Swansea City's Chico Flores
After a superb weekend of FA Cup action, we pick our team of the week:
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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.
Chico Flores has been an absolute beast today for Swansea.. — FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) January 5, 2014
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.
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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.
Celebrating the joy and harmony that is Tom Cairney, Blackburn's equivalent of Johnny Bravo... http://t.co/3vBo6yJHeN
— Mikey Delap (@MikeyDelap) January 3, 2014
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.
You don't have to be an Arsenal fan to appreciate Cazorla. Wonderful footballer.
— Lee Clayton (@LeeClayton_) January 4, 2014
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.
2 - Nikica Jelavic has already scored as many goals in 2014 as he managed in the whole of 2013 (two). Resolution.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 4, 2014
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.
What a day for Jamie Paterson! The youngster has been superb for Forest and now has a hat-trick to make it 4-0 against the deflated Hammers. — bet365 (@bet365) January 5, 2014
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.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) January 5, 2014
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