The Season’s Top 5 Aston Villa Goals
5 – Gabby vs Norwich City
This was a hard choice for me, as there were a number of goals that could have crept in. N’Zogbia’s free kick that won us a crucial home game against West Ham, Benteke’s diving header away at Everton, Weimann’s second goal at home to Man Utd, Vlaar’s bullet against Sunderland, but I’m going to go with Gabby’s double act against Norwich, in what I believe turned out to be the most crucial win of the season. Destroying Sunderland was great, but it would have all been wasted if we went to Norwich and lost. It kept our momentum going and really heaped pressure on teams around us. The first was a brilliant solo goal that saw Gabby shrug off a tackle on the half-way line drive forward and unleash a bullet into the bottom corner, and the second was a great pass from Westwood, calving the defence open for Agbonlahor to use his pace and slide it home to take the points home for the Villa. What a day.
4 – Andreas Weimann v Liverpool
What a great team goal. If this was Man Utd or Arsenal this would be spoken about all season. Breaking out of out own half after some neat passing, a ball into Weimann 35 yards from goal who slipped a ball in between the left back and centre back for Benteke to run on to just inside the box, and a brilliant back hell perfectly in to the path of Weimann who continued his run and calmly slotted home to put us 2-0 up. A brilliant team goal.
3 – Ron Vlaar v Wigan.
What a great bit of technique from the skipper. Vlaar already shown he posseses a great strike with his goal against Sunderland but this was top draw for a centre back. 2-1 down, and a long hopeful free kick into the box was midjudged and Vlaar took a touch with his boot to bring it out the air and then as the ball is on the way back up struck it on the volley which flew into the top left hand corner leaving the goalkeeper rooted to the spot. A great bit of improvisation, technique and surprise.
2 – Christian Benteke v West Brom
There are a number of Christian Benteke goals that could have got this, with his three against Liverpool, two against Everton, goal against Chelsea, amongst a number of fine goals he scored this season. The West Brom goal was something special. In a local derby against a team who were riding high was the ideal timing. When he picked the ball up there looked to be no danger with his back to goal, left of centre 30 yards out, Benteke turned with a sharp body swivel to deceive his man and then unleashing a bullet of a right foot drive into the top right hand corner. Made it even sweeter because I cannot stand West Brom.
1 – Matthew Lowton vs Stoke City
Personally this for me is Premier League goal of the season. This goal had everything you look for in the goal of the season candidate. At such a crucial time of the season to pull out a strike like this in the last couple of minutes in a game where we dominated but looked as if we were going to throw away was incredible. A full back latching on to the ball to cushion it perfectly on his chest and to time his volley to perfection with the perfect dip, power and precision under pressure was a goal worthy of winning any game.
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