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We have all had those days. The alarm doesn’t go off, you stub your toe to add a useless beat as you rush to avoid being late, and things skyrocket from there.
Premier League footballers, no matter how much they get paid, are human too and have those days too. Some, however, have endured such spectacularly unfortunate afternoons that they have combined two of the greatest humiliations a footballer can suffer; Score an own goal and award a penalty.
Here we have highlighted unfortunate souls who can claim these two misfortunes in the same Premier League match since the turn of the century, because they know they won’t bring it up themselves.
At the break, Kamil Zayatte, and the Hull City team as a whole, could have spent the 15-minute interval reflecting on a job well done as the Tigers led Everton 3-0 at the break. But Phil Brown’s team was left in fear of collapse thanks to Zayatte’s dire second half.
After horribly cutting a punt on his own net within five minutes of the restart, Zayatte proceeded to awkwardly take down Louis Saha with a strange high-footed challenge. Hull held out but not thanks to his central.
The blame fingers of those in blue would have been pointing in a particular direction after an hour’s drive from Birmingham to Sunderland. To compound his penalty award in the first half, Stephen Carr hit a long-range header into his own net shortly after the break.
Carr was hooked shortly after the hour mark before Birmingham mounted an unlikely comeback in the final 15 minutes, drawing 2-2 with his right-back presumably greatly relieved.
If only the snow in East Manchester had been a bit heavier.
Play in Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Fulham came to a halt (only momentarily) in the second half, but fates didn’t quite line up for Chris Baird, whose misfortune tainted the first two of those goals, and his afternoon for forgetting will be forever. remembered in the record books.
As a player in the top 20 in penalties conceded in the Premier League since records began in 2006/07 with six and only second behind Richard Dunne in own goals, Martin Skrtel was a perfect candidate for this accolade from niche in particular.
The Slovak international was to blame for two of Swansea City’s draws in a run-over encounter with Liverpool led by former coach Brendan Rodgers. Despite Skrtel’s best efforts, the Reds came away victors in a breathless 4-3 win.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini charitably expressed Eliaquim Mangala’s aberrations against Hull City, in just his second Premier League appearance following a £ 32 million move, due to luck or lack thereof.
Pellegrini told the BBC: “These things can happen. He [Mangala] he had very bad luck with his own goal and then he was late for the penalty but we continue to trust him because he is a very good player who had very bad luck ”.
At 6’7 tall, there aren’t many places Dan Burn can hide in the best of times. However, 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.
Fortunately, Burn’s teammates rescued him, roaring back to record a 3-3 tie, though the towering 28-year-old had to watch from the bench after being substituted before the tie.