Premier League weekend review: Pardew under pressure as honours even in the North London and Merseyside derbies

Video: The Independent's Simon Rice and Jack De Menezes review the weekend's Premier League action

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Every week, The Independent's digital sports team picks out the key players, performances and talking points from the weekend's Premier League action.

Under pressure Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems as if he has received a stay of execution from the club's owner Mike Ashley, despite his team going down 1-0 away to Stoke City.

Pardew and his Newcastle team made it no wins out of six this season after a Peter Crouch goal ensured they came away from The Britannia empty-handed and remain rock bottom of the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney was another one who would would rather put this weekend behind him after he picked up the sixth red card of his career. It began so well for Rooney, opening the scoring during his side's 2-1 win at home to Manchester United; however, his afternoon quickly turned sour when the red mist descended and he was given a straight red for an ill-judged tackle on the Hammers' midfielder Stewart Downing.

While Rooney had a weekend to forget, Saturday's Merseyside Derby will stay long in the memory of Everton's Phil Jagielka. His last minute thunderbolt ensured Everton could take a point away from Anfield, against a Liverpool side who are severely lacking the firepower of talisman Daniel Sturridge.

The other big derby of the weekend saw Arsenal come up against bitter north London rivals Tootenham at The Emirates. The result may have been a draw but Arsenal's injury woes were compounded as they lost captain Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere during the clash.

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