After the latest round of Premier League action, we bring you our pick of the best players on display in the English top flight.
And to give you a flavour of how their performances were viewed across the land, we have also included tweets from players, journalists and random punters.
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Key moment (74'): GREAT SAVE SZCZESNY! Fantastic volley from Jedinak on the edge of the box but the Pole makes a remarkable stop! Corner again!
Only two goalkeepers have made more saves than Szczesny (30) so far this season. Just one clean sheet in eight. Defence still an issue.
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) October 26, 2013
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Exiled to the fringes of the first-team by former manager Paolo Di Canio due to disciplinary problems, this represented something of a triumphant return at the Stadium of Light as he helped keep Newcastle out and was afforded a warm reception when coming off in the second half.
Key moment (39'): Bardsley cleans out Santon to huge cheers from the home fans. Five or so minutes till half-time. This one is delicately poised.
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Put in an impressive shift at the heart of the West Ham defence and made some crucial clearances and blocks as Swansea gained the edge after the restart.
Key moment (73'): De Guzman sends in a free-kick from the right. West Ham, as you'd expect, deal with it well through James Tomkins.
Almost cut open by Swansea but Tomkins makes a great interception
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) October 27, 2013
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In truth, defensive partner Dejan Lovren was also deserving of a place in our XI (yet again) but we could only pick one so Fonte gets the nod. He is a key component of the Premier League's best defence, with a 2-0 win over Fulham meaning Southampton have conceded only three goals in nine games this season, leaving them third in the league.
Key moment (74'): Southampton have the ball, but Fulham win it back. Bent speeds down the right, finds space to cross, and his low pass is just cut out by Fonte at the near post to concede a corner.
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LB: Razvan Rat, for West Ham v Swansea (8/10)
The Romanian was in fine form in the away match at Swansea, helping West Ham keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium. Rat also caused problems with his set-piece delivery.
Key moment (23'): A punt upfield from Rat causes Michel Vorm all sorts of difficulty. He completely misses his punch and is fortunate to see a team-mate hack the ball away from danger.
Razvan Rat is the best LB we have had for years. Even though he's only played a few games you can see he's class.
— Dan Stephens (@WesthamDan16) October 27, 2013
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CM: Jack Colback, for Sunderland v Newcastle (8/10)
Fabio Borini and Jozy Altidore will take the plaudits as Sunderland emerged victorious on derby day but Colback was immense in the middle. Made Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye look very average, which is no easy feat.
Key moment (61'): Johnson whips in an outswinging corner towards Colback on the edge of the box. The midfielder knocks it inside to Larsson who lashes a curling effort just over the bar.
Anyone know if Colback has emptied his pockets yet or is Cabaye and Tiote still in them — NorthStanderSteve (@FulwellEndSteve) October 28, 2013
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Key moment (81'): GOAL! ASTON VILLA 0-2 EVERTON! Leon Osman wins it for Everton. Barry finds himself just inside, the penalty area on the left. He takes a moment, pulls it back for Osman who passes the ball into the near post.
6 - Leon Osman has scored six Premier League goals against Aston Villa; more than any other opponent. Villain.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 26, 2013
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CM: Adam Lallana, for Southampton v Fulham (8/10)
Both Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert scored in Southampton's comfortable 2-0 win, but it was Lallana who was at the centre of almost every attacking play and made sure Saints kept possession throughout.
Key moment (43'): GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 FULHAM! Rodriguez scores. Lallana sends a diagnonal cross in towards Lambert at the back post. This time he heads it across goal for Rodridguez to be the man to head home at the back post.
Southampton very impressive today. How about the young Englishmen Lallana, Shaw, Rodriguez, Cline, Ward-Prowse? Total dominance over Fulham. — Arlo White (@arlowhite) October 26, 2013
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Bore the brunt of criticism after missing two really important chances from close range, but individual brilliance from him created the first Chelsea goal and he added his own name to the scoresheet late on; endless running, great energy and off-the-ball play.
Key moment (90'): GOOOOOOAL! One last push ... and the winning goal! Fernando Torres takes advantage of some horrific defending, slotting into the empty net. Chelsea 2-1 City.
— CastrolEDGEfootball (@castrolfootball) October 28, 2013
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Key moment (12'): GOAL! Suarez breaks the deadlock. He's faced with a wall of West Brom shirts but, undeterred, he dribbles past two, pops it through the legs of another and rolls it into the bottom corner. Wonderful stuff.
If Ibrahimovic is outdoing Messi and CR7 at the moment, what about Suarez? I'd have Suarez ahead of Zlatan any day of the week — Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) October 27, 2013
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ST: Sergio Aguero, for Manchester City v Chelsea (8/10)
Though ultimately on the losing side in a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, Aguero was in impeccable form for City, scoring their goal and never giving the Chelsea defence a moment's rest. After an indifferent second season, Aguero is coming into his own once again.
Key moment (48'): GOOOOAL! Manchester City are level. It's 1-1. Sergio Aguero beats the offside trap in the left channel of the box and he smashes the ball past Petr Cech. Incredible finish.
Aguero has obviously been quality for City but feels like he's really stepping it up now. Has the talent to be close to Ronaldo and Messi.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) October 27, 2013
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