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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Barclays Premiership results 02/04/05

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posted on Apr, 2 2005 @ 10:31 AM
Newcastle team-mates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were sent off for fighting each other in the Barclays Premiership defeat to Aston Villa at St James' Park.

The Magpies were already 3-0 behind and down to 10 men as the wheels came off for Graeme Souness' side. The hosts never recovered from Juan Pablo Angel's opener, and Gareth Barry added a second from the penalty spot after Steven Taylor handled on the line, for which he was sent off. Barry added a third from the spot after Darius Vassell was fouled by Stephen Carr - before the midfield duo were dismissed for violent conduct, squaring up to one another and continuing their disagreement off the pitch. They will almost certainly be suspended for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United next month, and the match ended 3-0 to Villa.

Chelsea closed in on the Premiership title by winning 3-1 at Southampton on Saturday to go 13 points clear at the top of the table. Eidur Gudjohnsen scored twice after Frank Lampard's deflected free kick put the Blues in front at St Mary's. Substitute Kevin Phillips pulled one back in the 69th minute after Saints, who stay out of the bottom three, had piled on the pressure at 2-0 down. But Gudjohnsen's cool finish to an immaculate passing move clinched victory with eight minutes left.

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry scored a hat-trick to send Norwich a step closer to relegation. The 27-year-old, who netted a treble in his last league appearance, opened the scoring after 19 minutes when he turned and finished smartly, and the second came from a confident strike after gliding past two defenders. Darren Huckerby gave the Canaries hope with a fine run and shot, but Freddie Ljungberg then headed in a far-post header after 50 minutes. The 4-1 win was completed with Henry's third, a finish from close range after Jose Antonio Reyes had set him up.

Crystal Palace missed the chance to move out of the bottom three after a 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough. Palace striker Andrew Johnson wasted the hosts' best chance of the first half before Boro took the lead through Franck Queudrue. The full-back headed home at the near post from a Stewart Downing corner, reviving Boro's hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Cup this season.

The spoils were shared at St Andrews as Birmingham and Tottenham battled to a 1-1 draw. Stephen Kelly's first senior goal gave Spurs the lead in the 59th minute, the full-back latching on to Michael Carrick's floated through-ball and sliding his finish past Maik Taylor. But Darren Carter equalised for Blues shortly after, bursting into the penalty area and finishing past Paul Robinson.

Stuart Pearce was denied his first win as Manchester City boss after Charlton's Chris Perry scored an injury-time goal to make it 2-2 in the lunchtime fixture at The Valley. City took an early lead through an own goal from Hermann Hreidarsson but Shaun Bartlett levelled after a mistake from centre-back Sylvain Distin. Robbie Fowler finished from close range from a corner and the visitors looked set to take the points until Perry struck in the dying seconds, stealing in at the far post to latch on to Luke Young's cross.

Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel put in a superb performance to earn his side a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford. United striker Wayne Rooney forged the first opening, robbing Lucas Neill and then heading on target only for Friedel to save. The American goalkeeper then saved Mikael Silvestre's header as the hosts began to dominate. Ruud van Nistelrooy hit the post with a vicious shot from outside the box- but it remained 0-0.

Liverpool beat Bolton 1-0 at Anfield to boost their hopes of finishing fourth this season. The visitors came closest to scoring when Jamie Carragher's header passed his own goalkeeper Scott Carson but went just wide. But Igor Biscan scored with a firm header from Djimi Traore's cross with four minutes left to give Rafael Benitez's team the points.

[Edited on 2/4/05 by TRD]

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