25 October 2003

Aston Villa 0
Everton 0

Bolton 0
Birmingham 1 (Forssell 31)

Forssell capitalised on a couple of defensive mistakes to give Birmingham the points. Dunn and
Giannakopoulos were given yellow cards for Oscar winning dives in the box.

Chelsea 1 (Hasselbaink 34)
Man City 0

JIMMY scored the winner - Seamen parried Mutu's cross onto his shin, 1-0, top of the table.

Ranieri after the match "Jimmy is Jimmy" - too f****** right he is.

Jimmy after the match "Three points, done the business, go home, have a nice dinner,
JIMMY the wife and that's it." Ok I made the last bit up.

Liverpool 3 (Owen 35, Murphy 57, Pongolle 84)
Leeds 1 (Smith 42)

Smith cancelled out Owen's brilliant opener when he beat a defender to Pennant's cross.
Pennant then gave away the free kick that restored Liverpool's lead with a silly handball,
Robinson's poor handling helped Murphy's free kick into the net. After the pathetic Diouf
shot wide from six yards teenage striker Pongolle showed him how to finish when he volleyed
Dudek's HUGE goal kick past Robinson.

Assists : Riise, Pennant, Dudek

Man United 1 (Forlan 45)
Fulham 3 (Clark 3, Malbranque 66, Inamoto 79)

The utterly brilliant Malbranque forced Silvestre into making a hospital pass and Geordie lad Lee
Clark beat Rio Ferdinand to his deflected cross. A superb passing move culminated in the not very
good Forlan volleying the Mancs level, completely again the run of play. A mistake by Rio Ferdinand
gave back the advantage to the visitors, he headed Boa Morte's cross against Saha and Malbranque
scored. A magnificent pass by Malbranque found the portly Inamoto, on for Pembridge, and he
brilliantly volleyed over Howard.

Unlike many people I didn't think Fulham were in danger of going down - because Coleman has the
makings of a brilliant, brilliant coach but this and their start to the season has been a surprise.
Peter Kaye was in the crowd (garlic bread, garlic...... bread?) and Malbranque is better then Pires.

Assists : Giggs, Malbranque

Newcastle 3 (Speed 17, Shearer 28 Pen, Ameobi 61)
Portsmouth 0

Some excellent approach play between Ameobi, Bowyer and Robert ended with Speed smashing
the Toon into the lead. Shearer's equally emphatic finish from the penalty spot gave him his 9th
league goal of the season. On the hour mark Ameobi capped off a fine performance with a headed goal.

Ameobi has played a key role in Newcastle's recent revival. I reckon that's Lua Lua's career at the
club finished.

Assists : Robert, Speed

Southampton 2 (Beattie 59, Griffit 87)
Blackburn 0 

Beattie scored the Saints first goal in four games with what is becoming a trademark free kick. Cole
and Svensson got into a scrap earning goal a red card. Teenage striker Griffit came off the bench to
score his first goal in the top flight - a well placed shot into the corner. At the end of the match Souness
almost had another heart attack when he gave a member of Southampton's coaching staff an earful
before inviting him inside to the resolve the matter like men.

Assists : ?, Beattie
Red Card : Cole 65 (Blackburn)

Wolves 4 (Cameron 52, 60 Pen, Rae 68, Camara 86)
Leicester 3 (Ferdinand 12, 15, Scimeca 35)

Ferdinand headed in two Izzet corners then laid off the ball on the edge of the box for Scimeca who
hit a well placed low shot past Oakes. Cameron gave Wolves what appeared to be a consolation goal
when he turned in Blake's centre but a penalty, awarded for handball by Gillespie, handed Wolves a
lifeline. Rae equalised with a brilliant header and the wasteful Camara completed the comeback
to end all comebacks when he slid in to meet another pass from the ancient Irwin.

Assists : Izzet (2 cks), Blake, Irwin

R Mehdi