Irish pair Brady and Walters on target, Hoolahan tops Premier League assist charts

Stoke overcame Bournemouth, Southampton got the better of Swansea and Norwich held West Ham.

Updated at 17.30

West Ham 2-2 Norwich

YOU HAVE TO go back as far as September 2013 to find the last time Ireland international Robbie Brady found the back of the net in a Premier League game.

However, the 23-year-old Dubliner has opened the scoring in Norwich’s visit to Upton Park this afternoon – capitalising on a poor pass from Mark Noble to slot past West Ham goalkeeper Adrian on nine minutes.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - West Ham United v Norwich City - Upton Park Jumping for joy: Brady. Source: John Walton

Slaven Bilic’s side hit back after 33 minutes — Dmitri Payet setting up Diafra Sakho.

Ireland team-mate Wes Hoolahan provided the assist (his fifth this season and the most in the Prmemier League) for Nathan Redmond to restore the Canaries’ advantage with seven minutes remaining but Cheikhou Kouyate struck an equaliser in injury-time.

Meanwhile, Stoke City hold a 1-0 advantage over Bournemouth thanks to Jon Walters. It’s his fourth goal of the season for the Potters.

Stoke 2-1 Bournemouth

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Stoke City v Leicester City - Britannia Stadium Jon Walters scored Stoke's first goal. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Substitute Mame Biram Diouf’s late header sealed a first Premier League win of the season for Stoke City as they overcame AFC Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday.

Ireland’s Jon Walters gave the hosts the lead with a tap-in after 32 minutes in a first half that was severely delayed by a serious injury to Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

The Premier League’s joint top scorer needed extensive medical treatment with just seven minutes gone at the beginning of a difficult afternoon for the visitors, who looked to have rescued a point when Dan Gosling slotted home midway through the second half only for Diouf to head in Glen Johnson’s superb cross.

The injury to Wilson left Bournemouth struggling to replicate the attacking verve displayed in the win over Sunderland last week and is likely to play on the mind of manager Eddie Howe, with Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings already long-term injury concerns.

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In contrast, the result will ease the pressure on Stoke boss Mark Hughes, whose side were in the midst of their worst start to a Premier League season.

Southampton 3-1 Swansea

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Southampton v Swansea City - St MaryÕs Virgil Van Dijk heads home for Southampton. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Southampton put in a commanding performance to pick up their first Premier League win in three matches, beating Swansea City 3-1.

Swansea came into the fixture at St Mary’s Stadium having not scored for three matches in all competitions and fell behind to a Virgil van Dijk header in the first half.

Dusan Tadic made a mockery of Swansea manager Garry Monk’s half-time tinkering by doubling the advantage nine minutes into the second period, before Sadio Mane got the third shortly after the hour mark.

Gylfi Sigurdsson ended Swansea’s goal drought from the penalty spot late on after Neil Taylor was felled by Jose Fonte, but it was little consolation for the below-par visitors.

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