The Potters opened the scoring in somewhat controversial circumstances when Peter Crouch clearly handled the ball twice as he attempted to control it before poking home past Joe Hart in the 15th minute. Luckily for City, debutant Javi Garcia was able to nod home Carlos Tevez’s free-kick 20 minutes later to give Roberto Mancini’s men a share of the points which saw them remain fourth.
Last season’s runners-up Manchester United celebrated a day of milestones at Old Trafford with a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic. The Red Devils overcame a sixth-minute penalty miss from Chicharito to score all four goals in the second half in Paul Scholes’ 700th club appearance and Rio Ferdinand’s 400th.
Veteran Scholes opened the scoring with a close range finish in the 51st minute before Chicharito atoned for his penalty blunder and then new signings Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell finished off the Latics.
Gervinho netted twice for the Gunners whilst Lukas Podolski scored with a sublime free-kick and Theo Walcott struck late. Left-back Kieran Gibbs saw two of his attempts knocked into the back of the Saints net by Jos Hooiveld and Nathaniel Clyne respectively whilst Danny Fox gave the visitors a glimmer of hope right on half-time before Arsene Wenger’s men ran out comfortable winners.
League leaders Chelsea failed to score at QPR who held their West London rivals to a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road whilst Fulham moved up to eighth with a 3-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion thanks to a first-half double from Dimitar Berbatov and a late Steve Sidwell strike. The Baggies were reduced to ten men just before half-time when Peter Odemwingie was sent off for a reckless challenge on Sascha Riether.
Aston Villa burst Swansea City’s bubble with a 2-0 victory at Villa Park courtesy of maiden goals from Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke and Sunderland held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light with an unlucky Reds outfit scoring an equaliser through Luis Suarez to cancel out Steven Fletcher’s 29th minute opener.
2012/13 Premier League scores