Team of the Week: February 13


The Premier League produced yet more drama this weekend, with some vintage performances and five-star victories continuing to define the English top flight.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur maintained their fine form at the top of the table, whilst Chelsea and Liverpool lost ground with defeats.

Elsewhere, West Brom got a massive win at Wolves, whilst Wigan and Blackburn enjoyed victories to enhance their survival hopes. Here's the team from GiveMeFootball...

Goalkeeper - Joe Hart (Manchester City)

The England international was once again in inspired form, keeping Aston Villa at bay to help his side return to the top of the table.

A second-half save from Darren Bent was the pick of the bunch, but his bravery also helped preserve the three points in the final stages of a 1-0 win.

Defender - Phil Neville (Everton)

At 35, Neville continues to impress at Goodison Park, with the versatile full-back producing another fine display at the weekend.

His challenge on Ashley Cole led to the second goal, and Neville kept Chelsea's left-side quiet throughout the 2-0 victory.

Defender - Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic)

A captain's performance from Caldwell, as the Latics gave themselves a huge lifeline in the race for survival.

After helping keep an early onslaught at bay, Caldwell rose highest at a corner to open the scoring in the first period.

Defender - Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur)

The 5-0 win didn't flatter Spurs in any way, and Assou-Ekotto added an additional attacking element that Newcastle simply failed to cope with at White Hart Lane.

A marauding left-back, the Cameroonian slotted home unmarked to open the scoring, and produced one of his best defensive performances to quell the Toon threat on the right flank.

Defender - Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)

Another big goal for Lescott, whose winner sent the Citizens above rivals Manchester United in the race for the title.

The England international was quiet for large spells, but looked comfortable in possession and solid when called upon. Starting to prove the doubters wrong.

Midfielder - Steven Pienaar (Everton)

After a disappointing spell with Spurs, the South African returned to the Toffees for a second spell and came to life on his home 'debut' against the Blues.

A stunning finish opened the scoring on five minutes to get the fans quickly on side, and an all-round display to forget the acrimony of his departure was also well-timed.

Midfielder - Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

The Ecuadorian international midfielder is in the form of his life at Old Trafford, and was again the star performer for the Red Devils in a 2-0 win over Liverpool.

His desire led to the second goal for Rooney, and Jose Enrique will remember his trip to the champions for a while after being given the runaround.

Midfielder - Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City)

Questions over whether the former Huddersfield midfielder could make it in the top flight have been quickly answered, as Pilkington continues to shine for the Canaries.

His goal in the 3-2 win over Swansea was the icing on the cake, but it's the all-round performance that will please Paul Lambert most.

Forward - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Two goals in a 2-1 win - you can't not include Rooney after another vital brace.

The England striker was a 'fox in the box' for the first goal, and then took advantage of Valencia's great work to slot home through Pepe Reina's legs.

Forward - Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur)

The Togolese striker, on loan from Manchester City, produced possibly his finest senior performance in the rout of Newcastle.

His goal in the 5-0 win was a nice bonus, but four assists and a stunning performance leading the line alongside Louis Saha secured his place in this side.

Forward - Peter Odemwingie (West Bromwich Albion)

West Brom's 5-1 win at Wolves produced many impressive individual displays, but none were better than Odemwingie's three-goal salvo at Molineux.

Previously out-of-favour with Roy Hodgson, the Nigerian will be firmly back in the manager's plans after this performance.

Super Sub - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

A special mention to the French legend, who came off the bench to hit a late winner from close range against Sunderland.

The club-record goalscorer was making his last league appearance in a loan spell from the New York Red Bulls, and has struck three times in all competitions.

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