United defender Danny Grainger is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for November, receiving 45% of the public vote.
A captain’s way to claim three points for his side. Grainger had no right to be so far forward in injury time, but he adjusted his feet adroitly to lash home a finely judged angled winner.
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “What a way to score the winning goal! Facing the disappointment of a late equaliser, Grainger reacted in the perfect manner, lashing his drive on the half volley into the top corner with that majestic left foot that he possesses.
“As usual this season, he has been in fine goalscoring form and is well on course for his second consecutive double-figure season return.”
Speaking about the award, Danny Grainger said: “I’m delighted, over the moon, and it’s obviously nice to get a bit of personal recognition at times.
“Winning goal of the month is massive for me and it’s been quite nerve-wracking waiting for the results to come through
“It’s one of those chances where you set yourself and decide to go for it, and it’s good to see it fly past the keeper. A few people have been giving me a bit of stick and saying it was a deflection, but there was no touch on it at all. It was just the movement of the ball which helped it to fly up into the top corner.”
“The special thing about this award is that the fans have taken time to vote on it,” he added. “I’d like to say thank you to everybody who did that, and it’s nice to see that it wasn’t just Carlisle fans. I think all three nominated goals got people talking, and that’s what it’s all about.
“I know Gary Liddle voted about 40 times after he kept clearing his cookies, and things like that, so he’ll be delighted that I won it as well! I’m obviously over the moon but, as I keep saying, the most important thing that day was that it won us the three points.”
And setting the record straight on his long-range free kick in the Colchester game at the weekend, he said: “It’s another where there was no deflection at all.
“I don’t know who keeps putting this in the newspaper that it was, because there was nobody near it. The goalkeeper did me a lot of favours, we can say that, but there was no deflection.”
Grainger beat off competition from Cambridge United’s George Maris and Colchester United’s Sammie Szmodics.
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