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Opta Index Premiership Team of the Week
Matches played 8-9th February 2003
Brad Friedel (BLACKBURN ROVERS v Southampton)
USA number one Brad Friedel put in another solid display against Southampton at Ewood Park on Saturday. The 31-year-old kept out five goal attempts from the south coast side to keep his ninth Premiership clean sheet of the season.
Alessandro Pistone (Charlton Athletic v EVERTON)
In the build-up to Everton’s match at Charlton, Toffees manager David Moyes called on Alessandro Pistone to keep up the consistent form he has shown since replacing the injured Tony Hibbert. The Italian responded with another classy performance against the Addicks, making three tackles and four clearances at the back.
Gareth Southgate (Liverpool v MIDDLESBROUGH)
Gareth Southgate had a very busy afternoon for Middlesbrough in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. The England defender was called upon to make eight tackles — a tally no player on the pitch could better — and 17 clearances — a Boro high — to guide Steve McClaren’s side towards a much-needed fifth away point of the season.
Richard Rufus (CHARLTON ATHLETIC v Everton)
Charlton centre-back Richard Rufus was his side’s busiest defender in their 2-1 win over Everton at The Valley. He contributed a total of 22 clearances, blocks and interceptions for Alan Curbishley’s men and also attempted five tackles.
John Arne Riise (LIVERPOOL v Middlesbrough)
John Arne Riise was the man who grabbed Liverpool’s all-important goal to cancel out Geremi’s opener for the visitors at Anfield on Saturday. The Norwegian could have had a hat-trick too, as he had a further three efforts kept out by Mark Schwarzer in the Boro goal. In a fantastic all-round display, Riise also completed 41 passes, made four tackles and six clearances.
Steed Malbranque (FULHAM v ASTON VILLA)
Fulham’s in-form midfielder scored his sixth goal in four successive matches in all competitions for the Cottagers. Malbranque’s successful penalty cancelled out Gareth Barry’s opener for Villa and the Frenchman also had a further two shots — both of which were off target — while away from goal he completed 46 passes and slid in with four challenges.
Darren Anderton (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v Sunderland)
Darren Anderton had an exceptional game for Spurs in their 4-1 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane. He supplied three assists against the Black Cats and also distributed 45 successful passes, more than any other player on the pitch. Anderton also had a shot saved by Thomas Sorensen and carried out his ball-winning duties effectively, making four tackles.
Seth Johnson (LEEDS UNITED v West Ham United)
Leeds midfielder Seth Johnson made his first Premiership start of the season against West Ham and made his mark by scoring the only goal of the game. And he could have added to his tally had any of his three other attempts — two of which were on target — found their way past David James in the Hammers goal.
David Thompson (BLACKBURN ROVERS v Southampton)
Blackburn wide-man David Thompson enhanced his growing reputation by grabbing the decisive goal for Blackburn in their home win over Southampton. The former Liverpool man had three other shots — two on target, one off — and from the flank put nine crosses into the area. Thompson also attempted seven dribbles, five of which were successfully completed.
Eidur Gudjohnsen (Birmingham City v CHELSEA)
Icelandic iceman Eidur Gudjohnsen kept his cool to score his ninth Premiership goal of the season against Birmingham at St Andrew’s. The Chelsea number 22 could have had a brace had Nico Vaesen not kept out his close-range shot on 59 minutes. Gudjohnsen showed his unselfish side too, setting up Gianfranco Zola for the opening goal of the game.
Teddy Sheringham (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v Sunderland)
Teddy Sheringham rounded things off nicely for Spurs against Sunderland by scoring the home side’s fourth goal of the game six minutes from time. It was the least the 36-year-old deserved for his efforts as throughout the game he was a constant threat to the Black Cats back-line.
Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton have been named in Opta Index's Team of the Week.