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for 2002-2003 - Match 29

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

Saturday, March 1st, 2003
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City 1-0

Dunn grabbed the only goal of the game in the 13th minute when he headed home. Tugay had begun the move by setting up Ostenstad, whose shot was saved by Nash. The ball bounced up to allow Dunn to score. Fowler had a miserable game for the visitors, missing a number of chances to equalise.

Fulham v Sunderland 1-0

Sunderland threw everything but the kitchen sink into this match. They had plenty of chances to score whilst they had Fulham on the rack but spurned them all. Saha grabbed the only goal of the game in the 85th minute when Stoicers centred from the left wing and Saha stole into space to head the ball home. Sunderland now look certs to be relegated.

Middlesbrough v Everton 1-1

A favourite son returned to the Riverside to make his third debut in Middlesbrough's colours. But it was Watson who put the Blues ahead in the 23rd minute when Unsworth hit a ball forward. Radzinski chased it and caught it, centreing the ball to Campbell, who laid it off to Watson. Watson fumbled his shot but the ball bobbled over the goal line. Juninho came on as a second half substitute and marked his debut by scoring in the 74th minute. Boateng pushed forward on a long run, Maccarone slipped the ball to Juninho, who smashed home a spectacular drive.

Newcastle United v Chelsea 2-1

Woodgate made his belated debut for the Magpies. The Toon went ahead when Hasselbaink conceded an own goal in the 31st minute when he was trying to clear the ball but could only head it into his own goal. Lampard equalised in the 37th minute when Given tried to catch Hasselbaink's corner which Hughes partially cleared only to see Lampard smash the ball back into the goal. Bernard grabbed the winner for the Magpies in the 53rd minute when he lobbed a pass from Viana over Cudicini to ensure the points were the Magpies!

Southampton v West Bromwich Albion 1-0

Beattie scored the only goal of the match in the 8th minute. A cross came in from the right wing which Ormerod knocked down for Beattie to unleash a stunning drive that Hoult did not see as it flew into the net. The Baggies pushed forward in search of an equaliser but were unlucky. Their situation at the foot of the table is now perilous.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur 2-0

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2003
Arsenal v Charlton Athletic 2-0

The Gooners were rarely troubled by their visitors. Jeffers put them ahead in the 25th minute when Pires sent Henry tearing down the wing. Henry's centre found Jeffers with virtually an open goal which he could not miss. Pires added a second goal in the 45th minute when Henry tore upfield with a ball following a Charlton corner. Ljungberg kept the ball in play on the bye-line and Powell miskicked his clearance to Pires, who volleyed the ball behind Kiely. In the second half, the Gunners switched off and relaxed, knowing they were well out in front of the pack.

Monday, March 3rd, 2003
Aston Villa v Birmingham City 0-2

This was a disgraceful match with two dismissals, crowd invasions and a nasty stench of a match. Dublin was dismissed for headbutting Savage and Gudjonsson picked up two yellow cards. Lazaridis put the Blues ahead in the 74th minute when Kenna's centre was headed home by the Australian. Horsfield added a second in the 77th minute when Enckleman fatally hesitated to allow Horsfield to score. Geoff Horsfield ended up playing in goal after Vaessen sustained an injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Wednesday, March 5th, 2003
Manchester United v Leeds United 2-1

Although Manchester United won the match, they sustained problems that will bedevil them for some time to come. Veron, Silvestre and Roy Keane all sustained injuries during the match. Keane's is the most serious as he will miss at least four weeks due to hamstring problems. Yet their victory ensures Arsenal cannot be complacent. Radebe conceded an own goal in the 20th minute when he was under pressure from both van Nistelrooy and Scholes. The Leeds defender tried to push the ball away for a corner but only succeeded in pushing it into his own goal. Viduka equalised in the 64th minute when Phil Neville brought down the feisty Alan Smith to concede a free-kick. Harte's curling free-kick was blocked by Barthez but Viduka whipped the ball into the net before anyone could react. Silvestre ensured the Reds would keep the points at Old Trafford when he scored in the 79th minute. Smith picked up his 10th booking of the season for arguing with referee Graham Poll and will shortly be suspended.

Middlesbrough v Newcastle United 1-0

Newcastle's challenge for the Premiership title took a severe knock when Geremi scored the only goal of the match in the 62nd minute. Newcastle had not been previously defeated in 2003 prior to this match. Woodgate was making his debut in the team after his transfer from Leeds. His manager, Sir Bobby Robson, praised his debut, describing him as world class. There was very little goalmouth action as both sets of defenders were playing well. The goal finally came just after the hour when Queudrue whipped in a centre and Geremi darted past Bramble to divert the ball behind Given.

Saturday, March 8th, 2003
Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers 2-0

Bolton played well throughout the match without getting the breaks they deserved. Diouf put Liverpool ahead in the 44th minute when he headed home from Owen's centre, despite furious protests by the Bolton players that Diouf was offside. Owen put the game beyond Bolton in the 67th minute when Diouf took advantage of Charlton stumbling to claim the ball and centre it to Owen, who tapped the ball home.

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

 1 Arsenal   29 19  6  4 64-30 34  63 
 2 Man Utd   29 17  7  5 47-27 20  58
 3 Newcastle 29 17  4  8 47-34 13  55
 4 Everton   29 14  7  8 38-34  4  49 
 5 Chelsea   29 13  9  7 50-31 18  48
 6 Liverpool 29 12 10  7 41-28 13  46
 7 Charlton  29 13  6 10 39-36  3  45
 8 Blackburn 29 11 10  8 35-32  3  43
 9 Spurs     29 12  7 10 41-40  1  43 
10 So'pton   29 11  9  9 30-29  1  42
11 M'brough  29 10  8 11 35-32  3  38
12 Man City  29 11  5 13 39-44 -5  38
13 Fulham    29 10  7 12 33-35 -2  37 
14 A. Villa  29 10  5 14 31-34 -3  35
15 Leeds     29 10  4 15 35-39 -4  34
16 B'mingham 29  8  8 13 28-41 -13 32
17 Bolton    29  5 11 13 31-47 -16 26
18 West Ham  29  6  8 15 32-53 -21 26
19 West Brom 29  5  6 18 21-44 -23 21
20 S'derland 29  4  7 18 19-46 -27 19

Cheers. Brian

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