By News Team
30th April 2020
Goals win games, but they are also a football fan’s best friend. Sure a 1-0 win is the same as a 5-4 win, but seeing nine goals is far more exciting and that’s why we all love them.
From sitting in the stands watching your favourite team to re-enacting it in the playground, games and goals live long in the memory and we’ve taken a look back at some Premier League goal-fests.
Biggest Premier League home win: Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town (4 March 1995)
Spare a thought for Ipswich Town goalkeeper Craig Forrest who came out the wrong side of a goal-fest at Old Trafford back in the ‘90s – conceding a whopping nine goals.
It can’t have been a fun evening for the Canadian stopper but it certainly was for Red Devil Andy Cole who managed to net five goals in the division’s biggest ever home win.
It’s safe to say things didn’t get much better for Forrest as back in 2000, following a move to West Ham, he was between the sticks when United beat the Hammers 7-1.
Biggest Premier League away win: Southampton 0-9 Leicester City (25 October 2019)
We’re unlikely to see a 9-0 away win happen in the Premier League again, but this one’s a game that will live long in the memories of Southampton’s players for all the wrong reasons.
With five first-half goals and a red card for Saints defender Ryan Bertrand, the Foxes had their eyes on double figures. In the end they had to settle for just the nine goals.
Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both netted hat-tricks for the away side, while there were calls for Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl to be sacked after he fronted up and took full responsibility for the heavy and embarrassing defeat.
Highest scoring Premier League game: Portsmouth 7-4 Reading (29 September 2007)
Nine-goal wins are pretty boring in comparison to what happened at Fratton Park in September 2007, with Portsmouth beating Reading 7-4 to take all three points in a humdinger of a game.
Benjani Mwaruwari struck a hat-trick on what was a great day for strikers, but a dismal one for defenders and goalkeepers, though, centre back Hermann Hreidarsson did find the net for Portsmouth.
It’s very rare that an away side scores four goals and comes away with nothing but that was the position Reading manager Steve Coppell and his players were faced with on their trip to the south coast.
Highest scoring Premier League draw: West Brom 5-5 Manchester United (19 May 2013)
The phrase bore draw certainly wasn’t used to describe the 10-goal spectacle that fans at the Hawthorns were able to enjoy back in 2015 as Romelu Lukaku ruined Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell.
The former Manchester United boss was denied his 1,500th win in his final game in charge and watched his side concede three goals in the space of five minutes late in the match.
Despite the bizarre ending to the season, Ferguson didn’t mind too much as he watched his side win the Premier League title by 11 points, with rivals Manchester City way back in second.