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Team of the Week: Hat-trick heroes make the cut

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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: Tim Howard, for Everton v Swansea (8/1)

But for a couple of fine saves from the American, Everton would have lost to a side who carved out chance after chance. A poor Everton had their keeper to thank for the three points.

Key moment (81'): Shelvey finds Hernandez and he should bury it but it’s a great save by Howard.

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RB: Geoff Cameron, for Stoke v Aston Villa (7/10)

Any of the Stoke backline would have merited inclusion. Cameron scored a great goal though to add to his all-round play in a highly impressive Stoke performance.

Key moment (88'): GOAL! Cameron with the fourth goal of the day. Marko Arnautovic with the cutback and that is a fine finish. A 4-1 win on the cards here.

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CB: Martin Skrtel, for Liverpool v Cardiff (8/10)

Part of Liverpool's dodgy backline but also part of their devastating attack. You can't argue with two goals from a centre-back.

Key moment (41'): GOAL! The ball was cleared but came out to Coutinho again. He gets half a yard and whips the ball into the box where Skrtel was waiting to stick his toe out and direct the ball goalwards. And we're back on level terms!

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

Davies has been impressive all season and this was just another fine game to add to the CV. Probably too late for him to make England's World Cup squad but Roy Hodgson should at least have a look.

Key moment (64'): Vydra turns well in the box but Davies again is there to clear. Another brilliant display from Davies today.

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LB: Cesar Azpilicueta, for Chelsea against Arsenal (7/10)

In a game where Chelsea scored six, it seemed a little strange that Michael Owen gave the Spaniard the man-of-the-match award on BT Sport but his performance was undoubtedly impressive.

Key moment (45+2'): Azpilicueta puts across a great ball for Schuerrle on the right wing, and gets a corner.

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MID: Christian Eriksen, for Tottenham v Southampton (8/10)

The Danish midfielder was asked afterwards how Spurs managed to win. "Because we scored three goals," was his response without a flicker of a smile. But those three goals only came about because of his contribution. Outstanding stuff from Eriksen as he led Tottenham's recovery.

Key moment (57'): GOAL! Soldado brushes Lovren off the ball before sliding the pass across the face of goal for Eriksen to net. 2-2. Spurs back on level terms.

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MID: Yaya Toure, for Manchester City v Fulham (8/10)

Easy decision for man-of-the-match at the Etihad. Scored a hat-trick and bossed the midfield.

Key moment (66'): TOURE HAT-TRICK! City 3-0 Fulham. Nasri rolls the free-kick across to Toure. The Ivorian glances up, sets his sights on Stockdale's goal and unleashes an unstoppable curling shot into the corner. Wonderful finish from distance.

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MID: Andre Schuerrle, for Chelsea v Arsenal (8/10)

After a slow start to his Chelsea career, Schuerrle is now scoring and setting up goals for his side. With Willian out of the team, suspended, this was a well timed contribution.

Key moment (8'): GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal. Schuerrle scores. Again Arsenal lose the ball in midfield, and Matic slides the ball forward for Schuerrle, who advances down the right and from the edge of the box drills a great shot past a static keeper.

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FWD: Wayne Rooney, for Manchester United v West Ham (8/10)

His opener will feature in Premier League montages for years to come. Looked to enjoy being the main man up front with Robin van Persie injured.

Key moment (8'): WHAT A GOAL FROM ROONEY! West Ham 0-1 Man United. The England striker lets the ball bounce over his shoulder on the halfway line and unleashes a crazy shot from 50 odd yards. Adrian loses his bearings and it flies into the net! David Beckham watches on with a smile.

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FWD: Luis Suarez, for Liverpool v Cardiff (9/10)

The Uruguayan was everywhere for Liverpool in attack. It wasn’t just his hattrick but his all round play and creativity caused Cardiff problems all day long. He even had time to lay a goal on for his strike partner.

Key moment (90+6'): And that is his third! Suarez breezes past Cala and finishes coolly past Marshall to bag his hat-trick.

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FWD: Shane Long, for Hull v West Brom (9/10)

He may have gone down rather dramatically to win a penalty but he kept his cool to score Hull’s second. The striker hit the post with a curling effort and his runs caused the Baggies plenty of problems.

Key moment (37'): GOAL! Long makes it 2-0 with a simple finish from close range.

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