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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Without Stekelenburg's flying saves, United would have scored more than two. He made crucial saves throughout, particularly in the second half to deny Rooney, as Fulham snatched a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
Key moment (56'): What a save by Stekelenburg! Mata tees up Rooney in the box and the England striker's shot seemed a certain goal, but the Dutchman pulls off a stunning reflex save!
Man Utd had 31 shots today with just 9 on target (exc. blocked shots). Maarten Stekelenburg made 7 saves. pic.twitter.com/Og5uowZlKl
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 9, 2014
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RB: Sascha Riether, for Fulham v Manchester United (7/10)
The German stole the headlines for the wrong reasons in the first meeting between the clubs this season when stamping on Adnan Januzaj but was far more cool and collected when helping to inflict a damaging draw on United.
Key moment (10'): Perfectly-timed challenge by Riether, who nicks the ball off Van Persie's toes after neat interplay on the edge of the box by Young and Fletcher.
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The towering Slovakian helped Liverpool on their way to a resounding 5-1 win over Arsenal with two headed goals in the first 10 minutes at Anfield. Was never troubled at the other end either.
Key moment (1'): Liverpool score with barely a minute on the clock. Gerrard’s devilish free kick from the left is whipped in towards the far post where Skrtel is waiting to prod home from six yards. WHAT A START!!
Fernando Torres: 31 shots 4 goals Martin Skrtel: 9 shots 4 goals
— Uber Football Facts (@UberFotbalFacts) February 8, 2014
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Key moment (39'): Yobo saves Norwich's bacon. Awful sliced clearance by Bassong goes straight to Silva, who finds Negredo. He nods down for Navas, but Yobo is there to hoof clear.
Good day for Africa in the EPL: Yobo & Bassong shut out Man City. Chamakh & Odemwingie score. Aluko makes a comeback. Salah makes his debut. — John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) February 8, 2014
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The experienced Premier League performer was in fine form as Hull enjoyed a 2-0 win over Sunderland, teeing up Nikica Jelavic for his side's second goal of the afternoon.
Key moment (62'): Nikica Jelavic finally scores! The ball in from Figueroa takes a deflection, and Jelavic does well to head it over Mannone and into the net.
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In a game that lacked real quality, it is impossible to give the man of the match award to anybody other than the game winner - especially as he scored two goals. His second was a gift from Delph, but the first was of the highest quality.
Key moment (46'): GOAL: West Ham take the lead. Stewart Downing turns Bertrand inside out before finding Nolan six yards from goal. The midfielder does tremendously well to backheel the ball into the net courtesy of a slight deflection from Clark.
— Real Soccer Facts (@RealSoccerFacts) February 10, 2014
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Created both of Stoke’s goals and worked really hard in the middle of the park before his substitution. His first through ball was sublime while his corner for the second goal was put in with pin-point accuracy. Unlucky to be subbed as he was controlling the game for Stoke.
Key moment (38'): Stoke haven't threatened Saints much before a defence splitting through ball from Charlie Adam that finds Peter Odemwingie one-on-one, and he finishes with aplomb.
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AMR: Raheem Sterling, for Liverpool v Arsenal (9/10)
The England Under-21 winger caused the Arsenal full-backs no end of problems and took his two goals very well. He also had a number of chances to make it a hat-trick and surely strengthened his claims for a World Cup place.
Key moment (53'): GOAL: It’s five. FIVE!! Kolo Toure does brilliantly to find Sterling, who has pulled away from his marker. The youngster races through on goal and finishes from close range, though he requires to attempts to do so.
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AMC: Eden Hazard, for Chelsea v Newcastle (9/10)
Claimed a fantastic hat-trick against Newcastle to further underline why the Belgian will surely be a contender for the individual awards at the end of the season.
Key moment (27'): GOAL! After finding Ivanovic on the right, Hazard turns his cross into the goal without breaking stride.
Stating the bleeding obvious, but Eden Hazard is a sensationally good footballer.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 8, 2014
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AML: Tom Ince, for Crystal Palace v West Brom (8/10)
An excellent introduction to life at Palace for the on-loan Blackpool winger as he scored in a 3-1 win. Could be a valuable addition as Palace look to safeguard their future in England's top flight.
Key moment (15'): Ince breaks off Bolasie before lifting the loose ball over Foster after he went to ground. Brilliant finish from the new man. A 1-0 lead then for the home side.
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ST: Shane Long, for Hull City v Sunderland (8/10)
Looked dangerous throughout an important 2-0 win. His presence made the difference, luring Wes Brown into the rash challenge that got him sent off, and his header put Hull ahead on 16 minutes.
Key moment (16'): GOAL! Shane Long gets the goal that Wes Brown stopped him from getting 12 minutes ago. Mannone was about to collect the cross in from Huddlestone’s corner, but Jozy Altidore, just in front of him, headed it away, straight into the path of Livermore who played it on to Long.
3 points, managed to grab a goal, ireland win in the ruggers....today is a good day!!
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