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for 2002-2003 - Match 14

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

Saturday, November 16th, 2002
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur 3-0

Read the report here, if you dare!

Chelsea v Middlesbrough 1-0

Babyaro grabbed the only goal of the afternoon at Stamford Bridge in the 47th minute. Zola picked him out with a peach of a pass and the Nigerian international scored his first goal since season 1998-99. But Middlesbrough could have won the match if Cudicini had not been in such fine form. He made several crucial saves, which left the Teessiders frustrated.

Manchester City v Charlton Athletic 0-1

After the Lord Mayor's show, the dustcart. The Sky Blues came back to earth with a bang as Bartlett scored the only goal of the game in the 79th minute. The game was a very poor one with Charlton the slightly better of two poor sides. The goal came with Manchester City stranded upfield like a beached whale. Parker lobbed a pass to the right where Johansson was unmarked. The Finn had plenty of time to look for Euell but the former Wimbledon striker missed his chance and the ball ran on to Bartlett, who hammered the ball in City's net, joyfully. Unsurprisingly, Manchester City were jeered off the ground the had been heroes on only a week earlier.

Newcastle United v Southampton 2-1

Beattie gave the Saints a shock 2nd minute lead when he volleyed an unstoppable shot behind Given. Ameobi equalised in the 41st minute when Dyer tricked his way through the Saints defence to leave the striker with a simple chance to score. Hughes grabbed what proved to be the winning goal in the 54th minute when Viana pushed the ball into the goalmouth. Ameoebi missed the chance to score but Hughes was on hand to turn the ball into the net. Newcastle were sluggish, probably still feeling the effects of their momentous Champions' League match in midweek.

West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 0-0

Russell Hoult was once again the hero of the hour as far as West Bromwich Albion fans were concerned. The Baggies were by far the better side yet it had looked as though Villa would nick the points when they were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute. Dublin took the penalty but Hoult correctly guessed where the ball would go and smothered the ball. Earlier, there had been a furious argument between Villa players and the referee, Dermot Gallagher, after Gilchrist had upended Delaney but the referee waved play on. As they went off at half-time, Ian Taylor and Dublin were still disputing Gallagher's decision.

Sunday, November 17th, 2002
Birmingham City v Fulham 0-0

There was scarcely anything to note in this match. Brevett was one of two Fulham players to be dismissed. His offence was to bring off a one-handed save on the goal-line to prevent Birmingham from scoring in the 38th minute. Edwin van der Sar guessed how John would take the penalty and that ended the only likelihood of any goals in this match. Marlet was also sent off by referee Messias after a clash with Robbie Savage, who was also booked.

Blackburn Rovers v Everton 0-1

This victory was based on the rock of a Yobo! The signing from Marseilles of Joseph Yobo, on loan, has added some steel to a traditionally soft centred pack of toffees. Campbell scored the only goal of the game in the 19th minute, leaving Blackburn to batter themselves into submission. Carsley provided the cross from which the former Arsenal striker poked behind Friedel.

Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers 2-4

The Elland Road faithful are learning an unpleasant lesson that Venables is not the great coach he fondly imagines himself to be. With substantially the same side he inherited from David O'Leary, he has turned them into chumps. Pedersen put Bolton ahead in the 3rd minute when Djorkaeff placed a pass into his path and that was sufficient to provide Pedersen with the chance to score as the Leeds defence disappeared. Smith equalised straight from the kick-off when he was fed the ball by Kewell in the 4th minute. There the score remained until Djorkaeff struck in the 80th minute. Pedersen put him through as the Leeds defence crumbled yet again. Kewell equalised for Leeds in the 84th minute when Smith provided the chance for the Australian international to score. Ricketts converted a penalty in the 89th minute after Robinson had been forced to upend him to prevent him from scoring. Pedersen added a fourth in the 90th minute when Tofting provided the cross for him to score. The Leeds fans were hostile to Venables as he left his dugout and strode to the dressing room.

Liverpool v Sunderland 0-0

Sunderland's tactics were designed to frustrate Liverpool. They made no attempt to attack and did not win a single corner, whilst Liverpool won 12! Liverpool had 21 goalscoring chances and wasted them all as Macho, the third choice goalkeeper, defied everything that came his way. So successful were Sunderland's tactics that Liverpool did not have a clue how to unpick the Sunderland defence. Yet Liverpool had the best player on view in Markus Babbel before he tired.

West Ham United v Manchester United 1-1

David James still aspires to winning caps for England but he has yet to decide whether he is 'Calamity' or 'Capability' James. Whilst producing some breathtaking saves, he was also prone to mistakes, which, fortunately for him, were not latched on to by Manchester United. The visitors took the lead when Fortune put Solksjaer through. The Norwegian international's cross was missed by Peace but not by van Nistleroy, who scored in the 38th minute. Defoe snatched an improbable equaliser in the 86th minute. He had already been denied goals from being in an offside position and definitely looked offside yet again. Barthez and the other defenders all appealed for offside but referee Mark Halsey ignored them.

	

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

 1 Arsenal   14 10  2  2 31-13 18  32 
 2 Liverpool 14  9  4  1 24-10 14  31
 3 Chelsea   14  7  5  2 24-12 12  26
 4 Everton   14  8  2  4 17-15  2  26 
 5 Man Utd   14  6  5  3 18-13  5  23
 6 Newcastle 13  7  1  5 20-17  3  22
 7 M'brough  14  6  3  5 16-11  5  21
 8 Blackburn 14  5  5  4 19-15  4  20
 9 Spurs     14  6  2  6 17-21 -4  20 
10 Leeds     14  5  2  7 19-20 -1  17
11 So'pton   14  4  5  5 14-15 -1  17
12 Man City  14  5  2  7 14-20 -6  17
13 Fulham    14  4  4  6 17-18 -1  16 
14 A. Villa  14  4  4  6 10-12 -2  16
15 B'mingham 14  4  4  6 14-18 -4  16
16 Charlton  14  4  2  8 11-18 -7  14
17 S'derland 14  3  5  6  8-16 -8  14
18 Bolton    13  3  3  7 16-24 -8  12
19 West Ham  14  3  3  8 14-24 -10 12
20 West Brom 14  3  3  8 10-21 -11 12

Cheers, Brian

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