Liverpool threw down the gauntlet to their title rivals with a comfortable win over Cardiff while Bournemouth continued their fine start with victory at Fulham – here’s what happened in the Premier League.
Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League as Neil Warnock’s assessment of Cardiff’s hopes at Anfield proved accurate.
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Warnock delivered a startling admission that trying to get a result on Merseyside was “virtually impossible” on the eve of the fixture, and his side rarely looked like proving him wrong.
Sadio Mane’s double, plus Mohamed Salah’s strike and substitute Xherdan Shaqiri’s first goal for the club sealed a 4-1 victory which was enough to move Liverpool three points clear of Manchester City.
The only blemish for Liverpool came when Cardiff’s Callum Paterson scored a scrappy goal, dashing the Reds’ hopes of extending their run of clean sheets in the top flight at home to 10 matches.
Callum Wilson scored twice as Bournemouth continued their excellent start to the Premier League season to consign Fulham to another damaging 3-0 defeat.
Bournemouth opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Wilson was fouled by Timothy Fosu-Mensah before David Brooks’ produced composed finish for their second.
Kevin McDonald was sent off for a second bookable offence late on for Fulham before Wilson doubled his tally to seal victory and condemn the Cottagers to their fourth straight defeat, having conceded 15 goals in the process.
Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success fired Watford to a 3-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield to secure the Hornets’ best-ever start to a top-flight campaign.
Watford now boast 19 points from 10 games – bettering their 17 at the same stage of the 1982-83 campaign, where they finished second.
Javi Gracia’s team coasted through this clash in truth, with Huddersfield always game but ultimately outclassed at Vicarage Road.
Now winless in 10 this season, the Terriers’ were at times bystanders as their worst start to a top-flight campaign deepened still further.
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Glenn Murray claimed his 100th goal for Brighton to earn a 1-0 Premier League victory over Wolves.
The 35-year-old striker, who was a doubt for the game after being knocked unconscious at Newcastle last weekend, swept home a first-time finish three minutes into the second period.
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The visitors were the better team on the south coast but they lacked creativity and wasted a number of decent openings as they slipped to a second consecutive defeat.
Wilfred Ndidi’s late equaliser rescued a point for Leicester against a West Ham side who battled valiantly with 10 men following a red card for captain Mark Noble.
Fabian Balbuena’s first West Ham goal looked like it might be enough for victory when he scored after half an hour. Eight minutes later Noble was sent off for a challenge on Ndidi.
Leicester laid siege to the West Ham goal thereafter and finally made the breakthrough after 89 minutes with Ndidi’s deflected strike making it 1-1.
Newcastle‘s winless start to the season was extended to 10 matches but at least they escaped with a point from a 0-0 draw at Southampton.
Rafael Benitez’s side continue to set unwanted club records for their poorest start to a campaign and they never looked likely to break their win duck on the south coast.
But they were able to pick up a third point of the season – and actually climb off the foot of the table – thanks to some dogged defending and wayward finishing from a Southampton team who are almost as poor.
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