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Great Goals: Kevin Nolan – BOLTON WANDERERS vs. Portsmouth (September 2005)

Kevin Nolan’s best season at Bolton Wanderers was arguably in the 2005-2006 season. He scored a flurry of great goals which saw him linked with a possible England call-up from Sven-Goran Eriksson; a cap he was destined never to receive.

Nolan showed off his acrobatic range with this overhead kick against Portsmouth in September 2005. It was a game low on quality and chances but Nolan did produce a worthy moment to settle the match between the two sides.

After 24 minutes, Henrik Pedersen looped a ball into the penalty area which was kept alive by his strike partner, Kevin Davies. Davies’ header reached Nolan but it was behind him so the midfielder improvised with an awesome overhead kick that left Portsmouth goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown motionless.

Bolton’s 1-0 victory took them to third place in the table and this was part of Nolan’s qualities in his game, especially during this purple patch of form during his spell at The Reebok Stadium.

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Premier League Rewind: 12th-14th February 2011

Results: Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City, Arsenal 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City 1-0 Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Newcastle United, Blackpool 1-1 Aston Villa, Liverpool FC 1-1 Wigan Athletic, West Bromwich Albion 3-3 West Ham United, Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Everton, Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

Having seen their 29-match unbeaten run in the Premier League stretching back to the end of the previous campaign end at Molineux a week earlier, Manchester United were keen to return to winning ways on the 12th-14th February 2011 weekend. Their motivation was bound to be huge though as they were about to do battle with local rivals, Manchester City.

City had recently flexed their financial power again in the January transfer window, acquiring Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko from 2009 Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg. Roberto Mancini’s side were keen to record their first away victory since Boxing Day at Newcastle United. They fell behind though four minutes before the interval when Ryan Giggs’ superb pass allowed Nani to race clear and put the league leaders ahead infront of the Stretford End. The Citizens equalised on 65 minutes when Dzeko’s shot fortunately deflected off teammate David Silva. The game needed a special moment of quality to separate the sides and it was provided 12 minutes from time.

Nani’s cross took a slight deflection but this allowed Wayne Rooney to spin in mid-air and produce the most wonderful overhead kick into the back of Joe Hart’s net. It remains one of those iconic moments and one of the finest goals The Manchester Derby has ever seen. United held on to win 2-1 and move eight points clear of Mancini’s men, also with a game in-hand. Rooney’s goal ended up winning Greatest Goal accolades at the 20 Seasons Awards.

Arsenal kept up the pressure as the Gunners ensured Wolves wouldn’t be able to produce anymore giant-killing stories. Mick McCarthy’s side had already beaten Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the season but couldn’t repeat the feat against the Gunners. Robin van Persie scored both goals for Arsenal in a straightforward 2-0 victory and ensured they maintained just a four-point deficit to the Red Devils in the table.

At The Hawthorns, Roy Hodgson was watching in the directors’ box as he was poised to succeed Roberto Di Matteo as boss. West Brom had the leakiest defence in the division and this was in evidence again against fellow strugglers West Ham United. West Brom raced into a 3-0 lead after just 32 minutes but they caved in after the break. Demba Ba scored twice for the Hammers as they showed some battling resilience to claim a 3-3 draw and edge themselves off the bottom of the table on goal difference at Wolves’ expense.

Wigan Athletic remained in the bottom three but picked up a valuable point away at Anfield against in-form Liverpool FC. Raul Meireles continued his rich vein of goalscoring form, scoring for the fifth time in six matches but Steve Gohouri rescued a point to end the home side’s run of four successive victories.

Birmingham City picked up a vital victory to ease their relegation concerns, as Nikola Zigic’s goal three minutes into injury-time was enough to win the game against Stoke City 1-0. That result took Birmingham above Second City rivals Aston Villa, who were performing well below expectations in 16th position. Villa’s latest disappointment was a 1-1 draw away at Blackpool, leaving them just three points above the drop zone.

What else happened in February 2011?

  • The military take control of Egypt following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after widespread protests.
  • Critically-acclaimed movie The King’s Speech wins four Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
  • Christchurch in New Zealand is rocked by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Over 180 people are killed, including a large number of foreign citizens.
  • The House of Commons votes overwhelmingly against prisoners receiving the right to vote, winning 234-22.
  • The ban on product placement in television programmes is lifted in the UK, allowing advertisers to pay for their goods to be seen in TV shows, dramas and soap operas.
  • Craig Oliver, a BBC executive replaces Andy Coulson as David Cameron’s Director of Communications.
  • Online publisher The Huffington Post is bought by AOL in a staggering $315 million deal.

Great Goals: Stan Collymore – BRADFORD CITY vs. Leeds United (October 2000)

Signing Stan Collymore in October 2000 was seen as the final throw of the dice for manager Chris Hutchings, who badly needed a result to save his position in the post. Bradford were bottom ahead of this Yorkshire Derby with Leeds United.

Collymore made an instant impact on his debut with this glorious goal. Leeds presented the opportunity to the home side with some sloppy passing. Benito Carbone picked out Collymore with a brilliant cross and the forward produced an instinctive overhead kick which was straight out of the top-draw.

His stay at Bradford was largely forgettable apart from this moment and although Leeds did recover to earn a share of the spoils on this Sunday afternoon, this remains one of Collymore’s finest Premier League efforts.

Great Goals: Juan Mata – Liverpool FC vs. MANCHESTER UNITED (March 2015)

Manchester United arrived at Anfield in March 2015 just one point clear of their greatest rivals as the two teams were fighting over fourth spot in the Premier League table. The Merseysiders hadn’t lost in the top-flight since being beaten 3-0 at Old Trafford before Christmas. They were the form team but it was Louis van Gaal’s side that turned up and put in a performance.

Juan Mata scored an early opener and Liverpool’s efforts at recovery were made harder when Steven Gerrard was sent off within a minute of the second half resuming. This was to be Mata’s day and the Spaniard’s second goal of the game was simply world-class.

He played a neat one-two with Angel di Maria. The Argentine clipped the ball into Mata’s path and he swivelled on it superbly, producing a fantastic bicycle kick that left Simon Mignolet completely stranded.

Manchester United won the game 2-1 and would finish well clear of Liverpool in the final standings. It was a classy goal that won the day and a crucial one in the season for the Red Devils.

Great Goals: Eidur Gudjohnsen – CHELSEA vs. Leeds United (January 2003)

Eidur Gudjohnsen scored 78 goals in his six-year Chelsea career which included two Premier League titles.

This was one of his finest against Leeds United in January 2003. Leeds were leading the match 1-0 but were pegged back in amazing fashion by this piece of glory from Gudjohnsen. The move began when Frank Lampard made a surging run down the right-hand side. His cross was a fraction behind Gudjohnsen for a header.

So the Icelandic international used a piece of instinctive quick-thinking. He produced a terrific bicycle kick which defeated Paul Robinson in the Leeds goal. Chelsea would end up winning this entertaining contest 3-2. Had it not been for this moment of magic from Gudjohnsen, they might have not found a way back into the contest.

Great Goals: Andy Carroll – WEST HAM UNITED vs. Crystal Palace (January 2017)

This London derby was an important one for both sides. West Ham were still trying to find their feet at the London Stadium whilst Sam Allardyce was returning to one of his former clubs. He was also trying to stamp his authority on his new side, Crystal Palace.

West Ham were 1-0 ahead going into the final quarter of the match. They launched a breakaway and Michail Antonio, who had been battling the flu all week, lifted a cross into the box. Slightly behind him for a trademark header, Andy Carroll decided to improvise – in spectacular fashion.

He produced an incredible scissor kick that almost burst the net. Crystal Palace goalie Wayne Hennessey barely saw it. It was a moment of majestic skill and a wonderful way to win a London derby. This is what Carroll is capable of. Unfortunately, injuries have often interrupted a career that promised so much from the Newcastle United days.

Great Goals: Dimitar Berbatov – MANCHESTER UNITED vs. Liverpool FC (September 2010)

With Wayne Rooney struggling for form after a difficult summer at the World Cup in South Africa, Manchester United turned to Dimitar Berbatov to fill the goalscoring void. Seen as a misfit after struggling to find any serious form in 2009-2010, the Bulgarian could be brilliant on his day. In September 2010 against Liverpool FC, he was outstanding.

Berbatov had already put the home side infront, evading some slack marking from Fernando Torres to head home from a corner. In the 58th minute, he made it 2-0 with a sublime bicycle kick. Darren Fletcher started the move with a long ball that found Nani out wide. Paul Konchesky backed off the winger, allowing the Portuguese to cross the ball into the Liverpool box. It found Berbatov who controlled it superbly in the air. Still with his back to goal, he produced a special overhead kick that left Pepe Reina completely stranded.

A quick-fire double from Steven Gerrard pulled Liverpool FC back into the contest but it was Berbatov’s day. He headed home a late winner to complete his hat-trick. This was his match and a vintage moment from a player who was always capable of the spectacular.

Great Goals: Emre Can – Watford vs. LIVERPOOL FC (May 2017)

Liverpool FC travelled to Watford needing three points to keep themselves in control of their own destiny in the fight to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Things didn’t go to plan early on for the visitors. Jurgen Klopp’s side lost Philippe Coutinho to a knock early in the first half. With the game petering out to a goalless conclusion at half-time, something special happens at Vicarage Road.

Lucas Leiva chips the ball into the box. It is slightly behind German midfielder Emre Can. He decides to attempt the spectacular from the 18-yard box and it comes off; a beautifully-judged overhead kick that flies into the top corner. Heurelho Gomes could only stand and watch; beaten by undoubtedly the best goal Can has ever scored.

Liverpool FC won the game 1-0 and it needed something of world-class ability to take the three points. Can delivered the goods and it was a crucial goal ultimately in the club’s quest to return to the forefront of European club football.