Physicality is part and parcel of the Premier League and one of the key aspects which make the English top-flight such an entertaining spectacle.
No quarter is given when two rivals lock horns, with studs often flying as bone-crunching tackles are made.
Tuesday’s action proved to be no different, with those sent into battle prepared to put their bodies on the line for the good of the collective cause.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Swansea City, Aston Villa and West Ham United were among those to emerge victorious, but all 12 of the sides in action can claim to have given their all in the pursuit of three precious points.
Here are a selection of images which illustrate just how tough life at the top can be, with pride and passion resulting in pain for a few and pleasure for others.