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Premier League weekend review: Oct 3

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Lampard celebrates his hat-trick. (©PAphotos)
Lampard celebrates his hat-trick. (©PAphotos).

Goalkeeper

Wojciech Szczesny

The young Pole has every right to feel a little hard done by, finishing the north London derby on the wrong side of a 2-1 defeat after another impressive performance in the Arsenal goal.

Having made a series of distinguished saves from Scott Parker, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Jermain Defoe, Szczesny will be disappointed to have let what turned out to be a match-winning effort from Tottenham defender Kyle Walker through his grasp - despite a wicked swerve on the ball.


Defenders

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker's late long-range strike gave Tottenham victory in a frenetic north London derby with Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

The right-back - watched by England coach Fabio Capello - condemned Arsenal to their fourth Barclays Premier League defeat of the season when his swerving 25-yard effort deceived goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny 17 minutes from time.


Phil Jones

Another commanding performance at the heart of the Manchester United defence was rewarded with a clean-sheet, followed by a call-up to Fabio Capello's England squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 fixture in Montenegro at the expense of teammate Rio Ferdinand.

Jones made a number of vital interceptions as Norwich threatened to cause an upset, and played a part in United's second, nodding Ryan Giggs' corner into the path of Wayne Rooney who teed up Anderson to confirm the victory and maintain their place at the top of the table.


Ashley Williams

The no-nonsense approach of the Swans' defender helped keep the Stoke City threat at bay, maintaining the club's unbeaten record at home in the top-flight, having yet to concede a goal at the Liberty Stadium.

Williams' tough-tackling performance resulted in a number of free-kicks conceded around the edge of the Swansea box, but Brendan Rodgers' side weathered the storm to claim all three points.


Jose Enrique

Another man-of-the-match performance from the Spaniard - who played a part in Liverpool's opener when he was played in down the left by substitute Craig Bellamy - Dirk Kuyt ducked under Enrique's chipped cross, leaving space for Andy Carroll to force home from eight yards.

Luis Suarez added a second in the closing stages to maintain Anfield bragging rights and give Enrique and Co. a valuable three points in the Merseyside derby.


 


Midfield

Nathan Dyer

The pocket-rocket was a constant menace on the Swansea wing, and was instrumental in the majority of his side's attacking play.

A series of direct counter-attacks gave Stoke's defence little time to rest, and his hard work to track back and help his teammates was rewarded with a clean sheet for the Swans and a 2-0 victory.


Frank Lampard

The 33-year-old Blues stalwart stole the show at the Reebok Stadium with a vintage performance to silence some of his recent critics.

The Barclays Premier League's all-time top-scoring midfielder proved he has not lost the knack of being in the right place at the right time with a trio of clinical finishes, saving the best until last as he drilled home from the edge of the box past a helpless Adam Bogdan in the Bolton goal.


Scott Parker

The England midfielder demonstrated yet again the wisdom of his signing by Harry Redknapp, after completely overshadowing Arsene Wenger's £10m deadline day purchase Mikel Arteta.

Parker kept the ball well and broke up the majority of Arsenal's attacks, with his workrate second to none, despite sweltering conditions at White Hart Lane, helping Spurs to victory.


Adam Johnson

The 24-year-old winger marked his return to City's starting line-up in emphatic style when he opened the scoring with a magnificent curling effort into the top corner from the edge of the box, as Blackburn failed to clear their lines.

Johnson was a menace on the flank all afternoon, with his direct runs and dribbling a constant threat to the Rovers back line helping Roberto Mancini's side to a 4-0 victory at Ewood Park.


Strikers

Andrew Johnson

The fit-again striker netted an impressive hat-trick as Fulham demolished west London rivals Queens Park Rangers for their first Premier League win of the season.

Johnson pounced after Paddy Kenny spilled a shot from Mousa Dembele after just 78 seconds, won a penalty converted by Danny Murphy and struck again from six yards before half-time.

After the break he collected a Murphy free-kick before keeping his composure to slot home well.


Daniel Sturridge

The former Bolton loanee took just 90 seconds to get off the mark when he found space to head home from close range, and added his second when he fired from the edge of the box only to see his shot palmed into the net by a red-faced Adam Bogdan in the Trotters' goal.

Sturridge teed up Frank Lampard for his first goal on his way to a fine hat-trick that completed an emphatic 5-1 victory at the Reebok Stadium.

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