Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell (pictured) scored goals for Blackpool to see the visitors to a surprising 2-0 win away to Newcastle United. The clean sheet at St. James’ Park marks the second victory of the season for the newly promoted Seasiders, both coming away from home. For Newcastle this is a crushing blow. The Magpies are a solid side, but they cannot afford to lose games at home to the likes of Blackpool and have any hope of retention.
Arsenal moved into second place with a comprehensive victory against Bolton Wanderers, 4-1 at the Emirates. Johan Elmander equalized for the Trotters just a moment before half-time, rendering Laurent Koscielny’s opener moot. But second half goals from Marouane Chamakh, Alex Song and Carlos Vela were more than enough to pick up full points for the Gunners, particularly after Gary Cahill was sent off just after the hour. The loss was the first of the season for Bolton.
An equalizer from Patrick Vieira salvaged a 1-1 home draw for Manchester City against Blackburn Rovers at Eastlands. The second half goal was only enough to level for the Citizens in a disappointing performance against Rovers. Nikola Kalinić got the opener for the visitors, a surprise for a side that had taken just three points from its first three games. Rather than becoming the behemoth expected of the massively paid roster assembled by Roberto Mancini, City have fallen back into the rut of draws that ousted Mark Hughes last season.
Michael Essien recorded a brace and Salomon Kalou added a third as Chelsea easily brushed aside West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground, 3-1. Only Scott Parker’s 85th minute goal kept the Hammers from being shut out. West Ham remain one of only two clubs yet to record a single point, Stoke City (who have not yet played this weekend) being the other. The Blues meanwhile have won all four of their matches and are two points clear atop the table.
Fulham used more late-game heroics to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Moussa Dembélé scored a brace with the second coming as the winner in injury time. Jelle Van Damme had given Wolves the early, unexpected lead, after just ten minutes, but it was not enough for the visitors to hold on and take points from the Cottagers. Fulham have now been able to steal late points in each of the past three games with goals after the 84th minute. The three points are the first of the season for the Cottagers, who have still not lost and are now in fifth place.
At the Hawthorns, a first half goal for each side provided a 1-1 draw between West Bromich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. Chris Brunt got the equalizer on 41 minutes for the Baggies after Luka Modrić opened Spurs’ account just before the half-hour. The match was most notable for the debut of last-second signing Rafael van der Vaart for the visitors. The new midfielder played all ninety minutes and fired several shots, though none afforded him the match winner.
Finally, an Antolín Alcaraz equalizer on 87 minutes saved a home draw for Wigan Athletic, 1-1 against ten-man Sunderland at the DW Stadium. Asamoah Gyan scored on his debut for the Black Cats just after the hour but the man-short visitors could not make it hold. Lee Cattermole was sent off after just twenty-two minutes, forcing Sunderland to play more than an hour a man down.