarded a free-kick which Venus took from just outside the penalty area. Stewart eluded his marker and headed the ball home in the 22nd minute. Keane finally equalised for Leeds after some very heavy pressure on the Ipswich Town goal in the 70th minute. Kewell's pass from the half way line caught the Ipswich defence in two minds and Keane had all the time in the world to score. The winner came with four minutes left as Leeds piled on the pressure. Malkin should have cut out Mills' long ball but failed and Kewell had all the time in the world to cross the ball. Viduka at the far post was challenged by Venus, who slid the ball into his own goal in the 86th minute.

Newcastle United v Liverpool 0-2

Riise struck in the 3rd minute of the match to put Liverpool ahead when he pounced on a Rob Lee mistake to slip the ball behind Given. Murphy added a second in the 86th minute when Murphy and Fowler swapped passes for Murphy to score.

Pos             Pl. W. D. L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  Leeds       7  5  2  0   11- 2   17
  2  Arsenal     7  4  2  1   16- 5   14
  3  Man United  7  4  2  1   22-13   14
  4  A. Villa    6  3  3  0    9- 3   12
  5  Bolton      8  3  3  2   10- 6   12
  6  Liverpool   6  4  0  2   10- 7   12
  7  S'derland   8  3  3  2    8- 7   12
  8  Newcastle   7  3  2  2   11-11   11
  9  Chelsea     6  2  4  0   10- 7   10
 10  Everton     7  3  1  3   12-10   10
 11  Blackburn   8  2  3  3    8-10    9
 12  Charlton    6  2  2  2    7- 7    8
 13  Spurs       8  2  2  4   11-13    8
 14  Fulham      7  1  4  2    7- 8    7
 15  M'brough    8  2  1  5    8-17    7
 16  S'hampton   6  2  0  4    5-10    6
 17  Ipswich     7  1  2  4    6-11    5
 18  West Ham    6  1  2  3    4- 9    5
 19  Derby       7  1  2  4    5-12    5
 20  Leicester   8  1  2  5    5-17    5

Cheers, Brian

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