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Stoke 1-3 Villa: Lowton - It was a vital goal but horrific celebration

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Stoke 1-3 Villa: Lowton - It was a vital goal but horrific celebration


Matt Lowton joked post-match that he'd have to practice his celebrations after dubbing his gleeful goal gesture "horrific."

There was nothing terrible about the goal itself, with the right-back pinging in a classy 30-yard drive, which broke Stoke hearts and breathed new life into Villa's bid to march up the table.

It was so frustrating for manager Paul Lambert, his team and the mass of supporters as they saw their goal lead pegged back late in the game by winger Michael Kightly.

It was undeserved, with Villa having made all the running in a dynamic and delightful game at the Britannia Stadium.

But just as hope seemed to be extinguished, up popped Lowton with his wonder strike, which had pundits, players, former players and fans raving on social media site Twitter soon after the final whistle.

Lowton was thrilled with the special goal - his best-ever - but stressed that the three points were of far more significance.

He also promised to practice his jig of delight for the next howitzer he hits.

He said: "It's an unbelievable feeling. The three points was the main thing.

"But to score - and to score in that fashion - is fantastic.

"The one against Swansea was fantastic but it's always been in the back of my mind the keeper did me a favour by diving out of the way.

"This time it's sat up sweet, I have caught it and it's beaten the keeper.

"I was concentrating on my first touch but as soon as it sat up like it did it needed hitting. Luckily it flew in the back of the net.

"It's the best goal of my career - definitely, 100%!

"I have scored tap-ins before! It's nice to get any goal but to score one like that is unbelievable.

"The three points were the most important and it's great to come and get them at a place like this. They are struggling themselves and it's dragged them back into it.

"I think the timing was key. It was 1-1, the momentum was perhaps with them so to get the goal shot them down and we went on to score the third, which was fantastic."

The goal gave him goosebumps but so did celebrating with the partisan claret and blue crowd.

He continued: "It's one of the best feelings running towards the crowd and they're jumping up and down and going barmy.

"That's because of us. The fans have been there all season. It's great that we made them happy.

"It's up there with my best feelings ever. The timing of the win - and the crucial nature of it."

On the celebration, he added: "It was horrific. I don't score many so it's one thing I don't practice. But maybe I should!"

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By @AVFCOfficial 7th April 2013
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