With many thanks to Brian Judson, without whom this feature would not be possible.
Monday 1 April 2002
Blackburn Rovers v Southampton 2-0
Two goals in three minutes were sufficient to sink the Saints. Duff put
Blackburn ahead in the 27th minute. He dashed between Dodd and Telfer
before letting fly and saw the ball fly into the goal off woodwork. Yordi
added a second in the 29th minute when Duff provided the pass from which
Yordi scored with a header. But Souness was surprised to see Duff last the
entire 90 minutes as he said Duff had had flu and had not trained at all
over the past few days.
Charlton Athletic v Arsenal 0-3
Arsenal remain on course for a League and Cup double after a stroll
in the sunshine at the Valley. Three goals in nine minutes of the first
half were enough to settle the destination of the points at stake. Henry
grabbed the first goal in the 16th minute when Campbell dispossessed Euell
and sent Henry away. He raced past Rufus and thumped the ball firmly into
Kiely's net. Ljungberg added the second in the 21st minute when Henry sent
Bergkamp away but the Dutch player muffed his shot but Ljungberg was on
hand to tap the ball home. Henry completed the scoring in the 25th minute
when the Ljungberg and Bergkamp swapped passes before sending Wiltord down
the right wing. Wiltord's pass left Henry with the simplest of chances to
score. The only incident in the second half was that Ashley Cole was
injured in a tackle by Stuart and had to go off but the injury is not
thought to be serious. Keown was making his first appearance since
breaking his leg three months ago.
Derby County v Middlesbrough 0-1
Mustoe probably condemned Derby County to relegation when he scored in the
12th minute. Chris Riggott was the Derby defender who made the vital
mistake when he surrendered possession of the ball to Mustoe, who scored
with a half volley from 15 yards. Carbone was by far the best player on
view, which must have been galling for Derby as they had him on loan from
Bradford City earlier in the season.
Everton v Bolton Wanderers 3-1
Ferguson received early marching orders when he was sent off after 20
minutes after thumping Bobic. Bolton defender Konstantinidis soon followed
Ferguson after two fouls on Radzinski, the second being quite blatant.
Pistone put Everton ahead in the 41st minute when he picked up the ball on
the edge of the Bolton area. Warhurst blocked his first shot but Pistone
hammered the ball in from 25 yards. Radzinski added a second after poor
defending by N'Gotty in the 57th minute. N'Gotty reduced the arrears in
the 75th minute when he headed a cross home. Chadwick ensured the points
would be Everton's in the 86th minute when he tapped home a cross from
Fulham v West Ham United 0-1
Kanoute scored the only goal of the game in the 45th minute when Sinclair
worked a one-two with Lomas and sent in a centre that Kanoute headed home.
Fulham had their chances but wasted the lot. Certainly Hayles should have
scored for Fulham in the 7th minute but he could only shoot straight at
Ipswich Town v Chelsea 0-0
Neither side looked like scoring from play. Cudicini played a brilliant
game for Chelsea, saving a penalty taken by Bent following a foul by Terry
on Armstrong. Cudicini also saved a shot from Holland late in the match.
Chelsea didn't look at all interested in the proceedings.
Sunderland v Leicester City 2-1
Reyna put Sunderland ahead after only 3 minutes when McCann provided a
pass from Quinn's knock down for Reyna to force the ball home. Dickov
equalised in the 9th minute when the referee waved play on after Dickov
had appeared to thrust an arm in Williams' face. Williams protested so
much he was eventually booked and a free-kick awarded to Leicester.
Elliott headed the ball on to an upright and Dickov forced the ball home.
But Reyna scored again in the 18th minute to ensure the points would be
Sunderland's. A free kick was awarded for a foul and Reyna took the kick
which Walker could do nothing to stop.
Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United 2-1
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Tuesday 2 April 2002
Aston Villa v Newcastle United 1-1
Shearer took advantage of a pedestrian Villa defence to notch his 199th
goal in the Premiership in the 3rd minute. Robert took a pot shot at the
Villa goal from 20 yards. The ball hit the post without a single Villa
defender reacting to it. Shearer then sidefooted the ball into the Villa
goal. Crouch, the former Spurs reserve striker, scored on his home debut
in the 26th minute when Boateng fed Barry on the left wing and Crouch took
advantage of his height to head the ball beyond Given. Villa dominated the
match after that but could not scheme a clear opening.
Pos Pl. W. D. L. For- Ag Pts.
1 Arsenal 32 20 9 3 66- 32 69
2 Liverpool 33 20 8 5 55- 26 68
3 Man Utd 33 21 4 8 82- 44 67
4 Newcastle 32 18 6 8 61- 43 60
5 Chelsea 33 15 12 6 60- 32 57
6 Leeds 33 14 12 7 48- 36 54
7 Spurs 33 13 6 14 44- 47 45
8 A. Villa 33 10 13 10 38- 40 43
9 West Ham 32 12 7 13 39- 49 43
10 M'brough 33 11 9 13 32- 39 42
11 Charlton 33 10 11 12 35- 41 41
12 Everton 33 10 9 14 38- 46 39
13 S'hampton 33 10 8 15 39- 49 38
14 S'derland 33 10 8 14 26- 42 38
15 Fulham 33 8 12 13 31- 40 36
16 Bolton 33 8 12 13 38- 53 36
17 Blackburn 32 9 8 15 42- 43 35
18 Ipswich 33 8 9 16 39- 52 33
19 Derby 33 8 5 20 30- 54 29
20 Leicester 33 4 10 19 24- 58 22