LONDON: Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam scored each side of half-time today as Stoke claimed their first ever Premier League win over Manchester United, by 2-1.
Holland striker Robin Van Persie scored the champions’ consolation as they lost for the eighth time and saw their hopes of securing a Champions League berth next season fade further.
Newcastle fans raged at manager Alan Pardew as they crashed 3-0 at home to local rivals Sunderland. This was the Black Cats’ third successive derby win as they capitalised on Newcastle’s midfield weakness after £19m sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain.
Late goals from Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas helped Everton bounce back from their Merseyside derby thrashing by Liverpool with a 2-1 home victory over Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa.
Cardiff’s new signings made an instant impact in a much-needed 2-1 win over Norwich. Manchester United loanee Wilfried Zaha set up Craig Bellamy for the first goal while ex-Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones scored the winner.
Andy Carroll set up two goals for his best friend Kevin Nolan before being sent off, after a clash with Chico Flores, as 10-man West Ham beat Swansea 2-0.
Shane Long’s first goal for Hull after his £7m move from West Bromwich saw them claim their first point of the year from a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
The renewed optimism brought by Fulham’s late flurry of transfer activity evaporated quickly with a 3-0 home defeat by Southampton. Lewis Holtby started for the Cottagers after his loan move from Tottenham but looked lost as his new club slipped to the bottom of the table.