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Goal of the Month: See the latest winners

25 November 2022

The October winners of the Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month Award are:

Sky Bet Championship

Ben Brereton Diaz – BLACKBURN ROVERS v Sunderland – 18th October

Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz is the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month winner for October.

Blackburn’s attack appeared to be fizzling out when the ball ran out of the Sunderland box. Not so. Brereton Diaz followed it and instantly drove it with pace and precision into the far corner.

Brereton Diaz said: “It's brilliant. It's the first award in my career for a goal, so I'm very happy about that. It was a special moment and it was a great goal with my left foot, which I don't score many with. 

"When the ball came to me I just thought 'why not'. You just hope that it goes on target. I concentrated a bit more with it being on my left foot. I caught it nicely, it was a good shot and I was really happy to see it go in.  

"We won the game as well, so it was a great moment for me and a great moment for the team. The goal and the moment was special, so it's definitely up there for one of my best goals.

"When it's a live Sky game, you know that everyone is watching and you want to put on a good performance, and I thought we did that night to get a good result, which was the most important thing.”

Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “Brereton Diaz put the disappointment of not qualifying for the World Cup behind him, and has been in superb form for Blackburn this season, already notching 10 goals in all competitions.

“His reaction to get to the loose ball first, the fact that he’s running away from goal, the fact that he takes it first time, the fact that he strikes it with his weaker left foot and the fact that it ends up in the top corner are all factors that made it a special goal.”

Brereton Diaz beat off competition from Millwall’s Zian Flemming, Watford’s Imran Louza & Coventry City’s Gustavo Hamer.

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Sky Bet League One

Barry Bannan – SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v Cheltenham Town – 8th October

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan is the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month winner for October.  

Even if Cheltenham keeper Luke Southwood felt he was well positioned as Bannan drew back his foot 25 yards from goal, the force, accuracy and late dip of the Scot’s shot left him helpless.

Bannan said: “I’m really happy to win this award. I’m just happy that I’m scoring goals and helping the team and hopefully there’s more accolades to come. It’s always good to get recognition because it means you’re doing something right, so I’m very thankful.”

Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “No stranger to a wonder-strike, Barry Bannan was at it again in October with an effort that could be his best yet!

A quick turnover meant he found himself in acres of space, with no opponent able to get close and this allowed him to unleash a pinpoint, accurate rocket that no goalkeeper in the world could have stopped.”

Bannan beat off competition from Ipswich Town’s Kyle Edwards, Bristol Rovers’ Aaron Collins and Plymouth Argyle’s Bali Mumba.

Sky Bet League Two

Paul Smyth – Doncaster Rovers v LEYTON ORIENT – 8th October

Leyton Orient striker Paul Smyth is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for October.  

There was gymnastic flair and flexibility in both Smyth’s acrobatic contortion of his body to volley home at head height with his back to goal and in the somersaulting celebration that followed.

Smyth said: “I think that is the best goal I’ve ever scored, so it’s great to win the monthly award to remember it by.

“I saw the opportunity and come short to get it, and Rob Hunt had found me. I took a touch which put it up in the air and I thought, why not?”

“It’s been a very good season both personally and for the team. We know there’s still a long way to go, so whilst monthly awards like this are great, we are all focused on the big one as a team at the end of the season.”

Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “An overhead kick is one of the most difficult techniques to pull off to score a goal in football, and although this one wasn’t directly from the cross, it still stands out as a spectacular effort.

“With the ball played in slightly behind him, Smyth did well to adjust and control it. Only he knows whether he meant the touch to go where it did but regardless, his speed of thought allowed him to pull this acrobatic beauty off!”

Smyth beat off competition from Newport County’s Nathan Moriah-Welsh, Leyton Orient’s Theo Archibald & Salford City’s Ethan Galbraith.

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