Poll: Which match topped the lot in the 2014-15 season?


As the Premier League season prepares to come to a conclusion, and the play-offs bring an end to a scintillating Football League campaign, it’s fair to say we’ve seen some crackers in the past 12 months.

But, as has been the case this week, we want your view on what has been the ultimate match-up in 2014-15.

So as our very own end of season awards get ever-nearer, we are asking you to vote on which of these five matches got your heart racing the most and deserves to be crowned match of the season.

Everton 3-6 Chelsea – August 30 2014

In the latter part of the campaign, many critics were accusing Chelsea of resorting to parking the bus.

But early in the season, that would have been an unfair criticism to say the least.

Two goals in the first three minutes saw Jose Mourinho’s men settled early on, before Kevin Mirallas struck back before half-time.

What followed in the second half would have no doubt pleased the neutrals, with six goals served up as the visitors ran out comprehensive winners.

Leicester 5-3 Manchester United – September 21 2014

This result is probably up there with the upset of the season, as Nigel Pearson’s Foxes ran rampant against a defensively-lacking Manchester United side.

Recent England call-up Jamie Vardy was on hand to ensure Premier League fans remembered his name with a goal and two assists.

On the flip-side United youngster Tyler Blackett will probably want people to erase his performance from their memory.

The defender’s floundering display saw his side throw away a 2-0 lead, with him giving away the second penalty and subsequently seeing red.

Bolton 3-4 Watford – February 14 2015

Back in February automatic promotion for Watford looked a big ask, as they clung the final Championship play-off position.

Coming into this match against Neil Lennon’s Bolton who were unbeaten in nine at home, a win was a big ask.

They went in at the break 2-1 down, before Odion Ighalo and Almen Abdi put the Hornets on track for an unlikely win.

But when Zach Clough equalised in the 85th minute a respectable point looked to be all they would achieve. That was until Troy Deeney popped up in the final minute of the 90.

Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea – May 1 2015

Only three sides inflicted league defeat on Chelsea this season, so it was perhaps surprising that one of those teams were Tottenham.

The Lilywhites hadn’t beaten the Blues in ten meetings, and when Diego Costa struck on the 18th minute, a similar story looked on the cards.

But a Spurs resurgence before half-time saw three goals give them a two goal advantage.

And with second-half strikes from Harry Kane and Nacer Chadli cancelling out any Chelsea response, a famous victory was secured.

Swindon 5-5 Sheffield United – May 11 2015

This fixture may have been a cracker for the neutrals, but Sheffield United fans probably won’t think of in the same way.

After a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of this League One play-off, the Blades knew that attack was the best form of defence at the County Ground.

Unfortunately for them, so did Swindon.

What followed was a goal-fest that saw the hosts go in 3-2 up at the break, and entering the final five minutes 5-3 up.

Even two late goals from Nigel Clough’s side weren’t enough to force extra-time as the Yorkshire side’s play-off hoodoo continued.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.