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Team of the Week: Gayle Force

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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: Hugo Lloris, for Tottenham v West Ham (8/10)

It’s quite unusual for the goalkeeper in a 2-0 defeat to be named man of the match, but Lloris made a string of fantastic saves as his team-mates did their best to undermine him. Unless Spurs acquire a real big-name coach this summer, the France international could well be on his way out of White Hart Lane.

Key moment (56’): Makes a fine save from Mohamed Diame’s bicycle kick, one of several at Upton Park.

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DR: Mathieu Debuchy, for Newcastle v Cardiff City (7/10)

The attacking right-back was a constant threat going forward and nearly scored when his shot was saved by David Marshall and his header from the resultant corner hit the bar.

Key moment (16’): Having seen his shot palmed behind by the Cardiff keeper, Debuchy escapes his marker at the corner and heads against the bar.

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DC: Michael Turner, for Norwich City against Chelsea (8/10)

A rock at the heart of the Norwich defence against a tidal wave of Chelsea attacks. Somehow kept the Blues at bay, although the result hurt both teams’ hopes.

Key moment (5’): Getting away with it is half the battle for defenders, and Turner managed to make a foul on Demba Ba look innocuous.

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DC: Marc Muniesa, for Stoke City v Fulham (7/10)

A calm, unfussy performance in the heart of Stoke’s defence. After taking a while to find his feet, the Spain U21 defender has showed great composure after moving to a new country and Barcelona could really do with his presence right now.

Key moment (59’): After intercepting a through-ball, Muniesa brings the ball out of defence, completes a one-two with Steven NZonzi, and plays a cross to Oussama Assaidi, whose finish is saved.

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DL: Luke Shaw, for Southampton v Swansea (7/10)

Roy Hodgson would have been very happy with the form of the England left-back on the basis of this match, which saw him be utterly dominant at the back and a real threat going forward.

Key moment (39’): What a run from Shaw! The Saints left-back shows his pace as he races down the flank before drilling a low cross into the box, but it's cleared.

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M: Marko Arnautovic, for Stoke City v Fulham (8/10)

The controversial Austrian seems to have cleaned his act up and has been a revelation at Stoke. His dribbling and movement is second to none, and he tore Fulham to shreds, scoring once, involved in another and forcing some good saves from David Stockdale.

Key moment (39’): Pieters plays in Odemwingie down the line, he squares for Arnautovic who smashes the ball past the goalkeeper for Stoke’s second.

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M: Moussa Sissoko, for Newcastle v Cardiff City (8/10)

Created two and hit the post himself. A driving force in the midfield and one of few highlights on the day Cardiff were relegated.

Key moment (17’): A fantastic run and cross by Sissoko allows Shola Ameobi a simple header.

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M: James Milner, for Manchester City against Everton (7/10)

City impressed more with their personality and resilience than they did with their technical abilities, but Milner provided sensible passing, defensive hard work and an attacking outlet in midfield and on the right wing throughout.

Key moment (43’): A fantastic cross from Milner is powered home by Edin Dzeko. Excellent run and ball from the Englishman.

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FC: Peter Odemwingie, for Stoke City v Fulham (9/10)

The Nigeria forward was played as a lone striker and ran tirelessly for his team. He showed great anticipation to score his goal while laying on another just after half time with an unselfish square pass for Arnautovic.

Key moment (39’): Odemwingie is on hand to side-foot the ball home from a yard out after Steven Ireland sees his finish blocked.

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FC: Dwight Gayle, for Crystal Palace v Liverpool (9/10)

Scored two goals in eight second-half minutes to rescue a dramatic 3-3 draw and effectively end Liverpool’s title hopes. Yannick Bolasie was also tremendous, but the player of the week award belongs to the man who was playing non league two seasons ago.

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FC: Andreas Weimann, for Aston Villa v Hull City (8/10)

The Austrian striker scored twice and put in a superb shift as he ran tirelessly throughout. Has been criticised by Villa fans, somewhat harshly as he is only a youngster, but he answered the critics in style as he helped keep his side up.

Key moment (45+3’): Glances home a superb header after fine work from Jordan Bowery.

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