The divisional Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month winners for February have been confirmed.
Sky Bet Championship
Ollie Watkins – BRENTFORD v Blackburn Rovers – 22 February
Brentford striker Ollie Watkins is the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month winner for February, receiving 43% of the public vote.
Pace and precision at breakneck speed, this was Watkins at his stunning best as he chested down a through ball before a quick swish of his right foot saw him unleash an unstoppable dipper.
Watkins said: "I'm delighted to win the award. It's the first goal I've scored from outside the box this season and it was definitely one to remember!
“As soon as I took the ball down, I knew I was just going to put my foot through it.
“By the time I looked up it was heading into the back of the net which was a great feeling. It meant even more as it helped us come back to earn a point that day.”
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “It’s no wonder Ollie Watkins is hot on Aleksandar Mitrovic’s heels for the Championship Golden Boot this season, with the level of quality he showed to score this goal.
“A well timed run to stay onside, exquisite chest control to take ball away from defenders and onto his stronger right foot and the perfect strike of a bouncing ball, which flew into the top corner...wonderful!”
Watkins beat off competition from Derby County’s Tom Lawrence and Wigan Athletic’s Kieffer Moore.
Sky Bet League One
Alfie Kilgour – BRISTOL ROVERS v Blackpool – 15 February
Bristol Rovers defender Alfie Kilgour is the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month winner for February, receiving 47% of the public vote.
The Rovers centre-back fooled everyone when he controlled a square pass and lined up a shot from fully 30 yards. A howitzer of a right-foot strike later, they took him seriously.
Kilgour said: “I'm delighted to win the award against some tough competition!
“It’s a goal that will live long in my memory and the fact that we went on to get three points made the occasion even sweeter.
“Thank you to everyone who voted for me and I hope everyone is staying safe and following the guidelines regarding staying at home.”
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “It’s fair to say most of the time when a centre-back lines up a shot from 30+ yards out, there’s an audible groan from the crowd and an inevitable outcome of a member of that crowd taking self-protective measures!
“However, this was that one in a 100 moment. Step forward Alfie Kilgour, who produced a thunderous effort, which continued to rise even as it hit the Blackpool net, bringing the scores level and inspiring his team to three points.”
Gooch beat off competition from Lincoln City’s Jorge Grant and Fleetwood Town’s Lewie Coyle.
Sky Bet League Two
Charles Vernam – Colchester United v GRIMSBY TOWN – 11 February
Grimsby Town striker Charles Vernam is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for January, receiving 47% of the public vote.
It wasn’t just the distance Vernam covered from just outside his own area, but the speed at which he did so, slaloming through three defenders before sliding home a precision shot.
Vernam said: “It’s a great feeling to win this award and for my goal to be recognised by players and fans of not just Grimsby but other clubs as well.
“At the time I didn’t quite realise how long the run I went on was but I have to say thank you to a few of my team mates as well who’s runs off the ball moved the defenders for me to keep on going.
“For it to be the goal for my first career hat trick as well made it even more special.”
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “Vernam made the Colchester players look like evil henchmen in a James Bond movie as one by one he slalomed his way through them before striking a drive past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
“He’s been a revelation since Ian Holloway took over for the Mariners scoring goals and running teams ragged with his dribbling ability.”
Vernam beat off competition from Forest Green Rover’s Odin Bailey and Bradford City’s Dylan Connolly.