Team of the Week

January 15, 2006
By Alex Sharratt
(Archive)

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Kelvin Davis

Martin Albrechtsen  
Philippe Senderos  Richard Dunne 
Nigel Reo-Coker Tim Cahill
Trevor Sinclair


Thierry Henry

Steven Gerrard
  Chris Sutton     Jose Antonio Reyes
Stuart Pearce

Who were the star performers on a weekend where Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to a quite incredible 16 points?

Here's my verdict, for what it's worth:

Sunderland's Kelvin Davis was called upon to make three or four excellent saves as Chelsea turned up the heat at the start of the second half of their match at The Stadium of Light on Sunday evening.

Of course, it was all to no avail; he was beaten by Arjen Robben's deflected 69th-minute shot, and Sunderland went on to lose for the 17th time in 21 Premiership games. Let's be honest - they're rubbish.

Dane Martin Albrechtsen came off the bench to score the winner for West Brom as they defeated Wigan at the JJB Stadium on Sunday.

Richard Dunne was towering at centre-back for Manchester City as they beat rivals Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime, while

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was inspirational as his side maintained their excellent recent form in the race for second place.

Gerrard seems to be able to dominate a game from the right-side of midfield as comprehensively as he used to in the centre, and delivered a number of telling crosses for his strikers as they overcame Tottenham at Anfield.

Liverpool's victory sets up perfectly their Premiership clash against Manchester United next week.

If United are to be successful in that clash, they will need to cope with Gerrard better than they did Trevor Sinclair in the derby on Saturday.

Sinclair ran rings around new signing Patrice Evra, forcing Sir Alex Ferguson to replace the French left-back at half-time. The former England midfielder also scored the opening goal in a good display for City.

Nigel Reo-Coker again defied his tender years with an rousing performance as West Ham came from a goal down to beat Aston Villa.

The 21-year-old Hammers skipper dragged his side up by the bootlaces and earned rave reviews from his manager Alan Pardew in his post-match interviews.

Tim Cahill completes the midfield four after a stirring display at Fratton Park helped Everton beat a new-look Portsmouth side on Saturday.

Chris Sutton debut for Birmingham caught the eye of many observers this weekend, despite finishing on the losing side as City fell to Charlton at The Valley.

Sutton, signed on a free transfer from Celtic last week, worked hard alongside Emile Heskey in attack, prompting Birmingham managed Steve Bruce to note: 'We could just have pulled off the signing of the transfer window, to get him for nothing. He can be a big player for us, I am sure.'

He is joined up front by Jose Antonio Reyes and Thierry Henry, who starred in Arsenal's 7-0 demolition of Middlesbrough at Highbury.

Reyes played a key role in most of those seven goals, three of which were scored by an Henry in mesmerising form.

Well done everyone.

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