Belfast Telegraph

City run riot while Liverpool drop points again

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City stormed to the top of the Premier League with a 6-0 rout of Watford at Vicarage Road.

Aguero laid on a goal for Gabriel Jesus while Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling also scored in another stunning performance by Pep Guardiola's men.

Victory means City have now scored 15 goals without reply in their last three games after big wins over Liverpool last week and Feyenoord in midweek.

Watford had started the day hoping to reach the summit themselves but a quickfire double by Aguero either side of the half-hour mark soon erased that unlikely prospect.

Jesus made it three before the break, Otamendi headed the fourth just past the hour mark and after Aguero completed his hat-trick, Sterling wrapped things up from the penalty spot.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool endured more frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by battling Burnley at Anfield.

Scott Arfield struck the Clarets ahead with their first shot on target and although Mohamed Salah quickly restored parity, Klopp's men failed to turn their dominance into further goals.

Philippe Coutinho, welcomed back to Anfield despite handing in a transfer request, was one of a number of home players who came close as they finished with 35 shots but just nine on target.

Roy Hodgson's first game as Crystal Palace managed ended in a 1-0 defeat to Southampton and lumbered the Eagles with another unwanted record.

Steven Davis scored the only goal of the game after just six minutes when he tucked the ball home after Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey palmed a Dusan Tadic cross into his path.

Their defeat means Palace become the first top-flight team in history to lose each of their opening five league fixtures without scoring a goal.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles proved the Magpies' hero once again as his second-half header earned a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Stoke.

Christian Atsu's 19th-minute opener was cancelled out by Xherdan Shaqiri shortly after the restart, and the same player was denied a second only through an excellent save by Rob Elliot.

Lascelles, who also scored the winner at Swansea last Sunday, powered home in the 68th minute to secure his side their first run of three straight top-flight wins since November 2014.

Huddersfield were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester after Elias Kachunga's second-half header was controversially ruled out for offside.

Making his full Premier League debut, Laurent Depoitre had put the Terriers in front less than a minute into the second half but Jamie Vardy equalised four minutes later from the spot.

David Wagner's men thought they had won it when Kachunga rifled home and video replays suggested the effort may have been wrongly disallowed.

Gareth Barry made his record-equalling 632nd Premier League appearance but that was the only redeeming feature of a dismal goalless draw between West Brom and West Ham at The Hawthorns.

Pedro Obiang hit the bar from long range while James Morrison should have scored for the Baggies in a game of little quality which will nonetheless have eased the pressure on Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

Tottenham are still searching for their first Premier League win at Wembley after a frustrating goalless draw against Swansea in the late kick-off.

Harry Kane hit the crossbar in the second half and Spurs could have had a penalty when Martin Olsson handled the ball in the box, but the visitors hung on for a point.

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