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Every week Goal.com's Alan Dawson picks out his best performers in the Premier League.

BEST XI

Formation: 4-5-1

Goalkeeper

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
Was on guard to foil Middlesbrough's best efforts on a day that was stand-up for glovesman up and down the country. Saved a Tuncay header well, and managed to get his mitts to a Downing strike.


Defence

Danny Collins (Sunderland)
Put in a sturdy shift for Sunderland, was sound at the rearguard, and just when the side needed something to happen, he was there to play a key part in the club's claims for three points by assisting Cisse.

Nedum Onuoha (Manchester City)
Put in a sound shift at the back and popped up to capitalise on good service to grab City's second.

Younes Kaboul (Portsmouth)
Is filling in and doing a solid job wherever Paul Hart asks him to play. Was utilised at right back to accommodate Johnson playing further afield, and impressed in the process.

James Tomkins (West Ham United)
What is it with the academy at the Boleyn Ground? Could Tomkins be a further talented graduate to add to the already growing list of stars to originate from east London training grounds? He's got his name twice on Goal.com's Team of the Week in recent times, so the omens bode well for the kid.


Midfield

Mark Noble (West Ham United)
Is continuing to impress under diminutive manager Gianfranco Zola. Had a good box-to-boxing game from the central areas and was the Hammers' driving force. Will no doubt, along with a few other Irons members, be the focus of transfer speculation over the coming months.

Stephen Ireland (Manchester City)

Why this player is only nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award is beyond me, especially when he has had a greater season than at least half of those listed in the adult section.

Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur) 
Held the middle of the park well for Tottenham, and unleashed a flurry of dangerous looking long-range shots. Passed well.

Glen Johnson (Portsmouth)
A tactical re-shift in Paul Hart's thinking has ensured that the roaming Glen Johnson has been pushed further up-field, where he relentlessly tormented Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Robinho (Manchester City)
The Brazilian ended his mini-goal draught with a fine volley that followed an Ireland cross. After Manchester City's UEFA Cup exit, their qualification into Europe next season hinges on their ability to finish seventh in the Premier League. If they are to do so, then Ireland and Robinho will need to keep their form up.


Striker

Djibril Cisse (Sunderland)  
The pacey Frenchman's first half header has temporarily eased the relegation burden off of the shoulders of the Black Cats, as it was his solo goal that separated Sunderland and Hull City.


Schwarzer
Tomkins - Kaboul - Onuoha - Collins
Noble - Ireland - Huddlestone
Johnson                       Robinho

Cisse


Honorable Mentions
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton Wanderers)
Niko Kranjcar (Portsmouth)
Liam Lawrence (Stoke City)
Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion)
Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough)
Elano (Manchester City)

Alan Dawson, Goal.com