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for 2002-2003 - Match 25

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

Tuesday, January 28th, 2003
Bolton Wanderers v Everton 1-2

The Trotters were poor and looked to be definite relegation candidates. It was not hard to see why Ricketts wants to leave the Reebok Stadium as he did not receive any service at all. Watson put Everton ahead in the 33rd minute when he headed home a cross from Unsworth. It was Naysmith's header that N'Gotty failed to clear that enabled Watson to score again in the 39th minute. Bergsson's consolation goal in the 90th minute came from a corner when Everton's defenders failed to mark him.

Chelsea v Leeds United 3-2

They Yorkshire side were unlucky to lose this match as they played very well. Kewell put them ahead in the 18th minute when Viduka held off a challenge from Gallas to put Kewell through, catching Terry in two minds as to what to do. Kewell's shot left Cudicini with no chance to retrieve the situation. Gudjohnsen equalised for Chelsea in the 57th minute when Lampard centred the ball for Gudjohnsen to toe the ball beyond Robinson. Lucic put Leeds back in front in the 66th minute when Smith took a corner, Cudicini parried Kewell's shot and Lucic was quickest to fasten on to the loose ball. Lampard equalised in the 80th minute when Zenden crossed the ball from the wing, Matteo failed to clear the ball properly and Lampard was nicely placed to put the ball into the net. Matteo was unable to prevent himself scoring an own goal in the 83rd minute which gave Chelsea victory. Gudjohnsen whipped the ball into the goal area and Lampard's shot struck Matteo on the way into his net.

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa 2-5

At long last, Aston Villa have won away in the League! Vassall put them ahead in the 24th minute when he took advantage of some sloppy defending to fire the visitors ahead. Gudjonsson added a second in the 31st minute when Schwarzer fumbled to hold a 30-yard shot from the midfielder only to see the ball squirm out of his grasp and drop over the goal line. Maccarone reduced the arrears in the 33rd minute when Job centred the ball for him to tap home. Greening equalised in the 35th minute when Mellberg failed to challenge him, leaving him with a simple chance to score. Job should have put Boro ahead just before half-time from a corner by Quendrue but failed to connect with the ball. Barry fired Villa head in the 48th minute when he intercepted a shot from Hitzlsperger that was going wide and turned it into Schwarzer's goal. Vassall extended Villa's lead in the 81st minute when he controlled a centre from Samuel before firing it past Schwarzer from 6 yards. Dublin completed the rout in the 90th minute when he headed another cross from Samuel.

Sunderland v Southampton 0-1

Beattie scored the only goal of the game in the 50th minute when Svensson played a long ball out of defence which caught the Sunderland defence square. They vainly appealed for offside but Beattie was allowed to go on and had all the time in the world to slip the ball beyond Sorensen. Sunderland were very poor and look certainties for relegation on this form.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2003
Liverpool v Arsenal 2-2

The Gunners failed to increase their lead at the top of the table. Pires fired Arsenal ahead in the 9th minute when Henry burst into the Liverpool penalty area only to be foiled by Dudek, The ball ran loose to Pires, who buried his shot deep in the Liverpool net. The equaliser that Riise scored in the 52nd minute was the best goal of the night. Heskey won a ball off Lauren and laid it back to Riise, who hammered the ball behind Seaman. Bergkamp put Arsenal back in front in the 63rd minute when a shot from the Dutchman took a deflection of Henchoz to deceive Dudek, who had no chance to prevent the ball flying into his net. Heskey grabbed a 90th minute equaliser when a corner was mistakenly awarded to Liverpool after Baros (not Luzhny) had made the last touch. From the corner, Heskey headed the ball behind Seaman.

Manchester City v Fulham 4-1

Malbranque put Fulham ahead in the 2nd minute when he capitalised on a weak clearance by Dunne to fire the ball behind Nash. Anelka equalised in the 21st minute when he latched on to a pass from Benarbia to divert the ball beyond Taylor. Benarbia increased the home side's lead in the 47th minute when Belmadi latched on to a pass from Anelka to slip the ball to Benarbia, who tucked the ball away. Foe took advantage of panic in the Fulham defence to stab the ball home in the 61st minute. Wright-Phillips rounded off the scoring in the 70th minute when he darted on to a header from Dunne to flick the ball beyond Taylor.

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United 0-1

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West Bromwich Albion v Charlton Athletic 0-1

Bartlett grabbed the only goal of the game for Charlton in the 60th minute when he was left unmarked as Jensen took a free-kick. He headed the ball beyond a static Hoult. West Bromwich were not helped by some strange referring decisions by Andy D'Urso but they should have equalised deep in injury time when Johnson screwed the ball wide from close range.

West Ham United v Blackburn Rovers 2-1

At last West Ham have won a League match at home but they did it the hard way! Yorke put Blackburn ahead in the 38th minute when Winterburn fouled Gillespie. Thompson took the free-kick, Lomas and James were slow to react and Yorke had the ball in the back of the net. Di Canio equalised from the penalty spot in the 58th minute after Todd had needlessly upended the Italian in the penalty area. Defoe snatched the winner in the 89th minute when he collected Joe Cole's cross field pass, turned two Blackburn defenders and slipped the ball beyond Friedel.

Cheers, Brian

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

 1 Arsenal   25 16  5  4 54-27 27  53 
 2 Newcastle 25 15  3  7 41-31 10  48
 3 Man Utd   24 14  5  5 40-24 16  47
 4 Chelsea   25 12  8  5 44-25 19  44
 5 Everton   25 12  6  7 32-30  2  42 
 6 Liverpool 25 10  9  6 34-25  9  39
 7 So'pton   25 10  9  6 28-24  4  39
 8 Spurs     25 11  5  9 35-35  0  38 
 9 Man City  25 11  4 10 36-35  1  37
10 Charlton  25 10  6  9 31-32 -1  36
11 Blackburn 25  8 10  7 31-28  3  34
12 A. Villa  25  9  5 11 27-27  0  32
13 Leeds     25  9  4 12 33-32  1  31
14 M'brough  25  8  6 11 29-29  0  30
15 Fulham    24  7  6 11 25-31 -6  27 
16 B'mingham 24  6  8 10 21-32 -11 26
17 Bolton    25  4  9 12 25-41 -16 21
18 West Ham  25  4  8 13 28-48 -20 20
19 S'derland 25  4  7 14 16-35 -19 19
20 West Brom 24  4  5 15 17-36 -19 17

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