Schar delight at Carling Goal of the Month for February 2019

8 Mar 2019

Newcastle defender takes prize after 'special' long-range strike against Burnley

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When Newcastle United centre-back Fabian Schar moved to St James’ Park last summer, he could hardly have imagined that he would win a Carling Goal of the Month award in his first season.

But his stunning long-range strike against Burnley has been voted the best goal of February, with the 27-year-old becoming the first Newcastle player to win the Premier League prize.

"It's special for me," he says. "I've never won a trophy like this and probably it will be my last one, but it's nice to score a goal like this."

'A special sound'

Schar's 30-yard rocket clipped the post on its way into the top right corner, breaking the deadlock and sending the Magpies on their way to a 2-0 win at St James' Park.

"After the game I saw the video and you hear when it hit the post," he says. "It's a special sound. These goals always look good.

"You don't think too much about things. You just do what's in your mind, and in these five or 10 seconds everything goes good.

'I love the fans'

"I saw some videos from the fans, a video from Alan Shearer [celebrating]. It's really nice to see the people going crazy like this.

"I love the Newcastle fans and all the people in the stadium so it's crazy to get a goal like this when you play at home."

Schar’s strike was chosen as the winner after a public vote through the Carling website and the Carling Tap App, beating seven other efforts.

Carling Goal of the Month February shortlist

Andre Gomes EVE 1-3 WOL (2 Feb)
Nathan Redmond BUR 1-1 SOU (2 Feb)
Marcus Rashford LEI 0-1 MUN (3 Feb)
Anthony Martial FUL 0-3 MUN (9 Feb)
Georginio Wijnaldum LIV 3-0 BOU (9 Feb)
Sergio Aguero MCI 6-0 CHE (10 Feb - first goal)
Fabian Schar NEW 2-0 BUR (26 Feb)
Sadio Mane LIV 5-0 WAT (27 Feb - second goal)

See: 2018/19 awards winners

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