FA Cup - Team of the week: Top Drog (again)

Eurosport - Mon, 15 Feb 07:27:00 2010

It is time for us to dust off the old "Top Drog" headline because once again Chelsea's star striker leads our FA Cup special team of the week.

2009-10 FA Cup fifth round Chelsea team-mates congratulate Didier Drogba on his goal against Cardiff - 0

How it works

We take marks out of 10 awarded to players from a selection of six national newspapers - The Sun, Daily Star, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Times and The Guardian - then create an average and round to the nearest half. The top player in each position will be rewarded with a spot in the Team of the Week, while the worst scorers will be named and shamed in our Flops XI.


Chelsea's Didier Drogba is our top player from the weekend's FA Cup action, after leading the line superbly and scoring in a 4-1 cruise against Cardiff City. The best Premier League defences have nightmares when facing the Ivorian, so it is no surprise that the Championship side found things tough.

The centre of midfield is an all-Portsmouth affair. Pompey were still goalless with Southampton when recent loan signing Quincy Owusu-Abeyie came on. The Ghana international then proceeded to score the opener and set up two more as the visitors romped to a 4-1 derby victory. Even more influential was fellow midfielder Jamie O'Hara who capped a superb display with a goal. Southampton played their part in a cracking derby too, and they are represented by left winger Adam Lallana.

Crystal Palace were desperately unlucky not to upset Aston Villa in an exhilarating tie at Selhurst Park but they are the only club to have three players in our elite XI; Darren Ambrose leads their trio after his sensational free-kick took goal of the weekend honours.

Bolton will also feel they should have won at the weekend but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Tottenham. Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who saved a penalty, and Kevin Davies, who scored their goal, both make the team.

Finally, the right-back position is taken up by Reading's Andy Griffin who got forward well in a 2-2 draw with West Brom.

Team of the week (4-4-2):

GK: Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) - 8.0

RB: Andy Griffin (Reading) - 7.0

CB: Claude Davis (Crystal Palace) - 7.0

CB: Shaun Barker (Derby County) - 8.0

LB: Nathan Clyne (Crystal Palace) - 7.5

RM: Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) - 8.0

CM: Jamie O'Hara (Portsmouth) - 8.5

CM: Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Portsmouth) - 8.0

LM: Adam Lallana (Southampton) - 7.5

FW: Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - 8.0

FW: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) - 9.0


For Owusu-Abeyie to have made such an impact when he came on must have meant that something was going wrong beforehand for Pompey, and the man he replaced, Angelos Basinas, leads our flops of the week. His team-mate John Utaka was similarly anonymous and he plays up front alongside Reading's Shane Long, who was sent-off against West Brom.

Most of Portsmouth's good work against the Saints at St Mary's came down the left, and Southampton right-back Wayne Thomas makes the team for failing to deal with the danger.

There are a couple of big names amongst the flops too, led by Chelsea's Joe Cole who did his World Cup chances no favours as he was hauled off at half-time after a poor performance against Cardiff.

Manchester City duo Kolo Toure and Martin Petrov also make the team, while from the same game, Stoke's Ryan Shawcross is selected for failing to clear the ball that led to Shaun Wright-Phillips's goal for City in the 1-1 draw.

Aston Villa's Fabian Delph, Cardiff keeper David Marshall, and Notts County's Johnnie Jackson all had tough afternoons, and they complete the line-up.

Flops XI (4-4-2):

GK: David Marshall (Cardiff City) - 5.0

RB: Wayne Thomas (Southampton) - 5.0

CB: Kolo Toure (Manchester City) - 5.0

CB: Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) - 5.0

LB: Johnnie Jackson (Notts County) - 6.0

RM: Joe Cole (Chelsea) - 4.5

CM: Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) - 5.0

CM: Angelos Basinas (Portsmouth) - 3.5

LM: Martin Petrov (Manchester City) - 5.0

FW: John Utaka (Portsmouth) - 4.5

FW: Shane Long (Reading) - 4.5


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