Chelsea beat Stoke; Saints triumph

  • Last Updated: September 22 2012, 19:01 BST

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including victories for Chelsea, Southampton and Everton.

  • Cole scored a late winning goal for Chelsea against Stoke
  • Southampton picked up their first Premier League points of the season 

Ashley Cole scored his first goal in over two years as Chelsea finally broke down brave Stoke resistance at Stamford Bridge to claim a 1-0 win and retain pole position in the Barclays Premier League.

Cole, who last scored against Wigan in May 2010, lifted an 85th-minute winner over visiting goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after the ball had been knocked into the box by Juan Mata.

Cole's winner was tough on Stoke who had defended doggedly and had chances themselves with Marc Wilson testing Petr Cech from long range and Jonathan Walters and Matthew Etherington both firing wide.

But Roberto Di Matteo's men also looked dangerous, Fernando Torres scuffing the best chance into the arms of Begovic in the first half, and Oscar twice being denied by the excellent Potters goalkeeper.

Position Player Score
1 Chelsea 13
2 Everton 10
3 West Brom 10
4 Fulham 9
5 Man Utd 9
6 Arsenal 8
7 Man City 8
8 West Ham 8
9 Swansea 7
10 Tottenham 5

Southampton stormed back from behind to earn their first points of the season with an emphatic 4-1 triumph over ailing Aston Villa at St Mary's.

It looked like being the same old story for Saints, who had lost their first four matches back in the top flight, when Darren Bent pounced on hesitant defending to sweep home a 36th-minute opener.

Rickie Lambert lashed home the Saints' equaliser on 58 minutes and five minutes later they were ahead when defender Nathaniel Clyne slotted past Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Saints made sure of victory on 72 minutes when Jason Puncheon's right-footed drive took a heavy deflection off Ciaran Clark, and Lambert sealed victory with a penalty in the dying seconds.

Steven Fletcher scored his fourth goal in three appearances for Sunderland but it was not enough to claim three points for the Black Cats as West Ham snatched a late 1-1 draw at Upton Park.

Fletcher finished off a fine Sebastian Larsson cross in the ninth minute and came close to a second soon afterwards when his effort in the box was blocked by James Collins.

Sam Allardyce's men poured on the pressure with both Ricardo Vaz Te and Kevin Nolan coming close before Nolan volleyed the equaliser in injury time from a header down by substitute Modibo Maiga.

  • Victor Anichebe gives Everton an early lead in their clash at Swansea on Saturday lunchtime.
  • Angel Rangel misses a good chance to score for Swansea
  • Kevin Mirallas doubles Everton's advantage
  • In the second half Swansea are reduced to 10 men when Nathan Dyer is sent off
  • Marouane Fellaini completes the scoring as Everton win 3-0
  • Dimitar Berbatov holds off Ivan Ramis as Fulham visit Wigan
  • Fernando Torres tries to get clear of Charlie Adam
  • Eden Hazard found it difficult to influence Chelseas goalless first half
  • At The Hawthorns, Reading's Alex Pearce and Romelu Lukaku of West Brom battle for the ball
  • Steven Fletcher gave Sunderland the lead against West Ham at Upton Park
  • Darren Bent celebrates his goal for Aston Villa at Southampton
  • Fulham's Hugo Rodallega scores against his old club Wigan at the DW Stadium
  • Southampton's Rickie Lambert levels the scores at St Mary's in the second half
  • Romelu Lukaku puts West Brom in front against Reading and his goal proves to be the winner
  • Southampton now lead Villa thanks to Nathaniel Clyne's effort
  • Fulham are on course for victory over Wigan as Damien Duff doubles the Cottagers' advantage
  • Ashley Cole nets a late winning goal for Chelsea against Stoke
  • Kevin Nolan netted a late equaliser for West Ham against Sunderland
  • Lambert drills home Southampton's fourth from the spot in a crushing 4-1 win over Aston Villa
  • The result eases the pressure on manager Nigel Adkins.
All the best images from Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League.

West Brom continued their superb start to the season as Romelu Lukaku drilled the only goal of the game in the 71st minute to see off Reading 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

Hugo Rodallega came back to haunt his former club as he netted the opener for Fulham in a 2-1 win against Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Rodallega's 31st-minute header set Fulham on their way to three points and Damien Duff slotted home to make it 2-0 on 68 minutes. Arouna Kone netted an injury-time consolation for the hosts.

In the early kick-off, Everton continued their promising start to the season by coasting to a 3-0 win at Swansea.

The Toffees dominated from the off and Victor Anichebe fired home from close range after 21 minutes before Kevin Mirallas finished off a superb flowing move just before half-time.

Swansea went close through Angel Rangel and Ki Sung-yueng but their hopes of a comeback were dashed early in the second half when substitute Nathan Dyer was sent off, before Everton's Marouane Fellaini administered the final blow.