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for 2002-2003 - Week Two

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

Friday, August 23rd, 2002
Chelsea v Manchester United 2-2

This match was played on Friday night at the request of the police because of the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. It was televised live on Sky so, doubtlessly, many saw the match. Gallas put Chelsea ahead in the 3rd minute after De Lucas had been fouled. It seemed to me that Carroll misjudged the flight of the ball. Beckham equalised for the Mancunians in the 26th minute. Silvestre made a long crossfield pass that found Beckham unmarked. He cut in and unleashed a left-footed shot that Cudicini could not prevent flying into his net. Zenden restored Chelsea's lead in the 45th minute after Petit, Babyaro and Lampard had swapped passes, leaving Zenden free to drill the ball into the roof of Carroll's net. It was midway through the second half when the Mancunians equalised as tempers began to rise. It was Giggs who scored the equaliser in the 66th minute after Silverstre's long run produced the pass from which Giggs equalised. At the death, Giggs saw his goalbound shot deflected away from danger by van Nistleroy, who could not get out of the way in time.

Saturday, August 24th, 2002

Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers 0-1

Yorke scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute. Dunn provided the pass from which Yorke scored with Yorke's shot trickling in by Vasen's post. Blackburn should have added to the gathering gloom at St Andrews by scoring at least two more goals but wasted the chances that came his way. They should certainly have scored in the 19th minute when Dunn sent Cole away and the n saw Duff miss a chance to score. In the end, it was Friedel with some superb goalkeeping that kept Blackburn alive.

Bolton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic 1-2

For the second consecutive Saturday, Bolton scored the first Premiership goal of the day and then proceeded to throw the game away. Djorkaeff put them ahead after only 2 minutes when Kiely could only parry a long range shot from Warhurst only to see Djorkaeff tap the rebound home. Bart-Williams equalised as a result of a 26th minute penalty after N'Gotty had pushed Rufus. Euell grabbed the winner for the Addicks in the 71st minute when Johansson cut the ball back for Euell to strike.

Liverpool v Southampton 3-0

The Reds made their intentions clear from the start when they only required three minutes to score. Heskey broke away down the left wing in the 3rd minute and Diouf took advantage of some sloppy defending by Telfer to score. Diouf added a second in the 51st minute when Xavier's long throw-in was headed on by Heskey for Diouf to head home. Murphy round off the scoring in the 90th minute when Liverpool were awarded a penalty after Cheyrou was brought down by Bridge. Southampton look favourites for the drop with one of the new boys at this early stage of the season.

Manchester City v Newcastle United 1-0

Huckerby scored the only goal of the game in the 36th minute. That came when he headed home a misdirected clearance by Jenas. Huckerby, however, should have scored on at least four other occasions. In the second half, Newcastle piled on the pressure and Dyer missed two open goals, missing both when it looked simpler to score. But, after the game, Bobby Robson admitted that Newcastle had not played well enough to win.

Middlesbrough v Fulham 2-2

This was a game Middlesbrough really should have won! They were cruising and were well in control before Fulham snatched two late goals. Maccarone put them ahead in the 32rd minute when he pounced on a loose ball to slam the ball past van der Sar. Maccarone struck again in the 51st minute when he headed the ball behind van der Sar. But deep in injury time, Davis and Sava both scored in the 90th minute to deny Middlesbrough a deserved win. Maccarone has been substituted six minutes before time and had been given a standing ovation as he had gone off.

Sunderland v Everton 0-1

The Toffees emerged winners at the Stadium of Light after Phillips missed a penalty for the fourth consecutive time. Kevin Campbell gave Everton the lead in the 28th minute when Radzinski headed down Gravesen's cross for Campbell to slide in. Shortly before the penalty in the second half, Reyna did have the ball in the net for Sunderland but the effort was ruled out as he was offside. Quinn was then impeded as he tried to reach Butler's corner but Wright blocked Phillips' penalty kick.

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa 1-0

Full report available here.

West Bromwich Albion v Leeds United 1-3

The Baggies are under no illusions now that it is going to be a long hard winter. If they finish fourth from bottom, it will be a magnificent achievement. Kewell gave Leeds the lead in the 39th minute when Albion's defence went to sleep and allowed Mills to dash the whole length of the right wing to provide a simple chance for Kewell to score. Bowyer added the second in the 52nd minute when Kewell back-heeled Smith's through-ball into Bowyer's path and Hoult had no chance of stopping the rising shot. Viduka scored the third goal in the 70th minute when a cross from Bowyer enabled Viduka to waltz round Hoult and tap the ball into the empty goal. Marshall scored a consolation goal for the Baggies in the 90th minute when he was left unmarked by the Leeds defence.

West Ham United v Arsenal 2-2

The Champions were given a terrific fright by the Hammers and were lucky to escape with a share of the points. Cole put the Hammers ahead in the 44th minute when Kanouté provided the pass from which Joe Cole curled home with a brilliant first-time shot. Kanouté extended their lead in the 53rd minute when Defoe raced down the right flank and beat Ashley Cole to the ball. Cutting in, Kanouté then eluded Keown to poke the ball behind Seaman. Henry reduced the arrears in the 65th minute when Henry ran into space and unleashed a rising drive that flew into the net behind the luckless James. Wiltord then snatched a dramatic equaliser in the 88th minute when he played a one-two with Kanu before forcing the ball behind James.


Pos.         Pl. W. D. L. F-A. GD Pts
 1 Leeds     2   2  0  0  6-1  5  6 
 2 Liverpool 2   2  0  0  4-0  4  6 
 3 Fulham    2   1  1  0  6-3  3  4 
 4 Arsenal   2   1  1  0  4-2  2  4 
 5 Chelsea   2   1  1  0  5-4  1  4 
 6 Everton   2   1  1  0  3-2  1  4 
 7 Man Utd   2   1  1  0  3-2  1  4 
 8 Spurs     2   1  1  0  3-2  1  4 
 9 Blackburn 2   1  1  0  1-0  1  4 
10 Newcastle 2   1  0  1  4-1  3  3 
11 Charlton  2   1  0  1  4-4  0  3 
12 Man City  2   1  0  1  1-3 -2  3 
13 M'brough  2   0  2  0  2-2  0  2 
14 S'derland 2   0  1  1  0-1 -1  1 
15 So'pton   2   0  1  1  0-3 -3  1 
16 West Ham  2   0  1  1  2-6 -4  1 
17 A. Villa  2   0  0  2  0-2 -2  0 
18 West Brom 2   0  0  2  1-4 -3  0 
19 B'mingham 2   0  0  2  0-3 -3  0 
20 Bolton    2   0  0  2  2-6 -4  0 

Cheers, Brian

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