- Plays of the Day
Plays of the Day: Luis 'shoot-on-sight' Suarez
Liverpool will rightly be feeling extremely pleased with themselves on Saturday evening following their 5-0 hammering of Norwich, which saw Luis Suarez beat a milestone against his favourite side. Not only did the Uruguayan score his seventh goal in his last three games against the Canaries, he also took his tally of shots for the season (in just 23 games) past his total for the entire 2011-12 campaign (when he had 126 shots at goal).
Impressive statistics from the Merseyside schemer... or are they? Surely that means that Suarez, who has now scored 16 league goals this season, has failed to score with over 110 shots? Even Erik Meijer didn't miss as many. Nevertheless, the Reds were red-hot against Norwich.
What a Michu!
Name your buy of the summer and the likelihood is you're naming a Spaniard living in Wales who is so good they only named him once. Michu has been magic for Michael Laudrup this season, but in the first half against Stoke he was guilty of a glaring miss. Angel Rangel robbed Matt Etherington and crossed into the box, where Michu sent his free header wide from seven yards.
Jon Walters couldn't have done it better.
The referee might as well have blown the whistle after 120 seconds of Manchester City's clash with Fulham, which ended 2-0 to the champions. David Silva converted the rebound from Edin Dzeko's strike to hand City an early lead, more or less guaranteeing victory - statistically at least - with 88 minutes still to play.
In the 12 previous Premier League games in which City had scored first this season, 11 finished in victory for Roberto Mancini's men, so ref Jonathan Moss might as well have done himself a favour and given everybody the afternoon off. As it was, only Mario Balotelli put his feet up.
Cole the goal
Spare a thought for Joe Cole, who will be cracking open a bottle of Champagne after ending his 10-year goal drought for West Ham. The last time Cole scored for the Hammers was January 11, 2003, at home to Newcastle. Back then, the Magpies boasted enviable quality in the likes of Carl Cort and Clarence Acuna, players they can only dream of nowadays.
There was a time that Liverpool fans sang: "Michael Owen scored a goal, hallelujah...". That was when goals arrived for the striker more regularly than lies escape the mouth of Lance Armstrong. However, nowadays the song takes on an altogether different meaning, with each goal a headline in itself for the former England man, but Saturday's strike in Stoke's 3-1 loss to Swansea was his 150th in the Premier League.
Only seven others have reached that landmark, name them. (or look at the answer below)
**Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Thierry Henry, Robbie Fowler, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Les Ferdinand**