FA Cup Team of the Week: Paterson, Chico, Oviedo & Gnabry Star

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJanuary 5, 2014

FA Cup Team of the Week: Paterson, Chico, Oviedo & Gnabry Star

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    Welcome to the first edition of our FA Cup Team of the Week!

    We saw several "Cupsets" take place as Sheffield United beat Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers forced a replay with Manchester City and Nottingham Forest destroyed West Ham.

    Who made the cut for our debut selection? Take a look and list your favourite stars below!

GK: David Stockdale, Fulham

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    Fulham forced a third-round FA Cup replay at home to Norwich thanks to David Stockdale's performance.

    He made one save in particular on Ricky van Wolfswinkel that saved a result for his side, and moving back to Craven Cottage gives Rene Meulensteen a chance to advance to the next round.

    He's one of the best second-choice 'keepers in England.

CB: Chico, Swansea City

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    Manchester United may have been offensively stunted in their loss to Swansea City, but Chico Flores did an awful lot right in that back line.

    Every time play reached the 18-yard line, it was halted by the Spaniard, as he stepped in time and time again to frustrate Danny Welbeck and Co.

    Even when the Red Devils sped up play and interchanged at pace, nothing came off.

CB: Harry Maguire, Sheffield United

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    Sheffield United secured a "Cupset" victory over Aston Villa on Saturday, winning 2-1 at Villa Park to progress to the fourth round.

    The Villans dominated possession and produced several clear-cut chances, but Harry Maguire's defensive line stood strong and allowed the Blades to score two counterattacking goals.

    It was one hell of an assured performance from the 20-year-old.

CB: Jake Buxton, Derby County

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    Derby County fell 2-0 to Chelsea on Sunday, but for 60-odd minutes, they looked more than a match for the Premier League side.

    They conceded possession and opted to stand strong in defence, forcing countless pot-shots and impatient through-balls from the Blues as they failed to find a way through.

    Jake Buxton was a key figure at the back, putting out fires throughout the game and even managing a goal-line clearance.

RWB: Seamus Coleman, Everton

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    Seamus Coleman was his usual dominant self on Saturday as Everton destroyed Queens Park Rangers 4-0.

    The Irish right-back grabbed yet another goal as he provided the experience in a new-look defensive line, although he spent the majority of his time in the opposing half due to the dominant nature of his side's performance.

    The great season continues.

LWB: Bryan Oviedo, Everton

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    With apologies to Eric Lichaj, Bryan Oviedo slots in at left-wing-back to make it a gruesome twosome from Everton.

    The Nottingham Forest defender was spectacular against West Ham before being substituted, but Oviedo stole the show against Queens Park Rangers.

    The Costa Rica international grabbed two assists and won a penalty as the Toffees strolled to an easy victory.

CM: Alejandro Pozuelo, Swansea City

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    Alejandro Pozuelo was dominant against Manchester United as he continued his fine start to life in English football.

    He saw plenty of the ball, completed 92 percent of his passes and provided one cutting, scything delivery that split the Red Devils' team in half and led to Wayne Routledge's sublime chipped opener.

    Another strong Michael Laudrup signing.

CM: Tom Cairney, Blackburn Rovers

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    Blackburn Rovers secured a money-spinning third-round replay against Manchester City by holding them to a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.

    Manuel Pellegrini's side were dominant in patches, as you'd expect, but it's arguable the Championship club had the better of several important phases of play.

    Tom Cairney was superb in the middle of the park for Gary Bowyer's side, distributing well, boasting great confidence on the ball and providing a goal threat. 

Wing: Serge Gnabry, Arsenal

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    With apologies to Santi Cazorla, who scored a scintillating effort and put on a real show, Serge Gnabry truly came of age during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

    He provided the timely run, pass and assist for the Spaniard's opening goal, tracked back well to the tune of five tackles and looked electric on the ball throughout.

    Play this man some more!

Wing: Willian, Chelsea

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    Willian has put together quite a run of games and played superbly once again against Derby County.

    He closed down his markers with gusto and jinked between tackles and challenges with ease. He and Oscar were brilliant in creating openings against a packed defence, and the former Anzhi man's beautiful free-kick allowed John Obi Mikel to open the scoring.

    The Brazilian is looking more and more like an integral part of Jose Mourinho's formula.

ST: Jamie Paterson, Nottingham Forest

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    The biggest shock of the weekend was, undoubtedly, Nottingham Forest's crushing 5-0 win over West Ham.

    Yes, the Hammers fielded a young and inexperienced side, but a Championship outfit should not be beating a Premier League side so convincingly.

    Jamie Paterson scored a incredible hat-trick to wrap up a morale-boosting win and, in the process, heightened his own stock.