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EPL Week 11 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 11 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 11 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 11 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 11 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Week 11 of the English Premier League was concluded with Tottenham's 3-1 victory over Aston Villa. The win lifts Spurs to 5th on the table, while Villa remains anchored to the bottom. However in some positive news for the Villans they have officially appointed new manager, Remi Garde. The former Lyon boss signs on a three-and-a-half-year deal to succeed the recently sacked Tim Sherwood.

It's time to have a quick review of the weekend that has been and gone with the Good, Bad and Ugly:


Arouna Kone.

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Kone has been changing the perception fans have of him in the 2015-16 EPL season. After signing for Everton in July 2013, Kone's debut season as a Toffee was ended by a knee injury. He returned the following season but continued to be nothing more than a squad player, often receiving criticism from his own fans. However his early performances this season has seen him grow into a key player for Roberto Martinez's side.

A hat-trick in the 6-2 win over Sunderland simply caps off what has been a very positive start to the campaign. Kone began his impressive performance by playing teammate Gerard Deulofeu through on goal to start the scoring for the Toffees. A nice one-two with Romelu Lukaku on the edge of the box then saw Kone smash a left-footed effort into the roof of the net to get his first.

His second came with another left-foot finish, this time putting it across the face of Sunderland 'keeper, Costel Pantilimon. He completed his hat-trick after heading home a beautiful outside of the foot cross from Lukaku. The Man of the Match performance was fitting for Kone who also earned a 12-month contract extension by starting in the match.

Roberto Martinez summarises his thoughts on the 6-2 victory in the video below:


Swansea City.

Swansea City has stumbled after making a good start to the season. Since beating Manchester United 2-1 on the 30th of August, the Swans have won just one match; losing four others and drawing two. After being around the top four places at the beginning of September they now find themselves in 13th position.

The high standards Swansea have set themselves since entering the Premier League means that pressure may begin to mount on Gary Monk unless he can turn the results around. A match against Norwich City next weekend will be a stern test, with the Canaries trying to move farther away from the relegation zone.


Diego Costa.

Despite escaping sanction from Mark Clattenburg, and retrospective action by the F.A, there is little doubt that Diego Costa's kick on Martin Skrtel was intentional. Costa struggled to impose himself on the game and had been on the receiving end of a stiff Skrtel forearm earlier in the match.

The Spaniard appeared to take some revenge as he kicked the Slovakian defender after they both went tumbling toward the turf after a clumsy challenge by Costa. The incident adds to Costa's already remarkably long list of indiscretions. Fortunately for Costa he was able to stay on the pitch, probably aided by the fact that Skrtel did not make much of the incident and instead returned to his feet quickly.

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