Sunderland boss thrilled that David Vaughan scores a Paolo Di Canio goal

GREAT GOAL: Paolo Di Canio celebrating David Vaughan scoring the third goal at St James's Park
GREAT GOAL: Paolo Di Canio celebrating David Vaughan scoring the third goal at St James's Park
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PAOLO DI CANIO and David Vaughan equals great goals.

The Italian even compares it with his own volley for West Ham against Wimbledon in 2000 – a strike that was voted the best of the season and is still rated as one of the most eye-catching goals of the Premier League era.

“His first touch was crucial in scoring that fantastic goal,” added Di Canio.

“I look at everything, not just the strike into the top corner because he orientated his body in an instant in the right way.

“The ball was behind his body-line, but he dropped off half a yard and took the ball with the outside of his left foot to prepare his next step.

“The touch was perfect and then the balance in the way he struck it, with one leg on the ground and the other swinging and striking.

“He landed like a ballet dancer.

“I remember when I did the volley. You don’t fall over in a not very elegant way.

“His body shape was perfect.”

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