Premier League Round-up: Match Week 3
Saturday 31st August
Manchester City 2-0 Hull
Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure scored second-half goals as Manchester City returned to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League by beating Hull City 2-0.
Negredo, who was introduced at the break for Edin Dzeko, nodded in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross in the 65th minute, before Toure struck a late free-kick to give Manuel Pellegrini’s men three points
West Ham 0-1 Stoke City
Jermaine Pennant came off the bench to score a late free-kick as Stoke City recorded a 1-0 Barclays Premier League win at West Ham United.
The visitors were the better side and kept West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen busy throughout the match, particularly in the first half. West Ham did improve after the break but Pennant curled in a delightful free-kick with eight minutes to play for the visitors.
Norwich 1-0 Southampton
Nathan Redmond’s first goal for Norwich City earned them a 1-0 win at home to Southampton. The 100th competitive meeting between these two sides had chances aplenty, with both goalkeepers on top form, but Redmond’s strike was enough to give Chris Hughton’s side their first Barlcays Premier League victory of the season.
Adam Lallana came closest to a goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, volleying against a post, but Norwich created the majority of the chances, with England Under-21 international Redmond at the hub of their best play.
Newcastle 1-0 Fulham
A Hatem Ben Arfa strike five minutes from time handed Newcastle United a 1-0 win over Fulham at St James’ Park. The winger’s curled effort from the edge of the penalty box brought Newcastle their first victory of the season, and was a fitting reward for their efforts in a game they dominated.
Cardiff City 0-0 Everton
Cardiff City maintained their unbeaten home record in the Barclays Premier League with a 0-0 draw against Everton. In a game that lacked many clear-cut opportunities David Marshall made the game’s best save in final seconds of the first-half. The 28-year-old reacted quickly to palm away a deflected header from Nikica Jelavic.
Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland
Dwight Gayle’s late penalty earned Crystal Palace a 3-1 victory over 10-man Sunderland to give them their first Barclays Premier League points of the season.
The striker was brought down by John O’Shea, who was subsequently dismissed, in the 78th minute and converted from the spot for his first Palace goal.
Steven Fletcher looked to have earned Sunderland a point with a second-half header that cancelled out Danny Gabbidon’s early goal. The Scotland international, who has spent the last five months on the sidelines with an ankle injury, rose to meet a Jack Colback cross and plant a measured header past Julian Speroni.
Substitute Stuart O’Keefe secured the victory with a third goal late on, taking advantage of the room in Sunderland’s defence to curl sublimely in off the bar.
Sunday 1st September
West Brom 0-2 Swansea
A wonder goal from Ben Davies helped Swansea City earn their first win of the season as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
The young defender’s impressive volley after 22 minutes was added to by Pablo Hernandez shortly before the final whistle as he fired home a loose ball in the West Brom area.
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United
Daniel Sturridge capped his birthday with the winner as Liverpool maintained their unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
The striker – who turned 24 on Sunday – made it 11 goals from his last nine appearances in all competitions with a close-range header in the fourth minute to move the hosts top of the Barclays Premier League table.
Man United battled in vain to come back into the game, but Simon Mignolet remained defiant as he kept his third clean sheet of the season.
Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham
Olivier Giroud scored his third goal in as many Premier League matches as Arsenal overcame Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Sunday.
Giroud tapped in midway through the first half to give Arsene Wenger’s side a narrow victory over their north London rivals in a contest that they dominated for large periods.
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