The 2023/24 Premier League season has offered fans drama all the way through to the final whistle like no season before. Late winners, incredible turnarounds and never-say-die attitudes have delivered entertainment throughout the final minutes for supporters.
The numbers show why fans more than ever should never leave their seats, or their sofas, before the referees call time.
Not only has this season produced the latest winning strike in Premier League history, when Dejan Kulusevski completed an incredible turnaround for Tottenham Hotspur against Sheffield United, but four of the 11 latest winning goals have been struck in this campaign.
Latest winning goals
|16 Sep 2023||Dejan Kulusevski||Spurs 2-1 Sheff Utd||99:53|
|26 Sep 2020||Bruno Fernandes||Brighton 2-3 Man Utd||99:45|
|4 Nov 2023||Oliver Norwood||Sheff Utd 2-1 Wolves||99:17|
|17 Mar 2022||Alex Iwobi||Everton 1-0 Newcastle||98:20|
|4 May 2023||Alexis Mac Allister||Brighton 1-0 Man Utd||98:17|
|16 Sep 2023||Douglas Luiz||Villa 3-1 Palace||97:33|
|12 Nov 2022||Ivan Toney||Man City 1-2 Brentford||97:17|
|22 Jan 2017||Alexis Sanchez||Arsenal 2-1 Burnley||97:14|
|31 Aug 2022||Fabio Carvalho||Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle||97:10|
|04 Mar 2023||Reiss Nelson||Arsenal 3-2 Bournemouth||96:59|
|11 Nov 2023||Mario Lemina||Wolves 2-1 Spurs||96:37|
Amazingly, Wolves were 1-0 down after 90 minutes against Spurs. But their incredible late turnaround was by no means unique this season.
In fact, of the eight occasions in Premier League history where a team have gone into the 90th minute in a losing position and fought back to win, THREE have come this season.
Undoubtedly, the most famous instance was Manchester City's 3-2 success over Queens Park Rangers that secured a first Premier League title for City on the final day of the 2011/12 season, with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scoring in added time.
Latest comeback wins
|Date||Match||Time when losing|
|16 Sep 2023||Spurs 2-1 Sheff Utd||97:33|
|19 Jan 2022||Leicester 2-3 Spurs||94:52|
|7 Oct 2023||Man Utd 2-1 Brentford||92:47|
|13 May 2012||Man City 3-2 QPR||91:15|
|26 Nov 2016||Swansea 5-4 Palace||90:04|
|11 Nov 2023||Wolves 2-1 Spurs||90:03|
|9 Dec 2012||Everton 2-1 Spurs||89:54|
|30 Apr 2016||Watford 3-2 Villa||89:53|
Compared with the past five seasons, the stats confirm that 2023/24 is delivering late drama in greater quantity than in recent times.
More than 10 per cent of all the 370 goals scored in the Premier League this campaign have come in stoppage time. The highest share for such late goals in the previous five seasons has been 7.9 per cent, more than two percentage points lower.
Of the 38 stoppage-time goals this season, seven have been equalisers and nine have been winners.
Percentage of goals scored 90+ mins
|Season||Goals scored||% of total goals|
Of course, there has been more time added to matches by officials to tackle time-wasting.
But while the added time per match has risen from an average of seven minutes and 20 seconds over the past five seasons to an average of 11 minutes and 42 seconds this campaign, the rate of increase in time added on is still inferior to the rise in the number of goals scored in stoppage time in 2023/24.
If the opening 12 Matchweeks are anything to go by, expect more drama than ever before during stoppage time over the remainder of the season.