London - Premier League leaders Liverpool crashed to their first defeat of the
season at home to Southampton on Saturday, while Everton enjoyed a
stirring 3-2 win at West Ham United.
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Liverpool were without
injured playmaker Philippe Coutinho, sidelined by a shoulder problem,
but they came close to taking the lead in the first half at Anfield when
visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc produced a full-stretch save to keep
out a Steven Gerrard free-kick.
Daniel Sturridge then had a
penalty appeal turned down after tangling with Dejan Lovren, and it was
Lovren who broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute with a back-post header
from a left-wing corner.
Only a fine triple save from Simon
Mignolet prevented Southampton from adding to their lead, but Lovren's
goal proved enough to inflict a first league defeat on Liverpool since a
3-1 loss to the same side last March.
Liverpool will lose their
grip on first place if Chelsea win at home to Fulham later on Saturday,
while Everton now trail their city rivals by only a point after Romelu
Lukaku scored on his debut to settle a thrilling game at Upton Park and
help preserve the last unbeaten record in the division.
twice took the lead, via a deflected shot from Ravel Morrison and a Mark
Noble penalty, only for Leighton Baines to level on each occasion with a
pair of sensational free-kicks from 25 yards.
Noble was then sent
off for a rash foul on Ross Barkley before Lukaku bravely headed home
an 85th-minute winner in his first game since signing on loan from
Another on-loan striker, Loic Remy, scored twice on his
first home start for Newcastle United, but the Frenchman still finished
on the losing side in a 3-2 defeat by Hull City.
header was cancelled out by Robbie Brady, who teed up Ahmed Elmohamady
for a second equaliser early in the second period after Remy had curled
home a second goal on the cusp of half-time.
Sone Aluko settled
the match in memorable fashion with 14 minutes remaining, meeting George
Boyd's left-wing cross with a sumptuous volley that crashed into the
net off the right-hand upright.
Stephane Sessegnon came back to
haunt his former club Sunderland by scoring the opening goal in a 3-0
win on his debut for new side West Bromwich Albion.
signing from Sunderland, the Benin midfielder pounced in the 20th
minute, before late goals from Liam Ridgewell and Morgan Amalfitano
Sunderland remain rooted to the foot of the
table and manager Paolo Di Canio's misery was compounded when striker
Steven Fletcher appeared to dislocate his shoulder.
Villa lost key striker Christian Benteke to injury but still managed to
snap a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win at Norwich City.
season's top scorer with 19 goals, Benteke limped off with an injury
during the first half but his replacement, Libor Kozak, tapped in the
game's only goal within two minutes of coming on.
Lambert played down Benteke's injury, saying: "The medical staff reckon
it's his hip flexor. Hopefully it's not too bad. But Libor Kozak came on
and scored within 90 seconds, which shows he'll endear himself to the
Manchester United visit Manchester City on Sunday in the
season's first Manchester derby, when both City manager Manuel
Pellegrini and his United counterpart David Moyes will be sampling the
fixture for the first time.