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Summary

  1. Sterling hat-trick as Man City beat Bournemouth 5-1
  2. Man Utd win 3-0 at Everton
  3. Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-0
  4. Vardy scores twice as Leicester draw at Southampton
  5. West Brom beat Sunderland in Allardyce's first game
  6. Former Everton manager Howard Kendall dies

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson, Gary Rose and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight!

Some superb tributes to Howard Kendall there. Gary Lineker, of course, is hosting Match of the Day this evening. That begins at 22:30 BST - while MOTD social will be going live on this website a short time before.

You can continue to get your football fix here, where there is plenty of news and reaction to today's games up and down the country.

Thanks for your company today. Goodnight.

Remembering Howard Kendall

Gary Lineker

MOTD presenter & ex-Everton striker

"Howard signed me form Leicester, and we had to go to an arbitration hearing to determine the price of the transfer. I remember him giving evidence saying they were taking a bit of a punt on me, that I wasn’t going to play, while Leicester were saying the opposite.

"In the end I think the fee decided was a bit higher than Everton had said they wanted to pay, and I remember sitting there thinking I’m signing for this fella? This is the end of the world!

"Of course as soon as we got out he put his arm round me and said of course you’re going to be playing every week, and he popped into a supermarket and came out with three bottles of wine. We drunk them on the train back to Liverpool.

"He deserves legendary status at Everton, that’s certain. For his achievements, his likeability, his personality and his charisma. He was a wonderful leader."

Remembering Howard Kendall

Gary Lineker

MOTD presenter & ex-Everton striker

"It’s a sad day for football people, not just Evertonians. I played for him for a year and you could see he was a great manager, there’s no question about that - the most successful in Everton’s history.

"His attacking side of the 1980s took some stopping and it was a privilege for me to be involved in that, albeit for only one year. You could see the real strengths Howard had.

"He was tactically very astute but he knew his players. The really good managers get the best out of people, and that was his biggest strength. He made you want to play for him.

"He liked to get the players out together, quite typically for a Chinese. He’d take them out, everyone would have loads to drink as they did in those days, including of course Howard. He evoked a real team spirit and a bonding among the players."

Remembering Howard Kendall

Howard Kendall always had time to chat. Was a genuinely good guy. That, even more than his football, makes him a legend in my eyes. RIP

Remembering Howard Kendall

Very sad news about Howard Kendall. A true Everton great. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time.

Remembering Howard Kendall

Everton 0-3 Man Utd

Everton manager Roberto Martinez, on the news of Howard Kendall's death: “Straight away it was a shock and really sad news, clearly it is an emotional moment when you find that out. I think we reacted in the right way to do it, which is a real celebration of his career and what he gave to Everton, his success in becoming an iconic figure here. He will always be a great inspiration for any manager at this club."  

'Howard would have made a really good England manager'

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans on BBC Word Service: "I always thought Howard would have made a really good England manager, but maybe he wasn't an FA man. 

"From my point of view, even if he was a Blue, we were great friends over many years. 

"It's a sad, sad loss to lots of people, certainly all the Everton fans who adored Howard and realised what a great guy he was."

Remembering Howard Kendall

It's been a fantastic day's football, but I think we should end the live text with some more tributes to Everton legend Howard Kendall, who sadly passed away today.

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Ian George: All you Ozil haters can eat your words again, and again, and again. He is a footballing genius.  

Len: Arsenal turned a poor first half into a commanding win, something title-winning teams are required to do

Abhishek: Move over Hazard, Ozil and Payet. Hector Bellerin continues to create goals.

Price of Football

There are only five clubs with a cheaper season ticket than Watford in the Premier League this season. How do I know that?

The BBC Price of Football calculator, of course. Have a play with it here.

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Gemma Blackman: What's with the lit phones thing at Watford? Can #BBCFootball shed any light?

Boom-tish, Gemma...

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'Watford were too open'

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"Great play by Arsenal, you must say that. It's what we know they can do, but Watford were too open there. Much too easy for the Gunners, who have been very, very clinical with excellent movement off the ball. They are a top side."  

GOAL

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Arsenal are running riot at Vicarage Road now - Aaron Ramsey earning himself a goal bonus. A reminder that you can follow all of the action here.

'Arsenal are showing their class'

Watford 0-2 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"Ozil at the heart of this again - what an intelligent player. 

"Arsenal are showing their class, and they are such a different animal when they're winning. They are so much more confident."

GOAL

Watford 0-2 Arsenal

Make that 2-0 to Arsenal. Olivier Giroud has bagged. Remember, you can follow all of the action here.

'What Arsenal are very good at - slick and quick'

Watford 0-1 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"The ball travelled from one end of the pitch to the other, just what Arsenal are very good at. Slick and quick, and the ball in from Ozil was disguised and was sheer quality. 

"Did Watford switch off for a moment? Well, now they're one behind."

Did you call the scores right?

So, how did you get on with the Premier League Predictor this afternoon? I'll be honest, I thought Everton would beat Manchester United this afternoon so that scuppered me. Have a look at how you fared here.

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GOAL

Watford 0-1 Arsenal

Meanwhile, over at Vicarage Road, Arsenal have taken the lead against Watford courtesy of that man Alexis Sanchez. Gary Rose is providing kick by kick coverage of that match over here.

Klopp watch

Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

It seems like a long time ago now, but new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp began his Anfield rebuilding mission with a 0-0 draw at Tottenham.

Our man Phil McNulty was at White Hart Lane - and he's written an excellent column looking at how Liverpool already look energised by the former Dortmund manager.

Have a gander here.

Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "We knew it was going to be a hard game. I said that before the game – this was the game I was looking forward to the most.

“Palace are playing as a team, they have pace and a lot of front players who can make the pitch very short. They are what a manager wants his team to be.

“It was a big test for us, but the way we approached it from the beginning, with respect for them but with confidence passing the ball, I’m so proud.

“So far for me, it’s the proudest moment because of the way we did it.”

Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: “I’m frustrated with the decision (Gayle’s red card). It was a cracking game. It was going end to end, they were great on the break and we were conjuring up chances.

“Our striker gets booked for a bad challenge, quite rightly. The second challenge, the referee (Mark Clattenburg) knows he’s booked, he’s missed it by a centimetre probably and he sends him off.

“I thought a man of his experience perhaps should have looked at that situation and given him his final warning. But to send him off really spoiled the occasion for everybody.

“In the second half, we’ve had to show our typical Crystal Palace resilience. We dug in and it looked like we’d get the point that perhaps we deserved for the effort that we put in, but fair play to West Ham. They kept knocking and found a way.

“I’m not excusing him from complete blame. The second challenge, he shouldn’t make. He’ll have to learn from that. Having said that, I still think it was very harsh to send him off.”

From the press box

Man City 5-1 Bournemouth

What a picture perfect scene as I make my way home - job done

What a picture perfect scene as I make my way home - job done

Manager reaction

Everton 0-3 Man Utd

Everton manager Roberto Martinez, speaking to Sky Sports: "You can see that today was a bad day at the office. We allowed ourselves to be frustrated, it was a bad day. 

"In the first half we hadn't been at our best but the first goal killed us too much. Normally we react really well to conceding but we felt quite deflated. We became quite negative and lost a lot of tempo, our play became forceful and the way we ended the opening 45 minutes was very uncharacteristic. 

"For 20 minutes in the second half we had more control, and had we scored then it would have changed the game completely, but then we conceded on the break. Overall we weren’t anywhere near our best and Manchester United took advantage of that. There are things we need to learn from and clearly we need to react really well before our next game against Arsenal."

Manager reaction

Everton 0-3 Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to BBC Sport: "I am a very happy coach and am also very proud. It’s a fantastic performance."

On his side's defending: "I think they played very well, Everton is a good team with good strikers but the main aspect is that they defend forward at the right time, that we have trained also but you have to perform it in matches."

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Hridaya Nahata: I am now 100% sure that Chris Smalling is the best British defender. What a rebuild he has had under Van Gaal.

Positives for Sherwood

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Were there any positives for Tim Sherwood this afternoon? Well midfielder Idrissa Gana continues to impress. He played the most passes for Villa (of which 94% found their target), had the most touches for a Villa player, make the most tackles for a Villa player and produced the most interceptions.

You can't argue with that for a shift.

'I can’t worry about speculation concerning me'

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

More from Tim Sherwood, this time talking to Sky Sports: "The first goal in any match is so important, and Chelsea didn’t have to work too hard for that.

"I'll take the positives today - we took the game to them, we dominated them in the first period and we created a few chances of our own. But we gave ourselves an uphill task after the first goal.

"It's only a matter of time until Chelsea come good, and today we didn't get the rub of the green. We have to move on and learn from mistakes, because they are costing us at the moment.

"Goalscoring has not been our problem, but not winning matches is of course a concern. We will continue to work hard in training to put things right.

"I can’t worry about speculation concerning me - this is business as usual. I am on Aston Villa's side, no-one else's."

'I'll keep swinging, even if I’m backed into a corner'

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Tim Sherwood, talking in the tunnel to Match of the Day: "We gifted goals away today - they were fluky, but when you're down the bottom that's what you get. Chelsea always score at the Bridge so we knew we had to score to get something out of today.

"We dominated in the opening period, and they had no chances until they scored, which was a gift from us.

"Unfortunately, we haven't got that cutting edge which you need to win matches. We are not blaming individuals - we are in this together. We have to bounce back and dust ourselves down. The result is disappointing but we'll crack on.

"Stats can mislead people at times - we played on the front foot here at the Bridge, we matched them initially. We believe we'll stay in this division, though it’s clear for everyone to see that we’re a side in transition.

"I am positive, I will not shrink. I didn’t hear my supporters shouting for me to leave. I'll keep swinging, even if I’m backed into a corner."

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'Arsene Wenger won't be happy'

Watford 0-0 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"Before this fixture a lot of people were predicting that Watford would find this hard. But both sides have been pretty even, and both have enjoyed clear chances. 

"Arsene Wenger won't be happy, because Arsenal haven't performed, and they let their tempo drop as the half went on. Maybe there is tiredness in their legs, as lots of them played during the international break."

HALF-TIME

Watford 0-0 Arsenal

It's been a decent game at Vicarage Road, where Watford are more than holding their own despite Arsenal having the better chances. Want to follow the second half of that one? Gary Rose is your man for that.

Player reaction

West Browmwich Albion 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson: "The manager wanted us to be a bit more solid, which I think we were. That's what makes it more frustrating. 

"They did not really trouble us but we have come away with a defeat, which is hard to take. 

"We know it's time to start winning football matches. We can't go on this way. The manager believes he can turn it round and so do the players."

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West Brom 1-0 Sunderland

I heard a very astute pundit on the radio this week, whose name escapes me, suggesting that Sunderland will rely heavily on set-pieces now Big Sam is in charge.

As such, he said Seb Larsson would be brought back in from the cold - and he was right. The man with a right foot which could open a tin of beans started for the first time in the Premier League since 15 August today.

He had a decent game too - playing two key passes in the Baggies half. 

Player reaction

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham

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Palace striker Gayle was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in the first half at Selhurst Park. 

How's stat?!

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham

Here's a good stat for you, from today's match at Selhurst Park.

Eagles midfielder Yohan Cabaye became only the fourth player in Premier League history to score a penalty in four successive appearances. He follows Ian Wright in 1994, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Michael Owen (both in 2003).

'Hopefully this is part of our learning curve'

Man City 5-1 Bournemouth

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “It was a difficult afternoon for us. We made a really bad start and gifted them goals which is a recipe for disaster against such a quality team.

“There was a spell in the first half when the score was 3-1 where I thought we were on top but we conceded a crucial goal before half-time. That was a real killer blow in terms of our hopes of getting back into the game in the second half.

“We spoke at half-time and said we wanted a real response because we wanted the score to be respectable and to leave with our heads held high.

"Hopefully this is part of our learning curve and we can grow from it.”

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Man City 5-1 Bournemouth

My colleague, Chris Bevan, makes an interesting point based on my assertions about Wayne Rooney (17:36). Here's Wilfried Bony's touch map - he scored two today, but still had less touches in the area than Rooney.

Food for thought?

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Goonerama: Can't understand how the pretty simple 'Mahrez playing = better Leicester' equation seems to be eluding Ranieri.

Manager reaction

Southampton 2-2 Leicester

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri on BBC Sport: "We have fantastic spirit. We believe everything could be possible.

"We created a lot of chances. It is important to have good players on the bench and I have very good players who can change the match.

"Jamie Vardy is very important for us. I believe in this team. When we are desperate we make more, more and more."

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