Date: 19th September 2016 at 4:14pm
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Crystal Palace are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by Scott Dann in the four one victory over Stoke City at the weekend at Selhurst Park was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Dann as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘He’s only gone and done it again. Admittedly, it wasn’t as impressive as the one he scored against Bournemouth when he rescued a point for the Eagles but it was just as important. Dann’s header put the game well beyond a Stoke side who looked like they’d just met and were playing together for the first time. Potters manager Mark Hughes has arguably the most talented bunch of players I have seen in a Stoke team for years but they look particularly vulnerable this season. The lack of confidence throughout the entire team was palpable. Palace manager Alan Pardew was facing a similar problem some months ago but managed to turn it around with astute signings and a great deal of belief. I sense Hughes and his players require a good deal of the latter.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Dann for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the three points.

Full Team:

Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Joel Matip (Liverpool), Scott Dann (Crystal Palace), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Islam Slimani (Leicester City).

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