Another big weekend of Premier League action has been and gone, and the table makes interesting reading as a result. There have been some stand out performances which has accounted for the table remaining tight both at the top and bottom. With all that in mind, here are five heroes of the Premier League weekend.
After winning a crucial penalty for Sunderland in the League Cup game against Manchester United, Johnson was given another chance to shine for the Mackems at Craven Cottage. And shine he did. He won and dispatched the free-kick for his first goal, was on the end of a great through ball from Ki Sung-Yeung for his second and scored a penalty to complete his hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Fulham.
With all their rivals around them piling the pressure on over the weekend by winning, Arsenal were forced to wait to give their response. Their first half performance was excellent, and largely down to Wilshere’s man of the match display, which included a goal, and return the Gunners to the Premier League summit.
West Ham travelled to Cardiff City in desperate need of a win to get themselves out of the relegation zone. Noble was in the middle of everything and worked his socks off for his side, and scored the clinching goal late on in the game to give his side all three points – and it could prove to be the most priceless goal of the midfielder’s career.
Returning from injury in what was a bit of a bonkers game against Stoke City, the Liverpool striker looked as if he had never been away as he linked up with strike partner Luis Suarez to provide the Uruguayan with his second, and then get on the scoresheet himself to round off the scoring to keep the Reds in the top four.
Hull City were proving to be tricky opponents for Chelsea to break down at the KC Stadium but early on in the second half, Chelsea’s man of the moment found a way through to break the deadlock and put the Blues on course to keep the pressure on their title rivals at the top of the table.
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