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At best it was a two horse race between Matt Lowton’s goal at Crystal Palace and Dwight McNeil’s at Everton but it was Lowton, who was in front from the start, who claimed the Up the Clarets Goal of the Season with just his second Burnley goal.

He’d scored for us in the 5-0 win at MK in January 2016 but his previous Premier League goal was for Aston Villa in April 2013 in a 3-1 win at Stoke when Michael Kightly scored the Stoke goal in a game that also featured Jonathan Walters and Ashley Westwood.

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His winning goal at Palace came in the second minute of the second half with Burnley already leading 2-0 through early goals scored by Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson and Jay Rodriguez. Lowton picked up the ball on the right and just a matter of feet inside the Palace half. He moved forward, beat Luka Milivojevic on the outside before brushing past Patrick van Aanholt in the inside.

When he played the ball inside to Jay Rodriguez just outside the penalty box we thought that was the end of his involvement in the move, but no, he continued his run, took a return ball from Jay and hit a sensational volley past Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

The goal won 56% of the vote to ensure it was the winner and the only other goal to secure any number of points was McNeil’s equally superb effort that gave us a 2-0 lead against Everton at Goodison Park. His goal secured 36% of the vote with the other seven candidates way behind.

Lowton joins previous winners Jeff Hendrick (2016/17 & 2018/19), Steven Defour (2017/18) and Jay Rodriguez (2019/20) with only Hendrick’s goal against Bournemouth scored at Turf Moor and his name has been added to the Up the Clarets Honours Board alongside those previous winners.

The Full 2020/21 Result

56% – Matt Lowton v Crystal Palace (a)
36% – Dwight McNeil v Everton (a)
3% – Matěj Vydra v Southampton (a)
2% – Josh Brownhill v Millwall (a)
1% – Ashley Westwood v Wolves (a) & Chris Wood v Fulham (a)
0% – Chris Wood v Aston Villa (h)
0% – Robbie Brady v Everton (h) & Chris Wood 1st v Wolves (a)

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