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Team of the Week

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Kelvin Davis
P Chimbonda Gary Breen
Ryan Nelsen Tomas Repka
Frank Lampard MG Pedersen
Danny Murphy Charles N'Zogbia
Michael Owen Luke Moore
Mick McCarthy

A fantastic weekend for Chelsea saw them extend their winning run at the start of the Premiership season to seven matches, while supposed title challengers Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all dropped points.

On to the ESPN Soccernet Team of the Week.

In goal, we chose Sunderland's Kelvin Davis, who produced three outstanding saves as his side recorded their first Premiership victory in 27 attempts with a 2-0 victory at local rivals Middlesbrough on Sunday.

This week's four-man defence is comprised of Pascal Chimbonda, Ryan Nelsen, Tomas Repka and Gary Breen.

Breen was a giant at the heart of the Sunderland defence as they hauled themselves off the bottom of the table. The Republic of Ireland centre-back had his hands full with Yakubu and Mark Viduka, but marshalled his men superbly.

Wigan have made an unbelievable start to their debut Premiership campaign, and Chimbonda has been one of their early-season stars. The Frenchman again excelled at right-back at Goodison Park as Wigan condemned Everton to another home defeat.

The undoubted shock of the weekend came at Old Trafford in another north-west derby fixture, where Blackburn took advantage of Manchester United's growing injury problems with a 2-1 smash-and-grab raid.

New Zealand international Nelsen displayed the grit and determination for which he is increasingly becoming renowned as he helped rebuff Ruud Van Nistelrooy and co for much of the game.

Meanwhile in London, Repka ensured that Arsenal went away from West Ham with only a point as the two sides played out an entertaining stalemate.

There were plenty of impressive midfield displays this weekend. Here are the four that particularly impressed us here at Soccernet.

Frank Lampard netted both goals in Chelsea's hard-earned victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge; the first a typically well-struck, swerving free-kick, the second a cool penalty.

Charlton's Danny Murphy was another to help himself to a brace of goals, guiding his side to a 2-1 away victory at West Brom. The former Liverpool man converted a ninth-minute penalty and slotted home a second from close-range after a swift counter-attack.

Morten Gamst Pedersen is the second Blackburn player to make it in to the XI after scoring the two goals that sank Manchester United; the second a stunning left-foot strike in to the top-corner to steal the points.

Meanwhile, young Frenchman Charles N'Zogbia was the star man at St James' Park as Newcastle continued their recent revival with a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Up front, we've gone for the pacy pairing of Michael Owen and Luke Moore.

Owen scored his second Newcastle goal with a typically efficient finish, and the £16million striker could have had more had it not been for the impressive form of City goalkeeper David James.

And Moore earns his place after becoming the first player to score against Chelsea this season, taking advantage of a rare slip in the home defence to guide a shot past Petr Cech from a tight angle.

Manager of the week is Mick McCarthy, for finally breaking his side's winless run in the Premiership.

Well done everyone.

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