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Kasey in Opta's Team of Week

Posted on 4 February 2003  - 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).

Kasey Keller's fine display in Saturday's draw at Chelsea has earned him a place in Opta Index's Team of the Week.

Here are Opta's findings...

Opta Index Premiership Team of the Week
Matches played 1st-2nd February 2003

Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham haven’t had much luck against London rivals Chelsea over recent seasons and they could well have lost again on Saturday but for the excellence of Kasey Keller in goal. The American pulled off eight saves and was only beaten by Gianfranco Zola’s magical free kick in the 1-1 draw.

Gary Neville (Manchester United)
One of the highlights of the weekend’s football was Manchester United’s build-up play leading to the two goals that beat Southampton. Full back Gary Neville was instrumental in that, setting up Ruud van Nistelrooy’s opening strike. The England man also made four tackles and six clearances.

Darren Moore (West Bromwich Albion)
Baggies defender Darren Moore usually catches the eye with his rock-like, never-say-die displays in defence. But it was some nifty footwork in attack that got him noticed at the weekend as he slotted home the goal that beat Manchester City and keeps Albion in touch with the teams above.

Sami Hyypia (Liverpool)
After some defensive lapses during their long run without a win, Liverpool’s back line looks back to its best again and that’s thanks in no small measure to the form of skipper Sami Hyypia. In the win at West Ham the big Finn cleared the ball five times and denied the opposing forwards with four tackles.

David Unsworth (Everton)
All sorts of Everton players have been chipping in with goals of late and on Saturday it was left back David Unsworth’s turn to get on the scoresheet. He expertly scored from the penalty spot after Tomasz Radzinski had been fouled. The former England international also completed 27 passes and made five tackles.

Steed Malbranque (Fulham)
Fulham’s French midfielder Steed Malbranque has run into some scoring form recently, finding the net five times in three games. His latest strike was a cracker against Arsenal, although unfortunately for the Cottagers it wasn’t enough to secure a point at Highbury.

Scott Parker (Charlton Athletic)
England hopeful Scott Parker put in another impressive shift in the 3-1 win at Sunderland. With the home side helping Charlton out on the scoring front, Parker could concentrate on dominating midfield and he did that by making six tackles and finding a team-mate with 26 of his passes.

Danny Murphy (Liverpool)
Steven Gerrard stole the headlines following Liverpool’s win at West Ham thanks to his stunning long-range strike. But his midfield partner Danny Murphy was equally effective, completing 29 passes and sliding into eight tackles. He may well take advantage of Gerrard’s suspension to earn another England cap later this month.

Robert Pires (Arsenal)
Robert Pires showed that he was back to his brilliant best at the weekend with a winning brace against Fulham. The Frenchman's last-gasp thrust clinched a crucial win for the Gunners and took his season's tally to eight goals in the league. He also probed the visiting defence with 12 crosses and as many dribbles.

Dion Dublin (Aston Villa)
Old-timer Dion Dublin rolled back the years with a two-goal show against Blackburn to make the team of the week. The in-form striker headed his first after just two minutes and slotted home an excellent left footed strike but wasn’t able to complete the hat-trick. Still he’d settle for two goals and three points every week.

Tomasz Radzinski (Everton)
Canadian striker Tomasz Radzinski took advantage of crisis club Leeds by running their defence ragged in the Toffees’ 2-0 win. He earned the penalty that Unsworth converted and scored the second himself. The ex-Anderlecht man also found a team-mate with 26 passes.