Manchester City's tough week ended on a high note when they won 4-0 at Blackburn Rovers to maintain their unbeaten start in the Premier League and stay level on points with Manchester United at the top of the table.
Champions United also maintained their unbeaten start with a 2-0 home win over Norwich City to stay top on goal difference from City with both teams taking 19 points from their opening seven games.
In the day's lunchtime kickoff, Liverpool won 2-0 at Everton in the 185th Merseyside league derby. Everton played for more than an hour with 10 men after Jack Rodwell was sent off in the 23rd minute.
Newcastle United won 2-1 at Molineux to inflict a fourth consecutive league defeat on Wolverhampton Wanderers and climb to third, at least until Chelsea play at bottom-placed Bolton Wanderers on Monday.
Aston Villa sent Wigan Athletic to a fourth successive league defeat with a 2-0 win at Villa Park while Sunderland drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light.