We’ve all had those days. The alarm doesn’t go off, you stall your toe to add unnecessary heartbeat as you rush to avoid being late and things quickly fly from there.
Premier League footballers, no matter how much they are paid, are also human and have those days too. Some, however, have endured such spectacularly miserable afternoons that they have combined two of the greatest indignities that can happen to a footballer; score an own goal and concede a penalty.
Here we’ve highlighted the unlucky souls who can lay claim to both of these woes in the same Premier League game since the turn of the century because you know they won’t do it on their own.
At halftime, Kamil Zayatte – and the Hull City squad as a whole – could have spent the 15-minute gap reflecting on a job well done as the Tigers led Everton 3-0 at the break. But Phil Brown’s team feared a collapse thanks to Zayatte’s calamitous second half.
After horribly slicing a clearance into his own net within five minutes of the restart, Zayatte proceeded to Louis Saha’s awkward fall with a bizarre high-level challenge. Hull hung on but without thanks to his central defender.
The fingers of blame of those in blue are said to have pointed in a particular direction after an hour’s journey from Birmingham to Sunderland. To compound his first-half penalty concession, Stephen Carr curled a long-range header into his own net shortly after the interval.
Carr was hooked shortly after the hour before Birmingham made an unlikely comeback in the final 15 minutes, drawing 2-2 with their right-back presumably very relieved.
If only the snow in east Manchester had been a little heavier.
Play in Manchester City’s 3-0 rout against Fulham was (only momentarily) stopped in the second half, but fate didn’t quite align for Chris Baird, whose misfortune tainted the first two of those keystrokes, and her evening to be forgotten will be forever. recalled in the book of records.
As a player who ranks in the top 20 for Premier League penalties conceded since the records started in 2006/07 with six and only second behind Richard Dunne in goals scored, Martin Skrtel was a favorite for this niche distinction. particular.
The Slovakia international was in charge of two of Swansea City’s equalizers during a difficult encounter with a Liverpool side led by their former coach Brendan Rodgers. Despite Skrtel’s best efforts, the Reds emerged victorious in a breathtaking 4-3 victory.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has charitably blamed Eliaquim Mangala’s aberrations against Hull City – in his second Premier League appearance after a £ 32million transfer – to luck, or lack thereof.
Pellegrini told the BBC: “These things can happen. he [Mangala] was very unlucky with the own goal and after that he arrived late for the penalty, but we continue to trust him because he is a very good player who has had a lot of bad luck.
Standing at 6’7, there aren’t many places Dan Burn can hide at the best of times. Yet after scoring an own goal and then conceding a penalty to give Wolverhampton Wanderers a 3-1 lead, all eyes were on the Brighton defender for precisely the wrong reasons.
Thankfully Burn’s teammates bailed him out, roaring to register a 3-3 draw, although the imposing 28-year-old had to watch him from the bench after being substituted before the equalizer.