Story by Steve Berry
Chelsea 4-1 Norwich
Chelsea carried on their fantastic start to the season with a routine thumping of Norwich. The away side took the lead, much to everyone’s surprise in the 11th minute through a superb half volley from Grant Holt after Leon Barnett knocked down Hoolahan’s chipped pass. However Norwich’s lead lasted only four minutes when Fernando Torres headed in, virtually unmarked. Lampard gave Chelsea the lead less than ten minutes later smashing form the edge of the area. And it wasn’t long until it was 3-1 when Juan Mata carved through Norwich’s weak defence and played in Eden Hazard.
Norwich looked slightly more solid in the second half but Chelsea’s win never looked in doubt and Branislv Ivanovic made it four, powering in on the edge of the area with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Wigan 2-2 Everton
Wigan pulled off probably the biggest surprise of Saturday, earning a draw against high flying Everton in a match full of incident. Arouna Kone gave the Latics the lead after 10 minutes, however Everton will have every right to feel aggrieved, with Kone somehow not being called offside when he headed in. Jelavic levelled only a minute later heading in through Ali Al Habsi’s legs. Wigan though regained their lead in the 23rd minute when Franco Di Santo smashed the ball in from close range following the fantastic Kone’s ball across. The first half brought chance after chance with Al Habsi pulling off some fantastic saves and the Toffees were probably lucky to come in with 11 men after Fellaini’s elbow on Figueroa only earned him a yellow. In a game which had almost everything it was concluded in dramatic style when Leighton Baines converted from the spot powering into the top right hand corner.
West Brom 3-2 QPR
James Morrison continued West Brom’s fine start to the season after five minutes heading in, to pile on QPR’s woes. Anton Ferdinand gifted Zoltan Gera the second for the Baggies deflecting the ball straight to the Hungarian’s feet. Adel Taarabt pulled a goal back in style, brilliantly volleying in from range giving the R’s some hope. But QPR’s shaky defence gifted a dangerous looking West Brom plenty of opportunities before it was 3-1 when Mulumbu passed it in following a fine pass and move that might have even lifted a smile on Adrian Chiles’ face. Esteban Granero got a late consolation for QPR with a fantastic finesse shot that his ex Real Madrid team mates would have been proud of.
West Ham 1-3 Arsenal
Arsenal claimed all three points at Upton Park, but it wasn’t without a scare when Mohammed Diame gave West Ham the lead against the run of play with a beautifully curved shot past Vito Manone. Olivier Giroud levelled, scoring his first Premier League goal after powering through the defence to knock in Podolski’s cross. Walcott got Arsenal’s second with a cool finish into the bottom left corner from Santi Cazorla’s fine through ball. The Spaniard then finished the game off, curling in excellently with a deadly strike from outside the box and deservedly got all the plaudits.
Man City 3-0 Sunderland
Man City dominated in Saturday’s early kick off against Sunderland with 3-0 probably not doing the reigning champions justice. Aleksandr Kolarov scored 5 minutes in belting a trademark free kick into Simon Mignolet’s top left hand corner. The Serbian left back then turned provider for Sergio Aguero who had just come on for the sulking Mario Balotelli who stormed down the tunnel after being substituted. James Milner got the third again from a free kick, with his shot taking a slight deflection to go over Mignolet’s head.
Swansea 2-2 Reading
Swansea and Reading met again for the first time since Swansea’s dramatic Play off final win two years ago. And the game provided nearly as much drama when new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak scored first past a struggling Swansea, firing through Michel Vorm’s legs. Noel Hunt doubled the away side’s advantage firing in a right foot volley from Jobi McAnuff’s deflected cross. Alex McCarthy pulled off a string of fantastic saves to keep Reading in the game but the lethal Michu brought Swansea back in the game scoring his fifth of the season with a diving header. Wayne Routledge equalised following a fine one two with Moore before powering in to earn Swansea a well earned point.
Liverpool 0-0 Stoke
Liverpool failed to find the net against Stoke despite last weekend’s trouncing of Norwich. The Reds were perhaps unlucky not to get anything from the match; with the Kop calling for a penalty when Luis Suarez was man handled by Robert Huth in the area. But an embarrassingly bad dive late in the second half continued to prove why refs are somewhat suspicious when the Uruguayan goes tumbling down.
Southampton 2-2 Fulham
The Saints clawed back a point against Fulham in the last few minutes, pushing them out of the relegation zone. Southampton went one up within four minutes when Jose Fonte headed in from Adam Lallana’s corner. Fulham equalised though when Hooiveld stuck at his foot and deflected in John Arne Riise’s shot into his own net. And the Cottagers thought they’d won when Kieran Richardson shot deflected in again off Hooiveld in the 88th minute. But Southampton had other plans and Jose Fonte jumped up again from a corner in stoppage time to rescue a draw.
Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa
Spurs’ resurgence under AVB continued with a comprehensive victory over Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa. The Scotsman confirmed this week he was suing and being sued by his former club Norwich and his turbulent week continued as Steven Caulker put Tottenham in the lead after Jermain Defoe’s shot deflected in off the defender. Aaron Lennon then put the game out of reach in the 67th minute after a run down the wing scoring his first goal in nine months.
Newcastle 0-3 Man United
Manchester United dominated in a convincing win over Newcastle pushing them up to 2nd in the league. The Red devils went one up early on through Jonny Evans’ header in the eighth minute and doubled their advantage when another defender, Patrice Evra, headed in seven minutes later. United pressed against a poor looking Newcastle and finished them off when Tom Cleverley powered in with a spectacular shot from range.