The November winners of the Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month Award are:
Sky Bet Championship
Brandon Thomas-Asante – WEST BROMWICH ALBION v Stoke City – 12th November
West Bromwich Albion striker Brandon Thomas-Asante is the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month winner for November.
As a ball into the Stoke area was sent skywards by a defender, Thomas-Asante adjusted his body and aligned it with precision to volley home a breath-taking acrobatic, angled bicycle kick.
Thomas-Asante said: “I’m really happy to have won the award.
“I know there was a lot of really good entries and I wasn’t expecting to win it. But I’m happy to have been handed this award and hopefully I can get a few more goals going forward now.
“The goal was instinct and I want to keep expressing myself now that I’ve got my feet under the table here.
“I know the fans have been really supportive, but there’s a lot more to do and we’ve got to keep getting these results and, hopefully, going forward I can produce more moments like I did against Stoke.
“I feel like I can impact any game at this level now and compliments go to my team-mates for that because they’re making it easier for me to get those chances in front of goal.
“I’m starting to get used to everyone, they’re getting used to the runs that I like to make, and I think there’s only good things to come from this group now.”
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “When selecting a winner from such an outstanding bunch of goals as we saw in November, I always ask myself which would be the hardest to replicate if you tried it a thousand times.
“After much deliberation, I went for Brandon Thomas-Asante for the unbelievable athleticism he showed to meet a looping ball so high off the ground with his overhead kick against Stoke. Simply spectacular.”
Thomas-Asante beat off competition from Burnley’s Manuel Benson, Huddersfield Town’s Josh Ruffels & Middlesbrough’s Riley McGree.
Sky Bet League One
Garath McCleary – Forest Green Rovers v WYCOMBE WANDERERS – 12th November
Wycombe Wanderers winger Garath McCleary is the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month winner for November.
McCleary didn’t panic when the ball ran away from him. He retrieved it, then squared up a defender before executing perfectly an audacious flicked shot with the outside of his right boot.
McCleary said: “I’m over the moon to win this award and I’m really grateful to everyone who voted for me. I’ve never won this award before so it’s a proud moment. It’s my best goal for Wycombe, and in my top three of all-time I think.
“Apparently it’s called a trivela but I’ve never heard that phrase! I just caught it nicely with the outside of my boot and I knew it was flying in. Jack Grimmer made a great run down the right to move the defender out of the way and gave me the opportunity to shoot.”
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “There’s always something extra special about a long-distance strike with the outside of the foot and, if anything, the ease with which Garath pulled it off underplayed what a superb goal it was.
“With the overlapping run from Jack Grimmer drawing a defender momentarily away, a tiny window of opportunity appeared. There was a lot still to do but the quality that McCleary still possesses in abundance at 35-years-old took care of the rest.
McCleary beat off competition from Fleetwood Town’s Carlos Mendes Gomes, Plymouth Argyle’s Adam Randell and Burton Albion’s Victor Adeboyejo.
Sky Bet League Two
Harrison Biggins – Grimsby Town v DONCASTER ROVERS – 12th November
Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harrison Biggins is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for November.
Half-volleys do not come much sweeter than this. What made Biggins’ strike from the edge of the Grimsby box even more impressive was how he tiptoed back into position to connect with it.
Biggins said: “The ball was half-cleared and as it was looping over to me I was going to volley it on the full, but at the last second I decided to go with the half-volley.
“I felt more comfortable hitting it like that and as soon as it left my boot I knew it was going in, you know when it’s sweet and that day it was.
“It’s nice to win the award, I’ve never been up for it before so it’s a good thing to have as something to remember the goal by.”
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “This goal was all about patience and technique. It would have been so easy for Biggins to snatch at the ball as it dropped from a looping half-clearance, but he waited and met the ball with a powerful half volley so perfectly timed that it was still rising as it nearly took the net off!
“The former Fleetwood Town man now has three goals and an assist in his last six games and is flowing with confidence.”
Biggins beat off competition from Bradford City’s Andy Cook & Scott Banks, & Colchester United’s Samson Tovide.