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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 21

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Arsenal started the weekend as Premier League leaders before Chelsea then Manchester City took occupancy with victories over Hull City and Newcastle United respectively. But the Gunners regained top spot on Monday night with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

It was a good weekend for the top seven sides, but we're not here to praise the winners - that's Mitch Waddon's job. No, I'm here to pick out the players who need to take a long, hard look at themselves this morning.

Here is Squarefootball's Flops of the Week.

Goalkeeper: David Stockdale (Fulham)

The Fulham goalkeeper wasn't helped by a wafer-thin back four in front of him, but to concede four at home is never good. He got both hands to Adam Johnson's free kick and should have pushed it round the post. Was megged for Sunderland's third.

Defender: James Tomkins (West Ham)

The Hammers were unfortunate to have Tomkins sent off for two bookable offences, but in their situation they need all of their best players on the pitch. Fortunately for Tomkins, West Ham left Cardiff with all three points, but it could have easily been a different story.

Defender: Alex Bruce (Hull City) 

The manager's son was taught a harsh lesson on Saturday by Chelsea. Bruce junior was doing well against the attacking four of Chelsea until Hazard and Torres stepped up to the plate to send the visitors away with all three points.

Defender: Vlad Chiriches (Spurs)

Ex-Arsenal striker and former Fools of the Week regular Marouane Chamakh had a field day against the Spurs defender. Not only that, so did Cameron Jerome. Only their inability to score prevented Chiriches from being totally humiliated.

Defender: Marc Wilson (Stoke City)

It proved to be an afternoon to forget for Marc Wilson. The Potters defender gifted Liverpool their second goal before bumping over Sterling for the award of a controversial penalty. It's never good to concede five goals.

Defender: Philipe Senderos (Fulham)

Senderos is meant to be an experienced international footballer so why he thought he could boot Sunderland's Altidore in the thigh inside the penalty box and not be punished is baffling. Fulham will need much better displays from their defenders if they are to stay up.

Midfielder: Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)

I bet there were a number of Palace fans and players who wanted to punch him after his shocking penalty at Spurs. It was that bad Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle and Sergio Ramos were all caught laughing about it.

Midfielder: Fabian Delph (Aston Villa)

You've just conceded a goal. What's the one thing you shouldn't do straight from kick off? Yes, don't lose the ball. So what did Delph do? Got dispossessed by the magnificent Jack Wilshere who set up Giroud to put Arsenal two up just 17 seconds after taking the lead.

Midfielder: Alejandro Pozuelo (Swansea City)

The Spaniard was influential in the Swans' FA Cup triumph at Old Trafford last week, but despite all of their possession Pozuelo was a let down this week. He just didn't have the same impact on the game this week.

Midfielder: Morgan Amalfitano (West Brom)

With a new manager to impress, Amalfitano failed to make an impression in their 1-0 defeat at Southampton. The man who tore Manchester United's defence to ribbons earlier in the season couldn't even rip open a bag of sherbet dip on the south coast. Must do better.

Striker: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)

Thank the Lord for Adam Johnson! Steven Fletcher barely got a sniff of the Fulham goal - which considering who he was up against is terrible. Fletcher had one effort, a header that went over the bar. Poyet will be demanding more from his striker.

So there you have it. Do you agree with our Flops of the Week? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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