Best of the Weekend
Sky Sports casts an eye over this weekend's Premier League action and picks out some of the key highlights.
Last Updated: 01/12/13 10:29pm
Goals of the weekend
Two classy central midfielders opening their accounts for the season - we couldn't separate the long-range strikes from messrs Sissoko and Sandro this weekend.
The former grabbed the winner at St James' Park on Saturday as Newcastle continued their climb up the table. Loic Remy headed the ball into the path of Sissoko and he blasted an unstoppable shot into Boaz Myhill's top-left corner.
"It was an absolute cracker," said Magpies boss Alan Pardew, "and at the end in which (Alan) Shearer smashed so many in. It's great to see a new name do that and Moussa's work rate and commitment was just as good as the goal.
"He's had a few chances and he waited for the ball to come down and he's hit it true. It brought the house down."
Sissoko added: "I've been waiting a while for it. Now I'm off the mark and I'll continue to work hard, mostly to make sure I can keep putting in some great performances on the pitch."
On Sunday, Sandro netted at White Hart Lane for the first time, and he certainly had the stadium rocking as he put Spurs ahead against United in the second half with a superb swerving shot that flew past a dumbstruck David De Gea from 25 yards.
The Brazil international wrote on Instagram: "Thanks God for giving me the strength to get back to where I belong (and for teaching me how to score a goal at White Hart Lane!)..."
Players of the weekend
An emphatic header just before the half-hour mark, and a late clincher from Theo Walcott's square pass - Ramsey just seems to get better and better.
"I think that two or three years ago, he wasn't capable of playing just his game," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after the Wales international had netted twice in an away win over his former club Cardiff on Saturday.
"Everyone was impressed by the occasion, so it just shows you how mature he is now. He just came here today, played his game as he does usually and scored two great goals."
Also worthy of commendation is Ramsey's former club team-mate Nasri, who produced two world-class finishes in the second half as City swept Swansea aside 3-0.
For his first, he ran across goal and fired low into the bottom left corner and then stuck away Pablo Zabaleta's pass for the second.
Nasri showed his growing maturity too in his post-match interview, saying: "We have to improve our form away from home, and we have the games coming up to do it."
Miss of the weekend
Gus Poyet's reaction said it all: how the Black Cats could rue this miss from their Italy international come the end of the campaign. Giaccherini - in plenty of space just before half-time at Villa Park - somehow put the ball over the crossbar from four yards having been found by Phil Bardsley's header.
Performance of the weekend
So Steve Bruce, was this your best result of the season so far? "It certainly has to be," said the Tigers boss after Hull had beaten the Reds for the first time in their history (this was the 17th meeting between the teams, with the first played way back in 1954).
"Some of our lot haven't played much in the Premier League and what they need is results like today to give them that belief that they can play at this level."
Hull thoroughly deserved their victory, as our analysis shows, and to be in the top half of the table after 13 games is a significant achievement. But can they stay there?
Clearance of the weekend
Wins have been hard to come by for the Canaries, so this was a huge result - and one gained in part by a crucial intervention from Sweden defender Olsson. Soon after the hosts had hit the front at Carrow Road against their relegation rivals, a Jason Puncheon cross from the right was palmed out by John Ruddy and the ball dropped to Barry Bannan. The midfielder cracked a fierce drive goalwards, which was headed for the top right corner before Olsson somehow headed it on to the crossbar and away.
Save of the weekend
Saints goalkeeper Boruc ended up in hospital on Sunday for scans on his wrist and hand, but he can at least reflect on an excellent first-half display at Stamford Bridge. His stop from Fernando Torres was particularly memorable. Eden Hazard and Juan Mata combined well to get in a cross which was met by a header from Torres that Boruc kept out with a brilliant one-handed save going to his right, before the ball was hacked clear.
Farewell of the weekend
Rene Meulensteen claimed on Sunday that he was surprised that his fellow Dutchman Jol was sacked by Fulham owner Shahid Khan but if so, he was the only one. After six straight defeats - the latest at West Ham - and increasingly poor performances, Jol's grasp on the Cottage reins was weak and our NFL expert Neil Reynolds - who knows Khan's methods well, as he also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars - says this parting of the ways was always on the cards.
"When you look at Fulham," Reynolds told Sky Sports, "Khan inherited Jol and now he wants to bring his own people in and he likes to build for the long term. He is very much about bringing in the right people and then taking a step back."
Breakthrough of the weekend
The Barcelona hotshot looked like one of the summer's most exciting arrivals but has struggled to find his feet at Goodison Park. However, Roberto Martinez has kept the faith - even after his misfiring Merseyside derby showing, in which he proved unreliable in one-on-one situations - and was rewarded with a scintillating show from the young Spaniard in the demolition of Stoke.