This weekend had some terrific performances but also some mindbogglingly foolish or poor shows from certain figures within the game. Here are the villains of the piece:
What else is there to say about Pardew’s decision to put his head towards Hull City’s David Meyler? Several people would love to know what was going through his head. Instead of the focus being on Newcastle United's terrific 4-1 win, it was instead focused firmly on their manager's behaviour.
At times he has been terrific for Stoke City this season, but his challenge on Olivier Giroud was very poor. The ball was gone, there was absolutely no need to stamp on the Arsenal striker. Why run the risk of getting yourself banned when your side is going to need you to keep their head above water in the Premier League?
Crystal Palace had a questionable penalty given in their favour once already in their 1-1 draw against Swansea City, when the incident appeared to have taken place outside of the penalty area. Jerome Thomas thought he would try his luck and get a second one in order to take all three points from the Liberty Stadium. Instead he got a yellow card and a fine.
It is unusual to call someone a villain after they scored a goal for their side, but Hoolahan did not celebrate after he put Norwich City in front. He has not played for Aston Villa, but was merely linked with a move to rejoin Paul Lambert. If you are a Norwich fan, you may be left scratching your head a little at that one.
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