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Chelsea Go Top While Sunderland Lose Again

John_Obi_MikelChelsea moved to the top of the Premier League on goal difference with victory over local rivals Fulham while Liverpool lost for the first time this season at home to Southampton.

Despite premature talk of a mini-crisis at Chelsea, the Blues eased to a routine 2-0 victory against Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

The away side had a golden chance to open the scoring in the first half only for Darrent Bent to shoot straight at Petr Cech when played through one-on-one.

They were made to pay in the second half, however, with goals from Oscar and a first in the Premier League from John Obi Mikel confirming the three points for the Blues.

Dejan Lovren’s 53rd-minute header proved the difference at Anfield as Southampton triumphed 1-0 against Liverpool.

Raheem Sterling had an opportunity late on, yet his first touch let him down as the Reds failed to grab a leveller.

Leighton Baines inspired Everton to a 3-2 victory at West Ham United as he scored two brilliant free-kicks. Ravel Morrison opened the scoring via a deflected effort before Baines thundered home, only for Mark Noble to net from the penalty spot and then get sent off.

Baines tucked home another splendid free-kick before loan signing Romelu Lukaku headed in a the winner on his first appearance for the club since joining from Chelsea.

Hull City recorded their first league win since the opening day of the season as they came from behind twice to defeat Newcastle 3-2 at St James’ Park.

The home side made use of the early pressure and found the breakthrough after ten minutes as Loic Remy latched on to Papiss Cisse’s volley to head in his first Premier League goal.

Hull rallied and were soon level when Robbie Brady drilled in an equaliser through the legs of Tim Krul but Remy struck again shortly before the break with a sharp finish.

However, former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was left smiling early in the second half as Ahmed Elmohamady glanced his header in off the far post following Brady’s whipped free-kick.

It would take an immense piece of quality to settle this tie and Sone Aluko did not disappoint — his volley crashed into the net following good work on the left from George Boyd to earn Hull the points.

West Brom piled the pressure on Sunderland manager Paolo di Canio with a convincing 3-0 win at The Hawthorns, giving them their first league win of the season.

Steve Clarke handed record signing Stephane Sessegnon his Albion debut and his decision was justified in the 20th minute when he scored against his former club.

Di Canio’s misery was further compounded when Liam Ridgewell bundled a second for West Brom and then Amalfitano completed victory with a fine strike late on, leaving Clarke beaming and Di Canio’s side bottom of the table.

In the early game, Paul Lambert enjoyed another winning return to his former stomping ground as Aston Villa saw off Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road.

Both teams started strongly as Andreas Weimann clattered a left-footed effort against the woodwork, before the home side were awarded a soft penalty when Ciaran Clark was judged to have handled inside the box. However, Brad Guzan was at his best to deny Robert Snodgrass from the spot and keep the scores level.

Lambert was forced into his first change as Christian Benteke limped off with injury soon after, but substitute Libor Kozak took little time to make an impact when slotting in the opener from Gabriel Agbonlahor’s cut-back.