BY JAMES ANDERSON | SportingAlert.com
Published on Aug. 24, 2013 8:43 p.m. CST . 0 comment
LONDON (Sporting Alert) — The following are the results from the games played in the English Barclays Premier League on Saturday. A total of seven games were played on Saturday.
After losing on opening day of the season, Arsenal bounced back with a convincing 3-1 victory over Fulham, with German forward Lukas Podolski netting a brace for the Gunners. Olivier Giroud was the other Arsenal scorer, while Darren Bent scored the lone goal for Fulham.
“We were impressive and always in control. We deserved the win and it’s a good win,” said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after the game.
“We had a convincing win against Fenerbahce and that was a good response to the disappointing first result (against Aston Villa). We played the way we wanted to play, we were in control and the team enjoyed it.”
There were also 1-0 victories for Liverpool and Hull City over Aston Villa and Norwich City, respectively.
England forward Daniel Sturridge netted a beauty in the 21st minute for Liverpool, while Robbie Brady scored a first half penalty in Hull’s win.
“We just needed to defend a bit deeper today, Aston Villa are brilliant on the counter and we had to deny them chances,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said.
“It’s a great win for us because they are such a difficult team to play against.
“We were calm on the ball in the first half, our movement was fluent and very good and we knew we couldn’t open up too much because they would hurt us on the counter.”
The defeat for Aston Villa was their second in a row, after a midweek defeat to Chelsea and boss Paul Lambert said: “We have had really tough week. We have had those two intense matches against Arsenal and Chelsea with quick turnarounds.
“These are three teams that are vying to get in the top four, top five. I am proud of the team for what they have done.
“If I could have taken three points from these three games I would have taken it right at the beginning.”
Premier League Results
Fulham 1 – 3 Arsenal
Everton 0 – 0 West Brom
Hull City 1 – 0 Norwich
Newcastle United 0 – 0 West Ham
Southampton 1 – 1 Sunderland
Stoke 2 – 1 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Liverpool
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