Well it may not have been the most exciting of weekends in the Premier League but it certainly could be the most significant.
We've had changes at the bottom where Wigan put the cat amongst the pigeons to beat West Brom with a display of excellent attacking football, whilst failures from Sunderland, Newcastle, Norwich and Southampton mean that previously assumed safety is no longer certain. Aston Villa may now feel more comfortable however as their victory over the Canaries elevated them to the famous 40 point mark.
Meanwhile the race for the Champions League spots failed to live up to the excitement levels it's produced this season as a trio of forgettable, miserable 1-0 victories for Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham ensured no significant change in the table. A goalless draw in the Merseyside derby showed both sides defensive capabilities but effectively ended any hopes either side had of qualifying for European competition next season.
Anyway enough of the chat, here is this weeks team of the weekend.
GK: Rob Elliot - Following the horror showing against Liverpool last week, there was a lot of pressure on Elliot to avoid dropping another set of clangers. Fortunately for Newcastle fans and Elliot himself, the keeper turned in an excellent performance to earn a deserved clean sheet and in turn a valuable point for his side. His superb double save from Nolan could prove pivotal in the battle for survival.
Unlucky to miss out: Alex McCarthy
RB: Nathaniel Clyne - It can't be easy when you know there is a chance that at some point in a game you will have Gareth Bale or Aaron Lennon running at you, but Clyne delivered an assured and impressive performance. Defensively he ensured that Tottenham had little joy down the right hand side, a key contributor in reducing Bale & co. to just one shot on goal. Only disappointment will be that he didn't slot past Lloris early on.
Unlucky to miss out: Guy Demel
CB: John O'Shea - It's been a topsy turvy season for Sunderland, but one of the few positives to have come from this season has been the performances of the experienced O'Shea. Scored the goal that got ten man Sunderland back level against Stoke on Monday night and when tasked with the threat of Peter Crouch as Stoke's sole attacking outlet, dominated him with relative ease. Composed and comfortable throughout.
Unlucky to miss out: Ashley Williams
CB: Phil Jagielka - Jagielka has comfortably been the most consistently excellent British centre back in the country this season so it's extremely difficult to fathom why his England centre back spot has never been confirmed. Against Liverpool he led his defence into battle with fervour and passion but also the restrain that can often get the better in derbies. Jagielka looked particularly solid against a recently free scoring Liverpool side.
Unlucky to miss out: Winston Reid
LB: Jean Beausejour - Maybe not an orthodox left back, but Beausejour has found great joy playing as the left wing back in Roberto Martinez's Wigan side this season. To afraid to attack, Beausejour moved forward regularly to provide another option and delivered a number of tempting crosses into the box. For all his attacking duties he also maintained the defensive side of his game to help Wigan to a huge three points. Injury very bad news however.
Unlucky to miss out: Danny Rose
CM: Markus Rosenberg - It will have been a frustrating season for the Swede who would have oped for more playing time since his summer transfer. However his display against Wigan may just have forced his name into contention for further selection as Rosenberg displayed his attacking qualities admirably. Provided an assist for the opener with an excellent turn of pace and delivery for Shane Long.
Unlucky to miss out: Nathan Dyer
CM: Callum McManaman - What a find McManaman has been for Wigan this season. The academy starlet has taken to the Wigan side like a duck to water, producing a number of man of the match performances along the way. His passing was excellent against West Brom and he wasn't afraid to unleash a shot, with his efforts coming good as he bagged the winning goal that could prove all so noteworthy come the end of the season.
Unlucky to miss out: Gareth Barry
CM: Steven Gerrard - In a rather drab and insipid game, one of the few positives to come out of the game for Liverpool was Steven Gerrard who once again showed a display of passion, grit and determination. Tried to move his side forward with his advanced passing and busted a gut on a number of occasions to join the attacks and support Sturridge and Coutinho. Plenty of life left in Gerrard still even as he approaches his 33rd birthday.
Unlucky to miss out: Jem Karacan
WF: Shaun Maloney - If Wigan do fail to survive this season, Maloney can rest assured that he'll be back in the Premier League in next to no time following yet another strong showing, this time against West Brom. As we've come to expect ow from Maloney, he was always looking to get involved in the game and pick up the ball to move forward which he did with frequent success. Completed a phenomenal 97% of passes and laid on two assists. Outstanding.
Unlucky to miss out: Hal Robson-Kanu
ST: Gabriel Agbonlahor - Agbonlahor seems to be going through somewhat of a recent revival in form and another two goals at the weekend will do a player very reliant on confidence no end of good. Proved a thorn in the side of the Norwich defence with his pace particularly in his second to speed past Sebastien Bassong, no slouch himself. However it was his first goal that really caught the eye, a fantastic strike from distance.
Unlucky to miss out: Arouna Kone
WF: Andros Townsend - He may have been on the losing side but Andros Townsend can consider his days work a success as he came out as most viewers man of the match. The on-loan Spurs man had Nacho Monreal constantly troubled as indicated by the Spaniard's desperate pull back midway through the second half. Combined his pace and trickery well, but was unfortunate to be battling on his own for the majority of the game.
Unlucky to miss out: Bryan Ruiz
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