2 JANUARY 2002

Derby (0) 0
Fulham (0) 1 (Carbonari (og) 70)

Derby's relegation fears increased thanks to a home defeat at the
hands of Fulham. The Londoners took the lead with twenty minutes to
go when a Steve Finnan cross from the right was diverted into his
own net by Horacio Carbonari.

Manchester United (1) 3 (Van Nistelrooy 24, Scholes 50, 62)
Newcastle (0) 1 (Shearer 69)

Man United move into second place as fellow title hopefuls Newcastle
were swept aside at Old Trafford. The hosts took the lead midway
through the first half when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer found Mickel
Silvestre breaking down the left and his pin point cross found Ruud
van Nistelrooy totally unmarked on the edge of the six-yard area and
the Dutchman made no mistake with his header. The lead was doubled
when Silvestre burst down the left and found Solskjaer on the edge
of the area. The Norwegian's first time pass found Paul Scholes
inside the box and he swivelled and found the bottom corner. Twelve
minutes later, Roy Keane collected a pass and burst away down the
right. He took his time and found Scholes at the far post who was
left with a tap in to make it 3-0. Newcastle then pulled a goal back
when Alan Shearer rose well above Gary Neville to head a Robbie
Elliott cross into the far corner, but it was too little too late.

1 JANUARY 2002

Charlton (2) 3 (Robinson 16, Parker 32, Euell 61)
Ipswich (2) 2 (Bent (M) 1, 5)

Ipswich wasted a golden chance to record their fourth successive
victory and ease their relegation fears. Two goals from Marcus Bent
gave them a stunning lead inside the opening five minutes, firstly
nodding in from close range after a free kick wasn't cleared and
then with a superb long range chip over the advancing keeper. The
Addicks were level before half time though as John Robinson pulled
one back with a crisp low drive, although Sereni in the away goal
could have done better, and Scott Parker equalised when he hooked in
from close range, although a defender and Sereni both got touches on
the ball before it was hacked away, but only after it had crossed
the line. Jason Euell grabbed a second half winner for Charlton,
blasted into the net from close range after Sereni had saved Kevin
Lisbie's header.

Chelsea (2) 2 (Gudjohnsen 20, Hasselbaink 45)
Southampton (1) 4 (Beattie 7, 73, Pahars 55, Marsden 64)

Chelsea blew an opportunity to boost their champions league hopes by
slumping at home to relegation haunted Southampton. The Saints went
ahead when James Beattie found the top corner with a brilliant 25
yard free kick, however Eidur Gudjohnsen levelled matters after
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's header had been saved and on half time,
Hasselbaink put Chelsea ahead when he was put through by Gudjohnsen
to fire past Jones. Saints stormed back in the second half and
equalised through Marion Pahars, slotting in after latching onto
Paul Williams long clearance and then took the lead when Chris
Marsden headed into the net after Chelsea failed to clear a corner.
Victory was confirmed when Beattie added his second and
Southampton's fourth, volleying home Pahars' cross.

Liverpool (0) 1 (Gerrard 50)
Bolton (0) 1 (Nolan 78)

Liverpool lost the chance to go top after only drawing at home to
struggling Bolton. Steven Gerrard gave the hosts the lead early in
the second half, bursting through and clipping over the keeper after
collecting Michael Owen's deflected pass, however former Liverpool
academy star Kevin Nolan stunned the Anfield crowd when he equalised
late on, firing in at the far post after the home side failed to
clear a long throw.

Leicester v Arsenal - Postponed

Leeds (2) 3 (Viduka 3, 7, Fowler 50)
West Ham (0) 0

Leeds United go top of the table after a comfortable victory over
West Ham. Leeds took just three minutes to take the lead after a
slick passing movement found Alan Smith bursting down the right and
his cross was met by an unmarked Mark Viduka whose cushioned volley
found the top corner and within four minutes, the lead was doubled
as Danny Mills provided a perfect cross from the right and Viduka
again was on hand to crash home a diving header. The second half was
less than five minutes old when Robbie Fowler added a third,
chipping delightfully over former Liverpool team mate David James
after West Ham only half cleared a Viduka back-heel.

Middlesbrough (0) 1 (Festa 50)
Everton (0) 0

Middlesbrough eased their worries with a tight victory over Everton
who are on a downward spiral. Gianluca Festa scored the only goal,
crashing the ball home after a Carlos Marinelli corner wasn't
properly cleared.

Sunderland (0) 1 (Thome 86)
Aston Villa (0) 1 (Taylor 59)
MISSED PENALTY: Phillips (Sunderland) 15

Sunderland left it late to earn a point at home to Aston Villa.
Kevin Phillips had an early penalty saved by Peter Schmeichel after
J.Lloyd Samuel was judged to hve bundled over Niall Quinn. On the
hour, Ian Taylor put Villa ahead, heading in at the far post,
however Emerson Thome grabbed a late equaliser with a header from a
chipped free kick.

Tottenham (1) 1 (Richards 45)
Blackburn (0) 0

Spurs ended their dismal festive period with a close victory over
Blackburn, for whom Andy Cole made a debut. Dean Richards scored the
only goal on the stroke of half time, heading in a Darren Anderton
corner at the near post.

Gary Dowden
Chief Editor SoccerAge UK