Young, Gerrard, and...? Five heroes of the Premier League in midweek

Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland and West Ham United feature.

It has been a pretty big week in the Premier League which has seen a change in hands in leadership of the Premier League, big results in the context of the race for the top four and changes in the epic relegation scrap. With all that in mind, here are our five heroes of the Premier League in midweek.

Ashley Young

All the attention was on Juan Mata at Old Trafford on Tuesday night when he made his debut for Manchester United against Cardiff City but Young’s contribution to getting United back to winning ways was vital. His cross led to Robin Van Persie’s opener who followed up twice, once after Antonio Valencia headed against the bar, and the other after David Marshall saved. Young doubled United’s lead in the second half thanks to a terrific strike when he cut in from the left and fired from 25 yards after receiving the ball from Mata.

Adam Johnson

Johnson seems to have hit a bit of a hot streak for Sunderland and was his goal against Stoke City that secured some precious points for Gus Poyet’s men. Fabio Borini’s shot was parried by Asmir Begovic, Johnson quickly shifted the ball between his feet and gave Sunderland the win which lifted them out of the bottom three.

Sam Allardyce

A big point for Allardyce’s men as West Ham got a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge, but his reaction to Jose Mourinho’s comments about his tactics was amusing. As well as saying he couldn’t give a monkey’s – or words to that effect - Allardyce said: ‘He can’t take it, can he? He can’t take it because we’ve out-tacticed him, outwitted him.’ Amusing, but is ‘tacticed’ even a word?

Steven Gerrard

Gerrard received a fair amount of criticism in the holding midfield role not so long ago but he was excellent in the middle of the park as Liverpool dismantled Everton in the Merseyside derby. The Liverpool skipper’s header opened the scoring and allowed Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez to do the rest from then on.

Jason Puncheon

Puncheon has been making up for that penalty miss at White Hart Lane a few weeks ago by coming up with some important goals for Crystal Palace’s season. His latest came against Hull City with a first half strike after his initial shot was blocked which means Palace now sit in 14th place.

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