Cathcart goal shows strength of redemption

16 Jan 2019

Watford defender is the 46th player to score at both ends but how many scored at the right end first?

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In becoming the first player to score at both ends of the pitch in the same Premier League match since December 2017, Craig Cathcart confirmed the motivating power of redemption.

An unfortunate ricochet meant the Watford defender gave Crystal Palace the lead at Selhurst Park on Saturday but Cathcart levelled the scores by putting the ball in the same goal, but for the right team, before Watford completed the comeback with a 2-1 win.

As well as moving alongside Southampton's Wesley Hoedt at the top of the own goals rankings, with two, Cathcart is the first player since Ryan Shawcross, for Stoke City against Tottenham Hotspur, to score at both ends in a Premier League match, and the 46th overall.

Like the large majority of his predecessors, it was in seeking to cancel out an own goal that Cathcart scored for the second time that day.

Of the 46 double-scorers, almost two thirds, or 29, put the ball in the back of their own net first before redeeming themselves.

The players to have scored at both ends include illustrious names such as John Barnes, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Gareth Bale and John Terry.

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