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West Brom Beats Everton to Stay Unbeaten in Premier League

September 01, 2012

West Bromwich Albion defeated Everton 2-0 to stay unbeaten in English soccer’s Premier League, as Tottenham remained winless after a 1-1 tie with Norwich.

Shane Long and Gareth McAuley scored in the second half to give West Brom the home win, and Robert Snodgrass’s goal with five minutes remaining earned Norwich the away draw.

Defending champion Manchester City beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1, West Ham routed Fulham 3-0, Swansea and Sunderland tied 2- 2, and Wigan and Stoke also drew 2-2.

West Brom continued its fine start under new manager Steve Clarke, moving into a tie with Swansea and Manchester City for second place on seven points, two behind Chelsea.

Long put West Brom in front in the 65th minute and McAuley clinched the win with an 82nd-minute header. Everton had won its first two games of the season and was unbeaten in 11 league matches going back to last season.

The early season struggles continued for new Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas after his club allowed a late goal at White Hart Lane. Spurs have two points from three games, the same as newly promoted Norwich.

Moussa Dembele, making his debut after signing from Fulham three days ago, gave Spurs the lead in the 65th minute, before Snodgrass drove a low left-footed drive past Brad Friedel. Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone was then shown a red card in the 90th minute for a challenge on Jonathan Howson.

Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez scored in Manchester City’s home win over QPR, which got a goal from Bobby Zamora. It was a rematch of the final game of last season, where City scored twice in injury time for a 3-2 win that clinched its first league title since 1968.

Swansea Draws

Swansea’s perfect start to the season ended as it rallied for a 2-2 home tie with Sunderland. Miguel Michu’s league- leading fourth goal of the season gave Swansea, who won their first two games by a combined 8-0 score, the draw.

Steven Fletcher scored twice for Sunderland and Wayne Routledge had a goal for Swansea, which finished with 10 men after Chico Flores received a red card for a foul on Louis Saha in the 70th minute.

Kevin Nolan, Winston Reid and Matt Taylor scored first-half goals to lead West Ham past Fulham at Upton Park.

Both teams debuted their new strikers as Andy Carroll started for West Ham in his first game since his loan move from Liverpool this week. Dimitar Berbatov came on as a halftime substitute for Fulham after his signing from Manchester United yesterday at the transfer deadline.

Stoke drew for the third straight game on Peter Crouch’s goal in the 76th minute. Stoke’s Jon Walters and Wigan’s Shaun Maloney both scored with penalty kicks, while Franco Di Santo also found the back of the net for the Latics.

Arsenal visits Liverpool, Newcastle hosts Aston Villa and Manchester United is at Southampton in tomorrow’s games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.


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