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for 2001-2002 - Match 9 - 13-15.10.01

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

Saturday 13 October 2001

Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United 0-4

The Magpies took the Trotters to the cleaners in this match, confirming the likelihood that Bolton will end up fighting a relegation battle. Solano put the Magpies ahead in the 41st minute when Shearer headed an Elliott cross back to Solano, who needed only a slight touch of the ball to score. Robert added a second goal in the 62nd minute when the Magpies were awarded a free kick after Jaaskelainen handled the ball outside the area and was ordered off. Robert took the resulting free-kick to score. Shearer added the third in the 72nd minute when he headed the ball home from a Robert cross. Shearer provided the pass for Bellamy to score the fourth six minutes from time. He should have added a fifth but dragged the ball wide from close range.

Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough 0-0

The Addicks were on top for most of the match but failed to turn their dominance into goals. Middlesbrough, however, had chances to score but failed to punish Charlton. In the end, neither side deserved to win, although two good chances fell to Boksic, who really should have scored.

Chelsea v Leicester City 2-0

Dave Bassett, the new manager of Leicester, once again linked up with Dennis Wise, who used to be a player of his when both were at Wimbledon. Leicester were very poor and looked it. They have lost confidence and look nothing like the side that stormed to the top of the Premier League in the early days of last season. Hasselbaink scored the first goal from the penalty spot after Rowett had fouled Gudjohnsen. Chelsea increased their lead on the stroke of half-time when Zenden put Gudjohnsen through in the dying seconds of first half injury time. Chelsea are the only side unbeaten in all competitions this season.

Ipswich Town v Everton 0-0

Everton should have won this match easily and would have done so had Kevin Campbell taken his chances. He was clean through three times but Sereni blocked his first shot, Campbell then poked his second effort wide and on the third occasion shot tamely at Sereni. With three minutes left, he failed yet again, shooting wide when it looked easier to score. Neither side played particularly well and Ipswich seemed to be thinking more about their UEFA Cup campaign than their domestic position.

Liverpool v Leeds United 1-1

It was Leeds who gained the early ascendancy in this match. Their goal came from a 27th minute corner when Ferdinand knocked the ball back to the other post. McAllister failed to clear the ball and Kewell had plenty of time to rifle the ball home. Litmanen came on at half-time, replacing Heskey, and the Reds slowly built up a head of steam, although Martyn was not seriously tested. Murphy finally equalised for Liverpool when Fowler found space on the edge of the penalty area and chipped a shot that rebounded off the bar for Murphy to head home. Bowyer, however, missed a great chance to snatch the points for Leeds in the dying seconds.

Southampton v Arsenal 0-2

The Gunners had few problems in disposing of Southampton and rarely rose above second gear. Pires put Arsenal ahead after 5 minutes when Ljungberg won possession of the ball, Henry pushed the ball through for Wiltord to latch onto and Pires hammered the ball home. Arsenal then spurned many chances and did not extend their lead until Henry added a second with 16 minutes left. But that goal owed a great deal to a deflection off a Southampton player. Saints have not yet won a game at their new ground.

Sunderland v Manchester United 1-3

The Champions were well out in front before Sunderland pierced their defence late in the match. Varga conceded a 35th minute own goal when Chadwick burst through and let fly and Varga could not get out of the way of the ball, deflecting it past his own goalkeeper. Giggs put Manchester United further ahead in the 59th minute when Cole timed his pass right so Giggs took it in his stride and lobbed the ball over Sorensen. Cole then added a third in the 66th minute when Chadwick provided the pass from which he scored. Phillips reduced the arrears with seven minutes left when he outpaced Brown and rounded Carroll, the young United goalkeeper.

Sunday 14 October 2001

Aston Villa v Fulham 2-0

Fulham are finding life in the top flight harder than they thought it would be last season. But they still look too good to slip into the relegation dog fight. Both of Villa's goals came in the second half. Vassell scored the first in the 50th minute when Hendrie fed Hadji, whose centre was stroke home by Vassell. Taylor added a second twelve minutes later when Angel provided the pass from which Taylor poked the ball home in driving rain.

Blackburn Rovers v West Ham United 7-1

The Hammers were slaughtered by an average Blackburn side, highlighting the distinct probability the Hammers will be relegated this season.Ed:- Hmmm - little did we know they would finish above us!Only Hislop, in goal, showed any form whatsoever for the Hammers. Flitcroft, (18), Dunn (27) and Johnson (28) had already put the game well beyond salvation for West Ham before Carrick reduced the arrears in the 39th minute. McCann then conceded an own goal in the 63rd minute before Tugay (80) and Hignett (82) completed the rout. Repka, West Ham's recent signing, was sent off for the second time this season.

Monday 15 October 2001

Tottenham Hotspur v Derby County 3-1

Read the full report here.

Pos             Pl. W. D. L.  For-Ag Pts.
  1  Leeds       8  5  3  0   12- 3   18
  2  Arsenal     8  5  2  1   18- 5   17
  3  Man United  8  5  2  1   25-14   17
  4  A. Villa    7  4  3  0   11- 3   15
  5  Newcastle   8  4  2  2   15-11   14
  6  Chelsea     7  3  4  0   12- 7   13
  7  Liverpool   7  4  1  2   11- 8   13
  8  Blackburn   9  3  3  2   15-11   12
  9  Bolton      9  3  3  3   10-10   12
 10  S'derland   9  3  3  3    9-10   12
 11  Everton     8  3  2  3   12-10   11
 12  Spurs       9  3  2  4   14-14   11
 13  Charlton    7  2  3  2    7- 7    9
 14  M'brough    9  2  2  5    8-17    8
 15  Fulham      8  1  4  3    7-10    7
 16  Ipswich     8  1  3  4    6-11    6
 17  S'hampton   7  2  0  5    5-12    6
 18  West Ham    7  1  2  4    5-16    5
 19  Derby       8  1  2  5    6-15    5
 20  Leicester   9  1  2  6    5-19    5

Cheers, Brian

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