Despite Manchester City’s recent dip in form, the odds always seemed firmly stacked against West Ham today as they traveled to the Etihad.
After all, although the east Londoners won the reverse fixture earlier this season, that’s their only victory in their last six attempts against the Citizens, producing an aggregate scoreline of 17-4.
And their mission to defy the odds this afternoon was made no easier when defender James Collins looped the ball over his own keeper after just 18 minutes to open City’s scoring.
In a very bizarre incident, Collins’ uncoordinated attempt to cut out a Jesus Navas cross, aimed towards the D of the penalty area, transpired into a perfectly placed lob, somehow looping into the gap between Adrian and his goal line.
The ball then kissed the bar, bounced off the ground and onto the post – only for referee Anthony Taylor to confirm it had indeed traveled over the line.
Needless to say, the hilarious own goal whipped Twitter into quite the frenzy.
Brilliant finish by Collins
— Ross (@GreggoHD) April 19, 2015
Fs even Collins can do a better finish than Falcao
— B (@harrisbecky97) April 19, 2015
If anything, James Collins has caught that a little too well. What a finish, Clive.
— Andy Townsend (@HitThatTooWell) April 19, 2015
Reminder that Harry Kane has scored as many PL own goals as James Collins (2).
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) April 19, 2015
Collins is a bloody joke running away from aguero scoring own goals falling over in the 6 yard box. #village
— Silas Gardner (@SilasGardner) April 19, 2015
Manchester City: James Collins' own goal was the first that has benefitted Manchester City in the Premier League this season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 19, 2015
Man City now find themselves 2-0 up against West Ham as we approach the interval. Make sure you follow all the action with Football Fancast’s LIVE BLOG!