Monday 09 September 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Everything appeared to be going swimmingly for West Ham United in this Wednesday evening fixture. The new forward pairing of John Hartson and Ian Wright, signed from Arsenal, whom he had helped to win the Double, had combined to put three goals past Wimbledon at the Boleyn Ground with just over a quarter of the match gone. Wright, on his home debut, had struck twice for Harry Redknapp’s team.
Even when Marcus Gayle headed in Alan Kimble’s cross on the half-hour, there appeared little cause for concern. That changed after half-time when Jason Euell pounced on Javier Margas’s defensive error with 26 minutes remaining. Gayle struck again 13 minutes later to level the scores and, as both sides pushed forward, Efan Ekoku struck the winner for Joe Kinnear’s team with nine minutes remaining.
At the time, this was the biggest comeback to a victory in the Barclays Premier League, which was matched in November by Leeds United’s 4-3 win over Derby County, before Manchester United also came from 3-0 down to score five past Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in September 2001.
The only time a bigger deficit has been eroded was when Newcastle United came from 4-0 down at home to Arsenal to draw 4-4 in February 2011.