Here’s a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week thirteen of the Premier League.
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1. Tim Krul: The Newcastle keeper’s five saves helped the Toon Army take a point away from the defending champions.
2. Joe Hart: Hart single handedly kept City in the match with some miraculous saves against Liverpool.
3. Lucas Leiva: Quietly turning into one of the best holding midfielders in England. Lucas was all over the pitch as he was able to help slow down City’s dynamic attack.
4. Juan Mata: A goal and two assists that aided in getting Chelsea back on the winning track.
5. Ashley Cole: Inserted back into the starting eleven, Cole helped stifle the Wolves offense while picking up an assist on Mata’s goal.
6. Fulham: This struggling side did well enough to go to the Emirates and come away with a point.
7. Steve Morison: Proved to be quite a handful for the QPR defense.
8. Swansea defense: Their effort at Liberty Stadium is utterly amazing, as Swansea has only allowed two goals in seven matches.
9. Seamus Coleman: The Toffees’ midfielder provided constant movement that opened up space in the Bolton defense.
10. Peter Crouch: Provided a superb work rate for a side that desperately needed three points.
11. Victor Moses: This marks two weeks in a row that Moses finds himself in the cheer section. He kept attacking and won the penalty that brought his side to level.
12. Wigan: A hard fought victory at the Stadium of Light for this besieged club.
13. Tottenham’s strikers: Adebayor and Defoe terrorized West Brom all match as it looks like both Spurs’ forwards are in top-notch form.
14. Stoke City’s mustaches: Robert Huth has encouraged many of his teammates (as have other clubs) to grow mustaches to help raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity and The Institute of Cancer Research.
1. John Flynn: This linesman made a rather dubious penalty call that was very unpopular at Old Trafford.
2. Jonas Gutierrez: He made a couple of reckless tackles that lead to his sending off against United.
3. Jordan Henderson: This big summer signing was a mere myth on the pitch this weekend.
4. Mario Balotelli: Super Mario didn’t start the match, but he still found a way to get himself sent off.
5. Wolverhampton: Matched up against a squad that has struggled in defense, Wolves could not command an attack against Chelsea.
6. Arsenal’s own goal: The Gunners recorded their fourth own goal of the season against Fulham. How much higher up the table would Arsenal be if they stopped scoring against themselves?
7. The Welsh Football Association: I realize the announcement of Gary Speed’s passing was shortly before the Swansea kickoff, but I see no reason to make the club from Wales play a match this weekend. The news of the international manager’s death not only affected the players, but the crowd as well. Plus, a postponement would have been a poignant tribute to a player that represented all that’s right about football.
8. David Wheater: He compounded his sloppy giveaway with a studs up challenge that lead to a straight red card.
9. Steven N’Zonzi: The Blackburn midfielder should have been dismissed after his right elbow swing connected to the jaw of Ryan Shawcross.
10. Steve Kean: Six wins in thirty-four league matches.
11. Wes Brown: The Sunderland defender’s careless pass back to the goalie allowed Wigan’s Franco Di Santo to score the game winner in extra time.
12. Bolton: Owen Coyle’s side suffered their tenth defeat this season and stay in the relegation zone.
13. Clint Dempsey: The American international labored to pick out the correct pass during the first half and ultimately was reduced to playing a more defensive role against Theo Walcott.