Having conceded costly late goals in our first three games of the season against Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich, a key feature of this term has been our ability to strike late, courtesy of our ‘never say die’ attitude/Bale’s tendency to get stronger as the game goes on. Here are eleven (updated weekly!):
1. Clint Dempsey, Manchester United at Home, 93rd minute.
A famous goal with the snow pouring down at White Hart Lane. It also led to Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s discovery of the meaning of ‘Fergie Time’.
2. Gareth Bale, Norwich Away, 79th minute.
On a ground Bale had stolen the show a year previous, the Welsh wonder evaded a couple of fouls to produce what he has called his best goal this season.
3. Gareth Bale, Lyon at Home, 93rd minute.
With the tie slipping away, Bale broke Lyon hearts on Valentine’s Day with his second sumptuous free kick of the game, occurring at the end of each half.
4. Mousa Dembele, Lyon Away, 90th minute.
In a match-up that had already provided some ‘worldies’, this wonderfully dramatic equaliser on the night saw Lyon rushing around in the last few seconds having spent the most of the 2nd leg time-wasting.
5. Gareth Bale, West Ham Away, 90th minute.
What to say? One that Erik Edman, given his effort at Anfield, would be proud of.
6. Gylfi Sigurðsson, Everton at Home, 87th minute.
In a frustrating game in which we failed to capitalise on an early lead and tried to cope with the absence of some big names, a vital point was snatched by an impressive Gylfi after Adebayor’s cute shot rebounded off the post.
7. Jermain Defoe, Manchester City at Home, 79th minute.
A terrific and traditional cut outside and blast from Jermain, he could not have struck it more beautifully. Not enough moments like that from him this year.
8. Gareth Bale, Manchester City at Home, 82nd minute.
Everyone was consigned to the fact Bale was struggling to recover from a sprained ankle when he popped up with a sensational assist and clinically devastating run and lob over Joe Hart to hurt the Champions.
9. Emmerson Boyce OG, Wigan Away, 89th minute.
Boyce headed in an equaliser for the Latics but luckily the balance in the world was restored as he put through his own net in the final moments. A frantic flurry of chances followed as we chased a winner.
10. Gareth Bale, Southampton at Home, 86th minute.
A dreadful performance masked by yet another moment of magic from a previously anonymous Bale. Forget dutiful celebrations.
11. Gylfi Sigurðsson, Chelski Away, 81st minute.
Another one from the classy Gylfi, and aided by an inspirational Adebayor, the ‘Ice-man’ was more interested in getting the game going again in search of a winner instead of celebrating an important goal.