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for 2002-2003 - Match 10

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

Saturday, October 19th, 2002
Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United 5-2

Dabizas was sent off for handling the ball in the penalty area in the 4th minute. Dunn converted the 5th minute penalty. Dunn added a second goal in the 8th minute when Gillespie centred the ball for Dunn to hammer home. Shearer reduced the arrears from a 36th minute penalty, after Neill was adjudged to have pushed Shearer. Shearer hauled the Magpies level in the 48th minute when a Robert free-kick went behind for a corner. Robert took the corner and Shearer headed home from 10 yards. Taylor restored the lead for Blackburn in the 55th minute when Thompson took a corner, Dunn's shot was blocked and Taylor was quickest to react. Griffin then conceded a 65th minute own goal when the ball came off him during a melee in his goalmouth when under pressure from Yorke. Taylor rounded off the scoring in the 74th minute when Given could not prevent him from heading the ball behind him.

Everton v Arsenal 2-1

The long undefeated run is over. Ljungberg had given the Gunners an 8th minute lead when he headed the ball behind former team mate Richard Wright. Radzinski equalised for Everton in the 22nd minute when a shot from Carsley rebounded off a post outside the penalty area for Radzinski to force home from 15 yards. Rooney grabbed the winner for Everton in the 90th minute when he came on as a late substitute and blasted the ball from outside the penalty area to become the youngest Premiership scorer ever.

Fulham v Manchester United 1-1

The home side will be kicking themselves as they had a great chance to claim a famous scalp! Marlet had fired them ahead in the 35th minute, which had left the Reds distinctly out of sorts. United's defence were too busy ball-watching when Brevett centred the ball and Marlet fired home. It was not until Solksjaer let fly at the ball in the 62nd minute that Manchester United woke up. Edwin van der Sar didn't have a prayer when the Norwegian took a pot shot at his goal. Barthez was then a hero as he saved a penalty from Malbranque after Marlet and Blanc had collided. Manchester United were then aggrieved when no penalty was awarded when Goma appeared to handle the ball.

Leeds United v Liverpool 0-1

Diao scored the only goal of a very disappointing match in the 65th minute. He strode past Harte to meet a cross from Diouf and steered it beyond Paul Robinson. Leeds seldom bothered Liverpool and there was chanting for former manager David O'Leary to be reinstated as Manager.

Manchester City v Chelsea 0-3

Chelsea were far too good for their hosts, even though they had to wait until late in the second half. Zola put Chelsea ahead in the 69th minute when Zola was left unmarked to head the ball behind Schmeichel. It was Zola who fired Chelsea further ahead in the 84th minute, by which time the Sky Blues were demoralised. Zola latched on to a Le Saux chip. Scarcely had the game re-started than Hasselbaink was allowed to streak through the Sky Blues defence in the 85th minute after Melchiot had played the ball forward.

Sunderland v West Ham United 0-1

Sinclair scored the only goal of the match between the two strugglers in the 22nd minute. Di Canio lobbed the ball over Sunderland's static back four to release Sinclair who was never caught and thumped his shot into Sunderland's goal off the crossbar. Both sides were poor. Howard Wilkinson reckoned it would take him several weeks to sort Sunderland out.

West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City 1-1

All the main action came in the space of a few minutes near the end of the second half. Tebily was sent off for picking up two bookable offences. Moore then conceded an own goal in the 86th minute when Hoult turned a Lazaridis shot on to the crossbar and it dropped and crossed the line off the hapless defender. From the kick-off, the Baggies roared into the attack and Roberts equalised in the 87th minute when Roberts latched on to Clement's pass to score.

Sunday, October 20th, 2002
Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough 1-0

Euell, the former Wimbledon striker, headed home Jensen's free-kick. This was Charlton's first win for several weeks and the goal was the first Middlesbrough had conceded in 4 hours 47 minutes. Middlesbrough seldom looked like scoring with their midfield out of sorts and Mustoe keen to impress against his former employers.

Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers 3-1

Full report can be read here

Monday, October 21st, 2002
Aston Villa v Southampton 0-1

Beattie scored a 48th minute penalty to secure the points for the Saints. The penalty followed the dismissal of Enckleman, the Villa goalkeeper. A long ball from Dodd bounced over Staunton, Alpay tugged Ormerod's shirt and Enckleman tangled with Ormerod. He was unlucky to be shown the red card as Alpay should have been dismissed. Postma was unable to prevent Beattie from scoring. Thereafter, the Villa fans were chanting for the dismissal of Graham Taylor.


Pos.         Pl. W. D. L. F-A.  GD Pts

 1 Liverpool 10  7  3  0 20-8  12  24
 2 Arsenal   10  7  2  1 25-11 14  23 
 3 Spurs     10  6  1  3 16-14  2  19 
 4 Man Utd   10  5  3  2 13-7   6  18 
 5 M'brough  10  5  2  3 13-6   7  17
 6 Chelsea   10  4  4  2 18-12  6  16
 7 Fulham     9  4  3  2 14-9   5  15 
 8 Blackburn 10  4  3  3 16-12  4  15
 9 Everton   10  4  2  4 13-15 -2  14 
10 Leeds     10  4  1  5 11-10  1  13
11 Newcastle  9  4  1  4 14-14  0  13
12 So'pton   10  3  4  3  7-8  -1  13
13 B'mingham 10  3  3  4 11-12 -1  12
14 A. Villa  10  3  1  6  6-10 -4  10
15 Charlton  10  3  1  6  8-14 -6  10
16 West Brom 10  3  1  6  8-16 -8  10
17 West Ham   9  2  2  5  9-16 -7   8
18 Man City  10  2  2  6  7-17 -10  8
19 S'derland 10  2  2  6  4-14 -10  8
20 Bolton     9  2  1  6  9-17 -8   7

Cheers, Brian

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