Although not the most spectacular of performances, John Ruddy was commanding in the Norwich City goal during his side’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham. The England international seemed to be transmitting confidence into the Canaries back-four with his strong performance and he made some smart saves as well to deny Emmanuel Adebayor when the striker was through on-goal, on a couple of occasions.
Sagna needed to put his versatility to full use during Arsenal’s victory over Sunderland, as the Frenchman filled-in across all sides of the back four. While he started on his natural right-back position, Sagna had to fill-in on the left when Nacho Monreal was substituted at half-time. He then finished the game at centre-back when Laurent Koscielny was forced off on the hour mark. Despite various positional changes throughout the 90 minutes though, the defender was as solid as ever and looked comfortable in which ever position he was deployed.
The Nigerian has certainly made a huge impact since his arrival to the club. His experience has proved vital in bringing more stability to the Norwich backline and the 33-year old was immense as the Canaries shut out the dangerous Tottenham attack to help his side grab a vital win in their fight against relegation.
In a must-win clash for Chelsea in the title race, it was unsurprisingly, John Terry, who led his team to victory. Everton certainly gave the Blues a difficult time and a draw looked a fair as well as the most likely one throughout the course of the 90 minutes. However, it was the inspirational Blues captain who popped with a vital goal in stoppage time to hand his side a priceless victory and the dramatic late winner could prove to be one of the most crucial moments in the title race.
Despite being widely criticized for costing Manchester City the game against Barcelona in the Champions League, manager Manuel Pellegrini persisted with the Argentine defender and he certainly paid back his manager’s faith with a fine performance against Stoke City. Although, Demichelis did look uncomfortable against Peter Crouch during the initial stages of the match, the defender grew into the game and dealt with the uncomfortable Stoke City attack in admirable fashion.
The Manchester United stalwart Patrice Evra has certainly not been at his best in the last couple of years but the Frenchman is still an asset for the Red Devils. The extremely fit defender may be entering the twilight of his career and his defensive frailties have been criticized but one cannot argue with the 32-year old’s threat going forward.
In a match which was proving to be very frustrating for United against Crystal Palace, it was his adventurous run down the wing that led to a penalty for the Red Devils, from which Robin van Persie grabbed a vital breakthrough. The Frenchman also had a hand in the second goal, as his cross from the byline found Wayne Rooney who finished with aplomb.
Jordan Henderson is turning into a fine player for Liverpool. The young man had struggled to get going during the early part of his career at Anfield due to the burden of carrying a hefty price tag but now the energetic midfielder looks worth every penny. The Englishman covered every blade of grass in a fine display during his side’s seesaw 4-3 victory over Swansea City, as well as grabbing two vital goals. His first strike was a thing of beauty while his second proved to be the most crucial of the game and it was borne out of sheer persistence which typified his overall performance.
Arguably the best midfielder in the Premier League is enjoying his finest ever season yet. Yaya Toure’s importance to Manchester City cannot be stressed enough. His knack of scoring crucial goals has proven to be priceless for the Citizens this season and it was clearly evidenced in City’s 1-0 victory over Stoke. Just when it looked like City were in for another frustrating afternoon, it was the Ivorian who popped up at the right place, at the right time to grab his 13th goal of the season and hand his side a crucial 3 points.
Arsenal have gone through a difficult week and it was must for the Gunners to bounce back with a good performance in the league. And, that is what Arsene Wenger’s men exactly did with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Sunderland and running the show at the heart of the Gunners’ midfield was Jack Wilshere. The young man was simply fantastic and he bossed the game with an all-action display.
Following a very difficult last few days for the striker due to private matters, Olivier Giroud displayed his mettle with a fine performance against Sunderland. The striker grabbed two goals as well as provided a classy flick for Tomas Rosicky to score one of the goals of the season. Although, the striker may have been troubled by off-field problems, Giroud has proved that he remains a true professional on the pitch.
Daniel Sturridge simply cannot stop scoring! The 24-year old is arguably the most devastating striker in front of goal in the English top flight at the moment and he scored a fine brace against Swansea to exorcise his demons for his poor performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup last weekend. The two goals meant that the striker brought his tally to an impressive 18 goals for the season, despite missing eight games through injury.