Best of the weekend

Image: Murphy: Excellent display

Check out the best and worst moments from the weekend's round of Premier League matches.

Team of the week

Player of the weekend

Danny Murphy There were a number of eye-catching performances this weekend but Murphy gets the nod after inspiring Fulham to a 2-0 victory over West Brom. The crafty midfielder was at his best from the start and almost scored when his excellent free-kick was tipped onto the post by Scott Carson early on. He was denied by the woodwork again before half-time but continued to pull the strings and Fulham were rewarded when Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson struck after the interval.

Game of the weekend

Stoke 2 Portsmouth 2 There may not have been any genuine classics this weekend but the match at the Britannia Stadium provided such an exciting finale that it more than redeemed itself for an uneventful opening 70 minutes. The game exploded into life when Niko Kranjcar rounded off a fine move to fire Portsmouth ahead but Stoke were soon level after a controversial penalty decision (see below). The Potters looked to have snatched all three points when James Beattie netted his second of the afternoon but there was a further twist in the tale as Ryan Shawcross' own goal handed Pompey a point.

Goal of the weekend

Matthew Taylor Apologies to Cristiano Ronaldo but he wins this award on a regular basis and Paul Robinson may have been disappointed to let the Portuguese winger's swerving free-kick past him in Manchester United's victory over Blackburn. Taylor left his opposing goalkeeper with no chance as he curled a terrific left-footed free-kick high into the net beyond a flailing Robert Green. It was Taylor's seventh goal of the season and Bolton went on to beat West Ham 2-1.

Unexpected goal of the weekend

Manchester United concede Nothing lasts forever but there was a stunned silence around Old Trafford when Manchester United let in their first Premier League goal since November. 14 games and 1,333 minutes after Samir Nasri struck for Arsenal, Roque Santa Cruz calmly rounded Tomasz Kuszczak to score for Blackburn and leave Sir Alex Ferguson fretting about his defence. Edwin van der Sar and Nemanja Vidic may not have been playing but Blackburn could have scored a second when claims for a penalty were ignored after Rafael appeared to bring down Morten Gamst Pedersen.

Controversy of the weekend

Stoke penalty The incident at Old Trafford comes close but the biggest controversy occurred at Stoke where the home side were awarded a spot-kick for a Glen Johnson handball. The referee at the Britannia Stadium could perhaps be forgiven for his decision because the way Johnson stretched out his arm looked fairly untidy, but try telling that to Portsmouth fans as replays suggested the right-back brought the ball down with his chest or shoulder. Beattie was less sympathetic and tucked way the penalty.

Assist of the weekend

Frank Lampard The Chelsea midfielder may have narrowly missed out on the Player of the weekend prize but he is the stand-out contender in this category after brilliantly setting up Nicolas Anelka against Aston Villa. Lampard showed nimble footwork to escape from Curtis Davies and Stiliyan Petrov and his perfectly-weighted pass through to Anelka got the finish it deserved as the Frenchman lifted his shot past Brad Friedel to give Guus Hiddink a winning start as Blues manager.

Save of the weekend

Shay Given Given produced a brilliant performance for Newcastle against Liverpool just after Christmas and he was at it again on Sunday as he ensured Manchester City left Anfield with a 1-1 draw. The Republic of Ireland international had no chance with Dirk Kuyt's goal but he showed fantastic reflexes to stop Yossi Benayoun's powerful close-range effort late on.

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