Team of the Midweek

There was a lot of competition for a spot in our starting XI, particularly up front and behind the sticks.  While all the Premier League's big boys registered wins, there were some more than tidy performances from those lower down the table and that' reflected in our selections.

GK: Rob Green 

The Englishman was instrumental in QPR's first victory away from home and made several fine saves as the Hoops beat Sunderland 2-0. The double-save that denied Conor Wickham was particularly impressive. 

DF: Emre Can 

Showing great versatility, Can put in a strong showing at full-back. Defended well and carried the ball out of defence with skill and confidence. Did equally well when pushed into the midfield.

DF: Rio Ferdinand

The centre-back was a calming influence throughout QPR's victory on Tuesday. To say he rolled back the years might be overstating his influence a touch, but he showed the commitment to the cause that have been missing from Rangers for the most of the season so far.
 
DF: James Tomkins

Down to 10 men with much of the second half still to play against Southampton, the Welshman was solid throughout and coped with the threat of Pelle. A top performance to celebrating putting pen to a long-term deal, and with a broken nose too.

MF: Eden Hazard

A top performance from the Belgian once again. Chelsea haven't always looked that fluid in recent weeks, but Hazard was in super form against the Toffees, showing great creativity and skill. All that was missing was a goal.

MF: Mesut Ozil

The German has been in fine touch since returning to the Arsenal side from injury. He was a menace to deal with for most of their victory over Leicester and was constantly involved in the play, finding pockets of space to receive the ball as well as playing in his team-mates. He faded slightly in the second half but was still the Gunners' best player against the Foxes.

MF: Leroy Fer

It’s not often that three QPR players will feature in a Team of the Week, but Fer is certainly full value for his place. The Dutchman bossed the midfield, scored one goal and was so close to getting a second. The injury he picked up is a huge blow for QPR.

MF: James Milner

The hard-working Englishman has been on a good run of late, and he grabbed another goal – the crucial second – against Stoke. Milner demonstrated that he has plenty of skill to go with his top work ethic.

FW: Danny Ings 

With Robin van Persie and Falcao turning out for Manchester United, one perhaps wouldn’t have picked Ings to be the most impressive attacker on Wednesday night, but he was. Got a goal and worried the United defence throughout. A move to one of the league's big clubs certainly awaits.

FW: Daniel Sturridge

The Liverpool striker is yet to return to full fitness, but showed glimpses of what he can bring to the table against Spurs. Sturridge led the line well, was a constant outlet and was largely responsible for Liverpool's second goal, with a slalom run that induced a foul in the penalty box.

FW: Brown Ideye

There were more than a few raised eyebrows when Ideye became the Baggies’ record signing, but on the basis of performances such as the one against Swansea he can give the club their money’s worth. The Nigerian demonstrated great pace, strength and off the ball movement as he scored one goal and provided an assist for the second.

Replacements: Tim Howard, Kurt Zouma, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic, Riyad Mahrez, Dame N'Doye, Harry Kane

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