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Monday, 03 October 2011

Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders - Week Seven

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There were big wins for Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle, Swansea and both Manchester clubs at the weekend, with a number of stars putting in top class performances, but who has made it into our Team of the Week? Mitch Waddon reveals all.

Yes, I'm back! Many apologies for leaving you in the hands of Colin Illingworth last week, but now you're stuck with me again as we access the situation that the Premier League handed to us this past weekend. Once again we saw serious controversy, serious talking points and a serious amount of goals! And for the first time this season, there are NO players in our team of the week from either Manchester side.

Tim Krul (Newcastle United): The Dutch shot stopper was pivotal to the Magpies' success as his early saves kept the game tied before Demba Ba opened the scoring.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur): This kid is very dangerous going forward and his defensive play improves each and every week. Scored a wonderful 30-yard drive to give Spurs the points against rivals Arsenal, and an England call-up completes an impressive week for the 21-year-old.

Fabrico Coloccini (Newcastle United): The Newcastle skipper successfully marshalled a side that looked like it wanted to give up its two goal advantage, and his grit and determination showed us why AC Milan once signed the Argentinian.

Gary Monk (Swansea City): Monk has been a solid piece of the Swan's defence as they recorded back-to-back home wins in the Premier League. Along with Ashley Williams, Monk ensured that any Stoke threat was quickly dealt with.

Jose Enrique (Liverpool FC): The Spaniard has been the most consistent of Liverpool's summer signings, and he effectively snuffed out any Everton attacks as well as providing another attacking outlet, complementing Stewart Downing on the left hand side.

Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur): Once again the England midfielder's performance was nothing short of outstanding, as he dominated the centre of the pitch against Arsenal, and once again finds himself called up to the England team.

Danny Murphy (Fulham FC): The Cottagers skipper was at the heart of the game against QPR, pulling the strings and pinging passes across field to ensure his side picked up their first win of the campaign in style.

Frank Lampard (Chelsea FC): Never write off Lampard. The former West Ham man silenced the doubters with a wonderful hat-trick against Bolton, proving he isn't quite finished yet.

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa): The striker looks a new man under Alex McLeish, as he scored his fourth goal of the season and generally ripped Wigan apart. His assist for Darren Bent sealed the win, as well as an international call up.

Andy Johnson (Fulham FC): Johnson did what he has done all his career; scored goals. His hat-trick was wonderfully crafted and converted as he led the front line to destroy QPR.

Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea FC): Sturridge's return to Bolton was sensational, bagging himself two goals against the club who loaned him last season. His pace and agility condemned the Bolton defence to a torrid afternoon and could have had a hat-trick.


Manager of the Week: Martin Jol (Fulham FC)

Jol hasn't had the easiest of starts as manager at Craven Cottage, but the 6-0 win against QPR was a taste of the kind of attacking football the Dutchman wants to bring to Fulham. His decision to start Andy Johnson undoubtedly paid off. Plaudits must also go to Sunderland manger Steve Bruce for his side's comeback against West Brom and Manchester City's Roberto Mancini following their 4-0 win over Blackburn after the whole Tevez affair.

Goal of the Week: Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United)

Although we were treated to some fabulous goals this weekend, such as Adam Johnson's wonderful curler, Jonas Gutierrez's run and finish against Wolves just nicks it for me. The Argentine's composure and quick feet saw him skip through defenders before a cool finish into the bottom corner.

Howler of the Week: Anthony Pilkington (Norwich)

Fernando Torres didn't play this weekend and therefore couldn't complete a hat-trick of howler awards so Pilkington has kindly stepped into his place. The Norwich number 12 missed two decent chances with the game against Manchester United tied at 0-0. Other nominees for this award go to Gervinho for his miss against Tottenham and Bolton's Adam Bogdan for his two howlers for the third and fourth goals against Chelsea.

Controversy of the weekend: Refereeing decisions everywhere!

What a weekend for referees and their assistants. Where to start?! First, we had the highly debatable sending off of Jack Rodwell in the Merseyside derby, with the general consensus being that Martin Atkinson was conned by Luis Suarez. From this, we then had poor decision after poor decision at Molineux during the match between Wolves and Newcastle. Then on Sunday, we had Bolton disallowed a second goal against Chelsea when the linesman ruled that Kevin Davies' effort did not cross the line before Ivanovic cleared the ball. Although the Bolton decision did not affect the result in great detail, it still highlighted the fact that maybe, just maybe, what football needs isn't technology, it's competent officials.

Mitch's Moment:

My magical moment of the week has got to be Frank Lampard's hat-trick silencing those who claims he is past it and cannot continue to play football with the big boys.

I had the pleasure of meeting Frank Lampard last year. I was lucky enough to be sat next to the England midfielder at the West Ham V Chelsea fixture last September when he was out of action with a hernia and it was plain to see the pain he felt at not being able to play the match and how difficult he found it to not be helping his team-mates on the pitch.

He is a genuinely pleasant person to converse with and was very talkative during the match, but behind the smile he showed it was obvious that his life, his very soul, was urging him to play football. So for Lampard to be given the chance to perform this weekend and then for the 33-year-old to score three goals would've been a fantastic feeling for the midfielder to prove to the world that he still has plenty to offer for both his club and his country. It will definitely be interesting to see how many games Lampard has played in at the end of the season.

Do you agree with our Team of the week? How about our Weekend wonders? Are we wrong? Why not post your comment below and let us know. We'd love to here from you and will try to respond to any queries or questions.

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