In the wake of another pulsating weekend of Premier League action, we look back at the spoils and thrills of Game Week Ten, as our Hammers inexplicably blew a 97th-minute lead at Selhurst Park and the League leaders were pushed all the way by Tony Pulis’ Baggies.
Dominant United Leave It Late Against Flagging Spurs
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United relied on a late Anthony Martial winner to overcome a faltering Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford On Saturday lunchtime, as a much-anticipated Sky Sports live tie disappointed.
The hosts had their fair share of chances to condemn the away side to an even greater margin of defeat, as Romelu Lukaku hit the post and Antonio Valencia went within inches of scoring a wonder goal.
But, Mauricio Pochettino’s men, whose only real sight of goal came in the second period when Dele Alli fired over the top, eventually succumbed to pressure on 81 minutes, when Lukaku’s flick played In Martial to finish past Hugo Lloris.
The victory saw The Red Devils back into second place outright and three points in front of The Lilywhites, while Spurs’ first second consecutive defeat since November 2016 meant that they are now only a point in front of London Rivals Chelsea.
Zaha Strike Leaves Hammers Hearts Broken In Selhurst Thriller
An incredible late leveller from Wilfried Zaha stole a point for Relegation strugglers Crystal Palace in a pulsating London Derby at Selhurst Park, to leave the travelling Claret & Blue Army flabbergasted.
Slaven Bilic’s Boys had raced into a two-goal lead in the first period, with Javier Hernandez applying a clever finish to a wonderful team move for the opener and in-form Andre Ayew doubling that lead just before the break with a wondrous strike.
However, Roy Hodgson’s men fought back in the second-half, as Luka Milivojevic pulled one back from the penalty spot and Zaha running free deep into added-time for a dramatic equaliser, it could have been a win for the hosts if it wasn’t for some Joe Hart heroics in both halves.
But, The Eagles’ first draw of the Premier League campaign leaves them routed on rock bottom, every slowly creeping forward, while The Irons stay in 16th position.
Wobbling Citizens Scrape Hawthorns Victory
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were not exactly at their most convincing in recording a 13th successive win in all Competitions away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon as the hosts fought well.
City had strolled into the lead in typical style on 10 minutes when Leroy Sane struck deliciously across Ben Foster, but that was replied with a Jay Rodriguez equaliser under two minutes later as he finished well past Ederson.
It would only take The Citizens another two minutes to retake their lead with a low long-range effort from Fernandinho before Raheem Sterling finished a wonderful move to make it 1-3 and Matt Phillips earned a late constellation for the hosts.
A defeat for Tony Pulis’ men, their second in succession, drops them down two places to 15th, while City maintain their five-point lead over rivals United at the top of the Table.
Gunners Comeback Saves Emirates Blushes
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal were forced to recover from being a goal down in the second period of their Saturday afternoon clash with Swansea City to claim all three points in North London.
Paul Clement’s men had shocked The Emirates stadium by taking the lead in the first period, as Sam Clucas finished coolly underneath Petr Cech from a one-on-one situation.
There was nothing cool about the way that the home side levelled things up as Sead Kolasinac smashed the rebound of a Mesut Ozil shot into the far corner, setting up Welshman Aaron Ramsey to net the winner shortly after.
A pivotal home three points keep The Gunners in fifth place level on points with The Blues, whilst there are now calls for concern for The Swans, they are teetering on the brink of the relegation Zone.
Klopp Downs Best friend Wagner In Anfield Rout
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool showed little mercy in disposing of David Wagner’s Huddersfield 3-0 on Merseyside on Saturday, as two friendly German Managers met for the first time in Competitive Football.
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing, to begin with for the home side, after Mo Salah failed to convert an early penalty, but they would take the lead after the break, as skipper Tommy Smith, who had originally given away the spot-kick, nodded the ball into the path of Daniel Sturridge to convert.
A Roberto Firmino header would double The Reds’ advantage, not painting Jonas Lossl in any glory after his earlier penalty save before a Georginio Wijnaldum effort sealed all three points.
Liverpool’s first win since mid-September moves them up three places and to sixth place, while The Terriers, brought back down to Earth after last weekend’s heroics, have now fallen to 13th.
Fletcher Stunner Gives Potters Shock Away Win
A sumptuous strike from midfielder Darren Fletcher was enough for Mark Hughes’ Stoke to steal an unlikely victory over Marco Silva’s Watford in the last of the Saturday afternoon ties.
In a game where a high-flying home side squandered an abundance of opportunities, the visitors struck in the 16th minute, finishing low from the edge of the area after a well-worked corner.
Meanwhile at the other end, Andre Gray went close several times but not close enough, whilst Charlie Adam missed an open goal to make things a bit more comfortable for his side at the death.
Defeat for Watford, their second on the bounce for the first time this season, sees them down to eighth as the magic of wonderful start begins to wear off, with The Potters climbing out of danger and into 14th.
Blissful Blues Down Resilient Cherries
Antonio’s Conte’s Chelsea were made to work hard for their Saturday evening triumph at The Vitality by a stern Bournemouth side in BT Sport’s only live game of the weekend.
After coming close on countless occasions in the first-half, it would take the visitors 51 minutes to take the upper hand, albeit via a goalkeeping error from Asmir Begovic as he let in Eden Hazard’s effort from a tight angle.
But, all goals count, and it could have been more for the West London club as Cesc Fabregas fired just over the bar from the same angle and Alvaro Morata had a first-half goal disallowed.
Eddie Howe’s side’s seventh League loss of the campaign leaves them rooted to 19th place, while Chelsea kept their tight grip on fourth with little separating the teams either side of them.
Spoils Shared In South Coast Derby
The Seagulls and The Saints had to settle for a share of the points in the first Super Sunday clash as they both netted in either half for a 1-1 at a sunny Amex Stadium.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s visitors were first to trouble the scorers as James Ward-Prowse struck a seventh-minute free-kick that found the head of Steven Davis via the bar.
However, Chris Hughton’s in-form side would hit back in the second period on home soil, with Fraser Forster unable to keep out a Glenn Murray header that nestled in the top corner.
Neither team could find a winner from them as both sides remain in mid-table after the draw, with Brighton in 12th and Southampton in tenth position after ten games.
Debut Delight For Puel But Debut Misery For Unsworth
Two Managers made their Premier League debuts at their new clubs in the second Super Sunday affair, as Claude Puel and his Foxes got the better of Everton and Interim Boss David Unsworth.
The hosts looked like they were back to the free-flowing form that saw them pull off the imaginable during the 2015/2016 campaign, as an incredible run and pass to Riyad Mahrez from Demarai Gray saw Jamie Vardy teed up for a simple finish.
A few first-half minutes later the advantage was doubled in unfortunate circumstances for Toffees youngster Jonjoe Kenny, the England U21 starlet was first to a tame Gray delivery but sliced the ball past Jordan Pickford and into his own net.
Despite the fortune of the second goal, the victory was deserved for the hosts and their third in a row in all Competitions boosted them up to 11th place, but The Blue Boys of Merseyside remain just inside the Relegation Zone.
Late Hendrick Finish Continues Clarets’ Dream Start
A late winner from Irishman Jeff Hendrick was enough for Sean Dyche’s Burnley to secure a slim victory over Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle United in MNF at Turf Moor.
In an even encounter that could have been won by either of the two sides, The Magpies went close through Jonjo Shelvey and Joselu, as an Ashley Barnes headed just wide at the other end in the first period.
But, it would take 74 minutes for a goal to be scored in Lancashire with Jack Cork’s saved shot falling at the feet of Johann Berg Gudmundsson to pick out Hendrick for a tap-in.
The away side couldn’t find a late leveller, leaving the hosts to climb to seventh place and level on points with The Gunners with The Toon falling down to ninth from that seventh position.
So, now that another eye-opening weekend of Premier League Football is behind us, Domestic European Competitions will take centre stage this week, before we return on Saturday lunchtime for Match Week 11, the final round of games before The international Break.