The pressure mounted on Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez this weekend, as Chelsea and Arsenal slumped to disappointing defeats.
Defeat for Benitez made it three without a win since the Spaniard replaced Roberto Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge, while Wenger, who boasts a slightly longer stay in the Arsenal hot-seat, watched on as his team were booed off at home to Swansea.
Neither can point to a performance either - in a results-driven business, performances matter little, but under-pressure bosses love to cling to the ray off hope offered by a marginally improved display.
But, if anything, the football on offer at the Emirates and at Stamford Bridge is regressing. Difficult times ahead.
Things are looking rosier for Andre Villas-Boas. The Portuguese boss seems to have weathered an early storm, and Spurs now sit fourth, level with Chelsea, after a convincing 3-0 away victory against Fulham.
Elsewhere, Manchester City were held at home to Everton - Roberto Mancini's decision to replace Carlos Tevez with the best part of half an hour to go did not go down well, while West Brom's wobble continued - they went down 1-0 at home to Stoke.
The weekend proffered up plenty of performances to talk about, some brilliant - Jermain Defoe's brace against Fulham, some disappointing - another Gareth Bale booking for simulation, and some surreal - the whole first half of Reading versus Manchester United.
Hugo Lloris | Tottenham
Lloris is growing into his role as Tottenham's number one, and a clean sheet was a fine reward for a composed display from the Frenchman. One save in particular, from Mladen Petric in the first half, showed all his qualities - anticipation, quick reflexes and superb agility.
Angel Rangel | Swansea
A fantastic result for Michael Laudrup's side was built on a stern defence - few teams keep a clean sheet at the Emirates Stadium. Rangel epitomised the Swans display - strong and calm at the back, and dangerous when given the opportunity to raid forward on the break.
Ashley Williams | Swansea
Despite the departure of Brendan Rodgers, Swansea continue to go from strength to strength. A small blip in early October has been overcome - and victories over Newcastle, West Brom and Arsenal have promoted the Swans up to seventh - three points outside the Champions League places. Key to their excellent away form has been Williams - the Welsh side have the third best defensive away record in the division.
Vincent Kompany | Manchester City
The Manchester City captain has come in for criticism this season, his form slightly below his championship-winning displays last campaign. But in the last few weeks, and again against Everton this weekend, Kompany was a colossus for his club.
Jose Enrique | Liverpool
The left-back has been so good going forward that Brendan Rodgers prefers Enrique on the wing to £20m man Stewart Downing. Not the most taxing game for the Spaniard against Southampton, but he continued his good form.
Marouane Fellaini | Everton
Fellaini admitted earlier this week that he sees himself as a defensive midfielder, but if keeps on scoring goals, that will soon change. The Belgian has been a revelation for Everton up front, and not even the Premier League champions could contain him.
Mohamed Diame | West Ham United
The game changed on Diame's introduction at half-time. The central midfielder was excellent for the Hammers, driving his team forward, and pinning Chelsea back. His goal was richly deserved.
Juan Mata | Chelsea
The only player to come out with any credit from Chelsea's poor performance against West Ham. The Spaniard has been superb for the Blues this season, and capped his display here with a goal. He could have had another - a fantastic free-kick rattled the post.
Clint Dempsey | Tottenham
Dempsey's return to Craven Cottage was a happy one, with the American putting in a shift full of hard graft, and not short on quality. An assist for Defoe's second capped a pleasing return to west London for Dempsey.
Wayne Rooney | Manchester United
The Manchester United striker has not been at his best this season, but it was something of a return to form to see the England international notch two against Reading.
With United's defence best described as porous, and that's being generous, Sir Alex Ferguson needs Rooney to be firing on all cylinders. He was close to that against Reading.
Jermain Defoe | Tottenham
The Spurs striker was at his clinical best against Fulham on Saturday. Two chances, two goals, and three points for Tottenham made it an excellent away performance for Andre Villas-Boas's side.
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