Pick A Goal From 2014 To Go Through To The FL Awards
Valiants boss Rob Page and his backroom staff have whittled the long list of great goals from last year down to just five for you to choose from.
Each Football League club has been asked to nominate a goal, each of which will be reviewed by a judging panel. The top ten strikes will then appear on Sky Sports' Soccer AM in March.
To vote for your favourite, go to the club’s official Twitter feed and 'favourite' the goal of your choice. Below is the list of potential candidates.
Goal A – Michael O’Connor vs. Cardiff City – 26/08/2014
A stunning display of power, technique and sheer audaciousness, Michael O’Connor’s 40-yard strike into the top corner against Cardiff City in this season’s Capital One Cup is sure to be in the running. The midfielder, acquired during the summer, received the ball from skipper Carl Dickinson just inside the Bluebirds half and unleashed an unstoppable shot, which flew into the top corner, leaving Simon Moore with no chance whatsoever.
Goal B – Louis Dodds vs. Crawley Town – 20/12/2014
An excellent team move which culminated with Louis Dodds extending Vale’s lead at Broadfield Stadium. Adam Yates and Michael Brown were also involved in the build-up which concluded with a flowing one-two between Dodds and Ben Williamson before the midfielder converted past Crawley goalkeeper Lewis Price at the second time of asking.
Goal C – Louis Dodds vs. Sheffield United – 25/04/2014
A stroke of luck or simply brilliant anticipation by Louis Dodds? Either way the finish the midfielder produced could be described as nothing short of emphatic. In the final home game of the 2013/14 season, Adam Yates took a throw-in from the right before clipping the ball over the top; a Sheffield United defender got his head to it but that only sent Dodds through and he made no mistake with the finish, rocketing the ball into the top corner.
Goal D – Mark Marshall vs. Barnsley – 20/09/2014
With just one minute left on the clock in the first game of Rob Page’s interim spell in charge, Port Vale were being held at home by Barnsley. That was, of course, until the ball dropped to Mark Marshall on the right wing and he danced his way past countless Tykes defenders before slotting expertly into the bottom corner of the net. Vale Park erupted and the Valiants went on to deservedly win the game 2-1.
Goal E – Michael Brown vs. Rochdale – 15/11/2014
Veteran midfielder Michael Brown was handed his first start in over a month as Port Vale hosted Rochdale in November. It was thought the former Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United man was included to help stop the free-flowing football Keith Hill’s side usually executes so well. While he did that job to perfection, it was the work he did at the other end of the pitch which ultimately won the game for Vale. Winger Mark Marshall fed Adam Yates down the right before the full back sent a cross into the box. A Dale defender was the first man to it in the six-yard box but could only head into the path of Brown, who volleyed the ball into the ground and into the top corner.
Below is a video showing each of the goals.