Premier League: Garth Crooks's Team of the Week
Six of the top seven teams in the Premier League played this weekend and they all won.
Arsenal could make it seven out of seven if they win their fixture against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Monday.
The most notable results, however, were Manchester City's battling performance to beat Newcastle to climb to the top of the table and Liverpool's pulsating 5-3 victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Take a look at my team of the week and see if you agree with the selections.
GOALKEEPER - JOE HART (Manchester City)
Hull's Allan McGregor, West Ham's Adrian, Southampton's Artur Boruc and Chelsea's Petr Cech all had notable performances this weekend. However, Joe Hart's save from Newcastle's Loic Remy that took City back to the top of the table was one that might, in the final analysis, win them the title.
As for the first-half controversy over Newcastle's disallowed goal, Hart clearly felt that his sight of the ball had been impeded by Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran. Referee Mike Jones agreed with him, but on these matters I tend to share the view of Liverpool's most charismatic manager, the late Bill Shankly, who famously said that "if a player is not interfering with play then he shouldn't be on the pitch".
Did you know? City have won all five league games since Hart returned to the first team.
DEFENDER - LUKE SHAW (Southampton)
The 18-year-old is a young man with a lot of talent and playing for a team like Southampton, who have an attack-minded manager, suits his game. He is a Premier League player with an international future.
Did you know? Only player born after 1994 to have made 40 or more starts in the Premier League.
DEFENDER - MARTIN DEMICHELIS (Manchester City)
I haven't been entirely convinced by the performances of Manchester City's Argentina international so far this season, but Demichelis more than met the match posed by a competitive Newcastle. The more I look at the Argentina squad, the more I get the feeling there might be an upset in Brazil.
Did you know? City have scored 3.3 goals per game in the 10 Premier League matches he has played, compared to 2.4 in the 11 he hasn't.
DEFENDER - PHIL JAGIELKA (Everton)
Another rock-solid performance by the England defender against Norwich. His international boss Roy Hodgson must have been impressed by his display. I'm puzzled, however, by the call made by some for John Terry's return to the national team when we have the likes of Jagielka, Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. I hope the England manager does the decent thing and sees Jagielka and the rest as the future - sticking with the players who won him qualification for Brazil 2014.
Did you know? Jagielka is one of only 10 players to make more than 100 headed clearances in the Premier League this season.
DEFENDER - ASHLEY COLE (Chelsea)
He has been my favourite full-back for a generation. His performance against Hull suggested the England international is back to his best, and he will need to be with Everton's Leighton Baines breathing down his neck for a first-team spot in the national side. The backheel by Cole for Eden Hazard to score Chelsea's first was wonderful.
Did you know? Chelsea have kept clean sheets in each of Cole's last three league starts.
MIDFIELDER - ADNAN JANUZAJ (Manchester United)
I find it fascinating that if it was not for injuries at Manchester United, this lad would not be playing. The question manager David Moyes must wrestle with is whether Januzaj is part of his squad or an integral part of the team? I respectfully suggest that Moyes stops dithering and accepts the latter. Anyone can see that the kid is a star. Play him.
Did you know? Has three goals and two assists in six Premier League starts for Manchester United.
MIDFIELDER - GARETH BARRY (Everton)
With midfielders Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri both coming off apparently injured in Manchester City's win over Newcastle, you might be wondering of the league leaders' wisdom in letting Gareth Barry go on loan to Everton.
Granted he was surplus to requirements, but there is no doubt in my mind that he would be at the centre of manager Manuel Pellegrini's plans right now.
Instead, Everton have him, much to the delight of boss Roberto Martinez.
Did you know? Scored what was only his eighth long-range goal in the Premier League (now has 50 goals overall).
MIDFIELDER - EDEN HAZARD (Chelsea)
So, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he has selected Hazard three times as his man of the match and can't quite understand why the Belgian has not picked up the Barclays Player of the Month award? Hazard was brilliant against Hull, but doesn't Jose have his hands full picking his own side and getting that right?
Did you know? Has five goals and three assists in his last eight league appearances.
MIDFIELDER - ADAM JOHNSON (Sunderland)
It was a great free-kick for his opening goal against Fulham, a lovely pass to set up Ki Sung-Yueng and you'll never see a cooler penalty taken to complete his hat-trick. I could not help but notice Cottagers boss Rene Meulensteen and assistant Ray Wilkins looking shell-shocked on the touchline. I wonder if they were thinking: "Perhaps Martin Jol wasn't doing such a bad job here after all!".
Did you know? Johnson is only player other than Luis Suarez to score a Premier League hat-trick this season.
FORWARD - ALVARO NEGREDO (Manchester City)
What a season the Spaniard is having. But it is all down the foresight of Pellegrini in my opinion. The Manchester City boss has not only brought him to the club, but is always prepared to play someone alongside him to assist in the striking role. It is interesting how his striking partners Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are also feasting on the goals created by Pellegrini's philosophy.
Did you know? He has scored 15 goals in his last 17 appearances for City in all competitions.
FORWARD - LUIS SUAREZ (Liverpool)
I was in the middle of selecting the final spot for my TOTW, telling readers how much Southampton's Adam Lallana had improved under manager Mauricio Pochettino, when Suarez got his second goal and then assisted Daniel Sturridge to put Liverpool in an unassailable lead, while also terrorising the entire Stoke defence. Another super performance by the Uruguayan.
Did you know? He is only the eighth player to score more than 20 goals in consecutive Premier League seasons.