Skipper Vlaar earns place in BBC Sport team of the week
Ron Vlaar's exemplary performance at Stoke earned him a spot in the BBC Sport team of the week.
At the end of each weekend of matches, analyst Garth Crooks picks a first XI based on the finest players out on the field.
Vlaar gained a place in the back four - and the likes of Aly Cissokho, Alan Hutton and Philippe Senderos can also count themselves unlucky not to be recognised - along with goal ace Andreas Weimann.
Crooks said: "If you are going to win football matches, particularly away from home, then you need defenders who are prepared to put their bodies on the line.
"Ron Vlaar is one of those defenders.
"His block from Stoke's Bojan Krkić in his side's 1-0 win was superb.
"To think Vlaar had only played 45 minutes of football since his return from the World Cup says volumes about the man's commitment.
"He also made a joint-game-high six headed clearances against Stoke."
BBC Sport team of the week: McGregor [Hull], Dier [Tottenham], Clichy [Man City], Vlaar [Villa], Chester [Hull], Silva [Man City], Gardner [West Brom], Sigurdsson [Swansea], Berahino [West Brom], Sterling [Liverpool], Dzeko [Man City].
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