Weekend football grades: Ray Parlour offers his verdict
By Charlotte Marsh
Last Updated: 29/02/16 5:24pm
Did your Premier League team live up to expectations at the weekend?
We asked Arsenal legend and Sky Sports Now guest Ray Parlour to grade each side based on their performance in the Premier League fixtures and Capital One Cup final over the weekend.
So how did your team fare? Did they get an 'A' or an 'F', or somewhere in between? Read on to see how each top-flight side has been ranked...
|West Ham 1-0 Sunderland||Leicester 1-0 Norwich|
|Southampton 1-2 Chelsea||Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa|
|Watford 0-0 Bournemouth||West Brom 3-2 Crystal Palace|
|Man United 3-2 Arsenal||Tottnnham 2-1 Swanea|
|Liverpool 1-1 Man City AET||Man City won 3-1 on penalties|
Chelsea - B
Chelsea are also going really well at the moment. Guus Hiddink has done a brilliant job to get back to basics and get results. They're safe now, so they can have a really good push to the end of the season and they've got these cup competitions as well to concentrate on.
I'm giving them a B because they fought back against a very hard and good Southampton side. They showed a bit of character to get a good win in the end.
Manchester United - B
I was at the game against Arsenal, and credit to United, they took advantage and it was brilliant from the young kid Marcus Rashford again to score another two goals. Scoring three goals at home was excellent for Louis van Gaal and it gives them a chance now for the top four. They'll be very happy with the win because it's always a big game.
Liverpool - B
I thought both teams really had a go at Wembley and it was a great game to watch. Liverpool were very unlucky in the end not to win it and penalties is a cruel way to lose a cup final, but those are the rules. They were three poor penalties in the end though that were well saved.
Manchester City - B
Again, both teams were very good, and it was a good cup final. Fair play to Willy Caballero, he had a brilliant shoot-out as the cup goalkeeper ahead of Joe Hart and he made three good stops to win the Capital One Cup for City.
Tottenham - B
This is another team that keeps getting results. Being 1-0 down (at home to Swansea) showed that character as well and Mauricio Pochettino's done an amazing job. It's a very young side who are growing together with a good energy and are real title contenders now.
Stoke - B
Stoke had that little bit of a blip and were moving down the table but then they've had some good results lately. Beating Bournemouth away was a big result and they followed it up with a win against Aston Villa. Everyone probably expected them to win at home against a struggling Villa, but they've still got to do the job.
They had that little bit of good fortune going 2-0 up, and you're thinking the points are in the bag but Villa fought back with the goal, although it wasn't enough to save them anything from the game. Stoke are showing a much better character now and much better performances.
West Bromwich Albion - B
West Brom were brilliant in the first half. Crystal Palace were very poor but West Brom went out there, got the three-goal advantage and it was a brilliant performance so credit to them.
Scoring three goals at home is a bonus as well because at times, they've been a bit lacklustre in front of goal and haven't scored enough but now they've got three so a good performance all round that really puts them safe now for me.
Leicester - C
Leicester ground out their 1-0 win over Norwich, but that's what you've got to do to be champions when you play poorly. They had that two-week break, and were probably thinking about the Arsenal game that they lost in the last minute so sometimes it's difficult to have that amount of time off, but again they came back and got the result.
The most important thing at the end of the day is the three points, no matter how you play. I thought it was a good performance, similar to West Ham with how they played and what they achieved.
Norwich - C
You could probably say they were unlucky. Again, they were a bit like Sunderland in that they probably did enough to get a point as well and that could have been vital for them staying up. Alex Neil will probably be a little bit angry with the way it happened and he will say that they deserved more from the game.
That's the problem they will have for the rest of the season, they need to pick up points when they deserve them and they certainly deserved a point at the weekend.
West Ham - C
Another good win for West Ham and they're having a great season so far. It was an important win going into the week that they've got - playing Spurs at home on Wednesday - so it's a big week for West Ham. It wasn't a great performance but it's all about winning games and getting three points on the board. They can play better but again, they're getting good results.
Sunderland - C
Sunderland were unlucky at West Ham. I thought they deserved a draw because they created chances. Sam Allardyce alluded to it after the game, talking about having lots of opportunities in the second half and that they did enough to get a point. That will stand them in good stead going forward and they were unlucky not to go away with something from the game.
Bournemouth - C
It was a good battling point for Bournemouth at Watford and another point to safety. It will probably be about 37 or 38 points to stay up this season and Bournemouth are now on 29. Knowing that if they can get points away from home is a bonus and if they can get a few wins at home, they'll be staying in the Premier League.
Swansea - C
Swansea have got some big games coming up. They've got Arsenal on Wednesday, but then there's a three-game period where they are playing teams around them at the bottom. That's when they need to pick the points up. It wasn't a great performance but Spurs is always a tough place to go.
Arsenal - D
Defensively, it wasn't good enough from Arsenal, especially from the back four who didn't push up enough at times and were a bit deep as a side. It wasn't the greatest performance away from home, and this will be the key for them now to get the away performances better than they did at Man United.
They've got Spurs next and Man City later in the season as well as West Ham and Everton, so there are some big away games coming up and they have to play better than that.
Southampton - D
Southampton are having a great run at the moment. It's brilliant the way they've moved up the table, and it's been a big plus having Fraser Forster back in the side. It was always going to be a difficult game, Chelsea are now playing much better. Their big players are playing on a regular basis and consistency is so important, but Southampton will have a good run to the end of the season.
Maybe they were a bit unlucky with the Gary Cahill incident to not get a penalty, but I think everything is going well and Saints fans will be looking forward to the end of the season.
Aston Villa - D
It looks like Aston Villa are doomed. It's going to be tough for them because no one expects them to stay up now. I think it's all about rebuilding the club for next season and trying to see who's going to be there and who's moving on.
Watford - D
I was at this game, and Watford missed some really good chances in the first half. Odion Ighalo - who is usually so clinical in front of goal - missed a couple of good chances and Artur Boruc made a really good save from one of his efforts. It was probably a game that wasn't great to watch, but this is what you expect. From Watford's point of view and for missing those chances, I'll give them a D.
Crystal Palace - D
They've been unbelievable since the start of this year, they've only got one point so they're really struggling at the moment and they've got to be careful. They probably need another two wins to keep them up but they have only had one point out of 10 so it's a little bit of a worry for Alan Pardew's men. I still think they'll have enough and Yannick Bolasie being back is a big bonus for them, but it wasn't a great performance, especially in that first half.