Premier League Week 29 Standout Stats: Wayne Rooney in a Class of His Own

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 9, 2014

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates with Juan mata, right, and Patrice Evra after scoring against West Brom during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, England, Saturday, March 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Despite a diminished schedule because of the FA Cup quarterfinals, Week 29 of the English Premier League produced drama and the usual intriguing post-match talking points. 

While most people will focus on the thrashing by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over Spurs, the biggest statistical headline came from The Hawthorns.

In Manchester United's 3-0 win over West Brom in the early kickoff, Wayne Rooney put himself into a class of his own.

Continue reading below for Rooney's magnificent mark and a few other standout stats from Saturday's play.


Wayne in His Own World

Rooney scored in the 65th minute of the three-goal victory by the Red Devils and assisted on Danny Welbeck's 82nd-minute goal. 

With the assist, Rooney became the first player in Premier League history to record over 10 goals and 10 assists in five separate seasons: 

The United forward currently has 11 goals and 10 assists in a troublesome campaign for David Moyes' men. 


Walters Becomes Lucky No. 13

Jonathan Walters had a very interesting five-minute span at Carrow Road in the second half of Stoke's 1-1 draw with Norwich.

Walters was sent off in the 78th minute, just five minutes after he scored from the spot to equalize the match. 

The Irishman became the 13th player in EPL history to record a penalty and a red card in the same match: 

Walters also put home the 750th goal of the 2013-14 season: 


Rodriguez's Road Delight

Southampton phenom Jay Rodriguez netted the only goal in his club's 1-0 road success at Selhurst Park with his 37th-minute strike. 

The English international became the fourth player to score eight goals on the road this season as he put himself in the company of Rooney, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge: 


Eto'o Can Only Score at the Bridge

Samuel Eto'o scored the first of Chelsea's four goals in the romp over Tottenham in West London in the final match of the day. 

Eto'o's goal marked the seventh time he scored in league play this season. All of his goals have come at Stamford Bridge: 


Spurs Misery at Chelsea Continue

Turn your eyes away now, Tottenham fansit's about to get ugly. 

The loss to Chelsea extended the hosts' unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge against Spurs to 27 games: 

Tottenham also became the first EPL club to concede 1,100 goals during the match: 

To add one more stat to the misery of Spurs fans, Younes Kaboul had a terrible day as he completed just nine of his 18 passes before he was sent off in the 59th minute: 


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