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Premier League round-up: Sunday

Reds and Black Cats sneak, Everton's prospects look bleak.

By | 29th August 2010

Another weekend of Premier League fixtures is officially in the books and on the whole, it won’t be an overstatement to assert that English football fans got their fair share of excitement out of it.

Yesterday, we saw a thriller (Arsenal edging Blackburn), a shock upset (Wigan winning at White Hart Lane), and then we shock the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United ease to wins over lesser opponents.

Today turned out to be quite a mixed bag too. We saw a thrilling comeback and then we saw a shock upset as well. Fortunately, none of the games was characterized by one-way traffic, though.

Bolton and Birmingham started the day off in extremely entertaining fashion with a breathless 2-2 draw at Reebok Stadium. The visitors’ defender Roger Johnson scored the opener early on before an incident with Trotters goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen ended in the latter’s dismissial due to a slap that was delivered to the former’s face.

Craig Gardner, who scored twice last weekend, needed two touches to score another against a Bolton side that was playing a man down. Nevertheless, Owen Coyle’s men mounted a remarkable comeback from two goals down as a Kevin Davies penalty was followed by Robbie Blake’s unstoppable free-kick nine minutes from the full-time whistle.

Liverpool and Manchester City experienced contrasting fortunes just six days ago as the Sky Blues thrashed Roy Hodgson’s men 3-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium. On this day, the fortunes reversed as the Eastlands outfit suffered a 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light while the Reds were busy clinging on to a narrow win by the same score.

Roberto Mancini’s side included want-away striker Emmanuel Adebayor but after failing to take their chances over the course of 90 minutes, they were punished in the closing moments of the game by none other than – you guessed it – Darren Bent.

The England international was brought down by Micah Richards deep into stoppage time and the prolific striker made absolutely no mistake in converting the goal that condemned the Citizens to their first defeat of the season.

Liverpool weren’t a lot more productive than City either but thanks to a decisive Fernando Torres strike in the second half, they sealed a 1-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion, who had James Morrison sent off four minutes from full-time.

At Villa Park, the last fixture of the day ended 1-0 to the hosts as well. Liverpool’s cross-town rivals Everton failed to pose any significant threat to an Aston Villa side that was humiliated by Newcastle at St. James’ Park last weekend.

An early goal from Luke Young was enough to knock the wind out of Everton’s sails and earn some redemption for Kevin MacDonald’s men. As far as Everton are concerned, it remains to be seen how David Moyes will pull his talented Toffees out of a mini-crisis that has seen them pick up merely a single point in their opening three matches.

In case anyone is still wondering, that is a record that places them in the relegation zone!

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