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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 11

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Arsenal's lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League has been cut to just two points following their defeat away at the champions Manchester United, but it could have been worse. Rivals Chelsea, Man City, Spurs and Everton also dropped points as the title race heats up.

Things are also getting interesting at the foot of the table. Crystal Palace were unfortunate not to take all three points off Everton, while Sunderland saw off Manchester City to close the gap on those above them.

There were a number of fine performances over the weekend, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? Let's reveal all.

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk11

Goalkeeper: Tim Krul (Newcastle)

One man can be held responsible for Newcastle’s unlikely win at Tottenham on Sunday; Tim Krul. It was a sensational performance from the ‘keeper, keeping Spurs at bay with every part of his body.

Right Back: Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa)

Another impressive performance from the winger-come-right back. Bacuna scored another free-kick and gave Cardiff a tough time down the right flank in Villa’s 2-0 victory.

Centre Back: Wes Brown (Sunderland)

It’s been a very long time since Wes Brown’s last start, but a fantastic defensive display from the former United man saw Sunderland gain a well-earned 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Centre Back: Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace)

The Welsh centre back kept Lukaku quiet during the 0-0 between Crystal Palace and Everton, which is something most defenders have struggled with this season.

Left Back: Phil Bardsley (Sunderland)

Many thought Bardsley would never play for Sunderland again, but a new lease of life under Gus Poyet saw the defender score an unlikely winner at the Stadium of Light.

Right Midfield: Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)

A quite brilliant free-kick from Snodgrass saw Norwich come from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 at Carrow Road. Snodgrass’s determination and brilliant set pieces was the catalyst behind the Canaries’ comeback.

Centre Midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton)

Schneiderlin scored Southampton’s first goal against Hull and gave a performance we’ve come to expect of a man of his calibre. The Frenchman also played some excellent passes.

Centre Midfield: Coutinho (Liverpool)

The Brazilian looked sharp on his full return for Liverpool, and was at the centre of the majority of all things good the Reds did in their 4-0 win over Fulham.

Left Midfield: Adam Lallana (Southampton)

A captain’s performance from Adam Lallana, who celebrated his recent England call up with a sensational goal against Hull.

Striker: Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)

Two goals from Bony saw Swansea come back from being 2-0 down at home to Stoke to lead 3-2, albeit a late penalty saw the points shared at the Liberty.

Striker: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Suarez has been on top form since his return from suspension, and the Uruguayan continued that run with an excellent brace against Fulham. 

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Swansea City 3 Stoke City 3

This game had everything! Goals, comebacks, controversy. Swansea must be pig sick after coming back from two down to earn just a point following that contentious handball decision right at the death, but what character Charlie Adam showed to tuck it away.

Save of the Week: Tim Krul (Newcastle United)

Take your pick! The Dutchman was in unbelievable form. Spurs and Newcastle could have played til midnight and they still wouldn't have found a way past him.

Goal of the Week: Lallana (Southampton)

If Messi or Ronaldo had scored a goal like this we would all be purring about it for years so well done Lallana for a sublime solo strike and congratulations on your England call up.

Mitch's talking point: Referees

I hate to single out referees but Andrew Marriner and Robert Madley made two scandalous decisions at the end of the Chelsea-West Brom and Swansea City-Stoke City matches respectively. West Brom deserved all three points against Chelsea and were within seconds of ending Jose Mourinho's unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge, until Marriner awarded them a soft penalty. And as for Madley, what on Earth was he thinking to give a penalty at the Liberty?! Referees have to get these basic decisions right.

Well there you have it. Do you agree with my choices? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

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