BBC Match of the Day (MOTD) - Goal of the Month (October). (05.11.2013)

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BBC Match of the Day (MOTD) -  Goal of the Month (October)

Sunday 03 November 2013


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1. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal v Norwich, October 19) - 50%

'Simplicity itself' screamed the TV commentator as England midfielder Wilshere rounded off the slickest of passing moves with an assured finish. I'd have thought intricacy itself might have been more appropriate for a blinding succession of one-touch flicks and passes that would have unlocked the tightest of defences.   


2. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham v Crystal Palace, October 21) - 28%

Comparisons to some of the volleys Marco van Basten used to execute in his prime are not misplaced. Kasami was already running away from goal when he dashed to meet a long through ball from Sascha Riether, and his instant chest control seemed to take him even further away. It hardly mattered, as the dropping ball was lashed across a diving Julian Speroni into the far top corner.   

3. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool v West Brom, October 26) - 8%

Brendan Rodgers has made few more inspired signings than Sturridge, as demonstrated by this brilliant piece of improvisation. He seemed to be drifting away to the left of goal, and there appeared to be little on, when, without even looking up, he floated a chip towards the far corner. Boaz Myhill scarcely seemed to be off his line but was powerless to prevent the deftest of chips from nestling in the corner of the net.  

4. Ravel Morrison (West Ham v Tottenham, October 6) - 3%

A run that started well inside his own half finished with a goal delirious West Ham fans were talking about long into the night. The former Manchester United forward hardly even seemed to be sprinting, as he strode past Jan Vertonghen and skipped past Michael Dawson before dinking a shot over advancing keeper Hugo Lloris. It was the sort of individual brilliance that comes so easily to him, when his mind is on the job.

5. Luis Suarez (Liverpool v West Brom, October 26) - 3%

After opening the scoring against West Brom, Luis Suarez proved his ability in the air with an improvised header from the edge of the Baggies' area. Powerful and perfectly-placed into the top corner, the Uruguayan's effort was too good for Boaz Myhill to stop.

6. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal v Norwich, October 19) - 2%
Arguably the Premier League's player of the season so far, Aaron Ramsey netted his most eye-catching goal of the campaign with an individual effort at home to Norwich. Wilshere's strike in the same game may have won the award, but the Welshman's neat footwork in the Canaries' area and powerful finish deserved more of the plaudits at the Emirates.

7. Willian (Norwich v Chelsea, October 6) - 2%
Willian endeared himself to Chelsea's travelling support with a marvellous goal against Norwich to seal an away victory. The ball fell to him on the right hand side of the box and he took it in his stride, arcing a searing shot into the top left corner with his left foot.

8. Fabio Borini (Sunderland v Newcastle, October 22) - 2%

Sunderland were pressing for a winner six minutes from time, and someone needed to take responsibility, with the ball bobbling round the edge of the Newcastle area. Step forward on-loan Liverpool forward Borini, who had only been on as substitute a few minutes but took on the mantle of matchwinner without a moment's hesitation, as he seized possession 25 yards out and hammered an unstoppable shot into the top right corner. 

9. Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea v Sunderland, October 19) - 1%
Gus Poyet's first game in charge of Sunderland didn't go to plan, with the Black Cats going down 4-0 away at Swansea. Jonathan De Guzman scored the pick of the goals in south Wales, picking the ball up outside the box and bending an effort beyond Keiren Westwood and into the top corner from 22 yards.

10. Steve Sidwell (Fulham v Crystal Palace, October 21) - 1%

It's little wonder Palace boss Ian Holloway decided enough was enough after this game, given the way Kasami's wonder strike was followed by another goal out of the top drawer before half-time. Bryan Ruiz's free-kick hit the wall and reared yards into the air. As it fell, Sidwell despatched a first-time volley into the same top corner as his team-mate had done.   


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