Team of the Week

November 19, 2006
By Will Hawkes
(Archive)

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Shay Given

Jonathan Woodgate 
Geremi  Gary Cahill 
Joey Barton Michael Essien
Stephen Hunt


Nwankwo Kanu

Mikel Arteta
  Wayne Rooney     Bernado Corradi
Glenn Roeder

Given the season they've been having, Newcastle may have anticipated being on the end of a real leathering at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Getting a 1-1 draw, then, was something of a victory for the Magpies, and their goalkeeper Shay Given deserves much of the credit. Newcastle defended stoutly after Kieran Dyer gave them the lead, but Given still had plenty to do - Arsenal managed 23 shots to Newcastle's two.

Chelsea's Geremi is not a natural goalscorer, but it was he who stepped up to score the only goal of the match against West Ham on Saturday, curling the ball into the net after his side were awarded a free-kick. Joining Geremi in defence are Aston Villa's Gary Cahill - who helped his team keep a clean sheet away to Wigan - and Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate, who was resolute as the Teesiders kept Liverpool out at The Riverside.

Reading's 2-0 victory over Charlton owed much to Stephen Hunt's industriousness, while Joey Barton worked equally as hard (and popped up with a goal) as Manchester City put three past Fulham in a great first-half performance. Everton's Mikel Arteta scored one of the goals of the season so far when he beat two Bolton challenges before striking from 20 yards out. The midfield is completed by Michael Essien, who was at the centre of much of Chelsea's good play on Saturday.

Bernardo Corradi scored his first and second goals for Manchester City to snuff out Fulham's hopes at The City of Manchester Stadium. Kanu, who is enjoying a great season for high-flying Portsmouth, bagged one and won the decisive penalty as Watford were pipped on the South Coast. Also in good form is Wayne Rooney, who scored twice to deny brave Sheffield United.

Manager of the week is Newcastle's Glenn Roeder, who was delighted with his team's effort. 'I am proud of the boys. We've shown we are more than capable and will pull away from the bottom three,' he said. More performances like the one on Saturday and he might yet be proved right.

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