LivePremier League as it happened

Summary

  1. Saints thrash Sunderland 8-0
  2. Arsenal score late leveller against Hull
  3. Fabregas scores in Chelsea win
  4. Newcastle win after hour delay

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By Marc Higginson, Jonathan Jurejko and Luke Reddy

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Right, it is time for us to say goodbye. So whether you're heading to the pub, staying on the sofa with a bowl of nachos, picking the kids up from a party, whatever, make sure you keep glued to our Spanish-flavoured dish tonight.

We will be back tomorrow when our Sunday service resumes. First on the menu is Liverpool's trip to QPR (13:30 BST) where Raheem Sterling will be the centre of attention on his return to the club where he started out as a kid. Then, Stoke and Swansea see the weekend home in the later game (16:00 BST). Make sure you're up and ready for our kick-off about 11:30 BST.

MOTD running order

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It must have been a tough choice, but it looks like Southampton have beaten Manchester City into second place on the MOTD running order. But, then again, it's not every day you score eight, is it?

A big win for Fulham

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Caretaker manager Kit Symons hailed the battling qualities displayed by his Fulham side after a 1-0 victory over high-flying Norwich brought them to within one point of climbing out of the Championship relegation zone.

"They were not top of the table for no reason," Symons said. "At times we rode our luck. It was a display full of character which I was delighted with.

"All the time I'm in situ in this position I'll just keep doing what I do. That's working as hard as I can on the training pitch and trying to win games for this great football club.

"I'm pretty sure three points as often as possible is not going to hurt my chances. I'll just keep plugging away."

Martin in the goals again

Derby's Chris Martin scored another two goals in his side's 3-0 victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon, and manager Steve McClaren says the striker can fire his side all the way to the Premier League.

The Rams are currently second in the Championship, and McClaren said: "With the talent that Chris has got around him, they'll create for him. He's just got to finish, which he's done.

"He could have scored a hat-trick, he should be walking home with the ball. He got a lot of goals last season and there's always a question mark as to if he can continue that. But he's doing that. He's really developed over the last year in terms of his professionalism and belief."

Watford go top

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New Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic believes his side are good enough to stay at the top of the Championship table following their comfortable 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Jokanovic said: "I am very happy. It is definitely a great day for us but this league is very tough so we have to try to improve and control games as well as we have today.

"We can stay top of the league but it will be tough. It was important for us to have good offensive players today, but everyone defended brilliantly.

"We played with three strikers today and they understood what we wanted, finding the gaps and playing very well. I am very happy and the team must be very happy."

Arsenal 2-2 Hull

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on 606 for BBC Radio 5 live

"When I speak to a few Arsenal fans, some say if they hadn't won the FA Cup last season would Arsene Wenger still be there? Everybody knows defensively Arsenal are lacking, so why on earth hasn't he brought anyone in? We, the fans, can see it. Add a centre-half and a defensive midfielder and they could be challenging for the lead.

"The big question now is, can Arsenal get in the top four this year? Looking at who Manchester United have signed, have Arsenal been squeezed out of it? Arsenal certainly have no chance of winning the title."

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Martyn Seabourne: Obertan the miracle man! Is he what Newcastle fans call a goal machine now?

Seany Ekon: Another Arsenal game lost at the expense of no defensive central midfielder. To have Flamini starting is criminal. Spurs, City, Hull at home, he has cost us.

Jamie Smith: People were writing off the Saints before the season, but they've been outstanding so far. Definitely, top six is on the cards.

Arsenal 2-2 Hull

Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane

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"For a team with a so-called lesser squad Hull gave it a right good go against Arsenal today. Alexis Sanchez played well for Arsenal but overall they did not defend well enough, which has been typical of them over the past two or three seasons."

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Selhurst Park

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"The scoreline does suggest it was close, but Crystal Palace's consolation goal came out of nothing and too late to really give us an exciting finish. Chelsea were passing it around beautifully, and the second goal, by Cesc Fabregas, really is something to see. Jose Mourinho described it as a scandal of a goal; that is how good it was."

Talking of Barcelona that leads me into a seamless link back to Premier League reaction. How? Because ex-Barca players Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas, who both left the Nou Camp this summer, have been impressing our BBC Sport pundits....

See if Messi can break that record tonight (and if he doesn't then it will fall in the next few weeks) by saying 'Hola' to our European live text commentary. The match - a real David v Goliath clash - has just kicked off at the Nou Camp.

Magical Messi

Barcelona genius Lionel Messi has surpassed so many milestones that he could have an entire programme of 'Record Breakers' dedicated to his achievements. Someone give Cheryl Baker a call to see if she's free.

And tonight the Argentine could break another. He will become the all-time La Liga leading goalscorer if he nets a hat-trick against minnows Eibar tonight. Sound like an outside chance? Don't bet against it...

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Ade: So, if we learned nothing else today, 'game management' is the management-speak phrase of choice for bosses this season.

Burnley 1-3 West Ham

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on 606 for BBC Radio 5 live

"What a birthday present for Big Sam. West Ham now fourth in the league. Where are those fans who were ringing us up last season calling for him to be sacked?"

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Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

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"Sam Allardyce should have a hell of a party tonight. He has brought in flair players, Stewart Downing has a new lease of life, and his team is playing the attacking football that the West Ham fans have been wanting to see."

Birthday cheer for Big Sam

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Earlier we told you that Sam Allardyce was having a big 60th birthday bash somewhere in the north-west tonight - and those pie and peas will taste even sweeter for the West Ham boss. His side continued their fine start to the season with a fairly straight-forward 3-1 win at Burnley.

League One update

Sheffield United lead at Bradford in League One's Yorkshire derby. Bob Harris's strike separates the two sides - with Bradford down to 10 men after Stephen Darby was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Follow the closing stages here.

Player reaction on Twitter

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian: Well done boys. Excellent three points away! Amazing support of 3000 great West Ham fans!See you Saturday at Upton Park.

Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone: Tough game today. So close to hanging on for three points but a point at a team fighting for top four is a great result nonetheless.

Hull defender Curtis Davies: Incredible effort from the lads today! Very disappointed to concede so late but it's always a good point at the Emirates!

"I hope Warnock gets what is coming to him"

Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

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"I don't think Neil Warnock or any manager has the right to tell his players whether or not to shake the referee's hand. For a manager to go on the pitch and do that is disgusting.

"I hope Warnock gets what is coming to him, which is a disrepute charge. The manager should be taking the lead on behaviour of his players."

Player reaction on Twitter

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley: No better feeling than getting back out there today.

Hull goalkeeper Stephen Harper: Gutted to come off today but proud of all the lads for a fantastic performance. Tough place to go and we very nearly hung on for all three pts!

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis: Three more points to keep us on top of the table! Now focus on the Champions League!

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.@RobbieSavage8's thoughts on the @SunderlandAFC performance today. #SAFC

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BBC Radio 5 live 606 phone-in

Steve, @SunderlandAFC fan: "Fletcher can hold his head high. The rest of the team were not worthy to wear the shirt."

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Player reaction on Twitter

Newcastle 1-0 Leicester

Injured Newcastle forward Siem de Jong: Well done lads! Worked hard for the first win! A lot more to follow.

Manager reaction

Newcastle 1-0 Leicester

As if you're not pleased enough by clinching your first Premier League win of the season, the appearance of your larger-than-life chairman in the dressing room can only make things even better. And a post-match visit from Mike Ashley is exactly what the Newcastle players got.

"He's happy. I know both Mike and myself take a lot of criticism but we love it. He loves the club and was desperate to win. He wanted to express that to the players and I thank him for that," said Magpies boss Alan Pardew.

Wonder if Ashley handed over a £50 Sports Direct voucher apiece for their efforts?

Lennon's red card

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New Bolton manager Neil Lennon was sent to the stands during his side's 1-0 victory over Birmingham, after trying to change his penalty taker for a spot-kick which was subsequently missed.

Lennon, speaking to The Bolton News, claims he wanted Jay Spearing to take the penalty, rather than Craig Davies who eventually stepped up and missed.

"I got sent off because she (fourth official Amy Fern) said I was consistently leaving my technical area," Lennon said. "What I wanted to do was get the message on to Jay Spearing to take the penalty.

"By all accounts Craig has scored the last three but I wanted a technical player to go up and take it, put his foot through it and put the game beyond doubt.

"In the end he's blasted it over the bar against an outfield goalkeeper. That tells me our game management needs to be a lot better."

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Southampton 8-0 Sunderland

Matthew Coles: Man City lost 8-1 at Middlesbrough. A couple of seasons later they won the Premier League. Now, I'm not saying anything, but as a Sunderland fan, this result has got me excited.

Dan Atkinson: I don't want to discredit Southampton's performance, but their man of the match was the entire Sunderland team. At least Five goals were self-inflicted. Got to laugh really.

Jamie Warriar: Emphatic. Would love to see Southampton finish top four or even top six! Brilliant entertainment since they arrived back in the Premier League. And people said they'd be relegated with all the players they sold. Good luck to them.

Southampton 8-0 Sunderland

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on 606 for BBC Radio 5 live

"I'm one of many people who, at the start of the season, thought Southampton would struggle. I hold my hands up now. Well done to Ronald Koeman, who of course just received Manager of the Month."

Southampton 8-0 Sunderland

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on 606 for BBC Radio 5 live

"If I was captain of that Sunderland team, on the way home I'd been saying to the squad I want a significant part of the players' wages from today to be paid back to the travelling fans who made that 700 mile round trip. An 8-0 defeat? Unacceptable.

"That's the worrying thing, the effort of the Sunderland players. You can accept defeats as a fan as long as you can see their effort. If there was none, that's a worry.

"A big defeat, such as one I once experienced at Derby, can make you not want to play. It's vital Sunderland make sure this is a one-off, because you do not want to gain a losing momentum."

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BBC Radio 5 live 606 phone-in

Dozing on the coach or sat in the car on your way back from the match? Then I'm sure you'll be listening along to 606 - the nation's favourite post-match phone in. If you're not, then you can click on the tab on this page, or read along to the best bits right here.

Talking of travelling back from a game, it is going to be a looooong trip home for Sunderland players and fans tonight...

Manager reaction

Newcastle 1-0 Leicester

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson says the hour's delay to kick-off did not have a negative effect on his players.

"Both sets of players dealt with the kick-off delay very well, it turned out to be just an hour and these things happen. It didn't affect how the players approached the game. They were upbeat and focused."

Manager reaction

Newcastle 1-0 Leicester

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "You could look at the game and say their best opportunities came from our set plays or on the counter attack, so you could say we were unlucky in some ways but we had enough chances ourselves and our qualities let us down really.

"It's not a case of making excuses, we had enough opportunities today against a side who have been under pressure themselves but we didn't find a way through.

"I suppose one of the things we take from any game is to say that we are capable of competing, we have good players, but our game management could be better."

Player reaction

Newcastle 1-0 Leicester

Leicester skipper Wes Morgan: "Is defeat hard to take? Absolutely. The first half was pretty even and in the second half we were starting to turn the screw and pile on the pressure. So to concede from our attack is hard to take.

"We had the corner, had the second phase as well but they won back the ball and, credit to them, they took the most of it. But it's hard to take."

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Rob in London: The Premier League is back and back with a bang; a nail-biting Arsenal draw, a thrilling City v Spurs match and a thrashing at St Mary's. That's why we love the Premier League. Thrilling, passionate and unpredictable.

Harry from Leicester: If that's how they'll play all season, Newcastle are going down. Pitiful.

Ian: So Southampton sell around £100m of talent, buy cheap, yet continue to impress while playing good football... but some people (Richard at 1732) still won't let them be praised and have to bring administration up? Petty and pathetic.

Player reaction

Newcastle 1-0 Leicester

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, who helped his hometown team to victory in his first start of the season: "It was a difficult game because Leicester press high and they work very hard.

"For me, it was great to get out, play and help us earn the win. Hopefully we can kick on now - it is a massive relief for us. Getting that first three points has been difficult but hopefully it can be a turning point.

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Ian Brennan: What a crazy day in the Premier League. Perhaps the biggest shock is Newcastle winning a game...

Jamois: There's only four points between Newcastle in 18th and Arsenal in sixth. #perspective.

Player reaction

Newcastle 1-0 Leicester

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Newcastle matchwinner Gabriel Obertan, who had not scored for the Magpies since October 2012: "I have been waiting a long time to score at St James' Park and I'm pleased for everyone. I'm so glad to get our first win of the season. I think it might be a turning point - we needed that win to get the confidence back in the team."

Newcastle 1-0 Leicester

Former Newcastle captain John Anderson at St James' Park, BBC Radio Newcastle

"Newcastle have escaped with a 1-0 win, but there's still an awful lot of work to be done. Defensively they still weren't great, but for Newcastle fans the most important thing was the three points. They get you closer to the teams above you that are yet to play.

"It's not the greatest of performances but the goal was a decent hit, having hit Leicester on the counter-attack. A good goal. Newcastle needed that win with some tough games coming up, against the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool."