Garth Crooks's team of the week

By Garth CrooksBBC football pundit

After a week of FA Cup exploits, we return to the Premier League with Manchester United, Swansea and Blackburn all putting three goals past their opponents.

But Liverpool and Spurs failed to take advantage of home fixtures as they lost ground on the other sides at the top.

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Paul Robinson

The former England number one pulled off a save from Brede Hangeland that was nothing short of world class. He went on to make a string of other important stops and was the difference between Blackburn winning and losing against Fulham.

On that performance, if he were interested in coming out of retirement, England manager Fabio Capello should take him to the Euros.

Did you know? Damien Duff's goal for Fulham marked the 200th goal that Paul Robinson has conceded in the Premier League in a Blackburn shirt.


Patrice Evra

Yet another professional display from the Manchester United left-back. While Spurs and Liverpool struggled at home, United continued to put the squeeze on leaders Manchester City as they moved level on points with Roberto Mancini's men, building on their FA Cup win over their city rivals.

Evra, who captained United on Saturday, is once again emerging as a leader of men after his nightmare at the 2010 World Cup with France. He clearly has both eyes still fixed on that Premier League title.

Did you know? Evra has helped Manchester United keep 10 clean sheets this season. No other player in the league has been involved in as many.


Robert Huth

I can't remember the last time Stoke It's partly due to the development of an emerging team and partly down to a certain Robert Huth at the heart of their defence.

He is just the kind of centre-half the Stoke fans like. Tough and uncompromising, he is prepared to wrestle with the likes of Andy Carroll. He reminds me of the old Potters favourite Denis Smith.

Did you know? In 10 Premier League games against Liverpool, Huth has helped his side keep a clean sheet five times (three times with Stoke and twice with Middlesbrough).


Fabricio Coloccini

Another clean sheet for the Magpies and another comfortable performance for the Argentine. He positively strolled through the game against QPR.

Newcastle's defence looks a much better outfit with this top-class defender at its heart.

Did you know? Coloccini has made more clearances (111) than any other Newcastle player this season.


Antonio Valencia

Two seasons ago Wayne Rooney scored a bucketload of goals thanks to Valencia's assists.

Although he did not set up a goal against Bolton, Rooney should have tucked in one of the Ecuadorian's deliveries and there were signs he is returning to top form.

Did you know? Valencia has played a total of 810 minutes of Premier League football against Bolton, more than against any other side in the division.


Nathan Dyer

The diminutive winger makes a mockery of the remark "he's too small". Against Arsenal he was the best player on the pitch. Perhaps the best things do come in small packages.

Did you know? In the 11 games in all competitions in which Dyer has scored for Swansea, they have never lost, winning eight (including the last six) and drawing three.


Michael Carrick

Another stellar performance by Carrick. He plays the game in a way reminiscent of another former United favourite, Ray Wilkins, who thought it was a crime if you gave the ball away.

That said, I'm not sure that even "Butch" Wilkins at his best could have produced that

Did you know? Carrick has made an interception once every 23 minutes this season, more regularly than anyone who has played over 1,000 minutes in this Premier League campaign.


Luka Modric

If Spurs have any chance of winning the title then this man has to feature in all of Tottenham's remaining games. I hear through the grapevine that he is already complaining about the number of matches he is having to play in the Premier League.

If true, Spurs had better come up with a plan because without him they are doomed.

Did you know? The Croatian has received an average of 68 passes per game this season. Only two players (Yaya Toure and Mikel Arteta) have a higher average than this.


Fernando Torres

At last Fernando has stopped expecting his Chelsea team-mates to adapt their game to him and he has started to adapt his game to them.

He is beginning to work hard for the team again in the same way he did when he first signed for Liverpool.

he looked a threat again, had two penalty appeals turned down and saw a tremendous volley hit the bar.

He did everything but score and led the line like a proper centre-forward.

Did you know? Torres managed 12 touches in the opposition box against Sunderland, more than any other player from any club over the weekend in the Premier League. This season he has touched the ball in the opposition box once every 6.88 minutes, more regularly than any other Chelsea player (8th overall in the Premier League).


Steven Fletcher

It is no coincidence that Fletcher is Wolves' top scorer. His runs into the opposition penalty box are as good as anyone in the Premer League.

Everyone knew that he was always going to be the player most likely to score against Tottenham. What I do not understand is why the Spurs defence could not work that one out.

Did you know? Steven Fletcher has netted 11 headed goals since the start of the 2010/11 Premier League season, more than any other player in this period.


Steve Morison

This lad has become another Paul Lambert success story. He seldom misses a game and gets his fair share of goals as well.

I asked Robbie Savage to name one player for my Team of the Week and he went for Morison. For once I agree with him!

Did you know? Steve Morison is one of just five players in the league to have provided at least four assists and scored eight goals this season. The others are Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor, Arsenal's Robin van Persie, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Chelsea's Frank Lampard.