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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Squarefootball'sTeam of the Week - Week 30


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Aston Villa blew the title race wide open on Saturday evening with their shock win over leaders Chelsea. Jose Mourinho had Willian and Ramires sent off and he too was shown to the stands by referee Chris Foy. To compound his misery, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all won too.

It was a memorable weekend at the top and bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a glut of goals, controversy and talking points, but who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Goalkeeper: David Marshall (Cardiff City)

Although Cardiff were unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline at Everton, Marshall was undoubtedly the man of the match, producing a string of last-ditch saves to keep the Bluebirds in the game up until the closing minutes.

Defender: Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)

Villa produced the result of the day, beating Chelsea 1-0, and captain Vlaar provided the leadership and strength at the back to ensure the Blues could not reply after Villa took the lead.

Defender: Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace)

It was a solid performance at the back for the experienced Delaney in Palace’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland. The Black Cats could not push past Delaney and Dunn, who appeared to win every header with ease.

Defender: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Arsenal had to defend their 1-0 lead at Tottenham for practically the entire match, and without the presence of Koscielny would have probably failed to do so. Another impressive showing from the Frenchman.

Right Midfield: Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)

All it took was 72 seconds for Rosicky to score arguably the goal of his career. A rocket of a strike across goal found the top corner and gave Arsenal a derby victory at Spurs.

Gerrard v unitedCentre Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Not a “top, top player”, Sir Alex? I think Gerrard may have proved you wrong with his inspirational display for Liverpool in their 3-0 defeat of Manchester United. Gerrard scored two excellent penalties and even missing the third cannot take away from a top, top performance.

Centre Midfield: Fabien Delph (Aston Villa)

Delph has been outstanding for Villa this season and epitomised his terrific campaign with a excellent improvised finish to give the Villa a victory over title chasing Chelsea. Could he earn a late call-up to the England squad?

Centre Midfield: Steven Ireland (Stoke City)

It was a tireless display from Ireland in the heart of midfield against West Ham. After going a goal behind the midfielder showed energy and desire reminiscent of his early Manchester City days and grabbed a deserved goal in the eventual 3-1 win.

Left Midfield: David Silva (Manchester City)

Manchester City were on the back foot early at Hull, having lost Vincent Kompany after a red card. But midfield maestro David Silva produced a spectacular curling effort from 25 yards only four minutes later to open the scoring for the Blues.

Forward: James Rodriguez (Southampton)

Yet again Rodriguez continues to impress and push for a seat on the plane to Brazil. The former Burnley forward is one of a number of exciting Englishman at Southampton but he furthered his own claim to an England spot with another goal. Rodriguez is the second highest English goalscorer in the Premier League this season.

Forward: Peter Crouch (Stoke City)

Although Peter Odemwingie grabbed two goals for Stoke in their victory over West Ham, Crouch put in a near perfect performance. The England big-man expertly linked play with the midfield and could have scored had it not taken a deflection off of Odemwingie. 

So there you have it. That's our Team of the Week. Do you agree with our selections? We'd love to hear from you.

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