TEAM: STOKE CITY
Nobody expected Mark Hughes’ men to go to the Etihad and get a point, let alone stop City from scoring and win. This is especially after what City did the Liverpool last week. The manager and the players must take huge credit for sticking to the game plan, fighting tooth and nail and producing a bit of quality when it was needed, tremendous result. Well done also to Swansea, Southampton, Chelsea and Liverpool.
GOALKEEPER: ROB GREEN (QPR)
There were not much great goalkeeper performances this week but after two defeats, Green helped his team to a much-needed clean sheet and win. Most of his work was done early and more importantly while the game was level. This allowed his team to gain confidence and go on to snatch a late victory. Shout out also to Stoke’s Begovic, Southampton’s forster, Burnley’s Heaton and Leicester’s Schmeichel.
DEFENDER: ALBERTO MORENO (Liverpool)
In only his second game for the club, he must be given massive credit for bouncing back from making the mistake for City’s first goal last week. Seems to have bags of energy, good at both ends of the pitch and took his goal with the confidence and precision of a striker. Well done also to QPR’s Isla, Chelsea’s Ivanovic, Sunderland’s Van Aanholt, Leicester duo Morgan and Moore, Burnley’s Trippier also Stoke duo Bardsley and Shawcross who was close to winning this.
MIDFIELDER: MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN (Southampton)
Two, game changing goals from a player whose game is more about stopping rather than scoring goals is a tremendous contribution. Especially after Southampton’s transfer issues this summer and speculation about his own future. He bossed the midfield and seemed to drive the team on. Shout out also to Stoke’s Whelan, QPR duo Fer and Hoilett, Burnley’s Jones, Villa’s Delph, Newcastle’s Aarons, Swansea duo Sigurdsson and Dyer who was close to winning this along with Liverpool’s Sterling.
FORWARD: DIEGO COSTA (Chelsea)
It seems like he just can’t stop scoring, wherever he is, whatever team it is. Notched two more, well taken goals but for me his movement off the ball was even more impressive. Gave the Everton defenders all sorts of problems, was constantly in motion, always a threat and is lethal in front of goal. Well done also to Stoke duo Crouch and Diouf, QPR’s Austin, Southampton duo Pelle and Tadic, Leicester’s Ulloa also Villa duo Weimann and Agbonlahor.
MANAGER: MARK HUGHES (Stoke City)
I mentioned in my recent preview Stoke would be a team to watch but I wasn’t expecting them to pull this off. In every interview after the victory, the key words mentioned was “game plan” and how the team stuck to it. Hughes has really put a decent passing team together but not lost the old Stoke battling ways. In this victory he also demonstrated his tactical side.
UNSUNG HERO: KI SUNG-YUENG (Swansea)
The loan move to Sunderland did him the world of good and he has come back like a new signing. His energy is a huge asset to the team and allows Swansea to get up and down the pitch in lightning fashion. He’s also great on the ball and a threat going forward. Has made a huge difference to the team and been a factor in their 100% start to the season.
GAME: EVERTON 3-6 CHELSEA
Chelsea got off to a flyer when Costa latched onto Fabregas’ through ball to slot home (1). Only 90 seconds later, Ivanovic questionably beat the offside trap to make it 2-0 (3). On the stroke of half time, Mirallas headed in Coleman’s cross from 7 yards to make it 2-1. In the second half, after good work from Hazard on the left, Coleman deflected in his cross from an acute angle (67). Again 90 seconds later Everton pull a goal back from Naismith’s fine finish, 2-3. Matic restored Chelsea’s two goal lead with a deflected shot from the edge of the box (74). Again, 90 seconds later Eto headed in a free kick on his debut (76). This time Ramires restored the two goal lead after a one-two from Matic (77) before Costa made it six, following Everton sub Besic’s mistake and good work from Drogba (90).
GOAL: WAYNE ROUTLEDGE (Swansea) v West Brom
After a hopeful ball was crossed into the West Brom box, Dawson’s poor header bounced and fell to Routledge just on the edge of the Dee. First time, with the ball in mid-air, the midfielder hit the ball in a scissor like fashion, with both feet off the ground, making the ball fly into the right hand corner of the net. Shout out also to Stoke’s Diouf
FOOL: ARSENE WENGER (Arsenal)
Following their draw at Leicester which could have been a defeat. It seems Wenger just cant get it right. The Fa Cup winners spent £42m on Ozil last season, £36m on Sanchez this year, great midfield but has forgotten about the strikers. I agree with him that Giroud, Sanchez, Padolski, Walcott when fit and even Campbell can play there but for some odd reason he has pledged his bets on 21-year-old Sanogo, who has not scored a competitive goal in 17 matches. This is the same guy that bought the likes of Henry, Anelka and Van Persie. So in what world is Sanogo your main striker Wenger? FOOL!