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Monday, 07 November 2011

Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders: Week 11

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There weren't too many shocks this weekend with Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle all winning, although Bolton's 5-0 thrashing of Stoke City did raise a few eyebrows. With plenty of goals around and star performances, Mitch Waddon has another selection headache as he puts forward his Team of the Week.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I definitely need a breather after yet another exciting week of Premier League football. And with the international break this coming weekend, I cannot wait for England’s top flight to return in two weeks.

With 31 goals being scored by Premiership clubs this weekend, we have a full house of teams to select our Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders from. So, on with the show!

Sqf team of week 11

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur)

The oldest player in the Premier League was kept busy by Fulham, but made some fantastic saves to ensure his side’s 3-1 win. He was pushed close though by Wigan's Al Habsi and Swansea's Michel Vorm.

Right Back: Joe Riley (Bolton Wanderers)

A first Premier League start and a first team of the week appearance for Riley. The youngster looked lively on the right hand side for Wanderers and caused many a problem for Stoke on the attack.

Centre Back: Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)

The Belgium international signalled his return to Premier League action with a solid performance at the back for the Gunners. Vermaelen scored Arsenal’s second with a fine finish from 12 yards to put the game out of West Brom’s reach and helped the Gunners keep a clean sheet.

Left Back: Ryan Taylor (Newcastle)

Another exciting performance by Ryan Taylor. The Englishman is keeping Davide Santon out of the team with some brilliant football, strong tackles and fabulous goals. Taylor scored the Magpies’ second against Everton this week, a sensational strike!

Right Midfield: Chris Eagles (Bolton Wanderers)

A very impressive game by the former-Manchester United winger. Eagles scored two well taken goals to help his side to an astonishing 5-0 win over Stoke.

Centre Midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

A very strong performance by the Ivory Coast international, who scored the winner for City in an entertaining 3-2 victory at QPR. Toure did well to contain the QPR midfield for periods of the game and asserted City’s dominance over the Premier League.

Centre Midfield: Jamie O’Hara (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

A very strong performance by O’Hara in the Wolves midfield. The ex-Spurs player did well to score the opening goal and was unlucky not to add to his talley.

Left Midfield: Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)

Whilst Arteta may not be in the same class as Fabregas or Nasri, there’s no denying he makes up for it in sheer determination. The Spaniard scored his side’s third this weekend and continued to play his part in the Gunner’s resurgence.

Left Forward: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)

Another fantastic performance from Gabby. Villa’s number 11 scored one and set up two during the 3-2 victory over Norwich and further pushed claims that he needs to be playing international football.

Centre Forward: Darren Bent (Aston Villa)

We couldn’t have one without the other! Bent linked well with his strike partner to secure Villa’s victory and the partnership has been emphasised with both players receiving England call ups.

Left Forward: Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)

Sensational. Simply Sensational. A fourth straight week in the Team of the Week for Van Persie, who scored the opener against West Brom and claimed two assists. Simply fantastic, ‘nough said.

Weekend Wonders

Manager of the Week: Owen Coyle (Bolton)

After a tough start to the season, Coyle’s Bolton had a fantastic game against Stoke, scoring five goals and conceding none. Now Coyle will want his side to show the same fight each week. Some of you may say I’ve got this wrong, but we’ll get on to a certain Scotsman in Mitch’s Moment . . .

Goal of the week: Ryan Taylor vs Everton

A lovely 22-yard half volley from Taylor wins our goal of the week award. The clearance from Everton came to the defender who showed off his trademark right foot, sending a beautiful curling finish into the far corner. Special mentions must also go to Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon for his run and goal against Fulham and to Anthony Pilkington of Norwich for his free-kick at Aston Villa.

Howler of the Week: Fernando Torres (Chelsea) v Blackburn

Did you miss your award, Mr Torres? The Spanish striker reclaims the Howler of the Week after shockingly volleying over from two yards. Special mention also goes to Hugo Rodallega after his numerous misses against Wolves for Wigan.

Controversy of the Week: The back-pass at the Reebok.

Bolton’s first goal against Stoke was the result of a back-pass/sliced clearance, which led to Stoke players protesting to the referee. Kevin Davies took advantage of the confusion to tap in from Niko Klasnic’s pass and Bolton never looked back.

Mitch’s Moment: Sir Alex Ferguson’s 25 years in charge of United

He’s the Don, according to Alan Pardew, and there are few who will disagree with him. Sir Alex has been in charge of United longer than I have been alive and he has given no signs of slowing down. The boss was rewarded with the North Stand at Old Trafford being renamed after him and with good cause! Quite simply, Alex Ferguson is the best manager of all time.

Do you agree with Mitch’s team of the Week? How about the Weekend Wonders? If not, why not post your alternatives below? We’d love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to follow Mitch on Twitter for all the latest. @MitchWaddon

Mitch now has his own radio show! Check out ‘Off the Bar’ on Falmouth Radio Wave from 6pm on Monday evenings! Here’s the link:



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