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Monday, 23 April 2012

Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders: Week 35


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This weekend's Premier League fixtures finally gave us some certainties, as the first side was relegated from England's top flight. And after an amzing set of results, the Premier League title is still firmly up for grabs for the two Manchester Clubs.

With all 20 teams taking part this weekend, we have a full house of clubs to make our selection from.

Sqf team of week 35

Goalkeeper: Paddy Kenny (QPR)

This isn't Paddy Kenny's first time in the Team of the Week. The keeper once again proved his worth to QPR by ensuring that they defeated Tottenham 1-0, the all important clean-sheet giving Rangers the three points.

Centre Back: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle)

One of the most consistent performers this season, Coloccini one again skippered Newcastle to a dominant display against Stoke. The 3-0 win means Newcastle are firmly in the battle for the Champions League.

Centre Back: Gael Givet (Blackburn Rovers)

After a dispute with his manager last week, Givet has stormed back into the heart of Blackburn's defence and helped his side to an all important 2-0 victory over Norwich in their battle against relegation.

Centre Back: Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea)

In one of the more lacklustre games this season, Bertrand stood out on his first Premier League start for the Blues. His pace up and down the flank plus his defensive awareness meant an infuriating afternoon for both the Arsenal players and supporters.

Right Midfield: David Hoilett (Blackburn)

Another wonderful goal from Hoilett meant Blackburn were once against victorious. The winger's contribution to this Rovers' side has been outstanding, and the youngster will no-doubt be hot property come the summer transfer window.

Centre Midfield: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)

Possibly the pick of Newcastle's purchases in the last year, Cabaye once again showed off his technical brilliance with two goals against Stoke. His leadership of the midfield was also incredible, and the range of passing the Frenchman possesses allowed the Magpies plenty of avenues for attack.

Centre Midfield: Marouane Fellani (Everton)

The Toffee's record signing has proved this season he is more than just a midfielder with funny hair. Fellani played box-to-box against United, and provided the creative spark needed to get his side the four goals required to draw in one of the matches of the season. Fellani capped his performance with a fine volley.

Left Midfield: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle)

Another of Newcastle's stars, Ben Arfa increased his chances of playing at the Euros this summer after another brilliant display of creativity and flair against Stoke.

Right Forward: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Two goals means Wayne Rooney is once again a member of our Team of the Week. A header to give United the lead and a cool finish after a wonderful move once again emphasised why Rooney is England's best player.

Left Forward: Nikica Jelavic (Everton)

What a steal of a signing this lad has been for Everton. The former Rangers striker popped up with two goals in the draw at Old Trafford, and his general link up play allowed Everton to flow through the United defence.

Striker: Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

The centre of all United's link up play, Welbeck held up the ball like a seasoned veteran and played wonderful passes to create chances, including the ball which allowed Nani's goal. Welbeck capped an impressive game with a wonderful curling placed goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Weekend Wonders

Manager of the Weekend: David Moyes (Everton)

David Moyes wins the manager of the week award following his side's remarkable 4-4 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. Moyes kept his side motivated and pressing, evening after going 4-2 down. Other mentions go to West Brom's Roy Hodgson, who won away at Liverpool and Mark Hughes, who saw his QPR team beat Tottenham.

Goal of the Weekend: Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

There were many contenders this week for this award, but Welbeck's wonderfully placed shot into the far corner wins it. Welbeck sold the Everton defender a lovely dummy before carefully aiming the ball into the net. Special mentions also go to Nani, for his goal with culimanted from sheer brilliant link up play, and Scott Sinclair of Swansea for his beautiful curling effort against Bolton.

Howler of the Weekend: Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

I don't think Evra will want to look at it this way, but had his header gone in the net, then United probably would've beaten Everton, and would've probably guarenteed the championship. The ball was whipped across the penalty area and Patrice Evra, from two yards out, headed it against the post when it looked easier to score.

Controversy of the Weekend: Bendtner's offside goal (Sunderland)

A wrong offside decision from the linesman cost Sunderland, and Nicolas Bendtner, a goal in the 0-0 with Aston Villa this weekend. Bendtner's header had Given beaten but the decision stood against him, denying his side the win.

Mitch's Moment: Wolverhampton Woes

The first team has finally been relegated from the Premier League and Wolverhampton Wanderers will once again play their football in the Championship. The Midlands club have only claimed two points since Terry Connor took over as the manager and their dreadful home form was nothing to be envied.

However, I find it difficult to have sympathy for a club which sacked their manager in Mick McCarthy but had no clue of which direction to go. The lack of organisation was pathetic for a Premier League team and has, in no doubt, played a crucial role in the success of the side this season.

The only question that remanins is: Will Connor be given another shot at the management position in the Championship?

Do you agree with the team of the week? What about the Weekend Wonders? Whatever your opinions, we'd love to hear from you!

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