Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Puncheon's Penalty and an 8-Goal Thriller

Laura GreeneFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Puncheon's Penalty and an 8-Goal Thriller

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    The Premier League weekend saw no fewer than six 2-0 wins across the division—Chelsea, West Ham and Manchester City grabbing the points on the road and Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all enjoying home victories.

    Elsewhere, Southampton got their second win in 10 games against visiting West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland put four goals past struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage.

    Stoke City and Liverpool locked horns in Sunday's final game, which turned into a breathless eight-goal spectacle at the Britannia Stadium.

    With goals, incident and controversy aplenty, we revisit some of the best images from the weekend's top-flight action.

    Read on for more!

Mourinho, Well...Being Mourinho

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    Either Jose Mourinho is impersonating a Jonjo Shelvey goal celebration, or he's telling referee Mark Clattenburg that he needs glasses in Chelsea's 2-0 win against Hull City.

    Mourinho? Criticise a referee? You're probably as shocked as we are.

Juan Mata: All Smiles

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    Juan Mata is pictured smiling (SMILING!) on the Chelsea bench. Is he allowed to do that?

    The Spaniard did not feature in the Blues' away trip to the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Torres on Target for Blues

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    Strikes from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres gave Chelsea their fourth consecutive league win, this one coming against Steve Bruce's Hull City.

    Torres scored his second goal in successive games, bringing his Premier League season total to four.

    The victory saw the Blues on top of the Premier League table at the end of play on Saturday, before Manchester City assumed their place 24 hours later. 

The "Big Man" Is Back

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    Andy Carroll came on as a second-half substitute for West Ham in Saturday's 2-0 away win against Cardiff.

    It was the first time the £15 million striker had made an appearance for Sam Allardyce's team since May 2013, and he provided the assist for Mark Noble's 90th-minute goal.

Cardiff City 0, West Ham 2

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    Cardiff City ball boys look on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of his first home game in the Premier League.

McGeady Unveiled at Goodison Park

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    Everton introduced new signing Aiden McGeady to the Goodison faithful ahead of Saturday's tie against Norwich.

    The former Spartak Moscow and Celtic winger was bought by the Merseyside club for an undisclosed fee and has agreed to a four-and-a-half year deal, as reported by BBC Sport

Toffees See off Struggling Norwich

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    Superb strikes from on-loan Gareth Barry and Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas gave Everton all three points in Saturday's home tie against Norwich City.

    The Canaries are without a win in six games, whereas Everton have lost just two top-flight games all season.

Poyet Making Progress

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    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet saw his side record a resounding 4-1 win against Fulham on Saturday.

    The Black Cats have now lost just one game in their last six outings.

     

Johnson Hits Three Against Woeful Fulham

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    Adam Johnson bagged his first career hat-trick in Sunderland's 4-1 win against the Cottagers. The victory moved Gus Poyet's side off the bottom of the table and gave the side their second away win of the 2013/14 season.

Too Many Cooks at Craven Cottage?

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    New manager Rene Meulensteen and assistant head coach Ray Wilkins seem to have differing opinions on something happening on the pitch in their 4-1 defeat against Sunderland.

    Too many cooks spoiling the broth at SW6? Perhaps this is where things are going wrong for Fulham.

Lallana the Difference Against the Baggies

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    Adam Lallana scored the only goal of the game in Southampton's home tie against West Bromwich Albion—the 1-0 win was the Saints' second in 10 games.

Getting to Know You, with Tony Pulis and Tim Sherwood

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    Opposing managers Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis—of Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, respectively—got to know each other a little better before Saturday's fixture at White Hart Lane. 

Jason Puncheon Shoots...

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    Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon had the chance to put his side ahead in Saturday's tie against Spurs with a penalty awarded to the visitors in the eighth minute.

…and Misses. Spectacularly.

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    Puncheon was left red-faced as he managed to take the worst penalty you will ever see in the Premier League.

    Spurs went on to win the game 2-0.

Defoe: Signing off in Style?

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    Jermain Defoe scored a 72nd minute goal to give Spurs a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    The striker, whose impending transfer to MLS side Toronto FC was announced this week, as seen in The Guardian, has scored 143 goals for the London club (in all competitions).

Red Devil Advocates Moyes

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    Manchester United mascot Fred the Red gives David Moyes a squeeze at Old Trafford on Saturday—whether this was comforting or disconcerting to the under-pressure manager we cannot say.

    Goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck gave the hosts the win, their first of the calendar year. 

Football 1, Streaker 0

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    This picture just goes to show that there were even less attractive things than refereeing decisions and horror tackles on display at St. James' Park on Sunday.

    Borat, you have a lot to answer for.

Magpies Denied at St James' Park

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    Newcastle United players were furious when a Cheick Tiote strike was disallowed by referee Mike Jones.

    The goal was ruled out when Yoan Gouffran was deemed to have obstructed goalkeeper Joe Hart's view in Sunday's game against Manchester City.

    Had Tiote's thunderous strike stood, the home side would have drawn level with City, who had taken the lead through Edin Dzeko.

    Instead, the fixture ended 2-0 to the visitors—with Alvaro Negredo scoring his ninth league goal of the season.

Suarez Stars in Eight-Goal Thriller

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    After notching his 22nd goal of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, we reckon Luis Suarez is entitled to strike any pose he likes, including the one above.

    The Uruguayan was twice on the scoresheet against Stoke City in Sunday's game. The exciting encounter at the Britannia Stadium ended 5-3 to the visiting side. 

     

Rodgers 'Stoked' at the Britannia

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    Brendan Rodgers is definitely a happy man in this picture. Is he:

    A) Reacting to Anthony Taylor's decision to award his side a rather soft penalty against Stoke?

    B) Just enjoying the eight-goal game? 

    C) Revisiting the moment when 22-goal striker Luis Suarez extended his current Anfield deal?

    Answers on a postcard.