Premier League - Matchday 33 facts: Quick-fire Bent

Eurosport - Sun, 04 Apr 21:57:00 2010

The key facts and figures from the latest round of Premier League matches, with Darren Bent recording the quickest league goal of the season.

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Sunderland 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Sunderland are unbeaten in their last eight league matches at the Stadium of Light - their longest unbeaten run at home in almost 10 years, since club record 13-match streak from May 2000 to January 2001.

This was the first Premier League match to have three penalties awarded in over three years, since Sheffield United against Blackburn Rovers in September 2006 when all three were missed.

Darren Bent missed two of his three penalties. He became the first Premier League player to miss two penalties in a match in over five years - since Juan Pablo Angel missed twice in Aston Villa’s match at Fulham in February 2005.

Darren Bent scored after 36 seconds - the fastest Premier League goal this season. This was also the fastest in the Premier League in 16 months since Steve Sidwell scored after 34 seconds of Aston Villa’s 3-2 win at Everton in December 2008.

Manchester United 1-2 Chelsea

Manchester United lost their seventh league match of the season - no team in Premier League history has lost seven or more matches in a 38-game season and won the title.

Joe Cole scored his third Premier League goal against Manchester United, and has been on the winning side on all three occasions, including a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford (May 2005) and 3-0 home win (April 2006).

Didier Drogba scored his first Premier League goal against Manchester United in his nine appearances against them.

Arsenal 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Arsenal have scored an injury time winner in three of their last six Premier League matches.

Arsenal have scored in the last 10 minutes in each of their last seven league matches (a total of eight goals). In 2010 they have scored 10 Premier League goals in or after the 81st minute of matches -more than any other club this year.

Karl Henry was sent off for Wolves - the club’s fourth player to be sent off in the division this season.

Burnley 1–6 Manchester City

This was Manchester City’s biggest Premier League away victory, and biggest in the top flight in 55 years since a 5-0 win at Manchester United in February 1955.

This is the eighth time at least seven goals have been scored in a league match between these two teams. It is also the fifth league match in a row with at least six goals in it.

This was the equal-fastest ever 6-0 lead in Premier League history, after Manchester United’s were 6-0 up at home to Ipswich Town after 58 minutes in March 1995.

This was the biggest ever half-time lead for an away team in Premier League history.

Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa completed the league double over Bolton for the second time, and first in 14 years since beating them home and away in 1995-96.

Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last five Premier League visits to the North-west, winning their last three, since losing 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers on September 26.

Bolton have failed to score in 10 of their 15 league matches under manager Owen Coyle before today.

Portsmouth 0–0 Blackburn Rovers

This was Blackburn's sixth Premier League goalless draw this season - more than any other club in the division.

Portsmouth kept a clean sheet for the first time in 15 Premier League matches, since the 2-0 home win against Liverpool on December 19. This was their longest ever Premier League run without a clean sheet.

Blackburn are unbeaten in their last four league matches - their longest unbeaten run in 14 months since manager Sam Allardyce’s first six Premier League matches in charge of the club from December 2008 to January 2009.

Stoke City 2–0 Hull City

Stoke won back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time in five months, since winning 2-1 at home against West Ham United (October 17) and 1-0 at Tottenham (October 24).

Hull are the only team in Premier League history never to have won a game in April.

Hull have not won in their last 22 PL away matches, losing the last six, since a 1-0 victory at Fulham on March 4, 2009. They are still on course to become only the sixth clubs in Premier League history to fail to win an away match all season.

Birmingham 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool have now recorded their equal longest run without an away win (7) under Benitez's stewardship.

Rafael Benitez has still not beaten Birmingham City in the Premier League after eight attempts. Every other top flight club has been beaten on his watch.

Birmingham have gone 1-0 down in five Premier League matches at St Andrews in 2010 but have recovered to win or draw all five.

Fulham 2-1 Wigan Athletic

Fulham have won three Premier League matches at Craven Cottage this season having gone a goal behind. They also recovered to beat Everton in September and Birmingham City in February, both matches also resulted in 2-1.

Only Arsenal and Chelsea have come back from 1-0 down more often this season (four times each).

Jason Scotland joined Stephen Ireland in scoring in the Premier League. No player with the surname England or Wales has ever scored a Premier League goal.

Everton 2-2 West Ham United

Everton are unbeaten in their last 15 matches at Goodison Park against non-Big Four clubs. The streak stretches back three weeks short of a year to a 2-1 defeat by Manchester City on 25 April 2009.

Mido took his first Premier League penalty for over 14 months and missed. It was his first penalty miss in the competition and he has now taken a spot kick for three different clubs: Tottenham, Wigan and Wolves. Only two players have taken Premier League penalties for more clubs than Mido. Teddy Sheringham and David Unsworth both took spot kicks for four Premier League teams.

Both penalties taken against Tim Howard this season have been missed. Jermain Defoe also missed against Everton in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park in December.


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