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Goals were at a premium at the top end of the Premier League for football hospitality guests. The wags might suggest that today’s cossetted footballers find the wind and rain not to their liking! Maybe they were all tired after European games in mid-week. Or perhaps it was just a bad day at the office all round.
Of the Big Six – Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – only City managed more than a goal. Despite the dearth of scoring one strike was very special.
Jamie Vardy wrote his name into Premier League history by scoring for the 11th successive game, topping former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, set across two seasons in 2003.
But it wasn’t enough to claim the three points as Leicester and United fought out a 1-1 draw.
Vardy ran on to Christian Fuchs’ delightful pass to send a low, powerful finish past keeper David de Gea. Bastian Schweinsteiger headed the equaliser for the Old Trafford side.
Jurgen Klopp picked up his first league win at Anfield as James Milner’s second-half penalty gave Liverpool the points against Swansea. Milner converted after Swans full-back Neil Taylor was penalised for handball.
All a bit dull, but there were bonuses for the Reds – the returns of injured pair, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge. Henderson – out with a broken foot since the second game of the season in August – came on for the final 25 minutes, while Sturridge had a 19-minute run out.
Arsenal will be kicking themselves as they allowed Norwich’s Lewis Grabban an equaliser to gift the Canaries a point.
John Ruddy’s poor clearance allowed Alexis Sanchez to set up Mesut Ozil. But the visitors were pegged back by Grabban, who received Robbie Brady’s defence-splitting pass and held off the challenge of Gabriel to fire in.
Injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez will worry Arsene Wenger and his Emirates stadium team. Centre-back Koscielny was forced off in the first half with a hip injury, while forward Sanchez hobbled off after the interval with an apparent hamstring problem.
Manchester City went back to the top with a win over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. Raheem Sterling crossed to give Kevin de Bruyne a tap-in.
Fabian Delph added the second with a deflected shot but Shane Long nodded in to give Saints hope. Indeed Ronald Koeman’s side looked as if they might nick a draw until Aleksandar Kolarov fired in City’s third with an angled strike.
Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic was the busier goalkeeper in the first half, keeping out Son Heung-min’s header and Mousa Dembele’s low drive.
Playing up front, almost back to his best, Eden Hazard forced Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris into a low, reflex save from a superb volley – their only shot on target. Jose Mourinho seemed happier but not Diego Costa who transferred his on field petulance to the bench.
The point saw Chelsea move up a place to 14th in the Premier League, leaving them still flirting with regulation. Meanwhile Spurs blew a big opportunity to smash into the top four. Playing so well, their time will surely come.
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