Around the Grounds - 29/30 August

Last updated : 31 August 2009 By Dan Buxton
The Premier League goes into a fortnight long international break on the back of an interesting weekend of action. Stoke show no signs of allowing our sensational home form of last year slip away from us, making it two wins from two at the Britannia Stadium this season as a newly revitalised Dave Kitson's first league goal for the club was enough to see off Sunderland.
That result lifts Stoke into the top five, ahead of the likes of Liverpool, who continued their shaky start to the season at Bolton, but still earned all three points with an unconvincing performance, twice coming from behind, with goals from Glen Johnson, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard cancelling out strikes from Kevin Davies and Tamir Cohen for Bolton, who had Sean Davis harshly sent off.
Liverpool's fierce rivals Manchester United were somewhat fortunate to see off Arsenal is the first "grand slam" clash of the season. With tactics that have been widely criticised, Alex Ferguson's men won the game through a Wayne Rooney penalty and an Abou Diaby own goal after falling behind to Anrei Arshavin's fine strike.
Chelsea moved to the top of the Premier League table, easing past Burnley 3-0 with goals from Nicolas Anelka, Michael Ballack and Ashley Cole, while another team to have made a perfect start to the season, Tottenham kept up their good form, despite leaving it late to beat Birmingham at White Hart Lane. Peter Crouch, a player for youngsters to look up to netted his first league goal for Spurs, before Lee Bowyer equalised for the Blues. Aaron Lennon's strike in the fifth minute of injury time sealed the points though, in a game that was overshadowed by a broken leg suffered by Spurs's Luka Modrić.
Blackburn earned their first point of the season, playing out a dour goalless draw with West Ham, while a Richard Stearman goal cancelled out Geovanni's headed opener as Wolves and Hull shared the spoils at Molineux.
Sunday's action proved interesting, with Manchester City maintaining their winning start to the campaign, Emmanuel Adebayor's third goal of the season handing them a win at relatively impoverished Portsmouth, while Leyton Baines's late penalty against his former club gave Everton a 2-1 win over struggling Wigan, after goals from Paul Scharner and Louis Saha had made a draw look very likely. Aston Villa bounced back well after being eliminated from the Europa League in midweek, defeating Fulham, who eased through their qualifying match, thanks to a John Pantsil own goal and Gabriel Agbonlahor's second.
All eyes now turn to the transfer market for a mad 24 hours, before top flight football returns in two weeks' time.