AWARD: Jon Mellish wins Goal of the Season vote

Our Goal of the Season poll saw almost 2,000 of you vote for your favourite net-buster from the 2020/21 season, and Jon Mellish just pipped Omari Patrick and Ozzy Zanzala to the award.

Jon's first goal against Newport was the winner, with 37% of the vote, with both Omari Patrick v Crawley and Ozzy Zanzala against Southend not too far behind as they came second and third respectively.  

Speaking about the award, Jon Mellish said: "It’s a really nice way to round off the season. It’s always good to get a personal award for something you’ve done, but I didn’t actually think I’d get it with some of the other goals that were up for it.

“Anything that comes down to a fan vote is extra special because it means they’ve gone out of their way to pick you. That’s who you play for because they watch you and come to the games to support you. For them to see the goal and pick it as the best one is a nice feeling, it’s nice to get the award from them."

On which of his 16 strikes this season he sees as his favourite, he told us: “I think the Newport one is probably it.

"I did enjoy the couple I got at Sunderland - obviously I’m a Sunderland fan so it was nice to score at the Stadium of Light - but I think purely for the strike, the Newport one was my favourite.

"With the type of game it was as well, we played really well as a team and I got two goals which rounded off a good performance from all of us."

So what about that final tally?

“I never expected to get 16," he admitted. "I spoke to David [Holdsworth] at the start of the season and he said he’d be happy if I got five goals, so he set that target for me, but personally I set myself a target of 10.

"I didn’t really think about the cup, so I wanted 10 in the league and I managed to get 11 in the end. I actually got past my 10 taregt in November, but it took a while to get to 10 in the league.

"I ended up finishing with 11 in the league so it was nice to get past the target I'd set for myself. To get 16 as a total is a bit mad really, I didn’t think it would be that many.

"I’d love to try and get as close to it as I can next season but David’s target for me might be a bit higher this time around! We’ll see what happens.”

We'll be talking to Jon about the season as a whole at some point in the coming weeks.

Watch all 16 of Jon's goals below (you'll have to take our word on the goal at Colchester!):


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