Premier League update for the 3rd week…

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West Ham game against Bournemouth was filled with action from start to finish with the scoreline hitting seven goals shared between both clubs.

Callum Wilson netted a fine hat-trick to lead Bournemouth to their first ever Premier League win, with the Cherries edging a seven-goal thriller against a ten-man West Ham.

Eddie Howe’s side dominated the first-half at Upton Park and looked to be cruising to a historic three points when striker Wilson netted twice inside 30 minutes.

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But the hosts came roaring back after the break, with Mark Noble’s 48th minute penalty and Cheikhou Kouyate’s close-range finish in the 53rd minute pulling the Hammers level.

Bournemouth, though, showed fight which will stand them in good stead this season, and they soon reclaimed the lead as Marc Pugh fired in before Wilson completed his hat-trick from the spot.

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Carl Jenkinson was the guilty man, the on-loan Arsenal defender conceding the penalty and earning a red card for a clumsy last-man challenge on Max Gradel, and while Modibo Maiga reduced the deficit again just three minutes later, battling Bournemouth managed to hold on to secure a 4-3 victory.

Meanwhile, Sunderland halted their nightmare start to the season as Jermain Defoe’s second-half strike rescued a 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Stadium of Light.

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Despite the Black Cats dominating the opening exchanges, it was Swansea who broke the deadlock against the run of play, Bafetimbi Gomis netting his third goal in three games on the stroke of half-time.

Sunderland fans have been raging at their side after beginning the campaign with dismal back-to-back defeats, but there were signs of fight as they pressed for the equaliser and it deservedly came on the hour mark when Defoe, played in from Jeremain Lens’ perfect through ball, coolly slotted home.

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Both sides had chances to snatch victory on, but Sunderland were ultimately indebted to Costel Pantilimon for their first point of the season, the goalkeeper saving fierce strikes Jonjo Shelvey and Gylfi Sigurdsson before showing lightning reflexes to claw away a late Gomis header.

At the King Power Stadium, an average-looking Tottenham were left frustrated as Riyad Mahrez’s fourth goal of the season saw Leicester fight back to seal a 1-1 draw.

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Supporters were forced to sit through a tame encounter with few clear-cut chances, with Spurs youngster Dele Alli opening the scoring with his first Spurs goal in the 81st minute.

But the Foxes mustered an immediate response as French winger Mahrez curled the ball home past Huge Lloris on 82 minutes to claim a deserved point.

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Elsewhere, Bakary Sako scored a late winner on his Crystal Palace debut to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

In another tight encounter, Palace had a goal disallowed before finally breaking the deadlock on 71 minutes through Scott Dann’s towering header from a well-worked corner.

Villa were level just six minutes later courtesy of Pape Souare’s unfortunate own goal, but the tide turned late on as a mistake from the visitors proved costly. Jordan Amavi gifted possession to Dann in a dangerous position, and he duly passed to Sako who put away his shot with aplomb to secure victory.

Finally, Norwich City came from behind to seal a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Stoke.

Mame Biram Diouf headed in debutant Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick to put Stoke in front in the 13th minute, but Canaries defender Russell Martin shot through the legs of Stoke keeper Jack Butland to level the scores before half-time.

 

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