Team of the Week
|Richard Dunne||Daniel Agger|
|Jimmy Bullard||Steven Gerrard|
|Andrew Johnson||Juan Pablo Angel|
Charlton's on-loan goalkeeper and England number 3 Scott Carson proved himself to be an excellent stopper this weekend with a succession of saves to keep Bolton at bay. His penalty save from El-Hadji Diouf proved to be vital as Charlton then converted one of their own to win the game.
Liverpool's Daniel Agger showed that even centre-backs can score from outside the box. His incredible left foot drive from 30 yards spurred the Reds to victory against West Ham and Premiership defences will be wary about allowing the talented young Dane any room to shoot in the future.
John Terry was at his best as Chelsea struggled to a 2-0 at Blackburn. the England skipper won the penalty to open to scoring, had striker Jason Roberts in his pocket and provided a typically robust performance.
Speaking of resilience, Manchester City's central defensive rock Richard Dunne was the pick of the defenders on show this weekend as he helped condemn a mis-firing Arsenal team to their worst ever start in the Premiership. Forming a powerful partnership with Sylvain Distin in the heart of defence, Dunne kept Henry and Co. out of the game.
In midfield, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard provided yet another trademark, bustling performance. He drove his team forward, tackled back when needed and peppered the oposition's goal woth pot shots...not much more you can ask really.
Leon Osman was the other stand-out performer in central midfield this weekend. With Everton down to 10 men after Kevin Kilbane's dismissal, Osman excelled in creating attacking opportunities for the Toffees as well as performing key defensive duties against a talented Tottenham midfield.
Fulham's Jimmy Bullard was undoubtedly the most influential player on show however. His dynamism and flair brought Fulham their first points of the season against Sheffield United and looks a snip at £2 million. Unlucky not to have had two goals after his crashing drive ricocheted off the post, Bullard floated a special free kick into the net and won the game for the Cottagers.
What a resurgence Ryan Giggs has undergone in the past 18 months. Man Utd's veteran winger has always been an excellent player, but he looks like a brand new one after yet another impressive display against Watford. Helping to set up the first and scoring the second, Giggs showed why he is considered one of the very best to have graced the Premiership. If only he had chosen to play for England.
Up front, Darren Bent continued his goal scoring form with a double against Bolton. Utilising pace and an excellent finishing touch, Bent has forced his way into the England reckoning, and will be pushing for a starting place. Takes a good penalty and has show himself to be a constant threat in front of goal.
If Bent is pushing for a starting place then so is Everton's Andy Johnson. Having moved North to improve his England chances, the former Palace man is doing himself a world of good by scoring goals at Goodison. Another impressive performance this weekend against a lacklustre Spurs defence, Johnson is definitely firing.
Completing the line up is Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel whose clinical finish bagged three points against Newcastle United, his second goal of the season, and moved his club in to second place in the Premiership.
And the manager? David Moyes of Everton has transformed the Merseyside club into genuine European contenders, even without Wayne Rooney. His management this weekend against a very talented Spurs side, and with only 10 men, is an inspiration.