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Goal of the Month: December nominations

7 January 2022

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

Dominic Solanke – Fulham v BOURNEMOUTH – 3rd December 

Six seconds of simple, yet beautiful poetry at the start of the second half. Solanke sprinted forward and between defenders to latch onto a perfect chip and drive home a rising shot.

Troy Deeney – Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY – 4th December

Playing in the colours of Brazil clearly inspired Deeney as he drag-heeled the ball for a one-two with Scott Hogan, then spun and used his instep to lift a stunning shot into the top corner.

Sorba Thomas – HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v Blackpool – 26th December

Hugging the touchline as he collected the ball, Thomas took the direct route to the six-yard box and let the ball do the travelling courtesy of a pair of neat one-twos before a clever finish.

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

Adebayo Akinfenwa – WYCOMBE WANDERERS v AFC Wimbledon – 11th December

Only ‘The Beast’ could have scored this. Using his strength to hold off a defender, Akinfenwa chested the ball into space, ignored a sly tug and executed an outrageously conceived lob.

Teddy Bishop – Cheltenham Town v LINCOLN CITY – 11th December

If the Lincoln set-piece routine was pre-planned, no-one could have predicted the way Bishop cleverly thrust his right foot at the ball and directed a side-footed stab into the far top corner.

Daniel Udoh – Fleetwood Town v SHREWSBURY TOWN – 26th December

A goal of two contrasting elements. Josh Vela’s dogged persistence to drive through three tackles in midfield was a precursor to Udoh’s unstoppable, thumping shot into the top corner.

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

David Ajiboye – Newport County v SUTTON UNITED – 7th December

There appeared no danger as Ajiboye collected a pass on the touchline. That was until he slalomed his way through four Newport defenders at blistering pace and slotted home.

Davis Keilor-Dunn – OLDHAM ATHLETIC v Forest Green Rovers – 11th December

The first goal of 10 in the match was also the best. There was nothing complicated about Keilor-Dunn’s intentions, but his 30-yarder was true, arrowhead straight and perfectly placed.

Finn Azaz – NEWPORT COUNTY v Port Vale – 11th December

With two defenders converging on him, Azaz took three touches in one graceful movement. Deft chest control dropped the ball onto his boot for a delicate flick to set up a sweet volley.

Voting is open from 10am on the EFL's official Twitter accounts. Voting closes on Monday 10 January. All winners will be announced on Friday 14 January.

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