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for 2002-2003 - Match 13

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

Saturday, November 9th, 2002
Arsenal v Newcastle United 1-0

Wiltord scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute, which closed the gap between the Gunners and Liverpool to a single point. Henry drifted inside, rolled the ball to the overlapping Luzhny, whose centre was casually tapped home by Wiltord. Newcastle rarely bothered Seaman and rarely looked like improving on their dreadful record in London.

Aston Villa v Fulham 3-1

Angel put Villa head in the 20th minute when a toothless Fulham stood to one side to allow Angel all the time in the world to score. Boa Morte equalised in the 51st minute when he slipped past a leaden footed Staunton and dispatching a fine shot to the bottom right hand corner. Allback put Villa back in front in the 66th minute to kill any hopes Fulham had to rescue the game. Leonhardsen killed them off with his first goal for Villa in the 83rd minute.

Bolton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion 1-1

Dobie put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute when he spun and fired the ball into the goal after Clements free-kick had hit the wall and rebounded to him. N'Gotty was sent off for violent conduct three minutes later. Bolton continued to fight and earned their reward late on when Frendsen headed home an 89th minute equaliser.

Chelsea v Birmingham City 3-0

Gudjohnsen put Chelsea ahead in the 3rd minute after Zola had backheeled the ball into his path. It was Gudjohnsen who scored the second goal in the 31st minute when Morris centre to the striker for him to clip home, much to Steve Bruce's fury. Zola scored the third goal in the 42nd minute when he strode by a static Cunningham to score. The second half was an anti-climax as Chelsea tried to present Gudjohnsen with a hat-trick.

Everton v Charlton Athletic 1-0

Radzinski scored the only goal of the game in the 31st minute when Gravesen took the ball off Mustoe to slip to Radzinski to score. Charlton had their chances to equalise but squandered them all. This was the first time for 12 years that Everton had won four consecutive games and almost as long since they were last this high in the table.

Manchester City v Manchester United 3-1

This was a match to savour! Rarely have Manchester United been so completely outplayed or forced into schoolboy errors! It was fun to watch Ferguson simmering like a red beetroot on the touchline! Anelka put the Blues ahead in the 5th minute when he took the ball off Ferdinand and thumped the ball home. Solskjaer equalised in the 8th minute when he stole in on Schmeichel's blind side to hook Giggs' cross home. Goater restored the Blues lead in the 26th minute when Neville made the worst mistake of the afternoon and lost the ball to Goater, who skied the ball over Barthez into an unguarded net. In the second half, Goater completed the rout in the 50th minute when he latched on to Berkovic's lovely pass to enable him to chip the ball over Barthez. I shall savour the look Ferguson gave for a long time to come!

Middlesbrough v Liverpool 1-0

Southgate scored the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute after a rare Dudek blunder. Nemeth hoisted the ball into the area and Dudek caught it. He then surprisingly dropped the ball and Southgate mishit it into the net to pull off a totally unexpected victory for the hosts. Liverpool came to the Riverside with the intention of avoiding defeat and played negatively with that intention until Southgate struck.

Southampton v Blackburn Rovers 1-1

Beattie put the Saints ahead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after Short had clattered into Svensson. Tugay was sent off for two bookable offences fourteen minutes from time. Cole struck in the 90th minute with the referee looking at his watch after Neill had centred the ball. Ormerod tried to meet the ball but it flew off him, hit Cole and flew into the net, a total fluke but they all count.

Sunday, November 10th, 2002
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur 2-0

The full report on this dismal affair can be read here

West Ham v Leeds United 3-4

A poor backheader by Dailly allowed Barmby to head Leeds ahead in the 12th minute. Di Canio equalised in the 21st minute when Robinson spilled a 25-yard shot from Carrick for the Italian to strike home. Harte took a corner from which Kewell headed home to put Leeds back in front in the 29th minute. Kewell increased the visitors' lead in the 41st minute when West Ham failed to clear his initial shot from yet another Harte corner and Kewell banged the ball behind James. In injury time, Viduka cashed in on another blunder by Dailly and tapped the ball into an empty net. The Upton Park faithful booed their team off when the whistle ended the first half. Di Canio reduced the arrears by converting a penalty, after Kelly had upended Di Canio, in the 50th minute. Sinclair further reduced the arrears in the 75th minute when he got in front of Harte to head a Schmemmel cross home. In stoppage time, West Ham almost nicked an improbable draw when Pearce headed a Winterburn cross the wrong side of an upright.

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

 1 Liverpool 13  9  3  1 24-10 14  30
 2 Arsenal   13  9  2  2 28-13 15  29 
 3 Chelsea   13  6  5  2 23-12 11  23
 4 Everton   13  7  2  4 16-15  1  23 
 5 Man Utd   13  6  4  3 17-12  5  22
 6 M'brough  13  6  3  4 16-10  6  21
 7 Blackburn 13  5  5  3 19-14  5  20
 8 Spurs     13  6  2  5 17-18 -1  20 
 9 Newcastle 12  6  1  5 18-16  2  19
10 Leeds     13  5  2  6 17-16  1  17
11 So'pton   13  4  5  4 13-13  0  17
12 Man City  13  5  2  6 14-19 -5  17
13 Fulham    13  4  3  6 17-18 -1  15 
14 A. Villa  13  4  3  6 10-12 -2  15
15 B'mingham 13  4  3  6 14-18 -4  15
16 S'derland 13  3  4  6  8-16 -8  13
17 Charlton  13  3  2  8 10-18 -8  11
18 West Ham  13  3  2  8 13-23 -10 11
19 West Brom 13  3  2  8 10-21 -11 11
20 Bolton    12  2  3  7 12-22 -10  9

Cheers, Brian

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