Newly promoted Middlesborough shocked David Moyes’ Sunderland while West Ham United left it late to overcome Bournemouth.
The match between Boro and the Black Cats got off to a frantic start at both sides looked to get at their opposition early on. Then, with 13 minutes gone, Cristian Stuani struck a screamer for Boro as his effort flew into the top corner from distance.
Sunderland were looking dangerous despite falling behind and had a goal ruled out for offside approaching the half-hour mark. However, it was Boro who doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as Stuani tapped home a second after being played in by a composed Alvaro Negredo.
The second-half saw Sunderland come out all guns blazing as they put Boro under severe pressure with a series of good efforts. With Boro barely hanging on, Patrick van Aanholt finally reduced the deficit as he fired home a rebound with 20 minutes left to play. In the end, it was Boro who held on to claim all three points.
The late game saw an ambitious but depleted West Ham looking to bounce back against Bournemouth.
Neither side proved able to create too much danger in the opening period as both sides looked short of creativity in the final third.
With the match unwinding in scrappy fashion arguably the greatest moment of controversy came when Hammers wing Gokhan Tore was denied a penalty. The player appeared to have been fouled millimetres inside the area but nothing was given, with 30 minutes gone.
There were no clear-cut chances in the remainder of the half as the sides went in at the interval level at 0-0.
The second period began in similar fashion to the first as both sides looked quiet right up until Joshua King came close with a powerful shot from distance for Bournemouth, 52 minutes played.
West Ham then enjoyed their best spell of the match in the ensuing minutes as Tore came close with a volley.
With 12 minutes left to play, Harry Arter received his marching orders as his foul triggered the administration of a second yellow card. Bournemouth were reduced to 10 men as a result, and were soon made to pay.
With six minutes to play, the Hammers finally struck. A great cross by Tore found the flying Michail Antonio who headed home to the Hammers in front. The goal proved the difference as at full-time the score remained 1-0.