Most Premier League and Football League clubs usually run a “Goal of The Month” competition on their website, celebrating the best efforts from their players as well as boosting fan interaction through the medium of polls.
For struggling sides, however, this can be a problem. A lack of goals means a lack of options for the fans to choose.
Not scoring throughout the entire month, however, is embarrassing. I’m taking a look at you, here, Aston Villa….
No goals for the Villains during October has led to the club, quite rightly, cancelling their “Goal of the Month” campaign, leading to widespread mocking on social media sites and newspapers alike. The club’s poor run of form has led to a remarkable collection of statistics, of things that have happened since Gabby Agbonlahor’s winner for Aston Villa, at Anfield, on 13th September.
For example, Championship clubs Leeds United and Watford have, combined, gone through five different managers since Villa last scored. Oscar Garcia, Billy McKinlay and Slasiva Jokanovic have all held the managerial position at Vicerage Road in this time, whilst Darko Milanic and Neil Redfearn have taken charge at Elland Road.
In addition to this, Real Madrid icon, and arguably the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored 19 times on his own since Agbonlahor’s goal, a figure that could rise as Real host Liverpool in the Champions League.
This barren run of 52 days without scoring a Premier League goal has put a dampener on the bright start that Aston Villa made to the season, and they will need to turn it around quickly to avoid further mocking.