After 1,777 votes on Twitter, Brighton & Hove Albion’s ‘Goal of 2017’ has been chosen, and the accolade belongs to Sebastien Pocognoli, for his stunning free-kick against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
The Belgian won the poll with 33% of the vote, followed by Sam Baldock’s first goal against Barnsley at Oakwell which took 22%, and Anthony Knockaert’s long-range strike against Derby County at the Amex which collected 15%.
All of Albion’s top three goals came during their promotion-winning campaign, with Jose Izquierdo’s curling effort against West Ham United from this season ranking fourth in the pecking order.
Pocognoli’s wonderful free-kick, soon after Glenn Murray’s opener, came at an important time in both the game against the Hoops and also in Albion’s season, as they moved another three points towards reaching the Premier League.
The West Bromwich Albion loanee ignored Knockaert’s requests to take the set-piece and shocked both his team-mates and the jam-packed away following behind the goal, when he picked out the top corner.
It proved vital when Matt Smith pulled a goal back for the London side in the closing stages, and the Seagulls defended well against a late onslaught from Ian Holloway’s men to record their first victory at Loftus Road in almost 60 years.
It also helped Albion to their third victory in six days, and continued the club’s momentum heading into another tough away fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers, as they returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.