Goff was the big underdog going into the debate after Key bested Clark in 2008. Goff far exceeded expectations. Got his policies out, got the best hits in, and sounded like a PM. Key was under-prepared and complacent. After an aggressive start intended to knock Goff out, Key was on the backfoot throughout.
It was no knockout blow but Goff took Key on hard. He challenged Key, kept him on a leash and explained his own policies and values with brains and soul. Goff was the focal point of the debate, with Key sidelined, as evidenced by the Facebook comments they read out which were all about him, positive and negative.
Going in expected to lose and coming out ahead on points is a big victory for Goff and Labour. They keep the momentum in the campaign with National playing catch up.