The Premier League is hotting up at the bottom as well as at the summit after yet another action packed weekend of Premier League football- and it’s not finished yet either! Nope there is a Monday night offering as in form Liverpool travel to Fulham but SportsNews Ireland’s Ryan Bailey picks out the eleven players who impressed this weekend.
GK: Wayne Hennesey (Wolves)
The Welsh shot stopper has come in for some criticism this season after costly errors such as the one he made at Eastlands a few weeks back but it was his penalty save that ultimately won them a massive three points against fellow strugglers Sunderland. Just 30 seconds after his penalty save from Larrson, Wolves went up the other end and scored the equaliser and then gave them the momentum to go on a win it. A game changing save by all means.
RB: Robert Huth (Stoke)
The German dull dozer scored the winning goal in a tense affair at Goodison Park on Sunday. It might just prove to be a massive win for the Potters as they attempt to change their away fortunes this campaign. He was also instrumental in keeping the Toffees out as well.
CB: John Terry (Chelsea)
Another player who has come in for some stick this campaign and with Chelsea in turmoil, he guided the Blues to a vital victory at Newcastle. His commanding performance rolled back the years and his clearing Sammy Ameobi’s effort off the line with a little over fifteen minutes to go earned AVB’s men the three points.
CB: Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)
The Gunners are going from strength to strength and the Belgian international is one of the main reasons for their changing fortunes. His return from injury has added leadership, solidity and organisation not only to the back four but throughout the side. He scored his second goal in two league games as well at the DW Stadium on Saturday and continues to be a big threat at the other end of the pitch.
LB: Andre Santos (Arsenal)
The Irish man continues to show how far he has come in just a few years since his Bohs days. He was up and down the wing at Molinuex on Sunday providing dangerous balls for his team mates and making some crucial blocks and tackles. He will be a key player in Poland/Ukraine and his performances for Wolves prove that he is very capable of posing a threat in the opposition half.
RM: Samir Nasri (Man City)
Former Gunner Nasri hasn’t hit top form since making his much publicised move to Eastlands and after Mancini saying he has demanded move from the French man, he seems to have responded with a fine display on Saturday. A performance which was capped with his second for the club.
CM: Phil Jones (Man United)
Scoring his first senior goal to win the game at Villa Park will be a moment that Jones will never forget. Playing in midfield, the former Blackburn man used the ball well and broke up any Villa attacks before slotting back into his usual centre back role when Ferdinand went off.
CM: Juan Mata (Chelsea)
The Spaniard has been one of the positives for Chelsea in a disappointing season to date and proves to be one of the signings of the summer. His pinpoint cross set up Drogba to head home as he showed composure and skill on the ball at all times.
LM: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
A fitting tribute for his late national manager, Bale dedicated his goal and outstanding performance to Gary Speed after Spurs’ win over Bolton. The Welsh man tormented Bolton all afternoon with his trade mark bustling runs down the wing and dangerous balls into the box. God only knows what Bale is now worth!
ST: Yakubu (Blackburn)
What can you say about his performance on Saturday? I think match winning is a bit of an understatement. His four goals against Swansea meant he literally single handily picked up a massive three points for Steve Kean and Rovers. The “ Yak” could prove to be a pivotal player for Rovers in their bid to stay up.
ST: Steven Fletcher (Wolves)
The Scot scored a brace as Wolves came from behind to beat Sunderland, a victory which takes some of the pressure of Mick McCarthy and moves Wanderers up the table. He showed his quality with both head and his powerful left foot as his header brought his side level while his clinical finish inside the last ten minutes separated the sides.
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