Premier League wrap

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Among the goings-on for MatchDay 1:

John Brewin was at Upton Park Saturday to watch the Hammers play Aston Villa ....

There are only two days of guaranteed sun and a bright outlook in English football. Both the FA Cup final and the opening day of the league season always begin in short-sleeve order and full of cheer. While the former is usually a send-off into the summer, the latter is a time for fresh starts and new hopes before autumn and reality bite. For some teams, it never gets any better than those moments before the big kick-off.

Over in East London, a place just getting used to not being the centre of the sporting world, West Ham United were celebrating their regained status as a Premier League club while Aston Villa fans could cherish being under new management.

Paul Lambert was already etched in the good books for the mere achievement of not being Alex McLeish, his ill-fitting predecessor. The chequebook has hardly been opened wide by owner Randy Lerner but Lambert's chosen style of play is not the reductive tedium that McLeish too often employed in last season's narrow escape from relegation. That may be enough to buy Lambert time though a McLeish-ian result away from home, in which his team never looked like scoring, already leaves him having something to prove.

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Meanwhile, the latest drama around Fulham and Clint Dempsey can be found here.

And for the round-up on West Brom's mauling of Liverpool, the report can be found here.

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