Midfielder Steve Sidwell bagged the EFL (Football League) Goal of the Month gong for his strike against Bristol City.
Brighton and Hove Albion travelled to Ashton Gate to face Lee Johnson’s side on Saturday November 5 and we returned home with a two nil victory thanks to strikes from Sidwell and Jamie Murphy.
Sidwell’s 13th minute effort was recognised for the Goal of the Month award by the Football League and he’s only gone and won it!
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Well, be fair, that’s a goal!
Sidwell’s fellow League One and Two winners – Bolton Wanderers’ Josh Vela and Grimsby Town’s seeming goal machine Omar Bogle and their goals (well worth a watch) are available by – Clicking Here.
For the Championship in the Football League’s vote, Sidwell picked up 43% of the fan vote and Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman said of the strike.
‘It was an incredibly strong month for goals in the Championship in November, but Sidwell`s effort rightly takes the crown. These are the type of goals that a player will score once or twice (if they’re lucky!) in their career and Steve is bound to look back on this effort fondly when he hangs up his boots.’
Sidwell himself said of the effort.
‘I had spotted the keeper off his line earlier in the game, and thought I would try my luck the next chance I got. This was a very special goal for the whole team, in what had been a very tough week for the squad. We were all thinking about Anthony Knockaert in the build-up to the game, and wanted to make him and his family proud by bringing home the three points. Fortunately we managed to do that and I am honoured that we could pay tribute to him with the celebration after my goal.’
Sidwell took first place over Derby County’s Darren Bent and Sheffield Wednesday’`s Fernando Forestieri.