LiveSunday football as it happened

Summary

  1. Sakho heads home West Ham's second
  2. FT: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
  3. FT: Tottenham 1-0 Southampton
  4. FT: Man Utd 2-1 Everton

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By Marc Higginson and Mandeep Sanghera

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Right then. It's time for our nine-hour live text to shut down for the night. But fear not... the European lads are in full swing. And be sure to tune into Match of the Day 2 tonight. It's on BBC One in England, Wales and Northern Ireland at 22:30 BST. In Scotland, it's 23:15.

Enjoy! Night.

West Ham 2-0 QPR

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Stewart Downing, the best midfielder in England on current form? Big Sam thinks so anyway. But does he make Garth Crooks's team of the week? You'll have to find out later...

Manager reaction

West Ham 2-0 QPR

More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "Since Stewart Downing has switched position he has been in top form and I thought he was the man of the match today. He was outstanding in possession and the way he passed the ball was fantastic.

"[On whether he could play for England] I think so but that is another choice for Roy Hodgson. I don't think there is anybody playing in midfield that is better than Stewart Downing."

Manager reaction

West Ham 2-0 QPR

More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "It was a long summer on the recruitment side of things, trying to get the players we wanted, but because of our perseverance we were successful in the end. These lads have hit the ground running, and that is why we haven't had the problems that other teams have had. The amount of training they have done, and because our dressing room is a very good environment to come into, they feel at home and that helps them settle in in quickly.

"Both Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho can score goals, and not only the threat they give the opposition but the work rate they have out of possession has given us stability and an impetus that allows us to be more attacking and creative - I would say that is apparent by today's performance."

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On the subject of the international break, I've already mentioned who England play but what about the other home nations? Well, Wales host Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus, Scotland host Georgia then travel to Poland, while Northern Ireland tackle the Faroe Islands (home) and Greece (away).

Elsewhere, Republic of Ireland host Gibraltar and visit Germany.

It sounds like Harry is getting tough with one or two players. It's a big two weeks while the international break is on.

Manager reaction

West Ham 2-0 QPR

More from QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "Sandro hasn't started yet, he was a quality player for me at Tottenham but he hasn't got his QPR career going. We need to get him fit, and now we have two weeks to get them up and running. Adel Taarabt needs two weeks of solid training. If you can't run around for 90 minutes and work hard then you shouldn't be playing, that is a basic requirement.

"These players missed the start of pre-season, so when we get everybody OK we can be more solid. We have to become difficult to beat, maybe we have to be a more boring 0-0 team and try to knick a goal because we can't be that expansive. We leave ourselves too open at the moment."

Manager reaction

West Ham 2-0 QPR

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "We wanted to get into the game and silence the crowd and then we go and concede the goal. Someone said it was handball, I haven't seen the replay so I don't know but it was the worst possible start, and then they up their game and it becomes more difficult.

"We had a good chance from Charlie Austin just after half-time, we just needed to get a break at that time but it didn't come.

"With all the teams I have had, you can look and more or less tell who is going to score and how many. We lost a goalscorer when Loic Remy left, we lost 16 goals in my opinion there, so we need midfielders to score goals, we need Charlie to weigh in with 16 for us but also from elsewhere."

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Since joining Arsenal in 2010, no player has given away more Premier League penalties than Lauren Koscielny (8).

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Matthew Vins: Aston Villa find themselves in the top half, having already played last year's top four. Pretty good start!

West Ham 2-0 QPR

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is doing his post-match interviews. We'll bring you that shortly...

Man Utd 2-1 Everton

Look away now Everton fans...

The Toffees recorded their 300th loss in the Premier League today, more than any other side.

Manager reaction

West Ham 2-0 QPR

More from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "In the end we were very composed apart from a period of 10 minutes in the second half where they changed their system. We didn't come to terms with it because they were almost playing the same way as we were, but the second goal settled us down.

"If I had a criticism it would be not pushing them enough in the final third, but ultimately that would be greedy on the basis that we won 2-0 and got our first clean sheet. That is what I have been striving for from the boys, so it's the perfect result for us."

Manager reaction

West Ham 2-0 QPR

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "The result against Tottenham was a bitter pill to swallow, and the strength in depth in my squad has shown through today. We had seven injured before we started the game. That tested the capacity of our squad and we have come up trumps. Everything is rosy and looking nice. It's always good going into the international break in the top half of the table, and we are in double figures after seven games. Can we now push on when we reconvene?"

When the Premier League does return on 18 October, Manchester City will host Tottenham, Chelsea visit Crystal Palace and Arsenal welcome Hull to the Emirates. The following day, it's QPR v Liverpool. On the Monday night, Manchester United are at West Brom.

So, the Premier League will be shutting down for the best part of a fortnight as the international break kicks in. England host San Marino on Thursday, then visit Estonia on Sunday. Not that Harry Redknapp will be watching. He claimed earlier he would rather watch Corrie than England v San Marino.

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Diafra Sakho is on top form for West Ham since that summer move from Metz. He is the first Hammers player to score in four consecutive Premier League matches since Carlton Cole did likewise in the 2008-09 season. He'll soon stop scoring once I transfer him into my fantasy football team.

It could be worse John... poor QPR, who are rock-bottom, face Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in three of their next four games.

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John: I've suddenly realised where Everton find themselves in the Premier League table. Not good reading for Toffees fans!

Looking at that Premier League table (18:17), it's all looking good for Chelsea who are five points clear. But check out the difference in points between fourth-placed Manchester United and Stoke in 16th. It's just three points. One win.

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Player reaction

West Ham 2-0 QPR

West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing: "It was a very good home win for us to move to seventh. Our home form is good and no disrespect to QPR, but we have to beat teams like this at home. We are playing well as a team, enjoying ourselves and there is competition for places that keeps everyone on their toes."

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How they stand

Here's the Premier League table after another quality weekend of action.

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West Ham 2-0 QPR

The television cameras cut to a very disgruntled-looking QPR owner Tony Fernandes, who is deep in discussion with Les Ferdinand and the club's CEO Philip Beard. Don't do anyting rash, Tony... I want to get home for my tea.

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Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

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"West Ham looked very comfortable and Sam Allardyce will be delighted. They go above Arsenal on goal difference. The strikers were fantastic, the defence looked assured, and Alex Song covered every blade of grass. Another great win for West Ham."

FULL-TIME

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Three points for the Hammers, who move up to seventh in the Premier League table heading into the international break.

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Alan Parks: Everyone knocks Big Sam but he has a great transfer record: Jay-Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo, and now Alex Song and Enner Valencia. West Ham will be top half.

INJURY TIME

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Three minutes left in this one. It's fizzling out quicker than a cheap firework now.

YELLOW CARD

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Aaron Creswell is brought down by Karl Henry. Yellow card for the Rangers midfielder.

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

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"That was a bit of a weak attempt in the end from Kevin Nolan, he is normally very good in those situations. He will be disappointed with that.

"On Enner Valencia, West Ham took something of a risk in signing an Ecuadorian who we didn't really know very much about. He has had to settle into playing in this country but the risk has paid off. He has linked up with Diafra Sakho extremely well. Alex Song, another signing, has also played really well today."

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CLOSE!

West Ham 2-0 QPR

The Hammers almost make it three when Alex Song wins the ball in midfield and Stewart Downing squares to Kevin Nolan in the box but the midfielder side-foots his effort straight at Rob Green.

SUBSTITUTION

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Go and have yourself five minutes, Matty Jarvis. Enner Valencia... you go and run an early bath.

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Vinny Pearson:Thought Adel Taraabt was meant to be lining up for Real Madrid or Inter Milan this season? On the other side, Enner Valencia and Alex Song smart signings.

As Sam Allardyce prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday (see 7mins) this month, we're asking you to imagine what his party would be like...

Sam Heaton: Pass the parcel will be interesting at Big Sam's do. Instead of the bloke next to you, launch it to the far end of the room.

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YELLOW CARD

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Aaron Cresswell picks up a booking for a cynical trip on Adel Taarabt. The subsequent free-kick is curled in, but West Ham easily clear their lines.

West Ham 2-0 QPR

It's all a bit too predictable from QPR now as Jordon Mutch becomes the latest to have a dig from range. Adrian is equal to the test.

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Former West Ham striker John Hartson at Upton Park

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"You cannot say Harry Redknapp hasn't tried. QPR are currently playing with four strikers, so credit to him. He has tried everything in terms of his substitutions but West Ham are more than good value for their 2-0 lead at the moment.

"QPR were very fortunate not to concede another through the Rob Green incident (61 mins), and apart from Niko Kranjcar's free-kick Adrian has not been tested at the other end."

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Adel Taarabt does what he's been sent on to do - shimmies past a couple of defenders before smashing a shot wide of Adrian's goal.

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SUBSTITUTION

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Now QPR make their final change - Jordon Mutch returning from injury to replace Niko Kranjcar. Like for like really.

SUBSTITUTION

West Ham 2-0 QPR

Which of the Premier League managers would get an invite to Big Sam's do? Arsene and Jose can both probably go, provided they behave themselves. Hopefully there will be no argy-bargy while the cabaret is on.

Back to more serious matters, Kevin Nolan is sent on for West Ham in place of Mauro Zarate.

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As Sam Allardyce prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday (see 7mins) this month, we're asking you to imagine what his party would be like...

Steve: Big Sam's birthday wish-list would include a paint by numbers, in different shades of grey only. When completed it might not be pretty but he's got a result. As for the party, Ivan Campo could make a guest appearance as a clown (based on physical appearance, not defensive competency I hasten to add).