Here’s a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week fourteen of the Premier League.
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1. Tim Krul: Yes, Krul let three goals in, but he made several critical saves and kept Newcastle in the match. Goalie of the month?
2. Daniel Sturridge: Playing more of an outside position, Sturridge was a force to be reckoned with against Chelsea.
3. Yakubu: His four goals helped Steve Kean keep his job for another week.
4. Micah Richards: He didn’t have much defending to do this weekend, so he was able to work his way up the pitch and get involved in City’s attack.
5. Samir Nasri: The transition into the City squad hasn’t always been easy for Nasri, but the midfielder scored a goal and showed the passing and movement that fans have been waiting to see all season.
6. Steve Morison: Morison was left as the single striker to go up against Manchester City’s defense. He worked tirelessly with little service from his teammates.
7. Gareth Bale: Tottenham’s main man turned in quite possibly the best all around individual performance of the weekend.
8. Phil Jones: Starting the match as midfielder, Jones scored his first Premier League goal for United. Then later in the match, he was moved to his more natural center back position, excelling yet again.
9. Jussi Jaaskelainen: With Bolton down to ten men, Spurs were able to play pepper the Wanderers’ goal. The superb play of Jaaskelainen kept the score from getting out of control.
10. Steven Fletcher: The Wolves’ striker netted two goals to help Wolverhampton secure a victory.
11. Gervinho: Supplied a goal and an endless amount of energy for the Gunners as they put away Wigan.
12. Theo Walcott: The Arsenal speedster has been in good form of late as he has been a force down the right side.
13. Gary Speed Tributes: In matches all around England this weekend, there were several tributes for the legend from Wales. This was an excellent way to honor his legacy.
1. David Luiz: He was lucky not to be sent off early in the match against Newcastle, which might have been better for Chelsea because he played out of control for the rest of the ninety minutes.
2. Swansea City: While the “Super Swans” have played super when playing at home, it’s when they have been away that this squad has looked like a newly promoted side.
3. Anthony Pilkington: Norwich desperately needed their midfielders to get involved in the offense against Manchester City. But for the sixty minutes Pilkington played, he was unheard from.
4. Alex McLeish: Just like his clubs at Birmingham, Villa seems unorganized for long stretches during most of their matches.
5. Manchester United scoring: Another match with scoring only one goal. The high scoring United results from early in the season seem like a distant memory.
6. Gary Cahill: It was a foul he had to give and he was probably unlucky to get a straight red, but all this was due to his heavy first touch that gave the ball away at midfield.
7. Everton: These are the types of matches that the Toffees need to get three points from if they want to make the move to the upper half of the table.
8. Lee Mason: He missed a certain foul when Thomas Sorensen took out Tim Cahill on the edge of the box.
9. QPR: They had a bit of bad luck with the offside call on Shaun Wright-Phillips’ goal. But the facts remain that the Rangers still only have one win at Loftus Road this season.
10. Sebastian Larsson: He failed to impress the new boss with an unsuccessful penalty kick that could have most assuredly put the game out of reach for Sunderland.
11. Ali Al-Habsi: The Wigan keeper struggled all match long against Arsenal.
12. Kevin Friend: The referee for the Fulham/Liverpool contest had several questionable calls including going straight red on the tackle by Jay Spearing.
13. Andy Carroll: The striker has not been in form as of late and there is still some question as to why he was started ahead of Dirk Kuyt.