Story By Steve Berry
A Super Saturday provided the main talking points for the weekend as Tottenham got a rare win against Man United at Old Trafford and Chelsea saw off Arsenal in a close encounter at the Emirates, with Liverpool also getting their first win of the season in style against a struggling Norwich.
Man United 2-3 Tottenham
Andre Villas Boas couldn’t control his emotions at the final whistle as Spurs stunned Man United to collect all three points in their first win at Old Trafford in 23 years. Tottenham bossed the first half as Jan Vetonghen and Gareth Bale fired past an under fire Anders Lindergard to deservedly put the away side 2-0 up at half time. The second half started just as emphatically with three goals in three minutes. The first came in the 50th minute from a fine Nani strike, followed almost immediately by Clint Dempsey opening his goal scoring account for Tottenham from close range. Shinji Kagawa then a minute later got his second goal in a Man united shirt with a slotted finish past Brad Friedel. The Red Devils pressed Tottenham right up until the last minute, but to no avail, leaving Fergie to bemoan an apparent lack of stoppage time for his side to get back in the game.
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
Roberto Di Matteo will be delighted with his side’s display against Arsenal, who up until today had looked so solid defensively. Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead in the 20th minute, breezing past Laurent Koscielny to fire in first time from a Juan Mata free kick. Torres should have doubled the lead after more criminal defending from the Gunners, but missed the ball completely and tumbled over in the box. Gervinho managed to level for Arsenal a minute before half time with a powerful turn and finish on the edge of the area. However Arsenal gifted the winner to Chelsea as another Juan Mata free kick got the slightest of deflections off Laurent Koscielny’s boat to take it past Vito Mannone.
Norwich 2-5 Liverpool
Luis Suarez again tore a woeful looking Norwich side apart scoring his second hat trick in two games at Carrow Road. The Uruguayan gave the reds the lead after just 70 seconds, cooly finishing from the edge of the area. Suarez then got his second as a dopey Michael Turner lazily trickled the ball backwards without noticing Suarez behind him to gift him Liverpool’s second. Liverpool were unlucky not to be 3-0 up at the break as Leon Barnett collapsed on Suarez, kicking and elbowing him to the ground in the process but somehow a penalty was not given. Norwich almost got back in the game straight away as the second half kicked off with Robert Snodgrass bizarrely managing to clear Andrew Surman’s goal bound shot off the line and out for a goal kick. The Canaries then fell apart immediately after, as that man again, Suarez, set up Nuri Sahin’s first league goal for his new club. Suarez, who the Carrow Road faithful will be more than sick of seeing by now, then managed to complete his hat trick with an easy goal with Norwich’s back four, seemingly terrified of him, backed off the striker allowing him to slot a low shot past John Ruddy.
Steve Morison reclaimed some pride for Norwich in the 61st minute following a fumble by Pepe Reina but Steven Gerrard then smashed that with a long range effort deflecting off Leon Barnett and in for Liverpool’s fifth. Grant Holt took the only positive for the Canaries, getting his first of the season with a well placed effort from the edge of the area after breaking through Liverpool’s sleepy defence.
Fulham 1 -2 Man City
Mladen Petric gave Fulham the lead from the spot following an incredibly soft penalty after Pablo Zabaleta arm brushed John Arne Riise who flew to the ground. Man City got back in to the game as Sergio Aguero levelled from close range. Schwarzer kept Fulham in the game before Super Sub Edin Dzeko grabbed the winner from a Gael Clichy cross in the 87th minute.
Everton 3-1 Southampton
Gaston Ramirez gave Everton an early fright nodding in Adam Lallana’s cross in the 6th minute, but after that Everton dominated and in style, levelling through Leon Osman’s close range finish. Nikica Jelavic then gave the Toffees the lead from a Kevin Mirallas cutting pass. Jelavic finished the game off in the 38th minute heading in after fine work from Seamus Coleman. Southampton came close in the second half but Everton looked good value for the win and kept the score at 3-1.
Reading 2-2 Newcastle
A slow first half was soon forgotten at the Madjeski Stadium as the game burst into life in the 58th minute when Jimmy Kebe tucked in Jobi Mcanuff’s cross inside the near post. But Demba Ba equalised seconds later with a superb volley. Reading though didn’t hang about with Noel Hunt heading in again from another cross from skipper Mcanuff. The Magpies equaliser was somewhat controversial as Ba scored his sixth in six games after there were questions of handball.
Stoke 2-0 Swansea
Michael Laudrup’s Swansea looked completely different from the one that dominated early in the season as they’ve now failed to score in their last three games. Peter Crouch scored first from a corner when the 6 foot 7 striker was inexcusably left unmarked, and then got his second after powerful play form Jonathan Walters in the 36th minute.
Sunderland 1-0 Wigan
Steven Fletcher carried on his incredible start to his Sunderland career driving home James McClean’s cross in the 51st minute. The Scotsman has now scored every time he’s played for Sunderland and is responsible for all of their goals this season. Wigan were somewhat unlucky to not be ahead before half time but Jordi Gomez made life much more difficult for the visitors when he was shown red for a two footed foul on Danny Rose.
Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom
Darren Bent scored late on to conclude the weekend’s action and to earn Aston Villa a point in the West Midlands Derby. West Brom took the lead early in the second half as Shane Long converted James Morrison’s cross, but the game changed in Villa’s favour when Lambert brought on out of favour striker Darren Bent, who scored his 150th premier league goal in the 80th minute.