It’s said that a good attack can win you a game, but a good defence can win you a title.
Someone should really have told this lot…
The greatest teams are built on solid foundations, though we’re not sure any side on this list could quite be called that.
The Premier League has seen some truly dodgy defences, and we’ve decided to compile a list of the very worst. Here are the five leakiest defences of the Premier League era.
The five teams with the worst defensive records in Premier League history:
5. Wolves – 2011/12 – 82 goals
A miserable campaign for the Midlands club, who finished bottom of the Premier League having won just five league games all season.
They actually scored more goals than both Stoke City and Aston Villa who survived the drop, but a leaky backline which shipped 82 goals saw them relegated to the second tier.
Manager Mick McCarthy was sacked in February and replaced by Terry Connor, though neither manager had a solution to their defensive troubles.
4. Burnley – 2009/10 – 82 goals
Now an established top division side, the Burnley of a decade ago were a different outfit to the current team.
The Clarets arrived in the Premier League for the 2009/10 for the very first time, full of excitement for their first top-flight season in 33 years.
Their excitement didn’t last long…
A league-high 82 goals conceded saw the Lancashire side swiftly return to the second tier, finishing 18th in the division. Their 6-1 defeat to Manchester City the equal highest home loss of the season.
3. Fulham – 2013/14 – 85 goals
The 2013/14 season was the first time two sides (Manchester City & Liverpool) had scored a century of league goals.
In a high scoring season, it seemed Fulham also wanted in on the act.
Sadly, for the West London club, the vast amount of goals in their fixtures were at the wrong end as a poor defence cost them their Premier League status.
The Cottagers shipped 85 league goals, seeing them relegated after a 13-year stay in the top flight.
2. Derby County – 2007/08 – 89 goals
No team in Premier League history has perhaps been as out of their depth as Derby County in 2007/08.
A record-breaking season for all the wrong reasons, the Midlands side set a whole host of unwanted records, including the lowest ever points total with a paltry 11.
The Rams conceded 89 goals on route to their relegation, a record for a 38 game season, with the low point of a season featuring a 32-game winless run a 6-0 hammering at home to Aston Villa.
They have not been seen in the top flight since.
1. Swindon Town – 1993/94 – 100 goals
For younger readers, the thought of Swindon Town as a Premier League club may be too hard to grasp, but rewind back to 1993 and the Robins reached the promised land after 73 years of trying.
Their stay lasted just the one season, with Swindon finishing bottom of the then 22-team division having conceded a whopping 100 goals.
Yes, a century of goals conceded.
The lowlight was perhaps a 7-1 thrashing at Newcastle, with Peter Beardsley, Rob Lee and Steve Watson all scoring braces.
In fairness, their record comes from the now-defunct 42 game season, but that’s about as much credit as we’ll give them for a truly woeful record.