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Team of the Week: Magic Mata

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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: Adrian, for West Ham v West Brom (8/10)

The Spanish keeper has arguably been West Ham's best player this season and he was in fine form again, even if the Hammers did lose at The Hawthorns.

Key moment (75'): Dorrans floats the free kick in, it's chested down by Brunt to Sessegnon, who controls and volleys beautifully, only to see Adrian dive to his right to make a fine reaction save.

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RB: Nathaniel Clyne, for Southampton v Everton (8/10)

Quickly saw off Gerard Deulofeu and was as potent an attacking threat as he was solid in defence in a home victory for the Saints.

Key moment (31'): GOAL! And it’s another own goal from Everton and this time it’s Seamus Coleman from Clyne’s cross!

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CB: Branislav Ivanovic, for Chelsea v Liverpool (8/10)

The defender was superb throughout a 2-0 win at Anfield, helping Tomas Kalas to enjoy an accomplished first Premier League start while nullifying everything Liverpool threw at them.

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CB: Younes Kaboul, for Tottenham v Stoke (9/10)

He was imperious at the back and didn’t put a foot wrong all game. When his team-mates became nervous in the final stages as Stoke piled the pressure on, he stood tall and made some important last-ditch challenges.

Key moment (90'): Kaboul goes on a mazy run into the Stoke half and almost sets up a second.

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LB: Fernando Amorebieta, for Fulham against Hull (7/10)

At centre-back in the first half, he performed inconsistently and was lucky to stay on after nudging Shane Long in the box. In the second half, he posed danger going forward, adding to Fulham's lead, but also defended far more solidly.

Key moment (58'): GOAL! Fulham 2 Hull City 0. Amorebieta scores. Richardson whips in a cross from deep, to Amorebieta at the near post. He glances the cross on to the far post, and squeezes his header in.

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CM: Yaya Toure, for Manchester City v Crystal Palace (9/10)

Scored one and made one on his return from injury. Has now scored 19 goals from midfield for City; a fantastic return for a fantastic player.

Key moment (43'): What a goal by Toure, who powers forward, cuts inside the last defender and arrows a superb shot into the top corner with his left foot. Powerful, skilful, measured - great stuff by the Ivorian.

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CM: Jonjo Shelvey, for Swansea v Aston Villa (9/10)

Set up two and scored with a wonder strike of his own. No competition when man of the match honours were being decided at The Liberty Stadium.

Key moment (26'): GOAL Swansea! And it’s Jonjo Swansea with a wonderful first touch and volley by the centre circle. Goal of the season contender, perfectly executed.

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AMR: Adam Johnson, for Sunderland v Cardiff (8/10)

He won't make the England World Cup squad but there's no mistaking this has been a fine second half of the season for the winger, who will still harbour hopes of keeping Sunderland up.

Key moment (61'): Chance on the break for Sunderland as Johnson motors down the left, but his low cross is just too far ahead of Wickham.

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AMC: Stephane Sessegnon, for West Brom v West Ham (8/10)

Showed great speed, a fine touch and plenty of invention that made West Brom by far the more threatening team on the attack. Only a lack of poise before goal stopped him scoring, though Adrian's fine display didn't help him with that.

Key moment (75'): Dorrans floats the free kick in, it's chested down by Brunt to Sessegnon, who controls and volleys beautifully, only to see Adrian dive to his right to make a fine reaction save.

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AML: Juan Mata, for Manchester United v Norwich (8/10)

While he may have only been a substitute, and Wayne Rooney also scored two, Mata was far more effective at linking up play and and setting up attacks around him in a much shorter space of time.

Key moment (63'): Evra sends the ball back to Rooney, who aims yet another curling shot to the top corner, but Ruddy saves well. It's back out on the right, the ball is curled in for Juan Mata by Jones, lurking in the box, and he sidefoots his shot past the keeper.

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ST: Connor Wickham, for Sunderland v Cardiff (9/10)

Who else? Scored two and made one with the strong run that led to the penalty. A new player under Gus Poyet, Wickham could be the man to keep Sunderland up.

Key moment (27'): GOAL! Wickham scores for Sunderland! Larsson's brilliant corner goes straight through to Wickham, who stoops to head well into the opposite top corner. 1-0 Sunderland.

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