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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 19


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Arsenal finished 2013 on top following a hard-fought win at Newcastle while Liverpool, who were top for Christmas Day, slipped to fifth after defeat at Chelsea.

The final weekend of the year produced goals, controversy and great individual displays, but who has won themselves a place in the final Team of the Week for 2013?

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (Manchester City)

The England shot stopper was back to his best to deny Crystal Palace an unlikely share of the points. 

Right Back: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

What a player he has become under Martinez. Coleman scored a cracking opener against Southampton.

Centre Back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

The German stood strong in the heart of battle against Newcastle and kept the Gunners organised and resolute.

Centre Back: Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)

He may be getting on a bit but Vidic was the man of the match against Norwich.

Left Back: Ben Davies (Swansea)

The Swans dominated Villa at the weekend and were unfortunate not to leave with all three points, especially given Davies' display. 

Centre Midfield: Tom Huddlestone (Hull City)

The former Spurs man finally scored the goal to allow him to cut his barnet. He has been Hull's best player all season and is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

Centre Midfield: Robert Koren (Hull City)

The former West Brom man also got in on the act in Hull's 6-0 demolition of Fulham, scoring twice and being a general threat every time he had the ball.

Centre Midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton)

Another confident and eye-catching display by the youngster who is surely forcing his way into Roy Hodgson's World Cup plans. 

Right Winger: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

The Belgian international drew the Blues level against Liverpool and alongside Willian gave Liverpool's backline a wealth of problems.

Striker: Nicholas Anelka (West Brom)

Forget about his controversial goal celebrations for a second, Anelka returned with a brace in a thrilling game at West Ham.

Left Winger: Willian (Chelsea)

The man who snubbed Spurs for Chelsea was on fire against Liverpool. Willian was full of running and endeavour.

Weekend Wonders 

Manager of the Week: Gus Poyet (Sunderland)

Poyet’s Black Cats looked down and out after going 2-0 down at manager-less Cardiff but some inspired substitutions by the Uruguayan saw Sunderland claw back to draw the game Desmond (2-2 for those who don’t get the reference!) Shout outs also go to Steve Bruce of Hull for his sides’ 6-0 demolition of Fulham.

Goal of the week:  Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

A fantastic curling effort from Eden Hazard pulled Chelsea back into the game against Liverpool, and the Blues would go on to beat the Reds 2-1 in the Sunday contest. Other notable efforts include Seamus Coleman’s emphatic opener for Everton against Southampton and Moussa Dembele’s fine finish in Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Stoke.

Goalkeeping Gaffe of the Week: Ben Foster (West Brom)

In Saturday’s early kick-off we witnessed a cracker between West Ham and West Brom. However the 3-3 draw could’ve perhaps ended differently if Foster had done better with Maiga’s long range left-footed effort. The shot bounced in front of the England international who failed to control it, which saw the ball end up in the back of the net. 

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