Goal of the Month: December nominations
The Goal of the Month December nominations for the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two are:
Lee Tomlin – Leeds United v CARDIFF CITY – 14th December
At first glance, this was a simple lob over two defenders, yet that would be to dismiss the impeccable technique and speed of Tomlin’s thought to conjure up something so magical.
Jed Wallace – Cardiff City v MILLWALL – 26th December
Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge knew what was coming from Wallace, but such knowledge is all in vain when a free-kick is struck so crisply with swerve, dip and pace into the top corner.
Ashley Fletcher – West Bromwich Albion v MIDDLESBROUGH – 29th December
As the ball dropped over his right shoulder, a quick glance at goal was all Fletcher needed to send an instant, sumptuous looping strike up and over Sam Johnstone from 30 yards.
Matt Virtue – Sunderland AFC v BLACKPOOL – 14th December
After a game of ricochet in which Blackpool couldn’t go through the home defence, Virtue decided to go over it, arcing a delightfully flighted lob over everyone and into the top corner.
Shandon Baptiste – OXFORD UNITED v Lincoln City – 26th December
Baptiste was determined the ball wouldn’t leave his right foot as he set off on a mazy slalom before powering home a shot that was still rising as it struck the back of the Lincoln net.
Kyle Vassell – ROTHERHAM UNITED v Peterborough United – 29th December
All overhead kicks are acrobatic, but Vassell’s almost defied the laws of physics, so quickly did he spin his body upside down to time a perfect volley following lovely chest control.
Abo Eisa – Forest Green Rovers v SCUNTHORPE UNITED – 7th December
Eisa’s balance was extraordinary as he collected the ball on the halfway line and rode two awkward challenges before lacing a searing shot across his body for an exquisite solo goal.
Jordan Maguire-Drew – Cambridge United v LEYTON ORIENT – 21st December
So true was Maguire-Drew’s strike of his free-kick as the ball flew up and over the yellow wall before dipping into the top corner, it didn’t matter that it had travelled over 30 yards.
Richie Towell – SALFORD CITY v Crewe Alexandra – 26th December
Collecting the ball midway into the Crewe half, Towell took a sweet first touch to set the ball perfectly in front of him and timed his second so well that his shot arrowed into the corner.
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