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Team of the Week

Scott Carson

Ian Pearce  
Pascal Chimbonda  Liam Rosenior 
Paul Scholes Hameur Bouazza
Steven Gerrard
Dirk Kuyt
Aaron Lennon
  Darren Bent     Wayne Rooney
Aidy Boothroyd

It's that time when the Premiership logs into Soccernet to see if they are part of this week's TOTW. And there are 11 happy visitors this week after a great weekend of action. Two Cottagers got us underway in Saturday's early game against Everton.

Liam Rosenior and Ian Pearce are at different ends of their careers but were excellent as Fulham became the first team to gain a clean sheet against Everton. Ian Pearce is one of only three players to have played in every Premiership season - guess the other two - and he remains a solid performer for overachieving Fulham.

Two Addicks feature too after Charlton's second win of the season at the expense of Manchester City. On-loan keeper Scott Carson is receiving rave reviews and while Jose Reina flounders at Liverpool it may be sooner rather than later that Carson is between the Anfield sticks. Darren Bent is staging a repeat of last season and his goal won the match to ease Iain Dowie's sleeping.

Two scousers of the red kind are here selected. Steven Gerrard seems to have woken from his early-season lull and was his dominant self as Liverpool beat Reading. And Dirk Kuyt is becoming a cult figure at Anfield. He has only scored there so far and got two on Saturday.

Two Spurs are getting plaudits too. Aaron Lennon scored the winning goal in a great game between Chelsea and Spurs and was a glittering threat throughout. His partner down the right wing, Pascal Chimbonda, was energetic in holding off the champions' attacks.

Now for two men from league leaders Manchester United, who made short work of Portsmouth in a 3-0 win. Paul Scholes may still have problems with his vision but his game is as good as it ever was. And Wayne Rooney didn't score but was the counterpoint of United's attacking flair.

And two from Watford, celebrating their first Premiership win since 2000. Aidy Boothroyd is therefore boss of the week while Hameur Bouazza scored the deflected first in the Hornets' 2-0 win over Middlesbrough and gave a fine display in the midfield.

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