Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Five
Another thrilling week in the Premier League has seen Chelsea cement top spot, United win at Anfield and Southampton pick up their first points of the season. But who has made it into our team of the week?
Let's find out!
Goalkeeper: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) The Australian stopper kept Fulham in the match, making some impressive saves against Wigan to ensure his side left the DW stadium with all the points.Right Back: James Perch (Newcastle) Helped his side command the game by breaking up any Norwich creativity and playing clever passes.
Centre Back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Linked well with Mertesacker and scored with a striker’s finish to bring the Gunners back into the match at Manchester City.Centre Back: Titus Bramble (Sunderland) Played excellently and efficiently in a rare start for Sunderland and stood strong against the barrage of West Ham crosses.
Left Back: Leighton Baines (Everton) Was once again excellent in both attacking and defending. Baines has Ashley Cole looking over his shoulder with England’s number three shirt in his sights.Right Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Dominated play for his side and scored a good goal to give Liverpool the lead. Unlucky to be on the losing team but controlled the match for long periods.
Centre Midfield: Kevin Nolan (West Ham) The Upton Park talisman scored his third goal of the season in the dying moments to give West Ham a draw against Sunderland. Nolan was at the heart of everything good about the Hammer’s performance.Centre Midfield: Marouane Fellaini (Everton) Was involved in all three of Everton’s goals at Swansea. The Belgian was hard hitting and inspired, leaving the Swans in despair.
Left Midfield: Damien Duff (Fulham) The winger took his goal well and delivered inviting crosses during the match for Berbatov and Rodallega.Centre Forward: Rickie Lambert (Southampton) The former Bristol Rovers striker looks designed for the Premier League, notching a brace against Aston Villa to help the Saints to a 4-1 victory.
Centre Forward: Victor Anichebe (Everton) A powerful showing by the striker, scoring the first for the Toffees. Anichebe outmuscled the Swansea defence and could’ve had a couple more to round off an outstanding display.
Goal of the Week: Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
A first goal in the Premier League for the former Crystal Palace defender, Clyne latched on to a superb pass by £12 million man Gaston Ramirez and coolly slotted home to put Southampton 2-1 up over Aston Villa. Other notable efforts include Rickie Lambert’s first goal for the Saints and Laurent Koscielny’s two touch finish at the Etihad.
Manager of the Week: Nigel Adkins (Southampton)
Whatever Adkins said to his side at half time, it certainly did the trick. The former Scunthorpe manager led his team to a 4-1 victory over the Villains, but only having gone in one down after the first 45 minutes. Inspired words from Atkins. Special mention also goes to Andre Villas-Boas for his tactical changes to the Tottenham side, allowing them to recover from a 1-0 deficit to beat QPR 2-1.Save of the Week: Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)
Although West Ham and Kevin Nolan got the better of the Black Cat’s keeper in the end, Mignolet was in fine form to deny the Hammer’s captain in the first half. Nolan’s stunning swivel and volley looked destined for the net and the former Newcastle player was already on his way to celebrate, yet Mignolet was on hand to brilliantly dive and parry the shot away.Howler of the Week: Papa Demba Cisse (Newcastle)
Newcastle’s best signing last season seems to be struggling to find his feet this term and the Senegalese’s penalty miss against Norwich was clarification. Cisse stepped up to take the spot-kick, which would have put Newcastle 2-0 ahead, but the striker horrifically sent the ball sailing over the bar, putting it on par with Charlie Adam and Sergio Ramos.Mitch’s Moment: Lee Probert enjoys banter
In an age of serious officials and complaints galore, it was refreshing to see Lee Probert enjoy a laugh with the players at Wigan v Fulham this weekend. After getting caught in the middle of a tackle between Ben Watson and Steve Sidwell, Probert brandished the red card in jest while receiving treatment for his injury. A laugh all round. Who doesn’t like to see referees get stuck in?
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