Bolton Wanderers toppers in English Premier League

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updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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In the English Premier League, Bolton Wanderers continue to be the surprise toppers. An absence of 33 years from the top bracket seems to have had little effect on Fulham's first three games and the fourth at Charlton's. The Valley on Saturday also saw Fulham on the charge. French striker Louis Saha beat defender Andy Dodd early in the game but dashed against goalkeeper Dean Riley, which had Fulham's manager Jean Tigana hopping mad, saying Saha had been fouled. Despite Fulham's aggression it was Charlton who took the lead after 34 minutes thanks to a goal by Andy Melville. But it took Fulham just four minutes to level the score off a rebound from the Charlton goalkeeper. Portuguese striker Lois Boa Morte was understandably delighted. In the second half, Charlton worked hard to close Fulham down and even though the match went into injury time, both the teams had to share the points from the game. But Southampton seems to be having a bad time in its weekend match with Tottenham Hotspurs. Southampton defender Dean Richards almost opened the score with a rocketing header but it went safely into the hands of the Spurs keeper Neil Sullivan. Soon after that, Southampton had a narrow escape when a hard volley by Les Ferdinand for the Spurs bounced off the top bar. But in the second half, the Spurs came out with their guns blazing and in the 76th minute a pass by Davies found Zeige who shot the ball into the net. Just a few minutes before time, Davies also scored, which sealed the season's first victory for the Spurs and got them to a total of five points. In the other major matches played over the weekend, Bolton drew Leeds 0-0 on Saturday. Manchester United with the season's top scorer and England Captain David Beckham playing subsititute beat Everton 4-1. But Liverpool lost 3-1 to Aston Villa at home and Arsenal drew 1-1 with Chelsea. In the overall standings, Bolton leads with 10 points from four matches followed closely by Manchestor United and Leeds with eight points off their four matches. The former are ahead of Leeds on goal difference and Arsenal and Everton are breathing down their necks with seven points each.