London24 team of the week: Zaha, Walcott, Collins and more
11:54 05 November 2012
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The sports team at London24 have chosen this week’s star 11 from the Premier League and Football League teams around the capital.
With Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, QPR and Charlton all woefully out of form, it was slim pickings this week.
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Goalkeeper: Mark Schwarzer; Fulham
Fulham were below-par in their 2-2 draw with Everton and were lucky to escape with a point. If it wasn’t for Schwarzer, the scoreline would have been very different. The Australian veteran once again showed his worth with a string of second-half saves to keep the Cottagers clinging on.
Defender: Joey O’Brien; West Ham
The first of three West Ham defenders in our line-up after they kept Tevez, Dzeko, Aguero and Balotelli at bay at Upton Park. The Hammers were grateful to have full back O’Brien back from injury. He had a tough time with Tevez but held his own and then filled in well at centre back.
Defender: Winston Reid; West Ham
The New Zealander is still playing at the top of his game after an encouraging start to the season. He was unflappable under pressure, dominant in the air and has the stamp of authority in his game that comes from confidence.
Defender: James Collins; West Ham
The Welshman has been slowly improving in the last few weeks, but this was him at his very best. He won everything in the air and put his body on the line to help Sam Allardyce’s side nullify Man City’s multi-million pound strikeforce.
Defender: Damien Delaney; Crystal Palace
Former Ipswich man Delaney has been a solid presence at the back for the Eagles this season and put in another impressive shift in their 2-0 win against Blackburn. The 31-year-old’s consistent form has even earned him a recall to Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland squad.
Midfielder: Steve Sidwell; Fulham
The 29-year-old was a second half substitute for Martin Jol’s side against Everton and popped up with a crucial equaliser at the death to rescue a point for below-par Fulham. The goal extended the Cottagers’ unbeaten run to four in the Premier League.
Midfielder: Liam Trotter; Millwall
Trotter has been a consistent performer for Kenny Jackett’s side this season, and his superb solo goal in Millwall’s 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest was inspired. Cutting in from the left, The 24-year-old beat two defenders and curled the ball into the top corner. His sparkling form hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Fulham among the clubs reportedly interested.
Midfielder: Wilfried Zaha; Crystal Palace
Pundits are running out of superlatives for Zaha. The supremely talented 19-year-old stands head and shoulders above every other player in the Championship. His performance in Palace’s 2-0 win over Blackburn was another exhibition of dazzling skill. Arsenal, Spurs, Man Utd, Liverpool... His list of suitors is growing. And it’s easy to see why.
Forward: Chris Wood; Millwall
The 20-year-old keeps his place in our team of the week after following up last week’s brace against Huddersfield after scoring his fifth goal in three games in Millwall’s 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest. After West Ham’s Reid, the West Brom loanee is the second New Zealander in our Kiwi-flavoured line-up!
Forward: Glenn Murray; Crystal Palace
Murray’s brace in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Blackburn - a penalty and a header either side of half-time - took him to 10 goals for the season. The 29-year-old only managed seven goals in 44 appearances last year, but his prolific form this time around has lifted the Eagles within touching distance of the top of the Championship.
Forward: Theo Walcott; Arsenal
Ok, ok, let’s ignore his anonymous substitute appearance at Old Trafford for a moment. His match-winning treble in Arsenal’s swashbuckling 7-4 win against Reading in midweek was a timely reminder of the 23-year-old at his devastating best. His lighting pace and ruthless finishing was too much for the Royals. Maybe he can play up front after all?