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Bale better, Walcott faster, Brown younger

ESPN staff
May 4, 2013
Gareth Bale added another major moment to a season full of them at White Hart Lane © PA Photos
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I am the one and only

If the criteria for deciding the Player of the Year involves how many games a player decides (which it almost certainly does), then Gareth Bale is certainly a worthy winner of any award going.

On Saturday, Bale notched from long range against his former club Southampton to give Spurs another vital win - the eighth time this season he has claimed the winning goal in the Premier League. No other player - not even Robin van Persie - can claim such a record of success.

Eight must be Bale's lucky number - Saturday's goal was also his eighth from outside the box this season. Forget the Premier League this time; no other player in Europe's top five leagues can match that.

Not only that, Bale's strike was his 20th of the league campaign - a milestone no Spurs player has reached since the much-loved Jurgen Klinsmann. The duo don't just share a love of diving, then...

Doing things the hard way

Wigan's victory over West Brom gave them renewed hope of evading the drop once again, but it was hardly a comfortable afternoon for manager Roberto Martinez.

For the 23rd time in 35 games, Wigan conceded the opening goal of the game - coming from behind once again at 2-1 to eventually win in the final ten minutes. Gifting almost every side they face a goal's advantage, and STILL staying up? Now that would be impressive.

They get younger every year

Lost, perhaps, in the drama of the match (and those elsewhere) at The Hawthorns West Brom gave a senior debut to Isaiah Brown who, at 16 years and 117 days, became the second youngest player ever to make a Premier League appearance.

It's probably best not to even think about it, but Briggs was born in 1997. As we said, probably not worth even thinking about.

For those wondering, Fulham's Matthew Briggs continues to hold the record for the Premier League's youngest ever player.

Faster and more furious

Theo Walcott has always been known as a fast player - and he confirmed it on Saturday, scoring the quickest goal of the Premier League season to give Arsenal the lead against QPR. Walcott needed just 21 seconds to get on the scoresheet - beating out Robin van Persie's previous mark by 12 seconds.

You wait nearly 10 hours to score a goal...

Before Bryan Ruiz's second half goal against Reading at Craven Cottage, the home side had gone a full 588 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal. Not that it did Martin Jol's side much good - Ruiz scored again a few minutes later, but they still fell to a 4-2 defeat.

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