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Goal of the Month: April nominees

4 May 2018

The April nominations for the Goal of the Month Award are:

Lee Evans: Sheffield United v Middlesbrough – 10th April

It must have been tempting to strike this volley as hard as he could. Evans resisted the urge and controlled his volley of a dropping ball so sweetly, it still flew into the top corner.

Jack Grealish: Aston Villa v Cardiff City – 10th April

While others crowded into the box, Grealish stood his ground on the edge of the area. The key to his match-winning volley was the patience to wait for the ball to drop into his arc.

Ruben Neves: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Derby County – 11th April

A once-in-a-career strike. Derby thought they had cleared the danger. Neves had other ideas, flicking the ball up and looping a majestic 30-yard volley into the top corner at pace.

VIEW AND VOTE: Watch April's top strikes here

Conor McAleny: Oxford United v Fleetwood Town – 10th April

McAleny had the Oxford defenders backtracking in injury time. Cutting inside onto his right foot, he then unleashed a piledriver that beat keeper Simon Eastwood for sheer power.

Michael Smith: Rotherham United v Bristol Rovers – 21st April

The 6ft 4in Smith proved he is not just unstoppable in the air, robbing a defender on halfway, surging forward and cleverly clipping a pinpoint shot into the opposite top corner.

Gavin Massey: Fleetwood Town v Wigan Athletic – 21st April

Not content with a mini scorpion flick to feed the ball neatly into his own path, Massey completed his work of art with an intelligent turn to create space for a crafty low curler.

VIEW AND VOTE: Watch April's top strikes here


Danny Newton: Stevenage v Barnet – 2nd April

A game of head tennis ended with the ball bouncing towards the corner flag. Newton merely saw it as a chance to change direction and hook it over Barnet keeper Craig Ross.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu: Luton Town v Crewe Alexandra – 14th April

Proof that Ruddock’s rocket was sweetly struck comes from the fact that after 25 yards of arrowing unerringly towards goal, the ball was still rising as the net intercepted it.

Padraig Amond: Newport County v Swindon Town – 14th April

A touch of South American magic in south Wales as Amond cushioned an out-swinging cross on his instep before his sublime no-look volley curled deliciously under the bar.

VIEW AND VOTE: Watch April's top strikes here

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