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Gallery: Dan Picks His Top Ten

6 June 2013

Away photographer Dan Westwell picks his best images from the last campaign...

Jamal Campbell-Ryce celebration at Oldham - This is brilliant purely for the way Joss ‘Superman’ Labadie is celebrating with JCR’s calf on his own! 

Youth team at Scunthorpe United – This isn’t one of my ‘best’ pictures as it’s not an action shot or celebration shot, but I liked it because it’s got the younger lads who were subs that match and also one who wasn’t (Malachi Lavelle-Moore), but that didn’t bother him as he wished his team mates all the best by hugging Kyle Dixon. A good sign that youth could be the way forward in years to come. 

Lee Hughes at Bramall Lane - There were quite a few I could’ve chosen of this chap, but this one is one of the best because it’s a celebration shot and as a photographer, to get the player looking right down the barrel at you, like he’s doing here, is always extra special.

Yoann Arquin at Coventry – Yoann Arquin trying an overhead kick at Coventry. It’s one of my best action shots from last season. His face is of pure concentration and his hands are ready for the landing and it’s pin sharp, everything a good action shot should be.

Arquin v Coventry – I didn’t want to duplicate matches really but I couldn’t leave this one out as I think it’s a great celebration shot which oozes delight at scoring the winning goal as he celebrates with Jordan Stewart.

Arquin at Pompey (FAC) – I think having three on the trot of Yoann Arquin shows how good he was before Christmas. Here he celebrates his goal at Portsmouth with Neal Bishop in front of the Pompey Kop. Again like the Lee Hughes picture, he’s looking right down the lens.

Alan Sheehan at Brentford – One of my best action shots was this one from Brentford where Tom Adeyemi tackles Alan Sheehan but takes a bit more than just the ball as you can see from the expression on Sheehan’s face!

Bartosz Bialkowski at Swindon - It would be unfair not to include one of the brilliant saves that Bart pulled off this season. Here he is denying James Collins from point blank range after going in the opposite direction but still managing to get a foot to divert the ball away for a corner. A quite incredible save that helped Notts to a point.

Fabian Spiess at Orient - Speaking of heroic goalkeeping, it would also be unfair not to include Fabian Spiess’ performance when he came on at Leyton Orient for the injured Bart. I think he shocked everyone with his display. Here is the best save of the match where the ball was destined for the far corner until his intervention. Indeed the Orient players and fans were actually celebrating a goal until Fab got his hand to it and deflected it round the post.

Jeff Hughes at Pompey - This is without doubt my best celebration sequence of the season. A rain sodden Fratton Park had prevented anything worthwhile happening for the first 80 minutes until Jeff Hughes popped up with his goal. His celebration showed what it meant to him and the team as they completed a hat trick of wins against Portsmouth this season.

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