I look back on a decade and compile my own list of the best, most exciting premiership matches since the turn of the millennium
West Ham 3 Tottenham 4 – 2007
Spurs came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to win 4-3 at Upton Park. Dimitar Berbatov had levelled the scores in the 89th minute before Paul Stalteri popped up to steal all 3 points. Come May, West Ham had escaped the drop and Spurs finished 5th despite their ‘we will break in to the top four’ credentials.
Leeds 4 Liverpool 3 – 2000
Liverpool had won all of their previous 5 games, in stark contrast; Leeds United had lost all 5 of their games. Mark Viduka single handedly demolished a side that would end the season with 3 major trophies. His four goals turned United’s season around and pushed them towards a fourth position finish.
Tottenham 3 Manchester United 5 – 2001
Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege had put Spurs 3-0 up at Half Time before United and (presumably after some serious ‘hair dryer’ treatment) bucked their ideas up in the second half to smash 5 past poor Neil Sullivan.
Liverpool 4 Arsenal 4 – 2009
This was certainly ‘from Russia with love’ as Andrey Arshavin’s four goals delivered a serious blow to Liverpool’s strongest title hopes of the decade. The little Russian was crowned Premier League Player of the Month in the same month and will no doubt be a name that haunts Anfield for years to come.
2-1 down at half time. Goals from Gavin McCann, Kevin Phillips and Don Hutchinson took the 3 points north as the Black Cats recorded a historic come-back.
Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham – 2008
A real classic. A wonder strike from David Bentley got things going and two goals in the last two minutes sent the Spurs following into rare celebration at the home of their bitter rivals.
West Ham 5-4 Bradford – 2000
A great start to the decade. A baby faced Frank Lampard sealed victory in an amazing encounter in which West Ham trailed 4-2 with just 25 minutes.
Manchester United 4 Manchester City 3 – 2009
My personal favourite. Manchester City’s millions had a lot of the red devils feeling, well, not so devilish! In a game where City probably deserved all 3 points it was United who were all smiles come full time. Super-Sub Michael Owen provided Fabio Capello with some food for thought as he proved his worth to club and country with the World Cup on the horizon.
Portsmouth 7 Reading 4 – 2007
The score line itself warrants a place in this list. As if that wasn’t enough, fans were also treated to a Benjani hat-trick, a penalty save and 9 goals all in the second half. More than your money’s worth would be an understatement.
Manchester United 1 Liverpool 4 – 2009
It’s rare to see a score-line so one sided at Old Trafford when it’s in favour of the away side. The Gerrard-Torres partnership was one to fear and they combined in classic fashion putting Liverpool 2-1 up at half-time. Nemanja Vidic was sent off before a sublime Aurelio free-kick and a delicate lob from the very indelicate looking Dossena sealed a historic result.
Written By Sefa Atay