There was end-to-end action across the Premier League three o’clock kick-offs with 10-man Tottenham beating Southampton 2-1, Aston Villa and Burnley sharing the points in a four-goal thriller and Bournemouth and West Ham drawing 2-2 as well.
Chelsea eased to victory over Brighton, while Wolves beat Watford and Crystal Palace won at home against Norwich, all of which finished 2-0.
Tanguy Ndombele put Spurs in front with his second goal for the club since his record move from Lyon firing past Angus Gunn from Son Heung-Min’s pull back.
Seven minutes later and they were down to 10 men. Serge Aurier clipped Ryan Bertrand near the left touch line and saw a second yellow less than five minutes after his first to get his marching orders.
Hugo Lloris compounded Spurs’ misery with an absolute howler to give Southampton the equaliser. Danny Ings closed the Spurs goalkeeper down after dithering on the ball, he tried to turn the Saints striker, missed the ball, Ings tackled him and the ball rolled in. All of this while he was just a yard off his line.
A moment of madness led to a moment of brilliance as captain Harry Kane put them back in front within two minutes. He started the move inside his own half, and after a superb exchange between himself, Son and Christian Eriksen the England captain smashed home past Gunn.
Lloris made up for his error with two top-class saves to preserve Spurs' lead. First from James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick and then denying Maya Yoshida's header.
The 10-men held on to take all three points and move up to 5th in the Premier League standings. Southampton are 14th.
Chelsea had a staggering 17 shots in the first half against Brighton, but couldn’t find the back of the net with the four they had on target.
Jorginho finally opened the scoring for the home side from the penalty spot after the break. Mason Mount was bundled over inside the box by Adam Webster after Brighton over played it at the back.
Willian scored his first goal since March to double Chelsea’s lead and secure all three points for Frank Lampard’s side. After cutting in on the right his strike took a slight deflection off Dan Burn which left Mat Ryan wrong-footed, 2-0.
The win takes Chelsea up to 6th in the table, while a struggling Brighton drop to 16th.
Watford made four changes to the team that were humbled 8-0 by Manchester City last weekend as the leagues bottom two sides battled it out for much needed points at Molineux.
It was Wolves who opened the scoring in the 18th minute though as Jonny put in Pedro Neto who fizzed a cross in for Matt Doherty to tap home his second goal of the season.
A unfortunate Daryl Janmaat own goal doubled Wolves’ lead and saw Watford conceded their 20th goal of the season with only seven games played.
They remain bottom of the league on two points while a win for Wolves takes them up to 13th.
West Ham were looking to extend their Premier League unbeaten run to six as they travelled to Bournemouth who were aiming for a third straight win.
Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring for the visitors with his third of the season inside ten minutes after a well worked move and composed turn and finish. Joshua King swept in from close range for the equaliser just seven minutes.
Callum Wilson put the Cherries in front in the first minute of the second half, despite West Ham kicking off, for his seventh goal in seven games against the Hammers.
Aaron Cresswell got his second in as many games and restored parity for West Ham. Felipe Anderson brought down Yarmolenko’s cross for Cresswell, who volleyed it into the turf and past Aaron Ramsdale.
After a fantastic start to the season West Ham sit third, a point about Bournemouth in 7th.
Aston Villa thought they’d taken the lead against Burnley, but John McGinn saw his goal disallowed by VAR as Conor Hourihane, the man who set him up, was offside when he received the ball in the build-up.
Anwar El Ghazi did give the Villans the lead eight minutes later on the counter attack. McGinn played in Frederic Guilbert on the right, who then crossed for the Dutch forward who found the back of the net on the half volley.
Burnley pulled themselves level when substitute Jay Rodriguez headed home at the back post following an Erik Pieters cross for his first goal for the club.
McGinn finally got himself on the scoresheet in the 79th minute with a fine volley at the back post to put Villa back in front, but that lead didn’t last long. Chris Wood heading home from Matthew Lowton’s cross to bring Burnley level once more just seconds later.
Aston Villa remain 18th while a point for Burnley moves them up to 10th.
James McArthur was brought down by Ibrahim Amadou inside the area as Crystal Palace won themselves an early penalty against Norwich.
Luka Milivojevic, on his 100th Palace appearance, stepped up and despatched the resultant spot kick.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace equalled their unbeaten Premier League home record of six games on the bounce after substitute Andros Townsend found the bottom corner in injury time to make it 2-0.
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