That was the season that was

Verdict on the premiership campaign
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WORK HORSES

WORK HORSES

The 13 busiest outfield players
Nicolas Anelka (Man City, right) 38 games
Jonathan Greening (Middlesbrough) 38
Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa) 38
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 37 (+1 sub)
William Gallas (Chelsea) 36 (2)
Trevor Sinclair (West Ham) 36 (2)
Jeff Kenna (Birmingham) 36 (1)
Joe Cole (West Ham) 36
Youri Djorkaeff (Bolton) 36
Sean Gregan (West Bromwich) 36
Sami Hyypia (Liverpool) 36
Danny Murphy (Liverpool) 36
Gareth Southgate (Middlesbrough) 36

GOAL SHY

The 10 worst strikers

Games Goals

Luis Boa Morte (Fulham) 25 2
Alan Smith (Leeds) 33 2
Jason Roberts (West Brom) 31 3
El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool) 20 3
Steve Marlet (Fulham) 28 4
Kevin Lisbie (Charlton) 24 4
Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal) 23 4
Tore Andre Flo (Sunderland) 23 4
Brett Ormerod (Southampton) 22 5
Kevin Phillips (Sunderland) 32 6

GOAL FEASTS

The 10 highest scoring games

Newcastle 2 Manchester Utd 6
Manchester Utd 5 Newcastle 3
Arsenal 6 Southampton 1
Charlton 1 Leeds 6
Middlesbrough 2 Aston Villa 5
Blackburn 5 Newcastle 2
Arsenal 5 West Bromwich 2
West Ham 3 Leeds 4
Tottenham 4 Everton 3
Bolton 4 Newcastle 3

BAD BOYS

The 10 most cautioned players
Ivan Campo (Bolton) 13
G Barry (Aston Villa) 11
A Cissé (Birmingham) 11
T Gravesen (Everton) 11
T Repka (West Ham) 11
A Smith (Leeds) 11
E Bakke (Leeds) 10
J Cole (West Ham) 10
S Gregan (West Bromwich) 10
G McCann (Sunderland) 10

YELLOW PERIL

The 10 most card-crazy referees

Yellows Reds Cards per game

M Dean 89 5 4.47
R Styles 79 6 3.86
S Bennett 77 2 3.95
N Barry 72 3 3.57
M Riley 68 4 4.00
D Gallacher 67 5 4.00
A D'Urso 67 5 3.27
A Wiley 66 4 3.04
S Dunn 57 1 3.05
G Barber 50 6 2.94

BENCH DUTY

The 10 most used substitutes
D Forlan (Manchester Utd) 30 apps
S Ameobi (Newcastle) 27
S Dobie (West Bromwich) 24
K Touré (Arsenal) 24
K Gillespie (Blackburn) 22
J Johansson (Charlton) 21
J Milner (Leeds) 21
M Baros (Liverpool) 20
E Gudjohnsen (Chelsea) 20
K Nolan (Blackburn) 20
W Rooney (Everton) 20

BEST BUYS

10 who gave value for money

Apps Wins % won

R Ferdinand (Man Utd, £30m) 46 3 67.4
T Bramble (Newcastle, £5m) 24 14 58.3
Gilberto Silva (Arsenal, £4.5m) 29 13 58
S Diou (Liverpool, £5m) 40 20 50
M Upson (Birmingham, £1m) 14 7 50
J Woodgate (Newcastle, £9m) 10 5 50
P Cygan (Arsenal, £2.1m) 31 15 48.4
B Cheyrou (Liverpool, £3.7m) 30 14 46.7
J Clapham (Birmnghm, £1.3m) 16 7 43.8
R Wright (Everton, £3.5m) 37 16 43.2

WHAT A WASTE

10 who didn't

Apps Wins % won

S Wright (Sunderland, £3m) 29 3 10.3
T A Flo (Sunderland, £6.75m) 32 4 12.5
S Gregan (WBA, £1.5m) 38 7 18.4
J Koumas (WBA, £2.25m) 35 7 20
M Stewart (Sunderlnd, £3.25m) 24 5 20.1
M Piper (Sunderland, £3.5m) 14 3 21.4
L Hughes (WBA, £2.5m) 23 5 21.7
D Prutton (Southamptn, £2.5m) 12 3 25
D Thompson (Blackbrn, £1.5m) 34 9 26.5
A Cissé (Birmingham, £1.5m) 21 6 28.6

CLICKING TURNSTILES

The 10 most improved average attendances

Birmingham 28,831 +31.9%
West Bromwich 26,776 +29.4%
Everton 38,481 +13.2%
West Ham 34,432 +9.8%
Middlesbrough 31,025 +9.1%
Charlton 26,256 +8.8%
Manchester City 34,565 +4.6%
Tottenham 35,897 +2.9%
Chelsea 39,784 +1.9%
Newcastle 51,923 +1.1%

FUTURE'S BRIGHT

10 of the Premiership's most promising young talents

Joey Barton (Man City, midfield) aged 20
Titus Bramble (Newcastle, defender) 21
Darren Carter (Birmingham, midfield) 19
Carlton Cole (Chelsea, striker) 19
Jermaine Jenas (Newcastle, midfield) 20
James McEveley (Blackburn, defence) 18
James Milner (Leeds, midfield) 17
John O'Shea (Man Utd, defender) 22
Wayne Rooney (Everton, striker) 17
Hugo Viana (Newcastle, midfield) 20

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