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for 2003-2004 - Match 13

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

Saturday. November 22nd 2003
Birmingham City v Arsenal 0-3

Ljungberg put the Gunners ahead in the 4th minute when an attempted clearance by Cunningham was charged down by Bergkamp, who played the ball to Ljungberg for the Swede to score. It stayed that way with Arsenal seemingly happy to conserve their energy for their Italian trip until Bergkamp struck in the 80th minute. One moment, Birmingham had a corner. The next, Henry was streaking away and then playing the ball to Bergkamp, who was galloping downfield. He lobed the ball on the run over the Birmingham goalkeeper to score a brilliantly executed goal. Pires rounded off the afternoon by scoring in the 88th minute. Pires waltzed through the Birmingham defence to slip the ball beyond Taylor.

Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0

The Toffees had few problems in disposing of Wolves, both goals coming in the first twenty minutes. Radzinski opened the scoring in the 16 th minute when he picked up a loose ball in midfield, took a couple of strides and then volleyed the ball into the Wolves goal from 25-yards. Kilbane added a second in the 19th minute when Rooney lobbed a high ball into the goal area and Kilbane outjumped Irwin to head the ball into the goal. After the match, David Jones, thee Wolves Manager said that he would probably have to strengthen his side during the January 2004 transfer window.

Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers 0-2

Storming through Europe two seasons ago; red-hot favourites for relegation now! What a complete turn-around in fortunes for Leeds! Davies put Bolton ahead in the 16th minute when Duberry headed a clearance straight to Davies, who hammered the ball into goal from 16 yards. In less than a minute, they were 2-0 ahead. This time it was Davies who supplied the final pass and Giannaakopoulous who scored in the 17th minute. Shortly afterwards, Robinson had to go full length to prevent Frandsen from scoring. Nick Barmby made a late cameo appearance.

Leicester City v Charlton Athletic 1-1

Ferdinand had put Leicester City ahead in the 39th minute when he outjumped Chris Perry to head the ball beyond Kiely. The Foxes looked to have done enough until Di Canio scored from the penalty spot in the 84th minute. There was the slightest of contact between Di Canio and Howey but the Italian collapsed like a sack of potatoes. He then got up and dusted himself down to score from the penalty spot, leaving Leicester fuming with the match officials. But after the match, Di Canio was insisting there should have been two penalties! And Charlton had a goal disallowed after getting the ball in the net after Svensson collided with Walker.

Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers 2-1

Yet another van Nistlerooy goal in the 24th minute set the Reds off in pursuit of Arsenal and Chelsea. Surviving appeals for offside, van Nistlerooy received a pass from Fortune and hammered a low ball beyond Friedel. Kleberson added a second in the 38th minute when United went from one end of the pitch to the other via seven exquisite passes before Kleberson was fed the ball by Fortune and the Brazilian scored his first goal for the Reds in the Premiership. Emerton reduced the arrears in the 62nd minute when Flitcroft put Emerton through as Ferdinand and Gary Neville fatally hesitated.

Middlesbrough v Liverpool 0-0

Not even the return of Michael Owen could inspire Liverpool to score a goal.There was some justification for them to suggest they should have been awarded a penalty when Sinama-Pongolle was upended by Queuendrue but fortunately for Middlesbrough, the referee did not agree. Liverpool were devoid of inspiration and Owen was substituted in the second half. After the match, their captain Stephen Gerrard admitted that Liverpool had no hope of winning the League and would find it difficult to qualify for the Champions League.

Newcastle United v Manchester City 3-0

The Toon had no problems with this game. Late on, the Toon Army was chanting, "Keegan! Keegan! What's the score?" Amoebi put the Toon ahead in the 57th minute when Hughes robed Fowler of the ball deep in his own half and then sent Robert away. McManaman blocked Amoebi's first header but could do nothing to block his stab of the rebound. Shearer headed a second goal in the 77th minute. Shearer added a second in the 85th minute when Amoebi headed the ball down for Shearer to stab home from Bernard's corner.

Southampton v Chelsea 0-1

Melchiot grabbed the only goal of the game in the 47th minute when Hasselbaink played a pinpoint pass to him, leaving him with an easy chance to score. Southampton rarely looked like bothering Cudicini and the fans were more bothered about trying to persuade Strachan his future should lie at the Dell than at Elland Road. His contract runs out next summer and he has not yet decided what he wants to do.

Sunday, November 23rd 2003
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa 2-1

Full report available here

Monday, November 24th 2003
Fulham v Portsmouth 2-0

The visitors dominated the match until Saha struck in the 30th minute to claim Fulham's 100th Premiership goal after Foxe had failed to clear the ball. Saha claimed a second goal in the 33rd minute when he outjumped Foxe to head home Clark's cross. Berger was sent off in the 82nd minute for foul and abusive language after appeals for a penalty had been rejected.

Cheers, Brian

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

 1 Arsenal   13 10  3  0 28-10  18  33
 2 Chelsea   13 10  2  1 27-9   18  32
 3 Man Utd   13 10  1  2 25-8   17  31 
 4 Charlton  13  6  4  3 20-16   4  22
 5 Fulham    13  6  3  4 24-18   6  21
 6 B'mingham 13  5  5  3 11-11   0  20
 7 Newcastle 13  5  4  4 19-18   1  19
 8 Man City  13  5  3  5 22-18   4  18
 9 Liverpool 13  5  3  5 18-14   4  18
10 So'pton   13  4  5  4 10-8    2  17
11 P'tsmouth 13  4  3  6 17-18  -1  15 
12 Spurs     13  4  3  6 13-17  -4  15 
13 M'brough  13  4  3  6 11-15  -4  15
14 Bolton    13  3  6  4 11-19  -8  15
15 Everton   13  3  4  6 15-17  -2  13 
16 L'cester  13  3  3  7 20-22  -2  12
17 Blackburn 13  3  2  8 18-24  -6  11
18 A. Villa  13  2  5  6 10-17  -7  11
19 Wolves    13  2  4  7  8-26 -18  10
20 Leeds     13  2  2  9 11-33 -22   8

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