The worst penalty at Spurs, and a kick in the head: Villains from the Premier League weekend

Ryan Shawcross

Crystal Palace Southampton, Stoke City and West Ham United feature.

If there are heroes then there must be villains and this weekend in the Premier League is no exception. Here we have villains who have come up with some bizarre decisions this weekend which could prove costly to their team come May. Some of their acts may have been hilarious, others may have been stupid and careless. Here are the villains from this weekend's Premier League action.

Jason Puncheon

What can you say about this penalty that hasn’t been said? Worst you have ever seen? Puncheon’s expression and words afterwards said it all as he spurned the opportunity to give Crystal Palace the lead against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Instead his side went on to lose 2-0.

James Tomkins

Your side is winning and you’re a centre half in a side that isn’t exactly having the best of luck with injuries in that area of the pitch. The last thing you need to do is get yourself sent off. Tomkins claimed afterwards that he got the ball, well he certainly connected with an almost spherical object to pick up his second yellow card – Fraizer Campbell’s head.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

There were plenty of talking points during Newcastle’s defeat to Manchester City at St James’ Park. Mike Jones was in the limelight for a disallowed goal but one thing he certainly should have done was send off Yang-Mbiwa for his horrendous challenge on Samir Nasri. To have a second go at the player was a bit of a cowardly challenge.

Ryan Shawcross

Some may think it’s a bit harsh to call him a villain given some of the calamitous defending at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke City went down 5-3 to Liverpool. Unfortunate to turn Aly Cissokho’s poor shot into his own net, he was sent into a panic by Luis Suarez as he tried to clear the ball away from the striker, only aiding the Uruguayan striker’s cause. He also picked up a booking and got into a strange goalmouth altercation with Martin Skrtel. A strange afternoon for the Potters’ captain.

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