Sky Bet Goal of the Month: Almen Abdi, Erhun Oztumer and Paul Mullin win awards for February

Almen Abdi topped the poll for the Championship
Image: Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Almen Abdi won the Sky Bet Championship award

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Almen Abdi has won the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month award for February .

Abdi claimed the award after receiving 49 per cent of the public vote, beating off competition from Norwich City's Jonny Howson and Michael Kightly of Burton Albion.

Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman, one of the competition judges, said: "Unfortunately for Nottingham Forest, they seem to have been on the end of quite a few screamers in the last month and this volley was the pick of the bunch.

"His shot was hit with so much pace and power it gave the keeper no chance and nearly broke the net."

Abdi said: "I was put in the squad and I had to impress, and it was a pretty nice goal if I don't mind saying so myself!"

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Almen Abdi was voted the winner of the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month award for February

In Sky Bet League One, the prize went to Walsall's Erhun Oztumer for his strike against Bolton on February 11. He collected 63 per cent of the popular vote.

The 'Turkish Messi' spotted Bolton keeper Ben Alnwick off his line, before netting with a 40-yard looping volley.

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Erhun Oztumer of Walsall collected 63% of the vote
Image: Erhun Oztumer of Walsall collected 63 per cent of the vote

Goodman said: "You need the vision and the awareness to spot the opportunity but having the technical ability to pull it off is sensational."

Otzumer also won the October award and the diminutive 25-year-old said: "There were a few headers, it was bouncing around. It's come across me and I've had no options but to shoot.

"I've just hit it with the outside of my foot on the half volley and it's gone in the top corner."

Otzumer beat off competition from Oxford United's Rob Hall and Bury's Andrew Tuttle.

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Erhun Oztumer was voted the winner of the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month award for February

Morecambe's Paul Mullin was the recipient in Sky Bet League Two, curling home from 25 yards after outwitting three Leyton Orient defenders with his turn and strike on the first Saturday of February.

Mullin received 57 per cent of the vote and Goodman said: "When he picks up a difficult ball, Mullin still has a huge amount to do.

Paul Mullin of Morecambe won the League Two award
Image: Paul Mullin of Morecambe won the League Two award

"The goal displayed strength to hold his man off, skill to outwit three defenders, and accuracy and power in the strike."

Mullin himself said: "I was made up to get the goal and getting a result at Orient set up a good month for us.

"It was one of those where nothing else was on and I managed to get a bit of space for myself, so I just hit it and thankfully it went in."

Crawley Town's Josh Payne and Portsmouth's Gary Roberts were the others considered in this category.

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Paul Mullin was voted the winner of the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month award for February

The winners of the Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month awards were chosen after a fan poll on skysports.com.

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