Added-Time: Taking a look back at Week 7 in the EPL

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Ken Rodney, TSN.ca
10/8/2012 2:37:30 PM
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Added-Time takes a look back at Week 7 of the English Premier League season to get you caught up on all the important results, stories and moments.  This week, Chelsea, United and City all show their class in impressive victories.

STORIES OF THE WEEK:

Leading the Premier League can be a weekly test of nerves, and so it was for top of the table Chelsea when they fell behind 1-0 at home against Norwich after Grant Holt smashed home an opening goal just 11 minutes into the contest.

The league leaders wasted little time with their response as Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard both marked within 11 minutes of the opening goal to give Chelsea the lead at Stamford Bridge, before Eden Hazard put the game out of reach before the half-time whistle.

"We concentrate on our strength, and we try to win games with the players that we have and with a football philosophy that we're aiming to play," said Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo. "At the moment, the team is in healthy form. We are creating lots of chances, we are scoring lots of goals, and with different goal scorers.”

Branislav Ivanovic iced the 4-1 victory in the 76th minute for Chelsea who currently sits at 19 points, a four point advantage over the two teams knotted at 15 points behind them in the table.  They are also one of two undefeated teams left in the Premier League.

The other team that has yet to lose a game this season is one of the teams currently sitting on 15 points, defending league champion Manchester City who kept a clean sheet for the first time this season with a 3-0 victory over Sunderland.

"We are disappointed defensively this season but we are happy with the clean sheet," said City manager Roberto Mancini. "We are looking strong now, and since we have come back off the international break we have been playing well."

Keeper Joe Hart, who was brilliant in a mid-week Champions League draw with Borussia Dortmund, turned away all four shots on target as City became the first team this season to defeat Sunderland.

Though it took until the hour mark for substitute Sergio Aguero to polish off the contest, City led from five minutes after a highlight reel free kick goal from the boot of Aleksandar Kolorov.

James Milner would add a third goal, also from a free kick though this time with the help of a deflection off a defender, to provide the margin of victory for the champions.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill felt his team could have played better in the defeat.

"We were well beaten by a superior team,” said O'Neill. “I have very little complaint. My complaint obviously is with us. When we had possession of the ball we gave it away too easily and when we came in at half-time we could have been in trouble, but we were still in with a chance.”

RESULT OF THE WEEK:

Second in the Premier League now belongs to Manchester United after a comprehensive 3-0 road victory over Newcastle, which ties them with City on 15 points but gives them the advantage in goal differential.

Newcastle were unsettled in defence in the opening 15 minutes of the game and United took advantage firing home two goals, creating a deficit from which the home team would not recover.

Jonny Evans opened the scoring in the 8th minute when he got on the end of a Robin van Persie corner and headed it past Newcastle backup keeper Steve Harper.

Seven minutes later, it was Wayne Rooney bending in the corner and Patrice Evra finding it and heading it into the net to double the advantage for United.

The loss of Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini in the Newcastle defence as well as starting keeper Tim Krul proved too costly for the home side to overcome.

Tom Cleverley punished the players starting in their place in the 71st minute with a long range strike to secure all three points.

Despite all of the offence, it was the work they did in their own half of the field that impressed United's Wayne Rooney who lined up as an attacking midfielder against Newcastle.

"We came here, defended brilliantly. We fully deserved the victory," said Rooney.

LOOKING AHEAD:

The EPL heads into the international break this week but will return with a marquee matchup on TSN2, Saturday, October 20th when league leader Chelsea heads to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham who currently sit fifth in the table.

Eden Hazard Ashley Cole (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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