Premier League Roundup, Saturday 28 September, 2013

Blog by: Gb Vish

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea

Sigurdsson 19’; Terry 65’

The match the press played up as the battle between master Jose Mourinho and apprentice Andre Villas-Boas ended all square as Tottenham temporarily went to the top of the Barclays Premier League table.

Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson made the most of the start he was afforded when he latched onto Roberto Soldado’s lay off following good play from Christian Eriksen and he lashed home past Petr Cech.

Mourinho responded by bringing on Juan Mata at half time and the effect the Spaniard had on the game was most telling when he set up John Terry for the equaliser 20 minutes into the second half.

Chelsea though would end the game with ten men. Fernando Torres was sent off for scratching Jan Vertonghen near the corner flag and the Spaniard received a straight red card.

Manchester United 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

Rooney 57’; Amalfitano 54’, Berahino 67’

In what was surely the upset of the weekend, West Brom pulled off a sensational win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, which means David Moyes’ team have had their worst start to a season in the Premier League era, with just seven points from six games, eight behind Premier League leaders Arsenal at this early stage.

Despite good work from the United wingers in the first half, it was West Bromwich who took the lead at Old Trafford nine minutes after the restart, Morgan Amalfitano dummying his way past the home defenders to chip the ball past David de Gea.

United were level three minutes later when Wayne Rooney’s free kick bamboozled Boaz Myhill. The Baggies however would re-take the lead through Saido Berahino. Their wonderkid built on an already excellent season when he lashed home in the 67th minute.

Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Osvaldo 47’, Lambert 49’

Southampton got up to fourth in the Premier League table when they posted a routine 2-0 win over Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace, for whom survival was always going to be hard.

After a goalless first half, new arrival Pablo Osvaldo scored his first goal for the club when he opened the scoring with a cool finish two minutes into the second half.

Ricky Lambert is yet to score for Southampton this season, but he rectified that with a free kick that clipped Julian Speroni’s post as it found the back of the net.

Fulham 1-2 Cardiff City

Ruiz 45’; Caulker 12’, Mutch 90’+2

If Swansea are looking to build on a successful 2012-13 season, their Welsh rivals Cardiff are surely the league’s surprise package.

New signing Steven Caulker opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game at Craven Cottage when he headed home Peter Whittingham’s corner to give Malky Mackay’s team the lead in London.

On the stroke of half time, Bryan Ruiz equalised for Martin Jol’s mean. The Costa Rican midfielder scored a sumptuous solo goal to draw the hosts level.

There were to be no goals in second half regulation time, and it looked like both sides would come away with a share of the spoils, only for Jordan Mutch to put a spanner in the works. On as a substitute, the midfielder challenged for and won a high ball before swivelling and guiding home a gorgeous goal from 25 yards to give the Welsh side their first win on the road.

Aston Villa 3-2 Manchester City

El-Ahmadi 51’, Bacuna 73’, Weimann 75’; Toure 45’, Dzeko 56’

On what seemed to be a day of shocks and surprises, Aston Villa became the latest team to add further problems to new City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s inconsistent start to life in England.

The Citizens took the lead just before half time when Yaya Toure fired them into the lead, but six minutes into the restart, Karim El-Ahmadi’s close-range finish levelled matters.

Edin Dzeko then put the visitors in the lead five minutes later, but Dutchman Leandro Bacuna’s free kick in the 73rd minute brought Paul Lambert’s team level.

Andreas Weimann then poked home two minutes later to shock the visitors and Villa, who have had an impressive season so far, picked up another three points against highly fancied opposition.

Hull City 1-0 West Ham United

Brady 12’pen

Sam Allardyce’s West Ham are yet to win an away game this season and have been characterised by a chronic lack of goals. They could however feel aggrieved due to the manner in which they lost at the KC Stadium.

12 minutes into the game, Robbie Brady appeared to go down under pressure from Joey O’Brien, despite there being only minimal contact. The Republic of Ireland winger has been a revelation for Steve Bruce’s men this season and he calmly converted the spot kick to give the Tigers the lead.

James Tomkins then appeared to have forced home an equaliser, but the Goal Decision System showed that the ball had not fully crossed the line.

But while a penalty was given at one end, there was to be none at the other. Jake Livermore appeared to block a West Ham shot with his arm, but referee Kevin Friend did not see anything wrong there, to add further misery to what had been a disappointing afternoon for the Hammers.

Swansea 1-2 Arsenal

Davies 82’; Gnabry 58,’ Ramsey 62’

Arsenal climbed back to the top of the Premier League table with a gritty win away at Swansea. After a tepid first half which was more stop-start then it was fluid, the game roared to life in the second period.

Arsenal’s squad has been decimated by injuries, which was why 18-year-old Serge Gnabry was starting this game on the right. He justified his selection by picking up Aaron Ramsey’s pass following good work from Olivier Giroud to become the second-youngest Premier League goal scorer in Arsenal’s history when he opened the scoring at the Liberty Stadium.

Four minutes after that goal, Arsenal doubled their lead. Jack Wilshere won a ball back in midfield and cruised forward to tee up Giroud. The France international set up former Cardiff City player Aaron Ramsey for his eighth goal of an already impressive campaign.

Eight minutes before the end of the game, Ben Davies eluded Bacary Sagna to set up a nervy last few minutes, but Arsenal held on for the  win.

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