Each Premier League Team's Worst Loss of the Season
One thing that makes the Premier League special is that at any moment, one team can suffer a shock loss.
The loss may mean more to some team than others in terms of Premier League survival, title challenges or their pride.
Manchester United, for instance, is on the way to the title and will give little thought to their three losses.
Still, the Red Devils dropped points on three occasions, and on one of those occasions played below their standard.
Whether the teams under-performed or were simply humiliated, as was the case with Aston Villa, these losses have stuck out more than the others.
Here are the worst losses for each Premier League team so far this season.
*Unless otherwise stated all match results and statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet.
Result: 4-1 Away Loss to Arsenal
This loss put Reading at the bottom of the table and it's clear why.
Reading's newly appointed manager, Nigel Adkins, was unable to instill any sense of urgency in a side sure to be relegated before the season ends.
Time after time Reading gave the ball away to the hosts and were unable to recover from those mistakes in the defensive third.
A late consolation goal provided little comfort as Reading were completely dominated that day.
Queens Park Rangers
Result: 5-0 Home Loss to Swansea City
In a way, this loss set the tone for what has been an extremely disappointing season for Queens Park Rangers.
Since this game, the Hoops have been stuck in the relegation zone and are currently top candidates to go down.
The goals flooded in during QPR's first game of the season, and not in a good way.
The home side included plenty of new additions but the new faces were unable to have any sort of positive influence on the match.
Result: 8-0 Away Loss to Chelsea
The Villains were on the wrong end of the biggest Premier League loss of the season thus far when they visited Chelsea.
No other loss could trump this humiliating game for Aston Villa. Villa had no answer whatsoever for Chelsea's attacks, and did little to stop them on the defensive end.
The scoring started in the third minute and continued until extra-time, with a missed penalty saving the losing side further embarrassment.
Result: 4-0 Away Loss to Manchester United
Wigan may have been hoping to gain a point from this game which came right after the first international break of the season.
After surviving the first half, which included a missed penalty, the Latics were unable to stop the United attack in the second half.
United ran out comfortable victors in the end and gave Wigan their second loss of the season.
Result: 3-0 Away Loss to Manchester City
Sunderland's first loss of the season was their worst loss of the season.
The Black Cats succumbed to an early goal against the Citizens and did little to suggest that the result would be anything other than a City win.
Their were poor performances all around for Sunderland in this game, and it was the start of a run of six games without a win.
Result: 4-0 Away Loss to Manchester City
Newcastle find themselves in a precarious position after losing a second game in succession.
The Magpies were out of the game from the start and didn't provide the type of performance one would expect from a team trying to ensure Premier League survival.
There was little energy in their play, and they rarely troubled Manchester City.
Considering their current situation, a loss like this is certainly the worst that Newcastle endured all season.
Result: 5-0 Away Loss to Fulham
It was back in their first game of the season that Norwich City suffered their worst loss of the season.
New manager, Chris Hughton, had to watch on as his side was completely dominated by the opposition.
Norwich didn't have an answer for a rampant Fulham side and were overwhelmed in all aspects of the game.
It wasn't a great start for the Canaries but things have gotten better throughout the season.
Result: 4-0 Home Loss against Chelsea
Given their miserly play in defense this season, the 4-0 loss to Chelsea has to go down as the club's worst.
The loss to the Blues is just one of two home losses for the Potters, and the home side made this one easy.
Two goals and a penalty helped seal the fate of Stoke in this game, as they were unable to unnerve their opponents like they usually do.
Result: 6-1 Away Loss to Arsenal
After two tough losses against both Manchester sides one would expected Southampton to put up another good fight against Arsenal.
Instead, the Saints wilted away against the Gunners and gave them two own-goals in the process.
It looked as if Southampton was headed for relegation on this performance.
West Ham United
Result: 5-1 Away Loss to Arsenal
West Ham absolutely fell apart in this game.
The Hammers took the lead after about 19 minutes but that was the only positive moment for the club on that day.
The away side still had one or two chances, thanks to the opponents' always shaky defense, but it was their inefficiency at the back that gave the game to the Gunners.
Result: 4-0 Away Loss to Liverpool
Fulham is another team who were unfortunate to see one of Liverpool's best days this season.
The Cottagers rarely troubled the home side during the game and the scoreline, as well as the statistics, show that.
Considering they seem destined for a top 10 finish, the loss wasn't extremely detrimental to Fulham's fortunes. The overall result itself was a humbling one.
Result: 5-0 Away Loss to Liverpool
Swansea were completely outplayed as they had a first-row view of one of Liverpool's best performances of the season.
There were a few fringe players in the Swansea squad that day, but it was still a shocking loss for a side that's been impressive since entering the League.
The fact that this result was shocking is a big reason why it's the Welsh side's worst loss of the season.
The Red's 35 shots to Swansea's three, and 10 corner kicks to Swansea's one, tell the whole story.
West Bromwich Albion
Result: 3-1 Away Loss to West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion suffered their 13th loss of the season against West Ham.
Despite dominating possession, the Baggies were unable to make a breakthrough until a late consolation goal.
There were certainly periods of good play for the Baggies, but with Andy Carroll in good form the hosts pulled away.
A late red-card from Yousuff Mulumbu added to the poor day for the away side.
Result: 2-0 Home Loss to West Bromwich Albion
Anfield hasn't really been a fortress for Liverpool this season, and the loss to West Bromwich Albion is a good example of that.
The Reds had the better of possession, as expected, but failed to really trouble their opponents.
Steven Gerrard had the chance to rescue three points from the penalty spot but failed, and West Bromwich grabbed the lead soon after.
The first goal was easy for the Baggies, as Gareth McAuley had a free header from a corner.
The second was a result of the Reds pressing forward, but it added salt to the wounds. There were certainly better days for Liverpool throughout the season.
Result: 2-1 Away Loss to Reading
Everton completely dominated their opponent on the day but were unable to make the most of that domination.
The Toffees took the lead inside 15 minutes and one would have thought the game was in their hands from that moment.
That wasn't the case, as Reading came storming back to win the game.
The three dropped points is what matters most for an Everton side looking to enter the Champions League.
Result: 2-0 Home Loss to Swansea
The Gunners certainly had their share of tough losses this season, but their loss to Swansea stands out.
The away side played better football than their more illustrious opponents, and through one certain player, they showcased the clinical finishing needed to win the match.
Arsenal were poor in the first half and though they were better in the second, Swansea looked the more threatening team throughout.
Result: 2-1 Away loss to Southampton
Heading into the most important part of the season, Chelsea could have done without a loss like this one.
Chelsea were unable to get the better of a side who they dealt with so comfortably in the FA Cup in January.
The Blues wasted chances and were ineffective with the few they did create. It wasn't a good way for the Blues to return after the international break.
Result: 2-1 Away loss against Everton
It was a toss-up between three of the eight losses Tottenham have endured so far this season.
The early-season loss against Wigan was just that, an early season loss which the Spurs have eventually recovered from.
The recent loss to Fulham wasn't good when you consider the race for a Champions League position, but the squad can be forgiven after playing a tough match in Italy during the week.
There's not much excuse for the loss against Everton though.
After fighting hard to gain a lead with less than 15 minutes remaining, at Goodison Park no less, the Spurs threw away the game in extra-time.
That's a valuable three points lost against a side who is also in contention for a Champions League spot.
Result: 3-1 Away Loss to Southampton
Manchester City's title hopes were effectively ended with this result, and that's why it makes the list.
A similarly poor performance against Everton was also in the running, but some horrendous individual mistakes set this game apart.
Both Joe Hart and Gareth Barry were guilty of gifting Southampton goals, and the defending champions were unable to really threaten the opposition.
City pulled one back through Edin Dzeko but there was no real challenge for Southampton on the day.
A team defending it's title should not have put in such a poor performance against an opponent still not fully clear of the relegation zone.
Result: 1-0 Loss to Norwich City
It was hard to pick a "worst loss" for Manchester United, but the game against Norwich takes the cake.
Despite dominating the game with possession the United attack never really got going which and allowed Norwich City to grow into game.
United were outworked throughout the majority of the game and eventually Norwich got their reward.
The result means little considering United's current position, but back then it was enough to keep them in second place.
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