Best of the Weekend

We look at the best and the of worst from this weekend's intriguing Premier League action.

Last Updated: 11/11/13 at 11:36 Post Comment

Game of the weekend

Swansea 3 Stoke 3

A stunning match in the valleys which almost had everything. Stoke raced into a 2-0 goal lead after just 25 minutes thanks to Jon Walters and Stephen Ireland but then Swansea took charge and looked on their way to victory as Nathan Dyer scored and Wilfried Bony grabbed a brace. However, controversy reigned as a penalty was given in the final minute for a handball against Wayne Routledge. Swansea were fuming, but Charlie Adam stepped up to slot home.

Player of the weekend

Wayne Rooney

Superb showing from the England superstar as he inspired his side against Arsenal. Rooney was the dominant figure at Old Trafford, not only setting up the winner for Robin van Persie, but he was everywhere - in attack and defence and just when United needed him most. Full of running and enthusiasm, David Moyes certainly looks to be getting the best out of him. Adam Lallana and Tim Krul just missed out on this one.

Performance of the weekend

Sunderland beating Man City

A gutsy and determined display from Gus Poyet's new charges. Back-to-back league wins at the Stadium of Light over rivals Newcastle and now title favourites Manchester City have really given Sunderland a real hope of staying up. Phil Bardsley's goal midway through the first-half gave them a win, which few could argue they did not deserve as they more than matched Manuel Pellegrini's men.

Wait of the weekend

Aston Villa goal drought ends

With their game against Cardiff standing 0-0, and with 75 minutes gone - Aston Villa had gone exactly seven-and-a-half hours without a league goal. But step forward Leandro Bacuna, he was brought down by Gary Medel and he stood up to curl home a wonderful effort.

Goal of the weekend

Adam Lallana

Stunning work from the Southampton captain. He picked up the ball 30-yards out, skipped four challenges before cutting inside the box and taking on the shot, curling home past Hull keeper Steve Harper from an acute angle. Sublime goal.

Save(s) of the weekend

Tim Krul against Tottenham

What a display from the Dutch shot-stopper who only just missed out on our Player of the Weekend vote. He produced a string of top-class saves to deny Tottenham as Newcastle claimed victory. Arguably the pick of the bunch saw Krul stick out a hand to keep out a free-kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson which took a deflection on its way through the wall.

Controversy of the weekend

Ramires penalty

Few choices could have been so easy. With the game all but over at Stamford Bridge and with West Brom heading for an unlikely 2-1 win, Ramires drove into the West Brom box, and he appears to already be on his way over as he connects with Steven Reid. Andre Marriner sees that as a penalty and Chelsea rescue an undeserved point. A real shocker from one of the Premier League's top officials. Mourinho's assistance after that it was a penalty did little to dampen the outrage at the decision.

Dominance of the weekend

Liverpool's commanding win over Fulham

Liverpool were brilliant against Fulham and although stats can sometimes not tell the whole story, in this case they did. Brendan Rodgers's side had 32 shots in the game - a Premier League high for this season and enjoyed 67 per cent of possession, a stat which you don't see very often in top flight football unless it is Barcelona.

Haunting of the Weekend

Robin van Persie

A week after Halloween and the biggest scare of Arsenal's season was that familiar face of Robin van Persie - scoring in his third straight game against Arsenal, since joining Manchester United.

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