Irrepressible Spurs pair; Everton and Watford duos – English football team of the week

English football columnist Richard Jolly names his Best XI of the weekend in Premier League/FA Cup action, including duos who spurred Tottenham Hotspur and Everton to important wins.

Goalkeeper: Ali Al Habsi (Reading)

Finished on the losing side against Crystal Palace on Friday but did not deserve to after making a string of fine saves.

Right-back: Russell Martin (Norwich City)

Often criticised, the Norwich captain impressed with his solidity in a rearguard action to earn a point against Manchester City.

Centre-back: Craig Cathcart (Watford)

Helped pull off a shock by eliminating Arsenal at the Emirates. The Northern Irishman frustrated Arsene Wenger’s team.

Centre-back: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Normally a left-back, the Englishman impressed as a makeshift central defender as Southampton beat Stoke in the Potteries.

Left-back: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)

Some classy crossing and the usual reliable defending from Cresswell as West Ham earned a replay against Manchester United.

Right midfield: Adlene Guedioura (Watford)

A thunderbolt of a shot proved decisive as the little-used Algerian scored the goal that knocked holders Arsenal out.

Centre midfield: Dele Alli (Tottenham)

His remarkable season continued with a pair of assists for Harry Kane’s match-winning double against Aston Villa.

Centre midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton)

After a quiet first half, the midfielder supplied the passes that led to both of Romelu Lukaku’s goals against Chelsea.

Left midfield: Max Gradel (Bournemouth)

A heart-warming tale as, after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury, he scored his first Cherries goal in the win over Swansea.

Centre forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Took his tally to 22 goals in another superb season with a double at Villa Park. Carries on leading Tottenham’s title charge.

Centre forward: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Showed why Chelsea should regret selling him with two goals, the first from a superb solo run, to end their FA Cup run.

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