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Lacey bags award

14 October 2016

Paddy Lacey is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for September, receiving 46% of the public vote.

The midfielder's turn and strike from outside the box to beat Portsmouth came out on top against efforts from Pompey's Gary Roberts and Colin Daniel of Blackpool.

The goal came on the 23-year-old's first League Two start and is now that little bit more memorable.

“I just want to say thanks very much to everyone that voted," he said. "I'm made up to have won. There were two other great goals from teams with big fan bases in Portsmouth and Blackpool. To all the Stanley fans that voted – ta very much!

“I was a bit surprised to be nominated because I'd seen some good goals over the course of the month so it was nice but I'm really happy to have gone on to win it."

Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “At first glances this looks like a typical long-range hit-and-hope attempt from Lacey, but what makes it really impressive is the composure he shows.

“Lacey controls the ball with his left foot and, whilst under pressure, does a full 360 degree turn to take him away from an onrushing defender before finding the pace, trajectory and accuracy from distance to beat a keeper who had a good starting position and find the top corner.

“He'll do well to score a more spectacular goal in his career.”

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