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Monday, 20 January 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 22

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The Premier League produced 30 goals at the weekend - and that's before we even get to tonight's game between West Brom and Everton.

We've had own goals, red cards and a number of inept displays. But who has made it into Squarefootball's Flops of the Week this time?

Goalkeeper - Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Concentration lad, concentration. With a point at Carrow Road in the bag, the Scotland international lost the game for Hull City by coming for a corner, hesitating – leaving himself in no man’s land - and allowing Ryan Bennett to score the winner.

Defender - Wes Brown (Sunderland)

The former Manchester United defender was lucky his team-mates bailed him out against Southampton. Brown’s sloppy control almost let Rodriguez score a second and was far from his best as the Saints carved open the Black Cats’ defence time and time again.

Defender - Matty Taylor (West Ham United)

Played out of position by Allardyce – no surprise there then – Taylor was at fault for both Newcastle goals. He lost possession on the halfway line for the first and got caught under the ball for the second. Almost redeemed himself with an excellent cross into the box, only for Carlton Cole to miss the target.

Defender - Chico Flores (Swansea City)

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor gave Chico Flores a torrid afternoon. Chico was on the wrong end of a 3-1 result at the Liberty Stadium and his day was capped with an own goal.

Defender - Ben Davies (Swansea City)

The young left-back will be having nightmares about Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker for the next month. Their movement and pace gave Davies problems for the whole 90 minutes. 

Defender - Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Nobody in a  Liverpool shirt had a great first half, but while the rest of his team bucked up their ideas after the break, Johnson continued to play like an absolute amateur. Mignolet and Johnson's mix up allowed Benteke to send Villa two up.

Midfielder - Lee Catermole (Sunderland)

His fiercest critics wonder how he is still playing professional football and this woeful display failed to persuade them to change their mind. He gave away a stupid early foul and was hooked off after the hour mark to cheers.

Midfielder - Seb Larsson (Sunderland)

The former Arsenal man simply had no impact on the game at all against Southampton. There was no surprise to see his number come up on the hour mark. 

Midfielder - Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Arsene Wenger may have splashed £42 million on the former Real Madrid man but everyone at the Emirates is waiting for the German to really prove his worth to the team. He had a weak shot cleared off the line, but he should have buried it. Ozil looks comfortable on the ball and hardly loses possession, but he seems scared to shoot. 

Midfielder - Matt Jarvis (West Ham United)

There was a time when Jarvis was being linked with an England call up. After Saturday's display he would be lucky to get a game for Barnet! Although he found himself in a few dangerous positions his poor crossing and decision-making frustrated fans and team-mates alike. 

Striker - Carlton Cole (West Ham United)

Cole had the chance to mark his contract renewal by bagging the equaliser against Newcastle on Saturday. The goal was gaping. All he had to do was get a firm connection on it to send the East End wild. Instead he fluffed his lines, sending the ball wide of the post. 

Well that's what we think, do you agree? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

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