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for 2003-2004 - Match 4

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

Saturday, 30 August 2003
Aston Villa v Leicester City 3-1

Thatcher conceded an own goal in the 8th minute as he was the final person to get his head to a corner taken by Hendrie. Angel equalised in the 10th minute when he head home Whittingham's cross from the wing. Minutes later, Angel put them ahead in the 16th minute when he side-footed the ball beyond Walker from a centre by Whittingham. Izzet reduced the arrears in the 53rd minute when they won a free-kick and Izzett curled the ball home. Leicester had Les Ferdinand sent off for two books, one of which was for dissent. Steve Howey was injured shortly before that and having made an earlier substitution, Leicester were not able to effect a tactical solution when Ferdinand was sent off.

Bolton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic 0-0

There were few opportunities for both sides. Bolton lacked a cutting edge and Charlton were more intent on securing a point on their travels. Bolton have a number of players injured and have a small squad. It was a point gained for Bolton but two dropped for Charlton, who were very unadventurous.

Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers 2-2

Cole put the visitors ahead in less than 1 minute (20 seconds to be precise)when he took advantage of indecision in the Chelsea defence when Desailly was caught in two minds and Cole was on hand to divert the ball behind Cudicini. Mutu equalised in the 45th minute when he ran on to Lampard's pass to score from an acute angle. Cole restored Blackburn's lead in the 58th minute when Cudicini failed to catch an inswinging corner taken by Thompson and Cole whipped the ball into the net before anybody else could react. Hasselbaink scored in the 63rd minute from the penalty spot after Neill handed the ball in the goal area.

Everton v Liverpool 0-3

There was only one team in this match once Liverpool started to apply pressure. Owen put them ahead in the 39th minute when Kewell took advantage of an Everton defensive error to provide a perfect pass for Owen to toe in. Shortly after half-time, Owen increased their lead in the 52nd minute. Baros cut in from the left, Everton dashed towards the threat and Baros pulled the ball back for the completely unmarked Owen to score. Kewell completed the rout in the 80th minute when Owen sped down the right. Heskey could not reach his centre but Kewell, coming in a fraction late, drove the ball into the back of the net.

Middlesbrough v Leeds United 2-3

Sakho put his side ahead in the 16th minute when Pennant, on loan from Arsenal, put him through. Nemeth equalised in the 60th minute and Juninho put 'Boro ahead in the 63rd minute with a spectacular volley. Camara equalised for Leeds in the 77th minute after being set up by Pennant. Viduka snatched the winner in the 89th minute when he lost his shadow to latch on to a pass from Pennant.

Newcastle United v Birmingham City 0-1

Dunn scored the only goal of the game in the 61st minute following a penalty. Speed had upended Johnson and Dunn took the kick. Given blocked the penalty but could do nothing to prevent Dunn following up. The one surprise was that Birmingham did not score more as Dunn was prompting them from all angles. Newcastle were hopelessly out of form with even Shearer having a poor game by his high standards.

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham 0-3

As is my normal practice, I am not commenting on this match except to say my heart goes out to those who had to pay good money to see this shambles. The full report can be read here

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Portsmouth 0-0

It was a poor match played by two teams that were over familiar with each other after meeting in Division 1 for the past 15 seasons. The only talking point after the match was the dismissal of Harry Redknapp to the stands after he had made comments to the fourth official which were passed on to the referee, Andy D'Urso. After the match, Redknapp called it a storm in a tea cup and said the fourth official could have laughed it off. The reason for Redknapp's expulsion was his complaint that most of the bookings were being handed out to Portsmouth. Redknapp felt that Wolves deserved some as well.

Sunday, 31 August 2003
Manchester City v Arsenal 1-2

Out of deference to Seaman, Arsenal played in their change shirts in case he forgot he was no longer playing for Arsenal and habitually threw the ball to a red shirt. But it was Lauren who was covered in embarrassment when he conceded an own goal under pressure after 10 minutes as he tried to put the ball out for a corner. Wiltord equalised for Arsenal in the 48th minute when he netted as Arsenal quickly broke out from defending their goal in a fine flowing movement that had Pires at the heart of it. Ljungberg snatched the winner in the 72nd minute when Pires created panic in the Manchester City defence and hindered Seaman as he tried to retrieve the situation.

Southampton v Manchester United 1-0

Beattie grabbed the only goal of the match in the 88th minute when he headed the ball home from after Ormerod had forced Howard into committing a rare mistake. But for most of the match it had looked as if Manchester United would return to the top of the table for at least a few hours. They were fairly fluent but clearly missed the absence of Scholes' calming influence. Ruud van Nistlerooy was unusually quiet for much of the game.

Cheers, Brian

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

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

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

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