Premier League: Ups and Downs - Week 13
The National staff | November 27, 2012
Our weekly guide to best and worst performers in the latest round of Premier League matches. So, just who are this week's three wise men, and who are this week's Top Gear presenters?
GOING UPJordi Gomez, Wigan Athletic The midfielder has been the target of abuse from his own fans for his lack of finishing in a Wigan shirt, but this weekend he became only the second Spaniard to score a Premier League hat-trick – the other being Fernando Torres.
Sebastien Bassong, Norwich City Norwich failed to keep a clean sheet last season but this term, with the Cameroon defender having joined from Tottenham, they already have five. He also got a late equaliser to earn his side a point with Everton.
Harry Redknapp, QPR For Queens Park Rangers’ new manager, the only way is up. Without a win in 13 league games, Redknapp – who has managed four other Premier League clubs – has a tough task, but the failings of Mark Hughes mean it will be easy to surpass his meagre effort.
GOING DOWNNewcastle United After last season’s sixth-placed finish, expectations were high this term but Newcastle are just four points above the relegation zone. Alan Pardew, the manager, expressed his concern at only one win in their last eight matches.
Fans Sunday saw two disappointing displays from supporters in England’s top flight. The Chelsea crowd booing their new manager was overshadowed by the West Ham United fans, chanting racist abuse and mocking the midweek stabbing of a Tottenham supporter in Rome.
Reading When the opposing keeper literally throws the ball into his own net to gift you a goal, the thing to do would be take advantage of the gloveman’s nerves and pepper him with shots. Reading failed to and allowed opponents Wigan to score a late winner.
And don't forget our picks for this week's Premier League team of the week below. Do you agree? Let us know:
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