Dean Ashton rates Steven Gerrard's FA Cup final goal as best ever

Dean Ashton says that Steven Gerrard's goal in the FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham United is the best he has ever seen.


Dean Ashton has said on Goals on Sunday, broadcast on February 21 at 11am, that Steven Gerrard's last-gasp equaliser in the 2006 FA Cup final is the best goal that he has ever seen.


West Ham United held a 3-2 advantage as the game entered the closing minutes but Gerrard forced extra-time with a thunderous 25-yard strike that flew into the bottom corner.


Liverpool would go on to lift the trophy after winning a penalty shootout and Ashton has admitted that turn of events left him with mixed feelings about the match.


Ashton scored to put the Hammers into a 2-0 lead, but he has acknowledged that the final deserves to be solely remembered for Gerrard's dramatic goal.


The 32-year-old said: "It was the worst and best day of football that I have ever had. It was the best occasion I have ever played in, but to have to walk past the trophy and not touch it was heart-wrenching.

"I can look back now and say that I scored in an FA Cup final, but Gerrard's goal - I have never seen a goal as good as that, during or after my career. It's the best goal that I have ever seen, especially to score it at that time too.

"We were probably the best team on the day but if someone can do that, you just have to say fair enough."

Ashton had joined West Ham midway through that campaign, but he was influential during their run to the final at the Millennium Stadium.

His biggest contribution came in the quarter-finals when he netted a double to help the Hammers to a 2-1 victory away at Manchester City.

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