Gameweek #2 of the Barclays Premier League saw the league settle into a more familiar pattern of behaviour and results were far more predictable than in gameweek #1.
Manchester United recorded their first win of the campaign with a 3-2 win over Martin Jol’s Fulham. Damien Duff put the visitors ahead in the first half but a jittery Utd side came storming back in the second half with new signing Robin Van Persie netting his first goal for the club to seal the victory. Man Utd will however be without talismanic striker Wayne Rooney for up to a month as he recovers from a nasty gash sustained when blocking a shot by Hugo Rodallega. Shinhji Kagawa and Rafael da Silva were the other scorers for Utd while Nemanja Vidic’s own goal provided Fulham with a consolation second.
Chelsea made it three wins out of three; the midweek demolition of Reading followed by victory over Newcastle in which Eden Hazard once again brought the game to life by converting a spot kick after Fernando Torres was felled by Vurnon Anita and in the second half he laid on the second goal for Torres.
Swansea’s impressive win over QPR was followed up by an excellent 3-0 victory over newly promoted West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. Angel Rangel, Michu and Danny Graham all bagged goals to ensure the Swan’s excellent start continued under new manager Michael Laudrup.
Tottenham Hotspur continued to stutter as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home against West Bromwich Albion who remain undefeated this term. Assou-Ekotto’s well taken goal 16 minutes from time looked to be enough to secure new boss Andre Villas-Boas his first win but a late equaliser by James Morrison sent Spurs fans into a booing frenzy, leaving AVB under no illusion at the size of the task ahead.
Sunderland fans will have to wait a little longer to see new signings Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson in action as their clash with Reading was called off due to torrential rain.
Everton continued their good early season form with a resounding 3-1 win over Aston Villa who suffered their second successive defeat under new manager Paul Lambert. Steven Pienaar got the Toffees off to a flying start when he scored after three minutes, then around the half hour mark Marouane Fellaini powered home Phil Jagielka’s cross after his excellent foraging run down the right. Just before half time everton made it 3-0 when Nikica Jelavic executed a superb finish after Leighton Baines pulled the ball back to him. Things got worse for the Villans when Ciaran Clark was sent off just before the hour although Karim El Ahmadi’s first goal for the club, a long range scorcher, came as little consolation 16 minutes from time.
Norwich and QPR shared the spoils at Carrow Road in a fairly turgid 1-1 draw, their first points of the season after both teams suffered 5-0 losses on the opening day. Norwich scored first on 11 minutes after Anthony Pilkington crossed for Simeon Jackson to head home. New Canaries signing Sebastian Bassong turned villain by fouling Djibril Cisse in the box giving QPR a route back into the game, Cisse himself taking the spot kick only for John Ruddy to turn it onto the post. Bobby Zamora reacted fastest and tapped the ball into the empty net.
Southampton’s poor start to the season continued as they were beaten 2-0 at home by a slick Wigan side. Shaun Maloney teed up Franco Di Santo six minutes into the second half and he duly obliged by rifling his shot into the roof of the net giving Kelvin Davis no chance. A defensive lapse by Jose Fonte allowed Arouna Kone to rob him of the ball then dribble into space before firing past the helpless Davis.