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Goal of the Month: April nominations

3 May 2019

The April nominations for the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two Goal of the Month award are:

Reece James – Bristol City v WIGAN ATHLETIC – 6 April

Showing poise beyond his years, James knew he wanted to roll the defender in his path before scampering forward and letting fly with a swerving shot that found the top corner.

Josh Dasilva – Millwall v BRISTOL CITY – 19 April

It is hard to believe, looking at the clarity of his vision and impeccable technique, that the 20-year-old had never scored a senior goal before this beautifully judged curler with pace.

Fernando Forestieri – Norwich City v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY – 19 April

With defenders snapping at his heels, Forestieri decided to take them out of the equation by letting fly with an arrowhead of a strike that seemed to gather pace along its way to goal.

Luke Garbutt – OXFORD UNITED v Charlton Athletic – 19 April

As far out as he was from goal, Garbutt knew he had to generate pace - and lots of it – to beat Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips. He did, adding on a degree of curl for good measure.

Ollie Clarke – AFC Wimbledon v BRISTOL ROVERS – 19 April

Great goals become even better when they count for something. Clarke sealed a vital point with his dancing feet to cut back and then unleash an inch-perfect drive into the top corner.

Lyle Taylor – CHARLTON ATHLETIC v Scunthorpe United – 22 April

To his heading prowess and rampaging runs, add the hitherto hidden ability to whip a free-kick over the wall and drop it into the far top corner to Taylor’s growing list of striking talents.

Dannie Bulman – CRAWLEY TOWN v Forest Green Rovers – 6 April

Forty years old, 40 yards out from goal, there was a poetic touch to this thunderous shot from Bulman, who proved decisively that age is no barrier for a hammerhead of a right foot.

Hiram Boateng – EXETER CITY v Port Vale – 13 April

Shades of Bergkamp, anyone? Three exquisite pieces of skill rolled into one movement. Sweet chest control as he arched his back, delicate control on the turn and a rasping volley.

Mickey Demetriou – NEWPORT COUNTY v Bury – 19 April

Up for a corner, Demetriou drifted to the left of the penalty spot to receive a pass, allowed the ball to loop up off his instep as he spun and walloped a stunning volley into the net.

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