With the Premier League season moving towards a climax, all 20 teams were in midweek action over the last three days.
Manchester City's 4-0 win against West Brom helped Roberto Mancini's side close the gap on Manchester United, who lost 1-0 at Wigan. Arsenal moved clear in third with a 3-0 win at Wolves, whilst Spurs lost to Norwich and Chelsea drew at Fulham.
At the bottom of the table, Bolton and Blackburn both lost, whilst QPR were big winners against Swansea. Everton also cruised to victory against Sunderland, whilst Aston Villa and Stoke shared the spoils.
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Goalkeeper: Brad Jones (Liverpool)
True, the Australian international was at fault for Blackburn’s second penalty on the night, but Jones made a crucial intervention after replacing the sent-off Alex Doni.
The Reds’ No.3 stopper saved Yakubu’s spot-kick with his first touch, and also save Andy Carroll’s back-header in the second period to allow his side to get the win.
Defender: Phil Jagielka (Everton)
The Everton centre back was one of the key players not to be rested for the Toffees’ clash with Sunderland on Monday, with the club’s focus on the FA Cup semi-final with Liverpool this weekend.
Unsurprisingly, the England centre back delivered a fine individual performance at the heart of defence, blunting the Black Cats at every turn and laying the foundation for an impressive 4-0 win.
Defender: Anton Ferdinand (QPR)
Along with Nedum Onuoha, Ferdinand was fantastic at the back for the Hoops as they claimed a vital 3-0 win over Swansea at Loftus Road.
Mark Hughes’ side will need plenty more displays like this with a difficult schedule ahead, with Ferdinand completely blunting the Swans in the capital.
Defender: Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea)
A solid but unspectacular performance from the England youth international, who filled the void left by Ashley Cole without any trouble at Craven Cottage.
Cole’s long-term successor for both club and country, Bertrand managed to keep the experienced Damien Duff quiet, by no means an easy task given the Irishman’s current good form.
Midfielder: Victor Moses (Wigan)
Shaun Maloney grabbed the goal that helped the Latics beat United, but it was the performance of Moses that really caught the eye at the DW Stadium.
In sparkling form at the moment, the Nigerian international winger had a goal harshly chalked off, and was at the centre of everything good his side produced on the night.
Midfielder: David Silva (Manchester City)
The Spanish magician has been a little off colour recently, but appeared back to his best last night as City smashed the Baggies for four.
As well as scoring a delightful chip, Silva pulled the strings throughout for the Citizens and played several key passes to help his side get back to winning ways.
Midfielder: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)
As the Toon march on in their fight for a Champions League spot, it’s no coincidence that Ben Arfa has found top form in recent weeks.
The French international scored a sublime individual goal in the win over Bolton Wanderers, and was also the creative spark for Alan Pardew’s side as they created a handful of chances.
Midfielder: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Heavily criticised in the early stages of the season, Walcott has returned to his best for the Emirates Stadium outfit recently, and was a thorn in the side of Wolves during Wednesday night’s 3-0 win at Molineux.
Combining brilliantly with teammate Robin Van Persie, the England winger won a penalty and then scored a second to give the Gunners an unassailable early advantage in the Midlands.
Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
The Argentine striker showed signs of his early-season brilliance against the Baggies, notching a brace to push the title-chasers two goals clear.
His build-up play was also to a high standard, setting up compatriot Carlos Tevez for his goal and working well throughout alongside the former club captain.
Forward: Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)
What more can be said about the Dutch striker, who ended his ‘goal-drought’ from the penalty spot in the victory over Wolves.
Consistently superb, Van Persie is integral to Arsenal for more reasons than his goals, picking up an assist in this game and also paying the key pass that led to Sebastien Bassong’s red card.
Forward: Andy Carroll (Liverpool)
Finally, the £35 million-man came to the party in a big way with an impressive performance for the Reds in their 3-2 win over Rovers at Ewood Park.
Playing the target-man role, Carrol was involved in the second goal after his shot was saved, and headed home powerfully to win the match for Kenny Dalglish's ten-men in injury-time.
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