Early Doors

Was Dzeko’s howler the Premier League miss of the season?

Edin Dzeko was responsible for a comically bad miss during Manchester City’s narrow victory over Stoke City – but was it really the worst of the season?

Dzeko, who has struggled to hold down a first-team place this season, was handed a gilt-edged opportunity after a fantastic low ball from Jesus Navas.

The Bosnia striker was just a few inches away from the open goal, with Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic stranded at the near post. But he somehow contrived to strike the ball against his standing leg, sending it spinning away from goal for a defender to hook clear:

Fortunately for City, Yaya Toure had already scored, and they went on to win 1-0.

There have been a few similar boo-boos this season, most recently when Rickie Lambert hacked the ball over the bar from close range during Southampton’s FA Cup loss to Sunderland last weekend.

[LAMBERT SHOCKER WILL NOT IMPRESS HODGSON]

Dani Carvajal was also responsible for one in Real Madrid’s comfortable win over Elche this weekend, while Emile Heskey embarrassed himself in Australia.

[HESKEY'S HORROR MISS]

There was also this effort in Peru’s top flight in November. But nothing in the Premier League like Dzeko’s effort which, by our reckoning, is the English top flight’s boo-boo of the campaign so far.

Have your say below – and feel free to remind us of any other open play howlers in the 2013-14 season (penalties don’t count)…