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Shay Given

Ricardo Carvalho 
Jamie Carragher  William Gallas 
Joe Cole Steven Gerrard
Steven Reid
Aaron Lennon
Andres D'Aessandro
  Steed Malbranque     Benjani
Harry Redknapp

It has been a weekend of tying up some loose ends in the Premiership. Here are the players we thought performed best.

Shay Given was at his agile best as Newcastle held a desperate Birmingham City to a 0-0 draw at St Andrews, a result that relegated Steve Bruce's side.

Given denied Mikael Forssell and Emile Heskey in stoppage time with a brilliant double save as the hosts were unable to find the vital goal that would have handed them a vital lifeline.

Chelsea provide us with two-thirds of our defence this week; William Gallas and Ricardo Carvalho were excellent at the back as Chelsea saved one of their performances of the season for their title-clinching clash with Manchester United on Saturday lunch-time.

Carvalho capped a man-of-the-match performance with a superb goal, continuing a run from defence before collecting a pass and smashing his shot past the helpless Edwin Van Der Sar.

Jamie Carragher completes the back line after a solid showing in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

Two-goal Steven Gerrard was another player at his inspirational best at Anfield on Saturday; the skipper lashing a stunning 30-yard strike home for the Reds' third goal.

Gerrard's England team-mate Joe Cole joins him in our midfield after rounding off an impressive performance with a great goal of his own at Stamford Bridge.

Cole twisted clear of Rio Ferdinand and Mikael Silvestre with a twinkle-toed trick before firing past Van Der Sar to begin the Chelsea title celebrations.

Meanwhile, Steven Reid ensured that Alan Curbishley's final home game in charge of Charlton ended in defeat; the Ireland midfielder nodded home a header from close range to set Blackburn on the way to a 2-0 victory.

And Portsmouth's on-loan Argentine Andres D'Alessandro showed enough class and determination to surely tempt offers of a permanent deal in the summer as Pompey came from behind to secure their Premiership survival with a win at Wigan.

Portsmouth's £4.1 million club-record signing Benjani Mwaruwari began the fight-back at the JJB Stadium; his 63rd minute equaliser was his first goal for the club in what was his 15th start following his January transfer-window move.

Benjani is joined up front by two players more recognised as midfielders, but who did excellent jobs for their teams in more advanced positions at the weekend.

Fulham's brilliant Frenchman Steed Malbranque netted a 90th-minute winner to give the Cottagers their first away win of the season, against Manchester City at Eastlands.

And while Aaron Lennon was a virtual spectator in the first half of Tottenham's victory over Bolton on Sunday, his second-half performance - which included a well-taken, decisive goal - would have surely delighted the watching England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The Manager of the Week was a straight choice between Harry Redknapp, who has performed miracles to keep Portsmouth in the Premiership, and title-winner Jose Mourinho.

If only to spite Mourinho, who used his post-match press conference to moan that he didn't get enough credit from the media in England, we've decided to give the honour to Harry.

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