Premier League Week 38 Standout Stats: Phil Dowd's 5-Card Trick
The Premier League season has drawn to a close, with Manchester City taking the title, and Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff being relegated.
It was arguably one of the best top-flight campaigns in recent memory, and whilst the final day didn't quite produce the drama that many were hoping for, it did at least give us some memorable stats.
Here are six of the best:
Liverpool Become 1st Team to Score over 100 Goals and Not Win Premier League
Daniel Agger's strike against Newcastle was Liverpool's 100th in the league this season, but by the time it went in the Reds knew that it was going to be impossible to catch Manchester City at the top of the table.
Brendan Rodgers' great entertainers ended with 101 strikes during their Premier League campaign, but it was the concession of 50 goals which proved so costly.
It was also the first time the Reds scored more than 100 goals in a league campaign since the 1895/96 season.
The first time ever in the Premier League history two teams reached 100 goals in same season. Man City - 102 Goals Liverpool - 101 Goals— Muhammad Nu'aim (@aim_twt) May 11, 2014
Liverpool scored more than 100 Goals for the first time since 1896 !! That's 118 years ago, amazing season! Rodgers is a genius! #LFC— TomLFCHeaven (@TomLFCHeaven) May 11, 2014
Manchester United Miss out on Europe for 1st Time in a Quarter of a Century
Tottenham's win at home over Aston Villa meant that Manchester United were doomed to end the season in seventh place, with their draw at Southampton not enough to take them above Spurs.
It means that United won't be playing European football next season for the first time in 25 years.
Man Utd have failed to qualify for a European competition for the first time in 25 years. pic.twitter.com/tZ4xE99Leh— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 11, 2014
Phil Dowd Has Now Sent off 5 Players in His Last 5 Games
The red cards issued to Newcastle's Shola Ameobi and Paul Dummett at Anfield took referee Phil Dowd's recent record to five sendings-off in his last five games, with Swansea's Chico Flores, Cardiff's Juan Cala and Tottenham's Younes Kaboul the other men he dismissed.
The official has become famed for his no-nonsense approach, but with Dummett's red card for a bizarre challenge on Luis Suarez looking particularly harsh, will the Premier League tell him to tone it down ahead of next season?
The straight red given to Paul Dummett was a rubbish decision by Phil Dowd.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 11, 2014
Hull and Everton End with Their Best-Ever Premier League Points Tallies
Everton beat Hull City 2-0 thanks to strikes from James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku in their final game of the season at the KC Stadium, but the match was really all about a mutual celebration for both.
With Hull finishing in 16th place on 37 points and Everton coming in an impressive fifth on 72, the pair both achieved their highest points tallies in Premier League history. Both will also have European football to look forward to next season.
Well done to Everton who got their highest points total since they won the title in 1987. Great job from the Martinez— Ben D'Arcy (@ben_darcy) May 11, 2014
Martin Skrtel Sets an Unwanted Record
The own goal which gave Newcastle the lead against Liverpool at Anfield was the fourth time that Martin Skrtel has put through his own net this season, which is a new Premier League record for a single campaign.
The Slovakian would prefer to focus on the seven times he found the net at the right end of Liverpool, but his goals for Hull, West Ham, Swansea and now Newcastle mean that he's picked up a piece of unwanted history.
Stoke Earn Their Highest Finish in 39 Years
Stoke's 2-1 win at West Brom secured 50 points and a ninth-placed finish, their highest placing since the 1974/75 campaign in Mark Hughes' first season in charge.
A Gareth McAuley own goal and Charlie Adam's strike secured the victory and the club's highest finish since they came in fifth in the league 39 years ago.
The Potters finish the season in record breaking form with 50 points and in 9th position #GoOnStoke— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 11, 2014