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Gray wins Goal of the Month award

QPR striker Andre Gray is the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month winner for November, receiving 52% of the public vote.

Last-gasp winners such as Andre's at Derby don’t come any sweeter. It seemed the post had denied QPR until Gray, with his back to goal, controlled the ball, touched it on, then volleyed home in one beguiling blur.

Gray is currently self-isolating so the award was picked up on his behalf by R's manager Mark Warburton, but the forward reflected: “This was one of those goals where you just have to trust your instincts and hope the ball goes where you want it to.

“There wasn’t long left and we needed a winner, so thankfully I was able to react to the ball coming off the post, my touch was good and the strike beat the 'keeper to secure an important three points.”

Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman said: “Andre Gray’s finish was worthy of this award in isolation, but the fact it came at the death, winning the game for QPR, sets it even further apart from the rest of this month’s contenders. 

“Everything from the touch to the strike to the awareness required to react to the rebound was just sublime.”

Gray beat off competition from Nottingham Forest’s Philip Zinckernagel and Sheffield United’s Rhian Brewster.

Gray is currently self-isolating so the award was picked up on his behalf by manager Mark Warburton.