While Cardiff City’s win over Manchester City was the standout result of the weekend another promoted club, Hull, were also celebrating a first win of the season thanks to a penalty from Republic of Ireland winger Robbie Brady.
The Tigers overcame the first-half dismissal of Yannick Sagbo to claim a 1-0 over Chris Hughton’s Norwich with a display of defiance that delighted new loan signing Jake Livermore.
"I thought it was a great team performance," the midfielder said. "Although we went down to 10 men I thought we showed great resilience and that’s what we are going to need to progress in this campaign."
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows he is heading into one of the most crucial periods of his three years in charge of the Magpies after enduring more frustration in Saturday’s goalless draw with West Ham.
Pardew said: "We know we’ve got some business to do and the next nine days are very important to thisfootball club. I’m still fighting and I’m determined to make a success of this season for our fans."
Like Pardew, Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hoping to inject more pace into his team in the remaining days of the transfer window.
The Potters came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at the Britannia.
Marouane Chamakh put the Eagles in front but two goals in four minutes from Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross turned the game.
Asked about making new signings, Hughes said: "We need a few extra faces and possibly a little bit more pace in the side than we have at the moment."
Elsewhere on Saturday, Sunderland were denied a first three points of the season as Jose Fonte’s header earned Southampton a point at St Mary’s after Emanuele Giaccherini’s early effort.
Yesterday Andy Reid’s early goal was cancelled out by Lewis McGugan but the 1-1 draw at Watford was enough to see Nottingham Forest return to the top of the Championship.
In the day’s other game, James McCarthy started and James McClean came on as a second half sub as Wigan’s stuttering start to the season continued with a 2-2 draw at home to Middlesbrough.