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Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

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It was another day of high drama involving Chelsea that ultimately ended in defeat for the reigning Premier League champions.

Nemanja Matic was sent off, Cesc Fabregas had a goal ruled out by the goal line decision technology, coach Silvino Louro was sent to the stands for arguing with the assistant referee and Jose Mourinho soon joined him for attempting to enter the officials changing room during half time.

The 2-1 defeat to West Ham was Chelsea’s fifth league defeat of the campaign and surely ends any hopes they may have had of retaining their Premier League crown.

The Blues lost just three times in the whole of last season, making their start to this season all the more extraordinary.

Mourinho has claimed that Premier League referees don’t give his side their fair share of decisions and has already had a $50,000 fine and one-match stadium ban handed out to him by the FA this season; it’s fair to assume that the club will be hearing from the FA this week regarding their behaviour at Upton Park.

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Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville described the first half of the Manchester derby as “the best 45 minutes of the season so far,” despite the lack of any goalmouth action.

In fact City and United battled to a goalless draw at Old Trafford in the 170th Manchester derby – a game that will not live long in the memory of most, apart from Neville.

City, without Sergio Aguero and David Silva, struggled to break down their hosts while United’s forward line found Joe Hart on top form when they did breach City’s defence.

The point takes City top on goal difference, while United sit fourth, just two points off their arch rivals.

Between them, both United and City have leaked just 16 goals in a combined 20 matches – compared with the 24 goals they had both let in this time last season, so defences are definitely on top in Manchester this time around.

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Claudio Ranieri was as good as his word following Leicester City’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Italian head coach promised to take his players for pizza when they kept a clean sheet – and he even added a dozen bottles of champers to wash down those pepperoni’s and anchovies.

“Champagne and pizza is good,” Ranieri said. “Not fantastic but it’s OK.” Asked whether such a diet is unhealthy, he replied: “No, it’s carbohydrate – good for the muscles.”

Jamie Vardy was the match winner for the Foxes, netting for the seventh successive game, which takes Leicester up to fifth in the table.

Black Cats beat Magpies  fab

Sunderland took the spoils in the Wear-Tyne derby to record their first win of the season under new manager Sam Allardyce – but the victory came in controversial circumstances.

Newcastle seemed firmly in control of the game before defender Fabricio Coloccini conceded a penalty for a needless shoulder barge on Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher as the Scotland international chased down a through ball from Jermain Defoe.

Referee Robert Madley correctly pointed to the spot but then showed the Argentine centre-half the red card, which seemed to be a harsh decision. In fact Newcastle have already appealed Coloccini’s red card.

Adam Johnson duly converted the spot-kick and the home side added a further two goals in the second half to earn a sixth straight derby win which left Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren fuming: “I’m not frustrated, I’m angry, I’m disappointed.”

It has to be said that Sunderland were comprehensively outplayed by their neighbours until Johnson’s penalty just before half time. The Magpies even bossed possession despite playing with a man less than their opponents and created more chances in the game.

There is still a lot of work to be done for Big Sam at the Stadium of Light if he is to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.

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Harry Kane answered his critics emphatically on Sunday after bagging a hat-trick against Bournemouth on the South Coast.

Spurs ran out 5-1 winners as 22 year-old Kane quadrupled his league goal tally for the season.

“You’re never going to just be on a high, you’re going to have ups and downs,” Kane told BBC Sport.

“It’s about maintaining your focus, not getting too carried away and trying to stay patient. That’s what I’ve been doing.

“I don’t think I’ve been doing that badly overall. Today the ball dropped for me nicely and I was able to put it in the back of the net.”

Last year’s Golden Boot runner-up had come under fire for slow start to the season, but he has certainly answered any doubters with his display this weekend.

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