2nd par being "he made a slight movement" and 3rd being "He wasn't intending to send it goalwards"??
If so you misunderstand my post... apologies.
Let me try to be clearer:
He instinctively made a movement on reacting to seeing the ball coming towards him.
That movement was not intended to be an attempt on goal. Purely a flinch based on unexpectedly having to react to the ball.
The fact that the flinch was exactly the right movement to spin the ball high into the top corner was a complete fluke.
Hence no technique involved. No muscle memory, no skill, no intent. Just pure unadulterated luck.
He has admitted as much himself.
He spent 81mins standing still and finally the tactic paid off. Useless ****.
I think it was pretty obvious by his reaction to scoring that it was a complete fluke.
And as others have said, he subsequently admitted it.
This is the nub of the issue - we dont know that latter thing for sure - I think instinctively he would have had the spatial awareness to know his position and the goal's position, so his deflection may not have been as utterly random as people are alleging. He definitely shapes his leg as the ball arrives.
Now of course he wants no credit for the goal, it's a total shitshow involving errors by at least 3 players on either side and no pro footballer wants any linking to that given the screamers Diame has made his name for - but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve credit for the speed of his reflexes
"I have been in professional football since I was 16 - that's 33 years this summer. I have seen and done it all. In Brighton, I thought that I had found a club that sat outside the norm. People who love their club but are realistic about their club's prospects in dire circumstances. That appealed to me. That is what I call true loyalty. Supporting the club as you have done through the hard times. I am prepared to be here through these hard times and to develop a squad as I have started to do in preparation for the day that we all move to a new stadium at Falmer. I need your support, patience and understanding in the long-term because there is no quick fix. I hope you will continue to give me that opportunity." Mark McGhee, 17th April 2006
Well I don't think it's likely to be making the shortlist for Goal of the Month throughout the divisions. I've seen goals in slow motion replays hit the back of the net quicker than Newcastle's equaliser in real time last night.
Could only happen at the Amex against us in a big big game
UP THE ALBION!!!!!