English Recap: Pulisic Starts, Sargent Scores, Robinson Injured

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All eyes will be on Antonee Robinson’s ankle after he was subbed off after 30 minutes against Tottenham, while Christian Pulisic picked up his first start of the season.

Chelsea 2 – 1 West Ham

Christian Pulisic finally got the start he’s been looking for, but was unable to produce anything substantial in his 60 minutes on the field.

The American had a good run down the left flank for a cross that didn’t make it to Raheem Sterling. He also had a shot from inside the box that trickled wide.

Michael Antonio got the scoring started in the 62nd minute, making the most of Edouard Mendy’s error as an errant clearance found his way back to the forward for a point-blank range tap in.

Chelsea would find an equiler from Ben Chilwell out of nothing, as a flighted ball in drew out Lukasz Fabianski and the English left back was able to poke it around the goalkeeper for a goal.

Kai Havertz then turned home the game winner in the 88th minute from a Chilwell cross.

Maxwel Cornet was robbed of a final minute equalizer for the Hamers after Jarrod Bowen was called for a foul on Mendy, a decision many speculated as “soft”.

Up next for Chelsea is a trip to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League before a Saturday game against Fulham.

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Brentford 5 – 2 Leeds

Brendan Aaronson and Tyler Adams started for Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United, who were demolished by Brentford, their second loss of the season.

The pair both started and went the distance, but neither produced anything of note in front of goal.

Ivan Toney scored two goals in the first half, his first coming in the 30th minute from a penalty kick. The second goal will go down as a goal of the month, an upper 90 free kick to the top right corner.

Luis Sinisterra clawed one back for Leeds just before the break, a quick counter attack for a clever finish.

Toney completed his hat-trick in the 58th minute in incredible fashion as Illan Meslier came off of his line. The forward beat several players on the dribble before chipping his shot into an empty net.

Marsch, who had been in the fourth officials ear since the first minute, went face to face with the center referee. After a few choice words, he was shown a straight red card.

Marc Roca pulled one back for Leeds in the 79th minute from seven yards out, but it was immediately canceled out by Bryan Mbeumo, who was a fortunate recipient of a back pass to slot past Meslier.

Yoane Wissa scored the final goal in added time, picking the pocket of a Leeds defender before slotting home.

Aaronson and Adams take on Nottingham Forest on Monday September 12, while Marsch will have to watch from afar while serving out his red-card penalty.

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Tottenham 2 – 1 Fulham

Antonee Robinson was forced off through an injury in the 29th minute to his ankle, while Tim Ream continued his role as captain for Fulham in a disappointing loss at Tottenham.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg opened the scoring in the 40th minute after Ream and company allowed Tottenham time and space to pick out several passes in and around the penalty box, the final finish from the Dane being a slotted one.

Harry Kane would score the second goal of the night, the eventual game winner, in the 75th minute thanks to more shambolic defending from Fulham.

Aleksander Mitrovic scored in the 83rd minute to claw one back, a stellar goal inside the box to the upper 90.

Robinson will hope to have a speedy recovery while Fulham host Chelsea on Saturday.

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Norwich 3 – 0 Coventry City

Josh Sargent continued his form in front of goal as he helped Norwich go temporarily top of the Championship with a goal and an assist.

Last years talisman Teemu Pukki opened the scoring in just the 14th minute, Coventry dispossessed in the middle of the park as Marcelino Nunez picked out the front man for a cool finish. 

Coventry had a goal called off after a foul on Tim Krul, and Norwich quickly made the visitors pay.

Aaron Ramsey provided the assist for Sargent to double the home sides advantage just before the break. Pukki found Ramsey who selflessly squared the ball to Sargent for a back post tap in.

Sargent would add an assist to his name in the 81st minute, playing a similarly selfless pass to second half substitute Kieran Dowell for a tap in at the back post after being pressured by Coventry defenders.

Sargent and Norwich take on Burnley on Friday.

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Middlesbrough 1 – 0 Sunderland

Lynden Gooch went 75 minutes for Sunderland in their narrow loss over Middlesbrough. 

The home side saw Matthew Hoppe on the bench, but Zack Steffen was still missing from the team selection through injury.

Riley McGree got the game winner just 25 minutes in to the game. Gooch gave Ryan Giles plenty of room on the left flank to whip a cross in and McGree split the Sunderland back line with a clever touch, and a solid finish.

The American could be seen spurring his teammates on for more out of their defensive responsibilities, occupying a right back role as much as he was occupying an attacking position.

Gooch and Sunderland take on Millwall on Saturday while Boro play Blackpool.

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Luton Town 1 – 2 Wigan

Ethan Horvath and Luton Town slipped to their first defeat in the last four matches, a result that sees them sitting in 18th place in the Championship.

Luton were able to get out on the front foot with a goal from Carlton Morris, a classic header back across the face of the goal. The home side held on to the lead until the 80th minute when Tom Lockyer turned the ball past Horvath for an own goal. The American keeper quickly helped the devastated defender off of the ground and back into action.

The game winner would come from substitute Thelo Aasgaard, a divine strike from distance that Horvath had little chance at saving.

Horvath and Luton Town play against Stoke on Saturday.

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Leyton Orient 2 – 0 Tranmere Rovers

Charlie Kelman got the start and an assist in Leyton Orient’s win over Tranmere.

The first goal was accredited to Josh Dacres-Cogley as an own goal but Leyton will want to claim it as their own for the fine build up. Kelman thought he had scored in the second half after a strong header, but it went over the bar.

Kelman would get his assist from a clever pass to Paul Smyth who would rocket past the Tranmere goalkeeper for the game winner in the 85th minute. The win see’s Leyton up to first place.

Leyton take on Wimbledon on Saturday in more League Two action.

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Matt Turner was on the bench for Arsenal as their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign was halted by a resurgent Manchester United by a scoreline of 3-1.

Chris Richards was an unused substitute in Crystal Palace’s 0-0 away at Newcastle.

Duane Holmes was a 73rd-minute substitute for Huddersfield Town who were unable to find an answer to Blackpool, losing 1-0.

Alex Mighten saw his first minutes for Sheffield Wednesday in a 2-0 home loss to Barnsley.

Daryl Dike is injured and did not feature for West Brom in their 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.

Vaughn Covil did not make the roster for Hull City who lost 2-0 at home to Sheffield United.

Matthew Olosunde did not feature for Preston North End in their 1-0 loss at home to Birmingham City.


Andrew Vorce

I do it all! Youth club coach for 15+ years, very retired semi-pro indoor player, journalist for Yanks Abroad, and VP of Operations for the Warrior Soccer Tour. Soccer, soccer, soccer. Avid soccer enthusiast and travel to Europe every summer to take kids to go compete against European youth teams.

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