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Monday, 26 March 2012

Team Of The Week And Weekend Wonders: Week 31

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Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders: Week 31


Yet another sensational weekend of Premier League action. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know what I will do with myself once it’s all over in May.

With Manchester United facing Fulham in the Monday night fixture, we have 18 teams to pick and choose our team of the week from.


Team of the week:


Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)


Right Back: Phil Jagielka (Everton)


Centre Back: David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers)


Centre Back: Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic)


Left Back: Keiron Gibbs (Arsenal)


Right Midfield: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle)


Centre Midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)


Centre Midfield: James McClean (Sunderland)


Left Midfield: Steven Pineaar (Everton)


Centre Forward: Grant Holt (Norwich)


Centre Forward: Papa Demba Cisse (Newcastle)




The Weekend Wonders:


Manager of the Weekend: Owen Coyle (Bolton Wanderers)

The way Owen Coyle has held himself and looked after his team following last week’s FA cup tie and Muamba’s severe condition is nothing short of outstanding. He has remained calm, been incredibly professional, hardly left Muamba’s bed side yet still put together a team strong enough to defeat Blackburn.

Mention must also go to Wigan’s Roberto Martinez for his side’s brilliant 2-1 win at Liverpool.



Goal of the Weekend: Peter Crouch (Stoke City)

Really though, could it be anyone else? Peter Crouch ummed and arred when asked if this was his best ever goal. Well if he’s ever scored one better I haven’t seen it. The ball never hit the ground as Begovic punted it up field. Headed on by Crouchy, he received it back from Jerome to smash in a wonderful dipping 25 yard volley. I’m calling it now: goal of the season.

Controversy of the Weekend: Luis Suarez’s disallowed goal

Luis Suarez’s wasn’t happy with this one. Instead of getting a goal, he got a yellow card.

The goal was ruled out for handball, which was the correct call.

I’m not questioning the decision; I’m suggesting that the controversy lies in the amount of time it took to relay the linesman’s call to the referee, then to the players.


Howler of the Weekend: Williamson (Newcastle United)

What was Williamson doing? His poor decision making allowed Shane Long to steal in next to him. Williamson would then stop poor Tim Krul from gathering the ball, allowing Long to slot in and give the score line at the Hawthorns a bit more respectability.


Mitch’s Moment: Football United

Team’s get relegated and promoted, rivalries continue, but we are all a part of the football family, and our community joined hands this week and prayed together for Fabrice Muamba. It was incredibly heart-warming to see fans from up and down the country, irrespective of the team they support, coming together for the sake of one individual

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Hugh Larkin



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