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Premier League Team of the Week: Red all over

GK: David Marshall for Cardiff City against West Bromwich Albion

Cardiff hung on for a win against fellow strugglers West Brom and were indebted to some late heroics from goalkeeper David Marshall, including a save of the season contender.

KEY MOMENT (86') What a save! Marshall seems to be going the other way as Long heads Berahino's cross back across him - but somehow arches back and tips wide. Crucial moment.


RB: Seamus Coleman for Everton against Fulham (8/10)

A bounding performance from the Irish wingback, who was a constant attacking threat from the right and capped his display with a goal.

KEY MOMENT: (74’): GOAL! Superb build-up from Everton as Pienaar steps over the ball before completing a one-two with Lukaku. The South African’s cross lands nicely for Coleman to finish easily.


CB: Mamadou Sakho for Liverpool against Tottenham (8/10)

The Frenchman helped ensure there was never a way back for Tottenham and also looked dangerous at the other end from set-plays.

KEY MOMENT (51'): Sakho hits the post from the Sterling cross from two yards. Ball breaks to Skrtel, but he lifts a volley well over the bar from the rebound.


CB: Vincent Kompany for Manchester City against Arsenal (8/10)

It might sound strange to say when his team conceded three, but Kompany was superb at the back. His team after all scored six and the Belgian was often the man who began the attacking.

KEY MOMENT (49'): Kompany goes on a surging run down the left wing, beating a couple of players before knocking in a cross. What a player.


LB: Jon Flanagan for Liverpool against Tottenham (8/10)

Out of position but solid as rock defensively and excellent going forward, his first Premier League capped a dream day for the youngster.

KEY MOMENT (75'): GOAL! Flanagan drives a delightful half-volley into the net. Suarez with the cross from the Henderson backheel. A glorious strike. In off the underside of the bar. A 3-0 lead now.


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

There were a string of fine performances in the Liverpool team but Sterling was the brighest spark early and never let up as Liverpool took the momentum right from the start,

KEY MOMENT (89'): GOAL! Sterling slides the shot into the net from the Suarez pass. Spurs cut well and truly open. Another Suarez assist. A 5-0 lead for the visiting side.


CM: Fernandinho for Manchester City against Arsenal (8/10)

Two lovely finishes capped off a busy performance in midfield as the Brazilian got off the mark for his new club.

KEY MOMENT (51'): GOAL! Lovely curler from Fernandinho on the edge of the box, his first goal for Manchester City, but the chance came after Mathieu Flamini slipped while trying to control a bad pass by Ozil.


CM: Jordan Henderson for Liverpool against Tottenham (9/10)

A coming-of-age performance from Henderson. Without Gerrard, Liverpool needed somebody to step up and Henderson looked like Stevie-G in his prime as he blew up the Tottenham midfield with an all-action display.

KEY MOMENT (40'): GOAL! Henderson thumps a volley into the net after Lloris had saved from Suarez. Brilliant attacking move, great goal. Liverpool lead 2-0.


LM: Steven Pienaar for Everton against Fulham (8/10)

The South African was involved in much of Everton's good attacking play and seems to be back to his best under Roberto Martinez.

KEY MOMENT (17'): GOAL! Osman with a superb individual strike, showing great skill to fashion a curling shot with his left foot. Steven Pienaar with the assist.


ST: Luis Suarez for Liverpool against Tottenham (10/10)

Might not be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but he is hardly a poor third. Forget Franck Ribery, Suarez is out on his own as the third-best player in the world.

KEY MOMENT (84'): GOAL! Suarez lifts the ball over Lloris as he raced off his line. Brilliant finish from the Luis Alberto pass. And that is a 4-0 lead. Magical stuff from Liverpool here.


ST: Danny Welbeck for Manchester United against Aston Villa (8/10)

Came up with two fine goals to knock the stuffing out of Villa. Some fine movement and awareness.

KEY MOMENT (15'): GOAL! Welbeck scores for United. Rafael with the cross for Adnan Januzaj. His header comes back off a post, but Welbeck follows up on to score with the volley. A 1-0 lead for United.