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Goal of the Month: January nominations

11 February 2022

The January nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month Award are:

Chris Willock – Birmingham City v QUEENS PARK RANGERS – 2nd January 

Willock’s initial path to goal was anything but straight, but having looped his way past two befuddled defenders, he then took the direct route, curling home from the acutest of angles.

Ben Wilmot – STOKE CITY v Preston North End – 3rd January 

Receiving the ball in midfield, Wilmot took a couple of seconds to pace forward and then his hammerhead of a shot took the same amount of time to travel 35 yards and bulge the net.

Antoine Semenyo – Fulham v BRISTOL CITY – 15th January

Semenyo had already scored one beauty at Craven Cottage when he collected the ball in his own half, turned adroitly and outpaced two defenders before scorching home a low shot.

The January nominations for the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month Award are:

Kane Hemmings – BURTON ALBION v Crewe Alexandra – 1st January

What a farewell present to leave in his final appearance for Burton. Hemmings anticipated the bounce of the ball before chesting it and unleashing a sumptuous dipping angled volley.

Adam May – CAMBRIDGE UNITED v Crewe Alexandra – 22nd January 

May’s piledriver was straight and true into the centre of the goal, but what deceived Crewe keeper David Richards was the wicked vertical dip which brought it cunningly in off the bar.

Dion Charles – Shrewsbury Town v BOLTON WANDERERS – 22nd January 

With a minute left, Charles knew something special was needed to break the deadlock. The smoothest of swivels and hits into the far corner gave him a memorable first Bolton goal.

The January nominations for the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month Award are:

Conor Wilkinson – WALSALL v Newport County – 1st January

Deep into injury-time, Wilkinson had no time to lose. Three juggling touches hooked the ball deftly away from a defender and an instant right-foot volley secured a 95th-minute equaliser.

Elliott Nevitt – TRANMERE ROVERS v Scunthorpe United – 8th January

Timing a volley as the ball takes an age to drop is an art form which Nevitt has clearly perfected. He waited just long enough to send a perfectly placed shot into the top corner.

Nicky Featherstone – HARTLEPOOL UNITED v Stevenage – 22nd January 

The 33-year-old Featherstone had managed just 18 goals in 426 previous league games, yet you wouldn’t know it from this aestheticallv beguiling strike from the edge of the area.

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