Players of the week | Man of the Match from Match Day 11 Games

Players of the week | Man of the Match from Match Day 11 Games

Welcome to this week’s Player of the Week feature on EPLIndex.com where we choose a man of the match from each of the games played. This week it’s Match Day 11 in the Premier League. To view a match of your choice please scroll to the bottom and choose the game by clicking on the Quick Links, alternatively you can click on the page numbers at the bottom of the page!

We’ll start with Everton’s excellent performance Vs Sunderland!

Everton 2 – 1 Sunderland

Two late goals in as many minutes ensured Everton maintained their unbeaten home form this season and held a Champions League spot for another week.

Marouane Fellaini wins the Man of the Match award for a second successive week after scoring a brace at Craven Cottage last week and inspiring a late comeback at Goodison on Saturday.

The Belgian midfielder-cum-forward continued his fine form against Sunderland by scoring the equaliser and then providing the assist for Nikica Jelavic two minutes later.

Fellaini had a 100% shot conversion as his only shot on target found the net, and managed to win a total of three corners for his side, the most won by any player on the pitch.

He has been involved in 43% of Everton’s goals this season, contributing six goals and three assists from a team total of 21 goals this term.

The Toffee’s would not be enjoying such dizzy height if it wasn’t for the form of their talisman. However, Fellaini was also the biggest culprit on the pitch for losses of possession, giving the ball away a total of 21 times.

Man of the Match – Marouane Fellaini

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBAStoke Vs QPRArsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

 

Reading 0 – 0 Norwich

A basement clash at the Madejski ended in a stalemate, as each side failed to take advantage of the opportunity to climb the table.

The MOTM award has to go to a defender, and I’m going to give it to a Norwich player for the third successive week as they continue their unbeaten run.

Michael Turner put in a commanding performance at the heart of the visitors’ defence, winning 100% of his tackles and 63% of his aerial duels.

He was also the game’s top performer in terms of clearances, clearing his defensive lines on 15 occasions.

He and Sebastien Bassong have begun to show signs that they could form a solid foundation for Chris Hughton’s team, but the onus is on Grant Holt to start firing in the goals which made the Canaries a force to be reckoned with last season.

Man of the Match – Michael Turner

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

 

Southampton 1 – 1 Swansea

Ashley Williams stands up to Andy CarrollSouthampton moved off the bottom of the table thanks to a draw at home to Swansea but were left to rue more careless defending after a mix up between Paulo Gazzaniga and Maya Yoshida let Nathan Dyer in for a late equaliser.

Ricky Lambert looked a threat throughout but Ashley Williams was on hand to neutralise that danger and was the outstanding player of the game.

The Swans skipper made a total of 22 clearances, more than any other player in the EPL this weekend, and won 67% of his aerial duels.

Man of the Match – Ashley Williams

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

 

Wigan 1 – 2 West Brom

Another week and another win for Steve Clarke and his team as the Baggies saw off the challenge of Wigan to end the weekend just outside the top four on goal difference.

James Morrison has been a revelation under Clarke, epitomising the new brand of football that the former Liverpool assistant has brought with him to the Hawthorns.

Morrison opened the scoring with his third goal of the season just after the half hour mark and was the game’s outstanding passer as he racked up an impressive 96% pass accuracy, and was his side’s most accurate in the final third, with an accuracy of 92%.

He also laid on three chances for his teammates and achieved a 100% dribble success rate before being replaced after 69 minutes.

Man of the Match – James Morrison

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

 

Stoke 1 – 0 QPR

Charlie Adam scored his first goal for his new club to heap the pressure on Mark Hughes.

The results have simply not been going QPR’s way, and they were again unlucky to leave empty handed given some good individual performances.

The pick of the bunch was Esteban Granero, who has slipped straight into the first XI and the English style, alongside Alejandro Faurlin in the centre of midfield.

The ex-Real Madrid man was composed in possession again, completing 49 of his 53 passes (92%), a match best.

His deliveries from open and set play were dangerous and he laid on five chances for his misfiring teammates.

With Granero dictating play and the likes of Taarabt, Hoilett and Cisse playing in front of him, it is only a matter of time until QPR start to pick up the points.

Man of the Match – Esteban Granero

 

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

Arsenal 3 – 3 Fulham

The Emirates hosted the pick of the games from the weekend as free-scoring Fulham proved they mean business with an inspired attacking performance and a last gasp penalty stop from Mark Schwarzer.

This game was all about the forwards for both sides, as Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz each put in worthy performances for the Man of the Match award.

However, the stats show that the England winger was the game’s outstanding performer, as Walcott produced another purposeful performance in the midst of his contract saga.

13 of Walcott’s 14 passes were accurate (93%) and he made more crosses than any other player on the pitch, with a total of 18.

13 of those crosses came from open play but only one actually found a man in the box, giving the winger an embarrassing return of 8% for his crossing accuracy.

However, he provided two assists, created another two clear cut chances, and his pinpoint cross for Giroud’s header was a sign that he can provide the final ball with an able target man to aim at.

Man of the Match – Theo Walcott

 

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

 

Aston Villa 2 – 3 Man Utd

Credit to Aston Villa and Andreas Weimann for putting United to the sword for a two goal lead, but there’s only one man vying for the Man of the Match award here this week.

Sir Alex sent on Javier Hernandez at half time and the elusive Mexican forward inspired the visitors to the type of comeback that has become synonymous with the Red Devils in recent times.

Chicarito came had four shots, three of which resulted in goals, but he was robbed of the match ball when the equaliser was chalked down as a Ron Vlaar own goal.

Hernandez also achieved a 100% passing accuracy in a performance that had ‘played himself into next week’s team’, according to Ferguson, who now has the predicament of extending the forward’s role from that of an impact substitute.

Man of the Match – Javier Hernandez

 

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

 

Man City 2 – 1 Tottenham

Edin Dzeko fired home a classy 88th minute volley to confirm the three points for City and his status as Mancini’s super-sub.

I’m going to give the MOTM award to Sandro, for the second time this season, as the Brazilian put in a tenacious performance to stifle the creative sparks of David Silva, Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez.

He didn’t deserve to be on the losing side as he won 100% of both his ground and aerial duels.

He also made three clearances and demonstrated his defensive attributes by making a match best of seven interceptions, more than any other player in the EPL this weekend. This is a significant stat because Spurs have focused on the counter-attack under Villas Boas, and the Brazilian’s ability to win back possession in the middle of the park is a vital factor in their approach.

Man of the Match – Sandro

 

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

 

Newcastle 0 – 1 West Ham

Kevin Nolan scored the decisive goal on his return to Tyneside as West Ham’s impressive start to the season continued.

I’ve tried to pick a goalkeeper for a MOTM award each week and this week Jussi Jaaskelainen put in the weekend’s impressive performance between the sticks.

The ‘keeper made eight saves at St James’ Park, more than any other goalkeeper in the EPL this weekend, and produced a spectacular save to deny Demba Ba.

Man of the Match – Jussi Jaaskelainen

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool

Chelsea 1 – 1 Liverpool

The final game of the weekend saw Luis Suarez score a late equaliser after John Terry had given his side the lead on his return to the starting XI, only to be stretchered off before half time.

Liverpool set up in a 5-3-2 formation, using Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique to exploit the lack of width in the home side’s team.

My MOTM goes to Jose Enrique, who was given free reign of the left flank as Juan Mata drifted central and failed to track his compatriot’s marauding runs down.

Enrique’s influence in the attacking half is reflected by the fact that 71% of his passes were made in this zone, and no player on the pitch made more passes in the final third.

The wing-back even had a chance to win the game late on, forcing a good save from Cech.

He was solid defensively, winning all seven of his tackles and 12 out of 18 of his ground duels (67%).

Man of the Match – Jose Enrique

 

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Everton Vs Sunderland | Reading Vs Norwich | Southampton Vs Swansea

Wigan Vs WBA | Stoke Vs QPR | Arsenal Vs Fulham |  Aston Villa Vs Man Utd

Man City Vs Spurs | Newcastle Vs West Ham | Chelsea Vs Liverpool