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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Squarefootball Team of the Week - Week 22


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Premier League leaders Arsenal retained their place at the top of the tree with a tough 2-0 win over Fulham, but Manchester City and Chelsea remain within touching distance following wins over Cardiff City and Manchester United respectively.

Week 22 proved to be another action-packed installment in this remarkable Premier League season. There were goals, red cards and plenty of drama as those at the top and bottom show no sign of giving up. There were a number of outstanding individual performances, but who has forced their way into Squarefootball's Team of the Week? 

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk22

Goalkeeper: Jack Butland (Stoke City)

Three world class saves from Butland kept Stoke in the game at Crystal Palace, keeping the score a respectable 1-0 as Tony Pulis put one over his former side. 

Centre Back: Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace)

At the other end of the pitch Gabbidon made some decent and necessary late interceptions to ensure Palace left with all three points in the crucial 1-0 victory over the Potters.

Centre Back: Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)

Vlaar could not have done any more to stop Premier League top scorer Luis Suarez during Aston Villa’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool. A very impressive game for the Dutchman.

Centre Back: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

It was a strong performance for the England defender in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Manchester United. The former Bolton man kept Januzaj and Welbeck at bay at Stamford Bridge.

Right Midfield: Robert Snodgrass (Norwich)

The Scot provided sensational service and ended up with the assist for Norwich’s later winner in the vital home victory against Hull. That win keeps Chris Hughton in a job for another week at least!

Centre Midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Strength, pace, skill: Is there anything Toure hasn’t got? The Ivory Coast international scored City’s third, a low drive, to put the Blues in control against Cardiff.

Centre Attacking Midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Two superbly taken finishes from the Spaniard ensured Arsenal remained top of the table after beating Fulham 2-0 at the Emirates.

Centre Midfield: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)

A strong brace from Cabaye was the catalyst for Newcastle’s 3-1 win at Upton Park. The Frenchman showed no sign of being affected by recent transfer speculation, with a composed finish and a late free kick allowing the Magpies to take the points back to Tyneside.

Left Midfield: Craig Noone (Cardiff)

Albeit he was on the losing side at the Etihad Stadium, Noone was brilliant on the wing for Cardiff, scoring a wonderful goal to level the tie in the first half.

Striker: Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea)

Many questioned Mourinho for this signing, but it was his first hat-trick in English football that saw Chelsea earn a comfortable 3-1 win against the champions Manchester United.

Striker: Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham)

There’s no question that Adebayor has been revitalised under Sherwood at Spurs. The forward once again impressed and notched another brace to help Tottenham on their way to a 3-1 victory at struggling Swansea. 

So there you have it. Do you agree? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2

Paul Lambert's men came out of the block all guns blazing at Anfield and fully deserved their two goal lead. Liverpool were terrible in that first half. They couldn't pass, shoot or control the ball, but then they scored just before half-time which turned the game. Despite the controversial penalty, which was a penalty in my opinion, Villa held on for a morale-boosting point.

Goal of the Week: Craig Noone (Cardiff City)

Nobody gave Cardiff a hope against free-scoring Manchester City but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men had a go and left with two goals - one that tore City's defence apart. Noone made Kompany look like an amateur before wrong footing Joe Hart. Great goal. 

Manager of the Week: Chris Hughton (Norwich City)

With reports that Celtic's Neil Lennon could be replacing Hughton at Carrow Road the former Newcastle chief led his team to a vital win over Hull City. Whenever his job is under serious threat his boys always rally round to get him three points. They'll need a few more results like this though if they are to stay up.

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