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PIX: Manchester City make it perfect six; United win

Last updated on: September 24, 2023 09:35 IST
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Man City beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 despite Rodri red card

Manchester City

IMAGE: Manchester City's Erling Braut Haaland scores their second goal. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Reuters

Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the season with a sixth successive Premier League win but it was not as serene as it might have been in a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest as they played the second half with 10 men.

Goals by Phil Foden and Erling Haaland put the champions in cruise control within 15 minutes but Rodri's red card one minute into the second period after he grappled with Morgan Gibbs-White meant City had to work hard to seal the victory.

Manchester United also got a much-needed 1-0 win at Burnley to snap a run of three straight defeats in all competitions.

Everton registered their first league victory of the season, producing an impressive display to triumph 3-1 at Brentford whose home struggles continued.

Luton Town got off the mark as they drew 1-1 against 10-man visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers while Crystal Palace and Fulham played out a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

IMAGE: James Tarkowski scores the second goal for Everton against Brentford. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

With half of the weekend's fixtures being played on Sunday, City took the chance to move onto a maximum 18 points, five ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, who meet on Sunday, and Liverpool, who host West Ham United.

A City win never looked in doubt once Kyle Walker set up Foden to thump in the opener after a 46-pass move and Haaland headed powerfully into the net from a cross by Matheus Nunes.

But Rodri's needless altercation with Gibbs-White, who made a meal of the City midfielder putting his hands on his throat in the 46th minute, meant the hosts were unable to coast through the rest of the match.

"We played, I would say, 51, 52 minutes 10 against 11, so it was not easy, but we were fantastic," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "I thought the way we played in the first half was amazing against a difficult side for the physicality, the pace they have up front."

Asked about Rodri's sending off which means he will likely miss three games, Guardiola said: "Rodri has to control his emotions. I can get a yellow card but Rodri cannot get a red.

"He has done it. He has apologised. The players in the pitch have to control their emotions."

A trip to Turf Moor to face a Burnley side who are better than their league position suggests looked like a dangerous assignment for United but thanks to Bruno Fernandes's sublime volley they got back on track to climb to eighth on nine points.

IMAGE: Bruno Fernandes scores the first goal for Manchester United. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Fernandes met a superb Jonny Evans pass on the stroke of halftime and his classy finish proved enough for the win.

"Team spirit was big. The battle, the fight. It's about winning. The last week a lot was against us," United manager Ten Hag said. "It's up to us, we knew that."

Everton's James Tarkowski scored versus his former club in a well-deserved 3-1 win at Brentford's Community Stadium.

Abdoulaye Doucoure put Everton ahead in the sixth minute with a strike into the top right corner but Mathias Jensen levelled in the 28th with a shot that went in off the far post.

Tarkowski headed in Dwight McNeil's corner after 67 minutes before substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin wrapped up the points in the 71st with an effort off the leg of goalkeeper Mark Flekken.

Victory lifted Everton out of the relegation zone and up to 15th with four points, while Brentford, without a home win this season, are 12th on six.

Palace held by Fulham in goalless stalemate

Crystal Palace

IMAGE: Fulham's Timothy Castagne in action with Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze. Photograph: Tony Obrien/Reuters

Crystal Palace were held to a goalless draw by Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday in a game short on quality at Selhurst Park.

Fulham edged an entertaining but goalless first half -- which had significantly more cynical fouls and crunching tackles than clear-cut opportunities -- and the visitors had two shots from Andreas Pereira and Willian saved in the first 10 minutes.

Palace weathered the early storm and caused Fulham more problems in the second half. Their standout player was Eberechi Eze, who had two penalty claims denied and kept the opposition defence on their toes with his skill and speed.

In an end-to-end closing spell, Willian and Palace substitute Jean-Philippe Mateta both had chances to score from counter-attacks but neither player was able to break the deadlock between the mid-table sides.

Luton earn first Premier League point with draw against 10-man Wolves

Luton Town

IMAGE: Luton Town's Jacob Brown in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' Toti. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Bottom side Luton Town claimed their first Premier League point on Saturday when they held 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers to a nervy 1-1 draw at a rocking Kenilworth Road.

Luton started the game on the front foot while Wolves struggled to get going, with their frustrations spilling over when Jean-Ricner Bellegarde was sent off for kicking out at Tom Lockyer when they became entangled during a challenge.

Despite going down to 10 men, it was Wolves who shocked the home side when they took the lead after the break through Pedro Neto, who outmuscled his marker and fired his shot past Thomas Kaminski in Luton's goal.

But Luton were handed a lifeline when Joao Gomes handled the ball in the box and after a VAR review, Carlton Morris stepped up and sent Jose Sa the wrong way to make it 1-1. Wolves are up to 15th while Luton remain bottom with a game in hand.

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