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Premier League Team of the Week: Sturr crazy

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After the second weekend 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 players, journalists and random punters.

GK: Allan McGregor, for Hull City v Norwich City (8/10)

The Scotland international saved a penalty against Chelsea last week and was in imperious form in a 1-0 win over Norwich, proving just why Steve Bruce paid £1.8m to bring him in from Besiktas.

Key moment (67'): Great save! Garrido's cross is met by Van Wolfswinkel's bullet header - and tipped over brilliantly and athletically by McGregor. Great header, great save.

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RB: Kyle Walker, for Tottenham Hotspur against Swansea City (8/10)

In another narrow win for Spurs, Walker utilised his pace and energy to good effect as he provided width from right-back and bombed forward when suitable.

Key moment (35'): Another explosive run down the right by Walker takes him to the by-line and his cut-back evades Townsend but finds Dembele! Great full-stretch save by Vorm to tip over the bar!

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CB: Curtis Davies, for Hull City v Norwich City (9/10)

Faultless display at the back by the centre-half. Organised the back four impressively and kept the dangerous Van Wolfswinkel quiet.

Key moment (74'): Hoolahan looks for Van Wolfswinkel, but Davies thumps it clear. That's symptomatic of his fantastic performance today.

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CB: Jonas Olsson, for West Brom v Everton (8/10)

A fine performance at the back to keep Everton's forwards in check as the visiting side held out with some ease in the end.

Key moment (20'): Jonas Olsson not standing on ceremony as he drills a clearance long from his team's penalty box. It's been a dominant performance from the Swede today.

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LB: Danny Rose, for Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City (8/10)

Rose performed the same role as Walker but on the opposite flank as he continued the good form he showed last season on loan at Sunderland with another purposeful performance.

Key moment (6'): Rose lashes in a driven cross from the left but Chico gets it away with Soldado lurking. Good play by Paulinho to release the overlapping full-back.

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RM: Andros Townsend, for Tottenham Hotspur against Swansea City (9/10)

The home side's midfield were almost completely on top form, and though Paulinho was a joy to behold going forward and Etienne Capoue was superb in front of the back four, the academy graduate provided quality at both ends, winning the crucial penalty - and could easily have been awarded two.

Key moment (44'): Now Townsend has the ball on the opposite flank and moves towards the area where Shelvey is adjudged to bring him down just outside the box. However, it looked inside the box.

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CM: Aaron Ramsey, for Arsenal against Fulham (8/10)

The Welsh midfielder has undergone a real renaissance in 2013 and having finished last season so strongly he has again looked lively in the new campaign, with a calm and precise display against Fulham catching the eye.

Key moment (16'): GOAL! Ramsey's shot from distance breaks kindly for Giroud. One touch takes him in on goal, and the second touch is chipped over Stockdale. Arsenal lead 1-0.

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CM: Charlie Adam, for Stoke against Crystal Palace (8/10)

Adam returned to the Stoke starting XI to torment his old boss Ian Holloway with some influential midfield play and a coolly taken finish for the equalising goal.

Key moment (57'): GOAL! Charlie Adam curls an equaliser into the corner after chaos in the Palace box!

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LM: Lukas Podolski, for Arsenal against Fulham (8/10)

Linked with a move to Schalke prior to kick-off, Podolski gave a reminder of his quality to Arsene Wenger with two well-taken goals at Craven Cottage.

Key moment (68'): GOAL! Podolski drives the ball low and hard into the corner of the net. Fine finish from Cazorla's cutback. Brilliant move and finish. Arsenal lead 3-0.

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ST: Daniel Sturridge, for Liverpool against Aston Villa (8/10)

Sturridge has thrived in the absence of the suspended Luis Suarez and he tormented Aston Villa in a 1-0 win for Liverpool. The forward's movement was clever and his finish for the only goal was delightful.

Key moment (18'): GOAL! Sturridge scores for the visiting side. Beats Luna and Guzan before sliding the ball into the gaping net with his left foot. Magical goal from Liverpool.

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ST: Fraizer Campbell, for Cardiff City against Manchester City (8/10)

A bustling, all-action performance from Campbell, whose career has been held up by injuries. He led the line brilliantly and deserved his two goals.

Key moment (86'): GOAL CARDIFF!!! 3-1! Cowie takes it AND CAMPBELL HAS SCORED AGAIN! At the far post once more and this time it's a clean header! City fall apart!

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Subs: Hugo Lloris (8/10), Leighton Baines (7/10), Kolo Toure (8/10), Paulinho (8/10), Tom Huddlestone (8/10). Etienne Capoue (8/10), Olivier Giroud (8/10).

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