1 APRIL 2002

Charlton (0) 0
Arsenal (3) 3 (Henry 16, 25, Ljungberg 21)

Arsenal roar to the top of the table after three goals in a ten minute first
half spell destroyed Charlton. Thierry Henry scored the first, latching onto a
Sol Campbell clearance to slot past Kiely, and added a third when he converted
Sylvain Wiltord's cross. Between those goals, Freddie Ljungberg got into the
act, tapping into an empty net from Dennis Bergkamp's cross.

Derby (0) 0
Middlesbrough (1) 1 (Mustoe 12)

Middlesbrough are almost safe from the drop after beating relegation rivals
Derby, who remain deep in trouble in the bottom three. The only goal came from
Robbie Mustoe who scored from the edge of the box after Chris Riggott fired his
clearance against the Boro man.

Everton (1) 3 (Pistone 41, Radzinski 57, Chadwick 86)
Bolton (0) 1 (Ngotty 75)
RED CARDS: Ferguson (Everton) 20, Kostantanidis (Bolton) 31

Everton have effectively secured their Premiership survival after beating a
Bolton side who are still battling for their place next season. The game began
explosively as firstly Duncan Ferguson was sent off for violent conduct,
punching Fredi Bobic in the stomach, and then new Bolton defender Costas
Kostantanidis followed him eleven minutes later after fouling Tomasz Radzinski,
his second yellow card in 60 seconds. Then the goals took over as Alessandro
Pistone scored just before half time, drilling into the bottom corner from 25
yards after his original shot was blocked, and Radzinski doubled the lead,
bobbling home a shot after the defence failed to clear a Scot Gemmill cross.
Bruno Ngotty pulled one back when he headed in Per Frandsen's free kick at the
far post, however Nick Chadwick made sure of the points late on, tapping into an
empty net after Radzinski had rounded keeper Kevin Poole who had come miles
out of his area.

Ipswich (0) 0
Chelsea (0) 0
MISSED PEN: Bent (M) 33

Chelsea's Champions League hopes took a bashing after a goalless draw which
gave Ipswich some brief hope of avoiding the drop. Ipswich could well have
snatched all three points, however Carlo Cudicini brilliantly saved Marcus
Bent's penalty after John Terry fouled Alun Armstrong.

Fulham (0) 0
West Ham (1) 1 (Kanoute 45)

Fulham are gradually slipping into relegation trouble after West Ham won a rare
away game. The only goal came on half time when Freddie Kanoute headed in a
Trevir Sinclair cross.

Sunderland (2) 2 (Reyna 3, 18)
Leicester (1) 1 (Dickov 9)

Sunderland eased their relegation fears thanks to two goals from Claudio Reyna
as Leicester dropped nearer the first division. Reyna's first came early on when
he volleyed in from the edge of the area and he doubled his tally with a fine
free kick from a similar range. Between the goals, Paul Dickov equalised,
blasting in on the line after Matt Elliott's headed was tipped onto the post by
Sorensen, but ultimately it wasn't enough.

Tottenham (2) 2 (Iversen 10, Sheringham 29)
Leeds United (0) 1 (Viduka 51)

Leeds' European hopes took a severe knock at White Hart Lane as a fine first
half display by Spurs won them the game. Steffan Iversen opened the scoring,
heading home Ben Thatcher's fine cross, before Teddy Sheringham doubled the
lead from close range after Simon Davies saw his shot blocked. Mark Viduka
pulled one back with a fine strike from the edge of the area after Robbie
Fowler's flick gave him the chance, but despite plenty of possession, an
equaliser rarely looked on.

Blackburn (2) 2 (Duff 27, Yordi 29)
Southampton (0) 0

Blackburn took the lead when Damien Duff was shown inside by two visiting
defenders on the left, and Irishman slotted into the bottom corner from the
edge of the area. Two minutes later, Duff turned provider as again he
collected the ball on the left and swung in a glorious cross, which Yordi
met perfectly to send his header crashing past Paul Jones

Gary Dowden
Chief Editor SoccerAge UK