Watford earned their first Premier League win of the season, despite being reduced to 10 men, after beating Swansea 1-0 at Vicarage Road...
Watford earned their first Premier League win of the season, despite being reduced to 10 men, after beating Swansea 1-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Despite having 62 per cent possession Swansea were disappointing in the final third and Watford, who registered 18 shots, capitalised when Odion Ighalo fired home into the bottom left corner after Troy Deeney had headed the ball into his path.
Ighalo, who committed his future to the newly-promoted side by agreeing a five-year contract on Friday, calmly converted from six yards in the second half – Watford’s first goal since the opening day of the season.
Teenage striker Kelechi Iheanacho struck an 89th-minute winner as Manchester City’s 100% start to the Premier League season continued with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
With the match seemingly heading for a stalemate, 18-year-old Nigerian striker Iheanacho popped up to strike a crucial winner and stretch City’s lead at the top of the table.
Until the Nigerian late arrival, Manchester City looked set to drop points for the first time this season, while an injury to Sergio Aguero added to what was shaping up to be a frustrating afternoon in south London.
But Iheanacho reacted first to bury the rebound from Samir Nasri’s shot to keep City flying high at the top of the table.
Everton super-sub Steven Naismith scored a hat-trick as Chelsea’s torrid start to the Premier League season continued with a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.
Everton found themselves 2-0 up after just 22 minutes against the ailing champions with two goals from first-half replacement Naismith.
First the Scottish forward powerfully headed home at the near post and then he hammered a thumping shot inside the far post from 20 yards to leave Asmir Begovic, in for the injured Thibaut Courtois, picking the ball out of his net once more.
Nemanja Matic fired Chelsea back into the game with a spectacular striker from long range on 36 minutes, but the visitors could not find an equaliser and Naismith completed his treble with an angled drive eight minutes from time.
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud scored in either half as Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory over Stoke as the Gunners collected their first home win of the season.
Arsenal could have netted more than the two goals they scored but Stoke, who have now lost all eight of their Premier League visits to the Emirates Stadium, were indebted to an outstanding performance from England goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Walcott opened the scoring after 31 minutes, while France striker Giroud – booed during his country’s midweek win over Serbia – wrapped up the win on 85.