Players of the Week | Man of the Match picks from last week

Players of the Week | Man of the Match picks from last week

It’s late this week but might turn out to be a good preview for this weekend’s matches! To navigate through each game please use the navigation quick links at the bottom of this page or the page numbers at the bottom! Thanks for reading my players of the week where I pick a Man of the Match from each game!

West Ham 0 – 0 Man City

The Hammers shut up shop and continued their fine home form by stifling a Man City side which has failed to get going this term.

Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien and James Collins put in gritty performances to keep Balotelli & co. at bay, and it was the performance of the latter which caught the eye, most notably because of the Welshman’s poor start to the campaign.

Collins marshalled his defence, which weathered the City storm, winning 100% of his tackles, and 67% of both his ground and aerial duels.

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He also made 10 clearances over his 84 minutes and showed ambition to get forward by completing 89% of his passes in the attacking half.

This was a vintage Allardyce performance as his side ground out a gritty result and launched plenty of balls forward to Andy Carroll, but it was the defensive performance which culminated in 5 shot-blocks, restricting City’s forward three to just two shots on target that stood out.

Man of the Match – James Collins

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

Tottenham 0 -1 Wigan


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Spurs were below par at White Hart Lane and played victim to a hit-and-run from an enthused Wigan side who played to their strengths on the break, taking their chance through Ben Watson on 56 minutes.

Wigan soaked up Spurs’ superior possession early on but were relieved every time the ball got forward to Arouna Kone, who was a constant danger to the home side, and was involved in everything dangerous about the visitors.

The Ivorian attempted five dribbles and laid on three chances and one clear-cut chance for his teammates over 90 minutes. His one shot on target forced Brad Friedel into a brilliant reaction save on the half hour mark, and it was his work ethic, forcing Friedel into making a mistake, which led to the decisive goal.

Man of the Match – Arouna Kone

 

 

 

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

Swansea 1 -1 Chelsea

The Liberty Stadium lived up to its reputation as a tricky away trip in an open game which ended with a late equaliser from Swansea’s Pablo Hernandez.

It was a game of short intricate passing, as both sides looked to carve out opportunities meticulously, each clocking up a lowly figure of around one long pass in every ten throughout the game.

Swansea lost a vital cog in Joe Allen over the summer but have managed to maintain their possession football under Laudrup, who bought in a direct replacement in the form of Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung.

Only John Obi Mikel attempted more passes than Ki, who racked up an impressive 98% passing accuracy as only 1 of his 63 passes went astray. It was not due to a conservative passing choice either, as 46% of his passes came in the attacking half, and he achieved a 93% accuracy in the final third, with only 1 of his 14 passes proving inaccurate.

Another impressive stat comes in the form of Ki’s 100% long pass completion, where each of his 10 long balls reached their destination, proving that The Swans have acquired much more than a cautious defensive midfielder.

Man of the  Match – Ki Sung-Yeung

 

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

Sunderland 0 – 1 Aston Villa


Martin O’Neill was haunted by the return of his former club, as a lacklustre Sunderland side came up against an Aston Villa team who seem to be settling under Paul Lambert’s methods.

Villa deserved their win, with improved performances from Barry Bannan and Ashley Westwood in midfield, whilst Gabby Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke have formed a good partnership since the demise of Darren Bent.

We’d have to single out Barry Bannan for his individual crossing display. A staggering 88% of his crosses were accurate (7/8) this is unheard of in crossing terms. He also created three chances for his side.

Man of the Match – Barry Bannan

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

Norwich 1 – 0 Stoke

Norwich built on their three-game unbeaten run to earn a valuable win against a Stoke side that look like they need a Plan B.

Last week I gave Wes Hoolahan the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his performance against Aston Villa, and again I think he was the standout performer.

Hoolahan’s return to the starting XI has coincided with a run of four games without a loss in all competitions for the Canaries.

He was again the home side’s most creative player as he laid on three chances and one clear-cut chance. He also managed the most penalty area entries of his team-mates.

Hoolahan’s 80% passing accuracy represented a decline on last week’s 87% accuracy, but he faced a bigger and more physical challenge in the form of Steven N’Zonzi and Dean Whitehead than he did against Karim El Ahmadi last week.

If Norwich can continue to play through Hoolahan, and keep the impressive Alexander Tettey fit, they will have a much better chance of achieving a mid-table finish come May.

Man of the Match – Wes Hoolahan

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

Fulham 2 – 2 Everton

Everton drew their fourth game in a row after Steve Sidwell scored an injury time equaliser at Craven Cottage.

In truth Everton dominated the game and deserved the three points, with Marouane Fellaini again proving to be the Toffees’ talisman alongisde his Belgian compatriot Kevin Mirallas, building on an exciting opening 45 minutes in the Merseyside derby.

Fellaini scored two second-half goals and could have had a hat-trick, but for a brilliant Mark Schwarzer save, and played a part in the half dozen chances missed by Nikica Jelavic.

Fellaini was at the heart of everything good about the visitors, who managed 27 shots, the Belgian himself making a total of six shots, four of which tested the Fulham keeper.

Man of the Match – Marouane Fellaini

 

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

Man Utd 2 – 1 Arsenal

Robin Van Persie stole the headlines at Old Trafford as Man Utd produced a convincing display to beat his former club.

The home side dominated in a game that had everything from missed penalties to red cards, as Arsenal failed to make either an impact on the game or an early statement in the title race.

Man Utd have produced better performances but it was this type of performance that Utd fans will tend to look back on should the season end in a title.

Left-back Patrice Evra led by example, working tirelessly down the left flank in defence and attack, and scored the all-important winner with a header from a Wayne Rooney cross.

Evra also managed to rack up a 98% passing accuracy, misplacing just 1 of his 49 passes. Even more impressive were his accuracy levels for passes in the attacking half (93%) and passes in the attacking third (88%).

The Frenchman also created two chances for his teammates in a performance that shows he is not about to give up his starting berth to Alex Buttner.

Man if the Match – Patrice Evra

 

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

 QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

Liverpool 1 – 1 Newcastle

This is a fixture with a history full of classics and Sunday was no different. Both sides played for the win and maintained a ferocious pace right up to the final minute.

There was only ever one man vying for the ‘Man of the Match’ award, though, as Luis Suarez produced another inspired performance to salvage a point, almost single handedly, at Anfield.

The Uruguayan livewire was again at the centre of everything Liverpool created a total of 6 chances from open play, and attempted 15 dribbles, more than any other individual over the course of the weekend.

He had 7 shots, equating to 1 every 12.86 minutes and scored a goal that Lionel Messi would have been proud of, plucking the ball out of the air with a deft touch on his shoulder before rounding Tim Krul to tap home in clinical fashion.

Suarez worked tirelessly to get the winner and did not stop hassling Steven Taylor and Fabio Coloccini, who ended up being sent off for a frustrated late lunge on the Liverpool forward.

Man of the Match – Luis Suarez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

 Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

QPR 1 – 1 Reading

QPR and Reading played out an open game that could have gone either way but which ended in a draw at Loftus Road.

Both sides are still searching for their first wins of the season and QPR looked set to steal three points but for a string of saves from Alex McCarthy.

The goalkeeper gets my ‘Man of the Match’ award this week after he produced 5 saves to salvage a point for his team.

It needed a wonder save from McCarthy to keep the scores level as he tipped Esteban Granero’s free-kick onto the crossbar at full stretch.

The youngster has stepped out of the shadow of Adam Federici and this was not the first time he has saved his side points.

Man of the Match – Alex McCarthy

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton

West Brom 2 – 0 Southampton

Bottom side Southampton put in a lacklustre performance and deserved to lose to this year’s surprise package West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Peter Odemwingie was the obvious standout performer, as he bagged a goal either side of half time to settle the score.

The Nigerian attempted 7 shots and created 3 chances as the Saints failed to get to grips with the forward.

West Brom look like a good outfit and Steve Clarke has a welcome problem on his hands in choosing between Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku.

Man of the Match – Peter Odemwingie

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West Ham Vs Man City | Tottenham Vs Wigan | Swansea Vs Chelsea

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa | Norwich Vs Stoke | Fulham Vs Everton

Man Utd Vs Arsenal | Liverpool Vs Newcastle

QPR Vs Reading | West Brom Vs Southampton