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Premier League Review, Match Day 4.

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Stoke City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

West Brom got their first win of the season away to the Potters, Stoke were down to nine men with only 31 minutes on the clock and the Baggies managed to get a winner to take all three points back to the Midlands. Stoke got off to a very positive start, Shaqiri impressing on his home debut. Jack Butland kept out James Morrison with a very good acrobatic one handed save. In the 25th minute a coming together between Stoke’s Ibrahim Afellay and West Brom’s Craig Gardner saw two cards brandished. Gardner saw yellow for his initial slap on the Stoke man while Afellay saw red for his more direct attack on Gardner. Six minutes later, Stoke were down to 9. Charlie Adam commited a silly foul and was rightly sent off for a nasty stamp on Craig Dawson. Rondan got his first goal for his new club in stoppage time of the first half with a well place header from six yeards out. The only stand out chance in the second half fell to Salomon Rondan when he headed over early in the second period.

Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City

The Cherries picked up another vital point on Saturday when they entertained the high flying Leicester City, Wilson opening the scoring before a late penalty from Jamie Vardy saw the away team leave with a point. Mahrez had the ball in the Bournemouth net early on but it was disallowed rightfully for offside. Callum Wilson opened the scoring in the 24th minute when his acrobatic finish flew into the back on the net. Mid-way through the second half and Robert Huth should have been sent his marching orders when he kicked the ball at Wilson’s face after the whistle was blown and appeared to strike Tyrone Mings in the face, a yellow was brandished to the Leicester defender. Vardy won a penalty in the 86th minute for a foul by Steve Cook, Vardy himself took the responsibility of the penalty and levelled the scores.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Everton

Tottenham and Everton played out a non-scoring draw which saw Spurs go four games without a win in this season’s campaign. Hugo Lloris kept out Tom Cleverly early on while Tim Howard made a great save to deny Harry Kane his first league goal of the season. In the second half Howard made two more vital saves in keeping out Ryan Mason and Toby Alderweireld. Tim Howard had a very strong game and Everton can thank him for the point they picked up.

Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United

United travelled to Wales to try and bounce back after last week’s home draw against a struggling Newcastle United. The very impressive Montero was absent for the Red Devil’s visit due to injury, Wayne Routledge came in to replace. United had the first chance when Juan Mata blazed wide from close range in the early exchanges. A poor kick from Sergio Romero almost gifted the Swans a great chance to open the scoring, his miscued clearance fell straight to Jonjo Shelvey but he could only fire it straight back into the hands of Romero. Bafetimbi Gomis saw his effort hit the post and out of play, his clever turn and smart finish just clipped the outside of the post. Three minutes after half time and United were in the lead, Mata got on the end of a Luke Shaw cross and fired in from close range. Ashley Williams almost got himself on the score sheet too, his sliced clearance almost beat own keeper Łukasz Fabiański but the Polish keeper reacted quickly and cleared the danger. Andre Ayew got his third goal in four games for his new team when he met Gylfi Sigurosson’s cross to level the encounter. Five minutes later and Swansea were ahead, Gomis met Ayew’s precise ball and managed to beat Romero by his near post, the Argentinian will be very disappointed that it beat him. The Red Devils had a late shout for a penalty rejected quickly when Williams used his strength to beat Wayne Rooney to the ball.

Southampton 3-0 Norwich City

Southampton were looking for their first win of the season when they entertained newly promoted Norwich City. Goals from, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic were enough to see the home team obtain all three points. James Ward-Prowse nearly opened the scoring with an outrageous 25 yard free kick coming extremely close, John Ruddy doing very well to keep the free kick out. Steven Whittaker picked up a yellow card for preventing Matt Targett to take a quick throw in. Three minutes later and the player was off. His second yellow was for a clumsy foul on Tadic, pulling his shirt and preventing the player to move. It only took Southampton 16 minutes to break the deadlock since the sending off with Pelle beating Ruddy at his near post. In the 64th minute Tadic doubled the hosts lead with a clever finish from the edge of the box that sent John Ruddy the wrong way. Three minutes later and the game was all but finished when Tadic got his second after being the first to the ball following a good save by Ruddy. John Ruddy had a great game and if he had not been in such good form, then Norwich could have left St Mary’s having lost by five or six goals.


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