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The best weekend of the Premier League season so far? Before we head off, here's one final recap of all the results...
QPR 2-2 Stoke
Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal
Burnley 0-0 Sunderland
Newcastle 2-2 Hull
Swansea 0-1 Southampton
West Ham 3-1 Liverpool
Leicester 5-3 Manchester United
Tottenham 0-1 West Brom
Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea
Leicester 5-3 Manchester United. A newly promoted club demolished a team with the league’s most expensive player, for crying out loud! A truly remarkable game and result at the King Power Stadium. Honourable mentions go to West Ham, West Brom and Crystal Palace.
We don’t do joint awards but I don’t care: Papiss Cisse and Alan Pardew. The Newcastle manager was half an hour away from (probably) losing his job until he brought on Cisse, and the substitute repaid his boss by scoring twice to seal a 2-2 draw against Hull. The striker stakes his claim for a starting place, Pardew stays in charge... everyone (apart from the Newcastle fans) is a winner.
Harsh, but we’re giving this to Javier Manquillo. The Spanish full-back was withdrawn after just TWENTY-ONE MINUTES against West Ham on Saturday. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had seen enough after going 2-0 down and replaced his new signing early on and switched to three at the back. Ouch.
Man utd ... LOL— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) September 21, 2014
Well, it has to be Frank Lampard. He's the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea, made over 600 appearances for the club and returned to haunt them today. Of all the people to score a crucial equaliser, Lamps pops up to convert with a typical run and finish from midfield. And he was applauded by both sets of fans at the end. Terrific stuff.
Righteo. Time for a recap of the weekend's action. I mean, I wouldn't go tweeting about it when you've just lost 5-3 to a newly promoted team, but goal of the weekend goes to Angel Di Maria for a sensational chip. Genuine goal of the season contender.
Without a doubt, we deserved more. We played intensely and dominated the match in spite of the expulsion.We have to keep it up! C'mon, City!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) September 21, 2014
West Brom head coach Alan Irvine: "It's my most satisfying day in management for West Bromwich Albion. It's great to get that first win. Everybody makes such a big thing about it. I'll go back to that first game against Sunderland, when it looked like we were going to get that win on the first day and that would have avoided all the questions – so I suppose it puts that question to bed."
Irvine relieved to get first win
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "To gain back-to-back wins in the Premier League is never easy, especially if you are a newly promoted team. For us to win away at Stoke and then follow it up by beating one of the major forces in British football is very satisfying. When you add into that coming from 3-1 behind, it is testament not just to our quality, but also the spirit and self-belief."
Pearson praises Leicester spirit
The usually calm, unflappable Manuel Pellegrini was anything but speaking to the media after the game. He called Chelsea a "small team" and compared their style to Stoke. Check out more of what the Manchester City boss had to say, including his thoughts on Frank Lampard, below.
Pellegrini: Chelsea played like a small team
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: “I thought we deserved to win. We were apprehensive in the first 20 minutes and gave them too much respect. But we changed that and grew into the game... Competition for places is great. Yannick [Bolasie] is great and he contributes. He’s a threat and the problem with him is that he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next, so the defender’s got no chance.”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “Today shows that this league is ruthless and every game is difficult. You need to be perfect and we were perfect for 15 minutes, but we needed that two-goal cushion. It’s an incredible situation when you look at how solid we were against West Brom and Wolfsburg... If you look at the stats there’s something spooky about it. They were very uncharacteristic errors today and we were punished.”
Yes! Yes, they did. According to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, at least. "One big team playing as a big team, one big team playing as a small team, like Stoke," says the City boss. Ouch! Would that be the same Stoke that BEAT Pellegrini’s side at the Etihad Stadium?
Now every team has played five games, here’s how the form guide is shaping up...
Unbeaten: Chelsea, Arsenal
Winless: Sunderland, Burnley, Newcastle
Lost most games: Liverpool, QPR (both 3)
Scored most goals: Chelsea (16), Everton (11), Arsenal (10)
Conceded most goals: Everton (13), QPR, Newcastle (both 11)
Chelsea extend their lead at the top to three points but miss the chance to move eight points ahead of sixth-placed Manchester City after failing to win for the first time this season. Eight points, even at this stage, would have been extremely difficult to catch. As for Everton, they remain without a home win, and Crystal Palace are up to 15th.
In full: Premier League table
Courtesy of our buddies at Opta, here are some of the key stats...
- Yaya Toure has failed to score or assist a goal in four successive PL apps for the first time since between Nov-Dec 2012
- Eight of the last nine Premier League goals scored by Chelsea have been in the second half
- Manchester City have drawn successive matches for the first time since February 2013
Terrific win for Crystal Palace, then, but it's another European hangover for a Premier League club. Uncharacteristic losses for Tottenham and Everton today and you can check out how the Toffees fared in their 3-2 defeat to Palace below.
Player Ratings: Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace