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This week Martin Tylers stats and facts column looks at those teams who have enjoyed the best second half to a Premier League season, which side has had the most efforts on goal without finding the back of the net, and a whole lot more... Send your questions to MartinTweet @SkyFootball using the hashtag #TylersTeasers Martin’s Starting StatsI was at Wembley on Sunday for the fifth League Cup meeting between Chelsea and Tottenham. They have now met in two finals, two semi-finals and one quarter final. Chelsea now lead by three successes to two.Tottenham had won the two previous League Cup encounters; the final in 2008 and the semi-final in 2002. Chelsea’s last win was in a 1991 quarter-final.In the last 60 games between Spurs and Chelsea, Chelsea have won 34 and Tottenham have won just six.Chelsea continued their run of scoring first in all their League Cup games this season and they got only their second clean sheet – they came in the semi-final second leg and the final. Good times to do them!Chelsea weren’t hit by the curse of scoring first. Six of the last nine teams to concede first, prior to Sunday, went on to lift the trophy. That included Spurs’ win in the 2008 final when they conceded first. Chelsea conceded first in both of Jose Mourinho’s previous victories in 2005 (3-2 v Liverpool) and 2007 (2-1 v Arsenal). This one went against that pattern.John Terry was Man of the Match and won the Alan Hardaker trophy 10 years after he last won it, equalling the record of Ben Foster who won it with two clubs – Manchester United and Birmingham. Terry made his 657th app and scored his 63rd goal, but only his second in the League Cup. He made his Chelsea debut in October 1998 in a League Cup win over Aston Villa. His only other League Cup goal came in October 2005 at home to Charlton in a 1-1 draw – but they lost the penalty-shoot-out.Second-half surges Liverpool are making a late surge for the Premier League top four with a fine run of form in 2015 Liverpools surge has given them a chance of the top four, but who has had the best ever second half to a Premier League season? (Mandy, the Wirral)MARTIN SAYS: In terms of both points and points per game, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal hold both those records after producing a blistering second half to their title-winning campaign of 2001/02.In that season, Wenger’s side picked up an impressive 51 points from the 19 matches they played in 2002 at a rate of 2.68 points per game.Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s first-ever Premier League title in charge of Chelsea in 2004/05 came on the back of a storming run of form that began with victory at Portsmouth on December 28, with the Blues going on to collect 49 points in their final 19 fixtures at 2.58 points per game.And that is the same points per game ratio as Manchester United managed under Sir Alex Ferguson in their 2008/09 title-winning campaign, while both Liverpool and United – on two other occasions – registered 2.53 PPG across the final 19 encounters of their 2013/14 and 1999/00 and 2002/03 seasons respectively.Liverpool have picked up 23 points from a possible 27 in the second half of the season so far – so if they win all of their 10 remaining fixtures they will break the record! One obstacle might be their home clash with Manchester United, which is live on Sky Sports on March 22. Join me for a 1.30pm kick-off!Points mean prizes Southampton have dropped only two points from a winning position so far this season - against Chelsea in Decemeber How many points have Southampton dropped from winning positions this season and what is the record?(Adam, Bury)MARTIN SAYS: Southampton have only dropped two points after taking the lead this season and that came against Chelsea at St Marys on December 28 when they took the lead and drew 1-1.The record for the fewest points dropped from winning positions in an entire campaign is two. However, Ronald Koeman’s men still have 10 more matches left to play this campaign, so will need to avoid dropping any more points after taking the lead to match it.Crystal Palace (1994/95), Aston Villa (1998/99), Chelsea (2004/05), Manchester City and Portsmouth (2007/08) all dropped only two points from winning positions throughout an entire season – which means they won all but one match in which they took the lead.And Sheffield Wednesday (1998/99), Charlton Athletic (2005/06), Liverpool (2006/07) and Manchester United (2008/10) allowed three points to slip from winning positions.Netting on the road Edin Dzekos goal at Anfield on Sunday was the 20th away game in a row that City have scored Manchester City have scored in each of their last 20 away league games, is this the record? (Mark, Leeds)MARTIN SAYS: It’s not quite the record, which is held by Arsenal, who scored in 27 successive away matches, which came to a halt when they lost 2-0 at Manchester United on December 7, 2002.The streak stretched back a year and a half from the penultimate league match of the 2000/01 season when they were held to a goalless draw by Newcastle.United also racked up an impressive run around the same time as they scored in 24 away league matches in a row between March 31, 2001 and September 14, 2002. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side scored in every away game during the 2001/02 season, but saw the run come to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Leeds.The last team to stop this current Manchester City team scoring away from home was Norwich City as they drew 0-0 at Carrow Road on February 8, 2014. When they’ve failed to score this season it has been in home games (they have failed to score in home matches against Arsenal and Stoke).Chelsea managed a 19-game streak that ended with a 1-0 defeat at United on November 6, 2005, while Liverpool racked up 18 in a row before losing 1-0 at Newcastle earlier this season.Manchester United and Chelsea have also secured 18-game runs.Drawing a blank Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam reacts after seeing one of his sides 17 shots fail to find the back of the net against Hull on Saturday Stoke battered Hull on Saturday – 17 shots to one – but only scored the one goal they needed to win. Which team has had the most amount of shots in a game WITHOUT scoring? (Cate, Greenwich)MARTIN SAYS: You might be surprised to hear that the 17 shots by Stoke is nowhere near the record.Opta have only been keeping data on this from the 2003/04 season onwards and the record in that period was achieved on January 29, 2014 when Chelsea had a remarkable 39 shots without scoring in their 0-0 draw with West Ham – prompting Jose Mourinho to accuse his opposition of playing “19th Century football”.Prior to that, Manchester United were leading the way as they managed 36 shots without finding the net in their goalless draw with Sunderland on April 14, 2006.Arsenal paid the price for not scoring with any of their 35 shots against West Ham on April 7, 2007 as they were beaten 1-0, while Tottenham drew 0-0 with Aston Villa on February 2, 2010 after failing to score with any of their 34 efforts.It also finished goalless between Chelsea and Newcastle on November 22, 2008 despite the Blues having 33 efforts on goal.Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea also drew blanks against Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City in 2006 and 2010 respectively after both having 32 shots.* These stats are only from the 2003/04 season onwardsTrying ones luck from distance Jordan Henderson became the first player to score from outside the box against City this season in Liverpools 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday I read that Manchester City conceded their first goals outside the box in the Premier League this season at Liverpool. Who has conceded the least from outside the box in a whole Premier League season? (David, Canterbury)MARTIN SAYS: No team has ever gone through an entire Premier League campaign without conceding a goal from outside the box, but five sides have let in just one.Tottenham Hotspur were the first to do it in 1993/94, followed by Newcastle United in 1995/96 and then Arsenal the following season.Manchester United managed it on their way to winning the title in 2007/08 and Chelsea achieved the feat the next year as they finished third.A number of teams have also conceded just two goals from outside the box in a Premier League season, with Manchester City, Arsenal and West Ham all on course to do it this year.Derby County and United both pulled it off it in 1997/98 and Chelsea and Liverpool also did it in 2009/10 – one of four Premier League seasons that Liverpool have conceded just two goals from outside the area.Least number of goals conceded from outside the box in a Premier League season:One – Tottenham Hotspur (1993/94), Newcastle (1995/96), Arsenal (1996/97), Manchester United (2007/08), Chelsea (2008/09).Two – Liverpool (1994/95, 2001/02, 2009/10, 2011/12), Manchester United (1995/96, 1997/98), Derby County (1997/98), Leeds United (1998/99), Chelsea (2007/08, 2009/10, 2013/14), Manchester City (2010/11), Tottenham Hotspur (2012/13). 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Mike Gillislee Jersey .500 ball against teams with winning records, so they needed a huge lift from somebody Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.SACRAMENTO - The Raptors nearly got away with what should have been one of their most lopsided defeats of the season. Down by 22 early in the fourth quarter, the Raptors - on the heels of yet another fierce comeback - had cut their deficit to six as Kyle Lowry launched what could have been a game-changing three pointer. Kings rookie Ben McLemore closed out hard and the two collided just before Lowrys shot dropped and the whistle blew. Had the bucket counted and, assuming Lowry then connects on the subsequent free throw, the Raptors would have been down by two with 25 seconds remaining. Instead, official Eric Lewis called the foul on the shooter. Lowry had kicked out his leg on the jumper, he explained. The call was bold, to put it mildly, and in disbelief, Lowrys reaction earned him his second technical foul of the game. He was done for the night, heading straight to the locker room, and for all intents and purposes so, too, were the Raptors. On the night, the Raptors were assigned three techs. They finished the game with more personal fouls (35) than Kings field goals (32). Lowry, like the rest of his teammates, didnt say much following Wednesdays 109-101 loss in Sacramento. What he did say spoke volumes. "I cant say what I really want to say," Lowry commented, biting his tongue. "Its as simple as that." Theyve all lived through this narrative before, most recently in Portland this past weekend. Questionable officiating aside - theyve seen their fair share of that, too - slow starts followed by one last-ditch effort to save the day have become the norm. Its a bad habit that the likes of Indiana and Miami can get away with because theyre Indiana and Miami. When the Raptors play with fire, more often than not, theyll get burned. Dwane Casey, moments after lacing into his players in the locker room, could have gone after the officials but wisely chose to save his money and direct his angst at the team. Correct what you can control was the mindset, and the Raptors have displayed a few glaring faults worth correcting. "We havent done anything, Ive been repeating this, we havent done anything in this league yet to come out and play in second gear until we try to turn it on," said the Raptors coach, his team giving up 92 points and trailing by 20 after three quarters Wednesday. "Were not that good and, until we have that disposition from start to finish, were going to be disappointed a lot. Ive said that warning, Ive given that warning and like I just told them, they have to decide how they want to live." The emotions of the evening got the better of them. On a night in which seven players - including the Kings Rudy Gay - faced their former team for the first time since Decembers trade, Sacramento came out with the focus that escaped the Raptors.dddddddddddd "Its a business" is a phrase that was uttered over and over on both sides leading up to the much-anticipated reunion between Gay and the Raptors, but only one team followed through on it. "Were out hugging, giving [high] fives and all that," said a disappointed Casey. "This is a business and I didnt think our disposition from start to finish was in the fight mode, the hungry-team mode." The Raptors had rallied around Gay as he made his first trip back to Memphis earlier in the season and the Kings did the same Wednesday. The former Raptors forward and leading scorer had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, but he didnt do it alone because he didnt have to. DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 and Isaiah Thomas added 23. Combined, the three Kings accounted for 41 of the Kings 51 free throw attempts. Toronto made just 24 trips to the line. "Its about putting your body on someone," Casey said. "The fundamental box-out, going to get it, getting to rebounds, all the little things that you have to do. And then you put them on the line 51 times because either youre late or out of position." Just like it did in Portland on Saturday, Torontos defence took the first half off. The Kings - a 16-win team going into the evening - scored 30 points in the first quarter and 37 in the second. By halftime, four of their five starters were in double figures. The Raptors are a resilient bunch, sure. Comeback specialist Steve Novak checked in and promptly knocked down three triples. They made a game of it, as theyve been known to do, but when you rely on the miraculous, you leave yourself vulnerable to the unpredictable nature of crunch time in the NBA. Things happen. In Portland, it was a relatively unforced turnover on the games final possession. In Sacramento, it was a bad call. The visitors locker room in Sleep Train Arena - easily the coziest in the league - was filled with frustrated players, packed together like sardines. They had every reason to be frustrated, but as Casey stressed to them, they need to look inward. "We got guys who are going to fight to the end, but we cant let ourselves get down by 20 and think we are going to come back every time," said John Salmons, one of four Raptors who came over in the trade from Sacramento. "Its not going to happen every time." "Like I told the guys in the locker room, it was probably the worst game weve played since I got here," said Chuck Hayes, another former Kings player. "This ones probably going to [cause us to] lose a couple hours of sleep but weve got to get over it." 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