UNILAD Football’s Awards Of The Week

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Jamie Vardy may have blasted his way to Goal of the Month for February, but here at UNILAD Football, we like to recognise more than just good goals.

Be it celebration of the week, dive of the month or managerial breakdown of the season, we want to honour the alternative heroes after every weekend.

The Premier League threw up plenty of drama as usual this weekend, with Leicester City taking another massive step towards the title, as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal battered each other to a stalemate in London.

Aston Villa continued their limp towards the Championship, and Newcastle United moved a step closer to joining them, with Steve McClaren on the brink of the sack.

Here’s this week’s winners:

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Player Of The Week: Riyad Mahrez

Has there been a better player this season than the Algerian?

The Leicester winger did it again on Saturday night, smacking in the winner against Watford to keep his side’s title challenge on track.

It was the former Le Havre man’s 16th goal of the season and it was one of the best, as he controlled a loose ball and curled it past the dive of Heurelho Gomes.

He later pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury and caused every neutral in the country to hold their breath, but played on and was again instrumental in Leicester’s latest impressive victory.

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Manager Of The Week: Tony Pulis

Despite being a long ball specialist who has one of the most unimaginative styles in history, Pulis pulled it out of the bag this week.

West Brom were good value for their win over Manchester United, keeping the likes of Anthony Martial and best player ever Marcus Rashford quiet for the full 90 minutes.

Juan Mata’s sending off helped them, but the Baggies always looked likely to claim something from the game and move themselves to the brink of the 40 point mark.

Salomon Rondon’s winner was straight out of the top drawer, too, as he controlled Sebastien Pocognoli’s cross before slamming the winner past David De Gea.

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Dive Of The Week: Christian Benteke

When Benteke was brought on against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, the Eagles probably thought their 1-1 draw was in the bag.

The former Aston Villa man has been far short of his best form this season, but won a controversial late penalty after going down under Damien Delaney’s challenge.

Referee Andre Marriner initially ignored the penalty claims, but the assistant flagged and Benteke coolly converted the spot kick.

Replays showed there was contact between Delaney’s knee and Benteke’s foot, but the Belgian could certainly have stayed on his feet, considering the impact and the fact that he’s a 6’3″ powerhouse.

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Managerial Breakdown Of The Week: Alan Pardew

‘Are you trying to antagonise me?’

After Benteke’s late penalty, ‘Handsome Pards’ wasn’t the easiest interviewee.

Talking to Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves, Pardew was clearly feeling the pressure and reacted badly to the reporter asking the former Newcastle United manager why his substitutions were bad.

It was one of those moments that was so awkward but yet so brilliant, and Pardew’s reaction hardly done anything to reverse his reputation as an egotist.

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Comeback Of The Week: West Ham United

As they were 2-0 down against ten men with less than 15 minutes to go, West Ham’s push for a top four spot was hanging in the balance.

But, once Michail Antonio pulled one back, the Hammers clicked and pulled off a stunning comeback to win 3-2.

Dimitri Payet was as instrumental as ever, setting up Diafra Sakho’s equaliser before poaching the winner in stoppage time.

Slaven Bilic’s team are one point off Manchester City in the final Champions League place, and it’s not totally ridiculous to think that the Hammers could make it into Europe’s elite competition next season.