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Premiership game details 09:10.02.02

last updated Sunday 10th February 2002, 8:16 PM
Fulham gained three valuable points on Saturday when they won a rematch of last season's Division One Champions and runnersup. It has to be said that the current Blackburn lack the commitment that got them to the runnersup spot last season and if they don't rediscover it they will be back in the 1st tout de suite.

Despite a truly inexplicable performance by Ref Halsey from Welwyn Garden City the Fulham faithful were in far better mood once the goals started to go in and despite the inconvenient rain squall as the crowd was streaming out conversation turned once again to the possibility of European soccer next year.

Blackburn had started quite well with their 8m pound man Andy Cole, a Fulham reject as the crowd were quick to remind him, being put through in the 4th minute but Fulham's super keeper Edwin van der Sar was up to it and saved well. After that Rovers started to show why they deserve to be in the relegation zone. Their Turkish midfielder Tuguy had had a go at his team mates during the week for being happy with defeat but they either didn't hear him or they could not be bothered. To their credit Rovers were trying to play football but it was poor. That well known football judge and soon to be 1st Division Manager Mr Souness tried to get his team back in the game by taking off defenders and bringing on attackers but his team just got worse. The Blackburn fans just got quieter and quieter until the Fulham fans felt they deserved some help and started to sing Souness out, Souness out.

The overall performance of Fulham appeared good apart from a series of mistakes by Andy Melville at the start of the game after Mr Halsey had cautioned him. Fulham's attacking play seemed a bit more focused with Steed helping considerably. Steve Marlet worked hard throughout the game and provided a lot of the ammunition for others in the box. The difference the first goal made to Fulham's confidence was incredible from a timid and at times ramshackled approach we saw flashes of the play seen earlier in the season with breathtaking passing moves from end to end and side to side. A pleasure to see.

Ref Halsey from Welwyn Garden City made himself busy very early in the game booking Steed Malbranque at 2 mins when he blocked Lucas Neill's apparent quick free-kick attempt just a yard from the ball. As the ball had not come to a standstill after being placed on the ground and the Ref was busy with getting to the scene of the freekick Steeds block was more like helping Neill not to make a mistake. The Ref then booked Andy Melville at 3 mins for seeming to block Andy Cole as they ran down the wing. Suffice to say that Fulham strikers have been booked for diving with more reason to go down than Cole had. Mr Halsey continued with the yellow confetti when he booked Neill at 7 mins for a foul but after that must have realised that his Sunday lunch would be ruined with the length of his report and went the other way ignoring a series of strong challenges on Rufus by the previously booked Neill choosing to verbal him instead. It was a shame that Mr Halsey had not thought of that with Steed and Melville. As the game went on Mr Halsey seemed intent on giving decision after decision to Blackburn and nothing to Fulham. At one point in the game Mr Halsey decided that a clear hand ball in the penalty area by Blackburn's Berg, flagged by the linesman, should be ignored in favour of playing the advantage rule! What would he have done if Bazza had missed the goal, given Fulham a second chance with a penalty? Weird. The final moments were chaos as a 50 50 ball between Steve Marley and Short lead to an alleged elbow in Steve's face and a straight red for Short. Short had to be held back from a Ref who had made sure that Short misses the Worthington Cup Final perhaps the biggest day in his footballing life. After Short had left the pitch Ref Halsey gave a free kick to Blackburn and a yellow
to Steve!! Not a good day for Mr Halsey or referees in general.

Fulhamweb's prediction was 2-1 to Fulham in front of 20059. (Prediction League)

Other games
Leicester were not able to help themselves or us very much, apart from goal difference, and went down 2-1 at Spurs only allowing us to move up to 9th spot albeit still with the Middlesbrough away game in hand. Charlton lost 2-0 at home to Man Utd on Sunday so could not retake the 9th spot from us. As we did win we did not need the 6-0 thrashing of Ipswich by Liverpool or the 3-1 beating of Southampton by Newcastle or the 1-0 home victory of Bolton over West Ham but they were nice to see and gave us more of a breathing space.



Premiership match details

Barclaycard Premiership FT HT Saturday 09/02/02
Pos Home Pos Away H A H A KO Att T.V. Info
07 Aston Villa 05 Chelsea 1 1 1 0 FT 41137 - Details
18 Bolton 11 West Ham 1 0 1 0 FT 24342 - Details
19 Derby 15 Sunderland 0 1 0 0 FT 31771 - Details
10 Fulham 17 Blackburn 2 0 1 0 FT 19580 - Details
12 Ipswich 03 Liverpool 0 6 0 2 FT 25608 - Details
16 Middlesbrough 06 Leeds 2 2 0 1 FT 30221 - Details
02 Newcastle 13 Southampton 3 1 3 1 FT 51857 - Details
09 Tottenham 20 Leicester 2 1 1 0 FT 35973 - Details
Barclaycard Premiership FT HT Sunday 10/02/02
Pos Home Pos Away H A H A KO Att T.V. Info
08 Charlton 01 Man Utd 0 2 0 1 FT 26475 ppv Details
14 Everton 04 Arsenal 0 1 0 0 FT 30859 sky1 Details
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Saturday 09 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Aston Villa (07) (1) 1-1 (0) Chelsea (05)

Aston Villa: Enckelman, Delaney, Mellberg (Barry 45), Staunton, Samuel, Hadji, Hendrie (Stone 57), Boateng, Merson, Vassell (Dublin 87), Angel.

Subs Not Used: Myhill, Balaban.

Booked: Samuel.

Goals: Merson 28.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Ferrer (Zola 63), Desailly, Terry (Keenan 76), Le Saux, Dalla Bona, Petit, Lampard, Stanic, Gudjohnsen (Forssell 63), Hasselbaink.

Subs Not Used: de Goey, Jokanovic.

Booked: Dalla Bona.

Goals: Lampard 65.

Att: 41,137

Ref: P Durkin (Dorset).

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Saturday 09 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Bolton (17) (1) 1-0 (0) West Ham (12)

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, N'Gotty, Bergsson, Whitlow, Charlton, Tofting, Warhurst (Southall 45), Nolan, Gardner, Ricketts (Holdsworth 83), Bobic (Hansen 86).

Subs Not Used: Poole, Wallace.

Booked: Warhurst.

Goals: Gardner 38.

West Ham: James, Schemmel, Dailly, Foxe, Minto, Cole, Lomas, Labant, Kanoute, Defoe, Garcia (Kitson 77).

Subs Not Used: Andersson, Potts, Courtois, McCann.

Booked: Foxe, Kanoute, Lomas.

Att: 24,342

Ref: D Pugh (Bebington).

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Saturday 09 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Derby (19) (0) 0-1 (0) Sunderland (11)

Derby: Oakes, Barton, Riggott, Higginbotham, Zavagno, Powell (Boertien 54), Lee, Ducrocq, Morris (Burton 77), Ravanelli, Christie.

Subs Not Used: O'Neil, Kinkladze, Grant.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Haas, Bjorklund (Williams 75), Craddock, Gray, McAteer, Reyna, Schwarz, Arca (Bellion 79), Quinn (Kyle 86), Phillips.

Subs Not Used: Macho, Kilbane.

Booked: Phillips.

Goals: Quinn 80.

Att: 31,771

Ref: G Poll (Tring).

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Saturday 09 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Fulham (09) (1) 2-0 (0) Blackburn (18)

Fulham: Van der Sar, Finnan, Brevett, Melville, Goma, Collins, Malbranque, Legwinski, Davis, Marlet (Willock 90), Hayles.

Subs Not Used: Taylor, Harley, Saha, Ouaddou.

Booked: Malbranque, Melville, Marlet.

Goals: Hayles 31, Malbranque 63.

Blackburn: Friedel, Tugay, Berg, Short, Curtis (Hignett 68), Taylor, Duff, Dunn, Jansen (Johansson 90), Cole, Neill (Gillespie 69).

Subs Not Used: Kelly, Hughes.

Sent Off: Short (90).

Booked: Neill, Tugay.

Att: 19,580

Ref: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City).

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Saturday 09 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Ipswich (13) (0) 0-6 (2) Liverpool (01)

Ipswich: Marshall, Makin, McGreal, Hreidarsson, Venus, Holland, Clapham, Wright (Stewart 38), Peralta, Armstrong (Magilton 71), Marcus Bent.

Subs Not Used: Salmon, Counago, Reuser.

Liverpool: Dudek (Arphexad 55), Wright, Henchoz, Hyypia, Xavier, Murphy, Hamann, Gerrard (McAllister 81), Riise (Anelka 73), Heskey, Owen.

Subs Not Used: Smicer, Litmanen.

Goals: Xavier 16, Heskey 43, Hyypia 52, Owen 62, 71, Heskey 90.

Att: 25,608

Ref: S Bennett (Kent).

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Saturday 09 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Middlesbrough (16) (0) 2-2 (1) Leeds (06)

Middlesbrough: Crossley, Festa, Southgate, Ehiogu, Queudrue, Gavin (Mustoe 45), Ince, Greening (Windass 79), Stamp (Boksic 45), Whelan, Carbone.

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Jones.

Booked: Ince.

Goals: Ince 51, Windass 88.

Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Ferdinand, Matteo, Harte, Dacourt (Wilcox 86), Bakke, Batty, Kewell, Viduka, Fowler.

Subs Not Used: Keane, Robinson, McPhail, Duberry.

Booked: Bakke.

Goals: Bakke 19, Fowler 54.

Att: 30,221

Ref: N Barry (Scunthorpe).

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Saturday 09 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Newcastle (02) (3) 3-1 (1) Southampton (14)

Newcastle: Given, Hughes, O'Brien, Dabizas, Distin (Elliott 82), Solano, McClen (Jenas 76), Speed, Robert, Bellamy, Shearer.

Subs Not Used: Acuna, Harper, Ameobi.

Goals: Robert 24, Shearer 29, 45 pen.

Southampton: Jones, Dodd, Lundekvam, Williams, Bridge, Svensson, Oakley (Tessem 74), Telfer (Delap 48), Marsden, Davies, Pahars.

Subs Not Used: Moss, Monk, Fernandes.

Booked: Davies.

Goals: Pahars 39.

Att: 51,857

Ref: B Knight (Orpington).

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Saturday 09 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Tottenham (08) (1) 2-1 (0) Leicester (20)

Tottenham: Sullivan, Thatcher (Thelwell 65), King, Richards, Taricco, Anderton, Sherwood, Etherington, Davies, Ferdinand (Rebrov 83), Iversen.

Subs Not Used: Keller, Sheringham, Leonhardsen.

Goals: Anderton 37, Davies 61.

Leicester: Walker, Sinclair, Davidson, Elliott, Laursen, Savage, Oakes, Stewart, Impey, Scowcroft, Piper.

Subs Not Used: Royce, Marshall, Heath, Stevenson, Reeves.

Booked: Impey.

Goals: Oakes 79.

Att: 35,973

Ref: A D'Urso (Billericay).

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Sunday 10 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Charlton (10) (0) 0-2 (1) Man Utd (03)

Charlton: Kiely, Young, Costa, Fish, Powell, Robinson, Bart-Williams, Parker, Stuart (Svensson 72), Euell (Johansson 82), Lisbie (Konchesky 82).

Subs Not Used: Ilic, Fortune.

Man Utd: Carroll, Phil Neville, Blanc, Gary Neville, Silvestre, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs (Butt 88), van Nistelrooy (Veron 66), Solskjaer (Forlan 78).

Subs Not Used: Van Der Gouw, Irwin.

Booked: Phil Neville.

Goals: Solskjaer 33, 74.

Att: 26,475

Ref: A Wiley (Burntwood).

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Sunday 10 Feb 2002 - Barclaycard Premiership

Everton (15) (0) 0-1 (0) Arsenal (04)

Everton: Simonsen, Clarke (Moore 86), Weir, Stubbs, Unsworth (Gascoigne 70), Blomqvist (Pembridge 77), Carsley, Linderoth, Naysmith, Campbell, Ginola.

Subs Not Used: Gerrard, Cleland.

Arsenal: Wright, Luzhny, Stepanovs, Campbell, Upson (Dixon 31), Parlour, Vieira, Grimandi, van Bronckhorst, Wiltord, Henry.

Subs Not Used: Seaman, Jeffers, Edu, Inamoto.

Booked: Campbell, Stepanovs, Parlour, Luzhny, Henry.

Goals: Wiltord 62.

Att: 30,859

Ref: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees).

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