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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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Team of the Week

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Thomas Sorensen

Ibrahima Sonko  
Micah Richards  Titus Bramble 
Robbie Savage Frank Lampard
Danny Murphy
Georgios Samaras
Cristiano Ronaldo
  Marlon King     Thierry Henry
Steve Coppell

Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen made a great save to deny Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after only four minutes and continued in the same form for the rest of the match as Villa maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-0 win over Charlton.

In defence Manchester City's Micah Richards wins his place after an indefatigable show of pace and power as City beat West Ham 2-0 to lift the mounting pressure on manager Stuart Pearce.

Joining the youngster is Reading centre-back Ibrahima Sonko, who denied wave after wave of attack as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium. The fans chant of 'Sonko is Superman' just about sums it up.

Titus Bramble was at the heart of everything Everton did well in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle. The Magpies defender let his man go on multiple occasions, failed to make key tackles, could have concede a penalty, stood and watched as Tim Cahill headed Everton's goal at the back post and then got sent-off......this is Team Of The Weak isn't it?

In midfield Danny Murphy made a rare start for Tottenham Hotspur against his former club Liverpool and his guile helped create at least two guilt-edged chances that his colleagues spurned before the Reds went on to win 3-0. He outshone both Xavi Alonso and Steven Gerrard.

Robbie Savage inspired his team-mates to victory with a display of running and battling that only stopped when he twice had to change ripped clothing - sustained during his combative display.

Following weeks of criticism Frank Lampard wins his place back in our Team of the Week after netting both goals in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Fulham. His goal from the spot put an end to the doubts over his ability to take penalties.

Usually dazzling and frustrating in equal measure Cristiano Ronaldo tipped the balance in his favour with the equalising goal against Reading. After delivering a number of crosses that his team-mates failed to convert the winger took things into his own hands with a top quality finish.

Thierry Henry returned to the Arsenal attack hungrier than ever and after a spell on the sidelines. He managed to create both goals before scoring the third himself as the Gunners beat a stubborn Sheffield United side 3-0.

Marlon King may not have scored in the 1-1 draw with Wigan but his bustling, hardworking style suits Watford's long-ball game and he caused trouble all afternoon. He was unlucky not to score when his shot hit the post and bounced into the keepers arms.

Greek striker Georgios Samaras blows hot and cold but on Saturday he was functioning at scorching levels as he netted both goals for Manchester City with a top level of technical ability.

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