Premier League Team of the Week: Forgotten men Carroll and Gervinho star

The two strikers make rare appearances this week, while defenders Jan Vertonghen and Vincent Kompany also feature after finding the back of the net in wins for their teams

There were plenty of thrills and spills over the Easter weekend yet it was two of the Premier League’s forgotten men who hit the headlines as Andy Carroll and Gervinho starred.

West Ham striker Carroll bagged a double as his side comfortably beat West Brom 3-1 at Upton Park. Midfielder Gary O’Neil was also on target with his first goal in a year, a classy strike that also sees him claim a place in our TOTW.

Remaining in London, the often-criticised Gervinho was also hitting the headlines, opening the scoring and inspiring Arsenal over Reading to ensure Nigel Adkins’ first outing as Royals boss ended in defeat.

In midfield, Michael Carrick impressed as Manchester United continued their relentless drive towards the Premier League title with a narrow win at Sunderland.

While Manchester City might be losing their grip on the trophy, Samir Nasri was back with a bang as the champions thrashed Newcastle and Matthew Jarvis completes the midfield after a starring role against West Brom.

In goal, Mark Schwarzer claims the No.1 jersey after his penalty heroics against QPR. He is shielded by Manchester City duo Gael Clichy and Vincent Kompany, who was on the scoresheet against Newcastle.

Another goalscoring defender Jan Vertonghen makes the cut after netting against Swansea, while Swans’ defender Dwight Tiendalli completes our line-up.

There were plenty of other players whose goalscoring feats made them a little unlucky to miss out on this week’s TOTW. Steven Gerrard was Liverpool’s inspiration as the Reds came from behind to beat Aston Villa, while Dimitar Berbatov hit a double to help Fulham overcome QPR 3-2 at Craven Cottage.

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