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Premiership Weekend Dream Team

Right ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the week once again where we look at which players this weekend have earned their place in the much coveted team of the weekend…

Goalkeeper

Tim Howard (Everton)Possibly seen as a surprise selection by many given that he conceded three goals yesterday. However the American’s performance, particularly in the first half, saw the 31 year old pull off a number of top draw saves, keeping Everton in the game and giving them the chance to pull off a memorable comeback to grab a well earned point.

Defenders

Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan)Had a solid performance for the Latics in defence which, although saw them go behind against 10 man Sunderland, the Paraguayan cancelled out the Black Cat’s lead and rescued a point for the Wigan as he scored a header from close range with just three minutes to go.

Jelle van Damme (Wolves)Has proven to be a stable force in the Wolves attacking line and demonstrated his attacking prowess as he grabbed his first goal for the club in their 2-1 defeat against Fulham following a £2.5 million move from Anderlecht in the summer.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)Grabbed his first goal for the club since his move from Lorient this summer, as he put the ball in the net from close range after 24 minutes, in what was a comfortable 4-1 victory for the Gunners over Bolton, keeping their push for the top spot firmly on track.

Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd)Was a dominating presence for United in their draw against Everton, causing the Toffee’s players, in particular Tim Cahill, countless problems all afternoon. The Serbian international will have been delighted to grab his first goal of the season, as he easily headed home a Nani cross from close range, although the late comeback from the home side will definitely leave a bitter taste in his mouth.

Midfielders

Steven Pienaar (Everton) – Caused the Manchester United defence untold problems particularly in the first half which saw the South African open the scoring at Goodison Park, in what went on to be a classic of a match.

Charlie Adam (Blackpool)The Scot was a constant thorn in the sides of the Newcastle players all afternoon as Blackpool beat the Toon at St James’ Park ending their long unbeaten run. Adam got his reward when he calmly converted a first half penalty after Alan Smith brought down Luke Varney

Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)Showed once again that he was fully committed to the Arsenal cause this season as the Spaniard ran the show in the centre of the park at the Emirates. Fabregas set up two of the goals against Bolton and demonstrated once again why the 23 year old is one of the best players to grace the Premier League.

Michael Essien (Chelsea)The Ghanaian has had his time at Chelsea blighted by injury these last few seasons. However, the 27 year old proved what a vital part of the Blue’s squad his is, as he scored two important goals that helped the reigning champions to a solid 3-1 away victory against West Ham.

Forwards

Tim Cahill (Everton)Although the Australian seemed to struggle with the constant presence of Vidic for the first hour of the game, Cahill showed his true worth to Everton in the closing stages as two trademark headers, first to pull a goal back, and then to help set up Arteta’s dramatic equaliser, proved once again the important role that the the 30 year old plays in David Moyes’ side.

Moussa Dembele (Fulham)With Bobby Zamora breaking his leg earlier in the game, the pressure fell upon Dembele to fill in for the star man and the 23 year old didn’t disappoint. The Belgian international grabbing his first two goals for Fulham, the second being a great free kick at the death, helping the West London club come from a goal down to beat Wolves 2-1 in front of the Craven Cottage faithful.

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