With the title race taking a twist towards further drama and Newcastle United gate crashing the top four, GMF had a lot to consider for Team of the Week.
Wolves finally succumbed to relegation, but the real surprise at Molineux was the fact that Manchester City went within three points of Manchester United at the Premier League’s summit after their 2-0 win.
Liverpool suffered another shock home loss and Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.
It was by no means easy, but here is GMF’s Team of the Week for April 23:
GK – Ben Foster, West Brom
Foster’s goal lived a charmed life at Anfield, where he was bombarded for the majority of the match in his side’s unlikely win against Liverpool. With the chances Kenny Dalglish’s side had, his goal should really have been breached but he made a number of brilliant saves to contribute to the profligacy on show.
LB – Ryan Bertrand, Chelsea
The young left-back was brought in for the rested Ashley Cole and Arsenal targeted him in the first half by concentrating attacks down the right. The 22-year-old dealt with the threat of Theo Walcott without much fuss and also got forward where possible. He was replaced with just over ten minutes to go by Cole for the last period of pressure put on by the Gunners.
RB – Bacary Sagna, Arsenal
The Gunners’ Mr Dependable was culpable for the early goals his side conceded in the shock loss to Wigan on Monday, but he was back to his best here. Theo Walcott’s defensive weakness meant the France full-back was often faced with two attackers, but he dealt with danger well and got forward where possible in a game dominated by the defences.
CB – Anton Ferdinand, QPR
The lesser famed brother was on good form in a vital win for his side’s battle against relegation. Spurs put a great deal of pressure on Mark Hughes’ defence but they managed to hold firm and keep a clean sheet.
CB – Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal
The largely unheralded Frenchman showed why he is so vital to Arsene Wenger’s plans after returning from a two-game suspension. The former Lorient man was his usual energetic self and snuffed out any danger posed by the rare Chelsea attacks. Hit the bar with a first half header and made a late challenge to deny Daniel Sturridge a chance at goal.
LM – Nani, Manchester United
The Portuguese winger has been troubled by niggling injuries this year, but showed no signs of them when replacing Ashley Young against Everton. He could not do a lot about his side’s capitulation, but set up Wayne Rooney’s first goal and also got himself on the score sheet. Consistency is the buzz word for Nani as he can be unplayable when on this kind of form.
RM – Samir Nasri, Manchester City
Has not had the best season form-wise but was a big part of City’s important victory at relegated Wolves. His passing and movement were a menace to the Wolves defence all day and created havoc on a number of occasions. Finished well to seal the victory that took Roberto Mancini’s side to just three pints behind their fierce rivals ahead of Monday’s derby.
CM – Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United
The former Lille captain has proven to be one of the best pieces of transfer business by a Premier League club in recent years. The 26-year-old was in sparkling form again this weekend and tore apart Stoke City on a number of occasions. He scored two of the three Newcastle goals and it is hard to decide which was the stand out moment – the long range third goal, or the defence splitting pass for Papiss Demba Cisse’s strike.
CM – Marouane Fellaini, Everton
The Belgian put in a towering second half performance at Old Trafford, causing pandemonium in the United defence late on. He scored a neat volley to make the score 3-2 and set up both goals in the last ten minutes to get Everton an unlikely draw. His ability to play as effectively in attacking or defensive midfield makes him a vital component of Moyes’ team.
CF – Danny Welbeck, Manchester United
Welbeck’s form has not been the best in recent weeks but he came emphatically back on song at Old Trafford on Sunday. He hit a delicious curling strike to give United the lead for the first time and showed classy link-up play to set up goals for Nani and Wayne Rooney. Worked terrifically hard and was rewarded for combining endeavour with skilful play – was just a shame his defenders could not do the same.
CF – Pavel Pogrebnyak, Fulham
The big Russian striker continued to entice Craven Cottage boss Martin Jol to make his stay at the club extend further than the rest of the season. He delivered the reply to Wigan’s opener on Saturday, crashing a low shot into the corner from the edge of the area just a minute after his side went behind. He hit the bar with another chance that looked close to going over the line, but was probably rightly not given. Also hit the post and ran the tired Wigan defence ragged.
There we have it, let us know what you think of our choices and tell us who you think should be there.
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