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Vardy feels it was a definite penalty

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Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy, who was one of the real stars for his team in the shock 5-3 win over Manchester United today felt that talk of the penalty being awarded to his side which started Leicester City's comeback being a soft decision from the referee was completely undeserved, and Rafael da Silva had definitely fouled him inside the box.

Vardy, who had an outstanding game, popping up with assists galore, not to mention the go ahead goal and two penalties, said about the referee's decision, "The first challenge was strength, shoulder to shoulder. I think he (Rafael) was mad the referee had not given a foul and then he came back and sent me down in the box."

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Morrison powers West Brom to shock win at Tottenham

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West Bromwich Albion picked up their first win of the season by stunning Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane courtesy of a James Morrison header in the 74th minute. The win was very much deserved for West Brom, who came out with an attacking mindset and played the better football over the 90 minutes, much to the surprise of the White Hart Lane faithful.

West Brom were unlucky not to be handed a penalty in the first half after a blatant handball in the box by Emmanuel Adebayor, and it took the home side over an hour to register a shot on target for Ben Foster to save. That being said, Joleon Lescott, making his debut for West Brom, had an outstanding game at the back, though West Brom were easily the better side and even had a goal rightly disallowed after Saido Berahino scored from an offside position.

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Lampard denies Chelsea another win at Eastlands

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Frank Lampard was the name on everyone's lips at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening as the Chelsea stalwart came off the bench to rescue a richly deserved point for 10-man Manchester City against the Blues after Andre Schurrle had put Chelsea a goal ahead with 20 minutes to go in the game. Pablo Zabaleta's sending off midway through the second half proved to be the crucial moment in what had till then been a rather dull contest and Chelsea would feel disappointed not to have left Eastlands with their 100% record intact having had plenty of chances late on to win the game.

The Citizens handed a league debut to French defender Eliaquim Mangala in what was surely a massive game, and the youngster had Aleksandar Kolarov for company at left back as Gael Clichy was left out of the starting eleven. James Milner's outstanding form meant that he kept his place in the starting eleven alongside Fernandinho with Yaya Toure alongside them. City also chose to start the game with their two fit superstrikers with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero both getting the nod with David Silva presumably operating behind them.

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Leicester City stun Manchester United 5-3 in incredible game

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Manchester United came to the King Power Stadium with all their finery on show and took a 3-1 lead courtesy goals from Robin van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera, but an incredible fightback from Leicester City saw the Foxes score 4 goals in the space of 21 minutes in the second half, including 2 penalties, to stun 10-man Manchester United 5-3 in an outstanding game of football.

United handed a full debut to Radamel Falcao for this game as the Colombian striker joined Robin van Persie at the head of the field in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation with skipper Wayne Rooney dropping into an attacking midfield role with Juan Mata sacrificed as a result. Angel Di Maria partnered Ander Herrera in the middle of the park with Danny Blind deployed in defensive midfield. The back four was unchanged from last week with Tyler Blackett continuing to keep his place in central defence with Rafael da Silva getting another game at right back.

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Toure looking forward to Chelsea clash

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Manchester City talisman Yaya Toure has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism in recent days for his lack of energy on the pitch and the Ivory Coast superstar knows that he will need to be at his best if the Premier League Champions are to get their campaign up and running this season against early pace setters Chelsea on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the game against Chelsea, Toure said, "It's been quite a difficult start. We finished last season very strongly and then had quite a few players at the World Cup which makes it hard to prepare properly for the start of the season."

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Wenger delighted to bounce back with a win

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger asked the fans (and the press) for more patience this week as his lead duo get their act together in the final third and the beleaguered twosome answered their critics in perfect fashion on the football pitch as Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil combined perfectly, creating a goal for each other, which was tucked away with some precision.

Hence there was a ready smile again on the face of Manager Arsene Wenger, who shared after the win, "We had a good work-rate and concentration from the start. We had a very good first half when we were in control and dominated the game. The second half was more about keeping the result. We had less drive going forward. Overall, it was a very important game. It was a good win."

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Big Sam delighted to have outsmarted Liverpool

West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce could barely hide his delight after masterminding his team to a shock 3-1 win against Liverpool at Upton Park. The Hammers came into this game having lost their opening two home fixtures and were under pressure with the risk of making their worst start at home in many a decade, but responded in style by taking the lead in the game in just the second minute.

'Big Sam' was delighted with the way his side played and shared in his post match address, "When you see a gameplan work as early as that, it's brilliant. Liverpool had played in the Champions League for the first time in five years which is tiring and we wanted to start as quickly as we can. We said let's not let them control the tempo and press their back players. It worked brilliantly."

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