FourFourTwo's best 100 Premier League matches ever: 100-91
100. Sunderland 1-3 Charlton Athletic, 01/02/2003
Sunderland had dropped to 19th place in the Premier League after a home defeat to Southampton, but the visit of Charlton to the Stadium of Light just four days later gave them the chance to break out of the bottom three. They didn’t take it.
Instead, they proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot – three times. On an afternoon chock-full of farce, the suitably unlucky Black Cats put through their own net not once, not twice, but thrice. Full-back Stephen Wright was first on the scoresheet, deflecting Charlton defender Mark Fish’s shot past Thomas Sorensen. Michael Proctor inadvertently bundled over the line after a save from the Dane, before again prodding one in at the wrong end to leave the home fans raging as their side trailed 3-0.
Kevin Phillips pulled one back late on, but Charlton were soon laughing all the way back down to London. Literally, we presume. JM
99. West Brom 5-5 Man United, 19/05/2013
As it turned out, however, this was perhaps the kind of match that made Fergie glad he'd be putting his feet up
98. Burnley 1-0 Man United, 19/08/2009
The Clarets made quite an impression in their debut Premier League campaign: taking out the champions in their first home match.
With United winning their opening game of the season and the Clarets losing theirs, there was little suggestion on the radar that a storm was coming. But Burnley produced a perfect smash-and-grab victory, enjoying just 37% possession and producing 10 fewer shots than their more illustrious rivals.
The only goal was a thing of beauty, as Robbie Blake showed top-flight technique to hammer a 17th-minute volley past Ben Foster. Brian ‘the Beast’ Jensen saved a Michael Carrick penalty and produced several other fine stops to deny the frustrated visitors. PH
97. Norwich 4-4 Middlesborough, 22/01/2005
The Canaries were struggling through their first top-flight campaign in a decade, but the visit of high-flying Middlesbrough (it sounded less funny at the time) gave them a chance to hoist themselves out of the drop zone.
Norwich took the lead through Damian Francis, but seasoned campaigner Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink soon had Boro back on level terms. A second-half double from Franck Queudrue and a fantastic 77th-minute free-kick from Hasselbaink looked to have wrapped up three points for the visitors, but Norwich weren't done just yet. Dean Ashton pulled one back almost immediately, and Leon McKenzie reduced the deficit to one with a minute of normal time to play.
It was Adam Drury who completed a remarkable comeback, heading home in the 92nd minute to give Norwich a well-deserved point. Sadly it was all in vain – they were relegated four months later. SW
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