1. Big Sam loves it when a plan comes together
There is nothing like sticking two fingers up at your detractors. West Ham's 3-0 win at Tottenham illustrated (again) Sam Allardyce's credentials as a coach of some worth. And certainly one who knows his way around the Premier League. Like Hannibal Smith in The A-Team, Allardyce loves it when a plan comes together and that's exactly what happened at White Hart Lane. His tactics helped to highlight the home side's deficiencies and inability to alter their tactics when it was clear they lacked width. Allardyce spoke later of breaking from deep positions to attack the home side's central defence. Ravel Morrison ran from his own half before rampaging past Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson to clip the ball over Hugo Lloris. Kyle Walker was also a mess when Ricardo Vaz Te struck the second. A first West Ham win at Spurs since 1999. A job well done by West Ham. And big Sam.
2. United are not changing their nickname to Port Talbot
At around 5.35pm a joke starting doing the rounds on Twitter that Manchester United were changing their nickname from the Red Devils to Port Talbot. Why? Because defeat would have seen them sandwiched between Swansea and Cardiff. Just over an hour later the critics were muffled. Seven points from seven games would have made for grim reading, but a couple of second-half efforts from Adnan Januzaj within six minutes of each other suddenly makes for brighter reading for United's followers. They are only six points behind first place. It is too early to begin writing David Moyes's obituary as United manager.
First we had Wayne Rooney on Saturday with his protective headgear making him look like an extra from Star Trek then we had Michu turning on Sunday with the classic rugby player's skull cap. It did not do Michu any favours as he failed to take the chances that fell his way in a 2-0 defeat at Southampton. Hopefully his barnet will be back to its free-flowing best next week.
4. Babies should not be allowed anywhere near teams on a football pitch
This one is really not for us. Luis Suarez appeared holding his new-born baby before scoring in his first match at Anfield since he bit Branislav Ivanovic in April. The Crystal Palace defence could have been baby-sitting in the stands as Liverpool tore them apart in the first half. Being a doting dad is preferable than Suarez imitating Hannibal Lecter, but the Premier League should be issuing guidelines suggesting this is a one-off otherwise it will become a habit. What next? Jack Wilshere waltzing on at the Emirates with a cigarette in one hand and baby in the other? Just saying.
5. Ian Holloway loves to sing You'll Never Walk Alone
We liked the look of Ian Holloway singing You'll Never Walk Alone before his side managed to leave Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge alone long enough for Liverpool to put Holloway's Palace to sleep before half-time. It is his dad's favourite song, and was certainly a more touching moment than Suarez appearing with his kid. Time for Palace to try to get back on song in their battle against relegation. They have every chance. They have Martin Jol's unconvincing Fulham side at home next.
We know this one is pretty obvious, but it became even more apparent after the weekend when the Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed he had considered dropping Joe Hart before his side's 3-1 win over Everton. Then came Sunday when England squad goalkeeper John Ruddy blundered badly to let a tame Eden Hazard shot slip through his grasp as Chelsea struck late in a 3-1 win at Norwich. Incidentally, the other goalkeeper in the frame, Celtic's Fraser Forster, apparently made another wonderful stop from John Sutton in his side's 2-0 win in the Scottish Premiership. But Hart is in for England's matches with Montenergo and Poland. Let's hope for Roy Hodgson's and Hart's sake, there are no calamities like Peter Shilton in 1973 or Scott Carson in 2007 at Wembley over the next week or so.
Nicolas Anelka may be finished as a real predator in the Premier League. That is not just opinion, but fact. The former Arsenal forward has scored one goal in his past 25 Premier League matches. That was scored for Chelsea against West Brom in a 2-1 home win in August 2011. He could and should have had two against his old club yesterday, but somehow miskicked in front of goal and then planted the ball wide with only Wojciech Szczesny to beat. West Brom held Arsenal to a 1-1, but Anelka's performance was not really good enough. He missed the chance to condemn his old club to their first away defeat of the campaign.