The Scout reviews Gameweek 38
Kevin Nolan tops the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for the final Gameweek of 2012/13 after scoring a hat-trick in West Ham United's home win over Reading. Romelu Lukaku sits in second, thanks to a 3 goal-haul in West Bromwich Albion's thrilling 5-5 home draw with Manchester United, while Gareth Bale completes the top three, having notched a stunning winner for Tottenham Hotspur against Sunderland at White Hart Lane.
Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Juan Mata was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) in Rafa Benitez's final match in charge of the home side. Scoring for the first time since Gameweek 25, the Chelsea playmaker also registered a couple of shots on target, a successful tackle and an interception to end the season on 212 points; the third highest tally in the overall standings. A goal and 3 successful tackles helped Fernando Torres to a couple of BP, while 9 saves (including caught crosses) earned Petr Cech a single BP.
Liverpool 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Jose Enrique received the maximum bonus points (BP) as Liverpool finished the season on an eight-match unbeaten run. The left-back impressed at both ends of the pitch, with 2 shots on target, 7 interceptions, 24 completed passes and 4 successful dribbles amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. Philippe Coutinho was awarded a couple of BP, thanks to a goal and 6 shots on target, while Martin Skrtel picked up a single BP after making 2 successful tackles, 12 interceptions and a block, helping the Merseysiders to their 16th clean sheet of the season.
Manchester City 2-3 Norwich City
Jack Rodwell collected the maximum bonus points (BP) as Manchester City lost at home for only the second time this term. In his sixth start of an injury-ravaged campaign, the summer signing from Everton scored both the hosts' goals and also made a couple of successful tackles and 3 interceptions. A goal and assist helped Grant Holt to a couple of BP, while Jonathan Howson picked up a single BP, with a goal, 2 successful tackles and 3 interceptions amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats.
Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal
Laurent Koscielny picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) as Arsenal clinched fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League. The Gunners centre-half scored the only goal of the St James' Park encounter and also made a couple of successful tackles, a clearance, 2 interceptions and a block, while Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker both collected a couple of BP apiece. Sagna produced 2 successful tackles, a couple of clearances and 22 completed passes from right-back and Mertesacker registered 5 clearances, an interception and a block to earn the visitors their fourth clean sheet in the last six Gameweeks.
Southampton 1-1 Stoke City
Peter Crouch earned the maximum bonus points (BP) in the stalemate at St Mary's Stadium. The Stoke forward netted the opener and supplemented this with a couple of interceptions and 15 completed passes - Crouch received 24 BP for the season, more than any player for Tony Pulis' side. An assist, 2 shots on target, 4 interceptions and 23 completed passes helped Steven Davis to a couple of BP, while Rickie Lambert collected a single BP, with a goal, 2 shots on target and 5 interceptions amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. Lambert ended his debut campaign in the top-flight with 32 BP, a tally beaten only by two forwards - Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez.
Swansea City 0-3 Fulham
Alex Kacaniklic was awarded the maximum bonus points (BP) as Fulham won for the first time in eight attempts. In his fifth appearance since being recalled from a loan spell at Burnley, the Swede produced a goal and assist, with 3 shots on target also amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. A goal and 17 completed passes helped Dimitar Berbatov to a couple of BP, while Mark Schwarzer received a single BP after making 15 saves (including caught crosses) in a defiant display between the posts for the visitors.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland
Gareth Bale picked up the maximum bonus points (BP) in Tottenham's late win at White Hart Lane. The Welshman notched the only goal of the match and also produced 6 shots on target for the hosts - he was awarded 50 BP this term, more than any other player. Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen both collected a couple of BP apiece. Walker had a shot on target and 3 successful tackles amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats, while Vertonghen made a couple of successful tackles, a clearance and a block to help Andre Villas-Boas' side to their 10th clean sheet of the campaign.
West Bromwich Albion 5-5 Manchester United
Romelu Lukaku collected the maximum bonus points (BP) in his last match on loan at West Brom. Emerging from the bench after the break, the Belgian notched a hat-trick and also made a successful tackle, a clearance and a couple of interceptions in a sensational display against the champions. A goal, an assist, a pair of interceptions and 4 crosses helped James Morrison to a couple of BP, while Youssouf Mulumbu picked up a single BP for a strong all-round performance. The midfielder produced a goal and assist and supplemented this with 5 successful tackles and 4 interceptions for the Baggies.
West Ham United 4-2 Reading
Kevin Nolan received the maximum bonus points (BP) as West Ham won for the ninth time in front of their own fans. The Hammers skipper bagged a hat-trick and also produced 4 shots in target, 2 clearances and a pair of interceptions and ended the season with 149 points: the top scoring player for Sam Allardyce's side. Mark Noble picked up a couple of BP on his first start since Gameweek 26. The midfielder supplemented an assist with a shot on target, 12 completed passes, a successful dribble and 3 crosses, while 2 shots on target, a block and an interception helped Mohamed Diame to a single BP.
Wigan Athletic 2-2 Aston Villa
Ron Vlaar earned the maximum bonus points (BP) in Sunday's draw at the DW Stadium. The Aston Villa centre-half impressed at both ends of the pitch, with a goal, 5 successful tackles, 5 interceptions and a block amongst his EA SPORTS PPI stats. Darren Bent received a couple of BP, after scoring in his first appearance since Gameweek 24, while an assist, a couple of successful tackles, an interception and 4 crosses helped Roger Espinoza to a single BP for the relegated hosts.
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