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Shock Results: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Manchester United (January 2004)

Goalscorer: Kenny Miller 66

Teams:

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Michael Oakes, Paul Butler, Jody Craddock, Denis Irwin, Richard Naylor, Alex Rae, Paul Ince, Shaun Newton, Mark Kennedy, Steffen Iversen (Ioan Ganea 80), Kenny Miller

Manchester United: Tim Howard, Mikael Silvestre, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand (Wes Brown 50), Phil Neville (Diego Forlan 68), Quinton Fortune, Roy Keane, Darren Fletcher (David Bellion 65), Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy

Referee: Andy D’Urso, Attendance: 29,396

In January 2004, Manchester United travelled to bottom-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers with two targets. Score plenty of goals and increase their points lead over unbeaten Arsenal. They left Molineux with no goals, no points and lost total momentum in their bid for a ninth Premier League title.

United had drawn 0-0 a week earlier against Newcastle United which had seen Arsenal cut their advantage at the top of the table to just two points. By contrast, Wolves had won just four games all season and looked destined for an instant return to the First Division. However, they ripped up the Premier League formbook with this performance.

The visitors’ made the trip to the Black Country without Ryan Giggs who was missing with a back injury. It would also be Rio Ferdinand’s swansong for the season. He was due to start his eight-month ban after this match for missing a drugs test back in mid-September. The England defender wouldn’t finish the game either. He sustained an early injury after an accidental collision with Kenny Miller and limped off five minutes into the second half.

Predictably, it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s side that produced the best of the opportunities in a scoreless first half. Ruud van Nistelrooy was the major threat but for once, the Dutchman was wasteful infront of goal. He sent a spectacular overhead kick narrowly over the crossbar midway through the first half and then, four minutes before the interval, incredibly heading over the bar when virtually on the goal-line to nod home.

Dave Jones’ side has defended resolutely and came out of their shell in the second half. In the 48th minute, ex-Manchester United star Paul Ince drove a shot from 25 yards that struck the post. 28 minutes later, they produced the unexpected and took the lead. Miller had been a threat all day and when the league leaders’ lost possession carelessly from their own throw-in, the Scot picked up the loose ball. He left Wes Brown trailing in his wake and as he bore down on-goal, kept his composure to slide a cool finish past American shot-stopper Tim Howard.

Ferguson’s side were shell-shocked. They dominated possession but even after falling behind, didn’t carve out enough moments to get back into the match. The closest they came was through substitute David Bellion. He found some space inside the penalty area with 16 minutes left to play but was kept out by Wolves goalkeeper Michael Oakes.

There were scenes of mass celebration inside the ground at full-time. Wolverhampton Wanderers would ultimately be relegated at the end of the season but it was one of those “I was there” moments for the lucky home supporters at Molineux. This was the day where the champions were left stunned.

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Shock Results: Derby County 1-0 Newcastle United (September 2007)

Goalscorer: Kenny Miller 39

Teams:

Derby County: Stephen Bywater, Dean Leacock, Andy Griffin, Claude Davis, Tyrone Mears, Stephen Pearson, Matt Oakley, Eddie Lewis (Jay McEveley 87), Gary Teale, Kenny Miller (Benny Feilhaber 80), Steve Howard

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, David Rozenhal, Steven Taylor (Habib Beye 75), Claudio Cacapa, Geremi (Abdoulaye Faye 60), Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith, James Milner, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (Obafemi Martins 55)

Referee: Peter Walton, Attendance: 33,016

Derby County’s promotion to the Premier League for the 2007-2008 season was slightly unexpected and early results suggested this. The Rams’ had already lost 4-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, been beaten 6-0 by Liverpool FC and were due to face a rampant Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium days later. They were already propping up the division but were looking to get their first win of the season against inconsistent Newcastle United.

Newcastle began the evening as favourites to head back to Tyneside with all three points as Sam Allardyce began to settle down into his new management role. His side never really got going though and Derby started well. Roared on by a vocal crowd inside Pride Park, they put together some swift passing moves to start with but were let down by a casual approach inside the visitors’ penalty area. This was totally understandable considering they’d only scored three goals from their first five matches.

Newcastle produced the best moment of the opening 20 minutes. James Milner broke clear after a Derby corner broke down. He found Michael Owen, who rounded goalkeeper Stephen Bywater but made the angle too difficult to try his luck. The England forward held his nerve and crossed the ball instead to defender David Rozenhal, whose effort whistled wide of the post. Owen wouldn’t complete the first half. He went off with a tight groin muscle and as soon as he departed, the Magpies attacking threat diminished.

In truth, the game was largely forgettable. There was plenty of grit and spirit from both sides but the final ball and finish was very poor. However, Derby took their chance six minutes before half-time. Bywater’s clearance was allowed to bounce by Newcastle defenders. Kenny Miller seized his opportunity and struck a dipping effort that flew past Steve Harper and into the net.

Derby could have extended their lead after the interval. Steve Howard had two headed chances but couldn’t find the target with either effort. However, Newcastle’s threat was sporadic and the home side held on for a fantastic and worthy victory. Afterwards, manager Billy Davies said: “I’m delighted with the players and they can take a lot of confidence from this victory.”

Derby failed to win another match in the Premier League all season. Davies was sacked at the end of November and Paul Jewell had no chance whatsoever to rescue the sinking ship. The Rams’ leaked 89 goals; they scored only 20 and amassed a grand total of just 11 points. They remain the worst-ever team to have played in the Premier League.

Newcastle finished just seven points clear of the drop zone in 12th spot but did finish the campaign with fans’ favourite Kevin Keegan back in charge after Allardyce was dismissed in January 2008. This will always remain one of Newcastle’s most embarrassing results. They were the only side in the 2007-2008 Premier League season to be beaten by Derby County.