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Friday, 31 January 2014

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 23

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Everton were mauled by Liverpool in the Merseyside derby while Spurs were destroyed by the new league leaders Manchester City. Arsenal dropped points and a place as Manuel Pellegrini's side took full advantage of the Gunners slip-up at St Mary's.

However, who has found themselves a place in the Squarefootball Flops of the Week starting XI? Colin Illingworth reveals all.

Goalkeeper - Allan McGregor (Hull City)

The Scot let himself down with his petulant kick out at Crystal Palace's Stuart O’Keefe late on which resulted in a straight red. The Tigers need their best players on the pitch, not in the stands serving suspensions.

Defender - Diego Lugano (West Brom)

Lugano missed two glorious opportunities to score against Villa and conceded the winning penalty that Benteke buried. He was booked for appealing for a penalty of his own too. Not his greatest 90 minutes in a Baggies shirt.

Defender - Michael Dawson (Spurs)

The Spurs defender was at least two yards behind City's attackers on Wednesday night. I like Dawson as a player and as a man, but he - like most defenders - just had no answer to Aguero and co.

Defender - Antolin Alcaraz (Everton)

The former Wigan man failed to cope with the pace, movement and skill of Sturridge, Suarez and Sterling. He looked out of his depth as he played for only the fourth time this season.

Defender - Phil Jagielka (Everton)

The Everton captain was all at sea as Liverpool's attacking talent simply swept the Blues away. His relationship with Alcaraz never looked solid. Jagielka's day was capped when his ball was pounced on by Suarez to score Liverpool's fourth.

Don't forget to follow Mitch Waddon and Co on @squarefootball1 for all the transfer deadline day movers and shakers today on the final day of the January transfer window. Will Arsenal sign Draxler? Can United seal a deal for Toni Kroos and will Man City be tempted to bring anyone elsea in.

Midfield - Steven Pienaar (Everton)

Wasteful in possession, Pienaar struggled against Flanagan down the flank and it was no surprise to see him replaced at half-time. Frustrating day all round for Evertonians.

Midfield - Matthieu Flamini (Arsenal)

In his eagerness to get all three points for Arsenal, Matthie Flamini lost the plot a little with his reckless two footed lunge on Morgan Schneiderlin. Going down to 10 men at St Mary's was not what the Gunners wanted.

Midfield - Bradley Johnson (Norwich City)

The Londoner was shown a straight red for his stupid confrontation with Newcastle's Loic Remy. He will now miss the next three games which see Norwich play Cardiff City, Manchester City and West Ham.

Midfield - Leroy Fer (Norwich City)

The Dutchman put in another dire display against Newcastle United. These poor performances are becoming far too regular for the Canaries' liking. It's about time Fer stood up and showed what he can really do.

Striker - Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)

The Bulgarian is a luxury player Fulham can ill afford, especially in their predicament. They need someone who will run through brick walls to keep them up, not someone more interested in little flicks and tricks that don't always come off. The former Spurs and Man United man needs to sharpen up.

Striker - Nikica Jelavic (Hull City)

The former Everton and Rangers striker has yet to score following his move from Goodison Park to the KC Stadium and didn't look letting breaking his duck against Palace after spurning a number of great chances. The pressure is starting to build on him and Shane Long.

Well there you have it. That's what we think. Do you agree? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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