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Premier League weekend Heroes and Villains

Hero: Martin Dubravka

Dubravka loves a worldie save or two against Manchester United doesn’t he?  Unfortunately for him, his side was not able to pull off another shock win against United and his heroics went unrewarded at Old Trafford.

He was though, epic in goal for the Magpies and looks likely to be crucial to his team’s efforts as they battle against a Mike Ashley engineered relegation. Superb saves in the second-half kept his team right in it, until the very last stages of the game; it was a real pity for him that his defenders forgot how to stop crosses for the final 20 minutes.

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Villain: Christian Kabasele

What do you need when you are goal down and chasing a game at home? Clue, it’s not a penalty and a man sent off. It’s a shame then that Christian Kabasele thought it a good idea to go all Alberto Moreno and get himself booked twice, with two ludicrous challenges.

His second was a real mess of a challenge on Joshua King, allowing the Norwegian a chance to double Bournemouth’s advantage. Watford will be hoping for a lot more composure in the near future from their Belgian International.

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Hero: Gylfi Sigurdsson

You can pretty much cut and paste this one from last week. The Icelandic talisman has been in inspired form for The Toffees of late and he scored an absolute belter of a goal at The King Power to give Everton all three points.

When you’re the type of player that avoids tap ins, you better have a screamers in your locker, and Sigurdsson has plenty of them alright. Picking the ball up a good 30 yards from goal, he saw Schmeichel slightly off his line, before duly lashing the ball in to the top right corner. A goal of the season contender if ever there was one.

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Villain: Riyad Mahrez

If you’re going to snatch the ball out of your teammate’s hands and demand the right to take a penalty at Anfield with four minutes to play, you better make damn sure you score.

Divers are still searching for the ball at the bottom of the Mersey, as the Algerian’s blazed spot kick fizzed over the goal and high in to the chilly October air. With three sides glued together on 20 points, Mahrez could have given his side some real momentum going in to the International slumber party. It could prove a costly miss…

Hero: Joshua King

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From a penalty fail to a spot kick hero, Joshua King continues to confound the so called experts and prove his worth for The Cherries. A brace in one of the most eye catching performances of the weekend has left Norway’s finest in the best form of his Premier League career.

He’s not a natural prolific goal scorer, but looks to be benefiting from the wonderful coaching Eddie Howe is delivering down on the south coast. There are more glamorous names out there in the league, but you cannot fault King’s influence in Bournemouth’s rise up the table so far this season.

Villain: Joe Ralls

Surprisingly some pundits were debating whether Joe Ralls deserved a red card for his meaty challenge on Lucas Moura.  It’s a tackle that smacked of Neil Warnock’s grinning desire to see his players put the boot in, and it really should have no place in the Premier League in 2018.

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Ralls could have really done some damage to Moura and deserved a straight red for a grim, dangerous piece of “defensive” play.  Cardiff can whinge all they want about the Spurs players crowding out the referee, but Warnock should really be looking at his own, 1970’s methods, before sounding out the opposition. No wonder they call him the Marmite Man.

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