2014 in the Premier League got off to an action packed start as the second half of the season got underway, with many sides having a clearer idea of what they can aim for this season. There were penalties, red cards, goals, and crucial interventions – so here is a look at those who could be deemed heroes from the New Years’ Day fixtures for their sides.
He may not be a favourite but he has popped up with a crucial goal when Cardiff City threatened to deal their title challenge a blow, but the Dane being in the right place at the right time ensured the Gunners remain top of the pile. It’s a shame the striker picked up an ankle injury soon after.
Eriksen has been very impressive since Tim Sherwood took over at Tottenham and he put in another big performance for his side in what is surely their biggest win of the season as they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. Having provided the cross for Emmanuel Adebayor to give Spurs the lead, he was on the end of the move to score their second, which proved to be the winner.
Right place, right time for the enigmatic Bulgarian as Fulham got another huge win to lift them out of the relegation zone, and above a few others teams in the process. After falling behind to West Ham, Fulham came back and midway through the second half, Berbatov was on hand to poke home from close range to give the Cottagers all three points.
Late on into the game and with Everton trailing Stoke City 1-0, they needed something from somewhere. What they got was persistence from Osman has he drew a reckless challenge from Jermaine Pennant, allowing Leighton Baines to convert the spot kick to give Everton a point.
He may have benefited from some very poor play from the opposition, but Agbonlahor kept a cool head to round Sunderland’s Vito Mannone to put Aston Villa ahead – and ultimately win the game for Villa after a difficult run of results.
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