Premier League footballer Matt Phillips scored one of the goals of the season this weekend – a 40-yard screamer which has won accolades across the world.
Phillips, who grew up in Bedgrove and attended the Grange School, scored the wonder goal in the 83rd minute of his side Queens Park Rangers’ 3-1 defeat against London rivals Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.
Despite the goal only being a consolation for QPR, the football world went crazy following the former his amazing effort which proved a great late birthday present for Phillips, who had turned 24 on the Friday.
Palace manager Alan Pardew described it as a ‘special’ goal saying: “I don’t think I have ever seen a better goal than we saw (from Matt Phillips) at this place. Ironically, it was from the opposition.”
The shot was later calculated as travelling 43 yards at 58mph and led to Phillips’ name becoming the top trend in the UK and one of the top three in the world.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweeted his admiration while former Blackburn and Birmingham midfielder and current BBC pundit Robbie Savage tweeted ‘goal of the season from Matt Phillips today’.