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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Squarefootball's Flops of the Week - Week 15

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Premier League champions Manchester United and Europa League holders Chelsea suffered defeat at the weekend while leaders Arsenal extended their lead at the top to five points.

There were a number of great performances in the top flight, Everton's Ross Barkley and Liverpool's Luis Suarez were just two of them, but here we're going to turn the spotlight on those who failed to earn their corn.

Here are our Flops of the week.

Goalkeeper - Petr Cech (Chelsea)

Once the best keeper in the Premier League, Cech was at fault for Stoke's first goal on Saturday. The Czech international was left in no-man's land s he came but changed his mind as the Potters whipped in a corner. He could do nothing for the Potters' other goals, but that effort gave the hosts the belief they needed to attack them in the second half.

Defender - Rafael Da Silva (Man United)

Beaten by Everton in midweek Man United continued their rollercoaster season by going down to Newcastle at home. Far too many Red Devils had an off day, but the young Brazilian just wasn't at the races. Why David Moyes didn't replace him before the 75th minute is a mystery.

Defender - Diego Lugano (West Brom)

England fans will be hoping Lugano plays like this in next year's World Cup in Brazil. The central defender was caught out for both Norwich goals and looked extremely rusty. It's just a pity he'll have Suarez leading the chargefor him in June.

Defender - Vincent Kompany (Man City)

Like Cech, Kompany is usually a top class performer. However, on Saturday he was made to look distinctly average. Saints' striker Dani Osvaldo turned him inside out for their equaliser and the Belgian international, just back from injury, looked way off the pace.

Defender - Phil Bardsley (Sunderland)

It's not a Flops of the Week unless there's a Black Cat in there. To be honest it was a toss up between John O'Shea and Bardsley, but the Scottish international gets the nod despite O'Shea's own goal. Was static as Paulinho got Spurs back into te game and just couldn't cope with the attacking endeavour of Kyle Walker.

Midfield - Stephane Sessegnon ( West Brom)

The former Sunderland man had a day to forget as Norwich City left the Hawthorns with all three points, but it could have been oh so different had he had his scoring boots on. Sessegnon waltzed through the Canaries' defence but curled his shot wide of the post, then he fired straight at Ruddy from five yards.

Midfield - Kevin Nolan (West Ham)

The Hammers' captain has come in for some criticism in recent weeks with a number of fans in the East End keen for Big Sam to drop him. His despicable red card for the awful challenge on Jordan Henderson has forced the manager's hand. Nolan had another poor game and was caught on the ball for Liverpool's opener.

Midfield - Phil Jones (Man United)

The former Blackburn man did his job in winning the ball and breaking up play but hiss passing was all over the place. How the champions are missing Michael Carrick.

Forward - Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

The £50 million man was back to his old self as he fluffed his lines again at Stoke. Just when it looked as though the former Liverpool marksman was showing signs of getting back to his best, the Spaniard put in this display that will surely see Mourinho delve into the transfer market next month.

Striker - Modibo Maiga (West Ham)

Both Bendtner and Chamakh scored in midweek and West Ham fans were hoping that their own prayers could be answered with the much-maligned Maiga getting on the scoresheet. A firm header which stung Mignolet's gloves besides it was business as usual for the youngster, missing an absolute sitter.

Striker - Alvaro Negredo (Man City)

Not the greatest day for the Spaniard as his first touch has obviously deserted him for the holiday season.

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