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AWARDS: Luke Joyce wins October Goal of the Month Award

18 November 2016

Luke Joyce makes it a clean sweep for United in October

Carlisle United midfielder Luke Joyce is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for October, after receiving 53% of the public vote.

Joyce brought the ball down from Andre Blackman’s defensive header and unleashed a fierce drilled strike into the top left hand corner of the goal via the Crawley bar in the 3-1 home win.

Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “Joyce doesn’t score many, by his own admission, but this is one that any player would remember for a long time. The first touch tees it up perfectly, and the strike is unstoppable.

“I always think it’s better when a long range strike cannons in off the bar and this one is a real classic of that genre!"

Joyce said: “I’m chuffed to bits to win the award. I was chuffed with the goal itself, and to get rewarded with this as well is brilliant.

“When there’s something voted for by the fans, it makes it more special. To be top of the vote feels really good.

“It’s got to be up there with the best goals I’ve ever scored. To hit it from that distance and see it sail in and hit the top corner via the bar - it was just brilliant.”
 
Joyce beat off competition from Cambridge United’s Luke Berry and Hartlepool United’s Nathan Thomas.

Speaking about the award, which was added to the Manager and Player of the Month accolades for October, Keith Curle said: "Picking up all three awards for the month suggests things have been done properly.

"Luke's goal was an absolute cracker and I think there is more of that to come from him. I've told him in almost every training session that I want him to get into dangerous areas as much as he possibly can.

"I've set him a target of six goals for the season because he should be adding a few tap-ins and taking more shots from the edge of the area. He might even weigh in with a few headers as well.

"This is a well deserved award because he has worked really hard on his finishing. He's a great lad and it's something he should feel very proud of."

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