Date: 12th December 2016 at 2:44am
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Burnley are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick in the three two victory over Bournemouth at the weekend at Turf Moor was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected the duo as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.


‘Well, Irish eyes must be smiling in Lancashire after two goals by Irishmen and three well-earned points for Burnley. Jeff Hendrick got the stunning opener but Stephen Ward provided the goal that gave the Clarets a little breathing space in what became a stifling encounter. What impressed me most about Ward’s goal was the speed of his reaction. Artur Boruc did well to make the save but Ward was on the rebound like a cobra to make it 2-0. However, I continue to be slightly bemused by managers. Sean Dyche felt that football is a time trial and the whistle must be blown in line with the time added board. Players play until the whistle. The time added is an indicator for the referee, and players continue to do their job until the referee blows for time. It’s not the referee’s fault if they can’t defend in the meantime.’


‘What a goal. The control was a bit special but the quality of the finish just blew me away. He said in his post-match interview that he wants to score goals – well he won’t score many better goals in his career than his strike against Bournemouth. However, it wasn’t just the goal that set Hendrick’s performance apart from the rest, but his overall contribution. On another day he might have had a penalty when Harry Arter bundled Hendrick over in the box and it again showed that the player has a healthy nose for sniffing out goals.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to the duo for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the three points.

Full Team:

David de Gea (Manchester United), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Stefano Okaka (Watford).