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It was a good Saturday for the home teams with only one of them suffering defeat in an action packed Saturday that saw a minimum of three goals scored in every game. The pick of the games unfolded at the Hawthorns with West Bromwich Albionâ€™s grabbing an excellent 3-2 win over QPR, to continue their excellent start to the season. Everton too picked up a commendable point after coming from behind twice at Wigan.
Swansea produced an even better comeback, cancelling out Readingâ€™s two goal advantage. In London, Arsenal recorded a win at rivals West Ham United, another come-from-behind tale spurred by Santi Cazorla.
Meanwhile, the early kick off at the Etihad resulted in a regulation win for Manchester City; David Silva shone in particular. Chelsea maintained the gap at the top though after routing Norwich in a display of verve and style.
Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland
Manchester City kept close on the heels of Chelsea by notching up a very comfortable win over Sunderland at the Etihad in the early kick-off. Roberto Manciniâ€™s men were very much in charge from the very start. Aleksandar Kolarov set them on the way to three points by curling in a sharp free-kick in the fifth minute. Dominance from the host followed as Sunderland had no answer to David Silvaâ€™s mastery. The rout was completed with goals by Sergio Aguero on the hour mark and James Milner in the dying minutes of a one-sided affair. (full match report)
Chelsea 4-1 Norwich City
Chelsea remained top of the standings after coasting to victory over Norwich this afternoon. The home side fell behind to a Grant Holt goal early on but that was an aberration as the Blues dominated proceedings from thereon. The attacking quartet of Chelsea ran rings around the Canaries all day. Fernando Torres equalised before Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic got on the score sheet to condemn Norwich to another defeat. (full match report)
Swansea 2-2 Reading
Swansea rescued a deserved point at home to Reading by coming back from two goals down. Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel hunt appeared to give Reading a dream win but the hosts showed terrific character in the second half. First, Michu nodded in from close range to halve the deficit and then Wayne Routledge capped off the comeback twelve minutes from time.
West Bromwich Albion 3-2 QPR
The Hawthorns witnessed quite a bit of drama but the home fans went home the happier after West Brom beat QPR by 3 goals to 2. West Brom flew into a two goal lead after James Morrison and Zoltan Gera scored in the opening twenty minutes, Adel Taraabt reduced the deficit before half-time for Rangers. The game could have gone either way after that but Youssouf Mulumbu added a third for Albion that seemed to put the game to bed but Esteban Granero replied right back though to set up a tense finale.
Wigan 2-2 Everton
Everton took away a point in the dying minutes from their trip to Wigan, Leighton Baines scoring the equaliser from the spot in the 87th minute. The Toffees had to come from behind twice, first through Nikica Jelavic in reply to Arouna Koneâ€™s opener. The Lactics regained the lead after Franco di Santo scored on 23 minutes. The lead was maintained right until the end when Baines stepped up and buried his spot kick.
West Ham United 1-3 Arsenal
Arsenal secured an impressive win at Upton Park over their local rivals, sealing victory in the last quarter of the game. The Hammers went ahead on 21 minutes through a magnificent curler from Mohamed Diame but Olivier Giroud restored parity four minutes before half-time. The Gunners were much the better team in the second period as substitute Theo Walcott gave his side the lead on 77 minutes. Santi Cazorla made sure of the three points with a sweet long-range effort six minutes later. (full match report)
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