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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 11

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting eleventh weekend in the Premier League. West Ham United are the only side to provide two players, while there is one each from Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Stoke City, Norwich City and Everton.

Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham United)

Kevin Nolan returned to St. James Park to haunt his old club, but the win was only possible thanks to a wonder save by the West Ham shot-stopper. Demba Ba thought he had levelled matters for Newcastle with a powerful header, but the keeper sprang across his goal to claw the ball away before it crossed the line.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

For some time, the Blues have struggled to find a solid right-back who can fulfill the role with consistency and the Chelsea new-boy looks like he might be the one who can cope with the demands of playing in the Chelsea defence without buckling under the pressure. He was impressive against Shakhtar Donetsk and even more adventurous against Liverpool.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

The former Manchester United defender has enjoyed an excellent start to the season and looks set to challenge for a spot in Roy Hodgson’s England side in the next few months, and that continued on Saturday as he put in a commanding display in the Potters’ 1-0 win over QPR. He kept Djibril Cisse quiet for the whole game and was also a threat inside the attacking third.

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City)

It was one of those desperate games for Norwich where they had to put their bodies on the line to defend but in the end they earned a valuable point against Reading. The former Tottenham and Newcastle man had one of his best games of the season as he single-handedly kept Jason Roberts, Stephen Hunt, Jobi McAnuff and Pavel Pogrebnyak quiet.

Jose Enrique (Liverpool)

Chelsea’s lack of width in the midfield gave Enrique all kinds of space and the Spaniard needs no invitation to go forward. He controlled the left flank for the Reds against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He was unable to keep a clean sheet, but impressed for Brendan Rodgers’ side and almost scored an injury time winner.

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa)

Scoring two goals against Manchester United and ending on the losing side felt like ‘losing a cup final’ to Weimann. He can, however, take plenty of heart from the fact that he was able to breach a Manchester United defence on two occasions. His first was an unstoppable drive which fizzed past David de Gea and his second saw him display some predatory instincts inside the box.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

The Belgian midfielder is in the form of his life and there is no doubt he is attracting so much of interest from the top clubs. He has taken his game to a new level this season with talismanic displays put in on a weekly basis. Another inspirational showing on Saturday saw him score one and make the other for Nikica Jelavic as the Toffees overcame Sunderland 2-1.

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United)

Nolan gets the nod over Tottenham’s Sandro and Manchester City’s David Silva, as he collected three points and scored the winner for West Ham against his former employers at St. James Park. The former Bolton man put in yet another professional display for his side and not only scored the only goal of the game but also provided Andy Carroll with a chance to seal the game.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

It has taken a while for Giroud to get going in the Premier League, but he is now displaying the kind of form which saw him score for fun in France and earn international recognition. The powerful frontman netted a brace against Fulham over the weekend, with the only surprise being that a man brimming with confidence did not step up to take a late penalty.

Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)

Manchester United’s brilliant comeback win over Aston Villa has been mentioned a lot in this past week but it would have been impossible without this man. Voted as United’s player of the month, Hernandez started from the bench but was introduced at the interval to devastating effect. He completely turned the game on its head with his brilliant hat-trick and went home with the match-ball.

Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)

While Giroud was good for Arsenal on Saturday, Berbatov was even better. He too helped himself to a brace, but also provided an assist as Fulham held Arsenal to a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Emirates. The Bulgarian’s class was seen, as he controlled the game at his own pace, and the composure he displayed in slotting home a penalty perfectly illustrated what he is all about.

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Reading Promoted – 5 Key Men & Their Reaction

Reading are back in the big time with their 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday confirming their return to the Premier League after a four-year absence.

It completes a remarkable turnaround for the Royals, who were second-from-bottom in the table after four games and a first home win wasn’t secured until mid-September. The club were languishing in 16th in November and were 11 points off the pace when they lost 1-0 to Hull on January 21. That proved to be their last home defeat as they won 15 of their last 17 league games which included a 4-2 success at West Ham and 3-1 win at Southampton – the two teams who had occupied the automatic spots for much of the season.

Into The Top Corner looks at five key players who helped them get back to the big time and their reaction.

Adam Federici (Goalkeeper)

The Australian international has been an ever-present in the Reading goal. The 27 year-old has kept an impressive 19 clean sheets in the league this term and went 490 minutes without conceding a goal earlier in the campaign. Made a brilliant penalty save as Reading beat Brighton 1-0 last week.

Reaction: “It’s great to see everyone so happy. We’ve all worked so hard this season and it’s been a great year and to have the accomplishment at the end of the season is fantastic. The only way to top this season is to do one better and be even better and that is what we will strive to do. It’s been a great year and to top it off like this is unbelievable.”

Ian Harte (Defender)

The former Leeds man is preparing for a top flight return 16 years after his Premier League debut. The 34-year-old Irishman scored a pressure penalty at West Ham last month and his wealth of experience has driven Reading’s promotion charge.

Reaction: “I’m absolutely delighted, We had to grind it out and the fans have been fantastic and it’s an amazing night, this is something is special,. Now we have to try and win on Saturday and win the title.”

Kaspars Gorkšs (Defender)

Gorkss was brought in by Brian McDermott in August to replace outgoing club captain Matt Mills. The Latvia captain came in with Reading in the relegation zone but the experience the 30-year-old gained in helping QPR make the same step last season has helped the Royals.

Reaction: “I can’t believe it. What a fantastic achievement from all the staff, manager and players. You can’t beat this.”

Jem Karacan (Midfielder)

The 23-year-old has risen through the ranks at the Madejski Stadium and he has played an important role in Reading’s midfield this season. Born in London, his mother is English but he has represented Turkey up to under-21 level.

Reaction: “It’s unbelievable and what an honour. It’s an honour to be part of this great squad. We all deserve it and it is a fantastic day for everyone at the club.”

Jason Roberts (Striker)

Reading are blessed with a talented trio of strikers in Noel Hunt, Adam Le Fondre and Simon Church. But signing 34-year-old Roberts from Blackburn in the transfer window proved a masterstroke. Roberts has left Championship defenders battered and bruised, scoring six crucial goals in 15 games – including Reading’s first goal in their 3-1 win at Southampton last week – the win that sent them top.

Reaction: “It’s a little bit surreal really. I’ve enjoyed it and it is great to know we are going up but I want to win it now. I want to be Champions. Today is a special day. The whole team has done a great job, but because I’m 34 I’m definitely enjoying it more.”