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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 23

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The Barclays Premier League. Don't you just love it! What a set of midweek fixtures we've just had, with major implications at the top and bottom of the league.

Arsenal squandered top spot to Manchester City, Chelse failed to score past West Ham United while Sunderland and Crystal Palace continue to move away from the relegation zone.

The Chelsea-West Ham result was the biggest surprise though. The Blues had almost 40 attempts on goal but just couldn't find a way past Adrian in the West Ham goal. Former QPR star Rodney Marsh will have made a few people homeless with that scoreline after telling everyone earlier in the day on talkSPORT that "you'd put your house on this being a home win."

Moving on though, there were a plethora of great performances during this special midweek fixture card, but who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Goalkeeper: Adrian (West Ham)

A series of stunning saves from the Spaniard Adrian, including a great stop from Lampard in the seventh minute of injury time, saw West Ham leave Chelsea with a thoroughly earned point after a 0-0 draw.

Right Back: Wes Brown (Sunderland)

Alongside John O’Shea, Brown was awesome for Sunderland in their 1-0 victory over Stoke, putting pressure on the Potters attack which saw the away side fail to equalise.

Centre Back: Chico (Swansea City)

A well taken goal by Chico topped a very impressive performance at the back for the Swans’ defender, seeing the home team gain a 2-0 victory over struggling Fulham.

Centre Back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Captain fantastic once again for City; Kompany got the fifth goal for City and provided a stern test for the Tottenham attack.

Left Back: Matthew Taylor (West Ham)

A lot of committed blocks and tackles from Taylor in West Ham’s match at Chelsea was just one factor in the final 0-0 score-line.

Right Midfield: Adam Lallana (Southampton)

A strong display from the Southampton captain, who led by example and scored a wonderful goal in the Saints 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

Centre Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Another excellent game for Gerrard. The Liverpool and England captain scored the first and pulled the strings in midfield during Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Everton.        

Centre Midfield: David Silva (Manchester City)

Silva was very unfortunate to not get a goal, and was at the centre of everything good from Manchester City at Tottenham. And yes, there was a lot of good!

Left Midfield: Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)

A thunderous strike from Puncheon was the catalyst behind Palace’s 1-0 victory over Hull City.

Striker: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

It was a well taken brace for Sturridge in the Merseyside derby, and could’ve been better for the England star had the striker not blasted a penalty over the bar.

Striker: Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

The Belgium international looked like the player he was last season after an almost unplayable performance in the 4-3 win against West Brom.

Substitutes bench: Vito Mannone (Sunderland), James Collins (West Ham), Luke Shaw (Southampton, Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle), Ki Sung-Yeung (Sunderland), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea), Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Midweek Wonders

Game of the Week: Aston Villa 4 West Brom 3

With the Baggies racing into a two goal lead inside the opening 10 minutes the home fans must have been fearing the worst, but that setback forced them to attack and attack they did. Six goals before half-time and a winner from Benteke left the home fans delighted and the Baggies bitterly disappointed.

Manager of the Week: Sam Allardyce (West Ham)

Allardyce did to Mourinho what Mourinho does when he travels to the big sides - and the Special One didn't like it one bit. West Ham defended resolutely and prevented the Blues from going level on points with Arsenal. This point could be crucial in their fight to avoid the drop.

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