Newcastle United put six past Aston Villa in the first Premier League game at St. James Park since May 2009. Andy Carroll (pictured) recorded a hat-trick and Kevin Nolan added a brace after Joey Barton opened the scoring after just twelve minutes. The comprehensive destruction of Villa was a very different result than Toon’s opening game loss away to Manchester United on Monday. Villa did not have the same enthusiasm after their emphatic opening win against West Ham, repeatedly giving the Magpies chances on goal.
At Craven Cottage, Fulham pulled out a tough draw, 2-2 with Manchester United. Brede Hangeland recorded the equalizer just moments from time after scoring an own-goal that gave United a 2-1 lead just five minutes earlier. Paul Scholes scored first on an amazing shot from outside the box within the first fifteen minutes before Simon Davies leveled the score for the home side. A poor decision on a handball against Damien Duff gave Nani a penalty late in the second half but reserve goalkeeper David Stockdale saved the shot and the day for the home side. United were the superior side for a good part of the first half but the Cottagers held their own and certainly deserved shared points.