Luis Suarez and Andros Townsend Light Up EPL Week 29

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Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 with Philippe Coutinho (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

With a bounty of FA Cup action diverting some attention away from the Premier League action on display, we had only six matches to peruse in Week 29 of our calendar.

Regardless, the English top flight offered up its usual dose of elite action, albeit on a smaller scale, with places up for grabs mostly at mid-table and closer to the relegation zone.

So, without further ado, let’s consider just who shone brightest in this miniature version of our Premier League weekend helping.

 

Andros Townsend

With a hand in all three goals scored by QPR in his side’s 3-1 win over Sunderland, there’s not many others that could be picked as Man of the Match following the clash in West London.

As well as getting on the scoresheet himself, Andros Townsend also managed to provide assists for both Loic Remy and Jermaine Jenas, essentially running the Black Cats over in emphatic fashion, ensuring they were unable to use any of those other nine lines in the process.

Providing a constant threat to Simon Mignolet’s goal himself as well as creating opportunities for those around him, Townsend showed Tottenham just why he perhaps should have been given more of a shot at White Hart with a wing masterclass at Loftus Road.

 

James Morrison

One of the biggest fan favourites at the Hawthorns, it’s performances like this that make it of little wonder why James Morrison remains such a valued member of the West Brom squad after the midfielder proved to be a huge catalyst in the 2-1 win over Swansea City.

While he may not have scored or even assisted a goal on the day, it was Morrison that provided frequent ammunition to the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Chris Brunt and others against the Welsh upstarts.

 

Luis Suarez

A regular staple in our weekly rundown of the finest performers, Luis Suarez’s contributions at Anfield continue to help Liverpool stay afloat as the Uruguayan maintained his fine run of scoring form against Tottenham.

The 26-year-old netted his fifth goal in just three matches against Spurs, opening the scoring against Andre Villas-Boas’ outfit as the Reds edged their way to a 3-2 victory over the North London opposition.

Now in sixth place in the Premier League, Liverpool have undergone a substantial bump in form of late and would appear to have a slim chance at a top four finish as long as the club can keep Suarez amongst the goals.

 

Gabriel Agbonlahor

With the limelight firmly fixed upon Christian Benteke for much of this season, it was refreshing to once again see Aston Villa stalwart, Gabriel Agbonlahor, picked out as a talisman in the Villans’ 2-1 triumph over Reading.

Most definitely considered a six-pointer matchup, Paul Lambert’s side sorely needed to grab three points against Brian McDermott’s Reading and made a vital jump away from the relegation zone following their victory at the Madejski.

With the score tied at 1-1, Agbonlahor provided the winner for Aston Villa just before halftime, pouncing on a ricocheting ball from 12 yards out and ensuring his outfit brought the win back to Birmingham.

 

Papiss Demba Cissé

Having already established himself as a talisman for the Magpies in the presence of Demba Ba, Papiss Demba Cissé showed just how he’s thriving in the absence of his Senegalese compatriot as the main focus of Alan Pardew’s attack.

With his side struggling to penetrate Stoke City’s stern defence, Cissé provided the means for Newcastle’s last-ditch escape, latching onto a Sylvain Marveaux pass inside the Potters’ 18-yard box to finish with the calmest of heads and wrap up the three points for the hosts.

Apart from his 92nd-minute winner however, Cissé also did well to contend with the likes of Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron as he did, providing a steady platform going forward, holding the ball up well for his teammates before bringing others into the fray.

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