Premier League roundup: Brentford stuns West Ham, Son propels Spurs to victory, Palace denies Leicester
Yoane Wissa hit home a timeout winner as Brentford took down West Ham 2-1 at London Stadium.
he bees edged their opponents in the Premier League rankings, thanks to the last strike from DR Congo striker Wissa.
Jarrod Bowen believed he scrambled the Hammers with his first goal in 15 Premier League games with 10 minutes remaining, but substitute Wissa exploded in the net after the hosts failed to clear a free kick by Mathias Jensen.
Bowen’s low result canceled Bryan Mbeumo’s first game for the Bees and nearly snatched a point from West Ham.
But then Lukasz Fabianski parried Pontus Jansson’s header on Jensen’s whipped free kick, and Wissa rushed for the ball to deliver the fatal blow.
West Ham paid the price for a slew of missed opportunities and sloppy build-up, but the visitors again impressed as they continued their strong start to their first Premier League campaign.
Brentford could have scored two fewer goals within minutes of kick-off, and Mbeumo should have buried at least one of his two chances.
The French first hit the bar with a good curling effort after a corner, then he took off from a Rico Henry cross.
West Ham ignored the warning signs, but was once again pardoned when Ivan Toney’s weak volley was carefully saved by Fabianski.
A pleasantly open game saw West Ham gain a foothold thanks to a neat passage between the lines, and only a heavy touch kept Michail Antonio from aiming for the goal.
Kurt Zouma nodded just outside Aaron Cresswell’s corner as the hosts continued to press, but any parity proved short-lived for the Hammers.
Toney’s defensive pass sent Sergi Canos on goal, and his angled shot forced a loose save from Fabianski.
Mbeumo was not only the first on the rebound but also slid the ball just over the line.
Fabianski almost recovered, but couldn’t make contact with the ball until he had fully crossed the line.
West Ham’s best-worked moves always ended in a disappointing final ball, leaving boss David Moyes undoubtedly frustrated as several tactical tricks had completely unchecked the visitors’ setup.
Henry touched the ball with Bowen’s foot just as the Hammers forward looked ready to pull the trigger, Said Benrahma curled 18 yards under little pressure and Pablo Fornals lost a great opportunity with a bad center.
Toney outsmarted Zouma, leaving the former Chelsea defender dead before making a foul that earned the France international a well-deserved warning.
West Ham started strong after the break, with the hosts pushing hard to equalize.
However, Bowen’s heavy touch took him too wide for a one-on-one with Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, spoiling another promising opening.
The former hitman from Hull then pushed back a glorious opportunity, walking away at close range after a neat cross from Vladimir Coufal.
Fornals threw Antonio’s cross towards goal as West Ham continued to dominate, only for Henry to summon a superb block.
However, the home side failed to turn many promises into something tangible, losing momentum by the hour mark and struggling to regain ascendancy.
Just as West Ham started to sweat on a road back in the contest, Bowen popped up with a precise low strike to nestle in Brentford’s net.
The hosts thought they got a point, but there had to be another twist, with Wissa propelling the house in style – blowing Moyes’ men and sending visitors home with all three points.
Spurs 2 Aston Villa 1
Tottenham returned to victory with an important 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Spurs had lost their last three Premier League games to a 9-1 aggregate and the pressure was starting to build on Nuno Espirito Santo after a dismal performance in last week’s North London derby loss to Arsenal.
But Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike and an own goal from Matt Targett got the job done as Spurs approach the international break on a high note.
It would only have been sweeter if Harry Kane could have beaten his league duck for the season, but the England captain wasted a number of good chances to go six Premier League games without a goal for the first time since 2015.
Villa was outscored but was tied with 22 minutes remaining as Ollie Watkins scored his first goal of the season, only for the hosts to regain their lead three minutes later.
You couldn’t hide how important it was for Spurs to stop their slide before the international break.
Following that heartbreaking loss to the Emirates last Sunday, Nuno has moved on to a 4-3-2-1 formation – a formation that has suited them better lately.
It was a slow start, with neither team creating anything in the first 20 minutes before Spurs started to gain the upper hand.
Kane almost broke his drought in spectacular style sending a quick free kick from near the halfway line towards the goal, but an Emi Martinez was able to come back and save him.
The Spurs made their domination by taking a lead in the 27th minute.
Hojbjerg recovered the ball at the top of the field and played Son Heung-min. The South Korean returned the ball to the midfielder, who chose the lower corner of the edge of the box.
Villa recovered and mounted a period of pressure towards the end of the first half, but never really tested Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal, with John McGinn’s bubbly volley from 20 yards out that spun off right next to their best effort.
Some important defenders of Oliver Skipp and then Cristian Romero stopped promising moments at Villa early in the second half and Spurs quickly returned to the fore.
Right-back Emerson Royal saw an effort cleared from the line by Tyrone Mings after a break to the left, then Son unleashed a shot at the back post after Villa failed to clear.
Son was a clear threat on the left and a nice long ball from Eric Dier played it on goal but he got too close to Martinez and the Villa keeper produced a good block.
The Argentinian was called into action shortly after saving Tanguy Ndombele after the Frenchman slalomed into the penalty area.
Villa was fortunate enough to still be in the game and in the 68th minute they were tied.
A skillful move saw the ball played to Targett on the left and his ball through the goal was brought home by Watkins at close range.
It would have been easy for Spurs to fold after that blow given their fragile confidence, but their response was excellent and three minutes later they were back in front.
Sergio Reguilon freed Son on the left and, in the same way as Villa’s equalizer, the South Korean’s ball through the goal was turned into its own net by Targett under pressure from Lucas Moura.
Although it was Spurs afternoon, it wasn’t Kane’s as he wasted two more chances, shooting right off and then being denied one-on-one by Martinez.
Giovani Lo Celso also missed two chances to win, but the hosts secured their victory.
Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2
Jeffrey Schlupp came off the bench to win Crystal Palace a share of the booty against ex-club Leicester – who blurted out a two-goal lead at Selhurst Park.
The Foxes seemed on course for a first Premier League win since August as birthday boy Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy capitalized on defensive mistakes to give them two goals in the interval.
But Palace rallied as substitute Michael Olise scored his first goal for the club before Schlupp struck as Patrick Vieira’s side drew 2-2.
Leicester had the best of the first half but remain in the bottom half of the table after taking just two points since defeating Norwich on August 28.
For Palace this was a strong response to being granted a last minute equalizer in their U23 derby clash with Brighton last Monday as they remain unbeaten in their first four home games for the second times in just 25 years.
Vardy had a chance in the first minute but couldn’t fully connect with a free kick into the box and the ball was cleared for a corner.
Palace responded well and took advantage of plenty of the ball, eventually forcing Kasper Schmeichel to make a double save.
First, Wilfried Zaha recovered the ball after James McArthur entered the box and saw his effort blocked by the Leicester skipper, who then cleared Conor Gallagher’s follow-up strike.
Youri Tielemans shot a first save from Vicente Guaita at the other end as the Belgian midfielder slipped as he shot from a distance.
Leicester would take the lead thanks to Iheanacho just past the half hour mark as the striker stole the ball from Joachim Andersen’s toe before coldly passing Guaita to mark his 25th birthday and his first championship start of the campaign with a goal.
Another Palace mistake would see Vardy double the lead as Harvey Barnes burst in and slipped a pass to the former England striker. Andersen was able to cut it but slipped at the vital moment, allowing Vardy to complete the move for his eighth goal in eight league appearances.
Barnes hit the side net early in the second half as Leicester looked to put the game past their hosts.
But Palace looked sharper in attack with Odsonne Edouard hitting the crossbar with decent effort, before striking wide shortly after.
Vieira introduced Olise in place of Jordan Ayew with Palace in the lead and Reading’s summer signing would soon cut the deficit in half.
Tyrick Mitchell’s center found the France youth international and his first shot was blocked before he shot past Schmeichel on the second request.
It would be another Vieira replacement to level the Eagles’ level, with Schlupp heading against his former club with virtually his first involvement on the bench to score his first goal since January.
There were concerns for Vardy, who collapsed after McArthur’s stray elbow hit him in the chest, but he was going to continue fine after a period of treatment.
Both teams fought for a winner in stoppage time but had to settle for one point each in south London.