Kompany, Pardew, and...? Five villains from the Premier League weekend

Manchester City, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion feature.

As well as heroic performances this weekend there have been the villains of the piece which have affected results both at the top and bottom of the Premier League table – but it’s not just on the field where there are villains. Here are five from the weekend:

Vincent Kompany

Kompany’s knee was heavily strapped up for Manchester City’s crunch visit to Liverpool in the title race and did everything he could to be fit, such is his importance. After going 2-0 down, City got it back to 2-2 but Kompany’s miscued clearance allowed Philippe Coutinho to score the winner for Liverpool and deal City’s title hopes a huge blow. An uncharacteristic error.

Alan Pardew

The Newcastle United manager seems to have blamed the bad press his side is getting for their poor results at the moment, and the lack of responsibility is astounding. Newcastle fans have shown and voiced their anger, whilst the local press have also had their say – which has caused some amusement. This weekend's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City hasn't helped matters.

Chico Flores

Swansea City aren’t safe yet and it doesn’t help them when one of their centre-halves gets sent off within the first quarter of the game. Some may say it was debatable over whether Flores should have been sent off or not against Chelsea, but he gave the referee the opportunity so shortly after picking up his first yellow card.

West Brom

A sense of de ja vu at The Hawthorns? West Brom raced into a 3-0 lead and it looked as if they were on course for a massive win over Tottenham Hotspur. But they allowed Spurs to come back into the game and ended up with just the point – when they ought to have at least seen the game out.

Wes Brown

It might be a nail in Sunderland’s coffin. Though some will say Brown is unlucky after he turned Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net against Everton but he got caught out of position which led to him giving Everton the win.

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