25 AUGUST 2002

Birmingham (0) 0
Blackburn (1) 1 (Yorke 13)

Birmingham are still without a point or a goal as Blackburn striker Dwight Yorke
netted his first goal for his new club. The former Man United man struck early
on, volleying in after a good run from Damien Duff.

Bolton (1) 1 (Djorkaeff 2)
Charlton (1) 2 (Bart-Williams (pen) 27, Euell 71)

As with last week, Bolton threw away an early lead to lose to London opponents,
this time Charlton taking the Fulham-mantle. Youri Djorkaeff opened the scoring
with a tap in after Kiely had saved Paul Warhurst's long range effort, however
as with last weeks game, they were pulled back thanks to a penalty, although the
push on Richard Rufus looked harsh. That didn't bother Chris Bart-Williams who
converted from the spot. Jason Euell grabbed a late winner after a fine run and
cross by Graeme Stuart.

Liverpool (1) 3 (Diouf 2, 51, Murphy (pen) 90)
Southampton (0) 0

Two home debut goals from El-Hadji Diouf were largely responsible for Liverpool
remaining 100% with victory over Southampton. The Senegalese star struck early
on after excellent work from Emile Heskey on the left, and then after half time,
headed in at the far post after Heskey had flicked on a long throw. The icing on
the cake came in stoppage time when Danny Murphy converted a penalty after
Wayne Bridge fouled sub Bruno Cheyrou.

Manchester City (1) 1 (Huckerby 35)
Newcastle (0) 0

Manchester City recorded their first goal and victory of the new season against
a much fancied Newcastle side. The only goal came courtesy of a shot from Claus
Jensen which was saved by Given and in the resulting scramble, the ball was
nodded in from close range by Darren Huckerby. Newcastle should have equalised
on a number of occasions, notably when Kieron Dyer shot wide of an open goal
after Schmeichel saved well from Lua-Lua.

Middlesbrough (1) 2 (Maccarone 32, 51)
Fulham (0) 2 (Davis 88, Sava 89)

Two very late goals from Fulham denied Middlesbrough victory after Massimo
Maccarone had netted two goals on his home debut. The Italian's first came after
an error from Andy Melville and then after half time, the lead was doubled when
he heading in John Greening's near post cross. It looked all over until Sean
Davis pulled one back with two minutes to go when he blasted in from close range
after Rufus Brevett's cross caused chaos at the back, and with Boro still
recovering, sub Facundo Sava earned a point after a clearance by Southgate had
struck two of his fellow defenders.

Sunderland (0) 0
Everton (1) 1 (Campbell 28)
MISSED PEN : Phillips (Sunderland) 72

No luck for under pressure Sunderland boss Peter Reid as his side crashed at
home to Everton. Kevin Campbell scored the only goal, bundling in Thomasz
Radzinski's header. Sunderland had a great chance to equalise after Richard
Wright had pushed Niall Quinn, however Kevin Phillips was denied from the
penalty spot by a brilliant one-handed save by Wright.

Tottenham (1) 1 (Redknapp 26)
Aston Villa (0) 0

A fine goal from Jamie Redknapp gave Spurs all three points against Aston Villa.
The former Liverpool man volleyed home from 25 yards after Villa had failed to
properly clear a corner.

West Ham (1) 2 (Cole (J) 44, Kanoute 54)
Arsenal (0) 2 (Henry 66, Wiltord 89)
MISSED PEN : Kanoute (West Ham) 77

Excitement and drama galore at Upton Park as Arsenal came from two goals down
against West Ham to maintain their long 22-game unbeaten run. It looked bad for
Arsenal after Joe Cole gave the Hammers the lead, firing in from the edge of the
area after good work from Freddie Kanoute and shortly after half time, Kanoute
doubled the lead, pouncing at the near post to convert Jermaine Defoe's cross.
Enter Thierry Henry who pulled one back with a brilliant searing volley from the
edge of the area which crashed into the top corner, however ten minutes later,
Kanoute blew a penalty after Joe Cole was tripped by namesake Ashley. His kick
too weak to beat Seaman. With time running out, Sylvain Wiltord netted a
dramatic equaliser, blasting in after Kanu had held the ball up for him.

West Brom (0) 1 (Marshall 90)
Leeds United (1) 3 (Kewell 39, Bowyer 53, Viduka 71)

Leeds move into top spot after becoming one of only two clubs to win their
opening pair of games. West Brom began well but Leeds took the lead shortly
before half time when Harry Kewell converted a cross from Danny Mills. Kewell
set up the second with a delightful back-heel to Lee Bowyer, who curled a beauty
into the top corner from 25 yards. A third followed when Bowyer latched onto an
error by Phil Gilchrist to find Mark Viduka, who rounded the keeper for a tap
in. West Brom pulled on back in stoppage time when Lee Marshall fired home after
good work from fellow sub Ronnie Wallwork.

23 AUGUST 2002

Chelsea (2) 2 (Gallas 3, Zenden 45)
Manchester United (1) 2 (Beckham 26, Giggs 65)

Honours even at Stamford Bridge as Man United twice came from behind to draw
with Chelsea. The hosts took the lead when Zenden fizzed a free kick in towards
the United near post, where Gallas got the slightest touch on the ball to divert
it just past the shoulder of Roy Carroll. United equalised against the run of
play with an absolute peach of a counter-attack goal. Mikael Silvestre collected
the ball in his own half and sprayed a 50 yard pass to the opposite flank to
David Beckham. The England captain then cut inside and curled a beauty inside
the far post, courtesy of a slight deflection off the boot of Marcel Desailly.
On half time, Chelsea regained the lead when weak throw by Carroll was collected
eventually by Zenden, who, helped by a touch from Frank Lampard, burst through
the United defence and crashed a shot unerringly into the top corner from the
edge of the box. Silvestre was the creator of the second equaliser as well as
his strong run down the left flank left Chelsea chasing shadows and the cut back
found Ryan Giggs who made no mistake this time as he found the roof of the net
and score his 100th goal for the club.

Gary Dowden
Chief Editor SoccerAge UK