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Tottenham dominate our team this midweek, following their fine 4-0 win at Newcastle, a number of below-par performances from other clubs and a couple of postponed matches due to the adverse weather around the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

There is fierce competition for the goalkeeper gloves this week, with Cardiff City's David Marshall and West Ham's Adrian both putting in four-star, top-of-the-match winning performances on Tuesday, while Hugo Lloris was key for Tottenham 24 hours later.

STAR MAN: PAULINHO
RATING VS NEWCASTLE

A menace to the Newcastle defence all evening as he lurked behind Adebayor, looking to link up with the striker. Managed to do just that on many occasions - not least when he scored Tottenham's second goal.

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GOAL!! Paulinho puts Tottenham 2-0 up! Krul fails to collect Adebayor's shot from range, parrying the ball right back in to the danger area with the Brazil international able to tap it home with the second attempt.
The decision goes to Adrian (4), who kept out Norwich City with a number of fine saves before the Hammers nicked a vital victory late on.

Southampton's Calumn Chambers (4) gets the right-back spot after a fine performance at Hull; "His forward runs were a revelation and his delivery was consistently excellent," says our man Mike Keane.

James Collins (3) and Laurent Koscielny (4) make up the centre-back partnership. Collins was dependably solid as the Hammers beat Norwich, thanks in no small part to his late header. Koscielny just about edges out his Arsenal team-mate Per Mertesacker after both men did a fine job of keeping Robin van Persie quiet - after the Dutchman wasted a great opportunity presented to him by Mikel Arteta early on.

Kieran Gibbs (3.5) gets the left-back spot after dealing well with Antonio Valencia and providing Olivier Giroud with a number of crosses.

The majority of rest of the team is composed of Tottenham players after they picked up a vital win in the race for the top four.

Etienne Capoue (4) and Steven Gerrard (4) form the double-pivot. Spurs' Frenchman was "strong in the middle, made light work of the attentions of Anita and controlled the centre of the park. Provided the foundation for all attacks." Gerrard, meanwhile, set up Daniel Sturridge with a world-class pass, before netting a last-minute penalty to move the Reds to within four points of first place.

Two more Spurs players provide the attacking thrust from midfield, with Paulinho (4.5) and Nabil Bentaleb (4) helping tear Newcastle to shreds at St James' Park.

Paulinho was "a menace to the Newcastle defence all evening as he lurked behind Adebayor, looking to link up with the striker", and did so to great effect when he made it 2-0. Bentaleb, the youngster who has become a first-team regular under Tim Sherwood, set up the first goal and "showcased his considerable talent on the ground and in the air".

All three Spurs midfielders are making their debuts in the Goal Team of the Week.

Adebayor (4) is one of the strikers in our XI after he scored twice against the Magpies to justify his continued selection by Sherwood.

He is partnered by Saido Berahino (4) who just about muscles out West Brom team-mate Victor Anichebe and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (both 3.5). The Baggies striker was "brilliant for the Baggies all game long. The youngster had the Chelsea defence worried at times and provided an inch-perfect cross for Anichebe's goal".

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