West Ham, Southampton collect wins
After a goalless first half, Steven Whittaker put Norwich in front in the 51st minute but teenager Ross Barkley drilled in his first goal for Everton 10 minutes later and in the 65th minute the visitors took the lead through Seamus Coleman.
Their lead lasted only six minutes, though, as Ricky van Wolfswinkel grabbed a debut goal for Norwich.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was thrilled by Stewart Downing’s debut in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Cardiff City at Upton Park. Downing celebrated his £5million move from Liverpool with a lively 20-minute cameo as goals from Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan gave the Hammers a comfortable start to the season.
"There’s no need to ask Stewart if he can prove himself because he’s already done that. He’s a top quality Premier League player and has been for a number of years," Allardyce said. "We didn’t start him because he was short of match time during preseason. Cardiff were tiring and the spaces were getting wider, so off he went. What he contributed was exciting and he’s glad to be here, that’s the most important thing. We hope he gave the crowd a look at something they’ll see all season."
Southampton thought they had taken the lead on the half-hour mark when Lambert’s header across goal was cushioned home by Adam Lallana, but the midfielder was adjudged, perhaps harshly, to be offside.
In the final minute, Southampton were gifted the winner when Luke Shaw was brought down by Youssouf Mulumbu and Lambert stepped up to convert the penalty.
Di Canio was clearly frustrated by his side’s inability to make the most of their chances with new boys Cabral and Ondrej Celustka among those who came close in a dominant opening period. Di Canio said: "We weren’t really ferocious. We have to be nasty in terms of our football.
"I don’t want to say we had a clear identity but a big part of the puzzle is clear. I think we did well but it’s obvious we can do much better."