Merson, Thompson, Le Tissier and Nicholas analyse the big Premier League games

Newcastle miss-fire against West Ham, West Brom frustrate Everton, Stoke bounce back and Hull beat Norwich.

Last Updated: 31/08/13 8:34pm

Charlie Nicholas on Cardiff's draw with Everton

Cardiff 0-0 Everton: Read our match report here

"Malcolm Mackay will be happy with that today, Cardiff defended very well.

"There was a lot of team work in there and they did make opportunities at times.

I think they did get a little bit lucky in the first half.

"The transfer speculation surrounding Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini did not affect Everton one bit, he kept on coming forward and Fellaini played deeper which I think suited his style of play and benefitted Ross Barkley - who at times looks like a real talent. But he is young and will have to learn, he takes too many touches when he can pass it and release other midfield runners and strikers a bit quicker.

"All round I thought Everton had more about them, but the pace and energy of Cardiff was up there. It was an enjoyable game, very lively and the crowd were a different class again, an absolutely brilliant atmosphere.

"Everton will probably be thinking to themselves that they should have won this though."

Phil Thompson on Norwich's first Premier League win of the season

Norwich 1-0 Southampton: Read our match report here

"Nathan Redmond's overall performance was really good. The first half he had a really good start, made a good run and flashed one just wide of the post. I was thinking that's a good start they have got to keep on feeding him the ball. It never happened.

"Chris Hughton must have got them in at half-time and told them to give Redmond more of the ball. Lo and behold they did and he gave young Chambers a torrid afternoon. It was no surprise that he scored the winner.

"Norwich were the better team in the first half - just before the end of the first half Southampton came a bit more into it and it was a bit more even in the second half. They had a few chances - Osvaldo had a chance but it was a great save from John Ruddy. Ruddy by the way was very composed in the goal, taking those crosses and looked very calm and assured."

"It was not the best game in the world but Norwich deserved to win."

Paul Merson on Stoke's win over West Ham

West Ham 0-1 Stoke: Read our match report here

"I was very impressed with Stoke, I thought they were outstanding from start to finish. They passed the ball very and they were all playing. N'Zonzi ran the show from midfield and Adam sprayed it around. It was the perfect away performance.

"They were back to solidness like they were last year - diving in front of a couple of blocked shots. They defended like they can defend. I cannot highly enough about them.

"Kenwyne Jones did very well for Stoke. Because he is very quick he opens the game up and lets people like Adam get on the ball. I like Peter Crouch but he has not got that threatening pace so you can squeeze the game.

"On his day Jermaine Pennant is very good, he gets his crosses in and today he came on and worked hard. After the game the team spirit looked good, they look like they like Mark Hughes.

"West Ham were not very good though, they will be concerned about up front. The lad Maiga who played upfront did not get a kick in - I honestly don't think he kicked it more than twice the whole match.

"They did not look confident in giving the ball to him, they just did not look comfortable - they have not got too many players who are great passes."

Matt Le Tissier on Newcastle's win against Fulham

Newcastle 1-0 Fulham: Read our match report here

"I think Newcastle deserved to win, they were by far the more threatening side throughout the afternoon. Fulham were certainly not that threatening even with all those attacking players we spoke about before the game.

"You would have thought they would have been a little more creative but Darren Bent barely had a kick all game and Berbatov was missing in action.

"On the balance of it Newcastle created by far the most chances and built up a head of steam especially in the second half. Hatem Ben Arfa was the best player on the picth - certainly in the second half he was the most dangerous player and it was a rocket of a left strike."