UNILAD Football’s Weekly Awards

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It’s that time of the week again, when we award some of the standout performers of the weekend’s football.

Plenty of titles were handed out in the last few days; Anthony Joshua blasted his way to the IBF heavyweight crown, Danny Willett claimed the Masters’ green jacket, and Rule The World won everyone a few quid in the Grand National.

But the world of football had its winners and losers, and here at UNILAD Football, we like to ensure they don’t get forgotten about.

So who was on top of the world this weekend, and who’d have had a better time stood in front of a 6’6″ boxer?

Let’s take a look:

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Player Of The Week: Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll was back to his best against Arsenal this weekend, smacking in an eight minute hat-trick to reignite the ‘Carroll for England’ calls.

Although there are more fashionable strikers at Roy Hodgson’s disposal, a brute like Carroll is certainly an option, and he again showed his eye for goal by bullying Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista all afternoon at the Boleyn Ground.

There is no one better in the air in the country than the former Newcastle United man, and his acrobatic effort for his second proved he’s no one trick pony.

It may be too late for the West Ham United striker, but performances like this one will not harm his chances of an England return.


Manager Of The Week: Mauricio Pochettino

The Argentine boss watched on as his Tottenham Hotspur side kept up the pressure on Leicester City, by brushing aside Manchester United at White Hart Lane.

Spurs look every inch a side capable of winning the title, and their front four of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela all looked excellent in the 3-0 win.

The trio of goals came in just six minutes, which displayed the killer instinct that Spurs have developed over the course of the season.

Over the years, Sir Alex Ferguson famously used to tell his Man United players “lads, it’s Spurs” in his pre-match team talk, but now the power has changed hands and Pochettino holds the aces going into the last six games.

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Worst Substitutions Of The Week: Louis van Gaal

Only one winner, here.

Man United and Spurs were level with 20 minutes remaining, before LVG started to tinker with his side.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah was injured and replaced by Matteo Darmian, whose first contribution was to totally fail to block a cross which resulted in Dele Alli scoring.

But arguably the worst sub was to introduce Ashley Young from the bench. Young being brought on would surely mean Anthony Martial could move to his favoured centre forward position right?

Wrong. Young played as a centre forward, with Martial sticking to his left wing berth and United promptly went on to lose 3-0, and got everything their manager deserved from his awful decisions.

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Best Response Of The Week: Jamie Vardy

Leicester went into the second half with Sunderland level, after the Black Cats attempted to starve the league leaders of any space and chances during their clash.

But Jamie Vardy popped up with two stunning goals – the first after he latched onto Danny Drinkwater’s excellent pass, and the second in an injury time counter attack.

Claudio Ranieri later revealed that he’d told Vardy that his team needed him, and the former FC Halifax Town striker duly obliged with his brace.

The dream season continues for the Foxes.

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Most Needed Win Of The Week: Crystal Palace

Since starting to believe his own hype around Christmas time, Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace side have fallen down the table quicker than you can say ‘potential England manager’.

The Eagles were in serious danger of slipping into the bottom three, but come up with an important win at home to Norwich to keep their heads above water.

Had they lost, they’d have been level on points with the Canaries, who are currently top of the four-team relegation battle at the wrong end of the Premier League.

So, it looks like we’ll have to put up with another season of smugness from ‘Pards’.