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Our Bank Holiday Weekend Dream Team

After another weekend of ups and downs in the Premiership we look at our team of the weekend.  With the added consequences with respect to the title race and relegation our eleven are based not only on performance, but also the importance to their respective clubs.

John Ruddy

Ruddy is a shot stopper of the highest pedigree.  Against the undoubted brilliance of Van Persie he seemed to be stopping Arsenal singlehandely at times.  Despite conceding three he makes it as our choice in goal, if not only for his three great saves in the last 30 seconds to earn Norwich a point and severely dent Arsenal’s Champions League prospects.

Vincent Kompany

After his exploits in the derby the City captain was again in fine form.  He hardly put a foot wrong all game and exemplified the teams determination and assurance to get the result needed in undoubtly the hardest game of their or their competitors run-ins.

Gael Clichy

Set up Torre’s second goal to effectively kill off the game.  Seemed to have unendng energy up and down the wing, and even popped up to block and harass Newcastle’s attacks, most noticably brlliantly blocking a Cisse shot.

Ryan Bennett

The Norwich defender through himself at everything to try to keep Arsenal at bay for 70 minutes.  Seems to read the game wonderfully as he was often able to anticipate danger and act accordingly.

Antolin Alcaraz

Solid at the back for the Latics keeping Blackburns best player of recent games Hoilett relatively quiet.  Most importantly scored the winning goal with a good header to ensure Premiership football at Wigan next season, and sending Blackburn down.

Adel Taarabt

First game back for the Moroccan after suspension.  Was involved in all QPR’s best attacking play, testing Sorensen with a number of long range efforts with one free kick in particular going close.  Took the corner which led to Cisse’s winning goal.

 Ashley Young

Many wondered how a demoralised Manchester United team would perform after City claim their well deserved win against Newcastle.  If the team was demoralised then they did not show it, and Young was there best performer.  Swansea’s Angel Rangel simply couldn’t keep up with the pacey winger with his trickery.  He looked threatening the whole afternoon a deservedly grabbed a goal, a nicely placed shot in the bottom corner.

Yaya Torre 

Brilliant brace for the versitile Manchester City midfielder to relieve the pressure on Mancini and give the sky blues one hand on the Premiership title.  Played deeper in the first half of the game spraying passes to collegues and being determined in the tackle.  When Nasri went off for De Jong he moved to a more offensive role and scored two good goals cooling to surely give City the title.

Robin Van Persie

Really goes to show the quality of a striker when he has a fairly frustrating afternoon infront of goal, yet still comes away with a brace.  Seemed to have a host of chances earlier in the game but the sighters must have helped as he scored two late on in the second half.  Unluckly the game ended as frustratingly as it began with what looked like a clear penalty appeal, as the Dutchman was pushed in the back in the final minutes.

Grant Holt

Norwich’s man of the match.  Was strong as their target man, holding the ball up effectively and bringing other teammates into play.  Powerful in the air as you would expect, seemed to be able bully the Arsenal back four at will.  Fortunate goal but considering his overall work rate probably deserved his good fortune.

Djbril Cisse

Came on as a sub for Buzasky just after the break.  Got the winning goal which could be priceless in QPR’s bid to secure top flight football again next season.  Has had his problems with red cards and suspension but his goal scoring record could end up to be invaluable to the London side.

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