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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: Ben Foster, for West Brom v Swansea City (7/10)

In a game where few impressed, Ben Foster made important saves against Wilfried Bony in the first half to keep his side in the match when they appeared utterly hopeless.

Key moment (70'): Swansea attack down the right with Rangel, but his cross is woeful. De Guzman wins it back, drives forward into the box, and sends a shot against Foster's legs.

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RB: Seamus Coleman, for Everton v Cardiff City (7/10)

The Irishman continued his hot streak in front of goal this season with a late, late winner against Cardiff to demonstrate once again why some consider him to be the best right-back in the division.

Key moment (90+4'): GOAL! Everton 2-1 Cardiff. Goodison Park erupts! Wonderful play from substitute McGeady sees him lift a cross to the backpost. Barry shows great awareness to knock it back into the mixer where Coleman lurks... The defender slices his effort but it loops into the goal! What a finish to this contest!

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CB: Javi Garcia, for Manchester City v Hull City (8/10)

Slotted seamlessly into the City defence after Vincent Kompany’s dismissal against Stoke and halted numerous Hull attacks as he proved a rock at the back.

Key moment (65'): Boyd darts down the left flank and fizzes a low cross into the mixer. Garcia boots clear. Hull corner.

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CB: Per Mertesacker, for Arsenal v Tottenham (8/10)

Tomas Rosicky produced the moment of the match but no one was as vital to Arsenal as their popular centre-back, who made clearance after clearance to help keep Spurs at bay.

Key moment (29'): CHANCE FOR SPURS! A great cross from Townsend to the near post but Mertesacker does enough to put the striker off and he can’t find the target with a flicked effort.

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LB: Kieran Gibbs, for Arsenal v Tottenham (7/10)

Although Gibbs had some trouble with Andros Townsend in the first half, he went on to play a prominent role in Arsenal emerging with a clean sheet despite so much Spurs pressure.

Key moment (40'): Spurs attack again, this time through the centre, as Eriksen pokes the ball square to Chadli. As he pulls the trigger, Gibbs comes in top just about put him off.

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CM: Gareth Barry, for Everton v Cardiff City (8/10)

The midfielder was omnipresent throughout and showed great awareness to set up the winner. Time for an England recall?

Key moment (90+4'): GOAL! Everton 2-1 Cardiff. Goodison Park erupts! Wonderful play from substitute McGeady sees him lift a cross to the backpost. Barry shows great awareness to knock it back into the mixer where Coleman lurks... The defender slices his effort but it loops into the goal! What a finish to this contest!

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CM: Steven Gerrard, for Liverpool v Manchester United (9/10)

Scored twice from the spot – even if he should have had a third as well – but perhaps even more importantly helped Liverpool win the midfield battle with ease. He snapped into tackles and spread the ball around to provide the foundation for Liverpool’s win.

Key moment (34'): GOAL! Man Utd 0-1 Liverpool! Gerrard fires the ball home from the spot and De Gea goes the wrong way. Tremendous spot-kick. Rafael looks glum but it was a penalty – his outstretched arm caught the ball as Suarez tried to move it on.

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CM: Fabian Delph, for Aston Villa v Chelsea (7/10)

The scorer of the winner, it was Delph who also caused Willian’s sending off with a pacy run towards goal. He also hit the bar even later in the game, and has finally come good on his early promise.

Key moment (82'): GOAL! Villa 1-0 Chelsea. Delph lays the ball off to Albrighton on the left, he sends the ball back in from the wing, and he flicks the ball with his trailing leg into the far corner!

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

In a game which was so scrappy, tense and awash with fouls, it is difficult to pick out a star player. Johnson looked very lively for Sunderland, providing skilful touches and linking up regularly with Phil Bardsley to create chances down the right hand side. He’ll be a key figure in Sunderland’s fight to stay up.

Key moment (5'): Good work from Sunderland with Adam Johnson showing some skillful touches. He slips in Phil Bardsley, who can't find anyone with his cross.

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AML: Peter Odemwingie, for Stoke City v West Ham (9/10)

He worked so hard throughout the game and might have himself a brace should the dubious goals panel award him Stoke’s first which came off his shoulder. His desire to get up with Stephen Ireland for the breakaway third goal, followed by the delightful finish, means he was a cut above.

Key moment (79'): WHAT A FINISH! Stoke break fast from the corner with Ireland. He carries the ball half the pitch and plays in Odemwingie on his right. The angle looks tight but Odemwingie larrops it into the top corner to perhaps put the game beyond West Ham.

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ST: Rickie Lambert, for Southampton v Norwich City (8/10)

Scored with his first touch moments after coming off the bench and then set up the third for Rodriguez as Southampton held off a late Norwich rally to win 4-2.

Key moment (57'): GOAL! Lambert scores for Saints with pretty much his first touch. The striker receives a through ball, turns inside a half-hearted challenge by Yobo, and strokes it inside the near post. 2-0.

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