A cracking recent strike for Albion against Burnley
1st September 2012, The Championship, Turf Moor
Burnley 1-3 Brighton
Craig Mackail-Smith was a prolific goalscorer for Peterborough, with 80 goals in 185 league appearances for the Posh. In 2010/11, he was voted the League One Player of the Season after his 35 goals. He signed for the Seagulls in July 2011 in a £2.5million deal, immediately impressing with his work rate.
Having already scored with a spectacular shot from outside the box in the first half, Mackail-Smith even outdid this opener in the 76th minute with an audacious overhead kick. Dealing with a cross from the right-wing, the Scotland international made light of a crowded penalty area by hooking the ball into the bottom of the net past a helpless Lee Grant. The impressive technique had Brighton supporters in awe.
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Why this goal mattered
It was Mackail-Smith’s fourth goal in two matches, boosting his confidence that a prolific season lay ahead. It also helped the Seagulls to a second win in a five-match winning sequence that took the club to the top of the Championship.
Craig left Brighton at the end of 2014/15. He currently plays for Luton Town, having signed a two-year contract in August 2015. His boss is his former Brighton caretaker manager, assistant and first-team coach, Nathan Jones.