There were goals aplenty this weekend, with seven sides scoring three or more goals, while there were an incredible 9 goals shared between Everton and Chelsea. Manchester United continued their poor start to the season with a disappointing draw against Burnley, in a match in which they were the poorer of the two sides, while rivals Manchester City were defeated at home by Stoke.
After a thumping loss against Tottenham, the QPR goalkeeper may have went into the match against Sunderland low on confidence, but the England international played very well, making crucial saves and kept a clean sheet in the process. The keeper hasn’t been a regular in the top flight for a while, but this season it looks like he could be key to QPR’s survival hopes and if he continues to play like he did on Saturday, they will have a number one they can rely on. The former West Ham player will always be remembered for his mistake in South Africa, however he is a solid keeper and he showed that this weekend.
Although Newcastle have yet to earn a victory this season, one of their new signings is already starting to emerge as one of the top full backs in the Premier League. Janmaat enjoyed an excellent World Cup and it was seen as somewhat of a coup when Newcastle signed the player as a replacement for Debuchy. On his performances to date, it could be argued he is superior to the French full back, especially when it comes to goal threat, the full back has already leveled Debuchy’s tally for the club. He was very good going forward against Crystal Palace and the movement for his goal was excellent.
The entire Stoke side were excellent against Manchester City, with Ryan Shawcross being the pick. He was dominating in the air and didn’t give the talented City attack any time on the ball. Furthermore Shawcross’ leadership ablities shone through as he ensured the Stoke side remained calm in the closing stages. He was also a handful from set pieces, with his presence being an issue for Manchester City at both ends of the pitch.
Even a misfiring Manchester United side offered a huge test for a side who lack in top flight experience, but Jason Shackell was a rock throughout, marshaling the defence well and he kept Robin van Persie very quiet. The highlight of the match for the defender was an excellent challenge on the Dutchman that thwarted a very promising attack.
After a disappointing debut, Alberto Moreno grew as the game went on against Tottenham and looked assured in both halves of the pitch. He took his goal well and caused lots of problems for the Spurs’ backline, while only Steven Gerrard had more touches of the ball than the Spaniard, showing how key he was to the victory.
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