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Championship: Ben Wilson's heroics keep Coventry in play-off hunt

Coventry's Ben Wilson added his name to the list of goalscoring goalkeepers on Wednesday night after netting deep into stoppage-time to secure a 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

Sam Gallagher's brilliant diving header in the first half looked like it would be enough to give Rovers a victory that would have seen them climb to fifth in the standings and open up a three-point gap to seventh.

However, shot-stopper Wilson had other ideas and he managed to bundle Gustavo Hamer's corner over the line in the sixth minute of time added on, sparking wild scenes in the away end at Ewood Park.

Battle for the Premier League intensifies

In terms of the play-off picture after that draw, Blackburn sit in sixth position on 64 points, one point behind Millwall in fifth and one point ahead of both West Brom in seventh and Coventry in eighth.

Sunderland (ninth), Norwich (10th) and Preston (11th) all have 62 points, while Watford (12th) and Swansea (13th) are both on 59 and look hard pressed to finish in the top six.

PositionTeamGames PlayedPointsOdds - To Finish in Top 6 
7thWest Brom426311/10

Next up for Blackburn is a trip to Preston on Saturday at 17:30 and the visitors are 7/4 to win, while the draw is 9/4 and the home victory is available at 13/8.

Earlier that day at 15:00, Norwich host Swansea, Coventry take on Reading and Millwall travel to Wigan before Sunday's sole Championship encounter will see Sunderland make the trip to the Hawthorns to face West Brom.

It is shaping up to be an intense battle for the remaining play-off spots and this weekend's fixtures could turn out to be make-or-break for a couple of the teams currently in the hunt.

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Wilson joins surprisingly long list

While it is not often a goalkeeper finds the back of the net, it has perhaps happened more often than you think and, in Wilson's case, he has become the latest in a long line of keepers to score.

The 30-year-old joins a list that includes the likes of Peter Shilton, Paul Robinson and Jimmy Glass, who famously scored a last-minute goal when playing for Carlisle United on loan from Swindon in 1999 to keep the Cumbrians in the Football League.

That memorable moment was ranked seventh in The Times newspaper's list of the 50 most important goals in football history, while the boots he wore that day were donated to the National Football Museum in 2014.

Wilson does have some way to go if he wants to match the record for most goals scored by an English keeper, with Ernald Scattergood's tally of eight while playing for Derby County and Bradford Park Avenue from 1907-1925 leading the way.

Goalkeeper Tony Read does have 12 goals to his name, all coming during his time at Luton, but these came when he played as a striker for the Hatters, therefore he is left out.

Quick off the mark

The quickest goal scored by a keeper came in the clash between Stoke City and Southampton on 2nd November 2013. It was Potters' number one Asmir Begovic whose long clearance downfield bounced over the head of opposite number Artur Boruc after just 13 seconds.

Not only was this the fastest goal by a keeper, but the now-35-year-old also became the fifth shot-stopper to score in the Premier League at the time, while the distance of 97.5 yards gave him the official world record for the longest goal scored in football.

However, that longest record was broken in January 2021 when Newport County's Tom King scored from 105 yards out against Cheltenham Town, entering the Guinness World Records as a result.

Denmark's Peter Schmeichel was the first keeper to score a goal in the Premier League, his strike coming for Aston Villa against Everton back in October 2001.

Since then, there have been goals from Brad Friedel (February 2004 - BLACKBURN v Charlton), Paul Robinson (March 2007 - TOTTENHAM v Watford), Tim Howard (January 2012 - EVERTON v Bolton) and Begovic.

The most recent Premier League goal from a keeper came in May 2021 when Alisson popped up in injury-time to grab a 2-1 victory for Liverpool against West Brom.

Record-setter Ceni

Brazilian Rogerio Ceni holds the record for most goals scored by a keeper, with his incredible tally of 131 a massive 64 ahead of Paraguayan Jose Luis Chilavert in second.

Ceni also has the record number of free-kicks (61) and penalties (69), while he also managed to grab a brace five times in his career.

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