London: Liverpool took on an in-form West Ham and were the first to attack when captain Sami Hyypia came close from a Gary McAllister corner after 23 minutes. Don Hutchison had to clear the ball after Hammers' keeper David James failed to reach the ball. Five minutes later Liverpool's temporary new acquisition Nicolas Anelka found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat but the former Liverpool goalie redeemed himself with two fine saves. West Ham found heart from their narrow escapes and began to create chances themselves. Michael Carrick's free kick this time found the Liverpool goalie at the far post but Jerzy Dudek did well to keep the game scoreless. But six minutes before the break Trevor Sinclair fired the first goal of the match from 20 yards to put West Ham 1-0 up. Liverpool nearly found themselves another goal down after Sinclair's acrobatic overhead kick was tipped away by Dudek. But after this the game changed dramatically as Liverpool stepped up the attack. West Ham held on to their lead till two minutes from time when Litmanen sent a cross to the far post where two West Ham players appeared to have handled the ball. The referee however saw nothing and it fell to Owen, who justified his billing as one of the deadliest strikers in the modern game with his 100th goal for Liverpool and his tenth of the season. The goal helped Liverpool salvage a point but the result also saw them slip to fourth in the table. West ham on the other hand remained unbeaten for their sixth consecutive match. In another league match, Southampton looked like shutting Leeds United out until Lee Bowyer struck two minutes from the end. The midfielder, who has made negative headlines almost daily since he was cleared three weeks ago of causing grievous harm to an Asian student scored for the second game in a row. The 1-0 win for Leeds United makes the title race even closer as Lee Bowyer moved Leeds up to third position with Arsenal and Newcastle currently at the top of the table.
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