Another thrilling week of action in the Premier League including Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City and Manchester United v Stoke City. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 7 of the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur hand Manchester City their first Premier League defeat of the season
Only one place to start this week – Tottenham’s 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane, ending Manchester City’s 100 per cent Premier League record. A great win for Spurs but hard to categorise in terms of City’s abilities.
Critics would claim that the visitors had only previously beaten dross – West Ham, Watford, Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth … plus a Manchester United side still trying to find their best line-up.
First really decent opponents, and they blow it. Couldn’t even beat Celtic in the Champions League. So less of a surprise perhaps that Spurs turned them over. An own goal from Aleksandar Kolarov gave Tottenham an early lead when he inadvertently steered Danny Rose’s cross past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 2, 2016
Dele Alli added a second with a low finish inside the area following a clever ball from Son Heung-min. Spurs were awarded a penalty when Alli was brought down by Fernandinho but Bravo saved Erik Lamela’s spot-kick.
Manchester United fail to put Stoke to the sword at Old Trafford
Stoke scrambled off the bottom of the Premier League after claiming a point at Manchester United. Relief for former United great, now Stoke manager, Mark Hughes.
The visitors were getting a battering and eventually substitute Anthony Martial curled home a pinpoint shot. In the old days that would have heralded a 5-0 demolition. Instead, when De Gea failed to hold Glen Johnson’s shot and Jon Walters’ follow-up came off the bar, ex Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen prodded home.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 2, 2016
United fans were fuming. Paul Pogba rattled the bar with a header as United mounted a late siege, but Stoke held out. United have won 13 points from their opening seven games this season, three fewer than their total at this stage of 2015-16 under Louis van Gaal.
Arsenal beat Burnely thanks to controversial goal
As so often seems to happen when the supposed minnows play a Big Six team Burnley never get the rub of the green. They were undone at the death as Arsenal ‘stole’ it with a controversial Laurent Koscielny goal.
In added time, Theo Walcott headed across goal towards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain whose effort went in off what appeared to be Koscielny’s elbow.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 3, 2016
The Turf Moor side had chances – Sam Vokes heading wide when clear and Michael Keane’s header hitting the crossbar. But it was not to be. Cruel luck on the Lancashire battlers but Arsenal are now fourth behind Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Liverpool continue winning run thanks to a James Milner penalty at Swansea
The Anfield Reds go marching on – four Premier League victories in a row now. Liverpool took time to get into the game after their journey to South Wales going a goal down, were a touch sloppy, a trifle lucky, but ultimately fully deserved the win after a dominating second period.
Swansea swept into an early lead as £15 million record signing Baston Borja headed across goal for Leroy Fer to turn the ball in from a yard out. A very poor goal from a Liverpool point of view.
But they came back strongly as Roberto Firmino equalised shortly after half-time, heading home a Jordan Henderson cross.
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 2, 2016
And James Milner netted the winner from the penalty spot six minutes from the final whistle, guiding it straight down the middle, after Firmino was fouled. 2-1 will do Liverpool – all too often they have performed against the top sides only to lose to those supposedly inferior, like Swansea. Hopefully Jurgen Klopp is eradicating such wastefulness.
Chelsea return to winning ways at Hull City
Chelsea went to Hull and claimed a much-needed three points. It was a welcome turnaround after successive Premier League defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 1, 2016
Hull did well in the first half but couldn’t keep it up, going behind early in the second period when Willian swept home a curling shot after good work from Diego Costa. And Costa found the top corner with a similar hit after a powerful run by Nemanja Matic.
Hull were broken and could have gone further behind – in the end a comfortable 2-0 win for the Stamford Bridge side even if they still seem to lack fluency.
After wins over champions Leicester and Swansea in their first two games, Hull have taken just one point from their last five games and are now hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone. Meanwhile, Chelsea, with Costa back playing great, will be determined to build from here after an excellent start to the season blew up.
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