The Premier League this weekend threw up some wonderful games. A great Merseyside derby, a great tussle between Premier League newboys and the Champions, plus a terrific West Midlands derby. There could be more, but here are five of the heroes from this weekend.
It is difficult to pick out a hero from the Merseyside derby as there were several performances to note. Lukaku and Barkley for Everton, as well as Mignolet for Liverpool – but the man who wasn’t fit enough to start the game came on and snatched an equaliser, a minute from the end of normal time to end the scoring, and spared the Reds’ blushes.
How big a goal could this be in Crystal Palace’s season? Cameron Jerome deserves a lot of mention but Bannan was under a great deal of pressure from an onrushing Hull City defender, but slotted home to give Palace their first three points and put them within a win of getting out of the relegation zone, and lift them off the bottom.
Shelvey showed why so many people rate him highly against Fulham. With the score locked at 1-1 at Craven Cottage. After coming off the bench, Shelvey provided a wonderful strike that shows he does have some classy aspects to his game and gave Swansea a very good win.
He came up with the vital header that managed to grab a precious equaliser for Cardiff to take a point against Manchester United, and further enhances the side’s reputation of being a difficult side to face on their own patch.
Making three substitutions in one go is a massive risk to take, but with West Brom leading 2-0 thanks to two fine goals from Shane Long, the Aston Villa manager’s hand was forced. And a second half fightback courtesy of goals from Karim El Ahmadi and Ashley Westwood gave Villa a point against the Baggies. The gamble paid off for Lambert.
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