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POCOGNOLI WINS GOAL OF THE MONTH AWARD

19 May 2017

The full-back's free-kick against QPR was voted April's best goal.

Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Sebastien Pocognoli is the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month winner for April, receiving 52% of the public vote.
 
It was the audacity of Pocognoli to curl his free-kick over the wall at pace and in at the near post from the tightest of set-piece angles which made this strike so special.
 
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “The left back doesn’t score many goals (his last was for Standard Liege in 2010) but that didn’t stop Pocognoli rifling a fierce curling shot in off the post for what turned out to be a vital goal in a really important game as Brighton headed towards automatic promotion.
 
“He had to wrestle the ball off of Anthony Knockaert, who is usually on free kicks, as he felt he had a good chance on his left foot, and Chris Hughton will have been very happy that he did when the full time whistle blew.”
 
Pocognoli said: "I had a good feeling before the shot, I don't know why. I went across the pitch to take it and everybody was probably thinking 'what is he doing?'.
 
"But it's my favourite place to shoot from and actually at my past club, I sometimes took free kicks and corners. That is my quality but I haven't practiced a lot this year but I'm happy.
 
"I just said to Anthony (Knockaert) 'let me shoot' and we have a good relationship, so he said okay. He tried to explain something for me to do quite technically but I told him I didn't understand what he was saying to me, even in French.
 
"I just said 'please let me take it' and it was a goal and a nice moment."


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