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Team of the Week: Schuerrle stars for Chelsea

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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: Simon Mignolet, for Liverpool v Southampton (7/10)

Brendan Rodgers said last week that Pepe Reina won't be coming back to Liverpool and Mignolet demonstrated why with an impressive performance to keep out Southampton in a 3-0 win for his team.

Key moment (43'): Shaw pulls the ball back towards Lambert, who steps over the ball and allows it to run to the back post. Rodriguez takes a touch, and then has his low shot well saved by Mignolet. He really should have scored.

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RB: Geoff Cameron, for Stoke City v Arsenal (6/10)

Resolute in defence and a useful outlet going forward as Stoke dealt a big blow to Arsenal's title pretensions with a 2-1 win. None of the players on the pitch really impressed but he was the least objectionable.

Key moment (48'): A chance for Stoke, as a cross from Cameron results in Szczesny flapping at it, and it falling between Crouch and a defender, and Arteta boots it clear.

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CB: Martin Skrtel, for Liverpool v Southampton (7/10)

The Slovakian continues to have a fine season at the heart of the Liverpool back four and defended stoutly to help keep out a lively home side at St Mary's.

Key moment (33'): Lallana plays a one-two with Lambert, finds Rodriguez, and Skrtel heads away bravely under a Rodriguez challenge. Shaw then bursts forward, lays the ball back for Lallana, who hooks the ball wide.

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CB: Ron Vlaar, for Aston Villa v Norwich City (7/10)

The Dutch defender was on solid enough form in his side's convincing 4-1 win over Norwich but makes the Team of the Week thanks to his assist for Christian Benteke's sensational equaliser.

Key moment (25'): GOAL! Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich City. Benteke scores. A high ball forward from the right from Vlaar, and Benteke chests, with his back to goal. Yobo is covering from behind but Benteke tries an overhead kick that beats Ruddy, and Villa are level.

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LB: Leighton Baines, for Everton v West Ham (8/10)

A regular presence in the Team of the Week, Baines makes it this time thanks to his match-winning assist for Romelu Lukaku's late winner. The left-back will be hoping to get the chance to impress again when starting for England against Denmark.

Key moment (81'): GOAL! Baines does well to get down the line and cross low to the penalty spot. Lukaku is on hand to sweep home on his first game back from injury. Nothing Adrian could have done.

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MR: Andre Schuerrle, for Chelsea v Fulham (9/10)

Three excellent finishes from the German, who got his first Chelsea hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Craven Cottage. Has struggled to make much of an impact this season but showed his value here.

Key moment (68'): HAT-TRICK SCHUERRLE! He gets his third, after a couple of attempts in the last few minutes, driving it under Stekelenburg after Dan Burn loses a header to Torres.

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CM: Moussa Sissoko, for Newcastle United v Hull City (8/10)

The France international scored more than once in a league away match for the first time in his senior career as he helped Newcastle to a 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

Key moment (55'): GOAL! And Newcastle restore their lead after Hull just stand off Gouffran. McGregor spills the shot, and Sissoko taps in the rebound.

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CM: Moussa Dembele, for Tottenham Hotpsur v Cardiff City (7/10)

The Belgium international has had a rather mixed season but was at his best in a 1-0 win on Sunday as he helped control the midfield and prompt attacks.

Key moment (42'): An optimistic strike from Dembele, which skids along the ground and veers wide.

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ML: Yannick Bolasie, for Crystal Palace v Swansea (8/10)

Although pretty much non-existent in the first half, as were all of his team-mates, he was the catalyst in the Eagles’ second-half revival as they drew 1-1. His mazy runs down the right and relentless crossing into the box gave Swansea's defence plenty to think about.

Key moment (66'): Bolasie is involved once again, as he picks up the ball on the edge of the box before lashing an effort well wide of the post.

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ST: Romelu Lukaku, for Everton v West Ham (9/10)

He changed the game. His introduction with half an hour to go gave Everton a focal point to their attack which had been missing in the first hour. His strength and pace was a huge problem for West Ham’s defenders who couldn’t get near him as he charged in to score the winning goal.

Key moment (81'): GOAL! Baines does well to get down the line and cross low to the penalty spot. Lukaku is on hand to sweep home on his first game back from injury. Nothing Adrian could have done.

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ST: Roberto Soldado, for Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City (8/10)

After going such a long time without a goal from open play, Soldado was industrious throughout and his deserved goal was the difference between the sides.

Key moment (28'): GOAL! Soldado finally gets the goal he's been waiting for. Townsend picks it up on the break, passes to Adebayor, who rolls it into his strike partner, who keeps his head and strokes it into the net.

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