The top three sides on the Premier League table asserted their authority on the competition with victories today.
League leaders Chelsea maintained their brilliant beginning to the campaign courtesy of a thoroughly entertaining 4-2 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Juan Mata contributed two goals in three minutes in the second half and provided a late assist for Daniel Sturridge as the Blues first led, via Gary Cahill’s stunning volley, and then fell behind when William Gallas and Jermain Defoe scored for Spurs.
The Potters led after Rooney’s blunder but a brace from the England striker and goals from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck counter-acted the OG and Michael Kightly’s 58th minute strike.
City were reduced to ten men inside 25 minutes when James Milner was shown a red card for a professional foul as the last defender before Shane Long edged the Baggies ahead with just over 20 minutes left, however, Dzeko popped up with 80th and 90th minute goals to allow the visitors to take home maximum points and remain in third position.
Elsewhere, Norwich City gave manager Chris Hughton his first win in charge with a 1-0 result over Arsenal thanks to Grant Holt’s 20th minute goal whilst Raheem Sterling scored his maiden Liverpool goal in their 1-0 victory over Reading.
Chris Baird netted late to give Fulham a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa, as Pablo Hernandez and Michu allowed Swansea City to edge Wigan Athletic 2-1 who were served by Emmerson Boyce and West Ham United cruised past Southampton 4-1 as Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan (x2) and Modibo Maiga etched their names on the scoresheet whilst Adam Lallana gave some hope to the Saints.
2012/13 Premier League scores
Carrow Road, Norwich - 26,825