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Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) 22 Townsend has been fouled 40 times 9.

” For every awe-inspiring dribble you see on a football pitch, there is (inevitably) at least one member of the opposition looking to ‘disrupt’ their flow. When Diego Maradona shimmied his way through the England defence on that fateful, scorching hot day at Mexico ’86, you can bet your life Peter Reid wishes he had scythed the magician down.

22 Hazard knows what it is like to receive special attention in the Premier League For every showstopping artiste that captures the imagination of the crowd, there is an unscrupulous enforcer looking to stop them – this has been the pattern in football since records began. Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left incensed as a frustrated Wilfried Zaha saw red for two petulant yellow cards at Southampton on Wednesday night.

The former England boss said of his talisman: “It’s disappointing that a player who perhaps provided the most entertainment throughout the game was consistently fouled. Continue reading