QPR, Swansea off the mark, Reds win
QPR recorded their first win back in the Premier League as they came away from Everton with a 1-0 victory. Neil Warnock's men, who were thrashed 4-0 at home to Bolton last weekend, came away from Goodison Park with maximum points thanks to Tommy Smith's 31st-minute goal. The forward took in Akos Buzsaky's pass to leave Tim Howard with no chance, while at the other end, his side survived Leighton Baines hitting the bar and penalty appeals from Jack Rodwell and Tim Cahill.
Liverpool recorded their first away win over Arsenal since 2000 to heap more misery on the Gunners - who saw Emmanuel Frimpong sent off and lost injured centre-back Laurent Koscielny in a 2-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium. In one of the day's two early kick-offs, Samir Nasri impressed for the home side, despite being expected to join Manchester City, but Arsenal's luck was out after Aaron Ramsey's own goal and a last-minute strike from substitute Luis Suarez handed the visitors victory.
"We live under circumstances where every defeat is an absolute disgrace and an earthquake," Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said. "We had eight players out and still had a good performance, so it is not all doom and gloom."
Elsewhere early on, Ryan Taylor wrote his name into Geordie folklore by firing Newcastle to a 1-0 derby victory at Sunderland. The full-back curled home a superb 62nd-minute free-kick to win a hard-fought contest which the home side ended with ten men after Phil Bardsley`s late red card.
We live under circumstances where every defeat is an absolute disgrace and an earthquake.
In the other afternoon starts, the first Premier League game to be played in Wales ended goalless as Swansea took on Wigan. Michael Vorm, who was impressive on his debut in Swansea`s goal at Manchester City on Monday, was the hero for the home side, saving Ben Watson's 73rd-minute penalty after Ashley Williams had felled Jordi Gomez. Victor Moses and Ben Watson also hit the woodwork for the visitors, who have drawn their first two games, while the point is Swansea`s first in the top flight.
At Villa Park, Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his 50th Premier League goal for Aston Villa as they beat Blackburn 3-1. With Alex McLeish taking charge of a home match for the first time, Agbonlahor gave him the perfect start when he drifted in off the left with 12 minutes gone and gave Paul Robinson no chance from 18 yards. Emile Heskey made it two from the edge of the box with 25 minute gone and, although Morten Gamst Pedersen`s header pulled one back (52), Darren Bent wrapped up the win with 23 minutes left, slotting home after Stiliyan Petrov`s shot was blocked by Ryan Nelsen and fell kindly too him.
In the day's late kick-off, Andre Villas-Boas registered his first win as Chelsea manager as the Blues came from behind to defeat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Shane Long's second goal in as many matches gave the Baggies a fourth-minute lead, but second-half goals from Nicolas Anelka and fellow Frenchman Florent Malouda turned things around for Chelsea.
"It was a difficult game. The first goal was very early and the crowd became anxious and that passed onto the pitch," Villas-Boas said. "We weren't able to play to our level. We had to remove the anxiety and be tranquil. The players' mental attitude for the second half was good."