Nigerian forward Sone Aluko’s breathtaking goal for Reading in their triumphant 1-0 home fixture against Queens Park Rangers has earned a place among the contenders for the Sky Bet Championship goal of the month for March. The stunning strike has positioned Aluko alongside tough competition, including Cote d’Ivoire and Cardiff defender Sol Bamba, as well as Millwall’s Ben Marshall, for this prestigious award.
Sky Sports revealed the nominations, highlighting Aluko’s exceptional goal that showcased his remarkable skill. Embarking on a solo run from just inside his own half, Aluko exhibited exceptional flair as he skillfully maneuvered past QPR’s Jake Bidwell. Demonstrating impressive finesse, he cut inside from the right flank and unleashed a thunderous shot from a distance of over 20 yards, leaving QPR’s goalkeeper, Alex Smithies, with no chance to react.
This pivotal goal marked Aluko’s third of the season and secured a significant victory for Reading, marking new manager Paul Clement’s inaugural win after taking over from Jaap Stam. The victory was also Reading’s first in 10 matches, delivering a crucial three points in their intense battle for Championship survival.
Supporters have the opportunity to influence the outcome of the award through a fan poll hosted on skysports.com, following a shortlist crafted by a judging panel based on suggestions submitted via Twitter. The voting window remains open until Tuesday, April 10, with the highly anticipated winner set to be unveiled on Friday, April 13.
Aluko’s spectacular goal not only reflects his individual brilliance but also stands as a testament to Reading’s resurgence under new leadership, marking a pivotal moment in their pursuit of securing their status in the Championship.