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Duo make Opta team of week

Posted on 23 October 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Robbie Keane and Simon Davies have both made it into Opta Index's Team of the Week.

Striker Robbie bagged a brace - his first goals at the Lane - to put us 1-0 and then 2-1 up against Bolton while midfielder Simon capped a memorable week with the clincher in the final minute. He famously scored for Wales against Italy last week and it's his birthday today!

Here is the team in full and Opta's findings...

Carlo Cudicini (Chelsea)
Manchester City peppered the Chelsea goal with shots but could not find a way past the resilient Carlo Cudicini. The Italian keeper made three saves in each half on the way to achieving a clean sheet.

Mario Melchiot (Chelsea)
'Super' Mario Melchiot thwarted the Citizens' attacking ambitions by winning all three of his challenges. The Dutchman capped a fine performance by playing in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for Chelsea's third goal.

Martin Taylor (Blackburn)
An ever-present in the Rovers team this season, Martin Taylor joins the latest Opta fold after grabbing a second-half brace against the team he supported as a boy, halting their comeback.

Sami Hyypia (Liverpool)
Liverpool skipper Sami Hyypia put in an assured display at the back as the Reds mustered their fourth shut out in succession. The Finn blocked three shots and headed seven balls clear of the danger area.

Lucas Neill (Blackburn)
Australian full-back Lucas Neill completes the defensive quartet after impressing against the Magpies. Two shots on target, half-a-dozen successful tackles and an 84% distribution rate account for his inclusion.

Simon Davies (Tottenham)
Seemingly unable to put a foot wrong for club or country right now, Simon Davies helped Spurs to dispose of Bolton with a pinpoint strike in the final minute having already laid on the opener for Robbie Keane.

David Dunn (Blackburn)
With two goals inside the opening nine minutes, David Dunn may well have forced his way into the Opta side had he been substituted at half time. Unfortunately for Newcastle, he remained a threat until the end.

Salif Diao (Liverpool)
Liverpool's winner at Elland Road was created in Senegal as El Hadji Diouf squared for fellow countryman Salif Diao to stab past Paul Robinson. A timely goal considering he wasn't supposed to sign until December!

David Thompson (Blackburn)
Justifying his call up to the last England squad, David Thompson continued his impressive Premiership form at the weekend, releasing 14 crosses from the left flank and setting up Martin Taylor’s 73rd minute goal.

Robbie Keane (Tottenham)
The Spurs faithful were treated to a couple of trademark Robbie Keane somersaults on Sunday after the Irishman slotted home a second-half brace to finally open his White Hart Lane account.

Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea)
At the ripe old age of 36, Gianfranco Zola has so far outgunned all other Premiership hotshots to become the division’s chief marksman. A clinically taken double at Maine Road took his season tally to eight.