West Brom frustrated Tottenham in their first match since Tony Pulis was sacked as manager, holding Spurs to a 1-1 draw at Wembley. Salomon Rondon opened the scoring in the first few minutes, and they held onto the lead until the final 15 minutes. However, Harry Kane popped up to net an equaliser, though Spurs failed to break through a second time to secure all three points. The Baggies banished the memories of Tony Pulis inside three minutes, Rondon rolling a shot into the far corner of Hugo Lloris’ goal from just inside the area. West Brom went into defensive mode after taking such an early lead, and settled into a rigid two banks of four structure. Spurs found chances hard to come by, with Harry Kane doing his best with a weak header, then a low strike that dribbled past the far post. Son Heung-Min and Eric Dier both went close before the break, but the visitors managed to hold on after switching to a three at the back, man marking system. After the break, Spurs continued to find it hard to test Ben Foster in goal. Their build-up play was nice enough, but West Brom’s defence was holding firm. Dele Alli should have equalised just before the 70 minute mark, but Kieran Trippier’s delivery only just evaded his outstretched boot at the bar post. However, moments later Alli set-up the equalising goal, with a low delivery into the area converted by Kane. Kane, Son and Alli all wasted the opportunity to put Spurs ahead, but the last chance fell to Rondon, who really should have scored from just inside the area to secure the win for West Brom. However, the points were shared at Wembley, and Spurs will be the more disappointed side following a frustrating 90 minutes.
Crystal Palace left it late to beat Stoke City and pick up just their second win of the Premier League season. Mamadouu Sakho scored the winning goal in second half stoppage time, after Ruben Loftus-Cheek had cancelled out Xherdan Shaqiri’s opening goal. There was little action of note in the opening passages, though Shaqiri was probing in attack for Stoke. Their defence was holding relatively firm, though Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend were breaking the lines on occasion. Lee Grant was called into action late in the opening half, denying James McArthur twice from close range, after Ruben Loftus-Cheek sent in a fine delivery from wide. Stoke took the lead 10 minutes after the restart, Shaqiri finally converting to cap his fine performance. He picked the ball up in midfield and proceeded to work his way to the edge of the Palace area, and, when there, he fired past Hennessey in goal. But just moments later the game was level again, Loftus-Cheek nipping in at the far post to convert past Grant. Further chances were wasted by both sides – Ryan Shawcross missing an open goal to put Stoke ahead with just minutes remaining. Only seconds were left when Palace stole all three points, Mamadou Sakho tapping in the winner from close range after Yohan Cabaye’s powerful strike bounced off the post.
Watford made light work of Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, winning 3-0 at St James’ Park to make it four defeats in a row for Rafa Benitez. Will Hughes and a DeAndre Yedlin own goal put the visitors in control by half-time, and Andre Gray added a third after the restart to secure a convincing win – but one that should have been even more convincing. It was an open match in the early stages, with Matt Ritchie going close for the hosts and Watford’s Richarlison forcing Rob Elliot into a fine diving save. However, the visitors got the breakthrough after 20 minutes, with Will Hughes running onto Marvin Zeegelaar’s cross inside the area to send a low finish into the corner of Elliot’s goal. Abdoulaye Doucoure could have doubled the lead seconds later, but he failed to convert another Zeegelaar delivery from close range. Joselu should have pulled Newcastle level, but Gomes pushed his attempt from a narrow angle wide, and just before half-time Watford doubled the lead. Zeegelaar sent in another cross from the left – this time driven low – and it deflected off DeAndre Yedlin and into the bottom corner of Elliot’s goal. Andre Gray and Richarlison both wasted chances before they combined to put the game beyond all doubt. Richarlison curled in a lovely cross from the left, and Gray beat the Newcastle defence for pace to reach the ball first, and send it past Elliot with a first-time finish. Further chances were missed by Watford, but the game had been over for a long while and ended in victory for the visitors.
Manchester United 1–0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Manchester United had to call upon luck to get back to winning ways, defeating Brighton 1-0 at Old Trafford courtesy of a deflected Ashley Young goal. The visitors were more than a match for United, and will feel aggrieved to have left Manchester with nothing to show for their efforts. Surprisingly, it was the visitors dominating the opening passages of play, with Anthony Knockaert and Pascal Gross both going close to breaking the deadlock. Romely Lukaku was the first United player to test Mat Ryan in the Brighton goal, though his shot after 25 minutes was hardly troubling. The hosts grew into the game as the opening half wore on, with Anthony Martial and Antonio Valencia sending in precise deliveries that Lewis Dunk had to clear. Ryan was at the rescue for Brighton on the brink of half-time; he got down quickly to keep out Lukaku’s point blank header, then reacted while on the ground to deny Paul Pogba – who reached the rebound first. The Red Devils pressed for an opening goal after the restart, and 20 minutes in Ashley Young’s shot took a wild deflection and bounced over Ryan in goal to hand them the lead. The Seagulls went all out to pull the scores level, but they failed to break through United’s mean defence, and had to leave Old Trafford with nothing to show for their efforts.
Swansea City 0–0 AFC Bournemouth
Swansea ended a run of four straight Premier League defeats by holding Bournemouth to a 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium. Bournemouth started the stronger, playing with confidence against a team lacking in any. Marc Wilson went close early on, and Lukasz Fabianski comfortably dealt with Andrew Surman’s shot. The hosts appeared more comfortable as the game went on; Jordan Ayew worked some space for himself but was dispossessed before shooting, Martin Olsson volleyed over, and Renato Sanches hit the side netting from Tom Carroll’s pass. Josh King remained dangerous for Bournemouth, though he could only strike straight at Fabianski after working his way into the area by playing a lovely one-two with Marc Pugh. Swansea did have the ball in the net before half-time, though Wilfried Bony’s strike was disallowed as Ayew was adjudged to have fouled Nathan Ake in the build-up. Both teams pushed after the restart, and Swansea were showing much more confidence than they did in the first half. Leroy Fer had the clearest opportunity, doing brilliantly to work his way into the area, but his first shot was saved by Begovic and the Dutchman sent the rebound wide. In the final moments Swansea were aggrieved to not win a penalty, but the only whistle heard from the referee was the one to signal the end of the match.