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Premier League: Ups and Downs

  |  March 19, 2013

Callum McManaman checks on Massadio Haidara after his tackle. Alex Livesey/Getty
Callum McManaman checks on Massadio Haidara after his tackle.  Alex Livesey/Getty

The week's rising stars and falling satellites in the English Premier League.

UPS

Frank Lampard, Chelsea Scoring his 200th goal for the club he adores against his former employers West Ham, a club he readily admits his dislike for, must have been particularly sweet as the midfielder now stands just two shy of Bobby Tambling’s all-time record for the west London club.

Andreas Weimann, Aston Villa His strike partner Christian Benteke may be the one taking all the plaudits, but the underrated Austrian was the driving force behind Villa’s comeback against QPR that resulted in three vital points in their bid to avoid relegation, scoring and setting up another.

Seamus Coleman, Everton The Republic of Ireland right-back notched his fourth assist of a productive season with the pass for Leon Osman’s opener against Manchester City, as well as helping his defence keep a clean sheet.

DOWNS

Callum McManaman, Wigan Athletic The English FA took retroactive disciplinary action against the midfielder for his horrific, studs-up, knee-high challenge on Newcastle’s Massaido Haidara – after the referee missed the incident – banning him for three games.

Michael Dawson, Tottenham The defender has been forced to withdraw from England’s World Cup qualifiers this week – after two years in the international wilderness – after suffering a first-half hamstring injury in the 1-0 loss to Fulham that prevented him returning to the field.

Peter Odemwingie, West Brom The disgruntled forward took to Twitter again, accusing the club of “threatening to ruin my career?”, due to his lack of starts. The club responded yesterday by saying they will deal with the matter “internally”.