Bournemouth striker Arnaut Danjuma has been named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for April.
It’s a second nomination in a row for the flamboyant striker who scored or assisted 10 of Bournemouth’s 18 goals in April. Movement, pace, balance, it was all visible in his five goals, including a superb strike at Norwich.
Danjuma said: “I am very happy to lift this trophy and very happy with the way I played. If I can contribute to the team and help them to win the victories, then I am happy, and I feel like I did that.
âMy favorite moment in April was the goal against Norwich where I scored in the top corner. It was a very important game for the team and a huge victory for us.
“It’s a big trophy, but the biggest thing for us is coming back to the Premier League.”
Sky Sports EFL Specialist Don Goodman said: âDanjuma has been one of the most consistent players in the league throughout, and it was impossible to ignore this award.
“The striker was nothing short of sensational in April, accumulating 10 straight goals during the strong run at Bournemouth.”
Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate has been named manager of the Sky Bet Championship for April.
The lessons he learned in a difficult baptism in Middlesbrough were quickly put to practice in Dorset. Showing off boast and steel, Bournemouth placed in the top six with six wins in seven games and an 18-6 goal differential.
Woodgate said: âI am proud to be the recipient of this award, but it is a collective effort and should go to all of my staff.
“I can’t thank them enough for the support they have given me since joining the club, and we have worked tirelessly together to secure our place in the play-offs.
âWe had some good performances during the month and some where we had to dig deep and refine the results, but the players showed great character and rose to the challenge every week.
“Seven straight wins are tough at every level, and the team should be incredibly proud of that achievement.”
Sky Sports EFL specialist Don Goodman said: âBefore colliding with Brentford at the end of the month, Bournemouth had a perfect April.
“If the Cherries do eventually return to the top flight, fans will fondly remember their April form to be critical to their success, with Jonathan Woodgate’s tactical adjustments reaping rewards.”
Sky Bet League One
Player: Josh Magennis, Hull
Hull forward Josh Magennis has been named Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for April.
Six goals and an assist for the Northern Irishman who managed to perfection the best score of his career for the English club as the Tigers won promotion. He showed his versatility, mixing clinical low shots and powerful headers.
Magennis said: âI’m over the moon. First and foremost you want to get promoted and win the league, but being in good shape at such a vital time for us was absolutely awesome.
“It’s what you dream of – scoring goals, scoring winners and winning promotion. It’s one of the best runs I’ve had; I just felt confident and I knew the team was going to get me. would create chances.
“I’m very proud not only of myself but of the team because I wouldn’t be anywhere without them, and for blundering him for trusting me. It’s a proud moment for me and we got promoted so I am. happy.”
Director: Grant McCann, Hull
Hull manager Grant McCann has been named Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for April.
McCann’s side played six games in April, fewer than most of their promotion rivals, but what use they made of it, winning five, drawing and scoring 14 goals. What mattered most was the 2-1 victory at Lincoln which allowed a return to the championship.
McCann said: âIt’s all about the squad. We all competed last month and it’s been a good month for us with five wins and one draw.
âIt has been a monumental effort on everyone’s part to get us to where we are. We have been consistent in our performance over the past two or three months.
âIt coincided with some good results, especially the away game at Lincoln which was a tough game, but we came back to win and be promoted.
“We are absolutely delighted with the way the season has gone; it has been a huge team effort.”
Sky Bet League Two
Player: Ian Henderson, Salford
Salford forward Ian Henderson was named Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month in April.
Henderson is ending the season the way he started it – in good shape. It wasn’t just his six goals and one assist, it was the timing and importance of his strikes, which included a brilliant volley at Forest Green and late winners over Stevenage and Bradford.
Salford manager Gary Bowyer said: “It’s a very good reflection of the form he’s been and the way he’s played, and obviously his goals stand out.
âHe’s a pro model, he’s a fantastic example to some of the young guys that if you take care of yourself you can extend your career, and he’s a smart boy too.
“From a football perspective, it’s not just his goals, it’s his pace of work, his pressing, his energy rubs off on everyone and it has been fantastic to work with him.
“I hope there will be some more coming from him on Saturday to try to get him into the 20s.”
Director: Gary Bowyer, Salford
Salford manager Gary Bowyer was named Sky Bet League Two manager of the month for April.
The demands at Salford are high, but Bowyer showed a cool head, putting up five wins and a 17-point windfall in eight games. The catalyst was a 2-0 win at Forest Green as Bowyer’s men finished April in play-offs.
Bowyer said: âFirst and foremost it’s a massive reflection on the team and the players, and the staff, more than me.
“Of course it’s an achievement to be recognized, but I want to thank the players for their contributions which made this possible.”
Sky Sports EFL expert Don Goodman said: “With the pressure firmly on, Salford showed excellent consistency in April, keeping them within touching distance of these very important play-offs.
âDespite tough opposition, Gary Bowyer managed to summon his troops supreme in an eight game schedule, collecting no less than a whopping 17 points. He must have hit the ground running under the circumstances and he most certainly has. made.”