It has been some weekend in the Premier League again. Plenty of goals as the title race took a little bit of a twist with the chasing pack now a little closer to Arsenal at the top whilst one goal may have cost one manager his job, and another is under increasing pressure over his.
There were much needed wins, crucial goals and stand out performances, so here is a look at five heroes of the Premier League this weekend.
He comes in for his fair share of criticism but yesterday Man United really needed a win at Villa Park in order to get their league form back up to scratch. He scored twice, and could have had more as United won comfortably to move up to eighth place.
Usually outshone in the middle of the Manchester City midfield by Yaya Toure, Saturday was Fernandinho’s day. There were other stand out performances of course, but two very well taken goals to put the game beyond Arsenal, as well as providing a lot of steel and energy in the middle were all vital ingredients he provided for City’s success.
If Cardiff are to stay up this season, their home form is going to be essential, and Peter Whittingham’s header to give Cardiff all three points against West Brom could prove vital come May. And he took a bang to his head for his troubles. Truly heroic.
Chelsea seem to be struggling, and a lot of people will have thought that they would have beaten Crystal Palace a little more comfortably. Nevertheless, they won by the odd goal and it was a terrific strike from Ramires that decided it and took Chelsea to within two points at the top.
When there’s no Steven Gerrard in the Liverpool side, inevitably someone has to step up, and Henderson did just that. He was heavily involved as Liverpool’s midfield swamped Spurs and managed to get himself on the score sheet in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout. A waste of £16m? Who said that?
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