Premier League Roundup: Big wins for Man City, Villa, Sunderland, Chelsea slip up (video)

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We had 14 goals in four Premier League games on Wednesday night, as the players took the hint from torrential downpours across England with goals raining in from all over the place.

Manchester City blew away Tottenham for the second time this season, as the Citizens surged to the top of the PL table after their eighth successive win.

Elsewhere Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion went toe-to-toe in a real ding-dong battle at Villa Park, as the home side ran out 4-3 winners. While the big shock of the night came at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea drew 0-0 with West Ham after dominating from start to finish. Up in the North East, Sunderland’s revival continued with a win over Stoke, as the Black Cats climb away from the drop zone.

To cap off a crazy midweek slate of action around the league, here’s all the recaps, analysis and video highlights from a typically maniac night in the Premier League.

Let’s get to it.

Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion

What. A. Game. Defensive coaches will be pulling their hair out but goals galore saw an enthralling Midlands derby at Villa Park. West Brom jumped into an early 2-0 lead through Christ Brunt and a Fabian Delph own goal, but then Villa went 3-2 up as Weimann, Bacuna and Delph all scored. Youssuf Mulumbu equalized before the break to make it 3-3, but Christian Benteke scored from the penalty spot to seal a magnificent 4-3 win for the Villans.

Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United

A tremendously frustrating night for Jose Mourinho, as the Blues had 39 shots but none of them went in. To be fair, West Ham defended incredibly well but this was definitely a missed chance for Chelsea to stay in touch with the teams above them. Mourinho was not a happy man.

Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City

The Black Cats secured another vital win, as Gus Poyet’s side continue their charge up to 17th in the table and give themselves a two point cushion above the drop zone. England winger Adam Johnson scored his fifth goal in four games to seal the win, as Stoke continue their slide down the standings.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City

City just keep getting better each and every week, as the Citizens tore Tottenham apart at White Hart Lane. Sergio Aguero scored early on as Spurs struggled to deal with the away teams movement, but the home side battled back well before the break. However in the 48th minute the pivotal moment came on Danny Rose took down Edin Dzeko in the box and was shown a straight red card. Yaya Toure put City 2-0 up with the resulting penalty, then Dzeko made it 3-0 before Ettiene Capoue scored a consolation for Tottenham. Late on Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany added some gloss to the scoreline, as the Citizens went top of the Premier League with yet another resounding win.

Rapids name Robin Fraser as head coach

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Rapids have named former Major League Soccer player and longtime assistant Robin Fraser as their head coach.

Fraser steps in for Conor Casey, who’s been the interim coach since the team fired Anthony Hudson in May. Colorado is 7-14-6 and at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

Fraser’s first match in charge will be Saturday at the New York Red Bulls.

The 52-year-old Fraser has served as an assistant coach at Toronto FC since 2015.

Fraser was the fourth overall pick in the 1996 MLS player draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Over his career, Fraser suited up for the Galaxy, the Rapids and the Columbus Crew. He said in a statement Sunday he considers Colorado home because he’s so familiar with the soccer community.

Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said Fraser has a “deep knowledge of what it takes to be successful in MLS.”

Pochettino upset with attacking stars, speaks on Eriksen status

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Mauricio Pochettino might’ve understood Tottenham Hotspur dropping points last week at Man City, but he didn’t plan on not taking anything from Newcastle United on Sunday at home.

“You need the capacity to step up in this type of situation but we didn’t show that quality today,” Pochettino said. “When the ball arrives in the last third you need something from the talent and quality we have there and today we didn’t have that.”

[ RECAP: Spurs 0-1 Newcastle | Bruce reacts ]

So that’s pretty straight forward, but Pochettino was less happy to answer the question of why he didn’t start Christian Eriksen. Some (read: this writer) have questioned the philosophy of putting a man you may sell for $50 million on the bench. Either put him in the Starting XI and risk him, or leave him off the 18.

“When you lose, the players who don’t play are the best. With Christian we win and we lose a lot of games. I accept that situation is like this. If we won 3-0 today no one talks about different names.

“I cannot find excuses about the transfer window being open to justify that performance or the result. We cannot find the way to be solid and to have consistency for different reasons. I am going to be happy in 10 days after we play Arsenal when the transfer window closes in Europe and to have the player involved until the transfer window again in January.”

We’re not gonna read too much into it, but it does sound a bit like Pochettino is daring teams to bid for Eriksen. Would it make sense for him to hold onto Eriksen until January before cashing in?

Newcastle’s Bruce heard criticism, happy to beat Spurs

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Steve Bruce heard a lot of the criticism from fans upon his hiring at Newcastle United, and it rang out louder after the Magpies started 0-2 including a loss at newly-promoted Norwich City.

[ RECAP: Spurs 0-1 Newcastle ]

He may well hear plenty more down the road, but the childhood Newcastle supporter was feeling relieved and maybe redeemed after a fortunate and wonderful 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. From the BBC:

“We came to this fantastic stadium, this fantastic club and we performed. I mean, to say I ‘cannot even do a warm up’ is mad. I have managed 900-odd games and over the years you would think there would be some sort of respect but I go back to the fact that whoever took over from Rafa Benitez was going to get the abuse.”

Newcastle faces struggling Watford at St. James’ Park next week, and another result will ease a lot of nerves (though certainly not all of them.

Wolves snatch late point versus Burnley

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Raul Jimenez’s penalty seven minutes into stoppage time gave Wolves a point with a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Sunday at the Molineux Stadium.

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Wolves now have three draws in three matches, while Burnley has four points.


Three things

  1. We’re paying rent in Ashley Barnes‘ world — Known most for his combustible, some-would-say dirty nature, the Burnley striker now has four goals this early season and more than one, including Sunday’s opener, have been bangers.
  2. Nuno’s men could use a break — Wolves fought well, but you can tell the Europa League schedule has heavily taxed their spirit. How tired are they? Here are the thoughts of an exhausted Raul Jimenez, and you can read the “Thank you, God” inside them –> “I think [the penalty] is the right decision. When I get in possession he tried to kick the ball, then he kicked me. It came at a good moment for us.”
  3. Don’t ever bet against Sean Dyche — We’ve written it 100 times. The big man can get a result from anywhere, at any time.

Burnley was easily the better unit over the first 45 minutes, and was rewarded with a goal even after VAR ruled one out.

Barnes chested a neatly-headed flick into shooting position and unleashed a missile that zipped past Rui Patricio for a 1-0 lead.

Both sides began the second half brightly, with Morgan Gibbs-White lashed a shot offf the outside of the netting and Barnes unable to get purchase on a ball over the top of the Wolves back line.

But Erik Pieters cut down Jimenez in the box late to set the Mexican international up for a win.

[ VIDEO: Premier League highlights ]