Eagles midfielder Andros Townsend has scooped the Premier League’s Carling Goal of the Month award for March for his sensational 80-yard solo effort against West Bromwich Albion.
The Palace man beat off competition from Fernando Llorente, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Robert Huth, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Oumar Niasse to claim the prize, which was decided by a panel of experts and Premier League fans.
In the final moments of the game at The Hawthorns, Townsend dispossessed Jonathan Leko on the edge of his own area, and began to advance upfield. Shrugging off the youngster, the winger then reached the Albion box, and after some stepovers helped him past Gareth McAuley he fired low past Ben Foster to seal a 2-0 win for Sam Allardyce’s side.
Speaking about his strike, Townsend said: “I shrugged off Leko and Christian [Benteke] ran away so he left me the space, and even though I had nothing left I thought ‘I’m going to have to go for this.’ It ended up as a two-v-two attack and thankfully I scored the goal.
“It’s definitely up there as one of the best in my career. I’ve been criticised that I’m a great scorer of goals, but not a great goalscorer. I’ve scored one for Spurs from a similar distance against Swansea, and a couple for England against Italy and Montenegro as well as another for Leyton Orient against Yeovil from a similar distance, so I’ve scored quite a few!”