Arsenal FC took their place at the top of the FA Premiership with a comfortable 3-0 win at Charlton Athletic FC in England's Easter Monday programme.
The victory was assured well before half-time thanks to two goals from Thierry Henry sandwiching a Fredrik Ljungberg strike.
One point ahead
Arsène Wenger's side are now a point in front of Liverpool FC and two ahead of Manchester United FC with a game in hand, despite neither of Arsenal's rivals playing today due to UEFA Champions League matches.
Good news for Newcastle
Newcastle United FC's hopes of reaching the 2002/03 Champions League were boosted without them even having a match as both Leeds United AFC and Chelsea FC faltered in their bid to capture fourth place.
Spurs beat Leeds
Leeds were beaten 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur FC, failing to recover from goals in the opening half-hour by Steffen Iversen and Teddy Sheringham, although Robbie Fowler did pull one back on 52 minutes.
Penalty miss save Chelsea
Chelsea could only draw 0-0 at struggling Ipswich Town FC, a result which, at least temporarily, takes the home team out of the relegation zone, although Marcus Bent missed a penalty for them on 35 minutes. These results leave Newcastle two points ahead of Chelsea, but with two extra games to play, including one tomorrow against Aston Villa FC.
New Everton FC manager David Moyes seems to have saved his team from relegation after their third win in four games under his command, a 3-1 home victory over Bolton Wanderers FC. Alessandro Pistone scored just before half-time, Tomas Radzinski added to the lead on 57 minutes, and although Bruno N'Gotty did pull one back for Bolton, substitute Nick Chadwick’s late goal confirmed the win. Both teams had a man sent off in the first half
Derby in trouble
Derby County FC are now deeper in trouble after a home defeat against Middlesbrough FC. Robbie Mustoe's goal after 12 minutes was enough to give the visitors victory and leave Derby four points from the safety zone.
West Ham win
Fulham FC's Premiership status is far from secure after losing 1-0 at home to West Ham United FC. Frédéric Kanouté scored the only goal in first-half injury time, leaving Jean Tigana's team 15th.
Welcome victory for Sunderland
There was better news for Sunderland AFC who ended their recent poor run by beating Leicester City FC 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. Claudio Reyna gave Sunderland the lead on three minutes, and then restored the lead a quarter of an hour later following a Matt Elliott equaliser. Leicester could now be relegated next week, when they host Manchester United.
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