Paolo Di Canio’s luxurious scissor kick volley in opposition to Wimbledon in 2000 stays one of many stand-out targets in Premier League historical past.
The enduring strike from the then West Ham striker was an ideal execution that left Dons’ goalkeeper Neil Sullivan with no likelihood. It not solely scooped the Match of the Day purpose of the season award for 1999-2000 however in 2016 it was voted one of the best purpose ever scored on the Hammers’ Upton Park stadium of their last season there.
Saturday noticed the twenty second anniversary of the marvel purpose – and a League Two centre-forward noticed match to pay correct tribute to the Italian. Port Vale’s Jamie Proctor unleashed his very personal karate kick-style effort in his group’s 2-0 win over Sutton United.
After the ball looped into the air following a deflection, Proctor jumped excessive to scissor-kick a crisp volley into the again of the web. Proctor and his teammates might scarcely consider the strike – his ninth of the marketing campaign.
Vale’s official Twitter account paid tribute, by retweeting a clip of the Di Canio strike with the caption: “Precisely 22 years later, Jamie Proctor despatched one among his personal.”
Proctor was comparatively modest about his marvel purpose when interviewed by membership media post-match. He mentioned of the purpose: “It was at an ideal top to hit. It is a type of you do not often rating – I do not anyway. I’ve not scored a purpose like that ever.
“I simply thought ‘have a go’ – why not? We had been taking part in effectively on the time, we appeared assured and had been on the entrance foot. Typically they go in and typically they do not. Fortunately for me and the group at this time, it did.”
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Di Canio has beforehand mentioned of his purpose: “The Wimbledon purpose was superb! The supply was a typical English supply, you realize, because it was a supply that began and arrived shortly. Immediately, I noticed this ball arrive and I did a bicycle volley instinctively and the proportion of the issue is 99 per cent. However, in the event you see the change within the air, it’s a concord that solely the dancer can have. I can perceive in England why they present this as a result of it was just about an ideal strike.”
Proctor’s strike for Vale adopted James Wilson’s fortuitous opener. The victory sees Vale leap from ninth as much as fourth within the desk and they’re proper within the combine for a play-off spot in a tightly-bunched race which sees simply seven factors separate second from tenth.
Assistant supervisor Andy Crosby mentioned: “It was an electrical begin. We mentioned we needed to begin quick, which now we have been doing right here. We obtained on the entrance foot and scored two early targets. The sport turned just a little bit scrappy then for the remainder of the primary half they usually had a spell. However we knew what we needed to do at this time in opposition to them. Out of possession, we needed to do all of the fundamentals to a very excessive stage.”