Story by Steve Berry
Liverpool 1- 2 Man United
Liverpool will have every right to feel hard done by after a narrow defeat on what was an emotional day at Anfield. The match started in a fitting manner with Hilsborough tributes from Sir Bobby Charlton and Ian Rush, a hand shake between Evra and Suarez followed by a spine tingling version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
The home side looked the more lively creating several good opportunities in the first half but the main action came when Jonjo Shelvey was given a controversial red card for a rash tackle on Jonny Evans, with replays suggesting both players could have been sent off.
The second half gave more goals though with Steven Gerrard breaking the deadlock with an emphatic half volley into the bottom corner, sending the Kop into pandemonium. However it only took five minutes for United to draw level with a fine finesse shot from Rafael that will have seen FIFA fans all over the land tip their hats in appreciation.
A Van Persie penalty in the 81st minute gave the Red Devils the victory following a clumsy challenge from Glen Johnson on Antonio Valencia, in which the England right back managed to injure Daniel Agger in the process.
Man City 1 – 1 Arsenal
A point a piece seemed the fair result at the Etihad as Arsenal grabbed a late equaliser from a Laurent Koscielny header. The Home side took the lead as a poorly marked Joleon Lescott fired in David Silva’s cross past Vito Mannone’s flailing arms.
However the young keeper redeemed himself in the second half with a fine reaction save from an impressive over head kick by Vincent Kompany. Koscielny’s header salvaged a deserved point and Arsenal’s unbeaten run this season, with the home side looking like they’ll need to improve if they want to reclaim the title this season.
Chelsea 1 – 0 Stoke
Chelsea carried on their good start to the season with a hard fought victory against Stoke. Ashley Cole scored only his seventh goal of his Chelsea career late on to give the home side the win. Chelsea looked lively throughout with Oscar looking lively with only some award winning diving spoiling his performance.
Tottenham 2-1 QPR
Andre Villas Boas claimed his first home league win as Spurs boss, but the game might not have been comfortable as he would have liked. Bobby Zamora took the lead for the visitors in the 33rd minute in a first half which his side dominated. Impressive saves by Brad Firedel again kept Hugo Lloris on the bench and Tottenham in the game, until Alejandro Faurlin headed into his own net and Jermain Defoe got the winner a minute later.
Newcastle 1 – 0 Norwich
Norwich’s poor start to the season continued with a defeat to last season’s surprise package Newcastle. The home side took the lead somewhat against the run of play, following some woeful defending from the Canaries as Demba Ba finished cooly from a splitting pass by Hatem Ben Arfa. The Magpies could have doubled the lead as well, when Steve Morison conceded a soft penalty which Papiss CIsse blasted over. Newcastle then dominated the second half, with Norwich showing why they’ve only scored two goals in five this season.
Southampton 4 – 1 Aston Villa
Paul Lambert’s side endured a torrid time at St Mary’s as Southampton recorded their first win of the season in style. Darren Bent took the lead for the away side after some criminal defending from The Saints but then the second half saw Villa concede four goals and kept them looking for a first away win since January. Rickie Lambert stole the show with two goals, leaving many fans wondering if an England call up could be on the cards.
West Brom 1 – 0 Reading
The baggies carried on their excellent start to the season claiming their third win in five games. Romelu Lukaku fired home from 18 yards out with 71 minutes gone condemning Reading to the bottom of the table with only a point from four games.
Swansea 0 – 3 Everton
Everton’s good form continued at the Liberty Stadium, winning what was expected to be a close encounter with ease. Swansea looked a shadow of the side that got so many admirers in the first few games of the season and the deadlock was broken when Victor Anichebe scored controversially after suspicions of handball from Marouane Fellaini in the build up. New boy Kevin Mirallas doubled the lead just before half time and Fellaini sealed the win after another dominating performance in the 82nd minute.
Wigan 1 – 2 Fulham
Hugo Rodallega punished his former club with a first half strike to claim all three points against Wigan . The new strike partnership of Rodallega and Berbatov looked in fine form causing the Latics all sorts of problems with the game looking dead and gone when Damien Duff fired home a second mid way through the second half. Wigan managed to put one past Mark Schwarzer when Arouna Kone got a consolation in the last minute, but it was too little too for Roberto Maritnez’s men
West Ham 1 – 1 Sunderland
West Ham stole a late point against Sunderland thanks to a last gasp Kevin Nolan equaliser. The Black Cats took lead when Steven Fletcher powered home a well placed shot in the 9th minute and produced potentially the save of the season when Simon Mingolet leapt to his left to keep at a Kevin Nolan volley. The Hammers continued pressing and kept Sunderland waiting for their first win since March when Nolan slotted in and got the home side a well earned draw.