8 APRIL 2002

Newcastle (1) 1 (Dyer 21)
Fulham (0) 1 (Saha 76)

Newcastle move back into fourth place as Fulham ease their own relegation
fears after a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Newcastle took the lead after a
scrappy opening when Kieron Dyer was sent clear from a Gary Speed
header and after a couple of lucky ricochets, flicked the ball inside the far
post with the outside of his boot. The visitors equalised when Newcastle
to clear a corner and Sean Davis' volley was helped in by Louis Saha at
close range.

7 APRIL 2002

Leeds United (1) 2 (Craddock (og) 8, Keane 82)
Sunderland (0) 0

Leeds keep up their hunt for a UEFA Cup spot with an unconvincing victory
against Sunderland. They had a stroke of luck early on when Jody Craddock
looped an Alan Smith cross into his own net and held the lead reasonably
comfortably. However with ten minutes left, Patrick Mboma missed a sitter
when he blasted over from 12 yards having made space well, and it proved
crucial as Leeds clinched victory shortly afterwards. Having been frustrated
the Sunderland offside trap all game, Mark Viduka fed Robbie Keane through
and he slotted coolly past Sorensen.

6 APRIL 2002

Leicester (0) 0
Manchester United (0) 1 (Solskjaer 61)

Thanks to a noon kick off, Man United went top briefly and relegated Leicester
in the process. The only goal came just after the hour as the hosts failed to
deal with Phil Neville's long throw and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer volleyed home the
loose ball. Leicester had god chances, notably Paul Dickov who crashed a shot
over a gaping goal from four yards, but ultimately will be playing down a
division next season.

Arsenal (1) 2 (Ljungberg 24, Lauren (pen) 85)
Tottenham (0) 1 (Sheringham (pen) 81)

Arsenal regained top spot after a North London derby that saw two penalties
awarded in the final nine minutes. The Gunners dominated for long spells and
took the lead when Dennis Bergkamp played Freddie Ljungberg through and
although Keller got a leg to the effort, it dribbled over the line. Spurs found a
stunning equaliser late on when Gus Poyet was judged to have been barged out
of the way by keeper David Seaman. Teddy Sheringham kept his cool and
scored from the spot. Four minutes later, Thierry Henry went down under
challenge from Dean Richards and Lauren scored the winner from the penalty
spot, although his soft kick down the centre was almost blocked by the feet of

Bolton (4) 4 (Bobic 2, 30, 38, Djorkaeff 35)
Ipswich (0) 1 (Clapham 90)

Bolton won the relegation battle thanks to a scintillating first half display
that saw faltering Ipswich four down by the break. Fredi Bobic scored a first
half hat trick, firstly after two minutes when he netted after controlling Simon
Charlton's shot. He doubled the lead on the half hour, heading home after
Marshall had saved Rod Wallace's shot, before Youri Djorkaeff made it three,
tapping into an empty net after Wallace had headed Bobic's cross back across
goal. Bobic then completed his trio with a superb near post header from Ricardo
Gardner's corner. Jamie Clapham scored a late consolation, walloping a shot into
the top corner after good work from Hermann Hreidarsson, but his side look in
deep trouble, having to play the top three clubs in three of their last four
games. Bolton meanwhile, may well have secured their Premiership survival.

Chelsea (2) 3 (Hasselbaink 27, 44, Zola 90)
Everton (0) 0

Chelsea move into fourth on goal difference as Everton were swept aside at
Stamford Bridge. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored a superb brace before half
time, firstly chipping Simonsen after a lovely jinking run that saw him beat
three men, and then drilling home a free kick after Zenden rolled the ball
him. Gianfranco Zola added a stoppage time third when he volleyed it at the
far post from Eidur Gudjohnsen's cross.

Middlesbrough (1) 2 (Carbone 39, Ehiogu 65)
Aston Villa (0) 1 (Angel 60)

Boro are on the up after two Aston Villa old boys scored to defeat their former
employers. Beni Carbone opened the scoring, latching onto a Franck Queudrue
pass to fire into the net, however Juan Pablo Angel equalised on the hour,
volleying home after Peter Crouch had headed on Gareth Barry's cross. The
winner came from Ugo Ehiogu when he rose well to head in Carbone's corner.

Southampton (1) 2 (Oakley 28, Pahars 55)
Derby (0) 0

Derby need at least two wins in their final four games to survive, probably
more, after losing at Southampton. Matt Oakley scored the opener with a
brilliant volley across goal and into the far corner, and Marion Pahars secured
the points when he scored a similar effort at the near post early in the second

West Ham (2) 2 (Di Canio (pen) 23, Kanoute 33)
Charlton (0) 0
MISSED PEN: Konchesky (Charlton) 73

West Ham are riding high in the top half of the table after winning the East
London derby. Paolo di Canio netted a penalty after he had been body-checked
in the area by Richard Rufus and Freddie Kanoute doubled the lead, firing home
Schemmel's cut back, although the visitors looked were angry as they thought
the ball was out of play before being crossed. Charlton should have pulled one
back, but Paul Konchesky fired his penalty over the bar after Nigel Winterburn
had bundled over Jonaton Johansson.

Gary Dowden
Chief Editor SoccerAge UK