EPL: Hits and misses

EPL: Hits and misses
Arsenal players Rosicky, Wilshere, Ramsey and Giroud.

HITS

DAVID MOYES

The Moyes era at Manchester United didn't get off to the greatest of starts in preseason, but the new boss passed his first test with a win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium last Saturday. The real tests will come against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the next four weeks, but at least Moyes can savour the feeling of topping the league table after the first weekend.

 

WAYNE ROONEY

MINUS the sulk, Wayne Rooney produced an encouraging cameo against Swansea. The travelling United faithful might have given him a warm reception after two fine assists for Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, but it remains to be seen if Rooney will stay at Old Trafford.

 

FRANK LAMPARD

It's business as usual for Chelsea with Jose Mourinho back in the dugout and a Bridge favourite on the score sheet. Never mind the penalty miss, that was one special free-kick from Fantastic Frank.

 

LIVERPOOL

Will this be Liverpool's season?

Near-misses and Simon Mignolet's penalty save aside, watching the trio of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Iago Aspas toy with the Stoke defence must be a huge encouragement for the long-suffering Anfield faithful. And that was without the attacking bite from Luis Suarez.

 

RICKIE LAMBERT

From England matchwinner on his debut in midweek to scoring a late penalty to win it for Southampton in a tough tie away to West Brom on Saturday. It has been a good week for Lambert.

 

MISSES PENALTY TAKERS

In a word - dreadful.

Six penalties were awarded over the weekend, yet only three were converted.

 

PROMOTED SIDES

Crystal Palace might have kept their scoreline against Spurs to a respectable 1-0 defeat, but will respectable performances be enough to guarantee Ian Holloway's boys safety? As Cardiff and Hull both learnt on the opening weekend, it's going to be a long season for the new boys.

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