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Robbie in Opta Team of the Week

Posted on 15 January 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).

Robbie Keane has been named in Opta Index's Team of the Week after his magnificent hat-trick against Everton.

Here are Opta's findings...

Opta Index Premiership Team of the Week
Matches played 11-12th January 2003

Maik Taylor (Fulham)
Fulham’s second choice goalkeeper Maik Taylor has come in from the cold in recent weeks as a replacement for the injured Edwin van der Sar. The ex-Southampton man has lost none of his reflexes though and pulled off three saves to earn the Cottagers a point in the goalless draw at Bolton.

Gary Neville (Manchester United)
England regular Gary Neville earns his place in the Opta XI following an impressive display in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win at West Brom. The senior Neville sibling whipped six crosses into the box — one of which led to a goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Jody Craddock (Sunderland)
Sunderland earned their first point of 2003, grinding out a draw with Blackburn at the Stadium of Light. Centre back Jody Craddock was a key man, clearing the ball from danger 15 times. He nearly stole all the points but his close-range effort hit the woodwork.

William Gallas (Chelsea)
Outstanding Chelsea centre back William Gallas has added goals to his game in recent weeks and found the net again in the comfortable 4-1 victory over Charlton. He didn’t neglect his defensive duties either, clearing the ball seven times.

Niclas Jensen (Manchester City)
Danish full back Niclas Jensen broke his Premiership scoring duck with a stunning volleyed effort to seal the points against Leeds. The ex-Copenhagen man helped out in defence with four tackles too.

Fabrice Fernandes (Southampton)
French wing king Fabrice Fernandes produced a fantastic display as Southampton came tantalisingly close to ending Middlesbrough’s unbeaten home record. He delivered a mammoth 15 crosses into the box and went on 20 dribbles.

Jason Koumas (West Bromwich Albion)
It took ex-Tranmere star Jason Koumas a month or two to get the hang of the Premiership but he’s well into the swing of it now and scored a fantastic long-range goal against Manchester United. But despite that and a further five shots he ended up on the losing side.

Kevin Horlock (Manchester City)
Not one of the more celebrated players in what is increasingly becoming an all-star line-up at Manchester City, Kevin Horlock played a big part in the win over Leeds nevertheless. He completed 82% of his passes and negotiated the whole game without conceding a foul.

Robert Pires (Arsenal)
Arsenal star Robert Pires was shoved down the headline pecking order following Thierry Henry’s record-breaking strikes. But the French winger was in outstanding form, completing 81% of his passes and scoring with his only shot.

Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Robbie Keane grabbed his maiden Premiership hat-trick against Everton with a masterclass of finishing. Keane tucked his three chances away with aplomb to help Spurs to a thrilling 4-3 victory.

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Joining Keane up front in a north London strikeforce is Arsenal's Thierry Henry, whose blistering speed got him his first and outstanding team play from his colleagues his second in the romp past Birmingham. That brace brought up the 100th goal of his Gunners career.