Patrick Van Aanholt replaced the seriously injured Jan Kirchoff early in the second half and went on to score the equalizer as Sunderland and West Brom drew 1-1.
It was a surprise omission from the starting line-up for Van Aanholt who has been a regular starter for the Black Cats since Sam Allardyce arrived to manage the club last season. The former Chelsea trainee has been a strong attacker in his time with the club but apparently David Moyes was aiming for more defensive solidity. Down a goal, he brought PVA in for Kirchoff when the latter was hurt and it worked out brilliantly. Van Aanholt didn't exactly get the contact he wanted on Duncan Watmore's cross but it worked and the Black Cats picked up only their second point of the season.
Nacer Chadli was back at it for Tony Pulis with a goal but Albion couldn't keep the lead and ended up settling for their second 1-1 draw on the trot away to Sunderland.
Chadli was frequently dangerous and it was his driving run that broke the nil-nil deadlock in the 35th minute. Sunderland's equalizer had something of the unintentional about it. Jan Kirchoff was stretchered off early in the second half and replaced by Patrick Van Aanholt. It was Van Aanholt who scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute to double the Black Cats' points haul for the season.
Sunderland's starting duo of Lee Cattermole and Steven Pienaar missed the club's 1-1 draw with West Brom due to injury.
The midfielders will surely take the international break to recover from a series of injuries picked up over the week. Said manager David Moyes: "Steven Pienaar pulled up with a hamstring injury last weekend - I don't think it's too severe but it'll be enough to miss the game – with Adnan and Lee Cattermole out as well. Lee has neuro pain pain coming from his spine and down his leg, so we expect him to get an epidural today [Friday] or certainly over the weekend." Without the veteran midfield duo, Moyes opted for Wahbi Khazri and Paddy McNair in the starting lineup.
Aitor Karanka's men put a dreadful September behind them by taking a point from West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.
After their impressive start to the season, which saw them take points from each of their first three Premier League matches following promotion, the Teessiders returned from the September international break and failed to manage a point in three matches. Cristhian Stuani's goal in the 51st minute gave Middlesbrough a lead for all of six minutes before Dimitri Payet's stunning effort knotted the game at 1-1. Stuani headed in a corner from Viktor Fischer that appeared to be cleared off the line, but the referee signaled for the goal after peering at his watch.
West Ham did on the first day of October what it failed to do in all of September: Earn a single point in a Premier League match.
Dimitri Payet came to the Hammers' rescue right when they needed him most with a spectacular effort in the 57th minute for their only goal of the afternoon and his first of the season. The midfielder took a long pass down the left wing, twirled past his marker, cut by another defender and dribbled more than half the length of the penalty area past three defenders before rolling his shot past Victor Valdes to tie the match at 1-1 and earn the point against Middlesbrough. Slaven Bilic tried to shake things up by adding James Collins, Pedro Obiang and Gokhan Tore to the lineup along with Sam Byram, who was taken off on a stretcher in just the seventh minute of the match.
Watford played out a cracking game against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road but Bournemouth will leave the more disappointed having left leads slip twice.
Watford started the game looking more dangerous than their opponents but it was the Cherries who took the lead. Their 5th of the season was scored by Callum Wilson, who headed in a Junior Stanislas cross with the help of a deflection. Gomes should have done better. The Hornets bounced back immediately forcing a fine double save from Boruc but it wasn't until after the break when they broke through. Fantastic work on the wing by Amrabat was finished off by captain Troy Deeney. Wilshere hit the post before sub Josh King scored from outside the box to put Howe's men back on the front foot. Another sub, Isaac Success, returned fire for Watford instantly to head in. 2-2. Wilshere had the best chance to win it but again hit the post, as did Stanislas from a free.
Diego Costa produced a goal and an assist to relieve the pressure on Antonio Conte after two league defeats to Liverpool and city rivals Arsenal.
The early proceedings at the KCOM stadium were dominated by Hull, who made the most of Chelsea's new 3-4-2-1 formation. Moses was probably Chelsea's most creative player on the right, but it was Willian who opened the scoring after the interval with a beautiful curling shot from 18 yards. Costa had hit the post minutes earlier and gave Willian the space for his shot by muscling through. A deflected Matic shot fell into the path of Costa on 66', he recreated Willian's goal to put the Blues in the driving seat 2-0. Chelsea continued to dominate, Pedro should have added a third late but 2-0 it ended.
The curse of the West Ham full-back continued against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon after Sam Byram was stretchered off during the opening exchanges.
The young right-back was starting his third Premier League game of the season, in the absence of Havard Nordtveit, who was ruled out after undergoing a ‘small medical procedure’ this week. However, Byram lasted just seven minutes after he pulled up sharply as he attempted to head the ball clear. The defender appeared to be holding his hamstring as he went down before he was lifted on to a buggy and wheeled off the pitch with Alvaro Arbeloa replacing him. Byram joins long-term injured full-backs Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell in the treatment room although the latter could be back after the international break following his recovery from a knee ligament injury.