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Premier League Rewind: 13th-14th April 2001

Results: Liverpool FC 1-2 Leeds United, Bradford City 2-0 Charlton Athletic, Manchester United 4-2 Coventry City, Arsenal 0-3 Middlesbrough, Aston Villa 2-1 Everton, Chelsea 1-0 Southampton, Ipswich Town 1-0 Newcastle United, Leicester City 1-2 Manchester City, Sunderland 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United 3-1 Derby County

The Easter weekend in April 2001 would ultimately turn out to be the decisive weekend where the destiny of the Premier League title race would be settled. In reality, there wasn’t much of a title race. Manchester United had made sure of that. Six weeks earlier, they’d battered closest rivals Arsenal 6-1 at Old Trafford. It wasn’t if, but when they wrapped up a seventh title in nine seasons.

On Easter Saturday, they received their first opportunity to wrap up the championship by kicking off at lunchtime at home to Coventry City. The Sky Blues’ were five points adrift of safety and desperate to start picking up points if they wanted to maintain their excellent top-flight record. They pushed their more illustrious opponents all the way and the score was 2-2 at half-time. Dwight Yorke and John Hartson had exchanged goals. The match was only decided in the last nine minutes. A looping Ryan Giggs header and Paul Scholes curler sealed United’s 4-2 victory. It meant that Arsenal had to win later that afternoon against Middlesbrough to keep the mathematical solutions going.

Arsenal hadn’t conceded in their last four matches and Middlesbrough were still not entirely safe of relegation yet. Many would have had home banker on their betting slips that afternoon but it wouldn’t play to the formbook. Brazilian pair Edu and Silvinho scored two own goals for Middlesbrough in four crazy first half minutes. Hamilton Ricard’s 58th minute strike sealed an unbelievable 3-0 victory at Highbury for Boro. Incredibly, they managed just one shot on target all afternoon. Arsenal’s hopes were mathematically over and Manchester United were champions yet again, ending the weekend 16 points clear with five games left to play.

The race to finish in third position had actually begun 24 hours earlier when Liverpool FC and Leeds United locked horns on Good Friday at Anfield. It was a Good Friday for Leeds who claimed a priceless win to make it four consecutive victories. Rio Ferdinand scored his first goal for the club and Lee Bowyer cashed in on some static defending to double the visitors’ lead before half-time. Liverpool rallied in the second half and Steven Gerrard reduced the deficit before being harshly sent off for two bookable offences. Defeat left Gerard Houllier’s side in sixth spot and six points off third place. They had games in hand but no more errors could be afforded now.

Incredibly, it was newly-promoted Ipswich Town that were holding down third spot and they continued to defy their critics who kept maintaining that they would fade away. Another three points were racked up on their tally against Newcastle United. It was Sir Bobby Robson’s first return to Portman Road as a manager since his memorable stint with the East Anglian side in the early 1980s. However, it ended unhappily for Robson as Nolberto Solano was sent off and Marcus Stewart’s penalty settled a fairly timid match.

Sunderland had been in the shake-up for much of the season but for the second campaign running, their form was starting to elude them just when European football beckoned on Wearside. They made an electric start against Tottenham Hotspur. Goals by Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn had the home side 2-0 ahead inside of 12 minutes. However, Tottenham had other ideas, particularly central defender Gary Doherty. Playing as an emergency forward, Doherty scored twice in the last 15 minutes as Tottenham stormed back to win 3-2. That meant new manager Glenn Hoddle had chalked up two victories in three matches since succeeding George Graham in the post.

By contrast, whilst Tottenham were finding a bit of consistency, Leicester City were beginning to consistently lose matches. They were fifth after beating Liverpool FC 2-0 in early March but since then lost five straight games and dropped out of the top half. The latest damaging reverse came to relegation candidates Manchester City. Paulo Wanchope scored the pick of the goals in the visitors’ 2-1 win at Filbert Street.

Elsewhere, Gus Poyet took Chelsea into the top five with the winner at home to Southampton and Bradford City just about kept their mathematical prospects of beating the drop alive by defeating Charlton Athletic 2-0. The goals came from Robbie Blake and Benito Carbone. The win was only the fourth achieved all season by the Bantams’ but relegation confirmation would follow just a fortnight later.

What else happened in April 2001?

  • The Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
  • Former Yugoslavia president Slobodan Milosevic is to be tried on charges of war crimes after surrendering to special police forces.
  • The ‘Who Shot Phil?’ storyline reaches its conclusion in EastEnders. Lisa Shaw is revealed as the character that shot Phil in an episode watched by 20 million viewers.
  • Red Marauder wins the 2001 Martell Grand National at Aintree. Only two horses from the 40 starters complete the course.
  • Tiger Woods wins the US Masters at Augusta.
  • Channel 4 teatime quiz show Countdown celebrates its 3000th episode.
  • Mariah Carey signs a blockbuster contract with Virgin Records, worth $80 million for four albums.
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Memorable Matches: Queens Park Rangers 2-3 Liverpool FC (October 2014)

Goalscorers: Richard Dunne 67 OG, Eduardo Vargas 87, Philippe Coutinho 90, Steven Gerrard 90+1 OG, Steven Caulker 90+5 OG

Teams:

Queens Park Rangers: Alex McCarthy, Yun Suk-Young, Nedum Onuoha (Matt Phillips 45), Richard Dunne, Steven Caulker, Mauricio Isla, Sandro (Armand Traore 60), Karl Henry, Leroy Fer, Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora (Eduardo Vargas 79)

Liverpool FC: Simon Mignolet, Jose Enrique, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson, Emre Can (Joe Allen 66), Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling (Kolo Toure 90), Adam Lallana (Philippe Coutinho 66), Mario Balotelli

Referee: Phil Dowd, Attendance: 18,069

Bottom of the table with just four points from eight matches, Queens Park Rangers were struggling for form and confidence ahead of this meeting with Liverpool FC. At the end, they came off the field wondering how they’d lost a game they’d largely controlled.

Brendan Rodgers recalled Mario Balotelli after he had been dropped for the home win over West Bromwich Albion before the international break. Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp made six alterations to his QPR side following their dreary display and 2-0 defeat to West Ham United. One player reintroduced to the fold was Bobby Zamora and he was a pest all afternoon. Zamora played a part in the best moments of a scoreless first half. Twice he set-up Dutch international Leroy Fer and on both occasions, Fer was desperately unlucky not to score with his efforts bouncing off the woodwork.

Liverpool looked disjointed and stuck for ideas without the injured Daniel Sturridge. Raheem Sterling, who had complained to England boss Roy Hodgson a week earlier to rest him because of fatigue, was largely non-existent. That was until the arrival of Philippe Coutinho off the bench which set-up a barnstorming final 25 minutes.

The visitors’ took the lead on 67 minutes. Quick thinking from a free-kick saw Sterling guide in a low cross that Richard Dunne turned into his own net. It was the 10th own goal of Dunne’s Premier League career – an unwanted record. Redknapp’s response was to remove Zamora from the action and play his wildcard in the Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas.

With four minutes remaining, it looked like the decision would work wonders. Charlie Austin’s knockdown gave Vargas the opportunity to level the scores with his first Queens Park Rangers goal since joining on-loan from Napoli. The least the home side deserved was a share of the spoils but it looked like Liverpool FC were going to luck into victory as the clock struck 90 minutes.

Coutinho produced a superb finish which via a deflection off Steven Caulker’s boot, left Alex McCarthy powerless to stop the shot. Coutinho had scored the winner between these sides at Anfield when they last played each other in May 2013 and he was having the final say here.

That was until an almighty goalmouth scramble led to a second QPR equaliser. Vargas scrambled in his second goal although it was officially credited as an own goal off the Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. Simon Mignolet’s goalkeeping left a lot to be desired.

Just when it looked like the drama was over, Liverpool flew forward and Sterling did the damage. His attempted pass was cut-out by Caulker who was desperately unfortunate to see his clearance end up in the back of the net.

Liverpool climbed upto fifth spot but this match would be the paradox for both of the club’s retrospective seasons. The Reds’ looked off-form and failed to sparkle on their way to a distant sixth spot, whilst Queens Park Rangers were relegated back to the Championship through a mixture of poor luck and naïve defending.