GREAT GOALS: Maddison better than Boyd, but not as good as Best

Peterborough United boss Grant McCann reckons Marcus Maddison's wondergoal against Shrewsbury was better than George Boyd's famous goal from the halfway line in a Championship game against Huddersfield in October 2012.

Wednesday, 1st November 2017, 11:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:15 pm
Posh star George Boyd scores from long range against Huddersfield. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Maddison took aim and let fly from 40 yards wide on the touchline and his wind-assisted strike flew past highly-rated on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

McCann had a great view of that goal and of Boyd’s against the Terriers as he played in that match.

“I set George’s goal up,” McCann stated with tongue firmly placed in cheek.

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George Boyd's strike against Huddersfield flies over the goalkeeper into the net. Photo: David Lowndes.

“George’s was an instibctive finish from a quality player, The goalkeeper was some way off his line and he lobbed him from a long way out.

“The technique Marcus showed last weekend made his a better goal in my opinion.

“It was an incredible piece of skill in tough conditions, but if anyone was going to do it, it was going to be Marcus.

“He actually scored a similar goal in training two weeks ago so we knew he had that sort of goal in his locker. He was probably the only player on the pitch capable of scoring such a goal.

The moment of brilliance from Marcus Maddison that won the game for Posh against Shrewsbury. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

“It was a goal worthy of winning any game and I’m glad in a way it was the only goal.”

Maddison certainly answered McCann’s call for other players to help top scorer Jack Marriott with the goalscoring burden. It was Maddison’s fifth goal of the season in all competitions.

The best goal of all-time at London Road is usually given to George Best’s piece of brilliance for Fulham in a 1976 League Cup tie. Best received the ball on the edge of the area, trapped, flicked it into the air and volleyed it into the top corner of the net in front of a crowd in excess of 16,000.

George Best in his Fulham days.
Barry Fry and George Best together at London Road.
George Boyd's strike against Huddersfield flies over the goalkeeper into the net. Photo: David Lowndes.
The moment of brilliance from Marcus Maddison that won the game for Posh against Shrewsbury. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
George Best in his Fulham days.
Barry Fry and George Best together at London Road.