A look at the heroes, and villain, of Premier League Round 33.
Hero - Wilfried Zaha
Where would Crystal Palace be without Zaha? Relegated for sure. What the likes of Southampton or Stoke would give to have a matchwinner of his quality. In Premier League Round 33, Roy Hodgson’s team desperately needed a win at home to Brighton. Step forward their star man, Zaha. Although the Ivorian is best known for his skill and trickery, his 2 goals here were a tap-in and an excellent header. Palace aren’t safe yet but if Zaha stays fit, they surely will be.
Hero – Olivier Giroud
For 60 minutes at Southampton, Chelsea struggled to get out of first gear. That all changed, however, when Giroud came on. The big Frenchman has a great record against Saints and he punished them again. Giroud’s first goal got his team back in the game and his second turned out to be the winner. Álvaro Morata should be worried. Chelsea’s super sub could soon be their starting striker.
Hero – Tom Ince
At home to Watford, Huddersfield were looking for 3 points, not 1. Just when it looked like The Terriers would have to settle for a draw, their substitute Ince stole in to give his team the win. It was only his second goal of the season but what an important goal it could turn out to be. Huddersfield are now up in 14th place and 35 points may well be enough for Premier League survival.
Hero – Ayoze Pérez
Pérez should probably have made the list last week for his lob against Leicester City. Luckily, the Spaniard’s good form continues. Arsenal took the lead at St James’ Park, but it takes a lot to beat Newcastle these days. Pérez equalised from DeAndre Yedlin’s cross and then set up Matt Ritchie’s winner. He now has 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 matches.
Villain – Hugo Lloris
Tottenham’s French stopper has really lost his way in recent weeks. Lloris used to be one of the best sweeper keepers around but his decision-making was all wrong in Premier League Round 33. For Manchester City’s first goal, he hesitated too long and by the time he came out, it was too late. Then for the second, Lloris rushed out recklessly and gave away a penalty. He should perhaps have done better for the third goal too. He could only push Gabriel Jesus’ shot straight to Raheem Sterling.