Barclays Premier League best bits

Across 380 matches Barclays Premier League fans have seen it all this season.

Manchester City took this home but what are the top five moments?

 

Dubious goals, technology clearing up those contentious goal-line issues, teams escaping relegation against the odds, big teams faltering and a title race that went to the final day. And that is just half the story of what has been another entertaining top flight season.

Here are the five top moments from the season which have left some of us cheering, some of us groaning and some of us bemused.

5. Asmir Beg-gars belief

Stoke are a team who have been noted for their direct and physical style over the years and in this moment, the idea of Route 1 was redefined in just a few short seconds. During the Potters’ match with Southampton, their goalkeeper Asmir Begovic cleared the ball downfield only for the autumn wind to guide the ball past 10 Saints players and over the head of his opposite number Artur Boruc. It was undoubtedly a fluke and undeniably fast – just 13 seconds were on the clock.

4. West Brom bag Old Trafford triumph

It had been over 30 years since the Baggies had won at Old Trafford and getting anything from a trip to the Theatre of Dreams would have been a tall order in Sir Alex Ferguson’s era. However, West Brom managed to take all three points courtesy of goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino to give Manchester United their worst league start to a campaign since 1989. This was no one-off either. Newcastle and Everton also won at the famous ground and it contributed to the eventual sacking of David Moyes.

3. Bluebirds make Citizens arrest

They are notable for their quality players, relentless goalscoring and strong style of play, but it was not enough to see Manchester City through against Cardiff City. After taking the lead, Malky Mackay’s men turned the game on its head and went 3-1 up through Aron Gunnarsson and a brace from Fraizer Campbell. Despite Alvaro Negredo’s consolation, the Bluebirds held on for a famous 3-2 victory. Sadly, this would prove a rare moment of joy in a season which went downhill afterwards.

2. The nine minutes which reshaped the title race

With Chelsea out of the running, it was going to be a two-way tussle between Manchester City and Liverpool for the crown. Liverpool’s penultimate game was against Crystal Palace and with the hosts safe many would have had the Reds down as favourites.  Despite going 3-0 up through Joe Allen, a Damien Delaney own goal and Luis Suarez, the game was turned on its head in nine mad minutes. Delaney redeemed himself and Dwight Gayle scored twice as Palace pinched a point and effectively handed the title to City.

1. Return of the Mack-ems

Many will give Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis the plaudits for saving their season as they looked down and out. However, the most significant act of escapology is awarded to Sunderland. After losing 5-1 to Tottenham they looked like a relegated team, but what happened next was extraordinary. Despite being seven points off 17th placed Norwich they beat Chelsea, Manchester United, Cardiff and West Brom and drew with Manchester City to climb to safety, becoming only the second team to be bottom at Christmas and survive.

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