Crystal Palace are drawing 1-1 with Manchester City, at the Etihad, halftime is approaching, and Roy Hodgson is keen to get his players back into the dressing room to prepare them for a tough second half.
Let’s paint a picture for you. One you’ll have seen countless time but one you’ll surely never tire of.
Crystal Palace are drawing 1-1 with Manchester City, at the Etihad, half-time is approaching, and Roy Hodgson is keen to get his players back into the dressing room to prepare them for a tough second half.
With little time of the opening fourty-five minutes left, Patrick van Aanholt swings in a free-kick and City clear as far as the onrushing Andros Townsend, who connects with the sweetest of strikes and the ball rockets into the top corner of Ederson’s net. Limbs in the away end, as you can well imagine.
Obviously, the Manchester City crowd are stunned; they cannot believe what they have just witnessed; meanwhile, the group of Palace fans who have travelled up are in total delirium, they also cannot believe what they have just seen.
Townsend is known for scoring some spectacular goals he has done for Palace, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, but this was on another level, the technique required to hit the ball that well is something which has to be admired and as soon as the ball left his foot it was only going to end up in one place.
A sensational goal and it also led to a famous win for the Eagles as they returned to South-East-London with all three points.
Now, he has belatedly received his award for the strike of his career from Premier League sponsors, Carling.
— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) June 10, 2019
Amazingly Townsend did not win Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season as that was awarded to Vincent Kompany for his screamer against Leicester City, which also happened to be at the same end as Townsend’s.
The Belgian’s strike was sublime, and in the context of the title race it was massive, but for the pure technique, Townsend’s goal cannot be understated. It was simply that good.
Carling’s award was voted for by fans, so it seems that most football fans in this country agree that the Crystal Palace wingers’ strike was the best of the season. Kompany aside, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one.
Should Townsend’s goal have won the Match of the Day goal of the season? Palace fans, tell us how you felt watching that go in….