Southampton And Sunderland Endure Stalemate Jermain Defoe and Jay Rodriguez were both on the scoresheet but Sunderland and Southampto...
Jermain Defoe and Jay Rodriguez were both on the scoresheet but Sunderland and Southampton had to settle for a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s.
Stand-in Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s mistake gifted Southampton the leveller however, as the Black Cats’ deputy allowed Rodriguez’s strike to slip under his body in a cruel late blow.
|Januzaj celebrates with Defoe after he netted the equaliser|
This was Pickford’s chance to come of Premier League age after Vito Mannone’s elbow injury, but the 22-year-old’s error proved very costly on the south coast.
England forward Rodriguez has spent the last two years battling serious knee ligament trouble, and even in midweek new Saints boss Claude Puel suggested he could go on loan for regular match action.
The 27-year-old will insist his late goal underscores his lasting abilities however, as he hit the Premier League net for the first time since a brace in Southampton’s 4-0 win over Newcastle at St Mary’s on March 29, 2014.
Defoe’s unrivalled sharpness so nearly sealed a vital win on the road for David Moyes’ men, but in the end both sides remain winless in the league after three matches.
Champions Leicester Earn First Win Of Season Against Swansea
Defending Champions Leicester City finally found the winning habit again, with Wes Morgan netting the winner in a 2-1 success over Swansea.
Jamie Vardy, the champions’ leading scorer last season with 24 goals, got off the mark for the new campaign in typical fashion by emphatically finishing a lovely Leicester move.
Captain Wes Morgan doubled the lead early in the second half before Riyad Mahrez saw a penalty saved by Lukasz Fabianski and Leroy Fer headed a goal back for Swansea late on.
The victory meant Leicester avoided becoming the first champions since Manchester United in 2007-08 to begin the defence of their title without winning any of their first three Premier League matches.
Last-Gasp Dann Salvages Palace A Point Against Bournemouth
Scott Dann struck deep into injury time to earn Crystal Palace a much-needed 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth.
Palace’s preparations for this fixture had been undermined by winger Wilfried Zaha asking manager Alan Pardew for a transfer to Tottenham and concluded with him being named on the substitute’s bench.
His second-half introduction transformed their performance and led to Scott Dann’s equalising goal, however, earning them their first point from their third league fixture of the season after Joshua King had given Bournemouth the lead.
The £27million club-record signing Christian Benteke may have been recruited to add the goals his new team had been missing but it was his half-hearted defending that led to Bournemouth’s 11th-minute opening goal.
Arsenal Up And Running As With Comfortable Win At Watford
Arsenal recorded their first win of their Premier League season with a resounding 3-1 win against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Having lost at home to Liverpool and drawn 0-0 at champions Leicester, Arsene Wenger saw his side dominate the first half at Vicarage Road, as an early Santi Cazorla penalty was added to by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Watford, still looking for a win under Walter Mazzarri, looked better after the break as club-record signing Roberto Pereyra came off the bench to grab a consolation.
The Gunners, who are likely to add defender Shkodran Mustafi and forward Lucas Perez to their ranks in the coming days, were ahead in the ninth minute after Nordin Amrabat crashed into the back of Sanchez and, after a delay, referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot.
Where Theo Walcott had failed on the opening day, Cazorla made no mistake, stroking his penalty down the middle as Heurelho Gomes dived to his left.
Sanchez was denied by a smart Gomes save at his near post as the game opened up but the all-important second goal would come Arsenal’s way courtesy of a contentious throw-in decision.
Arsenal burst up-field through Sanchez, who then scuffed home Walcott’s cross, with goal-line technology confirming he had doubled the Gunners’ lead.
From the next attack, Sanchez delivered an inch-perfect cross which has headed home by Ozil, enjoying a busy return to the side having been given an extended rest following the European Championship.
Mazzarri responded by introducing Pereyra at the interval and he marked his debut with a well-taken goal 10 minutes into the second half, stealing in ahead of the impressive Granit Xhaka to bend a strike past Cech and reduce the arrears.
Arsenal were still looking dangerous in attack but Watford were much more potent now, Cech forced into a smart double-save to deny Jose Holebas and Odion Ighalo before the latter saw an acrobatic overhead kick fly inches over the crossbar.
That was as close as the hosts came to getting a foothold in the contest and it was Arsenal left celebrating a first three-point haul of the campaign.
Chelsea In Control As Battling Burnley Brushed Aside
First half goals from Eden Hazard and Willian eased Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
Belgian playmaker Hazard grabbed his second goal in three matches as Chelsea pummelled the Clarets at Stamford Bridge.
Burnley may have beaten Liverpool with 19 per cent possession of the ball last weekend, but Antonio Conte’s rampant side never looked remotely like falling for the counter-punch.
In fact the only surprise was that they only scored three as Hazard and Diego Costa could probably have bagged a hat-trick apiece.
As it was, they had to settle for Hazard’s fine ninth-minute opener, Willian’s first of the campaign shortly before half-time and a late strike from Victor Moses to make it three wins out of three.
Unfortunate Given Own Goal Gives Koeman First Home Win
Ronald Koeman registered his first home Premier League win as Everton manager but required the assistance of a Shay Given own goal from a Leighton Baines penalty to achieve it.
The defender’s second-half spot-kick rebounded back off the post and the Stoke goalkeeper to secure a 1-0 win which should, on the balance of play, have been far more comfortable.
Nevertheless the victory gave Everton their best start to a season since 2006 and ensured the renewed positivity at Goodison Park continues to grow.
Rashford Comes Off The Bench To Hand Man Utd Win At Hull
Marcus Rashford was Manchester United’s hero, coming off the bench to score a late winner in the 1-0 win at Hull.
The United teenager, a second-half replacement for Juan Mata, turned home Wayne Rooney’s slide-rule pass for the only goal of the game in the second minute of time added on to finally break Hull’s brave resistance and send the newly-promoted club to their first defeat of the season.
It was a tough pill to swallow for Hull, who would have deserved a point for their sheer endeavour had they managed to hold on, but United’s patience was finally rewarded and it is they who join Chelsea at the top of the table.
Video: Great angle of Shaw's wonderful ball & Rooney's great assist for Rashford's injury time winner against Hull. pic.twitter.com/gQ31bTjPsX— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) August 27, 2016