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Saturday, 17 August, 2002, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Premiership clockwatch
All the action from the Premiership
Results and match text commentaries:


Goalflashes and major incidents:

Full-time: Terry Venables gets off to a winning start as Leeds manager, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Man City.

Man Utd have Ole Gunnar Solskajer to thank for their 1-0 win over ten-man West Brom.

Sunderland hold Blackburn to a goalless draw, but Chelsea come back to beat Charlton 3-2 at The Valley.

Everton and Spurs share the points at Goodison, as do Southampton and Middlesbrough at St Mary's.

But Fulham thump Bolton 4-1 in their first match at their temporary Loftus Road home.

1650: Charlton 2-3 Chelsea
Chelsea look to have stolen all three points, thanks to Frank Lampard.

1645: Charlton 2-2 Chelsea
Ten-man Charlton have been battling to hang on... but Carlton Cole grabs a beauty of an equaliser for Chelsea.

1643: Everton 2-2 Tottenham
Tomasz Radzinski cuts inside Dean Richards and blasts the Toffees level.

1641: Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer does well to keep out a header from Southampton's Anders Svensson.

1640: Fulham 4-1 Bolton
Fulham are running riot, and so is Sylvain Legwinski, who scores his second of the game.

1639: Leeds 3-0 Man City
Alan Smith heads the ball on to substitute Robbie Keane, who chips Carlo Nash and celebrates with a trademark cartwheel.

1637: Everton 1-2 Tottenham
Les Ferdinand replaces Teddy Sheringham and promptly puts Spurs ahead with virtually his first touch.

1635: Man Utd 1-0 West Brom
The deadlock is finally broken at Old Trafford... and it's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who gets the goal, curling home from 12 yards.

1630: Paul Scholes replaces Phil Neville for Man Utd.

1629: Robbie Keane comes on for fellow striker Mark Viduka, with 20 minutes left against Man City at Elland Road.

1626: Everton 1-1 Tottenham
Spurs are level at Goodison thanks to a super left-foot strike from Matthew Etherington, his first ever goal in the Premiership.

1621: The Baggies are down to ten men at Old Trafford - midfielder Derek McInnes is sent off for a double-footed lunge at Nicky Butt.

1615: Man Utd bring on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Juan Veron as they look to break the deadlock against West Brom.

1605: Jason Roberts comes agonisingly close to giving West Brom the lead at Old Trafford.

1603: Bolton take off Jay-Jay Okocha and Bernard Mendy after a disappointing first half for them at Loftus Road.


1548: Tottenham defender Stephen Carr is struggling with a hamstring injury, and is replaced by Ben Thatcher.

Leeds' Nick Barmby
Barmby has made one and scored another for Leeds

1547: Leeds 2-0 Man City
Nick Barmby and Mark Viduka spring the Man City offside trap, and the Australian striker strokes the ball home.

1544: Charlton 2-1 Chelsea
Boudewijn Zenden cuts the ball across for Gianfranco Zola to pull one back for Chelsea.

1540: Everton 1-0 Tottenham
Everton take the lead as young striker Wayne Rooney feeds Mark Pembridge to fire into the top left corner.

1538: Fulham 3-1 Bolton
Another first-half goal at Loftus Road, and another penalty. This time it's Steve Marlet who scores from the spot for Fulham.

1535: Charlton 2-0 Chelsea
Richard Rufus heads home a Claus Jensen free-kick.

1534: Fulham 2-1 Bolton
A fine Fulham move ends with a goal from midfielder Sylvain Legwinski.

Charlton's Konchesky scored but was then sent off
Charlton's Konchesky scored but then saw red

1531: Paul Robinson loses control of Dominic Matteo's back pass, but Nicolas Anelka squanders the chance to equalise for Man City.

1527: A red card at The Valley, where goalscorer Paul Konchesky is sent off for a challenge on Chelsea new boy Enrique de Lucas.

1519: Paul Robinson does well in the Leeds goal to keep out a shot from Eyal Berkovic.

1516: Leeds 1-0 Man City
Lee Bowyer whips over a cross from the right, and Nick Barmby steals in for the perfect start to his Elland Road career.

1511: Fulham 1-1 Bolton
A second penalty within ten minutes at Loftus Road. This time it goes to Fulham... and Louis Saha duly brings them level.

1508: Charlton 1-0 Chelsea
Paul Konchesky capitalises on a mistake by Albert Ferrer to put Charlton ahead.

1505: Fulham 0-1 Bolton
Bolton score the first goal of the day - Michael Ricketts converts a penalty after Alain Goma's foul on Youri Djorkaeff.

1502: Stephen Wright is the first player to be booked this season, the Sunderland full-back getting a yellow card for fouling Damien Duff.

1500 BST: The 2002/03 Premiership season kicks off.


Team news:

  • Phil Neville and Nicky Butt come in for Man Utd who drop Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the bench; United old boy Ronnie Wallwork is a substitute for West Brom.

  • Youngster Wayne Rooney lines up in Everton's attack with Kevin Campbell and Tomasz Radzinski; Jamie Redknapp starts in the Spurs midfield, but fellow newcomer Milenko Acimovic is on the bench.

  • New signings Nicolas Anelka, Marc-Vivien Foe and Sylvain Distin all make their debuts for Man City at Elland Road; Nicky Barmby is part of a Leeds midfield which boss Terry Venables has called a "revolving unit". And Paul Robinson is in goal at Nigel Martyn's expense.

  • Massimo Maccarone, George Boateng and Geremi start for Middlesbrough against Southampton; Marian Pahars is surprisingly fit to lead the Saints line.

  • Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke are up front together for Blackburn at home to Sunderland, who hand a debut to new defender Stephen Wright.

  • Gary Rowett takes his place in Charlton's back line at home to Chelsea, who include Spanish midfielder Enrique De Lucas in their starting line-up.

  • Junichi Inamoto starts on the bench for Fulham at home to Bolton; Jay-Jay Okocha and Youri Djorkaeff line up for the visitors.


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