Premier League round up
Liverpool have failed to win any of their first four games of the season for the first time since 1911/1912 after the Reds were held to a one all draw by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Steven Fletcher opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half before Luis suarez equalised for the Anfield club with 20 minutes left. Brendan Rodgers men pushed forward in search of a winner in the dying minutes and although skipper Steven Gerrard hit the post, there was no way through and the game ended all square.
Manchester United left it late before opening the flood gates against Wigan at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez missed an early penalty for the home side and it took 51 minutes before Paul Scholes marked his 700th appearance for the club with a tap in to open the scoring.
Hernandez then made up for his earlier penalty miss with the second of the game before new boy’s Alex Buttner and Nick Powell rounded off the scoring with a goal a piece on their debut to give the Reds a comfortable 4-0 home win.
Manchester City new boy Javi Garcia rescued a point for the Champions as his header cancelled out an early Peter Crouch strike as City and Stoke drew one all at the Britannia Stadium.
Roberto Mancini has still yet to win in the Potteries and he was left fuming after it looked like Crouch had used his hand in the build up to Stokes goal. And it took a brilliant last gasp goal line clearance from Ryan Shawcross to deny Edin Dzeko a winner for City right at the death.
Arsenal found their shooting boots at the Emirates as they hit Southampton for six. The game was all but over after at half time as Arsenal went in 4-1 up. An own goal from Jos Hooiveld was followed by goals from Lukas Podolski and Gervinho before a second own goal of the day from Nathaniel Clyne put the Gunners in total control.
Danny Fox pulled one back for the Saints on the stroke of half time. But it was just a respite as Arsenal further extended their lead in the second half with goals from Theo Walcott and a second from Gervinho.
Dimitar Berbatov marked his full debut for Fulham with a brace to help the Cottagers to a comfortable 3-0 victory over West Brom to inflict a fist league defeat on new Baggies boss Steve Clarke.
West Brom had Peter Odemwingie sent off in the first half for a needless kick and there was no way back after this as Berbatov slotted home from the penalty spot before Steve Sidwell wrapped up the scoring for the home side.
Paul Lambert won his first league game as Aston Villa boss thanks to goals from Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke as his side defeated high flying Swansea 2-0. On a day when the bubble finally burst for the Swans, Villa were full value for their win.
Lowton opened the scoring with a cracking volley from 20 yards before Lambert’s big money deadline day signing Benteke began to pay back his transfer fee when he capitalised on a terrible mistake by Ashley Williams to round Michel Vorm and wrap up the three points for Villa.
The pre match handshake, or lack of it from Anton Ferdinand and John Terry’s was the highlight of the day at Loftus Road as Chelsea and QPR played out a nil all draw. The blues still sit top of the table but there 100% record has now gone.
Rangers boos Mark Hughes will feel his side deserved more than a point as both Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse missed good chances for the home side but Chelsea will feel they were denied at least one stone wall penalty.
Chris Houghton is still waiting for his first league win as Norwich City boss after the early kick off finished goalless against West Ham. The Canaries have now played out three draws in a row since their 5-0 opening day humbling by Swansea.
Both sides will feel they could have won the game as they created some good chances but neither side did enough to take all three points and both managers seemed happy with the point after the game.by: Jason Farrell, September 15, 2012