Premier League - Gameweek 14 Awards

Hero of the Round – David Martin

These days, five defeats in six games will leave any manager on the brink. So, it’s only right the West Ham stopper gets all the glory for his clean sheet at Stamford Bridge, helping his side earn their first win for eight games.

The fact he's finally making his PL debut at the grand old age of 33 and happens to be the son of the legendary Hammers defender Alvin Martin, who made nearly 500 appearances for the club, adds a sprinkling of magic fairy dust.

His jitters were clear, occasionally resembling a man grasping desperately in the dark for his spectacles. But who wouldn’t be bricking it with your beloved side in the mire and gaffer facing the wrath of Gold and Sully’s firing squad?

His second half triple save hardly oozed confidence but this is a team who have conceded three goals in each of their last three matches. His clean sheet has prolonged, if not completely saved, the long in the tooth Argie's job and given his team a much-needed morale boost.

Game of the Round – Newcastle Utd v Man City

Everybody loves to see the top teams and their expensive baubles perform at their best, but not if it means sacrificing a good even contest. Thankfully, this early kick off had it all with four exquisite goals flying into the net at each end to finish honours even.

Sterling struck early on with a precision finish of after some slightly scruffy link-up play with David Silva. This Toon side are in real danger of possessing some sort of spine these days and Jetro Willems banged in an almost identical goal three minutes later to get St James’ Park rocking.

KDB appeared to have bagged the winner with a bar-and-in screamer ten minutes from time. Using his chest to bring the ball down out the sky, he channelled his inner Yeboah and eventually found the roof of the net via the woodwork then floor.

But it wasn’t only the baby-faced Belgian letting off fireworks. Brucie’s boys choreographed a training ground routine that culminated in Jonjo Shelvey whipping a vicous long-range dart into the corner.

Goal of the Round – Jack Grealish

The Villain's very own is fast becoming synonymous with scoring absolute worldies. The seemingly impossible angle marked this effort out from a number of other entries.

Brummie boy’s twinkle toes tied Andreas Perreira in knots before caressing a curler into top bins, a strike which rendered David de Gea’s presence on the pitch utterly futile.

Chump of the Round – Nick Pope

A 0-2 home defeat is bleak as it is but for one of England’s best stoppers to concede such sloppy goals will leave his team mates far from impressed. Even the goalkeeper’s union are unlikely to be fighting his corner on this one. Everyone and my gran knows you can't be shipping goals at your near post.

You have to wonder how Joe Hart felt watching on from the bench. Questions will be asked whether he might be head and shoulders above his junior superior.

Moment of the Round – Lewis Dunk

The Seagull’s centre-half has had a stonking season so far causing opposition attackers untold frustration. But don’t you dare say he’s a one trick pony. He’s now scored in consecutive league games, against Man Utd and Liverpool no less. At Anfield, he showed the kind of presence of mind reserved more for philosophers than footballers.

His quick free-kick catching out the unsuspecting Adrian was pure genius. It’s one thing to spot the chink in the Spaniard's unfortified armour, another to pull it off with a precision effort right into the corner of the goal. Ultimately, it only halved the deficit, but it gave the Reds an uncomfortable climax.

Harry Corton
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