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THE GREAT GOAL: MACKAIL SMITH V BURNLEY

2 April 2016

A cracking recent strike for Albion against Burnley


Craig Mackail-Smith
1st September 2012, The Championship, Turf Moor
Burnley 1-3 Brighton

The player
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.

The goal
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.

And now
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.

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BURNLEY

SATURDAY 2ND APRIL, KICK-OFF 12.30PM


ALBION V FULHAM

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V QPR

TUESDAY 19TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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