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Premier League Weekend: Heroes and Villains

Hero: Sergio Aguero

It was the perfect hat-trick for Sergio Aguero against Arsenal; right foot, header and…elbow. The Arsenal fans were left to fume at the Argentine’s third goal which looked to all as though it had gone in off Aguero’s arm, but to be brutally honest that kind of talk is just a distraction from the goal scoring genius that is Manchester City’s number 10. While this man is still capable of destroying his opponents with ruthless, ice cold finishing, the title race will remain oh so tight for all involved.

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Villain: Martin Dubravka

The Slovakian goalkeeper has been one of the big success stories of Rafa Benitez’s tenure as Newcastle manager. The former Sparta Prague stopper has helped his team to plenty of big results since arriving on Tyneside in January 2018. However, he unexpectedly gifted Spurs a win with a real howler on Saturday.

Taking his eye off the flight of the ball, he somehow let Son Hueng-min’s strike squirm under his body and trickle over the line in what should have been a routine save. With the relegation dog fight currently tighter than Mike Ashley’s purse strings, it could well prove to be a costly surrender of points for the Magpies, come the end of the season.

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Hero: Eden Hazard

The Belgian playmaker blows so hot and cold for Chelsea these days, that fans could be forgiven if they are down to mere guesswork as to which Eden Hazard will turn up for them. Thankfully for the Blues Faithful, it was the menacing and tenacious Hazard who decided to put a shift in and help destroy Huddersfield Town. Yes, the Terrier’s defence more resembles a diced up Sunday league ensemble these days, but take nothing away from Hazard on the day who was superb, and haunted the Yorkshire side’s back line for 90 minutes, grabbing himself a brace while he was at it.

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Villain: Leighton Baines

There was a time when the Blue contingent of Merseyside would have you believe they had the best left back in the world in local lad Leighton Baines. How distant those memories would have been to shell shocked Evertonians as their side was torn apart by a rampant Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

More resembling a doddering retired pro in a charity match than a proper Premier League full back, Baines stuck a clumsy leg out and tripped the marauding Matt Doherty in the area, for the clearest cut of penalties you’ll see. It’s maybe time to consider the pipe and slippers now for the Everton veteran.

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Hero: Bobby Reid

On an emotionally charged evening in South Wales, Cardiff City desperately needed something to spur them on as they continue to mourn Emiliano Sala. Cue Bobby Reid with a brilliant brace to bring at least some cheer to the Bluebirds on Saturday. The former Bristol City striker showed real bravery to smash home his early penalty.

He was then rewarded for following the ball home like all good forwards should, arriving in the right place to apply the crucial second half finish with Artur Boruc stranded for Bournemouth. In so many ways, this was massive for Cardiff as they keep the pressure on the teams above them in the relegation fight.

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Villain: Jack Stephens

The Peter Crouch effect was felt in full at Turf Moor as the loveable veteran came off the bench for his new club and brought about an immediate response. Jack Stephens was at the heart of the first penalty awarded to Sean Dyche’s Burnley in a whopping 68 games, as the defender struggled to contain the former England striker in the box with just seconds left on the clock.

The Southampton defender bizarrely stuck out an arm as Crouch headed the ball down towards his opponent. The Saints were on their way to a massive win and will be gutted to have squandered their lead with such a monumental brain fart.Jack Stephens and Peter Crouch will be the two most popular men in Lancashire after this one.

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