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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 32

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Another exciting week of Premier League and FA Cup football saw Manchester City and Wigan make a date at Wembly, Reading hold Liverpool, Arsenal beat Norwich City and Sunderland outclass Newcastle.

But who made it into our Squarefootball Team of the Week? Here's Mitch Waddon's best XI from the weekend fixtures: 

Sqf team of week 32 2013

Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy (Reading)

Ten, yes TEN saves from McCarthy, including three superb stops towards the end of the match was what it took to keep Liverpool at bay in a 0-0 draw. It was one of the best goalkeeping displays of the season.

Right Back: Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)

Lowton didn’t score another goal of the season contender this week against Fulham, but he did put in an energetic and committed display along the right hand flank.

Centre Back: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

A clean sheet was well earned for Manchester United at Stoke thanks to the performance of experienced defender Rio Ferdinand, who dealt with the Potters efficiently on the occasions they got forward.

Centre Back: James Collins (West Ham United)

Another assured defensive display from James ‘Ginge’ Collins, this time at Southampton. Collins was pivotal in preventing Rodriguez, Ramirez and Lambert adding to their only goal, earning the Hammers a draw.

Centre Back: John O’Shea (Sunderland)

A fine performance from O’Shea was the cornerstone of the Black Cat’s comprehensive 3-0 victory at Newcastle.

Left Back: Leighton Baines (Everton)

Baines once again ran the show for Everton, providing deadly crosses which QPR struggled to deal with in the second half and put in another fine shift against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Right Midfield: Adam Johnson (Sunderland)

A stunning goal from Johnson against his boyhood club secured a brilliant win for Sunderland in the England winger’s best game for the club since joining from Manchester City last summer. 

Centre Midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

The Ivory Coast international was simply unplayable in City’s FA Cup match against Chelsea on Sunday. He ran the play from midfield and was at the centre of everything good from City.

Left Midfield: Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa)

A lovely curled goal from the Frenchman earned Villa a valuable point in their fight against relegation this past weekend. N’Zogbia ran the channels and provided another outlet for Villa’s attack.

Centre Forward: Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland)

Sessegnon was the standout performer in a revitalised Sunderland side this weekend. His opening goal was very well taken, and his overall creativity and drive pushed Sunderland to a very good win.

Centre Forward: Victor Anichebe (Everton)

Anichebe’s fine game against QPR was epitomised by his goal, securing the three points for the Toffees and proving his worth to the Everton side.

Weekend Wonders

Game of the Week: Chelsea 1 Man City 2

Wembley witnessed one of the best FA Cup semi-finals in a long time on Sunday as the champions Man City knocked out the FA Cup holders Chelsea. Both teams were desperate for victory and it really could have gone either way, but Toure, Aguero, Tevez and co just wanted it that little bit more. This game just beat Arsenal's astonishing late comeback at home to Norwich City.

Manager of the Week: Roberto Martinez

It would have been so easy to praise Sunderland's Paolo Di Canio to the hilt for his side's emphatic thrashing of Newcastle at St James' Park, but I have to give this accolade to Wigan's Roberto Martinez for guiding the Latics to their first FA Cup final. The result may have been overshadowed by the ugly scenes in the Millwall end but May 11 is going to be a great day for everyone connected with the Latics.

Goal of the Week: David Vaughan v Newcastle

In a game that produced three magnificent strikes, sub David Vaughan ensured the best was saved 'til last. The ball was destined for the top corner the moment it left his boot, leaving the Newcastle keeper rooted to the spot. Fantastic strike and a win that will give the Black Cats a huge lift in their battle to beat the drop.

Well that's my team. Do you agree? I'd love to hear from you.


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