There was plenty to praise doled out to Premier League players this weekend after another round of fixtures packed with action and controversy, a Riyad Mahrez masterclass for Manchester City headlining the star showings.
Elsewhere there was a timely super sub intervention from Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani, Liverpool and Aston Villa were left cursing VAR, and West Brom and Fulham secured vital victories in their battle to beat the drop.
There was much to savour for many across the division, though it’s that time of the week again where we decide to poke fun at some of the Premier League’s poorer performers, here are five players who ‘had a mare’ this weekend:
West Ham survived an onslaught from Aston Villa to secure a 2-1 victory at the London Stadium on Monday night, a win which lifted David Moyes’ side up to an impressive fifth in the division.
Angelo Ogbonna and Jarrod Bowen scored the goals to seal all three points for the Hammers, though they rode their luck on occasion – including a woeful miss from Villa winger Trezeguet.
The Egyptian international has failed to truly convince since his arrival in the Premier League, though has won praise for his work-ethic and continued desire to get into goalscoring positions.
Despite those attacking instincts, however, the 26-year-old has failed to score so far this season and will not be presented with an easier chance than the one he spurned at the London Stadium.
How Trezeguet hasn’t equalised for Aston Villa, we’re still not sure.
Five yards out, unmarked, but Fabianski saves.
West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) November 30, 2020
Ollie Watkins cut-back found the winger free on the edge of the six-yard box, a guilt-edged chance that resulted in a scuffed effort into Lukasz Fabianski with the goal at his mercy.
It was a decisive moment in the game with Villa trailing and the kind of opportunity which simply cannot be missed at this level.
Not for the first time this season, Leicester suffered defeat in a clash they were expected to win, their home loss to Fulham a lacklustre showing that ended in an unexpected triumph for the away side.
The club’s defensive line was horribly out of sync for Ademola Lookman’s opening goal, before a rash moment from Christian Fuchs gifted Fulham a second from the penalty spot.
Fuchs handed the west Londoners a penalty with a needless challenge on Bobby Decordova-Reid, clattering the forward on the edge of the area when there appeared to be little danger of a goalscoring opportunity.
It was a poor decision from one of the Foxes’ most experienced players and added to a poor performance from the Austrian, his passing particular erratic in a role on the left of a back three.
Fuchs has been a fine servant in his five years at the King Power Stadium, but this was a display he will soon want to forget.
Neil Maupay has not always enjoyed the best fortunes against the Premier League’s bigger sides since signing from Brighton, his poor penalty against Liverpool this weekend following a performance to forget against Manchester United earlier in the campaign.
Maupay memorably mocked the Red Devils with a crying celebration after scoring from the spot, before conceding a stoppage-time penalty himself in an eventual 3-2 defeat.
Against Liverpool, his fortunes failed to improve, as the forward missed from the penalty spot for the third time in just five attempts for the Seagulls with Graham Potter now facing a decision on his designated spot-kick taker.
Maupay MISSES from the spot! ❌🥅
Brighton have just blown a massive chance to take the lead against Liverpool… pic.twitter.com/MRJkqf75VQ
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 28, 2020
Maupay miscued once more despite sending Alisson the wrong way as he rolled a feeble effort wide of the post, before a tough afternoon was completed just a minute later as he was substituted with a hamstring injury.
Sheffield United’s season reached a new low as the club lost the battle of the winless sides at The Hawthorns, losing 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion to remain bottom of the Premier League.
Alarm bells will now be ringing loudly for Chris Wilder whose side have struggled at both ends of the pitch, wasting numerous chances against the Baggies and conceding a goal that perhaps could have been prevented.
Sander Berge’s shanked clearance fell to an unmarked Conor Gallagher on the edge of the box, who guided a precise finish through a wealth of bodies and beyond the despairing dive of Aaron Ramsdale.
It’s a goal seen on many occasions but it is difficult to not think a better goalkeeper would have saved it, Ramsdale having failed to fill the void left by Dean Henderson since signing from Bournemouth during the summer.
The latter excelled during two seasons on loan from Manchester United at Bramall Lane and his exit is being felt despite the £18.5m arrival of Ramsdale, a player who – like many of his teammates – will have to raise his standards if the Blades are to survive.
Ollie Watkins has won plenty of plaudits since becoming Aston Villa’s club-record signing during the summer, adding a new dimension to the side’s attack and scoring eight goals in 10 starting appearances in all competitions.
That tally could – and perhaps should – have been added to against West Ham at the London Stadium this weekend, the forward leading an Aston Villa siege on the home side’s goal but failing to make his chances count.
Watkins should have done better from close range after Trezeguet created an opening for the forward, before an evening to forget was compounded with a penalty miss and late disallowed goal.
❌ Ollie Watkins has failed with 4 of his last 5 league penalties taken (3 for Brentford & 1 for Aston Villa)
He’s converted 2 of 6 penalties in his league career pic.twitter.com/KkpDeHiS6d
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 30, 2020
It was remarkably Watkins’ fourth miss from the spot in his past five efforts for Brentford and Villa, whilst his ruled out effort will be a difficult one to take, the 24-year-old appearing to be fouled by Angelo Ogbonna before seeing his equaliser disallowed by the latest ludicrous margin.