Joe Allen's howler, Tottenham's midfield problems, a lucky escape for Wayne Rooney, and an Oscar-winning performance all come under the spotlight as we review the latest matches in the Premier League and pick our team of the weekend
By Matt Stanger, Adam Bate and Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 25/11/13 1:22pm
Amid a memorably frantic Merseyside derby on Saturday, when Liverpool drew 3-3 at Everton to ensure the visitors have now suffered just one defeat in 14 matches against their neighbours, one man will want to quickly forget the game. Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen was guilty of an horrendous miss which would have given his side an insurmountable 3-1 lead on the hour mark after being set up by team-mate Luis Suarez. Allen's side-foot gaffe was not a good moment to say the least on his first Premier League start of the season and we expect he will suffer a few sleepless nights after being substituted by boss Brendan Rodgers just 10 minutes later. It was a latest moment when Allen, having suffered with injury, has still to justify his £15million price tag in 15 months at Liverpool.
To read our in-depth analysis of the Merseyside derby, click here.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas said his players should be "ashamed" of themselves after their 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City. But he might be intrigued to know his side enjoyed most of the possession at 53.3 per cent at the Etihad. However, it did not stop Spurs suffering their biggest league defeat since December 1996. The problem for Spurs was in their lack of creativity. "The midfielders see danger and they are physical lads," said Graeme Souness in the Sky Sports studio. "But do they see the picture to make things happen? It is not enough. They are bossing the ball but they are doing nothing with it. They have got people who can get the ball but there is nobody cute enough there. They do not have a clever pass in them." That pretty much summed it up.
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So what about Wayne Rooney? He grabbed the headlines at the Cardiff City Stadium and the stats show the Manchester United striker took advantage of the referee's decision to keep him on the pitch against Cardiff after his early clash with Jordon Mutch. As well as scoring the opener, Rooney created eight chances for his team-mates. Only Tottenham's Christian Eriksen can boast more than that in a single match this season. Rooney is enjoying an excellent season which England fans will be hoping he can finally carry into next summer's World Cup. But does his temper remain a concern?
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Although Juan Mata remains a Chelsea fan favourite, the debate must now focus on where the Spaniard can fit around Oscar. The Brazilian, 22, delivered another fine display in the Saturday Night 3-0 win over West Ham United. In that central attacking midfield role, not only did Oscar show his quality on the ball with the goal of the night but he also made seven tackles - three more than any other player on either side. Frank Lampard scored twice against West Ham, his former club, but the veteran midfielder said of his team-mate after the final whistle: "Oscar was fantastic in the first half, closing balls down in the corner and working hard. I have never seen a No.10 with such work-rate on and off the ball. He is constant movement. He plays with a maturity of someone much older."
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Time for a change
Amid all the praise for Southampton this season, it is impossible to ignore they may well be looking to sign a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window. Having already been beaten by a fellow goalkeeper this season, Artur Boruc produced another howler in Saturday's defeat at Arsenal. Dwelling on the ball before a wretched, failed attempt at a Cruyff turn saw Boruc lose possession and Oliver Giroud open the scoring. Boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed Boruc but it could well be the dreaded vote of confidence ahead of a transfer window when Southampton, if they are realistic about their top-six ambitions, will be looking for another goalkeeper.
Wheels in motion
The pressure had been building on Stoke City boss Mark Hughes given the passing football he had promised when taking over at the end of May had been failing to produce the necessary results. However, Stoke earned a first Premier League win since 31st August by beating fellow strugglers Sunderland - helped by Wes Brown's controversial red card. Keeping the ball proved the key for Stoke, with Glenn Whelan's passing accuracy of 100 per cent from 63 passes stood out. That is a season high and Hughes will hope it is a sign of things to come.