Gareth Bale notched a goal apiece for Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in Wednesday night’s clash between the two sides at White Hart Lane, and the Spurs chap is in jolly good company. Here are the ten most recent examples of uvvers what only gone an’ bleedin’ duhn it in a Premier League match…
1. Wayne Rooney for Manchester United v Stoke City, October 2012
The England striker had already equalised against himself within the first half hour as the Red Devils went on to win 4-2 at Old Trafford.
2. Thomas Vermaelen for Arsenal v Fulham, November 2011
The Belgian defender struck twice within the last half hour to clinch a point apiece for the Gunners and Cottagers in this Emirates clash.
3. Danny Graham for Swansea City v Bolton Wanderers, October 2011
The Swans striker pulled a goal back for the visiting Trotters on 73 minutes before sealing a 3-1 victory with a last-minute goal at the right end.
4. Martin Skrtel for Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, November 2010
The Slovakian defender gave the Reds a half-time lead at White Hart Lane before equalising himself on 65 minutes, setting the stage for Aaron Lennon to bag an injury time winner for Spurs.
5. Brede Hangeland for Fulham v Manchester United, August 2010
The Norwegian defender put visitors United 2-1 ahead on 84 minutes before levelling matters with a header from a corner five minutes later.
6. Carlton Cole for West Ham United v Fulham, May 2010
The Hammers centre-forward deflected Chris Baird’s shot into his own net to put the home side 2-0 ahead, then put his own side back in the game with a header just three minutes later as the Cottagers went on to win 3-2.
7. Leon Osman for Everton v Arsenal, January 2010
The England midfielder headed the Toffees ahead on 12 minutes before deflecting a Denilson shot past Tim Howard just before the half-hour mark. The game went on to finish 2-2 at the Emirates.
8. Emmanuel Adebayor for Manchester City v Chelsea, December 2009
The Togolese centre-forward put visitors Chelsea 1-0 up on 8 minutes but had equalised himself by half-time as City went on to win 2-1 at the Etihad, or whatever it was called then.
9. Jody Craddock for Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal, November 2009
The artistic centre-back scored an 89th minute consolation for Wolves having been amongst the four goal-scorers for Arsenal as the Gunners ran out 4-1 winners at Molineux.
10. Kamil Zayatte for Hull City v Sunderland, September 2009
The Guinean defender equalised for Phil Brown’s visitors just before half-time, but his 75th minute own goal sealed a 4-1 victory for the Black Cats – managed by current Tigers boss Steve Bruce – at the Stadium of Light.
And now for some notable historical achievements in the field of scoring at both ends…
Tony Adams has managed it for club and country, in a 1-1 draw v Manchester United and a 2-2 draw v Holland
In 1976, Aston Villa’s Chris Nicholl scored ALL FOUR GOALS in a 2-2 draw with Leicester City
Norwich City’s Kevin Bond scored at both ends in consecutive 1-1 draws in 1980, putting the Canaries 1-0 down before equalising with a penalty on both occasions.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Gary Mabbutt managed it in the 1987 FA Cup final, putting Spurs 2-1 ahead before bagging an extra time winner for Coventry City.
Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher scored against Everton in his own testimonial match before fulfilling a boyhood dream by scoring for the Toffees, in the following bizarre circumstances…
Can you think of any great historical instances of players scoring at both ends in the same match? Have your say in the comments section below…