Team of the Week: The Ox fires England reminder


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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 journalists and punters alike.

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GK: Artur Boruc, for Southampton v Fulham (7/10)

You never quite know what you are going to get with the Southampton keeper but on Saturday he was in excellent form, making a number of key saves and keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage.

Key moment (24'): Great save Boruc. Hangeland rose highest and nodded the ball towards the left corner but the Pole managed to claw the ball away.

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RB: Leandro Bacuna, for Aston Villa v Everton (7/10)

Bacuna was on the scoresheet for the second successive match and also made a number of important clearances at the back. Unfortunately, despite his fine performance, Villa lost 2-1.

Key moment (33'): GOAL! Bacuna scores for Villa. Lovely pass from Benteke. Great finish through the legs of Tim Howard.

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CB: John O'Shea, for Sunderland v Newcastle (7/10)

Wes Brown also impressed alongside him at the heart of the Sunderland defence but skipper O'Shea was the solid foundation which a fine derby win was built on.

Key moment (32'): Newcastle trying to find some momentum here as O'Shea rises to head clear the Anita cross. Sunderland dropping deeper and deeper here. Inviting trouble, it must be said.

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CB: Gareth McAuley, for West Brom v Liverpool (7/10)

West Brom were grateful for a shocking error from Kolo Toure to snatch a 1-1 draw against Liverpool but McAuley also played his part with a commanding performance.

Key moment (53'): Brilliant stop by Mignolet to deny McAuley with a powerful header. A quite magnificent reaction stop. Not sure how he got there.

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LB: Luke Shaw, for Southampton v Fulham (8/10)

The transfer window closed without a £30m move to Manchester or West London and Southampton were rewarded for their success in holding onto England's next great left-back with a typically accomplished performance.

Key moment (68'): Saints pour forward again through Shaw on the left. He crosses low to Rodriguez in the middle but Burn matched his run and cleared for the corner.

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CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, for Arsenal against Crystal Palace (8/10)

The young winger/forward was deployed in a slightly deeper role as an attacking midfielder, but showed the sort of class that he brings to this Arsenal side. England manager Roy Hodgson will also note such a telling contribution.

Key moment (48'): GOAL! Oxlade-Chamberlain lifts the ball into the net over Speroni. Lovely ball from Cazorla. Arsenal lead 1-0.

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CM: Kevin Nolan, for West Ham against Swansea City (7/10)

Nolan scored twice in an important win for West Ham, feeding off two assists from Andy Carroll to give the Hammers a 2-0 victory at Upton Park.

Key moment (26'): GOAL! A loose ball forward and the attack ends for Swansea. Demel launches a throw high up the right, and West Ham start an attack own the left. A cross is knocked down for Nolan, who volleys the ball, left-footed, into the corner and past Tremmel.

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CM: Charlie Adam, for Stoke City v Manchester United (7/10)

As well as two vital goals, the second especially good, Adam provided needle throughout the match to frustrate United, and clever passes for his team-mates.

Key moment (52'): GOAL! Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United. Adam scores. Arnautovic misses the ball as he tries to volley towards goal, and Adam follows up with a brilliant strike into the top corner.

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AMR: Kevin Mirallas, for Everton v Aston Villa (8/10)

A third goal in four Premier League matches for Belgian forward Mirallas, a figure who is clearly in splendid form. He put away a lovely free-kick in a 2-1 win at Goodison.

Key moment (85'): GOAL! Kevin Mirallas sends a free-kick into the corner of the net. A quite brilliant free-kick. No chance for Guzan. Everton lead 2-1 late in the game.

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AML: Adam Lallana, for Southampton v Fulham (9/10)

Led by example and used the ball really well throughout the game. There was no spark until he provided it and more than deserved his goal which he took from a difficult angle.

Key moment (64'): Goal finally! Lallana strikes low into the bottom corner after being played in by Lambert on the left side of the area. Terrific finish.

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ST: Nikica Jelavic, for Hull City v Tottenham (9/10)

He was a brilliant foil for Shane Long and set up Hull’s goal. He went close with a couple of efforts including hitting the post and deserved a goal for his display.

Key moment (11'): GOAL! Long races through on goal and calmly fires the ball past Lloris after good work from Jelavic.

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