Goal of the Month honour for Rotherham United's Kyle Vassell

By Paul Davis | 16/01/2020

Goal of the Month honour for Rotherham United's Kyle Vassell
Award-winning Kyle Vassell

STRIKER Kyle Vassell's 17-month wait for his first Rotherham United league strike has been rewarded with the Sky Bet Goal of the Month award.

Vassell had drawn a blank in the Championship and League One for the Millers since joining them from Blackpool in the summer of 2018 until he opened his opened his account in the 4-0 demolition of Peterborough United at AESSEAL New York Stadium late last year.

His superb overhead kick was good enough to win him the Sky Bet League One prize for December.

The 26-year-old, who has scored four times in his last four outings, said: “It’s crazy to think that it was my first league goal for Rotherham.

"Now that I’m off the mark I am hopeful I can keep it up. It would be even better if I could get a couple more of that calibre.

“It's like with buses ... you wait ages for the first and then two or three come at the same time.

"I feel like I'm now getting a bit of a reward for my overall contribution with the goals starting to go in.”

The winner is decided by Sky Sports TV viewers and 51 per cent of them voted for the centre-forward’s December 29 stunner.

Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman said: “There’s nothing quite as spectacular as an overhead kick when the ball finds the back of the net and this was no exception from Vassell.

“Facing away from the goal, he reacted quickest in a crowd of bodies to chest the ball, then immediately rotate his body, make perfect contact and send the ball flying into the top corner.”

Vassell beat off competition from Oxford United’s Shandon Baptiste and Blackpool’s Matt Virtue.

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