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Another Thrilling Weekend In The Premiership

QPR pick up first win back in the big time while Tottenham and Everton start with defeats

Posted Aug 23, 2011 by Chris White

Tommy Smith scores the winner for QPR at Everton

This weekend in the Premiership failed to disappoint with so many big matches, all of which serving up plenty of drama with goals, red cards and impressive performances coming right from the top to the bottom of the league.

The appetizer on Saturday lunchtime was, as expected, a fiery affair, as Newcastle triumphed away at local rivals Sunderland, with Ryan Taylor’s free kick going straight into the top corner, catching everybody out. Phil Bardsley was sent off late on as Sunderland’s day went from bad to worse.

The next course was probably the pick of the weekend’s fixtures as Arsenal, looking to get back on track after a turbulent week, played host to Liverpool, and things didn’t get much better for the Gunners as Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners. Aaron Ramsey’s own goal and a late strike from Luis Suarez poured more pressure on Arsene Wenger.

The highest scoring game of the weekend was at the Reebok Stadium, where Bolton were beaten 3-2 by Manchester City, with Edin Dzeko’s strike proving to be the winner.

Queens Park Rangers picked up their first win in the top flight with a 1-0 win at Everton thanks to a goal from Tommy Smith on the half hour mark. Other new boys Swansea were held to a goalless draw at home to Wigan in the first Premiership game to be played outside England, while Norwich City drew 1-1 with Stoke, as Kenwyne Jones’ stoppage time header levelled the scores after Ritchie De Laet gave the Canaries the lead.

Chelsea were made to work hard in their first home game of the new season, coming from behind to beat West Brom 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, with Florent Malouda firing home a late winner.

Aston Villa cruised to a 3-1 victory at home to Blackburn Rovers, with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey and Darren Bent all getting on the scoresheet.

Wolves made it two wins from two with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Fulham, with Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis both coring late in the first half.

The dessert for the weekend wasn’t too bad either, as Manchester United’s youngsters ran riot, winning 3-0 against a Tottenham side bereft of Luka Modric. Danny Welbeck, Anderson and Wayne Rooney all got their names on the scoresheet as the Champions set down a marker for the chasing pack – catch us if you can. Fabio Capello would have been an interested on-looker from the stands too, with six of the United side eligible for England, and Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling further enhancing their growing reputations.

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