Roy Hodgson might bridle at suggestions that he is on a road to redemption at Crystal Palace after the embarrassing end to his career as England manager but there is no doubt he is on the right route to saving Palace.
Having lost their first five league games – including Hodgson’s first in charge – Palace have taken 17 points from 13 matches and are unbeaten in seven as they have moved up to 14th. Fears of going down are being quickly dispelled.
Here’s my team of the week, in a 4-4-2 formation:
Mathew Ryan, goalkeeper
In a tight game against Burnley Ryan made a couple of vital saves for Brighton not least in denying striker Chris Wood as he ran through on goal. There was also a smart double save from Scott Arfield to preserve a clean sheet.
Kyle Walker, right-back
The defeat away to Manchester City was painful enough for Tottenham Hotspur and it was made worse by the powerfully assured performance of their former right-back, Walker, who dominated his side of the pitch.
Zanka – or Mathias Jorgensen to give him his full name – formed an impressive partnership with Christopher Schindler at the centre of the Huddersfield defence as they repelled Watford in the win at Vicarage Road.
Dejan Lovren, centre-back
The Liverpool defender scored a rare goal and was never, really, troubled (for once, his critics might add) in the thumping away win away to Bournemouth which again showed how devastating Jurgen Klopp’s side can be.
Arthur Masuaku, left-back
Masuaku is quickly becoming something of a cult figure at West Ham with his driving runs from left wing-back and he was at it again in the win over Stoke City. Proving to be a highly important player.
Kevin de Bruyne, right midfield
In the absence of David Silva, De Bruyne assumed the responsibility on his way to run the game for Manchester City in their dominant dismissal of Tottenham Hotspur. They could not live with him and were reduced to some ugly attempts at fouling him.
Aaron Mooy, central midfield
The Australian midfielder has always had a touch of class to him and when Huddersfield play well it is usually because he is dominating. He did so again against Watford, claiming a goal in a thumping away win.
Mesut Ozil, central midfield
Arsenal’s narrow victory over Newcastle United was hardly one of their best performances of the season but Ozil showed that touch of world class that he has with the way he claimed the only goal.
Manuel Lanzini, left midfield
There was controversy over the way Lanzini earned West Ham their penalty for the vital opening goal in the away win against Stoke City but there was no doubting the Argentinean’s talismanic performance. Something he needs to do more often for a player of his talent.