Offside’s weekend in pictures: Spurs vs. QPR and more
It was another busy weekend of Premier League and Championship football for the Offside Sports Photography team…
Simon Stacpoole was at the East Anglian derby on Saturday August 23 for the first meeting between Norwich City and their bitter rivals Ipswich Town.
The action took place at Portman Road, with the visiting Canaries claiming all three points thanks to a Lewis Grabban headed winner, that sent the bragging rights for the the first Old Farm derby of the season back to Carrow Road.
Simon Stacpoole: David McGoldrick of Ipswich mis-kicks.
Simon Stacpoole: An Ipswich fan with a megafone.
Simon Stacpoole: An Ipswich fan with a tattoo of the club crest on his leg.
Simon Stacpoole: Norwich fans arrive from their coaches as the statue of Sir Bobby Robson points the way.
Simon Stacpoole: A general view of Portman Road.
Simon Stacpoole: Dejected Ipswich fans.
Simon Stacpoole: Police on Portman Road with the stadium in the background.
The early kick-off in the Premier League was covered by Paul Roberts, who was on hand to snap the action at Villa Park, as Newcastle United headed to the Midlands.
Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa are hoping to rediscover their forward momentum this year after a troubled campaign last season but had to settle for a stalemate against Alan Pardew’s visiting Magpies. The game ended 0-0.
Paul Roberts: Charles N’Zognia of Aston Villa lies grounded as Alan Hutton protects him from Yoan Gouffran and Paul Dummett of Newcastle United.
Paul Roberts: Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa and Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United contest a header.
Paul Roberts: Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul dives as a free kick goes just wide.
Paul Roberts: Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United is fouled by Carlos Sanchez of Aston Villa.
Paul Robets: View of the tunnel leading to the pitch at Villa Park.
Paul Roberts: Aston Villa Assistant manager Roy Keane.
In the afternoon, Mark Leech headed off to Stamford Bridge for Chelsea versus Leicester City.
Diego Costa was the man who broke the deadlock, with the naturalised Spanish striker showing just how much Jose Mourinho’s team needed a star striker last season.
The Blues’ 2-0 win was sealed by Eden Hazard, last years’ Young Player of the Year. Leicester fans will be hoping their other trips down to London this campaign will be more fruitful.
Mark Leech: Nemanja Matic of Chelsea receives the arm of Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester, in his neck.
Mark Leech: A child in a pushchair is greeted by a police horse.
Mark Leech: Fans taking photos on their cameras.
Mark Leech: Didier Drogba of Chelsea.
Mark Leech: Willian of Chelsea runs after the ball.
Mark Leech: Diego Costa celebrates his goal for Chelsea.
Saturday’s late kick-off saw Arsenal head up the motorway to Merseyside to face Everton. It was to be a showdown between the eye-catching styles of Roberto Martinez and Arsene Wenger, and as a spectacle it did not disappoint.
Marc Atkins was Offside’s man on the sidelines capturing all the action as the two sides played out an exciting match that ended 2-2.
Marc Atkins: Seamus Coleman of Everton scores the opening goal.
Marc Atkins: Jack Wilshere argues with Referee, Kevin Friend feeling Per Mertesacker should have been awarded a foul before the 2nd Everton goal.
Marc Atkins: Arsenal players argue with Referee, Kevin Friend feeling Per Mertesacker should have been awarded a foul before the 2nd Everton goal.
Marc Atkins: Roberto Martinez, Manager of Everton checks on an injured Steven Pienaar.
Marc Atkins: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal is treated for a large cut on his tongue.
Marc Atkins: Nacho Monreal shrugs his shoulders as he speaks with Joel Campbell of Arsenal after the game.
Marc Atkins: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal on the bench before kick off.
Yet prior to the final 10 minutes, it looked as though the Toffees had secured all the points thanks to first half goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith. The Gunners needed the late, late interventions of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud to level the score before the end.
Marc Atkins: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is substituted by Arsene Wenger.
Marc Atkins: Fans try to encourage Kevin Mirallas of Everton after he over runs the ball.
Marc Atkins: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal scores a goal to make it 2-1.
Marc Atkins: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal in action with Gareth Barry, Steven Naismith and James McCarthy of Everton.
On Sunday, Simon Stacpoole made the trip up the East coast to Hull as Steve Bruce’s side welcomed Mark Hughes’ Stoke City for a clash of two Premier League middle-weight contenders.
The Potters were able to snatch a point from their trip over the Pennines to face the Tigers, with Ryan Shawcross’ bundling the ball over the line to make it 1-1, cancelling out Nikica Jelavic’s earlier strike for the hosts.
Simon Stacpoole: Nikica Jelavic of Hull scores their 1st goal past Marc Wilson of Stoke.
Simon Stacpoole: Nikica Jelavic of Hull celebrates after scoring their 1st goal.
Simon Stacpoole: The Hull fans.
Simon Stacpoole: Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke stands over Paul McShane of Hull.
Simon Stacpoole: Stephen Quinn of Hull clashes with Erik Pieters of Stoke.
Simon Stacpoole: Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor scrambles for the ball as it creeps over the line as Ryan Shawcross of Stoke scores their 1st goal.
Simon Stacpoole: New boy Bojan Krkic.
A single point was enough to send Hull into the unlikely position of fifth after just two games, while Stoke were able to rise up out of the relegation spots after having got their tally going for the season.
Perhaps the best action of the weekend came at White Hart Lane, where Mark Leech was on hand to cover Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-0 demolition of Queens Park Rangers.
Mark Leech: Harry Redknapp greets Mauricio Pochettino on his first return to White Hart Lane since his sacking.
Mark Leech: Rangers captain Joey Barton organises a defensive wall.
Mark Leech: A rare moment of activity for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Mark Leech: Eric Dier of Tottenham makes a strong tackle on Jordon Mutch of Rangers.
Mark Leech: Younes Kaboul of Tottenham embraces Joey Barton of Rangers.
Mark Leech: Joey Barton grimaces as he is tackled by Etienne Capoue of Tottenham.
QPR took to the field playing the fashionable 3-5-2 system but the hype behind this number combination wasn’t enough to hold back Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Mark Leech: Erik Lamela celebrates after assisting the third goal for Tottenham.
Mark Leech: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham on the ball.
Mark Leech: Nacer Chadli in action.
Mark Leech: Richard Dunne of Rangers in pursuit of Erik Lamela of Tottenham.
Mark Leech: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pocchettino complains to a match official.
Erik Lamela in particular shone against the West Londoners, taking on opponents and playing clever balls into his team mates both through the centre and out from the flanks. Maybe that Bale money didn’t go to waste last season, after all?
With only the Monday night game between Manchester City and Liverpool left to be played, Marc Atkins headed to the North East to shoot their bitter rivals Manchester United as they travelled to play Sunderland.
Marc Atkins: Louis van Gaal, Manager of Manchester United waves to the fans as he gets off the team bus with assistant, Ryan Giggs.
Marc Atkins: Gus Poyet, Manager of Sunderland waves to fans as he gets off the team bus.
Marc Atkins: Robin van Persie of Manchester United tangles with Wes Brown of Sunderland.
Marc Atkins: Ashley Young of Manchester United is booked for this dive as he tries to go past Wes Brown of Sunderland.
Marc Atkins: A young Sunderland fan and his Father shout in unison at the Manchester United players as they leave the pitch after the warm up.
Marc Atkins: Vanishing spray is used to mark out the position of the ball prior to a free kick.
Louis van Gaal wasn’t happy that his side were only able to take a point away from the Stadium of Light, but it was certainly an improvement on United’s loss to Swansea.
Marc Atkins: Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal.
Marc Atkins: Louis van Gaal, Manager of Manchester United.
Marc Atkins: Sebastian Larsson of Sunderland takes a corner kick.
Marc Atkins: Sebastian Larsson of Sunderland lines up a free kick.
Marc Atkins: Tom Cleverley of Manchester United tangles with Santiago Vergini of Sunderland.
There was another Manchester-Merseyside connection to events in Sunderland too, with former Everton and City midfielder Jack Rodwell cancelling out Juan Mata’s opening goal to make it 1-1.
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