Premier League Match Round-Ups Week 2
Fulham 1-3 Arsenal – Saturday 24th August
A Lukas Podolski double earned Arsenal the first victory of their Barclays Premier League campaign as they completed a comfortable 3-1 win at Fulham on Saturday.
Podolski scored a goal in each half after Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring early on, while Darren Bent grabbed a late consolation for Martin Jol’s men after coming off the bench for his home debut.
Stoke 2-1 Crystal Palace
Ryan Shawcross grabbed the winner as Stoke City came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in Mark Hughes’ first competitive home match in the Barclays Premier League.
Marouane Chamakh had put Palace ahead in his first start for the club, beating Shawcross to the ball to fire home, before Charlie Adam equalised with a smart finish. But it was Shawcross who had the last word, finishing from close-range after Palace had failed to clear from a Stoke corner.
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Southampton netted a late goal for the second week in a row to claim a 1-1 draw against Sunderland at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Emanuele Giaccherini gave the visitors an early lead but Southampton dominated proceedings and had a Jay Rodriguez goal ruled out for offside and two penalty appeals turned down as they struggled to find a breakthrough. However, after Rickie Lambert had scored a 90th-minute winner against West Brom last Saturday, Jose Fonte popped up with a last-gasp header to equalise two minutes from time.
Newcastle 0-0 West Ham
Newcastle United earned their first point of the new Barclays Premier League season as they were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham United.
Alan Pardew, who enjoyed a three-year spell as West Ham manager, went head-to-head with Sam Allardyce, who was hoping to guide the Londoners to a second successive win against the side he left in 2008. It was the latter who will have been the happier of the two managers, though, as his charges produced a professional, defensive display to claim a point.
Hull 1-0 Norwich
Ten-man Hull City got their home league campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 success over Norwich City at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Robbie Brady’s first-half penalty was the difference between the two sides, while Yannick Sagbo’s red card five minutes later left Hull hanging on in the second half.
Everton 0-0 West Brom
Everton were held to their second successive draw of the new Barclays Premier League season as they shared a goalless affair with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Both sides had chances of note in a game largely defined by an entertaining tussle between the teams’ respective midfields, but Marouane Fellaini could have given his side the points late on at Goodison Park only for his close-range effort to bounce back off the post. A Seamus Coleman cross-cum-shot also hit the bar in injury-time as Everton were left frustrated.
Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge’s rich vein of form continued as his first-half strike gave Liverpool a 1-0 Barclays Premier League win against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Sturridge’s goal, his eighth in his last seven league matches, was all that separated the two sides as Liverpool made it two wins from as many matches to start the new season.
In a fixture where both sides struggled to assert themselves, Liverpool’s win gave them their best start to a Barclays Premier League season since the 2008-09 campaign, in which they finished second. The triumph also extended their superb run at Villa Park, as they notched their 10th win at the venue since 1998. Of the other six clashes, five have ended in draws, with Liverpool’s latest triumph their third in succession.
Tottenham 1-0 Swansea – Sunday 25th August
Roberto Soldado scored his second penalty in as many matches as Tottenham Hotspur overcame Swansea City 1-0 to earn their second successive Barclays Premier League win on Sunday.
The Spain international, who also scored twice in midweek against Dinamo Tbilisi in the UEFA Europa League, converted from the spot early in the second half to wrap up the points after Jonjo Shelvey had brought down Andros Townsend in the area.
Cardiff 3-2 Manchester City
Fraizer Campbell headed a second-half double as Cardiff City claimed a stunning 3-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday.
The victory was Cardiff’s first ever in the Barclays Premier League as Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City suffered an early blow to their title ambitions in Wales.
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