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Lies, damned lies, and the truth about Gareth Barry

A survey by EA Sports and the Mail on Sunday has been collecting data to reveal the fastest, slowest, and fittest players at each Premier League club. And Newcastle's Joey Barton appears to be partly correct in his assertion over the pace of Gareth Barry who is shown as the slowest Manchester City player, but not in the Premier League.

West Ham keeper Robert Green was named the slowest player in the top flight after managing a meagre 16.11 miles per hour top speed.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro takes the dubious honour as the slowest outfield player, peaking at just 16.28 mph.

Along with Barry (top speed 18.41mph), other ponderous players included David Vaughan (17.02mph), Fabrice Muamba (17.25mph), John Heitinga (18.32mph) and Michael Essien (18.37mph).

However, Barry covers more ground than any other City player - running 7.92 miles in a recent match.

Only two Premier League players cover more ground than the much-maligned midfielder, with Barton himself (8.09 miles) and Liverpool's Raul Meireles (8.1 miles) topping the list of the league's hardest working players.

The survey also reveals the fastest Premier League players of recent weeks, with Barry's team-mate Mario Balotelli coming joint-top of the list with a top-speed of 22.37mph.

Balotelli shares the accolade with 12 other players, as Nigel Reo-Coker, Brett Emerton, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Chris Smalling, Matthew Etherington, Gareth Bale, Peter Odemwingie, Manuel de Costa, Hugo Rodallega, and Richard Stearman all matched the Italian for pace in their recent matches.

Finally, the gong for hardest-working team in the league goes to Fulham, who managed to cover 79.52 miles in their recent clash against Manchester United.

The Red Devils managed to cover 77.98 miles themselves, however, as they romped to a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Mick McCarthy's Wolves covered the least amount of ground in their recent match against city-rivals Aston Villa.

The Midlands side currently sit bottom of the Premier League but, ironically, their low total of 66.21 miles came in their first victory at Villa Park in 31 years.

West Brom (68.92) and Sunderland (70.80) are also in the bottom three for the amount of ground their players covered collectively in recent matches.

Meanwhile Chelsea are the sixth worst in the Premier League for miles run (72.28).

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