Best of the Weekend
Skysports.com casts an eye over the weekend Premier League action and picks out the highlights and lowlights.
Last Updated: 27/11/11 9:55pm
Team of the weekend
Game of the weekendLiverpool 1 Manchester City 1
League leaders City started the better but it was the home side who finished in the ascendency in this compelling clash at Anfield. The visitors started like they were the home team and Vincent Kompany's header gave Roberto Mancini's side a deserved 31st minute lead before Joleon Lescott's own goal restored parity for the Reds within two minutes. Kenny Dalglish's side then pushed on in the second half and City were reduced to ten men when substitute Mario Balotelli received a second booking for a raised elbow on Martin Skrtel. Both sides had chances to claim the three points but Joe Hart denied Luis Suarez while at the other end David Silva's effort was cleared off the line. Hart then made a superb double save from substitute Andy Carroll and Suarez in stoppage time to ensure City earned a share of the spoils and restore their five-point lead at the top.
Player of the weekendEmmanuel Adebayor
The on-loan Man City striker, who notched a brace for Spurs in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday, followed it up with another double in the 3-1 victory over West Brom, while also proving the assist for Jermain Defoe's fantastic effort (see below). The win helped Harry Redknapp's side continue their amazing run of form - nine wins and a draw from their last ten games - to charge into third in the league.
Goal of the WeekendJermain Defoe
With nine minutes left at The Hawthorns and the game delicately poised at 1-1, Defoe collected an Adebayor flick on the halfway line and ran to the edge of the box as the Baggies defence back-tracked before beating Ben Foster with a low drive into the bottom corner.
Controversy of the weekendNewcastle penalty
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was left fuming when what looked like a fair tackle by Rio Ferdinand on Hatem Ben Arfa led to Newcastle's equaliser at Old Trafford. Referee Mike Jones had initially appeared to give a corner following the challenge but he then awarded a spot-kick after speaking to assistant John Flynn. Demba Ba made no mistake with the penalty and the ten-man Magpies - who had Jonas Gutierrez sent-off late on - produced a fantastic rearguard action to keep the Red Devils at bay and claim a point.
Miss of the weekendFederico Macheda
The Italian striker missed a gilt-edge chance to earn the Red Devils all three points soon after coming on with three minutes remaining at Old Trafford but placed his free header from six-yards out wide.
Save of the weekendJoe Hart
The England keeper earned Man City a point with a fantastic double save to deny first Carroll and then Suarez in stoppage time at Anfield. Hart was at full stretch when diving to his left to keep out Carroll's header which looked all over the winner and was then quickly on his feet to save Suarez's effort from the rebound.
Gaffe of the weekendWes Brown
While Lescott diverted Charlie Adams' left-footed drive into his own net at Anfield, the vote goes to Wes Brown's injury time gaffe which gave Wigan the win at the Stadium of Light and possibly cost Sunderland boss Steve Bruce his job. The clash between the Premier League strugglers was decided when Brown took a heavy touch from Keiren Westwood's clearance, allowing James McArthur to steal the ball and set up Franco Di Santo to slot home. The mistake handed the Latics a welcome win lifting them off the foot of the table.
Tributes of the weekendTo Gary Speed
The world of football has been left shocked and saddened by news of the death of Wales boss Gary Speed, who was found dead at his home on Sunday morning aged 42. Speed was the first footballer to make 500 appearances in the Premier League, representing Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United during his playing days and making 85 appearances for Wales. Among those paying tribute were the teams and crowds at Sunday's two Premier League games in Swansea and Liverpool, while Arsenal ace Aaron Ramsey, who was made Wales skipper by Speed, said on Twitter: "I was given the tragic news this morning. To say I am devastated is an understatement. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's family and friends. Today the world has lost a great football manager but even more sadly a great man. He will be missed by all."