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Monday, 02 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 13

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Week 13 in the Barclays Premier League proved to be another enjoyable one for Arsenal fans. Not only did they succeed where Manchester United failed by beating Cardiff City at home, they also watched Spurs, Manchester United, Southampton and Liverpool all drop points.

Chelsea moved up to second with their second half comeback against Southampton and Manchester City, so formidable at home, did their job by seeing off Swansea City. Elsewhere, Newcastle United put their early season worries to one side to climb to fifth, West Ham beat Fulham 3-0 to end Martin Jol's time at the Cottage, Hull City recorded their first ever win over Liverpool and Norwich City eases their relegation fears with a narrow win over Crystal Palace.

There were a total of 29 goals and a number of excellent performances, but who has made it into Squarefootball's Team of the Week this time? 

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk 13

Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)

The Stoke stopper may have conceded four goals against Everton at the weekend, but without some strong saves the Potters almost certainly would have shipped a few more.

Right Back: Sheamus Coleman (Everton)

Coleman didn’t come under too much pressure defensively in the 4-0 win over Stoke, but got forward with intent and thoroughly deserved his goal. 

Centre Back: Wes Brown (Sunderland)

After his red card was rescinded, we saw another strong and impressive performance from the experienced Brown. The former Manchester United man kept Benteke and co. quiet in Sunderland’s 0-0 at Aston Villa.

Centre Back: Curtis Davies (Hull City)

This was another excellent display from Davis. The Hull captain kept Suarez quiet for long portions of the match and led from the back in the Tigers’ 3-1 victory over Liverpool.

Left Back: Martin Olsson (Norwich City)

A decent effort at the back for Olsson, optimised by the defenders’ brilliant off-the-line clearance from a thunderbolt shot by Crystal Palace’s Barry Bannan.

Right Midfield: Stewart Downing (West Ham)

This was Downing’s best performance in a West Ham shirt since signing in the summer. Fulham left back Richardson could not deal with the former Liverpool winger in the Hammers 3-0 win, as Downing delivered some excellent crosses, created the second goal and should have scored himself.

Centre Midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Yes, Ramsey again. The Welshman scored two superb goals in Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Cardiff, giving a dynamic and lively display at his old stomping ground.

Centre Midfield: Ramires (Chelsea)

The Chelsea midfielder benefited from a change in formation following an injury to Oscar, driving Chelsea forward. His high tempo aided the Blues to come from behind and win 3-1. 

Centre Midfield: Samir Nasri (Manchester City)

Two brilliant finishes from Nasri were the catalyst behind City’s 3-0 victory over Swansea, with the Frenchman unlucky not to grab a hat-trick.

Left Midfield: Gerard Deulofeu (Everton)

An exquisite goal made in Barcelona and two assists marked a near-perfect first start for Deulofeu. The on-loan winger was central to Everton’s attacking master-class in their 4-0 victory over Stoke.

Striker: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney scored two vital goals for United in their draw at Tottenham. The England forward looks back to his best this season, which he showed when pouncing for the Red Devils’ first and then converting from the penalty spot.

Weekend Wonders

Goal of the Week: Sandro (Spurs)

The Brazilian turned Cleverley this way and that before unleashing an unstoppable strike past De Gea. You knew it was in as soon as it left Sandro's boot and there was nothing De Gea could do about it.

Manager of the Week: Steve Bruce (Hull City)

The former Manchester United captain will have cracked open a good bottle of wine last night after recording the Tigers first-ever victory over the Reds. Hull thoroughly deserved their win too.

Game of the Week: Spurs 2 Manchester United 2

This fixture rarely disappoints but Sunday's clash saw Spurs bounce back from their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of City and can feel aggrieved that they never clinched all three points. But if you can't stop Rooney from scoring you will always be in trouble. 

Fans of the Week: Cardiff City

We don't normally do this but the Cardiff fans deserve praise for the way they honoured Aaron Ramsey on his return to the club. There was respect all round as he refused to celebrate his two goals on the pitch but the home fans applauded his efforts in front of goal. It makes a change to see a former player return and not receive dog's abuse. Well done.

* Well that's our Team of the Week. Do you agree? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

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