Liverpool FC went top of the FA Premiership on Saturday as two goals apiece from England strikers Michael Owen and Emile Heskey helped them destroy Ipswich Town FC 6-0 at Portman Road stadium.
Goal difference crucial
They lead the table on goal difference from Newcastle United FC, who beat Southampton FC 3-1. Both sides have 52 points, one ahead of Manchester United FC who play Charlton Athletic FC on Sunday. Arsenal FC, fourth on 48 points, travel to Everton FC on the same day.
Debutant Abel Xavier opened the scoring as his shot was deflected in by Chris Makin and in-form Heskey added a second before half-time for Liverpool against an Ipswich side who had won seven of their previous eight league games. Sami Hyppiä headed a third after the break before Owen struck twice with customary precision and Heskey hit another to seal a comprehensive victory.
Shearer hits two
Southampton found Newcastle in imposing form at St James’ Park. Once Laurent Robert's long-range free-kick had given the hosts the lead, there was no way back for Gordon Strachan's side. Alan Shearer headed home a second minutes later, and although Marian Pahars's 39th-minute goal gave Southampton hope, Shearer's penalty just before half-time completed the scoring.
Chelsea stay fifth
Frank Lampard helped Chelsea FC claim a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa FC in Graham Taylor's first game back at Villa Park. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's header gave Lampard an easy chance to score from close range in the 65th minute. The goal cancelled out Villa's 28th-minute lead, which came from their captain Paul Merson. Leeds United AFC's poor form continued as they drew 2-2 at Middlesbrough FC after Dean Windass headed a late equaliser for Steve McClaren's side. Sixth-placed Leeds have managed just two points from their last five games.
Bolton Wanderers FC moved out of the bottom three by defeating West Ham United FC 1-0 at home through a Ricardo Gardner strike, a victory which pushed Blackburn Rovers FC into the drop zone following their 2-0 defeat at Fulham FC. Barry Hayles and Steed Malbranque scoring the goals at Craven Cottage.
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