• Premier League

City bounce back, Toon and Palace gain first wins

ESPN staff
August 31, 2013
Yaya Toure wrapped things up for Manchester City with a curling free-kick late on © Getty Images

Manchester City grabbed two goals in the second half to end Hull City's resistance, while there were first wins of the season for Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Norwich, with Stoke making it back-to-back victories and Everton having to settle for their third draw in as many league games.

Manchester City bounced back from their surprise defeat last weekend by beating Hull City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure.

Having wobbled in defence in falling 3-2 to Championship-winners Cardiff after taking the lead, City managed to avoid a loss to another promoted side. However, they were frustrated for over an hour and made the breakthrough via substitute Negredo after he headed in Pablo Zabaleta's cross in the 65th minute.

With Hull chasing the game towards the end, their hopes of snatching an equaliser were dashed as Toure curled in a free-kick to seal the three points.

John O'Shea saw red at Selhurst Park © Getty Images

Crystal Palace left it late, scoring twice in a dramatic last 15 minutes to see off Sunderland 3-1 at Selhurst Park and give Ian Holloway his first Premier League win of the new season.

Palace went ahead in the ninth minute when Daniel Gabbidon bundled in his effort from close range, but were pegged back after Steven Fletcher headed in an equaliser after coming on as a second half substitute.

However, drama ensued in the closing stages as John O'Shea was sent off after bringing down Dwight Gayle inside the box with a last-ditch, but ultimately mistimed, challenge.

Gayle stepped up to convert the penalty before Stuart O'Keefe's stunning effort deep into injury wrapped up the win to give the home side all three points.

Nathan Redmond's second-half strike proved to be enough as Norwich saw off Southampton 1-0 at Carrow Road. Redmond provided the first goal of the 3pm kick-offs, cutting inside from the left and drilling home with his right foot on 68 minutes, with Southampton failing to find a response.

Stoke made it six points from their last two games, courtesy of a 1-0 victory against West Ham at Upton Park. The match was settled with eight minutes remaining by substitute Jermaine Pennant, who stepped up to curl a free-kick from 25 yards out over the wall and into Jussi Jaaskelainen's bottom corner.

Newcastle enjoyed their first league win of the season, with Hatem Ben Arfa firing them to three points at home to Fulham with the only goal of the game. For the second consecutive week, Yoan Gouffran was guilty of an incredible late miss - having blazed over the bar from five yards out against West Ham last week, Gouffran planted a free header from a similar distance wide of the post late in the second half. But Ben Arfa spared his team-mate's blushes by hammering the ball home from the edge of the box on 86 minutes.

Cardiff failed to make it back-to-back wins after they played out a 0-0 stalemate with Everton at the Cardiff City Stadium. Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines were both included in Roberto Martinez's starting line-up, despite the questions surrounding their Everton futures amid interest from Manchester United. Everton were denied a penalty late in the first half when Baines burst into the box and appeared to be felled by Gary Medel, with neither side able to find a breakthrough.

St James' Park erupted after Hatem Ben Arfa fired in the winner against Fulham to give Newcastle their first league win of the season © PA Photos

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