WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Ashley Young of Manchester United celebrates his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on August 14, 2011 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

English Premier League, Week Two: Manchester United Crush Tottenham Hotspur 3-0

Manchester United slaughtered a Luka-Modric-less Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Old Trafford in a match more one-sided than the scoreline suggests.

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Bolton Wanderers Vs. Manchester City: City Edge Trotters 3-2

Manchester City beat Bolton Wanderers 3-2 at the Reebok Stadium to go top of the table after two weeks of Premier League action. Both teams were coming off huge wins over newly-promoted teams, but it was City who got the most confidence from their comprehensive savaging of poor Swansea City, one that also saw the sparkling England debut of Argentina hitman Sergio Aguero. Such was Aguero's impact in the opener that he received a place in Roberto Mancini's starting eleven in Bolton.

Unfortunately for City, Aguero failed to hit the lofty peaks he managed six days ago against the Swans and Michel Vorm, spurning several clear-cut chances and having a goal disallowed. Fortunately for City, it wouldn't matter. David Silva gave them the lead after 26 minutes when Nigel Reo-Coker failed to close the Spanish winger down, allowing him space to shoot from range. Jussi Jaaskelainen failed to get his body behind the ball in what should have been an easy save and sat horrified as the shot ricocheted off his right knee and into the back of the net. Gareth Barry added a rather prettier strike towards the end of the first half, taking a touch and walloping a ball so hard into the top corner it nearly took Micah Richard's head off.

Bolton responded instantly, with Ivan Klasnic showing superb skill in volleying from close range through Joe Hart's legs, and Aguero's profligacy looked as though it could come back to haunt the visitors - for all of their dominance in the first half they were just one goal ahead. The next goal would almost certainly decide the game, but sadly for Bolton it came after a piece of terrible defending from Zat Knight, who allowed Edin Dzeko to drift past him and beat Jaaskelainen on the half-volley.

Kevin Davies would cut the lead to one goal once more in the 63rd minute, but City would hang on for the remainder of the match, finally emerging 3-2 winners after a tense, fast-paced affair. Mancini's side have announced themselves as a genuine attacking force, with seven goals in their opening two matches, but questions now must be asked about a defence that's conceded two or more goals in six of their last eight away matches.

Top of the league City fans probably won't care much what their defence does as long as the wins keep flowing, of course.


Bolton Wanderers Vs. Manchester City: 2-1 City At Halftime

Manchester City have been in fine form at the Reebok, happily dominating their hosts with a superb display of considered passing and lethal breaks. However, although they've scored twice, they might wish to work on their finishing - lackadaisical play in the penalty area may well see them drop points here, despite taking a 2-1 lead into halftime.

Only one of City's goals, a scorcher from Gareth Barry that made the game 2-0 could be ascribed to anything like a good shot. David Silva's opener was almost entirely the fault of Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainan, who turned a routine save on a ball hit right at him into a goal, and Sergio Aguero has missed what must now be described as a bevy of easy chances and had a goal (correctly) disallowed.

City may well regret not putting Bolton away while they could. For despite being outplayed, the hosts pulled one back immediately after Barry's superb strike, with Nigel Reo-Coker's raking ball to the left flank immediately being pinged back into the box for Ivan Klasnic to volley home through a helpless Joe Hart's legs. They probably don't deserve that goal, Bolton (they certainly don't deserve to be trailing by just one), but if City are going to keep missing chances, the Trotters will happily do their utmost to make them pay.


Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs. Fulham: Full Time, Wolves Coast Against Poor Fulham Side

Whether it's a one-off performance or Martin Jol has some serious work to do, Fulham looked very poor at Molineaux on Saturday afternoon, as Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated them 2-0. Wolves were the slightly better, though not obviously superior side for the opening 40 minutes of the match. In the final five minutes of the first half, they scored twice through Kevin Doyle and Matthew Jarvis, giving them a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room. They would not relinquish that lead and held on for all three points.

In the second half, Wolves did what they did best and shut up shop. As the home side played a slightly more defensive game, Fulham continued to struggle to create chances. It was a poor performance from the Cottagers, and while there's no reason for their fans to panic, they will be at least slightly upset and/or annoyed by the way their team played.

Temporarily, Wolves are top of the English Premier League. Just laugh at that for a second. Obviously, if either Bolton or Manchester City win outright in the later game, they will knock Wolves off the top spot.


Norwich City Vs. Stoke City: Full Time, Kenwyne Jones Equalizes At The Death

Norwich City put in another solid performance early in their English Premier League campaign, but once again they have come up just short of all three points. Thanks to a questionable red card call and a 94th minute equalizer, the Canaries have split the points with Stoke City, who should feel a bit lucky to walk away with anything.

Richie De Laet scored the opener with a header on a set piece in the first half, but Jones rescued a point for the Potters in stoppage time, heading in a cross from Glenn Whelan. The Norwich defense and John Ruddy did well to keep Stoke off the board for 93 minutes, but couldn't hold out until the end.

The game changed significantly in the 63rd minute when Leon Bennett fouled Jonathan Walters, for which he was shown a straight red card and Stoke were granted a penalty. Bennett committed a foul without a doubt, but the foul absolutely occurred outside of the penalty area and whether or not a red card was warranted is certainly debatable, which is being generous to the referee. Ruddy saved the penalty, but Stoke would be on the front foot from that point forward.

Norwich did well to hold out for as long as they did, but they will be disappointed that they were denied their first Premier League win.


Aston Villa Vs. Blackburn Rovers: Injuries Mar Easy Villa Win

Aston Villa dominated Blackburn Rovers en route to a 3-1 home win, but injuries to Luke Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey served to take the gloss off a comprehensive victory by Alex McLeish's side. It was Agbonlahor who opened the scoring early in the first half, gliding past a pair of baffled defenders before stroking a shot home with Paul Robinson helpless, and he was involved in their second when he fed Emile Heskey at the top of the box. The big man slipped as he shot, but scored anyway, his low effort fizzing into the bottom corner past a despairing Robinson.

Halftime wasn't all rosey though - Agbonlahor was forced off with an injured to be replaced by Marc Albrighton, and it wouldn't take long before Luke Young had to be substituted for Ciaran Clark as well. By then Blackburn had cut Villa's lead after Morten Gamst Pedersen struck with a close range header, bringing themselves back into the match. That would prove short-lived, however, as Darren Bent re-established Villa's two goal cushion with a poachers finish slightly after Heskey too limped off the pitch.

A rousing win for Aston Villa, then, but depending on how soon all three injured players get back, it could prove something of a Pyrrhic victory. Blackburn, meanwhile, were dire. There's work to be done there.


Swansea City Vs. Wigan Athletic: Swans Hold Out For Scoreless Draw

Swansea City started their first-ever home game in the Premier League brightly but ultimately were fortunate to hold out for a point in a tightly fought match against old friend Roberto Martinez's Wigan Athletic. The hosts had a superb chance to take the lead int he opening two minutes when Danny Graham shot straight at Ali Al-Habsi after a loose ball fell to the striker in Wigan's penalty area, but while City dominated possession chances were few and far between against a stout Wigan defence, who were excellent at muffling the threat posed by the newcomers but somewhat less so going forward.

The second half played out differently, with several fantastic chances for the visitors somehow failing to find the back of the net. Jordi Gomez and Victor Moses both beat Michel Vorm only to see their shots bounce straight off the post, but an even better chance presented itself to Ben Watson several minutes later from the penalty spot after Ashley Williams fouled Gomez. Vorm was up to the task though, pushing away at full stretch to deny Wigan and earn Swansea their first points ever in the Premier League.


Everton v QPR: Hoops Hold On, Win 1-0

What a difference a week makes for QPR. After conceding 4 last weekend at home to Bolton Wanderers, they go away to Goodison and not only keep a clean sheet, but also nick a goal in a fully deserved 1-0 win. Everton brought on their big guns in Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha, but couldn’t find a way past a resolute QPR defence. In all fairness, though, this wasn’t a back to the wall job for QPR: Paddy Kenny made very few saves in the second half.

Everton might be aggrieved, given that they dominated possession, but their two best chances came from Leighton Baines’ free kick hitting the bar and youngster Ross Barkley’s left footed shot. It’s never good to lose at home to a promoted side, but when that side lost 4-0 at home the previous week and when your chairman comes out and says there is no money to spend, things looks pretty dire at Goodison right now. No wonder the fans were frustrated, and there was heavy booing at full time, and sporadically throughout the second half, especially when David Moyes brought off Jermaine Beckford for Fellaini, before bringing off Heitinga for Saha.

Good news for QPR though: Their first win in the Premier League in over a decade.


Arsenal Vs. Liverpool: Gunners Earn 2-0 Loss

As so the Cesc Fabregas-less era begins for Arsenal. The Gunners hadn't lost at home to Liverpool since 2000, but they have now after a shambolic display saw them hit with two late goals to drop all three points at the Emirates Stadium. Granted, they've been hit with injuries and suspensions - and things got worse when Laurent Koscielny was forced to leave with a back injury early on in the match - but this was still a truly appalling performance from the hosts, whose use of Samir Nasri as the central playmaker was somewhat less-than-inspired.

Liverpool had the better of things in the first half, but Arsenal's defending was relatively stout even with Ignasi Miquel in for Koscielny. Emmanuel Frimpong, making his debut, could have been sent off within the first fifteen minutes for a series of silly challenges, but Martin Atkinson opted to be lenient on the 19-year-old and so the two sides more or less cancelled each other out before the interval, with neither looking particularly likely to score.

It was more of the same in the second half, despite Reds right back Martin Kelly hitting the post, but Frimpong made one challenge too far, obliterating Lucas Leiva in midair to earn himself a second yellow and a sending off. A comedy own goal thanks to a Miquel-Aaron Ramsey combination, where an attempted clearance fromt he former bounced off the latter and over Wojciech Szczesny's head for the opener, didn't exactly improve Arsene Wenger's mood. As Arsenal's boss looked increasingly like a deranged wet gerbil attempting to groom himself on the sideline, Liverpool struck again thanks to substitute Luis Suarez, condemning the hosts to a painful loss.

There's not much to be draw in the way of conclusions here. Arsenal's defence was more than fine before Frimpong's sending off changed the game, and Liverpool weren't exactly at full strength either. Very few of the starters impressed in the attacking third from either side - the hosts in particular probably need to re-think the way the front line works with the current midfield (or maybe they don't, if Nasri leaves), and Liverpool could probably do with having Suarez back to full fitness.

Not that Liverpool will care much - that's three potentially vital points against their main rivals for fourth this season.


Arsenal Vs. Liverpool: Luis Suarez Finishes Arsenal Off

Game over? Game over-er. Lucas Leiva pushes forward into the space abandoned by Arsenal's wandering midfield, ignoring Luis Suarez's offside run to pick out an unmarked Raul Meireles over on the right. The Portuguese midfielder, rumoured to be a Chelsea target, plays a straightforward centreing pass to an onside-again Suarez, who has the very easy task of slotting into an open goal from ten yards. He doesn't miss. Thomas Vermaelen nearly gets to the ball first, but even if he had reached it, he'd probably have put the ball in for Arsenal's second own goal anyway.

So that's 2-0 Liverpool and Arsenal have absolutely no chance of salvaging anything from this match. Liverpool are going to have their ego boosted by this, but the fact of the matter is that both teams have been relatively poor - Arsenal have just been far, far poorer after that red card issues to Emmanuel Frimpong in the second half.


Sunderland Vs. Newcastle United: Full Time, Magpies Win By 1-0 Final Score

For a majority of this edition of the Tyne-Wear Derby, Sunderland were the better side. All in all, they probably deserved a point from the match. However, Newcastle United were able to finish off one chance while Sunderland couldn't find the goal that their play likely deserved, and one moment of brilliance by Ryan Taylor ended up being the difference.

The first half was extremely physical and controversial, with Sebastian Larsson and Yohan Cabaye both getting away with red card offenses. Larsson's was a handball off the line, while Cabaye's was a dangerous challenge on Phil Bardsley. Both teams created plenty of chances in the first half, but both goalkeepers were superb.

While the first half was entertaining, the beginning of the second half was quite a bit slower. It seemed like both Alan Pardew and Steve Bruce thought the match was a little too wide open for their tastes and decided to shut it down, ultimately resulting in a style of play that was less easy on the eyes, but probably more practical for both sides.

The goal eventually came in the 63rd minute, and it was equal parts luck and skill that caused Ryan Taylor to score. From the left side of the penalty area, he swung in a free kick to the far post towards the head of Steven Taylor. However, the central defender missed and the ball sailed directly into the back of the net, giving Newcastle the lead.

Sunderland pressed for the equalizer but never found it as Newcastle's defense held strong. In the 89th minute, Bardsley was shown a red card, reducing the Black Cats to ten men and all but killing off their chances of salvaging a point.

For more on the Tyne-Wear derby, check out SB Nation's Sunderland AFC blog Roker Report and our Newcastle United blog Coming Home Newcastle.


Arsenal Vs. Liverpool: 0-0 At Half Time

Not awe-inspiring stuff from either team in the first half, although Arsenal have done well to overcome the early injury to centre half Laurent Koscielny to reestablish themselves in the match. Liverpool have probably had the better of the chances so far, but only Andy Carroll has really managed to test Wojciech Szczesny at all with a bullet header that was destined for the back of the net before Arsene Wenger's young goalkeeper managed to punch clear*. Mostly, Thomas Vermaelen has been able to shut down Carroll's aerial threat.

*The save looks less and less impressive the more one watches it.

Arsenal have had their chances as well, with Emmanuel Frimpong forcing Pepe Reina into a diving stop with a long-range effort, but the Gunners look somewhat toothless in attack so far. Robin van Persie is dropping deep to keep the play going, which means he's not around to finish off anything, which is resulting in some unfortunate-looking crosses to nobody from Andrei Arshavin.

So, improvements from both sides are probably necessary at this point. With 45 minutes to go, it's 0-0 at the Emirates.


Arsenal Vs. Liverpool: Laurent Koscielny Injury Sees Ignasi Miguel Come On For Gunners

Speaking of silly, what on earth was Emmanuel Frimpong doing just there? The 19-year-old defensive midfielder has earned himself a booking by attempting to interfere with a Liverpool throw in on the right side - if you combine that with his idiotic lunge in the first few minutes it's not unreasonable to suggest that the Arsenal man should have been sent off within the first eight minutes. Yikes.

Arsenal have had a couple of decent counterattacking chances while Liverpool have threatened thanks to Charlie Adam's delivery from set-pieces, but it's all going a little wrong for each team in the final third. Minutes later Frimpong falls down in possession in the centre circle, the ball going about twenty yards up in the air. Then Stewart Downing rifles a right footed(!) shot home from range - but Andy Carroll has fouled Laurent Koscielny and it won't count.

Oh dear, and that's Koscielny down (not related to the Carroll foul). The French centre half appears to have injured his lower back and it doesn't look like he'll be able to continue. Awful news for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, who may have to committ youngster Ignasi Miguel to the fray. That's really really unfortunate - the defender is hobbling off very very slowly and Miguel is now coming on.


Sunderland Vs. Newcastle United: Halftime, Physical, Controversial Match Scoreless After 45

It's been a nasty, controversial and fun match in the first 45 minutes at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon, meaning it's been everything we expect the Tyne-Wear Derby to be each season. Sunderland and Newcastle are currently locked up at 0-0, but that hasn't been for a lack of action.

Referee Howard Webb has missed a couple of difficult calls, while goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Tim Krul have both been absolutely brilliant. The first serious moment of controversy came in the 14th minute, when a Shola Ameobi header was cleared off the line by the arm of Sebastian Larsson. Howard Webb and his assistant either did not believe that the ball hit his arm or couldn't come to a decision, and Newcastle were only given a corner.

The second moment of controversy came just nine minutes later when Yohan Cabaye went in high and studs up on Phil Bardsley, hitting him with a dangerous tackle. He was given a yellow, but a case could easily be made for Cabaye deserving a red. That decision or lack thereof almost seriously affected the game in the 32nd minute, when Cabaye came close to scoring but was brilliantly denied by Mignolet.

For the rest of the half, it was Sunderland who created the top-notch chances, but both times they were denied. Stephane Sessegnon unleashed a fantastic shot at goal in the 37th minute from the edge of the penalty area, but Krul made an even better save. In the second minute of first half stoppage time, Asamoah Gyan unleashed an equally impressive shot, but unluckily had it bounce off the crossbar.

Sunderland and Newcastle went back and forth with their control of the game in the half, with Sunderland having the slightly better of the play. They controlled the opening 15 minutes, but Newcastle were the better team in the next 20. In the final 10 minutes, it was mostly Sunderland on the front foot. Both teams will feel like they can win the game and change the game in their favor with their substitutions, but the Black Cats have the slight edge thus far.

For more on the Tyne-Wear derby, check out SB Nation's Sunderland AFC blog Roker Report and our Newcastle United blog Coming Home Newcastle.

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