EPL Week 2 Scores: Full Results from Saturday's Schedule
This weekend's Premier League matches weren't as shocking as last weekend's, with Arsenal bouncing back to get their first victory of the season.
It was a fairly similar group of results in the Premier League on Saturday. Arsenal were the only ones that were able to win with relative ease, but the rest of the matches featured intense action.
The top clubs didn't square off this day, but it was an important slate in the EPL.
Here are the results from Saturday's action, with all results and game recaps courtesy of ESPNFC.com.
Fulham 1 - Arsenal 3
All eyes were on this match. A week after losing 3-1 to Aston Villa, football fans were anxious to see how the Gunners would respond.
Arsene Wenger is under a tremendous amount of pressure to spend money to improve the squad, but Arsenal's most recent match gave fans reassurance that last week was nothing more than a fluke.
Fulham came away with a victory last week and were looking to add to their momentum. Unfortunately the Cottagers couldn't protect their home turf.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 14th minute, and Lukas Podolski added to the lead with a pair of goals. Darren Bent got Fulham on the board in the 77th minute, but his squad was unable to make it any closer than 3-1.
Last week's loss saw Arsenal score early and then allow Aston Villa to score three straight goals. This week, the Gunners scored early and added to their lead throughout the game.
It was only one match, but Arsenal needed to play with a sense of urgency. They did and came away with a big win.
Everton 0 - West Bromwich Albion 0
West Bromwich failed to score for a second straight game, but they were able to pull out a draw against Everton.
The scoreless draw was controlled by Everton for most of the match, but West Bromwich was able to come up with big stops and hold on for their first point.
West Bromwich goalkeeper Ben Foster had to be replaced by Luke Daniels in the 78th minute due to a foot injury and was beaten by Marouane Fellaini. Fortunately for Daniels, the ball went off the post.
Everton had a few close shots but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.
Hull City 1 - Norwich City 0
The Tigers got an early goal and had to play most of the game down a man.
Yannick Sagbo drew a penalty early in the match, and Robert Brady put the ball in the back of the net off the call in the 22nd minute.
Sagbo was sent off a few minutes later, and the Tigers had to find a way to hold on.
The Canaries dominated most of the statistics. They recorded more shots, corner kicks and outpossessed Hull.
This may have been the most shocking result of the day, but Hull City were able to find a way to get their first victory of the season.
Newcastle United 0 - West Ham United 0
After Manchester City trounced Newcastle 4-0 last week, the Magpies needed a much better performance this weekend.
Newcastle won the time of possession and had more shots and corner kicks. Sammy Ameobi, who came on in the 66th minute, hit the post in injury time, and Yoan Gouffran was unable to put the rebound away to steal three points.
West Ham was lucky to come away with a point. They survived a late scare but didn't have many chances of their own on offense.
Southampton 1 - Sunderland 1
Despite controlling the game, Southampton needed a late goal to earn a point with a draw.
Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini scored on a header in the third minute, and that was the only goal until the final minutes of the match.
With the game on the line, the Saints were able to make a late attack to even the score. Jose Fonte was able to notch a header of his own off a free kick from James Ward-Prowse.
An early goal allowed Sunderland to play with the lead for the majority of the game, but a late goal by Fonte saved Southampton from a disappointing loss.
Stoke City 2 - Crystal Palace 1
Both clubs were looking to get their first victory of the season, and a pair of quick goals helped Stoke City rally past Crystal Palace.
Marouane Chamakh put Palace up 1-0 in the 31st minute. His club was unable to add to the lead and eventually saw the visitors attack in a quick spurt.
Charlie Adam tied the match at 1-1 in the 58th minute, and Ryan Shawcross netted the go-ahead goal four minutes later to give his team a 2-1 lead.
Aston Villa 0 - Liverpool 1
This was also one of the most highly anticipated matches on Saturday. Aston Villa was looking to send a message to the EPL by pulling off another shocking victory.
Liverpool struck early when Daniel Sturridge was able to score in the 21st minute. Sturridge managed to make a move to get goalkeeper Brad Guzan on the ground and slip the ball through the defense into an open net.
Aston Villa was unable to pull off another upset, but they didn't back down. A close 2-1 loss to Chelsea earlier in the week stopped some of the squad's momentum.
This match was competitive all day, and they were able to keep the match within striking distance.
They had plenty of chances and were able to outshoot Liverpool 17-5, but they weren't very accurate. Aston Villa was only able to put three shots on target.
Aston Villa has shown the ability to play good teams tough, but they lost another close match.
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