Premier League Results: Man City vs. Everton and All the Weekend's Matches

Alex Dimond@alexdimondUK Lead WriterOctober 5, 2013

Premier League Results: Man City vs. Everton and All the Weekend's Matches

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    The return to Premier League action started with an intriguing tie at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City—coming off successive defeats in the league and Europe—faced unbeaten Everton.

    Elsewhere, Liverpool were hoping to move to the top of the Premier League table (until Arsenal's match on Sunday, at least) with a home win against Crystal Palace, while Alan Pardew rang the changes as he took his Newcastle United side to face Cardiff.

    Click through for all the results and statistics from Saturday's Premier League action.

    This page will be updated throughout the weekend as other games—including matches involving Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal—are completed.

West Brom 1-1 Arsenal: Jack Wilshere's Lucky Strike Returns Gunners Top

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    Jack Wilshere's deflected strike cancelled out Claudio Yacob's first half header as Arsenal drew 1-1 with West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday, although the result nevertheless returned the Gunners to the top of the table.

    Arsenal moved back above Liverpool on goals scored, an acceptable conclusion to an afternoon where they never really looked like beating Steve Clarke's resilient side.

    Yacob opened the scoring—slipping behind Kieran Gibbs to find himself in the perfect place to head home Morgan Amalfitano's cross.

    Arsenal took until the second half to respond, and it came through Wilshere—who had endured a torrid first 45. The midfielder, under fire this week after being pictured smoking on a night out, hit a first-time effort that deflected away from goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and into the corner.

    The likes of Olivier Giroud, Tomas Rosicky and Nicolas Anelka had subsequent chances to grab a third, potentially decisive goal, but one did not come as the pair shared the points.

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Sunderland 1-2 Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj Announces Arrival with Two Goals

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    Adnan Januzaj, welcome to the Premier League. Making his first start for Manchester United, the Belgian youngster scored twice in the second half as David Moyes' side came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

    With Marouane Fellaini out of the matchday squad with a wrist injury, Januzaj rose to the occasion to deliver a much-needed victory for Moyes with two wonderful first-time finishes.

    The first came from a driven Patrice Evra cross, the youngster side-footing into the corner with remarkable aplomb.

    The second was similarly brilliant, finding the corner with a great volley.

    They erased the deficit created by Craig Gardner's fifth-minute opener, which was the result of some calamitous defending from Evra, Phil Jones and, in particular, Nemanja Vidic.

    United failed to inspire from that point on until Januzaj popped up to save Moyes from a fourth defeat in this fledgling Premier League campaign.

    "I remember giving Wayne his debut, and Ross Barkley, and Adnan is certainly that quality. He is a top, top player," Moyes told Sky Sports afterwards. "My plan was to play him two or three weeks ago but I never quite got the opportunity and for different reasons I didn't pick him, and I thought today was the right time.

    "He has been so good, it was hard to stop him.

    "He is going to be a special talent. He has got goals, he has got ability on the ball, but we will keep his feet on the ground here."

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Tottenham 0-3 West Ham: Allardyce's Visitors Stun Villas-Boas

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    Tottenham missed out on the chance to go top of the table as they were stunned by close rivals West Ham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

    Paying the price for missing a number of first half opening, Sam Allardyce's men struck three times on the break in the second half to secure a 3-0 win.

    Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison all scored—the opening two from close-range rebounds, before Morrison added an extra gloss to the final scoreline after running from the halfway line before chipping over Hugo Lloris.

    Spurs sit sixth following the defeat, level on points with Manchester City and three behind Arsenal and Liverpool at the top. West Ham, meanwhile, rise out of the relegation zone to 13th.

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Manchester City 3-1 Everton: Aguero and Negredo End Toffees' Unbeaten Start

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    Kicking off the weekend's action, Manchester City got back to winning ways and also ended Everton's unbeaten Premier League start with a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

    Looking to bounce back from the somewhat humbling midweek home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, goals from Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero and a Tim Howard own goal were enough to erase the deficit created by Romelu Lukaku's early opener.

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini opted to stick with Joe Hart in goal despite the England man's recent run of questionable form. But the goalkeeper could do little about Lukaku's opener. The Belgian continued his great scoring run by slipping inside Joleon Lescott and passing the ball around Hart.

    City responded encouragingly to that setback. Alvaro Negredo equalised immediately after Yaya Toure's fine through-ball. Aguero lashed his side ahead with a powerful finish from an acute angle.

    Everton looked a dangerous threat on the counter-attack for much of the opening 45 minutes, but in the second half City negated that threat, with the home side confirming the points after Pablo Zabaleta went down in the box under pressure from Seamus Coleman.

    Aguero stepped up from the penalty spot and saw his on-target effort pushed onto the post by Howard before rebounding back off the American and into the net. The strike was recorded as an own goal by Howard, although it remains to be seen if Aguero claims it from the dubious goals panel.

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    City created 12 shots to Everton's six and edged possession throughout the contest (per ESPNFC). It was not all good news for Pellegrini, however, as Vincent Kompany suffered another injury.

Norwich 1-3 Chelsea: Hazard & Willian Give Blues First Away Win

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    Late strikes from substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian—the latter a 30-yard beauty—were enough for Chelsea to claim a 3-1 victory against Norwich on Sunday.

    Looking for their first away win of this Premier League campaign, the Blues looked on course for the three points when Oscar found the net with a clinical first-time finish from Demba Ba's knockdown inside the first five minutes.

    But a second goal would not be forthcoming, opening the door for Anthony Pilkington to equalise midway through the second half; the winger reacting faster than David Luiz to turn home Ricky van Wolfswinkel's header across goal.

    Norwich were suddenly in the ascendancy but were hit with two late sucker-punches—Hazard firing home after Alex Tettey had fluffed a difficult clearance, before Willian grabbed his first league goal with a brilliant finish.

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Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace: Suarez and Sturridge Savage Abject Eagles Defence

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    The new SAS—Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge—continued their burgeoning partnership as they eviscerated an abject Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday, as Liverpool went top of the league.

    In a woeful defensive display from Ian Holloway's side, Suarez and Sturridge dominated at will, grabbing a goal apiece in the first 17 minutes before a Steven Gerrard penalty later in the first half effectively sealed the points.

    Suarez's goal was particularly noteworthy, the Uruguayan almost lying on the floor as he prodded home after a smart one-two with Jose Enrique.

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    The second half saw an improvement from Palace's perspective, although Liverpool hardly had a great need to exert themselves. Indeed, the Eagles grabbed a consolation goal. Substitute Dwight Gayle sent a glancing header beyond Simon Mignolet to send home the loud away support (who set off some flares at the start of the match) with something to cheer about.

    "We haven't hit anywhere near the level, performance-wise, that we want to," Rodgers told BBC Sport.

    "But we have shown we can win games even when we don't play at our best."

Cardiff City 1-2 Newcastle United: Remy's Double Justifies Pardew Decision

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    Alan Pardew made the headline-grabbing decision to drop Hatem Ben Arfa from his starting lineup for the visit to Cardiff City. He was rewarded as Loic Remy scored twice on the way to Newcastle's victory over the Welsh side by a single goal.

    Ben Arfa was one of three players dropped after Monday's abject first-half display against Everton, with Vurnon Anita and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa also making way. They were replaced by Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson.

    But it was Remy who showed the cutting edge, the Frenchman twice beating David Marshall—who made a number of brilliant first-half saves—to put the Magpies on course for victory.

    Both were particularly clinical, the second seeing Remy slot the ball home after Cisse had seen his initial effort denied.

    The second half saw an improvement from the home side, masterminded largely by substitute Jordon Mutch.

    The Bluebirds halved the deficit just before the hour mark. Peter Odemwingie got the goal, the Nigerian fooling Tim Krul with a dummy before sliding home after a clever pass from Mutch.

    Malky Mackay's side pushed for an equaliser, but Newcastle held on, giving Pardew a crucial three points—perhaps an extra relief after he was booed for substituting Remy in favor of the more defence-minded Jonas Gutierrez in the closing stages.

Other Results

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    Fulham 1-0 Stoke City

    Fulham manager Martin Jol celebrated wildly as substitute Darren Bent grabbed the only goal of the game late on to elevate his side out of the relegation zone. They are now level with the visitors on seven points.

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    Hull City 0-0 Aston Villa

    An entertaining game at the KC Stadium did not produce goals for either side. Tom Huddlestone hit one of the match's best efforts, well saved by Brad Guzan.


    Southampton 2-0 Swansea

    The home side won thanks to goals from Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, although Michael Laudrup will feel his side did enough to get something from the contest.

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