QPR striker Andre Gray is the winner of the November Sky Bet championship goal of the month, receiving 52% of the audience vote.
Last-breath winners are no longer sweet. It looked like the post had denied the QPR until Gray, back to goal, controlled the ball, touched it, then shot home in a charming blur.
Gray said: “This was one of those goals where you just have to trust your gut and hope the ball goes where you want it.
“It wasn’t too long and we needed a winner, so luckily I was able to react to the ball coming from the post, my touch was good and the shot beat the goalkeeper to secure three important points.”
Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month Chief Judge and Sky Sports expert Don Goodman said, “Andre Gray’s milestone was worthy of this award alone, but the fact that he went to death, winning the game. for QPR, it sets it apart even more from the rest of this month’s contenders.
“Everything from the touch to the strike to the awareness needed to react to the rebound was simply sublime.”
Gray beat out competition from Nottingham Forest’s Philip Zinckernagel and Sheffield United’s Rhian Brewster.
Sky Bet League One Winner: Bersant Celina – IPSWICH vs Crewe – November 28th
Ipswich Town midfielder Bersant Celina is the winner of the Sky Bet League One goal of the month for November, receiving 51% of the crowd’s vote.
Celina’s effortless control over the run of a falling ball on her own made Ipswich fans breathless. His instant chip, perfectly flown into the top corner, took him away entirely.
Celina said: “As soon as I hit him, I knew he was coming in! It was a great ball from the back and as soon as I saw the hesitation in defense, I knew I had an opening to try and try.
“With the goalkeeper coming back I took the opportunity and luckily I got the right power on the lob, it was really a great goal to score in front of our fans, certainly the best I have scored.”
Don Goodman said: “There is always something special about a perfectly weighted lob and Celina’s effort against Crewe is no exception.
“The execution of the shot is obviously fantastic, but the Ipswich man should also be commended for tackling him in the first place, spotting the keeper out of his line and daring to beat him while he was surrounded by defenders.”
Celina beat competition from Morecambe’s Cole Stockton and Cambridge United’s Ben Worman.
Sky Bet League Two Winner: Harry Smith – LEYTON ORIENT vs Sutton – November 20th
Leyton Orient forward Harry Smith is the winner of November’s Sky Bet League Two goal of the month, receiving 43% of the crowd’s vote.
At 6 feet 5 inches, Smith is best known for his skill in the air rather than his volley shooting technique. This stunner may need to be reviewed after beautifully capturing this stunner on the instep of his left foot as he fell.
Smith said: “I’ve managed to score a few this year, but this is the best choice so far, so I’m really grateful to everyone who voted for me to win this award.
“There was some pinball machine in the box and they were having a hard time erasing, so I was pretty sure I’d have some sort of a chance.
“However he landed perfectly and luckily I was in the right position at the edge of the area to have a crack with my left foot – there is no better feeling than taking it softly and hitting the top corner!”
Don Goodman said: “Harry Smith’s League Two goal of the month is well deserved. The striker is in excellent shape and has even scored two on matchday, but this particular shot is one that will live with him forever.
“Catching a ball so softly on the fly is an art form and Smith’s technique was second to none, the mark of a man who is fit.”
Smith beat out competition from Oldham Athletic’s Jamie Bowden and Sutton United’s Omar Bugiel.