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Premier League demolition derbies
Published : 23 Nov 2009 10:58:48
Tottenham Hotspur's 9-1 demolition of Wigan Athletic is ranked as one of the biggest wins in Premier League history.
Football.co.uk takes a look back at some of the most one-sided contests in the division's 17-year history.
Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town, Old Trafford March 4, 1995
United came up against an almost already relegated Ipswich Town side at Old Trafford and ran rampant. Andy Cole grabbed five goals, the first ever to do so in a Premier League encounter, and strike partner Mark Hughes grabbed a brace.
It was Roy Keane who got the rout underway with just 15 minutes on the clock and Paul Ince also got in on the act as Cole's fifth finished the game with three minutes left. The game also started goalkeeper Craig Forrest's 'Theatre of Nightmares'; the Canadian has conceded 16 goals in just two games at Old Trafford.
Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday, St James' Park September 19, 1999
Alan Shearer became the second ever player to hit five in a single Premier League match at against the Owls, two of which were from the penalty spot. Defender Aaron Hughes got the scoring underway after 11 minutes and Shearer had a hat-trick in the first half.
Kieron Dyer and Gary Speed both got themselves on the scoresheet in the second half before Shearer finished the game with two late goals. The game started a season which would ultimately end in relegation for the Yorkshire side while the Magpies could only finish mid-table.
Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United, City Ground February 6, 1999
The last time these two teams met resulted in the biggest away win in Premier League history. Yet again Andy Cole was involved, he and strike partner Dwight Yorke bagged braces. It was 2-1 within just 10 minutes, Alan Rodgers scored either side of Yorke and Cole and, with 10 minutes remaining it was just 4-1.
Cue Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took the field as a replacement for Roy Keane. The Norwegian grabbed four quick-fire goals to turn the match from an easy win to annihilation. Forest have not graced the Premier League since.
Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City, Riverside Stadium May 11, 2008
The last game of the 2007/08 season turned out to be Sven Goran Eriksson's last as manager of Manchester City. A Richard Dunne red card opened the floodgates and Stewart Downing converted the resulting penalty. Afonso Alves chipped in with a hat-trick, Downing grabbed a second and Adam Johnson, Fabio Rochemback and Jeremie Aliadiere all scored.
Elano pulled a goal back for City with the score at 7-1 but the visitors had already been sufficiently humiliated. A silver-lining for Wigan fans could be that the losers of this match have gone on to become one of the richest clubs in the world. The victors, on the other hand, are now playing Championship football.
-By David Brenchley