Birmingham City: Goal of the Season - Part Four
A goal of the season is always tough to choose because each individual person has a different criteria. A scrappy goal in the last minute of a game to earn your side 3 points is arguably better than a wonder goal but your team losing 5-1 say. So it is always open to interpretation.
For me, I have gone with a goal that epitomizes the Blues' as we have somewhat forgotten how to play good, attacking football in the spell under Gianfranco Zola which has seen us plummet down the table so that now we are in a relegation scrap. There is never a dull season as a Birmingham City fan is there? Some years I long for a comfortable mid-table slot but that is never to be.
The goal that I have chosen showed desire to close defenders down and a finish that any winger would be proud of. It also showed that we never gave up as we were drawing in this game and it really needed a goal rather than to let our heads drop which has been the case in recent weeks in particular.
Jacques Maghoma vs Rotherham United - St.Andrews, Tuesday 18th October.
I have always been a bit wary of going into night matches. We just never seem to do well when it comes to the mid-week games and I always have that in the back of my mind. The game vs Rotherham was no different and my mood wasn't helped when the struggling Yorkshire side (who have now been relegated) pulled the scores level at 1-1. However, we went on to win this game 4-2 and what I think is really great about this game is that we constantly attacked and tried to penetrate the defense at all times, not just when we were losing but when we were winning as well. We didn't just settle for what we had.
For Maghoma's goal, all the desire was there. Just beyond the half way line Maghoma closed down a Rotherham player out wide and gained the ball. He then drove towards the penalty box with desire and knocked the ball inside to go past two defenders. He then fired the ball into the bottom corner of the goal with real finesse leaving Lee Camp in the Rotherham goal with no chance. Now, this goal to me was not only a really good finish and individual play, it also really did sum up the fearless nature that we had before Zola and how controlled and lacking in drive we had after Zola.
I do think there have been more important goals such as David Davis' strike against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Clayton Donaldson's penalty against Fulham but as an actual goal itself, I think this one cannot be beaten.