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Premier League review: Manchester clubs continue league dominance as City and United record comfortable wins

  Saturday 10th September 2011

Aguero continues to justify his massive transfer fee with his first hat-trick for City.

Aguero continues to justify his massive transfer fee with his first hat-trick for City. Photo: SerieAdict@

Manchester City 3-0 Wigan

Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero grabbed his first hat-trick in English football in a devastating performance from Manchester City who go joint top of the table with arch-rivals Manchester Utd. David Silva was involved in all of Aguero’s goals and set up the forward on 13 minutes for the opener. Aguero then scored two neat goals in the second half after good work from Silva, the gulf in class between the two sides beginning to  show as the game wore on. Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany both saw goal-bound efforts hit the woodwork. Carlos Tevez made his first appearance of the season and saw a very week penalty saved before he was taken off on the hour-mark.

Bolton 0-5 Manchester Utd

Manchester United claimed top spot in the table on goal difference after a crushing 5-0 win over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium. Last season’s deadly duo were back at it again with Wayne Rooney netting a hat-trick and Javier Hernandez bagging a brace. Hernandez netted his first goal of the season to put Alex Ferguson’s side ahead after only five minutes when he latched onto a Nani cross. Rooney then scored two in two minutes for United to assert their dominance. Phil Jones set up both Rooney goals; the former Blackburn kid continues to impress in the Utd back four. The second-half continued along the same vein,  the visitors playing some terrific football. Hernandez made it 4-0 with a close-range finish after good work from Michael Carrick. Rooney completed his hat-trick with 20 minutes remaining, with a finish from outside the area.

Arsenal 1-0 Swansea

Arsenal recorded their first win of the season at the expense of a battling Swansea City at the Emirates with the much-maligned Andrei Arshavin grabbing the only goal after a horrible mistake from Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Vorm rolled the ball out but hit the heels of team-mate Angel Rangel, allowing Arshavin to poke the ball home from close range. The Gunners handed debuts to deadline-day signings Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker with Yossi Benayoun appearing from the bench in the second-half. Arsenal will have goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to thank for keeping the visitors out after a stunning stop denied Danny Graham.

Everton 2-2 Aston Villa

In a thriller at Goodison Park both sides shared the spoils after an enthralling encounter. Leon Osman opened the scoring on 20 minutes for Everton. Aston Villa levelled matters just after the hour-mark through a glorious 30-yard drive from Stilyan Petrov. Leighton Baines restored the home side’s advantage from the spot after Fabian Delph was judged to have fouled Phil Jagielka. The impressive Marc Albrighton then set up Gabriel Agbonlahor for a late equalizer for Villa who remain unbeaten so far in the campaign.

Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season with Stoke claiming a wonderful win in front of their wild supporters at the Britannia Stadium. Jonathan Walters went down under a challenge from Jamie Carragher and Walters blasted home the resulting spot-kick after the 20 minute mark. Luis Saurez should have equalized for Liverpool right at the death but missed an open goal after Asmir Begovic’s error in goal for Stoke. Stoke move up to fourth in the table and look a solid outfit under the much-underrated Tony Pulis.

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Sunderland’s frailty was on show for all to see again this afternoon with absolutely no cutting edge up front. With Asamoah Gyan having left the club on loan, the lack of strikers for Steve Bruce’s men looks set to doom Sunderland to a long, hard season. John Terry opened the scoring, hitting a decent drive after Juan Mata’s free kick hit the post for Chelsea. Daniel Sturridge then added an audacious second, backheeling the ball into the net in the face of the onrushing Simon Mignolet in the Sunderland goal. South Korean Ji Dong-Won scored for the hosts in stoppage time but Chelsea were comfortable in their victory.

Wolves 0-2 Tottenham

After a goalless first half Emmanuel Adebayor scored on his Tottenham debut to hand Spurs their first three points of the season. Collecting a great pass from Scott Parker, Adebayor rounded the keeper to break the dead-lock after the hour mark. Nico Kranjcar then set up Jermaine Defoe to slot home with 10 minutes left. Parker and Kranjcar were excellent in the middle of the park for Spurs and Adebayor looked dangerous the entire afternoon. Wolves will be disappointed after a solid start to the season. They came close to scoring but for Kranjcar’s goal-line clearance in the first-half and a brilliant stop by Spurs keeper Brad Friedel from Karl Henry.

Leslie Porter


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