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Man City seal winning Premier League start

Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City beat Blackburn, but Portsmouth are undone by Fulham.

Abu Dhabi-owned Man City got off to a winning Premier League start on Saturday, beating Blackburn 2-0 while Stoke defeated new boys Burnley by the same scoreline.

Fulham added to Portsmouth's problems with a 1-0 win, Sunderland also grabbed a 1-0 win at Bolton while West Ham beat last season's Championship winners Wolves 2-0, the same scoreline that gave Wigan victory at Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, Didier Drogba scored twice, including a stoppage-time winner, as Chelsea marked Carlo Ancelotti's first match in the Premier League with a 2-1 opening day win over Hull.

Drogba sealed all three points for the English title contenders when, in the second minute of added-on time, his cross-shot floated over Hull keeper Boaz Myhill to the delight of home fans at Stamford Bridge. Everton meanwhile were thrashed 6-1 at home by Arsenal.

Drogba admitted his was a lucky winner, telling Sky Sports: "It was a cross but the intention was always good.

"The belief is strong as always. I think today we showed it, we fight until the end of the game."

Stephen Hunt marked his Hull debut by giving the Tigers a shock lead before Drogba equalised.

Chelsea, who finished third last season, squandered numerous second-half chances, much to the frustration of their Italian boss, before finally taking all three points.

They should have gone ahead when Drogba shot wide from just six yards out and the Blues were made to pay for that miss when Hunt gave the visitors a 28th-minute lead after the ball broke in the box to the Republic of Ireland midfielder.

Less than 10 minutes later Drogba equalised with a curling free-kick from 28 yards after John-Obi Mikel had been fouled.

Manchester City who, thanks to their Abu-Dhabi based owners, spent nearly 100 million pounds on players during the close season, saw one of their new signings give them the lead at Ewood Park when Emmanuel Adebayor, the former Arsenal striker, fired home from Shaun Wright Phillips's third minute cross.

Stephen Ireland added the second goal in the last minute.

Portsmouth, beset by uncertainty surrounding the proposed takeover of the club by Dubai businessman Sulaiman Al-Fahim, were undone at Fratton Park when Clint Dempsey's 13th-minute shot deflected off Bobby Zamora and past the despairing dive of David James.

Wigan, in Roberto Martinez's first match as a Premier League manager, stunned Aston Villa when Hugo Rodallega let fly from long range with a dipping shot that beat Brad Friedel.

Jason Koumas made it 2-0 with a well-taken goal in the 56th minute.

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent secured Sunderland's victory at the Reebok Stadium against Bolton with a fifth-minute header from Steed Malbranque's cross.

Mark Noble put West Ham in front at Molineux with a superb curling first-half shot from the edge of the box before Matthew Upson's header from a corner doubled the Hammers' lead in the 69th minute.

Stoke were 2-0 up inside 34 minutes against Burnley, playing their first top-flight match in 33 years.

Ryan Shawcross headed in Liam Lawrence's cross back across goal before Burnley's Stephen Jordan nodded into his own net.

Champions Manchester United begin their quest for a record fourth successive English title at home to Birmingham on Sunday when arch-rivals Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield.

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mushtaq 10 years ago

how many matches this guy has won for chelsea!! single handedly!! every time they are down and out he gets goals from no where...brilliant striker.... highly impressive start for Arsenal but lets see if the young guns can carry on for a full season and against the likes of ManU, Chelsea, Liverpool and cash rich ManCity having former players like adebayour, toure and ex Manu will be interesting... Wigan have probably given Aston Villa a wake up call to get their acts together and not rely on last season performances. Every season is different, form varies, players performances change and opposition gets stronger... Thats all for the moment.... Mushy

Harry Barracuda 10 years ago

One comment on the performance of the day in Arsenal's thrashing of Everton at Goodison? And Wigan get two paragraphs for beating Aston Villa? Please Martin, if you can't write in an unbiased manner, don't write at all mate. Or put a bit more work into it and give us a summary of each game, or is writing a few hundred words too much hard work for you?