QPR (2) vs. (2) Man City (Austin 21’; Demichelis O.G 76’: Aguero 32’, 83’)
An out of form Manchester City came from a goal behind twice to salvage a point against a rejuvenated Rangers side.
Charlie Austin continued his goal scoring run with a simple tap in, before Aguero controversially scored a goal with brilliant control, which seemed to touch the Argentinean’s hand.
Austin then set up Zamora with a cross but it came off of Demichelis’ head. Following a period of high pressure, Aguero slotted in his second of the game late on to earn City a point.
Swansea City (2) vs. (1) Arsenal (Sigurdsson 75’; Gomis 78’: Sanchez 63’)
Alexis Sanchez managed to score again, but yet again Arsenal failed to hold on to a lead.
Following Sanchez’s goal from a decisive counter attack, Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a driven free kick from 30 yards to level the scores. Bafetimbi Gomis’ first goal for the Swans proved to be the winning one, as Swansea moved ahead of the Gunners in the table.
Tottenham (1) vs. (2) Stoke (Chadli 77’: Bojan 6’; Walters 33’)
Stoke recovered from their disappointing draw to West Ham last week by gaining all three points from a dishevelled Spurs.
Former wonderkid Bojan Krkic scored a wonderful individual goal early on, before Walters found himself in oceans of space for a simple tap in.
Chadli scored a driven volley from a tight angle late on, and proved to be only a consolation as Stoke hung on.
Liverpool (1) vs. (2) Chelsea (Can 9’: Cahill 14’; Diego Costa 67’)
Chelsea continued their scintillating unbeaten start to the season against a Liverpool who have already lost their fifth game of the season.
Can’s deflected shot in the 9th minute gave Liverpool hope, only for goal-line technology to grant Cahill a goal 5 minutes later.
Diego Costa’s 10th goal of the season confirmed a Chelsea win mid-way through the second half, leaving them 15 points ahead of Liverpool.
Manchester United (1) vs. (0) Crystal Palace (Mata 67’)
Juan Mata came off the bench to secure victory over a Palace side without a win since September.
It was far from a convincing victory but three points and a clean sheet, especially for United’s makeshift defence, were welcomed by Louis Van Gaal, who spoke after the game:
“It was a fantastic goal but it was important also. It is always difficult to attack against a defending team”.
Southampton (2) vs. (0) Leicester City (Long 75’, 80’)
A Shane Long brace helped second place Southampton solidify their position in the table against a Leicester side who have failed to live up to their electric start to the season.
Long’s first goals for the side means the Saints are only 4 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Burnley (1) vs. (0) Hull (Barnes 50’)
Burnley secured their first win of the season with a Barnes header five minutes into the second half. Hull have failed to score in three consecutive games as they slip in to the lower end of the table.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche revealed he was “delighted” with the first win, but understood the importance to win more games.
West Ham (0) vs. (0) Aston Villa
Villa secured their first point since mid-September in a bore draw at Upton Park. Striker Andy Carroll returned for the London side, who failed to break the deadlock against a Villa side desperate for the point.
West Brom (0) vs. (2) Newcastle (Pérez 45’; Coloccini 62’)
Ayoze Pérez struck once more to give yet another win to the reborn Newcastle who recorded their fourth win on the trot.
Coloccini ended the Baggies’ hope of a comeback in the 62’ minute with an unmarked header.
Sunderland (1) vs. (1) Everton (Larsson 67’: Baines (p) 76’)
Two set piece goals were scored in a game filled with controversy.
Larsson scored a curled free kick mid-way through the second half, before Connor Wickham brought down Coleman in a clumsy challenge in the box, raising questions if he should have been sent off as he was the last man.
Howard appeared to smother the ball outside the box, although Lee Mason waved away any appeals for infringement.
Written by Fionnbarr Thopmson