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for 2002-2003 - Match 28

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

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion 3-0

This vital victory for homeless Fulham relieved their anxieties near the bottom of the table. They had to wait until late in the game before finally shaking off the Baggies. Saha put them ahead in the 72nd minute when he headed home a cross from Malbranque. Wome then scored his first goal for Fulham in the 74th minute when Malbranque took a short free-kick for Wome to blast home a 25-yard free-kick. Malbranque completed the rout from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after Clement had pushed Saga off the ball.

Saturday, February22nd, 2003
Bolton Wanderers v Manchester United 1-1

Just when Bolton looked to have secured a vital win, Manchester United robbed them of a famous victory! N'Gotty had put the Trotters ahead in the 61st minute when Barthez failed to deal with Djorkaeff's corner, allowing N'Gotty to head home. As Ferguson fumed on the touchline, he saw Barthez deny Okocha with a brilliant save in the 74th minute. Solksjaer finally popped up in the 90th minute to snatch a highly improbable equaliser for the Reds when Solksjaer beat N'Gotty to the ball at the near post.

Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa 3-0

Euell put Charlton ahead in the 51st minute when Jensen surged down the left wing before releasing the ball to Parker. Parker chipped the ball to Euell, who spun and fended off a challenge to slot the ball home. With 11 minutes left, Crouch made the miss of the match for Aston Villa. Johansson increased the Addick's lead in the 87th minute when Parker put him through to tap the ball home. Johansson ensured the points would remain at the Valley when Svensson headed Jensen's corner goalwards and the ball deflected off Johansson in the 90th minute.

Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers 1-2

This was Zola's 300th appearance for Chelsea but Blackburn were the party-poopers. Yorke put the visitors ahead in the 86th minute when Yorke headed home a corner taken by Dunn. Blackburn extended their lead when Dunn took advantage of Chelsea pushing for an equaliser to cut in and hit the ball behind an exposed Cudicini in the 90th minute. Hasselbaink pulled one goal back deep in added time after 90 minutes when he took a free-kick. Afterwards, Claudio Rainieri admitted this had been Chelsea's worst performance of the season and said the players had worried about his reaction to the defeat that they had quickly cleared away all their boots, a joking reference to the incident in the Old Trafford dressing rooms last weekend!

Everton v Southampton 2-1

Beattie put the Saints ahead in the 33rd minute when he beat the Everton offside trap and chipped the ball over Wright. Radzinski equalised for Everton in the 83rd minute when a cross from Rooney was rifled home. Deep in injury time, Radzinski snatched the points in the 90th minute when Gravesen provided the pass from which he scored.

Leeds United v Newcastle United 0-3

The Yorkshire side were outfought all afternoon and could not cope with Kieron Dyer. Leeds paid too much respect to Shearer and Bellamy and paid the price. Dyer put the Toon ahead in the 17th minute when Shearer bought the ball under control before playing it to Dyer, who lashed the ball home. Dyer then added a second in the 48th minute when Shearer and Bellamy swapped passes before Bella my laid the ball off for the hard working Dyer lashed home a 15-yard shot. Shearer completed the rout in the 54th minute when Robert curled in a free-kick for Shearer to head home his 18th goal of the season.

Manchester City v Arsenal 1-5

On this performance, the rest of the Premiership should pack up and go home for Arsenal look destined to be Champions. Bergkamp put them ahead in the 4th minute when a crass error by Dunne allowed Bergkamp to divert Lauren's cross behind Nash. Pires added a second in the 12th minute when Dunne failed to clear the ball, allowing Henry to centre the ball for Pires to score. Henry increased Arsenal's lead in the 15th minute when Keown made a long clearance out of defence. Henry quickly controlled the ball and smashed the ball goalwards to win a corner. From the resulting corner, Campbell headed home in the 19th minute. Vieira increased Arsenal's lead in the 53rd minute when he swapped passes with Bergkamp to slip the ball behind Nash. Anelka linked up with Fowler to score a consolation goal in the 87th minute after Taylor had made at least four world class saves to prevent Manchester City from scoring. Taylor reminds me of the very young Pat Jennings so Arsenal look as if they have a very good goalkeeping prospect.

Sunderland v Middlesbrough 1-3

Riggott put the visitors ahead in the 21st minute when Sorensen made a great save from Christie but could do nothing to prevent Riggott bundling the ball home. Riggott added a second goal in the 28th minute when the Sunderland defenders fatally hesitated, allowing Greening to lob the ball back into the goal area. Southgate saw his shot come back off the post but Riggott was on hand to force the ball home. Phillips reduced the arrears in the 56th minute when he picked up the ball some 35 yards from goal and thumped a shot past Schwarzer off the post. Christie then restored the visitors two goal lead in the 59th minute when Kilbane made a dreadful back pass which Christie fastened on to hit the ball behind Sorensen.

Sunday, February 23rd, 2003
Birmingham City v Liverpool 2-1

Clemence put the Blues ahead in the 34th minute when Savage took a free-kick and Clemence outjumped everyone else to head the ball home. Morrison added a second goal in the 68th minute when Carragher had to ho off, being replaced by Owen. This left the Reds light at the back. Lazaridis and Dugarry swapped passes to enable Morrison to bundle in from close range. Owen reduced the arrears in the 77th minute when Murphy put through a peach of a pass for Owen to fasten on to score.

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United 1-2

Both sides were nervy throughout the match. Indeed James and Repka came very close to having a punch-up. The Baggies had a goal disallowed for offside which changed the course of the game. Sinclair put West Ham ahead in the 45th minute when Sinclair evaded Moore to force the ball home. Di Canio was called off in the 48th minute and seemed to be resisting the substitution. Dichio equalised for the Baggies in the 50th minute when he headed home a Koumas cross. Sinclair put West Ham back in front in the 67th minute when Ferdinand hit the crossbar and Sinclair headed the rebound home.

Monday, February 24th, 2003
Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham 1-1

The full report is here

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

 1 Arsenal   28 18  6  4 62-30 32  60 
 2 Man Utd   28 16  7  5 45-26 19  55
 3 Newcastle 27 16  4  7 45-32 13  52
 4 Chelsea   28 13  9  6 49-29 19  48
 5 Everton   28 14  6  8 37-33  4  48 
 6 Charlton  28 13  6  9 39-34  5  45
 7 Liverpool 28 11 10  7 39-28 11  43
 8 Spurs     28 12  7  9 41-38  3  43 
 9 Blackburn 28 10 10  8 34-32  2  40
10 So'pton   28 10  9  9 29-29  0  39
11 Man City  28 11  5 12 39-43 -4  38
12 A. Villa  28 10  5 13 31-32 -1  35
13 M'brough  27  9  7 11 33-31  2  34
14 Leeds     28 10  4 14 34-37 -3  34
15 Fulham    28  9  7 12 32-35 -3  34 
16 B'mingham 28  7  8 13 26-41 -15 29
17 Bolton    28  5 11 12 31-45 -14 26
18 West Ham  28  5  8 15 30-53 -23 23
19 West Brom 28  5  6 17 21-43 -22 21
20 S'derland 28  4  7 17 19-45 -26 19

Cheers, Brian

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