O'Shea, Nolan, and...? Five villains in the Premier League this weekend

Kevin Nolan

Two referees, Sunderland, Cardiff City and West Ham United feature in this week's villains series.

Every weekend, the Premier League may well bring about its heroes, but there are also some villains. Some will have felt the wrath of managers, some will have made poor positions and ultimately caused sides to drop points as result. So, here is a look at five figures who could be regarded as villains in the Premier League from the weekend.

Kevin Nolan

Luis Suarez had just put the game beyond West Ham at Anfield and made it 3-1 after it looked as if West Ham had a chance of getting a point, but immediately after the goal, Kevin Nolan tackled Jordan Henderson from behind in a poor way, resulting in him being sent off and the Liverpool midfielder in a bit of pain. Although he’s been in poor form, it was the last thing the Hammers needed.

Mike Dean

1-0 to Fulham and after Villa’s Leandro Bacuna collided with Alex Kacaniklic resulted in the award of a penalty, when it looked like one of the softest penalties to have given. To make matters worse for Villa fans, they feel they were denied a stonewall penalty towards when Gabriel Agbonlahor was brought with five minutes to go by Aaron Hughes.

John O’Shea

With the score at 1-1 just after half-time, Sunderland probably just needed a solid start to the second half. It was a difficult cross to deal with but it was dealt with clumsily by John O’Shea as his swipe at the ball resulted in ultimately giving Tottenham a win at the Stadium of Light.

Martin Atkinson

Maybe he couldn’t see the incident properly, but we don’t know that. Then again those would argue the referee should position themselves accordingly as Atkinson missed what was a stonewall handball which could have given Hull a chance to retake the lead against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium with the score at 1-1. Alex Bruce headed towards Dwight Tiendalli, and in Steve Bruce’s opinion, the Swansea man almost caught the ball.

David Marshall

As impressive as Crystal Palace looked against Cardiff, Marshall is probably thinking ‘what if I dealt with the first goal better?’ He really should have saved Cameron Jerome’s opener, and although Chamakh got a second for Palace late on, if Marshall had kept out Jerome’s effort, then who knows? Maybe the game will have panned out differently.

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