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Beacom on Monday: Aguero, Januzaj and Stevie G

By Steven Beacom

Bent a jolly good fellow

After a desperate time under Paul Lambert at Aston Villa, Darren Bent, on loan at Fulham, will hope his well taken winner in Saturday's vital 1-0 victory over Stoke will kick-start his career. It was Bent's 250th Premier League game and his 105th goal. The result saved Martin Jol's job. He should give Bent a run in the team now.

Remy to the rescue

Speaking about on loan strikers who have kept managers in a job...Loic Remy comes into that category. Pre-match Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted defeat at Cardiff would pile the pressure on him, but Frenchman Remy, on loan from QPR, came up with two clever finishes to give the Geordies a crucial 2-1 win and Pardew some breathing space.

Morrison's hammer blow

Result of the weekend was West Ham hammering Spurs 3-0. Goal of that game came from Ravel Morrison, the youngster offloaded by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United a couple of years ago because while gifted he was so much trouble. He certainly troubled Spurs yesterday, scoring a beauty.

Saints alive, Pochettino

When Mauricio Pochettino took over as Southampton manager I thought it tough on Nigel Adkins, but the Argentine has been sensational for the Saints, who are up to fourth after a 2-0 win over Swansea. Pochettino still needs an interpreter for interviews, but he's definitely getting his message across to the Southampton players.

Ruddy Hell, John

Could have opted for the whole Tottenham side as the woeful one, but Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy lands the unwanted prize. With the Canaries drawing 1-1 at home to Chelsea, Ruddy allowed Eden Hazard's tame shot to squeeze under him and into the net. Poor goalkeeping. Seconds later Willian's cracker made it 3-1.

Aguero is Manchester City's lucky charm

Battered by Bayern Munich last week, Manchester City returned to form on Saturday beating Everton 3-1, ending the last unbeaten record in the Premier League. Lucky charm Sergio Aguero scored a fine goal. In the 30 league games Aguero has netted for City, they have won 28 and drawn two.

Stevie G is still king of the Kop

Quite rightly, there has been a lot of buzz about the potent partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool, but the most important player at the football club remains captain Steven Gerrard.

He calmly slotted home a first-half penalty, after Suarez and Sturridge had scored, in Liverpool's comfortable 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

It was Gerrard's 99th Premier League goal and the 15th season running he has been on target.

In case you are interested, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Emile Heskey, Gary Speed, Frank Lampard and Kevin Davies are the other Premier League players to have scored in 15 or more different seasons.

As long as the Kopites have Gerrard, they'll will always have hope in their hearts.

Tommy rocks to beat Big Butch

St Johnstone had gone a concerning five games without a win up until Saturday when Tommy Wright's men delivered a blistering display to thump the then Scottish Premiership leaders Inverness Caley Thistle, managed by Terry Butcher, 4-0. Rock on Tommy!

 

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