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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Eight

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Victories for Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United ensured the top three remained the same this week, but it was a terrible day at the office for Arsenal who lost to a resilient Norwich City side who were fully deserving of the points.

Elsewhere Liverpool shaded it against Reading, West Ham hammered the Saints, the honours were even in the Tyne-Wear derby and 10-men Everton made Mark Hughes wait another week at least for his first win of the season.

There were some great performances this weekend, but who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Sqf team of week 8

Goalkeeper: Tim Howard (Everton)

The American could do nothing about Junior Hoilett's deflected opener but he was on fine form to prevent them from scoring again. The former Manchester United man pulled off some great saves to deny Mark Hughes his first win of the season.

Russell Martin (Norwich)

The Canaries had failed to keep a single clean sheet in the league before the visit of Arsenal. Martin played his part by keeping Podolski and co at bay.

Fabrico Coloccini (Newcastle United)

The distinctive defender came back from injury for the Tyne-Wear derby and he was an absolute colossus. Alan Pardew described his performance as Bobby Moore like. That may be going a bit too far, but it was a great one none-the-less.

Sebastian Bassong (Norwich City)

Wow, these Norwich nominations for Team of the Week are like buses. The former Spurs defender was cool under pressure and snuffed out Arsenal's attacks before they could come to anything.

John Arne Riise (Fulham)

The former Liverpool defender was a constant threat down the left flank and gave his team-mates options at all times. He was a real thorn in Villa's side. It was his corner that allowed Baird to score the only goal of the game.

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City)

Hernandez and Michu may have scored the goals but it was Routledge who took all the plaudits for his dynamic display. Routledge was Swansea's main creative spark and terrorised the Wigan defence at every opportunity.

Mark Noble (West Ham United)

The local boy was  on fine form at the weekend against Southampton, scoring twice in their 4-1 home win over the Saints. The West Ham fans know the club means as much to him as it does to them and he warranted his recent contract with this display.

MataJuan Mata (Chelsea)

Forget Hazard and Oscar, Juan Mata is the magician at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard was an absolute genius at the weekend against Spurs, pulling all the strings and making Chelsea tick. His first goal was perfectly places, his second was perfectly timed and he killed the game by giving Sturridge the ball on a plate to make it four.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

The young Liverpool winger scored his first goal for Liverpool in a vital game against Reading. Sterling, who witnessed those appalling scenes of racism in Serbia last week, was a live wire and at the heart of nearly all Liverpool's attacking moves.

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)

Dzeko came off the bench again to save City's bacon with two crucial goals. Down to 10 men, City needed inspiration and the big Bosnian delivered, again. The way he sprinted from his own box to give Aguero an option was brilliant, but his first time finish past Foster to seal the win was exceptional. But will that be enough to convince Mancini to start him this week?

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney may have scored his first goal of the season in his own net but he came back with two at the right end. The England striker is loving his deeper role and swung in a great ball for Welbeck to score too. He will need to be on form this weekend when they take on Chelsea.

Weekend Wonders

Goal of the Week: Emerson Boyce (Wigan v Swansea City)

The main point of football is to get the ball over the goal line. You can do it any way you choose, within the rules of course, unless you are Maradona. With your head, a tap in, a long range rasping strike, a volley or a lob. As long as it goes in you're good. So take a bow Wigan's Emerson Boyce who got Wigan back into the game at the Liberty Stadium with an inventive flick. It won't win the Goal of the Month competition, but it was a unique effort none-the-less.

Save of the Week: Joe Hart (Manchester City v West Brom)

The England international boobed in midweek against Poland but he was on fine form to deny West Brom all three points on Saturday. In injury time, the Baggies' Lukaku tried his luck with an overhead kick and it was creeping in under the bar before Hart tipped it away for a corner. Twenty seconds later, City had broke and Dzeko had won them the game. What a crucial 20 seconds of play that may be come the end of the season.

Manager of the Week: Chris Hughton (Norwich City)

The Canaries recorded their first win and first clean sheet of the season in a convincing 1-0 win over Arsenal. Hughton's men were well organised, spirited and determined to get that monkey off their back. Hughton is one of the game's good guys and deserves to be successful. Yes Arsenal were poor, but Norwich were switched on from the off and could have scored at least two more.

That win couldn't have come at a better time as this weekend the Canaries travel to Villa Park to take on their former boss Paul Lambert.

Howler of the Week: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

The England striker has the honour of being the first player to be granted a place in our Team of the Week and given Howler of the Week award. The Evertonian gave Stoke the opener by putting through his own net. I'd expect that from my team-mates on a Sunday, not a world class striker like Rooney. He just shaded it from Tottenham's Kyle Walker who was to blame for Chelsea's winner on Saturday. However, the poor lad has had enough abuse on Twitter about that. He doesn't need us rubbing it in.

So there you have it. That's our Squarefootball Team of the Week. Do you agree? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

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Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Three

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Two

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