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for 2003-2004 - Match 3

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

Monday, 25 August 2003
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City 2-3

Tarnat scored from a long distance free-kick after 4 minutes after Anelka had been fouled. Sinclair conceded an own goal in the 44th minute when he back headed the ball behind an embarrassed Seaman. Barton restored Manchester City's lead in the 59th minute when he seized on a loose ball in the Blackburn goal area. Souness criticised his defenders for not being alert enough after the match. Amoruso equalised for Blackburn in the 61st minute when he headed home from an Emerton corner. However, Anelka had the last laugh in the 87th minute when Amoruso failed to intercept the ball and Anelka nutmegged Friedel, much to Souness' fury.

Tuesday, 26 August 2003
Birmingham City v Chelsea P-P

This match was postponed because of Chelsea's Champions' League tie.

Charlton Athletic v Everton 2-2

Euell gave Charlton the lead when he scored from the penalty spot in the 25th minute after Parker had been upended by Unsworth. Watson equalised in the 26the minute when a centre from Pembridge was hooked home by the Everton defender, who took advantage of some indecision by the Charlton defence. Euell put the Addicks ahead from the penalty spy a second time in the 49th minute after Hreidarsson was upended in the penalty area by Yobo. Rooney snatched a second equaliser for the Toffees in the 72nd minute when he eluded Mark Fish to thump the ball beyond Kiely.

Leeds United v Southampton 0-0

Chances were few and neither side looked likely to win. Strachan was the more satisfied manager as he at least could say he had a point to take home. Leeds were hopelessly bereft of ideas despite getting the ball in the net once when Sakho's strike was declared offside.

Leicester City v Middlesbrough 0-0

How Leicester failed to score in this match is a mystery. They dominated the game for long spells without making it count. They saw the ball flash past the woodwork from every conceivable angle. Mendieta almost scored twice for Middlesbrough, who were very grateful to return home with a valuable point.

Portsmouth v Bolton Wanderers 4-0

The Pompey Chimes are ringing again as they storm to the top of the Premiership for the first time. Not since the late 1940s have Portsmouth breathed such rarified air. All the goals came in the second half. Stone gave them a 48th minute lead when he tapped in the rebound of a shot from Berger. Sheringham added to their lead in the 57th minute when he headed home a centre from Zivkovic, just seconds after Laville had threatened to score. Pompey went further ahead when Sheringham he scored from a centre by Stone in the 88th minute. Sheringham then converted a penalty in the 90th minute after Pericard had been pulled down by Campo.

Wednesday, 27 August 2003
Arsenal v Aston Villa 2-0

Campbell, who begins a one-match suspension this Saturday, scored the first goal in the 57th minute. Samuel failed to clear the ball, forcing Hendrie to make a goal-line clearance. Campbell intercepted the clearance to force the ball beyond Sorensen. Henry added a second goal in the 90th minute when he beat Mellberg to a loose ball before thumping it beyond Sorensen.

Fulham v Newcastle United P-P

This match was postponed because of Newcastle's Champions' League tie. Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur 0-0

Read the full report here

Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0

O'Shea put Manchester United ahead in the 10th minute when Forlan took a corner and O'Shea took advantage of a deflection to head the ball home. The thrashing never materialised as Wolves pulled themselves together and prevented the Reds from scoring again. Wolves had their chances but were too slow to capitalise on them.

      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

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

Cheers, Brian

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