Preston winner gives Cork the double
By Tony Scholes
Updated Friday, 20th May 2011
It might not have been a wonderful strike from distance, and the goal might not have come from the best team move seen all season, but Jack Cork's winner at Preston some six minutes from time was without doubt a memorable goal.
They did take a first half lead before we brought things level through Jay Rodriguez and that's how it looked as though it would end, with a point apiece, until Lee Grant collected the ball and hit a long kick out to Jay Rod out on the left touchline.
Jay found Cork just inside and the midfielder played a delightful ball out to substitute Wade Elliott on the right wing. Elliott got in the perfect cross, and there was Cork, having made a fantastic run, on the end of it, diving in to head home the winner in front of over 5,000 Burnley fans.
No wonder it's been favoured by fans as the goal of the season and it has won our vote comfortably with 32.8% share.
Chris Iwelumo is much maligned by Burnley fans but early in the season he was bagging goals for fun and hit three in the 4-3 home win against Preston as we came back from 3-1 behind to win 4-3 in this game with three late goals.
He got a hat trick and there is no doubt that his second, the one that pulled us back to 2-3, was his best goal of the season, the brilliantly volleyed shot from a ball into the box from Graham Alexander. That's taken second place with a 16.7% share of the vote.
No other goal reached double figures in the vote but three received over 8% of the vote each and are worthy of mention. They were Elliott's excellent finish in the recent win against Middlesbrough (8.9%), the overhead kick from Dean Marney that proved to be the winner at Portsmouth (8.6%) and the early goal at home to Crystal Palace from Jay Rod, the only goal of the game (8.1%).
But it is Jack Cork who wins the tenth Clarets Mad Goal of the Season, taking the award that was won last season by Robbie Blake's brilliant winner against Manchester United.
That gives Cork both Clarets Mad awards this season having already been confirmed as the Player of the Season. He's the fifth player to achieve the double, following on from Arthur Gnohere, Blake, Ade Akinbiyi and Elliott.
The Clarets Mad Winners
Player of the Season
2001/02: Arthur Gnohere
2002/03: Graham Branch
2003/04: Robbie Blake
2004/05: Gary Cahill
2005/06: Ade Akinbiyi
2006/07: Eric Djemba-Djembav2007/08: Wade Elliott
2008/09: Robbie Blake
2009/10: Chris Eagles
2010/11: Jack Cork
Goal of the Season
2001/02: Arthur Gnohere 2nd v Preston (a)
2002/03: Dean West v Stoke (a)
2003/04: Robbie Blake v Gillingham (h)/Lee Roche v Crystal Palace (h)
2004/05: Micah Hyde v Blackburn (a)
2005/06: Ade Akinbiyi 2nd v Luton (a)
2006/07: Wade Elliott v Sunderland (a)
2007/08: Wade Elliott v Charlton (h)
2008/09: Martin Paterson v Reading (a)
2009/10: Robbie Blake v Manchester United (h)v2010/11: Jack Cork v Preston (a)