UNILAD Football’s Weekly Awards

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It’s that time of week again, when we at UNILAD Football recognise some of the week’s winners and losers.

Not your usual suspects though, there’ll be no awards for Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in here, as we look at some of those who go unnoticed throughout the weekend’s action.

We like things like injury of the week, breakdown of the month and bad tackle of the season, so read on to find out who scooped an award this weekend.

Here’s who we’ve recognised:

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Player Of The Week: Mark Noble

Unfortunately for Mark Noble, this award is likely going to be the best thing he gets this season.

That’s because despite his form being excellent all season, he’s unlikely to get an England call up anytime soon, meaning he won’t be heading to France this summer with his country.

His two goals against West Brom were typical Noble, bursting into the box and finishing well to give West Ham United a comfortable 3-0 win, and keep the Hammers’ push for a European place very much alive.

Never mind, Mark, at least you’ll get into Europe on a Thursday night next season.

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Manager Of The Week: Ronald Koeman

Southampton battered Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, and Koeman’s reputation went up another notch because of it.

Sadio Mane’s hat trick downed a much changed City side, who clearly had eyes on their Champions League semi final with Real Madrid.

They still fielded a strong side though, and the Saints were excellent value for their 4-2 win. Koeman’s side look a good bet for the Europa League next season, which gives them chance to avenge their poor showing in the same competition earlier this campaign.

The Saints are marching on.

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Softest Penalty Of The Week: Jermain Defoe

1-0 down going into injury time, Sunderland were heading for another damaging defeat when referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot as Geoff Cameron made contact with Defoe inside the box.

The penalty was dispatched by Defoe, earning the Black Cats a valuable point in their latest fight with relegation.

It was a soft decision from the ref, and it could have huge implications at the bottom of the table, with Newcastle United and Norwich City also scrapping for their lives in the bottom three.

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Party Pooper Of The Week: Anthony Martial

Did Anthony Martial not read the script?

N’Golo Kante was meant to intercept a stray Marouane Fellaini pass and set up Riyad Mahrez, who smacked a shot past David De Gea into the top corner – but Martial ruined it.

The Frenchman’s goal ensured Leicester City must wait another week to complete their fairytale season, or watch on as Chelsea do them a favour by beating Tottenham Hotspur tonight.

We were half expecting Jamie Vardy to start the party anyway, as he swigged on a Blue WKD in the Man United hospitality box, but the scenes must wait a little longer.

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Shittest Protest Of The Week: Arsenal

Ahead of Arsenal’s game against Norwich City, it was expected that fans would stage a mass protest against Arsene Wenger as they grow tired of his tenure.

Instead what occurred was the softest protest in Premier League history, as a handful of fans held up pieces of paper asking for Wenger’s head, rather than demanding it.

There’s usually a toxic atmosphere when teams protest against their managers or owners, but the Emirates was its typical corporate self, with vol-au-vent’s flying everywhere in the leather covered posh seats in the capital.

At least the fans showed as much backbone as their team has this season.

Troll Of The Week: Andre Marriner

After overseeing Southampton’s dismantling of Man City, Sadio Mane proudly walked off clutching his hard earned match ball.

But being the absolute scamp that he is, referee Marriner playfully stole the ball off the Senegal man, prompting Mane’s face to momentarily turn to thunder.

It was all fun and games though, as the 24-year-old soon got his ball back and headed for the changing rooms.

Check out Mane’s attempted handshake too, as the official absolutely pies him off. Classic.