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Premier League Team of the Week: Hat-trick hero Eto’o

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After the latest round of Premier League action, we bring you our pick of the best players on display in the English top flight.

And to give you a flavour of how their performances were viewed across the land, we have also included tweets from journalists and punters alike.

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GK: Jack Butland, for Stoke v Crystal Palace (7/10)

Butland was on the losing side but the keeper who traveled to Euro 2012 with England showed his undoubted ability when making a succession of saves at Selhurst Park.

Key moment (83'): THREE saves in quick succession from Butland - from Ward, Chamakh and Puncheon! Good work from the young 'keeper - Palace could have sealed the three points there!

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RB: Adrian Mariappa, for Crystal Palace v Stoke (7/10)

The defender helped keep a clean sheet for Tony Pulis but was also a constant threat with his crossing against Stoke City.

Key moment (69'): Great cross from Mariappa from the right - no-one there, though, and Chamakh can't find space for the follow-up.

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CB: Vincent Kompany, for Manchester City v Cardiff (7/10)

Martin Demichelis had a dodgy game alongside him but Kompany never let his quality slip in a 4-2 win over Cardiff, proving solid as ever at the back and also providing impetus in attack when making one of his many runs forward.

Key moment (43'): Kompany a towering presence at the back for City. He wins the ball at the back and drives forward finding Silva, who is fouled.

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CB: Gary Cahill, for Chelsea v Manchester United (6/10)

The defender helped restrict United to one goal but also found himself in the unusual position of providing two assists for Samuel Eto'o.

Key moment (49'): GOAL! Chelsea 3-0 Manchester United. Eto'o gets his hat-trick. Cahill sends in a header that De Gea manages to save but Eto'o turns it in.

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LB: Aleksandar Kolarov, for Manchester City v Cardiff (7/10)

The Serbian is enjoying a fine season in the City back four and was influential again in the 4-2 win over Cardiff. Kolarov is a full-back who loves to attack and constantly bombed down the left flank.

Key moment (2'): City penalty claim! Kolarov finds Silva, whose cross to Dzeko is cut out with a very untidy challenge by McNaughton on Dzeko. Could easily have been a penalty that...

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RM: Jason Puncheon, for Crystal Palace v Stoke (8/10)

Put last week’s penalty woes behind him with a lively and committed performance, capped off with a winning goal to take his team out of the relegation zone.

Key moment (51'): GOAL! Shoddy defending by Stoke - in their own box! - after good work down the right by Mariappa; Puncheon receives the ball, makes himself space, and curls the ball home!

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CM: Yaya Toure, for Manchester City v Cardiff (8/10)

Another inspirational all-round display from the Ivorian powerhouse. Scored one, assisted one and had a big hand in another as City beat Cardiff 4-2.

Key moment (76'): GOAL! Yaya Toure makes it 3-1 City after catching Cardiff on the break and it's a superb goal. Yaya drives forward from his own half, exchanges passes with Aguero, and fires well into the bottom corner.

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CM: Yohan Cabaye, for Newcastle v West Ham (8/10)

West Ham couldn’t get close enough to him to stop him threading balls into his team-mates and pulling them apart. They also couldn’t stop him from scoring twice, in two moments when he had room near the area: his first goal was a tidy control and finish; his second was a masterful, game-clinching free-kick.

Key moment (15'): GOAL! Cabaye puts Newcastle ahead and it's so simple. Gouffran gets the ball back to him on the edge of the area and he just slides it into the bottom corner with the inside of his right foot.

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LM: Santi Cazorla, for Arsenal v Fulham (8/10)

A double from the diminutive playmaker to cap another fine, inventive display as he tore Fulham apart at the Emirates. Cazorla has had quiet spells this season but this was not one of them.

Key moment (57'): GOOAL! Cazorla comes off the left and feeds Giroud, who in turns finds Wilshere inside the box and Cazorla continues his run to meet the square ball from Wilshere and open the scoring.

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ST: Samuel Eto'o, for Chelsea v Manchester United (8/10)

After a slow start to his Chelsea career, Eto’o has adapted well to his new side and his experience allows him to exploit half-chances and still trouble defences. He showed all his quality when claiming a hat-trick on Sunday.

Key moment (17'): GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United. Game over. Eto'o scores, and Chelsea won't concede now. Eto'o collects on the right wing, drifts past Jones with too much ease and shoots, the ball deflected off Carrick's ankle and over De Gea.

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ST: Emmanuel Adebayor, for Tottenham v Swansea (7/10)

Reborn under Tim Sherwood, it appears that Andre Villas-Boas’ talent for alienating players extended to the Togolese striker. His form has given Spurs the chance to drop the struggling Roberto Soldado and he scored twice against Swansea.

Key moment (71'): GOAL! Swansea City 0-3 Spurs. Adebayor scores again. Danny Rose sprints down the left wing on the counter-attack, slides the ball across for an unmarked Adebayor, who sells a dummy to the 'keeper and scores his second of the game.

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