Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 30
Arsenal gave their Champions League hopes a huge boost at the weekend by beating Swansea City. Tottenham's shock defeat at home to Fulham gave Gooners even more reasons to cheer, but the biggest reaction at full time definitely came at Villa Park as Aston Villa saw off QPR in a five-goal thriller.
Elsewhere Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the table to 15 points following their slender 1-0 win over Reading and Man City's defeat at Goodison Park. Southampton joined Fulham in the coupon-buster league by comfortably seeing off Liverpool 3-1 at St Mary's, while Wigan beat Newcastle in a controversial game at the DW.
The weekend also produced one of the dullest games of the season at Stoke as they played out a goalless draw at the Britannia, Chelsea beat West Ham and Norwich and Sunderland shared the spoils at the Stadium of Light.
There were 22 goals, two red cards and plenty of controversy, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? Mitch Waddon reveals his Weekend Wonders.
Goalkeeper: Jan Mucha (Everton)
Mucha made a fine claim to the number one jersey at Everton this weekend after keeping a fine clean-sheet in the Toffees 2-0 win over Manchester City, superbly saving from Tevez and Milner.
Right Back: Sheamus Coleman (Everton)
Another Everton player in the team of the week! Coleman was sensational at right-back v Manchester City, bombing forward with pace, as well as defending strongly to deny City a goal in the match.
Centre Back: Russell Martin (Norwich City)
Martin provided a brilliant performance against Sunderland this weekend, neutralising the threat of Sessegnon and Rose with ease.
Centre Back: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
A classic Rio Ferdinand performance in United’s victory over Reading. The England defender provided experience that Reading couldn’t get through.
Centre Back: Brete Hangeland (Fulham)
Hangeland was fantastic at Tottenham this weekend, leading an impressive Fulham defensive display in their 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane.
Left Back: Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Shaw’s attacking prowess from left-back really impressed me in the Saints’ 3-1 victory over Liverpool. The young defender also dealt with Downing impressively on the occasions he needed to cover.
Right Midfield: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Hazard rightly was the man of the match against West Ham. The Belgium midfielder provided the assist for Lampard’s 200th goal for the Blues before scoring himself a stunning individual goal to wrap up the three points.
Centre Midfield: Leon Osman (Everton)
Osman completes a hat-trick of Everton players in our team of the week, scoring a wonderful strike against Manchester City as well as captaining the Toffees to a memorable victory.
Centre Midfield: Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic)
The creativity and high tempo of Maloney’s play tore Newcastle apart at times in Wigan’s 2-1 victory. The Scottish playmaker’s accurate passing gave the Magpies problems for the entire contest.
Left Midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
This isn’t Cazorla’s first appearance in our team of the week, and for good reason. The Spanish maestro pulled the strings for Arsenal, keeping Swansea on their toes.
Striker: Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)
A crucial goal and an assist from Weimann was the catalyst for Aston Villa’s 3-2 victory over QPR. Weimann has become a crucial part of Villa’s team and his hard work and drive led the side to the win.
Manager of the Week: David Moyes (Everton)
It would’ve been a tough week at Everton after the 3-0 loss at home to Wigan in the FA Cup last week, but credit must be given to Moyes for turning the side around to beat the Premier League Champions 2-0 in a fantastic display.
In close second was Martin Jol after Fulham's victory at Tottenham.
Goal of the Week: Leon Osman (Everton)
What. A. Strike. The ball was passed to Osman who, 25 yards out from goal, struck it first time. The ball swerved perfectly to the left, hitting the top corner and giving Everton the lead. It was a simply wonderful goal that Joe Hart had no hope of saving. Eden Hazard also gets plaudits for his goal against West Ham.
Howler of the Week: Refereeing (Everywhere!)
This isn’t the first time I’ve had to dedicate the Howler of the Week section to the supposed “Premier League” quality referees. I had considered leaving this area for the McManaman tackle on Heidara in the Wigan v Newcastle match, but the fact that the winger wasn’t even booked for it was even more ridiculous. Then we look at Everton v Manchester City where a blatant Fellaini handball inside the box is instead given as a free kick. I could look at more examples, but these people are supposed to be the highest calibre of referees we have in England. One transgression could perhaps be forgivable, but when numerous officials make mistakes in one week something needs to be looked at.
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