Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz is the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month winner for October.
Blackburn’s attack seemed to fizzle out as the ball spilled out of the Sunderland box. Not so. Brereton Diaz followed it and immediately drove it with pace and precision into the far corner.
Brereton Diaz said: “It’s brilliant. It’s the first award in my career for a goal so I’m really happy about it. It was a special moment and it was a great goal with my left foot, which I don’t score many with.
“When the ball came to me I just thought ‘why not’. You just hope it goes on target. I concentrated a bit more with it on my left foot. I caught it nicely, it was a good shot and I was really happy to see it go in.
“We won the game as well so it was a big moment for me and a big moment for the team. The goal and the moment was special so it’s definitely up for one of my best goals.
“When it’s a live Sky game you know everyone is watching and you want a good performance and I thought we did that that night to get a good result, which was the most important thing.”
Sky Bet League One Winner: Barry Bannan – SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v Cheltenham Town – 8th October
Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan is the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month winner for October.
Although Cheltenham goalkeeper Luke Southwood felt he was well placed when Bannan pulled his foot back 25 yards from goal, the power, accuracy and late dive of the Scot’s shot left him helpless.
Bannan said: “I’m really happy to win this award. I’m just happy that I’m scoring goals and helping the team and hopefully more accolades will come. It’s always good to get recognition because it means you’re doing something. right, so I’m very grateful.”
Bannan beat competition from Ipswich Town’s Kyle Edwards, Bristol Rovers’ Aaron Collins and Plymouth Argyle’s Bali Mumba.
Sky Bet League Two Winner: Doncaster Rovers v LEYTON ORIENT – October 8
Leyton Orient striker Paul Smyth is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for October.
There was gymnastic flair and flexibility in both Smyth’s acrobatic contortion of his body to volley home overhead with his back to goal and in the somersault celebration that followed.
Smyth said: “I think it’s the best goal I’ve ever scored so it’s great to win the monthly award to remember it.
“I saw the opportunity and came up short to get it and Rob Hunt had found me. I took a touch that put it in the air and I thought why not?”
“It’s been a really good season both personally and for the team. We know there’s still a long way to go, so while monthly accolades like this are great, we’re all focused on the big one as a team at the end of the season .”