The Premier League was back with a brilliant bang this weekend with 26 goals scored across ten matches, with Huddersfield Town still to take on West Ham United tonight at the London Stadium
The Week 4 results were:
- Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool
- Arsenal 3-0 AFC Bournemouth
- Everton 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
- Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
- Southampton 0-2 Watford
- Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea
- Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United
- Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
- Swansea City 0-1 Newcastle United
Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from the weekend’s action.
1 Newcastle United: Lascelles' captain's performance
Just when you need your captain the most, Jamaal Lascelles stepped up to the task for Newcastle United.
Swansea were in control for a majority of the game, as the Magpies had to make do with just 38% possession, and Tammy Abraham looked to have given the Swans the lead after he rounded Rob Elliott, but Lascelles made up the ground to clear off the line.
The Newcastle centre-back then rose the highest from Matt Ritchie's corner to thump a powerful header past Lukasz Fabianski, who had earlier kept Swansea in the game by palming away Joselu's header.
A true captain's performance.
2 Brighton: First goals and a first win
Not only did Brighton & Hove Albion record their first goals in the Premier League, they won their first top-flight game in 34 years with an emphatic 3-1 win over previously perfect West Bromwich Albion.
Pascal Gross was the star of the show as his twin strikes set the Seagulls on course for their first win of the season. An effort from Tomer Hemed also sealed the victory.
Brighton's attacking display was exemplary against a West Brom side who had only conceded one goal in their opening three games.
It was the combination of Gross and Hemed that proved most troublesome, with Hemed setting up the German for his second, whilst Gross repaid the favour shortly after as Hemed converted his cross.
Still an early favourite for relegation, to put goals and points on the board is a relieving sign for Chris Hughton.
3 Tottenham: Harry Kane the centurion
Harry Kane welcomed in September with a bang, scoring his first two goals of the Premier League season. His first, a fluke cross-shot effort that went over Jordan Pickford, who was off his line, was crucially his 100th goal for Tottenham in all competitions.
Kane's century of goals was speedily amassed in 169 games, better than the likes of Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, another sign of just how talented the 24-year-old is.
Overall, Kane spearheaded a ruthless Spurs performance that saw Everton barely get a sniff of their goal, with Danish maestro Christian Eriksen scoring in between Kane's strikes.
1 Swansea City: A first look at Renato Sanches
Swansea raised eyebrows when they completed the deadline day loan signing of Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich and naturally there was a keen sense of intrigue to watch the former European Golden Boy make his Premier League debut.
We were left disappointed, however.
A poor performance was littered with flashes of his talent, but overall Sanches was uninspiring and was duly hooked for Wilfried Bony in the 69th minute.
Sanches was keen to be on the ball which was encouraging to see, but he didn't use it effectively and gave away possession ten times, five more than any other player on the pitch.
Give him some time and Sanches will show his true quality.
2 Liverpool: More questionable defending
Liverpool were subject to a rout at the Etihad Stadium as they succumbed to a damning 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.
They had their chances early in the first half, particularly through Mo Salah who had the consistent beating of Nicolas Otamendi, but Sadio Mane's red card proved to be the turning point and from then on, Liverpool were abysmal.
It was disappointing to see as the entire team seemed to switch off, conceding a further four goals post Mane's dismissal.
Ragnar Klavan looked a deer stuck in the headlights in the face of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus' intricate movement, whilst the back four were carved open far too easily.
The Reds' limp defending allowed Kevin De Bruyne and company to run rampant.
3 Crystal Palace: What's done is done
Whilst Crystal Palace didn't perform too badly against Burnley, with their expected goals amounting to 1.98 in their favour, against 0.28 xG conceded, it was led to the dismissal of Frank de Boer.
The Dutchman, appointed to help see Palace into the possession era following years of route one football under Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis, was sacked after just 77 days in the job, ten shorter than his spell at Inter Milan.
What's done is done and the Eagles are now searching for a new manager to help steady the ship and keep the club in the top flight.
A hasty decision that could ultimately backfire.
1 Sadio Mane's challenge on Ederson
The first of two ugly incidents took place in Saturday's early kick off as Sadio Mane was rightfully dismissed for a dangerously high boot into the face of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.
Intent or not, the matter is moot. The Senegalese winger was focussed on the ball, not the on-rushing Ederson, who surprising Mane with his speed off the line.
Contact was made and Mane was deservedly sent off for endangering an opponent.
2 Matt Ritchie's challenge on Alfie Mawson
The second similarly ugly incident occurred on Sunday in Newcastle United's slender 1-0 victory over Swansea City.
Whilst Mane's high boot warranted a red card, Matt Ritchie escaped with just a yellow and a stern caution for his challenge on Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson.
The situation was exactly the same. Ritchie had eyes on the ball, not Mawson, as did the Swans' centre-back, but his boot was raised high and it was an action than endangered the opponent.
There was neither malicious intent, nor contact, but the referee got it wrong and Ritchie should have seen red.
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