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for 2002-2003 - Match 15

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

Saturday, November 23rd, 2002
Aston Villa v West Ham United 4-1

Hendrie gave Villa a 29th minute lead when Barry's chipped free-kick was chested down by Dublin for the little midfielder to sweep home. Leonhardsen extended Villa's lead in the 59th minute when Vassell spotted the Norwegian unmarked in the Hammers' six yard box and Leonhardsen made no mistake from close range. Di Canio reduced the arrears in the 70th minute when he headed home a cross from Sinclair.Dublin then scored his 100th Premiership goal in the 72nd minute when Hendrie floated over a free-kick for Dublin to head home. Vassell completed the rout on the 80th minute when he beat James with a 15 yard shot.

Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea 1-1

Pedersen gave Bolton a 63rd minute lead when a long shot from Warhurst was pushed over the bar by Cudicini. From the corner, Pedersen headed the ball home. Chelsea then lost Babyaro, who was sent off for violent conduct. Hasselbaink came off the bench to grab a vital 90th minute equaliser when he headed a cross from Zola behind Jaaskelainen.

Everton v West Bromwich Albion 1-0

Radzinski grabbed the only goal of the game in the 35th minute. Li Tie surged the length of the field and chipped the ball forward to Radzinski for the latter to smash home past a helpless Hoult.

Fulham v Liverpool 3-2

Sava gave Fulham a 5th minute lead when Dudek spilled the ball into Sava's path, thus enabling the Fulham striker to score. Davies added a second goal in the 38th minute when Malbranque put him through. Davies unleashed a shot that seemed to take a deflection off Sava as it whistled behind Dudek. Hamann reduced the arrears in the 62nd minute when he took a 30-yard free-kick that took advantage of a small crack in the Fulham defensive wall. Sava restored Fulham's two goal advantage in the 66th minute when the Fulham players were trying to persuade referee Poll to award a free-kick as Davis seemed to go down in a heap under Troare but he played the advantage and Sava struck with a 25-yard shot that whistled past Dudek. Baros gave the Reds hope in the 86th minute when he strode through the Fulham defence to score. But try as Liverpool did during the extra four minutes added on, they could not score again.

Manchester United v Newcastle United 5-3

Scholes put the Reds ahead in the 25th minute when he took advantage of some confusion in the Newcastle defence to fire them ahead. Bernard equalised in the 35th minute when a centre suddenly twisted in mid-air to leave Barthez stranded as the ball dropped behind him into the goal. But it was not long before van Nistlerooy popped up in the 38th minute to put them ahead. Silvestre provided the cross from which the Dutchman backheaded home. The referee was looking at his watch when van Nistlerooy struck again in the 45th minute. Forlan mis-hit Silvestre's pass into the Dutchman's path for him to fire the Reds into a 3-1 lead at the break. Shearer reduced the arrears in the 52nd minute when he smashed home a 30-yard free-kick. But it was van Nistlerooy who struck in the 53nd minute to put Newcastle two goals behind again. This time, he bundled a cross from Forlan behind Given. Solksjaer extended the lead of the Reds in the 55th minute when he got on the end of another superb pass to fire the ball behind Given. Bellamy had the final word in the 75th minute when he forced the ball home. Although Newcastle poured forward, they could not reduce the arrears further.

Middlesbrough v Manchester City 3-1

Ehiogu put the Teesiders ahead in the 53rd minute when he headed home a free-kick taken by Geremi. Boksic added a second in the 62nd minute when Geremi provided the cross for Boksic to head behind Schmeichel. Anelka reduced the arrears in the 68th minute when he took advantage of some confusion in the Boro defence to force the ball home. Wright-Phillips was then sent off for a second bookable offence. Geremi then scored in the 84th minute when his first shot was blocked on the line and he forced the rebound into the goal.

Southampton v Arsenal 3-2

Bergkamp put Arsenal ahead in the 36th minute when Wiltord provided the cross from which Bergkamp volleyed the ball into Southampton's goal. Beattie equalised in the 45th minute when Oakley tapped a short free-kick to Beattie and the stroker unleashed a fizzing shot that Seaman had no chance of stopping. Delgado looked certain to score when Campbell clattered into him in the 57th minute. Paul Durkin did not hesitate in dismissing Campbell for an early bath or in awarding a penalty to Southampton. Beattie duly converted the penalty in the 59th minute after the usual string of protests over Campbell's dismissal. Delgado extended Southampton's lead in the 67th minute when he bundled the ball home by the far post. Pires came off the bench to score in the 80th minute.

Sunderland v Birmingham City 0-1

The Blues were the better side on the day and fully deserved the points that Clinton Morrison's goal in the 89th minute ensured they would leave the Stadium of Light shrouded in gloom. Sunderland had been unbeaten for 5 matches and were settling for a goal-less draw when Morrison picked up a poor clearance from Craddock to blast the ball behind Macho.

Sunday, November 24th, 2002
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers 3-1

Andy Todd returned to Charlton and earned a booking that led to Charlton's first goal. Todd clipped Parker's heels to earn the booking. Konchesky was some 25 yards out as he took the free-kick in the 59th minute but Kelly, standing in for Friedel, could not prevent the ball flying into his goal. The cheers were still echoing when Thompson equalised in the 60th minute. Cole teed the ball up for the former Liverpool and Coventry player for Thompson to sweep home. Rufus restored Charlton's lead in the 74th minute when Konchesky took a corner for Rufus to nod behind Kelly. Euell ensured the points stayed at the Valley in the 90th minute when he skipped a challenge some 25 yards out and volleyed the ball into Kelly's goal.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United 2-0

The full report can be read here!

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

 1 Arsenal   15 10  2  3 33-16 17  32 
 2 Liverpool 15  9  4  2 22-13 13  31
 3 Everton   15  9  2  4 18-15  3  29 
 4 Chelsea   15  7  6  2 25-13 12  27
 5 Man Utd   15  7  5  3 23-16  7  26
 6 M'brough  15  7  3  5 19-12  7  24
 7 Spurs     15  7  2  6 19-21 -2  23 
 8 Newcastle 14  7  1  6 23-22  1  22
 9 Blackburn 15  5  5  5 20-18  2  20
10 So'pton   15  5  5  5 17-17  0  20
11 A. Villa  15  5  4  6 14-13  1  19
12 Fulham    15  5  4  6 20-20  0  19 
13 B'mingham 15  5  4  6 15-18 -3  19
14 Leeds     15  5  2  8 19-22 -3  17
15 Charlton  15  5  2  8 14-19 -5  17
16 Man City  15  5  2  8 15-23 -8  17
17 S'derland 15  3  5  7  8-17 -9  14
18 Bolton    14  3  4  7 17-25 -8  13
19 West Brom 15  3  3  9 10-22 -12 12
20 West Ham  15  3  3  9 15-28 -13 12

Cheers, Brian

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