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Premier League Weekend: Heroes and Zeroes

Hero: James Milner 

James Milner cannot possibly be thirty-two. There must be an error with his passport or birth certificate because the man performs like a player hurtling towards the prime of his career rather than his winter years.

Milner was outstanding once again for Liverpool as they dominated proceedings at Wembley Stadium. The Yorkshireman covered every blade of grass and was precise and aggressive with almost every pass he picked on Saturday lunchtime. He is in the team ahead of Henderson and Fabinho at the moment and any Liverpool fan will want to see that stay just exactly as it is as they continue to make strides this season.

Zero: Harry Kane 

It’s normally around now that the Kane machine gets into full gear and the goals start flying in from all angles. However, Kane looked jaded and far too detached from proceedings in his side’s defeat to Liverpool.

If Milner bossed things for his side, Kane failed to make any memorable stamp on such an important 90 minutes. Not only will he have had fans angrily shaking their fists at lousy points on their fantasy football, but he will also have his own fans worried with just how leggy and laboured he looked this weekend. He looks in need of some R&R!

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Hero: Ryan Fraser

As Bournemouth continue their wonderful early form, Ryan Fraser was once again in red hot form for the Cherries. The Scot took his two goals superbly well against Leicester and was a threat all day long with direct runs and movement.

The former Aberdeen man has grown steadily in stature over the past couple of seasons and is now looking capable of adding regular goals to his game. His finish on the opening day against Cardiff was a proper striker’s finish, as was his brace against Leicester. He could be a genuine surprise package this season.

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Zero: Sol Bamba 

It may seem easy to pick on defenders playing lower down the league, especially one playing for a Neil Warnock side, but Sol Bamba undid all of his good work with one daft, brainless lunge on Willian with ten minutes still to play.

The Ivorian had put his side ahead at The Bridge with an excellent finish inside the first twenty minutes of action. Despite these heroics though, you expect much better from such an experienced defender with his side up against it. At 2-1 with ten minutes on the clock there was always a chance Cardiff could have pinched a well earned point. For your centre-half to mindlessly dive in like that and give away a stone-wall penalty, was a real killer blow for the Bluebirds.

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Hero: Joe Hart

Poor Joe, in what appeared to be the first positive headlines for him in nearly three years, his side go and lose at Wolves with a one nil defeat. Despite being on the losing side though, Hart was immense for The Clarets and finally showed the ‘keeper we all know he can be.

He kept his side in it, especially in the first-half, with a raft of important saves. The former England number one showed his experience to superbly deny Jimenez and Doherty as his side were pummeled by Wolves. Perhaps the only encouraging aspect of the match for Clarets fans is that if they do end up in a dogfight, they at least have a decent ‘keeper who might just be worth a few points come the end of the season.

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Zero: Wes Morgan 

See Sol Bamba above. Surely one of the most annoying things for any fans to take is when an experienced defender, who should know a damn lot better, decides to do over his team. This is what Mr.Morgan did for Leicester at Bournemouth.

Already three nil down and with their veteran defender already on a yellow card, their job got a whole lot harder and more daunting with Morgan’s second yellow. Yes, it was a bit of a harsh from Referee Pawson, who himself had a stinker, but when you lunge in like that you give the referee every excuse. Morgan won’t need telling this of course and will be left to rue a silly tackle on Adam Smith. With Bournemouth’s leaky defence, Leicester may just have pinched a point on Saturday had they been left with eleven v eleven.

 

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