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Skysports casts an eye over the best and worst moments from the Premier League, reviewing Boxing Day's action as well as Sunday's games.


Team of boxing day and sunday

............... Pollitt..............

Sagna...Samba...Z-Knight...Insua

Arteta...Gerrard...Lampard...Ireland

.........Robinho.....Carlton cole.......









Team of the weekend - Liverpool


Wigan, West Ham and Everton all deserve a mention but Liverpool have been simply irresistible in their last two games to ensure they will finish 2008 on top of the table. The 3-0 home victory over Bolton was very impressive as Robbie Keane netted a brace, but the best was yet to come as they destroyed Newcastle at St James' Park. The 5-1 scoreline flattered the Magpies but as poor as they were, Rafa Benitez's side were equally good. Steven Gerrard pulled the strings and scored twice, while Sami Hyypia, Ryan Babel and Xabi Alonso also found the target.



Player of the weekend - Steven Gerrard


Continuing the Liverpool theme, their skipper enjoyed a superb festive period, setting up two goals against Bolton and then tormenting Newcastle two days later. He has now netted eight times in the league this season and his two strikes at St James' Park were typically superb. Stephen Ireland, Frank Lampard and Craig Bellamy also excelled but could not quite match Gerrard over the two games.



Game of the weekend - Aston Villa 2 Arsenal 2


A fantastic advert for English football as two sides battling to finish in the top four played out a thrilling draw. Arsenal looked set to seal all three points as they opened up a 2-0 advantage against the run of play, but Villa reduced their arrears thanks to a Gareth Barry penalty and Zat Knight then grabbed a last-gasp equaliser. Apart from the goals and late drama, the woodwork was hit a number of occasions, there were several other good chances, and even an altercation between managers Martin O'Neill and Arsene Wenger on the touchline.



Goal of the weekend - Ryan Taylor


Taylor has a habit of scoring spectacular goals against Newcastle and on Boxing Day he did not disappoint as he helped Wigan to a 2-1 victory over the Magpies. There was a sense of inevitability about it all as he stepped up to a free-kick in the 29th minute, and sure enough Shay Given was picking the ball out of his net moments later after being beaten by a sublime effort which curled just inside the post.



Save of the weekend - Heurelho Gomes


Mike Pollitt was excellent for Wigan against Bolton and Given pulled off a string of stunning stops in Newcastle's defeat to Liverpool but, in the interests of spreading out the awards, the nod goes to Gomes. The Brazilian, who has recently begun to show why he was nicknamed 'The Octopus' at PSV Eindhoven, made an astonishing finger-tip save to keep out Chris Brunt's ferocious free-kick, although it was not enough to prevent Tottenham from sliding to a 2-0 defeat at West Brom.



Pass of the weekend - Daniel Sturridge


Sturridge came off the substitutes' bench to spark a dramatic comeback for Manchester City against Blackburn. Not content with scoring two minutes from time, the youngster then played in Robinho with a delightful, defence-splitting pass as City snatched a 2-2 draw.



Team talk of the weekend - Phil Brown


The Hull City boss took the unusual step of marching onto the pitch at the end of the first half at Manchester City and leading his players over towards the travelling supporters. The Tigers trailed 4-0 at the break and Brown, having decided against training on Christmas Day, was furious with the performance. The public dressing down worked to some extent as his men improved in the second half, but the damage had already been done and they lost 5-1.



Controversy of the weekend - Bolton's disallowed goal


The issue of goalline technology reared its head again on Sunday as Wigan's Wilson Palacios cleared a header from Danny ****tu to safety and referee Phil Dowd waved play on. The ball appeared to have crossed the line and if video replays were in use then a goal might have been allowed. The decision proved crucial as the Latics held on to beat Bolton 1-0 and climb into the top seven.



Strange sending-off of the weekend - Ricardo Fuller


Players normally resist the urge to strike their own team-mates but Fuller could not contain his frustration after West Ham had drawn level at 1-1 with Stoke. The Jamaican striker exchanged words with Andy Griffin and then raised his hand to slap the Potters captain. Fuller was given his marching orders and Stoke could not cope with just 10 men, conceding another late on to slip to an agonising defeat



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It says "In the interests of spreading out the awards" at the save of the weekend section, then they give Liverpoo 2 awards? :confused:
 
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