Brighton & Hove Albion star Anthony Knockaert has won the Carling Goal of the Month prize for his stunner against Crystal Palace.
The French winger scored a beauty to seal Brighton a critical 2-1 win over relegation rivals Palace on March 9.
After coming across the pitch from the right wing, Knockaert hit a curling effort into the top left-hand corner of the Palace goal.
It was only the 27-year-old’s second goal of the season, but it enabled Brighton to move five points clear from the relegation zone and within a point of Palace in 15th.
“It’s probably one of the best goals I’ve scored, I remember one against Huddersfield which was a scorpion goal, but this is better,” Knockaert told the club website.
“I preferred this one because it’s in the Premier League in a game against our rivals, and it turned out to be the goal that won the game.
“It’s one I will always remember – it was a good pass from Dale [Stephens] and I used the time and space to take on the defender and I hit it perfectly – when it went in I was really happy for the fans because it was a special day for them and it was a big three points.
“The time and space I had was perfect, the angle to shoot made me take a chance – my luck was in, and it’s a good goal.”
He added: “When you’re a wide player in that sort of position on the pitch the best thing to try and do is contribute goals to the team and try your luck.
“My one big memory was Glenn’s [Murray] reaction on the highlights after the game and that was quite funny. Everyone told me it was a nice goal and they were happy for me.
“It took on more significance because we ended up winning the game, it was the perfect day for the club.”