(Tim’s post reminded me to post this. I’d meant to for ages now.)
Next time someone dismisses a goal as “bah, tap in” or somesuch, have a think about what went before that tap in. Zoltan Gera gives a fine example of this:
A simple goal to the naked eye, but think again about Gera’s run:
If he’d done the obvious thing and stayed still we’d have gone out on away goals. But that run was priceless, a wonderful gamble that paid off, but which was really hard to see. It’s one of the reasons we find it so hard to evaluate players: we see only a small proportion of what each does on the field at any given time.
Anyway, great goal, and not just a tap in.