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Luka’s Saints Strike Voted Goal of the Season

9 May 2018

Palace supporters have voted Luka Milivojevic’s sensational strike against Southampton in January as their Goal of the Season.

The Serbian midfielder began 2018 in the perfect fashion when he grabbed the winning goal against the Saints by sweeping home a fine first-time finish from 25 yards, completely deceiving former Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to clinch a massive win for Roy Hodgson’s team against one of their relegation rivals.

The skipper on that night saw off competition from a strong field of contenders to top the poll, including Wilfried Zaha capping off a superb team goal against Leicester City last month. Only 250 votes separated the two, but Milivojevic just edged the final vote.

The other candidates available for selection were Milivojevic’s free-kick and Zaha’s netbuster against Bournemouth, Zaha’s header against Brighton, Patrick van Aanholt’s goal against Manchester United and Bakary Sako’s thunderbolt at Brighton.

The award caps off a fine individual season for Milivojevic, who became only the fourth player in Palace’s Premier League history to hit double figures in a campaign this season, and currently tops the Eagles’ goalscoring charts for 2017/18.

He was presented with his trophy by assistant manager Ray Lewington at the club’s Boxpark Takeover event in Croydon, who agreed with the decision.

After receiving his trophy, he said: "It was an amazing goal, but to be honest I think we scored much nicer goals than mine, but thank you anyway!

"The fans have been amazing this year. Thank you for your support during the season."

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