Five heroes of the Premier League weekend

Chelsea, Manchester City, Swansea City, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion feature.

The title race took another twist, the relegation battle is still very much alive but the race for fourth place is now a lot closer to being resolved. So, here are our five heroes from the Premier League weekend, with a couple of honourable mentions elsewhere: 

Yaya Toure

The influential Ivorian midfielder was in terrific form on his return from injury, as Manchester City grabbed a huge win at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace to put them back as favourites in the Premier League title race. Toure set up Edin Dzeko for the opener before curling in a delightful finish to double City’s lead just before half time.

Demba Ba

There has been a lot of praise for Jose Mourinho’s tactics against Liverpool as his Chelsea side put a huge dent in the Reds' title ambitions. But Ba kept working away up front for the Blues and took his opportunity well after Steven Gerrard’s slip let the Senegalese striker in.

Jonjo Shelvey

He scored a wonderful goal from near the halfway line and assisted two others in Swansea City’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa, which has pretty much guaranteed their Premier League status for next season. Wilfried Bony may have scored twice, but the eye-catching display from Shelvey was ultimately the difference between the two teams.

Saido Berahino

It wasn’t so long ago that it was reported the young West Bromwich Albion forward was on the end of a dressing room incident after one result didn’t go the Baggies way in their bid to beat the drop. But it was his goal that gave his side victory against West Ham United at The Hawthorns which has given them a huge boost in their quest to keep themselves in the Premier League.

Connor Wickham

Wickham has been in fine form of late having scored against both Manchester City and Chelsea in recent games. This weekend he scored twice in a huge game against Cardiff City and won a penalty as Sunderland climbed out of the drop zone with a 4-0 win, when it seemed as though they were dead and buried a couple of weeks ago.

Honourable mentions:

Ryan Giggs

It was a big day for the Welshman on Saturday as he took his first game in charge of Manchester United against Norwich City. After a slow start to proceedings, United grew into the game and started showing elements of the United of old, with more free-flowing attacking football at a good tempo. It's something which there hasn’t been a lot of this season.

Danny Rose

It’s not often you see Danny Rose getting into the penalty area and coming up with a header but that’s what the left-back did at the weekend for Tottenham at Stoke City, giving Tim Sherwood’s side another win as they look to finish the season strongly.

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