7 of the most brilliant, bonkers Premier League night games

Some of the finest tussles in top-flight history have taken place under the hue of floodlights, writes Thomas Hutchence

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7. Sheffield United 6-0 Tottenham (Mar 2, 1993)

Two decades before Tottenham were hit for six at the Etihad, they travelled to Bramall Lane in the Premier League’s maiden campaign.

Sheffield United were fighting to avoid relegation, and to make matters worse their north London opponents were in fine form, having won their previous five league games thanks largely to the scintillating form of Teddy Sheringham who'd netted nine times in that run.

This should have been a comfortable victory, then, and it was – but not for Spurs. Franz Carr opened the scoring for the Blades with a brilliant finish after bamboozling two markers with a slick turn, before a comical headed own goal from defender Andy Gray set the tone for a Tottenham collapse.

Ten minutes later they were 4-0 down via an Ian Bryson brace. Brian Deane and Paul Rogers completed the rout, but Spurs chairman Alan Sugar stopped short of firing Doug Livermore... until the end of the season, anyway. 

6. West Ham 3-4 Wimbledon (Sep 9, 1998)

The 1998/99 season started well for both sides, who went into this London derby unbeaten. The Hammers raced into a three-goal lead after only 27 minutes thanks to goals from ex-Arsenal team-mates John Hartson and Ian Wright (two). The former would go on to sign for the Dons in January for £7.5 million, becoming their most expensive player ever.

Marcus Gayle pulled one back for the south Londoners but they went in at half-time 3-1 down. Joe Kinnear’s team talk clearly worked (apparently they used to), as his side dominated the second half. 

An error from West Ham centre-back Javier Margas was gobbled up by Jason Euell, before another goal from Gayle brought the teams level. And, with nine minutes remaining, substitute Efan Ekoku won it for the Dons to ensure their travelling supporters’ journey home on the District Line was a chirpy one.

Marcus Gayle, Wimbledon

Gayle was the hero for Wimbledon at Upton Park

5. Man City 0-1 Tottenham (May 5, 2010)

Any game involving Harry Redknapp and the race for fourth place was destined to be a Sky Sports favourite, in a year the east Londoner had taken Spurs from the relegation zone to one game from the Champions League. The Lilywhites held a one-point advantage going into this top-four decider.

Excellent performances from Ledley King and Heurelho Gomes had kept Manchester City strikers Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez at bay, but Spurs were in control from the start. Peter Crouch hit the post, before on-loan keeper Marton Fulop (who would gain Spurs infamy two years later when his blunders for West Brom gifted Arsenal the win that sealed their Champions League place at Spurs' expense) denied Jermain Defoe. 

Crouch later atoned for his missed chances, heading in from a Younes Kaboul cross – it happened, OK? – which wasn’t dealt with by Fulop, sparking bedlam in the away end. The celebrations carried on in the tunnel afterwards, with David Bentley interrupting Redknapp’s post-match interview to pour a bucket of ice water over his head before dancing around in his Y-fronts.

City would avenge this match almost exactly a year later, winning by the same scoreline to qualify themselves, but Crouch’s goal led to Spurs' magical run to the Champions League quarter-finals.