Premier League Team of the Week: Jozy Altidore and Hull City Have No Fear of EPL's Nouveau Riche
Another fantastic week of football in the Premiership. Chelsea failed to make it a four point lead at the top of the division after a resurgent Hull City earned a draw against the league leaders, but the Tigers still remained in the drop zone despite all their efforts midweek.
Manchester Untied thumped Portsmouth 5-0 to leapfrog the Blues at the top, and Liverpool beat their local rivals in another heated Merseyside derby. The chasing pack of Aston Villa fought out a goalless draw that helped neither team in their pursuit of the elusive Champions League spot.
Manchester City failed to tame the Tigers at the KC Stadium and fell away in their quest for a Champions League spot, but with West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers not winning, the Tigers' fine week saw them climb to 14th in the League.
GK: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
The Australian keeper had to be on top form to stop a resurgent Bolton side. Since Owen Coyle's arrival, the Trotters have been playing some good football.
The Cottagers have been far from their best on the road but would have lost another one, but for Schwarzer.
DF: Danny Fox (Burnley)
Danny Fox, the Burnley debut man, was all over the place in this game, scoring a goal and creating one, and add to this an impervious defensive display.
What more can Fox do if this is only his first game in the Premiership?
DF: Steven Mouyokolo (Hull City)
With his defensive partner Anthony Gardner, the young French centre back Mouyokolo stifled the striker of the season so far, Didier Drogba, to help give the Tigers a well deserved draw against the league leaders.
His fine form continued as he had Manchester City's Carlos Tevez in his pocket for a full 90 minutes four days later.
DF: John Terry (Chelsea)
The ex-England Captain put his troubles behind him in the crucial game against London rivals Arsenal and controlled the Gunners formidable attack with aplomb.
MF: Nani (Manchester United)
Yet again the Portuguese midfielder makes the team of the week, and yet again he controlled the middle of the field making plays that were the cutting edge for the Red Devils.
Who is this Christiano Ronaldo fellow?
MF: Tom Cairney (Hull City)
The young Hull City midfielder had the game of a lifetime against Chelsea, never letting the aristocrats of World football settle and making some pinpoint passes to feed the persistent Hull City attacks.
Who would have thought he was only 19 and making only his second first team appearance for the Tigers. He wasn't phased by the likes of Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Deco or Malouda and looked every bit a Premiership player.
He then proceeded to play just as good against Manchester City four days later.
MF: Matthew Etherington (Stoke City)
The Stoke City midfielder marshaled the game like a general. He was the main difference between the two sides until Christopher Samba was sent off for a second bookable offense.
The Cornishman set up the Potters second goal and scored their third. A truly masterful display.
MF: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
Despite the Gunners suffering a title ending defeat to London rivals Chelsea, the creative Spaniard was his usual classy self as he took the fight to the Blues, almost singlehandedly.
FW: Jozy Altidore (Hull City)
The young American has returned to the Tigers after trying to find family members caught up in the Haiti earthquake disaster. Since his return, he is playing alike a man possessed.
His performance against Chelsea in the 1-1 draw was superb, but his performance against Manchester City was sublime. Within three minutes he had skinned Kolo Toure, the Manchester City captain, only to be brought down and then shortly after did the same to Dedryck Boyata, but it was his sweetly taken first goal in Premiership football that will be remembered.
From a neat piece of hold up play with his back to goal, on the edge of the box by Jan Vanegoor of Hesselink, the young American sweetly curled his shot past the despairing dive of Shay Given to give the Tigers a well deserved lead.
On scoring his goal the American took off his wrist band that bear the flag of Haiti to show his feelings toward the devastated country.
FW: Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool)
The Dutchman scored his 50th goal for the Reds in the most memorable way. After a stellar display from the striker, nothing is more special for Liverpool fans than scoring a winner against their local Merseyside rivals Everton.
Kuyt was fantastic all day and the goal was the red icing on the derby day cake.
FW: Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
The Ivorian striker was phenomenal in the destruction of Arsenal's Premier League season. His two goals were the difference between the two sides, and it seems that Chelsea are more then ever reliant on the striker.
Goal of the Week: Danny Fox (Burnley)
The ex-Celtic left back scored a thunderous free kick to give the Clarets a two goal lead that West Ham just never came back from.
Save of the Week: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
Schwarzer was immaculate all day, but his save from Lee Chung-Yong was sublime. How he managed to get down and flap a hand at the ball was unbelievable. If he hadn't managed it, it was good night Vienna for Fulham.
Player of the Week: Jozy Altidore (Hull City)
Altidore has waited 18 games to score his first goal for the Tigers, and what a superbly composed goal it was. He crisply passed the ball past Shay Given in the Manchester City goal to give the Tigers the lead, but this week he had had two of the finest performances he will ever have.
Against two of the most expensive and talented teams in World football in Chelsea and Manchester City, he showed that his energy and power are a match for anyone. In both games he showed what a fine player he really is, and just what England may have to play against at the World Cup Finals in South Africa this summer.
Chant of the Week
The cuckolded Wayne Bridge has not had a good week, but came back from injury for the tie against the Tigers. Unfortunately, more misery was heaped on his shoulders as the Yorkshire club beat his Manchester City side 2-1, but to add insult to injury sections of the Tiger-nation were heard to sing to the tune of London Bridge is falling down.
Ms Bridge is going down,
Ms Bridge is going down,
On John Terry.
Football fans can be so cruel.
The whole Hull City team and particularly George Boateng. This week the Tigers showed the sort of commitment, heart, desire, and class that will keep them in the Premiership. Against two of the Premier Leagues top clubs, Phil Brown's side showed that they will not go down with out a fight.
Landon Donovan again gets in the "Honorable Mention" section for another great performance. He was always probing the Liverpool defense and was the "Man of the Match" for the Toffees.
Mohamad Diame just for his thunderous shot for Wigan's goal against Sunderland.
The Manchester United striking partnership of Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov were in their element in the second half against Portsmouth. Pompey were unlucky to not take the lead but in the second period they were lucky to only be 5-0 down at the end.
Michael Turner of Sunderland had a fantastic performance against Stoke City midweek. The under rated centre back kept Matthew Etherington, Dean Whitehead and Tuncay Sanli at bay to win a share of the spoils for the Black Cats.
Birmingham's Kevin Philips, who came on as an inspired substitution to save the day for the blues.