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Premier League’s Weekend Dream Team

This weekend has seen its fair share of action and controversy and there has been quite a few players who have put in performances worthy of the highest praise.

Goalkeeper

Paul Robinson (Blackburn) – Despite conceding a goal in Blackburn’s 1-1 draw against Fulham, the former England goal keeper has a good game in between the posts, grabbing an assist as he floated a free kick deep into the Fulham box for Samba to head home.

Defenders

Jonas Olsson (West Brom) – Part of a great team performance as the Baggies battled from a goal down to be local rivals Birmingham 3-1 with Olsson getting himself on the scoresheet in the process with a powerful header that left keeper Ben Foster stranded.

Alan Hutton (Tottenham) – Has struggled to show his quality since he moved to White Hart Lane from north of the border, but showed the Spur’s fans his worth yesterday as he came on as a second half substitute, winning a penalty and rounding off his performance with a goal, in a 3-1 win at home to Wolves. 

Christopher Samba (Blackburn) – Put in a strong showing against Fulham as he opened the scoring has he header in what was a rather controversial goal from a free kick. However, Rover’s failed to copitalise on their possession and could only come away from the tie with a point.

Ashley Cole (Chelsea) – Was solid in defence but his real stand out performance came in his ability to work the flanks at get up front in support of the attack, getting up Didier Drogba for his goal as Chelsea ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Blackpool.

Midfielders

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) – Once again proved his importance to Liverpool and his ability from set plays as he first converted a penalty, then scored a free kick, as Liverpool fell just short in a compelling 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle) – Having joined the club from French side Marsielle on loan earlier this summer, the 23 year old showed the quality he has brought to Newcastle United as he smashed home a goal from outside the box, to end Everton’s 14 match unbeaten run at Goodison Park with a 1-0 win.

Ashley Young (Aston Villa) – The former Watford man was one of the few bright stars at Villa Park as he dispatched a great free kick into the goal to give the home side the lead in what turned out to be a tightly contested 1-1 with Bolton in caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald’s final game.

Florent Malouda (Chelsea) – The Frenchman continued his blistering start to the season, scoring a first half brace to further help Chelsea’s bid to retain the Premier League title this season.

Strikers

Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) – Has looked like a new signing for Manchester United so far this season and he fully showed his revitalised character, as he became the first United player to score a hat trick in 64 years in what was a memorable 3-2 victory over rivals Liverpool in front of the Old Trafford faithful.

Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – Unstoppable as part of the Chelsea side that brushed aside Blackpool, scoring one and creating another two, further demonstrating that he is still one of the best in world football and a good shout to pick up the Premier League golden boot again this year.

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