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for 2002-2003 - Match 27

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

Saturday, February 8th, 2003
Birmingham City v Chelsea 1-3

Chelsea scored just before and after the break to give hem a commanding lead. Zola scored in the 44th minute when Petit centred the ball, Gudjohnssen headed the ball on and Zola poked the ball beyond Vaessen. Gudjohnssen added a second goal in the 49th minute when Lampard sent him clear to thump the ball beyond Vaessen. Hasselbaink, who had replaced Zola at half-time, scored from the penalty spot in the 69th minute when he was brought down by Savage. Birmingham gained a late consolation goal when Savage scored from the penalty spot in the 87th minute after Desailly had upended Morrison.

Blackburn Rovers v Southampton 1-0

Thompson scored the only goal of the match in the 26th minute when the Saints failed to clear the ball. Gillespie fired in a cross from the wing and Thompson drove the ball home from 16 yards. Later, Svensson came close to equalising for the Saints when he saw a header clip the crossbar.

Charlton Athletic v Everton 2-1

Kishishev put Charlton on the road to victory in the 19th minute. A shot from Lisbie was deflected into his path and he slotted the ball behind Wright. The referee ignored appeals that Lisbie had been offside. McBride equalised for Everton in the 69th minute when Li Tie pushed a beautifully judged ball into his path for him to score. Lisbie had the last laugh though in the 83rd minute when Li Tie made a hash of a clearance leaving Lisbie with the simplest of chances.

Fulham v Aston Villa 2-1

Barry put Villa ahead in the 3rd minute when he took advantage of Fulham's indecision to score. Malbranque equalised from the penalty spot in the 14th minute after Boa Morte had made a spectacular dive to deceive the referee into thinking Gudjonsson had upended him. Harley, recalled after Brevett's departure to West Ham, celebrated in the 36th minute by scoring a spectacular goal from 25-yards out to completely deceive Enckleman. Fulham should have gone on to win by a bigger margin in the second half but squandered their chances. Villa could have equalised through Crouch, whose shot was just wide of a post.

Leeds United v West Ham United 1-0

Seth Johnson scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute with a rifle shot that somehow squirmed underneath 'Calamity' James's body. Bowyer was mercilessly barracked by the Leeds fans throughout the match. Kanouté was sent off for hitting Johnson in an off the ball incident and will miss three vital games for West Ham.

Liverpool v Middlesbrough 1-1

The visitors almost snatched their second away win of the season. Geremi fired them ahead in the 38th minute when Hyypia upended Greening just outside the penalty area. From the free-kick, Geremi floated the ball over Dudek into the net. From then on, Liverpool struggled until Riise equalised in the 74th minute. He beat three defenders, slipped the ball to Diouf, who shot ran back to Riise, who volleyed the ball behind Schwarzer rather like the one he had scored against West Ham at Upton Park.

Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland 4-1

Read the report and see more pictures here

West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers 1-1

The Baggies' equaliser came so late that many fans had left, believing Bolton had won. Pedersen fired the Trotters ahead in the 18th minute when Hoult spilled a shot from Mendy and Pedersen was quickest to react. Both sides had their chances to score but with the minutes ticking away, Johnson got on the end of a flick from Moore to tuck a shot home in the 90th minute. It might become the most important goal of his career.

Sunday, February 9th, 2003
Manchester United v Manchester City 1-1

Ruud van Nistlerooy gave the Reds the lead in the 18th minute when a centre from Giggs left him with the simplest of chances to tap the ball home. Goater equalised for the Sky Blues in the 86th minute when, seconds after he had come on as a substitute, he took advantage of some slack marking by the United defenders to force the ball home. The Reds spent most of the second half with one eye firmly on next weekend's FA Cup tie with Arsenal and paid the price.

Newcastle United v Arsenal 1-1

Profiting from a poorly taken throw-in by Bernard, Arsenal roared into the attack with Vieira and Wiltord working the ball forward. Henry slipped away and rounded Given to open the scoring in the 35th minute. Given was kept under pressure and might have conceded a second goal but for Given heading the ball off his line at one point. Robert equalised for Newcastle in the 53rd minute when he weaved his way through the middle before planting the ball firmly in Seaman's net. Shortly afterwards, Robert picked up a second yellow card for refusing to retreat when Arsenal were awarded a free-kick. Newcastle rode the storm and secured a priceless point.

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

 1 Arsenal   27 17  6  4 57-29 28  57 
 2 Man Utd   27 16  6  5 44-25 19  54
 3 Newcastle 26 15  4  7 42-32 10  49
 4 Chelsea   27 13  9  5 48-27 21  48
 5 Everton   27 13  6  8 35-32  3  45 
 6 Liverpool 27 11 10  6 38-26 12  43
 7 Spurs     27 12  6  9 40-37  3  42 
 8 Charlton  27 12  6  9 36-34  2  42
 9 So'pton   27 10  9  8 28-27  1  39
10 Man City  27 11  5 11 38-38  0  38
11 Blackburn 27  9 10  8 32-31  1  37
12 A. Villa  27 10  5 12 31-29  2  35
13 Leeds     27 10  4 13 34-34  0  34
14 M'brough  26  8  7 11 30-30  0  31
15 Fulham    26  8  6 12 28-34 -6  30 
16 B'mingham 27  6  8 13 24-40 -16 26
17 Bolton    27  5 10 12 30-44 -14 25
18 West Brom 26  5  6 15 20-38 -18 21
19 West Ham  27  4  8 15 28-52 -24 20
20 S'derland 27  4  7 16 18-42 -24 19

Cheers, Brian

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