Mark Clattenburg in spotlight as Man Utd win at Chelsea while Suarez denied late winner in Merseyside derby

On a Monday morning, there are often plenty of talking points when it comes to assessing the Premier League weekend. This week though, things have been taken to a whole new level.

During an action packed couple of days of top-flight English football, there were plenty of goals and more than a normal weekend’s fair share of controversial moments.

Starting off on Saturday lunch-time, Norwich City picked up a valuable draw at Aston Villa as they faced their former manager Paul Lambert for the first time. With Villa down to ten men, the Canaries should have arguably picked up the three points after plenty of second-half pressure.

Moving onto the games getting underway at 3pm, there were narrow wins for Arsenal and Wigan over West Ham and Queens Park Rangers respectively. Stoke and Sunderland then played out a 0-0 draw while Reading and Fulham were involved in a stunning 3-3 draw at the Madjeski Stadium.

The Saturday evening kick-off then saw Manchester City secure a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Swansea City. It wasn’t the easiest 90 minutes for the Champions, but they picked up the points and that was the main thing for them.

The majority of the Premier League talking points then took place on Sunday. First of all, there was a thrilling Merseyside derby as Everton battled back from 2-0 down to secure a point at home to Liverpool.

It seemed as though Luis Suarez had won the points for the away side late on, but his strike was wrongly ruled out for off-side.

Newcastle then picked up a valuable 2-1 home win against West Brom thanks to a late Papiss Cisse strike and it was a victory by the same margin for Tottenham at struggling Southampton.

Attention then turned to Stamford Bridge where Chelsea and Manchester United went head to head. It was the away side that stormed into a 2-0 lead early on, but in a similar vain to Everton, Chelsea fought themselves back to level terms.

Then came the controversy. First of all Branislav Ivanovic was sent-off for Chelsea, before six minutes later, Fernando Torres was shown a second yellow card for diving.

With 15 minutes to go, Javier Hernandez then popped up with the winner for the Red Devils, although the substitute was seen to be in an off-side position. It is fair to say that Chelsea were not happy with the officials afterwards.

What a thrilling weekend!

 

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