Premier League round-up: Sam Allardyce gets off to perfect start with Everton
Meanwhile, Leicester held on to beat Burnley while Swansea go bottom with a defeat at Stoke
Everton manager Sam Allardyce got off to the perfect start with a win over Huddersfield at Goodison Park. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images
Everton 2 Huddersfield Town 0
Sam Allardyce’s reign at Everton kicked off in winning fashion as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin earned them a 2-0 Premier League win over struggling Huddersfield Town.
After being given a warm welcome from the home fans, new manager Allardyce took his seat, hoping to see further signs of Everton’s rejuvenation following their crushing 4-0 defeat of West Ham United in midweek.
Instead, he former England boss witnessed only dire fare in the first half with his side looking curiously flat until, two minutes after the break, a clever flick from Calvert-Lewin freed Sigurdsson to fire home expertly from 10 metres.
The young provider Calvert-Lewin struck in the 73rd minute, his seventh goal of thee season coming with a left-foot shot that took a cruel deflection off Mathias Jorgensen and into the net to consign Huddersfield to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Leicester City 1 Burnley 0
Demarai Gray’s sixth-minute goal gave Leicester City a 1-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League. Burnley keeper Nick Pope could only push out Riyad Mahrez’s low effort straight to Gray who made no mistake from close range.
The Clarets, who had won four of their last five matches, responded strongly, though, with Robbie Brady running at the Foxes defence and whipping in a series of dangerous corners.
But the Irish winger had to be stretchered off in the 31st minute after going down in a challenge with Leicester defender Harry Maguire.
Stoke City 2 Swansea City 1
Stoke City produced a stunning first-half comeback to beat Swansea City 2-1 at the bet365 Stadium, a result that eased the pressure on manager Mark Hughes and sent the Welsh side to the bottom of the Premier League.
Swansea started brightly, taking the lead with a third-minute volley from Wilfried Bony against his former club. It was Bony’s first strike for Swansea in nearly two years and ended their seven-hour goal drought.
Swansea’s hopes of a first league win at Stoke for 16 years failed to survive the first half as Xherdan Shaqiri, who swooped on a Joe Allen through ball, and a superb back-post volley from Mame Biram Diouf turned around the game in four minutes.
Stoke lost Bruno Martins-Indi, who was carried off strapped to a stretcher after going down under a seemingly innocuous challenge early in the second half. Kevin Wimmer replaced him to shore up the defence as Stoke registered their first win in five games.
West Bromwich Albion 0 Crystal Palace 0
Alan Pardew maintained his record of never losing his first Premier League game in charge of a club as his West Brom team were held to a 0-0 draw at home against Crystal Palace.
Christian Benteke carved out Palace’s best chance deep in the first half, dribbling through several West Brom defenders before being denied a first goal of the season by Ben Foster’s smart save.
Jay Rodriguez went close for West Brom after the break but Julian Speroni, making his 398th appearance in goal for Palace after Wayne Hennessey injured his back in the warm up, spread himself well to deny the forward from close range.
Palace survived several West Brom chances late on, including a Salomon Rondon header that went just wide, and have now gone four games unbeaten to move off the bottom of the table, above Swansea City and West Ham United, who are at leaders Manchester City on Sunday.