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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Two


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Arsenal bounced back from their shocking opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa to see off Fulham on a rain-soaked afternoon in the capital on Saturday, but the major story this week came in Cardiff as Malky Mackay's newly promoted side came from behind to send the billionaires of Manchester City packing.

Gameweek two of the Barclays Premier League only produced 17 goals this weekend - with nine of those coming in the aforementioned encounters. Elsewhere Daniel Sturridge scored again to keep Liverpool's 100 per cent going, as did Tottenham's new boy Roberto Soldado - again from the spot. Hull City got their first win under their belts with a home win over Norwich City, while Everton v West Brom, Newcastle v West Ham and Manchester United and Chelsea all ended goalless. Southampton and Sunderland also picked up a point in a score draw.

But who has made it in to our Team of the Week this time round?

Here are my chosen XI and my Weekend Wonders.

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk2

Goalkeeper: Allan McGregor (Hull City)

A string of very good saves from the hard-faced Scotland international was crucial to Hull earning their first win of the season against Norwich City.

Right Back: Sheamus Coleman (Everton)

Two games and two appearances in our team of the week for Sheamus Coleman. The right back was a threat on the attack and solid in defence for the Toffees in the game against West Brom.

Centre Back: John Terry (Chelsea)

JT looked back to his best in Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford, shackling Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney during the goalless affair on Monday night.

Centre Back: Curtis Davis (Hull City)

Davis was the rock for Hull in their victory against Norwich, continuing to show dominance in defence after picking up a nasty head injury.

Left Back: Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace)

The man from Exeter was one of Palace’s better players in the 2-1 defeat at Stoke, providing another option for attack on the left hand side.

Right Midfield: Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur)

Another classy display from Townsend, providing pace on the right wing and giving Swansea a hard time in Spurs’ 1-0 win on Sunday. Who needs Gareth Bale?!

Centre Midfield: Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City)

The scorer of Cardiff’s first goal, Gunnarsson’s strong passing and tenacity in the centre of the park was a key aspect of City’s sensational win over Manchester City.

Centre Midfield: Charlie Adam (Stoke City)

Easily Stoke’s best player in the match against Crystal Palace, the Scot scored the equaliser in the 2-1 victory at the Britannia.

Left Midfield: Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)

Two goals from the loveable German was the backbone of Arsenal’s 3-1 win at Fulham on Saturday. Podolski linked well with Oliver Giroud, causing Fulham all sorts of problems in defence.

Centre Forward: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City)

A brace from the former Manchester United hitman saw Cardiff stun the former champions 3-2 in the Bluebird’s first victory since their return to the top flight.

Centre Forward: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Sturridge was the difference between Liverpool and Aston Villa, scoring a spectacular goal to secure a win for the Reds.

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Cardiff City 3 -2 Manchester City

Not many saw this one coming, but a high scoring contest on Sunday saw newly promoted Cardiff defeat title contenders Manchester City in their first home game in the Premier League. The writing seemed on the wall when Dzeko netted for the Blues but goals from Gunnarsson and Campbell saw Wales erupt as the new boys took a 3-1 lead. Negrado’s header made the last few minutes very tense but Cardiff held out in a fantastic encounter.

Goal of the Week: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

A simply magnificent goal from Sturridge. The England forward rounded Brad Guzan and, under intense pressure from the Aston Villa defence, smashed the ball into the top of the net to secure the victory for Liverpool. 

Manager of the Week: Malky Mackay (Cardiff City)

When Manchester City took the lead through Edin Dzeko's thumping strike everyone expected the Bluebirds to cave in, but not Malky's men. They rolled up their sleeves and dug in to not only equalise but score three times! Cardiff had waited 50 years for a result like this in the top flight and it's one that will live on forever, though I'm pretty sure it's another game that Joe Hart would like to forget about as soon as possible.

Do you agree with my selections? I'd love to hear how your team shapes up.

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