Sturridge, Shelvey, and...? Five PL heroes this weekend

Figures from Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Swansea City and Cardiff City feature as this week's heroes.

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.

Daniel Sturridge

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.

Barry Bannan

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.

Jonjo Shelvey

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.

Kim Bo-Kyung

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.

Paul Lambert

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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