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Monday, 20 May 2013

Team of the Week - Week Thirty Eight

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Arsenal will be playing Champions League football again next season following their narrow final day victory at Newcastle. Gareth Bale's phenomenal late strike for Spurs got them the three points they needed against Sunderland, but they always needed Newcastle to do them a favour.

Elsewhere on the final day of the season, Manchester United let a three-goal lead slip twice away at West Brom to produce a 5-5 draw in Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,500th game as manager. He won't forget that in a hurry! 

Jamie Carragher picked up his win bonus and a clean sheet on his final game as a Liverpool player against QPR, Manchester City were beaten at home by Norwich City and West Ham's Kevin Nolan bagged a hat-trick as the Hammers sent Reading down with their tales between their legs. And some Chelsea fans even gave Rafa Benitez a warm send off!

But with 36 goals on the final day and some outstanding displays, who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Sqf team of week final day

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Chelsea)

Cech was crucial for Chelsea in Rafa Benitez’s final game in charge of the Blues, keeping Everton at bay with quality saves and at one point with his face in the 2-1 victory.

Right Wing Back: Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic)

A goal in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa capped a solid performance for Boyce in Wigan’s last game in the Premier League.

Centre Back: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)

With it being his last game ever, it seemed only fitting that Carragher would earn a place in our team of the week. Liverpool kept a clean sheet and Carra even came close to scoring a worldy.

Centre Back: Brete Hangeland (Fulham)

Hangeland was the rock in Fulham’s unprecedented 3-0 victory at Swansea providing, with Senderos, a clean sheet for the Cottagers.

Centre Back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Arsenal can thank Koscielny for their qualification to the Champions League. The French defender popped up with the goal to beat Newcastle and secure fourth for the Gunners.

Left Wing Back: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

Yes he hasn’t played Left Back for a long time, but Bale’s played everywhere for Tottenham this season and once again the Welshman was key for Spurs, grabbing the last minute goal in the 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Centre Midfield: Jack Rodwell (Manchester City)

It’s not been a great season for Rodwell but the former Everton midfielder ended it on a high, grabbing two goals for City in their match against Norwich.

Centre Midfield: Jonny Howson (Norwich City)

However it was Howson who won the match! His sensational individual goal won the Canaries the match at the Eithad and ended their season superbly.

Centre Midfield: Kevin Nolan (West Ham United)

Nolan put in a captain’s performance at Upton Park, scoring a hat-trick to give West Ham the 4-2 victory over Reading.

Right Forward: Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion)

Lukaku was the crucial substitution for West Brom in their match against Manchester United, scoring a stunning second half hat-trick in the mesmerising 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns.

Left Forward: Andy Carroll (West Ham)

In the last match of his loan Andy Carroll showed exactly why Hammer fans want him to stay, causing the Reading defence all sorts of troubles and providing two assists for Kevin Nolan.

Substitutes: Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion), Coutinho (Liverpool), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Weekend Wonders 

Game of the week: West Bromwich Albion 5 – 5 Manchester United

It was, simply, a magnificent game to mark Sir Alex Ferguson’s last as Manchester United boss. It wasn’t what Fergie would’ve expected of course, with his side being 5-2 up. But the remarkable West Bromwich comeback even made the retiring Ferguson smile.

Manager of the Week: Chris Hughton (Norwich)

Hughton wins our last manager of the week award after seeing his Norwich side win 3-2 at Manchester City. Hughton’s Canaries looked the stronger team throughout, and were never behind at the Eithad. Special mention also goes to Steve Clarke for his side’s five goal haul against Manchester United.

Goal of the week: Gareth Bale (TOTTENHAM v Sunderland)

It was almost Jonny Howson, it really was! His stunning run and goal gave Norwich the win at Manchester City but I’ve just got to give it to Bale for his last minute worldy vs Sunderland. Although it wasn’t enough for Champions League qualification, the goal summed up Tottenham’s season; the brilliance of Gareth Bale.

Mitch’s moment:

So we end another Premier League season with pure excitement and goals galore. It’s been one for the record books, and we’ve seen the ends of some of the most brilliant careers in Premier League football.

Look out for our Team of the Year in the coming week. But then we depart until next season. We hope you enjoy your summer.

See you on August 17!

You can follow Mitch on Twitter; @MitchWaddon


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