This weekend at the EPL was full of excitement, disappointment and production of a record-breaking goal-scorer in the person of Jamie Vardy.
It was goals galore with Liverpool breaking their record at the Etihad by thumping Manchester city at home, Arsenal lost their six games unbeaten run to West Brom and Chelsea stopping the rot of three straight defeats with a much needed win at Stamford bridge.
Naij.com sports brings to the readers review of each game as it happened.
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Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea. Credit: Getty images
SWANSEA 2-2 BOURNEMOUTH
Bournemouth squandered a two goal lead, frustrating the manager Eddie Howe, especially for a perceived injustice of a dubious penalty award. With a chance to end their five game losing run with a win, by racing to a two goal lead. It’s no surprise fun for a team with such brittle confidence after a long run of defeats.
King scored the first, Dan Gosling the second, 87 seconds after when Andre Ayew’s instinctive back-heel reduced the deficit. Jonjo Shelvey hauled Swansea level when he converted from the spot.
Kone with teammate Lukaku of Everton. Credit: Independent.co.uk
EVERTON 4-0 ASTON VILLA
Villa slumped to a heavy defeat in Remi Garde’s second game in charge. Romelu Lukaku’s brace took his goal tally to 10 in all competitions this season, becoming only the fifth player to reach 50 Premier League goals before turning 23 in the process.
Ross Barkley started the onslaught with a far post finish after Brad Guzan’s parry from the dazzling Deulofeu . Lukaku headed the second. Barkley’s second but Everton third was a simple tap-in, with the fourth scored by Lukaku, a courtesy of a fine team passing play.
Skrtel on the ball for Liverpool Credit: Independent.co.uk
MANCHESTER CITY 1-4 LIVERPOOL
A shambolic defensive display by the home team ensured a comprehensive victory for the rampant Liverpool, ending a run of six matches without a win at city.
A defensive howler by Elaquin Mangala scoring an own goal in the process. Liverpool capitalised on the dreadful defensive pairing of Mangala and Demichelis, with Coutinho scoring the second of the match, his fourth in five premier league games. Roberto Firmino added a third with a sensational strike to make it three.
Sergio Aguero pulled one back with a brilliant strike to cut down the deficit for City shortly before the interval. Martin Skrtel made the scoreline comprehensive nine minutes from time with a rasping shot at the edge of the box, denying City the opportunity to take sole ownership of top spot in the Premiership with Arsenal stuttering.
Perez and Kante in action
NEWCASTLE 0-3 LEICESTER
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy not only equaled Ruud Van Nisterooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games, but also surpassed it by becoming the first man to do it in a season with his goal at the stroke of half-time prompting Newcastle fans to join the applause for him.
Hapless Newcastle, with probably their worst performance of the season so far, as declared by the manager McClaren: “No excuses, our worst performance of the season. We’ve been progressing but today was a setback. It’s a big blow. It’s a case of two steps backwards at the moment, it’s not easy,” McClaren said to the BBC Sport.
Morisson marked by three Arsenal players
WEST BROM 2-1 ARSENAL
Arsenal’s six match unbeaten run in the Premiership was ended in a dramatic fashion when after gifting West Brom the lead with Arteta own goal. Cazorla wasted the chance to draw level by slipping when presented with a penalty opportunity.
Arsenal deservedly took the lead through Olivier Giroud because of their early dominance. However, West Brom responded well to Arsenal’s lead with James Morrison finding he net from Chris Brunt’s free kick. Arteta’s deflected cross gifted West Brom all the three points, moving up to 12th and demoting the Gunners to forth.
Diego Costa scored his in a long time. Credit: AP
CHELSEA 1-0 NORWICH
Diego Costa scored his third Premier League goal of the season to end Chelsea’s disastrous run of three straight Premier league defeats but also missed several chances to pull Chelsea out of sight. Norwich rallied late on and could have snatched an equaliser.
Mourinho was a relieved man: “It was bit of relief” he admitted to BBC sport. “I’m not nervous on the bench. I am Ok, I am fine. I think we don’t deserve the heartbeat of the last few minutes, I think we deserve to be enjoying the last three, four minutes with a two, three, 4-0 result, relaxed but we couldn’t,” He lamented.
Depay marked by Paredes in action
WATFORD 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED
A calamitous Troy Deeney’s own goal just before the final whistle handed the three points to Manchester United. Watford captain, Troy Deeney netted the equalising goal from the spot in the 87th minute put the ball through his own net.
Memphis Depay put United ahead from Herrera’s bending cross by cushioning a fine volley past Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes. With United missing Rooney and Martial, the goal was a welcomed relief. United now stay second, a point behind Leicester.
Bojan after his first goal. Credit: Getty Images
SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 STOKE
The Saint’s six match unbeaten run in the Premiership was halted by Bojan Krkic of Stoke. It was the third goal for the former Barcelona forward, scored after just 10 minutes of the match, prompting Stoke to shut up shop to register their fourth straight clean sheet on the road this season.
Kylie Walker celebrates his goal. Credit: Getty Images
TOTTENHAM 4-1 WEST HAM
Tottenham Hotspur thoroughly outclassed their London counterpart at the White Hart lane with Harry Kane scoring a brace while Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker also netted.
Spurs were so dominant they could have scored a couple more. Lanzini’s goal flattered West Ham who were so poor and capitulated after conceding the first goal.
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