Team of the Week
|Abel Xavier||Patrice Evra|
|Amady Faye||Mikel Arteta|
|Morten Gamst Pedersen||
|Mark Viduka||Emmanuel Adebayor|
It's not often a goalkeeper that concedes two goals makes it into Soccernet's Team of the Week but Watford's Ben Foster was at his acrobatic best to keep the score down to 2-0 against Aston Villa. An England keeper for the future?
In defence Abel Xavier had his most commanding performance for Boro since returning from his drugs ban. A headed goal and a similar effort that resulted in Gary Speed's own goal both caught the eye.
Jamie Carragher takes his place after keeping the Premiership's form striker, Didier Drogba, very quiet in Liverpool's 2-0 win against Chelsea. Manchester United's Patrice Evra completes the line up after a great defensive performance in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, complemented with a marauding display going forward.
There were many contenders for the left-wing but three assists and a goal in Boro's 5-1 win over Bolton means we cannot ignore Stuart Downing. Nor can we shun Morten Gamst Pedersen's brace in Blackburn Rover's 2-0 win at Manchester City and so the winger moves in field in Soccernet's XI.
Joining them is Charlton Athletic midfielder Amady Faye, who risked a nosebleed to get so far up the pitch that he actually scored his first goal in English football in a 1-0 win against his former team Portsmouth. Two goals from Mikel Arteta while all around him failed on a quagmire at Wigan secures his place.
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt leads the attack following his indefatigable goalscoring display against Chelsea and two-goal Mark Viduka makes it into the strike force after showing everybody why Boro are so keen to keep hold of him in the transfer window.
Whilst Thierry Henry may get all the headlines for his last minute winner against Manchester United Emmanuel Adebayor's tireless work and contribution didn't go unnoticed in Soccernet towers and he completes the line up.