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Thursday, 09 May 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 36

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs all won 1-0 at the weekend to keep their Champions League hopes alive with the latter two drawing on Wednesday night at the Bridge. Liverpool and Everton played out a goalless draw at Anfield while Newcastle picked up what could be a crucial point at West Ham.

Aston Villa eased their relegation fears with victory over fellow strugglers Norwich, plunging the Canaries into danger, while Sunderland fought back with 10 men to get a point against Stoke City.

But who has made it into our Team of the Week? Here is Mitch Waddon with his Weekend Wonders.

Sqf team of week 36 2013

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Even though Spurs won the match against Southampton this weekend they owe a debt to keeper Lloris, who crucially saved from Lambert in the first half.

Right Back: Phil Jagielka (Everton)

A captain’s performance by Jagielka in Everton’s draw at Liverpool, leading his side to a very impressive cleansheet.

Centre Back: Winston Reid (West Ham)

West Ham had to thank Reid for their clean sheet this weekend against Newcastle, as it was his clearance on the line from Cisse’s shot that kept the Hammers in the game in the first half.

Centre Back: Fabrico Coloccini (Newcastle)

My how Newcastle have missed their captain’s presence. Since his injury in February Newcastle have been shipping goals at an alarming rate, but a clean sheet on his return vs West Ham was a step in the right direction.

Centre Back: John O’Shea (Sunderland)

A goal and a commanding display from O’Shea was the turning point for Sunderland in their crucial 1-1 draw with Stoke on Monday night.

Left Back: Sylvain Distin (Everton)

Distin was unlucky to have a goal ruled out in Everton’s game at Anfield this weekend, but his defensive display along with Jagielka was paramount to the Toffees’ success.

Right Midfield: Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading)

Two goals from the Welshman gave Reading a well-deserved victory at Fulham at Craven Cottage. Isn't it amazing how relegated teams feel free to express themselves once their fate has been confirmed?

Centre Midfield: Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic)

An inspirational performance from Maloney was the catalyst in Wigan’s 3-2 victory at West Brom and was a constant threat against Swansea in their defeat at the DW.

Centre Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Steven Gerrard has played every minute this season for Liverpool in the Premier League, and although surgery will mean he’ll miss the last two games of the season he put in an emphatic showing in midfield vs Everton.

Left Midfield: Juan Mata (Chelsea)

Easily the best player on the pitch at Old Trafford this weekend, Mata provided the shot that led to Phil Jones’s own goal, giving Chelsea a valuable three points in the race for the top four.

Centre Forward: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)

A crucial brace from Gabby Agbonlahor secured a vital three points for Villa at Norwich, pushing the canaries down the table and more importantly giving the Villains some breathing space down at the bottom.

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week - Wigan 2 Swansea City 3

The Latics are great going forward but their inability to cope defensively was far too evident against the Capital One Cup winners on Tuesday. Despite taking the lead twice, stupid errors at the back may have consigned the FA Cup finalists to relegation. This game had it all and as a neutral I was on the edge of my seat until the final whistle. Great game.

Goal of the Week - Emmanuel Adebayor v Chelsea

Adebayor has been a poor excuse for a footballer this season but his strike against Chelsea to get them back into the game on Wednesday night was a beauty. His curler past Cech was an absolute pearler and showed just how dangerous he can be with a bit of confidence.

Manager of the Week - Andre Villas-Boas

Champions League qualification may be out of their hands following last night's draw with Chelsea, but you cannot argue with their battling qualities. They were not at the races against Southampton but ground out a result and they came from behind twice against the Blues at the Bridge. They need a stroke of luck to finish in the top four but at least they are still in with a shout.


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