The Spoiler’s top twenty Premiership goals of 2008/09: #20-11
“Tek a bow, son(s)”
With the end of the 2008/09 campaign only 24hrs away, The Spoiler takes a look back at the season’s finest goals and reveals our picks for the twenty greatest efforts. Part one documents goals 20-11…
#19: Robinho – Blackburn vs Man City, 28/12/09
Forward to 5:20 – this should really somehow go down as a Daniel Sturridge goal. Managing to ride three challenges and still craft one of the most sublime passes of the season, all Robinho was left to do is turn in a simple finish. Premier League managers should be alert: Sturridge is out of contract this summer.
#18: Federico Macheda – Man Utd 3-2 Aston Villa, 05/04/09
Whether we’ll still see Federico Macheda in Man Utd colours in even three or four seasons time is up for debate (bet we don’t); but his goal in the dying seconds of Villa game helped spur United to the title, in style.
#17: Samir Nasri – Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd, 08/11/09
Samir Nasri’s arrival at the Emirates has been somewhat overshadowed by Andrei Arshavin’s 4 goal rampages, sex faces and almost dangerously exciting home life; yet the French playmaker has offered crucial assistance during Cesc Fabregas’ time out injured. He was also lucky enough to be on the end of this incisive Arsenal move in the 2-1 classic against Man Utd.
#16: Peter Crouch – Portsmouth 2-1 Stoke, 05/10/2009
Peter Crouch’s opener at Fratton Park probably would’ve been higher up the list, were we not so weirdly used to seeing a 6ft 7 man acrobatically flinging his limbs about in an extremely awkward, yet extremely effective fashion.
#15: Ricardo Fuller – Stoke 3-2 Aston Villa, 23/08/09
When he wasn’t concentrating his efforts on bitch-slapping his captain in the face, Ricardo Fuller helped chip in with some rather helpful goals for Stoke this season. He can be most proud of one of his first: a turn and shot which was 1 part luck to 2 parts commendable skill.
#14: Ryan Giggs – West Ham 0-1 Man Utd, 08/02/09
The Hammers defence couldn’t have made a more half-arsed attempt to keep Giggs at bay here, but still, managing to thread such a clinical shot through a packed 18-yard box with his least-famous foot earns the Welsh Wizard a deserved place on the list.
#13: Zoltan Gera – Fulham 2-0 Man Utd, 21/03/09
Zoltan Gera managed to make the most of a rare display of absolutely shocking Man Utd defending in Fulham’s memorable victory at Craven Cottage, with a bicycle kick so supremely cool it made Wayne Rooney punch a corner flag in the face 2 minutes later.
#12: Jermain Defoe – Spurs 1-1 Portsmouth, 18/01/09
A team goal the likes of which Tottenham fans could only dream of seeing at the start of the season, Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and even Didier Zokora combine to produce push and move football reminiscent of glory days at the Lane.
#11: Andrei Arshavin - Arsenal 4-0 Blackburn, 14/03/09