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Top 5: Premier League pot shots

Crouch scored with a thumping strike against City. (©GettyImages)
Crouch scored with a thumping strike against City. (©GettyImages).

The pessimists among us will have noted that Peter Crouch's goal against Manchester City at the weekend was as great a pot shot as any in Premier League history.

Had one of the artists of the Premier League unleashed such an effort, they're likely to have been praised to the heavens for their vision and exceptional technique.

With 6ft 7in Crouch having lashed in this latest effort, you can't help but feel the strike won't be held in such high regard, rather as a pot shot from a player who often fails to complete the simplest of tasks.

With that in mind, GMF has decided to look at five other goals in Premier League history which have required little style on their way to goal.
 

Ray Parlour
Chelsea 0-2 Arsenal
May 4, 2002

In the midst of a magical period in Arsenal's history, one of the side's unrated players came up with a moment of brilliance to settle the 2002 FA Cup final.

With The Gunners looking to make amends for last year's defeat Liverpool, Parlour belted one in with 20 minutes left to set them on their way against a plucky Chelsea side.


Neil Mellor
Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal
November 28, 2004

Not a name that will role off the tongue when discussing greats at Anfield, but his telling contribution downed Arsenal eight years ago.

With the contest heading for a draw, Mellor thrashed in a memorable winner from range after the ball fortuitously fell his way.


Erik Edman
Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

April 16, 2005

A very low-key 12 month spell at White Hart Lane for Edman was illuminated by a brutal strike from range.

The Swedish full-back's struck with venom from near 40-yards Liverpool, an effort which flew past a motionless Pepe Reina.
 

Matthew Taylor
Sunderland 1-4 Portsmouth
October 29, 2005

Taylor has a habit of unleashing strikes from range, and as Pompey's survival chances began to gather momentum, his double sparked victory at the Stadium of Light.

Struck from 45 yards over Kelvin Davis, Taylor's strike was opportunistic and instinctive as he embarrassed the Sunderland stopper.


Maynor Figueroa
Stoke City 2-2 Wigan Athletic
December 12, 2009

One of a number of superb strikes that particular season, from the most unlikely of sources.

The full back put the Latics ahead for a second time at the Britannia Stadium, with an ambitious effort from inside his own half from a quickly taken free-kick.
 

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