Premier League scores and review – Saturday 15 September
There were eight Premier League matches played on Saturday, with champions Manchester City dropping points when drawing 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
September 15th, 2012
Peter Crouch scored a phenomenal goal in the same fixture last season although there was an element of fortune about the striker’s opener in this match, with Javi Garcia equalising on his debut before Edin Dzeko’s lob was sensationally cleared off the line by Ryan Shawcross.
It allowed Manchester United to steal a march on their rivals and the Red Devils made no mistake with a 4-0 win over Wigan which saw Alexander Büttner and Nick Powell score on their debuts.
Javier Hernandez missed a spot kick in the first half before Paul Scholes broke the deadlock shortly after half-time and the Mexican doubled his team’s lead before the debutants added further gloss to the scoreline.
The London derby between QPR and Chelsea was marred by the pre-match handshake, with chances scarce throughout the ninety minutes although Eden Hazard and Bobby Zamora both had chances to score during a goalless draw.
Sunderland and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light which saw Luis Suarez rescue a point for the Reds who are still looking for their first win of the season.
There were no such problems for Arsenal who ransacked Southampton 6-1 thanks to sterling performances from Gibbs, Gervinho and Podolski. Former Saints forward Theo Walcott was on hand to score the sixth goal.
Dimitar Berbatov scored twice as Fulham won 3-0 against West Brom, while Aston Villa enjoyed their first victory of the season against Swansea City. The lunchtime kick-off between Norwich and West Ham ended goalless.