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for 2002-2003 - Match 38

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Sunday, May 11th, 2003
Birmingham City v West Ham United 2-2

This was the game I chose to watch as I wanted to see the Hammers relegated. Brooking may not want to be a manager but you could see he was desperately hoping to engineer survival. At least they ended the season unbeaten. The Hammers were the better side for most of the match as the Blues knew they were safe. Ferdinand gave hope to some Hammers fans when he headed home Cole's centre in the 66th minute. Horsfield equalised in the 80th minute when he unleashed a shot that took a deflection off Brevett. John put the Blues ahead in the 88th minute when he met a Savage centre by the far post. Di Canio equalised for West Ham in the 89th minute when he headed a late desperate equaliser. But by then the Hammers knew they were destined to be relegated.

Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough 2-1

The multi League of Nations side finally succeeded in surviving for a third season in the Premiership. Frandsen put them ahead in the 10th minute when he took the ball off Greening and tore upfield before smashing the ball behind Schwarzer. Okocha added the second in the 20th minute when he took a free-kick and smashed the ball under a startled Schwarzer. Ricketts reduced the arrears in the 61st minute when Juninho provided a pass for Wilkshire to centre for Ricketts to tap the ball home. Queudrue was sent off late in the game for a foul on Campo.

Charlton Athletic v Fulham 0-1

Saha scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute from the penalty spot. Kiely, the Charlton goalkeeper, was sent off because he clipped Saha with his studs. Charlton have disappointed hugely after looking likely to qualify for Europe and must be regarded as one of the favourites for relegation next time round.

Chelsea v Liverpool 2-1

The Reds failed to qualify for the Champions League but do have the consolation of competing in the UEFA Cup. Hyypia put the Reds ahead in the 11th minute when he headed home a free-kick taken by Murphy. Desailly equalised in the 14th minute when he headed in a Gronkjaer cross. Gronkjaer ensured Chelsea would be competing in the Champions League in the 27th minute when by scoring with his left foot as he fell off balance. Liverpool tried hard to equalise but could not find a way through Chelsea's defence.

Everton v Manchester United 1-2

The Blues missed out on Europe but can look back on a very good season. They have made a great deal of progress with a young manager who is clearly destined for greatness. Campbell put the Blues ahead in the 8th minute when he headed behind Carroll a centre from Gravesen. Beckham equalised in the 43rd minute when he curled in a free-kick over the Everton wall. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored the goal he needed to win the Golden Boot when he scored in the 79th minute a penalty awarded after a foul by Stubbs. Wayne Rooney was injured and was immediately pulled out of England's summer matches by the protective Moyes.

Leeds United v Aston Villa 3-1

Harte gave Leeds an early lift by scoring from a free-kick in the 8th minute after Viduka had been fouled. Gudjonsson equalised in the 40th minute when he rifled home a low shot. Barmby restored the lead for Leeds in the 81st minute after Matteo had back-headed Harte's corner to him. Viduka rounded off the season by scoring in the 90th minute.

Manchester City v Southampton 0-1

The Saints marched out of Maine Road with the points. Svensson scored the only goal of the game in the 34th minute, heading home a cross. Fowler nearly snatched an equaliser towards the end of the game but Jones foiled him.

Sunderland v Arsenal 0-4

The Gooners finished in style. Henry put them ahead in the 7th minute in a typical flourish of speed and artistry. Ljungberg extended their lead in the 39th minute when Henry provided the centre from which the Swede scored. Ljungberg put the Gooners further ahead in the 78th minute with an identical goal. Sunderland had their noses further rammed in the dust when Ljungberg again got on to the end of a Henry centre in the 88th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers 0-4

I am only going to make one comment : HODDLE OUT! ....and the full report is here.

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United 2-2

For a while it looked as if the Baggies were going to sign off with a rare win. Jenas put the Magpies ahead in the 43rd minute when he headed home Solano's corner. Dobie grabbed the equaliser in the 57th minute when he netted from a McInnes centre. Dobie repeated the feat in the 72nd minute, again from a McInnes centre. But Vlana popped up in the 80th minute to deny the Baggies when he scored from a 25-yard free-kick. The Hawthorns serenaded Sir Bobby Robson with "There's only one Bobby Robson!" as they remember he was once one of their own players.

Can I take this opportunity to thank anyone who has taken the trouble to email me when I have made errors? I hope to produce a similar service next season.


      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

 1 Man Utd   38 25  8  5 74-34 40  83 C
 2 Arsenal   38 23  9  6 85-42 43  78 
 3 Newcastle 38 21  6 11 63-48 15  69
 4 Chelsea   38 19 10  9 68-38 30  67 
 5 Liverpool 38 18 10 10 61-41 20  64
 6 Blackburn 38 16 12 10 52-43  9  60
 7 Everton   38 17  8 13 48-49 -1  59 
 8 So'pton   38 13 13 12 43-47 -4  52
 9 Man City  38 15  6 17 47-54 -7  51
10 Spurs     38 14  8 16 51-62 -11 50 
11 M'brough  38 13 10 15 48-44  4  49
12 Charlton  38 14  7 17 45-57 -12 49
13 B'mingham 38 13  9 16 42-49 -7  48
14 Fulham    38 13  9 16 41-50 -9  48 
15 Leeds     38 14  5 19 58-57  1  47
16 A. Villa  38 12  9 17 42-47 -5  45
17 Bolton    38 10 14 14 41-51 -10 44
18 West Ham  38 10 12 16 42-59 -17 42 R
19 West Brom 38  6  8 24 29-65 -36 26 R
20 S'derland 38  4  7 27 21-65 -44 19 R

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