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Tyler's Starting Stat - Capital lessons
I was at Craven Cottage on Monday night, where Chelsea were awarded their 12th penalty of the season, but converted for only the seventh time. It took Frank Lampard's penalty record to 42 out of 48 for Chelsea with what was his 150th Premier League goal.
Chelsea still haven't won a London derby in the league this season and have drawn with Fulham 1-1 on both occasions. Meanwhile, Martin Jol's men have only lost one derby out of seven, which was at home to Spurs on November 6.
Yet they still can't beat Chelsea. They've beaten their West London rivals just once in 22 games in the Premier League; that was in March 2006 when a Luis Boa Morte goal gave them a 1-0 win. That was their only win in the last 27 league meetings and in the last 32 of all clashes in all competitions going back to 1979.
Clint Dempsey scored his 49th Premier League goal for Fulham in his 180th appearance, extending his Fulham record for both goals and appearances.
The game also heralded another seven minutes of Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba being on the pitch together with neither man scoring. They've now been on the field at the same time for 11hrs 57mins without either of them getting on the scoresheet.
FRANK ON THE SPOT
Hi Martin, Following Lampard's impressive feat of being the first midfielder to score 150 goals in the Premier League, can you tell me how many of the 150 goals were from the penalty spot? It does seem like he scores a lot of pens! Stephen Cranham (Newcastle Utd fan)
MARTIN SAYS: I can tell you that of Frank Lampard's 150 Premier League goals, a total of 37 have come from the penalty spot. That's 24.6% of his league goals.
To date, a total of 22 players have scored 100 Premier League goals or more and of those players only one has scored more penalties than Lampard. That man is the league's all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer, who scored 56 of his 260 goals from the spot (21.5%).
As you can see from the list below, only one of the Premier League's centurions has scored a higher percentage of his goals from the penalty spot. That man is Matt Le Tissier (who was the co-commentator on Monday night), who scored 25 of his 100 goals from the spot (exactly 25%).
You'll notice that the Premier League's second-highest scorer of all time, Andrew Cole, only ever scored one penalty - and that was for Fulham at Birmingham in January 2005. Furthermore, two players in this list - Les Ferdinand and Emile Heskey - have scored more than 100 goals without ever scoring a penalty in the league.
I would like to add that it is wrong to undervalue the skill and temperament needed to score a penalty successfully. Penalties are awarded and Chelsea's record this season (seven goals from 12 awards) shows it's not a formality. If you score a penalty it should not be dismissed as an easy job; it takes practice and nerve against the Premier League's big, athletic goalkeepers. Penalty goals should not be undervalued.
Penalty goals from Premier League centurions:
|Player||Goals||Penalty goals||% Penalty goals|
|Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||127||14||11.0%|
|Matthew Le Tissier||100||25||25.0%|
Hi Martin. Our January signing Pappis Demba Cisse has now scored 10 goals in nine appearances for Newcastle since joining us in the transfer window. Has any other player scored more goals than he has without opening their account before the turn of the year? Martin (Newcastle Utd fan)
MARTIN SAYS: Papiss Cisse is only the fourth player in Premier League history to reach double figures in a season without scoring a goal before January 1. His tally of 10 goals (and counting) has only been bettered by the following players:
ROBIN VAN PERSIE (2010/11) - 18 GOALS: It's hard to believe that the Arsenal striker didn't score a league goal last season before January 1. He made eight appearances before the turn of the year without scoring, but went on to finish with 18 to his name.
JAN-AAGE FJORTOFT (1993/94) - 12 GOALS: Fjortoft didn't score his first Premier League goal for Swindon until January 22 1994, his 11th appearance for the club, but he went on to finish the campaign with 12 strikes to his name.
ANTHONY YEBOAH (1994/95) - 12 GOALS: Leeds signed Yeboah in January 1995 and he opened his account on February 22 against Everton, before going on to net a further 11 goals that season.
Unlike Cisse, both Van Persie and Fjortoft played in the Premier League before the turn of the year. That means Yeboah holds the Premier League goalscoring record for players who made their first appearance of the season in January or later. Cisse needs to score twice in the last five games of the season to match that record.
Out of interest, Van Persie's tally of 18 goals is the joint-highest scored between January 1 and the end of the season in any Premier League campaign. He shares the record with Thierry Henry (2003/04) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08) - but both of those players also scored goals before January 1. This season, Clint Dempsey is the only other player in double figures in the Premier League since January 1.
BAGGING, BUT NOT FLAGGING
Hi Martin, during the Swansea v Newcastle match, Newcastle did not have a single corner. This must be quite a rare feat, how many other teams have won a match after not having a corner during it? Cheers Paddy (Newcastle fan)
MARTIN SAYS: Opta have been keeping data on this since the start of the 2006/07 season and in that period, teams winning Premier League games despite winning no corners is more common than you might think. In fact, it's happened 24 times in the last six years, according to our stats.
This season it's happened more than ever, with no less than eight winning teams failing to win a corner all game.
Blackburn and Everton have fought to victory without corners three times each, while Chelsea have done it twice. The team to have been beaten most often having conceded no corners is Liverpool, with four times.
I must admit, I would have thought this would be a rarity, so I'm surprised to see it's happened so often. I'm also surprised to see so many home teams in this list, as you would think away sides would be the ones to have won fewer corners.
Teams winning in the Premier League without winning a corner since 2006/07:
19th August 2006 - Everton beat Watford 2-1 at Goodison Park
4th November 2006 - Sheffield United beat Newcastle 1-0 at St James' Park
4th March 2007 - Blackburn beat Bolton 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium
19th August 2007 - Manchester City beat Manchester United 1-0 at Etihad Stadium
11th May 2008 - Reading beat Derby 4-0 at Pride Park
5th October 2008 - Hull beat Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane
22nd November 2008 - Bolton beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium
2nd May 2009 - West Ham beat Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium
22nd August 2009 - Sunderland beat Blackburn 2-1 at the Stadium of Light
8th November 2009 - Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge
21st November 2009 - Birmingham beat Fulham 1-0 at St Andrew's
19th December 2009 - Tottenham beat Blackburn 2-0 at Ewood Park
21st August 2010 - Chelsea beat Wigan 6-0 at the DW Stadium
20th December 2010 - Everton beat Manchester City 2-1 at Etihad Stadium
5th January 2011 - Blackburn beat Liverpool 3-1 at Ewood Park
2nd April 2011 - West Brom beat Liverpool 2-1 at The Hawthorns
23rd October 2011 - QPR beat Chelsea 1-0 at Loftus Road
29th October 2011 - Fulham beat Wigan 2-0 at the DW Stadium
2nd January 2012 - Swansea beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park
14th January 2012 - Blackburn beat Fulham 3-1 at Ewood Park
3rd March 2012 - Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield
10th March 2012 - Everton beat Tottenham 1-0 at Goodison Park
24th March 2012 - Wigan beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield
6th April 2012 - Newcastle beat Swansea 2-0 at Liberty Stadium
LETTING THEM IN
Hi Martin. Super column!! In the history of the Premier League, which keeper has leaked the most goals? Just guessing Robinson?? Can we please have a list of the top ten butter-fingered gloves from Opta? Keep up the great work. Kind Regards, Aspi Bilia, Gunner fan
MARTIN SAYS: I don't think it's fair to call them buttered-fingered gloves, but we have looked into this anyway!
The simple answer to your question is David James, who has conceded 665 Premier League goals. He has conceded nearly 100 more goals than any other goalkeeper in Premier League history, but it must be borne in mind that he has played in more than 100 more games than any other goalkeeper in Premier League history as well!
Below we have listed the 15 goalkeepers to have conceded more than 300 Premier League goals with Mark Schwarzer and then your guess Paul Robinson.
We have also calculated the number of goals each of them conceded per game and as you can see, James' ratio of goals conceded per game is one of the most impressive. At 1.16, he was bettered only by Nigel Martyn and Edwin van der Sar in this list of 15.
Blackburn's current custodian Paul Robinson and former Southampton stopper Paul Jones are the men with the unwanted lead in the goals-conceded-to-games charts at an average of around 1.61.
Goalkeepers who have conceded the most goals in Premier League history:
David James - 665 goals in 573 appearances (average per game: 1.16)
Mark Schwarzer - 575 goals in 454 appearances (average per game: 1.27)
Paul Robinson - 566 goals in 351 appearances (average per game: 1.61)
Shay Given - 565 goals in 420 appearances (average per game: 1.35)
Brad Friedel - 546 goals in 421 appearances (average per game: 1.30)
Jussi Jaaskelainen - 536 goals in 371 appearances (average per game: 1.44)
Thomas Sorensen - 443 goals in 357 appearances (average per game: 1.24)
Ian Walker - 439 goals in 312 appearances (average per game: 1.41)
Nigel Martyn - 412 goals in 372 appearances (average per game: 1.11)
Neil Sullivan - 363 goals in 246 appearances (average per game: 1.48)
Tim Flowers - 346 goals in 286 appearances (average per game: 1.21)
Robert Green - 344 goals in 215 appearances (average per game: 1.60)
Paul Jones - 312 goals in 194 appearances (average per game: 1.61)
Kevin Pressman - 306 goals in 207 appearances (average per game: 1.48)
Edwin van der Sar - 304 goals in 313 appearances (average per game: 0.97)
Hi Martin, I heard in commentary on Monday that Clint Dempsey's 16 goals this season is a club record in the Premier League. So I was wondering if you could give me a list of players who hold that accolade for each of the other teams to have played in the Premier League? Fred Bird
MARTIN SAYS: We've had to ask our friends at Opta for some help with this one Fred and below you will find a list of top scorers in a season for every single team to have graced the Premier League, but here are a few things which standout for me.
Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer remain the Premier League's all-time top scorers in a single campaign with 34 goals each for Newcastle and Blackburn respectively. They're also two of five players in that prestigious '30 club', which includes Thierry Henry (30), Kevin Phillips (30) for Sunderland and Cristiano Ronaldo (31) in 2007/2008 for Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Steven Fletcher and Tony Cottee are the only two players to achieve this feat with two different clubs. Cottee holds the record amount of goals in a single Premier League season for both Everton and Leicester City, while Fletcher has been the top man at both Burnley and with his current employers Wolves, where he has already equalled last season's record tally of 10.
It may also interest Tottenham fans to know that, despite the club's abundance of attacking flair in recent years, no player has surpassed Teddy Sheringham's tally of 21 from way back in 1992/1993. I also recall he scored one for Nottingham Forest in that season - the first ever live Premier League goal on Sky Sports!
|Aston Villa||Dwight Yorke||17||1996/1997|
|Aston Villa||Dwight Yorke||17||1995/1996|
|Birmingham City||Mikael Forsell||17||2003/2004|
|Blackburn Rovers||Alan Shearer||34||1994/1995|
|Bolton Wanderers||Kevin Davies||12||2008/2009|
|Bolton Wanderers||Michael Ricketts||12||2001/2002|
|Bolton Wanderers||Nathan Blake||12||1997/1998|
|Bradford City||Dean Windass||10||1999/2000|
|Charlton Athletic||Darren Bent||18||2005/2006|
|Coventry City||Dion Dublin||18||1997/1998|
|Crystal Palace/TD>||Andrew Johnson||21||2004/2005|
|Derby County||Paulo Wanchope||13||1997/1998|
|Ipswich Town||Marcus Stewart||19||2000/2001|
|Leeds United||Mark Viduka||20||2002/2003|
|Leicester City||Tony Cottee||13||1999/2000|
|Manchester City||Carlos Tevez||23||2009/2010|
|Manchester United||Cristiano Ronaldo||31||2007/2008|
|Newcastle United||Andrew Cole||34||1993/1994|
|Norwich City||Chris Sutton||25||1993/1994|
|Nottingham Forest||Stan Collymore||22||1994/1995|
|Oldham Athletic||Ian Olney||12||1992/1993|
|Sheffield United||Brian Deane||15||1993/1994|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Mark Bright||19||1993/1994|
|Southampton||Matt Le Tissier||25||1993/1994|
|Stoke City||Ricardo Fuller||11||2008/2009|
|Swansea City||Danny Graham||10*||2011/2012|
|Swindon Town||Jan-Aage Fjortoft||12||1993/1994|
|West Bromwich Albion||Peter Odemwingie||15||2010/2011|
|West Ham United||Paolo Di Canio||16||1999/2000|
|Wigan Athletic||Henri Camara||12||2005/2006|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Steven Fletcher||10||2011/2012*|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Steven Fletcher||10||2010/2011|
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Dave Rush (Ipswich Town fan) says...
hi Martin. Your talk of penalty takers and skills got me thinking. Who has the best stats for taking penalties in premiership history? Obviously only regular takers should count so Maybe only count players that have 10/15 or more. Thanks
Posted 15:32 13th April 2012
Davy Rooney (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...
Hi Martin, super column! Myself and my mates always have a debate as to who is the midfield player to ever play in the Premier League. A few names that come up are: Roy Keane for his attitude and leadership, Frank LAmpard for his goals, David Beckham/Ryan Giggs for their assists. Can you tell us statistically, who is the greatest midfield player Thanks,
Posted 13:43 13th April 2012
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