16 OCTOBER 2000

Middlesbrough (0) 1 (Deane 90)
Newcastle (1) 3 (Shearer 38, Goma 55, Dyer 88)

Boro are still looking for their first home win of the season as Newcastle move
into third after a game that they totally dominated at the Riverside tonight.
Alan Shearer powered the visitors ahead when he volleyed home Gary Speed's
header forward. Little changed after the interval and it was no surprise when
the lead was doubled. Cordone's corner was cleared back to him and his
volleyed cross was header neatly home by Alain Goma. Man of the match
Kieron Dyer scored the third, slotting home past a bewildered Mark Crossley
before Brian Deane tapped home a stoppage time consolation after Marinelli's
cross shot was parried away by Given.

15 OCTOBER 2000

Derby (0) 0
Liverpool (1) 4 (Heskey 17, 54, 66, Berger 80)

Liverpool move up to fourth whilst Derby remain bottom after an Emile Heskey
hat trick at Pride Park today. Derby failed to get a single shot on target in the
entire game whilst Liverpool took just 17 minutes to hit the target when Heskey
powered home a near post header from McAllister's corner. Michael Owen was
injured in the battering in the area when the corner was swung in and needed
stitches in a head wound having been caught in the back of the head by a
wayward knee. Heskey's second was a fierce drive from the edge of the area
after Fowler had sent him clear and he completed his hat trick  when he bundled
home a Barmby cross. Patrik Berger drilled home the fourth goal after a superb
series of passing from Liverpool led to him scoring from the edge of the area.

14 OCTOBER 2000

Arsenal (0) 1 (Henry 61)
Aston Villa (0) 0
RED CARD : Hendrie 65 (Aston Villa)

Remember last season when Tranmere had a player sent off against Sunderland
in the FA Cup and then brought a sub on to replace him and the game continued
for 90 seconds before anyone twigged? Well today, Lee Hendrie was shown his
second yellow card of the game for a foul on Pires, but no red card! The
common factor? Referee Rob Harris was the cock up merchant on both
occasions! Hendrie eventually walked after the home fans alerted him to the
mistake, thankfully before the game restarted. Sadly its likely to overshadow
the game which was decided by a fine goal by Thierry Henry who cut in from
the right before firing home at the near post.

Coventry (2) 2 (Aloisi 12, Eustace 25)
Tottenham (0) 1 (Rebrov 53)
RED CARD : Palmer 75 (Coventry)

Coventry clocked up their first home victory of the season, however they were
made to work hard by a club whose fans held a demonstration before the
game against the way that Alan Sugar and boss George Graham are
progressing the club. In form John Aloisi opened the scoring with a superb 25
yard shot after collecting a fine pass from Carlton Palmer. The lanky midfielder
blotted his copybook later in the game by getting sent off after an off the ball
incident with Chris Perry. Before that though, his side doubled their lead when
Craig Bellamy crossed for John Eustace to tap past Walker. Spurs pulled a goal
back when Rebrov thumped home a Fruend cross past debutant keeper 19 year
old Chris Kirkland.

Everton (0) 1 (Ball (pen) 82)
Southampton (0) 1 (Dodd 76)

Everton still can't win at home and have registered a victory at Goodison just
three times in their last thirteen home games after coming from behind to
draw against Southampton. As rare as an Everton home win, is a Jason Dodd
goal, however that's what we got late on when the Saints full back fired home
from long range via the hand of Gerrard. Michael Ball earned Everton a point
when he equalised from the penalty spot after Kevin Davies brought Alex
Nyarko down.

Ipswich (1) 1 (Stewart 4)
West Ham (0) 1 (Di Canio 72)

A welcome point for the Hammers who are still struggling near the foot of the
table. They were made to battle though after Marcus Stewart put Ipswich
ahead early on, glancing home a header from Jermaine Wright's cross. Paulo
Di Canio levelled things up, sweeping home a Trevor Sinclair cross.

Leeds United (1) 3 (Smith 38, Viduka 74, 90)
Charlton (0) 1 (Jensen 85)

Leeds United move up into fourth place after a late double from Mark Viduka
saw off Charlton. The Australian set up Alan Smith for the opening goal, setting
up the youngster to fire home. A late flurry of goals was instigated by Viduka
when he doubled the lead, somehow twisting and turning to send a back
heeled volley past Kiely. Claus Jensen set up a tense finale when he smashed
home a Salako corner past stand in keeper Paul Robinson who replaced the
injured Nigel Martyn. Viduka put the cherry on the icing in stoppage time,
volleying a Smith header into the net.

Leicester (0) 0
Man United (1) 3 (Sheringham 37, 55, Solsjkaer 90)

United go back to the top of the table, above their opponents today, after a
comprensive victory in a one sided game at Filbert Street. A brace from Teddy
Sheringham set up the win and both were set up by Denis Irwin. The Irishman
sent in a fine cross before half time for Sheringham to head home, and then
just after the break Irwin's shot was saved an Sheringham was on hand to
knock home the rebound. Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer sealed the result in stoppage
time after a one-two with Dwight Yorke.

Man City (2) 2 (Dickov 30, Haaland 45)
Bradford (0) 0

A good day for Manchester was confirmed when struggling Man City overcome
fellow strugglers Bradford with two first half goals. Paul Dickov celebrated his
recent Scotland debut with a brilliant opener as he volleyed home after David
Wetherall's weak header failed to clear the danger zone. Alf Inge Haaland fired
home a free kick in first half stoppage time, although a huge deflection off
Stuart McCall helped matters hugely.

Sunderland (0) 1 (Phillips (pen) 63)
Chelsea (0) 0
RED CARDS : Kilbane (Sunderland), Le Saux (Chelsea), both 66 mins.

Controversy at the Stadium of Light at Sunderland found form to see off  Chelsea
in a game delayed for 45 minutes after a power failure jammed the electronic
turnstyles at the ground! The match was decided by a Kevin Phillips after Mario
Melchiot was harshly judged to have fouled Niall Quinn. The result was
overshadowed by a double sending off three minutes later when Graeme
Le Saux attempted to elbow Kevin Kilbane who retaliated to an arm in the

Gary Dowden
Chief Editor - Soccerage (UK)