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Team of the Week: The Ox fires England reminder

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: Artur Boruc, for Southampton v Fulham (7/10)

You never quite know what you are going to get with the Southampton keeper but on Saturday he was in excellent form, making a number of key saves and keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage.

Key moment (24'): Great save Boruc. Hangeland rose highest and nodded the ball towards the left corner but the Pole managed to claw the ball away.

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RB: Leandro Bacuna, for Aston Villa v Everton (7/10)

Bacuna was on the scoresheet for the second successive match and also made a number of important clearances at the back. Unfortunately, despite his fine performance, Villa lost 2-1.

Key moment (33'): GOAL! Bacuna scores for Villa. Lovely pass from Benteke. Great finish through the legs of Tim Howard.

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CB: John O'Shea, for Sunderland v Newcastle (7/10)

Wes Brown also impressed alongside him at the heart of the Sunderland defence but skipper O'Shea was the solid foundation which a fine derby win was built on.

Key moment (32'): Newcastle trying to find some momentum here as O'Shea rises to head clear the Anita cross. Sunderland dropping deeper and deeper here. Inviting trouble, it must be said.

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CB: Gareth McAuley, for West Brom v Liverpool (7/10)

West Brom were grateful for a shocking error from Kolo Toure to snatch a 1-1 draw against Liverpool but McAuley also played his part with a commanding performance.

Key moment (53'): Brilliant stop by Mignolet to deny McAuley with a powerful header. A quite magnificent reaction stop. Not sure how he got there.

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LB: Luke Shaw, for Southampton v Fulham (8/10)

The transfer window closed without a £30m move to Manchester or West London and Southampton were rewarded for their success in holding onto England's next great left-back with a typically accomplished performance.

Key moment (68'): Saints pour forward again through Shaw on the left. He crosses low to Rodriguez in the middle but Burn matched his run and cleared for the corner.

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CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, for Arsenal against Crystal Palace (8/10)

The young winger/forward was deployed in a slightly deeper role as an attacking midfielder, but showed the sort of class that he brings to this Arsenal side. England manager Roy Hodgson will also note such a telling contribution.

Key moment (48'): GOAL! Oxlade-Chamberlain lifts the ball into the net over Speroni. Lovely ball from Cazorla. Arsenal lead 1-0.

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CM: Kevin Nolan, for West Ham against Swansea City (7/10)

Nolan scored twice in an important win for West Ham, feeding off two assists from Andy Carroll to give the Hammers a 2-0 victory at Upton Park.

Key moment (26'): GOAL! A loose ball forward and the attack ends for Swansea. Demel launches a throw high up the right, and West Ham start an attack own the left. A cross is knocked down for Nolan, who volleys the ball, left-footed, into the corner and past Tremmel.

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CM: Charlie Adam, for Stoke City v Manchester United (7/10)

As well as two vital goals, the second especially good, Adam provided needle throughout the match to frustrate United, and clever passes for his team-mates.

Key moment (52'): GOAL! Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United. Adam scores. Arnautovic misses the ball as he tries to volley towards goal, and Adam follows up with a brilliant strike into the top corner.

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AMR: Kevin Mirallas, for Everton v Aston Villa (8/10)

A third goal in four Premier League matches for Belgian forward Mirallas, a figure who is clearly in splendid form. He put away a lovely free-kick in a 2-1 win at Goodison.

Key moment (85'): GOAL! Kevin Mirallas sends a free-kick into the corner of the net. A quite brilliant free-kick. No chance for Guzan. Everton lead 2-1 late in the game.

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AML: Adam Lallana, for Southampton v Fulham (9/10)

Led by example and used the ball really well throughout the game. There was no spark until he provided it and more than deserved his goal which he took from a difficult angle.

Key moment (64'): Goal finally! Lallana strikes low into the bottom corner after being played in by Lambert on the left side of the area. Terrific finish.

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ST: Nikica Jelavic, for Hull City v Tottenham (9/10)

He was a brilliant foil for Shane Long and set up Hull’s goal. He went close with a couple of efforts including hitting the post and deserved a goal for his display.

Key moment (11'): GOAL! Long races through on goal and calmly fires the ball past Lloris after good work from Jelavic.