Press Box Opinion - Goal of the Season

Saturday 16 June 2018 07:00

With the Goal of the Season vote still open, read who Fulham's media department believe is most deserving of the accolade.

Jim McGullion, Commentator: “Whilst there were a number of candidates with great goals from the likes of Stef Jo, Sess, Mitro, Floyd, AK, Ollie, KMac, and of course Denis, I don't think you can look beyond TC's winner in the Play-Off Final. Never having seen Fulham score at Wembley, it was a magic moment that will never be forgotten, and due to the importance and significance, that for me has to be the Goal of the Season.”

Carmelo Mifsud, Media Relations Manager: “There are a number of great strikes to select from in a season we have been spoilt for choice. Whilst it would make out-and-out sense to choose a goal that has led to a momentous occasion like Tom Cairney’s at Wembley or Denis Odoi’s in the Semi-Final against Derby, I’m disentangling any emotion and opting for the first of Ryan Sessegnon’s three at Sheffield United. Top scorer this term with 16 goals, most of his tally has come from his awareness and anticipation inside the box. This effort at Sheffield however was his sole goal from outside the box, and it was also with his right boot! Ryan received the ball on the left side of midfield 30 yards from goal, and showed great control on his chest to move the ball away from the defender. Floyd Ayité’s burst alongside him on the left created space for Ryan to run into and he showed confidence to take on the shot and hit the bottom corner of the net. Ryan went on to score his first hat-trick for the senior team and what a way to start this off with a wonderful goal.”

Leah Mylles, Media Relations Executive:My Goal of the Season is probably an obvious choice but it has to be Denis Odoi against Derby in the Play-Off Semi-Final. The whole stadium seemed to stand still and take a second to react to the ball going in the net. It was such an important goal and I have never seen or heard the crowd erupt like that at the Cottage before.”

Geoff Pruce, Web Content Manager:For what it meant to everyone associated with Fulham Football Club, I don’t think this can go to anyone other than Tom Cairney. Although even forgetting its importance, it was a lovely goal in its own right. That through ball from Ryan Sessegnon was exquisite to pick out Tom – who was as surprised as the rest of us to find himself in behind the defence – and the captain showed magnificent composure on the biggest stage of all. To see the White Wall explode in a collective ecstasy was a joy to behold, and it’s a goal I will never forget for as long as I live.”

Jamie Reid, Co-Commentator: I will go for two; both stoppage time goals in the same game. Kevin McDonald and Ryan Sessegnon's late efforts at Barnsley proved crucial in our charge to the Play-Offs. For me it was a pivotal match as it gave us the required belief; we took points - despite not playing at our best. Matt Targett made his Fulham debut at Oakwell and Aleksandar Mitrović then arrived for the next game. Those late goals showed that we could still make the season a real special one.”

Ed Hutson, Video & Content Executive:For me I will have to give it to Denis Odoi for his header against Derby in the second leg of the Play-Offs. There are numerous reasons for me choosing this goal and although it may not be the most beautiful one we scored this season, the importance of it and the goal scorer himself made it special as Denis is a great guy. A wide opinion of Fulham is that we don’t score from set-pieces and the way the media lauded Curtis Davies and Richard Keogh from the first leg, it was refreshing to see the slight Belgian leap far beyond them to send Fulham to Wembley. Also the celebrations were right in front of the press box which was a nice moment us as a communications team as that never happens – I know it certainly wasn’t for our benefit but it was nice to feel involved.”

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