SURVEY 2013: Vaughan’s strike hit the heights with Sunderland fans

David Vaughan after his goal against Newcastle United at St James Park.
David Vaughan after his goal against Newcastle United at St James Park.
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DAVID Vaughan scored only one goal in 2012-13, but it was the one that Sunderland fans enjoyed the most across the whole of the season.

The Welshman’s stunning strike from the edge of the box sealed victory for Sunderland at St James’s Park on April 14 and in doing so, gave the fans a perfect day.

Vaughan’s goal, hit unerringly in the 82nd minute, ensured an unassailable 3-0 lead and the away fans a stand-out day to savour in a eminently forgettable season.

There were comfortably more votes cast for Vaughan’s screamer than the other eight contenders put together in the Echo’s Survey 2013.

That was a voting breakdown which would have won favour with Paolo Di Canio, who thought the goal “phenomenal” and compared it with his own famous volley that won Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season in 2000.

Di Canio said: “His first touch was crucial in scoring that fantastic goal.

“I look at everything, not just the strike into the top corner because he orientated his body in an instant in the right way.

“The touch was perfect and then the balance in the way he struck it, with one leg on the ground and the other swinging and striking.

“He landed like a ballet dancer.

“If your balance and technique is right, you don’t fall over in an inelegant way. It was similar to my volley against Wimbledon. David’s body shape was perfect.”

Vaughan’s goal polled almost three times as many votes as the next goal on the list.

But that too was a goal in the Tyne-Wear derby – Adam Johnson’s stretching strike from outside the box to put Sunderland 2-0 up.

Beyond that, only two more goals really resonated with Sunderland fans – Johnson’s Boxing Day match-winner against his former club Manchester City and Stephane Sessegnon’s mouthwatering strike in the 3-1 win at Fulham.

Johnson’s goal to sink City was not dissimilar to the one he notched against Newcastle – once again he cut in from the right to unleash a shot from 25 yards, but this one beat the keeper at the near, rather than the far post.

Sessegnon’s goal against the Cottagers in November was his first goal in 19 games, but it was almost worth the wait, Sunderland hitting on the counter-attack and Johnson feeding the Benin international to curled a superb shot into the top corner from 25 yards.