Liverpool 5-1 Hull City Liverpool enhanced their reputation as the Premier League’s great ente...
Liverpool enhanced their reputation as the Premier League’s great entertainers after a classy display at Anfield saw 10-man Hull beaten 5-1.
James Milner scored two penalties, the brilliant performances of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were both rewarded with goals, while Sadio Mane was also on the scoresheet as substitute David Meyler converted the visitors’ only real chance.
It is early days but nine goals in two home appearances suggest the players are no longer impaired by fans’ expectation and the new-look old ground is starting to resemble a fortress again.
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Swansea 1-3 Manchester City
Sergio Aguero marked his return from a three-game ban with a brace as Man City kept their 100% record intact with a 3-1 win at Swansea.
Aguero, back in the City side following a three-match ban, scored in each half – including a contentious 65th-minute penalty after Michael van der Hoorn brought down Kevin de Bruyne – but Guardiola’s team were made to work hard for their 3-1 victory and could not relax until Raheem Sterling wrapped it up 13 minutes from time.
Fernando Llorente cancelled out Aguero’s ninth-minute opener, and although Swansea have now gone four games without a league win, under-pressure boss Francesco Guidolin could take some satisfaction from seeing his side produce their best performance of a testing campaign.
City, though, march on, with Guardiola equalling Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea record for six successive victories at the start of a Premier League campaign.
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Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham
Another brace from Heung-Min Son helped Tottenham record their third straight Premier League win with a 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough.
The South Korean hit two superb solo goals in the opening 23 minutes to add to the brace he netted at Stoke earlier this month and set up Mauricio Pochettino’s men for three more points.
But despite their early domination, Spurs were forced to work hard for their win after Boro defender Ben Gibson gave his side hope by outmuscling Victor Wanyama to head his side back into the game just past the hour-mark.
Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace
David Moyes finds himself under mounting pressure at Sunderland after his side threw away a 2-0 lead tolose 3-2 to Crystal Palace in their Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.
Jermain Defoe’s double – just his second and third goals at the Stadium of Light since January 2 – had put Black Cats boss David Moyes within 30 minutes of a much-needed victory in front of a crowd of 38,941.
But Patrick van Aanholt’s eventful week took a further turn for the worse when he deflected Joe Ledley’s 61st-minute shot past keeper Jordan Pickford and was then beaten to the ball by James McArthur as he made it 2-2 before Benteke struck at the death
Stoke 1-1 West Brom
Salomon Rondon scored in the 91st minute to prevent Stoke their first win of the Premier League season and earn West Brom a 1-1 draw.
Mark Hughes’ side had looked set to end their four-match losing streak in the league by claiming all three points when Joe Allen opened the scoring by bundling the ball home in the 73rd minute.
But in the end they had to settle for one, and a total of two from six games this term, after Rondon converted late on from a corner.
It made for a satisfying conclusion to his return to the stadium for Pulis, who is still yet to lose against his former employers in five meetings, while the pressure continues to mount on his successor Hughes. His men are, at least, up a place and off the bottom of the table.
Bournemouth 1-0 Everton
Bournemouth earned a hard-fought 1-0 Premier League victory over Everton after Junior Stanislas’ first-half goal settled a tight contest at Dean Court.
Stanislas proved Everton’s tormentor-in-chief for the second season running, firing the only goal on the south coast – to add to his late brace that stole a 3-3 draw last term as the Toffees slipped to their first Premier League defeat of the Ronald Koeman era.
The 26-year-old’s second goal eight minutes into stoppage time had wrestled Bournemouth that dramatic draw in the November 21 corresponding fixture last season.
This time the Cherries needed no last-gasp heroics however, as Stainslas’ 23rd-minute strike proved sufficient to secure a second win of the campaign for Eddie Howe’s men.
Everton’s fine start to Premier League life under new boss Ronald Koeman hit the skids on the south coast, with the visitors unable to find rhythm or fluency.