England Premier League — 26 August 2012

Manchester United claimed their first victory of the season yesterday, with a 3-2 win over Fulham at Old Trafford.

The visitors took a shock early lead through winger Damien Duff.

However, the Cottagers didn’t  hold the lead for long as Robin Van Persie scored after just ten  minutes of his full debut.

Fellow new boy Shinji Kagawa gave United the lead on 35 minutes with a close-range effort. United extended their lead before half-time, full-back Rafael heading home Ashley Young’s cross.

Fulham were handed a lifeline in the second half, United defender Nemanja Vidic putting past his own keeper. Fulham pressed for an equaliser, but the Red Devils held on to claim victory.

Elsewhere, Everton’s impressive start to the season continued. The Toffee’s defeated Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park. The visitors took a very early lead through a superb strike from midfielder Steven Pienaar. Marouane Fellaini headed home the visitors second on 35 minutes.

Striker Nikica Jelavic scored his first goal of the season firing home the third goal for Everton before half-time. Things got even worse for Villans in the second half as defender Ciaran Clark was shown a red card.

Villa fans did have something to shout about when new signing Karim El Ahmadi scored from long-range. The goal was scant consolation for the Villa Park faithful.

Chelsea continued their winning run with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. The Blues took the lead early-on through a Eden Hazard penalty-kick. Record signing Fernando Torres toe-poked a second before the break. The victory kept Chelsea top of the fledgling Premier League table.

Another team who have impressed so far this season is Swansea and the Swans claimed a 3-0 victory over West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. The home side took the lead through a Angel Rangel strike, before a James Collins mistake was capitalised on by midfielder Michu who poked past Jussi Jaaskelainein.

The home side completed the victory through a second half close-range finish from striker Danny Graham. It was the Swans second consecutive in the Premier League.

West Brom secured a last-gasp 1-1 draw at Tottenham. The game was a very open one, but the deadlock wasn’t  broken until the last 20 minutes, Spurs full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto opening the scoring.

It looked likely that the one goal would be enough. However, the Baggies didn’t give up and in the 90th minute James Morrison took advantage of poor defending to score the equaliser.

Norwich and QPR drew 1-1 at Carrow Road. The home side took an early lead through striker Simeon Jackson. The visitors equalised through Bobby Zamora, after John Ruddy had saved a Djibril Cisse penalty kick.

Wigan defeated Southampton 2-0 at St Marys. Wigan took the lead through Franco Di Santo, before new boy Arouna Kone added a second goal in the second half. It was the Saints second consecutive defeat of the season.

Who achieved the best victory on match day two?


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David Nugent

David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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