Michu helps Swansea to dream start
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were the big name casualties on the opening day of the Premier League season while Swansea City and Fulham scored five each in big wins.
Swansea City midfielder Michu scored a goal in each half on his Premier League debut as the Swans thumped Queens Park Rangers 5-0 at Loftus Road.
The Spaniard scored this season's first goal in the Premier League when his shot crept past goalkeeper
West Bromwich Albion beat 10-man Liverpool 3-0 at the Hawthorns but it could have been more after
The Baggies took the lead late in the first half when
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger was shown a red card after he brought down Long in the area after the break but the striker was unable to convert from the spot.
However, Long quickly atoned when he was tripped by Martin Skrtel to claim another penalty, with
Arsenal dominated Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium but was unable to find the breakthrough as it drew 0-0.
Fulham thumped Norwich City 5-0 at Craven Cottage thanks to a dominant performance and a brace by
The striker then added his second before Alex Kacaniklic's goal and
Stoke City drew with Premier League new boy Reading 1-1 at the
The Royals salvaged a point when Adam Le Fondre equalised from the spot as
Nolan scored from close range in the 40th minute from
Socceroos midfielder Brett Holman played an hour for Villa.
The Frenchman sent Brad Friedel the wrong way in the 80th minute having been hauled down by Rafael van der Vaart, restoring the Magpies' slender advantage after Spurs had pulled back to level four minutes earlier.
A low-key encounter had sprung into life in the 55th minute when Demba Ba fired his first goal since February to put the home side ahead before Jermain Defoe prodded a 76th-minute equaliser at the second attempt.
The late drama proved too much for Pardew, who was sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson for a furious response to a touchline incident shortly before Andre Villas-Boas' men had snatched their leveller.