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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Five


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Arsenal climbed to the top of the table at the weekend with victory over Stoke City. They are joined there by north London rivals Spurs, who left it late to see off Cardiff in Wales. However, in a weekend of big games and big scores, arguably the biggest talking point from the weekend was Man City's humiliation of the champions United. It was Moyes versus men as one tabloid put it, and that was being kind to the visitors who lost out in every area of the pitch.

Elsewhere, Liverpool were defeated for the first time this season, Everton came from behind at West Ham to become the only unbeaten side in the top flight, while Steve Bruce's Hull City stunned Newcastle United at St James' Park.

With so many top displays over the weekend it's going to be tough to keep everyone pleased, but here goes. Here is Squarefootball's Team of the Week and our Weekend Wonders.

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk 5

Goalkeeper: David Marshall (Cardiff City)

Although Cardiff were on the losing end against Tottenham, Marshall had a spectacular game. The goalie made a string of brilliant saves before conceding to a late cheeky finish from Paulinho.

Right Back: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

Zabaleta made a number of strong tackles and linked well with Jesus Navas to provide City with attacking flair and width in their 4-1 drubbing of United.

Centre Back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

If you were wondering where Wayne Rooney was during open play, he was in Kompany’s pocket. City’s captain was the catalyst behind an inspired performance, and even contributed to the fourth goal.

Centre Back: Dejan Lovren (Southampton)

Croatian defender Lovren was rock solid for the Saints in their fully-deserved win at Liverpool. The former Lyon centre-back netted the only goal of the game to consign Liverpool to their first league defeat of the season.

Left Back: Leighton Baines (Everton)

Two sensational free-kicks from Baines was the difference in Everton’s contest at West Ham. The England defender’s brace saw the score end 3-2. Not even David Seaman in his prime would have got close to those pin-point finishes.

Right Midfield: Morgan Amalfitano (West Brom)

The French midfieder played a key role in all three of West Brom’s goals against Sunderland, including scoring the last goal in the 3-0 victory on his home debut for the Baggies. 

Centre Midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Toure was the heartbeat in Manchester City’s overpowering midfield, and once again got on the scoresheet for the Blues. When he is on form there is simply no-one better than him.

Left Midfield: Oscar (Chelsea)

With Oscar in the team, Chelsea fans may be a bit more forgiving that Juan Mata isn’t. The Brazilian pulled the strings for Chelsea and scored their first goal in the 2-0 victory over Fulham.

Right Striker: Michu (Swansea City)

Some fine movement from the midfielder-come-striker saw the Spaniard add to his impressive tally and give Swansea a quick 1-0 lead over Crystal Palace. His link up play saw the Swans win 2-0.

Centre Striker: Loic Remy (Newcastle)

Remy was unfortunate to be on the losing side on Saturday, scoring two instinctive finishes to twice give Newcastle the lead against Hull.

Left Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

An absolute worldie of a finish and a smart run saw Aguero score a strong brace in the Manchester derby.

Weekend Wonders

Manager of the Week: Steve Bruce

The former Manchester United defender makes no secret of his love for Newcastle United and even stated before the game that he regrets not taking over from Sir Bobby Robson when he had the chance. However, Bruce was the only Geordie celebrating on Saturday night as his Tigers came from behind to beat Newcastle at St James' Park. It was a great display by the visitors. They showed their teeth and ability to play, and should be fine come the end of the season with displays like that.

Goal of the Week: Sone Aluko (Hull City)

In a weekend of glorious goals I have to give it to Hull for the way they retained the ball, moved it forward and for Aluko's stunning finish. The free-kicks by Baines and Rooney were sensational, as was Aguero's opener at the Etihad, but it has to be the former Aberdeen man for me. 

Save of the Week: Mignolet (Liverpool)

The former Sunderland number one may have been on the losing side but it could have been worse had he not pulled off a tremendous treble save against Southampton. Mignolet has proved to be an astute bit of business.

Fool of the Week: Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland)

The controversial Italian was already skating on thin ice before visiting West Brom. Their 3-0 triumph ensured we would see the back of Di Canio for a while. The former West Ham man's management style may have worked in the 60s and 70s, but not now. You need to keep the players on side. You can't just criticise constantly. If you do, as Di Canio found out, you lose the dressing room and you lose your job.

So there you have it. That's our Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders unveiled. Do you agree? Would you have a spot for Ramsey or Ozil in there? What about Villa's Guzan? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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