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Beacom on Monday: Our man's unbeatable verdict on the weekend's football action

By Steven Beacom

Finally it looks like Stephen Ireland is getting his career back on track after a difficult few years. The Corkman (27), hasn't helped himself at times, but scored a beauty and provided an assist for Oussama Assaidi's stunning winner against Chelsea in Stoke's shock 3-2 victory. New Republic boss Martin O'Neill might be in touch to offer Ireland an international return. He hasn't played at that level since 2007!

CHAMAKH NO LONGER A JOKE

Marouane Chamakh has often been derided as a joke figure but, since Tony Pulis arrived as boss at Crystal Palace, he can't stop scoring. He hit the winner last week against West Ham and struck again in Palace's 2-0 weekend success over Cardiff. Fair play to the Moroccan, who once scored against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

BERBATOV GETS HIS FINGER OUT

Was it just me or did Dimitar Berbatov look like he was putting some effort in yesterday during Fulham's important 2-0 victory at home to Aston Villa? The Bulgarian's calm penalty sealed the win which should start Fulham's climb to safety.

PARDEW MADE THE RIGHT CALL

Newcastle had not won at Manchester United since 1972, so Yohan Cabaye's place in the club's history is secure after his clincher in Saturday's 1-0 Old Trafford victory. Magpies boss Alan Pardew deserves credit too... remember, like Brendan Rodgers with Luis Suarez, he kept Cabaye when the player wanted a summer move.

MOYES MUST GET TOUGH

The Woeful One is David Moyes (pictured). Not just for United losing again, but because he's showing his underperforming players too much respect. They need to be told a few home truths... too many of them are hiding behind the troubles of the underfire boss. Moyes must order them to shape up or be shipped out.

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