Premier League round-up from Saturday’s matches
A brief round-up of all the Premier League action from Saturday’s matches.
Chelsea v Stoke (1-0):
Ashley Cole’s late goal saw Chelsea to a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as the European champions went four points clear at the top of the Premier League. Stoke had looked like posting a record fifth successive draw since the start of the new season as the match entered the 85th minute but Cole’s goal condemned them to their first league defeat this term. The defender, showing no sign of his goal drought going back to May 2010, calmly lifted a shot over the onrushing Begovic to finally break the deadlock.
Swansea v Everton (0-3):
Everton swept into second place in the Premier League with an impressive 3-0 victory over 10-man Swansea on Saturday. David Moyes’ side surged into a two-goal lead at the Liberty Stadium thanks to first half strikes from Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas. Swansea’s hopes of avoiding a second successive defeat were in tatters when substitute Nathan Dyer, who had only been on the pitch for 12 minutes, was sent off in the second half. Marouane Fellaini put the result beyond doubt with a late goal and Everton’s third win of the league campaign moved the Toffees level on points with leaders Chelsea, although they are likely to surrender that lofty position by Sunday evening.
Southampton v Aston Villa (4-1):
Rickie Lambert struck twice as Southampton beat Aston Villa 4-1 at St Mary’s on Saturday for their first Premier League points of the season. The early pressure on Saints manager Nigel Adkins, whose newly promoted side kicked off bottom of the table following four straight defeats, increased when England striker Darren Bent gave Villa a 36th-minute lead. But striker Lambert started the south coast club’s second half recovery before Nathaniel Clyne and an own goal from Ciaran Clark saw the hosts turn the match on its head.
Lambert then scored his fourth league goal of the season from the penalty spot in added time as Southampton, who had a tough start to the season with matches against last season’s top three, won at last. Villa were outplayed throughout but the manner of their second half capitulation was particular cause for concern for manager Paul Lambert.
West Brom v Reading (1-0):
West Bromwich Albion climbed to third place in the Premier League as Romelu Lukaku’s goal clinched a 1-0 win over Reading on Saturday. Steve Clarke’s side maintained their 100 percent home record so far this season thanks to on-loan Chelsea striker Lukaku, who bagged the winner midway through the second half at the Hawthorns. Lukaku’s goal ensured Albion won their opening three home fixtures of a top-flight campaign for the first time in 58 years and also pushed Reading to the bottom of the table after their fifth game without a victory.
West Ham v Sunderland (1-1):
Kevin Nolan rescued West Ham as the midfielder’s last-gasp equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw against Sunderland on Saturday. Sam Allardyce’s side were moments away from their first home defeat of the season after Steven Fletcher’s first half goal put Sunderland in control at Upton Park. But captain Nolan kept his cool to rifle home his third goal of the season just as time was running out for the hosts, who are now unbeaten in their last three Premier League games. It was a frustrating finale for Sunderland and Martin O’Neill’s team are still waiting for their first league win of the season after four successive draws.
Wigan v Fulham (1-2):
Fulham gained their first away win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Wigan to extend their unbeaten streak against their opponents to 12 games. Goals from former Wigan favourite Hugo Rodallega – whose goal on the final day of the season saved their Premier League status two seasons ago – and Irish veteran Damien Duff sealed the points for the Cottagers. Arouna Kone grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.