Besides Chelsea and Manchester City’s matches, there was a full card for the rest of the Premier League on Sunday with #Liverpool completing the games on Monday night. The games threw up a number of talking points.
Arouna Kone gave Everton the lead at Newcastle with a clinical near post finish early on. The home side rallied and Papiss Cisse turned in a Mike Williamson pull back to equalise before the break, shortly after his swinging arm from a corner had struck Seamus Coleman in the face and could have seen him sent off (for which he may be subsequently charged). Ayoze Perez netted his fifth #Premier League goal to put the home side ahead and a mistake by Ross Barclay allowed Jack Colback through to flick past the keeper for the third. Kevin Mirallas gave the Toffees hope with 7 minutes to go to reduce the arrears but despite Perez hitting the post late on, Newcastle still held on for the 3-2 win.
West Ham were unlucky to
lose at home to Arsenal in a vibrant London derby. The Hammers were denied a
contentious goal from Alex Song as he volleyed in from the edge of the box, with
two players being deemed to be standing in offside positions (and interfering
with play) and then wasted other presentable chances in the first-half. Arsenal
rode their luck and were awarded a penalty when Winston Reid tripped Santi
Cazorla, who picked himself up to adeptly convert the spot kick. Minutes later
Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain cut a cross back cleverly from the byeline for Danny
Welbeck to net the second.
Down at the bottom Riyad Mahrez came in from the right wing to bend his left foot shot into the net to clinch all three points as the battle of the "City"s saw Leicester beat Hull 1-0. Second-half sending offs for Paul Konchesky of Leicester and Stephen Quinn for Hull Interrupted the flow of the game somewhat, with Jake Livermore and Abel Hernandez both hitting the post for Hull as they came close but couldn't equalise.
Alan Irvine's days in charge of West Brom may be numbered after another defeat away at Stoke City, despite his side creating and wasting a number of chances. City's Mame Diouf worked space for himself in the box to score the first and was extremely fortunate to be in the way of a shot from Marko Arnautovic to deflect the ball past Ben Foster for his second and confirm the 2-0 result.
Life after Neil Warnock began with a 0-0 draw away at QPR for Crystal Palace, as caretaker-boss Keith Millen resumed his deputy role. Rangers almost took the lead when a Leroy Fer piledriver was turned over by Julian Speroni. Jason Puncheon's drive for Palace was similarly turned over at the other end by Robert Green to ensure the scores stayed level. Joey Barton's wild swing at the ball (and Fraizer Campbell) late on almost gave Palace a penalty after Green had made another fine save.
Spurs and #Manchester United both went into the noon kick-off on good recent runs but were unable to score at White Hart Lane. Juan Mata's free-kick struck a post, Robin van Persie fluffed his lines when in on goal and Ashley Young watched his curling shot clawed away by Hugo Lloris in the first-half as United created most of the chances. Spurs came back into the match in the second period but could not break the stalemate.
Aston Villa had Fabien Delph sent off shortly after half-time for a lunge on Jordi Gomez at home to Sunderland. The red card seemed to liven the game up, with Gomez striking the post late on and then Leandro Bacuna bringing a fine blocked save from Costel Pantilimon for Villa, as both sides went close. It ended 0-0.The Monday night game saw Liverpool finally recapture some of the sparkle from last season that has been missing in many of their performances this term, as they convincingly put Swansea to the sword to clinch their biggest win of the season so far. A 4-1 scoreline may have been slightly flattering to the home side, given that the Swans missed a number of chances themselves, but was perhaps an indication of a side that found their shooting boots for once. Adam Lallana for one will have been pleased with his display as he scored twice in the second-half as the Reds turned on the style, the second a well thought out goal as he wrong footed defenders and finished neatly. His goals followed on from Alberto Moreno’s opener in a much tighter first-half that saw Liverpool just ahead at the break. Gylfi Sigurdsson had given the away side hope when he pulled a goal back straight after Lallana’s first of the night, but the home side were always in control and the result was a formality after old boy Jonjo Shelvey had glanced a header into his own net from a corner on 69 minutes. Liverpool briefly threatened to run amok and improve their poor goal difference further, but settled for what they had to climb above Swansea into eighth place in the league.