Premier League Gameweek 11: Cheers and Jeers
Here’s a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from gameweek eleven of the Premier League.
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1. Jay Bothroyd: The QPR striker was pesky all day as he netted an early goal and provided an assist on another.
2. James Milner: He was all over the pitch for City. Milner’s constant movement and passing opened the match up for the league leaders.
3. Wayne Rooney: Deployed as a central midfielder, Rooney displayed an array of football skill. The question remains: Is he the answer to the Red Devils’ midfield problems?
4. Frank Lampard: The much-maligned Chelsea man provided the game winner to keep the Blues in the title race.
5. Ryan Taylor: His unbelievable strike helped give Newcastle another victory.
6. Robin van Persie: The Arsenal forward continued his amazing streak with another goal and an assist.
7. Gabriel Agbonlahor: Villa’s striker dominated Norwich’s backline as he tallied a goal and two assists on the day.
8. Swansea City: The “Super Swans” continue to carry their weight against the bigger clubs in the league (with thanks to Michel Vorm).
9. Wolverhampton: They picked up a nice victory against Wigan and ended a long losing streak.
10. Ali Al-Habsi: The Wigan goalie was not helped out by his defense, but he made several outstanding saves to keep his side in the match.
11. Ivan Klasnic: His brace helped Bolton to a surprising victory against Stoke City.
12. Brad Friedel: The ageless goalie put in a man of the match performance with eleven saves.
13. Sir Alex Ferguson: Twenty-five years at one job is an accomplishment within itself. The fact that Sir Alex has been so successful makes him truly unique.
1. Luke Young: He did not provide much of a presence for QPR’s backline.
2. Wes Brown: An own goal against his former club was not the way Brown imagined his return to Old Trafford.
3. Everton: Another slow start to the season for the Toffees.
4. John Heitinga: His own goal put Everton in the hole early and the defender looked cautious the entire match.
5. Zoltan Gera: The Baggies’ midfielder was invisible for most of the match against Arsenal.
6. Andy Carroll: He wasn’t the only Liverpool player to have a poor performance. But he missed a first-half sitter in a scoreless draw against Swansea and he was invisible for large portions of the match.
7. Stoke City: Another dreary performance by the Potters.
8. Roberto Martinez: This was a fixture that Wigan needed to collect three points in hopes of avoiding relegation. Unfortunately, Martinez’s squad did not do him any favors after a poor display against Wolves.
9. Asmir Begovic: Too many miscues by the Stoke keeper to give his side any chance of winning the match.
10. Antolin Alcaraz: During the match against Wolves, the Wigan defender was caught on video spitting on an opposing player. Much like the racism allegations of previous weeks, there is no place in football for actions like this.
11. Leon Barnett: His lazy back pass directly lead to Aston Villa’s second goal.
12. Chelsea: Another bland performance by AVB’s men.
13. Another international break: Just when it seems that there is a rhythm and narrative to the season, another international break comes up to interrupt the proceedings.