FA Cup Team of the Week: Fantastic Flores, Marvellous Maguire


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Swansea City's Chico Flores

After a superb weekend of FA Cup action, we pick our team of the week:

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GK - Julian Speroni, for Crystal Palace against West Brom: The Eagles long-serving Argentine goalkeeper was man of the match as at times he single-handedly repelled West Brom's second-half assault.

DF - Chico Flores for Swansea against Manchester United: The Swansea centre-half was, undoubtedly, the best player on the pitch. Solid at the heart of the visitors defence, the Spaniard marshalled his troops and put himself on a number of occasions throughout the duration of the match.

DF - Scott Dann for Blackburn Rovers against Manchester City: The defender did well in a superb effort by Rovers to keep City's star-studded strike force at bay, and was on hand to slot home the equaliser that earned a draw.

DF - Harry Maguire for Sheffield United against Aston Villa: Maguire was the key man in the Blades defence as they repelled Villa's attacking moves with consummate ease. He may only be 20, but on this evidence he is ready to step up to a much bigger club.

MF - Tom Cairney for Blackburn against Manchester City: City's team showed seven changes from New Year's Day but was still stuffed with big-name internationals - yet the best player on the pitch was the Scotland U21 star in a performance which justified Rovers' faith in making his loan move permanent last week. His £500,000 fee looks a bargain.

MF - Ryan Flynn for Sheffield United against Aston Villa: The League One strugglers pulled off the shock of the third round as they knocked out Villa, and their effort was exemplified by Flynn. Could have had a hat-trick if it weren't for Villa keeper Jed Steer, and kept his cool to drill home a brilliant late winner.

MF - Santi Cazorla for Arsenal against Tottenham: A North London derby is a tough match in which to shine, but the Spaniard was superb throughout, cutting Spurs open several times and scoring the opener.

MF - Michael Timlin for Southend against Millwall: League Two Southend had plenty of superb performances as they downed the Championship side, but Timlin gets the nod for scoring one goal and setting up another. In 2013 he broke his leg and spent 42 days in prison; 2014 looks like being a better year for the midfielder.

FW - Nikica Jelavic for Everton against QPR: In the side at the expense of Romelu Lukaku, Jelavic made the most of his chance to shine against QPR with two goals. The only blemish on his performance was a misjudged attempt at a 'Panenka' penalty that he only managed to chip against the bar.

FW - Jamie Paterson for Nottingham Forest against West Ham: Forest's magnificent win over West Ham was highlighted by the 22-year-old, who won the penalty that led to the opener - and then scored a hat-trick.

FW - Iago Aspas for Liverpool against Oldham: He's had a torrid time since moving to the Reds and being encumbered with the number nine shirt, but Aspas scored a goal Suarez would have been proud of to finally break stubborn Oldham's resistance.

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