Team of the Week:
Zabaleta (Man City) Caulker (Cardiff) McAuley (West Brom) Vertonghen (Spurs)
Ramsey (Arsenal) Livermore (Hull) Toure (Man City) Silva (Man City)
Gouffran (Newcastle) Aguero (Man City)
Hero of the Week:
Caulker and Ramsey stick out to me as being heroes of the week as they both scored crucial goals in 2 very big games for their respective clubs. Caulker scored the winning goal in the South Wales derby – a first in the English top flight. For Cardiff and Swansea this was the first of the 2 biggest games of their seasons and for their fans the two times they meet each other this season could well be the biggest games of their lives. A proud day for both Welsh clubs but it was the home side Cardiff who got all 3-points thanks to their Captain and former Swansea player Steven Caulker. The England international leaped fantastically to fire his header in the bottom corner to raise the roof off the Millennium Stadium. It also put Cardiff one place above their Welsh rivals in the table as they distance themselves from the relegation zone. Basically Caulker has carved his name into Cardiff folklore in one of Cardiff’s proudest moments ever.
Ramsey is the other Hero for me after his fantastic goal made it 2-0 against Liverpool. It was a table topping tie that resulted in Arsenal going 5-points clear at the top, confirming that they are real title contenders this season. Ramsey was part of a hard-working midfield that included Rosicky, Cazorla, Ozil, and Arteta that put immense pressure on Liverpool in the final third. Liverpool weren’t playing too bad themselves and will be frustrated that they didn’t take their chances in front of goal. That however made Ramsey’s even more crucial as Sakho and Toure failed to close him down and that resulted in a thunderbolt of a goal. Ramsey is been a hero for the Gunners more than once this season and it looks like it could continue that way.
Nipple of the Week:
Sascha Riether is the nipple this week after his kick and stamp on Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj. It wasn’t noticed by the refs as the game came to a close but as Januzaj and Fellaini were keeping the ball in the corner, Januzaj falls to the ground where Riether kicked him and then stamped on him. The score was 3-1 with seconds to go so the game was up so why be stupid and blatantly hurt another player? The final whistle was seconds away and in those last few seconds he could and should have been sent off – missing 3 games. This incident led to the first retrospective prosecution carried out by the FA Panel. The Panel is made of 3 former refs who make retrospective decisions on incidents that the referee didn’t see during a game. It could well be the first of many due to the poor eye-sight that refs seem to be suffering from recently. So Riether is in the record books, one to tell the grandchildren, nipple.