The Premier League's two greatest own-goal villains were on
'form' at the weekend as Richard Dunne and Jamie Carragher both beat their own
Dunne looked like a goal poacher extraordinaire as he scored
the only goal of the game in Aston Villa's defeat at Sunderland.
The Irishman stole in at the near post, beat James Collins to the ball and
tucked a neat volley into the corner of the net. A great finish - if only it
had been at the right end of the pitch.
It was his eighth own-goal in the Premier League, and
briefly gave him a two-goal cushion at the top of the table of all-time
However, 24 hours later Carragher was in the wrong place at
the wrong time in Liverpool's 2-1 against Blackburn.
He was powerless to react as Paul Konchesky's attempted
clearance hit him in the head and went in.
It was his seventh Premier League own-goal moving him into
second place outright.
Unlike Dunne, Carragher has scored more times at the wrong
end than the right in his career.
In 444 Premier League appearances, Carragher has scored
three goals for Liverpool and seven against
them. Dunne has scored 10 goals at the correct end of the pitch.
Calamitous as this defending may seem, it takes considerable
longevity to score that many own-goals - and the goals themselves often result
from the sort of wholehearted defending that has made Dunne and Carragher fans'
Former Chelsea and Leicester man Frank Sinclair mounts the
bottom step of the podium with six own-goals - he once scored two last-minute
goals for the opposition in three matches for Leicester.
There are four players with five own-goals including England captain
Premier League: All-time own-goals table
8 - Richard Dunne
7 - Jamie Carragher
6 - Frank Sinclair
5 - Henning Berg
5 - Michael Duberry
5 - Rio