FA Cup - Team of the Week: Suarez stars

Mon, 20 Feb 12:59:00 2012

Luis Suarez attracted the right kind of headlines in Liverpool's 6-1 FA Cup victory over Brighton and makes our Team of the Week.

Luis Suarez in Uruguay

GK: Chris Day (Stevenage)

The Stevenage keeper started his career at Tottenham but made only one appearance before being sold to Crystal Palace in 1996. He returned to haunt his former team on Sunday though, inspiring a brave defensive performance and making one particularly outstanding save to deny Gareth Bale.

RB: John O'Shea (Sunderland)

The Irishman is well versed in frustrating Arsenal from his time at Manchester United and was in fine form as Sunderland triumphed at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Crucially he made a fine tackle to prevent Robin van Persie from scoring in the first half.

CB: Curtis Davies (Birmingham City)

Once famous for admitting he played like a "pub player" on his debut for Aston Villa, Davies was imperious in Birmingham's 1-1 draw at Chelsea as he anticipated danger well and made a series of crucial interventions.

CB: Pablo Ibanez (Birmingham City)

Davies's central defensive partner also enjoyed an excellent afternoon's work at Stamford Bridge. A team-mate of Fernando Torres for three years at Atletico Madrid, he helped keep the misfiring striker at bay as the Championship side sprung a minor shock.

LB: Scott Laird (Stevenage)

Another hero at the Lamex Stadium, Laird helped push Kyle Walker back and put his body on the line for his side when making a number of key blocks and important challenges as Stevenage held their Premier League opponents at bay.

CM: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

The driving force behind his side's 6-1 hammering of Brighton, Gerrard was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet himself as he went close on a number of occasions and his distribution of the ball was also excellent.

CM: Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

The big Belgian may have been guilty of a number of unbelievable misses at Goodison Park, but it was his dominant performance in the centre of midfield that proved the foundation for a comprehensive victory over Blackpool.

RM: Royston Drenthe (Everton)

A quite brilliant performance from the Dutchman, as he scored inside a minute and then tormented Blackpool all afternoon with his direct running and skill on the ball. He was unfortunate not to score a second goal and could have had a couple of assists had Fellaini not been so wasteful in front of goal.

AM: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

The Uruguayan may have failed to score a penalty at Anfield but his late goal against Brighton was just reward for a scintillating performance. Playing off Andy Carroll, Suarez saw one shot cleared off the line and gave the visiting defence no rest.

LM: Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Asked to perform as a wing-back in an unfamiliar 3-4-1-2 formation, Rose was a rare source of energy in a lethargic Spurs performance against Stevenage. His crossing was impeccable and his pace caused the League One side no end of bother.

ST: Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)

Yes, he played out on the right as usual against Birmingham, but the young England international was the best forward across the FA Cup weekend so slots in up front for us. Sturridge equalised with his seventh goal in six FA Cup starts and impressed with his crossing and movement.


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