We’ve looked at who wins the most points from losing positions, so it stands to reason we’d follow that up by having a gander at who spaffs points away from winning ones. The answer is mainly Leicester, who have managed to lose a genuinely absurd six games after going in front. Oh, dear…
That other scrambly ranking list is here…
20) Leicester – 24pts dropped
17 leads, 8 wins, 3 draws, 6 defeats
Christ that’s mad. Nobody else has lost more than four games having taken the lead, and Leicester have racked up six. Over half of the games in which they go ahead end in a draw or defeat. No wonder Brendan Rodgers lost his job after the clusterf*** v Crystal Palace. Dean Smith’s men repeated the trick v Everton to go top/bottom of this ranking again.
19) Nottingham Forest – 23pts
16 leads, 7 wins, 4 draws, 5 defeats
Back-to-back 3-2 home defeats to your fellow promoted clubs after taking the lead must be considered an unorthodox and in-all-likelihood unsuccessful approach to trying to remain in the Premier League but to be fair to Forest six months passed after those two September misfortunes before they would next lose a game in which they led, this time going down to Newcastle as Alexander Isak scored an equaliser in first-half stoppage time and a winner in second-half stoppage time. It was also Newcastle’s first win from behind all season, mainly because they very rarely go behind. Throwing away two points at home to Wolves can be filed under ‘very careless’ but throwing away six points at Leeds and Brentford is a disaster.
18) Leeds – 20pts
15 leads, 7 wins, 4 draws, 4 defeats
Leeds arguably deserve greater punishment here because one of those three defeats was the one at Spurs where Leeds led three times. We haven’t checked, obviously, but are confident this represents some kind of record. Losing a game in which you lead 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 can’t happen that often, can it? And although getting a draw at Manchester United is to be applauded, getting a draw when 2-0 up is absolutely not. And also you can’t go around calling yourself Leeds when you drop points in half the games where you have leads. The mental 5-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace was too closely followed by the 1-1 draw with Leicester.
17) Wolves – 18pts
17 leads, 10 wins, 3 draws, 4 defeats
Managed to lose twice from winning positions during a five-match winless run in October and November, coming unstuck against both Palace and Brighton. Ended that streak by shrewdly not taking the lead at Everton until the 95th minute. Returned to their old nonsense in a 1-1 draw at Villa having taken a foolishly early 12th-minute lead, but did then at last manage to hold a lead for a period of time in beating West Ham. Have been in reasonable form since, with leads notably held against both Liverpool and Spurs, but were pegged back in a 1-1 draw at Fulham and then lost at Leicester, which was very careless indeed.
16) Everton – 17pts
13 leads, 6 wins, 4 draws, 3 defeats
Alex Iwobi made the classic error of scoring too early against Manchester United, who duly hit back to beat Frank Lampard’s Everton 2-1, while Brentford and Leeds pegged the Toffees back in the space of four days in August. The pressure beginning to mount on Frank Lampard certainly wasn’t reduced by conceding a last-gasp winner to Wolves on return to action in a game they had led in the early stages. They have wisely decided to abandon the tactic and appoint Sean Dyche, who absolutely knows how to keep a lead. Or at least he did before his team twice threw one away v Forest. And then against Leicester.
15) West Ham – 17pts
15 leads, 9 wins, 1 draw, 5 defeats
Entitled to feel mighty aggrieved about the nature of the first blot on their record at Chelsea. And they certainly did feel mighty aggrieved. Also lost having led 1-0 against Palace, who somewhat quirkily have trailed in four of the six games they’ve won this season, and then started the second half of the season by foolishly, recklessly going 1-0 up at the Emirates. An absurd error duly punished. They then went ahead against Liverpool, which was very silly indeed. As was scoring first against Crystal Palace.
14) Bournemouth – 17pts
18 leads, 11 wins, 4 draws, 3 defeats
Only very slightly less ridiculous than Leicester because, again, that’s a mid-table number of leads but a relegation-baiting number of screw-ups. To make matters worse, those three defeats all came from two goals up. And two of those clusterf***s came in successive games against Spurs and Leeds. They shrewdly abandoned the “going two goals up” policy for a while, but then tried it again against Arsenal. Honestly, the hubris of it. If you couldn’t hold a two-goal lead against Leeds or Spurs, what on earth made you think it was a good idea against Mikel Arteta’s mentality monsters? Silly. Still, credit where it’s due for lessons learned: they took great care not to get a second goal against Liverpool and duly trousered all three points.
13) Southampton – 16pts
12 leads, 6 wins, 2 draws, 4 defeats
Traditional powerhouses in this particular field, but have sought to address the issue by very rarely taking the lead. This must be considered no more than a middling start for the south coast’s irredeemable point-spaffers and yet it nonetheless proved sufficient to cost Ralph Hasenhuttl his job. Made a glorious start to the season by managing to lose 4-1 at Spurs after going in front, and the speed with which a 1-0 lead became a 2-1 defeat to Everton was pretty spectacular even by the Saints’ lofty standards. Losing 2-1 at home to Wolves – a team who famously almost never score goals – having led with 70 minutes on the clock is really very bad indeed. A draw at Arsenal sounds like a good result until you remember they were leading 3-1 with two minutes left on the clock. Subs also cost them when leading then losing 3-1 to Newcastle.
12) Chelsea – 16pts
17 leads, 10 wins, 5 draws, 2 defeats
They were a joke of a football club already. And then they appointed Frank Lampard, who was seemingly powerless as Brighton inevitably came back from a goal down to win.
11) Brentford – 15pts
19 leads, 12 wins, 6 draws, 1 defeat
Brentford suffered their first loss from a winning position this season at home to Newcastle. They ought to have made the Magpies pay for a poor first-half showing, but they did not.
10) Tottenham – 15pts
22 leads, 16 wins, 3 draws, 3 defeats
Spurs winning a bunch of points from losing positions and losing them from winning positions feels very on brand. We’ve mentioned it before, but whenever people start chatting ‘interesting stats’ we like to wheel out our favourite Premier League stat: that in the history of Our League, Spurs have both won most points from losing positions and lost most points from winning positions. People generally like it. Has a nice Spursy ring to it. Thing is, we’ve got absolutely no idea if it’s true. But it feels right, doesn’t it? It definitely feels right. We have no interest in checking because we don’t want to find out we’re wrong.
9) Brighton – 14pts
21 leads, 15 wins, 4 draws, 2 defeats
Their first defeat from ahead was also Villa’s first win from behind. The danger of scoring in the first minute, I guess. Silly Alexis Mac Allister. Daft World Cup winner. They then contrived to throw away a lead at Nottingham Forest, which was really very careless indeed.
8) Crystal Palace – 12pts
15 leads, 10 wins, 3 draws, 2 defeats
The moral of this story is not to switch off Crystal Palace games after the first goal assuming that all is now known. they have won the most points from losing positions, but Palace have been profligate when getting their noses in front. Allowing Brentford to equalise after 96 minutes a particular low point.
7) Fulham – 11pts
17 leads, 13 wins, 1 draw, 3 defeats
Losing a half-time lead to Bournemouth is really very poor but the overall record for a promoted side is pretty damned impressive.
6) Manchester City – 11pts
30 leads, 25 wins, 4 draws, 1 defeat
Only getting a point at Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa seems an unduly negligent piece of Manchester City behaviour, and it’s easy to forget that the comeback from 3-1 down at Newcastle actually came in a game they’d led 1-0 early doors. A draw at home against a piss-poor Everton side was bad and defeat to Manchester United after going ahead potentially violently costly. The draw at Forest was irredeemably careless.
5) Aston Villa – 10pts
20 leads, 16 wins, 1 draw, 3 defeats
Villa led 1-0 and 2-1 in two February home games and went on to lose both of them 4-2, which must be pretty rare. And also bad. The Leicester one was awful, the Arsenal one potentially seismic. But since then they have been pretty bloody good and kept their leads with ease.
4) Arsenal – 8pts
28 leads, 24 wins, 4 draws, 0 defeats
The only Premier League club not to lose from a winning position but that is small comfort when you throw away two-goals leads v Liverpool and West Ham.
3) Newcastle – 7pts
21 leads, 18 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat
Failing to hold a 3-1 lead against Manchester City is irritating, but Newcastle are not the first and won’t be the last to suffer that particular annoyance. Pretty unlucky to get turned over by Liverpool at Anfield as well. But throwing away two points at home to West Ham was very poor. Back-to-back wins against Wolves and Forest were very needed and notable: the Wolves one was the first in almost two years where Newcastle managed to find a winner having conceded an equaliser, while the 2-1 win at Forest was Newcastle’s first from a losing position this season.
2) Manchester United – 7pts
22 leads, 19 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat
Took a maximum 36 points from the first 12 games in which they led this season, but they were struck down by LATE DRAMA in two games, first thanks to Michael Olise’s late, late equaliser for Palace and perhaps more significantly for everyone (apart from Palace) Eddie Nketiah’s late winner at the Emirates. Held on against Palace, Leeds and Leicester at Old Trafford to restore order and say what you like about 7-0 defeats at Anfield but at least they don’t involve losing points from a winning position. A 2-2 draw with Spurs after leading 2-0 at half-time did.
1) Liverpool – 5pts
19 leads, 17 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat
Really silly to take the lead against Manchester City in hindsight. Tempting for a moment to pretend they were still in the same class but let’s consider that a harsh lesson learned. In general, taking the lead more would be advisable. Silly Richarlison forgot that Liverpool do not drop points when leading.
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