Daniel Sturridge scored with a superb finish in the first half yesterday to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over Aston Villa and maintain the Reds’ strong start to the Premier League season.
Sturridge received the ball in the area in the 21st minute, rounded goalkeeper Brad Guzan and poked the ball home. Brendan Rodgers’ team has now started with two straight 1-0 wins, despite having star striker Luis Suarez suspended.
Stoke came from behind with two goals in four minutes against Crystal Palace to ensure Mark Hughes’ first home game in charge of the Potters ended in victory.
The hosts went 1-0 down in the 31st minute when Marouane Chamakh netted. Charlie Adam equalised in the 58th minute before Ryan Shawcross got the winner in the 62nd minute.
Hull survived the sending-off of their Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo to beat Norwich 1-0. The win was a big relief to Sagbo, who had performed a classic hero-to-villain vignette just a few minutes after winning the penalty that Robbie Brady slotted home.
Jose Fonte denied Sunderland with a last-gasp header that earned Southampton a hard-earned point. It followed an early goal from Emanuele Giaccherini
Manchester United target Marouane Fellaini went the closest to scoring as Everton were held by a dogged West Brom.
Under-pressure Newcastle boss Alan Pardew had to settle for a grim stalemate against West Ham. Former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce stretched his record of never having lost at his former club since his departure, but will have left frustrated at not having taken all three points.