QPR have eventually won their first game of the season, at the 17th attempt, thanks to two goals from Adel Taarabt as they saw off Fulham 2-1 at Loftus Road.
The win moves Harry Redknapp’s team off the bottom of the table and reignites hope for Rangers to escape relegation.
The first goal came from a deflected shot, but in complete contrast his second was simply wonderful. After taking on four Fulham players near the half way line, he travelled to the edge of the box, put his foot over the ball and then majestically placed the ball into the bottom corner.
Fulham did pull a goal back late on to ensure a nervous finish at Loftus Road but QPR held on for their first win in the Premier League this season and their first under Harry Redknapp.
Manchester United maintained their six point lead at the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sunderland at Old Trafford.
Their first two goals came early in the first half from Robin Van Persie and Tom Cleverley. Both goals were terrific with Van Persie profiting from Ashley Young’s persistent wide play and Tom Cleverley superbly finishing a typically slick United passing move.
Wayne Rooney scored his seventh of the season in the second half to put Sir Alex Ferguson’s men three up.
Sunderland did put pressure on United’s unstable defence and that pressure took its toll when Fraizer Campbell headed a late consolation. Sunderland, however, are still in a relegation dogfight whilst Manchester United guarantee themselves a top of the table Christmas.
Manchester City won 3-1 against Newcastle at St James Park to get back to winning ways following last week’s derby defeat. First half goals from Sergio Aguero and Javi Garcia left Newcastle fans fearing an onslaught at half time as Mancini’s men were coasting.
However, a Demba Ba header put Newcastle back in the game only for Yaya Touré to restore the League Champion’s two goal advantage when he prodded the ball past Tim Krul.
The game may well be remembered more for the off the field antics however, as the police are investigating alleged racist language from Manchester City player Alesander Kolarov towards Newcastle fans who were holding an Algeria flag.
Christian Benteke scored two to increase his ever growing reputation and help his side comfortably beat a lacklustre Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield. Both of Benteke’s goals were good but neither matched the world class goal scored from Andreas Weimann.
After a great Villa move Weimann played a one two with Benteke, who backheeled the ball back into Weimann’s path, before he slotted the ball confidently past Pepe Reina.
Steven Gerrard did pull a late goal back for Liverpool when he deflected Glen Johnson’s shot into the net but it wasn’t enough to stop Aston Villa recording their second away win of the season.
Stoke City and Everton played out a fiery 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium with tackles, verbal exchanges and even head butts on show in this meaty clash. Everton took the lead in the first half when Steven Pienaar’s cross was headed into his own net by Ryan Shawcross but Stoke earned themselves a point when Kenwyne Jones powerfully headed a Ryan Shawcross punt up field past Tim Howard in the Everton goal.
Marouane Fellaini will be extremely fortunate to escape any disciplinary action after a shocking head butt on Shawcross after an altercation in the penalty area. David Moyes has condemned Fellaini’s actions who released an apology on the Everton website.
Norwich won their fifth home game in a row with a 2-1 victory over struggling Wigan. Goals from Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan were enough to see off Wigan despite a marvellous Shaun Maloney goal brought Wigan level early in the second half.
The defeat moves Roberto Martinez’s team into the relegation zone whilst Chris Hughton’s men have climbed to seventh in the Barclays Premier League.