What the fans say...
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Aston VillaColin McCullough: This was a performance from which it's hard to take many positives. Although Gomes was at fault for what proved to be the winning goal, but for him - and the woodwork - Villa could easily have scored three or four. The result means that Spurs have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season and sit alone at the bottom of the table with a solitary point. Juande Ramos needs to get to work - fast.
Jerrad Peters: Villa are exactly where they want to be. It's early, obviously, but from here on in the task is to defend their current status in the top-four. Young was simply marvelous on Monday; and Reo-Coker's performance, as much as it pains me to say it, will probably keep Milner out of the starting-XI for another week.
Blackburn Rovers 0-4 ArsenalAlan Griffiths: I won't make any player a scapegoat for the display against Arsenal, as the Gunners are in a different league, in fact the style and class of play by Wenger's team is a joy to behold. Tactically Rovers got it completely wrong on Saturday, you have to be in Arsenal's face, you cannot let them play. Paul Ince thought that attack was the best form of defence and the Rovers were left lacking in both. You cannot afford to go two goals behind to Arsenal or any team in the Premier League as you'll never pull it back. The more worrying fact being that player's heads dropped and they never looked interested in the second half, resulting in a mass exit by fans before the final whistle.
David Young: Arsenal negotiated a potentially hazardous post-international week trip to Blackburn with ease, scoring two in either half to win 4-0. The home team had their chances in the first half but a well-taken effort by Robin Van Persie after a penetrating Theo Walcott run gave the Gunners the lead and Emmanuel Adebayor finished off a great passing move to make it two at the interval. The Togo striker added two more in a second half that Arsenal dominated. One came from the penalty spot after Emmanuel Eboue had dived theatrically in the area and he completed his hat-trick with almost the last kick of the game. This result should provide a good confidence booster before further awkward away games at Dynamo Kiev and Bolton this week. Certainly, after their disastrous performance at Fulham a few weeks ago, the Gunners have bucked up their ideas considerably.
Fulham 2-1 Bolton WanderersTom Wille: Fulham continued their good start to the season at Craven Cottage. First half goals from summer signings Zoltan Gera and Bobby Zamora helped push the Cottagers up to sixth. Striker Andy Johnson made his long awaited debut. While Johnson did not score, he did work well with Bobby Zamora up front and showed positive signs for looks to a good strike partnership in the making. Confidence and excitement is high among Fulham supporters. Whether it stays at this level is something only time will tell.
Matthew Kilsby: The only possible positive I can take from this game is the fact that we never get anything from Craven Cottage. Fulham really should have won by more, particularly considering the Wanderers' depressingly ponderous and unadventurous football. We were found wanting all over the pitch, especially at the back where Shittu appears to produce exactly what it says on the tin.'
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester UnitedKevin Brodie: Liverpool looked to be done and dusted after just 5 minutes gone. Our high tempo game was being picked apart. Our recent run against United has been dismal so I'm afraid my head dropped when Tevez smacked in the opener. I feared it could be 6-0, especially with out Torres and Gerrard. Liverpool, however clawed their way back into the game with sheer determination and heart, lead by the outstanding Javier Mascherano. Reira also excelled in his debut on the left side. This was by far our best performance of the season but at the end of the day it's only three points. But any three points against United, especially coming from behind makes it just the little bit more sweet.
Mark Payne: This was a horrible result and it is hard to think clearly afterwards. I believe that our current malaise is down to the following factors: Giggs and Scholes are 25% short of stamina. Nani and Anderson are 25% short of experience and Carrick and Hargreaves are 25% short of fitness. I doubt Tevez, Berbatov and Rooney can start together again and it would not have been easy to be VDS and Brown after this game. So it is Viva Ronaldo once more, how many people are wishing we sold him now? Liverpool deserved it.
West Bromwich Albion 3-2 West Ham UnitedWest Brom Albion manager Tony Mowbray hopes his side have silenced their doubters after a late goal from Chris Brunt earned them a 3-2 home win over West Ham United. The Baggies scored only one goal in their opening three Premier League games, from which they collected just a single point.
Billy Blagg: Forget the result the big news is, of course, the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as new boss with a three year contract. Zola is the first foreign manager of West Ham and represents a complete move away from ex-players and 'promising' English managers (I've forgotten Lou Macari OK?). I've not had time to collate my thoughts completely but this look like a top class appointment with Zola promising to play attacking football and to put the smile back on the faces of Hammers fans who had become disenfrancished with Alan Curbishley's stifiling brand of football. We'll still lose loads but at least it will be entertaining (That's a joke too!)
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Tim Cahill celebrated his return to Everton's starting line-up with the winner in a breathless 3-2 win against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Cahill had missed the start of the season with a broken metatarsal that blighted him for much of the last campaign. But he marked his surprise inclusion by striking the decisive blow, heading home Mikel Arteta's corner in the 76th minute.
Manchester City 1-3 ChelseaWallace Poulter: There are times when City's back four looks good. And then a couple of times a year we play Chelsea. Best team by far in the Premiership. Of course the pre-match hype was all about the clash of the cash which made no sense at all. City had 12 hours in which to buy one player, although not bad when that one is Robinho, so the comparison was more than a little suspect. No Petrov and crucially no Johnson meant that City were always going to struggle albeit Robinho had a fairy tale start. Let us see how this fixture goes next year.
David Esposto The pre-match hype indicated a clash of the cash, but while it only took Robinho 13 minutes to open his account, it was the class of Chelsea that reigned supreme. Goals from Ricardo Carvalho, Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka sealed the three points for Chelsea; as the Blues went on to continue their dominance over City and grab their seventh straight win over the squad from Eastlands.
Newcastle United 1-2 Hull CityNewcastle owner Mike Ashley was left in no doubt as to the feelings of the club's supporters as his crisis club slipped to an embarrassing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of promoted Hull. With Ashley and executive director (football) Dennis Wise nowhere to be seen, it was left to managing director Derek Llambias, the man with whom Kevin Keegan held heated discussions before his resignation, to bear the brunt of a concerted backlash.
Richard Haddock: After a great start, we were brought back to Earth by Wigan at the end of August. But now Hull City are back on cloud 9. Going to St. James' park and leaving with three points is never easy, even with the mess going on up there. It was good to see Marlon King getting a brace as well. Fifth in the league after four games, not too bad!
Portsmouth 2-1 MiddlesbroughJermain Defoe's two second-half goals gave Portsmouth their first home win in six months, 2-1 against Middlesbrough - but not before manager Harry Redknapp had to dump his new 3-5-2 system. Middlesbrough, with a raft of injured international stars missing, led against the run of play when burly striker Mido slotted in a chance created by Brazilian Afonso Alves.
Daniel Gray: Just as our youth makes for exciting football, so too does it make for naivety. From the moment Mido scored up until half-time, Boro were well in control. Then, wily old dog Redknapp out smarted Southgate: the Pompey midfield was rearranged and pulled Boro apart, Diarra superlative in the centre. It didn't help that we had nine men on the pitch for their equaliser, but then it also didn't help that Mido decided to have a nice lay down as Pompey attacked for that goal. The biggest miss was Tuncay, player of the year so far. At Sunderland, solidity and resolve in midfield will be key, as will the return of David Wheater.
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