Bad Days at the Office: starring Jonathan Walters and many more!

Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters
Walters… Walt disnae (Img: Just-an-Ipswich-fan)

You may have noticed Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters booting the ball in his own face, scoring two own goals then missing a penalty in the Potters’ 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium…

…so Football Burp got thinking: who else has had a shocker or ‘mare worthy of note in recent times? As such, we present you with this compendium of bad days at the office…

Demba Ba

Making his Premier League debut for Chelsea on Saturday, the Senegalese striker might very well have had a few sympathetic words for Walters – just this August, he missed a penalty and scored a late own-goal equaliser while playing for Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby at Sunderland.

Jonathan Woodgate

In 2005, the current Middlesbrough defender scored a spectacular own goal and was sent off on his Real Madrid debut, having come on as a first-half substitute…

Martin Palermo

The Argentine missed three penalties in one game in a 3-0 Copa America defeat to Colombia in 1999…

Stan van den Buys

As mentioned in our recent list of own goal gluts, van den Buys scored all three goals for Anderlecht in a 3-2 win over Germinal Beerschot in the 1995-96, the problem being that he was playing for the latter, more acely named Belgian side at the time.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ashley Ward

How often do you see those two names packaged together? Both players have missed a penalty and got sent off in the same match – Ronaldo for Real Madrid v Almería in 2009, Ward for Barnsley v Sunderland in 1998 – but both players redeemed themselves by scoring (at the right end!) as well. Before they were sent off, obviously.

Players who missed two penalties in one match…

Jose Sand for Racing Club v Atletico Rafaela, 2012 (on his debut!)

Álvaro Saborío for Costa Rica v Honduras, 2011

Darren Bent for Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur, 2010

Andy Johnson for Everton v Metalist Kharkiv, 2007

Yakubu for Middlesbrough v Bristol City, 2007 (including shoot-out)

Massimo Maccarone for Siena v Torino, 2007

Juan Pablo Angel for Aston Villa v Fulham, 2005

Frank de Boer for Holland v Italy, Euro 2000 (including shoot-out)

Players who missed a penalty and scored an own-goal in the same match…

Clint Dempsey for Fulham v Swansea City, 2011

Alan Keane for Sligo Rovers v KS Vllaznia, 2009

Juan Pablo Angel (!) for Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur, 2006

Can you think of any bad days at the office from recent years that we’ve missed? Have your say in the comments section below…