Taylor or Essien?

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by StuBoy, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    Right simple question this about who thought what goal was best. Personally I'm really on the fence for this one, I though Taylor's was great but then Essien's was equally memorable. If I had to pick it would be Taylor, just because the volley is harder, technically.
  2. jobr

    jobr Squad Player

    Essien for me.

    Taylor's was a superb goal, but had a huge element of luck attached, he hit it sweetly, he admitted he hadn't a clue where Howard was, and Howard was off the line.

    The way Essiens shot swerved back in at the last moment and beat a keeper of that quality from that distance was superb.
  3. jobr

    jobr Squad Player

    good technique 8)
  4. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    I must admit, Essien's goal was placed into the only part of the net that the goalkeeper couldn't reach. The way he hit the ball he must have anticipated it was going to swerve as he used the outside of the boot, hitting it wide of the goal initially.
  5. willmer

    willmer Reservist

    Taylor for me as he did look up.

    Essien's caught a gust of wind lol
  6. berkshirehorn

    berkshirehorn presumably I upset/disappointed someone

    two goal of the months in one weekend
    Essien for me. Top technique and confidence at such a tense time in the match.
  7. jobr

    jobr Squad Player

    Wonder what he looked up for, as he has admitted not looking at where Howard was :rolleyes:
  8. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    Maybe he wanted to check for rain?
  9. brumhorn

    brumhorn First Year Pro

    essien for me, pressure was on and he delivered. although taylors was an alright strike aswell...
  10. lowerrous

    lowerrous Squad Player


    Personally, I find it a lot easier to cleanly hit volleys than it is to hit balls on the ground. Plus, it's a lot harder to generate so much power when the ball is on the ground as with Essien's shot, than when it's falling from the sky at a fast pace. Just think about how many volleyed defensive 'hoofs' there are in games to see that getting power and general direction on falling balls is not actually very difficult.

    Taylor's shot was a glorified hoof at goal.
  11. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    You can generate a fair degree of power though if the ball is rolling towards you when you strike it. As in Essien's case. Taylor did well not to shin it when he struck it, i.e like Van Persie's goal. Plus to get the dip he did to drop it under the bar showed great technical ability. Still both goals were equally great I think.
  12. albangura9

    albangura9 Squad Player

    Essiens was pure quality, hit with the outside of the foot, with the right amount of power, curling in the air into the goal- a really good goal.

    As with taylors, i think that it itself is definatley the better goal. Taylor new how and when to hit it, however i think ,it may have been a 'hit and hope' goal. He volleyed it sweetly, and took it perfectly. It was a super goal.

    So i'm going to say taylors goal shades it ;D;D;D;D;D
  13. The Hornet

    The Hornet The Quiet Mod is Watching

    I would go for Taylors goal, was absolutly brilliant even if he played for Luton.
  14. Aberystwyth_Hornet

    Aberystwyth_Hornet Squad Player

    I don’t know if Taylor was trying to shoot, I think he was just trying to clear the ball! :rolleyes:

    Both were very good, the swerve on Essien’s shots was unbelievable, I thought it was going well wide when he hit it.

    But for me it has to be Taylor’s goal. Normally a shot like that would end up in the crowd, but if you pull it off like he did…it’s just magic (with an element of luck).
  15. albangura9

    albangura9 Squad Player

    lol you never know... ;D;D;D
  16. Rookery_'Orn!

    Rookery_'Orn! Squad Player

    Matt Taylor ;D
  17. Big Dave Airey

    Big Dave Airey Reservist


    Taylor is an ex-scummer and I don't like to see ex-scummers do well. Except if they then join us.
  18. WatfordÉire

    WatfordÉire Squad Player

    taylor's will get goal of the month simply because you don't get goals like that every week. i'm not saying essiens weren't good it's just we seen alot of goals like that. there are usually 1 or 2 every few weeks wheras taylors goal (with the exception of v.persies) probably wont happen again this season.

    essiens was better for technique as it is harder to cleanly strike a ball along a bobbly pitch like stamford bridge without completely slicing it.

    both are in top drawer for accuracy and as for power, taylors didn't need but essiens was 64.5mph!!!!!!:eek:
  19. kingjames77

    kingjames77 Squad Player

    World first here, something me and Jobby agree on ;D

    Essien's IMO was the better strike... as someone else said before, he took aim and banged it into the only part of the goal the keeper couldnt reach.. the swerve with the outside of the boot was something else!!

    Sure Taylor's isnt far behind but as Taylor himself admitted, more luck than judgement!!
  20. Evasive

    Evasive Requiescat in pace

    Having just watched the Essien goal, (I previously hadn't seen it) I definately think that Essien's was better.

    The intent was there and it was a sublime finish. Taylor's had more of an element of luck although it was a great finish too.
  21. davidnewtonwfc

    davidnewtonwfc Reservist

    Although I agree with you there Evasive, and I do feel the curl on Essiens shot was outstanding, I think Taylors' goal was better, as it was taken on the volley at that far a distance, may have been fluke, but it was an extraordinary goal.

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