Ups and downs in Premier League after Boxing Day

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We look at which players had a good time of things this unusual couple of days and those who had days to forget while

with their respective football clubs.

  1. Dimitar Berbatov - The Bulgarian has been afforded few opportunities to replicate last season's top-goalscoring feats this year. He got a chance against Wigan and took it with both hands, bagging a hat-trick in United's 5-0 win.
  2. Gareth McAuley - Manchester City failed to score at home for the first time this season on Monday and much of the credit must go to West Brom's Northern Irish defender, who played like a man possessed to keep City's free-scoring forward line at bay.
  3. Martin Jol - After his Fulham side's 5-0 capitulation against Manchester United last week, the Dutchman's position was being questioned, but a resilient performance against Chelsea has quietened the critics. Now they must build on it.

  1. Howard Webb - Often regarded as England's best referee, Webb's decision to gift Everton a penalty after Leon Osman kicked the ground at the Stadium of Light was laughable - at least to everyone except the furious fans of Sunderland.
  2. Gabriel Agbonlahor - The England international is Aston Villa's central striker, but with the team having now failed to score in five straight games, he is not meeting his responsibilities. Villa's 0-0 draw with Stoke featured just six shots on target in 90 minutes. Snore.
  3. Charlie Adam - The Scot would have been hoping to quickly bounce back from his  missed penalty against Wigan last week, but things did not go to plan. Blackburn's Morten Gamst-Pedersen's corner deflected off Adam and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Pepe Reina on the way to Liverpool's sixth draw at home this season.