Following their demoralising defeat at Hull, Liverpool bounced back with two crushing victories. Although it helped they were at home and playing against two of the lower teams in the league. They did exactly what they were supposed to by bagging nine goals in four days. Well done to Crystal Palace who were close to winning this, Spurs, Everton and Stoke.
GOALKEEPER: TIM HOWARD (Everton)
Going to Old Trafford, then the Emirates, in the space of five days and only conceding one goal in the 80th minute, cannot be ignored. He made crucial saves in all four half’s of these games and continues to make huge contributions to Everton’s recent arrival as a top team in the league. Shout out also to Palace’s Speroni and Arsenal’s Szczesny.
DEFENDER: DANNY GABBIDON (Crystal Palace)
Playing two games in a week, in the hardest league around is tough enough. But at the age of 34, to put in two spirited, all action, displays in a week, to help your team to two clean sheets is more than commendable. Well done also to team-mate Moxy, Everton duo Jageilka and Oviedo, Arsenal’s Koscielny, Spurs duo Walker and Chiriches and Newcastle’s Collochini.
MIDFIELDER: ROSS BARKLEY (Everton)
I don’t think you can underestimate the kind of week he had. For someone so young, to have influential games at Old Trafford and the Emirates, grounds where many experienced midfielders have had nightmares is crazy. To do it in the space of five days is almost scary. Shout out to Liverpool’s Coutinho and Palace’s Bannan who were both close to winning this. Chelsea duo Hazard and Schurrle, Arsenal’s Ozil, Villa’s Delph, Stoke’s Nzonzi and Man City’s Toure.
FORWARD: LUIS SUAREZ (Liverpool)
Quite simply, he is in the form of his life. Five goals and three assists in the two games tells you all you need to know. In addition to scoring some breath-taking goals, his overall contribution has been outstanding and his work rate has been second to none. Well Done Man City’s Aguero, Palace duo Chamakh and Jerome, Sunderland’s Altidore, Stoke’s Crouch and Everton’s Lukaku.
MANAGER: ROBERTO MARTINEZ (Everton)
If it was possible, he has further enhanced his reputation. He took one game to do what David Moyes couldn’t in 11 years at Everton, with that victory at Old Trafford. At the Emirates, his team did what many of us thought were impossible, by outplaying Arsenal’s team of midfield stars. He also sent on late sub Deulofeu to snatch a late equaliser. Shout out also to Palace’s Tony Pullis and Tottenham’s AVB.
UNSUNG HERO: LEWIS HOLTBY (Tottenham)
With Spurs and AVB struggling of late with a multitude of under achieving, talented midfielders, Mr Holtby stepped up. He was influential in both games and produced that midfield leadership Spurs has been crying out for this season. He also scored his first goal of the season at Fulham to send his team on their way to victory.
GAME: SUNDERLAND 3-4 CHELSEA
STOKE 3-2 STOKE
Altidore opened the scoring when he swiveled inside the box (14). Lampard equalised from a close ranged header after good work from Hazard (17). Hazard then gave Chelsea the lead from the edge of the box (36). O’Shea equalised with a shot from inside the box after a corner (50). Hazard again gave Chelsea the lead after a neat back heel from Lampard (62). Bardsley then put though his own net from Ba’s cross (84) before the Sunderland man pulled a goal back from close range (86).
Schurrle opened the scoring after good footwork from the edge of the box (10). Stoke equalised when Cech misjudged a corner and Crouch reacted quickly to score (42). Ireland then put Stoke ahead with a lovely left footed finish from the edge of the box (50). Schurrle, again from the edge of the box lashed home an equaliser (53). Schurrle was unlucky not to get a hat-trick when he hit the bar again from the edge of the box before on-loan sub Assaidi, cut inside Ivanovic to lash home a 90th minute winner from just outside the box.
GOAL: LUIS SUAREZ 1st (Liverpool) v Norwich
DANI OSVALDO (Southampton) v Man City
As the goal kick was headed back into the oppositions half by Gerrard. Suarez with his back to goal, just past the half way line, swiveled and allowed the ball to bounce twice. Then from all of forty yards, unleashed an unstoppable effort, which flew high into air, then looped over Ruddy into the net.
After nodding a long ball on with his head, Osvaldo ran towards the left corner of the box. With Kompany chasing, he cut outside the defender, then checked back inside to lose Kompany. Then from just inside the box he again checked outside Zabaletta, and chipped a lovely effort into the far corner of the net that just eluded the keeper’s outstretched hand.
FOOL: DAVID MOYES (Manchester United)
Two home games in a week and two 1-0 defeats. As the Everton manager, he recorded no wins at Old Trafford in 11 years, unfortunately he ended that record in one game at United. Newcastle had not won at Old Trafford in 40 years before their victory. Although every manager needs time, not many has taken over a league winning squad and turned them into a mid-table team. FOOL!