By Steve Tongue
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS MANCHESTER CITY 2-0
A vibrant Tottenham Hotspur won Sunday’s meeting of the Premier League’s only two unbeaten sides when they beat leaders Manchester City 2-0.
City, who had won their first 10 matches of the season under new manager Pep Guardiola before drawing 3-3 at Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday, remain top of the table but could not cope with the intensity, pace and pressing of Spurs, who now sit second, only a point behind.
The home team went ahead in the ninth minute when Aleksandar Kolarov put Danny Rose’s long cross into his own net and an unmarked Dele Alli doubled the lead before halftime.
In the second half Claudio Bravo saved Erik Lamela’s penalty to prevent an even heavier defeat.
LEICESTER CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON 0-0
Southampton have not conceded a goal in six games after holding Premier League champions Leicester City to a 0-0 draw at the King Power stadium on Sunday.
Claudio Ranieri’s side went into the game hoping to reproduce their Champions League form that helped them to beat Porto 1-0 mid week and would have broken the deadlock on the half-hour had Jamie Vardy produced a more confident shot after pouncing on a poor back pass.
A lacklustre Vardy did little to impress watching England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate who saw another prospective striker, Southampton’s Charlie Austin, hit the post in an even first half.
The visitors dominated after the break with keeper Kasper Schmeichel producing saves from Austin and Nathan Redmond. At the other end, Danny Drinkwater tried to spark Leicester but they failed to fire as the game spluttered out into a disappointing draw.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS STOKE CITY 1-1
Manchester United were denied by a spirited Stoke City performance as Joe Allen pounced late to secure the visitors their first point at Old Trafford since 1989 in a deserved 1-1 Premier League draw.
United thought they had done enough when substitute Anthony Martial put them ahead on 69 minutes, two minutes after coming off the bench, with a curling shot from the edge of the area that beat Stoke’s excellent keeper Lee Grant.
But Allen, who should have scored earlier, struck from close range in the 82nd minute after David De Gea fumbled a Glen Johnson effort and Jonathan Walters’ shot came back off the bar.
“To go a goal behind against a team like that and get a point is a tough ask but we did it, said Allen, whose goal was his second in consecutive league games. “When you come to Old Trafford you’re not going to get many chances.
“We haven’t been picking up many points but you can’t fault the effort. We were determined to come here and get at least a point. We did threaten at times, which is a good sign for the weeks to come.”
Although Paul Pogba hit the bar late on, the visitors earned their draw with a backs-to-the-wall showing that moved them off the bottom of the table.
United, who again started with Wayne Rooney on the bench, should have made more of a string of chances, with Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard all going close.
Despite the dropped point, United manager Jose Mourinho said it was the “best United performance all season”.
Mourinho added: “It was much better than against Leicester (when United won 4-1 last week). It could have been 3-0 or 4-0 at half time, 6-0 at the end of the game, but the result was 1-1. But that’s football.”