Team of the week: Palace Puncheon above their weight


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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.

GK: Julian Speroni, for Crystal Palace against Chelsea (8/10)

Speroni was alert throughout, making sure that Chelsea did not find their way back into it, and also made a couple of superb saves.

Key moment: 74' - Massive chance for Chelsea and it falls to star man Eden Hazard. The ball finds its way into the path of the Belgian 10 yards out, but Speroni is quick to narrow the angle and pulls off a fine reaction save.'

RB: Adrian Mariappa, for Crystal Palace against Chelsea (8/10)

There were a few standout performers for Palace, with Adrian Mariappa the best of all of the heroes in the back line.

Key moment: 26' - Great chance for Palace! Mariappa threads a pass through to Puncheon, whose drilled cross reaches Bolasie, who struggles to bring it under control before striking it into the side netting.

CB: Steven Caulker, for Cardiff against West Brom (8/10)

A captain’s performance from the Cardiff centre-back. He was confident and alert at the back and weighed in at the other end with a beautiful header for Cardiff’s equaliser.

Key moment: 73’ - Cardiff are level! Medel's free kick is met with a looping header from Steven Caulker which sails over the backpedalling Foster and into the net.

CB: Martin Skrtel, for Liverpool against Tottenham (8/10)

Has appeared in this team for his goals at some points during the season but showed he can be a steady influence at the back too in this clash.

Key moment: 44' - Skrtel with a good interception and he sends it directly forward to Suarez and that's a handball from Naughton as the Uruguayan tries to take it past him.

LB: Joel Ward, for Crystal Palace against Chelsea (8/10)

Chelsea often do much of their damage when wide men get in behind the defenders, but like Mariappa, Ward was alert and steady throughout and made a key impact going forward too.

Key moment: 52' - Palace have the lead courtesy of a fine finish by John Terry! The Chelsea man flicks Ward’s cross into his own net.

CM: Adam Lallana, for Southampton against Newcastle (9/10)

The playmaker set up Lambert’s goal and then scored a sensational strike to cap off a brilliant performance. His trickery caused the Newcastle defence problems all game and his decision making was brilliant on when to shoot and when to set up a team-mate.

Key moment: 70'- Goal! Lallana makes it 3-0 with a belter from outside the box. Fantastic strike into the top corner!

CM: Jonathan De Guzman, for Swansea City against Norwich (9/10)

There was only ever one winner for man of the match. He took both his goals wonderfully well and worked tirelessly all game. The standing ovation afforded him by the crowd sums up just how good he was.

Key moment 38' - De Guzman plays it in to Bony who holds off Bennett before backheeling it into the path of the Dutchman who continued his run beyond him. The midfielder dinks the ball with his left foot into the bottom corner off the post.

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AMR: Jason Puncheon, for Crystal Palace against Chelsea (9/10)

Puncheon’s verve, energy and desire to cause Chelsea problems meant he was the thorn in their side throughout.

Key moment: 62' - Jerome plays in Puncheon, whose shot whistles past the far post. So close!

AMC: David Silva, for Manchester City against Arsenal (9/10)

Scorer of City’s goal and offered a key attacking option throughout. Orchestrated every City attack and Arsenal never got to grips with him.

Key moment: 17' – Goal! This is all about Silva. The Spaniard’s perfectly weighted pass finds Dzeko, whose shot hits the post and Silva reacts first to tap in the rebound.

AML: Raheem Sterling for Liverpool against Tottenham (9/10)

Sterling wasted not a second in realising how ripe for the picking this Spurs side was, and his combination of speed and strength was at full throttle. The standing ovation for his substitution was massively deserved.

Key moment 53' – Big chance for Liverpool! Sterling breaks through after losing Bentaleb and squares to Henderson, who fires over from the edge of the box with only defenders guarding the goal!

FW: Wayne Rooney, for Manchester United against Aston Villa (8/10)

Ably supported by Mata and Kagawa, this was one of those rare matches when Rooney’s first touch was impressive rather than frustrating, and when his running was constructive rather than plentiful. If he carries on like this then United might manage to score a goal against Bayern Munich.

Key moment: 20' - Rafael sprints forward after intercepting a long pass, the ball is played to Kagawa, who takes the ball onto his right foot and clips a cross in for Rooney to glance inside the post.

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