Dwight Gayle’s second half free-kick saw Crystal Palace complete an impressive turnaround against Stoke City, and as you would expect, there are plenty of fan-taken videos of the goal from the Holmesdale Road stand.
After seeing a foul given against a visibly frustrated Ryan Shawcross on the edge of the penalty area, Gayle managed to convince Jason Puncheon to walk away and allow him to have a crack at goal, with the subsequent strike flying around the Stoke wall and passed Jakob Haugaard into the right-hand side of the net.
Free-kicks have long been one of the strengths associated with Gayle’s game and yesterday, despite barely playing in the last few months, he showed the home crowd exactly what he can offer to the side when given the chance to impress by Alan Pardew.
Used as part of a genuine 4-4-2 formation when partnered at the head of the team with the towering presence of Connor Wickham, Gayle has already demonstrated his calm head in front of goal when slotting home the equaliser, but in the immediate aftermath of the free-kick that eventually secured all three points, there were voices across Selhurst Park wondering why he isn’t given more game time by Alan Pardew.
Despite playing just 18 times for the first-team this season, Gayle is now a goal ahead of Connor Wickham in the goalscoring charts, with his current tally of seven leading the squad with two games left in the 2015/16 campaign; a record that has prompted those behind the scenes to give him a new contract in recent weeks.
As you can see from the video above, Gayle’s second goal of the day absolutely flew into the back of the net. Let’s hope he can secure a regular place in the side next season, ideally with the help of Connor Wickham in a two-man forward line.